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Recent Events Summary:After tying up lose ends with Vonnegut, you decided to fly to Archon both to inform Fang about the fate of the staff, and to try and barter for his support. Archon's power and resources will be critical to cementing the union being formed by Blackwater and Auriel that is bringing together Felnoir and the fractured denizens of the Great Forest to face a common enemy - Kan-Abar's demon lords. With those nations united, she then plans to approach Arland and use Flint's influence to create a grand alliance to turn and face Kelvere.You learned from the archmage that Melody was an old personal acquaintence; but where she, or the staff are now, he has no idea. Thanks to Abigail's willingness to rejoin him, Fang has agreed to support the alliance. Convincing the whole of Archon to join with you, however, was another matter. But in an inspired speech before a gathering of the council and the great families, Abigail laid out a path for a new Archon, a keystone of peace and prosperity that could sweep the empire while it was off-balance.Her passion was answered by a 8-2 vote to induct her as the tenth councilor.Meanwhile, you journeyed alone to the deep part of the Great Forest so as to confront Temerity on your own terms. You could come to no accord - you had enough of him, and he of you - and a battle between the pieces of yourself erupted.After nearly breaching the 'seal' by weakening the shards too far, Temerity agreed to submit, more fearful of unleashing whatever Chaos lay within than being reforged by Humanity. All the shards you've collected are now recast in Order and Chaos.The new Temerity - Resolve - has indicated the position of the two remaining shards of darkness to you. Believing that one of the shards is responsible for giving the orcs in the western part of the forest trouble, you've decided to aid them with their problem and hopefully gain their friendship.
SHADOW QUEST TIME!!!
I've been waiting!
quick someone post the new reminder
Ability TreeGREEN abilities have been unlocked and learned.BLUE abilties are unlocked, but are not yet purchased.RED abilities are revealed, but locked due to prerequisites.UNDERLINED abilities are active-use, as opposed to passive. Not all active abilities require mana.All Revealed Ability Descriptions:http://pastebin.com/4Y6TAxseBooks the Main Character has read:http://pastebin.com/dAXR00gPCharacter Sheet including learned abilities and other important information:http://pastebin.com/jrGsV989
IT'S SHADOW TIME!
>>27711151is it: don't bother making plans because you will be fucked over either way
>>27711152am i the only one who wants t complete the middle gray tree to see what bonuses we get?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zD06a6fq4IYou look at your shards. <Let's gather together once more,> you say. <I feel exposed, like this.>Your shards move toward you - and they walk into you. Your body absorbs each one of them without changing, as if they're stepping through a door.Silence is reforged.<So this is what is feels like?> it says.<What should I call you?><Hmm...what's an interesting name...?> Silence thinks on it for a moment. <How about Lightning McQuade?><...no.><You know, I might be on your side, but you're still no fun,> it tells you. <You know what? Silence is fine. I liked it before, and I like it now.><If you say so.>When you turn to Isolation, it is already 'there' - waiting for you. You pat the strange existence on the shoulder. <You know...despite being what you are, we've been together for a long time. I don't think Isolation is really your thing.>It cocks its head slightly, but just keeps looking at you expectantly.<Well...brace yourself.>You reforge Isolation in the fires of Humanity.Where before Isolation was a hunched, morphed figure, it now takes the outline of a robed human. It is still entirely black - you can see no defining line between clothes, and skin, as with Temerity. The only thing aside from that inky color are the same white, orb-like eyes, staring back at you quietly.<...what do I call you?>Isolation just looks at you.<...how about...Peace.>It cocks its head, nods once, and then vanishes into the depths of your being.--------
>>27711161Please don't make Ila look like Akatsuki.I'm still getting over the fact we steamrolled our way onto somehow fucking our daughteru.
>>27711162i think it was more along the lines of "make plans, make more plans, and more plans. then double, triple and quadrouple check those plans"
>Later, at Haven..."...so that was caused by the fight between...the shards of yourself?" Flint asks.<I believe so.>You're standing in a meeting room of Haven's fortress. Flint returned from Maven Lake while you were gone. He, Auriel, and Ila are standing around a freshly hewn stone table. The mages have recently set up simple heating spells powered by the Shadow Mana pool, keeping the fortress heated against the cold winter night."...there isn't a magician in Venia that didn't feel that," Auriel says. "The game has changed, now. People are going to react to this."<Do you think Sandalphon is going to do anything?>Auriel shakes her head and frowns. "I'm shocked he hasn't already moved in force against the demons. The winter wouldn't stop him if he was truly determined. I feel like he's up to something." She shrugs. "We don't really have the resources to risk gathering information; we just have to press forward with our own plan. When it strikes against his...we'll see who planned better."<For now,> you say, <I need to focus inwardly. This matter with the seal is...vital.>Flint nods. "I guess we both have our problems, huh?"<...yes. In any case...I believe that the source of the orc's issue is a shard of darkness. I'm going to investigate personally, so I'd like you to hold back anyone for now.>Auriel nods. "Alright. The orcs know that we're sending something in near the edge of Abbotsford; they told us that's the center of the magic. You should head straight there." Auriel grins. "We can take credit for anything you do."<Understood. I've been meaning to ask - what is Obis up to?>"Actually," Auriel said, "Adavan's staying with him. Mentioned he wanted to talk to him about something." She frowns. "He didn't say what, though.">con't
>>27711203Don't worry, anon.I come from another world. A world in which the players of Shadow Quest took another route, and embraced their temerity. BEHOLD OUR CREATION AND KNOW THAT YOU STILL HAVE HOPE
>>27711247i'd prefer boredom over death
After a few more pleasantries, the room breaks up, but Flint lingers a moment. "Hey, Shadow."<Yes?>"Listen..." He looks at you. "I know there's a lot going on...with that other side of you. But when you go to finish it once and for all...or, at least, before you do anything to drastic...come get me."<Flint,> you say, <you are the best friend I could ask for, and a strong warrior...but the magics are on the verge of falling from my hands. I would not be able to shield you if - >"I didn't ask for that," Flint said. "Don't leave us out of this. Not me, not Auriel, and especially not Abigail. It's not about how dangerous it is. You're my friend. I won't let you go alone, when you have to face...whatever it is you'll face."You simply nod. Flint nods back, and leaves the room.That's a decision you'll have to think about.You walk out of the fortress. The air is still and cold. A light dusting of snow coats the ground. The grass is dead and browned, now.What do you do?>head for Abbotsford>head to Maven Lake; check in on Adavan and Obis>something other strategy>HP: 81/81>Mana: 58/58
>>27711254Fuck off Erebus
>>27711278go find sandalphon and kill him/kill ourselves
>>27711278>head for Abbotsfordwe made a promise and now we keep it
>>27711278Head on over to Abbotsford to see what's going on with that shard
>>27711278>head for AbbotsfordGetting a good standing with the orcs will be crucial for defending Haven when Sandalphon comes. Not "if", WHEN.
>>27711278>>head for AbbotsfordTime to get that shard
>>27711278>head for AbbotsfordLet's check it out
>>27711332How much EXP do we have?
>>27711093btw SM, the character sheet needs to get updated. All shards are new shards now
>>27711278>head for Abbotsford
We needd to ask Resolve qhat shard it is that is in Abbotsford
>>27711388was too tired to do that>>27711402it isn't sure>writing
>"We don't really have the resources to risk gathering information; we just have to press forward with our own plan. When it strikes against his...we'll see who planned better."Ehehehe nice blatant "hint" there.WE are someone that can risk gathering information on the enemy.
Also>Auriel grins. "We can take credit for anything you do."Includes mistakes. So don't make 'em, mmkay? S'right.
I need to sleep, so here's just one thing I wanted to say.Remember that we're stealthy. Remember that stealth is what got us through most of our early days. Remember that even now, it's still a fucking huge advantage, and the fact we haven't been using it lately is an utter waste.We should stealth attack everything if we can.
>>27711551we'll just be asked to roll stealth and do poorly.
>>27711174I want to finish up the orange tree since it has some good abilities and its the cheapest.but team hydra want to rush wants to save exp
You decide that the best thing to do is simply head straight for Abbotsford. You take to the skies.--------------------The Great Forest earns its name. You're flying over it for some time. Evergreens fill about half the space, but the flat-leafed trees have browned. Most have lost their leaves entirely. You touch the ground on occasion, keeping the skysever at bay.Eventually, you reach the edge of the forest. A huge plain stretches before you - the southern edge of the Frontier. In the distance, you see the Palorian river, cutting through the plains with wide sweeping curves.The city of Abbotsford lingers ahead. You land about a mile outside, gliding to a stop on a slight rise.For a northern town, it's quite large - the main island of civilization between Palthair and Chausel that marks the entrance to Felnoir. Nothing compared to the Ring City, or Archon, but a sizable berg nonetheless.You analyze it from your distant location. The river is devoid of activity - no fishers, no transports. You can't see any carts or people out on the cobblestone roads leading along the river. It's...empty.A palpable darkness hangs in the air over the town. It's late into sunset, but even so, the light seems dimmed around the edges of the buildings.What do you do?>see if there are any orcs about>use Deep Focus>sneak into the town>some other strategy
>>27711581>sneak into the townLet's do some manual reconnaissance
>>27711581Resolve can ping shards so no ned to Deep Focus.>sneak into the town
So after this shard gets sorted and if we're not hooked intoohrebuilding orcstown because the shard decided to flee into their childrens pen or somethingWhat uhh, are we doing about the Demon Lords that Kan-Abar keep summoning?
>>27711581>>use Deep Focus
>>27711581>sneak into the townThey're already worried about a shadow presence: no need to make them worry over another.
>>27711633which is why we dont risk them spotting us
>>27711629Still got to get Wrath and check out the Palace.
>>27711516With disguise or the other shadow power we could sneak anyone with us inside.
>>27711629after we get this shard we are going to go get Wrath next cause we made a promise to resolve.by that time the orcs should be organized and the treaty finialized. then we can bring the coalition to bear against the Deamons
>>27711658Obviously. But we can still put forth things like >>27711516, while we're doing other stuff too. Just to get ideas in the air and sort out the bad.
>>27711678We also promised flint to help him with his parasite.
>>27711581Did the Orcs evacuate this area or something? I... hope that's the reason no one is here...
>>27711581Use compress and sneak into town. See if we can locate any townsfolk.Not sure we want to telegraph our position to the Shard via Deep Focus, we might get lucky and find a "hideout".This Shard is likely to have hunkered down somewhere if it's been causing trouble in the same town for weeks.
>>27711707Note that the orcs don't live here, people do. The orcs live in the forest.They've been violently bothered by something originating from in/around Abbotsford.
>>27711581Stealth and use Resolve to find the other shard, so we don't have to Deep Focus.Maybe use shadowmeld.So what aspect of our tree do you guys think this joker is?
>>27711703yeah, but we need to wait for Fang on that and he /they are still busy kicking Archon off its ass
>>27711745I see, I see...They people are all DEEEAAAD!
5 mana (4 mana) shadowmeld and sneak in?Y/N
>>27711746What this anon said, make Resolve guide us to the Shard.
>>27711745so everyone in abbotsford is dead>>27711746poison, explains it pretty well
>>27711746Well, Wrath is likely the physical tree so probably some manner of magic.
So what do we do when we find out that the shadow hanging over this town is actually a vampire incursion, and that the shard is somewhere farther away?
>>27711755Good point, speaking of which did we ever put that mysterious cave with the scary being on our list of things needing to be investigated?
>>27711777Y>>27711784I thought Darkxis was already poison/consume.
Hey guys.You know how Nyxystix Abby-Sabbatical Ship #6 now has crazy amazing stealth?And how it can transport screwy loads of people and supplies?That means quick and covert resupply train and transport, an ability to get behind enemy lines and force them to fight on two fronts, a giant ship filled with mages capable of hit & run tactics from the skies, and at least a dozen other possibilities.When making plans for Kan-Abar, think of Nyxystix.
>>27711808you mean the entrance to the Timorian Deep? where we found Isolation? We have returned there and nothing was there. Apparently the Timorian Deep is a scary as fuck place and it's where the REAL shadow elemental is
>>27711792Resolve wouldn't lie to us!>>27711808It's on that list I think. But I don't think we want to mess with Lethe just yet.
>>27711839We'll also think about it when we plan on how to deal with Ring City. Right now, let's focus on Abbotsford.>>27711777y
>>27711839Well, duh. I thought that was obvious. The thing can carry the entire population of Haven and then some. It's going to be crucial to a sneak attack.
>>27711839i'm sitll voting for "the Gavel on the name
>>27711868>Resolve wouldn't lie to us!He also couldn't give a precise location on the shard. We just assumed that it was at Abbotsford.
>HP: 81/81>Mana: 54/58You wrap shadows about yourself like a cloak, then set off for the town, keeping near the edge of the waterway.Roll 1d100
>>27711882"The Gavel"Fuck my grammar sucks today.>>27711891he said it was "to the west" near abbotsford.
>>27711874Well someone said that we should put things out there so that every anon can get a better perspective.If there's anything that can destroy or create holes in the plans we make, it's going to be assuming that everyone in the thread is on the same page. Ass out of U and Me.
>>27711868Good point, but eventaully we should check him out.>>27711865So i wasn't the only one that though that there might be a real shadow elemental
Rolled 55>>27711896oh dear lord it begins agian
Rolled 38>>27711896>>27711901>near abbotsford.He didn't say it was near anything. He just said to the West.
Rolled 20>>27711896Please dice, please buttfuck us slightly less hard tonight...
Rolled 15>>27711919>>27711868who is Lethe?
Rolled 45>>27711896Oh god not again with the dice!
>>27711934>>27711924>>27711922Shitty rolls as usual
>>27711942Greek for "Oblivion." The REAL shadow elemental.>55, 38.Welp.
Rolled 59>>27711922>>27711924>>27711934nothing new here
>>27711910I'm aware of that but I'd think even the idiots who won't realize the airship's specific tactical advantages in situations are going to want to use the thing every chance they can just because how cool it is. It's just one of those things I don't see needs to be specifically brought up compared to other things.
>>27711999What other things then? There's no real limit on applying ourselves here, so don't hold back what you wanna say. Bring them up. Discourse is the structure of a community game.
Rolled 44>>27712057we should also check out what exactly the armorments on it are. cause i dont think Breeze is gonna be helpless, but at the same time he cant be all that powerful
Hahaha I fucking called it earlier.
Rolled 89>>27712104called what?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkR3ZXxWzEUYou sneak into the town along the waterline.It is empty. But there's something wrong in the air.A fog hangs over the buildings. The air feels cold, dry - but your visibility is obscured. Signs of battle in the town are obvious. The pavement is scoured and driven up by magic. Fire has burned out several buildings. The earth feels strong; though you know the situation has only occurred over the past several days, moss grows over even the main boulevards, and rot eats at exposed timber.And then you see the crows - black birds. They caw constantly. They sweep overhead, peeling about the air, and then land in another roost. None of them linger in the sky for long. They don't seem to notice you, though.The stench of old flesh is rank. It reminds you of Magnock's laboratory in Palthair - but there are no bodies, no fleshy monsters.The center of the darkness seems to be a large building up on a bluff over the river. It looms over the rest of the town.What do you do?>enter the town hall>some other strategy
>>27712057I've already brought up the stuff that I wanted to bring up or already had it brought up for me for the most part. Mostly, I just want to focus on our shards and getting to the frozen hand palace/talking to the elf queen. I think everyone making plans for the demons are being a little too hasty. I understand the importance, of course, but we really need to get our own shit straight and stop putting it off. It has been repeatedly biting us in the ass and we won't be able to get what we need to get done if we don't take care of it. I doubt we're at the power we need to just take a Demon Lord without worries, anyway.
>>27712142>some other strategyTry to find a source for the stench.
Rolled 14>>27712142>>enter the town hallCompress for extra stealth as well.
Rolled 42>>27712142>crows - black birdssky-sever.....wutalso>enter the town hall
>enter the town halloh god, whatever is here is strong enough to ward against the sky sever.
>>27712184Crows are smart animals. If any bird was going to survive the sky-sever, Corvids would probably be among them.That said, I remember Shadow Master said that whenever birds are about some serious shit is going down, so we should keep an eye out.
Rolled 57>>27712165we have several months to prepare for the demons (we think) cause we are just entering winter and they probably wont make a move during winter
>>27711999Anything that's a tactical advantage has to be brought up though. Same with anything that is a strategic/tactical disadvantage.When I said "when players aren't on the same page," that aligns with the thought process that goes about the plans we're making. E.G. people opted for a hammer strike despite more positive and less shard-damaging plans being available.If we don't come out and talk about these things, /tg/'s shortbread brain just doesn't work. What's obvious to two anons who pay attention isn't obvious to another two anons paying attention to something different.Which we have too many examples of.>>27712142FUCK YES CROWS. I LOVE YOU SM.Can we take a small look into the town hall before we enter it?
>>27712184This was covered before. The more intelligent, non-high flying birds survived the sky sever by adapting. Crows are really damn intelligent.
Rolled 84>>27712165The problem is that they are already at 3 demon lords, all they need is two more and that will make things a whole lot worse.
Rolled 85>>27712214maybe the Black Lady?
Rolled 55>>277122332 demon lords actually, there was 3 total but we killed one.they may have summoned the next one by now but we do not know
>>27712142I want a bet crow. We should Servant a crow.
>>27712142Let's look around the regular town and see if we can find anything. There is a distinct lack of corpses in a location that a battle has recently taken place in.
>>27712233Getting killed trying to do something that we've been repeatedly urged to wait until the end of Winter isn't very bright though. Xile was something we were supposed to do last on our list before dealing with and it showed, the Demon Lords are going to be fucking tough. We can't run in there at less than 100%
Rolled 67>>27712271Oh my god what would servanting an animal do?or what would Servanting a summon do?
>>27712165We do kinda need to make an attempt at curbing a demon lord though.It's endgame if they end up summoning five, if that is their plan... which we also still don't know why they would. Or why Kullia would want that if they're aware of the history surrounding the idea of summoning so many demon lords.I honestly can't imagine them wanting to take the risk now that I think about it.What the hell do they get out of knowingly screwing themselves over to demon lord power?
>>27712271you want to spend one of our 10 slots we have for Servant on a crow?Oh what the hell. I'll support it.
>>27712271Can we even servant animals? Would that grant them sentience, sort of like a Wizard's familiar?
Rolled 68>>27712291I'm not saying go to it right now, but the longer we wait the harder its gonna become until it is 5 demon lordswith a 6th on the way
>>27712286>inb4 corpse pile>>27712271If this comes to a vote i will honestly support it.
>>27712291We know that. Our plan is already set to take care of this shard and then face wrath,with or without Flint,We're discussing options for what comes after that. This isn't a hasty "let's go do this now guys" talk, it's "what should we prioritize after these missions and why" talk.
>>27712142Also, if this is Wrath, then it's probably the shard of physical strength, and we'll need to plan accordingly.
You sidle up the main road toward the town hall, seeping your way between the long, dark shadows of the alleys. Darkness is thick, here - but that just means you're in your element.The town is deserted. You don't feel any life besides the crows - and they feel virtually magical. No - they're real. But they're coated in mana. Order, you should say.As you approach the base of the bluff, you note that the stench of flesh is somewhat stronger.What do you do?>continue to explore the town>focus on the source of the stench>head into the town hall>capture and investigate a corbie>some other strategy
Rolled 73>>27712271I'm up for servanting a crow, but i lost all hope of anything exp related being bought until hydra gets picked up.
>>27712334>focus on the source of the stenchLet's get to the bottom of this
>focus on the source of the stench
>>27712271>>27712292>>27712298>>27712311>>27712319>With the assistance of a mana pool, and some EXP you can make any sentient soul a 'servant'. Your servants are stronger, faster, and have more magical power than normal individuals of their race.>sentient soul
>>27712334Oh fucking shitOH FUCKING SHITTHE CROWS ARE SUMMONS OR THEY'RE BEING CONTROLLED!
>>27712334>focus on the source of the stenchI bet something is using those Crows like surveillance cameras.
>>27712318>>27712296it isn't necessarily "end-game" but we will just be dealing with a "weaker" Elemental Lord level enemy. i think.im still not sure if a "pentacle is 5 demon lords merged together. or if the 5 just broke the chains are are now "self-summoned" which would honestly make them weaker
>>27712329Wrath is at the palace.This is the poison shard that Darkxis had but broke away when we consumed him.
>>27712271If we servant a crow, it better have a wise-cracking personality.
>>27712334dem crows are summons>capture and investigate a corbie
Rolled 61>>27712371>the chains are are now "self-summoned" which would honestly make them weakerHow so, from what i can understand they are free and can feed off each other.
>>27712362 Crows are sentient. You can't tell me otherwise.
>>27712334>But they're coated in mana. Order, you should say.The fuck does that even mean?>focus on the source of the stench
>>27712362ass, looks like we need to find a way to give a crow sentience
>>27712392>You don't feel any life besides the crows - and they feel virtually magical. No - they're real. But they're coated in mana. Order, you should say.>they feel virtually magical. No - they're real.>No - they're real.>they're real>real>as in, not summoned.
>>27712398cause instead of someone else expending mana for them to be here and freeing up all of the demon lords mana to fight, the demon lords have to use their own mana to keep themselves here, thus making the mana that they can use in the fighting less
Rolled 77>>27712362Crows are sentient anon, hell they recognize faces.
Crying shame birdfag isn't here.>>27712371The demon lords get stronger the more of them that are summoned as they feed off each other, when they get free of their binds they're massively more powerful they what they were before.All according to the last instance of it happening.
>>27712446So are dogs.http://www.livescience.com/5613-dogs-smart-2-year-kids.html
>>27712439Weren't they were all ritual summons.
>>27712425summons ARE real.or something to be "virtuialy magical" makes it seem like they are made of magic. but it may or may not be the case. either way lets capture one and find out.even though it is probably a bad idea cause it will tell the owner of them that we are here
>>27712439You literally don't know what you're talking about. You're making a terrible assumption anon, especially with the history discourse we've had with Auriel. You're terribly wrong.The demon lords get more power for each one summoned, if there are five they can free themselves and they get more powerful. This is a known fact has told to us by Auriel and crew.
>writing for source of stench
>>27712425I think they could be real in the sense that they're not "illusions" but that can make them summons, as summons are very real.
>>27711678I still think we should probably make time to visit with Queen Kalladar before we head to the Frozen Hand to deal with Wrath. She's the one who got this whole ball rolling to begin with, after all, and I feel like we owe it to her to visit and let her know the path we chose, and that even though we have decided that the time has come to reunite the shards, that all of her efforts weren't for nothing.From what Fleet said, visiting the Palace in the Frozen Hand seems like it's going to be a bit of a point of no return in some respects, so it's probably a good idea to get the whole story from her in a way that isn't rushed Archonium astral projection exposition. There's obviously going to be further detail within the Palace at the Frozen Hand, but it'd be good to have the outside perspective as well, not just Erebus' IKEA "Guardian of the Endless Vöid" Assembly Instructions and a set of shadowy allen wrenches.I know we promised Resolve that we would make reunification a priority, but we also told him that we would make a point of learning what we could in order to make our Judgement a sound one. And I'm pretty sure that fits under this banner.
>>27712487but there never actually has been 5 summoned at one time so we dont actually know what would happen. 5 is just the theoretical prediction.and during the elementalomatchy there was only 3 summoned
You guys do remember that SM said that our Fae summon is a type of crow right?That's probably what these are and if you want to do something like have a crow bro I'd support purchasing that over wasting 10 xp.
>>27712510>>27712483>But they're coated in mana. Order, you should say.>coated in mana.>Order>CoatedThe other Shard of Erebus coated them in shadow mana to protect them from the skysever.
>>27712514the elf lady probably wont be coherent until we reunite ourself. i think it was mentioned that she is in somesort of coma while she keeps something about "us" away from us
>>27712536>Fae summon is a type of crowI've never heard this.
You decide not to bother the crows. If they're summoned, or being controlled, that might give you away. And you don't need to explore more - the state of the town is obviously due to the problem you came to solve.Your nose leads you to the town hall. It's virtually wafting from the doors like meat rotting in the sun on a hot day. Darkness lingers inside the building.What do you do?>head inside>some other strategy
>>27712577Are we just posting about intelligent animals? I don't know what's happening anymore.
>>27712572It was a long time ago that he mentioned it, can't even remember which thread. I think it may have been back during the fight with the Demon Lord actually.
>>27712535Huh. Are you sure?SM can I get a lore check on this because I don't want to spend thirty minutes in the archives?
>>27712578Oh, well, if I knew the stench was coming from the Town Hall I would've voted to capture a crow.>Head inside
>>27712590That just shows how smart crows are.>>27712578>>head insideCompression is my vote.
>>27712590we/they are trying to define "sentient" as in what we can make our Servant
>>27712578>some other strategyTendril parascope and analyze first, then slip under.
>>27712623I'd say anything that passes the mirror test is definitely sentient, because if it passes the mirror test that means it's self-aware.
>>27712578Alright, it makes sense to stop lollygaggin and get down to business. Let's enter the townhall.
>>27712578I think this is a last call for the battle plan that we initiate guys.Let's tendril scout the place.
>>27712636Well bioweapon quest greatest weakness/enemy is a mirror and its sentient.
>>27712535>>27712605I believe I mentioned that Hecate considered creating a Pentaverate, but feared that even her strength would be unable to control the results. She summoned demon lords on three separate occasions.>writing parascope tendril strategy
>>27712675I'm not sure if "led by a gaggle of schizophrenic and occasionally psychotic herd of cats" shares the classification of "Intelligence."
>>27712705hmmm, checking the archives
>>27712705Thank you based SM.This makes me wonder why the summoners in Kan-Abar think they're capable of pulling it off...
>>27712636Well that limits us a bit.Animals that have been observed to pass the mirror test include:All great apes:Humans – Humans tend to fail the mirror test until they are about 18 months old, or in what psychoanalysts call the "mirror stage".BonobosChimpanzeesOrangutansGorillasBottlenose dolphinsOrcasElephantsEuropean Magpies– the only non-mammal to pass the test.
>>27712705So 5 demon lords makes an elemental worry about control which bumps them up the list of priority.
does anybody else find it ironic that the ringed city is the former home or Erebus?
>>27712786....what?Did I miss that?!
>>27712786Its more like an insult and middle finger to him.
>>27712764Like I said, those are just certainly sentient. I'm sure other animals are as well, it's just less clear-cut.
>>27712802>17 B.E. - Hyperion strikes Erebus directly, fearing his involvement in the war. Their clash creates the ring of mountains at what is now the Ring City.>16 B.E. - With his home destroyed, Erebus moves north, and clashes with Aeolus. The Wind Lord's power creates Windfury Valley.Yup.
>>27712802>17 B.E. - Hyperion strikes Erebus directly, fearing his involvement in the war. Their clash creates the ring of mountains at what is now the Ring City. >16 B.E. - With his home destroyed, Erebus moves north, and clashes with Aeolus. The Wind Lord's power creates Windfury Valley. then>57 A.E. - The remaining angels of the Dawnflight found the Ring City.
You decide that barging in through the front has caused you enough trouble. You sneak a thin tendril in under the door.The inside of the town hall was originally stone - but it's now a heap of dirt and rubble lining a wide hole bored into the foundation. The hold leads down into the bluff. The darkness is deep, there. You can see the fog rising out from the passage, thick with mana.Resolve's voice echoes in your head. <That is most certainly the shard we seek. I remember it's name, now...Shaper. But more...eludes me.>What do you do?>head into the passage>report back with what you've found>see if Resolve can make direct contact with Shaper>some other strategy
>>27712844>>27712841>His homeI wonder what Old Erebus' crib was like.
>>27712855>head into the passagestress that we ink under the door and try to make as little noise as possible
>head into the passage
>>27712855>head into the passageCompress as we do so.
>>27712871he was probably research all the manapools there. cause remember there were all 8 different mana pools down there.and i imagine if we go deep enough then we will find some of his old place down there
Voting against compress. Weakening ourself before a shard battle is stupid.
>>27712855>>head into the passageSo we have a shape shifting fucker here.>some other strategyCompress
>>27712855>magic fog filled with mana>shard name is ShaperShaper is our summoning shard. Calling it.The fog can be turned into summons by it. Calling that as well.
>>27712919I'll bet you an internet it's not the summoning shard.
>>27712924I'll bet you TWO whole internets that it is. Especially because all the other trees except physical have been covered.
>>27712924>>27712936>Shaper cab be physical tree>Wrath can be summoning treeIt can go both ways fellas. But I guess betting is about not knowing who will win...
You slide under the door, staying as quiet as possible, and then you head down into the tunnel bored in the earth.Roll 1d100
Rolled 20>>27712960SM, your post are awful short right now...I'm worried.
Rolled 59>>27712960WHY DO YOU MAKE ME FEEL THIS PAIN SHADOW MASTER?!
Rolled 86>>27712960Maybe silence will grant us luck, without using him.
>>27712976Darkxis had poison.
>>27712919Finely we can show the anti-sumoning guys how useful of an ability it is.even if abby is horrible at it.Is wisp bro still summoned?
>>27712976Darkxis had poison.Oh. Wait.That was probably because he had this shard in him at the time.And there's a bunch of rotting stench around the area.FUCK I TAKE BAKE MY BET, THOSE TWO INTERNETS ARE STILL MINE.
>>27712980He's either tired or trying to move on and get us to stop talking about whether crows are considered sentient or not.
>>27713009FUCK YOU NO TAKE-BACKSIES!
>>27713014Or he's been providing us multiple chances to come up with a good plan and we're spurning them.As usual.
This is rather pleasant. The between-post banter is tolerable and, though I feel like we've missed something important, I'm not terribly worried about the choices we've made.Much nicer than the last few threads.
>>27713014>tiredHe's said so multiple times
Rolled 29>>27713009good thing we got MUH POISON TREE to combat it
>>27713031TOO LATE! I already got the receipt back and without that you can't get your internets even if I'm wrong! Bwahaahahahahah!
>>27713076You son of whore! Filthy scoundrel! I'll have you know I'll be taking out a ad in the paper to warn others of your treachery!
>>27713061It kind of helps that we won't accidentally the apocalypse with a single roll or choice right now.
>>27713044>>27713061These two posts right next to each other make me smile something fierce.
Rolled 36>>27713061just wait to he uses that 1
>>27712980I'm just tired.That, and I try to excise anything unnecessary. The scene has been adequately described, doing it again is just wasting time.
>>27713095Oh yeah?!Well I still have two internets and I can spend them on MORE ads warning other people of YOUR treachery! Kukukukukukuuukuuukuuuu...
>>27713122Surely he wouldn't use it so soon, besides I doubt using it now would make us hate him enough. Wait until Abby's life is on the line.
>>27713139Sir, I'll have you know I just sent 500 internets to a Nigerian Prince! When he takes back his thrown, he'll be sending me 50,000 internets! So take that!
>>27713135Oh good, that means we probably haven't done anything wrong, yet.
>>27713143It's for Flint. As Flint asked us to take him along when we fight Wrath.So. Wrath attacks us.Flint gets in the way.And SM holds that deal above our heads and kills off his favorite character to spite us.
Rolled 41>>27713135good, it cuts down on the time between posts. feelin like this is gonna be a short thread, you think we will get Shaper before it ends?
>>27713159>Nigerians with internetsHA HA
>>27713182no. That'll be start of next thread, probs. Gotta get sleep
Rolled 87>>27713177im thinking flint or abbyor we/Sandalthong/wrath/anybody kill Aruiel and then Flint becomes BBEG
Rolled 67>>27713203so we'll probably bust into his lair and see him feasting on living babies when the thread ends
>>27713203Sleep is for the weakJust do what i do and fill a ThirtsBuster with 5-hour energies
>>27713177If Flint dies, I don't think we'd hate SM enough. It would be much worse if we just turned Flint from our staunchest ally and friend, to someone who absolutely detest us. Like, if we accidentally killed Auriel after failing a roll against some hallucination-causing spell, or something.
>>27713277You know.I'm beginning to wonder why people even voted for this option, after SM stated he would make it so much worse than that particular failure.
>>27713302Some people came out later and said they picked it because it had the highest chance of generating butthurt.I choose to believe people are stupid.
>>27713302He didn't say it would be worse, I seriously doubt he could consciously make something more horrendous than the "worst case scenario" he described us failing our containment rolls would be. It would just hit hard, and I bet it will.
guys we could use the Keystone to remove the parasite from Flints soulread>The origins of the Keystone itself are still unknown, and, while open and inviting on other matters, Atlantis keeps their artifact under a very close guard, permitting mages from neither Archon nor the empire to investigate its nature. However, it is - as noted by many top minds in the field - among the most powerful magical artifacts in the world, perhaps as powerful as several dynamos combined. Its powers are not limited to purification by any means, and though the vision of the first King Deva turned it into a constructive force, rather than a destructive one, the threat of its unleashed might keeps the Ring City wary.>Its powers are not limited to purification by any meansi think it would do just fine at purification of a soul
>>27713325>He didn't say it would be worseRead the thread again. SM specifically stated that we would hate him MORE for making the choice to take the deal, as opposed to denying it and accepting the roll.
>>27713325>I can promise you that it won't be at a good time. If you think you'll hate me now, well, I can promise you that if you take the deal, you'll hate me a lot more then.His exact words.
>>27713342and the Keystone is obviously Leviathans sealed form
so the first thing i thought when i started reading was, surely everyone's shitting their gears because THERES FUCKING BIRDS WHICH SHOULD BE EXTINCT BECUASE SKYSEVERDOOOOOOOOOMseriously, you guys dropped the ball on this one
>>27713342...Or the Elf Queen.
>>27713349>>27713366I wish I was there. I would've voted for it though, because you angry chucklefucks are always good for a laugh when you spill into the QTG with your drama.I can't wait for the hammer to fall.
>>27713349I know what he said. I'm simply saying that he probably meant that he would strike us in a place that generates massive feels. Not necessarily a WORSE outcome, just likely more teeth grindingly painful.Think about it this way:Lords go free. "Shit. This is gonna suck, bad."Supporting character dies/gets corrupted/DAVE: "Fucking fuck you SM you hateful bastard"Captcha: unpleasing rkplysic. Indeed.
>>27713394That's the reason a lot of people voted for it. Just goes to show "Don't post about quest you like in a QTG" is sound advice.
>>27713373We've already talked about crows surviving the sky-sever before, anon.
I've been reading the TimeLine and it seems pretty obvious that The Black Lady is the chick who took the Staff of Winds. she came into play right before/in the beginning of the 60-year war. right when Fang said she left. and vampires are imortal. and the Black Lady is a Powerful shadow mage, and there arent to many of the level that could keep up with/best Fang.Ahhhhh, i love info-dumps
>>27713396>>27713366>>27713349i think people were just choosing to get hit on the personal level rather than letting loose Elementomatchy No.2
>>27713438You couldn't possibly be suggested that the Black Lady is, in fact, Melody?Because.Like. We can turn into her twin sister to get started proper on our lesbian harem.
>>27713454It wouldn't have been Elementomachy No. 2.We failed a d20 save. Both Humanity and Temerity passed their d100 rolls. They were the ones trying to stop the seal from breaking. We were just in a supporting roll.
You travel down into the tunnel.The darkness swallows you up faster than you would have expected - but the mana here is thick and heavy. The tunnel is moist - almost humid.Your feet squelch into something on the ground. You glance down.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3CPtTd1fqIFlesh is growing on the tunnel floor. Not fungus, not mold - flesh. It's bubbling over the dirt of the tunnel walls. Blood vessels twine through the soil like roots. It throbs slightly, rhythmically.You continue forward. The mutated flesh changes - into the remains of an arm. A few more steps bring the source in sight - a corpse. Or what was a corpse. The man is seemingly embedded in the tunnel, his flesh morphed and melted into the dirt. A twisted face stares at you, eyes apart, mouth nearly gone in the twist of skin and bone and muscle.You continue forward. The stench and the heavy thickness of the mana grows - and so do the sides of the tunnel. It turns from carved dirt into a cavern made of former human corpses, bent, broken, and tangled. Organs protrude from the mess, slick with fluid. Hearts throb in rhythm.You remain stoic and continue forward, stepping through the muck. The mana grows as you forge your way deeper, and deeper. The tunnel switches back, and back again. You feel as though you're descending into the stomach of a terrible monster.-thump-You hear something, distantly. You bend your head forward.-thum-thump--thum-thump--thum-thump-You know that sound. You've heard it before.A heartbeat.You press forward.>con't
>>27713471This>You rolled the 100s for Humanity/Temerity.>The 1d20 was your save.>You did not save.
>>27713471From how SM was playign that shit up, it damn well better have been the seal breach roll. Because if it wasn't fuck this quest. Seriously. That was WAY more drama than I needed.
>>27713491It wasn't SM, it was fucktards like you blowing things out of proportion.
---------THUM-THUMP-Five minutes later, the tunnel opens wide, and you see the true nature of this thing.A huge chamber opens before you. At its center is a mana pool of Shadow. Fleshy projections made from people all lead from various tunnels and entrances, connecting back to this central construct. They all turn into almost tubular sections, meeting at one giant, pulsing heart of flesh.-THUM-THUMP-A figure stands before the Shadow mana pool. A long tendril is seemingly plugged into the heart. You can feel the flow of energy - it's coursing in from each entrance of the chamber, leading into the heart, and then into the monster before you.<Shaper,> Resolve says. <Use caution. It has been following the directive. I'm sure it's power is great.>At the moment, Shaper doesn't appear to notice you.You have the initiative.----------------------NEXT TIMEmeta?
>>27713509And he took advantage of it! That's morally wrong!
>>27713488>>27713491>>27713471but the roll was to contain, and we not only failed the roll but we also critfailed the save
>>27713525Morality is relative.
>>27713481>>27713522Well, shit. If there ever was a shard that need Humanized...
>>27713533No, we passed the rolls. Only the save was failed.
>>27713522we are going to humanize THE SHIT outta him
>>27713481>>27713522Dis nigga needs JEEZUS.
>>27713522What's your favorite thing about running shadowquest?Also, great thread. Short but minus needless drama. Made it a lot more entertaining. Will continue to stalk your twitter for more.
>>27713522Are we ever goin to roll well again sempai?
>>27713522Is the sword of Damocles going to hurt as much as anons say it will?
>>27713624Just checking, but Damocles is pronounced "Dam-o-klees" and not "Dam-o-slees" or "Dam-ah-slees" or "Dam-ah-klees", right?
>>27713590>What's your favorite thing about running shadowquest?The lively struggle between the planned narrative and wild player decisions that keeps me on my toes.>>27713603Outlook: Grim>>27713558Did I say you passed the rolls? Because you didn't. That's why you rolled a save in the first place. It was to save you from the failure.>>27713624It's probably going to hurt more than they say it will.>>27713664Yeah, it's Dam-o-klees
>>27713671>It's probably going to hurt more than they say it will.Oh.shit
>>27713671Looking forward to our incoming ass beating. Thanks SM. See you space cowboys.
>The city itself is under the strict control of the empire, governed under the greater territory of Ulund. In the popular mind, Nelmar is famous for its mighty prison, Zaubstein, which holds some of the world's worst criminals, including mages who have abused their magic, as well as being the final stop of the Tri-Arena circuit. Below the hilltops on which the prison is situated rests a prosperous and booming metropolis.so, anyone else up for freeinf all those "crimnials" that the ringed city has taken? and maybe searching for a way to give them their magic back?
>>27713727Well maybe we should ask our allies about that.
>>27713522We're smart enough to cut the cords right?Also target the giant heart?And not just pick a fight with him directly?
>>27713768Can also poison the flesh system
>>27713592oh yahmmtentatively, Monday night at 10pm EST>>27713768>answering questions about battle strategy >Dave, you can't be serious
>>27713768Wow I hadn't even thought of that. Good idea anon. Stick around and you'll take us places.
>>27713783>Dave, I shiggy diggy.
>>27713783I wasn't asking you, I was more asking the other players if we can grasp such a ridiculously simple concept.
>>27713813What were we talking about again? Right. Shapeshifitng into Melody when we meet the Black Lady for harem recruitment potential.
>>27713840im pretty sure that she IS Melody, which could be good and bad.[spolier] impersonating the Black Lady
>>27713813You know how people don't stay around to make battle plans after the thread is over? And also don't open the last thread in the archive to finish up on it before diving into the active one?Yeah.This is one of those times. You've got a good idea but frankly no one is going to remember it come Monday night.
so i've been going through the pastebins andPool of Darkness - Spend 15 experience points to create a Shadow element mana pool. Cannot be performed in battle. Mana pools can recharge your mana indefinitely, and may be useful for other things as well...what else do you think we could use Shadow manapools for. besides average stuff and servanting
>>27713926Making a large flesh heap?
All pastebin removed y anon ?
>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.we will also never have to worry about someone being poisoned ever agian
I guess it would also be a good idea, after severing its arteries, to drag it outside and away from the mana pool. Rather than letting it sit inside it.Are we smart enough to realize this?
>>27713953It's more like are we smart enough to remember this for monday?
>>27713952Except Flint, Auriel, Obis, Joey, etc.
>>27713974all we have to do is touch them one once and they are cured
>>27713969Well that's the question that I don't want to ask. As I very much fear the answer.
>>27713953i think just destroying this entire room should do. or destroying all the flesh in this room.we should also explore the rest of his base just to check for shit
>>27713983I'm not sure if invulnerability works backwards like a vaccine though. As in they get poisoned and then we touch them and they're alright? Yeah, I'll take that any day. But I'm not sure if SM would let us get away with that idea.Maybe we should try it by feeding sour mash to Joey.
>>27714015we do need clarification on that
>>27714015Based on SM's previous actions, I'd guess that the "active" poison would be removed from the person's system, but any HP damage accrued from the poison would remain.
>>27714441yeah, but would it remove a disease? like tuburculosis or cancer?
>>27714468Uh, I'd guess not, but we do have direct healing spells that would probably cover terminal illnesses, so I'm not that worried about it.At any rate, we have literal former angels and active paladins on our army roster right now, so anything we can't do, they can probably take up the slack.
>>27714562yeah.I think Shaper is confirmed for MUH POISON TREE.good thing we're immune
>>27715231deffinatly a possibility.dont forget everyone, we still need to finish looting xile to fund our new city/county/alliance
>>27713522Oh hey. I remember that pic. I found it and posted it saying it would make a cool summon for Abby and then you said that you would defiantly be using it.Welp. This is better than an Abby summon. For sure.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yetx-j6HiOEIf anyone's here still, that would make a neat song for here. Maybe not creepy enough, but still cool.
>>27715645Save it for next thread and give it to SM.On a separate note, do your think SM chose his name just for the chance that people would call him Master? cause people did that for awhile in the beginning
>>27715702...a dom fetish? I-It makes sense, with all the fear he puts us through...
>>27715702This is getting dangerously close to Milady territory...
>>27715741>>27715727Someone update the archive, and remind Master next thread. thats what im refering to his as from now on.
>>27716078It updates on its own every once in a while. It'll get updated without anyone doing anything before this falls off the board
>>27716235hmm, did not know that. i always assumed there was just some kind anon doing it to incude every post
Something that people didn't say, but we could pipe the mana from Shaper's pool back to Haven, or we could set this up as a defensive fort for some shadow mages.The pool would really help things.
>>27716569it's pretty far to pipe back, but if we end up fighting vampiria (which we probably wont) then we could make a base here.i wonder if he made the pool or if was the one he formed at
>>27716595I think made. Remember how the orcs were all pretty butthurt about shadow magic in general? I don't think they'd build a town around one.
>>27716725orcs didn't build the town, this is a human town. the orcs live in the forest near hereand the orcs particularly hate shadow magic, they hate all magic
>>27716774>>27716790>and the orcs [dont] particularly hate shadow magic, they hate all magicNo, they do particularly hate shadow magic. Shadow magic is what made them for war. When we met douchey orc leader guy, he went on about how the shadow is responsible for their suffering and how we're a monster blah blah blah and Ila got really butthurt at him for trashtalking us.
>>27716809pretty sure it was spirit magic that made them
>>27716821>>27716821>I will not ally with Shadow and Spirit! They made us what we are.Both, actually.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/25742811/#p25745834
>>27716809>>27716821he said it was shadow and spirit that made them.
>>27716917looks like we both scoured the archives
>>27716969Not so much scoured. It took less than 5 mins of reading the descriptions and then ctrl+f "made us what".The response only came 20 minutes after because of connection issues.
>>27717105yeah i got that to, i just caught up on harry potter quest while i waited.
I just had a thought.In the books we read pastebin, Vampirism is described as a disease.I wonder if our servants are unable to be made into vampires. Because I kinda wanted to make Ila into one to really ramp her through the roof as a glass cannon.Would be interesting.
>>27718023that is a really interesting idea, but maybe making one of our major leaders weak in sunlight is a bad idea. maybe in our next round of servanting we should servant Cain and make him a vampire.abigail and lla should be chosened once we build ip some more xp. dont know about adavan though, gonna have to wait till we free hecate for that
>>27718395Yeah. I don't really trust Adavan, especially with his goals being for Hectate above all.We need to be able to rip his powerups off him in an instant, and Chosen makes that not doable.
Something else I'm wondering about.Temerity was our shadow magic shard. Now that he's been reforged into Resolve, I wonder how this will effect our shadow magic. Both in form and function.Maybe it will be laced with white in the core now, like Resolve is.