>Previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=iM%40S+Fantasy+Quest>Inventory & other info: http://pastebin.com/88DNhJrp"I win!"You lurch from your slumber, exclaiming your victory in the previous night's drinking contest. You immediately follow this announcement with an equally loud exclamation of pain as your head strikes the wood of the bunk above you."A bit early to say that innit?" A voice drawls from the top bunk. "You ha'nt even set foot in the pits yet."Pits? What is he talking about? For that matter, where are you now? It looks like a cramped barracks of some sort, with simple bunk beds packed into a tiny, low-ceilinged room on either side of a narrow, straw-covered dirt aisleway. There are no windows, the only light coming from a lantern flickering from one end of the aisleway.You struggle to recall the events of the previous night, but other than your victory over Kotori in the drinking contest -- that much you can clearly remember -- it's all a hazy blur. The painful throbbing in your head (only partly due to the blow against the upper bunk just now) makes it hard to focus.With a start, you realize that you don't even have your coin purse on you. Fortunately, you do remember dropping the majority of your gear off even before going to dinner, so you know most of that should be safe, but right now all you have on you is the clothes on your back and the dagger sheathed hidden in your boot.>What do?
Oh god we got abducted into the arena...>ask who are you and where am I
>Magic number tonight is 8. If you're not sure what that means, see the pastebin in the OP for a rundown on how dice in this quest work.>Also, special bonus points to >>28238579 for correctly guessing what the rolls at the end of last thread determined. Good job anon! Get yourself a cookie.
>>28724041This sounds good. Wonder what happened to Kotori.
>>28724041This, nothing else to do.
>>28723955Look around see where we are and find Kotori
>>28723955note to self, stop drinking that much ever again. second note. find our Kotori! third note. we got enslaved. once we get out of this. kill all slavers can find and drive them out of the land.
>>28723955[x] oh god what
>>28724235OP's pic might be related.
>>28723955"So," you ask your bunkmate as you rub your aching head, "who are you? And where are we?""Name's Kalid the Crasher," the man on the other side of the board above you replies. "Pit name, anywise. And tha's where y'are, innit? The fightin' pits. Well, the barracks for 'em, anywise.""Fighting pits? But that sort of thing's illegal here in Kethyria, isn't it?"Kalid laughs raucously, a sound that feels like a hammer whanging against your skull in your current hungover state. "Aye, and nobody ever did nothin' illegal there wouldn' be no city guard, now would there?"> Ask about Kotori> Ask how you got here> Ask who runs these pits> Get up and take a look around> Other (specify)
>>28724653> Get up and take a look aroundthen> Ask how you got herethen> Ask about Kotoriin that order
>>28724653>[x] Ask who runs these pitsThis, then>[x] Ask about KotoriI doubt he'll know but may as well ask.
>>28724653[x] Ask about Kotori
>>28724653>> Ask how you got here>> Ask about Kotori
>>28724653>> Ask about Kotori>> Ask how you got hereIf they did anything to Kotori, everyone who helps run this place will die.
>>28724716add >ask who runs the place to the end of this
>>28724904It'd be good to use the Demon inside us for good. I wonder if we will find a puchi in here.
>>28724994my god. they have enslaved the puchis! we have to free them/catch them!
>>28724994lets see whats the situation is and how it goes before we brutally murder potential future allies with demonic powers
>>28725181Or... a puchi runs the pit!
>>28725239God please let this be the case.
>>28725272this would be a very silly place then. but sadly i don't think it is.
>>28724653So you've somehow wound up flat broke and in the middle of an illegal pit fighting operation. But...what about Kotori?"Say, Kalid, I was out with a woman last night. Would you happen to know what happened to her?""They broughtcha in all by your lonesome last night, but tha's no surprise," he replies. "If this lady friend o' yours is in the same sorta shit you is, she'd be in the whorehouse more likely'n not. Or if she's one'a the scrappy bints what's actually worth more here in the pits than as a whore, she'd be in the ladies' barracks.""Right...and what sort of 'shit' would that be, that gets a guy to wind up here?"Kalid laughs again, sending another volley of throbbing reverberations through your skull. "Boy, you really were deep in the grog last night, eh? You got yourself a debt to the wrong folks, that's the shit you're in. 'S what all of us is here for, save the crazies who're just itchin' to fuck a bastard up. But seein' as you got drug in here in the wee hours last night too sloshed to keep yer own feet, I reckon that ain't you."> Go look for Kotori> Go see if you can find someone who can tell you just what sort of debt got you put here> Ask Kalid what debt he's here for> Other (specify)
> Ask Kalid what debt he's here for> Go see if you can find someone who can tell you just what sort of debt got you put here
>>28725698>[x] Go see if you can find someone who can tell you just what sort of debt got you put hereDebts can usually be payed in the blood. The blood of the person we are in debt too. We could have been shanghai'd as well.
>>28725698we are not in any one's debt SOOOoooo> Ask Kalid what debt he's here forthen> Go look for Kotori
>>28725766>>28725807as i remember right, we are free and clear of debts, so we got shanghai-ed and bad.
>>28725698>> Go look for KotoriThe only thing that matters right now.
>>28725698[x] Go see if you can find someone who can tell you just what sort of debt got you put hereDisregard Kalid acquire intel.
You know QM, feeling a bit peeved you put us in this sort of situation based purely on the results of a diceroll. If you pull any bullshit with Kotori I'll be dropping this quest there and then.
>>28726150She got a 1 for her drunkenness and iirc, low numbers are good for the quest.
>>28726189No, it was 15,19,16. And the reroll vote failed by 1.
>>28726253No, it was 16,1,18
>>28726309https://archive.foolz.us/tg/thread/28233117/#28238939>Well damn, so it is! I guess that makes >>28238454 the right one. https://archive.foolz.us/tg/thread/28233117/#28238454>15,19,16
>>28726359we still needs to get out of this. unless the girls are going to bust in here and free us. i HOPE they are on our trail.
>>28726406>getting kotori potentially abducted affecting our already shaky still fresh revelation of inner demon with the girlshooray dicerolls
>>28726359Oh cocks that's right... we should have fucking rerolled, welp let the demon roll. That d10 motherfucker, we need to find him.
>>28725698You slowly haul yourself to your feet, staggering slightly from vertigo as a wave of nausea washes over you. There must be some mistake; you don't owe anyone any debts. And there's no way you could have racked up such a huge debt in one night as to end up here, no matter how drunk you were.Right?You turn to thank Kalid for his helpful advice, and find yourself face to face with possibly the biggest, burliest man you've ever seen, covered in scars and missing one eye. You're pretty sure he's bigger than some orcs you've seen, and you wonder just how the rickety wooden structure even supports his bulk (though you're quite glad that it did)."Best get yourself to the slop hall, boy," Kalid says. "Food here ain't good by any stretch, but it'll clear a hangover right quick. And you'll need it for tonight!""Right, thank you, Kalid."There's only one way out of the bunk room, the door at the end of the aisleway with the lantern. Heading out, you see a rather seedy-looking guard leaning against the wall outside the bunk room. A hallway leads off to your right, opening out to what looks like a mess hall, crowded with people.> Head to the mess hall and ask around there about figuring out how you got here> Talk to the guard first> Other (specify)
>>28726406The fact that QM put us in this situation at all, with no foreshadowing or warning or any chance to avoid it, concerns me greatly.There was no mention of shady characters, and no indication that this sort of pit fighting even existed. Everyone simply assumed we'd get hilarious shenanigans upon waking up.This isn't shenanigans. This is bordering very closely on complete and total bullshit.>>28726488[x] Talk to the guard first
>>28726488>> Talk to the guard first
>>28726488get a feeling the guard will just treat us like crap so lets go to mess hall or we can just ask the guard a snarky comment of whats on the menu
>>28726544We got shitfaced. Shit happens when you're shitfaced.
>>28726488> Head to the mess hall and ask around there about figuring out how you got herecan't trust the guard here.>>28726544indeed. but her could pull off a "it was all a very funky drunken dream" trick.. but still.
>>28726488>[x] Talk to the guard firstIf he treats us like shit we punch in right on the nose, he'll probably treat us like shit. Ain't got no time for the pit.
>>28726606That doesn't excuse changing the entire tone of the story based on one diceroll, especially when there was so much confusion about exactly which roll counted, and the fact there was only 1 vote's difference is whether we re-rolled or not.Which was completely fucking retarded, by the way. We get one re-roll per thread; we don't use it, we lose it. People just wanted to keep it because it was funny.I don't think 'being thrown into gladiator pits while Kotori gets raped' is funny.
>>28726714No one ever said Kotori is raped. Hold your horses.
>>28726714It wasn't definite. The big guy just made an assumption. For all we know she's probably back at HQ.
>I don't think 'being thrown into gladiator pits while Kotori gets raped' is funny.The former is though
>>28726714Chill guy, using rape as a drama is shitty writing and QM ain't a shitty writer. She may be at the women's barracks.
>>28726714>>28726734>>28726765>>28726766>>28726815as far as we know, she could have been untouched and still sleeping off her hangover safe at home.
>>28726734And that's the only reason I'm still here.>>28726815>QM ain't a shitty writerAnd yet we've been thrown into a seriously disadvantageous situation based on factors completely beyond our control, with no warning or chance to avoid it.I, personally, consider that to be very fucking shitty indeed.
>>28726488You stop to see what sort of information the guard might be able to provide."Sorry, but would you happen to know what exactly got me put in here? My memory's a little fuzzy, but I don't recall having any sort of debts or anything."The guard eyes you up and down, and stifles a laugh. "So you're the new guy, huh? I dunno 'bout the details, but word has it you're s'posed to be king of the pits by the end of tonight." He chuckles a little, saying, "Or so goes the bet your lady friend made. Can't say you really look the part -- better hope your girl wasn't just blowin' hot air about ya!""Wait, what was that about my lady friend?""Well, like I said, she 'pparently made a bet with the boss hisself that you could kick the ass of every fighter in the pits, even the current champion!""So, wait, does that mean I'm free to go? I'm not here because I owe any debts myself or anything?""Well, I s'pose you could go if you like...if you like your lady friend to lose her bet, that is. Word is she made quite the hefty wager, and if you back out she'd lose by default."> "Can't the bet be called off?"> "Where is my friend? Is she safe?"
>>28727098[x] "Where is my friend? Is she safe?"We are going to be very cross with Kotori later.
>>28727098 "Where is my friend? Is she safe?"and the plot twist will be that 'Lady friend" will be a puchi. then we wake up...
>>28727098DAMMIT KOTORI!!Lets still fight but goddammit>ask if its just other people or are there any beasts involved we gotta fight
>>28727098>[x] "Where is my friend? Is she safe?"That doesn't seem too difficult.>>28727139hehehehe
>>28727098>> "Where is my friend? Is she safe?"Dammit Kotori...Well at least shes safe.
>>28727156i think their is someone is lieing to us....
>>28727098>> "Where is my friend? Is she safe?"
>>28727098"Where is my friend? Is she safe?""Well, rumor has it this high-rolling lady of yours is staying with the boss as a special guest for the time being...Oy, oy, not *that* kind of 'special guest'!", he exclaims, catching the look in your eye. "The boss may not be a 'respectable' man by reg'lar standards, but he knows how to do right by a person. Honor among thieves and all that, yeah? Your lady friend couldn't be in safer hands, an' that's a fact!""So, would I be able to go see her?""Well, you'd be free to leave here and look for her if you like. Far as I know, the guild ain't got nothing on you, you're just here for the bet. But if she's at the boss's place, you'd be better off sticking around and asking for a messenger to fetch her here. Ain't nobody gonna tell an outsider like you where to find the boss.">What now?
>>28727408get a messenger to fetch hereat while waiting
>>28727408when is the messenger coming?.. and where is my stuff at!?
>>28727408[x] Go get food. Locate messenger.
Ask for messenger, get the eat.
>>28727408>the guild... which guild?
>>28727609Thieves guild obviously."Honour among Thieves" and all that.
>>28727696but who stole my stuff damn it?
>>28727762Haruka-san obviously.Speaking of our stuff, if we're gonna do this right, we should go retrieve our own equipment for the fight.
>>28727762>>28727784>Fortunately, you do remember dropping the majority of your gear off even before going to dinnerAll that was stolen was our cash.
>>28727857KOTORI FUCKING BET ALL OUR MONEY
>>28727857Yes, we left our gear behind.We should go and retrieve it or they might issue us pieces of shit
>>28727987>>28727784wait... if we can leave.. just go back to the guild and get the rest of the girls to RAID this joint!
>>28727408When you ask the guard about getting a messenger sent to bring Kotori, he advises you to talk to the folks manning the main gate down the wide hallway leading out from the slop hall. Doing so, you manage to get a messenger sent off on your behalf with little fuss.While waiting for the messenger to return with Kotori, you head to the slop hall to get some of its titular foodstuff. The name about sums it up -- the sludgy gruel you're served is anything but appealing, whether to the eyes or the palate, and you'd rather not wonder just what exactly goes into it. However, it does fill your belly, and with that and some water in you your hangover starts to abate. Plus, as an adventurer, it's not like you haven't had your share of unpleasant meals in the past. Better than goblin bread, anyway.As you eat, you look around the slop hall to get a look at what you presume is going to be your competition for tonight. It's a rather motley assortment of misfits, to be sure, but not very many who look like they'd be all that dangerous in a fight. Or at least not dangerous to you, anyway -- they're certainly not types your average person would like to meet in a dark alley, but compared to the orcs and other such nasties you're used to, they shouldn't be too tough. You'd guess the only one here who could really give you a proper run for your money would be Kalid...though there is one here in the slop hall you're not entirely sure of.
>>28728024An then Kotori was a slave. The end.
>>28728056we raid that guy too! cleaning house isn't that hard when we have ALL the girls on the job. that and well... Kotori isn't a push over either
>>28728125I don't think girls could raid a fighters pit.
>>28728043>goblin breadIs that in the same category as dwarf bread?
>>28728043Sitting alone in a corner of the slop hall is a girl with shortish black hair and a stony-eyed glare. She doesn't look like much -- pretty average build, from what you can tell -- but the way the others seem to treat her makes you wonder. Perhaps it's just her particularly unsociable attitude and uninviting expression that's making everyone avoid her, but the glances you catch people shooting her way and the hushed conversations accompanying those glances suggest something more than that. You wonder if she might perhaps be a mage. Is magic even allowed in these pit fights? You're not sure.At any rate, about an hour after you've finished your meal you get called up to the main gate, where you're informed that the messenger has returned with Kotori. You're escorted out the gate and through a winding series of tunnels until you finally emerge from a trap door into the back room of some inn or another. Heading out into the common room, you find Kotori seated at a table wearing an astonishingly fancy dress, quite different from her normal attire.>What do you say to her?
>>28728125Stop being retarded.
>>28728208>Didn't keep you waiting too long, did I?
>>28728208"Thanks. What happened?"
>>28728208"So... Great night eh?"
>>28728208BONK HER ON THE HEAD AND CALL HER SOMETHING DEROGATORY
>>28728208Adding to >>28728261"Oh also, I win."
>>28728208[x] "This is just because I beat you, isn't it?"
>>28728211stop shit posting and be logical. this is an outlaw orgainization. we can use what ever force against them and it's alright. they are crooks and should be put down. heck, they might have bounties on their heads. and we have Kotori back now>>28728208>>28728208the hell where you thinking?
>>28728208"This is just because I beat you, isn't it?""What? No! Of course not!" She seems utterly taken aback that you would accuse her of such a thing, apparently missing your facetious intent. "I would never--""Kotori," you interrupt her."Yes?""That was a joke. Just trying to lighten the mood a little.""O-oh." She giggles sheepishly, blushing in embarrassment. "I guess you're alright then, Producer?""Well enough, for waking up in a cramped underground barracks with no knowledge of how I got there. But honestly, Kotori, what were you thinking?""I don't know! Like you said, you won -- I was worse off than you last night!""So you don't remember anything either?""Not really, but Mr. Reedfeld filled me in on what he knows of it this morning."> Bring me up to speed> Putting aside for now what led up to it, just what are the terms of this bet? And if you don't remember last night, are you sure you even actually made it in the first place?> Save the details for later, right now let's see if we can get this bet called off.> Other (write-in)
>>28728488An outlaw organisation that runs pit fights, gambling plus god knows what else and has a functional hierarchy that requires runners and messengers in a city that explicitly forbids some of these activities. I think you vastly underestimate their capabilities if you think that P-san or 765 can take them on. The moment we go hostile on them, all bets and codes of conduct are off.
>>28728721>>[x] Bring me up to speed
>>28728721[x] Putting aside for now what led up to it, just what are the terms of this bet? And if you don't remember last night, are you sure you even actually made it in the first place?There's no way in hell we'll get the kind of guy who runs a place like this to call off the bet.
>>28728721> Bring me up to speedand> Other (write-in)and can you remember where the "Boss"'s place is at? this whole place is illegal and breaking it up looks like a job for the guild to do.
>>28728814>> Other (write-in)>and can you remember where the "Boss"'s place is at? this whole place is illegal and breaking it up looks like a job for the guild to do.Saying all that in a place provided by the guild.Are you high.
>>28728732so then? we ignore it and let it fester? you think they really have codes? i have more faith in the power of the girls and P-san on their war footing that these thugs. if we lose some gold? well we take it back from what they have and any bounties on their heads. if the "Boss" is in fact a high up in the goverment or some sort, we can out him as a corrupt crook. we have to try at least!
>>28728907no, pissed off. this whole thing reeks of a set up racket where we won't win either way if we play along.
>>28728907No, he's a retarded tripfag. Just filter him.
> Putting aside for now what led up to it, just what are the terms of this bet? And if you don't remember last night, are you sure you even actually made it in the first place?
This guy sees this Pit boss as a corrupt boss dude I see him as an potential useful ally should we get in good graces with him Sometimes good info comes from shady places
>>28728957you were bitching about QM's writing and now you are bitching about some one else's diffrent point of view? what a shit poster you are. why don't you just leave?
>>28728921They've provided a meeting with Kotori and actually have outlined what P-San can do and that they have nothing against him even when they could have since he obviously remembers nothing.That speaks to at least some level of integrity to the conduct of its members.Furthermore I am not prepared to risk the girls against an organisation like this. Remember this is suppose to be a guild. That means the organisation in the city is a CHAPTER of the guild and not standalone by itself. Much like there are Adventurer guild chapters in various places. And the main danger is not a straight up fight. This is a Thieves Guild, which means they'll be happy to wait until our guard is down before striking. Some might fight us head on but they can and will play the waiting game and take us down one by one, especially when our girls are on a assignments.No. Let the organisation stay. It's been here too long.>>28728953Well then hide your fucking aggression. You want to plan out some hare-brained plan to assault an organisation a couple of orders of magnitude above us, don't do it infront of the enemy.
>>28729074and he'll back stab us and sell us out too. he just ripped Kotori off and took our money. and you want to TRUST HIM? P-san has princables. we need to be a role model for the girls.
>>28729094agian, you are making assumptions they are wipe spread and all powerful. they may not be. i wish the QM will clearify this before this really blows up into a shit storm.also P-san IS aggressive. he's a demon powered barbarian you know.
>>28729172>>28729274dont make assumptions before shit happensalso >calling Psan agressive Just because we have a demon inside doesnt mean we cant be cool and collected now
>>28729433same to you Kai. we need to hear from the QM to clearify this.well, we are suffering a raging hangover, got robbed, our Kotori is suckered and stuck in this situation, and we are also tossed into a fight or die situation. being cool and collected is probably not likely to happen. but bitter, sarcastic and irritable is more likely.
>>28728721"Alright, bring me up to speed. How'd we wind up in this mess?"Kotori explains the events of the previous night, as she'd been told them by this Mr. Reedfeld:At the point where he'd crossed your paths last night, you were challenging everyone who'd accept to various contests of strength -- arm wrestling, actual wrestling, lifting heavy objects, whatever they'd agree to. And you were doing quite well; in fact, you'd managed to best every comer so far. So you and Kotori were both in rather high spirits, and kept boasting about your strength and fighting prowess. At some point, one of you had apparently boldly claimed that you could beat anyone in a fight. Mr. Reedfeld then asked if you thought you could beat even his strongest warrior, and Kotori replied that you'd beat not only his strongest, but ALL of his warriors. When asked if she'd care to put a bet on that claim, she rashly agreed, and the wager was made: if you could beat all of Mr. Reedfeld's warriors in single combat, Kotori would win a rather dizzying sum of money -- a whopping 1200 silver pieces, 50 for each of the 2 dozen fighters defeated. If you lost at any point in the gauntlet of challenges, however, Kotori would owe Mr. Reedfeld 600 silver pieces, regardless of how many opponents you managed to defeat before the point of elimination.
>>28729789in before 'to the death' and/or stupid conditions.
>>28729789We dun fucked up.
>>28729789Oh dear... I do hope theres rest period in between.
>>28729789We got this, so long as we have headgear
>>28729789The fights would not be to the death (the thieves' guild prefers to avoid lethality, seeing as dead men aren't much good for making money in any way and require a lot of effort to keep from attracting unwanted attention from the city guard), but serious injury would not be out of the question. The thieves' guild does have a healer mage in on their pit fighting operation, but receiving treatment would cost you.You do learn, to your relief, that your money is safe and sound -- Kotori took it for safekeeping before you were taken to the pit fighters' barracks. Getting your coinpurse from her, you find yourself actually down in funds from before your drinking began last night, despite the fact that you'd apparently won a fair amount from winning at your various contests of strength. The cause of this would apparently be the bit of parchment folded up in the purse; it would appear that you'd spent your winnings on a deed to a plot of land outside the city. Seeing the parchment jogs your memory a little; you vaguely recall a man offering to sell a little old farm, which you'd foolishly jumped at because, in your drunken logic, you were looking for a place to live in the area. Rather run down, you believe he'd said, but a steal for what you paid for it.>What now?
>>28729987>terms of equipment I can bring into battle and how many foes to fight at a time or per round if there are rounds
>>28729789>>28729896i knew this guy was garbage. did any believe me? nope.>>28729896yep... or was suckered into it. either way it's the same>>28729907dought it>>28729959yea right...
>>28730026Okay seriously dude, your posts are fucking annoying me right about now.Goddamn
>>28729987[x] "So much for my sabbatical. I don't suppose Mister Reedfeld will let me use my own equipment?"
>>28729987they don't want to kill THEM, but if we died? oops! too bad.....we bought a farm? bad omen man. but still. we could use this as a better training place outside the town for the girls.alright, i am a bit more mollified now. but i still don't trust them. we should see to getting our gear back, or at least our armor.
>>28729987"Well," you say after Kotori finishes her explanation, "so much for my sabbatical. Did this Reedfeld guy tell you any other terms of the bet? Like, conditions of the combat, what sort of equipment, that kind of thing?""I didn't look at it too closely before, but I think there was something like that in the contract," she says. "Let me check.""There's actually a contract?""Yes, apparently it's standard practice for them when it comes to bets of this scale...helps to keep people from backing out of it, I'm told." She produces an envelope, opening it to take out the paper within and unfolds it to read. "Yes, here it is, Terms of the Challenge...oh...um..." You see her face growing red as she looks over the paper. "S-shall I read it off to you?", she asks."It'd be easier just to give it to me to read, wouldn't it?""N-no, really, I insist!"> Well, alright then.> Yeah, no, lemme see that contract
>>28729987Double check the terms of the fight.How much rest is there between fights and the terms? Is it till the opponent yields?What equipment is used? Provided by us or by the arena? Can we use our own? How about potions? Can we use them in the arena or are they banned?
>>28730350> Yeah, no, lemme see that contractand here we got fucked. i know i will be vindicated in the end.
>>28730350>> Well, alright then."When we get out of this, you owe me at least a telling of your latest creation, you know."
>>28730350>> Yeah, no, lemme see that contract
>>28730350> Yeah, no, lemme see that contract
> Yeah, no, lemme see that contract
>>28730374this.She probably used the paper for more of her lewd writings.
>>28730350[x] Yeah, no, lemme see that contractkotori pls
>>28730388>>28730389>>28730398>>28730427How can you distrust Piyo?
>>28730350>> Well, alright then.
>>28730350"Yeah, no, lemme see that contract," you say as you snatch the paper from her hands.Looking over the section headed "Terms of the Challenge", you find a fairly thorough detailing of the way the fight will be organized, laid out in stilted legal language. In addition to the details Kotori had already told you, you find that the fights will be organized in order from the lowest to highest ranked combatant from the pit fighting roster. You are to face each opponent one-on-one, fighting until one combatant yields or is rendered unfit to fight. Killing opponents is strongly discouraged; while you will not be disqualified, you will be made to pay a blood price for the fighter killed, which may range from 10 to 75 silver depending on the rank of the opponent.Between each match, you will be allowed a quarter hour to rest and, if needed, obtain healing. You may bring your own healing potions, or purchase healing services from the pit healer; potions would probably be the more cost-effective. You are permitted to bring your own equipment, but only weapons and armor (including shield); anything else is prohibited for use during the fights. Magic is strictly prohibited during the fights, and only healing is permitted between fights.Finally, at the end of the list, in different handwriting from the rest -- handwriting that looks like Kotori's, albeit made somewhat clumsier than normal by drink -- is a rather odd stipulation...
>>28730638I just remembered our luck.We are so fucking doomed.
>>28730638We're naked aren't we...
>>28730638"After each victory, the Challenger shall be obliged to remove his clothing in order to display his sexy rippling muscles glistening with sweat for the enjoyment of the spectators.">What is your reaction?
>>28730706>"Y-you think they're sexy?"
>>28730719This pretty much mirrors my own reaction perfectly.
>>28730706[x] Facepalm. "Goddamnit Kotori."Well, we might be able to talk them out of THAT particular condition. Most of the patrons will probably be men.
>>28730719Voting this.Because that jaw drop of horror is too funny to pass up.
>>28730544that doesnt sound ba>>28730706goddammit kotori
>>28730638>>28730706slow turn of eyes to Kotori.... then arch an eyebrow at her. "really now? at least you let me keep my armor on..."this is still a rip off. but we can bring Asuza to heal us between fights.
>>28730796did you not read?
>>28730719Supporting.Why would you do this to use Piyo...
>>28730793down side, the criminal scum who runs this join wants to screw us over. upside, Kotori really wants to screw us in a good way even if she does not want to admit it. i can accept having Kotori marring P-san in the end.
>>28730824it said CLOTHS, not armor. use that a legalize loop hole
>>28730903no the healing you moron
>>28730706>What is your reaction?
>>28730706You simply fix Kotori with a wordless stare, mouth agape in a mixture of bewilderment and dismay. A simple expression purely expressing the very essence of "what in the everloving name of all that is holy is this shit?"Kotori buries her face in her hands, face and ears solid beet red as she shrieks, "I was drunk, okay?!"------------------------------------------------------------------And that seems like a good point to leave off for tonight. We'll pick up next session with what you're going to do about this pit fighting business. And for once, I can pretty much guarantee a session next week! Saturday, 8PM EST, I'll try not to start late.As always, feedback is greatly appreciated, and I'm happy to answer any questions you might have until I go to bed.
>>28730925it did not forbid bring a healer of our own. it said>Between each match, you will be allowed a quarter hour to rest and, if needed, obtain healing.
>>28731094What happens if we lose? Will Kotori be sold off or something?
>>28731094sorry for some of the other disagreeable poster in here tonight QM. but some back ground info on this racket would be apreacted much.
>>28731113i am worried they will foreclose on 765pro and take everything. so in the end we fight or the whole quest fails, with the possablity the girls all pile in and take down on this place and the boss as he watches the fight to nab him in a crime bust/raid in the manner of how it went down in the classic movie "The Sting".
>>28731094We made a decision to take a break from adventuring, and now you're throwing us into 24 consecutive fights.And we can't lose a single one or Kotori goes 600 silvers into debt with the fucking thieves' guild.On the basis of a single diceroll that was ONE FUCKING VOTE away from being rerolled.And half the people voting not to reroll probably didn't even realise how bad that one roll was, and the other half were voting FOR TEH LULZ!1one!!I just... why?
>>28731094so is the 600 if we lose comming out of our pocket as well?if so do we have enough to cover our costs in the worst case scenario? taking into account the value of that land maybe
>>28731203>>28731270Mate, you're a shitposting little attentionwhore acting like you run this quest yourself.Just fuck off.
So guys, never go drinking with Kotori ever again?
>>28731317Not bar crawling but in private, maybe.
>>28731317We will never speak of this again.I mean Jesus, this basically the Hangover: Idolmaster Edition.
>>28731314Not usually one to side with the fuckoff camp but I agree with you >>28731335>>28731336Although as I say we should avoid drinking with Kotori ever again I would think that if we upheld this mindset that we wouldnt drink/dine with Azusa and Takane... the latter most likely to put us in an interesting situation even moreso than Kotori...
>>28731294i dought that everything both p-san and Kotori have together could cover it. that is why these guys are like the mafia/yakuza/loan sharks. 765pro is likely to suffer as well. >>28731281>>28731294i know you don't like me much, but as players to this BS, we can STILL get around this. just quietly contact the girls, all of them, and have them work with the town guard/police to raid the place when we fight to catch them in a criminal act. we have a freaking document to PROVE they are breaking the law! we can still win over this.
>>28731383I'm fine with interesting situations.I'm not fine with what is essentially railroading that runs directly counter to players' decisions for what their character should be doing.
>>28731113As stated earlier, the penalty for losing is 600 silver pieces owed to Mr. Reedfeld. If Kotori is unable to pay it, then she might be taken and put to work to pay it off. However, she'd most likely only be abducted and put to work in one of the thieves' guild's operations if she failed to keep up with prescribed payments from her normal work. Exact terms of repayment if she can't pay up front would be negotiated at the time payment is demanded, but generally speaking the thieves' guild isn't interested in ruining people's lives for the hell of it. They're not outright malevolent, they just have very loose morals when it comes to making money. They'll make sure they get their money one way or another, but if they can do it in a way that avoids drawing too much attention (which taking somebody away from their normal life to work off their debt in one of the thieves' guild's illicit operations would), they'll prefer that option.Of course, whatever way the debt's getting paid off, if it's not paid in a lump sum right away you can be pretty sure there will be rather steep interest rates applied.>>28731203Give me a minute, running out of post space and I'll get some quicker stuff before launching in on thieves' guilds.>>28731281At no point have I confirmed that there's no way out of this. You guys got a week, feel free to think up ideas.Also, whether FOR TEH LULZ or not, you reap what you sow. Bad decisions lead to bad situations.
>>28731314>>28731383like you are doing any better assholes? you all are just rolling over and taking this and not thinking outside the box?
>>28731466Well I was expecting shenanigans but not of this magnitude.This should be interesting.By the way, Questmaster, we automatically owe Mr Reedfeld the 600 when we lose right?Do we still keep the winnings and we can use that to offset the 600 debt?
>>28731483Because you are making suggestions that are stupid and are assuming these guys are assholes just because of their socioeconomic position AND making suggestions of bringing in the other girls which is totally stupid as we wanna keep this on the down low
>>28731466thank you for your tolernce QM.>At no point have I confirmed that there's no way out of this. You guys got a week, feel free to think up ideas. Also, whether FOR TEH LULZ or not, you reap what you sow. Bad decisions lead to bad situations.here i am making am attempt to think up a way out of this mess and i get shitted on by many of the posters in here. but i don't see any of them finding a way out themselves. go figure.
>>28731546we wont get a penny if we lose one fight
>>28731483Look at it this way, we have no hope of actually fighting our way out of this. It'll lead to the destruction of everything P-San hold dear.What we want though, can be achieved by a renegotiation of the contract.We do well enough, we can offer our services temporarily to the Guild as a paid fighter in the arena for a set term in exchange for the bet being written off.
>>28731581Who says we wont be able to beat these guys?
>>28731203Ok, so, thieves' guilds. Only mentioned in passing in the quest itself so far, but in the background info pastebins they're noted as basically the outlaw counterpart to adventurers' guilds. Often have similar skillsets to adventurers, but willing to take on illegal operations, while adventurers tend to stay above-board. Thieves' guilds are also basically like the mafia. They run all kinds of criminal enterprises -- whatever's profitable, really. Obviously, here in Kethyria the thieves' guild does a fair amount of loan sharking and other such things that will put people in debt, and will then put people to work in their various other illicit operations to pay off those debts if need be.Thieves' guilds are pretty ubiquitous, with at least a small presence in most decent-sized towns. They also tend to be more extensively interconnected across regions than adventurers' guilds; adventurers' guilds are often essentially independent competitors with each other, barring very major, successful ones like 961Pro, but thieves' guilds tend to band together and run back to a central core. It helps them stand up better against law enforcement. When driven out of an area, they'll often come back fairly quickly; their like weeds all springing from a common underground root system. For a thieves guild as apparently extensive and well-organized as the one here is, it has to be quite deep-rooted indeed, particularly since big cities have tighter regulation than smaller settlements.
You and all your buddies are Autistic, you know!
>>28731567> if you could beat all of Mr. Reedfeld's warriors in single combat, Kotori would win a rather dizzying sum of money -- a whopping 1200 silver pieces, 50 for each of the 2 dozen fighters defeated. If you lost at any point in the gauntlet of challenges, however, Kotori would owe Mr. Reedfeld 600 silver pieces, regardless of how many opponents you managed to defeat before the point of elimination.From what I read, I see that we earn on a per fight basis but get saddled with an automatic 600 silver debt if we lose, not forfeit all the silver.
>>28731601I'm offering an alternative suggestion that might be profitable to both parties in the event that it looks unlikely. We might still wipe the floor with them but it is something to keep in mind.This whole bet is a sideshow. They make their money more from ticket sales and bets. If we can provide entertainment, they'll want it.
>>28731547it's too late now to keep it down low is it? this is a golden chance to bust crime in town and improve 75pro's reputation at the same time and you are just tossing it away. i KNOW these guys are assholes becouse i have dealt with people them them IRL, they don't change much here either. They will ruin your life one way or another, the stigma of this if we keep this on the down low can and will come back to bite us. the QM even said so with bad decisions. you think they will not go to 765pro and tell them what we did? more so if Kotori has to go to work for them! Miki is already has a major loss of trust in us already, this will make it worse. think will you.
>>28731667Hi ass.Please read: >>28731607
>>28731466>Bad decisions lead to bad situations.That is complete and total bullshit, and you know it.There was so much confusion regarding which was the actual dice roll that counted, and the discussion went on LONG after the actual story posts ended. A lot of people would have left by that point, and the reroll failed BY ONE FUCKING VOTE.ONE.You are punishing the players who were taking this quest seriously based on the influence of those who were not, and in the process you are making a mockery of the concept of player agency.>At no point have I confirmed that there's no way out of this.There might be a way out, but how the fuck are we supposed to find it? We have been given a statement, by an obviously powerful and dangerous criminal organisation, that basically says 'do what we want or your girlfriend gets raped'. Why would P-san risk even the remotest chance of failure?
>>28731601i bet the fights will come down to dice rolls. you trust them this time? it did not work out so well last time.>>28731607do they go into blackmail as well QM?
>>28731677hi shit poster. i was writing while he posted and did not see that in time. check the time stamp.
>>28731693not really. QM sounds like he came from the gygax school of DMing. like in real life, do dumb things, suffer the bad results.
>>28731752That's all well and good when it's one player in charge of the character, but quests run on consensus.That shit at the end of the last thread? That was not consensus. That was chucklefuck posts outnumbering non-chucklefuck posts BY ONE.Not hard to guess which side you were on.
Well im enjoying this Questmaster So Im off to bed, see ya next time
>>28731792i didn't want to go get drunk off my ass and into this mess, but well, those other chucklefucks made this mess and now they are bitching at me for trying to show a way out of it with out making it worse. granted no one knew just how bad it'll would be, but we can't help it now. at least someone in here is in my camp about making an attempt to unfuck us all.
>>28731820dude, i know we disagree, but i don't hate you or any thing. i know we all get worked up. but we do that because we give a fuck about this. hopefully i see you next time as well.
>>28731841bullshit.stop trying to get in a fight with the mafia which is implied to have connections with the guards and the ruling class.
>>28731841>a way out of it with out making it worseYou really believe that.Holy shit you ARE retarded.This is an extremely powerful, highly pervasive criminal organisation that spans the entire country, if not continent or even WORLD.And you want to take a startup adventurers guild staffed entirely by rookies THAT WE WERE HIRED TO TRAIN and who all happen to be young females, and attack them head-on.You think that not only will that get us out of our debt, but it won't have any repercussions whatsoever?
>>28731876someone has to take a stand. we are adventurers and heroes to the public. the good and law abiding people don't like the mafia either. if not us, then who? if not now, then when?
>>28731959irrelevant.You just said 'a way out without making it worse'.Your way would be worse. Stand be damned. P-san is not lawful stupid.
>>28731911you make them out like they are some omisent uberpower when they are not. what do think the girls will think of us when they hear that we stooped to do pit fighting on their terms and probably lose. they will never lissin to us agian. we will have broken our word to them. better to go down fighting properly than to bend over at take it.
>>28731982you will not hear me out. i can not talk to you then. go away. P-san isn't neutral wimp either. good night,.
>>28731959Oh wow you're so fucking edgy man.You know what, I'm done. QM, fuck you, and fuck everything you believe in. You have made a wonderful, well-written character, and taken a big steaming dump all over his potential development arc, just to prove a point.Congratulations, you now have at least one less reader. Go die.
>>28731546>>28731619 has the right interpretation. Putting basic in-character knowledge of how thieves' guilds tend to operate together with the terms of the contract, you can pretty safely guess that this Reedfeld guy is pretty skeptical of your ability to tackle so many consecutive fights, and/or is expecting to make enough from the spectators that it doesn't matter to him if Kotori's bet itself is a loss. It's probably a win-win situation for the thieves' guild, even with the relatively generous terms of the bet.>>28731564To be fair to the other players, it might help if you hadn't been such a sourpuss the whole thread.>>28731693Even before the matter of the roll itself, the decision to have a drinking contest in an unfamiliar city in the first place was a pretty poor one, and that vote was enthusiastically unanimous. Copious amounts of judgment- and inhibition-impairing substances when you've recently had major issues with a serious problem related to self-control? All things considered, this is on the better end of the possible outcomes for bad rolls on all parameters in such a situation.And even if a lot of the people had left, there were still quite a few votes in on the reroll. In fact, more votes than I'm used to seeing on issues in general.>>28731705>do they go into blackmail as well QM?Oh, naturally.
Also, just as a general note to everyone being all Chicken Little over this: deep breaths, please.I have no more desire to see this quest cut short in a bad end than you do. I enjoy writing this, I enjoy seeing what you guys get up to, I want to see this continue. And frankly speaking, I'm really not looking to make this a super serious and dark quest. I took a definite dip in that direction recently (frankly, probably more than I should have, in retrospect; it's a bit late to go back on it now, but if I could do it over I'd definitely do it differently), but I have no intention of maintaining that sort of tone for the majority of the quest.This doesn't mean I'm going to coddle when bad decisions get coupled with crappy dice rolls, but as much as makes sense the setbacks sustained from such will be ones that set up new adventures, not GAME OVER. That's what I'm aiming for here. It's not a perfect world, there's some not-so-nice stuff out there, and shit can get hairy sometimes, as a meta perspective that darkness is just there to give contrast to the light when the heroes win in the end. I like happy endings, and I'm not going to deny that (especially for an iM@S quest, ffs) unless you guys really go persistently full retard (we're talking consistent strings of terrible decisions here, not isolated episodes like this) and leave me with no other reasonable outcome.
>>28732137>In fact, more votes than I'm used to seeing on issues in general.And you didn't find that suspicious at all?
>>28732165Yeah I liked this idea but you are a shit QMThis is literally railroading of the worst kind and basically you going "hurr I feel like screwing them"I hope you realized how shit a decision this was and decide to actually do something about it instead of hiding behind excuses
>>28732165I'm actually enjoying this quite abit, some participants notwithstanding. Its a look at the criminal underworld of this city and it'll provide combat from the constant SOL I was expecting when we said we'll stop adventuring for a while.I like where this is going, don't stop.
>>28732137>Copious amounts of judgment- and inhibition-impairing substances when you've recently had major issues with a serious problem related to self-control?You yourself made it quite clear that it was blood and combat that triggered our 'episodes' and OH LOOK WHERE WE ARE NOW. GEE. THIS SURE IS UNFORTUNATE.>>28732258>it'll provide combat from the constant SOL I was expecting when we said we'll stop adventuring for a while.Here's the thing; we actually voted to stop adventuring. That was a decision we made. We wanted to take time out to sort out our shit and make sure it wouldn't keep happening.Frankly, the first chance I get I'm going to be voting for MAXIMUM BLOOD, MAXIMUM DEATH because that's clearly all QM wants to see from P-san.
>>28732336As is your right.And i will be exercising mine to vote against that.
>>28732385Ah, but QM will be pushing us into situations where the only way out is to use our Berserker power. That's the entire reason he forced it on us in the first place, after all. And one bad roll, just ONE, and every motherfucker in the room is dead.Of course, depending on the scale rate for the kill penalties, we could come out with a profit even if we kill every one of his fighters.And since we can't afford to lose even a single fight, we'll have no reason not to use every advantage we can get.So you see, I don't even need to vote at all. I already know I've won, and I already know how this arc will end; with P-san soaked in blood, and Kotori completely terrified of him.
... this is a rather dicey outcome - I sure missed a lot. Hopefully the dice gods don't fuck us over next session.
Seems I fell alseep and missed sime drama.Now to parse through and see what's relevant to adventure.
>>28732165So late fort reply, but yeah. Quest is fine, please keep on with it. I enjoy it very much.