"Welcome to Erquest Online," says the voice coming off of your speakers, professional and feminine, "Please put on your AR-set and we will begin calibrations, please do not remove your AR-set during this process."They've gotten popular these last few years, but this'll be your first time playing a VRMMO, after the whole incident with Bladesong Online and Lost Records, Alternate Reality Sets were banned from the market for further testing. But it looks like some time after you graduated high school, they finally found a compromise to sell safe AR-sets, and the VRMMOs that accompanied them.You weren't particularly keen to jump into a microwave helmet, but your friends Ervin and Lloyd have been pestering for you to join them. Sounds like a new expansion just came out for this Erquest Online game, and they dropped the subscription model for it. Some hundred dollars down the drain for the equipment bundled with the game and the expansion, a long installation, a dozen disclaimers and TOS blocks later, and now the game is almost ready.Well, it seems like a decent enough way to kill time after work. Not like you have much else to do. You can count your friends on two fingers, your small apartment doesn't let you keep any pets other than the spider dangling over your TV, and the only woman you've talked to in months is your boss at the office--even your mother doesn't call you these days.Your computer chair is uncomfortable enough, and your desk is a bit cramped; most days you can handle it but something about the tight visored helmet on your head is making you feel claustrophic. Your neighbours are usually arguing at this time, the couple screaming at each other or screaming at their kid; but you can't hear a sound, and your vision is completely black."Calibration is complete," the voice says, interrupting your thoughts; before the lights come on, taking you out of your world...>CONT
"Welcome to Erquest Online," says the voice once again, now embodied by a woman best described as an angel; dressed in white with matching wings and a golden ring above her head, "I see this is the first time that you've come to our world, would you like to see the intro-"A 'Yes' and a 'No' prompt pop up in front of you, and you tap the negative with your finger before it's even settled. The woman frowns at you before continuing, "Let me help you make your first character then!"Given a moment to think, you realize that the room you're in has changed completely. Rather than the smoke-stained walls of your apartment left behind by the last tenant, the place is white from corner to corner, save for the mirrors lining up each wall--if you'd call those mirrors, you're looking straight at them but half of them show off an image of your back, your sides, and all the other different angles."There're six playable races in the world of Erquest," she says, swinging her clapped hands in front of your face, and then pulling them apart; a floating screen forms between her palms and you look at the image on it, a bunch of pixelated figures and accompanying text. "Take your time," she says, "The Noman race is part of the new expansion, but I heavily recommend Human for beginners!"It seems there's a gender option in addition to race, but Ervin wouldn't let you live it down if you grew a pair of tits, you tap on the blue male icon. Absent-mindedly moving your finger over to one of the boxes, you tap on it...Your vision blurs, and just as quickly it comes back together... but something's different, your hands feel--they look massive. Are they... red? The floor is further away, and it just keeps getting further and further, those hooves aren't yours, are th-Your body hits the floor with a slam, and as you lift your head you can see the reflection in the mirror in front of you, and it's not yours."Would you like to play as a Deman?">What race will you play?
>>34561408Anman.Unless Noman count as vampires, if so then them instead.
>>34561408Elman, unless >>34561448 is right
>>34561408>NomanRevives at 1 HP are worth it.
>>34561448>>34561540They're more Dullahan than vampire.
>>34561557Yes please, Noman all the way.
>>34561540I second Elman.Wings seem good to me.Deman would be my second pick.
>>34561408>ElmanBeing able to fly from the outset seems pretty great, though it might not be so kind to our friends if we're dicking around airborne and leaving them on the ground all the time.Noman would be fine too, and since they're new in the expansion there's bound to be some sweet plot tie-ins it'll give us access to.I assume "per refresh" is going to be handled in meta as being once per thread or something? Or are we going to be cheesing the system by relogging whenever we have downtime?
>>34561557>DullahanYesss, sign me up.
/tg/ just loves going hardmode huh?Dullahan please.
>>34561650I imagine it refers to world refresh. Often once a day in most MMOs, some do them more often.Refers to when quests and rare creatures reset, as well as 'daily' abilities.
Noman, a thousand times Noman.
The angel's screen floats down in front of your face, and you lift the large, heavy hand that you've been given. You click your hand on one of the other races, just eager to get out of the thick frame you've been stuck in. Your vision blurs, and you find yourself lifted up in the air, there's an itching in your back as large, white wings carry you."Oh, are you interested in Elman? It's a fairly popular race, people come here just to experience flight.""How do I get down!?" You yell to the angel."Just stop flapping your wings!" Stop flapping your wings? How in the world would you do that, maybe if you just relax... and that's the floor, meeting your body as your feathers stop buzzing. Alright, maybe you should leave races with extra body parts alone. You get up on your feet, and brush your messied hair away from your face, feeling a bundle of feathers where your ears are meant to be.The Deman are a bit too big, and you imagine the Imman to be to small, it looks like the Anman and the Elman both provide their own difficulties, and really, who wants to play a human in a game like this? You tap on the Noman symbol, and your body changes. A cold wave hits you, and there's a pinch at your neck, your shoulders, and on each thigh. You look at your hands and they seem human enough, though they've lost some of the hue.The room starts to spin, and you go disoriented. Your vision blurs, differently from how it did a moment ago, and when it clears... who's that in front of yo-Oh, it's you.Your head just fell off, you're holding it right now.That certainly just happened didn't it.You toss your head in the air, screaming in shock, you can see your body jumping in confusion as you soar through the air, one of the arms flinging off as it swings too far."Careful there," the angel says, as she catches your head mid-flight, "You need to decide on a class." She floats you over back to your body, and screws your head back on to your neck.>CONT
>>34561937I'm enjoying this immensely, and we're not even out of chargen
The angel hands you another screen before sauntering off. This is your first VRMMO, but you've played a few games before and all the quests line up with what you'd expect. The Striker looks like the typical warrior tank, the Walker seems to be a blend of the more roguish archetypes, the Caster is an offensive mage, and the Warder seems to be somewhere along the lines of a monk or cleric."Every class can tank, do damage, and support, so don't worry too much about what you pick, just have some fun with it." That's what Ervin told you on the phone while you were waiting through the installation. "You'll be able to pick up a professional at level 10, your first class upgrade at 15, and then a sub-class at 30. As long as you don't play a loli catgirl dog-fucker, you'll be fine.""When you're done picking your class, you'll probably want to customize your appearance too." The Angel peeks over your shoulder as you browse your options, in her hand is the arm that you lost a moment ago, she slams it into your shoulder-slot, a little painfully in-fact, before spreading her index and middle finger to pull forth another screen. There seems to be a mess of customization options on it, but a little tweaking on one of the pre-sets is good enough. It seems they're set to sub-races with a few little descriptions, but no mechanical bonuses.>Pick a class>Pick an sub-race...>...White One, thin but almost human-like.>...Grey One, large with dry skin and bony features>...Black one, lanky with long clawed fingers and glowing eyes
>>34562111Votin Grey, anything but headless warrior striking fear in the hearts of men is a false path.
>>34562111Warder, white one.I guess we won't be looking like >>34561596 >>34561719 or >>34561924
>>34562142oops meant Grey Warder
>>34562111>CasterFlying long range DPS sounds fun.>Black one
>>34562150Mostly you won't look like one due to lack of a vagina, but otherwise you could just be one of those but with large black eyes.
>>34562111>...White One, thin but almost human-like.Warder
>>34561395I'd like to say I expected it, but nope, did not think this was you.>>34562111>CasterI don't want to pick jack of all trades anymore, and I'd like to see what magical items are like, if we can enchant them.>Grey
>>34562111>CasterI liked necromancer in diablo.>Grey one.
>>34562171Please be less gender neutral in future chargens, otherwise people will expect to be different from what you have in mind.
>>34562111>>...Grey One, large with dry skin and bony features>Warder
>>34562111>...White One, thin but almost human-like.Warder.
>>34562204>only woman you've talked to in months is a coworker>not being a clear label as male
>>34562111>Caster and White one
>>34561937>>34562111>WarderUses our racial MAG slightly for support skills, still lets us do combat things. Alternating between support skills/combat skills probably means really interesting skill rotations.Indifferent on subrace except for not-Black. Clawed fingers would be really hard to get used to for mundane tasks.>>34562204>It seems there's a gender option in addition to race, but Ervin wouldn't let you live it down if you grew a pair of tits, you tap on the blue male icon. Absent-mindedly moving your finger over to one of the boxes, you tap on it...
>all these people not wanting to look like Sion
Closing, counting, writing, being disappointed at my own inability to discern samefags.>>34562162My apologies that I didn't make things clear enough, you're a Noman, not an Elman.>>34562184It wouldn't have been an awful guess, I think I've mentioned once or twice that I was waiting for Arcadian.>>34562204There's a little line on how male was selected but you're right, I did keep things pretty vague. I usually dislike chargen so I'm not too used to it, but it seems like an MMO quest deserved one.
>>34562288If I wanted to self insert as an ugly bastard I have my own life to live.
>>34562267You ain't a bad guy, namefag.
>>34562111>Walker>White OnePart of the appeal of being headless is appearing to be normal, until you throw your head to someone like you would a basketball.
>>34562332Why would you want to keep your head attached when we can instead keep it in a box with eyeholes or hire a halfling on stilts to carry it around and turn this into a 3rd person game.
>>34562332>Part of the appeal of being headless is appearing to be normal, until you throw your head to someone like you would a basketball.It looks like it isn't just the head, based on >there's a pinch at your neck, your shoulders, and on each thighThere's bound to be a dungeon that involves a Noman party member being able to detach an arm and navigate it over to pull a lever.
When do we choose to be a gril
>>34562476Never, read the thread.
>>34562476We don't, try to read.
>>34562332Being able to throw your head at somebody does sound nice for the scare factor, but you'd also be giving them direct access to your head. It's kind of an important part of your body.
>>34562483>>34562494But I have read the thread.
>>34562566>It seems there's a gender option in addition to race, but Ervin wouldn't let you live it down if you grew a pair of tits, you tap on the blue male icon. Absent-mindedly moving your finger over to one of the boxes, you tap on it...
You click on the warder icon, and the plain clothes on your body pixelate into blocks of colour before settling back into a new form. Baggy pants and a sleeveless shirt with a narrow, but awfully low cut."Oooooh, a Noman Warder? That's an odd combination, you might be the first that I've seen." The Angel claps her hands together, hovering around you excitedly.Using the mirrors on the walls and the customization screen, you make yourself a suitable image, familiar but different from yourself, hair that's a little more fuller and a fair bit more longer, arms about as muscular as the options will let you take them, and a face that's just a little more handsome than your own... if not for the abyssal black eyes associated with the Noman race."Now, your name, sir?""Aster," you answer, going with the name you typically use in games. A block of letters float up in front of you, waiting as you tap in each letter."Fantastic, now then, you're good to go!" A block of pixels forms beside the angel, and then into a lever. She pulls on it, and the floor beneath you... crumbles. "Welcome to Elquest Online, I hope you enjoy your stay," she says as you plummet through the sky.........you come back to, how long were you out? You don't feel like much time has passed, but haven't had an easy time keeping track of it since you arrived in that white room.The world around you is different, wide grassy fields and clear blue skies; the air is fresh and you can hear the chirping of birds, and the chatter of people. Virtual reality is right, this place feels more real already than your day to day life.Come to think of it, you must've fallen miles, you can't see... whatever it was you were trapped inside of any more. You don't feel any pain though, really your whole body is a little numb. You pull yourself onto your feet and..."A new quester I see," the gentle voice of an older fellow calls out to you.>CONT
>>34562615Oh fuck off. It's better this way.
>>34562615Other quest threads just start you off with a male or female character anyways. This isn't really different.
>>34562613Elquest or Erquest?
>>34562615> Not turning it into /tg/'s magical realm.
>>34562658Obviously it was just localized badly from Japanese.It was written as Elquest in the Deman racial description also.
You turn and your eyes settle on him, he's got tanned skin unbefitting of the mess of white hair on his chin. "I'm Father Gogregio, welcome to the Church of Beginnings. Take it slowly, it's usually a bit disorienting for new questers to get used to the AR-set.""Have you been playing long?" You ask him."Something like that, just focus on me."You squint your eyes at Gogregio, and a gleaming crystal forms over his head, floating up and down. Above it, a green-tinted box displaying his ID as 'Father Gogregio' and other symbols and numbers you hardly understand."I'm an Artificial Intelligence Player Character," he says, "I'll spare you the details, I have a feeling you can figure it out on your own.""So you'll answer my questions?""That's what I'm designed for." He gives you a chuckle, crossing the arms of his thick brown robes."Where's Granrose?" Ervin told you that he and Lloyd would be waiting at the gates there, the first capital of Erquest."Just head down that road you landed on, and you'll find yourself there shortly."Let's see if there's anything else you need to ask about...>Ask questions...>You should go meet Ervin and Lloyd>Write-InWrite-ins are heavily encouraged in all situations.>>34562658Erquest, I am a fuck.
>>34562760>Do you have looping dialogue trees?>You should go meet Ervin and Lloyd>Practice carrying head while walking straight->juggling head while walking straight
Punch ourself in the balls.
>>34562878I uh... I mean... Why not?
>Practice carrying head while walking straight->juggling head while walking straight
>>34562760Ask Father Gogregio what's going on in the world. What's the current political climate? What factions are vying for control? And how the hell do we bring up the map UI? Also, let's give this whole "Virtual Reality" thing a good trial. >>34562878This seems like a good way to test it.
>>34562760Are all AIs as self aware as you are? Where can I get some training on my class and abilities? How dangerous is it to travel around here?
>>34562760Start heading towards Ervin and Lloyd, check skill tree and inventory and see if we can get an area map on the way.
>>34562760>Ask questionsDoes he have any other roles aside from just answering our questions? Beginners' quests that we can grab or anything like that.Are there any surprises we should expect on the road there? Wouldn't do to get beaten up by a couple random wolves or slimes or whatever starting-area mob because we don't have our VR-legs yet.>>34562968Asking about how to get the map open is a good idea, though.Other than that>You should go meet Ervin and LloydWe can ask them about the other basics. Inventories and stat/skill screens and all of that.>>34562878This is pretty stupid, but it's a frighteningly plausible kind of stupid.
practice carrying our head around
"So... how do you talk, do you have dialogue trees?" You're a little curious about how intelligent this artificial intelligence is."In the same way you do I'd wager, I have a personality and basic knowledge built into me to serve this role, but most of what's in here," he says, tapping on his bald skull, "is years of experience.""Are all NPCs in this game like that?""For the most part, but don't think too much about it, I had a fellow come to me once to confess that he couldn't play the game any more because it was murder." Gogregio shakes his head. "What a douche.""Are you really allowed to say something like that?""I'm not a real priest, just a program. Don't worry about it.""So what about the world, if you can all think then is there a political climate?""Wow, bet you're a tabletop gamer with questions like that." Is he making fun of you? "There're five major cities scattered across Erquest, the human settlement of Granrose in the middle, and then at each corner one of the other five original races owns one. Other than this, there're some dozen settlement spots around the land.""Spots?""Players in Erquest can purchase land with enough gold, so large guilds will often buy plots to set up their own towns in. Because there're only so many slots, you'll find the guilds often spend time fighting each other.""Alright, so how do I get some training.""Blink twice and you'll open your menu," he instructs you. Following his command, a large wheel of icons opens up in your sight. As your eyes dart from icon to icon, the one you focus on grows. "Just stare at one for long enough and it'll open up, you'll want to look at your map first."You find the icon that resembles a map, and the little sphere widens into a flat and slides into your peripheral. It seems Granrose is just where he said it'd be, and there're countless other markers as well."Your eyes and your finger tips will let you manage all your information in this game.">CONT
>>34563191....shit, that's a pretty good char sheet.
I have a feeling that the menu being opened by blinking twice will cause it to pop up inadvertently a few times.
>>34563265There was never a character sheet I wanted to have sex with. Until now.
>>34563191Well first things first, let's ditch that staff for a nice melee weapon, maybe something long and curved, or something blunt and clericy
You scroll through other menus, it seems that other than the racial skill you have some kind of attack ability called [Balanced Strike], apparently it adds some bonus to your damage when you use it but you lose balance... whatever that means."There're some slimes on the road to Granrose, I'll give you a quest to hunt down some of them that you can turn in at the church in the next city. Any time you're at a church, you can set it as your respawn point." The father flicks his finger at you, pulling up a prompt to take his quest [First Hunt], you accept it without thinking. "You don't have to finish it, but it's a good way to start out if you're passing by any ways. Careful there, I've seen more than a few men panic the first time they take damage."Damage huh, you should probably see how pain plays out in this world. You lift your fist up... and you slam it down against yourself. The pain creeps up on you quickly, your vision flashes red for a moment as you take the hit."What in the hells are you doing!?" The father looks at you shocked, as you crumple into the ground."Testing... the game." You manage to squeeze out a few words, and give Gogregio a thumbs up. It's certainly not as painful as it would be in real life but... you still punched yourself in the-"You rolled a Warder! Your fists are like iron!""I'm... okay." Don't cry Aster, don't cry. You get up again, doing your best to look tough."W-well, the slimes certainly won't do as much damage as you did to yourself just now..." Gogregio makes a difficult smile at you, and waves you off...You're juggling your head as you walk down the path, or trying to at least, you end up dropping yourself more often than not, but the faster you get used to this body the better. It actually wasn't too difficult to get used to walking with your head in your arms as long as you faced straight forward, but you're finding it difficult to do more while your head is in motion.>CONT
>>34563318I say we ditch it for something more punchy.
>>34563292I assume it require blinking twice in rapid succession.>>34563372Brass knuckles?
That's when you see them, five blue blobs bouncing around the meadows beside the path. They're minding their own business, licking the glass with long tongues and poking around with googly eyes... but you do have a quest to complete, and five is exactly the number you need to kill.There should be enough space to engage on them one at a time, but they look weak enough, maybe you could just fight all of them.What's the worst that could happen?>Pull a slime and fight it>Aggro the entire group>Keep walking>Write-In
>>34563318>long and curved
>>34563372but we might need it for some skillsmaybe we can get a more battle oriented staff thats kind of like a spear or naginata
>>34563318 I like the idea of a Voulge.
>>34563404>Pull a slime and fight itno need to get cocky
>>34563417We won't most likely won't need it if we go Brawler later on, so we can keep it until then.>>34563404>Pull a slime and fight itLet's not get in over our heads just quite yet, it would suck to blow our passive because we ended up getting cocky.
>>34563404Let's just safely put the head on a rock, where it's nice and safe, and can watch the fight. Then we run in there, and then run in there, and get punching like it's Diablo. This VRMMORPG is now a VRMMO Action RPG
>>34563404>Pull a slime and fight it
>>34563404>Pull a slime and fight itEspecialy since we just hit ourself for who knows how much and probably didn't heal it up yet.
I'm changing this >>34563466 to this >>34563460But use our weapon.
Pull one slime and fight it by itself. Watch how low it manages to get your health before you kill it, then watch to see how fast your health regenerates outside of combat in this game. If the slime fails to get you below 20% you should be safe to pull at least two.
>>34563404>Pull a slime and fight itBetter then getting punched in the balls!
>>34563430I'd rather a glaive-guisarme.
>>34563404I'll support >>34563460but I wanna see if we can pick one up and pet/tame it.
>>34563404>Pull a slime and fight itGet a handle on it the easy way at first, then go deal with the remaining four if it seems really easy to kite them around.We don't have any AoE abilities anyway, so it's not like we gain anything substantial from fighting them all at once.>>34563460>>34563485This seems a little too goofy, and if another slime comes by and notices our head we'd be dead meat.>>34563489>watch to see how fast your health regenerates outside of combat in this gameWe can just check that now since we injured ourselves back at the Church.
Anyone else want stats on our fists in comparison to the staff?
>>34563534>This seems a little too goofyAs a Dullahan the chance or our head getting knocked off in a fight is pretty high. We should practice fighting without a head on something easy.
Punch ourselves in the balls again.
>>34563563If it comes to that, I'd rather experiment with actual staff fighting first: blunt damage, reach, versatility, and leverage
>>34563511>all these long handled weaponsgoddamnit /tg/ stop touching yourself over the idea of spear variants like in every other melee weapon discussion
>>34563318We're a monk aren't we?The obvious course of action is kicking the shit out of everything.
>>34563611This is an MMO quest. We could be argueing about far worse things.
>>34563640like fucking the slimes?
>>34563660That's on the lower end of the list, yes.
My computer disagreed with me. Hold on a second while I get it up again
>>34563660I'm sure someone has already tried it.
>>34563671Please, this is /tg/! That barely counts as mid range low!
>>34563679The curse. The cuuuuuuurse.
>>34563620It seems like it's Monk/Cleric.That said, trying to pick a specialization right off the bat seems like a bad idea. We don't even know what our skills/class progression looks like, or what benefits picking Staves over Polearms or Swords over Blunt gives you in-game.
So this is an MMO. I'd assume we're playing it with some kind of computer. Can we alt+tab to the game's wiki and research shit?
>>34563811There's more than enough time to test.>>34563776Thank you for reminding me of this guy.
It looks like your health regenerates quickly enough outside of combat, it's back to full in the time it took for you to get here from the Church of Beginnings. You pick out one of the slimes further from the pack, and set your head down on a rock. It's probably not to your advantage to fight detached like this, but sooner or later you'll run into a situation where you're beheaded and you'll need to be prepared to fight like that.Even though you're not prepared to fight normally yet.Your body rushes forward at the slime you targeted, marked with a crystal and a name box. A faint green health-bar sits between them, and you swing your leg at the slime in an effort to knock it down... only to miss by a mile, turns out it's pretty difficult controlling your body from a distance."The Noman race was designed for veteran players who want a challenge, I don't recommend starting as one." You remember Ervin's words. "By the way, Warders are probably the most difficult class to play. You should probably just roll a Human Striker and make a new character once you're used to things." That fucker, why didn't he pop into your head again sooner?The slime stares at your body with its googly eyes, and its tongue lurks out, licking your boots. Battle begins, turning the slime's grey bar red. A box with your name appears at the top of your vision, and your health bar inches down just the tiniest bit from his 'attack'. Its would-be cheeks puff up as it takes in the taste of leather, and in a sudden fury, it lunges fiercely at your arm.Okay, not a good start but you can work with this.>You are currently [Balanced]>Combat is done by rolling 3 sets of 3d20s.>[LIGHT] Punch the slime, you'll have an easier time hitting it like this.>[HEAVY] Smash the slime with your staff, let's see how this thing handles.>[GUARD] Deflect the slime with your staff and kick it back.>Write-In
Light attack first
Rolled 8, 12, 10 = 30 (3d20)>>34563859>[LIGHT] Punch the slime, you'll have an easier time hitting it like this.ROLAEN
>>34563859>[HEAVY] Smash the slime with your staff, let's see how this thing handles.
Rolled 5, 13, 6 = 24 (3d20)>>34563859Yeaaaaah, shut up Ervin. We'll show you.>[LIGHT] Punch the slime, you'll have an easier time hitting it like this.Tactile feedback is probably going to help us stay on target if we're really going to try and fight disembodied.
>>34563859>[LIGHT] Punch the slime, you'll have an easier time hitting it like this.
>>34563859Discretion is not the better part of ValourHeavy attack that small unassuming blob like Tiger Woods strikes a golf ball
My computer is bamboozling me, it's been dying for months but it decided to sit down and behave for the last two weeks, only to start crashing after I started running. Also 4chan connection errors I guess.
Rolled 1, 11, 12 = 24 (3d20)>>34563859>[LIGHT] Punch the slime, you'll have an easier time hitting it like this.Brawling is the best method of combat anyways, weapons are for pussies.
Rolled 16, 13, 15 = 44 (3d20)>>34563859>[LIGHT] Punch the slime, you'll have an easier time hitting it like this.ROLAEN
The quarterstaff in your hand seems a decent enough weapon, but right now you're more worried about hitting the slime at all than killing it. You slide the staff over your shoulder and it sticks itself onto your back, reeling back swiftly, you swing your fist forward and slam it against the slime's face. It feels like your hand is meeting gelatin, the slime probably feels like its face is meeting a truck. It flies back onto the floor, bouncing off of the ground.More than half of its health is gone with that one hit it seems. You can't really make out the expression of the critter at the angle where your eyes sit, but you can see its body forming an odd shape. The sides pull together and the slime becomes a cube, slowing making small hops towards your body.>You can activate skills such as [Balanced Strike] regardless of whether you're performing a [LIGHT], [HEAVY], or [GUARD] action, but certain skills only activate under special conditions. Warders begin combat at a [Balance], and lose it or gain it by using skills. When too much [Balance] is lost, they become [Staggered] and can't active combat skills. When they have too much [Balance], they become [Still] and can't activate support abilities. When a Warder spends a round without using any skills, they move back towards [Balanced].>[LIGHT] Slap the approaching slime, a wide-armed approach will probably be safest.>[HEAVY] Smash the hopping slime into the ground with [Balanced Strike].>[GUARD] Wait and watch the slime come close and stomp on it.>Write-In
Rolled 11, 14, 4 = 29 (3d20)>>34563859>[LIGHT] Punch the slime, you'll have an easier time hitting it like this.Can we get a scythe?
>>34563983>heavydees connection errors doe
Rolled 18, 16, 1 = 35 (3d20)>>34563983>>[LIGHT] Slap the approaching slime, a wide-armed approach will probably be safest.How about we try out Balanced Strike then
Rolled 4, 6, 2 = 12 (3d20)>>34563983>[HEAVY] Smash the fucker with Balnced Strike
Apparently the original post box works. Let's test this out.
>>34563983>[HEAVY] Smash the hopping slime into the ground with [Balanced Strike].Slime has entered its final form. Giving itself more structure (cubic rather than amorphous) makes me think it might have slightly higher defense now, and stomping on polyhedra is never a good habit to get into.
Rolled 1, 16, 8 = 25 (3d20)>>34563983>[LIGHT] Slap the approaching slime, a wide-armed approach will probably be safest.I'll back >>34564018We may as well Balanced Strike anyways if it can be used with anything.
>>34563983>[PARRY] Deflect the slime with your staff, and get used to using it while tiring the slime out.4chan's screwing up on me.>>34564043good to know.
>>34563983>>[LIGHT] Slap the approaching slime, a wide-armed approach will probably be safest.
Rolled 14, 4, 6 = 24 (3d20)So how do we know how balanced we are?>>34563983>a wide-armed approach will probably be safest.Never the safest. You open yourself up too much on the windup. Not to mention it's a huge tell.>[LIGHT] Punch it again, but this time with feeling.It's almost dead anyway.>>34563991pic related
>>34564080Come on, we could mount our head on the end of the pole part!
>>34563991I would rather not
Rolled 3, 16, 13 = 32 (3d20)>>34563983>[LIGHT] Slap the approaching slime, a wide-armed approach will probably be safest.By the way, do we have any other undead properties?
>>34564179Swinging your own skull around willingly atop a weapon seems like a great way to get dizzy and/or stabbed in the face.
You menu opens up with two blinks, and a hard look at the little magic book icon opens up your skill list. You'd rather not find out how [Re-Dead] works, and try to figure out how to use [Balanced Strike].The slime leaps at your chest, and you only barely avoid it thanks to a sudden burst of speed. A direct hit there probably would've knocked some wind out of you. You play a careful game of keep away, swatting at it and avoiding its attempts to stomp down on your foot."How in the world do I use Balanced Strike?" You yell out, frustrated at the unintuitive design... and that's when you feel it, your right hand pulls together and hardens, somehow you know it'll only last the second, but you move fast to make it count. With the slime coming in once again, you make a swift chop at it with your hand, meeting the gooey texture and tearing straight through it side-ways.The two halves of it are sent flying behind your body, bursting into pixels and dropping tiny coins that bounce towards your body, and jumping into your pockets...You can feel your body a little dizzied after the attack, the [Balanced Strike] icon is mostly greyed out, just a little pizza-slice shape of it still in coloured and slowly growing. It looks like there's some short cool down on the ability...You clean up the rest of the slimes one by one, testing out your fists, your quarterstaff, and learning how to control your body. You probably can't do anything too complicated yet, but you're not missing half of your swings and that's pretty good. Your health bar is a little below half after the last fight, but it'll just be minutes before it's filled itself up again as you've come to find resting between fights."Nice work there, Aster." A pair of violet hands drops in front of your eyes, accompanied by a sultry female voice and the soft press of something on the back of your detached head.>CONT
When can we make our head able to move independently from our body?I want to move our head independently from our body.
>>34564329Something less likely to terrify the locals, perhaps?
I wonder if we can trade arms with other Nomans, that be funny
"What's going on? What is this!?" Is this a player killer!? Are you being player killed!?"Relaaax, open-world isn't toggled until level 15." The woman gets off of you, turning your head around so you can face her. She's tall, an easy seven-feet minimum. Violet skin and similarly coloured dark hair, long and even with flat bangs. Her eyes are golden, a red dress clings to her body, barely holding in her breasts."Uuuh...""Like them? I set the slider to max." She does a twirl, showing you her ample rear as well. When she stops, she lifts up the side of her dress to show you her legs...Is this a player molester!? Are you being player molested!?"You were taking forever and Ervin couldn't call you, so I thought I'd see if I could find you. You always use the same name so it was easy... hey buddy, could you stop ogling my tits?""I wasn't!" You insist, an innocent man just trying to figure out who you're talking to. Her name displays as 'Lluthiana'."Oh reeeeeeeeeally?" She leans in forward, thrusting her chest in your face, her finger tugging on the top cut of it. "Reeeeeeeeally? I was thinking if you were, I could give you a..." She whispers into your ear, you can almost feel her thick lips. "...closer look.">You were definitely staring at her>You were definitely not staring at her>Write-in
>>34564346This introduces whole new levels of fetishes
>>34564382>>You were definitely not staring at herGet your tits outta my face
>>34564256>"How in the world do I use Balanced Strike?" You yell out, frustrated at the unintuitive design... and that's when you feel itMaybe we've gotta shout out our attack names like a chinese cartoon protaganist.>>34564304Take it easy.>>34564382>You were taking forever and Ervin couldn't call you, so I thought I'd see if I could find you. You always use the same name so it was easy.>Write-in"I swear to god, Lloyd."
>>34564382>Attempt to retrieve head, grope accidentally.
>>34564382>Write in"Lloyd, cut that shit out, if I wanted to stare at breasts I would do it when I knew they didn't belong to a guy."
>>34564382>You were definitely not staring at herStranger danger and all that.Also fuck Ervin for not telling us Lloyd was playing a girl, we totally could have been a qt3.14 Dullahan if he had mentioned that.
>>34564382>Is this a player molester!? Are you being player molested!?haha>writeinWow Lloyd, I didn't know you liked to roleplay as giant women. That's not weird or anything.
>>34564382>You were definitely not staring at herLloyd, I am not staring at your tits, and, dude, you've got issues!
>>34564346Could female Nomans swap out tits?Whole new meaning to bolt-ons.
Rolled 7 (1d12)>>34564382Lloyd you sick fuck, of course I was looking at your tits. Lets see them so we can get this out of the way
>>34564382>Write-in"This is DEFINITELY creeping me out."
>>34564382If we wanted to optimize for maximum pasta before the novelty of our pal playing a huge purple amazon wears off, we'd end up yelling at him to give us head-- OUR HEAD. GIVE US OUR HEAD.
>>34564516>end up yelling at him to give us head-- OUR HEAD. GIVE US OUR HEAD.Oh fuck, that's beautiful
>>34564516>>34564543>>34564594I don't get it
>>34564617How do you not know head is slang for oral sex?
>>34564656>>34564659Oh, I just missed the lack of the first "our"
>>34564382Too late to post, buuuut..."You might beat me here, but if you don't give me my head back by the count of three I'll bust your nuts in at school. Don't make this weird, dude."
>>34564702>In schoolYou mean at work right? We're all salarymen here
>>34564382>Write-in"Fuck off Loyd"
>>34564732Ah, right. At work.
>>34564702>>34564732This, at work.
"I swear to god Lloyd, cut that shit out. There is something wrong with you if you think I' going to stare at your tits.""Aww, you're not fun man." Lloyd, or Lluthiana as the case may be backs off from you and shrugs his... her shoulders. "Well, better than Ervin's reaction at least.""What'd he say when he saw you?""Nothing, he just shook his head at me.""It is pretty creepy Lloyd." You can never admit to either of them that you were an inch away from playing a female Dullahan, no one can ever know your secret."Don't put on airs bud, we've seen your secret folders. And call me Lluthiana in game, I have an image." What image? What possible image could Lloyd have roleplaying as a giant woman?"Just help me with the head." It's awfully difficult to navigate your body when you're not looking at it. You can walk just fine, but you have no idea where you're going without sight."W-well, I g-guess we are friends... just once, and we never mention this to Ervin." Lluthiana kneels down, closing her eyes, she opens her mouth and sticks her tongue out."I hate you so much right now Lloyd.""Lluthiana." She stands back up, chuckling in a masculine way despite her clearly female voice, and picks up your head. You have to resist the urge to make the situation any more awkward, knowing that Lloyd has never lost a game of chicken in his life. He--or she, plops your head back onto your body..."So what class did you go with... Lluthiana?" It'll be awhile before you're used to treating this guy, as a girl."Caster, then Sorcerer," she says, "I'm going to become an Enchanter soon..." Her eyes shift to yours. "They get a lot of control spells.""You and your creepy fetishes.""A man should have a right to pretend to be a woman who acts like a man." Lluthiana sticks her chest out proudly, you catch a few random players staring at her as you arrive at the Granrose gate...>CONT
>>34564784How do you even say Lluthiana? Is it just like Luciano, but with a lisp and an A at the end?
>>34564784>mfw Lloyd is one of the most notorious ERPers in the game.
>>34564870Shit man, don't say my name, it's pretty weird.
>>34564889Your face indicates that you had no reaction.Is this true?
>>34564931 It's Lloyd. No one is surprised anymore.
"Oh, you found him." Ervin's voice is calm and deep, you don't need to scan him to know it's him, his character looks identical to himself."He got caught up fighting some slimes, I thought about helping him but he looked adorable shaking his stick at them.""I swear to god..." Ervin smacks a heavily armoured palm against his face, his whole body is worn in white plate. He was always the most handsome of you three, neat blonde hair and those blue eyes the girls go crazy for. Shame about that personality. "You went with Aster again huh? I'll add you to my friends list."It looks like Ervin went with Ervin as his name. You're not sure if he's narcissistic or uncreative. Probably both. After a few seconds of waiting, prompts from Ervin and Lluthiana pop up in front of your face, you tap your finger to confirm each of them as friends."Huh, you two are in different guilds?" You notice now that the little guild tag under Ervin's name reads "Silver Crusade", and Lluthiana's "Redmane Troupe"."Ervin's a boring asshole and joined a raiding guild.""Lloyd... Lluthiana decided to play with the Red-District Troupe.""It's not an ERP guild.""But you do ERP."Lluthiana shrugs her shoulders, sticking a tongue out. "Don't judge me until you've experienced being a woman, with other women.""So uuuh... what do I do now?" It always gets a little hectic when you're with these two."You killed the slimes for a quest right? How about you turn that in?" Ervin suggests.Opening your map, you see the turn-in marker at the cathedral in the centre of Granrose. It looks like a bit of a walk, the cities in this game must be massive."Want us to show you there? Or should we let you explore on your own? Now that we have each other as friends, we can communicate from anywhere," Lluthiana tells you.>Go with Lluthiana>Go with Ervin>Go with both>Go alone>Do something else...?
>>34564908Luciano.Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano. Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.Luciano.
Rolled 11 (1d12)>>34564987Go with Ervin
>>34564987>>Go with bothUnless they have other things to do
>>34564889I will never understand the people who go to MMOs for sexual roleplaying. Is it just to have something to do when you're in the middle of grinding (uhuhuhuh)? That and whoring for gold are the only reasons I can think of that you would do it in-game instead of just making a profile of that particular race on another site, unless you're worried people won't want to play with you because you're from some pre-established setting. Who am I kidding though, these are VR headsets we're talking about here. Cybersex is probably way more literal.
>>34564987>>Go with Ervin>>34564889Good call
>>34565022Seconded. I hate try hards, but I hate ERPers more. Let's go for the guy who thinks he's fucking Shiroe.
>>34564999no stp pls ill dy
>>34564987>Go aloneErvin will suck the fun out of everything and Lloyd will probably """""subtly""""" insinuate that our gear would suck less if we whored ourselves out.
>>34564987So Lluthiana/Loyd is a demon, what race is Ervin? Human?
>>34565109I wouldn't mind doing that actually, doesn't seem like that bad of an idea
>>34564987>Go aloneDoesn't seem like we're best bros with either of them from what's been told.
>>34564987"Ya know Lloyd, it's nothing to be ashamed of. I ERPed myself...when I was, like, 13.
>>34564987>Go with bothBro it up.
"I guess I'll take him there then," says Ervin, glancing over to you."Alright, send me a message if you need me." Lluthiana waves off the two of you, making half-way between a girlish skip and a clopping gallop on her hooves."What'd you roll any ways?" You ask Ervin, though you have a general guess."Human Crusader," he answers, leading the way...The city of Granrose is quite a sight to behold, you can't keep your eyes anywhere for long without your marker high-lighting some player or some object. At this size, and with all these players walking around, it really feels like you're in another world. Up until now you'd just been going through the systems, but when even the smell of baked goods is simulated, wafting through the air, it's hard not to get pulled into things...Unless you're Ervin, because Ervin has a stick so far up his ass that he draws his weapon out from his throat before entering battle. He hasn't said much of anything since you two started walking, which in retrospect is exactly how you remember him through elementary, high school, and college."So why did you go human? Luck doesn't seem like a great stat and... it sounds kind of boring.""Divine Providence gives me bonuses in raids against hazard events and the grind to max level is faster with it." What in the world did he just say?"Is max level such a big deal?""The game starts at max level." He glances over his shoulder back to you."Do you know why you can't get a date Ervin?""Why?""It's because you're a dick.""Hm..." Yeah, it's your usual exchange with Ervin. It's nice to know he hasn't changed at all...The Granrose church, or more accurately, The Granrose Cathedral stands before you now. Intricate waterworks built into a beautiful architecture of marble walls and obsidian statues greet your eyes, and two green-label NPC knights salute you as you pass through the entrance.>CONT
>>34565402I'm a little surprised Ervin hsn't got on our case for picking the race/class that he specificaly said were difficult for beginners.
>>34565501Ervin knows that we're just that fucking badass.
You spot a man with the quest marker floating above his head standing not too far from yourself, looks like this 'Father Gogrego' is just one of the attending priests here. He looks nearly identical to the Gogregio you met earlier."Hello son..." A lot less energetic than his peer, he greets you in a rackety voice while Ervin waits by the door."I'm here to turn in my quest," you tell him, clicking on the turn-in prompt that crops up before you. Oh, was there a reward? Seems you have a choice between...>Beginner's Sword>Beginner's ClubThe equipment doesn't look any better than your quarterstaff, but they're options at least."Ah yes, my brother Gogregio must've sent you." Do NPCs have siblings? "Now let's see, looks like you slew five of the wretched things... there we go."You turn in the quest and collect your prize, when a bright light engulfs you."Oh, leveled up huh?" Ervin raises a brow watching you. "Only level two? Did you just not do any of the starting quests?""Hey asshole, I rushed to meet you," you say back to him.You open up your menu and browse over your options, it seems you can increase one of your stats by one, and you have a new skill.>What stat will you increase?>What skill will you take...>...Healing Palm - Gain [Balance] and an ally you touch is healed a small amount.>...Wolf Fang - When you begin combat with an attack, you may lose [Balance] to gain a bonus to your [Hit] and [Attack].>...Stone Wall - When you perform a [Guard] action, gain [Balance] and a +1 to your [Defense] for the turn.
>>34565574>Stone WallWe invincibro nao
>>34565574>>...Healing PalmWe need a way to bring balance up, and this helps in a party setting.
>>34565574>...Wolf Fang - When you begin combat with an attack, you may lose [Balance] to gain a bonus to your [Hit] and [Attack].SpeedSword
>>34565574>Stone Wall - When you perform a [Guard] action, gain [Balance] and a +1 to your [Defense] for the turn.
>>34565574>>...Healing Palm - Gain [Balance] and an ally you touch is healed a small amount.>Beginner's ClubLet's go with these
>>34565574>Beginner's Sword>What stat will you increase?SPD>...Wolf Fang - When you begin combat with an attack, you may lose [Balance] to gain a bonus to your [Hit] and [Attack].
>>34565574>What stat will you increase?Speed, gotta be versatile>What skill will you take...Healing Palm, gotta be melee DPS with a small amount of healing abilities.
>>34565609Oh, and uh... Speed. As well as the club.
>>34565655Also take a sword, never know when we need to cut things.
>>34565574>>...Healing Palm - Gain [Balance] and an ally you touch is healed a small amount.
>>34565687You realize that we need a way to increase balance, seein as that mechanic seems important to this class.
>>34565574>Beginner's SwordDon't really need another source of blunt damage, and low level swords that are an upgrade are probably widely available since every class can use them.>Speed>Healing PalmShould have at least one way to gain balance before taking more skills that lose it, and this is especially excellent if we can use it out of combat to overload on Balance and start out Still so we can spam Balanced Strike to make farming early levels quicker.
>>34565710>Beginner's Sword>Speed>Stone Wall>>34565710We should have a way to bring balance up that doesn't require a party. Having a party is nice but we should have the option to go solo.
>>34565574>Sword>SPD>...Wolf Fang - When you begin combat with an attack, you may lose [Balance] to gain a bonus to your [Hit] and [Attack].Taking Healing Palm right now doesn't seem like the best decision and as long as we don't use things that make use of balance every turn we shouldn't run into issues with it for the time being because of>When a Warder spends a round without using any skills, they move back towards [Balanced].
>>34565838Stone Wall depends on being in combat and guarding, though. Healing Palm's balance gain also functions independently of its healing.
>>34565890No it doesnt
>>34565928Referring to which of those statements?
>>34565838I will say that Healing Palm is a lot worse if you can't self-target, which I figured it could even in spite of it saying "ally".If you can't, party with another Noman Warden, trade arms with them and agree to cast Healing Palm on each other with the arms you traded every time it's off cooldown.
>>34566015The angel said that we were the first Noman Warden she'd seen, though.
>>34566032If we don't have an Odysseus pun at some point, I'll be disappointed.
>>34566061I do not get.
>>34566015There's another fairly big issue you're missing with the theoretical benefits of Healing Palm, that being that we don't know if we can carry Balance between fights. If we can't then there's absolutely no point in taking it at the moment seeing as the turn that would be spent using it in combat could be spent just attacking instead of using a skill to refill our Balance just as well.We'll only need something to charge balance once we start burning more of it per turn or getting to situations where not using a skill would end up a wasted turn for whatever reason, and I don't see either of those happening early on.
Well, you need some way to increase your balance, and speed is a useful stat in every game isn't it? Swords are a little bit more heroic than clubs, and between your fist and the staff, you can deliver a sound enough beating not to need some shorter, thicker stick."Noman Warder though, you really jumped into it didn't you Aster," says Ervin, as you finish picking out your level up."It's going to be hard getting used to people calling me that." You've played plenty of games now with that name and you've been on voice chat with strangers a few times before on Defense of the Elderly, but something about virtual reality is frankly, more real."What skill did you take for your level up?""Healing palm.""Probably should have taken one of the other ones, that skill is no good running solo. I guess we can do something as a group then. I'll message Lluthiana.""Do we really need three people? You have to have forty levels on me.""Thirty-eight levels actually. I was capped until the expansion landed today," he explains, "When you enter a zone below your level, Erquest reduces you to the cap. Let's see, we can probably grind you up to five real fast if we run The Slime Caverns.""What's that?""That's the dungeon for the Plains of Beginning. It's a level five instance, but we can probably run it with three or four people since Lluthiana and I will still have our skills even with our levels reduced."A prompt pops up in front of you, inviting you to Ervin's party. You press to accept it, and boxes for him and Lluthiana emerge in the corner of your gaze."Heeeey guys! We're running Slimes?" Lluthiana's voice comes out of nowhere, you turn your head left and right looking for her."She's not here Aster, that's party chat."Oh god, are they telepathic now!? Can they hear your voice!? Don't think of anything damning, don't thi- damnit, you went and remembered that video."Just so you know, it only works when you talk into your hand.">CONT
>>34565941>Healing Palm's balance gain also functions independently of its healingThis one. You only gain balance if there is something to heal.
>>34566156That explains nothing.
>>34566322It's a reference to when Odysseus fought the cyclops, he called himself Noman so when the cyclops said "Noman is hurting me, Noman is killing me" no one came to help him, it's a pun
>>34566175I don't mean to power game, but... When we killed those slimes some coins flew out of them and into our pocket. The character sheet still says we have 0 gold.Or were the coins XP?
>>34566175>Slime Caverns with Lithuania This can only end well.
Your little panic episode over, you start experimenting with the party functions."Hey Ervin, can you hear me," you speak into your palm."Yes, I'm right in front of you.""I'm in your heeeeead Ervin.""We're both in your heeeeeead Ervin," says Lluthiana."I hate both of you.""We know you love us Ervin. We're like a virtual menage a trois.""Goddamnit Lloyd," you say."Lluthiana.""If the two of you are done with that." Ervin sighs, into his palm so that each of you can hear him. "I'll meet Lluthiana at the city gates. Aster, you see if you can find another party member or two." Ervin leaves the cathedral, after heavy-handedly assigning you a job."Ervin. I'm your conscience... you're a dick Ervin," you whisper quietly to him after he's out of sight.Let's see, how should you go about this. You're a Warder, and while Ervin and Lluthiana are a bit stronger than you, they're effectively a Striker and a Caster. Maybe a Walker would be good to find... those sorts always hang out around taverns right? Though, it's probably no big deal if you look for someone else, somewhere else.>Head to the city taverns>Hang out around the Cathedral, you don't want to move and there're plenty of players coming in and out of here>Return to the Plains of Beginning, a new player will be more comfortable to play with>Write-InI actually haven't completed the full Warder skill tree in time. I wrote it off as the class least likely to get picked because I am stupid, so the image with detailed explanations in unfinished. Next session I'll post it up for you guys to plan over in advance, but just to explain healing palms conditions.You need an ally to target.Your balance is stuck at [Balanced] outside of combat, so you can't spam it to set up.You must heal and you must gain Balance to activate it.
>>34566364Oh. I'd only seen it translated as Nobody or No one.Thanks.
>>34566381Good catch, I completely forgot.
>>34566407>>Head to the city tavernsMight as well go exploring the city too>spoilerKek
>>34566407>Return to the Plains of BeginningWe can pick up some of the quests Ervin implied we missed and getting someone new will piss him off.
>>34566407Hah, so healing palm was a terrible choiceWell Lets go to the taverns
>>34566407Go to da plains, find ourselves a qt3.14 then have it be a guy.>I actually haven't completed the full Warder skill tree in time. I wrote it off as the class least likely to get pickedWho doesn't want to punch people?
>>34566463I doubt it. He told us to get other party members, and we only have one level on anyone new.They wouldn't be any more of a burden we would be, and I'm sure they'd get more use out of running the instance than higher level people.
>>34566407>Your balance is stuck at [Balanced] outside of combat, so you can't spam it to set up.You know, I'm just going to take this moment to wish I had read the skill votes earlier because this shit seemed obvious yet nobody else seemed to catch it.I guess this is what happens when I trust in /tg/ to do something on their own and they try to optimize without thinking things through.
>>34566407Oh well.>Return to the Plains of BeginningIf only because it'd be nice to have someone closer to our level around to party with if our friends are busy doing things their own level.Alternately, if we're feeling lazy we can just wait around the Cathedral for a new player who's coming in to turn in their first Slimes quest and not have to make the whole trek. It guarantees that whoever we end up with isn't 100% inept, at the very least.
>>34566407Can we change it? I'm not sure everyone realised what they were voting for
>>34566568I'll give you guys the opportunity starting next session or maybe at the end of this one, I don't want to kill the pace dealing with meta stuff. Admittedly, I should've clarified during the discussion, but I really dislike engaging the meta without having a reason.I'll take this chance to add that stats and skills tend to mean less in combat than decisions. Write-ins are heavily encouraged as mentioned and even if you only go with prompts, there's a mechanical system in place.
>>34566568I would honestly rather keep it, it's not a huge deal and it's not like it's a useless skill
I'm sure we would have picked it up eventually, anyway.
>>34566407>Return to the Plains of Beginning
Looking inside your inventory, it seems the [Beginner's Sword] stats only come out about equal to the staff. Your unarmed attacks do a little bit less damage, but the hit rate is higher, and down your skill tree you can see that there're skills which make up the difference between wielding weapons and brandishing fists. Your equipment aside, a little rounded stone icon catches your eye, was it here all along?The description of the [Return Stone] tells you that it'll bring you to where you have your return point set, which seems to still be the defaulted Church of Beginnings. You touch the icon of the [Return Stone] and it emerges from the menu and onto your palm."How do I activate this..." You tap your finger on it a few times, and your body is engulfed by light. You fade out, and in seconds, you fade back into the world, standing where you first landed."Oh, back already?" Says Gogregio, who you meet again. Despite his words, it seems that the clear blue sky has given way to night in the time you were gone."How much time has passed since I got here?""My time or your time?" He chuckles, lifting his arm in front of him as though checking a watch. "Try this."You imitate his motion and stare at your wrist, a little screen forms, displaying three different sets of time."The first one is your local time, the second one is Erquest time, and the third is server time."The server is on your hours, so the first and third timers are redundant, but it looks like you've only been here about three hours in real-time. In Erquest though..."It's been twelve hours since I saw you, but most don't ever show their face back here after they leave," Gogregio tells you."Thanks." Seems Erquest goes four times as quick as the real world. "I'm looking for a party member, could you help me?""Hm... there've been quite a few people logging in today, new expansion and all, plenty of new players and alts," he says.>CONT
Gogregio's pretty cool.And that train of thought makes me wonder if anyone's tried to waifu NPCs, and what their reactions would be to those attempts.
>>34566852"Just how intelligent are you? You seem to handle person interactions fairly well...is it all just pre-programmed responses or is there a genuine intelligence in there, deciding which movements and actions to take?"
>>34566947He's got some modicum of AI, just like most, if not all NPCs.
>>34566944>wonder if anyone's tried to waifu NPCIf a game like this existed I'd give it within an hour of game launch before someone puts the moves on an NPC.
>>34567039And then rape happens.
"Anyone will do, some higher leveled friends of mine are helping me out.""The Angels dropped a few people in here, there was another Noman Warder just like you actually. He's not much for quests though, he's been punching slimes out by the plains then coming back here to sell the drops all day." He thinks. "An Elman Caster was actually looking around all confused. I think he's real new, I bet he's still lost around this area.""Anyone else?" No Walkers yet."Actually... there was an Anman Walker I saw this morning, gave her a quest to hunt some wolves in the woods but she hasn't come back to grab the reward yet. I wouldn't normally be worried but... she hasn't visited my brother Gogrego to turn in the slime quest either. Maybe she just logged off.""For an artificial intelligent, you seem really... intelligent. Is it really all pre-programmed?""I'm doing my job, that's all. I just happen to be good at it." Gogregio gives you a calm smile. It seems that's all you'll get out of him."Ervin, what's the max party size? I got three I might be able to pick up," you ask, whispering into your hand."Five," he responds, "if you want to get the most experience out of this, we can just go with four or even forget the extra member. Your choice Aster."You'll only be able to grab two of them at best it seems.>Go for the Noman Warder>Go for the Elman Caster>Go for the Anman Walker>Go with just your party of three
Here comes the qt3.14 catgirl!Also, does healing palm go off magic/int or something else?
>>34567091Go for the Anman WalkerTime to find our first waifu!!!!
>>34567094>>34567122She's probably going to be kuudere as hell.
>>34567091>Go for the Anman WalkerWell, we did need a walker to round out the party.
>>34567091>Go for the Anman WalkerGotta get our damage dealer.
>>34567139That just makes it even better, honestly.
>>34567094>>34567091No actually, have only Ervin or Loyd lead us, and grab the rest of the newbies, so we get more characters/friends
>>34567091Get the Noman Warder and the Anman Walker.Two battle-healers and a tank. It's like having two pocket mages with swords.
>>34567169Trust me guys, best plan.
>>34567091I feel bad for the Elman. If he hangs with Ervin he'll hopefully pick things up pretty quick.
>>34567091Go for the Anman Walker
>>34567091>>Go for the Elman Caster
>>34567091>Go for the Elman Casterand>Go for the Anman WalkerThe caster probably needs the help. And Walker is the only class we don't have.
>>34567169This guy knows what's up.
>>34567091Only go get the Anman Walker. We need more experience and we dont' need a fuck up to slow us down
>>34567169I like this idea, but on the condition that we go with Ervin. Lloyd will just groom them for the Redmanes.
>>34567091>Go for the Elman Caster
Just get all the newbies! Switch arms with the other Warder for dat self-healing palm Teach the Elman, and have him call us teacher! Romance the Walker, then find out she's aguy or underage, or both! Fuck Loyd, have Ervin lead us!
>>34567091Just go get the Anman Walker to even the party out and get this goin
>>34567192>>34567258>>34567277No. The only reason we're able to take on this high of a dungeon is because we have two really high level people helping us.We might not be able to complete the dungeon without both of them. Just the Caster and the Walker are fine.
>>34567328But remember, there's a level cap, so Ervin or Loyd's level get's reduced to 5, and Loyd or Ervin will probably be good enough to slol the dungeon, so with 4 newbies, we'll be fine.
>>34567415*so even with 4 newbies, we'll be fine
"I guess I'll see what happened to that Walker." You can decide on whether you'll need a fifth member later, but right now you're a little worried about that Walker. You'd probably still be fumbling around if not for your friends, but who knows what she's doing lost in the woods."I'd be happy if you would. Here." Gogregio flips her hand at you and a quest prompt appears, [Rescue the Cat]."Are you really allowed to make quests like that?""Sure." He shrugs, and you part ways with him...You're not much of an outdoors-man, the last time you went camping, you ended up losing your tent to a bear, which might not have been so bad if he didn't swallow the keys to Ervin's car. Thankfully he left Lloyd's bag alone, unfortunately Lloyd packed nothing but alcohol in it. It was a long walk home in the cold rain, good times.The woodlands here remind you of that time, the experience is so realistic you swear you'll step on a discarded can of beer or a used condom any moment now. In fact, you just felt a crunch beneath your boots, now to look down and...That's a skeleton. That is definitely a skeleton. Oh god, oh god, is it going to jump out at you?Whew, okay. It's not undead. You can keep walking...Curiously enough, Gogregio's sudden prompt does have a destination marker. You follow it through the dark forest. You've spotted a few owls floating around, and a cursory glance tells you that they're mobs, but thankfully they seem aggressiveness.The snarling of the wolves between the shadows of the trees on the other hand, you'd rather not venture inside to find out if they're alike.You reach the area your quest prompt is at, a small clearing dead centre of the winding woods. There's nothing too notable here, other than a singular large tree in the middle of it......and the girl sitting between the branches.>CONTI should've made one of the other characters female.
>>34567484>the wolf chased the catgirl up a treeI honestly don't know what else I expected.
>>34567484Can we actually do what I was saying here>>34567169?
Two cat ears stick out of strawberry blond hair, the hair cut mid-length on one side and short on the other with cat-like green eyes, both contrasting some fairly tanned skin. She's got the basic Walker equipment on, a plain green-brown tunic and long linen pants. Though the female model leaves a bit more belly than the male model you saw making your character. Her feet dangle above your hand, the toenails come out to a point almost like claws and there's just the thinnest patch of fur where they connect to her ankle."Lose your shoes?" You ask her.She stares at you inquisitively before answering, "I threw them at the wolf, but he ate them.""Gogregio had me come find you, I'm looking for a Walker for my party.""Oh thank god, I was worried I'd be stuck here all night." Maybe you should tell her about the [Return Stone]. Yours is on cooldown for awhile yet though, so maybe not. "I was exploring, and this wolf came out of nowhere. I've been stuck here for hoooours," she says, though she doesn't actually seem too bothered."Have you just been sitting there?""I logged off for a little bit inbetween, but when I came back I was still stuck here... I'm not sure what I expected.""Well, come down then.""Uuuh..." She bites her lips, revealing two pronounced fangs. Her cat tail lurks out from behind her, and she grabs a hold of it tightly. "I can't get down...""Just climb down.""I can't," she says, "I'm... kind of stuck here."Oh, of course.>Tell her to use the [Return Stone].>Climb up and get her.>Offer to catch her.>Write-In>>34567601Yes. I'll prompt it later if we get the chance.
>>34567601I'd rather we have at least two people who know what they're doing on our first run. There's no need to rush things. It's not like this is going to be the only time we'll ever be allowed to make acquaintances.
>>34567484>I should've made one of the other characters female.That characters class did have something to do with it. There are only four classes and we already had three of them. If the caster was female and the walker was male, we would have chosen both of them.
>>34567698>>Offer to catch her.
>>34567698>offer to catch her
>>34567713Pretty much this.
>>34567698>Offer to catch her.LET THE ROMANCE BEGINalso sweet>>34567701It's still an MMO, we may never see them again.
>>34567698>Offer to catch her.We catch her and our arms fall off, calling it now.
>>34567782>LET THE ROMANCE BEGINYou realize it's probably a man.
>>34567799ROLL D20 TO CATCH HER, BEST OF TWO.
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>34567821lets see how badly this will go
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>34567821High rolls mean groping?
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>34567698>Offer to catch her.I wouldn't trust myself with trying to carry a full-sized person down from a tree, but catching her should be easy enough.>And then once she's safely down, let her know about the [Return Stone].It's helpful information for later, and she gets to be flustered over us wanting to catch her even though there was an easier way out.>>34567799I'm expecting this too, honestly. Hopefully we catch her just fine and THEN our arms fall off after she's safe and sound so it's mildly comedic rather than just slapping her with them unceremoniously in free-fall.>>34567821
>>34567821Fuck, why did I mention it. I'm so sorry guys.
>>34567841>>34567847Yup. You guys suck.
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>34567874forgot roll
>>34567821>beating things up rolls are best of 3>helping people rolls are best of 2FRIENDSHIP CONFIRMED WORST. MIGHT MAKES RIGHT.>PUNCH THE TREE; LOOT THE CATGIRL.
"Then jump and I'll catch you." You stretch your arms out, gesturing for the cat-girl to descend."Jump!? From a tree!?" She looks shocked at the idea of jumping, not even bothered by the part of you having to catch her."Is there a problem?""Ah, the ground's so far away..." She stands up, her feet clinging onto the branch and her claws digging into them. All things considered, she could probably climb down fairly easily if she just put in the effort, but it's a little late for that."Well?""Hold on! I'm still making mental preparations... haaaah." She takes deep breaths, yeah, she's a strange one. "Okay, okay, I'm jumping. Catch me, alright?""Okay.""Make sure you catch me!""Okay.""ALRIGHT, JUMPING!" She leaps off the tree and you ready to catch her... but her tail grabs the branch, keeping her from falling. "IT'S TOO SCARY! NO! NO!""What's keeping you Aster?" Ervin asks you."Annoying catgirls," you whisper."Some things never change huh guys." Lluthiana snickers."Okay, I'm doing it, aaand..." Her tail rips loose of the branch and she spins in the air, you catch her in her arms by the knees and the back. "Aaaah... that was so exciting." She smiles at you, her hands stretched up like paws and a certain cattish curl to her lips. For all the trouble she was just now, she's awfully cute. With a clear look at her not obscured through the leaves, you see that her name is 'Pixie'...Your arms snap off, literally dropping to the ground with the girl still held between them... well, so much for a good first impression."Ah... well. Hm." She stands up, plucking each of your arms up with her hands. You can feel the soft touch through them. "I uuh, think these are yours.""Yeah," you say, a little embarrassed, a lot awkward... now, how do you go about asking her to join your party.>CONT
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>34567961Eh, 5/10 bait, put effot into it, but too obvious.>>34567913Also reroll
"Grrrrrrr..." The noise comes from further in the woods, a canine growl."Oh dear, it's back.""What's back?" You ask Pixie."Remember how I said a wolf was chasing me? That'd be him." She points into the darkness between the trees, as a large feral hound steps out of it, black fur standing on end, a maw full of jagged teeth."Hey Ervin, what do you know about wolves in The Plains of Beginning?""They're only in the forest, level five usually. Last thing you clear before running the dungeon... why do you ask?""I think I know why he's asking." Lluthiana snickers some more."Well, here're your hands," Pixie grabs both of your arms and slams them into their slots, before giving you a bow and quickly fading into the scenery, using her [Prowl] skill."Well..." You stare at the wolf, who stares back at you, hungry. It bends it knees, preparing for a fierce lunge.>Use your fists>Use the quarterstaff>Use the sword>[LIGHT] Avoid the wolf and try to out-smart it as you do damage.>[HEAVY] Smash into the wolf as it charges>[GUARD] Brace for the wolf's attack and try to hit it back.>[Best of two 1d20] Turn and start running.>Write-In
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>34568241Wait until the beast lunges, then uppercut it.aka Use our fists, HEAVY
>>34568241>Use your fists>[HEAVY]What could go wrong?
>>34568241Keep the wolf at range with the quarterstaff, and while it's distracted, get Pixie to backstab it. If the wolf gets too close, smash it with your FISTS OF STEEL.
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>34568241>Write-InRun. When you get to a tree, circle around it and kick the wolf in the balls from behind.
Rolled 13, 17, 9 = 39 (3d20)>>34568241Well, if we can't handle this thing we're going to have trouble with the dungeon anyway, so let's have at him.>Use the quarterstaff>[HEAVY] Smash into the wolf as it chargesWait for the lunge so he can't change direction to dodge our attack. Might as well use Balanced Strike as well, since our Balance isn't doing anything for us just lying around, and waiting on it doesn't help any.
>>34568318Use the trees to our advantage I suppose.
>>34568241Its pounce path will be fairly obvious. If we use Balanced Strike to move quick, we can hit it with a HEAVY strike.
>>34568241>[HEAVY] Smash into the wolf as it chargesAnd use Balanced Strike as much as possible, the cooldown is probably longer than the turn it takes to regain balance.
Reminder that combat rolls at 3d20.
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>34568441
>>34568401I feel like we're better off staying in the clearing, since a wolf is smaller and more maneuverable than we are, and having trees around us is an impediment to making wide sweeps with our non-fist weapons to fend it off.
Rolled 2, 5, 17 = 24 (3d20)>>34568441uppercut the wolf with a heavy strike via fist
>>34568454I uuh mean, 3 sets of 3d20, as opposed to 3 sets of 1d20. Whoops.
Rolled 3, 13, 11 = 27 (3d20)>>34568441Even if running away is part of the combat strategy?>>34568318
>>34568473No, it's fairly obvious what you meant.>>34568454 is just a retard.
Rolled 20, 16, 3 = 39 (3d20)>>34568241>[HEAVY] Smash into the wolf as it chargesBut also get Pixie to backstab it or shoot at it.
The wolf lunges at you, and you twist around the large tree to narrowly avoid the first strike. It chases after your shape with a few more lunges, coming in closer and closer each time.After his fifth lunge, he manages to get a swipe in on you, doing a small chip to your health bar. If you die here you'll respawn elsewhere but... you'd really rather not see what death feels like.As you turn another turn, in preparation of the next lunge, you ready your quarterstaff. Seeing it coming fierce and strong, you swing your weapon fiercely to meet the beast, yelling, "Balanced Strike!"Your quarterstaff quickens as it moves and your hold steadies before your weapon slams into the wolf's nose, bringing it down near half of the way. Your status enters [Unbalanced], and as you reel your staff back, the beast makes another lunge at you.You aren't quick enough to stop him, he grabs a hold of your leg and begins to rip at it. You might not be too upset to give it to him with how much he seems to want it, but your health bar is going to drop whether or not it's attached to you."Backstab!" Pixie comes into view from behind the wolf with two daggers, jamming them into its back. Her attack isn't quite as effective as yours, but it's enough to take the beast below half his health as a follow-up."Hey Ervin, I'm sort of getting eaten by a dog right now.""Good luck.""I'm asking for advice, you jerk.""It's probably got three levels on you, but that's no big deal. Just hit it, and don't get caught. That's what I did."Ervin's the best isn't he.The initial impact of the wolf shaved off a lot of your health, but his continued nawing isn't doing too much damage. There's got to be a way to force him off.>You are [Unbalanced]>[LIGHT] Try to beat the wolf off of you with attacks.>[HEAVY] Carry your weight and slam the wolf against the tree.>[GUARD] Try to force the wolf off of you with your hands.>Write-In
>>34568748>[HEAVY] Carry your weight and slam the wolf against the tree.
>>34568748>>[LIGHT] Try to beat the wolf off of you with attacks.
>>34568748>Write-InGuard ourselves against the wolves strikes, and get Pixie to attack it. If it goes after her attack it. If it's still on us, make Pixie keep attacking it.
>>34568824Also keep the wolf from biting us as best as we can.
Rolled 14, 6, 17 = 37 (3d20)>>34568824this
Rolled 11, 1, 17 = 29 (3d20)>>34568748>Write-InCheck our [Return Stone] cooldown. If it's close to refreshing, it doesn't matter what our HP looks like at the end of the fight since both of us will be able to warp out and avoid any more potential Wolf encounters.>[LIGHT] Try to beat the wolf off of you with attacks.>The initial impact of the wolf shaved off a lot of your health, but his continued gnawing isn't doing too much damage.Honestly, as long as we're not at risk of dying to it, we're almost better off with him gnawing on us than we are getting his jaws free for a comparatively more damaging bite.Just signal Pixie to get in as much damage like we are while he's occupied with our shins.
Rolled 3, 2, 11 = 16 (3d20)>>34568824oops forgot roll
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>34568241>Use your fists>HeavyAlso use balanced strike. All or Nothing babee!
>>345689703d20 for combat
>>34568748>[Heavy]Go big or go home, slam it into a tree and then start wailing on it, best of both worlds
Rolled 19, 10, 20 = 49 (3d20)>>34569006Forgot my roll
>>34568748By the way, did you get this from that idea of "just playing an mmo with your buddies" from the qtg?
>>34562111>As long as you don't play a loli catgirl dog-fucker, you'll be fineYou just earn a reader friend, not let me don't let me down man.
Bump limit reached, we're on page seven and falling. New thread soon?
You guard yourself against the wolf, forcing your staff into the thin cracks between its teeth and your skin and pressing your weight against the far-side of the staff to lift its maw open. The wolf struggles to clamp back down on you, the situation still being as it was, save that you're not losing health any longer."Pixie! Get it!""Wh-huh? A-alright!" Pixie yells backstab once, twice more, gradually dealing damage to the wolf."Hey Ervin, this isn't working.""What're you working with? You're not alone right?""There's that catgirl walker here, but she's barely doing any damage.""Is she using her finishers?""What?""Her mechanic, Momentum. Tell her to use her finishers."The wolf finally gives up on your arm, pulling loose from your body as it leaps backwards. Bending its legs, it rushes you again, and you're not excited to see how much health it tears away from you."Hey Pixie! Finisher! FINISHER!""Finish who? Her?" This girl is soooo..."Your ability! Your starter ability!""Ah! It's called uuh..." You can see the bits of meat rendered between the wolf's teeth as flies towards your skull, but you don't really have the time to appreciate it with the mortal peril at hand. "Ah, Swift Strike!"Pixie's hands and her blades take on a red glow, she speeds at the wolf, blurring through the air and leaving crimson images behind her. Her form meets the wolf's mid-air, intercepting him an inch off from you. The daggers find their way into the wolf's neck... and swiftly, what reminds of his health vanishes.The wolf explodes into a flurry of coins, half and half finding way into your and Pixie's pockets. A plain bag collapses to the ground where the wolf was seconds ago.Combat ends, and when the anxiety escapes you, your health has already began ticking back up.>CONT
>>34569172Hope so, this seems pretty fun.
"Woooow, that was something." Pixie bends forward, sticking a hand out to you. You let her help you back up to your feet. "Let's see... Aster, huh?""Yeah. Nice to meet you." A moment ago your arm was burning, but your health isn't even full yet and it feels as good as new. It's going to take some getting used to this world.You kneel down and pick up the bag dropped by the wolf, it vanishes at your touch and in your inventory, one 'Wolf Fur' has appeared."Geez, I can't believe you just took on that wolf like that. The thing had me scared to look at.""How'd you end up here again?""I'd never been in a forest before, so when I saw it, I haaaaad to check it out... but I ended up a little lost, aaaand... wolf." Pixie laughs weakly, rubbing the back of her head. "It was fun though... we should... play together more often?""Actually, I was going to run a dungeon with some friends. If you'd like, would you join us?""Oh?" She seems to take some time to think it over, grabbing her tail and stroking it as she considers the proposal. "Sure, count me in." It doesn't sound like Pixie is used to games, hopefully Ervin doesn't mind. You have a feeling Lluthiana will like her though.You follow Ervin's instructions and invite Pixie to your party. She answers the prompt instantly..."Nice to meet you all, I'm Pixie," she introduces herself politely to the rest of your group, a little stiffly in fact."Ervin." Not as stiffly as Ervin introduces himself though."Lluthiana, let's get along okaaaay?""Oh, there's another girl here. That's great." You'll have to correct Pixie later, but for now you can probably let her figure it out.Now's just the matter of what happens next.>Talk to Pixie about...?>Turn in your quest, head to the dungeon.>Look for more party members.>Write-In>>34569172I'm probably going to stop in the next two hours or so, so I think we can last with this thread.
>>34569435>Turn in your quest, head to the dungeon.
>>34569435>Write-InGet the rest of the newbies, and kick Lluthiana out of the party, so it's Ervin, Aster, Pixie, and the other two guys.
>>34569435Turn in the quest, get to the dungeon
>>34569435>>Turn in your quest, head to the dungeon.>Talk to her about...?Herself. How she found the game and whatnot. Nothing really too personal.
>>34569435>>Write-InChuckle at her misconception.Also stick her on your friends list.
>>34569435Just turn in quest, get to the dungeon. Getting one newbie was a big enough pain, no reason to get more
>>34569482We still can get at least one more party member.
First time I'm postin, yo guys.We should probably head back, turn in the quest and go look for the other newbie. Perhaps afterwards the other of our kind will be here and we can still befriend them with a little more exp. Under our belts.
>>34569435>Look for more party members.Maybe look for the caster.
>>34569435>>Turn in your quest, head to the dungeon.
>>34569533It'll just reduce the amount of XP we have
>>34569522>>34569511>>34569496>>34569482I'm telling you guys, just get the rest of the newbies, the other Noman seems to be doing fine, and the Elman's probably still close by.
>>34569561Op never said that happens, although it could, everyone could also get the same amount of experience
>>34569567No. Fucking. Point.It'll reduce the amount of XP we'll get and it's a cake walk as it is.
>>34569596>if you want to get the most experience out of this, we can just go with four or even forget the extra member.
>>34569435turn in the quest, go to the dungeon
>>34569435>head back and turn in quest, add waifu to friends list, then go get the fucking caster.Isn't anyone curious about the glass cannons of this game? You're not exploring, just trying to minmax off the bat.
>>34569628Oh shit did he say that? Must have missed that bit, sorry. Although may still be useful to get another healer, but maybe Ervin can heal, Crusader and all that.
>>34569697We're not trying to minmax, our friends are trying to help us not be shit.
>>34569697>Isn't anyone curious about the glass cannons of this game?Not really.
>>34569697If we were trying to minmax we'd have a non-useless starting ability.Either way I'm personally just never fond of casters so I have no interest in finding out about this one.
"I think we're good to go guys. We'll start making way to the dungeon as soon as we turn in some quests." You tell your friends, and leave the forest with Pixie the way you came..."Not used to the body yet are you," you say, watching Pixie stagger her steps about as you take the path back to the church. Her tail helps her keep a tentative balance, but for a Walker, she's hardly. "I had a pretty easy time, Noman are a lot like Humans.""Hahah... yeah.""How'd you start playing Erquest?" She doesn't seem like a gamer, and as VRMMOs go, this certainly isn't the most popular one on the market right now."My... friend, got me a copy. She doesn't play, but she thought I'd like it." It sounds like a simple enough story. The way she picks her words leaves you curious, but you know better than to pry too much about someone's personal life, online, offline, or half-way in-between..."Good job on that," Gogregio says, congratulating you on your return. The quest isn't quite enough experience to fetch you your next level, but the healing potion he hands you should come in handy."Sorry about getting you worried." Pixie claps her hands together, apologizing to the figuratively old man."It's fine, long as you're safe." He smiles and nods to the two of you, sending you off. Looks like it's time to meet Ervin and Lluthiana. It's a surprise Gogregio has the time to remember each adventurer with him having to meet who knows how many each day, but that's none of your concern...You return to the gates of Granrose, where Ervin and Lluthania await you."I guess we have a party then, this should be an easy run." Ervin doesn't spend much time appraising your new friend. You know she's your friend because she accepted your friend request."Ooooh, she's a cute one," Lluthania strolls around Pixie, scanning her all over with male eyes, while swinging female assets around."Ahahah.... hi," Pixie mumbles, suddenly a lot more reserved with your friends.>CONT
>>34569697Eh, I want to get all the newbies, but that seems to be an unpopular opinion. Also shoudn't we give Pixie her bow back?
>>34569827Why does everybody think healing is useless? It seems it would be useful in parties.
>>34569797Right, in due time I guess.For the rest of you, oh well. Majority beats out.
>>34569856She didn't give us an arrow-flinger, she gave us a respectful notion.
>>34569888If everyone thought healing was useless we wouldn't have taken the Healing Palm ability.
>>34569957Everyone thought it was useless after he told us it was shit
>>34569973Stop speaking for me, you don't know shit.
>>34569888I don't think it's useless, I just think it's useless as a first ability. Later on I'd have been all for it but not when we only have one thing that uses Balance seeing as our levels slowly return to neutral as long as we don't use a skill.
>>34569973Yeah, let's believe the douche who says "The game starts at max level" Support class is best class
>>34569973No, he just told us we couldn't use it on ourselves or outside of battle, and the other options were a beginning strike, and a defensive move.
>>34569973He didn't say it was shit, he said we couldn't use it for infinite balance cheese.
>>34570001And the beginning strike is thrown right out immediately because it wasn't balance generating.
>>34570005The stonewall move would have been good for the balance cheese. But I'm down for healing palm ability, especially since we've made a friend. And it works well with our re-dead ability, letting us heal up after we rez
>>34570038That isn't really a problem though? After the first attack we just get the balance back after all
The Plains of Beginning are a small zone, only built for five short levels. It takes no time for you to get from Granrose to The Slime Caverns. The dungeon entrance looks like an enlarged version of one of the blue blobs you'd fought earlier, save that it's cut from stone instead of from goo and the mouth of the cave has runic markings drawn around it."Is it really okay for us to go in with four?" Pixie holds a bow against her chest, having been instructed by Ervin to chase weapons for her own safety."It's fiiiine, between Ervin and I, we can two-man the dungeon. You two just sit back and get some experience in."Ervin steps forward without a word, as he nears the entrance the runes flare up brightly, and he vanishes the second he steps past them. Lluthania follows along, gesturing on one figure in a provocative way for you and Pixie to follow her."Ready?""Y-yeah." Pixie follows along, her hands around your arm...Unlike the last few times you found yourself displaced, this one isn't so disorienting. Rather, it's less that you've moved and more that the world has moved around you. Stepping into the instance is like stepping through a door, but the creatures you saw outside as you entered are gone, and the sky seems to cut short instead of spreading far.The actual insides of the cave have an odd form, the would be stalactites don't sharpen to a point, but form tear-drops in the ceiling. Just some meters away from your entry, you already see a group of familiar looking slimes hopping around."Well, let's cut on through. I'll leave one for the two of you." Ervin holds his hands out, and a massive shield and hammer form in his left and his right respectively. He rushes straight in with Lluthania following him.A man of his word, he did leave one for you as he drags the others forward.>You are [Balanced]>[LIGHT] Wear the slime down with light blows.>[HEAVY] Smash into the slime.>[GUARD] Tank the slime while Pixie attacks it.>Write-In
>>34570042While I'm cool with healing, especially since we would have picked it up anyway, I don't think we can use it on ourself.
>>34570060>[HEAVY] Smash into the slime.We've already proven that they can't really dodge, lets get some free damage in
>>34570060>>[HEAVY] Smash into the slime.BALANCED STRAIKULet's see how much damage we can really do.
>>34570060>[LIGHT] Wear the slime down with light blows.also>"Y-yeah." Pixie follows along, her hands around your arm...THEROMANCEBEGINSinb4 underage and/or guy
>>34570060Smash it, the aggro will make it leave pixie alone anyways.
Rolled 16, 3, 2 = 21 (3d20)>>34570105Forgot to roll.
>>34570114>Implying that we're not desperate enough to not give a fuck
>>34570114>he dressed up in girls clothes just for you
>>34570114Change that to a HEAVY BALANCE STRIKU attack, with our fists.
Rolled 10, 7, 17 = 34 (3d20)>>34570060LightWear down the slime with a barrage of light jabs and keep out of range with fancy footwork.We boxer now
Rolled 8, 1, 6 = 15 (3d20)>>34570114keep forgetting the damn roll
Rolled 12, 1, 15 = 28 (3d20)>>34570116Same, im Rollin.
>>34570114ib4 she's our boss at workOnly if we're going full improbable-"just like in my animus"-mode, though.
>>34570181OHHHH SHIT SONNN MOTHERFUCKIN PAYRAISE
Archived the thread. Cause we're on page nine and I don't want it to die.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/34561395/That's the link
>>34570245Librarian links we can finish up the thread before it falls off. I'm guessing this next post or the one after will be the end
You barely connect with the slime as you bring your shoulder down on it, its body slipping away as you connect. It tries to bite down against you, but it only catches the cloth on your shoulder, doing no damage. The round is a stand-still between you two."Hehehe." Pixie giggles watching the sight, before raising her bow and firing a shot. The arrow flies over the you and the slime harmlessly. "Ah, this is kind of hard to aim..."It's really quite embarrassing all around.You can see Ervin pulling together a large group of at least a dozen slime, letting out a loud war-cry that shakes the cavern. Lluthania has a tome out, the pages flipping on their own as she recites a spell--before a rain of fire forms out of the air, incinerating most of them and knocking out most of the health on the remaining ones.You can't mess around here while they're showing off their high level tricks over there. You get back up, the slime tearing away a small piece of your shirt before making a high bounce above you, aiming to smash down on your face.>[LIGHT] attacks trump [HEAVY] attacks, giving an extra chance of avoidance. [HEAVY] attacks trump [GUARD] actions, dealing extra damage. [GUARD] actions protect against [LIGHT] attacks, shrugging off the damage.>You are [Balanced]>[LIGHT] Dodge the slime and strike it.>[HEAVY] Headbutt the slime, because you're more hardcore.>[GUARD] Block the hit and retaliate.>Write-In
Rolled 12, 11, 3 = 26 (3d20)>>34570319>>[LIGHT] Dodge the slime and strike it.
>>34570212Thanks. I'm constantly forgetting to archive. There was a very, very real chance that this would've 404'ded without me noticing.>>34570245>>34570262I really don't want to start a new thread since it'd be short, but I'm pretty worried I can't make this fast enough without fudging all the rolls. I'll try to speed it up where I can.
Rolled 18, 18, 14 = 50 (3d20)>>34570319>[LIGHT] Dodge the slime and strike it.Don't think it can do much to change direction once it's airborne.>>34570212>>34570245>>34570262It's going to be another hour or so until this falls off the board, and things'll be wrapping up by then, I think.
Rolled 6, 6, 9 = 21 (3d20)>>34570319Kite the slime so that Pixie can get a clear shot, then use the distraction for a light attack.
>>34570319>[LIGHT] Dodge the slime and strike it.Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
Rolled 16, 20, 2 = 38 (3d20)>>34570319I remember my first time playing rock paper scissors,too. LIGHT ATTACK!
>>34570319>[LIGHT] attacks trump [HEAVY] attacks, giving an extra chance of avoidance. [HEAVY] attacks trump [GUARD] actions, dealing extra damage. [GUARD] actions protect against [LIGHT] attacks, shrugging off the damage.Sounds like the start of a fencing bout.
Rolled 7, 13, 8 = 28 (3d20)>>34570319Light!!Footwork and jabs. Sidestep to the left of its bounce, wait till it lands, then unless a few quick rights and lefts, soften it up a bit
Rolled 8, 3, 12 = 23 (3d20)>>34570361god fucking damn it keep forgetting to roll
I wish we would get more information than just [Balanced] unless it's just a single point.
>>34570459I'm pretty sure it's like a scale of 1-7 with [Balanced] being 4
>>34570459Balanced is basically the state of being 0 on a number line. As we use balance requiring abilities, we slide lower a step. Once we reach -1, we can no longer use them, unless we wait a turn. As we use balance increasing abilities, we slide higher up the number line, giving us more potential uses of balance requiring abilities. In short, it is a balancing act. You gotta get a bit of balance in the bank and then use it but be careful not to overdraw.
You make a quick hop back, the slime hitting the ground and flattening out wide. His eyes roll up, staring brightly at you as you stick your staff into him. You lever it upwards, flicking it into the air and watching half of its health vanish."Now that, I can hit." Pixie fires an arrow at the pancake slime, piercing it straight through. The hit isn't quite enough to kill it, but the arrow pins it to a wall. You swing your staff again, squeezing the rest of the life out of the gelatinous monster."Let's catch up to them.""Oh! Got it." Pixie follows your steps, nearly tripping as she walks..."Hope you don't mind free experience, we already cleared all the way to the first boss." Lluthania waves at you when you see each other. A good mess of the dungeon has been cleaned up for you, the narrow hallway you're in shows the first major obstacle of your little adventure.The slime floats around in the air, wearing the same bug-eyed look of the others. How it differentiates itself is the trail of slippery tentacles hovering beneath it."It's like an octopus!" Pixie says."Not my first thought," you say."I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going." Lluthania snickers, flipping her book open and preparing a spell.Ervin walks forward, his hammer in hand. "My level is reduced so this thing might still kill me, Pixie, keep behind it when you attack for backstab damage. Aster, give me some healing between hits if you can. Warders have unlimited resources, just keep your balance together."You nod, watching Ervin charge the floating slime. His shield slams into it, and a little swirling [Stunned] marker pops up above it.>[LIGHT] Do steady damage on the boss with your attacks.>[HEAVY] Offload as many [Balanced Strikes].>[GUARD] Use [Healing Palm] on Ervin.>Write-In
>>34570522Then I wish we'd get more information than just [Balanced].
>>34570459Basically >>34570488 and >>34570522, except there're actually five states. [Staggered], [Unbalanced], [Balanced], [Diminished], and [Still]. When I finish the skill tree for next session I will write up a more intuitive guide to combat.
>>34570539>"It's like an octopus!" Pixie says.She's so innocent.Probably underaged.But still cute.
Rolled 8, 14, 16 = 38 (3d20)>>34570539Heavy (offload as many balanced strikes)Then once Ervin gets hit start healing him
>>34570539>[GUARD] Use [Healing Palm] on Ervin.Build up that delicious balance.>>34570549But that's all there is to say. You are at 0 on the scale
>>34570539>>[HEAVY] Offload as many [Balanced Strikes].
>>34570539>[HEAVY] Offload as many [Balanced Strikes].
>>34570539>yfw this quest was mentioned in cutie gwhich one of you faggots was it?
Rolled 15, 10, 17 = 42 (3d20)>>34570539>[LIGHT] Do steady damage on the boss with your attacks.It's basically damage dealer rule one to not unload everything until the tank secures aggro.
Rolled 5, 11, 15 = 31 (3d20)>>34570539>[HEAVY] Offload as many [Balanced Strikes].
Rolled 17, 7, 16 = 40 (3d20)>>34570606oops, need to roll
How embarrassing, that should read "Offload as many [Balanced Strike]s as possible. Whoop whoop.
>>34570539>[HEAVY] Offload as many [Balanced Strikes].WITH OUR FISTS OF STEEL>>34570522Didn't Librarian say if you used too much abilities that make balance go up you become [Still] and can't use support abilities, and if you use too much abilities that make balance go down, yoe become [Staggered] and can't use attack abilities?
>>34570643I remember something similar. So it is even more of a balancing act.
Rolled 3, 1, 8 = 12 (3d20)>>34570643God fucking damn it.Also, when are you gonna start again Librarian?
Rolled 16, 10, 19 = 45 (3d20)>>34570539>[HEAVY] Offload as many [Balanced Strikes].Balanced Strikes whenever possible to get further toward Staggered, then Healing Palm once the Slime recovers from being stunned and actually starts attacking Ervin in earnest, then switch back to Balanced Strikes once we're at Diminished/Still so we don't waste the Balance built up by our heals.
>>34570606Always count your rounds when in a gunfight.
>>34570580voting that we waifu her
>>34570704I'd say "dammit /tg/" but someone earlier already referred to her as a waifuSo dammit /tg/
>>34570671Or should I say, when will these threads usually start?
>>34570704But shes underage...
>>34570704Agreed with this anon.She's too cute not to waifu.
>>34570730And that's a problem now? God damn it, it's hard to keep up with all the new fads!
>>34570704Maybe not waifu... yet...Relationship with Boss might not be easy...
>>34570766Welcome to /tg/, land of prudes. On another note, fuck /qtg/
You put your quarterstaff away, the weapon gives you some extra damage each swing but your fists will give you the most chances. The boss spends little time stunned, he swings his the thick ends of his tentacles at Ervin, smashing against the Crusader's shield with each lash. A few strikes get it, smearing your friend's face in viscous goo."Nice," says Lluthania."Fuck you," says Ervin."Oh my." Pixie stands at an angle behind the slime, most of her arrows miss but she shoots off enough rounds to peg it for small ticks now and again. You don't know what Lluthania is doing there with her spell book, but you opt to trust her. Taking your place just beside Ervin, you yell out for your ability as you swing.Your strikes connect, leaving dents in the slime's body. Your status goes from [Balanced] to [Unbalanced] to [Staggered], and you can feel your virtual body appropriately following it. Your third attempt at a [Balanced Strike] fizzles out, your arm not moving to follow it.So that's what it feels like you think, before a low blow to the gut sends Ervin flying reeling backwards. You dash over to him, and begin casting [Healing Palm], pressing your hands against the Crusader until you've gone up to [Still]."Swift Strike!" Pixie yells, firing an arrow that changes into a burning red laser into the slime. The shot pierces straight through its head, but its form molds over it. Most of its health is gone, but its attention has turned to the girl."Come on Ervin, do your job.""Boss... I'll have those papers on your table in the morning.""The stupid slime stunned him. Do something about the aggro Aster. Glass Window!" Lluthania waves her hands, and a large glassy wall forms between it and Pixie. The slime beats against it fiercely.>You are [Still].>[LIGHT] Unload all of your [Balanced Strikes] on the slime.>[HEAVY] Smash the slime against the barrier.>[GUARD] Steal the slime's attention and wait for your allies.>Write-In
>>34570539we better get to waifu the innocent grill
>>34570782Prudes. That's exactly the first thought that comes to mind when I think of 4chan. Welp, in that case, since 4chan is all about the prudes, I guess underaged wafu gets a pass. After all, we would never sexualize anything around here!
>>34569061Meant to answer this awhile ago but I was afraid of derailing the thread. I think we can afford it now that it's at bump limit though. It was actually in my mind already for other reasons but it was in fact /qtg/ that made me want to run it. If you recall, "September".>>34570725My schedule is unfortunately inconsistent, but I typically start somewhere in the hours of 4-6PM PST when I can run. Twitter is at https://twitter.com/LibrarianQuest
Rolled 14, 8, 1 = 23 (3d20)>>34570813>[LIGHT] Unload all of your [Balanced Strikes] on the slime.That should aggro it onto us.
>>34570813>>[GUARD] Steal the slime's attention and wait for your allies.
>>34570858I was that anon that kept going sol mmo when btw.
Rolled 18, 10, 15 = 43 (3d20)>>34570813>>[LIGHT] Unload all of your [Balanced Strikes] on the slime.Don't know how I feel about testing the durability of that a giant glass wall by smashing into it with our new friend standing behind it.It focused on her when she hit it with her Finisher, so presumably it'll switch to us if we smack it around hard enough.
>>34570813>[LIGHT] Unload all of your [Balanced Strikes] on the slime.
>>34570858Cool man, cool.
Rolled 14, 17, 13 = 44 (3d20)>>34570813forgot to roll
Rolled 14, 1, 8 = 23 (3d20)>>34570859fuckin reroll, jesus do I have shit luck
>>34570859>>34570957This is way too funny.
>>34570957Yea... I think it's time you stopped rolling now..
Rolled 8, 15, 14 = 37 (3d20)>>34570957>>34570859Is this shit for fucking real? Reroll.
Rolled 16, 11, 14 = 41 (3d20)>>34570859>>34570957Anon, put the dice away.
Rolled 2, 10, 4 = 16 (3d10)>>34570813Light, unload all of our damage to draw agro, then once Ervin get's it back use heal
You run at the slime, as you start your words your blood turns hot, and your hands along with it.You're not angry that it floored your friend.You're not trying to impress some girl who might be some guy who might be some jail-bait you just met.You're excited, you're having fun. This is the most hot-blood that you've had in years.But mostly, Lluthania just casted an enchantment on you. "Burning Spirit," she yells."Balanced Strike!" You slice into the slime with your arms on fire, tearing away two tentacles, then another two with your second attack, two more with your third, and the last two with your forth. The stupid thing doesn't seem to notice until it's been de-legged, turning its body around slowly as its focus turns to you, too slowly--too late.You raise your leg above your head, jumping a height above the slime that you'd never dreamt of in your mundane life. The flames leave your hands and wrap around your foot. "Balanced Strike," you yell once last time, as you smash the boss into oblivion, its body shattering into countless small lights.The glass wall in front of you shatters into pieces, because turning to dust. You fix the shoulders of your shirt, the battle is done..."That was great!" Pixie runs forward, or more accurately, stumbles onto you in a hug. Lluthania and Ervin approach, their faces full of smiles."Pretty exciting, huh?""Yeah, it was.""We've got one more round, let's wait a second to refresh and let's go.""What's a refresh?" Pixie peeks over at your friends, not the littlest embarrassed that she's still got her arms on your waist."Between rounds if you rest for long enough, you refresh and your health and abilities come back up. In most dungeons there's a chance of being ambushed, or mobs spawning while you're waiting... but this one is fairly low leveled. So we should be fine," Ervin explains, taking a seat...>CONT
>>34571076>"That was great!" Pixie runs forward, or more accurately, stumbles onto you in a hug.THE ROMANCEFUCKINGBEGINS
>>34571076>"That was great!" Pixie runs forward, or more accurately, stumbles onto you in a hug.
Here I was hoping for an aloof no-nonsense gamer working on her fifth alt and doesn't have time for our noob ass.But this is too cute.
Is Librarian dead?
>>34571181Takes time to write long posts.
>>34571181I don't think he writes up ahead of time.
The second stretch of the dungeon is easily cleared. Ervin grabs a group, Lluthania drops a firestorm, you and Pixie pick off stragglers, and you take a quick break to refresh.It's not long until you reach The Slime Prince's Throne."Let's see, according to this, The Slime King sent The Slime Prince out to conquer The Plains of Beginning and expand The Slime Kingdom, so we have to stop The Slime Army in The Slime Caverns to prevent them from creating The Plains of Slimes..." Pixie reads off of a little information block in front of her. "That's a lot of slime.""Oh, you don't know about a lot of slime," Lluthania says, giggling."You're a piece of shit, you know that?" Ervin sighs, picking up his shield and hammer. The true boss of this dungeon lies behind an unfortunately Slime shaped door. "This boss spawns a lot of adds at the beginning, so I need to tank them while Lluth melts them down. Aster, I want you and Pixie to engage on the boss head on. You just have to stall it for two rounds until we join you.""Alright." Ervin's tone bothers you as usual, but until you're a bit better equipped you decide best to listen to him. Lluthania puts a barrier on you, and Ervin kicks down the front door.The Slime Prince's room is widely built, it sits on a stone throne at the far end with two symmetrical stairways leading out into sky behind it. A light light hanging off the ceiling illuminates the room while the nights sky still rests. The prince himself wears an oversized crown on his golden body, little bigger than the other slimes. A court of twenty sits, ten on each side of him."LET'S GO!" Ervin yells, the energy contagious. The hordes rush at the lone knight, leaving you room to engage on the prince on the opposite side of him. You run past Ervin, and the prince watching you, opens his mouth wide, spitting out a large glob of molten gold in your direction.>[LIGHT] Run quickly past the glob and strike.>[HEAVY] SLAM.>[GUARD] Tank the glob and wait for Pixie.
>>34571145Poor anon, forgetting ponies aren't allowed.
>>34571214>You are [Balanced].Couldn't fit it in char-limit and thought this would be faster than erasing a line.
>>34571214>>[LIGHT] Run quickly past the glob and strike.Cause that looks like a heavy attack.
>>34571214>>[LIGHT] Run quickly past the glob and strike.guessing this is a heavy attack
Rolled 5, 13, 16 = 34 (3d20)>>34571214>>[LIGHT] Run quickly past the glob and strike.Golden glob the same color as his body probably means it's also made of slime. Getting stuck in place for a round or two while it can ignore us seems like an awful way of doing our job.
I forgot this was rock paper scissors.
>>34571294Don't forget the combat mechanics!
>>34571214>[HEAVY] SLAM.EVERYBODY GET UP ITS TIME TO SLAM NOWWE GOT A REAL JAM GOIN' DOWNWELCOME TO THE SPACE JAMHERE'S YOUR CHANCE DO THE DANCE AT THE SPACE JAMALRIGHT
Rolled 20, 20, 5 = 45 (3d20)>>34571324Actually do>[LIGHT] Run quickly past the glob and strike.but also SLAM THE SLIME
>>34571307I just feel like it can get in the way of some priorities, though.
>>34571346Poor bastard's gonna get his crown knocked off.
Rolled 5, 7, 13 = 25 (3d20)>>34571214>[GUARD] Tank the glob and wait for Pixie.We just have to survive till our friends get here.
>>34571307I normally hate engaging meta before the end of a thread, but I don't think I'll have much time to talk about anything after this is done with how we're creeping along page 10. From what design I do have, The Warder unfortunately doesn't have a lot of interesting options for awhile since the idea of was a class that only had about half their kit available at a time, but a lot of delicate balancing between each half. Hopefully as you pick up more skills it'll be more fun than, "Skill A because lots of balance, Skill B because no balance."Also, I know /tg/ enjoys the stuff but I wouldn't worry too much about min-maxing. Vote for what you think is fucking cool, this is a quest more than it is a game so if I see a skill perceived as shitty I'll probably clumsily shoehorn in situations where it'll be useful. All the class mechanics were designed to work within 4chan posting limitations and the simple rolling system we have.My biggest regret is cutting out Gunner since I couldn't think of a fun mechanic for it.
>>34571389>couldn't think of a fun mechanic for itbullet time
>>34571403I feel like that could irreparably fuck a person's brain.
>>34571389Russian roulette- each shot has a 1 in 6 chance to crit/add random element/status
>>34571389>couldn't think of a fun mechanic for it.First thing that comes to mind for that would be different types of ammo and things like that. I have a thing for jack-of-all-trades gunners that make use of that type of thing.
>>34571389Do the subclasses have different mechanics?Also this is fun man, keep it up.Also for the gunner you could've made it so that it specializes in either tactics are strqight up gunplay.
>>34571434That's what I was thinking. Maybe a combo system with various ammo type orders?
>>34571403like three shots per turn instead of one or something>>34571431>>34571434or something like this
>>34571346THE POWER OF THE SLAMJAM COURSES THROUGH OUR VEINS
You dodge past the glob, and thankfully so because the way it hardened as soon as it hit the floor leaves you worried about what might've happened.Pixie sneaks around the other side of The Slime Prince with her racial stealth on, finding a vantage point where the moon meets the caverns. When she's well into position, you smash the end of your quarterstaff into the prince's open mouth, pressing him up against his throne and lifting him over it. Having grabbed his aggressions, you gesture for Pixie to fire, and she releases a series of shots on the held prince.The little guy's gold cheeks turn red, his body morphs around your staff, reforming fully on the top of it. His soft rounded mouth sprouts gold teeth, and he slides down your staff with his mouth snapping up and down like a paper shredder.You can see Pixie's [Momentum] filling up, but she's not doing much damage until all five of the little bars beneath her health glow yellow. The heat at your back tells you that Ervin and Lluth are just about done on their side, you only need to hold the little guy off for another round.>You are at [Balance]>[LIGHT] Punch The Slime Prince repeatedly.>[HEAVY] Swing your staff backwards and ground The Slime Prince.>[GUARD] Tip your staff forward and keep him at a distance.>Write-In
>>34571473>[HEAVY] Swing your staff backwards and ground The Slime Prince.
>>34571473>>[GUARD] Tip your staff forward and keep him at a distance.its a strike maybe
>>34571473>[LIGHT] Punch The Slime Prince repeatedly.USING ANYTHING OTHER THAN FISTS IS WEAKNESSAlso, like people said, you could have one subclass focussing on tactics, like a Commander, or one that has combos for different ammo types.
Rolled 12, 15, 14 = 41 (3d20)>>34571473Forgot to roll
>>34571473>[GUARD] Tip your staff forward and keep him at a distance.>Write-InWhile holding the staff at arm's length, get out our sword and swing it down our quarterstaff like we're doing slime sabrage. Either he stops chomping and tries to dodge, or he gets lopped clean in half.Way more effective than hoping gravity does the job for us, at least.
Rolled 19, 13, 16 = 48 (3d20)>>34571473>>34571542And dice.
Rolled 17, 1, 12 = 30 (3d20)>>34571473>>[GUARD] Tip your staff forward and keep him at a distance.
Rolled 7, 6, 13 = 26 (3d20)>>34571544>>34571507God fucking damn it kill me now.
>>34571473Yo, Librarian. You might want to tell anons to roll. We don't tend to remember otherwise.
>>34571578Yeah, it helps.
By the way Librarian, do you do rolls by highest, average, or first.
>>34571653Or something else?
You tip your staff forward, and the slime starts to slide backwards... or he would, if he weren't bouncing so fast not to slip. Still, he doesn't gain any ground on you, so your job is getting done, though you could stand to do it better.Holding the staff on one hand, you open your inventory and select your [Beginner's Sword], it manifests into your free hand. Neither weapon looks heavy, but you feel a strange weight in your hands when you hold both of them, there must be some sort of dual-wielding penalty.But that's fine, you only need it for a moment. As the slime struggles to scale your shaft, you swing it along your quarterstaff. It catches the blade between its teeth, but not before losing a markable chunk of its mouth to it. You can see its health inching down, but even though you're not taking damage, you're not making too much ground."Swift Strike!" Pixie's arrow stabs into The Slime Prince's back, and its jaw opens wide, giving you space to carry your blade further into its golden body. The slime slaps against the floor as you force it off, making gurgling noises."Good show, I'll tank now." Ervin rushes past you, his shield smashing the prince against his throne, crushing bits of rock behind it."Look at that, you've already taken off a third of its health. Very niiiiiice." Lluth sings from her spellbook, giving Ervin a glow as he lifts The Slime Prince up through the stone on the shield, cratering the throne before flipping The Slime Prince into the air. Its health is quickly shrinking, it'll take just another few couple hits to take it out. But it's still got life, and it's coming right at you, its jaw snapping."Probably should have taunted it huh," Ervin says, shrugging.>You are [Balanced]>[LIGHT] Avoid the hit and make for a repeat of the first slime you met in the dungeon.>[HEAVY] Crash through the falling prince with your staff.>[GUARD] Catch its teeth with your sword, and finish it off with your staff.>Write-In
>>34571671>>[HEAVY] Crash through the falling prince with your staff.
Rolled 17, 17, 14 = 48 (3d20)>>34571671>>[LIGHT] Avoid the hit and make for a repeat of the first slime you met in the dungeon.
Rolled 14, 10, 11 = 35 (3d20)>>34571671>[LIGHT] Avoid the hit and make for a repeat of the first slime you met in the dungeon.
Rolled 9, 13, 15 = 37 (3d20)>>34571671>>[LIGHT] Avoid the hit and make for a repeat of the first slime you met in the dungeon.
Rolled 17, 5, 1 = 23 (3d20)>>34571671>>[HEAVY] Crash through the falling prince with your staff.Balanced Strike COmbo
>>34571653Highest of three, but the criteria for highest isn't largest stat total but the best pool to achieve what was voted for.The system is still a WIP, but fairly developed. I'm not comfortable with saying too much about it yet until we've had some more time to test how it works, since people may take what I say early on as fact even if the rules change later.
Rolled 5, 4, 2 = 11 (3d20)>>34571671>>[HEAVY] Crash through the falling prince with your staff.He been favoring trying to catch our weapon in his teeth, so I feel like this is going to do a number on him.
Rolled 18, 4, 13 = 35 (3d20)>>34571671>[LIGHT] Avoid the hit and make for a repeat of the first slime you met in the dungeon.
Rolled 16, 15, 1 = 32 (3d20)>>34571671>[GUARD] Catch its teeth with your sword, and finish it off with your staff.
>>34571728Thanks!>>34571734This means hit it with our fists, right?
Rolled 17, 10, 15 = 42 (3d20)>>34571671>[GUARD] Catch its teeth with your sword, and finish it off with your staff.
Rolled 10, 5, 12 = 27 (3d20)>>34571671>[GUARD] Catch its teeth with your sword, and finish it off with your staff.
You hop backwards, the prince hits the ground and bounces. You lift your staff up and smash it back into the ground. With it flattened on the floor, you flick it over to Ervin."Oh, we're doing this are we?" Ervin drops his hammer, carrying his shield with both hands and batting the projectile slime like a baseball, sending it flying over to Lluthania."Oh boy, it's summer camp all over again. Thunderous Applause." Lluth says, clapping her hands and blasting lightning into the gold slime, sending it into the air."I got it, Swift Strike!" Pixie catches on quickly, firing a red hot arrow at the lifted prince, skewering it and sending it flying back to you."Balanced Strike!" You drop your quarter staff and slice your hand forward through the air, skimming the shaft of the arrow as you cut through The Slime Prince. The last little tick of his health vanishing, and his crown tumbling to the floor.Just above the crumbled throne, bright golden letters erupt. 'Dungeon Cleared!' They read."HAHAH!" You can't help but cheer, you don't have the calm to act cool. Your blood is boiling, and this time there isn't any magic in it.Lluth steps over to you, placing her hand on your shoulder. "See, told you that you'd enjoy Erquest." She wraps her chest over your arm, but you're not in the mood to swat her off."Here, we want to show you something. Looks like we're just in time." Ervin starts up the stairs, gesturing for you to follow. "Ah, looks like Pixie already found it.""Look! Look!" Pixie repeats again and again, pointing over the horizon of the cave's back end, where the moon has since left, and the sun meets the sky.You rush up the stairs with Lluth following behind you to join Ervin and Pixie where they stand. A clear sunrise is beginning in Erquest, and you've just the right spot to view it from The Slime Cavern's back-end, above the tree tops.>CONT
>>34571671>[GUARD] Catch its teeth with your sword, and finish it off with your staff.Dual wielding staff and sword, we gandalf now?
>>34571844>wear the crown"There must always be a Slime King."
>>34571844>Sunrise>Nice view of it>On a cliff>First expierence of virtual sunriseNice reference
>>34571896Rule over slimesGet power hungryHave to eventually fight your friendskill themweepget life made into movieretire with millions
"Welcome to Erquest Online," Ervin says, giving you a smug look, "You son of a bitch," he adds."As always Ervin, fuck you." As always, Ervin is trying not to look sentimental."This was his idea, he saw this in the beta and he really wanted to show us," Lluth tells you, crossing her arms underneath her bosom and heaving her chest up."It's soooo pretty! I've never seen anything like it." Pixie steps outside onto the small outing of the cave, her cat-ears twitching as she brushes her hair back. The morning light shines on her tanned skin. Lluth nudges you, slyly smirking."Well..." Ervin coughs, raising his wrist to check the time. "Let's meet up and get some dinner. When you first start playing, it's easy to forget about your body. We've been logged on for hours.""All right. Let's divide the loot and get out of here." Lluth walks back, hopping over the smashed throne. She kneels in front of a large chest, that seems to have came into existence while you were admiring the sight. "I doubt me or Ervin need anything here, how about the two of you split what you can use?">Take Slime Prince's Crown, the Slime Prince's crown, it doesn't provide much protection but slimes like you more.>Take Grasping Staff, it looks like tentacles are writhing off the end of this wooden staff. gives a small bonus to magic.You've levelled up again, but you decide to leave your points for next time you play.
>>34571957Also.>Talk to anyone about...?Final prompt.
>>34571957>>Take Slime Prince's Crown, the Slime Prince's crown, it doesn't provide much protection but slimes like you more.Str
>>34571957>Take Slime Prince's Crown, the Slime Prince's crown, it doesn't provide much protection but slimes like you more.
>>34571957Take slime crown, become ruler of slimes and do this>>34571933Also ask pixie to be on your friends list. Also tell her what gener Lluth really is. Savor the loook.
>>34571957>>Take Grasping Staff, it looks like tentacles are writhing off the end of this wooden staff. gives a small bonus to magic.Despite the off-hand joke, I think a small weapon upgrade is probably more useful in the short-term. And besides, Pixie's playing a ranged class. Better to distribute loot such that we both get something useful. Surely there's no way she'd find any use for a staff with writhing tentacles on the end of it.
>>34572014She already is.>>34569838
>>34572024>spoilerI really doubt she would.So innocent.
>>34572014*gender>>34572024I think the options are just the loot we can use.
>>34571957>Take Grasping Staff, it looks like tentacles are writhing off the end of this wooden staff. gives a small bonus to magic.Ask Pixie how she enjoyed the game, also tell her Lluth's gender. That's always fun.
>>34571957>>Take Grasping Staff, it looks like tentacles are writhing off the end of this wooden staff. gives a small bonus to magic.
>>34571957>>Take Slime Prince's Crown, the Slime Prince's crown, it doesn't provide much protection but slimes like you more.I want slime pets.
>>34572029Still tell her what gender Lluth really is.
>>34572077He knows what's up
>>34572077dafuq you gonna do wiff slimes, nigg
About to drop off the board.Probably have to save the last post to begin next time.