We run around, searching the area as quickly as we can. We try to maintain something like a low profile, which means we can't move as fast as we might want to.We spend several minutes searching, and yield nothing."We've checked everywhere within three blocks of the Theater." Rider hisses in my ear. "We need to cover more ground.""They shouldn't have been this far gone. Or this long." Ilya comments, growing more concerned.[ ] Split.[ ] Keep searching.[ ] Other.
>>28260176Ilya can run a small deception right? Like make people not look at an area?Can she cast it on herself or rider and they go into the air to search?
>>28260176[x] RIN POINTS.We can literally feel her emotions at close range, and this stat has been maxed since like the second thread.If we can't emotion-radar her shit I'm calling demon bullshit on this quest.
Threadly reminder that the updated Ebook can be found at http://pastebin.com/kbGzcbDb>>28260176>[X] Split.
>>28260304This. We need a higher vantage point without arousing muggle suspicion.
>>28260176[x] RIN POINTS.If this is an option.
"Ilya." I turn to her. "Could you do something to try and scry her location? Or hide Rider so she can use her mount?""Scrying requires something to look through." She responds, shaking her head. "At least for me. Since I don't have any familiars prepared and we aren't in the forest....""What about Rider?""She's already invisible. Anything that would require her to materialize is beyond me."".... Neesan said something about perception filters...." Sakura comments uncertainly."That only works on something discreet. An attractive scantily clad blindfolded woman riding a Pegasus is hardly something people would gloss over."I close my eyes and sigh, seeing Rin in my mind. I can almost feel her concern just thinking about her.I can almost.....Wait....[DC16 Rin Points]>There should probably be a better name for this check.
Rolled 4>>28260740Tsun check?
Hoping not to cause as much of a distraction as last time, but thanks for introducing me to the Fate series. Played through Fate/Stay Night this weekend, and literally finished Fate/Zero five minutes ago.
>>28260763>S'all good.>Enjoying the Quest?
Rolled 18>>28260740Magical bloodhound go!
Rolled 13>>28260783Very much so. Some of the early threads I now recognize as being almost ripped from the VN, but it's warped enough now that it's something new.I really wish I didn't finish Heaven's Feel, though. It's like all of the weird that Japan managed to keep out of the first two routes condensed and concentrated in the third.>>28260740
>>28260756>>28260785>>28260808Goddammit>>28260811Why couldn't you have been faster!?
>>28260873It is sad. The dice gods do not want us to save Best Girl.Anyone have any ideas what to do now, other than splitting up and hoping for good luck?
>>28260873I blame Captcha and not wanting to spring $20 for a pass.
>>28260900>Derogatory comment towards perceived best girl>"Correction" of which female-identified character has the Best Girl Status
I can feel a strong sense of concern, and.... just a little fear. "..... That can't mean anything good...." I open my eyes and see the others staring at me concerned."Sempai?""It doesn't matter." I respond, thinking. "We have to split up, Sakura and I both have phones.""As soon as one of us finds them then." She nods, suddenly determined. As she turns and starts to run off, I can feel Rider departing as well. Ilya stares up at me."Do you have any ideas on where to find her?" She asks, looking at me.[ ] Somewhere private.[ ] Somewhere important.
>>28260981>[ ] Somewhere important.
>>28260981>[ ] Somewhere important
>>28260981>[ ] Somewhere important.Why do villains feel like they need to kidnap someone to get us to go somewhere?I mean, if he asked nicely, we'd probably sit down for tea at his house.
".... Somewhere important." I respond, looking around. "Those runes, what's the closest one to here?""The park, I think." Ilya answers, looking around. "Isn't it just on the other side of those buildings?""... Yeah, it is."We rush to the park, and find the sigil is completely unchanged. "Wait, Onii-chan. Over here." Ilya points to a nearby bush.... with a small blue ribbon. "Isn't that-""The Ribbon Saber ties her hair up with?" I reach and pick it up. "I think it is.">?
>>28261182Probably worth trying some magic bloodhounding.
>>28261182>>28261226Also probably a good idea to call the away team in order to keep them updated on what we found.
>>28261226I don't recall - do we have a way of contacting Lancer? He's pretty good at tracking.
>>28261182Call Sakura and Rider. Tell them what we found, and ask if they got their own lead or soemthing
>>28261182[x] magic bloodhound
>>28261226might as well try, since we seem to be in the general area
>>28260763>Played through Fate/Stay Night this weekendWait, what? That game takes like fifty-plus hours to read through.
>>28261372Started Friday night, finished Monday morning.Pretty much all I did all weekend.
"I'll try sniffing them out."Ilya gives me a Look. "What?""Trust me."[DC12 Magic Bloodhound]
Rolled 14>>28261404What was the point of all those Rin Points, Shirrrooouuuu~
Rolled 1>>28261404SATAN! Guide my dice.
Rolled 19>>28261404Magical Bloodhound Go!
Rolled 18>>28261404Also, call Rider/Sakura.
>>28261429>>28261436>>28261443>Critfails and missed plothooks.>AC-Guy's face when: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGBLlFMn9Xc
>>28261443>>28261445>>28261450The dice. They are mocking us
>>28261487When do they not mock us?
>>28260981>just a little fearWho the hell could kidnap her ans Saber while only evoking a little fear? Gilgamesh and Assassin should be causing sheer terror. Could this be the return of Berserker?
>>28261498When we're trolling Gilgamesh.
>>28261498When they mock Gil
Maybe I'll just go to bed and catch up on us failing in the morning.
>>28261436>>28261429>>28261443>>28261445>>28261450It just keeps happening.
So AC-Guy, be honest...This is your truck, isn't it?
I open my senses to try and find Saber and, hopefully, Rin.I reach out and touch the core of the area we're standing in.The Park.The Park where it all began.The sensations pour in, years of despair and neglect, fear and superstition poured over the deep stains of the tragedy that stains this place to the core.I lose my sense of self for a moment, and when I come to a few moments later, I find myself hunched over a bush vomiting while a concerned Ilya rubs my back. "... Onii-chan?""That.... that was not a smart thing for me to do." I say slowly, wiping my mouth."".... What happened?""I tried reaching out to try and pick up Saber's.... 'scent', magically speaking. Since she's a Servant she would feel different than a normal person and not many people come here.""I see." She nods, confused. "Then why....?""I basically plugged myself into the soul of the area." I hesitate as she stares at me uncomprehending. "This.... this is where the fire started."Her eyes widen with sudden understanding. "Are you alright?""I'm fine now. For a minute there though, it was kinda.... intense.""..... Wow, even when we're trying get you to relax these things happen...." She mumbles."Pardon?""N-nothing." She answers, jumping slightly. "Hey, would that trick maybe work better outside the Park?"[ ] Maybe.[ ] Try something else.
>>28261483>Goddammit, I'm trying to STOP watching that video.>>28261646>A Nissan? Dude, I don't even own a Truck. But a Nissan? I'd rather walk.
>>28261676>[ ] Maybe.I just want to not be stuck in kidnap limbo.
>>28261676>[ ] Maybe.One of these bloodhound checks...
>>28261676>[X] Maybe.>Call Sakura and Rider while going elsewhere.
>>28261676[x] Try using Gae Bolg as a divining rod by focusing on Gilgamesh. Just in case it slips or something.
>>28261676>[ ] Maybe.Call Sakura and Rider about Saber's ribbon that we found.I guess we'll be relocating at other rune locations?
>>28261732If we're getting a hold of the Gae Bulg, I'd rather just get Cuchulain to track her instead.Unless you mean project the Gae Bolg. In which case the tiny chance it will work compared to our dice tonight I'd say hell no - well probably blow up our spine or something.
>>28261676Changing this vote (>>28261773) into>[ ] Try something else.Can we ask Ilya if she knows the tracking method that Rin used for Taiga?We have Saber's ribbon here anyway.
>>28261792Meh, it'll grow back.
"Maybe." I respond, and we start walking towards the river, out of the park. I pull out my cell phone as we walk and make a call.After a few rings, Sakura answers. "Sempai?""We found Saber's ribbon at the Park. They might be nearby, or at the very least it'll be a good starting point."".... In the opposite direction we-" I hear her say something to Rider, somewhere between orders and information. "We're on our way, Sempai."I hang up the phone, and wonder if we've gone far enough out of the park yet.[DC15 perception]
Rolled 12>>28261832I can see forever.
>>28261676>[ ] Try something else.We have something of Saber now.ILYA.SCRY PLS.
Rolled 9>>28261832Hope density doesn't strike yet again.
Rolled 3>>28261832Ok, this time.
Rolled 14>>28261832Magical. Bloodhound. GO!
Rolled 15>>28261868>>28261866>>28261853>>28261852>>28261843DICE GODS, I WILL MURDER YOU AND EAT YOUR CHILDREN.
>>28261868I'm actually relived to have not passed it that time, unlike the last two fucking times...
>>28261887>15The Dice Gods mock your empty threats.
>>28261903At least Kerie is happy.
>>28261707I was more thinking of how animals seem to be the bane of your existence. I could see you having to chase bald eagles away from your pov in the morning.
>>28261945>Eagles are bro as fuck, they eat Chihuahuas and give no shits.>Ravens, also awesome.>Fuck Owls though. Fuck all owls.
>>28261923I blame all bad dice on your presence, Cosgrove.I will never forget the ridiculousness of Bleach Quest.
Rolled 17>>28261975>>Eagles are bro as fuck, they eat Chihuahuas and give no shits.Hey, go fuck yourself.
>>28260812Dude, HF has the best ending in the game.Best two, really. Tie between Sparks Liner High and Mind of Steel. Are they happy? Fuck no. But they're damn good at being sad endings.
>>28261975>they eat ChihuahuasFuck yes.>>28261993Sorry Cosgrove, but I can't stand those little shitlers. The only dog to EVER bite me, was a chihuahua.
"We should be far enough to try scrying now." I get this feeling of unease as I think about how long Rin's been gone.Ilya takes the ribbon for a few moments and shakes her head, handing it back. "Either it doesn't have a strong enough connection or-" I feel my stomach drop. ".... Anyway, you try it. Maybe you'll have better luck?" Her hope seems forced.>?
>>28261993>Dude, I was joking.>Except for the bit about the Owls. Fuck Owls.
>>28262044Magical bloodhound is a go.We don't have anything more to vomit anyway.
>>28262044Keep Smelling its gona work adventualy.Hey can we steal some of jojo quests dice rolls?
>>28262068Okay then. I have a long haired Chihuahua and it is the most chill dog ever.I don't give a damn about owls, so hate em all you want.
>>28261996It wasn't about the ending, it was more about the dickworms. And Sakura being endless violated by dickworms. And the old man whose body is made of dickworms.Prior to that, the closest to "weird" that the game got was the kind-of-rapey desperation sex with Saber that Rin facilitated.Other than dickworms, my only complaint with the game is how tired I am of the phrase "It's only natural."
It occurs that the last roll was a perception check, not a magic one.Saber's ribbon was found in the Park, which is next to the River we were kinda walking towards.Go to nearby secluded spot on the River. Best odds of finding them.
>>28262044[x] Gae Bolg. Divining rod. Gilgamesh.Dice have seemed appreciative of crazy plans in the past.
So, uh....We have four 'HP' and We've failed like nine rolls.Panic?>>28262104If true, you own the only Chihuahua in the world that isn't distilled yapping hatred.
>>28262044>Reinforce nose>sniff harder
>>28262115This is the only plan that isn't 'sniff harder'. I'll support it, if only to keep the dice at bay.
>>28262115Uhhh... sure. Its better than anything my puny brain can come up with anyway.
Do we know Red Archer's phone number? I suspect he might know where they are.
>>28262184I can think of:>Guess>look around and hope for luck>Sniff harder>Rin points>Hijack one of Rin's familiars and try to scry with it>Phone a friend
>>28262198Ah, right. *He* doesn't have a phone, we communicate through Issei.
>>28262198But he sucks.
>>28262198No, we've always bounced our communications through Issei when we've tried to contact him, because Archer cannot into cellphone.
>>28262221I think it's more that Archer chooses not to into cellphone, seeing as they can be traced.
>>28262221>Archer cannot into cellphoneIs it because he's a dick? Because, you know, he's Shirou from the future, and Shirou can into phone.
>>28262252I think its because he has no phone.
>>28262252Speaking of, it's been 3 months and I don't remember. Have we learned that he's us yet?
>>28262278Yeah, he even brought out his RM, and we got double 20s on understanding it.
>>28262277It is not hard to pick up an empty second-hander from a pawn shop and an anonymous prepaid SIM from a supermarket.This is first-day sneaky shenanigans 101 material.
>>28262302Wasn't the big revelation "Hang on a minute, that's not what I do at all"?Also wait, if Zouken's central worm was removed from Sakura, why is Zouken still alive?
>>28262330Exactly.Also not even Avenger knows what the fuck's going on with Zouken right now. Shit's gone completely off the wall.
>>28262322And now you have a device on you that is constantly pinging nearby cell towers, telling anyone with the right shit your approximate location.
>>28262330Maybe they didn't get all of it.
>>28262278Kind of. He decided to stop trying to kill us because we're fundamentally different from his Shirou in some way.
>I have no idea what's winning.
>>28262346You use it once, maybe twice then toss it for a new one.And you damn well only use it to call someone else, and leave it off at all other times.This is not hard.
>>28262367[x] PANIC BLOODHOUND
>>28262367Move towards the river and keep sniffing.Though I also wish to ask Ilya if she can scry if we get a hold of one of Rin's familiars.
>>28262330My guess is that it's like a lich's phylactery; you have to destroy both it AND Zouken at the same time.I'm betting he's put a new worm in someone else. Like Shirou OH GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE.>>28262367[x] PANIC
>>28262375Or, you use your convenient mundane contact to do all that shit for you.
>>28262381This seems to be the most productive plan that incorporates some suggestions that is within reason. Supporting.
Rolled 6>>28262381Thirding this. Rolling for sniffing as well.
>>28262386Middlemen are inefficient, the stuff of cheesy spy movies. And a much bigger potential security hole than a disposable phone.
>>28262446But they can't give away your location in real-time.
>>28262446>Issei>the guy who is best described as Shirou-sexual>being a security risk to a guy who is Shirou but older, and possibly discussing descartes with him
>>28262475Neither can a phone, if you leave it turned off except for the minute or two needed to make a call.>>28262488In general terms.
I start moving towards the River, and as I do so something.... clicks. If they were in a public place, making or answering a call wouldn't be difficult. So they have to be somewhere private.If Saber's ribbon was any indication, then they should be close.I start running. The most obvious place they could be is-I reach the buildings, and hear noises off to my left. Sharp clangs down by the water. I hesitate long enough to pick up Ilya before sprinting down there myself.I see Saber, her hair down and armored, standing defensively between Rin and Assassin. Assassin himself is standing between Saber and Gilgamesh, keeping them separated by almost forty feet with a constant series of daggers.In a moment, I realize how Dangerous Assassin is. Gilgamesh can't open the gate and bombard him without harming Saber, Saber can't approach him without endangering Rin, and Gilgamesh can't get closer and still deflect the weapons Assassin is launching. It's a delaying tactic, but it's working well enough.And when I look at Rin, I understand. She's standing several feet behind Saber, more than far enough to give her maneuvering room but close enough to remain sheltered. But more important is her arm. She's clutching her left arm just below the shoulder, and I can see a small measure of blood trickling down between her fingers.Blood, and something black.....>Actions?
>>28262620If we're gonna intervene, can we start with pinpoint thrown Rule Breakers?
>>28262620Have Ilya call Rider and Sakura here. Bombard Gil with Broken Phantasms.
>>28262657With our luck? I think we should get backup first
>>28262657You. I like you.
>>28262620Use smoke to cover your advance!
>>28262620Does Rin have command seals handy?
>>28262620[x] Drop Ilya behind a tree, dial Sakura, hand her the phone, then go shoot Assassin with a lot of Rule Breakers, as many and as mana-efficient as possible.
Rolled 6>>28262620Can we get more of a description of what Assassin looks like? Does he just look like True Assassin?I'm voting for ambushing Assassin with overwhelming force. Maybe give him an exploding Phantasm or two to the face. We need to get Ilya to Rin as soon as possible, but we can't give them the chance to do anything without dealing with Assassin.
>>28262716Just the one, afaik.While Shirou has two he can't use. As does Ilya, I think.
>>28262719We neeed to deal with Gil first. If we don't, he's going to go all Rape of Persephone on Saber's ass.
>>28262620[X] Gae Bolg!
>>28262620Bow, hit him with a god damn Bow shot from another Bow that is exploding into swordsRemeber Shirou never misses
>>28262755If we do that, Assassin will just go RAPE RAPE RAPE on EVERYONE.
>>28262781Assassin seems to be stalling this shit, for whatever reason.
>>28262620I say we chuck copies of Nothung at assassin, try and get his ass to roll out. Have Ilya stay close but keep her head down. Having her get noticed by Gil would be...heartrending.
>>28262748Tell everyone to stop acting stupid.Rin should use the seal, Saber should use Invisible Air in Hammer style and Gil should use a shield, pull out a non lethal noble phantasm, go for CQC or something!
>>28262799Debatable, he's pretty weak of a fighter
>Looks like shooting him with a Rule Breaker wins?>>28262739>Mostly he looks like TA from the VN, other than his skin being a slightly lighter tone and not having one arm all bandaged up.>At least as far as you can tell, it's hard to say what he might be wearing under that cloak.
>>28262801It's unlikely that this Gil will be trying to construct his own Grail.
>>28262829Apparently he isn't anymore. Even Saber and Lancer was scared shitless.
>>28262829The usul one, yes.This one seems to be obscenely powerful. Or at least we got that impression at the church when Kirei got offed.
>>28262781Not necessarily. Assassin is preventing a fight from breaking out and stalling. Chances are Zouken and/or Assassin doesn't want any Servants to die yet. Zouken's might want to keep them alive on the chance that he could activate the black grail and start noming Servants.I wouldn't call assassin an ally or trust him with our life, but I think Gilgamesh is our biggest concern here, not Assassin. Assassin is stopping this from going to hell.
>>28262799Assassin's stalling because he poisoned Rin with Grail-Mud and he's waiting for the situation to implode. If he keeps attacking Saber at range, she can't grab her and flee.
>>28262837>a Rule Breaker>aSure, then several more in rapid succession. I'd rather we just go full Descartes and let him taste our exploding Bulge.
>>28262837So, in meta-talk because we obviously don't know this in-character, he's one of the many skull-faced assassins.Many, fuck those guys.
>>28262755As far as Gil is concerned, >>28262701 might actually be an interesting way of handling things.He's immediately going to assume that it's going to be another flashbang (since the two look almost identical, and we have already used one on him before), and will react accordingly, likely attempting to turn away or cover his eyes to avoid being blinded again.Which will make the ensuing smoke cloud more effective in helping to conceal a retreat.
>>28262878We don't know that at all. There's, like, ten other Hassan it could be, and only one of them has been touched upon in canon.
>>28262878Could he be the first of the... what, 19 old men of the mountain?F/Z was the last one in the line IIRC.
I drop Ilya, giving her my phone. She heads for cover while dialing Sakura, and I call the bow and Caster's knife to my hands.I aim and fire it directly at Assassin, and watch as it slices into his robe. He spins, looking like he's going to fall...... and then suddenly my 'arrow' reemerges from his cloak, coming right for me.[DC15 Dodge]
Rolled 10>>28262937Tactical dodging action
Rolled 6>>28262937What the fuck? Fukken hax.
Rolled 16>>28262937Can't touch that.
>>28262948Phew. Just barely made it.>>28262957Thank the root you were as slow as you were.
>>28262968>Thank the root you were as slow as you were.I was the same guy who rolled the 1 earlier. I think I'm going to stop rolling tonight.
>>28262937I think this is the reason we need a belt fed weapon. See if he can return a nice long burst out of an MG 3 with a lightened bolt.
Would have been interesting to see what happened if we failed that.
Rolled 14>>28262937Did he grab it or merely redirect it? Not actually asking AC-Guy. If he wants to play that way, I say we summon Kanshou and Bakuya. Give it at him in close quarters.
>>28263004We've been hit by one before. It, as far as we know, just severed our bond with Saber.
Rolled 11>>28263007I'm pretty sure he dodged the blade, grabbed the hilt and threw it back to sender.
Reminder that we do have a smoke grenade and three flashbangs on us right now.
>>28263029Man, if that is his trick, we need to fling a chakrum at that son of a bitch.
>>28263030>three flashbangsWell, we're certainly prepared if Assassin turns out to be the spirit of a Darkness Host, at least.
>>28263030Flashbangs are a terrible option
I manage to dodge the knife, feeling the wind as it passes my face.The others below seem to notice my approach with the blast though. Gilgamesh sparing me a glance. "Are you really going to just stand there while your women are in danger? Cowardly Mongrel.""He's not- We're-" Saber begins before letting out an irritated huff. "Rin, can you run? If Shirou is here, we might be able to escape."Rin looks around, legs wobbly. ".... Maybe. I-I'm not sure."Saber growls at Assassin as he begins to laugh, a slow hollow thing, as the rate of daggers seems to increase.>?
Rolled 9>>28263089You know what? Flashbang this son of a bitch. And throw another Rule breaker at Kinkaiser, just to give him something to think about.
>>28263089Rin is not well. If she runs to us without Saber's protection, she's getting skewered.We need to head over there and get her. Then have Saber cover us on the retreat to Ilya, who can hopefully do something about the what I assume is poison.
>>28263112"HEY GILGAMESH! ITS FREE SAMPLE DAY!"
>>28263089Dash to Rin and grab her, prompt Gil to GoB. Saber should escape
>>28263089Know what it's time for?Divine skill, flawless and firm.
>>28263089>Run to and grab Rin>Shield her body with our own if necessary, try to deflect Assassin's strike with projected kitchen knives or Rho Aais.
>>28263089Rho aias.Lets get out of here, the shield should hold while we beat it.
>>28263089Alright, pull Nothung this time, chuck that to cover a charge, maybe drawing Gram again.
>>28263089We need to interrupt or intercept Assassin's incoming dagger barrage.Then, secure Rin and ask for the extent of her injuries, before we take her and Ilya to safety.
>>28263021No, that one hit Saber.I don't recall Shirou being hit by one. Besides, he doesn't have a bond with anyone at the moment.>>28263089[x] Do we have Rho Aias? Jump in front of Seibah, let them retreat.>>28263112Why do people want to attack Gil? Even he will admit that Zouken and Assassin are too much of a threat to forgo a teamup.
>>28263164And, you know, Gil wants Saber.He's not going to kill Rin, because Saber would disappear. Gil isn't an immediate concern.
>>28263089Broken Phantasms in Assassins face? Broken Phantasms.
>>28263188I think it's semi-safe assumption he won't kill anyone that's close to Saber
>>28263259He does SEEM smart enough to know that killing someone she's placed under her protection will just turn her even more against him than she already is.
>>28263259We did kind of set off a flash bang in his face. Arc said that he was muttering some very cruel things in babylonian about us.
I start to run in a wide circle to behind where Rin is to grab her, but Assassin seems wise to my plan as I move.[DC15 Guard]
>>28263295>ArcI... Really need to double time those E-Books
>>28263346Did I redeem the '1' I rolled last quest?D-did I do good, guys?
>>28263346Steel is our body.
>>28263295He might hate us, but he does...Well, love's not a good word for it, but he has feelings for Saber in his own arrogant and fucked up way. And he seems to understand that killing people she cares about is the way to neither her heart nor loins.>>28263346Hell yeah mother fucker.
>>28263346IT'S GO TIME!
>>28263346We should've tried sneaking up to him in a box.
>>28263346Welp Assassin can go eat a dickworm
>>28263346Assassin already snuck into our house on his own initiative to talk because he found us interesting.I can only imagine how he's going to feel after this.
>>28263346Oh it's on now.
>>28263393I will never understand this.
>>28263408It's Japan: You shouldn't try.
>>28263408As I say in pretty much every thread where it comes up, Akibaranger is a bit silly.
>>28263408Its simple. Its Akibaranger.All the rangers in it are otaku.That is literally his waifu, and she's his powerup because the chick who built the suits is...either the creator of that series or the waifu's voice actor, I can't remember which.
I call a sword to hand, and start deflecting the daggers he throws my way. Soon I'm inside the area protected by Saber and I slowly pic up Rin."Your arm-""It's fine." She responds with a forced smile. "It hurts, but it's just a scratch."I can just tell she's lying as she says it, but I'm not sure I should call her out on it. I look at Saber, and she nods, advancing. Assassin stops laughing and stops throwing Daggers, making to break up the hill.Towards where Ilya was hiding.[DC16 Defend Loli]
Rolled 5>>28263563ALL HAILKING OF THE LOSERS
Rolled 17>>28263563YOU GET EXTRA BONUS FOR THAT IN THIS QUEST, SHIROU!
Rolled 13>>28263563>our crit success does nothing special and actually causes Assassin to attack our loli
We did not defend the loli...
>>28263573>>28263580>>28263584>>28263590Getting real sick of your shit dice.
>>28263580>>28263590We're being laughed at
>>28263573>>28263580>>28263584>>28263590This is all my (>>28263580) fault.I ask not for your forgiveness /tg/, for my crime cannot be forgiven. I ask only that you understand why I did what I did. I only wanted to save Illya. And, for what it's worth, I'm sorry.
Please no.I just watched Ilya die twice this weekend.Please no, Assassin.Please stop.Rider please get here and save us from our failure.
>>28263659>Rider please get here and save us from our failure.I swear, if Rider ends up like Broserker after this, Ilya is offically DoomLoli from now on.
I start to race up the hill, trailing only slightly behind Saber as I do so. I suddenly hear noise, gunshots. Several in rapid succession as all four of us do something of a double-take rushing ahead.I see Assassin making a grab for Ilya, who appears to be holding an empty pistol with the slide jammed open as she furiously backpedals hands searching for something on the gun.She hits the wall and lets out a frightened squeak as Assassin grabs her and Rider comes through the window in a shower of broken Glass.[DC15 KILL]
Rolled 9>>28263688FUCK YOOOOUUGET AWAY FROM HER
>>28263678Well Rider -is- partially Berserker
Rolled 4>>28263688BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!
Rolled 2>>28263688GAE BOLG!
Rolled 6>>28263688Ilya has a GUN?!?
>>28263695>>28263703>>28263705GO FUCK YOURSELF, DICEGODS.
>>28263713Took a page from dear departed Dad.Kerry's proud of her little girl.
Nothing over ten...oh wait...>>28263720
Rolled 5>>28263695>>28263703>>28263705>>28263709>>28263711>>28263713>>28263715Fuuuuuuuuuck...>>28263720We needed you at least 5 posts ago.
Rolled 19>>28263745U guys gettin trolled by the dice
Rolled 18>>28263713Anon, her daddy was the Magus Killer. Even if she wasn't raised by him, she has his blood.I'd be surprised if Illya being asked to remove all weapons from her person didn't go something like pic related.
Rolled 17I will be drinking heavily tonight.Once I get home off work.
>GUARD: 20>wow its fucking nothing>SAVE ILYA: 9godfuckingdamnit this is bullshit AC-Guy.
Rolled 17>>28263769>>28263752>>28263751Lel the good rolls come when it doesn't matter
>>28263751>>28263752Stop wasting them!>>28263769STOP!
>>28263764I'll never forgive you if you hurt Ilya, AC.
>>28263790Anon, do you really think such puny threats frighten AC-Guy?He is a god of REJOICING and maximum shadowruns, and we are merely his playthings.
>>28263812No, only Rejoicing.Decu has Shadowruns.
I try to form the bow, realizing the pistol would be better for this, I try to shift Rin's weight more to my other arm as I straighten my right arm for firing. It's not enough, the shots go wide of the target even as Rin tries to pull herself to help me.Rider lands, throwing her chain out, and Assassin throws himself backwards dragging Ilya along. Rider curses, pulling the chain back to avoid hurting her, managing to barely rip some of their clothing.I drop Rin gently, realizing I only have one more shot at this--I can't fail, not now.[DC12 Interception]
Rolled 20>>28263869fuck this shit
Rolled 12>>28263869FOR SATAN
>>28263869BRACE FOR CRIT FAI>>28263877>>28263878WHAT THE FUCK
Rolled 12>>28263877Anon.ANON I LOVE YOU.
>>28263863>implying Decu and AC-Guy are not merely two of the faces of a classical tripartite deity
>>28263869>DC12 Your sympathy is appreciated.>>28263877>>28263878But fortunately unnecessary.
>>28263878>>28263877LOLDICECome on, Gram. Ginsu this son of a whore.
>>28263877I'm going to express my appreciation with deep, loving strokes.
>>28263869>Two servants, 3 trained magi>Shirou the only one that can do anything right
>>28263877>inb4 this twenty causes Assassin to pop a Noble Phantasm and escape with both Rin and Ilya
>>28263918>hes never seen the entirety of F/SN or its different endingstheres a reason why he keeps winning ultimately.
>>28263918Of course, we're the only one with demon powers.
>>28263920After that bullshit guard crit, I wouldn't be surprised.I also wouldn't be following this quest any longer.
>>28263944I was mildly upset about the guard crit. Maybe it did something amazing, but it didn't show up in the write-up.AC, would you mind if I ask what the effect of that aforementioned crit was, with regards to the difference between normal success and a critical success?
>>28263944I'm not sure what you're on about.That roll was to acquire Rin while not getting stabbed to death by flying murder daggers, which we did quite flawlessly.
Rin lands on her feet, but even as she does I'm already moving. I pump so much mana into my legs it burns, and I throw myself into the air after him.Assassin chuckles, throwing daggers at me. I barely see them past my rage. He seems to realize something as I just just let them sink home into my arm, never breaking eye contact with him.He tries to put Ilya between us to shield himself, but in holding his arms out like that, he leave them exposed. I break both of them with a pair of kicks. He screams, as much in anger and denial as pain as Ilya slips from his grasp. I land between him and her, and he smashes out the far door as Ilya stands up from where she fell.[ ] Pursue.[ ] Stay.
>crit a defensive action>we defend flawlessly against a servant machine gunning daggers at us>"duh fuck nigga? why didn't we slap one of the knives back at his eyes or some shit?"
Rolled 11>>28264011Pursue and subdue
Rolled 13>>28264011>[X] Stay.GIRLPILE SAFETY FIRST
Rolled 15>>28264011Rider is on station? Good.>[ ] Pursue.YOU ARE NO LU BU MOTHERFUCKER
>>28264011>StayIf anyone is going to chase, it should be Rider.
>>28264011>[ ] Pursue.Kill this cunt. Too much bullshit out of him.
>>28264011[X] Pursue.NOT TODAY MOTHERFUCKER
>>28264011>[ ] Stay.Trace a sure-kill sword and have Rider stab him in the back with it.
>>28264011>[ ] Stay.Rin needs saving and we need to see if we were poisoned too.
>>28264011[X] Pursue with Gilgamesh"GILGAMEEEESH! THIS MONGREL DARED TO HARM SABER. WILL YOU JUST LET HIM GO?!"
>>28263944>>28263968>When you went to grab Rin?>You succeeded. Hard. A near success would've made it so Shirou or Saber were at a disadvantage despite regrouping. As it was, you freed Saber up and forced Assassin to flee. Which is a good thing, since he was trying to stall that situation for as long as possible.>Breaking the stalemate was literally the best possible result of that situation.
>>28264024Because merely succeeding isn't what you'd expect from a crit. Especially not when our crit failures lead to us causing fatal fire damage while examining a bike.
>>28264011>[X] Pursue.I'm sick of your shit Shitsassin
>>28264088>He was trying to stall...Stall for what?FOR WHAT?
>>28264011>[X]PursueBefore we get stuck watching movies for another few months.
>>28264105Well, for a start he appears to have POISONED RIN.
>>28264011[x] MURDER DEATH KILL>>28264088Except he went for Ilya, ACQUIRED Ilya, and nearly escaped with her. I don't think even Rin would consider that a 'best possible' result.
Rolled 2>>28264105I think we should get the fuck out now and ask questions later.
>the girls decide to try to make us relax>attempt to do so by putting themselves in harm's way without usWell, at least we aren't the only stupid one in the harem.
>StayWe have KNIVES IN OUR ARMS and RIN IS POISONED and GILGAMESH IS RIGHT THERE.
>>28264011Pursue, by the end of today we'll be realaxed. Because we'll have made ourselves a new assassin skin rug.
>>28264101If anyone you should post Bruno
>>28264092>trying to get to cover(Saber)>crit instead shows that we can block his shit fine>we take over for Saber instead of giving her anyone person to protect
>>28264120>(Went for Ilya)>As opposed to going for a swim? He fled in the only direction available to him. Stopping to try and grab a hostage is actually only of debatable intelligence.>(Acquired Ilya)>After you failed two consecutive rolls to stop him. Technically, Ilya also failed her 'defend self' check off-screen, and Gil, Rider, and Saber all failed their checks to intercept.
>>28264133They're all fucking perfect for each other.>>28264011...is Saber in here with us? She was out in front of us on our way to try and intercept Assassin from getting to Illya, but she doesn't seem to have made it here now, based on the fact that she's not doing anything proactive.And Gil is still out there.Kind of worrisome.
>>28264088>>28264159I think the only issue was it not being very evident how good that was from reading the text.
>>28264188I can't imagine Ilya's check would have been particularly easy.Everyone else as well? Fair enough.
Rolled 8>>28264189>>28263688>I start to race up the hill, trailing only slightly behind Saber as I do so.
>>28264188>4 other failed checksgeez, the dice have it out for us tonight, don't they
>>28264227All night every night.Except when we go 1v1 with Avenger, THEN we always roll good.
>What's winning the vote?>>28264189>Saber arrived, as did Gil, but You and Rider beat them into action.>>28264190>Sorry if details aren't obvious/good enough for people to work with: I was trying to prioritize keeping the action moving along.>>28264220>>28264227>To be completely fair, Gil wasn't really trying that hard at throwing himself into harms way to protect some Random Loli (from his perspective).
Rolled 11>>28264233Or protect someone. I don't think we ever botched "Save ally" rolls... well, except for that time with Berserker.
Rolled 1>>28264261Stay and see to Rin.Shes probably poisoned
>>28264261At a glance, it's not entirely one-sided.I think a balanced approach would be having Rider pursue while we stay and lick our wounds.
>>28264261Stay and help Tohsaka
>>28264261>some Random Loli (from his perspective)Well uh let's just let him keep thinking that, then.
>>28264261I'd say having Rider and Gil go after Assassin while we tend to Rin would be a good compromise...
Rolled 20>>28264277I think you just killed rin
>>28264261>8 for Pursue>5 for Stay
>>28264223I saw that, but then at no other point in the rest of our confrontation with Assassin did she do anything of note.It's the kind of omission that either means we're screwed if we didn't notice it, or AC-Guy just didn't bring it up because it was irrelevant and then he laughs at us for worrying in the first place, so it's a lose-lose.>>28264261Stay and see to Rin/make sure Gil doesn't decide that us running off to take care of Assassin is just another iteration of us not "protecting our women", and taking it upon himself to liberate them from us.We should probably see that Rider makes sure that Assassin doesn't stumble upon Sakura during his retreat, though.
>>28264261>To be completely fair, Gil wasn't really trying that hard at throwing himself into harms way to protect some Random Loli (from his perspective).I WANT TO BE THERE WHEN HE FINDS OUT WHO SHE ISI DON'T CARE HOW. PUT IT IN AN INTERLUDE OR SOMETHING.
>>28264320No. I think we're still good.Now STOP ROLLING.
>>28264320godfuckingdamnit stop rolling you idiots
>>28264320I think you just saved her.
>>28264333That would be a heartwrenching experience
>>28264333Why would he care?Didn't he literally rip out her heart in Unlimited Bladeworks?
>>28264386He also slashed her eyes with a sword beforehand
>>28264386Well, there's the little fact that she's the grail, and Avenger kiiiind of needs that for his nebulous evil plan.
>>28264339>there are people that actually think you can "waste" rolls
Rolled 14>>28264418It's a spiritual thing, you wouldn't understand.
>>28264411>and Avenger kiiiind of needs that for his nebulous evil plan.I just had a horrible thought, and we should never do it, but I'm gonna air this anyway, just to get it off my chest.We could kill her, in order to stop him. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one, after all.
>>28264433mind of steel pls go
>>28264442>implying it's not Best End
>>28264411Technically he also needed a vampire. Though I am still worried about that. Also anyone else thought about what our Origin is? It's not just sword right maybe 'Sword that makes heroes'?
>>28264433Kiritsugu stay dead pls
>>28264448>implying any end where Rin dies or is implied to die can be anything but worst endWhat kind of monster are you? How can you deprive the world of THIS?!
>>28264411I'm assuming Avenger knows she's a Grail, he seems to know about as much as we do regarding major Grail-War related business, probably because he is us, or is future/past/alternate world us, or is our brother, or he's a clone of us/we're a clone of him, or something.Either way I would be beyond shocked if he didn't know that.
>>28264433Knock her out, stuff her on the next plane out of the country and put her in...I dunno, the Crystal Valley?
>>28264463>dat white turtleneck
>>28264418With /tg/'s diceroll algorithm, anything is possible.
>>28264433My only qualm with the holy grail war is nobody ever just fucked off and left the city.
>>28264471I think he knows a lot about the grail because he's Angra Mainyu in a body cloned from us.
>>28264433Wait a minute, does anyone know what effect hittinng her with RUURU BUREAKA would have on her Grailness?>>28264492Traditionally, the participants all either wanted in in the first place, or have a reason to stay. The Grail doesn't pick Masters who don't have SOME sort of a wish.
>>28264492If I remember correctly, in the 3rd war Caster and their master actually did just say fuck it and leave. Or maybe that was the 2nd, Its been a while.
>>28264492Actually, I think the Third War's caster and master ran off and lived on an island together. They might have just defaulted to that after the Imperial Army decided to give the Grail to Hitler.
>>28264493What if Avenger is actually Shirou, and we're some sort of magical-wish-daemon that was created by a near-death shota-Shirou?>conspiracykeanu.jpg
>>28264463>Adult RinYeah, she's pretty good
>>28264543"No Shirou," said Avenger, "You are the Avengers."And then Shirou was Angra Mainyu.
>>28264500What's amusing is that, even in canon, most of the masters in the 5th war give up on their wish without even needing to be convinced the Grail is evil and wants to kill the world.So really, it's not THAT surprising that we've managed to form the alliance we have now. Unfortunately, 3rd/4th war leftovers have upped the player count to compensate. Kirei is out, but we still have Gilgamesh, Zouken, and of course Avenger to deal with.And after that, we have the Association to fend off. "We're sick of fighting just let us live in peace" probably won't work on them. If we could find some way to restrict the Servants' abilities we might get away with it, though.
>>28264575Is that from something official, or just fanart?
>>28264585>"We're sick of fighting just let us live in peace" probably won't work on them. Caster is so fucked.
>>28264517That was second, also Caster and her(?) master were the winners. The wish gave Caster a body and they lived happily ever after. The Eisenberns then imploded from rage and said fuckit let's summon Satan.
>>28264585>Kirei is outNah, he's just in disguise. Hiding in plain sight.He's clever like that.
>>28264585The Association canonically knows better then to try fucking around with any Servants that are around after a War. Those that aren't die out quickly.
>>28264635What? There's literally no information on the second war. Where are you getting that from?
>>28264585>Shirou gives no fucks>Rin wants to win because she doesn't want to lose>Ilya wants the Root by default, though she's here personally to kill you>Lancer's original master wants IDK>Caster's original master wants IDK>Zouken wants immortality>Sakura wants ??? (she wanted to kill every later, not sure if she wanted that to begin with)I'd only identify 2 out of the 7 as not giving a fuck.
>>28264646I thought kirei was doing horrible things as shownhttp://exhentai.org/g/635286/da205b8796/
>>28264661The first war ends with a tpk and the second it was mentioned that the winner wished for their servant to be given a body didn't they? This is mentioned when discussing why the Eisenberns then summoned Angra in the Third.
>>28264635No one has ever won the Grail War.
>>28264664>>Lancer's original master wants IDKBazett's primary motivation for joining the HGW was to meet Cu Chulainn, because she's a huge fangirl.I think. I learned most of what I know about her from Prisma Ilya and doujins, on account of HA not being translated.
>>28264664Lancer's Master just wants her Irish Husbando.Considering Caster's original master got ganked offscreen by his own Servant and didn't even get his own spinoff like Bazett did I'd say he doesn't count. And we know Souichibro doesn't really give two shits about the Grail, beyond the fact that Caster wants it, and she wants it so she can be with her husbando.Sakura didn't want anything until she got corrupted by Angry Manjew, that's why she didn't participate in Fate or UBW.
>>28264704>to meet Cu ChulainnI fully understand and support this.
>>28264704There was the whole 'senpai please notice me' thing she had going with Kirei.That ended well.
My first instinct is to chase him down and make him BLEED. But-"Rider?"She glances to Sakura, and with a nod starts to run. "On it."I help Ilya the rest of the way to her feet, and look to Rin and her. "Are you two alright?""Fine." Ilya says with a slight wince as she brushes herself off. "A few bruises maybe, but nothing serious."Rin shakes her head. "It's just a little cut. I'll be fine." She sits down, slowly. "I'm feeling a little winded though....."I exchange a glance with Saber and Ilya, and we all move at once without hesitating. "Wha?" Rin begins, and Sakura takes a confused step out of our way as we hold her down and forcibly expose the cut she's trying to hide from us."That black stuff," I ask Ilya conversationally "Is that what I think it is?""The same thing that Shadow tagged you with? Looks like." She pulls out a bottle of water and begins swishing it around in her mouth as Rin gives us a questioning look."Is this really a big deal?" She asks slowly, looking back at the cut. "We can just-""According to Ilya, that stuff is darkness and despair given physical form." I respond. "The sooner we get it out, the better.""Hold still please." She asks and she puts her mouth to the cut."Eh? Is that safe?!? Ilya sto-""Rin, she knows what she's doing." I tell her."But-""Rin, you're acting like Shirou." Saber comments dryly. Apparently that does the trick, because she immediately closes her eyes and lies very still. I give Saber an irritated glance while she merely shrugs nonchalantly.After a minute, Ilya hacks out the mud on the ground, and Rin groggily sits up. "So.... What's...." She shakes her head like she's trying to clear it. "Rider?""Went after Assassin." I tell her. As I say it, I turn to see Gilgamesh stare blankly at the black substance on the ground.
>>28264720Eh, I take some issue with "Sakura didn't want anything." The grail recognizes subconscious desires, after all.
>>28264745"The Hell....?" He begins, staring at it, before crouching and getting a better look. "How the hell did Assassin get this? How did he TOUCH this without-" He looks at Ilya. "And how did you manage to REMOVE it?!" He makes an irritated grunt noise as he starts walking towards the door. "Well, Avenger's going to be pissed.""Archer.... Do you know something?" Saber asks, and he hesitates before turning back to her."Should I tell you? Are you on my side or his?" He gestures towards me. Before Saber can even answer his face scrunches like he just encountered a particularly foul smell and he turns to leave. "Well today's just been a non-stop barrel of laughs, hasn't it?"After he leaves, Sakura tells us that Assassin is giving her the runaround in the forest. She thinks she still has his trail since she managed to make him bleed everywhere, but she doesn't think he's dead, just trying to escape and lay low."If nothing else, it bought us some breathing room." I say with a sigh. I turn to Rin to tell her that her plan to draw people out was an unmatched success.... but she appears to have fallen asleep, pressed into Saber's side."I had to drain a lot of her Mana to get the taint out of her." Ilya tells me. "If it had much longer, I wouldn't have been able to at all." She hesitates. "I.... I'm not sure I got ALL of it either, but we won't be able to tell right away if I didn't.">Actions?
>>28264695Then used the waters of the uncorrupted grail while everyone else was busy killing each other and made off like a bandit.
>>28264752There's also a thing that members of the three families are chosen automatically
>>28264759Have Rider back off a little. Try to give Assassin room to breathe, and see if he leads her to Zouken's base.The rest of us should return home. Rin needs bed rest and monitoring.Tell her we won't stand for her concealing the wound if it gets worse.
>>28264759Illya and Saukra get Rin home safe while Saber and ourselves go a huntin'.
>>28264759I think we should head home, cook up a nice big dinner for everyone, and just try to take it easy.It's still supposed to be our day off.
>>28264759[x] See if Rin has some gems on her. See if Ilya and Sakura can figure out how to use them to recharge Rin.
>>28264759Are we tainted?
>>28264759>Actions?Seeing as we don't have a convenient Kirei around anymore, I think we should go back home then try to make contact with Lancer or Caster to fully check Rin's condition.And we really need to talk to Sakura about what kind of hold Zouken has that's threatening her.Man, and I'm expecting Red Archer to have dug out something good in proportion to the time he spent without contact with us.
>>28264759I think going home has it.
Rolled 4>>28264759Go help Rider tear Assassin a third "ass" while the rest of our group takes Rin home and gets Caster or Bazette to check on her.
>>28265038Everyone will be mad in this caseWe really should check ourselves for poison though
>>28264759FALL BACK TO THE HOME
>>28265038>Go help RiderKnivesarmsAlso, I don't trust the girls to walk to the shed without getting kidnapped, let alone all the way home from here.
>>28264759Whatever we do, we don't leave the girls alone.
Rolled 3>>28265201Our legs and pelvis are augmented.
"Let's get Rin home." I say, slowly reaching to pick her up. As I do, Saber grabs my arm and shows the others the multiple knives still sticking out of it."Doesn't- Doesn't that HURT, Sempai?" Sakura asks slowly."... It does, yeah. A lot." I slowly start to pull one of them out, and let out a sigh of relief as it does so rather painlessly and without any sign of that black goop. Sakura looks away as I pull the rest out, looking slightly Ill at the sight. Thankfully, there's only five of them, so the process doesn't take long.Ilya double checks them to be sure, and then I pick up Rin to take her home. She almost wakes up, but then snuggles into my chest as she gets settled in my arms. Saber opts to give Ilya a ride after she ties her hair back with the Ribbon we found. As we start to leave the shed I hear Saber tell Ilya where the slide release on her pistol was, and she laments not being able to reload properly in a crisis.The walk home is peaceful, though a bit longer than usual due to us taking a more discreet route given the condition we're collectively in. It's no small relief when we get home to find the house empty and undisturbed. I make Rin comfortable in the living room, since nobody wants to leave her by herself after what happened, and Ilya chooses to stay with her as I go to cook lunch.Lunch. I look at the clock startled and realize that this was only the first half of the day we spent in Shinto. I see Sakura looking between me in the kitchen and her sister in the living room, while Saber frowns at me apparently lost in thought.>?
>reading through the archives>Rider calls Shirou "prince's pleasure bitch"why did that arouse me?
>>28265370>but then snuggles into my chestSomeone needs to take a picture with their phonethe teasing
>>28265370Sakura want to help me cook?
>>28265370Have Saber tend to her Master.Ask Sakura to assist us in the kitchen. And give us periodic updates on Rider's progress on Assassin.Also, now would be a good time for her to reveal what Zouken is threatening her with.
>>28265370Sakura needs a distraction. Ask her to come in and help us with a western-style dish.
>>28265370[x] Ask Sakura if she knows if Rin has any of those gems lying around, and if they can be used to replenish her prana.We need Ilya to make sure she got all the goop.
>>28265370>Only 5 knivesI'm surprised they even pierced shirou considering how dense he isAlso let sakura cook
>>28265679>Also let sakura cookHell no. Then they'll thing we've been dopplegangered again.
"I don't suppose anybody knows where Rin might be keeping some of those gems?" I get a series of negative responses. "Oh well, worth a shot."I wave to Sakura and asks if she wants to help with Lunch, and she gives me a slightly tired smile as she agrees. Rin sleeps fitfully the entire time, with Saber and Ilya watching over her concerned. Sakura turns to me as I finish grilling some strips of steak. "Rider's still after him."".... Still? I thought she would've found him or lost him by now.""She thinks he's toying with her. With the coverage in the forest and how fast he is, she can't pin him down. Apparently he keeps taunting her with carved notes and throw daggers.""Wait, he's actively taunting her?" I turn, looking at Sakura.".... She thinks he wants her off balance so he can either strike her or escape. Apparently he isn't as strong, just very very clever."I think back to the time I confronted him in the Church. "..... I wouldn't bank on that. Did you see how he easily he managed to control that situation at the docks? Fighting them for the first time, he took on the two most powerful servants we know of and held them in the open.""I thought he was pinned between them?" She asks, confused."At first glance. But he had poisoned Rin and limited her mobility, so holding the situation was good for him." I frown. "Given his positioning he kept Gilgamesh from going all out against him, and kept Saber pinned in an unfavorable position. When I ended the stalemate, he had an escape in mind.""He almost didn't get away though.""Only because he stopped to try and grab Ilya."Sakura frowns, looking away and clearly re-thinking a lot of things. ".... I thought he was on the ropes...." Her eyes widen as she turns back to me. "Rider's out there alone, and we have no idea where that Red Archer is!" She hesitates, looking me in the eye. "S-Should I cal her back? I don't want Assassin to escape, but losing Rider-"[ ] Call her back.[ ] Leave her out.
>>28265782>[X] Call her back.Do not pursuit assassins, especially assassins that want you to pursuit them.
>>28265782>[X] Call her back.
>>28265782[x] Call her back.It'd be rude to have lunch without her, after all.
Rolled 7>>28265782>[ ] Call her back.He could be toying for time again.
>>28265782Call her backShould we mention that we know Grampy is holding something over her head? Maybe apologise for still not being able to get him to stay dead?
>>28265782>[X] Call her back."I don't think Red Archer will be a threat, but I get the feeling Rider might come off worse if Assassin springs a trap."
>>28265782>[ ] Call her back.We can have Shirou ride shotgun with her later and cleanse the area where she suspects Zouken is with a Broken Phantasm bombardment.
"I think the Red Archer hates Zouken as much as we do." I tell her. "But I don't think Assassin's going to let her fight him in favorable conditions."She nods, thinking. "Hey Sempai?""Hmmm?"".... You're really good at this aren't you?" She give me a look. "You always seem to know the best way to react, and...." She frowns slightly. ".... When Assassin grabbed your Sister.... I've never seen anyone move that fast. It was almost like you were already there when Neesan was dropped....">What say?
So I'm thinking we should call Archer back home at some point and drop the whole 'future self but not really' thing. And contract him to Ilya, which should let him use BNPs all day long.>>28265867[x] "A mix of Reinforcement and pure, undiluted anger, I think. I don't like seeing people important to me being placed in danger. I'd do anything I needed in order to protect any one of you."
>>28265867I guess I'm just very good at protectijg those I care about
>>28265867"I just do what I think I should, nothing much"
>>28265867Hey I always said I wanted to be a super hero didn't I?(I'm tempted to just ask everyone together and ask for all of the hugs at this point.)
>>28265867I'm good at knowing what needs to be done *right now*. I'm not very good at the long term multiple steps stuff. Telling Rider to fall back, making sure Ilya was safe, leaving while we had the chance.... you can't really plan for that. You just make the best choice available, and hope it really was the best choice.
>>28265867"I don't like overthinking tactics in a fight., so I'm just doing what I think its the best at that moment. Sometimes it works, sometimes it backfires badly. "
>>28265891>>28265965Mix of these sound good to everyone?
>>28265987SureWhy must you make choices that seem to have no right answer AC-Guy?
"I'm not that amazing. I'm just good at knowing what needs to be done *right now*." I sigh, looking at the others and then back to Sakura. "I'm not very good at planning things out in advance. Telling Rider to back off, saving Ilya, leaving while we could- They just felt obvious at the time. I guess you just make the best choice you can, and then hope it's actually the best choice.""Like charging Assassin?""That was Adrenalin. And reinforcement..... and more than a little anger." I tell her, sighing abashedly. "I don't like seeing people important to me hurt or endangered. I'd do anything to protect any of you."She gives me an almost worried smile. "Yeah, you've said that before.""And that worries you.""Kinda." She admits. "I just.... I'm trying to trust you to know when it's too much to handle, but sometimes I worry you won't know or care. Not until it's too late.">?
>>28266144If everyone I care about is able to smile afterwards then it wasn't too far or too late; at least that's how I see things.
>>28266144"Hey, I really really REALLY wanted to chase Assassin down and stab him repeatedly, but I didn't right? I'm stupid but not crazy. Well maybe just a little crazy."
>>28266144[x] "I'm not just going to throw my life away, because I know that would hurt you more than anything. But I don't think I could live with myself if I sacrificed someone else, ANYONE else, just for my own safety. Especially not you.Can I really call myself a man if I'm not willing to stand up, grit my teeth, and take the hits destined for others?"MANLY PASSION GO.
>>28266144>but sometimes I worry you won't know or care. Not until it's too late.""Are you talking about those knives that were sticking out of my arm? It's not that I don't realize that I get injured, its that I know that I didn't have any time to worry about myself. I know that I'm always pushing myself too much but no one here can afford to relax now, can we? The only choice we have is too either push ourselves to the limit or people will die."
"I know. It might not seem that way, but.... when Assassin took off, my first thought was to follow him and finish the job. But that would've left you three to vulnerable because I would need to take a Servant with me, and then there's the fact that we didn't know if those knives were poisoned at the time."".... So Rider went instead?""Rider. Who has shown herself to be largely more competent, is significantly faster, and has a freaking Pegasus to call upon if things start to go badly." I respond easily. "Her odds of surviving alone are significantly better than mine, if only because she can turn intangible at a moments notice."She spends a long time thinking about this, before she relaxes a little bit. ".... That does make sense. Sorry Sempai.""You don't have to be sorry for caring." I tell her, sighing as I do. "Honestly, sometimes I make less than ideal choices in the heat of the moment. Sometimes even the best plan doesn't end up helping."".... Berserker?" She asks slowly and I flinch, and she surprises me with hug. "You couldn't have done more than that." She tells me, quiet and firm before she lets go and looks back at the stove. "I'm going to see if Neesan is going to eat." She says as she takes off the apron. "Rider should be back before long, so I guess we'll see what she thinks when she gets here."I watch Sakura gently rouse Rin, and the two of them start to move towards her bedroom for a clean shirt. As the sisters depart, Saber and Ilya fall into quiet conversation, with the occasional glance in my direction.[ ] Confront them.[ ] Ignore them.
>>28266442[x] Confront them."No ruining lunch with nefarious plans."
>Alright, it's almost 4am here. Either we pick up here next time, or we go with whatever you end up choosing for this.>And to whoever archives this, I believe this si technically Verse Forty-Nine.
>>28266442Ignore them, try to relax and maybe catch a nap.
>>28266455Sleep well Acguy.
>>28266442"Ok that has to be intentional, because nobody is that bad at being subtle, and I'm notoriously bad at noticing things. So is this a continuation of everyone acting weird all day today, or is this a new thing?">>28266455G'night boss, thanks for the thread. AND HOLY SHIT WE ACTUALLY COMPLETED A THREAD!