I am Maria of House Antioch. We're also called the seekers, and today I've found my first important thing! Or rather, person. Anyway, I need to focus. We are currently trying to make our way through the maze that is Mooncrest academy. Not so easy since all hallways look the same. Those that don't look the same look too different so it's very confusing! I'm just happy to have my friends -cause that's what they are- with me. Evangelyne is already way grown-up and Sora seems to never doubt herself for long. They're really quite amazing, and after a short while they find just the right people to ask."Guard, eh?" Sora's voice seems to care a hint of edge. Not angry, mind, just very cautious. Strange, she doesn't seem like a trouble-maker. Not a lot anyway. Not that it's fair to judge her yet. Even more so because I feel nothing really bad from her. Maybe she just doesn't talk to them much, or else she'd see they -we- are really friendly people! Well, some of my trainers were grumpy but that doesn't mean they were bad people. Whatever, it's her story so I shouldn't pry. Just yet at least!"Yes, I mean, no, I mean, I was going to be before, you know… things changed and I became like this". Stupid words always tripping over themselves. Sora just looks at me sideways, like she is waiting for something else. Help me, Evangelyne! Or not. She seems happy just watching right now, arms calmly folded. She's still making sure we stay on track though. "Uh, but my Pa is one. He trained me". See? I said everything."Your Pa sounds okay--""--He is great!" It's hard not to chirp in sometimes. Ah but I need to learn how to keep my tongue reigned in."--so would ya mind showin' some more?" What, oh, law signs? She's probably not expecting me to show my rolls. Or so I hope, that would be awkward and we'd lose even more time."If that's what you want, I'll try!" [1/?]
Sora and I quickly dance out of the way of a sturdy woman, steering clear of her just before she runs into us, books stacked way over her head. Librarian maybe? Ah right, Sora wanted to learn. I need to be more responsible and focus."First you cross your arms like this..." I show her, my fingertips meeting in the middle of my chest before I lift my left arm outwards."Then you wave like this". I repeat the movement a few times. Uuh, maybe not so smart, a few people are staring. Not that it matters, I've got to explain this right."This means 'Follow me slowly', it's important because a leader must never lead her own into danger". It sounds silly when I say it, but Sora just nods and repeats after me. As I suspected she's a really quick learner.Maybe I should go a bit faster so she doesn't get bored. I touch my left fist to my opened right palm three times before pointing forwards with my second and third finger."Go in, make sure nobody is harmed, use strength when necessary to keep the peace". Sora's eyes narrow for a short instant."Hm, so like, take 'em down but don't make 'em bleed, eh?" Surprised, I find that I'm biting my lip and stop immediately. Don't put it in such strange words!"That, yes, like that. They don't like killing people that might be friendly". Ah but I shouldn't have started with these things. What did they say I had too little? Pace? Rhyt-- tact, yes! "This is for when you are talking to someone and want to call whoever in the room is on your side". I show her how to put the first three fingers together and draw a slow circle in the air by twirling her wrist."Sorry to interrupt your lecture, Mistress Maria, but we've arrived". Somehow it sounds real when Evangelyne says it, even it makes me colour a bit.I smile "Sorry" at Sora, and we step inside. Already the room is beginning to fill with laughter and low voices, but there is no teacher yet so maybe we actually arrived on time.> please wait warmly> questions etc welcome
Sora is shady...
>>34022010The cute distracts from it.We must be on guard.
>>34021843Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConvictCyborgsuptg: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=A%20Tale%20Of%20WitchesFoolz: https://archive.foolz.us/tg/search/subject/A%20Tale%20Of%20Witches/tripcode/%210JnhV%2FMfcY/type/op/order/asc/Maria sheet: http://pastebin.com/JPrBQNBDAsk.fm http://ask.fm/ConvictCyborgAnd of course I forgot.
>>34022010>>34022055Interesting how she reacts to her. Sort of confused but they seem to speak roughly the same language.
>>34021965>What did they say I had too little? Pace? Rhyt-- tact, yes!I kekd.
>>34022010You mean sexy.
Are law signs universal? It seems like the kind of thing that would have lots of dialects.
>>34022167Anon, she's like, 14And I'm fine with that
>>34022232>Anon, she's like, 14That was the marriageable age around that time.
>>34022260That's because they died when they were 30.These are witches.
>>34022232Isn't Sora around Eri's age? So around 16 or 17.
Maria should mention her Underworld Basics knowledge to Sora, I bet that would be a hoot.
>>34022334> no Sora, YOU Are the underworld
>>34022221They *tried* to make them universal more than once. Every few hundred years some idiot thinking themselves SUPREME EMPEROR AND HEIR TO THE FIRST EMPIRE etc etc gathers some lesser nobles and attempts to push his/her standards. They hardly stick and while there are universal signs, local dialects all but subsume them in most cases. So yea, the attempt has been made but apart from the staples dating so far back nobody knows where they came from, most regions have their own.
>>34022260>>34022282> implying united laws in a place that's mostly city states and provincesOkay I'll stop my lewd thoughts.
>>34022444So this lesson is basically useless to Sora who lives in "My king eats his subjects sometimes." country? That's not very useful..Does it even work for the guards around Mooncrest?
>>34022588>That's not very useful..We made smalltalk. It wasn't meant to be an exchange of pressing information. THINK LIKE A LITTLE GIRL ANON.
>>34022624I don't mean every conversation has to be useful, but Sora the master criminal might be expecting a little more utility out of this.She's learning how the other side thinks, in any case. That's always fun.
The walls are painted a soft white colour, and from above come huge banners inked in Dawnchant too fancy for me to figure out. Wow, they really put a lot of love into this room. Wait, Evangelyne why are y--"Why are you going already?" Come on, you'll be late this way."Aha, sorry, sorry, but I'm afraid I'll have to leave you now. This class is huge, so they sent me somewhere else. Just promise me to stay out of trouble you two, okay?""Ye-- I mean, can't you change it?""No.""Really not?""Really". With that she turns, waves, and is gone. Weeell then. I feel disappointed, my shoulders sagging.My mood gets better quickly though as I see Eriadne, Helena and even the two twins from before. Sit with Eriadne Sit with Helena Sit with the twins and Sora Make space for all of you (2d10, at least one success, second-highest of first three gets taken)
>>34022797>Sit with EriadneDuh.
>>34022797> Make space for all of you (2d10, at least one success, second-highest of first three gets taken)Is this going to be seen as rude? Whatever. Let's be rude.
>>34022834They did say we didn't have tact. Among other things.
>>34022588>Does it even work for the guards around Mooncrest?Yes.>uselessThat might be saying too much. Even there there'll be parallels, just not many.-
>>34022839Like prettiness. And beauty.
>>34022721>Sora the master criminalI like how fanon works in this quest. It make Eva into a turboslut and a slighty anti authority girl into a full blown al capone clone.>>34022797[X] Sit with the twins and SoraLet's make Eri miss us.
>>34022797>[x] Sit with HelenaI like Helena and a four-way tie sounds great right now.
>>34023022>and a four-wayGoddess please shield my mind...
>Hex updates in a somewhat timely manner>few voters immediately tieIt's our own fault this time.Reminder that we're rooming with Helena and Eriadne and will thus see them for sure tonight.
>>34022797>[x] Sit with Eriadne
>>34023131Not only our fault, he essentially chose the small sliver of time where both America and Europe sleep.
>>34022797> Sit with the twins and Sora
>>34022797>(2d10, at least one success, second-highest of first three gets taken)Uh, what are the odds of this succeeding? It sounds unlikely.
>>34023268Calculate it. Rolls succeed on a seven, then half the probability.
>>34022797>[x] Sit with EriadneSo he really did mean hours. Well, here wo go.
>>34023322>Calculate it.I don't know how? That's why I asked.
>>34022797>[X] Sit with Eriadne>[X] Worry about whether or not she saw you spying
>>34022797> Make space for all of you (2d10, at least one success, second-highest of first three gets taken)But if we fuck up somehow let's at least sit near EriadneIf there's one thing i like about Hex's shit pace is that I can be two hours late and not miss a thing
>>34022797 Make space for all of you (2d10, at least one success, second-highest of first three gets taken)Selfish time!
Okay back, counting, closing, writing.
Wish I had my tablet with me. Oh well.
>>34021843>Sora's voice seems to care a hint of edge. Not angry, mind, just very cautious. Strange, she doesn't seem like a trouble-maker.I like how Maria immediately caught on to that
>>34026551I like how she caught on to it and she's still an airhead.
>>34026488Is Eriadne holding her hand?
>>34026602Wow, Anon. Too far!Geez!
>>34026551>>34026570Street fucking wise. It shows.
>>34026551Maria isn't stupid, her mind just works in really weird ways. She can read information she just can't interpret it well.
>>34022834>>34024664>>34024681Make space.>>34022825>>34023174>>34023457>>34024093Sit with Eriadne>>34022884>>34023223Sora and twins.>>34023022Helena.
>>34027436The best part is that she caught on and nobody realizes she did because Maria is Maria.
>>34027658>she caught on and nobody realizes she did because Maria is Maria.2deep4me You mean like how the character knows but thinks so fluffy the players don't see what she sees?
>>34027682I think he means the Sora and Eva probably didn't catch on to the fact that Maria knows Sora has maybe had trouble with the law
>>34027730> Sora used to literally be a whore before coming here
>>34027745That explains why she's so pretty!
>>34027745> rape backstoryPlease no.
>>34027745Professionally or did she just enjoy it?
>>34027745A whore as good at fighting as she's implied to be? That's one high-class escort.
>>34027794Professionally, but enjoyed it. She seems like a very in the moment sort of person.>>34027786Despite what you might think not all whores were raped anon.
>>34027816Fighting keeps the body trim and helps deal with customers that want too much. Besides it gives the customer assurance she'll not be a liability in case of an attack.
>>34027828>not rapedThat's what a whore-rapist would say!
>>34029834It's a Hexer quest.
>>34029834He's probably writing the post as we speak, just give it a few days.
>>34029857>>34030014Okay, business as usual then?
>>34030244time for magic ribbed dick discussions?
>>34030316I'm interested if we can do the touching other people's dreams thing at will.
>>34030316What's with you people and dicks? I'm sure Maria will be fine without one.
>>34030417She's so innocent. It fits so well.
>>34030447>She's so innocent. It fits so well.Imagine her panic when she finds out what an erection feels like. Do you want that?
>>34030478I don't want to defile Maria with these thoughts. Please stop.
>>34030516Okay, let's talk about shopping.
>>34030478>>34030516The purer something is the more satisfying it is to corrupt it.
I missed that OP had stopped tweeting his ask.fm, thought he just stopped using it.http://ask.fm/ConvictCyborg/answer/115985294146Is that a subtle dig at DXR I spy here?
>>34030568>updating his ask.fm while his quest thread is upHexHex pls
>>34030626> Hex> focusNo.
>>34030626> Sit with EriadneHis ask.fm is annoying as fuck for me. He is literally doing everything I hated about Angelic.My suffering just won't end
>>34030710then make a twitter bot to filter out the spam, you've no excuse to be this much of a faggot
>>34030710At least he drinks less.>>34030727I don't think he means the tweeting, just the habit itself.
>>34030710>His ask.fm is annoying as fuck for me.What, answer questions people ask? How could you possibly hate that?
>>34030710He foes not being a moeblob better.
>>34030710> spoilerDiarca and AC-Guy fan?
>>34030727He doesn't tweet them anymore. Also, you missed the point entirely.
>>34030777Yes and no.
After going to sleep, waking up, grabbing breakfast and returning to my computer, ATOW is still not updated.HexerHexer pls
>>34031348Hex exists in a time bubble.
>>34027730We're inconspicuous when it counts, and only when it counts.
Okay okay, things got a lil bit confused in here for a while allowing me no real time to sit and type in peace. Sorry, I'll hurry the fuck up.>>34031348It shall be done.
>>34031348I've done all that as well as made dinner, eaten dinner, made chocolate muffins, eaten chocolate muffins, and cleaned it all up.
>>34033280Was the production of Muffins equal to the consumption of aforementioned muffins?
>>34033331No. I made 12 muffins and only ate one. As this was my first attempt at chocolate muffins, I'm afraid they ended up slightly dry despite the melted chocolate bits inside, and I therefore added a nice helping of vanilla sauce to it, vastly improving both taste and consistency. Next time I hope to, by increasing the amount of milk and slightly increasing the butter added, and slightly reducing the amount of cocoa, achieve a proper consistency and using chocolate icing or cream instead of sauce, for ease of consumption and being able to serve it on a plate like proper muffins should be.
>>34033432Little girls, gentlemen, ladies and other such beings, we make Maria invent the muffin.
>>34033432No anon, what you should be doing next time is to make fruit muffins instead of chocolate muffins as they are by far superior.Blueberry and strawberry muffins preferably.
Also fuck you because now I want blueberry muffins and I am on a diet. ;_;
>>34033494Just imagine Eriadne looking disapprovingly in your direction and it should be fine.
>>34033508Imagine Maria, Eva and Helena stuffing their faces with muffins while Eri tries to look disapprovingly.Then her stomach rumbles.
>>34033473While I sympathize with your view. I'm afraid the decision to make muffins was a spur-of-the-moment thing, and I did not have any appropriate berries nor any real interest in making the effort of researching how to make fruit muffins. Meanwhile I had some perfectly nice cocoa sitting around that even had the decency of including a recipe for chocolate muffins right there on the package.
>>34033494The only diet you need is that of POWERLIFTING!Time to get FIT like Maria. You don't want to lose a little girl, do you?
>>34033520I giggled. Fuck you. I actually giggled. I hate you so much anon.
>>34033533> you will never lift with MariaFUCK.
>>34033533>You don't want to lose a little girl, do you?Actually, anon...
>>34033543Embrace being the little girl.
>>34033713We didn't take alchemy classes.We could've made practical prank muffins. Eat one and your hair turns fluffy for the rest of the day.
>>34033738Oh the escalation potential.
>>34033713>Cooking-class> Eri somehow makes the entire kitchen explode
>>34033699Anon, no! NO!Start lifting! RIGHT NOW!Maria demands it! Otherwise she'll look you in disgust!
>>34033870Do I get punished for disappointing her?
>>34033870Maria: "Anon, I know you CAN do it. W-would you mind doing it for me?Helena: "The gods have given you a strong body anon. It would be a sin to waste it!"Eriadne: "Tch. Suit yourself. I really expected more from the likes of you".Sora: "Oi anon, it ain't gettin' no easier if you stand here lookin' all gloomy like".Evangelyne: "Come on, another rep. That's it, I've got faith in you, that's all you need".I question my life choices in writing this.
>>34033933Sora was too cockneyPretty good otherwise
>>34033921No, first she'll be disappointed and then she'll cry because she thinks she failed you. Good going, Anon, you made Maria cry. I bet you kick puppies too.>>34033933Dat Maria hngh
>>34033984I guess I am just a better fit with Eri then.
>>34034003You're a monster.
>>34034065You miss the point entirely anon.
>>34034079You'll regret this. You'll be sorry yet.
Have I ever told you guys how great you are? Fantastic fan base here.
>>34034065If loving Eri is wrong then I don't want to be right.>>34034289You're great too.
>>34034289inorite, it's really relaxing.
>>34033933>Sora: "U wot m8?"
>>34034334> Sora is a chav> That's why she ain't likin' dem bloody coppersThis is now my headcanon and you can't do anything to change that.
Too much moe in here. Quick someone say something edgy.
>>34034358>"Maria, quit acting like a berk.">"What?">"Sorry, old habits die hard."
>>34034388This seems like the sort of game where the characters have a high chance of dying.
>>34034388I can spoil it quite easily.There is someone on F-list role-playing as 'Maria of Antioch'.
>>34034686Dear diary, here is a list of things I didn't want to know: #1, this information.
>>34034686> Cooking> Healing> Nonsexual Roleplay> Steampunk Crusades It could have been so much worse.
>>34034727Just checked, can confirm.
>>34034686>>34034727>>34034740>>34034746I can't see shit on that place.Requires login and I'm not doing that shit.Screencaps or something?
>>34034686>Created: at 26 Jun,2014 12:51:51 AMDoes that actually predate AToW?
>>34034805Looks like it to me.Plot thickens.
>>34034826http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_of_Antiochhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_of_Antioch_%28pretender%29Nothing is original. Everything has been done before.Maria is not for lewds, panic over.
>>34034805How deep does this rabbit hole go?
>>34034805B-but the name was chargenned...
>>34034805Oh my god! It's Hex's lewd roleplay thing that spawned this all.Should I feel dirty and violated now?
>>34034805Hexer...What are you doing?..Stahp ;_;
>>34034849>>34034858Oh. Well that's good, I guess. What are the odds? Pretty high, apparently. Crazy!This has to mean something.
>>34034853>>34034858>>34034805Idiots, there were three names choices and three house choices. Go back and count. Unless he massively samefagged just for a simple joke there is nothing to get panicky over.
>>34034849Oh, good, I was getting a bit scared back there
>>34034849There is however genuinely a "Carol 'Kitten' Smith" from LGA, with explicit reference to the quest, so it could actually happen.I should make it happen.
>>34034879Ssh, the lewd is not something to be scared of.
>>34034869>This has to mean something.That Maria is a robot?
>>34034894>Anal Sex (receiving)>Only 'Maybe'Not my Kitten.
>>34034956No, she's a precious fit witch!You talk heresy.
>>34034849Yeah, but the timing, manThe timing is suspect as hell.Never dismiss as coincidence what could be the work of enemy action.
>>34034872Anon, you take internet too seriously.
>>34035023Go home Jeeves, I don't want to hear your rants about the war and commies.
>>34035050Precisely what an enemy infiltrator would say.
>>34033209>Okay okay, things got a lil bit confused in here for a while allowing me no real time to sit and type in peace. Sorry, I'll hurry the fuck up.>wrong name>wrong trip>2 hours agoThat last one is to be expected though
>>34035247>>wrong name>>wrong tripHe usually switches trips for meta.
Are Maria and Eriadne Madoka and Homura?
>>34035710But without all the suffering.
>>34035710Considering they have nothing in common except vague age and gender and possible romantic attraction I would say, no why would you even think so ?
>>34035710No? They're not even vaguely similar.I'm going to imagine Maria with pink hair from now on though. Thanks for that.
>>34035710Homura was a huge autistic moron who thought she was in TRU WUV because Meduka smiled at her once.. Eri not so much.
>>34035781> vague gender
>>34035798Homura did nothing wrong
>>34035798Madoka was the only friend Homura had. When she made the wish, she was everything to her.And then it just spiraled out of control.
>>34035849You basically proved anon's point of her being a huge autistic moron.
>>34035798>>34035834>>34035849Can we not discuss Madoka here? Let's stick to wondering whether Eva is really going to a class she would gain no benefit from or taking advantage of her excuse slip to skip.
>>34035849That was exactly my point.
>>34035886Right she still has that. She's probably going to take her WMD "pet" golem for a walk.
>>34035886>Evangelyne lied about having a different class>she shows up next session in this one
>>34035952We need to find out if Convergence can be manipulated and if so how hard it is. This so isn't gonna fun us up later.
Rest in Peace
>>34037517Pffffft, it's only been 5 hours anon.
>>34033209>I'll hurry the fuck up.These lies, they hurt me so bad.
[X] Sit with Eriadne.[X] Hope Eriadne didn't notice me spying.Sometimes I just hate how the gods force decisions on us. I want to sit with Eriadne, but I also just got to meet Sora and don't even know the names of the twins and Helena probably feels lonely an-- for a few seconds I think about trying to free the spaces next to the two elegantly-dressed almost-similar girls and invite everyone over, but the moment passes. It wouldn't be fair to those already seated, and it would make way, way too much noise! It's not their fault we weren't here earlier. In dismay I see that some even have chalkboards or paper in front of them. Why didn't I think of bringing THOSE down with me? Okay, it's not like we've needed those things till now. I'll have to ask Eriadne to take notes for me since she -of course- has everything spread out neatly before her. "See ya girl, looks like the spot in front's mine". Whu- oh right."Y-yes, I'll-" But she's off already, weaving through the other students and around chairs arranged in a half-circle around the middle to a single free space all the way in front. To be honest I'm glad she didn't make me sit there!As I come closer, Eriadne gives me a small, almost not noticable smile that somehow still seems fill the room with a warm spring breeze. Not too hot, not too cold, just right for watching the stars. Her eyes have the colour of leaves in late summer, brown and gold with green spots sprinkled throughout. "Uh. Sit, you know, here?" For some reason the words "ALL COMBATANTS WITHDRAW FROM THE FIELD OF BATTLE" flash through my mind the moment I'm done. Wait, that makes no sense, I need to press on here or she'll think even less of me."I mean, would you mind?" Goddess, she totally, TOTALLY saw me, and now she's going to show my sins to the world an-- She nods, a slight, barely-there motion, and points to the seat beside her with her open palm.
"This one may approach, for as… I mean, yes. I would be glad, Lady Maria". I sit down hastily. Ah, now she's looking away again. No wonder, after I made such a scene.I try to distract myself by looking somewhere else as well. It seems Eriadne's pen is made from some sort of bone, the yellowed material inlaid with small runes. Her ink well looks like a small ape, hands clasped over its eyes. It might be old-fashioned, but somehow it really fits Eriadne's image. She's a noble after all, they have different rules.I risk a peek towards her face. Well, still turned away. Think. Don't just look, *see*. The words flash into my mind and make me focus again. Right. The way she sits doesn't seem angry. More like /she/ is hiding. Strange. Maybe she didn't see me after all. My thoughts are interrupted as a small black-haired woman in a simple flowing dress steps into the room from a side door and quickly makes her way to the middle. There is *something* about her I can't quite place. By herself, she looks quite ordinary if orderly, her hair cut neatly, her dress clean and well-maintained, her eyes calm and collected. Still. She seems somewhat… off. "You know what I hate, class?" Her voice, strong and clear, echoes off the walls, even though she barely even raised it. Magic? Ah, but no, wouldn't I have felt that? The teacher -because that's what she has to be- looks around, going from face to face before shrugging, as if saying "told you so" to some invisible person.2/?
>>34037607Christmas does exist!It exists in all our hearts!
"Introductions". That makes some of the students behind us murmur a bit, but it quickly quiets down."What I teach here is not conversation. Therefore, you're asked to not practice it in here, as it would be not pertinent to the subject of this class. Now, who can tell me what magic is?"A few hands."Yes?""It is a method by which we influence the world!""It is something we use to help people!""It's a wonderful art!"The teacher nods, a little smile playing over her lips."Good. These are all *good* answers. Very pleasant. Very correct. Very… safe, yes"."But do you know what magic REALLY is?" She doesn't wait this time."Power". The word hangs over the room like a raincloud for a few seconds, before she continues."If you wish to pass this class, you will realize the truth of this. Now, I and my helpers will go around and practice awakening with those that have not done it yet. All others will pick one Rote to practice". She seems livelier now. Still cold, but comfortable and professional. Interesting.[[Rotes can be upgraded. As a rule of thumb, a Witch knows around 10 Rotes in her main field and 5 in one of the two others. It pays to be focused, as upgraded Rotes are often more effective.]] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Body Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Force Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Sight Other/Combo Say what/anything?
>>34037607>As I come closer, Eriadne gives me a small, almost not noticable smile that somehow still seems fill the room with a warm spring breeze. Not too hot, not too cold, just right for watching the stars. Her eyes have the colour of leaves in late summer, brown and gold with green spots sprinkled throughout.Maria pls
>>34037607>As I come closer, Eriadne gives me a small, almost not noticable smile that somehow still seems fill the room with a warm spring breeze. Not too hot, not too cold, just right for watching the stars. Her eyes have the colour of leaves in late summer, brown and gold with green spots sprinkled throughout.Oh Maria!
>>34037666> Learn a Rote from the Sphere of SightMaria is 2cute
>>34037666>[x] Ask Eriadne what she wants to learn, m-aybe we could do it together ??Otherwise>[x] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Body
>>34037666> Learn a Rote from the Sphere of BodyIf I remember correctly, Sphere of Body has to do with self buffs and magic done to oneself, right?Might be cool
Spell teacher is bumfuck crazy hooooooly shit.>>34037715>>[x] Ask Eriadne what she wants to learn, m-aybe we could do it together ??>>34037666[X] Other/ComboTake out the note we took from the book in the library and ask someone to teach us how to not blow ourselves up with it.Come on, we took it for a reason.
>>34037666>[x] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Body>>34037715I like this but the teacher said we're not here to make conversation!!!! Not even with Eriadne.
>>34037666>[x] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of BodySure, let's see what this is about.
>>34037666Wanna explain those Rotes first? Body probably infuses the user's physical form with magic to make it better somehow?>[x] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of BodyThe fittest.
>>34037666>>34037715>[x] Ask Eriadne what she wants to learn, m-aybe we could do it together ??Otherwise>[x] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Body
>>34037666>[x] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Force>"This one may approach, for as… Wonder what Eriadne was going to say...
Adding>>34037715to mine>>34037814I like you, Anon.
>>34037666>> Learn a Rote from the Sphere of SightMaria, pls, restrain your spaghetti.
>>34037666>[x] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Sight
Is the thing Sensing teacher told us to memorize a Rote? I want to learn that.
To anyone that forgot> Low Magic is split into Force, Sight and Body. Force deals with direct magical damage. Sight deals with knowing the battlefield and the enemy. Body deals with manipulation of a Witches and her allies physical form."
>>34037930Eeep, yea, I should have re-posted that.>>34037888A rote is defined as "A formula for the achievement of a specific purpose through the shaping of magic". What sensing teach gave you was a Focus Word, which is defined "A sound-patterns intended to change the user's state of mind or her relation to the world". One is a program, the other a hardware alteration, if we are to use computer analogies.A Focus Word is basically a Mantra the way it's understood in certain Buddhist and Hinduist teachings. It changes you, while a Spell changes the world.
>>34037715I'm okay with asking her what she'll pick, but they should learn different things so they can teach each other their rotes later
>>34038002If it's just a sound pattern, does that mean using it in a crowded classroom could alter a ton of people's hardware without their consent?
>>34037691>>34037674Forget the fluffy crap>"Uh. Sit, you know, here?" For some reason the words "ALL COMBATANTS WITHDRAW FROM THE FIELD OF BATTLE" flash through my mind the moment I'm done. Wait, that makes no sense, I need to press on here or she'll think even less of me.is where its at.
>>34037666>[ x ] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Body
>>34037715We were just told not to talk. It was in a no bullshit manner too.
>>34038211Teacher is fucking scary.
>>34037666>[x] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Body>Please no talking, as cute as it is, Maria is a good girl and listens.
Shouldn't we improve on the Forces rote we learned?
How are we picking what to learn? As far as I know we don't have any textbooks or anything and the only Rote we have access to is that fire Force one that should still be in our pocket.>>34038294It's a fire spell. That is not something I want to cast while having no idea what the hell we're doing. It's too dangerous.
>>34038307Maria is probably just going to be blind guessing and picking whatever sounds interesting
>>34038307Pretty sure they'll teach us directly.Even without GRIMDARK it's pretty telling that they seem so focused on witches gitting gud over pampering them. We sure aren't the first to do a little too much research.
>>34037639>"This one may approach, for as…Wow, that is some hardcore snobbery. Nice backpedal Eri.>Her ink well looks like a small ape, hands clasped over its eyes. It might be old-fashioned, but somehow it really fits Eriadne's image. She's a noble after all, they have different rules.What's this? Old-fashioned? See no evil is defnitely not something I want the ruling class to believe.>>34038350They will teach us directly... later. Right now, all the kids who are supposed to know what they're doing are practicing what they supposedly know. Maria's a weirdo who awakened herself earlier today so she doesn't know anything to practice quietly.
>>34038418>Wow, that is some hardcore snobbery. Nice backpedal Eri.It's in the details...
>>34037639>It seems Eriadne's pen is made from some sort of bone, the yellowed material inlaid with small runes. Her ink well looks like a small ape, hands clasped over its eyes.A magic pen?Maybe it transfers ink from the well directly to the pen so you don't have to refill in manually?
Which teacher is best teacher?
>>34038584All of them have been pretty cool. In fact, all the characters have been.
>>34038584Eriadne. Once class is over.
>>34038584Mistress Maria.But seriouslySensing teacher >= Magic teacher >= Fighting teacher
>>34038584Magic teacher's casual ruthlessness and efficiency appeals to me.
Are we ever going to have a teacher that isn't a combat monster? Someone needs to tell witches that those who can do aren't supposed to teach.
Rolled 23>>34038046It's not quite as technical as I presented it. There are certainly ways to alter another's Enlightenment Level, but most who know how are gods, demons, angels, Arch-sages or in the process of getting there. Or just VERY good at seeding doubt or fear through their words.A focus word needs to be actively spoken in order to have an effect, just hearing it is not enough though it might encourage certain tendencies.Anyway, closing, counting and... oh yea, breaking out the trusty purple d100 for Plot Rating.
>>3403890623! That Plot Rating is lower than our teacher's age!
Rolled 3https://twitter.com/ConvictCyborg/status/489563917069615104>>34038930Sometimes, you just learn useful things, rather than world, shattering ones.
>>34038930I wonder if there are immortal loli teachers that are TOTALLY 900 years old.
>>34038982I think they all are? We haven't seen anyone visibly old in the entire time we've been here from what I can recall.
>>34038982>>34039001True Immortality is impossible because your soul dies even if your body doesn't.
>>34039121Are people their souls or their brainmeats in this setting
>>34038584Fighting teacher. Too sexy.
>>34038584Fighting teacher seems the most human. Magic teacher is 100% soldier, Sensing teach is something in between.
>>34039161They say you haven't lived until you'ved fucked your teachers...
>>34040261No, naughty anon, too lewd!I want it so badly.
>>340402612lood And most of them are probably straight anyway.
>>34040541Eri is probably straight too. Gotta preserve that bloodline.
>>34040593The one thing doesn't really relate to the other.
>>34040593>>34040541I'm not sure they even have the concept of gay/straight. Just gay and straight actions.> Gotta preserve that bloodline.Doesn't say anything on her preferences.I for one am fine if it just stays cute girls doing cute things with a side of chaste girl's love.
>>34040695I don't think Hexer could write lewds even if it wanted to, and it doesn't.
>>34040731>I don't think Hexer could write lewds even if it wanted toWhy?>and it doesn't.Sauce?
>>34040786There has been speculation on Hex's gender, XS called him a girl
>>34040786Didn't you know it is a AI that exists only on the net?
> quest actually updated> oh cool> they want to fuck teachersI swear I leave you guys alone for a few hours...
>>34041098It's not our fault that the teachers are totally hot. Dem witch hiring practices.
Maria is worst girl.
I wonder what Maria would have been like if we had chosen to make her the oldest. She would have been further along in her guard training, maybe even already a member, tall, a few scars here and there, muscle-y, I can see here as the type to always have an easy smile on
>>34043539She would be bitter and jaded and horrible, just like Eriadne is and like Helena would be if she was older.
>>34043579Eri kuudere is best kuudere
>>34037666>[[Rotes can be upgraded. As a rule of thumb, a Witch knows around 10 Rotes in her main field and 5 in one of the two others. It pays to be focused, as upgraded Rotes are often more effective.]]Has anyone given any thought as to what field Maria should focus on?I was thinking Sight would go well with her house/caste, it would mesh well with all the things Maria is suppose to learn anyway according to Hex
>>34045868>Has anyone given any thought as to what field Maria should focus on?Joint focus on Body and Sight would seem to fit our combat and sensing class. We don't need as much Force as the pure caster types.
>>34045868> that listNot a fan of purely magic-based solutions I see.
>>34037666> Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Force>>34038002>Eeep, yea, I should have re-posted that.jesus Hex, stop sabotaging your own votes
>>34051100Hexmouto is such a klutz~
>>34041178>Dem witch hiring practices.The Goddess has great taste.
>>34051100>>34037828Force>>34037715>>34037746>>34037758>>34037789>>34037814>>34037815>>34038189>>34038282Body.>>34037852>>34037872>>34037708SightSTRONK witch is a go.
>>34052168>STRONK witch is a go.Mostly because Hex completely forgot to tell us what we were actually voting for and thus rigged the vote...
>>34052197Is it rigging if it's on accident?
>>34052226Yep, manslaughter is still a crime even though its an accident.
>>34052197Did he ? I was pretty sure he said what the Rotes mean before, I specifically took Body because the idea of Maria using self-enhancin magic sounded interesting.And even if he didn't its pretty self-explanatory what they mean.
>>34052344We've already got Drain in the system, might as well go full Physical Adept route with a bit Futuresense to give us an edge. Helena is party Healer, Evangelyne does the summoning and traps, Eriadne the massive AoE shit. It works.
>>34052344>I was pretty sure he said what the Rotes mean beforeso about 4 months ago then?
>>34052429>so about 4 months ago then?We've run for just over 30 days, anon.
>>34043579> Eriadne> horrible>>34043539Adult guard maria would be like Sora with a politer demeanor and less casual speech.
Yea, my bad, sorry. This won't "lock in" your focus yet. Of course we could re-vote, what's written so far wouldn't much change by that, but on the other hand there's the issue of most that already voted probably not being here anymore.
>>34053026as long as we can learn Force stuff later its all good
>>34053040You already started on one so even IF I were to go shutdowneverything.jpg mode right now it'd be open still.>>34051100>jesus Hex, stop sabotaging your own votesI'LL TRY.
>>34037607>Her eyes have the colour of leaves in late summer, brown and gold with green spots sprinkled throughout.What emotion is this? Blue seems to be concern.
>>34053682Anticipation? Calm welcome? We need to make a log about that. >>34053057Can Dragonbloods change their eyes at will?
>>34053026Why do you always quit when BigBoss comes online?
DON'T MAKE ME GET ON YOUR TWITTER AGAIN, HEX!I'm coming for you!
>>34056211OKAY!! I'LL HURRY.
>>34038418>See no evil is defnitely not something I want the ruling class to believe.It's got a slightly different meaning in Confucianism and the religion/cult of the Dragonbloods, namely "Look at naught what is contrary to good propriety and conduct".http://nothingistic.org/library/confucius/analects/analects20.html
>>34034003>>34034079I hope you're happy.
>>34056838Look at that face. Makes me want to abuse her.
>>34056848Jesus christ, man!You did this, Hexer! Your slowness brings out the worst in Anon!
>>3405683810/10 would headpat
>>34056848Worse than mechanic turbohitler.
>>34053026I figured it wouldn't, but I'm glad you clarified thatAlso, I'm glad, once again, I fell asleep and didn't miss anything
>>34053026If you were as fast as you were amicable and humble we'd be looking at Exa-tier speeds here. Let me hate you already fuck.
>>34056876>>34056881What? Look at that face anons, look at it and tell me you disagree.
>>34056983No, I want to be her loving dragon prince and tell her it'll be okay.
>>34056983No, it feels bad thinking about it.
[X] Learn a Rote from the Sphere of Body[X] Consider practicing together with Eria-- wait, teacher said no talking. But we're talking about the class so it should be okay!Suddenly I remember the paper still in my pocket. Maybe they'll let us practice with that? For a second I panic, thinking I might have lost it, but then my fingers close around it and I sigh in relief. Hm. Though it might not be smart starting with it just yet, what if I hurt someone other than myself? "Eriadne, would you mind practi--" She half-turns to me, eyes a brilliant green and makes a shushing motion. Come on, I was just asking! Though of course it makes sense she wouldn't want to. Oh well. Maybe she'll be less angry later. I bite my lips and decide to distract myself. "Uh..." I raise my hand and one of the helpers, a girl looking like she might have once worked in a bar comes up to me."Hmm, yes? What can I do for ya?" Her tone is incredibly sleepy, and she sways a bit. Well I should probably keep it brief then! "Could… you maybe show me a rote? I'm not very smart so maybe a simple one if that's okay? Maybe Body, if it's not a bother"."Hmm, sure. That's why what we are here for. Shouldn't be doing this so soon again, but s' okay for demonstration I suppose". That sounds dangerous. Though as Pa said, the blade of a hero can only be forged in the fires of danger, so really, that shouldn't worry me.
The girl sits down on the edge of the table and begins by clasping the first two fingers of her right hand with her left, then putting her open palms against each other."Silly me, did you even awaken yet? Sorry, that should have been my first thing to ask". She almost sounds as scatterbrained as me, I didn't think that was possible."Yes, I think? Uh, but only today and it was an accident"."That's… not what happens, normally. Either way".She continues showing me the motions and I discover it's really fun, the pattern of signs and words making me forget almost everyhting around me. "Okay, and now, try how to do it all at once". Oh my, this better work out. She hands me a crayon and I draw a circle on my forehead and both hands as she does the same."I open the wings of my soul and know the world". A small shiver dances up my back and down. She speaks at the same time, shuddering a bit. Did I do that too? Ah, but time ot press on. For some reason this chant is way different than the others."What is and was what shall and may, be one and and now, be goal and path. We seek thy aid and invoke thy decree! Be the herald and the message, fly straight to the target and return to the source! By Rock and Fire, Sky and Ocean, we claim..." A feeling not all too different from when I was healed begins to spread through me."…to all that's been given to us since the..." We both cross our hands before us, "...foundation of the world!", and snap them to the side. A feeling like an exploding vulcano shoots through my entire body, but instead of passing out I suddenly feel… indiscrible. I'm shaking, I'm smiling, I'm feeling more awake and aware then I've ever been before, the room blazing in colours I didn't know existed before.
> Rote Learned: Spark of Life [58/100] (When cast, this spell imparts a moderte amount of vitality and awareness on the user, restoring Toughness and allowing you to shrug off pain. Spark of Life becomes increasinly infeffective the more often it is cast in succession, eventually forcing the Witch to either fall asleep or die as her magical side consumes the physical one."Pretty nice, isn't it?" The aide -I actually don't know her name yet, stupid me- smiles, standing up and looking like she just had a good night's rest."Y-yea, it's ama--" I grin, before feeling the strenght fading, senses returning to normal."--zing. It's gone, why is it gone already?" It's hard to keep the disappointment out of my voice."Oh that? That is normal, many spells and this one especially sort of stop working quickly at first. Don't take this the wrong way, but you probably just didn't focus just right. Don't worry, just practice and you'll be fine".> tbc, please wait warmly
>>34059811>eventually forcing the Witch to either fall asleep or die as her magical side consumes the physical one.Awesome?
>>34059811Oh boy, I'm warmly waiting!
>>34059777>"Eriadne, would you mind practi--" She half-turns to me, eyes a brilliant green and makes a shushing motion.Green is fear? Have we seen green before?
>>34059811Do all the Body Rotes need something drawn on the body?Also not dead, good to see you back Hex
>>34059863>Have we seen green before?>>34037607>Her eyes have the colour of leaves in late summer, brown and gold with green spots sprinkled throughout.Green is anticipation, bright green is fear or irritation.
>>34059849>Awesome?It's magical cocaine. Don't fuck with magical cocaine.
>>34059797Is this spell powered by yourself? How self-sufficient.It's a little weird that you still have to beg for aid from your own is/was/may be.
>>34059998Magical cocaine is our God - and we are the human instrument of its will.
>>34059811>Spark of Life becomes increasinly infeffective the more often it is cast in succession, eventually forcing the Witch to either fall asleep or die as her magical side consumes the physical one.So is this a permanent limit or it on a cooldown of some sort like you have to wait so long between uses for it to not mess with you?That sentence implies many many things and is clear about utterly nothing.
>>34059811Teaching a student a spell that is dangerous to practice in succession is a dick move. Bad teacher assistant. She was only looking out for herself.
>>34060091If you try to stay awake by repeating the spell constantly, you'll die. Sleep and you'll be fine. I think.
>>34059811>tbc, please wait warmlywe always are
>>34060145>Sleep and you'll be fine. I think.Doesn't say anything about that, just cast in succession, and succession means after something, so if you ever cast it again, it fucks you up the more times you cast it.Though its piss poorly worded.
>>34060091>>34059849Sleep it off and you'll be fine. Spark of Life works on the law of diminishing returns. It legitimately makes you more aware etc,it's not good if done too often. >>34059910>Do all the Body Rotes need something drawn on the body?You /can/ cast them without. Doesn't mean you /should/. There is a certain level of, I guess you could call it "translation" needed when affecting things in the material through magical means. Force doesn't -at low levels- require this level of detailed attention and Sight doesn't actively affect things, while Body deals with a massive amount of information and power you need to direct just right.So, in short, you can Rotes in the Sphere of body without Marks, but you'll be missing part of the spell which is not a good thing when working on yourself.
>>34060173>if you ever cast it again, it fucks you up the more times you cast itIf it was that shitty, no one would use it.It seems like a safe assumption that sleep rebalances the magical and the physical sides.
>>34060091It's saying you can't stack the spell with itself, you can't cast it five times in a row to get super sense
>>34060230>While It legitimately makes you more aware etc,it's not good for you if done too often.Aah, can't type.
Wait we're not dead? Hex isn't pulling a CCQ on us?
We have obtained Witch Coffee, the best spell.Now to get Maria unable to wake up in the morning without it.
>>34060344>Now to get Maria unable to wake up in the morning without it.Anon, caffeine dependency is a terrible thing and you should feel bad for trying to get Maria addicted to.
>>34060328No, he hasn't pulled what he did in the last CCQ thread yet.
>>34060375What did he pull in the last CCQ thread?
>>34060173It's not poorly worded, you're just being an idiot. Succession implies one thing following another, ergo the negative effect occurs when you attempt to cast it repeatedly in a short-ish period of time, not whenever you cast it at any point in the future.
>>34060358Coffee tastes good and feels good and I don't regret my dependency at all.Maria is probably a good girl who wakes up all on her own, though.
>>34060414>keep this thread bump I'll update later>3 day later, thread dies>no update
>>34060476you know what tastes better when you haven't had caffeine in your system for years?fucking everything
>>34060477He technically did update later. Just not in the thread.No promise broken.
>>34060477well he finally updated it after it took him 2 months to move everything to Akunnow we just need to wait another 2 months for the next update
>>34060476>Maria is probably a good girl who wakes up all on her own, though.Her Pa seems like a level ten Fighter so she probably never had another choice.
>>34060545Fighters don't learn to be good parents. He gave her a choice and she picked him cause he's best dad.
>>34060545In D&D terms he'd probably be a level six Inquisitor, actually. Though of course not formally in-universe.
>>34060693Pity the magic system in D&D doesn't work like ATOW's. I'd love to play as one of the cast.
strawpoll.me/2318402/It had to be done.
>>34061001Are we talking skill because Evangelyne is obviously the most skilled one currently.
>>34061027She's probably skilled at more than just witching~
>>34061001>1 vote for EriadneMaria pls.
Oi, Hexer, reminder to archive the thread since it's in autosage.
>>34060328No, actually we seem to be getting more posts and longer posts again.
>>34061065>Maria pls.Imagine her seeing this poll and her on top.
>>34061186She'd instantly realize she's on top because she's spent barely any time with anyone else.The others would have a few votes if she had.
>>34061230>She'd instantly realize she's on top because she's spent barely any time with anyone else.She's not that lucid or rational. She's a little girl and would wonder what's so special about her.
>>34060494>this is what alzheimerfags actually believe
>Maria overpractices the spell because scatterbrain aide didn't tell her when to stop>falls asleep>Eri has to carry her up to their room
>>34061450Where are my heart drops fuuu,
We probably only have time for one more update, well at least we had more than two updates this time
Yea nah, I'm not playing catch-up with the 404 train this time. A Tale Of Witches Chapter ten has now concluded, chapter goes up as soon as the thread is done and I'm finished. Thread train is the name of the game.Till then, questions, if you have any.
>>34062805What level rote is Spark of Life?
>>34062805Why has nobody explained what a first awakening is to all the no-doubt horribly confused students?
>>34062805What is Spark of Life powered by? It looks like you're asking yourself to give you energy.