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You are Nathan Bookchild, entirely too close to what's about to be a fight between an angel and a lord of the Mistlands, and you're trying to head it off because you really don't need that shit in your life.
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>>47256906
"Jack promised you a soul," you point out. "There's a soul right here. A mostly unformed soul, even! How much harm could it -"

"You understand nothing, Hero," the Lord of Painted Glass interrupts, with a sad shake of his angular head. He's almost painful to look at, all color and blazing light. "Without my immortality, I am no longer fey. With a soul I may at least be mortal, if changed utterly and forever. Why should I take that unformed thing and become weak?"

"You don't know that," Lora points out evenly, still in her high guard. "Your life, your experiences, could unlock potential in that soul you did not know was there. How do you know?"

"I do not," the Lord admits. "But I will take the certainty of vengeance over the chance of escape, Aphrael."

"I really hate that name," Lora answers. |<[Die]>|

You hear the certainty in the word, the absolute command. It ripples against the Lord, whose glass flesh cracks - and then holds. Liquid light pours in, healing the superficial wounds.

"I told you," he murmurs. "You have no authority over me."

Claws of jagged, triangular glass form on his fingertips. Distantly, you hear an alarm sound.

> Get the hell out of here
> Fight at Lora's side
> Hang back and see if you can help another way

AND

> You are Lora (???)
> You are Nathan Bookchild (Valor Is Its Own Reward)
> You are Jack the Debtor (It Only Takes A Moment)
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>>47257061

> Hang back and see if you can help another way

AND

> You are Lora (???)

Because this can't POSSIBLY go wrong.
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>>47257061
> Hang back and see if you can help another way

> You are Jack the Debtor (It Only Takes A Moment)

I want this nigger to live. Fuck fey. Fuck the Painted faggot.
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>>47257061
Well, yeah. Aphrael is a terrible name.

or is this actually not a typo?

>>47257061
>Hang back and see if you can help another way
>AND

>> You are Jack the Debtor (It Only Takes A Moment)
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>>47257133
> or is this actually not a typo?

'Aphrael' was the name the elves gave her, as Lora briefly mentioned (Bri/others have used the human name - 'Azrael' - since they're human). Elves knew her in her rebellious years and gave her a name that defined her by that rebellion.

On Earth, in Jewish angeology, Aphrael was the name of the Accuser before he picked up the two titles he's known better by - Lucifer and Satan.
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>>47257231
>Elves are Jews

Alright Vox, you fucking racist.
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>>47257061
>Fight at Lora's Side
HO LAs before BRO LAs

>You are Jack the Debtor (No, seriously, here's your seven bucks dude)
It's time to Jack off.
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>>47257253
As the Jew who told him about that bit of naming, I can attest that he isn't.
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>>47257061
>You are Jack the Debtor

>>47257231
The accuser's name is actually Samael in Jewish mythology
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>>47257332
God, are you the faggot that keeps trying to defend his shitty decisions in storytelling?

It's weird to keep thinking that Vox's internet defense force might actually be his whiny IRL friends.
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>>47257366
No, he's the guy I run religious worldbuilding past, as well as a reference for the hand-to-hand & weapon-based combat. I don't ask my friends to defend anything; I can't learn if I don't field the feedback myself.
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>>47257366
Nope, actually. I'm a Rabbi in training he references on occasion for such things. Been following for a while, but I only vote rarely due to this running while I'm usually asleep. When I need to tell him he goofed, I do so over a chat.
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>>47257405
Forgive me Father, for I have sinned
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>>47257261
> (No, seriously, here's your seven bucks dude)

I'm fucking dying.

Votes extended while I hit some dishes and crack a beer.
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>>47257261
>"I will DIE before I allow you to repay me without interest, mortal!"
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>>47257516
>"Wow, you guys really ARE the Jews of this setting"
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>>47257366
Oh look, it's the guy who thinks that Vox is a railroading retard. Why are you here anyway if you think the story is so shitty?
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>>47257581
Because I want him to stop.

If you need to view me giving him positive reinforcement, then let me say that him giving the dice to offer a chance of letting diplomacy work was a nice way of not being a railroading retard.

However, him actively voicing his opinion about it being weird that anons wanted diplomacy is still stupid because Vox set up a diplomatic resolution.

Keep supporting his bad behavior though.
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>>47257660
The fact that not every character in the story bends to your will is not "bad behavior."
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>>47257061
>> Hang back and see if you can help another way
>AND
>> You are Lora (???)
I really wanna stay as Nathan but the option to see things from Lora's view wins out.
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>>47257061
>Hang back and see if you can help another way
>You are Lora
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>>47257061
> Hang back and see if you can help another way
> You are Lora (???)
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>>47257061
> Hang back and see if you can help another way

> You are Jack the Debtor (It Only Takes A Moment)
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Well that's done.

Called, writing.
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>>47257061
>>47258787
> You are Lora (Even death has a heart.)
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When do we go back to best bird.
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>>47257061
That feel when Jack won by one vote.

You are Jack. Your name means 'fool', in the sense of 'stupid asshole', and honestly, right now, you're feeling it. A literal cripple stayed behind to fight your battle and told you to take half his friends and go sound the alarms to evacuate the civilians.

The chain in your left hand feels heavy as hell.

Fuck this whole day, and this whole month, and - and your whole fucking /life/. Normally this would be the point where people scream 'why me' but you already know why. You remember the young boy and the curious fairy, making a deal they didn't understand.

You slow down from your hell-bent-for-election sprint and shake your head.

"What?" the metal-winged girl asks you.

"Alarm's in there," you say, pointing at a nearby door. "I - fuck, just. Crank the handle six times and pull the chain, okay?"

She gets to work, leaving you with the male elf. You don't even know his name. "How can I help?" he asks.

"People are going to be coming out of their homes and places of business and wondering what's wrong. They need guidance," you tell him. "Everyone needs to get into the Roost. If this gets out of hand, they'll drop chunks of the Cornucopia into here so that's a no-go, and with the lower storage beneath us fleeing down isn't great either."

"What are you going to do?" the elf asks.

"I - fuck, I don't know!" you exclaim. You wrap the chain that binds the angel around your wrist and up your arm, securing it in place with some hooks and string that you keep specifically for this purpose. You never really trusted yourself to stash it somewhere else. "I'm not like your friend, okay? I'm not a Hero. I'm a, I'm a fucking tomb robber, an adventurer, a fuckin' vulture feeding off the dead. That's what I am, okay? Vermin."
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>>47260129
"My father used to tell me that it only takes a moment for someone to be a hero," the elf answers, eyes on yours. "That it's not something you live and breathe your whole life through. It's something you become when there's a choice to make. To protect the weak, or show mercy to an enemy."

"You trying to tell me something?" you ask. Your hand rests on the sack that hangs from your belt.

"I'm not trying to say you should, or shouldn't, do anything," the elf tells you with a shrug. "You asked the angel for peace and she gave you her conditions. What's between you and her ain't my business."

Off in the distance, you hear the screech of metal on glass, and a mighty cry - "Arcadia!"

"But," the elf continues. "There's still a pretty good chance you're going to die here. So I suppose I'm asking what you'd like to die doing."

The alarm starts to sound - the half-harpy got it going.

> Flee the level
> Help in the evacuation; the people closer to the Center Ring will need protection on the way out
> Go join the fight. What's between you and the Lord shouldn't have to be the angel's business. Or the Hero's.
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>>47260204
> Help in the evacuation; the people closer to the Center Ring will need protection on the way out
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>>47260204
>> Help in the evacuation; the people closer to the Center Ring will need protection on the way out


If we do this maybe the angel sees we helped out her people and considers not horribly murdering us after she horribly murders painted guy.
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>>47260204
>> Go join the fight. What's between you and the Lord shouldn't have to be the angel's business. Or the Hero's.

If you're going to die, might as well die with style.
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>>47260204
> Go join the fight. What's between you and the Lord shouldn't have to be the angel's business. Or the Hero's.
You fucked up and you should be the one to clean up the mess.
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>>47260204
>> Help in the evacuation; the people closer to the Center Ring will need protection on the way out
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>>47260204
> Help in the evacuation; the people closer to the Center Ring will need protection on the way out
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>>47260204
>Go join the fight. What's between you and the Lord shouldn't have to be the angel's business. Or the Hero's.
We've been running for too long, we need to face this head on.
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>>47260204
>Go join the fight
REDEMPTION
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>>47260204
>Help in the evacuation; the people closer to the Center Ring will need protection on the way out
Honestly, I doubt the Hero and/or the Angel will kill the fairy, so that's more a stalling tactic than anything. The best use of the time it gets you is to minimize collateral damage as much as possible. No running away this time, but that doesn't mean he has to waste his death like he wasted much of his life.
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>>47260204
>Just give him the damn seven dollars!
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>>47260204
> Help in the evacuation; the people closer to the Center Ring will need protection on the way out
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>>47261112
>just give him the 7 dollars
>we only have $5.32
WE TRIED THAT ANON! WE TRIED THAT!

ALL WE NEEDED WAS A BIT MORE TIME
WE WERE SO CLOSE
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>>47261326
IF ONLY WE HADN'T BOUGHT THE BOTTLE IMP, WE'D HAVE HAD $5.35 BY NOW
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>>47261342
Fuck that, it was a worthwhile investment! That dude gave it to us for 98% off: you can't say no to prices like that.
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>>47261402
Everythings cheaper when you buy in bulk!
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I just realized this, and I feel like an idiot

>the dungeon has 13 floors
>the warehouse is the 7th floor
>7 is the middle of 13, with 6 on either side
>The Center Itself is, literally, the the very center of the dungeon

Jesus Christ, what is Lora keeping inside there that's so important!?!
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>>47261492
Jesus
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>>47261492
the big dildos
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>>47261492
PIXIES AND SHADOWRUNS!
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>>47260204
> Go join the fight. What's between you and the Lord shouldn't have to be the angel's business. Or the Hero's.
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>>47261492
You know that thing that will end the world? Yeah.
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>>47260204
> Ripping of Colossus speech in Deadpool

It's nice to see someone other than spiderman get quoted.
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>>47261492
It's kind of obvious what's in there.
Feathers
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>>47261540
Was Lark's dad a giant metal Russian mutant?
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>>47261540
I'm glad someone got the reference at least. Jack's bag is one too (albeit not a direct reference since I'm scaling that motherfucker up) and folks seem to be missing it.
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>>47261567
This is now canon and vox has no say in it
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>>47261584
You're talking about that bag from the Spongebob movie right? That does nothing so they get David Hasselhoff instead?
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>>47261492
>yfw is the planet's core
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>>47261634
Nope.
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>>47260204
en you and the Lord shouldn't have to be the angel's business. Or the Hero's.
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>>47261649
Oh then that bag is the one from Fables.

Where jack goes CLICKITY CLACK GET IN MY SACK

and Death goes "the fuck?"
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>>47261704
Anon, the hint was, "Wind, fire, all that kind of thing."

>>47261656
Was this meant to be a vote?
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>>47261721
Aw, then the bag is obviously a reference to the band Earth Wind and Fire.

Great taste, Vox.
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>>47261721
This?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR7q-qf3VSQ
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>>47261623
Speaking of canon Vox has no say in.

>Ask Flitter if she has any clues about her long lost adopted Brother.
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>>47261764
It obviously isn't that you retard.

I still think it's the spongebob bag.
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>>47261721
bag of winds from the odyssey?
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>>47261784
>84 ▶
>>>47261623
>Speaking of canon Vox has no say in.
>>Ask Flitter if she has any clues about her long lost adopted Brother.

Seconding
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>>47261764
We have a winner.
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>>47261843
And it's obviously the spongebob bag.
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>>47261843
>>47261862


See I fucking called it.

Sick spongebob reference Vox.
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>>47261721
Vox...what did you do?
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>>47261492
It's Vox, sitting at a computer writing the story as it is unfolding.
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>>47261917
Dude, I'd instantly add him to the harem. Don't give a shit which character found him. he's in that character's harem. Immediately.
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>>47261928
And we'll finally be able to know if Vox was able to improve his felatio game, like he said he was doing all those threads ago
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>>47261956
Vox, how many times have you performed fellatio.


Or are you one of "those" bisexuals.

I'm totally into dudes even though I've only ever fucked women it's so hard to find men oh my god YEAH FUCKING RIGHT.

SUFFER NOT THE HETEROSEXUAL TO LIVE
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>>47261975
He's got a point, Vox. For the purposes of the harem, we need to know if you're a real faggot or not.
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My entire day was shit.

BUT THIS IS A GLORIOUS NIGHT!

Iamhavingagoodtime!
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>havingagoodtime!
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>>47262015
Faggot or not, I would totally be OK with Vox fucking me in the ass
you know, in a totally heterosexual way
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>>47261649
He's the second son, is it from Koschei the Deathless?
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>>47262015
>>47261975
Ok you all stop with this! Necrophilia is bad anons.
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>>47260204


> Go join the fight. What's between you and the Lord shouldn't have to be the angel's business. Or the Hero's.

You march right back there and go deal with that glass ass.

Seriously though, what's his problem? He wants to pre-kill Jack or something before the actual swap?

Also agreements between two parties that both unanimously want out of are strange things to force into fruition. I want to emphasize that. Is there actually no party that wants this deal carried out?

I think the issue is that the fae lord doesn't really want out of it and he is actually forcing the matter because he is doomed anyway if he goes back on his word, correct?

Is there no fae equivalent to a court of appeals that could strike this deal null? It seems to be implied that there is not; that this deal WILL go down and no force on earth or in heaven can stop it.

So yea, will killing the stained glass dude even achieve anything? Is there some force other than the two involved parties that will ensure it happens? And, unless I am misinterpreting something, the lord seems to think the deal is still on even after he kills Jack.

This whole things seems awfully weird. Mixing binding arbitration with poetic nonsense, freakin' fae man.
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>>47260204
What if... What if we put the soul in Feathers?
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>>47262243
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>>47262243
NO! Feathers is fucking stupid.

Stop trying to turn this into fucking Puff the magic Dragon or the fucking Teletubbies.

It's retarded.

Now, more references to the spongebob bag PLEASE!
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>>47262435
>Feathers is fucking stupid
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>>47262435
> Feathers is Fucking stupid

Anon, what's next? You gonna talk shit about Sir Fetch?
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>>47262617
This image perfectly captures my conflicting emotions toward SpongeBob Shitpost Anon.
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>>47262617
Sir Fetch is fine.

Faggots that keep going UNDEAD BLACK TRANSCOCK BIG BLACK COCK BRI'S COCK COCK COCKC COCK

are my biggest problem with Sir Fetch. But at least he has actual character to make up for the fandom's retarded bullshit.

Feathers is literally a stuffed animal.

Woah Lora, feeling depressed you were horribly gang raped? TAKE THE STUFFED ANIMAL TO MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER YAAAAAY.

Let's not turn deep, dark tragic stuff into a kid's show unless we're turning it into spongebob, alright?
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Okay, so - as you may have guessed, I'm having difficulty mustering for another update. The good news: short shift at work tomorrow, and I'm pretty sure I've got Monday off. I'll update in the morning when I get up.

Questions, comments, discussion, feedback, and criticism remains welcome and appreciated.

Thank you all for reading and participating!
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>>47262743
SpongeBob Anon I understand your frustration,

But Feathers is amazing and you know it.

Just give him a hug, It'll all be better.
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>>47262743
Dude. They're memes. You can take the stick out your ass.
Litterally, the only person who's taking Feathers seriously is you.

>>47262771
Vox, is it true that you yourself are locked within the Center Itself, writing the story from within the dungeon?
If so, is it possible to add you to the harem and see if you've improved your fellatio game?
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>>47262820
Haven't any of you realized? He's the Lich that gave Nate the medallion of doom. He wrote himself into the story.

Also, he uses the staff as an impromptu stripper pole.
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>>47262820
>Dude. They're memes.

Mcfucking kill yourself you reddit piece of trash.

When any serious scene has to devolve into LEL, MEMES

LE HUG LE FEATHERS LE LE LE then this actually serious story turns into nothing but a series of inside jokes all of which ar shitty because they're dumb fucking memes.

There's comedy in this story. And when it's interesting or fresh, like some of the earlier seasons of spongebog, it's amazing.

But when it devolves into the braindead dry overused bullshit that was barely funny the second time it happened, then it's a problem.

Don't shove glitter and crayons into a serious as fuck confession scene you ADHD-addled autismo
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>>47262862
Anon, maybe you are the fool?

>>47262859
This makes too much sense. I've added it to the canon.
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>>47262820
I'll have you know that I am also taking Feathers very seriously. I wanna see what happens when we shove the soul in him. Or the imp. Or both.
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>>47262908
>Anon, maybe you are the fool?

What shitty fucking underage b& show is that loser line from?

Certainly isn't from spongebob.

Go back to 9gag, kiddo before the mods catch you and your retarded faggotry.
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>>47262862
> Memes are from le reddit, not 4chan. Muh board identity.

> No fun allowed

Anon, your frothy rage makes me want us to cram the soul into Feathers so much more.

Also SpongeBob is pretty fucking shit. It was great for a season and then devolved into edgy crap for tweens that a bunch of people still love out of nostalgia.

I'd rather have fun cramming an unborn soul into a stuffed toy just because we can than worry about aping some show you have an autistic obsession with.

Also I personally think it would be fun, and apparently so do other people. So you can bitch and moan, or if it comes up we can put it to a vote. And if you're too childish to just let it go when the story doesn't go your way than good riddance you big spastic baby.
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>Also SpongeBob is pretty fucking shit. It was great for a season and then devolved into edgy crap for tweens that a bunch of people still love out of nostalgia.
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>>47262969
> meme bait the post

You forgot to call him a summerfag otherwise that's all the shit that Newfags hear about from /b/ and assume actually applies to other boards.

Go, Newfag, go back to /b/ or shut your daddies cock holster and lurk Moar.
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>>47263009
At the end it was basically a slightly more coherent Family Guy too focused on being lol random xD and topical humor.

Some great screencaps remained but over all the show was crap.
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>>47263017
>Calling someone a summerfag
>In Spring

fuck off faggot. Here's your special sticker for your first time visit. Now go cry on facebook until you're old enough to think of an insult that doesn't involve your incestuous fetish for your father.

>>47263056
Reported.
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Called, writing.
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>>47263117
>I lied.png
lie more often
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

And we have a tie between the greentexted votes. Throwing the die now (1 is evac, 2 is fight).
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>>47263176
Evac it is. Writing.
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>>47263186
God I wish I had votes instead of shit posting.

Wait.

No I don't.

>>47263063

You mad bro? You sound mad. I look forward to when we shove that soul into Feathers and you have a meltdown.
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>>47263275
>Le u mad?
>Am I in?
>Am I a weal 4channer now?

Go back to your whore of a mother and ask her for tips on how to kill yourself.
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I'm just gonna take a moment to say that this website is a wonderful place, and I really enjoy the unfiltered discussions anonymity provides. After season 3 SpongeBob became shit.
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>>47263330
>After season 3 SpongeBob became shit.
Funny, because after part 3 Dungeon Life Quest also became shit.

It's like pottery, it rhymes.
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>>47263361
Really they're polar opposites. SpongeBob became shitty overall but occasionally still had an absolutely amazing episode.

DLQ Has been pretty good overall but occasionally has a really shitty episode.

Also I will gladly buy your rhyming pottery.
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>>47263403
Thanks for your purchase. That'll be . . . . SEVEN DOLLARS! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! I'm finally free.
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I don't understand. Why are we talking about spongebob?

I don't think the Feathers meme is bad in and of itself, but it was much better as a one-off thing.
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>>47263419
...Wanna buy an imp? Lightly used. Very high quality.
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>>47263431
Because the bag has wind, fire, shit like that.
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>>47263431
Because Vox referenced it,
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"We need to split up," you say to the group at large. "You two move in either direction along the Inner Ring. Get people to the Roost. I'm going to the Center Ring. With the battle raging, the Keepers are going to need protection on the way out."

"You can protect them?" the metal-winged woman asks, skeptically.

"You'd be surprised what I can do, when I'm pushed," you answer. "This is my fault. I won't let others die for it. /Move/."

Some distant part of your mind notices the obedient snap in the metal-winged girl. Trained, that one. Still, both obey easily enough.

And, gods help you, you actually meant it. You start sprinting down the hall, following the curve that will take you to a crossroads into the Center Ring. The Keepers won't understand what's going on, and it's vital that they do so immediately.

A wave of force rocks the Warehouse, sending dust cascading from the cieling and shattering fragile glass and aged wood. You wince; you can hear fires starting in some of the rooms.

"Everyone out!" you call over the alarms. "Evacuate to the Roost! Avoid the northwest quarter! Everyone out!"

You pass one of the men the Lush loaned you and grab him by the collar. "Get the civilians out," you tell him. His eyes are wide, panicked; you shake him, hard, and they focus in on you. "Carl," you say slowly. "Get the civilians out. Get everyone you can and get the civilians out. You understand?"

Carl nods, takes a deep breath, and repeats the nod. You let him go, and he sprints off to do your bidding.

How such decent folks got mixed up with the Lush, you'll never know.

You hear the shattering of glass but don't stop to hope. You know how the Lord fights; those will be his servants, called from the pool of color he drips wherever he goes.
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>>47263471
You get into the Center Ring and see the Keepers frantically slamming doors shut and hammering steel plates to into the stone to bar them in place. The lich, so recently on some kind of mission, is using his staff to drive iron spikes into the rock with single blows, sealing doors with remarkable efficiency.

There's so many of them, though.

> "WE NEED TO LEAVE!"
> Help with the doors

AND

> Encourage the lich into the fight
> Leave him alone
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>>47263478
>Help with the doors
>quickly explain the situation to the lich
he might have something to volunteer regarding fae deals
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>>47263478
>Help with the doors
>Leave him alone
Efficient door closing is good.
>>47263498 Lich doesn't speak our language.
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>>47263510
>>47263478
we don't actually know if Jack can speak demon.

Although from the fact that Jack knows about the Center, there's a strong implication that he does.
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>>47263498
>Seconded, why not?
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>>47263510
This
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I know that we can't change the past, and what's done is done. But I seriously have to ask my fellow anons; WHY DIDN'T WE USE THE MAGIC BELL IN NATE'S POCKET TO TALK WITH SILENCE?!

This seems like it should have been glaringly obvious.
>"Jack owes someone."
>"That someone is a Fae."
>"Hey Silence! Can I ask you a question about oaths between mortals and Fae?"

Again, I understand that what's done is done, we can't change what's happened. But there are some very knowledgeable people we could have spoken with for advice and help. Bridgette, Caretaker, Silence, Natalia, etc.

Also, I only /just/ got home from work at almost 5 in the morning, and I feel...kind of frustrated that I wasn't present to share ideas with anons before we got caught in the hurricane of destruction currently rampaging through the Warehouse with nigh-impunity.
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>>47263656
that....wouldn't really change much, because again
>Lord shows up at this exact moment because fuck everything that was happening earlier

unless we're taking advantage of the Speed of Plot, spending the time to talk to Silence would just mean that Jack would be facing the Lord without the soul, or if we call Silence after giving the soul, she would be halfway through the explanation before the Lord appears.
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>>47263656
Possibly because Nate doesn't have a bell? Bri, Henrietta, Silence, and Victoria have 'em.

Now I really am honestly going to bed. Votes remain open.

And, folks - I know my night crew is more...let's say /enthusiastic/ about negative feedback, than the morning/day readers tend to be. And that's fine, I honestly look forward to the evening portion of my runs for that. But we're all still friends here, aye? I know things got crossed leading up to this scene and folks are frustrated and/or confused and/or mad at me, and that is also fine, but maybe a deep breath before, y'know, going knives-out would be nice.

I'm always taking, and grateful for, feedback. I don't express enough how appreciative I am to have y'all here for this, or that you've chosen to offer me your time.

Thank you all, again, for reading and participating. See you when I wake up.
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>>47263717
Only problem I have is that I have no idea what the heck to do.
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>>47263768
First step, stop using the word heck.
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>>47263785
I'll heck your eyes out, kid
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>>47263788
heckling his eyes out would be more intimidating
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Also, thread archived.
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>>47264316
Why is this image so funny?
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>>47264386
The final beat is always the one that gets me, where she turns to the camera with the long-suffering look of someone who has to deal with this kind of shit every day, and goes "eh, what're you gonna do.."
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>>47263310
> He mad

At first you were baiting, but now you are the baited!

You think to challenge among my throne of shitposts? Your terrible attempt to replace an actual personality with edginess and secondhand may-mays ain't shit.

C'mon big boy, show me what you got! Try to pretend you aren't providing the entire west coast with their whole supply of salt.

Hint: You can't.

Stay mad while we make feathers into Lora's adorable animal companion.
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>>47263839
I just hope we get the chance to call the Fairy a Glasshole.

Here he is claiming that forcing Jack into dying with him is somehow revenge for the people who are going to lose him, ignoring his part in the deal entirely.

And what about all the people who are going to miss Jack? I mean, I guess it's "fair" in the sense everyone suffers equally, but it's just more suffering caused by his spite if anything.

Oh well. Let's get on with shattering him. Too bad we don't have Amy there to use her sound magic to shatter the glass creations and whatnot.
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Bumpity bump
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> Help with the doors
> Leave him alone

Just let 'em get that done. Speeds the evacuation up.
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>>47264316
... you'd think Richard would have other ways of handling this? The other chain holders are afraid of him. Is it direct control or just generaly dickery? If its the latter, sending a Fae seems in line.
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>>47263478
> Help with the doors
> Leave him alone
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>>47265632
If you want to keep a large number of people occupied and clear out an area so someone can do something you want done without any interference....setting up a fight between an angel and a faery lord would fucking do the goddamn trick, wouldn't it?
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>>47264316
Well, to be honest... yeah, I've been thinking that this whole time.

Dude's had several years to think this all the way through, preparing his land and servants for his 'death'... and conveniently shows up, weeks before the deal's up, to try the elegant solution of murder, when realistically he probably could have handled this in ten minutes. At any time. Even on the last day of the deal.

Now, who's an extremely well connected and charismatic ass-hole that doesn't like getting his hands dirty, knows exactly what kind of trouble Jack's in, is aware that he's actually got a shot at redemption and paying his debts, and would probably have his position of authority weakened among the remaining Chain Holders if another non-asshole survived?

> Help with the doors
> Leave him alone
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>>47263478
>> Help with the doors
And
>> Tell the Lich what's up, let him make the call.
He knows better what he can do.
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I'm awake. Will call and write soon.
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>>47263478
>help with the doors
>leave him alone
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Called, writing.
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>>47263478
You decide to get to work. It'll be faster than trying to argue for the Keepers to leave their posts, and in any event you don't need some of /this/ shit compounding the damage. Those bars they're sealing the doors with are warded.

The Keepers prepare for everything. They sort of have to.

You reach into your bag. |Earth| you command, firmly, in the tongue of demons. Stone and steel crawl up your hand and arm, and you withdraw it from the bag and clap your palms together, spreading it to your other arm as well.

You fall in with the others and start helping to lift the safeguards and drive them into the stone.

A second shockwave rocks the level, making you miss your swing and crack the wall with your punch. You swear to yourself and punch again, driving the spike home.

"Which artifact went off?" the Keeper's leader bellows; she and six others are moving carts into place, full of more of these wards. "What's happening?"

You turn. "There's a fight," you tell her. "An angel and a Lord of the Mistlands, northwest portion of the Inner Ring."

She pales. "Did someone open -"

"Not that angel," you correct.

"Thank the /gods/. DOUBLE TIME, WE NEED TO LEAVE!"

You get back to work, but the chief Keeper is evidently intent on talking to you.

"I know you did this," she murmurs, the threat all over her voice. "You came in and started disturbing shit. What did you do?"

"Do you really want to have this conversation right now?" you ask, driving another spike into the stone.

"Answer the god damn question, Jack."

You turn around and look her in the eyes. "What I did was done years ago, before I ever came to this place," you murmur. "I owe my life and soul to two separate beings that both want it very badly, and now one of them is going to die /and I am not sure which one it will be/. You understand? So I'm /helping/, and then I'm going to cover your evacuation, because no one else should have to die for me. Let me work."
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>>47268522
"...Fair enough," the Keeper agrees, after a moment. "We'll take the crossroads directly yo the Outer Ring and move for the Roost. I'll ask the lich to cover our rear."

"Good plan," you agree, before turning to get back to work.

It doesn't take long. No one wants to be here for this.

You drive the last of your spikes into the stone just as an ungodly shattering sound echoes through the level - not glass, but /stone/. You race to the front of the growing marching line, flinging the stone from your arms like water. It scatters to the ground as jagged pebbles.

"Everyone, stay behind the man with the bag," the Keeper calls. "Stay alert, weapons to hand! We're making for the Roost! Move out!"

You take off at a jog, as fast as you dare, with two and a half dozen people in tow.

No fucking pressure.

The breaking of stone echoes through the level again, and with it a chime-like tinkling on the wind. You know that sound.

The Lord's lost control of his minions. They're swarming through the level.

"IRON TO HAND!" you bellow. "AIM FOR THEIR HEARTS!"

They come swarming in from the crossroads, a mass of glass hounds with molten slaver drooling from jagged, multicolored fangs. They howl in musical fury and charge.

> Storm
> Wind
> Water
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>>47268627
>Heart
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>>47268627
>> Water
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>>47268522
>She pales. "Did someone open -"
>"Not that angel," you correct.
WELL, I GUESS WE KNOW WHAT'S TRAPPED IN THE CENTER ITSELF NOW, GUYS!

>>47268627
>Water
Nice and pressurized to break glass
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>>47268627
>Water
Mass and speed.
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>>47268708
We already knew that. Like, Nate & co. didn't, but we did.
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>>47268773
We knew it was something important, but we didn't know it was another all-powerful angel.
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>>47268814
It's an undead angel
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>>47268708
WELP!

Given that we've learned that angels can commit suicide, along with the plethora of lovely issues Lora's picked up over the years... Yeah, DO NOT OPEN seems kind of terrible, but also kind of needed given that I don't want to imagine why Lora would lock up an Angel.

... Makes me really glad Jack was the one on this floor, and not someone like the Moneylender who'd try to break in, or maybe try to sell the keys.

>They come swarming in from the crossroads, a mass of glass hounds with molten slaver drooling from jagged, multicolored fangs. They howl in musical fury and charge.

... OK, I'm kind of wishing we still had that earth to hit them with.

Storm doesn't seem all that great, given that lightning would probably only get a few...

Water though, could be good. Cooler the better. Given the implications that the glass is somewhat molten, rapidly cooling it seems smart. Nice and brittle for everyone else, or slamming it into a wall.

I'd suggest going for wind and counting on them shattering against the walls, but given their relative molten status they have enough flexibility to not immediately shatter.

>Water
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>>47268832
If memory serves the lich that gave Nate his amulet of death gave the advice to never try to rez or raise an angel
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>>47268827
Oh right, Robbert mentioned something about that.

So raising an angel from the dead either causes a huge magical backlash, spawns an insane but all-powerful undead, or both.

Can't wait to learn more about this.
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>>47268875
So we have a possible undead angel in the center?
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>>47268912
I think that was the implication
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>>47268627
> Storm
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The roost.
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Aight, I must go to work. Good news is, as mentioned before, short shift. I'll call and write shortly after 8 PM EST.

Questions, comments, discussion, feedback, and critcisisms remain welcome and appreciated.

Thank you all for reading and participating!
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>>47269241
This would be more appropriate if the goddamn birdbrains were more intimidating. The only one I'm even slightly frightened of is Diving Shadow, and that's more because of Mom Power than anything else.
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>>47268627
>Water
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We're all fucked.
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> I owe my life and soul to two separate beings that both want it very badly, and now one of them is going to die /and I am not sure which one it will be/.

Imagine, Lora unexpectedly dying. That'd put a wrench into everyone's plans for sure. Possibly also kill everyone in the dungeon, depending on whether or not she's load bearing.

Would it remove all protections on the divine books? Stop the regeneration of the mines? Fizzle out the chains and Dick's plan as a whole?

Or... do nothing at all except promote Bri to new dungeon keeper?

Hm. Anyway!

> Water

Cold pressure.
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>>47269951
can you kill death?
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>>47270012
yes. Though angels are weird in that they wear bodies like humans wear suites. It's possible destroying loras body would be painful and really fucking annoying, but not fatal for her.
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>>47270146
a brilliant and well thought out argument, capable of truly convincing anyone. Truly the mark one seeking harmony rather than someone too stupid to use the catalog filter.
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>>47268627
>> Water
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>>47268627
>>> Water
Pressurized water can cut steel. Glass is no problem
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>>47270422
Bullshit, steel is basically indestructable, not even the heat of jet fuel can get through it.
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>>47270617
That's only when steel is in beam form you dummy.
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>>47270617
Cutting using pressured water is a surprisingly common method of working steel
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Two hours and change to call. Busy as hell today.
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>>47268627
>Water

>>47270686
>>47270748
I think it's a really obscure knock on 9/11
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>>47268627
>Water
These enemies have molten glass in them. Water will cool them down?
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Speaking as someone who works with hot glass....don't be close if you use water. There is every chance they may explode.
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>>47271862
That's like 60% a good thing, since few creatures can survive exploding. The other 40% is, of course, why being far away is a good idea.
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>>47271862
Good grief, we have a diverse crowd reading this. So far, IIRC:

Doctor, lawyer, rabbi, two soldiers (at least, one mentioned signal corp), glassworker, and a few college students. Now a glassworker. Anything I miss?
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>>47271862
pretty sure that was the intention.
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>>47272086
Nursing student. Being licensed next month. Already have plenty of in hospital experience.
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>>47272086
Research psychologist. But unless Vox starts writing about optical illusions or echolocation, my expertise is unlikely to be relevant.
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>>47272086

Artist/Programmer In Training, but only half of that is relevant to DLQ.
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>>47272086
Forensic scientist here.
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>>47268627
>> Storm

That gives us wind /and/ water at our disposal, plus a healthy helping of lightning.
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>>47272907
Hah! I'm the guy you're responding to, one of the "students", and I'm in forensics with an entomology focus. I blame Bones, but there you go.
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>>47272086
there was that one mtf
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>>47272086
Rabbi is also a soldier.
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>>47272620
Watch that be one of the upcomign Chainbearers.
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>>47272620
Hey, I'm trying to go into behavioral biology studies on cetaceans, we might eventually be in a similar field!
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>>47273172
How the hell ba-dum-tish does THAT work?
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>>47273476
He lets his squad re roll lo tests.
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>>47272086
Biology teacher, my focus in grad school was ornithology
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>>47273476
My friend, armed forces the world over have a proud history with religious folks, up to and including ministers/priests/insert your particular religion's title here serving in a formal capacity so that they can offer spiritual guidance to their fellow soldiers. Were you not aware?
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>>47273763
I was aware, just wanted to make the pun
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Chem Uni drop-out reporting in
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Aight, called, writing. I need to make more coffee so there may be a delay based on that.

I've stopped providing the link in the OP 'cause y'all oughta know where it is by now if you've an interest, but webcomic updated.
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>>47273476
The Rabbi at my synagogue is a chaplain in the US army; its not that strange.

Although, maybe he's Israeli? Military service is mandatory there.
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I run a game and hobby store and browse TG a lot . . . does that make me over or under-qualified here?
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>>47274507
>over or under-qualified
for what? Sitting around, posting on an imageboard?
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>>47268627
You reach into the bag. Hopefully these things are actually glass at some point and not just sorcery that happens to look like glass.

|Water| you order. You take a firm grip and rip your hand from your bag, unleashing a massive spray of frigid water that slams into the front ranks of the glass hounds. They shriek, for a split second, before exploding into razor shards that get blasted back with the water.

"Don't stop moving!" you call, continuing to jog forward.

The line behind you spreads out to get shots ready and picks out the survivors, sending iron-tipped bolts through the dogs. Steel-shod boots and iron-headed axes cleave the ones that get too close.

You manage to break through just before the bag runs out of water.

"/Jack/," the Lord's voice calls, silvery and furious. "You cannot run from your fate, Jack!"

"One problem at a time," Nathan's voice snaps. You hear the Lord cry out in pain, and then feel a shockwave ripple through the level.

"They're going to bring the whole thing down," the Keeper behind you mutters.

The awful thing is, they just might.

You reach the Outer Ring, breathless and panting, still hearing the sounds of sorcerous battle. The Roost isn't far, and leading the Keepers out to it introduces you to a new sight in your life - the harpies and dwarves of the Roost are aiding in the evacuation, moving people as far from the Warehouse as possible.

"Flitter!" you call.

No answer.

> Stay here
> Go join the fight
> Go find Flitter
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>>47275144
>Go join the fight
2 pesos Flitter went to get Silence.
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>>47275144
>> Go find Flitter
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>>47275144
>> Go find Flitter

SHITS ON FIRE YO!
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>>47275144
>> Go find Flitter

...this is going to end in both flitter and jack dead...i just know it.
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>>47275144
>> Go find Flitter
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>>47275144
>Go find Flitter
OH FUCK NO
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Halfway through a pot of coffee, still finding my brain. I do have tomorrow off, though my run my be interrupted by the arrival of New PC. If that's the case I may actually take tomorrow off so I can do things like get it set up/protected and download my fuckin' Steam games.
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>>47276517
Nothing more important.
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>>47275144
>Go join the fight
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>>47276517
>> Go find Flitter
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Called, writing.
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>>47272086
/tg/ attracts oddballs.
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>>47268522
Am I the only one that feels like this conversation is kinda weird? The chief Keeper is mad at Jack for being the cause of whatever is blowing up where she lives, and he says a couple sentences and she drops it?
Maybe I'm too jaded, but I don't feel like most people would just let things go and stop being mad at someone after a quick conversation, and it seems like that happens in this quest a lot. People tend to be irrational when they're emotional.
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>>47278671
It is well known that people in this area like Jack, even if i he is working for the people shitting the place up.
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>>47278737
>"You came in and started disturbing shit. What did you do?"
This kind of suggested otherwise.
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>>47278671
Survival>being mad.

This quest is predicated around surviving an awful lot of hard shit. It makes sense, to me, that adventurers and those who work with them tend to drop the 'stay mad right now' and will wait until later to actually have it out with people; sometimes the environs are dangerous, and often there are situations were time limitations are in effect. You can't adopt a 'I'm mad and I'll stay mad until we duke this out' mindset when you have to deal with the unexpected, shit hitting the fan unexpectedly, and the high mortality rates of adventurers. Dropping situations and picking them up later would be the norm, rather than the exception with people who deal with weird shit happened often enough to be unexpectedly expected.
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>>47278671
Well they are kinda in a middle of dealing with an emergency and Jack is honestly and earnestly helping.

Now is not the time to stand around and give him shit, they both have life-savingly important things to be doing.
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>>47278789
>>47278795
This makes sense to me, but why say anything in the first place then? Also, I didn't get the impression that she was still mad, but dropped it for the sake of time.

>"...Fair enough," the Keeper agrees, after a moment.
This kind of implies to me that she just had a change of heart half a minute after being furious at this guy for destroying her home.
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>>47278936
"Fair enough" isn't so much a change of heart as it is admitting, "he's helping right now and shit is hitting the fan, they can talk about it if he survives what happens next".
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You tap the metal-winged girl on the shoulder. She turns, eyes attentive. They're an icy shade of blue.

"I'm going back," you tell her. "Flitter's still in there. Her and her group could be in trouble."

"I'll go with -"

You shake your head. "No. You won't be able to help and I can't defend you. Stay here."

"How are you even going to find her?" the girl challenges, folding her arms across her chest.

In response, you pull your necklace out from under your shirt; dangling from the end of the thing metal chain is a small vial of pixie dust. You tap it, and it tugs gently back in the direction of the Warehouse.

"...Well, that works. Go for it, stay safe."

"You care?" you ask.

"Nathan cares. That means I oughta care at least a little. You don't seem like such a bad guy." She gives you a bright smile. "I think the Keeper's gonna kick you in the balls when you're done, though."

"If I get out of this alive, I'll buy her steel boots to do it with," you answer, flashing a grin back. It's hard not to - her enthusiasm is infectious.

You turn and run back inside, following the pull of your necklace. You've still got four "demons" left in the bag, which should be more than enough to get you in, out, and on with life.

What in the hell could be keeping her? The battle can't have her trapped, she can just go around. It'd almost have to be -

You turn a corner and see the problem. The female elf is unconscious and slumped against the wall - her demon is nowhere to be found - and Flitter is zooming around what you can only presume is their assailant, a hulking golem of stone and steel that swats ineffectually at the pixie. Flitter's lances of light leave faint scorch marks and little else.

Normally this would be when you just unload on the thing - Flitter can dodge - but the elf could be caught in the line of fire.

> Lure it towards you
> Attack from a distance; you're not risking it
> Use the bag to engage in melee; the elf doesn't need to die here.
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>>47279318
> Lure it towards you

Safest bet.
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>>47279318
>> Use the bag to engage in melee; the elf doesn't need to die here.

Clickity clag

hit the golem with this bag
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>>47279318
>Grab the elf and run
if it stays on Flitter, she won't have to worry about River anymore. If it goes for Jack, we can lure it to someone with more firepower.
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>>47279318
> Lure it towards you
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>>47279318
> Lure it towards you

>>47278671
Just went through some of the archives looking for examples of what I said here. I noticed that Bri's conversation with Hunting Talon is a good counterpoint to this, so I guess I should retract my point concerning "it seems like that happens in this quest a lot."
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>>47272086
Analyst, currently working in our hospitals Pathology department in the Histology section.
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>>47279318
>Lure it towards you
Away from River.
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>>47272086
2D artist at a small game studio.
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And now I'm gonna crawl into bed. Votes remain open.

Questions, comments, discussion, feedback, and criticisms remain welcome and appreciated.

Thank you all for reading and participating!
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>>47272086
Student of medical engineering and medic.

You got a wide range of people and professions on /tg/, I don't think that's news to anybody.
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>>47279318
>> Lure it towards you
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>>47272478
Holy shit are you me?
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>>47280061
Haven't you heard? We're all just on guy.
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>>47280892
Not me, I don't do....
Oh, my bad.
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>>47279671
I know that to a point, but getting a glimpse past the "anonymous" is kinda cool and crazy sometimes
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> Lure it towards you

Get some distance to River, then you can unload on it.

(Where's the Sultan...?)
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>>47279318
>> Lure it towards you

Elf is unconscious, ergo shooting is bad. There's the lovely question of whether or not we can actually grab this thing's attention, and whether or not we can survive long enough to make use of our bag, but eh.

Part of the point of this moment is to create our redeeming moment. We don't need to survive to do that.

Now, using the bag could be workable, but... yeah, there's only four shots left in that thing, and I want to keep a deus ex machina in reserve. Speaking of which, we've spent Earth and Water, there's still Storm and Wind, probably Fire too...

So, what's the last thing in the bag? Wood? Metal?
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>>47282716
He already used iron.
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I'm up. Will call and write after coffee.
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>>47282674
Probably was smashed and banished by the War Golem. I just hope Lark isn't dead, or that River is in well enough shape to move out of the Warehouse.

>>47283514
He used Earth to help hammer those iron spikes into the door frames (y'know, the doors that aren't supposed to be opened lest terrible things happen).

We can always use Fire to weaken the steel a bit, and if possible, use Wind to rapidly cool the metal and make it brittle like we did with the Glass Hounds.
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Bumpin for the love of coffee.
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My apologies here folks, I'm kinda over here trying not to die. Woke up with gut pains that're making it difficult to focus.
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>>47284971
Did one of your body parts explode again?
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>>47284971
It's probably all that coffee, Lich-bro. Too much of the caffeinated goodness will give you terrible shits.

Although..Do you still have your appendix?
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>>47285057
Maybe it was a bone wand that misfired. Those things have a tendency to explode undead.
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>>47285116
Apendix does seem like a possible culprit.

You should get that checked Vox.
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Okay. Called, writing. Hopefully.
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>>47286057
no need in pushing your self, get well, stay alive, continue another time
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As much as you hate to say it, you're going to have to waste a shot from the bag if you're going to do this without killing the elf. And there's a lot of reasons not to kill the elf, starting with the bit where that's wrong, and continuing with the bit where she's friends with the Heritor and thus presumably the angel and you're still trying to get out of this the fuck alive.

|Metal| you command, reaching into the Six Demon Bag. The most helpful aspect of the sack is it always seems to just /understand/ what you're after, as it proves again when you withdraw a heavy harpoon on a chain from it. You wrap the chain around your wrist and cock back to throw.

"Dodge!" you call. Flitter zips aside just as your hurl the metal harpoon. Its tip sticks in the golem, and when you yank, chunks of stone spray from its torso, making it wobble in its step.

"What is it?" you ask, as the construct turns towards you.

"It's the Stormrath Golem," Flitter tells you, yelling over its heavy footsteps from behind. "Iron, stone, protective wards. Its script is in the heart."

"Offense?" you ask.

The golem claps its hands together, sending out a shockwave of force that you barely brace yourself against in time. You slide three feet straight back and hear the ringing in your ears that says 'deafness'.

Well, now you've got its fucking attention at least.

> Keep luring. Maybe Flitter can revive the elf
> Use the bag (Storm OR Wind OR Fire)
> Fight!
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>>47287231
>Use the bag (Fire).
Soften the joints in its limbs, or at least its legs. If we're lucky, we can use its own immense weight against it.
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>>47287335
>Use the bag (Fire)
Seconding this, go for the legs
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>>47287231
>> Keep luring. Maybe Flitter can revive the elf

Get it far enough away from the elf that we can fight without it being near-certain that that will end up with her dead.
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>>47287231
>Keep luring. Maybe Flitter can revive the elf
Come and get it.

>The most helpful aspect of the sack is it always seems to just /understand/ what you're after,
This reminds me of a comic character I read as a kid called Douwe Dabbert, has a sack which always gave him exactly what he needed.
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>>47287231
>> Keep luring. Maybe Flitter can revive the elf
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>>47287231
>Keep luring
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Called, writing.
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Fucking Comcast. Bear with me.
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Fixed. Making coffee, then gonna write.
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You shout something that you really hope is 'Help the elf' because you honestly cannot hear your own voice right now. Flitter immediately zips to the elf's backpack, though, which is a good sign.

You need this golem further away from her, and you need that to happen now.

The construct lumbers towards you; you hurl the harpoon a second time, spearing it through one hand. The good news is that the metal will obey you to an extent. The bad news is that there's a lot of golem on the other end of this chain.

Luckily, you don't have to hold it all.

You yank, getting your hand close enough to the handle of a steel door to command the chain to wrap around it. The golem skids an inch, and then the chain starts to reel. The creature yanks, fighting back on instinct, but those doors are solidly anchored, as you learned to your eternal embarassment and temporary unconsciousness some time ago.

Behind the golem, Flitter pours a hastily - and probably sloppily, considering how tiny she is - mixed potion down the elf's throat. She coughs, chokes, and opens her green eyes. The red-haired necromancer scrambles to her feet, kicking her bastard sword up off of the floor and into her waiting hand.

Flitter streaks away, as fast as she can fly, in response to something the elf shouts. Then you see something radiate from her blade - a greyness, a stillness, that flows out from the sword and mutes color, muffles light, and makes the golem stagger and sway. On instinct, you yank the harpoon, and it comes free; the golem's strength seems enfeebled somehow.

Oh yes. Now it's on.

> Take it down with the harpoon. You don't know what that greyness will do to the bag
> Storm OR Wind OR Fire
> Use the chain to tangle it up
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>>47291598
> Use the chain to tangle it up
Safest is best for our goodly coward.

The fact that it is helpful is also good of course.
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>>47291598
>> Use the chain to tangle it up
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>>47291598
>Take it down with the harpoon. You don't know what that greyness will do to the bag
Why fix it when it's already working? Aim for the heart
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>>47291598
>Back the fuck up, that shit is FREAKY
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>>47291598
>Take it down with the harpoon. You don't know what that greyness will do to the bag
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>>47291598
>> Use the chain to tangle it up
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>>47291598
>> Use the chain to tangle it up
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>>47291598
>> Take it down with the harpoon. You don't know what that greyness will do to the bag
Shits on fire yo
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As you may have guessed, I'm not really feeling able to update again right now. I'm gonna leave this for the morning; votes remain open.

Additionally, my new PC will likely be showing up tomorrow. If that's the case, I'll wrap up this plot arc, and then there'll be a delay before we start the interlude/switch back to Bri.

Questions, comments, discussion, feedback, and criticisms remain welcome and appreciated.

Thank you all for reading and participating!
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>>47294933
build specs?
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>>47272086
You can add cobbler to this list
>>47291598
> Take it down with the harpoon. You don't know what that greyness will do to the bag
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>>47272086
I myself was an architecture student, though that hardly has any bearing on this quest.

>>47292236
Problem there is its still got layers of steel and stone protecting its 'heart'. Gotta get past that first.

>>47291598
>Use the chain to tangle it up.
River's Death-in-Steel seems to be extremely effective against constructs. With the metal juggernaut so unsteady, Jack's chain can make it stumble and fall, leaving it open to an attack with Fire or Storm.
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>>47291598
> Use the chain to tangle it up
Getting stabbed with necroblade would likely rust the shit out of the golem.
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>>47291598
Which chain are we talking about? I hope the harpoon's chain. Because I think using the Lora-chain would break that. Just making sure.
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Bumping.
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>>47296504
The harpoon chain. Going back to bed now.
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>>47291598
Everyone knows when the music vid goes grey and the fight needs to turn, it's almost time for the beat to drop. And what's a better bass than
>STORM
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>>47294933
>New PC
Exciting things.
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Hey yo, a while back some of your recommended a series of books, including the Night Circus as things of interest to read, and generally, when 4chan can actually be arsed to recommend a real story, they are pretty on point.

What I was wondering was which fucking Night Circus book you guys were actually recommending, as apparently there are 5 books with similar names by completely different authors.
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I'm up. Will call and write soon.
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Bump
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Or I fell asleep again. Now I'm up, with my apologies.
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>>47300093
You want the one by Erin Morgenstern.
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This thing's clearly disliking whatever the elf is doing to it. Now's the time to bring it down and secure the kill. Well. "Kill". More like, "finally decide that this priceless historical artifact that attacks anything it meets needs to not be kept around any more."

Not now, brain.

You hurl the harpoon into the stone of one of the golem's legs and catch the chain before it can slip from your hands. You dash left, ducking away from the clumsy swipe you can already see co-

Your foot crosses the line into the spreading grayness, and it's like you stepped into your lowest point, your longest day. The colors are fading, it's true, but they're fading /inside/ as well - all the excitement of battle, the fear of death, all of your passion drains away to exhaustion, replaced by a quiet voice: 'Give up, give in.'

You roll forward and yank the chain, fighting back tears. The metal goes taught, and you feel, rather than hear, the golem hit the ground. The elf lowers her blade, making the gray fuzz like slowly dispersing mist, and strides quickly past you. You turn your head to watch her plant a boot on the golem's back and plunge her blade into its heart, throwing up sparks where it pierces through steel.

That awful grey blade comes up with notches, but the golem shudders, and moves no more. The elf kneels in front of you and holds up two fingers. You repeat the gesture - she's trying to make sure you're not in shock - and she nods before trying to say something. You shake your head, and she sighs before digging materials from her pack to mix a potion.

Your ears pop painfully when you drink it. You can't hear the sounds of battle any more, though.

"Who won?" you whisper.

|<[Jack]>|

The sound cuts through the stone, just as if your name was spoken in your ear, and you lower your head with a heavy sigh.

"Of course," you murmur.

> Flee
> Order the angel back into captivity
> Face the music
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>>47303634
>> Face the music
> For once in my goddamn life I'm not running away.
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>>47303634

> Flee

If we run fast enough we might die somewhere that actually looks nice.
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>>47303634
This balefire sword is a really creepy terrifying. I wonder how she takes it.
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>>47303634
>> Face the music
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>>47303634
> Face the music
The girl who loves us thinks we're not a coward. That's something we gotta live up to.
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>>47303634
>Face the music
That grey... thing did quite a number on Jack, damn.
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>>47303634
>> Face the music
We can't run, not really, or we face Richard's consequences. Ordering the angel back into captivity is useless when her Heritor's friends are all around us. Only things left to do are fight, or fall on her mercy, and fighting doesn't sound like good odds right about now.
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>>47303634
>> Face the music
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I'm getting double coffee and breakfast going. Once I do, I'm going to stay in this thread and wrap out the plot arc, only making a new thread if it becomes absolutely necessary.

Once this plot arc is over, DLQ will be going on hiatus until JULY 5th, 2016, with the new thread going up at a time yet to be determined. I'll announce it in the /qtg/ on the other board; otherwise, just keep a weather eye out. It's an earlier hiatus than was previously announced because my son will be visiting earlier, and I have professional obligations that I need to take care of before he arrives.

I'll update once the food's done.
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>>47304066
You know, on one hand I'm a tad sad to not read your stuff for quite a while. On the other hand, don't you fucking dare showing your face here while your son's with you.
But you sounded like you already knew that last part.
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>>47303634
>Face the music.
Had to happen some time.

But do you know what else this means? LOOT TIME MOTHAFUCKAS. There's fae parts to be collected and turned into epic gear.

>>47304178
>>47304066
I agree with anon; while we might miss your delicious words, you should enjoy the time you have with your kids. Plus, you've got the book (still kinda giddy about that).
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Food, called, writing
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>>47304527
Have to go sleep, hope you have a good time this June.
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Flitter zips back, worry on her face. "We could -" she begins, only to stop when you shake your head.

"It's time," you murmur.

"You still have the chain," Flitter points out, wringing her hands. "Jack, please, you can still get out of this alive."

"Not by running. Flitter...I'm tired." You look down and away from your only friend. "I'm tired of all of this. Look at what's happened because I came here to hide from my fate. All of these people, they deserved better than this. /You/ deserved better than this."

"I'm going with you," Flitter says firmly.

"Flitter - /ow/!"

You rub the smoking hole in your shirt where Flitter blasted your shoulder.

"I'm going with you," the pixie repeats, entirely out of patience for your bullshit.

"...Alright."

* * * * *

You are Lora, called Azrael and Aphrael and 'my lonely daughter', and everything hurts.

But, oddly, you kinda like it. Not in the sense that the pain itself is pleasant, but in that it's been a long time, a very long time, since you had a good fight, or since you were able to stand up for yourself. And today, you got to do both. You pity the Lord of Painted Glass, but you are not sorry.

Yours is the greater claim.

The Hero is stitching a series of ragged gashes in your ribs. They would kill a mortal; you take quite a bit more killing, but good healing habits never go amiss. The whiskey he'd poured over the slahes to disinfect them had been entirely unnecessary and painful, but you don't want to discourage the boy.

You're pretty sure your leg is broken.

You're pretty sure your wings are broken.

It's been an eventful fucking day.

"Are you sure you're alright?" you ask, looking down. Nathan nods, focusing his good eye at you. The other is still in his head, but his vision may not be the same for awhile. He took a blast of light point-blank, and his left eye is still obscured.
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>>47304943
God damn it Nathan! Are you TRYING to become a pirate!
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>>47304960
We need to get this boy a parrot, so he can have the full set.
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>>47304960
He ain't a pirate yet. He still needs a boat.
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>>47305011
...I just got an idea. You're all going to hate it.
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>>47305005
But Nate already has a bird, as well as a fowl.
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>>47305011
>>47305028
Elaborating on that. What if we made Nathen the new captain of the Pallbearer.
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Shards of colorful glass, all razor sharp, litter the hall. When you hear footsteps approaching, you issue a simple command: |<[Part]>|

You didn't need the Divine Tongue for it, but honestly, right now, you want Jack to remember who and what he's talking to. The glass buries itself in the stone walls, quivering sweetly; it's almost musical.

Jack comes slowly around the hall, limping and drained. Behind him, the adopted girl - River, her name is? - looks guilty. She won't stop touching the hilt of her sheathed sword, like she's afraid it's going to run away from her.

"You called?" Jack asks, exhausted.

"I'm not stopping," Nathan comments, as he continues to work.

"I did," you agree, ignoring the Hero. "First things first. River, take the chain."

Jack yelps in sudden shock, but something or someone seems to have beaten all the fight out of him. He turns, too slow, as the red-haired elf yanks the chain, jumps back, and calls the words that were last said to you in the Lichyard: "Lora, I release you from this bond."

The chain shatters, and you hear the sound echo in your soul. One step closer to freedom.

"That's your oath to the Master settled," you murmur. "Now we can talk, Jack."

"I...yeah. I owe you, for everything that's been done."

Your broken wings twitch irritably, sending agony crawling down your spine.

> I don't want you to /owe me/, idiot.
> Yes, you do. All you did was run from one debt to another.
> What do you think happens now, Jack? Do you think you get out of this alive?
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>>47305087
> What do you think happens now, Jack? Do you think you get out of this alive?
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>>47305087
>> Yes, you do. All you did was run from one debt to another.

Debt is better than Death. Provided it's a debt that can be sanely discharged.

And if it takes death to discharge this debt, then at least it will be over.
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>>47305028
NO. BAD.
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>>47305028
>>47305045
NO! Bad anon!
We are not making Nathan Orlando Bloom from Pirates.
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>>47305087

> I don't want you to /owe me/, idiot.
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>>47305087
> What do you think happens now, Jack? Do you think you get out of this alive?

Jack deserves to live, but still owes a lot of people a lot of things.
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>>47305087
>I don't want you to /owe me/, you foolish mortal jackass. But you /do/ owe these people.

>>47305203
We /can't/ make Nate into Orlando Bloom. He's already cooler and far more interesting.
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>>47305087
>I don't want you to /owe me/, idiot.
We want him to make it right.
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>>47305087
> I don't want you to /owe me/, idiot.
> What do you think happens now, Jack?
Leave out the getting out alive part. He might. If he doesn't lie and ernestly wishes to change his ways.
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>>47305087
> I don't want you to /owe me/, idiot

Life, and death, doesn't work like that. It isn't a tally sheet or account book where you can line up favors due and owed and then magically walk away a free man
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CALLED, WRITING.
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You shake your head at the Debtor and beckon him closer to you. He steps towards you, and you yank him off his feet by the front of his mail armor. Belle flares with wrathful light, only for Jack to tell her to back down.

"You're an idiot," you tell him to his face, staring into his eyes. Even now, even trying to accept his fate, you can see fear there. "I don't want you to /owe/ me, Jack. That's what got you into this mess. That's what made you turn a blind eye to what was done down here, what made you help enslave me. You owed, and you just had to pay, didn't you? I'm not going to perpetuate that."

You drop the mortal to the floor; he lands on his feet, looking confused. "But -"

"Jack, I want you to /make amends/. Not because there's a debt that you have to pay. Not because you owe to the people you hurt, or to me, or the friends you left behind. I want you to do it because you're /sorry/. I want to hear you say that you've done something wrong and that you're willing to make it right. Can you do that? Can you look me in the eye and do that?"

"I..." Jack blinks, lost in a conversation that swept far away from where he expected it to go.

"It only takes a moment, Jack," River murmurs, from behind him.

You don't know what she's talking about, but Jack's back straightens, and he meets your gaze with a confidence he didn't have before. "Tell me how I can help. Rebuilding, obviously, but that's just the Warehouse. What can I do to help you?"

"The first thing you're going to do is take the amulet from Nathan - don't put it on - and give it back to the lich. After that..." You sigh. "The Poet and the Traitor are in the Atheneum. Ask them how you can help best. I imagine Brigette is going to be upset at you."

"Why?" Jack asks, softly.

"Because now I'm leaving, and you're a free man. Don't waste my mercy, Jack."

Nathan starts to object - he's not done, after all - but the freezing fog is already forming, coming to take you back to your waiting room.
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Maybe you should have punished Jack. You punished Brigette, and you actually /like/ (not that other 'L' word, that's not a good word) her. But it hadn't felt right. It would...

It would have been a debt of misery, from you to him, paid up in cruelty. And the thought of it is bitter in your mouth.

You light a cigar as the waiting room settles back in around you and take a seat, to await for the next person to come talk to you.

It's been a long day, but you don't regret a minute.

END PART VII: DEVIL'S DUE

Thread is open for Q&A until it either sages out or I go to work.
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>>47305508
We are over the bump limit, that was a fun ride. Looking forward to the interlude on 5th!
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Aight folks, let the hiatus officially begin at this point. Again, I will be back on JULY 5th, at SOME JUNCTURE, with a more specific announcement being made in the /qtg/ on the other board closer to the date in question (this may actually involve a change in said date depending on if and when I work that day).

Thread is open for Q&A, discussion, thoughts, and feedback, but any reply I make is going to have to be via phone 'cause now I'm gonna turn this thing off and set up my new PC.

Thank you all for reading and participating! You've made this quest a blast to run and I'm grateful for the time, the critique, the kind words, and the /fun/ that you've offered me. And I don't say that nearly enough.
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Have a good month and a half, Sir Lich!
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>>47305577
Thanks for the run and until July, Vox.
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Huh, Jack gets off scott free?

Bridge essentially gets quarantined to the dungeon and Natalia loses foresight but Jack just gets no punishment.

It's actually pretty poetic. And I'm not even being George Lucas sarcastic.
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>>47305577
Thanks for the fun times, Vox. July can't come soon enough.

>>47305662
In each case, they got what they needed to get. Bridgette gained the power of the Atheneum's forbidden books, and so was bound there for her safety and the safety of others. Natalia saw so much that it poisoned her mind, and so she was blinded (well, second-blinded). Jack lived under a great debt, and it led him to darkness, and so he was set free, to see what he would make of his own life.
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>>47305577
Thanks for running, Vox! Have a good time.
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>>47305662
I keep reading this and I am still confused.
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>>47305662
Well, Brigette has to be quarantined because The Tongue could destroy the world, else she would have been allowed to leave, too. Natalia loses the thing that made here crazy in the first place. Jack only helped Dick because he didn't want to die, afawk he did nothing to make anybody suffer needlessly.
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>>47305577
Vox, you got a twitter or something like other QMs?

Also, when hiatus is done, will you be running here or on /qst/?
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>>47306438
I do not, nor do I want one.

I'll run here if the rules haven't changed. If they have, well, that's what the archive links in the OP are for.
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>>47306291
I just feel like by not being punished Jack is going to go through this crisis where he realizes he can't pay back Lora because she isn't demanding anything of him so he has to set the terms of making amends himself and this will lead him to going half-mad in an attempt to pay back his debt.

Sorta similar to that moment in Schindler's List where he realizes there's so much more he could have done except a lot less heroic
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>>47306566
>going crazy since he can't comprehend the concept of altruism not motivated by debt
Literally the perfect punishment. I see nothing wrong with this.
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>>47306507
Vox, thanks for the ride, I can't wait to get back on in July. I hope you have a good break, and as another anon said, we better not see you around till your finished spending time with your son.

Have a good month Dreadlord.
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>>47305772
> In each case, they got what they needed to get.

I dunno; Brigette was bound not because it was what she needed, but because it was unthinkable to allow her to ever give anyone else the knowledge she gained.

Letting her live wasn't a mercy—or at least, wasn't purely a mercy.
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>>47306810
That sounds like what was needed to me. Maybe not what she, personally, needed, but certainly what the world needed her to get.
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>>47306956

True, but there's a difference between doing something because it is a /needful thing/ and doing it because the person you're doing it to/for /needs it/.

Brigette was the former. I think that Natalia and Jack were the latter.
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Bye for now, Vox! It's been a hell of a ride so far.



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