ARCHIVE: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Dungeon%20Life%20QuestPREVIOUS THREAD: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/44276901/CHARACTERS AND PLACES: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19gNVgtevar647l4ZumUaVH6GlJzvxLlDNKaH8DrQMWE/edit?usp=sharingBegin PART THREE: DAUGHTER OF BABEL
>>44303503dats sum gud art, Vox
>>44303503You are Brianna la Croix, journeyman necromancer, and a really great night has gotten very complicated, all of a sudden. You can feel Brigette's - the Poet's - letter in your coat pocket, thick and suddenly very heavy. The fog the minstrel vanished into rolls back, leaving no sign of the beauty with the musical voice and those deep, almost pleading eyes. You spare a glance for Amy and Nathan, and the two of them are looking at you in concern and confusion. Gods, they have no idea. Did they see any of it?You feel...> Angry> Guilty> Lonely> Scared
>>44303585>> AngryHow fucking DARE she ruin a good night!We decorated, got dressed to the nines, and she just waltzes in and fucking ruins it!
>>44303585>ScaredPutting aside the shock, she could have killed us... and there's clearly something far worse than petty megalomaniacs down here.
>>44303585> ScaredI'd prefer something like 'Worried', but that wasn't an option, so I went with what I thought the closest would be.
>>44303585>ScaredIf she wanted to, we would be dead already.
>>44303503>> LonelyWell shit, so much for our potential night (Why did you guys turn her down anyway?)
>>44303734>>44303719>>44303709>>44303685>this coward talk>>44303748Because Bri already has two SO's
>>44303585> Other (Cautious).The Poet has got tricks; but they're not bloodthirsty. Something is aloof thats not obvious, getting run under by emotions is a bad step until thats figured out.
>>44303796This.Poet could had shanked either us or one of our companions, retreated into the fog, and we'd be unable to do shit about it. But she didin't, so this is gonna be more complicated than the other two.
>>44303709I feel like I didn't explain this well enough. When I say 'worried', I don't mean that we're worried about us dying then and there. I'm thinking it's more of a "Why did she come and visit me?"-type thing. From Bri's perspective, it's probably very confusing. The Poet probably knows all about Brianna by now, and it doesn't look like there was anything to gain from the meeting. So judging by past actions and emotions we've seen from Bri, I think that she would try to figure out the motive of the Poet's visit was, whether good or bad.I still think I could have described this better, but I guess it's close enough.
Of the given options, >Angrybut ideally I'd say >Confused, WorriedI don't think Bri will like having to kill someone who's heart isn't in it. She'll do it tho.
>>44303585>ScaredHave we been to quick to decide that every holder of a chain deserves to die outright? I mean they're all cunts, but so is most everyone else.
>>44303918They're gonna die. The Angel won't let them not be punished for their terminal sins.The Poet's the villain, waifu or not, and we're the heroes and she's going to die. No redemption, only justice.
I get the feeling the Poet is going to die like Rorschach.
>>44303585You can feel the shaking building up; your heart beats against your chest like a hammer. She could have killed you without having to think about it. Worse, she could have killed Amy or Nate, who don't get back up. Why do this? Why come here and dance the night away?Why did she want you?You flinch violently when warm arms hug you from behind, only to realize it's Nathan. "Bri," the Hero murmurs gently. "Are you okay?"You take in a deep, shuddering breath, but before you can answer he continues, a note of guilt in his voice. "Was it Amy and I?"> No. Never. I was surprised, not upset> Not...exactly> I was dancing with the Poet, Nate. And almost did more> Write-in
>>44303947That way lies zombie armies, anon. People are more complicated than that. We might *need* to kill her, but we can't be so quick to convince ourselves that ending her life is justice.
>>44303964Refusing an out that would let them live?
>>44304053>> I was dancing with the Poet, Nate. And almost did more
>>44304053> I was dancing with the Poet, Nate. And almost did more
I'm going to laugh when the Poet becomes a potential final party member.We'll see how Lora feels, I suppose.>>44304053> No. Never. I was surprised, not upsetThough we're definitely mentioning our meeting with the Poet. May as well mention the letter, too.
>>44304053> I was dancing with the Poet, Nate. And almost did moreBut maybe lead with the "no, never" thing.
>>44303947But Lora is eternal, we could totally get a postponement of oblivion for the remainder of their natural life. I mean a La Croix knows better then anyone that nothing lasts forever.
>>44304127> I was dancing with the Poet, Nate. And almost did more> But maybe lead with the "no, never" thing.This seems smart.
>>44304144I think she's awful eager to punish the people who've bound and tormented her.And I don't know about you, but I'd rather not put Bri in between a vengeful Death Choir Angel and her prey.
>>44304212To be fair it's not like Lora's /unjustifiably/ angry.
>>44304212If Bri thinks it would be the right thing to do, I have trouble seeing her doing anything less. She's not one to back down just because something's likely to end badly for her.Which isn't to say it is the right thing to do. The Poet seems like a nice enough person, but she's still complicit in the enslavement and torture of a ton of people, one of whom is a force of nature made flesh. Death may not be a fun sentence to carry out in this case, but that doesn't make it the wrong one. We'll have to see.
>>44304250The question will be if we can channel that anger down a path that *doesn't* end in bodybags. And, I suppose, if we want to try and save the Poet. Our opinion may change as we learn more.
>>44304309She's probably like a Wehrmacht officer that's realized what she's enabled to happen or even done herself, and knows that the Red Army is on it's way.If she tries to retreat, her superiors will kill her. If she stays, the advance will kill her. The only way we can probably prevent the angel from serving justice is to keep her chain for ourselves, and somehow I don't see that happening.
>>44304053>> Not...exactly. Not because of seeing you together.>> I was dancing with the Poet, Nate. And almost did more...and she could have killed both of you before I even knew she was here.
>>44304474Agreed. She's a bad person who's done bad things, or worse, she's sat by and let bad things happen for her own personal gain. She's not an innocent, not matter how badly she feels about things. And she is DEFINITELY not worth crossing Lora over.
Votes called, writing.
>>44304659>She's not an innocent, not matter how badly she feels about things.Neither is River.
>>44304837/argumentGod, imagine if we could make the Poet's pennance be to work against the others, with us? The Blackguard-lieutenant-turned-paladin-squadmate?
>>44304848A bit metagamey, but Poet has been doing the research for the group. Think our regretful soon to be friend knows an answer or two?
>>44304892We may be able to get information about the others out of her if we just ask nicely.Literally. If she wins, no biggie for giving out info. If she doesn't, she dies, and no biggie for giving out info.Be better than the people she works with, and I'm sure she'll throw us a few bones.... hey, could Lora be commanded to kill the Poet by the others if the Poet loses her chain?
>>44305004Theres an incredibly high chance this is one of several things those chains were intentionally restricted from doing, that and making Lora kill herself as that would also fuck them over.
>>44304892I'm voting for it. Maybe... free Lora from the bond, Bargaining for time for the Poet - time for her and Victoria, time for her to be our woman on her level who sets right what went wrong?
>>44304848Yeah, but river wasn't one of the evil villains who have been torturing the angel in our head. In fact, River couldn't have been any less of a threat to us. The Poet is a villain, however sympathetic, and she is going to die when we break that chain.
>>44304053"No, I...I don't think. No. It's..." "Breathe, Brianna," Nathan soothes softly. "I'm here. Say it how it needs to be said."You put your hand over the Hero's and close your eyes, and focus on your breathing so you can calm down. "That minstrel I was dancing with was the Poet, Nathan." You continue quickly, not sure if you can keep your nerve through an interruption. "I didn't know at the time. I just knew she was interesting and beautiful, and having a great time, and that I hadn't just danced for...gods, for so long. And then she tells me she wants to do more than dance, and I almost...I almost did, Nate."The arms around you squeeze gently. "Why not?""...It would have hurt you and Amy. And, and I couldn't say why, but it didn't feel right. Like I'd be betraying not just you two but...myself? I wanted to. Gods, I wanted to. Her eyes looked so lonely. But when I said no she accepted it, and...left. She could have gutted me without thinking about it. She could have hurt you, or Amy, or Slaughter. But she just /left/, and I couldn't even stop her."Nathan feels warm, and real, and the party continues on behind you when it's clear that you're not about to make a scene. You feel the Hero nod to someone behind you, and Amy comes up from the edge of the dance floor, swaying with worry and probably drink. "She's not mad, Ames," Nathan reassures her. "Bri, what would you like to do?"> "I...I need some time to myself. Catch Amy up, will you?"> "I wanna go home. Sleep this off, and war council in the morning."> "Go home. Coffee. Talk it out now. Maybe rum with coffee, because River isn't around to see me being a hypocrite."> "...I wanna hear a story. Can you tell me a story?"
>>44305021I wouldn't be surprised if they intentionally made it so they *could* order Lora to kill one of them if they lost the chain, since if Lora doesn't kill them herself it means that person is somehow working to free Lora. What other reason would she spare them for?Though there's also the question of why the others haven't kept Lora from killing the former chain holders. Sure, Lisa and Vintner fucked up by losing the chains, but they could have done more to hurt us. But Lora was able to kill them once they lost their chains.Clearly, there are shenanigans attached to the chains we aren't seeing. Alternately, our opponents are dumb in the right ways. I'm banking on the former.
>>44305183> "Go home. Coffee. Talk it out now. Maybe rum with coffee, because River isn't around to see me being a hypocrite."
> "Go home. Coffee. Talk it out now. Maybe rum with coffee, because River isn't around to see me being a hypocrite."
>>44305183>> "...I wanna hear a story. Can you tell me a story?"Distraction, that's the ticket. Get the brain on a different track, and give it and the body time to calm down from this.
>>44305183> "I...I need some time to myself. Catch Amy up, will you?"
>i want to read the letter she gave usor> "Go home. Coffee. Talk it out now. Maybe rum with coffee, because River isn't around to see me being a hypocrite."
>>44305183>"Go home. Coffee. Talk it out now. Maybe rum with coffee, because River isn't around to see me being a hypocrite."
>>44305183> "...I wanna hear a story. Can you tell me a story?"I wanna see younger Bri again, the one who was enraptured by tales of heroes and knights. Circumstances could be better, but I'd take what I could get.
Called, writing. In unrelated news, just made new pot of coffee.
>>44305152River was one of the evil mercenaries we have no problem killing who did horrible things for horrible reasons.Redemption is offered exclusively to those who don't deserve it, especially if they repent. That's what makes it redemption.
>>44305183"Let's. Let's go home and talk this out. I don't wanna stew on it. I /do/ wanna finish getting drunk.""Bri..." Amy begins, but she sighs and takes your hat instead of finishing. "You should tell Fetch to come back home when he can."<Fetch, let River know there's been trouble. We're gonna need you.><Yes, my queen. My lady...are you alright?><Heh. The answer to that question is always 'no'. But thanks for the concern.>"Amy," you ask, with everyone on their way back home. "Why are you wearing my hat?""It makes me feel better," the harpy admits. "...And because I felt like it.""Eh. Good enough for me."Nate, bless him, understands the priorities when you get home; he starts pouring the rum while Amy gets the coffee going. You sit, heavily, and rest your head in your hands. You can hear Nate catching Amy up, after he sets your first shot in front of you. You down it hard and dig the envelope out of your pocket. On the front is a name - Victoria. On the back, written around the wax seal (A music note on a scroll), is a note. "Brianna,I need you to know this isn't personal. The woman I've heard so much about is a good person, and I didn't want it to come to this. However our night's gone, I wanted to ask you a favor. There's a very good chance I'm not going to make it out of this. If I die, the seal on the envelope will develop a compass that will guide you to Victoria Inkwell. She has no part of this; I made sure of that. Please, deliver this to her. Let her know how I died. Be honest. After these last few years, she deserves that much from me. If we made love and I wasn't up to your standards, leave that part out. Your enemy,Brigette the Poet"Amy's still busy with the coffee. > Open it> Respect Brigette's wishes
> Respect Brigette's wishes
>>44305965> Respect Brigette's wishesShe's the enemy, but I think opening this might be a bit too petty.
>>44305965>> Respect Brigette's wishesNot likely to be anything of strategic value in here, and I think we can probably believe the Poet insofar as Victoria has no part in this. After all, she made sure that if she died—and thus she could no longer protect Victoria, even from us—we'd be able to find Victoria, at which point, if we didn't like her, we could just kill her, too.Put the envelope in a safe place.Probably including safe *from us*, for the time being.
>>44305965> Respect Brigette's wishes
>>44305965> Respect Brigette's wishesBrigette didn't just knife us when she had the chance, so I can't imagine she's petty enough or cause-driven enough to set us up for anything bad after she dies. And, well, helping people deal with death is kind of our job.
>>44305965>> Respect the wishes of the dead.Meanwhile, in the poets head..
I gotta wonder how badly it'll fuck up Bri to die in front of Best Bird and Super Hero and then respawn to the morning of. Probably not healthy.
>>44305965>> Respect Brigette's wishesCould we attempt to find Victoria to hand her the note anyway? Like get somebody to activate the compass spell without having to kill Bridgette?New reader here. Absolutely love the quest Vox.
>>44306212Glad to have you here, anon!Votes called. Writing.
>>44305965You put the envelope back in your coat pocket. There are ways you do, and don't, treat your enemies, and it seems like Brigette understands them. The least you can do is return the favor. Amy sets down the coffee pot and three cups of coffee; Nathan sets down the sugar and one of your precious, precious bottles of rum. "So what do we do?" Amy asks, while you pour yourself a second shot. "It's a challenge, of sorts," you explain, a little distantly. "She's declared our enmity formally. Why, I'm not sure, but either way she has a chain, which means she's complicit in imprisoning Lora and with disturbing the laws of the Dungeon."Nathan spoons sugar into his coffee and stirs it thoughtfully. "Trap?""Definitely," you agree, sweetening your own cup. "But polite on her part. I mean...it's like the laws of war, right? She's taken the time to declare our conflict and to treat us with something resembling respect.""There's laws in war?" Amy asks. She gets a Look from both you and Nathan that encourages her to drink her shot rather than continue along this line of questioning. "Still, polite or not, chances are the Atheneum is defended most heavily where it connects to the Lichyard. Not sure I wanna brave that gauntlet, but what other option do I have?"Amy makes a noise around the coffee she's drinking and quickly set down the cup. She swallows and gestures at the bookshelf. "You can take a book!""Come again?" Nathan asks."The Atheneum has some stable portals that lead...okay, you know how in places of high magical concentration, you can potentially teleport?""Yeah," you agree. "Places like the Dungeon, or an old mage's academy.""Well, the Atheneum has a particular property that lets you move to it, using a copy of a book that was authored there. You just need a copy of the book, a brisk walking pace, and the ability to survive whatever part of the library you end up in.""Do we even know a copy nearby?" Nathan says, dubiously.
>>44306631"Yeah," Amy answers. "Dad told me about one, if it's still there. The library in Kurt's Crossing has a copy of "A Traveler's Guide to the Roost".""One problem," you point out. "I'm wanted on the surface. Breaking the terms of my exile means death, and it wouldn't be great for the two of you either.""Might be worth the risk if we can stay quiet," Nathan reasons. "...Probably means leaving Fetch and the chickens behind."You sigh. "I'll. I'll sleep on it. We should all get some sleep." Nathan nods and heads to the outhouse to change into his nightclothes. Amy bites her lip, looking guilty, and pours another shot so she doesn't have to look at you. > Go sit with her (stay up to talk)> Propose cuddle pile (go to sleep)> Go to bed (go to sleep)> Write-in
>>44306709> Go sit with her (stay up to talk)If it's about leaving us exposed to the Poet due to dancing with Nate, it should be cleared up that we are not mad.
> Go sit with her (stay up to talk)
>>44306709>> Go sit with her (stay up to talk)We've rested pretty well this last...what is it, a month? Let's make sure our favourite bird is in good mental shape before we embark on the next stage of the war.
>>44306709>> Go sit with her (stay up to talk)Sounds like the bird has something on her mind. Not that we want to harass her if she doesn't want to talk, but if she's feeling guilty about what I think she's feeling guilty about, we need to let her know we're cool.
>>44306709> Go sit with her (stay up to talk)Oh, stop looking so guilty. I would have done the same in either of your shoes.
>>44306709> Go sit with her (stay up to talk)
>>44306709>> Go sit with her (stay up to talk)
> Go sit with her (stay up to talk)and then:> Cuddle pile with Nathan and Amy
If we keep this up, our companions are going to conspire to get us laid by one of them while the other holds us down.
>>44306946I'll vote for that.
>>44306946...Is this a *problem*?
>>44306946> "Damnit, Amy, stick to the plan!"> "But...but head scritches..."> Brilaughingvictoriously.gif
>>44306709You wait for Nathan to get back inside and climb up to his bunk. The Hero's asleep pretty fast, though, and when he is you cork the bottle of rum and set it to the side of the table. Amy's "Heyyy," of sloshed protest dies in her throat when you sit down in her lap and cuddle in. "Somethin' on your mind?" you murmur. The bird girl chirps, dejectedly, and holds you close. "...Why were you interested in her? In, in Brigette. Why her and not me, or Nate? Did we do something wrong?""/Ames/," you murmur, stroking the bird's hair. "You didn't do anything wrong. It was...honestly, it was the whole night. I was having a great time, and so was everyone else. It's been so long since I danced..." you smile, wistfully. "Met a lot of people at those dances who wanted to dance in private, if you get my meaning."Amy chuckles, weakly. "Yeah.""Brigette was interesting, and /interested/, and...and I don't know, I felt like I had something in common with her. She was offering something uncomplicated, and nice, and...and she was very beautiful.""Complicated is bad?" the half-harpy asks. "No, Ames. It's just. I'm a little scared, with you and Nathan. I have something I know is precious and I'm afraid it's made of glass, and will break forever if I don't handle it carefully. And I've never really done that before."Amy scritches your head warmly. "Bri, I'm stronger than I look.""I know," you murmur. "...When she asked why I turned her down, you and Nate were my reason." The surprised, pleased chirp that comes from the bird girl's throat makes your spine tingle pleasantly. "...You know," you offer. "My bunk's actually empty this time."Amy bites her lip and makes a frustrated sound. "...We're both druuuunk.""Fuck.""Exactly. Are you really that pent-up?"> Ames, I live in a tiny house, with three people, one of whom can see my bed from hers. Yes. > Oh look at the time it's CHANGE THE SUBJECT O' CLOCK> Well, Nate's bunk isn't empty. Cuddle pile?
>>44307480>> Ames, I live in a tiny house, with three people, one of whom can see my bed from hers. Yes.No time like the present!
>>44307480> Well, Nate's bunk isn't empty. Cuddle pile?
would hardly be fair on Nate.> Well, Nate's bunk isn't empty. Cuddle pile?
>>44307480> Ames, I live in a tiny house, with three people, one of whom can see my bed from hers. Yes.
>>44307480>> Well, Nate's bunk isn't empty. Cuddle pile?
>>44307480>> Ames, I live in a tiny house, with three people, one of whom can see my bed from hers. Yes.
>>44307638His fault for not being able to handle his liquor. He'll get his turn.
>>44307480>Ames, I live in a tiny house, with three people, one of whom can see my bed from hers. Yes.
Votes called. Writing.
>>44307480>Well, Nate's bunk isn't empty. Cuddle pile?I need a male to self insert in the story.Nobody does good ffm anymore.
> Well, Nate's bunk isn't empty. Cuddle pile?
>>44307851Sadly, vote was already called. Also this would have tied it.Also TFW I wasn't trying to imply lewds.
>>44307877You have to anticipate that we will turn anything sexual. Like mosaic patterns for example.
>>44307877EVERYTHING IS FOR SEXUAL
>>44306631>"There's laws in war?" Amy asks. She gets a Look from both you and Nathan that encourages her to drink her shot rather than continue along this line of questioning.so, so sad, in so many ways.>>44304659>>44304474>>44304250>>44303947>>44303918I was trying to nip this at the bud with >>44294673
>>44307480"Ames, I live in a tiny house built for one person. We are three people, and you can see my bunk from your nest. Yes, I'm that pent-up," you admit, in mild frustration. "I...I had no idea. I just figured you'd do what Nate does and...I mean, the house isn't always full.""I'm a little loud, pretty bird."You're pretty sure the series of chirps Amy lets out are the harpy equivalent of reverting to your native language when you're excited or stressed. "I know a place," she finally admits, shyly. "But I'd have to stay to help you back down. Which. Would mean I get to, um. Listen."In answer, you tilt your head down and bite Amy's neck, and murmur to her the words you almost said to Brigette. "Show me."* * * *Lora's waiting room is filled with tense frustration. She's got half a cigar in her mouth and tosses you a fresh one, which you light up with a sort of weary resignation. Gods, but do you feel /better/. "Still can't talk out loud?" you ask, sympathetically. Lora lets out a thick cloud of smoke from her nostrils, and then nods. "Well, maybe I can try some yes-no..."> What ask?
>>44308450Gods, why? I've been /loving/ the debate and discussion about the Poet's fate. Don't nip that! It's a wonderful thing to see!
>>44308848>Are the chain holders all working towards a single goal?
>>44308848I know about the entrance to the library, AND the book teleport thing. Is there a third way in?
>>44308848The Poet seemed more....normal. Not sane as such, just not hostile. Does she have a list of warcrimes longer than the last two?
>>44308902>>44308848aaaand I forgot to greentext. JUST TO BE SURE>The Poet seemed more....normal. Not sane as such, just not hostile. Does she have a list of warcrimes longer than the last two?>>44308879well, less nip the bud and more skip ahead to the middle of the argument.
>>44308880>>44308888>Both of these are very good questions, and also ask if there's an eligible book somewhere more accessible than the one we'd have to break exile for.
>>44308848>Does the Poet deserve to die?
>>44308848Lora waits, patiently, while the air turns blue with smoke. "Are the people holding your chains working towards a single goal?" you ask. Lora shakes her head. "Separate goals?" The angel nods. You take a drag that tastes like regrets and abandoned love. "The Poet seemed...I don't know, conflicted? Are her crimes worse than the last two?" Lora shrugs, holding her cigar in a fist. "...Does she deserve to die, Lora?" you ask, solemnly. You see the flash of rage in the angel's eyes, but she looks like she's honestly considering the question. After a moment, she reaches her hand out and tugs something; a chain, attached to her wrist, manifests and jingles faintly. You can see the telltale signs of her having a telepathic conversation. Finally, Lora takes a deep drag and speaks aloud, the words heavy in the smoke: "Et in Arcadia ego, heritor." The chain fades away, and Lora leans forward with her elbows on her knees. She holds up one finger, then lowers it and waits for your next question.
>>44309274TFW I forget the > What do you ask?
>>44309274well shit, since I don't know if anyone's got a better one:>What is the ultimate goal of The Master with regards to chaining you?
>>44309419I somehow think this might not be a yes-no question.
>>44309465oh, it's still a yes or no question?She was able to speak so I assumed otherwise.
>>44309274>I know about the entrance to the library, AND the book teleport thing. Is there a third way in?
>>44309274>>44309296>Even in Arcadia, there am ICryptic...
From the wikipedia page, by the way, is the latin phrase he quoted. "The translation of the phrase is "Even in Arcadia, there am I". The usual interpretation is that "I" refers to death, and "Arcadia" means a utopian land. It would thus be a memento mori. During Antiquity, many Greeks lived in cities close to the sea, and led an urban life. Only Arcadians, in the middle of the Peloponnese, lacked cities, were far from the sea, and led a shepherd life. Thus for urban Greeks, especially during the Hellenistic era, Arcadia symbolized pure, rural, idyllic life, far from the city.However, Poussin's biographer, André Félibien, interpreted the phrase to mean that "the person buried in this tomb lived in Arcadia"; in other words, that the person too once enjoyed the pleasures of life on earth. This reading was common in the 18th and 19th centuries. For example, William Hazlitt wrote that Poussin "describes some shepherds wandering out in a morning of the spring, and coming to a tomb with this inscription, 'I also was an Arcadian'."The former interpretation ("ego" referring to death) is now generally considered more likely; the ambiguity of the phrase is the subject of a famous essay by the art historian Erwin Panofsky (see References). Either way, the sentiment was meant to set up an ironic contrast between the shadow of death and the usual idle merriment that the nymphs and swains of ancient Arcadia were thought to embody."
>>44309274>Et in Arcadia ego, heritor."What does that mean?>Ah crap crap. What do you think I need to know?
>>44309274>Who was the first to bind you?
>>44309609>>44309640Yes or no questions, people.
>>44309503This>>44309274>>I know about the entrance to the library, AND the book teleport thing. Is there a third way in?
>>44309604>>44309608That feel when the reference has been comprehended as thoroughly as possible. SEPTIMUS: Ha! A calendar of slaughter! 'Even in Arcadia, there am I`THOMASINA: Oh, phooey to Death.
>>44309274Would you be willing to accept her soul after she died a natural death in exchange for her relinquishing the chain?
>>44303503Just finished recording the prologue thread too. I'm giving it a quick listen, though I'm sure there are a couple little hiccups in it. I mostly did this one is a quick idea of what I sound like, so I'm not going over it with a fine tooth comb I'm giving it a quick listen to make sure there's nothing in normous wrong with it, and then I'll upload it so that everyone can get a little bit of a preview of what's in store. Any ideas of where I could easily and quickly upload it from my cell phone for you guys?
>>44309715>>44309780>These TwoI want to see if Lora will accept it as a being, or be willing to bargain for time, if we can simply get the Poet to step down. It might save many lives, much time, effort, and be a tool to accomplish our goal.As a general rule, Mercy is as lethal a tool in this job as any blade. If the enemies know they can trust our mercy, then they have a way out - and can, and will, run when given the chance.
Okay, I too want to save the poet, but I think Bri is being a little premature in fighting for it this hard.>>I know about the entrance to the library, AND the book teleport thing. Is there a third way in?Or anything not along the 'let's hug the poet' theme. We can fight for her life when we know more.
>>44309933For what it's worth, I'm considering it from this >>44309838 perspective. An enemy turned away is an enemy one doesn't have to fight. Instead of a natural death like >>44309780 , I might ask Lora to give the poet something like five years, to quietly spend with Victoria.
"I know about the entrance from the Lichyard, and the book trick. Do you know a third way in to the Atheneum?"Lora holds one hand flat in front of her, palm-down, and pokes it from beneath with a finger. "...Shoulda known."Lora shrugs. You sigh, and wake up, hung over and...> In your bunk, with Amy> In your bunk, alone> In the cuddle pile> On the floor, covered in blankets you definitely did not put there yourself
>>44310182> On the floor, covered in blankets you definitely did not put there yourself
>>44310182>> In the cuddle pile>> On the floor, covered in blankets you definitely did not put there yourself
>>44310058Alright, it's uploaded. I will mention, however, that there are two mispronunciations in it. First of all, I'm not quite sure how to pronounce Duchy, so I probably got that wrong. Secondly, I somehow pronounce my own name audio 9. I'll probably fix that later. Until then, here's the link.http://vocaroo.com/i/s0HygUJ04M43
>>44310361I think it's pronounced like "duh-chee," but it worked. You've got a good measured voice for reading, but I might try to differentiate the character voices more from that of your narration.
>>44310361Ah, yeah, it's basically "Dutch-ee"... not "dookie" That's something quite different.
>>44310182>> In the cuddle pile
>>44310534>>44310552Yeah, I know I still got some stuff to work on. That's why I'm planning to rerecord it anyway. This was just a quickly thrown together example of what it would sound like. I still need to get a voice for everyone down properly. And thanks for the tip on how to pronounce Duchy. I admit, I keep getting confused because I know that ductal is pronounced duckul.
>>44310633**duchal, fucking autocorrect
>>44310633Yeah, english.If you want a good example, I'd say to listen to some of James Marsters' narration. He does the Dresden Files books spectacularly, and that character differentiation is one of his strengths.
>>44310182>In the cuddle pile
>>44310361Anon helped with the pronounciation already. Recording seems a bit jittery - not sure if that's b/c Phone, or because of Comcast, or even the website. Either way, I like it. I look forward to the re-recording...and further recordings. I'm so flattered you would not fucking believe. How was the read, out loud? Did it feel awkward or choppy?
>>44310708No, it reads shockingly easily.A couple small stumbling blocks, but those were do more to distractions here in the big rig. And it didn't sound too choppy to me, so it might be Comcast. That said, there probably is at least a little bit of chopped from where I had to do some editing for a couple sentences I flubbed.
>>44310708Oh, & I plan to make a blog spot for these once I get home this weekend. That way, people can just download the mp3 and not have to deal with Vocaroo
>>44310775Offer both, if you would. I actually prefer vocaroo myself.
>>44310829I suppose I can do that, if there's really a desire for it. I may be an ass hole, but I try not to be a complete one.
>>44310182>> On the floor, covered in blankets you definitely did not put there yourself
>>44310182>in the cuddle pile
Calling, writing. Vote tied, so I'm gonna pick. THIS IS THE FUTURE YOU CHOSE.
>>44311159Or you can just go with >>44310320
Cuddle time on the floor
>>44310182Hung over and snuggled in blankets. There's also a pillow. Aaand the floor. You must have rolled out of bed at some point, which makes...some...sense...maybe. You'd been pretty limp and happy when Amy'd poured you in, that's for sure. "I know you wanted to talk to her soon," Nathan murmurs. You can smell breakfast and coffee. "But now's probably not the time. Not with the Poet making her move.""...I don't want to put it off," Amy answers, a little sullenly. "I'm tired of waiting. And...scared. Scared that something's going to happen and convince her that she's doing something noble by staying alone.""Thought's crossed my mind too," the Hero admits. "But we've got a job to do, Ames. Just be a little more partient.""...Alright," the half-harpy agrees. "You found the spine to bring up your drunken confession with her again?""Remember what I /just/ said about it not being the time?"> Make some noises and get up; act like you heard nothing> Interject, then get up> Fuck this; go back to sleep> Write-in
>>44311944>Fuck this; go back to sleepMight as well enjoy our comfy blankets while we can.
>>44311944>Interject, then get up
>>44311944>Why am I not being cuddled!Honestly, some indignation to snap them out of it, and a reason to get handsy so they don't think we are being to standoffish.
>>44311944>write in>Interject, then go back to sleep.
>Interject, then go back to sleep.
>>44311944...have we done more than let them know we like the both of them and don't mind them liking each other? We've gotten a bit cuddly with all three of us, but not talked about anything more, have we? If they think we're trying to choose between them, or just trying not to hurt either of them, instead of intentionally considering an active three-way relationship...
>>44311944> Fuck this; go back to sleepWe didnt hear anything.
>>44312077>>44311944>Why am I not being cuddled!Works for me.
>>44312273we need to be more aggressive about it. We have only let them come to us all the dates, everything has been initiated by one of them. At this point they are pretty openly ok with it, we should grab some for ourself as well and unless it results in us rolling around the house for a week it shouldn't interfere to much.
>>44311944>>44312077>Why am I not being cuddled!This is good
>>44311944>> Interject, then get upNo need to dissemble with them.
>>44312452We asked Nate on a date once
>Interject, then go back to sleep"I can hear you, you know.""...What?""zzzzzzz"
Vote extended while I handle some things.
>>44311944>> Interject, then get upthough I do enjoy the thought of >>44312583
>>44312482We accepted his offer of training us in swordplay and called it a date.
>>44311944> Interject, then get upBecause you know what, I think now /is/ the time. We're not even a quarter of the way through our list of enemies, and /one/ of them is going to be doing /something/ for the foreseeable future. And, well, it's not all that unlikely that one of us could die. Life is for the living, and it doesn't stop just because some girl in some library is getting ready to kill you.
>>44311944>Interject, then get up>>44312077>Why am I not being cuddled!These.Picture... vaguely related.
Votes called, writing.>>44313101You /proposed/ training as the start to a date, then had the rest of the date. You agreed to his offer of continued training after.
>>44311944"I have woken up without cuddles," you say to the room in general. "This is a terrible crime to commit upon your drunken friend." Nathan's attempt at shocked, dignified silence is ruined by Amy's guilty squeak. "Do we want to talk now, or later, about how you two are acting like the corners of the love triangle in a shitty penny dreadful romance?" you ask as you sit up, yawning. "What're you - fuck, I went to bed in the buff, didn't I?"Nathan's shadow stretches forth through the room while he coughs and turns politely away, only to see it get kissed by Kat. Amy throws you a shirt, which you put on. "Meant it about the cuddles," you mutter. In moments, you are basking in the cuddle pile. "We're not trying to hide anything from you, exactly," Nathan explains. "It's just...there hasn't been a good time, and...""And you think now's a bad time," you finish, yawning. "Who tucked me in?"Amy points at Nate. "I was drunk. And, well...passed out for other reasons."You kiss the Hero on the cheek. "Good job. I suppose we ought to get breakfast going. By which I mean your cooking woke me up, Ames.""Not sorry /at all/," the harpy purrs. You settle down at the table. > Talk business; now really isn't the time for the other stuff. Decisions to make. > No, now is /definitely/ the time.
>>44315298>Now is definitly the time!
>>44315298>No, now is /definitely/ the time.
>>44315298>> No, now is /definitely/ the time.I've got a bad feeling about this
>No, now is /definitely/ the time.
>>44315353Bri's going to become the unwanted third wheel, I can feel it, that's where this path's going. And while she might logically be okay with it, it'll still hurt.
>>44315298> No, now is /definitely/ the time.We have unresolved sexual tension on a team of three people who are going into life-threatening situations together, and could potentially die at any moment. That needs to be corrected, preferably by resolving the sexual tension, or at least the romantic tension.
>>44315450I'm thinking more... One of them might die. Like, one of the other chain-wielders is gonna step into the middle of the melee and surprise attack one of our friends randomly.
>>44315298>No, now is /definitely/ the time.You can't have war council if there are secrets. Secrets a good relationship does not make.
>>44315450...Anon, I have to ask. Do you feel this way because> You expect this from my writing in particular> Because such a thing is common in other quests (WHY?)> Other?
>>44315511> Other? Because paranoia and worry that sometime you might just want to hurt us in our feel-bits
>>44315511Not him, but doing this provides a sort of meta-conflict where the protagonist has challenges face them other than the main one that they start with, making them more relatable to the audience.Nothing good ever happens to the main character.
>>44315511>> Other?not him but I can see it as she kind of is in an even bigger sense. General philosophy/world view says there is life and there is death, good and evil. But then we have Bri and she happens to be a necromancer and fits outside that definition and even goes out of her way to do the right thing because 'that's her job'. Her job kind of is to be the friendly third wheel to help fix what others screw up while not interfering in what they do.
>>44315511Vox, you seem to take a remarkable lack of pleasure in our terrified anticipation of the emotional pain you could inflict upon us. This is very strange to me, as it goes against my every instinct for how people in GM-style positions act.
>>44315511>Other?Well, mainly it's because you've been writing realistic character relationships, and as I said in previous threads, I'm a cynical bastard. Also this to an extent. >>44315640
>>44315511Basically, what>>44315722says. Bri may well take it upon herself to let that happen, even force herself to help it happen. This doesn't mean it will, just that we're willing to consider that if something doesn't work out with the three of us, those two together may work better than us choosing one of them, painful though it may be.
>>44315738I...I am very sorry to hear this, anon. I was under the impression that my job here, aside from attempting to provide quality writing, was to ensure that my players - my guests - were having fun. If I want to hurt someone for the sake of petty malice I have plenty of relatives I don't like. Votes called. Writing.
>>44315511Me>>44315799Also because of scenes like this:>Your eyes slide towards Nathan and Amy ->Who are embraced, at the edge of the dance floor, locked in a passionate kiss. Amy chirps in her throat while she melts into the Hero. It just seems like Bri's been left out of most of the emotional bonding. Yes, it's been by her choice, but she should still be feeling lonely and possibly a little distant from them, imo.
>>44315916You misunderstand. Feeling emotions over a character is fun regardless. It shows we care about what happens, and if nothing but goid things happened for her, it'd be pretty boring. You're doing a great job.
>>44315983Good* Me and my fat fingers.
>>44315983I will have to second what this anon says. I agree completely on all accounts.You like a character for their triumphs but love them for their flaws.
>>44315916I don't think it's quite in the light you're worried about. We DO after all think that Bri will have a hard time with her path and all (and this particular one you've mentioned is far from the easy path). If we accept that we can fail, we might consider what some of those paths are (and perhaps guard against them). When we start sabotaging things that are going well to make failure easier though, then we are not doing as Bri should hope she is capable of.
>>44315916Not exactly what I mean. There's a difference between wanting to hurt people, and wanting them to feel that the risk of being hurt is real. A good GM is never out to hurt their players, but a game, or a quest, or a book, or whatever, where there's no sense of risk is a lot less fulfilling. For winning to feel good, you have to be afraid of losing. So most good GMs will foster an image of being monsters who feed on the misery of their players, so the players will feel like they have someone to fight. But what's really happening is they're playing the role they need to play for everyone to have a good time.
i personally have no problem with your writing. i also got a C in english 12 so i don't think my opinion matters.
>>44315298"Alright. I'm not sitting on this for the entire delve," you say frankly, stirring sugar into your coffee. "Out with it.""Bri," Nate begins, only to be interrupted by Amy. "We're worried about you," the half-harpy says seriously. "...The way you were talking last night, it sounds like you've been...I don't know, making yourself unhappy on purpose.""Say what?" you ask, blinking. Of all the things you'd been expecting out of this conversation...Nathan sighs and points with his fork. "You work hard. And I appreciate that. I wish I'd been as eager a student of the sword as you've been so far.""But from the way you've talked, you used to do a lot more fun things to go with your job," Amy murmurs. "The dancing, and the seducing of pretty barmaids, and the adventures. When we see you going about your day it's like...it's like we're watching someone hunted.""Is this because I haven't banged one of you despite knowing I could at any moment?" you ask dubiously. "No," Nathan says seriously. "It's because I've watched you stay up until you only get four hours of sleep, and cry into your pillow all night."Why could you not have done this last night when you were already drunk?> It's my life. Butt out. > I've got a /job/, okay? Lora...> ...Guys, I have to be honest, I expected this to be a completely different conversation
>>44316187Hey, the only ones who got good grades in English past high school are the ones that majored in it and the ones who cheated.
>>44316232>I've got a /job/, okay? Lora...
>>44316232>> ...Guys, I have to be honest, I expected this to be a completely different conversation>I see Lora tortured and restrained every time I go to sleep. It's a little off-putting.
>>44316232>> ...Guys, I have to be honest, I expected this to be a completely different conversationWhile these are my thoughts about the ingame scenario, its ironic that that is the exact conversation we are having right now OOC.
>>44316075Odd. I've told my players one thing before every campaign for years: "I'm not out to get you, but I'm not going to save you."But, then, they know I've got teeth behind that by now. I dunno. Thanks for the feedback, anons. This has been...educational.
>>44316232> ...Guys, I have to be honest, I expected this to be a completely different conversationWas kind of expecting talking about our romantic life.
>>44316232>...Guys, I have to be honest, I expected this to be a completely different conversation
> ...Guys, I have to be honest, I expected this to be a completely different conversationI notice none of the options are actually accepting the topic is valid, but this is closest. It's a weak joke defence. v fitting.
>>44316232> If you saw what I saw when I sleep, you'd stay awake too.
>>44316232>> I've got a /job/, okay? Lora..."I've got a tiny, beautiful woman stuck in my head and each night I close my eyes I see her tortured and swearing what revenge she can on her infernal tormentors and somehow bringing me back to life each time I die." is not a sane thing to say.It is what is happening, but that by no means makes it sane.
>>44316232> ...Guys, I have to be honest, I expected this to be a completely different conversation.But if that's the way they want to play it:>We got Lora to help, which keeps us in job mode>We aren't being run out of town, so we don't HAVE to live like we're about to be kicked out for being us at any moment.>We're in the Dungeon, and there ARE people trying to kill us here. 10 more, as a matter of fact.>We have people we kinda want to keep around, which is unusual, re: being chased out regularly.
>>44316292Note: WE ARE NOT SAYING THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN HAVING FUN.I've thoroughly enjoyed this quest even if I haven't been constantly fearing for everyone's lives, and I'm fairly certain that the same can be said for most of the readership. You wouldn't be as popular as you are if you weren't doing things right.
>>44316232> What? I've gone out on wonderful dates with each of you, we've had a couple of grand celebrations here in Lakehallow, I've even had a good time getting to be sister to River. Yeah, I've got a job, yeah, kinda sucks to be me, but it's not like my life is all job all the time.
>>44316402Yeah, seconded, I'm loving the hell out of this. It's just... unusual, in my experience.
>>44316492How was Star Wars?
>>44316520Darth Vader is Leia's father.
>>44316232"I'm gonna be honest here guys," you attempt, with a weak smile. "I was sorta expecting this to be another conversation, of the pick-her-or-me variety."Amy folds her arms across her chest. "You're avoiding it.""You can talk to us, Brianna," Nathan adds, softly. "What's wrong?"You set your cup down and look down at the table. "You want to know what's wrong?" you murmur. "It's been so long since I've had a home that this house feels like a dream. That's pretty wrong. I haven't felt accepted or, hell, even liked, in so long that I honestly cannot remember anyone I haven't /buried/ who loved me after they knew me. That's pretty wrong. I'm so used to bad shit happening to me that I keep expecting the two of you to elope, leaving me holding the bag and a thank-you note for making the introduction, and the idea makes my fucking heart hurt, and that's gotta be pretty fucking wrong."You stand, hands on the table; you know your arms are shaking, but your tone is still dangerously calm. "I've been handed the fate of thousands of people and told it's my problem to the extent that even death can't get me out of it, and that's pretty fucking wrong. Every night I deal with an angel that's either being tortured or insulting and mocking me because it's the only thing she has that makes her shitty existence even a little better, and that's wrong. More than anything, I keep expecting to wake up and find out that this was some dream, where I got to be happy instead of trying to forget being fucking miserable with a bottle and a hard fuck, and gods, you know, I bet you that's fucking wrong." Tears brim in Amy's eyes, her expression full of sympathy. "You think I look hunted? I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. Surprise. Real me. Hope you're happy." > Sweep out> Stay> Literally kill yourself
>>44316715>Eatwe already did?>Eat again
>>44316715>Pout, I was actually just wanting some nookie, and you guys had to get all serious.
>>44316520Decent? I feel like at some point the movie got ahead of itself and never quite caught up, which was kinda awkward; transitions just sorta stopped happening at some point and never started again. Liked the characters, acting was great. Not sure if I agree on the casting of Kylo Ren but there's been some debate there between myself and my closer friends, so I may just be misinterpreting something there. Overall, would voluntarily watch next one.
>>44316715>Sweep outWe don't want their /pity/ and that's all we're going to see if we look at them right now.
>>44316715>StayI'm assuming "sweep out" means something akin to leaving dramatically.
>>44316797agreed, it felt like two movies crammed into one, with a lot of "you don't need to know that yet" JJA standardand that patrician nose was not crafted by Han and Leia
>>44316841Your understanding is correct.
>>44316715>StayAnd maybe cry a bit. I feel like this level of emotional venting requires a good, solid breakdown.
>>44316715... If we 'literally' kill ourselves, will we get the time travel factor going? Could we see Bridgette again and talk to her if we do?otherwise I vote>Stay
>>44316918Remember, you traveled /forward/ the last time you died. That is to say, you were dead for 24 hours. You didn't get a reset, anon, you lost a day.
>>44316715> StayYou've got to get yourself togetherYou've got stuck in a momentAnd you can't get out of ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emFUtuotHL4
> Staywe said we wanted to deal with this, and 'this' may not be what we thought but angel damn it let's deal with it
>>44316715> StayIt's the hardest option, but also the most needful, most helpful, most hopeful option. At least, if we want to hope for help and understanding. The question is basically when and who, not if we should (though putting it off is an option, I don't think we will have a better time later).
>>44316715Your first instinct is to turn and leave. To get distance from this, from all the things you've been trying not to say.But you've been run out of enough towns. You're not about to run /yourself/ out of one. Silence reigns, until Amy gets up from her seat and walks over to you. She picks up your hat from the back of your chair and sets it down on the table, gently. "I'm scared too, sometimes," the half-harpy admits. "That I'll wake back up in that cage. That someone from the Roost will come looking to settle an old grudge. She was the first person who really left, wasn't she? Your aunt.""Yeah," you murmur. "Yeah, she was." "We can promise to be here, but that's just words," Amy says softly. "But...I think, when we get a minute to breathe, it might be nice for all of us to sit down with a campfire and something to drink, and maybe just talk things out for awhile. Nobody should have to feel alone while they're surrounded by friends."Nathan, still quiet, comes around the table on his side and takes your hand at the same time Amy does. It's like someone gave you permission. You break down to cry. About an hour later, sitting on your bottom bunk with your companions on either side, you sigh and put your hat on your hair. "We've got people to kill," you murmur. "Which means we need to decide what we're doing.""I almost prefer to storm the entrance from the Lichyard," Nathan admits. "Fetch and his brothers pack a surprising punch. I don't want to miss out on that." "I choose life," Amy interjects. "We don't know what kind of teeth that gauntlet's got."> Go to Kurt's Crossing for the book> Brave the entrance from the Lichyard
>>44317900>> Go to Kurt's Crossing for the book
>>44317900>Go to Kurt's Crossing for the bookCan't we just send out for it, though? We could probably get away with asking.
>>44317954Hypothetically, but that would require a lot of things you can't necessarily be sure about, starting with the library in question being a lending library (not certified), having someone from Glen or Lakehallow willing to make the journey, them successfully doing so, and then later you're still holding the bag on returning the book unless you want to be that asshole who just takes shit from libraries and never gives it back.
>>44317900>Go to Kurt's Crossing for the bookIf worse comes to worse, we can always have Fetch try the entrance with his posse, see if their smaller, lithe bird bodies can make it through moe easily.
>>44317989Isn't Nathan still allowed up there? Isn't Amy?Would it so severely damage our relationship with them that we can't ask one of them (preferably Nathan given that he's been up there before) to go?(This isn't meant to be rude or sarcastic, I'm genuinely wondering why nobody's thought to ask one of them to go.)
>>44318046I have, actually, I'm just busy running my own quest and haven't voted yet.
>>44317989>unless you want to be that asshole who just takes shit from libraries and never gives it back.We saved the town, we helped them spread influence across the Basement and the Lichyard, and if we succeed they'd have a much bigger library! What's one book on the Roost worth in comparison to library fees?Library fees are a bitch, though.
>>44318046Mostly? Sticking together to ensure everyone involved remains safer. Even assuming the Poet can't strike at the surface, there's potentially monsters and other travel hazards, and whoever gets left in the Dungeon is *definitely* potentially vulnerable to Brigette. So if anyone's going anywhere, it's probably better for everyone to go.
>>44318084Oh wait, I forgot that the library's on the surface. Disregard like half of that post.
>Go to Kurt's Crossing for the book
> Go to Kurt's Crossing for the book
>>44317900"We'll go to Kurt's Crossing, and hopefully find a map to get our bearings in the Atheneum. I'm assuming it's a bit more like the Basement?""Correct," Amy agrees. "Very closed-in, very defensible. And who knows what Brigette's done to it.""...Okay, so serious talk here, if I die I need you two to keep your heads. I...might...be coming back.""That might not be a reasonable expectation," Nathan notes."But we'll try," Amy adds. "Alright. Let's pack our shit and go."You instruct Fetch to stay with River and to keep an ear open in case you need to come running very fast to get help. Your tiny knight seems sad to be left out, but you reassure him that it's not his fault, and he takes it with stoic dignity. "I feel like a goddamn play actor," you mutter, from beneath the thick brown robes with hood that you're currently using to hide your identity. "No!" Amy protests. "You're a poooowerfuuuul wizaaaaard.""...Amy, I'm going to hit you here in a minute.""Ho, the Dungeon!" a voice calls from the top of the Dumbwaiter's shaft. "What news?""Making a trip to Kurt's Crossing," Nathan calls up. "Escorting someone to earn some extra coin.""Loud and clear. Haul 'em up!"> Proceed from Glen on foot> Acquire horses. Accept that you will be gouged when you sell them at the Crossing.
>>44318510>Proceed from Glen on footWalking's good for the soul and the sole.I'm so sorry
> Acquire horses. Accept that you will be gouged when you sell them at the Crossing.speed is of the essence!...for some reason or another.
>>44318510>Proceed from Glen on footHorses are just wealth for bandits to steal.
>>44318510>Acquire horses.> Also, retrieve our materials from that tree. When we return to the Dungeon, we're gonna be teleporting in via a book, not walking through the front door, which should make smuggling easier. If we're risking a trip to the surface, this is likely to be as good a chance as we're ever gonna get to get our stuff back.
>>44318510We can get our Lich kit! We should totally do that! Even if we don't end up using it, the possibility of some random necromancer finding it and becoming someones BBEG should be enough of a reason to bring it with us.
>>44318636Triple that noise
>>44318510>>44318636>>44318658>Make a stop by where we hid our emergency Lich kit
>>44318510>> Proceed from Glen on footWe aren't in any 'immediate' rush and walking would let us sort out any more stuff we got hanging around.
>>44318636>Acquire horses.Also, supporting this. Just because we can't use it to become a Lich, doesn't mean we can't use it for something else.
Okay folks. Votes called, writing, sleep demons claiming my soul. I have run out of coffee and it is somehow 4 in the morning.
Hey this thread ain't been archived yet
>>44319202Sleep, sweet child, dream of nothing.I have to go to the dentist tomorrow.
>>44319202Sleep well, east coastean.
>>44319202I notice that this is your usual time of going to sleep.
>>44319202>>44319228Oh shit someone better get on that
>>44318510You decide to get horses. Glen's price for them is reasonable; you know the Crossing's will not be. You leave the town, heading south at a reasonable pace. "Uhh, Bri?" Amy says. "Kurt's Crossing is west.""I know," you tell her. "I need to pick something up while we're out and about.""Even if it means we get picked up by soldiers?" Nathan says dubiously. "Starfall's at peace," you note. "The forest is generally safe from non-monster hazards, Glen can protect itself, and I can't leave this where the innocent might find it.""...What /is/ it?"You turn and flash Nate a guilty grin. "Supplies to turn me into a lich. Was an emergency backup plan that I never put into place. Now it probably won't work.""/So what do you need it for?/" Amy asks, incredulously. "Well, for one, this stuff's dangerous, even on a mundane level. There's, like, arsenic and shit. For two, I can repurpose it for other stuff, and for three, I should probably smash my phylactery before something moves into it."Eventually you have to peel off of the road and lead your horses into the woods. It's been months, but you find the hollow tree pretty easily. Your supplies are packed away, just where you left them. Poisons, talismans, a wand made from a father's bone (even after you'd asked his ghost for permission, you'd felt /bad/ digging that corpse up). Check, check, check. Silver and onyx, check. And, finally, your phylactery - a brass lantern, inscribed with the appropriate veves aaaaaand there's something fucking in it. The glass walls of the lantern swirl with a blue-white mist. "Who the fuck are you?" you ask. A little girl's voice, echoing as the dead do, answers, "I'm Cherry. Will you be my mommy?">...Wat>...Get the fuck out of my soul-box you fucking ghost I swear I will kill you until you're /alive/ again EVERY TIME WITH THIS SHIT WHY?> ...Fuck it. This is my life now. Welcome to the team, Cherry, I'm Bri, that's Uncle Nate and that's Aunt Amy. > Write-in.
>>44319228>>44319373I'm on it.
>>44319374> Write-in.>Sorry kid, that's mine not yours.
Alright folks. Thread is archived and I'm leaving it open for the night. As always, discussion, feedback, comment, criticism & critique are welcome and appreciated. Thanks again for reading and participating! See ya'll in, like...seven hours.
>>44319374>...Fuck it. This is my life now. Welcome to the team, Cherry, I'm Bri, that's Uncle Nate and that's Aunt Amy.Wouldn't it be Daddy Nate and Other Mommy Amy?
>>44319494>This. Because it totally should be Daddy Nate and Other Mommy Amy.
>>44319374> Fug... Aight kid give me your sob story.
>>44319374>...Wat>...Get the fuck out of my soul-box you fucking ghost I swear I will kill you until you're /alive/ again EVERY TIME WITH THIS SHIT WHY?
>>44319374>..Fuck it. This is my life now. Welcome to the team, Cherry, I'm Bri, that's Daddy Nate and Other Mommy Amy.So can just any ghost jump in a phylactery? I would have thought it would take some doing, hence the daddy bone and poisons and such, Or is that just for the "having a body" part of it.
>>44319374>...Wat.Followed closely by;>...Fuck it. This is my life now. Welcome to the team, Cherry.Does this mean that Brianna, Nate and Amy will be taking turns reading lullaby's to a ghost-girl about the Adventures of Sir Fetch?This pleases me.>>44319494Seconding this idea.
>>44319698It might just be that a phylactery, without the proper spiritual wards in place, is available for any lost soul, and that it can prevent them from fading over time.This being said, it is Brianna's job as a necromancer to guide such lost souls to their rightful place in the afterlife. Obviously Bri is going to take Cherry with her, or she'd just be shirking her duties.
>>44319374>...Fuck it. This is my life now. Welcome to the team, Cherry, I'm Bri, that's Uncle Nate and that's Aunt Amy.With the resets active could we even become a lich?
>>44319374>...WatLook Bri's a great person but she's got a tremendous burden on her shoulders already and it's really irresponsible to even pretend to be something's mom, regardless of coparenting.
>>44319466Hey, Vox, is there a fair chance of our noble necromancer encountering darker entities? It'd be interesting to see how she handles exorcisms and banishing evil spirits.
>>44319374>...Fuck it. This is my life now. Welcome to the team, Cherry, I'm Bri, that's Uncle Nate and that's Aunt Amy.I'm fully in favor of the lullabies about the adventures of Sir Fetch.
>>44319783Well. Not necessarily, the ghost does seem to know we're not her original mom. So undead adoption ahoy!
>>44319778I don't think so, that's why Bri said it was useless.
>>44319374>Get out of my phylactery. It's not yours.
>>44319818I think we technically don't know, but suspect it is extremely unlikely.
>>44319875Well, she has to be dead to be a lich, and instead gets brought back to life. So until this respawnitis is gone, it probably won't work. Should probably set it up anyway, since we don't know that the respawnitis will keep coming. Further down in the Dungeon someone might be able to interfere with it, and lich hood is a known quantity for Bri. Feels sort of like "I know the antigrav is supposed to catch me, but let's put a bet out there just in case."
>>44320099net* not bet. I swear to god, my autocorrect does this shit to be malicious.
>>44319374Can't have a safety net set up if there's a hole in it.>...Get the fuck out of my soul-box you fucking ghost I swear I will kill you until you're /alive/ again EVERY TIME WITH THIS SHIT WHY?
>>44319374Isn't it our job to get lost souls where they're supposed to go? That most certainly is not our phylactery.>Please get out of my phylactery.
>>44319659>>44320008>>44320138> cussing and yelling at a little girl>expecting that to work to get her out of a "safe" hideout she foundI know it's a ghost, but it's the ghost of a little girl. I don't see being heavy handed and yelling doing anything but making the ghost scared and uncooperative.
>>44320199Our job is... Complicated. We could probably just take her down to the Lichyard though, let her hang out there?
>...Wat...alright, let's hear it first. THEN we decide.
>>44306946>laid by one of them while the other holds us down.Not like they can't both go at once either.
>>44309795>>44310361Could you also dump your file on zippyshare or other general filehost, so as not to get through encoding-reencoding of streaming?There's also Soundcloud you could look into, I thiink its higher regarded than vocaroo.
>>44319374>...Wat>Please get out of my phylactery.
>>44319374>...Get out of my soul-box, little ghost.
>>44319374>> ...Fuck it. This is my life now. Welcome to the team, Cherry, I'm Bri, that's Uncle Nate and that's Aunt Amy.We can exorcise her later.Or fuck it, put her into a chicken.
>>44319374>44319374>Hey little ghost, would you be so kind as to leave my phylactery? I need it back.
>>44319374>...alright Cherry, start talking. Why are you in this lantern?
>>44319374> Write-in.> Bring her down to the lichyard; you don't have all day to deal with this and have other things to do. Decide what to do with at the lichyard, miiiight be a good present/lesson for River?
>>44321950>lichyardThat mean's we'll carry her along to the Library and all through the fight with the Poet.Unrelated, but I wonder if Lora would be satisfied with the death of the "Poet" while sparing Bridgette? Like, if we were to find a way to break her power permanently, or strip her of everything that makes her the Poet.Because if we can find a way to do both what's Right, and what's Needed we should.
>>44319374>...Fuck it. This is my life now. Welcome to the team, Cherry, I'm Bri, that's Uncle Nate and that's Aunt Amy.
>>44319374>...Wat> ...Fuck it. This is my life now. Welcome to the team, Cherry, I'm Bri, that's Uncle Nate and that's Aunt Amy.
>>44319374>...WatWe do not have time to be a parent right now. We are getting four hours of sleep a night as it is, and we have like ten more people to brutally murder and two love interests to court/bang.
>>44319374>>...Get the fuck out of my soul-box you fucking ghost I swear I will kill you until you're /alive/ again EVERY TIME WITH THIS SHIT WHY?But more polite, it is a kid after all
>>44322000And what, exactly, makes you think that Brigette's death is not both Right and Needed?Even apart from what's been done to Lora, it's strongly implied that she has either sat silently by while atrocities were perpetrated, and/or perpetrated some herself, in pursuit of whatever it is she's pursuing in the Atheneum.(My first guess would have been "restore a lost loved one to life," since that's one of the easiest reasons for an otherwise-good person to turn to the Dark Side, but with Victoria apparently alive and well—and being sent away to stay that way—that sorta goes out the window.)
>>44319374>>...Wat>>How the hell did you get in there? And would you please get the hell *out*?
>>44322499It's worth noting that, even if it was from our influence, her first reaction to realizing that she was next in the firing line was to protect someone else.
>>44320974I was planning to upload it to mega once I re record it and get home. That honestly seems like the best way to do it, keep every quest and story time in its own folder on mega and just put a link to each folder on the blog spot once I get that made up
>>44322499>And what, exactly, makes you think that Brigette's death is not both Right and Needed?Nothing. However, from the little bit we've seen of her character, she at least deserves a fair hearing, if we can afford to give her one. As >>44322660 noted, her actions haven't been particularly selfish, and she had ample opportunity to attack us at the festival but chose not to. If we have the chance, it would be better to allow her a chance at redemption. Even if Lora gets mad at us over it. Lora's an angel, I don't think she's capable of letting compassion color justice in her head. We, however...
Mein gott, the thread is still alive?I'ma hit my morning chores/coffee and then be back to write new thread.
>>44321347What? Need it for what? We've already established it was the other stuff we needed, all Bri planned to do with the phylactery was smash it.>>44322660This.As for what she's researching that's so important, maybe a way to undo a past mistake? Maybe she got into this expecting to be able to undo it as well with whatever she's researching, and then just got in over her head.There's a lot we don't know about her, a lot that could go either way, could indicate for or against her being worth saving, but what we do know is stuff like her first reaction to knowing we're coming (save someone else, not herself, and tell that person to spill her secrets to her "enemy", then make one last try at backing out of what she's gotten herself into), that she's apparently been trying for quite a while now to get out of it and the thing being held over her head to keep her in is the life of someone other than herself, and that when she could have trivially killed any one of us, she instead used that opportunity to give us a relatively non-threatening communique.
>>44323268>maybe a way to undo a past mistake? Maybe she got into this expecting to be able to undo it as well with whatever she's researching, and then just got in over her headWakfu?
>>44323268I suppose there is also the possibility that she is somehow that rumored lich, and is trying to find a way to undo that status (or otherwise mitigate some factor of it). She certainly seemed enchantingly alive, but perhaps that was other than it seemed. May require another to have managed to lichify someone that isn't a necromancer. Or her love who cries so easily is somehow a lich.Quite possibly nothing, but hey.
>>44323344Was thinking of this myself. That... did not end well in the referenced series.
>>44319374>Maybe not, but I think I can help you find someone who will.
>>44323357Exactly. Far too much we don't know to be calling in the jury just yet. But of the things we do actually know, "is a Chain-Bearer" is pretty much the *only* one that's against her.
>>44323574Yeah, but, to argue the other side for a moment, that does imply complicity with murder, torture, and implied rape. So "is a Chain-Bearer" isn't a small thing to have against her.That said, it's absolutely complicated, and we don't know the full story. Deciding her fate right now like we are the Hand of Justice from On High transitions far too easily into zombie armies for my tastes.
>>44323649Of note also, Lora had to seriously consider when asked. This was not an easy decision, and her response was not a definite no (or a definite yes, as her answer would also qualify as complicated).