Arc 2: "THE HUNTERS"Episode 1Previous episodes:>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Kamen%20Rider%20Sengoku%20QuestEpisode 28:>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/40069357/QM Twitter: >@DJ_Sagara_TGRunning time: >10:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST, 9:45 PM - 1:30 AM (break for work inbetween)Quest Synopsis: >A Kamen Rider quest taking place in the world of Gaim, following Makoto Kinushima of Team Raid Wild. Has key differences between this quest and original Gaim, namely the inclusion of a few particular original characters, varieties of Lockseeds, and the presence of Beast Spirits - one of which was granted to Makoto, named the Dragon Jormungandr, and others granted to other characters as deemed appropriate in the story. >As such, the plot has varied from the original enough so that it can be considered its own timeline. With the presence of DragonSlayer Arms, things are going in a new direction in this Arc.>Aims to be faithful to the core of Kamen Rider, but incorporates inspiration and elements from assorted movies, video games and other sources.On the last episode, Makoto recovered after being unconscious for a couple days after the slaying of the first official Kaiju Inves, monikered "Otachi". In her sleep, she encountered a swordsman named Joseph which accused her of wearing the "Slayers" armor incorrectly, being a woman, but was rebuffed quickly. Soon after we awoke, we discovered that another Kaiju Inves destroyed the FPZ and the area around it, taking most of the Armored Riders to subdue and dispatch it.After talking with mom about ideas of what to do, you decide to start researching the Inves themselves, in a bid to outplay the Forest and head off Kaiju Inves before they cause more destruction. You also get in touch with the DJ himself, who after some cajoling works out an early response system for the monster incursions.But he left you with a warning."But beware the blonde swordswoman from the South.">Cont'd
>>40215778Currently you're at the bridge overlooking the destroyed Free Performance Zone, left a mess of concrete debris and rebar. DJ Sagara's still overlooking the FPZ, seemingly invisible to the other onlookers - or perhaps, he's not the point of why they were there.But your purpose here, at least on this bridge, has ended. Right now, you've got other places to be. >Go help the emergency teams with volunteering below>Call up your mates, see if you can't meet up and discuss things>Call other riders to discuss where to go from here>Other (write in)
>>40215972>Call up your mates, see if you can't meet up and discuss thingsKeeping a low profile seems like the best idea right now.
>>40215972>OtherLook up information regarding the Slayers, see if they're something that existed before or search through Helheim for signs of their existance.
>>40215972>Go help the emergency teams with volunteering below
>>40215972>Call up your mates, see if you can't meet up and discuss things'Sup Sagara.
>>40216264>>40216235>>40216212>>40216050Sup y'all.As you walk down the staircase, back to the road below, you pull out your phone and flick through your contacts. Right now, you needed to get in touch with your team right now - even if they didn't have Drivers, and even if the only other person who had any Riding experience was Ryoji, you did need to keep in touch and work on communication.The first person you call, of course, is the aformentioned Birdman himself."Yo, Makoto-chan. What's going on, we haven't heard from you in days!">[Free Response]
>>40216368"You wouldn't believe me if I told you. I overexerted myself fighting an Inves, but that's putting it mildly. I've been recovering ever since. How are you doing?"
>>40216427Sure, I'll support!
>>40216368"Yeah, sorry about that. Don't know if you've been talking with the other teams, but the Midnight Lockseed Race got crashed by the biggest Inves I've ever seen. Wound up doing something overly dramatic with a new Lockseed, killed the thing but majorly overexerted myself. I've been sleeping it off the past few days. What about you, how have you been doing?"
>>40216460>>40216427You idly scratch at your scalp as you respond, with a sigh."Yeah, sorry about that... you probably won't believe me if I told you, though.""That just makes me more suspicious, Mako.""Dunno if you've been talking with the other teams, but the Lockseed Race got fucked up by the biggest Inves we've ever seen - seriously, it puts Deviljho to shame. Wound up doing something overly dramatic with a new lockseed, killed the bastard. But then apparently had overexerted myself in the process. Been sleeping it off. How've you been?""Been back to my job lately, but tryin' to help out around the town when we can. Trying to manage the Beat Riders along with everything's been stressful. Especially with more Inves popping up. At least the police are starting to take it seriously.""What exactly were you expecting the police, of all people, to do? They aren't Riders, right?""Yeah, but they at least can hold off Inves until an actual Rider gets there.""True, true. Hey, uh...">Can we meet up, one-on-one? We haven't hung out in a while.>We probably should get the team together, we have a lot to talk about.>Can we see if we can get the other Riders together? We do need to communicate and coordinate.>Other (Write in)
>>40216598>We probably should get the team together, we have a lot to talk about.
>>40216642>>40216607>>40216892"We probably should get the team together. A lot has changed, and we might need to get up to speed on everything.""Is this, like, stuff that will --""Ryoji-kun, it's about Beat RIding. And the Inves. And everything related. I'll explain more as we meet up.""Understood, I'll see what I can do."=============================The majority of the team - consisting of the aforementioned Hase, plus Honda, Sakai, and you - meet up in the Tiger Cat cafe, as usual. There's a slightly uncomfortable, tense air around the four of you, and for a moment after ordering, the group is quiet.Honda's the one that breaks the silence. "So, what's the situation then, Kinushima? And how come you've been out of the loop for so long?">Respond happily>Respond calmly>Respond angrily>Don't respond>Write in to accompany.
>>40217040>Don't respondThinking: I can't exactly tell them about Jormundgand and the Slayers.
>>40217040>Respond calmly"Things have definitely changed around here. I don't think we need another place like the FPZ being wrecked to acknowledge that. I faced a monstrous Inves, and it took 6 Riders giving all we had to take it down. I've been recovering from that these past few days. I just think we need to be proactive against anything like that happening again. I mean, we have the most experience with Inves in this city. I just need input, and wanted to come to you guys first."
>>40217040>Respond calmly>Write in to accompany."A lot of weird shit went down the past few days, Honda. I'm honestly not even sure where to begin. Most of the story sounds crazy even to me, and I was there for it."And then give a summary of what our week's been like, skipping the parts that sound especially outlandish. Got kidnapped by the Yakuza so they could extort stuff from our mom, only to discover that she's an Armored Rider too. Found a European-styled cathedral in the Forest, still trying to figure out what that's about. And fought the most terrifying Inves we've ever seen, only barely defeated it with a new super-powered Lockseed and five other Riders helping, and now we're worried about how to deal with whatever other super-Inves might be out there.
>>40217124>>40217096You take a breath, trying to collect your thoughts. <Jormungandr and the Slayers are probably not what they need to know, right now. What they need, is the full story prior.>"A lot of weird shit's been going down, and things have been changin. Dunno for the better or worse, Honda-san,. And I know it's crazy for what I'm going to tell, but."You chug through your soda, and begin. You start from the beginning of this crazy ride - the meetup with Shun, being harassed and then kidnapped after your trip to the bar with Ryoji. The flare of anger in his eyes is welcomed, but you still continue - the kidnapping, the revelation of your own mother as an experimental Armored Rider, the Yakuza with their own rip-off Drivers trying to extort Mom for the experimental tech. The team's riveted to your words.Then to the Forest. With the Cathedral - and you make sure to keep vague about it, mentioning that you're still checking it out - and then finally about the Kaiju Inves. Ryoji's eyes sparkle a bit, as you describe the horrifically difficult fight before you were granted the Dragonslayer Lockseed."Wait... Dragonslayer?" echoes the team."Yeah, it was, like, sparkling on a nearby tree. It's super rare, but I dunno much about it. Has a sick-ass weapon that it has, though. It's like the Junkyard Dog mixed with Gambol Shroud and everything, plus an assault rifle--""The what mixed with the what?" Honda questions, arched eyebrow on his stocky face. "She's... I think...dunno?" Ryoji says."Look, it's awesome. But draining. I've been at home, asleep, for the past couple days. I can't do it for too long, it's... eugh. I thought powerups were supposed to be the default mode to work with, but I guess this can't be like the actual Riders.""So, uh, what's the next step then, you think?" Sakai mutters, not looking up from his phone.>Band together to defend the town.>Hunt the Inves first.>Recruit more riders.>Other (write in)
>>40217559>Recruit more riders.We're limited by the fact that we can only be in so many places at once. The tactic of using regular forces to delay the Inves until a Rider arrives can be very easily overwhelmed. We need to get more out there.
>>40217559>Recruit more riders.
>>40217732>>40217656"We need to recruit more Riders," you respond after a moment. "We've only got so many riders, and that means we can only be in so many places at once. The police and JSDF can only do so much to hold off the Inves until we get there, but that can get easily overwhelmed if improperly prepared. We need to get more out there...">As one cohesive force. We need to put teams aside for now, and focus on defending our town.>As competing teams, still. We still have a responsibility to continue the Beat Rider games and keep the public happy and in our good favor.>Other (write in)
>>40218079>As one cohesive force. We need to put teams aside for now, and focus on defending our town.
>>40218079>As one cohesive force. We need to put teams aside for now, and focus on defending our town.>Other (write in)At least when it comes to Armored Riding. Beat Riding we might be able to work something out if we can maintain a separation between the two, get back to the days when it was about the dancing and not Inves games or Rider battles. But it's ultimately a secondary priority, and we'll focus on building unity.
>>40218079As competing teams, still. We still have a responsibility to continue the Beat Rider games and keep the public happy and in our good favor."You might say it's counterproductive for us to still compete but if all the Armored Riders stopped to focus solely on the Inves we'll just make everyone in town scared."
>>40218079>As competing teams, still. We still have a responsibility to continue the Beat Rider games and keep the public happy and in our good favor.
>>40218159>>40218158>>40218116>>40218093I see a tie between the two.
>>40218277Defend the town
>>40218409>>40218116>>40218093"...as one cohesive force. The Beat Riding's gonna have to wait for a while, or at least be put on the backburner.""Wait, what?""Yeah." you reaffirm, scratching at your head. "We can't dance for a city if a city's dead, y'know."The team sighs and nods their collective heads - even Sakai, despite his utter enthrallment by his phone. "So we've gotta get more Riders on the streets now, before the Inves start swarming. I suppose we've got a choice of what to do from here, but this is also probably one of those things where we should consult with the other team--"A voice from the front door."Kinushima."You look up at him, and are momentarily stricken dumb. The bandages across his head, on his hands, and even some underneath the half-unbuttoned shirt he wears so casually well, plus the dark purple bruises all around... the dude's been through hell. He still rests against the doorframe, staring directly at you."We need to talk.">[Free]
>>40218620To the team: "I'll be just outside guys, try coming up with some stuff in the meantime."To Kaito: "I'm glad you're okay, but how bad is everyone else? Did that Inves that wrecked the FPZ do this to you, or the one in the forest"?
>>40218620"Yeah, of course. How are you doing, Kaito? You're looking pretty well, considering."
>>40218749>>40218728You sigh and turn to your team for a moment. "I'll be right back, let me know what y'all come up with, okay?"With that, you stand up from your seat, and walk out to meet the Baron leader. The team seems to pick up in converastion as you leave, but it fades as you lock eyes with Kaito. Together, the two fo you exit outside - muggy, hot, cicada calls echoing across the streets."How are you doing, Kaito?"He shrugs noncommittally, but his left hand's stuck in his coat and has no plans of leaving."You're looking pretty well, considering... glad you're okay, but how bad is everyone else? Did that Inves that wrecked the FPZ do this to you, or the one in the Forest?""You mean Hammerwing instead of Otachi?" he remarks, looking towards the direction of the FPZ. "Both. Someone needed to get the rest of the Riders together to kick the Inves back to where it came.""And what happened?""Hammerwing trashed us. Jonouchi was the one that finished it off, but the fight went on for nearly an hour."There's a tone of... resignation in his speech."And whatever Jonouchi did was lucky. Dunno how, but still. Never look a gift horse, etc."He turns to you, arms still crossed."What's your plan, besides getting more Riders? Chattel off the street can only do so much, and we don't need chattel in order to fight the INves.">Get Ryoji a driver.>Get Yusei a driver.>Publically reveal Mom to be a Rider.>Look into Lau Chang.>Other (write in)
>>40219245>Get Ryoji a driver.It's time.
>>40219245>Get Ryoji a driver.This time he will not be a mook.
>>40219245>>Get Ryoji a driver.>>Get Yusei a driver.>>Look into Lau Chang.ALL OF THESE
>>40219245>Other (write in)Better coordination between us. Learn how to, if not work as a team, at least use each others' strengths effectively. Get in touch with Yggdrasil, see if we can get access to any of their resources in the forest. They have to have some sort of monitoring equipment in there, ideally we'd be able to piggyback off it. Same thing with the police, get some contacts there who'll be able to alert us more quickly about Inves attacks. All in all, maximize how we deploy our resources. Treat this as the war it potentially is, rather than a hunt.
>>40219319>>40219353>>40219379>>40219380"First priority is Ryoji-kun," you say resolutely. "He's already got experience with the Armored Rider armor, and he's been recovering effectively. I think he's the best candidate we've got.""But...""But there's also Yusei. And I've got a good inkling I've got other people who can volunteer. Further, we've got to practice working together, see if we can't get in touch with Yggdrasil and work with them or something. Monitoring equipment, cameras. Also, work with the police, early responder system. Just maximise how we use our resources, cause this is gonna end up being a war, not just a hunt."He looks directly at you, with a little smirk. "Tell me. You've been paying special attention to Ryoji as of late. I get the understanding that he's your team lead, and a compatriot, but...""Are... are you trying to accuse me of favoritism? Now, of all times?""I'm trying to understand what your angle is with him, Kinushima."He... looks a bit offended. Like focusing on Ryoji is making him upset. Specifically, your focus on him.>A purely professional interest - another experienced fighter, nothing more.>He's my friend, and he's been itching to help.>He means a lot to me. I want to see him back in the fight as well.>Other (write in)
>>40219704He's my friend Kaito... he survived the infection so I think he deserves another chance
>>40219704>A purely professional interest - another experienced fighter, nothing more."I thought you were one for recognizing strength or power, or whatever you focus on saying. Or is there another reason why this is annoying /you/?"
>>40219704>He's my friend, and he's been itching to help."I'm sure you'd do the same for Peco or Zack."
>>40219704>Other (write in)"I feel kind of responsible for what happened to him. Yeah, he made the choice to go exploring in the Forest all on his own, but my telling him about the Cracks definitely influenced his decision. I want to make it up to him. Besides, he's tough. He survived Helheim Infection, practically no one does that. We need that kind of determination on our side.""Also, he's sort of host to an ancient spirit that is kin to the ones inhabiting me and my mother. Hard not to feel a bond under those circumstances." Don't actually say that last part.
>>40219860>>40219797>>40219790>>40219751You uncross your arms, but instead of getting huffy, you take a breath and stare him dead-locked in the eyes."I feel responsible for what happened to him. I can't help that he made the choice to go exploring in the forest, but my telling him about the Cracks didn't help much. I want to make it up to him. Besides, he's the proof that we can pull through. He survived the Infection - what more do you need?"He's about to speak, when you can almost smell it on him. He's blushing a bit. "He's my friend, Kaito. And he's strong. I thought you were one for recognizing strength and power. Or is there some other reason why this is annoying you?"You can feel it as soon as the words leave your mouth. Even as he turns away, making to leave, you've got it.>The man's got a crush.>The man's been embarassed by you.>Other (write in)
>>40220215>The man's got a crush.Aim for the Banana route!
>>40220215>The man's got a crush.>The man's been embarassed by you.Both! He's got a crush, and now he's embarrassed himself in front of us. When will Makoto-senpai notice him?
>>40220215>The man's got a crush.ROMANCE ROUTE GOOOOO!
>>40220230>>40220316>>40220413So we're going to make a lot of banana innuendos, right?
>>40220542We'll make Nossan proud, just you wait.
>>40220610You know, I just realized: It's been established that Mako is a fan of Kyoryuger. Of course she's going to like the show about dancing tokusatsu heroes. Why didn't I see that before?
>>40220669Well, with the amount of puns we had going on in the earlier episodes, that doesn't surprise me in the slightest.
>>40220413>>40220316>>40220230As Kaito turns away and, rather hurriedly, strides down the road, you look after him with a smirk on your face.The kid can't be 18 yet. He's headstrong, more annoying most of the time than ANYONE you've come across. Also quite a dick from time to time...But he's got a determination behind him that's frankly inspiring. His personal values, as far as you can tell, are solid. Given enough time, he could be someone worth getting to know.You turn towards the door, and can feel your own cheeks a bit hot. >KAITO ROUTE UNLOCKED>Available routes; Ryoji, Kaito>OOC TIME GO, as I get ready to go to work>Topics for this week:More Kaiju Inves to fightAmerican Armored RidersThat interpol idea from a couple threads ago that I really liked, it sounds like an Avengers initiative thing that would be aweosme with more depthComments/questions/feedback/criticism
>>40220903I don't know why, but I like the idea of using normal Lockseed versions of the New Model Riders for a group of Riders. Lemon, Cherry and Peach Lockseeds, no Energy. We've already got non-Energy Melon and (in this continuity) Dragonfruit, could be neat to see.
So, has anyone seen the magazine scans for Drive's final form? Type Tridoron looks pretty cool. Attack 1,2,3 is kind of a dumb looking Tire Shift, but People Saver and Koujigenba are nice. And the suit design itself is damn stylish.
>>40220903Kaito's 20.>>40221021Tridoron is a great final form.
>>40220973I agree with this. We'll need weapons for them, since they wouldn't be using Sonic Arrows. Maybe:>Palette-swapped Daidaimaru for Lemon>Nunchucks for CherryThen we'll go full Sailor Moon and have a baton-type weapon for Peach
>>40221916This place is a bit too silent for my taste.So, how about that Kaito Route?Do we Husbando him, Hase or will we remain faithful to our current Husbandos, BATTLE AND JUSTICE ?On the topic of using Normal versions of the Energy Lockseeds for any new riders that appear, I think that's a decent idea, but what about other fruits?Anyone got a good idea of what fruits would be cool?
>>40222524I'd prefer husbando-ing Kaito to Hase myself. Obviously we care about both of them, but our friendship with Hase is well established by now, and well forged in battle.
>>40222524Banana husband is the superior husband.
>>40222760>>40222785Anon, pls. The only husbando for a Kamen Rider is JUSTICE!But if Kaito agrees to become the lover, then that's Okay.
All right, everyone's quiet again.Screw it. Let's brainstorm stuff to shout when using the Dragonslayer Arms.Anyone's got a good one? All I can think is things like "Let's Dance!" And "I'll burn you to ashes" for general taunts, "My Blade will Pierce the Heavens! Rider Raid! Time to Bear our Fangs!" For the transformation and "This world of Light has no place for you, creature! Burn to Ashes and Return to the Void!" For when we use a Finisher on a Kaiju Inves.
>>40224386"Could this be a Golgom plot?"
Ok then. So, Kamen Rider Avengers and or Kamen Rider Winds of Destruction groups maybe involved.We also need to get people more legit belts, dare I say the lockseeds we tried to get from the lockseed race are given to our new Kamen Rider Army to ensure they're well armed so to speak.
>>40226270From what I remember Drivers need A-class Lockseeds or better to transform instead of just provide energy to the wearer, and it's not clear how to tell Lockseed quality apart. So we might not be able to use all of them.
>>40226270>dare I say the lockseeds we tried to get from the lockseed race are given to our new Kamen Rider Army to ensure they're well armed so to speak.>our new Kamen Rider Army>Kamen Rider ArmyOh dear Lord I've just imagined Dragonslayer Makoto mounted on that cool Bat Inves, who somehow became a Kaiju, leading a charge of Armored Riders against an army of Inves.
>>40226401YEEESSSSSSSSSS @ Dragonslayer makoto Mounted on that bat invess.
>>40226401That's this continuity's version of the vision of the final battle that the Woman of the Beginning sees.
Also I don't know why but I see the CEO Of Yggdrasill being a mix of Ragyou and Aria from Killer Instinct. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7wZAypppHU
>>40226320Anything better than Sunflower seed makes armor in the driver. Because Pinecone and Acorn were low class lockseeds.
>>40226802I think that quality in this sense isn't linked to the power of the resulting form.
>>40226401What if it was an army of Inves hybrids? Go all Gods Eater on this shit.Need some time to cool off of work before continuing, so i'm here for OOC chat.
>>40227186Yo Sagara-Bro. What's up man
>>40227186Aren't all Inves hybrids, really?
>>40227242Tired and sweaty from work, got ideas for AEFC all of a sudden while I was at work. And I think I know where to go from here, but I probably shouldn't be harkening back to my middle school days by listening to Breaking the Habit.>>40227316Technically true, but something like Husks for Riders was what I was envisioning.
>>40227331I'm not familiar with God Eater. What are Husks like?
>>40227331Nice, been busy IRL Wise as well as trying to get gud.
>>40227378Er, damn. Mixing up ideas.Husks, akin to Mass Effect. But was talking about hybrids a la Lindow, characters that got fused with the Aragami enemies in Gods Eater.
>>40227461So sort of an incomplete fusion, more like a tumor than the complete transformation that Helheim spores usually cause? That could be cool. Scary, but cool.
>>40227560Yeah, pretty much. Think like the Infestation from Warframe, the Flood, or anything like that.
>>40227651that's a bit damned horrifying.
>>40227685No one ever said being a Rider was fun and games. Remember, original continuity.
>>40227734Fair Point. And that reminds me I need to do some research into Greco-Roman Mythos for my potential Kamen Rider Oneshot.All I can say is I have the finisher in my head and it's pretty much Drive's Finisher with Captain America's Shield shenanigans.
>>40227734Hell, even in canon, it's not all fun and games. That's kind of Gaim's theme.
>>40227766Which finisher? That first one where he's bouncing off Tridoron as it drives around the Roidmude so he can kick it multiple times without landing?
>>40227186>Shadow the Hedgehog/Ryuuko mix
>>40227870That's the one but with a shield instead. Also in some cases the shield can be used to augment the finisher or what I'm thinking now It transforms into a Energy Drill ala Faiz's finisher.But enough bout my oneshot. We need to have a gameplan for Makoto.
>>40227920Also. One day we need to have a Rider Izuna Drop.
>>CONTINUING.As Kaito leaves, your solution seems to form up. You've got a lot on your plate right now, but first and foremost - you needed to get Ryoji the Driver.You enter once more and sit down, and (unsurprisingly) most of the team has considered the same thought process - Ryoji should get back in the Rider game. Given how long it's been since he's been in action, and given the raising likelihood of Inves attacks, he was Raid Wild's best candidate.The question now, was how to get him the Driver.>Get one of the bootleg Drivers from Shibata clan.>Try to buy one off of Sid. >Steal one from another Rider team. >Other (write in)
>>40228245>Try to buy one off of Sid. Not going to mess with Shibata clan crap, even if Mako doesn't know they're dangerous she can guess that bootlegs are going to be risky to use. And stealing one isn't going to work if we're trying to foster unity among the Riders. So it's either Sid or ask Yggdrasil directly. Let's try Sid first before we make a deal with the big boys.
>>40228245>>Straight up confront Takatora about it.(Last post with trip on.
>>40228290>>40228287>Try to buy one off of sid. Failing that, confront Takatora about it.>Roll 1d20. Y'all know the rules.
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>40228496
>>40228597I get the feeling we should continue this next week, when there's more chance for more people. Is that fine for everyone, since we have a goal for the start of this new arc?
>>40228749Yeah, I guess. Seems like I'm the only person still in the thread. Kind of disappointing, but it is what it is. See you next week then, Sagara. Thanks for running.
>>40228839It is what it is, mate. Thanks for sticking around, man. Since y'all are damn idea fountains, if y'all think of anything that you'd like to see in the quest, send it to me at @DJ_Sagara_TG. No seriously, I'm pretty receptive of ideas. Even nicely dastardly twists.Plus I like talking to y'all. Thread archived at /suptg/
>>40228945Later, man. Have a nice night.