Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConvictCyborgsuptg: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=A%20Tale%20Of%20WitchesArchive.moe: http://archive.moe/tg/search/subject/A%20Tale%20Of%20Witches/tripcode/%210JnhV%2FMfcY/type/op/order/asc/Ask.fm http://ask.fm/ConvictCyborg (Way, way, WAY too much lore in there)Current Medium update: https://medium.com/@ATaleOfWitches/dialogues-on-magic-truth-82cf8b090847[X] "Uhm, Eri.. What's the proper way to do this?"[X] Uh… Akazu?[X] We came here, to, uh, make things right.Quest resumes next post.
"There can be no argument more striking than your blade". Guardman's saying, Beta TimelineFrom insanity affection deliver us through mercies//barely glimped in time's twisted mirror//for even if aeons fall and millenia crumble//thy deliverance shall shine forth steadfast forever mo--//the prayer comes to me unbidden, clear and striking, sunbeam-like through clouds of confusion, the distant spark of hope soon fanned into a blazing fire of resolve."Uhm, Eri… What's the proper way to do this?" Whooaa wait. "Eri?" Really? Oh good, she doesn't seem to have noticed. Good, good, let's hope the giant god-statue-thing doesn't tell her. It -he- can probably read minds, that would only make sense. Wait, if he can then he's hearing this and-- think of something else think of something else!!"Lady Maria… I do not know. We are supposed to ask forgiveness for slights committed. The exact procedures were impossible to be divined within the small window of time available". That is SO not assuring, you know?! Seems like we're improvising again. Hey, at least I'm somewhat passable at improvising."Uh, Mister Akazu? We came to say sorry. Set things right, yes?"No answer, just the measured silence and slow circling of runes around the immense body of the unmoving god statue. I can feel Eriadne shiver a little in my grasp. Now that won't do at all. Scare my friend -cause that's what she is- and then not even answer? Not on my watch, god or not, stone man or not, floaty runes OR NOT!!"A-KA-ZU!!" --tearing through the fabric of existence a terrible omen filled with dread declaring a message beyond the understanding of mortals becoming a truth upon a world rejecting its rightful masters-- No, I don't care."WE NEED TO TALK!" --undercutting the rotten foundations of the world preaching an eternal gospel of renewal and rebirth that dissolves boundaries burning down rules unlocking the shackles that bind the five corners of existence and the hearts of man-- 1/?
NOPE, you'll need more than that to impress me!! We'll say sorry and you'll accept it. That's what we came for after all, an´d we really, really didn't mean it!--SHIFT--The small girl standing in front of the statue looked up, suddenly aware of the change in atmosphere. She felt as if her entire life up to this point had been nothing but a dream, and that in this moment she finally had become awakened to the truth beyond the veil of reality. She felt the entity known as AKAZU shift its vast attention towards her, felt how she became part of his story, fate and will and mind and heart all uniting for one who commands and orders and shapes. Her questions died on her full lips, as the entity began to explain the nature of their contract and the things required of the girl and her companion. The entity went to explain a good deal more things, many of which would only be understood with them. The entity said that all it asked of in return were for its rites to be kept. At being asked of the consequences for disobeying the entity merely said that in the World Above, contracts were binding independently of the will of the involved beings.--SHIFT--I shake myself, almost falling before reminding myself that I'm still holding onto Eriadne. Can't fall and take her with me. Instead I… Turn and run. This place is just too much. Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt. Just leave wordlessly. Everything has been said. I think. Other2/2
You're too lewd
>>35054649>--SHIFT-->>The small girl standing in front of the statue looked up, suddenly aware of the change in atmosphere. She felt as if her entire life up to this point had been nothing but a dream, and that in this moment she finally had become awakened to the truth beyond the veil of reality. >>She felt the entity known as AKAZU shift its vast attention towards her, felt how she became part of his story, fate and will and mind and heart all uniting for one who commands and orders and shapes. >>Her questions died on her full lips, as the entity began to explain the nature of their contract and the things required of the girl and her companion. >>The entity went to explain a good deal more things, many of which would only be understood with them. The entity said that all it asked of in return were for its rites to be kept. At being asked of the consequences for disobeying the entity merely said that in the World Above, contracts were binding independently of the will of the involved beings.>>>--SHIFT--What the fuck. Turn and run. This place is just too much.
>>35054649> Just leave wordlessly. Everything has been said. I think.Yeah, I'm done.
>>35054649>[x] Just leave wordlessly. Everything has been said. I think.Maybe?
>>35054732>What the fuck.He literally raped the narrative so hard Maria lost control of it.>>35054649[X] Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt.
>>35054649Check on Eri, did she get a weird mind-rape story hijack for a pardon too?
>>35054649> Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt.He probably doesn't care, but Maria might.
Am I a pussy or was that really fucking spooky? And they say you can't do horror in quests.>>35054649> [x] Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt.We are a polite witch.
>>35054649>Just as I'm going to sleep.Damn you Hex![x] Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt.
>>35054860I'm more concerned on an existential level than actually scared.
>>35054649> Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt.>>35054732>What the fuck.It appears he had so much power he overtook the narration.
> 6 minutes
>>35054649>[X] Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt.
>>35054649You know all in all this AKAZU seems like a pretty alright guy.
> shouting an elder being in the face because it upset your friendOh Maria!
>>35054887>I'm more concerned on an existential level than actually scared.What's the difference?
>>35054649>[x] Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt.
> closing and writing, sorry for the weird run time
>>35054962It besmirched the honor of Lady Eriadne, or course we did.
>>35054649>> Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt.
>>35054649>>35054958> alright guyHis narration commented on Maria's full lips. For a being older than the gods that's a worrying thing to narrate.
>>35055195Well he's a bit spooky and maybe a little creepy. But it seems like he doesn't mind all that much.
I wonder if we could return at a later date and ask for another spell.
>>35055251That might not be the best idea. I tend to shy away from anything that has the ability to overrule player agency.
>>35054649>felt how she became part of his story, fate and will and mind and heart all uniting for one who commands and orders and shapes.Akazu stop being such a boy. Where's your grill counterpart, who entreats and requests and channels?
>>35055267>ability to overrule player agencyWhere did that impression come from.
>>35055267>overrule player agency.What do you mean?>>35055284> girl AKAZUNot sure if want. Though the chant was similar for Maria and she really isn't a boy.
>>35055251We might want to look up existing Aberration spells first. We've only got a shield, but there's probably a Sword too at the very least.>>35055267Why? He's pretty chill. Explained everything nicely, not his fault if we couldn't handle it.
>>35055310>>35055346It took over the narrative from the character... it took over perspective. Meaning it's something that can crush her with it's mind sort of thing. Best not to poke it with a stick.
>>35055351>>35055251I think we can use the Astral Anchor glyph we got last thread for just that.> Aberration SwordPolearm or bust.
>>35055365Yeah but all of the god could do that if they wanted to and I'm pretty sure they're one of our main sources of power.
>>35055365Yeah, that's been a given from the start. Any god could do the same, I'm sure.No reason to not deal with them if they're friendly, and he seems friendly enough.
>>35055394>> Aberration Sword>Polearm or bust.I only said sword because the Shield chant specifically mentions swords. Of course I'd prefer a polearm.
>>35055394>I think we can use the Astral Anchor glyph we got last thread for just that.Yeah, and presumably the explanation of the contract we just got tells us everything we need to make spells with it.We shouldn't need to bug AKAZU in person again unless something really big comes up.
>>35055395>Yeah but all of the god could do that if they wanted to and I'm pretty sure they're one of our main sources of power.So female magic = Bro up with gods, control nature and spirits.Male magic = draw out nascent blood powers for very limited uses (but you get teleport). Sounds about right?
>>35055542I'm not sure if witch magic is broing up with gods. That's a cleric thing, and gods don't like letting witches use their magic.I don't think AKAZU is a god, and have no idea what witches usually power their spells with though
>>35055582Akazu is an Elder God. Shining Lady Athra etc are Old Gods/Gods of Earth. He probably predate's Helena's deity by fifteen orders of magnitude.
I'm literally about to pass out, I'm typing this with my eyes closed.Run well Hex. Guys, keep Maria cute and pure.
>>35055779>Guys, keep Maria cute and pure.Badass. You forgot badass.
>>35055779>pure.Hasn't she stabbed and been stabbed by too many people at this point?
>>35055809As long it's not "stabbed" stabbed it's fine.
>>35055779>Holding hands with a girl>Still pure
>>35055893F-for safety, anon.
>>35055942It's okay as long as Maria doesn't become some kind of hand holding cuddle slut who gives them out to anyone.
>>35055978But a room-wide cuddlepile is totally okay, right?
>>35055978There'd be nothing wrong with it if she did become one, though!! Prude.
>>35056021>Wanting to disappoint lady Eriadne by cuddling with other girlsThat's just not okay. Hugs and head pats are one thing. But cuddling and hand holding with outside of scared and lost child scenarios should be kept for a special someone.
>>35056020It depends on how many of Senra Eva's lolis there are.
>>35056104>It depends on how many of Senra Eva's lolis there are.Let's assume all 100 of them.
>>35056132Would they all fit in our room?
>>35056400Yes. They would just have to be packed in... closely.
>>35056400Irrelevant. Evangelyne has her own room for them.
>>35056413Y-you mean like... if they were all h-holding hands?
>>35056413L-lewd.. Are you sure lady Eriadne would approve?>>35056426Hex did mention something about a stash.
>>35056448>Hex did mention something about a stash.Which is literally her drug stash.
No Fast!Hex today, huh?
>>35057650I assume he had to run off and do something.
>>35057650Hex is kill.
>>35058290I choose to believe this. If she was still here, she'd be answering ask.fm questions.
I hope everyone is staying warm while they wait.
>>35058349XS put Hexmouto in the box for asking impertinent questions.
A thousand lifetimes I have waited. A thousand million suns have born and died. Hundred throusand galaxies have been swallowed by their cores. Countless universes have decayed.And still I wait.
>>35060140So to do we all wait anon.
The Hex has awoken.
> let's continue, sorry I overestimated my own body> under? over? Hard to say, aaaaagghhh
>>35061407Don't worry Hex we're always waiting warmly.
>>35061407It's fineI only woke up 3 hours ago so I didn't have to wait long
>>35054636>"A-KA-ZU!!" >--tearing through the fabric of existence a terrible omen filled with dread declaring a message beyond the understanding of mortals becoming a truth upon a world rejecting its rightful masters-- >No, I don't care.>"WE NEED TO TALK!"Maria a motherfucking badass
>>35061714It does make you wonder how she manages to run and train so much without tripping on her giant steel balls.
>>35061407Don't overdo it, fool. It's better rest when you need it.On another note, drawing Eriadne is suffering. I get that she's basically Not!Suigintou but I keep drawing her as a hideous elder thing.
>>35061821> OP in charge of sane life choicesRight.
>>35061821I mean, look at it!
>>35061868How the fuck
>>35061868Oh hi there Risa.
It's getting worse. Send help.
>>35061821>>35061868>>35061942I'm going to cry.Can we have the cute back please?
>>35061961She's there for you. Forever.
>>35062072That makes me feel pretty warm.
>>35062268Hopefully they can see this timeline at some point so that they know how shit they are.
[X] Check on Eri[X] Bow and say "thanks" again. Can't hurt."Looking for a humanitarian solution invitably causes you to miss the effective one". --Tharek DeVega, Beta timelineA quick glance at Eriadne confirms her only a bit less shaken than myself, her jaw set and eyes half-closed, looking seemingly towards something I cannot make out. Goddess…still, he listened at least. That has to be a plus at least. Just need to make sure we make it out of here well. I fight down the rising anger and focus on what's really important. He probably didn't do it on purpose. We came freely after all. Not that that makes it okay of course. Should we ever meet again I'll me sure he understands doing that to a lady is not okay!!"See? That wasn't so hard, was it?" Wait that wasn't what I wanted to say."Thank you, AKAZU. I hope next time it will work better!" I bow, hands crossed over my chest. There, despite what he did I was polite. Pa would be proud!!"Come, Eriadne. Let's go"."Lady Maria… yes. Let us". I walk a half-circle around her so I don't have to let go while turning my back at the statue and walk out through the double doors."You were successful, yes?" A voice like a thousand blades being unsheathed, cold and hard and rea-- escape vector five o clock, put Eriadne behind an-- not now. It seems the strange priest thing waited for us the whole time. Relax, he probably can't help that his voice sets everyone around him on edge. He was pretty nice so far for someone so creepy. "I shall guide you beyond the boundaries of the inner sanctum. The way is, I'm afraid, not quite as easy to find as it might appear at first. Navigation for, let us say, beings used to the Truths of Matter can be difficult". Is he… is he trying to apologize? And why does he talk so much all of a sudden. Still, it's probably best to accept at least this. The sooner we get Eriadne out of this place the better.1/2
"If you do not mind my asking, how is the Lady Dovana? It seems to have been a while since she visited". "Uhm, sorry, I'm not sure who that is". Does he expect us to know every Witch around the academy? "Very well then. Please, this way". He leads us through another gate whose ornately carve surface shows a group of people with faces similar to our guide's looking up to what is probably AKAZU. Isn't that a bit egoistic? Ah, but he's a god so it's probably okay.At last we are in the hallway I remember. Go beyond the temple quickly. Ask the priest how to leave Ask something else, then do… what? Other
>>35062306> Ask the priest how to leave
>>35062306> Ask the priest how to leaveThank him for being our guide and then> Go beyond the temple quickly.
>>35062306>[X] Ask the priest how to leaveBeta timeline a shiiiiiit
>>35062306>[x] Ask the priest how to leaveTime to wake up the fuck up
>>35062306>[x] Ask the priest how to leaveGods are usually a little narcissistic Maria, yes.
>>35062072The cutest.>>35062263The funnest.
>>35062306>[x] Ask the priest how to leaveAnd>>35062317I'm so done. This Beta Timeline stuff is starting to leak through. I can feel it.
>>35062306> Ask the priest how to leaveI don't want to get lost in the void.
>>35062306>[x] Go beyond the temple quickly.pls
>>35062351>This Beta Timeline stuff is starting to leak throughI think that's just because we're in-between worlds right now
Is Beta Timeline basically Magical Girl Noir Quest?
>>35062408We said it was shit didn't we?
>>35062413I don't think anyone was actually saying it was shit, anon.
>>35062263>dat AKAZU faceKeK
>>35062348Thanks. It tickles me something fierce when people like my stuff. And thanks to other Anons who also replied.It's borderline attention whoring I guess - in my case anyway - but also an excellent way of improving one's craft.
>>35062452It's okay anon you're our only draw-fag. We will support you in your efforts to become STRONK.
>>35062452I don't think fan-art counts as whoring. I mean, you could argue every quest is attention-whoring from the QM if you wanted to.
>>35062437You are misunderstanding what was being said.It's like saying "you're waifu a shit". Normally it isn't actually meaning it's shit, but rather good natured ribbing.
>>35062464>liking beta timelineNo, it's actually a shit, like your waifu
>>35062464No bad anon. Beta timeline is shit and bad and you should feel bad for liking it.
>>35062297> I fight down the rising anger and focus on what's really important. He probably didn't do it on purpose. We came freely after all. Not that that makes it okay of course. Should we ever meet again I'll me sure he understands doing that to a lady is not okay!!No Maria. Pls. Rape isn't okay even if you get gifts afterwards. Pls Maria.
>>35062461>every quest is attention-whoring from the QM if you wanted to.That thought actually occurred to me as well. I guess it's a pointless argument in the end.What I mean is that a lot of it is for my own gratification. Though I AM glad people like this stuff.>>35062459I will try my best!
>>35062464I think you're right about>a shitbeing good natured ribbing - except this time. Beta Timeline isn't moe enough for us.Though if Eriadne actually has horns in it, it gets +1 cool point.
For some reason I imagine the priest in Butler outfit and with a monocle.
>>35062513It's called compensated dating.
>>35054649>At being asked of the consequences for disobeying the entity merely said that in the World Above, contracts were binding independently of the will of the involved beings.What does this mean?
>>35062771To me, sounds like you can't break the contract, so consequences are irrelevant.
>>35062771From what I figure, the contract will hold you to the obligation, even if it has to suppress your free will to do it.
>>35062771He can't just say 'forget it, I'm doing it for free", it costs what it costs independently of what either party thinks of it.
>>35062771As I see it, once you make a contract, it doesn't matter if you forget a thing since blarlhghgf adgdf
>>35062906> he is an elder god in the astral plane> he takes his job very seriously
>>35063083>He'll be the Donald Duck to our Huey Dewey and Luey>mfw
Can we try to get more Astral Anchors for more unique spells?
>>35063835Yes. Vote closed, unfortunately imma have to put this into the HexZone for four. Thanks everyone for staying this far!Please wait warmly for it to resume.
It seemed natural to find the table they had shared before, and await Maria and Eriadne. The twins, bright, cheerful and babbling both prettily and happily orbit Evangelyne like the worlds orbit the sun. Sora was already there, waving them over much to Eva's amusement. Greeting one another with gently bumped fists, they settle at the table for breakfast. The twins both sit up straight and look at someone approaching as Sora and Evangelyne talk quietly of inconsequentials, their attention only focusing on the newcomer when she arrives at the table, her long hair slightly tangled and her dress in slight disarray. Evangelyne remembers her, and stands up slowly as the girl fidgits before them. "Sanya, isn't it? Can I help you?" The soft words slip out unevenly as she looks down at the table, carefully avoiding harming those soft spectres and beautiful ghosts that inhabit the world around her. "....talk to Maria, apoloize...." "Oi, speak up!" demands Sora, not unkindly. The twins looks at one another, bemused and horrified by turns, exchanging their emotions as others exchange glances. "What do you" "need to apologize" "ffoorr?" Mixed words, like their mixed souls, words from dreams and places long misplaced and only found again."....didn't mean to hurt her....remembered I didn't apologize this time...." Sanya admits softly. Evangelyne lay a hand upon her shoulder and is shocked by the expression of bright, hateful pain the washes over Sanya's expression. Her expression goes shocked, then suspicious, and then angry. "Sora, stay with the twins please!" she says as she moves around the bench, her eyes fixed on Sanya even as the other girl starts to turn to leave, run, escape. Evangelyne's grasp on her wrist - her other arm's wrist - is tight. "Oh no you don't, you're coming with me!"
>>35064428Not the box!
>>35064428The twins are confused, their eyes worried and Sora pats their heads, reassuring them with smiles and gentle words as Evangelyne half-drags the half-protesting Sanya from the dining room. In a small room, largely unused, Evangelyne sits the specture, the monster, the horror down, makes her sit, makes her remain, fearless and terrifying. The offending arm's sleeve is pushed up, and a soft hiss escapes through clenched teeth. The bandage is poor, dirty, the red that has seeped through stained yellow about the edges, angry lines of red creeping up the pale flesh that do not stem from the blade of a knife or the claws of a monster. Aren't they the same though?Evangelyne tsks as Sanya tries to pull away, but her grip is firm. "No, you need healing, if Maria saw this...." Panic ensues, and Evangelyne is hard pressed to hold onto the slim wrist, the terrified monster she had caught. "No, no! You're injured and it's infected. Be still!" She grabs the young witch, holds her shoulders....pulls her close, holds her tight as she struggles to get away until the weakened monster can no longer escape. "....you can't....you can't...." Sanya's fearful words are coated in despair, in pain born of emotions entirely unsuited for monsters and horrors, pain not of flesh wounded. "I know." She lefts go of the no logner strugglign girl, and carefully unwinds the soiled bandages, her expression sad and hard at once. Too many old, healed injuries. The word carved into flesh, time and time and time again, all times, all flesh. Scar tissue turned keloid by the repeated cuts, cuts this time turned bad, turned foul. Poisoned, poisoning the blood and the flesh above it. "She wouldn't be angry, you know. Or disgusted."The horror agrees, silently. No, the witch who smells of dreams would not find it horrible, or disgusting or evil. She is pure, pure and wild and beautiful, and the forgiveness in her is boundless. "....no...." she agrees.
>>35064552Now this is my kinda shit.
Sanya did nothing wrong.
>>35064688Pretty sweet, I enjoyed it!
>>35064552 (You)The mothering witch, the good witch, the healing witch applies poison to the poison, salve to kill that which kills, and the horror turns her face away, unable to watch the desecration of the injury that reminds her who she is. What she is. When and where. And why."No, I won't tell her," says the healer. Not because she is worried about what might happen. Evangelyne knows exactly what will happen. Maria wouldn't be able to help herself, wouldn't hesitate. She would try to help, but this is the type of wound that cannot be fought with staff or spear or sword. Can't be fixed with courage and hope. Not Maria's courage and hope. It is a sophisticated sort of pain, a wound of the soul far deeper than the wounds in the flesh could ever go.Sanya makes a soft, pained noise, and she looks at the pained face, the broken spirit past the eyes, and tears her gaze away before the gaze is returned. The healer, the motherer, the protector sighs, and finishes the bandaging.The monster spills tears, not for herself but for the person she mustn't tell, the person whom the witch that smells of hearth-warmed bread and thick furs and comfort speaks in this moment, this time, this place. Evangelyne's gentle embrace is warm like that fire, warm like those furs. "She'll try to help," murmurs the witch to the monster, "and she isn't ready yet."Sanya sobs in the safety of Evangelyne's arms, and Evangelyne steels herself. One day Maria will be ready, and it is her duty to help Maria be ready....but for now, she can succor this girl, a little, for now.For Maria, in Maria's place. Because Maria wouldn't know how, just yet.~End
>>35064652I agree.>>35064707Had to repair a sentence.
>>35064740Did you work with Hex on this or is it all your character-interpretation?An interesting read at any rate.
>>35064740Eva once again proving she's best witch.
>>35064740I had expected something more gory from you after Ryukuza and multiple cute fics (drow/lamia, lolis) draining your cute-reserves recently. Not that I'm complaining!
>>35064758My own interpretation, with Hexer's permission to write them, extrapolated from the tales. >>35064833Too cute for gore.
>>35064889>Too cute for gore.Damn right
>>35064889Well it seems like you have a fairly good handle on the characters, it does make me wonder what Sanya's deal really is though. I'm sure we'll know eventually!
>>35065009>what Sanya's deal really is thoughPLOT
>>35064740Nice story.Hope you're feeling better XS. Still burning?
>>35065009It was rape, possibly by Chuuni priestess cult. Hexer's a pretty dark motherfucker underneath the smooth talk and whimsical phantasy.
>>35065032Sanya is a pure girl, go to Eva if you want PLOT.
>>35065059Does somebody have the appropriate image?
>>35065009>it does make me wonder what Sanya's deal really is thoughWe could try and find that out when we go and check up on Sanya because of worry of how when she skipped town looking like she'd just shot her sister or something when the three of them were training.
>>35065084We should check up on her, doubt we'll actually make much progress on discovering her deal though. But can always hope!
>>35065059Hex used to follow Monsterhearts Quest and is friends with Herr Kaleun. You're in for some nasty surprises.
>>35065084The problem is that her PoV implies that she can use the See-me-not effect that's always on with Helena. It's going to be hard approaching her when she doesn't feel like it. On the upside it's not outright mind control so it can probably be pierced with effort.
>>35065151>it can probably be pierced with effort.Effort stemming from worry on how she's doing and regret from not checking up on her earlier and probably some other emotions people have.
>>35062306[x] Ask the priest how to leave[x] Ask the priest who Dovana isHow did you all fail to ask this? 10 witchbux says her first name is Sanya.
>>35065197They use first names since family names get purged. Unless she kept her maiden name even after becoming a witch, which would be kind of weird.
>>35065287Sanya has been a witch for, like, one day.Dovana could easily be her old family name.
>>35065287Are you calling Sanya weird?
>>35065305She's hella weird.
>>35065107the people your friends with don't decide the content you produce, and Hex has spoken about this several times, so fuck off back to the qtg with your L&M
>>35065107And? Is Hex MHQOP or Kal? No he isn't so fuck off with that.
>>35065316Now, that's rude.
>>35065304I'm pretty sure you're considered a witch the moment you get the tat. She'd be.unable to travel to AKAZU's place without being one.
>>35065378Are you sure about that? Sanya breaking under AKAZU-strain is a perfect explanation for her being so fucked up.
>>35065305>>35065345There's nothing wrong with being weird
>>35065407But Akazu is nice! He gives little girls gifts!
Maybe Dovana isn't Sanya's last name but her real name.
>>35065503He gave too much! She couldn't handle the Truth! Priest-dude is going to be devastated when he finds out what happened to her.Sensing teacher is probably the adult we should ask about Dovana, in any case. She's the most approachable and likely the most knowledgable adult Maria knows.
>>35065197We want to leave right now, this place is super spooky and we want to go
>>35065552>Maybe Dovana isn't Sanya's last name but her real name.She did kind of mention forgetting before...
>>35065579>super spookyThis land is peaceful, its inhabitants kind.
>>35066474There better not be fucking SkeleWheels here, holy shit that would be way too much
>>35066504What, there is no situation that isn't made better by applying Skelewheels.
>>35066474Priscilla pls go.
>>35066504For Eriadne, maybe. Maria calmly sidesteps and continues walking.
>>35066904>For Eriadne, maybe. Maria calmly-- recognizing threat: Circular objects approaching, two evasion vectors recognized, prioritising evacution-- FTFY.
>>35067066This. Maria always prioritizes Eriadne's safety, regardless of whether Eri wants her to or not.Or hadn't anyone noticed?
>>35069101I think that just applies to everyone for Maria. She has jump in front of people about to get shot before.
>>35069140Self-preservation? What's that?
>>35067066That magical terminator programming is just too fucking cool, anon.
>>35065045Oh yes. Still burning. The photo is still applicable.
>>35069274Well, hope it gets better then.
>ask.fmNot being curt with gods pays off! Yay.
>>35069413http://ask.fm/ConvictCyborg/answer/118071275586> that thing about the three choicesAt least he understands SOME QMing basics.
>>35069452The problem there is thinking of a quest as a game. If you think of it as a narrative, semi-blind choices resulting in consequences aren't a problem at all.
>>35069452Huh, so had we left the bed we'd not have had to make the trip? So worth it.
>>35069660It's win-win! Besides, a second of cuddling with Eriadne is worth a century of weird god-realms.
>>35069687>>35069660Honestly I don't even mind from a meta standpoint. The palace was pretty cool.
>>35069660We also wouldn't have met Mireille and Vivianne on our run, and that's far worse. Best adults.
Remember to stay warm in these cold updateless times.
>>35071231Anon should have put spoilers and [trigger warning] imo.
>>35071284Are we supposed to spoiler and trigger warning Maria learning her fire Rote too? Where does it end?
>>35071318That's the thing, it never does end.
>>35071284>>35071301>>35071318I admit it, I laughed.
>>35071410I just wish they'd let controlled burns happen more frequently.
>>35071432Well that fire's done a lot of damage, it's not strange if you're harboring dark thoughts it. Needs some punishment surely. "Garden-hose gone wild" maybe? "Extinguisher gang-spray XXX"?
>>35071465Part of the problem was the severe drought in CA this year - way beyond the normal lack of rain and snow. They've used more fire retardant for this fire than they've ever used in all Cali history.
>>35071498> living in cali
>>35071498That drought really sucked for all of the West Coast. I'm still expecting to wake up on fire any day now.
See you all tonight, same thread.>>35071570I have a limited number of biomes I can actually live in. >>35071577Too true.
>>35071683Go live in the english countryside or whatever the fuckBe happy, and not dying, but mostly happy
Is Hex already asleep, should we just let this thread fall into oblivion?
>>35073366We must continue waiting warmly
>>35073424Is there a hole in the roof that the fire is coming out of? Why doesn't the outside of the house catch fire?
[x] Ask the priest who Dovana is[X] Ask the priest how to leave"Y'know how it is. Ain't no right n' wrong save the right n' wrong you make yerself" -- Sora, Beta TimelineFor some reason it feels almost sad parting from this place. Probably doesn't make sense, but it's already way too late for sense so who cares? The echo of our footsteps seems to get louder the farther from the throne room we get and I note idly how odd it is that I note both that and my noting of the aforementioned. What. Think of something else and be quick about it. Right, we need to get back somehow and it just wouldn't do to have Eriadne in this strange space longer than necessary. As soon as we're home she should get better, right?"If it's okay, Mister Priest, uh…""Yes, what would you have of me, young one?" Kind words, but despite myself I can't banish the impression of ageless battlefields strewn with the bones of forgotten armies only visited upon by a cold wind th-- how does he DO that. Does he even know he does it? Ah doesn't matter, if everything goes okay we should be out of here soon. Hang on a little longer, Eriadne! "Maybe, you know, could you tell us how to get back to where home is?" The being nods, its gold-ringed cowl making it hard to read its expression. Not that that was easy in the first place."Ah yes, most certainly. Though it surprises me that you might have undertaken the voyage here without a means to return". The somber ring of distant funeral bells ends on a slightly surprised note. "Haha, we were in a hurry. Is it far?""Not anymore". 1/?
With that, he leads us into a plaza that opens to the star-strewn sky, a wheel pattern inlaid into its centre.Suddendly I remember something else. Strange how that goes sometimes. "Who was this Lady Dovana?" A chuckle, bondy and dry but not unfriendly."One of your kind. A witch. Very eager to learn, very pleasant, yes. If you allow me, I can show you". I just nod, and a few second later the /impression/ of an open spirit and an eager mind enter my head, the memory smelling like winter dreams of distant summer days. There is also an actual picture, but it is indistinct and very vague. Strange. Wait, is that how he sees us? The vision ends, though the memory remains."Uh… no, sorry, not sure I've met her"."No need to apologize, it was but an idle request".He bids us stand in the middle of the wheel pattern, then shows us how to imagine a silver chain going from our chests to our bodies back home."Just imagine yourself pulled towards where you want to go. Like a leaf on autumn winds, as Lady Dovana said once. It would be best to close your eyes and stay close". I direct Eriadne to stand in front of me so I can grab hold of her other hand. Hey, no need to look away from me now!!"Oh, and one last thing". The dog-priest-thing holds up a hand -yes, six fingers after all, and much longer than a human's- just as I'm about to close my eyes."Yes?""Please have a safe travel and… do not be too surprised at the changes you might witness.I just nod, then smile at Eriadne before closing my eyes.A silver chain, just beside my heart. Pulling to where I left what seems a lifetime ago. Let it pull us back. Let us pull us home. Back to safety, back to light. I can feel a tingle going through my entire body and open my eyes to see us speeding through the infintely grey expanse, a white glowing mist growing thicker and thicker as we speed onwards.2/?
It's getting harder and harder to see Eriadne, but at least I can still feel her, and then with a big WOOSH, I blink and we're… back. It seems. Everything but myself seems blurry, the room swimming in and out of focus, shimmering and twisting as if seen through water. I feel dizzy and shut my eyes again, trying not to fall over inside the circle. By all saints and angels… "Are you okay?!" Who is… oh. Evangelyne, yes? That was her name, I'm pretty sure that was her name. Curses, why is it so hard to focus.  "Yes, we're kind of okay". "I feel dizzy" "Someone please take care of Eriadne" "Are we really back or is this a dream?" OtherDo:  Free
>>35074062> "Yes, we're kind of okay".
>>35074062Disgregard question. Check on Eri ourselves.
>>35074062>[X] "I feel dizzy">[X] "Someone please take care of Eriadne"
>>35074062>[x] "Yes, we're kind of okay".Probably
>>35074062Let's do a quick check up too, everything in place and the same as it used to be? What about Eriadne?
>>35074062>Check on EriObviously.
>>35073915>do not be too surprised at the changes you might witness.Oh gee, that certainly doesn't sound ominous.
>>35074206Time for warp shenanigans? AToWverse is actually the far past of WHFRP.
>>35074238>Akazu is Malal before corruption
>>35074238Please keep grimdark away from the cute witches thanks. Or you will have to be banished to beta timeline were everything is shit.
>>35074308>>35073843> Sora, Beta TimelineYes and everything is bad there.
>>35074308Did you not read a single update during that entire Akazu sequence?
>>35074323I have, I just have no idea what Beta Timeline is
>>35074348It's mentioned at the beginning in like every single update though.
>>35074348An alternative timeline where everything is darker and edgier. There's no Mariadne, Helena is a zealot and all the cute has been replaced by a Linkin Park soundtrack.
>>35074348>I have, I just have no idea what Beta Timeline is>>35054636>"There can be no argument more striking than your blade". Guardman's saying, Beta Timeline>>35062297>"Looking for a humanitarian solution invitably causes you to miss the effective one". --Tharek DeVega, Beta timeline>>35073843>"Y'know how it is. Ain't no right n' wrong save the right n' wrong you make yerself" -- Sora, Beta TimelineIt's what happens if the grimdiddling wins. Don't overthink it.
>>35074386Hold on a second. What if Sanya is from the Beta Timeline?
>>35074430Hex has hinted at it. He mentioned something about her not being there.
>>35074448>Hex has hinted at it. He mentioned something about her not being there.Which might simply mean she already offed herself.
>>35074390>It's what happens if the grimdiddling wins. Don't overthink it.It's what happens in a dark age. I'm guessing they're always in the opposite age of the alpha timeline, so when the alpha timeline turns to shit we can all go hide out in the beta timeline.
> 10 minutes>>35064740>>35064552>>35064428> fukken ace>>35062263> I feel terrible for grinning> utterly despicable>>35062072> GLORIOUS, thanks, anon, thou art credit for community
>>35074062[x] "I feel dizzy"[x] "Someone please take care of Eriadne"Do:[x] Faint.
>>35074206We just got told a Mystery. I'm not sure how much that fucks someone up, but it's probably does SOMETHING. We haven't even used Sensing teach's Focus Word and we're already fucking up our hardware.These people are super-nice for eldritch beings, anyway.
>>35074557>These people are super-nice for eldritch beings, anyway.I assume that any of them that lend their power to witches would be at least agreeable. I doubt there would be many spells asking for help from openly hostile beings.
>>35074557Well, sensing literally means hacking existence/reality/the matrix/the consensus so hard you stop having a proper concept of here/I/now/whatever. Of course it fucks shit up.>>35074601>I doubt there would be many spells asking for help from openly hostile beings.Unless you're playing a Dran or EGO quest.
> closing, processing, writing
> actually, wait, 5 minutes extension> questions etc welcome
>>35074747>questions etc welcomeWhy do you have such shit taste in iM@S girls?
>>35074860> you say words... but they make no sense!!Actually, most of them are okay.> closing
>>35074062>Navigation for, let us say, beings used to the Truths of Matter can be difficult".>Truths of Matter>Everything but myself seems blurry, the room swimming in and out of focus, shimmering and twisting as if seen through water. I feel dizzy and shut my eyes again, trying not to fall over inside the circle. By all saints and angels… Did Maria and Eriadne just get Quantum'd?
I'm thinking Hex fell asleep again.
>>35077528Probably right. Anybody want to archive this?
>>35077566Someone probably should. We can probably get one more update before the thread drops off though. If we just stick to bumping the thread.
Still feeling pretty warm.
The Hex has arisen yet again.
>>35082006I don't believe you.
>>35082180He posted in QTG, and was answering questions again.
>>35082275Well that's just bad timing, I have to go to sleep so I'm going to miss his next post, be cute with Eri for me
>>35082319>be cute with Eri for meReally everything about the quest is just extra on top of Maria and Eri being cute.
> let's see how far we get today, circumstances unfortunately have been less quest-friendly lately
>>35082477Don't worry Hex warmth has been maintained.
[X] Check on Eriadne[X] "I feel dizzy"[X] "Someone please make sure Eriadne is okay"It takes but a small gust of hope to fan the flames of change" --Common saying in the northWell that's… not good, I think? A quick glance Eriadne makes it seem as if she's -mostly- fine, if shaken and not yet ready to stand up. Wait, hold on, one thing's different. Or maybe that it's not differnt is what's different. Does that make sense? Probably not but nothing does if you think about it too much.<<Acquired Existential Deviancy Score: 1.9 -- Aura of of the Chasm>>Eriadne, unlike everything else, is sharp. Clear. Defined. Real-looking, I guess. Her eyes are half-closed and she's leaning against me, her warmth the only thing I seem to feel apart from my own clothes. Huh."Uhm, could someone please help her? I'm not sure she's fine an--" an attempt at standing is quickly interrupted as it feels as if everything is spinning around. Best to sit."She seems f-- BY THE BLOOD WHAT IS NO DON'T LOOK AT ME NO STOP NO STOP NO STOP BY THE GODS NO!!" Evangelyne quickly darts out of my field of vision. What, did we change?! No, my face and everything seems just as usual. I can hear panicked panting behind me, as if someone had seen the worst thing in her life."Evangeylne… what is it?""I-i don't know. Y-you changed. I mean, you're the same. But different. Like… I can't say. Just please don't look at me". 1/?
She seems panicked and pleading, in a way I've never seen before. What. My own heart begins to beat faster, the surroundings and her reactions making all making me feel like I should run, run, run and hide and never return."What do you mean, Evangelyne?" Helena walks around and stands in front of us, tapping her chin in thought. She seems more sharp, more /there/ than the rest of the room, and it seems like there's some kind of invisible light streamin off of her."Don't you feel it too?" Evangelyne's voice is a bit more steady, but it sounds like she's talking away from us."Hmmm. No, well, maybe, they feel not quite here. Hey, stop hiding!!" Interesting, I've never seen her upset, but now it seems as if she's taking this personally for some reason. Eriadne seems unaware of what is going on, but at least she's breathing steadily, and despite leaning against me seems conscious enough to support her weight somewhat.The door clicks open and there is a swishing of skirts."Beg pardon, there was something I needed to fetch for… are they already ba-- BY THE GODS!" A choked-off yelp and the sound of frantic steps are the only thing that accompany the quick dash to the corner of the room. Shouldn't have looked, guess people don't like it when I look at them now? At least Helena doesn't seem to mind.This adventure sure seems like it's not over yet. Ask/say/Do> please wait warmly
>>35083120>Could someone please finally get a teacher ?
>>35083120>hug Eriadne to make sure she's okay>Apologize for looking at them wrong
>>35083120>[x] "Uh, maybe you should get a teacher over here or something?"
>>35083094>Existential Deviancy Score
>>35083094Jesus christ what happened holy fuck Hex what did you doooo>>35083120>[x]What do you mean stop hiding? I'm not hiding!>[x]Why is everyone so blurry?Also this:>>35083138So what, we emit an aura of super spooky AKAZU realm or something? Best way to make friends.
>>35083120>PANIC>Make sure to hold Eriadne's hand so she doesn't get blurry too. Makes sense.>Ask the others what you should do to fix this.
>>35083188Yeah, anon knows where it's at. Voting this.
> existential deviancy scoreHexmouto pls. Don't be so chuuni.>>35083162Reality doesn't like pure love.
>>35083188>>35083138See>>35083120> The door clicks open and there is a swishing of skirts."Beg pardon, there was something I needed to fetch for… are they already ba-- BY THE GODS!" That IS the teacher. Sora speaks in some weird mix of Cockney and Texan accents and the twins always speak one after another. Sanya wouldn't come here on her own. It's a teacher.
>>35083120seconding >>35083140 & >>35083159 & >>35083188 & >>35083193
>>35083120So spooky shit happened while I was asleep, only Helena is kind of okay with us, might be something to do with her Goddess, that's the only thing I can think of really
>>35083479>ignore Helena>she's now the only one capable of looking at usKarma s not without a sense of irony.
>>35083120>Close your eyes.>Concentrate on existing, here and now, specifically.>Ask your friends to get a teacher.
>>35083120>Tell Helena she's shining~
>>35083120Seconding >>35083553And hug Eri and get her to do the same.
>>35083638That's taking advantage of her. She's not in a state of mind to refuse.
>>35083658That's exactly why we should do it anon
>>35083120>Use the Floating Leaves on the Winter Wind riteThat did this:>Rite: Floating Leaves on the Winter Winds. Let your mind become one with the air and sky. Let go of feeling your body. Pretend you're standing outside youself.>The world seems to grow indistinct as I let myself go, body working on its own while my thoughts float freely, unburdened by anything or anyone.And I'm super curious what it'll do now.
>>35083674No. Take your hug-rape elsewhere.
>>35083695but it isn't hug-rape anon, we must help Eri force herself to exist in the here and now and stop being all AKAZU-ifiedif we let go of her, we risk her fading back into that place, thusly we must hold onto her with all of our might
>>35083682Theory : It's a ritual to regain our battle maneuvers a la Book of nine swords.
>>35083736Maybe, but it also sounds like >>35083553 's vote to exist here and now too.
>>35083188> Jesus christ what happened holy fuck Hex what did you dooooAberration Barrier had the same effect (hurts to look at, feels wrong etc) but weaker. Now we know why it's called Aberration Barrier I guess.
>>35084176Maria (Human) (Aberration)Level 1 WitchLevel 5 CookLevel A++ 2cute
>>35083120Oh my, Maria has turned into a d-d-deviant girl.
>>35084176I thought it was called Aberration Barrier because it was imposing a Truth on the world rather than the usual Lie of Magic.It's not AKAZU's fault if his Truth doesn't feel right.
>>35084329Literally so deviant nobody can look at us.
>>35083094>>35083120We didn't accidentally end up in shit timeline did we?
I just noticed Hex hasn't given signs of life here after giving the standing order of waiting warmly. Perhaps his shoulder fell to the floor?
>>35085452Nah, this is the gamma timeline, they're all horrified that we aren't wearing rainbows and radiating unrepressed homosexuality.
>>35083120Hey you know what would totally be okay, let's try casting the spell right now
>>35085478>radiating unrepressed homosexuality.So that's why Helena is shining!
>>35085478>>35085498Makes sense to me.
>>35085452>>35085478Helena seems too chill for either.> tfw the update quote immediately went optimistic after switching back
>>35085578That's not an optimistic quote. Hopes can be for terrible things, and probably are, in the dark ages.Beta-Eriadne hoping to find new ways to oppress workers, and such.
> current discussionI fucking know why Hexer keeps saying that Helena's powers might fail. Athra is a goddess of fertility.The moment she and Eva do anything she'll get dropped like a hot potato since homolust doesn't produce children.
>>35085727I'm pretty sure Hex says her power might fail because that's something every cleric has to face after being chosen by the All-Mother.
>>35085750Maybe she has a leg up on most clerics? She did personally meet Shining Lady Athra. It's difficult to lose faith when you've met the object.But that might be normal for clerics?
>>35085727>>35085727…Couldn't even fault her. Gods stand for certain things so if their precepts get broken I guess they've got the right to say they don't support it. Not exactly politically correct but logical.
>>35085782I'm pretty sure loyalty to the All-Mother just naturally leads to contention with other god's tenants on 90% of cases. Hex basically said this himself.
>>35085816>Not exactly politically correct but logical.>caring about PCnessReally?
>>35085822I don't think so? All-Mother doesn't require much. Use her powers to protect the world and you're good. She doesn't care whether you become an extension of her will or much about loyalty either. I think what makes clerics fall is the diversity of witches. They're exposed to many different schools of thought that differ greatly from what they were taught, which naturally makes them fall.
>>35085727Not if she doesn't get a magical cock
>>35085861>I don't think so?I'm fairly sure I remember Hex writing that other gods don't like the All-Mother. Something about her being older then them pisses them off.
>>35085727>The moment she and Eva do anything she'll get dropped like a hot potato since homolust doesn't produce children.Not really, she can still be a cleric and priest of Athra even without producing any children, she doesn't have any now, nor will she soon, so should Athra disown her because of that?That's stupid logic anon, if she still does her goddess' work, upholds her virtues and principles, even if she's full of homo for Eva, Athra shouldn't care if she's still a loyal devotee of her.
>>35085861So basically what happens to most teenagers from a religious home after a few years of college?
>>35085876And yet their followers are allowed to keep their powers if they're capable of upholding their old god's tenets. If the gods being pissed was what made their powers go away, they'd immediately lose them after being branded or something like that.
>>35085861I highly doubt that. It probably more has to do with a Witch's power set being entirely derived from calling upon random divine(ish) entities for all their spells. There's probably quite a few of those a god might get pissed at their follower for relying on.
>>35085943There are, that's why the clerics were separated out so they could get briefed on that stuff. And why Helena picked double Healing. They simply avoid those spells and pick ones their god would like.
Looks like Hex isn't going to get another update in before 404.
>>35086080He said he'll make a new thread and I believe her!
Suggestion: Let's use the Astral Anchor we got to create a spell that gives us the Aura of the Chasm status effect at will.
>>35086181Scariest Witch Guardian on the planet!
>>35086181Maybe if it has an effect beyond super spooky gaze I'd consider it.
>>35086181I wonder if we could use to get rid of it right now, it's something to ask Eriadne, she's the one taking spell making classes
>>35086266We'll have to cure her of PTSD first though.
>>35086230That would be enough of an effect on its own if it worked on demons and other nasties. I bet it doesn't.
>>35086294She needs Maria Hugs™ stat
>>35086294First, we need to explain what happened to a teacher. They can fix it.Eriadne just needs to be tucked into bed and lulled to sleep.
>>35086295It might if Akazu's Truth deviates enough from theirs.
> all that speculahD-damn. Okay, I'll see if I can get us a nice update before we slip onto page 10, otherwise we'll keep on witching once this one vanishes.Sounds okay?
>>35087443>50Cool to me.
>>35087443Sure, not like I'm doing anything today, just catching up on Gaim
>>35087443>Sounds okay?NoHurry the fuck up with that CCQ update.
Looks like Hex couldn't make it in time.At least this means less wait for the new thread to come up.
Somebody please archive this.
>>35088934>Somebody please archive this.Delayed prune means that you have a day after 404 to get to that.
>>35088957Doesn't mean it shouldn't be archived now.>delayed pruneIs that what we're calling it?
>>35089001It's already been archived
>>35089029>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=A%20Tale%20Of%20WitchesOh nice. I wonder if we can push it back to 18 quickly or if it'll take time.