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Charsheet Maria: pastebin.com/rZP5PnxW (Current as of 2015-03-08, small corrections aside this paste will be cloned, rather than edited, please DON'T bookmark and instead check the most recent thread if you wish to stay current)
Charsheet Helena: http://pastebin.com/Pek8HvDq
Wiki: http://ataleofwitches.wikia.com/wiki/A_Tale_of_Witches_Wiki

Answer collection by based Question Anon
Pt.1 http://pastebin.com/h7TvK9yx
Pt.2 http://pastebin.com/GTp9kcmN

suptg: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=A%20Tale%20Of%20Witches (Not up to date; I just sorta forgot about it after a multitude of downtimes and problems of my own. Sorry about that).
Archive.moe: http://archive.moe/tg/search/subject/A%20Tale%20Of%20Witches/tripcode/%210JnhV%2FMfcY/type/op/order/asc/
Newest write-up: https://medium.com/@ATaleOfWitches/the-path-of-absolution-i-d67de4cf33b0

Contact:
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Quest resumes in next post.
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((Yep, looks like both technology and my mind are cooperating for once. I am deeply sorry for the delay))
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"Truth without guidance is a blade without handle" --Bat

[X] LIMIT BREAK OMEGA -- Twin Whirlwind of Resplendent Care: Hands Intertwined Guiding The Way To A Brighter Future.

I am Maria of House Antioch and, right now, wondering about a very strange offer. For some reason my friend - cause that's what she is - has offered to do my hair and I really have no idea how to deal with that. Especially because she'd like me to do the same and I doubt I can do it.

Right, whatever. This is probably going way wrong, but I can't really just say no now, can I? Besides, it might feel nice. Somewhat. Those hands of hers sure seem skilled at whatever she desires so... but it seems like something way too common for a princess to do. Well whatever. But I also don't want to be in her guilt even more if she does that. What to do what to do. Oh, of course. The idea suddenly seems so obvious. So clear I can almost touch it if I just stick out my head far enough.

I'll just have to return the favor. Ma taught me how to take care of her Pa's hair often enough and after practice some of the other students had to get themselves fixed up too so it's not exactly like I'm completely new to this. Still, it's not like I've ever taken care of a princess, Pa's nicknames for Ma aside.

"Alright!!" Steady and sure. Not too eager but also happy enough to let her know I mean it.

"Are you certain, Lady Maria?" What, did she think I would refuse? Well, I *did* think about it just now. Does that mean she can read my mind? Hmm, probably not, but the idea is a little worrying really.

I just nod and let her direct me into a position facing away from her. Eep, blind spots are scary. Like, in general and especially now. Not that I don't trust her or anything but still, not knowing what's going on behind me is a little upsetting.

(Cont)
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"Relax". Hey, I am rela-- ooor maybe not. I summon the image of an open brazier and stuff all the tension inside, breathing out.

"If you want..."

"Better".

I can feel her tugging lightly at one strand above my neck. Not /hard/, but I still fight the urge to flinch. Stay still, stay still, come on you can do it. You've gone through worse.

"Most excellent". The words, quiet and probably not for me, still make me happy. I did well! At, uh, whatever it was. The pain stops as my friend lets go an instead draws small tingly circles up and down my the space above my ears.

I can't help nut close my eyes and hum quietly and my heart has gotten faster despite what I told it before. Ugh, so annoying. Ah might as well enjoy it... it's okay just relaxing once in a while, right?
(Cont)
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--Meanwhile--

A girl looks onto Another. A girl looks onto itself. A girl looks onto its most trusted and smiles. Curiousity. A girl is curious. A girl has much to learn. A girl has much to remember.

"You's alright?" Another looks at a girl, closing a clasp on a leather band secured around Another's neck. Another always wears one of them. Even last night when Another removed all other clothes. A girl and its most trusted liked feeling Another's beating heart when they went to bed. A girl's heart still beats in the same rhythm. Another seemed surprised at waking up to feel a Girl and it's most trusted so close to Another's body, but just like with everything, Another did not spend much time on questions. This is one more thing a girl and its most trusted like about Another. A girl nods.

"Senra we..." A girl's most trusted begins

"...are quite fine". A girl concludes, inclining its head a little.

"S' good tha hear. Look imma none too used tha 'em lands 'ere so ya betta be stayin' close tha me or Eva, ya hear me?"

Another has turned away again, talking to a girl and it's most trusted while going through a white bag. Clinking can be heard from inside as Another searches through it. A girl and its most trusted look at each other. Another's nature is interesting. Caring yet distant. Quick like the Shantak's wings yet flowing and ever changing like the winds of Celephais itself.

"Right, ready as imma ever gonna be. You two's gonna be alright?"

A girl smiles at Another and its most trusted.

"Yes, Senra. We are ready". Things are good. A girl remembers something, and with a small sigh I take Sora's hand, Thalia safely taking her other. I. Her. Such interesting words.

We have much to learn, and the Senra will teach us.

--End--
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Time ended up stretching like a rubber in the end. Whatever Eriadne did completely made me forget where I was. When her turn came I was little more than a gooey puddle and I'm SURE I shivered pretty badly moving to get her hair into place. Ggh, I've dealt with being shot at better than that. Still, her hair's not in worse shape than before. I hope.

I can still feel myself tingle all over, the memory of Eriadne's touch fresh on my skin. Really, I think we should do that again. It's nice, if a little improper. Right, that's really not how it's supposed to work. If I ask for it again she will think me greedy and if I ask to do it for her she will think I'm expecting something in return.

Aaah, this is complicated but even I know that you can't just ask a girl for something without her wondering what your motive behind it is. So bothersome, but I guess that's how it works? Hmm, right.

"Ey, she's breddy good, eh? From where I was lookin' ya seemed to have a way cozy time~" Liliana catches up to my place a little ahead of the group, those orange eyes - I SWEAR she has hearts in them - looking up at me with that strange mix of relaxed mischief and distracted intensity.

It's *still* hard to really pay attention to those eyes without all kinds of odd word combinations to just kind of pop into my head. That girl just has a way of being *there* that feels good in a way that just sort of doesn't feel good at all. Whiiiich I guess makes no sense, but very little does these days.

"Yes. I mean... no? I mean, yes, she's very good!" Right, WORDS, words are really not my friends at all. Liliana nods, as if whatever I said was somehow the wisest thing she heard all day.

"You trust eh, eh?" I blink, and she just widens those eyes, one eyebrow raised. How do you even answer that? I nod.

"...yes"

"Neat, imma havin' a good feeling bout you two". Hmmm. I guess that's good?

(Cont)
(wat is pacing hurr)
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Oh boy, time for questing again!
>>41186271
>pic
Hnnnnngh
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>>41186318
Not sure if creepy or cute.
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Thankfully we're at our door just then which spares me any more of this strange girl's strange conversation. She's my friend, yes, but she's also a little much once she really gets going. Which is basically ALWAYS if you give her more than a minute. Is everyone in her cult the same? I briefly imagine a room full of Lilianas, all smiling their strange knowing smiles and shudder. No, this definitely is not something one should think about too much. Or at all for that matter. No, I am sure the rest of her kind are all quiet very normal people that don' t constantly ask strange questions all the time someone like me has no good answers for.

I open the door letting Eriadne through, happy to see the others already here.

It seems like Sora is busy playing some sort of game involving a string with the twins, Evangelyne watching the three through half-closed eyes, everyone straightening as we enter. Good, this will be slightly easier to handle than Liliana-talk. And... oh goodness, she's wearing a uniform. Like, a man's uniform, the type you'd see only at parades or something.

Right, best to put that out of my mind. When did I start noticing clothes, anyway? Must be all those witches getting to me. She can wear whatever she likes. Well, almost whatrver she likes, but this isn't so bad. Foreigners are strange so who knows WHAT she could come up with. Seems like she changed her collar too match, too.

"Uh, everyone's ready I hope?" The others nod, Evangelyne catching Helena in a short but very strong hug after the blonde runs towards her. Come to think of it, I never saw her put that flower wreathe back onto her head. That can be excused though, I was not exactly thinking right after we got done back there.
(Cont)
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>>41186354
>"Ey, she's breddy good, eh? From where I was lookin' ya seemed to have a way cozy time~"
Liliana pls
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>>41186395
Creepy cute.
Such is the way of the twins.
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"Good. I was thinking that because we don't know the city yet we should get some weapons an--"

"A'reddy way ahead o' ya". With a twirl that just /has/ to be magic pair of knives spin into Sora's hands, my ears picking up a quiet gasp that sounds quite a bit like Evangelyne. Or would, if I didn't know better; The northener really never seemed to be the kind to be surprised by much.

Though to be honest, the weapons the girl's carrying really *are* quite unusual, making me step closer in curiousity.

"Like 'em?" I nod, looking them over.

One has dull black gleaming edge curved engraved with runes I cannot decipher. Maybe from her come country. Pa used to have a very low opinion on such things because they used to weaken the structure of the blade. "Never trust a person with a weapon prettier than themselves", he used to say. The other is just as ornate, brilliant silvery white inlaid in gold markings that seem like the same language as its, well, twin.

"Retribution n' Judgement". Sora grins, assuming something that looks like the Twin Saints Below The Temple Stance, or something very similar. I rub the scar on my left hand, thinking.

She has the right pose and yet.... well, Florencia is not really a very usual weapon either. Still, somehow the feeling I get from here is more that of a traveling show woman than fighter. On the surface at least. Below however? There's danger. Something that makes me hesitant to just think of her as another showy imposter with nothing underneath. Interesting, she seems to completely have changed the way she feels just from taking out those two blades.

"Well, dea-- Maria, Sora and I were just talking and while she wishes to simply, well, take in the sights, as it were, I would prefer if we had a more structured approach". Evangelyne's voice is... careful. Odd, why would she suddenly change her habits like that?
(Cont)
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>>41186451
Creete?
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Eriadne seems busy fiddling with her pen-knife, only looking at me briefly with an unreadable and expression and a shrug that seems to say "Well, Lady Maria? It's up to you".


I think we
[] Should split up so everyone can do what they had in mind.
[] Let's all stay together. It might mean we can do less things buuuuuut it might be safer. Hey, don't look at me like that.
[] Hmmm. Let someone else decide that.

I feel my gaze drawn to the my bags and the case.

[] Get armed with my main weapon. It might be a bit... much, though. Not sure I want to show off so much just now.
[] Hmm. I have some smaller knives too. Not as overt and they would help me move faster. I'm not *great* with knives but... I'm not *great* with anything, really.
[] Eeeh, might as well not bother. It's a city and if what I heard yesterday is true it's got a wall and should have enough Guard to protect us.

By the way
[] I should bring up Sora's weird uniform thing. This will only attract attention, and attention is really never a good thing unless you need it.
[] Eh, never mind. It's her issue, really. Besides, that might take more time.
(Done)
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>>41186465
I'm surprised, those weapons seem very chuu2 for a character as down-to-earth as Sora.

Sasuga Hex.
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>>41186465
>"Never trust a person with a weapon prettier than themselves",
But Sora is totally pretty.
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>>41186492
>[] Hmmm. Let someone else decide that.
>[] Hmm. I have some smaller knives too. Not as overt and they would help me move faster. I'm not *great* with knives but... I'm not *great* with anything, really.
>[] Eh, never mind. It's her issue, really. Besides, that might take more time.
Maria is CLEARLY too self-conscious to bring up the uniform, what if that's a faux pas or she was already told about it and forgot!?
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>>41186526
Well anon, she's no Eriadne, you know?
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>>41186492
>[x] Hmmm. Let someone else decide that.
>[x] Get armed with my main weapon. It might be a bit... much, though. Not sure I want to show off so much just now.
>[x] Eh, never mind. It's her issue, really. Besides, that might take more time.
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>>41186424
>"Neat, imma havin' a good feeling bout you two". Hmmm. I guess that's good?
She can't help it anon.
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>>41186492
>[] Let's all stay together. It might mean we can do less things buuuuuut it might be safer. Hey, don't look at me like that.
>[] Hmm. I have some smaller knives too. Not as overt and they would help me move faster. I'm not *great* with knives but... I'm not *great* with anything, really.
>[] I should bring up Sora's weird uniform thing. This will only attract attention, and attention is really never a good thing unless you need it.

>painstakingly copy paste on phone
>accidentally hit back somehow
>have to do it again
Reeee
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>>41186594
>>41186424
Literally the god of shipping.
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>>41186492
[] Let's all stay together. It might mean we can do less things buuuuuut it might be safer. Hey, don't look at me like that.
[] Get armed with my main weapon. It might be a bit... much, though. Not sure I want to show off so much just now.
[] I should bring up Sora's weird uniform thing. This will only attract attention, and attention is really never a good thing unless you need it.
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>>41186492
Hope you've had an adequate week, Hex!
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>>41186492
>[] Let's all stay together. It might mean we can do less things buuuuuut it might be safer. Hey, don't look at me like that.
>[] Hmm. I have some smaller knives too. Not as overt and they would help me move faster. I'm not *great* with knives but... I'm not *great* with anything, really.
>[] Eh, never mind. It's her issue, really. Besides, that might take more time.
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>>41186643
Truly the best god.
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>>41186773
I mean, it's certainly fun for now, but it's always gonna look most fun when the two people involved are into each-other AND have a chance of making it work. I'm sure being the god of shipping can be tough on you too!
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>>41186465
>pic filename
that's hot as hell but dear god woman use a sheath

Maria has much to teach her dragon
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>>41186806
Life must be painful for his clerics when he's in a crack ship mood.

>>41186859
Like stopping her from wearing leather slut gear.
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>>41186884
>Like stopping her from wearing leather slut gear.
Only outside of the bedroom for us anon.
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>>41186859
I just think it looks pretty. Sword aside it's nice fashion, especially with dat hairdo.
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Slow vote, guess the yuros have gone to bed.
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Rolled 9, 8 = 17 (2d10)

>>41186492
>[X] Hmmm. Let someone else decide that.
>[X] Get armed with my main weapon. It might be a bit... much, though. Not sure I want to show off so much just now.
>[X] Eh, never mind. It's her issue, really. Besides, that might take more time.
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>>41187024
W-why are you rolling?
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>>41186933
>platform heels
No

>>41186895
Hard leather bondage doesn't really fit their dynamic.
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((Five minutes))
>>41186978
((Can't blame 'em))
>>41186859
((To be fair, those who don't/can't call weaponry usually carry their swords + sheathe in hand when at all possible so this is a little atypical as it is.))
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>>41187070
Platform heels are fine, anon!
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> Yeah, she means well but if the theory is right she was about to commit a serious crime.
Please support Helena in not becoming a criminal!
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>>41187161
I'd really hope not.
She'd get burn at the stake for that kind of shit.
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>>41187161
>>41187188
What is this all about?
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>>41187218
There's a theory that Helena was about to start messing with Maria's head possibly about her feels towards Eriadne last thread but Liliana stopped her. Hence why she seemed a bit mad.
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>>41186492
>[] Let's all stay together. It might mean we can do less things buuuuuut it might be safer. Hey, don't look at me like that.
>[] Hmm. I have some smaller knives too. Not as overt and they would help me move faster. I'm not *great* with knives but... I'm not *great* with anything, really.
>[] Eh, never mind. It's her issue, really. Besides, that might take more time.
>talking about Sore going reverse trap on spooky
>men's uniform
So it's a thing in the North at least, the degenerates.
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>>41187254
Helena would never do such a thing! Hopefully.
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>>41187322
We don't know.
At the moment the idea is that her morality is totally connected to her gods ideals so she thinks she's doing the right thing.
It would explain Liliana's more gentle approach to stopping it. Maximum diplomancer and all.
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>>41187291
>Eva going all dreamy
I have a bad feeling about this.
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((CLOSING, CLOSING, CLOSING))
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>>41187469
Isn't it bedtime soon, Hex?
Don't collapse on us.
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>>41187369
She's not as fucked up as the twins or Maria but she's also not human so her morals probably have shit to do with being a decent person in any regular sense.
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>tfw no filthy 10k word hairbrushing scene
Them luscious locks...those soft hands...
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>>41187547
2lood, hence ftb
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>>41187579
Maybe he'll pastebin it later.
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>>41187579
I GUESS.
I admit if Hex had detailed those scenes the pacing would get even more shot though.
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>>41187624
>>41187618
Write it. Write it Helena's too I am sure that pleasure priestess really went to town on her.
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>>41187692
I wish I could write because I would.
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>>41187692
Where's XS when you need her?
Probably dying sadly, judging by her recent condition, but dammit.
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>>41187369
>>41187254
>>41187188
That's some really evil shit to do to a friend. Or anyone really.
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>>41187902
Well like I said she probably doesn't think it's wrong in any way and she just helping her friend fit Lady Athra's vision.
If it was what happening Liliana will probably keep a close eye on her from now on.
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>>41187902
To be clear this is all speculation, we could talk to Lilliana about why she was angry if we want to find out more
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>>41187956
Well the problem with that is Maria thinks it's her fault and is currently hanging out with British kids and loins. I believe Hex said she doesn't even know the gay is a thing at the moment.
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>>41188015
>Well the problem with that is Maria thinks it's her fault
Then frame it as asking what Maria did wrong so she can correct her mistake
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>>41188062
Yeah makes sense.
It will be interesting to see how Liliana tries to explain it. I assume she'll be pretty vague and just say Helena was doing something she shouldn't ever do.
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Well, sleep time over here. Let's see if I wake up to updates or not! Night Hex!
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>>41188371
We apparently he's been pre-writing stuff for us.
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>>41188408
But there are so many variables in the vote, anon!
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>>41188498
No, write in though. But yeah it's a bit dumb.
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>>41187291
>it's a thing in the North at least
>in the North
Sora isn't from the North.
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>>41188965
Yeah I got the names mixed up in my head.
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>>41189315
You should be more careful anon.
Calling someone a degenerate like that is quite rude.
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I was asleep at the time, but it seems like no one mentioned that Erato's inner monologue was referencing Lovecraft, just in case you thought the twins weren't weird.
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>>41191020
Sorry I was distracted by Sora sleeping naked.
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>>41191020
I'm interested to learn how they refer to the others.
We know they think of Eriadne as death.
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>>41191081
>Sorry I was distracted by Sora sleeping naked.
Except the collar.
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>>41186271
NOT ENOUGH MUSCLE DEFINITION

YOU GREW SOFT GIRL
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>>41195011
Anon please.
Not enough people draw reasonable /fit/ girls.
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>>41191020
>but it seems like no one mentioned that Erato's inner monologue was referencing Lovecraft
Neither did they the other half dozen times the twins referenced Lovecraft.
They come from the city of Celephais, use a spell called Shantak's Whisper and are using the names of greek muses which is never a good sign.
Even XS knows better to adopt them, even though they seem friendly enough.
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>>41195530
The twins are super nice.
Don't decriminate against them because they're creepy.
Maria is a mind altered super soldier for the empire afterall.
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>>41195530
I trust them more than the clerics outside of Liliana.
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Wouldn't Athra have stopped any potential brainwashing attempts?
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>>41196069
Probably not.
She at best doesn't give a shit about homosexuals and at worst despises them.
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So since this is Hex and all are we like married now?
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>>41196229
Anon we married Eriadne in the second thread.
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>>41196260
Wait what?
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>>41186504
>implying it isn't sexy roleplay that totally gets Maria going
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>>41196704
I think it's safe to say that's literally the last thing Sora is doing.
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>>41196711
For some reason I linked the wrong post. I was talking about >>41186859
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>>41196720
Oh well.
I doubt Maria would be turned on by unsafe weapon usage around the person she wants to protect above all else.
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>>41196732
That's the thing, it's so wrong! But so right.
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>>41196741
Please, Eriadne is far too precious.
Maria is nothing but worthless meat however and being hurt means nothing to her. Seriously though pain play is unlikely to be a thing outside of the darkest corners of this world.
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>>41196759
>Seriously though pain play is unlikely to be a thing

See
>>41186292
>can feel her tugging lightly at one strand above my neck. Not /hard/, but I still fight the urge to flinch. Stay still, stay still, come on you can do it. You've gone through worse.
>
>"Most excellent". The words, quiet and probably not for me, still make me happy. I did well! At, uh, whatever it was. The pain stops as my friend lets go an instead draws small tingly circles up and down my the space above my ears.

She just pulled Maria's hair just to see if she'd obey her command to stay absolutely still, anon. Then rewarded her with tingly feels when she obeyed.
Dragons are scary.
Now you know why Mistress Mara could barely walk.
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>>41186465
Right, apologies.

Retribution is curved, Judgement is straight. Sorry for the confusion.

Writing resumes, I thank everyone for their patience.
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>>41198426
Afternoon Hex!
Or is it morning for your schedule? Whichever!
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>>41198426
Dante dumping Mara when?
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>>41198581
She's a good deal so why would he?
>>41198464
Afternoon, yes.
>>41186504
Pfff- Everyone has more than one side!! Please support Sora in finding acceptance among her new peers!
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>>41198691
>good deal
So cold. Are all dragon men sociopaths or something?
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>>41198717
>men
All dragons are. Period.
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>>41198924
Rude. Eri is no sociopath and she doesn't think of Maria as a "deal" to be cancelled at any time.
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>>41199046
We don't actually know how Eri thinks about us but we do know their love is not human-like
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>>41201328
>>41199046
Well we do know that she's facinated by Maria but not much else.
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>>41197185
I'd hate to burst your bubble but she was probably just testing the quality and strength of Maria's hair.
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>>41197185
Oh and she wanted Maria to relax not stay still.
And Mara could walk fine she was just a bit hunched and careful of her back because it would have been quite sore after being bitten.
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>>41199046
She definitely is a sociopath. She is a dragon after all. That doesnt mean she thinks of Maria as such though.
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>>41204112
She probably thinks of Maria as some kind of interesting/precious object.
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>>41205292
>>41204112
>>41201328
This went dark pretty quickly. Not sure if want.
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>>41205429
It's not dark so much as alien.
What they experience and call love is different to a regular human.
It doesn't make it any less important to them though.
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>>41205555
This. Humans are their precious things.
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>>41205593
And that means a lot more than I think people give it credit.
Remember Eriadne's reaction to just remembering biting her maids and hurting her property?
She was almost physically repulsed with herself for committing such a horrible act.
Then apply that same idea to a dragon borns special someone a person they've marked and hold among their most valuable possessions.

And really objectification is a pretty large and widespread thing in AToW land.
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You still awake and alive Hex?
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>>41207746
>awake
Yes.
>alive
Not since I turned fourteen.
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>>41207901
Think you'll be able to post the update in the next hour?
If not see you next thread I guess.
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>>41207901
The little death is just a figure of speech, Hex!
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>>41207954
Should work out.
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>>41207958
>The little death is just a figure of speech, Hex!
[squinting intensifies]
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>>41207966
Well keep an eye on things so it doesn't slip out from under you and do your best!
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>>41208042
I'm wagging my eyebrows up and down, you better believe it!
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>>41208106
>you better believe it!
https://youtu.be/d8xoTBZrzko?t=7s
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>>41204112
This is honestly one of my favorite things about the entire quest. Just seeing how dragons work and think.
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>>41209624
>Just seeing how dragons work and think.
With effectiveness and calculation? Unless they are senior witch bedfellows?
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>>41209664
Actually they're much more instictual and impulsive naturally.
That's why the need to school to "train" it out of them. Like how they literally have witch class.
The drive for ownership and protection is also one of their instincts.
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>>41209723
>mfw "teach men not to rape" might actually be needed for dragons in this universe
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>>41209785
Nah that's not a problem unless they go made after losing all their power like Eriadne.
Most of it is respect for commoners, how to not start wars and kill over trivial shit, how to not abuse power and to understand and behave around witches so they don't get killed.
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>>41209899
I've always found it interesting how dragonborn magic tends to be based on themselves a lot. There is a lot of potential for loads of bizarre magic effects one wouldn't expect from them based on the person.

I keep wondering just how strange their magic can get if the person is really bizarre.

>>41209785
Honestly I would be more worried about one taking an action out of context and triggering an possessive instinct starting a war then that.
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>>41209899
Going mad like Eriadne in rape!TL I should have said.

>>41210506
>There is a lot of potential for loads of bizarre magic effects one wouldn't expect from them based on the person.
Like bloodline and stuff?
I don't remember where that got mentioned.
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>>41210538
>I don't remember where that got mentioned.

I remember it somewhere that their magic is based on refining what is inside of them. So someone with a bizarre mental state would have stranger powers then the more normal ones.
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>>41212275
Makes sence and hold the duality of witches totems I guess.
And it's time to stop bumping. Hex is probably asleep by now.
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So what kind of clothes do you guys want to see for Maria?
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Bump
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>>41215950
I guess it would be pretty depressing for it to die with just the OP.
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>>41216044
'Cause that's never happened before.
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>>41216059
And it was fucking depressing then and Hexes thread rate has turned to shit recently as well.
Waiting 2+ weeks for just an OP every thread is just fucked.
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Back.
>>41198717
...oh my.
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>>41216448
Please do your best to not let us down again Hex!
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>>41217366
Of course he just disappears again afterwards.
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>>41218653
For a namefag stealing a namefags name? No.

Go read the archives, they are short.
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>>41218653
Alright, so the main character is a little girl who attends a boarding school. Like Harry Potter, right?

The twist here is that she actually isn't a little girl at all - at least not mentally - because she has the ability to transfer her soul over to another world, where she was once trapped for a hundred years. Also, when she goes to this world her soul forms armour around itself that takes the form of a robot. Pic related.

So basically a whole load of shit has happened and now we're trying to stop the Smilers (a death cult) from destroying the world, and are currently in a 6v6 fight with some of their best fighters.
Character shit doesn't matter much, just hop in and enjoy the combat! The MC's equipment is all listed on the pastebin at the top, and you can also find short summaries of each thread in the rest of the quest!
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>>41218707
>because she has the ability to transfer her soul over to another world, where she was once trapped for a hundred years.
It's funny because Infernolance indicates this might be true.

Narrator has also said that she used to be a princess of some sort and she seems like one of the few people capable of sensing that Sanya's connection to the Weave is completely artificial.

Personally I think we're the reincarnation of the Mad Sage who founded the Crystal Empire and the Twins are our previous subjects.
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>>41216059
There was a time it died witness an incomplete open iirc.
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>>41218767
>There was a time it died witness an incomplete open iirc.
Stop using phones.
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>>41218747
Nah.
We're on the way to fight the mad sage after we kill his death cult.
Then we can take the fight to the Dravni invaders.
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>>41218707
>>41218781
But to accomplish this we need to kill Eriadne and steal her vampiric powers to improve our own weapons.
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>>41218775
İ can't sit at home all day and wait for hex to update. I can however read it from my phone at work. So, here we are.
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>>41218804
>working
Normie pls.
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>>41218804
I guess it more reliable than me trying to bump in the middle of classes.
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>>41218804
>Having a job
I'm jealous.
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WHEN THE FUCK ARE WE GOING TO MAKE GOLEMS
GOD DAMN
WE'VE HAD ANIMATE AND PERMANENCY FOR THREADS NOW AND YET WE'VE MADE NO FUCKING GOLEMS

PIC RELATED: IT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE OUR GOLEMS LOOK LIKE WHEN WE FINALLY MAKE THEM
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>>41218822
What?
Eva has a golem if your not taking the piss still.
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>>41218822
That seems impractical, anon.
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>>41218838
Look, man. We're going into Elaudia soon. Being able to vomit golems out of our cloak is going to help immensely against whatever horrible fucking creates are in that place.
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>>41218835
>Eva has a golem if your not taking the piss still.
Which is also permanently on fire and named Viktor. You don't fuck with a flaming golem called Viktor so >>41218822 is automatically inferior.
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>>41218857
We'll never come up with anything as good as our friend Fulvia, so why bother?

Let's just focus on maxing our social links before we finish up with the AETHER arc.
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>>41218914
Hopefully our attempts at romancing Marcus goes well so that we can use his army.
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You have spooky for your shitposting, not this thread.
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>>41219104
>You have spooky for your shitposting, not this thread.
Chill, it'll be fine.
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>>41219114
Well at least it caused some discussion.
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Hex = Butface.
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Hex has entered the slow spiral.
An update this thread is getting more unlikely.
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Bed time bump
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>>41209899
>like how they have literally a witch class
>behave around witches so they don't get killed.
Yea talking shit to a witch is bound to go badly.
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>>41224005
yeah having to explain to parent's that their child got killed by a witch because he walked up to her in public and told her "he'd warm her up tonight" is a depressingly stupid thing to have to say.
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>>41225293
>yeah having to explain to parent's that their child got killed by a witch because he walked up to her in public and told her "he'd warm her up tonight" is a depressingly stupid thing to have to say.
Boys will be boys, and even in AToWverse teenage boys are a very special brand of stupid apparently.
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>>41226267
Hence the need for classes that teach them how to not piss off witches. Though it seems they might leave out details on how close bonded pairs are.
Though some will always strive for the crown of stupid and try to rape a witch or something.
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>>41227205
Dante probably didn't pay enough attention in witch class.
He got thrown out a window or it so he's probably learnt by now.
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>>41228687
>He got thrown out a window
Is that a meta thing or am I forgetting something?
>dante
>paying attention
He seems like the typical slacker badboy archetype.
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>>41228713
Meta stuff when Hex was explaining bonded pairs.
It's like two witches becoming as closer or closer than sisters.
Mara's other disappeared off the face of the planet a while ago and she's still cut up about it.
Dante said a bunch fo stuff that was taken as "get over it there are more fish in the sea" so Mara threw him out a window.
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>>41228829
>Dante said a bunch fo stuff that was taken as "get over it there are more fish in the sea" so Mara threw him out a window.
Well that explains the wand to the face at least.
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>>41228829
and then they fugged?
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>>41228905
Yeah it's a touchy subject.
He start getting more personal advice from a teacher afterwards on how to deal with witches.

>>41228913
I believe it was pretty early on in their relaionship.
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>>41228932
Bonded pairs are pretty interesting themselves.
They're this semi-magic/spiritual/witchy thing that forms in around the first month or so of becoming a witch where they just kind of connect with someone really fast.
Ones we've seen so far are Helena and Liliana, combat teacher and sensing teacher, Eva's mum and Silver eyes (I think) with Eriadne and Maria on track to forming one.
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>>41229147
>Eva's mum and Silver eyes (I think)
Oh my. That must have been a bitch to deal with for peasantbutt if it's true.
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>>41229199
Not in that situation I'd say since it would have formed before they even met. The bonded pair forms with every witch and it can range from sister like to lovers (WitchxWitch is only a bonded pair roughly 50% of the time) say the teachers who are largely asexual and it's kind of a life partners thing you know.
Though there is sometimes confusion amongst people who are unfamiliar with witches because of how close they are.
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>>41229199
>>41229252
It's pretty sad how this feels like a conversation between a quest-reader and a non-reader to be honest.
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>>41229293
Well he's toning down meta spoilers a lot lately so it should end up balancing out eventually. Hex was pretty upset when he realized the disconnect.
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>>41229293
It's pretty standard for stuff that's happened in the ask or Tumblr in between threads.
The information always spreads pretty quickly and none of this is important.
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>>41229337
That's a questionable position. Is each individual nugget of information, in isolation, important in and of itself? No, probably not any of them, at the very least not most. But it's all those kinds of small things that come together to enrich a story with interesting and engaging world-building. As it is rather than finding out organically it's just picked up haphazardly from anon conversations that otherwise fly over my head since large amounts of the context required to make sense of it comes from ask/tumblr.
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>>41229457
Well, the higher barrier of entry probably does a good job of keeping out shitheads. You just have to ask about things to be told and the paste bins make it easy to do a quick search.
Plus all this information dumped at once would tank the pacing even more or it's removed leaving the world much less interesting and detailed from our end.
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>>41229457
So you want to discuss the meta stuff but you don't want to read it?
But at the same time you want it in the quest because it makes it more interesting to you?
There's not exactly a rush between updates and it's in a 'relatively' easy to read format now on Tumblr and with the pastebins and answering questions is more interesting than mindless bumping if you want to ask.
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>>41229504
In my mind, a world is made more interesting by what's left unsaid, the secrets and mysteries and open ends, not answers.

At this point it kinda contributes to making me feel cold towards the secondary cast, even ma and pa, because it doesn't feel like they're MY characters, in the sense that they're characters I know and have a connection to, like characters in a story are supposed to. People talking about them doing this and being like that and once this happened to them, they're basically strangers. I didn't read that. I don't know these characters. And reading about it from an off-hand ask-fm comment sans context or whatever doesn't sound any more appealing. After all, nobody would give a shit about the characters (or setting or plot) of *insert your favorite literary work* if it was told in that format, for good reason.
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>>41229575
I understand his grievance and don't think you should dismiss it like that. On the other hand, yea, it's not that important in my humble opinion.
>>41229588
Yea, it's a good point. I personally hope it's going to get fixed soon.
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>>41229588
>In my mind, a world is made more interesting by what's left unsaid, the secrets and mysteries and open ends, not answers.
And in mine it leaves a world where the writer can't be assed filling anything in and hiding it beneath a layer of "mystery".


On the topic of Ma and Pa there is zero chance of them appearing for at least a year in quest.
As a more general thing cramming in all this information is literally impossible anyway.
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>>41229671
Sure, a lot of this might not come up in a year, two years, even ever for some of it. Would ALL of it? The more Hex puts on tumblr now, the less he has to work with for his quest. You don't write a story by throwing all the info out there for anyone to see in tiny scattered bits with no coherence and then piecing it together like a Jigsaw Puzzle (although trying to make a story intended to be told that way could be cool). A lot of the stuff he's answered will DEFINITELY come up sooner, hell, I imagine some of the stuff relating to bonded pairs will for example.

I'm also getting increasingly worried about how well he'll be able to separate what information he's put in the quest and what info he's only given out on ask/tumblr when he's writing.
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>>41229790
That doesn't even make sense. Nothing is stopping him from using any of this information in the quest. He explains anything new ingthe quest in the quest.

Are you sure you're not just look for an excuse to bitch?
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>>41229864
It's about storytelling anon. Knowing bits and pieces beforehand really doesn't make their reveal in-story very interesting. They're also mostly meaningless without story context, not in coherence or meaning but in impact and relevance. I mean, at this point there's little reason to care what Mara and her beau or Ma and Pa did or were like because they're barely characters in any meaningful sense of the word, since we've barely seen them in story context. There's nothing wrong with that at this early point in the story, but they don't become better or more fleshed out characters by telling us random facts about them in one or two sentences. They do by being organically developed through properly written prose, with all the care, context and characterization they need. Without that, the blurbs of information serve little purpose but as potential spoilers, bereft of any charm or appeal at all.

Which would be fine if people would shut the fuck up about them in the fucking quest.
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>>41230108
Maybe this is the wrong "fucking" quest for you then.
The ask has helped a lot in keep intrest and discussion going around Hexer's glacial pace for a long time now.
You can always just ignore the discussion and just read Hex's posts nobody will stop you and if that's too hard literally every other quest doesn't have this element.
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I can see both sides of the argument here, and while there's many a thing to be said about my success I neverthess /do/ wish to find some measure of balance between creating a huge meta and bogging down the quest in exposition.

AToW was a project that surprised me in how much I ended up liking it, and it is therefore at times hard to properly gauge what does or does not make sense to use in a given situation.

In addition there are other issues such as my own speed to contend with, all of which work together to produce a, I must admit, far-below-optimal environment for the story to flourish.

What I ask of you, besides patience with me at achieving the aforementioned balance, is to lay aside your differences if at all possible. I hear you both, and I promise to give it my all to make the best of the current and future situations.

I apologize my actions have lead to the current impasse.
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>>41230183
Or maybe you could have some courtesy and not bring it in here, instead of pretending it's some kinda quest savior.
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>>41230288
How's the update coming Hex?
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>>41230308
So that you can bitch about people discussing the quest in spooky as well?
Fuck off you unpleasable troll.
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>>41230371
>unpleasable
It is at all times our most solemn duty to elevat ourselves and others to the highest standard imaginable" --Sage Elyon, First Inheritor, circa 54 After Founding.

>>41230331
Pretty well. If I cut some fluff I should have it out a little after sunrise.
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>>41230371
I have no interest in bitching anywhere else, but I do appreciate having the temerity to call me a troll for very reasoned and thoroughly explained concerns after you (>>41229864) were the one to start the personal attacks in the first place.

Before leaving for sleep I will though point out enormous leap in logic that is simultaneously claiming the ask.fm is healthy for discussion while also acknowledging it keeps players out and even suggesting that I should stop participating myself and only read Hexer's posts. I'm sure he'll be far better off with someone so eager to turn discussion into a pissing contest.
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>>41230473
Go fuck yourself.
I'm sick of your endless bullshitting over this somehow killing the quest when it's obviously not the case.
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>>41230535
Please. Don't.
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So uh
How about them twins, eh? Eh?
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>>41230795
Pretty cool. But they're no Maria.
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>>41230829
Well, not everyone can be anon. In fact, most people can't.
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>>41230829
Of course. Maria is real after all. Twins barely remember how to think in first person half the time.
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>>41230981
It's part of their charm.
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>>41230981
Rude!
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>>41231011
Truth!
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Bump
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>>41230562
You created this. Are you happy hex?
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>>41234376
Just the inevitable clash between two opposed quest ideals.
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My grandfather once told me mythical stories of a time when a being called Hexer last updated his thread.
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>>41234883
I don't see how "don't talk about the quest in the quest's thread because I don't like it" is an ideal.
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>>41236383
Ah yes, the Long Long Ago Times. Now, we are stuck in the Dark Age of OP Only
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>>41237747
Woah WOAH!
You better not be trying to discuss something there.
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Bump time!
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thread saving bamp
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>rude players made Hex cry instead of post an update

You don't shit where you sit.
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>>41242422
I don't think Hex cries that easily anon.
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>>41242470
I would enjoy these threads more if he did
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>>41242510
Wow, rude.
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>>41242510
I want to see Maria bullied and crying.
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>>41242729
Over the line, anon. Go in the corner and think about what you just said.
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>>41242759
Okay I gave it some thought.
I really want to see Maria sobbing pathetically once people have reminded her what a lowly and creepy person she is.
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>>41243141
Bullying is forbidden.
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>>41243166
Bullying is mandatory. How else will Eriadne get a chance to protect Maria?
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Only 3 days.
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>>41242422
>Hexer
>posting updates
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Too fast.
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Are you still awake Hex?
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Bump
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Bump
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Bump
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bump
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So is there a reason to continue bumping this?
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Almost done. This is on me.
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>>41255164
Please don't be wrong this time.
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>>41204112
Dragons are high functioning psychopaths, not sociopaths (though, as I understand it, most witches would also be considered high functioning psychopaths). They have plenty of emotions, unlike sociopaths. And they sometimes let those emotions lead them into very strange places.

Though, really psychopathy would have to be redefined, given the hallucinations and dreamworlds of witches nd the alien nature of dragons are actually magic and realities not attached to the one they live in, while dragons mindsets are utterly alien, rather than being symptoms of psychopathy.

>>41187739
Death would be a nice change of pace. Just suffering worse than usual. Hairplay, hmn? I don't think I've written that.

>>41230981
Well, that's what happens when you're an idea that is split into two existences.

It's interesting that the twins latched onto Sora so closely. Her level-headed grounding in the world seems to make them feel more real to themselves.

>>41242729
....bullying someone with guard training is a bad idea. Bullying a witch with guard training is a VERY bad idea.

Bullying Eriadne's precious person is tantamount to suicide via justifiable homicide.
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>>41255733
>They have plenty of emotions, unlike sociopaths.
True, but even Dante seemed sort of detached from them in a way.
> Her level-headed grounding in the world seems to make them feel more real to themselves.
Please support Another to instruct A Girl And Its Most Trusted in the ways of the world.

And my do they have a weird mix of sinister and cute going on.

>Bullying Eriadne's precious person is tantamount to suicide via justifiable homicide.
I want to see Eriadne mad. Like seriously mad, not just upset some cleric slut is getting feelsy with her precious thing.
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>>41255793
Well if Maria does get bullied it would be the only outcome.
She very quite and passive to bullying when another guard girl start. Only her teacher noticed because she was getting jumpier than she normally is.
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>>41255831
It's worrying she never thought about that in-quest. So either that was made up on the sport or, and that's likelier, it's one of those things she abuses her training to actively forget.
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>>41255793
It less detached than just different.
Though Eriadne and Dante may be extreme example because they are/were future rulers.
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>>41255855
Well there hasn't been any reason to think of it.
Maybe once/if she starts getting bullied again fof being so weird.
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>>41255831
Oh hey look, another tidbit from outside the quest.
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>>41256381
Don't start this shit again.
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>>41256381
So is this going to be the new standardized bait?
I guess it is the only time something has gotten traction.
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>>41186318
Wait so Sora literally woke up covered in little girls? And she's not even gay.
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>>41256870
Did you just want to bump or did that hit home only now?
And hey, Eva did too and she's - probably - not into little girls either.
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>>41256882
I read through it again a few hours ago and it just clicked.
Not true Eva has only woken up covered in little girl.
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>>41256870
>>41256890
Nude too.
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>>41256990
Not even Eriadne could match that level of raw attraction.
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>>41256870
>>41256990
Well, it's not like they're real little girls.

And if you take that as an invitation to inappropriate behavior, you deserve what happens next. Zhar e Loigor, n'ftaghn!.
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>>41257002
XS please.
The twins are very sweet and kind, don't discriminate.
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>>41257002
S-sorra is a good girl! She would never!
>not real
A Girl And Its Most Trusted might not have been little girls before but they are now. Please support them in getting used to their new forms.
>They were not any birds or bats known elsewhere on earth or in dreamland, for they were larger than elephants and had heads like a horse's. Carter knew that they must be the shantak-birds of ill rumour, and wondered no more what evil guardians and nameless sentinels made men avoid the boreal rock desert.

....oh.
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>>41257002
>>41257049
Sorry to burst the bubble but
>Quick like the Shantak's wings yet flowing and ever changing like the winds of Celephais itself.
Existence confirmed, they're just multidimensional.
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>>41257002
Seriously though hair play write up when?
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Bedtime bump.
Maybe Hex will update while I sleep.
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>>41258110
>Hex
>Updating
Shh, no tears. Only OPdates now.
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bedtime bump
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>>41258890
Seems that is the case.
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>>41258890
Seriously though if this is how Hex wants to run his quest from now on.
He can go fuck himself and move to a new site.
This isn't even a quest anymore.
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>>41263150
someone is salty.
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>>41263206
I'm really fucking salty.
2-3 weeks for an OP is just fucked.
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>>41263256
Hey, at least it was a big OP anon!
I'm zen about the update pace by now.
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>>41263256
Hex doesn't have to write these so I am grateful for even OP only posts. We still get to vote after all.
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>>41263301
Fuck off.
This is fucking bullshit.
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>>41263650
No. You fuck off. I find it perfectly reasonable.
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>>41263301
This isn't a passive system.
People have to sit around looking after these threads for Hex while he fucks around doing anything that isn't actually writing for it.
No other QM has that fuck fucking gall and disrespect for his player.
The way Hex treats his players he doesn't deserve them and shouldn't fucking have any.
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>>41263301
Damn that's some strong Battered Women's Syndrome
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>>41263724
You are literally part of the problem.
We baby him so fucking much he has no reason to improve or even bother keeping his pace.
He's already learned that he can fuck off for a week if he wants and people will wait around for him like lost puppies.
Stop fucking enabling him to do this shit.
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Hex doesn't owe us jack shit. He doesn't have to write one sentence for anyone. The fact that he does? The fact that his writing is engaging, is actually outright good? And we are getting it for free? If he can only manage one post every couple of days that is fine by me.
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>>41263757
>>41263726
Holy shit you are all entitled little children. Grow up.
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>>41263783
He's not even managing it though.
Stop being such a fucking push over.
No other QM on this site has this much fucking gall.

>>41263803
Fuck you.
You're like a fucking abused housewife.
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>N-no guys he has the right to be a lazy cunt and only update his thread once a week.
>H-he's special not like those other QMs who have to put some kind of actual effort into running a quest
Are you serious?
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He's basically fucking trolling us at this point just showing up once a day to let us know that no really guys there's an update just around the corner.
I wonder if he's doing it just to see how much shit he can get away with.
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>>41263832
Grow up anon. You know people can just not look at the thread when it's not updated, right? Abused housewife my ass. Hex not updating makes no difference to my day since I don't sit here refreshing the page over and over.
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I wonder how long it will be before he goes full Callow tier and posts 500 words every six months or so.
Will you still be around to suck his cock and rub his ego at that point?
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>>41263906
>calls other people entitled
>doesn't even bother trying to keep the thread afloat
Are you fucking serious?
Get the fuck over yourself.
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>>41263932
When did I call anyone entitled? When did I imply I never participated in discussions? You're just firing randomly hoping something hits here anon.
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>>41263958
Fuck you, you cunt piece of shit
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>>41263859
While I agree with you the other guy is just as much of an obnoxious cunt.

I do agree with the sentiment that anons are babying Hex by constantly bumping the thread for him weeks at a time when he can't even get one goddamn update out per thread and I personally don't bump the thread unless I have something to say, but I'm too lazy of a fuck to go on a crusade over it
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Fuck Hex
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Fuck this quest
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Fuck this thread
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And fuck all of you that are okay with this.
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>>41264042
He's just using you to bully Hex.

It's probably working too
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>>41264042
Yes.
Yes I fucking am.
And I'm completely fucking sick of it.
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>>41264078
Fuck you this thread was dead anyway.
He just shows up once a say with a soon™ :^)
And then he fucks off for another day.
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He's not even writing the quest at this point.
He's openly admitted to spending his time just shitting around on 4chan and IRC because he just doesn't need to give a fuck.
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>>41264042
>>41264078
Stop fucking babying him like this.
He has run this quest on a one-hour update cycle before.
It's this bullshit that has let him fall to this crap.
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All I'm seeing is waaaa waaaa waaaa baby isn't getting his bottle.
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>>41264314
And all I see if a bunch of retards happy to jack off Hex's ego for the slightest chance of an update.
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>hex getting worse by the thread
>playerbase becoming more shitty by the thread
Atow's future doesn't seem bright.
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>>41264314
>Go on Hex-sama fuck my ass even harder!
>No it's okay you can use hot sauce as lube as well
Really?
Fucking really?
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>>41264400
He probably just wants to kill the quest at this point.
He's always talking about other things he wants to do.
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Hex should honestly not even be on 4chan at this point.
His pace makes these threads pointless and obnoxious and having an actual thread doesn't even speed him up anymore.
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He should be on Anonkun or something.
An imageboard is not built for this kind of abysmal pace.
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>>41263983
I have to agree as well.
This constant bumping has been making Hex worse.
I did try to end it after the first day but people just keep bumping.
We've pretty much hit the point that bumping and not bumping ends up being the same in the end anyway.
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>>41265603
Reminds me of the last thread actually.
A few posts in 1-2 days theb the read got bumped for like 6 days or something for nothing.
In the end letting the thread die in the first day and bumping for a week have effectively become the same.
One just requires significantly more effort.
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I assume we're still bumping.
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In general, I think we should just sage if we're not responding to a HexPost. He can make a new thread whenever he wants, it takes one extra minute for him to copypaste the OP. Bumping for days is just wasting everyone's time that bothers to recheck a barren thread and leading to negativity. Maybe if Hex was responsible for bumping his own threads he might even get a little more engaged

I don't like the idea of him going to akun. It's always semmed like where quests go to die.
Counterpoints: perpetual chat room and he could have separate threads/pages for lore/Q&A within the quest. (Though akun's layout still sucks ass)
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>>41267080
>Counterpoints: perpetual chat room
This is more of a con than a pro for me. I hate Akun's chat system on pretty much every level.
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>>41267125
Yeah, it's annoying if you want to catch up on some reading since it's discontinuous from the updates unless they are directly replying to them (which almost no one bothers to do) so you've got to synchronize scrolling through the chat and the updates and check the time stamps between every update... ugh. Wish they'd just let you inline all of it instead of just replies.
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>>41267125
>>41267219
Yeah akun would be extremely limiting for our chat due to the meta discussion meaning nobody could keep up.

I think the best approach is to bump for one day theb switch to saging.
Hex like in the last thread will run fine with less than a day between posts.
Past that he enters this infinite revision loop.
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[X] Let's all stay together. It might mean we can do less things buuuuuut it might be safer. Hey, don't look at me like that.
[X] Hmm. I have some smaller knives too. Not as overt and they would help me move faster. I'm not *great* with knives but... I'm not *great* with anything, really.
[X] Eh, never mind. It's her issue, really. Besides, that might take more time.

To be honest, this feels kind of good. To be trusted. To know that others depend on you. I think about the question briefly while going through my bundle. The long slim case calls out to me, but I fight the urge to look at what's within. There are times when you need to flaunt your power, but this is certainly not one of those times.

Instead I take out a linen bundle, spreading the contents out and looking at them sceptically. Four throwing knives, a hunting knife, one push dagger and a long thin blade they call a "Needle" or stiletto in whatever place it came from. To be honest I was never sure about this weapon. Being a gift by the Trader Lamere I havn't really had a lot of 'proper' training with it, but what the thieves and cut throats showed me is enough to know that this is a blade only useful for one thing. Taking life from the shadows.

I shudder, and hastily wrap the Needle back into the blanket. I hope I'll never have to use this. I'm not *fine* with killing, but when - not if, I can't lie to myself here - it happens I'd rather have it be in a fight than by slipping someone's throat in their sleep. Some says there's little difference, but really, someone's probably going to have to do it. If only this world wasn't so-- err, anyways.

Sensing myself drift off I unsheathe the remaining blades one by one, checking for any flaws they might have acquired.

Ghgh, resisting the urge to test and edge with my finger is HARD. It's bad manners but really, it's hard not to pick up some things from the people around you.

(Cont)
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>>41267928
Evening Hex!
Or night, I guess.
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>>41267368
(((Yes. That is a sensible proposition))
Satisfied, each sheathe makes its way onto a leather belt Pa made for just this purpose. Normally I'd probably strap one or two longer knives to my upper leg, but that would just invite stares without the skirt trousers to keep me decent.

No, this is quite alright.

A gun might be nice too, but my aim with those things was always terrible and the huge, uh, calibres, that was the name, most use are still tough to handle. Not to mention they're usually really kind of expensive, slow, and while I am not a soldier - or witch until recently - it seems bullets hold alchemical charges far worse than bolts.

Turning around, I find the room fairly quiet, Sora especially looking at me with great interest.

"Lookin' like yer one for 'em preparations. S' a gud thang, really likin' yer attitude". I just nod and give her my best smile.

"Thanks, you're quite well-equipped yourself" She nods, perking up as Evangelyne coughs softly.

"Two swords, Sora? I did think everyone just you know, used a shield?" I sigh to myself. Softly, but Sora's ears are sharp. She just shrugs before turning to the northerner.

"S' a common, how'dya say? Ah right, misconcep'shen. Ya always gotta consider 'em situations, yer hearin' me? Like, right now we's goin' to tha ciddy so we's gonna be surrounded my mostly houses. Betta tha bringa sword more to'a fight, ya ain't gonna be surrounded by soldyers anytiem soon so's betta tha jus' prepare fer holdin' off a man while stabbin' anotha one". I am quite impressed, really. That was almost a speech for her.
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>>41268005
Sora just loves Drizzt novels, I know it! Dual Wield is so ~cool~!
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>>41268054
>Sora just loves Drizzt novels, I know it! Dual Wield is so ~cool~!
I can totally see Sora play a Drizzt clone. or maybe she only plays the girliest of druids.
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>>41268005
Everyone is putting too much thought into optimal weapon-sets for city fighting. We're just going shopping, not rooting out criminals or something...
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>>41268188
Only Maria and Sora. One is a cop, the other a criminal. Of course they're being hyper paranoid.
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>>41267219
Have you used anonkun recently? It is inlined if you click on the replies.
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>>41268188
You would make a poor witch anon.
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>>41268311
>You would make a poor witch anon.
Is this the Aes Sedai school of witchery?
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>>41268311
Well I'm the wrong gender for one thing. And I'm too indoors-y I guess. Not very combat capable I'd say. Definitely no experience with the setting...
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>>41268329
If that mean fucking paranoid then yes.
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>>41268335
>not being a cute little inhuman abomination
Whoa shit.
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>>41268335
Those second two are fine if you're not in Antioch or Nefish.
But you're just not paranoid enough.
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Falling into Elder Praying On the Mountaintop the girl seems to almost /glow/ with confidence, both blades seemingly becoming part of her.

Sora spins like a leaf upon autumn winds as one form blends into another, blades drawing a silver arc through the air - narrowly missing Erato who just steps back a hair's breadth without so much as widening her yes - before sliding into their twin sheathes just as the girl comes to a stop.

Impressive. Dangerous and needlessly flashy, but impressive. I shake myself. Don't do that. Too much depends on having your friends be reliable, me. Still...

Evangelyne seems likewise impressed, mouth half-open before she remembers where she is.

There's a flush on her cheeks that looks really different from her normal self.

I guess she has more of mind for the fighting arts than I thought. Good, that will make things a little easier with her, I think. Hope. Whatever. It's always good to have something in common with your friends.
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>>41268531
Eva pls.
>I guess she has more of mind for the fighting arts than I thought.
Maria pls!
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>>41268583
Sora literally cannot help how sexy she is.
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>>41268583
Sora does match Eva's taste in girls.
Shame that.
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>>41268604
Nonsense anon, Maria didn't react at all!

>>41268627
I'm sure there are other Soras around!
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>>41268637
>Nonsense anon, Maria didn't react at all!
That's because she's a bro. You don't do your bro.
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>>41268637
Maria likes feminine girls and ladies.
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>>41268637
>Maria didn't react at all!
That's because Maria is way too gay to be affected by tomboys.
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>>41268269
That functionality does seem to be working better now (don't know for sure, just checked quickly, not reading anything on akun currently). Before it seemed to miss a lot of the chat.
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>>41268627
inb4 Liliana violates her own principles and... she wouldn't, would she?
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>>41268726
Nah she'd help Eva another person of interest.
One sided pleasure is a sin in her faith I believe.
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>>41268726
That's not comfy. That's not comfy at all.
>>41268762
I think he was implying brainwashing Sora into lesbianism
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>>41268627
But Sora isn't a Nawata.
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>>41268804
>But Sora isn't a Nawata.
But she's cool and ~sexy~
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>>41268804
Doesn't mean she can't guide her Senra to find love.
It is her job.

Hex were those posts supposed to be the same?
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>befriend the turboautist
>befriend the pleasure cleric
>wake up covered in lolis
>accidentally charm the fuck out of the stoic nee-sama
Is there anything Sora cannot befriend or seduce?
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>>41268936
Eri.
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>>41268974
She's never tried. Though their relationship would be a constant fight for dominance no doubt.
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>>41268974
Because Eri maxed her stoic stat unlike Eva.
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>>41269016
>Because Eri maxed her stoic stat unlike Eva.
>mfw Eri is what Eva constantly wishes she were
>mfw this is part of why they just don't quite get along
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>>41269037
Yeah along with the Maria stuff.
Eva specialised into Nee-san but Eri went for Ojou-sama.
She loses loli mastery but she aims for hebe anyway.
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>>41269037
Well yeah, Eva gets all the low-quality lolis after all, while Eri takes the prime cut.
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>>41269081
>Liliana
>low quality
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>>41269081
How are an edgelord and a headcase prime cuts?
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Anons please. Let's all agree that every girl is best girl, and deserve to end with best girl or boy.
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>>41269134
>edgelord
I am starting to suspect RHP to be a literal incarnation of her deity. It would explain why she's so derealized and powerful.
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>>41269134
Because Eri disables Edge mode with her Ojou-sama powers and Maria is made for sex and love.
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>>41269182
All the clerics are like that.
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>>41269157
>and deserve to end with best girl or boy.
Maria needs to set up Sora with a nice guard so she can get rid of her dislike of them. And I bet she's into bad girl play.
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>>41269229
Helena is a lot less out of it. And fuck discussion here is fast when people actually have something to talk about.
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>>41269252
Athra is really kind and maybe a bit excitable as well. She at least has a sweet tooth. And the whole purge the gay thing it that theory is right.

Yeah, which makes the wait so much more frustrating.
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>>41269185
>Those scars
>Those tanlines
>That muscle definition
>That flex
>Those buds
>That rare cuddly Raven nature
>That reacon to attention and please
a literally perfect.
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>>41269390
Eri please, don't you have shopping to do?

>>41269252
To be fair it's mostly just best girl chat rather than actual discussion. But the update so far hasn't had too much new info either, so I won't complain.
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>>41269252
Out of it is relative.
If we're right she was just about to mibd fuck her friend out of the blue with a smile on her face.
Not to mention the horrible thing she's already done.
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>>41269483
>If we're right she was just about to mibd fuck her friend out of the blue with a smile on her face.
I think her being genuinely nice and well-meaning makes the whole theory so much more disturbing. Not even in the hidden psycho way, she just doesn't have the moral capacity t
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>>41269529
to understand she's committing an atrocity
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>>41269529
Yeah, like Liliana and RHP her morality is completely defined by her god.
Probably why RHP got so lucid around Eri since she has a very deep connection to death and all.
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>>41269417
Of course someone has to buy her cute clothes.
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Gonna be able to finish up before page 11, Hex?
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>>41269967
I think he's run out of stuff. Hence the delete on the post with (cont.).
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"--so you see..." Sora says, grinning.

"Imma protect ya, don't cha worry", making a sign like a gun and 'firing' it into Evangelyne's direction.

"Senra!!" Helena rushes to the Northener as she sways, grasping the older girl's hands in hers

Liliana on the other hand just seems... annoyed. Or as much as she can ever be, making some sort of signal that /probably/ doesn't mean 'I'll cut your neck' so much as 'stop it' in the Northener's direction. What? You can't exactly /stop/ feeling dizzy just because someone told you to. Uuunless you're me, but that's a little different and not exactly healthy to do a lot.

I'll never get clerics. Well, whatever. Evangelyne seems a little overwhelmed so it's probably best to play this as safe as possible so nothing happens to h--

<Totem Link Established>

"I think we should stick together, if that's alright". Liliana's frown deepens - I don't think I've ever seen her displeased with me - as she turns to me, but I'll not just let this go.

"--because while things might not be dangerous, we could still easily lose one another". Remembering something, I quickly add "Helena, I believe you can find anyone by their energy but--" I raise my hand, and she swallows whatever she wanted to say, which is a MIRACLE, really "--we others cannot. Cities here have a curfew. I'll not see one of us get lost and need to pay a release fee come next morning. Any questions?"

<Totem Link Weakening>
Oh. Damnation. What just happened to me? That was totally not me. Or like, totally not me the way I /do/ act. Maybe the way I want to but... well. I can feel my knees grow weak and force myself to stay upright. Collapsing now would make others doubt, and no matter how founded or not those doubts might be it won't do to be weak when we're just starting to get to know each other. Something inside me tells me this might be dishonest, but I shush the voice. I owe Eriadne that much. For her I'll be my very best, and get always better.

(Cont)
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I've seen that she and Evangelyne don't get along. I've seen those short flashes of doubt Helena sometimes shows when nobody is looking. I've seen how Liliana seems to want to handle everything yet gets tied up in her own schemes more often than not.

Someone needs to step up. Take charge. Unite them and protect them, so that together, they might grow stronger.

I might not be the best person for the job. But I *will* do it.

<Totem Link: Lost>

I exhale, trying to find my way around my own mind again. That was a strange STRANGE feeling just now, and I can't even understand half of what I just thought, which is pretty bad, really. Right, I asked a question. Ghh, now even the thoughts themselves are fading from memory.

Damnation, is my training messing up? I really don't want to think about that. They never quite explained what would happen if it did, but from what I heard - and saw, Teacher Norram's can be crazy expressive when he puts his mind to it - it's not a pleasant thing at all. Uh, the question, right. If they are okay with going together instead of splitting up.

"Nobody?"

They shake their heads, Eriadne's grey-blue eyes ringed in gold, the tiniest of almost-smiles visible at the corner of her lips. Come to think of it, I didn't think she even did that just two days ago. Turns out I just wasn't looking for the right things.
(Cont)

>>41270124
(No. Wrong image, no trip)
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----

Thankfully the train station isn't far away, though a drizzle very untypical for the Grey Season makes Evangelyne mumble angrily about how we should have flown or something.

"You's shapin' up tha bein' a great leader", Sora says, catching up to me and starting to talk without any sort of introduction. Well, that suits me fine, really.

"It's going to take a lot to actually get there, but thanks". Honestly speaking I doubt I'll ever make it, but directly refusing a complement is the type of rudeness I really don't want to commit right now.

"Maria we..." Thalia begins, talking from somewhere behind me

"...think the Senra is right", Erato concludes, nodding seriously before smiling as Sora's hand moves to absent-mindedly rub her head. So she even has reflexes for that? I nod my thanks and try to smile. Successfully too it seems, cause Thalia /beams/ back at me with an enthusiasm even Helena probably could not easily match. Whoa.

Arriving on the train we learn that all staff and students are free to use it once a day, something I'm glad for since I'm not exactly rich right now.

[You have 112 Crowns, this is roughly the amount of money needed to buy a complete - if simple - new wardrobe or a full course meal for 5 people]

Eriadne immediately goes to the backmost seat, sitting down and crossing her arms on her chest.
"Lady Maria, may I request you wake me up upon our arrival?" I nod, and she closes her eyes, lips moving in a way that makes me believe she's repeating a prayer of some sort.

Uuuuh, disappointing!

On one hand I like talking to her, but on the other I'd be even more of an annoyance than usual because now REALLY seems to want her own space and quiet.

(Cont)
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((Choose at most 2, the trip is not very long and Maria's ability to multi-task rarely applies to social situations))
[] Talk to Sora about clothes. These things are WEIRD.
[] Talk to Evangelyne and check if she's okay.
[] Talk to the twins to learn more of them.
[] Talk to Helena about THINGS
[] Talk to Liliana about (What?)
[] Just relax.
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>>41270150
>dat charm
>dat peeved Liliana annoyed it can't go anywhere
2cute
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y bully eva, hexu
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>>41270248
>[] Talk to Sora about clothes. These things are WEIRD.
>[] Talk to Evangelyne and check if she's okay.
Hurry anons, it's page 10!
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>>41270248
>[] Talk to Sora about clothes. These things are WEIRD.
>[] Talk to Evangelyne and check if she's okay.
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>>41270248
CUNT PHONE
anyway:
>[x]Sora about clothes
>[x] Why Liliana got mad about Helena touching us.
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>>41270248
[X] Talk to Evangelyne and check if she's okay.
[X] Talk to the twins to learn more of them.
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>>41270248
>[] Talk to Sora about clothes. These things are WEIRD.
>[] Talk to Evangelyne and check if she's okay.
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>>41270248
>[x] Talk to Evangelyne and check if she's okay.
>[x] Talk to Helena about THINGS
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>>41270150
Did Maria go Full Raven?
You never go Full Raven!
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>>41270248
>[] Talk to the twins to learn more of them.
>[] Talk to Helena about THINGS
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Are there really this many lurkers or is there ballot stuffing going on?
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>>41270579
Someone linked the update to spooky when it was in progress, that way a lot of people noticed.
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>>41270579
7 is a lot now, anon?
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I forgot, do Helena and Liliana come from a similar place?
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>>41270683
Significantly more active quests get less votes, so it is certainly a decent number.
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AToW has a large lurker population.
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>>41270730
Even so, 7 is right on the number for most recent votes, with none having fewer and some having a decent bit more.
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>>41270720
Same country different areas and temples.
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>>41270730
There are 36 unique IPs in this thread, even considering phones and shit, 7 votes is not high.
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>>41270248
>[x] Talk to the twins to learn more of them.
>[x] Why Liliana got mad about Helena touching us.
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>>41270878
I didn't say it was high, just that it was a decent number of voters, those 36 ips were generated over 4 days, its a pretty meaningless number.
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The situation has been discussed at length before, so I won't add onto the pile.

From now on I request bumps to cease should the previous update be longer than 10 hours back. I believe this way we can create a decent compromise between accounting for the reality of my slowness without allowing my worse tendencies to take over in addition to avoiding further perversion of the imageboard system.

Thank you.

>>41270720
All named clerics are from the same place, primarily as their country has very lax rules in regards to the handling of orphans which is paramount to having the Soulforge Rite be done at an age where it would still 'take".

They're also the most strict adherents to The Faith and see gods in a more spiritual sense than other places. Shamanistic understanding vs Greek understanding of deities, I guess?

>>41268843
>But she's cool and ~sexy~
Cool and spicy.

A Tale Of Witches Chapter 45 has now concluded, A Tale of Witches Chapter 45.1/46 will go up in about ten to fifteen hours from now, depending on how certain things go.

I thank you for your continued patronage.
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>>41270950
Alright Hex!
Hope you're getting enough sleep, quite the late time this.
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>>41270950
It was a good and long update as usual, at least. Maybe you can shoot for good and short(er) from now on! You did it well last thread or whenever it was.
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>>41270950
Thanks for running Hex.
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>>41270950
How wet is Eva right now?
>>41270313
>>dat charm
>>dat peeved Liliana annoyed it can't go anywhere
>2cute
I wonder if she can actually sense orientation or just used observation.
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>>41270950
Thanks for writing!

>>41271124
Too lewd for Hex, anon.
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>>41271124
I'd say she can sense attract like Helena can life.
So she could notice the one sidedness.

2peeved she couldn't get Maria avd Eriande alone in town I bet as well.
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>>41270950
So, did activating Raven Modo have a social effect there?
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>>41271173
Liliana please, EriMari time is nice and all but the gang need a night on town together too!
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Has this been archived on suptg already or?
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>>41271189
>So, did activating Raven Modo have a social effect there?

>>41270150
>Oh. Damnation. What just happened to me? That was totally not me. Or like, totally not me the way I /do/ act.

It sounds more like a confidence and eloquence boost. Ability to think better too.
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>>41271303
She was less Maria-like so she clearly was thinking worse anon.
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>>41271256
Seems we've dropped subtg at least for the last few threads.

>>41271303
Sounds really handy for someone like Maria.
It made Eri proud too!
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>>41271342
Maria like is good for friendship and love but bad for leading.



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