ARCHIVE: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Dungeon%20Life%20QuestPREVIOUS THREAD: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/44053626/CHARACTERS AND PLACES: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19gNVgtevar647l4ZumUaVH6GlJzvxLlDNKaH8DrQMWE/edit?usp=sharingYou are Brianna la Croix, journeyman necromancer, and you are in a war council with a lungless cripple and a paraplegikeet. "I need you to answer me just one question," you ask Amy seriously. "The minotaurs in the Dungeon, what's their culture like?"
>>44084033Amy hums. "You ever seen a moose lose its shit and just beat something to death for absolutely no reason?""Uh-huh," you agree, slowly. "Angry minotaurs are like that. So they spend a lot of time practicing gestures of respect and solidarity, because generally in a fight between one minotaur and another, both lose. They won't expect you to know their culture, but they understand respect. And they'll test that respect, because they hate false flattery the way humans hate betrayal. A power play is literally less insulting than a hollow compliment or a meaningless insult.""...I think I like these people," Nathan admits.Amy shrugs. "They're okay. Invaluable as guides, great as friends, terrible as enemies. Just tread lightly.""Then we'll go to the Maze," you decide. "If we play our cards right we might get more than just passage. If we can persuade them to open up negotiations with Lakehallow, both groups would prosper. Muscle on one side, food on another.""Access to Glen would mean better weapons, armor, and supplies for the tribe," Nathan warns. "Not telling you your business, but keep that in mind. Don't create something you can't destroy."You give Nathan an offended look. "You are talking to a fucking necromancer. What do you think our very first lesson is, knitting?""Well, you made the chicken.""I will have satisfaction, sir!" Fetch squawks indignantly, but you pet his head and he settles down instantly, nestling against you. "My dark and glorious queen, bringer of life and death, could never act in any way irresponsible."Nathan stares at the bird while Amy tries, so hard, not to laugh. "Well?" you tell Nathan with a teasing smile. "Apologize."To his credit, Nathan treats Fetch with dignity; "Noble zombie chicken, please forgive my presumption.""You are a man of honor," Fetch says regally. "You are wholly forgiven."This is it. This is your life now.
>>44084066>This is it. This is your life now.I am okay with this.
>>44084066The four - well, okay, three, since Fetch can't have any - of you share a pot of coffee before you gather up your things and set out. Amy's applied salve to the cut on her cheek and patched the damaged leather portions of her armor, a for-now solution that will need to be redone properly later. Fetch and the chickens take point, eyes wary for danger and spectral voices clucking gently into the darkness. You and Amy see in the dark with the power of your necromancy. Nathan, of course, needs no such help. The young man takes the rearguard, the second-most dangerous position in the marching order, and keeps his loaded crossbow at the ready. You see something massive slip through the river, thrashing a white, sinous tail before it dives deeper into the water. It's gonna be a bit of a walk. > Just get there (advance)> Talk to Amy (suggest a topic)> Fall back to talk with Nate (suggest a topic)> Write-in.
>>44084204>Just get there (advance)
>>44084204Ah, the sneakiest of scouts, imagine the confusion that people will have when a bunch of clucking skeletal chickens walk into there ambush. Before one of them runs off, then runs back shouting gibberish about hethens, traitors, and heretics.
>>44084204> Just get there (advance)
>>44084204> Talk to Amy (suggest a topic)Sooo... you can talk to chickens. Am I going to break up a burgeoning romance between you and Fetch anytime soon?
>>44084204>Talk to Amy about if she saw the massive slithery tail too. Afterwards, ask her if she has spoken to these particular minotaurs before.
>>44084354Oh man. Saved. Saved so hard.
>>44084331I'm pretty sure that's just Kells?
>>44084331pretty sure that was meant to be Kells, dude.>>44084330good call.> Talk to Amy (suggest a topic)Sooo... you can talk to chickens. Am I going to break up a burgeoning romance between you and Fetch anytime soon?
>>44084429Either its Kells or its not our problem, we wouldn't see it if it was out to get us.
>>44084449I'm gonna go get some food now that I'm finally hungry. Vote's tied anyway.
>>44084553Make sure to get something soft or liquid! That is, unless you'd rather choke on tooth.
>>44084204>>44084553>Talk to amy
Votes called in narrow favor of talking to Amy. Writing.
>>44084204"Soooo," you say to Amy, giving the harpy girl a look. "You can talk to bird?"Amy nods happily. "Mom taught me the trick. It helps that I'm related, but the translation isn't always right. They don't have words for some of our concepts, and vice-versa. Like..." she makes a chirping trill. "I literally could not give you an accurate description of the sort of air I was just talking about. But you couldn't tell them, in their own tongue, about milk.""Interesting," you muse. "Fetch proposed to you yet?"Amy sputters in shock, giving you a wide-eyed look somewhere between offense and 'did you really just?'. "I am /not/ a necrophiliac! And I'm attracted to humanoids, while we're at it. Thankyouverymuch." You chuckle and put your eyes ahead to the path. "Besides, when he asked I told him I already had a mate," Amy continues. "And he said he understood and would never impugn on his maker's love life."> Goddamnit wat> Amy, you can't just say shit like that!> ...That /was/ just to get him off your back, right?
>>44085106>> Goddamnit watThis is our life now.
> ...That /was/ just to get him off your back, right?amy wai
>>44085106> Goddamnit watHis... maker's love life?Did Amy say *we* were her mate?
>>44085106> "I'm pretty sure that having a mate actually requires mating at some point, little bird. Is there something I need to know about our cuddle pile? Or do we just need to make time later to keep you from being a liar?"
>>44085106>Goddamnit watthen> Amy, you can't just say shit like that!
>>44085106>...That /was/ just to get him off your back, right?I really wanna know how Amy would respond to this.
Vote will be called when I'm done making coffee. /You're/ a madman.
>>44085519>085519 ▶>File: Spoiler Image (684 KB, 767x1280)Uhh vox, unless the nerve in that tooth is dead you're going to seriously hate life if you do that.
>>44085529>>44085540Pain is the sensation of fear leaving the body. Vote called. Writing.
>>44085519I understand. Don't listen to the heathens. The only things better than coffee are pharmaceutical grade methamphetamines and the souls of the damned
>>44085106"Gods - Amy, /what/?" you ask in exasperation. "Are you serious right now? What did we just talk about? What did we discuss?"Amy glares at you in genuine anger. "You know what, no. Tell your chickens to hold up." You issue a mental command to Fetch and a verbal 'we'll be right back' before Amy grabs your collar and hauls you away. You're not sure if she's lightening your body on purpose or if it's sheer irate annoyance that has your boots bouncing against the floor with an oddly...not weightless, but definitely weight-impaired, feeling. The bird girl pushes you up against a wall and puts a finger in your face. "Let's get this perfectly straight," she says in a low tone. "You aren't my mother. You're not my sister, or my father, or my mentor. You're certainly not the Lady of Ravens, Blessed-Be-Her-Fucking-Talons. I appreciate you looking out for me but you don't get to act like I'm a goddamn /child/.""You're gonna get that finger out of my face," you say in a low voice, "right fuckin' quick." Amy lowers her finger and steps back, putting her hands on her hips. "I told him that to keep him off of /your/ back. He was trying to play matchmaker." You pinch the bridge of your nose and sigh."And as for 'getting to know you for you'," she continues, clearly not wanting to waste the momentum behind a good tirade, "what am I supposed to be seeing that's so horrible? Huh? Is it that you're compassionate? Responsible? Valorous? Smart? Funny? Pretty? Interesting? Is this one of those fucked up things where you think you have to buy out of love because you do spooky dead shit?""Amy, I -""No 'Amy, I'," she interrupts, stepping closer. Her icy eyes are attentive. Sharp. "I get it if you don't want me. I'm a big girl, Bri. But you're acting like it's some horrible thing, for /me/ to want /you/. Gimmie a reason. I wanna hear it, or I want you to stop telling me what I'm supposed to feel."Shit. When'd she get so assertive?
>>44085721> "I'm not comfortable with it. I saved you, sure, but you don't /know/ me."> "...I've done some things, Amy. Seen some things. Buried people who should've lived full lives. *I* don't like me."> "...I'm sorry."> Write-in.
>>44085659>pharma grade methamphetaminesBit of a thing - Adderall, the legal prescription drug, is actually straight-up speed. It's literally labeled 'amphetamine'.I take it for anxiety, and I'm not allowed to get more than 60 pills (two months' worth) between doctor's visits in order to ensure that I'm not getting addicted to it. It does work really well on both the anxiety and keeping me awake, though - I take it at ~8am every morning and have to take tranquilizers in order to get to sleep before 5am the next day.
>>44085753>"...I've done some things, Amy. Seen some things. Buried people who should've lived full lives. *I* don't like me."
>>44085770I actually just take ephedrine. You can buy it over the counter as a asthma medicine. Not quite as strong, but not prescription needed.
>>44085770>>44085793See, I just sustain myself on caffeine and elemental hate left over from years of abuse, a shitty abusive marriage following the previous, and six years of being forced to live in goddamn Kansas.Ever had someone tell you that math is a Satanic conspiracy? Ever had everyone else in the room agree and immediately begin discussing the Illuminati? Imagine six years of that. I mad.
>>44085721>"...I've done some things, Amy. Seen some things. Buried people who should've lived full lives. *I* don't like me."
>>44085753>"...I've done some things, Amy. Seen some things. Buried people who should've lived full lives. *I* don't like me."Better get our self loathing out in the air now so it has room to breathe.>>44085817>Ever had someone tell you that math is a Satanic conspiracy? Ever had everyone else in the room agree and immediately begin discussing the Illuminati?Ah, the midwest.
>>44085770Can confirm, used to use it for ADHD, swapped to Rytalin for a bit more sleeping, ended up then suffering from crippling anxiety instead. Would not recommend. Now I'm on meds that cross wire the hell out of my brain and make me go from wide awake to passed the fuck out. For example, I did poorly on a test today and instead of getting very stressed my hand started shaking, and instead of getting nauseous at things I end up with a cough. I probably should be concerned about that, especially since it fucks with my dreams and has insanity as a rare side effect.
>>44085817>goddamn Kansas.Hey, I was born there. It's occasionally nice. I wouldn't live anywhere but Kansas City though. Too boring
>>44085753> "I do think we should get to know each other more first. But, uh. I have kinda been keeping that from happening. So... I'm sorry. For all of it."
>>44085721> "I'm not comfortable with it. I saved you, sure, but you don't /know/ me."> "...I've done some things, Amy. Seen some things. Buried people who should've lived full lives. *I* don't like me."and >Write-in: "If you happen to /like/ me, I can't exactly /stop/ that, but I don't quite feel that way for you (yet), so claiming that we're 'together' isn't fair, for or to /either/ of us. I get that you were trying to get Fetch off my back, but just run that kind of shit by me first next time, alright?
>>44085852my hyperactive inattentive niggaRitalin definitely sucks, caused me many headaches. Just wondering, did you start from low dosage and work to high? because i've never had the effects you're describing, except one morning where i was shaking like Michael J Fox. >"...I've done some things, Amy. Seen some things. Buried people who should've lived full lives. *I* don't like me."Also, where does Amy come from again? Is it another settlement in the basement?
>>44085871>"I do think we should get to know each other more first. But, uh. I have kinda been keeping that from happening. So... I'm sorry. For all of it."THIS
>>44085770Don't forget the going a day without food.My record is 1.5 days without food/water after my dose was bumped up to see if I did better. Could have gone longer without food, but I made a sandwich when I got some water cause, y'know, I knew I needed to eat.>>44085753> "...I've done some things, Amy. Seen some things. Buried people who should've lived full lives. *I* don't like me."Knowing Bri, she probably realizes she's a good person, she just has a shitty job. The fact that she still feels otherwise means her rabbit hole goes pretty deep.If she wants a reason, it's this right here. She knows we can't tell her we're a bad person and mean it. *We* know it too, and yet we still do it anyway. We have our problems, and we clearly need to work them out before we can hook up with someone and mean it.
>>44085898Deeper in the Dungeon, somewhere.
>>44085898The effects I'm describing aren't for ritalin, they're for Straterra, what I'm currently on. I stopped taking ritalin cold turkey a while back. Caused me to pass out for a few weeks and tank my grades but it worked itself out.
>>44085898I think anon switched from Ritalin to something else?
>>44085898>one morning where i was shaking like Michael J Fox.I get that once in a while. Usually when I'm sobering up. >>44085753Definitely the self-hate option.
>>44085936>>44085964Well, it seems I forgot to take a pill today. Also vox, are the back stories set in stone, or are they being fluidly built by you in your madness?
>>44085964Yeah, I swapped to Strattera, which is a fucking weird medication. From what I can tell it works by heavily fucking with brain chemistry allowing you to concentrate, it also throws a whole bunch of other minor things off, and occasionally some more important things off in rare cases. So far I've only noticed interesting and mildly annoying symptoms, but I am paranoid about the fact that if I fuck up and OD or ingest something screwy I could throw my heart off or go insane.
Calling the vote. Writing.
>>44086025That... Seems like a thing to get the fuck off of? I mean, I get the condition is shitty too, but. Risks of throwing your heart off and dying or actively going batshit are pretty good reason to find alternate medications.
>>44085852Ugh. My brother took Ritalin (amongst other drugs), and the way it made him act got me so fucked regarding drugs that I nearly had a panic attack in the doctor's office when the doc first suggested Adderall to me.I have ADHD and GAD (social-focus), and it actually really helps with both. The way the doc explained it was that it makes your brain go so fast it doesn't have time to get stuck on things (anxiety) nor to jump the tracks (ADHD). Only problem I've had with it is that it's incredibly difficult for me to actually study when I'm taking it (because I can't worry enough about the test to convince myself to study) but it also kills my test anxiety DURING the test, so I can finish the whole thing and get a few wrong rather than get them all right up until 3/4ths of the way through when I get stuck on one and start freaking out.>>44085909Oh, Jesus, this too. I dropped 45 pounds in two months because I was just never hungry and before I started taking it I had never eaten unless I was hungry (and I was hungry a LOT). Even now I'm only eating about 2/5ths of what I did before I started taking it, just because I don't feel like eating more than that.
>>44086024I'ma go with Yes. Attitudes, feelings, characterization, these are to an extent being defined by votes and inspiration, but the outlines and important events are known to me (and my note files) already. Anon's vote here has defined something, which is how Brianna feels about her own life. I do need to note, the option is not necessarily in the veins of "I hate me, I'm horrible". But you'll see (and/or yell at me?) in a minute. If you feel like the option presented didn't illustrate the consequences appropriately, please, lemme know. 's the kinda feedback I need as I improve my QM skillset.
>>44086056Just remember, Vox: any fuckups tonight are the fault of the painkillers, and can theoretically be retconned later.
>>44085721>> "...I've done some things, Amy. Seen some things. Buried people who should've lived full lives. *I* don't like me."Hell we cut her damn wings off, how are we not supposed to feel terrible about that, even when it was necessary. We killed a good man in the village in cold blood, sure it was for good reason and he consented, but you don't get to kill people like that and have a normal life. >>44086043If it were going to happen it would've started fucking things up in the first month. Theres a reason they wean you onto it. I'm pretty much in the clear at this point, although I did have a scary as hell instance where I drunk about 12 cans of coca cola and had crippling chest pain that night, turns out I have Costochondritis or some similar condition and it had absolutely nothing to do with my meds.
>>44085721"Well?" she asks. "You ever buried a baby?" you ask softly, not trusting your own voice. Amy looks surprised by the question; you can't look her in the eyes. "Ever had to take your hat off and tell grieving parents that death happens? Ever had to say, 'Everyone gets a lifetime, no more, no less' while they cry into the whiskey you poured for them?" You take your hat off and hold it in a limp hand. "It's not the big things that get you," you whisper. "Those are numb. They're too big to hurt. You come home, and your family is dead, and your friends are dead, and you...you do your job. You find their bodies, and you bury them as best you can, and you do your job. And a week later, a little girl asks you if you can save her kitten, her beautiful little alleycat, and it breaks your goddamn heart." "Bri -" Amy begins, but you shake your head. "I do horrible, needful shit, Amy," you continue, shakily. "I killed Nathan to save him. I watched the fear in his eyes as he died. He didn't know why. He didn't understand. And he'll have to carry that death with him forever. I took your wings. I brought a man with no fucking head back to life and now he lives every day with a collar squeezing his neck together. And they needed to be done but every time I close my eyes I /see them/, and nothing makes them go away. And you wanna share that? You want me to let you into my shithole life and dump all of this on you?" Silence hangs in the air between the two of you. "...Well, there's a good reason," she says at last, her voice soft and sad. "You're an idiot." She turns to walk back to the group. > "...Don't go."> Get mad. > Go back with her. > Stay.
>>44086047Ugh indeed. I was on Xanax for a while, and I had the same sorta problem. It left me with like a half second delay between when things happened and when I could react. I absolutely hated it and took myself off. An occasional panic attack and short temper is better, to me.
>>44086025Welcome to the drug life, anon. >>44086047The way I saw it (Purely ADHD perspective) was that attention was sort of like an open flame, casting its light everywhere. teh drugs are like a focusing array, taking the light and increasing its strength while limiting its scope, giving proper focus>>44086160Ah, I see. Kudos to you, this sort of structure seems very strong for this format (Player guided storytelling). >Stay.>also take the time to check for pursuers and whatnot
>>44086160>StayWe...we just need some space for a bit.
>>44086160>Stay>Actually consider that she may have a point.
>>44086280>Stay>Actually consider that she may have a point.
>>44086160> Stay.That was depressing. Also decent for character development and is the first time that we've seen a view of our self versus an outsider view. Still, good job on the writing, I honestly am surprised at the lack of drug fueled shenanigans currently.
>>44086301I have an odd relationship with most mind-altering drugs, in that I generally seem to mostly remain...me. Like. I had 29 shots in an hour at one point and remember absolutely everything from that night. I wrote a /paper/ like that (and fucking aced it). It takes a lot to put down my ability to write how I want to write. Usually it's easier to put down my ability to write /at all/. I do hope that the fallout from the vote made sense for the option presented, though. I'm still kinda feeling my way through this, trying to ensure that I don't give away the update while still providing clarity of choice.
>>44086178>>44086280>>Stay>>Actually consider that she may have a point.
>>44086375I've got no complaints, as far as that option went we got something roughly on par with what one would hope.
>>44086160Amy goes, and you let her. You sink down against the wall and sit heavily, with your breath heavy and your shoulders down. Eventually, you put your hat back on your head, and light one of Lora's horrible cigarettes. You can feel Fetch's concern, but you push it away, not reprovingly, but firmly. You need some time to yourself. "...Idiot, huh?" you murmur, smoke trailing from your lips with each word. A long time ago, in the town you'd called home, a town built up on stilts, with walls and crossbows and herb-scented fires to keep the monsters out, there had been an old man, and an old woman, and they'd loved each other very much. And the old woman had died, as people do at the end of their threads, and your grandmother had clicked her tongue like she did at you when you'd done something stupid. "She ain't got no call, doin' a thing like that," your grandmother had said. "Old men don't outlive they wives. They always die together."You hadn't understood what she'd meant, then. But the old man had followed his wife into the grave a year later, a shadow of his former self, and you'd never quite forgotten him. You take a drag on the horrible fucking cigarette, and you breathe it out your nose. If every fucking day is going to be this eventful, you're gonna need to either drink a whole lot more, or get a lot more help around. "You win this round, bird," you finally murmur. You stand and head back to the group, hat low on your brow, and whistle for Fetch to keep marching. Amy's replaced Nate in the rearguard, but he takes one look and respects your quiet. Still, it's oddly comforting when he reaches a hand out for the cig, and takes a drag to share your misery with. He coughs and hands it back, and you give him a weak smile.
>>44086685The rest of the march is silent, disturbed only by the trickle of the river. You make it back into the worked stone hallways, claustrophobic in comparison to Lakehallow's open caverns, and close the door behind you. Nathan goes to open the center door of the T-section, only for Amy to grab his wrist. "Are you fucking insane?" the harpy girl whispers. "Let me check it first." Something thin and flat and long, almost like a steel ruler, is wedged into the cracks between the door and its frame. Amy moves it through patiently and, partway down, grins suddenly. You hear the sound of a dozen bolts plinking off of the steel on the far side of the door. "This is why you bring a dungeonbreaker," the bird girl notes. She puts her ear to the door, knocks on it several times, in several places, and then turns the knob slowly. Satisfied, she pushes it open and gestures. "Welcome to the Maze. Maps end here."Less than a hundred feet in, the hallways branches in another T, this time without doors. Each of the passagess is marked with green and blue paint, in a language you're able to recognize as goblin...but not translate. Nathan and Amy come up blank as well. This...might complicate diplomacy.> Split up.> Stay together.And> Take the left hallway.> Take the center hallway.> Take the right hallway. And/or> Write-in.
I'll probably be leaving this vote open overnight, as I feel the siren call of The Sleep coming for my soul. Thread archived, so I don't forget.
>>44086794> Stay together.> Take the right hallway. Any chalk we can use to mark our way in?
>>44086923I second this. I can't remember which side you're supposed to go to to find your way through a maze, but I do remember that you always take the same turn. So let's continuously go right, or continuously go left, even if it means doubling back.
>>44086958It doesn't matter which hand. So sure, lets>>44086794> Stay together.> Take the right hallway.
> Stay together.> Take the right hallway. use something to mark the way you go
>>44086794> Stay together.> Take the right hallway. > mark our path in, preferably something subtle and high up. I just know those little shits will erase any signs that aren't theirs.
>>44086958They're controlling it from the center. I'm pretty sure our best chance is to meet up with the tribe and get taken to the minotaurs.
>>44087115Yea, but until they know we're here they have no reason to change it.
>>44087244Well, sure, but assuming that we can follow the ordinary rules for mazes with something that people with non-human thought patterns can reshape on a whim seems... Off.
Rolled 2 (1d3)>>44086794> Stay together.The bird, she is life down here.>rolling for hallway>Can we talk to a dead goblin spirit or something?Y'all are jacked up on prescriptions. Not to say it's bad, but it's weird to hear when I have had, like, 3 Aspirins in my entire life. Most of the shit I do involve lifestyle and diet changes, to varying degrees of success.
>>44086958As the other anon said, the side doesn't matter, as long as you stick to it.It doesn't work with all mazes though: If the exit (or the prize, if the maze hides something) is somewhere in the middle, sticking to one side will lead you all around the outer wall until you are back at the entrance.And if, like in this case, the maze can change, you're fucked no matter where you go. Then not even unerasable (hewn-in) markers help.
>>44088575Doctorfag here, lifestyle and diet changes don't help much with ADHD and the like. If you have it you're fucked and you have to live with it, medication can alleviate the symptoms. In most cases it gets better when you're an adult though.
>>44088885To clarify for you, sticking to a wall in a static maze will lead you to every point of the maze that is bounded by that wall. Adopting this technique from the entrance means that you eventually will reach the entrance again, if no other entrances/exits to the maze are on the edge.If your goal is in the middle of the maze, it is still possible to reach it if and only if the wall is continuous (i.e. every section of the maze walls is connected directly or indirectly to every other section).Oh god i still have my math final terminology on my mind someone help
>>44088969>with ADHD and the likeWell there's not much I can say to that. I never got diagnosed before getting "cured", so I don't know whether what I had was ADHD or what.But it meant the world to me in terms of ability to focus on studies, particularly secondary languages. At the very least, I'm certain that everyone should take the time to CHECK if what they shovel into their mouths is literally degrading their ability to think.
>>44089007Yeah, exactly. If I was to build a maze, I'd make it so that going along a side would (after walking through many dead-end side corridors) only lead you back to the entrance. The exit/prize would be only reached after taking the "other" turn 2 or 3 times and only then follow the wall. And behind a hidden door, of course.
>>44089195Think of how geometry works. That's actually pretty difficult.The only way I know of to make a maze that thwarts right/left-hand-on-the-wall methods is to have the goal be in the middle somewhere, and the outside be a big loop of some sort.
>>44089474hidden doors in general mess with the right/left hand on wall rule. As would platforms that rotate after you get off them, just to mess with your mind.
>>44089474I (>>44089007) whipped this map up in less than 5 minutes. It isn't that hard. Start at the green circle, reach the center. Hidden door is the red wall.Notice the walls of the maze are actually split into 3: the outside that connects to the outer walls, a middle section, and the inner section that contains the goal.The thing about mazes is that they always seem more obvious with an overhead full view.please help me i haven't gotten any sleep and now i'm staying up debating mazes online
>>44089714the painkillers have achieved meta-effectiveness: proper dosage starts affecting anons from beyond the screen
>>44089714Well yeah, you did exactly what >The only way I know of to make a maze that thwarts right/left-hand-on-the-wall methods is to have the goal be in the middle somewhere, and the outside be a big loop of some sort.saysA loop outside, goal in the middle.Hand Rule beats any maze that doesn't have secret doors and has both exits on the outer border. It wins because it's extremely simple brute force tactic of checking everything.
>>44086794> write in : stay together until you find a guide, locals gonna local and if we can Reason at them, awesome.
>>44085912AMY IS ACTUALLY THE VINTNER.VINTER'S DAUGHTER> Stay together.> Take the right hallway. > mark our path in, preferably something subtle and high up. Same reasoning as other anons. May as well try the mundane plans.
>>44086794>>44090275OSHIIIIIIII>Stay togetherThis is how you die>Take the right hallwayFire Department dictates when entering an unknown structure, always pick one side and keep to it, either follow the left wall until it puts you back at the entrance way, or keep to the right wall. The rest is irrelevant after this point but I'll add it in spoilers because its interesting. Your partner holds on to the leg opposite of the wall you have chosen earlier. It is his job to use his mass to span the search to the center of the room, with this you should be able to cover the majority of a room. In all likelyhood potential victims will have either fallen close to the exit or will have taken shelter in a closet, or another closed contained space. If they haven't there likelyhood of survival drops wildly, which is irrelevant anyway because the Fire Department treats all victims as dead until proven otherwise, and extracts them ASAP to prove otherwise, usually causing multiple injuries to the victim in the process.
OKAY, I AM ALIVE. I'm going to leave the vote open, not because we need more votes but because I have to, among other things, go pick up my paycheck, get some groceries, do the dishes and also possibly get Christmas presents for my children if I can fucking afford it, *not that I am god damn bitter*.Writing Soon(tm).
>>44091460Wait, you have kids, and are on 4chan? I thought we were all supposed to be broke college students or 20+ year old fat basement dwellers?
>>44091528I've been on here since high school.Now I'm 30 with a wife and a home.
>>44091528You learn things everyday on 4chan. Whether for good or ill, I cannot say.
>>44086794"Stick close," you order quietly. You dig a bag of chalk from your pocket and mark the wall as the group takes the right-hand hallway, leaving behind hasty symbols in the traveler's code that you've picked up over the years. Everyone's on edge, especially Amy - the bird girl drifts near the front, eyes sharp for hidden triggers and pressure plates that she spots through some unknown providence. You start hearing a faint rumbling behind you, and Amy groans out loud. "They're changing the layout," she sighs."Who the fuck built this?" you exclaim."Dwarves.""...That...makes sense, actually." You stop to try and think, and a wall slides open at the end of the hallway, revealing a tight formation of eight goblins - four in front with spears, four behind with loaded crossbows.In full chain armor, of quite obviously fine make, with tools and supplies at their belts. "Oh no Nate," you drawl. "We can't let them trade with Glen. They'll get metal and stuff."Nate's about to reply when one of the goblins in back - you'd guess the leader, but it's a little hard to tell since you're not sure what the difference is between marks of rank and personal flair are - says something in a loud, authoritative voice. You can't make out the words - you don't speak goblin - but you know the tone. You've heard it on a dozen or more captains over the years, usually right before you're run out of town. > Hold your hands up peaceably. Try a few other languages to see if you have one in common. > Order everyone to their knees with your hands where the goblins can see them. If they wanted to kill you, you'd already be dead. Right? > Hands on weapons, but no aggressive moods.> FIGHTFIGHTFIGHTFIGHT
> Hold your hands up peaceably. Try a few other languages to see if you have one in common.
>>44093638> Hold your hands up peaceably. Try a few other languages to see if you have one in common.
>>44093638> Hold your hands up peaceably. Try a few other languages to see if you have one in common.Time for diplomancing
>>44093638>> Hold your hands up peaceably. Try a few other languages to see if you have one in common.> But, y'know, if they look about to fire, be ready to dodge or something...
>>44093638>> Hold your hands up peaceably. Try a few other languages to see if you have one in common.
Votes called, writing.
>>44093638You spread your hands in the universal "look how many weapons I'm not holding" gestures, and your compatriots quickly follow suit. You point at your own head and say "Brianna," clearly.The goblin leader nods his head slowly and answers, "Korl.""Do you speak lorshan?" you ask in your native tongue, slowly. The goblin stares at you, registers what question you were probably trying to ask, and shakes his head. He asks something in his own tongue, and you give him a guilty smile. |Elven?| you trill. Nothing. |Sylvan? Dunno what I was expecting.|And then, in a formal tone, the goblin speaks dwarven to you: |Speak ye the hated tongue of the stone burrowers that collapse the tunnels and break the crib?|You brighten up and bounce on the balls of your feet, making the other goblins rattle in nervousness. |I speak the Stout Tongue!| you answer. |...Huh. You know you use their word for you, for them?||I am aware of the irony| the goblin barks irritably. |Korl of Labyrinth Clan, I am. Ye are?||Brianna of the Cross Clan| you answer formally. |We weren't hoping for a fight.||Tresspassing, ye are| the goblin says dubiously. |Intruder, ye, on our lands. Why?||I...| you pause. Dwarven has a /lot/ of words for leaders and nobility. |I seek /the/ Labyrinth. Your mighty leader, who towers above?|Korl considers this and then orders his subordinates; their weapons raise out of the ready position, and their formation loosens ever-so-slightly. |Our Below King commands us tell you that he allied with the maker of grape-beer, to offer you escort from territory, and ask if you still wish to see him.||General orders?| you clarify.Korl nods.Iiiiiiinteresting. > Take the escort out.> Seek more information.> Ask to see the Below King anyway.
>>44094390> Ask to see the Below King anyway.We knew this wasn't going to be easy, no point in turning around now.
>>44094390> Seek more information.
>>44094390> Ask to see the Below King anyway.well, at least he's open to other offers
>>44094390The maker of grape beer, huh, that doesn't sound like Vilker to me. > Seek more information.
>>44094518Translation errors may be in effect, anon.
>>44094518what, you think the Dwarf language has a word for alcohol thats NOT beer?
>>44094390>> Ask to see the Below King anyway.Yeah why not. Civilized chat is always good.
>>44094390>Take the escort out.
>>44083055>>44083114case in point: >>44094422
Vote called. Writing.
>>44094390|I find myself still possessed of a great need to see your Below King| you say formally.|So be it| Korl agrees. |You may keep your weapons. The Below King fears no treachery.|The goblin taps a subordinate, who pulls out a hunting horn bound in brass. Korl gives you a meaningful look and puts his fingers in his ears; you, your subordinates, and the other goblins follow suit before the hornblower lets out a long, loud blast. You remove your fingers from your ears as the walls and floors begin to adjust in rattling shakes. |Why didn't he cover his ears with muffs?| you ask, politely.|Morak is already deaf.||...Huh.|When the rumbling stops, the short humanoids fall into an honor guard...or possibly escort detail...around your group, marching deeper into the Maze with you. "How we playing this?" Amy murmurs. "I don't see a reason to pick a fight," you say simply. "Those standing orders were interesting. I think I wanna know why they were issued.""Where the fuck did they get all these supplies?" Nathan hisses. "Also a great question," you say mildly.
>>44095563It's obvious when you reach the center of the Maze - for one thing, there's this huge steel door, and when you cross through it the floor rings with the hollow report of brass. Pipes and wires extend along the walls, connected to control consoles that hum and hiss faintly. Goblins speak into voice tubes, checking in with scouts and sentries through the Maze. You get curious eyes from the oddly scrubbed-and-equipped goblins, but aside from the ocassional parent preventing their small child from running directly at you no one seems worried so much as curious.The central chamber contains the minotaurs. The two sit on thrones of brass and bone, built out from metal chairs still faintly suggested in their structures. The two are massive, easily eight feet tall, and ripple with muscle. Both are armored in bronze - you hear Nathan click his tongue in disapproval when he sees the sculpted breasts on the female minotaur's armor - and have spears across their laps. Korl says something formally, and your guard steps away from you smartly. You stare for a moment at their discipline - you've met human soldiers worse at this - and then return your gaze to the minotaurs, who wait with attentive expressions. > Greet them formally> Greet them deferentially> Be yourself
>>44095900>Be yourselfobviously voice out surprise and respect at their discipline, but that's all.
>>44095900> Greet them formallyThey've set themselves up with a throne room and well disciplined guards, they're most likely going to expect a formal greeting. Nothing flowery, but something appropriate for a pair of hulking minotaurs in ornate armor.
>>44095900Because they'll want us to make it clear we aren't here to fight them like a group of idiot adventurers.Also because Hail Satan its now a 3 way tie.
>>44095900> Be yourself so long as we show them the respect that eight foot tall murder machines with their own private army deserves, we should be fine
>>44095900> Greet them formallyRemember what Amy had to say about minotaurs:> They won't expect you to know their culture, but they understand respect. And they'll test that respect, because they hate false flattery the way humans hate betrayal. A power play is literally less insulting than a hollow compliment or a meaningless insult.They've got control of this room, they have good kit that you can't figure out how, and they managed to get fucking goblins in line. That's worthy of some sincere respect.Deference seems way too much; that would no doubt obviously be false flattery.
>>44096050You may have forgotten an actual vote here, anon.
> Greet them formally
>>44096125Yes, it appears I did, well anyway I'm heading out for food. See you soon.
>>44095900Remember, Minotaurs prefer honest expression to flowery bullshit. > Be yourself, maybe a little more formal than normalMention the fact that we're very impressed at the dicipline their troops show, maybe throwing in a comparison to the idiot guards above, as well as the general shape of their domain, but avoid the platitudes and hooplah that generally accompanies 'formal' greetings?
Votes called. Dishes, then writing.
>>44096835>>44096834I swear this doesn't usually happen
>>44095900You tip your hat respectfully. "Your Majesties," you greet politely. "It's a pleasure to meet." You start to translate in dwarven, but the female minotaur leans forward and holds her hand up. "We speak your tongue, human," she clarifies. Is she...smiling? "Please, continue.""Y'know, that's honestly a relief. My dwarven's rusty." You flash a grin at the enthroned minotaurs. "My name is Brianna la Croix, and my companions are Nathan Bookchild, Amy, and Sir Fetch the Nightfeather." Fetch stands up to his full height and preens. "If you don't mind me getting to the point, I was rather hoping to get to the other side of the Maze and stab your ally full of large holes."The male minotaur laughs heartily and leans forward with a grin, resting one elbow on his knee. "Well met, Brianna of the la Croix. I am King Borsh, and my mate is Queen Lista. I don't suppose you'd care to be more bluntly honest? I feel as though you may have obscured your meaning with circular speech.""Look, to get much more honest I'd have to tell you how I lost my virginity while possessed by my dead cousin," you note. Nathan chokes in surprise, and even Amy gives you a wide-eyed look, but your thoughtline paid off - Borsh's smile just widens. "I must say, though, your tribe's impressed me," you note, looking around at the busy goblins and their attentive soldiers. "You could make a living training human troops to be this professional.""This is not a talk for all to hear, I think," Borsh muses. "Are you willing to dismiss your compatriots, if I empty my throne room?""Gladly."
>>44098023It's a tense minute or two, but eventually it's just you, Borsh, and Lista. The three of you look at each other for a long moment before Borsh breaks the silence. "I am a king of my word," the minotaur rumbles. "And my word has made me an ally of the Vintner. You have a grudge, with this man?""He tortured my compatriot near to, laid siege to Lakehallow, and tried to kill me twice," you admit. "You could say I'm upset with him."Lista peers at your face. "...You mean that. Upset, yet not hateful."You shrug and take off your hat. "If I hated everyone who tried to kill me I'd spend all my day on hate and nothing on actually having any fun. And besides, he...sorta turned into my job. He's done something, to the death down here. Something foul." The minotaurs share a look. "This is known to us," Borsh murmurs. "But I find myself caught. The Vintner has become a distant ally, but he has kept the letter of his word. I may not simply betray him.""So what're my options?" you ask. "We must think of the good of our tribe," Lista says solemnly. "What is your offer, before we consider offering any options?"You take a deep breath. > "Form an alliance with Lakehallow. You'd get trade from the surface and mutual profit." > "I can make minions to augment your forces and teach you how to command them. Look at what you've done already; imagine that with more men."> "...What is it you'd /want/?"
>>44098366Near to death* jesus fuck.
>>44098366>"Form an alliance with Lakehallow. You'd get trade from the surface and mutual profit."After we have dealt with Vintner we could make them minions
> "...What is it you'd /want/?"
>>44098366>"Form an alliance with Lakehallow. You'd get trade from the surface and mutual profit."Economics!
>>44098366> "...What is it you'd /want/?"Not in a " I can give you anything you'd desire" way but a "I have some ideas but I'd rather give you something you actually care about if possible" way.
>>44098366>> "...What is it you'd /want/?"They're already an organized military, they surely see the point in profits beyond extortion.If they capitalised and farmed Dungeon Resources, they can turn quite a profit, wouldn't they? Farm some monsters here, sell supplies over there, rescue adventurers for a cut of everything they have....but they don't. Why?
>>44098366> "...What is it you'd /want/?"
>>44098366>> "Form an alliance with Lakehallow. You'd get trade from the surface and mutual profit."But, the more important question is> "...What is it you'd /want/?"I mean, at the end of the day, they could make a LOT of profit by simply holding down the trade routes and charging tax (extortion, but at least everyone wins). That way the lower levels get surface supplies and the surface gets valuables from below, and the minotaurs and goblins sit in luxury. Also they don't have to make deals with people violating the laws of reality and the universe.
>>44098366>"Form an alliance with Lakehallow. You'd get trade from the surface and mutual profit."
Maybe they should look at it like this- we're stronger then the Vintner and would make better allies because of that. We can prove it because we're going to go fight him right now. If he can't protect himself against us, he'd be a pretty weak ally especially when other people show up looking for his head
I need to go get some things. I'll extend the vote while I'm out. Feel free to continue discussing, voting, etc.
>>44099172Lets take this moment to discuss why your waifu is shit.
>>44094518I think I remember the Vilker was a wine aficionado
>>44099856Anon, 'vintner' is one who makes wine. Literally a person who creates wine professionally.
Votes called. Writing.
>>44100259Thanks, didnt know that. Im not a native english speaker
>>44098366You think for a long, hard minute. "What is it you actually want?" you finally ask. "You control a major thoroughfare. You have supplies, obviously, and well-trained troops. You're living well -""No," the minotaur queen interjects. "We are not living well. Our supplies were given to us, but now trade has dried up, and we cannot make repairs. Our goblins know how to kill, but not how to forge. We teach them the tongues of men but there is much in their...in our...education that is lacking.""In short," Borsh rumbles, "we want to leave a legacy. A true kingdom, in the Dungeon. And if it is small, it is small. If it is petty, it is petty. But I will have it said by none that Borsh the Chipped Hoof was a poor king or a poor friend. None!"You fold your arms and cock your head. "Why do you care?""If a thing is done, it is to be done well," Lista says frankly. "We slew the chief of this tribe and they made us their monarchs. To do less than excellence would be a disgrace.""...And you've come to the radical conclusion that an excellent monarch protects and promotes their people, and sees to their welfare, and makes their lives better," you murmur. "You two are /wasted/ raiding trade caravans."
>>44101361"I want peace for the Basement," you continue. "I think what you want, and what I want, can be accomplished together. And I think the Vintner is in its way. With him at your back and no trade moving through the Dungeon, you will never have what you need to make your vision a reality. I am not asking for your help. My compatriots and I are strong, and we can take him out on our own.""...How strong?" Borsh asks, thoughtfully. "They're the strongest people I know," you answer with conviction. "Then here is the deal I offer you. You are asking us to risk my tribe's future on your mission. If you are so strong, leave a hostage here, as good faith. If the Vintner prevails, we can say that we captured them and fulfilled our oath. If you prevail, you gain your compatriot back, and our ears to your proposals. What say you?"You whistle under your breath. "That's a hell of a thing to ask.""And yet," Lista notes, "it is asked."> Take the deal; leave Nathan behind.> Take the deal; leave Amy behind.> Take the deal; leave yourself behind. > Say you need to discuss it with your compatriots.> Ask for an escort back out of the Maze.> Write-in.
>>44101459>> Say you need to discuss it with your compatriots.
>>44101459>Fetch pre-empts you by offering to leave itself behind. This is not taken seriously.
Guys, we cannot under any circumstances leave amy behind. It will permanently fuck her up to do so and ruin any relationship our group has with her. Similarly we need Nathan as some form of warrior. I'd like us there too to detect illusions, but we're the most expendable currently. Still, it puts me on edge.
>>44101459>> Say you need to discuss it with your compatriots....We listed Fetch as one of our compatriots when we introduced ourselves to them. It might be acceptable to leave him behind...
>>44101459>Say you need to discuss it with your compatriots.
>>44101459Could we leave our familiar behind?
>>44101672Do you want to be the anon to write the highly, INTENSELY persuasive sales pitch that convinces this warrior that you value the undead livestock the way you do your boon compatriot (Amy) and likely mate (Nathan)?
>>44101817Well, it helps that he can talk. Sure what the hell, I'll give it a shot if you're willing to go out on a limb with me
>>44101459>Take the deal; leave Nathan behindI think we need to keep Amy with us. Traps are not something Nathan and Bri can handle, but it seems both Nathan and Amy are good at killing. Nathan probably more suited to it, but Amy does fill 2 roles.
>>44101874I'm willing, but we'll have to see how the votes go. Could be a consequence of discussing a plan with your compatriots, but A. you'll have to discuss that with the rest of the voters and B. you'll want a backup plan.
>>44101459> Say you need to discuss it with your compatriots.
>>44101895If we leave amy behind she'll never forgive us.We could stay behind however.
>>44101948Bri should not stay behind. If the Vitner is fucking around with death in the area, Bri might be the only thing that can counter it.
>>44101459Can we offer a trial by champion?Nathan vs wat they throw at us
>>44101817>>44101938Fetch is our loyal servant, perhaps the most loyal of our servants. We created him with a part of us, and imbued him not only with intelligence but with everything that makes up his personality. He may seem the least of our party, but he is integral to coordinating our other minions, and what's more he's also the bravest and most dedicated knight to ever swear an oath of fealty.
>>44101981Fetch would die for us. And I'd hate to be the person who stands between him and his mistress
>>44101874It will seriously damage relations if we do that, dont be a fucking idiot. To do this would be highly insulting, worse than refusing outright.
>>44102056Our relationship with fetch?
>>44101459Can't we offer something else? Nathan knows how to smith, we can teach them languages, and we can let the dead give proper farewells.
>>44102100You can try, but he's not looking for a trade; he's covering his tribe's ass in case you lose. Against the life-warping illusionist wizard with a fuck demon for a pet. It's not an unreasonable worry.
>>44102079THE MINOTAURSHave, have you not had enough sleep or something?
>>44102125I don't see how offering Fetch up would be an insult. We just need to make the right pitch, the QM said as much himself. Basically we're giving up a major investment of our own powers to them
>>44102124>fuck demonThe Vintner has a goddamn succubus as a PET?!
>>44102124>>44102124A shame kells protection doesn't extend this far.
> "I... Would have to discuss that with my compatriots. I gave my word to Amy that she would not be left behind. And while I am confident that all three of us can best the Vintner, I am unsure that only two can do so."
>>44102170An incubus. This was mentioned previously.
>>44102170No. He has an incubus as a pet! See a few updates back, our war council.
>>44102170As other quests have shown, the best way to defeat an Incubus is to make it feel sexually inferior.
I love how three of us corrected that literally within a few seconds.
Calling in nine minutes. May have to go to bed soonish.
>>44101459Hell, obviously discuss, but im thinking>ask to be escorted back
"Can I have the chance to discuss this with my compatriots?" you ask. The monarchs before you agree with a nod, and summon a goblin to escort you to them. Nathan and Amy wait in a side room, around a small table with Fetch in the center. You explain the situation succinctly, the moment the goblin gives you privacy. "Well I'm not staying," Amy snaps immediately. "You /promised/.""I know I did," you say softly. "I'm looking for thoughts here.""Is there another way out?" Nathan muses."Sure," Amy scoffs. "Take over the tribe. Which will be a lot like leaving someone behind, since even if we won that fight someone would end up hurt.""I don't think I like that option anyway," you note. "Why not...understand that I do not say this out of any cowardly need to avoid battle," Fetch says indignantly. "But I could remain, if one must.""I don't think he feels you're valuable enough collateral to mollify the Vintner's wrath," you muse. "Ah, yes. Clearly he'd want your mate." You choke as Amy restrains a laugh with one delicate hand up against her face. Nathan looks at her, then you."Did you -""I DID NOTHING THANK YOU NATHAN YOU MAY RESUME FANTASIZING ABOUT ME THANK YOU."Nathan blushes and mutters something that sounds far too suspiciously like 'onlysometimes' while you put your hat over your face and just /breathe/. "Okay," you mutter, putting the top hat back on your head. "We need a plan. And it's honestly sounding like I'm the most disposable person, while being the greatest gesture of collateral. Nathan, you're hard to kill. Amy, you know our foe. Fetch can go with you both, which means I can offer advice and he can offer aid.""It's not a bad plan," Amy manages, through her giggles. "Up to you, though," Nathan notes. > Leave Nathan behind.> Leave yourself behind.> Leave Amy behind.> Try to leave Fetch behind (write sales pitch)> Take over the tribe. > Take the escort out.
>>44102836>Leave yourself behind.We can communicate long-distance through Fetch right? Time to be mission control!
> Leave yourself behind.It's the only thing that makes sense....plus it fits our whole martyr thing.
>>44102836>> Leave yourself behind.>> Take the escort out.one of these. At best, we take a nap and see if we can support from Lora's lounge.
>>44102836>Leave yourself behind.At least you can send Fetch and the minion squad with the team.
Okay folks. I'm gonna call the vote here in 8 minutes so I can write final update of the night. Will be major choice, leading directly into, well, the first major boss fight of the quest, so...please, treat it with gravity.
> Leave yourself behind.
>Leave Yourself Behind
Today in DLQ: we have our first major bossfight, with no MC. I fucking love running this quest. Votes called. Writing.
>>44103105I assume we're playing as another character? Or something? Fetch perhaps? Also it seems perfectly in theme with the fact we're playing as a necromancer who has violated every rule of common decency and somehow continued being the good guy.
>>44103157Every rule of common decency? Expand, anon.
>>44103164We killed the innocent (kells), we've defied the very laws of nature (revived after dying), we've consistently brokered deals with spirits from beyond the grave to further our own ends, and have enslaved the dead to our cause. In addition, we've been known to become possessed and lose control of ourselves.That said, all of these things have been done in an acceptable way with acceptable restrictions, but I'll be damned if that list doesn't make us sound evil as hell.
>>44102836>> Leave yourself behind.
>>44102836"I'll stay behind," you decide. "Fetch, you'll be my eyes and ears. I can offer advice but only from your perspective, so I'm trusting your good judgement." You give Nathan and Amy serious looks. "Anyone still alive and in enough pieces to be meaningfully themselves is our priority. Save the innocent." Your look goes to Amy. "Before revenge."Amy stiffens, indignantly, but then she relaxes slowly, and she nods. "...I understand.""I'm glad," you murmur. You reach out and stroke her dark hair, and she chirps in surprise before nuzzling into your hand. "You're a good person, Ames. Don't let him make you someone you're not."You take a deep breath and take up your swordcane like a ringmaster's scepter. "Here we go."You go to the monarchs to tell them your decision, and they send goblins to escort your compatriots, and your minions, into the Vintner's territoty. > You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker (What Falls May Rise)> You are Nathan Bookchild (Valor Is Its Own Reward)> You are Sir Fetch the Nightfeather (Stories Feed the Soul)
>>44103252>You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker (What Falls May Rise)Time to bird!
>>44103252> You are Sir Fetch the Nightfeather (Stories Feed the Soul)Ah well the bird bird bird, bird is the word...
>>44103252>You are Nathan Bookchild (Valor Is Its Own Reward)Verve needs some screentime
>>44103262But which bird!?
>>44103262>>44103281>>44103285...well we're off to a great start here.
>You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker (What Falls May Rise)Squaaaark
> You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker (What Falls May Rise) We are birding now.
>>44103252>> You are Sir Fetch the Nightfeather (Stories Feed the Soul)What are you guys, chicken?
> You are Sir Fetch the Nightfeather (Stories Feed the Soul)how could we /not/
>>44103262>You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker (What Falls May Rise)This
>>44103252>You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker (What Falls May Rise)
>>44103322Because Amy could easily go wrong here, and she needs the extra layer of control that being our PoV character grants. Besides her being badass.
>>44103252> You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker (What Falls May Rise)
>>44103351Talking zombie chicken knight.Your argument is invalid.
> You are Sir Fetch the Nightfeather (Stories Feed the Soul)
>>44103351>>44103351>she needs the extra layer of control that being our PoV character grantsit's like you don't trust her
Good anons, I have updated the character document to include Sir Fetch and some of the new folks we've met. I will now go to bed and see everyone in five and a half hours, when I will drink coffee and call the vote. Thanks for participating today, and I look forward to continuing! As always, feedback, critique, questions are welcome. Extra shoutout to the folks who've done fan art thus far. You've warmed my dead little soul. Plus honestly I'm still desperate for relevant images & gifs.
>>44102836> Leave yourself behind.
>>44103437I kinda don't? She's got a burning need for revenge/to make him suffer. If we're not in control here, I'm not sure that she'll be able to keep a good grip on herself throughout. Remind me why we should trust her to not have her deep-seated issues take over?
>>44103501mainly because normal people can't hijack their friend's minds, no matter how worried they are about them.
>>44103499Wrong vote, anon.
>>44103501Sir Fetch will guide her down the righteous path.
>>44103252> You are Sir Fetch the Nightfeather (Stories Feed the Soul)
> You are Sir Fetch the Nightfeather (Stories Feed the Soul)How often do you get to be a zombie rooster???
>>44103252> You are Sir Fetch the Nightfeather (Stories Feed the Soul)If the mottos are included, it's probably important.And riding around as a zombie chicken sounds like the best way to energize our companions. We'll sweep them up in our heroic knight fantasy, and tun this from a revenge quest/necessary evil into a noble story of three adventurers slaying a great evil!
>>44103252>You are Kell the Red (A fucking undead crocodile)I BELIEVE!
Ohh! If we play as Sir Fetch, we should offer to Amy the chance to be our squire. It fits with Fetch's general demeanor, what with the knightly attitude, and he'll take it seriously even when we aren't controlling him. He'll want Amy to take protecting Bri as he would, since Amy's closer to Bri's heart, and the mere *idea* of his fair lady's heart being wounded would simply be intolerable!More importantly, it'll give Amy a new purpose she can work towards after killing Vintner, if she wants it. Sure, take life lessons from the zombie chicken with a grain of salt, but Fetch *knows* what he is, better than anyone else here. If it comes to leading by example, Amy won't find a better teacher.
>>44103252>You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker (What Falls May Rise)While I'd love to be the demonchicken, Amy is the next character to be, after Nathan. Also, this will be a defining moment for her.
>>44103252>> You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker (What Falls May Rise)I second the notion that Amy needs the additional level of control that being controlled by us offers.
>>44103252>You are Ser FetchAlso, kudos to you, Vox - you madman - for braving tooth decay and sleeplessness to bring a quest well above the par!
Unofficial mid-vote tally: >Amy - 10 >Fetch - 9 >Nathan - 1 >...WTF, but Kells? - 1
>>44105321Links to all votes I could find up to this point, for reference, also: Amy: >>44103262>>44103298>>44103312>>44103326>>44103343>>44103357>>44104446>>44104729>>44104802>>44105110Fetch: >>44103281>>44103316>>44103322>>44103398>>44103898>>44103927>>44103968>>44104077>>44105283Nathan: >>44103285...WTF, but Kells?: >>44104118
Calling the vote in what seems to be a narrow victory for Amy. I need to shower, get coffee, and acquire clothes. Then, writing. *You're a madman.*
>>44103252You are Amy the Dungeonbreaker, wingless half-harpy, frustrated romantic, and you will have your revenge. You're marched through the throne room on your way out of the Labyrinth Clan's territory. Brianna stands off to the side, puffing experimentally on a cigar. She looks up as the three of you pass and gives you a quiet nod. You like that she's trusting you, but you still kinda want to hit her. But, then...getting your feelings straight in general hasn't been the easiest thing, these last few days. Gods, you can still hear the bars rattle. The goblin escorts you to the edge of the Maze and shows you where you are on the map. He also removes a small stone from the wall near the edge of the Maze's run and reveals a button. He mimes pressing it and then hearing something, as if distantly called. You and Nathan nod your understanding, and then you are left alone. "How do we deal with the illusions?" Nathan asks softly, while you walk ahead to check for traps. "I'll deal with the illusions," you say frankly, your voice clipped and flat. You can feel the tension in your shoulders, the shaking in your hand that you still with smothering rage. Close. He's close.
>>44106235The labs and auxillary rooms seem oddly abandoned. Where are the guards? The cunning traps? Where's the /demon/, for that matter? You don't like it, and your finger thumbs the head of one of your throwing axes. The steel beneath your grip is comforting. (Not like that other steel. Not like that other steel at all). You shake your head, violently, and pause. "This is it," you murmur. "The door into his sanctum. He makes the wine elsewhere, nearer the Vineyard, but this will be where he is. He does his work here.""How do you know?" Nathan murmurs.("You could work here, pretty bird," a smoky voice murmurs. "If you're a good girl. If you do as I say.")"He showed me."> Enter stealthily. Maybe he won't notice, as long as the hinges are oiled properly. > Kick the door in and storm the place.
Vote will be left open while I go see the dentist. Weeee.
>>44106278> Enter stealthily. Maybe he won't notice, as long as the hinges are oiled properly.>>44106287GOOD LUCK VOX DON'T DIE
>Enter Stealthily.You always have the option to barge in guns blazing should you mess up, or he notice, or make noise-same cannot be said of the reverse.
>>44106278> Enter stealthily. Maybe he won't notice, as long as the hinges are oiled properly.>>44106287Good luck, hope it goes well.
>>44106278>Kick the door in and storm the place.>>44106310except if he's already noticed us and WE don't know that he has. I mean really, if he's invisible he could have been listening to the entire deal with the minotaurs.
>>44106278>Enter stealthily. Maybe he won't notice, as long as the hinges are oiled properly.>>44106287>Vote will be left open while I go see the dentist. Weeee.If I wish you luck I'm more likely to jinx it, so all I have to say is believe in the ability of someone who does something for a living!
> Enter stealthily. Maybe he won't notice, as long as the hinges are oiled properly.
>>44106278>> Enter stealthily. Maybe he won't notice, as long as the hinges are oiled properly.But be ready to start storming any moment.
>>44106278>Enter stealthily. Maybe he won't notice, as long as the hinges are oiled properly.Let's get all splinter cell and splatter every one of his cells on a different part of his room.
Hes an illusionist, we probably just walked past his entire army which is waiting in ambush for us without realizing it.
>>44106278>Ask Fetch if he can see illusions.
Dentist achieved. Votes called, writing.
>>44107513So wait, your tooth is finally dealt with?
>>44107588Oh no. It won't be dealt with until the 8th of January. But I've got enough antibiotics to cure a plague and am not in danger of immediate death.
>>44107597>It won't be dealt with until the 8th of JanuaryAre you planning on spending close to a month in an opioid-fueled haze? This quest will definitely be going places.
>>44107597>Oh no. It won't be dealt with until the 8th of January.Damn son, a whole month with that? That sucks ass balls.
>>44106278"Don't do or say anything, okay?" you murmur. "I need you to trust me here. When I open this door, I need you to plug your ears, and slacken your jaw.""...Why the jaw?" Nathan asks. "In case I do this wrong."You open the door slowly, carefully, and bless the obsessive attention to detail that makes the Vintner maintain the section of the Dungeon he controls. The would-be lord of the Basement always did put the cart before the horse, the fucker. ("That's no tone to take with me, girl. You must act for the station you wish to hold.") The long, wide room that contains the Stairwell is almost pleasant to look on. It has a clean, sterile scent, like a hospital, and everything is polished to a shine. The massive doors that lead to the Stairwell have been locked and barred; half a dozen people wait in a small, cage-like enclosure, where they read books with worried expressions on their faces. On the tables and the slabs, the in-progress constructs look almost peaceful. The Vintner is a pinch-faced human, in formal robes, who is holding a clipboard. His pleasant, academic air is rather spoiled by the fact that he is loudly berating and degrading his assistant. The incubus.Miles. His name is Miles. ("I'm sorry," a soft voice says in the dark. "One day we'll both be free. I can always go back to hell, but...well. I brought food. Don't tell the Master.")Miles is lithe, and handsome, and naked from the waist up except for a heavy iron collar with matching manacles that clamp around his wrists. You can see welts where his restraints have rubbed him, welts that will be infected from his iron poisoning. You're probably going to have to kill him. But at least he can go back to hell, and hell is better than this.
>>44107723Stupid idea go! What if we unbound the incubus, surely it wouldn't result in all the terrible things that happen when you free a demon into the world. He'd also be pretty damn pissed off at The Vinter for enslaving him.
>>44107792Are the restraints all that bind him to the Vintner? Demons are usually bound by something a little less visible......though that would raise the question of why the restraints, then...
>>44107829Iron poisoning is mentioned, so demons might be weakened by it. Maybe otherworldly being in general.
>>44107829Its a good thing we have someone we can communicate with via the poultry phone who knows about this.
>>44107723You slip in quietly, motioning for Nathan and Fetch to stay where they are. You see them cover their ears as best they can; Nathan slacks his jaw slightly, just as you told him to. It looks a little goofy, but if it looks stupid and it works, it wasn't stupid.You reach the rough center of the rectangular chamber. You can feel your jaw clenching in rage. It's fake. All of it is fake. You know what this room really looks like. How dare he cover it up? How dare this fucking coward not have the spine to face what he does?You throw your head back and screech. You have the attention of the Vintner and his slave immediately; they whirl in shock before the piercing hound slices into their skulls, and then all they can do is hit their knees and scream in agony. The piercing note goes higher, higher, and you feel the resonance hit when every bit of glass in the room starts to shake. More. You can see the blood trickling from the soulless fuck's ears. /More/. Glasses shatter, one after another, spraying alchemical materials everywhere. Flames light in hungry fury over his research surfaces. The pleasant environment flickers and shakes, trembling. You're not after the spell, exactly. You're after the crystals sustaining it. They pop with greasy sounds, shedding spelltaint and spraying sand and fragments. From his knees, Miles grins in triumph at you, even as his eyes start to run with a faint trickle of blood. The illusion flickers in and out, and then fades entirely. This is no hospital. It is a charnel house. Blood coats every available surface. The prisoners, in their cage, clutch their ears and sob; there is nowhere for them to escape their own filth. The half-finished constructs scream in agony as the flames and acid burn at them, though you see now that two finished ones lurk near the Vintner, awaiting orders. The scent of old blood, mixed with shit and sweat and the acrid sting of chemicals, fills your nostrils.
>>44107873Your lungs give out, and the shredding screech dwindles into silence. You heave air into your chest in grim triumph, feeling the surge of adrenaline in your veins. Years of research, annihilated in a single instant. Even if you died now, on the spot, you've won. You flash Nathan a savage grin, and he stares in awe. "Traitorous wretch!" the Vintner wails. "Look what you've done!""I know exactly what I've done," you growl, pulling a pair of axes from your belt. "I've started this party.""Miles!" the sorcerer snaps. "Kill the prisoners! Constructs, the intruders!" Yessss. Let's party. > Save the prisoners> Engage the constructs> Attack the VintnerAnd> Order Nathan (choose an objective)> Order Fetch and the chickens (choose an objective)
>>44107918>> Attack the VintnerHe. Must. Die.> Order Fetch and the chickens (choose an objective)> Free the incubus if possible; save the prisoners even if you can't free him—by killing him, if need be.Nathan's a schmott guy. He can figure stuff out for himself.
>>44107918Us>Attack the vinter>Nathan (Engage the constructs)Fetch >> Save the prisoners (Uhhhhhhh)
>>44107918>> Engage the constructsAmy's tired, she won't be ready for any further tricksNathan>Attack Vintneron the other hand, we don't know if wraithsteel is affected by illusionsFetch>take on Mileswe could save the prisoners, but I'm worried that the incubus might pull something. Convincing him to NOT is also an option.
>>44107962It isn't, vinter primarily uses visual illusions, which fail completely on things without eyes, unless he can hide his own magical scent, hes fucked.
>Save the prisonersWe told Bri we would, and we're going to be winded from that shriek.Nathan:>Engage the constructsThey're going to be the meat.>Chick-FilaisAttack the Vintner. Wizard's going to have some issues with a dose of undead CAW CAW MOTHERFUCKER until we can put down his muscle.
>>44107985Remember, he's a sorcerer too. You've impaired his ability to create illusions to an extent but you still kinda gotta worry about being, say, fried alive.
>>44107918>Double feint. First we make it look like we're going after the Winemaker, but zip to the constructs, but really you're going to free the prisoners. Let's see the illusionist see through that!Also: for Nathan, he's to engage the wizard, but feint to the prisoners. Ser Fetch would first go to the prisoners, but feint towards the wizard.
>>44108003Oh come on, thats probably just illusory fire!
>>44108005I don't think we can feint that well if we have to give vocal commands to do so.>>44107985so is that supporting, or what?>>44108014yeah, illusory burning flesh, too!
>>44108005We don't have the means to coordinate that without speaking out loud, which kinda ruins the plan.>>44107918>Save the prisonersMaybe we can divert Miles for a bit. I doubt he can stop, but maybe he'll avoid attacking us since he wasn't ordered to.>Nathan can attack the constructsVerve makes it a 2-on-2 fight.>Fetch can attack the Vintner.He'll be surprised, I bet.
>Attack the Vintner.>Nathan: Save the prisoners.>Fetch: Distract the constructs.
>>44107918>> Attack the VintnerWhen he dies, the constructs might dissolve and Miles might be free.>NathanSave the prisoners, try not to kill Miles.>FetchAttack the Vintner with usEverybody look out for the constructs
Calling in five.
Vote called, writing.
>>44107935>>> Attack the Vintner>He. Must. Die.>> Order Fetch and the chickens (choose an objective)>> Free the incubus if possible; save the prisoners even if you can't free him—by killing him, if need be.>Nathan's a schmott guy. He can figure stuff out for himself.Seconding this vote.
>>44107918"Fetch, protect the prisoners," you call out. "Nathan, can you fight the big guys?" "I've got them," Nathan promises. You leap sideways, your harpy magic carrying you further than your legs would suggest, and see Nathan moving in for the fight. Verve clears his scabbard as shadow stretches long and dark behind him, blotting out the light from the flames. Welllllll then. That's. Interesting. You spare a glance for Miles. The incubus is walking as slowly as he can while still obeying the order. Fetch and his undead brothers dash in front of him and stop in formation. "Halt!" Fetch demands imperiously. Miles gives you a look. "Amy, you know I like you. But I have my reputation to consider here."You flash a grin. Fetch is feeling less charitable. "MISCREANT DEMON! FACE ME IN BATTLE!" Miles' gaze goes back to the chicken just in time to catch Fetch's flying leap to the face; the familiar's talons rake the demons' flesh, necromantic energies leaving wounds that the incubus's healing can't steal over. Miles cries out in rage and pain and whirls on the clucking, circling knight at his shins. "Ready your final words, spawn of hell, for on this day you face SIR FETCH THE NIGHTFEATHER!"And then you have eyes for the Vintner. You catch him in the midst of a spell and curse your own inattentiveness; you hurl an axe, only to watch it wing off of a shimmering barrier of violet light. "Bait was too good for you," the wizard snarls. "Raw materials is clearly all you're worth.""I'm gonna kill you," you hiss, "very. Slowly."> Go for the throat> Remain cautious> SHIT'S ON FIRE YO
>>44108608>> SHIT'S ON FIRE YO
>>44108608>> Remain cautious>> SHIT'S ON FIRE YOdo we keep him away from the crystal fragments or try to smother him with spelltaint?
> SHIT'S ON FIRE YOOoh, what an interesting red button. I wonder what happens if we (click)
> Remain cautious
> Remain cautiousStay smart, stay safe.
> Remain cautiousHe's got magic barriers up and the place is doing a pretty good job itself already to be on fire. It'll come naturally, so stay on your bird-like toes.
We're kinda close to the new thread limit here, so I think I'ma leave this open for a bit, then call the vote and make the next thread.
>>44108608>> Remain cautiousI have every confidence in our allies' ability to win their respective battles. Time is on our side: once the constructs and the incubus are down, it's a 3 on 1, and I'm betting even with his magic, the Vintner's not liking those odds.
>>44108608> SHIT'S ON FIRE YO
Calling the vote in 15 minutes, then making new thread. Once the Vintner, and the events that fall out from however this scene goes, is dealt with I'm going to be handling a period of time in the form of timeskip-with-events. If anon has an idea of the sorts of things they'd maybe like to deal with during that time, I'm open to opinions.
Well, I'm guessing there might be a certain amount of Amy going all CHOPHEAD TINYBITS! on the Vintner...More generally, though, there are at least 4 parties who will be interested in the fall of the Vintner: the Minotaurs, Lakehallow, Glen, and Lora. They should probably all be informed, and they might each have something to say about it (or even give us for it! ^_^ )After that, though, there's the question of What Next? If the Vintner was, in fact, the one messing up death in the Dungeon, that leaves all three of us with no particular near-term goal that I can see offhand. If he wasn't, then we'll need to delve deeper and try to find out who else is doing nasty stuff further down.If he was...then there's probably still something darker going on, based on Lora. She'll likely be the best source for further advice on what needs doing next.
Well, there's the minotaur thing, at the very least. See if we can get some trading going between them and the village. Possibly see Bri's perspective (and introspective) of these events.Maybe get some scouting data from them as well....also, more therapy from Bri to Amy. She needs it. :|
>>44109318Fetch getting the super shiny "doesn't look like someone who actually fights" armor. Less for protection, more to have presence and distract from the very practical necromantic infusions underneath.Amy lifting weights, getting GAINZ....and mostly failing.Nathan getting some smithing done with the goblins, Verve getting dangerously bored.
>>44109318Don't have much to say on the 'what next' front, but I want to say that the descriptions and narrative leading up to the fight were fucking beautiful, brilliant, and excellently paced. I've seen far shittier work in dead tree format, mate.
Calling the vote, making a new thread. >>44109560I...I'm flattered. You're talking about the section between (and possibly including) becoming Amy and her screech of doom?
>>44109318>Get Amy a pair of folding mechanical wings and a BFS.>Salvage an illusion item that lets Fetch take the form of a human knight with a helmet like pic related (which cannot be removed) but makes him clumsy while he's using it.
>>44109585Yup. Not to say that the fight (or the rest of the quest) is in any way BAD, but that part is particularly shiny.
>>44109677>can't be removed>clumsy while using...you want us to (mildly) cripple Fetch?
>>44109764No, the helmet can't be removed because it's part of the illusion. He can still turn the illusion on and off.