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-82cf8b09084Answer collection by based Question Anon http://pastebin.com/h7TvK9yxI am Maria of House Antioch, also known as the House of Seekers. If there is a one thing I'm seeking right now it's the wonders of fresh breakfast. I haven't eaten properly for an entire DAY now. Well, that's all a little complicated. But first, I need to take care of something else. The strange girl beside me -cause that's what she is- really deserves some punishment, her casting of some strange magic having only been interrupted by Evangelyne's couragous intervention.Sacred technique: Cloudwalk. I feel myself suddenly more sure-footed. Lighter, almost, though that's probably an illusion. Steadily my hand creeps towards the smaller girl's head and-- pat. pat. pat."HOW *DARE* YOU?!" The little priestess screams in utter indignation, but I'm already away before anyone notices my connection her. Ha! Refining the trick among the thieves in our city really did pay off in the end.Their methods were certainly something else though. Walking over hot coals, glass and nails… well, Pa said that while he'd never make me do this kind of thing he liked that I had found something I liked enough to study on my own. 1/2
I shake myself and uncross my fingers, the feeling of lightness fading. It's kind of frustrating, but I line up like a good girl instead of pushing forwards. "Forgetting your matters is the first step towards forgettign yourself", as both Pa my teacher in temple school were fond of saying. Thankfully, the line isn't too long and soon I'm approaching the trays and pots laden with the breakfast goods. Huh, they really seem to have something of everything, many of the dishes being way too exotic to recognize. There is a symbol above some. Hmm. That probably means "Dragon". So things only nobles can eat, huh? Pretty thoughtful of them. Some stranger symbols seem to indicate other things I can't quite make out. Must be for the servants of specific deities.  Pick out the same for myself as for Eriadne. Pick out a little bit of everything. Weren't nobles supposed to "watch their weight" or something? Pick out things that aren't too fat.Once I'm done I Seat with the others a little Return to the room Other
>>35477714>[x] Weren't nobles supposed to "watch their weight" or something? Pick out things that aren't too fat.>[x] Return to the room
>>35477714>[x] Pick out a little bit of everything.>[x] Return to the roomShe's probably hungry
>>35477714 Pick out a little bit of everything. Return to the roomEri is probably getting hungry.
>Some stranger symbols seem to indicate other things I can't quite make out. Must be for the servants of specific deities. > AToW has religious sensitivity in regards to divine food policiesThat should not be funny. That so shouldn't be funny. But it is.>>35477714[X] Pick out a little bit of everything.[X] Seat with the others a little
> 7 minutes
>>354778167 minutes until what, next update?
I hope people didn't get chased off by the shitstirring last thread.
>>35477714>[x] Pick out a little bit of everything.>[x] Return to the roomDon't want to keep Eri waiting
>>35477828> no, vote close
>>35477573>illicit head-pattingMaria using her powers for good I see.>>35477714>[x] Weren't nobles supposed to "watch their weight" or something? Pick out things that aren't too fat.>[x] Seat with the others a little
>>35477841I doubt any quest-readers could be chased off by something that small.
> CLOSING! CLOSING! CLOSING!
>>35477714>[X] Pick out a little bit of everything.>[X] Return to the room
inb4 the return of Fast!Hex. By the way what when Sora and Helena come back and find chuuni?
Hope you're feeling good tonight, Hex.
[X] Pick out a little bit of everything.[X] Return to the roomFor a few moments I consider picking out one of those super simple things that apparently make you lose weight -never needed that myself, as I burn way too much energy- but hey, I'm neither Eriadne's mother nor her caretaker. She'll certainly know what she likes better than I. Besides, she's sick, it should totally be okay to eat a rich meal now. How else is she supposed to get her strenght back, right? It's only logical, a sick body needs to fight with everything it has, and that needs a lot of food! Happy with my conclusion I begin to recite the rest of the morning rites I forgot because of all the excitement till then. Grasswind follows Gemblossom, and before I know it, it's my turn to load the tray conveniently placed at the begginning of the row of pots, pans and baskets.Hmm. Tomatoes, fried eggplants, goat cheese, fish, flat bread… "Uhm, sorry, Mistress?" I look at one fo the ladies keeping watch from behind the long ebony counter."Yes, what can I do for you?""Is it you know, is it okay if I bring something back to our room? My friend's sick"."Sure, just make sure you return the dishes or we *will* find you. You won't like that". I search her face for a hint of humor, but it is calm and intense, daring me to show a sign of defiance. Somehow it reminds me of my spear teacher, all intense and business-like, even when he was about to beat the daylights out of someone. Eep, breakfast ladies are scarier than I thought!! 1/?
"Mistress… yes, mistress". I nood, probably too hastily. Leaves dancing on the autumn winds, come on, focus and don't let it affect you."Good, now move along, unless you want to hold up those behind you". I fight the urge to turn my head and just move on towards where the clay jars with the drinks are sitting."Kyofey?" What? I experimentally open the lid and close it the next instant. Whatever that foul steaming liquid was, it smelled like burnt bread. Who knows how poisonous that is to normal people.Moving on I fill two cups with fresh Morning Leaf tea, adding a hefty dose of sugar to mine. Well, that should be all set.I leave the line to see Evangelyne and her two twins -wait, when did I start to think of them that way- sitting not far away, waving. Aaagh, I'm busy here, come on. Indicating "UPSTAIRS" with my free hand as best as I can I walk past them, wondering what would keep Helena and Sora for so long. Well, they probably ended up getting tied up, Sora is such a curious girl and might STILL be asking all sorts of rude questions from the noble. Though to be honest, I'd probably do the same. Good thing I didn't go or I'd end up embarassing myse-- waaaaait. I can feel myself blanche and almost trip over my own feet while steering towards the exit. Yeeep. I'm still wearing my running clothes. Meaning that he saw me like that. Meaning my friends saw me like that. Meaning… half the SCHOOL saw me like that. This is the worst. morning. ever. EVER!Heavenly Technique: Lizard's BalanceMy vision narrows, and I zoom out the door, tray clutched in one hand, heart beating frantically as I do my best to escape what must no doubt be thousands of judging 2/3.5
F-fast Hex!? A miracle!
>>35478585>My vision narrows, and I zoom out the door, tray clutched in one hand, heart beating frantically as I do my best to escape what must no doubt be thousands of judgingYes, good
On the way out I almost collide with Sora striding ahead of the Dragonblood looking rather dejected who himself is followed by Helena looking kind of admiring. Huh."Oi, already leaving?" "Sora I--" "Oh right, ya gotta bring some food to lady white hair, eh? Well, ain't gonna hold ya back if it's just that"."Thanks, so how did your search go?" I'm feeling kind of anxious to get back already, but still, that look of worry the noble is displaying makes me curious. Aaah, Eriadne is going to be so mad that I let her wait for something this trivial. Why is Helena smiling?"Oh that? Eh, 's complicated, looks like all connections got blown and they ain't got no shimmer why or how. Been like that since before you came, but I ain't much of a letter person so heh, didn't hear it yet". I nod. Well, for now I can't write home anyway so that's not such an issue. Still, must be sad for hi-- I quickly make sure to bring Sora between myself and his gaze, but he doesn't seem to take note of my strange attire, instead leaning over to explain something to Helena. Oh well."Uh, sorry to hear that, My Lord. I hope you get message from home soon""Lady Witch… yes, that is my dearest hope as well. Please, do not get held up for my sake". He bows, and I nod, throwing a quick wave to the others before picking up my pace again. The way back passes in a blur and soon I'm back in front of our door. FINALLY.Do: Knock. Just enter. Sneak in. Other
>>35478804>[x] Sneak in.Sneaking!
>>35478804>[x] Just enter.It's our room too after all, but you know, announce ourselves
>>35478804 Just enter.
>>35478804>[x] Sneak in.I want to see sleeping Eri...
Who flipped Hexer's Fast Switch?>>35478664>F-fast Hex!? A miracle!The stars are right.>>35478804[X] Sneak in.Thieves in this world practice Wuxia magic... scary implications there.
>>35478804[X] Just enter
> Dragonboy steals Helena> Sora steals the twinsAt least Eva still has a chuuni priestess to tame...
> 5 minutes to close> gonna scour the house for tea
>>35478804We should ask how she's feeling if she's awake.
> Fast Hex is back....wow.
> closing, counting, writing> I hope everyone is going to have a good time this thread> please wait warmly
>>35479077Things seem fun so far!
>>35478804> Just enter.> Say: Room service!
>fast Hex is here!
>>35478804>[ x ] Just enter.This is your room Maria
I want to marry Helena. When she's older.
>>35479271I dunno if they allow that, Eva, but we can see.
>>35479271>When she's older.She'll lose her cuteness by then.
> extending a bit, sorry
>>35477714Hmm...> Pick out the same for myself as for Eriadne.> Pick out a little bit of everything.> Return to the roomOh boy cute girls doing creepy and cute thingsThis is going to be f->>35477951What?>>35478564>>35478585>>35478804WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS BLACK MAJYYKS!?> Sneak in.
>>35479620>WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS BLACK MAJYYKS!?Hexspeed makes no sense. Not even a little. It's simply a completely different time space continuum.
[X] Just enter.Oh for the sake of everything just good and holy, it's your room, me. It's not exactly like you're a servant girl and she's really not that sick. Learn. To. Relax. Seriously, this is worse than that one time you thought taking on Skullface Gang with just yourself, the trader Lamere and ten others would be a good idea. That was probably one of the few times Pa was genuinely mad. I shudder, trying to banish the memory. Though to be fair, it seemed like a really good idea at the time, my group being well armed and even having a few gunners on the team. Well, that was pretty soon after my first round of training sessions in the temple so that might have made me overly confident. They say that the sudden wealth of knowledge just being /there/ all of a sudden, ready to aid and advise when needed makes one foolish. Guess they weren't entirely wrong. ((https://medium.com/@ATaleOfWitches/training-report-maria-lagidis-bd8e17eb9dc2))My hand creeps unwittingly to the pendant shaped like a hand around my throat. If I wanted to, I could use it to access that place in my mind, though so far the warnings I received against it were enough to deterr me. Not to mention the cold tiredness I feel whenever thinking too much about that place. Really, I'm thankful for it, but the way I got it isn't something I like thinking about.Right, typical Maria, thinking of one thing and slipping right into the next. Focus, food. You wanted to bring her food. My hand leaves the simple silversteel object and drops to push against the door knob. Huh, guess there's some magic in it as well; I can feel the weave of a spell react as I turn it. Another thing to ask one of the other witches when I get the time.1/2
I've always kind of liked singing, so as to not wake Eriadne I begin to half-hum half whisper:~Fooood, glooorious food~!~Hot sausage and mustard~!~While we're in the mood~~Cold jelly and custard~!I enter the room singing softly, but stop as I see Eriadne lie on the bed, eyes closed. It seems my /otherness/ has worn off faster than hers, because there is a certain feeling of dread softly suffusing the space, though it's quite manageable. Odd, maybe Mistress Mara will want to hear of that. Probably not though, she's way too busy. Wake her up. Just start eating and hope she wakes up. Other
>>35480279>[x] Wake her up.Gently, don't get stabbed either
>>35480279>Wait for her to wake up>Get snoozy, fall asleep half-on her bed
>>35480209> Maria> sense of self preservationShe is so fucking bad at this trying not to die thing.>>35480292>>35480279[X] Wake her up.
>>35480279> OtherDangle a fragrant morsel close to her nose. Dragons love fragrant morsels.
>>35480279>[x] Wake her up.Gently, yeah. Maybe just sing until she hears it.
>>35480279 Wake her up.Be gentle about it, and start singing again.
> little tween and twelve burly men threatening a criminal gangThis is absuredly adorable. Or adorably absurd.
>>35480279>[x] Just start eating and hope she wakes up.
What, no waking her up with a kiss?
>>35480279>[x] Wake her up.>>35480416Maybe in a few in-game days/hundred threads/decades of running
>>35480279>[ x ] Wake her up.We gout you food Eri.
>>35480416Anon please. Have a wank before you quest or something. This is classy Class S, we don't accost girls for comedy value here.
> 5 minutes> I HATE MISSPLACING MY TEA EGG AAAAAAGH
>>35480279> Wake her up.Gently, so very gently
>>35480209> silver pedanthttp://svalispeaks.wordpress.com/tag/metal-programming/
We'll so mess around with her programming. Won't we?
>>35480209So she can go back in if she needs to?Why would she need to?
>>35480595Maybe to edit programming.
>>35480735She needs to apply patches to her compiled code to remain up to date.
>>35480735I wonder if she can go in and like, run simulations or something
>>35480595> Short answer: To edit/access/delete parts or all of her Deep Training should she so choose>Long answer: There is also the factor of accessing information freely since Deep Training is usually wired to stress responses in order to keep it separated from day-to-day consciousness> Every Deep Trained person has what could best be translated as "Mental Model", an internal space in which the knowledge and reaction patterns that have been encoded into their minds are represented in some way. A typical Mental Model might for example look like a temple library in which "Combat approaches: Non-lethal" is a long shelf of books. If one were to go deeper down they could find rows upon rows of mirrors in which the exact ways of silently executing someone replay over and over again in schematic form, one mirror per method> A third factor is the accessing of memories or commands held by temporary "memory sages", mental splinters whose sole purpose it is to receive and sift information received from other portions of the mind, which -in thusly trained people- essentially allows for photographic memory and quick retrieval of information the mind itself wasn't aware had been received> I hope this explanation was both interesting and sufficiently clear to you, I'll have to leave for a bit now, so please keep waiting warmly> note, Maria has not received ALL the possible Deep Training, but I think I stated as much before
>>35480960>> note, Maria has not received ALL the possible Deep Training, but I think I stated as much beforeI wonder if Witchbreaker girl has, I wonder if she can help us take the rest
>>35480960Holy fuck that's SCARY.
>>35480999Might not be a good idea. Who knows how effective it is and we can't contact pa to ask.
>>35481083You what? That's amazing. Do you know how many trillions the Military Industrial complex and countries would pay to have soldiers be able to have something like that?
>>35481330He didn't say it was lame, he said it was scary which it kind of is. Though yes being able to basically hardwire combat maneuvers in would change warfare as much as the machine gun did.
>>35480999>I wonder if Witchbreaker girl has> nobody/very very few people have everything since it takes thousands of hours, even using the odd gramophone that's been surfacing lately and the need for the mind to remain open and receptive for the entire duration>few people have that kind of time or the resources required> as for the other, you can always try and ask, though usually it takes trust on a level that's really hard to build just like that> I don't do KyonMagroSmith's relationship tracking thing, but still, it'd take a while to really get her to know well enough for Maria's mind not to throw out any tampering attempt> TL;DR: Yea you can ask others to add to it, but it'll take a while to work> I hope that is not too disappointing> anyway, closing and writing
>Messing with a persons brainTurn the lewd dial up to 11
>>35481914This seems less comedy and more straight up mind horror to me
>>35481910Nah, that makes sense
...How would you even begin to stat one's Deep Training in an AToW RPG?
>>35481330It's still scary. Just all this mind doctoring freaks me out.
Bah, fffuucking can't right now. Sorry, BRB ETA 5 hours. Sorry for dropping out so quickly.
>>35483378Then I will sleep
>>35483378Alright, night Hex.
I'm updating the question pastebin now if people are still interested.
>>35483378>Five hours laterStill warm for you Hex.
>>35480552I fucking knew it! I knew Maria's darkroom training wasn't completely belevolent! AAAAAAAAaaaa Mariaaaa nooooo
>>35493028Pls no shadowruns.
>>35478564>Hmm. Tomatoes, fried eggplants, goat cheese, fish, flat bread… Maria eats like a Turk. Or Iranian.
Okay, that took longer than I thought, gimme a bit and we'll have the next post up.
>>35496851We'll be waiting warmly.
>>35488531>>CAN Witches and Dragonbloods have relations or is it taboo?>It's tabboo in the sense that Dragonbloods aren't really supposed to marry lowborn people, but beyond that there are few restrictions.In case mixed-school teams are made having relations with ones superior/inferior is penalized exceedingly hard in cases where such relations were not being disclosed.There is no respite from a shitstorm triggered by fraternizing.> #Lore #Witch #Dragonborn #ThirdTimeThisHasBeenAsked> #ThirdTimeThisHasBeenAskedQuestionanon pls.
[X] Wake her up.[X] Keep singing[X] Exalted Fisherman's Infallible Bait Technique: Eternal Procession of Breakfast Fragrance!Well, there is caring, there is being polite and then there is just being a fussing nanny. She probably will not like it if I just let her sleep like that. Tiptoing closer I admire how calm and beautiful her heart-shaped face looks on the white linen cushion covers. By the gods, I must protect her, no matter what. She's a good person, I've learned that much, even if she's so much stranger than I've ever thought possible. With her and my other friends -cause that's what they are- I'm sure anything that lies in the future will be easy to master if we only believe in each other and believe that we can do it. Something as small as no longer being human or existing to those we knew should be trivi… trivio… easy, if we just support each other!! I begin to softly sing again, slowly getting nearer the bed while picking a salted piece of fish from the tray, holding it out in front of myself.~Food, glorious food~!~We're anxious to try it~~Three banquets a day~~Our favorite diet~!The fish is almost over Eriadne's nose now. It… it twitches. Like a rabbit's, it twitches as she sniffs at the air, the faintest of smiles playing over her lips. "Eriaaaadneee~! Time too eeeehheeeaaat~~~!" I dangle the fish from side to side, trying not to laugh at her soft whine before suddenly a sharp pull tears the morsel out of my hand. Eriadne's eyes snap open, and she glares at me, the fish half-vanished in her mouth. Waait. Did I just see rows upon rows of sharp teeth just before she snapped her jaws shut around te fish or… nah, that would be weird."Lady Maria, it is not polite to toy with food". The admonition comes out a little bit muffled. Hey, don't talk with your mouth full!!Say Apologizee Laugh Other Do Hand her the tray Hand her piece by piece Other
>>35498353>[X] Laugh>[X] Hand her piece by piece2cute
>>35498353> Laugh> Hand her piece by pieceYou feeling fast Hex?
>>35498353> Laugh> Hand her piece by piecefeed the Eri
>>35498353>>35498353> Ask her if she's half shark> Hand her the trayLet's keep our fingers.
>>35498422That very rude anon!
Has Hex sold his soul to the moegods for cute storytelling ability?>>35498353[X] Hand her the tray[X] ApologizeeShe just said she didn't want to come across as a nanny.
>>35498353>Try not to laugh. Laugh a lot.> Hand her piece by piece
>>35498353[X] Hand her the tray[X] Other "It's not polite to just bite into food like that too!!" Stick your tongue at her.> sharp teethRight in the fetish.
>>35498353>[x] Apologizee>[x] LaughBoth!>[x] Hand her the tray
>>35498353>[x] ApologizeIf she wants to take the tray, she can. Not offering it though.
>>35498353>"Eriaaaadneee~! Time too eeeehheeeaaat~~~!" I dangle the fish from side to side, trying not to laugh at her soft whine before suddenly a sharp pull tears the morsel out of my hand. Eriadne's eyes snap open, and she glares at me, the fish half-vanished in her mouth. Waait. Did I just see rows upon rows of sharp teeth just before she snapped her jaws shut around te fish or… nah, that would be weird.DRAWFRIENDS!!
>>35498353Hex this is so cute it's giving me the giggles.
>>35498353>By the gods, I must protect her, no matter what.Whoah now Maria, that's a little forward.>[X] Exalted Fisherman's Infallible Bait Technique: Eternal Procession of Breakfast Fragrance!Hex pls.
>>35498353>[x] Laugh>[x] Hand her piece by piece>Sharp teethHnnnggghhhh
>>35498570>Whoah now Maria, that's a little forward.Ravens gonna do that.
>>35498584That's why they best.
>>35498588Especially the cute ones.
>>35498353>[x] Apologize between laughing, but sound sincere>[x] OtherEat together, that's our lunch too after all
>>35498569>Hex this is so cute it's giving me the giggles.Anon stop! Or else we'll never get the moe out of you!
>>35498630I think it may be too late fore me anon. You should go on without me. I believe in you.
So how do Dragonblood women give their guys blowjobs?
>>35498666They take it, enjoy it, and walk away afterwords perfectly fine
>>35498588>not slaying those who would harm your protected before they can attack>not having a fury that burns brighter than the pyre of your fallen enemies' bodies in the night sky>not attaining such glorious war feats that the stars pale before your glory>laughingcats.jpg
>>35498666They're all lesbians. Wait no that doesn't work.
>>35498683Enjoy having no friends.
>>35498666Ask Eri that.
>>35498666Why did your mind go there instead of simply aking out, anon?
>>35498691Enjoy seeing all your friends die.
>>35498706Why, because you killed them just to be sure?
Bat here, you guys are fags.
>>35498714And apparently I let you go. Time to rectify that mistake.
>>35498699>instead of simply aking out, anon?> aking outWhat.
>>35498733This is why you don;t have any friends to protect in the first place cat.
Sora is Cat and she makes friends just fine.
>>35498739Who needs friends when you can have war buddies?
>>35498736Making I assume.
>>35498755Do we have solid info on that, actually?
>>35498759Why would anyone be your buddy if you'd them if it became more convenient then keeping them around.You need to learn to deal with the fact the Ravens are just better than you at protecting the things that matter.
>>35498755She was at the school days before Maria showed up and it looks to me like Maria was her first friend there.
>>35498778You know nothing of friendship when everything goes south, plumboy.
>>35498820Keep telling yourself that while you try to murder yourself something to care about in the first place.Hint: You can't.
>>35498820It's not like you do either. You know not having any friends in the first place anyway.
> implying you know someone's true worth until you've fought alongside them
>>35498841Son, when you're surrounded by the corpses of your dear, dear friends, because you valued the lives of your enemies' people because muh innocents, come back to me with that whine about my methods. Meanwhile, I'll be slaying the hordes of horrors at the war-torn frontier, me and my "not-friends".Come on Rabbits, defuse this fight already
>>35498908What's wrong Cat, your "not-friends" don't want to help you out?
>>35498941Seems like in his blood lust he forgot to keep anyone safe anyway.
>>35498941You must think we're pussies who can't fight their own battles or something.
>closing and counting, questions welcome,> gotta be on mobile for a bit so either I'll try to use Jota or update when I get back. Sorry, famiry biznizz>By the Sun, Cat, lighten up a little
>>35498963>No fighting battles is all you're good for.It's just a shame the killing everyone before they become your enemies only gets you enemies.
>>35498966>By the Sun, Cat, lighten up a littleO-ok..
>>35498966WE ARE THE NIGHT.
Guise pls. As long as Snaje keeps Cat from flipping her shit it shouldn't be a problem. >>35498966Can male dragonborn turn into dragons? I forgot.
>>35499053Yes. Dragonbloods, drawing power from inside of themselves, are fairly limited in their innovation capabilities. They don't have Mysteries or Spheres of Power, instead they get "Remembrances", abilities that derive directly from those of their founder.One such Remembrance is "Remembrance of the Olden Form" which superimposes the Truth written in their blood onto their everyday form, letting them shapeshift into a lesser version of their ancestor.By the same token, dragonbone daggers can be made to "remember" certain shapes. Which is how Eriadne's blade is normally a pen.>>35498981Good! That's extra tuna for tonight.
>>35499157>So, how does Cat view the concept of friendship anyway?>Ha! Ask in the thread pls. Ask'd
>>35499895F stands for friends who do stuff together~
>>35499895Cat considers friendship important, but at the same time they often believe that not everything friends say should be taken at face value.Normal people just don't quite have what it takes to make the hard decisions despite how "ugly" they might be, right?So yes, friends are important, but so are people you can stand shoulder to shoulder with fierce a common cause no matter how much you might dislike each other otherwise. So to summarize: Cat likes friendship, but she's not foolish enough as to drag her friends into things where their morality might endanger them or to think that friends and allies are one and the same.
>>35500322>Not allied with their friendsCats a shit
>>35498545As you command, though not right now since I'm at home and drawing thing is at work.
>>35500383>not being a professional and separating dirty business from friendship>not protecting your friends from the ugly realities of the world if they can't take themCats a best
>>35500419>>35500383>>35500322Raven is the friendly small town policeman. Rabbit is the secretary of state. Cat is the soldier that's seen too much. Snake is the spy. Bat is the engineer back home building biological WMDs.
Are we in the Hexer Zone?
>>35504514We never left anon.
>>35498353I came home feeling like shit but this made me smile. I still feel like shit but at least its an improvement.
>>35505189I think that's kind of why AToW "works". It just kind of makes you feel better about shit despite being pretty dark in places.
>>35505255Maybe that because the girls seem pretty happy living in what is really kind of a terrible world.
>>35507221It's not all that terrible really.
>>35507221What is terrible about it? It is a great world to live in.
>>35507221It's kind of strict, but even on the metaphyiscal level it seems happier than RL because nobody is forced to live out a life in a body they don't feel is their own.
>>35507314>>35507774>>35507807Yeah okay fine. It's not all that terrible you can stop telling me now.
>>35507821Come on, tell us what you think is terrible. We're stuck in the Hexer Zone for now anyway.
>>35507832Just how dangerous it is to live in. As far as I can tell only Eva and Helena haven't had some really terrible stuff happen to them. Eri and Sora have lost their parents, Maria has almost been murdered multiple times as a trainee and the Twins don't even exist. Even people not in the main cast like Maria's trader friend had both of his eyes torn out by bandits.
>>35507935>HelenaLewd implications aside, her deity touched her in some weird way and her soul's not really human anymore. She might also be an orphan.
>>35507935Maria is a case of being a girl involved in a dangerous profession, sort of the same for Eri. Sora's parents died because they were in a dangerous profession as well.
>>35507935>don't even exist.w-what
>>35508022>w-whatTheir town is officially destroyed. Except it's not. And it's named after a city in dream land. There is a lot of shit wrong with those two.
>>35508022They're beings from a place that doesn't exist anymore. Real people really shouldn't ever need to use the phrase, "as you can see we're very real." Or whatever those two said.
>>35508009I did leave out a lot of the more world effecting stuff like necromancers fucking stuff up somewhere the Taliban tier rebels etc.It least it's not as bad as beta timeline.
>>35507935You forgot how bandits thoroughly murdered the staff of like 5 entire telecom stations simply because they happened to be in the way. Those are Taliban-tier fuckos.
>>35508128>because they happened to be in the way.It was because somebody had to free them from the evil ruling class they had nor real problem with.
>>35508114>It least it's not as bad as beta timeline.Beta Timeline seems like Judge Dredd with slightly less muscle and more WMDs.
>>35508114It's just I can't take that seriously as evidence that everything's shit because the world we're living in right now has radical terrorists, a huge virus outbreak, and a bunch of other horrible shit yet most of us are sitting safe in a 1st world country without much worries and plenty of other people go on being happy.
>>35508197I already admitted that I was wrong someone just asked me to explain why. You can stop trying to convince me.
>>35508137It's okay, anon. They are friendly abominations.
>>35508274>It's okay, anon. They are friendly abominations.Well they kind of wanted to casually kill RHP, but only after she attacked their Senra so it's okay.
>>35508543RHP really did bring that on herself.
>>35508543>>35508564That's another kind of dark thing. There are walking killing machines going around the place, and unlike in animu you really feel how much of a threat they are if it ever goes wrong.
>>35508599Witches themselves are pretty much weapons made by the All mother to maintain the balance of the world.
Something tells me Hex has already fallen asleep on us.
[WAITING WARMLY INTENSIFIES]
[X] Hand her piece by piece[X] LaughTo my credit, I manage to set the tray down on the table but then it's over, peals of laughter tumbling their way up from my stomach, Eriadne's otherwise pale face growing redder by the seconds as her hand reaches up to hide her mouth while she chews frantically."Eriadne I…" another series of giggles makes me gasp for air and double over. By the goddess, but it feels good to let go of all the tension at last. It seems like we arrived it's been just one danger after another, so just laughing it all off like this feels just wonderful at last. Does she think I'm crazy? Doesn't matter. After a few minutes and long, steady breathes I've managed to somewhat calm myself enough to look at her again."Lady Maria… are you quite done?" She flashes a downright furious green-eyed stare at me, but right now it just makes me hastily look to the side and bite down on my index finger. The pain makes it easier to think about not laughing. Alright, food. You've not eaten in a while. Focus your mind on that. I busy myself with picking out the various things on the tray, some of them dishes I don't recognize."Excuse the inquiry, Lady Maria, but why are you smelling everything? Surely it is appetizing, but this seems like an odd habit". I put down the small ceramic bowl containing an oily red paste to stare at her."Uhm, to make sure it fits together?" Is she testing me? Sometimes her questions are really strange."By smell". The flatness of her voice is only matched by the incredulity of the look she throws me."Of course by smell. Like here! I have no idea what this paste is, but I'm sure it will go really well with eggplant! Do nobles do it differently?"1/?
"Regretfully, no. I was sadly not instructed in such… peculiar… methods. Our women rarely if ever handle the cooking themselves. The focus is on… other talents". It seems as if she's pretty embarassed. Well, it IS kind of strange for a girl not to know how to cook, but she's not too old yet so she probably could learn if she tries!I roll the paste, the eggplant, tomatoes, some cheese and a few chicken stripes into the flatbread, making sure to fold the lower end so none of the incredients fall out. This is just like taking care of the Trader Lamere, though Eriadne doesn't have quite as elegant a beard. The thought of Eriadne wearing the olive-skinned man's carefully-trimmed moustache almost makes me drop the wrap, but I just compose myself in time. At least Eriadne has both her eyes still. Speaking of those, they're watching me pretty intensely, following my every move. Eeep, it's not polite to stare, Eriadne, please!!I hand the girl the stuffed flat bread roll, but she just looks at me questioningly."You bite it from the front!" Eriadne gives my creation a few cautious nibbles."Yes, like this!" I feel like I've just made a grand discovery.2/3
"Just make bigger bites, I just *know* you'll like it". I really do. This is one of the things I know after all. One of the few I'm good at. Eriadne nods, holding up one hand to shield her mouth. She chews, swallows, then looks at me with a surprised expression of pleasure that makes my heard beat faster in joy."Lady Maria… this is indeed quite pleasant. I commend your skills". Ha~haaa~!! Nobody can resist Maria of Antioch's cooking miracle for long! I grin, twirling my hand with a mock flourish as a sign to eat up.Do Just keep feeding her Teach her more about putting together food. Free Talk about Nah, just focus on food for now Talk about cooking. Talk about myself Try to get her to talk about herself.> BBL passing out, sorry for terrible scheduling again
>>35511688*but I wanted to at least get one more update out
>>35511688>[X] Just keep feeding her>[X] Teach her more about putting together food.>[X] Talk about myself>[X] Try to get her to talk about herself.
>>35511688>[x] Teach her more about putting together food.>[x] Try to get her to talk about herself.
>>35511688>[x] Just keep feeding her>[x] Try to get her to talk about herself.
>>35511688>[x] Teach her more about putting together food.>[x] Talk about myselfDon't forget to change out of your running clothes MariaShouldn't she be all sweaty?
>>35511688> Just keep feeding her> Teach her more about putting together food.> Talk about myself> Try to get her to talk about herself.
...Maria... got... Eriadne... to eat her taco... yea, I need sleep. Keep doing cute things with Eriadne for me.>>35511688[X] Nah, just focus on food for now[X] Just keep feeding her
>>35511841Why did you have to point that out, I didn't even make that leap until now. Damn you anon!It was still cute as hell.
>>35477573That moon circle symbol thing, for a second I thought it was the Smash Ball
>>35511688>Just keep feeding her>Promice to teach her more about putting food together in the future though>Talk about myself>Try to get her to talk about herself
Everyone staying warm?
>>35511688>[ x ] Just keep feeding herShe doesn't need to learn. Mari can feed her. Always. Forever.>[ x ] Try to get her to talk about herself.
>>35518024Please do not yandere the Maria.Also Hex has woken up.
>>35511688> Just keep feeding her> Teach her more about putting together food.> Talk about cooking.> Talk about myself> Try to get her to talk about herself.
>>35511688Why can't we do everything?
Warmly waiting for Hex to resume.
So I'm dying to ask Eriadne about her teeth, and tell her they're super cool. But I think it's a bad idea to say anything about them this early, yeh?
>>35520305Probably, unless she starts seeming self-conscious about them.
>>35520305>it's a bad idea to say anything about them this earlyIt's alright man. The quest's been progressing at such a slow pace no one remembers it's only been a day. Ask away, since in everyone's mind it's been months.
And yet it progresses STILL faster than MGQ.
>>35511592>>35511629>>35511688>Wake up to thisWhat a cute, refreshing morning!
>>35511592> by smellMy mother cooks like that. It really works, you just shouldn't watch her cook because it ends up shit like soy sauce in pasta bolognese. Strangely enough even complete strangers seem to like it. It even works with shit she doesn't eat like fish.
Gentlefolks, I must regretfully ask you to extend my grace period by a few more hours as realspace obligations unfortunately got in the way of the next update. I am deeply sorry.In minor related news, this quest will go on a ten-day break in about a few threads in order for me to focus on my Convict Cyborg project and allow those who fell behind due to my terrible run times to catch up.>>35520492It makes me happy to see you enjoy yourself, anon.>>35520704Smell and taste are strongly tied together, though of course it helps if the ingredients are known beforehand. Maria is an expert culinary gambler.Anyway, should questions arise I'm happy to answer them.
>>35520900>ten-daySo 3 months then?
>>35520900>realspacefuck realspace, slipspace and transientspace are where its at
>>35521034Don't worry anon, he'll be back once be starts alternating between the two.Now you know how CCQ players feel
>>35521072I don't want to feel that feel.
>>35521080Imagine how Hexer Quest players feel? But have faith anon, all shall be well and warm in time.
>>35521072>CCQ playersDo those even exist? I thought they were a myth used to scare you quest players.
>>35521135Most of them are playing AToW, so yes.You can tell those who don't play it because they always regurgitate the /qtg/ L&M about it being an edgefest
>>35521034Sorry, but it wouldn't be fair otherwise, plus I can't allow myself to completely forget how to write in second person.>>35520932There's nothing to eat there though.>>35520922Naah. There's a certain amount of words and plot I'll need to advance the story by and after that I hope to attain a rhythm that works out.
>>35521189>There's a certain amount of words and plotReally not helping with the whole three month prediction.
>>35521089I assume they feel like Gargoyle Quest players? Oh wait Hex never wrote a crossover edgefest.
>>35521151>CCQ players>liking or even approving of AToWCCQ and AToW are like Tax Quest and Waifu Quest. Completely different beasts if by the same QM.
>>35521279>>liking or even approving of AToWNot seeing how thats a problem, I greatly enjoy both.I also greatly enjoyed both TQ and WQ
>>35521279I read and enjoyed all of those quests.
>>35521279>anons cannot possibly like something that has very different themes and tones and contentU wot m8?
Before we get into another pointless argument how about we not put the thread into autosage before Hex finishes his update again.
>>35521279Is this the face of false dichotomy? The only Hex quest I didn't like was the Nanoha one and I don't think Hex liked that one either.
>>35521279But Clark and Catelyn are moe as fuck. They're moe as fuck murderers but that doesn't change the fact.
>>35521313The Nanoha one had potential if done by fast-Hex.
>>35520900>Convict Cyborg projectFOUL NECROMANCY
>>35521961It's hard to explain, they're really couply. In some strange abusive way but still.
>>35521985indeed, they may be crazy and all kinds of not right, but they are cute together
>>35521089Hexer Quest players are still around?
>>35524602I don't know if you can really call it 'playing' a quest but yes, this acid trip survivor is still around
Cat here, Raven's a birdbrain.
>>35526643> Labyrinthine Harmonies: Demon-Song of Delusion, the ability to ensorcel others with their voice, trapping them in hells of their own making. Despite its name it is more than just an illusion spell and in fact capable of killing extremely painfully as the affected minds literally tear themselves apart through endlessly-amplified visions of ever more grotesque horror.Don't make me tell Rabbit you couldn't behave again.
>>35526703You assume I hold any remorse, my plummed friend. Rest assured, everyone got what they deserved. I sleep well at night, especially when I can procure a pillow.
Hex-chan p-please come back soon.
>>35530003Highway tooo the Hexer Zone.
>>35531345Riiiide iiiintoooo the Hexer Zone!
So who's betting that Hex won't get an update out this thread?
>>35533714LISTEN AND BELIEVE.
>>35533734http://ask.fm/ConvictCyborg/answer/118936639810>about 1 hour agoBelief only goes so far anon and this is around the time Hex passes out.
>>35533762We have 39 posts until the bump limit.I believe in houses burning anon to keep the thread alive with the most banal posts possible.
>>35533839F-fine I'll do it just for you anon.I even got a bunch of new pictures.I just hope someone doesn't come along to troll and shitpost the thread to death like last time.
[X] Just keep feeding her[X] Talk about myself.[X]Try to get her to talk about herself.[X] Smattering of pretty much everything else (oh Maria you greedy girl!)"Ah~ No doubts anymore? No, keep eating up!" Eriadne nods appreciatively, and I sit back down. Oh right, can't forget eating myself now. Roasted bread is soon joined by cheese, tomatoes and a fine dusting of crushed salt. "Rhhmmmmgng". Stars explode before my eyes and a white hot torrent of pure bliss shoots from my tongue downwards throughout my entire body as I take the first bite. I forgot just how HUNGRY I was. This must be what the Highest Heaven feels like. "Lady Maria, are you quite alright?" I can only just manage to nod, focusing on not swaying out of my seat. Phew, I must be breathing heavier than during my run. Oh right, I'm *still* in my running clothes. It's a miracle she hasn't commented on that or my no doubt disgusting smell yet. Of course, she's probably just too polite for that. I quickly force down the rest and vanish into the dressing room with a hurried "Sorry" thrown vaguely in Eriadne's direction.Now looking at it, my crumpled-up brown dress kind of makes me pity it. It never deserved to be treated this way. Everyone else dresses so nice… even Helena's robes have some order and elengance to them. OH WELL, now that I'm a witch I might at least TRY to change myself. Even if it makes me look ridiculous. Generally we're not even considered human anymore though… honestly I don't quite get what they mean with that. After unlacing and stripping out of the linen garment I look at myself briefly in the mirror again, pinching the skin at my neck and arms. Huh. Feels pretty normal, really. Whatever. [1/6~]
For now I'm surrounded by others like that so it's best not to think about this kind of thing too hard, right? I unwrap my chest and put all regular garments into place, then skip out of the small room, focusing on the here and now. No use doing anything else right now. Even less now that there are people that need my help. As long as I can help them, there is nothing that should keep me from it. As long as I can help people, what I really am doesn't matter.Returning to my seat I assemble a salad bowl with grilled beef cuts, dividing it into two portions for Eriadne and myself. "So, you know…" I trail off, unsure how to continue."I do not, Lady Maria. What is on your mind?" Eriadne's eyes are closed, but she's smiling, speaking vaguely into the air. She can be so IRRITATING when she wants to. "Oh never mind!" I can feel heat creep onto my face."Lady Maria… speak your mind. I know you to be a coragous person and it unbecoming to not act that way". Uuugh, I hate you sometimes! How could such a great person be so /terrible/ sometimes?! It makes NO sense at all!!"I said never mind!" Two can be stubborn here! I can hear her sigh heavily. "Very well… it was uncalled for. Please, do forgive me for my untoward comment". Ha! Now that's more like it! Some voice in the back of my head asks if she might not have had a point, but no. It was rude, rude people aren't right. Eriadne turns her face towards me and smiles lightly, and the remainder of my anger melts like snow under sunlight. Guess that's that, then!"It's okay, Eriadne. Still hungry?" She nods and I hand her her portion of beef salad. Right, my question.[2/6~]
>>35535837That's some fine emotional blackmail you got going on there, Maria.
>>35535837> it's rude so it must be wrong
"What do noble women learn?" "Many things, Lady Maria. For one, it is our obligation to ensure that the various leading staff are responsible and well-trained. Often, the mistress of a castle heads the account-taker's cadre as well, which lets them control the flow of money much more directly. I also learned how to be a brewmistress, though usually that is not the duty of the heir but, say, a less important sister. While more specialized education is taken care off by teachers, the history of the house as well as the tenets of our faith are the woman's obligation to relay to her children and often to those that happen to be at her castle for training. Am I boring you?". I blink, then shake my head frantically. How could she misinterpret it this badly? Ah but we actually don't know each other for that long, it's probably normal."No, no, it was really interessting to be honest!!" She looks at me sharply, the colour of her eyes doing this rapid shift thing again, then nods to herself as if coming to a conclusion."Very well then. Amongst other notable tasks would of course be the defense of the castle. Not all are excellent fighters, but we are taught how to organize defenses, give commands and ration out food should a siege ever occur. In addition, day-to-day correspondence with major holdings is often handled by us in order to assure a modicum of discretion and effeciency no matter the current staff situation. This often extends to initiating or at times even participating in diplomatic dealings with other houses, which has often lead to two women ending a conflict their respective husbands started, huhu". [3/5~]
She laughs softly, a sound like butterflies dancing around the first springtime blossoms. I look outside longingly. But the goddess but sometimes Grey Earth is really depressing. At least the winter preceding it brings snow to look at, but the season between it and spring never gives us anything but colourless skies and cold winds. Oh well. Four seasons would still feel kind of strange, so whatever."Ah, but what of you, Lady Maria? Surely it would only be fair for you to share some things about yourself, wouldn't you agree?" Shocked, I recoil a little. What could I possibly tell her that could be even half as interesting?! Still, fair is only fair."So, like, what women do in our place?" She just shrugs, spearing the last pieces of salad with her fork."Whatever it is you feel matters in regards to who you are, Lady Maria". Whoa, talk about general. Hmm. What matters to me… protecting people, definetely. That reminds me of Pa, and suddenly the words come easily. "Good, so, before I came here I was learning how to be a guard, but you already know that. Still, it really matters and I've been learning a lot from my Pa. You know, it just feels kind of good when you can say 'Yes today the world became a little bit better', like, you know what I mean?" Elegant this was not, but hey, I try my best. [4/5]
Eriadne nods, her smile much warmer now."Yes, I do believe I understand some of this, Lady Maria. It is admirable, really. I admire you, few could say what you just did and make me believe that". Her voice drops, but I still can make out a "…few that are still alive or near me, anyway". Uh, I don't really get it, but okay."Hmm. Thank you!" What else to say, really? Just then, the bell gongs."Lady Maria, it appears it is time for classes. I thank you for both conversation and food and would look forward to doing this again under more… pleasant circumstances".Say "Thanks, me too". "Oh, it was nothing". "You're welcome!" OtherDo Leave for classes Wait for the others to come back Waaaait, is Eriadne really planning to stay in? Try to get her to come. Other> thank for four bearing with me
>>35536107>[X] "Thanks, me too".>[X] Waaaait, is Eriadne really planning to stay in? Try to get her to come.
>>35536107>[x] "Thanks, me too".>[x] Wait for the others to come back
>>35536107>[x] "Thanks, me too".>[x] Leave for classes
>>35536107>[x] Leave for classesI don't care about the other part of the vote.
>>35535723>"Ah~ No doubts anymore? No, keep eating up!" Eriadne nods appreciatively, and I sit back down. Oh right, can't forget eating myself now. Roasted bread is soon joined by cheese, tomatoes and a fine dusting of crushed salt. >>"Rhhmmmmgng". Stars explode before my eyes and a white hot torrent of pure bliss shoots from my tongue downwards throughout my entire body as I take the first bite. I forgot just how HUNGRY I was. This must be what the Highest Heaven feels like. >>"Lady Maria, are you quite alright?" I can only just manage to nod, focusing on not swaying out of my seat. Phew, I must be breathing heavier than during my run....LEWD.
>>35536693I can't tell the difference between the three given choices. I'll leave it up to people who can.
>>35536754You'll never become a little girl at this rate.
>>35537152Don't be like that anon he just needs to level up his moe.
>>35536107> [ x ] I look forward to it too!> [ x ] Leave for classes
>>35536107>[x] "Thanks, me too".>[x] Leave for classesLate vote, but that's okay!
>>35536107> "Oh, it was nothing".> Leave for classes> Waaaait, is Eriadne really planning to stay in? I want to ask out of a sense of concern and surprise she's still feeling that bad, not try and get her to change her mind. She knows best whether she's up to it.Unless it's like that one time I lost a character after killing some Vargouilles. Just wanted to lay down and rest when some sunlight would have saved his life.
>>35536107>[x] "Thanks, me too".>[x] Leave for classesIf Eri isn't feeling any better then we shouldn't force her to goIt's always nice waking up and seeing a new AToW update
>>35536107> "Thanks, me too".> Leave for classes> Waaaait, is Eriadne really planning to stay in? Try to get her to come.>Ask if she's planning on joining the classes, if not then no pushing her to it
>>35536107> "Thanks, me too".> "Oh, it was nothing".> "You're welcome!"> Waaaait, is Eriadne really planning to stay in? Try to get her to come.
I think Hex should start putting a health warning in the OP of the quest when he runs it.It's dangerously cute.
> making Eriadne come along losingDon't you want to cultivate virtue in our ___friend?
>>35539999I guess the wording of the choice was too forceful for some people.
>>35540026Maria isn't exactly a subtle girl, nor is Raven a subtle Totem.
>>35540042Yeah I know. The wording just gives the impression that Maria is getting angry rather than just trying to get her friend to come to class with her.
>>35540042>>35540026>>35539999The thing is, Maria is a pushover, and in >>35535837she actually bullied Eriadne into going back on criticizing that. They're cute as fuck together, but their relationship still has a long way to go till you could call it healthy.
>>35540077You have to remember they've only known each other for a day at this point. This is the first proper conversation they've had as well. They're still just figuring each other out.
>>35540077>Maria is a pushoverThat's not really accurate she's just incredibly awkward is casual social situations.In the meeting with AKAZU she immediately took charge of the situation and when looking for Helena.
>>35540121Didn't Eriadne have to prompt her into taking charge of Helenahunt? I know someone did.
>>35540133I think it was Eva.To be honest it's not surprising that Eri can push Maria around so easily. Maria has been raised to think of nobles as the authority in her life and this is a very authoritarian world.
It's actually a really interesting part of Maria's and Eriadne's interactions with each other. They've both defaulted to their old social standards the difference between the two is that Eri treats Maria as if she was a noble of similar rank to her while Maria is still treating Eri as though she was still a commoner.
Closing.A Tale of Witches chapter Twenty-Four is now concluded. I thank everyone for supporting the girls and myself this far.Since Eriadne is staying in bed for now, I'd like to put something else to (PRELIMINARY, since there are probably only few people left) vote. Character switch (Evangelyne) Character switch (Sora) Character switch (other, this excludes the little girls and Sanya, unfortunately) No switchAnd no, we're not playing stay-in-bed quest.
>>35540190>[X] No switch Character switch (other, this excludes the little girls and Sanya, unfortunately)Who would that even be?
>>35540214>Who would that even be?Magical Teacher Quest ho.
>>35540190> Character switch (Evangelyne)I like Evangelyne a lot. And Sora. And everyone else. Just put me down as pro-switching for small amounts of time.
>>35540190> Character switch (Evangelyne)I'd like to see her perspective on things, maybe get confirmation on her attempt to control all the lolis?
>>35540190>[x] Stay-in-bed quest
>>35540190>[x] Character switch (Evangelyne)
>>35540190I'm alright with switching as long as we don't have any major interaction with Maria.
>>35540190Twins confirmed for Eldritch Abominations. Evangelyne.I want to see how close I was in my mental mock-up of her.
>>35540190> Character switch (other, this excludes the little girls and Sanya, unfortunately)>Narrator-chan
>>35540190>[x] Character switch (other, this excludes the little girls and Sanya, unfortunately)I'll leave it to you, Hex!
>>35540325How are we supposed to see her from other people's perspective if we don't interact with her? Almost everything she does is Hex autopiloting her anyway, and the quest is better off for it.
>>35540373I'm fine with some interaction just nothing major or really important.
>>35540190> Character switchI don't really care which one though.
>>35540190Thanks for running, OP.
>>35540906Blessed be the Hex!
>>35540190>[x] No switchNoo, Maria is the only oneee
>>35540190> No switch