Mountain Mountin'http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Pokemon%20Island%20Adventure%20Questhttps://twitter.com/GobbleQMCharacter info pastebin in progress: http://pastebin.com/iB0tb7rzDice odds for best of 3: http://pastebin.com/994WTT3gGeneral rules:There is a 10 minute voting period after each post. Non-contradictory votes will be combined as best as possible.Write-ins for all votes are always welcome and encouraged. They may not all make it into the post or be altered to fit in, but I'll do my best to at least try to address the spirit of the write-in.Very important or contentious votes may be redone in a stricter voting system as circumstances warrant.Combat mechanics involve three rolls of 1d100, taking the best, and using the base accuracy and crit ranges of the the PTU system, roughly, but the 'turn order' will be more like the anime, where sometimes you can do a few moves in a row or be hit by a combo of moves yourself, all depending on circumstances. Stronger moves tend to take more time and have more cooldown than weaker moves and also may leave you open to an interrupt, so beware of that timing. Speed is more important for closing ground, intercepting, and other things and doesn't necessarily mean going first.Pokemon and trainers are unique, and may have certain specializations, skills, or other things that the video-game mechanics might not allow. Some examples: That kung fu Bellsprout in the anime, that crystal Onix, or a Roggenrolla that can fly. Herb's perception skills, pokemon knowledge, context clues in general, and other things will hopefully come into play to avoid completely unfair, unforeseeable bullshit, but expect more bullshit from more advanced trainers.Call me out on a mistake and receive a suggestive picture, mostly likely a butt.Pokemon:Gobble (Munchlax)Mace (Roggenrola)Belladonna (Roselia)Dice (Croconaw)Badges: 3Location: Eelilee islandRecently: You had a heart to heart with dad, thought up some fashion for some pokemon, and had an encounter with an angry Dragonair
And we're live!
let it begin
>>1651345Third for Bella is best girl!Hope you're having a good night Gobble!
>>1651345How's the new job treating you Gobs?
“I’d like to explore Eelilee some more, then check out Tabo, if that’s okay with everyone.”They all look at each other, except for Hana, who has lowered herself into the water to halfway up her face. Nobody raises any objections.“Sounds great.” Laki gets up and stretches in front of you and Hana casually, causing a small cloud of steam to form. The water drips off of her toned body. “Come on Hana. Let’s go get ready for bed.”“Ready for...I...huh?” Hana looks way too overwhelmed and confused.Laki rolls her eyes and hands her a towel. “Everyone look away.”“Sorry everyone.” You hear Hana leave the water and mumbling. “What do you mean get ready for bed?”Laki whispers into her ear as they head off. Bella runs off with them.“Dice!” Keira laughs as she lifts a foot up with the Croconaw attached. He doesn’t seem to be hurting her, but he’s hanging off of her pretty well. “You’re silly!” They play for a bit.You finish up and are just about to leave when Keira tugs your hand.“Herb, Can I ask you something?” She looks down at the water. Or your butt. You’re pretty sure it’s the water, though.“Yeah, of course.” You try to keep yourself facing away while trying not to be rude. That feels less important than just listening to her concerns, though.“I’m not very helpful, am I?”“What do you mean?”“I didn’t do anything about Dragonair, I don’t cook. I don’t help with money. I’m so used to the temple and how things worked there. We always just got donations and our duties aren’t so...worldly. I don’t know where to start to be helpful here.”You feel for her. It’s never fun to feel like a burden. You don’t really feel like she is, of course, but you can understand where she’s coming from. You’re not sure if your new relationship might be making her feel a bit like a hanger-on as well.Should you console her? Try to give her something she can do to feel better?>Ask if she can help with some of the clothes you’ll be making for your pokemon>She’s always bringing new plants to try out>Offer to teach her to cook>She’s crazy! She does a lot of stuff>It doesn’t matter. She’s your friend and her presence alone is a gift>Something else
>>1651372>She helps speak with pokemon and aura training>Ask if she can help with some of the clothes you’ll be making for your pokemon>She’s always bringing new plants to try out>This is a journey about finding yourself Kiera. If you wanna try something, try it.
>>1651372>She’s crazy! She does a lot of stuff, like helping us learn to better communicate with pokemon and reading auras. >It doesn’t matter. She’s your friend and her presence alone is a gift>Offer to teach her to cook, have her help out with the pokemon clothes or whatever she'd wish for us to teach
>>1651372>She’s always bringing new plants to try out>It doesn’t matter. She’s your friend and her presence alone is a gift>Offer to teach her to cook
>>1651372I'll back this.>>1651387
>>1651391i support this
I hate being a yuropoor, I can't participate in this quest nearly as much since I've stopped being a neet at leastStill looking forward reading the thread in the morning. Have fun, guys!
>>1651444[Congrats/condolences on that. I miss the NEET life.]
“You’re crazy! Y-”“No I’m not!” She stands up, offended.“No. Sorry.” you look away. “It’s an expression. I just mean, you do a lot of stuff, like speaking with pokemon and helping me understand auras and that sort of thing better. And you’re always bringing new plants to try out.”“I guess. But it’s not much compared to the stuff that you guys buy. And Laki could get them too.”You’re not so sure about that. “Laki probably knows a lot of them, but I’ve seen other islanders who can’t keep up with you when it comes to all the plants.”She smiles a little at at that. “I spent a lot of time with them instead of my Ghost Temple studies. It got me in trouble sometimes.” She sounds nostalgic.“This is a journey about finding yourself Kiera. If you wanna try something, try it. I can teach you what I know about cooking, or if you want I’d love to get your opinions and help on some of the clothes for my pokemon. But just do what you want to do.”She pauses at that, and thinks. She actually lowers herself into the water and sits cross legged. “You’re right. But I have to figure out what I want to try.”“Well, whatever you decide, just remember that you’re my friend. And I like having you around no matter what. You don’t have to do anything other than just being you.” Without knowing what else to do or say, you tell her you’re heading back, and for her not to stay here too long. She nods, distracted by her own thoughts.You walk to the campsite, feeling clean, but a little tired. It’s been a physically and emotionally exhausting day that you barely survived on both fronts. Gobble hurriedly runs alongside you. It takes you a moment to realize what’s on his mind. He’s been spending the night making sure everyone has some fish to eat. You think he deserves a little more than some extra praise. Not too much, since you don’t want to spoil him, but something that lets him know how appreciated he is.>You’ll get him a fancy new pokeball>Give him some sort of title and authority over the other pokemon when you’re not around>You’ll cook an extra fancy meal tomorrow just for him. Whatever he wants>Something else
>>1651372>Offer to teach her how to cookThis plus UFC213 and pot brownies have made this day perfrct
>>1651503>>You’ll cook an extra fancy meal tomorrow just for him. Whatever he wants>Get him a fancy old style Gentleman's hat
>>1651503>You’ll cook an extra fancy meal tomorrow just for him. Whatever he wants>Something elseweren't we planning to make him a tux or a suit?
>>1651503Ask him if there's anything he'd like to do? Any place he wants to visit, a new type of food or accessory. Maybe something he wants to train for?
>>1651503>>You’ll cook an extra fancy meal tomorrow just for him. Whatever he wantsBut here's the ultimate praise>Pick him up and hug him.I fully expect a crit in either directions to be adorable.
>>1651503>Give him some sort of title Presenting Sous-Chef Gobble>You’ll cook an extra fancy meal tomorrow just for him. Whatever he wants
>>1651503Better idea.>Ask him if he wants anythingI mean we've.. screwed up with Bella. soo..?Failing that >Teach him how to cook.
>>1651511Yup, I like that Sous Chef idea though too. I could see some lessons using his moves to cook up food as well, bbq using Flamethrower anybody?
>>1651503>teach him how to cookThis can't possibly go wrong.
>>1651555I mainly want to do Puttin' on the Ritz with Gobbleget him a nice tux, hat, and cane and we can go do a contest
Do you guys think he'll be able to cook as a snorlax, also how the hell are we going to feed a snorlax, we need to battle and make money if we want to provide for Gobble.
>>1651503>Give him some sort of title and authority over the other pokemon when you’re not around>Something elseOffer to teach him how to cook. He can be Sous-Chef Gobble.
>>1651571we can just keep guilt tripping pokemon into giving us food
“Thanks for making sure everyone got something to eat.” You pat him on the head.He smiles widely and leaps. On the second one, you catch him and give him a huge hug.“I mean it, Gobble. I’m proud of you. And tomorrow, I’m going to make you whatever you want to eat.”He smiles even wider now. He’s lit up like he’s using Flash.“Is there anything else you’d like?”He thinks. He isn’t sure. But after a moment, he nods. He starts making a bunch of gestures.“You want to cook?”He nods enthusiastically. You set him down and put a hand on his shoulder.“Alright then, Gobble. From here on, I’m going to depend on you to be my right hand when it comes to preparing food. Watch me closely, Sous Chef.”He dances, and makes lots of gestures to show he won’t let you down. You laugh and continue on back.As you see a single tent being set up. It only now occurs to you that you have no idea what the girls expect from you. You’re suddenly filled with a sense of worry. Will they expect you to know everything? Do you know what you want to do? Oh jeez.You cautiously open the tent. “Hello?”Hana and Laki are there in conservative sleepwear, getting ready to sleep. “Hey Herb.” Hana waves.Laki moves in front. “Hey there. Before you say anything, we need to lay a few things down for this relationship. I hope you’re not expecting us to just submit to your every” she trails a finger down your chest, “whim. We’re your girls, not your slaves, and if you want something, you’re going to have to work for it. You can’t just take us however you want whenever you want. Isn’t that right, Hana?”“Umm, yeah. I definitely won’t submit to being a slave to your urges.” That line comes out sounding incredibly weird and rehearsed. Her face is contorting.>Oh good. You wanted to take things really slow>This is some sort of test from Laki. Give her a passionate kiss>You want to continue at roughly as far as you’ve already gone with them>Let’s all sleep and talk about it tomorrow>Why don’t we just relax and see where things go naturally>Something else
>>1651719>>Oh good. You wanted to take things really slow
>>1651719>Pretty sure you have more whims than I do, Laki.>(Massively underestimates Hana)
>>1651719>>Why don’t we just relax and see where things go naturally>>That said I am pooped, so massages, cuddles and call it a night?
>>1651719>Why don’t we just relax and see where things go naturally
>>1651719>Something else"Are you sure?"Squeeze Laki's shoulder like during a massage, and caress Hana's cheek and under her chin with a finger.
>>1651719These>>1651734>>1651736>>1651743Call their bluff and act cool. Herb is going to fake it till he makes it.
>>1651719>This is some sort of test from Laki. Give her a passionate kiss
>>1651719>>1651758Agreeing, going with the wombo combo but also >You want to continue at roughly as far as you’ve already gone with them
>>1651719>Oh good. You wanted to take things really slow>This is some sort of test from Laki. Give her a passionate kissthen kiss Hana but leave it in their court
>>1651719>Why don’t we just relax and see where things go naturallyas I remember from the lewds, Laki's culture is big on consent
>>1651719I'm late, but I just want them to cuddle.
>>1651819Same, but I want the girls to want more.
>>1651719Blah. I'm missing this thread due to work.I made an argument for why I think Herb should take things slow a thread or two back if anyone could repost it here I'd appreciate it.
You put a hand on Laki’s shoulder and give it a nice squeeze, like you do when massaging her. “Why don’t we all just relax and see where things go naturally?”She closes her eyes and relaxes for just a moment. Her shoulders slump and the strap of her tank talk falls on one side. She inhales sharpy and then takes your hand off. “Nice try, Soft Hands.”By the time she turns to you, you have a hand on Hana’s chin. “Is that okay?”She makes a noise that keeps going up in pitch. She looks to Laki. “I can’t...”Oh no. “I didn’t mean to pressure you.” You back off. “I was just trying to be, I don’t know, casual.” You retract your hand. Now Hana looks worried about your reaction. “That’s not what I meant. I meant that I can’t res-”Laki covers her mouth. “It’s fine. We understand, Soft Hands.” She leans in to whisper to Hana, but you can make out a few words. Something about caving and power. Hana nods, putting on an oddly brave face.“Let’s just go to bed.” Laki says.After a massage for Laki, -Hana turned down the offer-, the three of you get under the blankets. But in the night, both Hana and Laki find their way to sharing the blankets with you. Hana looks like she’s having an awfully hard time falling asleep, and Laki keeps pushing her butt against you like she’s trying to scratch an itch. But you’re just so tired. Once your pokemon start settling in and cuddle by your feet and head, you fall asleep.You wake up the next morning feeling very rested. Laki seems a bit cranky and so you decide not to bug her. Hana looks terrible, like she didn’t get any sleep at all. You put a hand on her shoulder and she makes that noise again. You guess you all have some adjusting to do.Keira bursts in, excited to start a new day! This helps ease some of the tension in the tent.“What do you want for your special meal, Gobble?”He’s still thinking on it. You’ll have to get back to him. He’s putting a scary amount of thought into this. Until he gives you an answer, you’ll just continue on as normal."The fisherman’s place isn’t far.” Keira announces. “Should we go straight there?”>Take the scenic route, where pokemon might be>Walk along the more travelled route, where you might run into people>Cut across the beach to try to get there right away>Something else
>>1651879>>Cut across the beach to try to get there right away
>>1651879>>Walk along the more travelled route, where you might run into peopleBoo! Now everyone is cranky and didn't get lewd!
>>1651879>Take the scenic route, where pokemon might be
>>1651879>Walk along the more travelled route, where you might run into people
>>1651879>Cut across the beach to try to get there right awayBarefoot in the sand with the surf washing at our toes
>>1651879>>Take the scenic route, where pokemon might be
>>1651879>Cut across the beach to try to get there right away
>>1651879>Cut across the beach to try to get there right awayLet's get this DONE
I don't know if we have any artfags but we really need a no way fag image with Laki, Hana, and Herb.
>>1651879Let's tell the girls that Herb is going to respect their wishes but keep ourselves chaste and pure until our wedding night.It will make it all the better.
gobble is kill
>>1652004Clearly Gobble is just fapping to all those tastey pastebins she keeps to herself.
>>1652027I'm glad I'm not the only one beginning to suspect.
You decide to cut across the beach, trying to get there as soon as possible. Gobble volunteers to carry all the fish in a huge sack, but Mace and Dice and even Tropius end up helping. Nincada patches it with webbing. Cutiefly and Tirtouga try to help, but are too weak or slow.“So, Keira. It must be strange to be here as a trainer instead of a priestess.” Hana comments. It looks like she’s trying to distract herself. She’s scratching her arm and looking around like that one movie you saw with the drug addict. You felt guilty staying up late to watch it. You hope it had a happy ending.“Yeah. The celibate, dicking-free life must be really hard.” Laki comments with a clear edge on her voice.Keira just smiles awkwardly and runs around in her bare feet on the sand.“That looks like fun.” Hana comments, still in a bit of a daze.“Why don’t kick off your shoes and join her?” Laki comments. You cringe, but neither of them seems to realize, or at least acknowledge, the gaffe. They’re both mentally distracted.When you arrive, the fisherman looks at the massive pile of fish and laughs. “What’d I tell you? Amazing rod. The best! Those other guys? Pure crap!”You, Hana, Laki, and Keira bring all the stuff he wanted. The bamboo, the gem, everything.“Well alright. You know, I honestly was starting to think I’d been swindled by you, mainlander. But this is a great haul. More than I expected or needed, actually. Now-”You all turn to see Gobble scarfing up an entire bucket of bait. He burps, the picks up the next one.>Gobble! Bad!>Rescind his Sous Chef title>You’re disappointed, but not mad>Laugh it off as a Munchlax being a Munchlax>Something else
>>1652027Gobble's a she?
>>1652036>>Something elseEyes on the prize Gobble. There will be greater meals down the road very soon.
>>1652036>Gobble, now we have to replace the bait for the nice man, which means less cooked fish for you.>I am disappointed.
>>1652036>>1652051perfectly sums up what I was trying to think.
>>1652036>Woah! Gobble! Not the bait! We'll get something afterwards! Promise
>>1652041[Gobble is a turkey]
>>1652036>You’re disappointed, but not mad>Volunteer to help prepare more bait
>>1652058a jive turkey?
>>1652036>Something elseI guess you couldn't wait for your special meal, huh Gobblealso, Hana is a heroin addict!? I knew this was a bad idea!
>>1652041Drunk Gobble said she was a she.
>>1652036>Something elsereally? come on bud, you know those need frying and onion first. Sorry, he's usually got better taste than this
>>1652066https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ElF156s4b8YNo, she's this.
>>1652036Supporting>>1652057>>1652041Profession: plumber, Gender: lumberjack
>>1652058I thought Gobble was a munchlax?
“Woah! Gobble! Not the bait. Now we have to replace the bait for the nice man. That means less cooked fish for you.”Gobble looks down, but he still licks his chops, savoring the taste.“I’m disappointed.” You tell him. You can understand how he got extra hungry thinking about a special meal, but still. He should know better.The old fisherman doesn’t comment. He strikes you as the type of person that would find fault with almost everything someone does, so you take that as a complement. He still looks grumpy, though.You spend some time fixing up more bait. Hana volunteers to help and then Laki joins in after that. Keira spends her time chatting with the old man about different things on the island. He ends up actually laughing a few times.“Excited for the cultural festival?” He asks.Keira gasps! “I lost track of time! Without a structure it just.. Oh wow is it on right now?”He looks a little concerned. It’s not often a priestess acts like Keira, let alone forgets something like this, apparently. “Not for awhile yet.”She calms down. “Okay. Phew.”Gobble looks like he’s been really trying to make up for it. He puts a lot of effort into mixing more bait. You pat him on the back. “So, decided what meal you want?”He looks at the bait longingly.“Really?”He shrugs, looking almost apologetic.His preference for bait wounds you on a deep level, but you hide it and smile. You'll make it for him if it makes him happy.“So where are you kids heading off to now?” The fisherman asks.Keira thinks. “Herb, you still have that note, right? I bet you could get another shard. I can vouch for you.” She looks excited at the prospect of helping out. “We can talk to either the Fire or Ghost temple here. High Priest Makai might get a little jealous if we go to the fire temple instead.” She giggles and whispers. “That would be pretty funny.” “There’s no rush, right?” Laki asks, washing the bait of her hands. “We could sunbathe or something.”>Visit the Fire temple>Visit the Ghost temple construction site>Relax on the beach>Explore the forests as high as you can climb>Check out the future site of the festival>Something else
>>1652230>Visit the Fire templeWe gotta learn a recipe from them too
>>1652230>Visit the Fire templeI agree with the other anon Recipes.
>>1652230>>Visit the Fire temple
>>1652230>Visit the Fire temple
>>1652230>Visit the fire temple>With a clear goal of learning a recipe there, like at the electric one.Come on sacred BBQ...
>>1652230>Visit the Fire temple (Recipe!)>Evening beach bbq afterwards? (to Laki)
>>1652230>Explore the forests as high as you can climbGot to be something interesting to see.
[Roll me some d100s!]
Rolled 79 (1d100)>>1652295
Rolled 72 (1d100)>>1652295I wonder why.
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>1652295
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>1652295No one else wants to go to the fire temple...
Rolled 21 (1d100)>>1652295
>>1652309Come to think of it, I'd quite like to see Hana and Laki challenge the fire gym together, since we're in the area anyways.
“Do you think they’d teach me a recipe?” You ask Keira.“Well, maybe. They’ll probably want to test you first.”“Fire Temple!” You say excitedly, almost interrupting her.. “We can have a beach barbeque tonight afterwards, if everyone is okay with that?” Oh jeez you want that new recipe.Keira nods. “As long as there are meatless options.”“I could really go for some hot meat.” Laki winks at you. Well of course. That’s what a barbeque is!Hana fiddles with her fingers at that comment and agrees.“Let’s go!”It’s a long trip from here to there, but you don’t mind. You slept great! You keep running ahead to check things out and try to help guide everyone on the better path. Keira corrects you a few times, but other times actually enjoys your reports on there being mud or other obstacles sometimes. Apparently the melting ice can make a lot of paths occasionally unviable.On one little scouting trip, you find a fun little scene. Two pokemon! One you recognize, a Glaceon! It’s so pretty! It’s casually grooming itself. The other, a sort of little ice chunk you can’t quite see clearly from here, is trying to nudge it. It looks like it wants a playful fight.Wait! That's a Bergmite, right?You watch for a little longer. They don't seem to know each other, but for wild pokemon, they don't seem on edge at all. You guess they're not natural enemies or anything.>Go say hi to them>Try to catch one! You’re a new, assertive Herb>Sit and watch>Well, that’s cute, but you should continue on>Something else
>>1652403>Try to catch one! You’re a new, assertive HerbBERGMITE
>>1652403>Well, that’s cute, but you should continue onWe are a man on a mission.
>>1652403>>Well, that’s cute, but you should continue on
>>1652403>>Go say hi to them>>Try to catch one! You’re a new, assertive Herb
>>1652403>Well, that’s cute, but you should continue onWe passed on the two best ice types the first time around here
>>1652403>Well, that’s cute, but you should continue onAs cool as I think Avalugg is, I don't want to catch pokemon to catch them. I want to make friends and have them join us.
>>1652403>Go say hi to them>Try to catch one! You’re a new, assertive HerbGLACION A CUTE~ A CUTE!
>>1652423Glaceon not just Avalugg!>Two pokemon! One you recognize, a Glaceon! It’s so pretty! It’s casually grooming itself.
>>1652403>Well, that’s cute, but you should continue onSLOW BULKY ATTACKERS
>>1652428>catching a Pokemon without making friends first
>>1652403>Something elseencourage Hana to catch the glaceon
>>1652433>GO SAY HI IS AN OPTION!>>1652430Glaceon is special attack!
>>1652428Glaceon is meh. I don't go for pretty/elegant pokemon or four-legged mammals.
>>1652435If we don't catch one, we should see if the others want to. Not sure if we should "encpurahe" it, though. We've been having really bad luck interfering with people's decisions about pokemon.
>>1652446Wow. Fuck you autocorrect. "Encourage".
I now know how fire moth anon felt.
>>1652403>>Go say hi to themNot opposed to catching but reeeeeeally want that A. Vulpix
>>1652461If anything you have it worse because there isn't the guilt of it belonging to someone else.
>>1652480I dono. Didn't Polu say he was gonna release it? That's gonna be awful.>Hey! We need a fire type an- Nah I'mma go rlease it bro>NO PLEASE!
>>1652489We convinced him to keep it.
>>1652461Yeah, sorry mate. I know it sucks. I think everyone knows that there's realistically only two or MAYBE three pokemon left for us to catch, and nobody wants to crowd out their own favourites. Coverage anons won't want a fourth one-type pokemon and story anons won't want to do anything to catch a pokemon that we haven't already gotten to know pretty well.There was a big push for Eelectross early on too.I myself was interested in at least getting one bug, or possibly making a mono-normal team. But now I think the best result we could get would be Rotom and Medicham or something.
>>1652509I was the guy pushing Electross and knew it wouldn't get in unless we befriended it through a story bit first. Really the best thing to happen is roll like shit when we first run into the Pokemon or right before it so we are at our lowest.
>got Hana>got Laki>got (future) FeraligatrFeels kinda bad everyone can't be this happy.
>>1652518I really do like Electross, neat mon underrated as hell
>>1652403>Go say hi to themNothing wrong with being friendly.
That’s really cute. But you should get going. You head back to tell the girls what you saw.“A glaceon!” Keira exclaims. “That’s good luck! They’re rare!”“Are they still there?” Laki asks, looking a lot less cranky. Even Hana looks like she’s snapped out of being lost in thought.“They were when I left.”“Let’s go!” Hana says, finally jolting everyone into going to check it out.The group’s arrival is not exactly subtle, and Glaceon and Bergmite leap into a defensive stance. There’s only a moment’s hesitation before Laki throws her pokemon.“Go Meowth!”“Hey!” Hana protests. “I wanted to catch it!”“Then you’d better be faster than me.” Laki shoots back. “I’m drawing the line at sharing Soft Hands.”Hana hesitates for a moment, but throws out her Togepi. “You’re such a ...pushy bitch!” Hana lets out, shocking everyone. >Stay out of it>Wait! Laki! That’s not fair to Hana>Woah! Hana. Over the line!>Stop them from battling those pokemon. They’re acting like children>Something else
>>1652560>>Stay out of it
>>1652560>Woah! Hey you two, lets keep it civil.
>>1652560>The Glaceon is going to get away if you two keep..... arguing... *GLaceon escapes*.>ok NOW KNOCK IT OFF YOU TWO!
>>1652560>Stop them from battling those pokemon. They’re acting like childrenAttempt to catch it yourself. Fuck you both I want it.With Laki on this one. Laki shows up and tries to catch it and you get mad for not being first?
>>1652560>something elseI'll go down on whoever catches the glaceon
>>1652586Wooo calm down satan.Kiera wins
>>1652597I would die laughing my ass off
>>1652560>Stay out of itIt's time to learn a bit about our girlfriends.
>>1652603>New Pastebin>Herb Keeps his Word.
>>1652629do priestesses shave?
>>1652645I wanna say no but I can't shake the feeling that it's been mentioned somewhere that kiera is shaved. I'm probably wrong.
>>1652645>>1652651Gobble, what's the deal here?
>>1652560>>Stop them from battling those pokemon. They’re acting like children
>>1652658[Island culture generally considers it uncivilized to have pubes longer than a fingernail. Preferably shorter]
>>1652716...Are we talking an ENTIRE fingernail, or when the nail starts growing off the finger AKA the usual size of a nail clipping?
>>1652716I suppose it would pay to be ready when a beach episode could break out spontaneously at any time.
>>1652738Herb's already a barbarian, don't think that'll change much
>>1652783Yeah you can keep that to yourself.
“Come on, guys. Keep it civil.” You try to stop this from getting out of control. They barely register your objection, save for some looks your way.Laki looks like she’s about to say something to diffuse the situation, but Togepi is already attacking. “Shit!”The Bergmite and Glaceon end up double battling Meowth and Togepi. It’s a hard battle, because neither Hana nor Laki seem to want to knock Glaceon down too far and create an opening for the other to throw a pokeball. And because of this, they end up taking a beating.“You guys! This is going too far!” You raise your voice.“This is stupid.” Laki says. “Togepi is going to get hurt.”“I wouldn’t let that happen!” Hana says, more to herself than to Laki.Surprisingly, they sort of end up working together, while working against each other. Meowth is ordered to cover Togepi, and Togepi uses Follow me to save Meowth when it’s threatened to be knocked out.Suddenly things turn, and Laki has the chance to throw her pokeball. She looks at Hana briefly, then you and your disapproving look. You don’t want her to be upset with you and you soften a little.She sighs, then throws her pokeball out. It hits Bergmite. There’s one ding, then two, then three and the ball settles.“You wanted Bergmite?” Hana asks and laughs. “Oh! I feel embarrassed.”“You’re wasting time.” Laki tells her and points her head. Glaceon has decided to try running.“Ah!” Hana throws her pokeball. It flies at an incredible speed, easily clearing the large distance.Ding, ding, ding. Click!Hana can’t believe it for a moment. Laki slaps her on the back and Keira runs up and hugs her.>Congratulation Hana and Laki, and let’s get going>Privately praise Laki for letting Hana get Glaceon>Privately admonish Laki for catching a pokemon she didn’t want>Try to be positive, Encourage them to double-team the fire gym>That was childish of them. You’re disappointed>Something else
>>1652762Guess I was a little vague. I mostly meant that bikini bottoms don't usually look great with hair sprouting out of them.
>>1652810>>Try to be positive, Encourage them to double-team the fire gym
>>1652810>Try to be positive, Encourage them to double-team the fire gym>Privately admonish Hana. Seriously. She just weaseled her way into getting what she wanted by insulting Laki. This shit is going to get chaotic.
>>1652810>Congratulation Hana and Laki, and let’s get going
>>1652810>>Try to be positive, Encourage them to double-team the fire gym>Privately praise Laki for letting Hana get Glaceon
>>1652810Congratulate them both on working together. Speak to Laki in private when possible, ask her if she's really ok with what happened.Relationships are compromise, but you can't lose yourself in it, at the same time.
>>1652810>Try to be positive, Encourage them to double-team the fire gym
>>1652810>Congratulation Hana and Laki, and let’s get going>Try to be positive, Encourage them to double-team the fire gymThis feels bad and weird.
>give Laki all the hot meat she wants tonight for being the bigger person.
>>1652810>That was childish of them, but you're grateful they worked together in the end.>Congratulation Hana and Laki, and let’s get going
>>1652810>Something elseCongratulate them now, family meeting tonight
>>1652810Adding this to my vote. Maybe not literally, but definitely give Laki special attention tonight.>>1652847
>>1652810Add >>1652838to >>1652852>>1652843Not against this in the slightest
>>1652852They didn't work together in the end... Laki gave up on the Glaceon to avoid conflict..
>>1652862They worked together by covering eachother so none of their Pokemon got hurt.
>>1652862They worked together at aiding each others pokemon is what i was mostly referring to. I'm hoping it will distract them from this overly competitive pettiness they've been displaying
gobble is kill?
>>1652971post butts to revive him
“You two battle pretty well together.” You say.Laki looks to Hana. “Yeah. I guess so.” Laki reflects.“You had a great move back there that really saved the day.” Hana compliments.“Maybe you should try taking on the gym together.”They share a look.“I haven’t been hunting for badges.” Laki says.“And I already double battled with you, Herb. Remember? I don’t want to be someone that coasts on others.”“No, I mean it. You’re both good, and you make a good team.”Togepi laughs as Meowth cleans some dirt off of it.They exchange another look. “Well. We’ll see I guess.”Good enough for now.You continue on. When you have a second with Laki, you tell her she was nice to be the bigger person.“That a joke about me being manly?” She glares sideways.“I-! N-no! I didn’t-”She laughs. “Still too easy, Soft Hands. I wasn’t the bigger person. I was greedy. Bergmite showed a great fighting spirit. Glaceon was too prissy for me. Bergmite wouldn’t have ran like that.”You try to tell if she’s just being modest again, making a convicing argument, or being honest. It’s hard to tell. But your gut isn’t giving you a necessarily bad feeling, so you let it go for now.“There it is!” Keira points to the grand fire temple. It’s a huge metal and brick structure, and much more modern looking than you’d expect. And not just on the outside. The inside looks the same way. Modern lighting and other accommodations are everywhere, and there’s a sleek, almost futuristic look.“Kiera!” The gym leader comes to greet you, but her especially. They exchange bows and formalities. You do the same. It’s almost second nature now. “What brings you here?”She bows again. “I’d like to petition for Herb and Laki to recieve shards.”Laki looks surprised.“You did just as much, and you made a large sacrifice with letting Kecleon go.”Laki cringes. “Yeah. I guess.”“I take it you haven’t seeked forgiveness for releasing your pokemon?”She bows. “No.”He laughs and slaps her on the back. “Well, you’ve come to the right place.” He claps his hands, and a few of his acolytes appear. They all wear similar clothes, so it’s easy to tell. “Help the dear girl out with that, will you?”Laki goes with them with a sense of dread.“Young man, is something on your mind?”>What does Laki have to do?>Can you teach me a recipe?>I’m trying to convince Laki and Hana to take on your gym>I wish I knew more about fire types>Ask about the modern building>Something else
>>1653026>What does Laki have to do?>Can you teach me a recipe?>I’m trying to convince Laki and Hana to take on your gymIn that order.
>>1653026>>Can you teach me a recipe?>I wish I knew more about fire types
>>1653026>What does Laki have to do?>Can you teach me a recipe?>I’m trying to convince Laki and Hana to take on your gym
>>1653026>>What does Laki have to do?>>Can you teach me a recipe?
>>1653026>What does Laki have to do?>Can you teach me a recipe?
>>1653026>Can you teach me a recipe?>I wish I knew more about fire types>Ask about the modern buildingAh, yes. I wonder how they finally resolved this
>>1653026>I’m trying to convince Laki and Hana to take on your gym>What does Laki have to do?Laki's island traditions are weird and I know that Herb has some serious shonen protag density but at the same time I feel like all this would add up really quickly and he'll confront them soon.
>>1653087Yeah, I'm just worried the punishment is going to be lashings, like disturbing the snow can get you.Hopefully she has to write a 5-page essay. Knowing Laki it'll be pretty good.
>>1653026>seeked forgivenesssoughtseek forgiveness with a butt
“What does Laki have to do?”“A ceremony to repent about going against her ways.”“But...what does it involve?”“In our case, steam!”You gulp. He laughs and slaps you on the back.“She just needs some time in the steam room with some tea to clear her head and conscious. You worry too much. It’s not like we’re going to give her a small brand like in the old days.” He looks off into the past with an oddly nostalgic look. “You see, we believe that someone has to earn their pride, their self worth. If they’re just easily forgiven without a struggle, then it means nothing. We’re not cruel. But redemption without suffering is just a lie. Even if you feel relieved not to get into trouble, deep down you’ll always feel cheapened by such an easy forgiveness.”“So...it’s just a steam room?”“It’s an intense steam room, and she’ll be expected to compose a poem. Something passionate, from the heart! Summoning passion when you’re at the peak of your exhaustion brings a unique creativity and flame.”Well, you guess that’s not so bad. It sounds like the room is pretty intense, but Laki’s handled it before. Still, you make a mental note to really spoil her tonight. “Oh. Okay. I hope she comes out of it okay. I’m trying to convince her and Hana to take on your gym.”He looks to Hana. “Oh? Too good to battle our gym, are you?”“No sir!” She squeeks. “I just don’t-”“Don’t what? Out with it. Don’t think Laki will contribute? Don’t trust your pokemon to keep up? Hmmm?”“I don’t think I’m a good battler!” She blurts out.He shakes his head. “Then you’ve already lost.” He waves a hand. “Begone.”“I...but...”“Oh? Don’t want to leave? Having a change of heart. Then stand up straight and challenge me. Or challenge something else. But for your own sake, take on some sort of challenge. Find a fuel and use it to grow yourself!”She considers his words. She looks pumped up. “Okay! We’ll do it! Me and my pokemon.” The determination on her face cedes to embarrassment. “I mean, take on the gym, that is! With Laki if she wants, or without her.”He nods., then adjusts his belt and turns back to you. “There’s something else, isn’t there?”(continued)
>>1653228“Umm, yes sir. I was also wondering if you could teach me a recipe.”“A recipe?” He cocks an eyebrow. His natural voice is so loud it’s almost as if he’s shouting.“I love to cook, and I’ve been learning as many recipes around the islands as I can.”He stops you. “Say no more. It’s your passion isn’t it?”You’re nod, trying to give an answer but also saying no more like he said.“Then we’ll teach you!” He proclaims. “Well, we hate to be too stereotypical,” he announces to the laughter of some of the others, “but we like our food spicy here. Think you can handle that?”“I’ve made a lot of spicy dishes.” You say without thinking. You rattle off a few sauces you’ve used and what you prefer to give a nice, zinging kick.“Not like this, my friend. We can teach you a few things, but for our ultimate dish, you’ll need to pass the test of spice. Is that something you’re interested in?”Keira shakes her head, trying to warn you off.>Sure. Let’s try it>Do you know anything more mild?>What about a food for baby pokemon? Is there something like that?>Something else
>>1653243>Sure. Let’s try itAlthough.. I do really like the idea of baby pokemon food..
>>1653243>Sure. Let’s try itPain is weakness leaving the body.
>>1653243>Sure. Let’s try itThis guys great.
>>1653243>Something else>"What do you have to do for this test?"
>>1653243>>Sure. Let’s try it
>>1653243>Sure. Let’s try it>I'll learn anything you have! Spice, baby food, I want it all!
>>1653243>Sure. Let’s try it
>>1653252Herb, crying: "Eh, I've had hotter."
>>1653243>>Sure. Let’s try itNo pain no gain.I guess... I don't have an issue with Laki and Hana pushing Herb to be more assertive, but Laki is intentionally keeping enough away from John for some reason that I can't quite understand. If it's a cultural thing I imagine most people would already know it on her island. The girls KNOW what Herb is like. He won't go for something without their express knowledge on whether it's okay or not.Also something tells me Kiera's tried this challenge before or had a priest prepare it at the ghost temple for some lesson.
>>1653269Crying, choking, snot-running down our nose, and a red face just means it's good.Herb: "More, please."
>>1653263This. This a million times
>>1653282Keeping info away*>>1653263that as well.
[Alrighty! I'm going to have to call it there because I'm falling asleep, but we'll pick it up tomorrow. Thanks for coming everyone. Once again I have to apologize for the slow update speed. I'm getting more used to work and this week I think I'll have some time and energy to run during the week, finally. The rule 63 bin is not forgotten. It's coming, I swear.As always, don't be shy with criticisms, suggestions, comments, etc.]
>>1653306Thanks for running, Gobble!
>>1653306Thanks for running Gobble! Get slept!My only question right now is why the girls aren't being up front with John right now but I imagine it'll get answered sooner than later in quest.>>1653282Pretty much this.
>>1653306We love you, Gobble! Get rest.
Anons would you turn down an Evee if we got the chance? I feel like they're Herbs spirit animal.
>>1653306thanks for running!
>>1653306Night Gobble! See you tomorrow.
there aren't enough cutes to fill the yawning void at the bottom of my soul
>>1653318>>1653330>>1653352>>1653354[Thanks for coming. You guys are the best.]>>1653320[Laki is still a little shell-shocked at how things landed so suddenly. She doesn't want Herb to be overwhelmed and feel he has to just automatically be some superstud right away in his first relationship. That, and she's also a little worried and wants to get some more control. Hana doesn't want to scare everyone off with her sexual power level and so she's going along with it. Laki made a good point about Herb.]
>>1653333Cute, but I don't see it working out well. There's no way Herb isn't going to try to leave the decision entirely to Eevee. And if that lands in a repeat type, or one that doesn't grant new coverage, that'd feel sour to me and others like me. Sylveon could be a good get, but Robin had one last quest.>>1653357You ok?>>1653369Thanks and goodnight!
>>1653394Or it could really like hanging out with Laki and become a Fire type. Or it could like Hana and become a joleton.
>>1653394I'm not really okay, but I appreciate you asking.
>>1653410Well shit man, I hope venting helps a little.>>1653400E X T R E M EVOBOOST
>>1653413>z-movesGod no, that means UBs are in the region.
>>1653285You think if Gobble took the trial too, he could learn Flanethrower?
>>1653826Jalapeno assisted flamethrower.
>>1653620Don't say mean things about my wife!
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Pokemon%20Island%20Adventure%20Questhttps://twitter.com/GobbleQMCharacter info pastebin in progress: http://pastebin.com/iB0tb7rzDice odds for best of 3: http://pastebin.com/994WTT3gGeneral rules:There is a 10 minute voting period after each post. Non-contradictory votes will be combined as best as possible.Write-ins for all votes are always welcome and encouraged. They may not all make it into the post or be altered to fit in, but I'll do my best to at least try to address the spirit of the write-in.Very important or contentious votes may be redone in a stricter voting system as circumstances warrant.Combat mechanics involve three rolls of 1d100, taking the best, and using the base accuracy and crit ranges of the the PTU system, roughly, but the 'turn order' will be more like the anime, where sometimes you can do a few moves in a row or be hit by a combo of moves yourself, all depending on circumstances. Stronger moves tend to take more time and have more cooldown than weaker moves and also may leave you open to an interrupt, so beware of that timing. Speed is more important for closing ground, intercepting, and other things and doesn't necessarily mean going first.Pokemon and trainers are unique, and may have certain specializations, skills, or other things that the video-game mechanics might not allow. Some examples: That kung fu Bellsprout in the anime, that crystal Onix, or a Roggenrolla that can fly. Herb's perception skills, pokemon knowledge, context clues in general, and other things will hopefully come into play to avoid completely unfair, unforeseeable bullshit, but expect more bullshit from more advanced trainers.Call me out on a mistake and receive a suggestive picture, mostly likely a butt.Pokemon:Gobble (Munchlax)Mace (Roggenrola)Belladonna (Roselia)Dice (Croconaw)Badges: 3Location: Eelilee island, the fire temple
>>1654005Oh man, I have to sleep somewhere in the next hour.
“Sure, let’s try it! I’ll learn anything you have. Spice, baby food. I want to try it all!”He chuckles again. “There’s that competitive nature we saw before. Let’s get it prepared, then.” He cups his hands over his mouth ”Get a widowmaker pepper, the healers, the milk bath, and a-” he glances down at Keira, “oh right. That’s convenient.”Keira offers you the most terrifying smile. It’s a kind, nice, and very pretty smile, but it’s the kind you see in movies when a soldier is asking if he’s going to make it and someone else lies to them and says the wound isn’t that bad.“I’m going to lose Herb and Laki in one day.” Hana jokes quietly to herself. She offers you an apologetic smile when she sees you heard that.They take you down to the kitchen area. When you come in, you see Jacob among the people there.“Now this is a pleasant surprise.” He stops inspecting the room. “High Priest, I expect everything is up to your standards?”The Priest leans back. “Beyond them. I admit, I was skeptical, but I can’t argue with results. More planning than passion during the building of it, though.”Jacob smiles. “Oh believe me, the investors are always very passionate.”There’s another sudden smack on your back. No matter how many times that happens you never get used to it. “He’s going to try the spice challenge.”Jacob gives you a look. “It’s good to be brave, Herb, but at some point it crosses the line into recklessness.”>You’ll do anything to improve your cooking>You’re just respecting the island customs and culture>It doesn’t hurt to try, right?>It’s okay, you have a strategy for dealing with it>Something else
>>1654038>>You’ll do anything to improve your cooking>>It doesn’t hurt to try, right?Aw yeah woke up just in time
>>1654038>You’ll do anything to improve your cooking>It doesn’t hurt to try, right?I mean though they're literally implying it could kill us.
>>1654038>You’ll do anything to improve your cooking>It doesn’t hurt to try, right?
>>1654038>>You’ll do anything to improve your cooking
Also I realize if we really mess up we can maybe heal our taste buds.
>>1654038>>You’ll do anything to improve your cooking>It doesn’t hurt to try, right?
>>1654049>Herb ends his cooking career.Shit just became super dark.Not really. Gobble just becomes integral to his cooking process, he'll actually have to develop a better since of taste.
>>1654038>how reckless could it really be? I'm under adult supervision.
>>1654038>>You’ll do anything to improve your cooking>>It doesn’t hurt to try, right?
“I’ll do anything to improve my cooking.” You say with more determination than you expected your voice to carry. “And it can’t hurt to try, right?”There’s a round of laughter. Apparently that last part sounded like a joke.“Well, Herb. You’re braver than me.” There’s a strange look in his eye as he says that, but it fades quickly. The fire priest gives you another pat. You notice he’s being less careful to avoid direct skin contact. “Keira is saying he deserves another shard.”“His third one!” Keira announces for you.“Oh? You’re at quite the quick pace for that. Most islanders never complete the full thing, and those that do take a long time.”“I guess I’ve been in the right places at the right times.”“Hmm, is that so?” He gives you another strange look. Before anything else can be said, Gobble plops himself right beside you and makes an announcement. Keira fills everyone in, but you already know what it is. “He wants to try it too.”Mace, hearing this, rushes over to your side as well. “And Mace.”Dice falls over next to you and lazily nibbles on your shoe. From the look on his face, he seems like he doesn’t understand exactly what’s going on. “And Dice.”Everyone turns to Belladonna. She throws up her arms, then comes over and tries to drag Mace and Dice away from their decision. “She thinks they’re all crazy.”>None of them are allowed. You’ll do it alone>You and Gobble will take it on together. He’s got an iron stomach>Whoever wants in can try it>Come on Bella, join us!>Something else
>>1654090>Whoever wants in can try it>But there's no shame in dropping out if it gets too intense.
>>1654090>>Whoever wants in can try it>But there's no shame in dropping out if it gets too intense.Gobble learns flamethrower from thisMace's rocketboost gets even fasterDice KO's himself
>>1654090>>Whoever wants in can try it>the full thingso do the shards combine to be a cool necklace or something?
>>1654099You get your tookoo* recorded in the secret sacred caves.*What's a tookoo?
>>1654090>>Something else>Let's do it!We are manly men
>>1654090>Whoever wants in can try it
>>1654090>>Whoever wants in can try itOur team is so cute.
My money is on Dice lasting the longest if the little guy can figure out or is allowed to use some kind of Ice Fang to keep his mouth cool.
>>1654108I wanna know how Mace is gonna eat the pepper as wellwhere is his mouth?
>>1654124Back in my day we are magma for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and by golly we liked it!
>>1654090>>You and Gobble will take it on together. He’s got an iron stomach>>Thank Bella for being responsible
I'M LATE! GOBBLE PLZ FORGIVE ME!
>>1654193I dono man.
>>1654193you gonna post the sauce mate?
>>1654146this gets my support.Gobble, what are some end results for us aura training herb?
“Whoever wants to join me can, but there’s no shame in dropping out.” You tell them.Gobble proudly slaps his chest. He’s not going to back out. Mace looks more like he has a duty to join, but personally thinks this is a bad idea. Dice looks mildly hungry. Bella looks exasperated at everyone.“Here you go!” Keira appears in front of you, slipping something into your mouth. You’re taken completely by surprise. You brace yourself, waiting for the horrible pain to set it.“Keira!” Hana shouts, checking to see if you’re okay.Huh. Maybe you need to chew first. You wish you had gotten to see the shape and colour You take a light bite into it.. A wet, gooey burst fills your mouth.And it’s sour. Very, very sour.Keira rolls onto the floor, laughing. “I’m sorry. I had too.” She can barely get the words out. “It’s a candy.”You look to the others. The fire priest can’t contain himself either and breaks. His boisterous laugh echoes in your chest. Even Jacob is having a bit of a chuckle. Gobble looks unamused. Mace too.“Alright. Enough messing around.” He whistles, and a container and metal tongs appear. Someone places peppers onto small plates. Then they fill glasses with milk, then bring out a bucket and a whole mess of milk bottles.“Donations from the Miltank ranchers.” The priest explains to Jacob.“Oh yes. I’m aware. Who do you think has been subsidizing them?” Jacob casually mentions.“You don’t have to stick around for this.” The priest offers. “I know you’re busy.”Jacob gives you another look over. “No. That’s alright. My morning meeting cancelled.” He makes a subtle flick of his fingers, and his assistant takes the hint and starts calling someone, apologizing that Jacob can’t make it. Nobody else seemed to notice that. They’re busy looking at the peppers.You start looking them over, too. They look like tiny red bananas. You haven’t used these before, but the air around them seems on fire. Or maybe that’s just your imagination.“It’s simple, Herb. Eat the whole thing, use only the one glass of milk however you want, and consume nothing else for ten minutes.”“I’d swallow it whole.” Hana says, then blushes a little.“Some try that. Few can handle the entire thing at once, though. It eases a bit when chewed. Or at least, the pain is stretched. Longer, but lesser. Now, if you need to back out, just dunk your head in that bucket. The vomiting area is over there.”Dice, Mace, and Gobble all line up in front of their plates. You step forward.“Ready?”>Wait, you had a question about the rules>Eat it whole>Chew it slowly>Fill your mouth with milk and try to surround the pepper>Pour your milk out first, then take the pepper>Something else
>>1654224>Chew it slowly
>>1654224>>Chew it slowly
>>1654224>Chew it slowlyMight as well get to experience the texture
>>1654224>Chew it slowly>ration your milk take sipsKiera is a good girl. Sugar can work as a distraction away from the heat.
>>1654224>>Chew it slowlySavour the flavor.
>>1654224>>Chew it slowly>turns out that mainland dishes use insanely hot peppers all the time and this like a bell pepper to Herb
>>1654224Dip it in the milk, bite, repeat until done.
>>1654219[Namekian Guru tier unlocking of abilities and potential (Herb can do that somewhat now, but not a huge amount), speaking with pokemon, using moves like Aura Sphere or Heal Pulse, ad intuitive, Force-like vision ability, use of aura flowers, sensing motives
>>1654237That's a good idea if we can''t handle the heat at first.
>>1654239>ad intuitiveis that a butt, or a reference that I don't get?
>>1654245[It's a butt]
>>1654253Okay seriously, just how many pictures of butts do you have gobble?
Rolled 85, 6, 43 = 134 (3d100)[Give me some rolls, please]
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>1654260
>>1654239No totem aura boosts? Or is that too similar to Mega Evolution? (or too reliant on UBs)
Rolled 38 (1d100)>>1654260
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>1654260
Rolled 66 (1d100)>>1654260
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>1654260
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>1654260LET'S TURN UP THE HEAT
Rolled 47 (1d100)>>1654260
Oh no! we're gonna fail!>>1654265>>1654264>>1654262>>1654266>>1654268>>1654269
>>1654259[A couple. There are other folders with lewdish pictures, and one for gifs, and stuff like that. The whole thing needs sorting, though.]
>>1654274at least one of our pokemon passesRIP second pokemon though
>>1654286Poor Mace wasn't meant to eat peppers. Gobble has it down though.
>>1654286Mace literally explodes
>>1654290On a 1 he would evolve in self defense.
>>1654289I'm not sure if it's more relevant to be strong against fire-types or weak against grass-types.
guys it's okay, we still got the milk
>>1654308If we'd had the foresight to knock up Hana we could have snuck extra milk into the challenge.
>>1654314Laki has the better milk tanks.
>>1654314Hana can't have kids, but she could take hormones.
[Sorry. Slight delay The power cord for my computer came out somehow.]
>>1654319Yeah, but she's off getting steamy by herself.>>1654322Did Gobble ever actually say that, or is it one of those rolling assumption deals, because I don't remember the subject coming up in-story.
>>1654328Hana has said she "can't have kids".
You chew it slowly, keeping your milk to the side to ration. Okay. You can do this.And then it sets in. You cough and choke, but keep it in your mouth. The hot lava that was saliva burns. It burns so bad. You almost fall over.Your hands shake as they reach for some milk. You use a bit to try to sooth things. You don’t even have control. You end up using a little more than intended, and panic. You can’t last. Not at this pace. Your eyes are watering, your skin is hot, and already a thick layer of sweat drips down your face. Everything is fire.You can see Gobble chewing his and holding out okay. Dice starts to fire jets of energy. You’re about to panic when Hana steps in and dunks him in the milk bucket. You’d be amazed at what you just saw with her lifting him so easily if your eyes weren’t melting.Dice panics and runs around wildly. The Fire Priest has to jump out of the way. Dice drops the half-chewed pepper on the floor and exhales sharply, trying to sooth his mouth with the flow of air.You wipe a small glob of snot off your face. You’re too preoccupied to be embarrassed.What are you going to do? You won’t last. You can feel your willpower melting away like butter on a frying pan.>Tape around your mouth so you can’t back out>Give up>Drink the rest of the milk now and figure something out after>Swallow it whole, try not to vomit>Heal your mouth>Something else
>>1654376>>Tape around your mouth so you can’t back out
>>1654376>>Heal your mouth
>>1654376>Something elseEnter meditative state
>>1654376>Heal your mouth
>>1654376>Swallow it whole, try not to vomitHealing feels like cheating.
>>1654376>>Heal your mouthI know it has nothing related to the vote, but after this do you guys want to train up our pokemon again
>>1654376>>Tape around your mouth so you can’t back outno backing out, can't let down Gobble
DO NOT HEAL. The burning sensation from peppers is the feeling of nerve damage. Healing damaged nerve endings while still eating the pepper will only intensify the pain!
>>1654390I would be down for it before we start working on the BBQ.
>>1654376>Tape around your mouth so you can’t back outInstead of >>1654382>>1654397Good call there
>>Tape around your mouth so you can’t back outinstead of >>1654390
Rolled 15, 56 = 71 (2d100)[Seems a bit split. Let's do a quick revote just to make sure. Will Herb tape up hi mouth so he can't back out even when he breaks? Or will he use his healing powers? This is not quote only]>Use tape>Heal
>>1654388I don't know. Healing is a natural skill that Herb has. It's not like we are using outside forces to make it easier.>>1654397I think using pokemagic will be able to handle any hard science working against us here.
>>1654413>>Use tapeit's time to man up
>>1654413Fuck it, let's heal.
>>1654422>>HealI mean to highlight I swear.
>>1654413>Heal your mouthThink I'm late.
Rolled 91 (1d100)>>1654441
Rolled 9 (1d100)>>1654441
Rolled 50 (1d100)>>1654441
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>1654441
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>1654441
>>1654443Well, that's a thing
If you’re going to break, you won’t let it be easy. Scrambling around, you grab a roll of tape and fiddle with it.“Spice madness.” The priest explains. “It’ll pass. But we best get his head in the bucket. You hold him.”“Wait.” Jacob places a hand on the fire priest.You wrap it around your mouth with tape. It’s a terrible job and it gets in your hair and snot and sweat get messed all over your face, but you do it. Gobble breaks down, unable to cope. He chugs his milk and dunks his head into the bucket. After a moment, Dice tries to eat his again, seemingly having forgotten it was the source of the heat. He panics and spits it out, running in circles. He knocks your glass of milk over, causing it all to spill.Just your luck.You regain some control of yourself. Reaching deep, deep down, you summon reserves of willpower you never knew you had. You put yourself into a horse stance and yell into the tape as you chew. Time goes by unfairly slowly, but you break it down. It’s not about surviving minutes, it’s surviving ten seconds at a time. You chew and swallow the remaining bits of pepper and just have to live through it. You go through one cycle, then the next, then the next. Your mouth seems to have fused together. Of course that isn’t actually true, but it feels that way.At the nine minute mark, you're constant wiping of sweat and snot off your face causes the tape to get loose. There’s still a few drops left in your milk. Now that the option to give up is there again, it becomes tempting once more.Come on Herb. You just need to hold out a little longer.Gobble and Dice and chugging delicious, soothing looking milk. They look so relieved. It looks like heaven.>Just tough it out. You’ve got this.>Get Bella to hit you with Stun Spore>Ask Hana to hold you back>Distract yourself by hurting yourself>Something else
>>1654485>>Just tough it out. You’ve got this.
>>1654485>>Just tough it out. You’ve got this.You managed nine minutes. You can do one more. Just close your eyes and wait for someone to tell you it's over.
>>1654485>Just tough it out. You’ve got this.
>>1654485>Ask Hana to hold you back
>>1654485>Just tough it out. You’ve got this.Close your eyes and focus on your breathing, Herb.
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>1654532
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>1654532
Rolled 44 (1d100)>>1654485>horse stanceAre horses canon?>>1654532Ok.
Rolled 51 (1d100)>>1654532
We tried so hard and got so far.
>>1654532that pick is adorable
>>1654536>>1654535>>1654533>>1654541It's a bad pic! That ruins dice rolls!
>>165453644, huh? That MIGHT just be enough...
>>1654536>>1654535>>1654533So this is how it ends, huh?
>>1654544>>1654547>>1654548This is the fire temple. They are gonna say our effort was enough. I hope
>>1654540We can all agree that if we fail, we're trying again the next time we're on Eelilee, right? Or possibly tomorrow if we're here then too?
>>1653826Someone has to eventually. Fire is a necessary ingredient for cooking.>>1654005Awwwww yeah, time to be late for Pokemans!
>>1654552I'm hoping doing so much is enough to get them to teach us. Otherwise I feel like people are gonna drop the recipe goal.
>>1654565Either way, I'm not going to drop the recipe goal.
You’re going to tough it out. You have to. Come on Herb. Be a man!You stare at the glass and watch a drop of milk fall out. You’d trade in your entire wardrobe for that one drop. You pick up the glass and try to shake or lick anything else out of it. But it’s just not enough. You turn to the bucket of milk and dunk your head in, hoping desperately that enough time has passed. It’s such a relief. It’s like putting out a fire. You feel like a temporary insanity has left you. Part of you worries the precious liquid will run out, but as you drink, your head clears up and you of course know you’d never be able to drink it all.When you bring your head up, you see the pained look on Hana and Keira’s faces. You don’t have to ask. You didn’t make it.You feel terrible. Gobble pats you on the back.“My boy, I lasted less than a minute my first try. You’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. You were very close. No ten seconds away. I’ve seen men break their glasses and try to drink from it anyway.”“What do you say? Close enough?” Jacob offers. “He did lose his milk through no fault of his own.”The priest considers it. “He did show a lot of passion and fire. Well, I suppose...”>Thank you! Thank you so much.>No. You agreed to 10 minutes>Is there another test you can do?>Can you try again another time?>Something else
>>1654603>No. You agreed to 10 minutes>Can you try again another time?
>>1654603>>Is there another test you can do?
>>1654603>>No. You agreed to 10 minutes
>>1654603>Can you try again another time?Herb ain't no weasel.
>>1654603>Is there another test you can do?If not>No. You agreed to 10 minutes>Can you try again another time?
>>1654603>No. You agreed to 10 minutes>Something else>Can I get some of these peppers
>>1654603Add>can I get some of those peppersTo>>1654614
>>1654603>>No. You agreed to 10 minutesherb is a man of his word,
>>1654603>>No. You agreed to 10 minutes>Is there another test you can do?>Can you try again another time?
>>1654603>Is there another test you can do?
“Yes. I suppose we can make an exception. Congratulations, young man.”Jacob, despite bringing up the idea, looks disappointed.“No.” You pant, then sniff up some snot or milk or both. “Thank you, but I agreed to ten minutes. I can’t go back on that.”They exchange another look.“Herb. I’m going to teach you that recipe.”“No really.” You grab another drink and feel the stink in your eyes. It’s hard to concentrate still. “I don’t want pity.”“It’s not pity!” His voice booms. “You just showed me that you’re exactly the kind of person I want to continue the tradition of this recipe.”“I can’t break my word.” You try to keep your tone as respectful as you can. “I can’t break my word.” You repeat and fill your glass with more milk. “But can I try again another time? Or get some of those peppers?They both exchange another look, then the priest bursts into laughter. “I’ve never seen someone seriously ask for more. Alright Herb. I will teach you, but not today. You can take the test another time and I’ll teach you after you pass that.” He says it like it’s a fact. “In the meantime, we have a few others you might like.”Jacob looks very impressed with you. He takes you aside. You’re sure to top up your glass first, and make sure Gobble and Dice are doing alright. They look burnt out, but fine. You let Mace out to have some milk as well.“You’re a man of principles.” He begins. “That’s a rare quality. You can’t buy it or be given it.” You’re not sure how to respond to that. You continue drinking while trying not to look disrespectful. He seems to understand and continues. “Can I ask you something? I know you’ll be honest with me?”You nod, still drinking. “What do you think about the mainland influence on the islands?”>You don’t really have an opinion yet>That’s just how life is. Everything changes>You like the islands, and don’t want them to change too much>It’s brought lots of stuff people seem to like>It’s causing lots of problems, like displacing pokemon and making people upset>Something else
>>1654697>>You like the islands, and don’t want them to change too much>It’s brought lots of stuff people seem to like>It’s causing lots of problems, like displacing pokemon and making people upset
>>1654697>That’s just how life is. Everything changes
>>1654697>You like the islands, and don’t want them to change too much
>>1654697>You like the islands, and don’t want them to change too much>It’s brought lots of stuff people seem to like>It’s causing lots of problems, like displacing pokemon and making people upsetbut>That’s just how life is. Everything changes
>>1654697> it's both good and bad, nothing is all good or all bad but people tend to focus more on the bad side than see the good
>>1654697>You don’t really have an opinion yet>I haven't even been to every island yet>but it brought me here, so I'm grateful for that.
>>1654697>>You like the islands, and don’t want them to change too much>It’s causing lots of problems, like displacing pokemon and making people upsetHowever.>That’s just how life is. Everything changes>You can't resist it, but you might be able to shape it.Mainland has dosh and modern techniques aren't to be ignored.
>>1654697It's brought good, and it's brought bad. it's up to everyone to make it be more good than bad.
>>1654697>>That’s just how life is. Everything changes
>>1654722Basically, it can kind of boil down to incorporate what you like and ignore what you don't.
>>1654697>The whole world is changing fast, and Loana has just been caught up in it.
Jacob leans down to face you eye to eye and hear you answer.“I like the islands. I won’t want them to change too much” You begin. His eyes shoot open. Not in disapproval, but in a sort of look of surprise and maybe even happiness. “But it’s brought a lot of stuff people seem to like. At the same time though, it’s causing a lot of problems. Invasive pokemon, and upsetting a lot of people. Some of them say that island traditions get forgotten.”He nods. Waiting to see if there’s anything else you want to add.“It’s both good and bad. I guess that’s just how life is. Everything changes. No one person can really do anything about it.”He puts a hand on your shoulder. “Maybe. But don’t underestimate the power of one.” He gets up to leave. You’re left with a bit of a coughing fit from an unexpected extra spicy bit in your throat. By the time you get over it, he’s already leaving and asking his assistant to update him on Valerie and to send her some flowers.Hana checks in to make sure you’re okay. She’s a sweetheart. She gives you a kiss on the cheek when nobody is looking, despite how sweaty and milky and gross it must be.“How was it?” Keira asks. You look up to see Laki being led in.Laki is exhausted, like she ran a million hours in the blazing heat. She weakly waves at you, then leans on you for support. You almost collapse until Hana keeps the both of you upright. “Mrrrng.”“I’m told you composed a very beautiful poem.” The priest compliments.“Thanks you, High Prius.” Laki mumbles.“Now, how about that double battle?” He grins, holding a pokeball.“Alright!” Laki says, heat-drunk. “Lead the way!”Hana gives her a sideways look, but doesn’t say anything. You want to take Laki aside and tell her to wait, but you remember before how she said something along the lines of not worrying about being at your best when you take on challenges, and that if things are a bit unfair, that’s just life.Still. Look at her. And she and Hana haven’t had a chance to heal their pokemon.>Do your best to heal their pokemon, then wish them luck>Make up an excuse so they can challenge tomorrow instead of today>Wish them luck. They’ll be fine>Ask the priest to talk her out of it today>Offer to lend them some of your pokemon>Something else
>>1654777>>Do your best to heal their pokemon, then wish them luck
>>1654777>Do your best to heal their pokemon, then wish them luckWorst case, they try again next time, right?
>>1654777>Do your best to heal their pokemon, then wish them luckMaybe pinch Laki and see if that can snap her out of it.Might make it worse, though.
>>1654777>Do your best to heal their pokemon, then wish them luck>Heal heat blasted laki a bit maybe
>>1654777>Do your best to heal their pokemon, then wish them luck
>>1654794Supporting!Howdy from the land of vacation and having been up for nearly 40 hours now!
>>1654777Another vote on the pile for >>1654794
>>1654794You know what? Changing my vote to this. Gotta help our girl too.
[Roll for heals! Herb is getting a lot better at them with practice, so it should be easy]
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>1654838
Rolled 41, 44 = 85 (2d100)>>1654838
Rolled 91 (1d100)>>1654838
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>1654838
>>1654844Fuck yeah anon, you're awesome.
Rolled 46, 58 = 104 (2d100)>>1654838BELIEVE
>>1654842>>1654859Are we rolling 2d100 for these now? Did I miss something?
Aw man, I'm soo late Glad to see things havent been too bad
>>1654890people are just trying to think on their own instead of doing what they are told
>>1654893don't assume that we can't fuck things up right now anon>people vote to go down on the harem tonight
>>1654895no, I thought we were healing Laki, too
>>1654920thinking thoughts is not the answer
>>1654904You mean potential lewd bin material, cause i'm cool with that
“Wait.” You take the girls aside. “I’ll heal your pokemon first.”They agree. Hana looks relieved. Laki just goes with whatever is being said. First you get Meowth, then Tirtouga. Feeling like you’ve still got a lot in you, you heal up their new Ice pokemon too. Both of them seem worried and confused at first, but healing really helps their moods out. You even feel like he pokemon got a little something extra there.“Thanks, Herb.” Hana smiles. “Sorry for exhausting you.”“It’s no problem.” You say, casually placing a hand on Laki’s back. You close your eyes and she gasps. After feeling a pulse of energy leave your body, you open your eyes to see her big smug smile.“Thanks, Soft Hands.” Laki stretches. “Ah. I feel a million times better. If I win, I’m going to celebrate your brains out.”“Heh. Umm, what about if you lose?”“Then I’ll need you to console my brains out.” She smiles. “But we’re not going to lose, right Robocop?”“Hmmm? Oh, right. Yeah! No way, I mean. That we’re not going to lose.” Hana takes a moment. “We won’t lose.” She clarifies. “Heh. Guess I won’t be a motivational speaker any time soon.” She mumbles quietly to herself with a shy smile.“Let’s go!” Laki yanks her away. “I’ve got a clean karma and I’m full of energy. We’ll be fine.”Satisfied, you look around for where to watch. Keira helps you out with that by grabbing your arm and leading you there. A nice little bench of the side.The gym is a big open metal platform suspended by chains over a pool of water.“Why water?” The priest yells from his battling area, as if answering the question in your head. “It’s electrified! Your Water and Ground pokemon will need to be careful not to fall in!”Flaming logs come swinging down from the sides. You’re expecting a massive, epic battle!“Wow!” Kiera gasps. “They put a lot of effort into it.”You yawn. “Yeah”“I don’t understand battles that much.” She admits. “I want to get better. Herb, how would you handle this gym?”Hoo boy. All that healing took a lot out of you. You try to think. It’s easy to be a backseat trainer when you’re way over here. But you know how different it is when you’re actually commanding. But what would be the best way to handle this?>You have no idea. You just wing it when you battle>The same way you handling battling on the burning temple. This is almost the same setup>Double battles are tricky. One should defend while the other attacks>They should go as hard with their water pokemon as they can to start>They should use flying or light pokemon. That platform looks wobbly>They should rush his pokemon off the platform instead of normally attacking>Something else
>>1654932This anon has his priorities figured out.
>>1654938>>They should rush his pokemon off the platform instead of normally attacking
>>1654938>>They should use flying or light pokemon. That platform looks wobbly>>They should rush his pokemon off the platform instead of normally attacking
>>1654938>You have no idea. You just wing it when you battleOur plans dissolve as the dice have their way with us
>>1654938>>They should use flying or light pokemon. That platform looks wobbly
>>1654904I'd really like H/H/L to have an open and honest conversation about what their expectations and desires are about their physical relationship. Herb asking if there are any more traditions he should know about, Hana saying she's "pretty open" to ideas, Laki trying to get these nerds to nut up but also being worried about being pushy.>>1654920That's fair, but I think 1d100 is the default unless Gobble explicitly asks for something else.>>1654938>You have no idea. You just wing it when you battle>I usually just pull one trick at a time until one works or I lose.
>>1654938>Double battles are tricky. One should defend while the other attacks>And when they think they have you're strategy figured out, switch it up
>>1654953I was just thinking about leftover pepper juice
>>1654938>>They should use flying or light pokemon. That platform looks wobbly>Double battles are tricky. One should defend while the other attacksManeuverability is key here, but also teamwork.
>>1654938>They should use flying or light pokemon. That platform looks wobbly>They should rush his pokemon off the platform instead of normally attacking
>>1654958Thankfully gobble doesn't make us roll for Lewds. Otherwise that might just happen.
>>1654938>They should use flying or light pokemon. That platform looks wobbly>Double battles are tricky. One should defend while the other attacks
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>1654964we'll see
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>1654972You are like little baby. Watch this.
>>1654987You can stay.
>>1655001Herb is a goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus.
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>1654972>>1654987Well, we need a third roll for this hypothetical "roll for lewds". Watch me get a 1 and invalidate everything.
>>1655014And an internet sex meme number to round it out. Perfect.
>>1655014>Couldn't even get a 1
>>1655001I hope you use that shit, boy.
>>1655033Tender loving Herbings ahoy.
“Double battles are tricky. I’d do it so one pokemon attacks and the other defends, and I’d try to use light or flying pokemon since it looks wobbly. The two you choose should complement each other. It’s all about teamwork.”Keira nods, absorbing what you’re saying.“But it’s always hard to know for sure. Whatever the strategy,” you yawn again, “you’ve got to change it up when the other side figures it out.”“I see, I see.” Keira excitedly watches. You feel like she’s really taking this in. Maybe you’ll see her put it to use in a battle some time. “I like the way you always follow up on these questions, Herb. It makes me feel better knowing you really think about it.”This chair is so comfy. “Thanks.” You feel your eyelids drop, and sleep takes you.You wake up, outside, confused and alert. Gobble, who was acting as your pillow, shoots awake as well.“Hey sleepyhead.” Hana smiles and offers you a plate. There’s barbequed food on it. It smells amazing, but maybe you’re just really hungry. You look around and see that everyone prepared the barbeque and tent without you.“I...what happened?”“You fell asleep.” She says, kindly. “It’s okay. We’re not mad. We won!”“Oh.” You’re still getting your bearings. “Congratulations!”“Thanks!” She proudly thrusts out her chest with her badge pinned to it.Laki stands over you. “They said to come back when you’re rested and they’ll teach you a few things and give you as many ‘peppers as you dare take.’” The strong, shapely trainer keeps her hands on her wide hips. “We decided to forgive you, if you do a good job with massages tonight.”“You don’t have to if you’re tired.” Hana offers.Oh. She might still be conscious about her body. You sort of worked around that before, but you guess this sort of thing takes time. “Oh. I don’t want pressure you if you’re uncomfortable.”She fidgets and mumbles quietly. “I don’t mind however you want to touch me...”“You should go wash up after you eat.” Laki tosses you a towel.You look up at the sky. There’s still a decent amount of time before sundown.The food is pretty bland. Actually, not that good at all. But it is filling.>Wash up quick and rush back>Take your time and explore a little after>Apologize profusely>Offer tips on the food>Something else
>>1655075>>Wash up quick and rush backTime for massages.
>>1655075>Wash up quick and rush back
>>1655075>Apologize and ask for deets from their battle>Take your time and explore a little after
>>1655075>>Take your time and explore a little after
>>1655075>>Wash up quick and rush back
>>1655075Hey Gobble, some feedback I've been chewing on since last night:1: Jacob is seriously the coolest.2: I would LOVE to be privy to more of Hana and Laki's conversations when Herb isn't there.Also guys, it seems like Herb is on his way to learning heal pulse.
>>1655075>>Wash up quick and rush backGotta use that anons 99
>>1655075>Take your time and explore a little after
>>1655075>Wash up quick and rush backI DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT
>>1655075>Apologize profusely>Wash up quick and rush back
You quickly rush off to wash up so you can get back soon. You feel guilty about missing the battle, but to be fair you did do a lot of what you assume was helpful healing. You spend as little time cleaning as you can get away with without sacrificing doing a good job, then hurry back to the tent.Laki is wearing nothing but a bottom, and resting on her front. A bottle of lotion is right beside her. Hana is dressed in fluffy pajamas. You start oiling up your hands.“Remember Soft Hands, I told you you’re going to have to earn it if you want- Hnnnnnng.” She melts under your massage. You’ve really gotten to know where her knots form and what works best for you. “Ahh haw haw. Awww yeah. That’s the spot.” She moans deeply.“Oh wow...” Hana watches, breathing hard. “And I’m next?”After Laki is too relaxed to move, you work on Hana. It’s trickeir because you only really have direct access to a few spots. She seems self-conscious again. You’re guessing it’s because Laki’s here. But Hana summons a little bravery and does end up taking off her shirt under the blanket, then maneuvering so her robotic arm is under a blanket while the rest of her back is exposed for you.“That’s the stuff.” Laki mumbles. You and Hana look over to see Bella is now walking on her back. She’s trying to help.“Laki, that’s not me.”“Hmm?” She turns around with her own sheet over her chest. She has a small laugh and holds Bella. “Maybe you should go back to your pokeball. Things are going to get a little adult in here.”“What’s that mean?” Keira asks. Everyone jumps.“CRIPES!” Hana jerks back and knocks you on your butt.“Keira! You scared the knot right back into me!” Laki complains.“Sorry...”>Welp. Let’s all get some sleep>Politely ask Keira to leave the tent>Casually massage your girls again and see how things go anyway. Keira isn’t making things -that- weird>Make sure they’re satisfied with massages, then do some late night training>Something else
>>1655182>Make sure they’re satisfied with massages, then do some late night trainingDID SOMEONE SAY TRAINING?
>>1655182>>Make sure they’re satisfied with massages, then do some late night training
>>1655182>>Make sure they’re satisfied with massages, then do some late night trainingtime to train pokemon
>>1655182>Casually massage your girls again and see how things go anyway. Keira isn’t making things -that- weird>Some training couldnt hurt
>>1655182>Make sure they’re satisfied with massages, then do some late night trainingThe mention of training summoned me, needs more training
>>1655182>Make sure they’re satisfied with massages, then do some late night trainingI didn't know I wanted /tease/ Herb so much.
>>1655182>>Politely ask Keira to leave the tentAre you guy's fucking serious? Training now? they need a reward for kicking ass.
>>1655182>Casually massage your girls again and see how things go anyway. Keira isn’t making things -that- weirdShe's all alone guys. Valeire/polu etc. Aren't here.
>>1655182>Make sure they’re satisfied with massages, then do some late night trainingsure is no way fag in here
>>1655203stop thinking with your dick anon
>>1655203Its like teasing them. Let them long for our touch, crave it and then BAM! Full Barbarian action
>>1655182>scared the knot out of meis that a typo or islander saying?you got some explaining to do if that's an islander saying
>>1655182>>Casually massage your girls again and see how things go anyway. Keira isn’t making things -that- weirdDisregard priestess. Massages have been earned, and massages will be given.
>>1655203Training now, training tomorrow, training forever.
>>1655219You just can't read.
>>1655227sorry mate, English isn't my first language
>>1655219The knot she had in her back, that herb massaged out.. She got scared jerked and it's right back.
>>1655232That's okay. Learning is good for the mind. So is training
>>1655182I'll back training only if it's naughty "training".
>>1655203>not wanting Laki to snap and rape Herb
>>1655245If it's not, I'll back sending Keira out.
>>1655203Herb is pure, also, 4D Teasing
>>1655242Don't be silly anonFun is allowedBut only sanctioned proper funYou don't want to have fun wrong do you?
>>1655182>Make sure they’re satisfied with massages, then do some late night training
>>1655263Hah. Yeah sure. Reread some of those pastebins and come back here.
>>1655272HERB IS PURE
herb is best waifu
>>1655274Denial, got it.
>>1655272Herb is a good boy!
>>1655269You're goddamned right I do. You're sanctioned shit is hogwash. How the hell is Herb supposed to grow and get better if everything is safe? Ya'll are boring.
>>1655287Chill my dude, we're just teasing the waifus
>>1655296If we're actually making it about teasing that's fine, not oh boy time to train! The purity I don't know what I'm doing train has pretty much left the station boys and girls.
>>1655287How is he supposed to grow and get better if he doesn't train?
>>1655306For me it's a bit of teasing, a bit of wanting to train, and a bit of "even though Herb has a bit of experience under his belt, I'm sure he's still nervous about this strange new relationship"For me "purity" is a bit of a shorthand for the last bit.
>>1655182>>Politely ask Keira to leave the tent
>>1655313By having real life experiences, Taking initiative, Standing up for himself. Life, and battle, isn't in a vacuum. Live a little.
>>1655327He is living plenty by training.
>>1655320Now is not the time for fear Anon. Sooner or later ya gotta be the master of your fate.
>>1655320its more important than that though, especially given what our dad told us about women. The most important thing ive learned about relationships is to PROVE, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you will not be controlled by sex. you don't need it as much as she does. if you dont set that line early then you'll spend the rest of the relationship chasing phantom blowjobs
>>1655335I choose later. I wanna edge our girlfriends a bit first, or at least get them to talk to Herb obout having NEEDS.
I just want to train, we haven't done it in a while and I don't want to fall behind Polu and Jane. I want to have another hot blooded battle with Polu. I leave all the waifu stuff to you guys I'm just here for pokemon and battles.
>>1655340Probably shouldn't have chosen two very lewd girls then. You say no letting urges control us, I say we take charge and control it all. Urges, like emotion, give strength. That's life man. Let it out a little, cut loose, have fun. We already have em turning to putty, just push it.
>>1655367That is how you want to do things. Not everyone agrees.
>>1655373Eh, would rather have my stance out there instead of watching people do nothing.
“Is Keira going to watch?” Hana asks nobody in particularly. She has a habit of saying things in such a low whisper that it’s almost like she doesn’t want anyone to hear.“At this point I’m starting not to care.” Laki grumbles.Well, they seem to be taking this well. You go back to massaging them. They seem to relax again after short order. The tension from Keira’s scare fades, and even the worry Keira was carrying when she saw the look Laki gave her begins to fade.“That makes everything better.” Laki mumbles happily.“Yeah.” Hana sighs.You stretch. Your arms are a little tired.Laki shakes her bum a little bit. “No rest for you, Soft Hands. You’ve got something else you need to take care of, don’t you?” She’s got that smug smile she gets sometimes, but it’s fighting against her relaxed face. “Come on. Don’t get lazy now. Give it your all.”“You’re right.” You sit up straight. “I’ve got to train.”“What.”“Thanks for reminding me, Laki.” You say as you get up. You gather your pokemon, their balls, and everything else you’ll need.“Yeah. Laki. Thanks.” Hana says flatly.You’re a little distracted trying to find the last pokeball. Laki says something about anybody helping her out at this point. You’re sure it’s no big deal, whatever she’s talking about.Hana slowly moves towards Laki“I was kidding!” Laki holds her back. “Jeez, Hana!”Bella imitates her, holding out her petal hand.Hana shrinks. “Sorry.”Laki relaxes and sighs. “Nah. I’m sorry. Just...tense.”Hana pulls the hair behind her ear. “Heh. Yeah. I get it.”You feel the cool night air on your body as you stretch outside the tent. Truthfully, things were getting a little too intense in there. You’re a little scared. And you’re worried what you’ll do or how honest you’re really being with yourself and the others. But you are actually serious about training too.And so you focus entirely on that for now.You’re not sure how long you’ll go tonight. You did sleep during the day, so maybe you go can long. Then again, it’s never a good idea to push too hard.Bella follows you and the other pokemon outside and looks up at you, confused.>Train everyone>Instead of normal training, try to unlock everyone’s potential>Focus on one pokemon specifically. Really get a lot done for them>Let’s go deep into the forest and find a good spot>Something else
>>1655389I hate everyone. Leaving two hot and ready to go waifus.>Instead of normal training, try to unlock everyone’s potential
>>1655393I agree for both Anon. Seconding.
>>1655389>Instead of normal training, try to unlock everyone’s potential
>>1655389>Train everyoneNormal training is good.
>>1655393lookherb is clearly going to be tackled by a crying laki saying she can't take it anymore and that herb made her this way and needs to take responsiblity
>>1655389>Focus on one pokemon specifically. Really get a lot done for themLate, as usual.
>>1655389>Train everyone>>1655393No need to worry! They want it, they need it, and eventually they'll just take it.
>>1655406>>1655401Well I'd prefer to avoid someone in a relationship having to resort to stupid shit like that.
>>1655389>Train everyoneI hope we can polish up Dice's style more
We are going to kill ourselves doing so much aura stuff in one day some time.
are you mad at us gobble for picking the training option?
>>1655420it would've just added another pastebin to the pile
>>1655410Clearly those anons are full of shit.
>>1655416Was about to make a point of this, we've already tired ourselves out healing today we need to focus on building up our team the old fashioned way or at least wait until Herb is fully rested before unlocking their potential
>>1655389>>Train everyoneWow. I'm actually starting to feel bad for those two.Are they going to have to distract us with bacon to get laid?
>>1655420[No I'm thrilled, actually. I take it as a good sign that anons both want to see and trust enough to go for the non-lewd option]
>>1655430Aura Awakening was a mistake.
>>1655412Having him focus on his Croc Fu would be smart.
>>1655389>>Instead of normal training, try to unlock everyone’s potentialAt this rate, they'll probably just figure Herb's not interested and find someone who is.>you’re worried what you’ll do or how honest you’re really being with yourself and the othersEven Herb's not dense enough to not understand what's going on.Who's ready to get double-cucked by Max?
>>1655438You say that now.Wait until we're spooning peanut butter onto a maximum-serious Lucario's nose.
>>1655438I voted against it during that vision quest but I think the healing is fine, low level psychic would have been cool too if only for use during lewds>>1655441I think you're overreacting >>1655442That would be hilarious
>>1655442thank you for that mental image
>>1655441There is always one anon that is a pessimist.
>>1655441uhhh, over reacting much
>>1655447Nah, friend, I've seen Gobble's notes. Max is out there. And he's waiting. If anything, I'm underreacting.
>>1655456Goddamn you are one paranoid guy.
>>1655442I NEED THIS.
>>1655467Something something>ATTACKER NOT ALLOWED
>>1655463You say that like I'm the only person who's noticed that Max never sets up his tent outside of binocular range of us.
>>1655477If that's true I'm pretty sure Laki would clock him in the face and >Bella mimicking Laki's punches
>>1655489People keep throwing a fit that we've already got attacker pokemon. Lucario more or less falls into that roll.
“Do you want to go first?” You ask Bella.She smiles. She doesn’t know what you’re talking about, but she’s happy to spend any time with you.“Come on.” You pick her up, find somewhere comfy, and set her on your lap. “We’re going to unlock your hidden potential.”She hugs you. It’s hard to picture her as a little troublemaker when she’s like this. Right now, she’s your sweet little Bella, innocent and with a smile you’ll always protect. And really, that’s mostly how you see her anyway.You hold her hand petals and close your eyes. You can sort of sense it when she closes hers, because you feel a little more connected. You concentrate and look deep inside for her potential. And you see...>The ability to absorb even more energy, with almost 100% efficiency >Incredible focus and aim, even under stressful circumstances >A manipulative and seductive side that you’re just going to have to accept is part of her>Unlimited Pin missiles and bullet seeds. She riddles her problems under storms of tiny projectiles>A love for the sun as bright as her smile>Something else
>>1655490I do hope this quest goes the way you want Anon. Perhaps we should throw the waifus a bone now and then though yeah? Pun intended.
>>1655495>>The ability to absorb even more energy, with almost 100% efficiencywould allow her to stay in a fight for the longest time
>>1655495>The ability to absorb even more energy, with almost 100% efficiency
>>1655495> A love for the sun as bright as her smileI'm kind of a sap
>>1655495>>A love for the sun as bright as her smileAnd this is adorable.
>>1655495>The ability to absorb even more energy, with almost 100% efficiency Vampire.
>>1655495>Unlimited Pin missiles and bullet seeds. She riddles her problems under storms of tiny projectiles
>>1655494SLow bulky phys attack monsLucario is not slow>>1655495>A manipulative and seductive side that you’re just going to have to accept is part of her
>>1655495>The ability to absorb even more energy, with almost 100% efficiencyWell time to make her drain her enemies dry, that projectile one is tempting though makes me think of how she took out that higher leveled mon with pin missile>>1655497I do but we should have a bed at least
>>1655494Lucario is fast and is actually a better special attacker. I still don't want one though.
>>1655495>A manipulative and seductive side that you’re just going to have to accept is part of her
>>1655494Ah, alright. And the haters can hate, doesn't change the fact that Lucario is highly appropriate for an Aura user.There's also the fact that there're a lot of potential story arcs there.>>1655495>The ability to absorb even more energy, with almost 100% efficiencyClearly all of it, but this is probably the thing to bring out.
>>1655531Catching one isn't even necessary. It could equally be a re-occuring character like the Honchkrow or something.I just feel a need for Herb to tease a Pokemon.
>>1655495Gobble lets be honest, our little girl is gonna grow up to be a succubus. That said can this unlock a Attract+Giga/Mega Drain combo possibility (or Leech Seed cause she can work that in as well)Add >The ability to absorb even more energy, with almost 100% efficiency to >>1655525
>>1655495>>A love for the sun as bright as her smileBelladorable.
>>1655495>>A love for the sun as bright as her smileI don't know how this aura unlocking potential stuff works, but i hope it doesn't affect her personality, the "-Side of her you're just going to have to accept" and "-As bright as her smile" bits makes me weary of these options
>>1655538So long as the scene happens, I'd be cool with it. I still reckon Lucario would be appropriate though. I am mature enough to accept that other people think differently.Doesn't change the fact that that scene would be adorable.
>>1655549I'd rather have Medicham as an auramon, dogmon are meh.
>>1655556Medicam is also ugly.
>>1655556But dog mons are cute especially Granbull. Never been a fan of Medicham though it's design always weirded me out. Would a Mienshao count as a aura mon?
>>1655565Well, it can learn aura sphere.Catmon are meh though.
>>1655565Growlithe is adorable and we may need a fire pokemon. Mienshao is cool.
>>1655571Mienshao is a weasel, don't mix up Felidae with Mustelidae
>>1655580A good point if true.>>1655584Vullaby could be cool.
>>1655571I just like the whole slevee thing it has going on its pretty unique for a fighting type. I thought it was a rodent or something not a cat.
>>1655587If we're getting a bird it better be that crow.
>>1655565Mienshao is 50/50 on cool or meh.
>>1655599you forgetting best bird man?
>>1655606>best birdBut that isn't Murkrow
You look into her aura. Her soul. You see her potential there. She can make the most of of any energy coming her way. She’s like some sort eternal student of life, in that she absorbs everything she comes in contact with. She’s sensitive to her environment, and every little stray bit of it becomes a part of her. And she makes the most out of it.You open your eyes and see her staring off into space. She looks like she’s come to realize a bit about herself here too. You pat her on the head and she gives a smile before going back to her internal journey.“How about you, Mace?” You put a hand on him. “You’re always doing a lot of reflecting. Want to see your hidden potential?”He ponders the question. What is potential? Is there ever such thing as fully fulfilling it? Do our flaws make us weak, or are there even such things as flaws when everything is truly circumstantial?His pondering actually helps you focus. He seems made for this sort of thing. You inhale deeply and take a look. Mace’s hidden potential is...>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimes>A deep ocean of Special Attack power that you haven’t even begun to tap>Knowing and singling out any sound, regardless of distractions>Living through so many rainstorms that he’s learned to resist the first soaking he gets>Something else
>>1655606He's right here.
>>1655616>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimesDODGE ROCK
>>1655611Starly will always be best bird to me. Strong and fast.
>>1655611not becoming a bird ourself.
>>1655616>>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimes
>>1655616>Living through so many rainstorms that he’s learned to resist the first soaking he gets
>>1655616>>A deep ocean of Special Attack power that you haven’t even begun to tap
>>1655616>>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimesspider sense is great and is the only reason Spidey doesn't get destroyed.
>>1655616>Knowing and singling out any sound, regardless of distractions
>>1655616>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimesRock of the Ages
>>1655616>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimesOldboy Mace!I hope we get to do all of these eventually, if only because I don't want this ability of Herb's to be useless after we catch our 6th pokemon.
>>1655616>A deep ocean of Special Attack power that you haven’t even begun to tapLASER ROCKsince everyone's freaking out about our physical attackers
>>1655616>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimes
>>1655616>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimes>A deep ocean of Special Attack power that you haven’t even begun to tapI can't choose!
>>1655635I'm pretty sure its just the same person over and over again. Maybe one or two others
>>1655635Nobody is freaking out right now or ever. It is just something to keep in mind.
>>1655606Please no not another slow mon. Murkrow would be my choice for this and Starly is my favorite bird period.>>1655616>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimes
>>1655616>>So much wisdom from age that he has an intuitive predictive ability sometimes>Knowing and singling out any sound, regardless of distractions
>>1655635>>1655647Nobody is freaking out, that was just a discussion about appropriate pokemon for an Aura user.
>>1655649>Starly is my favorite bird period.
>>1655666Yeah and I love his HA, just makes Brave bird all the better.
>>1655676Yep. Takes Starly from pretty good to awesome.
Inside Mace, you find wisdom. He’s much, much older than you ever suspected. He’s seen and experienced so much, but with a patience that you can’t imagine. You can almost see whole seasons or more where he simply was, sitting and pondering. But most of that time was simply watching what happens around him. What others do, and the same repeated patterns. He has a deep understanding of how pokemon tend to act on an instinctual level. The subtle tells, the common reactions of the young under the same circumstances, all of it. When you’ve seen something a dozen times, you understand how it tends to go. When you see it ten thousand times, you know every way it can go.Mace nods as you set him down. You both have a new, wordless understanding of each otherDice settles himself onto your lap. You’re not sure if he knows it’s his turn or if he’s just doing what he feels like without regard to the situation. He’s a funny one, that Dice. You place one had on his head, but he grabs the other and playfully pulls it around like a chew time. He settles in with it, but doesn’t let you move it away. You guess he still wants to keep you close and in his grasp even if you know he trusts you not to abandon him. That sort of thing doesn’t go away easily. And you don’t mind being needed.He’s got this great, unusual movement. But that’s not his full hidden potential. You do your best to understand what you feel as you explore his aura. What you find is...>A mind too alien to be confused>A sense of smell that makes little able to hide from him>A history of abuse, but one that’s made him able to roll with some blows>A sense of loneliness so strong that no force on earth can make him let go once his teeth are in>Fierce loyalty. Seeing his friends in danger brings out a beast>Something else
>>1655716>Fierce loyalty. Seeing his friends in danger brings out a beastJesus Christ hug the gator.
>>1655716>Fierce loyalty. Seeing his friends in danger brings out a beast
>>1655716>Fierce loyalty. Seeing his friends in danger brings out a beastI can't not take this
>>1655716>>Fierce loyalty. Seeing his friends in danger brings out a beast
>>1655716>Fierce loyalty. Seeing his friends in danger brings out a beastI love you Dice
>>1655716>>Fierce loyalty. Seeing his friends in danger brings out a beastTime for Hulkigator!
>>1655716>Fierce loyalty. Seeing his friends in danger brings out a beastHold this gater tight.
>>1655716>>A sense of loneliness so strong that no force on earth can make him let go once his teeth are inthe implications of this aren't good, but death roll is too tempting
>>1655716>Something elsePredator instincts, do not fuck with my man underwater
>>1655716>A history of abuse, but one that’s made him able to roll with some blows>Fierce loyalty. Seeing his friends in danger brings out a beastI feel like these two go hand in hand. The fierce loyalty is a Herb-only thing though. Don't let him down or he'll be our worst enemy.
>>1655716>A sense of loneliness so strong that no force on earth can make him let go once his teeth are inDice is a good boy
You expect to find a gentle simpleton. A pokemon with few worries or worldly concerns. But that’s not what you get. Underneath that sense of loneliness and happiness with his new family, there’s a protective monster. Now that he has a family that won’t abandon him, he’ll keep them safe. He summon a terrible and righteous fury on anything that threatens them. You’re eyes shoot open as a roar echoes in your head.But all you see in your lap is a simple little gator. He lazily rolls off and flops onto the ground, then keeps his chin down as his read legs push him away.“Wait.” You stop him, and give up a big hug from behind. He gently bites one of the arms you have wrapped around him, and you both keep each other tight for a good long while before you let him go.Last is Gobble. He approaches you with determination. You remember when you first met him. You bribed him with food to help fight off Mankeys. What an unlikely situation. Now you feel like he’s more than a pokemon you’re training, but a best friend. Someone you can share almost anything with. You guess all trainers probably feel that way, but that doesn’t make it any less special to you.You put a hand on his head, and look deep inside. You find...>The willpower to keep standing even when his legs should give out, or resist any temptation>All the luck you’ve never had, focused on his Metronome>An intuition where he can understand simple things from you even without words>A cleverness that allows him to learn faster than others>Something else
>>1655839>>The willpower to keep standing even when his legs should give out, or resist any temptation
>>1655839>An intuition where he can understand simple things from you even without words
>>1655839>All the luck you’ve never had, focused on his MetronomeFirst Sous-Chef and now....always lucky
>>1655839>The willpower to keep standing even when his legs should give out, or resist any temptation
>>1655839> Willpowermy man
>>1655839>The willpower to keep standing even when his legs should give out, or resist any temptationGobble will probably learn the move strength eventually.But he already has a strength of spirit and heart.
>>1655839>All the luck you’ve never had, focused on his MetronomeGobble already has maximum willpower.
>>1655839>>The willpower to keep standing even when his legs should give out, or resist any temptationThe wall.
>>1655839>>The willpower to keep standing even when his legs should give out, or resist any temptationGobble has the DETERMINATION to keep going.
>>1655839>The willpower to keep standing even when his legs should give out, or resist any temptationMetronome is really tempting.
>>1655871Yes, yes it is. If we get to do this again when we get better at aura, I think I'd like to pick this.Also, apparently luck is a real, tangible force in this setting. Neat.
>>1655891Bah, this was meant for >>1655878
Sadly gotta go before the end of the session. Have a good night Gobble and thanks for running!
Gobble has willpower. You’ve seen it again and again from him, every time he keeps from eating all the food. Beyond that even, when he makes sure everyone is fed before eating for himself. Gobble has control over himself. It’s more than just food, though. He always does his best. He keeps fighting no matter how tired he is. He keeps trying to learn new things even when it’s confusing, and he keeps trying to stay by your side for whatever he can do to be helpful, even when you can tell he’d rather be doing something else. The only thing that will keep Gobble down is hard, physical force. And even then you sometimes suspect his willpower can overcome that even when it’s impossible.You open your eyes and give Gobble a big hug. Then bring everyone else in too. You really care about them all. You needed this. You think they did too.Is that...the sunrise? Holy smoked Gouda! How long were you at this?You crawl back to the tent with your pokemon. Laki and Hana are fast asleep. Keira is meditating.You crawl between your two girlfriends, and find a blanket of pokemon come to cover you up and keep you warm. For whatever’s left of the morning, you’re going to be safe and comfy.[That’s it for tonight, everyone. Thanks for coming. Not sure exactly when the next thread is, but hoping to run at least once during the week and get that bin finally done. As always be open with any criticisms, tips, questions, etc. I know I sometimes miss some questions and other things so don’t be shy about repeating it.]
>>1655922thanks gobble, have a good one!
>>1655922How fed up are Hana and Laki getting?How soon will Max be double-cucking Herb?
>>1655922>bin soonNeat.Thanks for running, Gobble! I love our gator.
>>1655922thanks for running Gobblehow does Mace eat?
>>1655922Thanks for running!I wanna see what Laki and Hana have been talking about while we're not around.I also want to know how they pulled off their win at the gym. Overwhelming water power?
>>1655954With his ear, obviously.
>>1655954There are some things best left unknown.
>>1655928>>1655937>>1655956[Thanks!]>>1655936[Frustrated, but not fed up. It's more the fact that Herb isn't making any moves for Laki. Hana though, has now gone a few full days without her pretty much daily ritual and she's unraveling. She'll likely sneak off somewhere for a bit to take care of that]>>1655954[I could tell you, but then you'd permanently look like Espurr]>>1655956[Laki's been actually working pretty hard on training, off-camera. Hana is good in battle, but doesn't train all that hard at all. Together, they sort of complimented each other and stumbled into a win. Overwhelming water power was a factor, though]
Hey anons, what's your plan on the lewding front? I say that the next time tent time rolls around, we ask our girlfriends what their expectations and desires for sex are. Then we fulfill those and cash in our 99. Sound good? Or did you want to make Hana edge more?
>>1656040How would you feel if I, or anyone really, compiled this and/or your last quest into a more, I don't know, "story-like" format and posted it up on a fanfic site?
>>1656053I had an idea for a great way for everyone to learn more about eachother. It's kinda like truth or dare, but without the dares. Everyone takes turns asking the other two a question about themselves.
>>1656060How about never-have-I-ever? Or two truths and a lie?
>>1656062You check out that lewd drawquest yet?
>>1656063If you pick wrong, do you have to give out massages?
Thanks for running Gobble.Another quality thread and kind of curious: Do you take into account pokemon people discuss in between posts for future reference?
>>1656069More like whoever picks right the most gets massages at the end.
>>1656073That's much better, I'll back it
>>1656065Where can one check that out?>>1656069pick wrong and lose a piece of clothing. When you're out of clothes you have to make a pose determined by the person who told the truths and a lie, or, for never-have-I-ever, the person who posed the "never have I".
>>1656076I've always thought never have I ever was more of a straightforward drinking game.I've always wanted to play strip-yugioh, and I absolutely understand what that says about me.Also, your link.>>>/aco/1528028
so, when we get to the next island we want to go to, who's up for having a date with laki and hana?
>>1656503Sounds like a plan.
>>1656053I support >>1653718
>>1653718Sounds perfectly in character to me.
>>1656765maybe herb needs to tell them this, like say he isn't quite comfortable initiating lewds and would rather have the girl do it or just have them tell him when they want to start,
>>1657050Or at least get them to tell him whether they're expecting to initiate.If I were Herb, I would be wondering whether they were expecting to do this in turns or all together.I think that in a few ways we're due some grade-A premium TALKING.We're going to need more condoms.
>>1657289>condomsvespim (or whatever the plant is called) is a natural birth control thing
>>1657321Did you not listen to dad? He knows about that and still wants us to use condoms.(Vispum)
>>1657329>He listens to everything his dad tells himHEY EVERYONE LOOK AT THIS DADDYS BOY
>>1657332Don't be a fool: wrap your tool.
Herb right now.
>>1656056I've had fleeting thoughts about writing the first quest from Robin's perspective. I always felt like she was just as much the protagonist of that quest as Kat, maybe even more so.(Un)fortunately I finally got a job so I doubt I'd have the time for it.
>>1657763Heh, I remember a brief mention of that. Something like:Meanwhile, on Robin Quest..."Why are we still with this girl?""Because she's CUTE and TROUBLED, anon!"
>>1657410unless they carry garbage bags, no condom is going to fit
>>1657848No man is to big for a modern condom. There are also female condoms, if that's what floats your boat.
>>1657289I'm okay with Herb talking to them, laying it all out. First and foremost, a date is in order. The girls need some attention, they also need to know it's about us being nervous. Not about them.
>>1658175They say to never go bowling on a date, since one of you will always be up and the other sitting, and there won't be much talking. But in this case it might not be so bad. Other date ideas: go to a museum, go on a picnic, play pool, cuddles and movies, forage for mushrooms, anything else?