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You're up late Hex.
Great to see you back Hex, feels like I haven't seen you in weeks.
[X]Find the others. I've not seen them for a while.[X] Current day events[X] Grilling the Eriadne etc"Battles are fought on the field, yet wars are won in the mind". --The Founder, originator of House AntiochI am Maria of House Antioch, a house with lots of history as I just found out!! No, really, my legs are shaking from the things we learned as Eriadne and I file out of the hall into the corridor, peering at the mass of girls to find where our friends -cause that's what they are- might possibly appear.Eriadne looks at me sideways, half her attention on the crowd still pushing out the doors we're standing at. Is there something on my face? I probably look like a complete mess and she's embarassed to be seen together with me. Great, I really, really should have thought about that; Now she's probably trying to get rid of me politely. Suddenly behaving like I had falling sickness can't have helped this any, and she's way too smart to think I wasn't just lying to her. How come I do everything wrong when I'm around her? Of ourse, the answer is obvious; It's the difference between us that really shows how terrible I really am compared to her. This is never going to get better, is it? Wait, what did she ask…?1/?
"--think of this information, Lady Maria?" Distracted on top of cowardly and ugly. Dammit, me. I quickly scan over what my surface mind recorded, cursing at the speed at which such information gets lost. 'Taking into consideration what we saw up to this point, what did you think of this information, Lady Maria?' Ah, found it! "Taking into consideration"… hmmm. Of course even I know what that means, but really, I have no idea how to really answer that. "Uh, it was amazing!". It was, but that wasn't exactly a non-dumb thing to say anyway. Still, Eriadne nods, turning her attention towards the crowd again while I-- whirl around, arms already crossed in front of my face, Helena falling down with a squack, all before I even realize what I'm doing.How did Teacher Harlan say? Never assume a day's gonna get worse before you've laid down on the headsman's block.2/?>>38096826((Or "Up early". I'm starting to relearn how to wake myself up so I wanted to try again before my usual time)).Autoupdate is completely broken again/still. ;____;
>>38097176Hex stop bullying Helena
>>38097666Oh, she's fine. Maria is always too busy bullying herself to bully anyone else anyway.
Okay does this opt to work now? (Take 4)>>38097666It's the universe!
>>38099103why'd your trip change?
>>38099489Because he posted as Hexer not Weisman.
Hex you need to get better internet or at least give the post to someone else to post or something.
>>38100349>thinks its internet problem
Hope your net is cooperating Hex!
>>38103353Neither my head nor my computer are, actually managed to BSOD just now, though only a few lines are missing thanks to Based Autosave™.
>>38104255Well that sucks. Hope you manage to work that shit out.
Another bump for Hex it is, let's hope for the full update within another 12!
Cursing myself I rush forward, which causes Helena to shy back and bump into Liliana, who first looks at the girl at her feet and then at me before grinning, her eyes twinkling with that all-too-knowing light."Both a bit on the jumpy side, eh?" She helps her friend up, whispering something in her ear, but I'm distracted noticing that people have begun to pool around the four of us. Terrible for defending, worse for remaining unnoticed; It really is not getting better no matter how hard I try. I hastily mumble something in place of apology and turn on my heel, taking slow shallow breaths while forcing the blood rushing to my face to go back down. Saints, but I feel dizzy.Eriadne's gaze is calm, though… is that a small twitch at the left corner those lustrous lips? Hmm, nah, that would be kind of strange, why would she smile at something like that? Her eyes though seem to shift between a deep blue and some other colours I can't quite make out. "Ey, 'might be cozy to just stand round the place, but I gotta friend here who's been talkin' my ears off 'bout honey combs the entire time". Liliana's… presence… envelops me as she steps closer with Helena in tow, the blonde trying to glare daggers at me but really just looking kind of miserable. Ye gods, I'm terrible."Lady Maria, she has a point. It might be prudent to relocate to the dining hall, unless you have some other business to take care of?" Eriadne looks at me questioningly. Hey, are you just ignoring Evangelyne's existence now?3/?
>>38106559Maria is having a bad day, why does everyone need her input now!?
>>38106559>Her eyes though seem to shift between a deep blue and some other colours I can't quite make out.Noted.
"Uhm, maybe we should wait for Eva--" I begin, but Liliana interrupts me."Eeh, Senra's gonna be just fine don't you worry. Come on, Helena", tugging her friend along. Eriadne scowls at that, but waves at me to follow. Well, can't just refuse, right?"Senra, yes? So are you another one of her… acquisitions?" Whoa, Eriadne, that's kind of a rude way of putting it!Liliana just smiles up at her in a way that seems completely… off… for her doll-like face and small stature, shrugging."Well I wonder, eh?""Oi, will y'all keep pretending I'm thin air or could I getta small 'hello'?" I don't quite jump at Sora's deep silken voice, but I'm close, and going by the way the twins tense up as I turn to them at least they seem to have noticed. Somehow, I'm fairly certain that this time they *were* sneaking, not that I have any evidence other than that I should have noticed them earlier after; This kind of thing should be one of the few skills I might possibly be somewhat decent at. Sora doesn't seem to reveal anything either way as she falls into place just a little behind and between Eriadne and I."So…", she claps me on the shoulder with one hand and seems about to do the same to Eriadne before noticing the noble's expression and turning the motion into an awkward wave before she fumbles around with her collar for a few seconds. It seems like an odd thing to wear, but who am I to judge? "How's tha situation? Ain't not seen much of ya'll today". I shrug, the weight of her hand still on my shoulder. I don't usually like being touched so much outside of training -not least of all because it makes me feel like I'd be too slow to respond to a threat- but really, I don't mind it with her. Or Eriadne, but that's another story of course.4/?
>>38106926>"Senra, yes? So are you another one of her… acquisitions?" Whoa, Eriadne, that's kind of a rude way of putting it!>>Liliana just smiles up at her in a way that seems completely… off… for her doll-like face and small stature, shrugging.>>"Well I wonder, eh?"At least Eri seems to think something is foul here.
>>38106926>"Senra, yes? So are you another one of her… acquisitions?" Whoa, Eriadne, that's kind of a rude way of putting it!
>>38106926Sora injecting some needed distraction-awkward for Maria, good, good.>Or Eriadne, but that's another story of course.Of course? Maria, please.
>>38106964Eriadne isn't a fan of the loli harem concept, clearly.
>>38107049What a heathen.
>>38107006Sora is already bro-teir.
>>38107163Our bro seems pretty sexual. She's probably the most described person aside from Eriadne and Liliana, both of which have supernatural mojo.
The good thing about AToW is that it's impossible to miss the threads, even if you're gone for the weekend!
A new day has arrived!
How's it going Hex?
>>38128174Going well. Gonna have the rest out before the day is out, hoping to return to a 2 hour cycle too but well, we'll see. Thanks to those still having patience with me....I need to stop forgetting to press "Submit".
>>38128658>hoping to return to a 2 hour cycle too but well, we'll see.You can do it!
Hexer youre weirdman lets getfoood sometiemYoure all mysticwisdom of solar utusho man its funin a weird way lets hace some music somedayheser
>>38128819>Hexer youre weirdman lets getfoood sometiem>Youre all mysticwisdom of solar utusho man its funin a weird way lets hace some music somedayheserHave you partaken of Yulemai's blessings too, anon?
Bump I suppose.
I better not see a ask.fm thing before you finished this update or we'll have words.
>>38128658It's 2 hours past now Hex ;_;
>>38138072I know. Lemme get on that.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-18/cyclone-watch-in-queensland-as-coral-sea-tropical-low-looms/6137986It's so great I have to go to the city for the next two days....Fuck.Also someone will have to cover me warmth wise during the next three days.I'll still try to do what I can on my phone though.
>>38096726Please use only "Quest" (without the ") in the future since the filter is kind of finicky.
>>38096726>http://pastebin.com/YRxkJTUuWhat's Atavism again?
>>38147878Her will abilities.
>>38147878Atavism is a Will Discipline related to being preternaturally stronger ("beastly", hence the name) than you'd normally be as going by your natural potential. It's what allows girls like Maria or women like Talan to be considered combatants, rather than liabilities, though cultivating it - or any other will ability for that matter - is highly stressful and demanding*, causing most militaries to still be mostly dominated by males, while women tend to fulfil more specialized tasks such as air support or sabotage.TL;DR: -4 STR is canon, female Fighters are Multi Attribute Dependent.*As seen when she had a short memory flashback to her training days last thread.
>>38150351Interesting. Also good to see you're up and about Hex.
>>38152018Anon pls no keep calm posters.
>>38153096Don't forget to delete.
Probably the last bump from me today.I'll be gone for like 10 -13 hours depending on how things go.I may be able to bump a little bit with my phone but don't expect anything amazing.
>>38146618It's not a filter problem, it's a chair keyboard interface problem.
Will the OP get finished posting before we pass the 3 day mark? Exciting stuff this.
>>38128658Nothing but filthy liesss
"Hm? Just kind of normal, I guess?", I say, not quite knowing how to match her cool yet easy way of doing things yet. There is just this… it's hard to say. There is this odd type of energy about her in everything she does, like she had no worries about embarassig herself or falling out of her role, and somehow, she really never does. It's odd cause if I did things this way I'm certain I'd just end up with a complete mess worse than what I'm in now and look totally silly besides. Some people have it, others don't. Guess that j-- wait, what? I blink, head whipping around, trying to figure out what just happened just as Sora pulls back her finger again to… poke my cheek. What?! Why would she do that?!"Oi, don't cha be goin' all gloomy like on me, t'was just a lil' question", she says, her look a bit hard to read but seeming mostly amused. AMUSED? Really? Before I can even comment properly - whatever that would be cause, really, what do you even say to this kind of thing - however, Liliana's high somehow way too smooth voice cuts in."Ey, she's a bit like that. Super cozy girl once ya warm her up a lil', 'cause otherwise it's jus' ice n' snow aaaaall the time!", Liliana says, grinning from ear to ear at the much taller girl - who seems to notice her for the first time - while waving her hands. Hey, don't just talk over other people like that. Shouldn't you show a bit more respect? Uuuooh, I guess it's a bit hard to respect me; Leadership wasn't ever a very strong area for me, though I do okay when I've known the people for a while. Guess I'm not really a leading-"type", if that makes sense, even if people do like to listen to me for some completely insane reason. 5/?>>38156646Forgive me father, for I have sinned.
>>38160075It's okay Hex. Well, we can deal anyway.
>>38160075>Ey, she's a bit like that. Super cozy girl once ya warm her up a lil', 'cause otherwise it's jus' ice n' snow aaaaall the time!",A-are we Teh Rei, guys?
>>38160164Of course not, Maria's far cozier.
Sometimes I wonder how Maria's behavior looks from the outside.
>>38164355See>>38160075>"Oi, don't cha be goin' all gloomy like on me, t'was just a lil' question">"Ey, she's a bit like that. Super cozy girl once ya warm her up a lil', 'cause otherwise it's jus' ice n' snow aaaaall the time!
>>38164396I mean exactly. There's plenty of snippets here and there, but I'd have to find them all to get a really complete picture.
"And yer… who?", Sora says, already beginning to mirror Liliana's grin. Whoa, it's almost as if a completely new kind of energy had suddenly begun flowing in here. It's a little scary!!"Name's Liliana of House Antioch, chosen of Yulemai. Who'd you be?" Liliana peers up at the taller girl, looking her over, lips work soundlessly. If I didn't know better I'd have sworn she was trying to look into her soul, though Sora doesn't seem disturbed at all, instead evenly returning the orange-haired - really, how did I not find that colour odd before - girl's stare."Well look who's being all fancy like. Quite tha mouthful for a half-portion like yerself. Fine, if we're doin' fancy, Imma be Sora Allegra Violetta Capriciosa Rossa, the 3rd of her name, Second Degree Resplendent Cognitant, hopeful novice of House Nefesh and most hallowed property of Nagrascant's Balance, his grand eminence the resplendent God-King, may be live as he lived forever and ever and may his path be our path in wisdom and strenght as it has since the beginning of time", Sora says, her voice just *switching* in the middle of her speech. Uhm… wat. Liliana seems almost as surprised as the rest of us - that must be the first time I've seen her that way - as she blinks , almost running into Eriadne who must've missed a few steps, too. I'm not even sure why it feels so odd, but having Sora talk like that just really seems to go against everything I've believed in, ever!"Jus' pullin' yer leg, 'Sora' 's just gonna be all fine with really. Ain't that muchova decorum person really". Just like her lazy drawl the honey-like richness of Sora's voice has suddenly returned as she smiles at Liliana, who catches on quickly and grins again."You're good people, Sora. Let's get along, ey?" A small side glance at Eriadne lets me see a bit of… joy and… concern? Why would she be concered? The moment passes quickly though as Liliana and Sora grasp hands."Friends, ya?" Liliana nods."Aye. Friends". Oh ye gods.6/?
>>38164717>Oh ye gods.There's two of them now Maria.
>>38164717>most hallowed property of Nagrascant's Balance, his grand eminence the resplendent God-King,Sora is a slave?>>38164779Isn't it beautiful?
>>38164835Not literally I think. More of a Gilgamesh type of deal, everything in his kingdom belongs to him.
>>38164835>>38164876What's notable is that she seems not bothered mentioning it.Kinky girl likes it.
>>38164899She DOES have a collar.
>>38165240Maybe Eri can consult her on good designs then.
>>38166045Please do not collar the Maria.
>>38168144N-not even a little?>>38164717Hex pls, why insist on such enormous updates when you can never get them out in anything remotely resembling a decent timeframe?
I guess I can bump...
Not much bumping fro me today either but I do have my phone.Tomorrow will be the hard one.
>>38173331I'm not sure bumping has a point. When it was between mini-sessions, or a temporary measure, it's one thing but 3.5 days and still not a finished OP in sight is pointless. Mods would be completely justified deleting the threads for spam at this point, and there's barely any discussion or voting due to how fractured it is with only a couple people checking the thread around voting time.
>>38173664It's just Hex doing huge updates so that we can get through this day asap because it's starting to really drag on right now.Then we can head into town tomorrow.
>>38173899Wish I had your optimism anon.
Heading out now. Will be gone for about 7-8 hours.
Did Hex.exe stop running? Someone run over to Europe and reboot it.
>>38175212>>38176281>>38177271Please find some random pictures to post with your bump.
>>38178526Sorry, I'm bumping from my phone and the upload is crap.
>>38178526I'm heading home early before the cyclone cuts the lines anyway.Warm pictures again in like 1-2 hours.
>>38178526Seriously, that shit was monster depressing to see.
Okay, just managed to get home.Back to warm bumping.
>>38177251>Did Hex.exe stop running?No, my computer's kernel did in addition to all protocols not IRC becoming highly unstable prior to that. Apologies, technology is not my friend right now and I'll have to relocate some scenes in order to end this update on the next post.
>>38188672How the fuck do you have this much computer troubles? Seriously you could get a ancient pentium 4 someone is throwing out, put a cracked windows XP on it and it would be more reliable
>>38188708No idea either, this thing used to be pretty great. I'll probably need to change out all the fans and set up the OS anew or something or ask my mother if she still has her old laptop lying about since AFAIR that thing only needs a new SSD and would be good to go.>>38173899That's the plan.>>38173664...yea. ;_;
>>38188775Don't worry Hex, I'm sure you'll get back on track eventually!
Eriadne sighs, though probably only I heard it and mumbles something to soft for even me to understand, something about "influence" and "trouble", maybe? Hey, why are you so concerned suddenly? Someone pulls sleeve but I'm distracted by Liliana whispering into Sora's ear. Probably wasn't important anyway.Soon enough we've found two tables close together and Sora and I get to adding more. Ha, we must be looking a bit silly, but my friends are around so it should be okay, though one girl with light blue - yes, blue, though considering Liliana I really shouldn't be surprised - hair looks at us from behind a pillar, silent disapproval written across her face. Uhm, okay, sorry girl but we really need those tables. You're not going to expect us to sit apart, right? Following a feeling I half-turn my head to look behind me, seeing Evangelyne approach, Erato and Thalia in tow."Oh, you were already making space for us? That's lovely, thank you dear". I try very hard not to frown, though my mood improves as she lets go of the twins and after patting Helena on the head moves to help us. Irritating she may be sometimes, but I don't think she does it because she wants to be that way and really, she is great when it counts. Soon enough we're all seated, Eriadne opposite from me with Sora to my right and someone else to my left. Hmm, what to say, what to say… oh!"Uhm, Eriadne, what did you learn, like, before you came here?" Okay, that came out lame, but it could have been worse. Eriadne pauses and sets down her dining sticks - I tried to get a glimpse at those teeth again, but she eats way too properly to ever show them - onto her plate in an X shape, furrowing her brows.7/8>>38190156I need to. None of you deserve to have to put up with this.
"That just so happens to be a somewhat difficult thing to answer, Lady Maria. One could say that I was educated in all matters neccessary to succeed the family house and business, though that would, I believe, hardly do your curiousity justice". Somehow one the jade sticks has found its way back into her hand as Eriadne waves it through the air, possibly not quite aware of what she's doing going by how she squints at it a second later and almost drops it back onto the plate. Huh. She looks at me questioningly - yes, I saw that if that's the question - before continuing."A large part of my studies was dedicated towards accounting and understanding the flow of money. Such a thing is vital to an heir as much of our influence derives not only from the burden of rule entrusted to us by the Sun, but also the adroiteness with which we do business. Speaking of which, that reminds me to write to my aunt… I mean, Eminence Kirlian and tell her that I've arrived safely… hopefully the matters of succession will be sorted"."Aren't you the heir why would they need a new one Eriadne that's strange?!" Helena's question is quickly followed by a series of choked noises from down the table, and I'm glad I didn't have any food to swallow or I'd probably be doing the same."I'm dead, Helena. Gone. A ghost could never lead a house". Eriadne's voice is calm and even though I feel like she's straining really hard to keep the ice out of her voice. Eeep! There is a little silence before Evangelyne speaks up."Talking of writing, remember the person we met this morning? I asked around a little, and it seems like the sparkwire network's been blown up by some rebels though they are repairing it if the air mail is to be believed". I turn as Sora taps me on the shoulder, leaning towards me."I 'eard summa dat. They be wantin' more independence or some such. Whatcha thinkin' of those folks, Maria?"8/9
How to respond. Cautiously approving Cautiously disapproving. Passionatly approving (roll 3d10) Passionatly disapproving (roll 3d10) Cautiously Neutral Casually dismissive Try to steer the conversation elsewhere (roll 3d10)What to say ((Optional)) Free9/9
>>38190371>[x] Cautiously disapproving.Destroying the sparkwire network sure is inconvenient!As a kid, good grasp of politics probably isn't Maria's strong suit.
>>38190371> Cautiously disapproving.rebel scum
>>38190363>"Aren't you the heir why would they need a new one Eriadne that's strange?!" Helena's question is quickly followed by a series of choked noises from down the table, and I'm glad I didn't have any food to swallow or I'd probably be doing the same.>>"I'm dead, Helena. Gone. A ghost could never lead a house". Eriadne's voice is calm and even though I feel like she's straining really hard to keep the ice out of her voice. Eeep! There is a little silence before Evangelyne speaks up.The Helena bullying just never stops.>>38190371[X] Cautiously disapproving.They did bad things. We don't like bad things.
>>38190371>[X] Cautiously disapproving.>[X] FreeWe should probably point out how delusional they are.
>>38190371> Cautiously Neutraluh, don't really know...
>>38190426Rebels are Taliban-tier retards who mass murder the people they want to "free" from the "oppressive" government that almost everyone has no real issue with.Because the world must be anarcho-capitalist.
>>38190439Yep, rebels a shit and are scum, they deserve everything Talarn will do to them and more.
>>38190439I really don't think Maria knows much about them, medieval guardsmen typically aren't very well informed in politics, nor are medieval thirteen-year-olds.
>>38190456She probably had because this isn't a medieval setting it's approximately the 1800s through some tech is more or less advanced because of magic.And they're a big deal.
>>38190456She wouldn't need to know about them personally, they blew up a massive communications network, doubtless killing many in the process, thats once hell of an atrocity.
>>38190439>anarcho-capitalist.That's literally more retarded than Objectivism.
>>38190466Okay, to clarify, even modern thirteen-year-olds are clueless, although more likely to have an opinion (even if that opinion is 'they're bad because my dad said so' or 'they're, like, totally badical, right? Counterculture!').
>>38190479>even modern thirteen-year-olds are cluelessHave you seen how much time they spend on smart devices now? They may be bratty retarded entitled little shits, but they ain't clueless.
>>38190456> medievalAnon... we came in on a train and Maria noted on the absence of gas lightening before.
Rolled 10, 7, 4 = 21 (3d10)>>38190371[x] Passionatly approving (roll 3d10)Vive la revolution! Talan a shit!
>>38190456You might want to go and reread the archives because this isn't medieval at all... Don't worry, it shouldn't take you too long.
>>38190474Especially when the current kinda monarchy combined with capitalististic stuff system with the different base nature of the dragonborn rules works really well.>>38190497I want rebel scum to leave.
>>38190497We were a guard, our dads a guard, we're very heavily invested in order and peace anon, Maria ain't like that.Get out of here Omega timeline
>>38190487Not really. The information age helps with access to information, doesn't help you with the double-whammy of interest and critical thinking though, both of which 13yos lack in spades.
My keks are infinite because Hex actually managed to find a political ideology most think is dumb and create a faction most agree is despicable. Not!Nazis or Not!Commies would probably not have worked as well.
>>38190499I just used medieval on a whim, point is kids weren't much more informed in the early 20th century (sure they got schooling, but generally that consisted of practical stuff and old history).
Did Maria go to school before this? All we seem to hear about is her guard-training and stuff, which seems like it was pretty time-consuming, and if she went to school you'd think she'd be a bit more used to girls. But on the other hand she seems too familiar with the environment and general workings of this place for it to be her first contact with an organized education system.
>>3819052919th-century anon and you really need to remember that the rebels get a lot of talk from all the retard shit they do with blowing people up.It's like expecting a modern 13-yearold to not know about terrorists.Which is ridiculous I knew about that shit when I was around that age there's no reason for Maria to not know about them.>>38190551She went to a school for guard training full-time and it covered her basic education.Nothing as in-depth as the education her friends got though.
>>38190551>Did Maria go to school before this?Yes, for a short time before she switched to a small tutoring group that covered most things due to how, as you said, time-consuming the whole thing is. So yes, she knows how it works, she's just not been to >>38190566 /school/ school for a while.5 minutes, then close. Some pretty good thoughts in here.
>>38190594Hex-pyon, Hex-pyon, how much have we been told about the rebels in-quest (like the exploding girl in Talan's POV) and how much are anons taking from ask.fm answers?
>>38190615>>38190615>Hex-pyon, Hex-pyon, how much have we been told about the rebels in-quest (like the exploding girl in Talan's POV)>explodingShe didn't explode her, that's ineffective when you need information. Anyways, most things that are known have appeared in-quest by now.>and how much are anons taking from ask.fm answers?The political ideology was name-dropped on Ask, but I - think/hope - that that's the extend to which information pertaining to this subject is only known OOC.Closing, counting, writing.
>>38190728>that that's the extend to which information pertaining to this subject is only known OOC.That seems correct all the information you've given us had just been stuff that's in the newspapers and common knowledge stuff.
>>38190741Where can I subscribe to these newspapers?
>>38190747First you have to drink bleach to enter the Cosmic Tides.
>>38190766Hmmm, I think I might have some under the sink. See you on the other side, anon!
>>38190363>They be wantin' more independence or some such.From who?I forget, but what kind of government system is in place?
bedtime bump, can my fellow anons please keep the thread alive in my stead?
>>38194522Don't worry anon, it's not like the thread regularly falls off when you're gone.
Note, I think I should be able to get an update out again but between >>38190728 and now the net has died at least four times so I might end up just dropping off the grid again. >>38192455>I forget, but what kind of government system is in place?Nominal imperium governed mostly by a number of large royal houses, the majority of which are - like Eriadne's - inhuman and control a key industry such as - in the case of Talan's boss - communications, which is the backbone of their power....kinda Dune mixed with Shadowrun, except not Science Fantasy, I guess?
>>38194850>the net has died at least four times so I might end up just dropping off the grid again. So write it up in a pastebin and send it to someone on IRC/twitter to post for you.
>>38194898That's hard without internet, sir.
>>38194850Did a gypsy fortuneteller curse your computer, Hex? You can tell us.
>>38194919>ever telling someone about being cursed by a gypsyIt's like you want things to get even worse for Hex.
>>38194912>what is a smartphone
>>38194938Hey, if nobody told, nobody would fear the gypsy curse's powers either anon. It's free publicity!
>>38190371>[x] Cautiously disapproving.Oh man super fucking late, literally posted it when I fell asleepAs for my opinion on this, without knowing more about who the rebels are and why they did it I can't say I would approve of there actions
Why does passion need a roll?
>>38197174It's more just rolling to keep Maria from committing a social faux pas expressing her opinion, I'd assume.
>>38197290>>38197174t's both. I follow the advice most RPG books give in only requiring rolls when achieving the outcome requires effort. Since an impassioned speech on a topic Maria is not intimately familiar with requires quite a bit of expenditure on her part a roll is required in order to make her do it, and to it *well*.Does that make sense/does it seem fair?>>38194939Not available at present, otherwise I'd have tethered the PC to it ages ago and the whole problem wouldn't exist.>>38194919...I'm not denying the possibility.
>>38197461Would the filthy rebel scum in >>38190497 have done well?
Last bump from be for like 8 hours or so.
Last bump for me tonight, since I unfortunately need to be up early tomorrow. Hope there's another comfyanon around.
Warming the place for Hex!
>>38214047So it's all over then?
>>38214068It sure feels that way, but if I were a rational person I wouldn't be me. Maybe it's fixable but I'm not hopeful.Not with a bang but with a whimper, eh? Not even mad, just really really tired.
>>38214106Gotta hope it can be fixed. Everyone needs a PC nowadays after all.
>>38214106So how long until you can replace it?
>>38214106Sad to hear, I hope its easy enough for you to replace and that you didn't lose anything on your hard drives, let us know how things go and when you can get back to questing.
Someone might want to archive this thread now.
>>38214068>>38214106What's all over? It better not be the quest because a dead PC is piss easy to deal with and ain't a reason to end the quest.
>>38214201It's ridiculous to hope AToW would survive a hiatus. Might as well hope I get as fast as a good QM suddenly.>>38214166>>38214166Well, after disconnecting the "content" HDDs the issue persists so that at the very least seems to be a silver lining. >>38214155 Between three weeks and three months. A previous miss-step has produced an unexpected amount of economic fallout which might take a while to get under control. Nothing monstrous but suffice to say computer hardware purchases are low enough on the agenda as to be written somewhere on the presenter's shoes.
>>38214375>>38214375> Nothing monstrous but suffice to say computer hardware purchases are low enough on the agenda as to be written somewhere on the presenter's shoes.I shouldn't have kekd.
>>38214375>It's ridiculous to hope AToW would survive a hiatusNo it isn't, dude stop believing your own crap and listen to us, your players, we can wait, we have waited more then that in the past, and we will wait more then that in the future.So go deal with real life, get your computer issues and things sorted, and return to us when you can, we'll still be here waiting to play, and don't you dare ever think otherwise.
>>38214375>It's ridiculous to hope AToW would survive a hiatus. Might as well hope I get as fast as a good QM suddenly.Don't make me hit you Hex.
>>38214429Please anon, it's obvious he just wants this over with. Since he never actually 'catches up' as it were, he's probably got the guilt of not updating 24/7 at this point. Whether it actually happened or not this PC thing must seem like a great excuse to get the weight of his shoulders, and who can blame him. Hex is clearly not cut out to run quests.
>>38214375>It's ridiculous to hope AToW would survive a hiatus.It's actually the opposite... Dude have you not learned yet that we don't mind all that much the pacing issues? We can wait, god knows we wait for other quests, we'll wait for yours and you. Stop being such a downer on yourself, you don't need to get fast to be a QM, you need to be gud, and you are when you put your mind to it and the universe doesn't screw you over.Don't kill the quest because of this, use the downtime to write out more notes and prep for returning to it when you've got a working computer again, but don't be stupid and burn bridges when you've no need to.
>>38214459>it's obvious he just wants this over withNo it isn't, its very clearly the opposite if you know him.>Hex is clearly not cut out to run quests.That's a load of shit, quests don't need to meet some arbitrary speed requirement, those 'standards' exist nowhere except in the heads of anons who like fast paced quests. There are many many quests on other boards, on other websites and mediums that are as fast as this or slower, does that somehow make them not quests?
So what do you mean by no ability to make a fresh installation then?
>>38214375>It's ridiculous to hope AToW would survive a hiatus.If I could I would drive over to you and slap you for how stupid you are being. It's ridiculous to think AToW wouldn't survive a hiatus, and you are being ridiculous for thinking otherwise. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater Hex, go deal with real life and come back to us and your quests when you've a PC that won't burst into flames, we'll be here waiting warmly, like we always are, because we're not going anywhere, and neither are you.
>>38214491Hey, I don't want it to end, but with the difficulties he's got and the (deserved) shit he sometimes gets for it, it's tough not to read >>38214375 as giving up on this. Lasted longer than I would.
>>38214375>It's ridiculous to hope AToW would survive a hiatus. Might as well hope I get as fast as a good QM suddenly.Hey Hex, stop being stupid for a second and think, how long have you been running quests, how long have we been playing quests with you? How does this suddenly change things? It doesn't, I don't care about how long it takes, I just like reading and playing your quests, and you like writing them as much as things get in the way to conspire against you, so don't think a hiatus would doom everything and the world is ending. Take what time you need to fix things and keep on questing, I know I'll be here whenever you get back, I've waited much longer for other quests and I've faith in you.>>38214459Oh fuck off, you've been trying to drive Hex off for weeks now.
>>38214459Fuck you anon.I've noticed the bullshit you've been trying to pull.>>38214546You really need to fuck off already/
>>38214375Hex bro, AToW has already had hiatuses of similar lengths of time in between threads, and we're all still here aren't we? Stop being obtuse for a moment and listen to us, the people who've been enjoying your work over these many past months; AToW WOULD survive a hiatus.
>>38214546You've been trying to kill the quest for months, so don't give us that crap troll.
Hey Hex what's Sora's deal? At least reveal that pls.
>>38214575>>38214604>implyingThis is the first post I've made on the topic.Hex obviously knows anons love AToW despite its faults, as evidenced by how much discussion it still gets despite new information and situation coming at a trickling pace. He's also obviously frustrated/mad at himself for how slow it's going. With that information it's perfectly reasonable to infer that the whole quest is weighing on him.Maybe you should try thinking about how your QM feels instead of selfishly demanding more quest at the exclusion of everything else.
>>38214621Don't start with that anon, he'll be back when he gets a new PC and you can find out then.
>>38214628>Maybe you should try thinking about how your QM feels instead of selfishly demanding more quest at the exclusion of everything else.Gee what a good idea! Oh wait we already do talk to him about it...
I'm not sure I can take no more Maria time...
>>38214696I..I know anon.How will we ever marry Eriadne now?
>>38214714The gods will see to it, don't worry anon, have faith in The Hex.
>>38214714We didn't even finish our quest...
>>38214729If only he'd trust himself.
>>38214621Sora's deal is… being His Eminence The Balance's Most Hallowed Property and 2nd Degree Resplendent Cognitant. What? No, she's not chuuni; Those are her actual names, titles and functions. >>38214429>>38214429>>38214463>>38214463>>38214526>>38214526>>38214575>>38214575>>38214605>>38214605Apologies for PMSing all over the thread, I just don't know anymore.
>>38214737Then he'll just have to trust in us who trust in him!
>>38214742Well you should rest on it for now, you finished an update so no immediate pressure for that.
>>38214742>I just don't know anymore.Yes you do, you just need to take a break and deal with real life crap. So grab a new tampon, put on your steel toed boots and go kick real life in the cunt, then come back to us when things have settled down. As always, we'll be waiting warmly.
>>38214742>Apologies for PMSing all over the thread, I just don't know anymore.Well, first look at how you can manage the computer situation like perhaps a cheap laptop is a good path to take as a temporary action?Do you have a friend that has an old computer to use?A tablet could also work as a temporary solution.Also this>>38214748We're not going anywhere.I need to start up work on the wiki again anyway.So definitely stay in contact with us okay?
>>38214714This wasn't going to happen in any case.
>>38214782I can dream anon!
>>38214742You'll be fine Hex, days, weeks or months doesn't matter, you'll be fine and we'll still be here, like the others have said, we're not going anywhere so take your time and get things in hand, keep us updated and we'll stick with you.>>38214782Says you.
>>38214742What >>38214767 said, hell I'd probably be willing to send you my old laptop if I knew where you lived, just so you have something until you can get on your feet again, I know what being without a PC is like for months. Take care and stay in touch Hex, don't you be a stranger now.
>>38214742She seems pretty okay with that for how independent she's acting.
>>38214877Not all subs have low self-esteem.
>>38214742No worries boss, real life gets the better of us all at one point or another, so take it easy, we're all just here for fun, we don't mind waiting months for you to return, we know you have fun writing this just as much and maybe even a little bit more than we have fun reading and playing this, so don't worry about it so much.
>>38214782Well, not with that kind of atitude. You neeed to be more positive, anon.
>>38214742No need to apologise Hex, things can be frustrating like that, take a break and look into >>38188775>ask my mother if she still has her old laptop lying about since AFAIR that thing only needs a new SSD and would be good to go.If that doesn't pan out don't fret, focus on life and work for now, get yourself back onto your feet and pop back in when you can, we'll be waiting warmly, lord knows its cosy here.
>>38214792>>38214821>>38215008>wanting for them to break the law for selfish purposes
>>38215097But it's not against the law?
>>38215097Uhh it's not against the law, and several goddesses are perfectly fine with it, hell one is in charge of it and gives it her blessings...
>>38214919I'll try.>>38214877It's a matter of pride being owned by your deity. Why wouldn't she be okay with that? It's vastly different from being a slave, though of course foreigners seem to have difficulty understanding the difference, being the nice but a little unenlightened people that they are.>>38214873Ya, I'll probably stick around. >>38214764>>38214767>>38214821Bluh. We'll see.
>>38215114Not really accurate either.The pleasure god jus likes people being in loving relationships and the law goddess just likes public statements of loyalty.
>>38215124Chin up and ganbatte Hex-kun!The threads archived, hopefully its satisfactory.
>>38215097It's not socially accepted but technically legal.
Well I guess we don't need to bump this any more, so bye bye anons.
>>38215097We asked in the thread before and OP said it was a thing.
I guess we'll just have to make the whole world warm.
…Looks like the thing busted is the wireless unit, will need to reconnect both HDDs to be sure. Looks like the time till I'm back online might be within the week, rather than the months range unless I can get a stick from somewhere or the current one can be cajoled into not ruining everything.Seriously though, this PC is a major nuisance.
>>38216134Well, if you get it working again remember to not stop planning and saving for a new computer.
>>38216134I feel like this is some redundant advice, but better it be said than not, make suure to back up any notes you have on that PC and to update your backups regularly
>>38216200Now, even though the cloud is the worst thing ever.This is the kind of stuff it's honestly pretty handy for.
>>38216134Hey, gotta look on the bright side! Hope for sooner rather than later!If nothing else, I wouldn't be able to stand fapping to phone porn, so good luck with that.
>>38216343What is smut? I can't write it, but I can enjoy it.>>38216224>Now, even though the cloud is the worst thing ever.Tell me about it.> 2000: 148MB is considered average for a flashdrive> 2011: People first begin to use "Terabyte" in relation to home computers> 2020: Virtually nothing exists locally anymore, everyone is slaved to the network and to the almighty tyranny of ToSHaving to trick, say, Netflix with plugins is as easy as the mindset that lead to it being necessary is completely backwards and twisted....yes, yes I mad. >>38216200>>>38216134I feel like this is some redundant advice, but better it be said than not, make suure to back up any notes you have on that PC and to update your backups regularly>>38216200>, but better it be said than not, make suure to back up any notes you have on that PC and to update your backups regularlyAs you have written, so it shall be.>>38216160I will. I'll try to update again one last time to end on a decent note and as a way of apology for this drama. Also, since only the OS HDD is connected right now I'm treated to the questionable pleasure of testing out IE Ten so... yay?
>>38216528>Also, since only the OS HDD is connected right now I'm treated to the questionable pleasure of testing out IE Ten so... yay?Geh
>>38216528So does the wireless adapter work or not?
>>38216528I dislike reading on the phone unless it's articles or the like. Stories or porn not so much.
>>38216528>spoilerAra ara~ What a lewd QM.
>>38216528 >I can't write itYou'll just have to get good Hex.Also most of our bump limit got used up by us telling you not to be an idiot and drop the quest.
>>38216713Anon, he probably isn't updating in a week at least. We don't need to keep the thread up any more.
>>38216735>I'll try to update again one last time to end on a decent note and as a way of apology for this dramaI assumed that's what he meant by this.Unless he mean one last time ever in which case I'm going to start yelling at him again.
>>38216765I'm sure he can get it in before bump is a worry!
So is this thread called then?
>>38217931It's not. PC shut itself down and tried to do another bullshit spiel with me but I'm too annoyed to give up now.>>38216765Please do not yell at your QMs. Sometimes they have feelings too.>>38216713> You'll just have to get good Hex.I'll just eat XS heart to gain her powers.>>38216713>>38216624"Works".
>>38218481Love you too Hex.But we still need XS, can't you eat the heart of like, arch instead and gain his update-speeds?
> Safe Mode with Network drivers>weird resolution>no soundThis is questionable, but okay. >>38220567Thanks.>>38218635>can't you eat the heart of like, arch instead and gain his update-speeds?I'd probably gain his tendency to be annoyed, and I already *am* quite annoyed as it is. Anyways, writing.
>>38222790Well, maybe you can manage without consuming hearts at all!
>>38222790Don't force yourself past what you can do.I'll mourn you not being able to watch SHT Hex.
>>38222790You can get sound in safe mode with a bit of registry tweaking. I don't remember how I did it but I'm sure you can google it.
>>38222848>spoiler;__; Twinkle was gonna debut today aaaaaagh. /nerdrage>>38222837>>38222837Cocaine, then. Become the Papa-N.>>38222890Thanks, I'll look it up.
>>38222942>spoilerAt least you can catch all the talk on /pc/ right?Right?
>>38222942>Cocaine, then. Become the Papa-N.Well that nearly killed him several times and he only became Papa-N again after beating it 3 times so I would not advise that.
>>38222942You can also fix the resolution a bit too, I believe.I had to go like a whole year with a shitty computer I could only get to run in safe mode so I found a lot of ways to get around it's problems. Only thing I couldn't get to work was video files to play completely right so whenever I had to watch anime I had to resort to streaming.
Okay, teeentatively got out of the Safemode Zone. Apparently running an electronic appliance on PURE HATE is a perfectly viable strategy.> Sushi imagesSilly captcha, feeding period's only due in another 10 hours.
>>38233565>Apparently running an electronic appliance on PURE HATE is a perfectly viable strategy.You didn't already know this?Hex screaming verbal abuse at your computer is a fundamental part of troubleshooting.
>>38233565Pure hate is all they understand Hex!Also, bump.
>>38241590Ah, I've missed these.
>>38242470Have you been cold anon?
>>38246056Don't forget to delete.
>>38190352>Someone pulls sleeve>Someone else to my leftIs there a ghost hanging out with Maria?
>>38259044It's most likely Helena's Existential Deviancy kicking in full force to make up for lost time.
>>38259108Helena was mentioned by name twice though, I mean I guess it could be her, but I think there's someone else being spoopy here.
>>38259108Maria is still really Deviant so it shouldn't be that.
>>38259044If you were a ghost wouldn't you hang out with Maria anon?>tfw not spooky incorporeal creature of undeath>tfw no secretly cuddling Maria at night>;_;
[X] Cautiously disapproving.[X] Free <Processing, Processing, Processing… Finished>Danger. That's the first thing I feel once Sora's question's out. Something is going on, and whatever it is, I'm not going to like it. Two knives in rage, slashing traits primary. Chairs light enough to fly five paces, lethal take down range two paces. Candle within reach, use for distraction advised. Pillar within three heartbeats. Cover for two perso-- alright, that's enough. Nobody's going to get assaulted here dammit, so shut up, me. I set down my fork with care and quickly pinch the skin between my right thumb and forefinger, the hair on my neck almost immediately settling down, as does the - right now really unwanted - storm of information."Something the matter, dear?" I tense, my *Will* crashing against Evangelyne's before I can help myself. The grey-haired girl jumps in her seat, then looks away. Eeep, I really really need to stop doing that; It was really unfair to her and Pa would hate to see me lose control like this. Yes, the things she does make a bit mad sometimes but I don't think she really wants to be this way. I'll have to apologize for this somehow later. It's my turn to jump as two of Sora's fingers find their way between my ribs. She really doesn't care about manners sometimes, huh. This will take some time getting used to I guess. I blink and turn to her."Oi, dont'cha wanna say or…"I just shake my head."Uhm, no, that's not it. It's just, like, a bit complicated, I guess? Like, I heard they just kill a lot of people and that's something I cannot call good but Pa said that it's good to always get the full picture. Even if they're wrong; I'm pretty sure they are, really, but even if they are wrong I think it's still important that we look to understand them… something like this. Does that make sense?" Phew, I juuust barely avoided tying my own tongue into knots there.1/2
I peer across the table out of the corner of my eye, trying to not be noticed. The look Eriadne gives me is a bit hard to make sense of, but Sora nods slowly, looking satisfied with my answer."Guess so, ya. Yer a smart one, Maria. Ain't not any day I seen a girl give sucha good answer at yer age, damnation, even many o' tha olda folks be all wrapped up in their own lil' problems tryna figga out what's what". Sora smiles while waving her knife around, a fish head stuck on its end.I stare at her for a few seconds, mouth open, and my three-times damned body uses my slipping focus to cause me to flush before I can stop it. Curses, and I was doing so well till now!! Eep, I'm probably glowing right now. Never dealt well with stuff like that though at least I got better at hiding it.Thankfully, Sora doesn't comment, instead turning back to her plate where she begins cracking open the fish's skull with two knives before seasoning the dark mass inside with lots of salt and spices from the small container in front of her. It seems like she's noticed my stare because she looks up from her work."Wanna try? S' really good, trust me!" I just shake my head before remembering something."Oh, right, uh, Sora. W-would you like me to cook for you?" The girl blinks."What's tha idea 'ere?" What do you mean, 'idea'?"Just… you know. Cook for you. Eriadne. The others". That makes her nod, if still a bit mistrusting, or at least that's the closest I can get with reading her expression."Eh, sure. I'm guessin tha plan's for tommorow?" I nod. Eriadne's favourite dish I know, and while I'm not sure where to get those mushrooms yet, I really want to try at least.The rest of the meal is spent discussing this and that, and soon we're all full, even Eriadne's expression softened by the meal.It is then that I finally notice the person sitting on my right.-To Be Continued-
This concludes the thirty-fourth chapter of A Tale of Witches. I hope you enjoyed this in spite of my shortcomings and look forward to seeing you again. Please watch the Twitter for the announcement.Any questions/suggestions I'll address for as long as the thread stays around, or Ask.fm/Spooky Gee for when it won't be.Have a good day, everyone.
>>38265368Bye bye Hex, thanks for the thread I hope things get better with your potato
>>38265368Thanks for writing Hex! A nice update.
>>38265358Did you forget Helena again, Maria?
>>38265485Why would somebody forget about Helena? That's almost criminal!>>38265405Thank you, anon. It's been a pleasure. Also glad to actually end a thread properly for once, though most of the credit goes to you guys for actually keeping it alive for my lazy ass.>>38265394You're welcome. Yea, I hope my potato's gonna hold out for a bit more. Funny to think it was custom built for the express purpose of running one of the then top-of-the-line games. Technology progresses ever forward.
>>38265686>Funny to think it was custom built for the express purpose of running one of the then top-of-the-line games.What game, Doom?
>>38265358>It is then that I finally notice the person sitting on my right.You mean left?Or did she make Sora move.
>>38265368Thanks, Hex! Hopefully your computer stops being a shit, this is the only quest with Best Onee-sama after all.
>>38265731>this is the only quest with Best Onee-sama after all.Wahaha!>Thanks, Hex! Hopefully your computer stops being a shit,So do I! You're welcome.>>38265721Left, right. SCNR.>>38265706Crysis Warhead and Bioshock actually, but y'know, that was a while ago.
>>38265766>implying your potato could even install Crysis without BSOD-ing.
>>38265786Not anymore. Many components didn't take the wear and tear over the years very well.
>>38265339>I tense, my *Will* crashing against Evangelyne's before I can help myself. The grey-haired girl jumps in her seat, then looks away. Eeep, I really really need to stop doing thatMaria pls stop mindraping your friends. Pls Maria.
>>38265861I wouldn't call that mindraping, she's just scaring her with her superpowers. That's totally different and okay right?
>>38266221>That's totally different and okay right?Yeah, Maria's not physic she can just make herself really scary.
>>38266221>>38266240I'm a bit confused about how that actually works...
>>38266487She uses her will power to intensify her facial expressions and body language to increase her "Killing intent" if that makes sense?
>>38266487In a non-technical explanation, it's just animu killing intent, Maria glares super hard and Eva apologizes for being Eva.
>>38266504> I've never seen such killing intent before> sweatdrop
>>38266515>Maria glares super hard and Eva apologizes for being Eva.I laughed.
>>38266515>Maria glares super hard and Eva apologizes for being Eva.111/10>>38266504This.>>38266487Also> GLINT OF MADNESS> There’s something deeply disturbing about you. Maybe it’sthe growling. Or the frothing.> Benefit: You inflict 1d10 stress damage when you Threatenan opponent. Also, once per round when one of your attacksrenders an opponent unconscious or dead, you may immediatelyThreaten another opponent as a free action.It's animu as hell but the actual idea to include it came from Fantasy Craft and the various builds discussed in its general.>>38265861>>38266221>>38265861She's just setting off her danger sense. Y'know, nothing personnel.
>>38266644Next thread when?
>>38266674Hex will surely post on twitter when he knows!
>>38266710At least setting some kind of goal is important through.
>>38266723Would probably just be unnecessary pressure, especially with the computer troubles. It's not like he won't get bugged about it in spooky or ask.fm soon enough anyway.
>>38266674Possibly in 3 hours once I'm done working out and cooking, likelier tomorrow 1600 UTC. That being said, my PC is all kinds of unpleasant right now so it's a bit up in the air.
>>38266761Have you thought about picking up one of those really cheap mini-laptops?You can't do much past word processing and internet browsing but it would work for quest running.They go for as cheap as 300AUD around here as well.
>>38266761We'll wait warmly either way Hex!
>>38266761As much as I'd love for more AToW soon, you really should think about taking a break in between sessions
>>38266761>working out> cookingThe Hex is /fit/?
>>38266802I think he wants to avoid slowing down again.There's only been one thread this month after all.
>>38267106Someone post cuddly version for mind-bleach please.
>>38267376That's better.Maria's face is 2^2^2cute.
>>38267394Hair flick a best.
>>38267376More art when?
>>38267435Soon I hope.It's always awesome.Pity I can't draw for shit.
>>38267451I fear drawanon might have lost interest due to pacing. Oh well. Could also just be lack of 2cute material lately, since we've spent a fair few months on other stuff by now.
>>38267470Yeah that's true.Maybe something cute will happen tonight with Eri worrying about Maria at the moment.Beyond that hopefully we can visit a public bath in town tomorrow.
>>38267470Can't blame him, eh?>>38267451>It's always awesome.This Is Truth™.>>38267394Drawanon also rapidly improved from image to image.>>38266945On my way there. It feels really good, though apparently many disagree.>>38266802> spoilerB-but for what purpose?>>38266793I actually found one, but due to being hella old it can't into properly W-Lan, something XP seems to never have gotten under control.
>>38268584>Drawanon also rapidly improved from image to image.Definitely.Come back drawanon~ I'll even take the spooky skeleton pieces!
>>38268584>B-but for what purpose?Just to make sure you have everything sorted out and give yourself a little breather.This is all just my opinion though, if you decide do a thread tomorrow I'm not exactly going to argue or anything.
>>38268690Even his spookie skeletons are cute.