"Hmm? What's wrong with the elevator?" Oh, it's that monster that hasn't been a jerk to me so far. I should work on giving him a name sometime. "Sorry Empress, Priestess, it appears to be stuck. You will have to wait here until the alarm is off." The siren continues to screech throughout the building. Monsters, office workers, everyone mulls back and fourth picking up documents, brandishing weapons, and walking to the stairwell. Most of the people waiting for the elevator have already called it quits and have headed for the stairs. "Wait." A sudden realization hits me, "We're stuck in a building that could be on FIRE?" I am Itsukuma Masami, and today I came to Fortune HQ to refine a few magic cards for them so my mother wouldn't have to. It's a very strenuous process for her to do by herself, and I seem to have a natural talent for it. After crafting a silly card full of girly things that I'm certain they can't use for evil; I was taken out of the exercise by the sound of a "Fire alarm" as they call it. Why does it have to be so loud? I gently climb out of Mom's arms, and look into her eyes. I can tell that she's just as confused as I am about what to do. There's another look in her eyes, one of fear and uncertainty. No, no, no YOU'RE supposed to be the one that's calm and collected, not me! >Let's head for the roof, I have a card that can fly! (Sort of!) >Let's just go down the stairs, 50 floors isn't hard when you're going down them. >We should probably just wait right here until the alarm ends>Maybe we should go ask that jerk CEO what's going on>Other?
>>34933889Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Card%20Priestess%20QuestTwitter: http://twitter.com/QM_CardHeartPastebin: http://pastebin.com/1XJESY5p (Recently updated!)
>>34933889>Let's head for the roof, I have a card that can fly! (Sort of!) No trusting jerk CEOs!
>>34933889>>Maybe we should go ask that jerk CEO what's going onHe's fun.
>>34933889>Let's just go down the stairs, 50 floors isn't hard when you're going down them. We'll protect mom!
>>34934001>>34933983>>34933953Hmmm..I'll wait another five minutes and then roll for it.
>>34933889>Let's head for the roof, I have a card that can fly! (Sort of!)
>>34934123>>34933953I'm fine with any non-CEO course of action.
Okay then, we're heading to the roof!>writing!
I'm still here>Almost have next post
>>34934910Good to hear it!
"Mom, one of my cards can hover, let's go to the roof and wait there in case anything happens." Mom looks back at me like I'm crazy. Like "How can a little girl even suggest jumping off the Fortune building because she has a magic floating card" crazy. At the same time, if someone told me that was their plan I probably wouldn't believe them either.We walk down the hallway, being careful to dodge the other monsters and beasts who seem to have the same idea, and enter the stairwell. Just in time to see the biggest line of monsters, people, all sorts of things slowly filing one by one from the various floors.All of them seem to also have the same idea that I do, they're all going UP the stairs and barging through the access to the roof.--On the roof, things become a bit more clear as to why everyone was suddenly interested in being up here. The monsters are forming a kind of barricade from anyone getting into the door. Standing in front of them, on the other side of the roof-Is the masked girl, she's fighting one of the monsters now. With an impressive somersault and a hit, she sends the monster tumbling across the roofing. Several monsters approach her this time, this isn't good. >Watch and wait, she must know what she's doing>Change into Cirrus and grab her, jump off the roof if you have to>Change into something else and fight her? >Nope, don't want to get involved in this>Other?
>>34935236>Change into Cirrus and grab her, jump off the roof if you have toTime to flee with our masked stranger in tow!
>>34935236>Watch and wait, she must know what she's doingBut just for a little bit. Not got oodles of time here!
>>34935236is she trying to get in or out?we should ask her, maybe?
>>34935236>Change into Cirrus and grab her, jump off the roof if you have towe bring mom too right?
>>34935236>Change into Cirrus and grab her, jump off the roof if you have toWe should really point out at some point that she's already given herself away and that the whole masquerade thing is pretty pointless at this juncture.She knows that CEO guy is our "dad", which is something only our friend group knows. Maeda and the masked girl have been in the same location before, which (unless one of the guys has a secret crossdressing hobby) pretty much narrows it down to Aiko.It was already pretty obvious from the narrative, but the slip of the tongue, from the masked identity nonetheless, pretty much cements it. Plus, I kind of want to know her reasons for going about it the way she has, and what she's been doing with the cards.
>>34935417While you COULD probably carry both at once. Masami isn't courageous enough to try, especially when it's her mother's life on the line.
>>34935465So we'd leave mom?I don't imagine we can jump back up either?
>>34935236>>>Change into Cirrus and grab her, jump off the roof if you have to
>>34935517You could jump back up and make two trips, if you wanted. Is that what the thread would like to do? Get the masked girl off and then come back for Mom?
>>34935590Yeah, I'd prefer that.Make sure mom knows we're coming back for her before charging too.
>>34935590sounds like a bad order if we do that she'll probably run offi say we save mom first then come back for her
>>34935590Sounds good as long as we remember to say >>34935636
>>34935636Okay, everyone good with that? >>34935657This is another good point
>>34935590yes>>34935657well if she doesn't want to stick around we shouldnt force her, and she's the one in danger from the monsters up here
>>34935657>>34935680I'll second this notion. Mom first, masked girl second. With any luck, the monsters of the week brigade will keep her busy.
Okay, >Grab Mom, get her off the buildingThen>Come back for the masked girl If that's good, I'll write.
>>34935753I disagree with that move, masked first.
>>34935753good to me
>>34935590I kinda care more about Mom. I want her safe first.
>>34935753Looks 2 vs 2 on who to take first to me.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>34935813>>34935841I'll roll for it1 - Masked girl first2 - Mom first
>>34935906Sorry. It looked like were at a stalemate
>>34935921It seemed to me 2 to 1 in favor of mom first.
>>34935991Based on what?>>34935636>>34935657>>34935666>>34935684>>34935720Is 2 vs 2 with one non-specific but agreeing with the first plan (which was mom second).
how about we grab the two BUT run down the building's walls to slow us down? i'm just trying to calm things down
>>34936018Well, >>34935867 came in so it seems like it tipped to more people wanting to worry about mom first.
>>34936082I figured posts after >>34935753 were just people arguing their point, I know I re-posted to protest it at least.
Okay, so no consensus. Sorry for taking so long writing, I'm having RL distractions >Plus I suddenly got REALLY TIRED all of the sudden, I hate to say it but we may have to cut this thread short sometime later.
>>34936465Ah, that's a pity. Might as well just pick one and go with it, at this point it's been long enough that even a FD vote would probably have some readers miss the 5-minute window by not checking the thread in time.
How about this then: Next storypost up in a second addressing this impasse
>>34936551sounds like a plan
>>34936551Sure, if it'll help get us out of this deadlock.
I hold out Cirrus in front of me, with a flick of the wrist, I can feel the short witch outfit in front of me. And that really short skirt replaced my dress again, ugh. "Mom, come on, we're getting off this building." "W-what?!" We walk over to the edge, none of the monsters have even spotted us, they're too busy pre-occupied with the masked girl."Sweetie, are you crazy? What is your plan?" "I'm going to grab you and jump down." "BUT!-" She looks horrified for a few seconds, before decrying any action I may have regarding that."NO! Absolutely not!" "Huh?" That's kind of confusing for me. "Why not? I can fly with it-" "Never! I will not allow my own daughter to jump off of a building!" Well, when she puts it that way. >Demonstrate to her that you're perfectly safe, try jumping between a smaller building and Fortune HQ real quickly>Just grab her and leap off >Go talk to the Masked girl, interrupt the fight if you have to>Just go grab the masked girl and jump off
>>34936581>Just grab her and leap off Princess-carry of course, can't have our mom look undignified in a fireman's carry.
>>34936581>>Just grab her and leap off
>>34936581how about instead of jumping off the building to one of the neighboring ones, we just jump up about 10 ft. and then float down to demonstrate.
>>34936581>Just grab her and leap off i bet the true reason is that she's afraid of heights/falls
>>34936581>Just grab her and leap off
>>34936581>Demonstrate to her that you're perfectly safe, try jumping between a smaller building and Fortune HQ real quicklyMom p l s
>Demonstrate it's perfectly safe! with maybe floating around.>Then just grab her and jump off if she hesitates too muchI'll write, if that's good!
"H-Hey, Mom, it's fine! Watch!" I hop up into the air, careful not to jump too high, and start floating around. I slowly float over the edge of the roof, taking care to not float too far away. Mom's face goes from horror, to worry, to confusion. And then she has a blush across her face. She looks around before looking back at me."Honey, get down from there! Everyone can see your-" My what? Immediately I drop back down to the ground and hold my skirt between my legs. Looking around, everyone else is pre-occupied with the masked girl. Good, that was a close one. I'm not sure Mom is convinced, I try to jump off to show her that it's safe, but she only grabs my shoulder. "No! Absolutely not! You don't know how the card works, it's not safe! And I don't want people looking at you like that." "Okay Mom, if that's the way you feel, I won't jump off alone." "Good." With a squeal, I scoop her up into my arms and leap off the side of the building. Slowing our descent until we reach the parking lot. I could have swore as we get close to the pavement, she was holding my skirt between my legs. Landing gently, I let her stand up on her own power- Just so she can immediately grab my ear. "MASAMI! What were you thinking?! I was so worried about you!" >Receive your righteous punishment>Jump back up and head for the masked girl, you can get punished later>Try to calm her down before you leave>Just tell her to wait and you'll be right back with two people to scold.>Other?
>>34937293>>Just tell her to wait and you'll be right back with two people to scold.
>>34937293>>Just tell her to wait and you'll be right back with two people to scold.Heh
>>34937293>Just tell her to wait and you'll be right back with two people to scold.
>>34937293>Just tell her to wait and you'll be right back with two people to scold.Sorry mom!
I should have expected that!>writing!
"Mom.." "You were falling so fast and I was so scared, and you were so high up, you put all your faith in-" "MOM!" "...""Mom, wait right here, there's someone else you need to scold, too." With the confused look on her face, I turn back to Fortune HQ and take another leap. Just like last night, I'm able to leap the entire height of the building with a single bound. Landing behind the rows of monsters, I notice that their numbers have grown considerably since I was last up here. Looking toward the door, I notice that trend isn't likely to stop. Right now the masked girl is fighting three monsters at once, and she is losing. I'm not even going to let her try to struggle out of this one, I bound over the rows of minions and snatch her straight out from the fight. Which is a good thing too, because I just grabbed her out of the path of a very nasty axe swing."W-What are you doing!?" "I'm saving you, you big dummy!" Seriously, what was y- I should just ask."Seriously, what was your plan!? Get trapped on the roof while you get captured?!" "I-I know what I'm doing!" "Then-" Wait. "Then why did you get trapped on the roof when the fire alarm went off?" I take a running leap from the roof, falling back toward the parking lot. She doesn't seem the least bit concerned on if I'm able to carry her or not. "I didn't get trapped, you fool! I set off the alarm!" "..Seriously? you set off the alarm? Why?" "It.. Didn't work out the way I thought it would! But it doens't matter!" I land flat-footed in front of Mom. She doesn't even wait for me to put her down to yank at both of our ears. "Masami.." Her voice sounds irritated and angry for the first time I can remember. She looks over to the masked girl, "And you! Who do you think you are?!" (1/2)
>>34938008The masked girl pulls away from her grasp. "W-why should I tell you?!" "Mom, she pulled the fire alarm." WOW Mom suddenly looks angry, she immediately grabs the girl's arm again. "YOU DID WHAT? You could have hurt a lot of people!" "Pfuh." She whips her arm away, and swipes another card against her wrist. "There aren't any 'people' who work there anyway." "Where are you going!?" "Away, I don't need this." >Stop her and ask her questions (1d20 roll)>Let her go, what a jerk.>Other?
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>34938149>Stop her and ask her questions (1d20 roll)
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>34938149>Stop her and ask her questions (1d20 roll)Time to befriend...hopefully.
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>34938149>Stop her and ask her questions (1d20 roll)i think we should start with a small "you know we're not really on fortune's side, right?"
AFK for a short while, not too longhonestly i'm wearing down fast. Let's see how much longer I can go.
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>34938149>Stop her and ask her questions (1d20 roll)C'mon girl!>>34938182Alright, later!
I'm back>Stop her! >Rolled 11, DC was 10>Writing!
>>34938572Phew, close.Going to bed, thanks a lot for running
I grab out and nearly don't catch her in time, but I do happen to grab that stupid outfit she's wearing. Seriously, what is the point of that thing? It just screams "I have too much time to myself".Oh whatever."Hey! We're not done here yet! Why did you pull the fire alarm!?" "Hmph." She turns around to face us, "Because there was something I needed inside. But it's not important now. All that matters to me." She points an accusing finger at both of us, rude."Is destroying Fortune!" "But you don't understand, I want the same thing!" I don't think my pleading is going to convince her any."Oh really? If that's true, why are you there, making cards for them!?" >Well, Why are you?
>>34939046"if i didn't they'd torture my mom!they've been forcing her to work there too, even if i don't really know how..."
>>34939046>>Well, Why are you?So I can find out what is actually going on. And to keep Mom safe.
>>34939046"Because if I don't, they hurt my mom."Simple, true and a pretty good reason all around.This is why we should have brought the card, I wish we could have seen what frills and cakes did when swiped.
>>34939120Sounds h\good to me, if rash!
>>34939046I made a card for cakes today.
>>34939046"Because I had to. ...How'd you even know what I was doing there, anyway?"
>Because they would hurt Mom if I didn't an... How did you know what I was doing?If that's good, I'll start writing.I'm going to draw this to a close within the next few storyposts. Apologies for the short ~5 hour thread. This new sleep cycle is REALLY NOT FOR QUESTING unless I start at noon EST every time I want to quest like I was doing for a while, would you guys be okay with that? I was doing that for the first 13 or so threads.
>>34939486Whatever is more convenient for you.
>>34939486perfectly fine with me
>>34939548>>34939522Thank you, that really makes me feel better. I just need to readjust my run cycle to match my sleep cycle. Shame about Dog Days quest though, I'm not sure how I'm going to manage that when I usually start at ~5PM EST for that questStill writing!
Seriously, she's saying that I WANT to work for Fortune? The very idea makes me sick inside."Don't get the wrong idea!" I yell at her, any kind of pretense of politeness completely melting away."I only did it because they threatened to hurt Mom!" I don't know when I did it, but I have already ran over and hugged Mom by her waist. Wait."How did you even know what I was doing in there?" Her teeth clench, "That's not important! I'm leaving." "Wait." I look up, Mom has broken away from me and is approaching the girl. "You're doing this because you're running away from something, aren't you?" The girl looks increasingly frustrated, "No! I'm doing this because I want to." Mom isn't believing her, "I don't think that's why you're doing this at all. Which is why-" Mom reaches out, and grabs her by the arm again, "-if you ever need anything, a place to stay, a person to talk to, my doors are open at any time." WaitWhat?(1/2)
>>34940088looks like we got ourselves a sister~
>>34940335It'd be nice, but I highly doubt she's going to agree to it.
>>34940088At least the masked girl looks equally confused, "You can't be serious! You don't even know who I am!" Y-yeah Mom, I want to help her, but isn't that a little-"That doesn't matter to me." She tugs at the girl's arm and kneels down, drawing her into a hug. The girl struggles and pulls at her grasp for a moment, but then-She returns the hug? What? I'm convinced now, Mom's hugs are magic. That is her magic ability is to make magic hugs. That's the only explanation that I have for this."I don't care who you are, or why you hide your face, or why you fight Fortune. But I do know what it's like to have to take on the world by yourself." "W-what do you know abou-" The girl breaks the hug and slowly turns away. "..I'll think about it.. Okay?" "That's all I ask, please come find me anytime." She leaps away, but I visibly saw tears pouring down the front of her mask in the half-second that I saw her face. "Mom, why did you make that offer to her?" "Oh, I don't know." Mom turns back toward me. "I guess she reminds me a lot of how I was when I was younger." What is that supposed to mean? Thread End.
Okay, guys, I'm really sorry about tonight. I shouldn't have bothered trying to run tonight if I felt as completely tired as I do right now. One update per hour for six hours isn't enough for a full thread. I'm going to archive and head to bed, but let me know what you think. How was tonight's pretty slow thread?
>>34940778Well its not like we stare at it all day to the exclusion of everything else, waiting for the next pin to drop. It's nice and casual and its good stuff, no complaints.
>>34940812Thanks, I'm almost wondering if having multi-day threads would work out.But then, someone would have to keep them bumped overnight.
>>34940778thanks for running! well, you still got at a decent stopping point.i mean, if i wanted to be a dick about it, i'd just say you ended last thread's "episode" in this thread, but yeah still better than nothing and i can only admire you for running two really different quests like that >>34940840a few QMs do thatit's no real issue, there's often people willing to bump (timezones help, for once)
>>34940840Yeah that's impractical. A real popular quest *might* survive one night, if it ends late and starts early.
>>34940840It works for Hexer.
>>34940885I have no idea how he manages to run a quest that way, it's pure magic.
>>34940866It's not at all impractical as long as the thread doesn't end too close to the bump limit. It just requires one or two people checking the thread's page every few hours to keep a thread afloat for a day or two.I should know, half the time I'm the anon that bumps AToW threads at around page 9.
>>34940856>i mean, if i wanted to be a dick about it, i'd just say you ended last thread's "episode" in this thread,I noticed that. This thread is really the conclusion to last thread's cliffhanger. I'll try to restructure threads where that doesn't happen as often.
>>34940905Well there might be a dependable anon or two but a night offline or a change in sleep schedule and it falls apart pretty easy. But I dunno, maybe this quest just has enough dedicated people with agreeable schedules.
>>34941028Could always see how long this quest lasts
May as well see about making this thread last the night.
Sad I missed last nights thread, that was great. Mom's hugs truly are a miracle.And its good to see that she isn't against the "crushing Fortune" plan for any reason. Adorable scolding next thread ?
>>34950314I sure hope so.
>>34941028Keeping it afloat for a single day isn't so hard, thanks to timezones. As long as Heart announces when he wants to use a thread twice in a row it should be doable.
>>34952306He probably doesn't need this thread bumped anymore since today is a Dog Days Quest day.
>>34952577 I actually didn't intentionally bump, I just found the thread, but thanks for the heads-up
well, i guess we have proved that we can do it, right?