Become The Vampire Quest 10You decide to head back to your room to study since your Latin class is cancelled. You pull out your phone on the way and text Sammy to make sure she's doing alright, and when you get back to your room you've got a reply."Doing fine. Literature was boring. I should transfer to the creative writing class."You look at your schedule for a moment. Either you went to the wrong classroom, or you were signed up for the wrong course. You could change it and have another class with Sammy, or continue sharing a class with Mark to see what makes him tick. You text Sammy to let her know who else is in the creative writing class and to tell her you're glad she's alright, and you grab your tome and sit down to study.You set your phone up to translate words as you need them, and to build up a dictionary of words you do and don't know so that you can study appropriately. You delve back into your research, both in Latin and in blood magic.-Smarts roll plus Monster Lore, +1
The Rules:Same system as Become The Dragon Quest. If you don't know what that is, it's best of three d20 rolls. I name a stat that sums up what you're trying to do, and if I don't name a relevant skill, you try to fill in the blank based on what you're trying to accomplish. “Break open the door” might be Strength based, but if you've been playing baseball after school and there's a lead pipe nearby, you could apply your Baseball skill to the roll. A 20 on the die is a crit threat, and if either of the other two rolls is 20 or higher after mods, it's a critical. A crit fail is when you have two or more 1s. So far this system has worked out well enough. We'll get into combat rules as needed, but in basic terms you have wounds, not HP, and the worse the wounds, the more penalties you accrue while doing other things.Most Important Rule:Have fun.StatsStrength 0Speed 2Smarts 0Sleuth 1Sneak 2Schmooze 1Skills:Acrobatics 2Climb 1Conceal 2Crossbow 1Dagger 1Dodge 1Endurance 1Hunt 1Monster Lore 1Perception 1Vampire Lore 2Quest Twitter:@BecomeQM
Rolled 19 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43903045
Rolled 18 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43903045rolling with a deep fear of /tg/ dice
>>43903092Good, that means you know proper respect.
Rolled 10 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43903045
Rolled 11 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43903045
>>43903088>>43903092this thread is starting real good
>>43903209You're looking really good too..
Your bury yourself in your research, loading the dictionaries full of all sorts of words, from the tome and the textbook. Some of the words are really easy to remember. Sequor. Sequence. The verb "to follow". Others are more abstract, so you add them to your list to study. You make some progress with the book, too. The first real spell is a simple healing spell designed to restore a body based on what is offered. A life for a life, though the translation is more along the lines of "trade a life and you can save someone else from dying from any wounds or illness they might have". It's not immortality, but if you can pay the proper price you'll be able to bounce back from all kinds of things.The second spell you decode is another mark upon the soul. This one regenerates your blood more quickly, so that you can write your arrays and symbols with less risk and on a larger scale. That ritual requires a new moon, but it's required for most of the other spells that you can find. For now, at least, you're limited to healing magic.Well, you thought you were. You reread the first spell, the ritual to mark the soul, and find something that you misread earlier or missed entirely. Once you're marked, you can manipulate your blood. Not only does this make writing the spells even easier, it means you can stop the bleeding from your injuries, or even get rid of awkward boners. You pause for a moment. You could also force blood to pool down there. Would that make it bigger? You aren't sure, but you hope so. The look on Sammy's face...You wrap up your study session and contemplate your last class of the day. Shop. Woodworking and metalworking and other such things. You could blow it off, but that would ruin all the effort you've put in so far today to get your attendance perfect. You hide your time away and contemplate the rest of the day.>Go to shop class>Blow it off and do something else>Other (write-in)
>>43903391>>Go to shop classOliver, no sense of right and wrong...
>>43903391>Go to shop classNow we have to learn hemomancy, for the boner magic.
>>43903391>Go to shop class
>>43903391Stakes Tipped crosses.Because fuck you.
>>43903391>Go to shop class>>43903421Hey, it's there. It's just selective.
>>43903391How about I blow you off QM?>Go to shop classAlso>Inb4 Immortality requires you to sacrifice someone you have had "relations" with
>>43903442Those'd be weird to try and use, kinda.Although we should invest some time in further study of the vampire menace. Whatever use we put that to is largely...you know. Kind of irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
Speed roll plus Dodge, +3
>>43903452That's why we go vampire route rather than hurting others needlessly.
Rolled 19 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>43903490
Rolled 6 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>43903490wuh oh
Rolled 1 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>43903490
>>43903490>>43903478Just to makethree closest points, fine, bottom point, a stake, just to gauge more reactions, see if anyone there is vamp.
Rolled 9 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>43903490MARK! WHY!?Aside from the obvious reasons I mean.
>>43903504goddamn. That's, what, the 7th dodge roll we've done in the past in-game day that's broken 20? Do we get a skill point for this shit?
>>43903510stop rolling Mark.
>>43903580The first three balanced out to a 12.
You head for the shop class and look around a bit as the bell rings. You don't spot anyone you immediately recognize, so you head for one of the work tables and sit down. A few minutes after the bell rings most of the other students are getting antsy, and you find yourself wondering where your teacher is. Then you hear the scream of pure delight coming from the room next door as an engine roars to life, followed by a cry of panic.As the hunk of spinning metal hurtles through the wall and right at you, you see your life flash before your eyes. You duck down and feel it pass inches from your head. It hits the wall behind you and cracks it before hitting the ground. A woman in a tank top and overalls peeks through the hole and waves at you."Sorry about that. My bad."She steps through the hole and smiles at you and the rest of the terrified students."Class time, right? What do you guys wanna build today?">Write-in
>>43903602I don't think that's how our rolls work.I think the 22 supersedes the 4, though
>>43903602Best of three, not average of three.
>>43903647>Well, a helmet now.
>>43903647>how about a collapsible crossbow
>>43903647>How about a helmet? Or something that won't kill everyone?
>>43903647Pile bunker! A pile bunker with a cross-shaped stake! Oh god I want it!
>>43903647>A new pair of pants
>>43903647A helmet or sheild
>>43903647A dagger a silver dagger
>>43903734>Shop class>Working Silverriiiight>>43903694>>43903703>>43903755>Outing ourselves as a hunterReally?
>>43903647A sword umbrella
>>43903763Well then, how about a collapsible ballista? We can transfer that knowledge to a crossbow on our own.
>>43903647Just a wooden box
>>43903763Crossbow could at least be rationalized away as it being a relatively simple machine that's pretty cool.No real excuse for a pile bunker though, especially with those specifics, not to mention that that's probably way out our crafting league.
You raise your hand and break the silence."A helmet?"The teacher grins at you and strides over."A helmet! Like it. Simple, easy to make. A good first project. Since nobody else spoke up I'll pick their projects. You? You can spend this class working on the design and sketching it out. I'll go over materials with you once you figure out what you want."She walks back through the hole and comes back with paper and some colored pencils, depositing them on the desk in front of you and turning to pass out projects. You pick up one of the pencils and start sketching whatever comes to mind. Batman's mask, a soldier's helmet, a gladiator helmet. You fill the page with scribbles and start to piece together something that's visually striking but simple to make. As you sit back to look it over you find the teacher right beside you."What do you think, bronze? I'm thinking bronze. It would look cool, and I get to teach you about casting and forging.">What could go wrong? Sure thing.>Couldn't I just carve it from wood or something?>Other (write-in)
>>43903824Right? We're a teenaged guy. Having zero interest in weapons would be abnormal.
>>43903862>What could go wrong? Sure thing.Definitely would be useless to make it out of wood.
>>43903862>What could go wrong? Sure thing.The answer is everything, but we need to learn Metallurgy sooner or later, preferably sooner.
>>43903862>What could go wrong? Sure thing.
>>43903862>>What could go wrong? Sure thing.Could I wear it in class?>>43903863That's an incredibly specific Hunter weapon anon.
>>43903862Don't we already have a helmet? The golem(that name is impossible to spell) gave us the little badge thing that transforms into it.
>>43903917Meliora, it's not impossible, you're just stupid.
>>43903917>Wearing Hunter gear when not huntingwe can at least wear this to shop class to avoid getting head trauma
>>43903917It's primarily for protection from our shop teacher.
>>43903940>>43903917Anons, you're missing the point. This one lets us pretend not to have a tech advantage for a while.
"Will it be dangerous?"The teacher nods and grins."Yep. But if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."You smirk at her."I'm up for anything. When do we start?"She points to a pile of wood."Prototype it. Make a wooden demo version and get the size right. Step one is always to sketch, step two is always to make a rough version using inexpensive materials. Test and test until you're confident you can take it to the next step. Now grab some wood and get carving."-Strength roll, +0
Rolled 4 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43903979wouldn't dagger apply?
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>43903979What's with the turkey captchas?
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>43903979
Rolled 16 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43903979Monster Lore, remember what your father taught you about fighting Treants.
>>43903997I'm having you roll for endurance right now, not skill
>>43904079Monster Lore then. You need endurance when fighting the wood devils, sonny.
>>43904105Knowledge doesn't affect physical ability anon. Or does knowing you need arm strength to fire a machine gun from standing position give you actual arm strength. Apply some logic before you ask stupid questions.
Rolled 2 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43904105How about I lore your monster anonSmchooze rolling for dat dick
>>43904158>Implying we can't push our body further than normal recalling our dead father's words of advice against the leafy menaceThis is a joke, as were the previous two posts about it, in case you still haven't caught on.
You grab a hunk of wood and carry it back to the work table, fetching a hammer and chisel and setting about roughing the shape out. You spend the rest of the class chiseling the wood, carefully hollowing it out bit by bit. You feel like you're barely making any progress, and when the bell rings your arms ache. You sincerely hope Meliora will consider going easy on you. You exit the classroom and stretch a bit, trying to soothe your tires muscles, when you get a text. You check your phone and open the message from Meliora."Meet me by the south side of school. I have the suit ready for you, along with the helmet. No backing out, you promised."You sigh and smile, heading off. She's probably going to kick your ass, and then you'll have to apologize to Sammy for missing track. Maybe you can get some ice from Angie or something. When you reach the south end of campus you spot Meliora, who turns and starts to walk away. You follow her to a secluded area near a small grove of trees, and when you arrive she presents you with the suit and helmet."No one ever comes by here. We should be fine to practice.">Get this over with, get changed and spar with Meliora>Can we reschedule? My arms hurt.>Other (write-in)-Last post for the night, Q&A til I pass out.
Waitwaitwaitwaitwaaaait, where can I find thread #9? It is not in the suptg archives!
>>43904196>Get this over with, get changed and spar with Meliora
>>43904196>Get this over with, get changed and spar with MelioraGo go power ranges
>>43904196>Get this over with, get changed and spar with MelioraFYi nowhere near my best, sprained my ankle in hunting class.
>>43904196>Get this over with, get changed and spar with Meliora>"but I'm hurting, so we'll have to go with a short session. we need to hurry, I promised to go to the track meet after this.">>43904194sorry anon, it read like you were trying to rules lawyer out a bonus
>>43904196>Get this over withwe promised."Well alright, how was class?"`
>>43904239No worries m8, I was just trying to be funny.
>>43904230>>43904196Sure"Will the suit be able to compensate for that or at least keep my ankle from going all out of sorts?"
>>43904215Added it to the archives.
>>43904278Are there different breeds of werewolves like there are vampires?
>>43904278Is this the "keep it alive I'll be back tomorrow" kind of thread or the "let it die as I walk once more through the gates of retail hell" kind of thread?
>>43904369Let's assume it's a "keep it alive"So tell me, anon, do you think we made the right choice with Sammy? Or is she going to hold our actions against us?
>>43904966Not that anon.Personally, I don't think she's going to hold it against us.But I don't know that it was the right move regardless. Time will tell I suppose.
>>43904196>Get this over with
>>43904966>>43905055We moved too soon
>>43905970Yeah but "no brakes!" anons wanted lewds
>>43905970Yeah, thinking this as well. Should have stopped her at armlength. But well, the lewd was a good read.
>>43904355Yes, there are. Timber wolves, which would be the Wolfe clan, midnight wolves, like Mark, and arctic wolves. Given the fact that hair color seems to be a good indicator of clan, the fact that Sammy and her mother are both naturally platinum blond (or near enough) could mean Sammy is a mixed breed. It also means her mom is an ice cold bitch. Get it?>>43904369I mean, they blocked 4chan on the company network, so I can't quest at work. Mostly I wanted to carry on just a little longer. If it's alive when I get home I'll continue some more. You've got 12 hours to keep it afloat.>>43907483Thank you for the compliment
>>4390760512 Hours? pssh We kept the BTDQ thread alive for about 2 Days this is nothing
>>43907633Fair. I have a few minutes before work, so I'll post the rolls I need for the next post, and I'll write up the next one during lunch or something.Strength roll, +0Speed roll plus Dodge, +3Luck rollI'll step out and use my phone during lunch to check the rolls. Feel free to post other questions while I'm out. We'll finish this thread tonight.
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>43907899Luck roll
>>43907899Well. First roll in this quest. Lets hope I don't roll as shitty as usual yeah as if anything nice would ever happen to me :^)Rolling for STRONK
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>43908012wot, roll not showing up. oh it's dice+ not roll+Well, still for STRONK
Rolled 5 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>43907899Well maybe Speed will be better than>>43907948>>43908029Well our schmooze rolls are still great
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>43907899Luck
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>43907899Strength
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>43907899Strength
Rolled 12 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>43907899Speed+dodge
Rolled 20 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>43907899Speed
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>43907899One more Luck
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>43907899Luck>>43908384At least my speed roll is baller
>>43907899You got:Strength 17Dodge 23Luck 11And I look forward to it, BTQM. It gets me through my nights at work faster.
>>43907899Fall Asleep at 5am, thread's still going nearly 11 more hours later at 4pmI'm serious, tell me who your self insert is so i can waifu the fuck out of them.
>>43908784QM's, much like Vampires, don't sleep like normal humans
>>43908784It's the MC, QM likes being ordered aroundJust joking. We love you, QM.
>>43908784It's Fenright. I love gadgets, I'm single, and I enjoy anime. Fenright just takes those things to 11, along with some emotional insecurities and more blatant disregard for lab safety in terms of what should be allowed in the classroom.Make a Smarts roll. You've spent so long dodging, and dodging well, that you're gonna get a boost, but you might get extras if you roll well on this. On my lunch break writing the next post currently.
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>43911922
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>43911922
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>43911922
Alright, next post goes up at 8 PM, EST. See you folks then.
>>43912436Looking forward to it
>>43911922Time to waifu fenright I guess.>>43912436three more hours away bruv, baka, blue ball game strong you tease.
>>43912436jeez, why'd there have to be timezones
>>43912436fuggg, would that be 2 AM, UK time?
>>43913941>8 PM, ESTgoogling that shows 1am
>>43913966fuark, guess I'll have to catch up on it after the session if it's starting that late.
Sucks to be a britbong
>>43914084Sucks to be anyone not in the right time zone.But brits have a good point, we are awake when some cool QM's are around most as well. e.g. Crusty Jones.
>>43911922Half an hour to go
"Let's get this over with then."You grab the suit and helmet, both of which immediately fold or collapse down to smaller sizes. They're shaped like they fit together, and when you connect them your phone vibrates. You take it out, and it opens a slot for the helmet and suit. You glance at Meliora, before inserting the badge-shaped device into your phone. It closes and buzzes for a moment, before adjusting its size to accommodate the additions and presenting you with a new app on your home screen.Henshin.God damn it.You can't help chuckling a bit, and you hit the button to launch the app. It opens up a menu so you can set a sequence of movements and words that will launch the app automatically, and you set it to run only when you hit the icon for now. You'll save the wacky poses and dramatic dialogue for later. Maybe "Die, monster, you don't belong in this world" or something. You activate the transformation sequence, and your phone latches onto your wrist, deploying the suit and helmet and adjusting the fit.Meliora folds her arms and looks you over for a moment as you get used to the suit. You can tell it's padded, but it's also incredibly flexible, and it moves with you, reinforcing your movements. You feel like you could lift a car, or at least move it several inches with a punch. Meliora nods to herself."That suit will help you move faster and hit harder, and the sensors will help you detect the proximity of various monsters. It's not an exact science, they are magical creatures after all, but at the very least you'll know when a vampire is nearby."-Treat Speed and Strength as 3 while wearing the suit.-Meliora holds her hands out in front of herself and places them over her heart."Engage combat form."
There's a brief flash of pink light, her school uniform replaced by a black combat suit with pink decorations. She swipes her hand through the air, pulling a rifle from seemingly nowhere, and Canny, her assistant, appears hovering over her shoulder. She cocks the rifle and it hums softly."This is Canis Major, my weapon. It works in concert with Canis Minor, automatically adjusting the shots based on Canny's scans. But I won't be shooting at you today. We're going to be engaging in hand-to-hand combat."The rifle vanishes in a shower of pink sparks, and Canny chirps at you, flying over to rest on your head while Meliora gets into some kind of stance. You've only ever seen kungfu movies, never studied it, but it looks a little like kick boxing or something. You mirror her stance and hope for the best. There's no sense telling her you barely know how to fight, she'll probably beat the lesson into you either way."Just a quick note, my arms are tired and I sprained my ankle earlier."Meliora nods."Noted."She lunges at you, fist hurtling towards your face.-Dodge increased to 2Block increased to 1Brawl increased to 1-Nearly half an hour later she still hasn't managed to land a solid hit on you. You're mostly playing keep away, diving and dodging around each attack and studying her movements. Once you're sure that you can at the very least fight back you start to retaliate with some blows of your own, and when you manage to punch her in the gut Meliora stumbles back a bit and frowns.
>>43916954Magical girl transformation sequence?
"...my upgrades must not have finished. Well, I didn't get to properly try them out, but at least I know you're not dead weight. You've earned the suit. Just try not to abuse it too much."You nod slightly."How do I get this thing off, by the way?" Meliora grabs your hand and shows you the screen on your wrist. There are a bunch of options to customize the suit, as well as a quick release button to stow it away again."Here."She lets go, and Canny flies back over to her as she transforms back to normal."Have fun at the party. If you need me I'll be playing games all evening."She grabs her bag and starts to walk away.>See you later then>If you wanna come to the party, maybe Sammy can invite you>Thanks for the fight. Maybe when your upgrades are sorted out we can do this again.>Other (write-in)
>>43917021>>Thanks for the fight. Maybe when your upgrades are sorted out we can do this again.We Kamen Rider Skull now. I whole-heartedly approve.
>>43917021>Thanks for the fight. Maybe when your upgrades are sorted out we can do this again.
>>43917021>Don't feel too bad about not getting a hit in. Noone ever does, regardless of what sort of unnatural thing they have going on. It's like a gift.
>>43917021>If you wanna come to the party, maybe Sammy can invite you>Thanks for the fight. Maybe when your upgrades are sorted out we can do this again.She's just making excuses innit she?
You smile slyly at her."This was fun. How about we do it again when you're in top form. I learned a lot, and I want to see you at your best. It was already pretty impressive."Meliora looks over her shoulder at you, smiles, and turns away with a huff."Promise not to cry when I beat you next time and I'll consider it."As she walks off you try to think of where her father drew inspiration for her personality from. It feels a little like cheating, but if you can work out their likes and dislikes you might be able to surprise her with a gift to get on her good side. You grab your bag and head for the indoor track to meet up with Sammy.When you arrive you aren't disappointed. The boys and girls are training together, with Sammy leading the group around the track for the warmup exercise. You take a moment to take in the view of all the cute girls before one of them calls out."Sammy!~ Your beloved is here!"You weren't aware Sammy knew any gymnastics, but her stumble and fall turn into a cartwheel and she keeps running, although now her face is bright red. She waves at you, coming around the track towards you with the others.>Wave back>Blow her a kiss>Head off to get changed>Get her to stop and ask what you need to do>Other (write-in)
You wave back and give her a smile, but she doesn't quite meet your gaze as she runs by, and the girls behind her are all snickering or grinning over some inside joke. Maybe someone caught wind of what you two did, or realized why she's been blushing around you. Either way, something is eating her. You head to the lockers and get changed, streching and watching them do their final laps. After they finish warming up Sammy walks over to you, panting softly."We're working on endurance today, so I'll be taking the group to the woods for an outdoor run. Fresh air, nice views, that sort of thing."You nod and give her a cheerful smile."Sounds good to me. I'm already warmed up from helping Meliora out though, so I'm set."Sammy smiles a little bit, and you can just about picture her tail wagging."Alright. Shall we get going?"Behind Sammy you can see one of the girls making a kissy face at you while another laughs. She's the team captain and they're mocking her behind her back. She's provably better than them but they don't respect her. It ticks you off, more than you expected.>Let's move out>Looks like they're talking about us behind your back. What should we do?>Confront the girls>Other (write-in)
>>43917712>Run along side them and, in the most Asperger's way, ask them what they're talking about. Loudly. Mention snippets we heard if they try to be evasive. Never get offended, always seem just happy to have someone to talk to.
>>43917712>Looks like they're talking about us behind your back. What should we do?
You try not to make your glance too obvious before looking at Sammy.“Don't turn around, but they're talking about us over there. What do you want to do?”Sammy hangs her head a bit and strokes her cheek idly.“I was planning on ignoring them... Some of them are... 'naturally gifted', so they don't really have to try to run fast. It means we end up with gossiping vampires scattered about with the serious athletes, and it brings out the worst in both... So long as they don't do anything beyond talk, I'm just going to ignore them. I've heard worse.”She gives you a smile that tries to look confident, but you can tell it's still bugging her. You give her a nod anyway though, and she turns and runs over to the group. As everyone starts to line up in pairs she waves you over, and you fall in line next to one of the girls. Sammy pulls a whistle from her pocket and on her signal the group starts to jog behind her, following her out to the woods.As you head into the woods the group starts to thin out, people falling in where their pace dictates and starting to cluster up a bit, some of the girls moving almost as a pack, and the rest of the runners moving in groups of two or three. Sammy is up ahead at the front, leading the group and cheering everyone else on. The girl you started running next to has been keeping perfect pace, and the instant you're out of earshot of the nearest group she turns to you.“So, what's the deal with you and the captain? There's a rumor flying around that you swept her off her feet or something.”>Well, I am a handsome man. I mean, have you seen me?>We're just friends, but there might be something more there. Why, do you think I have a shot?>Rumors are rumors. We're friends, but I think that's it for the time being.>Who wants to know?>Other (write-in)
>>43918069>Who wants to know?
>>43918069>>Well, I am a handsome man. I mean, have you seen me?>Who wants to know?
>>43918069>Well, I am a handsome man. I mean, have you seen me?>Who wants to know?
>>43918069>Well, I am a handsome man. I mean, have you seen me?>Who wants to know?Changed muh vote
You smirk a bit.“I can understand where that rumor came from. I mean, a handsome transfer student comes out of nowhere, suddenly one of the female students has a change of fortune and life starts getting better for her, and they become friends. It's a pretty logical leap to make, if you look at it that way. But before I go answering your questions, I want to know who's asking.”The girl rolls her eyes and glares at you, and for a brief moment you feel genuine terror as you look at her.“Get over yourself. And the name is Andrea. I'm asking because she's my friend and I don't want her getting hurt. The fact that you're acting like a smug, aloof jackass isn't getting you any favors. So, straight answer. Are you with her or not?”You almost trip as your mind wanders, trying to piece together how to respond. She's being awfully protective, but then again, she's right about your smug reply. Could have been worse though. At any rate, friend of Sammy or no, Andrea is looking out for Sammy. You think.>She's my girlfriend, yeah. Things are moving pretty quick though, so we're gonna slow it down.>We're just friends, no need to worry. Things might progress in the future, who knows.>I actually hardly know her, but we've hung out a bit. I've got a crush on her. Do you think she likes me?>Easy there, stalwart hero of the land. I'm just trying to crack a bad joke.>Other (write-in)
>>43918305>>Easy there, stalwart hero of the land. I'm just trying to crack a bad joke.>Other (write-in) Thank her for being Sammy's friend.>She's my girlfriend, yeah. Things are moving pretty quick though, so we're gonna slow it down.I was beginning to think the poor girl didn't have any friends...
>>43918305>Easy there, stalwart hero of the land. I'm just trying to crack a bad joke.>We're just friends, no need to worry. Things might progress in the future, who knows.
>>43918374SupportBut switch the second and third parts around
>>43918305She could be lying to us about being her friend. Trying to get information out of us.
>>43918305>Easy there, stalwart hero of the land. I'm just trying to crack a bad joke.>We're...it's awkward to place what we are now. Things have been moving pretty quick. But I promise, I only want what's best for her.
>>43918511Yep. That is a thing that could be happening here.
>>43918305>Easy there, stalwart hero of the land. I'm just trying to crack a bad joke.>We're just friends, no need to worry. Things might progress in the future, who knows.>I WAS thinking of asking her out, maybe. You're her friend, what kind of movies does she like?
>>43918305>>43918562That's a pretty good one. Either we learn she's bullshitting, or we learn a good place to take Sammy on a date.
>>43918528Fuckin'.... I give ONE PERSON the benefit of the doubt, QM, ONE! Fuckin' got me running Shadowruns all goddamn day
>>43918562>>43918305I kinda like this but maybe we should drop maybe asking her out.I'm not sure.
>>43918511We didn't have to roll sense motive, so she's clean.
QM's spooked me, so I'm changing from >>43918374to >>43918562
>>43918637Nah, I just roll that sort of thing on my end for you. Otherwise we need to stop for rolls every time you meet someone new.
>>43918675Then statistically speaking we got a 19 as the end result and she's clean.
>>43918562I support this as well. I'm awake and at work QM. Let's do this.
You adjust your pace a little bit, speeding up ever so slightly, and you give her a smile.“Easy, tiger. No need for the claws, I was just trying to make a joke. A bad one, sure, but a joke. Considering how many gossips there are at this school, I didn't want to make it easy in case you were just mining me for information. I mean, we're friends.”Andrea nods a bit.“Just friends?”You shrug a bit and look up ahead at Sammy. She's trying to get the people right behind her to match her pace. You smirk.“Maybe. I mean, that might change in the future, but I'm not psychic. I like her though. Maybe I should ask her out.”You turn back to Andrea and chuckle a bit.“Hey, you know what kind of movies she likes, right? I mean, you're her friend, of course you do... Think you could help me out a bit? I want to make a good impression.”Andrea huffs a bit and starts to run ahead of you, closing the gap with the next group and passing them by.“Sammy would never fall for a guy like you. You're all talk and no result. You wouldn't stand a chance in a million years.”Is that a challenge? You do believe so.>Time to show Andrea you're not all talk>Let her run off, you don't have to prove anything to anyone>Other (write-in)
>>43918826>>Time to show Andrea you're not all talk
>>43918826>Run up and match Sammy's pace.
>>43918826>>Time to show Andrea you're not all talkOh well now we've gotta step up. Why do we have to prove ourselves to every. Single. Person!?Angie's the only one who hasn't fucked with us!
>>43918826>Time to show Andrea you're not all talk
Speed roll, +2
>>43918826>Time to show Andrea you're not all talkLet's stand up for ourselves. And make sure we text this conversation to Sammy asap, and why we said what we said,so she's not caught unaware and we avoid any unneeded drama.
>>43918867You don't have to prove yourself to her. It's just a thing that seems appropriate to do considering the situation.
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Rolled 4 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>43918890+ Endurance?
Rolled 17 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>43918890SPEEEED!
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>>43918919Thank god I was slow>>43918930
Alright, and when Andrea inevitably turns this into a race will you stop when you reach Sammy and let her outrun you for the win or continue your sprint into the woods to prove you're better than she is?
>>43918986stop at sammy
>>43918986Stop at Sammy.
>>43918986Stop at Sammy, woods is a trap.
>>43918986Stop by Sammy. No reason to let her isolate us in the woods, and this is Sammy's pack. She's alpha here, let's support her, not undermine her.
>>43918986Stop with Sammy.
You speed up your pace considerably and pass Andrea a little ways behind Sammy. She matches your speed with a glare, and you just keep on smiling, cranking up your speed. Right as the pair of you are about to sprint past Sammy you slow down and match Sammy's pace, falling in beside her while Andrea bolts away. She smirks at first, before doubling back when she notices you're next to Sammy, running alongside both of you. Sammy is blushing profusely, and Andrea is glowering, positioning herself between you and Sammy. Well, at least you know for sure she's being protective, though to what end you don't know.>Continue the jog in silence, enjoy the view, no need for drama>Ask Sammy how she met Andrea>Ask Andrea how she met Sammy>Other (write-in)
>>43919118>Ask Andrea how she met Sammy
>>43919118>Ask Andrea how she met SammyLet's be polite and not talk through her. We do want to know more about Sammy anyway.
>>43919118>>Ask Andrea how she met SammyPlease don't be a vampire/werewolf/demon thing that wants to kill us using our girlfriend as a trap. Pretty please.
>>43919118>Ask Andrea how she met sammy
>>43919118>>Ask Andrea how she met Sammy
You turn to Andrea and smile sweetly, ignoring her stare. It's like she's trying to melt your brain with her mind or something.“So Andrea, how did you meet Sammy, anyway?”Sammy perks up slightly but doesn't say anything, looking intrigued, and Andrea glances at her briefly.“We've been friends since we came to school. I mean, we haven't hung out much since her accident, but it's not like we haven't stayed close. I've known her about a year and a half now.”Sammy nods slightly.“Andrea helped me out when I first came to this school. I didn't know anyone, and she stood up for me. I found my confidence with her help.”Sammy chuckles a bit and smiles, blushing softly as she looks at you.“Kinda like what I'm doing for you now, helping you settle into the school, though you were the one who helped me out that time too.”Andrea looks at Sammy, then at you. It's only then that you see it. It's not just anger. It's jealousy. You only see it for a moment, a flicker across her face as she realizes how Sammy probably feels about you. Then just like that it's gone, and she puts on a pretty obviously fake smile.“Heh, yeah. You always need someone to bail you out, huh. At least you won't have to lean on me so much anymore, right? Saves me the trouble.”Sammy doesn't seem to have a clue what's on Andrea's mind, and she laughs, gently jabbing her on the shoulder."I can stand on my own two feet. I just... like the support. I don't wanna have to do stuff alone."Andrea nods numbly, smile wavering.>Write-in
>>43919333>You know, now that Sammy...has more free time, maybe we all can hang out some. You can tell me all the embarrassing stories about her that she'd never fess up to.
>>43919333>Write-in, Thank her for taking care of Sammy, it makes us happier, knowing that she isn't alone when we aren't around. Oh, we're going to have to have a fucking TALK with Sammy tonight, holy shit!
>>43919333It's good you have other friends Sammy, Andrea seems nice. Much nicer than that Vanessa chick. Where is she anyways haven't seen her all day, not sick is she?
>>43919397What are you flipping out about?
>>43919333>>43919392I'll second this. The more casual we are about this, the better.
>>43919392This one, seconded. The others>>43919397>>43919438 are too creepy possessive. We're slowing down a bit, remember?
>>43919459Anon is probably assuming Sammy was sleeping with Andrea, which was implied NO WHERE.
>>43919459Andrea has got it BAD for her, but you're right, we probably shouldn't tell her. This is probably gonna be a thing to discuss on our own with Andrea.>>43919490Right, sorry, wired on coffee and rum at the moment, didn't mean for this >>43919397 to be weird
>>43919333>>43919392Yeah, I'll back this too.
>>43919531>Andrea has got it BAD for herThat's one way to interpret that, I guess.
>>43919580I'm just guessing. Maybe I am jumping at shadows, but it seems like a solidly dramatic thing to have occur. I dunno.
You give Andrea a soft jab of your own.“Now that Sammy has more free time, how about we all hang out sometime? You can tell me all the embarrassing stories she'd never fess up to.”Andrea looks at you for a moment, and you give her a reassuring smile, trying to subtly tip your hand that you know what's going on with her. She blinks, rubbing her eyes and grinning at you.“Oh, I've got some juicy ones. Don't you worry about that, I'll be sure to give you the unabridged versions.”She laughs a little and starts to run off, speeding away. Sammy shrugs a bit and smiles cheerfully.“Andrea has always been a little wild and free. She's always burning herself out during practice... I just hope she was joking about the stories though. I swore her to secrecy about a few of the... worse ones.”Sammy looks at you for a moment and pauses.“N-Not that there's anything too bad. Just... You know how you have that one friend who you get in trouble with and do stuff you shouldn't do with, like sneak into places after dark or something? Andrea is that friend for me.”You shake your head a bit.“I don't, actually. I haven't had a friend like that. I moved around a lot growing up, so I never had much of a chance to make any serious friendships.”Sammy looks ahead at Andrea.“Well, maybe Andrea would be willing to get into some more trouble. Now that I don't have to deal with Vanessa I need to rebuild my life and get my studies on track... but I'm pretty sure if you asked you'd find you've got a lot in common.”>Should we bring her to the party then?>Maybe this weekend or something. We can hang out and get to know each other, all three of us>I'm guessing you're gonna be pretty busy these next few weeks then?>Other (write-in)
>>43919703>Maybe this weekend or something. We can hang out and get to know each other, all three of usShe normal or?
>>43919703>Maybe this weekend or something. We can hang out and get to know each other, all three of us
>>43919703>Maybe this weekend or something. We can hang out and get to know each other, all three of usIs she in the loop on everything?
>>43919703>Maybe this weekend or something. We can hang out and get to know each other, all three of us>discreetly ask if she's human or not.
>>43919703>>Maybe this weekend or something. We can hang out and get to know each other, all three of us
>>43919703>Maybe this weekend or something, we could bring her to the party?>Discretely ask if she's human
>have to deal with Mark>have to deal with bitch mother>have to deal with lesbian friendFuck this shit, Wolfu isn't worth it.
You look at Andrea, watching her as she starts to run off into the distance. You're pretty sure she's only barely following the path at this point, just running where she pleases. You keep an eye on her as you speak.“Maybe this weekend we can all get together and chill. Grab a movie and unwind. I mean, we haven't really gone on a date yet. It'd be a nice first step, y'know? If we're slowing things down and all.”Sammy laughs quietly.“Yeah... I'd... I'd like that. Though I don't think Andrea would want to be a third wheel. Maybe I can find out which guy she likes and make it a double date...”You skirt around that particular line of thought for the moment. Sammy doesn't know, and pointing it out right now would likely end in disaster for at least one party. Instead you decide to ask how much she knows.“Maybe, but... before we worry about that, does she know about everything? You know, the whole thing with your family?”Sammy shakes her head.“Not that I know of. I'm pretty sure that she's... normal. Her parents live two states away running some kind of energy business, and she lives off campus by herself, but aside from that she's just like any other student here.”Interesting.“Then we'll have to be careful about things. I'll do my best to keep from letting anything slip.”Sammy nods a little bit, and you glance at her to give her a reassuring smile. When you look up ahead you can't quite see Andrea, and a moment later she's out of view.>Let her run off, she probably just needs time alone>Run off to find her with Sammy>Chase her down yourself, have Sammy lead everyone back to the gym>Tell Sammy to track her down, lead everyone else back>Other (write-in)
>>43919989>>Chase her down yourself, have Sammy lead everyone back to the gym
>>43919989>>Chase her down yourself, have Sammy lead everyone back to the gymOh this is going to be fun.
>>43919989>Other>Follow Sammy's lead on this. She said Andrea runs off alone all the time. Let's just enjoy her company for a while. That's why we're here, after all.
>>43919989>>Chase her down yourself, have Sammy lead everyone back to the gymAny ghoulies could be hiding out here waiting for someone to get lost.naaaaah bruv
Smarts roll plus Perception, +2
>>43919989>Let her run off, she probably just needs time aloneGet keked dyke
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>>43920229w3 r du smahtist
You curse under your breath and turn to Sammy.“You may as well get everyone else back to the gym. Andrea ran off. I'm gonna go look for her. I've got my phone on me, so I can use the GPS to get back.”Sammy nods a little.“Promise me you'll be safe. There are... things in the woods. Dryads, that sort of thing. Try not to do anything... risky.”She turns and starts to fall back with the main group, and you turn and race off in the direction Andrea took off in. She was running pretty fast, but you know you can match her pace for the most part. It's just a matter of actually finding her. You manage to find a pile of leaves she kicked aside while running, and you follow the trail of similar clues deeper into the woods.As you walk along you notice a few things about the trees. They seem oddly healthy. Not that the other trees were in poor shape, but these trees are in prime condition, the picture of health. You don't see any downed branches or rotten limbs anywhere, though you do see where some of the trees might have lost a branch or two. Maybe a dryad is instantly mulching them or something.You spot Andrea a little bit further ahead kneeling by a stream, and you can hear her talking to someone. You slow down to a walk and approach carefully, spotting a pale white figure kneeling beside her, a woman with long white hair and a flowing robe. You don't know if it's a ghost or a dryad, but it gives you the creeps either way.>Sneak up closer, try to listen in.>Call out to Andrea, act like you didn't notice the spirit>Leave her alone, she's fine>Other (write-in)
>>43920342>>Sneak up closer, try to listen in.curious...
>>43920342>Sneak up closer, try to listen in.
1.How do stat increases work, and do they have a narrative effect, or are they just modifiers?2.Why is Angie best girl?
>>439204061. Blood for the blood god and other such things, probably, probably not.2. Because reasons.
>>439204061. Narrative effect and modifiersSince we have smarts and sleuth we're allowed to shadowrun a little harder than if we were just some brute strength fuck, and the GM writes the character as smarter.2. Because she's a literal angel senpai.
>>43920342>Walk out into the open and casually wave to her. Act like the spirit is no big deal.
Who wants to make bets on how long until Meliora puts a bucket of dildos on our bed and asks us to pick our favorite.
>>43920406You usually need a source of supernatural power to increase stats, going off Dragon, and that may come with physical changes.She's fifth at best.
Sneak roll plus Conceal, +4
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>>43920506>>43920518Oh hey. A dramatically appropriate crit.
>>43920480>fifthThat's some poor taste you have there.
>>43920479Blud do we look like fenright?NahIf we watch any porn at all back when we needed to release every once in a while, it would've been just vanilla shit, nigga we ain't got time to be finding fetishes.>>43920506And we transcended invisibility, and were never seen again.
>>43920539>Likes Angie>Thinks I care about his opinion on my tasteOkay.
>>43920564>>43920539We're ten issues in, can we not devolve to PGQ tier waifu wars yet?
You close the distance between you and the pair slowly and quietly, slipping closer by a few feet at a time. Without having to worry about stepping on twigs, you're able to focus on keeping out of view and dodging their lines of sight. You make it close enough to overhear their conversation in mere moments.“I just don't know what to do... She likes him, and he likes her...”The voice that replies is light and airy, echoing and reverberating. It makes you think of that one video game with the sealed god and all the giant monsters. Something of the colossus?“Fret not. You are strong, Andrea. You are not a feeble child anymore. We have bonded, you have my blessing. Will it, and you shall be the wave that crashes against him, the wind that uproots him. But that is not what your heart desires, is it.”Andrea sniffles.“I just... I... I held her hand, we almost kissed... I thought I had a real shot, you know? And it only takes two days for some guy to come along and make her forget all about it, like it never mattered to her... It mattered to me... It just hurts...”The spirit laughs softly, and the tree you're hiding behind glows softly, as do several others.“You feel the pain of being alive. Of loving and losing. But behind that pain is your true wish. You desire for her to be happy, and to choose you over him. If those are mutually exclusive, what do you desire more? For her to smile, or to be yours?”You peek around the tree at Andrea, who is staring into the stream.“...I want her to be happy... I just wish... I wish he would go away so she'd be happy with me instead...”The spirit laughs again.“Such words! Humans are such funny creatures. You know what you truly want but your heart is still in conflict. Perhaps you should meet him again, speak to him, lay your heart bare. Shall I bring him to us?”
You look down at the ground and see little sprouts poking out of the ground around your feet.>Run fast and run far>Walk out of hiding and introduce yourself>Sit and wait. If you relax, maybe it won't hurt when you're flung into the open>Other (write-in)
>>43920680>Walk out of hiding and introduce yourself
>>43920680>Sit and wait. If you relax, maybe it won't hurt when you're flung into the openIt'll be more entertaining to see what Andrea wants/how she handles herself.
>>43920680>Walk out of hiding and introduce yourselfmaximum keks
>>43920667>Walk out of hiding and introduce yourself
>>43920667>>Walk out of hiding and introduce yourself"Hey, um, I was worried about you. So. Well, I came after you. You need to talk Andrea?"
>>43920680>Walk out of hiding and introduce yourselfJust some things to say.>`I already know. And I'm...sorry, Andrea. When we met, I honestly had no idea...but I think this is something we should discuss with Sammy. It's her choice, in the end, we shouldn't choose it without her.
>>43920680>>43920719Also, Monster Lore to see what we remember about hunting dryads & nature spirits?
>>43920745are we autistic?like that'd actually be a normal thing to do, and something to say that won't get thorn vines wrapped around our throat.This isn't between her and Sammy, it's between her and us, specifically, she needs to move the fuck on and it's better Sammy not knowing.
>>43920775Smarts roll plus Monster Lore, +1
>got her out of being a slave>got her out of marrying MarkWhat has this bitch done for her?
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Rolled 18 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43920879>>43920891To be fair, we haven't accomplished the second yet, though that video might seal the deal. We just saved her from being abused further and possibly raped by him on school grounds.
Rolled 14 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>43920891Xactly>>43920879
Rolled 13 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43920879>>43920891Don't forget we also "claimed" her. That's going to mean a lot more to Sammy than it did us, I think.
You step out from behind the tree and see the spirit looking right at you. It has a pleasant, androgynous face, smiling cheerfully at you. Andrea is still staring at the stream though. She laughs a bit and shakes her head.“What would I even say to him?”You clear your throat.“I'd start with 'Hi Oliver, I like Sammy and I was here first, but I just want her to be happy so let's talk'. I was worried about you and came to find you. Surprised to find you with a spirit thing, but no big.”Andrea spins around so suddenly that she slips and almost falls into the stream, and the spirit starts to laugh, floating around her in broad circles.“A good beginning, yes! Try it, try it!”Andrea brushes herself off and looks at the spirit for a moment before turning to face you.“...Hi, Oliver. I like Sammy. A lot. And... I was here first. We had some good times and I thought we'd end up together. Then she vanished from my life for a pretty long time after her accident, aside from practice and stuff. Now she's got free time again, but she's all over you as far as I can tell. I don't want to play second fiddle to you, but I just... I want her to...”She rubs her eyes before closing them tightly and balling her hands into fists.“I want her to wake up every day smiling, no matter what that means.”>That means a lot to me. I want everyone in her life to accept me. I'm not here to drive people away.>How about we settle this by beating the tar out of each other? We won't make her the prize, let's just punch each other until we're both burnt out. It'll be a bonding experience.>Let's head back and talk it over on the way. No offense, but this is pretty clearly your territory right now. Let's head to neutral ground.>Other (write-in)
>>43920933>>How about we settle this by beating the tar out of each other? We won't make her the prize, let's just punch each other until we're both burnt out. It'll be a bonding experience.
>>43920933>As her friend I agree whole heartedly. How much do you know about her, really? I know she doesn't know this about you.
Dryads are interesting creatures. Unlike most popular interpretations, where a dryad is linked to a single tree, it's more accurate to say that a dryad is linked to a region of the forest. They forge bonds with various plants and animals, drawing in magical energy from them and the environment and redistributing it according to their whims. This results in some life flourishing, and some withering, but by and large their careful pruning and maintenance leads to their region thriving as a whole.They can draw large amounts of energy all at once from any creature or plant they're linked to, and then dump it all into a single vessel, typically a favored animal or, in some cases, human. These chosen beings serve as the dryad's protector, called into action when the spirit is unable to influence a needed change under their own power, such as dealing with deforestation efforts or a wildfire. The exact nature of the granted power varies from dryad to dryad, but they are typically themed around the area they favor most. Dryads that prefer dwelling near a stream, for instance, tend to give their chosen water-based magic.
>>43920933>That means a lot to me. I want everyone in her life to accept me. I'm not here to drive people away.>How about we settle this by beating the tar out of each other? We won't make her the prize, let's just punch each other until we're both burnt out. It'll be a bonding experience.
>>43920933>>That means a lot to me. I want everyone in her life to accept me. I'm not here to drive people away.>>How about we settle this by beating the tar out of each other? We won't make her the prize, let's just punch each other until we're both burnt out. It'll be a bonding experience.>Other"Or you know, something else. I'm not trying to push you away or anything. But I do like her myself you know. So, that makes this kind of weird. Want to try to work it out over time rather than trying to do everything all at once?"
>>43920933>That means a lot to me. I want everyone in her life to accept me. I'm not here to drive people away.>>How about we settle this by beating the tar out of each other? We won't make her the prize, let's just punch each other until we're both burnt out. It'll be a bonding experience.Both of these. >She's had a lot more going on than you know, and it's not my place to tell you about it, but if you tell her about your spirit friend here, she'll probably open up a bit.
>>43920933>I think that you and I should go with Sammy someplace this weekend, and we should all have a nice, long talk. For example, she doesn't know you're friends with a dryad, and there's some things about her you don't know. I think knowing these things about eachother might put some things in perspective for everyone.
>>43920933>That means a lot to me. I want everyone in her life to accept me. I'm not here to drive people away.Fighting us is not a good bonding experience unless we purposefully let her get hits in, so unless we plan on taking bumps, naaaaaaaah. She's bonded with that thing.
>>43920933>That means a lot to me. I want everyone in her life to accept me. I'm not here to drive people away.>How about we settle this by beating the tar out of each other? We won't make her the prize, let's just punch each other until we're both burnt out. It'll be a bonding experience.I wonder if Oliver used to fight his dad when he was frustrated with constantly having to move and him always being busy.
>>43920978>>43921040>>43920933Can I add this to my vote? Less accusation in tone maybe. Just sit down and talk to her like a person though.
>>43921047"we've been here two days and not only are we banging your girl, we already know her secrets and you don't"That'll end fantastic.
Speed roll plus Dodge, +4Strength roll plus Brawl, +1She's taking you up on the chance to fight it out.I'm hoping for Laserfeelings, personally.
Rolled 4 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>43921121speed and dodge!
>>43921088>We've known you five minutes and we know all your secrets and are banging your girl.
Rolled 16 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>43921121the quickness
Rolled 10 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43921121BRAWL!
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Rolled 7 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43921121brawl>>43921146nice
Rolled 8 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43921121Fightin powa!
Rolled 3 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>43921121stronk fightan
Rolled 6 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>43921121>LaserfeelingsWhat?
>>43921217I think it's a weird way of saying lighthearted
>>43921217Check 1d4chan. Or google. Google is your friend.
>>43921345You should know better than to tell anon to check 1d4chan. Now we'll never get them back.
You take a few steps towards her.“That means a lot, coming from you. I know you care about her a lot. I know that it's hurting you to say those things, and I appreciate the sentiment. I want to be accepted by all the people around her. You're her friend, I don't want to drive a wedge between the two of you.”Andrea hangs her head.“Yeah... Heh...”You advance a little bit further and smirk.“That said... I know you're not going to let go of that pain on your own. You need to put it into action. You need to face your pain. So fight me, here and now. Not for Sammy, just so you can properly vent your feelings. Come at me full force. We'll go at it until we're both satisfied with the result.”Andrea looks at you for a moment.“Fight...?”She looks at her hands for a moment, then at you.“...You're a complete moron.”She smirks slightly and sighs.“But then, so am I. Here I come!”She rushes at you, coming in swinging her fists. It's nothing like Meliora's fighting style, she's all over the place. You're dodging her easily until you notice the trees around you starting to glow, and a strange symbol forms on her forehead. The dryad giggles.“You said full force, didn't you? I'll only interfere a little bit until she's on your level.”Andrea's hair turns white and her body glows a bit, her movements getting faster and faster. In a matter of moments the cakewalk of a fight turns into a real struggle, and you trade blows with her back and forth, bruising one another and knocking each other around. Before either of you get too hurt, the glow fades from Andrea's body and she slumps, hands on her knees as she takes ragged breaths.“I can't... go on...”She chuckles and smiles at you, cocky and confident.“But that was... pretty good...”
She wobbles and falls forward, and the dryad circles around you slowly. Your bruises fade, and your even your arms and ankle feel better.“Leave her with me. I will see her safely home.”>You're the boss>Nah, Sammy is going to worry>Other (write-in)
>>43921485>>Nah, Sammy is going to worry
>>43921485>Alright, but...in confidence? Sammy's a werewolf. I think it would make things easier for Andrea if she understood more about what she was getting into.
>>43921485>>You're the bossUmm is the you getting empowered by a very pleasant dryad supposed to be secret? This place is pretty much the supernatural capital of America.
>>43921485>MONSTER LORE?!"Not that I don't trust you, but Sammy's going to worry."
>>43921485>>You're the bossImportant dryad shit going on, best to just leave.>>43921521Pretty much, downlow that shit.
>>43921485>Other"Sure thing. Don't take too long Andrea, text Sammy later, we'll all get coffee or something this weekend. "Then text Sammy that she's fine as we head back to shower(yet again) and get ready for the party tonight.
>>43921509NO NO NO.That's not our secret to tell, anon. It'd be a violation of Sammy's trust.
>>43921550I think it's just that Andrea's passed out.
>>43921485>You're the boss
>>43921509Nope. Same reason we're not telling Sammy about the dryad thing. Engineering a situation where they can feel like they can talk about their stuff is different.Should we invite Meliora on our definitely not a date? It'd be good for our roomie to actually meet people.
>>43921645Well at least to hang out some times.
>>43921645Inviting just a girl will make it seem like we're trying to set her up, get her out of our way.If we also invite like Tobias or something like that, or more of sammy's friends, just make a group excursion into town on one of the weekends, everyone gets more friends and bam. Simples.
>>43921666Yes, that would be good. But we should warn Sammy beforehand, she still doesn't know of Mel, does she?
You turn and start to walk away.“Just make sure she gets back safely or Sammy is going to worry. Plus that was hardly a fair fight. Next time I want to fight her properly. I want her to come at me with all her strength. That was the point, so she could be satisfied.”The dryad suddenly moves in front of you.“Do not speak on what this child deserves or what should take place. She is in my care. She cares for these trees, for the animals in my wood. Here alone she is herself. Here alone she is free. She is part of my wood, and so she is mine to guide and nurture. She is unsatisfied, but that is good. She will grow. Some pain must remain for that growth. She will become stronger, like a tree battered by the wind growing thicker, taller, sturdier. You have done your part.”You look at the spirit for a moment and smile, relaxing a bit. It won't hurt you. It cares about Andrea, which means that it won't do anything that will upset her. At least, you think so.“Fine then. I'll put my faith in you, spirit of the forest. Can you let her know I wanna get coffee with her and Sammy this weekend?”The dryad nods and flies past you, hovering beside Andrea and kneeling down beside her.“It will be done.”You walk off, pulling out your phone and letting Sammy know things ended up alright and Andrea needs some time to herself to think about something. You follow your GPS back to the gym and get a reply letting you know everyone went their separate ways, so she headed to her room to get ready.>Head to your room and get ready for the party>Find Sammy's room and surprise her>Other (write-in)
>>43921752>Head to your room and get ready for the party
>>43921741Good idea. Let's get all our friends/allies to get along. We'll form a gang. And that reminds me, we need to pick up that candy for Angie.
>>43921752>Head to your room and get ready for the party.Also, we need a candle if we're gonna do the blood thing tonight.
>>43921752>>Head to your room and get ready for the partyTest Sammy that Andrea is fine.
>>43921752>Head to our roomNo reason to constantly be on her.Plus hey, maybe we could talk to our roomie a bit more.
>>43921784>You walk off, pulling out your phone and letting Sammy know things ended up alright and Andrea needs some time to herself to think about something.Don't vote if you aren't going to read.
>>43921779And Angie's choco beans. We forgot yesterday, but we did promise.
>>43921752>>43921774If we have time, we really should pick that up beforehand. >finally wind up a vampire>Angie owes us a stupid amount of backlogged favors.
Don't mind me, I'm just indulging my terrible manga tastes with "Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko!" while I finish up something for the next part of the tale.So do you guys plan to hit up the shops before you head to your room? Or are you gonna do it afterwards? Or do you have some other plan to get a candle?
>people wanting to have anything to do with the dykeI don't get it.
>>43921872We should shop now. Get Best Nurse her coffee beans.
>>43921876Clearly you've never played a Persona game.
>>43921872Do it now, so we don't get our party clothes janked up.
>>43921872Afterwards, we'll meet up with Sammy and stop by a shop on the way to the party. Maybe we should get something for the party too. It's best not to show up empty handed. Sammy can give us advice on that.
>>43921774>>43921815>>43921825Group excursion, and angie's choco beans and candle first.Sounds like a plan.>>43921872Terrible? That shit is adorable famalam.
>>43921934You... You understand...!
>>43921903Sooo... Go to the store in sweaty gym clothes? Come on now, have some social awareness.
>>43921925Do we want to wear exactly what we worse last time?Maybe we could add some blue dye to the red shirt and turn it purple so it at least looks different.
>>43921958Pretty sure we still only have the one set of decent clothes and that it would cost more gold than we have to get another, as well as several hours we might not possess.
So aside from the chocolate coffee beans and the candle, anything else you guys plan on picking up while you're out and about? Remember that you've still got two gold coins from the Bizarre.
>>43921992A proper character sheet might be nice.
>>43921953Why wouldn't I? Qt tomboys are the shit. i'm just reading it to see how hard and violent them two will fuck when it finally happens, or whether it'd be gentle handholding tier shit.
>>43921992Like I said >>43921925We need to ask Sammy if we should bring anything to the party.
>>43921980We could get new clothes while we're out, they hardly take time, stop there first, do our other shit, beans, candle, get back.Have we even washed our clothes from yesterday? If yes, then just dyeing shirt should work.
>>43922006Why would I do that when we have no need for one yet?
>>43921992A carving knife, maybe. If we're gonna put bloodmagic on our stakes, need a knife for carving.
Alright, so just to confirm... Are you asking Sammy what to bring, or are you taking her along with you once you're all set to go so you can shop with her?
>>43922046Because it's annoying to keep track of our inventory and class schedule and minimal effort on your part?
>>43921992Maybe see if we should bring anything to the party tonight? Like, by texting.
>>43922063Fair. I'll do that for next time then.
>>43922039>they hardly take timeThey took several hours and 2-4 gold coins, IIRC.>stop there first, do our other shit, beans, candle, get back.Can't afford any of that if we get a new set of clothes.
>>43922076You don't need to mind butthurt anon up there, do whatever's easier for you. We enjoy this.
>>43922116Yes, god forbid I want to be able to reference our possessions or class schedule without digging through the archives and want the QM to spend eight second to put that in an easily-accessible resource.
>>43922060Bring her, I suppose.Also maybe double check if the type of candle matters before we go.
>>43922134To be fair, I have to do exactly the same thing sometimes to double check details and make sure my own info is accurate. But for your convenience, I'll put it in a readily visible location for you.
To what extent can Blood mages control their blood? Is it purely utility or is it like the blood magic from my Chinese cartoons?
You change out of your track gear and wash up, switching back to your school uniform. You can remember the way to the shops for the most part, and you've got an upgraded phone to serve as your guide now. Making your way into town isn't an issue at all, but as you exit the gym you pause for a moment to consider what you really need. Some new clothes for the party would be a good start, and those coffee beans for Angie as well. But you're being invited back, and last time you were treated to food and drink. You should probably bring something. You take out your phone and text Sammy about it.“I'm gonna head into town and pick up a few things. Wanna come with me? I could use some help picking out clothes and stuff.”You head for your room to put your notebooks away and grab the tome, and get a text back from Sammy as you near the door.“Sure thing. I just made it back to my room. I'll meet you by the bus stop in a little while.”You respond that you'll be half an hour, just to give yourself plenty of time to prep the tome and check the translation thoroughly. When you walk in you don't see Meliora, and there's a note on the couch for you. The TV is on, and her avatar has died while she was away. You grab the note.“Something came up, had to run out. See you later.”Considering she can literally text with her mind, you're a little unsure why she would write a note, especially when it would take more time for her to do that. You check your phone but there aren't any messages for you from Meliora.>Investigate the disappearance, it's a mystery!>Grab your book and leave, whatever is going in it's probably not a big deal.>Text Meliora and ask where she is, and let Sammy know you might be held up a little bit>Other (write-in)
>>43922260>Text Meliora and ask where she is, and let Sammy know you might be held up a little bit
>>43922260Take a picture of the note and send it to Mel.
>>43922255I think that will require experimentation. I'm hoping for Beyond the Boundary tier ability
>>43922260>Grab your book and leave, whatever is going in it's probably not a big deal.Whatever it is, Mel must not gave wanted it on the network for whatever reason. Text her that we're going to the shop before the party, and ask if she needs anything. (she's probably avoiding her dad, who we did advise to talk with her)
>>43922260i'm guessing sh e bugged and her electroncis stopepd workingshe's probs with fenwrightnow cmon blud we ain't got time to dick about looking for her>Text Meliora and ask where she is, and let Sammy know you might be held up a little bitThen gtfo
>>43922316>>43922296And if she's trying to sneak around her dad? Do we want to give her away?
>>43922298The book was unclear on the full extent. You'll have to practice with it and find out. It didn't list any limits that you read about though.
>>43922336>who we did advise to talk with herPretty sure we didn't do that.
>>43922296What is the benefit of doing this over the default option to text her? Because I can only see potential drawbacks.
You snap a picture of the note and send it to Meliora to confirm she left it for you, and hear something buzzing under her bed moments later. You send a message to Sammy letting her know you might be a bit later than you expected and pocket your phone. You can't help but peek under her bed, and you spot a large metal case that almost resembles a coffin. On the one hand, curiosity killed the cat. On the other, she isn't here right now.>Open the case, see what buzzed>Leave it alone, you don't want your face melted off>Other (write-in)
>>43922452>>Leave it alone, you don't want your face melted off
>>43922452>Open the case, see what buzzed
>>43922452>>Leave it alone, you don't want your face melted offFuckin no thanks
>>43922452>Open Concern its her head in a box rising. Or her not pet.
>>43922452>>Open the case, see what buzzedHopefully she'll understand after the day we had.
>>43922452She said she was gonna get her upgrades fixed. Leave it alone. She's busy.
>>43922452>Leave it alone, you don't want your face melted offshe's probably sleeping or upgrdingleave her alone ennitJust go out she's fine.
You back away carefully and leave it be. It could be spare parts, extra arms, or any number of things. Heck, it could even be a backup body. You really don't need her walking in and finding you staring at her naked body. You head to the bathroom and grab the tome, checking for any special conditions one last time. One phrase in particular sticks out to you, and you double check your translation. The candle needs to be black, but that's all it says on the matter aside from what you already know.You pack the tome into your bag and make sure it's well-hidden since you'll need it for the ritual and don't know when you'll be back. You just need to keep a close eye on it for the time being, and you just know that fate will conspire to keep you at the party while the moon is at its highest point. Well, maybe not fate. Maybe drunk werewolves who won't shift to human form to drive you home. It's almost the same thing.You head to the bus stop and check over your funds. You've still got your regular money, as well as your gold coins for the Bizarre. And since Sammy's uncle was there, she probably knows about it. You'll need to decide if you want to gamble to try to get some more coins though. Maybe you'll bump into Stephen again while you're there and can ask him for a loan or something. You smirk a bit. It'll be a fun and productive night, so long as nothing goes wrong.You're pretty sure that everything is going to go horribly wrong in every way. But that's just fine with you. Whatever happens, tonight you take another step towards securing power and connections, the things you need most at the moment. And whatever jam you find yourself in, you can figure out a way around it.-And that's where I'll leave off for now. Questions, comments and concerns?
>>43922635So are drunk shifted werewolves well known as agents of fate or is this just a new insight Oliver has discovered? Could Sammy develop Fate powers once we beat whatever inevitable mental block is keeping her down?
>>43922635Next when? How high are the happening scales? Fenwright know about us not jobbing to Meliora? We at full health? What's are ! level at for the various factions?
>>43922516This. She TOLD US she was going to be busy. Poking our nose in her belongings isn't going to endear us to her.
>>43922635What was in the box?
>>43922635Yeah i have a concernwhy are you such a bludclart, lmaoNo actually just character sheet when, please dont' make us break any more hearts by purely existing, and how do we upgrade stats? meliora is gonna be so mad about jobbing to us last time that her new upgrades will break all our ribs, and i want to dodge better.
>>43922666It was an attempt at humor at 1 AM when I have work in the morning.>>43922669Unsure, probably Wednesday-Thursday BTDQ and Saturday-Sunday BTVQ. The what now? I mean, things are in motion, but it's not of epic proportions yet. Not as far as you know. Yes. I'm unsure precisely what you're getting at.
>>43922712>I'm unsure precisely what you're getting at.How much attention have we caught with the various people and factions of power?
>>43922706A mystery!>>43922709Next thread, so this weekend. I don't control the intricate web of characters I've created. I mean, I sorta do, but... shut up. You'll find out about that pretty soon, don't worry.
>>43922635Can't wait to get our blood-magic on. It's going to be hilarious if a vampire tries to bite us and our blood just, like, burns them or something with a spell.Fun things shall occur for young Oliver.
>>43922740Oh. Well... Pic related.
>>43922764Christ, why are we starting at an 8?
>>43922764That's not engendering trust.
>>43922635Who is best girl?
>>43922635Comment: really look forward to this quest. Questions: did our monster lore check earlier tell us whether or not dryads are trustworthy? Do they do what they say, typically? When are you planning on next session? Plans for next time: kiss Sammy's cheek when she meets us, maybe tell her about Andrea being bound to the dryad, since our loyalty in this situation is to Sammy, not Andrea("She might not be happy I told you, but you have a right to know").Smooze with the pack some more. become cursed blood yokai slayer w/blood sword skillz
>>43922748If we can still control our blood post-drain, turning it into a bunch of tiny hooks and shredding their internal organs might be fun.
>>43922748>vamp bites us>our blood rips the fangs out of vamp's mouth
>>43922839>Deadman Wonderland flashbacksMel better make fun of us for it if she finds out
>>43922742Alright.So,When finding out why mark was being such a weirdo, when finding out about the file, when will you stop making us break hearts purely by exisiting, and when will you stop being such a bludclart?
>>43922786It was never meant to.>>43922825In what, this quest or in general?>>43922835Thank you very much.Nope, your general monster lore is pretty spotty at the moment. You don't know if they're trustworthy as a rule.Probably Saturday night.All good goals.>>43922839inb4 Deadman Wonderla->>43922872Damn it.
>>43922877Eventually. Eventuallyyy. Eventuallyyyyyyy. When I decide to look up what that means, probably. I dunno, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to expanding my vocabulary these days.
>>43922885Sword can be brought back into body and is therefore superior.
>>43922915Eventually, eventually, eventually, Lot of eventuallys.I need right nows goddamnit!oh, it's basically just jamiacan for period pad I guess, but it can be just any exclamation or swear placeholder. "why go to your bludclart workplace when you can take up QM'ing 24/7 you little bludclart?"AlsoooooWhen are ever going to have breakfast? we're doing all this shit without the most important meal of the day, it's ridiculous.
>>43922877>bludclartThat's a terrible thing to say, anon. Shame on you, shame on your whole rastafarian island.
>>43922946Nobody said the bullets dissipate after piercing the target. Maybe they go through the target several dozen times before returning while consuming less blood while in active use and being harder to block or evade.
>>43923004wha ya fi say rudebwoimi no haffi spark ya jaw, keep chattin shit u battyole, kmtOn the other hand it'd be really funny in my books to see a werewolf put their fur into dreads and be some lame fuckin stoner."if you really think about it, all the great historians and scientists were stoner werewolves, open your eyes sheeple"*hits bong*
>>43922946I won't lie and tell you you're wrong, but blood bullets are cool. Two words. Finger bang.>>43922981If I rush these things, the pay off won't feel as good. Plus I want things to progress naturally. During points in the story where you're biding your time or chasing a specific goal I'll do little time skips here and there. And that's an interesting word. I'll have to start using it.>>43923004Now now, some of my best friends... pretend to be Rastafarians. Hmm. Maybe not the best example...
>>43923082...this basically sums up a paladin my friend once made. A skinwalker trying to prove that not all werewolves are bad, smoking his in-universe equivalent of a bong and trying to make friends.
>>43923098Thanks for answering my questions, but...You did ignore the breakfast question so i'm going to have to assume you have some anti cereal agenda and we can't be friends anymore.>>43923117Your friend sounds chillI bet he likes breakfastYou breakfast hating bumbaclart
>>43923152I should catch up on Vibe...
>>43923152>Eating cereal for breakfast>Not having pasta for breakfast and cereal for dinner
>>43923254>Not eating porridgeIngrate.
>>43923082Hey, you're the one who started insulting our QM for no good reason. And please, essayez-le, les vipères vous tuer avant que vous obtenez grâce à la première bayou. Si les alligators ne pas vous obtenez d'abord.
>>43923338smfhyou're lucky i have other places to be, you raasclat
>>43923388Oh, toilet humor, how clever.
>>43923418Quuu Emmmmrandom anon's picking on meand holy shit i just had to solve 6 captcha in a row i remember why i stopped coming here now
>>43923496Odds are that means you were fucking them up. Turn on legacy captchas, it's much better.
>>43923496You were picking on our QM, and we have precious few that run good quests, so yea, I'm gonna pick right back at you, you jackass
>>43923555I wan't picking on anyone, t'was just banter m8>>43923510will do bruvva
>>43923555Banter doesn’t translate well through text, and when you include insults with complaints (as you initially did, demanding a character sheet) it doesn't read as banter, it just reads as being rude & self-entitled.
>>43923669Because the QM definitely wants an oversensitive cunt like yourself defending him from everything remotely hostile.Different anon.
I wasn't the original "gibs character sheet u lazy fuck" anon but i did ask a question about it at the end.And calling someone bludclart isn't an insult...okay...technically by definition it is an insult, but by context it was just banter, so w/e