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>>46464829The last day or so has been rather hectic for you. In addition to discovering Blue’s betrayal you were then set upon by Hiss for spending too much time loafing about while everyone else was preparing. It didn’t take long for her to bundle you up on a cart and have you shipped off with everyone else.And that’s where you are right now, sitting atop a wagon. A wagon in an entire chain of wagons no less with Hiss’ breathing corpses marching on either side. Everywhere you look you can see the dead, snakes and humans either marching or tending to carts not unlike your own. The host left Melire behind several hours ago and is travelling north towards Taldenral. It’s actually happening. There is going to be war.You slide yourself off the moving cart and only stumble a little. You’re not getting anything done just sitting down. Where do you go?>Visit Hiss. Isn’t she commanding all of this?>Visit the homunculi & Blue.>Get some brewing done.>Devote your time to study.>You haven’t seen Zigzag for a while now. That’s discomforting.>Ask Oster about the war.>Other
>>46464839>>You haven’t seen Zigzag for a while now. That’s discomforting.
>>46464839>Get some brewing done.Ouro being punctual? Who is this impostor?
>>46464839>Get some brewing done.We need to make permanent physical buff brews with treebrew. Like potence and regen+healing. Maybe even champion brew
>>46464839>Ask Oster about the war.
>Get some brewing doneOn the other hand, there's no need to get anything done just yet. For once you're not actually NEEDED anywhere and you don't have any urgent responsibilities. So why not sit back and work on your alchemy? Chances are that you'll need it. And besides you feel a little awkward walking around right now, your clothes have been rather tight since your last growth spurt. Better to just stay in the wagon.>Experiment. (You can specify but you don't have to)>Focus on improving some of your existent brews.>It's time to get some serious restocking done!>Work on your reagents.>Other
>>46464909I also want to make caster brews though. I mean we are headed to war. I guess both are pretty useful.
>>46464997>It's time to get some serious restocking done!
>>46464997>Experiment. (You can specify but you don't have to)Treebrew related permanent physical improvements
>>46464997>>It's time to get some serious restocking done!
>>46464997>Experiment. (You can specify but you don't have to)Treebrew or caster brews. We always get interrupted after we restock and then we don't experiment at all.
>>46465070that's false equivalency since experimented takes longer and we'll be even less prepared if we don't restock.
Could we soak our clothes in a Eugene potion, demorph them, and make them grow to our size with another treebrew? Probably only works on living organisms but maybe not. Otherwise we may just have to make a reverse treebrew unless you guys are particularly attached to being seven feet tall
Yo restock anons start thinking of what we need so we don't take forever to decide like always
>>46465109I'm thinking we might invent brews that we'll want multiples of so restocking after might be smarter
>>46465156We would if Ouro had the bin up to date.......>>46465193We'll have spent ALL our time experimenting though, Anons do not stop once they start.
>>46465156Definitely gonna need a bunch of heal-alls
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>46465134Eugene's rejects only work on living creatures unfortunately. You do have a brew that shrinks unliving things however. It's vital to carrying your lab around. >>46465217I believe the inventory bin is up to date.Anyway, looks like a tie. Evens for restocking, odds for experimenting.
>>46465217I'm not sure you realize how long traveling by wagon takes. Also I'm pretty sure the pastebins are all up to date
>>46465239A reverse collapsible brew would be nice but it doesn't last very long, which is a problem. Also I kinda like being freakishly tall so I'd rather not shrink our body back down. Should help our throwing range, increase our reach with sword fights, and help us handle caster recoil better.
Little late, but we should work on something for art detection and/or protection. The king probably has a small army of seers, alchemists and maybe a few wizards.
>>46465294Maybe we could combine antimagic and the champion brew?
>ExperimentYou get back onto your wagon, noting mournfully your scattered bottles and lab glassware as you do so. Since Blue destroyed your pack you had to dump all of your junk into the wagon and declare it off-limits to anyone else. Until you acquire another good pack you're going to have to rely on your bandoleer to store all of the potions you want to have on hand. But that doesn't mean that you can't brew more right now!You'll probably need every single one of them.>Experiment with treebrew.>Caster brews.>Art brews>Soul brews>Other (Specify)You may select more than one but keep in mind this will use up more time.
>>46465335>Experiment with treebrew.Fuck, we can only carry around ten brews. We'll have to fill those syringes with healing brews or something and stash them on our person to save space
>>46465335>Experiment with treebrew.What happened to blue? She's with the homunculi for some reason. Did she already get mindfucked?
>>46465335>>Art brews>>46465397With the Homunculi anon
>>46465397You pretty heavily wished her into being a non-threat and she has to be close by to continue Eva's venom treatment.
>>46465335>>Caster brews.>>Art brewsTask orange with acquiring a pack replacement
What's our clothing made of? Maybe we could grow it if it's made from a plant like cotton. Ooh and we could even reinforce it with a treebrew+champion brew. Might have to make it count as living plant matter for the sake of alchemy again somehow though.
>>46465335>Experiment with treebrew.
>>46465461Do plants have souls though? We can't just shove a soul into our clothes anon.
>>46465488On second thought add caster brews to this one.
>>46465518Technically you can, you'd just need Hiss' help. Anyway called for treebrew. Writan'.
>>46465557Plant souls are different from other souls right? They don't produce any mental energy.
>>46465583Most plants don't have souls.
Fuck guys I really want to make soul brews too since we did all that research into spirits/souls/spiders and haven't done anything with it
>>46465637So many brews and so little time
>>46465461Modifying treebrew with a reverse collapsibility brew might make it work on dead plant matter, who knows? We could always just find a tailor.
>Experiment with treebrew.It's strange, you've been a plant for months but aside from a few splashes of treebrew here and there you haven't really done much with it. But maybe now is the time. >Oakskin: This brew is permanent and as long as you are a plant, will toughen up your body as if it was carved entirely out of solid wood. >Tangle Elixir: Injecting yourself with this will causes a change that is permanent for as long as you are a plant, allowing you to hasten or slow your transformation as you will. You will be able to put down roots or grow additional muscle mass or prehensile branches just by thinking. >Sunflower Brew: This brew will turn you permanently photosynthetic, lending your skin a green shade while colouring your hair bright dandelion-yellow. You will no longer need to eat, drink or sleep and will have increased regeneration by spending time in direct sunlight.>Bramblebrew: Drinking this induces a permanent upgrade for as long as you are a plant. At a whim you will be able to adorn yourself with long thin spikes and thorns wherever you wish. They are extremely sharp.>Hollow: Applying this brew to yourself will cause part of you to become a woody hollow space within your body. This space can store liquids for an extremely long period of time and can be expelled at will. Not only does this turn you into a living waterskin but it also allows you to store potions within your body. >Reverse Treebrew: This potion causes plants to shrink. Pretty self-explanatory really.>Rootkin: You can use this potion to grow into either a tree or flower. You will be completely indistinguishable from them and capable of very limited movement while possessing the perfect disguise.>Other (Specify)You can choose multiple but it effects how much time will be spent.
>>46465937>>Oakskin: This brew is permanent and as long as you are a plant, will toughen up your body as if it was carved entirely out of solid wood.>Bramblebrew: Drinking this induces a permanent upgrade for as long as you are a plant. At a whim you will be able to adorn yourself with long thin spikes and thorns wherever you wish. They are extremely sharp.
>>46465937>Bramblebrew: Drinking this induces a permanent upgrade for as long as you are a plant. At a whim you will be able to adorn yourself with long thin spikes and thorns wherever you wish. They are extremely sharp.
>>46465937>>Tangle Elixir: Injecting yourself with this will causes a change that is permanent for as long as you are a plant, allowing you to hasten or slow your transformation as you will. You will be able to put down roots or grow additional muscle mass or prehensile branches just by thinking.Props to sunflower brew for being the best Eugene brew, but this is most useful IMO.
>>46465937Are the plant changes made with the tangle elixir immediately reversible?
>>46466032You can will them back into being normal but they're not instant. They'll take a minute or so depending on how extensive the changes are.Also sorry for the low content updates this thread so far guys but eh, that's just how alchemy updates work most of the time.
>>46465937>Bramblebrew: Drinking this induces a permanent upgrade for as long as you are a plant. At a whim you will be able to adorn yourself with long thin spikes and thorns wherever you wish. They are extremely sharp.>Tangle Elixir: Injecting yourself with this will causes a change that is permanent for as long as you are a plant, allowing you to hasten or slow your transformation as you will. You will be able to put down roots or grow additional muscle mass or prehensile branches just by thinking.>Oakskin: This brew is permanent and as long as you are a plant, will toughen up your body as if it was carved entirely out of solid wood.We are become plant alex mercer
>>46465937>Oakskin: This brew is permanent and as long as you are a plant, will toughen up your body as if it was carved entirely out of solid wood. I hope this can stack with champion brew >Tangle Elixir: Injecting yourself with this will causes a change that is permanent for as long as you are a plant, allowing you to hasten or slow your transformation as you will. You will be able to put down roots or grow additional muscle mass or prehensile branches just by thinking. >Bramblebrew: Drinking this induces a permanent upgrade for as long as you are a plant. At a whim you will be able to adorn yourself with long thin spikes and thorns wherever you wish. They are extremely sharp.Can we control where these appear specifically?
>>46465937Could we make a permanent passive regen brew? Treebrew+regen+healing? Maybe it could seal wounds with quickly growing plant matter for a quick fix?
We should probably make a brew that makes us non-planty just in case it becomes a disadvantage
>Bramblebrew: Drinking this induces a permanent upgrade for as long as you are a plant. At a whim you will be able to adorn yourself with long thin spikes and thorns wherever you wish. They are extremely sharp.>Tangle Elixir: Injecting yourself with this will causes a change that is permanent for as long as you are a plant, allowing you to hasten or slow your transformation as you will. You will be able to put down roots or grow additional muscle mass or prehensile branches just by thinking.>Oakskin: This brew is permanent and as long as you are a plant, will toughen up your body as if it was carved entirely out of solid wood.You spend almost all of what's left in the day squatting inside of your wagon as you work the cauldron. At one point Orange pokes his head in, clearly wanting to talk to you about something but since it isn't urgent you wave him off and set him to acquiring you a new good backpack. He hasn't returned since. It's been several hours and the sky has dimmed but it's finally ready! Before you sit two syringes and one bottle, all full to brim of plant-based concoctions.Oakskin. Tangle Elixir. Bramblebrew.Taking these will permanently change you.>Administer them all now. >Keep them on hand but don't use them just yet.>Find someone else to test them on first.>Leave the main host before using them.>Other
>>46466272>>Administer them all now.
>>46466272>Administer them all now. Maybe have our homunculi observe as an alchemy lesson?
>>46466272>Leave the main host before using them.
>>46466272>Leave the main host before using them.This might get a little freaky at first. Thorns will go nicely with our brand though. Especially if a champion brew could increase their toughness too.
>>46466272The safe thing to do would be to test them on something else, develop an antidote and have someone to assist us in case something goes wrong, but we've brewed all day and the only valid test subject in existence is Tanni so...>Leave the main host before using them.>Take eva to assist us>Administer them all now.
>>46466423Well we have a demorph brew which should reverse all these brews if necessary
>>46466423We'd have to bring Hom too. Can't leave him out.
>>46466309What's the lesson? If you have some weird magical quirk make sure to take advantage of it with alchemy?
>>46466566Not a bad lesson for them really considering they're technically brews
>Leave the main host before using them.This might get a little freaky at first before you get it under control. And indeed, it would probably be safest to test them out on someone else but what kind of alchemist doesn't use himself as a test subject?A healthy and long-lived alchemist, that's what. And you've never particularly been a paragon of either.You leave your wagon and do your best to walk your way out of the host. There are a lot of people here! More than you count. You can spot some of the snakes who haven't yet fully learned the ways of humans, they move too well or not at all and they're too clean and attractive. But there are plenty of genuine humans in their midst as well. Mercenaries? Conscripts? Volunteers? People whose will has been bent to Hiss'? Probably a mixture of all four. You try not to think too hard about that last one.And then of course, there are the living dead. Hiss has been very busy in that regard. Every corpse is but a potential vessel to hold one of the many human souls inside of her and they're all completely loyal and undying. Hiss might have had to let her Melach servants go but she's replaced them rather well. You've talked to a few and most seem rather happy with what's been done to them, even counting out the fact that Hiss has digested their free will. Most are happy to simply live again. You wonder if Hiss has told them that their souls are eventually going to rot until they're nothing but crazed automata like the Children. And then you have to wonder if you'll ever end up like that. If you were dying and Hiss begged you to thaw out your soul so that she may pluck it out and seed it anew, would you deny her? The slow rot into insanity may be preferable to death.You leave them all behind and find a small copse of trees off the road that shields you from their view. This should do it.You don't waste any time. You drink the bottle and plunge both syringes into your arm in quick succession. 1/2
>>46466675You hope you're using them right.At first nothing happens but you quickly start to feel a heat building up within your guts. There's something wriggling and squirming inside of you and it's growing! It fills your throat and your mouth and you sink to your knees in pain. The dirt feels good.And then it passes.You breathe a deep sigh and try to stand up only to realize that you can't. Pale roots are growing from your legs and your arms and digging deep into the ground around you! Your skin is craggy and covered in thorns and you can already feel thin branches thick with leaves worming their way through the skin of your head and back. You can't even panic. You're tired and this feels good. Do you really lose anything by just closing your eyes and falling asleep?>Roll a 1d100. Choosing the highest from the first 3.
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>46466802
Rolled 31 (1d100)>>46466802aw fuck
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>46466802The dangers of the #swag #YOLO life.
And then Cennen became a tree. The end.
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>46466802
>>46466850So what's the moral of this story?
>>46466886I blame Eugene. Never trust a wizard.
>>46466886Don't do stupid shit, or you'll kill off your entire race and get stuck in a horrible fate forever?
>>46466925They won't all be killed, they'll just have an eternal empress of dubious morality
Fuck. Should've brought our homunculi
>>46467025We had it stated that humanity was heading to extinction when the dragons were in charge, and we've had Word of God that Hiss was the most dubious morality out of all the villains we've met.I don't think I'll be far off.
>31You let your eyes close and as you fall asleep you can feel the bark growing over them and sealing them shut. You let yourself go and for a long time there is only dark....At some point you become aware of a different dark and your sleeping mind begins to panic. What the fuck is going on? Did you really just set down roots? You need to wake up!If you were still sleeping that would have worked. You haven't become a tree permanently after all, you simply fell into a tree-like state as you slept. Waking up, however long it took, would solve this problem. But you can't wake up. Something else, something vast and sinister and as black as night has you in its clutches now. Being a tree is the least of your problems now.You try to squirm or escape but you can't, there can be no movement here. You're trapped helplessly within the coils of a monster so large and regal that you are but a gnat in their presence while their unseen fangs lurk in waiting. "You know Cennen," the monster says in a conversational tone. "You really try some dumb shit sometimes. You moron."You feel something idly flicker through your memories as if they were nothing but a picture book. You remember this feeling. It was from back when you first met-"Hiss!""Yes? That's me.""What are you doing here?""Excuse me? This IS me, why wouldn't I be here? You're completely inside of me now Cennen. Like a mouse inside my gullet."It's hard to think."That shouldn't be possible.""It was hard work getting your homunculi to tell me which bottle was probably the 'Thawing Solution' but it must have worked because you're so deliciously vulnerable right now. You have no idea how tempting it is to just eat you right up.""What? Why?"Your mind blurs under the weight of Hiss."Because I'm not going to leave you in a fucking tree you idiot! And don't worry, I've been very gentle with your soul. Although...," and now her tone turns both playful and malicious.1/2
>>46467109FUCK! YOU SAID WE COULD CHANGE BACK OURO!
>>46467158maybe she can put us back in the tree and let us change back?
>>46467109"Maybe I could do a little cleaning while I've got you down here. I'm not saying you're undesirable or anything, far from it. But you're not exactly perfect, right?"You feel a metaphysical forked tongue flicker past your head."Could trim the fat a little, so to speak. Or even just leave some hilarious suggestions you don't know about.">Stand your ground. "Don't you dare, Hiss. You know this isn't right.">"I can't stop you from doing that but please don't.">"If you want. But I thought you didn't want me to change.">"Aw come on Hiss, just let me go and let me fix my body. We can flirt later.">"Actually I'd prefer it if you gave me my memories back.">Ignore her.>Other
>>46467206>"Aw come on Hiss, just let me go and let me fix my body. We can flirt later."I'll change back pretty soon. Just made my body a little tougher so you won't have to be quite as gentle with me all the time.
>>46467206>>"Aw come on Hiss, just let me go and let me fix my body. We can flirt later."
>>46467206>Not like I can stop you now, but if you do, you might as well just kill me. I'd no longer be Cennen and just another puppet. It'd just prove everything you've said to me is a lie.
>>46467158You can change back. You just fell asleep and were thus unable to before you were found and people understandably panicked because they thought you'd somehow become a tree forever.
>>46467206>"Actually I'd prefer it if you gave me my memories back."
>>46467260lol she's not actually gonna do it anon
>>46467206>>"Actually I'd prefer it if you gave me my memories back."You know that none of this good shit that's happened would have happened if you did that. Oster's improvements since his mind got fixed prove that.
>>46467206>"Aw come on Hiss, just let me go and let me fix my body. We can flirt later."inb4 naja takes this opportunity to do some weird shit to us
>>46467274If you don't think she's considering it you're a moron. She's a narcissistic control freak,, a horrible person and has it well within her means to shape us how she likes.
>>46467298he's actually not doing so great lately. we should check up on him. also we probably shouldn't bring that up right now since she doesn't know about it
>>46467303Yeah, but constantly abusing us is how she gets off. Without our innocent soul to bully, she'd be left with a bunch of Cennen-esque meat dildos.
>>46467206>"Careful hiss, there's important stuff in there. You mess anything up it may affect my capability to help with your host situation, or my alchemy, or some other... Important skills"
>>46467303She's just messing with us anon. Trying to get a reaction since this is likely her only chance to do this.
>>46467328well she certainly might know about it now. We can discuss whether or not she would do anything to cennen's mind but I have very few doubts she might look through it to see what's going on.
>>46467337Given how much we've turned her way, she's not losing much.>>46467363Not really all she needs to do is Queen command us to drink a Dethaw and we will. Or just grab one and shove it down our throat.
>>46467261Yeah my bad, I though she had taken our soul into her gullet and now we'd have to get put into a new body or something so I freaked out
>"Aw come on Hiss, just let me go and let me fix my body. We can flirt later."You sigh and do your best to remain aloof despite having literally all you are completely within her power. "Aw come on Hiss," you do your best to sound only a little annoyed. "Just let me go and let me fix my body. We can flirt later."Hiss laughs."You always see right through me, huh? Well, you're not wrong. I like you mostly as you are. That said..."You suddenly recollect most of your last few months at once and you can't stop yourself from screaming."I can't say I approve of some of these things you've been thinking about me over the last few months. A narcissistic control freak? I mean, what is with this? >>46467303 . That's a bit rude.""Given the circumstances it's at least a little appropriate don't you think?""Hmph. And look at this. I had no idea you were so into Tanni.""Stop the teasing Hiss. Just drop me into my body.""Sure. Just be happy I don't put you into a rock or something. Up you go."The void fades as Hiss spits you out and you find yourself slowly waking. You're sitting inside some kind of large palanquin, Hiss' personal one if you were to guess. When did she get that built? You're curled up in a fetal position and sitting half-buried in a large pot of dirt.You retract your roots with a thought and marvel at how your body alters itself at your command.Now that you know how soporific being a tree can be you'll be able to handle it. You pick your way out of the dirty pot and only then do you spot Hiss lounging opposite you in her human form. "Do you like it Cennen? Say what you will about them but the Quedeshi had some really good ideas."The two of you appear to be alone.> "How long has it been?"> "What other good ideas exactly.">Thank her.> Tell her about your experiments.> Ask her about her day.> Nobble.>Other
>>46467624> "What other good ideas exactly.">Thank her.> Tell her about your experiments.Show off our weird new plant powers
>>46467624>> "What other good ideas exactly.">Thank her.> "How long has it been?"
>>46467624> Tell her about your experiments.Cennen is all about the experiments.
>>46467624>Thank her.> Tell her about your experiments.> Ask her about her day.So what's your vision of Teleran under your rule?
I see we're go so randumb now. Great.
>>46467624> "How long has it been?">Thank her.> Tell her about your experiments.> Ask her about her day.Yeah I know I'm choosing too much. Sorry Ouro. >>46467731I like this write in too
>>46467703>von BraunSurprisingly apt
>>46467761what are you so butthurt about anon?
>>46467772Nobody made the comparison sooner? Cennen doesn't really give a fuck about much other than science alchemy, and he's essential to one of the worst atrocities in all history while not being a shitbag himself.
>>46467788Cennan just going off on random tangents for no reason.
>>46467624>> Tell her about your experiments.>> Ask her about her day.
>>46467818Cennen likes to talk about his alchemy. Even though she already saw all of his recent experiments now that I think about it.
>"What other good ideas exactly?">Thank her.>Tell her about your experiments.You rub your eyes. It's strange, you don't actually feel refreshed or energized. Something to watch out for in future."Thanks Hiss. For not eating me and whatnot."It's a little sad that that's something you feel like you have to say but positive reinforcement is positive reinforcement. Hiss waves you off."Oh, it was nothing. My pleasure.""And sorry about all that plant business. I was actually fine but I can see how I must have caused you all to panic. You see, I was actually using some modified treebrews to alter my plant nature and-"Hiss makes a derogatory gesture with her hand that resembles a crude mouth just opening and shutting over and over again. You get the hint and stop talking."Don't worry about it, I literally saw all of that when I ate you. I know what happened now.""So you wouldn't mind then if I explained how it all worked? It was just an application of-""I caught that bit too. I know literally all about your dumb plant stuff Cennen.""Oh."You can't help but feel deflated. This isn't the first time Hiss has just dismissed your accomplishments and you're sure she doesn't really mean anything from it but it can affect you sometimes all the same. "So uh, nice palanquin.""Yeah!"Hiss looks much more enthusiastic about this topic."I loved them back when I was in Quedesh! Not just the comfort but the symbol. The power! Why walk when you can show everyone that you can make humans walk for you? And better yet, everyone supporting us right now is dead so they'll never tire! It's really smooth."You nod even though you can't help but feel a little uneasy."Any other Quedeshi ideas you feel like adopting? You said they had some good ones, right?"Hiss narrows her eyes."Oh no you don't. I see what you're doing here. You're trying to lure me into a question so you can bemoan some aspect of my morality again aren't you? It's your second-favourite hobby."1/2
>>46468013"I don't think it's unreasonable to be concerned about Teleran's future. I'm helping put you on the throne here and I just want to be sure that what I'm doing is the right thing."Hiss nods and looks thoughtful."I guess it depends on your definition of the 'right thing'. By my definition it is. Mine is the only one that matters by the way.""Yeah but I need to know that stuff like...like the Pit is behind us. And that you won't institute some Quedeshi system of snake supremacy or slavery.""Yeah, I understand what you mean. But don't worry Cennen I'm not tied to some ridiculous system of beliefs like our crippled 'friend'. I will make my judgements fairly as the circumstances demand. But you have to understand what that entails. I won't raise serpents above humans based on what they are. But I WILL note that my kind is, generally speaking, physically and magically superior to your kind and will treat them as such. Exemplary humans like yourself can still rise but you should expect something of a snake aristocracy simply because on average they're better equipped to handle it."You frown. You suppose that's the best you're going to get."And what about the slavery?""Oh, what need do I have of slaves? Teleran is fantastic! I just need to accrue all of the money and people will happily be my slaves for me! I believe that is how your human system works. I won't be changing anything there.""And you won't change people's souls without cause?"Hiss looks away for a moment."You have to understand that it's very easy. The moment I have a problem I always have the option to look them in the eye and make the problem go away. It's so very tempting."You think back to Hiss telling you about how the world was made of glass."I think I understand. But it's not sustainable and it's not ethical.""I think we've gone a bit too far for 'ethics' but I'll give it my best shot."She leans back, somehow managing to recline even further."Any other concerns?"2/3
>>46468197Why are you 8 feet tall
>>46468197>Raise a concern (Specify)>"It's funny that you should mention Aash's faith..." >Leave>"Are you sure going to war like this was the right move?">Pet snake.>Nobble>Other
>>46468261Ask what she thinks about the soul substitute. Eating less souls is better for the country as a whole.
>>46468261>"It's funny that you should mention Aash's faith..." "So she decided to spread that snake supremacy shit so I killed off her will to live. It was pretty schway. I put it back later."
>>46468261>Pet snake.Get her in our grasp>"It's funny that you should mention Aash's faith..." >>46468237Also height check.
>>46468261Cuddle snek>"Are you sure going to war like this was the right move?"The subversion seemed to be going well. The people are on your side as far as I can tell. How many of our company are willing human followers anyway?
>>46468261>"It's funny that you should mention Aash's faith..."I think this will upset her because we got to hurt Aash worse than she'll ever be able to.>"Are you sure going to war like this was the right move?"Like this, anyway. What happened to the subtle takeover and the hidden vanguard. Seems like we're going in blind this time
>>46468237Nah she's still six and a half.
>>46468261>"It's funny that you should mention Aash's faith..." >Pet snake>Raise a concern (Soul substitute and snakes just eating someone when they surpass them to get better costing the Queendom skilled workers and manpower. Like Orange and the paperwork.)>"Are you sure going to war like this was the right move?"It almost seems like he's baiting you into a trap.
>Pet snake>"It's funny that you should mention Aash's faith.">"Are you sure going to war like this was the right move?"You scramble over to her side and draw her close with an arm around her shoulder. She doesn't resist even though she does look a little uncomfortable with how much bigger you are now. You don't try anything further than that and she seems willing to just lean into you and absorb your body heat. She's as cold as ever of course. Eventually you find yourself turning to what could be the start of a difficult conversation."It's strange that you should mention Aash's faith...""Eh?"She looks up at you with half-lidded eyes."Didn't you see that in my memories?""Contrary to how I may seem, my dear Cennen, I am not all-powerful. I can't skim every detail instantly. Especially when I was looking for anything to do with trees. Aashenpreet has nothing to do with them save a similar girth."She snickers quietly to herself."Well I think there's something I should tell you then."You give her a brief description of what you did to Aashenpreet and you grow queasier as you tell it for Hiss's smile just grows wider and wider."Cennen! I'm so proud of you!"She wraps her arms around your chest and pushes up against you."I'd been wanting to do something like that to her for AGES.""What, really?""Naturally. She's an insolent cripple. But I'd always held back because I thought you were concerned about her. Good job."Her praise inspires more shame than pleasure."That's not what I intended to do, Hiss. And besides, I helped make it better."Hiss laughs."No you didn't. That kind of thing is going to fester inside of her forever. I can't believe you got her to try and kill herself! That's amazing!"Well Hiss certainly seems to have cheered up but it's had the opposite effect on you. You sit there silently for some time, ignoring her frisky half-attempts while you ponder what you've been doing. "Hiss...why are we here?"1/2
>>46468346We should massively increase our muscle density so it looks like we haven't changed but we're stronger
>>46468738kek, what a bitchshe's great
>>46468771>flexes pecs>connective tissue fails and our tendons pop off like a girl's bra strap in a teen comedy movie
>>46468738"Because you turned yourself into a plant like an idiot?""No, not that. Why are we on the move like this? What happened to the subtle takeover and the hidden vanguard?""Those are still happening! But it was a little harder keeping everything entirely secret than I thought. The King knows about me, Cennen! He knows about me and he tried to KILL me! If I hadn't still had my Hunt Sense from my Blood he might have succeeded too! We can't let that stand!""And you don't think that's what he wants? That he might be trying to draw you into a trap."Hiss shakes her head."Let him try. We still have moles on the inside and he has no idea what we truly are. That remains our biggest advantage. And once all sees our stupendous victory they will know not to test themselves against me!""Alright okay but you've never done this before Hiss. You might have eaten humans that have before but you've never personally conque-"Hiss pulls out a vial of dark liquid out from behind a cushion and before you can react, dumps it all over your head.You cough and splutter and rub it out of your eyes."What was that? What the fuck?"But your question is being answered for you as you feel yourself start to diminish, your body shrinking slowly back down to Hiss' level...and maybe even a bit lower than that. Hiss grins as your eyes slowly draw level with hers."You're far from the only alchemist in Melire, you know darling. I figured at least one of them had something to make plants shrivel.""Oi, let m-"Hiss sticks a finger into your mouth."You said I've never conquered anything. Let me prove you wrong.">Let it happen.>Nobble. She's already in your grasp.>Use Potion (Specify)>Flee.>Say something (Specify)>"Can we do this later?">Other
>>46468904>Let it happen.Actually pretty helpful
>>46468904>Let it happen.We're going to get BTFO by the king, of that I'm certain
>>46468904>Let it happen.Question Hiss's self worth and she will assert dominance on you. It isn't healthy to hide insecurities like this, but I don't think she'll be very keen on talking about her feelings. Does anyone else think we could talk her out of it?
>>46468904>Let it happen.>>46468969There's always that one ridiculously pessimistic anon
>>46468904>>Use Potion (Specify)Snake dispel for a reversal>Say something (Specify)And sometimes overconfidence leads to an easy victory turning into a costly blunder.
>>46468997Snake dispel would turn her into a tiny snake
>>46468904Increase muscle mass to have a back and forth fight for dominance, like a real battle but let her win in the end. For fun.
>>46468997REMIND YOURSELF THAT OVERCONFIDENCE IS A SLOW AND INSIDIOUS POISON.
>>46468904>>Let it happen.
>>46468992We'll beat him eventually. But Hiss is treating him like he's just another noble from Melire. She's grown bold and arrogant, which often results in getting your scaly ass kicked
>>46469006No it wouldn't she has no Growth power, unlike Aash.>>46469083Yup
>>46469083Is that such a bad thing? She's still twelve and thinks that ruling the world is easy. Some asskicking would do her psyche some good.
Fuck, guys we need to mention that Taldenral might have gotten their hands on some snake reagents from our fight with the Snakecatcher monster and our snakebreakers
>>46469112I know, that's why I'll be glad if it happens. It will be a learning experience, and it will force the snakes to aknowledge humanity's worth.>>46469129The king has seers working for him, he might have captured one of the moles.>>46469135fug
>>46468833Then we increase the strength of everything else too
>Let it happen.You think for a moment about resisting or even turning the tables on her. You could do it and you know she'd like it. But in the end you decide against it. Let her have her victories.For a moment you could have sworn that Hiss looks faintly disappointed as she drags you down.....You slowly wake once more from your exhaustion-induced slumber. How long have you been out? Probably all night.Hiss lies naked beside you and you can feel your body already readying itself once more the moment you behold her.She's sort of huge though, at least a foot taller than you. Just how much of that vial did she dump on your head? What height are you now?You reach around for your clothes and find them to now be much too big for you. It's hard to do it in the palanquin but you'd estimate that you're now around an even five foot in height. That's a full foot below that of the normal man. Zigzag size.You're not sure what to make of this.Hiss murmurs something in her sleep as you move around but doesn't wake. >Start brewing up a treebrew inside.>Feed Hiss a taste of her own medicine.>Nobble her.>Wake her.>Pet snake.>Look outside and confirm the time.>Just leave for now.>Use Potion (Specify)>Other
>>46469336>Feed Hiss a taste of her own medicine.>What, you thought the fucking was over?
>>46469336>Pet snake.>Start brewing up a treebrew inside.No manlets allowed
>>46469336>>Nobble her.>Pet snake.>Start brewing up a treebrew inside.
>>46469336supporting >>46469380Afterwards point out that being confident is fine, but letting your guard down is dangerous.
>>46469336>>Feed Hiss a taste of her own medicine.
>>46469336>Start brewing up a treebrew inside.>Feed Hiss a taste of her own medicine.
>>46469380>plus drink a couple potency potions too for extra strength
I feel like she might fuck us up instinctively if we attack her while she's asleep bros.
>>46469493Then we either overcome her or play it off as a joke. When was the last time she was actually mad at us? Dhinapreet?
Let's go check up on Aash and Zukhdeep. Maybe introduce the other homunculi to him. If we're lucky Zigzag will be there with Aash too. The supporting cast is getting huge lately.
>Start brewing up a treebrew inside.>Feed Hiss a taste of her own medicine.>Then nobble herOh no, you're not going to let her get away with this. A strange plan springs to mind and you grin. You're not going to just nobble her, oh no. Or at least, not yet.First you get to work brewing. It's lucky that Hiss seems to have had most of your potions and lab stuff brought into her giant palanquin so she could thaw you out of your plant shape or else you wouldn't be able to do this.You cook up a treebrew as quickly and quietly as you can. You see Hiss' nose twitch as she smells it but you finish it before she can wake.The amount you prepared is large and is just enough to get you back to being six foot five. But you're not done yet. You have to get revenge.You locate two potions, the Shapeshifting brew and a Thoughtbrew.You don't try and feed them to her while she's asleep, you're not fucking suicidal. And besides you know that makes her feel awful. So you wake her up first and then, while she's still half-asleep offer her both bottles to drink.She blinks at you blearily and downs both of them in quick succession."What are those?"You sit down beside her and whisper into her ear. "You are feeling very small.""Wha?"The Thoughtbrew quickly gets to work however, influencing Hiss' thoughts with that phrase. She IS feeling small. And those are the thoughts that the Shapeshifting brew has to go on.It's not long until she's down to five foot tall instead of you."Cennen? How dare y-"You push a cushion over the top of her and nobble her while she's still confused. She glares at you when she's released."Is this how I'm going to be greeted every morning with you now? Undo this and return me to my proper size immediately."She's very cute when she's angry like this."What's the matter, you can dish it out but not take it?"1/2
>>46469731Hiss sighs as she looks up at you."It's nothing some shapeshifting won't fix. Just spend your wishes on boring things and we can be done alright?""Of course your Highness. Oh sorry. That's not a very apt term right now is it?"You can hear her grinding her teeth from the other side of the palanquin. >Make a wish (Specify)>Leave her be for now. She can stew for a while like this. >Make a remark about how she can't let her guard down. >Use Potion (Specify)>Pet Snake>Other
>>46469795>let her be >then make wishes like I wish you could only rhyme while you talk
>>46469795>Make remark about how she can't let her guard down>Pet Snake...I feel like it's bad that we, arguably the only person she actually trusts besides maybe Oster, are the ones using a trick like this to prove the "don't let your guard down" thing. By all rights, we SHOULD be one of the people it's safe to let her guard down around, so it feels kind of shitty.
>>46469795>Pet Snake>Make a wish"I wish you feel like I feel right now."
>>46469795>Make a remark about how she can't let her guard down. >Pet Snake[/spoiler]wish for her to have increased sensitivityWish for doggystyle[/spoiler]And I can't think of a third wish. Lewd wishes are weird.
>>46469877Fuck, I messed up those spoilers. I might be retarded. But yeah the letting her guard down thing should be done teasingly. Say she conquered us initially but the war wasn't over after the one battle.
>>46469795>>Pet Snake>Use Potion (Specify)Treebrew and Potence>Make a wish (Specify)Maximum SensitivityReduce poison production to small as possibleThat we'll that sex is variety of positions while she's small we'll go at it until we are exhausted or she can't think straight at all
>>46469795>>46469846Supporting this wish because I love you, Ouro
>>46469877Also are we still being carried right now? Might not want to use potence, just use the muscle increase from that brew we just drank. Don't want to break it.
>>46469918This. Maybe cover her mouth so the entire procession doesn't know what's happening
>>46470002That's why we reduced venom production, Muffle it with our mouth.
>>46470002I'm not really sure how much is too much with her. We don't want her to actually fear this loss of control or we're in for a rather nonlewd beating. This is where a safe word would come in handy, but I don't think we've came up with the concept yet.
I'm just going to leave this here>http://www.rhymezone.com/
>>46469918>Make a wish"You see, this is the problem Hiss. Just because you win the first battle you assume you won the war."Hiss doesn't look particularly swayed by your arguments. "I didn't let my guard down because I thought I had won. I let it down because I trust you Cennen."Oof."I know you do. And that's why I did this. Because I know this is what you want even if you're usually too afraid to admit it.""You assume too much."You reach out and pull her over to you. She doesn't resist, even with her far greater strength."Do I?"She seems incapable of speaking further. Neither of you need to. ......You get dressed slowly, feeling fatigued already. Hiss is lying over in the corner in a state of half-consciousness. Well, that's not strictly true. She's still awake but she's having a little trouble thinking straight for now after what you wished for. You kiss her on the forehead and she moans. Hard to believe this is the would-be conqueror of the country. But it's not like you took this moment from her, it was what she wanted. If you had actually crossed a line she didn't want to cross she would have made her displeasure known in a rather painful way. She gurgles something incomprehensible. Best to leave her to sleep it off. Which is why this is an exceptionally bad time for someone to start harassing the palanquin from without."Let me though! I need to see her. No it's not urgent, it's a personal matter. Your majesty?"You recognize that voice. It's Oster!He might not like what he sees here.> Just let him in.>Wake up Hiss first and help get her tidied up.>Exit the palanquin. "I'm sorry, she's currently indisposed.">Ignore him so he'll leave. He can come back later.>Other
>>46470208>Exit the palanquin. "I'm sorry, she's currently indisposed."
>>46470208>Wake up Hiss first and help get her tidied up.She is a horny bunny when we're together but do not undermine her in front of the subjects. Know your place.
>>46470208>Wake up Hiss first and help get her tidied up.
>>46470208>>Wake up Hiss first and help get her tidied up.
>>46470208>Wake up Hiss first and help get her tidied up.I still find Hiss' secret sub tendencies hilarious
>>46470208>Exit the palanquin. "I'm sorry, she's currently indisposed."Oster will understand.>tfw no rhyming snek gf
>>46470339She rhymed all her moans
>>46470208>>Exit the palanquin. "I'm sorry, she's currently indisposed."sorry we've done a bit of experimentation she might be out for a little, obviously I will help you in any way possible.
>Wake up Hiss first and help get her tidied up.Your course is clear here. Hiss wouldn't want anyone knowing about this. You can't undermine her in front of her subjects, she'd probably kill you. You certainly wouldn't be getting any of these kind of moments again.You wake Hiss up as best you can and feed her a quick restoration brew as she sheds her skin and retakes her usual size and clothing. You're always amazed at how she emerges from it, even now. Not a single hair out of place. She nods and then shakes her head at you, indicating that you should leave via the left side while she pokes her head out of the right to speak with Oster.You do so as best you can. It's deep in the night outside as you climb down the left side and you avoid looking any of Hiss' dead carriers in the eye as you do so.Hiss doesn't invite Oster in. You can guess why. Instead she pokes her head out to speak with him.You don't even try to overhear as you walk away but you can't help pick up little bits and pieces."...Please your Majesty, just let me make it up. I let him past the rooftop!""No! You will stay here and you will do your job, do you understand?""I failed you. Just let me get out there and prove myself to you. To myself as well.""What part of 'do you understand' do you not understand? No!"They're still talking as you walk out of range. You're not sure what to do now. All of your stuff is still in the palanquin.>Just return to your wagon.>Wait until Oster leaves.>Wait for Oster outside.>See how Aashenpreet is handling things.>Visit the homunculi and Blue.>Other
>>46470494>See how Aashenpreet is handling things.
>>46470494>>Wait for Oster outside.
>>46470494>Wait for Oster outside.>Visit the homunculi and Blue.Tell everyone being a tree is not fun.
>>46470494>Wait for Oster outside.Haven't seen him for a long time.
>>46470494>Wait for Oster outside.He needs to feel useful, so we will help him with our magic elixirs and then Hiss will not regard him as extra luggage anymore.
>"What part of 'do you understand' do you not understand? No!"
>>46470494>>Wait for Oster outside.Time for a little insubordination, we'll need him to pull our asses out of the fire after we get curbstomped
>>46470613please elaborate anon
>>46470494>>Wait for Oster outside.clearly he's in a tough spot, but i think hiss may have the right of it. Hopefully she doesn't result to any mindwuggery.
inb4 spirit attack while we're vulnerable due to mindbalm
>>46470720fuck I meant to say dethaw brew. brb committing sudoku
>Wait for Oster outside.You haven't had much time for Oster for a fair while and he sounds like he's in a bad way so you decide to wait in the darkness a small distance away for him to be done so you can talk to him.You end up waiting a surprisingly long time. The argument finishes within just a few minutes but Oster remains by the palanquin for hours afterwards. Guarding it? You suppose so. It's only when the very first fingers of the pre-dawn light reach up beyond the horizon that you see him stride away. He's not heading back towards camp though. He's heading towards Teleran and he's doing it through the scrub near the side of the road.You do your best to follow him and it only takes a minute before he notices you and beckons you over. He looks drawn out and tired."Don't try to stop me Cennen.""What's up mate? What are you doing?"Oster purses his lips."I was up on the roof the night the assassin came. He slipped right past me. Do you understand that? I failed. If he had killed the Queen it would have been my fault."> "And what do you intend to do about it?"> "Everyone makes mistakes mate, it's okay."> "Surely you have a little more faith in your Queen then that?">Other
>>46470734It will be Hom's time to shine!
>>46470720>>46470734already wore off
>>46470624Oster is an infiltrator, a pretty good one, now that we're back in Teleran. He knows the capital and since he's a human he won't be detected by the seers. Why is Hiss keeping him here instead of having him scout ahead, where he'd be much more useful?
>>46470778> "And what do you intend to do about it?"Because let's face it Hiss is greatly underestimating the King.
>>46470778>> "And what do you intend to do about it?"
>>46470778> "And what do you intend to do about it?"What do you need? Offer him skinshedders, potence, any brew he would accept
>>46470778The Kings assassins are the best of the best. Learn from this and continue to serve your queen however she sees fit.
>>46470829We would have to grab them from the palanquin. Might be a problem. Fuck we really need to get that bag back. Maybe we can grow a creepy woven plant bag on our back
>>46470778> "And what do you intend to do about it?"We can make you stronger.
>>46470778>> "And what do you intend to do about it?"We already got the assassin, shame we couldn't interrogate him and find out how he slipped past.
>>46470778> "Everyone makes mistakes mate, it's okay."I don't think he would want our help. He wants to prove his own personal self worth
>>46470778I think you mixed up Teleran and Taldenral. Teleran is the country and Taldenral is the capital city right?
> "And what do you intend to do about it?""Don't take it too hard. The King's assassins are probably the best of the best and we all make mistakes.""Not like that Cennen. When it comes to matters like this I can't afford to make mistakes. Neither can you. None of us can."He's not entirely wrong."Then what do you intend to do about it?"Oster pulls his poncho over his head and grimaces."I'm going ahead to Teleran alone. And I'm going to kill the King.""That's...that sounds pretty dangerous man.""It will be. The odds of a safe exit strategy afterwards is slim."Yeesh."I'm not entirely disagreeing with you here mate but...you know you don't have to do this right? You don't belong to Hiss anymore. You're your own person! You don't have to die in her name.""I know that!," Oster snaps. "Hiss ordered me to stay here. It's because that I'm my own man that I can choose to ignore her."He stares you down, the mark of servitude clearly branded upon his face."That's what I need you to understand. This is my choice. I don't care if the Queen forgives me and forgets my mistakes but I won't. And I never will unless I at least try this. So don't try to stop me Cennen."> "Stop you? How can I help you?"> Try to stop him.> "Maybe you should wait until after we first encounter some of the King's men."> "Just promise me that you're not going to throw away your life."> "If Hiss asks about you I won't be able to lie."> Give him some booze.> Raise an alarm.>Other
>>46471064yeah WHOOPS. My bad. I meant Taldenral obviously. I did it again in this post as well!>>46471101
>>46471101> "Maybe you should wait until after we first encounter some of the King's men."They may have scrounged the remains of the Snakecatcher, or even caught some of hiss's spies. Last thing you need is to try and off him only for it to be a snake.
>>46471101I need you to go there and put an end to the snake alchemy going on there. Sabotage and kill them all. We left a huge amount of snake reagents when we were there last and I fear they could actually make effective weapons against us.
>>46471101> "Stop you? How can I help you?"perhaps a bit more reservedly, "if you're going to do it at least use all your resources" also> "Just promise me that you're not going to throw away your life."
>>46471134No worries, I'm always mixing them up too.
>>46471101Tell him about the snake reagents and supply him with whatever he needs regardless of his choice
>>46471101Can we combine >>46471182 and >>46471195to try and convince him to change his goals from a suicide mission to forerunning sabotaging and recon?That'd help us a lot more than him dying trying to prove a thing.
>>46471101> "Stop you? How can I help you?"Shapeshifter?Potence?Name it, bruv.
>>46471101> "Stop you? How can I help you?"> "Just promise me that you're not going to throw away your life."> "If Hiss asks about you I won't be able to lie."That much of a headstart
>>46471278mm we should probably make a guard homunculus for hiss in any case, something that can warn of threats and the like
>>46471101>"I respect that, but think about this: what happens if you get captured and they interrogate you? They probably have the means to make you talk, even without breaking your will. Even if you take out the king, you'll put them up to speed about us">"There are better ways in which you can help, without throwing away your life: like >>46471182"
>>46471182inb4 he kills liss since she's an alchemist that got her hands on a snake scale
> "Stop you? How can I help you?"You grin and cross the distance between the two of you to pat him on the back."Stop you? How can I help you?"Oster smiles as well and takes his hand off the hilt of his sword. "Give me a headstart with her Majesty. That's all I'll need."You blink."You don't want any potions? I can get you whatever you want."Oster shakes his head."Nah, I'm doing this the old-fashioned way. I have to.""I can't say I approve but I understand. Just promise me one thing Oster.""Aye?""Don't throw away your life for nothing.""I don't know if killing the High King of Teleran is 'nothing'.""You know what I mean. At least do some recon of other stuff while you're there. Make sure that the rest of the vanguard is safe and that there isn't any snake alchemy afoot. We left a lot of reagents back there after all.""Oh so no big deal, just a little bit of everything? Nah, that'll be easy. I'll get that done first.""Thanks.""No. Thank you Cennen. I was half-expecting to have to cut you up tonight but I should have known you'd understand.""Cut me up? You'd have been welcome to try."Oster snorts."When did you become such a cheeky little cunt? Well no worries mate, we'll meet again. In this world or the next.""...Or the next," you echo as Oster disappears into the bush.You can only hope that you'll see him again.
And that's that for tonight! I planned to go a little bit longer but I think that little Teleran slip definately means I've gotten too tired. I need to sleep.Thank you all for playing, check the twitter, thread's been archived, etc etc. I hope you all had fun!
>>46471462Thanks for running
>>46471462Thanks for running! Hers hoping Oster rolls another 100 when he's supposed to die
Reminds me, I've had these on my desktop for a month and keep forgetting to post them.
>>46471462Thanks for running>>46471495I'm spooked