>Archive links:http://archive.moe/tg/search/subject/Hyperdimension%20Dwarf%20Fortress%20Quest/type/op/order/asc/http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Hyperdimension%20Dwarf%20Fortress%20QuestTwitter: http://twitter.com/BlorpQuestYou are Urist Twelfthbay, the moe personification of Dwarf Fortress (read: small beardless girl): you're crippling alcoholism and reality-warping powers all wrapped up in one seething, cuteness-hating package. All those years thinking you've only got the powers of a glitchy dwarf, and it only took a few days' worth of life-threatening incidents to unlock your true potential- although here in Gamindustri, filled to the brim with superpowered personifications, you're still close to the bottom of the food chain.That's not likely to matter in the long run. In the short run, you're liable to get horribly, brutally murdered, 'cause your ally just smashed one of the most powerful VIPs in the face with the business end of a shovel."Go, Urist!" Shovel Knight roars. The rookie adventurer's a goddamn idiot, that's what she is- she's all about JUSTICE and RIGHTFULNESS and HELPING FRIENDS. That's the sort of attitude that gets people turned into the sort of unfortunate incidents you read about in the news, usually under headlines like 'Adventurer Found Dead After Badmouthing Violence McShadowbad.' "I shall delay this charlatan! Go find the Dragon Warrior!"Armok help you, Ein's not even fazed by the sudden attack. She doesn't even look /angry/ as she picks herself up off the wall; she just looks mildly irritated, like she can't be assed to give a fuck. "The heavens buckle under the weight of the lost and weary; their voices echo out, pleading for respite, but all is swallowed by the void," she intones gravely. She keeps that ridiculous bastard sword steady, holding the weapon in an impossible one-handed grip.(Cont.)
>>41981513You look down, Estelle's bloodied circlet still gripped in your hand- you'd picked it up without even thinking about it. At the reminder, you almost lose yourself to the red mist rising in your vision, but-... nngh. You know exactly what your big sis would want you to do here.>[X] [COME ON]>[X] [SUMMON]Dammit, this isn't the time for goddamn selflessly heroic last stands- Mojang needs her meds, and YOU need Shovel Knight by your side to make that shit happen!The blue-armored knight doesn't tear her gaze away from Ein's flat stare- your ally's terrified at the prospect of facing down an NES-era veteran, you can tell that much by the way her knees are knocking together- but you can hear the sharp intake of breath as well as anyone. "N-No, do not worry yourself on my account. I shall-"It wasn't a fucking request!You snarl and reach /into/ yourself for the second time in as many minutes, hurling out a tangled mass of code in Ein's direction; halfway through the air, they resolve themselves into ugly ragged-winged birds, cawing raucously as they start strafing the Warrior of Light. Caught off-guard, she's forced to shield her eyes as claws rake across her face, stumbling back out of the dungeon's entrance- and that's when the buzzards take advantage of the open air to gain altitude and start dive-bombing in earnest.Grabbing Shovel Knight's arm and pulling with as much dwarven might as you can work up, you haul ass further into the dungeon proper, Ein's hissed curses fading into the distance. Through the ivy-choked hallway, over the unpaved dirt paths, feeling your way around the rusted metal walls, long-since ruined by neglect and weather...... you're through. And you know exactly what to expect from a factory-type dungeon.(Cont.)
>>41981529There's the usual surprising amount of sunlight streaming in from wide-paned windows, which cover half the distance between the walls and the impressively-high ceilings. There's the ruined consoles strewn all over the abandoned factory complex, albeit clustered against the walls to clear enough space for adventurers to fight comfortably. There's the ever-present hum of active machinery, despite the lack of any actually functioning electronics or visible power sources.And moving across the factory floor, patrolling in routines set so long ago that there are literal grooves worn into the floor, are the robotic enemies that populate the factory-type dungeon. Thankfully, they don't notice you quite yet.You let go of Shovel Knight's wrist, and she immediately collapses to her knees, holding onto her shovel for support.Right. First things first-[ ] [MEDS] Focus on finding those medicinal items for Mojang. Perhaps Estelle can use them too, once you catch up.[ ] [ESTELLE] Find your big sis. You're certain she's not too far away- something in the circlet tugs you in the right direction.[ ] [SHOVEL] Make sure your party member's okay. Last thing you need right now is a basket case.[ ] [THERAPIST] Ping Therapist. You need to see how close Ein is to kicking your ass, and there's the traces of Exey you picked up earlier.[ ] [WRITE-IN]
>>41981544>[x] [SHOVEL] Make sure your party member's okay. Last thing you need right now is a basket case.Woo, dorfs!
>>41981544>[ ] [SHOVEL] Make sure your party member's okay. Last thing you need right now is a basket case.[ ] [ESTELLE] Find your big sis. You're certain she's not too far away- something in the circlet tugs you in the right direction.Not dying anytime soon right, cool let's go get Estelle before Ein catches up to us.Actually can't we lock the doors behind us?I can't count how many times Nep-Nep got locked in a factory dungeon with "no way out"
>>41981544[ ] [THERAPIST] Ping Therapist. You need to see how close Ein is to kicking your ass, and there's the traces of Exey you picked up earlier.
>>41981544>[ x ] [SHOVEL] Make sure your party member's okay. Last thing you need right now is a basket case.>[ x ] [ESTELLE] Find your big sis. You're certain she's not too far away- something in the circlet tugs you in the right direction.
>>41981597>door locking... I keep forgetting about that because I never actually see DOORS at the entrance at any of the dungeons in-game. They just seem to pop up whenever the plot demands.Anyway, they probably won't hold Ein for very long, but there are doors to close at the entrance of this particular ruin! They just can't be locked.
>>41981544>[ ] [SHOVEL] Make sure your party member's okay. Last thing you need right now is a basket case.
>>41981544>[ ] [THERAPIST] Ping Therapist. You need to see how close Ein is to kicking your ass, and there's the traces of Exey you picked up earlier.and use it to[ ] [SHOVEL] Make sure your party member's okay. Last thing you need right now is a basket case.[ ] [ESTELLE] Find your big sis. You're certain she's not too far away- something in the circlet tugs you in the right direction.
>>41981544>[ ] [ESTELLE] Find your big sis. You're certain she's not too far away- something in the circlet tugs you in the right direction.>[ ] [SHOVEL] Make sure your party member's okay. Last thing you need right now is a basket case.>[ ] [THERAPIST] Ping Therapist. You need to see how close Ein is to kicking your ass, and there's the traces of Exey you picked up earlier.
>>41981721>assuming direct control
>>41981676Doors can be locked and unlocked, opened and closed, but wall are until you deconstruct them.
>>41981544>[ ] [SHOVEL] Make sure your party member's okay. Last thing you need right now is a basket case.>[ ] [THERAPIST] Ping Therapist. You need to see how close Ein is to kicking your ass, and there's the traces of Exey you picked up earlier.
Okay, looks like we've got everyone voting for... goddamn everything, but Shovel's got the lead, followed by searching for Estelle! And I guess Therapist later. Writing!>>41981721>Nep-Neps all the way down
>>41981721>my god, it's full of neps
>>41981544>You let go of Shovel Knight's wrist, and she immediately collapses to her knees, holding onto her shovel for support.Shovel is a good girl, standing up to combat monsters for someone like Urist.
>>41981544>[X] [SHOVEL]>[X] [ESTELLE]You risk a glance back at the dungeon entrance- not that you can see through the all-encompassing darkness shrouding the damn doorway. After a few heartbeats in which Ein does not materialize and butcher you into so much meat, you conclude that Ein won't be materializing and butchering you for a few minutes, if not more."C... come now, Urist," Shovel Knight stammers. "Surely the Warrior of Light would not be so angry with us as to go straight into overkill?"Hopefully not. You, uh, you sort of summoned one of the most annoying type of bird you could think of, one that's virtually impossible to kill with ranged attacks and /literally/ impossible to kill with melee attacks alone. So by the time Ein finishes taking down those buzzards...Shovel Knight shudders and sags against her shovel. "Say no more," she mutters in that archaic twang of hers, rallying magnificently; even as you watch, all that fear clinging to your ally seems to seep into the ground, leaving ironclad determination in its place. "Then we best get moving before she catches up."You eye Shovel Knight as she climbs to her feet, even though you have to crane your neck once she straightens up to her full height. So... she's feeling okay, then? That brush with mortality back there-"Never better! We have a quest ahead of us, Urist."Not her quest, you insist, taking quick steps- almost a half-jog- just to keep up with her stride. Y'know, technically, you all only met a few fucking days ago."I know that, yes!"No, seriously- Shovel Knight's strong as all hell for a goddamned rookie. She could go anywhere, do anything, take pretty much any Guild job she wants- so why's she following around a filthy little dwarf like yourself? Why's she willing to hurl herself in front of someone who could destroy the both of you with her hands tied behind her back?(Cont.)
>>41982924Shovel Knight looks at you like she can't understand the questions. The young girl hefts her trademark weapon. "Because I have the power to do what needs to be done," she replies simply. "Because responding to people in need is the right thing to do." And for a moment, you think you can catch a glimpse of something through that opaque T-shaped slit in her expressionless helmet- wide young eyes, and a calm smile. "And because I am in the right place to make a difference," she adds.You stare at Shovel Knight for an awkward moment before patting her shoulder (reaching up to do so), muttering something unintelligible, and then striding forward, feeling your ears burn red as you fumble for your flask of alcohol. God fucking dammit. You had to go and see for yourself that she's an old-school-type adventurer who doesn't just ape the simple, classic creed of old-school adventurers, but firmly believes in all that heroic tripe.Now you're going to start feeling /responsible/ for the idiot well-meaning rookie who's probably going to get murderized if you're not careful.Walking through the factory with all senses wide open (in case of rampaging monsters, rampaging Eins, or all of the above), it doesn't take you long at all to pick up on the trail of blood, one that was possibly left behind by your surrogate big sis. It's enough to put all thoughts of quest completion out of your mind, at least for the moment.You're keen on seeing Mojang up and walking again, but she's at least somewhat stable; if Ein was able to pull off Estelle's fucking circlet, there's no telling how badly off the Dragon Warrior is right now.(Cont.)
>>41982945Thankfully, the enemy patrols in this factory dungeon (and most factory dungeons, for that matter) are easy to avoid. You slip right past their ranks and delve deeper into the dungeon, although the sunlight remains as strong as ever; the light only grows increasingly filtered by the denser greenery outside. Going by the grooves beneath each robot's feet or treads or whatever, this place isn't frequented very often by adventurers.Which is why it's a little surprising that you're starting to see blood stains, wholly separate from the unsteady trail you've been following."Oh, a cat!" Shovel Knight exclaims, pointing over at the far wall- yes, there is one sitting between two enemies' patrol routes, the gray tabby sniffing delicately at the pool of blood. "Is this one of yours, Urist?" she asks, striding forward-You quickly yank the rookie back before she can go over and pet it. DON'T step over there. Seriously, the last thing you need is for your only ally here to get sucked into some sort of lag singularity.(Cont.)
>>41982973"Truly?" She stares at the cat with new respect. "And to think, I have been petting cats all throughout my life, without suspecting a thing..."What? No. Not all cats in general, just- the sort of cats you put out. It's a long story."Hm." There's a moment of silence from Shovel Knight. "That poor soul over there appears to have succumbed to your cats," she adds, apropos of nothing.THAT'S enough to get you to look up again- and true to her words, there's a pile of cats at the /opposite/ wall. A metal gauntlet, presumably with the rest of the arm somewhere inside (and the rest of the adventurer further in), reaches out feebly and slowly, as if dragged down by multiple times the earth's gravitational pull.[ ] [SAVE] the poor bastard, holy shit. The last thing you need to do is make MORE enemies out here by lagging a stranger until she's annoyed half to death.[ ] [IGNORE] the poor bastard, and come back for her once you're done and/or secured the place. You've got bigger fish to fry, and no robot's going to get close enough to hurt her anyway.[ ] [QUESTION] Is she with Ein? Did she see an overactive big sister-type stagger through this passageway? What're those bigger bloodstains all about, anyway?[ ] [WRITE-IN]
>>41982992>[ ] [SAVE] the poor bastard, holy shit. The last thing you need to do is make MORE enemies out here by lagging a stranger until she's annoyed half to death.>Thereapist
>>41982992>[ ] [QUESTION] Is she with Ein? Did she see an overactive big sister-type stagger through this passageway? What're those bigger bloodstains all about, anyway?We'll totally save her from laggy eternity if she isn't. Ping Therapist to make sure it isn't Estelle.Can she even talk from beyond the lag?
>>41982992>[ x ] [SAVE] the poor bastard, holy shit. The last thing you need to do is make MORE enemies out here by lagging a stranger until she's annoyed half to death.I'd rather ignore him, but Shovel Knight won't allow this and she might get caught up in the cats too if we don't do something.
>>41982992>[X] [QUESTION] Is she with Ein? Did she see an overactive big sister-type stagger through this passageway? What're those bigger bloodstains all about, anyway?
>>41982992Wasn't Ein traveling with someone, Souls-tan I think?either way, [SAVE]
>>41982992[ ] [SAVE] the poor bastard, holy shit. The last thing you need to do is make MORE enemies out here by lagging a stranger until she's annoyed half to death.[ ] [QUESTION] Is she with Ein? Did she see an overactive big sister-type stagger through this passageway? What're those bigger bloodstains all about, anyway?
>>41982992>[ ] [SAVE] the poor bastard, holy shit. The last thing you need to do is make MORE enemies out here by lagging a stranger until she's annoyed half to death.
>>41982992>[ ] [SAVE] the poor bastard, holy shit. The last thing you need to do is make MORE enemies out here by lagging a stranger until she's annoyed half to death.Maybe it's Demon Souls!
>>41983187I don't think we want that to be true if she's on Ein's side.
>>41983290If it is, we'll just win her over with booze and friendship.
I told you not to use that factory. What comes next is on you.
>>41983309>boozeI think you mean SunnyD
Okay, looks like [X] [SAVE] takes the vote, along with I guess questioning the poor bastard, so WRITING!>>41983345I have no idea what you're talking about and it's starting to worry me
>>41983386health advisory no parts of sunny mead were actually exposed to the sun consume at your own risk
>>41983546There was some post before in the previous thread on the subject but I'm not sure what he was implying.
>>41983546To say that their usage of that factory dungeon pictured earlier was abusive would be as far beyond understatement as Urist's blood is beyond the legal limit.
>>41982992>>41982992>[X] [SAVE and questions are only natural!]You're aware of Shovel Knight's eyes on you, and you heave a tired sigh. Right, can't be a horrible influence underneath her watchful- and/or heroic- stare. You give a sharp whistle, and the cats scatter off of the poor adventurer's body, the pitter-patter of little feet fading into the distance as they go deeper into the dungeon.A handful of cats go the other way, though; as they pass by, Shovel Knight suddenly leans on you for support, nearly breaking your neck and/or making you stagger. Come to think of it, you... you really ought to be pushing against cat-related lag as badly as everyone else here, so why-"Souls!" Shovel Knight hurries forward to help the adventurer back onto her feet, and you blink; some of the bluster's worked its way back into your ally's voice. "You sure are a sight for sore eyes, my friend! What the devil are you doing here, of all places?"A faint recollection stirs the stained, crusted-over melting pot that serves as your memory; you've seen this lightly-armored ponytailed girl. She's the one who was talking to Souls, back at that Fighting Frogs bar just across the channel from Leanbox.... and she was also the one who talked to, and left with, Ein.Souls swipes some of the hair away from her face, giving your ally a weary smile. "Sorry for leaving you so suddenly. Something came up... duty called. You know how it is. Ha ha ha ha," she chortles in the most stilted possible way.It's... it's a little eerie, to be honest, but Shovel Knight seems familiar enough with it to take it all in stride. You step up and shoot the newcomer a gruff apology, probing gently all the while- didn't know there'd be anyone spelunking down here right now. Not after all that's happening between these goddamned nations, y'know-"It's fine. You weren't interrupting anything big," Souls replies, waving a gauntleted hand breezily.(Cont.)
>>41984487Just when you think you'll get along just fine with this girl, she grins widely enough to make you take a step back, pinning you with those exhausted dead-fish eyes of hers. "It's not everyday you get to hunt down an 8-bit era veteran and a goddess all at once. I've died eight times today alone, you know that? Ha ha ha ha..."Her laughter trails off, swallowed up into a silence awkward enough to make even Mojang cringe, if she was here.You're saved from having to reply (and/or scream, and/or grab Souls by the throat and shake her until things start making sense) by the sound of a boot crunching against gravel. Peeking around the far corner is a familiar head of shaggy brown hair, matted down with dried blood- eyes widening, Estelle hurriedly steps out, her classic hero's sword at the ready. "Urist! Get away from-"Before you can do a damn thing, Souls has gone from zero to sixty in no time flat, hurling herself into a forward roll and launching herself right at your surrogate big sister; her dull laughter echoes through the factory as the ponytailed knight is suddenly lashing out with a horrific spear carved from bone, and only Estelle's ridiculous reflexes stop her from getting gutted like a fish."Souls!" Shovel Knight yelps, taking a few uncertain steps forward. "T-This is not behavior becoming of a proper knight-"(Cont.)
>>41984510>Souls has gone from zero to sixty in no time flat, hurling herself into a forward roll and launching herself right at your surrogate big sister>Forward RollShe's not wearing the Dark Grain Wood Ring. No wonder she got her ass kicked eight times. Scrub.
>>41984510Cursing, you break into a run- and come to a stop when Souls' laughter is cut right the fuck off by Estelle lodging her sword right through her ribs, hard enough that its tip punches through her back in a wet-sounding spatter. With a tired grunt, the Dragon Warrior levers her boot against the body and shoves it off; Souls slumps against the ground, a rapidly-expanding bloodstain blossoming in the dirt beneath her....Holy fucking /shit/, that was a thing that just happened.Estelle takes a breath and looks up, her face terrifyingly blank for a moment- and then whatever combat trance has her recedes, and her expression breaks into a shadow of its usual bright grin. "... don't worry. She'll be up and running again in no time," she says reassuringly.It's your turn to sag in place, relief bubbling up and pushing past whatever else you're feeling right now. So many goddamn questions to ask, all crowding through to the tip of your tongue->CHOOSE ONE, AS THAT'S ALL YOU'LL HAVE TIME FOR-[ ] [BLANC] So- mission successful? Did she find the half-dead patron goddess of Lowee who may not actually BE the real deal (as much as you hate to break it to her)?[ ] [EIN] Okay, why the hell is the Warrior of Light (and Souls, for that matter) so deadset on trying to murder you to the fucking death?[ ] [THIS FUCKING FACTORY] Why on earth is Estelle here? Why is EVERYONE here? Why is Blanc here, assuming she's even here?[ ] [BRUTAL] Wasn't- wasn't that a /little/ bit unnecessary? Okay, so you're the last person who should be saying that, but- wow.[ ] [WRITE-IN]
>>41984554>[ ] [WRITE-IN]Pile up in a hallway and wall off.Then, ALL THE QUESTIONS.
>>41984554[X] [THIS FUCKING FACTORY] Why on earth is Estelle here? Why is EVERYONE here? Why is Blanc here, assuming she's even here?>Forward roll.Hah.
>>41984554>[ ] [BLANC] So- mission successful? Did she find the half-dead patron goddess of Lowee who may not actually BE the real deal (as much as you hate to break it to her)?
>>41984554>[ ] [THIS FUCKING FACTORY] Why on earth is Estelle here? Why is EVERYONE here? Why is Blanc here, assuming she's even here?Also we kinda gotta go.
>>41984554>Cursing, you break into a run- and come to a stop when Souls' laughter is cut right the fuck off by Estelle lodging her sword right through her ribs, hard enough that its tip punches through her back in a wet-sounding spatter. With a tired grunt, the Dragon Warrior levers her boot against the body and shoves it off; Souls slumps against the ground, a rapidly-expanding bloodstain blossoming in the dirt beneath her.If she was properly geared and optimized, that wouldn't have happened.
>>41984554>[ ] [BLANC] So- mission successful? Did she find the half-dead patron goddess of Lowee who may not actually BE the real deal (as much as you hate to break it to her)?>[ ] [EIN] Okay, why the hell is the Warrior of Light (and Souls, for that matter) so deadset on trying to murder you to the fucking death?>[ ] [THIS FUCKING FACTORY] Why on earth is Estelle here? Why is EVERYONE here? Why is Blanc here, assuming she's even here?>[CAT] Quantum stockpile Souls with 80 cat, 1 male, 79 female, and wall it off
>>41984554It could be so much worse, that could have been the Drakengard series under the cats.
>>41984554>[ ] [EIN] Okay, why the hell is the Warrior of Light (and Souls, for that matter) so deadset on trying to murder you to the fucking death?
>>41984554>[X] [THIS FUCKING FACTORY] Why on earth is Estelle here? Why is EVERYONE here? Why is Blanc here, assuming she's even here?
>>41984554>[X] [BLANC] So- mission successful? Did she find the half-dead patron goddess of Lowee who may not actually BE the real deal (as much as you hate to break it to her)?
>>41984554>[WRITE-IN]Estelle we found Mojang and she's with Green Heart only it's the real Green Heart at least we think so and Arfoire's been imitating her and that was a fake White Heart she took out so now she's in hiding and she had to cut off communications so I couldn't contact you but Mojang's hurt so we came here to get medicine but Ein was outside and she had your circlet and she was saying really weird stuff so we came down here and I don't know what's going on anymore.Oh, and I'm Dwarf Fortress now, apparently.
>>41984554[X ] [THIS FUCKING FACTORY] Why on earth is Estelle here? Why is EVERYONE here? Why is Blanc here, assuming she's even here?Think Souls is always like that, or is it just all the madman's insight she started getting recently?
>>41984711I'm sure she was fine like, the first week of existence.
>>41984554Hey were we ever in an official party with Blanc?If we were we should be able to see her on our Therapist right?
Alright, looks like [X] [THIS FUCKING FACTORY] is the biggest question right off the bat, although Urist will definitely be considering walling off another (relative) safe zone!assuming they have time for that>>41984547>>41984601>>41984613It's not entirely her fault! She's just been experimenting lately!>>41984711>>41984742Basically Souls' life in a nutshell.>>41984856If they've been in an official party together, then yes, she'd show up on Therapist. However, they've only met face-to-face and fought alongside each other very, very briefly, so it's hard to say if she'd show up with any clarity.
>>41984889>Basically Souls' life in a nutshell.That's fucking sad.
>>41984980Her catch phrase isn't 'Prepare to die' for nothing
>>41984554Well, I can see why Blanc was so crazy about even a hint of Arfoire.
>>41984554>[X] [THIS FUCKING FACTORY]>[X] [oh god we need another safe chamber]You take a few unsteady steps forward, and take a few calming breaths- right. Right. You're not gonna start crying cutely and lurching forward to hug your surrogate big sis in a big old dramatic reunion complete with pink bubbly backgrounds and the accompanying swell of soulful fucking background music. It's hardly the place for it, and Shovel Knight's already been traumatized enough today.So you clear your throat, pitching your voice down to its usual dwarven grumble, and wing the bloodied circlet in Estelle's direction. Took her goddamned time, that's what she did. You expected her to be chilling her heels at the Fighting Frog, not getting mired down in weird bullshit national politics and adventurers murdering each other forward and backward."Sorry, sorry!" Estelle chortles, catching her circlet; she peers at it for a moment, either inspecting it or trying to remember how the damn thing works, before carefully snapping it back onto her head. "I got held up a little. You know... found a stubborn goddess, found out how badly she was hurt, found some resistance, ended up here. All in a day's work for a hero!" she finishes with a flourish, bouncing on her heels (goddammit, you've missed these stupid little tics of hers).Your surrogate big sis catches herself, turning sheepish eyes toward a frozen Shovel Knight. "Ah... sorry about what happened. Someone as young as you, you didn't need to see something like that," she murmurs, bringing a hand up in apology.Shovel Knight stops staring at Souls' (fading?) corpse, shaking her head a little numbly. Armok knows what's going on behind that helmet of hers. "N... no, do not worry yourself. She was prepared for this sort of thing. Besides, I find myself with questions to ask her, the next time we meet," she adds tersely.(Cont.)
>>41985695You can't help but wince- fucking hell, you're gonna feel like an asshole if you ended up indirectly shattering someone's friendship to pieces- but you bring yourself back to the task at hand. Why the hell is Ein and Souls here, anyway- no, scratch that. What's Estelle doing /here/??The Dragon Warrior flicks her wrist, giving her sword one shake; the accumulated blood spatters against the ground in a bright red arc. You can't help but feel that she's gathering her thoughts; whatever she's been through must have been fucking /exhausting/. "We needed a hiding place," she replies simply. "I still don't know the exact cause, but Lady Green Heart badly injured Lady White Heart; it was worse than it looked on TV. Besides, I've heard rumors about this dungeon. It's a... a gift, of sorts, left behind by one of Lady Green Heart's Ascended."... a gift, huh. So that's what they meant by special meds spawning in this place and this place alone.Huh. The hell did she learn about /that/?"Got it in one," Estelle winks cheerily, unaware of your confusion. She finishes tending to her sword and straightens up. "Alright, let's go save us a goddess. And after that..." she trails off, looking at you expectantly.Well, no, BEFORE that, you're building a goddamn safe room to make sure that you're not blasted to smithereens by Ein or Souls or, for all you know, another fucking Guard Vermin popping up out of nowhere. And then, there's... uh.You start pulling entire blocks of dirt from the ground, not sure how to even BEGIN telling Estelle that she might've been protecting a disguised Arfoire or an Arfoire clone. The last time she heard anything related to Arfoire, she began flipping the fuck out.You clear your throat and get started, aware of Estelle's piercing green stare on you. First things first, there's something she should know about CPU White Heart-A familiar voice, hoarse and ragged, cuts you off. "What SHOULD she know about CPU White Heart?"(Cont.)
>>41985720The little terrified squeak you just let out was TOTALLY FUCKING MANLY, shut the hell up. You whirl around and stare at the apparition that lurches around the corner, and it's... it's CPU White Heart, assuming CPU White Heart walks around all the time looking like complete and utter shit. She's transformed into that HDD battle bikini thing that all goddesses fight in, but she looks absolutely battered and bloodied; there are gashes torn through her uniform, and its pristine snow-white is stained through and through in bright red.What's absolutely off-putting is the dead-eyed stare, and the lack of any sort of strength whatsoever; whatever CPU White Heart went through, it drained her of nearly everything. She's leaning against the wall, dragging that gigantic hammer behind her, looking all the more like a child who raided her fortress's weapons stockpile.You're not that familiar with goddesses, and even you realize that her eternal fury, that which is supposed to burn just beneath the Lowee goddess's skin at all times when she's in battle mode, is all but missing.Something is wrong here."Lady White Heart!" Estelle gasps. "You shouldn't be walking around with wounds like that!"CPU White Heart(?) stares blearily at Estelle. "The hell're you on about?" she grumbles. "The hell're you doing /here/?"Something is terribly fucking wrong here."Worse than I thought." The Dragon Warrior runs a hand down her face, and then- to your horror- she starts padding quietly over toward the injured goddess(?). "Come on, Lady White Heart, don't you remember? We were together-"Goddammit, Estelle! That's not the real-(Cont.)
>>41985732You're cut off by an internal alert- or rather, you've been keeping half an eye on Therapist, and even the slightest change in status gets your already fired-up nerves on high alert. You've been meaning to check the damn thing for the past few minutes now, but even with the threat of Ein making her way down here to murderize you, there never seemed to be enough /time/-Fuck. Yeah, it's as you expected- Ein's on her way down, and she's moving /fast/. Guess she got through those buzzards faster than you figured she would- not everyone's limited to crossbows and shit for ranged attacks, and she probably had something up her sleeve to take 'em all out at once or something. So Ein's on the move, and eyeballing Therapist, she's heading toward the little cluster of names representing you and Shovel Knight and-- and-(Cont.)
>>41985748Estelle is nowhere near your position right now.You look back up at Estelle, who is clearly right in front of you, walking to go help a much weaker CPU White Heart. Then you look back inside yourself at Therapist.Estelle is still nowhere near your position right now.You look back up again at Estelle, who's walking calmly and inexorably toward a CPU White Heart who can barely stand up straight, although the goddess's eyes are widening in slowly dawning realization. Your own eyes widen as everything you've seen so far slowly, reluctantly clicks into place with a grim nightmarish finality.Oh.Oh god.That's- that's not Estelle at all.[ ] [DESPERATION] Attack "Estelle" before she knows that /you/ know and while her back's turned. You've only got one chance at this.[ ] [CAVE-IN] Hit "Estelle" with a cave-in. With Shovel Knight's help, you can do it finely enough to avoid hitting Blanc.[ ] [STALL] Act like you haven't cottoned in on this- this /this/. Just stop "Estelle" from reaching CPU White Heart until Ein can get here.[ ] [RUN AWAY] You are not dealing with this shit. Grab Blanc, grab Shovel Knight, and hightail it the fuck out of here.[ ] [WRITE-IN]
>>41985767[ ] [2CAT] Flood her with ALL THESE CATS we have lying around.
>>41985767[ ] [DESPERATION] Attack "Estelle" before she knows that /you/ know and while her back's turned. You've only got one chance at this.
>>41985767>[ ] [CAVE-IN] Hit "Estelle" with a cave-in. With Shovel Knight's help, you can do it finely enough to avoid hitting Blanc.FUCK NOT NEE-SAN
>>41985767TOO BAD YOU DIDN'T CHECK THERAPIST FOR ESTELLE EARLIER LIKE I SUGGESTED.>[ ] [WRITE-IN] HOPE THIS FAKE LIKES A GOOD OL' CATPOCALYPSE. SUMMON THE HORDE.
>>41985767>[x] [DESPERATION] Attack "Estelle" before she knows that /you/ know and while her back's turned. You've only got one chance at this.
>>41985767>[X] [CAVE-IN] Hit "Estelle" with a cave-in. With Shovel Knight's help, you can do it finely enough to avoid hitting Blanc.
>>41985767>[ ] [WRITE-IN]Call down the cats to stall not-Estelle, grab Blanc(?) and RUN
>>41985783Seconding the Cats.
>>41985767>[ ] [DESPERATION] Attack "Estelle" before she knows that /you/ know and while her back's turned. You've only got one chance at this.Smash her shit, buy enough time for Eins to get here.
>>41985767>>41985783[X] [2CAT] Flood her with ALL THESE CATS we have lying around.Of course I'll vote for a cat option.
>>41985767>>41985783Small cats represent!
>>41985767It was either Blanc or Estelle as the doppel, really.[CATS] Even beaten up, I'm pretty sure goddesses have much more processing power than cheap knockoffs.Any bets that they're BOTH fakes?
>>41985835Would Blanc show up in Therapist? I don't know if we were 'in a party' so much as 'grudgingly tolerated'.
>>41985835>Any bets that they're BOTH fakes?I ain't discounting the possibility. Blanc can still excuse Vert's story about being too weak by not wanting a full power wreckage and being surprised by Vert.
>>41985767Alright, the votes are leaning overwhelmingly toward the write-in option of [X] [FLOOD THE BITCH(ES) WITH CATS]!Which is... actually a really damn good idea, to be honest, since ACTUAL goddesses can deal with cats better than knock-offs or clones can. Well-spotted.Writing!
>>41985848I doubt it. Probably run on different tiers of programming, so to speak.>>41985937ahah, called it.waaaiit. Is Mojang affected by catsplosion? Are PC games and by extension goddesses who ARE the hardware not as affected because they have much larger processing limits?
>>41985937Chekov's gun!Or in this case, Chekov's horrible FPS death glitch.
>>41986006She can do that?
>>41985977>Is Mojang affected by catsplosion? Are PC games and by extension goddesses who ARE the hardware not as affected because they have much larger processing limits?Nah, Mojang and other PC games are most definitely affected by catsplosion! What you're saying about the goddesses is more or less correct, though.
>>41986024So Urist not being affected by her own cats is because of something else.
>>41986006>>41986021Yup, she can do that both in canon and in here.>>41986033Basically!
>>41986024Country = goddess = hardware = processing powerI wonder if you could lag a goddess by trying to crash the continent like trying to run a 300-dwarf fortress
>>41986021Yes.>>41986043Time to glitch some things.
>>41986047>nce ACTUAL goddesses can deal with cats better than knock-offs or clones can. Well-sWe can crash a goddess by running Planepacked
>>41986033Maybe because they are her?Like she can't get hurt by her own EXE Drive?
>>41986047THERE ARE GOOD IDEASTHERE ARE BAD IDEASAND THEN THERE'S STUFF LIKE THIS
>>41986067Just have someone look at a few planepacked artifacts that are quantum stockpiled together.
>>41986067Oh please it's not like I haven't come up with worse ideas over the history of the thread like doing this, ensuring everyone in your fortress has legendary partying, then inviting every goddess over for a party that glitches out and lasts for eternity
>>41986061>>41986085>>41986091This is the sort of stuff that would end this quest in an End of Evangelion vibe: an entire planet screaming in terror as Komm Susser Todd plays on loop, followed by a BAD END credit roll.
>>41986114The only survivor is Segata Sanshiro. Who looks at the remains of Gameindustri, rubs his chin and nods before reforming them once more into a living world where all play SEGA SATURN!SEGA SATURN, SHIRO!
>>41986114>Achievement unlocked: The Greatest Party That Should NEVER Happen>Gained Mediocre Glitch Resistance>Adventurers cannot lag anymore
>>41986154>And from deep within the secluded Geofront hidden in Planeptune>one lone figure sits at the head of a long table under a florescent light, savoring her pudding>Just as Nep'd
>>41986114Sure, but at least a party would be FUN!And also !fun!>select all images of candy>plate of raw meat and vegetables, cake, mussel pasta, a loaf of bread, colored cheerios, a pile of asian dishes, bread dough, some sort of toasted meat wrap, candlesfuck you captcha
>>41986114And then dimension hopping begins.
>>41986195We need to hang out with Nep more so we can meet Segata.
>>41986217>dimension hopping. Suddenly Ogres.
>>41986195Can . . . Can we do something crazy and force a glitch to happen?abuse our therapist to damage fake Estelle and reveal her true nature?
>>41986255We only therapist party members and Fakestelle ain't it.
>>41986237Hyperdimension Boss Bawss Quest when, Blorp?
>>41986255Do you expect that to be the outcome, or do you expect her to gain Forgotten Beast template powers?Glitches are not necessarily our friends.
>>41986255knowing cheap knockoffs, it would be easier to cause them to hang.They might also just outright kill themselves if you managed to do the equivalent of scratching the disk.
>>41986287Why not do stuff like unleashing summons made by RAW duplication?
>>41986237>Jump to Ogreindustri universe>Nations are Planblorptune, Elfstation, Dwarfwee, and Leanbawss
>>41986287speaking of disks, would Monster Rancher be the Gamindustri equivalent of Kirby?
>>41986315Makes me sad it ended on a cliff hanger. We'll never see if Boss Bawss managed to make friends with the Trap Elemental.
>>41986323Shouldn't there just be an actual Kirby running around?
>>41986360The Devourer is probably ascended.
>>41985767>[X] [CALL IN THE CATS]For an excruciatingly long moment (maybe one second?), all you can do is scream internally, resist the urge to curl up into a fetal position and instead scream internally, and briefly retreat into an imaginary fantasy world where nothing horrible is happening before waking up, realizing that this is the reality you are stuck in, and continue screaming internally.You are a glitchy little moe personification dwarf girl thing living in the nightmarish world of Gamindustri, and you are 1000% certain that you are the LEAST qualified to play the grand old game of "figuring out which of these people is actually a murderous clone," where "all of the above" is a valid choice and the only remaining possible-clone would be fucking /goddess-level/ anyway.Seriously, the only choice you should be allowed to make is "which of these fine-looking drinks should I shove into the endless fucking pit that is my alcoholic maw"! Hell, you'll even take that one fucking question that's been lurking in the back of your mind, which is "what the fucking hell does a maxed-out Lily Rank and why do you have one with Mojang"!So basically, you just- you REALLY want to be somewhere else right now.You glance back at Shovel Knight, who's once again gripping onto her shovel to bend the metal. Girl's got some finely-honed instincts right there- she doesn't know what's wrong, but she knows enough to know that she OUGHT to be worried. So her hands are fucking tied.What was that shit she said again, earlier? About heroes being people with the power to do shit and the luck to be in the right place to do shit-- and you've got the tools to lag out anyone- including shitty clones of your friends- EXCEPT a fucking real goddess.(Cont.)
>>41986462A sudden impulse makes you latch onto every single cat you have in the dungeon, reaching out across the- across the whatever the hell it is you have, a user interface? A black screen with blocky white lettering?- and forces them right the fuck up here. Immediately, the chamber is filled with cats of all hues and breeds sprinting toward your position, ears flattened and tails held out straight, all of them descended from that modest pair of cats you'd released earlier."W-What the-" Shovel Knight whimpers, crashing to the ground. You'd be worried about her blowing your cover, except all the yowling, the meowing, and the hissing does the job anyway-And then footsteps echo in from behind. Ein dashes toward your fracas at impossible speeds-"From on high, the salvation of hngh oh goddesses what the FUCK-"- only to crash face-first into the floor, lag slowing down her reflexes and pinning her to the floor as she falls within the cats' ever-increasing sphere of influence.And it's increasing, all right- the cats are even getting in each others' way, filling the chamber to exactly one layer. There's nowhere to step that ISN'T covered in cats, and cats are starting to complain even more loudly as they're forced to step on each others' tails, heads, and whatever. You have just enough time to ruminate on how you're the only one not affected-"Urist. I swear to- to me, if you don't knock this off right now-"- when CPU White Heart's voice cuts in, and you shoot a glance at her. She's still weakened, still leaning against the wall, still dragging her hammer instead of wielding it properly- but she appears utterly unaffected by the catsplosion, frowning down at the carpet of felines stretching all around her.Your knees almost go weak in relief. Thank fucking ARMOK, you don't have to deal with a goddamn goddess clone. Okay, sure, so it raises a lot of other questions, but at least you don't have to worry that-(Cont.)
>>41986469"Haaahahahaha."Aaand there goes the relief, buried under ten tons of fresh ice that slide down your spine with enough force to crush it into powder."Estelle's" laughter trails off and she looks at the cats around her, as unaffected by the catsplosion as CPU White Heart. "What's this all about? Is this supposed to be some kind of joke?" She kneels down slightly to stroke a beautiful calico cat, which initially arches its back for easier access- and then /freezes/ at "Estelle's" touch, locked into a pose halfway between fight and flight, limbs juddering as glitches tear through its form."I honestly don't know whether to be insulted or impressed, 'little sister,'" the Dragon Warrior(?) chuckles, her fingers tracing down the cat's spine and wreathing the glitched calico in purple flames. "You're trying to separate the wheat from the chaff," she continues, brushing away bits of ash as she straightens up and looks right at you.Her eyes turn from purple to green, and her grin is terrible to behold. "And you got... me," says-- not Estelle. Not a clone. /They/ can't shrug off your 2CAT's lag effects.Only a goddess can. ANY goddess."And Keeper's been telling me /so/ much about you," purrs Arfoire, looking out at you through a mask of your surrogate big sister's face.Your gut instinct and your mind decide unanimously that it's time to start screaming internally again.[TO BE CONTINUED]
>>41986479Been a while since we chugged some alcohol.
>>41986479Guh.I don't even know anymore, I think we just die now
>>41986479Well shit.WHERE IS THE BONUS?
Alright, that's another horrible cliffhanger to end the quest at, and it's also 2 am on a weeknight again, so I'll be ending the thread here for the night!Next thread will be on SATURDAY, 8/22, at 8:30-ish pm EST! Scheduling updates will go to https://twitter.com/BlorpQuest and questions can go here or ask.fm/BlorpQuest (... you know what, I'm just going to start answering the backlog now and go 'til I have to sleep)!Thanks for participating, guys, and I'll hopefully catch you all next time! Hope you all enjoyed the thread.The... tragically bonus-less thread, because it's 2-ish am and I've basically had enough time to chop together an outline of the bonus scene and that's about it.[screams internally]
>>41986479>[TO BE CONTINUED]It's over!Maybe if we manage to distract her everyone else can get away. It almost sounds like she's willing to not kill us immediately.
>>41986510Blorp, Blorp! Will HDFQ end on an unannounced cliffhanger like OCQ?
>>41986047Okay, same guy here. Let's talk about some of the !fun! I've actually done in my real fortresses!>Set all cats to vampires>Set dwarf children to animals/tameable so I could have roving packs of children eating goblins. also boosted reproduction rate and tinkered a few other things so it wouldn't crash on me/get decent sized squads>Allowing forgotten beasts to be made from adamantine>Killing various legendary dwarves on purpose so I could enslave their ghosts and use them eternally on menial projects; with no pathing problems and no desire to do anything but work, this is always a bonus!>Failed attempt at making a blood-powered fortress>Failed(?) attempt that made dwarves heal back with various mutations from the wounds, it started interacting weirdly with the combat system and eventually something crashed
>>41986501Nah, there's still hope! Although to be fair, it'd have been more apparent if I'd popped up the choices.>>41986504>WHERE IS THE BONUS?oh shit um about that LOOK OVER THERE>>41986531Nope! Barring any unfortunate incidents, at least, but I plan to be in this for the long run. Hell, HDFQ's already longer than all my previous quests combined.Besides, I'm also putting together plans for OCQ's continuation and ending.
>>41986619>>Killing various legendary dwarves on purpose so I could enslave their ghosts and use them eternally on menial projects; with no pathing problems and no desire to do anything but work, this is always a bonus!Now THIS is a lack of morals. I bet you don't even give them booze!>>Failed(?) attempt that made dwarves heal back with various mutations from the wounds, it started interacting weirdly with the combat system and eventually something crashedSo a healing cancer?
>>41986638>That SpoilerTHAT IS THE BEST NEWS.Will we get a Hyperdimension Boss Bawss Quest Oneshot out of it too?
>>41986619>Adamantine forgotten beastsWHY>Failed attempt at making a blood-powered fortressBlood doesn't even pool at liquid depths, does it? Yet?
>>41986649Nope, no want for alcohol or food. They got plenty before they had an "accident.">healing cancerNot exactly. They'd sprout tentacles, hands, extra organs, and occasionally even forgotten beast things when their injuries healed. I don't know if it was a bad reaction with the health system or the combat system, since the tests I ran made it seem like the health system was working fine with these changes.
>>41986692... y'know what? When HDFQ ends, I'll probably slip it in as the very last bonus for the quest.It will probably end up being short.
>>41986725Awesome. I look forward to it entirely.
>>41986714>and occasionally even forgotten beast thingsbecause dwarves are TOTALLY okay with that.....can dwarves get sad about their own injuries/deformities, causing them to tantrum?
>>41986695>WHYFOR THE GLORY OF ARMOK, OF COURSE.[/spoiler]It turns out the game checks weight of the forgotten beast for speed; being that adamantine has the weight of styrofoam, they were also hideously fast. It actually ended up being killed by one of my dwarves after shredding most of the military and quite another non-military by being kicked into the abyss.[/spoiler]>poolingNope. I started trying a hacky method, breaking things on the way, but eventually gave up.
>>41986748Not last time I played. They're real troopers!And if you drive a dwarf completely insane they're always ecstatic all the time, although keeping them functional afterwards is a problem.
>>41986748>....can dwarves get sad about their own injuries/deformities, causing them to tantrum?I'm honestly not sure about the new version, but in the old version, I'VE gotten sad about their injuries/deformities.Nothing is more hideously depressing than watching an armless one-legged dwarf want to wash himself off, crawl to the soap stockpile, "grab" soap, drop it by dint of having no hands to grab it with, crawl ten squares before realizing his mistake, crawl back to the soap pile, "grab" soap, drop it by dint of having no hands to grab it with, crawl ten squares before realizing his mistake, crawl back to the soap pile...
>>41986850Hey Blorp, can Urist still not summon more dorfs?
>>41986850>Shovel Knight is now KurumiThat makes a surprising amount of sense. Gamindustri is probably a net PLUS on her sanity.
>>41986725Thanks for writing!it seems our method of attack is always glitches and gimmicks, did we ever just legitly go into a martial trance and attacked something with a weapon?
>>41986495Offer Airfoire booze, she's arrogant enough to drink it. WE WILL DRINK UNTIL DAWN and hopefully we can get her drunk enough that we can escape.
>>41986934We've punched the MOBAs before.
>>41986850Sounds like mine attempt to get a job.
>>41986867I... huh.I think she technically /can/, but not in large numbers, and controlling them with Therapist alone would cause some problems.>>41986889Sadly, I'm not familiar with the series she's from, but- yeah, there's enough clean fanart of her as Shovel Knight (i.e. 2 pictures) that it's usable in-quest.So Shovel Knight's got purple hair, twintails, and ribbons underneath that helmet. Yay...?>>41986934Attacking stuff with weapons was basically the entirety of Urist's tricks before awakening into her powers! I don't think she ever went into a martial trance before, though. She just sort of... y'know. Panics and tries not to die.
>>41986995She's from a zombie apoc manga and is the main zombie killer of the group. She uses the shovel because it was the only thing on hand when the sempai she had a crush on and rescued zombied right in front of her.She's had a hard life.
>>41986889>>41986995From /a/'s very own draw threads, in case anyone wants to see it.
>>41987030HOPEFULLY NEXT THREADIF NOT, I'M IN (MORE) TROUBLE
>>41986462>"what the fucking hell does a maxed-out Lily Rank and why do you have one with Mojang"!We need to get her better so we can blow everyone away with our couling skills and combo EXE Drives.Hey Blorp, what bonuses does Urist give for Lily Rank?
>>41986995>>So Shovel Knight's got purple hair, twintails, and ribbons underneath that helmet. Yay...?Even heavy plate armor won't let you escape being a moe little girl.
>>41987150Being able to drink more.
OH GOD IT'S 3 AM, so this'll be the last round from me. Thanks again for participating, guys!>>41987032... jesus fuckI saw the art and thought "oh hey, it's some sort of adorable cute-girls-doing-cute-things manga that happens to take place in a post-apocalyptic WHY">>41987035yeah, that's one of the ones I'm going to useseriously, how is that a product of a 4chan draw thread, that's fucking impressive>>41987080Actually literally completely undecided!>>41987173Shovel Knight doesn't really mind! Urist (and Rash- er, 'Rush') is literally one of the only ones in Gamindustri who DOES.>>41987150>>41987176... you know what, I had a legitimate answer that mostly involves focusing on combo EXE Drives and shit like that, butThis is probably THE most important Lily Rank stat addition that Urist can give to others. So yes.>>41987176ADMIT IT, YOU'RE JUST LOOKING FOR EXCUSES TO POST THIS
>>41987207Love ya, Blorp. See you next time.
>>41987207Good Night Blorp
>>41987207Damage cap break? Regen? Moe?
>>41987207>some sort of adorable cute-girls-doing-cute-things mangaI mean, you know, it is. In some ways even more so, because of the distinction between "Surviving" and "Living".it just has some pretty crazy things going on. Not Dark Souls bad, but Shovel Knight might be able to relate.
>>41987207It's spoiled now, but you should still give the firsrt episode or chapter a read through, it's all kinds of fun.
>>41987286you know i totally will.>choose donutsthis is fucking cakes, captcha.
>>41987330GO TO SLEEP
>>41987343SHUT UP MOM
>>41987437DONT MAKE ME CALL YOUR FATHER
>>41986934We've kinda been fighting above our weight class recently so we've been fighting dirty, but Urist really appreciates the feeling of punching someone's teeth out.
>>41987588Wasn't there this one time when we glitched out and fired crossbow bolts at a rate of a modern machinegun?
>>41987262>>41987032What mango (or series?) are you talking about?
>>41989396Gakkou Gurashi, or School Live!/a/ is in love with it, both before and now with the currently airing anime. One of the few shows that does a decent job at subtlety.
>>41989461Ohh right, that one.