You wake early, dawn creeping over the horizon in a brilliant display of colour. Your family snoozes gently around you, limbs in every direction. blankets have been pulled askew as they slept, leaving an interesting tableau of half exposed spiders throughout the nest. Mom has remained somewhat normal, a blanket bundled under her chin, another across her human half- her spider parts stick out from under the covers, legs spread, as she snores. Aria, on the other hand has flopped backwards, lying across her shell, drool running freely from her mouth- Elle is next to her, and judging by the weaver's collection of blankets, has stolen Aria's covers.The boys have constructed themselves some sort of blanket fort, the only hints that there's anything but a pile of cloth in the corner are a few legs sticking free from beneath. And Sara has once again moved from lying next to you to lying across your spider half, blanket wrapped around her shoulders like a cape. You keep still- no need to wake anyone just yet.Sheszka, your new 'packmate', went to bed bundled in blankets, curled in your lap. Now, however, she has wiggled her way free of the cloth, lying on her back, twisted to one side, arms and legs half curled above her. She really does look just like a dog, like this. Her stomach exposed, ears and limbs twitching as she dreams.Your eyes travel down to the pale flesh of her tummy. You fingers twitch.Your parents were never home- they wouldn't allow you a pet. Too much work, too much responsibility.
>>35045438She liked it when you scratched her ears, right? She was so happy- and dogs like having their belly rubbed. You could just... reach out and pet her. Wait, wait. She's not an animal, Lyra. You can't just treat her like a pet.The wolf-girl twists in her sleep, a little growl-whine escaping her mouth as she wriggles- When her back collides with you, the noise tapers off, her whole body relaxing, one ear flicking as she makes fluttering snore noises.She's right there. Right there.>Pull a blanket back over her- The temptations less if you can't see it.>Settle for patting her head, gently. You don't want to wake her up.>Rub her tummy. Do it.>Other (?)Twitter: twitter.com/REQMXCharacter Sheet and Misc:http://pastebin.com/u/REQMArchive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Re-Monsterorhttp://archive.moe/tg/search/tripcode/!!7fb3j+Ac+pZ%20/type/op/
>>35045449Pat head. WE MUST RESIST!
>>35045449>Rub her tummy. Do it.DO. IT.
Rolled 53, 40 = 93 (2d100)>>35045449>>Settle for patting her head, gently. You don't want to wake her up.
>>35045503>WE MUST RESIST!Give in. Surrender to the temptation. You know you want to!
>>35045449>Rub her tummy. Do it.No other options
>>35045449>Rub her tummy. Do it.This choice is unfair.
>>35045449>>Settle for patting her head, gently. You don't want to wake her up.
>>35045449>Settle for patting her head, gently. You don't want to wake her up.We'll rub her tummy when she's more used to our current living arrangements.
>>35045449>Settle for patting her head, gently. You don't want to wake her up.
>>35045449>Rub her tummy. Do it.
>>35045449>>Pull a blanket back over her- The temptations less if you can't see it.It's weird having a wolf girl.Let's try just treating her like a person. Maybe see if, given food and safety, she can start being interested in more things than pack mechanics.
>Not rubbing her tummyOnly plebs choose this
>>35045655We need to talk with her more and have her improve her Forestspeak skills. Right now it's hard to hold a conversation with her. And, I know mom is going to get angry at us again for this but, I think we should ask Sheszka if there were any sisters, brothers, or friends from her old pack that she thinks might have survived, and that we should extract from the Werebeast area.
>>35045755but we can still rub her tummy right?
Neck and neck! Writing!
>>35045755We should consider some way to possibly improve the werebeast area.Heck, I was planning on building a web-based bridge across the thing earlier.
See on one hand, treating her like a person and making her a bit more independent is smart. On the other, she'll probably always have a pack mentality, and it's not like this one time we rub her tummy is gonna mean we can never treat her with dignity again.On the third hand, gods damn me before I vote anything but tummy-rub because fuck do I want to see that scene.
We need to knit our new pack member some clothes, like, immediately.We will NOT let our friend/pet/pack member/extended family/possible love interest go around in rags a moment longer!
>>35045791So... We think seriously about tummy rubs but realize we have razor sharp claws and she has tender bellyflesh?
>>35045865That is the first order of business. She needs a shirt and... PANTS?WE'VE NEVER MADE PANTS!HOW>>35045892This is a good solution.
>>35045892We hang out with shoulder Harpy and we haven't crushed her to bust with our monstrous strength.I think Lyra has a pretty damn good handle on herself.
>>35045892I had assumed it would be rubbing with our palm or something, not sure how good that would fell though.
>>35045914WUT IZ PANTZ!? Seriously though, we're boned.
>>35045914DEFINE "PANTS"WE MADE JIN A SET OF SHORTS / BOXERS
>>35045953I thought we just made her a cool jacked and a blanket/scarf. No one told me about these boxer things.
>>35045449Hey REQM, shouldn't Lyra have some sort of skill/trait or something to reflect how she keeps making mastercraft weapons? I mean the dicegods must be hinting at something with those 100s...
>>35045816>>35045755Lyra is always up for some adventure and learning new things. Learning some more about the Weres and scouting out the situation seem like a good way to spend the day.We should learn more about them and meet more than one Werebeast before we make any decisions.On a meta level, I want to lead the other Spiders and conquer the Werebeasts. We will become the Alphas and stop their endless infighting. Return the old order and let their culture recover. Of course, we don't know about the old order or any of that just yet.
>>35045996it probably ticked off some evolution deal.We'll probably be some kind of weird hephastean defender.
>>35045996>>35046031Fucking shitty router. yunowork
>>35046074Keep calm and delete one of them.
>>35045988I think it was more like a loin cloth / apron skirt thing. But yeah, I remember making her one.Considering Shez has half-wolf limbs, I think shorts or a loin cloth would be a good fit.
>>35046074It's okay, you made me laugh
>>35046002Spider strong. Remove lizardmen.
>>35046111you mean a PRETTY SKIRT.because that is the easiest one to make.
>>35045816A bridge to the werebeast area is not a good idea right now. There's no need, since the stream is shallow enough that we can just walk across the bottom without the water going above our head.>>35046002While that's something on our to-do list, I think we should spar with Aria today. See how far her training has come, and to help boost her XP gain rate some more.
>>35046128>>35046002>SpiderwarsNo anon, shit's so idyllic!
>>35046111Loincloth would probably be best since it won't restrict her movement.
>>35046002Spiderbutt Master Race will lay path to future.Shoulder Harpies and Bosom Wolves are crucial ingredients to this path.
>>35046157That's the point. We are destined to be the savage queen of Gaul.
>>35046171Clearly we should make her a skirt.
>>35046135Is that a specific type of skirt or are you just commenting that it was pretty?Because I'm sure it was very nice. We may not be Elle but we wouldn't stuff Jin with poorly made clothes.
>>35046183NooooI say we should instead try to teach them BOOK
>>35046157Err, no, it's not idyllic. That's the point. The Weres are killing themselves with constant infighting. In the old Monster Civ, this was kept under control by other races taking the position of Alpha and leading them.But this is all meta so we can't make any decisions about this yet until Lyra discovers it for herself.
>>35046256our spider stuff is pretty ideal, though.I just really don't want big spider wars for anything other than, like, combined threats to everyone.Unification wars are always messy and terrible.
>>35046256Speaking of meta. Is this AU or is there a chance we'll run into the MC from the light novels?Think he'll try and eat us for our spider-ness?
>>35046300FUCK the MC from the novels.Katamari cannabalism power gainin' is bullshit.
>>35046300I think this is disconnected from every other setting like it aside from sharing some basic themes and principles.I VASTLY prefer it this way too.
>>35046291>our spider stuff is pretty ideal, though.C'mon, don't selfish. The Spiders mostly landed on their feet (we have lots of feet) but a lot of the other races got screwed when the Civ collapsed. The Mothkin were hunted to near extinction and the Weres have devolves into constant infighting that's wrecked their culture. We can help them.Also, I don't think this would involve actual war. Since it involves us becoming the Alphas of the Packs, I'm imagining it involving challenges for Dominance.Ritual combat between the ruling Alpha and the challenger.Or maybe not. This is all just speculation for now. It won't become a voteable issue until we learn about this stuff in character.
>>35046291It's like you don't want to watch the characters break, that we may observe how they remake themselves.
Now that Aria has evolved, should we take her to the town for her armor? But we should wait for Elle to make some dresses and bolts of Arachne silk for sale as well.
>>35046256we should raise our new pup to become queen of the wolves
>>35046446I think one of the other, stronger, races needs to be Alpha. It ensures peace by preventing the other Weres from challenging for control and starting the infighting again.
>>35046494I think that anon means that Sheszka assumes dominance over the other Weres, while we have dominance over her. This insures that external influence into their culture is limited to our direct interactions with Sheszka as opposed to having to deal with the entire species ourselves...
>>35046413Nah.Let's just set up spider charity homes.It will be inevitable that the wolves try to take more than we give, and we'll set them straight then, systemically.
>>35046443yeah, we should probably take her AND elle to town. And maybe whoever else wants to come.We'll have to bring our own food, though, because I am pretty sure a family of arachne and their wolf can pretty much eat the inn's entire stock in one go.
>>35046443We could and we probably should at some point, I was hoping to spar with her today, we haven't sparred with anyone since we evolved and both of us did we could get a lot out of it I think
You glance around, stealthily checking each sleeping form. Your hand creeps, unbidden, towards the slumbering wolf. She twitches as it closes in on her, nose wrinkling.Your hand hovers over her, shivering, nothing but raw will holding you back. You can't just, just, Pet people. Right? It's not a thing people do. Your eyes are laser focused- You're grinning so hard your face hurts.It's not fair. You really, really want to pet her.You reach your other hand down, cradling the back of her head gently. Your fingers slide through her hair- and when they reach her half folded wolf ears, she gives a little shiver of delight, lips curling into a smile even in rest.You scratch as gently as you can, curling your fingertips around her ears, working your way across her scalp. She twists her neck in a sleepy haze, butting her head into your hand, tail flicking beneath her as you scratch harder.You sigh, tension flowing out of you, muscles unclenching. Maybe you can wait till- Your hand. Your hand is warm. You stare at the traitorous appendage in shock. You'd meant to drop the matter, not drop your hand onto her. Wait- No, stop that, you-Fingers close, open softly, as your hand makes a slow spiral over her stomach, gently applying pressure. She makes the most adorable, satisfied noise you have ever heard, one legging batting at the air as you start to scratch. Curling up, then towards your hand, pushing herself as close to you as she can get- You can feel the heat radiating off her body. Eyelids flutter, and you freeze as she slowly wakes, a wide, fang-filled yawn splitting her face. Drowsy, half-open eyes take in the scene: You cradling her head with one hand, the other still stuck to her stomach. She smiles at you, eyes unfocussed, wrapping a pair of gangly arms around you, pushing her head against your stomach, holding herself close.
>>35046672So, appoint Shez as our Beta and let her manage the day to day stuff? Sensible idea.I expect we'll need to recruit other Alpha Spiders because rounding up and taking control of every pack would probably be to much for us alone. Then each Pack would probably need their own Beta to manage that group, can't expect a single Beta to manage multiple scattered Packs. Not like we have wireless communication here.
>>35046841You relax in her grip, and continue scratching her as she makes muffled noises of happiness into your tummy. You smile down, greeting the young wolf."Good morning, yes. Did you sleep well?""MmmmMMmmmmnmm."You chuckle, bright eyed, and her tail thumps behind her."There is all sorts of things to do today, yes. We'll make you some clothes- ah, and I am sure mom will help- we can teach you more of the forest language. Maybe even a bit of the plainspeech- There is a village nearby."Her voice is tiny, barely audible against your body."Thank-you."You hug her tighter, sharing your own warmth, smiling all the while."We will keep you safe. Happy. I will protect you, I promise.""Thank-you for taking me. Alpha.""Mmn."You hold her till your family begins to rise, and she stays next to you even as the nights leftovers are brought out- you have to prompt her forward, pushing her into the circle of your family, where she picks up a chunk of meat and sets about devouring it.There's a lot to teach her. Not just words, but family too.Well, you've got a whole day ahead of you.We'll start with one today.>Start with some weaving- Rags won't do.>Break out the books- work your way through a few, expand her vocabulary.>Take her hunting- You'll need more food. And chances are, the exercise is good for her.>Train a bit with mom and Aria- she can tag along, learn how to fight. Probably dirty, knowing mom.>It's been a while since you worked on your own magic- You'll need Sara's help.>Ask Elle to take care of weaving for you while you do something else>Other (?)
>>35046862>Start with some weaving- Rags won't do.
>>35046862>>Train a bit with mom and Aria- she can tag along, learn how to fight. Probably dirty, knowing mom.>Ask Elle to take care of weaving for you while you do something else
>>35046862>Take her hunting- You'll need more food. And chances are, the exercise is good for her.Tire her out first. Then we teach her. Clothes AFTER that, otherwise she might ruin them.
>>35046862>Train a bit with mom and Aria- she can tag along, learn how to fight. Probably dirty, knowing mom.>Ask Elle to take care of weaving for you while you do something elseTell Elle that she should make some bolts of silk, and maybe a dress or some shirts to try to sell, when we take her with Aria to the village.
>>35046862>>Start with some weaving- Rags won't do.First thing's first.Language is also important, as is first hunting trip.
>>35046862Shez is the best.>Ask Elle to take care of weaving for you while you do something else>Take her hunting- You'll need more food. And chances are, the exercise is good for her.
>>35046862>Start with some weaving- Rags won't do.A clean feeling is the first step.
>>35046862>Ask Elle to take care of weaving for you while you do something elseIf she's willing, this is best option. She''ll do a much better job.Offer to do her share of the hunting today.>Take her hunting- You'll need more food. And chances are, the exercise is good for her.
>>35046862>Break out the books- work your way through a few, expand her vocabulary.>Ask Elle to take care of weaving for you while you do something else
>>35046862She's cuter than Jin... this is... my god>OtherRUB THE BELLY!
>>35046862>Take her hunting- You'll need more food. And chances are, the exercise is good for her.>Ask Elle to take care of weaving for you while you do something else
>>35046979Patience anon. We can't just get addicted to belly. This must be properly rationed.
>>35047056I agree, too much of it will cheapen the feeling.And a glorious feeling it be.
>>35046862>Take her hunting- You'll need more food. And chances are, the exercise is good for her.we could also do some teaching as we travel...I would vote to ask Elle to make Shez some clothes, but we are her alpha, so it is our responsibility to provide for her...
>>35047117The first step of being a good spideralpha isacting like alphas aren't a thing and teaching her how to live in non-packbased groups
Counting!Ill keep my eye on the questions, and I'll get to them after the thread!
>The sinfully decadent act of Belly Rubs has cemented Lyra as Bellyesbian.I cannot hate this, even if I tried.
>>35047117>>35047198Also, a good leader knows how to delegate. An Alpha that thinks they're best at everything and takes point them self will make his Pack go hungry.An Alpha that puts their best tracker on point will have a happy, well fed Pack.
>>35047272I hate this.we've gone too far.
Alright then- Clothes, hunting and asking for elle's help are all close- please link this post with only a number.1 Take Sheszka hunting. Have Elle make cloth, so you can make the clothes yourself.2 Take Sheska hunting. Ask Elle to make her some clothes while you're out.3 Make Sheska's clothes first.
>>35047398>3 Sheska's clothes first.Made with love~
>>350473982see if we can't let Elle try making something for someone other then a drider. She might like the challenge
>>35047437>>35047445You sort of messed up final destination voting.
IOkayCounting.There's a lot of you today.
>>35047528It's the belly rubs. It drew in the crowd.
>>35047272But what about softly grooming Jin's feathers? Gently stimulating her wings and scalp.
>>35047528that puppy scene was goddamn adorable
>>35047321>>35047388Too far?We haven't even started yet.We're still in some tiny corner of the forest. Who knows what else lives here?Adorably blind bat girls/boys, who need to hold hands in the daylight?More fluffy tails?And what'll happen when we leave the forest behind? A whole world of creatures is waiting for us to find them, and fuss over them while petting them. A young earth elemental, following us because we make them feel warm? A proud knight, terrified of spiders, but determined to beat us in a tournament? A golem deep in a dungeon, their creator long dead- and us the first person they've seen in hundreds of years.Prepare yourself.
>>35047528Bellyrubs and cute wolf girls getting said Bellyrubs from Spiderbutt is a really attractive prospect.
>>35047528there's always more votes when you final destination.
>>35047565What if.Guys.What if, Bellyrubs, but with Jin's loose feathers we get from grooming her?
Option number one brings it home, at 7-6. Writing!
>>35047595That's called tickling, anon.
>>35047595So... If belly rubs are for Sheszka, and feather grooming are for Jin, what's our thing?
>>35047689We get to belly rub and feather groom. Obviously.
>>35047704>>35047689We have to be on the lookout for someone, one day, attempting to wax our shell.
>>35047768Unless we can get Jin or Sheszka to do it.And then we will be so shiny~
>>35047704Personally, I was thinking joint cleaning. Like how it feels good to clean under your fingernails, but more intense.
>>35047830BUT THE GLEAMING LIKE RUBIES UNDER THE SUN ANON.THE GLEAMING.
>>35047830>>35047873they're both important.If we don't get grime out from our joints, we also won't be very shiny.
>>35047916We're going to be so fabulous, Jin is going to have to get a club to beat off the crow harpies after us.
>>35048138Implying owl harpies tolerate filthy crow harpies.I wonder if there's different relationships between different types? Or if the cities have pigeon harpies?I swear if seagull harpies exist we will wipe them out.
As the family starts heading off in every direction, you manage to wave down Elle before she drops out of the tree. She turns back with a curious look, crossbow slung over her shoulder. She's already started to tear into the design book you gave her- Her tunic now sports bits of lace, drawstrings, and a built in shawl- a neat little textured pattern wrapping around the edge of it."Lyra? Did you need something?""Ah, yes. If it isn't too much trouble, could you make me a small batch of silk? I'm going to take Sheszka out hunting with me- I'll make her some new clothes when I get back. No need to get them dirty beforehand.""Hmmm."She hums to herself as she sizes up the young wolf, eyes measuring her every detail. "Maybe pants? Cut below the knee- or a skirt? It'd have to be something stiffer, wouldn't want it catching...""Uh-""Yes, yes. I'll make a batch of silk- I'll even help out later," She says with a smile. "A tunic won't work for her. I'll show you what you need, yes? Good hunting!""Mhm. Thank-you!"You wave her off as she heads over the nest's edge, dropping out of sight. Turning back, you find your new charge standing half at attention, eagerly awaiting your orders. Your smile spreads as she looks at you, grinning."Well then... Shall we hunt?"She nods excitedly, skipping towards the edge of the nest- and pulling up short, quickstepping back.
>>35048340She glances nervously at it, then back to you."Forgot."You wrap an arm around her waist, pulling her up, cradling her in both arms. She wraps both of her own around your neck, clutching you tight as you move for the edge, shutting her eyes and holding her breath.You get the two of you down in one piece- You are a giant spider, after all. Sheszka bounces with excitement, nose twitching as she scents the air, scampering to the edges of the clearing and back to you as she waits for instructions.>Just pick a direction and go- You'll find something.>>Towards the ruins>>Towards the swamp>>Towards the waterfall>Have your new pack lead you- She can probably find prey with ease.>Weave a web, have Sheszka chase things into it. Pick a location.>Other (?)
>>35048360>>Have your new pack lead you- She can probably find prey with ease.She's got a good nose right?It would do her good to get that practise in anyway
>>35048360>Have your new pack lead you- She can probably find prey with ease.
>>35048360>Have your new pack lead you- She can probably find prey with ease."Wolves are good trackers, yes? You can find things by scent, lead us to something big, yes."
>>35048360>>Have your new pack lead you- She can probably find prey with ease.
>>35048360>Have your new pack lead you- She can probably find prey with ease.Show us how good your tracking skills are little wolf.
>>35048360>Weave a web, have Sheszka chase things into it. Pick a location.We're a damn spider.Let's try to catch some of those gnomes. web towards ruins.
>>35048360>Just pick a direction and go- You'll find something.need to satisfy the explorer's itch Lyra has somehow
>>35048360>OtherHead towards the swamp and have her begin tracking prey there. We want to get her XP gain rate locked in high, and we need to feed our increased food requirement, Aria's newly increased food requirement, and Sheszka as well.
>>35048454You realize you're supposed to pick a direction with that choice, don't you? Or are you as scatterbrained as a pigeon?
We should go see the moths soon, we never found out what happened to that moth girl.
>>35048589I think they might be further away than the human village, from our position. Being at the center of spider territory, wheras we're at the very periphery keeping a watch on ruins.But yeah, I do want to check in.
>>35048609Moths were nice, though I'm not the only one who thinks it's ironic that moths rely on spiders for protection right? Even though we have no reason to eat or hurt them in any way it still makes me smirk.
Alright! Roll 2d100, and feel free to name anything you'd like to find. I'll make a monster from it.
>>35048589>>35048609If we do go, we should bring along lots of jars. Their dust is still valuable, and they need a way that they can sell it without putting themselves in danger.Having Arachne and Werebeast intermediaries is probably the safest.
Rolled 26, 7 = 33 (2d100)>>35048649
Rolled 88, 99 = 187 (2d100)>>35048649something bigbig and tasty looking
Rolled 44, 70 = 114 (2d100)>>35048649Let's go find bigger monsters! We have armor nao!Tarrasque anyone? Do they even have those in RE:monster?
>>35048649Because you're sending sheszka to track things. Which I forgot to type out.
Rolled 37, 16 = 53 (2d100)>>35048649
Rolled 20, 5 = 25 (2d100)>>35048649dragongoddragon-god
>>35048649I kind of want to discover what an Ape, Gorilla, or Monkey could look like in our Monster-verse.
Rolled 35, 28 = 63 (2d100)>>35048649Towards the swamps, some alligators.If either us or Sheszka learns skinning, we could offer alligator hides to the town for trade, and alligator-skin purses to go along with Elle's dresses.
>>35048654>jarsyou mean a gasmask.Can't read that there dust.>>35048649GIANT ROLLING CRUSHBEETLE
>>35048694Sheszka best tracker!
Rolled 40, 12 = 52 (2d100)>>35048649We must encounter some random skeletons. So many Dog with a Bone puns.
>>35048649River Dragon! We were talking about that last thread.River Dragon!! The look on Moms face when we drag a fuckhuge Dragon back to the nest.....
>>35048776This. Please this.Gotta get that dragonscale armor.
>>35048694Alright, well I guess you'll find-I don't even know at this point. We'll figure something out. Writing!
assuming we find a dragon and then kill it what do you think mom's reaction is going to be... and I guess Aria's as well seeing as she's always trying to one up us.
>>35048836WE FIND THE JHEN MOHRAN.AND THEN WE KILL IT.IT'S DELICIOUS JEWELED MEAT FEEDS US FOR TEN THOUSAND YEARS.
>>3504877622 days oldhunting draginswat
>>35048852Aria isn't trying to "One Up" us, she just doesn't want to be left behind.She doesn't want to surpass us, she wants to be like mom.
>>35048852>and I guess Aria's as well seeing as she's always trying to one up us.I think we should bring Aria on our adventures now. Because if we don't, she's going to try to one-up us, and probably end up getting hurt (because she doesn't have the defense bonus we have from being a rare variant).
>>35048836hope we brought our armor.
>>35048649We find a Camel salesman.
>>35048895>Implying that mom would have let us leave the nest without it.
Damn missed the vote, wanted to find something in a Earth Magic Nexus
>>35048895Nah, Mom superglues that shit to our skin whenever we leave.
>what do you want to fightAEGAGROPILON
>>35048919Funny thing, since our birth we've caused Mom to gain over 20 levels. She's at 86, we may want to try to beat her to evolution 2 before she decides to 'spar' us in her new form.
>>35049172it's fiiiiine.Raising children is tons of XP.
>>35049172I think power-leveling ourselves beyond our own mother without even being a month or two old is a ticket to her kicking our ass once the shock fades.Out of Jealousy, Worry, and Pride, of course.
>>35049394But it would be worth it to see the expression on her face.2nd evo here we come!
Sheszka looks to you expectantly, eagerness written all over her. "We will hunt!"You nod, considering your options. Chances are she could find you anything you care to look for- excepting the sorts of things that the language gap won't cover. You wind up muttering animals aloud as you think, walking through the woods with the wolf at your side."Hmm... Dragons? Or giant beetles. How would a beetle taste, anyway? Do they even have flesh?"She watches you, head cocked to one side, before offering her opinion."No dragons. Not in forest. What is beetles?""Ah, bugs. A giant bug. Not a spider, though.""Don't know smells. Nothing like spiders across the river."You keep walking before your mind rewinds the conversation, posing another question."You know what a dragon is?""Mhm. The biggest pack, they sleep under its bones."You whistle appreciatively. Or try to, anyway. Fangs aren't conducive to whistling. It takes a few tries, but you get it to work. Sheszka giggles as your face contorts, trying to keep from poking the inside of your mouth.Dragon bone, though. Is it magical? Maybe people can make stuff out of it. If they're living beneath it, though- It'd have to have been there a long time. The scales are probably long gone, and the bones would be too big to work. Maybe a smaller dragon? A wyvern? It's something to think about.
>>35049794"Mmm. Big things, then. Something that'd taste good, yes. Did you have anything you liked to eat?"Ears perk as she regards you, answering enthusiastically in a jumble of forest speech and growls."Grrr- Ah, it was. We had a bite? Big, and strong- legs and a head-"She gestures, hands forming a stubby box shaped snout in front of her face."A bear, maybe? If you can track it, we can kill it, yes."She nods, head snapping up and down as she lowers herself to all fours. Tail raised, she sniffs the air once, twice, before striking out away from home, dashing though brush. You're actually hard pressed to keep up with her- stamina isn't an issue, but she's fast as hell. She slows frequently, letting you catch up before she heads off again.After more than a few repeats, you catch up to the wolf standing still, crouching below the brush line, carefully watching her prey. Its a sizable looking bear- not the spike covered abomination you fought, but a pitch black creature, with a whispy, smoke-like mane pouring off its spine.Knowing magic, it might actually be smoke. The creature is hunched over a small creek, guzzling water, tongue lapping the stream, attention solely on its thirst.>Send Sheszka past it, the strike from behind.>You're not sure what it can do- Engage it directly, carefully.>Have Sheszka lure it towards the trees, then drop on it.>Other (?)
>>35049820>Have Sheszka lure it towards the trees, then drop on it.Eight blades from above? Yes Please.
>>35049820>>Other (?)Are you SURE that thing is the tasty thing you smelled?It looks, uh, burnt. If sure, then>Have Sheszka lure it towards the trees, then drop on it.Use weeeeebs
>>35049820>You're not sure what it can do- Engage it directly, carefully.
>>35049820I'll be gone a bit while eating-Ive written down all your ridiculous monster ideas. We'll see about having stuff show up later.
>>35049820>OtherWeave a quick sticky silk net, and try to trip it up by aiming for the legs while Sheszka flanks it and tries to get it to divide its attention.
>>35049820>You're not sure what it can do- Engage it directly, carefully.we want Sheszka to get some combat experience from this too after all
>>35049820>>Have Sheszka lure it towards the trees, then drop on it.Like a fuckin dragoonAlso, we need a net.
>>35049820>You're not sure what it can do- Engage it directly, carefully.still tell Sheszka to hide, and attack from behind when/if we tell her to
>>35049820oh god my shadowbearsHave Sheszka lure it towards the trees, then drop on it.
>>35049820>>Other (?)try to set up some web traps to slow the bear down and then hide up in a tree, have Sheszka get the bear's attention and have her lead it trough the webbing, then we can ponce on it and Sheszka can attack it from behind while we make sure it keeps it's attention on us at all time.
So.This bear thing.Delicious tasting? gross? What are your wagers?
>>35049820>Other (?)Weave a net in the trees with a Sheza sized hole in it.>Have Sheszka lure it towards the trees, then drop on it.Sheza passes through the hole while the bear gets tangled. Drop on it and impale with deadly limbs and go for spine with glaive.
>>35050037The armoured bear was nice and Sheza says this thing is tasty.
>>35050037delicious, like a smoked meat
>>35050037Smoky and rich flavor, mildly spicy if it eats things other then meat.
>>35050058knowing our luck with web based traps we would probably trap our puppy too
Alright, I'm back.Web based traps and the terrifying forest predator known only as the drop-spider.Gimme 3d100, and lets do this!
Rolled 62, 17, 78 = 157 (3d100)>>35050301
Rolled 47, 35, 13 = 95 (3d100)>>35050301the drop spider is a myth, silly QM.
Rolled 20, 25, 6 = 51 (3d100)>>35050301
Rolled 68, 27, 60 = 155 (3d100)>>35050301drop bears ain't got shit on us
Rolled 25, 68, 33 = 126 (3d100)>>35050301Dropspider GO!
Here we go! Writing!
>>35049193Fucking adorable, mate. I was thinking of commissioning someone for a picture like that.
>>35050465there are a few of these kicking around on the E-webs.
>>35050465The qm threw out a half-finished one of lyra and jin as kids. I'd have to go through the archives to find it.
here's more spiders while we wait.
>>35050611Ah, spider problems and hanging clothing.
One more for when we eventually run into dad, then I'm gonna be done a while.
>>35050659That picture is inaccurate as fuck.We are going to punch him, hard.
>>35050799nah.We're going to be sitting on a web one day, and he will wander into it.
>>35050799Mom is NOT going to approve of that.
>>35050799I'm not mad enough at him to punch him. I'll only be grumpy if WE have to hunt HIM down, and he doesn't just come back soon.
>>35050799He hasn't really done anything to us warranting that. Only Mom would be entitled to punch him.On the other hand, it is inaccurate because we have no reason to care at all about that guy.
You glare at the monster. It's definitely got some kind of power- The mane is a dead give-away. You don't feel like taking another blast of anything, armour or not. You gesture for your wolf to wait, and slide into the trees- In short order, you have a sizable web with a Sheszka-sized hole near the bottom. You hang sideways off the structure as you lay out your plan."Try to get it to chase you, yes? And then, you run through the hole there- and we will strike it."She nods seriously, her long mop of hair flopping with each flick of her head."Yes."You give her an encouraging smile, and clamber into the tree above.Step one goes off without a hitch- The bear turns as soon as she steps into the clearing proper. There's that tense moment where you aren't sure it'll give chase- but it fades quickly, the bear lumbering towards her, picking up speed as she goes.You can see the look of concentration on her face- she's frozen her body in a parody of fear, pretending at being prey. As the beast closes on her, she bolts, screaming towards the gap in the web. The bear batters through the brush, roaring as it tries to close the distance- and teh bounce in it's step sends it straight into your web, momentum twisting it forward.Its caught sideways and upside down, head and one full side firmly stuck to your web, its free paws waving spastically around as it snarls out its rage. You drop in one movement, slamming down your full weight onto the monster, stabbing with each leg, with your spear aimed at its neck-And its mane comes alive. Shadows twist beneath the trees, trying to shield the monster, snapping up to stab at you; Only a few of your legs punching through the armour-like film, drawing angry roars from the beast. You dance atop it, stabbing down, shifting away from the shadows that seek out your limbs.
>>35051057Sheszka tears back out of the woods, lips curled back, and launches herself at the bear, fangs sinking into its throat. Its snaps its head back and forth, desperately trying to dislodge her, but she's firmly embedded, jaw latched over its neck, arms and legs alike clawing at it's underside.The bear slows, shadows fading as your loyal wolf crushes its throat, driving the breath from its lungs and bringing it to the ground- You hop off the slow falling beast, pivoting and driving your glaive up through its ribcage, ending it. It collapses with a final spatter of blood leaking from its jaws.Sheszka detached herself, sitting back from the body. Her tail blurring behind her, she smiles through a mouthful of blood. You pat her head, praising her, and her eyes light up, even in the shade of the woods.Its a simple matter to pull down your web, wrapping your catch, and hauling it across your carapace. You take your time on the way home- pointing objects out at random, and either praising her for knowing the word, or teaching her when she doesn't. You also send her hurtling off after any small animals either of you spot, a growing collection of critters piling up next to the bear. You reach the tree just as noon ticks over, the sun starting its descent as you haul everything, wolf included, into the tree.Plenty of day left.>Get that cloth from Elle- its time for wolf-clothes.>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.>Bring Sara in- teach her forest-speech and reading. She'd probably love to play professor.>Other (?)
>>35051083>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.We'll make the clothing after dinner, and so her clothes don't get dirty from training.
>>35051083dam hunting dogs make a world of difference when collecting a day's meal. also>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.I really feel like we've been neglecting our training. Have we even had a practice session since we evolved?
>>35051083>Get that cloth from Elle- its time for wolf-clothes.Time for fluffy fashion
>>35051083>Get that cloth from Elle- its time for wolf-clothes.
>>35051083>Get that cloth from Elle- its time for wolf-clothes.Let's dress the Wolf-girl.
>>35051083>Get that cloth from Elle- its time for wolf-clothes
>>35051130>Have we even had a practice session since we evolved?Not a single one.
Rolled 45, 93, 29 = 167 (3d100)>>35051083>>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.
>>35051083>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.
>>35051083>Get that cloth from Elle- its time for wolf-clothes.Clothes first. We can use that time for some more teaching too.
>>35051083>Get that cloth from Elle- its time for wolf-clothes.the tattered rags thing bothers me.
>>35051083>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.See if were better than mom
>>35051083>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.we haven't trained in a while
>>35051155>>35051187>>35051188>>35051191>>35051197You're all doing both Sheszka and Aria a disservice by not gettin them training. We can always get her clothes later; XP bonuses are close to getting locked in.
Mom aside, have we even taken damage then then the lightning bolt?
>>35051276civilization first, then brutality, anon
>>35051083>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.Aria is going to pass us up at this rate, superspecial ruby variant or not
>>35051083FIIINE, let's go >Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.You guys are kind of convincing.>>35051239I'll be bothered while we're doing it, though. strike that vote linked.
>>35051276>Sheszka and Aria a disserviceFirst of all, Aria can train without us just fine. Second, Sheszka is already plenty strong, and getting her proper clothing is therefore the higher priority, training can always come afterwards.
>>35051083>>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.
>>35051083>Get that cloth from Elle- its time for wolf-clothes.Oh god all this samefagging, guys, really.
>>35051083>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.I want that xp
We don't really get any XP from training anymore. We get Xp for challenging stuff, this training isn't challenging for us anymore, for a long time.
You guys do realize Sheszka wasn't born when we found her ? Her Xp gain rate has long since been locked in.
>>35051083>Drag her further up the tree, and get a lesson from mom.Can't let Mom beat us to Super Spider Level 2
>>35051290Nope. Not a scratch. Army of Lizardmen, Kobolds, Lizard adventuring party, armoured bear, undead army.... Untouchable.
>>35051421telling us about XP rates and locking was a mistake.
>>35051398It was plenty challenging right up until we evolved, we havnt done it once since then. This just means mom can stop holding back on us.If you think she cant find a way to make it challenging you're dead wrong
>>35051391>>35051398Training wins, narrowly.You still get exp via training- You can't rank up from training alone, and your exp rate has been maxed out, but sparring and pushing yourself is good exp.>>35051421Sheszka's exp rate is mid-high tier, via war and running for her life.
>>35051398i was hoping to mainy do it for leveling up spear fighting not getting closer to evolution
>>35051449It really was, the metagaming is staggering.>>35051450No I am not, because she needed to smack us around for a entire day before we started being strained the last time we did it, a single afternoon session wouldn't do anything for us. Which would also mean no one besides Lyra gets to do any training.
>>35051450>If you think she cant find a way to make it challenging you're dead wrongIf she conencentrates on lyra, I thought this training was supposed to help Sheska and our Sister, you know, people who need training far more then we do.
>>35051398Mom's spear level is at 17. We are at, what, 6? There's a whole lot more to combat than simply using your strength to overwhelm an opponent. With the HUEG gap in our abilities and skill level, we can still gain a lot of XP from training with Mom.
>>35051482It makes me feel bad every time someone uses XP as an argument.Sort of shoots doing things for reasons in the foot.
>>35051508We needed several days of day long sparring with mom to even get that far, what makes you think a single afternoon will make a difference to get us higher ? Thats not how it works.Worse, if Mom focuses on us so much that we actually get a benefit from it, it means sidelining Aria, again. Who needs training far more then we do. And of course Sheska won't get any training either.
>>35051508no, we are helping Aria and Sheszka get trained, not hogging xp for shitty metagaming purposes.
>>35051547im right there with you anon
>>35051615>we are helping Aria and Sheszka get trainedIf that is what this leads to, I'm okay with that.Although I'm not sure how much mom could teach Sheska, given the vastly different physiology. And she already got the basics down, so its pretty much just sparring for her.
>>35051583As a spider woman, I'd like to think she has son ability to multitask and juggle "projects" like training each daughter. She only had to focus on us because we kept going David and Goliath with enemies, it's more level playing field now.
>>35051676She had to focus on us because training someone is hard and requires dedication.And it becomes harder the better you get.
>>35051547So the reasoning of "I want to see Sheszka being cute" or the paper thin excuse of trying to "civilize" her with clothes (putting aside how stupid that sounds) are good reasons to put off training with mom and Aria, in a world where fighting for our lives is a thing we have to do on a consistent basis?
>>35051713We are already very good at fighting, it would cost us nothing to take the moment to give her some proper clothes so she can feel like a person for once. Sheszka will appreciate clean and proper colthing as much as anyone else would.
>>35051713>where fighting for our lives is a thing we have to do on a consistent basisExactly, we already do it all the time. So does Sheszka, it would be nice for her to not have to fight for a moment and get something nice.A single afternoon of training, not even that really since its split three-ways, makes absolutely no difference however. Excep for >muh Xp grind
>>35051746>cost us nothing to take the moment It would cost us the rest of the day, not a moment.
>>35051713I don't like sheszka, but I want her clothed and educated to talk if we're going to have to be with her.XP based decisions, on the other hand, sap joy from any part of the quest that isn't GET XP.which this quest doesn't really focus on much, and I'd resent the focus shifting.
>>35051713> fighting for our lives is a thing we have to do on a consistent basis?No, actually it isnt, we could just go after easier prey, like deer, all the time, but that wouldnt make for a very interesting quest. or hey, a Civilized settlement, with some kind of steady food supply IS right through the forest, if we wanted to, we could just get a job there and never have to hunt again.Youre just tryin, poorly to justify not wanting to do something thats not going to get you precious exp.
>>35051789>I'd resent the focus shifting.The focus was already shifted to getting stronger after our encounter with the gnome and reinforced after the wolf.
>>35051713You make me sad I shifted my vote for training.I would shift back now, if the vote was not done.
>>35051713Yes?I don't see how they aren't.
>>35051818not really. the focus has been spider simulator 2014.Not MMO the grindening.
>>35051808>but that wouldnt make for a very interesting questAnd in order to survive having an interesting time of adventure, we have to get stronger. The very life you say makes for an interesting quest is a life of conflict and violence as we explore the world like Nialla did. So what are you arguing here? That we want a life of excitement but that it won't be one where we have to get stronger?
>>35051818Well, yeah, and then we got a whole lot stronger. And we will continue to get stronger by having coll adventures and fighting powerful monster.Interesting stuff. While training with Mom, while amsuing no doubt, simply isn't needed anymore by comparison. If we get free time and have nothing better to do, sure. But allowing Sheszka some nice clothes seems a whole lot more important. She has to wear those the entire time afterall.
I need to step out for a moment, picking up family. I'll resume writing as soon as I return.
>>35051912>we have to get strongerWhich we can do a lot better by simply taking on challenges in the wild that actually accomplish something.While sparring with mom at this point accomplishes nothing besides us getting XP.
>>35051912If we let decisions be "we should do it for XP!" then that drains every single bit of excitement, fun, and spontaneity. It also robs the quest medium of any advantages it has.
>>35051962Our skill with spears and in hand-to-hand still need work, and our skills are what need the most work right now.
REQM you might want to start actively discouraging metagaming now before it gets out of control.>>35051713like this shit muh xp whining and focus, saps other activities out of a quest.next they will bitch when we visit town for anything but buying better armor/weapons.we are actively hunting more dangerous stuff than is needed, so no fighting for our life is not a base part of the setting.>>35051912no, we dont need to grind xp to survive an interesting adventure, we just have to adventure. this is not some shitty mmo where you have to be level X to go on adventure Y
>>35051912Im arguing that youre being a pedantic twit, and putting forth a bunch of false assertions as to what is necessary for the story to continue. Yes, Hunting deer every day wouldnt be interesting, but personally, settling down and switching to some kind of exploration, daily life, civilization building or other kind of lifestyle quest could be equally interesting and STILL wouldnt require the kind of fetishized power mongering youre talking about.Votes done anyway.
I'm going to tell myself I voted for the training scene so that we can make sure the wolf has some fair chops, and to hang out with our neglected sister.So I don't feel dirty for the XP shit.
>>35052012And they will get better the same way Moms got so high, by using them in actual fights.>>35052032I hope the training vote results in us helping our Sister and Sheszka getting trained, that way it it actually serves a purpose at least.
>>35052021>>35052028>>35052032Why are we having this conversation? Since when has meta gaming become a problem in this quest?
>>35052071When shits lost their vote and couldn't get the quest to be a slice-of-life anime.
>>35052071Its better to have this conversation before it becomes a serious problem.But if people, like now, start making choices based on "Xp grind" and "xp gain rate cap", that is a issue, and it has been a argument before and at some point it stops being something you can talk away as joke people make since some really seem to mean it.
>>35052071Meta gamers are a consistent problem in most quest, particularly in ones with any kind of skill/exp progression. I agree arguing about it probably isnt doing any good.
>>35052071since some metagamer decided to push for us to train with mom for muh xp reasons instead of us helping mom train Aria and Sheszka.
>>35052071Since now. People seem to be caring more abut bigger exp gains than anything else.
>>35052071basically right here>>35052124
>>35052147Yeah.They made me feel bad about my vote retroactively with their MUH XP shit.I thought we were just going to have some training funtime with sister we never hang out with.
>>35052196Aria isn't actually mentioned as being part of th training at any point.Even if I would hope we get to spend some more time with her.
>>35052147>train with mom for muh xp reasons instead of us helping mom train Aria and Sheszka.Where did that come from?The votes for training with mom clearly state that they want to make sure that Aria and Sheszka get as much training and practice as we can. We've already been told since last thread that Lyra's XP gain rate is maxed out, so this training would be for the benefit of Aria and Sheszka.
>>35052231>Train a bit with mom and Aria- she can tag along, learn how to fight. Probably dirty, knowing mom.She's there, it just wasn't mentioned in the second training prompt.
>>35052231>Aria isn't actually mentioned as being part of th training at any point.That's because she doesn't have to be. We know that she's still training with mom.
>>35052234Except>>35051130>>35051260>>35051276>>35051299>>35051371All about training Lyra instead of those that actually need and benefit from training.And those are easily half the votes for that option.
>>35052234not from the vote itself, but some guys talking about it afterwards.right about here. >>35051508 is where it really started.
>>35052298You mean the post AFTER the vote is closed, an is in response to an anon complaining that we should have gone for clothing because all training is worthless to us now? The post you quoted just said that Mom can still teach us stuff because she's got double the number of skill ranks than us. Not that we need to do this for the XP, just that training is still viable and valuable.
I personally wanted the xp, not for the sake of leveling but for Mom's reaction to is evolving again. I sincerely hope we can have fun and help our friends and family along the way though.
>>35052280Some of those replies are just about training as part of the story itself. I want to train too, to see how close we've come to mom. She really is the best measuring stick we have around here, and we really haven't had a real sparing session with her since we evolved.I couldn't care less about xp, I just want to have a "real" fight with mom, because she seriously had to be holding back on us before. Captcha: haverts folklorists
I'm back and continuing writing.And as a blanket statement:There's no need to go for anyone's throats. No matter what choices you make, where the quest leads, be it rebuilding the forest civilization, adventuring across the world, building an airship, settling down- I won't write spreadsheets. You'll grow and learn things with everything you do. And I'll write to the best of my ability in the hopes that you'll enjoy it.Lyra has a lot of meta knowledge, via reincarnation. If you want to exploit it, vote in that direction. She didn't have much of a family growing up, if you think she'd want to spend time with the one she's found now, vote for it. The reasons you use to justify your choice to yourself are fine. Have fun, and don't worry.
>>35052441Anon, I don't care about whatever you're talking about skillwise, but you have to give wiggleroom when people try to identify the EXACT starting point of arguments.
>>35052280>All about training Lyra instead of those that actually need and benefit from training.The choice was to go up to get training for Sheszka and help Aria train, with the anons commenting that we haven't trained with mom in a while and never with Aria. One of the posts you quoted even says that this training is for the benefit of Aria and Sheszka.
>>35052475REQM is best QMWe love you!
>>35052495>you have to give wiggleroomNo we don't, especially when there are posts with clear time stamps and we can trace replies back to the posts they are replying to.
>>35052603even with professional recording an analytics and a team of scientists, you can't determine the exact starting point of arguments.Give wiggle room.
>>35052475>>35052589>[baby spider chirping intensifies].gif
>>35052513That same post talks about the reason for training them being "Xp bonuses being locked in soon", which is not only wrong, but also a shitty reason. Which is really all the problem. The complaint is about the reasoning not the choice itself. Obviously several people were okay with the choice, but not with the reasoning some others had. >>35052467The issue is that Lyra doesn't need the training as much as the other two, so training her really serves no purpose besides XP grind.Mom won't have a "real" fight with us at this point after having trained the entire day with Aria.
>>35052625yeah, I'm fine with training.i'm not fine with "let's train for XP".
>>35052625>Doesn't have any purpose besides xp grindYou mean other than spending time with our family, or see how far Aria has progressed, or checking Shezka's actual combat prowess or just having a friendly (and might I say IC) spar with mom?Or did the one anon shouting "xp grind" invalidate all of these reasons?Also, you really think training Aria is gonna wear mom out? Even if you haven't seen her stats (and she's good), we've only come close to touching her once pre eve, and I think that was on a crit success. Her being tired, will put us on slightly more equal footing. And I don't think she'll actually be tired.Remember, she was our vanguard for almost then entire necromancer fight, and still had enough energy to put us all to bed afterwards. Not to mention she raised five arachne babies.So no, there are actual reasons for training, xp is a much more minor one, especially because REQM explicitly stated that training won't get us to 2nd evo.
>>35052625>which is not only wrongBut it isn't wrong. The XP gain bonus gets locked when we reach adulthood. Lyra's bonus is capped, but Aria's hasn't. And Sheszka isn't an adult yet either. But we've been teenagers for a week now, and given the accelerated growth that we went through after hatching, we should be approaching adulthood soon.
>>35052753aria's has, you doof.She's evolved already.Sheszka too, probably.
>>35052747You are missing the point, which was that training Lyra served no point, because she is already so good that training her to any real effect would require moms attention for the time. Helping Aria and Sheszka train is just fine and alright.
>>35052770From the Q&A sheet, it makes a distinction between adulthood and evolutions. Do you have any quotes from REQM that disprove that?
Goddamn, where did this shitstorm come from? It's like all of a sudden the thread blew up between people who want cute spidergirls doing cute things and powergamers. For pity's sake anons, nine times out of ten REQM can write up both handily.
>>35052864yeah, back when she said lyra was done with gaining a higher XP rate because she evolved.No, I'm not going to hunt you down an ideal minmaxing quote.
>>35052869The obvious answer is to make cute spiders doing cute things something people can powergame over.
>>35052869Yeah I don't get it either.The thing that ticks me off is how people are throwing around arguments that don't make sense, or seem to contradict the point they're trying to make.That and how both sides seem to be moving towards a flame war.I agree with>>35052911on this one.
>>35052886>an ideal minmaxing quote.If what you say is true, then min maxing is now impossible because it's all locked in and the power gamers would have nothing to work with. So either you didn't think this through, or you're lying through your teeth.
>>35052943>not resisting evolution to gain more XP capI'm watching you, anon.But no, QM specifically mentioned it last time we evolved and talked about XP. Evolution is where the XP rate stops growing.Goddamn, why do I even have to talk about XP rates with you? They shouldn't even factor in.
>>35052924At this point I've come to the conclusion that people here just like being angry about nothing.
You ditch your fresh animal collection at the pile of food, heading further up the tree, Sheszka in tow. Literally.In the arena, Mom is leaning idly on her training spear, while Aria is half collapsed, breathing hard, legs all over. She looks at you pleadingly, making a vague drinking gesture as she tries to croak out for help.You pass her your shield wordlessly, and in seconds, she's soaked her shirt, frantically downing as much water as she can. She gasps, sputtering, passing the shield back to you- Sheszka pokes her head at it curiously, and you let her take it, the sounds of her lapping up water echoing as Aria struggles back to her feet."You- this, this isn't fair! I grew up! I'm stronger!"Mom laughs, eyes shimmering with mirth."Stronger than before, little one. Not stronger than me. You've got a long way to go, yes."She turns to you, her smile showing more than a little fang.You suddenly feel very small."Well, well. Done with hunting already?""Ah- Yes, we, er, Sheszka led us right to some prey-"She advances on you as she speaks. You retreat. Aria looks on, pity etched over her features."Er, I thought, maybe, you could teach her a bit of fighting? She's very fast. And she bites, yes- aha ha ha-"She's right before you now, cornering you at the edge of the arena, a second training spear held firmly in her grip."Oh, yes, spiderling. Of course. But first, I would like to see how much you have improved, yes?"Your sweat is cold. Desperate. There's no escape.
>>35052997"Yes, of course, I'll just-""No, no, Lyra. Leave the armour on."You whimper._________________________________Your lying side by side with your sister, groaning. Blessing of the god of protection nothing, you can barely move. Her spear was closer to a snake than a stick of wood- twisting around your weapon, thumping your hands, your neck, pushing your legs wrong when you tried to move. She took you to pieces.You prop yourself up as best you can, watching your mother laughingly lead the wolf-girl through a series of drills- She showed her a couple of strikes, and now has her repeating them, explaining how repetition of each will strengthen them all. Aria groans next to you, but she manages a weak laugh.You turn, and find her lying sideways, watching you."At least- At least you got thumped, too. I thought I'd gotten close to her, yes.""Mmng. I thought the same a week in, yes? And she flipped me upside down and told me to work harder."You both share a laugh, though it dissolves halfway into more moaning."I remember. I should've known.""Hmm.""Lyra- I.... I want to be stronger. So much stronger."She's tilted her head back, eyes following your mother as she corrects Sheszka's stance, lifting her arms to the right posture.There's a keen note in her voice, dedication, a wish. A dream."She's- She's amazing. Even without armour, and her spear- I tried asking to wrestle, and she threw me. Like nothing."You hold your peace, and she continues."I wanna be like that. I want to stand beside her. Beside you. You were- I.... I was afraid. At the ruins. The little skeletons, they were nothing, but the big ones- And she just destroyed them. She didn't slow down, and, and you were right beside her. I wanna be there, Lyra. More than anything.">Reach out, pat her on the shoulder.>"You'll get there, Ari. She's a lot older than us, yes? We have time.">Give her a little shove. "I'm not going to slow down just because you are playing catch-up.">Other (?)
>>35053019>>"You'll get there, Ari. She's a lot older than us, yes? We have time."But if I recall, weren't you RIGHT FUCKING THERE WITH US, aria?I seem to remember you fell right on that necromancer.
>>35053019>Reach out, pat her on the shoulder.>"You'll get there, Ari. She's a lot older than us, yes? We have time."
>>35053019>Reach out and pat her on the shoulder>"You'll get there Ari, and we'll be there for you every step of the way yes?>smirk>But don't think I'm gonna slow down because you are playing catch up.Perfect combination
>>35053019>>Reach out, pat her on the shoulder.>>"You'll get there, Ari. She's a lot older than us, yes? We have time."Yay, sisterly bonding.
>>35053019>"You'll get there, Ari. She's a lot older than us, yes? We have time.">Other (?)Play to her competitive side. Don't belittle her or act mature, we're sisters. Hell, we aren't even a month old! We will train, and explore, get into trouble, and one day stand before the best of them.
>>35053019>Reach out, pat her on the shoulder.>"You'll get there, Ari. She's a lot older than us, yes? We have time.">not even a chance to roll dice before we got demolishedAnd Mom's not even broken a sweat. Obviously people overestimated Lyra.
>>35053019>>Reach out, pat her on the shoulder.>>"You'll get there, Ari. She's a lot older than us, yes? We have time.">>Give her a little shove. "I'm not going to slow down just because you are playing catch-up.">>35053065I agree.I do say we have our wolf-girl Train every single day. With a few days of learning how to fight, she will be a decent companion. if we keep fighting stronger monsters for food. And her training She will likely shit on the harpy next time we see 'er
>>35053019>"You'll get there, Ari. She's a lot older than us, yes? We have time.">Give her a little shove. "I'm not going to slow down just because you are playing catch-up."
>>35053019>Reach out, pat her on the shoulder.>"You'll get there, Ari. She's a lot older than us, yes? We have time."This is good.
>>35053244And now we have the ultimate tracking team. Areal surveilance with Jin, and ground tracking with Shizka
Do deer and things like that even exist here?Or have their roles in the ecosystem been entirely replaced by gnomes and terrorsheep?
>>35053292Dude, just wait until we buff our tremorsense and Earth magic a bit. There won't be anything in the sky or earth we can't track.
>>35053316the "small animals" we catch in passing are normal game like rabbits and deer from what I gather.
>>35053316We killed some deer with like gem horns and multiple eyes, I think? And the rabbits have horns as well.
>>35053342we're never going to have earth magic or tremorsense be a big thing for us, anon.At most we can do it where wizards are, and maybe if leylines are around.
>>35053316deer existThey are just 700Ilbs and breath magma
>>35053383Define 'big thing'. Sure they won't be our forte (hitting things with our knife-on-a-stick) but they're skills we can learn to be better at and can expand as we go on. Think of all the doors earth magic will open for us.
>>35053464>define 'big thing'something we can ever count on having when we need it.
A bit of encouragement! You can be an older sister, even if your aren't!
>>35053464Think of us rolling into town, monster posse at our back, and just right out building a house with earth magic. Damn we really need to work on that shit. I want to see just how much we'll be able to do.
>>35053509We are totally the older sister, damnit.We're like five seconds older!
>>35053532Huh.Yeah, you did hatch first, technically.I didn't even think about it! I can now stop referring to your siblings as smaller/whatever/etc and refer to them as younger siblings! Excellent!
>>35053531But anon why would build a house out of stone when we can weave a nest? Got to put our spiderbutt to use you know.
>>35053316I'm sure they do. Just not in this forest.
>>35053572And we can call Ari and Sara Imoto-chan! And laugh when they don't get it!
>>35053575>>35053531Only reason to use earth magic in our house is to either A. raise pillars to weave a nest between orB. make a burrow if we feel like living subterranean style.Now, earth magic is incredibly handy and utilitarian, but I keep telling you guys we don't actually get any of the benefit of that, as we need direct wizard fuel to do it. At best, we can hope sarah's around and fully charged.
>>35053019>Give her a little shove. "I'm not going to slow down just because you are playing catch-up."Motivation!
>>35052970>But no, QM specifically mentioned it last time we evolved and talked about XP. Alright, I checked and found no evidence for what you said. Please don't spread disinformation around as fact.
>>35053610Them's the rules, anon.I know you don't like them, but aria's already at the XP rate she'll be, since she evolved.
>>35053604Speaking of that, we need to either find something we can use for mana storage, or work on some how... I guess manipulating mana in the environment without actually drawing it in. Is that a thing? Either way it would be a fun evening to work on our spell casting. Mom's already beat us up, let's go have Sara fry us again.
>>35053604But if we work hard at it, we might get internal mana skills with our next evolution.I want Monster Nation Laputa, damn it!
>>35053664It is time for weaving, anon.SARAH, GET OVER HERE AND LEARN TO WEAVE GOOD
>>35053809B-but muh spellz!You want daddy to be proud of us when he comes home right?
>>35053872He will be proud that we can punch out spells and weave a MEAN abdomen-cozy.We don't need earth magic to earn fatherly love.
>>35053901speaking of, I still think we should figure out some sort of clothes and decorations for our spidery bits.I also think we should get banners and tapestries set up with our new ink.
don't worry, guys who want to do magic.One day we will fall onto a leyline or into a witching well some shit like that.Then this will happen.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EfhAFA2yFE
>>35053939Leave the tapestries to Ellie. I could go for some spider leg warmers though.
>>35053901Yeah, we've got all sorts of private type organs in our spiderbutt that we might be self-conscious about. We should cover ourself!
>>35054239like the egg part!
>>35054071NOWE'RE KEEPING THE SPIDERBUTT. I DON'T WANT TO EXCHANGE IT FOR BAT WINGS
>>35054281Bat wings? We can have wings?
You draw yourself up, plates clanking, and plant a hand on Aria's shoulder. She twists back around, looking up at you from her position on the arena floor."Ari- You don't have to worry so much, yes?""Ari?""Hm? Is it no good?""No- It's fine. It's nice."You take a deep breath, bringing your brain back on topic."Ah, anyway- Look, Mom's way older than us, right?""Yes?""Mhm. And, well, the people in the village- They knew her. She left the forest, went all over the world. To ruins, dungeons, everything."She perks up a bit, lifting her head off the ground, all eyes on you."Really?""Yeah- Even Lia- ah, Jin's mom, had a few stories, yes? Uh, anyway, what I'm trying to say-"She watches you closely, your mouth opening and closing as you struggle to find the words."Look. I mean, Look. You have time, Ari. We've grown a bit, yes? But we still have a lot of growing to do. There's years between us and Mom. But we'll get there. We have time."She smiles warmly."Yes. I- yes. Thanks.""Mhm."A clatter of chitin draws both of your attentions, as Mom pull sup next to you, a panting Sheszka in her wake. "Hnnnnn. Not bad, not bad, yes. You could all use a little work, whelplings. Double up your drills. Having power is one thing, and earning it is another altogether, yes?"Aria pushes herself straight, eyes afire, snapping out her answer."Yes!"You nod, a smile across your lips.
>>35053939>>35054022>>35054239>>35054276like pic related, but without filthy disgusting human legs
>>35054347>implying that we'd wear a dress
>>35054337Hoisting your now limp bodied wolf, you follow your family down the tree, planting her next to you in a loose heap- Dinner hasn't begun just yet, and the boys are still out hunting, but it's getting close. You flag down Elle as she moves about, and she steps up to you with a grin."A little tired, yes?"You eye her sorely. She giggles a bit, before handing you a wide bundle of silk, beautifully woven."Thank you, Elle."She nods, smiling, and takes a seat next to Aria, pulling a small circle of silk free, alongside some dyed threads.Embroidery. She has discovered and taken up embroidery.You snort, pulling the lengths of silk out. Time to work.>Skirt>Shortsand>Shirt>Other (?)List any extras/designs you want.
>>35053649>Them's the rules, anon.REQM said that they can still increase their XP bonus in response to the question "Do they still have a chance to increase the size of their bonus?"http://archive.moe/tg/thread/34908834/#34915331>They've got more time, but they're settling into their ways.If you can show me where REQM says that the growth rate stops at an evolution, not childhood, or that childhood and evolutions are synonymous instead of separate as described in the Q&A sheet, then I'll believe you. But right now, you look like you're lying.
>>35054347That's... where the armor goes. What on earth is that good for?
>>35054372>not wearing a dress>not disguising your pedipalps as legs
>>35054384that was specifically in mention to the brothers, donkus. They've not evolved yet.please stop being intentionally ignorant and misquoting to continue a long dead argument.
>>35054384There's only two possible interperetations of the "ends on childhood" thing.Either A. it ends when you evolve, as our and arias and saras XP growth did.Or B. we've passed some nebulous "child" timer and NOBODY gets more XP growth.
>>35054382>Shortsand>tank topBy the way, did we evolve boobs and if so do we need a sports bra?
>>35054422>that was specifically in mention to the brothers, donkus.The post that REQM was replying to was: >Did the brothers evolve?>Will we get to see the XP bonus that each sibling has?>Do they still have a chance to increase the size of their bonus?One question for the brothers specifically, and two for all siblings.And REQM's post answered the questions in order.
>>35054460>calling elle a human wannabe because she likes dyes that humans make and arachne don'tFor shame.>>35054385No armor on our butt, anon. And we don't wear it all the time anyway.
>>35054382>Shortsminishorts, maybe? don't forget to adapt for the tail >Shirtsomething simple, i guess
>>35054382>Shorts>Shirt>Other (?)Fingerless Gloves.
>>35054382>Skirt>ShirtSkirts for everybody.
>>35054483Yes, I for one am looking forward to fancy parties held by country lords. Also being a country lady who holds parties on our estate.
>>35054382>Shorts>ShirtAnd since Elle wants to do some embroidery, maybe she can put a design on the sleeve, like a spider, or spell out Sheszka's name on the front.
>>35054382all 3, and a bag or pouch so she can carry things more easily.>>35054447
>>35054382>Skirts>Just a tank top
>>35054462I -think- we have tits.
>>35054521I just want a pretty dress to wear on our off days when we're just dicking around town having vacation.
>>35054558Why would a spider need tits?
>>35054579for looking pretty?you have a point tho, as much as I want us to have boobs its not like we breastfed from mom...
>>35054599That's because she cares more about her figure than her children clearly.
>>35054447Or C. We only reached the cap but haven't reached adulthood yet.
So we've got shorts, a tank top and a bag, then. Alright!Please gimme 2d100!And no, Elle won't let you fail. That'd be a waste of silk.she gets scary when you waste silk.>>35054462Anon, that's called puberty, not evolution.
Rolled 68, 51 = 119 (2d100)>>35054681
Rolled 83, 35 = 118 (2d100)>>35054681
Rolled 52, 91 = 143 (2d100)>>35054681
Rolled 93, 88 = 181 (2d100)>>35054681Should we get her some tailoring mannequins?Several of different races?
Arright, 83 and 91.Incoming Clothing!And also a bag.
>>35054722oh no skirt too?
>shorts beat out skirtDamn.I was hoping for shorts underskirt.Everyone knows shorts are a replacement for underwear that you wear under further clothing.
>>35054681Call it what you like you crazy bastard. Are we still flat then?
>>35054728Sure, why notShe's not really arachne sized at all.There's plenty of silk.
>>35054599Maybe we did, but secretly
>>35054793IF it's a skirt, let Elle go all out on the lace and embroidery. Make it as gothic Lolita as we can. Elle will love the challenge.
>>35054836No need to go all overcrazy on lace and shit.I like the simple dress/sundress look
>>35054850Didn't you see what Elle was doing to her own dress?This is what she loves.
>>35054876Um, anon.Embroidery is different than lacing. It is a method by which you stitch in patterns into cloth.
>>35054925I guess what I'm trying to say is:The skirt will have pretty pictures on it, not laces.
>>35054925>Her tunic now sports bits of lace, drawstrings, and a built in shawlI know it was five hours ago, but you can't have forgotten that already, could you?
>>35054925>>35054976Elle likes laces as well as embroidery. She's added lace to her own clothing, obviously because she likes it.
>>35054981Those were to test things from the book.Now she's testing embroidery from the book.
>>35055006Poor Sheszka shes going to be hournded by Elle to try clothes on due to her more humanoid shape.
>>35055077You gotta have SOMEbody to test all those book suggestions on.
I have been reading the archives (half way through) and I noticed this is based on a setting occasionally referenced as the LN mangawhat does LN stand for?
>>35055077>Elle: What's with this section called "smallclothes?" Are they supposed to be for babies or something?>Lyra: Well I think these things here are for wrapping your chest for some reason. I dunno what these little lacy things are for though...>Nialla: OK I THINK THAT'S ENOUGH SEWING PRACTICE FOR TODAY GIRLS
>>35055163>>35055166oh, that makes sense, and means I asked the wrong question.what is the name of the LN/manga that this setting is based on
>>35055190Re:Monster.The /ak/ guys are scanlating it.http://ak-scans.wikia.com/wiki/Re:Monster
>>35055177would work better with Sara and Elle, since Lyra knows exactly what those are for because of her past life.still made me laugh
>>35055219thank you, I will start reading it
Who is going to be the first one to try waxing/detailing/cleaning/buffing our shell?
>>35055341We wait for the one who will achieve that goal
Sheszka flops bonelessly in front of you as you set to work- You stretch her out, measuring the silk against her body, snipping bits and pieces away, clothes taking shape in your hands. Kind of. Mostly.The underwear is easy enough, anyway. A simple breast band, a pair of panties.Sheszka wearing nothing but them and running around the nest excitedly, that was new.You do your best to tune out your families laughter, stitching together two haves a new shirt, long strips of fabric looping out and down. You manage to catch the wolf as she speeds by you again, wrestle her into submission, and pull the shirt over her head.It takes a few more tries before you convince her to hold her arms up as you do it. She sits next to you in the aftermath,running her fingers over the cloth in awe, mouth agape.You forge ahead, fingers flying as you string together a skirt. Hm- Pleated would probably work, yes? Folds, string through the top to draw it together- It looks a bit off, but it's definitely a skirt. You set them aside.Finally, shorts. The pinnacle of your tragically short sewing career. The pieces come together like magic, forming perfect piece- the garment known only as shorts. You hold them up, exulting, and turn to your wayward charge, clothes in hand-And blink, slowly.She turns to face you, somehow reacting to your presence despite her inability to see.Because she has pulled the skirt on over her head.Muffled, frantic laughter echoes around the nest as you and Sheszka face off. You giggle yourself, reaching out and pulling the clothing off her face, revealing an excitable smile and warn eyes. "Soft.""Mhm. Stand up, yes?"
>>35055390She picks herself up, delicately lifting one leg after another as you show her how to wear her clothes. Clad in her newfound 'armour', she battens down next to you, lying across the floor.Your works continues- A patchwork of scraps forms a simple bag, a pair of loops for straps. A backpack!A gurgling noise draws your attention back to the wolf- Her stomach rumbles, and she licks lips, watching the food pile carefully. You laugh aloud, setting the back aside, dragging the your newest family member towards the food pile as your brothers pull themselves into the nest.The family settles into a warm circle, and dinner begins. It tastes that much better together.>That's it for the evening! Thanks for sticking around, this one ran a bit late.>Next thread tentatively scheduled for wednesday, 2PM EST.>Questions and comments answered while I'm still around!
>>35055439See you wednesday also archive reminder because I always gotta.Is our nest getting any more colorful now that we gave dyes to our sister?
>>35055439Put some of these questions to rest:Is the bonus growth tied to adulthood or to evolution?
>>35055439Thanks for running.
>>35055236I fucked up, sorry.>Elle: Hey Lyra, come over for a minute, if you please?>Lyra: What's shaking?>Elle: [blank look]>Lyra: Oh, it's just a saying from... the humans. Yes.>Elle: I've figured out what the rest of the smallclothes are for! Arachne don't have those parts, though.>Lyra: So why did you call me over here?>Elle: I adapted the principle to our anatomy! You just need a hole for the torso and for all of your legs.>Lyra: And the little red bow?>Elle: Not sure, but it just looked right.>Shesz: [lopes past, wearing a thong and nothing else]>Nia: ELLEGANS DE NIALLA TAL ERICS YOU HAD BETTER START EXPLAINING YOURSELF
>>35055439thanks for running. See you then
>>35055439Thanks for running, are you going to update paste-bins now or before next session?
>>35055439Sara mentioned that the whole "evolve to live longer" thing was explained by mom one night when we had already fallen asleep.Is the information in the pastebins the same deal? Information that we would have learned in-character, that's just been glossed over?Because there's lots of dinner and after-dinner conversations that have occurred and we don't know the contents of every single one.
>>35055439thanks for running!
>>35055439Thanks for running.Sheszka continues to be a fluffy ball of adorable. Bringing her home continues to be the best thing we've ever done.
Thanks For playing, everyone!>>35055514>>35055517>>35055562Thanks!>>35054783I'm sure the next week or so will be very interesting.>>35045996I'll add a crafting skill to the character sheet, she's definitely getting even better at putting things together.>>35046300Given the progression of the LN, No. I'll keep the stories separate. Admiral turbo-sue and his goblin army will not be encountered.>>35055477Just her clothes, so far.>>35055487Adulthood. Arachne set it in one month, harpies do the same.>>35055525I've decided to consider the species paste as In character knowledge- Well say its a book mom owns. At last in regards to the forest species. Mom's been thorough in educating you and your siblings.
>>35055637>arbitrary "child" timer runs out simultaneouslyI forsaw this.
>>35055390>>35055439laughingspiders.pngthanks for running, cant wait for next thread.and have a picture, found this and thought of Nialla getting married to Erics.
>>35055637So, how many platforms does our house have?I know there's at least two, one "above" and one "below".I still think the ideal spider house is a big multi floored ball positioned between several supports.
>>35055637>Arachne set it in one month, harpies do the same.Since it's been about ~20 days, Aria, Sara, Elle, Ephram, and Zach still have a chance to increase their growth rate if they try.Elle can do it with increasingly complex weaving and tailoring.Aria just needs to fight something with us.Sara would probably like to blow up something with magic.And as for the boys....maybe they'd like to hunt something REALLY big with us?
>>35055680>>35055637Did our parents get married?If not, why not?Can we go out and capture our dad to force marriage?
>>35055713it's been 24 days.A few sessions ago.I think time might be happening.
>>35055713>with usi don't think so, they seem to work perfectly as a pair alreadyso, we have to make them compete against us (and Aria, i guess)
>>35055637>>>35054783>I'm sure the next week or so will be very interesting.Uh oh, our next evolution is going to be a complete rework of the chest armor. And more of >>35054629
>>35055718she has a wedding dress immaculately kept hidden in the bottom of her armory that she is embarrassed about, and her bio mentions being a wife.
>>35055789Thus our primary objective becomesGET TOLD ABOUT THE WEDDINGIf mom fails us, we may have to talk to jin's mom. Then the villagers.
>>35055680Thanks for playing!>>35055699The lower platform wraps around the tree, partially- the leftmost side curves up and provides a half roof. Above is the disk that makes up the training arena, along with the entrance to mom's armoury. The top of the tree is used as well, but there isn't a woven platform.>>35055718Mom wears her ring on a chain around her neck when she takes it out. Otherwise, she keeps it in the tree. They managed to find a priest willing, so they are in fact married. Dad surprised her with the dress.
>>35055755>so, we have to make them compete against us (and Aria, i guess)Team Hunting CompetitionTeam BROTHERS! vs Team SISTERS!Ephram and Zach vs. Aria and Lyra.See who can bring back the biggest, baddest, prey.
>>35055824that seems unfair and also dangerous.
>>35055823>not weaving the top of the tree tooWe must correct this
>>35055839>and also dangerous.When has that ever stopped Lyra?
>>35055865not dangerous for us. We're the big ones.It's dangerous for the boys. They'll have to take stupid risks to match our ability.PROTECTOR VARIANT GUILTLOCK TECHNIUQE
>>35055817>>35055823Oh man please do a cute scene of us finding her wedding dress and asking her about it, and Spider-mom getting all flustered and embarrassed before we leave the nest for our first long ADVENTURE.
>>35055913It's that and the Birds and the Bees talk, our meta knowledge of how spiders coupulate to in-story reality is going to be funny. Father isn't really on adventure.
>>35055878We could have Sara, Elle, and Sheszka work with the brothers.
>>35056670Team selection is difficult.Maybe let's just go on a huge all-family hunt for something REALLY big.Then make all sorts of cool shit out of whatever it is.
>>35056779that would be fun, and I really want to see spider-mom Nialla evolve before we leave the nest.
>>35056967Power-leveling Mom, by having her worry about us.She gained 14 levels by that. 8 more from the undead fight.
>>35057058she seems to be a really progressive mother.And based on what we heard from her, she probably got stuck at a medium or slow xp rate, because her mother kept her inside for WEEKS after the dungeon episode, probably more than long enough for her to become an Adult and lock in her xp rate.
>>35057058>>35056967With how thoroughly mom schooled both Lyra and Aria, both 2nd-tier monsters and with a level difference that isn't that large, without much effort, shows that it's not just level and tier that equals strength, but that age is a factor as well.I think we would need not just a higher level, but also at least two tiers, if not three, before we could fight Nialla on an equal footing.Also, I'm worried about Elle and the twins.Our grandmother was over 100 years old, still in prime physical condition, and she got taken out by some monster living in the Arachne section of the forest. If someone like her could be killed before help could arrive, then I'm worried for our siblings who haven't even gotten to the second tier of evolutions yet.
>>35057338We gained 24 levels from the undead fight, so she has 1/3 of the xp gain. Thats if she gained the same amount. She could fought twice as hard as us in that fight.
>>35057544she probably did considering how many she killed.I am betting more in the 1/8th-1/10th xp gain though, we are only ~20 levels short of her evolution level when she became a mother.i suspect it took her many years to even reach the first evolution, she already knew and was adventuring with our father when it happened, and if she is ~30 years old then that is a LOT of adventures to only be 3/5ths of the way to her 3rd evolution before having us kids.
>>35057724and by first evolution I mean her current evolution.
Since this world works on objective "levels" used by the Gods to grant evolutions and blessings, we should ask Mom if magic items have some kind of requirement.Our previous life's experiences with RPG's already was shown to have a parallel with the levels we gain and with the classification of magic items. We should see if any more of our RPG experience translates into actual and concrete realities in this world.