ARCHIVE: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Dungeon%20Life%20QuestPREVIOUS THREAD: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/46084509/CHARACTERS AND PLACES: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19gNVgtevar647l4ZumUaVH6GlJzvxLlDNKaH8DrQMWE/edit?usp=sharingWEBCOMIC 'CAUSE Y'ALL ASKED: http://wildwestscifi.net/gallows-humor/13683-gallows-humor-prologueYou are Brianna la Croix, journeyman necromancer, and after spending days worried sick about both of your lovers, the first thing you do is talk to an undead chicken. It makes sense in context, damn it!
>>46154011"Tell me about the battle," you prompt, softly. "Your sister is a cunning warrior," Fetch compliments. With great dignity, the chicken walks into your lap, and permits you to snuggle him close. "But there were many soldiers, and only so many of us. Her demon baffled them with illusions, permitting us to get close and cut down the servants of the Traitor, but a mighty blow from a war mace crushed my brother in blind fury, and scattered his bones. He never had a chance.""He never understood what happened, Fetch. He didn't truly live, not like you do.""I do not truly live either, my queen," Fetch points out. "I am, or I am /not/. I am a part of you, and happy to be so, but what if it had been me in the path of that mace? What if I face a foe that does not underestimate me, or swats me down like an insect?""Worried about your own death?" you murmur. "I am worried about who will remain to remind you that you are allowed to have hope, Brianna," Fetch tells you. You laugh, tears welling up in your eyes, and hug the tiny knight. "You, Sir Fetch," you chide, "are entirely too pure for this vale of tears."* * * *> Train (in what?)> Focus on helping with Natalia and cleaning up the loose ends from New Hell* * * *You are Feathers the stuffed gryphon, and you...> Tremble slightly, in a shaky grip. The arms around you squeeze for all they're worth.> Move a lot; you're being fidgeted with, and don't stay still for more than a few moments.> Ride between a pair of pointed ears. You slip-slide when their owner laughs.
>46154142If you'd had a topic of discussion, anon, please - feel free. I need to pass the /fuck/ out. I'm up too late as it is. Votes remain open. Questions, comments, feedback, discussion, and criticisms remain, as always, welcome and appreciated. Thank you all for reading and participating!
>>46154124>Tremble slightly, in a shaky grip. The arms around you squeeze for all they're worth.>TrainUnless Caretaker's got something for us, maybe it's time to refine techniques that Bri's grandpa taught her.
>>46154171And fucked up the post link: >>46154142
>>46154124> Focus on helping with Natalia and cleaning up the loose ends from New Hell> Ride between a pair of pointed ears. You slip-slide when their owner laughs.Hell of a perspective change Vox.
>>46154171Just thinking about which characters can still UNLOCK MORE POTENTIAL.Amy's definitely on the top, as she doesn't strictly need new toys, just practice with refining her wings to do a variety of applications(stealth, eavesdropping, directed sound blasts, etc)Nate's got a lot of freedom to pursue new gadgets or help out with gun stuff, but technique-wise it's more reliant on what new stuff he can pick up rather than working with what he has.Bri can.....do a LOT of things, but she doesn't have nearly enough time to get as good returns as the others can for battle application.
>>46154124> Focus on helping with Natalia and cleaning up the loose ends from New Hell> Tremble slightly, in a shaky grip. The arms around you squeeze for all they're worth.New Hell needs to be unfucked, and I want to see more of the inside of Natalia's head.
>>46154124>Focus on helping with Natalia and clearing up the loose ends from New Hell. As much as I want to learn some nifty new tricks from Meadows or Caretaker, we have a job to do. Especially now that we've spared a /second/ Chain-Holder. Don't get me wrong, I voted for giving Natalia a second chance. We just have to make sure that we don't screw it up. Also, need to have that conversation about the great big Dick's plans.>Tremble slightly, in a shaky grip. The arms around you squeeze for all they're worth.The third option screams 'adorable Jewel/Cherry moment', but I like to see our therapy sessions through.>>46154253I've been wondering if there aren't ways to mix some magic into Amy's songs. Aside from the powerful mind-influence her tunes possess, maybe she could learn to unbind summonings or sabotage magical defenses.Nate's going to be pretty busy with his mother, but I'd imagine he'd like to continue learning. New Hell would be a great opportunity (Maybe as an assistant to Travis?), and it'd also give Amy and Brianna (and us) a chance to see him doing something other than being a Hero or Woundseeker.
>>46154398To expand, I think we can reserve alchemy/medicine/necromancy training for after we deal with the Roost. Also, I think Witch-Bats will definitely be called for. Amy's going to need the extra set of talons.Also, a good way to piss off the Lush once we reach the Cornucopia will be to use Rot (that other branch of necromancy the Caretaker could have taught us) to destroy his wine/hashish.
Early bird bump.
>>46154124>> Train (in what?)We need to learn more about making good minions, and possibly about improving existing minions. The small animals and hands were good for the early levels of the Dungeon, but I fear that we're going to need something a little more formidable now that we'll soon be heading into the second half of the Dungeon. Fetch's late brother needs replacing, and we should try and replace him with something that's an unquestionable upgrade.> Move a lot; you're being fidgeted with, and don't stay still for more than a few moments.
>>46155919Our problem is less lacking the knowledge to make minion than it is lacking the materials.And we don't so much lack materials as lack morally acceptable materials. If we just went and dug up a graveyard we'd be set, but Bri would never do that. We've limited ourselves to only using animals and that one necromancer as upgrade material, and animals have been in short supply for the last few levels.
>>46155919the chickens are already maxed out.The boar is basically vanilla, though.
>>46156045>and animals have been in short supply for the last few levels.Plot relevant animals are not the only animals.We did have an option to just go and get some bats, no questions asked.
>>46156239Bats are tiny and provide little to work with. If we want to both create substantial new minions and upgrade them all significantly, we need something more along the lines of a dozen pigs or cattle.On the plus side, the next level is apparently the food production hub, so livestock should be available to some degree.
>>46156347Or we could get another chicken, its not like they're rare.
>>46156347On the topic of minions, how about a snake? Obviously lends itself quite well to poison, and death in general. Could literally throw it at people for a surprise attack. Plus, later on we can graft on wings and turn it into a dragon. I blame the desire for shoulder sized dragons entirely on Anne McCaffrey
>>46156416>>46156436>Could literally throw it at people for a surprise attackwho's doing the throwing?>wingsI don't think there's enough....space...on a snake for functioning wing muscles. Maybe TWO rows of vertebrae would be enough support....
>>46156448Think envenomed with justice, but hiding up someone's sleeve. You're probably right about the lack of space. But then again, undead snake, no muscles anyways
>>46156682Why not someone's boots?Or rather, a certain someone's fake leg?
>>46154124>Focus on helping with Natalia and cleaning up the loose ends from New Hell>Tremble slightly, in a shaky grip. The arms around you squeeze for all they're worth.Stuffed doll perspective? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!
>>46156682So...pocket sand-I mean snake.In that case, it would be better on Nate, as people are by default going to expect thrown stuff from Amy, and Bri to a lesser extent.>no muscles anywaymate, a snake is one continuous muscle.
>>46154124>> Tremble slightly, in a shaky grip. The arms around you squeeze for all they're worth.
>>46154124>> Ride between a pair of pointed ears. You slip-slide when their owner laughs.
>>46156847>better on Natethats what i was thinking from the beginning, through i didn't specify>mate, a snake is one continuous muscle.I probably should have said skeletal not undead (which was what i meant)I'm apparently not very clear; I blame the snow
>>46157631>Skelesnakehmmmm, I'm not feeling it too much. Not much room for upgrades, and at least the chickens have staying power due to not being a big enough threat to destroy until you realize they're poisoned.
>>46157631and flight is going to be pretty much impossible. You need them leather wings, even supposing you got around the heavy bone problem.In hindsight, flying serpents must be pretty damn fragile.
>>46157885Rainin' on my parade. You're right though, not the most practical of ideas. ... I just want little shoulder sized dragons, alright?
>>46157885>>46157631I would like to point out two things. Snakes are actually quite quick, and they can climb. A stealthy spy is handy. More importantly....all those little tiny needles the are made of. Little tiny needles that could be dripping with necromantic venom. Three to six feet of poisonous needles attacking by surprise....
>>46158716However, once it stabbed somebody with those needles (which might be difficult, as I can't imagine any way in which it might exert a notable force downwards) it would probably be stationary, and as such basically dead. Re-dead. Dead dead. You know what I mean.
>>46158833Constriction is a thing. But yes, you might be right.
I'm awake. Morning shit, then will call and write.
>>46158904Constriction, however, relies on low friction to work, otherwise nothing is moving. This might be slightly less important here, but it probably wouldn't work well, still.
>>46159404....I will refrain from pointing out the obvious.
>>46159511That I have difficulty getting my point across? I am sorry for that, but I fear I can't suddenly chose english as my first language.The point is: Because of the high friction evoked by the spikes, if we want to call them that, means that a significant amount of the consticting force is directed inwards, rather then towards the meeting point of both ends, while at the same time the snake can't constrict itself any further as soon as the spikes bit in, at least not without breaking them. If it can't constrict itself any further, though, then the force ceases, and no progress is made, neither towards constricting nor forcing the spikes deeper into the enemy's flesh.Hope it made more sense this time 'round.
>>46159680That is actually a very well thought out point. I think the "obvious" anon is referring to may be necromancy's tendency to just make things work.
>>46159680Your reasoning is relatively sound, but we're also discussing a few hundred small objects moving without any mechanical forces to make them do so in the first place. much less being held together by anything at all as a skeleton has no actual substance that connects it's individual parts. The forces of necromancy that hold the skeleton together can very well crated an insubstantial snake that would allow for friction and constriction without impeding the contact of bone to target. Magic is not science, anon.
I just want to throw out "Undead Bee Swarm" into the mix.
>>46159843>Magic is not science, anon.I know. But that doesn't mean that thinking about logic is useless.I am trying to find possible problems, so that questions regarding their existence can be asked. If they do exist, one can think about solving them. If they don't, I wrote a post for naught.Point being: I am not per se against the idea, I just want to point out /possible/ problems.
>>46159988I'd say Wasps. Or Hornets.But that might be considered cruel enough to provoke the "zombie army" question.In whichever variation, though, I think it's a good idea.
Just about done. Thank you for your patience.
>>46154124You decide to forgo training for now to help clean up New Hell. Nathan's assault left plenty of loose ends, including Natalia's surviving minions, the forges still working for the Chain-Holders, and Ordo the Orc. Plenty to do. * * * *You are Feathers the stuffed gryphon, and you tremble slightly in a shaky grip. The arms around you squeeze for all they're worth, and you do your best to comfort the crying person that's holding you. She's older than the others! You're a little excited about that, actually. You don't remember much, but everyone's been around the same age, but this one's older, experienced. It's bad that she's crying, though. You strain, trying to be more comforting. You feel something shift, and your plush changes subtly, becoming more squeezeable. The older woman hugs you more tightly. Success!"I can't See," the woman whispers. "Yeah," your Owner answers, her voice gentle but hard. It's comforting, in its own way. "You knew that going in. You'll have enough problems with just your past and present. You don't need the future hanging over you."The woman lets go of you with one arm and reaches for a cup of water on the bedside table. You feel the stab of fear in her chest, the overwhelming hesitation, as she waits for something that doesn't come. You comfort with all of your tiny pathetic might."You did everything with the Sight, didn't you?" your Owner asks, her voice full of soft sympathy. "Can you tell me what it was like?""Absolute certainty," the older woman whispers. "Every breath, every footfall, chosen from the perfect future. Every movement of my sword and body, everything. I can't See, I can't, I -"The older woman shuts up in surprise when your Owner jams her hat down upon the older woman's head. "The rest of us get by, Natalia. All the Sight in the world wouldn't have helped you if you hadn't also done the work. You trained, yes?""...Yes. Under some of the finest swordmasters I've ever known."
>>46162088"What about those designs you drew? Your hobbies, your schemes?" Your Owner puts her hand on the older woman's shoulder. "I don't mean to belittle your pain or your difficulties. How you live your whole life is going to have to change, but I think you know more, and can do more, than you believe you can.""...How?" the older woman whispers, desperately. You try to talk, but you don't have the knack of it yet. You can't seem to do the thing your Owner and the people like her do, where you make the air vibrate, so your desired cry of 'I believe in you!' stays entirely in your mind. "Why don't you start with the water?" your Owner suggests, gently. "Take a deep breath."The older woman breathes in and then, slowly, out. She reaches and grabs the cup firmly and, with great care, takes a drink. She lets out a small, happy sob. Success!Eventually, you are placed up on a shelf, and your Owner gives you a fond smile before leading the older woman out of the house. The door shuts behind them, leaving you in the comfortable quiet. It's been a good day. You'll get the hang of things soon. Won't everyone be so surprised!* * * *You are Brianna la Croix, and Silence is pissed. "I want that waerloch filth the fuck out of my Mine," the fey demands. You take a hard drag on your cigarette. > "No."> "Where do you propose she goes, Silence?"> "Fine."> Write-in?
>>46162202>> "Where do you propose she goes, Silence?"
>>46162202>It's been a good day. You'll get the hang of things soon. Won't everyone be so surprised!What.> "Fine."She's the boss. Atheneum should work fine.
>>46162202>"Fine."Feathers is a Richard spythe cuteness is a trickbuy gold
>>46162202>> "Where do you propose she goes, Silence?"Don't contradict Silence in her own Mine.Do engage with her. There are places she could go, but this is the closest place where she has family with a home. The next closest, of course, would be our home in the Basement, but as anon pointed out, we could stop closer, in the Atheneum.To be honest, I'd actually be kind of interested to see what the Caretaker would make of trying to help Natalia cope with the world when she can't already See what's going to happen all the time.
>>46162202Oh please tell me Feathers is sentient, changing into an actual griffin while remaining just as soft and squeezeable would be even better. The stuff you win at the river circus am I right
>>46162202>"Where do you propose she goes, Silence?"Discussion.
>>46162202> "Where do you propose she goes, Silence?">It's been a good day. You'll get the hang of things soon. Won't everyone be so surprised!IgjerfuckingWas he always sentient? Did a soul fragment / reforged soul slip into him from Lora? Is he really a spy for Richard (I doubt this given his words, but still)?You're the greatest at working fandom jokes into actual story elements, Vox.
>>46162202>> "Fine."Her mine, her rules.
>>46162202>> "Fine.">> Write-in?Her son lost a leg trying to keep your men alive. I understand if you have an issue with her, but if you wanted to pay him back for that favor, this would have been the best way to do it.In Bri-speak, of course.
>>46162732>Bri-speakHow many things can we suffix with Bri? >Bri-speak >Bri-plans >Bri-magic >Bri-sex >Bri-smoking >Bri-spawnlings
>>46162202> "Where do you propose she goes, Silence?"
>>46162260I'm with this anon, when did Feathers the Cute Carnival Prize start turning into a tsukumogami?... Lora, did you do something to him?> "Fine."Betrayal is probably something that fae /really/ hate, so I can get behind getting her out of the Mine and anywhere else. The Atheneum seems a decent enough option, and I'd actually be rather interested in seeing how she interacts with Brig. I wonder how the Traitor appeared to the Poet, and what Brig will make of Natalia's current terrible condition.
>>46163025I wonder what kinds of freaky magic its been exposed to around us, chances are somethings sticking.
Called, writing. I need to make some food before I go to work.
>>46162202"Fine," you tell Silence. "We'll get her out within the day.""Take three," the fey tells you, softening somewhat. "I know she's difficult to move and probably unstable.""Done."Moving shop takes two of those three days. Natalia's grown more confident in doing things like walking and climbing stairs. Gods, how fucked is it that you had to think that sentence about a sapient being? The ride up the Shaft is long. Amy flew ahead to let the Caretaker, as well as Brigette and Victoria, know that you're coming. The first thing you see at the top of the Shaft is Brigette, three sheets to the wind and clutching a half-full bottle of rum. She sways gently, but when her eyes find you they're full of checked rage. "...Something up, Brigette?""Send them on ahead. There's rooms prepped," the redhead mutters. You look at your companions and nod; River, Amy, Nathan, Natalia, and your minions move out, heading towards the Caretaker's domain. When the door closes behind them, Brigette takes a slug from her bottle. "Where do you get off, bringing that fucking filth into my home? Huh?"> "Watch your tone, Brigette."> "Brige, you're drunk."> "...Fine. One day and we're out of your hair again. Thanks for nothing."> Write-in?
>>46164279>"Brige, you're drunk."
>>46164279>> "Brige, you're drunk."To be fair, when isn't she drunk?
>>46164375when she's stressed
I need to head to work, folks. After work I'l be heading to a friend's house, which means the next update will be sometime just after 1 AM EST. Thank you for your patience; votes will remain open. Questions, comments, discussion, and criticisms remain welcome and appreciated. Thank you all for reading and participating!
>>46164279> "Brige, you're drunk."I respect where shes coming from, but of all the people who have a right to criticize our opinions on mercy, bridgette is not one of them
>>46164279>> "Watch your tone, Brigette."We help people, when they can be helped. Or did you not notice?
>>46164279>> Write-in?Really, nigga?
>>46164674This raises an interesting question, are the humans in this world racist? I mean Humans gonna human.
>>46164279> "...Fine. One day and we're out of your hair again. Thanks for nothing."
>>46164769Just assume racism exists but isn't a large enough matter in the scope of the quest until it actually happens.
>>46164279>> "Brige, you're drunk."But if this is how she honestly feels about it, she can feel guilty later. MUCH. LATER.>> "...Fine. One day and we're out of your hair again. Thanks for nothing."It's important for Natalia to bear this kind of suffering anyway.
>>46164279>FineWe're a necromancer. Not the first time we've been kicked out after we do our job.
>>46164769Discrimination based on species and/or nationality is a lot more common, which isn't to say that other forms don't happen.
>>46164279>> "Brige, you're drunk."C'mon, Brigette; we all know Natalia's done some Really Awful Shit, but if *Lora* thinks she gets to live—sorry, roll that back: if *Death her-fucking-self* thinks she gets to live, then who the *hell* are you to gainsay it?And once she gets to live, that means that we, the living, need to find a way to deal with her.
>>46164866Good to know
This seems to be more about the whole 'Hey, I'm your nasty neighborhood Traitor!' than any kind of /racial/ discrimination. The Dungeon actually seems to be that last place race or sex would matter.>>46164279>"Brige, you're drunk."
>>46165379Uh, no one was disputing that. I was just curious about potential discrimination from someone using nigger in their write-in.
Five hours and change to call.
>>46164279>> "Brige, you're drunk."
>>46164279>>> "Brige, you're drunk."WHELP!Also...>Natalia's grown more confident in doing things like walking and climbing stairs. ... Christ, you weren't kidding about the rehab.
>>46167023No I was not.Four hours and change.
First - three hours and change.Second - last thread an anon described the setting as "homey"; could that anon - or anyone else interested - expand on that feedback or offer thoughts on the worldbuilding in general? 's part of my ongoing effort to improve my questing skills.
Damn, slow night.
Off work, driving. Call in an hour; good time for final votes and discussion.
>>46164279We should probably bring up some of the similarities between them. Namely:>both tried to keep their loved one away from the whole thing>both were only working with Dick because they were trying to help people>both were doing what they thought was right>Lora's taken something from both of them
>>46172452not to mention the fact that from the sound of it Natalia has literally never made a choice in her life, it's not that she didn't make the right one it's that she did not even understand choice was a real thing. If anything she is less guilty then Brigette who made the wrong decisions because she though she had no choice, even if Natalia does have a hell of a lot more blood on her hands.
>>46172452>>46172738You guys realize that despite the circumstances, Natalia will probably have to serve time in some sort of disciplinary situation. Whether that be internment in a pseudo prison or something else similar. I don't feel like just taking her sight is enough of a punishment for the amount of bloodshed she caused.
>>46172832She's having problems /walking/. She's basically been the next best thing to lobotomized. I'd say that's close to enough.
>>46172738If I remember right, she didn't always have the Sight (or at least she wasn't always so dependent on it) but going to war and seeing everyone she knew die like she'd Seen them do despite her attempts to stop it kinda broke her and made her think everything HAD to go like her Sight said, so she came to rely on it more and more until she was using it for literally everything.
>>46173554People who've been suddenly struck blind tend to have difficulty walking and doing other shit as well; it's not a lobotomy so much as the very sudden loss of her most important sense, and she's having to learn to use the others to adjust.
>>46164279You take a deep breath and count back from ten. "Brigette," you say calmly. "You're drunk.""I'm always drunk," the Poet snarls. "More drunk than usual," you return, evenly. "You wanna tell me what you're actually angry about?""Fuck you Bri," Brigette slurs, but tears spring up in her eyes, hot and bright. "The things she's done to people, she deserves to -""To die?" you ask softly. "You mean like you did? Are you angry that she's alive, or that you watched her do those things and did nothing?"Brigette throws the bottle against the ground with a wordless yell of rage. You watch as she sinks to her knees and sobs. You brush the glass aside with your boot and kneel in the puddle of rum. You draw Brigette into a hug and let her cry. "It's okay," you murmur softly, a heavy weight on your heart. "Tell me what's wrong.""I helped. Gods, I helped. I helped all of them. I hurt Lora, I...I don't deserve to live. I should have died.""Lora doesn't think that," you murmur softly. "She chose to spare you.""You made her," Brigette accuses. "No. I asked her, but I don't /make/ Lora do anything. And she chose to let Natalia live too," you continue. "She did that because she wants to believe that people are more than the mistakes that they make. That people can change for the better. Do you think she wants to believe that just out of the goodness of her heart?""...No," Brigette mutters, into your chest. "She wants to change too. To...to be more than what she is.""She already is," you murmur. "Now she's just paying it forward.""...I get why people love you," the Poet tells you. You look up and away from her, firmly. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry for everything, I -""Brigette, I forgave you a long time ago. Can I ask you to give Natalia a chance?""I'll try," the Poet whispers. "I...I want Vic...""Where is she?" you ask gently. "Upstairs. Helping Jewel settle in with Meadows. I had a bad day. I...I had a bad day, Bri..."
>>46165410>using niggerNigga.NiggAAAA. Different context, nigga.
>>46174413>I had a bad day. I...I had a bad day, Bri..."Well, that ain't ominous as fuck or anything.On a lighter note!>"...I get why people love you," the Poet tells youBri, for a down to earth necromancer, you're the closest thing to a living saint we've seen here. I fucking love it. It hurts, and it's hard, but you keep trying to be the best damn person you can. And it's really great to see people acknowledge that as part of the story.Shine on you crazy fucking diamond.
>>46174545She's like an undead unicorn fueled by coffee!
>>46174413You pick your friend up and let her lean on you. "Come on, Brigette. Let's sit down with some coffee, and we'll catch you up on New Hell.""Yeah...Bri?""Yes, Brigette?""I think the angel's in love with me.""Bring that up again when you're sober.""So never?""Pretty much."* * * *You can hear Nathan in the other room, talking to his mother; their voices are indistinct - not that you're trying to eavesdrop - but gentle. They've got a lot to talk about.It's good that they have -The door flies open, admitting a large orc in blackened plate armor. One of his tusks is capped in iron, and he takes in a deep breath when he sees you. "WHERE IS THE BOOKCHILD?" the orc bellows. > What do you do?
>>46174957>WHICH ONE?!I like this plan. It's entirely reasonable, forces him to think for a second, and gives us an opening. Plus, while he's doing that we can hit him with a stick. But yeah, I was kind of expecting this. Hello repercussions!
>>46174957Yeah>WHICH ONE?!works.Nathan will probably burst into the room shortly anyway.
>>46175001>>46175040A reminder; "Bookchild" is the name Nate got from the orphanage. Natalia has no surname.
>>46174957>Which one?Supporting, just for the sake of more sassy Bri.Also, Ordo looks to be a scary sumbitch. LET'S BE FRIENDS!
>>46175070Eh whatever, it'll confuse him.
>>46175070Did she abandon it, or was she an orphan too?Still, a snarky response felt appropriate.Okay, changing my vote here >>46175083>"What, my Hero? We're giving him some down-time to deal with personal stuff. But you can always chat with me! Your friendly neighborhood Necromancer! Also, love the black plate. Very intimidating, but also rather slimming."
>>46175070... Are all the orphans Bookchild? In which case, this line can still work.
>>46175133>Did she abandon it, or was she an orphan too?Neither, she straight-up never had one. Many, perhaps even most, people don't have a surname. Some folks may have a clan name (dwarves especially) or a noble title (such as Henrietta) but generally speaking your family has to have done some shit, or done ONE THING for a SUPER LONG TIME, to acquire a last name, with the latter being much more common - leading to surnames like Miller, Marsh, and Smith. When Nathan was given to the orphanage to raise, they gave him the surname Bookchild, as they do all of their children that do not otherwise have surnames.
>>46175181Correct!I need to hit bed, and I may be running Pathfinder tomorrow. I'll keep you updated, and in the meantime votes remain open. As always, questions, comments, discussion, feedback, and criticisms remain welcome and appreciated. Thank you all for reading and participate!
>>46175182So, while we could assume he's talking about any random orphan, it's pretty unlikely.Vote change from here, then. >>46175040>"What, my Hero? We're giving him some down-time to deal with personal stuff. But you can always chat with me! Your friendly neighborhood Necromancer! Also, love the black plate. Very intimidating, but also rather slimming."
Bump for the lich.
>>46175133>>"What, my Hero? We're giving him some down-time to deal with personal stuff. But you can always chat with me! Your friendly neighborhood Necromancer! Also, love the black plate. Very intimidating, but also rather slimming."Thirded.
>>46175133I can only imagine Bri saying that last part in monotone.
>>46175133>"What, my Hero? We're giving him some down-time to deal with personal stuff. But you can always chat with me! Your friendly neighborhood Necromancer! Also, love the black plate. Very intimidating, but also rather slimming."Supporting this.
>>46177070I'd reserve that for when she /actually/ introduces herself. This is all just snark and sass to throw him off guard. Also to buy time for Nate, Amy, or Fetch to stroll in, because Brianna is /not/ going to brawl with a goddamn beast of an orc in full plate.Y'know, we're not even sure he's after Nathan for saving Natalia or killing the Bull or Gorger; he might want a look at Verve, or Soaring Song. Wraithsteel is a rare commodity, after all. It's any smith's dream come true.
By the way, have we talked with any of the smiths or Caretaker about Requim? Y'know, the super awesome sword of Jackson la Croix made from fucking angel bones? Because I am hyped as /fuck/ to see that thing.
>>46174957>>>"What, my Hero? We're giving him some down-time to deal with personal stuff. But you can always chat with me! Your friendly neighborhood Necromancer! Also, love the black plate. Very intimidating, but also rather slimming."Here we go
I'm up. Morning coffee, then will call and write.
>>46174957"What, my Hero?" you ask, dryly. "We're giving him some -""/Your/ Hero?" the orc asks, pointedly. "You are his chieftess?""...Yessss?""THEN MY BUSINESS IS WITH YOU, DARK NECROMANCER!"You're mentally preparing to die in your chair when the orc sinks to one knee and gazes at you with his red eyes. You blink and stare, unsure of what to do from here. "Your vassal has claimed my forge from the Traitor which took it from me. It is yours by right.""...Why didn't you just move back in? The forces defending it are gone.""LET NO MAN SAY THAT ORDO THE ORC DIED WITHOUT HONOR!" the plate-clad man bellows. Nathan opens the door from the other room, crossbow in hand, and takes in the scene. "...Naaate, this is Ordo," you introduce. "Ordo, this is Nathan Bookchild.""Well met," Ordo greets, before his gaze goes back to you. "I will have my forge back, necromancer. Will you bargain with me for it, or must I declare battle between us?""...That depends on what you're offering," you tell him, leaning in. "I know there are Forges that serve your enemies. Name one to me and I will cast them down, break their smiths, burn their plans and leave no man who can read or write in possession of his eyes and tongue! Great shall be their suffering and greater their woe!""...Maybe back that down some," you admit. > Ask him to defeat a Forge (The Pit OR Forge Hallow OR the Glass Foundry)> Ask him to fulfill a comission (for you/for River)> Attempt to give him the Forge back for free> Ask him to prevent shipments into the Cornucopia> Refuse; declare war> Write-in?
Hey, do you think we can piss the Lush off by sending him (via undead chicken of course; we learned our lessor from the Money-Changer) a pack of Lark's cigarettes that taste like AID's and eternal disgrace?
>>46181296>Fill a commission for River (Darshan's payment).Two birds, one stone, right? Ordo is apparently both a terrifying hardass and a man of honor. Sir Fetch would like him.
>>46181296I kind of love this guy, and his apparent total lack of volume control.> Ask him to fulfill a commission (Darshan's payment)> Also push for trade negotiations between Ordo and the upper levels. Let's get this dungeon unified.
>>46181296>> Ask him to fulfill a comission (Darshan's payment)
>>46181447This sounds good. I bet the minotaurs would like him.
> Ask him to fulfill a commission (For River, Darshan's payment)I was gonna ask him to prevent shipments to the lower level, but given what we know about this guy that is a bloody proposal. Lets not do that.(Let's also not have ORDO! do negotiations, please.)
>>46181534Why not? He seems honorable enough. I have serious trouble imagining him causing any real problems, and I doubt we'd have to worry about him breaking his word or trying to trick his trading partners. He might be a bit more... enthusiastic than is entirely diplomatic, but I can't think of any situations where that's likely to be a serious problem in the Dungeon.
I'm being invited out to a meal; this vote may be extended for two hours or so. I'm also a little uncertain of where to proceed directly from here, so I'm taking requests and suggestions. I need more coffee.
>>46181296>Ask him to fulfill a comission (for River)>It would be an honor for us to work with ORDO again if we need help in the future.
>>46181296> Ask him to fulfill a comission (for River)
>>46181296>> Write inTraining and outfitting. We're gonna be raising an army at some point or other, and having our own pet forgemaster will help that army be a lot more survivable and effective.
>>46181296>> Ask him to defeat a Forge (The Pit OR Forge Hallow OR the Glass Foundry)I don't remember what the details are of any of these but the Pit, so I'm gonna say > The Pitbut I'd be happy to get a reminder of the rest...As for reasoning...Ordo clearly /wants/ to do this as his way of feeling like his honour is satisfied in having his forge free and clear of debt. He'd probably be OK with the idea of making Darshan's commission, but...is he really the best person to be making it? Especially if we want it to be something that's hedged round with careful conditions to make sure Darshan can't use it except to help people, or whatever?
Call in about an hour.
>>46181296>> Refuse; declare warFuck you orc, the forge is mine. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Called, writing shortly, then Pathfinder game. Thank you for your patience. I'm also dealing with some other shit, so there may be a slight writing delay.
>>46185764Because it's such a stupid choice
>>46183048Did you forget the part from the last arc where we led a small army in an all out assault on the Baron's manor?I'm not sure if we'll be doing anything like that until the second-to-last level. The Gauntlet is going to be a fucking nightmare of attrition, so we'll probably need all the spare bodies we can get.>>46183275All we need to do to get around that is to have River present to explain the situation when he makes it. Fairly certain the master smith in a place called New Hell has dealt with demons before.>>46186853You've got your Double Coffee, I hope? I'd hate to hear that you suddenly collapsed into a pile of bones from withdrawal.
>>46181296You consider the offer for a moment, then smile brightly. "Actually, you've come at a time when you can solve something for us. My adopted sister needs something forged. Make it for her, and the debt is cleared."You offer your hand out to shake. Ordo nods and grips it firmly - not a crushing shake, but the grip of a man whose idea of normal strength is does not relate to the human concept. "It is good," Ordo agrees. "Where is this sister?"<Fetch, can you get River? There's a large orc that wants to talk to her.><Yes, my queen.>* * * *Something has to be done about the remaining three Forges that were working, and may still be working, for the Chain-Bearers.> Do a war meeting with Brige and Natalia first> Ask the Ordo and the Black Anvils to do something about them> See if you can buy them off> Wreck the joint
And now Pathfinder. Today hasn't gone entirely as expected; I thank you for your patience. I'll update in a few hours.
>>46188182>> Do a war meeting with Brige and Natalia first
>>46188182> Do a war meeting with Brige and Natalia first
>>46188182>> Do a war meeting with Brige and Natalia firstWe also need to get some more Necromantic minions. Bats, snakes etc.
>>46188383Snakes, is would vote for this
What else do we wanna do? I kinda wanna see River and Lark...
>>46189481That sounds cool, Nate Amy and Bri also need to have cuddle pile lewds.
>>46188182> Do a war meeting with Brige and Natalia firstFirst things first, we need to find out about who'd making what. Plus, if anybody has an idea about secret defenses or tricks they'd have, it'd be Nat.
>>46189795But that's too cute to be lewd.
Game is going well. Thank you for your patience.
>>46190071This. Moar intel needed.
>war meeting with Brig and NataliaWe need info, and very badly.
Called, writing shortly.
...Nevermind, I ain't writing. I canceled the session halfway through because I was feeling like shit and I'm still feeling like shit. I can't focus through the pain. Votes remain open, and if anon could keep the thread from dying I'd consider it a great service. I'm gonna try to get some rest and try this again in the morning. I am very sorry.Questions, comments, discussion, and criticisms remain welcome and appreciated.Thank you all for reading and participating.
>>46195663I'm just gonna shitpost for a bit then.When can we get a dirty hippy Orc shaman from the forgemaster? A bloodthirsty Shaman that's in tune with life and nature and therefore completely okay with ending it would be a nice counterpoint to our bleeding heart necromancer.
>>46195663Head pain? This isn't a brain fog or some sort, is it?
>>46195702Head, stomach. Splitting migraine with nausea and tension. Probably not aided by some shit going down earlier today. Tomorrow should be better. Thread archived.
>>46195716You've talked about migraines quite often. Is it a seasonal thing? It's surprisingly hard to realize blatant patterns when the time spans a year.
>>46195757> MRW I can't sleep but still can't focus enough to write.I honestly have no idea, friend.
>>46196397Been there done that. Icepack along the back of the neck will ease the migraine pain some. Don't know exactly why, but it works.
>>46196417My thanks. I'ma try to go to bed. Again. Will likely be awake just after noon or so.
Bump before bed.
Since we obviously aren't bringing the bone boar into the Roost, will we be picking up some bats or crows? Also, what other kinds of flying things could we come to expect?Also, we could turn a snake or two into couatls; flying feathered serpents with an affinity for water.
>>46198105I was avoiding crows because I figure they're TOO smart in the wrong ways. We don't need curious minions that could get themselves killed, just getting the rudimentary information and/or blinding foes is enough.
>>46198468We only get one smart minion, you know - Sir Fetch is a familiar, the others are relatively mindless.
>>46198821Well, they /do/ seem to pick up qualities of their own, or inherit bits from their previous lives. Kat takes a lot after the demon she was formed from, and our skelehands are pretty cool.Our minions having a certain style and personality actually helps move us /away/ from zombie armies, since they're more individualistic. We still haven't seen our boar in action, so we can't say how he'll turn out.
>>46198821I'm guessing you forgot how the weasel acted?
>>46199120I had, you're right.
>>46199120Well, to be fair, he was only around for a day - tops. And he behaved /exactly/ how Brianna expected. Like a vicious little coward, even in death.There's probably leftovers of instinctual behavior when raising animals into undeath, versus sentient beings. Most of our minds and spirits are bent towards 'higher thought', while animals remain pure (at least, in a sense).This really is something to bring up with Vox when he arises from his crypt for his morning brew.
>>46199200>Most of our minds and spirits are bent towards 'higher thought'HAHAHAHAHHAHAOh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder.BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAOkay, okay, sorry, that was perhaps a little mean. But seriously, speaking as someone who's job is studying the brain, this statement is both incredibly wrong, and remarkably typical of humanity's instinctual need to feel like we're special. Turns out, most of our minds are bent towards the same sort of instinctual behavior that every other animal relies on. The "higher thought" you refer to exists of course, but it has a massively inflated sense on its own importance. It doesn't control much. At the end of the day, we're creatures of instinct, anon. Capable of logic, and reasoning, and invention, but it's instinct that rules us.
>>46199786Intelligence isn't even linear like that, dolphins are more adaptable then us and elephants are probably smarter then us yet neither of them has taken over civilization, because its never been evolutionarily advantageous for them to do so.
>>46199847I would actually question both those statements, but I'm sure it's true that they're both smarter than us in certain ways. They just didn't develop true language, which is one of those advantages that seems kind of okay at first, but give it a few thousand years and it starts enabling progress at speeds evolution can only dream of.
>>46199918Wrong actually, dolphins are extremely complex with how they vocalize and elephants have a whole series of poorly studied vocalizations...which are unfortunately in infrasound and thus unhearable without electronic aid. There was an outpost in Africa studying that but they got used as a hunting lodge by some poachers a few years back and now elephants don't go there anymore.
>>46199970Complex vocalizations aren't the same thing as language. Nor, for that matter, is sign language on the level that some apes can learn it. In particular, no non-human animal has demonstrated the ability to reason through recursive embedded clauses, which is what allows language to express an infinite range of possible ideas. This may be the only thing special about humans, but as far as we can tell, it's what's special about humans.
Interesting conversation. I'm awake, but I need to decide if I'm gonna drive home before I try to update. I'll let you know.
>>46201750>I'm awake, but I need to decide if I'm gonna drive home before I try to update.Did the Lich get lucky last night? The migraine was a lie.
>>46201939No, as mentioned earlier I spent the night at a friend's house.
>>46201978>a friend'sSure mate
Alright folks, I'm gonna head home and then update when I get there, after I've had the chance to eat.
>>46201939>>46202052Didn't he say he was running Pathfinder or something?
Home. Called, will write after food.
>>46203185I'll find your path if you catch my meaning
>>46205494Blazin' a trail between the sheets!Forgin' a path..into their pants!
>>46188182Your initial idea for this war meeting had been you, Brigette, and Natalia. And then Brigette suggested Nathan, and then Nathan suggested River. Somehow the demon ended up getting invited and the Chosen - Catherine, right? - was suggested, and the upshot of the entire confusing affair is that you've got just about everyone you trust to give tactical advice on the Dungeon sitting around a large table in study not quite big enough for that table, holding cups of coffee and looking like they're trying to impress someone's parents for the first time. "There are three Forges allied with the Chain-Bearers lower down," Natalia explains quietly. "The Pit is, I feel, of most immediate concern. It supplies the Cornucopia with ammunition, weapons, armor, tools, and sundry. It will have already sent down the last of the plating it was forging for the /Lonesome Dirge/.""Which is?" you ask. "An insurance policy, to keep the /Pallbearer/ loyal," Natalia explains. "A ship clad in iron, crewed by those loyal to the Master.""That...how does it float?" Nathan asks. "Shockingly well," Natalia drawls. You clear your throat. "Hallow?""Forge Hallow supplies equipment and tools to forces loyal to the Debtor," Catherine speaks up. "They were also responsible for arming and equipping the Gauntlet Below and the Redoubt, though there hasn't been an order there for some time.""What's the Debtor need?" Amy asks. "Digging tools, lockpicks, files, sledgehammers, ladders..." Catherine shrugs. "I think he's a historian.""Natalia?" you ask. "The Debtor owes something he'd rather not owe and is looking to buy off his debt," the Traitor says with an odd look. "...He is driven by fear, not malice, but in that fear he has become something desperate and savage. Expect extreme resistance.""Which leaves the Glass Foundry," you observe.
>>46206645"They did better business, once," Natalia admits. "They supply lenses, flasks, and glass of all kinds. Now their only remaining customer is the Diviner, and she scares them more than I ever did.""What /is/ she?" you ask. "She's the Diviner. Not the future, the present. She rules the Broken Jaw by dint of overwhelming knowledge and sympathetic sorcery."You shiver. "That's fucking great. So they're not a threat?"Natalia shrugs, softly. "Are frightened animals a threat?""Mom," Nathan snaps. > Inquire about the Chain-Bearers> Start planning to deal with one of the Forges (which?)> Ask for Catherine's perspective> Inquire about supply in the Roost> Write-in?
I still feel like wretched hell. I'ma try to take a nap, sleep this off, and continue my run when I get back up.
>>46206741>Inquire about the Chain-Bearers>> Start planning to deal with one of the Forges (The Pit)Not sure what the Debtor is looking for, could be bones? but that uncertainty comes second to supplies for Cornucopia.
>>46206741>>> Start planning to deal with one of the Forges (The Pit)
>inquire about the RoostNow seems like a good time to consolidate mobility options, possibly secure reinforcements. If we go after a Forge, then by all that is holy avoid the Glassworks until last. Giving a caster known for using sympathetic connection Magic a way to get those connections to you is baaaaaad need.
>>46206741>> Inquire about the Chain-Bearers
>>46206741>Inquire about supply in the RoostCut off transportation, reach a position where we an both give these Forges a better deal AND guarantee protection from retribution.
I'm up. Calling after medicine.
Called, writing. Sorry about the delays lately folks.
OR WE HAVE A THREE-WAY TIE JESUS FUCK. Opened back up until 9:50 PM EST.
>>46206741>> Inquire about supply in the Roost
>>46211392>> Ask for Catherine's perspective
>>46206741> Inquire about the Chain-Bearers
>>46211575>>46211645>>46211652alright that's just funny.
Close enough, I can swing two in one update. Called.
>>46211694It's dickish is what it is. >Start planning to deal with one of the forges (The Pit)
>>46206741"How are they handling supply in the Roost?" you ask. "They have access to the Broken Jaw open," Natalia explains. "The residents have learned not to cross into the Diviner's domain. Supplies are shipped down to the Broken Jaw, where they're loaded onto sleds and moved to the Roost. Technically they're distributed amongst the populace, but those in the Master's employ get the lion's share.""...Sleds?" Amy asks. Natalia nods. "The Broken Jaw is the first level that connects to the underworld around the Dungeon; in particular, it is distantly but firmly connected to tunnels that run north, beneath the great glaciers. The howling winds, along with properties unique to the Jaw, keep it frozen and blasted with snow and rime, forming fangs of ice in the great cavern that composes it. Hence the name.""Tell me more about the Chain-Bearers in the next few levels," you ask, solemnly. "This seems relevant."Natalia takes a deep breath and looks down at her coffee. "...Natalia?" you ask. "It's not easy to talk about," Brigette explains. "It's one thing to make her gambit when she could see the consequences of her betrayal. It's another to say it now, when she can't. Almost like she never learned courage or -""/Brigette/," Victoria reprimands, harshly. "...Sorry," the Poet mutters, taking a drink of her coffee.
>>46212932"I'm not a coward," Natalia mutters bitterly. "It's hard to know where to begin, heritor.""Brianna," you correct. "The Lush is a hedonist and a sadist. He delights in his power over those beneath him and indulges in all manner of gluttony and vice, but much like Brigette he sobers himself when he is preparing for battle. Your conflict with him may be somewhat complicated by his nature.""His nature?" Amy asks, blinking. "He's a giant.""Fuck me," River groans, putting her head on the table. "The Debtor is mortal. Mostly," Natalia corrects. "He is difficult to kill, but his time is running out. He will be scared, desperate, and searching for his goal with great urgency.""What happens if he finds it?" you ask quietly. "He seems to believe he will be immortal," Natalia informs you. "I am not certain that I agree.""...The Diviner?" you ask."Have you ever seen a child drown a kitten so that she had something to bury?" Brigette asks, her voice low and hard. "Have you ever met someone who pulls the wings from flies to watch them suffer? The Diviner is cruel and cold. She kills without question and obsesses over knowledge. She's trying to become present-omniscient, to know all that /is/, so that she can rule this world when the Master is done with his great plan.""Do I want to know?" you ask softly, clutching your cup. "If we knew, we'd tell you," Brigette says softly. "All I've heard from him is that when he's done, we can do whatever we want with what's left of this world. That's...that's when I started working on trying to stop them. On mastering the Tongue."You take a deep breath. > Make preparations to assail the Roost; you need access to these people (choose a fourth party member)> Continue on your course to deal with New Hell first> Prepare to assail the Cornucopia from New Hell instead
>>46213558>> Make preparations to assail the Roost; you need access to these peoplenot voting on a fourth party member yet
>>46213558>> Make preparations to assail the Roost; you need access to these people (choose a fourth party member)
This vote may be extended, both because it is important and because I am drinking heavily.
And because my power just cut out. That too.
>>46214724More liquored up Vox? TONIGHT'S GUNNA GET WEIRD!
>>46213558is anyone else kinda freaking out about the master saying "what's left of the world?" thats really not a very comforting word choice.
>>46215089It sure ain't, but this is a guy who's enslaved Death herself, so I guess I was kind of expecting something of that magnitude.
>>46215089>>46215120Not just death, fucking entropy.
>>46215165Does he want to become the /only/ God? I mean, if Lora's power is nearly absolute, and is only rivaled by the divine, then he would literally be able to unmake the world and remake it however he sees fit.No /normal/ human should know anything about this shit, let alone be able to perpetrate a mostly successful plot to that end. Who else thinks that the Master is a whole lot more than just a scheming dick?
>>46215422> No /normal/ human should know anything about this shit, let alone be able to perpetrate a mostly successful plot to that end. Who else thinks that the Master is a whole lot more than just a scheming dick?
>>46215497HOLY SHIT THE DICK IS ACTUALLY LUCIFER!!But seriously, this is deeply worrying. What in the actual fuck are we going to do about this?>Put your head between you legs and kiss your bum goodbye.
Welp, I can't really wait much longer. I'm gonna go get some Ramen and eat it, and the vote will be called thereafter. Short interlude. May intersperse Rule the Roost with interlude-y stuff with side characters. I suggest you begin thinking on if you want to bring someone besides just Bri/Nate/Amy. This environment will not be good for Fetch; bringing him or the other chicken is not advisable.
>>46216250So who all can we reasonably recruit? Lamia lady, maybe? She had a crossbow. Crossbows sound useful in the Roost.
>>46216603Essentially, the list from Part V stands, plus Catherine. However, it should be noted that the environment is full of both tunnels and sheer drops. Scribbles would have a bad time since falling is a major life hazard for her.
>>46216699How is falling a bigger hazard for her than humans?
>>46216748Lamias aren't strong climbers, unlike snakes, and she lacks the upper body strength to pull herself over a ledge or even really stop herself if she starts slipping or gets thrown. The Roost is full of harpies and long drops. Getting thrown is likely a "when", not an "if".
>>46216250What about Diving Shadow? I know she would prefer to stay in the Mine with Lawrence, but she's bound to have a few old feathered-friends.There's also River, with Darshan. I think /who/ is in our party will likely count less than how we handle introductions and negotiations. First impressions and all.Can we send Catherine up to check on the Rose cultists in the lichyard? They do share faith.
>>46216789All of these are good possibilities. Calling Soon(tm).
>voting diving shadowwe are not meeting our bird requirement without fetch
Is Amy's dad up for moving about?
>>46216972I think it's a good Idea to take her as well.
Called, writing. Likely last update of the night, so I can start the next part feeling fresher than I am right now. That nap helped me not feel as miserable but now I'm awake without being rested.
>>46213558You nurse your coffee cup for a long minute while you think. But, really, there's only one decision to be made. "We need to open the Roost up," you decide. "We'll enter from New Hell so we don't get hit by a flood of harpies trying to escape, and then we'll see what we can do to get things there...normalized. After that, we open it up from the Mine so that people who want to leave, can.""What about New Hell?" Nathan asks. "Depends on who's left behind to help out," you admit. "We'll have to chat it over." "Might as well start now," Amy admits, her feathers rustling. > Choose a fourth party member (or vote NONE)AND> Assign a task force to New Hell> Leave New Hell for laterAND> Spend some time with Natalia> Spend some time with your lovers> Catch up with Brigette> Have some alone time> Write-in?
>>46217413> Diving shadow> Assign a task force to New Hell> Spend some time with Natalia
>>46215422>Dick is not a normal human Kinda figured that out awhile ago. His actual status is up in the air, but I assume he's either trying for ragnarok or to kill the gods at this point. Given how things have been going, he could be a Reforged remnant of that one being that got hit with the Killing Spear.Also, Pallbearer is being kept in check by an ironclad. That's very interesting. Most of the other Chain Bearers just got hit with the charisma ball to keep their service up. Or in the case of Nat, were half insane.I wonder how that boat got wrapped up in this given Silence's opinion of it?
>>46217413> Choose Diving Shadow as fourth party member> Assign a task force to New Hell> Catch up with Brigette
Alright folks, I'm hitting bed. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow. I'll have to work, so expect the run to be interrupted. Questions, comments, discussion, feedback, and criticisms remain welcome and appreciated.Thank you all for readon and participating!
>>46217413>> Choose a fourth party memberDiving shadow should work > Assign a task force to New Hell> Spend some time with your lovers
>>46217413>> Choose Diving Shadow as fourth party member>> Assign a task force to New Hell>> Catch up with BrigetteLet see how the divine tounge is coming along
>>46217413> Choose Diving Shadow> Assign a task force to New Hell> Spend some time with your lovers
I'm up far earlier than I want to be, hung over, and cold. I'm gonna hit the dishes, then call and write. Ye be warned.
>>46217413> Choose a fourth party member: Diving Shadow> Assign a task force to New HellNot the kind of thing that should be left to fester, I think.> Spend some time with NataliaIt probably ain't gonna be pretty, but it is needful.
Sorry folks, I'm still kinda caught up in something.If anyone ever asks you what to call drinking heavily and sobbing while contemplating every bad decision you've ever made, tell them that this process is known as 'editing'.
Welp. There's another three-way fuckin' tie at the end option, but in the interest of time I'm gonna tiebreak myself and get writing. Thank you for your patience. Called, writing.
>>46217413You manage to catch Brigette on her way to the stash where she keeps her liquor. The Poet sputters half-formed protests when you drag her away, reaching for the door with exaggerated sorrow."You get quality time," you announce, trying not to chuckle. "I'm innocent! Innocent!" Brigette protests. "I've done nothing to deserve this!""She said, shortly before she got the rundown of what she did to deserve this.""...Fuck me.""You tried that already," you note, opening the door to a small study. Brigette gives you a guilty look, the mirth gone from her expression. "Brianna, I've been meaning to talk to you about that," the Poet admits, softly. "I already talked to Victoria. She...she understands.""I'd sort of figured you were trying to manipulate me," you tell her, equally quiet. "Which, considering your position, I'd forgiven awhile ago.""...Yes, that was part of it," Brigette agrees. "But if we're being honest? I was scared. I wanted comfort, and I'd just sent Victoria away. I doubt attempting to catch you by the glands would have worked, but I could have pretended."Silently, you take Feathers out from his place in your backpack - you wear it more often than you don't, these days - and press him into Brigette's arms. The redhead hugs the toy close and takes a seat at the table you've gotten ready. There's a pot of coffee, a bowl of sugar, two cups, and spoons. You take your own seat and pour yourself a cup. "What is it you're looking for me to say, Brigette?""...I'm not sure," she admits, looking down at her empty cup. "Then I'll say what I'm here to say. We're entrusting you with Natalia."Those bright eyes look at you in shocked confusion. "Why in Hell would you do that?"
>>46223030"We don't have anyone else. The Caretaker will do as he can but he's busy with his rescued staff and in any event, sanity or no sanity, he's a lich. He won't understand her difficulties. You have Victoria to help you and the resources of the Atheneum at your disposal, and you can ask Lora for advice if you need to," you explain patiently. "Fetch'll stay on deck too.""She knows I hate her. /You/ know I hate her," Brigette protests. "The two of you have history that connects you. She knows you might understand." You sigh and take a drink of your coffee. "It's time to pay it forward, Brigette. To pass on the mercy you were shown."The Poet squeezes the stuffed animal in her arms. "I -" she hesitates, and then straightens her back, her voice getting firm. "I won't let you down, Brianna."> Agree with her> Reassure her> Continue the conversation> Kiss her> Write-in?
>>46223111>> Reassure herThat seems like what's most needed (and correct) right now.
>>46223111> Kiss herBut do it with the stuffed griffin and tell her that you wuuuuv her for doing this. And that no good deed goes unpunished.
>>46223111>> Reassure herObviously.
>>46223111> Continue the conversationMore story/ get on with it. We should trust Brigette/The Poet more by not making a big deal out of this.
Anyone got an updated version of the list of floors and which bosses are on them?
As you might have guessed, I have to go to work. Votes remain open. Questions, comments, discussion, and criticisms remain welcome and appreciated. Thank you all for reading and participating! I'll see ya just after 8 PM EST or so.
>>46223111>That's the spirit!>Continue the conversationFeathers the do-good doll.
>>46217639That'd be interesting, but I would have thought that if he was part of a god slain by that fucking spear, /he/ would have been the one tearing apart the Lichyard to find (and probably destroy) it.As for the Pallbearer, maybe its a ghost ship? Animated by the death's of the soldiers and sailors it once carried, and literally bound to the Sunless Sea? If it's a reluctant partner, a little like Bridgette, then it might be carrying precious cargo (Requiem maybe?) or protecting something important enough that the price of the Master's plans are an acceptable cost. Silence's sort-of friendship makes me think that it might also have ties to the Mistlands. Maybe the Pallbearer is the one who brought Silence to the Dungeon in the first place.>>46223312Supporting. FOR THE CUTENESS! Also, Feathers the Therapy Griffon is probably one of the most effective tricks in Brianna's arsenal now.
That feel when too tired to walk straight. It's gonna be a long shift.
>>46225078You worry me sometimes Vox. Seriously. Get outta work and go straight to bed; the quest will still be here when you wake.
>>46223604Certainly, fair anon.>The Vintner - Former bully and torturer of the Basement; now Lora's bitch. Currently bound as a weeping specter to her sword.>The Money-Changer - Lisa the Seeker, that stinking cunt who tortured and raised innocents into undeath /just/ to make a mint. Crushed under the weight of all the dosh she stole from the dead, and now also bound to Lora's sword.>The Poet - Poor, alcoholic Bridgette (Seriously, we're going to have to make her go cold turkey at some point). Formerly controlled the Atheneum in the hopes of unlocking the secrets of divine language so she could unfuck the Dungeon. Spared by Lora (who also seemed to have a crush for the ginger lass), and now a close ally.>The Baron - The dipshit who, for /some/ fucking reason, swore undying loyalty to the Master. Took over the Mine and enslaved the men and women who called it home. Ate his gun, and currently inhabiting Lora's sword.>The Traitor - Natalia, obviously. She /was/ controlling New Hell, but it also seems that some of the Chain-Bearers from lower levels had their hooks in some of the forges as well. Soon to be remedied.>The Lush - A giant (literally) hedonist, sadist, and rapist. Also apparently quite cunning and deadly when not drunk or high as fuck. We are going to kill his big ass slowly. Then he's going to be Lora's bitch for eternity.
>>46223604>>46225325I have to recheck the previous threads to see what order the next levels go in, but these were the other Chain-Bearers. I'm sure Vox or an anon will correct me if I'm wrong.>The Pallbearer - Some kind of sentient warship ruling the Sunless Sea. Speculation also suggests that it is also our next redeemable Chain-Bearer.>The Diviner - A cold, cruel, unfeeling, and terrifying psychopath. Unlike Natalia, who could see the /future/, the Diviner can see what /is/, and looking to make herself present-omniscient. Currently controlling the huge icebox known as the Broken Jaw.>The Debtor - Apparently a neckbeard who made a deal for something he doesn't want to lose. Currently in control of the Warehouse (I think?). /Might/ be redeemable, but we don't know enough about him or what he's looking for to know more. >The Wyrm - That's right, one of the Chain-Holders is a fucking dragon. No other clues about what it wants or where it's holed up.>The Librarian - No info on this one yet, though it's surprising that they weren't controlling the Atheneum instead of Bridgette.>The Daughter - All we have to go on is the title of the Chain-Holder, and Vox's word that she isn't the Master's spawn.>The Master - Master manipulator, enslaver of angels, and one great big Dick.
>>46225349>>The Daughter - All we have to go on is the title of the Chain-Holder, and Vox's word that she isn't the Master's spawn.What if she's Loras daughter
>>46225456If she is, she'd better damn well have a daughter of her own named Susan.
>>46225456That'd be a bit difficult anon. Lora admitted to lacking experience in socializing with humans, and her first experience with love was her crush on Bridgette. Now, her being Henrietta's half-sister I can get behind. Being denied your birthright and never being able to see your own family? That's the perfect start for an aspiring villain.
>>46225799Ah, yes I did forget that.
>>46225300Will it though? I don't want to make folks wait when you've been so patient already.
>>46227235You run this every day.Sith Apprentice quest when.
>>46227235Dude. Chill. We'll be here.Most threads don't run non stop and we're all used to it. You're a great treat, but we can deal without a constant drip of your goodness for a bit.
I may be staying late tonight at work. Current plan puts it at four hours to call. Thank you for your patience.
>>46228371You know, you could thank us for being patient if we had to wait more than a day for the next update.Need I remind you that since the beginning of this quest, you've only taken ONE hiatus (of three days if I remember correctly).At this point, you've probably written more than a good majority of writefags in a matter of three months.You know, I intend on running a quest myself once I consider myself experienced enough to run one. But I will never hold myself to the standards you hold yourself if only because of how insanely hard it must be to hold.Right this moment, you could decide to go on a week-long hiatus, and nobody would say a word if only because you deserve it.
>>46227235I know how it feels to bust your ass at work and miss out on sleep and meals, then feel like shit when you try to relax.Take a breather when you need to. You are an excellent writer and storyteller, you don't fall for trolls or shitposters and you make anons happy. And as >>46228486 and >>46227622 say, you update more than any other writer in current memory. I was there for the Christmas/New Year run. I remember your tooth falling out of your skull in nasty, greasy chunks. AND YOU WERE STILL ON.If you want a break, then take a break. You goddamn madman.
One hour and change to call.
Bumpity bump BUMP.
Home at last. >>46228486Do feel free to link such a quest here if you start up. Least I can do is return the favor of the read. Gonna eat dinner, then call and write. I want this thread killed tonight.
>>46233239We live to serve lord vox it shall be slain in your name!
Who do we go after once we're done in the Roost?
Goddamnit what is it with three-way ties lately. Votes re-opened until 11:30 PM EST.
>>46223111>Continue the conversation
THERE we go. Called, writing.
>>46223111"Okay, give me my gryphon back now," you ask. "He needs to go with me tomorrow when we're heading into the Roost."Brigette hands Feathers back to you and finally pours herself a cup of coffee. "You know, one of those thoughts I have when I'm all depressed and drunk is wondering why you bother to spend so much time on me.""Brige -""I wasn't done," she interrupts, softly. "I know the answer to that, and that it's just the booze talking. But I do think, maybe I should be doing more. Maybe I can help more. Lora's teaching me more of the Tongue but that and practice doesn't take up all of my day...""You could cut into your drinking time," you say flatly. "...I could stand to get laid less often." Brigette's guilty smile doesn't quite show teeth. She sighs when your answer is a steady glare. "I know," she murmurs. "Gods, you weren't kidding about quality time sucking.""No good deed goes unpunished, Brigette," you tell her. "...But tell you what. When we're done with the Roost, we'll do some actual quality time. Friend stuff, y'know? Play some chess, swap some stories.""Victoria kinda wants to host a dinner," Brigette suggests. "Deal," you tell her, offering your hand out. The Poet shakes it firmly, with a much brighter smile than before. "Speaking of helping, how can I help with New Hell?" she asks. "Understanding that you'd have to stay sober?""Understanding that staying sober means you have to talk to me about the angel eventually?" she answers, evenly. "...Provide the strike team with some emergency books, and get in touch with Silence. Talk to the Caretaker too, and be prepared to ferry advice from Natalia.""Are you that desperate for help?" Brigette asks. "Nah," you answer, with a wry grin. "Why start avoiding difficult jobs now? People might think I'm ill or something."
>>46237041BEGIN SUBLEVEL: RULE THE ROOSThttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzRk5EIHAoI"Understand that old friendships may have changed," Diving Shadow warns. "People may have died. Alliances may have shifted. And I mislike the Dungeon's new taste for enslavement.""You're not the only one," Amy murmurs, rubbing absently at her wrists. You and Nathan each squeeze one of her hands; the four of you have eyes for the wall separating New Hell from the Roost, which is even now being chipped at by industrious workers employed by Ordo the Orc. "We'll want to make contact with the dwarves on the other side of this hole first," Diving Shadow advises. "Both so we have a way out and so they know we're not hostile invaders.""What if there's no dwarves?" you ask. "Then we're all in deep shit." The workers step back, presenting a passage in the steel and debris just wide enough to squeeze through single-file. You hold your hat over your head and swear the incantation needed for your ghost sight. You see Nathan's shadow enlongate and step confidently into the tunnel ahead of him. You follow, with Amy and Diving Shadow behind. It's time to liberate the Roost.
>>46237632You emerge into a dimly lit room that smells faintly of waste. A small, uncovered oubliette in the center of the room seems to be the source. Your contemplations are cut off by the sound of rustling steel. Your eyes snap to the source, and you find two elves in tattered rags, with heavy collars around their necks that connect to rings in the walls by steel chains. There are brands in their cheeks, depicting a spear crossed with a wine bottle, and their left ears have been clipped."Elves," Nathan murmurs. "Slaves," you correct. > What do?
>>46237749>We'll deal with them later, we're not equipped to handle a load of refugees.
>>46237749>Grit teeth, ask slaves if their master is nearbydon't want to be too hasty and make some unnecessary enemies
>>46237791I'm not gonna lie, I read this as 'get teeth' at first and got very confused.
>>46237816very good currency, teeth. Naturally grows, useful, and you can easily extract payment from debtors!
>>46237749Somebody is taking notes from Dragon Age! But yeah, seems some of the other races don't care too much for elves. Any particular reasons, other than jealousy over their longevity, or just plain old racism?>Break them loose and tell them to flee threw the tunnel. When they get to the end, ask for Lark or River. They'll help them.Seeing another elf will be a relief for them. Is Sir Fetch still with River? He can get her to meet the freed slaves halfway.
>>46237855As hinted at (though admittedly not explicitly stated), elves are supposed to be relatively rare in the Dungeon. Traditionally elven lands are not near Starfall and elven justice considers exile underground to be pointlessly cruel.
>>46237749>Examine with ghost sight, check and see if they are booby trappedWe have literally been in this situation before, we should advance with caution. Also, Vox, I thought you were relatively new to /tg/, where'd you pick up >elf slave wat do?
>>46237926Osmosis and generalized corruption. Also Darknest.
>>46237749Ergh, much as I hate to say it I'm getting an 'angel in the cage' vibe here.I wouldn't put it past the Vintner and the Lush (which is presumably who the wine-and-spear symbol stands for) to have compared notes on punishments and traps. Especially given I'm betting they heard about our rescuing Amy from one or another source.>Question them and cautiously attempt to free them. Remind others of what happened with Amy if needed.
>>46237749Seconding caution>Examine with ghost sight, check and see if they are booby trapped
>>46237926>Second this choice
Well this seems fairly clear-cut. Again, I invite folks to offer feedback, ask questions, and/or theorize so we can get this thread slain and I can go to bed. Votes called, writing.
>>46238166And I'll tell you again not to worry about hitting bumplimit and just make the new thread, everybody will move on to it.
>>46238166Will Bri and/or Nathan have opportunities to make Diving Shadow hilariously uncomfortable via lewdness with Amy? Because I enjoyed the image of a flustered River from the trip through New Hell. It also may or may not be something of a fetish.
>>46238166Feathers. What can you tell us.Spill the beans on Richard's informant. SPILL ITWAS THIS HIS PLAN ALL ALONG?TO BECOME/ENSLAVE A STUFFED TOY?ANSWER ME LICH
>>46238166How the fuck did a giant rape Lora who is human sized? That doesn't add up.
>>46238222I have a routine okay. >>46238243Quite possibly. >>46238258Feathers wasn't on purpose.
>>46238258WHY DOES HE WEAR THE MASK
>>46238298Anon, I am not giving a technical or even general guide to this.
>>46238298>>46238335You see son, when a giant, and an angel, and a magic chain love each other very much...
>>46238298You need to see more hentai. Go check if /d/ has a hyper thread.
>>46238298I vaguely recall a story of a serial rapist giant who was trying to create the perfect expansion spell for sexual purposes, and killed many pixies in the process of testing out the prototypes.
>>46238307Great. You've ruined my conspiracy theories. Thanks.
>>46238335It's honestly bothering me. If he's actually more than let's say 10 feet tall it should be anatomically impossible. Despite /d/'s evidence to the contrary.
>>46238377Hang on, the Lush is literally sticking his dick in the physical embodiment of entropy. While he's probably protected HA by being a chainbearer, what would happen to just a random mortal that tried? Would sticking it in the source of all entropy give you, I don't know, rustdick or something?Why the fuck am I even asking this.
>>46238495Lora is the personification of death, entropy, and the transient nature of the universe. Her humanoid form is probably not the only one she can adopt.
>>46238495Magic, anon. It's magic.>>46238513She has better control over her faculties of deathly magiks than you think.
>>46238495Anatomy doesn't mean jack m8, it's all crazy bullshit or magic.
Truly, the specifics for how the giant raped Lora is of the utmost importance!
>>46238495Love finds a way.Rapists tear a new one.
>>46238733I don't want fucking graphic detail, I just want to know if it's some sort of magic bullshit. That's it.
>>46238775Look dude its very definitly magic bullshit.Also how about we zombify some mice and have them sneak into Lush's drink?
>>46238802Alright Ender, time to put down the video games and come up with a real plan.
>>46238816Hey his solution to a giant was up in the face murder. I am sure Fetch would be up for that, but perhaps we can have a different approach.
>>46237749You and the slaves stare at one another for a long moment. "I don't trust it," you murmur. You raise your voice some, so the prisoners can hear you. "Hold very still. I'm going to check something, and I need you to not make any noise."The elves - one male, one female - nod. They're frightened, but you can see the hope in their eyes. Slowly, you draw out the stone with a hole in it and murmur a brief incantation to sharpen your sense of death. The pain in the room is omnipresent enough that you're not getting it on your -"Those cheeky fucks," you swear. You point at the elves. "Illusions, attached to open collars. Probably a trap. The actual slaves are on the other side of the room, invisible."Nathan looks around the room and spots what he's looking for - a little crystal, embedded in the ceiling. One crossbow bolt shatters it, making the illusions covering the room flicker and fade. There's more than a dozen slaves in here, only two of whom are elves, all branded with the crossed bottle and spear. "You have to go," one of them pleads. "Before they notice!""Who?" Diving Shadow asks. "...The Smokers," the slave whispers. > Free the slaves as quickly as possible> Press forward; you can free them after you know more> Put Nathan on watch, ask for information while you can> Write-in?
>>46238933>> Write-in?I'm the only smoker who matters now boys and girls.Proceed to whip out a pack of cigarettes and chain smoke intensely, rapidly and in as high octane a manner as possible
>>46238989For the sake of clarity, is that meant as a stress reaction or...?
>>46239029A combination of comedic timing and stress management
Calling in EIGHT MINUTES.
>>46238933>>46238933>> Free the slaves as quickly as possibleGaaaaaaah I hope I don't regret this
>>46238933>> Put Nathan on watch, ask for information while you canAlso this>>46238989I guess? I'm betting Vox can make it sound better.
Called, writing new thread.
>>46239175Vox, I thought you were on the edge of passing out/succumbing to migraines/otherwise about to fall apart. I truly hope you're not forcing yourself to write at the FURTHER expense of your body. You've already given us a tooth, we can ask no more.
>>46239185But the little voice in my head keeps whispering, "Offer your soul, scribe," and promising more writing time.
>>46239193...well, we don't want to disappoint your head voice. Alright, then, ONE more post, then go pass out, alright? Pretty please?
>>46239193i thought you needed your soul to stay a lich
>>46239249I wonder what vox would have as a phylactery
>>46239301A coffee mug.
>>46239301dragon dildocopy of discworldhis tooth?that one guy's finger from monopoly
NEW THREAD>>46239252>>46239252>>46239252>>46239252Also since we had a tie between 'free them' and 'talk' I'm sorta splitting the difference.