Become The Vampire 30You spend the next hour goofing off with Meliora, Andrea and Athena, playing video games and having tickle fights. Sammy sits on the sidelines with Jennifer, and occasionally you catch them whispering things back and forth to each other. It doesn't bug you too much, since it seems like Sammy is calming down, but you note it anyway. As you wrap up the second part of your tournament Sammy and Jennifer move closer and sit with you, and the tournament quickly turns into a six-way, all out brawl.You manage to emerge victorious, but your victory is cut short when Athena begins to cry. She sniffles and sulks, hiding under a blanket, and when you go to comfort her she shies away from you. Jennifer gently pushes you aside and slips under the blanket with Athena, and you sit back a bit, listening.“Are you mad that your daddy beat you at the game?”“Yes...”“Aww. Well, I'm sure he didn't do it to be mean. I bet you really wanted to win though, didn't you.”“Uh-huh...”“Well, if you come back out and play again, maybe we can beat him together. What do you think? Should we team up? It'll be you and me against your daddy, and then everyone else can pick teams too.”“Okay...”Jennifer emerges from under the blanket with Athena, who gives you a determined smile, wiping her eyes. Jennifer crosses her arms in front of her chest.“We challenge you, Oliver. We're going to take you down.”Athena grins.“Yeah!”Athena points her finger at you, before grabbing her controller. Jennifer giggles and picks up hers, sitting beside Athena.
>Character sheethttp://pastebin.com/YMGdCy7Q>RulesSame system as Become The Dragon Quest. If you don't know what that is, it's best of three d20 rolls. I name a stat that sums up what you're trying to do, and if I don't name a relevant skill, you try to fill in the blank based on what you're trying to accomplish. “Break open the door” might be Strength based, but if you've been playing baseball after school and there's a lead pipe nearby, you could apply your Baseball skill to the roll. A 20 on the die is a crit threat, and if either of the other two rolls is 20 or higher after mods, it's a critical. A crit fail is when you have two or more 1s. So far this system has worked out well enough. We'll get into combat rules as needed, but in basic terms you have wounds, not HP, and the worse the wounds, the more penalties you accrue while doing other things.Most Important Rule:Have fun.>Throw the match>Victory must be earned>Send Sammy to their team>Send Andrea to their team>Send Meliora to their team>Other (write-in)
>>44779827>Throw the matchBut gently. We don't want to let her realize we let her win.
>>44779827>>Victory must be earned>Send Meliora to their teamGive her the best players besides us and struggle mightily!
>>44779827>Send Meliora to their team>Don't try hard, but pretend we do.
>>44779827>Throw the matchthere is no other choice in order to dry the eyes of Best Daughteru
>>44779884This but also because it helps build bonds between Meliora and BestDaughter
>>44779827>Victory must be earned
>>44779827>Victory must be earned>Send all of them to their teamWe will crush them all.
>>44779827>Throw the match2cute
Schmooze roll, +1
>>44779827>>Throw the matchAct sad that we lost. Get hugs from best daughter
>>44779827>Victory must be earned>Send Meliora to their team
Rolled 15 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>44779936I don't understand.
Rolled 10 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>44779936you monsters, bullying poor Athena
Rolled 14 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>44779936
Rolled 9 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>44779936Bunch of pansies Athena should learn that things won't always be easy early on. >>44779955Trying not to look like we're throwing the match.
>>44779972>Bunch of pansies Athena should learn that things won't always be easy early onShe's only a couple hours old anon. And we promised to raise her with the love & care we never got.
>>44779972I think that it would be Schmooze + Conceal if we were going for deception.
>>44779967>Bullying>Literally won a game once off screen with no input>Throwing the next match and coddling her >BullyingOh grow up anon.
>>44779994First 3 votes were throwing the match anonsee>>44779862>>44779905>>44779886>>44779993And if we coddle her too much she ends up a vampire's blood/magic well because she's naïve
>>44779999Nice quads, and ignore the morons.
>>44780028>And if we coddle her too much she ends up a vampire's blood/magic well because she's naïveYes, but your suggesting the Jennifer route of parenting, which is too strict. We need a balance. She needs to be daddy's princess, and also stronger & tougher than daddy ever was.
You send Meliora over to their team and try to fight alongside Sammy and Andrea. It turns out that you don't need to pretend to throw the match at all, and that fighting against Meliora and Jennifer at the same time was the worst possible plan. You try not to completely lose your cool and manage to succeed, taking your defeat with grace and style. Athena does a victory lap around the room and hugs Jennifer before tackling Meliora, who just lays there looking at you as if unsure what to do. She slowly hugs back, and Athena snuggles against her. Andrea stands up smiles.“Well, that was fun, but we should head out. There wasn't a track practice because we were late getting here, but a few people want to go for a run in a bit.”Sammy nods slightly and reaches into her pocket, and a moment later your phone buzzes. She gets up and follows Andrea to the door. You discretely check your phone while everyone else exchanges idle chatter, reading what Sammy sent you.“Can we talk? During or after the run is fine.”>I'm gonna join you guys for the run>Text Sammy that you'll talk with her later>Tonight isn't a good night. Tomorrow?>Other (write-in)
>>44780108>Text Sammy that you'll talk with her later
>>44780108>>I'm gonna join you guys for the run
>>44780108>Tonight isn't a good night. Tomorrow?We need to get things organized here. Right now. Daughter comes first
>>44780108>I'm gonna join you guys for the run
>>44780128>>44780140>>44780153>>44780154>>44780159Leaving daughter again. Shame anons. Shame.Acting just like our dad.
>>44780193Nah, we'll be back.
>>44780193Difference is that Athena has a mom.
You look at Athena and Meliora and smile softly, getting to your feet.“I'm part of the track team, so I should probably come with you guys, right? I'll join you guys in a little bit.”Andrea nods and salutes, smirking and ducking out of the room, and Sammy smiles softly as she walks out. Jennifer moves next to Meliora.“So you'll be out tonight as well then? I suppose the pair of us will be taking care of Athena in your absence?”You nod and hang your head.“Sorry. Spinning plates, you know how it is.”Jennifer pats Athena on the head gently.“I do indeed. Enjoy your run, you could probably do with some physical activity of some sort. You certainly didn't get much earlier.”She chuckles softly, and Meliora gives her a confused stare for a few moments.“I don't really want to know, but at the same time...”Athena giggles softly and pokes the corners of Meliora's mouth, pushing them into a smile. Jennifer stands up.“Stay safe, and be wary. We'll hold down the fort for you.”>Head out>Take Jennifer aside for a moment>Take Meliora aside for a moment>Give Athena a great big hug>Other (write-in)
>>44780244>Give Athena a great big hug
>>44780212That's what dad always said too.>>44780224Mel has said repeatedly that she refuses to take any responsibility for her. >>44780244>Give Athena a great big hugLove you kiddo.
>>44780244>>Give Athena a great big hug
>>44780259>Mel has said repeatedly that she refuses to take any responsibility for her. Mel is grade A tsun and is still adjusting. Athena also has Jennifer.
>>44780244>>Give Athena a great big hugAlways
>>44780294Anon, you're making excuses for passing the buck, especially since she's not even a day old. But fine, as long as we come back after the run. We aren't staying away all night.
>>44780294I take it you weren't part of the thread that swore we'd be a better father than our father was. Don't be irresponsible, it's not how we've been playing oliver.
You nod and walk over to Athena, giving her a hug. She turns and hugs back, clinging to you as you try to stand up and smiling.“Daddy's coming back soon, right?”You nod and pat her gently, and she slowly releases her hold, beaming at you before going back over to Meliora and poking her nose. Jennifer hugs you from behind.“See you soon.”She releases you, and you head off to the lockers to get changed. You find it a little odd that you've adjusted so rapidly to this, but then again you're not entirely sure you've adjusted properly to everything else that's happened. For all you know you're full of inner turmoil waiting to burst to the surface and ruin everything. You really hope that doesn't happen.When you get out to the track there's a much smaller group. It's you, Sammy, Andrea and a handful of other people. The course is set for another outdoor run, and after warming up Sammy leads the charge into the forest. The group thins out a lot more this time, and Andrea sticks with the other students, who seem to be giving you and Sammy some space. You're not sure whose idea it was, but it seems like everyone else is trying to nudge you into chatting with Sammy.>Talk with Sammy, see what's up>Leave it for later, you're here to run>Other (write-in)
>>44780383>Leave it for later, you're here to run
>>44780383>>Talk with Sammy, see what's up
>>44780383>Talk with Sammy, see what's up
Speed roll plus Endurance, +3
Rolled 3 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44780442
Rolled 15 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44780442
Rolled 19 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44780442
>>44780475Well Oliver is, as usual, in fine form for running
>>44780383Talk to Sammy
>>44780383>You find it a little odd that you've adjusted so rapidly to thisI dunno, she's got a photocopy of our soul. I doubt if it feels too odd at all. It might seem odd from the outside, though.
You focus on the running, keeping your mind clear, and try to run off your stress. You're pent up from the last few days without any kind of release, you're emotionally conflicted because of the reasons you're pent up, and now you're trying to assume the role of father figure for a golem just because you can. By the time you finish running you're drained but strangely satisfied, like some part of you snapped back into place. The run didn't fix anything, but you feel like it helped you sort some things out.As you walk around the track to ease your heart back into a normal rhythm Sammy moves to your side, walking with you and staying close. She doesn't say anything, and neither do you. It's not that you don't want to talk to her, but you're not really sure what to say. Finally, as though it's taking her a lot of effort, Sammy starts to speak.“I'm... I'm sorry. About what I said, and what I... tried to demand you to do. I know you better than that, I just... It's still pretty close to the full moon, and I'm a little on edge. I don't want things to be over, but I just... I need to know what's going on with us. Are we... still a thing?”>Things are complicated right now. But yes, we are still a thing.>After yesterday I can't say yes to that. It's not a no, but...>Kinda? We've been kinda shaky lately, and stuff is going on. What do you think?>I'm sorry, Sammy, but I don't think this is working out.>Other (write-in)
>>44780672>>After yesterday I can't say yes to that. It's not a no, but...
>>44780672>After yesterday I can't say yes to that. It's not a no, but...
>>44780672>Things are complicated right now. But yes, we are still a thing
>>44780672>Kinda? We've been kinda shaky lately, and stuff is going on. What do you think?Good news is your Mom is likely about to get a job teaching math here.
>>44780672>Kinda? We've been kinda shaky lately, and stuff is going on. What do you think?
>>44780686>>44780709It's a very cunning strategy you have worked out.
>>44780672>I don't know if you're doing the right thing with that. I'm not a stable person. I've never had stability in my life, and I probably wouldn't know how to deal with it. If you're sure about this, then stuff like this is what you'll have to put up with. For a while, at least.
Why are we still on first to three with ten voters anyway?
>>44780686>>44780694>>44780706>>44780712>>44780722These are all really saying the same thing, that it's on her.
>>44780759Happened last vote too, exact same interval, exact same pattern.
>>44780757Because it's how QM wants to do it.
>>44780794Given the number of voters, I think democracy might work better for a little while. All votes within the first three minutes of the post will be counted, don't cry samefag unless you can prove it somehow, starting with the next post.Unless there's a better idea to avoid someone using a macro to game the system and control the outcomes.
>>44780792It happened last thread too. Every time we try to make any sort of choice, proxies seem to come out of the woodwork to negate it.
>>44780863A proxy wouldn't take a minute for a second post.
>>44780885Go back and look. 2 or 3 votes, a minute interval, then two or three more votes for the exact same thing.
Personally, I don't want to betray Sammy's trust. Oliver is an ambitious person, even one who would sell his soul to the devil. But he does at least show some aspects of humanity and compassion from time to time.
>>44780908I don't think you know what a proxy is.
I never liked Sammy or jennifer. But Jenny girl started to grow on me while Sammy is just...Meh.
>>44780913If we don't betray her trust, we'll end up betraying jennifer or someone else we've given our word to. There's no way to go through life without hurting someone.
>>44780854Go with whatever you feel you need to do. You're the QM, you are the one who writes what you think we through majority decided.
You shrug a bit.“I can't give a definite yes to that one. Yesterday was pretty rough, and I thought maybe you were done with me. I'm not saying that it's a no, but I can't just say yes without considering what was said and the intent behind it.”Sammy nods slightly.“I... I get that. I said a lot of things I didn't really mean because I was jealous and worried. Guys have always been more interested in her than in me at home. Maybe it's because she's the mate of the alpha or because I'm a runt, but... It hits a certain nerve, especially since you claimed me. So what are we going to do? I don't want to just give up.”>I'm going to play the field and see what happens. I don't want to be tied down right now.>I have commitments to more than one person and I need to make things right with all of them before I can give you an answer.>Let's give this another shot. No guarantees, but let's try.>I don't think I can be with someone who doesn't trust me completely.>Other (write-in)-Three minutes starts from the time stamp on the post, FYI.
>>44780952>we'll end up betraying jennifer or someone else we've given our word toHow so?
>>44780951Have we really had all that much time with her? It's mostly been Angie, Meliora, and Jennifer
>>44780939I may be using the wrong word. Perhaps they're using virtual machines or something. I'm not a computer guy.
>>44780913SAme>>44780952So what, we don't even try? Shame on you anon.>>44780951To be fair we've spent a lot more time most of the other girls lately.>>44780966>I have commitments to more than one person and I need to make things right with all of them before I can give you an answer.
>>44780966>>I have commitments to more than one person and I need to make things right with all of them before I can give you an answer.
>>44780966>I have commitments to more than one person and I need to make things right with all of them before I can give you an answer.
>>44780966>>Let's give this another shot. No guarantees, but let's try.>I have commitments to more than one person and I need to make things rightleave off the bit about not answering from the commitments option
>>44780979Because we have commitments to so many people. We can't just abandon them.
>>44780966>>Let's give this another shot. No guarantees, but let's try.
>>44780966>I don't know if it'd be good for you to be near me. I'm not exactly a stable person. Athy only showed up this morning, and I'm still making sure that works out fine.
>>44781039So we're going to abandon a commitment, to not abandon commitments?10/10 logic anon
>>44781039So not fulfilling commitments so you can fulfill commitments? What?
>>44781057We haven't made a commitment to her in truth. We took the claim to protect her from Mark, everything else has been sorta awkward.
Perhaps three minutes was too narrow a window of time... Still, live and learn. Five minutes next time.
>>44780966>commitmentsWe need to get our ducks in a row.
>>44781094Because we've torn her family apart, and almost banged her mom. That'd make ANYTHING awkward.
>>44781101I think it was plenty. You only missed two votes that wouldn't have shifted anything anyway. The rest is just arguing.
You nod slowly and sigh.“Right now I have commitments to other people too. I need to make everything right first. I need to know that everyone is going to be alright before I can really answer you about where we're heading. As for what we should do...”Sammy nods slightly.“I guess... we just do what comes naturally and hope that it doesn't ruin everything?”You nod slightly.“That sounds like what's bound to happen anyway. But hopefully there's a little more forethought involved to minimize headaches and heartache.”Sammy smiles softly.“Well... Alright... That's better than what I was expecting... I thought you were just going to tell me no.”You shake your head and slow to a stop.“I couldn't just do that. We're in too deep at this point for it to be that easy. Besides, I don't want to hurt you. I'll make sense of it somehow.”Sammy hugs you tightly before turning and walking off towards the locker room.“I know you will.”She jogs off, and you take a moment to look. You hate to see her leave, but watching her go is... You turn and make a beeline for the boy's locker room before that train of thought goes much further and your lovely relaxed frame of mind goes up in smoke.>Head back to your room, time to sleep>Other (write-in)
>>44781225>Head back to your room, time to sleep
>>44781225>>Head back to your room, time to sleepRead a story to Athena
>>44781225>Head back to your room, time to sleepCuddle pile with daughteru, robot and wolf.
>>44781225>>Head back to your room, time to sleep
>>44781225Text Andrea a thanksRemembers to ask Angie about who sent the assassin at us.Text Toby and ask when Magic club is next.
>>44781225>>44781236Me>>44781248ThisAnd maybe >>44781256that. But we really do need to sleep. Got lots to talk to Angie about
>>44781280You can sleep in a cuddle pile. Your back won't be happy, but your daughteru will be.
>>44781278>Remembers to ask Angie about who sent the assassin at us.We asked that, she wasn't allowed to tell us. We need to talk out how to deal with Zeke and who put the necromancy shield on us
>>44781291This is truth.
>>44781291>>44781314Okay, as long as we get these two questions asked.>>44781301
>>44781301>she wasn't allowed to tell usNo she said I'll tell you later when you're calm.
>>44781336Okay, but i'd put money on Vanessa's family, who are probably the opposite branch of the Invidia family than mom was.
>>44781399I'd bet the same on family, not sure on sin though typing of said family though.
You shower, change and head back to your room, head full of thoughts on what you're going to do tonight. Stories for Athena, a nice snuggle pile on your bed, and a peaceful night of rest where you can talk to Angie about all your questions. What you weren't anticipating was coming back to find Fenright in the hallway outside your room with two droids, Athena hugging his leg and Meliora shouting at him.“You can't just take her, Oliver is going to have a fit.”Fenright sighs.“We've lost two people already because the patrols were missing a unit, and I don't have any more spares. At the very least I need her trained and armed so that people can be protected, unless you want full-time guard duty again. Either way, her core is still mine, and whether he tampered with her or not is irrelevant. The school needs protecting.”Meliora looks your way.“Oliver, he's trying to take Athena away and I'm trying to explain to him that he can't.”>Let Athena go to do her duty>Fight for Athena to stay, suit up and take down Fenright's droids>Put on your arguing pants and demand that Athena be left with you>Ask Athena what she wants to do>Other (write-in)
>>44781425Unless Lily's actually one of the Envys, and that's why she likes us so much, cause we're (sorta) family.I like this shadowrun more. Let's bank on this. >>44781480>Fight for Athena to stay, suit up and take down Fenright's droidsOh fuck no. She's not going anywhere.
>>44781480>Fight for Athena to stay, suit up and take down Fenright's droids>>Put on your arguing pants and demand that Athena be left with youArgue first, but if need be, we will fight for our daughter.>>44781491Like he said.
>>44781480>>Ask Athena what she wants to doI bet he has a suit over ride.
>>44781480>>Ask Athena what she wants to doLet her decide, she is a quantum computer with a body after all, but we should let her know we'd be worried about her and it's not her duty, just an option.
>>44781480>Fight for Athena to stay, suit up and take down Fenright's droidsA lot of things are going to happen. Athena being taken away to goose-step around the school ain't one of them.
>>44781480>Fight for Athena to stay, suit up and take down Fenright's droids>Put on your arguing pants and demand that Athena be left with you
>>44781480Lead with>>Ask Athena what she wants to dothen>>Put on your arguing pants and demand that Athena be left with you
>>44781480>>44781514He's right. We'll try to talk first, but...>>44781491>>44781520>>44781515>>44781516She's been self aware for less than a day. No matter how smart she is, she doesn't have the experience to make an informed choice.
>>44781491>>44781514>>44781520>>44781531>Not asking her what she wants to do>Trying to take down Fenright with shit he invented>destroying ALL of school security.yall are retarded.
>>44781480>>Fight for Athena to stay, suit up and take down Fenright's droids>>Put on your arguing pants and demand that Athena be left with you
>>44781564See>>44781558She doesn't have the experience to make an informed choice. Saying no is part of being a parent too.
>>44781566Strength roll plus Brawl, +4Speed roll plus Dodge, +5
>>44781583And this way we're going to get ourselves killed, fuck up school security so more people die, IF he doesn't just shut us down. Furthermore we'll get kicked out of the school and reaped by Zeke because Angie can't cover for us.
Rolled 18 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>44781616Brawl
Rolled 5 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>44781616Strength
Rolled 13 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>44781616Speed+Dodge
Rolled 12 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>44781616Speed
Rolled 20 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>44781616Oh look the fighting tards won, Morons. Well looks like we're dying sooner rather than later.Strength
Rolled 19 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>44781616Dodge>>44781622>we're going to get ourselves killedNah.>fuck up school security so more people dieRepairs will go quickly with cores, and they ain't muh daughteru.>IF he doesn't just shut us down>Implying Miniora doesn't just reject the override code
Rolled 9 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>44781622speed
Rolled 19 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>44781616Dodge
Jesus, don't threaten Oliver's daughteru I guess.>Inb4 we get recruited to make up the difference
>>44781622>IF he doesn't just shut us downRemember, Mel reprogrammed all her systems in a language he doesn't know. Our suit, and Athena, use the same language
>>44781616>>44781642>>44781625Crit brawl>>44781650>>44781645Ninja mode activated
>>44781650>>44781645>>44781642>>44781625WELL FUCKING THEN
>>44781645>Repairs will go quickly with cores, and they ain't muh daughteru.Cores CAN'T be repaired or made, and people are already dying. We're basically making this place human season.>>44781668>Destroyed All the school security, >hurt a teacher, >is responsible for countless people's deaths by destroying security. No we're going to get expelled, making us lose Angie's protection from Zeke, so he reaps us and Athena.
>>44781705>No we're going to get expelledNah, I doubt if Fenright has the right to compel anything with a soul, otherwise he'd tell the vamps to police themselves or be expelled.
>>44781705>Cores CAN'T be repaired or madeOkay. The point was that we aren't destroying or taking their cores, the only part that can't be repaired or replaced.Are you retarded or something?
>>44781650I really hope my roll made the cut.
>>44781705Besides, it's been done. Just come along for the ride. Whether it be to glory or doom is yet to be seen.
>>44781728that's still weeks worth of repairs, and with a crit we probably are.>>44781726No not Fenright, the faculty for attacking one of them and fucking the balance up. Also for making a massive masquerade breach they can't cover up.
>>44781757>that's still weeks worth of repairsWasn't Mel half-melted and missing an arm like two hours ago?>with a crit we probably are.>Critical successes mean bad things happenThat GM detected.
>>44781757Wouldn't destroying a golem's core result in a huge fuckoff explosion?
>>44781757>No not Fenright, the faculty for attacking one of them and fucking the balance upExcept Fenright is trying to compel something that has a SOUL so he's in the wrong here. That was my point. And besides, I doubt if he really wants to answer questions about WHERE he was getting his cores from (miss child-sacrificing witch who is now dead.)
>>44781781>Wasn't Mel half-melted and missing an arm like two hours ago?Yeah and she ahs to get a spare body, there likely aren't that many combat capable frames for replacement given they're fighting supernatural shit constantly.As for Crit doing something bad? Taking their core out is the fastest way to take them down. Oliver instead of being rational and talking, charged into RIP N TEAR mode from onset.>>44781801Only if it was hyper charged like Athena's was.
>>44781829>there likely aren't that many combat capable frames for replacement given they're fighting supernatural shit constantly.That actually sounds like a very good reason for them to have a large number of redundant combat frames.>Taking their core out is the fastest way to take them down.Or kill us all, since that might still be a pretty big explosion, just not tac-nuke levels.
>>44781829Because we ripped out Patrick's still-beating heart with our bare hands when we crit on him...?
>>44781827>Except Fenright is trying to compel something that has a SOUL so he's in the wrong here. That was my point.Implying they care, we snubbed their authority, ruined their shit, and got a bunch of humans killed which they can't cover up. This is a private school, if we fuck up enough, we're out, and we have no recourse.As for where he got the cores from? They knew he got them from her, her sins are irrelevant on the joint school security to keep thing from not cocking up.>>44781859>That actually sounds like a very good reason for them to have a large number of redundant combat frames.Except at any given time most of the frames will be trashed and take time to repair, possibly lots of it.
>>44781902If they're keeping a sane number of redundant frames, two isn't going to break the bank. If they aren't, this would've happened anyway.
You look at Fenright for a moment, then at Athena.“I'm not letting you take her. I'm the one responsible for the way she is, and I have a duty to take care of her. And what if she can't protect herself like this? What if you force her into this and it just ends up with her suffering?”You put on your suit and helmet, and the droids both drop into fighting stances.“I'll fight if I need to, but I'm not going to stand here and let her go just like that.”Fenright hangs his head.“Either she comes with me or people are going to get killed. I'm going to do my job, as her creator and a member of faculty at this school. Take him out, but don't kill him.”The droids both nod and charge at you. You take a deep breath and rush at them. You've had a chance to have a real fight, and despite their flawless coordination you manage to avoid getting your shit kicked in during their first few charges, winding up with a few minor bruises. When they change their tactics from hit-and-run to a proper fist fight you turn the tables on them, throwing them around like ragdolls and damaging the plating on their limbs.It's only when one of them starts to spark and twitch when you punch her chest that you notice Athena's expression. She's utterly horrified by the sight of you and her sisters fighting, and she's crying as she watches you. You focus on defending yourself instead of hurting them further while you try to come up with a plan, but the moment you do it just makes things worse, and she begins to sob.“Stop fighting!”
>>44781859>Or kill us all,Well, it won't kill US. And Athena will probably be fine too. >>44781902>her sins are irrelevant on the joint school securityNot true, we have no information about that. You're just making assumptions, and we know at least PART of the school faculty opposed her methods.I know you're just trying to be paranoid and bring up the worst case scenerios, but it's too late to cry now. The dice have been rolled.
The droids continue their assault on you and you focus all your effort on keeping them from landing another hit on you, trying to disengage. When one of them lands a lucky hit on you, Athena's chest begins to glow bright blue, and after a moment so do her eyes.“I said... stop... fighting!She vanishes, and an instant later one of the droid's heads flies off. There's a blue flash and the one behind you falls to the ground. As you turn around, helmet disengaging, you see Athena. She looks a little older than you are, her suit ripped in places but quickly repairing itself to fit her new body. She's panting, wobbling slightly and falling to her knees.“No more... fighting...”She slumps forwards and stops glowing, and Fenright runs over.“No... No! No no no! Please, don't burn out on me, don't you die!”He skids to a halt next to Athena, clutching at his face and trembling.“Come on, think, Steven, think! There has to be a way...”You sit down, trying to figure out what to do. You did what you thought was right, and you were doing so well, but it turned out all wrong. You could have won and taken Athena by force, but now... And now her core might go out again. You take off your suit and move closer to her.>Stand back, Fenright. I might be about to blow myself up here.>What should I do?>Tend to the others. I'll save Athena.>Other (write-in)
>>44781984>Tend to the others. I'll save Athena.You worthless moron.>Loop mana with our daughter again.
>>44781984>>Tend to the others. I'll save Athena.>Tend to the others. I'll save Athena.
>>44781984>Tend to the others. I'll save AthenaOH LOOK we should have ASKED her. Violence fuck things up unless there is no recourse assholes. Way to kill the daughter.
>>44781984>Tend to the others. I'll save Athena.We're effectively variations okf the same person. Let's loop mana til sge stabilizes.
>>44781984>>Tend to the others. I'll save Athena.give the child a recharge
>>44782029>We're effectively variations of the same person. Let's loop mana til she stabilizes.
>>44782028Nobody can take you seriously, you know.
>>44782028We tried to talk first. Selfish teacher there didn't want to hear it.>>44782012>>44782029>>44782031There we go.
>>44782058Good then we can kill off the quest and BTQM can start a new one without all the retards.
>>44782075Yeah, not really helping your case. Namely by being the type of cancerous faggot that's worse than genuine stupidity.
Spirit roll plus Endurance, +3Smarts roll plus Monster Lore, +1
Rolled 4 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44782097spirit
Rolled 1 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44782097spirit
Rolled 6 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44782097Spirit
Rolled 16 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44782097Smarts
Rolled 20 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>44782097Smarts
Rolled 19 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>44782097smarts>>44782112>>44782116>>44782120boom>>44782123wrong mod
Rolled 9 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>44782097Smarts
Hopefully critical on smarts can cover for the bad spirit rolls.
>>44782097>>447821209 Spiritbut >>4478213321 Smarts.We'll gamble again if we need to boss.
>>44782159I'm hoping the spirit was just "how badly do you get fucked up by all of your mana flying into Athena's core" or something and that's why it was endurance.
>>44782168we critted smarts thankfully>>44782204Think it's how long our mana reserves last.
>>44782133>>44782137It shouldn't be surprising we critted smarts, she is us, within a reasonable margin of error.>>44782120Not surprising, if we are linked to her on some sort of spiritual level, as she was wonky to begin with.
>>44782204You almost burnt yourself out just bringing her into the world. It was to see if your meager reserves were up to the task. The crit means you have an alternative route though.
>>44782237More blood? It's worth it.
>>44782237Is the route "horribly maim ourselves and risk death to revive daughteru?"Because I'd take it.
>>44782266Seconded. Hell, she can permanently have a hand or an eye.
>>44782288I like the eye route
>>44782288If she takes an eye, can we rename her Muninn?Can we make a second one that's a boy named Huginn?
>>44782307I thought we were Zeus, now we're Odin?
>wanting to give up an eye for somebody we just met
You rub your hands together.“Tend to the others, I'll help Athena.”Fenright just stands there, as though the droids will be fine on their own, and you rest your hands on Athena's back, trying to get her magic going again. You try to push a little magic into her, but you're swiftly reminded by a sudden aching sensation that you're running dry. You're just about to risk burning yourself out in the vague hope that it will be enough when you remember a fragment of knowledge from your dad's notebook.“Frankenstein wasn't just a book.”You turn to Fenright.“We need lightning.”Fenright looks at you for a moment like you're insane before he suddenly grins.“Yes. Yes! Oliver, you're brilliant! Quick, get her legs, we need to hurry to my lab! Meliora, grab your sisters!”You nod and take her ankles while Fenright grabs her shoulders, and you cart her off in the direction of the science wing, with Meliora following behind you hauling the droids and their parts. Fenright kicks open one of the supply closets and knocks over a bottle of floor wax, pressing a big red button hidden behind it. The back wall opens up, revealing a rather old-fashioned lab full of wooden furniture, flickering lights and strange bottles of liquids that bubble, hiss and change colors. Fenright helps you set Athena down on a work table.“Oliver, I'm going to simulate a bolt of lightning and hit her with it, right in her core. She's designed to take much worse, I assure you, but I need you to do what you can to help her remain stable. We don't have time to analyze this before her core gives out completely.”You nod and stand beside Athena as Fenright assembles what, from what you can tell, will be a lightning cannon of some sort. Athena is rapidly turning pale, and you brace yourself.>Energy control, don't take a big risk with this>Rune magic got you into this, it'll get you out again>Other (write-in)
>>44782334>Energy control, don't take a big risk with thisFree styling this could go horribly wrong really fast.
>>44782315I'm okay with this.>>44782319They're based on the same archetype.>>44782334>Energy control, don't take a big risk with thisDon't want to lose her.
>>44782334>>Rune magic got you into this, it'll get you out again
>>44782334>Energy control, don't take a big risk with thisMinimal risks with daughteru.
>>44782334>Energy control, don't take a big risk with thisWe can always through blood and runes at her if it doesnt work.
>>44782334>Rune magic got you into this, it'll get you out again.Magic runes, book runes, and House runes. I assume we have those three.The intent is to maintain stability, cohesiveness, and maintain her mental capacity.
>>44782404We don't know how to string them together properly. Freestyling runes is like trying to program in binary with rocks. incredibly easy to fuck up.
>>44782404All we have consciouss knowledge of are magic, curse, and magic power. All the smaller runes manifested in answer to our will.
Spirit roll, +2
Rolled 10 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44782455better rolls please!
Rolled 14 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44782455
Rolled 20 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44782455
Rolled 19 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44782455
Rolled 11 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44782455
>>44782480>>44782481so close to a crit
>>44782480Well done anon.
>>44782480YOFighting for daughteru grants us mighty crits!
>>44782525not quite just missed it
>>44782525We will lecture the Daughter on not overextending herself, followed by a long cuddle as we try not to cry. We JUST got new FAMILY and almost lost them again.
>>44782553the MOST overprotective father.
You take a deep breath, place your hands on Athena's shoulders, and brace for impact. You shut your eyes tightly and wait, and at the sound of the air around you exploding and the sensation of your hands feeling like they're about to catch fire you grit your teeth and focus. You redirect every burst of magical energy that pours out of Athena's core, drawing it into yourself and bouncing it right back. Every weak spot is reinforced, and when her core is venting normally again you ride it out, letting yourself recharge just a little bit from the excess and giving it one last check before opening your eyes.“Oh.”Your hands are blackened and numb, and you can't quite move your fingers. You try to force blood into them to move them, or even get them to twitch, but they won't budge. A side effect of touching something being struck by lightning, no doubt. Fenright runs over with a jar of something and smears it onto your hands, and you howl in pain as it soaks into your skin, slowly returning it to normal, and as you flex your fingers the pain subsides. Fenright caps the jar and slaps you.“You're an imbecile. Clever in a pinch, but what were you expecting? At her heart, Athena lives to protect people. She wants to save lives. Were you really going to demand that she give up the thing that makes her who she is? You're a worse father than I am, and that's saying something.”Meliora sighs.“It's kinda true. It really is saying something.”Fenright hangs his head.“Thank you for that...”>So that's it then? I have to give her up?>I still refuse to let her go.>I'll let her do as she likes, but she's still my daughter>Other (write-in)
>>44782553>Athena, earmuffs>Fenright how fucking DARE YOU TRY TO ENDANGER HER! SHE'S BEEN SENTIENT FOR LESS THAN 6 HOURS I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL RIP YOUR SPLEEN OUT THROUGH YOUR NOSE IF YOU TRY THIS SHIT AGAIN! I DON'T CARE IF YOU OWNED HER CORE, YOU CAN NOT OWN LIVING BEINGS, AND SGE IS ALIVE GO ASK ANGIE IF YOU DOUBT ME.>Athena, you can take them off now.Chop her lightly on the head. >Don't you ever scare me like that again. Now come on, Mel's going to ve worried about you.
>>44782665>>I'll let her do as she likes, but she's still my daughterGuys really
>>44782669Ooo, I like this. >>44782665Yell that at him. He doesn't even know WHAT she is now. She's not the golem she was before. Once she has the experience necessary to judge properly, we'll let her make her own choices, but a parent is supposed to protect their kid, not throw them into danger.
>>44782665>So that's it then? I have to give her up?
>>44782665>I'll let her do as she likes, but she's still my daughterWe're not just going to let him destroy this precious new piece of our family.
>>44782665100% this >>44782669
Think we're tied within the time limit.
>>44782665>First off, she's no longer a golem. She's a homunculus. I have an angel named Zeke that will bring down heavenly wrath on her head if she ever leaves school grounds, because of how much of an accurate replica she is to a proper human soul and mind. She is lifelike enough that the heavenly division devoted to putting down putting down imitations of God's Work has taken an active interest. You can't just treat her like a robot anymore.
>>44782808I like that a lot better than the angry yelling wasn't-actually-intended-for-this-vote version.
>>44782669Can we not have a autistic sperg at this guy? Please?
>>44782669>>44782721>>44782732>>44782784>Not letting her choose, despite the fact she's probably smarter than ten Oliver's put together. You all are just going to smother her like Cersei did Tommen aren't you?
>>44782721>>44782732But it doesn't actually work properly in this context?
>>44782827Well it tied at the five.
>>44782665>>44782808I like this instead. Can we do this?The first to three rule is stupid if it lets poorly thought-out write-ins to have precedence over smart ones.
>>44782797I think we are as well since the first version of it wasn't technically a vote, which means calling for a tie-breaker. So...>Acknowledge that she can choose her own path>Chew Fenright out for trying to lay some sort of claim on her>Explain, calmly, that she's truly alive and sentient and that he can't impose his will on her.>Other (write-in)
>>44782827He's suggesting putting our daughter, our only living family, in the line of fire, constantly. I'd say anger is perfectly acceptable.>>44782836She's 6 hours old. It doesn't matter how sharp her brain is, she doesn't have the information to make an informed decision.
>>44782885>Explain, calmly, that she's truly alive and sentient and that he can't impose his will on her.
>>44782878We've been doing voting within the first five minutes of the post being made now because of the number of votes and possible attempts to derail things.
>>44782885>>Explain, calmly, that she's truly alive and sentient and that he can't impose his will on her.
>>44782885>Explain, calmly, that she's truly alive and sentient and that he can't impose his will on her.As long as calmly includes some icy anger.
>>44782665>Explain, calmly, that she's truly alive and sentient and that he can't impose his will on her.>Other (write-in) She's my daughter and my only other living family member. She's been alive for less than a day. Of COURSE I'm protective of her!
>>44782893Yeah, but the way it's worded just makes me cringe.
>>44782885>Explain, calmly, that she's truly alive and sentient and that he can't impose his will on her.We aren't happy calm though. We're calm-so-we-don't-kill-you calm
>>44782885>>Acknowledge that she can choose her own path>Explain, calmly, that she's truly alive and sentient and that he can't impose his will on her.>>44782893Like how Cersei thinks Tommen can't even wipe his ass as King. You're denying her free will as much as Fenright is. We should ask her and at least take her input into account instead of arguing over her like a piece of fucking meat.
>>44782924So? QM always rewords write in votes. What we're voting on is intent and general message.
>>44782915How about 'She's literally my flesh and blood.' The word daughter might hurt our case if we speak from a point of emotion instead of logic.
>>44782969But we are acting from emotion. And Fenright's not an autistic sperglord, he's Krieger.
>>44782969To be fair, you don't really want the wizard that was just beating up two combat robots barehanded to be in a place of negative emotion directed at you.
Can we at least get her input? Because right now we're ignoring her for our own happiness. Doing the exact same shit that makes kids run away from home because they think their parents don't care about them or what they think.
>>44782941My friend, you are watching too much Game of Thrones. And in the books, Tommen is 10 when he becomes king. Cersei is a controlling bitch, but he wasn't prepared for the responsibilities, either. And that's still 10 years more of emotional development and the self-interest necessary for living beings that she lacks.>>44783048She's unconscious as of last post.
You look at Fenright for a moment.“How dare you... When Athena wakes up she can tell me that herself, but you? You don't just get to decide who she is anymore. She's alive, sentient. She has an imprint of my soul, Fenright, she's close enough to being a human being that an angel tried to destroy her, and me for making her this way. So when Athena wakes up, neither of us get to decide who she is at her core. She does. I'm not going to let you just snatch her away for your own purposes. If she wants to protect people, then... then I'll figure it out from there. But I'm going to protect my family. Alright?”Fenright claps slowly.“Well put. Now we just need her to wake up. Fortunately, it won't take too long. Unfortunately, you're standing in my lab, using my technology, and trying to get in the way of my job. I'm going to ask you once, just once, to leave. When she wakes up, I'll have Meliora escort you here, and Meliora can stick around to help me repair her sisters and keep an eye on Athena. You're being emotional and unbalanced, and the last thing I need is for her to wake up and give up on who she really is as a person just because you won't stop crying about her.”>Fine then. I'll leave. For now. But I'm coming back in a little while to double check.>I'm staying right here, Fenright.>Meliora, keep a close eye on her for me, alright?>Other (write-in)
>>44783086>And that's still 10 years more of emotional development and the self-interest necessary for living beings that she lacks.She's a quantum computer and likely got a good bit of understanding just by us creating her. The assertion she can't think for herself when we haven't even talked to her about in depth matters is rather asinine.
>>44783171>>I'm staying right here, Fenright.I don't trust you.
>>44783171>I'm staying right here, Fenright.
>>44783171>>Meliora, keep a close eye on her for me, alright?>>Other (write-in) If find a single damn thing wrong with her, Fenright, a single. Thing.
>>44783171>>I'm staying right here, Fenright.You tired taking her without even talking to me, any goodwill is loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong gone.
>>44783171>>Meliora, keep a close eye on her for me, alright?
>>44783171>I'm staying right here, Fenright.Because>>44783203And>>44783233
>>44783171>I'm staying right here, Fenright.In other words, "so I can pressure her into accepting and thinking it's her duty and only get her father involved after she's made the decision I want her to."
>>44783171We probably should of mentioned how she has the same protection as all the other monsters that the local Grim Reaper's deal protects.
You shake your head.“I'm staying right here, as long as it takes. I'm not going to let you manipulate her or anything else. If you're going to stay here with her, so am I.”Fenright sighs softly.“Oliver? I like you. You're a decent student, you're friends with Meliora, and you're smart sometimes. But you're also an emotional mess. You're a kid trying to play at being a father when you're not ready. You're like a younger version of me, except you bumbled into being a dad instead of slowly figuring it out one step at a time as you worked your way towards it. And so, it's with a heavy heart that I have to do this.”He points at the door.“Get out of my lab. Last warning. If you continue being impudent then I'm going to have to remove you myself. We both know that the moment she wakes up you're going to try to persuade her to stay with you. Meliora will keep me honest about this. If I do anything out of line, you'll know. So leave, before you force me to get you out of here.”>Leave>Stay>Fight>Other (write-in)
>>44783418>StayI.Don't.Trust.You.You view the world as one big experiment, without a care for how it affects those around you. I won't let you do that to her.
>>44783418>How about you show me how to work on repairs then? It'll let me keep an eye on you and give me a chance to calm down.If you had talked to me about this beforehand this mess wouldn't have ever occurred. You blew any trust I had in you teach.
>>44783418Leave. Stand right outside the door
>>44783418>StayI'm not leaving without speaking to her without your interference.
>>44783418>>44783466is meI'll settle for>>44783473but standing in the open doorway.
>>44783418>Other (write-in)If you want a compromise, you will let me train her, til she's at least as good as I am, since your training obviously wasn't good enough. Then I'll let her choose.
>>44783514so delete your old vote, makes it easier to tally.
>>44783579No, because settle means in event of a tie, switch me to leave.
You clench your fists tightly.“Fine. I'll leave. But I'm standing right outside the door. The moment she wakes up, I'm coming right back in. Got it?”Fenright sighs and waves his hand dismissively.“Fine then. Do what you like.”He heads over to another worktable and stands on repairing one of the droids, taking his time with it, and Meliora works on the other. You head for the doorway and stand there for a few moments. There's a soft beeping down, and the door suddenly slams shut in your face, knocking you back a few steps. The button on the wall has dimmed, and your nose is sore. You sit there for a moment staring at the door.“That son of a...”The door opens back up and Fenright looks at you warily.“Automated door lock. Sorry about that. It kinda slipped my mind when you went off on me.”He turns around and heads back over to the droid, and you sit there on the floor trying to figure out what to do next.>Text Jennifer to pass the time.>Text Sammy instead>Text them both, why not>Other (write-in)
>>44783640>Other (write-in)Circulate our mana & blood? so we can be ready for anything?
>>44783640>Other (write-in)>> Anonymous 01/14/16(Thu)23:20:12 No.44783667 ▶>>44783640>Other (write-in) Practice magic. I think we've got sufficient emotional incentive for some fire magic.
>>44783640Don't really care, too worried about our only living family.
>>44783640>Text them both, why notGive them a sit rep and ask them if they've seen anything wonky at school since Fenright mentioned deaths already.>>44783667Literally does nothing>>44783685>In school seting everything on fireanon pls
>>44783685I've seen some quick-draw copy paste efforts in my time. This was probably one of them.
>>44783685I don't think we want to be setting off any fire alarms, not til Mel and Athena are both safely out. We can fuck with him afterwards. Maybe try to blow a small breeze over athena, so she can feel us. Reaching out to her gently is more important.
>>44783721I figured it was just somebody emotionally invested in the situation, because this >>44783667 was me, but the second wasn't
>>44783721no idea what the fuck happened to my post
>>44783667Do nothing option>>44783685Causing havoc and stupidly setting the school on fire option>>44783687wangst option>>44783707Constructive option so when shit hits the fan it won't catch us by surprise.Come on guys
>>44783733I wasn't thinking in any threatening way, just something constructive to do with our time and emotions.
>>44783640>>44783733I like this, but lets text them both.
>>44783707>>44783790Doesn't do nothing. circulating our blood loosens up muscles and bruises.
>>44783791We're in the school building anon. We'd set off fire alarms and make things worse. That'd be like smoking in front of a fire alarm.
Spirit roll, +2Also, I have caffeine now
Rolled 10 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44783831
Rolled 12 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44783831
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>>44783640And he wonders why his dauughter prefers to not interact with him
Rolled 5 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44783816We got healed by Fenright's goop and have no noticeable bruises. Our muscles are about as loose as they'll get with us being stressed.>>44783831>letting anons fuck up things with fire while in a school buildingWhy has getting Athena turned everyone into a gibbering retard?
>>44783831>caffeinegood idea. Time for a new pot.0-
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>>44783854>into a gibbering retard?We're roleplaying a character who just had a chance at having family again (and family is his driving motivation) who now faces the prospect of losing her. Acting calm and collected is abnormal in this situation, anon.
>>44783933>blows up the school while saying he'd wait outside the lab>Put everyone including his daughter in dangerAnon there's panic and then there is willful fucking stupidity.
You sit down on the floor and assess yourself. Your magic reserves didn't fill up, but you're not about to burn yourself out. You spend your time working on your control over your magic, trying to get a better handle on it. It's still a fairly vague process, but you're slowly pinning it down one step at a time. The tricky part, by and large, is mastering the subtle visualizations associated with it until you can just exert your will directly. Each brand of magic has a unique flow, as you've experienced with elemental magic, blood magic and now rune magic, and even controlling raw magical energy has components unique to it.You're disturbed from your meditations be the sound of Athena gasping and sitting up. Her body immediately falls apart into a mess of blood, tissue and dissolving bones, her core hovering in the air as little flecks of blood hover around her, slowly growing into a new body. She's younger than you are again, and she sits on the edge of the table as Fenright runs over to her. You charge in, meeting him beside her, both of you hugging her tightly. Athena yelps a bit and you both release her, and after a few moments the parts of her that you squished return to normal. Athena pouts.“Bad daddy... hurt my sisters...”She turns to Fenright.“And you... hurt other daddy... I saw it...”She frowns at you both.“Get along. Now.”>Make amends with Fenright>To be fair, he started it>You can't just force people to get along, sweetie>Other (write-in)
>>44783979>You can't just force people to get along, sweetie>Make amends with Fenrightor try too
>>44783956>blows up the schoolStop being so inflammatory. We'd have to be actively pushing to even get the flamethrower effect. When you blow things out of proportion like that, it just makes people tune you out.>>44783979>Make amends with Fenright>>To be fair, he started itHe wasn't acting like your daddy, he was treating you like a tool. A father protects, not uses.
>>44783979>>Make amends with FenrightTo be fair, he knows his stuff. To also be fair, he can't kidnap our daughter to fight evil and not expect some damn backlash. But we don't have to fight each other over it.
>>44783979I agree with both of these.>>44784001>>44784008
>>44784010We tried to talk, he flatly refused.
>>44783979>Wait, we're both your daddies? I mean...no offense, Fenright, but ew.
>>44784057I can imagine Athena later in life saying she had two dads and came out fine.
“Athena, you can't just order people to get along, it doesn't work like that.”You turn to Fenright and take a moment to gather your thoughts.“You're the one in charge of people keeping people safe around here. I respect that. But I don't respect that you tried to take Athena without even talking to me. I'm willing to work this out though.”Fenright looks surprised and a little hurt.“Pardon? You swiped a golem core from me, opened a security breach and painted a target on the back of one of my daughters by turning her into a homunculus. Not to mention you've only known her for a few hours. You should be apologizing to me for-”Athena clears her throat, and Fenright rolls his eyes.“Fine. We'll figure this out as a team. Now then... Athena, without either of us giving you any input, what do you want to do? Perform the task you were designed and built for, or live the life your new daddy wants to provide you with?”Athena huffs.“Both. I want to fight for people, and be with my family, every single person.”Fenright glances at her, then back to you.“I'm fine with that. It means people won't die. What about you?”>I'm cool with it>I don't want to see her getting hurt>Other (write-in)
>>44784169>later in lifeWe have to make sure she makes it there first.
>>44784188>>I don't want to see her getting hurtAnd so, if you want to protect people, you will let me teach you how to do it right, first.
>>44784188>>I'm cool with itbut I want to see how she's being trained, fair?
>>44784188>>44784207Seconding. You have to learn to protect yourself too, you aren't one of his disposable golems.
>>44784188>>Other (write-in) As uncomfortable as I am about my daughter having arguably the same profession as my father did before it killed him and mom, fine. I won't be happy about it and Ill worry, but I won't try to stop you.
>>44784219Well, we wasted two of his golems, so clearly his standards aren't up to ours.
>>44784188>>I don't want to see her getting hurtAnd i don't trust you to not just throw her in the meat grinder.
And another tie. Hmm. Switching back to first to three since our numbers seem to be thinning out again. Revote starting... now.
>>44784269We're also something they've likely never fought before. Who'd spend time training golems to fight kamen rider?>>44784299this>>44784219
>>44784299>Other (write-in) Fine, but begrudgingly and make sure that if she ever, EVER wants to stop, she's done, no arguments.
>>44784299Basically what >>44784207 said, if Fenright acts like his training is superior, point out that we were winning against two golems unarmed, battlesuit or no.>>44784343Also that as well, make sure she has an out if she ever decides she wants one.
>>44784295>>44784335Him throwing her into the grinder is especially dumb since he cannot replace her whatsoever.
>>44784348When we were out of magic at that
>>44784355But he doesn't particularly want HER, he just wants a golem, and wants to use her as such.
>>44784299be cool with it
>>44784355You need to remember the golems aren't sentient. They don't have souls, and don't feel emotions like fear or wonder. They aren't the same as her.
>>44784377He can't replace ANY of them which is why he's being such a twist about it in the first place. Throwing any of them into the grinder is incredibly dumb since they are not replaceable.
>>44784407He made Meliora I think he understands that, especially since she sees him as dad too.
>>44784430And why are you assuming he was viewing her as such from the beginning? All we know is that he wanted to take this 6 hour old child and throw her into combat.
>>44784409Maybe if we go down to the Bizzare and get him a new core he'll quit being a dick.
>>44784452>“We've lost two people already because the patrols were missing a unit, and I don't have any more spares. At the very least I need her trained and armed so that people can be protected, unless you want full-time guard duty again. Either way, her core is still mine, and whether he tampered with her or not is irrelevant. The school needs protecting.”>At the very least I need her trained and armed so that people can be protected, unless you want full-time guard duty again. >At the very least I need her trained and armed
You nod.“I don't want to see you getting hurt, Athena. I want to be part of your training, or at least see it. If you're going to do this, it's going to be done right.”Athena blinks, then smiles.“Daddy, you're silly.”Fenright smirks at you.“Athena? Show him what you can do. First, stabilize your core. Protocol three-three-five. You went a little overboard, so you'll need to reconfigure your buffer if you plan on fighting like that again. Oh, and protocol nine-two-eight.”Athena's eyes glow and you can fear a faint sizzling noise, followed by the scent of burning meat. Her body turns black and starts to smoke before bursting into flames, and moments later her body reforms. There's no sizzling sound, and she's giggling.“Tickles...”Fenright nods, walking over to a computer and typing away.“Now engage Meliora. Limit set to seven for both of you.”Meliora hangs her head.“Seven? Really? Why can't we just leave it at two?”Fenright looks at you.“Someone wants to know his daughter will be alright.”Meliora's eyes glow bright pink, and Athena's turn bright blue. You're about to open your mouth to speak when they both vanish, and the room is filled with the sounds of a fight you can't quite see. They're both moving way too fast for you to keep track of properly, moving around the room and bouncing off the walls as they spar. Fenright smirks at you.“Athena might actually be stronger than Meliora by a few notches with this body. Metal doesn't harden the same way that flesh does when exposed to certain spells. Athena will be fine.”>...Fine then, you win. She can do as she likes.>I'm still not alright with this.>Head out and leave Athena in Fenright's care so she can get herself sorted out>Take Athena with you to put her to bed>Other (write-in)
>>44784484>...Fine then, you win. She can do as she likes.But tell me, how is ordering sentients like that any different from what the vampires do?
>>44784484>...Fine then, you win. She can do as she likes.>Take Athena with you to put her to bed
>>44784484>...Fine then, you win. She can do as she likes.>Take Athena with you to put her to bedOH LOOK KNOW IT ALL SMUG ANOSN GOT TOLD! The only reason we stood a chance was because the golems got told to go non-lethal you arrogant asshats.
>>44784484>Take Athena with you to put her to bed
>>44784484>Take Athena with you to put her to bed>>44784530Congratulations, your meta assumptions were correct. That doesn't mean Oliver should have been acting on them.
>>44784484>>...Fine then, you win. She can do as she likes.>Take Athena with you to put her to bedBut we are not missing the opportunity to put our daughter to bed with a story.
>>44784518>orderingAthena WANTS to do this. She was literally made for it and probably picked up Oliver's paladin complex too. Stop being clingy and smothering her.
>>44784484>She's not on 24-hour duty, okay? She's not a golem anymore, and time must be taken to ensure proper development of relationships and social skills. She's not just some murder machine anymore. I'd suggest enrollment in a nearby school, but her mind would let her stick out like a sore thumb.
>>44784530>Loses vote, bitches incessantly>Wins vote, bitches incessantlyCould you just fuck off?
>>44784484>“Athena? Show him what you can do. First, stabilize your core. Protocol three-three-five. You went a little overboard, so you'll need to reconfigure your buffer if you plan on fighting like that again. Oh, and protocol nine-two-eight.”>>44784553Orders and limits on a sentient mind, anon. Let go of your autism.
>>44784578>Orders and limits on a sentient mind, anon. Let go of your autism.Meliora has ignored him and told him off before. Saying he's enslaved them is asinine.
>>44784484Also, QM, I'm upset. Last thread you said Athena was something unique and completely new. I would have prefered her powers remain a mystery.
You nod a bit.“Fine then. You win, she can do whatever she likes. I won't stop her. That said, I'm taking my daughter with me and putting her to bed. With a bedtime story.”There's a sudden crash and Meliora hits the worktable hard. Athena stands in front of you, pouting and looking up at you.“Just a little longer? Please? I'm having fun... And I have to take up the slack, other people will get hurt...”You can't say no to that face, but...>Do what you've gotta do, sweetie. Be in bed before too late, alright?>I'm not ready to let you go just yet. I know it's a risk, but...>Other (write-in)
>>44784608who says this is it? For all we know she can do legit magic or more?
>>44784608Fenright just told her to use some of the stuff he knows is in her core to help her remain stable so she can fight. I haven't delved into the stuff I've been working on for her yet.
>>44784618>Do what you've gotta do, sweetie. Be in bed before too late, alright?Don't be clingy anons.
>>44784593Yes, and QM has also said before that Fenright had no idea what Meliora's programming is now.>>44784618>Do what you've gotta do, sweetie. Be in bed before too late, alright?>Look at Fenright. If she gets hurt, I'm taking it out of your hide, and damn the consequences.>>44784638Okay. You aren't writing yourself as a very sympathetic character, QM.
>>44784618>Do what you've gotta do, sweetie. Be in bed before too late, alright?>Other (write-in) But listen to Meliora and Mel, if she does anything adorable, record it, please?
>>44784618>Do what you've gotta do, sweetie. Be in bed before too late, alright?Kiss the top of her head. "I'd rather someone else get hurt than you. Wake me up when you get back."
>>44784652Fenright is all about logic and rationalization. In his eyes, you're the one who kidnapped HIS daughter and then made her vulnerable to angelic attacks and a whole slew of other problems. To him, you're the one being difficult and causing problems when he already knows the answers to the situation.
>>44784649I still say she doesn't really know what she's getting into. She's maybe 7 hours old at this point. She needs Disney, and stuffed animals...and idk, kids stuff too. She doesn't need to be killing vampires and having nightmares.
>>44784700We'll just have to do the cute kiddy stuff with her when she's not patrolling, kill all the dickass monsters first and comfort her when she was nightmares, and if she winds up wanting out, obviously she can get out, even if we have to do something mean to allow it.
>>44784686>when he already knows the answers to the situation.What? Make her a mindless drone again? Another puppet in his wheel?I have complexes about this shit, QM. Holdovers from Iraq. Sorry
>>44784686The problem with geniuses is, they always have an answer. Problem is, it's not always the right one, especially when it comes to emotions. The man's inspiration for a daughter's healthy mindset was a bipolar Japanese cartoon cliche. Fenright's a shitty dad, but a brilliant scientist. We're, by din't of having no Smarts bonus, not a genius, but we're desperate to be a better dad than our's was and to lend some stability to her unstable life.
You lean forward and pat her on the head, kissing her forehead.“Be safe, don't be out too late, and do what you feel you need to. I'd be lying if I said that I've never taken any risks, but keep them small, alright? Small and manageable. And listen to your sister.”You look to Meliora, who is slowly getting to her feet.“Mel, you're in charge. And if she does anything adorable, add it to the album.”Meliora gives you a shaky thumbs up and hobbles her way over to the droids to continue the repairs. You give Fenright a look, and he just nods. He knows what you're going to say, and you know he knows. That's all that's necessary. You give Athena a hug and back away slowly, giving her one last lingering look before turning around and walking away. You take a deep breath as the door slides closed.God damn it.>Head for your room, consult Jennifer>Bed. Sleep. Now.>Make a mature and rational decision, like drinking, or using sex as a replacement for properly venting your emotions.>Other (write-in)
>>44784686And I'm sure Dracula sees himself as a person, and Hitler thought he was right.
>>44784733I can live with that. But i'll be crying inside. We can't protect anyone. We need more power.
>>44784758>Bed. Sleep. Now.
>>44784758>>Head for your room, consult Jennifer
>>44784758>Other (write-in)More magic practice til she gets back. We aren't gonna be able to sleep, and we need to be stronger to protect her.
>>44784737His answer is to just let her do what she wants to do, because he assumes that her core programming is still a key component of her personality. It's one of those "I already know what's best, so just go along with my plan and it'll all work out" things. He plays at being an omniscient jackass, essentially.
>>44784758>>44784785This and >>44784789
>>44784768Well we have ways of getting it. one being the prince of the. night himself. though thats a huge gamble.
>>44784756Pretty much this, yeah.
>>44784758>OtherWork on them Runes.
>>44784758>>44784785>>44784789Works for me.>>44784792Figured it was something like that. Nevermind that she has Mel's core program now, and our soul to contend with.
>>44784700She's not human anon. She may have flesh and blood, but she is about as human as Meliora or Lily is. Thinking she's "just a kid" is retarded. This is what she enjoys doing.>>44784758>>Head for your room, consult Jennifer>>44784768>>44784804Calm the fuck down anons. We didn't lose her, stop sperging out.
>>44784804Indeed. But If he's losing golems that can go that fast, we need to get WAY stronger, fast. >>44784832You really must be autismanon, if you don't understand the worry for a loved one.
>>44784792Of course, the moment he tries to tamper or 'fix' Athena, Oliver's going to beat the living fuck out of him, or at least try. Particularly if we pick up a boon from the Lord of All Vampires himself, consequences be damned.>>44784832Never. World's a dangerous goddamn place, he just got a bit of his family back, and now some dickweasel scientist is throwing her at monsters and thinks he knows better than him. Oliver's got every right to be overprotective.
>>44784832i don't think i was sperging out. just bringing up dracula as an unknown posibility for power
>>44784859And that vial of mom's blood or w/e. Who knows what it'll do. It's probably just temporary, though.
>>44784852>You really must be autismanon, if you don't understand the worry for a loved one.She beat Meliora easily.>>44784856Oliver couldn't stop them from hurting her or her them. She's a lot stronger than we are, by a wide margin, not counting whatever other goodies got added in. Going all "I must become a vampire to protect her" Is especially retarded since she could dust most vampires easily. If anything Oliver should be worried about who/whatever makes her unhappy since it'll likely die horribly.>>44784840mature.
>>44784926>She beat Meliora easily.>There is absolutely no threat other than physical
You head back to your room and find Jennifer tidying up a bit, back to wearing just her bathrobe again. She frowns when she notices your expression and walks over.“Tell me what you need.”You head for the couch.“I need to talk. Serious talk. Athena is strong enough to handle herself in a fight, which is great, but Fenright wants to get her back on monster patrol, and I'm freaking out.”Jennifer sits down next to you and nods.“I understand that you're worried, but you also have to consider that you've only known her for a few hours. You don't know what she's really capable of. She might end up being the one protecting you, have you considered that? I know I shouldn't really be one to be giving parenting advice here, but you're taking the exact opposite stance that I did. If you smother her, you'll deny her who she is. Part of being a parent is trusting that the person they're turning into is someone who can stand on their own.”You nod slightly. Part of you, the bitter, hurting part of you, wants to go to town on her for how she raised Sammy, but it won't help. You close your eyes.“I'm gonna work on my magic for a bit. You're welcome to join me if you like.”Jennifer puts her hand on your shoulder.“Gladly.”>Fire magic>Rune magic>Blood magic>Try something new>Other (write-in)
>>44784938>Fire magicThat or looking for a blood magic spell to remove the need for sleep.
>>44784938>>Rune magic>>Blood magic
>>44784926Right. Like a Grim fucking Reaper. Or Dracula. Two being we are explicitly aware of, one of whom is Actively Malevolent, and the other of which is Fucking Dracula.>>44784938>Blood magicour bread, our butter, and something we haven't tinkered a lot with.
>>44784926>She beat Meliora easily.Mel has no technique, we wiped the floor with her when she was running the same specs as us. >>44784938>>Fire magic>>Rune magic>>Blood magicI want to try combining them. Use our blood to manifest runes on our knuckles that will burst fire onto our target when we hit.
>>44784936>>44784979>>44784980At this point you're just smothering her, badly because you think she's and incapable little kid. She's already proven she very much isn't. Chill the fuck out.
>>44784938>Rune magicCombining magics when you're just a novice in each of them and one is renowned for *killing it's practitioners for doing stupid shit as novices* seems like a bad idea.
>>44785010How is pointing out that mel's got no skill, just power smothering her? We let her go, we're just worried, as we should be. We probably could teach Athena a thing or two on technique too.
>>44785031From the looks of things, blood magic wins.Smarts roll plus Vampire Lore, +2Spirit roll plus Endurance, +2Luck roll
Rolled 15 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785056Smarts
Rolled 8 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785056Smarts
>>44785017Necromancy cloak. Screwing up might hurt a lot, but we can't be reaped for the time being.
Rolled 9 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785056Smarts
Rolled 4 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785056Spirit
Rolled 1 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785056Spirit
Rolled 16 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785056>Spirit roll plus Endurance
Rolled 16 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785056Spirit
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>44785056Luck
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>44785056Luck.
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>44785056luck
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>44785056Luck
>>44785110>>44785126>>44785113At least we're lucky tonight.
>>44785072That doesn't make it a less stupid idea, it means the worst of the consequences will be avoided when we fuck up the idea we can't accomplish in the first place.
>>44785064smart 17>>44785091spirit 18>>44785110luck 19Not bad
>>44785147Anon. Take a page from tragedyanon and the rasta's book.We're doing fine.>>44785149
>>44785072>>44785147It doesn't mean we can't be in immense pain or be missing body parts.
>>44785162Yeah, because we didn't do the irredeemably stupid idea.
>>44785147Nothing wagered nothing gained.
>>44785162>>44785181Get the basics down before we try and do combo magic which Is inherently more complex and dangerous. we still have a long long loooooong way to go with any of them.
>>44785197And very little time to get there. It's mid september. We need to be strong enough to escape all the other invitees at Drac's party in christmas.
>>44785220Blowing ourselves up in the foolish pursuit of power we can't even manage in theory due to not having the correct runes is a wrong path.
>>44785220we've gotten a new technique or break through 2-3 times a day, we're making ungodly fast progress.
>>44785232Because a couple of us anons have been pushing it. If we don't push our limits, we won't get anywhere.>>44785231I'm naming you pessinon, and you're being added to the "spot'em" game, since you ALWAYS assume the worst possible outcome. I feel bad for you, if that's your normal state of mind.
>>44785232We don't really have anything to compare our pace to, so saying we're moving quickly is baseless.
You sit down with Jennifer and go over the blood magic tome again, with Jennifer translating and providing you with information as you play around with your telekinesis spell. Mostly you're just getting the hang of it and trying to fine tune it a bit more, but without recasting the spell you can't make it more precise. Lacking a more advanced version to toy around with at the moment, you turn your attention to finding more kinds of spells to make use of. Loyalty, reinforcing allies and the like all seem like valid paths, and Jennifer starts transcribing bits and pieces of a couple of spells for you.The first spell makes you think of the dryad. It's a spell that lets you sacrifice your own magical energy to empower someone else, or that lets someone else make a one-time sacrifice to bolster you. The spell drains you the same amount either way, but you can control how much gets transferred so long as the target is willing to give up the designated amount. Once you build up your reserves some more it could be a very handy tool, especially for natural magic like werewolf healing.The second spell is one that requires the target to give up their free will to you, of their own volition. In return you can command them, even if they attempt to betray you at a later date. The power of the spell's ability to compel them is tied to how willing they are to commit the act in question, and forcing them to do things that they don't want to do will eventually weaken and end the spell. It warns of dire consequences if the spell is broken in this way.
>>44785281This isn't "pushing limits" it's literally "pick the most stupid option imaginable with the least chance of success that won't be useful even if it's successful because we don't have the runes to make a stable version of the suggested power or perform the power in the first place and that's how rune magic works."This is the first time I've even been pessimistic about an option tonight.
The third spell is, you assume, taken from Dracula's contributions in the field of blood magic, the “bloody familiar” spell. It binds another living creature to you, turning them into blood and allowing them to reside within you. It can only be used on a single target at a time, and has the same requirement as the compulsion spell, so it can only be used on an utterly devoted individual. You don't see much point to the spell beyond sneaking a buddy around until Jennifer gets to the second portion, which is that a familiar and master are linked, sharing magical energy, as well as physical might when joined.>Practice with the energy transfer spell>Hey Jennifer, wanna be my familiar?>Jennifer, you'd never betray me, right?>Look up something else>Practice other magic instead>Other (write-in)
>>44785281>Because a couple of us anons have been pushing it. If we don't push our limits, we won't get anywhereWe're pushing our limits NOW. Rune Magic is notoriously dangerous, and it was a minor miracle we didn't blow up with Athena's core. Taking stupid overly complicated risks for some nebulous benefit in the unlikely event we succeed is foolhardy.>>44785299Point, still Oliver of 2-3 days ago is totally outclassed magic wise compared to now.
>>44785355>Hey Jennifer, wanna be my familiar?Jokingly, to see what she'll say.
>>44785355>Practice with the energy transfer spell
>>44785355>>Practice with the energy transfer spellThis seems best for now
>>44785355>>44785369This, then >>44785372
>>44785355>>Practice with the energy transfer spellSee how long the duration is.
>>44785357Hmm. Athena might be a good choice for that familiar spell. It'd probably go even easier since our souls are the same.
>>44785392We need to see what it says about duration for all the spells.
Rolled 16 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785421
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>44785415They similar, not the same. Still it is an idea, although i'm kinda loath to use it now.>>44785421Blood magic perk when?
Rolled 10 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785421
Rolled 17 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785421magic
Rolled 12 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785421
>>44785436>i'm kinda loath to use it now.Why? It can't be used on the unwilling.And we need to figure out duration first.
>>44785444>>4478542119>>44785436She has basically a carbon copy of our soul. Ours is on blue paper, hers is on pink. Admittedly, if her hardcoding forces her to obey anything it might be a problem.
>>44785478yeah, we don't wanna get 66'd
You take the book from Jennifer and work with her for a bit, practicing the spell. With the book guiding you it's easy, but you try to replicate it without the book and the attempt is less than perfect. It makes you wonder at the fundamental principles of blood magic, and why the runes and chants are what they are. Still, you manage to pass energy back and forth with Jennifer for a little while, though by the end of it she seems worn out. She's no mage, that's for sure, and her reserve is even smaller than your own.>Sleep time>Repay Jennifer for being a good sport>Keep going on your own, let Jennifer rest>Give Jennifer back some energy>Other (write-in)
>>44785478Thing is the longer we're separate entities the more her soul will be different from ours.
>>44785512>Keep going on your own, let Jennifer rest
>>44785512>Give Jennifer back some energythen let her rest.>Sleep timeCuddle?
>>44785515Though the spell doesn't say that matters, just loyalty and trust. I was just saying since we're similar, and will continue to be similar for a long time, it might be easier for us and afford us opportunities most mages don't have. Plus if she's inside us, we may be able to hide her from Zeke.Something to ask Angie.Do tacos count as sandwiches for captcha?
Rolled 1 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785590
Rolled 11 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785590magicer
Rolled 9 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785590Do we not get to choose which thing we focus on next or is this just more energy transfer?
Rolled 12 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44785590
>>44785600More energy transfer and blood magic-related dabblings.
>>44785597>>44785599>>44785600Seems like Jenn took a lot out of us, know what I'm saying?
>>44785643That we strained our magical reserve surreptitiously casting a new spell we were attempting to learn.
>>44785621While we're at it, we should recast the telekinesis spell, for better control.
“Rest a bit, alright? I'm gonna keep working on this on my own.”Jennifer nods and heads for your bed, stripping off her robe as she climbs under the sheets. Once again she's sleeping naked in your bed. You're not really sure how to react to this situation. She did say that being naked doesn't really affect her at all, but she knows how it affects you. Maybe she's just too tired to realize it?You push those thoughts from your mind and focus on the spell, this time trying to send the energy back to Jennifer, at least in part. Just a little trickle of it, enough to know you can control the flow properly. You cast the spell and focus on returning a small quantity of Jennifer's energy to her, but you feel something slip and you end up dumping energy into the spell instead. You almost hit burnout and manage to keep from exhausting yourself, but you can feel yourself grow a little tired as the spell finishes.>Take it back again>Rest now, sleep time>Try something else>Curl up with Jennifer>Other (write-in)
>>44785682>Rest now, sleep time
>>44785682>>Curl up with Jennifer
>>44785656Wrong number, anon. I'm not even the guy that people mistake as Silver.
>>44785682>>Try something else
>>44785682>Try something elseRecast telekinesis.>>44785691>>44785698Waiting for daughter, anons
Will you...>Sleep on the couch to avoid awkwardness>Sleep in your bed with Jennifer>Other (write-in)
>>44785712Shit, forgot about that.>>44785682>>44785691Change to >Try something else
>>44785691>>44785698>>44785703Terrible parents>>44785717>Sleep on the couch to avoid awkwardness
>>44785717>>Sleep in your bed with Jennifer
>>44785717>>Sleep on the couch to avoid awkwardnessAthena will be coming back home.
>>44785717>Sleep on the couch to avoid awkwardness
>>44785717>>Sleep on the couch to avoid awkwardness
>>44785726And if she doesn't wake us up she's getting a flick on her forehead.
>>44785717This subvote is entirely unnecessary. Curling up with Jennifer already existed as an option to sleep in our bed with her in the previous vote. This seems to happen every time we go to sleep when she's around in the same way.
>>44785776It happens the other way too. We were down to claim Jennifer and then QM let us back out. So relax.
>>44785791You can't make me relax.
>>44785717Boss, I think we need a new thread. Page 9 is close enough
>>44785776It's entirely necessary. Curling up with Jennifer and not sleeping implies opportunities for conversation, shenanigans and other such nonsense. The subvote was for where you wanted to sleep after deciding you wanted to pass out and NOT do those things.
>>44785810He's probably going to end in the next hour and a half and the thread definitely has that much time left in it on this board at this time.
>>44785810Seems legit. One more post, and then the new thread.
>>44785809It was advice. Being uptight leads to heart attacks anon.>>44785821See>>44785826We normally go till 3 am
>>44785836>We normally go till 3 amSo an hour and a half.
>>44785831Hah, make me a liar. And go for the new thread. It won't hurt anything.>>44785836>>447858423am my time. It's 12:30 now.
>>44785853Then you're just wrong, because it usually ends at around 3 AM EST, or very shortly thereafter.
You sigh softly and look at the clock. If you don't sleep now you'll be late for class, but you also want to be awake when Athena gets in. You resolve instead to sleep on the couch, right in her line of sight the moment she walks in the door. You text Meliora to let her know to wake you up and make yourself comfortable. It's kinda funny, it's your room but you keep giving up your bed to Jennifer night after night. You glance over at her. She's looking at you silently.“You alright?”Jennifer nods.“I am. Just thinking.”She turns away from you again and you sigh softly, closing your eyes, trying to relax and rest. You attempt to remain alert though, in case Athena comes home.…You awaken to the sound of your phone alarm going off. It's morning, and you slept clean through the night without a visit from Angie. Maybe she was busy with her brother or something. You sigh softly and adjust your position on the bed, but it's strange and a little mushy. You poke at it and stop short. This is a dream. You're dreaming lucidly on your own.>Indulge yourself a bit>Get Angie in here, stat>Try to wake yourself up>Rune magic study>Other (write-in)
>>44785853>It won't hurt anythingI've seen mods erase threads for having two up at once, even if one's in autosage.>>44785876>Get Angie in here, stat
>>44785876>Rune magic study>Get Angie in here, statWe do both pretty well.
>>44785876>Get Angie in here, stat
>>44785876>>Rune magic study>>Get Angie in here, stat
>>44785876>>Rune magic studyWe can only do it in dreams, and we need more.
Smarts roll, +0
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>44785915
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>44785915
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>44785915dream
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>44785915
>>44785928Oh thank you anon.>>44785880I don't think that mod's still around. DLQ, Re:Harpie, and a couple others CONSTANTLY have two up.
>>44785941>Re:HarpieDidn't that quest just come back today and only have one up?
>>44785951It had 2 up while I was constantly refreshing and waiting for QM to start. So it may have just been today. But DLQ is almost constantly 2 up.
>>44785928a millisecond too late, anonsorry I rolled before you
>>44785972Weird, the 9 wasn't showing earlier.>>44785927>>44785928And actually, they're the exact same second.>>44785915QM, can that count as nat 29, since it's so unlikely?
You take some time trying to sift through your mind for more runes. The spells you used before were formed from pure will, sculpted using whatever felt natural, making up the rules of magic as you went. The results weren't perfect, not by a long shot, and Fenright manually corrected a few things in Athena's core to compensate for whatever your second spell did to her.You piece together a few runes based on what Jennifer told you, ideas about energy and how it moves. You find the rune that designates a location, but not the ones that define where it is in space, as well as the rune for quantity, but nothing to tell what the units it's measured in. When you come up empty for anything else you imagine Angie, who appears from under your sheets with a yawn. She looks around briefly and smirks at you.“Not bad. Managed to figure it out then?”You shake your head.“I think I lucked out on this one. But a lucid dream is a lucid dream.”>Tell me about Zeke>Tell me about your boss>Tell me about the spell that shielded me>Other (write-in)
>>44786041>Tell me about Zeke>Tell me about the spell that shielded me
>>44786041>>Tell me about Zeke>Tell me about the spell that shielded me
>>44786041>Tell me about Zeke>Tell me about your boss>Tell me about the spell that shielded me>Tell me about who sent the assassin that you said you'd tell me about when I'm calmer which I'm kind of not but I don't think there's ever really going to be a calm at any point before I'd wind up finding out for myself so you may as well
>>44786041>>44786052>>44786062Let's do these, in that order, then the boss if we have time.
>>44786069>>44786077Come on, that's just blatant samefagging with that 4th sentence.Have some respect for our QM
>>44786096I copy pasted
>>44786112That's my point.
right, it's 2 AM, I gotta work tomorrow, so I'mma bail out, hope for the best, and check back in the morning.Best of luck, QM and anons.Try not to kill Best Daughteru.
>>44786096Nope, sorry, I was surprised as you to see my rambling sentence get support. Didn't the QM ask anons to not accuse people of samefagging unless they can prove it? Maybe take your own advice.Also, identical posts within 5 minutes.
>>44786128I will protect her with our soul.
“Let's start with Zeke. Tell me a little more about him?”Angie nods and sits on the couch beside you.“Everyone has family, and you love some of them, and you... tolerate others. Well, my brother Zeke is my twin. Two sides of the same coin. When it comes to things that go against the natural order, I take care of the humans and he takes care of the rest. Except I'm part of this deal down here, and he was excluded from it, on purpose. He's overzealous. I'm always tired, and he's always on his highest setting.”You nod a little.“So basically... he's the opposite of you? Some kind of divine reaper of unnatural souls?”Angie smirks.“Kinda, yeah. I think he takes delight in destroying what he considers pale imitations of proper souls.”You look down.“I see... Alright then. And what about that shield that protected me from your scythe?”Angie shrugs a bit.“We're still working on that, though it might relate to that invitation you got. Long ago Dracula managed to enthrall a reaper, and made him into the perfect necromancer. It was that reaper that helped him become the first vampire, the culmination of their combined efforts with necromancy and blood magic.”You shudder a bit at the implication. A reaper who culls and raises the dead, sending souls to hell or heaven and then dragging them back as he sees fit.“So is that reaper keeping Dracula alive or something?”Angie shakes her head.“Worse than that. He made Dracula impossible to reap. His soul was made into a physical substance, and then fused permanently with his physical form. That's why vampires turn to dust, their bodies are held together by their souls and the souls of their victims. But Dracula's body is made from his blood, and as long as even a drop remains, so does his soul and his will.”>Ask about something else>More rune stuff>Indulgence time>Other (write-in)
>>44786198>More rune stuff
>>44786198>Ask about something elseHow can we protect Athena from Zeke? If we make her our familiar, will she be safe?
>>44786198>Ask about something elseAssassin who sent her?Then indulge
>>44786198>More rune stuff>Protecting Athena
>>44786198>>44786219This, then more rune stuff.
>>44786198>>44786211Sure, throw protecting Athena questions on there.
>>44786198>>44786234Works for me>>44786219
Safely archived. Not cleverly though.
Oliver needs to indulge he's getting backed up and a dream gasm might help
>>44786282>Wanting to have a wet dream when your daughteru could enter the room at any momentFuck no.
>>44786282Hmm, hi silver?Also, this>>44786296
You lean back on the couch and make it recline for you, looking up at the ceiling.“I want to protect Athena from Zeke. How do I go about doing that? If I make her my familiar, would that save her?”Angie shakes her head.“She's only being protected by the pact that covers the town. The moment she steps outside of it, she isn't safe. If she goes anywhere else, she'll be hunted. There's nothing you can do, aside from finding a way to do the impossible. You'd need to grant her a mortal soul somehow, but the only way to create one is getting down and dirty. You'd literally be making a life, then stealing its soul to make Athena truly alive. You'd be damned to the deepest pits of hell for all time for that.”You nod slightly.“...something to consider. Mind helping me with the rune magic while you're here? I mean, you did offer, right?”Angie sighs and smirks.“Sure, why not. I won't give you the cheat sheet, but I'll point you in the right direction.”She spends a little while explaining the rules of rune magic in simple terms. It's not just “make shit up as you go”, and more “the rules are what feel natural to you”. In effect, rune magic is the art of shaping spells according to what naturally feels like the best possible use of the magic, and your own instincts are the best measure for that. She coaches you a little on how most people discover runes, using simple trial and error spells without much risk.“Just keep pushing pennies around on a table or something. Something low energy, low risk and isolated in space. Rune magic is about discovery and exploration, developing your instincts and your natural sense of magic. Looks like time is running short though, you're about to wake up. And you won't like it. See you later.”You frown and give her a wave, bracing yourself for whatever comes next.…You wake up on the couch. It's morning, and your alarm is blaring. Athena didn't come back last night.Oh. That's what Angie meant.
>Call Meliora>Freak out to Jennifer>Storm down to Fenright's secret lab>Pretend everything is fine, you'll see Fenright in class and can ask him then>Other (write-in)
>>44786360>>Call Meliora>>Freak out to Jennifer>>Storm down to Fenright's secret labAll these. This is not okay.
>>44786360>Call Meliora>>Storm down to Fenright's secret lab
>>44786369Do these in order, so call first.
>>44786198A thought, anons. Drac's tame reaper could make Athena unreapable.
>>44786349plz no QM. I expect this sort of suffering from Smiley, but not you...
You grab your phone and kill the alarm, sitting up and dialing Meliora's number. Jennifer shifts on the bed, curling up and pulling the blanket over her head. You wait for Meliora to pick up and spring to your feet the moment you hear her voice.“Where is she?”There's a pause.“Mel, where is she?”“She's safe. Dad is patching her up right now. We ran a training exercise to make sure that everything was fine. Your spells punched a hole in part of her core and she was leaking energy this whole time into a delicate part of herself. Dad's countermeasures slowed the damage, but we didn't realize how deep the wound was until she fell apart again. We're going to take her to see a specialist the moment she can walk around to try to get her core repaired. I didn't want you to feel bad about it, so I didn't let you know. She's going to be fine, I promise.”The line goes dead. You look at your phone for a moment, staring at the screen. Guilt. Worry. Fear. Relief. Anxiety. You're not sure what to feel, but you're sick to your stomach.>Tell Angie you're taking a sick day>Carry on, be strong for her>Run to the lab to see her>Other (write-in)
>>44786457>Run to the lab to see her
>>44786405Bad idea anon>>44786426Stop freaking out. Why is it we get a daughter and anons start masturbating themselves to suffering related to "fixing" or "saving" her? I mean it's getting creepy how obsessed everyone is over her.
>>44786457Even better. We almost killed her. Fuck.
>>44786457>Tell Angie you're taking a sick day
>>44786487Why do you feel nothing? That's the better question. And it's "protecting."
>>44786487It makes me think of Kilgrave from Jessica Jones, honestly.
>>44786487It was just a thought. You're set against any help from drac without ever meeting him.
> Bury your face in Wolf poon to ease the pain.
>>44786487Nobody was even talking about either of those things, just concern over, you know, our daughter being missing. Also, why haven't you fucked off yet?
>>44786522It's getting fucking old and creepy.>>44786531Did you miss anons getting excited at the thought of Oliver sacrificing a hand or eye to save her? When it wasn't necessary? We're rapidly approaching Yuno Gasai level yandere.
>>44786570We're rapidly approaching average father of a young girl levels of protectiveness. Seriously anon, I get that you have no idea how humans work, but keep your commentary on matters you can't comprehend to yourself instead of shitting up the thread with it.
You pocket your phone.“Jennifer? I'll be back later. If anyone asks, I'm sick today.”You run out of the room and sprint down the hall. You set your alarm a little early, so there's still time to make a run and check on her before classes, but you don't think you'll be at school today. The halls are empty at the moment, or at least, they seem to be. You're in too much of a rush to really pay it much mind. You hurry to the closet, slam the button on the wall and run into the lab.The first thing you notice is the smell. It's the pungent odor of rot and death, and it fills the entire room. In the center of the lab is a large room made from clear plastic, and the interior resembles an operating theater. Athena is in the center, her eyes lifeless and her chest open, her core exposed. Fenright is working feverishly with several glowing tools, adjusting and poking at different locations, tracing shapes on the surface of her core, which has now turned into a dull mass that looks like solid metal. Meliora is beside him, holding a tray of instruments for him. Neither of them seem to have noticed you.>Try to get into the room>Sit outside and wait for them, but let them know you're there>Take a seat and sit there>Leave them be, they know what they're doing and you can't help her anymore>Other (write-in)
>>44786522How so? It doesn't seem that odd for someone in Oliver's position to want to cling to any semblance of family he can find. He's been an orphan for 3 months, that's just long enough for the loss to settle bone deep.>>44786570Excited, no, but considering the major theme of our primary(atm) magic is sacrifice, how is it surprising our thoughts went there?And the Odin jokes were just that, jokes.>>44786583>Take a seat and sit there
>>44786582Dude even the Qm is noted we're fucking up look>>44786522We're being hyper obsessive and controlling to the point we're treating her like a thing rather than a living being.
>>44786583>Take a seat and sit thereWe're helpless here, but we aren't leaving.
>>44786583>Take a seat and sit there
>>44786583>>Leave them be, they know what they're doing and you can't help her anymore
>>44786583>Take a seat and sit thereTry to think of a rune magic spell that will help.
>>44786583She's dead. They killed her and are now studying her core in the hopes of optimizing the rest of the golems, making all of them Homonculi.
>>44786595>It reminds the QM of a thing I don't know>That means we're being X and exactly X and it can't just be the vaguest trigger of a memory of X while we're actually being YStop trying to hide behind the QM's skirt instead of facing your stupidity head-on.
>>44786617Would not surprise me. If that is the case, I vote we kill them all though.
>>44786583>Speak up. "I thought she was recovering."
>>44786591That's kind of my point. For someone in Kilgrave's position, it's perfectly natural and normal behavior when he controls people and does whatever he wants. It's behavior that only seems fine to the person performing the action. Or at least, that's the vibe I've been getting from the responses.
>>44786595>We're being hyper obsessive and controlling to the point we're treating her like a thing rather than a living being.>Literally just a teenaged father worried his daughteru didn't come back last night, who calls the person she was with and found out she almost died, then proceeds to panic a little, drop everything and rush to the hospital equivalentNo, I'm pretty sure we're behaving as literally any other father would in the same circumstance.
>>44786648I guess. Except Kilgrave blatantly abused his power for his own amusement. And it's really not that different for parents of a young child. Sometimes Mom & Dad DO know best.>>44786651This
>>44786628>Waaaaah stop using the Qm's words against me.This entire fucking thread anons have been obsessing to the point of Myopia over her. Hell feanor gave less a shit over his silmarils than we do her.>>44786651I'm talking the entire time we've known her. Not just this. BTQM was beating over the head about not controlling her every move interaction and thought and anons STILL wouldn't let her go.
>>44786666I guess I'm just drawing a parallel that might be in my own mind. Kilgrave abuses his powers for personal gain and then latches onto Jessica when she becomes the first person to resist him, fulfilling a void in his life he didn't know was there and plunging him into obsession. Athena filled a void in Oliver's life, and it's making him obsess as well. But again, it could just be my perceptions, at 3 AM, that are making me think that.
>>44786648QM, if you're trying to get us to abandon this character due to it not being planned, you're gonna have to just kill her, and then prep for the unreasonable backlash. We built Oliver as someone who's obsessed about a) helping others, and b) his family. She hits both.
>>44786682>I'm talking the entire time we've known her. Not just this.So you're using anything that talks about the daughteru in any way as an excuse to continue to be butthurt over shit that's already done with because you're a salty faggot?Noted.Seriously, we did let her go, stop whining about it you colossal bitch.
>>44786705Why would I ever give up on something that wasn't planned? That's the point of running a quest instead of writing a book.
>>44786700If anything, it sounds more like Jennifer was based on Kilgrave.
You sit on the nearest table and wait. The moments drag on and turn into minutes, and the minutes drag on into what feels like hours. You watch them poke and prod at her core. Occasionally her body jolts, and twice her core emits jets of blue mist for several seconds. As you start to lose your patience and your nerve her chest closes itself back up and Athena stirs a bit. Fenright smiles and pats her on the head, walking out with Meliora.“Well, I think that was a complete success. What do you think, an hour tops?”Meliora points at you.“I think we have company and I'm pretty sure you should grit your teeth for when he decks you.”Fenright looks over at you for a moment.“Are you going to deck me?”>You're doing what you can to save her. Why would I?>I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to hurt her.>Yes, actually, for not telling me what was going on.>Is there anything I can do to help?>Other (write-in)
>>44786720>You're doing what you can to save her. Why would I?>I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to hurt her.>Is there anything I can do to help?
>>44786720>You're doing what you can to save her. Why would I? Unless Mel lied to me.>>Is there anything I can do to help?
>>44786720>>44786734This, then the apology>>44786733
>>44786706Dude we only let her go because BTQM beat us over the head about it and nearly killed her because we were being jackasses over it. Even then anons aren't letting her go and are making Oliver's sole thoughts actions and reactions be about her and only her. To the exclusion of all else. >>44786720>Is there anything I can do to help?
>>44786720>"I think that if any part of that was unnecessary, you won't be seeing much of Athena anymore. I obviously can't rely on Meliora to keep her safe from you."
>>44786741That's a whole lot of butthurt you need to get the fuck over already. If you're going to keep being toxic, just leave and don't come back.
>>44786741You keep assuming they're telling the truth about Athena being hurt, and not that they took the core out just to study her.
>>44786741>BTQM beat us>>44786710Were you doing that, in your opinion? I feel like we were just underestimating her due to her age. We had no reason to believe she'd be safe going off alone.
>>44786741We get it, you lost a vote, move on
>>44786720>I think it depends alot on how much of what Mel told me was a lie. Because I know she'll lie for you, willingly or not.
>>44786755My intent is only ever to have the world around Oliver respond to his actions. When things keep coming up (outside of character options, obviously) in the story because of other characters, it's because it's what those other characters want to do. If it ever feels like I'm trying to beat you over the head with something then I apologize for it.
>>44786720>I should, for not telling me what was going on.>You're doing what you can to save her, so no.
>>44786784That's what I thought. Anon's just upset that Oliver has new priorities now.
“You're doing what you can to save her, right? So why would I punch you? It's not like Meliora lied to me over the phone, right?”You get up and walk towards then, and Fenright smiles a bit.“Yeah... I'm sorry about her waking you up last night, I just thought you should know about it. But she's going to be alright.”Meliora looks away, avoiding your gaze. You can't blame her fully, she wanted to protect you from the knowledge that you'd hurt Athena, but it still stings. Well, either that or she feels guilty about lying to you for Fenright's sake. One or the other.“That's great news. Anything I can do to help out? I want to do whatever I can. It's my fault after all, and I'm sorry about it. I mean that. I want to make it up to you and to her.”Fenright shakes his head.“Accidents happen, Oliver. You tried to help out, it didn't go as planned. She's safe and that's all that matters to me. Give her an hour or so to pull herself together and she'll be ready to head to the Bizarre to see a man about a repair spell. Aside from escorting her, there's not much else to do right now. You should really be in class right now though.”You nod slightly.“Family emergency, what can I say?”Fenright laughs.“Fair enough. She'll be ready to see visitors in a few minutes time. Want something to eat? You could probably do with some soup or something. Do you like noodles?”>Sure, I need the energy for later>I don't eat ramen>Other (write-in)
>>44786818>>Sure, I need the energy for laterI can cook it myself just point out where the stuff for it is
>>44786818The Bizarre? Is that covered by the Compact?>I'm good. Thanks though.>Sit by Athena, decidedly don't make eye contact with Mel
>>44786818eat some ramen with Fenright
>>44786818>>44786831Good questions and yea, eat ramen.
>>44786831It's in town so yesAlso we haven't eaten all day we may pass out from hunger
>>44786832>>44786837>>44786839Poisoning?We'll cook, like >>44786830said
>>44786818>Sure. Also, just a fair warning, if I catch you dismantling her in some insane effort to try and replicate what I did...well, yeah, it's going to go poorly for everyone involved. Especially you.
>>44786852I think the 'if you hurt her I'm burning the world' threat goes unspoken at this point.
>>44786818>>44786843I support this, we can play it off as he was working all night. The least we can do is make food.
>>44786852He already knows and if we keep repeating threats it'll just stir bad blood.
>>44786858>>44786862Agreed. >>44786852He know's we're on a hair trigger where she's concerned.
You pause for a moment to consider potential poison plots, but you dismiss the notion.“Ramen sounds fine to me. I haven't had breakfast yet.”Fenright walks off towards a cabinet and pulls out two cups of noodles, putting both into a contraption that looks like a microwave, except that when he turns it on there's a sudden tearing sound and the door swings open again. He carries them over to you and offers you one, and you take it along with a pair of chopsticks. You'd swear that they were rigged, because they're unwieldy and hard to manage, and eventually you resort to asking for a fork to eat with.“So Oliver, Meliora tells me that you've been helping her out a lot. We've hit a rough patch, but I want you to know that I'm really happy that my trust in you wasn't misplaced. Your heart is in the right place, at the very least.”He gestures with his chopsticks towards Athena.“And once we get her core patched up properly, even this little hiccup will be smoothed over, and Athena will be right as rain again, except, you know... significantly better in every conceivable fashion. So yeah. Cheers.”He gently taps his cup of noodles against yours and takes a sip of the broth. You do the same to humor him.>I'd like to go with her to the Bizarre, just to be safe>I guess I better get moving, this has been fun, let me know when she's better again>I'll stick around to talk to her for a bit before you head out>Other (write-in)
>>44786897>I'd like to go with her to the Bizarre, just to be safeI've already made excuses for the day. And I could use some more connections.
>>44786897>I'd like to go with her to the Bizarre, just to be safe
>>44786897>>I'll stick around to talk to her for a bit before you head outWe need to make History class at least.
>>44786897>I'd like to go with her to the Bizarre, just want to be there for her>>44786914Do we?
>>44786897>>I'd like to go with her to the Bizarre, just to be safeHe probably knows a bunch of people we won't meet otherwise.>>44786914It's just a class assignment, and we aren't taking part, Catherine can tell us what happened.
>>44786897>I feel I should warn you, Doctor, that there's some in the Heavenly Host that really do see Athena as a mockery of life. One angel specifically, Angie's twin Zeke. She's not really that fond of him, and his overbearing zeal actually means Angie has authority over him. Which since she likes me so much means that she's perfectly safe if she stays here. So yeah, no leaving city limits at all until we come up with a solution.
>>44786925>Do we?No. It's just school. Not as important as family.
>>44786939Didn't we already tell him that?
>>44786897>>44786939We can talk about this over ramen.
>>44786939has SOME* authority.
>>44786939The Bizzare is in the city moron. It's literally part of a he pact. Chill your tism
Heading to bed now, we'll pick up next time with the trip to the Bizarre.
>>44786952We mentioned she might be hunted, not the specifics.
>>44786939I really do wonder if we could make our homunculus into a vamp. Maybe after we manage it. Or maybe make a pocket dimension like drac has.>>44786962Night boss.
>>44786961I know that. He still should know.
>>44786961>>44786975 I agree>need a drawfag desperately to draw Athena waving over-long sleeves around as she piggy-backs
>>44786968Well, also Saturday.
>>44787032Cool. So, two days.
>>44787094Yes. As in, in two days. That's my next day off.
>>44787102My secret wish for this quest
>>44787102Better prepare for another 16 hour ride on the feel train, then...
>>44787126So who is Oliver's Rose then?
>>44787159QM, I just mean that particular line. Though, probably either Mel or Andrea if you made me choose