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http://archive.foolz.us/tg/search/subject/Bloodline%20Protector/order/asc/ ((As several threads were not archived or lost, assume this as the best link for the archive available.))

http://pastebin.com/H1X53jSF Character Sheet: Annelin

https://twitter.com/AnnelinKarkinos (Twitter for following)

Your name is Annelin Karkinos, and everything is coming together. You and your charge, Micheal Hile, move with his grandfather, a priest of Law, to Central. It's a much longer trip now, without a carriage, but the grandfather seems somewhat unconcerned.

"At this rate, we will arrive roughly when the duel is scheduled." he says, "Or just before. The timing is important."

You both agree. Most important is Law believing the duel is going according to plan. While it seems he is aware you plan something, he doesn't seem aware what. So far.

By the time you return to the city, it's nearly night, and you're all huffing and puffing from the hurry. Ja'al waits at the entrance, a blackened paintbrush in his hand. He looks a bit surprised to see you.

>Ja'al? What are you doing?
>Ja'al, hurry to the castle! Tell the king we're back.
>Writein
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>>32757659
>Writein
THE EYE THE EYE
>Ja'al? What are you doing?
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>>32757659
>eye
>Ja'al? What are you doing?
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>>32757659
>Ja'al? What are you doing?
What *is* he doing?
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>>32757847
>>32757935

You look through Lies, and Ja'al is, indeed, Ja'al.
"Ja'al, what are you doing?"

"Ah... You just now arrived, right." he says, leading you and everyone else inside. "I've just finished the Great Circle." he grins. "It turns out that the various energies contained in the blood of the races of the Central continent, as well as some from others, allows for a very powerful binding circle. Add to that the size and scope of it, and the shape of the city over the years due to your mother's civic planning, Mike, and..." he chuckled. "The city is now a single, large, binding circle for a demon of great strength." he says. "All we need to do is summon it."

"The order of events is important." Micheal's grandfather states. "The Duel, Law, and the Lord of Lords... Must all be defeated in a specific way. Wandering from that, invades disaster."

>What do you suggest?
>Let's settle the Duel first.
>Let's settle with Law first.
>Let's deal with the Lord first.
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>>32758002
>What do you suggest?
he's the expert here after all
i'd say the duel should go first, to bait law (and with all the public still here, to expose him, i'm sure a god without followers gets weaker)
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>>32758002
>What do you suggest?
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>>32758002
>Let's settle with Law first.
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>>32758002
>what do you suggest?
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>>32758052
>>32758126
"What do you suggest?"

"Ideally, we should work with the Duel first."

"...Apologies, but... What exactly are the rules here?"

"Simple, simple." he says, "First blood. Always been that way."

"...First blood." Micheal says. "With that sword."

The old man grins.
"You think he will use his greatsword."

"...Naturally."

"Ah... well."

You enter the main square, the great spire of Law standing in the center. The King is here, in full dress, with a simple longsword and shield in his hands. "One should not assume anything."

King Hile looks upon the two of you, rattling out a sigh.
"They want us to wait until morning, the bastards." he says, looking at the white and gold robed priests. "Something about a divine mandate."

>Writein
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>>32758437
Fuck the mandate, go now.
If we wait until morning, that's a lot of assassination attempts.
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>>32758437
"Better to get things over with now. We've got bigger fish to fry."
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>>32758437
screw that guy.
ignore him for now and kill him when laws shows up, he's probably part of his plan
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>>32758484
>>32758457
"We should do it now." you say, "Too much risk with something like this. In the dark, under torchlight, with proper security details in the buildings... Right, Karl?"

"Of course."

"And special bindings to prevent demonic intrusion, right, Ja'al?"

"Naturally."

"We go now. For the safety of the Bloodline."

"But Law-"

Micheal's grandfather sighs.
"Shall we ask him directly?"

>Stop him.
>This is a great opportunity, Karl.
>Let the old man do his plan alone.
>Writein
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>>32758804
>Stop him.
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>>32758804
>Stop him.
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>>32758804
>Stop him.
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>>32758932
>>32758925
>>32758876
You guys sure about that?

Like isn't the whole point that Law is gonna use his fate magic to make the duel turn fatal?
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>>32758804
>Let the old man do his plan alone
He's probably legit, but tell Karl to keep on his toes.
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>>32758804

>>32759070
Good point, if it's still time I'll change
>>32758925 to:
>This is a great opportunity, Karl.
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>>32759070
you do have a point.
everyone has their plan, that'll only get confusing.

>>32758804
changing >>32758876
to >This is a great opportunity, Karl.
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>>32759523
>>32759462
>>32759070
>>32759267

"Karl." you whisper. He nods.

"Very well." the old man states. "I invoke my Right to Audience!" A gasp rises as a beam of light shakes the earth, Law appearing before the old man. Gold-white robes adorn his frail-looking body, a staff in one hand.

Before he can even open his mouth, the stone sword emerges from his chest, Karl grinning madly behind him.

"What." Law manages. "What are you thinking..." he touches at the sword. "You fools. You bastards!" he turns on Karl, his hands wilding away into black bone. "You have sealed your own fate as well as mine! Do you not think that the world would suffer a gap of power this larger? That the Creator would allow this? Of course not! He would... Have a contingency..." he sinks to his knees, a wild grin on his face. "Mere mortal, who championed me for so long." he looks past Karl, to Freth. "Thou shall take my mantle, and stand among the Gods." the grin widens as Freth's eyes tear up, and he laughs, a final, sardonic chuckle.

He stares at the sky. "And only the Gods. As it shall be for all of them."

Karl begins to glow, and Freth runs to him, stumbling. A pillar of light appears over the church of Raev, as well. "Go home, my daughter. And sit with us at the Table. Dine with the Father, and know him by his name. Arth-"

And he crumbles into dust - Karl beginning to float from his feet.

>Writein
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>>32759677
shout: "karl! you are sworn to the people, even as a god, your place is among the people, your people"
yeah, that's cheesy, but it could work
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>>32759677
Stand there dumbfounded
"Raev help us all."

At least the new god is a nice guy.
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>>32759811
>>32759817
Spoilermind
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>>32759811
Yeah try that.

Also you retards, Michael's grandfather was gonna kill Law himself probably. You listened to me in the wrong way.
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>>32759940
I trusted Karl more than Grandpa and Karl will be the better god.
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"K-karl..."

He looks at his hands as they blaze white, reaching for Freth as he starts to ascend. She reaches out for him, their hands inches apart, not even that. She jumps, and he's just out of reach, making her fall to the ground, staring at his ascending form - which simply blinks out.

She doesn't even cry. The absurdity of it is too great. Her eyes lose their shine, her shoulders slump as she rises, walking back into the chapel of Raev.

King Hile stares at Micheal's grandfather.
"Ah, well. Just punishment, for such a rogue." he says, "...Though is it proper to call him such, now? I wonder." he chuckles. "I'll ask him later. Now then. On with the duel, yes?"

===
SELECT:

>Play as Micheal, to guide the duel.
>Play as Annelin, to protect it.
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>>32760136
>Play as Micheal, to guide the duel.
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>>32760136
>Play as Annelin, to protect it.

sounds like we didn't pick the right choice earlier...
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>>32760136
Annelin. Our dice have no part in this.

Also, you realize that this is way too rushed to get any kind of emotion out of it, right?
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>>32760219
You're the idiots who chose to ignore the wise old man.

The fuck is wrong with you people?
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>>32760219
>>32760234
Yes, I somewhat realize that. I've a lot of stuff to work on...

Writing.
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Rolled 1, 3, 1, 5 = 10

>>32760284
With any luck, they can have a relationship like Raev and Rickard
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>>32760398
or she will replace raev soon.
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>>32760460
Possibly. I hope there's a way to break that dying mandate of his, since gods being all stuck in the heavens is boring.
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>>32760354
To be honest, between this and all the quests you've dropped on me, the only difference feels like you left enough clues to technically conclude the quest, though it feels like it's done for the sake of your, well, ego, than anything else.

Like the only reason this quest is getting a conclusion is so you can say you finished it.
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>>32760533
What other quests have AG had?
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>>32760398
Except Raev and Rikard had their relationship annulled with Law's demise.

Pay attention.
>>32760511
Then maybe you should have voted better.
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>>32760598
>Then maybe you should have voted better
I just got here, faggot. My vote would've been to listen to the old man, though. You always listen to the old man
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>>32760598
>Then maybe you should have voted better.
There's no need to be so butthurt about it
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>>32760686
Except I was able to persuade you guys to avoid making one bad decision, only for you to promptly make the other bad decision instead.
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>>32760812
except that the original bad decision could have ended better (well, maybe Karl becoming a god isn't too bad for the world, and if she can join him, not too bad for him)
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>>32760902
Except we were outright told that Law has domain over fate and shit, and wanted to turn the duel fatal.

Sometimes just standing around doing nothing is the right idea.
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And of course he drops the quest.
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>>32761427
Right at the finish line, too.
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>>32761492
>>32761427
Ease up, captcha has betrayed him is all.
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>>32760533
At this point I simply want to finish the story. There's nothing I can really say to sway any of you away from this conclusion that this ending is somehow is not genuine, so there's no point in bothering.

The two of them face off, the duel attended by a small crowd. It wasn't publicly announced, but it is a public event. You keep your eyes on the area around the arena, watching for assassins. A full minute, and no attempts, and your eyes wander to the match.

It's... Even. The King has the upper hand, for now, keeping the Prince on the defensive against a steady attack. He's stronger than you expected, but the Prince is far faster. Not that it helps much, as the King's experience shows in his casual defense of the many blows and tricks the Prince employs.

You frown. This isn't good - his training has produced and excellent fighter. But it might not be enough...

And that's when you notice Ja'al signaling you.

You walk to the alley after checking him with the Eye.

"I want to start the summoning before the event concludes. Slay the Lord before either of them win, so that he has no chance to seize anything. Sound like a good idea?"

>Writein
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>>32762134
"sure, let's get this over with already"
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>>32762134
No, I can't stray from the prince now and if the Lord of Lords shows up we have the ring of binding ready for him.
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>>32762134
>There was a note on the ground, the prose stilted and awkward.
>"You are in an EGO Quest Thread, MC.
>The truth split my skull open, a glaring green light washing the lies away. All of my choices were made by a small group of people who didn't have the common sense to abandon shop, my life railroaded into mediocrity by a washed up tripfag.
>I was in a EGO Quest Thread. Funny as Hell, it was the most horrible thing I could think of.
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No no no no.


We have to beat the Lord in such a way that no soulstone happens. If it does, the explosion will level the city.
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>>32762797
Wait what? What are you talking about?
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>>32762852
Back in the first half of the quest, we saw the effect of the formation of a soulstone. Also back in her origin story, in the Appal thing. When a soulstone is formed from a demon, there's an implosion effect. The most powerful demon ever will create the largest soulstone sucking effect ever. Goodbye Central.
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>>32762893
Well I guess we're fucked then.

After seeing what happened last time we made a decision, I don't really feel comfortable choosing anything, since the wrong choice will likely kill people.
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>>32762797
"...What about his soulstoning?"

Ja'al goes pale.
"Oh Law." he says quietly, hands clenching. We have to defeat him without killing him, then. Or..."

"Or what?"

"...Or destroy his soul, such that it never forms." he says.

/I can do that. The timing is... iffy./

"Or we move him to such a place that his death will be meaningless. Or we contain it, with a Vessel. No matter what, it'll carry some risk."

>Destroy the soul
>Move the event
>Contain the soul
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>>32762972
Okay. Here's what I propose.

We have the everything-eating arm, right? And the demon inside is enthralled to us, right?

So summon the demon...and then IMMEDIATELY punch the shit out of him with the Demon Hand. Scorch, burn, eat before he can go soulstone mode. Then the duel can conclude, one way or another.

I don't see what else to do. I feel like we're missing something. Maybe use that invisibility cloak Michael won in the cave against the demon from before to get close?
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>>32763008
>Destroy the soul

all or nothing, baby
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>>32763008
So what exactly do the latter two options entail?

Like we already have the circle made, so moving it to a different place doesn't seem like it'd work, and I don't know what a vessel is
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>>32763046
I really don't want to do anything risky, and being obvious has bitten us in the past, but it's probably the only good move to make
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>>32763046
>>32763235
>>32763015

"We'll have to do this the crazy way." you say. "We'll destroy the soul - either by feasting on it or torching it."

"...It should work. But it means you have to face him. Can you do that now?" he asks, "The location of the center of the circle isn't far from here."

>I'm ready.
>Let the match conclude.
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>I'm ready.

Maybe we can catch him off-guard if he's expecting Law to do something during the match and it doesn't happen.
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>>32763519
>Let the match conclude.
and maybe even bang michael first
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I don't fucking know.

If we fight now, won't we distract Michael?
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>>32763519
>I'm ready.
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>>32763559

"Will we distract Micheal?"

"...Unlikely." he says. "And he's gaining the upper hand now. His father grows tired." he takes a deep breath. "I... may have slid things in his favour. A bit. Just to help." he says, then hurriedly leads you into a basement. It's large, quite large. A series of lines lead into the room, converging at a point. "I can complete the summon now."

You brace yourself, your spear and arm.

And the summoning begins.

You feel it, a deep tugging, and Ja'al flees. Presumably to watch the fight.

He's tall. Not exactly as you recall him - pale and blonde, with shining armor in white and gold. A red cloak, and a longsword at his side. His eyes sparkle with power, and a ring of fire hovers over his head.

"You don't understand the power you're dealing with," he says softly, staring at you. "Send me back."

>d20 please
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Rolled 5

>>32764301
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Rolled 3

>>32764301
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>>32764339
>>32764328
third guy, please save us
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Rolled 1

>>32764301
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Rolled 19

>>32764301
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>>32764385
WELP
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>>32764385
>>32764339
>>32764328
>>32764396
Writing.
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We zombie now.
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>>32764535
His will is like a wall, pressing on you as he moves closer. "I remember you, Annelin." he says, "Did you know that? I recall you, small as you were. Long hair, short dress, bright eyes. Oh, you were perfect. A wonderful little tool. BOW."

The last word forces you to your knees as he stands over you. "You've grown. Solid. Strong. Some might even say you're beautiful, a fine match for my lineage." he grins. "But my lineage is corrupt now." he raises his hands, elbows at his side. "I must discipline my youth, after all, lest they run wild, with strange ideas. Humanity must prosper. I learned that when I was young. We had no land. No crops. No homes. We fought and murdered for every inch we owned and used. We defended it."

He kicks you in the ribs, slamming you against the stone pillar holding up the house. "And now, look at this city. A half-way land of monsters and men. And you still fight me! Despite that the nation is still under threat from them, culturally and economically, you welcome them with open arms! Law gave me an in. Told me I could PURIFY this once great nation! And so I took it. I thought I would be WELCOME, but that damn boy and that goddess bar me at every step. Until now, of course. Sit down."

You sit, groaning in pain. "Sit and watch while I go and bring the..." he tilts his head as there's a cheer. "The boy king here."

He leaves the room, shining and radiant.

And then the chains on your mind shatter, with the fury of your soul. No grunt, no movement. You let out a breath you didn't know you had.

>Wait here. We need to surprise him, pretend to be under control.
>Chase the fucker!
>Hide. Make him panic.
>Writein
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>>32764808
>Chase the fucker!
i'm pretty sure the new law and raev are on our side, we can't lose
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>>32764808
Chase him down
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>>32764808
>Chase the fucker!
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Clowne, Coyo, and Anan are hedging their bets, but we have half of the demon houses and two gods on our side, and he can't know we broke free already. Chase him down and destroy his soul.
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>>32765109
>>32765025
>>32764959
>>32764908
>Chase!

You rise, picking up your spear. You take a deep breath. You have so much on your side, so you run up the stairs, knocking aside a few guardsmen.

The regular citizens. He's controlling the citizens! You move as quickly as you can, silver markings on your hands and face pulsing to life as you weave and duck, pushing through the crowds. You finally break through, and a disturbing scene arises. The Lord of Lords is seated on a throne of people, contorted to allow him a resting place. At least four...

And a grin on his face, as he looks upon the tableau he's created. King Hile is dead. The Prince stands with bloodied blade, point over his heart.

"I wonder..." his eyes flick to you. "Let us play a game, Annelin. Let's you and him fight."

You feel your legs jerk, but you stand resolute. The Prince does not, and the smile on the Lord of Lords grows.
"Ah... All the better. Due punishment for your insolence, then - slay the one you love, or die!" he laughs as the Prince approaches, eyes hollow and dead inside.

>Get away! [Mind]
>Talk some sense into him! [Mind]
>It's no use. We have to knock him unconscious. Punch his face. [Might]
>Can we shatter that control? [Magic] [Hard]
>Writein
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>>32765434
>Can we shatter that control? [Magic] [Hard]
spellbreaker motherfucker!
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>>32765434
>Can we shatter that control? [Magic] [Hard]
It's a good way to lose, at least
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I really wanna talk to this guy about how retarded his and Law's plan was, given that Law rigged cross species breeding in favor of humanity, tolerance still ultimately results in only humans, but humans who had taken the strengths of other races for themselves.
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>Can we shatter that control? [Magic] [Hard]

Use the spear to pierce his armor somewhere nonvital, then use Break spell against the spell controlling his mind.

Then try to pray to Raev and Karl and Anan for some help, because dayum.

And where is Grandpa? Why isn't he helping?
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>>32765526
>>32765507
>>32765549
d20, please.
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Rolled 15 + 50

>>32765576
ora!
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Rolled 8

>>32765576
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Rolled 4

Go go gadget magic spear!

If only we had that enchanted cloak that let us turn invisible.
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>>32765434
Goddammit we fucked up again somehow?

If our participation does nothing but ruin everything, maybe you should have just made the ending a pastebin
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>>32765668
Jesus fucking christ, calm the fuck down.
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Rolled 1

>>32765576
just got here and we are so utterly fucking boned

time to pray to fucking everyone
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Rolled 11

>>32765680
oh fuck me this thread just gets better and better...
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Writing.
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>>32765680
>we accidentally shatter Michael's soul instead of the spell
>enjoy your vegetable king/husband
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>>32765679
we destroyed two instances of true love and made Michael unwillingly commit patricide.

Our record is not good.
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>>32765731
I'm still wondering how the fuck Mike killed his Dad, the plan was to kill Law SO HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO FUCK THAT UP AND SO THEY WOULD BOTH LIVE

What The Fuck?
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>>32765761
Yeah, that seems off to me, too.
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Rolled 6

>>32765761
Right? Hell, even the Karlaw ascension felt contrived as hell.
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>>32765784
>>32765816
yeah it seems like AG's got his foot hard pressed on the accelerator to try and finish this and as a result its rushed as fuck and the quality is seriously lacking and very little makes sense or reads well
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>>32765816
>>32765784
The LoL has magic too. Which is why you fucking wait until later. Now we either got bad end or deus ex machina save
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>>32765816
Karlaw. I like that.
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>>32765816
I'm more annoyed at how no one even bothered to so much as comfort Freth after utterly destroying literally every aspect of her life.
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>>32765891
she went straight back to Raeve's temple.
her and Raeve are probably eating ice cream together, waiting for things to get better
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>>32765959
I'm not ready to go that far. I think he just wants this to play out a certain way, and we can influence how many people get all the way to the end.
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>>32765941
All that effort and time we spent getting them together and he just goes "nope lol she runs away and you can't do shit".

...

>>32765959
>you want to finish this so bad that your fucking up the ending, fuck, I'd be happy with a start over for this thread if you slowed the fuck down and took your time to make it a good satisfying conclusion, because this? what the fuck is this, it does not even feel like we are actually playing, it feels like we're reading a poorly paced and very OOC fic instead of playing the climax of this quest
I find my self agreeing anon.
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>>32765714
You call on yourself to find the thread of magic between Micheal and the Lord, but you can't - swinging your fist at nothing in a desperate manuever to sever the connection. Almost immediately, you have to raise your shield as he swings for your neck.

"It's funny." The Lord of Lord says, "How easily some minds fall. You were like an obdurate fortress, Annelin. Perhaps it's because I've controlled you before. But Micheal... Ah, he's like clay. Wonderful clay. I wonder how long it'll take for Karl to unweave what Law left behind. Well... We probably have enough time that it won't matter."

You stumble back from a blow, slipping on a stone and blinking as it takes you just out of reach of another blow. Again and again, you slip away from Micheal, half from chance, half not. "After all - one of you will die here. If it's you, Annelin, then I'll simply take the throne as is. If it's him, then I'll take the throne and you." he shrugs, crossing his legs.

There has to be a way.

::Is this how it works? I think I gave someone a migraine on the other side of town. Annelin, can you hear me?:: Karl asks.

"What the hell, Karl?! What's going on here?!"

::Okay look Sworn are apparently important and have to do with divine ascension but uh:: there's a pause, ::You are hereby permitted to destroy the soul of the Lord of Lords. So that's sorted out. And... Damnit... Raeve, can you...::

//Apologies. He's new. Listen, stop thinking with your spear. Start thinking with your heart. I know for a fact you care. Give Micheal some hope in there! He's a strong boy, you know he is! The Lord took away his family to control him.//

::Give him something to fight for!::

>Writein
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>>32765981
well then thats fucking ME3 tier ending bullshit

I thought this was going to be an awesome climax where all the characters I've gotten to know and love get involved, instead?

we get this shit
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>>32766001
disarm, drop spear, hug?
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>>32766001
"Listen, Mike! I didn't train you how to defend yourself from someone stronger for weeks and weeks so that you'd roll over for some demon! Harden the fuck up! Imagine what your mother would think if she saw how fast you buckled! Did Deckard tell you to give up? Did your grandfather? Did Ja'al? Would your father accept falling to someone under mind control? Did Karl agree to help us against Law's orders because he thought you'd knuckle under? Snap out of it!"
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>>32766001
"Michael THINK, think about your family, your mother, that this bastard had killed and turned into a Beast Demon, think about everything she dreamed of building, of everything you want to build.

Remember that time in the cave, the first time we kissed, remember damn it, remember all the times we've been together, fought together, held each other in our arms.

Think and remember Mike, you are stronger than this, don't let this senile old bastard control you, don't let him throw away everything between us, everything your mother planned and dreamed of.

Throw off his shackles and come back to me Mikey."
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>>32766074
while I don't think its the best of plans, its a possibility

I really fucking hope we are wearing our invincible bra...
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>>32766001
Seconding >>32766092 & >>32766116 a combination of the two slightly adjusted to me more emotional and evocative would be good.

>>32765959
>>32765990
>>32766009
Calm down anons, I trust AG to explain and address concerns you have after the thread, now ain't the time though, so focus your attention to the task at hand: getting Mike free and killing the LoL
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>>32766154
We better be. That would be an awesome callback.
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>>32766225 Here again

>>32766154
>I really fucking hope we are wearing our invincible bra...
We should be wearing that constantly, even under our armor, so I'm pretty sure we've got it protecting the girls and our squishy bits
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>>32766238
later that night

we ask mchael to rip off our bra and laugh for a while
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>>32766225
>Calm down anons, I trust AG to explain and address concerns you have after the thread, now ain't the time though, so focus your attention to the task at hand: getting Mike free and killing the LoL
You're right, I'm >>32765959 and I'm getting too emotional over this, this thread was not at all what I was expecting from the buildup of previous ones, so I'm gonna go calm down.
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>>32766287
well he would certainly learn how to hook and unclasp bra's fast...
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You throw aside your spear, moving forward as Micheal pushes forth with his sword.

And it shatters against your chest. He swings with the other hand, and it snaps in half against your breast.
You grin.
"Sorry, Lord of Lords. My heart isn't something you can break." you say, embracing Micheal, and pinning his arms to his sides. He struggles, but not well.

"Micheal. Come on. Think." you whisper. "Think of all you've been through. I've trained you to be stronger than this. Weeks and weeks of a stick to the knees. Weeks and weeks of tasting sand and dirt. I didn't do that so you'd be so damn soft." Come on, Micheal. "I trained you so you could be what this country needs. No one wants you to back down or give up. Not your father. Not Deckard. Not Ja'al. Not Karl. Not Freth." your words increase in intensity. "Not your mother. And definitely not me! Did I kiss a fool? Did I hold an idiot?"

You look him in the eyes, in his dead eyes. "Micheal Hile, King of Central, did I fall in love with a weakling?"

And then you kiss him, and he answers, like a page filling with watercolor. His eyes lighten, his body straightens, and you look into his eyes.

He grins, and draws a replacement blade, as you turn and he points it at the Lord of lords, still in a half-embrace, his free hand loosely on your other hip.

"I've some words for you, Lord of Lords, if you'll listen!" he calls.

(Continued)
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I'm holding out hope that Freth with Raev's blessing, converts to Law/Karlaw and becomes his Rikard so they can be together, after all, Law originally worked things out so Raev and Rikard could be together, and Karl is the big man now.
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>>32765941
>her and Raeve are probably eating ice cream together, waiting for things to get better
Too bad Raev has been banished back to the heavens. And Rikard is probably dead.
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>>32766487
Don't be like that anon, and like >>32766481 said, Karls the big man now, he's got the power to work things out, it just might take him a little while to get used to it with Raev's help.
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>>32766487
then it wouldn't surprise me if Raeve just made Freth champion her and killed herself

but yeah, we have a new Law, who isn't going to screw everything
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>>32766451
You seperate as he stands apart. He's covered in blood, he's holding a simple dagger, but something in him /awakens/. Something about him changes.

"What." The Lord of Lords growls.

"You don't know what it means to be a King!" he calls. "A king does not stand above his people. He does not command them! He protects them. He shoulders the burden of command. He looks upon his people, every morning, and he asks, 'how can I make this a better place?'."

He's shining. In his hands, that dagger is a sword of legends, on his body, that bloody clothing is the armor of a crusader king. "A king does not ask of his people to obey them! He asks them to do what is best for them! He does not force them to kill, to fight, to rape and pillage! He directs them to defend themselves, and teaches them how to use a sword! He does not whip them into labor, he teaches them efficiency and hard work!"

"I GAVE THEM PROSPERITY!" the Lord responds, and Micheal throws his dagger. It slides into his open mouth, severing his tongue.

"Shut your Law-damned mouth, you son of a whore." he growls. "You are no leader! You say you brought them prosperity? You brought them PAIN! You forced them to WAR!" With each set of words, he steps forth, watching as the Lord of lords draws a blade.

He stops, giving the blade due consideration of a deadly weapon. The weilder is immaterial. The sword has an edge, and can kill him.
"Guardsman. What is your name?"

There is a snap of power, and the man shakes his head.
"Th-thomas."

"May I borrow your sword, Thomas?"

"But... It's just a peasant's..."

"That would work wonderfully, sir."

He takes the sword as if it were a priceless work of art, and levels it at the Lord of Lords.

"We fight for the Kingdom, Lord of Lords. Me and mine, against you and yours. I have to wonder..." he grins, confident. "LORD OF LORDS! DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH SLAVES?"

>Stand beside Micheal
>Protect his back
>Writein
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>>32766665
>>Stand beside Micheal
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Cover his ass.
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>>32766665
>>Stand beside, infront, behind, above and below Micheal, we are his bodyguard and his body we will guard damnit!
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>>32766665
>Protect his back
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>>32766665
>Protect his back
He got this.

Better got this
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>>32766788
>>32766764
>>32766736

Writing.
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>>32767123
You stand at his back as he charges at the lord of Lords, fending off attacks from the few guardsmen who still serve the Lord of Lords. Micheal grins, silent, his point made as more and more of the people cheer for him. The Lord, on the other hand, watches helplessly as his servants break and leave, wandering away.

It's a long fight, but one that... for some reason, you feel has no other outcome but victory. You slip away from Micheal's back when none of the guards are fighting any longer, to face the Lord with him, spear in hand.

He growls.
"I won't let you take this from me. Even if I die, I'll steal away your kingdom. Even if you break my soul, I'll chase you forever. You and your children!" he growls. "Your line will never be safe!"

>Kill him with Soulfire.
>Slay him together with Micheal.
>Writein
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>>32767754
>>Kill him with Soulfire.
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>>32767754
>Kill him with Soulfire.
destroy his soul so it don't go boom
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>>32767754
>Kill him with Soulfire.
bon ap├ętit Yorick
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>>32767754
Can we kill him with soulfire alongside slaying him with Mike?
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So will Yorick level up now?
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>>32767818
>>32767812
>>32767808

You raise your gauntlet as Micheal launches forth, shimmering gold as he swings with his weapon. The Lord of Lord's hand slides from his wrist, off his face - and his head follows suit. His body crumples inward, imploding rapidly, bones cracking and metal snapping and shearing - but it's consumed by the blue fire before it's able to do more, the fire blazing into the sky in a pillar of blue light, slamming into the moon. The flames lick at the stone, blazing troughs and ridges, leaving a massive symbol of a raven in flight.

//Oh, very nice.\\

::Cheater.::

//Always~\\

You slump a little, the weariness of the day rapidly catching up with you. You just want to sleep, to dream...

---

You awaken in a room of iron, Harumda in his throne.

"Hey."

>Writein
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>>32768153
"So how's it feel to have helped save both the world and the hells from a new age of oppression and tyranny?"
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>>32768153
Did it work?
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>>32768153
Hello?
did... did we do it? is the world safe? is michael ok?
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>>32768153
"Where is Michael, where am I, what happened?"
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"...Did it work?"

Harumda chuckles, snapping his fingers. A halo of fire appears over his head. "That's Lord Harumda of Lords." he says, laughing. "So yes. The world's safe." he gets up, walking towards the demon serving as your vessel. "And thanks to you, I'm the Lord of Lords now. Don't worry - I'm not like the last one." he takes a deep breath. "Micheal is safe as well. They should be giving his father to Karl - er, Law, now. You are officially the King's Guard captain in addition to the rest of your exhaustive title list." he sits down heavily, slouching. "So. We have a little while while you sleep. Any questions?"

>Writein
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>>32768153
"So what was the point of all the hexed limbs anyway?"
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>>32768352
"Is there anything you and Karl can do about Michael's mom? It doesn't feel right, leaving her in the realm of Beasts."
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>>32768352
this:>>32768414
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>>32768352
Seconding >>32768414
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>>32768352
>You are officially the King's Guard captain in addition to the rest of your exhaustive title list.
what happened to Gina?
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>>32768352
so whats the deal with Yorrick now?

also, he might not know, but hows Monica doing in Purrsia
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>>32768469
She probably died too.
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>>32768501
sadly it makes sense that she died trying to protect the king from the lord of lords...
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>>32768501
no need for that anon
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>>32768535
It just makes sense is all. Our plans were all for shit and only Micheal and Annelin are the only ones allowed to have a good end.
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>>32768352
ask how Ja'al and Gina and everyone else in the castle is doing
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>>32768684
>everyone else in the castle
King is dead, Karl is Law. We never bothered to get to know anyone else.
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>>32768711
there was that butler dude at the start, but yeah, other than Gina, Ja'al, Mike, Monica and the old King, we didn't know anyone really
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"What about Gina?"

"She's alright. Ja'al got her to safety. Broke the idiot's wing, but... They made up." he smiles. "Strong boy."

"Freth?"

"...Can't see her." he says, "Sorry. The truly faithful are rare as... heh. They're not often coming, but only the Unholy can see them. I get a fuzzy feeling, looking for her, but she wears the white, now, not the black. Converted overnight."

"How long has it been?"

"A day." he admits. "You... uh, took a harder blow from the Lord of Lords than you felt, thanks to Karl. He's still getting a handle on the whole God thing."

"And Monica?"

"She's doing swell. On her way back, with the Princess." he relaxes. "As for the Hexed limbs, they were a backup plan. Make a body, if you can't get one."

"...Micheal's mom?"

He whistles, and a woman walks in, wearing flowing blue.
"I wiped out her Beast marker, and, hah. Warrior, can you fucking believe it."

"I was surprised myself." she says. "But..."

"But she wanted to fight, so there you are." he says, rolling his shoulders. "I've been teaching her.

"Do you..."

"Harumda has told me of you, Annelin. Of what you and my boy have done. My husband... Is coming back to me. So... I'll be happy, at least. Happy... And proud. Thank you, Annelin. You've made my boy into a fine ruler. And I believe I can trust you to make him a man."

You feel yourself flush, in spirit, as she giggles. "Oh my, I'm too bold."

"Time to send you back." Harumda says with a grin.

---

You bolt awake, feeling a weight on your leg, and a sting in your ribs. Micheal is resting there, crown resting on your lap, fallen from his head. He's not dressed regally, but even asleep, he looks a little older than before. More mature.

>Writein
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Fuck that, tickle him awake.
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>>32768767
touch fluffy tai... err... hair, touch fluffy hair.
then go pay a visit to raev
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>>32768767
This doesn't feel like a time for words. Try and make him more comfortable. Ruffle his hair.
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>>32768767
ruffle his hair and caress his face
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>>32768767
I dunno, this all just feels so...hollow.
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>>32768767
So wait, King Hile is becoming a Warrior demon, and his wife decided to join him?

That's sweet.
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>>32768767
You ruffle the hair of boys, not men.

Just kiss him awake.

>>32768878
I agree, but it's better than nothing. And maybe the sequel will have the spark back into it.
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>>32768884
Harumda just said he was handed off to Karlaw.
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>>32768959
I think AG was trying to go for the bittersweet victory, but laid it on way too thick.
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>>32768968
True, but I'm not sure what the point of his wife becoming a Warrior is.
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>>32769016
I'm not sure the point of half of this shit, to be totally honest.
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>>32768968
well they are the LoL and KarLaw, i'm sure they can move souls around however they want in the afterlife
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>>32768767
time to take Mikey to our southern estate for a vacation and honeymoon
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>>32768968
That's the name of the ceremony for disposing of the dead. Not where they end up. Sorry!

You lean down, gently sliding fingers through his hair, and he blinks awake, looking up at you. He sighs in relief, hugging into you.

"You alright?" you ask, as he sits back in the chair.

"I'm fine." he says. "There's repairs and cleaning to arrange, paperwork to fill out, all sorts of nonsense. I've been learning about every clan in the Central area, history of the Beastfolk - that's what we're calling Critters now, royal mandate - and other things. There's... A lot of things to attend to, even finding a new physician." he groans. "But... I'm enjoying it. New room, too. Nice and big."

You find yourself smiling despite it all. "And... We'll be going to the opera tonight, if you're in the mood. New playrights working round the clock to make something of what happened. I've been in contact with one of them for the whole day yesterday and today, and he's sent this."

A playbook lands on your lap, labeled 'Bloodline Protector'. "A history piece, he says. Anyway, I've almost sorted everything out. When I do... I was thinking we could go to your estate for a bit. Get away from the hubbub. Relax."

He rises, walking to the doorway.
"So that's it? No more threats to the world? No pending wars? Nothing?"

He turns to you, smiling and tilting his head a little.
"No, Annelin. This is the /hard part/." he says, sending for your clothes.

---THE END---
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>>32769169

Thank you all so much for playing today!

There's not much for me to say, other than a heavy apology for what was admittedly a rushed ending.

I'll now take questions about the setting in general.

Tomorrow, I'll be starting Rune Quest! I hope you guys come along.
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>>32769213
Eh, this last thread kinda killed any interest I had in the setting at large.
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>>32769169
>>32769213
Thanks for the thread and the wild ride, was a little turbulent at times, but I enjoyed it.

I'll be keeping an eye out for Rune Quest, I'll see how it goes before diving in though.
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>>32769213
Thanks for the run AG.

Mind elaborating on Rune Quest a bit?
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>>32769213
thanks for the thread.
now i see that thing with hexed wounds...

still, what happened to Raeve and Rikard?
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>>32769348
>still, what happened to Raeve and Rikard?
thats a good question, I wanna know to
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>>32769348
Rikard passed away shortly after the events with Law. However, he ascended to Raeve's side - the first of her angels.

>>32769335
Runes are a special form of magic, symbols that direct energies in the air into effects. What they are placed on, what rune is used, and the strength of the user, all determine a Rune's effects, durations, and use. Each person is born 'close' to a few runes, the most being 3, and are able to use them, once they learn them.

Your character will be a young man learning normal magic and Rune magic side by side, but he'll be especially skilled with Runes.
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>>32769436
sounds interesting, what about the story of it?
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>>32769436
>Rikard passed away
Figures. Freth really got shit all over in this last thread.
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>>32769537
She also became the High Priest of Law, which means that she is the next most powerful person in the city aside from the King, when it comes to law enforcement and creation.

>>32769474
Mostly, I want the main point of it to be getting through classes. The school is one of the most prestigious - You have to balance your social and academic goals against each other.

In short, it'll most be SoL.
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>>32769581
Next most powerful, first most alone.
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>>32769599
nah, she and KarLaw can be together when they want, Law rejiggered things so Raev and Rikard could be together, Karl can do the same for himself and Freth
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>>32769581
>Mostly, I want the main point of it to be getting through classes. The school is one of the most prestigious - You have to balance your social and academic goals against each other.
>
>In short, it'll most be SoL.
any details on the setting?
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>>32769652
Exactly

>>32769675
Same setting, different viewpoint. After all, you're a teenager, not an adult, so of course things will be different.
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>>32769652
>she and KarLaw can be together when they want
Not according to the last edict of Old Law. Gods are stuck in the heavens now and can no longer interact with mortals as intimately as before. Which is the main reason I have lost interest in the setting.
>Law rejiggered things so Raev and Rikard could be together
He also un-jiggered it to where only in death could Rikard reunite with Raev.
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>>32769581
i'd really prefer a wizard/self-learning approach than a school setting, but oh well, it still sounds neat

>>32769714
old law can suck a cock, karlaw best law
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>>32769760
>old law can suck a cock
Sure, but I imagine the dying wish of a god has some lasting effect, even if gods operate on Santa Clause rules.
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>>32769699
>Same setting, different viewpoint. After all, you're a teenager, not an adult, so of course things will be different.
Interesting, is this before or after the events of BPQ? Would be cool seeing what happens and the aftermath of this from a very different perspective and seeing the world grow and change.

>>32769714
See >>32769699
>Exactly

KarLaw is the new big man in charge, he can pretty much do what he wants.
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>>32769787
To put it in simple terms, Freth and Rikard had to be exceptions. The system is more hardwired towards Old Law's wishes, but it will change over the years as Karl sets things in motion.
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>>32769820
>Freth and Rikard had to be exceptions
Some exceptions. You just said Rikard is dead, meaning Raev can no longer do as she has done for so long before, meaning it would be all sorts of bullshit if suddenly Karl could.
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>>32769788
>Would be cool seeing what happens and the aftermath of this from a very different perspective and seeing the world grow and change.
>Catgirl masseuse girlfriend no longer taboo
please oh please oh please
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>>32769909
They're together. Just in a different place and state.
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>>32769949
Which means Freth is alone and will be for her entire life since only in death will she meet any of the people who left her behind. Talk about a shitty life.
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>>32769969
uhh wut, have you not been reading?

Karl can do pretty much whatever he wants, and Freth is his High Priest, I'm sure they are having cute cuddlesex right now
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>>32770041
If that was the case, Rikard would never have died.
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>>32770100
wut

you are not making much sense anon, the two events don't have to be connected you know
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>>32770143
They're more or less identical in nature.
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>>32770286
not really seeing as Karl can bend the rules however much he wants to
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>>32769213
Thanks for running
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uhh, you might want to archive this...
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Why did everyone die for no reason?



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