You are Christopher Phillips, previously just another teenage nerd living in a small English town, and a lot of things have changed in your life since you died.You’re currently standing in a large, mostly-cleared warehouse, the walls and floor coated with a thin lair of ice, looking down at an intricate ice sculpture of your home town. With the death or banishment or whatever it was of Iolithae Septimian, the Excrucian who was magically maintaining it, the sculpture is starting to slowly melt along with the rest of the ice. You have the urge to prod it somewhere and see what happens, but that might not be a good idea. You can’t be entirely certain that the magic is all gone.Besides, there’s plenty more cleaning up to do. Coriander Hasp, the bizarre red-headed rifleman you took down earlier, is probably still lying out in the snow, bleeding from various bullet wounds that apparently don’t suffice to kill him, although they do suffice to ruin his coat. Ajani and Gloria may well be somewhere in the building, assuming they haven’t been stashed elsewhere. And there’s the matter of the Man in White, who is at least theoretically on your side, using Isabella as his puppet in the mortal world. And... huh. While you thought Iolithae had taken everything with her when she vanished, it looks like one of her weird-looking daggers is embedded in the far wall.Where do you want to start?Go back outside and deal with Coriander Hasp. He may be incapacitated for now, but he’s the biggest threat if he gets back up.Find Ajani and Gloria. God knows what’s happened to them, being held prisoner by these things - you should check they’re all right.Have words with the Man in White.Check out that cool dagger. If it’s still here, it’s got to be important, right?Wasn’t there something that you’re forgetting? Something else you meant to do... [Custom]
>>32981832>[X]Go back outside and deal with Coriander Hasp. He may be incapacitated for now, but he’s the biggest threat if he gets back up.It's back. Nice pic, btw
>>32981946((It's my standard back-up pic - there's already a thread up using my usual pic. It is quite nice, though. Might start using it as my default.Also, archives located at http://archive.foolz.us/tg/search/subject/monsterhearts%20quest/type/op/order/asc/and also athttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Monsterhearts%20Quest))
>>32981832>Go back outside and deal with Coriander Hasp. He may be incapacitated for now, but he’s the biggest threat if he gets back up.we decided on this last thread, I think
>>32981832>Wasn’t there something that you’re forgetting? Something else you meant to do... [Custom]Oh God is this one of those meta-choices like when Customs activated Hasp's dumb gimmick? Is there something we're forgetting?
>>32981993I don't think so.
This quest is still going? God damn..
>>32981832[X]Check out that cool dagger. If it’s still here, it’s got to be important, right?-[X] ask the man if it's safe to take it before touching itthere is loot to be had, guys
>>32981832[X]Find Ajani and Gloria. God knows what’s happened to them, being held prisoner by these things - you should check they’re all right.
>>32981832>[x]Go back outside and deal with Coriander Hasp. He may be incapacitated for now, but he’s the biggest threat if he gets back up.We'll get the dagger later, and find Ajani and Gloria right after.Right now we need to make sure that Coriander either stays down or he GTFO like The Man predicted.
>>32981946>>32981993>>32981969>>32982289>>32982118>>32982254>we decided on this last thread, I think((Yeah, but that thread kinda died horribly and I'm mostly pretending it didn't happen.))((Writing. Let's see how this one goes.))
>>32982323You make your way carefully outside, the halls eerily quiet. Outside, most of the snow appears to have melted into small puddles, except for a small pile directly around Coriander Hasp's body. He lies in a small, incongruous snowbank, bullet holes riddling his chest, but with a curious lack of blood.As you walk up to stand by Coriander's head, he opens his eyes and stares up at you. He doesn't make any move to get up, particularly with your gun pointed at his head, but his face crinkles into a perturbed frown."Alright, alright, you beat me," he says. "What do you want now? Can't a bloke be left in peace?"
>>32982818"Only if you leave me and mine, and the people we depend on, in peace."
>>32982886I think he's still writing
>>32982922((No, that was it, sorry. There's a 'Continued' at the bottom of anything that's split across multiple posts.))
>>32982818I want you to go away.
>>32983145It needs to be qualified with a "and never come back".
>>32983214he's not gonna agree to that. Make it a ridiculous long time instead, he's immortal, he'll waitsomething like 10'000 years
>>32983279"How about you leave me and mine in peace? And the people we depend on. And the rest of the town - actually, just go away. Go away and never come back. How about that?"Coriander shrugs, then winces. "In case you haven't noticed, mate, you kinda filled me full of holes. I ain't going nowhere for a while. I need to get some new skin to cover these up. And a new shirt. Can't forget the shirt.""For someone who's been shot full of holes, you're awfully conscious. And snarky."He grins suddenly. "What can I say? It's a gift.""Yeah, yeah." You prod him in the side with your foot, eliciting another wince. "You're faking it, aren't you?"Coriander manages to look genuinely offended at this. "Oi! I'm full of bloody holes, ain't I?" He reaches up and pokes one of the holes with his finger. "Look at this! Right through my favourite shirt! And my skin, too!""That might be a bit more convincing if the hole actually was bloody." You prod him with your foot again. "Get up."Coriander pulls himself slowly to his feet, grumbling and complaining. "Still got holes in my favourite shirt.""You can buy a new shirt. You can probably just magic money out of nothing or whatever.""This is my favourite shirt! I can't just have a new favourite shirt all of a sudden. Besides, they don't make these any more." He looks smug, brushing some remaining snow off the sleeve. "Got it in Italy about 200 years ago. Nicked it off some twit named Byron. I'd have to go back and nick another one. Bloke's going to run out of shirts eventually.""They totally do make those any more. You can just buy one on the internet. Why are we even talking about this?"Coriander sighs and snaps his fingers. His rifle is suddenly slung over one shoulder, and he adjusts his jacket to cover some of the bullet holes."*Buying* a new one. Nobles these days are so damn pedestrian. Whatever." He sighs again, and suddenly is no longer there.What do you want to do now?
>>32983760Go back inside, examine the cold dagger, and then look for Ajani and Gloria.
>>32983760wow, that was a waste of time>go inside and look for Ajani and Gloria
>>32983760go inside I guess
>>32983760Go back inside, have sex with the (Wo)man in White/Isabella (I ain't particular).Go look for Ajani and Gloria, make sure things are cool with the Man in White
>>32983760"So, how about you being useful to me, or just helping out? If you don't go away forever, that is."
>>32984179>suddenly is no longer there.
>>32983895>>32984016>>32984077>>32984115((Writing.))>>32984016((You expected Coriander to suddenly stop being a pain in the neck?))
>>32984263You head back inside, checking the rooms you pass carefully, but each of them turns out to be empty. When you get back to the main room, the Woman in White is balancing the strange dagger on her fingertip, by its tip."Uh, isn't that dangerous? I know you're magic and everything, but that can still cut you.""What? No, it can't." She suddenly tosses the weapon end-over-end in your direction, and it thuds into the wall a few inches from your head. "Go on, touch it.""What the hell? Why would I -""Go on, it won't cut you.""Look - hey, this is blunt. What the hell? Who fights with a blunt dagger?""That's not a dagger. It's a sai - a metal baton with prongs for trapping and breaking swords. They're always blunt."You pause, prying the dagger - or the sai - from the wall. "Didn't she cut you once or twice with this? How did she do that if it's blunt?"The Woman in White shrugs. "Magic.""... fine. Oh, can I keep this? I used to have a nice dagger but I'm not sure where it's gone.""Sure, knock yourself out. Not literally. But it's probably not an Abhorrent Weapon or anything. Just seems like a lump of metal."You nod, tucking the sai into your waistband, and head further into the warehouse. This section looks like it contains a couple of blocks of offices. Finally, you locate Ajani and Gloria.You push open the door of a small office to find that it's been cleared of furniture and a small pile of blankets tossed into the middle. Ajani and Gloria lie in the middle of the pile, naked and clutching each other closely. They look up and then suddenly break apart as they recognise you, throwing the blankets over themselves."Chris!" Ajani says nervously as you step inside, "Thank goodness you're here, we, er, were afraid we were going to freeze to death. Is it over? Can we go home now? Oh, and could you pass us our clothes? They're over there."Once Ajani and Gloria have hurriedly dressed themselves, is there anything you want to do or say to them?
>>32985394"I'm curios. Whose idea was it to get naked?"
>>32985394Ask them what happened, if they're okay. There isn't an overt threat that we can point them at anymore, though. Maybe tell Ajani that, for now, we have an armistice with the Winter King?
>>32985394maybe invite them to our victory party?
>>32985445>>32985450>>32985464I'd say do all of those
>>32985394"Yeah, Iolithae and Coriander are both gone. Good to see you two are okay. It was probably a good idea to huddle together for warmth. Not sure why you took your clothes off to do it, but..."
>>32985464What victory party?And we don't want Gloria going all Smite Evil on the rest of the party like she is won't to do.
>>32985681Who would she want to Smite? Us and Cassandra are the only undead hanging around, and I'm pretty sure we've added Cassandra to our hit list (not sure why she was ever off it).
>>32985681do you not want us to celebrate our victory while getting closer to the other supernatural creatures around?
>>32985696Isabella is undead now as well, and there's that ghost of the social worker that Cassandra killed.
>>32985445>>32985450>>32985464>>32985630>>32985674((These are all pretty compatible. Writing now.))
>>32985780"Yeah. Yeah, it's over. Iolithae and Coriander are both gone. Good to see you're both okay. What happened here?"Ajani turns bright red. "Nothing, nothing! We were just very cold, and - ""With the bad guys. What happened with the bad guys? Did they tell you anything about their plans?"Ajani blushes slightly less, and shakes his head. "No, they just grabbed us, threw us in here and left us. Occasionally one of them would come throw some food or drink inside - chocolate bars, cans of soft drinks, stuff they must have stolen from somewhere or other. We tried a few escape plans, pretending to be ill, rushing them when they opened the door, but they were just too fast and too strong for us to overpower. They didn't really seem to notice or care when we hit them, they just shoved us back inside."Gloria nods. "They cared little for us in any situation."You sigh. "Well, at least you're both safe. And no longer naked. Whose idea was that, anyway?"Ajani and Gloria look at each other, and this time they both blush, but neither seems to be willing to speak up."Fine, whatever. We've... actually, I think we've run out of enemies. We've got some sort of armistice with the Winter King, those two arseholes are gone, hopefully for good, and everything else is in hand. I guess we need to have a victory party. You guys are up for a party, right?"Ajani shrugs. "You know what, sure, what the hell." Gloria flashes him a quick glare. "What the heck. Sorry. Right now we need to go home, get fresh clothes, have a shower, but afterwards, tomorrow night or something, a party sounds great. It's been a while since we had a good reason to celebrate. Who else is coming?""I'm not sure yet, I only just had the idea. I'll call you or text you when I know when and where we're having it, okay?""Awesome." Ajani claps you on the shoulder in what he probably thinks is a macho fashion, and heads out of the room, Gloria following after.What do you want to do now?
Go enslave/kill the fae bitch queen if we have enough power if not then check in with what resources we have and expand and gain power
>>32986557Ask the MiW if he has any clean-up to do or if he's going to free our Isabella now.
Check in with the women in white and see what we can do for the good guy.
>>32986608I agree with this. Better get that problem out of the way now.
>>32986608If we're going to do some long-term goal, why not something helpful, like fixing Masami or Louie's problems? Rather than getting revenge on the chick we raped.
>>32986677This bit wiwhite first
>>32986677because the chick we raped is probably planning revenge and i'd rather end it here before it escalates.
>>32986608This, if only to get this matter out of the way once and for all.
>>32986557talk with the MiW
All this edge
>>32986812>implying it's not just one assflustered anon samefagging.
>>32986557Let's talk with the Man in White, see if he'll be returning control of Isabelle soon.We need to solidify Esther's control, help Louie, continue to give Masami a reason to not go Deep One, and we need to give Isabelle's father some luck so that he starts making money at the stock market again.
>>32986557Go meet Avril. As long as this matter is up in the air it's going to plague this quest.
>>32986761Do you have any proof that she's planning anything?It's not like we weren't planning on controlling the Fae through her, and basically doing the same kind of betrayal against her, from the beginning.
>>32986941A marriage alliance isn't a betrayal, anon.
>>32986956>A marriage allianceAs if the Man would allow any kind of power-sharing.Not to mention, only the person who defeats the last King/Queen gets to become the new King/Queen. We would have made her into a consort anyway.
>>32986941She has shown sociopathic tendencies and at one occasion desire to attack the humanity as whole, and would have done so if we didn't calm her.
>>32987069And Chris raped his girlfriend, and Jill almost went murderhobo too.
>>32987088One of those is us so we have a level of control over it, the other doesn't have an army at her disposal.
>>32987116It's a mechanic in the game, brah. Everybody has it.
>>32987116>the other doesn't have an army at her disposal.No, but she's got the telekinetic power to at least be a small localized tornado; I think she's an F1 now.
>>32987128which is why we should let the chick that hates our guts run what is essentially our neighbour. Also, fae are always trouble.
((Much as I love all your wonderful discussions, I do have to sleep at some point, so I'm calling this to a vote.Go talk to the Man/Woman in WhiteGo after AvrilVotes require an [x] and a link to this post.))
>>32987240[x]Go talk to the Man/Woman in White
>>32987240[X]Go talk to the Man/Woman in White
>>32987240[X]Go after Avril
>>32987240[X]Go talk to the Man/Woman in Whitethen[X]Go after Avril
Do you guys really want to go get into another fight RIGHT after our last?
If we're going to go after Avril (plsno) can we at least, like... gather forces or something? Rather than just blindly bumrushing her with no plan? I mean, we've got allies, but how likely are they to be helpful?
>>32987480I think it's just one guy samefagging. notice how it took him a while to set up his proxy
>>329874944chan blocks proxies. It's in the rules.
lol, almost all the votes are invalid because they have an [X] instead of an [x]
>>32987523It doesn't block all proxies, anon. If you have some kinda paid subscription, it's especially likely to fail.Doesn't matter anyways, >>32987259 >>32987262 >>32987305 >>32987319 are the only posts within a five minute time limit.
>>32987480Not to mention, we're only strong enough to take out Avril when our juice pool is full.We had to empty it out, and we're right now reduced to minor charms. I don't see how that's going to be of much use against a Fae, in their domain, that they can teleport around in and control at will.
>>32987541not like the span filtersare case sensetive.
>>32987572it's just one guy samefagging
>>32987259>>32987262>>32987305>>32987319((Okay, we're obviously getting either a sudden absolutely enormous surge in readership or someone trying to fuck with the votes, so I'm going with the five-minute no-samefagging filter limit.))
I really wonder how he thought it wouldn't be immediately noticed. Are these people retarded or something?
>>32987719>Implying it's not just a troll
>>32987602[x]Go talk to the Man/Woman in White
>>32987768((... no, the voting is over now.))
>>32987768you're a bit late, buddy
>>32987602You return to the centre of the warehouse, where the Woman in White is watching the ice sculpture of Barrellton slowly melt. You cough loudly to get her attention, and she turns and walks over to you, studying you curiously."Yes?" she asks. "What is it now?""Coriander is gone now. Iolithae too. I found Ajani and Gloria - I guess they must have gone out past you, if you noticed - and it looks like their big plan is melting away over there. So is there any more clean-up left to do?"She shrugs. "The Excrucians are banished, reality is presumably safe, their plans are presumably disrupted. I do wish we could have figured out what the original plan actually was, what they had been hoping to accomplish with all this. You haven't had any thoughts?""Uh, it kinda looked like their plan was just to destroy the town. That isn't bad enough?""Destruction is a logical concept, a part of creation. They would have needed to induce some sort of paradox or impossibility, something severe enough that Creation would have ripped out the offending paradox and the town around it would have come along as collateral damage. You saw nothing along those lines?""Those weird flames, I guess. I don't know what was up with them, though.""Hmm. We'll just have to hope it's dealt with, then. What else? Well, there's always the matter of spreading a tyrannical rule over the land, ruling with a velvet glove and an iron fist. You think this body would look good sitting on a throne?" She chuckles, striking a pose.You frown. "That's not your body to go ruling with.""It's as much mine as everything else here is. But relax, you'll get your girl back soon enough. I can't really maintain the link for long enough to mount a proper campaign of conquest. It'll probably start wavering pretty soon, actually."Why don't you give it back right now, then?Well, as long as you are here, there's a few things I could use a hand with...
>>32988154>[X]Why don't you give it back right now, then?I can't really think of anything we'd need his help with right now.
>>32988154>[x]Well, as long as you are here, there's a few things I could use a hand with...First, Masami. She's a Deep One, and I want to know how the Man stacks up against a Great Old One. What can we do to keep feeding Masami's desire to stay human?Second, Esther. What can we do to solidify our alliance with her, and her control over her house.Those are just the most pressing concerns.
>>32988154>[x]Well, as long as you are here, there's a few things I could use a hand with...There is the matter of Avril, and...actually, that's it. The Ice King seems to be easy enough to deal with, and the only other things left to do aren't anything high power. Like, getting Louie's pelt back, and etc.
>>32988154>>32988192 here, scratch thatchanging vote to >>32988223
I'm a bit afraid that asking for something we could do ourselves would offend him
>>32988154Did they want to do something like freeze the city while burning it down or something?
>>32988223This is fine.
>>32988223>>32988239>>32988262>>32988549>>32988234((Okay, writing. Last post for tonight, it's getting ridiculously late.))
>>32988658"Well, as long as you're sticking around for a little while, I could use one or two bits of advice. There have been a few minor issues."The Woman in White locates a convenient crate and sits down, leaning back a little and looking sceptically at you."What sort of issues? You ought to be able to manage for yourself in most cases.""Do you know anything about a being named Dagon?"The Woman in White opens her mouth, pauses, closes it again, and taps one finger thoughtfully against her cheek. When she speaks again, it's with a careful and measured tone."Hmm. Yes. That might be somewhat... above your pay grade. The original Dagon, and not some copycat or imitator? He's, ah, one of the Bosses. If he gives you an instruction, even a weird sounding one... you're not required to obey, as such, he's not *your* boss, but it's probably a good idea. They see things in ways we can't. Have you spoken directly to some shard or aspect of Dagon?""No, it's my friend. She was raised in some mortal cult that worships him, and apparently she's going to turn into something else as she grows up, a servant being of Dagon. If there's some way to avoid that..."She nods. "Dagon is a number of complicated and confusing things, most of which make no sense, but he's... fair, in his own way. If she requests freedom from him, of her own free will, he will grant it to her. She will be a normal human. As far as 'normal' means much these days.""The other major worry I have is about Esther..."You give a quick outline of Esther's situation and her takeover of her house, and the Woman in White frowns and shrugs."Well done for securing a new asset, more or less, but I'm not sure why you're bringing this to me for advice. It sounds as though you've already done all you needed to do.""But what about strengthening my alliance with her, or strengthening her reign over her house?"She sighs. "I can't hold your hand on everything. Just keep doing what you're doing."((Cont.))
>>32989408“Now, if that’s all?”“I guess so. Nothing else that I can’t handle myself, anyway.”“Good. As you may have noticed, there’s a war on. A good NCO is one of the most valuable things one can have. A bad one must be removed as quickly as possible.” She gives you a piercing glare, then suddenly twitches to one side.“Hmm. It’s starting already. Pity. Still, I’ve got what I needed here, I do believe. May as well go sooner rather than later.” She straightens out her dress carefully, then raises one hand and snaps her fingers.There’s a burst of unimaginably pure white light. When it fades, the crate has been scorched black, the ice has been melted for several feet around, and Isabella is sitting there in her normal clothes, looking stunned.“Chris? What happened? Where the fuck are we? Did we win?”“Pretty much. Sit down - uh - stay sitting down. Let me fill you in...”
>>32989434((Right. Good night, all, and thank you for being an awesome bunch of players. I'll see you next Tuesday. As always, leave comments, questions, curses, etc. below. I'll do my best to answer questions tomorrow morning, if possible.))
>>32989465bugger, I just woke up and caught upthanks for the thread OP
>>32989465I'm somewhat gratified that the Man is being far more truthful about our relationship to him; no more of this vague "I am you and you are me" nonsense he used to keep us in line before. A straightforward "I am your boss, you do what I tell you or you die" is less frustrating, especially when arguing about it with other anons.Also, at least now we know to walk carefully around Masami and that we need to grind the fuck out of that social link.
We should probably stop needling the Man in White for advice on every little thing. He seems to get annoyed at that. An extension of the QM's opinions??
>>32989627Maybe not on every little thing, but certain big threats like Dagon are things we should send up the chain to him.
>>32989627True that, but we shouldn't cut ourselves off.Hm, I like how we seem to be a lot more people now.