Previous Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/32032325/Archive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Joker%20QuestEquipment FAQ:http://pastebin.com/yNGKHnhzPlayer List:http://pastebin.com/rRSM6LgWEpisode Guide (All credit to Watashiwa):http://pastebin.com/DNGtTt04Yui IF scene (Adult content):http://pastebin.com/8CSEVSXBTwitter: https://twitter.com/JokerQuestOPRecap: You are ANON, the RED JOKER. In our last instalment, after survived your encounter with RUST KAISER, you activated the JOKER'S MEMORY - And discovered that it could open a SCHISM to the world beyond the SHROUD.That was yesterday.
>>32216177HOLLOW SUN: 61.4%http://pastebin.com/JJTUYu8FRESEARCH: [X] PHOTON SHIELD GENERATOR[X] SAMAEL CIRCUIT[X] GOSPEL RELAY[X] SOLARIS GENERATOR [X] COBALT LASER> UNLOCKED: CHERUBIM-CLASS HARDSHELL> UNLOCKED: TELEPORT HOMERVOID ANCHORS:ORIGINAL HIVETHE TRIBUNAL HOLDING: 1RED COMET GUIDE:http://pastebin.com/7vzY4Zp2UPDATES: - Cherubim entries added to Hellion Upgrades.- Machine Cannon entry added to Weapon Research.- Updated Red Comet upgrades.- New entry: Hollow Sun Upgrades. - Vehicles added to the Foundry. NEW SYSTEMS: - Vehicles: Specialist vehicles are now available for construction at the Hollow Sun. Vehicles require a Vehicle Bay to be utilized - At present, you have one bay available, which is currently utilized by the Red Comet. After construction, Vehicles can be further upgraded at the Hollow Sun - If a vehicle is ever destroyed, you lose all upgrades on that vehicle. Unique machines like the Red Comet are inherently irreplaceable. Vehicles can be summoned via Teleport Homer.- Modular Frame: When summoned, Hellion units can jettison limbs to replace your destroyed components. (i.e. If you're missing a left arm, you can replace it with a Hellion arm.) This prevents you from utilizing anything other than Hellion equipment on the limb, for the duration of the battle; However, the limb functions normally otherwise. Hellion components are balanced, Virtue components are high-performance but fragile, and Cherubim components are durable but bulky. - Transformation Servoes: If researched, Transformation Servoes allow the relevant class of Hellion to reconfigure itself - Effectively destroying that specific unit - into a support unit for your personal use. Be aware that this will override the related components. (i.e. Ardor Grips lock out arm weapons, Metatron Wing flight units replace your Tempest Scrander, and Goliath Cannon Arrays replace your Interceptor System, until jettisoned.)
>>32216336Question! Do the massive addtions to the HS guide not warrant a version change from 3.x to 4.0?Also no matter what else we're voting for the Terminus.
>>32216363Yeah, definitely Terminus.I love the addition of Machine Cannon research, btw.So, with Zero Point drive and Strike Harkens we can create spider-guardian.Also, can transformation servos allow us to grant other players equipment? And is the Goliath Cannon Array another kind of interceptor or a set of weapons, similar to our missile racks?
>>32216336OH GOD MY DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!Holy hell, the joker cave is too fucking amazing.
Oh god I'm exhausted. Don't want to miss a fifth thread though. So much new stuff added to the Joker Cave and COMPLICATIONS.
>>32216336>- Modular Frame: When summoned, Hellion units can jettison limbs to replace your destroyed components. (i.e. If you're missing a left arm, you can replace it with a Hellion arm.) This prevents you from utilizing anything other than Hellion equipment on the limb, for the duration of the battle; However, the limb functions normally otherwiseThis is amazing, and will sadly be needed for extended fights. It would be better if we can help allies the same way.
>>32216384>Transformation Servoes allow the relevant class of Hellion to reconfigure itself - Effectively destroying that specific unit - into a support unit for your personal use.Guess not.So, Terminus and Falsehood Array? Let's try and have a Hellion research in progress as much as possible going forward.
Red Comet essentials:- Galvanic Emitters (Fixes melee vulnerability)- Multicore Converter- Thanatos Infuser- Nitro Boosters- Progenitor EngramThis allows it to have heavily increased lifetime.Other nice stuff:- Guardian AI ("Flee, you fool!")- Mimetic Alloys- Panoptic Array- Myomer Hypetrophy- Chassis ReinforcementAs a second layer of survivability.Also, I wonder if the Nova Reactor upgrade also applies to us, considering that our Cobalt Booster is the reactor of an Armory Guardian.
>>32216177Good evening OP, hope all's well. Working hard?>>32216336That's a lot of new content. Going to take a while to read through all this, I can't imagine how long it took you to write.
>>32216441>Chassis ReinforcementThis seems useful in conjunction with the Carnifex
>>32216457The mental image of 'em waffling between writing smut and quest content is entertaining.
>>32216418Helios Matrix is better. We want snipers.Also, might want to invest in a 10% upgrade. I'm in favor of an additional heavy weapon that we can carry without needing the arsenal beacon.
>>32216481>We want snipersWe want arguments (for that).Let's not branch out too much and have a lot of stuff but little specialisations
>>32216481On second thought, let's go for two tank upgrades.We are currently focusing way too strongly on the Hellions.I want Multicore Converter and Thanatos Infuser.
>>32216481Falsehoods are support types. We want anything that comes out of their side research.And we don't need another heavy weapon. Dual chaingun/double tau will do for us for a long time.
I just realized that calling in Cherubims is basically Joker walking around like a crimelord with his huge-ass bodyguards.
>>32216363(You're right. I'll update it next time, then.)>>32216384(It's a pair of shoulder cannons that are fired using the Interceptor System's interface.)Joker - wake up. It's time to wake up. The chapel is starlight-dark and midnight-silent. Every now and then, sound breathes through the black space; A sound that is both the mournful moan of the wind, and the crush of acid breakers on a coast of black sand. Small orange sparks dance under the high roof, like fireflies, like flecks of gold leaf. The walls tremble, respiring softly. They glisten black, in the wan light. Dust, fine trickles of dust, seep out through the cracks - Oozing, gathering, with a slow viscosity that doesn't seem like dust at all. Servoes whirr, beneath the interlocking segments of your armour. Your optic visor flickers in the perpetual gloom; Tendrils of interstellar black writhing away from your boots, fraying into strands that twist into vapour, into smoke.You're somewhere you're not supposed to be. The girl is the only solid point in a shifting world - The chapel writhes around you, knotted in twists of night. It breathes, the cracks that spiderweb the walls - Once pristine, once white - forming a fractal arterial network that pumps the black oil from all this place had been to all this place is. Kotone looks up. Her cassock falls all the way to the floor, playing around her with the soft rustle of sliding material, a sound unpleasantly fluid - It ripples and whispers around her, like a live thing; Like the pale hair that falls around a paler face, as lips move and form the words- "Joker-kun..."And in all of a moment, you realize-She's not talking to you.(Continued)
Maybe we should hint to Bishamon/Ogre that shit is going dpwn at the festival and politely ask them to not start shit during that time.
So, can we build a mech by unlocking all chassis types, as well as the servos?
>>32216539>(It's a pair of shoulder cannons that are fired using the Interceptor System's interface.)Well, I guess those guys are undeniably useful.>She's not talking to you.Well, shit. We awakened the Black Joker.
>>32216539>she's not talking to youSo wait, the only way to keep a female off Red Joker's Wild Ride is to have her infected with all the evil in the world?Duly noted.
>>32216499Tempted, but >>32216418 makes an excellent point. Hellions come with a bunch of side benefits. How about we fight over a Hellion model to take with the understanding that until it's done we're upgrading the Comet?And the Terminus, of course.>>32216539Anyone else flashing back to Heaven's Feel?>>32216544Now there's a mental image. If they integrated instead of replaced (note the I next to each of them, that seems promising) I'd say they'd make Joker Man X.
>>32216597The problem is that an army of Hellions is much more ueful in the upcoming battle. A single unit-no matter how strong (like a mech) is easily swarmed and/or debuffed.I feel that there is a mass battle waiting to happen in the near future.
>>32216539She stands in profile - Numinous, in sharp relief. All of the light in the world is where she is. And from the side - From the black stain that divides the chapel, that slants across the ground as starkly as the divide between life and death--comes a voice.A voice, and a white hand. It is the colour of albaster, of ivory, of bone - Something that should be pure and somehow chaste, to be noble and good. But there is something chilling about this whiteness; A cold that makes hoarfrost rime the walls, that makes threads of white mist coil up and away. I NEED MORE.The pale radiance swells to engulf all things, and- -------------------------Joker.Joker.Jok-"-Anon. *Anon* - Wake up. Wake *up*-"And at last, you do. The slight sway of the bus - The faint hiss of the heater - The linoleum smell of the battered seat beneath you...It returns all at once, in a swell of sensation. Your vision is blurred, but there's something comforting, something reassuring, about the simple mundanity; The muted chatter of your classmates forming a backdrop of white noise, as Kazuya stops shaking you at last. "...You all right, man?" he's saying - His head canted to the side as he regards you, his grin frank but uneasy. "-That looked like one hell of a nightmare." [ ] "Kazuya? Wh...Where are we?"[ ] "How long was I out?"[ ] "Are we there yet?"[ ] "What...time is it?"[ ] FreeYOU HAVE CONTROL
Guys, don't forget to make a void anchor.Today is THE DEATH BATTLEhave on ready for this session
>>32216631"Nightmare? Nah. Being worked to death by Yui is nightmare fuel."Check our phone for the time. See if we missed any messages from our lackey I mean Isao. Are we going to get him something useful or no?
>>32216631>[ ] FreeThanks for waking me up. Oh, and how would you feel about skipping the festival ?
>>32216631>[ ] "Kazuya? Wh...Where are we?">[ ] "How long was I out?"[ ] "What...time is it?"[ ] Free"im supposed to meet mio"
>>32216631>[X] "Kazuya? Wh...Where are we?">[X] "Are we there yet?"OP, about the modular frames, would the replacement limbs be modified by the Hellion researches pertaining to Hellion structure?>>32216642Already have one. Battle's not for another few days anyway.>>32216659No.>>32216629That's why we do the Hellion researches. It takes between four and six threads for a research to complete, and we'll have several times that before it comes time for the final battle.
>>32216457(It's been a pretty rough week.)>>32216544(Technically, you already have a mech. But yes, you can armour yourself almost entirely in Hellion components/support units if you like. The main benefit of Transformation Servoes - When used in conjunction with the Teleport Homer - is that you can turn damaged Hellions into a potent suite of weaponry.)>>32216562(I'll add that the Hellion support units are meant to be inherently disposable. Once you've exhausted their use, you can simply discard them - At any time - and return to your normal equipment. They're meant to augment your capabilities; Basically, you're free to use them up.) >>32216481>>32216492>>32216499>>32216505(In addition, I'll add:I'm aware of the issues with the Interceptor System, and the issues that might potentially arise with Hellions. A major issue in playtesting was the action economy problem; Having multiple summoned minions and/or remote drones meant that the PC could potentially act up to ten times in a single combat round - As well as forcing an opponent to individually target each one to neutralize the threat. The only solution, at present, was to make them expensive or de minimis. Due to the immense advantage they could potentially afford, I'll adjust Hellion stats/cost accordingly, if they prove to be too overwhelming in combats.)>>32216683(Yes. You also gain access to the weapons held in the replacement limb; I'll add that they're not quite as good as your own armour, but they're more to compensate for a potentially crippling injury - Like the loss of your primary weapons - instead of to provide an immediate and immense advantage.)
>>32216683>No.Then why do we get the research that allows us to upgrade other people?I like that research, but I don't understand your logic.
>>32216708>(Yes. You also gain access to the weapons held in the replacement limb; I'll add that they're not quite as good as your own armour, but they're more to compensate for a potentially crippling injury - Like the loss of your primary weapons - instead of to provide an immediate and immense advantage.)What happens if we heal a replaced limb? Can we get our old limb back?
>>32216708>(Technically, you already have a mech. But yes, you can armour yourself almost entirely in Hellion components/support units if you like. The main benefit of Transformation Servoes - When used in conjunction with the Teleport Homer - is that you can turn damaged Hellions into a potent suite of weaponry.)Well, I was actually thinking more about combining the Hellions amongst themselves, to make a super-Hellion.
>>32216631>"-That looked like one hell of a nightmare.""I didn't attempt to murder anyone in my sleep, did I?"
>>32216709My mistake, I thought you were suggesting handing out one of the Relics in the Vault. A custom relic or upgrade is entirely different since it's (supposedly) something that he'll be able to use without needing acclimation.Also, having this could let us scan Joker with all that implies, and further every scan we take expands the Sun's database, meaning if we're stupid lucky, free or cheaper researches as it finds solutions to its problems, like with Leukocyte. It's multi-functional.>>32216755...Really?
>>32216760>...Really?Just some gallow's humor.
>>32216724(Yes. You can immediately jettison the Hellion replacement, once full functionality is restored. In fact, that's actually preferable; Your own weapons/systems are usually better than Hellion components. The main advantage of Hellion modules are that they're free - And if there's a large number of Hellions in the area, they're easily accessible.They're also useful in an emergency, if healing isn't available.) >>32216659"Right, right." Kazuya chuckles, leaning back in his seat - It creaks, as he glances over at Yui; She's three rows ahead, at the front of the bus - Her features carefully composed, her brow ever-so-slightly furrowed as she unfurls the map one more time...Before closing it, unread, a gesture she's been repeating over the course of the trip. "-Hmmm." He looks back at you, as if about to say something...But then Kazuya shrugs, apparently thinking better of it. Instead, he just sighs; A little smile playing over his lips, as he looks back. It's hard to believe that you're finally on the way to Seisin High - The first part of the day passed in last-minute frenzy of preparation (There's always something *someone's* forgotten) - but, by the time the first rays of the morning sun broke the horizon...-You were on the road at last. The Cultural Festival spans three days; The first such interschool event in ten years, it bears every sign of an epic undertaking - You've heard, vaguely, that at least eight schools were involved in the preparations...And the place opens to the public tomorrow. Today's meant for the students alone - With a mostly tedious array of speeches to sit through, introductions to make, as the stage is set for the frenzy of the next two days. ...At least they're letting you stay over.(Continued)
>>32216731>Well, I was actually thinking more about combining the Hellions amongst themselves, to make a super-Hellion.There's a kind of angel that's has multiple heads. I forget which one, though SMT tells me it's the Seraph. I know the heads are supposed to be human, ox, lion and eagle. Make of that what you will.>>32216768Gallows humor would be saying "Kazuya it was terrible, I dreamt I was on a bus to an all girls high school where I was told to take responsibility."
....oh man..I know what we need to do.Get the Terminus Scanner, and bring Megeara to the hsun. We're with mio, so....
>>32216843Actually, the terminus scanner makes a lot of sense because we can use it to diagnose Daegal's encroachment and.... possibly help with the integration process.
>>32216828>Gallows humor would be saying "Kazuya it was terrible, I dreamt I was on a bus to an all girls high school where I was told to take responsibility."gahahahaha. Do it!
>>32216853I think everyone agrees to the Terminus Scanner.
>>32216828Heh, nice. Any chance of fitting this in OP?
>>32216853If enough people are in favor of the Terminus, can we start the research now or at least put it in the queue ?
>>32216336CHERUBIM HARDSHELL PRODUCTION:[ ] OFF[x] LOW[ ] MEDIUM[ ] HIGHPlease.WE GOT EM LETS MAKE EMQuestion: If we toggleESSENCE CORE PRODUCTION: [X] MEDIUM < --- how much energy will this take?
>>32216908(About 10 - 15% more, each chapter.)>>32216868>>32216885HOLLOW SUN: 31.4%> [X] TERMINUS SCANNER >>32216662> [X] "Kazuya? Wh...Where are we?""-Bit late for that, man."Kazuya clearly doesn't think you're serious; "Besides," he adds, glancing out of the window - Even through the polarized glass, the sun's glow is piercing. "...I wouldn't miss this for the *world*."The fleet of chartered buses - All departing your school at once - should've make for a chaotic affair...But surprisingly, it went off with a minimum of confusion, students shuffled and separated by class or booth; Which means that your ragtag trope of Drama Club draftees - Actors, and 'actors' - have the bus all to yourselves. There's Natsumi, chatting with one of her friends - Kouichi, looking distinctly nervous now, sitting ramrod-straight in his seat; Asuna, a little withdrawn, her eyes half-closed, mouthing the words to the script under her breath - The book clasped against her chest - and all the usual crew. > [X] "What...time is it?"> [X] "How long was I out?""About...8:45. Maybe half an hour, tops. Haven't missed anything yet." >>32216828>>32216853>>32216871> "Kazuya it was terrible, I dreamt I was on a bus to an all girls high school where I was told to take responsibility."This time, his laugh is a little tired - Smothered by a jaw-cracking yawn. "Yeah, well...That's all on you." It's a weak reply, but Kazuya's bleary-eyed and a little shaky - Clearly, he misses sleeping in class. "Right now, I'll give it all up - *All* up - for just a few more hours in bed...Can't stand long coach rides."It is a little cramped in here. Kazuya grimaces, as he tries to stretch his legs - "Ah, damn. Leg's asleep." (Continued)
>>32216908But toggle Virtues off, to not increase power drain.
We're left with another 30 energy to use. That means two normal researches or a Hellion model (with optional weapon research). I strongly recommend the Hellion model. Any in favor, post your preference of the Chayot, the Throne and the Helios, or suggest alternate expenditures.I'll go with Falsehoods, no other research.Also OP, halt Virtue production, start Cherub production, and please give us a roster update: How many angels are there in our pin?
>>32216917Hell no. We want all this shit cranking.You want to decrease power drain, plant more void anchors.
>>32216924Before we go spending all our energy:JQOP, how many void anchors do we have manufactured, currently?Last time we used one, never replaced it, and the thread's been saying 'oh we'll get more before next time' ad infinitum and forgetting we never actually got a new one.SO before we spend much more: Full stop, final tally: how many we got right now?
>>32216934See >>32216336, specifically:>HOLDING: 1
>>32216942derp im a dumbass disregard i suck more cocks than rust kaiser
>>32216924Seconding Falsehoods, also fine with stopping Virtues in favor of Cherubim, at least until we get the anchor in the ground.
>>32216924Ah, fuckit.Let's do the support Hellions.One day. One day we'll have enough energy to get proper upgrades for the tank and a full set of Shroud upgrades.
>>32216924I'll go with the Falsehood Array as well.
By the way, Muleta is still not listed as equipped on Relic Alteration.
Not the Samael circuit?Being able to have Hsun process essence more directly and more efficiently has SO MUCH potential.
>>32216989>Not the Samael circuit?Dude, at least read the OP posts.Also, I just realized that Mnemnosis Binder is the direct counter to people like Rust Kaiser.Encase him in Fortress, then make the Shroud stab him constantly.
>>32216961I'm thinking the next two or three threads we spend on nothing but Comet upgrades.You know, since we found out that the physical shield blocks enemies (and smashes them down if we're moving) we might consider the upgrades that boost energy attacks like the reflector bits (also good for hitting enemies not in the killzone).>>32216989Already in progress. Research is checked off as it completes.
>>32216997Mnemosis system could be useful. I dunno whether stabbing Rust constantly would work, or only make him more angry.
>>32217003MFW i see the Raptor>>32217016>>32216997Mnemosis binder is bad because we need the mimetic adaptoer ADDITIONALLY do use that single gimmic and that's 50% hollow sun.Binder is a module itself, and its either that or muleta.Not worth it.
>>32216912Op, uh, now that we've crossed a line when it comes to the hollow sun trusting us, can we get some details on the cost of making the dominion?I understand its gonna be something like 500% hollow sun and permanently wrecks linked stages to make, but still, some info/putting it in the list would be nice
>>32217026>Mnemosis binder is bad because we need the mimetic adaptoer ADDITIONALLY do use that single gimmic and that's 50% hollow sun.Binder is a module itself, and its either that or muleta.Not worth it.Read it again.Also, it's worth it even if we do get additional upgrades.Do you know how fucking useful Capa Typhoon will be?
Mnemosis Binder + Capote = Mind break prisonI mean, it can create images. We just need to add sound and it will be perfect.
>>32216997I think at this point he's immune to anything short of the Fatal Abyss or Maximum Burning Crisis Punch (with another few levels in Guard/Survive to be sure). He's Grendel, cutting him is just about impossible.>>32217026So very tempted at that. But... so very expensive. And so fragile.>>32217031Why didn't I think of this? Yes please, when appropriate.>>32217036I'm checking myself, it doesn't say it's an exception.
>>32216934(One. You're carrying it with you.)>>32216970>>32216961>>32216959> [X] RESEARCH: FALSEHOOD ARRAY HOLLOW SUN: 1.4%>>32216924(Hellion hardshells: 12,243.Virtue-class hardshells: 834Cherubim-class hardshells: 0Essence Cores: 7,016)>>32216912> "I'm supposed to meet Mio."He smiles at that; "About time," Kazuya says - "I'm glad you're getting on okay. Just - You know - be *careful*, all right? Don't go crazy, now."A few days ago, there was a discreet announcement by the school board - One that addressed, with commendable directness, the issue of impropriety...And the severe penalties that would be levelled for it. Zero tolerance, to head off any trouble - A real possibility, whenever an all-girl's school is involved.In fact - If you've been reading this correctly - the entire festival is going to be held *away* from the grounds of Seisin High...Or, more specifically, at the sprawling compound now thoroughly refitted as a staging block. The level of expense involved must've been mind-boggling.(Continued)
>>32217053>I'm checking myself, it doesn't say it's an exception.The description is specifically that it allows us to utilize modules while in Fortress mode.You also have to consider that we CAN'T equip multiple modules at once. The Adaptor just allows us to SWITCH between modules.This means that the Binder would be entirely pointless with our current available upgrade path if it required a module slot.
on the subject of the assault shroud, I so dearly want ALL the upgrades for it.But its so pricey that its not worth it. if only we could get a bundle deal or something. We'd >remote control explosive decoys, combined with a dirge caster>mulette stabbing people, leaving explosive tips inside>fortress mode explodostab prison, crossfiring shrike blades at anyone inside, reabsorbing misses, and all of it is explosions.>decoys people ignore because they're not shooting everything in sight with tons of plasma - and then they give explosive hugsFuck i want all of that stuff becuse of the synergy, but its sooooooooooooo expensive. Adaptor 1+2 just to put everything together is 50% alone, and isn't an army.
>>32217065>Zero tolerance, to head off any trouble - A real possibility, whenever an all-girl's school is involved.So, we kiss Mio in public to get her banned and thus brought to safety?
>>32217065>Virtue-class hardshells: 834Essence Cores: 7,016That.... sounds a lot like we need to crank up production for everything, since we currently have a surplus.Keep virtue on low, cherubim to medium
>>32217077It would also require us to spend EXP on it. Otherwise utility is limited.I actually hope that our level-up would grant it regenerative properties.
>>32217084>Hellion hardshells: 12,24312,243 + 834 = 13,07713,077 - 7,016 = 6,061Whatever you say.
>>32217065>HOLLOW SUN: 1.4%Forgot a digit there?>>32217066I'm aware. However, I also try to avoid making assumptions about exact mechanics since I've been hilariously wrong in the past.>>32217084Building units also slows energy gain. We'd cripple our research efforts. We can do that after a VA.>>32217077We actually only get a fraction of Fortress Mode material back, and anything that transforms DOES NOT come back, according to the description.
>>32217087jqop hinted that we would be able to regenerate the assault shroud's hp somehow - but aren't abe to do it yet>>32217098I'm assuming that the hardshell list includes completed, assembled, fully functional hellions. Those that have taken a core already.Did I mistake that?Because, uh, the way I read that is we have 12k hellions and 800 virtue's ready to go RIGHT NOW, and 7000 essence cores in ADDITION to that that can be put into frames we make later.
>>32217102>I'm aware. However, I also try to avoid making assumptions about exact mechanics since I've been hilariously wrong in the past.>>32217113>Because, uh, the way I read that is we have 12k hellions and 800 virtue's ready to go RIGHT NOW, and 7000 essence cores in ADDITION to that that can be put into frames we make later.Time for OP to shine.
>>32217131"The usual. Sneaks away to cook for orphans and stuff."Anyone got a good yandere joke?
>>32217113>>32217128(My apologies: To clarify, each Hellion requires a single Essence Core to be functional. That means you can currently bring 7,016 Hellions online immediately, in any combination of basic Hellions and Virtue-class Hardshells.)>>32217065It's something to think about. The place, by all accounts, is *enormous*...It was once three schools, until the falling population - And the grand disaster that followed - resulted in their eventual amalgamation. Apparently, it weathered the storm with comparatively little damage - One of the original three buildings abandoned to time and the elements, the remaining two maintained at staggering cost; Apparently, it's a point of pride. "So, uh..." Kazuya coughs, discreetly - "...How *is* Mio, anyway? I haven't heard from her for...Well, a while now." Like Kou, Kazuya really does have a terrible poker face. [ ] FreeYOU HAVE CONTROL
>>32217138> "I can't take my eyes off her, if you know what I mean. Because I'm afraid she'll stab me if I do."
>>32217113Cybele's Emblem could heal the shroud if we put a level into the shroud, according to OP's hints.>>32217131"You have a terrible poker face. If any of this comes back to me through the grapevine I'm remind you why your grandad stopped let me train with you.""She's volunteering for the festival committee. Her school situation is improving as well--can you believe someone like her isn't a target of adoration? Makes you wonder what the world inside those all-girl schools is like."But, seeing as your real question is what my intentions towards her are, as soon as I can I want to settle the ambiguities in our relationship. That means two things. One is pretty much exactly what you're thinking. The other..." Lean in close. "...is telling her my plot for world domination.""You can have Australia."
>>32217190>"...is telling her my plot for world domination."So now we actually do intend to keep the shroud as weak as it is?
>>32217212He's joking. I think it's too melodramatic, though.>>32217144> "She's been through a rough patch recently. Some trouble at school."
> [ ] MODULAR FRAME - CHERUBIM (Virtue hardshells are now compatible with your armour, allowing you to replace damaged or destroyed limbs with heavy-duty parts.) Typo?Shouldn't Virtue there say Cherubim?
>>32217212Well, I never said which world it was. But no, getting the shroud to be as strong as possible is on top of our "should do" list.
>>32217190>telling her my plot for world domination.">"You can have Australia."Even saying this as a joke is probably too Risky.
>>32217190>"But, seeing as your real question is what my intentions towards her are, as soon as I can I want to settle the ambiguities in our relationship.Do we really?Opinion is still all over the place.
>>32217255The consensus was that we will compromise and go for Mio, but only if we actually get clear with her and tell her everything.
>>32217255I think we should. The alternative is dragging it out.
>>32217271Theres a consensus?First im hearing of it. Still want to find hecate.
Rolled 12>>32217271Still dont want mio route.
>>32217280Brain dead in the hospital.
>>32217144>amalgamationpoor choice of words....
>>32217280>ill want to find hecate.So do I. But it won't happen.That's why recently there was a discussion where people agreed on Mio. Because it's the only way for the plot to fucking move forward.>>32217286And I don't give a fuck. I prefer Hecate, but Anon FINALLY DECIDING ON A GIRL is far more important.
>>32217295Not really.Plot is moving forward regardless of the romance subplot. How is one the same with the other? The war is going to happen whether or not anon chooses a girl.
>>32217305I have no fucking clue how you missed the HUGE ASS "FUCKING DECIDE ALREADY, FUCKHEAD" signs that EVERY NPC EVERYWHERE is shouting at us for the past twenty or so threads.
>>32217312And I'm asking how that matters in the scheme of things?Those who have asked have had no idea of the war situation in the red and to them, anon's love life is one of the more pressing things in their day to day lives.
>>32217280>Still want to find hecate.I'm in this camp as well, regardless of what sort of romantic clusterfuck we end up getting insinuated into.For crying out loud, we got tapped into the collective unconscious of the Red World and were allowed to ask its memory one question, and we used it to ask what the fuck happened to her.Even if popular vote swings to Mio as a romantic prospect, we at least owe it to Hecate to liberate her from whatever weird Pazuzu-induced(?) imprisonment she ended up in after she saved our life at Nara Dreamland.
>>32217271>ut only if we actually get clear with her and tell her everything.My thoughts are as follows: >rescue hecate from the smiler's fate, because she's either being brainwashed, or because she's their HEAD RESEARCHER and we should deprive them of that asset>Talk to mio and *warn her of serious shit* that's about to happen at the festival - just like that time at the papillion vs enfer! when we haltingly told her we were going to transform, and to stay close, but we were checking out mentallly> whatever happens with Cybele - she deserves an equal shot at our affections, with a real body>we should make an effort to steal all the other hyades and hook them up with robo-bods, and maybe even essence-manufactured real ones, if only to prevent Bishamon from becoming an enemy
Rolled 2>>32217295>That's why recently there was a discussion where people agreed on Mio.What, that little snippet in qtg? Did you really think you'll get a significant portion of jq players in that cesspit?
>>32217328I WANT THE SAME DAMN THING.But people like Watashi actively sabotage the Hecate route, because they are either pissed at losing the Kotone route or are obsessed with Mio or Yui.I WANT the Hecate route. I also want us to save Cybele and find out what the fuck happened to Mio, as well as somehow find a way to save Kotone.But good luck doing that with this playerbase, where every two threads we try to fuck a different girl.
>>32217328Pretty much this shit exactly.She was their chief researcher, and *made the casette tape player* and was deathly afraid of being recaptured by pazuzu, because she ran off/escaped and took a nihl sphere with her.I don't care about boning her, but she's clearly way, way, WAY more important than anyone realized.
>>32217352>I WANT the Hecate route. I also want us to save Cybele and find out what the fuck happened to Mio, as well as somehow find a way to save Kotone.>But good luck doing that with this playerbase, where every two threads we try to fuck a different girl.So true.Anon can't seperate sex from progression a girl's plot path.
I'm fucking tired of this relationship bullshit.OP, please let all the girls die or something.
>>32217352Then stop getting angry mate and downvote when wata's bias starts seeping in too much.We've done it before.And like you said, theres alot of girls who need saving. That means we'll need to spread out our time over everyone. The slightly shizio behaviour of Red joker works to an extend with that as we flirt from rescue project to rescue project.
>>32217376>We've done it before.Yes and it cuts down on our progression. It's a veto, not a vote to move forward.
>>32217102(My apologies: It should be 11.4%)HOLLOW SUN: 11.4%>>32217221(My error. I'll fix it in the next update.)>>32217138"No shit?" Kazuya sounds distinctly impressed, now; "-She went off the grid for that?" He shakes his head, slightly disbelieving - "...Yeah, that sounds like her," he concedes, with a doleful sigh. "Anon...She really is too good for you, man.">>32217190> "If any of this comes back to me through the grapevine I'm remind you why your grandad stopped let me train with you."He makes a face. "Ah, you *had* to remind me. You always took things too seriously, you know - Granddad *never* let me live it down."> "She's volunteering for the festival committee. Her school situation is improving as well--can you believe someone like her isn't a target of adoration? Makes you wonder what the world inside those all-girl schools is like."Well, I *have* been thinking about it..." Kazuya muses aloud, with something like a leer - It's a little alarming, actually. But then he snorts, and shakes his head; "-I know, right? You'd think Mio-chan would be popular..."His voice trails off, the speculation left unanswered. > "You can have Australia.""Ha! You can *keep* Australia." But then his voice sobers, slightly - Taking on a more serious note. "Whatever you're planning, man...I hope it works out, for you *and* for her." Kazuya glances down and to the side - For a moment, he looks troubled. "-For *someone*, at least."The bus rocks, as the gear shifts. You're travelling uphill, now, along a winding path - Pausing momentarily at a pair of great brass gates, which swing open with a slow, silent grace...And then through.-It's green. It's close to the end of the year. In the city beyond, the sky is grey and drab, a dense, biting cold holding sway - The trees like skeletal fingers, bare of all leaves, the snow churned to something muddy and slick underfoot. But *here*- Here, it's still summer.(Continued)
>>32217328>>>32217332>>32217352>>32217356>>32217280MFW i thought i was the only person holding out for the reasonable wtfisallthisshit route for threads upon threads.so good to be not alone.
>>32217376>Then stop getting angry mate and downvote when wata's bias starts seeping in too much.what is his bias, anyway?He seems to be kind of schitzophrenic with what he wants/goals/wimmini could swear his tastes have changed too, which is why im asking
>>32217382All we did was veto that lovey dovey part.
>>32217431He wants Kotone, actually. That route just happens to be locked.Personally, I'd say Joker has chemistry with two girls - Hecate and Kotone. But we have barely interacted with the latter, while the former saved us.
>>32217431Kotone's my favorite character. Mio and Joker have the best chance at a true supportive relationship in the real world, and that's what I want for him.Could we not talk about me though? It's entirely inappropriate content for the thread.
>>32217383That's the appearance of things, at least. You can't imagine the effort it must've taken to keep the grassy lawns so exquisitely manicured - To give the evergreen trees that line the road the appearance of health. But perhaps there's something Elysian about this place - Some rarefied, inherent quality - that makes the colours a little richer, a little more vital...-Like the world inside a Hyades' private heaven. You blink, and the impression fades. Against all reason, the background noise of chatter has been momentary silence, in a kind of hushed awe - But then it starts up again, louder than before, as if to make up for the lost time. "Whoah-" Kazuya shakes his head, in wonder - "...Am I *seeing* this? It looks..."Like the city from your memories. Like the world from six years ago. A glance at Kazuya, and you know he's thinking the same thing. The crisp smack of Yui's palms being brought together - A brief clap - cuts through the white noise; "All right, everyone - We'll be disembarking, soon," she says, briskly - All business, now, with the firm voice of authority. "Remember, make sure you bring everything with you - Don't leave anything on the bus, all right?"She draws a deep breath, as the bus rumbles to a stop; It rocks slightly as it settles, the double-doors ratcheting open with a hiss of pistons. "No shoving - Once we're off the bus, stay together and don't wander off-""Yes, Mom~!" someone shouts, from the back - You don't know who it is, but the *look* Yui shoots him - brief but cutting - is enough to freeze the blood. "Guess we're here. We should-"And Kazuya's next words are drowned out in the happy, blurred roar of everyone talkign at once.(Continued)
>>32217323The girl you pick decides the endgame since it seems like all the girls are connected to the Red
>>32217499>Mio and Joker have the best chance at a true supportive relationship in the real worldThe actual best chance would've been with Natsumi, I think, given her personal connection to Anon pre-disaster (and likely even pre-Frost Cestus) and intimate (while not quite as comprehensive as our own) knowledge of what Red World exposure actually means and does to a person.But that ship's long since sailed. And probably also set ablaze in a spontaneous viking funeral or something.
>>32217591Disaster and Frost Cestus are one and the same, Anon became a player and the Joker on the same night so far as the real world is concerned.Other than that I think you're right on all counts.
>>32217591I wish we had waifued Natumi.... she is best girl. I would vote for more Natsumi interactions but I have no doubt I would be outvoted by the Mio/Hecate crowd.feels bad man
>>32217513Shit, man. Do a quick check in the Red.Like, don't even do anything, just do a quick check then back to real life.
>>32217635>Many students are players>Suddenly, transition>The Red Joker sits among them>Back to real>Mass panic>A stampede kills three students
>>32217692oh look. A new girl for us to fuck.
>>32217513It's like herding cats. Or chickens. Getting everyone off the bus in one piece - And pointed in the same direction - should be a herculean undertaking; Somehow, Yui manages it. It's not long before your troupe - In less of a line, and more of an amorphous mass - is winding its way across a plaza larger than anything you've ever seen, past the tall spires of buildings older and more graceful than you've ever seen in one piece.There's something like a whole fleet of buses coming and going, one at a time, each one disgorging another flock of students - milling in confusion before they trudge off, too. But Yui seems to have a firm grasp of the direction you're heading in...-Until, before a garden path paved with russet tiles, you meet the welcoming committee at last. ---------------------> "Welcome to Seisin High; It's a honour to meet you all, today." The Student Council President's voice is measured, clear as a bell - Her brown eyes warm, as she dips her head in a little nod; Her hands folded demurely on her lap, as her wheelchair rolls forward - The half-circle of girls parting smoothly, to let her pass. > "For the first time in ten years, our school has invited other student bodies for a true cultural exchange; Even if it's only for a little while...I hope you'll enjoy your time with us." Yui's all politeness, as she echoes the bow; Conferring with her counterpart, the rhythms of their speech formal and practised. You get the feeling the other girl's given the speech several times today, enough for it to blur into memory - But there's something familiar about her, all the same - You dimly recall meeting her bef-"Shizuka-san...Thank you for your consideration."There's a soft ripple of laughter - Enough to make Yui flush, with surprise. "No need to be so formal," Shizuka says, with the same slight smile - "...I'm a student too, after all." ...You remember now. From the hospital, with Naoya.(Continued)
>>32217698Oh look, another idiot.She's the wheelchair girl we saw at the hospital.
>>32217715> Implying we can't fuck a girl on a wheelchair
>>32217730It'd be a lot easier if she was on a bed.
>>32217743> Not tying her to her wheelchair while you skullfuck herGeez, man.
>>32217710A low murmur comes from your troupe. At your side, Kazuya's staring, intently - Until Natsumi elbows him in the side, hard enough to make him wince. "Stop *staring*~!" she murmurs, a little sharply - You can't be sure, but you get the feeling Natsumi's slightly disgruntled by the whole thing. "-Or at least keep your mouth *closed*-"It's hard *not* to stare. There's something almost...ethereal about the girls - Maybe it's their uniforms, or the measured air of class, of grace that they exude - It's enough to make you (And you're not alone in this) feel...Clumsy, maybe. Leaden, and distinctly self-conscious. "It's not-" Kazuya begins, his voice hushed - He cranes his neck, to get a better look...Then blinks, realization flitting across his face. "Is that...Anon, I think that's Mio!" He nods, significantly, in the right direction - Enough for you to catch the faint gleam of sunlight on blonde hair. Strange that you didn't notice it before; She's standing a little to the side, somehow apart from the rest of the formation - Her expression a careful mask of serene civility, quite at odds with her usual cheer...Something a little longing in her gaze, as her eyes flit over the crowd. [ ] "Hush. I'm trying to listen to this."[ ] "-It is! You think she saw us?"[ ] "What's wrong, Natsumi?"[ ] Wave to her. [ ] Free.YOU HAVE CONTROL
>>32217785(Gentlemen; My apologies for the delay between posts. This section is, unfortunately, necessarily heavy on exposition.)
>>32217785Wave to her. Maybe call her over.
>>32217785>[X] "-It is! You think she saw us?">[X] "What's wrong, Natsumi?""They're putting it on a bit thick, don't you think?"
>>32217785>Wave to her>Go over to her
>>32217863>>32217797We should wave to her, but avoid disturbing her. The sheer social awkwardness involved makes me cringe.
>>32217877One of two things is going to happen. Either she's going to completely shatter their composure by rushing over, or she's going to light up and make the other Seisin girls look dull.Either way it's a win.
>>32217877> Being ashamed of your GFWow you're a shitty boyfriend.
>>32217877Besides, we promised to spend the culture fest with her, so we should.
>>32217785>[x] Wave to her.
>>32217785>[ ] "Hush. I'm trying to listen to this."
>>32217885We are, if you havnt noticed.
>>32217956Stop being so shitty and say hi to your girlfriend then, jesus.
>>32217828> [X] "-It is! You think she saw us?""I don't think so." > [X] "What's wrong, Natsumi?""-Nothing." Yep, she's in a bad mood. Her lips part in a little sigh - A kind of resigned amusement in her eyes, now. "...I kind of expected it, but - It's a little disappointing, all the same."> "They're putting it on a bit thick, don't you think?""I'd say. Putting on airs...It's not like they're *better* than us," Natsumi says, sotto voce, with a sniff - Her brow ever-so-slightly furrowed, in the beginnings of annoyance. "Just because th..." She catches herself, just in time - The volume of her voice was slowly but gradually rising, so it's probably for the best. >>32217797>>32217863>>32217877>>32217904> Wave to her. Maybe call her over."Wait, what are yo-" Natsumi begins, her eyes widening - But she's a little too late. Mio's head comes up - Her expression momentarily startled...-And then she smiles. A simple, uncomplicated joy lights her up from within - The look in her eyes soft enough to make you pleasantly uncomfortable, a flush to her cheeks; You actually hear her murmur your name - A hushed "Anon-kun-!" that's just a little too loud...Taking an instinctive step forward, the motion sudden enough to make heads turn- You don't think anyone else heard her - Not really - but the girl at her side gives her a sharp, surprised glance; A look that's more than a little appalled. Mio notices, at the very last moment - She stops in place, her hands folded before her...But it's hard to keep her expression serene, when she can't stop sneaking glances - A little shy - in your direction. > "Hey, did you see-"> "Who's that girl...?"> "Is she looking for-?"The small crowd around you shifts, slightly - There's a general looking-around and wondering, and Mio drops her gaze just in time; She certainly seems happier now, at least - Standing a little taller, a little straighter, though her blush lingers for rather longer. (Continued)
>>32217998....I have no idea why people prefer Hecate over Mio. god damn she's adorable
>>32218013People prefer her only because Hecate was first girl.
>>32218013>adorableBecause Hecate is a partner to Joker, instead of his pet.
>>32218036God damn you are a tremendous fag.
>>32217998The Seisin girls have a reputation don't they? The same thing happened when she showed up at the school along with That Damn Cat. No one from outside knows she's a scholarship student, so everyone just sees a high spec lady with an commoner boyfriend.
>>32218052See?This is the kind of person that frequents /tg/. This explains everything.Holy fucking shit.
>>32217961The girlfriend thing was never confirmed anyway.
>>32218068You're coming off as incredibly bitter. Why not decide to have fun instead? It helps.>>32218052You're not helping. Even if he's being a dick, try not to be.
>>32218080>Why not decide to have fun instead?Oh, I'm trying to. But keep in mind that the people voting for Mio are the same people who select a girl purely on virtue of being "adorable" and "innocent".
>>32218078> never confirmedThis is why we're having relationship troubles with mio.
>>32218013Just adorableness in not enough for me. I prefer Hecate since she was something of an equal, a partner to Joker. She could also keep up with his snark.
>>32218094It's chemistry for me. The rest is a bonus.What do you like about interacting with Mio? Try suggesting more things like it.
>>32218111>What do you like about interacting with Mio? Try suggesting more things like it.Read my post again. I'm not a member of the Mio faction.
>>32218095There aren't any actual troubles in the relationship itself. It's Joker's mindset that is troubled and unbalanced since we can't choose to either just abandon Hecate or break Mio's heart.
>>32218119And? Do you hate every part of interacting with her? I doubt it.
>>32218123We're supposed to forget about Hecate anyway.
>>32218131Mio and Joker have no chemistry whatsoever.She's in love with him, but the relationship is doomed from the get-go.That's why I want to come clean with her - It's the one chance at finding out if, maybe, we do have something that connects us, aside from physical attraction.Cute girls are not rare. Cute girls that are obsessed with you are rarer.But the real rare ones are the ones that understand you. Partners in crime, instead of pets that you use as decoration and fucktoys.
>>32218155Better not cut yourself on that edge.
>>32218161Can someone please kick the teenager out?
And Natsumi says- "...Oh, *brother.*""-I think she saw you," Kazuya adds, rather unnecessarily - He sounds rather amused, now, as he rubs at his side. "You think she noticed me? No? Well, whatever.""Shhh!" someone adds, more than a little annoyed. "Hey, same to you too.">>32217930"Bit late for that. Besides, it's boring stuff - Oops."Shizuka glances in your direction - For a moment, it's as if she's looking *directly at you*, suddenly enough to be alarming...But then her lips curve in a little smile, and her gaze returns to Yui. They're talking about your accomodations - A dorm building not too far away, that's been set aside for guests. >>32217635>>32217676You tune out the drone of conversation, for a moment. You focus. The world inverts, and the Red flows in. It's easy, here - Without the distortion, without the buzzing static that blurs your perceptions - the faint, imperceptible lag that slow each motion...And you realize, with a jolt - The Shroud here is paper-thin. STAGE: ARCADIAUnderfoot - Rich ivory tile. In the distance - Tall, graceful buildings, with the curves and sweep of alien architecture - so different from the squat, angular skyscrapers of the iron city below. And above - There's a shape. A mountain too big to be a mountain, a tooth of stone that looms out of the sky, broader and taller than can be taken in at a single glance. It's so big that it fills your field of vision, up and down and side-to-side, before you even realize that it's there...No. Not a mountain. A city. (Continued)
>>32218155You're reading into the situation what you want to see.Anon has nightmares. Consistently. Frequently enough that one night without any is rare outside of unconsciousness. The only one we've been told about is the night Mio spent with him. That's chemistry there; just being around her relaxes him enough to make the nightmares go away.It seems to me that Mio is ANON'S ideal partner, instead of Red Joker's. And that's much healthier.Besides, everything we've learned about Hecate since she left suggests that she wanted a Joker for a pet.
>>32218216>Besides, everything we've learned about Hecate since she left suggests that she wanted a Joker for a pet.We already went over that a while ago. She was obviously going to manipulate him for her own goals, but actively waifuing her changed the situation drastically. Character development and all that.
>>32218238...Says the other person she was manipulating and who was madly and unthinkingly in love with her.fwiw I think her change was genuine. Which is why I wholly support playing this character doing the same and changing for the better.
>>32218216thisMio is kind, lovely sweet and endearing. she's also in love with Anon and seems would fight for him if she needed to.which is why we can never have her. we are not Anon, Anon is but a shell and our real self is clad in red.Mio is best girl. (well Natsumi is best girl but we burnt that bridge a long time ago) but she is not right girl. with Hecate dead maybe Joker doesn't deserve a Waifu.
>>32218302>with Hecate dead maybe Joker doesn't deserve a Waifu.Best thing to do is to honor Hecate's work and actively try to find her.
>>32218322How many times does this need repeating? We found her brain dead body. The only way she's coming back is if someone does to her what Megumi did to Rust Kaiser.
>>32218302>just abandoning the waifu trainWell, can't say I haven't considered that option more than a few timesIt would be interesting to see RJ turn out like this guy.>>32218345Not that guy, but her soul is still likely stuck somewhere in the Red (Maybe even the Black)
>>32218372We were told point blank that she had a massive hemorrhage, and that if she ever left the cradle she'd die.It's not a matter of where her soul is if her body is on life support.
>>32218214It is a great disc, half as wide as the visible sky. Streaks of luminous white and blue pulse across it, from the centre to the rim - And back. It turns, slowly, rotating on its own axis; Structures resembling fan and leaves blooming like a cyclopean, abstract water lily from its surface, golden fans and petals shivering with internal motion. The sky overhead sparks and flickers with lightning; A vast, translucent umbrella of field energy-extending outwards from the great structure, unfurling itself in a dome that reaches down to anchor substations, shading the sky green. -And above, the black moon. Closer than ever before, like a reflection of the great disc - So close, you can actually *see* the Hyades demenses that gather around it, forming tiny constellations of stars. There's something almost organic about the realm around you, about the filaments that tether the grand arc of the disc down like roots, spreading outwards eternally into an intricate bramble maze.It's almost like- > "What-"> "It's *him*-"> "...Really him?"> "Right in front of-!"There were exactly ten girls in the group that welcomed you, no more and no less. In front of you - In those strange, fragile forms that are not quite armour - there are eight Players. Every one of them - Except for Mio and Shizuka - is a Player. (Continued)
>>32218394Yes, and? We were never searching for her physical body, but the soul specifically. Even if she can never leave the Red, that automatically doesn't mean we should just abandon her.
>>32218416You intuit this all in the space of a second, your targeting sensors already locking on - It's second nature for the charging elements in your gauntlets to come alive, your Plasma Vulcans beginning to spin up in preparation...Your Plasma Vulcans- ...They don't engage. A string of code flickers into existence across your HUD - The symbols translating, somehow, into...<LIMITER ENGAGED>You can't active your weapons. This place won't let you. A green shimmer, at the edge of your vision. Cybele's Emblem fumes with light, brighter than you've ever seen before - Shedding a constant, emerald glow, motes of radiance drifting skyward. It's echoed by the marks the Players before you bear; Simplified, somehow, ubiquitous - Identification of some kind, instead of a Hyades's favour. "Joker-" Even filtered, you can hear distinct relief in Bishamon's voice - In full armour, his arms folded impassively over his chest, he *still* manages to look uncomfortable...His discomfort communicated in the stiffness of his stance, already surrounded by the others. Heads turn, in your direction; A distinct murmur of curiosity hanging in the air, as the first Player - VANITY ORCHID - draws closer. She's a slender, almost delicate Player the colour of her namesake - Something like petals fanning out from her back.(Continued)
Shit guys. Melee time.
>>32218435"You're...*Really* him," she murmurs, with a touch of awe - You can feel her gaze sliding over you, taking in your weapons, the sweep of your Assault Shroud, the vanes of your Tempest Scrander. "You - You're the Red Joker, aren't you?"Bishamon takes advantage of their momentary distraction - He's at your side in two long strides, his Hyades mark shedding a blue radiance. "Joker...What *is* this place? What's...What's happening?" His hands drop to the paired sword hilts on his waist - But he doesn't pull them free. You're not sure if he can.His voice lowers; "-Are your weapons working?"[ ] "No. You?"[ ] "-I don't think they're here to fight us."[ ] "...They're making you nervous, aren't they?"[ ] "...How many of these girls are Players, anyway?"[ ] "-Does their armour look strange to you?"[ ] "Let me handle the talking."[ ] FreeYOU HAVE CONTROL
>>32218451I doubt they're hostile. This is not a good place or time for battle.
>>32218453 Other> If you know any martial arts stances, now is a good time to use them.> Even without our weapons, we should still be dangerous.
Anon-kun for the love of god don't let Mio go. Hecate' done for, she's over, the Hecate train is out of comission. Start seeing Mio for who she really is, not as something to fill the void Hecate left. You need to move on, man.
>>32218453>"Seems like this is a "non-combat zone. Don't be hostile, but remain wary."
>>32218453>[ ] "-Does their armour look strange to you?">[ ] "Let me handle the talking.""It seems my reputation preceeds me yet again.Considering the number of players at your school, I'm hoping that you created a program specifically for our kind.How about sharpshooting or extreme soccer? The winner could get a few half-dead correctors."
>>32218451This isn't a combat encounter. This place is neutral ground until the moon touches down, it seems.>>32218453>[X] "...They're making you nervous, aren't they?">[X] "...How many of these girls are Players, anyway?">[X] "-Does their armour look strange to you?""They're our hosts, Bishamon. Relax.">>32218471Read the mood. Vetoed.
>>32218488>Hecate' done for, she's over, the Hecate train is out of comissionNot while the conductors are still alive and kicking. Choo-choo.
>>32218514At least be on guard.ALso, looks like they're gonna crash the moon into Seisin High. Like I expected.
>>32218529They're not, this is the landing pad for it. This place isn't the school anyway.
>>32218453Sorry for the double post, but OP, is the Crisis Arm still available? The description says it can't be disabled or taken.
>>32218598(All your weapons are still available, but you can't seem to fire any of them.)>>32218454>>32218489> "Seems like this is a "non-combat zone. Don't be hostile, but remain wary."Bishamon nods, gravely - You see him visibly struggle to relax, still ill at ease...But at least he brings his hands away from his (unusuable) swords. "...I've never heard of a non-combat zone before..." he says, dubiously. As a matter of fact - Neither have you. > [X] "...They're making you nervous, aren't they?""-Of course not!" He says, too quickly. Then: "...Yes."> [X] "...How many of these girls are Players, anyway?""Maybe they're *all* here," Bishamon rumbles - He doesn't sound particularly sure, all the same. "...This is - A higher proportion than I expected." It seems Kouichi has a talent for understatement; Especially in a case like this. > [X] "-Does their armour look strange to you?"The vanes of his kabuto helm shift, a mechanical equivalent of a shrug - He turns his head, with the faint whirr of acutators. "...Like the other two," Bishamon says, realization slowly dawning. "When you fought Cyg-"> [X] "Let me handle the talking.">>32218507"Um-" Orchid takes a step back, looking from side-to-side as if for support; "...I'm not sure I understand, but...""Joker-kun~!" A form cannons into you from behind - Too light to check your step, nearly causing her to rebound. It's a very human gesture, completely at odds with the pale yellow limbs that struggle to wrap around you...Stymied by the shape of your Tempest Scrander, before she withdraws to a more modest distance. Chiffon Doll. "I knew it - I *knew* you'd be here!" There's an airy delight to Chiffon's words, as she straightens; Your Joker icon gleaming on the raised curve of her pauldron, displaying it like a trophy. "...See, I *told* you he'd be here - The ladies are *calling* them here. They can't stay away!"(Continued)
>>32218675>"...I've never heard of a non-combat zone before..." he says, dubiously. As a matter of fact - Neither have you.Wait, what if the Limiter is part of the Hyades system?
>>32218675So we can still punch people with the crisis arm?
>>32218703I don't think we should test this.
>>32218703We're likely strong enough to tear their limbs right off anyway. And don't even get me started on what we could do with the Carnifex active.
>>32218721I would imagine that we are in a Prime Directive situation.You know, "your non-human parts lock up because they've been told to not harm anyone around here".
>>32218721I'm not sure if the Carnifex will work here.
>>32218745>>32218746Good point. Wonder if it would work in the Real.No, we shouldn't test it.
>>32218675Her - rather triumphant - words are directed at PEARL CAPRICE and LAGOON DOLPHIN; Blush-pink and sky-blue respectively, as she tries to hook her arm in yours. "-It wasn't a lie, you see? He gave me this, too~!""-Chiffon, calm down." Pearl makes a placating gesture - Her voice is cultured, a little cool; Without White Licorice around, she's the one to rein Chiffon in. "All right, I may have been a little hasty...""That's not what you said...meanie."You're fairly certain Chiffon is trying to stick her tongue out at her counterpart - A gesture whose subtlety is (Of course) entirely lost in all-enclosing Player armour. At your side, Bishamon lets out a - Faintly amused - "Hmmmnh."...Well, at least he's enjoying himself. It's only for a moment, however; He stiffens, a heartbeat later, as VELVET DROSSEL approaches. There's a subtle grace to her lissome form, as she folds her arms around her cuirass; "...I apologize for the unsightly display," she says, bowing her head. "Chiffon can be...excitable.""Hey, which one do you think they are? The lazy one? The shaggy-looking one? The dangerous one?" Chiffon's chattering on happily, completely oblivious, as she looks up at Bishamon. "-You must be the tall one.""What-?"[ ] "-It's good to see you again too, Chiffon."[ ] "That's all right, Velvet."[ ] "Quite the welcoming commitee." [ ] "Chiffon, give my friend some space."[ ] "Hey, no guessing."[ ] "You mean you knew we were coming?"[ ] Free.YOU HAVE CONTROL
>>32218779Wait, wasn't it mentioned earlier that Mio was here?Maybe call out to her?
>>32218779>[ ] "-It's good to see you again too, Chiffon.">[ ] "That's all right, Velvet.""Don't worry. All is fine as long no one attempts to kill me.As for you, Chiffon: No guessing."Let's try if we can wink with a mono-eye.>[ ] "You mean you knew we were coming?""So, which kind of event can we expect? A Hyades-based Highlander tournament or another Nara Dreamland?"
>>32218799...Can Argus scan for any hints of jealous dragons in the area?Also, where's Natsumi?
>>32218818Right hehind joker
There were exactly ten girls in the group that welcomed you, no more and no less. In front of you - In those strange, fragile forms that are not quite armour - there are eight Players.Every one of them - Except for Mio and Shizuka - is a Player.There we go.
>>32218837I want to ask her if her weapons work.My guess is that it's Hyades-based.
>>32218799They aren't in the Red.>>32218779>"I see you're still sweet and chipper." - to Chiffon"It's fine. It's nice seeing someone who doesn't scream bloody murder the moment you nudge them the wrong way." - to Velvet"No guessing. I won't be half as mysterious and enigmatic if you figure out who I am by chance." - back to Chiffon.
Oh, well, try to log back out. Find Mio as soon as possible and stick very close to her.
>>32218806>Let's try if we can wink with a mono-eye.Wait, was it ever confirmed that RJ has a mono-eye?
>>32218779>[X] "That's all right, Velvet.">[X] "Quite the welcoming committee." >[X] "Chiffon, give my friend some space.">[X] "Hey, no guessing.""What used to be here? I'd heard there was a new stage, but I hadn't realized it was so dramatic.""How long until Convergence?">>32218799Not in this group. Every girl BUT Madame President and Mio is a player-doll.>>32218806>"So, which kind of event can we expect? A Hyades-based Highlander tournament or another Nara Dreamland?"Not this.>>32218869First thread.
>>32218779>[ ] "Quite the welcoming commitee."
>>32218869It has been described as mono-optic sensor in the past, from what I remember.
>>32218869Literally in the first thread.
>>32218837Are you sure that you aren't confusing her with Chiffon?There is no mention of Chrome Cypher.
>>32218918You're such a Joker
(My apologies, I lost the connection for a while. Writing now.)
>>32218918But that's actually critical information - If she's affected by the Limiter.
>>32218806> [X] "That's all right, Velvet."> "Don't worry. All is fine as long no one attempts to kill me.She nods, solemnly.> "As for you, Chiffon: No guessing."> "Let's try if we can wink with a mono-eye."Your mono-optic sensor rotates, and blink-clicks as it refocuses. Close enough. >>32218847> "No guessing. I won't be half as mysterious and enigmatic if you figure out who I am by chance.""Haaaah..." Chiffon sighs, doing her best to pout - And then she giggles, an affected sound - Made more so by her lack of expression. "...Joker-kun - If I guess right...Do I get a prize~?"> "It's fine. It's nice seeing someone who doesn't scream bloody murder the moment you nudge them the wrong way.""Well, I suppose so..." Velvet gives Chiffon a Look, all the same - One that promises Consequences later. Chiffon squeaks and tries to hide behind you, mock-afraid; Peeking back out at her stately counterpart, sneaking a glance past your form. > [X] "Quite the welcoming commitee.""-It is." Velvet takes in the others, at a look - They've talking to Bishamon, as he stands as stock-still as a statue; Pearl Caprice reaches out, to brush her hand against his paired swords - As if on a dare - and he doesn't quite flinch away, rather distracted and off-balance by the attention he's receiving. "We've been looking forward to it, after all. All of us." She shoots you a sharply slanting glance, one that's somehow conspirational. "And your ladies too, I think. For a long time."> "What used to be here? I'd heard there was a new stage, but I hadn't realized it was so dramatic.""What do you mean 'used' to be here~?" Chiffon pipes in, brightly - "...Something *thiissssss* big...It must've always been here~!" (Continued)
>>32219066>"We've been looking forward to it, after all. All of us." She shoots you a sharply slanting glance, one that's somehow conspirational. "And your ladies too, I think. For a long time."This is getting weirder and weirder.
>>32219066Velvet hesitates; Lights flicker, in the eyeslits of her tapering helmet. "Less than a year," she says, at last. "-But this is the first time we've had visitors...So many at once, at least. This place...We didn't use to be able to leave. People didn't use to be able to come in..."She falters, as if she's said too much. "...You'll have to ask someone else, sorry. I don't know more than that."> "How long until Convergence?"Dead silence. An absolute quiet descends - Even the Players flocking around Bishamon go quiet; Momentarily, you have their full, undivided attention."I'm...not sure," Velvet admits. She looks up, at the black moon overhead - Something faintly uneasy in her stance. "But soon, I think. Very soon..." Anticipation and trepidation war in her voice - It's impossible to tell which wins out."Joker-" A brilliant blue glow catches your eye, as you turn - Bishamon's shout of alarm echoing in the square. He's lit up from within, his Hyades mark glowing with the stark light of a star - The light pulsing like the beat of a luminous heart. He has his hands out before him, as a ripple runs through the world...A tremor, as a great shadow spreads across the earth. "Joker, I'm-""-It's starting." Thunder sounds, as if the sky is splitting. Lightning flares across the clouds, back-lighting them; The pulsing discharges making it look as if the clouds are on fire from within. The other Players are pointing upwards, looking up- It's a *demense*. Not one, but two - Twin stars, merging, interlocking, fusing into one...And where they meet, light flares between them, like a supernova. Like universes colliding, the electronic buzz of their contact heralding the storm. "I think-" Bishamon says; He starts, his words hushed, as if things are only beginning to make sense to him."...I think she's *calling* me."[ ] "-Go."[ ] "Calling you *where*?"[ ] "What's happening to him?"[ ] "Bishamon, you *don't have to go*-"[ ] FreeYOU HAVE CONTROL
>>32219164>[ ] "-Go.""See you on the other side my friend. May the fight be long in coming."
>>32219164>[X] "Calling you *where*?">[X] "What's happening to him?"
>>32219164"Bishamon, remember: You don't *have* to go. I think I'm on the way to finding a solution that ends with no further deaths.Still, go. I'm confident you will win this fight."I think I figured it out.Only Hyades champions can enter this area. And they are blocked from violent acts, somehow.
>>32219164[ ] "-Go.""See you in the finals. Don't you dare die on me."
>>32219164[X] "-Go.""Cybele. If you can hear me... When the time comes, think of Alura. I want Kraken, without the ability to flee."
>>32219280>Kraken without being able to fleeI'm ready.
>>32219280>>32219382Can someone explain? I don't get what you are referring to?
> [X] "What's happening to him?""-His lady needs her champion." Velvet's voice is low, hushed, with something uncomfortably like awe; The glowing mark of her lightweight armour beats time to Bishamon's symbol, as the world begins to tremble around her...And you too, you realize.Motes of light bleed from your form, unravelling.A transition is coming. >>32219280Can she hear you? Could she ever?You don't know. >>32219194>>32219228>>32219219> [X] "-Go."> "See you in the finals. Don't you dare die on me.""I-" Bishamon hesitates, torn. But then you see his stance firm, with determination - His body coiling upon itself, lacquered black plate articulating, as his reactor hums to life. He nods, and is gone.Around you, the other Players dissolve - Into whirling cyclones of light, a shower of sparks that twist and leap skywards in a swirl of photons - Chiffon is one of the last to go, her face turned upwards...Before her form shivers apart in dancing fireflies of sun-bright radiance- And then you.(Continued)
>>32219393The Convergence event that the Hyades are having is a player duel, champion against champion. Kraken is the champion of Alura Une, meaning if Cybele and Alura duel we'll have a 1v1 battle against Kraken with us at full strength and more importantly, no ability to retreat. Kraken's escaped both times we've fought him before we could finish him off.
>>32219425Well, let's hope that she can select our opponent.Especially considering that she is inert.
>>32219420>And then you.Time to murder a brainwashed dude!
>>32219420Beneath you - An infinite, depthless blue. A ripple, across a lake...-Then a flicker of screen-tearing static, a harsh buzz that saws into the very core of your being. Momentarily, there's another landscape overlaid over this one; A landscape with a tall, proud pagoda reaching towards crimson skies, the brief, passing impression of a lantern-illuminated bridge over dark waters...Another flicker. Temple, then ocean. Temple, ocean.-Ocean- You get your bearings. You stand on a ring platform, a vast cupola of crystal-glass petals ribbed together with steel spars that curve up to form a mast at the apex high above. The entire structure roates, turning slightly one way than the other; There's a strange doubling effect, as it overlaps with another...But imperfectly. The surface of the platform is black, like basalt, like onyx. You register...Other symbols, other marks, shed all the colours of nightmare. There are...More Players than you've ever seen in one place, lining the ring's circumference - Most are strange, graceful forms, bearing an obvious kinship to Chiffon Doll and White Licorice; There are a *lot* of them, too many to count immediately. Half of the school? Most of it?All of them?The others - They're like you. UTOPIA RULER, resplendent in gold and silver; ADAMANT AEGIS, with a shield locked to his left arm. STEEL CRUSADER, his armour polished to a mirror sheen - Both hands resting on a greatsword buried point-first in the ground. You think, for the fraction of a second, that you glimpse IRON OGRE...Pale yellow light twists and coalesces into Chiffon Doll's form - A starburst of violet becomes Velvet Drossel. And below, far, far below, within the glassy sphere...(Continued)
>>32219476Bishamon materializes. He has his swords in hand, his head turning this way and that as he takes in the world; Abruptly, he realizes that there's no ground beneath him, as gravity reasserts itself with sickening suddenness. When he hits the surface, a huge plume of water splashes upwards in a spontaneous geyser- A ripple of laughter arises from the outer ring."Oh-" Chiffon Doll presses a hand to her speakers - Trying to smother a giggle and failing, her shoulders trembling in delight. "...Can your friend swim~?" she says, sounding dubious, now - "If he can't, he's in a lot of trouble..."[ ] "This could be bad."[ ] "-Never mind that. Where's Kraken?"[ ] "Bishamon's killed everything the world's thrown at him. This is nothing."[ ] "What's he up against?"[ ] "-What's happening? I thought I saw *two* stages, not one."[ ] "He's fighting for his *life*, Chiffon."[ ] FreeYOU HAVE CONTROL
>>32219476>ADAMANT AEGIS, with a shield locked to his left armIsn't that the guy we saw fight on the night we met Kotone?
>>32219494>"-Never mind that. Where's Kraken?"
>>32219494>[ ] "He's fighting for his *life*, Chiffon.""Don't make light of this situation.Well, it's not like there are many player who could defeat him. Though I suspect that this might be an evil home advantage for his opponent."So the two arenas battle, until one overpowers the other.I wonder if that means that the overpowered arena's player gets a different bonus.
>>32219494"That's a pretty staggering disadvantage. Still, i don't expect him to loose."
>>32219494Aww shit he's fighting Kraken isn't he?>[X] "This could be bad.">[X] "-What's happening? I thought I saw *two* stages, not one.">[X] "What's he up against?">>32219502Nope. He was one of two players named who could win this event.
You know, the Advent Caster would be useful right now.Also, I think this is the second time we've been a spectator.
>>32219515> [X] "He's fighting for his *life*, Chiffon."> "-Never mind that. Where's Kraken?""-Fine." Rebuffed, she withdraws slightly; A sulky note to her voice. You look around. Isolating targets, one after another. LUMINAIRE NOIR, a floating ring hovering behind his form - TETRA TITAN, a hulking form that ambulates on four lower limbs, a pair of high-calibre weapons rising from a gleaming shell. No Kraken. Where is he?> [X] "-What's happening? I thought I saw *two* stages, not one."When your attention turns back to her, Chiffon starts - "Ah, their demenses are merging," she says, with a vaguely scholarly air; "-See, it's a fight for the Hyades, too...They're trying to shape the Stage to give an advantage."She leans forward, to get a better view: "...But your friend's Hyades must be especially weak; The other one has *total* control over the field. At this rate..."Her words are cut off, as another plume of water erupts; Bishamon rises from the water, suspended on twin plumes of superheated air. It's not flight, not really - He hovers, instead of taking to the skies; The distortion of his passage curving through the endless blue beneath him. > [X] "What's he up against?""I...don't know. The other one must hid - Look!"A wave gathers. It rolls across the surface with majestic force, rising into a towering wall of water; Gathering speed, gathering momentum, as it speeds towards Bishamon - An undulating, frothing swell, sweeping forward unstoppably- Starbursts of light flicker at Bishamon's kabuto helm. A hail of head Vulcan tracers punch through the water, as he accelerates away from the tide; He doesn't stop firing, his head turning from side-to-side, strafing it with gunfire...And then a 'X' carves through the wall of water, slashing it aside. A form surges through - Black, glistening, with the look of some deep-sea predator - Trident hissing with motes of crackling force, as it carves towards Bishamon. A name: AQUA MERROW(Continued)
>>32219656>She leans forward, to get a better view: "...But your friend's Hyades must be especially weak; The other one has *total* control over the field. At this rate..."Well, shit.I bet we will be impaled by stone spikes or something.Then again, this means we and Bishamon are bros in having weak Hyades.
>>32219710Or we're going to see Bishamon's power in action. Weak Hyade, strong ability?
>>32219656There's a ripple of distortion - A violent discharge, as the trident-weapon fires, speeding across the narrow distance like a harpoon. Bishamon slashes - And mid-stroke, the unfurling length *twists* to avoid him; It coils around his wrist like a serpent, wrenching him off-balance...And Aqua Merrow cracks the unfurling spear like a whip, and hurls Bishamon across the churning surface of the ocean. He hits the water at an angle - Skidding and tumbling, shards of black plate scattering in all directions; One horn of his helmet joins the debris plume, as he's propelled by immense velocity - A stone skipped across a lake. Somehow, he rights him with a plume of hissing thrust - An azoic glow gathering around Aqua Merrow's chest sphere; It erupts outwards, in a focused jet, a high-pressure ray that shears across the surface like a blade. Bishamon jets to the side to avoid it; He's firing back, turning his momentum into a violent rotation - His blade slices the air in a blurred arc- A powerful linear distortion surges forth, invisibly fast. It slices across Merrow - The other Player reels back, the blast guttering out as a clean slice shows through his armour; The edges of the cut slide apart, as Aqua Merrow clamps one hand across the gouging wound. Bishamon closes in for the kill, his blades crossing in an 'X', speeding directly towards his opponent...And Merrow's hand convulses on his trident, and the unfurling length cracks into Bishamon's cuirass and swats him aside. It punches him back, so hard he's hurled through the air - Before he can recover, the cable snaps taut around him - Retracting, wrenching him in close - just long enough for a giant fist of water to smash down on him with pummeling force, driving him down, down into the churning waves."...He's finished," Chiffon mutters - "At this rate-" [ ] "Not yet."[ ] "...This can't go on." [ ] "Hardly fair, is it?"[ ] "What did you mean 'total control'?"[ ] FreeYOU HAVE CONTROL
>>32219833>[ ] "What did you mean 'total control'?"
>>32219833>[ ] "Not yet.">[ ] "What did you mean 'total control'?""Could a Hyades with total control stab someone with stone spikes?"
>>32219833>[ ] "Not yet."Don't count the idiot out.
>>32219833"Last minute reversal in 3... 2... o-now."
>>32219856>>32219864> [X] "What did you mean 'total control'?""The ladies - They can anything they want in here, you see? So this one...She's giving her champion an advantage. Making this place somewhere he can go all-out..."Forms move beneath the water - Blurred, black shapes, struggling, striking, diminishing from view.> [X] "Could a Hyades with total control stab someone with stone spikes?""Ah-" Chiffon turns her pale mask towards you - As if struck by a sudden thought. "...They could," she concedes. "But...Something like that - It's hard. Hurting someone directly...It tires them out. But making the place like *this*...That's easier."The surface of the ocean goes placid, except for the faint ripples playing across the waters. For a long, long moment, the only sound is the ebb and play of the surf. > [X] "Not yet."The ocean begins to froth. To churn. To foam- An explosion of white water, rising fifty meters into the air. Sheets of spray pluming from the twisting geyser, the eruption coming with the detonating force of an artillery barrage. Tidal waves smash out on all sides, the surface water blitzing into drizzle; A red-streaked cyclone ploughing upwards through the sheeting rain, the violent rotation churning the waters around it to froth- Aqua Merrow breaks the surface first. Deep gashes scour his armour - He's not dodging, or evading, or repositioning himself, as he rides the rising plume. He's flat-out *running*, firing frantic, half-cohered blasts from his cutting beam - Blasts that rip through the swirling stormwall, twisting through the rising maelstorm of lacerating winds. Bishamon is right behind him. (Continued)
>>32220093It occurs to you, at this point, that you've never seen Bishamon fight. Not really; In the Hollow Sun, you were fighting too - And that tends to focus the mind wonderfully. But Aqua Merrow, unknowingly or not, has woken something up - Something best left slumbering. He's made Bishamon angry, genuinely angry, spiking him out of his slow-burn good nature into a killing fury. He's given Bishamon permission to unseal the shielding around his furnace heart, and all his fears and all his doubts are fuel for its nuclear flame. They exchange blows - A dozen, a *hundred* - in the space of a few seconds, the intensity and velocity of Bishamon's twinned blades ramping up - Sixteen per second, eighteen, twenty - until his opponent's form smokes from the relentless impacts, until he overloads Aqua Merrow's defense.The trident comes up- -slice- And splits in half, as the Apex Blade shears through it and splits it like cordwood. -slice- Aqua Merrow loses all his limbs, the edges of the cuts growing molten - Leaving a thrashing, twitching torso still in the process of falling, disjointed segments plunging into the water in fist-sized chunks- Bishamon's right arm draws back, to piston one razor-sharp sword through Aqua Merrow's heart, the deathstroke that will very likely shear him in half...The sword comes down.And suddenly, without any warning, there's someone in the way.(Continued)
>>32220253>And suddenly, without any warning, there's someone in the way....We need to kill the Hyades directly?
>>32220253Rage on, Bishamon!TRANS AAAAAAAAAM
>>32220253A woman. Flowing hair, in long, wavy tresses. A blue gown that falls all the way to her feet, long sleeves feathering out like wings. And the most startling, beautiful blue eyes you've ever seen - Blue eyes that are wide with shock and simple surprise, as Bishamon's sword rams into her chest, right under the sternum, and lifts her like a fish on a hook. Her mouth opens and closes rapidly, in utter surprise. You hear an uncohered shout, raw and full of hurt, as Aqua Merrow thrashes in denial - The burning blue symbol on his chest unwinding, fading out, twisting away in long strands...Bishamon is sickened. You can see it in the way he hesitates, at the way he flinches back from the pale hands clutching at the impaling blade, for succour or for mercy.-He can't let go. A shudder courses through him, as a gasp comes up from above - Chiffon watches, intent, as Velvet flinches back, her hand covering her mouth. Somewhere, there are screams. Somewhere, there is a cheer. And Bishamon - Still holding his victim off the ground on his sword - shaking so badly he can barely keep hold of the hilt - brings the Apex Blade up, and severs her neck with a single violent cross-blow. The Hyades's body spasms, as she falls off the blade. Blood, not Essence at all, jets from the stump and gurgles from the gut wound; Her body falls back, into the dark embrace of the waters...Then down, down, down.Bishamon stares. He stares, hovering on wings of jetair, for a long time.(Continued)
>>32220393Seems like not all Hyades are abusive towards their champion.
>>32220253No wonder he's Phantom Edge's successor.>>32220393Oh fucking hell.
>>32220423Does it look like she planned that?
>>32220393The curtain falls. The translucent walls of the demense begin to darken, as if the pall of night is descending. The edges of reality waver and blur; The ocean fading out, just long enough for you to glimpse the bridge of lights, lanterns wavering in an unseen breeze. Dark."-Horrible..." Velvet murmurs - She can't look away. "...I guess she really did love him, after all," Chiffon says - Her voice is low, muted, almost melancholy. "I can't understand it..."[ ] "What the hell was that?"[ ] "-I don't understand. Is she dead?"[ ] "What happened to Aqua Merrow?"[ ] "What happens now?"[ ] FreeYOU HAVE CONTROL
>>32220448>[ ] "What happened to Aqua Merrow?"
>>32220448>[ ] "What the hell was that?">[ ] "-I don't understand. Is she dead?">[ ] "What happened to Aqua Merrow?">[ ] "What happens now?""Will the fights go on like this without pause?"
>>32220448>[ ] "What happens now?"I want to begin the 2v1 fights.
>>32220448>[X] "What the hell was that?">[X] "-I don't understand. Is she dead?""Is it just me or did she not expect that to happen?"
>>32220448>[x] "What happens now?"
Now we know more clearly about the conditions of the fights....Maybe invest in versatility?We are fucked if there's a vacuum-based arena, for example. It will totally rape our ability to disperse heat and our Scrander requires air to fly.
>>32220448"What do you mean 'she really did love him'?"
>>32220556> [X] "What happened to Aqua Merrow?""Him?" Chiffon sounds surprised, by your question. "-He's still alive. Since his Hyades is dead - There's no reason for him to be here any more."> [X] "-I don't understand. Is she dead?"> [X] "What the hell was that?"> "Is it just me or did she not expect that to happen?""-She's dead." Velvet's voice is flat, level again - As she passes a shaking hand over her mask."Velvet, you *know* she was going to die anyway..."Velvet's chin twitches upward, and she says; "Yes."She draws a slow breath - "...The fights are to eliminate the Hyades, you see? When their champion loses - When the Emblem is destroyed - they really die. The other one overwrites her completely; That's why the d-demenses are..."Merging. >>32220556"-She didn't have to die like that," Chiffon adds. "She could have gone to sleep - Let herself be extinguished, and felt nothing at all. Just...gone out. Like a candle.""But your friend-"He was going to kill Merrow. "That's why she died that way. Because at the end...""-Her wish, her *true* wish, was to protect him."A silence descends.> "Will the fights go on like this without pause?""I...I'm not sure," Velvet says, heavily. "This is - This is the first one I've seen." Then, rather shakily; "I didn't think it'd be so..."A hitch to her breath. "-So horrible."> [x] "What happens now?""-Now?"Chiffon looks up at you - Her mask the colour of pale sunlight, of aged ivory."Now, Joker-kun..." she says, lightly - Glancing down at the darkened sphere below. "-We go back to school...""-And wait for your turn."The slit of her mask curves in the faintest approximation of a smile, her oddly-jointed fingers splaying against your chest."Until then - Please keep me company, all right?""After all...I'm the one who likes you the most."JOKER QUEST EPISODE 93TO BE CONTINUED
>>32220632(Gentlemen; My sincerest apologies, but it's extremely late on my end - And I'm completely exhausted. This looks like a natural break-point, and I doubt that I'll be able to maintain the quality of the writing if I continue from this point onwards.You've been a wonderful audience; Once again, I must apologize for the extensive exposition in this chapter. Good night and God bless, and I hope to see you again soon.)
>>32220632Yeah, we are definitely not going to reveal our identity to her.
>>32220646thanks for running man.>>32220675Don't touch bitches THAT crazy.
>>32220393Wow. This got dark fast.
>>32220632I wonder what happens when we deploy the void anchor in a stage like this.
Rolled 2, 4 = 6http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/32216177/Aaaaaannnnnnnd ARCHIVED!
>>32221088You made a couple of mistakes there.
>>32221208Can someone contact mister faglord archivmaster?I'd probably vomit if I did that.
>>32221686Wise anon once saidMan who shit on floorClean up own mess
So, the thread still has some space.How about discussing the possible environments that we might find ourselves in?Vacuum:- Heat dispersion won't work (However, the Hailfire Chaingun's heat beam might work)- Scrander won't work- No napalm- No friction, meaning stronger fisting and possibly faster bits- No sound (...How does Argus work? EM?)- All energy-based attacks will be more efficient with nothing to disperse them, while bullets might have less power due to friction not heating them up, depending on enemy- Burning Joker might actually cause us to burn, considering that the heat venting wouldn't do shit in a vacuum. Or the fire aura would be far bigger than in an atmosphere, to make dispersal more efficient.Water:- Scrander won't do shit and might actively fry us. In fact, we'd be best served to deactivate the damn thing to get a significantly smaller profile. Unfortunately, we would need advance warning for that, because it would be a *bad* idea to just leave a relic lying around the battlefield.- Carnifex would be mandatory to counteract water resistance- However, pressure differences might mean that we need all of our armor- Energy and projectile weapons won't do shit, with photonic stuff being our best bet- Crisis Arm might actually work, because it's based on gravity effects- Muleta might add agility- Napalm would again be pointless, unless we are fighting above the surface. Good luck getting there, though, unless we manage to fly without ever being submerged- Burning Joker would behave weirdlyForest:- Lots of cover. If we had stealth, we could just break the enemy's neck.- Our Argus system allows us to be aware of the enemy's position at all times. The Signal Booster might be a good investment. Or the Dirge Caster, if the enemy has superior sensors.- Napalm will wreck everything, possibly us as well. We can fuck everything with our armament- Bits can actually help, due to much cover, which allows them to attack unexpectedly
By the way, WHERE WAS NATSUMI?First it looked like only Hyades Champions can enter the stage.And then suddenly THE ENTIRE FUCKING RED WORLD watched the match.Did Kazuya fuck her and imbue her with his anti-Red aura or something?
>>32221977No, think about it carefully. ONLY Hyades Champions AND the Seisin girls were in the stage. The Seisin girls also have hyades marks of some kind.
>>32222052Reading comprehension:>>32219476>The others - They're like you. UTOPIA RULER, resplendent in gold and silver; ADAMANT AEGIS, with a shield locked to his left arm. STEEL CRUSADER, his armour polished to a mirror sheen - Both hands resting on a greatsword buried point-first in the ground. You think, for the fraction of a second, that you glimpse IRON OGRE...
>>32222068Iron Ogre also has a Hyades mark. So does Adamant Aegis. There's no reason to think that the others aren't hyades champions either.
>>32222068All that delicious essence
>>32222104So we'd rather murder the champions than their Hyades?How about killing the guys that we don't know, while letting people like Iron Ogre survive?
>>32222120It makes no difference. If the champion dies, the hyades dies too. The champion doesn't have to die, but the hyades definently 100% will die in the fight.
>>32222154You are contradicting yourself.It does make a difference if we murder Iron Ogre or just his Hyades. Because, as you said, the champion doesn't have to die.
>>32222171I thought you were saying that we kill the champions INSTEAD of the hyades, which isn't possible. But the problem is, even if we don't kill the champion, we'll have killed the love of his life. We're fucked.
Dayum, so Bishamon's got a crazy DPS output when he gets the Frenzy buff.How would the Joker Quest cast be sorted out in a classic RPG game?Bishamon seems to be a Hybrid Tank/Assassin class.Red Joker is...tricky, with so much weaponry at his disposal, I really don't know how to classifyKraken is Tank with focus on STRRust Kaiser is obviously Tank with CON focus
>>32223409Joker is a jack of all trades, master of none. He simply has very good equipment. All the other Players seem to have unique abilities, but Joker just has his guns.
>>32223409Joker is an allrounder/full combat guyOther characters actually have non-combat applications, like AP's silver thread.
>>32223468We've been getting hints that Joker's not at full power for a while now. It's not that he's just got his guns, it's that he has ALL the guns.>>32224049I wonder. He's got the ability to interface with everything in the Red World, from the Hollow Sun to the GARM. I think his ability is to be able to do that.
>>32224176>I think his ability is to be able to do that.That would make him Samus.
>>32224176>It's not that he's just got his guns, it's that he has ALL the guns.We Nasu now.Is JQOP secretly AC Guy?
>>32224245But without the backtracking. And he's only lost all his power-ups once, we think.So yeah, something like that, except maybe even more so. He did virtual combat that one time in the Sun.
>>32224440He's also famous for his murder abilities and has unlimited ammo, with a rapid-fire weapon as his primary and missiles as his consumable secondary.He heals from killing enemies and is agile, yet strong. And he did do a few dungeon crawls.He's also not quite human anymore and, on a metaphysical level, a weird mashup of multiple beings.
>>32224411I used to wonder, but FSA ran at the same time as Joker for a while last year. The similarities are pretty funny though.>>32224245Speaking of Metroid, I hate whichever one of you jokers who compared the oil to Phazon. I wound up spending a day tracking down a more-than-retail-price copy of MPT and spending all the free time I'd intended to use for practical purposes playing Prime 1. You're a jerk.
>>32224531>Speaking of Metroid, I hate whichever one of you jokers who compared the oil to Phazon. I wound up spending a day tracking down a more-than-retail-price copy of MPT and spending all the free time I'd intended to use for practical purposes playing Prime 1. You're a jerk.That was me.Also, the trilogy version is shit and casual. Get the Gamecube version.
>>32224531>I used to wonder, but FSA ran at the same time as Joker for a while last year. The similarities are pretty funny though.I see some weird connection between AC Guy, JQOP and Nanosuitninja (The dude who made Crysis fun on Youtube).Nanosuitninja and JQOP are both similar to AC Guy in some ways, while completely different from each other.
>>32224559I'd heard they cut some of the speed running stuff in 1. I'm honestly not too put out, just playing the game again is enough of a nostalgia bomb. Plus this is probably the only way I'm ever going to play Echoes, so.>>32224569Odd set of connections to make. Any reasons?
>>32224622>Plus this is probably the only way I'm ever going to play Echoes, so.The issue with Echoes is that they made it laughably easy in Trilogy.I guess that's a symptom of the Wii era. Everything was too easy on that damn console.>>32224622>Odd set of connections to make. Any reasons?Well, Nanosuitninja and AC-Guy are similar in personality. Making promises for new content and then not delivering for ages. And then making new content, which tells you their outrageous story of how the dog pissed fire or something.There's also the fact that Nano's Crysis videos are all about happy stabbing and explosions. Just like Fate/Stay Again.And the JQ connection... I'm not even sure anymore what the fuck that reason was, but I always wondered if AC-Guy was secretly also writing JQ. Maybe it's the writing style or something.
>>32224725It's probably the motion controls making things easier. I remember reading that during play testing for Sin and Punishment 2 the testers said the game was too easy and asked for it to be harder. The Nintendo rep is on record as saying "You're complaining that a Treasure game is too easy?!" Also I just checked, apparently one boss in 2 was nerfed and Meta Ridley's AI was fixed and that's about it as far as difficulty is concerned.Don't think that's it on AC-Guy and Joker, their style of updating is too different, and OP uses some speedwriting tricks that I haven't ever seen AC-Guy use. It's probably the tone. I admit I can't remember why I kept seeing the similarities anymore.
>>32224972>It's probably the motion controls making things easier.If anything, they make things harder.Zelda Twilight Princess was laughably easy, for example, but good luck getting the Nunchuk to realize that you are shaking it to make an attack.And yeah, the biggest change was the boost guardian in Echoes and the invisible drone in MP1, which is no issue with freestyle aim.They also removed the graphical effects from the guns and other immersive stuff.
Anyway, let's gameplay discussion and more Phazon.Phazon was funny for me as a C&C fan. It starts off as this weird mutagen that doesn't have any agency of its own and then turns into a self-aware force that actively mutates everything.In contrast to that, Tiberium started off as a mysterious substance with some really quirky characteristics and then turned into huge green rocks.I wonder if killing the Black Joker destroys all the blood.
>>32225172I hope so, otherwise we have to kill every Corrector individually.Going over the guide, do we have any idea what a Quake Cannon is? Because it's capitalized. That always means good things.Next thread's research: Converter and Emitters sound good?
>>32223409Rust Kaiser is "you die" class. Srsly. If JQOP has ever fudged rolls in our favour, its when we fluked out "killing" him. 'Cept now he's more bigger.I'd actually like to know a bit more about the system now. Can players play Collectors/Black Joker aligned characters?
>>32225880>Next thread's research: Converter and Emitters sound good?I'll think about that when I'm not about to go to sleep.A Quake Cannon is likely something that works with vibrations. Or maybe like the Quake item in Wipeout.
>>32225880I think so. The shield and infuser should also be considered.