Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Post-Apocalypse%20Magical%20Girl%20QuestTwitter: @echogarroteOpening Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3FKgL7YVFgLast Episode: You entered OLYMPUS and found the resting place of Joy-In-Time. You also discovered that the Joy-In-Hearts' old enemy, the parasitic being known as Misery, is still alive. Hiding within the People of Joy. She's taken control of the rest of the group, and now inhabits the boy of Joy-In-Love. The most powerful Joy-In-Heart of them all.- - -"So...judging by Gaft and Wren's mental breakdowns," Ray says. "We're in serious trouble.""Yes." You say. "Yes, we are.""Is that door going to hold?" Ray asks, pointing at the door leading out to the rest of the complex. "I have no idea." You say. "But I think if someone tried hard enough and had the power of a goddess, they could get through.""Wonderful." Ray says. He pauses and looks at Gaft, slumped against the wall. "What do we do with him?""Do we need to do anything?" You ask.Ray nods and points at his eyes. "I can see, he's not dead. Not yet. He is an Accepting, a full one too, he's old but his body's tough. It'll take a while for him to die.""He's not going to try any tricks, is he?" You ask.Ray shakes his head. "He's out cold. Body's just trying to keep alive."You look around, and see a white box attached to the wall. The red cross marks it as a medkit. (cont)
>>47823802You pop open the kit, and grab bandages, and a bunch of other complex things. They have instructions.You stabilize Gaft, pull out the bullet, and inject him with a clear substance.Ray takes the time to put a zip tie around his wrists and ankles behind his back."Where'd you get those?" You ask."Pytor." Ray says. "Said we might need them for him. You know how he is."You nod in agreement.Gaft groans, and coughs. "HESTIA..."You put a knife to his throat. "You get one chance, and that's just because everything gone off the rails. Now, talk. What do we need to do?"He lets out a long breath. "Kill yourselves. It'd be quicker."You roll your eye and press on his wound a little. He winces in pain, and makes a grunting noise."Get HESTIA to recognize Love as an enemy." Gaft says. "If you can do that, control of the facility will shift to whomever Love would place next in seniority. Most likely Wren."You push on the wound again. "Alright! Alright!" He confesses. "It would go to me first, THEN Wren!""How do we get HESTIA to see Love as an enemy?" You ask.Gaft gasps. "Either have her put Time in direct danger, or..." He chuckles. "Or have Misery tax Love's body enough that the parasite burns through it."But that means facing her, and you may be a murderous psychopath...but you don't have any chance against Love." He chuckles.Ray stuffs a wad of cloth into Gaft's mouth and wraps a bandage around it. "I'll ungag him if we need him. So...now what?"“Well…that depends on how much we’re willing to risk.” You say. “We could wait until she’s inside here.”“The orange lady does seem to take it unkindly if people open up the young lady’s tube.” Ray says.Both of you get on your walkie-talkies. “Anything that can help?”(cont)
>>47823825“I’ve still got camera access, and I can see the group.” Amelia, in the Security Hub, says. “They’re going towards the infirmary for some reason. Other than that I can’t do anything other than lock the door. HESTIA has me locked out of all the rest. You’re going to have to start up a fire or something before I can help you.”“Anything, Pytor?” You ask.“No.” Pytor, at HESTIA’s central control, says. “I have barricaded the door with everything that was heavy, but Wren is still having a hysterical episode, and the computer-woman has made all the buttons here useless. There are a bunch of screens up here. She has constant monitoring over three rooms that no one’s in. Life Support, Summer Servers, and C.E. Siphon.”“Alright, that’s helpful.” You say. “As soon as you can get Wren lucid, put her on we need her.”> Let Love enter Joy-In-Time’s room. Very risky, but HESTIA freaks out if someone so much as touches Time.> Try to goad Misery into starting a fire and just damaging the complex. If you can get her to cause enough damage, Amelia will be given access to do things. The hard thing is that means facing Love’s power directly, but it’s got the least risk of Love getting to Time, or damaging OLYMPUS.> Lure Misery into one of the important rooms. If she damages the place, HESTIA will see Love as an enemy. It’s less risky combat, but depending on where you fight, OLYMPUS could suffer severe damage.
>>47823846So HESTIA won't just go straight to seeing us as an enemy if it sees us fighting "Love" right?
>>47823846Also despite the fact that several of these people are literally vomiting up black goo HESTIA doesn't register them as being contaminated by misery you would think there would be records of the most important war in human history.
>>47823846>Try to goad Misery into starting a fire and just damaging the complex. If you can get her to cause enough damage, Amelia will be given access to do things. The hard thing is that means facing Love’s power directly, but it’s got the least risk of Love getting to Time, or damaging OLYMPUS.What I wouldn't give for un-nerfed knives right now.
>>47823934This reminds me did our knives improve in any way after we double critical that last small joy?
Best time of the day is here!
>>47823902HESTIA recognizes them as being Woe Soldiers, but they're not doing anything that HESTIA recognizes as hostile. Love never programed HESTIA with orders to attack people if they were possible threats. Love thought Wren was a possible threat, but bad things happen if you have AIs make assumptions.>>47823871That is a possibility. However, HESTIA can recognize that Love is Misery, but that causes a logic paradox in her commands, as she cannot obey Misery but she must obey Love. The result is her programming reverts to her original mission 'Protect Joy-In-Time' and ignores conflicting data.>>47823951Your knives only produce a single bonus knife on a crit...but...> Roll 1d20
>>47823846>> Lure Misery into one of the important rooms. If she damages the place, HESTIA will see Love as an enemy. It’s less risky combat, but depending on where you fight, OLYMPUS could suffer severe damage.I am for this.
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>47824085
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>47824085>Roll 1d20
>>47824502Well good job still just the 2 of us and echo I would have expected a few more by now.
>>47824563It is still early in the day. Give it a few hours and for people to get off work.
>>47824570Fair, it is midnight where I am all relative really.
>>47824586Ahhh our good old world anon. The new world anons say hi.
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>47824502B A S E Drolling a third for completeness >pls no 1
>>47824502Alright, so now your initial throw is three knives, also, cause you crit, pick one more power.> Ash shot > Dodge Kick> Ash choke
>>47824670>> Dodge KickWe already overpowered our long range move, and it is the end so we don't have to worry about ash knife addiction.So may be a short range move or one that brings us to short range will be good.
>>47824706Also think Ray is Ok with the knife addict as his goddess?
>>47824721Ray is literally biologically programmed to be okay with us.
>>47824735Won't leave us like the two other girls. Best boy. Almost as good as the bear.
>>47824706>>47824722Alright, if both kicks land, it's +1 wound. Auto-fail has been removed, double wounds on crits still apply.>Back to earlier decision> Let her come to you an Joy-In-Time.> Lure her to a Priority System Room.> Bait her to start smashing things in general.
>>47824670> Ash shot So it would cover our escape
>>47824795None of which are good options.Do anons have a more ingenious idea?
>>47824795> Bait her to start smashing things in general.HWG
>>47824795>> Bait her to start smashing things in general.>>47824753He's warm too.
>>47824809I mean if there was hubris around i would say sick them on her But she isnt going to leave the building and we didnt bring any with us this time either
>>47823934>>47824795This was my vote and I'm sticking to it.
>>47824833Hubris is her corrupting the insects over time, right? So they are actually her army. They live off clean energy so leading them outside into the fallout will not work.Other solutions like taking her out for a drink and become bros probably are off the table.
>>47824859No, her army was mutated and became no longer under her control anymore so, woe critters became hubris cause of love mind fuck
>>47824906Unity not Love
>>47824906Ahhh good point.
That's her objective right?Stop unity mind fuck in the past,So she doesn't lose her whole army and is able to conquer an intact world while not worrying about the hubris that will try to eat her
>>47825083Or simply take control of time and never lose in the first place.
Cause hubris don't care what you are If you got the mojo their going to eat ya
Misery, she is from space.Can we load up our people in space ships and start Alpha Centuari?
>>47825162>ships>implying we could build any in this crapsack ruined world.
>>47825214No we use her ship.
>>47824816>>47824813>>47824837"I'm going out there." You say. "Make some noise. Pytor, Amelia, as soon as you can, hit her with whatever you can.""Do you want me to send Musor?" Amelia asks."Should me and Ruin come with you?" Embers asks.> No, just me.> Send everyone> Just send Embers and/or Musor and/or Ruin
>>47825246> No, just me.Hate to see her corrupt anyone elsePlus we got windy powers to escape
>>47825246>> No, just me.>>47825262I agree.Musor probably is resistant to that though.
>>47825246> No, just me.>If she starts controlling me put me down, no hesitation.
>>47825246> No, just me.
>>47825416>>47825387>>47825285>>47825262"No, just me." You look at Ray. "If she gets me, and I come back in here. Put a bullet in me, and then try to shoot Time."He nods.You take off your mask and you kiss him. He holds you. It's a spark of warmth, and you know that you'll never be able to...make this healthy or make it work. Still, Ray is here, he's yours, and...well...it's something. "Afterwards, we'll do more." You say.He smiles at you."Seal this door, or blockade it if you can!" You shout as you head outside.You wind your way through the sterile halls. You're heading towards the infirmary, and you are starting to feel that this was a horrific idea. You can feel Love's power from here. A tingle on your skin, and a sense of pressure inside your head.But there's also this horrific calm as well. There's no anger, or sense of victory. A mild case of annoyance that there have been so many unforeseen setbacks and delays. 'I'm trying to ask, Civility, Meadows, and Zephyr if they have any advice, and all they can say is variations on 'Fucking Run' and other cheery forecasts.' Joy tells you."Huh." You say."What are they doing in the infirmary?" You ask Amelia as you come along the last corner before the corridor that's right in front of it."It looks like they're healing Joy-In-Love...or Misery...whatever she is." Amelia says. "Injecting her with crap."> Assault her now, you'll be facing Love and all 6 of her Woes but maybe she wont be at full strength.> Wait for her to come out and catch her in a trap. It'll be better towards her turning HESTIA if she makes the first move.
>>47825655> Assault her now, you'll be facing Love and all 6 of her Woes but maybe she wont be at full strength.
>>47825655>> Wait for her to come out and catch her in a trap. It'll be better towards her turning HESTIA if she makes the first move.I don't need to fight Love, 6 of her underlings, and the HESTIA system.
>>47825655>> Wait for her to come out and catch her in a trap. It'll be better towards her turning HESTIA if she makes the first move.
>>47825655> Wait for her to come out and catch her in a trap. It'll be better towards her turning HESTIA if she makes the first move.
>>47825756>>47825765>>47825867You pause. After a bit, Misery walks out. She turns to the PoJ Woes. "Ashes is close. Go secure the other sites."The Woes nod, and march off in the other direction.Misery just stands there in the hall. Not moving. Then there's a blur of pink and she's standing right in front of you.Thankfully you were getting ready, so you point your hands at the ground, and the world explodes into an ashy cloud.> Run> FightSpecial Rules> Joy-In-Love has 20 wounds, and she rolls 3d20 for every attack and takes the highest roll.> Every time Joy-In-Love attacks, HESTIA's alert system rises with Misery identified as an attacker>If HESTIA's alert system gets too high, security measures are activated.> Every time you attack, there's a chance that HESTIA will raise her alert.> When the alert system goes off, whomever is the highest threat will be the one targeted. Ties mean that you both get targeted.
>>47826083> Run>>47826110>>47826119>fighting the diety level threat solowell this will end quickly.
>>47826144She is fast enough to basically teleport. Run or fight we are fucked. Getting a shot in while HESTIA can't see us is perfectly reasonable..
>>47826251I am for this anon.
Rolled 9, 19, 13 = 41 (3d20)>>47826144>>47826160>>47826262You ash dodge the hell away.Misery isn't about speeches, or posturing, or show. She's just going to kill you, because you are a threat and she has the ability to do so.She raises her hand and a beam of pink light blasts out from it.
>>47826449so 2 hits on us then?
>>47826449>beam of pink light blasts out from it.If we are in a classical magical girl fight can we befriend her the Nohona way?Deep on dodge kicking, add to her wounds.
>>47826449do we get bonus dodge because of the ash cloud blocking sight?
>Dodge kick away until we get to a critical system for her to misfire and hit?
>>47826449It strikes you square in the back, and you hit the ground as it feels like a sledgehammer has smacked you.You roll with it, and jump back up.> Continue to run, and blast more ash clouds.> Fight back.
>>47826526> Continue to run, and blast more ash clouds.
>>47826484Yes, but not on a 19.Also, I forgot one more option> Spend a turn standing there summoning up your armor.
>>47826526> Spend a turn standing there summoning up your armor.
>>47826526> Continue to run, and blast more ash clouds.Wait is the ai sensing misery attacks through the ash cloud?
>>47826575The bright pink blasts are rather hard to miss I imagine.
>>47826535>>47826575>>47826569>>47826592You stumble down the hall, trying to move as fast as possible. At the same time, you're focusing and trying to summon your armor.DC:16> Roll 1d20
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>47826766
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>47826766
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>47826766HWG
>>47826770You summon up your armor and turn less-solid, at the same time you juke left, and you see a Pink blast pass through you. You look at Misery, and she's looking a little annoyed at the ineffectiveness at her current power. She focuses on her other hand, and smiles when it starts to glow as well.Fuck, she's learning fast.> Keep running/clouding> Fight back
>>47826911> Fight back
>>47826911> Fight backChoke
>>47826911>Keep running/cloudingWe win when Misery aggros HESTIA. Kite like our life depends on it because it probably does!
>>47826911> Keep running/clouding
>>47826921>>47826922>>47826963This isn't going to end until one of you two is dead.> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst
>>47827097> Ash Choke
>>47827097> Bright Burst
>>47827131You realize that forces us out of meguca so if we do not one shot her(not possible given she has 20 wounds) we die, right?
>>47827106>>47827117>>47827194You're focusing more on your breathing than hers, which is calm and measured. Still, all you need to do is push and...there!>Roll 2d20, 1 for the Choke attack, 1 to see if HESTIA detects you or not.
Rolled 8, 13 = 21 (2d20)>>47827284
Rolled 7, 16 = 23 (2d20)>>47827284
Rolled 19, 16 = 35 (2d20)>>47827284HWG
>>47827415You start to see the black goop leak out from Love's mouth. She spits out a clump of it, and gives you a look of mild annoyance.She flicks her hands and they turn blue. She holds it up to her throat, and there's a flash, and she's back to breathing normally.Thankfully that took both charges for her to use. Bad news is that wasn't judged as hostile by HESTIA.Good news is that neither was your action.Your turn.>Run> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst
>>47827601> Ash Shot
>>47827601>RunHow's HESTIA's alert system looking?
Rolled 18, 13, 16, 4, 10, 11 = 72 (6d20)>>47827636>>47827683>>47827717You scramble away and zig-zag down the hall.Love focus and fires two blasts from each of her hands at you.
>>47828186One of the blasts is a close miss.The next one isn't, but you have a chance to dodge the blast.DC:16> Roll 1d20
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>47828204
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>47828204HWG
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>47828204For Mother!
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>47828204pls?
So I would rather die fighting than running. Anyone else?
>>47828308Fuck no? The whole point is to get her to agro Hestia.
>>47828308Well misery just launched 9 attacks all together now, Hopefully the ai sees her as hostile and will help us
>>47828212You wince as you feel the smash against your upper shoulder. Your armor holds and you keep your insubstantial status.> Run> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst>>47828383Those were just two attacks, remember, she has the same dice roll as you do.
>>47828511> Ash Shot
>>47828511>> Ash Cloud
>>47828511> Ash Cloud
Rolled 2, 11 = 13 (2d20)>>47828559>>47828592You blast a cloud of ash at the ground and the corridor fills with smoke and ash again.Love raises both her hands above her head, and a ball of pink plasma forms in it. Then she slams it into the ground, and you feel a rush of heat and your ash cloud burns off in a burst of light flame."Hostile Threat detected." HESTIA announces throughout the system as alarms start. You breathe a sigh of relief. Oh thank God, the plan worked."Deploying Non-Fatal Countermeasures. Please cease and desist. Remember, you are loved and valued. This is a place of Joy."Non-fatal? God...damn...alright alright...You see Servitor arms unfold from the ceiling, they have nozzle sprays on them, and two of them blast jets of thick beige foam onto Love.
>>47828948Love just moves out of the way in a pink blur, more servitor arms are unfolding, so it looks like HESTIA isn't going to be stopping until she's pacified the threat.Sadly, you think you need to do more than just that.> Keep playing the rabbit and run> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst
>>47828948>>47828948Time to run the fuck out I guessDoubt we could have her state her intent to fuck shit up
>>47828980> Keep playing the rabbit and run
>>47828980> Keep playing the rabbit and runLet the ai make an opening for us first then
>>47828980> Ash Choke
Rolled 7, 8, 10 = 25 (3d10)>>47828986>>47828990>>47828993You keep dodging back and forth, you know you can't just totally bolt, or she'll break off the Chase.Misery summons up another Plasma-Fire ball, and hurls it at you. It's about the size of a beach ball, you hear HESTIA give off fire alerts, and the paint on the hallways peels from the heat.You doubt that there's a way that this thing isn't going to at least peel off your armor.
Rolled 8, 5 = 13 (2d20)>>47829160Thankfully, you do something REALLY stupid, you spin on your heel and run AT the plasma ball, and then you phase right through it...and it sails through the ash cloud, burning a little, and then impacts against the wall. And you reform, not so much as singed.HESTIA's servitor arms try to pacify Misery with the foam.
>>47829210Again, they're harmless to the living Goddess.> Keep running.> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst
>>47829225> Ash Choke
>>47829225> Ash Shot
>>47829225> Keep running.HWG
>>47829225torn between choke and run.I think using choke would raise our agro threshold but Love's retalliation would raise hers even further
>>47829225> Dodge Kick
We're sort of at a tie between run and choke, and you can't do both like armor.
>>47829225>>47829805>> Keep running.
Rolled 18, 7, 6, 16, 10, 7, 1, 16, 19 = 100 (9d20)>>47829819>>47829341>>47829290You keep up the rabbit bit, and it looks like Misery has caught on. However, the servitor arms are annoying her, and she's not so stupid as to turn her back on you. She closes her eyes and concentrates, a pink aura forms around her, and then the light focuses, and you see...oh hell...three blades of light are hovering around her. She gestures at you and they go flying at you.You are in trouble.
>47830236> The 19 is knocked out by the 1, that makes a 16, 16, and 18.You suddenly feel the same fear that you now realize all those small joys must have felt, but Misery's not a skilled knife thrower...and you aren't fully solid and know how to dodge.DC: 14 & 16>Roll 1d20
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>47830236>spamming one tactic bites us in the ass>Despite Echo hinting she's a fast learner repeatedlyWhoda thunk.>>47830267
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>47830267FFFFFF
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>47830267
>>47830267>You suddenly feel the same fear that you now realize all those small joys must have feltKinda want a scene where the Joys in our head react to that
Rolled 10, 1 = 11 (2d20)>>47830283You dodge, let one sail through you, and drop to the ground as the last blade sails over head.HESTIA tries to pacify.
>>47830396Misery just grabs one of the servitor arms and rips it out of the ceiling. It's clear that she is approaching 'Done With This.'> Run> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst
>>47830426>> Ash Shot
>>47830426> Ash KnifeHWGFuck it
>>47830426> Ash Knife2 can play this game.
>>47830468What would it say of our legend if we got Misery cowering in fear at our knives?
>>47830426> Ash KnifeYeah knife a bitch like you mean it
>>47830460>>47830468>>47830526You stand up and look at Misery's black eyes in the cheery pastel pink haired face. "My turn." You say, and you summon your own blades, and hurl them at Misery.> Roll 3d20
Rolled 17, 7, 20 = 44 (3d20)>>47830565
Rolled 12, 2, 19 = 33 (3d20)>>47830565
Rolled 1, 20, 20 = 41 (3d20)>>47830565
Rolled 3, 20 = 23 (2d20)>>47830565Remove Misery
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>47830626aww fuck, forgot the 3rd dice>>47830619Motherfucker...
Rolled 12, 6 = 18 (2d20)>>47830626>>47830619>>47830571I don't even. All these 20s.
>>47830571>>47830626>>47830641>>47830619Holy fuck that's a sign
>>47830619That's one knife for each 20s right?
Is Pytor watching?>His and Ashes faces when
>>47830571>>47830580>>47830619> Basically, you lose one 20, but 19 is still a crit, so 19, 20, 20 plays.There's that feeling, and it's a sweet rush as you see the blades pierce Joy-in-Love's flesh. Mercy doesn't even flinch, apparently Love's body provides her with a low pain response.Still, that joyous feeling of violent, bloody warmth rushes up and down your spine, and you let fly again with all three blades that you happily summon. Again.DC: 15> Roll 3d20
Is granny prod of us? Meadow definitely is.
Rolled 3, 10, 18 = 31 (3d20)>>47830701
Rolled 14, 17, 9 = 40 (3d20)>>47830701HWG
Rolled 15, 17, 20 = 52 (3d20)>>47830701 Pin cushion.
>>47830718>>47830727>>4783072815,17,20all 3 hits and we also got a crit so we continue knife works
>>47830718>>47830727>>47830728Fuck, there goes our agro skyrocketing, worth it though
>>47830749In here while epic is happening.
>>47830728Okay, NOW you know that Misery is feeling pain, and she staggers back, black blood is dripping down her arms, and chest from all the stab and slash wounds.You're still not done yet...less juice, but enough for one solid more hit.DC: 16> Roll 1d20
>>47830680question is that bastard gaft watching?So going to rub it into his face that we finished the job his goddess couldn't do
>>47830766Was Hestia designed with the self defense definition that America uses?
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>47830780Not done yet
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>47830780HWG
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>47830780Last hurrah.
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>47830780gotta knife fast
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>47830780
>>47830827>>47830822>>47830802Too bad. 6 hits. Still a legend.Ray must need a new change of underwear.
>>47830845Anon, where were you when we needed you earlier?
Rolled 11, 13, 9, 16, 8, 8 = 65 (6d20)>>47830802The last blade is thrown and Misery dodges it out of the way.She is now unhappy with you. She sticks out her arms wide from her body and summons two of those large pink plasma fire balls. She hurls them at you full force.
>>47830863captcha glitched out 3 times.
>>47830868Dodge one, gets hit by the other?
>>47830868You REALLY need to dodge these, or else they're going to HURT.(Plasma Balls cause 2 wounds.)DC:14>Roll 1d20
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>47830881Can we counter dodge kick?Where is her health at?
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>47830881HWG
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>47830881fail
>>4783089414 wounds, we have 5
>>47830928So we have 3 now.
>>47830928Correction, we now have 1.This is really a bad idea unless Hestia gets its shit together.
>>478309561 the balls took off 2 eachand I think we already lost 1 when she hit us the first time.
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>47830881late rolling, let's despair at the roll that could have saved us.
>>47830979Holy shit anon.
>>47830979the curse is real.
Time to fly away now?
>>47830979HA Its a sign FIGHT ON
>>47830983>>47830990>>47830994>Zephyr chuckling in the background
Rolled 8, 7, 19, 10, 17 = 61 (5d20)>>47830908You dodge one, but the other one rakes across your left side of the body. You scream, as you feel you armor burned off, and your left arm is plunged into searing, horrific, pain.You hear louder warning klaxons go off, and Servitor Hatches open up from the ceiling, and servitor arms with guns come out."MAXIMUM THREAT DETECTED!" HESTIA shouts. "BEGINING PURGE, ALL PERSONELL PLEASE EVACUATE, SISTERS TO ARMS, SISTERS TO ARMS!!"Misery blinks as five robotic arms open fire with a combination of ballistic, flame, and Clean Energy projectiles.
>>47830979D E S P A I RESPAIR
>>47831016We did our job. Fly away now.
>>47831016Mercy staggers back as HESTIA's assault keeps harassing her.She still wants to kill you, though.(You are at 4 wounds left. Resummoning armor will not heal wounds, but let you have auto-dodge again.)> Go back to running> Resummon Armor> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst
>>47831042> Go back to runningFuck itWe did our jobShe no-longer can control the ai GO GO GO And Patch up
>>47831042> Resummon ArmorCan we run and armor again?
>>47831042>> Resummon Armor
>>47831042>>47831055Changing my vote to >>Dodge KickIf Dodge kick allows us to avoid a hit as well. Also possible +2 wound.
>>47831042>> Resummon Armor> Go back to running
>>47831074>>47831056Sorry anon, wrong one.
>>47831042> Go back to runningRight, time to go
Rolled 15, 19, 14 = 48 (3d20)>>47831053>>47831055>>47831056You focus and you make yourself feel less solid. It's a bit of a comfort.And it's a good thing that you have SOME comfort, because NOW is when Misery raises her hand, and a beam of energy and light form from it and when it clears, she is holding a sword. The blade edge gleams with pink light, and Misery does look like she knows how to use it.She warps right up towards you, and makes a swift slash with that blade.The worst thing is that, just like the electric small joy, you know she's just warming up.
>>47831164And Misery has had a good many years to work on her sword arm.Dodge DC: 17> Roll 1d20
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>47831179ded
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>47831179
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>47831179Can't touch this, oh who the fuck am I kidding
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>47831179HWG
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>47831179Here goes nothing
what a shame...
Rolled 7, 5, 1, 13, 4, 19 = 49 (6d20)>>47831196Gah! You're the one bleeding now.HESTIA isn't messing around anymore, though. More and more Servitor arms, security drones, and other forms of defense are popping up.
>>47831291Misery is still getting harassed by the assault, but she's able to destroy one of the arms, and it looks like she's now slightly more concerned about HESTIA than you.> Run> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst
>>47831291Time to book it?
>>47831310> Ash KnifeBecause legend lives. And we got 4 more lives.
>>47831310>>47831311No shit>> RunNow we bring everyone and swarm her
>>47831326I am for this.
>>47831325less than she deals multi-wounds on one hit.
Rolled 20, 5, 5, 6 = 36 (4d20)>>47831311>>47831316>>47831326You book it. You grab your walkie talkie. "How is everyone?!" You shout, "Please tell me that you're okay!"
>>47831371One person is great, the others not so much.
Rolled 17, 12, 5, 19, 12 = 65 (5d20)>>47831371"Yeah," Ray says. "We're fine. The doors held here, and the HESTIA unloaded. My two are dead.""Ruin fought off the one that got inside, and HESTIA took out the other." Amelia answers. "We're clear.""Good." You say. "Pytor?"No answer. "Pytor!" You shout. "Pytor...Pytor, please say something!""Lupa..." You go cold as you hear Embers' voice. "I'm sorry I kissed Ray without your permission...I'm so...so sorry..."Oh God...HESTIA unloads on Love.
>>47831371What these dice for?
>>47831432You're pretty sure HESTIA is holding her own, but now Misery is fighting back, and without you to divide her focus, it's pretty easy for Joy-In-Love to handle some mechanical arms. Thankfully it's keeping her busy.You run towards HESTIA's control, and you don't stop.The door is open when you arrive, and there's blood on the floor.Embers in in the corner, crying.The two Woe soldiers are dead, their heads have been bashed in. Wren's box is on the floor, face down, there's dents and gunshot holes in it.As for Pytor...> Roll 1d20
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>47831519>wren is dead tooFuck there goes our way to control Hestia.
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>47831519
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>47831432EMBERS YOU HAD ONE JOB. THIS IS WHY WE LIKE EMILY MORE.
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>47831519Live you bastard
>>47831560shit it's not linked
>>47831560Oh f=thank fuck please count this
>>47831560>>47831565Well, I guess it could have gone worse
>>47831560Embers: Forever a failure
>>47831560Pytor is sitting on the floor, his back against the main console. He's covered in blood and his eyes are closed. He opens his eyes and looks at you. "Bandages are on the wall." He says, pointing. "Fix up, and go back and kill her."Fuck it. You run up to him and you hug him. He hugs you back."Your friend is rather worthless." He says."I know." You say. "But that means she isn't like us.""No." He says. "She isn't...a good thing, I suppose.""Wren!" You go to Wren's box, right it up, and open it. Oh, please please please please...> Roll 1d20
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>47831668When will this end!!!
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>47831668pls>>47831682we still need to the bear
>>47831668And yeah embers is worthless send her back to the factory when this is over
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>47831668>>47831668what are the odds of a 1 right after that twenty to fuck it up?
>>47831721Not very fucking high apperantly
>>47831721Or another 20 to somehow give Wren back her body via cybernetic accumulation. Apparently Love had spares.
We should bring ruin and musor with us to kill misery Have the other hold their positions and destroy the facilitates to deny misery if we fail
>>47831721>>47831689"I'm not in there, Ashes." Wren's voice says. One of HESTIA's screen changes and you see Wren, only she looks much younger and is in a blue themed version of Love's regalia. "Glad to see this worked." Wren says. "I wouldn't have been able to do this without Ember's technical skill. See? You do have SOME utility.""You're...in the computer?" You say."Well...technically, I'm dead as the Woe soldiers shot me and killed my head's life support. However, I was able to walk Pytor and Embers through steps that allowed me to copy my sense of self into..." She sighs. "Yes. I'm fine. It's why HESTIA's now bringing out the big guns. I'm able to nudge her a bit.""So...what now?" You say."Now, you go and kill that bitch that's controlling my best friend! Hurry! I'm working on the other stuff." She motions for you to go. "Go! I'll have the others catch up...and that means you too Embers!"Embers whimpers and gets up off the floor. She looks at you, apology in her eyes. "I tried...I really really did. But then they pushed me...and pointed a gun at me and I...I...I froze."> Let it slide. You have a goddess to kill.> Let Embers off the hook and have her stay here and 'Help' Wren/HESTIA.> Get a little payback for the screw-up kissing Ray and nearly getting Pytor and Wren killed.
>>47831858> Let it slide. You have a goddess to kill.We need all the meatshields we can get
>>47831858>> Let it slide. You have a goddess to kill.
>>47831858>> Let it slide. You have a goddess to kill.>Everyone is alive, kinda, now help me kill a demigoddesses corpse. Misery is what we Joys were meant to fight.>Going to totally kick your ass later for kissing Ray, and nearly getting my adoptive father and mother figure killed though.
Rolled 10, 7, 7, 7, 4, 8, 6 = 49 (7d10)>>47831918>>47831917>>47831886"Come on." You say, taking Ember's hand. "Killing Misery is what Joys were meant to do. I'll kick your ass later.""Be nice to your cousin." Wren says over the PA. "She's got other talents."You join up with Musor, Ruin, Amelia, and Ray at the next hallway."I knocked out Gaft, gagged him, and make sure he was tied up tight." Ray says."He can't pull any more shit, now that I'm in the system." Wren says. "I'll keep an eye on him.""Is that Wren?" Ray asks."Long story," You say. "Get ready to start shooting the second you see her.""Alright." Ray says.You all run towards the sounds of combat. You see that Misery has been holding off HESTIA's defenses, and doesn't look any further seriously worse for wear...but she's got full control of her powers now, and her sword is blurring faster than you can see and is now on fire."Get her." You say, and your army of the remnants of the broken world charge the embodiment of perfection.(You are healed back up to 5 wounds. Misery has 10 wounds left. Your allies have 5 wounds each.WARNING: This is gonna be brutal guys.)> Roll 1d10 for initiative
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>47832093
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>47832093HWG
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>47832093man that 1...
Rolled 17, 19, 8, 18, 4, 13, 20, 3, 14, 7, 14, 17, 20, 8, 19, 17, 1, 17, 11, 3, 15 = 265 (21d20)>>47832131Misery goes first. She has her flaming sword, and she's at the end of the hall from you.She motions with her hand and summons seven blades of light, and hurls them at all of you.
Rolled 3, 18, 8, 11, 14 = 54 (5d20)>>47832207Everyone takes a hit, and you get the 20 so you cannot dodge it.Ember screams and runs up, swinging wildly.Pytor unloads both barrels of his shotgun, Musor tries to maul her, Amelia fires with her CE rifle.
>>4783220719, 18, 20, 17, 20, 1, 152 crits 1 crit fail and four normal hits Dang this bitch is pissed
>>47832239What does Ray do?
>>47832239Embers, of course, misses by a country mile. Musor's claws are ineffective. Pytor hits, and Amelia lands a blast.Your turn.> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst
>>47832258>Ash KnifeWas there ever any other option?
>>47832258>> Ash Choke
>>47832258>> Dodge Kick
>>47832258> Ash Knifego big
>>47832258Didn't Embers pulled something with our Ash Cloud once?
>>47832288>Relying on Embers.
>>47832306distraction. I mean even Love gonna laugh at how bad she is, right?
>>47832266>>47832274You summon up your knives, and hurl them at Misery.Love's body however, instantly gestures and a pink plasma shimmer appears around her. Gah! She learns too damn fast! The whore learned how to block the blade attack! You really hope that you've got enough power and aim to get past her defenses.DC: 16
Rolled 6, 5, 17 = 28 (3d20)>>47832375How many dice you want senpai?
Rolled 8, 20, 10 = 38 (3d20)>>47832375
Rolled 17, 18, 5 = 40 (3d20)>>47832375HWG
>>47832379>>47832380>>47832395Hit crit hitAnd we still have Ruin and Ray waiting for thier turn
>>47832411Well us, pytor and amelia have managed to bring her down to 5 wounds We can win this
Rolled 3, 19 + 1 = 23 (2d20 + 1)>>47832395(I think you'd prefer the double hit as opposed to the reroll.)Two blade pierce her barrier, but the third is burnt into nothing, also it took all your energy and concentration to push through it...so that means you don't get that second surge.Ray and Ruin fire a gun shot, and Ruin's aimed Twisted CE shot.Sadly, it does look like HESTIA's self defense has been pushed back, it'll take a bit for Wren to get them back in order.
Rolled 2 (1d7)>>47832439Love dodges out of Ray's shot and gets hit by Ruin's shot.Misery raises Love's flaming sword and blurs towards your group. She focuses her blade flurry on...
Rolled 11, 18, 2, 15, 1, 18, 19, 9, 4 = 97 (9d20)>>47832453Pytor.There's nothing but a Pink blur as she makes three slashes.
>>47832465Well RIP adoptive father.
>>478324652 hits and a crit fail pytor down to 2 life now fFUCK
Rolled 10, 1, 14 = 25 (3d20)>>47832465It's...very bad. Pytor manages to block one blade, but it turns out that it was a feint, and your sortof-father is covered with heavy slashes and burns. What's worse is that he's stunned by all the assault, and cannot move.Embers makes a wild swing, Musor tries to maul her. Amelia opens fire.
>>47832496Love backhands Musor so hard that your bear smashes against the wall, hard. Amelia manages to get a shot off. Your turn> Ash Shot> Ash Cloud> Ash Choke> Ash Knife> Dodge Kick> Bright Burst
>>47832534>> Ash ChokeOr cloud
>>47832534>> Dodge KickShe's not seen this one yet
>>47832534> Ash Knife
>>47832534>Ash KnifeWhat choice do we have?Our AoE skills will all debilitate someone on our team
>>47832543>>47832548>>47832551Guys every move we make on her that she's seen gets progressively less effective. If you want to pile on the hurt we can do three with dodge kick.
>>47832548>>47832551Seriously we won't even bypass her screen with knives this time guys.
>>47832534> Dodge Kick
The only moves she hasn't seen are dodge kick, ash shot and bright burst.
>>47832560>>47832534>>47832551Fine, I change my vote to kick
>>47832546>>47832617>>47832700You charge at Misery and swing out your foot hard at Love's head.> Roll 2d20
Rolled 14, 19 = 33 (2d20)>>47832756
Rolled 19, 6 = 25 (2d20)>>47832756
Rolled 5, 14 = 19 (2d20)>>47832756
Rolled 14, 15 = 29 (2d20)>>47832756HWG
>>47832761Your first kick lands on Love's nose and Love's head snaps back, and then as she reels back you appear behind her and your foot slams into the back of her head and Misery pitches forward. Then you warp to right above her and you stomp on Misery's back. She collapses to the ground, and you hear a LOUD snap."Bright Burst!" Wren says. "NOW!"You focus, and pull your cloud all around you, caking yourself with a hard shell as you unleash all the energy you have within you. It explodes out, and everyone winces at the light.You drop to your knees as Lupa, and look.Joy-In-Love's body is a ash covered, burnt out, corpse. "Is...did we?" You say."Yes." Wren says with a sigh. "It's done. She's gone.""What about Misery?" Ruin asks. Amelia is helping Pytor, stabilizing them."I want to say that she's dead and gone but...well...if it was able to survive past the fucking end of the world...anyway, get to Time's room." Wren says. "We need...we need to end this."You all come back to Joy-In-Time's stasis room. She's in there still.Gaft looks a combination of relieved, and furious that he's chained up like this."So...now what?" You say."Well...it's honestly up to you, Lupa." Wren says. "More than anyone else.""What's to decide?" Ray says. "We can stop the Global Cooling, right? Then life, as best we can, keeps going.""Yes." Wren says. "There is a...drawback...though.""What?" Amelia asks. "Joy-In-Time is very very weak. If we wake her, she'll probably live for less than a handful of minutes, and in order to properly use her power, Lupa has to link her weird mental connection with her...and force her power through her."Gaft starts and looks at you with wide eyes and shakes his head."That would kill her...wouldn't it?" You say."Yes." Wren says. "You would be murdering her, and it wouldn't be in self-defense, and it would be premeditated."(cont)
>>47832887"So, we end up doing just what the other People of Joy wanted to do all along." Ray says. "Perfect.""No." Wren says. "Time would feel no pain, and trust me, she's all but brain dead at this point anyway. There's another catch. If a Joy-In-Heart, causes the first degree murder of another Joy-In-Heart...and this would qualify...you'd lose your power forever. You'd no longer be Joy-In-Ashes, or could turn into her. You'd be Lupa, and a normal mortal, forever.""Oh." You say. You're...you don't know how you feel about that. You're...you NEED to be Joy-In-Ashes...it's one of the few things in this world that gives you power, and control, and just a little damn bit of warmth.Without it...you're the scared girl sleeping in a cupboard again."That said...we could do Gaft's plan." Wren says. "It would be easy. This...all of this...would go away, and all those lives that Unity killed would be saved...also we could stop Misery again. Easily.""And...the part about me traveling along?" You say."Possible." Wren says. "I don't know if you'd just appear, or be reborn, or I don't know...but you would exist in the other timeline...but it's just you that can do that, Lupa. No one else."Living a life, as Joy-In-Ashes...away from the frozen hell that this world is...it's like a dream. But...you look at the people in this room. Could you leave them behind?"Of course...you could...not go." Wren says. "That's an option too.""Will it hurt?" Embers asks."Not at all." Wren says.You look at the others. Amelia shakes her head. "We've done too much. Just kill Time, save this world, and we can go back to fixing it."Ruin and Embers look at each other. Then they look at you. "We're tired...aren't you? Better just to fix everything." Ruin says. "All these bad things weren't supposed to happen. It's a bad dream." Ember says. "Just end it. I'm okay with it."Gaft looks at you and you know his vote.(cont)
>>47832969>"We're tired...aren't you?>"Just end it. I'm okay with it."Right in the feels
>>47832969Pytor points at Time. "You are going. You are going to be safe. You are going to leave this dangerous place, and I will now that I finally did something good. You have a chance to become...normal...Lupa." He steps towards you. "I love you, Rumpleteaser...please...Lupa...please just go."You look at Ray. He sighs and takes your hand and gives it a brief squeeze. "Whatever you pick, God will understand. So will I. It's your call."You then remember something, as you stare at Time's pillar. Or rather...Joy reminds you."You promised Zephyr, and the others, that you'd fix things. Remember?"She's right. You did.> Murder Joy-In-Time, prevent the Global Cooling, never be Joy-In-Ashes again.> Allow Time to change the past, and stay here, being erased like everyone else.> Hitch a ride with Joy-In-Time and escape to the fixed timeline, leaving everyone else behind.>Please feel free to talk, make your arguments, and debate. I'm not calling for a final vote yet.
>>47833019> Murder Joy-In-Time, prevent the Global Cooling, never be Joy-In-Ashes again.Save our people and allow whatever the future may bring
>>47833019>Hitch a ride with Joy-In-Time and escape to the fixed timeline, leaving everyone else behind.Make sure we do something about misery as well while we're at it.Also I legitimately teared up at what Pytor said.
>>47833019>Allow Time to change the past, and stay here, being erased like everyone else.Clean conscience and a well-deserved rest.
>>47833019>and I will now that I finally did something good.
>>47833019Alright. Please vote now.
>>47833182> Murder Joy-In-Time, prevent the Global Cooling, never be Joy-In-Ashes again.
>>47833019>Allow Time to change the past, and stay here, being erased like everyone else.
>>47833019>Hitch a ride with Joy-In-Time and escape to the fixed timeline, leaving everyone else behind.
>>47833019>Hitch a ride with Joy-In-Time and escape to the fixed timeline, leaving everyone else behind.Right in the feels
>>47833203>>47833218>>47833234Everytime.Which of these options gives the best odds of not having Misery fucking it up again
>>47833298> Murder Joy-In-Time, prevent the Global Cooling, never be Joy-In-Ashes again.Since unity mid fuck crippled misery plans and we just put misery out of the game for the last time Changing the timeline lets misery keep her woe bug army and lets her do her long war again
>>47833298All of them. When the timeline is reversed, Wren will send info back to stop both Unity and Misery. Love is exceptionally competent and has command of all the Joys-in-Hearts, Misery will be stopped in probably the same week as Unity, if not the same day.That's not to say that Misery wont come back again, or has another backup plan/body. But she's been stopped for now...and then, which will be now.
>>47833019>Allow Time to change the past, and stay here, being erased like everyone else.The whims of fate may yet see our happy ending. Besides, we wouldn't fit into the other world, anyway.
>>47833339And what about the people of this world? Do they not have a right to grow and liveTo build new cultures and new nations?
>>47833348They've built their nations. They've grown and lived, and found it not what they wanted. With this, people can grow and live in a setting that isn't as messed up and abandoned as this timeline.
>>47833360No, they are still building, reclaiming their world The only ones who found it wanting were a secretive cabal of morons encouraged by misery to take this course of actions
>>47833019> Allow Time to change the past, and stay here, being erased like everyone else.
>>47833019> Murder Joy-In-Time, prevent the Global Cooling, never be Joy-In-Ashes again.
>>47833370Do you think that nobody would want the alternative, if they knew? A world where you don't have to murder someone over a can of beans?This world has been doomed. It will continue being doomed. Murder will just prevent a happy end for anyone.
>>47833019>> Hitch a ride with Joy-In-Time and escape to the fixed timeline, leaving everyone else behind.I want to hope for a happy ending, for Pytor if noting else.
>>47833401A world stuck in world war by multiple nations?A world were those with the right genes were breed and brainwashed to fight and be used as a resource to keep industry going? And it still wasnt enough? That world had the same problems, it wasn't some utopia were humanity managed to become gods
>>47833421A world so torn by war that there own heroes tried to do the mind joining to stop them from destroying themselves?
> Go back>>47833186>>47833234>>47833287>>47833415> Stay>>47833218>>47833339>>47833379> No change>>47833385>>47833325>>47833203Does anyone want to change their vote?
>>47833431A world without the inevitable cooling and death. This one's on a timer, and right now we can stop it, if not for us then for someone else
>>47833465>>47833287Nope, lets ride this train right out of here
>>47833467And we can stop the timer or did you forget what this vote is for? Instead you want to sentence everyone alive here to oblivion
>>47833465> Murder Joy-In-Time, prevent the Global Cooling, never be Joy-In-Ashes again.
>>47833501Let's be real here it is awfully late for a "new" vote which could super easily just be someone samefagging.
>>47833490Yes, because the alternative world is still better. I'm willing to change my vote to make sure murder doesn't win.
>>47833465Don't roll it. Change my vote >>47833339 to include hitching a ride if murder has a possibility of winning
>>47833465You sigh and nod. Then you look at Pytor and Ray, and then your eyes go over to Amelia, and you frown.They all get it at the same time, but Amelia's out numbered. "You CAN'T!" Amelia screams as she tries to raise her gun, but Pytor's too fast with his crowbar. He knocks it away.Ruin and Embers grab Amelia, and force her to the ground. She struggles, but the girls are too strong."So...that's it? Everyone in the valley, the Confessors, the Caravans, and all of Genesis...we just don't matter?""You did." Gaft says, he got the gag off. "For this moment. Remember, you only existed, you were only the 'good guys' because I guided you. Without that, you'd be just another war band, and a mindless cult."Amelia just looks at you. "You're killing all of us." She says.You look at her for a bit. You don't insult her by saying 'I'm sorry.' You are...but you've lived with a lot. You can handle a little more.You hug Pytor and nod at him. He hugs you back and kisses the top of his head. You give Ray another long deep kiss. He smiles at you. "Bless.""Alright Wren..." You say. "What do I have to do?""Touch the Pillar." Wren says, and you obey. "Close your eyes...reach out..."'And embrace your Joy.' Joy says at the same time.There's no fanfare, no feeling, or rush. No blue light covering your body, no trail of fire, or special noise. One second you are standing in the ruins of OLYMPUS, hand upon Joy-In-Time's pillar...and now you are standing in OLYMPUS, hand upon Joy-In-Time's pillar. Only this time, there's people in the room, dressed in white lab coats. The room is cleaner than it was, and all the feed are blinking red, and lights are flashing, and there's sound of activity.The people are staring at you. They're stunned, confused, and perplexed at the Joy-In-Heart in VERY strange clothing, that just appeared, along with the MASSIVE influx of data that just arrived.(cont)
>>47833633>"Your clothes. Give them to me. Now."
>>47833633The door to the room opens, and Joy-In-Love enters. The real one, and just looking at her face, you know that she knows everything. It's so different than when Misery was using her body. This...this is someone who is an embodiment of...well...her name sake.She comes up to you, and she hugs you. You don't say anything, you're not sure how you feel. It's gone. Everyone is gone. You're here and...Joy-In-Love takes your hand and walks you outside. You step out and feel the sunlight. It's so different than before. It's actually warm.The soldiers come outside, and they're stopped when Joy-In-Love holds up a hand. The Girl in lying on the ground, holding her stomach, and openly sobbing and weeping. "Ma'am?" One of them asks. "Is...is she okay?"Joy-In-Love shakes her head, and puts a hand on the weeping girl's back. The world did not end that week.And now you have to decide what to do with the rest of your life.> See if Joy-In-Thought will take you.> See in Joy-In-Zephyr will take you.> See if Joy-In-Love will take you.> Stay alone.
>>47833699> See if Joy-In-Thought will take you.
>>47833699>See if Joy-In-Thought will take you.
>>47833699>> See if Joy-In-Thought will take you.
>>47833699Inb4 the whole OLYMPUS contraption is for running simulations on possible futures
>>47833772>They're trying to find a way to stop Misery, so far all their sims failed.>They are in the billions failed sims.>Wren knew this all along
>>47833708>>47833714>>47833719You arrived at the University after all the fanfare, media, and failed interviews are done. West Wind wanted to recruit you to her squadron, but Love said no. If anyone messed with you, they messed with her, and no one wished to risk angering Love.You knocked on Wren's door, and it opened. She...well Wren looked very different as a flesh and blood human, and not a cyborg. She didn't have blue hair, and her figure wasn't as slim-yet-curvy as her robotic shell was. Really, she looked like a middle aged female woman, although she was still wearing her lab coat.Wren, who was still going by Joy-In-Thought, and manifested her regalia for you when you asked, sat down and listened to your story. The whole thing. Your birth, your life, your life with Pytor, and then the whole chaotic mess that ensued when you awoke.She took copious notes, and asked a lot of questions. You stopped for meals, and to sleep. She was familiar, and she still insisted on saying 'silly' as her form of insult.She was rather impressed with your recounting of her own actions. Though she was decidedly non-plussed that she got turned into a head in a box, and then died, with only a transhumanist ghost as the next step.Joy-In-Thought let you stay in the University apartments, while you were doing this. Not to mention you assisted her in studying your expressions of Joy, and on recording what Hubris was, which would be instrumental in rooting out all of Misery's damage.After a couple of months of quiet work, questions, and purpose. You ran out of things to do. Joy-In-Thought had everything she needed to learn from you for the moment. You were welcome to stay at the University, but you wouldn't be a priority for her. She had other Joy-In-Hearts who were smarter than you, and she had other projects.Wren was gone. Or she just didn't exist. Joy-In-Thought was not...not her. (cont)
go punch Gaft, sure to make us feel better
>>47833897This absolutely sounds like a good idea.
>>47833908Can we throw knives at something afterwards?
>>47833860Zephyr had left, running high on her good press for helping to stop Unity. She was off the grid, probably spying on someone new.Love was busy dealing with hunting down Misery, and running OLYMPUS, and taking a heavier hand in peace negotiations between different nations. In order to prevent another Unity Fiasco from happening again.Your options were limited.>Accept West Wind's offer, you're good at killing, and she needs soldiers. You are a Penninsular native, and it would be nice to have purpose.> Stay at the University. Joy-In-Thought is kind to you, and can find things for you to do. It's at least something.> Just buy an RV and start traveling. > Go to OLYMPUS and do something horribly stupid.
>>47833912> Just buy an RV and start traveling.
>>47833912>> Just buy an RV and start traveling.Walk into a zoo and grab a bear and a beer
>>47833912>> Just buy an RV and start traveling.Fuck it, freedom.
>>47833912>Just buy an RV and start traveling.Doing something stupid is always tempting but I am not sure I want to end the multimeter.
They've got the means to call us back if something happens right?
>>47833939I meant multiverse.
Could take the roadtrip to find all the dead Joys we've met during the quest if it wasn't done already.
>>47833912>Just buy an RV and start traveling.We've got a life to live. We'd be letting Pytor and Ray down if we didn't enjoy it.
>>47833916>>47833923>>47833929>>47833939>>47833972The RV guy is a little weirded out when he sells you the airstream. I mean...you're a Joy-In-Heart and that celebrity one who came from the future. You're supposed to buy penthouses and manors, and...okay he got the giant silver cadillac, but a gulfstream? Still, you paid for it with the money Love and Thought gave you, and you took off. Turns out that there's a LOT more of the world out there, and...fuck it, right? You came here, you saved it, twice at the same time, might as well see some of it.You should see how hard it is to buy a bear. For now, you'll live with the giant stuffed one.You stop in different towns, plenty of Accepting men come and hit on you, they try all sorts of things. They end up with a boot if they're lucky and a knife if they're rude. None of them have the right eyes.Still, it's not like you're without purpose now. Not after the first year. People start to talk about the wandering Joy, in the silver gulfstream trailer. Stupid young girls challenge you, smarter girls ask you for stories. And there's always a good deal of stupid out there, that needs to get smacked around. Occasionally you'll get a letter request from Love to go 'settle' disputes. In exchange she leaves you alone, and you're pretty sure she's the reason you're not instantly arrested in a few places.You sit in a folding beach chair, and you drink a cold carbonated beverage, as you watch the dawn and you feel the warmth of the sun cover your body.You're not sure if you should smile or not. Because you aren't sure if you're happy.You're not sure if you should cry or not. Because you aren't sure if you are sad.You're alive. There will be a tomorrow. You have the power to do anything with it.You are satisfied with that.THE END
>>47834034A good run Echo. I'm excited to see what you do next.
>>47834034Good GameThanks for running
>>47834034Did Lupa watch Cats while she was wandering?
>>47834034Thanks for the thread Echo, and thanks for not letting the quest die without closure. I hope to see you run again.
>>47834063Too far, man. Too far.
>>47834034Did we at least punch Gaft in the face once before we started roaming around?
Kinda want an epilogue with Lupa meeting with the guys from this timeline, Pytor freaking out because this big shot Joy is hugging him something fierce.
>>47834152They aren't born yet and likely never will be.
>>47834145Well...thing is, Gaft isn't Gaft, a lot like how Joy-In-Thought isn't Wren. You don't see this manipulative piece of self-important shit that did everything to you.Gaft is just a mildly nice city planner in Tributary. He designs parks, and zones shopping malls. He's just...a normal person. There's no point in kicking him. You wouldn't be kicking the right person, and it wouldn't feel satisfactory.So you settled with 'accidentally' breaking one of his model buildings, apologized, and left it with that.
>>47834034Lupa has her whole life to do whatever she wants.Freedom of choice is the best kind of freedom.Thanks for running Echo
>>47834190I'll take it.
>>47834046Well, what I've got planned next is1) A shameless plug for money as I try to:2) Get a better website for my work, and not just a forum that gets hacked by spambots.3) Commission some artists that wont die or disappear after I pay them.and the next quest, since I've done a modern with Ghostbusters: Japan, and a post-apoc, I think it's time I go back to fantasy.Can't go wrong with a noble Knight (who grew up in the swamp.) and a classy Witch (Who did not) as they deal with the problems (Demon-Pact Witches, zombies, ghosts, Witch Hunting Zealots) of a world that is starting to pass them by. (The industrial revolution has happened in this world, and the railroad is coming in. This will NOT be steampunk, FYI.)
>>47834266>Fantasy setting in a Post-Industrial Revolution world that's not steampunkFuckin Sold
>>47834034Thanks for running echo.RIP everyone.