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Recap:After resetting the time loop, you flipped off that bastard Hazama and decided to go meet up with Noel. She was chasing after 'Hero of Ikaruga' Jin Kisaragi and you were looking for Ragna the Bloodedge, the most dangerous criminal known to man. So when you saw the two of them fighting, you knew it was time to play carrion crew. After Ragna axe-kicked Jin int the ground, you confronted him and nearly got killed because his powers are bullshittingly powerful. You managed to stop him from activating that thing Hazama activated when he last killed you, but he was about to really do you in when Jin shanked him. Neither Ragna or Jin are actually out of the fight, and they're both one-man armies. What the fuck are you gonna do about it?What you know:You are trapped in a timeloop by this crazy loli vampire bitch named Rachel, who says that Terumi is a complete bastard who wants to fuck everyone over for his own entertainment.Apparently that cute blonde chick with the nice ass? Noel Vermillion? She's the key to everything for some reason- the 'Calamity Trigger'.Apparently both you and her should not exist, according to Hazama, but he's a colossal hipster faggot, who gives a fuck what he thinks.Ragna the Bloodedge uses shadowy attacks that do shit-tons of damage but require massive wind-ups relative to your pointing and shooting.You have limited shots per reload but no noticeable limit on ammunition. Magic is fucked up, dude.Speaking of magic, you've gone from 'complete loser' to 'not a fucking idiot' in the Ars Magus category. You're still nowhere near a wizard, though.Jin Kiseragi is crazy as fuck and hates Noel. Unsurprisingly, he's on your shit list.There are other murderhobos Bang Shishigami (Crazy fucking Ninja) and Carl Clover (Crazy fucking top-hat kid).>Reload and run for it with Noel!>Reload and tell Noel to run!>Reload and save your own ass!>Reload and shoot Ragna!>Reload and shoot Jin!>Reload and shoot both Ragna and Jin!>Write-In
>>37939186>Reload and run for it with Noel!
>>37939186>Write-In>Reload and shoot myself in the face
>>37939186>Reload and run for it with Noel!Seems he most reasonable and well thought out response to having Ragna the Motherfucking BloodEdge and Jin ICE CAR Kisaragi after yo ass.Just make sure to prioritize Noel's safety, she too cute to die here, man.
>>37939329>>37939473Ben drags himself to his feet and reloads as Ragna shoves Jin away from him and attacks the 'Hero'. "Dammit! They're too strong! We've gotta get outta here, Noel!""R-right!" Noel sprints past you but out of harms way as the room begins to shake. Ragna used another one of those shadowy attacks- "Dead Spike"? and it nearly destroyed a supporting column. The two of you high-tail it a couple off corridors down until you feel like you might be safe. Noel sighs and sags against the wall."Completely outclassed... How are we supposed to keep up with people like that?">We''ll have to get stronger, I guess.>Maybe we never will.>That's not important right now.>We need to get out of here.>We need to make sure these two don't tear down the whole place!>Write-In
>>37939464There's a minimum intelligence cap in this game.Though that might trigger a gag reel in the right situation.
>>37939492>We''ll have to get stronger, I guess.
>>37939600"I guess we'll just have to get stronger."Noel looks down. "It just seems that everywhere I go, there's always someone better than me at everything. Except Ars Magus."She perks up when she says that."Apparently I set the Academy record for highest synchronicity It's the reason I was able to get into the academy into the first place.">Synchronicity?>Does that mean you can teach me to use Ars Magus? I'm not very good at it right now.>We should get going soon.>Mind helping me listen to see when the fight is over?>Write-In
>>37939492>We''ll have to get stronger, I guess>Also, fight dirty. It's not cheating if your opponent can summon shadow things outta nowhere to shank you. Or insta-freeze you.
>>37939723>Synchronicity?>Does that mean you can teach me to use Ars Magus? I'm not very good at it right now.
>>37939743>>37939796>>37939820"Yeah! The way my teacher explained it was... You know how machines have an efficiency? Like, they can convert a certain percent energy into usable work?""Yeah?" Ben asked, his eyebrow raised."Well, it's like that, but with Ars Magus. I can use less seither to produce the same effect as someone who has to use more.""Can you teach me how to use Ars Magus? I'm not very good at it."Noel is hesitant. "Well, um, okay. I'm not a very good teacher." She holds out her hand to use an ars, but Ben interrupts her."Also, next time, don't be afraid to fight dirty. Those guys are way more powerful than we are, so we'll have to use tricks to beat whichever one wins."Noel laughs. "That sounds like something Makoto would- EEEEP!"The building shakes with a huge explosion form where you came from, and then the whole building goes silent.As your ears stop ringing, you hear footsteps.>Shit! Hide!>Get ready to ambush him!>Write-In (Specific Strategy)Write-In (Something Else)
>>37939945"Shit! Hide!" Ben shoves a sqeuaking Noel behind a corner.The footsteps approach.As you look around a corner, Ragna the Bloodedge comes limping in, a lot worse off than he was before.He's holding his right arm, his sword on his back."Stupid fucking Jin. Stupid fucking NOL officers. Stupid.. fucking.. Saya..."He groans, but he seems like he's getting over it. Around the corner from where you're hiding, there's an elevator.He presses one of the buttons and the elevator starts cranking up to the floor you're on.It's metal, old, and looks like it's framework is cheap."What are we going to do? What is he doing?" Noel hisses silently.>We're gonna cut the elevator he's on.>We're gonna pick up Jin.>We're gonna follow Ragna.>Will you be quiet? He might hear you...>Write-In
>>37940104>We're gonna cut the elevator he's on.Fight Dirty.
>>37940104>We're gonna cut the elevator he's on.
>>37940276>>37940344Ben pulls out his rifle and waits to see when Ragna is going to get into the elevator."We're going to cut the elevator line he's on. Fight dirty."Noel looks shocked at this, before Ben looks at her with a questioning gaze."You do know he probably just killed Jin Kisaragi, Hero of Ikaruga, right? A ten-story fall will probably just knock him out."Noel thinks for a second before asking, "How large is this building, anyway? I've never been here before."Suddenly, the door dings, and Ragna steps on. After the doors close and the metal line starts rolling, Ragna slips out of sight. Ben smiles and points his gun at the elevator line."Let's hope this works."Anyone want to roll me a DC 4?
Rolled 2, 6 = 8 (2d6)>>37940426
Rolled 5, 3 = 8 (2d6)>>37940426What's the die system for this? 2d6?
>>37940552>>37940477(And yes. Sorry. I'll remember to make that clear next time.)You briefly wonder why anyone exposes the line on their elevator. You then realize (if you have not already) that the NOL in general isn't very bright.The shot is clean, and they line is cut.From about fifty meters away, you hear a scream like a little girl as the safety mechanisms fail to function and the carriage plunges at least a hundred meters.Noel stares on in Awe as Ben reloads his gun.>Now to pick up Kisaragi.>You want to go pick up lunch?>Mind teaching me Ars Magus?>Wow, we might want to tell people that Ragna's dead.>Write-In
>>37940646>>Now to pick up Kisaragi.>You want to go pick up lunch?But first let's make sure he isn't going to get back up. Seems like he might be able to pull off bullshit like that.
>>37940646>You want to go pick up lunch?
>>37940646>Now to pick up Kisaragi.
>>37940685>>37940701>>37940758"So, wanna get lunch?" Herald reloads with a wink.Noel stares at Ben in a mix of Awe(capital A), terror, and desire.She then quickly whips out her radio."Hello? Anyone? Anyone at all?" She cries into the speaker. "Ragna the Bloodedge has just been killed by Warrant Officer Ben Herald!""Actually, that might not be true. He seems like the kind of guy to pull off bullshit like surviving that." Ben turns around. "We need to pick up Kisaragi at least."Speak of the devil. Jin crawls on his hands and feet around the corner. "Bro-ther..." before falling limp and unconscious.Noel shakes her head. "Nobody's responding.">Let's just take Jin and go.>Is there any way to confirm Ragna is dead?>So... lunch?>Write-In
>>37940821>>Is there any way to confirm Ragna is dead?
>>37940821>>Is there any way to confirm Ragna is dead?Or hopefully unconscious?
>>37940821>Is there any way to confirm Ragna is dead?
>>37940838>>37940885"So... How do we know he's dead?" Ben looks down into the abyss that was once an elevator."Well, um... We'd have to go down there.. but the only way down.. is the elevator.""Which I just cut. Fantastic." Ben sighs. "Let's just take Jin and go- find out if there's anyone else who can get to Ragna. Besides, we're going out for lunch, right?"Noel blushes and nods. "Yeah... I really owe you one, Ben.">Throw Jin over your back and go>Let the bastard rot and police take care of him>We are the police, so... Jin, you're under arrests.>How about a victory smooch?>Write-In
>>37941010>>How about a victory smooch?>Throw Jin over your back and go
>>37941010>How about a victory smooch?>We are the police, so... Jin, you're under arrests.
>>37941010>>We are the police, so... Jin, you're under arrests.>>How about a victory smooch?
>>37941127>>37941048>>37941066>>37941093"Congrats, Jin. You're under arrests." Ben kicks him in the ribs and he groans."Arrests... p-plural?""Yeah, one for doing whatever the f it was that made Noel go after you and one for being a fucking asshole. Let's go."Cuffs snap over the Major's wrists. He looks like he's about to have an emotional breakdown.Ben and Noel smile at one another. "How about a victory kiss?" The warrant officer says.Noel looks at Ben and then kisses him on the cheek. "Well... I guess that's a little bit of my debt to you paid off."Jin screams. "I can't believe trash like you are arresting me! ME! Jin Kisaragi! Of the Duodecim!">You've gotta pay the interest before you can touch the capital, Noel.>Jin, shut the fuck up.>All that matters is that you're no longer Major Kisaragi.>Duodecim?>Write-In
>>37941191>Jin, shut the fuck up.Be Grateful your still alive. I'm sure they'd just hide you away rather than mention your failure.To Noel.>Duodecim?
>>37941191>Jin, shut the fuck up.>Duodecim?
>>37941191>Jin, shut the fuck up.Kick the fucking Yukianesa down the elevator shaft
>>37941344Not within kicking range. Yet.>>37941247>>37941298Ben shakes Jin over his back. "Jin, shut the fuck up. Be grateful you're still alive. I'm sure they'll just hide you away rather than mention your failure."Jin hisses, "I...Did not...Ugh...Fail..." He passes out again.Ben rolls his eyes and turns to Noel. "Duodecim?""What? You don't know the Kisaragi family?" Noel shakes her head. "Well, I guess you are just a warrant officer- no offence!""None taken.""They run the NOl, basically. Jin's family is the second most powerful. I can't remember the first though.. Oops.." She laughs nervously.You can hear someone clapping their hands and laughing.A familiar trelby and green-haired head appear in front of you, smile as smug as ever."Well done, Lieutenant Vermillion.">Not this bastard.>Hazama? What are you doing here?>Noel, stay back! Something's wrong!>Write-In
>>37941439Captain Hazama, to what do we owe the dubious pleasure? >Noel, stay back! Something's wrong!This smells wrong, like a snake.Groan at our bad luck.
>>37941439>Noel, stay back! Something's wrong!
>>37941439>Hey, can this wait? I have a date with Noel here
>>37941439Remember to make a call back to when he first met us this timeline. We found a cute girl and are about to get a drink.
>>37941494>>37941546>>37941585>>37941610Ben swiftly drops Jin to the ground and pulls out his rifle."Noel, stay back! Something's wrong!"Noel tenses up, but Hazama just looks confused.He shrugs his shoulders. "I just came here to congratulate you two. Honestly. I heard the call- I thought it better not to speak on the radio. I am part of the Intelligence Department, you know. Try to keep things hush-hush. I'll take care of this" He holds up Yukianesa."and Jin. People would go ape if the Hero of Ikaruga was suddenly arrested. But if we tell them that he was delerious, injured in battle by Ragna the Bloodedge, with his faithful allies Ben and Noel..." He smiles."People will just take it better."Ben growls, "Can this wait? I have a date with Noel."Noel moves slightly at this."Well, well. That will certainly make news. Just try and keep it... clean, if you know what I mean." Hazama moves to pick up Jin.>How do I know you're not lying to us?>Wait, I never told you my name.>Whatever.>No. >No. (initiate combat)>Write-In
>>37941673>Wait, I never told you my name.
>>37941673>Whatever.>So, Noel... How about one of these chinese estaurants>>37941764Noel mentioned Ben over the radio
>>37941764>>37941844"Wait, I never told you my name-""Hmm? Well, I make it a point to know everyone in the NOL. Part of being in the Intelligence Department. You need to know where everyone is, when, and what they can do, so we can react to any situation quickly."He smirks. "Besides, Noel said something about you over the radio. I assumed that the other person she would be with was you."Ben glares. "You're lying... You planned this. I don't know how, but you planned this. At least some of it, anyway.""What? Little old me? That's a bit much for one person, don't you think?""You show up exactly where we are the second Ragna and Jin are both incapacitated. I call bullshit on coincidence..."An intense staring match follows.It ends when Ben sighs and puts his rifle on his back, throwing up his hands. "Whatever. Noel, where do you want to go for lunch?"Noel lets a breath of relief out before smiling again. "There's a good Chinese place near Ronin-Gai.">Um... Sure.>Anything else, Hazama?>Kick Jin in the ribs for good measure>Write-In
>>37941970>Um... Sure.>Kick Jin in the ribs for good measure
>>37942103"...Okay." Ben kicks Jin in the ribs, and another groan gasps out.Hazama smirks. "That was unnecessary- but entertaining. Move along.'The second you go out of Hazama's range, Noel immediately begins to fangirl over you."That- That was the coolest thing I've ever seen! You just defeated Ragna the Bloodedge! Oh my gosh, do you think they're going to give you the bounty?"Ben smirks. "Sometimes it just takes a little extra thinking.""I'll bet you'll be promoted to Major! Or higher!""Yeah, whatever. Nothing's for sure at this point.""I can be your secretary, and..." She shakes her head. "Um, forget that. What's important, though, is that everything went better than expected, right?"Ben nods. "I was really expecting Hazama to shank us right there to keep the wraps on things. Weird, right?""Right."___As you approach the restaurant, someone appears to be sobbing on the inside.Ben and Noel enter to find Bang Shishigami sobbing in front of a pile of dishes, with the catgirl from before in front of him, with an even bigger pile."I don't understand... How can she not perceptive my burning feelings for her?""I don't know, Scruffy Man. I think you're a good guy... cause you buy Tao food.">What the hell?>How do you expect to pay for all that?>Who?>Are you Bang Shishigami?>Write-In
>>37942264>>Who?>Are you Bang Shishigami?>What the hell?
"What the hell is going on?" Ben looks at the gargantuan man before him. "Are you Bang Shishigami? And whoa re you talking about?""It's the fuzz!- I mean, greetings, noble police officers of the Novus Orbus Librarum. I... Uh..." He stares at his dishes and sweat begins to pour down his face.The catgirl tips her head to the side. "Hey, Scruffy Man, did you eat something hot? You're turning red and sweaty.""Nonsense, Tao- It is only because I am thinking of my beloved Litchi and how I may woo her, and not because the police just showed up and..."Ben and Noel stare at him with narrowing eyes."Um... Nice weather we're having?">Really?>Waitress, you might want to take Mr. Shishigami's bill.>Now, nobody panic...>Tell me more about Miss Litchi.>Attempt to distract Bang>Write-In
>>37942264Ignore them, have a good time with Noel instead
>>37942466>>Really?whatever we just Got off shift Have fun, As long as you don't attack anyone here I don't care.Noel I think we've done enough for one day let's just have a nice non fight filled evening.
>>37942466>Really?waifuing is more important
>>37942469>>37942530>>37942551Ben glares at him. "Just don't hurt anyone... and try to find some way to pay your bill when you can take out a loan, do dishes, I don't care. We just got off of a really crazy shift, so I'd really appreciate it if you didn't start anything "Shishigami is grateful at this. "I will accept your terms, noble officer..." He catches a burning look form the waitress. "...and pay my bill. Have fun with you and your brother-""No.""-Brother in arms?"Ben points toward Noel. "This is Noel. She is a woman. Get your eyes checked and your head on straight."Ben and Noel sit down and the waitress smiles at you before turning to Bang with a slip of paper. They have a lively discussion, and Bang slinks back to the kitchen.Noel smiles."Wow, you really know how to handle things like this. I'm surprised I've never heard of you before..."She frowns. "Which reminds me... I never saw you at the Academy... why?">It's a long story.>It's personal.>I was in a different year than you.>I was drafted.>Write-In
>>37942686>It's a long story.
>>37942686>>I was drafted.
>>37942944>>37942976Ben hesitates upon the question. Noel's eyes are pleading, but he can't seem to tell her the truth- not yet."It's... a long story." He finally says."Well, um, would you be willing to tell me?" She seems a bit sad that Ben won't tell her about him.Trying to think up something to feed her, he sighs. "I was drafted into the Ikarugan Civil War. I didn't have any super-powerful stuff like you guys, but... I was able to make it out alive.""Well, what happened to your unit?" Noel asks. "Are you guys still friends, or... Like Jin and me?">We're still friends.>I barely knew my team.>They were all killed.>We ended up getting split up after the war.>I was left for dead by my unit.>We accidentally met up with Ragna the Bloodedge. I was the only survivor.
>>37943072>>We ended up getting split up after the war.
>Write-InSorry, I forgot.
>>37943072>We ended up getting split up after the war.
>>37943117>>37943147"We ended up getting split up after the war." You say that, but it comes out more sad than you mean it to.>"Hey, Ben...">A voice echoes in your head.>"Ben!">You turn around in your mind to see a dark-skinned man waving to you. He's in NOL gear. > "Don't ever forget me, buddy.">You smile. Why are you smiling? You don't know him.>"Sure thing, Greg.">"Hey, Ben! We'll talk later, okay?" Another girl calls out to you. You don't recognize her- Her name is Shelby. >What is..."Be?" Noel calls out.You jolt upright."We don't have to talk about it if you want." Noel looks at you with concern.>I'm sorry, I need to think for a little bit.>I need to use the restroom.>Order food and pretend nothing happened.>Write-In
>>37943294>>Write-InHow much combat experince do you have Noel?
Sorry about the mistakes. I'm trying to write quickly, and I'll try to fix them. Please understand.
>>37943339Its fine buddy, we understand
>>37943294>>37943326order some food>>37943339Don't worry too much man
>>37943326>>37943439"I..No, it must just be the sudden rush from before getting to me."Ben orders the first thing he can think of that doesn't look like it's going to kill him before turning back to Noel. "How much combat experience do you have, Noel?"Noel shifts uncomfortably at this. "I... I'm sorry. I never actually fought in the war... I... people assume that because I serve under Jin...and I don't have the nerve to correct them. I... I was just transferred to his unit because Hazama wanted me to.">So you and Hazama have some history?>Wait, you never actually served? So how'd you land Lieutenant?>You ordering anything?>Write-In
>>37943529 wanted me to.">So you and Hazama have some history?>Wait, you never actually served? So how'd you land Lieutenant?>You ordering anything?All of it
>>37943529>So you and Hazama have some history?
>>37943604>>37943770Noticing that the waitress was listening, Ben nudged Noel a bit. "You ordering anything?" She snaps out of it. "Oh, I'm sorry. I'll have some of the... Peking Duck."As soon as the waitress left, Ben began to ask some questions."So... You never actually served, but you're still a Lieutenant.""...Yes..." She muttered. "In terms of combat, I'm still a rookie. But... Bolverk fights for me, so I don't have to.""And Hazama brought this about by...""I'm part of the Vermillion family. My parents lost their nobility because they disagreed with some policies the NOl has. So... Hazama told me that if I served as a Lieutenant under Mr. Kisaragi, their status would be restored."She shudders. "But why would he want me to be a Lieutenant?" Frowning even more, she says, "I think he may really be planning something."DEAD SPIKE- This will be the last story post of the night. I can answer some story questions now if you want to hear spoilers.
>>37943786I"m new to the series, could you give me background of the setting.Also, are we getting a promotion?
>>37943830For the actual game in which this is set:>Before the events of the game, humanity was on the verge of extinction from a creature called the "Black Beast." The world was saved by six heroes who wielded magic. They helped humanity create "Ars Magus", a fusion of magic and science, to defeat the Black Beast. This event would be later known as the First War of Magic.>After the war, the Novus Orbis Librarium (also referred to as "The Library" or the "NOL") was created to govern the world with the use of Ars Magus. A great deal of dissent was caused by the Library, partly due to Ars Magus' use in nearly every facet of society, and the widening socioeconomic gap between those who could and couldn't use Ars Magus. This dissent would eventually form years later into the Second War of Magic, also known as the Ikaruga Civil War, when the city of Ikaruga openly rebelled against the NOL. Upon winning the war, the NOL imposed a harsher rule on the world, punishing any rebellion against the NOL with death.>In December A.D. 2199, several years after the Second War of Magic, a branch of the NOL was utterly destroyed by an SS-class rebel named Ragna, also known as the "Grim Reaper", in an attempt to destroy the Librarium. The NOL, hoping to stop him, immediately announced the largest bounty ever, available to anyone who could capture him. Interestingly, Ragna possesses a powerful form of Ars Magus known as the Azure Grimoire. This led the NOL, as well as the other fighters, to hunt Ragna not just for his bounty, but also his Azure Grimoire.Yes, this is ripped out of Wikipedia. No, I don't give a fuck. The story Ben Herald knows is next post.
>>37943786Thanks for running.Actually man, you know what.Considering you earlier post, I think that you're taking a wrong approach here. We're not here for the quantity of your posts, so don't feel rushed to write as quickly as you can and especially not if that speed affects your writing negatively. That's just wrong.I understand if you have limited time for questing and appreciate the thing you're doing either way, but I think that if you took your time writing, everyone including yourself would enjoy this quest much, much more.
>>37943968Right. Thanks. I'll keep that in mind and set up a few possible scripts for likely events.>>37943896What Ben knows:You woke up in a ship wearing the uniform of the Novus Orbus Librarium (Explained in last post) with the knowledge that you were ordered to find and kill Ragna the Bloodedge.You step off the airship and talk to a bastard of a hipster named Hazama. He says to not kill Ragna the Bloodedge.Bored, you go looking for booze. You have 500 dollars, a rifle, and a pistol.Suddenly, this kid named Carl Clover demands you tell him where Ragna the Bloodedge is. He attacks you wehen you don't. Then Noel shows up.She's your sexy superior officer, and is hunting down a man named Jin Kisaragi. You follow her.You negotiate your way past Bang Shishigami, who is mad because he thinks you attacked Carl.Then you pass by this huge hulking red guy whose name you do not get. Going to a chinese restaurant, you confront Ragna the Bloodedge and his catgirl girlfriend.You chase them before nearly getting stabbed in the back.Surprise! Turns out Hazama is actually named Terumi and he's backstabbing scum.He activates something that nearly kills you, and you're whisked off to a pocket dimension where you talk to a loli vampire.She tells you you're stuck in time loops.You start back over, flip off Hazama, and meet up with Noel after giving Carl a lead on Ragna. Going straight to NOL headquarters, you talk to Jin (who is an asshole) before Jin fights Ragna. Ragna nearly kills you after you step in (Jin was unconscious at this point).You let Ragna and Jin fight, Ragna wins and takes a shitty elevator, whose line you cut and you drop him a little less than 200 meters.Congrats. You're now a national hero, get the girl, and will soon snag the promotion. Until Hazama decides to fuck everything up. Douche.
>>37944054Pre-writing some stuff might be a good idea, but that's up to you I guess.>Until Hazama decides to fuck everything up. Douche.That fucker.