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Suptg Archive:

http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=Shadow+Quest+
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Archive compiled with story posts and pictures for an easier read, as well as ability and metadata tables:(big thanks to contributors, especially Sorry!):

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/akcvpyo893vvae6/ieUkT-2X3j
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Twitter (quest times, cancellations, updates):

https://twitter.com/ShadowMaster_tg
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Theme music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLTQ5PlEWko
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Notes on Rolls and Voting:

When I request rolls, each set of three rolls counts for one action. For example, a two-step plan would take the first 6 linked rolls. A particularly bad failure can interrupt a string of actions.

When rolling 1d100, I will consider criticals within the first ten linked rolls. Only criticals that occur in the first three rolls will be counted as "supercrits". This is still the case even if you'd have plan long enough to require more than ten rolls.

When rolling 1d20, the rules are the same, but I only consider criticals for the first five rolls, rather than ten. Criticals in the first three are still "supercrits".

When a plot choice results in extensive debate, I'll try to weed out the most popular trains of thought, and then call a vote on them. When voting, please respond with only a link back to the post and the number corresponding to your opinion. Other votes are discounted, including those with dice rolls or extra spaces.

Finally, note that this is not a democracy; it is a benevolent dictatorship.
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Arland Summit Summary: Goals, Objectives, and Major Characters (thanks to Sorry for helping me and the players out!):

http://pastebin.com/FsP2C5Hr
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Your gathered allies have arrived in Arland, a war council set to gather their combined forces to face the demons and mages of Kan-Abar.

Donovan's second oldest brother, Matthel, has also been friendly and supportive. You also met with Hemmelus, the Four-Element Sage and Donovan's teacher. He's pledged to assist you in removing the Shel'kath from Donovan's soul, and is in favor of your alliance.

Dinner has been an interesting affair. You met the Lord Imil Anderson, a jovial, portly man. He was impressed with Joey's story, and with his own lands directly threatened by the demons, was quick to support your alliance.

Conversation with Gerald, the eldest and heir, did not end well; you're not sure if there's anything you can say to change his mind, at the moment, especially after Yi Fang's insults. His wife, Andrea, seems quite friendly, and she has been conversational with both you and Abigail.

Harvan Flint was a tough nut to crack, and you thought you would lose him, but managed to get him to reconsider the situation. He's gone to speak with Donovan in private.

You briefly spoke with Arcturis Flint, Donovan's father and Lord of Arland. A blunt, brusque man, he seems unwilling to budge on his position. However, you earned his attention by mentioning your trip to Xile, and urging him to ask Donovan about the details.
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Why don't the entities in the void just kill the skysever to enter Venia?
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Yes! My first Shadow Quest!
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Ability Tree

GREEN abilities have been unlocked and learned.

BLUE abilties are unlocked, but are not yet purchased.

RED abilities are revealed, but locked due to prerequisites.

UNDERLINED abilities are active-use, as opposed to passive. Not all active abilities require mana.

All Revealed Ability Descriptions:

http://pastebin.com/UBdTaB14

Books the Main Character has read:

http://pastebin.com/dAXR00gP

Character Sheet including learned abilities and other important information:

http://pastebin.com/JjjiRx6u

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>>30178255
>implying the core of the Skysever is outside Venia
>implying so many things I can't even begin to talk about

Frodo, please.
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>>30178255
For the same reason Hyperion is trapped in the middle of the earth with the ball of chaos, magic.
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>>30178255
Why would they want to let the Chaos out?

Let the Chaos magic kill the Chaos magic.
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Current Statistics:

HP: 81/81
Mana: 53/58
EXP: 0

Shards of Order and Chaos:

(Retribution) - Strong
(Maker) - Strong
(Silence) - Strong
(Peace) - Strong
(Breeze) - Empowered
(Hammer) - Strong
(Ardor) - Strong
{Resolve} - Empowered
{Humanity} - Resonant

--Summoned--

Wisp - 1 mana to order

--Automatons--

Vita (Shade)

--Equipment--

Utility belt with purse

--Inventory--

Aurora Water Gem (pocket)
Shade (pocket)

--Teleport Anchor--

Haven - Inner Fortress

--Current Location--

Dobshire

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Known Mana Pools:

Jacob's Field - entrance to Hecate's tomb - Spirit
Palthair Mines - Magnock's Lair - Spirit
Archon - Spirit District - Spirit
Archon - Shadow District - Shadow
Archon - Earth District - Earth
Archon - Water Distric - Water
Haven - Shadow
Abbotsford - Shadow
Aurora - Water
Va'ad - South Generator - Earth
Va'ad - North Generator - Earth
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>>30178280
He isn't.

He and the other greater elemental lords are trapped outside of Venia.
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-PLAYERS ON STAGE-

Auriel Lightchosen
Sir Donovan Flint
Joey Erikson
Ila Marril
Lien Adavan

Archmage Yi Fang, representative of Archon
Councilor Abigail Fang
Councilor Tae Wong
Councilor Yong Xu

Duke Vellik, Deposed Ruler of Kelvere

Prince Obis Vin, rightful heir to Kan-Abar
Mayor Vidar Blackwater, Governor of Maven Lake
Freja Blackwater

Valeria Kavanere, representative of the Great Forest Elves, cousin to the Elven Queen
Elder Great Tree, representative of the Great Forest Werewolves
Young Bull

Warleader Vaz Grak

Steward

Janus Miller, an Associate

Lord Arcturis Flint
Lord Gerald Flint
Lady Andrea Flint
Lord Harvan Flint
Lord Matthel Flint
Hemmelus, The Four-Element Sage
Lord Prule Waterford
Lord Imil Anderson
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>>30178275

The fate of every character rests on you. Don't screw up.
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>>30178336
>>30178280

>top kek

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"You know, I like you, John," Arcturis says. "You're not trying to trick me into anything. But what you haven't done is give me a reason to give a damn about anything that spouts out of your mouth."

"Don't take my word for it," you say. "Talk to Donovan."

"What a safe and easy answer, John Nyx. My son has been away for six years, and while he's finally risen above the level of a complete and total failure he's got a long way to go before he has my ear upon demand."

"I'm sure you'll pay better attention when he tells you about our trip to Xile."

The area around you falls silent. The dancing music from across the room drifts over you. The Arland nobles stare at you.

Arcturis leans forward. "...what did you say?"

You produce a coin from the small stash you keep in your pocket, which you imagine is as good as producing one from your sleeve. You take the few steps to the Lord of Arland and offer the coin to him. "Stamped with Aeolus's form."

He takes the coin from you, lifts it up. It glints in the light. The profile of a dragon's head is raised slightly off the surface of the gold.

"...how did you do it?"

"You'll have to ask Donovan. It's his story to tell." You give him a deep bow from your waist. "My lord. Respectfully, I believe your words, 'above the level of a complete and total failure' are a gross understatement."

You back away, still facing him, and then turn when you're at a polite distance and walk off. Auriel flashes a quick smirk at you. You take that as a good thing. You slide through the wall of nobles, ignoring the gazes.

>con't
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>>30178339
Lets meet with Steward!

I would like his opinion on all of this
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>>30178354
Oh geez.... I hope i can handle the pressure!
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Yi Fang and Duke Vellik are standing not far outside the group. Vellik purses his lips and nods. "Not bad. Wouldn't you say so, archmage?"

"A fine assessment, my dearest duke. He's starting to get good at this. Makes an old lich nervous."

"We all must leave the nest at some point."

"Quite." Fang raises an eyebrow. "You know, I get the distinct feeling that Arcturis doesn't particularly care for me."

"Nonsense. He's just being a little gruff."

"You're probably right."

You look at the two of them, unsure of whether to smile or frown. You see Great Tree and Hemmelus behind them, near the buffet, talking - though you can't hear them over the music and the babble of conversation.

>Have either of you two made any progress?
>Ask Fang where Abigail got off to
>Confront Fang about his earlier behavior
>Warn Donovan he might be asked after by his father soon
>Go speak with Hemmelus and Great Tree
>some other strategy
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>>30178383
You cant.

None of us can.
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>>30178397
>>Go speak with Hemmelus and Great Tree
interesting conversation is interesting.

Plus we still need to finish swaying Hemmelus
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>>30178397
>Warn Donovan he might be asked after by his father soon

We don't want him to falter after all, and hopefully we can do it telepathically.

And then! Let's
>Go speak with Hemmelus and Great Tree
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>>30178397
>Warn Donovan he might be asked after by his father soon

We're his wingman after all.
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>>30178397
>that pic
oh gods i can't breathe
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>>30178397
>Warn Donovan he might be asked after by his father soon
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I sure hope Donovan doesn't screw over the storytelling of Xile too much. And reveal too much.

Oh god you're not gonna make us roll a d20 for him SM?!
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>>30178397
warn donovan
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when do we get to play as Yi Fang
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>>30178473
>2
>"And then John reforged the Moonson- I MEAN AND THEN JOHN FOUND A DUCK"
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>>30178473
>Oh god you're not gonna make us roll a d20 for him SM?!

His cursor already hovers over his Doompaul folder anon.

"Soon my pretties, soon."
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>>30178499
God damn it Anon, double spoiler that shit.
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>>30178397
>Warn Donovan he might be asked after by his father soon
>Go speak with Hemmelus and Great Tree
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>>30178499
Probably during the War.

Yi Fang is gonna be the Commander of the Frontal attack army while everyone else takes te stealth route.
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>>30178397
> Warn Donovan he might be asked after by his father soon
Only fair to give him a heads up.
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>>30178500
>1
>"So Abby lost her hand to the fake staff of winds and my friend erebus reincarnated here fixed the carrier class airship by pumping shadow power through it and my lich friend there mindwiped vonnegut to ensure our secrecy and I got a new pair of swords!"
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>>30178573
>Wait..what?
>Just look at these sweet swords!
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>>30178549
Shadow Quest is my favorite quest because Anons have fucked up enough times that everyone actually slows down and takes time and analyzes shit instead of kneejerk voting like what happens in so many quests nowadays.

The only Quest that is on the level of shadow quest in thought out plans is A.I. Quest, and they still have plenty of stupid ideas, though they rarely act on hem.
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SM... Given how many times Adavan has shown his incredible ability to hide/shield/stealth his own magic and others... could he perhaps be hiding his deeper power level from us?
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>>30178635
didn't mean to link that
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>>30178635
Which is all irrelevant because natural 1.
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>>30178645
We out stealth Adavan by a long shot. Recall the scene where we totally mindfucked him and got past his phylactery defenses meant to detect Demon Lords.
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>>30178645
>Adavan is really a piece of Hecate
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>>30178645
He really isn't that stealthy.
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>>30178695
Now that would be a twist.

Even though we know for a fact that Abby is actually a piece of Hectate.
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You continue past Fang and Vellik, ignoring the smug looks. You glance around and find Donovan and Harvan in conversation in a far corner. <Donovan, I just let your father know we've been to Xile.> Donovan's head snaps up, finds your eyes. <You might get called over again soon. I think you'll have a lot of leverage with that.>

Donovan visibly flinches. Harvan just looks confused. Sure enough, Gerald himself is sent from Arcturis's group to collect his brother, and they rejoin him on the raised section away from the dance floor.

You head toward Hemmelus and Great Tree. They both nod at your arrival.

"John," Hemmelus says. He smiles. "I hope you've had the dumplings."

"I had a few while talking with Joey. Yi Fang was right."

Great Tree folds his arms behind his back. "I believe I like that young man. He has a sort of...easy-going practicality, if I had to put it into words. A casual comfort with his surroundings."

You have to admit that Great Tree has a point. You would have thought that Joey would be more intimidated by this sort of setting - you're a bit nervous yourself - but it seems he's the kind of person that adapts rapidly.

"You're right. He's very flexible."

Hemmelus sighs. "Must be nice, being young. Anyway, John, what's on your mind?"

>What are your thoughts on the alliance? Are the nobles swayed at all?
>I know you're hesitant, Hemmelus, but I hope I can count on your support.
>write-in
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>>30178695
>So was Magnock

>So is Fang

>And Abby

>Hecate is actually the Avatar of Chaos and has been playing Erebus all along.

>She knew about his plan to betray everyone and planned to bring herself back via pieces of herself much like Erebus.

>We're gonna awaken her, She's gonna take command of the Demon army. Abby, Fang, Addy and all other spirit mages will instantly defect to her side

>She's the new BBEG

>The Void Ones were the good guys all along
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>>30178728
>What are your thoughts on the alliance? Are the nobles swayed at all?
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>>30178728
>>What are your thoughts on the alliance? Are the nobles swayed at all?
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>>30178728
We haven't used our ability to project images to people in a long time. Maybe we should show some of these people the fight with the demon lord. Really press home the threat.
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>>30178778
So this is how it ends.
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>>30178817
We were specifically told not to use magic willy-nilly like that.
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>>30178817
Magic at partys is considered Very Rude, and puts everyone on edge.
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>>30178822
No, this is how It begins anew.
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>>30178778
I actually want that to happen. Oh god. What's wrong with me..?

>>30178817
I have a feeling that wouldn't be so swell! We were warned not to do such things here.
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>>30178839
>>30178841
Would you really consider it magic? To shadow its the same as speaking. Perhaps another time then.
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>>30178778
I wonder how many people exactly would rage quit the quest?
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>>30178728
I kind of want to ask something more than just his opinions on the alliance itself. Maybe see if we can get some opinions on the people in our group, see if we can find any potential problems outside of Fang.
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>>30178889
Everyone else would consider it magic
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>>30178889
shut up you fucking autist.

the people who're good at parties told us not to do it at parties.
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>>30178914
I'll second this intent, because I'm fuck outta dialogue after some other thing.
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>>30178940
calm your titties jensen
>autist
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I feel directionless and without hope.
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>>30179082
SQ in a nutshell
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>>30179096
I thought SQ in a nutshell was SNEAK SNEAK SNEAK?
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>>30179082
It's less directionless for me and "Oh god, I don't even know where to start or how to approach this. Too many things are going wrong and so much more shit is still going to happen."
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I feel kinda sick since we haven't CONSUMED anything major in a while. Can we eat the Lords that don't agree with us? Please? And maybe Velliks new staff, too.
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>>30179125
And I thought it was about RAINBOWS!!! but apparently not...
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>>30178914
Maybe we should see how Steward is doing?
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>>30179225
That's what i was saying.

Is he here at the party?
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>>30178728
>>What are your thoughts on the alliance? Are the nobles swayed at all?
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"What are your thoughts on the alliance, Hemmelus? Has anyone made up their minds?"

"You've had a very good start," he said. "Joey really captured a few imaginations, and Lord Anderson's good faith brings with it many of knights and other northerners. But Gerald remains your largest obstacle. I doubt you can change his mind, John."

"I think I've come close to giving up."

"Mmm. Your energy is best spent elsewhere. I'm surprised, though. I think Harvan is giving it all some serious thought."

"Maybe I said the right thing."

"He's not a very family-oriented person," Hemmelus says. "He's married to his work. But I wonder if you know about his fiance?"

"...no. I don't."

"She is - or, maybe, was - a Kanian. They exchanged letters even after the time Obis was driven out, though once open hostilities with Kelvere began, communication ceased. He puts that aside for Arland."

Your opinion on Harvan shifts once more. He really is a difficult man to read. "I don't understand. If his fiance is in Kan-Abar, wouldn't he want to fight for her?"

"Not every man is driven by his passions," Great Tree says. "Some put the greater good above their own desires. From one point of view, that is the cold, callous decision. But consider what Harvan has sacrificed to protect Arland, and perhaps his hesitation to part with the Ring City becomes clear. He sees victory without you, and so considers joining you yet another risk for his country and his own personal matters."

"...it seems everyone has a lot of reasons to do what they do."

"Well," Hemmelus says, chuckling, "we're all human, aren't we?"

You smirk. Yes. All except you. You're more straightforward than they are, really. You're monochromatic. And you like it that way.

"People are too complex, at times."

>con't
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>>30178728
UGH UGH
UGH
....
Lets ask the waifus to dance?
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"Such is life." Hemmelus shrugs. "Well, Matthel seems to stand with his younger brother, so you have two of four. Lord Waterford is a great friend of the Ring City - he'll block Arland's southlands from your influence. Arland seems to be somewhat split."

"...and what about you?"

"Me?" Hemmelus asks. "Well...I'll tell Arcturis what I think is best, but he rarely listens to me in matters other than magic. I'm a mage, not a general, after all. Though I suppose I might have some sway over a few people here and there."

"What do you think is best?"

"Well, I like that young lady you seem to be so fond of, Abigail. It's hard to put faith in anyone from Archon, but if I had to pick one, it would be her."

"I'm glad to hear you say so."

There's a pretty noisy commotion from the raised section of the dias. Donovan's story is being met with quite aplomb. You're not sure if it's good or bad.

Across the room are Ila, Lord Anderson, and Young Bull, Great Tree's grandson. Young Bull appears to be speaking with Anderson while Ila listens.

The dancing seems to be winding down. The party won't go on too much longer.

What do you do?

>ask Hemmelus something else
>go speak with Lord Waterford
>maybe Steward is around here somewhere?
>try to locate Abigail
>head over to Anderson and Young Bull
>You haven't spoken to Vaz Grak much.
>something else
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>>30179289
>>30179324
Fucking fo' real? These idiot politicians and their damnable political marriages.

IF IT DIDN'T WORK FOR THE FRENCH AND ENGLISH IT WON'T WORK FOR YOU!

>try to locate Abigail
I'm wondering where she went off to after consulting Fang.
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>>30179324
>You haven't spoken to Vaz Grak much.
He's our biggest problem on our end outside of Fang.
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>>30179324
>maybe Steward is around here somewhere?

Look for an oddly placed coffee machine. Surely he thinks such a disguise is impervious.
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>>30179324
>try to locate Abigail
Sneak in a quick dance.
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>>30179289
>You smirk. Yes. All except you. You're more straightforward than they are, really. You're monochromatic. And you like it that way.

That's a very scary thought to have Shadow...
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>>30179324
>You haven't spoken to Vaz Grak much.
Sup, mah orc
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>>30179324
Dance with a waifu or three
And roll for it
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>>30179324
>>maybe Steward is around here somewhere?
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>>30179324
>try to locate Abigail
Anderson is on our side, Waterford is a lost cause. Steward, Young Bull, and Vaz Grak are already in the alliance. Thus, we might as well make our waifu happy.
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>>30179324
>maybe Steward is around here somewhere?
>try to locate Abigail
>You haven't spoken to Vaz Grak much.
Either 3 works. Abby is most likely doing a lot to convince people so I'd like to check if she's made any progress and I can't see Steward or Vaz Grak doing well at this type of thing so it might be good to see how they're doing.
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>>30179324
Let's go see how Flint is telling the story, I gotta hear his rendition!
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>>30179324
>maybe Steward is around here somewhere?
We need to see if anybody has noticed the admantium construct wandering around
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>>30179324
>try to locate Abigail
Might as well, we're almost out of time.
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>>30179324
>Donovan's story is being met with quite aplomb. You're not sure if it's good or bad.
Might we wanna take a look at that?
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>>30179324
>>maybe Steward is around here somewhere?
This seems like it should be a priority considering how almost no one even knows what he is.
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>>30179324
>try to locate Abigail
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Vote 1:
>find Abigail

Vote 2:
>find Steward

Vote 3:
>speak to Vaz Grak
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>>30179544
Why does everyone want to find abigail? we're aren't going to actually do anything when we find her, just get a status report then the party will be over.

Let's meet up with her after
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>>30179544

cutting off votes

also, brb getting mug of ice cream
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>>30179638
I want to dance.
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>>30179544
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>>30179618
Lurking. Always lurking unless there's a number vote or something else particularly interesting pops up.

I'm often confused as a samefag.
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>>30179618
1 man

lots of proxies

Lots of abby love.
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>>30179618
SQ seems to be full of people too hesitant to usually vote or suggest things because of the giant fucking sword hanging above our heads.
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>>30179649
>mug
Pure class
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>>30179651
this is not a social situation, we're here on buisness
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>>30179666
Good thing Shadow has Hydra
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9 for Abigail

8 for Vaz Grak

4 for Steward

Writing after I get that ice cream.
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>>30179638
I voted to talk to orc chief but Abby's an okay choice too since she's the other big name outside of us and Flint that we really have to sell here and she's been busy.
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>>30179694
What flavor, SM? Is it Vanilla Master Race? Chocolate Lovin'? Cookie Dough Mixed Breed? Ur Mum's Strawberry?
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I really hope that aplomb was a good thing and that we didn't have to back Flint up to make the story come across more nicely...

I really hope he didn't play us up more. It would've been spectacular if he was the one that saved the Airship.
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>>30179725
Chocolate Vanilla swirl is the only true path to Nirvana.
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>>30179544
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>>30179701
I have no idea what you just said.
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>>30179750
I'd say it doesn't matter if he plays us up more. As much as Shadow personally doesn't want the notoriety, his presence here is kind of a big deal and the more people talking about him the better.
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>>30179750
There is no way he didn't play us up like a motherfucker.

Arcturius probably believes we're as strong as the Black Lady by now.

Speaking of which, When are we introducing her? i was under the impression that we were going to do it in the middle of the party but apparently not. So it should be soon. Or is there going to be a sort of sit around the fire and chat session after the party?
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>>30179694

Hey SM, question about the Archonium.

Is the Aging thing that Abby went through standard for mages who go through it, or was it a thing particular to Abby?
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>>30179725
>>30179757

Fenway Fudge, plebs
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>>30179767
The biggest problem with our alliance is Archon. And since no one is going to trust Fang it's all on Abby to make people want to trust Archon. Checking up on her and seeing if there's anything we can do to help her out is a good thing since the public opinion of her is going to be a major deciding factor in this working out.
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>>30179847
I think it was usually a few years
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>>30179847
Standard. Abby was in it longer than normal, though.
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>>30179847

Usually 3-7 years. Abigail's 11 years is unprecedented, but her youth upon entering was also unprecedented.
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>>30179850
>SM is a Red Sox fan
FUKKEN DROPPED!
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>>30179791
The point of having Flint tell Arcturis about Xile was to make him look more competent to his father and the other Arlanders. Playing us up only makes him look humble, so hopefully that's enough.

>>30179815
Until we decide and notify Fang with our decision the choice is in his hands.

Some ideas from last time were having her arrive on her own as a concerned party incognito, or having the two act against each other a bit to alleviate paranoia, nothing really striking as a sure fire advantage.
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>>30179892

So, Yankees, how did it feel to be irrelevant for an entire season?

SUCK MUH BALLS
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>>30179948
OH SHIT BUUURRRRNNNNN!
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>>30179948
I love you SM
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>>30179892
I bet you like Skub.
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>>30179948
shots fired
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>>30179928
>the choice is in his hands.
we never gave him that decision

>arrive on her own as a concerned party incognito, or having the two act against each other a bit to alleviate paranoia,
No, then we wouldn't provide the unified front that we will need if we are to convince them we are as strong as the Ring City.
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>>30179980
How could anyone like that crap?!?
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>>30179980
the fuck did you say about Skub nigga?
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>>30179948
At least we've still got the MOST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS M8!
SUCK ON THAT ONE!
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>>30179850
>anything but Rocky Road

dropped like its hot
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>>30179948
>>30179850
Wait a second you live in New England?
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>>30179987
>we never gave him that decision
Yes, we did anon. We've left it up to him when it's best for the Black Lady to arrive. He told us he'd use his best judgement, too.

As for that second part, that's precisely why I said that they weren't striking me as advantages.
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>>30180022
>>30179998
That was fucking perfect.
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>>30179889

Okay, this helps me with creating a fake backstory when people inquire. A self taught Shadow Mage who wandered across the South.

Whenever someone messes up and calls us Shad or Shadow, we say that was the name people used to call us. After going through the Archonium, we adopted the name John Nyx.

How old do we look at the moment? I'm thinking late teens, early twenties.
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>>30180064

i was going with mid-late 20's for our age
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>>30180064
That guy looks like 50.
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>>30180085
>>30180064
If anyone asks I think 26 is a decent age.
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>>30180097
That guy is like 30 tops, probably around 25.
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>>30179948
Your posts on /sp/ are pretty great.
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>>30180097

That guy looks 20.

Also, it's the closest picture to what Shadow's human form looks like.
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>>30180097
>50
What kind of 50 year olds you hanging around?
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>>30180097
...?
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>>30180137
The kind that retired in their late 20s.
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"Have either of you seen Abigail?"

"I believe she's outside," Great Tree says, indicating the balcony.

You give them both a small bow, then head out the open windows onto the balcony. It's a half-circle overlooking a long garden that runs the length of one wall of the castle. It isn't much to look at now, still being brown and covered in snow in places, but it isn't so crowded, and the night air feels good after spending so long in the room.

Hmm. It's actually barely cold at all. You focus slightly, and sense a small Wind spell holding a bubble of heated air over the deck. That explains why the ballroom wasn't freezing.

Steward is standing alone at the end of the balcony. He's facing the outer wall, looking up at the stars, seemingly deep in thought.

Abigail, Freja, and a few other nobles are talking in a group at one end of the balcony. As you approach, they begin to disperse. You get a few considering looks as they pass by. Abigail and Freja wait where they are once they spot you.

"Ladies."

"John," Freja says. "Enjoying yourself?"

"Well, I suppose," you say. "There's too much going on for me to relax."

Abigail heaves a sigh. "At least I'm not the only one."

"You two should loosen up a bit. Have some wine."

"I've already had three glasses," Abigail says.

"Have another."

"I think that's plenty for one night."

"Honestly, Abby," Freja says, "how to you expect to seduce -"

Abigail blushes as she slaps Freja in the arm. "That was in confidence!"

"It's not like it's a secret. Besides - "

"What about you and Obis?"

Freja's slight smile turns ugly. "I haven't forgiven him for being a thoughtless oaf quite yet."

What do you do?

>say nothing
>write-in
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>>30180154

"You should lay off him a bit."
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>>30180183
Something along these lines, but i shall leave it to more eloquent anons than i.
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>>30180154
"Don't be so hard on Obis. He's pining away for a woman who's either dead or a traitor."
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>>30180225
TONIGHT ON SQ DIALOGUE:
THINGS NOT TO SAY EVER!
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>>30180154
"Maybe Obis is wants someone whos more honest"
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>>30180225
I forget why exactly, but don't we have reason to believe that she's the one actually behind it all, or something? Like she was the one pushing the summoning of demon lords?
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>>30180154
so how would an amorphous blob of shadow who has just recently gained humanity react to being seduced...
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>>30180183
>>30180225
I can't see this going well, but I'm too blah to come up with anything that will go well.
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>>30180154
"Freya, honestly you are a terrible person. Why don't you just leave Obis alone forever, go sail someplace."
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>>30180154
Why do conversations with women always feel like death traps.

"He's probably just stressed over reclaiming his country right now. Give him a bit of a break."
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>>30180268
She's an agent of the ring city who is controling Obises brother
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>>30180296
This. For the love of god. These other replies must be trolling.
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>>30180304
That's right! She married his brother, didn't she? We should tell Obis this, at some point.
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>>30180296
Cut out that second sentence and it's good.
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>>30180296
Seconding.
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>>30180154
"He's just having a hard time with things, is all."
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>>30180183
>>30180217
>>30180225
>>30180257
>>30180261
>>30180268
>>30180276
>>30180288
>>30180293
>>30180296

Christ, guys. When two women are fighting, you know what men say?

FUCKING NOTHING.

DON'T SAY SHIT. TRUST ME.
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>>30180293
Seriously?
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>>30180154
"Have you considered seducing all the women he goes for so he cant have any?"
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>>30180320

he knows, he thinks it's against her will.
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>>30180337
Yes she might be responsible for what happened to his wife.(reread the past threads.)
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>>30180320
We already decided not to because it's a rumor he's likely heard already and he's obsessed with Kullia to the point where he'll need to see her for what she is before he changes his mind.
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>>30180296
A polite deflection to the purpose of the party. That works.
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>>30180320
Go back and very carefully read the archives.
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>>30180336
We're no man.
RAINBOWS!
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>>30180336
It's not two women fighting though. It's just Freja being mad about Obis.
I still think talking is dumb here, but whatevs. Time for Shadow Relationship Adviceā„¢
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>>30180336
But... two women aren't fighting?
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>>30180325
This.
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>>30180358
You are the only one who thinks this.
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>>30180296
>"He's probably just stressed over reclaiming his country right now."

Sounds good.
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>>30180408
Based SM.
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>>30180404
Check the last thread there was evidence and shit, but people forgot thanks to the break,
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>>30180408

>>30180387
>>30180388
You never get in the middle of two couples.
Hmmm
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>>30180408
"Fool! He belongs to me! John Nyx!"
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>>30180408
I'm glad I could help. No one else seems to want to.
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Let's play sot the troll

>>30180225
and>>30180293
and>>30180349
and>>30180358
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>>30180421
*Last threads before the break.
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>>30180408

Yep, works for me.
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So I was thinking about what would have happened if we decided to be evil at the beginning of the quest, and if Donovan's crush was planned to be dead from the start due to the plague, and we would have teamed up with Adavan, who would have Donovan blamed? Us, scary to think we could have had Flint as an antagonist, real scary.
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>>30180447
spot

>>30180450
>>30180421
quote some evidence, because there was nothing suggesting it in last thread.
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>>30180447
How am i a troll, i was for her going after him before people convinced me other wise, with suspicions of her being involved.
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>>30180480
Okay give me a moment, also anyone know what thread# was before the break?
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>>30180488
What suspicions?

Only suspicions I've seen are of Kullia being a mole to start the demon war.

The soldiers were even saying that Obis's brother doesn't even call the shots but rather some woman they referred to.
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>>30180545
This
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"He's probably just a little stressed," you say. "He's got a country to reclaim, and not much to his name aside from our help."

"...I'm just..." Freja sags. "...he doesn't care about anything but her. I...maybe he really doesn't want me."

"Freja," Abigail says, "I know...how Obis feels, I think."

Freja turns toward Abigail, a little curiosity breaking through the sadness. "...you do?"

"...I...was alone, without the people I cared about...the people I loved. For a long time. I would have done anything to have them back. Go to any lengths. You and Obis...it would be as if Sir Flint suddenly began to try and court me. He just isn't that person. I've already...got someone. It isn't that I dislike Sir Flint, or that he isn't someone wonderful and worthy of affection, but...he's someone else. Do you see what I'm saying?"

"...so I get shafted because I came in second," Freja says. "It isn't fair."

"It isn't. But would you really feel the same about Obis if he was the kind of man that did otherwise?"

Freja is quiet for a long time. "You're absolutely right, of course," she says. "I just don't want to accept it." She moves around you, heading back for the windows to the party. Her hair hides her face as she turns away. "I'll see you both inside."

You watch her go, and then, aside from Steward on the other end, the balcony is empty. Abigail leans against the stone railing and sighs. "...it had to be said."

"I don't like seeing Freja upset, but you gave her good advice."

"I hope so." Her hand finds your wrist. You take her fingers in yours. She gives them a firm squeeze, then rubs them slightly, as if testing for something. "...still real, Shadow."

>Still there? What do you mean?
>Would you like to dance?
>Did you manage to convince anyone else?
>write-in
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>>30180545

Yeah, I remember this.
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>>30180545
Hell, the closest thing I can see for a reason to suspect Freja of anything is because the Blackwaters got kicked out for treason but that was just some bullshit to get the pirates loyal to Kan-Abar out of the country.

Considering Freja has a prophecy backing her up and everything about Kullia points to her being a mole I don't see where this guy is getting this stuff.

Maybe he confused the characters?
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>>30180650
>Would you like to dance?
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>>30180650

>Still there? What do you mean?
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>>30180650
>Still there? What do you mean?
More Archonium paranoia?
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>>30180650
>Would you like to dance?
I want a slow number.
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>>30180650
>>Would you like to dance?
We aren't THAT oblivious.

Let's announce to everyone that Abby is OURS.
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>>30180650
>>Did you manage to convince anyone else?

Carry the conversation over to Steward. Just seeing him over there alone makes me want to include him.
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>>30180650
>Still there? What do you mean?
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>>30180650
>"...still real, Shadow."
the feeeeels
they buuuurn us
buuuuuuurn uuuusssssss
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>>30180650
>>Would you like to dance?
>>
Rolled 14

>>30180650
>>write-in
<Nope, we are still in that wretched artifact.>
And then disappear.
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>>30180650
>Would you like to dance?
Time for a night finisher
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>>30180650
>Still there? What do you mean?
She seems worried about something. Now's a bad time to change the subject to dancing or the party.
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>>30180650
>Still there? What do you mean?
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>>30180650

>Would you like to dance?
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>>30180650
>Would you like to dance?
Anybody looking to get seduced?
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>>30180685
>>30180705
>>30180708
>>30180739
>>30180770
Guys. Maybe you should try seeing what's wrong before dragging her off somewhere. She's obviously got something on her mind.
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Alright, let's have a real vote then.

Vote 1:
>Still real? What do you mean?

Vote 2:
>Would you like to dance?
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>>30180650
"Still real."
<wake up>
"I'll be happy when this is all over with."
<please wake up Abby>
"What... what do you think we should do?"
<Abby! You can't give up!>
"Y'know, when things finally work out"
<WAKE UP>
And then look at her right in the eyes and smile.
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>>30180782
You really have no social skills do you?

And i'm not even trying to insult you. It's just that she is so obviously have a sentimental moment right now that it isn't even funny that you are missing it.
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>>30180816
1
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>>30180813
We know what's wrong, she's doubting she's out of the archonium
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>>30180816
1
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>>30180816
1
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>>30180650

2
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>>30180816
2
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>>30180816
1
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>>30180816
2
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>>30180816
2
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If we were still in the Archonium I would probably flip a table.
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>>30180816
2
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>>30180816
Those are both bad...
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>>30180821
>>30180816
Can this be an option?
or this
>>30180756
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>>30180816
1
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>>30180816
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>>30180813
She's just having a sentimental moment, The best thing to do right now is reassure her by sticking by her and being there. not asking stupid questions.
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>>30180816
1
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>>30180863
I'd flip New England.
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>>30180816
1
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>>30180863

we've always been a fragment of Abigail's imagination
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>>30180756

Aw shit, the trolling potential would be AMAZING.
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>>30180897
Then do the right romancey thing and give her a dance to reassure her.

I am so surprised that people are missing this right now. It is sooooo obvious that she just wants time with us.
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>>30180908
WHY ANON. WHY?
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>>30180874

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

But no.

>>30180816

Cutting off votes...
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>>30180922
Honestly sometimes I wish SM would do the junk suggestions out in a pastebin, just for the hell of their terribilitude.
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>>30180816
2
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>>30180933
You mean sweeping her question under the rug and act like nothing exactly like a construct from the artifact would?
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>>30180933
I agree, if i knew how to use proxies i would be using them right now.

/tg/ cannot into reading a womans feelings. or relationships in general.
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>>30180933
I honestly don't see why we couldn't do both.
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>>30180947
Now there's an idea I would giggle at.
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>>30180816

7 to 5 for

>Still real?

Writing.
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>>30180816
1
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>>30180933
Apparently we still have a lot to learn, and suddenly it all makes sense SM started this quest to teach fa/tg/uys how to be socially competent.
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>>30180947
That would be awesome
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>>30180974
Seriously? We just voted to show that Shadow forgot all about that promise he made / Abby's feelings.

Kay...
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>>30180959
That was a rhetorical question. and we have gone over it before, she isn't a little baby who needs to be coddled and pulled to a corner every time she feels a bit down, she just wanted to spend a little time with us and now /tg/ is overreacting and over analyzing things like they always do.
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>>30180984
I wouldn't mind getting schooled by Shadow Master-Sempai~
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>>30180947
I would strongly support this.
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"Still real? What do you mean?" It hits you suddenly. You take Abigail's hand in both yours. "Abigail..."

"...you know...I figured it out," she says. "A way to make sure this is real."

"You did?"

Her fingers work at the tip of your sleeve. "Yeah."

"How?"

"I...um..." She lowers her head. "It's...sort of weird."

>You can trust me.
>If you're prefer not to talk about it, that's fine.
>write-in
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>>30181005
It's just /tg/ smothering their relationship like usual. nothing new here.
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>>30180933
I honestly think both options are kind of bad. Asking implies we don't already know the problem. Dancing is just sweeping it under the rug.

Alternatively it has nothing to do with the Archonium and she just can't believe the she's dating Shadow.
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>>30181024
>>You can trust me.
But
>If you're prefer not to talk about it, that's fine.
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>>30181024
nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope

Please tell me this isn't about to happen.
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>>30181024

>You can trust me

GIVE HER THE SHADOWY DICK
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>>30181024
>write-in
"Weirder than anything we've seen together?"
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>>30181024
>>You can trust me.
Might aswell run with it.
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>>30181024
>You can trust me.
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>>30181024

>You can tru-
And then Shadow was the parasite demon.
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>>30181024
>>You can trust me.
All you fuckers just got proven wrong.
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>>30181024
Tell her it doesn't matter if it's real or not.
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>>30181024
>You can trust me.
Abby needs work on this seduction thing.
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>>30180933
It's not like the vote is to argue philosophy with her on the balcony for the rest of the night. We can dance just fine after this.

>>30181024
That said, it's a pretty good confirmation that destroying the Archonium was a good thing to do when it does things like making you feel compelled to figure out a way to tell the difference between illusion and reality. And then keep using it all the time whenever something nice happens, for fear that you might have just been making it all up the whole time.

>>30181072
I like this, actually.

and I can't help but feel like a little trick to figure out whether or not we're trapped in an illusion might end up coming in handy in the future. We do get into some pretty weird, dangerous situations, after all.
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>writing
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>>30181024
>You can trust me.
>If you're prefer not to talk about it, that's fine.
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>>30181024
"UGUUKERWAHIIIDESUNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

-Poof-
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>>30181090
No we didn't. Your guys just brought out a problem that shouldn't exist into the middle of a very important diplomatic party where if we fight it could have world ending consequences. Instead of having a slow dance with her to reassure he that you ARE infact real.

you do not understand that talking about it doesn't help it, it requires a solid reassuring and loving action to banish her fears.

Not stopping at every instance and going "OHMYGODAREYOUOKAY!!!!!!!!!!!" and other spergetastic shit that i am not in the mood to think of.
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AND THEN A SKELETON POPPED OUT
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>>30181179
Oh geeze, relax and enjoy the show man.
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>>30181202
Not him, but I don't enjoy watching things that I know are being done wrong unintentionally.
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>>30178679
Just got here - this stuck out to me:

If your plans can be derailed by a single failure, it isn't enough of a plan.

>>30178635
Ai quest! Mah anoniggah!
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Abigail has a problem that requires confidence, love and understanding to solve. Not obsession, love, and coddling.
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>>30181179
It's not nearly as big of a deal as you're making it. How does a dance assure her of existence anyway? If anything it's just a distraction.

Dancing wouldn't have been as great of an option as you expected it to be but if it won I wouldn't be freaking out like you.
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>inb4 unspecified amount of party goers are watching us as we stand on the balcony

>inb4 steward interrupts by piping something awkward
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>>30181179
Agreed, It kinda goes off of the same principle that you don't ask a girl if she likes what your doing/ask her what to do while having sex. You're supposed to be confident and please her, or in this case soothe her fears.

They want you to know this shit instinctively.
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>>30181271
See, that's a very logical thing to do.

Unfortunately, women are not logical.
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>>30181297
I'd rather go with logical over a fa/tg/uy's opinion on women.
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>>30181271
A close, romantic, slow dance is one of the best ways to feel connected to your partner. To feel close to them. To make this moment feel REAL.

Only thing better would be falling asleep cuddling under the stars.
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>>30181321
You don't use logic with women or with emotions or with irrational fears.

Logic is a good tool, but is not a universal tool
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>TALKING ISN'T DOING TO SOLVE ANYTHING DANCING IS BETTER I SOMEHOW KNOW MORE ABOUT WOMEN THAN YOU EVEN THOUGH NONE OF US HAVE LIVES
>She suggests something, implied to NOT be dancing, to help soothe her fears
Christ, at least let the woman talk before you sperg out about people not agreeing with you.
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>>30181275
>inb4 it's Joey

>inb4 it's Ila

watching us with abigail

from a distant, dark corner
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>>30181337
There's an underlying logic to people's emotional attachments and responses, anon.
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SM. How. How do you make each and every choice feel like a ticking time bomb?
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>>30181351
>NONE OF US HAVE LIVES
I take offense at that.

But seriously, talks like this belong in private. because talks like this can result in breakdowns if things go wrong, and that would literally casue thousands of deaths and possibly the end of the world.
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>>30181407
He learned it from Yggs.
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>>30181361
There is an underlying reason to people emotional attachments and responses. Not an underlying logic.

>>30181444
Gonna have to say it's the other way around.
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"Weirder than anything we've seen together?"

"...well, it's up there."

"Abby," you say. "You can trust me."

Abigail fidgets with your sleeve. Her feet work on the stone. She stares at her feet.

You're about to encourage her again when it blurts out of her. "ImadeyouintheArchonium."

"...what?"

"...I...imagined up...a version of you, when I was in there," she says. Her face is still directed toward the floor of the balcony. "You. And Sir Flint. And Auriel, and Adavan, and Joey. And...even my uncle. You were all there...after I was empress. When I was eleven. I...I didn't do it on purpose. You just showed up one day. I...made you. I'm sorry. It's...it was wrong. I mean, I couldn't really replace you, I shouldn't have done that. I...please don't think less of me, Shadow. I just...I was so lonely, I - "

"...that's all?" you say. "That's the weird thing?"

"Um...yeah."

"Well..." you shrug. "I mean, I don't really blame you. Night and moon, you were eleven years old. It's only natural that you wanted companionship."

"Oh." She looks up at you. She rubs the back of her hand against her eyes. "I...was afraid of how you'd react."

"Well...you know everything that happened with me, in there," you say. "I think it would be hypocritical if I had much of a reaction."

"Heh...yeah, I guess."

"That place isn't right. It preys on what we want. Or what we're afraid we want. But Abby, I'd never blame you for that." You frown thoughtfully. "But that doesn't really explain how you can tell...this is real."

"In there...we traveled together," she says. "Those were my memories. Traveling with Adavan. Traveling with you, around Archon. People larger than life, my uncle, Auriel...but...I knew something was wrong. It was off. But I couldn't place it.

>con't
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>>30181456
>Gonna have to say it's the other way around.
Gargoyle and the first Overhuman quest predate SQ, anon.
>>
Best case secnario would probably have been a short simple reassuring statement followed by a gentle slow dance and anything else can wait until we are alone.
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"When I turned fifteen, it came over me all at once. It was my birthday, and I was sitting on my throne...and you sort of bounded into the room, and looked up at me, and...I won't forget those words. 'Abby! Let's go on an adventure!' Ugh." She shakes her head, as if disgusted. "You were...a caricature of the real you. All of you were. The child-memory version of yourselves. And I felt this revulsion come over me, and I balled up, and cried, and told you to go away. And when I looked up again, you were gone. And you and the rest never came back. Oh." He rubs her hand against her eyes again, harder. "I'll ruin my makeup if...if I..."

You take her in your arms. "Abby. I'm not going anywhere. I promise."

She wraps her arms around yours, and her good hand squeezes your back, holding her close. She manages to keep her composure. There's so much pressure on her, but this incredible uncertainty is boiling below a calm exterior. You don't know how she does it.

"...but I figured it out," she says. And there's a note of triumph in her voice. "I beat that damn thing."

"...how?"

"Well, for one, you don't -bounce-." She puts an emphasis on that word, almost spitting it. "You glide, like a shadow. But there's another thing. You're...grainy." Her fingers pinch a bit of illusioned cloth on your back and rub it together. "The other you was...like rubber. Stretchy. You feel different. That's the difference between that place...and reality."

"I'm glad you figured it out. I didn't realize I was grainy. Is that bad?"

"Mmm..." She pushes her face into your chest. "...nope."

You don't really know how long you stand there, but you wish it was longer.

"We should get back to the party, at some point."

>The party can wait.
>I've wanted to dance with you, actually.
>Did you want to talk to someone?
>write-in
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>>30181489
I honestly don't understand why you're so adamant about this.
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>>30181492
"Care for a dance?"
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>>30181492

Back to dancing.
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>>30181522
Different guy.

just throwing out my two cents
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>>30181529
A dance out here on the balcony, I mean. Just the two of us~

And Steward. But he doesn't count.
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>>30181492
>>I've wanted to dance with you, actually.
Abbacus-chan too cute 4 me
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>>30181492
>I've wanted to dance with you, actually.
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>>30181492
>The party can wait.
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>>30181492
Dance with the girl.

and for gods sake don't leave her alone for a bit.
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>>30181492
>>Did you want to talk to someone?

Like Steward of the balcony?
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>>30181492
>I've wanted to dance with you, actually.
"Well, if I do indeed -glide- as you say, then I shall put it to good use. Care for a dance, Abby?"
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Now that's some serious fuckhuge series of double trouble context hints SM.

You're planning on making me cry before the end of this thread, aren't you?
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>>30181492
A nice Strong and Gentel Slow dance with her leaning into us.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crNbOL3Wuyc

"Would you like to dance?" you ask.

"...I'd love to."

And music from the hall begins again, a slower song. The violin is lonely, drifting atop the harpsichord that plucks away in a peaceful, almost sad rhythm. You begin to pull Abigail toward the entrance to the balcony.

"...no. Not inside." You turn back. She steps up to you. "I don't want to be around everyone. Just you and me." She smiles over your shoulder. "I think we can forget Steward this once."

"...heh."

You take her good hand in yours, and pull her close. She leans against you, her other arm tucked behind your back. And you sway to the music, matching easy, simple steps to the tune.

In the end, you drift to a stop, and she leans against you, silent. "That was a sad song," she says. "But I sort of liked it."

"Is that so?"

She nods against your chest. "Sometimes the world is sad. But that's part of why it's beautiful, right?"

"...maybe."

The music from the room doesn't start again. Apparently that was the last song. The evening is going to start winding down, now, and then real negotiations will begin with the power players.

What do you do now?
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>>30181724
>kiss her you fool
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>>30181724
Talk to Steward
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>>30181724
If that isn't foreshadowing I don't know what is.

Let's get our group together and check on Flint.
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>>30181724
Take Abby and Steward and find Auriel, Ila, and Donovan, Obis, and Freja. Then we go meet the Arland nobles in the after-party.
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>>30181724
You are actually going to kill one of our companions, aren't you SM?
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>>30181724
>check on steward
give her a kiss
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>>30181768
It DOES seem to be an appropriate time.
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>>30181724
Go see what Steward was up to. Was he out here the whole party?
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>>30181784
Steward's a girl?

But yeah. Kiss Abigail.
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i'm scared
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>>30181724
Go talk to steward.
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>>30181724

Well, it's a cold night, and it'd be nice to be warm....
Goodnight Abigail! See you in the morning!

More seriously, we're bad at negotiations (generally when it comes to social things), but we ARE in charge. Also, this is when we're going to be looking for the parasite... correct?

So we have things that need taking care of.
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>>30181724
Go to a corner and wait for the other shoe
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>>30181768
this. why is this even a question
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>>30181724
But thats why we're here, to save this world
>gather everyone, check if steward is coming
KISS
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>>30181849
Contact Fang and ask him when we're starting the hunt for the shel'kath's source.
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>>30181724
>Next Morning
Who wants to go joy riding in my awesome Airship!
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>>30181898
Seems like we have a couple lines of thought.

>Kiss Abby.
>Find our group.
>Talk to Steward.

Fang probably wants to begin hunting for the shel'kath after the after-party.
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>>30181724
that was definitely just a harp, SM. harps and harpsichords are two different things.

>>30181936
Steward totally counts as our group, so we should probably bring him along when we go find our people.

Maybe chat with him for a moment to ease him out of his introspection.
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>>30181768
This
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>>30181849
Parasite won't be for a few threads, we still have to introduce the Black Lady and do a bunch of other talking shit first.
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>>30181936
I completely agree with this.
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>>30181996

The instruments in the song didn't match up with what I'd described. I just went with it anyway.

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You place a hand on Abigail's chin, draw her head up, and kiss her on the lips, gently, slowly. She leans up and into it, wrapping a hand behind your neck. And suddenly, it's not a very gently kiss, but hot, and deep, and wild.

And then she's back on her heels, and you're both breathing very hard. Abigail swallows. "Um...let's...uh, go talk to Steward."

"Yeah. Let's."

You wander over to the shiny steel construct. He's still facing the stars, unmoving. "Steward?"

He rotates to face you with a surprising speed. "John Nyx. Abigail Fang. Greetings."

"Have you been here the whole time?"

"Yes."

"Uh...why?"

"Listening," Steward says. A small spherical repair droid lands on his shoulder. Some seamless compartment unfolds, and the droid vanishes, tucked within. The compartment clacks closed. "And gathering information. Based on our analysis, we conclude that 63% of the nobles at the party favor an alliance with our group. Public opinion aligns even more greatly in our favor, at nearly 93%."

"That's amazing!" Abigail exclaims. "We can really get this done!"

"However, this is negated by the fact that the men which will make the decision are very unlikely to rule in our favor," he continues. "And though opinion favors us, the vast majority will follow the Lord Flint's decision, trusting in his better judgement."

"I'm not sure it's very 'better'," you mumble.

"I would agree with that assessment." He cocks his head slightly. "We don't have much time, but perhaps I can be informative. Is there anything in particular you'd like to know?"

>ask him a question (I will respond to the first five interesting questions, give or take, and then we'll move on to rejoin our group)
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>>30181936
We wait until after the negotiations to do that.
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>>30182082
"Who are the most influential nobles among those who support the alliance?"

"What has Gerald Flint said about us to the other Arland nobles?"

"Are there any representatives from the Empire here?"
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>>30182082
Anyone among the nobles likely to sway Arcturus's opinion?
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>>30182173
I'd go for asking about any method to possibly sway his opinion.
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>>30182082
"What can you tell me about Lord Waterford?"
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>>30182082
>Enjoying the party? You should loosen up more
Finding anything useful?
Which nobles are most on our side?
Have you managed to herar anything from Arcturus's group?
Any thoughts on using the masses to our advantage? If the Flint's knew Arlands people wanted to work with us it could go a long way
Did the dwarves ever throw parties like this?
any thoughts on that project we talked about? abby's hand
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>>30182082
Info on the nobles against us would be good. Who's likely to be swayed, who's the most influental, etc.
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>>30182082
"Did you gain any intel that could be used as leverage?"
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>>30182082
Has the term Shel'kath been mentioned anywhere and what was said?
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>>30182132
These are fairly good, though I might append "what do we know about the Empire's delegation that has been alluded to being on its way" to the latter, if there aren't any reps here yet.
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>>30182290
These all work
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>>30182132
>"Are there any representatives from the Empire here?"
and when will the main representatives arrive and who will it be.
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You think rapidly.

>>30182132

"Who are the most influential nobles among those who support the alliance?"

"Imil Anderson, Matthel Flint, and Harvan Flint."

"Do you know what Gerald Flint has said to the other nobles? Spreading any rumors?"

"Not much about you, in particular," Steward says. "He does not know much about you. But he has emphasized the negative factors surrounding the Archmage."

"Are there any representatives from the Empire here?"

"None other than minor nobles from near the border. The most notable of them would be Gerald Flint's wife, Andrea."

"What about nobles against us? What can we do to change their minds?"

"I do not believe Gerald's mind can be changed," Steward says. "Andrea would have to put enormous pressure on him, but I do not believe that he cares for her to such an extent as to allow that to occur. In fact, I noticed him in pursuit of courtship behavior with several other women, as if he was not already in a permanent relationship. She is a placeholder."

Abigail seems taken aback. "...are you sure, Steward?"

"He belittled her to another woman, one of Lord Waterford's cousins, and implied as much."

"...that bastard," Abigail mutters. "And to think I have to suck up to him."

"Could we use that as leverage against him?" you ask.

"We have no real proof he actually said it," Abigail says. "And it's like Steward says. If that's how things are, then he won't really care about pressure from her."

>con't
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>>30182591
You lost your trip
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"The other major force against you is Arcturis himself, and the Lord Prule Waterford. Waterford is most likely to respond to material gain or threats of force, but the latter may backfire within our sensitive context. Arcturis remains an enigma."

"...you can't read him?"

"He appears to be overly confident in the Empire of Light with no logical basis," Steward says. "I conclude that there are variables of which we are still unaware."

"Like what?"

"I do not know."

You frown in thought. "Have you heard the term shel'kath or parasite used anywhere?"

"Briefly between the Archmage and the Sage, Hemmelus. No others mentioned it."

"John, Abby. Steward." Donovan is walking toward you from the exit to the balcony. "Here you are. The party's all but finished." He rubs his hands. "I shook more hands with people on the way out than I have in the rest of my life at these things. Usually I just stayed out of the way."

"Is it time?"

"Yeah," Donovan says. "Everyone's gathering together. My father and brothers are going to meet us in one of the audience chambers. Come on."

You walk with him back into the ballroom. Servants are already clearing the space, hauling away the remains of the food and beginning to clear the decorations. You walk through it, out into the hall, and down into a smaller room, where the rest of your alliance is waiting.

>con't
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Everyone looks up as you come in. Most are standing against the walls; a few people are seated in chairs.

"Just a moment," Fang says. He closes his eyes for a few moments, and then opens them. "...alright. It is safe to speak. They aren't listening."

"Did you expect them to?"

"I always expect anything I'd do myself," he says.

Steward turns to you. "I could attempt to have a droid listen in on the Flints," he says. "I'm sure they are preparing themselves for our meeting."

"Better yet," Vellik says, "You could go yourself, John."

"I must say that I disapprove of the notion," Valeria states. "It undermines the reason we're here."

"I don't like it much myself," Donovan says. "My family might not agree with us, but they won't hide their opinions."

Yong Xu peels himself up off the wall. The young councilor raises an eyebrow at Donovan. "That's all well and noble, but we need all advantages on the table. Or do you deny that we are in the weaker position?"

"Well..." Donovan sighs, defeated in logic, but unwilling to condone it.

What do you do?

>Steward, send a drone. But don't try anything foolish.
>I'll go myself.
>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
>some other strategy

>TRIP
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>>30182613
>Waterford is most likely to respond to material gain
Good thing we've got all that treasure from Xile and that underwater palace.
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>I'll go myself.
Might as well compress and 'meld.
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>>30182628
>>Steward, send a drone. But don't try anything foolish.
maybe wisp bro instead or in addition?
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>>30182628
>>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
If we get caught doing that then the alliance is off
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>>30182628
This kind of feels like an unnecessary risk to a certain extent. I'd rely on the drone(if we don't have to roll for it) or nothing.
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>>30182666
Wispbro and a drone.

I don't trust the dice.
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>>30182666
Wisp shares our stealth bonus so that's an option.
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>>30182628
>>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
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>>30182628
>>30182678
>>30182680
whatever happens, DO NOT SEND A DRONE, it is sure to be discovered and that is an all or nothing prospect. wispbro gets our stealth but he drone doesn't
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>>30182698
Wisp shares our stealth?

Since when?
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>>30182628
suggest wisp
if not
>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
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>>30182628
>>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
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>>30182628
I think Wisp is best, just dump some stealth bonuses on it(or technically us) and send it out.
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>>30182713
Since all shadow summons share our stealth upgrades. Pretty much since we got introduced to summoning in the first place.
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>>30182628
>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
Not for any noble reason. Rather that if whatever we sent over there to spy on them gets discovered due to the inevitable SQ dice, then it would do more damage to the negotiation than any advantage we are likely to get out of it.
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>>30182628
>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.

>>30182700
Well, the drone apparently wasn't discovered earlier.
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>>30182628
>>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
Nothing we could get from listening in is better than them finding out that we're spying on them right before an important and groundbreaking diplomatic meeting in which they are already wary of trusting us is bad.

I'd bet on Hemmelus being able to catch pretty much anything we send in there, either by its magical signature or lack thereof.
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>>30182628
>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.

Hemmelus and Arcturious and Gerald would all notice a drone
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>>30182628
>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
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Rolled 12 + 6

>>30182628
We are playing fair

BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE THAT AUTO FAIL AGAINST US
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>>30182628
>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
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SM, what's the sun?
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>>30182713
always, summons from the shadow path share all our stealth
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>>30182769

>what's the sun?

Clarify.

Anyway, looks like we're not stooping. Writing.
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>>30182628
>We don't need to stoop like that. Let's meet them fairly.
Really, what could they possibly say that would be useful for us to overhear anyway?
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>>30182798
If Venia is just a landmass floating in the void, then what the hell is the sun? And how is there a moon?
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>>30182798
Don't we have to roll for how much we don't stoop?
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>>30182798
>inb4 Shadow starts playing fair while the Angels start playing dirty, oh the irony
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>>30182750
what drone?

It was steward himself that was listening before. he was just analyzing the crowds noise.
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>>30182808
>critfail 1
"I changed my mind. Be right back guys. SNEAK SNEAK SNEAK."
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>>30182821
>"Listening," Steward says. A small spherical repair droid lands on his shoulder. Some seamless compartment unfolds, and the droid vanishes, tucked within. The compartment clacks closed. "And gathering information. Based on our analysis, we conclude that 63% of the nobles at the party favor an alliance with our group. Public opinion aligns even more greatly in our favor, at nearly 93%."

What was the small, spherical, flying droid doing?
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>>30182839
>everybody facepalms, some so hard it leaves a mark, Ila can't stop laughing
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>>30182843
collecting data from the surrounding city while Steward listened from the balcony, also since the flints are wind and Hemmelus can see magic an earth based drone would really stand out
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We haven't rolled a single dice this thread.

Beware.
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>>30182884
Come on! We can trust SM!
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>>30182804
very good question.
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>>30182804

In due time.

Note that Venia's moon is not as large as our moon.

But there's really more to it than that. How does Venia exist at all, in the first place? How does it have an atmosphere? How are there people on it?

The answer to most of these questions is magic, but the answer to a goodly number of them is actually things you've yet to gain any perspective on. So they'll have to wait.

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You turn to Xu. "Look at it practically, councilor. It's not worth the risk. The advantages of hearing Arcturis rant about something prior to the meeting are vastly outweighed by what will happen if the Four-Element Sage detects one of Steward's drones. Or me."

"I have to agree," Abigail says. "It's a needless act that puts the whole alliance in peril."

"And beyond that, it's morally objectionable," Great Tree adds. "I don't want us spying on anyone."

"...hmph." Xu retreats to the wall. "Have it your way."

Do you say anything to the group before the meeting?

>write-in
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>>30182843
sorry i skimmed because i was multi-taksing, but it doesn't mean it was unnoticed. It is likely that people saw it and saw no threat from it as long as it was observing public conversations.
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>>30182798
Shadow master, i am disappoint we didn't drinking contest. Shadow is master of the drink, all the world must learn this
>word spreads of John Nyx, arbiter of peace and undefeated drinking champ
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>>30182925
>perspective
literally we must move our perspective
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>>30182925
<So, see everyone at the pub later?>
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>>30182925
>>write-in

To fang: any luck finding the tail?
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>>30182925
Do a quick review of overall objectives and possible carrots we can dangle in front of the opposition.
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>>30182925
"Now let me see your game faces."
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>>30182925
Let's discuss our leverage.

The treasure from our trips to Xile and whatever that water temple was called could do a good job of convincing Waterford. There's also the airship and our dynamo research we can put on the table(dynamo research might be something to bring up telepathically with Steward and Velik).

We should also discuss the Black Lady(and the Melody issue) with the relevant members(Fang, Auriel, Abby, Flint, etc.)
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>>30182925
Nothing big, just a sort of. "lets get shit done"

Maybe a review or something like it.
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>>30182925
Lets not give up before we've even tried, I can't just eat all our problems can I?
>to Fang: Any luck finding the tail yet?
>>30182953
as smugly and calm as possible
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>>30182968
>>30182977
These.
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>>30182977

The fact that you have the Black Lady in your back pocket is known by the general alliance. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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>>30182925
I'd like to know just exactly what Flint said about the trip to Xile; there was a lot of classified-ish information that he probably glossed over or replaced, and we'd be well-served knowing what he did or didn't say, and what he replaced things with for the things he didn't.
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>>30182977
>The treasure from our trips to Xile and whatever that water temple was called could do a good job of convincing Waterford. There's also the airship and our dynamo research we can put on the table
Maybe some of the unique stuff from Xile, but no to both Airship and Dynamo research. that's just stupid.
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>>30182977
Let's not mention our looting of Xile or the airship. That may not go over well, considering that we're a frigging shadow mage.

>>30183012
Wasn't the plan to have her come in as a last-minute surprise?
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>>30183012
Ah, then discuss that openly and the Melody thing privately with Auriel.
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>>30183027
THIS THIS THIS
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>>30183012
Auriel knows that she's Melody
Everyone else knows we have met and discussed peace/alliance successfully with her
Fang is Fang, and will bring out her tube at the best/worst moment
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>>30183027
This too.
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>>30183027
This. Time to match stories.
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>>30183029
>>30183033
This is about getting their opinions of those things out there, not putting them on the table.
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>>30183049

Ok, good, that was my understanding.

With so many different people privy to different levels of information even I get a little confused at times.

>>30183027

Ok.

Writing.
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>>30182977
>>30183027
These.
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>>30183033
He already knows that we pretty much looted the place because A). its common sense and we gave him a gold coin. B). Flint is decked out in armor, cloak, and sword from there.

Plus it is kinda expected for us too. But definitely don't mention the airship
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>>30183033
I call it Nemesis, it uses both wind and shadow to do amazing things. Kinda like how Arland and Haven could together. I'm not sure why it was there, maybe the last of the shadow and wind mages built it to try and escape the windsever. All I know is it took a liking to me
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>>30183029
>>30183033
>not discussing the airship

It plays a fucking pivotal role in our strategy for attacking the Kanians ionce we get this alliance under way. How the fuck do you expect to avoid talking about it? It's a major military asset, it's something they should know about.
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>>30183097
Isn't the only thing we got from the Water temple was the Gem that is 1 half of Leviathan?
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>>30183111
No.

>>30183130
Because they might very well demand control of it.
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>>30183130
We're gonna have to talk about it, but that anon made it sound like we were gonna barter it.
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>>30183080
been here since quest 1 SM, my meticulous knowledge of your creation teeters between flattering and maddening
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>>30183137
Then we will tell them to fuck off.
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>>30183149
I just meant bring it up to prove we've got the military assets to pull this off.
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>>30183137
>Because they might very well demand control of it.
>trying to take control of an airship that literally has a part out us fused into it
they can try, I could use a laugh
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>>30183137
They may try to barter for it, but they aren't stupid enough to think we would just hand it over to them. No matter how pompous Arcturius is.
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>>30183130
Letting them know we have access to an airship is a necessary evil; explaining to them that we shadow-hotwired it in Xile might not be.

Either way, it's hardly the same ship Aeolus left behind all those years ago anymore.
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>>30183137
>Because they might very well demand control of it.
You reeeaally think we'd let them have it? A thought crossed your brain where in we had to give the ship over for the alliance? This is extremely silly.
The world will burn first.
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>>30183195
We could also have a second Airship if we manage to steal a dynamo.

The next dynamo we come upon we are stealing, not eating.
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>>30183208
>>30183194
>>30183187
>>30183172

Knowing Arcturus, he might just demand to have the airship as a condition for the alliance. Getting a foot in the door for more demands, and more demands, and more demands.

We've told him that we need Arland's support. He might use that against us.
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>>30183217
or getting Steward and Vellik working on making core casings, then spam infinite shadow cores
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>>30183244
We need Arland's support, we don't need his support.
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>>30183244
If he never agrees to the alliance it doesn't matter what he asks of us.
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>>30183244
>implying he'd ever take an airship with shadow
we didn't bring it with us anyway so unless we straight up say I have an Airship then its non issue
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>>30183244
>offer to give it to him if it works for him
>it won't
>he tries everything to get it to start, even open the front door
>we walk through like its nothing
>guess that means its mine right?
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>>30183306
Oh yeah. I was forgetting that we can just latch onto the dynamo inside the airship and control it like a big body as we did in the Ring City... good reminder anon.

That could come in handy.
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>>30183263
As Steward said, Arcturus is Arland as far as national policy is concerned.

>>30183306
>>30183269
>>30183270

I guess so, then.
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>>30183162
Saved.
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"Let's talk leverage," you say. "Get everyone on the same page."

"Well," Vellik says. "I have a few things on my end. Technology, for one. I don't want to give up my advantages, but if it means taking my country back..."

"...I, too, could offer something, if we are pressed," Steward says.

"If we combine our knowledge, we could very well create a functional dynamo," Vellik says to Steward. "That would bring us untold advantages."

"Recreating the housing would be extremely difficult," Steward says. "I am uncertain as to how such material density was created in the first place. It vastly exceeds even Adamantium."

"Of course, there's a few taxes I could shift about," Abigail says. "Vischon has always been of use to control the trade up and down the Tairns."

"Changes that the council will approve, of course," Yong Xu says loudly.

"Of course, conciliator."

"Our military assets are part of the equation, too," councilor Tae Wong adds. "Increasing our...contribution...might sway them into participation. If they knew Archon would take more than its fair share of the brunt."

"What about Xile?" you ask Donovan. "What do they know, after your story?"

Donovan shrugs. "It's infested with the remains of the elementomachy and will take a great deal of time and probably blood to recover. But that it is there, we can access it, and that it can be recovered."

"And," Auriel adds, "that Haven controls that access."

>con't
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>>30183162
>flattering and maddening
oh anon
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>>30183244
He coudln't get it to work even if we gave it too him, plus he isn't dumb enough to believe we would give our largest military asset to him.

Which it is. Until we get a HearthStone Titan.
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>>30183348
I was saying if it really came down to it, we could remove Arcturus and replace him with Donovan, as an absolute last resort.
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Vaz Grak steps forward. "Enough of what we will give," he says. "What of what we want? As warleader, I will demand their recognition. If we are to spill our blood, then I will demand that Abbotsford is included in our territories."

"You'll be debating with the Empire over that one," Blackwater says. "They probably won't want to give you an outpost on the Palorian. That's where the adamantium comes down..."

"Then they will have to take it back from us by force."

"...warleader," Valeria says, "let us move in small steps. I will support a bid for your recognition, but such a claim may have to be negotiated beyond what Arland is capable of doing. Are you willing to make those same demands of the Most High?"

"...I am," he says firmly. "If the coward grows a spine and shows up."

"Well, in honesty," the elf continues, "we would as well enjoy official recognition."

"From Arland," Young Bull says. He stares at Yi Fang. "And from Archon, especially."

"From Archon, too!" Vaz Grak grunts.

"At ease, my fellows," Fang says. "You shall have your borders on the map once we're finished drawing."

"And what does Archon want?" Vaz Grak says. "What is the Archmage scheming this time?"

Everyone looks at Yi Fang. He picks at his fingernails. "Honestly, everyone always thinks I'm planning something." He glances up, grinning. "They do tend to be correct. But rest assured, in exchange for aiding Kelvere and Kan-Abar in their time of need..." His eyes roll over Vellik and Obis. "We would, of course, be interested in the manufacture of dynamos."

"Of course," Vellik says. You can tell it kills him to say the words, but he doesn't have much choice.

Well, it seems there's a lot going on. Do you add anything in particular?
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>>30183373
>"Of course, conciliator."

fucking autocorrect
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>>30183400
Didn't we set aside a third of the treasure we already brought back from Xile for Arland? Or is that covered in the "Haven controls access to Xile" bit?
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>>30183400
The delegates from the Empire or Ring City will probably figure out who was behind the recent attack on the City. They might demand that Arcturis hand over Donovan, Ila, Auriel, and me.
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>>30183400
Tell them that Dynamo Tech will become a tech of the Alliance, and all major parties will gain access to it.

But lets also tell them that we can only produce Shadow Dynamos.
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I just realized Arland can't have the Nemesis since the Nemesis is almost literally also the city of Haven at this point.
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>>30183436
Technically that means he's stealing our jerb! That dirty chink Yong!
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>>30183400
>to Vellik in regards to dynamos: I never showed you the Nemesis did I?
>to Fang: I suspect you'll find a way to get what you want regardless
>What about Waterford, between my personal stash(s) I could probably fund his support myself
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>>30183477
I don't think anyone would actually consider that.
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>>30183492
Yeah, no fucking shit, why do you think it's never leaving our possession ever? It's mobile command and home base all in one.
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>>30183477
That we are the one behind the Ring City incident is common knowledge.
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>>30183477
according to Joey, who got the info from the 4th highest (3rd now after we took out Lucifer) the Ring City thinks we were a summon that fang baited Sandalphon into taking to wreck the city. which we did
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>>30183468
>Didn't we set aside a third of the treasure we already brought back from Xile for Arland? Or is that covered in the "Haven controls access to Xile" bit?

Yes, but they don't know that yet.

Could use it as a bargaining chip that isn't really a bargaining chip.

Why am I giving you hints again?
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>>30183502
We showed Vellik the Nemeis before we departed Dobshire.

>>30183400
Let's ASK TELEPATHICALLY about how Fang plans to use the Black Lady, since this is already the big guys meeting, we kinda want to know what he's thinking.
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>>30183502
We gave all the Dosh to Haven. Not sure how much they spent.

>>30183546
That is the official story, SM specifically stated that all of the Flints know that we are the one behind it.
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>>30183554
I was already considering that but thanks.
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>>30183492
Stole it from an airborne continent; made it into an airborne city.

Seems fitting.

>>30183518
Just because it's an unreasonable demand to acquiesce to doesn't mean the Ring City won't make it regardless.

That said, if negotiations REALLY break down to the extent that people know what we really are (the blob dude that Yi Fang turned over to Sandalphon), we can always just let them know that it didn't work out so well the first time they demanded we be given into their custody.

And then see if we've got a smug enough face in our repertoire to sell it as Sandalphon loses his cool.
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>>30183563
>departed FOR dobshire
Welcome 2am brain, are you here to stay again?
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>>30183554
What are the three treasures?

Airship
Cash
???
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>>30183400
Talk about the Melody issue with Auriel privately.
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>>30183554
because you love us?
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>>30183591

I think he means a third of the cash.

There isn't really a third treasure...unless you count the Staff of Winds, which has already been taken.
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>>30183598
And the Black Lady arrival issue with Yi Fang privately, as well.
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>>30183580
Then we point to them and ask if Arland is really going to live under the heal of such unreasonable fools. Ask what happens when they start maling similar demands of Arland?
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>>30183591
and Xile itself, we are the only people who know where it is located.
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>>30183609
Speaking of that, How much of that has been spent?

Cause there was a fuck ton of it there.
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>>30183635
And the only people with the means to get there.
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>>30183635
Pretty sure people know full well where Xile is, it's getting there safely that's been the issue up until now.
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>>30183635
And we know its dangers and layout and can get in and out and where the possible treasures are and about the natives.
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So should we mention that the Wind mages of Xile are now pretty much crazy tribals who kill eachother via skysever and all that crazy shit?
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>>30183697
>bring one back
Arcturus, I'd like to introduce your long lost cousin, give or take 100 generations
>it goes fucking nuts and wreaks the throne room
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>>30183650

An insignificant amount has been spent on supplemental food from Maven Lake and tools and supplies from Janus Miller.

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While the others continue to debate, you find a moment with Auriel. <I meant to ask you. Are you still going to try your...uh...Melody plan?>

"I don't see why not," she murmurs. "For once in my life, I have a card in my hand that Fang can't possibly predict. It will keep him from doing anything he shouldn't. But I suppose it depends on when you plan on bringing her in."

<Still working on that.> You turn back to Fang, and project your words to him. <What of the Black Lady?>

<I don't think I'll be introducing her on the first night,> he says to you. He doesn't meet your eyes, unwilling to give away that he's speaking with you. <We are pressed, but I still expect this to take some time. Don't give up too much too quickly, Shadow. Let them worry, let them fuss.>

<Alright.>

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Is there anything specific you'd like to say?

Otherwise, it's time for the meeting.

It would literally take me another handful of threads to write out the whole series of conversations between every individual about every little thing, so instead, I'll summarize interactions and avoid specific dialogue.

Also, the next post will be the last post, and probably just sit everyone down and get us set up.

I plan on running again tomorrow night, so fret not.
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>>30183729
It's time
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>>30183729
START THE MEETING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let the Happening, Happen.
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>>30183729
"its shadow time!"
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>pep talk
Alright everyone, this is the first step. They'll fuss and moan, call us fools and try to send us away, but I think we all know I don't budge easily and neither should anyone here. Ignorance potions on me later.
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The moment. It is finally here.
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>>30183729
How are we going to field the Empire representatives? We still don't know how to shake Arcturus's blind faith in them.
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>>30183729
I think we're good. We should probably keep the dwarf tech and dynamo research on hold and only hint at it.

Don't mention the airshhip but rather mention a military asset for stealthily and quickly transporting an army and means to access Xile with ease.
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>>30183729

Meeting time i guess, maybe some final words of encouragement.
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>>30183781
Research. After taking care of this parasite we're going to have to follow up on what this plan Arcturus has with the Empire is.
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>>30183784
>also that its indestructible, even if the Nemesis hasn't really got weapons its fast and can't be hurt
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>>30183781
they aren't here yet
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>>30183830
That kind off tips off what it is.

The point is to keep them guessing.
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>>30183912
Let's just say that it is the largest functioning airship, has near perfect stealth, can carry other airships, but has minimal weaponry.
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"Everyone, comes Abigail's voice.

Conversation comes to a halt. All eyes fall on her.

"I know that we all come from different places," she says, "and that we all bear our own burdens. But today - this is it. This is the moment we've worked for. The time that we come together. We are the leaders of the world. This is our time to change it. To shape it. Make it something better. I'm glad you're here. All of you. Because I think that tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that - we'll have created real change."

A quiet and humble acceptance meets her words. Yi Fang smiles at his niece. Proud, for a moment. And then the expression leaves him.

You can't imagine how he'll react when he learns that the Black Lady is Melody.

It is only a few minutes until one of the citadel's stewards comes knocking at the door. He guides you into a large audience chamber a floor above. A long, wide table has been set in the room, running alongside tapestries and several maps hanging on the wall. One is of the entirety of Venia; another depicts the local region of Arland, Archon, and the Empire of Light. Another focuses specifically on Arland, and the edge of the surrounding countries. A fourth encompasses the southern half of Venia, the northern cutoff at about halfway through Kelvere.

The Flint family is already seated. Arturis is at the head of the table; Gerald is at his right hand. Lord Anderson and Lord Waterford are next to Harvan and Matthel. Yi Fang sits at the opposite end of the table, and everyone else arranges themselves around him. The surface is large enough to allow everyone space, but small enough that a loud voice could be easily heard from the other side.

Arcturis leans his elbows onto the table. "So. You wanted to talk, Archon. Forest Den. Haven. Here I am. What have you to say?"

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TO BE CONTINUED

I'm off tomorrow, so hopefully earlier, around 8pm EST or so?

Questions? Comments? Panic?
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>>30183946
And strong enough defenses to survive the Super SkySever around Xile.
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>>30183946
its actually kinda small for an airship, it was like a tugger used to move airships in port. powerful engines, can carry more weight then combat airships and better maneuverability
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>>30183946
Dude. The point is to hint at it like Fang said.

"A means to access Xile" and "a means to transport an army stealthily and quickly" are all we should give up right now.
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Also, I bought Sim City 4 Deluxe off the recent Steam Sale, so I've got to mod it and relive several hundred hours of my childhood now.
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>>30183966
>and a direct assault against a pissed off dragon
>best use of artifact
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>>30183977
No, it was specifically stated to be an Airship large enough to dock multiple other Airships INSIDE of it.
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HERE WE GOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
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>>30183977
>the Nemesis
>large carrier class vessel with hundreds of rooms for occupants and a space large enough for a tree garden
>small
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>>30184008
Yes.
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>>30183977
It is literally the city of Haven right now. The thing is huge.
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>>30184009
>>30184023
>I was basing that off the picture SM gave, christ anon
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>>30183977
No, it's one of the Great Carriers, according to Auriel.

They're fucking huge. Like cities by themselves.
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Nemesis confirmed for aircraft carrier-like size.
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>>30184058
to be fair, it does look smaller then the concept pics for alot of the other airships
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>>30184048
Why would you base your facts off a reference pic and not the, you know, actual facts?
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>>30184073
>>30184048
>basing knowledge off of pictures and not text
Christ, anons.
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>>30184073
It is also in 1 single piece instead of an ugly mishmash like that is.
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>>30184059
So around 330 meters. Crikey. What's the size of a "normal" airship, like the Ragnarok or Noiralev? ~100-200 meters?
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>>30184085
why would you get so butt hurt over a small error like that?
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>>30184073
most of these are rough compared to what the actual ship looks like
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>>30184118
I'm not butthurt, anon.

I'm just honestly wandering why you think that the pic is an actual defense for not knowing the correct info.
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>>30184161
considering we've never gotten into actual sizes of airships or a definitive "this airship is bigger than that one" discussion I honestly don't care
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>>30184191
What the fuck? Are they puzzle pieces or something?!
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>>30184073
I dunno, the Shiva was pretty big. I think it held maybe a few hundred people? Seems about right.
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>>30184115
i imagine between 50-100

but Aircraft Carriers are 333 meters long by 78 meters tall by about 70-100 wide
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>>30184207
No, he was giving size estimates.
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>>30184191
WE"RE A TRANSFORMER! AIRSHIPS, COMBINE!
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>>30184008
I don't know, I still think about the possibilities of using in on our utility belt
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>>30184207

Carrier-class airships were designed to be able to supply and dock a variety of other classes of airships.
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>>30184229
>>30184191
scratch that, the regualar airships seem to be anywhere from 30-100
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>>30184278
hmm, but pocket is kinda our new belt
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>>30184278
What if we Artifact Abigail?
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>>30184290
>>30184273
>>30184207
Please not how he says "Dock" not "Combine". this is not transformers and we do not get stronger the more we stick to ourselves.
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>>30184228

we really should repair whats left of the Noiralev next time we get the chance
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>>30184201
It has been mentioned to be very large, capable of housing other airships inside it and is currently being used to house the entire population of Haven and will be used in an attack strategy to bombard Kan-Abar with a giant robot legion.

There's been plenty of info that says this thing is fucking huge. Certainly not just a tugger.

All I'm saying is that you could have just went, "oh, I guess I mixed up my info" or just calmly accepted the correction and not posted at all. Instead you tried to defend you misinformation with a very flimsy excuse. It sounds more like you're flustered over your own small error and tried to save face.
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>>30184310
don't think it works on living things (thats what servant/chosen is for) but we were gonna have Steward make her a robo hand and artifact that
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>>30184290
So what you're telling me, really, in slightly obscure terms...

...Is that we should be building an aerial fleet with the Nyxystix as our backbone.
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>>30184310
The "Does a person count as an object" debate again.

But probably Dave.

>>30184331
We need a dynamo for that.
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yeah, but the idea of "docking" a bunch a air ships and tank rushing while firing ALL the guns is in my opinion awesome
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>>30184331
what wasn't trash beyond use was used to build Haven
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>>30184347
Yes. But it is the Nemesis.

>>30184369
You assume that they can all fire while docked. it is more than likely that the more that are docked with us the more vulnerable we are.

Don't mean to be a party pooper but i do not endorse dumb ideas, no matter how cool they sound
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>>30184347

I felt bad after the Xile WWI trenches. I decided to give you a cool toy.

You really weren't supposed to go there so soon!

>>30184387

Some good portion of the Noiralev's outer armor was cannibalized for Haven, especially for harnessing the shadow mana pool.
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>>30184334
certainly not, I can admit my mistake if I haven't already. just saying that with only clouds to compare the ship to I can't tell how big it was, i must have not caught the carrier part earlier
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>>30184357
we could probably scrounge one up if we look hard enough, or at least find a shell so we could make our own.
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>>30184387
No, apparently most of the frame and Hull is still in one piece.

they just took some of the Adamantium insides to build fortifications.
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>>30184419
>But it is the Nemesis.
I don't know what airship you're talking about sir, the only airship I believe in is the Nyxystix Abby-Sabbatical Ship #6, the one true ship reforged in blackness to rule them all.
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>>30184423
We thought we couldn't let Lucifer get there first. We didn't know that the Black Lady had taken the Staff first.
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>>30184423
So how difficult would it be to repair the Noiralev?
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>>30184423
two part question, how much adamantium is left of the Noiralev and is it enough for Heartstone Titan
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>>30184468
If Lucifer had gotten to the Nemesis before us and I knew we could have gotten it instead of him i might have shot somebody.
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>>30184493
We need RAW ore for that.

We need to ask Steward if he has enough. and Fang.
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>>30184463
I never really got that name, just seemed kinda stupid to me.

I liked The Gavel though
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>>30184496
Like SM said, the Nemesis was a pity gift for managing to get to Xile too soon.
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By the by, I might run Magical Buoy Quest as a one shot.

You're a magical buoy floating in the docks of Xul'Akathanka-Togologologle Victruilius. It is your terrible and heavy burden to direct the flow of ships and assist them in avoiding the nearby shoals.

If that sounds fun, I think it would make a nice break.

>>30184468

Yeah, I know. There was no way to get that information to you.

>>30184479

Now that you have Steward's help, not too difficult at all. The problem is getting it a dynamo.

>>30184493

A lot, but you need raw ore to make the titan. I believe it's canon that while adamantium can be reforged/reshaped it cannot be repurposed in a magical sense.
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>>30184493
not enough because
>>30184506
but that doesn't mean we couldn't pocket it and use it later
>Shdaow! we need to stop those troops from advancing!
<I've got a plan> drops airship on them
>....God dammit Shadow
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>>30184529
It's not like we didn't earn it though.
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>>30184530
so we'd need at least enough adamantium that it'd take to build an airship?
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>>30184531
Or we could repair it.

>>30184530
So we are going to get Steward, Vellik, and Fang all working together to start putting out Cores for us to fill.
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>>30184530
I like the idea of that quest simply for the potential of disaster.

I wonder what kind of things a buoy thinks about?
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>>30184553
No, only 1000lbs

1000lbs of metal would fit in the back of a medium sized pick up truck.
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>>30184553
We need half of a Ton.

Most Cars weigh several Tons. An Airship is much much much bigger than a car.
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>>30184553

A Heartstone Titan doesn't take nearly as much adamantium as an airship. An airship is several dozens or even hundreds of tons of adamantium.

For reference, adamantium is several times stronger than steel, and slightly lighter. However, it isn't as flexible, and more prone to shattering when it exceeds its load-bearing capacities.
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>>30184586
>Daily Log #1639578 My nose still itches, but I was built with no arms to scratch it. It occurs to me I may not have a nose installed either, this requires additional quandary
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>>30184616
hmm, so if Shade is about 6ft, what would the Titan be? About the size of that earth golem Flint fought in Jacob's Field or bigger?
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>>30184586
>FUCKING SEAGULLS.
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>>30184618

As I posted in the QTG:

A splatter of white excrement stains your beautiful red paint.

The seagulls are back, and they're shitting all over you! Again! Fuck! It took three rainstorms to wash the last attack off.

You have no choice but to:

>completely and utterly ignore them. They're beneath you. Well, above you. It matters not. But they don't deserve your attention.
>FIRE THE LIGHTNING
>use your warning bell to signal for backup

For some reason I feel that a buoy lends itself to being a narcissistic megalomaniac.
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>>30184643
I assumed the size of the thing we fought in Tarun Gakth. But it feels like that thing would have weighed a lot more than a half of a Ton.

Can we get some Dimensions?
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>>30184530
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>>30184678
>this were from his early introspective years, before the world pushed him too far
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>>30184678
>>FIRE THE LIGHTNING
fucking segulls
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>>30184679
yeah, that was at least 2-3 stories from how long it took us to move around inside it
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>>30184678
>FIRE THE LIGHTNING
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>>30184678
>They are beneath you
>FIRE THE LIGHTNING ANYWAY
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>>30184723
Yeah, maybe even more.

But 2-3 stories seems reasonable.
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>>30184720
>>30184732
>>30184741

I kinda want to write this now, but we'll save it for later.
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>>30184764
You know you want to.

We're only on page 9.

It could be a teaser?

Please?
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>>30184723
>>30184679

from Tarun Gakth

Heartstone is about the same size.
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>>30184764
Do It.
you're such a tease SM, no wonder I keep coming back
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>>30184781
That's closer to like 15+ stories, but i sure as hell ain't complaining.

MAGIC
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>>30184781
sooo.....60-100 something ft would be a good guess? not bad
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>>30184845
Instant Jaeger.
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In a furious rage you channel forward the lightning. Blue sparks crackle across your surface. A glowing orb of power spins atop your clanging pinnacle.

In a burst of magic, a lightning bolt zips through the sky and strikes a bird. It drops like a stone, crisped and black. You fire again, and again, and the birds drop like flies.

"HA!" you shout. "DIE YOU FUCKING RATS WITH WINGS! DIE!!"

In short order, the bulk of the seagulls have retreated. A dozen scorched corpses float in the seawaters around you, some slowly beginning to sink.

A strange thought comes to mind. You don't have a mouth, so how are you able to -

MRRRRUUUUUOOOOMMMMMM

...what the fuck was that?

MEEEEIIIIRRRRRUUUUOOOOAAAAMMMMM

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TO BE CONTINUED
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>>30184856
I say 80 seems perfect.

>>30184858
Have I ever told you i love you? Thank you SM.
Thank you for everything you have done, continue to do, and will do in the future.
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Oh, you're welcome.
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>>30184858
You spoil us.

This is why SM is best QM.
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>fixed it
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good job, need more


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