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>short thread today, but I'll run again Wednesday
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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):

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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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Recent Events Summary:

You pursued Matthel into the bowels of the cathedral, and managed to subdue him. However, you let your guard down, and he used the opportunity to warn Metatron to release the sigil's anchor and move it to safety.

Arcturis, Hemmelus, and yourself entered the sigil cavern to stop Metatron. A prolonged battle forced Metatron to activate his most powerful spell, which, while killing him, managed to hold you off long enough to transport the sigil to safety.

You're now regrouped with your allies, and Arcturis, who has comitted himself to your alliance. With Sandalphon scheduled to arrive the next morning, however, he worries that you have no advantages - and now that the fourth demon lord has been summoned, you need every friend you can get.

You've consulted with Adavan, who managed to steal the final key to Hecate's seal during the battle against Metatron. You've agreed to free Hecate, after discussing the plan with your inner circle - Donovan, Auriel, Abigail, and Ila.

You then brought together Auriel and Fang, who agreed that it was the time to contact the Black Lady. But when you called, she didn't answer.

Later, you revealed the plan to unseal Hecate. Auriel didn't protest, but insisted she wouldn't help you, still unable to forget the war she fought against the former. You went with Abigail, Ila, and Adavan. A demon lord made a surprise appearance, but you managed to get away without any problems.

You unsealed Hecate, and have gotten her up to speed on current events, and on Erebus's original plan.

You've returned to Arland, and now face Sandalphon, who has brought his angels and his allies from Atlantis - and the Black Lady.
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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/iLLgXYp0

Books the Main Character has read:

http://pastebin.com/dAXR00gP

Character Sheet including learned abilities and other important information:

http://pastebin.com/6h1bkpKv
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>>30468572
TIME TO PARTY LIKE ITS SHADOW QUEST THREAD 99!
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how much Gold and treasure did we manage to loot from Aurora again?
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Current Statistics:

HP: 81/81
Mana: 76/76
EXP: 3

Shards of Order and Chaos:

(Retribution) - Strong
(Maker) - Normal
(Silence) - Strong
(Peace) - Strong
(Breeze) - Normal
(Hammer) - Broken
(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

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
Arland - Dryfeld - Water
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It's all going to go horribly wrong, isn't it?
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>>30468686

A significant amount. A lot of it was in precious gems and artwork.
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>>30468721
But anon, that's half the fun!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoVwxqoSZDM

"Where is Matthel, my Lord Flint?"

"He's otherwise occupied," Arcturis says. "With the Lord Waterford, who has gone north to attend to his forces personally."

"I see. And young Donovan? I've heard nothing but praise for the...Demonslayer."

"Coordinating between Waterford and the Duke Vellik's remaining troops, in the Great Forest."

"Is that so."

You don't think Sandalphon buys that explanation for a minute, but it seems he's letting it slide for the time being.

He looks at Auriel. "...Auriel."

"Sandalphon."

"We must talk, later."

"We can talk now, if you'd like," she says. "I care not to discuss it in public."

"I do."

"I don't. If you have something to say to me," Auriel says, "you can say it right here and now."

And there's that tension again. Your jaw aches from being clenched.

"I will say this," Sandalphon says. "Now is not the time for task-taking - not until after the demons have been banished. But before I let bygones be bygones, you will suffer the consequences of insubordination, and of the destruction you wrought."

"It was not of my making," she says.

"Was it not you that stole the Noiralev to aid the rebel Shadow Mages?"

"You built a bomb under the city and then complain when it blows up under you? And rebels? You mean escaped slaves."

"Like I said," Sandalphon says, "a discussion for another time."

"I'll stop talking when you stop talking."

"Sandalphon," Charmeine says. "What does she mean? I would hear what Auriel has to say."

"Suffice to say that the lense of interpretation is deeply tinted," Sandalphon says.

Auriel snorts, but lets the matter drop.

And then Sandalphon's gaze turns to you. "...and this...must be the infamous John Nyx."

You stare back at him. His eyes burn with Light. Yours are dark with Shadow.

What do you say to him?

>Be blunt. "What of it?"
>Be diplomatic. "I am he, Most High."
>Brush him off and politely greet the Black Lady.
>some other strategy
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>>30468783
>Brush him off and politely greet the Black Lady
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>>30468783
>Be diplomatic. "I am he, Most High."
I suppose this would be as good a time as any to try out best not to get drawn into his pace...
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>>30468783
>Be diplomatic. "I am he, Most High."
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>>30468783
>Brush him off and politely greet the Black Lady.

I believe we were planning on doing this.
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>>30468783

>I am he, Most High.

I'm incredibly paranoid that Sandalphon somehow knows we're Erebus and is planning to out us in front of the whole of Venia.
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>>30468783
>Brush him off and politely greet the Black Lady.

We were gonna try to rustle Sandlephon's jimmies, right?
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>>30468813
>>30468826
...Are you sure? He goes through all the work to make it easier for us to separate any obvious connections of Archon to the Black Lady, and you want the liaison between Archon and Haven to greet her while being rude to him?

U got guts.
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>>30468783
>Be diplomatic. "I am he, Most High."

Pokerface.
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Something of Auriel to remember, in her intentions to use Melody to offset Fang.

I think it would be best to get the Black Lady's permission to reveal her own past to Fang, and even have her do it herself, not just to distract him but so they can clear their own air. She wants to leave it in the past and simply move on, quite similar to how Fang acted after their separation, I believe we can explain Yi's situation to her with more detail to convince her that it is best for him if they can trust each other more deeply. She said she's a different person now, but she also said that this was a chance to lower barriers, and forge friendships, but she also believed his heart has been rotted by his own self-imposed isolation. We need to tell her that that isn't correct to convince her otherwise, based on Abigails actions and our own and how they've affected Yi Fang.

This is also so Fang doesn't make the connection between Auriel getting convinced to bring the Black Lady to Arland and our staged meeting between them in Archon, he'll believe we orchestrated the Melody reveal and hate us for keeping it a secret from him and attempting to dupe him with something that is incredibly personal.
In this way Auriel gets the goal she wanted and the Black Lady doesn't have to give us a really disappointed look for breaking a promise and letting someone else take advantage of it in the specific way that reveals her past to someone she cared for.

The only guaranteed drawback of this is that Yi is intelligent enough to realize that she likely has the Staff of Winds, which he wants for Archon. Though I believe that benefits us more, since he'll have to ask nicely (or at least passive smugly) if he really wants it.
The alternative is that Auriel does it herself, along with all of the consequences that brings.

As an aside SM, I enjoyed how Fang told us not to taunt Sandalphon, but then did it himself anyways. Maybe he only told us that that so we didn't get to do it before him, eh?
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>>30468783
Offer him a curt nod of acknowledgement and then greet the Black Lady.
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>>30468783
>Be diplomatic. "I am he, Most High."
And how could he have heard of us already? We have only been using that name for a couple days.
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>>30468783
>Be diplomatic. "I am he, Most High."
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>>30468783
>Be diplomatic. "I am he, Most High."
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>>30468783
>Be diplomatic. "I am he, Most High."
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>>30468907
They sent runners to the Ring city... And matthel may have informed Sandy of the details via mirror shorty after we arrived but before the dinner itself.
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>>30468783
>>Be straightforward.

No need to pander or to be combative. Just acknowledge that he has the right of it and see where he goes from there.
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>>30468907
Spies among Arland's nobles. Spies among Flint's family. Spies among our own entourage.
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>>30468952
Adavan outed us to Sandelphon! Kill him!
But wait, that doesn't make sense.

It was ABBY! She was just too jealous for her own good! Kill her! CONSUME!
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>diplomacy

writing

>>30468887
>As an aside SM, I enjoyed how Fang told us not to taunt Sandalphon, but then did it himself anyways.

So did I.
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>>30468952
Now the question is, does he know about Metatron's death?

I mean, he has to see Matthel and Flint's absences as pretty suspicious, doesn't he?
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>>30469023
Can we telepathically ask Auriel to put her plan on hold for now, with the whole Melody reveal thing?

I think we just got some exciting new variables.
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>>30469026

Possibly not - Metatron's one and only goal was to guard the sigil downstairs. He's certainly on guard with the two most important Flint brothers missing, but considering how Metatron's presence under the Cathedral was itself a huge secret, I'm not sure he'd be able to determine that Metatron is dead without some skulking around in the next few days.
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Not to steal the thunder from current trains of thought, but I just realized something completely unrelated.

If we get Shadefang Poison wont we get a tree completion bonus for the yellow one? I feel like this should have been brought up in the past.
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>>30469026
If he doesn't know about his death I kinda want to be there when he figures it out, to laugh at him via telespeak.

We could even rub it in, say,
>we transform into Raziel
<Four.>
>transform into Metatron
<Three.>
>transform into Lucifer
<Two.>
and then CONSUME sandelphon

don't do this
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>>30468783
>Be diplomatic. "I am he, Most High. The demons force allies in the most unlikely places, do they not?"
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>>30469085

This would be god-tier trolling when we battle Sandalphon directly.
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>>30469085
You forgot Michael
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>>30469076
We got the bonus for that tree by double nat 100 consuming Isolation.
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Y'know, Raziel was a member of the highest.

I can not recall any important figures commenting on his absence.
Same with Michael.
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>>30469076
Yes.
I would back such a notion, but good luck convincing everyone else.
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>>30469141
It seems too...gloating. Not like Shadow at all unless he got really angry.
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>>30469196
Are you sure? That doesn't sound right.
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>>30469203
With Michael at least, I'm betting the other angels are kind of glad he's dead.
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>>30469219
Well unless SM is a liar that's the way it is.

Maybe he only told us that, though, just so we wouldn't buy it and reveal the TRUE tree bonus. Whaddya say, SM?
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>>30469219
We have it. It's the Vaporal skill.
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>>30469219
It's Vaporal.
Which is the worst tree completion bonus because Order Immateria makes it 100% useless.
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Damnit SM why don't you do these on the weekends or holidays.
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>>30469076
I think Shadefang Poison is in the gray area, and thus part of the Physical Shadow Tree.
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>>30469208
I'd do it just so Ila could watch and have some happy vengeance time.
The things you'd do for family, eh?
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"I am he, Most High," you say. "I didn't realize I was infamous."

"Indeed?" Sandalphon says. "I'd have thought that the man that made Yi Fang and Arcturis Flint sit down in the same room without trying to kill each other would have a higher opinion of himself."

"That wasn't so me as the effort of a large number of people."

"Oh, don't be so modest." Sandalphon plants his feet down, facing you fully. Apparently he has a bone to pick. "It was going to be difficult work, bringing the leaders of Venia under one roof to face this terrible threat - but you've done it all for me. In a way, I should be thanking you."

"...I think old prejudices, and grudges," you say, "were preventing people from talking more than anything else. The demons on the horizon pushed us together more than anything." You glance at Auriel, and then Abigail. "But it took the right people to see what had to be done."

"You're an insistent one," Sandalphon says. "You're a man of action, aren't you?"

"Some people call me that."

"Actions speak louder than words," Sandalphon says. "Unfortunately, today, I'll have to speak softly. I can take no actions."

"I'm afraid I don't follow you."

"Well, you see," he says, "due to Auriel's long history of good will, public service, and indomitable self-sacrifice, I am, in her case, prepared to be lenient. You have no such credit to your name. And in such a blatant case such as this, I would place you under arrest for disrupting the public order as a subversive agent of Archon, leading a rebellion of shadow mages within the empire itself, destroying swathes of the Ring City and lives therein, destroying one airship and stealing and -then destroying a second. In addition, you are personally implicated in the murder of three of the Highest. And normally...I would bring these charges against you, swiftly, and completely.

How do you respond?

>greet him with silence
>"Normally."
>defend yourself (write-in)
>some other strategy
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>>30469334
>"Normally."
Ahhhh god, that's the perfect line.
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>>30469334
>>>greet him with silence
>>"Normally."
.........Yes Normally, but?
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>>30469334
"It is good to know that you think so highly of me, Most High."
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>>30469334
Just smirk. "I see."
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>>30469334
>"Normally."
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>>30469334
>"Normally."

>three of the highest
Shows what you know motherfucker!
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>>30469334
"...just three?"
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>>30469334
>A moment of silence
>"Only three?"
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Well i'm off to bed, i'm the guy who is advocating for earths gift.and summon tree, here is hoping the nat 1 doesn't get used with sandy here.
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>>30469334
>"Normally."
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>>30469334
So he knows about Metatron but not Lucifer. Or vice-versa.

>"Normally."
It's a good line.
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>>30469402
>>30469399
You cheeky dickwaffles.
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>>30469402
seconded
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>>30469399
>>30469402
pls no
stahp
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>>30469399
>>30469402
I think keeping that a secret is the better idea.
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>>30469334
>defend yourself

Smile. Very slowly. "Do I get a jury of my peers, where we go over [i]all[/i] the evidence, stories, from beginning to end? Are you sure you wish to go that way, Sandy? With everything everyone here knows about you?"

Pause for a beat. "Or are you simply going to be Judge, Jury, and Executioner directly in front of this crowd?"
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>>30469334

"Then it is fortunate for me that these are not 'normal' circumstances then."
smile politely.
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>>30469334
>"Normally."
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>>30469402
>>30469399
Oh god, please pick this.
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>>30469441
This. Polite as possible.
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>>30469399
For what it's worth, I don't actually want us to say this.

>>30469334

>>30469441
This is pretty reasonable. Maybe even go so far as to say that it's been quite a long time since circumstances have been normal.
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Uhh.

Guys.

It kinda a big fucking deal for everyone here to all suddenly learn that we may have killed at least three of the highest.

Like, it's pretty damning, in fact.
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>>30469438
I kind of like this but it's very close to picking a fight.
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>>30469334
"You can't honestly say you're sad to see Michael go. You know as well as I do the kind of person he became."
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>>30469441
>>30469486
I like these.
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Y'know.

We could impression him with all of their deaths/consumptions

just to fuck with 'him
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>>30469463

I can only point out that antagonizing Sandalphon, the Most High, in front of Venia's leadership will cause them to doubt exactly how intelligent this alliance is.

We play stupid, give up nothing, and expect a full trial.
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>>30469503

Arcturis just helped kill the third Highest, I doubt anyone but the angels would care.
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>>30469399
>>30469402
As hilarious as it would be, please dont.
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>>30469334
>defend yourself (write-in)
Raziel refused to walk away and insisted on making it a fight to the death while disregarding the safety of the innocents around him.
Michael was a monster and the world is better without him.
And the third... Were you talking about Lucifer or Metatron?
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>>30469553
them and a few Atlantian and Arland nobles.
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>>30469553
Yeah but Arcturis is... just a human version of us when we're pissed and impatient, he's just that all the time.
I'm thinking of what our other allies think of that development Sandy showed. or the nobles/common people.
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>>30469535
FUCK NO.
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They don't know what went down last night, and they don't know that we've secured Vampira.
I'd say we play it safe and see how it develops before we lay any cards out.

Go with "normally."
He just implied that he can't bring these charges against us right now, there's no point in defending ourselves if he's not going to persecute any further.

Let's hold on and see what happens.
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>>30469334
>"Normally."
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Prince Deva looks fascinated. Obis is smirking; Yi fang is smug. The Black Lady has the hint of a smile on the edge of her lips.

They whole room stares at you both, waiting.

"Normally."

"Normally," Sandalphon agrees. "Tell me, John Nyx. Do you consider yourself a force for good? Here you are, dedicating a not insignificant portion of time and effort to bringing together distant and estranged men and women to face a common enemy. I can only imagine it must be so."

Suspecting a trap, but seeing no other alternative, you give him an honest answer. "I do."

"Do you hold yourself innocent of the crimes for which I accuse you?"

>No. I'm guilty - just as guilt as you are. (bring him down with you)
>Yes, I do. What happened was a result of your policies, not mine. (make for the high ground)
>Not only are you taking this moment to point fingers, but that you are the one doing the pointing. You're a hypocrite. (evade and redirect)
>some other strategy (write-in)
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>>30469402
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>>30469622
>I'm Erebus I do what I want.

this is totally a totally serious suggestion guys 4 reel
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>>30469622
>No. I'm guilty - just as guilt as you are. (bring him down with you)
We got 200 people killed freeing those slaves and that sucks. But you've done a lot worse fucker.
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>>30469622

Now we use >>30469438 or >>30469578.

Change >>30469578 to just Raziel, Michael, and Metatron. We didn't kill Metatron, he killed himself.
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>>30469622
>No. I'm guilty - just as guilt as you are. (bring him down with you)
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>>30469622
>No. I'm guilty - just as guilt as you are. (bring him down with you)
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>>30469441
Sounds good.
Keep it civil.
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>>30469622
CONSUME
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>>30469622
>No. I'm guilty - just as guilty as you are. (bring him down with you)
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>>30469588
We basically have the angels peoples representative and the demonslayer on our side, I bet we can sway public opinion our way once we expose the shit the Most High and his cohorts have been doing.
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>>30469622
>No. I'm guilty - just as guilt as you are. (bring him down with you)
The slave-freeing thing resulted in a lot of deaths that we caused so we should own up to that while taking Sandals down a peg.
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>>30469622
>No. I'm guilty - just as guilt as you are. (bring him down with you)
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>>30469622
"Only if you do. There are always extenuating circumstances. And, of course, an everlasting hatred of all who simply represent various elements regardless of shape, size, or origin."

"You can imagine that would be a problem, but I seem to have overcome by resorting to more than just raw force."
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>>30469683
In time, Darkxis. First we must tenderize the food with words.
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>>30469622
"Yes and no."

"I killed Raziel because he would have killed me."

"I killed Michael because he was an utter monster and you know it."

"I killed Metatron in an attempt to save Donovan's life."
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>>30469622
"Raziel was... regrettable. But Michael? You really to speak of him as if I didn't do the world a kindness by ridding it of that monster?"
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>>30469622
"I'm partially responsible, certainly. I lament the innocent lives lost in the Ring City when I freed your slaves. I feel sorry for many of the soldiers I killed, one some level. They were merely doing their jobs. As for your angels, no. Each one I've killed has been a completely rotten person."
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>>30469622
>No. I'm guilty - just as guilt as you are. (bring him down with you)
>Yes, I do. What happened was a result of your policies, not mine. (make for the high ground)
Can't we do some combination thereof?
Don't confess directly one way or another.
Just say something along the lines of "I did what had to be done in response to your policies," without directly saying THAT MAKES IT OKAY.
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>>30469622
>No. I'm guilty - just as guilt as you are. (bring him down with you)

Time to get dirty. Really it's true and by saying "normally" we all but admitted it.
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>>30469622

>Yes, I do.

"Most High - please consider that in each instance - each "crime" - you have listed, I have been acting either in defense of myself, who was being unlawfully assaulting, or for the safety of my companions, who were under threat of kidnap and torture. Surely, you can understand that while lawful power resides in Ring City's authority, even the Angels must follow those laws."
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>>30469744
I think Raziel could have been cool.
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>>30469578
>>30469722
>telling him we killed Metatron
If he knew the seal was moved, he wouldn't have asked about them.
Don't blow this yet.

>>30469745
this
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>>30469722
and I killed Lucifer because he was edgy as fuck
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>>30469622
>Hurrr I'm only as bad as you

Don't put us on his level, there are better replies then that.
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>>30469622
"I caused 200 deaths that day by freeing those people. I am guilty of that. But you stole those people from their homes, locked their souls away, and forced them to do you bidding. And then, when I set them free, you were ready to level your whole city with a Sun Call just to stop them."
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>>30469745
I'll second this and also that we don't exactly want to confess one after another.
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>>30469622
>No. I'm guilty - just as guilt as you are. (bring him down with you)
>Yes, I do. What happened was a result of your policies, not mine. (make for the high ground)
>Not only are you taking this moment to point fingers, but that you are the one doing the pointing. You're a hypocrite. (evade and redirect)
Mix them.
We are guilty as fuck of killing three highest and inciting rebellion. Which makes us guilty of ridding the world of a monster, a frothing zealot who would kill innocents just to gank a shadow mage, and a man who practically killed himself in the pursuit of reawakening the elementomachy. But you already know that, Most High, so you come here to point and posture and puff yourself up. You hypocrite.
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>>30469745
That works.

>>30469768
Also this. I mean I'm pretty sure neither Raziel nor Michael nor Lucifer tried to surrender, or even flee.

Just kept trying to kill us until the very end.
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>>30469622
"No, Highest. Everything you say is true. I confess freely to the part I have played, and acknowledge the guilt of my 'crimes'. However, I would do it all again without a second thought, because Sandalphon, in my travels, I have seen a world that is sick, and will not recover on it's own. You do nothing to remedy the disease, and often simply make it so much worse. I could not stand by and watch."

I don't really know what I'm thinking here. Sort of a combination of the first two options?
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>>30469722
>"I killed Raziel because he would have killed me."
You forgot how he was also going to kill a bunch of civilians in the process and pin it on us as well.
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>>30469768
I like with, with some of >>30469745 this.
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>>30469817
>>30469832

A combo of these.
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>>30469744
>>30469745
>>30469802
>>30469817
Going with something along these lines.
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>>30469817
I think he's talking about Lucifer, not Metatron.

But still, you have a good point.
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>>30469851
"I killed Raziel to keep him from killing civilians in his reckless pursuit of me."

"I killed Michael to avenge who knows how many innocent women."

"And I have no idea what happened to Lucifer. I can only imagine that he was destroyed by the Sky-Sever."
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>>30469881
What I said applies to Lucifer as well. Xile did most of the work on getting him killed.
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>Sandy is trying to bait us into giving his evidenceless claims genuine accountancy by our own admittance
>anons take the bait
anons pls
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>>30469622
"No. But what about your crimes, Most High? Yours, Lucifer's, Michael's, and Raziel's."
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>>30469919
Didn't we already talk about our role in the whole Ring City uprising thing?
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>>30469919
We've already freely admitted to most of that.
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>>30469622
How about we ask for clarification on our crimes? You can't just throw about accusations without explaining why you have them.
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>>30469919
Everyone already knows we did the rebellion and killing Michael thing.

The only thing we'd be admitting to is Raziel and Micheal/Lucifer.
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>>30469966
This.
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>>30469919
Who cares? We aren't in Ring City jurisdiction, and we don't want to get into a pissing contest with Sandalphon. If we accept the guilt and then twist it around on him, we'll come out ahead.
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>>30469893
>"And I have no idea what happened to Lucifer. I can only imagine that he was destroyed by the Sky-Sever."
We should probably stick with things that are at least technically true if we're going to take any element of high ground here.

>>30469966
This can't really hurt.

>>30469768
>>30469745
Something along these lines

>>30469817
with elements of this. Maybe not quite so vitriolic, though.
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>>30469966
This this this this this this this this.
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>>30469966
Seconding.
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>>30469966
This.
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>>30469966
Yeah we should bring that up.

Also make it clear how he knows we killed Lucifer.
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>>30469966
This pls.
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>>30469622

"Well, From what I recall, I had never been to Archon prior to the freeing of the shadow and spirit mages you enslaved by binding their souls, So I could not have been 'a subversive agent of Archon'. I would not consider freeing slaves as 'leading a rebellion'... I recall your forces bombarding your city and you personally attempting to destroy it with a powerful spell, which I was informed was called 'Sun Calling' or something... While yes, one airship may have been taken to evacuate the slaves, It's destruction was due to damages caused by your forces firing upon it, with the destruction of the other simply a case of it was attacking us... Now, when you accuse me of 'murder', The first Angel I met was so hell bent of killing me, he was willing to destroy an entire Airship full of Civilians. The second was possessed by a demonic being calling itself Legion, who I have learnt to be what remains of Erebus's Arbiter, And I do not know who the third Angel you accuse me of murdering as Metatron both rejected demands to surrender and ended his own life though the use of blood magics to sustain a demonic parasite you implanted on Sir Donavan Flint, without his consent and concealing the lethality and detrimental effect it would have on him from his father."
"Now, I do not mean to suggest my hands are clean, only that yours are no cleaner. Should all the world leaders here judge that I am a criminal, I shall accept their judgement. After all, this is an alliance of equals, not an amalgamation into a larger empire..."
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>>30469966

This is the best response

>mfw our allies make up ridiculous alibi stories for us.
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>>30470006
He probably doesn't. Raziel, Michael, Metatron.
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>>30469966
Y'know, in a pretty awesome way this baits Sandelphon into using wrong information that we can use against him by being backed by our allies, alongside actually detailing how best it would be to dissolve his accusations. Seconding.
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>>30470031
But if he knows about Metatron, and he's still so confident, that must mean that Flint is fucked.
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>>30469966
That is pretty great.
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>>30470026
>Telling him Metatron is dead
>Not Lucifer

>>30470031
He asked about Flint and Matthel, I'm willing to bet he doesn't know we busted Metatron's ass yet.
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>>30470052
Or he knows we know he knows, and is trying to throw us off
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>>30470077
The sigil's been moved and Metatron hasn't reported in. I think he knows.
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Guys. No mentioning Metatron or Lucifer. We don't know which he's referring to and we might trip up and give him more ammo.
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Alright, I got this.

Writing.
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>>30470106
Except if he's been in an airship all night, he might not have been able to receive any reports.
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>>30470134
Aww yiss. We did good! I can tell because your pixels seem more positive and there's no doompaul! And no rolls!
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>>30470134
Whoops, almost forgot.

Roll 1d100.
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>>30470134
I was gonna make a big deal about not implicating ourselves but still going with the neutral response, because we don't know if he's accusing us of Lucifer or Metatron and he might be about to explain the "normally," but it's okay guys, SM's got this.
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Wanted to point out something Adavan said a long time ago, in regards to my speculation during the last few threads about the power behind OI.

>Shadow, you can't be Erebus. Where Erebus walked, the very light itself faded. The air chilled. He could put out the sun by WILLING it. Yes, you have such might - I felt your power, before. But there's a difference between casting a spell and merely thinking something to happen."

Perhaps this has something to do with that power, or the completion bonus for the Shadow Magic tree.
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>>30470177
Not today, ruselord.
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>>30470160
>>30470177
Fool.
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>>30470177
My heart sank for a second by then I realized that this was a ruse cruise
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>>30470177
>Rusing this hard.

pls
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>>30470177
Ruselord pls go
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>>30470177
You won't fool me
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>>30469622

"Micheal was a rapist and murder and Raziel was a butcher, a rabid dog set with no regard on the innocents he murder. I liberated the slaves you keep after butchering their souls and help protected from a massacre you intended on caring out. No, it is you who who's judgment will be delay."
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>>30470194
>>30470211
>>30470214
>>30470219
For all we know, SM could ask us to roll after the next post.
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>>30470211
Wait no, it is I who is the fool.

Curse you ruselord.

Curse you.
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Ah ha ha, novice ruser, you need to wait much longer for an opportune time!

Later, as before, I'll show you how it's really done. Though not soon, for sure.
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>>30470189
Or maybe we're still recovering and most of our power is busy sealing the core of chaos.
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>>30470309

Don't forget the Void Palace. That probably has something important to our powers in it...
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>>30470373
It just reeks of "Powerup City" honestly. And "Go back to your origins before facing the final boss."
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We should've thrown the "do you consider yourself a force for good?" question right back in his face.
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I'm starting to think this entire setting is some kind of computer simulation and Erebus was Mr.Smith.
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>>30470573
WE STILL CAN

SM

EDIT AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT

PLS
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>>30470573
We totally should have. It's so perfect.
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"It sounds like you've already made up your mind about me," you say. "But you can't just throw accusations like that at someone without explaining why you have them. And some of them don't make any sense."

Sandalphon arches an eyebrow. "Excuse me?"

"First of all," you say, "I'd never even been to Archon before freeing the Shadow mages in the city, so I'm not sure how I could be Yi Fang's subversive agent."

"I can vouch for that," Fang says, "assuming you trust my word."

"I can vouch for that, as well," Auriel says, "assuming you can't."

"Under your command," you continue, "Lucifer bottled up the souls of shadow and spirit mages to make them your slaves. I wouldn't call freeing said slaves a rebellion."

"What?" Sandalphon says. "What in the elements are you talking about?"

"You're the on accusing me of crimes, and demanding I take responsibility. Perhaps you should do the same."

"Alright," Sandalphon says. "Unfortunately, the second Highest is not here to defend himself, but if you can produce evidence of this claim - "

"As soon as you present yours," you say.

"I saw the room." Everyone turns to look at Duke Vellik. The man stands with his arms behind his back. His voice is smooth and clam. "I'm sure you know I was there at the time of the rebellion - seeking aid against the threat that has already dominated my country. Lucifer showed me the vault in which you kept the souls, Most High."

"I..." Ila steps up to your shoulder. "...I was one of them. Unless you mean to tell me to my face that you didn't lock us in the sewers of the city for our lives, unless we were needed to eliminate the Empire's political problems or spy on your enemies. And your allies."

"I have the testimony, then," Sandalphon says, "of a man that has nothing more to lose, and some shadow-souled urchin who tags along behind Master Nyx. An ironclad case, to be sure."

>con't
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"It seems to me," the Black Lady says, "that you consider little testimony beyond your own worth its value."

<Thanks,> you tell her.

<But of course.>

"Furthermore," you say, "I didn't destroy the Ring City. Your own ships and soldiers did that. And in the case of harming any under your command, I did so only when myself or my companions were threatened with lethal force, which, I might add, was applied despite my attempting to reason with them. I am not a tenth as guilty of the crimes you sling at me as you are."

"I, too, vouch for John," Hemmelus says. The sage steps forward. "While he has been reticent, at times, he has never lied to me, Most High. I know not the full extent of his involvement in these matters, but he is not your enemy."

Sandalphon looks at you, then sweeps his gaze across the room. "Raziel, Michael, and Metatron are dead. Lucifer is missing." He looks at you. "I know you are responsible."

"You have evidence?"

"Circumstantial," Sandalphon admits, "but damning nonetheless."

You just look at him, waiting for him to bring this exchange to its conclusion.

"But," he says, "these are not normal circumstances. And so, for now, John, I'll accept that you have the best interests of your allies at heart, which, fundamentally, as the leader of the Empire, are my best interests, as well. But I will be watching you. And when this is over, I will bring you to task, and you will be judged. For good...or for ill."

What is your response?

>You have no right to judge anyone while your house rots beneath you.
>I agree that we have more important things to do right now.
>Do you consider yourself a force for good?
>write-in
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>>30470674
>Do you consider yourself a force for good?
Sandals is more reasonable than I took hum for.
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>>30470674
>Do you consider yourself a force for good?

Ask this honestly.
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>>30470674

>Sandalphon is defeat in verbal combat

"Then let us turn our attention to the most pressing matter and continue."

No reason to gloat, let's just fucking move on.
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>>30470674
>Do you consider yourself a force for good?
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>>30470674
>You have no right to judge anyone while your house rots beneath you.
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>>30470674
>I agree that we have more important things to do right now.
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>>30470674
>Do you consider yourself a force for good?
I think this puts us more on the level than just brushing things aside to deal with the situation at hand.
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>>30470674
>I agree that we have more important things to do right now.

Let's not push it. Raphael and Charmeine are watching us.
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>>30470674
>Do you consider yourself a force for good?
I would like to hear his honest opinion on this and get some more characterization on Sandals instead of just some faggot who wants to fuck Hyperion
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>>30470674

"Agreed. Once stability has returned to the land, I will stand trial where the leaders of the world shall decide my fate, good or ill"
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I still would like to fight this war without the Ring City on our city. Both to show that we can stand on our own and so they don't decide we owe them something afterwords. Hopefully Arcturis is still pissed enough about Donovan that he makes Sandals mad; not mad enough that he declares war on us but mad enough that he leaves and calls off any promise of help.
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>>30470776
Seconding.

Sandy and Shadow seem to be a lot alike, it's just that Shadow hasn't/won't go as far off the deep end. It's a good parellel to make and it shows where we're coming from in a way that Sandals can emphasize with.
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>>30470674
>I agree that we have more important things to do right now.

The other one it tempting but the high road is just sooo beneficial at the moment.
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>>30470674
"And I shall do much the same to you, Highest. I look forward to it, in fact."
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>>30470674
>Do you consider yourself a force for good?
As long as we ask this honestly instead of goading him. It's probably the best way to get Shadow and Sandalphon on the same page.
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>>30470674

>You have no right to judge anyone while your house rots beneath you.

Raziel was a mad dog set lose on the world to butcher innocents without care for sake of catching his prey. Michael was a serial killer and rapist that took pleasure torturing his victims.

And i got nothing on meta and luci
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>>30470674
>I agree that we have more important things to do right now.
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>>30470674
>I agree that we have more important things to do right now.
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>>30470674
>I agree that we have more important things to do right now.
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>>30470873
Metatron and Lucifer were probably legit, but they were just really REALLY stubborn.
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>>30470674
>I would ask if you consider -yourself- a force for good, but we have more pressing matters than your delusions.
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>>30470674
>I agree that we have more important things to do right now.
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>>30470674
As tempting as it is to tell him that he's been too busy staring longingly at Hyperion propaganda posters to realize that a handful of his lieutenants were basically the most amoral shits on two wings, it's not terribly helpful to do it all up front.

That said, letting him off without a bit of a parting remark seems a little too kind.

"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."

DOUBLE MEANINGS, HO!
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>>30470911
I really, really REALLY second this one.
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>>30470867

I really disagree. We're asking Sandalphon what his personal motivations are, in a room where he was just humiliated.

Don't forget this nigger just tried to arrest us, and realized that no one was going to allow it.

Pressing him with a question like this is going to backfire.
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>>30470911
buuuuuurn
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>>30470909

Still throw that at his feet to make him lose face further. Then agree that we have more important things to do right now. That way he will be force to drop it or have to answer for the actions of his subordinates.
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>>30470911
THIS
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>>30470929
I can dig this
Maybe allude to the other angels getting a taste of some tasty Nyxtice
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>>30470911
Not even a ice daemon could sooth that burn
Supporting this
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>>30470962
>>30470990

Voting against antagonizing the most powerful being in Venia.

Additionally, insults and burns make us look like a faggot. We should instead look like a responsible leader and strategist.
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>>30470911
This nigga right here.
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Ooh I found this so late, I forgot to set early alarm. It's 7 in the morning.


I was afraid the Black Lady might've had her soul put in a jar. This may not be the case, however, as we might judge from her apparently free actions.


Secondly, our Arbiter gift isn't quite like a flower or box of chocolates to be given to our lover, but a way to weaponize someone. To have an extension of our will where we can't be, or someone to watch the house while we're gone.
Abigail has only once used our shadow gift, and that one time failed. While we might think she needs the protection, she has demonstrated she does not benefit from it at all.
Ila may benefit greatly, but we can't force this responsibility on her. It would be a great burden for someone we want to be free to live her life.
Instead, we should look for someone who's willing to sacrifice for their people, and wants to make things better for everyone. If what we've heard of the Black Lady from people not associated with the Empire, she may be a viable candidate - not only because she's capable of using that gift for greater things, but also because she holds such great control over Order.
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>>30470929
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."

or

>>30470911
>I would ask if you consider -yourself- a force for good, but we have more pressing matters than your delusions.

Clearly the best two options. But there can be only one.
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>guys let's just move on and not provoke him after sort of humiliating him
>ooooh sick burn. Upvoting.
/tg/, everyone. They vote like they're liking a comment on facebook.
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>>30471019
>>I would ask if you consider -yourself- a force for good, but we have more pressing matters than your delusions.
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>>30470911
Just because he IS delusional for thinking he's being the Big Good Wolf doesn't mean it's in any way helpful to rub that in his face.

If you want to write it off as being unimportant, just say that.
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>>30471019

"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
Please don't antagonize the angel while we're diplomacizing.
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
Let's maintain our image of trying to achieve unity, and move forward.
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>>30470873
Lucifer was not a good person. He was out for himself, through and through.

Metatron... Well, that's probably a different story. He seemed reasonable, but stubborn, up until he started using blood magic to turn himself into a walking nuclear fireball.
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>>30471019
The first one. The second is too antagonistic.
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."

As dry and sarcastically as possible.
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30471019
>>I would ask if you consider -yourself- a force for good, but we have more pressing matters than your delusions.
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>>30471019
>>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30471006
Ahh, but it's just so tempting isn't it?!

God damn shadow master, you've created a character that I literally want to antagonize to our death. It's like the suicide dialogue options created by the games of yesteryear.
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30471014
In all likelihood, Ila would willingly sacrifice anything if Shadow asked her to.
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>>30471019
familiar with judgement
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>>30471019
>I would ask if you consider -yourself- a force for good, but we have more pressing matters than your delusions
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>>30471019
>>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30470845
Seconding.
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
Save the second one for another day.
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>>30471019
>"I am familiar with judgment, Most High."
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>>30471014
Black Lady would obviously be the most powerful candidate for Arbiter, but I'm not really sure we can trust her entirely.

Also, talking about Arbiter at all is just going to get the knobs in a fit about their waifus so maybe we should leave this for when it's actually relevant.
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>>30471063
>Lucifer was not a good person. He was out for himself, through and through.
But if I'm out for myself through and through... can I not be a good person?
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>>30471063
>Metatron... Well, that's probably a different story. He seemed reasonable, but stubborn, up until he started using blood magic to turn himself into a walking nuclear fireball.
Metatron was probably a cool dude except for the part where he was on True Believer duty summoning up the old boss.

Judging by context (including the book anecdote about Metatron escorting a historian to the magical null city), the blood magic thing was automatic. If not for his suppressive armor, he probably would've just been on fire 24/7.
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>>30471158
>Black Lady would obviously be the most powerful candidate for Arbiter,
No, Dave is.
DOUBLE ARBITER
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>>30471158
>Black Lady would obviously be the most powerful candidate for Arbiter
You're really funny.

It;s gonna come down to Abby or lla.

I say we let them decide and stay compleely neutral on the subject.
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>>30471158
she gets Chosen at best, and I'm for leaving her at servant she has more than enough power to fling around as it is.

besides Abigail should receive Arbiter.
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>>30471158
I can agree to that. Let's focus on the main issues at hand.
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>>30471014
>Secondly, our Arbiter gift isn't quite like a flower or box of chocolates to be given to our lover, but a way to weaponize someone.
The first is somewhat true but I'd actually argue against that second point. It's a way to make someone more like us, there's more to this quest than just combat and there's more to that decision than just making the most powerful thing we can. The person we pick to Arbiter is likely the only person who will ever be around for as long as we'll be. It's just as much an emotional decision as it is a combat one.
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>>30471158
Just had to put it out there, I never remember to post anything while at work.
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>>30471163
Not if you bottle up souls for a living.
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>>30471227
I bottle honey, does that count?
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[/spoiler]Wait if we can only have one Arbiter does that mean we would have to kill David before we could use it on someone else?[/spoiler]
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>>30471240
No.

>>30471238
Bee souls, so at best you can only be half good.
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>>30471240
SM already confirmed this wasn't the case.
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>>30471240
>fucking up spoilers
Kill Me
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>>30471175
At the end of the fight, he actively started burning his life in order to increase the amount of heat he was expelling.
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>>30471262
Did he actually? I remember other anons stating that this wasn't the case, but I don't remember SM stating that.
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>>30471216
As someone who doesn't like the idea of using Arbiter on Abby but thinks it should go to her regardless for in-character reasons, this guy did a good job of summing up the way I see it.
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>>30471284
He did.
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>>30471240
I still think we should get him out of the Nether. "DAAAVEE! Want to fight some demons? It'll be fun!"
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>>30471286
>>30471216
I still say we leave it up to them.
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I am still catching up with the threads but is Sandalphon his original name? Or did the most highs took then after during the war with Erebus all those years ago? I mean calling him by his old name could be a great way to unbalance him. He sure as hell buys into the whole "Most High" thing that puts him above others.
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>>30471331
Oh my god anon, they're women. They'll just look at as and say "it's your power you decide who to give it to" and then follows a very long awkward duel stare situation with both of them highly expectant of us.
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>>30471319
Dave is too yandere
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>>30471331
Inquisitive Anon I know its you, I still hate you.
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>>30471394
>implying you aren't Inquisitive Anonr
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>>30471394
It isn't

>>30471373
Then we flip a coin or some shit, but honestly they will both want it. It's just they we need to put everything out there anyway. Wouldn't do to have abby show up with it and lla being all expectant of getting hers.
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>>30471331
your ideas are a shit Inquisitive Anon, how do you think that conversation would play out?
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>>30471443
Umm, wrong guy. i havent been here for awhile, this is the first thread since Vaad that i've been here.
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>>30471437
>abby show up with it and lla being all expectant of getting hers.

she fucking knows that Abigail is our "lover" she would be more surprised that we asked her about it then if we just flat out gave it to Abigail.
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>>30471484
>still say
>still
>first thread since

CAUGHT YA MOTHERFUCKER, NOW BEND OVER!
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>>30471437
Clearly the only logical course of action here is to piss them both off and artifact and then arbiter wispbro.
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>>30471437
>Hello canon-waifu, I have something will let you live as long as I do and will make you similar to me and bring us much closer in mind and body, but since it also hits things really hard, I'm also considering giving it to my sister figure who you were jealous of for getting the other strong shadowy thing before you. This is a tacticool decision and totally doesn't mean I'm just disregarding SM's entire romantic subplot.
>>30471484
On the off-chance that you are actually just some guy who showed up (doubtful), you may as well leave now, because IA's shamefuru dispray last time made anyone who didn't support just giving Arbiter to Abby leave forever in fear of shame.
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>>30471437
I honestly think they'd be more surprised that we were on the fence about it when we've already made the decision on which girl is more important in our life.

It's like you want to start a romantic triangle drama where there originally wasn't one.
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>>30471503
Nothing gets past you, Jigsaw Jameson.
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>>30471520
Would it even be possible to Arbiter a summon?

>>30471503
its an expression

>>30471540
noted, backing off now, seems to be a hot topic.
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I looooove the amount of REKT that Sandy's argument just got from Vellik/Fang/Auriel/Hemmelus supporting us.

Shame they're all gonna die.
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>>30471576
>Would it even be possible to Arbiter a summon?
>
They don't have souls, so no
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"I am familiar with judgement, Most High."

"Sadly, it will have to be put off."

"I agree that we have more pressing matters to deal with."

"I, for one," Abigail says, stepping around your left, "am glad that everyone is under one roof, and willing to work together."

"...you are Councilor Fang," Sandalphon says. "The new leaf."

Abigail furrows her brow. "New leaf?"

"That is what the nobles in the Empire are calling you," Sandalphon says. He smiles. "Though most mean it facetiously."

Abigail blinks a few times, then shrugs. "They may call me what they like. It matters not. What does matter is that the Ring City has come to work together with Archon and Arland in a time of trouble. I had been concerned, Most High, about how to present ourselves to you, but it seems that my worries were misplaced. Though..." She briefly touches your shoulder. "While I appreciate your, ah, apprehensions, regarding some members of the alliance, I am glad you are willing to set those issues aside. It echoes a message I have been repeating for some time, now."

"For now, councilor."

"Well," the Black Lady says, "all these words for the Most High, and not a one for me?" The Black Lady steps forward, takes Abigail by the shoulders, and gives her a quick peck on each cheek, in greeting. "I've missed our conversation, Abigail."

"Oh...ah...my Lady." Abigail seems a bit flustered. "I'm glad to see you, too."

"...what is this?" Sandalphon says. His voice is flat.

"Oh," Fang says, "we've been in touch with our esteemed Black Lady. A bit of give and take. Reaching out, establishing new friendships. Setting aside old grudges in the name of the greater good."

"I believe," Sandalphon says, his voice rising, "that we had agreed to contact the Black Lady together, at a mutually agreed time."

"Sorry I ruined your little surprise," Fang says. "I figured I'd go ahead and take care of it. Lay the groundwork. Isn't that right, my lady?"

>con't
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>>30471635
You think SM would be so crass as to use the critfail for such a thing?
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The Black Lady smiles at Sandalphon. "What can I say? The Archmage won me over with his deadpan humor."

"They say puns are the lowest form of humor," Fang says.

"6 feet under, in fact."

"Makes sense that you find them amusing, then."

The Black Lady pouts. "Hypocrite."

Arcturis clears his throat. "I suppose Arland wasn't going to be in the loop, then, was it?"

"I was trying to find the right time," Fang says. "If I spoke at an inopportune moment, it could have been deadly."

"Perhaps you were worried your words would fall on dead ears?" the Black Lady asks.

"That too."

"Enough of this," Sandalphon says. "My navy is moving up as we speak. Arcturis, I'd like to be taken to my quarters, for now. Dobshire will be our rear command post. Vischon, if the Archmage is willing, will make an effective staging ground."

"Our alliance is already gathering there," Fang says. "Afraid you're dead last."

You can practically hear Sandalphon's teeth grinding in the back of his mouth. "...it doesn't matter. Let the leaders gather later today for a meeting. I have a strategy of attack prepared. Lord Flint, if you would."

Arcturis nods. "Most High. Highests. And Prince and Princess Deva, of course, and..."

"Lady will do fine," the Black Lady says.

"...my Lady. I would escort you to your suites personally."

"I'd appreciate that," Sandalphon says. The angel grants you one last look as they exit the room.

"Unbelievable," Yong Xu mutters. "We get the dungeons, and that asshole gets a suite."

Abigail stomps her foot on the floor. <Insufferable, arrogant, self-centered fool of an angel!> she says to you. <I had to stop myself from tearing his head off when he said those things about you!>

You feel a strange burst of love for Abigail.

Most of the group wanders off, either to their own quarters, or to try and relax or prepare. You have a few hours until your next meeting...along with your new 'allies', if the term can really be said to apply.

What do you do?
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>>30471657
fang pls

Even if you're going to keep insisting on fucking everything up forever, never change.
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>>30471657
Ha, oh wow. Looks like Sandy really didn't have anything up his sleeve.
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>>30471677
Go get Auriel and talk to Charmeine and Raphael.
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>>30471677
Whoa

WHOA

SHE JUST TURNED MELODY MODE FOR A SECOND
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>>30471677

Get the Black Lady and Fang into a room together.

It might be time that Fang learns that a certain someone has survived all this time.
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>>30471677
I'm probably going to get shit for this since people pretty much want to ignore this until later but I think we should tell Abby about the prosthetic hand thing being complete but that she has another possible option in the form of Arbiter if she's willing to wait for us to get the EXP for that.
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>>30471774
This.
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>>30471746
Seconding
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>>30471677
Tell Auriel about what Hecate said of being strong enough to remove the Shel'kath in three days.

Maybe brainstorm with Illa about ways to make sure Flint is able to last that long?
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>>30471766

Dude, it's because Fang and Melody are about to fall in love, even though they're dead. It's going to be a wacky sitcom-style Addams family thing, just accept it
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>>30471677
Talk to the Black Lady about revealing her identity to Fang.
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>>30471746
This, it would do well to have more of the highest on our side.

>>30471786
seconding aswell
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>>30471774
>>30471787
With the Lady's permission, which we'll negotiate, I'll second that.
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>>30471677
Talk to Steward about our Servant and Artifact abilities.

Ask him what he thinks would work best for him?
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>>30471786
It was also confirmed that both the boost from the artifact hand and Arbiter together would be more powerful than the sum of their parts, because Shadow magic working together or something.
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>>30471794
This. Tell the entire inner circle about this.

Also >>30471814.
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>>30471677
This: >>30468887
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>>30471786
Mhm.

If we decide to do this now, though, also tell her that "both" is an option, as we think the power from an artifact will still work later on.
Also tell her that it would be a large use of resources, but we we would be willing to give them both to her if she wanted them.
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>>30471774
This
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>>30471677
I would like to meditate a shard.

Hammer is still broken. We should fix that.
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>>30471657
Faaang

Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang
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>>30471824
Can we add Steward to the inner circle? Seeing as the qualification is "knows we are the second coming of Erebus, and is cool with it."
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>>30471786
I'll go with it.
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>>30471786
seconding/whatever number it's at now
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Need a Carlos/Black Lady shoop ASAP
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>>30471677
Tell Melody to talk to her boyfriend then
>>30471746
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>>30471677
Inform inner circle about Hecate and Shel'kath situation. Ask Auriel if it is time to throw Fang and Melody in a broom closet together.
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>>30471874
Sure. We don't know if he'll push for freeing Geb, though.
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>>30471874
I'm go for that. I honestly thought he was already in our inner circle.
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>>30471677

>>30471746
This is an important thing to do from an alliance-building standpoint.

>>30471907
This would also be nice.
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>>30471907
this
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>>30471677
We must set time apart later to have joey introduce us to his love interest/teasing him about his lovely lady. Forging good ties with Atlantis starts NOW People
>we're the modest mentor that helped Joey save Jacob's Field before flying off to save Venia, she's probably heard about what happened from Joey and she seems a good first step
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>>30471859

It's about 12 hours for a single meditation cycle, which is time you do not have, assuming you want to attend the meeting.

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Vote 1:
>talk to Steward about Abigail's prosthetic (which was delivered when the Nemesis picked up Donovan)

Vote 2:
>talk to the Black Lady about Yi Fang

Vote 3:
>talk to your inner circle about Hecate/shel'kath (Steward can be included).
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Guys, should we tell Fang about Hecate?
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>>30471943
1
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>>30471943
2
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471943
all of above
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471943
2
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>>30471943
1
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471943
3
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Rolled 10

>>30471943
2 1 3 in that order
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471943
2
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>>30471971
>>30471972
>>30472001
>>30472022
>>30472035

Guys, this is only for our first action. We have enough time to do all the rest afterwards.
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>>30472022

I actually like that order the best. I'm going to do that.

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Roll 1d100
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471943
3
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>>30471677
>Abigail stomps her foot on the floor. <Insufferable, arrogant, self-centered fool of an angel!> she says to you. <I had to stop myself from tearing his head off when he said those things about you!>
Seriously what.

What the fuck, Abigal.
WHAT THE FUCK

We need to talk to her. Seriously.

She's getting yandere-er by the thread. Holy fuck, order is literally concentrated Yandere. Nigga WHAT.
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Rolled 9

>>30472053
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Rolled 100

>>30472053
OH SHIT WHAT
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>>30471943
if we can do more later then 2, 3, 1
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Rolled 84

>>30472053
Oh shit oh fuck
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On the discussion of what should be our 3rd artifact I was wondering if we can "craft" an artifact? As in can we choose an object that itself has no real purpose and artifact it with an intent of use?

For example (and suggestion) could we take an adamantite ring and artifact it into an actual halo for someone to wear? Mind you this has nothing to do with whatever powers it may have.
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>>30472049
Well sure but I still like saying so even though it's a forgone conclusion because it's fun to be enthusiastic about the choices.
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Rolled 51

>>30472053
I DID A THING
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Rolled 4

>>30472053
W-Why?
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>>30472072
Ya done good.
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>>30471943
>talk to your inner circle about Hecate/shel'kath (Steward can be included).
Include Him
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>>30472072
DICK TITS
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Rolled 79

>>30472053
>roll
Oh god we have to dodge Sandal's assassins now, don't we...
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>>30472072
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Rolled 60

YEAH, BABY
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>>30472061
If someone was insulting the person you love in front of you you'd get mad.

There's nothing worrisome about her hating an already hateable guy for that.
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>>30472072
wat
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>>30472061

Dude, she was exaggerating.

>>30472072

Wow, nice.
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>>30472072
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>>30472072
I'm confused as to what this does exactly
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>>30472072

praise be, anon rolled well
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>>30472072
all is well my children.
all is well.
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>>30472072
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>>30472072
Well, I haven't rolled a 100 in a long while.
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>>30472072
>>30472075
THESE ARE NOT MY SHADOW DICE™
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>>30472072
You, I like you.
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>>30472072
AHAHAHAHAHAHA

AHA HA AHA HA HAAH AH AHAH HAAAAAH

Good job. SUPERB job.
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>>30472108
>personally think its adorable that after seeing someone talk shit to use Abby threatened to beat up the king of angels
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Rolled 15

>>30472111
we do all the things in 20 minutes anon...
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Watch this roll be inconsequential as fuck. It always feels like we roll well on the things that don't matter.
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>>30472108
What was that roll actually for?

Don't tell me. Surprise me.
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>>30472158
I think this was for convincing Melody to talk to Yi Fang since 2, 1, 3 was the order SM went with.
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>>30472158
Sometimes we roll poorly on things that don't matter, too.
Fucking book
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>>30472053
>>30472072
>all three options
>roll d100
>nat 100 supacrit
2/25/14
Shadow learns diplomacy
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>>30472177
i've stopped feeling bad about that 1, it was great because of it
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>>30472183
2/26/14
Shadow tries to diplomacy something he shouldn't, friends die.
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>>30472211
If only I could feel as good about the ones I rolled...
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You're surprised how friendly the Black Lady seemed with Fang. She was cool and collected, but...more personable.

Having it a secret that she's Melody is creating a problem. If Fang finds out - or he figures it out - at the wrong time, there could be serious consequences. You decide to head upstairs through the castle and speak to her in person.

You reach an intersection. Something white flashes.

You contort your body out of the way as a lance-wielding angel thrusts his weapon. He's glowing white - a bright, hot, unnatural white. You can feel his life force powering his magic. Blood magic - like the kind Metatron used - though not quite as volatile. He's not going to die in a few moments.

With his body weight forward, committed to that attack, he's totally vulnerable. You grab his weapon with one hand. It burns your skin, but you wrench it away; it loses its glow when he loses his grip. You snap it in two and toss it aside.

Simultaneously, with another arm, you whip the back of his head forward. And then your third arm catches him across the tip of his jaw, and he drops like a sack of potatoes.

>you've taken 2 damage (79/81)

His spell fades. An armored angel is now on the carpeted hallway in front of you, semi-conscious.

What do you do?

>just walk away
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
>bring him up to Sandalphon, dump him in front of his suite
>consume, and leave no trace
>some other strategy
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>>30472233
You're telling me. I still feel bad about rolling that nat 1 supercrit on Flint lightbeaming the demon lord and I've rolled plenty of 100's since then. Nothing washes the scent of failure away.
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>>30472233
give it time anon
shoulda been here when combat was d20
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>>30472269
>bring him up to Sandalphon, dump him in front of his suite
"Rude."
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>>30472269
>consume, and leave no trace

inb4 someone's watching.
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>>30472269
>consume, and leave no trace
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>>30472269
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
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>>30472269
>>bring him up to Sandalphon, dump him in front of his suite
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>>30472269
>>consume, and leave no trace
TALK TO HIM ASK HIM HOW HIS DAY WAS ASK HIM IF HE'S GOT KIDS

TALK TALK TALK
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>>30472269
>bring him up to Sandalphon, dump him in front of his suite
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>>30472269
>just walk away
Stone cold motherfucker.
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>>30472269
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
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>>30472269
>consume, and leave no trace
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>>30472269
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
Why would anyone vote for something else? It's the best course of action to get to the bottom of this.
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>>30472269
>>bring him up to Sandalphon, dump him in front of his suite
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>>30472269
>pocket him for later consumption/evidence
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>>30472321
This. No fucking way is SM giving us EXP for free.
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Rolled 90

>>30472269
sigh and take the body to Sandalphon's suite
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>>30472269
>just walk away
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>>30472269
>consume, and leave no trace
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>>30472269
>>bring him down to Fang for questioning
We got to get Addy and Fang in his head ASAP. You don't send an assassin to kill a dude who's taken out multiple Highest unless it's some sort of feint or preliminary thrust. The quicker we find out what's going on, the better.
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>>30472269
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
Time to figure out what Sandy is up to.
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>>30472269
>>consume, and leave no trace
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>>30472269
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
Maybe get Auriel down here as well.
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>>30472339
THIS THIS THIS
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>>30472269
>>bring him down to Fang for questioning
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>>30472344
This isn't free exp this is free evidence
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>>30472269
>pocket him
then
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
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>>30472269
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
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>>30472269
Seconding:
>>30472373
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>>30472269
>bring him up to Sandalphon, dump him in front of his suite

Attach a note to him

"Play Nice."
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>>30472269
>just walk away
MAYBE eat his armor and lance, in case they're magic?
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>>30472389
>>30472339
Seconding.
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>>30472269
>bring him up to Sandalphon dump him in front of his suite
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>>30472269
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
Free lead.
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Rolled 21

>>30472389
>>30472339

>pocketing

WHY ARE WE NOT DOING THIS?
what's in the pocket anyhow?
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Don't let that super-crit get you guys complacent. Something is going down, and we needed to figure out what ten minutes ago.
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>>30472404
This.
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>>30472269
>>bring him up to Sandalphon, dump him in front of his suite

<Keep your dogs in short leash, asshole.>
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>>30472399
this
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>>30472269
>bring him down to Fang for questioning

Consuming is bad form and Sandalphon will deny any involvement and/or blame us.

Make the most of the situation.
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>>30472399
>>30472404
these two
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Hey guys, consuming gives us XP let's eat this angel so we can get more cool stuff! Who cares about the fact that someone who is supposed to be allied with us just tried to get us killed! This can't possibly used to get more information or to get the alliance even more set against Sandals, right?

Whatever we do, it better not involve consumption or leaving him here.
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>>30472389
This.

Also, why are people trying to throw away a lead?
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>>30472399
I really want to, for shits and giggles. I really do. But honestly I want to get yi/adavan is find a way to suppress his blood magic while we question him.
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>>30472296
>>30472303
>>30472309
>>30472330
>Free XP
Shiggy
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Vote 1:
>bring Sandalphon his toy back

Vote 2:
>TO THE DUNGEONS (pocket and bring the angel down to Fang)

Vote 3:
>consume everything
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>>30472404
If we're going to do any of them we have to at least do this
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472269
pocket that nigga and continue onwards to the broad known as 'Melody'
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
Vote 1
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>>30472269
>bring him down to Fang for questioning
Why are you guys voting to give up a lead?

How can you be this retarded?
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
1
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
1
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
>no pocekt option
you........
you fackinh jurek bastaerd
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472269
>write-in
Draw dicks on his forehead.
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472475
>obviously new player
>pretending he knows how this quest works

Naw, just kidding, I'm just trying to be an ass.
For future reference, just link and a number, like everyone else is. We vote this way to prevent spamming.
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>>30472455
Damn it this prolongs what we were about to do!
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472500

>no pocket option
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472455
1
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>>30472515
Nothing brings two people closer together than jointly conducting an interrogation, anon.

Nothing.
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>>30472455

Too late to do anything, but could we give it to Auriel?
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472530
I think option two won SM but I'm not sure, you may want to get a tally list, or an accountant, to double check just to be sure.
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>>30472551

Can you give me a tally? I want to be sure I've got this right.

>writing
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>>30472551
I demand a recount. The absentee votes from Florida have not yet been counted!
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>>30472455
2
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>>30472269
What if the guy was just standing guard and saw us coming as a threat?

>hahahahahahahahaaaaha ha ha haaah
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>>30472624
Then he's a piss poor guard.
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>>30472624
>blood magic
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no wonder SandalThong enslaved the Shadow mages, Angelic assassins suck ass
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You Pocket the bastard up and consume his lance. No trace remains of the sudden and unexplained attack.

While you've got people to see, this takes precedence.

Sandalphon might be single-minded, but you don't think he's stupid. Even if the angel's attack struck home, he had to have known his man didn't stand a chance. He already knows you've taken down some of his Highest.

Still, with that blood magic, the angel would have done some damage. But to what purpose?

You turn about and head down toward the underbelly of the castle.

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The angel is now bolted via magic to Fang's unused bunk. Councilor Tae Wong is actively maintaining a spell preventing the angel from channeling mana. Difficult to use during battle, but easy in the situation in which he's been overpowered.

You've just finished explaining what happened to Fang. Yong Xu and Adavan stand near the door, a rear guard in case of the unexpected. Adavan is half in the hallway, keeping an eye out for passers-by.

"So," Fang says to the angel. "Care to explain who you are, and what you're doing here?"

The angel spits on Fang's robes.

Fang sighs. A spark of spirit magic removes the offending excretion from his clothes. He sits down opposite the angel. "What is your purpose?"

"I was told what to do," the angel says. "I don't know anything. And if I did, I wouldn't tell you, lich!"

"Angels aren't supposed to condone the use of blood magic."

The angel's expression is haughty, but he keeps his lips shut.

What do you do?

>let Fang work
>threaten the angel with Lovecraftian horrors (write-in)
>some other strategy
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>mfw they catch us interrogating an angel

>>30472676
>also mfw your post
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>>30472676
that 100 just made a possibly damaging fight into a slapstick moment.


that weapon was probably poisoned if you consider the fact he doesn't know we're not human yet
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Rolled 20, 20, 14 = 54

Rolling for things...
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>>30472740
Whoa.
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>>30472718
Can we have Ila come in?
She might know this 'assassin'

I'm sure there's things she'd like to do to him that she's wanted to do for a while...
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>>30472740
>two 20's
Hoolyyy fuuuuck
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>>30472740
Is that Fang's roll?
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>>30472740
Oh MY.
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>>30472740
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHa

I LOVE FANG
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>>30472740

Holy shit, two twenties.

THAT'S RIGHT
THAT'S RIGHT
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OH JESUS FUCK
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>>30472740
Oh boy here we go.
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>>30472718
How much pain can we inflict on an angel with shadow magic?
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>>30472718

Use reverse psychology, tell him he is free to go and he shouldn't do that again.
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>>30472718
Awww. No EXP?

>>30472740
Never mind!
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>>30472766
So who was the roll for?
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>>30472718
>play good cop
Look, you say you just did what you were told. You're boss sent you to do something you both knew you were incapable of doing and I can sympathize, we don't have to be at each others throats. If you don't know anything great Beers on me later, but I'd appreciate a little compensation for you trying to skewer me Mr?
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>>30472740
Welp. My vote is to let Fang work. He's obviously got this.
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>>30472794

You'll see.

Now pick an option.
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>>30472718
>let Fang work
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>>30472809
Lat Fang do his work
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>>30472718
>Blast him with Fear
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>>30472809

Good cop and bad cop. Because the classics always work.
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>>30472718
let fang work
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>>30472718
>threaten the angel with Lovecraftian horrors (write-in)

Do that thing where you poke underneath your eyeball to lift it up, very very close to his face. And then Betelguise him.
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>>30472718
>let Fang do his thang
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>>30472807
I'd support good cop. Maybe not in the way you've outlined but I like the general idea.
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>>30472809
I'd like to get Auriel down here at some point to be the good cop.

She probably knows this dude.
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>>30472809
Let Fang work
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>>30472718
>"I was told what to do," the angel says.
What a moron.

C'mon, guy. You're supposed to deny involvement and pretend you were going off the grid, not confirm that there actually IS a directing influence.

That said...
>>let Fang work
We brought him down here for a reason, after all.

>>30472809
>You'll see.
...REALLY hoping that was for our two sentinels and Yi Fang and not for the three Highests.
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>>30472718
Good cop or let Fang handle it.
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>>30472718
>>let Fang work
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>>30472859
>I'd like to get Auriel down here at some point to be the good cop.

>She probably knows this dude.
This is also a good point. Might help give us a bit more context.
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>>30472807
>>30472837
>>30472849
I swear I'm telling the truth, I don't know anything
>Lie
>Question
>Truth
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>>30472718
>threaten the angel with Lovecraftian horrors (write-in)
"I wonder what it would be like if you were to lose Hyperion's blessing. You might want to prepare yourself, I imagine this will hurt."
Then start coating him in shadows. I want to try to consume his wings first, and then lick the rest of the Hyperion coating off of his soul.
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>>30472718
Lets see if we can make the angel think old sandy thong sent him after us to get him eliminated, that he wanted him out of the way.

"Pfft it doesn't matter if you told up, he clearly sent you here to get yourself killed, which means I want you alive"
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>>30472809
Can we have Ila help out?
I'm sure Ila has a few tricks up her sleve
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>>30472718
Use terror on him
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>>30472910
>>30472906
How about we lat Fang do what he's good at?

Fuck all this armchair torture. let a master work
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We could use more subtle from of torture feed him food until he vomits.
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>>30472932
Pretty sure Fang could do that much better than we could.
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>>30472942
You're a pretty sick puppy, aren'tcha? Why not just ink down his throat and schattenkrieg out his shitter while you're at it?
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It's Fang time.
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>>30472960
Fang doesn't do shadow magic, does he?
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It's situations like this that make me think Mind Read would have been a good purchase.
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>>30472965
Why not ink into his circulatory system and cause slow and painful organ failure?
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>>30472974
>inb4 the angel had a tracking spell put on him
>inb4 Sandalphon busts down the door with Raphael and Charmeine
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>>30472974
Fang time needs to be an image macro.
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So now that Abby has been Chosen, is her raw power higher than Fang?
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>>30472988
We're too "heavy" for that. Last time we tried that we just exploded a guys leg.
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>>30472984
Do you know what tree the Terror ability is in?It's Spirit
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>>30472988
because we've tried that twice and its never pretty
>first in Jacob's Field when the pressure from us inking into a guy made him explode
>and when we tried it on a summoned drake and got sucked into it and consumed it from the inside out
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>>30472995
I sense a new Turbo Adavan Extreme Siege Mode coming. With Fang.
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>>30472990
I think the entire Gang could be here to gang up on him before anything too serious happened.
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>>30473021
>>30473015
Boring.

Just have to settle with injecting ordinary water until he pops.
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>>30472974
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>>30472990
I also kinda think this guy is playing the role of bait/distraction, though I don't know for what...

Maybe others of our ally's also got attacked at the same time?
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>>30473009
No, A rank mage at best, that's why we should Arbiter her to make her S rank.
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>>30473085
Does that S stand for Sandalphon?
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>>30473085
She's already been confirmed for "Around Fang's level" for raw power. He just has experience on her.
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>>30472995
Could add it to this one
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>>30473121
I can't get past the fact that he's wearing the sunglasses at an angle that makes them look so incredibly silly.
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>>30472794

maybe we weren't the only one on the Angels Hit List... and out companions swiftly dealt with their 'assassins'...
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>>30473175
If that's true, than that was the most ineffectual assassination attempt ever considering how well we rolled ourselves.
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>Fang time
>Interrogation
"Alright, that's it. I've had enough of your being cagey. The kid gloves are coming off."

"I didn't need this face anyway."
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>>30473269
This just in, unranked angels are walking XP that literally throws itself at us.
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>>30473341
We eat the next one.
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You decide to hang back.

<We have company,> Adavan says to you, avoiding including the angel.

<Who?> Xu asks.

<Auriel.>

<...slow her down for about a minute, then let her in,> Fang tells Adavan.

Adavan's mouth opens, as if hesitating, and then he nods. <Understood.> He slips around the corner.

"You're stupid, but stubborn," Fang says. "I want you to consider one more time who it is exactly that's sitting in front of you, and then I want you to consider my question. Who sent you, and why?"

The angel says nothing.

Fang sighs. "If you insist."

His hand goes inside his robes. Yong Xu's eyes widen; he leans forward. Tae Wong tenses. You feel more nervous than the angel looks. What does Fang have up his sleeve?

He withdraws a small wooden box. It looks like something a single piece of jewelry would sit in. A small metal hinge tells you it can snap open. It doesn't feel like anything. no magic, no Spirit. Nothing.

Xu withdraws, pressing his back against the wall. He's staring at the box. "Archmage..."

The angel looks at the councilor, then at Fang, then at the box. He frowns. "You won't fool me with the act. It doesn't - "

Fang opens the box.

>con't
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>>30473341
this just in, Sandolphen is just waiting for a reason to stop playing nice
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A sound fills the room. It's not even a sound. It's like notes that crawl across your skin, music that tastes like rotting flesh, a shriek that sends daggers in your ears and scrapes out a piece of your mind. Behind it are screams, screams, ten, twenty, too many to count, human voices, ugly, tortured cries for mercy, a chorus of men and women. And there's something else, too, something beneath them, something that isn't human, shouting, the base of the chorus, laughing, toying with them -

Fang shuts the box.

Xu holds his arms against his chest. Wong slowly exhales. You shake yourself. It feels like waking up from a nightmare.

Fang lets his hand drop from the box, and it stays in the air between him and the angel, hovering at eye level. Fang looks at him. "If you answer my questions, you will be spared. If you don't, your soul will go in the box."

The angel whimpers.

"You don't want to go in the box, do you?"

Auriel strides into the room, Adavan nipping at her heels. "What the hell was that? John, Adavan said you were attacked?"

"Auriel - Highest!" The angel throws himself forward, pulling against his restraints. "They're madmen, all of them! Please, help me!"

"Nothing at all, Highest," Fang says to Auriel. "Just a little motivational training."

Auriel looks at the wooden box. "What's in that thing?"

"Nothing you need to concern yourself with."

Auriel looks at the angel. "I know your face. One of the elite guard."

"Yes." The angel nods rapidly, relieved to be recognized. "Yes, that's me. Please, Highest, I - "

"Did you attack John?"

"Well - "

"Did you attack him, or not? I cannot save you if you aren't honest with me."

"...yes," the angel says quietly.

"On who's orders?"

The angel looks at the floor.

>con't
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>>30473376
>Fang pulls out his "Magic Murder Bag" love it
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Fang snatches up the box and makes for the angel. "I've had enough of this farce. Let's just be done with it." His hands inch toward the hinge. "Sandalphon won't miss one of his lowly guardsmen." The angel crawls back in horror, as far as his bonds will let him. Fang looms over him, smiling his evil smile. "Once you're in there, be sure to tell the - "

"Fang!" Auriel says. She cuts between the Archmage and the guard, pushing him back slightly. Fang allows himself to be brushed aside.

She kneels next to the angel and puts a hand on his arm. "...look. You're a good man. A soldier of the ring city. But you attacked them. By the time I tried to get help...you'd be gone." The angel looks like he's about to break down. His eyes glaze over. Auriel grabs his chin and directs his sight back on her face. "Stay focused. I'll help you, but you need to help me. Who's orders?"

"...the Most High."

"He had to have known you wouldn't have been successful."

"...he...as a distraction."

"From what?"

The guard's lips shrivel up. He just shakes his head.

Auriel leans in next to him. "Just whisper it. Just me. You can trust me with it."

The angel whispers in that strange language of light you remember Auriel using so long ago. It seems garbled and incomprehensible to you.

Auriel stands up. Her hands clench into fists. She looks at Fang. "Put him in that fucking thing if you want, I don't care. John, we need to go, now!"

"What?!" the angel says. "But you said - "

"You're lucky I don't kill you myself!" she shouts.

"What's happening?"

"They're going after Donovan. This was all just a distraction!"

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----------

To Be Continued
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>>30473387
>"You don't want to go in the box, do you?"
Faaaaang.

>>30473404
>Auriel leans in next to him. "Just whisper it. Just me. You can trust me with it."
[...]
>Auriel stands up. Her hands clench into fists. She looks at Fang. "Put him in that fucking thing if you want, I don't care."
Oh you.
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>My name is Fang
>And this is my magic murder box
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>>30473404
I Hate You

But I Lore You
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>>30473404
>>30473404
FUCK I KNEW IT
>you said Donovan was on the Nemesis already, is it still in Arland (and is it cloaked) or has it left?
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>>30473404
We'll eat him, right?
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>>30473404
Huh? He's on the fucking invisible airship! Good luck with that, faggots!
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>>30473464
Eat him an then proceed to the Nemesis
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>>30473404
MOTHER FUCKER
SM WHY
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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They can just follow the parasite, but... yeah. I can't imagine them being able to get through the skysever and the airship.
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>>30473464
>>30473475
>Denying The Box a soul it's owed.
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>>30473404
Guess that means we have a traitor in our midst. It's the only way they could realistically know about the giant invisible airship.
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>>30473475
Sure, we can lead them to our invisible magic proof hidey hole. What could go wrong.
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>>30473489
Can we eat the box?
>>
Can't we just Dream Walk to someone on the ship and tell them to make a beeline for Xile or that shit is up.

We're never going to get back to the hand/Melody/Hecate things we were gonna do now, are we?
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>>30473490
this is true

or it's a double bluff and we're going to lead them to him...

If we're gonna save him, it'll have to be indirectly
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>>30473513
Dream Walk.
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IF THE BOX IS FULL OF SOULS, IT MUST BE FULL OF XP.

CONSUME BOX
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>>30473465
>Huh? He's on the fucking invisible airship! Good luck with that, faggots!
It's not ENTIRELY unreasonable to expect that one of the "turncoat" angels was a quick thinker and stuck around specifically to embed themselves as a sleeper agent.

They'd have to be Matthel-level indoctrinated to not slowly come around over the course of months of peaceful nationbuilding and cooperation with the 'enemy', but it's not unreasonable.

And if so, it would mean they're ALREADY ON BOARD.

>>30473490
And if not, it's possible that they could follow the parasite's tail until it starts to get vague like >>30473483 said.
From there it's just a brute-force search.
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>>30473509
Oh right, we do have Dream Walk don't we?
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>>30473529
HUNGER
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>>30473509
Well as usual we'll just have to keep them in mind for whatever moments we can spare next.
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>>30473499
it is not magic proof.

I'd be willing to bet that Sandals already has men on the way.

Plus SM wouldn't have a 100 and dual 20s lead us to failure like that.
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>>30473464
>>30473475

BONUS POST

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-------

"Well, if you insist," Fang says. He opens the box and channels Spirit.

Wong releases the angel's bonds. The angel's arm is dragged toward the box's opening. He grabs his wrist with his other arm and tugs, digging in against the stone with his boots, but the box's pull is inescapable. He screams as his hand is sucked into the lid, and then his arm. He begins to bend, and his head is pulled in next, and then his body, warped and sucked into the wood until he's gone.

Fang shuts the box. "Let's get going."
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Might be a good idea to send one of our companions here, say, Fang, to warn Arcturis and Hemmelus of this new and dire news. Keep them in the loop.
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>>30473560
We need to eat that box
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>>30473560
Metal.
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>>30473560
Our XP! Nooooooo! You monster!
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>>30473560
<Okay, where can I get one of those?>
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>>30473560
Oh, come on! Shadow's a growing elemental. He needs his XP!
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>>30473560
ALL HAIL THE BOX
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>>30473532
The Nemesis is running circuits around Arland.

They can't brute force search.
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>>30473532
If there is a turncoat angel we can at least warn Cain/Hamill/Donovan that there may be with Dream Walk.
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>>30473560
See you wednesday SM. Enjoyed this thread greatly, will continue stalking your twitter for more.

I'll bring the tacticool hat for next time, this is sure to be engaging.
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>>30473606
>>30473583

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXDxYIWAT7Y
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>>30473560
Erasure in a box! Sure, it doesn't suck a target into merciful oblivion, but an eternity of agonizing metaphysical torture is fine too.
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>>30473623

see ya!
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>>30473628
when will you be running next?
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>>30473640
any idea on next thread?
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>>30473640
No EXP?
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>>30473631
A box is fine too.
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>>30473628
>Not TSFH

Who are you and what did you do with Shadow Master
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>>30473661
That was the song he posted the only time we used Darkness Within without Tao.
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>>30473641
>>30473649

Wednesday.

>>30473654

Nope.

>>30473661

I've used that one before actually
>>30473676

On rare occasion I'll use a song that's not TSFH. Doesn't hurt to switch things up.
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>>30473610
The fact that it's running circuits might actually make it easier to search for, since they can see from a distance that the trail of the parasite is changing trajectory and can attempt to intercept it based on its projected future location.

...wait, shit. This actually works the other way around also. Once we get to Donovan, we can look at the trail of the parasite and trace it back to the "secret" location they relocated the SIGIL to.

They need Donovan to finish the summoning anyway, but I guess that means it's double-important they find out where he is.
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>>30473713
Can you use this at some point?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbc7HxMeFAg
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>>30473713
hate to be a bother but
>you said Donovan was on the Nemesis already, is it still in Arland (and is it cloaked) or has it left?
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>>30473734
go away edgyfag
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>>30473756

It's cloaked and left hours before Sandalphon got there.
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>>30473756
It's up to us to find out. With Dream Walking!

No time like the present to learn.
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>>30473771
DON'T LOSE YOUR WAAAAAAAAAYYYYY
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>>30473777
Does that mean we have a good amount of time to intercept them?
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>>30473777
So it looks like we're Air Shadow lifting everyone to go do... something.
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>>30473805
Fuck. We should have reset the teleport anchor to Nemesis.
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>>30473777
thank you, that was bothering me
do we have any immediate way to either locate them or communicate with them
>knowing Steward a long range communicator doesn't sound to farfetched
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>>30473821
Have a think about that for a longer moment, anon.
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>>30473821
We considered this the moment we came across the airship, but it doesn't work. Portal coordinates are spatially locked, so if we anchored on the ship and the ship moved, we'd open a portal in midair.
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>>30473821
Wouldn't work. It anchors to the coordinate. We'd just port to some random spot in the air after it moved.
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>>30473791
edgy
also
>don't lose your way
Why aren't we destroying the world yet?
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>>30473837
>>30473841
Right. Crap, forgot about that.
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>>30473847
Dude, cool your tits. I haven't even watched KLK. I just like the song is all.
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>>30473835
>do we have any immediate way to either locate them or communicate with them

Adavan and Hamil have a communication link set up from when Adavan was coordinating the alliance gathering between the several countries. That's the fasted method to find out what's up with them, as Hamil is on the ship with Donovan.
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>>30473867
Dude, cool your tits. I haven't either, I just like frustrating people on the internet.
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I just had an idea

>Get to Flint
>Stash him in the Hecate room, it was made to withstand attacks from Elemental Lords
>Shapeshift to look like Flint
>Have Fang do that trick to make us look like Flint to magical means of detection
>Pretend to get captured or hand ourselves over for the good of Venia or something
>They take us to the sigil
>We fuck it up
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>>30473954
That sounds like a recipe for disaster, anon.
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>>30473954
Or we just stash him in the Hecate room and in 3 days she removes the Shel'kath and the sigil is ruined anyway.
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>>30474007
Hmm, possibly. We don't know enough about the magic leech thing, for all we know removing it is what they need to sacrifice someone else to complete the spell.
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>>30473601
We ARE one of those. Now we just need to figure out a way to open our 'mouth' and let everything we've Consumed shriek at our foes to break them.


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