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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.

At the moment, you have the strong support of Matthel Flint; Hemmelus, the sage; the Lord Imil Anderson; and, hopefully, Harvan Flint.

Firmly against you stand Gerald Flint, Lord Prule Waterford, and Arcturis Flint himself.
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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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Rolled 8, 5, 5 = 18

>>30199228
How quickly do we cast our spells?
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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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>>30199272

A few seconds, often faster, sometimes slower. Spell speed is a factor in the success of the roll.

-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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>>30199272

Addendum: if a spell takes longer than "a turn" to cast, I'll let you know. For the most part, don't worry about it.

Failing a spell can be interpreted as not firing it in time before an enemy's strike, or being interrupted.

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>Last time...

"Everyone," says Abigail. "If I could have your attention."

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

"I know that we all come from different places, and that we all bear our own burdens. But today - this is it. This is the moment we've worked for. 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. Together, we can create real change, and make tomorrow a better day than today."

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.

>con't
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This is going to be a nerve-racking thread, I just know it.
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Arcturis leans his elbows onto the table. "So. You wanted to talk, Archon. Forest Den. Haven. Here I am. What have you to say?"

"To formally state our intentions, my lord," Abigail says, "we wish to join Arland in a military alliance of mutual defense against Kan-Abar's armies. In exchange for our aid, we seek your recognition, and your friendship."

And that begins a sort of back and forward banter. The elves, the werewolves, and the orcs all make requests that Arland recognize their status as city-states, and make intial offers as to what personel and supplies they can contribute to the war effort.

Arcturis seems to home in one something after the basics are laid on the table - Steward. "That construct, there," he says. "Who owns it?"

A moment of uncertainty arises from your end of the table. The Flints don't really appreciate what Steward is...

How do you handle this situation?

>Keep Steward a hidden card, for now. Va'ad won't be soon discovered.
>Explain in full Steward's origins.
>Allow Steward to answer for himself.
>some other solution or compromise
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>>30199394
>Allow Steward to answer for himself.
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Rolled 9, 7, 3 = 19

>>30199374
So, if we needed to, could we blast someone here before they could react?
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>>30199394
>Allow Steward to answer for himself.
Steward is a good judge and not only that but he also deserves the chance to ask for formal recognition like the elves, orcs, and werewolves has.

It's always been his goal to open relations with the surface.
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>>30199394
>Allow Steward to answer for himself.
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>>30199394
>>Allow Steward to answer for himself.
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>>30199448

You would roll for it. No one is here for a fight, but everyone's guards are raised. You'd have a minor to intermediate initiative bonus.
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>>30199474
ok
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>>30199394
>Allow Steward to answer for himself
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Also we should inform our allies to keep t
Our super carrier air ship a secret, if Arturis learns about it he might demand it as a term for our alliance, and I don't think it's a good idea to give him a magically immune air ship, let alone a super carrier
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"I am not owned," Steward says, in his robotic tone, "in the sense that you use the term. My name is Steward. I am an artificial intelligence created by the ancient dwarven empire."

The Flints exchange glances. Lord Waterford chokes on his wine. Anderson sits back in his chair. It creaks slightly under his weight.

"...I think we would appreciate a more thorough explanation, Steward," Matthel says.

And Steward gives it to them. He doesn't hold anything about his origins back.

He does not, however, mention the split in the city. He also omits anything about how 002 was hunting you down because, as Erebus, he believed you might stop his plans of harnessing the chaotic energy being released from the damaged world-core - power that he would have used to take a final vengeance for the dwarves. Vengeance upon the very people whose ancestors now sit at the table across from you.

They sit in thought for a moment. Arcturis is the first to speak. "Just to make sure I have this straight. You mean to say that a race of artificial intelligences now currently occupies the legendary city Va'ad, and that you're taking this opportunity to...do what, exactly?"

"Introduce ourselves in peace, and goodwill."

>con't
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>>30199394
"That is another member of the alliance."

Simple and effective.
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"And how did you - Steward - come to ally yourself with..." Arcturis gestures vaguely at Fang.

"John Nyx assisted me with an engineering problem, of sorts," Steward says. His tone is flat and even. "In thanks, we have pledged our resources and time to his cause. Like our compatriots, we too seek recognition."

"I'd bet you'd have a lot to offer, in terms of resources," Gerald says. "As well as you, Lord Vellik."

"That might be so," Vellik says. "It's no secret I was fascinated by dwarven technology. Steward and I share that in common, though he a bit more personally than I."

"If Arland is going to help you - "

"You seem to be mistaking something, Lord Flint," Yong Xu says to Gerald. "We aren't requesting help from Arland. We are offering - "

"Friendship," Abigail says, interrupting him. She cuts Xu a glare, then turns back across the table. "I'm sure that, in friendship, we can share and assist one another in various matters. But I'd hope that such things can wait until immediate threats have been dealt with."

"Hmph." Lord Waterford raises an eyebrow, a strong gesture on his thin face. "You are naive, girl, and foolish. You came to us. We will set the terms of this agreement."

You decide that you do not like Lord Waterford very much.

>remain silent
>We're only here because Donovan cares about his home, not because we need your help. Get that through your heads.
>We're asking for Arland's help because many hands make light work. The demons threaten us all, and it's irresponsible for you to sit by and make demands in exchange for merely acting.
>We're here to include Arland in our alliance, not beg its assistance. Donovan wanted his homeland to be a part of this. But we will move the world forward, with or without you.
>If you think the angels will save you, Waterford, you are wrong.
>write-in
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>>30199791
1) the airship has a pivotal role in our plan. It's not really possible to keep it a secret

2) The Airship is basically the city of Haven. That's not happening.
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>>30199845
>We're asking for Arland's help because many hands make light work. The demons threaten us all, and it's irresponsible for you to sit by and make demands in exchange for merely acting.
If he presses we can bring up the money we set aside for Arland that we got from Xile to get him to let up.
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>>30199845
>We're here to include Arland in our alliance, not beg its assistance. Donovan wanted his homeland to be a part of this. But we will move the world forward, with or without you.
>If you think the angels will save you, Waterford, you are wrong.
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Rolled 68

>>30199845

"Perhaps we Should have gone to the Empire instead, theres no point in discussing independence with a country so dependent on its allies"
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>>30199845
We can't make it look like that we don't need Arland, that kind of tactic can backfire. We know Waterford will respond to monetary gain so we might want to bring up that we've made plans for compensation if Arland assists us(the third of the Xile stash) and there's no need to make demands at all.
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>>30199949
>>30199951
Don't make fucking threats. Not when we're here in the name of friendship.

Bringing up the money would be better.
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>>30199845
>We're here to include Arland in our alliance, not beg its assistance. Donovan wanted his homeland to be a part of this. But we will move the world forward, with or without you.
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>>30199845
>>We're asking for Arland's help because many hands make light work. The demons threaten us all, and it's irresponsible for you to sit by and make demands in exchange for merely acting.
>>We're here to include Arland in our alliance, not beg its assistance. Donovan wanted his homeland to be a part of this. But we will move the world forward, with or without you.
>>If you think the angels will save you, Waterford, you are wrong.
>>write-in

"Make no mistake in thinking that you are somehow vital to our alliance. We are here in friendship and goodwill, because OUR friend, Donovan, cares for his homeland and wishes to see it prosper, rather than be trapped in the dark ages of ignorance and petty dependance on ancient grudges. This is not the age of the war between the elements, of Elementals rivalling one another and pitting their servants against each other like so much fodder. That era is gone and dead and has been rotting for long enough, even though the angels may wish to cling to such ideas as them being the sole vanguards of truth and justice and right in the land. Sandalphon will not save you, not if he believes that he may gain from allowing you to bleed and sweat before swooping in and wresting control from your hands when you have no other choice but to accept.

We come and extend our hand, with no other threat hanging over your head than the one that already looms over all of us. If you would send us away simply because of old prejudices and archaic grudges, then that is of little consequence to us. But when the walls around you fall, do not presume to think that it is anyone's doing but your own."
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>>30200136
The vast majority of this speech has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

I don't see a need to bring up shit like old grudges and all that when this is about him believing he has the right to make demands even though we came her to help him.
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>>30200136

That's quite a tirade, and a justified one, certainly.

But I'll let you decide on what to say.
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>>30200198
He believes he has the right to make demands because he believe HE is 'right'. He's convinced that he is somehow placed on a pedestal of righteousness and justice because of the grudge between Archon and Arland. If we hadn't brought Archon, we wouldn't be seeing anywhere NEAR the amount of resistance that we've been having right now. All this comes down to is Arcturis' beligerent dickbaggery and swollen ego telling him 'fuck these guys, we're better than them'.
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>>30199845
"We came here to help you stop demons. Not beg you for your aid. What makes you believe you have the right to ask demands of people who've offered their assistance in a time of need?

The angels have had many opportunities to send aid but it was only after we approached you ourselves that they made any kind of move. If they had your interests at heart why wait until only when they lose a supposed advantage to act?"
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>>30200200
Eh, it could probably be downsized a bit to make it seem less like a rant at Arcturis.
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>>30200240
We're talking to Waterford, who's really just trying to get a sweet deal out of this, not Arcturus.

Like >>30200314 said. It's more a rant at Arcturus than it is addressing Waterford's demands.
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>>30200361
..I'm both those people, ahah..
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>>30199845
>"Hmph." Lord Waterford raises an eyebrow, a strong gesture on his thin face. "You are naive, girl, and foolish. You came to us. We will set the terms of this agreement."

>We're here to include Arland in our alliance, not beg its assistance. Donovan wanted his homeland to be a part of this. But we will move the world forward, with or without you.
>If you think the angels will save you, Waterford, you are wrong.

Do those.

This is the time to share what happened in the Ringed City. Will elaborate in a second, wanted to put this thought out there
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>>30200398
I fully agree. I cannot into diplomancy, but we need to lay flat what happened in the Ringed City.
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>>30200398

Ok, take your time. There's a lot of very good thoughts out there so far, but not any particular consensus.
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I'm pretty sure Waterford's just after a profit here. It's just a guy thinking he can squeeze something out of this because he believes he's in the position too.

Just say we've prepared compensation for Arland's aid in this fight. I don't think this is the place for idealism and shit about angels and Ring City unless you want to call out Waterford on the slave trade and what Ring City was doing to the Shadow Mages.
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>>30200439
I love you SM, will you be my Valentine?
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>>30200482
back off slut hes mine
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>>30200482
>>30200494

Hey, there's plenty to go around.

And, uh, I'm heterosexual. Fyi.
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>>30200494
It's just like my japanese (harem) animes!
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>>30200494
>implying monogamy
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>>30200528
I'm very feminine.
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>>30200398

"And we came to you last, not because it was critical, but because it would be convenient for all parties sake - and because donovan is our friend."
"Here's the thing. You think your bargianing position is strong, that the angels will swoop in to save you "

"Archangel Michael is dead. Lucifer did not make it off of xile. The names of the angels everyone memorized as a kid is dwindling and shrinking. Sandalphon sits around, not acting, because he wants to rule the world, not save it, and will use any political excuse to use one to do the other."

"But heres the thing. The angels have spend 700 years without a purpose, a reason. They're no longer concerned with doing the right thing - I saw Michael not just admit, but revel in being a torturer because he was BORED. "
"They keep slaves of mages, allies, people too powerful to compete with them. First shadow mages, next wind mages. "

"If you are going to cry for help to angels, you should cry to haven. All of their slaves, who happened to be shadow mages, and the angels who still have a heart, like auriel, are on our side. We're actually MORE powerful than the ringed city at the moment."

"As long as Sandalphon is in charge, you will never be their equal. Beneath their wing, or kneeling in front of them, but never equal. that's what we are offering"
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>>30200528
but its ok if i wear a skirt right, can you atleast hold my hand
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>>30200528

We can fix that, don't worry.
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>>30200470
I'm not sure bribery is the correct direction to go in here. Besides, Arcturus is the person who matters, not Waterford.
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>>30200593

Addendum: Two things I wanted to point out:
The list of angels - top ten, most high, etc - Revise them.
Raphael and Sandy are left, i think that leave's #3 spot open by my loose reconing, and Tyrael(auriel's second in command? t-something? as #six) - we seriously need to point out the list of current, top-level angel players, and make a point of laying their moral sins straight out.

Now is Ila and Auriel's time to shine. Ila to provide the incredibly truthful sob story, and auriel to back it up - because lets face it, SHE discovered proof of michael's rapist tendencies and ACTED on it, and because theres NO WAY the top ranking officers of the angels didn't know about Plan Slavery.
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>>30200470
If we do go full disclosure on the Ring City incident then we should definitely mention Waterford's own involvement in the slave trade first to lead into it. After detailing what was going on we can use the shock to back up this tirade: >>30200136 since it paints the Ring City in the right light for that kind of thing.

We could also mention the little tidbit about how dynamo energy mimics that of a soul and it's not all that hard to make a casing to contain a soul if you understand that concept.

>>30200593
Change Lucifer to going missing since knowing he's dead implies some things we don't want to imply. Also there's no fucking way we're more powerful than the Ring City. Maybe the alliance as a whole but not Haven itself.
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>>30200470
>Just say we've prepared compensation for Arland's aid in this fight. I don't think this is the place for idealism and shit about angels and Ring City unless you want to call out Waterford on the slave trade and what Ring City was doing to the Shadow Mages.

Oh shit that was WATERFORD, wasn't it

>>30200661
>>30200593
Shit i kinda wanted to play this card on arcturius, not waterslaver
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>>30200586
>>30200608
>>30200616

...you too.
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>>30199845
>We're asking for Arland's help because many hands make light work. The demons threaten us all, and it's irresponsible for you to sit by and make demands in exchange for merely acting.
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>>30200642
You don't have to take a bribery route.

Just point out that Aeolus was a giant hoarder and that Xile is filled with his treasures. Than point out that Haven has the only means of getting there.

He can't make demands when it requires our cooperation to visit his own heritage and get the loot.
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>>30200700
Ay shadow what happened to my drinking contest eh? I was looking forward to it
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>>30200665
>Change Lucifer to going missing since knowing he's dead implies some things we don't want to imply. Also there's no fucking way we're more powerful than the Ring City. Maybe the alliance as a whole but not Haven itself.

I thought "lucifer getting killed by xile's ancient magics" was vague enough - considering how dangerous we've said xile is - to be as vague as you want without admitting to murder.

Secondly....
>Stolen 1/2 airships
>stole half the angels
>stole ALL their thieves and spies
>fragged/stole top-tier leadership (Sandy vs erebus, raphael vs auriel)

Yeah I don't believe you. Maybe technically they have more angels on board, but claiming 'oh yeah we have half the angels left in the world' is totally fitting disinformation.

In any case, we DID kind of deal them a huge blow, and the world hasn't realized how weak they are because Blustering.
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>>30200593
>I saw Michael not just admit, but revel in being a torturer because he was BORED.
Might not want to say this, it's going to bring up questions.
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OK SO

>emphasize that you are here to include Arland as part of the solution, not beg for help

>mention that monetary compensation will be provided to ease the burden on a fellow nation

Yes?
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>>30200729
That could work. Just tell the fucker that we found tons of treasure at Xile and he can't have access to any of without our help.
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>>30200754

I was too. It just sorta fell by the wayside.
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>>30200729
>Just point out that Aeolus was a giant hoarder and that Xile is filled with his treasures. Than point out that Haven has the only means of getting there.
>He can't make demands when it requires our cooperation to visit his own heritage and get the loot.

I think THIS is a pretty sizeable arguement against waterford, and that is a pretty tactful delivery.
Sure, it may come down to money and manpower, but diplomacy is the art of disguising bribes and resource sharing.
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>>30200772
>mention that monetary compensation will be provided to ease the burden on a fellow nation
With the idea that that's actually their part of the treasurecube. (of course don't tell them that)
I like those two, yes. The heavier stuff can wait until Arcturis brings the big arguments.
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>>30200772
Go with this: >>30200729 instead of providing compensation.

Make it clear he can't get access to Aeolus's hoard without us and he isn't in a position to make demands.
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>>30200796
It's okay, we just find him after this whole business, kick down the door to the pub he's in dramatically, and shout I CHALLENGE YOU!
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>>30200772
I think this >>30200729 is better than compensation.
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>>30200851
>>30200823
>>30200820

Ok.
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>>30200796

Pastebin it!

>>30200771
Sooner or later, we need to own up to Ringed City.
We obviously don't want to do this as Erebus, but the angle that Vonnegut brought up - that we're a clearly powerful MAN to cause such an incident.
We can own up for our deeds - and we might want to do it before Raphael arrives - otherwise its gonna cause tension.

>>30200772
>>mention that monetary compensation will be provided to ease the burden on a fellow nation
I don't like putting this plainly. My vote is only for this, if we can deliver the message in such a way as >>30200729
Less 'well bribe you' and more 'we have the keys to your heritage'
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>>30200899
I'm all for owning up to it, we just need to plan a way to do it so we don't get found out for being what we are. I was basically suggesting not saying that though until we had a decent cover sory to go along with it.
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>Steward said he would respond to threats and monetary gain
>we threaten him with not getting access to a huge amount of money.
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>>30200968
I must have missed this, what are you on about?
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>>30200947
>I'm all for owning up to it, we just need to plan a way to do it so we don't get found out for being what we are. I was basically suggesting not saying that though until we had a decent cover sory to go along with it.

Then we need to confer with auriel on the way to do this - since she's the one who did the legwork to find the corpse of the women michael murdered - get our stories straight, and set ourselves up to be a lesser partner in that whole shindig than we really were.

Sooner or later we need to break that card out to sway people's minds, especially if we can totally blow the angels trustworthyness when they arrive - and we need to have that card ready

>>30200968
Goooooood point.

I almost forgot about that.

We can just use that as a lead-in to the debate oh Angels, if we need to
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>>30200995
He's talking about Stewards intel, and how we combined his main two points into one action.
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>>30200995
From last thread:

>"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."
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>>30201032
If we own up to it, what happens when Sandalthong arrives and talks about the horrible fucking shadow demon that they took from Fang, which proceeded to wreck up the place.
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>>30200528
But I'm a beautiful woman, SM.

You can trust meeeeee!

As much as you can trust Adavannnn!
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>>30201106
Hah HAH ha HAH!

But that's exactly what we want him to do!

AND THEN WE CONSUME HIM!
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>>30200439

By the way, SM, did we get a chance to meditate our shards after the party?
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>>30201186
that takes half a day for 1, we went right here after the party so no
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>>30201168

Honestly, I think he's sending Raphael, not Himself - given joey's overshadowing.

The best thing we could do is..... pretend to expect him!

"Excellent. Archangel raphael, welcome to the negotiations. We've been expecting you."

"PLZ, there's no way the ringed city wouldn't send someone to keep an eye on things. I'm just surprised they sent someone actually important instead of a shadow mage. "

And then just treating them like another partner in the alliance, and essentially crushing them with the weight of obligations vs demons - and reminding them to play nice with other partners, which means not being dicks to their neighbors
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"Lord Waterford," you say, "you mistake our intentions. We are here to include Arland in our alliance, as we share an enemy - not beg for help. Donovan wanted his country to be part of the solution. And while we do have our requests, an acknowledgement of other nations isn't much of a burden when Arland makes no claims on the Great Forest itself.

"That begin said," you say, "Haven has a means of accessing the islands of Xile. Aeolus was notorious for hording his treasures. You'll need our cooperation at some point."

"What did you find on Xile, exactly?" Waterford asks.

"We found everything," Donovan says. "The city. The castle. His treasure. It's sitting right there."

Arcturis cocks his head. "How much, boy?"

Donovan tells him.

Matthel whistles. The room is quiet after that.

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The meeting eventually drags down into specifics. Vaz Grak and Valeria have drawn chalk lines on the maps, staking out their territories. Janus Miller doesn't seem interested in territory, or recognition, and has nothing to contribute on that front. The Warleader spends a great deal of time emphasizing the bulb of freshly claimed land around the city of Abbotsford, though no one pays him all that much attention.

Meanwhile, Donovan has been giving a bit more detail about your trip to Arland. You watch Waterford carefully, trying to gauge his reaction. You see him perk up when Donovan mentions the paintings and tapestries. Maybe he has a taste for fine art?

>con't
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<Shadow.>

You glance over. It's Ila. <What is it?>

<That man, Waterford,> she says. <I wasn't sure of it at first...but from what I've heard about him, he has to be the same man. Arland outlaws slaves, but he owns human property in more liberal regions - Ulund, and the Frontier. Maybe Imil.>

<I've heard as much.>

<I think he may have a hand in collecting mages for the city,> she says. <When I was working for them, I tried to pick up anything I could on how they located and brought in new shadow and spirit mages from the populace.> Her eyes narrow. <They couldn't do it all themselves - not enough angels. They had to rely on local lords, lords like Waterford. He's probably responsible for a lot of kidnappings.>

What do you do?

>Tell Ila that justice will be served, later. Right now, you need his support
>present to Arcturis testimony regarding the Ring City's secret activities
>present Ila and Auriel's testimony, and implicate Waterford's involvement
>some other strategy
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>>30201271
>>Tell Ila that justice will be served, later. Right now, you need his support
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>>30201271
Yeah, let's totally implicate the lord whose sensibilities we just marginally acquiesced to. Yeah, real smart idea there Shadow, you're brilliant m8.

>Tell Ila that justice will be served, later. Right now, you need his support
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>>30201271
>>some other strategy

Ask waterford upfront.

We have a reputation - that Arcturius called us on - for being straight and honest.

Confer with auriel. She's a leader, 5th highest, she'll know SOMETHING.

Step 1: Ila/auriel/shadow conversation
step 2:

Step 3: This is something we want to save for when the angels arrive. If we burn waterford at the stake NOW, it'll bite us later - best thing we can do is throw the angels under the bus for that, but do arland a huge favor keeping waterford maybe slightly out of that fire.

To do that, we need to figure out just how involved he is, now.
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>>30201349
I like this, it keeps our options more open and allows us a chance to use the information later for a greater advantage than now.
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>>30201271
>Tell Ila that justice will be served, later. Right now, you need his support
<We could use that to implicate him but I'm not sure if now is the time. We don't have completely solid evidence of it and this might be better put forth if we can't get him to cooperate.>

I personally think this is better saved for when the angels show up and we have some other ammo to make those guys look bad(I'm really hoping they're behind the parasite).
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>>30201312
>>30201334

This is only going to piss off Ila when we've JUSt started to reconnect with our sister of shadow.

We need to MOVE on this information, but do so Delicately.

>>30201349
Do this so we know more, THENdecide what we're going to do about it.
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>>30201271
>Tell Ila that justice will be served, later. Right now, you need his support

I feel like I'm playing a Bioware game, acquiring morally distasteful allies for the sake of the greater good.
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>>30201271
>Tell Ila that justice will be served, later. Right now, you need his support
We worked with Vonnegut repeatedly. We can tolerate Waterford while he's needed.
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>>30201349
>>30201393
This. We could also get Ila to follow up on this lead and try to find more evidence.

Actual physical evidence that this shit happened instead of just testimony. If he's really involved he should have some solid proof somewhere about it.
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>>30201312
>>30201334

Thirding this action.

There's a time and place for criminal activity to be halted, but a greater peace must first be negotiated.

Calling Waterford a slaver at the negotiating table would be lawful stupid.
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>>30201470
>>30201349
I'll second this because I can't believe you guys are actually waiting for evidence to kill someone, so I'm impressed.
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>>30201470
This. Evidence would be great here.
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changing my vote from >>30201312
to >>30201470
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>>30201271
>>present Ila and Auriel's testimony, and implicate Waterford's involvement
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<...we can't move right now,> you say, <but justice will be served. At the moment, we don't have solid evidence. We could implicate him, but it would probably just cause more problems than it would solve.>

Ila gives you a slow nod. <...I tolerated Vonnegut. I will tolerate this man. There have to be records somewhere, especially if money changed hands. I could put my skills to use, later. Do some investigation.>

<Let's talk with Auriel about that after the meeting. Maybe she can point you in the right direction.>

<Alright.>

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Things drag on. Fang taps his fingers on the table. Arcturis holds his head in his hand, a bored look on his face. You don't feel like you're getting anywhere. Everyone's got cards, but no one wants to play them.

What do you do?

>it's only the first night. Let it be boring. You've gotten Waterford's attention for the moment, and there's other things on your plate, as well.
>have Obis step up to the plate. He can talk strategy.
>suggest that Abigail mention what military contributions Archon is prepared to make. Give them something to chew on.
>some other strategy
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>>30201592
>it's only the first night. Let it be boring. You've gotten Waterford's attention for the moment, and there's other things on your plate, as well.

Remember what Fang said, let them sweat it out a bit, make them play a card first.
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>>30201592
>it's only the first night. Let it be boring. You've gotten Waterford's attention for the moment, and there's other things on your plate, as well.

I suppose we'll go with Fang's suggestion.
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>>30201592
>it's only the first night. Let it be boring. You've gotten Waterford's attention for the moment, and there's other things on your plate, as well.

Fangmind.
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>>30201592
It's only the first night. It's late and no one wants to do anything in fear they may reveal something from tiredness. Lets adjourn till tomorrow so we all have clear heads.
We can also buy time for the investigation.
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>>30201653
>>30201660
Fang's suggestion was to make them fret.

They kind of need to be left with something to think about.
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>>30201653
>>30201660

Thirding. Fang knows best, and it gives us another night to pick out the Shel'Kath while everyone is in the same building.

do we blackmail Waterford with proof of slaving practices?/spoiler]
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>>30201592
>it's only the first night. Let it be boring. You've gotten Waterford's attention for the moment, and there's other things on your plate,

We have the Black Lady already pledged to support the Alliance, while having Arland would be nice and would please our allies ultimately Arland is in the weaker position, even if they don't know it at the moment.
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>>30201592
>Everyone's got cards, but no one wants to play them.

This is poker. We need to draw them out before beating their hand

>have Obis step up to the plate. He can talk strategy.
He's a good people person. He can make inroads. Abigail will be his hammer - do this afterwards. Get obis talking strategy, have abigail offer suggestions a la...
>suggest that Abigail mention what military contributions Archon is prepared to make. Give them something to chew on.
.. And use Archon's.... bad name to get other people suggesting BETTER solutions.

>You've gotten Waterford's attention for the moment, and there's other things on your plate, as well.
We need to get moving on the Parasite Problem. Do some recon while all the players are in one spot.

And
Confer with our elf/ork/werewolf allies. Make sure they're still okay - this is unfamiliar territory, just keep em from blowing up later.
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>>30201699
Rather than blackmail, we get him to implicate the Angels instead to keep his unclean hands clean, with a little suggestion that avoiding the trade may suit him better. That way Ila gets her little piece of justice against the true instigators of his actions and we retain his support.
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>>30201699
I don't think we can, I don't think he did anything wrong in a technical sense.
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>>30201737
That's still blackmail. We're getting him to do something for us because we have info that could ruin him if we used it.
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>>30201699
>do we blackmail Waterford with proof of slaving practices?/spoiler]

Well, i see we can play it a few ways.

We can use it to blackmail him on our side, or to get our allies to remove him as being an obstacle, and/or we can discredit the angels and (optionally) waterford with it.

>>30201592
>>some other strategy
Please remind us, SM, who have we been neglecting while we're here? There's a LOT of players, and its hard to keep track of it all.

I'd like of like to do an Open John session, where instead of being at a party, we put down a table and see who comes to us to talk after-hours.
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>>30201747

This may be a good point. He may not give a shit that we know. Matthel and Donovan would certainly give a shit, but unfortunately Arcturis makes the shots, not them.
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>>30201783

Worst case scenario, artcurius knows and is okay with it - as long as someone else does it and he keeps his hands clean.

We need to think of who may have approved this shit. Its artcurius land after all.
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>>30201777

>and/or we can discredit the angels and (optionally) waterford with it.

This might be a genius strategy. Force Arcturis to claim that the Angels rule because they are better arbiters of justice, morally - then we drop the bomb that they're actively slaving AND have Ila and the other Shadow mages stand by the testimony.

We can give Waterford a chance to say that "a bloo bloo, those dirty angels forced my hand" or risk having his reputation destroyed.
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>>30201777
>Please remind us, SM, who have we been neglecting while we're here?

You've been doing a pretty good job, really. Covering all the bases.

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So, it seems most people are planning on letting it be a boring night.

>>30201729

How about Obis giving a vague bullet-point presentation of the current strategic plan? It's a pretty neutral topic, and will give them something to think about.
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>>30201835
It was said slave-trade is outlawed in Arland. At the least, Arcturus would have be forced to go anti-slave if the Ring City got publicly outed otherwise he'd be contradicting himself and outing himself as a conspirator.

The important thing is to go public with it so it's out of Arcturu's control.
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>>30201905
I can agree to that. They need something to think about for sure.
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>>30201905
I like it, FUND IT!
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>>30201905
I'll second the idea of giving them at least that much to mull over, militarily speaking it's superb for Obis to get his strategic foot in with them while he can and show his stuff.

>>30201887
>>30201835
Let's also not forget that we need damn good evidence before going ahead with any of the essentials.
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>>30201905

Yes, go ahead SM!

>>30201906

Excellent point here. It would damage Arcturis' position to say that the slaving occurred without his knowledge OR to say that he blatantly flaunted Arland's own laws.

BEST CASE? Arcturis realizes that Waterford has been allowing the Ring City to kidnap citizens of Arland and goes full narcissist. Those angels invaded MY land and took MY peasants? BULLSHIT
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>>30201906
That's a good point, actually.
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>>30201905
>How about Obis giving a vague bullet-point presentation of the current strategic plan? It's a pretty neutral topic, and will give them something to think about.

Actually, we want to draw out some of the other players cards - even if they aren't big ones.
Lets do what you just said, but have Steward and Obis do it.

We already put Steward on the table, he delivered his origin, its out there - its time for the warbot to advise the war.
tell him to be a little reserved, but give our allies a taste of his abilities.

Mainly, stewards differences of tactics/capabilities (having an army of unsleeping magi-terminators) mis-matching with those of flesh and blood allies that need sleep and logistics.
Not in a bad way - but It will do a lot to highlight just how serious we are, when armies and capabilities of contributing nations are sized up
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>>30201957
>BEST CASE? Arcturis realizes that Waterford has been allowing the Ring City to kidnap citizens of Arland and goes full narcissist. Those angels invaded MY land and took MY peasants? BULLSHIT

I.... think we just found our angle to sway Arcturius
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>>30202009
How likely is it to sway him when he knows they were shadow/spirit mages that would've been spirited away anyways?
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>>30202055
>kidnap citizens of Arland and goes full narcissist. Those angels invaded MY land and took MY peasants? BULLSHIT

Because this play twinges his AMERRIIICAAA heartstrings of independance, and turns him against allies he thought were allies when they were really just stabbing him under the table
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>>30202055
The fact that they got soul slaved might make it offensive enough to not care about that fact.
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>>30202055

It may not sway him into full support, but if it turns him against the angels, its a start.

>>30202105
also this.

People may just not have REALIZED they were slaves because they were literally unable to tell people.
That's horrifying.
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>>30202105
>>30202079
And then the person that is willing to do anything to remain in the Empires good graces was totally not Arcturis all along, hmm.
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>>30202105
Offensive enough to other people for sure. The point is to sway the public to sway Arcturus, not sway Arcturus himself.

It's practically suicide for a King to say "no" when everyone else is clamoring for "yes."
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>>30201241
>"Excellent. Archangel raphael, welcome to the negotiations. We've been expecting you."

>>30202164
>>30202168
>>30202140
>>30202105
>>30202079
>>30202009

Oh hilarious.

If we do this, we can ask Raphael for all the remaining slaves as part of alliance negotiations.

"If you want haven to consider X, we will need the remaining mage-slaves released from the Ringed city."
"What slaves?"
"All the ones that didn't make it out of the Ringed City the first time. And all the ones you've made since."

And then the entire rooms goes silent as we have to explain.
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>>30202168
I think the lords should be the ones we try to sway with that argument though, the public was 90%~ish swayed in the first place so it's just icing and Arcturis will hopefully listen to his nobles.

Though the worst case scenario is still possible, gotta git dat evidence.
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>>30202236
>Though the worst case scenario is still possible, gotta git dat evidence.

..... ask ila if any of her people came from arland.

That's a great place to start. Witnesses to what happened, as well as witnesses to backtracking times/events/papertrails.
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>>30202258
Haha, oh right. Those freed slaves work for US. Some of them were here when they were kids!

First person testimonies anyone?
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>>30202229
probably reinstated their execution policy since the jail break anon.
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>>30202310
>probably reinstated their execution policy since the jail break anon.

Still worth asking about
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>>30202310
Which is not a point in their favor in the slightest.

Child murder tends not to be.
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Y'know, if worst comes to worst, we have the knowledge of what is at the core of Venia and that everything the Angels have been doing has not helped slow or stop the rise of magic in the slightest. And that their conflict with a NON expanding Northern power inflicted damage on the core.
Which can lead to a lot of good arguments for our side, more than just morally.
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<Obis, we're dying, here,> you tell him. <Give them something to chew on. The plan.>

Obis rises from his chair. "Warleader, if I may."

Vaz Grak glances at him, shrugs, and drops the chalk in a little metal slot under the maps. Obis takes a telescopic wooden pointer hanging from the large map of Venia and slides it open.

He smacks the map with the tip of the rod. The snap of wood on the stone under the map gets everyone's attention. "Gentlemen. And Ladies. Currently, the main expeditionary force of Kan-Abar is here." He indicates the region south of Evinbrook, just at the border of Arland. "They have an estimated 200 to 250 thousand soldiers, including demons. Not including, 50,000 men and mages, a formidable force all on its own. But that's four demons for every man, and that's the cornerstone of their strength. Our overall proposal is simple."

He taps the region again. "Our coordinated forces, led by their respective generals, would make an offensive strike on their position. They won't be expecting our initiative. If we can choose the battlefield, we'll do well with our combined strength."

"Even if our forces are combined," Arcturis says, leaning forward, "we may have 50 thousand soldiers. Upwards of 75 thousand, if I'm generous. We might land a strong hit, but winning in an outright attack..."

"We won't be trying to beat them there," Obis says. "Just distract them. The real battle will take place here." He smacks the rod against the city of Kan-Abar. "Nulis is responsible for summoning the demon lords, as are many other mages currently sequestered under heavy guard in the capital. Our frontal assault will draw them out, leaving the soft underbelly exposed to a strike team."

>con't
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>>30202553

Don't forget there's an army of demons building up at the core because of the leak

we ~need~ to do something about that TOO
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Arcturis rubs his beard. "That's risky. Especially if all three demon lords converge on one spot. The windburn wouldn't hold them back for long."

"Why, my lord," Obis says, "the offer is flattering. I'll have to consider that when we make our plans."

"He's speaking in hypotheticals, Prince Vin," Gerald snaps.

"Mmm, indeed. Just hypotheticals." Arcturis glances back up. "I know from experience that our power alone can't stop one demon lord, not one-for-one. Even Sandalphon would be occupied by one for a time. We'll - you would have to be careful not to overexpose yourselves. And the timing with the team headed to Kan-Abar would have to be precise, and exactingly brutal."

"All good points."

"Who is in the group headed to Kan-Abar?"

Obis folds up the wooden rod. "That's still under consideration. We haven't decided whether to act in stealth, or launch an aerial assault on the city as a distraction while the team moves in."

"I will play an important role in distraction, there," Steward says. "They are likely to have very difficult defenses. My automatons can create greater chaos at less risk. If we attack in that manner."

"Ah, from the air. You'll need airships, then. Mmm."

"Airships they won't be getting from Arland's fleet," Gerald says.

"We wouldn't think of asking from Arland more than it is capable of giving," Obis says. "I'm merely laying out the strategy."

The two men lock stares for a moment. The undercurrent of tension between the two is obvious to everyone in the room except Arcturis, who seems to be more interested in the talk of strategy than anything else.

Arcturis looks at Steward. "Ah...Steward. What sort of offensive capabilities do you possess?"

What do you do?

>let Steward answer
>tell Steward to leave it for the next night
>some other strategy
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>>30202582

Hell, have we even shared that information with everyone else?

At LEAST tell steward, that's his territory down there!

But 'oh yeah there's three demon lords and their army, PLUS A SECOND ARMY' might be really fucking relevant to share.
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>>30202594
>>let Steward answer
>>some other strategy

"It wouldn't hurt to share some of your capabilities, give everyone some idea of the things you or I are capable of."

Hopefully he gets the hint to be modest.
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>>30202594
>let Steward answer

We've given them a sight of the bait, now we need to put it in their reach for Arcturius to consider taking it. You can see how he wants in on this, feed him.
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>>30202594
I'd say to keep it vague. Give them something to chew on over exact details.
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>>30202594

>let Steward answer

He's been doing well for himself so far. Additionally, Arcturis is likely to develop a sour opinion of us if we keep running our mouth. He seems like the kind of guy who respects doers, not talkers.
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>>30202582
>>30202611
If you're talking about the small fry that float up from the core to the Demonclaw, that's being taken care of by Archon and Vampiria surrounding the area, as it's a known place where demons crawl from the earth of Venia. It's not an unknown thing in any measure, just the deeper facts of precisely how it works are obscured.

>>30202594
>let Steward answer
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>>30202594
>let Steward answer
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>>30202699
>If you're talking about the small fry that float up from the core to the Demonclaw, that's being taken care of by Archon and Vampiria surrounding the area, as it's a known place where demons crawl from the earth of Venia. It's not an unknown thing in any measure, just the deeper facts of precisely how it works are obscured.

No, i'm talking about the demons we saw bursting out of the center of venia's core when we were down there fighting Steward002.
Army was shadow master's words, not mine.

They're just lingering and building.

also.... how the hell do we know what vampiria is and isn't killing?

We're talking like DEEP under the earth, where only earth golems have ever bothered to go
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>>30202776
Anon, that's the the place everyone already knows about the person you quoted mentioned.

You're talking about the same thing.
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>>30202776
The demons bursting from the core are the ones persisting in The Lady's Finger. SM already clarified this point before.
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>>30202594
>>tell Steward to leave it for the next night
what is this, tell your enemies your entire capabilities?
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>>30202852
I'd like to think Steward is intelligent enough to answer appropriately, especially considering how well he did in hiding his true potential from us he measures his language pretty well.
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>>30202852
>what is this, tell your enemies your entire capabilities?

No, its reveal our basic capabilities and troll our enemies night.
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"Not insignificant resources are being prepared," Steward says. "Many constructs are capable of powerful Earth magic. However, our greatest advantage is that we are not bound by logistical limitations. We do not sleep, or eat. We can lose limbs and continue fighting with the same intensity. We can repair ourselves without healers. While myself and my brethren so...feel...we are not as susceptible to losses of morale. I fear that we may make much better killers than people. I am glad that such actions seem unnecessary, and that the leaders of the world such as yourself have come together in cooperation."

The Flints all look a little pale. You bite your lip. That might have been a little much.

But Arcturis nods. "Alright. What about some specifics?"

"Current forces capable of deployment include myself, 2 dynamo-powered constructs, approximately 100 flight-capable constructs, approximately 300 glide-capable constructs, approximately 1,000 basic attack constructs, approximately 2,000 repair drones, and approximately 5 steelstone golems. And 003."

Arcturis blinks. "...well...ah...steelstone golems, then? Those things that roam Tarun'Gakth?"

"The same."

"Five of them. Elements. That's something. And 003? What's that?"

"A secret weapon," Steward says.

Arcturis raises an eyebrow, then shrugs, and chuckles. "Well, so be it. Finally someone that just tells me what I want to know!" He leans back in his chair and sighs. "I'm growing tired of all this. Does anyone have anything else to add? We'll meet again tomorrow night."

Well, at least Arcturis seems open to discussion, even if he's cutting the meeting off short.

Anything to add?
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>>30202814
>>30202821

Where was this? Link me!

Because i dont recall it ever coming up since then
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>>30202594
Say that you're erebus, eat everyone in the room, acquire lodseexp, go kill all the angels, end world.
Simple as that.
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>>30202925

Alas, anon, simpler times have long left us behind.
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>>30202917
"And an undetectable delivery method for those forces."
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>>30202921
Ask SM because I can't be arsed to dig into that excruciating battle sequence.
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>>30202917
>Does anyone have anything else to add?

"Do you think you'll be able to get the angels to help, and what do you think the cost will be? We're going to need all the help we can get"
Might as well hit his reserve card on the nose.
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>>30202917
I think we're good. Maybe propose a specific topic to bring up next time if anyone can think of a good one.

Maybe pick back up on tactics.
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>>30202973
>>30202814

?????
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>>30202968
That's too much for right now. Obis danced around the issue of transport for a reason.
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>>30202917
Lets just get on with finding the end of that parasite.
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Demons form and gather in the Lady's Finger from energy spewed from the damaged section of the Core of Chaos. Archonian and Vampirian forces along with a smattering of soldiers from the other nations and a contingent of angels conduct regular raids into the canyon to clean out the demons and stop them from spreading into the world. The demons there are a known variable.
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>>30203052
Amen. It's high time we narrowed this down, the night is young!
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>>30202917
>Finally someone that just tells me what I want to know!
....

Do you think Arcturis is really tired of the Empire and their obvious bullshit already? Considering he's been dealing with them his entire lifetime?
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>>30202917
"Yes, my lord flint.

The truth is, I am Erebus."

Don't actually do this
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>>30203104
It's just like my dungoons and draguns ar pe' gees.
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>>30203163

Is that a thing in DnD? I've never played it.
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>>30202917
"I don't like fish. The bigger the fish the less I like it. It's a personal long term goal of mine to rid the world of all oversized fish, each one that is greater than the size of a house that is. My vengeance will be forever known as the Great & Terrible Fishstrinction of Lord Nyx. That is all."

do not say this
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>>30203119
Nah, I just think he likes it when people do what he says.
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>>30203181
It's basically raiding. Diablo/World of Warcraft were my first thoughts.

We oughta visit sometime.
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>>30203211
>Great & Glorious Fishstrinction
FTFY
I just like alliteration
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>>30203181
I think the stock pathfinder setting features a rift in the north that demons spew out of.
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Without much to add, the meeting breaks up. Everyone stands up, stretching.

Arcturis looks to Donovan. "Boy. With me."

You and Donovan exchange a glance, and then he follows his fathers and brothers into another room, along with the two lords. Your own allies begin to walk away.

You already see Ila speaking with Auriel. She's certainly eager to get an edge on Waterford. You walk in their direction. "Did you inform her?"

Auriel glances at you. "She did. Leverage over Waterford could be valuable. Let's say you let me handle this one, John."

>delegate the Waterford investigation to Auriel and Ila
>participate more actively
>some other strategy
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>>30203287
Why is "evil things coming from the North" a common theme in fantasy?
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>>30203299
>delegate the Waterford investigation to Auriel and Ila
We can trust those two. Tell them as much. Mainly tell Ila that we trust her since she's got dat dere self-esteem problem.
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>>30203299
>delegate the Waterford investigation to Auriel and Ila

We've got shit to do, specifically meeting with Fang and getting to the bottom of this parasite deal. Maybe Hemmelus will tag along once Donovan is free.
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>>30203299
Go full stealth and follow Donovan?
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>>30203299
>delegate the Waterford investigation to Auriel and Ila
"As long as I get to eat him if he has to die."
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>>30203322
Because... I don't know, something about vikings or white people or something.
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>>30203299
>delegate the Waterford investigation to Auriel and Ila
We've got that parasite to deal with tonight anyway.

Maybe bring up the stuff about publicly outing the Ring City and forcing Arcturus to stick to his anti-slave stance.
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>>30203299
>delegate the Waterford investigation to Auriel and Ila
Light-tits and Shadow-ass can handle it.
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>>30203299
>>delegate the Waterford investigation to Auriel and Ila
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>>30203322
Because Canada is fucking suspicious dawg.

>>30203299
>delegate the Waterford investigation to Auriel and Ila
We have stuff with parasites to do, but let's warn her about keeping careful, not that she should need the warning. Thankfully Ila has our stealth upgrades.
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>>30203379
Their names are now Auriel Hypertits and Ila Erebutts.
So I say it, so it shall be.
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>>30203363
Yeah, we could take this opportunity to get Auriels thoughts on the matter.

And then get to the meat of parasite solvent'ing.
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>>30203405
>Hyperion Blessed Tits
>Erebus Sanctified Ass
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This parasite hunt has been well over 90 threads coming, counting all the II's and III's, so if you guys fuck it up I promise, I PROMISE, I will not fucking ever stop sperging about your stupidity at every damn opportunity ever on.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. DON'T FUCK THIS UP.
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>>30203452
But anon, what if we fuck up because of the saved up nat 1?
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>>30203484
SM has already said to think outside the box about the Nat 1. It won't be something we're expecting.
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>>30203484

Then you're a dumbass for playing in such a way that our plans have a single point of failure
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>>30203484
All nat 1's have proven themselves fixable by thinking critically after suffering from them. If it's the case then don't panic and screw up even more.
and this >>30203508
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>>30203299
>>some other strategy

"Keep me in the loop, please. I had a thought earlier - see if there's any arlanders among our ranks, ila. If you need my help - its here."

>Delegate, but stay informed
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>>30203484
If Shadow Master uses it to kill Flint, or any of the other main characters, I'm dropping.

I sincerely hope he'll use it in a way which advances the narrative in a satisfying way rather than just going 'lel your friends are ded'.
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>>30203452
...but if I'm anonymous, and you're anonymous, and everyone else is anonymous, doesn't that just mean if we fuck up that you fucked up as well?
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>>30203508
But then there's only one important Thing to protect!
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>>30203559
What if one of our friends dying advances the narrative in a meaningful way?
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>>30203577
As if I wasn't mostly saying that to myself as well for having proposed the cage match all those threads ago in the first place.

Anon, pls.
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>>30203559
I don't think you're giving SM enough credit.
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>>30203559
Ila doesn't count as a main character.

Anymore.

Neither does Joey.
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>>30203588
That's the issue. Because the legitimacy of the nat 1 is so controversial (As a result of the clusterfuck surrounding the vote behind it), any usage of it which results in something going majorly wrong as opposed to a minor SNAFU will cause massive backlash.

Personally, I think that Shadow Master understands this and is just going to hang it over our heads forever to keep us tense. That would be the smart thing to do.
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<I think I can trust you two to handle it.> You look at Ila. <Just be careful.>

"I will be. I'll let you know as soon as I find anything."

With nothing much to do until later, you decide to head back to your room. Adavan is there, still mediating. You enter silently so as to not disturb him.

Shortly, though, there is a knock on the door. Adavan opens his eyes, then flinches when he sees you. "When did you get there?"

"A few minutes ago." You rise and open the door. It's Hemmelus. "Honored sage," you greet him.

"Hemmelus is fine, John," he says. "I suppose we have a bit of time on our hands while we wait for Donovan, then? Although, I don't believe I've met your friend, there."

Adavan rises, and nods his head. "Lien Adavan. Of Haven."

Hemmelus's mouth opens, then closes. His lips thin. "...I see you've put off your mortality."

"There were extenuating circumstances."

"That tends to be a pattern with blood magic."

"There was blood involved," Adavan says, "but of not the kind you're thinking."

"I care not for rationalizations of the unnatural."

Adavan shrugs. "I have no excuses to offer you, Great Sage. I am what I am."

"Indeed."

The brief conversation comes to a sudden end.

What do you do?

>ask Hemmelus a question
>defend Adavan's skeletal state of being
>some other strategy
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>>30203649
>Adavan opens his eyes, then flinches when he sees you. "When did you get there?"
I think this is telling us something, but I'm not sure what
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>>30203649
>ask Hemmelus a question
Ask him more about his mana radar and how he does it.

I don't think we need to defend Adavan's choice since Adavan doesn't want to defend it either.
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>>30203706
I think it's just a result of purchasing Grave Silence.
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>>30203706
we are the sneakiest shadow ever "SNEAK SNEAK SNEAK"
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>>30203649
Who cares what he is, who he is is more important. Anyway, business, plan talking go
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>>30203649
>some other strategy
"It was more than a hundred years ago, we've been over this. Old grudges, holding us back, et cetera."
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>>30203706
That Shadow is really fucking stealthy.
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>>30203709
>>30203739
These.

Adavan's upset that he had to do it too so it's not something we need to paint a better picture for.
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>>30203649
Hm. Adavan doesn't seem to bothered by him. I guess he expects this opinion pretty generally.

Let's just get straight to the strategy, talk about how to cover our assets, what they'll do to watch for trouble, any last minute considerations, etc.
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>>30203649
>>defend Adavan's skeletal state of being

"I asked the same thing when i first met him. Though adavan's heart is still - he has one."
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>>30203649
Adavan felt he had to do it, Hemmelus thinks it's still inexcusable, they had their talk and can still cooperate, the end. No need to push it when they've already finished.

Let's get to discussing the parasite.
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>>30203649

>defend Adavans' state of being

"Hemmelus, let me defend Adavan's unlife if he refuses to do so - no humans were harmed at all in the process, only mice and rats. To answer your next question - it was only barely successful at all."

"While he may be distasteful to you, he seeks the same goal: the freedom of Donovan Flint's soul. I ask that while he assists us you offer him your full confidence."
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>>30203649
>defend Adavan's skeletal state of being
SKELETOR DEMANDS DEFENSE
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>>30203816
I don't think he'd like us sharing this kind of private information. He saw no need to do so himself, afterall.
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>>30203816
Humans were harmed. His friends died perfecting the process.

Adavan doesn't like that he did it, and Hemmelus doesn't want an excuse. Just move the fuck on.
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>>30203649
SM I have question, was Adavan's means of immortality always planned to be what it was, or did you make it that after we befriended him?
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>>30203844

Wait, really?

Maybe I misread that post.

>>30203816

Please ignore my post, then.
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>>30203649
>ask Hemmelus a question
Just get down to business. Adavan doesn't need fucking defending.
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>>30203850
Most of the current plot was winged after we went off the rails.
It was meant to be world-conquering murderfest.
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>>30203833

thats why i wrote >>30203797
if he was going to share it, he would have.
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>>30203649
>ask Hemmelus a question

Seconding the magic-dar question, segueing into preparations to track down the parasite.
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>>30203649
The matter is closed. Just on with the strategy
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>>30203850

It was always planned to be what it was, hence the two skeletons in his crypt being described the first time you met him. Those were his friends.

It was only a rough sketch of what it is now, of course.
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>>30203778
Pretty much this, just let it slide.
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>>30203894

I kinda wanna hook hemmy and addy up as history buddies.

Hemmelus would LOVE that adavan was around in the time of the elementomachy.

And adavan's testimony about how bad Magic Out Of Control gets would probably be pretty awesome to have to convince people that Pentarchs Are Bad.
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Since when did you guys figure out how to read people?
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>>30203942
Secretly I have three harems and a tropical island, with tribals seeing me as their god. Wouldn't have been possible without being capable of reading people.
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>>30203942

Last thread, we figured out that Shadow Master has been slowly teaching /tg/ social skills over Shadow Quest and it seems to actually be working
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>>30203932
>convince people that Pentarchs Are Bad
I don't think they need convincing, anon
Yeah, I know what you actually meant.
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>>30203942

I don't fucking know. I think the quest has really transformed after my month hiatus.

We've done our taxes, now we've graduated to buying a house.

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You decide that Hemmelus has made his point, and that Adavan has made his, and that should probably be that.

"Adavan is a close friend of both mine and Donovan," you tell Hemmelus. "He's quite talented, as well. He'll be making sure that Fang stays on task."

"Not a bad plan. I don't trust Fang alone."

"Neither do I," Adavan says.

"By the way, Hemmelus," you say, "I was curious about your method of sight. Is there a way to learn it?"

"Well," he says, "stab your eyes to force your body to adjust and then practice feeling the mana around you for about two years without visual distractions. I'm sure it'll come to someone of your talent." He laughs. "But no, John. It took me a decade to get beyond feeling my way down hallways still half-blind. I'm almost back to normal vision, now, but people are blurs, objects hazy. I'm very sensitive to magic, but I don't think it's something I could teach to anyone."

There's a knock on the door. You can sense who it is without trouble. "Come in," you say.

>con't
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>>30204000

holy shit really?
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Donovan walks in. He blinks at the gathered crowd. "Oh. Well. Hemmelus. I wasn't expecting to see you down here."

"Donovan," he says, "John informed me of your condition, earlier. Obviously I'll be participating in eradicating your little problem."

"...oh." And that's all Donovan can manage before he looks at the floor. "Thank you."

"It will be a pleasure that I relish. What did Arcturis want with you?"

"More information about Steward, and what he thought our military capabilities were. More about Fang's, as well. I don't really know all that much, honestly. But what he was really after was how we were able to get to Xile."

"What did you tell him?"

"That the exact method was John's to divulge," Donovan says. He glances at you. "I thought that was appropriate, considering you...discovered it, first."

You're very glad that Donovan caught himself before telling Hemmelus that you personally made an airship capable of ignoring the Skysever.

"Right."

And then another presence begins to come your way. Fang. No one misses it. You all wait in silence.

The somewhat-compressed orb of spirit that is the Archmage opens the door without lifting a finger. He takes you all in. "Well, let's move."

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The Archmage acquired a map of the city. You patrol the outside of Arland in a group, first heading toward the silent hills. You can Fang both confer on the direction the tail is heading, and he draws a line through the map, from where you stand, through the city and beyond.

You then keep walking until you're on the edge of the river in Dryfeld. He draws a second line through the first.

"That gives us a point right now," Hemmelus says.

"Let's take the third for accuracy," Fang says. "I don't want to get this wrong."

>con't
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1ZydcSgacM

You walk through the castle town. The moment you've been waiting for is coming - casually waltzing up to you. One more line. You try to sneak a look at Fang's map, but he's got it rolled up. You try to sense the other end of the Shel'kath, but that obscuring cloud hangs around Donovan like a fog.

Eventually, you reach the north end of the Middling. Fang draws the final line. Everyone huddles around the map.

"The cathedral," Fang says.

"...in the cathedral?" Donovan asks. "That doesn't make any sense. Hemmelus would have sensed something."

"No," he says. "I could never sense the tail it has, like these two can. It stands to reason the other end was well-hidden."

"Well, it's not like it's sitting in the middle of the damn chapel!"

"Calm down," Hemmelus says. He taps Donovan on the forehead. "You're getting worked up."

"...sorry."

"The lines weren't straight," Fang says. "They dipped down. They don't converge on the cathedral. They converge under it. Someone, or something, is down there."

What do you do?

>stick with the plan and go investigate alone
>bring an ally (specify)
>some other strategy
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>>30204335

Is it retarded to suggest that EVERYONE comes along?

We all have reason to see this finished, after all.
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>>30204335
>stick with the plan and go investigate alone
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>>30204335
>bring an ally (specify)
Hemmy. I have a feeling his abilities will be of the greatest use, and it is an Arlandian Cathedral after all. With his permission we don't have to risk getting caught by someone we shouldn't, while he can either stay inside as backup as we advance further below into the depths...
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>>30204364

I'd rather Flint wasn't there, and being kept an eye on.
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>>30204364
>three super powered mages
>one erebus
>one super-powered light mage knight
Well sucks to be the thing on the receiving end
Bet it's been a plot to restore hyperions power and arcturis knows all about it and it's his plan against demons
YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST
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>>30204335
>bring an ally (specify)
Donavan, he deserves to be in on this. I can't believe we've almost finished this quest! I'm giddy!
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>>30204364
Also wondering this.

And guys, any clue what might be down there? I feel like we should have a hunch or clue from the past 90 something threads. I'd say that Light Portal we saw during the panorama shot back during dynamo eating days, but I dunno.
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>>30204335

Ask Hemmelus when exactly the Shel'kath first made its appearance.
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>>30204364
It should be okay, but it might be hard to explain Fang's presence should we be sighted.
Btw, why is Flint so down? What did his father say?
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>>30204423

Didn't we get an answer to this already?
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>>30204335
If we "did" bring someone I would rather it be Hemmelus.
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>>30204335
This is a sneaking mission so we should stick it out alone for now.
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>>30204364

Of the group, you're by far the stealthiest. Donovan has little ability to hide himself; Fang can conceal his magical presence, as can Hemmelus, but they can't slip into the shadows like you can.

>>30204423

Read the thread in which you first meet Hemmelus. This is explained at length.
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>>30204443
>>30204423
It never left the Cathedral.
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>>30204448
I'd rather it be someone who won't waver. Like adavan, or flint.
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>>30204443
Yes, shit went down when Donny was young and visited - wait for it - the cathedral. It makes sense.
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>>30204473

no, we know that it happened when flint was 5
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>>30204469
I'd probably just go it alone, then.

If we bought Conceal that would be a different story but we didn't.
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>>30204469
Well obviously it hasn't moved. Let's scout out first and then come back with team should we deem it necessary.
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>>30204466
>>30204469
Very true. I stick by my original answer to go in alone.
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>>30204475
But what if Hemmelus sees something that changes his own opinion of the Empire, hm?

Or of Arland, eh? I think we should at least have him outside the cathedral as backup.
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>>30204335
>>stick with the plan and go investigate alone
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>>30204469
>>30204469
True. In that case let's head out by ourselves.
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>>30204486
See >>30204484
It was there the entire time.
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Vote 1:
>go alone

Vote 2:
>bring Hemmelus

Vote 3:
>bring Adavan
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>>30204500
no need to be snarky about it
And I don't think his opinion'd change much.
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>>30204530
2
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>>30204335

>stick with the plan and go investigate alone

Come back if we feel we need back up.
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>>30204530
1
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>>30204530
1
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>>30204530
1
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>>30204530
1
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>>30204530
1
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>>30204530
1
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>>30204530
1
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We can ask Hemmelus to keep watch but going in with us is probably not good.
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>>30204530
1
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>>30204530
1
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>>30204530
1
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>>30204335
>stick with the plan and go investigate alone

sup Hyperion long time no see
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>>30204530

>go alone wins by a landslide

I really fucking hope that it isn't Arcturis bathing in the radiant Light energy of his 4th son, or some shit.
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>>30204530

"So, fang, remind me of the plan - we kill the other end of the parasite or its host, and it dies trying to reunite with the other half?"
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We'll remember to shadowmeld, right?
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>>30204530

sticking with duh plahn

GIT IN DAH CHOPPA
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>>30204631
Of course.

Also, we should try to take the guy on the other end alive if possible so Flint can confront him.
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>>30204639

SM, can we go in with maximum stealth possible? Compress+Shadowmeld+whatever else we have?
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>>30204660
I'll second that.
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>>30204639

Compress+max shadowmeld+silence
>>
Ahem,

SNEAK SNEAK SNEAK
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>>30204639
Oh man, we're going shadow again after so long! I can't be the only one excited about this.
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Rolled 30

>>30204639
Warm up muh dice
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>>30204734
Don't waste the high rolls!
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Rolled 722

>>30204734
That's about right.
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"I'll go alone," you say. "Stay in this area, make sure it doesn't move. I'll come back if I feel I need backup."

"Alright," Donovan says. "Good luck."

"Good luck."

"Good luck."

"Get going," Fang says. "The suspense is killing me."

Everyone stares at him for a moment.

"It's like you ingrates have never heard of a pun before."

"...alright. I'll be back soon."

You head for the cathedral in the castle town.

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By this time, its four or five hours after sunset. There's a few people here and there on the streets, but most are asleep. You keep to the shadows. The moon isn't out; there's no light to fight. An easy night for you.

There's a wide plaza in front of the cathedral, paved with cobblestone, like the rest of the castle town. Tall official-looking buildings wall off the other ends. A bell tower, separate from the church, stands tall in the northeast corner. The cathedral itself is marked by great spires and a steeply sloped roof. A group of guards is huddled near the base of the belltower, warming their hands against the winter chill.

You hear a few voices from a nearby street. The guards perk up and turn in that direction.

What do you do?

>wait to see who's coming
>use the opportunity to slip across the plaza
>some other strategy
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Rolled 86

>>30204742
I'll warm them up in the oven so that they roll correctly.
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inb4 we auto-fail, Flint dies.
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>>30204757
>"Get going," Fang says. "The suspense is killing me."

FAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGGGGGGGGGGG
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>Compress and 10 mana Shadowmeld active
>mana: 43/58
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>>30204757
>wait to see who's coming
>use the opportunity to slip across the plaza

Get just a peek to see who it is then slip across.
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>>30204757
>"Get going," Fang says. "The suspense is killing me."
I love this guy
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>>30204757
>"The suspense is killing me."
>oh you

>wait to see who's coming
Harvan!
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>>30204757
>use the opportunity to slip across the plaza
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>>30204732
I've actually been enjoying the diplomacy a lot more than I though I would.

>>30204757
>use the opportunity to slip across the plaza
No better chance. We don't have time for distractions.
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>30204682
not max shadowmeld, maybe 25-30 mana
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>>30204757
>use the opportunity to slip across the plaza

>>30204795
wut u on aboot m8?
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>>30204757
>use the opportunity to slip across the plaza

>"Get going," Fang says. "The suspense is killing me."

And this is why I can never stay mad at Fang.
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>>30204809

i don't know, got distracted reading abilities descriptions and did not realize how much time had passed had passed.
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As an aside, we usually use shadowmeld at most of ten mana.

How overpowered would our stealth become if we used 40 or more mana for our shadowmeld? Or if we used a full mana shadowmeld and then just touched a mana pool to regen energy?
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>>30204941

There are decreasing returns on Shadowmeld after 10 mana, but the maximized bonus is still much greater than just the base 10. I assume that because it gives you the most bang for your buck. That and Compress together are plenty, let me tell you. Compress especially seems to be underestimated, but the great weakness is that you are vulnerable if discovered.
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>>30204941
>40 or more Mana.

"You hide so well you can't find yourself, roll a new character"
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>>30204757
>wait to see who's coming
>>
No time to see who it is. You slip across the plaza, and Ink under the heavy wooden doors of the cathedral.

Wooden pews line the grand nave. Mighty crossbeams support an arched stone ceiling several stories above your head. The soft quiet of the space reminds you of a library.

A lone light-mage is replacing candles in one of the four alcoves behind the altar.

At the end of the nave, there seems to be a hall leading further into the church on the left.

What do you do?

>investigate the altar
>hide in the shadow of the light mage
>continue deeper into the church
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>>30204991
So what you're saying is if we have to scout the kan-abar lines via the manaport ability to the castle in jacobs field we can totally pour our full mana into shadowmeld and then regen it before sneaking behind a lord of d and fucking them up the ass, yea?
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>>30204757

>see who's coming

Whoever or whatever's under the cathedral probably won't leave in the middle of the night.
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>>30205040
>continue deeper into the church

JUST GO ALREADY
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>>30205040
>continue deeper into the church
>>
>investigate the altar
Its always under the alter.
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>>30205040
>hide in the shadow of the light mage
tagging along should get us somewhere interesting.
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>>30205040

>continue deeper into the church

Crawl along the walls and ceilings and stay out of the candelight. Being in a Light Cathedral is making me uneasy.
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>>30205040

>continue deeper into the church
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Rolled 16

>>30205040
>Eat the mage
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>>30205044

>implying you'll live through the challenges I've created if you don't forcibly attempt to break the rules I've created
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>>30205040
>investigate the altar
That's where the secret tunnel was in uh... that town we met Abby and Donavan and Adavan in.
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>>30205040
>>continue deeper into the church
They're probably not going to make their secret in the middle of the busiest place in the church.

...unless of course they're THOSE kinds of villains.
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>>30205087
Okay. Well that's all the motivation I needed to see how well stacked and combined our abilities can get...
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>>30204335
>stick with the plan and go investigate alone
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Rolled 14

>>30205087
Need more mp5
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>>30205124

Careful, Slowpoke, you might hurt yourself.

Alright, deeper into the church we go.
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>>30205087

>not creating a MAXIMUM POWAH shadow dynamo beforehand, keeping it in our pocket, and then NOMing it before unleashing a FULLPOWER DBZ-style world ending assault on the Demon Lords.
>>
hey, our wisp gets our stealth powers, right?

Does that include sharing in a shadowmeld that's already cast?

also, how 'stealthy' to cast is Blink?
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>>30205087
Well, we've already got a free Full MP/HP Heal whenever we want with our portal set on a mana pool.
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>>30205159

Blink uses no mana and therefore does not impact magical stealth.
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>>30205144
But we would have to wait 5 episodes before we stopped screaming and having flashbacks, THEN spend 30 seconds killing them all.
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>>30205178
We should have used that before entering.
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>>30205208
And shown Hemmelus that our abilities extend that far? No way brah. But I know what you mean. We could've just as easily done it out of sight, after all.
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>>30205187

Ooh.

But how noticable is it to cast? Like, does the blink activating give off any signature of its own?
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You decide to explore deeper into the church. The mage at the alcove doesn't notice your passing. You note the carving of a dragon resting in that same alcove - maybe Aeolus?

You come to another room, which splits off into several other chambers. On the right is a small closet-like room holding robes and lined with cabinets. Past it is a wood door.

Directly in front of you are double doors leading to what looks like more of a meeting hall. Tables are neatly arranged, and the chairs are set upside down on top of them.

To your left is a stairwell, going both up and down.

You hear a heavy thump behind you. Voices. Did someone else come into the cathedral?

>hide in the closet, wait to see who's coming
>go through the door
>go into the meeting hall
>go up the stairs
>go down the stairs
>some other strategy
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>>30205241

No, actually. You vanish and then appear where you want to be.

If you weren't in stealth and someone was fighting you, they might be able to sense that you were using it, however, and prepare themselves for your follow-up.
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>>30205267
>hide in the closet, wait to see who's coming
Might be the guy we ignored before.
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>>30205267
Lets go up
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>>30205267
>hide in the closet, wait to see who's coming
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>>30205267
>go down the stairs
Here we go!

Let's get there first before they do. And when we inevitably fail at finding the entrance we can just follow them!
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>>30205178
what if we put a mana pool in our pocket, what would happen if we opened our pocket from inside by manaporting to the pool. check m8 SM just broke the quest. gg no re
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>>30205267
>hide in the closet, wait to see who's coming
I don't think we're going to get anywhere blindly exploring. Let's see what we can overhear.
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>>30205267
>hide in the closet, wait to see who's coming
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>>30205267
>hide in the closet, wait to see who's coming
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>>30205267
>hide in a dark corner, wait to see who's coming

People are known for opening closets, guys.
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Roll 1d100 to hide in the closet.
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>>30205303

How do we put a Manapool in our pocket?
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>>30205327
Honestly. Our stealth is so good I don't see why we need to hide anywhere specific.

We could just stand right there and be fine. Opening a closet won't change a damn thing.
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>>30205327

Eh, at that point it's time for us to come out anyway.
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Rolled 37

>>30205346
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Rolled 89

>>30205346
Now im hidin in the closet too
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Rolled 82

>>30205346
FUUUUUUUUU
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>>30205351
with 15 Exp
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Rolled 45

>>30205346
>>30205346
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>>30205346
How badly can we fuck up hiding in a closet?
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Stop rolling pls. Roll more and u be trollin' sirs.
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>>30205376
>>30205359
>>30205361
Badly.
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Rolled 21

>>30205376
...well that about sums it up perfectly
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Rolled 69, 32, 27, 95, 73, 17, 65, 9, 66, 32, 2, 44, 29, 60, 59, 35, 51, 68, 49, 80, 40, 71, 96, 42, 87 = 1298

>>30205393
You can't tell me what to do.
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>>30205401

>no critfails or successes

Mm, k.
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>>30205401

Technically, he can but you don't have to listen.
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Rolled 49

>>30205401
How average.
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>>30205359
>>30205361
And the DC was probably like, 10.
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>>30205394
u wot m8? u fink dis is sum kinda rolly undah fing? oil telye now is not, you must be prety new here bud, why not start at the foiyst thred yeah?
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>>30205394
High rolls are good.
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Who the hell is coming into the cathedral around midnight? You duck into the closet and Ink into one of the cabinets, leaving a small section of yourself exposed so that you can see.

Two men sweep down the hall.

Lord Matthel Flint, and Lord Arcturis Flint.

"Father, please reconsider. Just a bit longer - a bit more and - "

"I've made up my mind," he says. "It's over and done with, boy, and you won't stop me."

"But there's - "

They're around the stairwell and down before you can hear more. What do you do?

>pursue with caution
>pursue. Try to get in hearing range
>pursue - try to duck into one of their shadows
>some other strategy
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>>30205437
>pursue. Try to get in hearing range.

What's this about?
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>>30205437
>pursue. Try to get in hearing range
Welp.
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>>30205437
>>pursue with caution
Awww shiiieeet
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>>30205437
>pursue. Try to get in hearing range

Gotta spin it to win it.

And this is hella incriminating.
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>>30205437
Go full shadowmeld and hide in matthels shadow
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>>30205437
>pursue. Try to get in hearing range
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>>30205437

>pursue with caution

Let's not forget that the Flints are extremely powerful in their own right and that the Windburn has leveled armies.
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>>30205437
>pursue. Try to get in hearing range
OH FUCK OH FUCK OH FUCK OH FUCK

CAN WE TELESCRIPT FOR HELP?!
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>>30205437
>>pursue. Try to get in hearing range
Probably not talking about Flint, but it's still worth listening to.
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>>30205437
Can we shadowmeld?
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>>30205471
Send Wisp back and tell the gang we need backup.
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Rolled 56

>>30205437
>pursue. Try to get in hearing range
I want to know. My curiosity is killing me.
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>>30205437
Need more information, but I say we should start coming up with a plan.

Pocket Matthel Flint, assume his form, murder Arcturis, and then deposit him and flee when we get arrested. Gerald and Flint are left as successors, which either means a civil war or sabers at dawn for the throne.

This is a terrible idea don't actually use it
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>>30205489
I think we should ascertain their reason for being here before jumping to conclusions.
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Is it bad that I see a potential to kill Arcturis and replace him for the meetings?

Ensure that things work out in our favour then have him 'die nobly' in the main offensive...
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>>30205489
>>30205486
>>30205475

If we get caught in the cathedral after hours, guaranteed that the alliance is fucked.
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>>30205489
Rather than that, we can send wisp and tell them to give impressions of what we're seeing. They'll know what to do next.
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>>30205497
Seconded.
Not really.
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>>30205437
Here we go, activating secret Arland weapon to tell asshole guests to fuck off.
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Rolled 6

>>30205510
We do not possess a giant, glaring soul of Wind Power.

I don't think we'd fool anyone. Especially with Hemmelus around.
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>>30205510

Potential for backfire, maybe. No matter how stealthy we are, we barely know anything about Arcturis and imitating him for high-tier negotiations is doomed to fail.
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>>30205497
I like and support this plan in its entirety.
But not actually.
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Roll 1d100 to sneak within hearing range
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>>30205437
>>pursue. Try to get in hearing range
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Rolled 48

>>30205543
Dice scare me.
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Rolled 52

>>30205543
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>>30205543
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Rolled 4

>>30205543
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>>30205543
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Rolled 41

>>30205543
Okay.
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Rolled 69

>>30205543
Dice gods have mercy
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>>30205550
>>30205552

I'm too frightened to roll.
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Rolled 24

>>30205543
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Rolled 61

>>30205550
>>30205552
>>30205556
>>30205543

Oh, gods.
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>>30205514
Of course, they can instantly tell that this amorphous shadowy blob is in fact John Nyx of the alliance.

We'll be fine.
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>>30205550
>>30205552
Thank the moon for our stealth modifiers.
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Rolled 24

>>30205584
>>30205582
>>30205566
>>30205564
>>30205556
>>30205552
>>30205550

Not a single roll above 70. Fuck.
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Rolled 34

>>30205543
Get within consuming distance
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Let's think about this rationally here.

If this is what I think it is, this is seriously incriminating stuff. Incriminating enough that if it got out, it would throw Arcturis' entire rulership into question - I'm talking open revolt, civil war. The populace loves Donovan, what happens if they find out that Arcturis has been conspiring to destroy him his entire life?

They won't be able to bury this chamber without raising suspicion. They can't sweep this under the rug. Our allies trust us enough that they would believe this if we told them.

Now, here's my question - Arcturis is not a stupid man. Surely he knows that Fang would be able to see the Shel'kath? Surely he knows, from the fact that Donovan is no longer being afflicted by it, that it has been acted on?

So why, knowing both of those facts, would he come here willingly?
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>>30205657
Turns out our flint is the suppressed second coming of the light god.
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Rolled 95

>>30205543
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>>30205657

I doubt he knows that Fang could pinpoint the Shel'Kath and I very much doubt that he understands the specifics of how it works.

Also, he may not know that Donovan's curse is suppressed - yes, Donovan's a badass now, but he may not have the means to check out why.
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You jump down the stairs. Matthel and Arcturis are already a flight down. Arcturis is stomping along like a man on a mission. Matthel is practically jogging to keep up.

You stay a flight above them, managing to catch some of their conversation.

"Donovan...know about the..."

"He's changed, now. He's different. He isn't the - "

"But the spell is almost - "

"Enough! He's more valuable if we...half-baked plan that isn't...Kanians breathing down our necks! I've awaited long enough!"

They turn a corner at the bottom of the stairs. You hear a door open and slam shut. Their voices are muffled and drift off quickly.

You reach the bottom flight. A few doors present themselves. You check the first, see their retreating forms in a dark tunnel, and then slip under it after them.

The stone here is damp and slick, like the stone in your quarters at the castle. You're deep in the rock of the island. A small light bobs ahead of you, outlining the silhouettes of the two men. Likely a candle, or a spell.

You follow them, and they turn a corner, and more tunnels open up in four different directions. Some wider, arched; others smaller, cramped. It's like a maze down here.

You follow along from a safe distance, keeping out of the light. They don't speak - apparently Arcturis's last shout ended the conversation. You try to memorize the turns. Left. Left. Right. Left.

And then they stop. Arcturis prods at the wall. You feel a flash of Wind. Stone begins to grate on stone. A hidden passage opens in the tunnel. They step through.

"Where's the lever?"

"Father, listen to reason."

"Where is the elements-damned lever, Matthel?"

What do you do?

>try to slip in after them
>wait and continue to listen
>some other strategy
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We still never asked Fang about that first time.
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Rolled 47

>>30205543
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>>30205657
Eh. It's an outlandish claim to make to a populace that know nothing about secret magic parasites. They're used to flint being the adorable fuckup he is, and we're a strange shadow mage. They won't erupt against their Lord unless there's extenuating circumstances.
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>>30205723
Put yourself in his shoes. A son who you know to be cursed with clumsiness is suddenly incredibly graceful.

Occam's Razor. The curse has been tampered with. Which has a good chance of meaning that somebody close to Donovan knows about it.

So why would he go to the source of the curse?
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>>30205748
Send Wisp bro back with this info, Blink in after them.
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>>30205748
>try to slip in after them

This is what we have been building our stealth abilities up for.
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>>30205748
1) They both Know
2) They're arguing about doing Some Thing which involved Donovan, maybe killing him.

I have no patience for this hiding and observing bullshit.
Go full intimidation and demand some answers.
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>>30205748
>try to slip in after them
We are an extremely stealthy being.
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>>30205748

can we use silence and slip into Arcturis or Matthel's shadow?
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>>30205748
>try to slip in after them

Sounds like Lord Flint has maybe had a change of heart and wants this thing off his son.
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>>30205748
>try to slip in after them
Oh gooooood.

Let's also send wisp back, NOW!
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>>30205794
This

>>30205805
Hell no. These guys aren't someone we want to piss off nor do we want to show off that we're sneaking around here.
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>>30205748
>>some other strategy

send an Impression to Flint and Hemmelus

They ~need~ to get down here
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>>30205748
>try to slip in after them
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>>30205748
>try to slip in after them
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>>30205817
seems like a good idea to me.
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Send wisp back and go in after them?

Vote 1:
>yes

Vote 2:
>no
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>>30205794
This
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>>30205748

Can we blink past the Flints into the passageway beyond?

I really don't want to get close if at all possible.
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>>30205748
Wisp to carry a parchment with names back up to our 'squad'

we need to stay close. It's not like 1: they're expecting to be followed and 2: have the magical sensitivity required to detect Erberus
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>>30205817
I wouldn't, they might feel it somehow.
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>>30205843
1
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>>30205843
2
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>>30205843
1
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Something amusing I thought of.

If everyone thinks that John Nyx aged in the Archonium, then we can fluff "John Nyx killed the Angel Raziel when he was 15."
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>>30205843
1
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>>30205843
2
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>>30205843
2

follow ourselves we can use Silence.
>>
I kind of don't want Donovan to freak out and come running down here, though.

Instruct Wisp we aren't looking for back up, just to pass the info along.
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>>30205843
2
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>>30205843

Yes.

we NEED to let people know what's going on.

>>30205830

Adavan's listening in - broadcast to him with impressions.

Or at the very least pull at his Servant powers. The entire reason we brought him along was to ensure group coordination!

also, we NEED to stop whatever's going on - that lever being pulled might just kill flint!
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>>30205876
You're pretty devious anon, I rike it much.

>>30205892
If we tell them who's down here and talking I'm not quite sure Donny will be able to resist running towards us at a dead sprint.
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>>30205860
2
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>>30205843
2
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>>30205843
2
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>>30205843
1
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>>30205843
1
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>>30205843
1
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>>30205843
1
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>>30205843
2
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>>30205843
2
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>>30205909
>The entire reason we brought him along was to ensure group coordination!

Earlier you voted to have him stick with the group rather than relay messages. He's too far for direct communication.
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>>30205860
even if they do, this is basically worst case scenario:

A: ... We're being followed

*We are revealed*

A: "YOU!"
Shadow: "... oh look, you guys are assholes. and I just need to teleport back to reveal your plot. kthxbi"

and then we teleport, and we have the backing of the great fucking sage on our words. all we need to obtain is physical evidence.... evidence which is literally the tunnels themselves if we just find the right path
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>>30205843
1
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why do you people want to use wisp when it has a higher chance of being discovered than us?
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>>30205843
1
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>>30205843

cutting off votes
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You people seem to keep forgetting that we don't really look human at the moment. They aren't going to connect us to John Nyx.
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>>30205939
See, now I'm confused.
I thought we were voting against having him sneak in with us, not against having him loiter around outside as a telepathy relay.
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>>30205951
He shares our stealth bonus.
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>>30205951
wisp is going AWAY from our targets. we just need to release it where detection would register as a rat or something
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>>30205951
Wisp shares our stealth bonus.
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>>30205966
They might connect us to Yi Fang, which is just as bad for the negotiations.
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>>30205843

9 for going in

7 for holding back

IT'S ON

ROLL

1d100
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>>30205974
Wisp is already out. It's just hiding with us.
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>>30205981

uh, hey, guys..

Why are we using Wisps when we have
Ghosts and Spirits?

>Spirit - Summon an ethereal spirit from the nether. Stronger and more stealthy than a ghost, but weak to magic. (3 spirit attack. 1 mana per action) [level 2]
MO STEALTHY

This sounds like a perfect time to use it!
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Rolled 65

>>30205984
Oh dear.
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>>30205970

but it still has a higher chance of failing because it does not have silence to fall back on, and it would implicate us and our alliance anyway if it gets found out.

I see no upsides
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Rolled 71

>>30205984
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Rolled 54

>>30205984
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Rolled 53

>>30205984
Is it happening yet SM?
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>>30205962
If Wisp won, make sure it communicates with Fang and not Flint.
Flint is impulsive, I don't want him running down here in a huff the way he BURST in on Yi Fang back in Palithair.
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>>30206014
>mfw, I voted 2 without realizing what we're voting for
>mfw, I actually wanted to vote 1
I'm tired.
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Rolled 79

>>30205886
>>30206014

This one doesn't count.
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>>30206014
One of those 2 votes are unlinked, though.
1 still wins.
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>>30206020

It's always happening.
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>>30206002
>>30206011
>>30206014
It's a thing of beauty! Awesome!
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Rolled 97

>>30205984
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>>30206055
But is it happening?
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>>30205941
We do have Adavan for cleanup if things go out of hand...
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>>30206005
Grave Silence works all the fucking time. Wisp has all of our passive bonuses in stealth. It has Silence.

Furhtermore, Spirit is a ethereal type over a Shadow type, this means while it's more stealthy than a ghost, it isn't more stealthy than a Shadow type summon(which has all of our stealth bonuses). Also Wisp is already summoned while we'd have to risk detection summing a Spirit.
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>>30206067

Prepare yourselves.
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>>30205951
Wisp shares our stealth bonuses (or just Magical stealth, maybe? Either way, that's mostly what it needs.), and is our only way of getting the information we currently have back to the people who need to know while still pursuing.

If there was a Mana Pool we had access to in Arland, we could've hidden a portal somewhere in the catacombs, returned to Haven, manaported to Arland and told them in person, then manaported back to Haven and returned via portal before closing it.

Absurdly risky if they notice the portal, since it lets them walk right into a relatively underprotected Haven, but still.

What's the magical signature of our portals feel like? Is it an aura independent of the destination, or will they be able to detect presences on the other side rather than feeling the portal itself? Or both somehow?

>>30206014
>>30206011
>>30206002
Can't say there's much to be upset about.
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>>30206089
Well that's terrifying.
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>>30206089
┬┐Es hoobenang?

HOOBEN!
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>>30206089
AAAAAAWWWWWWWW YEAH
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>>30206089
It's Happening
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>>30206089
I missed the DoomPaul. I'm glad he's back. Feels like Shadow Quest again.
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>>30206000
Wisp a best.

Spirit a shit.
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>>30206142
SM actualy had to ease up on the doom paul because he was getting too many calls from angry parents about their child having night terrors annd screaming "ITS HAPPENING" in their sleep, the month long hiatus was so people could recover from the trauma, many did not...
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>>30206258
>children having panic attacks
>a small subset of overly concerned parents make sure that they are prescribed anti-anxiety meds
>have to go get them somewhere...
>ensuring SM's continued employment


HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING. HE KNEW ALL ALONG.
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>>30206258
Shit son, during that period I would read "It's happening!" in my spaghetti-Os after a serious session. stuff was scary.
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>>30206364
Mo-ther-fucker.

SM, we're on to your games.
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You send Wisp back. <Let them know what we've seen and heard. Make sure they don't take needed risks. Go!>

>mana: 42/53

You dart forward, a tiny black flicker. In an instant, you're around the corner. The two men stand in a cramped space, a steel box that is sitting inside the compartment. They stare at each other, both gazes fierce as a winter gale.

You duck in past their feet and tuck yourself into a corner.

"...it's in the corner, above your head."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj8CH3dwBKA

Arcturis looks up, and pulls a small metal latch down from the ceiling. The stone opening slides shut. The tiny room is plunged into darkness.

The metal walls shudder, and then you feel a light sensation, as if you're moving down. No - you are moving down.

It's silent, but for the regular grinding as the box trundles its way along the track. You're going deeper than the bedrock of Dobshire...

Lights flicker. The metal box isn't totally sealed - small holes dot the ceiling. Light's filtering in. But aren't you underground?

Magic assaults your senses.

It's like nothing you've ever felt before. An incredible wellspring of power lays below you, as if you passed some barrier holding it in, revealing it all at once. Every element is represented. Every element.

The box grinds to a squeaky halt. Arcturis fumbles with a latch on the front, then opens it. Light streams in.

Before you is a cavern, roughly shaped as a cylinder. The walls are high, and slick with water. Stalactites hands from the ceiling in thick clusters. You hear the rushing sound of water nearby.

You don't really pay the cavern much attention. You're rather fixated on the thing in front of you.

>con't
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>>30206373
No man, we're in his game, we're ALL in his game.

and it hasn't even begun.
>>
There's a sigil on the ground - a spell sigil. You've seen them before, when mages were casting more complex spells, like the sun call. But the sun call was just big, powerful. This...this labyrinthine nest of obscure symbols and numbers, swirling around eight symmetrical points brimming with power, is almost art. It would be incredibly beautiful, if it wasn't so terrifying.

Sitting cross-legged in the center of the blazing ring of light is a figure clad in steel from head to toe. It almost seems as if he's made from solid steel, polished so bright as to reflect the cavern around him.

Behind him, against the far wall, is a great silver mirror, wrapped in ivory. While somewhat shiny, it shows no reflection.

"Metatron." Arcturis says. "I want to see the Most High. Now."

"...Arcturis." The metal figure opens its eyes. "I wasn't expecting you."

What do you do?

>remain where you are, and do not move
>some other strategy
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>>30206410
>remain where you are, and do not move
What the fuuuck.
>>
>>30206410
>remain where you are, and do not move
Well, then. This is a thing that is certainly happening.
>>
Uh...

Are they siphoning power from a LOT of mages?

What the fuck even is this? Do we have any abilities that would allow us to identify any of this crap?
>>
Our new short-term objectives.

1) Get rid of the parasite without endangering the alliance.
2) Make the alliance work out somehow.
3) Use political shenanigans to put Flint in charge and get this fucker out of power ASAP
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>>30206410
>remain where you are, and do not move

Back up to maximum hearing distance, if possible.
>>
>>30206410
>remain where you are, and do not move
>>
>>30206457
None that wouldn't risk us getting detected.
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Rolled 80

>>30206410
>remain where you are, and do not move
Or rather, remove ourselves from the elevatus and then do not move.
I don't want to get sent back up just because we stayed in the elevator.
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>>30206410
>>some other strategy

Analyze
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>>30206410
And the other shoe drops.

Flint is powering Metatron and the communication mirror.
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>>30206472
We COULD use analyze.
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>>30206472
analyze would not make us get detected would it?
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>>30206479
This. Analyze the fuck out of that Sigil and everything else here including Metatron.
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>>30206410
>remain where you are, and do not move
Holy shit SM, I didn't expect this. I mean, the walky talky mirror maybe, but not really anything else.
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>>30206410
How much exp is megatron worth shadow?
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>>30206410
>>some other strategy
Look for the other end of the Shelkath. We can do that without blowing our cover, right?
>>
Hey, SM? I has question.

..when did Shadow start having a catchphrase like 'Night and Moon'? It sounds kinda cheesy when I think about it.
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>>30206474
It might be safer actually to go back up than stay here. We could just rip the knowledge from their heads later, after all.
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>>30206479
I'll second this along with the do not move thing.

Let's take a reaaal good look at it.
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>>30206512
Night and Moon was never his catchphrase.

It's just an expletive in the setting like "oh my god"
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>>30206410
ITS THE CONSTRUCT FROM XILE, THE REASON IT WAS SO POWERFUL AND HAD SHADOW AND WIND IS BECAUSE IT HAD TAKEN IT FROM FANGS SHADOW MAGE FRIEND PANIC PANIC WERE FUCKED IT WAS RIGGED FROM THE START
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Hey, we don't actually need to breathe and I hear water. We can just slip in there and get a free exit in and out of here.

You know, just in case.
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>>30206512
I have a question too

..where do you see us using a catchphrase?
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>>30206410
Oh it's all coming back.

Hello, old friend. Soon. Soon we will feast on the flesh of metal angels.

>remain where you are, and do not move
>Analyze the sigil and Metatron
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Rolled 77

>>30206533
Holy shit you are either retarded or not paying attention at all.
>>
Roll 1d100
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>>30206537
Good point. Hide in the water. That also gives us regen.
>>
If only we had the EXP for Decimate
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I think we could take Metatron 1v1 thanks to based earth tree
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Rolled 92

>>30206566
CONSUME
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Rolled 13

>>30206550
Soon, Ardor.

Soon.

>>30206566
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Rolled 41

>>30206566
rollan
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Rolled 64

>>30206566
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Rolled 10

>>30206566
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>>30206579
Stop rolling stop rolling stop rolling
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Rolled 45

>>30206566
!!!
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>>30206579
>>30206586
>>30206585
Thank god for stealth bonus. Still worried though. Silence could help us out if we need it, though.
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>>30206566
Dice hear my plea, grant us your power.
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>>30206579
>>30206585
>>30206586

Too scared to roll anything else. Someone hold me.
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Rolled 86

>>30206566
>>30206622

>forgot my roll
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>>30206532
I've yet to see anyone else use it. I think, maybe, that Ila used it? Once or twice? Shadow seems to be using it regularly.
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>>30206566
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Rolled 5

>>30206632
I'll hold you.
And roll for you.

>>30206566
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Was this for Stealth or Analyze or both?
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>>30206652
Please never roll again.
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>>30206537
Running water has to lead somewhere. I agree with this.
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Rolled 15

>>30206681
I don't think I've rolled above a 20 all night, but it might just be selective memory.
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>>30206714
Well, the dice are certainly agreeing with your memory.
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Rolled 9

>>30206566

HUNDRED INCOMING MAKE WAY MAKE AWY
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>>30206566
goddamn
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>>30206732
Pride cometh before the fall.
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You remain absolutely still.

"No, I wouldn't think so," Arcturis says. "Contact the Most High, now."

"Lord Flint," Metatron says quietly, "it's past midnight."

"I don't give a damn what time it is, I've had enough! Contact him, now!"

Metatron stands. At seven feet tall, he dwarfs even the stalwart Flints. "What exactly is the problem?"

"...he wants to stop this," Matthel says. "I tried to reason with him, Highest."

"Why?" Metatron asks. "We are weeks - maybe days away. What could possibly possess you to have second thoughts?"

"Because earlier today, I didn't know it stole half my son's life!"

Metatron looks at Matthel. "...you told him."

Matthel shakes his head. "He...with Donovan around, I -"

"I figured it out myself," Arcturis says. "You told me this spell wouldn't hurt him. The Most High swore on the graves of the angels who had died fighting Erebus that it would just take his magic. Nothing more! Not his very fucking ability to form a straight sentence! I will not stand for it! Not my flesh and blood, Metatron!

"We lied to you," Metatron says. "But you know what this spell is going to do. You know it is necessary."

"THEN WE SHOULD HAVE FOUND SOMEONE ELSE! I TOLD SANDALPHON 50 YEARS AGO THAT HIS REACH STOPPED AT THE BORDER OF ARLAND, AND I WILL SEE HIS WORD FULFILLED, OR SO HELP ME GOD I'LL THROW IN WITH ARCHON!"

"Lord Flint. Please, lower your voice." Metatron's tone is still quiet, gentle. "I will contact the Most High."

Metatron turns toward the mirror.

What do you do?

>try to hide in any nearby water. It's a hell of a lot safer than where you are now.
>analyze your surroundings. You need information.
>some other strategy
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>>30206794
>analyze your surroundings. You need information.
Then hide in the water.

Jesus fuck. This is looking bad.
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Matthel is a dead man walking.
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>>30206794
>"Because earlier today, I didn't know it stole half my son's life!"

Sandalphon, you motherfucker.

>analyze your surroundings. You need information.
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>>30206794
>analyze your surroundings. You need information.
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>>30206794
..Well, shit, Arcturis isn't an absolute cunt after all. I mean, sure, he still sold Donovan out, but the fact that he's this pissed about the fact that the angels shafted him and ruined Donovan's life says a lot.
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>>30206794
...
Oh.

Okay so he's not a total dick who wanted to ruin his son's life.

Shit, sorry for hating your guts, king guy.
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>>30206819
this.

Also Metatron is the other end of the parasite
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>>30206794
>try to hide in any nearby water. It's a hell of a lot safer than where you are now.
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>>30206794

>hide in the water
>Then analyze
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>>30206794
>analyze your surroundings. You need information.
Guys, we sent a message with Wisp bro telling the other Arcturius has a nefarious plan, this could end up badly when they show up. Also, my respect for is raised slightly.
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Rolled 13

>>30206794
Analyze, and then into the water we go!

And holy shit, Matthel. SM, are you just chronically unable to stop yourself from being cliche? It's not a huge problem because you write it so well, but fuck me is it predictable sometimes.
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>>30206794
>analyze your surroundings. You need information.
Then:
>try to hide in any nearby water. It's a hell of a lot safer than where you are now.
Respect for Arcturis rising. Shame he'll probably end up dead by the end of all this. Matthel a shit.
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>>30206794
>>30206794
>>30206794
>>30206794
>>30206794


OH SHIT SANDALPHONE INCOMING

MEGA HIDE MODE ENGAGE
FULL SHADOWMELD
ABANDON SHIP
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>>30206794
>>analyze your surroundings. You need information.
I can't figure out if Arcturis is mad because of what happened to his son or because he was lied to.
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>>30206857
Yeah in retrospect that was a bad move. Is there any way we can signal them before they storm through the area?
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>>30206794
Any money on sandy detecting us through whatever communication efforts.
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We're gonna be Arcturis' 1d20 save in a second, guys. Make sure you're ready to intercept a sword of steel light.
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>>30206794
>try to hide in any nearby water. It's a hell of a lot safer than where you are now.
We got what we need, with Ila' s evidence we can make a good chance of flipping Arcturis to Archon. We blow this now and we're up shit creek.
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>>30206794
>some other strategy
Nightblaze.

Maximum. Nightblaze.
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>>try to hide in any nearby water. It's a hell of a lot safer than where you are now.

HIDE.
USE SHARD
AVOID SANDALPHONE>>30206876

Sandalphone :3
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Rolled 56

>>30206889
Yeah, I'm ready to throw our body in front of something painful for Arcturis. Matthel? Not so much.

Also, watch Matthel - he might try to stab his own father.
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>>30206794
>>analyze your surroundings. You need information.
We also want to get out of direct line of sight with the mirror, since it's obviously the communication device and Sandalphon has proven pretty adept at noticing us in the past.

Even if we've gotten better, I'd expect that he knows what to look for better than almost anyone else in Venia.

Whether that's in the water or not doesn't matter so much to me.

>>30206857
We just told it to let them know what we saw and heard, which was pretty definitely Arcturis wanting to stop -something- as of yet unknown and Matthel attempting to talk him out of undertaking rash action.

Now that we know what it is, we know Arcturis wasn't entirely in the loop, which is good news for him.

>>30206889
I'd enjoy this immensely.
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>>30206876
Breeze and Silence. We need them NOW.
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>>30206889
Yeah I'd say not getting Arcturis killed would be a big priority, politically speaking.
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>>30206794
>Large magic circle
>Large amount of magic energy
>Light angels involved.
>The Most High swore on the graves of the angels who had died fighting Erebus that it would just take his magic.

My Hyperion summoning senses are tingling.
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>>30206831
>>30206839
Is it really out of concern for Donovan? He hasn't once said his name during this little tirade of his. I think it might be more a matter of wounded pride then parental outrage.
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Vote 1:
>analyze

Vote 2:
>maximum overstealth
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
1
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
1
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
1
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>>30206949
1
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>>30206949
1
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>>30206949

2 then 1
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949

2
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206882
I'm guessing both.
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206949
2
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>>30206974
This. We can use analyze when it isn't as big of a risk.
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>>30206984
Anything but a quote and a single number invalidates your vote buddy.
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>>30206949

roll 1d100 for stealth
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We're going to use the tendril parascope, right?
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Rolled 13

>>30207035
AHHHHHH
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Rolled 100

>>30207035

>>30207039
I'd hope!
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Rolled 94

>>30207035
Fingers crossed
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>>30207035
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>>30207035

fffffffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
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>>30207049
SNEAK SNEAK SNEAK.
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>>30207035
STEALTH
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>>30207049

Atheist God is Best God.
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Well that's just swell!
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>>30207053

AWWW SHIIIIIET

We fuckin ninja now
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i don't even
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>>30207049

NAH NIGGAHLORD
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>>30207049
Thank Sithis.
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>>30207049
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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>>30206949
2
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>>30207049
god bless
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>>30207049
FUCK YEAH

>>30207053
Bretty good for my first SQ roll.
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>>30207079
>do you feel that?
so he's just gonna give everything away and no one notices us
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>>30207049
>>30207079
>evolution of the bed method
we become the room
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>>30207129

Mirrors are one-way devices, right?

This is gonna be hilarious, when we end up hiding behind the sandalphone and nobody can see us because they're looking in all the wrong places.
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>>30207129
we cover the mirror and pose as sandalphon.
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>>30207129
>Mathiel: Father, does the room feel...grainy to you?
>Metatron: Fuck if I know, I can't feel anything sitting here all day.
>>Arcturus: <These are the people I chose to work with...>
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At least convincing Arcturis that the Ring City is a shit just got a lot easier.
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>>30207049
So I guess this makes up batman now roight?
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>>30206794
Woah shit

Arcturis is actually a good guy

This is fantastic leverage to use in the negotiations. It also shows that the angels are summoning FUCKING DEMONS. Hypocrites, through and through.
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>>30207236
>summoning FUCKING DEMONS

Do you think a lonely angel would ever stoop to summoning a succubus?
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>>30207236
they do what they can to assert control.
which of course makes them a bunch of asshats.
except maybe the "lower" highest. as they seem to be out of the loop
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>>30207236

Nah man, they are trying to summon a new Elemental Lord of Light so the angels can have a new Hyperion 2.0 they can worship.
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>>30207272
>except Auriel, best Angeru
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>>30207264
Considering one of them stooped to raping, maiming and mutilating women? You work it out.
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Rolled 13

>>30207289
why does this make more sense than it should

I mean, it's impossible

but they'd try anyway
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>>30207160
"Whyyyyy heelloooooo there gentlemen! Why the late night caaaaaall~"

"...Most High, i-is something the matter? You seem, uhm, energetic."

"No, nothing is wrong! I feeeeel fabulllouus. You know what else would be fabulous? If you took the Shel'kath off of that kid Donovan! And while you're at it accept the alliance with Archon and Haven and renounce any association with the Empire of Light!"

"I... what? Most High, I don't think you're quite yourself--"

"Ohh, shoot! Seems I left the kettle on! Gotta run! Do call again!"

---

<And that was how I saved Flint's life, cemented the alliance with Arland, and deposed the rule of the Ring City all at once.>

"Shadow, I don't think that was even remotely how Sandalphon speaks."

<Are you quite sure? I thought it was an accurate approximation based on my limited interactions with him, myself.>
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Welp, there go my sides.
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>>30207289
>I am the Light!
<CONSUME>
>>30207324
>topkek
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>>30207324
>"Shadow, I don't think that was even remotely how Sandalphon speaks."

"Sorry, its hard to speak with my head up my own ass. I couldn't give the story justice."
"Well, i suppose I could, but I don't think you'd want to see it."
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>>30207289

Fuck now i'm remembering what Auriel said about being able to summon an Elemental Lord being the holy grail of summoning.

hold me
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I'm dying
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>>30207364

.....dat filename
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I can even
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>>30207353
I don't remember that, but I'm scared.
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>>30207353
>>30207289
Could have swore I brought up that point in the last few threads.
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>>30207400

she mentions it when we talked about Aeolus being a dragon and summoners going "hey that's a pretty cool idea."

I forget exactly what thread number it was in though.
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>>30207353
>>30207289
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It's now been half an hour. I think we broke his plot.
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Rolled 100

>>30207557
or he could
you know
use his auto-fail on us and break the thread
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>>30207557
We stealthed so well that SM can't find his notes anymore.
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>>30207570
guy waht aer you even!
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>>30207570
wha wha WHAAAA
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>>30207570
I'll leave now

legit forgot to turn off my dice

I'm just gone
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You know, if you'd linked that properly, it would have counted
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>>30207570
I cannot even find the appropriate words to express my sheer rage.
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>>30207570
CURSE YOU
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You flit across the room.

Your senses didn't betray you - there's a river on one side of the cavern, just exposed above the ground. You slip into it, keeping a limb on the stone to hold yourself in place. There's a firm current, but not anything you couldn't swim against.

They didn't notice you at all. Metatron stands before the mirror, his palms out.

Arcturis taps a flint on the stone. "Tonight!" His voice echoes around the room.

"He was probably sleeping," Metatron says. He glances over his shoulder, and his eyes flash red. "Moreover, there are limits even to my patience, Lord Flint. The Most High is not at your beck and call. But I sympathize with your situation, and so here I stand, calling upon him. Please control yourself."

Arcturis settles on his feet and folds his arms. Metatron turns back to the mirror.

Luckily, the exchange gives you more than enough time to Analyze the room, and its occupant. Metatron is Light - as are all the angels - and Fire. Like Lucifer, he has a strong secondary element. More interesting, though, is that metal armor, almost like a second skin. You doubt he's as quick as Lucifer, but he's probably a lot sturdier. Taking him on alone would be an extremely dangerous prospect...

The spell, itself, seems to speak to you. Eight elements. All eight. Every shade of Chaos. And then you see it - the other end of the shel'kath, embedded in the spell.

They're collecting Donovan's power to make this thing work. You can only conclude that seven other mages have already had their turn...

And you can tell that this is a summoning spell. It's THE summoning spell. But what it intends to summon...that, you can only guess at.

The mirror begins to waver.

>con't
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>>30207570
>>30207570
>my face if that'd been linked to SM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqbgWyJuxME

Sandalphon's visage appears within the ivory boarders. "Metatron. I hope you - ah. The Lords Flint."

"Most High," Arcturis growls. "You lied to me."

"He is aware," Metatron says, "that you Donovan's life has been...effected...by the shel'kath."

"And?"

"And." Arcturis clenches his fists. "And?! You said he would be unharmed!"

"Is he living, and breathing?" Sandalphon says. "Has he not found love with that whore traitor?"

Metatron blinks. "Most High. Auriel - "

"Was a failure before Hyperion blessed her, and was weak-willed panderer to public opinion after he blessed her. What he saw in her I do not know, but I respected her stature because Hyperion's judgement lies above ours. But now that she has shown her true colors, we will deal with her in time." He looks at Arcturis. "What do you want from me, Lord Flint? It is late."

"We find another mage, tomorrow," Arcturis says. "I will not have my son bound by this thing any further. Or I'll join in with Archon, Sandalphon, and I swear by the elements, I am not bluffing."

"Arcturis," Sandalphon says, "we are about to summon the Lord of Light back from the Core of Chaos. Do not test me."

"I'm not testing you," Arcturis says. "I'm telling you!"

"You don't have a choice."

"What?! You will not - after lying to me for decades, I will not allow - "

"Half your nobles would side with me," Sandalphon says. "The Black Lady has been managed. I will arrive in Arland tomorrow. Do not touch the spell. If you do, I will have no choice but to conclude that you have turned against Hyperion Himself, and you may rail your complaints against the bars of the prison in Nelmar."

"I - "

>con't
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>>30207609
They're going to try to summon Hyperion.

WE NEED TO DESTROY THIS THING.

TONIGHT.
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"I will not repeat myself. I have waited 700 years for this, Lord Flint. You were not there when Erebus annihilated our armies, the four elemental lords. You were not there when the world fell to chaos. You were not there when I rebuilt it from ash and smoke. You were not there when I spared your grandfather Yi Fang's wrath so that Arland might have its day. We would not be having this conversation had my healers not saved your life when you were a child. I will not be denied the return of the Lord of Light, I will not have the masterstroke that I and my angels have worked on for CENTURIES, RUINED, BECAUSE IN YOUR OLD AGE YOU HAVE A FEW GUILTY MISGIVINGS!"

"...is what has happened to Donovan permanent?"

"Grow a damn spine." His visage vanishes. Arcturis is left there, staring at his feet.

"Father," Matthel says, "I'm sorry."

"Sorry." Arcturis turns to his son. "That's why you defended him. You stuck with him. You knew. You felt guilty. Did you ever truly love your brother at all?"

In that moment, Matthel looks so hurt that you almost feel bad for him.

Almost.

"...I love Donovan," Matthel says. "But if he knew..."

"Don't try to fool yourself. If he knew, he'd still be against it."

"Gentlemen," Metatron says. "You'd best get some sleep. I have a spell to maintain. Tomorrow is sure to be a tumultuous day."

Arcturis and Matthel make for the elevator.

What do you do now?

>try to slip in after them
>remain in the room
>escape down the river
>some other strategy
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>>30207648
>escape down the river

We've heard enough.
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>>30207648

A DECISION WHICH SHALL BE MADE

NEXT TIME, ON SHADOW QUEST

Tomorrow night!

Hopefully the blizzard gets me out of work and I can run early again.
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>>30207648
>escape down the river
We can always follow it back.
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>>30207648
>>try to slip in after them
all we need now is to get Arcturus to help remove the shelkath
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>>30207634
Hyperion's the core.

HYPERION IS THE FUCKING CORE!

THIS IS BAD PLUS BAD WITH A SIDE OF BAD AND A BAD GARNISH TO IT!
>>
Metatron is potentially sympathetic, from what I take from this exchange.
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>>30207634
>we are about to summon the Lord of Light back from the Core of Chaos.
Called it!
The fact that that was where Hyperion was, not that they were summoning him. You laughed at me SM but you knew, you knew.
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>>30207648
Oh God.

OH GOD, THAT ONE IS GOING TO BE USED TO BRING HYPERION BACK.
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>>30207662
>Hopefully the blizzard gets me out of work and I can run early again.
ha, same here. time on thread
>bad guess?
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>>30207675
what core
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>>30207648

>wait

SURPRISE, COCKBAG.

>Wait, wha-

and then the room was suddenly empty.
>>
Time to erase the spell. Or perhaps consume it.
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>>30207648
>Try to slip in after them.

Maybe we should announce ourselves? Arcturis has been pushed to the edge. He's vulnerable. Probably not thinking straight.
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>>30207685
The core of the fucking planet!
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>>30207662
Fuck, you are a gifted writer SM
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>>30207680
Unless they don't truly understand what they're doing and they're about to open Venia's very own Eye of Terror right in the middle of Arland.
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>>30207694
NO.
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>>30207675
He's not THE core. He's IN the core.

Anyway. We have one day to convince the king to side against Hyperion, maybe using the deception and Flint as a last resort, along with saying exactly why we oppose Hyperion.

Prepare all the trump cards.
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>>30207648

HOLD UP

Guys, we need to decide what we do, NOW.

The way i see it, we have three options:

1) Wait for them to leave, and fight NOW.
2) Slip in the elevator and maybe think about convincing arcturius to change his mind
3)Escape, warn our allies, and come right back down, and beat metatron's ass with the help of our allies right above the cathedral
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>>30207648
If we kill donovan the spell cant be completed till they get another light mage
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>>30207710
I choose 3.
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>>30207711
Fuck you.
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>other
FIND EVERYONE
Sandy gets here tomorrow, tell them Arcturus knows, wants it gone, and if Hyperion comes back then Venia has NO CORE to maintain it
>SM, since we get alerts from the core, and we clearly maintain it somehow, then was Erebus's plan all along to use the war to create the core to sustain Venia, and he himself is a caretaker/creater of the world
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>>30207710
The only real choice is 3. Metatron is powerful, but he can't handle us, Donovan, Adavan, Hemmelus, and Fang at the same time.
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>>30207710
Walk up to Metatron.

Nightblaze

Turn 360 degrees and walk away.
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>>30207710
Personally I prefer #1... and start the battle off with a full nightflare to destroy that spell.

They wouldn't place it down here if it wasn't vulnerable as hell.
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Are they using Flint's magical talent to fuel the summoning process or will they using him as a physical medium to hold Hyperion's essence?
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>>30207728
420 nightblaze and then escape down the river while whooping like Zoidberg.
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>>30207680

You can't possibly begin to understand...but that will make the moment it happens all the sweeter.
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>>30207710
I choose 4) retreat and call an emergency meeting of allies to talk this shit out. We don't need to act too rashely here.
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>>30207737
The first one.
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>>30207634
>we are about to summon the Lord of Light back from the Core of Chaos."
FUCKING CALLED IT
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>>30207741
By the way, where is Metatron ranked in the order of the Highest?
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>>30207648
>escape down the river
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>>30207648
So SM when this quest is all said and done, will you convert it to book form?
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>>30207760

He's third.
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>>30207728

Nightblaze isn't going to be enough. We need something more. Like Erasure, or Decimate. if only we had xp left, guys!

I think our best bet is to jump in, gaping maw the mirror, and hopefully it gives us enough xp to just break our Erasure.
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>>30207760
3rd.
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>>30207775
>second now with the lose of Lucifer
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>>30207609
>Eight elements. All eight. Every shade of Chaos.
...what's the eighth element in this situation? Order definitely isn't a shade of Chaos, y'know.

>>30207648
>>escape partway down the river
>>some other strategy
and Set. Motherfucking. Anchor.

Opening up a portal thirty feet downstream so we can bring everyone necessary through at our leisure seems worth ditching the Haven anchor for the time being. We always have manaport to get back there.

>>30207662
BYE.

>>30207760
Metatron was third-highest, but with the death of Lucifer he's probably second.

Unless numerical ranks just stick around but remain unfilled.
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OK poeple i am going to tell you what we are going to have to do

1.get Flint destroy the summoning spell
2.Go tell Arcturis that the spell is destroyed by Flint's hand (we heard what sandlethong said about what would happen if the spell was disrupted) he will then have no choice to support us and our alliance
3.when sandlethong arrives at Arland and starts raising hell we bring out the Black Lady.

Check and Mate.
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>>30207775

Who's #2?

Hyperion
Lucifer
Metatron
raphael
auriel
???
???
???
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>>30207772
>convert it to book form?

Hmm...

I want to publish the book I'm working on right now, first. Making Shadow Quest readable would take a lot of time and effort, and I'm putting the final polish on an actual novel, so...it's on the backburner.
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>>30207801
>3.when sandlethong arrives at Arland and starts raising hell we bring out the Black Lady.

For best effect, she should already BE HERE when he arrives, getting to know everyone, part of the negotiations...
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>>30207634
>Implying Auriel is a failure
>Implying the Black Lady has been managed
>Implying public opinon, including most of the Lords, aren't either with us or with Arcturis already

Sandalthong is behind the times.
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>>30207634
...Has the Black Lady ACTUALLY been managed?

Like when we attempt to summon her, will Sandalphon appear instead?
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>>30207634
>The Black Lady has been managed

..D-Did something happen to Melody?
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>>30207808
>not that i wouldn't buy the other book, but I really want SQ: The Novel
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I have a feeling the points brimming with power would be vulnerable to a simultaneous disruption, if all were to be hit at once.
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>>30207821
>>30207825
i think he means the stand off they agreed on, but she with us no matter what
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>>30207821
I was kind of worried about this, but it seems incredibly unlikely that they've actually done something as critical as launching a covert military action against the head of their main opposing faction with their 'masterstroke' so close to completion.

I'm pretty sure he just means that he thinks public opinion is just so far against her that she's going to be a non-factor.

Which, of course, remains to be seen. But Sandalphon has been pretty good at being wrong about basically everything up until this point, so hey.
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>>30207821
The Black Lady was actually Sandalphon in drag the entire time! That conniving (yet somewhat alluring) bastard!
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>>30207808
I can wait a very long time.

And I can pre-emptively guarantee that I will purchase it.
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>novel by SM
GIMMIE.
Any eta on it?
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>>30207850

Thats why sandalthong hides his aura so well! To hide that he's a SHEEEEE
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>>30207728
>Nightblaze

Erasure. In fact, I'm in favour of busting it out right now and just trying to annihilate as much of this spell as possible.

Maximum trolling.

>"Oh that's a really nice 700 year old summoning circle you have there, Sandalphon."
>"It'd be a shame if something happened to it."
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>>30207808
I'm happy as long as you're considering it.
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Guys. The spell is still days away.

The nat 1 is going to be used not to summon him, but to fuck something up royally when we dispel the sigil.The nat 1 we stopped from tearing open the chaos gate is going to find it's way back to fuck up the seal.
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>>30207854

Its going to be on amazon print on demand when its ready. I hope you are ready for my slashfic, anon
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>>30207902
Riiiiiight.
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>>30207887
We have no xp left to spend.
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>>30207916

There's a mirror RIGHT THERE though!
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>>30207902
we missed you. for some definitions of 'missed'

your brief foray into trolling around Princess Guard just didn't feel quite the same. welcome home.
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>>30207902
>I hope you are ready for my slashfic
We'l see.
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>>30207854

Well, if I just copy/past and streamline and proofread, it wouldn't take me that long.

But if I actually novelized it, really transformed the whole plot into a novel, then it would take quite some time.

>>30207866

I am on page 155 of 528 in my word processor in my final editing sweep. Shadow Quest slows me down, though.
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>>30207894
>inb4 Hyperion is an even worse boss than Sandalphon and kills him

>>30207926
A mirror and Metatron himself.
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>>30207894

that's why we better bring Fang with us so we don't accidentally Dobshire when we destroy the spell.
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>>30207902
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I can't fucking wait to see the look on Sandalthong's face when he shows up busting down the doors and we're all gathered around talking, we turn him with a shit-eating grin and say "Oh Sandalphon, we've been expecting you."
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>Leave RIGHT NOW
>Anchor point above this building up in the air
>Go to Tarun Gakath or Xile or somewhere and pig out on XP
>Pop into portal
>Activate supersonic
>Activate Erasure
>Like a meteor of destruction right through the Sigil
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>But if I actually novelized it, really transformed the whole plot into a novel, then it would take quite some time.
I can wait
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>>30207953
Except Sandalphon wears a helmet 24/7. We can't see the look on his face.
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>>30207953
>I can't fucking wait to see the look on Sandalthong's face when he shows up busting down the doors and we're all gathered around talking, we turn him with a shit-eating grin and say "Oh Sandalphon, we've been expecting you."

For best effect, melody should say that
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>>30207966
Maybe it's a very expressive helmet.
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>>30207958

I doubt the people of Arland will appreciate us Erasureing their cathedral
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>>30207931
On that note. I'm guessing SQ will end in atleast 6-8monthes, with how things are rolling. Do you have any ideas for another quest after a certain break? Or just prime focus on your novel?
I mean, focusing on the novel is obviously the long term reward /tg/ would want... but we will miss your writting so much.
I almost died on that hiatus...
Ofc this is all up to you my sweet sweet SM
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>>30207991
Magic up a new one with Maker.
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Here's my take on our options.

First: We have to inform the others that the Arty didn't know about the effects, but Matthel did, (and probably only defended Flint because he felt guilty but we don't need to tell him that). Also, tell Adavan and Flint that they plan to summon Hyperion with it, since they already know that's bad news.

Second: I'd say we negotiate with the king now, preferably without Matthel around, so tell the others to back off and tail the king until he's alone, confront him with Flint. Tell him that we tailed him because we knew about the parasite and wanted to remove it, not because we wanted to fuck the alliance. Since he's already pissed at the angels, tell him what we know about them and why they need to be stopped. Maybe also explain the nature of magic, order, chaos, and why Hyperion is bad news. Hopefully we can keep things under wraps and still pull off negotiations for the alliance.

Finally, we need to decide if we want to deal with the spell tonight or wait a few days to secure the alliance. Since Sandals is coming tomorrow, he could present an obstacle, but if we get Arland's support we might be able to have some more people giving us support against the Terminator down there.
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>>30207987

Hum.
Wartorn survivor
bitter as hell
doesn't remember why they're fighting anymore....
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>>30208006
We can probably take him down with our current party. Us + Black Lady + Fang + Hemmelus (if he can fight) should steamroll even Sandalphon.
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>>30207931
I can wait fovever SM.
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>>30207995

I want to work on my novel. If I power through I can finish editing in a month of solid work.

But, hopefully, I'll be accepted into pharmacy school soon enough. That's going to take up 99% of my time starting next fall.

Quests on my to-run list:

Edgy Quest
9 Lives Quest
Accel World Quest
Magical Buoy Quest
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I think the problem you guys don't understand here is that who besides us and some of our allies would think Hyperion coming back is a BAD thing?
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>>30208038
I mean Adavan, not Melody. Blegh. But when she does get here, we can probably kill Metatron fairly easily.
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>>30208059
>9 Lives Quest

what
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>>30208059
I'm conflicted. On the one hand, I hope they reject you.

On the other, I want you to be happy.
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>>30208071
Don't you want to see SM succeed?

Me neither.
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I feel like the best thing we could do is ....

Confront arcturius at the castle on the way back, like we're out for a walk.
and be like
"Look king, i didn't want to say this in front of guests, but there's a really powerful curse on your son and its time we told you about it."
"The reason we're here, now, is because we've found a way to remove it safely - and I mean myself, fang, and the others that can see it."
"I suppose what i'm asking for is your blessing, since this is your land and I don't want to be a rude guests. I'd do anything for my friends, and your son is the best one I have."

And just hit him in his feelings.

>>30207927
I'm not actually ruseman. Just a fan of his work. I saw an opportunity, and, well...
What happened in princess guard?
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>>30208059
>Accel World Quest

You.... don't follow joker quest by chance, do you?
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>>30208071
>>30208087
Ah, true fanship, wanting the best for those who bring you joy and wish with all your being anything that would stop that fails
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>>30208038
Probably. I want to discuss things with Arty first regardless, even if just to say "Yo, Flint's my bro, angels are actually evil, I still want this alliance to go down so we can stand against the demons and Ring City but I'm fucking this spell up regardless so later."

>>30208096
Except this guy has a much better way of approaching it and it doesn't involve telling him that he was followed. Someone copy this post for the next thread.
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>>30208006
Actually, we should just destroy the spell tonight, with Fang's help, and then tomorrow, tell the king that the spell was destroyed and Sandalphon will blame him when he finds out. That way the king will be forced to side with us regardless, because he will need protection from Sandalphon.
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>>30207966
We just have to barter with him.

>"If you take off your mask, I'll take off mine."
>He removes his helmet, we revert to a familiar shadowy blob.
><Hey. Been a while. How's the institutionalized kidnapping and slavery of citizens of allied nations "for their own good" been treating you?>

><And while you're at it, would you mind getting rid of that sneaky demon on my ol' pal Donovan? He's a pretty powerful light mage, y'know, and it looks like you've been running a little low on Highests lately. Maybe let some new blood try and fill the power vacuum.>

><I mean, it's not like it could be any worse than most of the snacks you had working for you before.>

>>30208096
Nothing too exciting. There was a brief resurfacing or another copycat, but I want to believe during SM IS KILL holiday downtime, but it just didn't feel the same, y'know?
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>>30208096
>What happened in princess guard?
Archelon's trip was #goober

I think you can see how that information could be used.
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>>30208059
Well, if theres one thing /tg/ is, its patient.
I know they'd be willing to wait. I mean what the fuck man. 4 quests? Wtf
Thats awesome and all. But seriously man. Go do your IRL thangs, /tg/ will wait.
On another note, if you do get arouns to those quests, will you change your trip? I remember you said you have a tendancy of doing that. I'd honestly like you not to. Yes it would spawn some high level expextancy, but we won't judge.
>edgy quest
kek
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>>30208069

>9 Lives Quest

Slightly lighter scholomance with a groundhog's day twist.

>>30208108

I don't, though I've heard many excellent things. But I also know it's not quite the same.

I also fell in love with SAO, and then ended up totally disgusted by that shitbag duel-wielding faggot of a protagonist. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

>>30208149

I'm starting to swing back the other way on changing my trip. I'm pretty sure I'll keep it.
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>>30208206
>I don't, though I've heard many excellent things. But I also know it's not quite the same.

I've heard it described as accel world + kamen rider with a splash of dating sim.
Its pretty apt, and also as ridiculously well written as your stuff is. Mofo's got interesting, sociable characters down pat. Try reading through the archives someday, you might like it.
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>>30208006

we should just destroy the spell outright so we force Arcturis's hand, he knows what sandlethong will do to his family and Arland if his precious Light God summoning spell gets blown the fuck out.

and waiting until Sandlethong is at the door is the worst idea, we need to do this TONIGHT so he can not interfere and stop us.
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So is the necklace or whatever that Fang put on Donovan to suppress the parasite delaying the spell's completion? And if so by how much?
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>>30208233

I really have to wait until I'm not writing a quest to read one on an archive binge. SQ is very fun, but it's also exhausting. After absorbing and processing and churning in this format, I have to get out and do other things, you know?

Someday, though. I always hear about it in /qtg/, it sounds like a really cool quest.
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>>30208206
>I also fell in love with SAO, and then ended up totally disgusted by that shitbag duel-wielding faggot of a protagonist. Not that I'm bitter or anything.
Holy shit. Thats the exact same reason why I got put off by it as well.

>I'm starting to swing back the other way on changing my trip. I'm pretty sure I'll keep it.
I'm honestly glad to hear this. I know its something small. But it will make a world of differance.
Will you ever feel comfy enough to tell us your previous one? or by any chance, the quests?
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>>30208280
>Will you ever feel comfy enough to tell us your previous one? or by any chance, the quests?

I don't understand. What are you asking?

And yeah, most people got sick of SAO because of the gary stu disease. I think the setting's great.
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So I was reading through the Timeline pastebin, the part with Metatron and the fire mage.

Did the demon lord mess with the Nether connection around Vellik's castle? Was that how he destroyed Auriel's wings?
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>>30208255
The thing about threats is that you can't turn around and say "just kidding let's be nice." If you think we should do this tonight, fine, but at least try negotiating with him or do what >>30208096 said first. If he refuses to cooperate, then we can still pull the "they'll blame it on you, you have no choice" on them.

>>30208206
>I also fell in love with SAO, and then ended up totally disgusted by that shitbag duel-wielding faggot of a protagonist. Not that I'm bitter or anything.
You and all of /a/, SM.
If you care about "players in an MMO," Log Horizon is currently airing, except instead of "durr if u die in gam u die in real" which makes it no different than fluffed up fantasy, in Log Horizon the game literally becomes reality somehow, and it does interesting things with game mechanics. (Including guilds trapping new players in the guild rooms to get newbie boost items (and also to do nasty things, but the show airs on an educational network so the nonPG stuff is only in the novels.))
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>>30208206
>totally disgusted by that shitbag duel-wielding faggot of a protagonist
Give Log Horizon a shot. Same trapped in an mmo premise, but more focus on world building and character interactions with the world they now occupy. The main protagonist is also a support character rather than some faggot sword god. Slow start, but when it gets its legs it really takes off
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>>30208307
I think he was asking what were the quests you QMed for in the past.

Between Edgy Quest and Accel World Quest I'ld prefer Accel World because it needs some serious worldbuilding skills from the QM to pull it off, skill that I believe you have.
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>>30208352
>>30208363
A warning SM, these guys aren't actually telling you the most interesting thing about it, so I won't spoil anything. But just so you know, there's some stuff that you should expect. Can't really tell ya though.
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>>30208363
nyanderfulmind
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>>30208371

The first and only other quest I've QMed was a post-apocalyptic scenario with zombies. It was very crunchy, didn't really take off. And then I became more interested in reading and participating in Gargoyle Quest than running my own quest, and dropped it.

>>30208379

That's cool, I don't like spoilers. You'