Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Ben%20HeraldFollow me on Twitter @DeadSpike4tw>"Vampires. No sense of right and wrong."That's what you said when Rachel Alucard dropped into your room and claimed you were her son before telling you that, WHOOPS. you're not really Ben Herald and that Relius Clover is a fucking psycho who's willing to experiment on his former colleagues.As if this shit weren't confusing enough.Oh well. At least you got to play ping-pong with Noel after getting that paperwork done. Though you did have to explain away why all of your clothes carried the heavy scent of rose.It's the next morning.The schedule calls for you to report in at 10 this morning- some sort of an emergency because of the blob.>Wake up normally>Sleep the fuck in, You're not willing to deal with this shit>Get up early. You need to prepare to deal with Relius when he inevitably appears.>Write-In
>>39456336>Get up early. You need to prepare to deal with Relius when he inevitably appears.
>>39456336>Get up early. You need to prepare to deal with Relius when he inevitably appears.>Write-InTalk to Noel and probably think of a plan together if we have time before the meeting
>>39456590>>39456637You wake up at eight-o-clock and promptly get ready for the meeting, shrugging off whatever sleepiness you had by forcing yourself to take a shower and get dressed. Boots on, hat on, everything at least relatively crisp, and deodorant, sadly of the cheap, corner-store variety because you didn't have much time to pack anything.Do you really have any possessions outside of what you're carrying on you?Some people might be panicking at that though, but you're surprisingly calm. You guess you'll have to fix that when you can stop rushing from place to place.As you take your things with you, you ponder the possibility of thinking up a plan with Noel- and maybe Tsubaki. However, it's a little after 8:15, and there's no guarantee that she's up at this hour.Are you sure you want to go wake her up?Someone might get suspicious.>Yes.>Yes, and I should surprise her.>Nah, I need to get something to eat first.>Write-In
>>39456865>Nah, I need to get something to eat first.
>>39456905>>39456968Deciding better of it, you go down to eat, instead.When you enter the lunchroom, you see Newton, nearly dozing off in between his sips of coffee.He slowly becomes more and more clear-minded as he drinks, finally looking up to you when you sit down.“Man of the week, apparently. You keep this up, and you'll be on every magazine from here to Ikaruga.” He rolls his eyes in an almost disbelieving awe. “How do you do it, man? Killing Ragna the Bloodedge, stopping that crazy bastard Terumi while killing Ragna AGAIN, snagging Noel, fighting Jin, and ending that blob thing. It hasn't been more than five days, man.”He puts down the coffee he's drinking.“So? How DO you do it?”>”Sheer dumb luck, mostly.”>”Yeah, I'm pretty sure neither Ragna or Terumi are dead.”>”I have some really good friends.”>”Jin was injured.”>”Wait- hold the phone. 'Snag Noel'?”>Just start eating.>Write-In
>>39457106>”Sheer dumb luck, mostly.”>”Yeah, I'm pretty sure neither Ragna or Terumi are dead.”>”Wait- hold the phone. 'Snag Noel'?”
>>39457106>”I have some really good friends.”>”Wait- hold the phone. 'Snag Noel'?”
>>39457106>>”Sheer dumb luck, mostly.”>”I have some really good friends.”>”Jin was injured.”>”Wait- hold the phone. 'Snag Noel'?”
>>39457134>>39457159>>39457196“Sheer dumb luck, mostly.” You sigh. Then you think about Noel, Newton, and Tsubaki helping you, despite barely knowing you, and a little bit about Rachel's minor assistance. You smile.”I also have some really good friends.”Newton waggles his finger. “I bet you're not talking about me...” He smirks, teasingly.Then something else he said comes to the forefront of your mind. “Hold the phone- 'Snag Noel'?”He laughs. “Oh, come on. Everyone can see the way you two look at each other.”“We... We're...” You huff a bit, embarrassed.“I'm pulling your leg. Anyways, that was a nice trick I saw you pull when getting rid of Ragna the Bloodedge and Hazama- I mean, Terumi.”“Yeah, I don't think they're dead- they have a tendency of not dying. And how do you know about 'Terumi'? It's supposed to be his hidden name or something.”Newton winces. “Yeah, well, when you hear a world-class criminal screaming 'Terumi!' at the top of his lungs when fighting a high-ranking officer you barely know, I figured that was some sort of codename. And Jin?”“Jin was injured.”“Yeah... For all his bravado, he seems to be not-to-bright. Or just plain crazy.” Newton pauses a bit while you eat.“Now... about Noel...”>”None of your damn business.”>”That's up to her.”>”What ABOUT Noel?”>”Wow, look at the time, I need to go.”>”Hey, look, it's Tsubaki. Right behind you.”
>>39457454>”Hey, look, it's Tsubaki. Right behind you.”>”Wow, look at the time, I need to go.”
>>39457493>>39457517A figure hovers over Newton, like the shadow cast by wings of condemnation.You almost burst out laughing as you realize how screwed Newton is. Waiting for a few seconds as he digs himself deeper, you do your best to keep a smile off of your face.Finally, the pinnacle of his mistimed speaking comes to fruition.“I heard she goes...commando. Is that true?”Finishing your cup of orange juice, you point over his head.“Hey, look, it's Tsubaki. Right behind you.”His reaction is priceless. You’re pretty sure a slow-frame video of his expression changing could sell a bestselling book titled, “Fifty Shades of 'Oh, Shit'.”His gaze turns down to the table as Tsubaki sits down next to him.She is not amused, in the slightest, and her glare turns Newton to sweating up a storm.Glaring- she seems to do a lot of it, and she's become extremely good.You stand up to make sure it's not turned on you. ”Wow, look at the time, I need to go.” Tsubaki gives you a very forced smile as you leave. “I will see you later, Ben. Right now, however, I need to teach Warrant Officer Newton what and what is not proper discussion material in public.”He looks up at you, pleadingly, but you shrug your shoulders.He dug this hole himself, now he digs himself out.You’re actually kind of surprised the cafeteria doesn't explode when you step outside of it.Now, with Tsubaki distracted...>Go visit Noel.>Go think up a plan on your own.>Reconsider what you know.>Wander a bit.>Write-In
>>39457802>>Go visit Noel.
>>39457802>Go visit Noel.
>>39457842>>39457916You decide to visit Noel, your pace increasing as you consider the level of reprimanding Newton is getting.Hurrying, you make it to Noel's door by 8:48 AM.Still pretty early.You're not hearing any sound from inside, and you figure she's still asleep.Knocking, you hear a little fumbling and murmuring before silence, again.Knocking harder doesn't elicit any result at all, even when you do it several times.>Give it up>Try to enter>Go get Tsubaki>(Roll 2d6)>>Knock harder >>”Noel, we need to be ready for a meeting soon!” >>Use your Ars Magus to create an alarm to wake her up.
>>39457966>>”Noel, we need to be ready for a meeting soon!”>>Use your Ars Magus to create an alarm to wake her up.
Rolled 6, 2, 4, 4 = 16 (4d6)>>39457966>>”Noel, we need to be ready for a meeting soon!” failing that>>Use your Ars Magus to create an alarm to wake her up.
>>39457990need to roll for each of those anon. 2d6 per
Rolled 1, 4 = 5 (2d6)>>39457990
Rolled 1, 6, 2, 6 = 15 (4d6)>>39457990>>39458092Didn't read that part
>>39457990>>39458007>>39458092>>39458101>>39458132You sigh.>”Noel, we need to be ready for a meeting soon!” (SUCCESS)You hear shuffling and a mewl from inside, as usual, as she (from the sound of it) literally rolls out of bed.“I'll be out in a minute...” She grumbles.When she steps outside, her hair is ruffled and she's not wearing her hat.“It's only nine-o-clock...” she whines.>Use your Ars Magus to create an alarm to wake her up. (SUCCESS)Holding out your hand, she stares at the sigil you create in confusion until a blaring burst of wind and sound exudes from it, startling her and definitely waking her up with a yelp.Shuddering from the surprise, she frowns at you grumpily. “...What was that for?”You bop her on the nose. “You're not wearing your hat. Anmd you were definitely not awake.”“Well, you didn't have to be so mean about it?”“Who's mean? I just woke you up.”After putting her hat on, she steps outside, crossing her arms with a harrumph.You adjust the hat slightly, and she blushes.“So when does the meeting start?” she asks.>”!0-o-clock.”>”You sure you're ready?”>”I actually wanted to talk about a plan.”>”Newton asked about...you and me.”>Write-In
>>39458250>”!0-o-clock.”>”I actually wanted to talk about a plan.”>”Newton asked about...you and me.”
>>39458250>”!0-o-clock.”>”I actually wanted to talk about a plan.”Ducks in a row ahead of time. Plus you still need breakfast.
>>39458262>>39458273”!0-o-clock.”“Oh, okay.” Noel nods. “So...um... We don't need anything special for it, do we?”“Not that I know of. But you need to eat. I actually also wanted to talk about a plan...”“A plan?”Noel looks confused.“I'm not sure if we can trust Colonel Clover, based on how Hazama was acting earlier this week. He seems to be interested in experimenting.. on people.”“People? That- that... can't be. The NOL would never allow it! I mean...”She shudders. “That just seems wrong... to treat people like toys.”Trying to change the subject as you walk, you eventually run out of small chat.Then you recall your recent chat.>He laughs. “Oh, come on. Everyone can see the way you two look at each other.”Now for the moment of truth.”Newton asked about...you and me.”She halts, suddenly. “What about?”She looks at you, and her eyes become a bit wider, almost as if she knows what you're talking about but is waiting for you to break the ice.>(Chicken Out)>”he was wondering if I was your subordinate or superior in military rank now.” (Lie)>”I was wondering what our relationship was, exactly.”>”Do you... want to date after this is all over?”>Write-In
>>39458537>>”Do you... want to date after this is all over?”>He also asked some off color questions I refused to answer because I didn't no and if I did I still wouldn't say. He did in with Tsubaki behind him.
>>39458537>”Do you... want to date after this is all over?”
>>39458537>”Do you... want to date after this is all over?”>Write-InAnd I am still looking forward to hearing some of your poems
>>39458577>>39458585>>39458641”Do you... want to date after this is all over?”Well, the ball's in her court now.A few seconds pass, before a light shines in Noel's eyes.“I mean... I guess?” She's holding back a bit of excitement. “I.. I've never dated before, but... sure!”You seem to have gotten a positive response. “I'm still looking forward to those poems.”“Sure! I'll... show you some more of my poems, later.” She's beaming. “But...Um, the plan?”“Right. The plan.” You snap your fingers. “By the way, Newton asked some really off-color questions- which I refused to answer. Tsubaki is grilling him now for it.”“Ow... I hope he's alright.”“He'll be fine.”You two walk for a second.“Mostly fine.”“Yeah, I mean, what's the worst she can do to him?”You laugh nervously together, before you wave your hands to motion to stop.“But seriously, the plan.”What's your plan?>Write-In
>>39458793>Write-InUhh shit, the plan. The plan is... fuck, gather allies and close confidants? people to back us up when shit goes south?
>>39458793Keep Colonel Clover at arm's length, if he digs into our pasts deflect or lie, it's not his business. Get our stories straight about things that he really should not know about.
>>39458793"This might sound weird, but I could have sworn that weird blob was trying to say something at the end before I knocked it down. And he kept shouting "Azure" whenever he switched back to attack me"
“Keep Colonel Clover at arm's length. He's probably going to ask some... personal questions he shouldn't. “You turn a corner.“Our pasts aren't his business, so we probably need to get our stories straight about things that he really should not know about.”“Like... who you are, exactly?” Noel asks tenatively.You nod, the mood darkening “I think I'm supposed to be an orphan of some kind. I don't remember exactly where from, though. I'm going to say that the Ikarugan War took away my memories in some freak accident.”You two continue walking, and you think about that blob monster that attacked.“Also... Call me crazy, but I think that blob was saying something like... 'Azure', whenever he attacked me.”Your brow furrows as you consider the matter. ”It... seemed to be able to talk... We couldn't risk listening to it, because it was trying to attack us.”“The...Azure?” Noel thinks for a second. “I... That sounds familiar, somehow, but I don't know why?”She shakes her head. “I feel like I'm forgetting something.”>”Don't worry about it. We just need to make sure he doesn't try anything funny.”>”I think there was something called the Azure Grimoire. It was supposed to be really powerful.”>”Anyways, do you need anything else?”>Get ready for the event (skip to the event)>Write-In
>>39459112>>”I think there was something called the Azure Grimoire. It was supposed to be really powerful.”Kinda like Terumi hit me with something Called a Blazblue, nearly killed me. I was told Ragna had one too.Blue and Azure are the same color, they might be related?
>>39459171>”I think there was something called the Azure Grimoire. It was supposed to be really powerful.”>”Anyways, do you need anything else?”
>>39459171>”I think there was something called the Azure Grimoire. It was supposed to be really powerful.”>”Anyways, do you need anything else?”if not>Get ready for the event (skip to the event)
>>39459197>>39459230>>39459276”I think there was something called the Azure Grimoire. It was supposed to be really powerful.”You close your eyes to think.>In a past that never was, you saw your body consumed by the Azure Grimoire that Terumi possessed.“Ragna is supposed to have one, and so does Terumi.”Noel seems frightened by this.“Those two have them?” She recalls something. “But wait... you said... You were 'like Ragna' in a few ways. Does that mean you have an Azure Grimoire, too?”>"Your final function is to destroy the Azure Grinoire.">"Wait, what?">"You are equipped with a... Let's start with mechanism... housed in your chest that destructively interferes with the Azure Grimoire when it is activated. You would combat Ragna and force him to fight until he deployed his Azure Grinoire. Then, when he did deploy the machine, you would use yours, I would teleport you into the Boundary, and the two of you would be obliterated." You look at your hands. You're not sure, to be honest, and you look at Noel with a face that shows that.She looks down for a second before nodding. “I'll see you after breakfast.”You watch her leave and then draw in a deep breath, bracing yourself for what lies ahead.>Get ready for the EventWriting...
>>39459389When you arrive, you stand next to the commander, nervously pondering the ways to exit before the Colonel appears.Everyone snaps to attention, and your body instinctively does the same.You wonder if this is a result of whatever makes you not-quite-Ben-Herald, but you brush the thought away when Relius starts walking towards your superior.This guy is regal. He walks like some sort of emperor, with a purple cape and everything.You're sure just by looking at him that this guy could pull some major strings if he wanted.“Lieutenant Colonel. I was told that you had possession of a... particular creature?”The Lt. Colonel nods and motions to you with his right hand.“Yes. In fact, Major Herald and Lieutenant Vermillion were the ones that subdued the creature, sir.”Relius looks at you. “Is that so?”Your spine crawls as that mask of his hides his eyes from you.You don't know why, but he looks like he's staring into your soul... like he's invading you.The feeling is unpleasant, like a layer of cold water being run over the skin, moving up and down your body.You struggle to reply under the pressure.>”Yes, sir. Lieutenant Noel was the one that finished it off.” >”Yes, sir.”>Try to throw his gaze off of you somehow (roll 2d6)>Go silent>Write-In
Rolled 1, 5 = 6 (2d6)>>39459463>>”Yes, sir.”>Try to throw his gaze off of you somehow (roll 2d6)
Rolled 6, 5 = 11 (2d6)>>39459463>”Yes, sir.”>Try to throw his gaze off of you somehow (roll 2d6)
>>39459523I really hope we got a best of two on that. Good roll anon.
>>39459483>G>>39459516>>39459523>>39459569“Yes, sir.” You're sweating bullets here. My God, will he stop that already?>Try to throw his gaze off you somehow (FAILURE)You exert your presence as much as you can, but it doesn't work. >QM Note: I decided to pool your dice and compare 4d6. I rolled three sixes and a four. Holy shit.What the hell is this guy?He smirks devilishly. “Interesting. You truly are an excellent representative for the NOL. In fact, I have a proposal.”Oh no. You manage to pull yourself together enough to respond. “Sir?”“I'd like to offer you a position of employment. You see, I happen to have read a few of your profile documents, and I saw that we share the same city of residence. I can make sure that you, and your family, are well taken-care of.”He knows where your family is. He knows where you live.This is getting worse and worse every second.“Well? Will you consider my proposal? At least give it a thought before the night is done. If you accept, I'll be sure to invite you and the Lieutenant over for dinner. ”Every bone in your body is screaming danger, but you're on the spot.With everything you muster, you reply,>”I'll need to give it some thought.”>”I have urgent business with General Mutsuki, but I'll consider your offer afterward.”>”I'd like to politely decline, at least for the moment.”>”Why don't we discuss this over dinner?”>Fuck it, cut and run.>Write-In
>>39459647>I'd like to politely decline>I'm still adjusting to my new station and was enjoying it.
>>39459647>”I'll need to give it some thought.”Thank you for the offer though.
>>39459647>”I'd like to politely decline, at least for the moment.”>>39459702>Write-In"Besides I'm not the main reason why you arrived here and I would hate to delay you even further"
>>39459708backing this. Man can't believe I'm here so late. >4d6 with three sixes and a four.Well nice to see the dice gods are having fun
>>39459702>>39459708>>39459759>>39459760“I-I'd like to politely decline, at least for the moment.”A slight murmur rushes across the ranks, silenced by the Lieutenant-Colonel.You continue, trying to push this weight off of your chest. “I've just accepted this new position, and I'd like some time to ease into it before taking any other offers. I will give your proposal some thought, but I don't want to rush into things.”He nods. “A prudent decision. I expected no less of someone of your calibur. Your actions honor the entire NOL, Major.” He shakes your hand, somewhat forcefully. Timed, prepared. Like a puppet in a play. Like he's acting. “I hope you give my suggestion some thought in the near future.”He turns to go, and you feel relief for a second, but then he turns back, and you nearly throw up. “Ah! Another thing. What part of your reward for the capture do you want to be sent to Mrs. Trish?”“Mrs. Trish? You mean-”“Yes, the orphanage director. She was ecstatic to hear that you had accomplished such great things in such a short time. You ought to pay her a visit, soon.”He smiles, but it's completely fake. He knows he has your ass.“I don't want to keep you- you said you needed to take care of the blob, correct? I don't want to delay you.”He continues to smile. WHY IS HE SMILING.“Of course. But do not fear that you are wasting my time. You are not.”He strides away, and you feel completely defeated. You can barely hold your stance until the small reception. There is fruit and cheese and crackers, but you only eat for show.Relius Clover is chatting it up, and smiling.He probably thinks he's got you cornered.He's probably right.>>>>This is where it ends for the night. Do you have any questions or concerns?I'm free to answer them for a while longer.
>>39460031So who has our ass more Noel or Clover at this point?
>>39460031>FuckThis is gonna be like playing chicken
>>39460031Goddammit Relius.Looks Like we'll have to convince Jin to take Tsubaki and Noel to General Mutsuki while we pretend to be the good little puppet. Of course if Jin continues to be a douche we could write up some orders for Newton to do it and pray. We still have options, for now at least.>>39460071Noel has our heart(maybe), but Relius has us by the balls.
>>39460071Okay, just for that, you can cash in an automatic success on one roll, if everyone agrees on it.Make sure to cite this post if you do.
>>39460149Cool, should we just cite post number or the joke itself?
Oh just keep a laughin' Relius. It's gonna come back and bite you later. Also thanks for runnin'. Sucks I came at the tail end though. A random question I have is this: Whose you're favorite character from the games? Curious is all
>>39460071Also, Relius will not physically rape you.Noel, if she gets the excuse, will make you her husband for real. It's just that she needs more reasons to throw at her parents (especially her father) for why she should bear your children.>>39460204>>39460207The number works, but remind me of the joke.Like:>(>>39460071)>Remember how Noel has our fine ass?>>39460236Chronophantasma made it Ragna, but Bang is a total bro once you get past his bravado.
>>39460261So how much did Relius study us?Also we took down Ragna the Bloodedge twice, we're a fairly nice dude, we're a Major in the NOL, and we get Noel on level most can't cause we're astonishingly similar. Her parents have some damn high standards.
>>39460359Didn't the first take-down happen in another timeline?
>>39460386No I'm pretty sure it was the same one. >>39460261I can understand that. I really enjoy Bang as well
>>39460386Nope, we've only had two timelines so far. The first one Terumi merced our ass hard(which is how we know he has a Blazblue cause he nearly erased us from existence with it) and this one where we mangled the timeline(and Pissed Rachel off) by taking out Ragna.
>>39460359>So how much did Relius study us?He knows you have the counterpoint to the Azure Grimoire., He also knows you're not human, at least not in the ordinary sense of the word.>Her parents have some damn high standards:Rebuttal by Edgar Vermillion (off-the-record)>Took down Ragna the BloodedgeBlind luck or bullshit.>Fairly nice dudeSays you. How do I know you're not acting?>MajorRanks you got through lucky bullshit, and Noel helped you with Arakune>We get Noel...Get out.He needs to warm up to you first.>>39460386Actually, no.The first timeline, you had your ass handed to you by Hazama.I can't find it in the archive for some reason.>>39460423As so.Except Hazama can't erase you, at least not by using the Blazblue. Spoilers.
>>39460455Yeah I can see he's the overprotective Dad to a tee.Also I said nearly, now I'm pretty sure it'd just hurt like a bitch if he Blazblue'd us. Which kinda a massive design oversight on Rachel's part, if we're supposed to be a hard counter to it why did it almost take us out?
>>39460455So Edgar Vermilion has laid down a CHALLENGE? It. Is. On.
>>39460493It's designed to counter Ragna's.Anything powerful enough to counter Terumi's would be instabanned by Takamagahara.I'll tell you this- they need Terumi for something.After that, he's fair game.In fact, the reason why you weren't wiped by Takamagahara in the first place is because they expect you to take out the trash after Terumi expends his usefulness.
>>39460550This is me. Again.
>>39460550So basically, we veer too far out we're getting a hard reboot from Takamargahara.So I take it we're still someone in their zone of accounting and are playing into their hands still? That's not good at all.
>>39460494What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Military Academy, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Sector Seven, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire NOL armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the Hierarchical Cities and your Ars Magus is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the Novus Orbus Librarium and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.
>>39460599Yup.It sucks to be you, despite all appearances.
>>39460619You DO Realize Ben has sound magic right? He can just mute you.>>39460633Damn I totally forgot about those assholes too. I can only hope those seeds of self confidence we help Noel with will actually help when it all goes to shit.
>>39460619Bring it on old man!
>>39460669The stage is set for a different twist of fate than the original Blazblue.>>39460728He probably will, if you meet up with him.Archived!