PREVIOUS EPISODES: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Ghost+BustersLAST EPISODE: You talked to some fans, and dealt with an unpleasant squatter.- - -"So...we have a bottle of special Sake." Sana says as she looks at the bottle on the table. "Wonder how it tastes.""Don't even think it." Sato says. "Anyway, it's not exactly a fancy brand.""But the aftertaste is something to be desired." Star says, holding up her PKE meter and a few other detection tools (One that is a converted hair crimper). "I don't know what the old hag did, but you know that Anti-PKE field that was around the temple? Same phenomenon is occurring in a small radius around the bottle.""Really?" Akira asks. "So, this thing drains PKE just by being near it?""Yeah, but it's more like it nullifies it...unless it disperses it." Star says."So we have no idea." You say."It's just a matter of recording the reaction, and taking the steps to recreate it." Star says. "Handbook 101, just because we don't understand the initial 'how' doesn't mean we can't later.""But we don't know how long it'll take us to do this." Akira says. "Kayako's mother was able to manipulate PKE energies and this thing has been distilling itself within her temple for years. That doesn't sound like something we could easily recreate in a weekend.""It'll probably take a month." Sato says."Maybe, but we'll have other jobs to do, and we've still got one more Avatar of Oiwa waiting, I want Kayako out of the way by the end of the week." Akira says. "Zapped and trapped.""Well, we'll certainly keep the data." Star says. "But there's the question of what do we do with this stuff now?"
>>32292567"The sake itself is what's really potent, right? I say we brew our own mix." Akira says. "Mix it in with the Posi-Slime, and then go in guns blazing.""I thought we were going against a head-on approach." Sato says. "If we're clever about this, we can turn this into a missile, launch it right into the house and WHAM, then we come in with mop-up.""That's presuming it'll work." Sato says. "We need to find a way to inject the stuff into the slime mass. This stuff is PKE poison, we get the Legion mass to consume it, it'll rot itself from the inside out.""What if you just drank the stuff?" Sana asks.Everyone turns to look at her with lidded gaze."This isn't a party." Akira says."Nah, nah." Sana says. "That stuff is making the bottle anti-ghost, right? So whatever is in it becomes anti-ghost. Why don't you all chug the stuff and won't you all get to be anti-ghost for a bit? Probably enough to get you inside the house, right?""You want us to take on a ghost...while we're all drunk?!" Star asks."Well, maybe you can bathe in it, I dunno. You've got to admit, you four have had worse ideas." Sana says."She's got a point." You say.> Remember you only have the one bottle, there's not enough Blessed Sake to spread around multiple plans.> Let's go with Akira's Slime Mix plan.> I like Sato's 'missile' idea.> Star's poison plan is our best shot.> Okay...call me crazy...but I like Sana's idea.> Other
>>32292567> Let's go with Akira's Slime Mix plan.Good slime + Holy stuff = Doublegood slime
>>32292569> Okay...call me crazy...but I like Sana's idea.There isn't enough of Sana, also>PKE nullifier character
Are we going to the house right away? Is there any possibility of putting that off for a day or two so we can study the sake?
>>32292903That is an option yes, but, like everything, there will be consequences, and a chance that just two days of study will not net you any further benefits.
>>32292569>OtherWe really didn't spend too many resources (practically none) aquiring the bottle, nor do I expect any use of it would drain us at all.I'm in favor of >>32292836 but we can still try to combine it with one of the other options provided by the conference. Having a backup is never a bad thing, and hitting it with everything we got.https://archive.foolz.us/tg/thread/32146528/#32154125I'm still in favor of Rookie's "Big Guns" plan. Worked phenominally in New York and it'll have practical uses even after the mission.Pluck core sucker out with a proton cannon and get it into the Super Slammer trap on the YOMI-1
>>32292950Then there's a chance we can take the tiniest drop of sake out and test what it does to posi-slime? Maybe narrow our options by one? Just a thought also: data data data
>>32293013Opening it would likely break some magic seal or something.
>>32293120ah, nevermind then. I'll argue against the missile/rocket on the basis of the possibility that the entity might put it off course in transit/possibility that it won't detonate on impact.
>>32292993I could go for making some bigger guns also.
>>32292569> Okay...call me crazy...but I like Sana's idea.>> Heavy Tech plan, 'And if that don't work, use a Bigger Gun.'It's not like the house is going to walk up and leave, and we only spent like a few hours getting that bottle.If the house DOES end up walking and leaving, we might very well still need those big guns
>>32293158So, I'm seeing a 2-vote split between Sana's plan, Akira's plan, and 'Study the Stuff and Get Bigger Guns' plan. (Which will take a few days, you have all you need to build the bigger guns...at least to a point where they can be used and probably won't fail, it's just a matter of time.)
>>32293272Sana + Bigger Guns, we can study the effects of Temple with Kayako's mom later.
>>32293272>Sana's plan>Get Bigger Guns' plan
Rolled 3, 4, 6, 6, 3, 5, 4, 3, 1, 1, 2, 4, 4, 3 = 49>>32293272I'm voting for Star's plan. The sake's anti-PKE effect is from nullifying humours; the sake will be nullifying our own natural PKE/humours to te point that there will be unkntended side-effects and it'll get used up before we can use it in the house. Or it'll cut out while we're still fighting it.
>>32293332"Okay," You say. "This is going to sound like a stupid idea.""I'm amazed you feel the need to say that at this point of our careers." Akira says."Point." You say. "But I like Sana's plan," You hold up a hand. "With an addition. I want to go back to the earlier idea of us just putting together the biggest proton blaster and slime sprayers that we can manage. We give ourselves an edge with the sake, and then go for broke.""That doesn't sound too stupid. I mean other than the fact that we'll be working complex machinery under the influence of alcohol." Star says."One bottle split four ways isn't going to totally wipe us out." Sato says."True...but that also might mean that the effect will be lessened." Akira says, as he drums his fingers. "What if we made it a double assault?""Hmm?" You ask."Some people hang outside with the big guns and blast the living hell out of the place...and in the meantime, someone takes a couple of doses of the sake and uses the assault as a distraction to get inside the house.""Risky." Star says."Well what isn't in our line of work?" Akira says.> Star's right, let's just divvy up the sake across all four of us and go in directly with heavy tech.> I like Akira's plan, if we have an assault team and an infiltration team we'll hit her on both sides.> If I may make an alteration to the plan? If just one person goes in, they'll be able to bring in some Sake with them, and not just in their gut.> Other
>>32293526> I like Akira's plan, if we have an assault team and an infiltration team we'll hit her on both sides.We got a better chance of doing it that way, I feel
>>32293510PKE stems from strong emotions, fear, anger, even joy. We can try to calm ourselves and thus not burn off so much PKE on our way in.I'd say we and Sana are the most emotionally controlled of the lot.>>32293526> I like Akira's plan, if we have an assault team and an infiltration team we'll hit her on both sides.
>>32293617We did show we're capable of emotional control such as in the Subway by Kali tempting out our heroism, or the time we entered the house and resisted "saving" the girl who turned out to be a black slime conjuration.
>>32293526> Star's right, let's just divvy up the sake across all four of us and go in directly with heavy tech.
>>32293526>If I may make an alteration to the plan? If just one person goes in, they'll be able to bring in some Sake with them, and not just in their gut.If we dilute the sake too much, it won't have much of an effect.
> Have to step out for a moment will be back @ 7ish.You agree on Akira's plan and get to work.Building the heavy duty guns, and getting an industrial power-washer and converting it into a slime blower (tanker truck would take too long) will take 3 days, which you will also be using to study the sake's effect on PKE In the meantime, however, you don't know how, but PAGAN. The Anti-'Ghost Abuse' group has found out about your planned assault on Kayako's place...and is protesting it. They've got a sit in set up at the front of the lane that leads to the house. (No one's gone near the house...you hope.) You can see it on the news. PAGAN's gotten worse, if it was possible, a lot of mikos, 'exorcists,' 'spiritualists,' and other 'supernatural experts' who chafed under P-COC's presence have flocked under their banner. Just sending Yurei out as a scare tactic might not work anymore."Well...that's going to be a pain in the ass." Sato says from behind his wielder mask."More like a pain in theirs when I jam my proton wand up the-""AKIRA!""What?"> As I said I have to step away for a bit, in the meantime you can all discuss ways to deal with PAGAN.
>>32293776Hmm, I wonder can we get the entire neighbourhood on our side on this. I mean, they have lost friends, loved ones and people they know to Kayako's building. Don't they want they want they place where they live to be safe if not for them, then for their kids? Let them force the issue against PAGAN.
>>32293776We should make sure that we inform the P-COC about our plan to remove a clear and present threat to the local community. Maybe we can get them to get rid of PAGAN. Otherwise, we can check in with the police, and make sure that PAGAN has filed for and received the proper permits for this protest.
>>32293776>At this point, I had wished we'd gone and helped the Youkai before the house assaultHmm, maybe we can see if Kali or Rini and her gang can help?"You think we don't give a shit about Ghosts? Why don't you come and ask someone actually from the living impaired.A foreign nation wanted to extradite these Jiangshi as foreign nationals, likely to exterminate them, when we stepped in and pointed out that they are in fact, not foreigners. They are PARANORMAL entity's, and because we found them in Japan, they are JAPANESE.(if we could get Rini to show up.) If that isn't enough, why not speak to other Japanese Youkai. That's right, you know, the children of Amaterasu herself?">>32293850There's also this
>>32293926We bring out Kali, Rini, and maybe even Yurei to give a good report of us.Then ask them "how many Ghosts or Paranormals have YOU helped?"
>>32294169So, you want to call upon your associates to deal with PAGAN, as well as inform P-COC so they can take measures. Kali, Rini, and Yasuo are all separate entities.>Roll 3d20
>>32294169Do not do this. There is a reason that this is a shadow war. Do not cross the line.
Rolled 2, 15, 3, 2 = 22>>32294303Can we take a fourth roll for the neighbors who've lost loved ones and peace of mind from that cursed house?
Rolled 13, 15, 2 = 30>>32294303I suppose this will be a good test to see if any of the priests and mikos there are legit.I would have thought that, given the National Registry, priests and miko's would be a little more discriminating in who they associate with.
>>32294303Can we cancel the roll? Please?
>>32294346Good point.>>32294303>>32294358Yeah, let's not do that. . .But what should we do then?
>>32294303Can we NOT bring out Kali and Rini?There's a reason for everything being kept under wraps by the P-COC. We're looking at fines and warnings, at the very least.
Rolled 3, 9, 7 = 19>>32294303Here's hoping for no 4's.
>>32294376Go with just contacting Yasuo and the P-COC, and the local town council/neighborhood association.They don't want the bad publicity that PAGAN brings with them (and they don't even drop money at the local stores), and we're getting rid of a hazardous paranormal site.
>>32294414Voting this instead>>32294303
>>32294358>>32294359>>32294406This is what happens when you're stupid, don't consider the consequences of your actions, and just go with what seems like the snarkiest action at the time.
>>32294446>stupid, don't consider the consequences of your actions, and just go with what seems like the snarkiest actionSounds like we're in character at least
>>32294446Seriously, I was the one who proposed that and asked for others opinions and critical analysis, not just for people to blanket vote on it.Weigh all our options first, then pick which one is the better.>>32294480haha, yeah you could say that.
>>32294480Daisuke published that report knowing what was going to happen. He's not stupid, and he did consider the consequences of his actions. He believed that he was serving a higher cause, and that if it meant some people took their lives, then that was what had to happen.This is just trying to be reasonable with a PETA protest; it's just plain stupid and doesn't serve a purpose.
>>32294367>>32294376>>32294378Okay, just this once, roll cancelled.However, I'm taking that 2, 2, 7 for P-COC's roll."I'm sorry." Yasuo tells you over the phone. "They're keeping a sufficient distance away from the site of Paranormal Activity, they have the full permits, and a few very annoying media savvy individuals. #HauntedHomeWreckers is trending!" He sighs. "Legally they can only stand in your way, chant, and annoy you. If they attack you or your equipment, I'd have something to work with, but they have some ACTUAL con-artists with them that are running legal.""So why are they attacking us and our work?" Star asks."You're a global brand that is seen to be endorsed by P-COC. It's one thing to accuse a government agency of being heartless, myopic, and cruel...but a government sponsored PMC is an-""SINCE WHEN were we consider to be a PMC?!" Star asks."Since that became a PAGAN talking point." Yasuo sighs. "Look, just...get one of them to punch you in the face. I know it would brighter Lady Une's day."Star hangs up. "So, P-COC's out." She says. "We getting anywhere with the locals, and reaching out to victims?"> Roll 2d20
>>32294592>and that if it meant some people took their lives, then that was what had to happen.Did he though? Did he really estimate the scale or severity of his actions beyond what would happen to him?We really don't have much to go with on the exact details or reasoning of his choice, beyond that he saw it was right. We also know he's a "feel of the moment" impetuous kinda guy.
Rolled 2, 7 = 9>>32294672Maybe we should have considered dragging some of the priests in the crowd with us towards the house as bait and meatshields?
Rolled 15, 16 = 31>>32294672rolling
Rolled 11, 20 = 31>>32294672g-g-ghost roll
>>32294762Sato sighs and hangs up. "Sorry," He says. "There's no one in a twelve block radius of that house that so much wants to acknowledge that it exists."Sana rolls her eyes and just closes her laptop with a Canary-Eating-Cat's grin on her face. "You guys should REALLY leave things like this to the seasoned experts. Get your toys together, it'll be fine.""You sure?" You ask.Sana pats you on the cheek and winks. "Trust me. Okay?""Why is Sana so frightening when she's cheerful?" Star asks.You shrug and then start to load in all of the equipment into YOMI-1, complete with a shiny new Muon trap on the top. "Hey, Akira were you to get any further research done on the Sake to help us?"> Roll 1d20
Rolled 10>>32294930I'm not expecting any progress on this. DC is probably too high.
Rolled 10>>32294930Let's see what we got
>>32295105Akira sighs and shakes his head. "If we had the rest of the week, probably. But nothing we can use right now. Central will be happy though." He gets behind the wheel."Well that's something." Star says as she gets in. "But I suppose we shouldn't waste any more time, especially now with PAGAN camping out there.""I just hope this tech holds together." Sato says, finding his seat and closing the door."I thought you said that it would hold." You say as you brace yourself as Akira launches the car onto the streets."Well, yeah, but we're doing everything at a gallop pace." Sato says. "As the ancients say 'The suit of armor that is dressed simply can be faulted for forgetting his pants...or something like that?""What?" Star asks."It means we shouldn't let this fight drag on any longer than we have to, also there's a reason for the giant cooler full of ice that I loaded into the truck." Sato says.In no time flat, thanks to Akira's manic driving, you arrive at the PAGAN protest...only it's not exactly a protest anymore.There's a second crowd of people, they're all dressed in white, and each of them is carrying a framed, black and white photo of another person. They are quiet and solemn, not looking at anyone.They all look up at you guys though. They quietly make a perimeter around YOMI-1 and slowly walk with it. Almost like a vigil.The PAGAN crowd parts instantly as the crowd of Mourners walks through them. There are still news cameras here and there, and...well...it's hard to yell slogans at sobbing parents.Mourners are touching the sides of YOMI-1, mumblings prayers, crying, and a few saying 'Thank you.' Over and over again.PAGAN had no choice but to part their line and let YOMI-1 drive down the lane.
>>32295461"That...was amazing." You say."Yeah." Akira says.There's a pause."You think those were all people that Sana found, or did she just call in her actor friends?" Star asks."Either way, it's impressive." Sato says. "Anyway...we're here. Let's unload and get to work!""Hang on." You say. "The moment we do, Kayako's going to be trying to mess with our minds. Paragoggles on, and keep your PKE meters up until you start firing. I've got a PKE reading on her illusions, so we'll be able to spot them, but she's not a fool. Once she sees that they don't work, she'll probably change tactics.""Got it." Akira says. "So...who's having a little liquid courage before hand?""You mean a LOT of liquid courage." Sato says. "I have to say, GUI is NOT recommended in the handbook.""GUI?""Ghostbusting under the influence.""Ah."> So, who's on Assault Team and who's on Infiltration Team?
>>32295486Akira and Star on AssaultDai and Sato on Infil
>>32295486Daisuke and Sato on Infiltration Team.Akira and Star on Assault.And do we have Yurei's Chyme with us?
>>32295528>>32295575I'd say Star and Sato on Assault, Akira and Daisuke on infil.I mean, we shared a drink with him before AND we went into the house. Why not do it again?
>>32295622That is rather fitting, we did say we'd give Akira the chance to kick an evil houses' ass in
>>32295622Good Point. I'll switch to this.
>>32295622>>32295721But consider that Akira is more likely to go berserk, and we can't afford that inside of the house. Not to mention, it's possible that Kayako is going to use Akira's memories of his brother against him.
>>32295776No matter who we bring, Kayako would use all of our skeleton's against us, Star or Sato.Akira has been inside house before, and may be desensitized to ghosts playing tricks on him. And even when he's mad, he's been shown to keep a level head.We can always inform him that the house will be using that very same method, if he hasn't already guessed or expected it himself.
>>32295776We've always treated him like a liability, and he's told us this to our face. He even proved us wrong on that account earlier by investigating another house without incident.We could tell him we're putting our trust in him this time, or do you think he really is too much of a liability and we should take someone else?
>>32295947>>32295823Yeah let's trust him on this.Might even be cathartic.
>>32295575>>32295622>>32295771You take the bottle. "Akira, you're with me.""Yessss." Akira grins and gets his proton pack on."So you two have the plan?" You ask the other two."Start up the machines and start blasting and don't stop until the place is rubble." Star says."We should have gotten a pig." Sato says.Everyone looks at him curiously."A pig? You know, like how the other famous Legion entity was dealt with?" Sato says.Star rolls her eyes and dumbwhaps Sato. "Leave that stuff to Sachiko. Come on."The pair jumps out of YOMI-1, and after a little swearing at seeing the state of the house, they get the machinery out of the van, and start it up humming."Bottoms up," Akira says, ignoring Sato and opening up the bottle of Sake. He grabs two Ghostbuster official travel mugs and fills them both. "You have any toasts for this kind of occasion?"
>>32296096"Two mugs. Only two Ghostbusters go in, only two Ghosbusters come out."
>>32296096"Yeah. Hey Oiwa! UP! YOUUURRRS!
>>32296207Two go in, two come out.
>>32296235>>32296207"Two go in, two go out. Bottoms up, and up yours Oiwa!" You say."Here here!" Akira says and clinks plastic travel mug with you.You drink deep from the sacred sake.> roll 1d6
Rolled 1>>32296326Liver damage!
Rolled 4>>32296326Ghost Roll Liver Damage
Rolled 3>>32296326up yours Oiwa!
>>32296358Is anyone surprised?
>>32296358Welp, ghost roll liver damage it is.
Rolled 6>>32296386We are going to be so plastered.
Rolled 3>>32296372I don't even.
>>32296395even the dice gods agree
>>32296358You blink. Your head hurts. You are sitting on the stairs of a house.Wait...you are inside the house. You check your back, okay...you still have the proton pack...so you aren't 100% screwed. But you don't hear the sounds of stuff happening outside. You get up and look out the window...there's nothing there. Not Sato and Star, not YOMI-1, nothing.Wait...the house that was across the lane. Before it was abandoned...now it's painted blue and has a car in the driveway."Akira?" You call out. "Akira!" You shout.No answer.You notice that there's a note pinned to your uniform with a Ghostbuster's pin.Daisuke-We stumbled our way inside. She hasn't noticed us. You are very very drunk. So am I. (You can tell from the handwriting) House is showing Chronologogigig-house is doing weird shit with time.Also, left you on stairs, walked down stairs, you weren't on stairs until I went up stairs and down-house does weird shit with space too.Trying to stay in one place, but house is very spinny, and doors are multiple and confusing.If you wake up and aren't eaten and are lost, find me. Still think we're invisible, cause had nap, not eaten...probably infected...really really drunk- Akira> Roll 1d20 to try and get your center of balance back and force yourself into semi-coherence.> Call for Akira> Crawl upstairs> Stumble towards the living room> Stagger to the kitchen> Just stay where you are and try and regain your knowledge of what senses are
Rolled 3>>32296586> Just stay where you are and try and regain your knowledge of what senses are
Rolled 12>>32296586>Just stay where you are and try and regain your knowledge of what senses areRemember where the murders happened, and don't just blindly walk into them.
Rolled 9>>32296586>> Just stay where you are and try and regain your knowledge of what senses are
Rolled 7>>32296586Overcome our buzz through sheer Fighting Spirit.If we call for Akira, it might be a trap. Or distract him from staying alive.
Rolled 16>>32296586> Just stay where you are and try and regain your knowledge of what senses areIf you stay in one place long enough, you'll eventually see someone you know.
>>32296626Okay, you think you can almost walk...almost. While you're trying to regain your senses you try to remember who was killed where.Let's see...the kid and the cat were drowned in the downstairs bathroom.The husband hung himself in the upstairs study.And Kayako..."Aaaaauuuuuuurrrrrkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk"Had her neck snapped right at the top of the stairs.You turn around and look.There she is.She's dressed in a cheap flower print shirt, a beige looking skirt, and sensible shoes. She's lying there, hair draped over her face, gasping for breath through a croaked or shattered throat. Whatever it may be, it's clear to you now that her husband's assault didn't instantly kill her. She asphyxiated, right there, in a lot of pain.Lovely.Although, seeing as she's there, trapped in her death throes, and not off hunting you or Akira in some horrible PKE manifest form, means that she still can't sense you...you really hope that means she can't see you either. She hasn't looked at the base of the stairs yet.You're still very very drunk...but she's right there.> Blast her> Slime her> Be very very quiet and try to regain your faculties, swiftly.> Other
>>32296905High risk-High reward, gents. Thoughts?
>>32296905I hate to be the one to say this, but... We're drunk, right? Maybe we'll try to communicate or help her in our inebriated state?>other
>>32296905> Be very very quiet and try to regain your faculties, swiftly.Maybe I'm being too cautious, but I think we should find out a little more.
>>32296905> Be very very quiet and try to regain your faculties, swiftly.
>>32296975Could very well work. If we remember we're not dealing with a rational entity, but an emotional one. Probably best to trick her/stay on our guard with this.
>>32296905>Be very very quiet and try to regain your faculties, swiftly.Our aim would be off. Too risky.
>>32296905> Be very very quietWe're hunting wabbits
>>32296905> Be very very quiet and try to regain your faculties, swiftly.Trying to help or engage would have ensnared us when we first encountered the "school girl" outside the house. If it isn't broke…
>>32296905Isn't the ghost of her husband about to show up, to stuff her in a garbage bag and then stab her?We should probably get ready for that.
>>32297057You try to keep your breathing very shallow and quiet.> Roll 1d20> Roll 1d6
Rolled 3>>32297258Is this the end of the Ghostbusters?Yes.
Rolled 14>>32297258This is a 1d20
Rolled 12>>32297258>>32297290>>32297302>>32297304"Why do you shoot so many 3s?""Because there are no 4s."
Rolled 13 + 1>>32297258I always feel like somebody's watching me
Rolled 4>>32297258This is a 1d6
>>322972903 on d6>>322973023 on d20>>322973043Three 3's in a row>>32297312Did I ever mention how 3 is the lucky number in Japan/China?It sounds like "life" where 4 sounds like "death"
Rolled 1>>32297331That is a 4, you bastard.
Rolled 3 + 5>>32297325Rolling two different types of dice doesn't work like that. Whatever dice after the first will always be a one.For example, I roll 1d10+5d1000 and the 5d1000 will always be 1
Rolled 5 + 5>>32297354I forgot there isn't a dice roll d100.Have 5d100
>>32297307Kayako is still lying there on the stairs not looking at you.You can stand on your own without falling over. There's a loud thump coming from the downstairs bathroom, and some muffled cursing, it's male, that's all you're sure of.> Your stable enough to stand and shoot mostly accurately> Blast Kayako> Slime her> Go to the bathroom> Other
>>32297354>>32297372Okay, NOW i see whatever dice that comes after the first won't be treated as dice, it will just add the number times you tried to roll.
>>32297380> Go to the bathroomLet's see what happened there...
>>32297421Kayako died in like the 70s remember?This isn't Oiwa we're dealing with.
>>32297380Man, should've scanned her first. This part could just be a residual haunting, like we're just seeing a recording being played out.. Anything we try to do may or may not have an effect.I'm going with>>32297421>>32297443with scanners peeled.
>>32297380>go to the bathroom>>32297469Slang changes over time. I doubt the Japanese equivalent of'douchebag' existed then.
>>32297380>OtherCheck with our PKE scanner if this is an illusion.The downstairs bathroom could be Akira, or it could be the ghost of the husband.
>>32297508Not a native Japanese speaker, but does Japanse slang change as rapid as English changes over time (especially American english).
You stagger towards the bathroom and open the door.The place is empty. The bathtub is full though.A hand is put on your shoulder.> Roll 1d6
Rolled 3>>32297605Yeah, bad news.
Rolled 2>>32297605Oh judo know?
Rolled 5>>32297605Honestly I'm beginning to think we made a serious of bad decisions.
>>32297666"Hey man...you gotta be quiet...she's riiiiiight above us." Akira says.You stagger into the bathroom as Akira pushes you into in. He bangs his boot and shin against the bathtub's rim with a loud thump."Oh, dammit damnit, damnit!" He swears.Okay, so that's what Akira's note meant when he said that this place was screwy with time."Okay...okay...okay...okay." He says. "Okay, we are still...REALLY drunk...but you think we can take her? If that's her? Have you looked outside? Do you think Sato and Star are okay...okay? Ugh...wow."> Yeah, hang on. We need to stay here, wait, and get our heads clear.> We better go attack her before this stuff wears off.> We need to think of a different attack method, burn down the house.> Those girls are still upstairs, they asked for our help.> Oiwa's bargain is something we need to talk about man.> Post the information, it's...it's the right thing. So what if it may torpedo your career.> Call for your grand-daughter> Other
>>32297794>We better go attack her before this stuff wears off.Remember to use our sensors, no turning off the targeting computer the force is NOT with us.Do our best to compartmentalize our awareness of how fucked the situation is.
>>32297794>> Call for your grand-daughter"Did I ever tell you the story of when I was in a house that screwed with time?""...How did that end again?"
>>32297794>OtherGet our ectogoggles back on, turn on the PKE meter to start filtering out illusions, and go back and attack before the sake wears off.
>>32297855Wait why did we take them off?Why would we ever take them off?
>>32297794"If this place is screwing with time, who knows about Star and Sato.For all we know, we might be at a time before Ghosbusters Japan has even been set up. Or we might just be a few hours before we, that is we Sato and Star, arrived in the Yomi."
Rolled 3>>32297794I'm torn between> We better go attack her before this stuff wears off.and> Those girls are still upstairs, they asked for our help.Also, what was Oiwa's bargain again?
>>32297794>> We better go attack her before this stuff wears off.Strangely enough i think this.
>>32297794>Those girls are still upstairs, they asked for our help.We gotta get civvies out of the area first.
>>32297855I'm wondering if the whole building isn't just a giant illusion at this point, or a massive slime construction in which case it'd be like trying to filter out water from a pool.Ghostbusters New York (extreme guys) once busted an entire mansion that turned out to be a huge slime construction with a single solid core piece, just like this one.
>>32297919Didn't the original guys also deal with a house like that? With a ghost named Wat?
>>32297794>We better go attack her before this stuff wears off.All the other choices seem to be traps for further illusions. We can talk about the bargain when we beat this thing. Still strongly feeling that this is all a recording. Scanners peeled.
>>32297976Oh yeah, from the original cartoon.
>>32297901>>32297870>>32297852You pull your ectogoggles back over your...oh wow, yeah. You understand why you took them off, being drunk with these things on is NOT pleasant and an easy way to get a headache.Also every surface of this place is covered with black slime and you see the screaming faces of trapped souls trying to claw their way out of the walls.The tub is just a giant pulsing mass of slime, and you see the corpses of the kid and the cat, waterlogged, bloated and rotted. they're just staring at you impassively, as they float there."Come on." You say. "We're taking her out, now.""That's what you said earlier, and why I had to find you." Akira says. He groans and holds his head. "I don't think we would have remained sane in this place.""Well that's why we're drunk." You say.You both walk out back into the foyer, just in time to see three school girls run up the stairs screaming in fear.One of them trips and falls down the stairs, landing hard on her side and her head with a nasty crack.Something black appears on the stairs and crawls down towards the sobbing and mewing girl, croaking, as black hair covers its face."Fuck!" Akira shouts as he pulls his wand. "Wait..." he pauses and looks at you. "Is...is this really happening?""I don't know." You say as you watch the scene. Kayako is moving slowly, to ensure that the girl is at the height of fear and pain when she takes her.I mean, this is something that did happen...but is it happening now? Are you here now, or just watching when? If you interfere now, will it change things then, or does nothing matter but now. If so is the crawling Kayako the Now Kayako or is she somewhere else? Or will shooting the Then Kayako right Now cause an effect Later?Only someone who's as drunk as you two are could keep track of that nonsense...or at least try. The tech helps too.> Roll 1d20
>>32297794> Oiwa's bargain is something we need to talk about man.> Those girls are still upstairs, they asked for our help.> Call for your grand-daughter
Rolled 11>>32298082It's just a jump to the left, and a step to the right
Rolled 5>>32298082This is going to end in tears.
Rolled 11>>32298082Shinai, shinai, and I'm not talking about a wooden sword.
Rolled 10>>32298082Shoot the crawling one.My hypothesis: She's not the core of the legion, just the face. The core is the mass of humours put in her, which is represented by that black haired one.
>>32298131Okay, you're pretty sure you can't help the girls. This is a classic PKE playback manifestation. Ghostbuster 101 stuff. This house is just recording everything that goes on within it, and then playing it back all at once. Still a mind bender.What you AREN'T sure of is if blasting this Attacking Kayako manifestation will hurt her. It could, since it is technically her, and any assault on her PKE signature will hurt...but it could be like biting the tail off of a lizard. It'll hurt her, but she'll survive it and grow a new one.You can hear the Stairs Kayako groaning as well, so it would be easy to just push past the Past Vision and go for that one."Hey, on your six." Akira says.You turn and see ANOTHER Kayako, standing there in the archway to the living room. She's dressed in shrine maiden clothing, clothing she must have worn as a child. She's still making that croaking noise...but she has her head tilted and her visible eye is looking towards the pair of you.The sake must be wearing off, and since she's wearing priestess robes, that must mean she's detected her mother's scent on you. That can't be good."Damn shell game." Akira says. "We could try one each, but I'd rather blast one really really hard. That would certainly hurt her."> Both shoot the Past Kayako that's attacking the past victim> Both shoot the Present Kayako, who's on top of the stairs and manifested there when you first entered the house.> Blast the Future Kayako that's in the process of manifesting, who's slightly detected your presence> You pick one and tell Akira to pick another> Other> This is my only hint. This is a game of 'Find the Lady.'
Rolled 5>>32298376It may be a game of find the lady, but where is the conman's palm? Or is that a shell game I'm thinking of?Let's look around for something hidden, try to find the real Kayako.
>>32298376Einie meanie mine moe?Dammit, there's probably a clue here or something revealed in the previous posts.
>>32298376>This is a game of 'Find the Lady.'All three of them are fake. The base of 'Find the Lady' is to make the mark (us) think he can beat the dealer (her). The game is rigged so that no matter what the mark does, the dealer can take his money and even if the mark picks a winning card, one of the shills working with the dealer places a higher bet and the dealer announces he takes the "highest bet." and the shill wins the game. We need to find the dealer and blast that.
Rolled 11>>32298376> You pick one and tell Akira to pick anotherWhat if... we blast the past and the future Kayakos?"And betwixt the twain shall meet", so to speak.Not that any of my decisions in this game have worked well so far.
>>32298376>Tell Akira, "If she's detected us, she wants us to make the first move, so she's trying illusions again. What wouldn't she show us?"
>>32298582Crap. Forgot to erase the dice roll from my e-mail field. Ignore that. THAT ROLL DON'T COUNT FOR NOTHIN!
>>32298582It's like you're intentionally ignoring the clues put before you, even when the QM outright tells it to you.
>>32298558>>32298585So we wait her out? Stand back to back and revolve until one of the Kayakos loses patience?
>>32298558What the hell would the Dealer be though? Her father who tried to strangle her? Haven't even seen him yet.Should we look for him?
>>32298651She might try and use one of the fakes to push us when she loses patience. However since it noticed us, we need to move quick.>>32298689That's the piece of the puzzle we're missing. We need to figure out who the dealer is.
>>32298689Alternatively, we oddly didn't see the kid nor the cat in the bathroom we were last in.
>>32298703See >>32298082>The tub is just a giant pulsing mass of slime, and you see the corpses of the kid and the cat, waterlogged, bloated and rotted. they're just staring at you impassively, as they float there.
>>32298651No, we need to figure out what what she's not showing us. I've giving the QM good lines to use weither we think of something right now or not.
If this is a game of 'Find the Lady', the obvious one (Future Kayako) is probably a 'bent card' trick; making us think it's the obvious choice when in fact it's a trap.>>32298702What about running up the stairs to where the husband hanged himself?
>>32298767That might work.
>>32298640Did you ever consider that maybe I'm just dense?
I wish we had Yurei's Chyme in our pockets and she could text us a hint.That, or she'd be hiding in the farmost corner of it's circuitry
>>32298744Since the house is just showing us the recording, we should smash the "film projector".>>32298767It's either the hanged man or the girls from>>32297794Kind of want to find out, now.
>>32298585"If she's detected us, she wants us to make the first move, so she's trying illusions again. What wouldn't she show us?" You ask."You're asking me to look at what we CAN'T see? Are you still drunk?" Akira asks."Yes, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong." You say."Well...what have we seen that can't be an illusion or a slime manifestation?" Akira asks."I don't know, all I've seen are the damn stairs, and the bathroom." You say. "Haven't you seen more of the house?""Not really, I staggered around the rooms, drunk off my ass. Upstairs is just a long long hallway that doesn't end so I came back down here, had this chat with you, and then you told me to go to the bathroom, and then I got you and now we're having this conversation again.""Why did I tell you to go to the bathroom?" You ask."You said that you heard swearing and to check it out." Akira says."That's why I went there first, and it was your swearing that came later." You say."Are you sure? Cause I thought I swore, and then you told me to go to the bathroom? Ugh, I'm still drunk." Akira says.> Damn it...okay, one of us should shoot at something, maybe that'll tip her hand and the other will be able to hit the right thing.> This is a worthless trap and a waste of our time, the only thing we're doing is annoying her. We should head out into the yard to help Sato and Star.> So, are we going to go with the heavy guns plan, the infiltration suit plan, the bomb plan, or the humoristic plan?> Other
>>32298826>"Well...what have we seen that can't be an illusion or a slime manifestation?"The boy and the cat. > OtherGo check on the boy and the cat again, stick together, and also we need to check Akira and ourself to make sure we're both real and not illusions.
>>32298826>OtherGo to the kitchen.It's the one place we haven't gone, neither has Akira. It was present as one of the first options, but it's not shown up at all anymore.And the kitchen may have more sake that Kayako snagged before she ran.
>>32298877I thought it'd be invitable someone would question whether Akira himself was real. I thought we could blast him with posi-slime but that'd null the effects of the Sake.Actually. . .if the sake IS taking effect and nulling PKE signatures, or decreasing it, we could take a quick scan of him to see if he's leaking off normal or higher than normal PKE.
>>32298906Well, the kitchen is the heart of the home. I'm okay with this. Scanners peeled.
>>32298877>The boy and the cat.The boy and the cat were corpses in the tub. No screaming souls begging for release; they were just staring at us impassively.Shouldn't there have been trapped souls there with them?
Okay, I'm screaming in my own head right now because I don't know what to think. But right now...>>32298877>>32298977This sounds like the best course of action.
>>32298975But did the kitchen have any kind of draw for Kayako? Wouldn't the boy and the cat be a better target? I mean, think about all of the black humours that Kayako absorbed. And then she had a kid, who gestated in that vessel of black humours.Wouldn't it stand to reason that there might have been some...side-effects?
>>32298977>Shouldn't there have been trapped souls there with them?That's what I don't get.We saw Kayako's ghost at the stairs, and the souls of everyone trapped here, but nothing from the boy.And as for the cat; this is Japan. Bakeneko's are a common and dangerous entity. After being killed like that, I would have expected a bakeneko to arise from the cat's tortured soul. We're running out of time, and I just hope that we're not wrong about this.
>>32299050I really don't know about being better targets, but the tub is full of black slime. It could manifest into something fatal, like some sort of Venus Flytrap.
>>32298877>>32298977>>32299043You grab Akira, making sure that he is who he is with your goggles and the PKE meter, and head to the bathroom.You open the door and both walk inside.The corpses are still there, floating in the pure black slime.It takes a little adjustment of the PKE meter and connecting it to the spectrogoggles...but you get it.Kayako is many things. An avatar of Oiwa. A host of unclean essence. A victim of a traumatic crime. A legion-class entity that was made up of all the souls she has claimed and amplified their own hate.But she is also a mother. A mother who wanted to be nothing like her mother.The illusion is gone, and you see a woman in a cheap floral print dress, a beige skirt, and sensible shoes. Her throat is purple and twisted, her hair is a mess, and a soft croaking sound comes out of her ruined throat.She's holding the blue body of her dead son, the boy holding a kitten corpse.She looks up at you two and she flinches and scoots backwards in her tub. She clutches her son's body tighter and shakes her head.She can't talk, or communicate, but the message is clear. "Go away."Any other entity with her power might have tried to expand their border, to grow the house, grow her collection...she kept it in her yard. Yes, people who trespass upon her are victims of her rage...but that's it. Part of Kayako...kept this evil sealed.It's hard to think of her as a victim in this, but seeing her like this...it's hard to not.Still, if she's not dealt with, the deaths will continue and none of these souls will find rest.> Blast her> Slime her> Stasis her> Other
>>32299270> Stasis herWe saw with the Gentlemen's Club that if the emotions are strong enough, they can overpower posi-slime and turn it into black slime.
>>32299331The converse is likely true, with enough postive energy (music, good vibes, etc.) we can turn black slime into posilime.We can almost make shit come to life, like statues of liberty or even buildings.>>32299270>none of these souls will find rest.This would be unfortunate, but not necessarily out of the question. When the Rookie and the original ghostbusters fought a juvenile Sloar they did not free the Ghosts within but instead trapped them.And as Vince Clortho said, the Shulls and Zubbs of another universe learned what is was like to be "roasted in the depths (seeing as how they should've really died well before that).Maybe they won't rest now, but one judgement day from now they will.That said, we should find any way we can to freeing these souls and Kayako from whatever is cursing her and the lot.
>>32298822Exactly.>>32299270Thoughts on this? I'm thinking about Slime here, but we also could diplomance.>>32299331Ghost numbers turn everything to shit, anon.
>>32299473We could try talking, maybe Kayako herself is hopefully more receptive than her mother.Supposing she was, what would we say to her?
>>32299473>>32299522Unlikely that the diplomatic route will work. You're trying to talk down a Legion-class entity.
>>32299270>Still, if she's not dealt with, the deaths will continue and none of these souls will find rest.How do we put her soul to rest as well? All the choices seem either inflammatory or temporary.>>32299522>>32299544Well, Daisuke does kind of have a common ground with being disowned and hated by his own family.
>>32299544Which has been done before. Even gods.That is only one option though, we need to look at all the other options.
>>32299270I know in the movies at least, it's the husband, or specifically, the hate she feels for him, that's really feeding the Grudge.Remove that target, and there's nothing left to keep her together.But this isn't the movie.
>>32299270That's not really true I don't think.Like if it was just the house that'd be one thing, but every ghost she ensnares has a degree of independence that can itself drag new souls into that story....Also, I wonder if Kayako can pull an Alucard and kind of condense all the souls and black humours into one immortal body
>>32299544It's the core. A scared person who wants comfort. As the Ancients say, sometimes only the smallest push is needed for the castle to fall. Or some such.
>>32299270Can someone remind me what Stasis is as opposed to blasting?
>>32299928Denies the target's action if successful on weaker enemies, stronger enemies get slowed then locked down, increases hit chances vs. the enemy.
So late. . .want to see this finished before crashing to bed. . .
>>32299270It feels wrong for us to make the first move here, but I know that whatever attack Kayako herself makes is gonna be a doozy.Like she could literally bring the house down on us.But it's hard to negotiate in good faith if we've got guns trained on her.
>>32300078Well then say something. Like what should we do in this situation?Shit won't move if you don't post.That's why these threads move so slowly, because no one knows what to do. The thread literally started seven hours ago, and we've barely progressed.
>>32300107Do you really want the critical thinking skills fo someone about to fall asleep? (not from boredom mind you, quite the opposite)I would say, that since she actively flinched and scooted back away from us, instead of gettnig mad and attacking us, this might be a sign she would be open to being talked with, if we showed we meant no harm.Do we mean no harm? I think we do.
>>32300220This, she, can't go on the way she has been.It ends now.Everything else is up for negotiation, I think.
>>32299270>> Other"Out of all you've encountered, let our resistance be proof enough we are most qualified to say 'we can help you'. Our window of opportunity is fading, if you want us to help you, it has to be soon."
>>32300316This sounds pretty good.
>>32300316I like it. Let's hope Ghostmaster is awake to respond.
We need to do something, even if it's something stupid.The thought back here>>32299843is that if we pacify Kayako, maybe we call pretty much pull the Legion apart, or at least weaken it substantially.>>32299522>"...what would we say to her?""How can we help you?"Or maybe...>>32299710Go after her husband?...Do we have any of the sake left?...How would she react to giving her and her child proper last rites?AGH. I'm grasping at straws here. I hate being thick.
>>32300410this >>32300316Sounds pretty good.Few who have come to her were exorcists, fewer of them would have ever gotten this far, fewer still are blessed by holy Sake or have nuclear reactors on their backs.But we have, so that must mean we aren't worth nothing to get here.
>>32300410Give the child his last rights?Are we even qualified to do that?
>>32300524We can get it to someone who is.
>>32300524No...but a priestess might be...
>>32300543She's not going in here.
>>32300543No... but maybe the kid's body can come out to her?
"Out of all you've encountered, let our resistance be proof enough we are most qualified to say 'we can help you'. Our window of opportunity is fading, if you want us to help you, it has to be soon." You say.She looks at you for a moment, and then looks down and makes a louder croaking noise. Then she stops and shakes her head."If I may?" A voice says behind you.You and Akira both spin around, a woman is standing there.You know this woman. A tight red dress, red hair, one of the most strikingly beautiful people you've ever seen in your life. You saw her after the game show."Don't bother talking back to me boys, I'm not in the same time as you are...although I am impressed that you got this far on your own...and drunk." She smiles and you feel your breath catch in your throat and your coveralls grow tight in the lower areas."She's got a touch of me in her, maternal love, rage, hate, fighting all the damn time...she's mine." She grins. "Which means I can speak for her."She takes a drag on a cigarette. "Don't tell him about this, I'm trying to quit anyway."(cont)
Okay, stupid plan time. And since it's coming from me, I really mean "stupid".If Kayako allows us, we take the kid (and the kitten's) body for last rites.Someone call whatsername with the arrows.If we have any of the sake left, anoint the bodies with it. That might buy us some time.Maybe stick core Kayako in a ghost trap if she wants to come, get her last rites as well.Call outside team to start shooting, 'cause the moment we start moving, so will the rest of the Legion-house.If whatsername gets there quick, we may not have to run far. Maybe perform last rites right out on the street (if that's proper). Otherwise, we gun and run.If rites work, then maybe we can zap and trap the rest of the weakened Legion.Considering how many IFS there are in this plan, it's REALLY not a good plan.
>>32300727And... ignore that. "Cause while I've been typing, this happened:>>32300724
>>32300724"Anyway, I'd thought I'd give her the words she cannot say, seeing as how the Old Man might think it's funny watching you two stumble around drunk, I want to see a fight. Anyway, she will not leave her son. If you want to fight her, she'll lash out at you with her full force and not even the sake can help you. However, she'll submit if you can give her son peace. That means, however, you have to go upstairs and face it.""Her husband?" You ask.She shakes her head. "If you said her husband or anything really, then you two are as stupid as you are cute. Her husband was long ago consumed by her, ripped apart to nothing. You'll be facing her idea of her husband, a Ghost that haunts a Ghost if you will...of course, that's just skimming the surface. There's also all the hate she has for her mother, for her life, the self-hatred she has for her affair, and a shred of hatred for her accidental son...and the pile of self loathing that comes with that." The woman grins. "THAT'S what's been keeping her here...that thing in the tub is Kayako..."Kayako's Grudge awaits you upstairs.""Now that you've beaten Kayako's illusion and the weird time issues, she'll let you get close enough. And the WONDERFUL fight the other two are having outside, should be keeping it weak enough for you two to trap it. Do it, and her Son's soul will be freed, and she'll go into your trap willingly. Good luck." She says, and the red headed woman vanishes like the other illusions.Kayako makes a soft croaking noise at the both of you as she looks at you with what could been seen as a shred of hope."I think I was happier when I was drunk." Akira says.END EPISODE 18
>>32300758NEXT EPISODE THURSDAY, MAY 29th, 3-5PM PST
>>32300790We'll be waiting. Thank you for your patience.
>>32300790FUN thread, challenging and thought provoking, thanks.Now to use what time we have left to really digest what we need to do.
I wish i could have been here for the last two hours but I had to go to work. In fact I'm posting this from work.
Does anyone want to talk about how Oiwa just showed up and helped us?I mean come on 'she's mine'?
>>32304007All Oiwa wants is good publicity and to be remembered fondly.Hmmm, we really have to get on that soon.