As they say, festivities are best enjoyed when you’re not picking your dirt-covered self off the ground. The phrase “Cultural Festival” normally would evoke images of fun events and poorly-run food stalls, but unfortunately, this one is a collaborative effort with Nishishio High, a place whose surrounding locale and customs leave you completely disinterested; the taste that it leaves in your mouth have pushed any related thoughts to the back of your mind.You think about this as you pivot on your right foot, quickly hiding behind a tree. A patch of grass besides you explode right after.What are you doing here? You try to remember the conversation you had with Kururi, the one that lasted for a few seconds. The one where she asked as Class President if you wanted to sign up for anything, and you offhandedly obliged. You mean, you had more important things to focus on, like preparing for an idol event. Clearly more important, right? The only reason you signed up for this was so you could get some new tricks up your sleeve, but this is...Interrupting your thoughts, the bark a few inches above your head vaporizes and everything horizontal to it. You only catch a glimpse of the laser before you dive away. Sliding down a steep hill, you crash through bushes and weave between rocks.Lanky trees stick out of the ground, extending far above, where the canopy scatters entering sunlight.Soon, the whir of machinery overwhelms your hearing once more. You have no idea where Denkiko Mita is, but she knows where you are.Panting, you pick yourself up.>Find some actual cover.>You can’t run forever, start fighting back.>Focus on finding her. She has to be somewhere.>It’s time to climb up.>Write-in.
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>>1352393>>You can’t run forever, start fighting back.>>Focus on finding her. She has to be somewhere.If lasers are being used, we should find a mirror.
>>1352393>Focus on finding her. She has to be somewhere.
Steel spheres fly from behind you, sides jutting out to expose rotors and weaponry. As far as you can tell, some are equipped with lasers and others some kind of propulsion gun. You can tell because while you jump away, you watch as they almost clip you. At this rate, you’ll only lose as she whittles your strength away. You slam your foot down onto the ground and swivel around, psi welling around you. On your backswing, you send forth waves of Shiba’s magic. The air pulsates and ripples, smashing into one of the drones. The first one caught has its wing torn off, its body sputtering as it spirals down; the other two close themselves up as your attacks land.They bounce back, tearing into the greenery behind them before opening back up again.“This is no good,” you mutter.You need to find her.You spread your psi field far and wide, attempting to cover the entire arena. But... you can’t find her. Your radar is returning nothing, which leaves you absolutely frustrated.All you can find are dead spaces, areas without any form of psi whatever.And that tells you nothing.Roll 1d100s.>Go back to where you started from.>The drones have to come from somewhere, right? Try to trace them back.>Start checking those dead spaces off.>Write-in.Bag of tricks.>Illusion (?)>Tempo (?)>None>Write-in.
Rolled 89 (1d100)>>1352514>>The drones have to come from somewhere, right? Try to trace them back.>IllusionMake shadow clones of ourself to distract those drones.
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>1352514>The drones have to come from somewhere, right? Try to trace them back.>NoneThis isn't going to be irritating to track, nope!
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>1352514>The drones have to come from somewhere, right? Try to trace them back.>None
>>1352514>The drones have to come from somewhere, right? Try to trace them back.
>>1352514>Start checking those dead spaces off.>Employ Illusion
Rolled 1 (1d2)Oh, what am I doing?1 = Illu2 = None
These things have to come from somewhere, so simply, all you have to do is to follow them back.Unfortunately, that means running into as many of them as possible. This is going to suck.239/300 - Illusion (Anporin)Your psi rumbles, and the world around you distorts—but only for the outside. Your clone is more like what would happen if someone would look at you while crossing their eyes after getting their head knocked around a few times. Only blur that melds into you, it does its job well as a laser fires at you and misses by a couple feet.55Waves of undulating pressure tear apart machine after machine. Along the way, you grab one to see if there’s some GPS or some other navigational device, and what you find is nothing.Not even a battery.You toss it aside in a hurry, and keep on running.62As the number of enemies pick up, your supply of psi drains. You feel yourself closing in, minute after minute, until you make it to an overhang. The ground stops here. Dirt and grass teeter over the edge, trees that grow over lean back to stay in balance. It’s almost three stories high, and at the bottom of it is a girl staring up.She waves, and then she starts running.Roll 1d100s.>Slide down, go!>Find another way, something less steep.>Descend with magic... somehow. [Specify?]>Write-in.
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>1352636>>Slide down, go!
Rolled 90 (1d100)>>1352636>Slide down, go!Can we Psi Barrier shield-surf down?
>>1352636>Slide down, go!Psi, low. Bones, unbroken. It's clear what we can afford to sacrifice.
>>1352636>Try to create an air cushion with Perfect Pitch by reflecting the presure waves off the groundIs it bad that I don't remember who Anporin is?
>>1352671Sounds legit>>1352680Also sounds legit
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>1352680One of the idols performing at that show where we gooped our psi over everything.
Ending voting>>1352680Not really. She was barely mentioned at all.
>>1352693How legit does using Perfect Pitch to collapse the 3-story overhang forwards and down on top of her head while we Psi Barrier-surf atop the landslide sound? Because it's 100% bound to go wrong.
You have no time to waste. You slide down.Your feet grind against the dirt as you make your descent, your speed picking up to a dangerous amount. At this rate, you might actually break something important, a realization you make and act on right before you would crash into solid rock.Instinctively, a barrier flies out as you hit it, your body jolting as you feel the impact. You fly over... and land once more, surfing down the side with your barrier. Slowly, your feet begin to phase through your psi.Didn’t you learn your lesson a long time ago already?Just in the nick of time, you clear the landing as your barrier gives way.Right into the feet of Mita, who leaps a few feet into the air... and stays there.“Feeling tired?” she asks, wearing an expression that’s being asked to be wiped off.“You’ve got to be kidding me,” you say, “That’s cheating.”You are out of breath, low on psi, but at least all your body is intact.Your condition: Almost rock bottom.>Lunge for her.>Perfect Pitch.>Deal with the drones.>Write-in.Bag of tricks.>[?]>None.
>>1352791>Use the ancient battle technique-Throw a rock
>>1352791>Perfect Pitch.Tickle her with psi waves. Break her concentration.
Rolled 15 (1d100)>>1352791Perfect pitchAre we rolling for this one?
>>1352809Is this allowed? If not then>Perfect Pitch.
>>1352791Is it possible for us to use Tempo in tandem with our Psi Field to disrupt whatever signals she's presumably using to control the drones?
I'm wondering what this chick's powers are, because it seems like she has several. I hope she's not just mindfucking us right now.
>>1352821Forgot to ask for rolls. Oh, whatever, I'll just give you guys this one.
>>1352832Could just be electromagnetism.
“It’s not cheating,” she says, “If anything, you’re cheating.”You palm a rock as you push up on your legs, “Making robots, force fields, flying, that seems like cheating to me” you say.“Making robots? I wish,” she scoffs as said drones approach, “They’re expensive, you know. But, I’m still making a p - r - o - f - i - t.” Mita finishes that last sentences with a little melody.Or she would’ve, if you didn’t interrupt her with a rock. It hits her barrier, startling her a little, and you follow it up with Perfect Pitch. The stone tears against it, and you feel as your psi comes into contact with hers—it’s generated by the two devices besides her.“Really?” she says, flying away, her altitude constant.Oh. “Really,” you say.Lasers and chunks of wood cut lines through the air, whizzing past you. You’re almost out, but you... have an idea.“It’s over, give it up!” she says.15/300 - Tempo (Nachi)Your psi seeps through her barrier, and then you blast pulses of energy.In an instant, she drops down alongside all of her drones, falling on her backside.Bingo.Roll 1d100, best of three.>Close in and psi blast.>Keep your distance. Destroy the machinery with the rest of your psi.>Forget magic, you have two fully, functioning hands.>Write-in.
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>1352944>Destroy the machinery with the rest of your psi.
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>1352944>Close in, and shatter those two devices with Perfect Pitch.
Rolled 21 (1d100)>>1352944>close in and psi blast.If we can just touch her once, it should be over
>>1352944>Fist her with your fully functional fists
>>1352944>Close in and psi blast.
>>1352989Always an uphill struggle, the MC life.
Rolled 85 (1d100)>>1352944>Forget magic, you have two fully, functioning hands.
When does the fight end? When one of us is incapacitated? If she has no machines left, and we have no psi left, I guess it may well come down to a fistfight.
Closing voting.Good rolls, everyone.>>1353018When one is rendered unable to continue or someone surrenders.
“W-what!?” she says, her psi flowing again.You watch as the drones behind you sputter and shake, trying to pick themselves up again.So close to victory. You close in to end it.“H-heyeyey! We can talk about this, right?” Mita says, backing off.“Sure, after.”She jumps in the air, her feet bounces off of air for a second, and then falls back down to when you grab arm.Denkiko Mita’s Psi Signature Recorded.Your psi hits hers, and you realize...You’re too low to blast her. In the second you try to Psi Blast, Tempo stops and her drones fly up again. Mita, with surprise still on her face, swings back with a fist. Stepping back, you avoid it and feel the glance of a laser hit your side.“Gah!” you cry out, rolling to the side.The girl staggers to her feet, “You had me for a second. Give up, you’re done.”You ball up your fists.Damn it.Damn it!What happened?You took the seat in front of the classroom so you’d work harder, right? You studied with Kaori so you wouldn’t fail any tests again, right? You’re here so you could be one step closer, right? So where, where did you slip up?The ground underneath you kicks up, blasting you backwards toward the overhang from before.“Give up, I don’t want to seriously hurt you.”The scar that runs down your back aches, but it’s not over. It’s never over. How are you going to lose to a nobody?But...It’s a public match.>Give up. You can’t give it all here.>Fight. You can’t lose here.
>>1353085>Fight. You can't lose here.We got her signature, so if we could just land one psi blast it'd be an automatic KO.
>>1353085>Fight. You can’t lose here."I've still got one last trick, though."What is our remaining Psi enough to actually do?
>>1353085>Give up. You can’t give it all here.
>>1353085>>Fight. You can’t lose here.
>>1353085>Fight. You can’t lose here.
Closing voting.Roll 1d100, best of three for me, please.
Rolled 66 (1d100)>>1353145
Rolled 42 (1d100)>>1353145
Rolled 72 (1d100)>>1353145In hindsight, we probably ought to have used Illusion to fuck with those lasers earlier.
No one should even know you could Psi Blast, but everyone should have a trick up their sleeve.All you have are tricks, a cobbled together patchwork of skills that you try to climb your way to the top. Except for this.“It’s nice to be determined, but there’s a line, you know,” Mita shakes her head.You point yourself toward her and bite on your lip, bracing yourself. This is going to suck. “I've still got one last trick, though.”You Psi Blast yourself.Your legs sear with pain as you fly forward, and you clench down on your lip harder. Psi flows in and out, recursive and bleeding energy with each loop.She flies up, seemingly anticipating your move, as if she knew what you were thinking——but it’s futile. You stop the loop when your psi is inside you again, and what little is left tears your body from your feet to the tips of your fingers as you grab onto her shield—And blast yourself. The effects of the energy rips a hole through her shield as you pick up what little bit you have left. You swing your other hand at her, grabbing her by the collar.“How’s this?”There’s a blinding flash of light, and you are separated from her.As you crash into the ground, the only senses that reach you is the iron from your blood and the fire on your limbs.“The winner is: Katsuya Nekoyo from Tetsuyashi Academy!”The horn blares.[1/2]
Sorry, I'm going to awkwardly pause here for about 30 minutes before updating.
>>1353220Ok We'll just awkwardly wait here then
>>1353220Kats could use a break after that snackbarring anyways.I hope I'm not the only one who took until the day after the April Fool's thread to fully understand his name.
I'm confused. Did we just achieve a net gain in energy by creating a feedback loop into ourself? This makes no sense to me.
Writing now, and all that>>1353266Good question. It's not a real net gain in energy. The feedback loop starts an exothermic reaction where the chemical bonds in your body are broken down to create energy. You are using yourself as fuel. I say this knowing full well perpetual motion machines and other thermodynamic-law-breaking devices are possible with magic.
>>1353308grimdark psion academy quest when
Your name is Rin Ichigawa, but that’s not important right now.What is important is that you have found someone incredibly suspicious walking down the street. You, of course, are perched atop a tree, looking outwards while branches hide you away.The incredibly suspicious person is incredibly suspicious because she happens to incredibly match Saki’s and Kururu’s descriptions of that dangerous assailant.You watch as the girl walks down the street, and suddenly turn the corner into a dark alleyway, almost unseen in the midst of the crowded sidewalk.It’s hard to see...>Take to the rooftops.>Follow her by foot.>Wait for her on the other side.>Write-in.
>>1353321Never, although I do want to run some dark stuff every now and then to get it out of my system.
>>1353348>Take to the rooftops.>>1353308That sounds metal as fuck. A̶l̶s̶o̶ ̶t̶e̶r̶r̶i̶b̶l̶y̶ ̶i̶n̶e̶f̶f̶i̶c̶i̶e̶n̶t̶,̶ ̶d̶u̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶l̶o̶s̶s̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶e̶n̶e̶r̶g̶y̶ ̶p̶e̶r̶ ̶l̶o̶o̶p̶. So we didn't actually blast through her shield with psi, but instead by basically setting ourself on fire.Doesn't sound like a result of the unique properties of our Art, though. Would this mean that anyone can technically replicate what we did (even if we're the only one crazy enough to actually do it)?
>>1353348>Wait for her on the other side.
>>1353348>>Take to the rooftops.
>>1353362Sounds tricky. The device preforming the psi blast, assuming that the user doesn't have Katsuya-tier analysis to use it themselves in the first place, would have to not break down almost instantly. Every art can be replicated, it's just a matter of money.
A cool breeze passes through the tree.It’s always quieter up here, and the foregone conclusion to be drawn is that higher you go, the better it is to be.It’s with this line of thought that you go higher.You stare at the rooftops ahead, and you lightly put your right hand on your kendo sword. The space between you and your destination collapses, and with a simple step forward, you leave the tree and walk on the rooftop. Then, all is returned to what it once was with no one any the wiser.Quietly, you follow the figure as she goes onward.Until she stops a second later, pausing at seemingly nothing in particular.“Do you always follow girls down alleyways?” she speaks up.Busted. “Ah, that’s,” you fumble. Think! What should you say? “I thought you were familiar...?” No! What the heck was that!? “It’s merely your imagination,” she answers, “I doubt we’ve met before.”Her voice is as you remembered.>Play dumb.>Swing your big “StuCo authority” around.>Talking is hard. Kendo is much simpler. Apply kendo.>Disengage and call for backup.>Write-in.
>>1353444>Disengage and call for backup.
>>1353444Also, did the girl we fought earlier have any actual abilities, or was her she all tech-based?
Ending voting>>1353472She did. It's electric signals.
“My bad then,” you say, backing off. “Sorry about that, take care.”“No worries,” she answers quietly, “I can watch myself.”You take a few paces off to the side and then collapse space yet again.You are now half a mile away. Reaching into your pocket, you dig out your phone to call for...Backup...Who!?Just who is going to help you!?You clutch your head, groaning. Oh my god, there’s no one to call! There’s no one in the Disciplinary Committee except you! That’s it, after this, you’re looking for volunteers!Think! What about Secretary Fujisaki? Oh no, she’s busy! She’ll kill you if you drag her out.President Minezaki? You can’t. She’ll probably say something like, “You can’t even handle a single girl by yourself?” and then you’ll just be a disappointment.Vice President...? ...No.Wait a minute. There’s Katsuya Nekoyo. That’s right! Scrolling through your contacts, you find him and give him a call.Ringing.Ringing.Ringing.“Hello?” he answers.“Heya, Katsuya, are you busy right now?”“Uh... yes. I think you can call this bus—gah! Kaori, stop hitting my face!” he says, then you hear another voice.“Nnn, sorry. Maybe I can prop your phone on your shoulder or something...”“No, stop that! Gaah!” Katsuya says, “Arhg, what do you want, Rin?”Uh...>Explain.>”Nevermind. It’s nothing.”>Be intentionally vague while asking for his help.>Be intentionally vague while asking for help in general.>Write-in.
Be back in 30 again.
>>1353578>Be intentionally vague while asking for help in general.
>>1353578>Explain everythingIf something happens to Rin now, it's important that someone else knows what's going on.
>>1353578>Explain.We do kind of need him on board, don't we?>'interrogation mark on her head'>interrogation mark is actually beside her head>mfw
You explain.“This is confidential, okay? So I’m sort of, uh, tracking someone down an alleyway, er...”You don’t explain too well. You casually, and then desperately so, attempt to clarify that you were not doing something that would warrant you being arrested and on the receiving end of a restraining order.Katsuya replies, “That sounds bad and all, but I can’t help you right now.”“Why not?”“Because I can’t move.”“...What?”“I’m entering the ‘regret’ stage of grieving, so I can’t move. You’re going to have to find someone else, Rin.”“Ah shoot,” you look up. Guess you’ll have to do this alo—“Wait. Kaori, why don’t you go?”“Eeeehn?” her voice audibly says, “Would I not get in the way?”You cut in, “Whoa, whoa whoa! Katsuya, I thought this was between us?”“Ugh. It’s a long story. You want help or not?”“That’s...”You hear the phone being moved around, and then Kaori speaks.”...Hello?”>Take what you can get.>Absolutely not. Refuse.>Katsuya’s just slacking. Drag him out!>Rely on the Student Council instead.>Write-in.
>>1353772>Take what you can get.Secret's already out anyway. May as well.
>>1353772>Take what you can getHer power would be pretty good at capturing someone before they know what's happening.
>>1353772>Take what you can get.
“You sure about this?”“I’d rather be here right now—”Katsuya says, “It’s not like you can do anything.”“Yeah but... uuuu, forget it!” she replies, “What do you need me for?”“Can you go... um...to the school gate?” you say, thinking. What can she do exactly? “Kaori, was it? I’ll meet you there.”“Okay, I’ll be right there,” she says, and then to Katsuya, “I’ll be borrowing your phone~”“Don’t break it!”What was it again...? You remember Secretary Fujisaki going over it once, something about neurons... and auras...?Forget it. Focus. You put your phone on speaker and set it down.Your hand hovers over your kendo sword, funneling all of your psi into a single point. Let the sword be your extension. Your vessel. Focus...!“I’m here! Where are you?”You draw.Space tears apart and light swirls around in a vortex. In the center you see a figure—and you reach forward. You grab her arm and then pull.“Eep!!” she squeaks as she lands on your side. The hole falls apart. “Just w-what in the world was that?”“That was me. I don’t think I have much time, can you fight?””N...not really?”>She’ll flank. You’ll distract.>Stealth surprise attack.>Maybe Kaori has a plan.>Use your magic to drag your target close.>Write-in.
>>1353890>Maybe Kaori has a plan.She knows best the most effective usage of her powers. If she comes up empty, though, may as well go with a>Stealth surprise attack.
>>1353890>Maybe Kaori has a plan.
>>1353890>Stealth surprise attack.You go chat em up, then I'll teleport in behind them. It nothing personal.
>>1353890>She'll flank, you distractIf I remember correctly, she can knock people out with her power pretty well. Better to focus on giving her an opening.
Calling for >Kaori's planand then the backup is >pshh, nothing personnel
“This is about the one from a few weeks ago, right? At the girls’ dorm?”“Just... how much do you know?” you ask.“Enough,” she says, “Are we...?”“As President Minezaki would put it, I think, ‘preserving the reputation of the school,’ yes,” you say, “Any good ideas, Kaori?”“Hmm, I’m afraid I’m unable to use my power to single out a person, for it can only affect an area. Perhaps we should lure her somewhere more... vacant? Regardless, I can incapacitate her whenever.”“She can’t see you coming, though,” you say, “and I’m sure she’ll be on her guard. She managed to find me before, so this would be tricky...”“Wait, do you know where she is right now?”“...Hold on a moment,” you say.You flitter into the air, tracking the streets below you for any trace of a hoodie and braids. The girl couldn’t have gone very far... and she hasn’t. For a moment, you glance her using magic. Before she can get anything off, you disappear.“I think she saw me.” Wind blows as you appear back. “She’s at a park. Good enough for us.”“A park...?” Kaori stops, “...We should watch her. Why would she walk around so carelessly without reason?”You pause.Roll 1d100, best of three.>Kaori’s right. Try to spy on the target again.>Enough. Attack.>Drag her to the rooftops.>Write-in.
>>1354027>Drag her to the rooftops
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>1354027>Kaori’s right. Try to spy on the target again.We honestly don't even need to go after her right now. Our ability lets us spy on her at opportune moments and dictate the terms of engagement as far in our favor as possible.
Rolled 87 (1d100)>>1354042Whoops, forgot my roll
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>1354027>Drag her to the rooftops.
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>1354027>Kaori’s right. Try to spy on the target again.
I figure if she already knows we're watching we might as well take her to somewhere she can't easily escape and just let Kaori nuke the area. Rooftops seems as good a place as any.
Rolled 1 (1d2)1 = rooftops2 = "stealth"Dice gods, guide us
“I can’t risk it,” you say, “I’m going to drag her up here.”“Ichigawa...There’s another problem,” Kaori says, “You noticed, haven’t you?”“Just Rin is fine,” you reply, “And I know, I’ll get caught with your attack, right? I’ll be A-Ok.”“Hold your breath, and then get out of here.”“What about you?” you say.Kaori replies, “Someone has to keep her down.”You look at her, and then you nod. You take a deep breath, and then you focus. To go where you can’t see, you must place your strength elsewhere. A place that can wield the power you fail to. Something stronger than you, sturdier than you.You draw.The space before you opens to reveal the girl... and Kururi. In between them is a sphere of whirling wind, air being devoured by a single point, a force dragging you forth with unimaginable strength.You feel yourself being lifted forward, but you have to act, in this very moment.You will cross the threshold.Roll 1d100, best of three.>Pull Kaori along.>Pull the target through to the rooftops.>Pull Kaori and the target so they exchange places.>Write-in.
Thanks for playing! I'll continue tomorrow, same time.
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>1354140>Pull Kaori alongAnd then>genuflect
>>1354145Thanks for running QM! Looking forward to tomorrow!
>>1354140>Pull Kaori along.See you tomorrow.
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>1354140>>Pull Kaori alongAnd then>>genuflectThanks for running!
Rolled 72 (1d100)>>1354198Damn it, forgot to roll my dice again.
>>1354140>Pull the target through to the rooftops.Why does Katsuya have a scar on his back?
Change of plans.In the moment before your gate closed, you grab Kaori by the arm and pull her along with you. You fly toward the girl and her attack, watching her react to you. Twisting the bamboo sword in your hand, you collapse the area in front, sending you two past it all. From a roll, you pick yourself up.Kaori calls out, “Kururi!”The target says, “You brought friends? How lowly. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a branch family member.”“I don’t know them,” Kururi replies, steadily sidestepping away.You whisper, “Um, I don’t think you can quietly drag away three people, can you?”“I can’t hold my breath that long,” Kaori replies.Is she... is she serious?!Your target takes a step back. “If that’s how it is, then...” she says, finishing her sentences by rolling up her right sleeve. The bracelet around her wrist dangles, the deep blue gemstone in the center glowing with psi.“Get back!” Kururi cries out, swinging out a cloth blade of some sorts... her ribbon?The ground rumbles.Roll 1d100, best of three.>Have Kaori knock everyone out, now!>This isn’t good. Get everyone but the target out!>Secure the area. You’ve an ace up your sleeve.>Write-in.
Rolled 22 (1d100)>>1356224>Secure the area. You’ve an ace up your sleeve.Fortune favors the bold.
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>1356224>Secure the area. You’ve an ace up your sleeve.If Chinese cartoons have taught me anything, it's that it's never to early to pull out the first of your seventeen trump cards!
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>1356224>Secure the area. You’ve an ace up your sleeve.
Sweet rolls guys
The road is far off, and in this clearing that is sparsely surrounded by trees, no one is nearby, a state you intend to uphold. Your hand knocks against the hilt of your bamboo sword, and you engulf it with your psi.Eight points in space, carving out a cube from the world, separating this point of existence from everything around.You draw.It’s dark, the sky fractured as light from the sun tries to reach here. Before you can truly confirm if you’ve succeeded, from the earth erupts mounds of stone. Deep blue in color, massive bodies of rock shudder the ground beneath you, pulling themselves out slowly. Three of them separate you and Kaori. Golems...?!Before one of them can free themselves, Kururi leaps forth, another piece of cloth slipping from underneath a sleeve. She charges it with psi, straightening it as she jumps. She spins, and her weapon cleanly cuts straight through its length, a path of molten rock left behind.Another two rise behind you.Roll 1d100, best of three.>Reach Kaori.>Worry about the golems first.>The girl is making them, focus on taking down your target.>Write-in.
Rolled 4 (1d100)>>1356272>The girl is making them, focus on taking down your target.Let's finish this quickly.
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>1356272>The girl is making them, focus on taking down your target.
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>1356272>The girl is making them, focus on taking down your target.
>>1356277>>1356278>>1356284What the fuck is up with the dice today?
Rolled 16 (1d100)>>1356272>Reach Kaori.It is our obligation as the one who put Kaori up to this to ensure she remains safe.
>>1356288Someone touched themselves at night.
Kaori can handle herself.You jump forward, disappearing in front of the golems and then behind them, running toward the target.“Itsumo, you’re going to hurt someone!” Kururi calls out, “You can’t control them all!”“Is that your envy talking?” the girl replies, holding her bracelet, “Go on, take your charm. You know you don’t stand a chance without it.”Kururi slides a foot forward. “I don’t need it.” Dashing ahead, she dives, ducks, and cuts through golem after golem until one starts to form right before her. Instead of stopping, she uses it as a springboard, launching herself at your target, Itsumo...?You see an opening—so you take it.You flash forward right behind the girl, and you swing.At the moment, you hear Itsumo say, “Did you forget?”The air explodes from beside her. From seemingly nowhere, wind flows out like popped balloon and smashes into you. You land on your feet, wheezing from the unexpected hit. The explosion—it was at the exact place from before, the thing that sucked you through your own gate in the first place!While you pick yourself up, you watch as Kururi swings her charged cloth sword on and on, her attacks deflected by both explosion and barrier.When you look down, and you notice you are on fire.It’s not even warm.Roll 1d100, best of three.>Get it off!>Ignore it. Use your magic to get past her shield!>Use your magic. Restrict Itsumo’s movement.>Try to coordinate with Kururi.>Write-in.
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>1356324>Ignore it. Use your magic to get past her shield!Nothing wrong with developing a small tan.
Rolled 67 (1d100)>>1356324>Ignore it. Use your magic to get past her shield!
Rolled 40 (1d100)>>1356324>Get it off!
Nothing wrong with a small tan.As Kururi continuously cleaves away at Itsumo, you take a step back.Holding your bamboo sword with both hands, you steady yourself.The space between collapses, and you strike! The blow whiffs her as she dodges in the last moment, who brings her arm back up. Another attack...!Kururi sweeps down, her cloth sword smashing against the barrier again, this time whittling it away. You hear sound of psi vaporizing. As the air draws you closer again, you tap your sword.Itsumo’s attack vanishes, and your attack connects. The wind is knocked out of her lungs as you pull back. Before she can even gather her senses, you attack again.Blow connects after blow, the tip of your sword hitting against her joints and muscles, each strike forcing her lose her strength further and further. And on the tenth one, you pull back, and then slam into her abdomen.The girl falls back onto a tree, unconscious.“Did I... overestimate her?” you say.The smell of flowers reaches your nose, and you hear a scream.It doesn’t sound like Kaori.>You don’t like it, but you’ll have to leave the girl with Kururi.>Take the target with you.>Forget Itsumo, she’s unconscious. Kururi’s coming with you.>Write-in.
>>1356386>You don’t like it, but you’ll have to leave the girl with Kururi.Brutal.Somebody out there just got a boner, and I'm glad it's not me.
>>1356386>Take the target with you.
>>1356386>Leave the girl with KururiWe gotta make sure Kaori is okay.
>>1356386>>You don’t like it, but you’ll have to leave the girl with Kururi.
Ending voting>>1356391no ryona please
Light breaks through before you even realize it, and you start to stumble away.“Kururi,” you mutter, “I’ll...um, I’ll leave her to you. Don’t go anywhere, okay?”“Mm,” she replies. You watch as what appears to be a barrier forms around her.You cover your nose. Running to the sound of the noise—which seems to be changing every few seconds—you eventually find Kaori alongside a pile of unmoving stone and a few golems. One of them takes a swing at Kaori.You try to open a gate, but you’re out of psi!“Watch out!” you shout.Kaori turns around, swinging a fist.You hear a crack, then you see the psi that she’s reinforcing her hand with. She follows through, and demolishes the golem’s entire left side. The creature wobbles, then collapses. Kaori’s arm drops limply, and she looks around.“Ahh~, A-ahh~!” she mumbles, pulling someone up and out of the rubble, “Are you... okay?~”It’s a small child, and he’s crying. He rips himself away from Kaori, backpedaling....She’s... fine, you guess.You don’t feel too great.>Help... defuse the situation.>Call President Minezaki. Clean up.>Did you just seriously leave Kururi with that girl?>Write-in.
>>1356450>>Help... defuse the situation.
>>1356450>Help... defuse the situation.
>>1356450>Call PresidentConsidering we're going to probably pass out any second, we probably need help.
You better go do something.Going up to them, you say, “Is everything okay?”The boy backs up even further, “Mister, you’re on fire!”“Ehn? I, uh, wouldn’t really say that.”“No, Rin, your clothes...~” Kaori giggles.“Huh?” you look at your arm, “Oh shoot—“Quickly, you pat yourself down, and when that doesn’t work, you just throw off your blazer onto the ground and stomped out the flames.Panting, you grow dizzier with every breath.“Is... is everything okay?” you ask again, “Are you hurt? Is anyone else nearby?”The boy answers, “I... don’t think so. I was with my mom and dad, and then it got dark, and then they were gone!”“Don’t worry, we’ll help you find them,” you say while trying to not teeter over.“U-um...” he says, cautiously eyeing Kaori.You turn your head back to find her grinning creepily. She doesn’t seem like stopping anytime soon.Rubbing your brow, you put on your best smile.Forget volunteers, you’re dragging people into the Disciplinary Committee.[Chapter 6 “Empty” - End]
ED2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-798tOiM_sTwitter: twitter.com/hopelessQMThanks for playing! Sorry about the short run today. Next thread is next week, probably. Also, I have a new twitter url, if you haven’t noticed.As always, comments, criticism, and questions are very welcome.
>>1356516Thanks for running QM! Still interested to learn about Kaori's backstory and the nature of her power. I knew she could drug people with her aura, but I didn't realize she could get strong too.
>>1356518See you next week!
>>1356518Thanks for running
>>1356518Thanks for running hopeless.You also forgot to archive the thread.
>>1357034Thanks anon, I always forget something.