You are Giles, Master Thief, escape artist extraordinaire, and professional sleuth.Your job has taken another interesting turn, as you’ve now gone from fugitive to prisoner.You escaped Catisse, with the help of its surprisingly friendly lord. You even managed to convince an assassin that you want to hire them.Which you do. At the very least, they would have the kind of info you so desperately need right now.Your journey was going smoothly, all the way up until you met back up with the rest of your group. Where you were “accidentally” shot in the back by Laura, who was trying to protect an old flame.When you took a stab in the dark as to why she cares about this other guy so much… she didn’t take it well.The wheels of fate are in motion, but a Devil’s whim is a wrench in their gears.Do you have what it takes to stop them turning?>Previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=On%20a%20Devil%27s%20Whim>QM Twitter: https://twitter.com/SmileytheQM
“Giles, Selene, wake up” you hear.You groan, and try to get up. But there’s an odd weight on your chest. You open your eyes to look, and the first thing you notice is that you can see again. The second thing you notice is that there’s a child-sized lump under your blanket.Huh… she must have snuck in there while you were asleep.“What’s up Eleanor?” You ask. She was the one who woke you, and tried to wake Selene.“Good morning Giles. I came over to wake the two of you. I’d like to try and get the dye out of Selene’s hair before we go, and Marcellus wanted to change out your bandages.” She says.“Well, feel free to grab her. I can’t exactly go anywhere like this.” You say.Eleanor smiles and peels back your blanket, then she hefts the sleeping girl up. “How are you feeling anyway?” She asks.“Like I’ve been trampled by a herd of goats, but I’ll live. Thanks for asking.” You say.Eleanor smiles and takes her leave, while you groan and sit up.Damn, you feel worse than you did last night. But still, it’s not the worst you’ve ever felt. It’s damn close, but it’ll take a little more than this to top the last time you were down from an injury.You hope no one takes that as a challenge.>[ ] Go see Marcellus about your bandages>[ ] Go talk to Cedric>[ ] Go what Dalen and Zen are up to>[ ] Go chat with Eleanor and Selene
>>39159329>[ ] Go see Marcellus about your bandagesThen >[ ] Go chat with Eleanor and Selene
>>39159329>[ ] Go see Marcellus about your bandages
>>39159329>Go see Marcellus about your bandages
>>39159329>[ ] Go see Marcellus about your bandagescan someone explain the issue with Selene and her parent, why did Giles ask Laura about it?
>>39159843Because the anons wanted to push push push when we shoulda just let her tell us in her own time.
Isn't laura like 16 or 17? How the fuck does she have a 6 year old kid?
>>39159885I was wonder was there something I missed about the king and queen or some info throw in for this question to be even consider
>>39159843Laura's guardian knocked her up when she was 12 or so. Fuck that guy.
>>39159943Well the king and queen never liked selene and both didn't have blonde hair Laura was sick around the time Selene was born and her guardian left "Suddenly" When Laura said he was her first love I knew it but wouldn't have chosen "does selene know who her parents are?" when the princess is tryin to work out her feelings, admitted she'd tell us later and we're lying wounded.
>>39160019I used to feel neutral towards laura but now I don't like her at all
>>39160019It was small potatoes man...but anon just had to push even though there were and still are bigger fish to fry.
You grab your cane from beside you and use it to help you stand up. Then you hobble over to where Marcellus is.Damn, ow, fuck, damn… each step sends new jolts of pain up her leg, even with the aid of the cane it’s rough going. The cane was supposed to be a classy thing, when you put it together you had images of yourself strutting down the street giving it the occasional twirl.This is just about as far flung from that as you can get… hopefully it’s not permanent.“Hey Marcellus. Eleanor said you wanted to see me.” You say.“Yes, come here. I wanted to swap your bandages so you don’t get an infection.” He says.You sit down in front of Marcellus and he gets to work.>Talk about->[ ] Laura>[ ] Where he learned to do this>[ ] Other
>>39160048I liked her but was kinda pissed for getting shot in the back (then I left the thread at like 3 cause i needed sleep) and when I got to the archive saw that the situation could be salvaged but the anons have totally fucked that up.
>>39160084>Where he learned to do this
>>39160084>[ ] Lauraaka worst girl
>>39160084>[ ] Where he learned to do this
>>39160084>[ ] Laura
>>39160048She was a young girl put in a bad position by her apparent lover, parents who would likely kill him for what happened, and now lost in a giant mess. Her parents are dead, she's the heir to the throne, her former lover just came out of nowhere and was about to attack her, she might feel something for us, and to top it off her daughter is the point of a plot to take the kingdom. (Maybe?)I think she has the right to be a little upset right now. And then we push the fact that she was Selenes mother when she told us she would reveal it in time.
>>39160145She's got a messed up head if she was willing to shoot Giles to save the guy who's trying to capture her who also got her pregnant when she was like 10 years old
>>39160084> Where he learned to do this
>>39160084>>[ ] Laura
>>3916019312, actually; Selene is 6, and Laura is 19.
>>39160241My point stands.
>>39160260Stockholm syndrom. Sort of.
>>39160193Her family's dead, dude. Even if the guys a prick, why are you expecting sound judgement when everything's so shit?
>>39160241Sorry, 13People rag on the aftermath, but, shit, Giles figuring things out had a lot of support; gotta deal with consequences, like it or not. Regardless, call me crazy, but I think things can be salvaged.
>>39160391>salvagedWe're not really at fault, and I'm sure Laura's aware of that even with all the emotional stress - she just needs an outlet. Just give it time.
>>39160391Dude laura is crazy and could not be more clear about how she likes her old mentor more than giles. I don't get why you still wanna waifu her
>>39160391I'm willing to agree, if the anon with the hate-on for her can just shut up for a while.
>>39160391I agree I don't hate her I understand why she's so pissed but we gotta step lightly.
>>39160456It's like you've never lost a family member dude. A lot's at stake, and that IS Selene's father - so of course she'd fucking flip shit.We just need a sweat session with Laura, so this can all blow over.
Slightly annoyed at the way votes went after I fell asleep last thread, oh well. Time to get stuff done.
>>39160499She's Selenes father who didn't raise her or even see her once in her life
>>39160145 The slut fucking shot us. I hope she gets herself killed.
>>39160499Holy shit you're delusional.
>>39160537That's not really the point I'm trying to make. He's technically family, she was apparently still smitten with him before we got on her good side, and we tried to end him a few days after she lost everything.I'm not happy we got shot, I'm pissed at the bitch, but flat out saying she's crazy is retarded.
Am I really the only one more concerned with selene getting left behind over our getting shot?
>>39160617Of course not. I really just want to forget all this and take her away from this shit, but that's not going to happen soon, if ever.
>>39160617No the only real reason I still want to be in the party is to take care of her.
“Where did you learn to do this anyway?” You ask.“Oh, this? Before I was a duelist, I used to work in the backroom of the arena I got my start in. I’d help with treatment whenever a fighter got injured, keep the weapons sharp, all kinds of stuff.” He says.“Is that where you learned to fight?” You ask.“Yeah. There were all kinds of different fighters who would come and go, most of them were happy to teach me a few tricks. Even if they thought they were just humouring me…” He says.“Why do you say that?” You ask.“Uhh… It’s nothing. Forget that last part.” He says.Marcellus finishes rewrapping your shoulder, and moves on to your leg. “Hmm… I thought this might happen…” He says when he gets it unwrapped.“What’s wrong?” You say.“Lay down, I’m going to have to re-stitch this. I didn’t catch it yesterday, but you seem to have pushed it too far and torn a few out...”You lie down, and gasp as Marcellus begins pulling out your old stitches.Yeah, you need to take your mind off of what’s going on down there…>[ ] Ask how things have been going>[ ] Talk about what you’re going to do now>[ ] Ask him about Salem
>>39160617No, Laura abandoning her daughter just further proves what a shitty person she is.
>>39160617Some anons will defend or ignore any shitty thing laura does anon
>>39160646>[ ] Talk about what you’re going to do now
>>39160646>[ ] Ask him about Salem
>>39160646> Ask how things have been goingnews from the palace? any word about our sister?
>>39160646>[ ] Ask how things have been goingAnd ask how they got separated from selene
>>39160661I liked her, but anybody that still does at this point is delslusional.
>>39160537Still, a girl that young (Laura), with an admiration for her mentor, views the 'relationship' with rose-colored glasses. Intimacy and sex is something you do with some one you LOVE, is what goes through her head; no middle ground for a bright-eyed, innocent girl. When he skips out, she doesn't fully understand. It is kind of like Stockholm Syndrome, as it kept her from truly growing up, emotionally. THIS is wall that MUST be torn down.
>>39160646>[ ] Talk about what you’re going to do nowthe most important thing right now
>>39160661You know people make mistakes, right?Character development is a thing.
>>39160697>wanting to fix your shit waifuWe are playing as a Master Thief, not a fucking psychiatrist.
>>39160760And yet anon's still vote for waifu options.
>>39160646>>[ ] Talk about what you’re going to do now
>>39160751Doing drugs is a mistake, getting into a car accident is a mistake. Shooting a friend and abandoning your daughter to what might be her death is not a "mistake".
>>39160782This is a waifu quest anon. Accept it.
>>39160760While I agree with what >>39160697 is saying You have a VERY valid point.
>>39160697Lol I know I'm not gonna vote to "tear down that wall"
>>39160814I don't want to; it was so nice when being a thief meant showing Selene the basics, stealing shit, and being awesome.
>>39160782Giles is capable of romance like a normal person, but the anons that want to help "fix" Laura are retarded.
>>39160820It's not even about waifuing her, that shit's baggage she should not have to carry for the rest of her life. It doesn't affect us alone.
>>39160845I know right? Let's just go back to that it was fun.
>>39160646>[ ] Talk about what you’re going to do now>>39160751there is mistake, and there is fuck up and there is abandon ship and shooting at us means abandon ship,>>39160760Fucking this >>39160877right now she one big baggage that will get us all killed, it like to fucking movie where the problem can be solve very easily but due to some emotional BS of one of the cast we have to drag this shit longer that it need to be
>>39160806First part could have been accidental, not entirely convinced one way or another.Second part we don't even know that's how it happened. We have a third or fourth hand report from the people who brought her in.Eh, I just usually give people the benefit of the doubt.
>>39160881>>39160877>>39160855>>39160845>>39160841I know right. We should just kill Laura and blame it on Rodrick, then sell out Selene and go back to stealing shit.
>>39160949Uh, that's pretty fucking extreme. I'm all for taking Selene, but I'd prefer other's not die in the process.
>>39160949Nah, Selene is cool she's our apprentice.
>>39160881Unfortunately, this stopped being 'Puckish Rogue Quest' when we stumbled upon a murdered King and Queen, and saved a girl from being beheaded. Things are darker now, but our skills, and experience, as a thief can now contribute to helping a party of people trying to survive/fight tyranny. I can dig the escalation.
>>39160949We're not gonna kill laura but we're not gonna waifu her either
>>39161010as of now we are being too emotional as a professional and the next time someone stop us from killing an attacker/evil dude for some emotional BS, that person is going to be a cripple
>>39161036Speak for yourself, dude.Why is waifuing anyone even necessary?
>>39160991>>39161009No, we need to get her out of the way if we're ever going to go back to being a master thief.
>>39161090I didn't say it was.
>>39161104>being this autistic Go back to shitposting how Laura did nothing wrong please.
“So, what’s the plan now?” You ask.Marcellus puts in the first of your new stitches before answering. “From the sounds of it, Dalen wants to test what you told us about Melvitch. We’re going to visit Lord Donnell in the next town up the south road.” He says.“Are you sure that’s a good plan?” You ask.“No, but our fighting force is a bit more sufficient now.” He says, sticking the needle back in.Ow, you hate needles. Hopefully he’s quick about this.“I hope you aren’t actually planning on going in there with everyone.” You say.“Of course not! It’ll be Laura, myself and maybe one other. Tops.” He says.“Any ideas on who that one other might be?” You ask.“Probably Dalen, unless you want to come along.” He says.“I don’t even know where to begin refusing that…” You say.“I thought so. But you’re all done here, just let me wrap this back up and you’re free to go.” He says.Wow, that was quick. “Thanks” You say.“Don’t mention it. This is honestly the least I can do, and… sorry… for not trusting you.” He says.“Apology accepted” You say.>[ ] Go talk to Cedric>[ ] Go see how Eleanor and Selene are doing>[ ] Go see what Dalen and Zen are talking about
>>39161170>[x] Go see how Eleanor and Selene are doing
>>39161170>>[ ] Go talk to Cedric>[ ] Go see how Eleanor and Selene are doing
>>39161170>[ ] Go see how Eleanor and Selene are doing
>>39161170>>[ ] Go see how Eleanor and Selene are doing
>>39161170>ask why she's pretending to be a male
>>39161164Fuck off. When we inevitably get screwed over by that brat, I'm going to jump right in and tell all of you how we should have just dumped the whole thing like a bag of dogshit.You know I'm right.
Wow, the playerbase turned toxic fast. Laura did something incredibly stupid in a moment of extreme physical, mental and emotional stress and then followed it by losing her cool when we let slip that we'd just figured out her ugliest personal secret. That doesn't make her a bad person, it makes her a normal one. Stop overreacting. Also, we really should mention that Roderick specifically hired assassins to abduct and murder Selene.
>>39161239>"Even if they thought they were just humouring me…"Shit. I didn't really care before, but now it's pretty much confirmed.
>>39161266>waaah nobody likes my shitty waifuYou're the toxic part of the fan base. The majority doesn't like her because she shot us intentionally and abandoned her daughter.
>>39161329>Calling a minority the majority.
>>39161239>>39161306well i suppose the reason is that the king and queen didnt want a repeat incident
>>39161306Same, that response made it seem like the time to ask.
>>39161306>>39161239Shit you're right Hell if we can choose this i'll back it.
>>39161170>[ ] Go see how Eleanor and Selene are doing>[ ] Go see what Dalen and Zen are talking aboutactual>>39161239 seem fun>>39161164she a liability >>39161266look I feel horrible for the shit she has been through, but one more backstab and she can go fuck herself. We are taking Selene away to be the next best thief
>>39161365weve already pissed off laura we dont need to make piss off more of the party
>>39161343>no reading comprehension>autismGo away
>>39161266If a guy did those things he would already be dead by a unanimous vote
>>39161266>playerbase turned toxicNah just the waifu fags vs antiwaifu fags bitching about stuff really seems like one or two diehards
>>39161416Smiley, whats your opinion on all the shitflinging over Laura?
>>39161266People are just mad. It'll hopefully blow over eventually.
>>39161464...that's not how /tg/ works in my experience. Folks carry a grudge in these parts.
>>39161329Didn’t say I liked her, just saying she's not the spawn of Satan. Personally I think Melissa has dibs.>>39161371That wasn't a calculated backstab, it was a stupid emotionally-driven mistake. Learn the difference, it might be important. >>39161392This is probably true, but it would still be a stupid decision by the players for the same reason it's a stupid decision now.
>>39161544Too bloody true.
>>39161568Thank god I'm not the only one who has liked Melissa more the entire time
>>39161170>[ ] Go talk to Cedric>>39161170
>>39161568the risk is still there, can we make sure until now and the next time we see What-his-face that we are able to make sure Laura wont have another stupid moment that may lead to our death. Again we have to be professional about this, the risk might be too high and the reward no worth getting. Right now she is unstable and in this line of work unstable is bad
You stand up and give your leg a test. It still hurts, but it doesn’t feel ready to fall off.Gods you hope it doesn’t fall off…Waving goodbye to Marcellus, you head over to where Eleanor is scrubbing Selene’s hair in a metal bowl.“Hold still Selene” She says.Selene continues to struggle.“Hey there.” You say.“Giles, good. If you’re done with Marcellus, could you give me a hand?” She says.“Sure, I guess.” You say, kneeling down next to her with some difficulty. “What do you need me to do?” You ask.“Keep her occupied so I can get this fu-... friggin' dye out” She says.>[ ] Tell her a story>[ ] Teach her a trick>[ ] Other
>>39161707>[ ] Teach her a trick
>>39161707>>[ ] Teach her a trick
>>39161707>Teach her a trick
>>39161707>[ ]Teach her a trick They are for kids, after all.
>>39161678I think that unless that very specific set of circumstances were to repeat itself we should be okay.
>>39161725>>39161739>>39161756>>39161758>>39161764>>39161766>>39161797Well at least we can all agree on this, truly lolis unite all of humanity
>>39161848It's nice to get a break from the shitstorm
>>39161848Selene's the best character.
>>39161848Yes. Loli is justice.
>>39161707>[ ] OtherLeave the kid>>39161848Speak for yourself. We're supposed to be a master thief, not a goddamn babysitter.
>>39161909its time to stop being salty anon
>>39161827I can image us not fixing Laura issue by the next we met What-his-face hence not getting the support we need => death>>39161909she is less likely to hurt us than her sister
>>39161947>fixing Laurajust stop anon
>>39161909Now you're just doing it on purpose.
>>39161968solve/fixed/heal you get what i mean >>39161909you are being an ass
>>39162040I think his point is that he doesn't want to bother helping her.
>>39162040>solve/fixed/healResolve the issues we have with Laura.>>39161848It was nice, for a time.
>>39162083I was responding to the poster who said it should be alright for us to stick with Laura&Co which i say unless we resolve the issue soon, it is going fuck us up so if we are going to ditch laura we have to do it soon
“Alright Selene, I’m going to teach you something.” You say, pulling a silver coin out of your pocket. You aren’t wearing your cloak, because you don’t even want to look at it right now. Chances are that there’s a nice hole in it, and an even nicer bloodstain… You’ve managed to go almost 5 years without so much as scratching that thing, and it took a few days of not being alone for someone to poke a hole in it…You show Selene the coin, and then make it disappear with a simple bit of misdirection.Then you pull the classic ‘it was behind your ear the whole time’ deal, and she laughs and claps.You run her through the steps of the trick, and she listens intently. Like she would somehow mess up the whole thing if she missed a single word.Then you see if she can do it, and she fails the first time. “Hmm, looks like a silver piece might be a bit big for your hands. Here.” You say, pulling out a smaller copper coin.With the smaller coin, she has less trouble. Though she’s a bit clumsy, and her misdirection is a little forced. You’ll call it a work in progress…By the time you’ve finished, Eleanor has gotten most of the black dye out. “That’s all I can do here, the rest isn’t coming out without soap.” She says. “Thank you for your help, Giles. Where did you pick something like that up?” She asks.“Various places. Sleight of hand is useful in more places than you might think.” You say.“Well, it certainly came in handy here.” Eleanor says.“Like this?” Selene says, doing the trick once more.“Wow, that was actually pretty good.” You say, patting her on the head while she smiles happily.>[ ] See if you can mend your cloak>[ ] Talk to Cedric>[ ] Talk to Dalen and Zen
>>39162226>[ ] See if you can mend your cloak
>>39162226>>[ ] Talk to Cedric>[ ] See if you can mend your cloak
>>39162226>Mend that cloak
>>39162184I think I'd prefer not to abandon every single plot thread we have while spitting on our previous characterization.Also, I'd prefer to have meatshields given that we know a number of people want us dead.>>39162226>[x] mend cloak while talking to Cedric
>>39162226>[ ] See if you can mend your cloak>[ ] Talk to Cedric
>>39162226We might not want to look at it, but it's too vital.>>[ ] See if you can mend your cloakSurreptitiously, that is, if it can't be mended without revealing what it can do to anyone except Selene.
>>39162226>[x] mend cloak while talking to Cedric>>39162284When you say it like that it does sound kinda bad. problem is there isnt much drive to help Laura, I mean Giles is a thief do give us something worth sticking around for. Cause in story-wise there is less and less reason for Giles to stick around
>>39162284Thank you. I've seen this kind of thing many times in quests; people talking about 180ing character development because they don't like how things are going.
>>39162464I mean, damn, he abandoned one of his only friends, after getting one of them killed, which filled him with regret. He goes in for 'just another job', and he ends up meeting people, making something akin to friends, again. The fact that he's sticking with people he's growing to care for (especially Selene), without obvious reward, makes me enjoy reading his story. If people disagree, fine. Just my opinion.
“You keep practicing that, I just remembered something I need to do.” You say.Selene nods, and starts to show Eleanor the trick she learned.She’s a fast learner. Maybe next time you’ll teach her something more fun, like rigging a coin flip.You head back to where you were laying last night and grab your cloak and shirt. Both ruined… luckily the shirt was just a basic thing rather than the nice one that Melissa had made for you.You look at the cloak. The bloodstains aren’t coming out anytime soon, and you don’t think you could patch it without making it look cheap. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t fixable…You check around to make sure no one is looking, and you pull out a swath of the same blue fabric, a needle and thread, and a pair of scissors. You cut the blue fabric out around the edges so the embroidery is all that remains attached to the heavier fabric underneath. Then you cut out a replacement from the stuff you pulled out, and get sewing.While you work, Cedric comes over. “I never took you for a ‘needle and thread’ kind of guy” He says.“Are you kidding? I made just about everything I’m wearing, including this.” You say, pointing to the embroidery on the edges of your cloak.“Seriously?” He asks.You nod.“Wow. Why? Eleanor told me that you’re like… rich or something.” He says.“Not rich… but not exactly broke. But yeah, I’m pretty cheap.” You say.>[ ] Ask about his mom>[ ] Ask how he got here>[ ] Other
>>39162715>[x] Ask how he got here
>>39162715>>[ ] Tell him you're sorry for getting Eleanor involved, even accidentally.>>[ ] Ask how he got here
>>39162715>[ ] Ask how he got here
>>39162715>[ ] Ask about his mom>[ ] Ask how he got here
>>39162715>[ ] Ask how he got here>>39162698I just feel there should a bit of skepticism to this new relation, you know the fear of losing friend and a bit of professional habit. Because I refusal to believe as master thief is that easily attach for each infiltration mission
>>39162865It felt to me that this case was more the exception than the rule; he met people that he genuinely liked, and wanted to learn more about. Anyhow, as I said, simply how I view things.
The two of you laugh at your little bit of self-derision.“Cedric… I wanted to apologize again for pulling Eleanor into all of this.” You say after a moment.“Don’t worry about it. She’s safer here than she would’ve been back in Analask.” He says.“What about your mom?” You ask.“Dalen took care of that. She’s staying with a friend of his in the business district. Hopefully she can stay hidden until all of this blows over.” He says.“Come to think of it, how did you guys get here?” You ask.“We were actually sent to find you all and bring you back.” He says. “Roderick sent us and that mage-archer’s crew. But when we found you, they were too rough. One of them got grabby with Eleanor, and I kinda freaked out…” He says.“I think I may have heard that bit.” You say.“Really?” He asks.“Yeah, well… I heard Dalen.” You say.Cedric’s face drops. “Yeah, he wasn’t too impressed by my display. Not the part where I lost it, but the fact that I didn’t ‘feel it enough’…” He says.“So is Dalen your teacher or something?” You ask.“Yeah, he took me on as an apprentice when I was old enough.” He says.You continue chatting with Cedric as you put the finishing touches on your cloak and hold it up to get a good look. It isn’t perfect, but it’ll do as long as no one looks too closely… Now that you cloak is dealt with…>[ ] See if everyone is ready to go.>[ ] Try and talk to Laura, you’ve put it off long enough.>[ ] Other
>>39163312>[ ] See if everyone is ready to go.
>>39163312>[ ] See if everyone is ready to go.Too soon to bother with Laura.
>>39163312>[ ] Try and talk to Laura, you’ve put it off long enough.The dirty laundry needs to be aired.
>>39163312>See if everyone is ready to go.
>>39163312>[ ] See if everyone is ready to go.While we're on the road>[ ] Try and talk to Laura, you’ve put it off long enough.We should at least see if there's a way where we could get along quietly, if not pleasently.
>>39163312>[ ] Try and talk to Laura, you’ve put it off long enough.We should at least apologize for what happened, and try to make amends. Maybe also tell her we understand the crazy situation she's in. Stress is a hell of a thing.
>>39163312>>[ ] Try and talk to Laura, you’ve put it off long enough.
>>39163312>>[ ] See if everyone is ready to go.I support walking with Selene.
>>39163312You know, I'm alright dealing with Laura. We have to be the mature one, right now, and nip this in the bud.
>>39163510Good way to put it. Agreed.
>>39163312>>[ ] Try and talk to Laura, you’ve put it off long enough.At the very least reset to a neutral standing. We're not two-way 'friends' anymore, but we are party members and thus support each other.
“Alright Cedric, you should get ready to go. I’d rather not stay here for too long.” You say.“Gotcha” He says.You stand back up as he walks off. You look forward to the day when you can do this painlessly…You’re going to go around telling everyone else to pack up as well, when you notice someone…“Hey Cedric, you mind passing that along?” You ask him.Cedric holds out a thumbs-up. You think that means yes…You walk over to where Laura is sitting. In her hand is an arrow, it looks like she’s working on her enchantments for the day.And failing… an orange glow comes up in the arrow, but it quickly fades. You can sense that none of the arrows she has have new enchantments on them, just remnants of what she had from yesterday.You take a deep breath.>How are we going about this?
>>39163709>"You're forcing it."As above>>39163510Try and at least let her know we hold no ill will for her, and we understand how tough her situation must be. Maybe try to lighten the mood if at all possible.
>>39163775I like it, dramatic echo.>Supporting with all the feels
>>39163775This is good
>>39163925Just to smooth over tensions if nothing else. There's something to be said for group cohesion.
>>39163925For guessing something she wanted to tell us later, I think.
>>39163775You have my Axe.That means I vote for this, if any who don't get the reference.
>>39163925We forced a subject that she may not even be mentally capable of confronting right now. It's a bad time to have tension between two of the main characters in the little adventure.
>>39163925idk anon, she wouldn't even admit she shot us deliberately
You crouch down in front of her, stifling a grunt. “You’re forcing it” You say.Laura’s shoulders tense, but she doesn’t open her eyes. “What do you want Giles.” She says. You can definitely hear the anger in her voice.You sigh. “Look… I wanted to-““Save it.” She says, standing up and putting her arrow away. “I don’t need your apologies, I don’t need your forgiveness, and I certainly don’t need your pity.”You say nothing.“Once we get to Harth, you’ll be compensated for your damages. After that we’re through, understand?” She says.“No.” You say.“No? What do you mean no? What do you not get about that?”“I’m not in this for ‘compensation’, Laura” You say.“Then why are you here?” She asks.That’s… a good question…>Why ARE you here?
>>39164255Apparently someone needs to take care of Selene.
>>39164255>For Selene, because unlike some people I won't leave her for dead.
>>39164255Selene and because Marrissa would kill me if i left you guys to die.
>>39164255>I'm here because I made the mistake of making friends on the job. I should have been gone as soon as this whole thing went to hell, but I'm not. I'm here because I care.
>>39164255>>"Selene, because it's apparent she needs someone to take care of her. Why the hell are you so angry with me?"
>>39164329Aye.Also, the fact that you guys are the first friends I've made in about 5 years... Considering my track record, I'd rather not lose anyone, if I can help it.
>>39164353>>39164366Both of these.
>>39164374i like this.
>>39164353I like it,
>>39164353>suggesting we're a thiefPlease stop. If they find out we are a thief and that the crown is missing it will end badly.
>>39164255>>SeleneBecause if it comes down to it, eventually you're going to have to choose whether or not you can or can't shoot him.And when that happens, I'm not letting Selene pay the price you're unwilling to accept.
>>39164435Why does that suggest we're a thief? We were a temp worker and would be well within our rights to bail when people start dieing.
>>39164435As far as she is concerned, we're just a Battle-Butler.
Idle question. Were it not for Selene, WOULD we have likely just bugged out?
>>39164484Battle-Butler. I like this phrase, I'm stealing it for later use. >>39164495I'd have voted to find our sis and leg it.
>>39164353Gets my vote.
>>39164495Possibly. But Smiley did his job well, and hooked us on friends. This story would be rather different otherwise.
>>39164484>>39164481The "on the job" bit. People try not to make friends if they are going to backstab them.
>>39164550I dunno, I try not to make friends at temp jobs if I know I won't see them again. I'm not good at long distance friendships with people I have little actual personal experience with. It just makes it all the much harder when I leave.
>>39164606Honestly, I'm the same way. If I know I'm not gonna be there for longer than a few months/less than a year, I ain't worried about getting chummy with everyone.
>>39164644>>39164606They are already suspicious of us though.
>>39164778Nah, yeah, we're just saying there's plausible deniability.
>>39164484"Giles. Charmed. I sew, I clean, I entertain children... and take out the trash."Captcha: Maskt4chan knows what's up
“I’m here because I had the gall to make some friends on a temp job whom I would rather not see get killed. That includes your… sister, by the way. Because apparently someone around here needs to actually look after her.” You say.“No… you don’t get to play that card Giles. I’m doing my best, I’ve DONE my best.” She says.“And sometimes the best we have isn’t enough. Do you know what you do then?” You ask. “You rely on others. I’m here to help, Laura.”“I don’t need your help.” She says. “I never should have accepted it in the first place.”“And where would you be then? Still in the city, no doubt. Perhaps you wouldn’t have made it out of the palace at all.” You say. “Why the hell are you so mad, anyways? Is it because of last night?”“It’s because of EVERYTHING! And you… you come out of nowhere and suddenly you’re everybody’s best friend, and Selene’s favourite person, and even I… Just who the hell are you?” She asks.“A friend.” You say. “One of the things that you sorely lack right now.”“No, I have plenty of friends Giles.” She says, turning her back to you. “A friend is a person you can trust.” She laughs. “And what can I honestly say that I know about you for sure?”Having spat your own line back at you, she walks away.>[ ] Stop her>[ ] Let her go
>>39164919>[ ] Let her go
>>39164919>Stop herShe's being stubborn? We gotta be stubborn right back. You don't break a shield by not hitting it.
>>39164919>[ ] Let her goSo she's mad we're helping her daughter? What a cunt.
>>39164919>[ ] Let her goWe've said our part for now. She needs time to cool down and see how things develop.If we stop her now we might just do something stupid, like reveal our true nature. If she didn't trust us before, she would have every reason after.
>>39164919>>[ ] Stop herAnd tell me. If he decides to come back and snatch Selene? Tell me honestly, would you be able to shoot him? Would you shoot him, or would you let him go with Selene?
>>39164971It seems she's more mad at how inadequate she's been on this particular issue. Self-loathing.
>>39164919>>[ ] Stop her
>[X] Stop her>>My name is Giles.I care about Selene.Melissa and I know eachother.I consider the people in this group my friends.I've sacrificed myself to help you escape.(And possibly if others want to add this in.)I figured out some of your secrets so I'll tell you one of mine. I have the crown (Or some other secret. Depends on what people feel like telling her)
>>39165017>YES. THIS.A friend is someone you can trust, right?
>>39164919>[ ] Stop her"You know that I saved your life even though I had no obligation to do so. And that i'd do it again."
>>39165038Stupid tablet formatting issues...
>>39165038I support this. Maybe say Giles isn't our real name
>>39165038>BackingAdding onto the sacrifice myself bit.>Look at me. Take it in. I'd go through ALL OF THIS again, if it meant keeping you all alive.
>>39165038I'll back this.
>>39165167oooo, I like that.
>>39164919Seriously, I think this is hinting that we're gonna have to spill the beans on something, so...>>39165038Backing.
>>39165224>trusting the bitch that shot us with our darkest secret that could easily get us killedwaifufags really are ridiculous sometimes
>>39165278Again, it's not waifu-anything. It's just to keep cohesion. We're in this too deep for a clean break by now, I think. Or at least it'd be difficult. For what it's worth, I'm not that big a fan of Laura anymore. I just don't want Selene dead. I do NOT trust Laura to do right by the girl.
>>39165278And I'm getting the feeling that you're just using that term to justify insulting people and trying to turn the thread into a giant fight.
>>39165278I know.We should have murdered her when we had the chance.
>>39165278>>trusting the bitch that shot us with our darkest secret that could easily get us killedHow would that get us killed? Right now we are travelling with a group that is wanted in the entire kingdom for high treason. Are you afraid she is gonna turn us in to the authorities?
>>39165341You should stop agreeing with yourself.
>>39165038>Melissa and I know eachother.what is the point of saying this
>>39165451That's not me. I don't advocate killing her at all and I don't see how anyone seriously participating in this quest would
>>39165457It's something she knows about us?And that's what she asked about, isn't it?
>>39165473>>39165451Sorry, that was me. I was being a smartass because I assumed you were the guy doing that way back in the start.
>>39165473Ok, sorry, just a bit suspicious atm.I understand that people don't like her, I'm just getting tired of people saying we're only keeping her around as waifu when I don't think many people are. That and the MURDERDEATHKILLHER guy is getting kinda annoying.
>>39165557I suspected as much.
>>39165557...That wasn't you. stop that.I'm >>39165451 and >>39165560
>>39165593Yeah, honestly, I keep forgetting sarcasm translates badly on the internet.>>39165594Yeah, again, I'm >>39165341 and >>39165557. Not >>39165278.Sorry for the confusion.
>>39165038>>39165167Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?Are you stupid? Why do you trust this girl with secrets we have told no-one, even though she rejected every attempt we made at patching things up?Fuck this is so out of character I hope it gets vetod by the OP. Seriously what the fuck? Not to mention people fucking hate demons, why do you think mentioning we are one will gain her trust?
>>39165693This does get a bit confusing here sometimes, doesn't it?
“Laura, that’s not true anymore. You know it isn’t.” You say.She stops. “How do I know it hasn’t all been lies?” She asks.“I never tell lies.” You say, walking up to her and putting a hand on her shoulder. “I just don’t tell the whole truth sometimes.” You say.“And are there any half-truths you’d like to come clean with?” She asks.“A few, yes. I’d say that I’ll tell you eventually, but that would almost sound mocking wouldn’t it?” You say.There is a long pause.“I think I’d be okay with that…” She says. “As long as you promise to tell me everything eventually.” She says.That… is not what you were expecting. “You’re not mad?” You ask.“I want to be… but it feels so stupid. After all you went through for me… after I shot you in the back over something so stupid… I’m treating you like shit for something so petty.” She says.She turns around. “Giles… I think that for now… I can trust you.” She says. “Just don’t tell anyone about last night… Selene knows, but that’s it.”“Alright” You say.She smiles again. “So can you make that promise?”“Which promise?”“Can you promise me that you’ll tell me all about you some day?” She asks.>can you?
>>39165706I said "My name is Giles"That's the name she knows us by. (and our actual name)Nobody voted for telling her that it wasn't.Someone just suggested it (and I have no clue why.)
>>39165719>NoWe don't trust her obviously. She shot us in the back she practically admitted she would do it again.
>>39165719...hell with it.>Yes. Every single thing.Because to be quite frank, if we all get through this shit, she deserves to know.
>>39165719If you can trust me with yours, I dont see why not
>>39165719>"Only if I don't get another arrow for admitting the unsavory bits."Jokingly, of course.
>>39165719>[X] NoFuck this girl with a thousand fucking arrows
>>39165719Someday. Maybe when this is all over, and everyone is safe. Maybe sooner if you so want. But eventually. I promise.
>>39165719>Yeah.It's gonna take a while.
>>39165824>>39165774It's like you guys don't want to get this shit over with.
>>39165719can you promise that you won't shoot me again?
>>39165719>Yes, as long as you're willing to wait...
>>39165780>>39165787>>39165855Why the hell does she deserve to know? Are you just voting reflexively because you want her to be happy? You do realize we will have to reveal our demon status to her? Please think.
>>39165882My logic?90% of the shit we have to hide will probably come out over the course of the story anyway, so it's whatever.
>>39165896Pretty much this. What does it even what?
>>39165861>39165861I do actually I just don''t see why we need the trust of this specific character to spilling all our secrets. We've only known them for like a few days do we trust them that much?
>>39165719>Yesthis is a half lie
>>39165932It's someday, not now. We can tell her years down the line.
>>39165882Because I'm tired of listening to you.You made me vote yes because you didn't want me to vote yes. And you told me that repeatedly until my ears grew numb. Congratulations.
>>39165882It'll probably come out sometime it might as well be on our terms. Besides i'd rather not have her shoot us again.
>>39165926>>39165896Bah fine, whatever the outcome of this vote was never in doubt, /tg/ can never resists request from wafus.
>>39166002Is it bad that i'm kinda glad that this whole thing greatly reduced the chance of gilesxlaura romance?
>>39165977Cute, but I just got to the thread, still now I know you will willfully choose suboptimal options if it gets you a little satisfaction out of pure spite
>>39166002>/tg/ can never resists request from wafus.you keep using that word.
>>39166033Unless you're happy because Giles can remain single and unhindered by waifu bullshit, then the answer is yes.
>>39166074She is being waifu'd though, there's no other reason to go to such extent to seek the trust of such an obviously contrary and untrustworthy character.
>>39166034>choose suboptimal options if it gets you a little satisfaction out of pure spiteThat seems an odd point to make when the satisfaction of spiting Laura is literally the only thing that saying "no" would get us.
>>39166135I'm not waifuing her and still voting for this. I just don't want everything to blow the fuck up.
>>39166135Different anon here, but no it's not really waifuing we just don't want her to betray us in the future. This is insurance.
>>39166135Nah man, now when the plot kills her we have Selene's mother's blessing to take custody and train her.
>>39166163Pretty much this.
>>39166135She can go fuck herself with a rusty rake for all I care, but if making a promise that we can put off indefinitely keeps Selene alive, then may as well make that promise.
Not EVERY polite/nice interaction with a girl is based in waifuing. sometimes it's all about the long game depending on plot
>>39166163I like the way you think anon.
>>39166127I'm not mad, just disappointed that people like you ruin the quest for others out of pure spite.>>39166141Except there's no reason to promise to reveal our secrets to someone we just met. Secrets that we hid from our best friend we grew up together, I mean we just met this person why do we care that much about her opinion
>>39166135She is the second most plot relevant character in the entire party. Like it or not we are not getting rid of her anytime soon. Stretching out any inner party conflict longer than necessary is just a bloody stupid idea.
>>39166232It's all a lie for our own safety, well that's what I assume.
>>39166247Third probably, Giles>Selene>Laura.
>>39166208>>39166163>>39166159If were just making the promise for these reasons its fine, its just that I don't think she warrants this much trust
>>39166232Because of the very specific circumstances we're in. Context is key. We aren't making these decisions in a vacuum.
“I can” You say. “On the condition that when we see that guy again, I don’t get feathered.”“Well, I can’t do anything about his arrows. But I promise that all of mine will be aimed at him.” She says. “How is your shoulder?”“Better. Marcellus really seems to know what he’s doing” You say.“He certainly knows his way around a wound. He patched up a few of mine back on our last adventure too.” She says.Laura hugs you. “I should go pack, and so should you.” She says. Then she releases you and heads off. “Oh right!” She stops and comes back. “Here.” She puts something in your hand.It’s one of your crystal daggers, but it isn’t enchanted…“We went back to see if we could get back into Catisse. It was locked up tight. I managed to find that one, but I couldn’t spot the others. I wanted to re-enchant it for you, but I can’t use Dark Fog.” She says.“You can’t? It’s probably one of the easiest ones I know.” You say.“It’s an odd one… certain… mental requirements that I don’t meet.” She says.You both pause, and she heads off.Certain mental requirements? Well yeah, you have to be una-Oh… oh boy. Laura is afraid of the dark. Like mother like daughter you suppose…You chuckle a bit as you head over to where your things are.>[1/2]
>>39166232Bullshit, pal. You're mad because your choice didn't win, despite your bitching at others and your moaning that everyone can't see what a bad idea it is, even going to lengths about waifuing where there is none.Now shut up, the damn votes over.
>>39166268Giles doesn't count since fate literally doesn't know him.
>>39166396Yeah, but without him there's no plot, just a bunch of dead adventurers.
>>39166413and a dead selene
>>39166336I repeat I just got here, and the only reason I care is because I dislike all the trust being shown to a character who obviously distrusts us , a single vote is nothing to get mad over especially since I knew from the beginning what /tg/'s choice would be, still I'll shut up now.
You take a minute to fetch your supply bag from where you left it. Well, that’s what you told everyone else, you really just went off into the woods and pulled it all out of your cloak where no one could see you.You divide the supplies among the able bodies, those being anyone but you and Selene, and the 8 of you head back to the south road.The next town up is called Restoule. Lord Donnell presides there, and it’s with this Lord that Dalen thinks you should meet.You think it’s a terrible idea, but everyone else seems convinced enough to at least try it…The plan seems to have changed since you spoke to Marcellus. Now everyone is going because no one wants to split the party. Despite your protests, this is the plan... It seems that you have a decision to make…>[ ] Keep Selene with you and hang back.>[ ] Take Selene on a sneaking lesson and follow them in secret>[ ] Go with them
>>39166514Clarification please, Smiley:When you say they don't want to split the party, does that INCLUDE us and Selene or just the capable folks?
>>39166514>[ ] Take Selene on a sneaking lesson and follow them in secret
>>39166544You could convince them to let you hang back with her, since you're injured and she's 6But otherwise they want everyone there when they go in.
>>39166514>[ ] Go with themWe need to know everything they can tell us. Especially about this brotherhood of the night or whatever they are. We also need to figure out exactly why Selene of all people is the target of this plot. Does it have something to do with the youngest heir? Is it some relation to her parents? Lots of questions and nobody with an answer.
>>39166514>[ ] Keep Selene with you and hang back.Your'e injured and Selene is the main reason they're after her.
>>39166514>[ ] Take Selene on a sneaking lesson and follow them in secretHonestly, because we don't want to make Selene a target, nor do I want to stay out here, but we DO need intel. We do this right, it's a win-win.
>>39166514>[ ] Keep Selene with you and hang back.
>>39166514>[ ] Take Selene on a sneaking lesson and follow them in secret>>39166597Pretty sure it's because Selene is the chosen one. Which is pretty weird actually since she was fated to die.
Part of me (just part) kinda wishes we could just tell them 'We'll be with you, but out of sight, so that we're less of a potential target.'
>>39166514>[ ] Take Selene on a sneaking lesson and follow them in secretGotta be in position to rescue them when this inevitably goes sour.
>>39166681I would support this option.
>>39166681>>39166710To fool your enemies, first you must fool your friends.
>>39166681>>39166710>>39166727Huh. Maybe I should've suggested it earlier, then.
hope no one's been slacking on their sacrifices to the dice gods...
>>39166755dude,>>39166727is against the idea, not for it.
>>39166780Ohhh. Apologies. ...I do get his logic, though.
>>39166681Why can't we? We have already displayed so many hard to explain talents without actually explaining them that "I am also really good at sneaking" is hardly gonna make that much of a difference.
>>39166804Because if they know we're around, then when things go bad they might accidentally betray that fact, causing us to be captured as well, instead of in position to save them.
You reach the outskirts of the town. The rest of the group goes in, but you stop.“Hey… I think Selene and I should stay here.” You say.They turn back to you. “I thought we agreed not to split up” Cedric says.“We did, but there’s little use in bringing a cripple and a kid. We’ll keep out of sight until you guys are done.” You say.“That sounds good.” Laura says. “Would you like that Selene?”She looks reluctantly from her mother, to you. “Can you stay here too?” She asks.“No, sweetie. Promise me you’ll stay with Giles, okay?” She asks.Selene pouts. “Okay…” She says, walking over to you.The rest of the party says their farewells to you, and you find a hiding spot.Once you’re hidden, you take out the crystal dagger that Laura gave back to you and enchant it with Dark Fog. You also do a couple of metal daggers, just in case.“Right then, I suppose that’s enough of a lead.” You say. “Come along.”“But Laura said to stay here…” Selene says.“No, Laura said to stay with me. How am I supposed to give you a sneaking lesson if we stay here?” You ask.Selene’s eyes brighten up, and she nods.“Alright then, let’s get moving” You say.>roll 1d20
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>39166935
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>39166935
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>39166935
Rolled 16 (1d20)Aaaandd...
>>39166958>>39166963>>391669672/3, I'll take it.Captcha: allmeSilly captcha, I didn't roll.
>>39166963Holy shit, she's going to be a god-tier thief.
>>39166776Apparently they didn't.
>>39166963>>39166958We are the best fucking sneakers ever.
>>39166963The birth of Loli-Batman.
>>39167008When one is taught by a god-tier, you tend to have a fast-track to becoming one yourself.
“Alright kiddo, the lesson here is: blending in.”Blending: the art of sneaking without sneaking. Instead of ducking behind corners and hiding from sight, you stand where all can see you and look like you belong there.It’s about being overlooked, as opposed to not being seen at all.Selene takes to this lesson like a champ. Helped along by the fact that her hair still isn’t the bright blond it used to be, and the fact that her teacher is the best, the two of you head towards Lord Donnell’s manor at the centre of town unnoticed.When you reach the manor, it becomes time for proper stealth. You get up the wall with a bit of effort, and with your left hand you help Selene up.You do the same with a low roof on the manor itself, and the two of you canvas the windows to see if you can find anything.Bingo. You find a window overlooking the meeting room, just in time to hear their talk go to shit.“I will not risk the safety of my city for your cause. I’m sorry Princess… Guards!” Lord Donnell says.The guards come out, and a fight ensues. Normally they’d win in this situation, but they’re outnumbered, the crowded room is unfavourable for the two lancers (Cedric and Dalen), and it seems none of them want to kill the guards.So they’re quickly losing this fight.Shit...>[ ] Interrupt now>[ ] Let them be captured and bust them out
>>39167417>[ ] Let them be captured and bust them out
>>39167417>[ ] Let them be captured and bust them outWe're too injured for a fight.
>>39167417>[ ] Let them be captured and bust them out>[ ] And make sure Selene doesn't fuck this up!
>>39167417>>[ ] Let them be captured and bust them outWe wouldn't do well here without causing a shitstorm, and we're still banged up. We need to be slick and quick about this, presuming they're gonna get sent off or possibly executed before too long. Not to mention they might have an ear to the wind and hear how something similar happened in the last place we went.
Selene looks on in horror as her mother and her friends are surrounded. When it looks like she might cry out, you clamp a hand over her mouth.“Shhhh. Not now, kiddo.” You say.“B-but Laura-““-Is going to be fine. They’ll take her and the rest down to the dungeons, and then we’ll interfere. Okay?” You say.“But what if they get hurt like you did?” She asks.“That’s why I’m still watching.” You say, revealing the dagger in your hand. If one of them tries to cause undue injury to them the way the guards in Catisse did to you, you’ll aim for the throat.The fighting dies down as your friends surrender. Good, you were hoping they’d do that rather than resort to bloodshed. You watch carefully as they lead them out of the room.You kind of wish that there was a way to let them know you’re here, but that would defeat the purpose of being here.Now then, how to go about this…>[ ] The sooner the better>[ ] Wait for nightfall, see if you can eavesdrop to get info>[ ] Wait for nightfall, look for good exits
>>39167823>[ ] Wait for nightfall, see if you can eavesdrop to get info
>>39167823>[ ] Wait for nightfall, look for good exits>[ ] Wait for nightfall, see if you can eavesdrop to get info
>>39167823>Wait for nightfall, look for good exits,if we have time left over,>eavesdrop for info,but exits are priority
>>39167823>[ ] Wait for nightfall, see if you can eavesdrop to get infoOne might help lead to the other in this case.
>>39167823>[ ] Wait for nightfall, look for good exits
>>39167823> wait for nightfall, look for good exits And then if we have time, eavesdrop on some guards or something.
>>39167823>[ ] Wait for nightfall, look for good exitsWe need an escape plan
“Alright then Selene, time for lesson 2: planning a heist.” You say.The two of you sneak about the rooftops of the manor. It takes a while for you to map it out, but soon enough you have a mental map of everywhere that you could see from a window.By the time night arrives, you have a pretty good idea of how you’re going to get down to the dungeons and get everyone out.When night falls, you’re ready.You enter through a first floor window, and head through the manor’s hallways to the basement door.Then you feel a chill, and the basement door opens in front of you revealing-“Hello Cassandra.” You say, pushing Selene behind you and backing away from the door. “I didn’t think to expect you so soon.”“Well hello Giles. I was beginning to think you’d forgotten about me. You ran away before I even arrived last time.” She says. “And here I thought we were friends”“I don’t think you and I share the same definition of friends…” you say.“Nonetheless, I was going to speak with the ones down below. But I think I’ve changed my mind, I’ll do it later.” She says, walking past you. "I think I'll go discuss something will Lord Donnell for a while instead.">[ ] What the hell is your game?>[ ] Let her leave.>[ ] Other
>>39168252>Let her leave.I think she is Fate's representative or avatar
>>39168252>>[ ] OtherKill her.
>>39168252>Let her leave
>>39168252>>[ ] Let her leave.She's playing a long game, and probably using us as pawns, but we can't really grill her on it right now.
>>39168252>[ ] What the hell is your game?>>39168281To me it seems like she is the opposite. Wasn't it her who encouraged us to save selene?
>>39168287Given how things have gone with her so far, i'd Say theres no way in hell thats happening right now.
>>39168252>Let her leaveShe'll give us the same cryptic shit.
>>39168252>[ ] Let her leave.
>>39168252>"Are you... like me?">Let her leave, after.
>>39168252>[ ] Let her leave. Not here to fight anyway, we just need to get the others and get out, the faster the better.
In fact, I'm calling it right now; she's endgame or something close to it. We'd get bodybagged in an instant if it came to blows.>>39168344She's insinuated as much before.
>>39168364Insinuated, but I just want to flat out ask.
“You have fun with that.” You say.You get that same chill as Cassandra walks away.“Giles that lady is scary” Selene says.“No kidding” you reply.The two of you sneak down the stairs, and into the dungeon.“Sorry about this guys… again…” You hear Dalen say.“Don’t worry about it Dalen. You came up with it, and we all went along with it… At least we didn’t all get caught.” Marcellus says.“Do you think Giles expected something like this?” Cedric says.“Of course I did. Not only did I expect this, but I vocalized those expectations and was ignored.” You say, hobbling into view.“Giles!” Laura hops up and grabs onto the bars, the shackles on her arms and legs tingling as she does so.“So now I believe I am entitled to say ‘I told you so’. Now come on, we haven’t got much time.” You say.You make quick work of the cell doors, as well as the shackles.“How did you get here so quickly?” Marcellus asks.>[ ] I figured something would happen, so I followed you>[ ] Word spreads fast>[ ] Other
>>39168622>[ ] I figured something would happen, so I followed you
>>39168622>>[ ] I figured something would happen, so I followed you. Call it paranoia, but I think it was justified in this case.
>>39168622>>[ ] I figured something would happen, so I followed you
>>39168622>[ ] I figured something would happen, so I followed youWe waited, Then followed them, which is technically true
So, how would the other's feel about our status as a Devil? I can only imagine Selene taking it well.
>>39168977Chances are literally anyone but Selene would range from extreme distrust up to possibly wanting us killed on the spot. We are not well liked.
>>39168977I think we'd get a thanks for saving Laura and Selene before getting ganged hard.
“I figured something like this would happen, so I went after you.” You say, continuing to work over their shackles.“Why didn’t you just come with us then?” Marcellus asks.“Because then you would’ve had a cripple and a little girl in the middle of that melee being completely useless, when they’re better suited for this type of work. Right Selene?” You say.“Right!” She says.“You brought Selene with you? Why did you bring Selene with you?” Cedric asks.“She was going to be coming in the first place, remember? And I damn well wasn't going to leave her behind. Besides, she's actually pretty good at this.” You say.The last to get their shackles off is Laura. When you go over to get started, Selene grabs everyone’s attention by telling them all about how sneaky she is.“I guess we ended up relying on you again…” Laura says.You finish with her leg shackles and stand up to do her arms. “Don’t sweat it. I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t needed.” You say.Laura looks… odd… for a second. But it passes when you get her shackles off.You smile at her, and turn to leave.Laura grabs your cloak and pulls you back to her, and then she wraps her arms around your neck, closes in, and does something you could not have expected…She kisses you.It’s quick, but it knocks you for a loop.“Thank you for coming back” She says, releasing you and walking back to the rest.None of them seem to have noticed... probably better to keep it that way...“Giles, come on!” Selene says.“Y-yeah… coming…” you say. You still have an escape to pull off…Laura smiles softly at you as you head to the front of the group, and you lead them all up the stairs.>[1/2]
...Bitches be cray, man.
>>39169012I doubt it. The general Giles approval rating in the party seems reasonably high.They wouldn't take to it lightly, but I think at worst they would want us to leave.
>>39169057Devils are really, really hated. Now, our status as the gambler. . .
Im gonna be that one guy who posts just so the amount posters goes to 40.
No Giles, now is not the time to be distracted. Stick to the plan, you can be distracted later.You lead them back along the way you came in, and run into little resistance. One guard. You couldn’t get around him, but he was nice enough to look the other way while you clubbed him.You make it back to the wall, and thankfully it’s you getting the hand up this time.The city is quieter than it was before, thankfully. Only a few night-time types lingering about, most of whom are easily discouraged by a group of 6 armed individuals.You do keep your pace up, though. Donnell might not yet know of your escape, but you’d rather he not find out until you’re well away.“Why is it that any time we’ve gone somewhere, we’ve had to escape?” say out loud, to no one in particular.“Because we’re short on allies, probably” Laura says.That surprised you. You didn’t think anyone was close enough to hear that…What happened to not being distracted?Laura comes up beside you, and does another thing you don’t expect when she grabs your right hand and holds it.You’re not sure how comfortable you are with this…>[ ] "What's up with you?">[ ] Maybe a little space would be nice…>[ ] This is fine.
>>39169057And if they learn or dual status as multiple master thieves and a Devil? Will the lynching happen soon?>>39169160>Ignore it for now; we'll address it after escaping.
>>39169160>[ ] Maybe a little space would be nice…We'll ask about her mood swings later, but right now lets make sure we're in the clear.
>>39169160>[ ] "What's up with you?"
>>39169160>I'm fine with this.Eh. It doesn't hurt us.
>>39169187This is me, essentially said >>39169186.
>>39169160>>[ ] "What's up with you?"
>>39169160>[ ] "What's up with you?"Or >>39169186
>>39169191Yeah, but don't you think it's a little oddball that she's suddenly so amorous again? There's something screwball going on, for certain, but we can bring it up later.
>>39169186Supporting.Also, why am I getting all these captcha's with anything of the things I need to select?
>>39169232Without*I can't type either, it seems.
>>39169151Our case is really, really unusual though. The hatred for devils is less like hunting witches and more like take that retard child out into the woods and do what needs to be done.
I feel like this is actually Cassandra's doing.
>>39169186>And if they learn or dual status as multiple master thieves and a Devil? Will the lynching happen soon?That depends on wether we give Marcellus her trophy back.
>>39169325I think we should, after having our identity revealed, give her the chance to earn it back by doing something convoluted but ultimately helpful to our cause.Or try, before she threatens to skewer Giles and gives in because he's a fucking softie.
>bitch realizes her baby daddy won't support her>immediately attaches to GilesFucking bitch
>>39169408Honestly, it's at the point where, for me, it's almost TOO BIG of a shift in attitude to think she's being messy. I'm starting to wonder if it's not possible that there are other forces at work here. (I mean if she's just being a bitch/crazy, than whatevs, but for now I'm curious about possibilities.)
You study Laura’s face for a moment, but all you see is a smile.This isn’t so bad, you suppose. It reminds you of when you were playing ‘lovers’ back in Catisse.Though it is still weird, this isn’t the time or the place to talk about it. So you simply intertwine your fingers with hers and continue walking.Laura’s smile widens a little, and she walks a bit closer as you do.You reach the outside of the city without any major issue. Fortunately this town is not fortified, so it just kind of ends and shortly thereafter, the forest begins.You look over your shoulder several times to make sure you aren’t being followed, and in the forest you take the lead and head on a very roundabout path to somewhere you can make camp for the night.If anyone notices what you and Laura were doing, they don’t say anything.When it comes time to lay down for the night, you retrieve your bedroll from Dalen and set it out.And Laura puts hers down pretty much right next to yours…“Okay…>[ ] …What’s going on?”>[ ] Just okay.>[ ] Other
>>39169480>[ ] Other"...are you alright? Did anything happen before I got there?"And then we vet whatever she says with the others if possible.
>>39169481>[ ] …What’s going on?”
>>39169505Gah, meant >>39169481
>>39169481>>[ ] …What’s going on?”>>[ ] My heart isn't ready for this>>[ ] Didn't I almost just die>>[ ] What will Selene think?>>[ ] Is she under the affects of some Cassandra magic?
>>39169481>>39169543I like this. Supporting.
>>39169481>[ ] …What’s going on?”>tfw the possibility of ending up with melissa is getting smaller and smaller and there's nothing I can do about it
...Come to think of it, didn't this happen during the escape from the castle? Cassandra showed up, we bounced, Laura started getting touchy feely?
>>39169579Just bide your time, anon. Melissafags will get their time to shine.
>>39169579There's still hope anon.
>>39169593Things were starting to mellow out with Laura before they went in there and then we went in there to safe her (again). So it's not too much of a stretch that this is just her trying to make up for literally stabbing us in the back.Or it's evil Cassandra magic. Frankly I think that anything that happens to us could be evil Cassandra magic.
“… What’s going on?” You ask.Laura stiffens up. “What do you mean?” She asks.“You’re being weird.” You say.“Am I?” She asks.You raise an eyebrow at her.“Sorry… I guess I’m pushing a bit aren’t I…” She says.“A little, but that’s not the point. You hated my guts this morning, and now you’re… doing things. Did something happen to you in that dungeon?” You ask.“No, why?” She asks.You breathe a sigh of relief. When she started acting weird you thought Cassandra might’ve messed with her head…But that still doesn’t explain the sudden change.“So what is going on then?” You ask.“Is it really so weird?” She responds. She looks… guilty. Like she’s somehow wronged you by doing these things.“Yes- well… no… maybe…” You say, stumbling all over yourself.“I just thought that…” She trails off, one arm clutching the other. “… never mind. I’ll sleep somewhere else…” She picks up a corner and drags her bedroll away.You feel like you’ve just kicked a puppy… was she just being honest?Before you can ask her anything about it, Marcellus approaches you to discuss tomorrow’s plan.By the time the two of you finalize anything, everyone is asleep. Apparently you’re on first watch…It’s going to be a long night…
That's all for tonight! I hope you still enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing it!Next thread will be either tomorrow, Wednesday or Thursday, depending on what comes up.I'll stick around for a few minutes in case anyone has questions
>>39169868Bizarre, is she legitimately crazy? Best stay away.
>>39169897She's coming off as less crazy and more clueless how to pursue romance at a gentle pace.
>>39169897I actually am just starting to think she has no-where to go, or no 'home' anymore, so she just is trying to find a way to not be so 'lost' anymore.
>>39169925i guess thats what happens when you get knocked up at 12
>>39169925She hated us this morning though. A more paranoid man could easily see this as an awkward attempt to manipulate us into spilling our secrets.
>>39169897Are you ever going to stop posting that crap?>>39169890So Smiley, where did the fear/disallowance of Devil's originate from? Because as we've seen, everyone knows about them, but I'm not getting from where this notion that all of them are bad originates from.
>>39169925I think she took the acting like a couple and the massages the wrong wayim pissed at the horny anons who voted for all of that
>>39169955Good thing I'm not paranoid, just curious. It reads to me as more social ignorance.
Thanks for running.
>>39169925Strikes me as partially this, and partially her coping with the mess going on. She tried being angry at us and possibly trying to blame us for recent events. But seems to have given up on that, so now it looks like she's latching onto us for support
>>39169897No, she was being crazy yesterday. Today she is just being really awkward about trying to make up for it.>>39169955She was angry at us for a few hours. That hardly qualifies as hating us.
>>39169890In what light does Selene see us at this point?
Really it all points to needing a sit down with her and just letting her say whatever she needs or wants to say. Get it off her chest.
>>39169890so who's more ded sneeky?Us, or Cass?
>>39170020Cass. We have less than zero idea what she's playing at, but it's probably big.
>>39170020I think she's less sneaky, and more in touch with her senses. That's why she usually gets the drop on Giles.
>>39169956The deal is basically that fate is the law. Presences that may be able to break or bend the law are not tolerated.>>39170004She thinks you're the cooooooolest.Best potential new dad who teaches her awesome tricks.>>39170020You.Cassandra doesn't sneak. She just kind of appears.
When is Marcella going to make the not-so-big reveal?
>>39170034She's probably the physical embodiment of fate or something
Who's more socially retarded: Laura or the posters in this thread?
>>39170071Oh lord if that does happen. I want our reaction to just be the flattest 'and?'
>>39169890Thanks for running.>>39170043>Cassandra doesn't sneak. She just kind of appears.That's only not being sneaky in the most technical of senses.
>>39170092I'd prefer "My secret's better."At which point we start pulling all the shit we stole out of our cloak. We finish by putting the crown on our head, turning 360 degrees and moonwalking away.
>>39170152That would be the least responsible but at the same time most hilarious way to handle this. I love it.
>>39170071>MarcellaThat reminds me, how cruel is it of a parent in this world to give their child a gender bent name, like naming their daughter Marcellus.
>>39170264Fuck you; it made a ton of sense until you pointed out that detail. I'm still under the impression Marcellus is a chick.