“Maintain the journal.” You close the tome that contains all of your grandfather’s notes on what he entitled the “Second Realm” and stand up. The old and abandoned residence of your deceased grandfather has been your home for a few years now. You’re not limited in the slightest in empty houses to choose from, but somehow you feel that you have more of a claim to this one, so here you are.You are Sophia, young and quick-witted, you elected to become what the diminishing humankind would label as an “Occultist.” Mind you, this was because the backbreaking toil of farming, and the dull endless journeying of scavengers did not appeal to you in the slightest. You walk over to the dusty window. Perhaps society, or what’s left of it, would attach a stigma to your chosen profession; If only most occultists didn’t end up dead before they even began. The precise words and timing of crucial incantations have only been successfully completed by a very small group of people; recorded by even less. The ritual ingredients, while not terribly hard to come by, will raise a few eyebrows when asked for. You’re left wondering what forces chose these arbitrary requirements and what forces dole out the terrible consequences of not meeting them. If you had not found your grandfather’s extensive notes on the subject, you’d likely have a different profession.You inhale and exhale deeply. It’s almost time for your first attempt to enter the second realm. Your fingers absentmindedly trace over the object you found tethered to the tome when you first found it.>Petrified Wood.>Antique Compass (Non-functioning)>Antique Watch (Non-functioning)
>>37885105>>Antique Compass (Non-functioning)
>>37885645Welcome to the quest!>Writing
>>37885105>>Antique Watch (Non-functioningHi Auri!
>>37885105>Antique Compass (Non Functioning)
>>37885788>>37885792Hello! Luckily the result is still the same after these votes.
>>37885105I do not know you but I hope this will be good. If only for the OP image. It looks like some effort went into preparations.>Antique Watch (Non-functioning)
>>37885846Welcome to the quest and thank you for the compliment. The antique compass has already chosen.
>>37885735The broken compass spins in your fingers. You really out to throw out the thing, but you have some sentimental value for it considering it was your grandfather’sThe heavy dust of the room irritates your throat into a cough, so you decide to step outside to catch some fresh air. Sunset has always been your favorite time of the day, and the multi-colored vista takes your mind off the important task that’s ahead of you. You lean against the dilapidated front gate and breathe deep from the clean outside air, closing your eyes to further relax. You keep your thoughts positive. All sorts of objects from the second realm have always fetched a hefty price, bringing something back might make getting food on the table a lot easier. All that needs to be done is have a trader transport it to the appropriate markets.“Evening, Soph.” A familiar woman’s voice calls out to you.“Speak of the devil…” You mutter and open your eyes.
>>37886538In front you stands a girl a few years younger than you, with short blonde hair. She’s wearing one of the strange masks that scavengers sometimes wear.“Does that thing even work, Ali?” You lean forward, inspecting the old world object in front of you. “Dunno.” She peels off the mask. “It can’t hurt. Right?”“If you say so.” You return to leaning against the fence.Ali gives your answer a small smile. “Today’s the day, right? Finally putting a use to all that weird stuff I brought you?”“This work is crucial...” You answer, trying to steer clear of the less inspiring details of your work. “And If I ever become really successful from this, you’ll be to thank.” You lump her in with your work to discourage her from questioning the more questionable details of it.“If you say so.” She responds. “Anyway, how do you feel about your first time? Isn’t that where most of you guys die?”You sigh and give her a look of annoyance. You haven’t put much thought into how you feel about the journey, there was too much preparation to do. You don’t see why it matters, but pause for a moment and consider that you feel…>Excited.>Scared.>Annoyed.
>>37886571Those are some really good pictures OP.I'll go with >>37886603
>>37886571>Excited>>37886603How does one feel unconsciously aroused?
>>37886680>How does one feel unconsciously aroused?You get wet but don't realize it
>>37886603>>37886665>>37886667>>37886680>>37886698>>37886715Arouse: "evoke or awaken (a feeling, emotion, or response)"Aroused to excitement it is.>Writing
>>37886763You know what we meant OP. Come on, getting aroused in the face of danger is actually a very common phenomenon
>>37886763Pretty sure we meant sexual arousal.If you're not comfortable with writing that, then say it plain out right now. Don't dance around the issue.
>>37886932Just a joke. I'll write it in at the appropriate times if it gets the votes, but don't expect it to be a large part of the quest.
>>37886989Everyone says that, everyone expects that when the OP doesn't specifically say "THIS IS A SMUT QUEST"
>>37887008Well, I guess I should state that this isn't a smut quest.If anyone else has any questions about the quest, please feel free to ask!
>>37887141We already knew this wasn't a smut quest OP.
>>37887153It's good to make extra sure that everyone is on the same page, prevents shitstorms from happening later.
>>37886763“Excited, actually.” You look up to the setting sun. “It’s been a lot of work just getting here, and I intend to make a name for myself.”“Good for you!” Ali responds cheerfully, readjusting the heavy rucksack that she carries everywhere. “Going at it solo?’“Alone is conventional for the first time, so that you don’t…” You pause to choose your words carefully. “Cause harm to others if you mess something up.”“Ohh.” She looks at her feet solemnly. “Well I should be heading off now, I’ve got deliveries to make.” She grabs her mask to pull it over her face again. “Be careful in there, Soph. Sometimes it’s better not to know what’s happening behind the scenes.” The mask covers her face and she walks away. You wave your goodbye, she may not always comeback at the same time, but you know that she always leaves around this time.No sense in dawdling anymore. You return to the inside of the house and proceed to the room where you set up the ritual. A large tub of goat’s blood sits in a metal tub with exactly sixteen candle surrounding it. Water works for this too, but your grandfather’s notes say that blood increases the chances for success.
>>37887726All objects are in place, the time is right, and you're well-practiced.It’s time to begin.You light the candles, remove your clothing, and stand in the tub with a single black candle in your hands. “Ugh.” The cool blood sits at your knees and sends a chill down your spine. The chant comes out of your mouth without much thought. You’ve rehearsed this so many times before, that now it’s second nature. You lower your body as you continue to chant the words in the strange language you’ve never heard anyone speak other than yourself. You're not nervous, not anymore. You excitedly think of your success and nothing else.The blood reaches your navel and you feel an intense itching at your nose. A hell of a time to have to sneeze, you should have dusted this place beforehand. Any interruptions in this ritual could have terrible results. >Try to endure and continue.>Wipe your nose with your hand.>Write in.
>>37887753>>Try to endure and continue.inb4 it's blood.
>>37887753>Wipe your nose with your hand. Better that than to have an "ahchoo" in the middle of our chanting.
>>37887753>Try to endure and continue.
>>37887818>>37887979>>37887990Grin and bear it.>Writing
>>37886763I am so very proud of youGood QM
>>37888151What's so good about that? It's being a smug dick about votes, if he wants to deny players that then >>37886932 is entirely right
>>37887753>you should have dusted this place beforehand.yes, you should have, you done did fuck up. now you are gonna sneeze and die horribly
>>37888151But they did something wrong
>>37887753Use the shoulder if you're supposed to hold the black candle with both hands.
>>37888232Where were you fifteen minutes ago?
>>37888188>>37888216They shut down the retards who are the ruination of many a quest.Sometimes, railroading is absolutely necessary for a quest to not be shit.
>>37888232you are also supposed to continue chanting without fucking up the chant at all
>>37888300Ruination in YOUR opinion. In other people's opinions that isn't so. So fuck off
>>37888396Those other people are fucktards who ruin quests.>So fuck offActually you should, since the QM made it absolutely clear that you faggots aren't welcome in this quest, and that us non cunts are
>>37888300Not really? Orc Warlord has "The retards" as well, and that's not ruined at all
>>37888396Nope it's ruination clear and simple. When the first free option you get you fill in with "lol ur wet" you're mentally the age of a 14 year old and will likely fuck up the quest
>>37888435>since the QM made it absolutely clear that you faggots aren't welcome in this questSee: >>37886989>Just a joke. I'll write it in at the appropriate times if it gets the votesSo no, you're wrong there.
>>37888473>Hurr durr>if you disagree with being a complete and utter retard when it comes to lewds, it means you are an asexual weirdo that is 100% opposed to all sexual content even when wholly appropriate>Durr durr durr
>>37888451Simply being aroused doesn't just mean "lol u wet" dumb ass. It holds a number of effects simply beyond the lewd which can impact on the character
>>37888514>>37888451>>37888435>>37888300>>37888151There were no "Problems" until you two came into the thread.Everything was resolved by >>37886989So can you take your pointless meta arguing about "Ruination" and other things to the Weekend Quest discussion threads instead?
>>37888473http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemmasee >>37888514>>37888518But it is exactly what it means.>>37888451Its wonderful to see more non retards in here.
>>37888563>It was just a jokesure it was anon, sure it was.
>>37888603I didn't mention a joke. I'm saying that neither of you are contributing to the thread, discussing the quest and are meaninglessly wanking over a topic which obviously doesn't belong here.
>>37888603>>37888574>>37888514God this is shit-tier trolling, how can anyone reasonably respond to this shit?
Whaf are you guys arguing about? Sexual things may happen, or they may not. Big deal, it's not the focus of te quest.
>>37888677Two idiots came into the quest and essentially said "Wow, good job for shutting down those people who do things I don't like!" and then people said "But those are things I like and I think they're good!"And then they argued.
>>37888627>I get to hurr durr all over people and the thread>Anyone else responding and disagreeing with me is "not contributing" to the threadIf you want this discussion to die all you have to do is shut your fucking word hole
>>37888715I find it hard to believe you were considering yourself the intelligent one here.
>>37888677>>37888705some idiots came into the quest and tried to ruin it by having the MC act like a total retard. then the faggots complained that the QM is railroading when he refused.Two non retards came into the thread and praised the QM in the hope of reassuring him that not everyone here is retarded and that he shouldn't abandon the quest.They then got shat on by the retards who remain here to troll.
>>37888715The guy you're respônding to didn't even make the original post dumb ass. You're arguing with more than one person.
>>37888772>. then the faggots complained that the QM is railroading when he refused.What? Where?
>>37888772HAHAHA OH WOW.Seriously?Fuck me you're more stupid than I thought
>>37888774>The guy you're respônding to didn't even make the original post dumb ass.I didn't imply he made the original post, I am well aware there are multiple people on each side you dumb shit.Accusing just one side of the argument of "shitting up the thread" and demanding they shut up because they are wrong and the other side is right is an act of retardation and clearly picking a side. He could have easily said "why don't all of you on both sides just drop it", but he didn't, thus clearly indicating which side he is on and his retarded belief that people shouldn't ever disagree with him and anyone disagreeing with him is thread crapping
>>37888797here>>37888216and>>37888188after Auri said>>37887141
>>37888875I'm >>37888216I said they did wrong because they didn't state what they said >>37886989There's an appropriate way of denying people, and >>37886763 isn't it
>>37888849The people who brought it up were at fault, the issue had passed and yet they continued it for little reason despite knowing what would happen. If they didn't know, then they would be stupid.All of these replies are indeed fucking stupid as well, I just didn't mention that point since I thought people would be intelligent enough to realize that. I assumed wrong
>>37888909it is a perfectly legit way of denying people when their vote is this lolrandumb.
>>37888961No, no it isn't. The QM should be thankful it wasn't more of an uproar than it was.
>>37888961>>37888981It's done can we drop it and if someone wants lewds try to maneuver the mc into it properly and not stupidly?
>>37888951>I blasted only one side of the argument because obviously both sides are complicit>Only a retard would not assume i meant to blast both and that both are complicit>And I assumed nobody is retarded on 4chan... is this a fucking joke? seriously you must be trolling me now
>>37889017It was already dropped before, people were continuing it for some reason.That being said, it wasn't exactly stupid in the first place.
>>37888981the ideal result actually would be if the lolrandumb players left
>>37889068I don't know, you both seem as bad as each other. At least I have evidence they didn't start shit posting until >>37888151 provoked them.
>>37888011There can’t be any interruptions in the ritual.You continue your steady chant while flexing your nose in various ways to try to discourage the sneeze. The faces you’re making right now are probably horrendous and you try not to think about it. The blood reaches your chest as you feel the antique compass that’s strewn around your neck lose its weight. The itch in your nose is almost maddening now and the flexing is beginning to affect the intonation of your chanting, but you must endure it, you’re almost finished. The timing is just right as the blood finally reaches your chin, you can feel the sweat in your hair from how hard you’ve strained yourself.The final word is uttered as your mouth crosses the blood, and you breathe a sigh of relief through your nose as you lower the rest of your head and as you slip from world to another the last thing you remember is a wet and violent sneeze.~The ground is cold and incredibly uncomfortable, keeping you from sleeping anymore. Wait.You open your eyes, you take in the strange and unfamiliar world, but ultimately, you rejoice. You’re alive! You stand up, and take in the sights. The world is filled with giant floating rocks, defying all logic you have gained over the years. You’re likely standing on one yourself.[1/2]Captcha being weird and taking a long time to load for anyone else?
>>37889098>Complimenting the QM for doing a good job is provoking peopleclassic victim blaming
>>37889187>Captcha being weird and taking a long time to load for anyone else?nope
>>37889187You've been online too long I think. Longer your hear the slower it gets.
>>37889187>>37889187>incantation to enter the other world>you are required to be naked and preferably covered in blood, without tools/weapons.I'm starting to think that ritual failure isn't the only reason there are a lot of deaths.
>>37889187The world is filled with giant floating rocks, defying all logic you have gained over the years. You’re likely standing on one yourself.Behind you way back, that your grandfather wrote about. Simply a pool of pitch black water of unknown depth. The compass that you had around your neck is still there, surprisingly without any blood stains on it at all. In fact your whole body is free of blood, from skin, to white hair, and even wings.Wings?You quickly turn your head back at the sight of two large red feathery wings now protruding from your back, and also rub your newly colored hair in between your fingers.There was no mention of this at all in the journal, perhaps it’s a result of the sneeze, or something else entirely? It must be recorded later, this is something new entirely.Your heart beats wildly in excitement, and you take a moment to collect yourself.Regardless, you should get moving, it’s suggested that one not spend more than a few hours here at a time, but what happens if they do wasn’t written.Far in front of you lies a pool of vividly blue water and behind you is the entrance to a large cave with some sort of light source emanating from inside, likely fire.>Go toward the pool.>Go toward the cave.
>>37889313well we don't have a container for water, so...>cave
>>37889313Check compass then>Go toward pool. I would blame moot for the captchas, cause I'm getting slow ones too but I guess I can't anymore
>>37889313>>Go toward the cave.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>37889313Not enough info to make a meaningful decision here....1 pool2 cave
>>37889313>Go toward the pool.
>>37889364Will do the compass check.>>37889345>>37889400>>37889433>Writing.
>>37889522You find it strange that the compass materialized just fine in this world considering that your grandfather and other occultists go on about how nothing other than the body will pass through the portal.You observe the compass and find it to be actually working now, and points toward the pool of black water. The pool of black water is the way to return back to your world, while you don’t think you’ll venture far on your first trip, it’s good to know you will always know the way to get back.You find the light emanating from the cave comforting and decide to head towards it. The pattering of your bare feet hitting the ground sends quiet echoes seemingly throughout the whole entire cave. You try to flex your new wings and find that the respond, slightly. You’re not flying any time soon, that’s for certain. The cave narrows and you find what was producing the light. A small unattended campfire sits in front a small run-down wood cabin. You carefully approach one of the broken windows and peek inside.[1/2]
>>37890262The interior is as messy as the outside. Inside sits a strangely pale man surrounded by various moths and dressed in tattered clothing. Blood stains the wall next to him and various decorations the like of you’ve never seen before. You quickly hide yourself, before you are seen. Taking one or two things from the inside of the cabin back home with you would be an undeniable score. But you’re hesitant to enter, while it was written that not all inhabitants of this second realm are evil, there’s no real way to tell outwardly. The urge to learn more about this world and take home something of worth calls out to you. But doubt also exists, telling you to turn back. Perhaps you can outsmart this creature, you've had your share of practice in your world, could it be any different in this one?“Come in” You flinch as you hear a gentle voice call out to you. Well, there goes any element of surprise. Not that you could actually fight worth anything. >Go inside.>Turn back.>Call out back to him. (Write in.)
>>37890285>Go inside.What can we even offer? Ideas? News?
>>37890285>Go inside>>37890313Our soul? Some sort of evil contract?
I hope this one is a little less deadly than your others.
>>37890655I intend for this one to be less deadly than my other quests, for sure.
>>37890480Nothing ventured nothing gained, right?You open the door and see that his smiling face soon turn into one of surprise. “Oh, I thought you were a human, excuse me.” He tries to clean himself up and then stands. “Can I help you? Looking to buy some relics or something?” He says in a tone of almost admiration.Why would he care that you’re human? You decide it’s probably better that he doesn’t know and carefully construct your words. Relics? You cross your arms. “You better have something worthwhile, I didn’t come all this way for nothing, but I will if you’ve got nothing of note.”“Fine, fine.” He responds, growing angrier, but not suspecting your true identity. He walks over to a broken cabinet and looks at the contents inside. “Business has been poor, so all I have is a Fidelis Stone and a Vigor Leech."You can’t even begin to guess what those two things might be used for or how you would even begin to pay for them. “I might be interested, it depends on what you’re charging for them.” You answer in a nonchalant manner. “Well aren’t you charming?” He pulls out a strange clear jar of leeches and a small pouch. “The leech for two of your feathers, the stone for five. Both of them for six, you’re not going to get it any cheaper out of me.”Again, only more questions. Six of your feathers doesn’t seem so bad. You’re certainly glad that you have some form of currency. >Try to haggle.>Accept.>Decline>Ask what they're used for.>Ask why he wants the feathers.
>>37891291>Accept.>Ask how to best use them.The more stuff the better right?
>>37891291Supporting this >>37891355
>>37891291I am now paranoid that losing feathers has some horrible effect on us...
>>37891291>>37891355this plus>Ask why he wants the feathers.Been a shortage or what?
>>37891448>>37891396Don't ask that, ask if he's seen any humans lately.
>>37891478The way it was phrased, it won't cause any consequences. But I will add your thing too.
>>37891448“I guess I can agree to that.” You respond trying your best to sound like you begrudgingly accept.“Swell.” He places the items next to you, and then pulls out a very sturdy and large looking set of pliers from his cabinet.He pulls a small stool forward and motions for you to sit in it. You accept his offer. “Business has been bad, huh? You short on supply of these things.” You point to your back. He stands behind you and firmly grasps one of your wings. “Can’t find anyone brave enough to pay the full price. Shame since they’re the best catalysts.” He answers and hands you a tattered piece of leather. “I’ll do three from each. Good luck.”From how firmly he’s grasping your wing, the piece of leather he offered you, and his words earlier you quickly piece together what’s in store for you.You shove the piece of leather in between your teeth and give him a nod. You didn’t think it was possible to regret something so much. A scream shoots out between your clenched teeth as it feels like he’s tearing deeply rooted limbs from your skin. Again, and again, and again. Tears stream from your eyes as you ball your hands into tightly clenched fists.By the last feather, he lets go and you collapse to the ground. [1/2]
>>37892234He puts away his newly acquired feathers and pulls you up by your armpits. “The pain has passed, here.” He places your newly acquired items in your lap, and places one of your hands on top of them. “Take a few moments if you need it.”You calm your quivering breath slowly. “S-so these things. How do I best use them?” You ask without your usual subtlety. “On humans, of course.” He answers quickly. “Right.” You exhale tiredly. “Seen any of them lately?”“Two, separately. I couldn’t convince them to come inside.” He sighs bitterly. “How unfortunate.” You stand shakily to your feet. “I’ll be going now.” The strange and simply nods his farewell and you step out of his cabin, with your new items. Your wings press against your body as you walk. The ground feels cold against the bare soles of your feet, likely due to your whole body heating up from the pain. You return to the black portal. You’ve explored quite enough today, and are eager to return home to record your findings and rest. With your two items secured against your chest, you dip yourself into the pool of black water.While you did succeed in procuring objects from the second realm, it wasn’t without a cost. You’re now extremely wary of>Hurting your wings.>Trading with inhabitants of the second realm.
>>37892272>Hurting your wings.
>>37892272Hmm both of these sound pretty shitty. >Hurting your wings. No flying for us.
>>37892272could we have asked him in a whiny/sarcastic manner why it always has to be fresh feathers?>Hurting your wings
>>37892272>Trading with inhabitants of the second realm
>>37892272>>Hurting your wings.
>>37892334It would've have aroused some suspicion since it would be considered common knowledge there that they have to be plucked.
>>37892391yeah, that's why whiny/sarcastic. Not really looking for an answer, just grumbling and wishing for an easier way.
>>37892305>>37892328>>37892334>>37892390This will be included next thread, with character sheet.That's where I am ending it for tonight. What an interesting thread it's been. Regardless, I'd like to thank everyone that played today. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback on the quest, please feel free to post it in the thread, and I will do my best to respond.If not, then I wish you a good day/night, and hope to see you again next time!https://twitter.com/QM_Auri
>>37892486Thanks for running!
>>37892480Yeah, that wouldn't cause any suspicion, but it would likely end in a response of something like "You know why, now are you ready or not?">>37892521You're very welcome!
>>37892486Cool premise, thanks for running Auri.