A soft wind blew through the trees, causing their leaves to rustle. The sky is clear blue, but the sun's light just isn't enough to warm the chilly air. Berry hated the cold. It made him want to fly south, back to the big white tower where he met his master and her friends. What he hated far more, however, was the severe shortage of berries growing this far north. There were bugs, lizards, and many other things to keep him filled, but the only berries he could find here were all small and pathetic, like the cold had shriveled them up.'I miss home...' He thought to himself. The other place, Galloway as the humans called it, was alright he supposed, but this land was absolutely dreadful. It was cold, the berries were too small, and on top of that his master and the other humans would be going into the bad place, the Forsaken Lands, in a few days. Berry knew his master would keep him safe when they went into the Forsaken Lands, but he was still very nervous. Even though he was not human, he knew the Forsaken Lands were dangerous. Big things lived there, things that could eat him very easily.'No good, not enough berries here.' Berry thought to himself. He had flown out here from the big grey tower, thinking he'd find a snack to take his mind off of the coming journey. Sadly, he could not find enough berries to eat, so he had to settle for bugs once again. They were filling, but he missed the sweet taste of the berries he'd often find back in Iseria.
>>42444438Having filled his stomach for now, Berry contemplated what to do now. He couldn't hear his master calling for him, so she was probably still busy with the ritual she'd been setting up in her room since she woke up. He couldn't understand the details of it, but he knew it was something she learned from a book back in Galloway. He didn't think she needed him for it though, if she did she would have called for him. If she didn't need him, he supposed he could just explore outside a little or visit one of the other humans.>Explore the wild>Explore the Grey Watchtower>Visit one of the other humans>Go back to Joan, see if there's something you can help with anyways>Other
>>42444451>>Explore the Grey Watchtower
AWWW YEAH TIME FOR SOME BERRY
>>42444451>>Explore the wild
Oh boy time for best birdI'm not on my laptop yet since it's early here,but soon
>>42444698Oh drawanon, you're too good to us.
>>42444451'Master's busy. I shouldn't bother her right now.' Berry thought to himself. Still, there was no point staying out here in the cold, so he decided to make his way back to the big grey tower.It wasn't a long flight, he made sure not to stray too far from Joan. He learned it was hard to hear her when he was far away, so he always made sure to stay somewhat close. The armed guards standing atop the tower walls payed him no mind as he flew overhead, coming to settle in a tree growing within the tower courtyard.Down below, the tower's occupants trained hard. Most of them were natives, but Berry could see a few of his master's friends training here as well. The two new humans from Galloway were training together, while the quiet one with the spear was training by herself. The human that always wears his helmet was off to the side, sleeping or something.While looking around the courtyard, someone bumped roughly into Berry's tree, causing the branches to rattle a little. Surprised, Berry looked down at the offending human. The human was wearing black armor and was slumped against the tree, seemingly in pain. Two other humans, also wearing black armor, seemed to be laughing at him.Berry remembered being warned just yesterday to avoid the humans in black armor. With that in mind, he wondered if he should find a different tree to settle in.>Visit the two new humans from Galloway>Visit the quiet lady with the spear>Visit the sleeping helmet man>Stay in the tree, see what happens>Other
>>42445312>Visit the quiet lady with the spearJustine needs friends.
>>42445312>>Visit the quiet lady with the spear
>>42445312>Visit the quiet lady with the spear
>>42445312>>Visit the sleeping helmet manRoost into his helmet, make it your quest Berry, roost into each of the human head/helmet
>>42445312>>Stay in the tree, see what happens
>>42445312Berry knew that the quiet lady, Justine, was good friends with his master, Joan. He never really spoke much with her though, not outside of translating for Joan at least. He had nothing else to do right now though, so why not?Spreading his wings out, Berry flapped his way over to where the lone spearwoman was training and settled on her shoulder. Justine, feeling him land on her shoulder, stopped mid spear thrust against the dummy and looked over at him."Berry? Does Joan need something?" she asked."No. Joan busy with magic. No need anyone right now.""...Then why are you here? Is there something you want?"Want? Berry wanted a lot of things. Warmth, berries, and...well, mostly just those two in all honesty. Wait, maybe that's not what Justine meant though. Maybe she was asking why he was there? Even after becoming Joan's familiar, Berry still had trouble with human talk every now and then.>Berries>Warmth>"Berry's just bored. Berry thought he stop and say hi. Hi.">"Berry just wonder, why you train alone when other humans train together?">Other
>>42446016>"Berry's just bored. Berry thought he stop and say hi. Hi.">"Berry just wonder, why you train alone when other humans train together?"
>>42446016>"Berry just wonder, why you train alone when other humans train together?">Warmth
>>42446016>>Berries>>Warmth>Berry also bored
>>42446016>Warmth>"Berry's just bored. Berry thought he stop and say hi. Hi.">"Berry just wonder, why you train alone when other humans train together?"Why is Berry so cute?
>>42446016>>"Berry's just bored. Berry thought he stop and say hi. Hi.">>"Berry just wonder, why you train alone when other humans train together?"
>>42446116Because he is best bird
Sorry folks, had a bit of a distraction. Writing now.
>>42446158Great now I realize the wings aren't on the same level.Hindsight is a bitch
>>42446016"Berry just bored. Berry thought he stop and say hi. Hi.""...Uh, hi?""Berry also wonder, why you train alone when other humans train together?" Berry continued, paying no mind to Justine's slight confusion."I'm training by myself because everyone I know is either busy or already training." She answered simply, already starting to go back to training on the practice dummy."Why not ask humans you don't know?""I did. After enough lost, no one wanted to spar with me anymore. Still, I suppose it could be worse. Celia can't spar with anyone except her brother and Siegfried."Berry turned his head to look at Celia, one of the new humans from Galloway. Now she was practicing on a dummy while the other new human watched. Berry thought he could see stuffing start to fall out. No wonder no other humans want to fight her.After one last jab, Justine finally lowered her spear. "I think that's enough for today." She said, wiping sweat from her brow. "I think I'm going to head back inside. Tell Joan I said hello when you see her Berry.">Stay with Justine a while longer>Visit another human, see what they're doing.>Go back to Joan's room. Is she still working on that ritual?>Other
>>42446930>Visit another human, see what they're doing.
>>42446930>>Visit another human, see what they're doing.
>>42446930>>Visit another 'human', see what they're doing.Aleria
>>42446930>visit crazy fan
>>42445510I'm okay with this
>>42446930Not wanting to bother Justine, Berry parted ways with her there. He considered going back to Joan's room, but knowing her she would probably still be busy with that ritual. Instead, Berry decided he would visit one of the other humans, see what they were doing. Question was, which one?>Human with shiny sword (Siegfried)>Helmet man (Ganelon)>Strong red-hair human (Erika)>Lazy human (Reinhardt)>Horse human (Roland)>New humans (Celia and Geoffrey)>Pointy ear man (Nerillian)>Pointy ear girl who talks too fast (Avaline)>Pointy ear girl who's friends with pointy ear girl who talks too fast (Aleria)>Other
>>42447427>New humans (Celia and Geoffrey)or>Pointy ear girl who talks too fast (Avaline)
>>42447427>Pointy ear girl who's friends with pointy ear girl who talks too fast (Aleria)
>>42447427>>Helmet man (Ganelon)>Helmet manBerry...
>>42447427>>New humans (Celia and Geoffrey)Maybe Celia will talk to Barry
>>42447427Berry wasn't around when Sieg called himself a jackass?Maybe he should ask everyone what a jackass is and call him Jackass with shiny sword
>>42447510We haven't met Berry until we're innawoods trying to save that girl,I'm not sure whether we still referred to ourselves as a jackass by then though
>>42447427>New humans (Celia and Geoffrey)
>>42447427>Pointy ear girl who talks too fast (Avaline)
Alright, writing now.
>>42447427Berry had to admit, he didn't know anything about the two new humans except that the horse human, Roland, was always staring at them. Being that he had nothing else to do, Berry decided no was as good a time to learn about them as any.Spreading his wings once more, Berry flew over to where the new humans were practicing, landing atop the brother's head. Geoffrey, feeling something land on his head, reached a probing hand up to his head, where his fingers brushed against Berry's feathers."Oh? Seems we have a visitor.""Visitor?" Celia said, turning around to see Berry sitting atop her brother's head."Indeed. I believe it's that mage's familiar. Berry, was it?""Berry is Berry, yes.""Of course you are. Did you come here to watch Celia train, or is there something you need?">"Berry not need anything. Unless you have berries. Do you have berries?">"Berry just bored. Not have anything else to do, so Berry come to say hi to new humans. Hello new humans.">"Berry just looking around. Why dummy so beat up? Did dummy do something wrong?">"Berry see horse human watch new humans a lot. Berry curious about why new humans so interesting that horse human watch so much.">Other
>>42447928>>"Berry just bored. Not have anything else to do, so Berry come to say hi to new humans. Hello new humans.">"Berry see horse human watch new humans a lot. Berry curious about why new humans so interesting that horse human watch so much."
>>42447928>"Berry not need anything. Unless you have berries. Do you have berries?">"Berry just bored. Not have anything else to do, so Berry come to say hi to new humans. Hello new humans.">"Berry just looking around. Why dummy so beat up? Did dummy do something wrong?">"Berry see horse human watch new humans a lot. Berry curious about why new humans so interesting that horse human watch so much."Ask everything
>>42447928>>"Berry just bored. Not have anything else to do, so Berry come to say hi to new humans. Hello new humans>>"Berry see horse human watch new humans a lot. Berry curious about why new humans so interesting that horse human watch so much."
>>42447928"Berry just bored. Not have anything else to do, so Berry come to say hi to new humans. Hello new humans.""I see. A pleasure to meet you then, Berry. I am Geoffrey, and this is my sister Celia."Celia nods politely towards Berry, before returning her attention to the practice dummy. She swings her sword once, twice, then on the third swing the wood keeping the dummy upright finally splinters, causing the dummy to fall over, utterly broken.Geoffrey sighs. "That's the third one today Celia. I told you to hold back more.""You break three dummies already? No wonder horse human always watching you.""Horse human?" Geoffrey asks curiously."Roland, Berry means. Human names hard sometimes.""Ah, him. I had no idea he was watching us.""He watch all the time. Berry wondered what made new humans so interesting, but Berry think he see now. New humans very strong!"Geoffrey chuckled. "Thank you Berry, although breaking the dummies is nothing to be proud of. Knight-Captain Aleksander will probably be irate that we broke another one.""Sorry." Celia apologized. "I tried to hold back.""Were you? Because from my perspective, it looked like you weren't at all. Is yesterday's sparring match still on your mind?""...""I thought so." Geoffrey said with a sigh."What happen?" Berry asked, tilting his head."Celia had a sparring match with Siegfried and lost. As you can see, she's still sore over it.""I am not sore." Celia muttered defensively.>"But Siegfried already beat in Galloway. Why sore after losing again?">"Celia sore? Talk to nice old man in robes, he good at making pain go away.">"Of course new girl lose to Siegfried, Siegfried strong! Beat giant bull monster and save Berry Girl!">Other
>>42448536>"Of course new girl lose to Siegfried, Siegfried strong! Beat giant bull monster and save Berry Girl!"Dat Behemoth fight baby.
>>42448536>"Of course new girl lose to Siegfried, Siegfried strong! Beat giant bull monster and save Berry Girl!""Shiny sword man didn't even have wings like Berry back then."
>>42448536>"Of course new girl lose to Siegfried, Siegfried strong! Beat giant bull monster and save Berry Girl!"
>>42448536>"Celia sore? Talk to nice old man in robes, he good at making pain go away.">There, Berry helped, can Berry have berries now?
>>42448536>>"Of course new girl lose to Siegfried, Siegfried strong! Beat giant bull monster and save Berry Girl!"He wasn't nearly as shiny then either!
>>42448536>"Of course new girl lose to Siegfried, Siegfried strong! Beat giant bull monster and save Berry Girl!"Sieg 2stronk
>>42448536"Of course new girl lose to Siegfried, Siegfried strong! Beat giant bull monster and save Berry Girl, not even have wings like Berry back then!""You see Celia, even Berry agrees. It was a fair fight, there was no shame in losing."Celia doesn't respond. However, Berry noticed that her grip tighten on her sword hilt."In any case," Geoffrey went on, changing the subject. "Who is this Berry Girl you mentioned?""Berry girl is nice girl. Gave Berry berries when Berry visit. Was kidnapped by giant wing demon one day, taken to bad place. Siegfried look for her, get taken too. Break out and rescue other humans though, then kill giant bull demon.""Ah, I see. So that is how you encountered him and the others then?""Yes, Berry meet Joan and other humans after Siegfried bring to big white tower. Siegfried capture Berry near Berry Girl Town, bring back to tower. Stuck in bag with other things, very dark. Scary, but Berry got berries after let out, so it okay.""Is that so? And what was that earlier about wings?""Siegfried have wings, you not know? Get them from shiny weapon, grow wings like Berry's, except shiny and six of them."Geoffrey scratches his chin. "I was not aware Siegfried could do that. Interesting. Well, it was a pleasure meeting you Berry, perhaps you would like to-"Berry didn't hear the rest of Geoffrey's sentence, as the sound of a loud explosion coming from within his mind drowned out his words.
>>42449303'Master? Master?!' Berry chattered frantically in his head. The explosion must have come from Joan's end of their mental link, was she alright?'...I'm fine, I'm fine.' Joan wearily replied.'Is master hurt? Should Berry get nice old man?''I told you Berry, I'm fine.' Joan said, sounding more frustrated than hurt. 'No need to worry about me.''Are you sure?''Positive, although this mess is going to take forever to clean.'Berry breathed a sigh of relief. The explosion he heard was loud, he was worried Joan had been hurt in whatever ritual she was doing."...ing wrong?""Huh?" Berry said, snapping back to reality."I said, is something wrong? You got very quiet all of a sudden.">"Berry fine, what you say earlier?">"Berry okay, sorry. Master need me though, need to go.">Other
>>42449325>>"Berry okay, sorry. Master need me though, need to go."time4bonding
>>42449325>>"Berry okay, sorry. Master need me though, need to go."
>>42449303>>"Berry fine, what you say earlier?"
>>42449325>>"Berry fine, what you say earlier?"
>>42449325>"Berry okay, sorry. Master need me though, need to go."
Just went to grab a drink. Writing now.
>>42449325"Berry okay, sorry. Master need me though, need to go.""Oh, okay then. Perhaps some other time then. Take care Berry."With that, Berry spread his wings once more and began flying up towards Joan's room. The window was closed, so Berry tapped the glass three times with his beak. A moment later, Berry could see Joan move up to the window, opening it just enough to let him in, then closing it behind him.The room was absolutely covered in black scorch marks and grey ash. From wall to wall, and even up to the ceiling, not a single inch of the room was spared. Joan herself was also covered in dust, her clothes burned and damaged by the explosion."What happen?" Berry asked, concerned.'I fudged the ritual.' Joan answered in his head. 'Not sure what I did wrong, I guess the sigil wasn't drawn properly? Either way, I messed up the ritual and now I've got to deal with this mess.'"Can Berry help?"'Not with the cleaning, no. If you could though, would you mind opening that tome on my desk to page 217 while I get changed? I want to see where I messed up.'"Berry can do that, Berry will do it right now!"Berry, glad to see that everything was alright, flapped over to the book on Joan's desk and started turning pages with his beak. Behind him, Joan grabbed the brim of her hat and pulled it down, the hat magically growing until it encompassed her completely."215...216...217! Berry found page!"'Would you mind reading the fourth sentence to me then?'"Berry can do that! Er-hem! 'When drawing the sigil on the floor, be sure to use a mix of Salamander dust, ground Ignis salt, and ashes from a naturally lit fire as chalk'."'Did it say Ignis or Ifrit salt?'"Ignis."'Oh, dammit! I should have known that's what I missed. Father would never let me live it down if he knew I made that sort of mistake.'
>>42450089A hand reaches out from under the enlarged hat and pulls it back, causing it to shrink back to it original size. Joan, now wearing clean clothes, dusts the hat off and places it back on her head.'Well, so much for getting this done before we go to the Swamp. I'll have to buy more reagents and start from scratch when we get back to Iseria. Void, can't believe I mixed Ifrit salt with Ignis salt. What am I, a novice?'>"What is ritual supposed to do?">"Please don't do again, Berry scared you might hurt self.">"Don't worry master, you get it for sure next time!">"We get next time. How we clean room now though? Smell like smoke and fire now.">Other
>>42450109>>"Don't worry master, you get it for sure next time!"Optimism!>"What is ritual supposed to do?"
>>42450109>"Don't worry master, you get it for sure next time!"
>>42450109>>"Don't worry master, you get it for sure next time!">"What is ritual supposed to do?"
>>42450109>>"Don't worry master, you get it for sure next time! How we clean room now though? Smell like smoke and fire now.">"What is ritual supposed to do?"
>>42450109"Don't worry master, you get it for sure next time!"Joan grins. 'Assuming I don't do anything stupid like mix up names again. I appreciate the optimism though. Here, let me see if I still have any...there we go!'Joan reaches into her hat and digs around for something, pulling out a small jar of berries a moment later."Master, you have berries?!"'Picked them up while we were in town. Don't eat the whole jar though, you'll get fat if you do.'"Berries not make fat! Berries good, good for Berry, good for soul!"'Alright, alright, just don't eat them all at once like I said.'Joan opened the jar and left it on the desk. Berry then eagerly jumped up onto the jar's rim and started greedily eating berries."What is ritual supposed to do anyways?" Berry asked between mouthfuls.'A few things, actually. It's supposed to make the user and their spells stronger, especially fire spells, among a couple other things. The idea is to decompose certain elements into a pure aetheric strain and...Oh come on Berry, you're already covered in juice?'Berry looked up from the jar, confused. Indeed, his face was already covered in juice.'Look, just hold still.' Joan said, reaching into her hat once again and producing a small cloth. She set her hat down and started wiping Berry's face for him, getting the sticky juice out of his feathers and off his beak.As Joan was cleaning Berry off, there was a knock at the door. Berry, now well adjusted to his job as a translator, fluttered onto her shoulder while Joan opened the door. Behind it was helmet man, Ganelon.'Ganelon? What brings you here?'"Ganelon? What brings you here?" Berry translated."Apologies for coming uninvited, miss Joan. I simply hear and explosion and thought I should come to investigate. Are you alright?""Oh, don't worry. I'm fine, messed up a ritual but I'm fine." Berry said on her behalf. As he did though, a thought occurred to him.
>>42450880'He say he hear explosion?' Berry asked Joan mentally. 'How he hear from courtyard, don't think others in courtyard heard.''He was in the courtyard? That is strange...'"How you hear from courtyard?" Berry asked on his and Joan's behalf."Hm? Oh, well you see I was meditating in the courtyard just below your window, so I heard it in the distance. You said you were performing a ritual though? What sort of ritual?""Ritual from book, "Ancient Elemental Magic". Ritual supposed to make stronger, especially with fire magic. Made small mistake, but it just made a bad mess. I'm fine." Berry translated, not specifying on the simple mistake Joan made at her urging."Ah! I see, that is good to hear. That you were unharmed, I mean. Well, I just thought I'd check to make sure all was well, do you require assistance in cleaning the mess?""No thanks, I've got it covered. Do me a favor though and don't tell the others though.""I don't see why you wish to hide it, but very well then. Please do be more careful in the future though."Assured that all was well, Ganelon left the two of them to deal with the ritual's mess."This take forever to clean..." Berry complained.'No helping that. It's incentive to be more careful from now on though.' Joan replied optimistically, pulling a broom and dustpan out of her hat."Berry help if he could, but Berry not have hands..."'Don't worry about it Berry, I've got it covered. Just please don't tell anyone about the mix up, I'd be embarrassed if anyone found out.'"Master's secret is safe with me!"Joan reached out and patted Berry on the head. 'I'm glad to hear that. Also, remind me next time we go shopping to pick up Ignis salt, don't let me grab Ifrit salt again by mistake.'"Berry will remember! Next time in town, Berry will remind master to buy Ifnis salt this time!"'...On second though, maybe I should just write it down.'
>>42450898With that, Joan began cleaning and Berry settled down on the desk, next to his beloved jar of berries. It would take until night for Joan to finish cleaning, at which time both she and Berry settled down to sleep, their trip into the Swamp swiftly approaching with dawn.
Alright, having trouble staying awake so I'm going to have to call it a night here. Sorry the thread was short, but I hope you all enjoyed it regardless. I'll be running a normal thread of HSQ either tomorrow or Sunday, and next week since he tied in the strawpoll I'll be running another side story for Alastor sometime on the weekend. Keep an eye on the twitter in case anything changes.I'll stick around a little bit for questions if anyone has them. Thanks for playing folks, I hope you all had fun.
>>42450957Thanks for running boss!Alright we're on downtime so you know the drill.Throw me requests if you like,rules as usual.
>>42451432Berry pecking at Levi (belt form) while an epic battle is happening in their minds (represented by a thought bubble)."Epic Battle" can really be anything you want it to be.
Hey sparks. Would it be possible to have Siegfried hatch and familiarize a wyvern?Let the baby wyvern treat Berry as older brother for some hillarity.
>>42450880>Berry discovers the elemental magic book that i wrote few threads back.Welp Berry and Joan are my favourite characters now.
>>42451906Bless you drawnon.
>>42451694That's hilarious. And ironic. If you guys visited Siegfried, Berry would have actually overheard Siegfried talking to Aleria and Leviathan. Then Leviathan would have noticed Berry and wiped his memory. But not before scaring him.>>42451830I hate to crush your dreams anon, but that wouldn't work out. You see, wyverns are monsters, and monsters are even harder to deal with than demons, because while a demon can be negotiated with so long as they stand to gain something, a monster just really wants to eat you. Some might be at human levels of intelligence, but they all still universally hate humans and want nothing more than to eat them. It's just their nature.>>42451853I've been waiting for a chance to add the book to the story. Joan got it just shortly before you guys left Galloway's capital.>>42451906>Is berry good for you!God dammit.
>>42451958Oh wow I fucked up the spoiler. I'll take that as my sign to go to bed already.
>>42451694>SKREEEEEE-ONKYet another masterpiece by the magnificent drawfag.
>>42451958I can assure you that the pun was completly unintended
>>42450880I'm kind of impressed Joan managed to purchase those berries without the aid of her thought-to-speech translator.
>>42451967Rest Sparks so nex time the thread lasts a bit longer.So there's no possibility to hatch a baby wyvern and raise it differently? Bummer.Also we need to talk and learn more about Joan. Girl juat got a bag of holding up her hat full of secrets.
>>42452014Probably just used a pen and some paper to get her point across
>>42452015What if we fed it humans till it came to love us, or at least regard us as reliable source of food?
>>42452169Saved, so saved. I love you so much drawanon.
>>42452071Um how abot feeding it demons and sheep instead?Also as far as i remember monsters are either magic animals or cursed humans.
>>42452284Levi would probably object to using demons as fodder but eh
>>42452402Only envy demons.And we won't be facing many of them anyway since ass soon they sense Levi they'll be our bitches.We just feed it greed and wrath demons etc.
>>42452284They're neither, really. They were a cheep knockoff of humans and animals by Malphas, not demons but not natural lifeforms as we would think of them, and their nature reflected his bitter hatred of Aureus' works. Apparently they always hate humans, without exception, and only desire to eat their flesh. Personally I hope we get the chance to negotiate with some of the more intelligent ones. Some of them are sapient, and I hope this means we get the chance to at least communicate with them because of this. Anything that's sapient should in theory have the capacity to ignore their hatred of a being if the circumstances are good enough.
>>42452235Well I had to.Does anyone have a good link for Dungeon Meshi's scanlations though?
>>42452458>>42451967Thanks for the thread, Sparks and Drawanon! Was awesome as always.
>>42452015Well what else would you use such a hat for
>>42452169bless you drawanon, bless you.
>>42451432The dummies literally hopping away in fear of death by training.A jar of Ignis Salt and a jar of Ifrit Salt, their labels just smudged enough that you can't tell which is which. A hand is trying to grab one but is confused.Berry landing on someone's head and posing while Siegfried pulls out a camera for a photoshoot.The black, one eyed, eight-winged beast with pseudopods for feet, ElderBerry
>>42453606No prob,m8>>42453654Got it,give me a moment
>>42453896Also I'll be away from home for most of the day tomorrow,so if we're running by then art will have to wait till I get home
>>42453896this one's the best