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Suptg Archive:

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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:

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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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Recent Events Summary:

You unsealed Hecate, and have gotten her up to speed on current events, and on Erebus's original plan. The true motivations of the Lord of Order remain a mystery.

You returned to Arland, and briefly spoke with Sandalphon, who brought his angels and his allies from Atlantis - and the Black Lady. For the moment, they appear to be willing to work with your alliance to destroy the demons, but tensions are exceptionally high.

After surviving a sudden assasination attempt, you brought your assailant to Fang for questioning. He worked with Auriel to pry what they needed from him. Sandalphon used his dramatic arrival to draw your attention from an assualt on the Nemesis, the goal being to capture Sir Donovan Flint.

Adavan attempted to create a portal straight to the ship, but an enemy attack came through the opening and blew away half the foundation of the castle. You dug through the rubble to rescue your allies. Hamil, who had been blasted through the portal before it fell shut, was saved by the timely intervention of Sandalphon.

You then immediately left with Abigail and Ila, flying at top speed to intercept the Nemesis's attackers. You joined the battle in-progress, removing the Ragnarok from play by moving it to your pocket.

After the ensuring chaos, you faced an angel, one of the Highest. You learned they already captured teleported Donovan to another location, and the only man that knows where is Sandalphon.

It seems that the only thing keeping Hyperion from returning is Donovan's life...and they now have him in their grasp.
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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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Hard times for Shadow. May the dice be merciful this evening.
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Time to fuck up everyone and everything!
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Current Statistics:

HP: 63/81
Mana: 50/76
EXP: 1

Shards of Order and Chaos:

(Retribution) - Strong
(Maker) - Normal
(Silence) - Strong
(Peace) - Strong
(Breeze) - Broken
(Hammer) - Broken
(Ardor) - Strong
{Resolve} - Normal
{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--

At the border between Arland and Archon

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Known Mana Pools:

Jacob's Field - entrance to Hecate's tomb - Spirit
Palthair Mines - Magnock's Lair - Spirit
Archon - Spirit District - Spirit
Archon - Shadow District - Shadow
Archon - Earth District - Earth
Archon - Water Distric - Water
Haven - Shadow
Abbotsford - Shadow
Aurora - Water
Va'ad - South Generator - Earth
Va'ad - North Generator - Earth
Arland - Dryfeld - Water
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Rolled 14

It's been a while since I tried this. Although the fear overwhelms...

Rolling for player ability to roll well this thread! AKA a saving roll for Donovan!
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>>30534497
Please, for the love of the dice gods.
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>Open the thread
>This is my banner
I'm worried
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBui84bAYpY

Ila is behind you. She doesn't say anything, but you can feel her.

"I expected you to kill her."

"...did you?" You look up. No angels left in the sky. A dozen of them made it to the ground about a mile away. "...I almost did. I wanted to."

"I would have, too, once." Ila says. "I've done terrible things to make people talk. But not anymore. You made the right choice."

Abigail lands near you. "What happened? Shadow, where's Sir Flint?"

"...they teleported him to where the sigil is," you say. "She doesn't know where. Sandalphon gave her the spell's template. He didn't tell them the location. I think I believe her."

"...where is she?"

"I have her secure."

"...Adavan can read her mind for us, to be sure."

"It doesn't matter!" You put your hand on your face. "It doesn't matter. They have him. They have him. I was too slow. I thought he'd be safe on the Nemesis. I thought - I...why..."

The tears don't come. Abigail holds you from behind. You want to cry, but the tears don't come.

You look up. The other airship is still wedged in the Nemesis. The battle rages on.

Plenty of angels to kill.

You straighten. Your eyes flicker with darkness. "Let go of me, Abigail. I've got work to do."

"Wait," Ila says. "You said she gave you the template?"

>con't
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Rolled 3

>>30534518
Adding on to that roll!
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"...yes."

"If it's in her head, we don't need to know the location, either." Ila walks up to you. "If she won't tell us, we have Adavan peel her brain until she does. We have enough angels in our escort in Arland to get the job done. We open our own portal. We can still do this!"

"It's too late. They're probably lining up the axe with his head as we speak."

"We have to at least try!"

"Shadow," Abigail says. "You never gave up on me, no matter what. I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do the same for Sir Flint."

"...neither could I."

What do you do?

>stay to assist the Nemesis
>teleport to Haven, then Manaport straight to Arland
>leave your Chosen to assist the Nemesis, but go back to Arland yourself
>ask for Hecate's aid. Maybe she knows something you don't.
>some other strategy
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>>30534537
Oh. Right. Can't just do the copypaste thing on gifs.

It was paul.
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>>30534556
PROPOSED LOGICAL PLAN OF ACTION TO SAVE FLINT:

1. Kill a ton of angels to save Nemesis, eat a bunch of them along the way for emergency burn EXP, Pocket the other Airship if we can.
2. Pocket 5 (6 for redundancy) allied Angels for Lightport before leaving.
3. Teleport to Anchor in Dobshire, contact Adavan ASAP without alerting Sandals if he’s still around.
4. Wrench sigil from Jophiel’s mind, throw her back in Pocket because fuck her.
5. Debate gathering Arcturis/Auriel/Fang/Black Lady to save Flint, I’d recommend Arcturis and Auriel so the other two can keep Sandals busy. If he’s gone already, bring everyone.
6. Unpocket angels, Lightport to Flint.
7. Engage TSFH Soundtrack and save our Bro.
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Okay guys we have to save our Shadow Mages then get to Adavan so we can rip the Template for the lightport spell from the Angels mind, we then get some of our Angel buddies too teleport us, we find and pick up Donovan with a pocket then destroy the spell if possible.
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Reminder that Sandalphon probably has multiple angels carrying the teleportation sigil, just in case the first "capture Flint" team failed.

If we can shake the right angels down to obtain it, we might be able to get our angels to use it on us, or at least have something to decode.
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>>30534556
>leave your Chosen to assist the Nemesis, but go back to Arland yourself
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>>30534454
So reading over the last thread, a few things I found to be pretty funny, especially the fact that SM, I'm going to try an analogy here, hit you guys in the face with such a tenderly cooked haunch of meat, that on impact the meat fell over on plate in front of you and your still obsessed with the bone he threw away.

For starters we just acquired
>2 new airships
>Prisoners of war
>And the possibility to still get Donovan
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>>30534556
>stay to assist the Nemesis
>teleport to Haven, then Manaport straight to Arland
>Have Adavan pick the brain for the teleport
>zoom zoom

In that order please.
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Starting now, threadly reminder that it is of utmost importance that we acquire the Sock Puppet skill. Its actual abilities are irrelevant; what matters is the name.
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>>30534556

>leave your Chosen to assist the Nemesis, but go back to Arland yourself

this is probably the best option. As a pair, Abigail and Ila will be strong enough to defend themselves from the low-level angels.

We need to have Adavan peel Jophiel's brain apart and port to Flint pronto.
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>>30534629
This, we are on a tight time schedule people.
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>>30534556
Changing mine from >>30534608 to this:
>leave your Chosen to assist the Nemesis, but go back to Arland yourself
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SM do we have enough space in our Pocket to grab the other airship too? What's its name anyway.
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>>30534604
the majority of /tg/ is pessimistic, including me
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>>30534556
If we eat the Aurora Water gem or the dynamo from the ship we just captured right now, we can buy Mind Reader and peal the sigil out of this angel's head ourself.

It would save time.
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>>30534661
Sacrificing Leviathan when our plan is to bring balance back isn't negotiable.
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>>30534556
>>stay to assist the Nemesis
If we gain 9 XP from enemies sieging the Nemesis, we can unlock Mind Read and do the whole procedure in the field with our allied angels.

It's a reasonable bet that if Sandalphon thinks he's already past the point where he can be stopped, he's going to wait until he can be there in person for Hyperion's glorious return.
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>>30534653
We don't need to, since Abigail and Illa can probably capture it without blowing it up.
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>>30534539
>"Wait," Ila says. "You said she gave you the template?"
>>30534556
>"...yes."
What? Did she give us the template? I don't remember that but if we did, then we don't need Adavan to get it for us. Also, if we go to Adavan without any angels, how the hell are we supposed to teleport to Flint once we have the spell sigil?
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>>30534678
Then the dynamo.

And I still think that Shadow becoming a true hybrid of all the lesser elements is a viable path for balance, but now's not the time for that.
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>>30534678
not to be that guy, but if we want balance wont we eventually have to bring hyperion back?
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>>30534661
We're better off eating angels.
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>>30534695
I'd still like to know if we could.
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>>30534661

I'm not betting on this. Adavan has centuries of mind magic experience, and we don't. Additionally, the sigil is likely to be a complicated diagram, PLUS we'd probably need a strong Light mage to operate it.

tl;dr - We need to get back to Arland immediately and port to Flint with a Battle Team.
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>>30534629
this
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>>30534629
This is also a fair choice.
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>>30534710
Yes but the idea is to save the worst contender for last. It'll be easier to deal with him when all of the more moderate Lords are back (Geb, Logi).
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>>30534719
Adavan has a few years of experience with mind magic and a few centuries of experience with rotting in a hole.
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>>30534701
>Also, if we go to Adavan without any angels, how the hell are we supposed to teleport to Flint once we have the spell sigil?

>>30534556
>We have enough angels in our escort in Arland to get the job done.
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>>30534701

It should have been "Wait. You said she knew the template?"

Got weirdly turned around in my brain as "she gave you the knowledge that she knew the template"
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>>30534661
We want to keep the dynamo for research purposes, and sacrificing Leviathan will never be a good idea. We can literally be back in Dobshire in less then three minutes.
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>>30534719
Why don't we fly to the Nemesis really quick and get some of our angels to do the sigil?
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>>30534748
>>30534745
All of my "ahhhhh, okay"
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>>30534738

We have zero experience with mind magic, so...
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>>30534753

Because we'd need to eat half of Leviathan for this plan and frankly we need a whole Leviathan if Hyperion is resummoned in the first place.
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>>30534763
We have "zero experience" with any magic before we buy it, but it works out every other time we need it.

I could make an argument for at least having part of Erebus' experience with the magic we unlock, and that's something.
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>>30534454
SM

I HAVENT FAPPED ALL DAY BECAUSE IVE BEEN SO ANGRY
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>>30534796
I'll go with the anon supporting Adavan template retrieval on this one.
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>>30534556
>leave your Chosen to assist the Nemesis, but go back to Arland yourself

Tell them to have it come to Arland, might as well get it out in the open, and it needs repairs. And we need to put some fucking guns on it god damn.
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>>30534796

Look, I don't disagree that it's a viable option, I just think it's high risk, destroys half of an Elemental Lord and we're likely jumping to Flint's location, alone and with no support.

We can spend the 60 seconds teleporting back to Arland and gather the team first.
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>>30534856
That's what we're gonna have the Ragnarok for. It's the most DAKKA airship out there.
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>>30534856
I wonder if we could program it to cast spells.
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>>30534753
We don't know what the sigil is. We need to read her mind to find out.
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>>30534874
I said the water gem OR the dynamo. And Sandals is in Arland. There is nobody else strong enough to stop us, even if we're alone.
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>>30534556
>leave your Chosen to assist the Nemesis, but go back to Arland yourself
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>>30534914
>implying Sandals wont portal right after us if he hasn't already.

Cmon man.
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>>30534874
>We can spend the 60 seconds teleporting back to Arland and gather the team first.
I'm a little worried that given the speed with which we got to the Nemesis and our request to Yi Fang to delay Sandalphon if he tries to leave, that if we head right back, Sandalphon is STILL GOING TO BE THERE.

Which is going to make the whole process of unpocketing one of the Highest for Adavan to dig around in her brain a little less simple.
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>>30534856
Shadow Totem?
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If Hyperion gets summoned and the world does not end right there, the new plan is too steal the Keystone of Atlantis and free Leviathan right?
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>>30534938
That's why I advocated porting back to Dobshire and using a max strength Shadowmeld since we can top off from the pool, find Adavan, and get out of his sensory range.
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Vote 1:
>leave Abigail and Ila to help defend the Nemesis and drive off the angels. You need to get back to Arland immediately.

Vote 2:
>go for the Nemesis. With enough energy and a few friendly angels, you think you'll be able to read her mind yourself
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>>30534962
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>>30534938
...That is a good possibility.
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>>30534938
Go up to Adavan, high-five him into our pocket, go to mana pool with a contingent of our angel escorts and some allies, teleport to the Haven pool, begin safe extraction of information and area of reteleportation for the telly template. Srsly, simple stuff.
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>>30534962
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>>30534953

And freeing Geb with Melody and Hecate's help, yes.

Basically we need to fight fire with fire here.

The unfortunate truth is that we're gearing up for the Elementomachy 2.0, except this team Team Shadow is in much shittier shape.
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>>30534962
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>>30534962
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>>30534962
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>>30534962
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>>30534938
he can fucking deal with it, even with all of is power SandalThong is one man, he won't face the only two other God-Tier level people along with several A-Rank mages in a a straight fight.
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>>30534984
Actually dis if we can
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>>30534938

"Shut the fuck up Sandalthong. She is a PoW who attacked my airship, the only airship capable of reaching Xile. The airship is key to the warplan. If you have a problem go ahead and tell me exactly what I don't want to find in there."
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>>30534962
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>>30534962
>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=Shadow+Quest+

something i wanted to bring up last time, bt didn't because i didn't get here in time:

Sandy gave out sigil/templates for the teleport.

He also likely gave out more than one - whomever's finds donovan first opens the portal.

So there are likely more unused sigils hanging around THIS VERY battlefield.

So.... ask her for them before deciding Take THAT sigil, get allied angels, head straight for donovan.

Also, we can't leave the nemesis here - we might lose it.
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>>30534962
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>>30534962

cutting off votes
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>>30535048
>Also, we can't leave the nemesis here - we might lose it.

Or it might get attacked again because we have a mole.
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>>30534962
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>>30535076

Solved by kicking all the angels off of it
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>>30534962
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>>30535094
Or it's a shadow/spirit mage that didn't have their soul in the vault room when we nightblazed it.
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>>30535094

There is no way that is going to fly without us acting OOC or alienating half of our allies. We might get by with mind reading and dream walking. But it will take time.
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>>30534984
I think we ended up suggesting that we bring four angels or so? I know we wanted to do a 2:2:1 split of Shadow Mages/Angels/Spirit Mages or so to approximate the diversity of Haven.

I don't know that finding enough of our people to make the portal (if enough of them even withstood the castle collapse), finding Adavan, and getting everyone to Haven unmolested by Sandalphon or the rest of his elite guard that were designated to distraction duty is going to be quicker than sweeping the Nemesis.

>>30535076
It was suggested that the mole could have also been someone in Maven Lake, so it isn't necessarily someone on board the Nemesis at the moment.

Though it IS far more likely.

>>30535061
Looks like we're heading back ASAP: can we remember to remind Abby and Ila that there might be a mole amongst the people in Haven (which in retrospect is another reason not to put all the eggs in the 'make a portal in the field with allied angels' basket) and to stay on guard?
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>>30535114

The thing is, I wouldn't trust every shadow mage either. All the mages kept in a single location? HA, yeah right. I bet there would be more than a few mages that Sandals kept in a different location and only used for special occasions.
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>>30535114
>>30535131

The mole problem is unfortunately not something we have the time or ability to deal with right now.

Once Flint is dead we'll have consolidate the team.
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I just figured out the reason why Sandels saved Hamil, it's because Hamil knows quite a significant amount of our plans.

It's totally within the realm of possibility that he could also whisk him away to be brain scrubbed of all information, Because Hamil would have been too weakened to even kill himself unlike Auriel.
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"You two help the Nemesis," you say. "We outnumber them, but the angels are stronger than our mages. The sooner they're driven off, the better. I have to get to Adavan."

"Ok," Abigail says. "Be careful."

Immediately, you open a portal to Haven and drop into the mana pool, stopping only briefly to regenerate, and to cast a Shadowmeld on your person.

>HP: 81/81
>mana: 76/76

You Manaport to the Dryfeld Water pool in Dobshire. Immediately, you Blink up to the rooftops, and Blink across the city. In less than a minute you're in the castle town. Already, dozens of people have gathered near the inner wall, pressing the guards with questions. They're just as confused as the townsfolk, but it doesn't seem like there's any terrible panic - as the four Imperial Airships are still hovering overhead, keeping watch.

You leap over the wall and find yourself at the edge of the field of rubble. The group is standing where you left them, at some distance, engaged in heated conversation. Adavan is in the back, away from the others. None of them notice your arrival.

A few notable persons aren't in the group - The Black Lady, Duke Vellik, Harvan, and Hemmelus. Sandalphon's three Highest, Anahita, Raphael, and Charmeine are also absent.

What do you do?

>call out to Adavan, tell him to meet you in the castle
>call to Adavan and some others (specify)
>go down directly yourself
>some other strategy
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>>30535182

Tyrael and Hamil are probably about to get ultra gay, so Sandalfucker is going to have to see some things he probably doesn't want to see to abduct Hamil too

And that's when spaghetti saved Venia.
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>>30535156
Unless they're so indoctrinated that they're working with them consensually, someone probably would've noticed the inability to speak against the angelic leadership that typifies the soul slavery we've seen in the past.

Unless they also have an undercover angelic handler.
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>>30535182
Sandalphon won't do shit with the Black Lady, Fang and every other A-Rank mage in the world readily opposing him.
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>inb4 Sandalthong nicked all our allies
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>>30535224

<Adavan and Arcturis, Donovan Flint is about to be killed. If you meet me now and do as I say, there is a chance he can be saved.>

Not the time to mince words.
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>>30535224
>call out to Adavan, tell him to meet you in the castle
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>>30535224
>>call out to Adavan, tell him to meet you in the castle
Also ask where the highest are.
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>>30535224
>call to Adavan and some others (specify)

Arcturis, ask him where Hemmelus is and to gather him if possible. I'd like to bring the two of them with us since they won't be missed terribly and have a huge investment in seeing Donovan alive.
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>>30535224
We have to move FAST.

Every second counts. EVERY SECOND.

Warn Adavan for what we're about to do.

<I need you to interrogate a prisoner. I'm going to grab you and get out of here fast. This will be unpleasant.>

Then Blink to him, Pocket him, Blink away and get to an interrogation site. I'm thinking back to Haven. Unpocket him, unpocket the prisoner, if she's conscious again, beat her unconcious and bind her with magic. Let Adavan do his thing.
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>>30535224
>go down directly yourself

Sandal has no allies here if his angels have been causing such a massive fucking mess. We do this in the open. We can do it justifiably.
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>>30535224
>>call to Adavan and some others (specify)
Adavan and Arcturis should be a reasonable start, though with Hemmelus elsewhere, Yi Fang might be required to handle the seal itself.

And that'd leave next to nobody distracting Sandalphon. (assuming he's still there; it said the three other Highest weren't, but not mentioning Sandalphon being absent probably means he's still there bickering.

Arcturis is probably a very good bet, though, as is Hemmelus if anyone knows where he is.
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>>30535318

His other Highest are probably on the other end of the lightport or on the airships.
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Rolled 95

Rolling for Sir Donovon Flint survival index.

>>30535224
>call out to Adavan, tell him to meet you in the castle
Also Arcturius.
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>>30535318

>>30535306
We should also probably get them away from the main cluster of people before pocketing them and running away, since we want to do this as clandestinely as possible so as not to tip our hand to what we're doing.

They know that we LEFT via extremely conspicuous high-speed travel, and will be expecting the same to herald our return. We didn't supersonic back, so Sandalphon will likely still be assuming we're out in the field.
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>>30535358
Looking good Flint! Hang in there!
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>>30535229

Alright, Adavan and Arcturis
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>>30535379
Make sure we both telespeak inform them of the situation as they approach the castle, keeping up the pace.
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>>30535360
We could always make ourselves look like someone else when we go down there.
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>>30535437
Or we could just speak telepathically with them, and have them excuse themselves to go to the castle.
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>>30535437
That might very well break our Shadowmeld, not to mention someone unidentified showing up out of the blue is bound to get stopped and questioned out of necessity given the fact that the castle just blew up.
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>>30535306
That is one of the dumbest ideas I've heard all week. And I was here for the last thread.
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<Adavan, Arcturis,> you say, <it's me, John. Listen closely.> You see Arcturis start slightly, but he controls his surprise and puts his head down. To his credit, Adavan doesn't budge an inch. Though, you figure he's more used to telepathy. <I just returned from the Nemesis. They have Donovan, but I have a way to reach him. Meet me in the castle. We have no time to waste.>

<Understood,> Adavan tells you. He sweeps away from the group.

Arcturis inches back, then turns and begins to march away.

"Where are you going?" Sandalphon asks.

Arcturis throws the words back over his shoulder. "To see if any of my subjects were hurt by this latest idiocy!"

Fang says something, then - you can't quite make it out, because he's facing away from you - but it definitely get's Sandalphon's attention, because the angel swivels to glare at him. You give him a silent thanks, and then Blink over to the door of the castle.

In a few moments, Arcturis and Adavan are inside. "Arcturis, where can we go that's private, and ideally, magically shielded?"

Arcturis jumps about a foot in the air. Even Adavan flinches, this time. The Lord of Arland puts a hand on his chest. "Elements, John, don't frighten me like that. Where were you a second ago?"

"I was standing right here. We don't have time for games."

"...Hemmelus's laboratory," Arcturis says. "Come on."

>con't
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It takes what feels like a lifetime to ascend the stairs to Hemmelus's tower. You burst into the first-floor library. The sage himself is seated at a wooden table, wearing ridiculously large earmuffs. He glances up from his book as the three of you enter. "Gentlemen." He frowns, and sets down his text. "What is it, what's wrong?"

"The angels attacked the Nemesis. They have Donovan - but I have the template of the sigil they used to transport him." You unpocket the angel, who is dumped onto the ground unceremoniously.

>mana: 75/76

She looks a wreck. He body is matted with dirt and grass, her face is bloody and bruised. Her arm is still inflamed from when you healed it halfway. She's curled up in the fetal position, shivering and crying.

"Light!" Hemmelus shouts. "That's Jophiel! What happened?!"

"I happened," you say bluntly. "Adavan, that template is somewhere in her brain."

He immediately knees and grasps the angel's head with both hands and closes his eyes. She falls still.

"...elements, John," Arcturis mutters. "Was this necessary?"

"She knows all about their plans for Donovan," you say, "and she gloated about it."

"Then I suppose it was," he grunts.

"What is Adavan doing?" Hemmelus asks. "The mental branch of Spirit was lost in the Elementomachy. If he fools around in there he's liable to leave her drooling!"

What do you tell Hemmelus to explain Adavan's knowledge of spirit magic?
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>>30535681

Fang has a few people who know ancient magic. He is one.

It's not a lie.
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>>30535681
Hahahaha

we can't lie to him
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>>30535681
"I have no problem with leaving another of Sandle's attack dogs broken."
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>>30535681
All in due time, Hemmy Flemmy Bo-Bemmy
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>>30535681
"Adavan is the world's pre-eminent expert, and likely only expert on the mental branch of spirit magic. I've seen him work wonders before, and he is the only one I'd trust for an operation like this."
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>>30535681
We just dumped a half-dead angel in front of him.

I think we're at the point where we can trust him with the truth.
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>>30535681
"Adavan does not fool around."
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>>30535681
>What do you tell Hemmelus to explain Adavan's knowledge of spirit magic?

The Truth.

"Donovan's life is on the line, hemmelus. The angels betrayed us, they are killing my people *now*. "
"The two liches I brought here are ancient and wise, and you're surprised I've been keeping cards in my back pocket?"
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>>30535681
"I happened"

I AM THE ONE WHO POCKETS
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>>30535725
Seconding. If he presses further tell him that we'll tell him everything after we save Flint. That's more important right now.
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>>30535681
"Adavan does not 'fool around'. Not with things like this. If he weren't so engrossed, I suspect he would have words to say to you about the accusation."

>>30535725
This is fairly reasonable.
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>>30535681
"Adavan will get the information. If she is left a drooling mess for the rest of her life, that is a better fate than she deserves."
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>>30535681
"Xile was thought lost in the elementomachy too.:
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>>30535725
I'll second this, it's all true and avoids the details of his past.
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>>30535681
"All present shutup and let him work."
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>>30535681
One word. One word is all it will take.

"Was."
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>>30535725
That'll do. If he presses on where he learned this stuff, tell him Adavan can explain himself.
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>>30535725
Let's go with this one.
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>>30535820
this
capcha= anitygr was
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If Hemmy presses to know how Addy learned mind magic then the best thing to do would be to... tell him to ask him himself?
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>>30535681
>"...elements, John," Arcturis mutters. "Was this necessary?"
>
>"She knows all about their plans for Donovan," you say, "and she gloated about it."
>
>"Then I suppose it was," he grunts.

Arcturius is fucking awesome.
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>>30535725

seems legit
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They're going to think that we've been brainwashing people to achieve our alliances now.
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>>30535864
Can we still call him Hemmy Flemmy Bo-Bemmy?
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>>30535881
>brainwashing Yi Fang or the Black lady
>In a million years

U wot?
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>>30535881
We can tell Hemmelus that we have not done that, and it's true that we have not.

My god having a lie detector like Hemmy around is so fucking useful... We totally need to take him around for the inevitable sandy questioning.
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>>30535881
We can truthfully say that we have only once before asked for Adavan's help with this sort of magic, and it was in no small part used in order to forcefully reform a known slaver.
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>SM liked my idea
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>>30535924
Well if it took 101 threads for SM to like one of your ideas...
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whoops i seemed to forget my name.
In other news seems things are going better than expected.
also Shade must be having fun running around the airship in our pocket
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>gif related
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"Adavan is the world's pre-eminent and only expert on the mental branch of Spirit magic. I've seen him work wonders before. He is the only one I'd trust for an operation like this."

"...I'll let you off for now," Hemmelus says.

Well, he knows you avoided a real answer, but at least he'll let it slide.

"Paper," Adavan mumbles. "Paper."

Hemmelus quickly retrieves a stack of unused partchment and sets it before Adavan, along with a quill. Adavan lifts one hand from the angel's head, his eyes still closed. He feels about for a bit, grabs the pen, then starts drawing. His hand works with a will of its own, furiously creating an intricate sigil on the paper. It's vaguely circular, but wrapped with symbols and numerical figures like vines.

His hand stops, and he drops the pen. He opens his eyes and gets to his feet, bringing the picture with him. "Done. I don't know what you did to her, John, but I've never had an easier time getting inside. I was expecting a hell of a fight."

"May I?" Adavan nods, and Hemmelus takes the picture of the sigil. "...a Lightport. I see...mmm." He lays the sigil on the table, and leans over it, his hands on the wood. He frowns. "...I can duplicate this."

"You can?" you say. "I thought it needed five angels!"

"I can use a few tricks to make up the difference, though, holding it open will be the only thing I can do," he says. "I wouldn't be able to come in after you."

What do you do?

>No time to waste. Have Hemmelus open the portal, and get through it now.
>Get five angels from your entourage. You want Hemmelus for this one.
>You need reinforcements. Try to gather a few allies first.
>some other strategy
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>>30536067
>No time to waste. Have Hemmelus open the portal, and get through it now.
GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO
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>>30536067
>No time to waste. Have Hemmelus open the portal, and get through it now.
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>>30536067
>You need reinforcements. Try to gather a few allies first.

We have Arcturis here with us, but I doubt we can bring him.

Fuck. Any reports of our allies fighting in the Ring City might just cause a civil war among the alliance.
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>>30536067
>Get five angels from your entourage. You want Hemmelus for this one.

We want Hemmy for the seal and backup support role. Keep Fang here to tie up Sandals for now, see if we can find the Black Lady while we skulk about.
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>>30536067
>No time to waste. Have Hemmelus open the portal, and get through it now.
TEAM BEST FRIEND AND RELUCTANT FATHER GOGOGO
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>>30536067
Hemmelus saw the Sigil before, and he knows what we're going in there to do.

Does he think we have any chance in the world of dispelling the sigil without his help?

That said...

>>No time to waste. Have Hemmelus open the portal, and get through it now.
>>some other strategy
Set anchor here. Open our less strenuous version after we are through so that Hemmelus can release the Lightport and follow.
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>>30536067
>No time to waste. Have Hemmelus open the portal, and get through it now.
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>>30536067
REINFORCEMENTS
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>>30536122
DING DING DING
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>>30536067
>I can use a few tricks to make up the difference

We need these tricks. He's got a mana potion still in his tower somewhere.
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>>30536122
This. Set the anchor in Hemmelus's laboratory before we leave.
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>>30536067
>No time to waste. Have Hemmelus open the portal, and get through it now.
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>>30536122
WINRAR
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>>30536122
Seconding this brilliance.
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>>30536122
...Yes do this.
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>>30536122
Lolwut you're a genius.
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>>30536067
Who do we have available as reinforcements?

>Arcturis
>Hemmelus
>Adavan (haha, no)
>Black Lady
>Fang
>Tyrael
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>>30536122

this, plus we might need him to open another portal. I don't doubt for a second that they might have used more than 1 portal.
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>>30536122
I can only imagine Hemmelus' opinion of us after all of this. On top of the fact that if we tell him we put the airship Ragnarok into our pocket he'll know we're telling the truth...
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>>30536122
You should feel good about this plan.
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DON'T FORGET TO RE-POCKET JOPHIEL!
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>>30536163

Any more and we risk attracting attention. Hopefully Fang can keep sandal busy long enough for him to wait until we catch up a bit before he uses an airship to port to the summoning spell.
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Guys do you think there's any chance we could grab Yi-Fang, and have him join us without Sandals noticing? If so, then he would be invaluable.

Also, >>30536122 Is literally the best plan I've ever seen in Shadow Quest.

Also again, we should grab a few of Hemmelus' mana potions before leaping through the portal.
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>we go to sigil room
>buncha angels start to battle
>can't open portal to Hemmy until it's too late

badonkas
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>>30536122
This
>>30536193
And this
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>>30536204
I doubt it, Fang is literally playing his Crass King card so he can diplomatically lock down Sandals with simmering rage.
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>>30536204

I wonder how fucking powerful and ancient our portal spell is supposed to be.
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Something else we should note, once there, we can call Hecate for help, or to get rid of the Shel'Kath. She is one of the people who could absolutely do it.
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>>30536193
I'll second this.
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>>30536193
Why bother?
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>>30536253
She needs three days to be strong enough to do it.
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- Set anchor in Hemmelus's laboratory

- pocket Jophiel again??

- ask Hemmelus if he has any spare mana potions around

- have him open the portal immediately

Vote 1:
>yes

Vote 2:
>no
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>>30536177
><I have an airship in my pocket>
><I've eaten a dynamo before>
><I'm Erebus>
>...
>How are you getting around my truth detection?
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>>30536193
>>30536263
>>30536254
Can't we just consume the poor girl?(we will need it for the upcoming fight)
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>>30536263
Because we don't want to leave her somewhere where she can get to Sandalphon and warn him.
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>>30536253
She said she wasn't strong enough to do it yet, though I suppose that could be different if both ends of the Shel'Kath are in the same place.
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536227
we stronk
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536253
shes still resting
itll be another two days before she can muster the power to remove it
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536193
I think we've put her through enough. She had no will to stop Adavan, and we can have someone restrain her.
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536276

>"Is that an Airship in your Pocket or are you just happy to see me?"
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>>30536311
your up for consuming?
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536311
We can give her back to Sandalphon afterwards.

Hamil did nothing to Sandals.

Jophiel participated in a plan to kill Donovan.
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>>30536193
She's not a threat, and we already decided to spare her.

I really think we've done enough damage.
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536332
then consume her then.
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536311
yeah. We don't need the angel with us. Leave her.
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536332
I'd rather not leave any extra baggage chances behind for her to go crying to sandy. If we do have to leave her behind... at least tell Adavan to put her into deep sleep or something.
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>>30536350
We decided to spare her because Sandalphon helped to heal Hamil.
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>>30536350
...What part of spare her do you not get?

Did you just not read the opening post where Illa said we did a good thing by sparing her?

Just torturing her for no reason, or killing her the second she's no longer of use to us, goes... completely against that.

What is wrong with you?
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Why exactly are we sparing Jophiel? She deserves far worse than just getting stuffed back in the pocket.
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Why are people so against consuming?
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>>30536272
1
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>>30536372
>>30536374

Because Sandalphon healed Hamil, and I'd like us to at least return the favor with one of his Highest.
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>>30536372
>>30536374
Because she's already helpless, traumatized, and crying, and all our allies have called us out on that not being like us?
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>>30536365
ok thats decent reasoning.
>>30536369
because we had done worse to people deserving less.
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>>30536365
>>30536369
Wow you're actually waifuing Jophiel aren't you?
Kidding, but whatever we can do to make sure she can't call/warn Sandalphon is the better idea.
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>>30536389
Therefore, Pocket.
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>>30536388
...What does that have to do with anything?
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>>30536383
>>30536387
>Jophiel waifuers
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>>30536372
>>30536374
Jophiel is not like Lucy, Raziel, Micheal, and Metatron. She's a crying mess, not a lunatic trying to fuck us over.
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Personally I believe that we should shove Jophiel back into the pocket. It's incredibly harsh, but leaving her behind is way too much of a risk. She helped bring Flint to the sigil, where he may soon die. We have to be harsh and a little bit ruthless. If we leave her behind, even unconcious, Sandalphon could detect her, and then we'll have Shitstorm 2: Electric Boogaloo on our hands. Her sanity may be a necessary price for Flint's survival.
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>>30536414
But she could fuck us over if she stops being a crying mess long enough to warn Sandy.
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We don't know if Jophiel is as bad as the other Angels we've killed.

I say we hold off on Judging her.
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>>30536410
she deserves worse, but because she cried we spared her when before we didn't even let people speak.
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Are we /really/ about to compromise our success by showing mercy to Jophoel for no good reason?

This is "Let Matthel talk" all over again.
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>>30536422

This.

"How'd you get here from attacking that airship?!!?!?" is not a quesiton we want her to be able to answer
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>>30536422
Eh, I trust in Adavan's abilities to make sure she doesn't become a problem.
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>>30536441
>>30536438
So let's POCKET HER ALREADY. It's quick, efficient, and leaves no chance for her to warn Sandalphon.
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>>30536450
Can Adavan hide her from being sensed by other angels?
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>>30536441
I know, it'd be hilarious if it weren't so sad. But it's still a bit hilarious.
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>>30536441
Except the closing of the last thread and the opening of this one had Illa tell us that our being more merciful is a good thing?
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>>30536457
I thought we already voted to Pocket and people were arguing over consuming.
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>>30536471
Different ballpark, anon. We're not doing this to torture her we're removing a level of risk.
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>>30536472
We are according to the vote, people are just chewing the knobs in force tonight.
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>>30536461
How the fuck is Pocketing her the same thing as letting Matthel speak?
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>>30536492
There were a bunch of people saying we should just leave her in our pocket forever.
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>>30536471

It's not like we spared her, it only looks that way. We knew she was worth more to us alive. If it wouldn't looks absolutely horrible and sketchy as fuck for us to do it right now, we probably would.
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>Let's disregard the threat because it's a girl and it cried
I fear I might pinch off my nose from this...
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Man, I jumped into this argument to tell people we shouldn't eat her and a bunch of people leap at me like I want to leave her for Sandy to find.
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>>30536503
I think you lost something in the translation there, anon.
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>>30536503
Because all she needs to do is have sandy sense her, and that is enough for him to know something has gone wrong.
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>>30536525
So now you're telling me that Sandy can sense her even in the Pocket?

Didn't we specifically choose Hemmelus's lab because it was magically shielded?
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>>30536505
Only your post has the word 'forever' in it, eheheheeh.

>>30536514
It can help the sinuses, I'm told.
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>>30536503

How terrifying is it for people watching CONSUME again? Like, can we just intimidate the fuck out of a bunch of minion angels by popping this bitch out, eating her in the most terrifying manner possible, and then burping?
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>>30536545
I'll reiterate... you're losing some things in translation, anon. Slow down a bit.
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>>30536554
>How terrifying is it for people watching CONSUME again? Like, can we just intimidate the fuck out of a bunch of minion angels by popping this bitch out, eating her in the most terrifying manner possible, and then burping?

Bad idea - the angels were all, collectively, around during the Last Erebus War.

They'll recognize it when they see it.

That's bad.
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>>30536554
...What is wrong with you?
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>>30536545
Ah i though you were arguing for not pocketing her there.
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>>30536567
Let me guess. Internet sarcasm?
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>>30536570
Even Hecate didn't know about the consuming thing.

Erebus was very discrete with it.
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>>30536545
>Didn't we specifically choose Hemmelus's lab because it was magically shielded?
...maybe we should set anchor just OUTSIDE his lab.

Y'know, just in case.

Or at least test to make absolutely sure that we can open a portal to the inside of his lab before going through the Lightport. Because nothing would be more of a buzzkill than realizing that the magical shielding that let us get out undetected is also going to somehow prevent us from getting back through.
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>>30536545
I believe that he's saying that leaving her outside the pocket would make him able to sense her. If we keep her in the pocket with us for a while longer, then she's not a threat in any way, shape, or form.
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>>30536570
>>They'll recognize it when they see it.
Auriel didn't and Erebus pretty much did jack shit during the war, it was his followers doing the heavy lifting while he was making grand plans.
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Alright, I think there's a majority in favor of keeping her pocketed; the other side seems split between consume and leaving her there.

I think all options are in-character, so we'll go the safe route of keeping her locked up. Shadow doesn't particularly care about her mental state at the moment.

To ease fears, a half-day of being pocketed, while rather traumatizing, would allow for full recovery over a few days.

Longer than that may result in irreversible mental trauma.

Writing.
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>>30536600
Thanks for setting the record straight SM. Carry on.
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>>30536582
No, you've mixed up the terms and motivations of the posters since this >>30536503 one, is all. Since the chain up from that one hadn't said what you thought it did at all, is all.
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>>30536570

Didn't Auriel witness us consume the other one way back when and not immediately go OH SHIT BLACK ALERT? I mean, there was like the whole, do we tell Auriel or not thing.
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>>30536600
great, lets keep there for a week.
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>>30536600
>To ease fears, a half-day of being pocketed, while rather traumatizing, would allow for full recovery over a few days.
Could you stick this in the pastebin, under Pocket's description, so that we have the information solid and easy to keep track of.
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>>30536600
>More Pocket time for her

Yessssssss

I can't wait to see what this does to her.

Just think, we can suddenly drop her right in the middle of a congregation of enemy angels. The look on their face will be priceless!

Or maybe we could feed her to Fang's Magical Realm.
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>>30536618
Fine. SM's already set this straight anyways.
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>>30536600
>To ease fears, a half-day of being pocketed, while rather traumatizing, would allow for full recovery over a few days.
Good to get a bit of a clarification as to how long is too long for living creatures to be exposed to the nether.

also jeez, David has been in there HOW long now?

also captcha confirmed for nether.
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>>30536633
nah i rather consume, giving her soul to that shit is pretty evil.
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>>30536600

Good to know we are a sensory deprivation torture device. I wonder what it's like inside the pocket.
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>>30536643
>also jeez, David has been in there HOW long now?
700 something years
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>>30536651
Absolute nothingness. No light, no sound, no nothing. All you can do is breathe and think. According to Auriel, it's very cold.
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>>30536647
That's the point.

We offer her three choices.
1) Commit herself, mind, body and soul to us.
2) More Pocket-time
3) FANGBOX

Gotta get in on the mindbreak action.
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>>30536643

David is the part of the abyss also gazes into you. So he can keep tabs on the world more or less I think. The void is his home.

But yeh, he must be pretty fucked in the head.
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>>30536674
...I think Fang's Magical Realm is more than enough magical realms for one quest, thanks.
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When did the edgy players come back?

I thought they disappeared after the Archonium shit happened.
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>>30536674
I'd like to consume her, really. I mean not for the pitiable amount of XP we may get but more so the Jophiel waifers can't get their angelfoodcake boners anymore.
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>>30536692
The knobs call to them, anon. They cry out to be chewed.
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>>30536674
>1) Commit herself, mind, body and soul to us.

Get the fuck out.
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>>30536696
I think part of the reason those people are "waifuing" is because people are voting to be unnecessarily cruel
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>>30536699
>>30536692
so leaving this girl outside of the pocket is smart?
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>>30536696
Highest tend to give us large amounts of XP, around 20-30.

And I thought Abigail was our waifu? Jophiel is an evil bitch who we only spared because Sandalphon healed Hamil.
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>>30536703
What's the problem, Anon?

It's like, helping the consumption process.

The Pocket is there to 'tenderize' the 'meat'. If their souls aren't RESISTING our consumption, and want to JOIN WITH US, then we'll get MORE XP.

SIMPLE.
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>>30536720
No. Follow the conversation, anon. You're embarassing us.
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>>30536714
consuming isn't cruel but nearly breaking her before was.
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>>30536714
It ain't even cruel, scrub. SM said so! You dirty Jophiel waifuer!
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>>30536720

Fuck no, after she gets some sense back into her she would run to Sandal, telling him what happened.

And I think some of the Edge is back because Shadow is dangerously close to dipping back into the dark side if Donovan dies.
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>inb4 light elementals have Donny in Hyperion's Crib
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>>30536736
Thinking this over and over is making a lot of sense actually.

SM can you confirm this? If we mindbreak consumption victims and make them non-resistive, will they give more XP?
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>>30536730
Abigail is Shadow's waifu in story.

That doesn't stop some players from personally waifuing every other female character.
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>>30536763
I can't wait until we unlock Pure Darkness. DARK like my SOOOUUL.
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>>30536738
I really feel as if we shouldn't kill helpless enemies, or ones who surrender, because to do otherwise would mean Sandalphon has some moral high ground

>>30536730
All we know is she's our enemy and is pretty keen on bringing back Hyperion. We have no evidence that she's a shithead like Michael and Raziel, and she isn't currently in our way and refusing to give up like Metatron and Lucifer.
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>>30536736

Makes a good point. In the pocket the mind suffers, but the soul and body heal and become fine. We have mainly consumed injured targets. Imagine if we ate only healthy people from now on.

We don't need mana pots, we just need to pocket 4-5 angels.
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>all these people getting upset over some angel
for fucks sakes guys shes not even in the top 10
just put her in our pocket and we can eat her later
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>>30536786
She didn't surrender or even willingly do anything helpful. All she did was cry about how she didn't want to die.
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>>30536792
You realize that that is probably exactly how Erebus did things right?

And he was evil as shit?
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>>30536792
Let's not do this. This is the action of an evil motherfucker. This is the action of an Erebus or a David.

We have actively strived to not be like Erebus or David.
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>>30536809

Erebus was just misunderstood.
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>>30536807
She didn't surrender, but she was incapable of fighting us while still being alive. Lucifer was trying to kill us until the very end, and Metatron was already dead.
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>>30536807
She's probably the wimpiest angel we've met thus far aside from Michael and the "elite" guard.
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>>30536809
>>30536811
LIKE

MY

SOOOOUUUUL
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>>30536786
she shot down Illa, and sent donovan to his death, and again because she cried and begged for her life(other people begged for their life and did less), people want to spare her.
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>>30536792
>>30536776
shaduwww masturrrr pls answer if you get the chance
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>>30536809
>he was evil as shit?
Nope magic is evil as shit and nhe needed to cleanse the world of it.
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>>30536821
I'd like to say his ultimate goal of blowing up Venia was pretty fucking evil, but we still don't know enough about him to make a good judgement.
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>gif related
>it's my reaction to this entire argument over consuming/permapocketing Jophiel.

Seriously guys, we're not going to execute her, we already decided against it. On top of that, we're not going to be unnecessarily cruel and keep her perma-pocketed. That's Erebus level shit that we're trying to get away from.
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>>30536863
We should too, probably. It'd be nice if we could just... consume everything. Solves most of our problems, that!
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>>30536839
It's because Sandalphon of all people showed us that just because someone is opposing you doesn't mean they need to die.

I'm not saying we should pull our punches, but if we wind up victorious and our opponent is clearly out of the fight yet not dead, then we shouldn't finish the job.

I thought we wanted to be better?
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>>30536839
She's nowhere near as bad as Michael.
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>>30536881
The only reason I voted not to kill her back at the airship battle last thread was because we needed the sigil info from in her head.

Now? She's as good as dead.
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>>30536863
>Nope magic is evil as shit and nhe needed to cleanse the world of it.
Erebus wanted to purge the Void of Venia, because Venia itself is a construct of Chaos.
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>>30536881
I kept her alive last thread because of the sigil, now that we have it she can be our snack.
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>>30536896
So you're saying "fuck you Illa, I'm motherfucking Erebus"
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>>30536890
>It's because Sandalphon of all people showed us that just because someone is opposing you doesn't mean they need to die.
Lol anon can't into politics.
Your naivety is overbearing, and not cute at all.
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>>30536893
I wasn't referring about Michael.
>>30536890
Politics anon, he could have cared less if the traitor lived.
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>>30536898
And chaos is evil as shit.
>>30536912
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You guys are getting this edgy. Unnecessarily edgy.

>>30536821
>>30536863
EIDF pls go

Keep your eyes on the prize. Save the fuck out of Donovan, try and stop Hyperion from coming back, then give Jophiel to Auriel so someone who actually understands the situation she's in can handle the recovery process and work on seeing if she's too indoctrinated to live.

Sandalphon is shitty, but not all angels are shitty. If we're going to work on leaving Venia around and NOT in a state of perpetual war, there need to be people capable of rational thought in positions of power. Everyone important we've eaten so far was either such a zealot that they wouldn't stop even if they knew it was right, or an actual selfish, evil shit. (Metatron was kind of an unknown quantity, but the fact that he went blood-magic-supernova to try and stop us speaks to being unreasonable to have tried to stop him nonlethally.)
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>>30536955
Our friends are made of chaos dumbass
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Forgot my picture of how edgy. So edgy you can't even sit down because of how edgy.
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>>30536964
Amen to that.
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>>30536972
Yeah we need to eat them too, kinda been just waiting for a good time for it really.
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hey sm.
after how the last thread ended, and all that dumb useless rage that was. i wanted to say(tried at the end of the thread, but it was 404'd before i could lol); no writer wants their readers to hate them.
there is no point in it. not one that does it for the "right reasons" anyway.
which you have proved to us time and time again, that you do.
there is a difference between putting in a plot twist due to a reasoning of tragedy, and one of moving and enriching the plot. there is no doubt in my mind on which you try to commit to.
everytime we thought we gonna be screwed by a crit fail, or a regular one, you managed to direct it in a way that caused the story to be directed in an amazing way;
ones that had made this quest the amazing piece of art it is.
and i know that "the" nat one, will be used to further the story in exactly this way. there is no hanging sword. only an amazing plot device to come.
yes, it will be hard. yes, tears shall be shed. yes, most of us will rage.
but it shall be glorious. and this quest will be better for it.
what doesnt kill us, makes us stronger.
im here, i always was, since the begining.
and ill be in every quest youll have, this i swear to you. (haha buoys)
keep up the amazing work SM.
you wonderfull bastard.
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>>30536972
I still don't get how that works with Illa and other people who were born Shadow Element.
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>Save Donovon
>Walk up to Sandals
>"Thanks for healing Hamil."
><I guess we don't need to make it five.>
>Unpocket Jophiel and leave her at his feet
>Moonwalk away
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>>30536999
I commend your trips, autistic namefag, but little else.
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>>30536986
Say what you will but Axe eyepatches are fucking awesome
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>>30537006

This is dumb.
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>>30536986
I want the ass-daggers.
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>>30536999
That paragraph was a crit fail
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>>30537006
You don't dump her back on Sandalphon, because she was obviously in charge of the sigil and WE GOT IT SOMEHOW. And people don't know that mind magic is still around, so everyone will just assume she turned traitor in exchange for sparing her life.

Even if he doesn't execute her outright, he has angels hold her eyes open 24/7 while the Clockwork Orange-style propaganda films play until she's back in his court.
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>>30537052
Sandalphon wouldn't do that, he's the good guy. Why would he save Hamil if he wasn't a good guy?
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>>30537052
so you want to keep her instead?
I doubt she would be willing to help and would likely become a turncoat.
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>>30537103
We can just have Auriel decide what to do with her.
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>>30537097
Right, this anon has it. Really, what we should be doing is apologizing to Sandalphon for all the trouble we've caused him, from this point on it would be best to help the sigil complete and gift him Hyperion, I think.
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>>30537097
because he was keeping face in front of every one.
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>>30537103
Mentioned what I feel like we should do here:
>>30536964
>give Jophiel to Auriel so someone who actually understands the situation she's in can handle the recovery process and work on seeing if she's too indoctrinated to live
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>>30537130
or we could just eat her and not waste everyones time
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>>30537130

I think Auriel is on team "consume them all" by now.
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>>30537129
No, because he's a good guy. Saving Hamil doesn't give him anything politically. He knows that Shadow still doesn't trust him and everyone else already likes him anyway.
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>>30537164
How about let's not be an evil jackass.

Also, I get the feeling that there's two GreenEggs namefags in here.
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>>30537130
That's the evil option like Erebus would do and we want to not be Erebus.
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>>30537130
Just eat her, problem solved. Or, rather, problem solvent!
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>>30537170
yeah, i guess your right, sandy is a pretty out standing guy.
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>>30537170
Arcturis hates him. Melody hates him. Fang hates him. Shadow hates him. Auriel...is ambivalent.

Those were the only people who mattered who saw him heal Hamil.
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>>30537206
You are really bad at this whole internet sarcasm thing, aren't you?
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>>30537206
Yeah and it didn't change any of their minds.

So Sandalphon didn't heal him for politicals. He did it because he's a genuinely good guy.
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>>30537185
No there isnt
why the fuck is everyone against eating people all of a sudden?
she was the one who attacked our ship and threw Flint to the chopping block that would summon hyperion
like fuck guys c'mon
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Sarcasm?
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>>30537206
Sandy is the good guy, man, just deal with it and move on. We've got a light elemental to summon, after all.
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>>30537169
She threw the elite guard guy under the bus for sure, but I'm not sure she's not going to regret the snap decision at least a little later down the line.

That said, Sandalphon's elite guard are definitely going to be hardline pro-Hyperion scumbags because that's who Sandalphon would've wanted to surround himself with as direct subordinates, so she probably won't feel THAT bad.

>>30537195
don't worry, Darkxis, if Auriel thinks she's irredeemable we get to go "Oh, so remember that part where we were helping you to recover from your traumatizing ordeal in sensory deprivation? We were also testing you the whole time and you failed so you get to be food anyway. Sorry!"
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>>30536600
Shadow Master! We need you! The thread is rapidly devolving into a shitstorm without you!
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>>30537248
I needed that image, actually.
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Guys we shouldn't keep Jophiel in our pocket any longer because that's cruel and it will hurt her. We need to let her out and she can go back because it's the right thing to do. We promised Ila that we wouldn't hurt her because that's what Erebus would do and Ila would have done a long time ago and she knows it's wrong and we know it's wrong too so we promised not to. Sandalphon healed Hamil so we have that to because it's fair to no hurt his friends for no reason because she isn't a threat anymore so it;s wrong to hurt her more and the pocket is torture.
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>>30537249
Im sure Hitler was a nice fellow once you got to know him, doesnt mean he wont kill millions
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>>30537277

Operational Security
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>>30537277
what the fuck?
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>>30537242
It's called morality.
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>>30537301
What we're doing to Jophiel is wrong and it needs to stop now.
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>>30537277
Shutup faggot.

she's a bitch.
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>>30537277
Actually he said that it's only a problem if we keep her in for a half a day or so.

Another hour won't do that much more trauma, though it is still a dick move.
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>>30537304
Get the fuck out
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>>30537301

I think he's being sarcastic. He's trying way too hard.
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>>30537306
in this imaginary story?
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People that can't into sarcasm are JUST SO FUN.

But come back soon SM or I'll have TOO much fun.
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>>30537275
Glad to be of assistance.
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You quickly pocket Jophiel again. She's in no state to put up resistance.

>mana: 74/76

You set your portal anchor in Hemmelus's laboratory - just in case.

"We don't have time," you say. "You'll have to open it. Have any more of those mana potions."

Hemmelus grimaces, but reaches into his robes. "These aren't a dime a dozen, you know." He hands it to you. "No more than two a day, or you'll get some nasty side effects. It'll be weeks before your full capacity will be restored."

"Noted."

Hemmelus focuses his magic. You're surprised when not just Light, but Wind, Fire, and Lightning crackle in his hands. The sigil appears on the far wall, expanded in fine, glowing detail, rotating slightly, a portal about to be opened. "Get ready."

You position yourself at the front of the line. You're the fastest. Adavan is right behind Arcturis.

"I don't intend to let Donovan die this day, or any, John," Adavan says. "I never thought I would find a friend in a man born like he is. There is a saying: the Light shines so bright it cannot see itself. But he has never been such a one."

"That's all I need to hear," Arcturis says, "even for a wretched one as yourself."

Adavan just shrugs.

Hemmelus grits his teeth. "Three seconds."

You brace yourself against the floor.

The portal opens in a ring of all four elements, its middle shining with Light. A destination wavers into view. You leap through it. Arcturis jumps to follow you -

The portal slams shut.

>con't
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>mfw
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>>30537306
YOU SHOULD HAVE JOINED THE OTHER SIDE AND TOLD THEM THAT WHEN THEY SACRIFICED FLINT YOU FAGGOT.

THIS BITCH DESERVES EVERYTHING.
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>>30537316
What's the matter don't like being human?
Are you rejecting Humanity?
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>>30537318
The only people that want to keep hurting her for no reason are the edgelords and they need to leave because this quest is about being a better person and not an edgelord because they lost when we didn't eat Abby the first time and then when we got the humanity shard.
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You whip your head back. The portal is gone. Arcturis didn't make it through.

You glance back ahead. You're in a cavern - a large cavern, as big as anything you'd find in the Timorian Deep. It's aglow with a hazy green - you recognize it. Adamantium tends to carry its own sort of faint light. Your eyes trail around the ceiling and walls. You can spot a number of wide tunnels and thin passages leading off from the cavern to depths and heights unknown.

Where the hell are you?

"It's about time. I was starting to think you wouldn't take the bait."

You glance back down.

There's a woman sitting in a small wooden chair, a few yards away. That wasn't there before.

She stands up. She's strikingly beautiful, and wears only a ragged, sooty robe. Her eyes glow red and black. A wicked dagger is sheathed at her waist. She looks like night...but she doesn't feel like it.

She feels like...fire. No - Wind, too. Wait - Light. Spirit? And Earth?

Every element flows through her. They morph, change, sometimes growing, then fading, warping constantly. But you never sense Shadow.

What do you do?

>"Who are you?"
>"Where is Donovan?"
>attack immediately
>some other strategy
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>>30537326
...hemmelus pls?
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>>30537301
He's being facetious.

This whole argument does raise an interesting question, though: What do we do after the demons are gone? What's going to happen to Sandalphon and all the other Angels? Just something to think about.
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>>30537356
"sup Hyperion"
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>>30537356
SM I SWEAR TO GOD.

I AM THIS CLOSE.
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>>30537356
>"Who are you?"

Fuck me. The incarnation of Chaos?
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>>30537356

"Explain yourself."

Guys, I'm beginning to think that Sandalphon DID NOT authorize this kidnapping.
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>>30537356
What in the actual fuck?
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>>30537356
"...Hello, Chaos."
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wow what the fuck

fuck this

fuck that

FUUUCK EVEEERYTHING

But, we can still open a portal to our anchor! Maybe.
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It didn't have to be this way.
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>"It's about time. I was starting to think you wouldn't take the bait."
Fuck you bitch
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>>30537356
"I take it you're chaos then?"
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>>30537356
ILLUMINATI CONFIRMED
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>>30537356
>"Who are you?"

"Of course this was a fucking trap. Unless you know literally nothing and this is just a wild goose chase, I can work with this"
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>>30537356
FUCK OFF

SCHATTENKREIG HER
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>>30537356
"...Nope."
Teleport out of here.
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>>30537356
>"Where is Donovan?"
She has every reason to be honest right now.
Also, what in the actual fuck?
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>>30537356
>"Who are you?"
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>>30537356
"Hello Chaos my old friend."
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Oh what the fuck.

I GUESS THIS BITCH WAS THE THING WE FELT DEEPER IN THE CAVES 70 OR SO THREADS AGO
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>>30537356
>>"Where is Donovan?"
Get some info out of her, then teleport out.
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>some other strategy
cackle maniacally
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>>30537356
wow no
fuck you SM
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>>30537451
"I've come to talk with you again"
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>>30537356
<What are you...>
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So who is this?
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>>30537356
"I have an Airship in my pocket. If you don't explain this bullshit and where Donovan is within five sentences, I am going to throw it at you. And then eat it. And then obliterate you with my Chaos-annihilating black hole spell."
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>>30537454
Also I'm a little worried the reason Adavan claimed it was so easy was because it was specifically MADE to be easy.

The bait was a fake sigil implanted in Jophiel's mind during the time she was pocketed, I guess?
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>>30537493

She seems to be our polar opposite capable of using every element except shadow.
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>>30537509
It could be that Sandalphon really doesn't have anything to do with this.
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>>30537540
PFFFFFTAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHHAH
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>>30537524
10bux on her curbstomping us
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>>30537540
Amazingly enough, this actually fits. She can use seven elements.
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So.

Anyone else feel that 1 coming? Anyone?
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>>30537524
HECATE'S TEST ELEMENTAL HAD ALL 8. HECATE CONFIRMED FOR GREATEST MAGIC USER OF ALL TIME.
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>>30537540
Say this as a joke.
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>>30537540
THIS THIS THIS

Catch her off guard.
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>>30537561
SM was behind the rainbow!

WE'RE ALL JUST PAWNS IN HIS GAME
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>some other strategy
Just sit down and scream at her. It's like the entire universe is conspiring to kill Flint.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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>>30537356

FJAHSDJAGDALGWD
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>>30537356
Is there a fucking consensus yet?
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>>30537540
yeah. go for it.
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>>30537627
rainbows, followed by where the fuck is flint
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>>30537627
<Who are you? What are you? A rainbow?>
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>>30537627
Fuck this nonsense?

Hearing the final boss give us a monologue isn't going to save Flint.

Unless Flint is already dead and she was summoned instead of Hyperion.
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I think Erebus was her dress or something.

Makes sense. People are Chaos wrapped in Order, and her clothes are all ragged and shit.
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>>30537660
So, what? She's about to wear us or some shit? I want to exit Shadow Master's magical realm.
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>>30537660
So to reclaim our power, we have to consume this mysterious, 'strikingly beautiful' girl's clothes.

OUR PERVERSION SHALL BE FOR THE GOOD OF ALL. NOW HOLD STILL.
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>>30537627
My butt is too busy doing laps around the madpool I'll let you know my vote when it has simmered down.
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>>30537686

The shard we have been missing this entire time. Fashion.
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Where the fuck has this thread gone?
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Going with "Hello, Chaos," because it's in-character and I don't think the story could withstand a reminder of the rainbows incident.
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>>30537685
thats a pretty healthy horse/
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Is this our chance to strike a deal with Chaos to achieve balance perhaps? End an eternity of war between Erebus and this Chaos?
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>>30537699
Up it's own ass, since we're meeting the Architect.
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>>30537708
AWW ESSS EEEMMMM
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>>30537708
Aw, come on!
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>>30537708
what rainbow incident?
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>>30537708
It would be amazing though
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>>30537708
>I don't think the story could withstand a reminder of the rainbows incident.
BOOOOOOOO
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>>30537708
I really wanted something about this being a bad time and we really want Donovon back, but I guess we can wait.
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>>30537733

There was a riddle, much much earlier in SQ.

The whole playerbase was retarded and guessed "Rainbow Flag". It was not the answer to the riddle.
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>>30537708
SCRUUUUUB
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>>30537754
that might've actually been a CORRECT answer to the riddle, though.

C'mon, L&M-friends. People guessed "rainbow" when the ACTUAL answer was "flag".
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Fine. Vote on it.

Vote 1:
>"Are you a Rainbow?"

Vote 2:
"Hello, Chaos."
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>>30537754
No. The answer was flag.
One anon was dumb and said RAINBOW because, I'll paraphrase, "it was the first thing that came to mind, riddles are totally about whatever you feel like is the answer and not actual thought," and then the rest of the dumb anons joined him while the rest were busy thinking.
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>>30537784
Try harder, ruselord.
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>>30537784
I like you.

Have I said that before?
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Rolled 47

>>30537784
2
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>>30537784
Almost had me.
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>>30537784
2
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>>30537784
[RUSE INTENSIFIES]
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>>30537784
1
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>>30537784
RUSELORD
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>>30537784
2
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>>30537784
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>people still fall for this
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>>30537799
>>30537815
>>30537822
>>30537826
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>>30537784
1
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>>30537784

God fucking dammit, you got me again, you fucker.
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>>30537784
2
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>>30537784
Jesus Christ, I fall for it every time.

Why do you do this to me
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Oh that riddle
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>>30537784
Are you ever surprised that your rusing works so well?
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>>30537784

Is this the anon who promised to show the other anon a true Ruselord-ing? Because I still remember you promising that, and this was a rather successful Ruse...
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>>30537784
2
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>>30537869
If it is that guy, then I bow to his ruse-fu.
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>>30537869
eheheheheheeh

promises are meant to be kept after all
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>>30537793
>>30537799
>>30537815
>>30537822
>>30537826
>>30537839
>>30537858
>>30537889
Retards at their finest.
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>>30537839
Wut, you aren't me.
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>>30537869
this wasnt even succesfull. first reply is >>30537791
There have been much more successful ones.
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>>30537933
I wouldn't wanna be you, me. Gosh what a twit!
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>>30537933
yeah, sure, you didn't fall for it.
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>>30537784
2
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>>30537935
Thankfully this will mean that in the future it shall be impossible to pull off any SM imitation rusing, of course.
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>>30537942
>using the word twit
Cut it out VoidRuser. If you're going to impersonate me, please don't make me uncomfortable while doing it.
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>>30537952
>>30537839
>>30537858
Namefags pls
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What if Shadow pockets himself?
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>>30537988
That's actually forbidden by the text of the ability itself.

>You cannot transport yourself to your pocket.
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>>30538002
Rules were made to be pocketed
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"...you must be Chaos."

"Oh...?" She stands from her chair, and folds her arms behind her back. "What makes you think that? Although I suppose if you've spoken with the sage, or that queen...you might conclude such a thing."

"Wo are you, and what do you want with me?"

"My name..." She stops, cocks her head. A finger goes to her lips. "I've had many names. I don't really have -a- name. But I can tell you what I am. I am the Avatar of Chaos."

"...what?"

"Chaos," she says. She spreads her arms wide. "Pinned for so long by that awful barrier. You couldn't imagine that it would wait there, wait to be sealed up again? No. Opportunity was knocking. And so it made me - evolved me into being. I've been many things."

Her shape begins to change. She morphs, warping - and becomes a demon you recognize.

"...Xella?" you whisper.

>con't
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>>30538013
And suddenly my head is filled with an image montage of shadow pocketing all the things that we have so far, and then some, with the ending being a caption of that line.

pls
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>>30538020
SUCCUBUTT RETURNS
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"I've been watching you for some time," she says. Her form changes again. She mutates, growing, until she's a mass of flesh and Spirit. "When you fought Magnock, too. A living Shadow elemental, come alive, able to stand toe-to-toe with a Demon Lord and survive? I had to keep an eye on a threat, you might say.."

"I thought you were wrapped up when Sandalphon captured you...after I made sure he arrived with enough force to contain you." She changes again, morphing. A male angel, with white, feathered wings, and a hard, angry face, like a thundercloud. Lucifer. "But you escaped with aplomb. It was rather frustrating. But it was so easy to sneak a little something onto that airship."

She begins to change again, morphing, settling into her original form. "Easy when you have all the elements on your side. You never knew, did you? Of course you didn't. You can't predict Chaos."

Too much is spiraling through your mind too fast. How long has she been tracking you? How much damage has she caused? "Enough of the games! Where is Donovan?!"

"He's a little tied up," she says. "But he's alive, and will continue to be so...for a time." She smiles. "I bet you'd like to know where he is."

What do you do?

>try to keep her talking
>mention Sandalphon; see if there's some sort of link there
>attack immediately
>some other strategy
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>>30538020
DEAR GOD. She's just the energy of the Nether.

WISPBRO HAS BEEN A DOUBLE-AGENT ALL THIS TIME.
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>>30538037
>try to keep her talking
The more information we get, the better.
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>>30538037
>try to keep her talking

I highly doubt Sandalphon knows this bitch.
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>>30538037
>try to keep her talking

SM, I can't. This is too much.
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>>30538037
>try to keep her talking
"So I suppose you've met David, then."
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>>30538037
>attack immediately
BRING IN THE CAVALRY
USE ANCHOR
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>>30538072
This.
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>>30538020
>xella is an avatar of chaos
i call bullshit on this SM. it's like those shitty anime reveals.
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>>30538037
>try to keep her talking
>mention Sandalphon; see if there's some sort of link there
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>>30538037
>>try to keep her talking
I'd like to see if we could get her to spill whether or not she was Hyperion as well. If THIS was what Erebus was trying to destroy, maybe there's a little bit of the directive that we don't have to can after all.

That's really the main reason she would have to break him out, unless she thinks that him being freed from the nether would open it wide enough for her to get out as well.
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>>30538037
Eeeeerasure
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>>30538081
Not yet. Keep her talking, see what we can get.

If we can teleport in, even through the adamantium on the walls, we can still teleport out.
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>>30538086
I think this thing is just literally all the demons. When you build a template it's a part of her you're summoning.
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>>30538037
>some other strategy
Unpackage the dynamo.

Eat it.

Erasure.
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She's the avatar of chaos.
She would oppose Shadow as order, but maaaaybe she might be willing to cooperate with our new goals of order chaos and fighting can wait? Possibly?

>>30538086
>What is morphing
She's the fucking avatar of chaos and demons are just the chaos given form. Don't think of her as having been Xella, think of her as having been Xella's life force.
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>>30538037
THIS IS IT, GUYS.

IF WE CONSUME HER, WE BALANCE NOW. NO MORE ORDER. NO MORE CHAOS. ONLY BALANCE.
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>>30538126
I doubt we're going to beat her without Erebus's full power.
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>>30538037
The way she talks makes it seem like chaos is sentient. Is that even possible?
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>>30538037

"I see. So, your grasp of the situation is incomplete and your sight is imperfect. Lovely."
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>>30538020
>>30538037

God dam it releasing Hecate was a bad idea wasn't it?
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>>30538126
She isn't actually chaos. She's just its avatar. The stand in, if you will.
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>>30538154
How is Order sentient? That's Erebus. That's what we are.

She's probably not native to Venia and might even have a secret hidden chaos castle like us!
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>>30538182
I think that's what Erebus was as well.
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>>30538126
>>30538186
Erebus is not order itself. He is the avatar of it. This thing is literally Erebus' chaos counterpartç
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>>30538037

"I would indeed like to retrieve my friend, though I feel that you would not have gone to this trouble to get me here just to formally introduce yourself... So let us converse"
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>>30538020
>>30538037
THIS is the only person actually worthy of sicking Dave on, in fact that might actually end up being our backup plan.
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GET ON WITH IT
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Here're two little arguments I want to know whether you think that Shadow would think so:

"Freedom is precious.
Chaos' quest for freedom is understandable and relatable.

"All life is precious.
All three realms (Order, Venia, Chaos) should be preserved.
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>>30538252
YES, GET ON WITH IT
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>>30538037
deep focus
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>>30538224
I don't think so because she has control over all elements other then shadow, meanwhile we only have shadow and the lower elements with probably less control then she does.


So yeah only use shadow magic, probably.
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Vote 1:
>keep her talking

Vote 2:
>attack immediately, bring in the cavalry
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Rolled 100

SM
YOU ARE RUSTLING MY JIMMIES
HARD

THIS TWIST IS STRAINING MY SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF.
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>>30538320
1
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>>30538320
1
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>>30538320
2
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>>30538320
1
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>>30538325
Dude. Why?
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>>30538325
Woah damn, calm down there Dice Gods. No need to smite SM.
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>>30538320
1
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>>30538320
1
>>30538325

don't waste 100s
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>>30538320
1
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>>30538320
1
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>>30538325
And the voice of the dice gods has appeared.
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>>30538320
1
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>>30538320
Hey SM, just wondering; since our pocket is technically within the nether, if we try to un-Pocket something, say, an airship, will it cause mumbo-jumbo feedback proportional to the size of the Pocketed item?
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>>30538382

No, don't worry about Pocket making disturbances. It's its own independent thing.
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>>30538260
I don't know about ALL life being precious, it doesn't apply if the life is a dick or we REALLY need XP.

But mostly that, yeah.
>>30538300
It makes sense knowing the mechanics of Chaos, though. We can use lower elements because they are more on the order side of things, though they're still chaotic in nature.
Because all of the lower elements are still more chaotic than order, she can use them fine, while we're limited to those that are close enough to order to be harnessed by us.
And of course that's why she can't use Shadow; Chaos cannot make use of pure Order.
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>>30538411
It's a space of order in chaos right?
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Idea:

Ink inside Sandalphon. Unpocket the Ragnarok.
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This is the hardest railroading into a plotberg I've ever seen.
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>>30538411
Dammit, i wanted a reality-warping giant weapon against the Avatar that also notified Legion.
Wait a minute.
That's us
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>>30538411
Welp, it's gotten too late for me. I'm out for the night SM. Also, GODDAMNIT WHY!!!
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>>30538260
>>30538260
>Freedom is precious.
>Chaos' quest for freedom is understandable and relatable.
Sort of? It has a right to existence, but not a right to dominance, and from what we've seen so far, its aims have been closer to the latter than the former.

>All life is precious.
>All three realms (Order, Venia, Chaos) should be preserved.
Given that we don't actually know anything substantial about the first or third, it could be that 'preservation' can only exist within the confines of Venia itself.

Even if we've been getting more moderate, we're still not a pacifist or anything, so it's hard to say we view all life universally as precious. It's in our nature to judge, after all.

Basically what I'm trying to say is that we're trying to be a force for balance and both of those questions are mostly asking for a hard-line yes-or-no response where our in-character "right" answer is somewhere sort of nebulous and in-between-y.
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Rolled 12

>>30538462
>It has a right to existence
I'm going to just say that not everything has a right to exist. Some things are best left unmade.
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>>30538443
Pretty much, yeah. I consider all of this entire situation to be the nat 1 itself.
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>>30538462
>>30538425
By "life is precious" I didn't mean we shouldn't kill anyone. It just means that there is some intrinsic value to life and (at least sentients) shouldn't die needlessly.
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>>30538505
We already have enough shit on our plate trying to stop the demon lords, hyperion, restore balance, fix ourselves, and now this?

This is getting utterly absurd.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suUtJxccoaU

"You'd be right."

"It's a terrible thing, to be trapped," she says. "I wonder if you can even begin understand," she says, "being sealed in there like a TOY for that long...by Erebus...that creature, that thing, that D̨́͞҉E͠҉̢T̵͟͞Ę̶͝S̷̵͏T̢͟Ą͘҉̨͘B̵L̵͟Ę̶̶̀ ̶́̕͞E̕͢X̧̕͢ÌS̶̡̕Ţ̷̷҉͘E̴̴̢͞N̛͜͞͞C̸̴͟͠E̴̷̢̛͠...but I digress," she says. "I share the frustration of chaos...but I am merely a representative of its will. You see, all that damage started to accumulate, all that time, all the wear and tear, the strain of supporting Venia itself on a barrier not meant to hold such a thing...enabling...me."

"What are you?"

"I am that which will exact Chaos."

"...is Sandalphon working with you?"

She laughs. "Oh, I'm using him. He's using me. We're using each other. It's a grand thing. A headlong race toward death. Isn't that a nice thought? Death."

"Why did you lure me here?" you say. "Why are you telling me all this?"

She cocks her head at you. "I don't get to vent very often, you know. So few people would even begin to appreciate what I am, or what I have to say. But as to the real reason you're here...well, you've fulfilled your role, but now you're becoming a variable I can't easily compensate for, and that just won't do, not when things are about to be at their most vulnerable, and so..."

Her smile widens, until it stretches across her face, revealing rows of teeth like daggers. "You'll have to die."

7 elements gather before her.

Roll 1d100
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>>30538505
FUCK I FORGOT ENTIRELY ABOUT THE NAT 1
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Rolled 46

>>30538538
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Rolled 13

>>30538538
Goodbye folks.
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Rolled 35

>>30538538
>Guide my 100
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Rolled 98

>>30538538
Laugh in her face
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Rolled 1

>>30538538
Fuck it, one last roll can't hurt
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Rolled 26

>>30538538
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Rolled 99

>>30538538
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>>30538503
everyone has a right to exist but some have more of a right than others
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>>30538566
YES IT CAN
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Rolled 23

>>30538566
>>30538562
>>30538572
Unbelievable.

>>30538538
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>>30538566
I can't even get upset anymore.

I'm cackling at this. CACKLING!
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>>30538566
It can and it did.
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>>30538566
Welp, I'm an absolute fuck-up. Goodnight Shadow Quest
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>>30538566
>eatingcrow.jpg
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>>30538566
Time to kill yourself
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>>30538566
OH NO OBVIOUSLY NOT

PISSING FUCK
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>>30538566
>one last roll.

>Last

LAST

THE LAST ROLL.
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>>30538566
Goodnight everyone
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>>30538566

I WILL NEVER FORGIVE THIS, YOU MOTHERFUCKER
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>>30538443
i agree. that's why i dont like the situation. it might have been a great reveal another time and people would get hyped but now...We have a way to save Flint and we have a dozen shit to deal with, suddenly THERE IT IS THE AVATAR OF CHAOS. What the fuck is this shit?
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>>30538566
YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO EXIST
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Rolled 4

>>30538538
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKKCKKKCKCCKKDS iyhoyjkjsafjouo fibnitajsfldkj
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>>30538566

Jesus fucking Christ
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Rolled 86

>>30538538
Saving from VoidBearer
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>>30538601
It's like SM wants to end his own quest. I mean it's happening right now all around us.
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Rolled 75

>>30538538
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>>30538566
I hate you so much right now
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>>30538607
>Farewell SM, it was nice
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>>30538596
Actually fuck that, fuck this quest im done
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Rolled 30

>>30538607
Eternal sadness.
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>>30538503
Seihai-kun wouldn't have settled for just chilling out being a LITTLE bit evil somewhere, y'know.

We don't know if Chaos as a force is capable of moderation, and if it isn't then you go look at the second question and see if its right to exist is outweighed by what it intends to do with that existence.

>>30538607
You should hardly be surprised at this point.
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>>30538607

It's been a good run, SM.

Thanks for everything.
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So many ones have happened that I've essentially reached total apathy dealing with them.
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>>30538623
Yep, I don't even care how it ends at this point. We got led kicking and screaming into an impossible battle.

GG no re.

Peace.
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Rolled 18

>>30538607
We're in rough waters, SM, and we're on the verge of capsizing.
I'll stick it through in the hope that you'll steer us clear, but it's getting hard.
>>
Writing epilogue.
This one will take a while, bear with me.
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fucking forget it
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>>30538671
Ruselord pls.

Now isn't the time.
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>>30538671
FUCK YOU RUSELORD
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Rolled 27

>>30538671
Too obvious, rusenoob.
Try not to do it twice per thread.
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>>30538671
I know you ruselord but fuck
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>>30538679
FUCK YOU 1-BEARER
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>>30538688
You called?
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>>30538671
Anon, I already tried it once and it was a half-failure. Trying it another time after that? Ehhh, good luck I suppose.
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>>30538688
I mean, 9-100's and 2-1's. Chance just kind of gets fucked around me.
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>>30538671
You are not helping things!
>>
What the hell is with all the people giving up in the face of the slightest bit of adversity lately?

This isn't the Shadow Quest I know!

GET YOUR BATTLE PLANS OUT GENTS. WAR ROOM IS NOW IN SESSION.
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>>30538702
Then stop roling you fucking ingrate
youre fucking roll is the one that ruin this quest for me
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SM I want you to honestly tell me what the fuck we're supposed to do. You've throw us into a situation we had NO WAY to predict, NO WAY of winning because we are a shadow of the power we SHOULD be, and basically just turned EVERYTHING upside down.

Dude, fucking give us something.
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i am so frustrated right now...
After all this time, we founnd a way to save Flint and dice took it away. Then we found another way and you taki it away with plot SM...Couldn't you give that to us after a hundred fucking threads? You had to pull this shit out right now? I would be happy regardless of what you throw at us after we saved Donovan. You kow carrot and stick and all...
Fuck you.

i think its better if read this one from the archive...good luck with the dicepeople.
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>>30538718
We have something. Two somethings.

Well, 3 somethings. They're in our pocket and they're chock-full of XP.
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>>30538715
>implying strategy matters when everything important is determined by rolling
its fucking pointless you fool
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>>30538566
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>>30538716
It wasn't a crit fail chill the fuck out
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>>30538735
No amount of temporary EXP can save us here.
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I have lost my faith in you SM.
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We have 10exp. Erasure her. Problem solved.
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>>30538753
Seriously, this is just... bad.
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>>30538746
A new shard and activating the 100XP dynamo overcharge thing might, though.
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>>30538733
Yeah, now was probably not a good time to throw this at us.
Narratively, it's pretty terrible timing and poorly justified from the reader's perspective.

Still better than most every other /tg/ quest, so I'll keep reading.
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>>30538741
>crit fail role
>B-but at least its not a super crit fail right guys?
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elega/tg/entlemen, truly these have been the greatest hours of browsing of my time. Thank you
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>>30538737
>Strategy
>Entirely mitigated by rolls
It's like you haven't even followed the same quest I have. We've ALWAYS been able to drag ourselves out of situations like this through timely use of our skills. This is hardly the first time we've rolled a 1 in combat.
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>>30538755
We have 1 xp.

Shoulda ate Jophiel
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>>30538758
>A new shard
Stability?
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I seem to have com back at the perfect time.
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>>30538772
Leviathan
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>>30538776
It's all burning Captain. Have a seat and watch the ashes blow away around us.
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>>30538767
Strategy only increases the modifiers on our rolls
it doesnt matter if we have the fucking answers to the universe when we have to roll
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Rolled 87

>>30538776
Shut up and roll average, middle-of-the-road.
I'll settle for average.
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>>30538781
Fuck that noise.
>>
You know I wonder if we could force-feed her order until she became more like us.
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>>30538787
Oh i'm sure everything will turn out alright in the end somehow maybe.

>>30538793
I'll do my best he who rolls high.
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>>30538808
Y'know what I actually fucking agree with that. Good plan. Let's fucking do it! LET'S JUST FUCKING DO EVERYTHING!

FUUUUUUUUUUCK!
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GreenEggsAndSlam needs to chill the fuck out.
SM put a hell of a lot more time and commitment into this quest than any of us have, he's not going to ruin it all yet. Don't get mad just because we've been led on a wild goose chase.
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>>30538828
Im going to watch spy academy batsu again and see if that improves my mood
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Rolled 95, 10, 38 = 143

You try to move, and you manage to get away from the worst of it.

The twisting beam of energy slams into the wall next to you. You sprint away at top speed, running with legs and several limbs, but the explosion catches you from behind, throwing you forward.

You turn, take the momentum on your shoulder, roll a few times, and then you're back on your feet, supported by five arms. You glance at the center of the room. The creature is gone.

Left.

You try to dodge, but she's too fast. The punch catches you full on the side. You're flying again.

You slam into the wall on the opposite side of the room. Rubble rains down around you. You cough and scrabble to get back up on your feet, peering through the haze. That thing hits like a Demon Lord.

A hand grabs your throat and rips you back across the room.

An elbow slams into you from above. You impact the center of the cavern.

>you've taken 20 damage (61/81)
>you've regenerated 3 damage (64/81)

You stand in the crater.

The Avatar faces you from a few yards away. She tilts her head. "You're tough."

She bends her knees.

What do you do?

>try to dodge
>try to counterattack
>use magic
>some other strategy

>rolling perception...
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>>30538851
see. it could have been a lot worse
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>>30538851
Grapple her and cover her like a suit
CONSUME
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>>30538851
>try to dodge

WE NEED TO FIND FLINT

JUST DODGE AND DEEP FOCUS EVERY ROUND
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Rolled 56

>>30538851
>try to counterattack

Blast her with Surge, and then Fast Blink blitz her.
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>>30538851
will erassure work?
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>>30538851
MULTISHADE AND BLINK AWAY
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>>30538851
NIGHTBLAZE
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>>30538851
>some other strategy
>shapeshift into a ball and let her play with you
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>>30538851
So she's physically powerful and has 7 elements at her command.

I say we blast her with Shadow Magic.
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>>30538851
Blink + Cone of Destruction.
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>>30538875
We don't have the EXP, we need 9 more.

>>30538851
Cone of Destruction, followed by a blink away
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>>30538869
>>30538851
This.
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>>30538851
Make sure that we use Shadow magic, guys.

Because that's what would be strongest against this opponent.
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>>30538851
shadow blast, deep focus to find flint
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>>30538851
Going with these:
>>30538869
>>30538880

We're outclasses here in our current state, but I have the utmost confidence in our ability to run the fuck away.
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>>30538851
Guys, I think attacking with ANY kind of elemental damage is a TERRIBLE IDEA. SHE'S MADE OF ALL THE OTHER ELEMENTS. So use Shadow magic or try and beat her physically.
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>>30538851
>shapeshift into a giant dildo that sings "rock you like a hurricane"
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>>30538851
>She tilts her head. "You're tough."
"And here I was, thinking you had been watching."

>>30538869
I'd like to focus at least ONE time, just to get the lay of the land. See if we can feel where those tubes lead.
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>>30538851
If there was ever a time to request help from Hecate it would be now.
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>>30538851
Cast Confuse on her. She's Chaos, so she's probably weak to it.
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>>30538916
>she has bent her knees in prep for the next assault
>let's stand still and deep focus
lolwut...
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>>30538920
after we know where we should head to. when we have a location, call hecate and go while they are busy.
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>>30538930
Anons are voting for Fast Blink + Deep Focus.
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>>30538930
Was linking a suggestion to dodge and focus, but probably should've been more specific with my suggestion.

Because yes, I agree that standing stock still is a really dumb idea just as she is getting it into her head to break out the big guns.
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Vote 1:
>evasive maneuvers; she's coming with more power. Multishade, Blink, then Deep Focus to try and learn more

Vote 2:
>She's about to charge. Try to catch her with Cone of Destruction
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I really don't think Flint is here...
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538975
2
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>>30538851
If she is a creature of chaos, will consuming her be like consuming demons?
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538975
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538985

Adamantium veins reflect your Deep Focus, amplifying its range.
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538975
2
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538993
I guess.
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>>30538975
2
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>>30538975
2

Why don't we just use analyze on her? It's cheaper and does the same damn thing. Would've voted 1.
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>>30538975
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>>30539010
Well, that's a pleasant surprise.

Guess the fact that it's not a seamless dome is pretty important.
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>>30538975
AHAHHAHH YOU CANT TICK ME ANY MORE AHAHAH I FIGURED IT OUT AHAHH ILL TAKE NUMBER 3 "ESCAPE THE ARCHONIUM" AHAHAH YOU REALY HAD ME GOING THERE AHHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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>>30538975
2
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Rolled 43

>>30539010
Sweet.
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>>30539029
Because we're deep focusing the cave tube system to find Flint and get a lay of the land, not deep focusing on the Avatar
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>>30538975
1
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>>30538975

cutting off votes
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The walls are adamantium. Our deep focus is just going to bounce off and do nothing.
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>>30539065
666th reply.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
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>>30539041
why Would you sAy that. she's going to Kill us, wE can't fool aroUnd with Pretend archonium nonsense.
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>>30539072
See >>30539010
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>>30539072
Are you blind or stupid?
You have nice hair.
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>>30538975

Guys.

AVOID ALL IN PLANS

PLAY CAUTIOUSLY
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>>30539131
WHAT'S THAT?
GAPING MAW?
OKAY.
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>>30539127

....... people actually follow that rule?

hahahhahahha mah niggah
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Rolled 26

And we're going to be fucked by the dice, again.
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Rolled 8, 56, 91 = 155

You can feel something - a call.

Something's calling to you.

You've got to dodge this attack.

You use Multishade, and five illusions appear, running in five different directions. Four split off, sprinting along the walls. One takes flight. The last charges straight at her. At the same time, you Blink away, crossing to the other side of the cavern.

You use Deep Focus!

Your senses are amplified by the adamantium. Your focus bounces a hundred times, a thousand, climbing up through the tunnels and shafts and passages carved in the rock under Venia.

The tunnels stretch for miles in every direction. You can sense the largest one the easiest. It goes on for at least ten miles, your bouncing, rebounding sense giving you a mental map of its landscape. In any case, you're deep underground. There doesn't appear to be any easy mundane escape route.

An explosion of mixed fire and light illuminates the room. Your illusions are vaporized.

The Avatar springs into the air. Chaos gathers behind her, flickering light that strobes white, blue, green, red -

BOOM

Roll 1d100 to react!

>rolling for perception
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Rolled 18

>>30539157

And here come more 1's to end the quest while it screeches to a fiery halting explosion.
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Rolled 97

>>30539157
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Rolled 24

>>30539157
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Rolled 20

>>30539157
>Roll 1d100 to react!
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Rolled 6

>>30539157
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Rolled 4

>>30539157
I cast Nightblaze
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Rolled 49

>>30539157
AHHHHHHHHHH
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>>30539157

Stop rolling!
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Rolled 67

>>30539161
>>30539165
>>30539169
>>30539170
>>30539172
Really?
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Rolled 86

>>30539161
>>30539163
>>30539165

Well, at least I rolled well. So we haven't totally failed.

>>30539157
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Rolled 44

>>30539157
i got this
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>>30539190

go for th hundred, boo, go for the hundrd!
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Rolled 93

>>30539157
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Rolled 76

>>30539157
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Rolled 24

>>30539157
WRYYYY
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Rolled 8

>>30539157
>>
Rolled 41

>>30539157
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Rolled 4

>>30539157
The dice are cruel and unknowable gods
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Rolled 47

>>30539157
These fucking dice.
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Something is calling.

The Avatar's aura coats her in a cone of blazing destruction.

The call grows louder. It feels primal. Instinctual. Fundamental.

No time. You leap to escape the oncoming comet of Chaos.

A third of your body is vaporized as the Avatar passes through you as if you weren't even there. It buries itself in the cavern wall behind you.

>you've taken 22 damage (42/81)
>you've regenerated 4 health (46/81)

You rush to get clear, stumbling, regrowing a few legs to stabilize yourself. You're about halfway across the room when the Avatar emerges from the hole it made in the wall. It places its hands together. Light twists in its palms. It faces them toward you.

What do you do?

>continue to dodge
>counter with Nightblaze
>Blink next to her, use Cone of Destruction
>some other strategy
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>>30539282
>counter with Nightblaze

then

>Blink next to her, use Cone of Destruction
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>>30539282
>continue to dodge

So this is just a survival battle.
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>>30539282
>>counter with Nightblaze
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>>30539282
>counter with Nightblaze

Do we have anything that amplifies our hearing?
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>>30539282
Consume the Aurora Water gem.
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>>30539282
>>counter with Nightblaze
Then continue to get the fuck out.
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Rolled 48

>>30539282
Fuck it
Eat the dynamo
we can make more ourselves
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>>30539282
nightblaze
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As of two hours ago today is my birthday, SM.

Give us a free 100 for my birtday.

For real, though. I like your quest enough that I'm happy that being in it is the first thing I'm doing today. Don't ever stop being good at word making.
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>>30539282
She's using our attacks against us. Not cool.

No more perception rolls, SM?
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>>30539282
>Other
Answer the call
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>>30539282

>counter with Nightblaze
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>>30539306
No, we're not killing half of Leviathan. If we're going to eat something, then we're eating the Ragnarok's dynamo.
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>>30539282
>counter with Nightblaze
We haven't seen how effective our magic ACTUALLY is against this thing, so it's probably a good time to find out.

>>some other strategy
Call back.
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>>30539324
seconding
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>>30539282
Nightblaze
>Answer the Call
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>>30539282

We're getting chipped to death here.

We need to take the offensive a little bit.

And we're gonna have to do it using Order powers, not Chaos magics.

She' a literal creature of magic, so its a shame we don't have erasure or hammer/moonsong.
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>>30539306
>>30539311
We. Need. Those.

If you think things are that bad, why not just vote to teleport out?
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Rolled 39, 11, 44 = 94

>>30539311

The dynamo is part of the ship. You'd have to unpocket the airship and then go inside of it and eat the dynamo. The space you're fighting in is large enough to unpocket the ship, though, if you want to try it.

>>30539321

Rolling perception...
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>>30539282
PICK UP THE PHONE YOU ASSHOLE.
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>>30539332
Seconded.

>Call back to the voice.
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Rolled 41

>>30539282
ANSWER THE PHONE, DAVE.
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>>30539332
>Call back.

No. Deny the call

This call is chaos singing to the chaos in US, because we're corrupted now.

Instead, we need to listen to Temerity. He's a bro, he's always seen us through this.

GUYS DONT LISTEN TO THE VOICE ITS TRAP
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>>30539324
make us whole again John.
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>>30539345
answer the banana phone
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Roll 1d100 for Nightblaze counter

You'll need six dice for this
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Rolled 11

>>30539371
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Rolled 65

>>30539371
Sigh
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Rolled 19

>>30539371
WELCOME TO DIE
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Rolled 30

>>30539371
>>
Rolled 24

>>30539371
>>
Rolled 13

>>30539371
>You'll need six dice for this
Shiiiieeet
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Rolled 22

>>30539371
We will all die...
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Rolled 43

>>30539371
>>
Rolled 91

>>30539371
>>
Rolled 54

>>30539371
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we need to talk shadow, its time you learned the truth
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>>30539374
>>30539379
>>30539382
>>30539385
>>30539387
Seems about right.
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Rolled 79

>>30539357
Temerity is dead, there is only resolve.

>>30539371
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>>30539374
>>30539378
>>30539379
>>30539382
>>30539385
>>30539387

SM the Dice Gods are going to END YOUR QUEST if something doesn't happen.
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Why do we always roll so shit
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>>30539374
>>30539379
>>30539382
>>30539385
>>30539387
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>>30539410
>2 on a d100

Really.
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Rolled 24

>>30539371
>>
Rolled 60

>>30539407
This is one of those cases where dice induce frustration rather than suspense.

Shit sucks, man.
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Rolled 34

>>30539414
Hopefully it means that the worst has passed.

Testing...
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>>30539371
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Rolled 55, 12, 89 = 156

>rolling perception
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>>30539371

>>30539429
>This is one of those cases where dice induce frustration rather than suspense.

Im just gonna start using Invisible Castle
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Rolled 82

>>30539371
I want our rolls to be ogre
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>>30539440
hopehopehope
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>>30539440
rolling perception for...who
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>>30539440
I wonder if that's her perception or ours.

Cause if it's hers, it's just a matter of time until she realizes we're Erebus and then tells Sandalphon.
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>>30539440
donny wake up
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>>30539461
Dave and the Order Palace, the two true waifus
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>>30539461
For the Doctor
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Oh wow.

OH WOW, the dice has really been out for your guys' blood these last two threads.
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>>30539282
Voting for confuse again, not that anyone is going to listen.
>>
Can we please go with the shapeshifting into a ball and letting her play with us plan already. This is painful.
>>
Rolled 66

>>30539557
She can use all seven elements of Chaos, anon. I doubt she'll even be affected by Confuse.
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Her Light builds. Your Shadow condenses into a ball in front of you, rolling into a sphere of negative energy.

Her Light burns brighter. It fills the cavern. She fires, and a lance of incandescent Light leaps toward you.

You fire your Nighblaze. A ball of darkness crackling with purple energy shoots across the room.

Dust sweeps up in the wake of the two spells. They collide between you, exploding in a flash of energy. It's unstable, twisting black and white, exploding again, and again. That wasn't Light. That was Chaos.

An instinct burns inside of you. Something ingrained into your being.

The light is painful to look at. You step back, shielding your eyes. Eventually, the uncontrolled, rampant energy dies away.

The Avatar is in front of you, another lance of Chaos in its hand. You take it directly in the stomach.

Your bottom half is vaporized. You're flying through the air, end over end, tumbling across the cavern. You smash through a stalactite and grind to a halt.

>you've taken 28 damage
>you've regenerated 8 health (26/81)

You climb up again. Your body repairs itself, piecing together shadow from the darkness around you, rebuilding into lazy half-human, half elemental form, as if too tired to pick one ans stay there.

You're hurting. It hurts. You can't remember the last time you were pushed this far.

This thing is too strong.

Something is calling.

The Avatar casts more magic. You flinch - but it's just a light. It pins itself to the top of the room, illuminating the space until the shadows flicker and fade.

"No more of that annoying regeneration."

She puts her palms together again. A lance of Chaos leaps to life, glowing. Rotating. And it flares with every element, growing still brighter than any attack you've seen thus far, so bright and hot and it starts to burn your skin even at this distance. You can hear the shadows hissing on your flesh.

>you've taken 1 damage (25/81)

>con't
>>
"You never had a chance from the start," she says. "But at least you tried."

You're pinned against the wall. If you make one false move, you're dead. Maybe if you can -

"You won't make it to that tunnel."

Chaos.

You feel some strange urge bubble up inside of you. Something you thought you'd forgotten, that you'd put away long ago...when you started being human. WHen you started looking for balance.

But it's still there. Waiting.

It doesn't begrudge balance. You've just been moving toward it for so long...maybe you forgot the other side.

A beam of pure Chaos leaps toward you.

>answer the call
>>
You know, I'm actually pretty okay with all of this.

If it all goes blooey, then either we get a perspective change (hopefully to fang), or SM can finally start prepping EDGY QUEST.
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>>30539587
>The Avatar casts more magic. You flinch - but it's just a light.

Snuff. Get rid of that
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>>30539578
"She" also seems mentally unstable already, and confuse seems rather far along in the mental tree already.
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Rolled 28

>>30539595
>Answer the call

What more can we do?
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>>30539595
>>answer the call

Is this our only choice here, sm?
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>>30539595
TEMERITY BACK, MOTHERFUCKERS.

PUT ON THEM BADASS SHADES WE RUN THIS SHIT
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>>30539595
>answer the call
WELCOME TO DIE
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>>30539595
>answer the call
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>>30539595
>let it go to voicemail
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>>30539595
>dont answer it.
>just lie there and rest.
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>>30539614
>>30539613

You can do whatever you'd want. I just didn't feel like bothering with other prompts.
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>>30539595
>>answer the call
"Hello, this is Shadow speaking."
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>>30539595
Choo Choo.
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>>30539595
>answer the call
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>>30539640
>implying this entire thread since meeting the Avatar hasn't been railroaded by SM and shit dice
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>>30539595
>But it's still there. Waiting.

>It doesn't begrudge balance. You've just been moving toward it for so long...maybe you forgot the other side.
I see.

We haven't been balancing the scales at all. We've become a combination of Order and Chaos. The thing confronting us is just Chaos. Hardly a level scale.

I suppose it's time to make this fight even.
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Moshi moshi, Shadow desu.
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>>30539595
>>30539631
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>>30539595
Moshi moshi, Shadow desu.
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>>30539595
Hello, Erebus, I'm calling on behalf of Palatial Construction Ltd. It seems you have an outstanding debt for the construction of a palace in the Void some 800 years ago that you have yet to make any repayments for according to the payment plan. If you don't resume payment immediately we will be forced to repossess your palace
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>>30539595
>>But it's still there. Waiting.

Use Snuff, cancel the light, get regeneraion back.

answer the call
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>answer the call
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>>30539687
GREAT. Now we're dead AND in foreclosure.

FUCKIN' CHAOS.
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>>30539595
>>answer the call

>It doesn't begrudge balance. You've just been moving toward it for so long...maybe you forgot the other side.
We're going to have to use... THAT!
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>>30539595
snuff the light
answer the call
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wtf was the point in that option?
agreenment?
>>
You guys do know we still have that teleport back to Arland, right?
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>>30539595
"Code Kaiju"
>and everything was great again
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>>30539724
illusion of choice
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>>30539724
Stalling for time to write.

And dramatic effect, I suppose.

>>30539733
And accomplish what?
Bring the fight to Arland and let her massacre citizens along with us?
Bring in our allies who probably don't stand a chance?

I'd much rather use THAT.
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>>30539733
can't open portal in combat
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>>30539738
if only we could FIRE THE LIGHTNING
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>>30539733
Actually we don't.

Portal takes two turns to open and is very easy for enemies to interrupt.
>>
This has been the worst thread in all of Shadow Quest.

It isn't even the rolls or the awkward railroading.This whole Avatar of Chaos thing is just stupid.

Suddenly! New EXTRA Evil BBEG!!!

Just fucking stupid. Dropped.
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>>30539733
Takes two turns in combat to open it, and even if we do get it open the portals are pretty unstable.

Maybe if we opened it while taking we would've been able to try and escape, but it's equally likely it just lets the avatar of Chaos just walk whole cloth out into Hemmelus' workshop since it also takes time to close.

Maybe we could've Multishaded up into the vents and tried to rely on Chaos getting mixed up long enough for us to open it and flee, but still probably not the best odds.
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>>30539772
It'd be fine if we weren't even done with the "fail to save Flint at the last second" thing.

Also why hasn't she named herself Eris yet?
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You suddenly know what you have to do.

It's what you do, best, really.

You

Must

CONSUME

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>Activating Positive Energy Field Rapid Local Conversion
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-------------

The oncoming spell is surrounded in a cube of black light. It continues to travel toward you at the same speed, but encased, captured inside some sort of magical trap.

It strikes you - and you're waiting, ready. The energy floods into you.

----
----

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

----
----

Darkness explodes around you.

The Avatar is blown back, off her feet. It quickly catches itself and lands rightside up.

Your aura flows around you, covering you from head to toe. You glance down at your hand. You feel different. Every shard is buzzing inside of you, linked together. Some deeper connection has been fused...for the moment.

"This isn't possible." The Avatar takes a step back. "...what - " It freezes. "Erebus."

What do you do?

>physical attack
>magical attack
>Hammer
>some other strategy
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>>30539816
>Hammer
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>>30539816
Hammer.
Hammer until there's nothing but Chaos puree for us to eat.
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>>30539816
STOP HAMMERTIME
>>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD6SU_BL9QU

>HP: 81/81
>mana: 76/76
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>>30539595
"I'm here, David. And thanks."
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>>30539816
>physical attack
Wheres Donovan?
>PUNCH
Where's Donovan?
>PUNCH
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>>30539816
>some other strategy
>shapeshift into a ball and play with her.
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>>30539816
I KNEW IT

I KNEW THE POWERUP WAS COMING AND IT WOULD BE UNEXPECTED

I WAS WAITING FOR THIS

>>30539772
ALSO FUCK YOUR SHIT
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>>30539816
>"Erebus died one year ago."
Pull out the Hammer.
"I'm just Shadow."
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>>30539816
HAMMER
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>>30539772
thank fucking god.
hope you take everyone who thinks like you out as well.
people with this line of thought are just idiots.
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>>30539848
I like your style, GIVE THIS MAN A RAISE!
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>>30539816
>>physical attack
CONSUME THE REST OF HER.
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>>30539845
...Getting an inexplicable shounen protagonist powerup is hardly a mark of quality.

If anything that just cements the perception of this thread as an obtuse cutscene.
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>>30539816
>Hammer
"You took Donovan from me"
>spawns Hammer
"Judgement is here, time to drop the hammer"
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>>30539772
Actually, I expected Hyperion to be the Avatar of Chaos. What surprises me is that the Avatar of Chaos is already there!

Also that it was never intended for us to stop Meta from changing the Sigil's location. There is making a task difficult and then there is having it fail despite great rolls, good plans and the investment of precious resources (shards).

But eh, overall it's fine. Would be weird to like every decision another person does.
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>>30539857
I get the feeling that SM gave us a pity powerup.

Then again, considering the BGM, he may have taken advantage of the dice to provide some PLOT.
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>>30539845
>ALSO FUCK YOUR SHIT
He isn't really wrong, this was handled pretty badly.

But it's a stall in an otherwise well-running engine, so I give him a pass on it.
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>>30539816
>"This isn't possible." The Avatar takes a step back. "...what - " It freezes. "Erebus."

"I'm not erebus. I used to BE erebus. But no longer. I don't hold his grudges, or his hate for your kind. "
"That doesn't forgive what you are doing right now. How you are hurting my friends and companions. I don't care what pass between you and erebus - THIS is what I hold you accountable for"

BLink to her, Gaping Maw. Get our TEETH sunk into her, grapple and hold her, and hammer with our free hand.
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>>30539816
>magical attack

Pound that bitch with our inky load.
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