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>>2088031[ARTIFICER QUEST PART 14 START]Giving your work area one last sweep, you take a deep breath. The shop's certainly come a long way since you moved in just the other day.SHOP CONDITION:Infrastructure: OpenPower: 10/96 UnitsWater: Hot and ColdHeat: OnlineFuel: 29 UnitsIron Ingots: 84 UnitsSilver Ingots: 3 UnitsActive Contracts: 2Inventory: 3 Good Quality Silvered Bayonets, 5 Great Quality Silvered Halberd Heads, 7 Great Quality Silvered Spear Heads, ??? Quality Bastard Sword (Incomplete) Coins on hand: 0 Gold, 22 Silver, 70 CopperCoins in bank: 11 GoldCost of Water per Month: 50 CopperCost of Food per Month: 20 SilverCost of Fuel per Month: 0Cost of Ingots per Month: 0Cost of Rent per Month: Paid OffCost of Income tax for the Month: 0Checking the time, it's now almost 7 pm. As such, you've got a few choices for what you can do tonight.Food is a good place to start, though the question is whether you want to grab something here quickly and do something else or meet up with someone to grab dinner.You could also head out to a bar. With everything that's been going on, you could use a drink. You're sure Dutch would be more than willing to go out with you if you could track him down.On the other hand, you do still have that launcher design to test out. It'll be a bit iffy to go out into the woods this late, but you could still do it.In a similar line of thought, you could use the dark to do some investigating of your own. There's that mysterious contact of Archmage's who vanished a while back, and there's also a certain female vampire who you need to keep an eye out for.All in all, you have a lot you could do and very little time to do it in. The choice is what to do tonight:> Go out to eat with someone (who?)> Eat here, go out drinking with Dutch> Eat here, go test out your launcher prototype> Eat here, go investigate Archmage's missing contact> Eat here, go hunt down that female vampire> Other
>>2088062>Eat here, go test out your launcher prototypeI wonder how many days we'll have to wait for the next update?
>>2088062>> Eat here, go hunt down that female vampireWe need to tell her we are not interested
>>2088062> Eat here, go test out your launcher prototypeLet's have an effective weapon first before taking care of our mosquito problem.
>>2088062>> Eat here, go test out your launcher prototypeSweet sweet mobile artillery
>>2088062> Eat here, go test out your launcher prototypeBest waifu is Explosions.
>>2088117I remember when this was a little baby quest and the QM allowed namefaggotting because he was worried that nobody would play.Now that the ball is rolling, QM CAAAAARSE strikes hard.
>>2088062Go have a dinner at dragon’s lair
>>2088970Studying for exams is a baby curse, not a QM curse
I wonder. What are Dutch's feelings about explosions? Maybe he'd like to be there to witness our ingenuity.Also we are totally researching a cluster grenade when we have the chance
>>2089042We don’t actually have explosive payload, just the launcher.
>>2088117hehe xd>>2088970The namefags are still around.>>2088117>>2088187>>2088455>>2088574Launcher it is.Writin'
>>2088062Thinking about it, you did say that you would sell Sun your launcher design if you tested it out, so maybe it's about time to do just that.Taking out what you don't need, you make sure that the prototype is unloaded and that the test round is secure; you don't want this thing accidentally detonating while on your back.Thinking about it, the Genovese would likely be rather interested in your design; probably would be more interested in that underslung version you don't quite have fleshed out for your Clockwork Rifle considering that they mainly use guns.All in all, you could ask Dutch to join you in this little venture.So, after grabbing your Broadsword and securing your pistol to where you normally keep your knife, you head out into night and lock up your shop.Now, where to?> See if Dutch is interested in joining you> Head out alone
>>2089061> See if Dutch is interested in joining you
>>2089061Head out aloneWe can always show it off later, plus this is government work.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>2089071>>2089067Tie breaking.
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>2089067We're off to see Dutch.> Roll me three 1d100+10's please
Rolled 47 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>2089093
Rolled 8 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>2089093Big explosion big success!
Rolled 36 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>2089093
>>2089061"Alright, John, let's see whatcha got".You don't need to look over your shoulder to pick up on Dutch's palpable excitement as he's been giddy since you ran into him. All it took to get him on board was mentioning that you were testing out a new prototype. He was practically jumping with joy on the walk to the forest while you kept looking around to make sure neither of you were followed. You didn't see anything, but that doesn't mean very much nowadays.Reaching into your bag, you pull out the launcher, "This is it"."What's what now?" Your old friend gives the item an experimental poke, "The hell is this anyways?""Something I thought up on a whim," Grabbing the training round from out of your pack, you casually release the breach and load the round in, "Figured I could experiment with different types of ammo with a larger caliber bullet so I have more room to work with"."Alright," Dutch doesn't sound too impressed, "Well, are you going to take a shot with it or what?""Don't rush me," You give him a look as you snap the breach closed with a satisfying click.Raising the launcher up at a tree about 15 meters away, you make sure that neither of you will be hit by a ricochet before firing.> Roll me three 1d100's for effect please
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>2089137
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>2089137
Rolled 28 (1d100)>>2089137
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>2089137
>>208916059, Let's see how this goes.Writin'
>>2089137Considering you've never fired this weapon before, your shot isn't all that bad.That said, you completely miss your intended target; the round sailing right past where you aimed and impacting against a rock behind it.To your, and Dutch's, considerable surprise, the round doesn't hit like a regular bullet; instead of impacting into the rock it shatters on impact sending bits and pieces everywhere."What the fuck?" Dutch sums up your thoughts rather well after the two of you poke your heads around the trees you ducked behind after it went off, "What did you put in that bullet John??""Nothing, actually," You start walking over to examine what exactly happened, "It was just meant to be a place-holder round until I could come up with something to fit into it".Poking around the site of impact, you note that while the round barely penetrated the rock, there are shards of metal scattered into its surface.Well, this is something new.> Congratulations! You can now manufacture: Hollow-Point Rounds!"Did it work or not?" You friend walks up next to you after you pull away from your examination.Looking towards him, you note that Dutch is looking between you and the launcher, "It's not entirely a write off; I'll probably need to work on it a bit more to improve the accuracy. The round is something else though..."You trail off there and shrug, "Let's head back for now".Dutch falls into line with you as you grab your things and begin you walk back to the Outer Wall.While you're walking...> Ask Dutch if the Genovese have made any progress on smoking out the vamps> Ask Dutch if he'd be interested in testing out a rifle design you have> Ask Dutch if Archmage has mentioned anything about contracting your shop yet> Ask Dutch something else> Stay silent
>>2089186>Let's stop by for a beer on our way back>Anything bad happening I should know? I mean aside from the vampiric infestation and other kinds of evil shit that's always around.
>>2089186rifle, and vamps>>2088970I'm still here matey, and I don't plan on leaving
>>2089186rifle design and vamps sound good
>>2089186>> Ask Dutch if Archmage has mentioned anything about contracting your shop yet
I'd like to caution against going out of our way to get mafia contracts. Keep in mind we've gotten the business from the local authorities and probably would rather not prove their trust to be displaced.
>>2089327Agreed. I think legal orders are fine for now and to only take mafia contracts when situations get tough.
Christ, ever since the first thread before the quest even began we decided to stay clear of the mafia. The main reason we have a smithy of our own is because we wanted a job on the narrow. Stop trying to get us involved with them.We told big boss himself that we want nothing to do with him and told him in no uncertain terms that in return for the Gambino intel he and his family are to leave us well alone.
>>2089186> Ask Dutch if the Genovese have made any progress on smoking out the vampsree vampires
>>2089192>>2089193>>2089208>>2089301>>2090284So, how's things been going?Writin'
>>2089186"You guys make any progress on dealing with this vamp infestation?" After a few minutes of silence, you decide to speak up. Might as well keep up to date on how they're coming along.Dutch doesn't say anything for a moment, mulling over his words, "I personally haven't been doing too much; Gladiator's been having me out helping with nighttime watches and patrols. He's been doing some... I think he called it 'counter-intelligence'. I dunno what exactly he gets up to, but apparently the guy managed to track down and uproot a few that infiltrated our ranks"."How did he know they were vamps?" Aside from the woman being beautiful to an almost disturbing degree, you probably wouldn't accuse her of being a blood-sucker on appearance alone."Gladiator discovered that they start burning when exposed to sunlight," Your friend grimaces as he talks, "The last group he went after, he disabled them all then dragged them out into the streets. The ones that caught on fire were left to burn"."Sheesh," You exhale deeply at that news, "Gladiator doesn't fuck around does he?"Dutch laughs, but you both know it's forced, "There's a rumor floating around that he's Ex-Royal Guard from one of the monarchy Haven-Cities. Other than that, not too much is known about him but that really does tell you all you need to know"."Yeah, no shit," Looking around to make sure the two of you are alone, you bring up the next topic on your list, "Hey, Dutch, when's the last time you used a rifle?"[1/2]
>>2092800[2/2]"In combat? It's definitely been a while. I have been practicing with one so I'm not rusty. Why are you asking?" He gives you a curious look at your question."I... I've got another design that I've been siting on for a bit. I haven't put any actual work into it because I didn't think it was necessary, but..." You glance over at him for a moment, "I can't help but think that our current weapons and gear are just not going to cut it against these things. Hell, the most effective thing I've got is a power tool. Anyways, I'll see how it turns out and let you know in the future"."Right..." Dutch looks at you for a moment, what you think is concern passing over his features before they return to neutral.Oh, yeah, that's right, "Well, you'll be stopping by anyways in all likelihood; Archmage is trying to set up some kind of contract with me"."Really? First I've heard of it... Ah, well, Archmage has been buried in books for a while now so I guess that's why he hasn't gotten around to talking to me," He shrugs.The two of you stay silent as you re-enter the Outer Wall, passing through the guards on night shift without an issue.Making it back to the city proper, you and Dutch head over to an open bar, incidentally the one that you ran into Gladiator in all those months ago, and head for the counter."So, how are we doing this?" Your old friend gives you a roguish smile as he goes to order drinks, clearly in the mood to unwind.Your response?> Keep it light, we have to walk home> Get the good stuff, it's time to party
>>2092854> Keep it light, we have to walk homeI mean, you know, now that we actually HAVE a home
>>2092854>> Keep it light, we have to walk homeWe'll party hard when the vamps are dealt with.
>>2092854>> Keep it light, we have to walk home
>>2092854Keep it light, we have to walk homeEspecially with trouble traversing the city past sundown
> Keep it light, I don't need you trying to make out with me again.
>>2092891>>2093156>>2093334>>2093439>>2093663>>2094370Let's keep our heads above water.> Roll me three 1d100+10's please
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>2094520
Rolled 59 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>2094520>>2094535neat
Rolled 58 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>2094520
>>2094535105, yeah you see something.Writin'
>>2092854"Let's keep things light tonight, we both have to walk home and I don't want to deal with you trying to make out with me again".Dutch gives you a slight glare at the reminder of the little prank you pulled on him last time you went out for drinks, but he turns to the slightly bemused bartender anyways, "Four beers it is".The man, who you kind of recognize from the last time you were here, quickly fills your orders and slides the four tall glasses of alcohol to you two.With a clink, you both take a sizable chunk out of your drinks in the first gulp, slamming them down in unison back onto the counter. Laughing at the old habit of yours, Dutch goes in for another sip; you're about to follow him when you catch something out of the corner of your eye.There's a few gentlemen, and a few ladies, looking over at you. Most of them are from your previous display, but one group in particular is giving Dutch the stink-eye.If this is what you think it is... Shit... You thought this was a neutral bar. Focus sharpening for a moment, you take stock of the situation.You've got your broadsword on your hip and your pistol across your chest. Dutch has his two revolvers holstered and his knife is likely tucked away somewhere.The group you can't get a very good line of sight on what they might be carrying, but they're all at least your size and/or build.Not that you're entirely concerned at the situation; you're aware of what's going on and while Dutch has his hands full with his beer, you know from experience that he can draw and snap-shot in a split second.No, the real concern is that the bar is full of random people and that you don't entirely want to ruin this pleasant evening.Now what?> Make small talk with Dutch, see what happens> Ask the group what the problem is> Finish your drinks quickly and get Dutch to leave with youAnd> Let Dutch know what's going on> Don't let Dutch know
>>2094582>Make small talk>Subtly let dutch know
>>2094582We don't want no trouble.>Finish your drinks and leave>Let him knowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pQs33Xcxgk
>>2094590Maybe this one's better example of what we don't want to start.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxauGO-WrpE
>>2094599I don't know... looks like a lot of fun.
>>2094582Hopefully it's just an angry middle classer who's daughter dutch got "acquainted" with.
>>2094586>>2094673Small talk and let Dutch know.Writin'
>>2094582Well, this could go a few ways. Might as well just chill your heels for now."So, Dutch, you make any new friends recently?" Sipping on your own beer, you ask your double-meaning question.He grins slightly at you, "No. Tell me, does anyone look friendly?""Yeah," Placing your glass back down on the counter, you slide it in the direction of the group, "There are a few". Thinking about it for a moment, you consider another reason why a couple of guys would be pissed at you two, "Dutch... Did you pork some broad and now her dad's pissed at you?""Hey, that's just rude," Dutch doesn't seem too plussed at the developing situation, "And 'broad'? C'mon, John, I have some standards"."Bullshit, Dutch. You're into blondes you have shit taste," Shaking your head, you finish off your first beer. Knowing how these kinds of situations go, you're going to want to not be sober.> Roll me three 1d100's please
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>2094875
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>2094875
Rolled 100 (1d100)>>2094875
>>2094966So that's a nat 100. Uh, you all are going to have to wait until I'm back at my computer for this to continue.Really wasn't expecting that...
>>2094875Reaching out for your second glass, you see that three of the group are standing up and beginning to head right for Dutch. Clicking your tongue, you take another gulp of your beer as you subtlety reach for your sword. There's a grin slowly adorning your friend's face as they approach and he pushes his drink away to get ready for the coming confrontation, though that's stopped by the sound of the door opening."...as sayin- Hey! Look who is here!"Glancing past Dutch, you raise an eyebrow as you see Vera, Sam, and dark-haired man who you can only assume is their boss "Ryouma". He's definitely experienced in dangerous situations, as he immediately picks up on the strange mood in the room and steps in front of his two companions."Is there a problem here?" His question is neutral and even, but the look in his eyes gives the group pause. That, combined with Dutch turning towards them with a cock-sure grin, causes them to falter. One of them sneers at your friend and another looks like he's about to spit on him, but a very casual unclasping of one of his revolver's holsters makes the three 'gentlemen' walk back to their table without an incident."Sheesh, what was their problem?" Vera walks over and glances between Ryouma, you, and the group now sitting back down.Looking at him and Sam, they do actually want an answer to that question.Your response?> "Thanks for the help"> "Eh, we could have taken 'em"> "I hope you weren't trying to perform your good deed of the day there"> Other
>>2096361> "I hope you weren't trying to perform your good deed of the day there"Now it's like we owe them or something.
>>2096361>> Other"Yeah Dutch, what's their deal?"
>>2096381>>2096503Just another night at the bar.Writin'
>>2096361> OtherBuy them a drink as thanks
>>2096361"I hope you weren't trying to perform your good deed of the day there," You wave the three mercs over to join you at the counter."And why is that?" Sam speaks up, sliding into her stool."Because we're not exactly the 'poor', 'innocent', 'good' guys who were about to be attacked by the 'bad', 'evil' gents over there. Speaking of which," You turn to your friend, "What the hell was that about Dutch?"To your slight irritation, he starts chuckling, "Just a couple o' little Gambino boys looking for a fight. They must have my face on file or somethin' for them to recognize me. Still, can't say I'm not disappointed; was lookin' forward to a good brawl".You stare blankly at Dutch as you process the sheer stupidity of his statement. After a moment, you do what you normally do in these situations."Ow!"Raising your hand up from where you whacked him over the head with it, you turn back to your drink, "You should know better than to pick a fight in a neutral bar, Dutch. All that does is give the guy in charge," You motion over to the bartender who is standing right next to the back door glaring at you all, "A hard time"."I see," Ryouma sits down right next to you, "You're just a pair of regular troublemakers, aren't you?""That's an understatement, really," You grab onto your glass proper, before raising it towards the bartender and tapping it a few times, "As thanks for helping to prevent a bloodbath, the first round's on me"."Well, cheers to that!" Vera gets to work on her beer as soon as the man places it in front of her.Ryouma, on the other hand, just idly runs his fingers over the rim, "John, right? Sam and Vera mentioned that you took their order; thanks for that by the way. I was just curious to hear that you're an independent Smith. I don't think there's another in the city aside from you".Your response?> "Seriously?"> "Well, I'm not entirely unaffiliated..."> Other
>>2096721> "Seriously?"I admit, that's kind of surprising. I'd have thought there'd be more then just me.
>>2096932>>2096920>>2096818The independent market is a bit slim, huh?Writin'
>>2096721"Seriously? I didn't think there wasn't anyone else," While not entirely impossible, you find it a bit hard to believe that you're the only one around.Ryouma finally gets to work on his drink, taking a sizable chunk out of it in the first pass, "If there are any others, they're either hard to find or...""Disreputable," You nod in understanding before digging into your bag and placing your Proof for General Smithing on the table, "You don't have to worry about that now"."Huh, look at that," The man, who is definitely Eastern you note, examines the metal before flipping it back to you, "Good to know I'm not getting ripped off by some back-alley smith"."HA!" Dutch cuts in, grabbing you by the shoulder as he swings his drink around, "Shoulda seen this guy back when were in Airgrid! He'd get these repair jobs to be completed with a screwdriver and a box of scrap!"His tirade is stopped by you grabbing him by the jaw, "Ignore my friend here, I have several dozen kilos of iron ingots that I'll be using to complete your order".To their credit, the three mercs just look amused as you turn to Dutch, "You seriously gonna bring up that time?"He snickers as you push him away, "C'mon, John, you don't want to talk about the good olde days?"You give him a look.> "No"> "Only if we're talking about you getting your ass shot"> "..."> Other
>>2097241> "Only if we're talking about you getting your ass shot">"Or the time you got so drunk that you had a fistfight with a horse owned by a rich merchant."
>>2097312>"And you WON against said horse, you crazy fuck. Merchant kicked your ass though."
>>2097241> "Only if we're talking about you getting your ass shot"> Specifically that one time he found out the nobles daughter was actually his son, and while trying to avoid getting shot in the as resulted in him literally getting shot in the assignment after breaking "her" heart.
>>2097241> "Only if we're talking about you getting your ass shot">>2097527>Had a feminine penis though
>>2097241They’re good now *because* they’re old. And I don’t intend to get drunk enough to reminisce.Moving on, you guys have a reputation as well, it seems? These guys didn’t give impression of backing down easily.
>>2097312>>2097342>>2097527I fucking love it, LETS SUPPORT THIS[even if its a lie the mercs wont know]>>2097241
>>2097312>>2097342>>2097527>>2097609>>2097804>>2097835Remember, we're best friends because we know too much.Writin'
>>2097835A lot of stuff went down in Airgrid in those four years...>>2097241"Only if we're talking about you getting your ass shot," Shaking your head, you take another sip of your beer.From the side, you note Vera lean over the counter with apt interest, "Oh? You know some good stories?""N-" "Yep," You talk right over Dutch, shooting him a slight grin, "It's a good thing we're not going at it ham in fist tonight, otherwise I'd have to worry about you trying to fight a horse again"."Not this story again," Your friend groans, looking to drown out this part with alcohol.The three mercs are all waiting on you to continue with baited breath, so you turn to them, "See Dutchy and I got hammered one night and, on the way home, he had the bright idea of pick a fight with some posh's horse. To his credit, he won the fight with the horse but got his ass beat by one of the merchant's guards"."You always bring this up, John. Can't you just drop it?""I always bring it up because I had to drag your bloody ass home that night after apologizing profusely to those stuck up cunts"."Whatever; I'm sure I can dredge up a few stories about you"."I'm sure you could," Casually chugging another part of your beer, you get ready to really deliver the killing blow. "Hey, Dutch, how's your 'girlfriend' doing?"There's a strangled choking sound that comes from your friend, eliciting a slightly smug smile from you."You've got a girlfriend?" Ryouma looks slightly curious, not catching onto the double meaning of your words."Yep! There's this blonde back in Airgrid th-" You cheerily respond until Dutch slaps a hand over your mouth."We both swore..." He starts, a pointed look in his eyes, "That we wouldn't talk about that ever again".Muffled laughter is the only response he gets as you let mirth roll over you. Eventually, with a slight click of disgust, Dutch lets you go and goes back to his drink."What, you don't like the upper-crust Dutchy?""Fuck you, John""Love you too""You two really are close, huh," Ryouma asks as Sam and Vera start talking between themselves."Yep," You give him a slight grin, "Been close since forever. By the way..." You lean closer and speak quietly, "What's your deal? Those gents don't look like they'd back down to just any random merc"."Well..." He starts, looking off to the side as if something on the wall will help him collect his words.> Roll me three 1d100+5's please
Rolled 21 + 5 (1d100 + 5)>>2098507
Rolled 19 + 5 (1d100 + 5)*tumbleweed*rolling just in case no third guy is forthcoming (or they're all too scared of not saving the roll)
Rolled 28 + 5 (1d100 + 5)>>2098507
>>209876133, He's a tough read.Writin'
>>2098507"The three of us usually run escort for caravans running through the Badlands or really anywhere so long as they pay. Anyways, I guess we have a reputation or something; I don't really know those guys," Ryouma says it all with a small smile. It's not deceptive, nor is it really trying to hide something, but you find it oddly hard to get a solid read on the merc leader. Guess he's used to hiding his intent due to his work."Works for me," You shrug as you finish off your mug, motioning for the bartender to come and fill you back up.As he does so, you check up on the group in question again. They don't look entirely happy, but you guess they're not going to try to start something as they collect their things and leave.Sighing slightly in relief, you turn back to Ryouma.Anything else you wish to ask?> Ask him about his upcoming contract> Ask him how he met Sam and Vera> Ask him if he knows about another group of mercs...> Finish your drink, pay the tab, and bid everyone a goodnight> Other
>>2098898> Ask him if he knows about another group of mercs...
>>2098898I started working on your sword, got any last minute requests to accommodate?I suppose we could also ask if he heard about riders group although... eh maybe in a roundabout way: so we’re apparently a rare breed of indeps, what about mercenary market, a lot of competition there?
>>2098898>> Ask him how he met Sam and VeraAlso ask how in the hell he goes through so many swords and if he has any last minute input.
>>2098898> Ask him about his upcoming contract> Ask him how he met Sam and Vera
>>2098898> Ask him how he met Sam and Vera> Ask him if he knows about another group of mercs...
>>2099814>>2098953>>2098942>>2102380>>2103231So, what's been going on in the world?Writin'
>>2098898"How did you end up meeting Sam and Vera?" Might as well continue the pleasant conversation while you still can.Ryouma is in the middle of finishing off his drink when you ask, eyeing you for a moment before putting the now empty glass on the counter, "I used to run solo, 'till I ended up on an escort job with those two. Things went well until they didn't, some case of a mistaken identity resulted in a few kill-teams being sent at us. As you can imagine, things dissolved pretty quickly after that and the three of us managed to escape in the ensuing clusterfuck. We've had to fight, and kill, pretty much everyone else involved in that job, but once everything was said and done we decided to stick together. And the rest is history".He gives you a small grin as he finishes up his story and orders another drink.All that talk of mercenaries and double-crossing reminds you of something that you haven't thought about in a while, "Say, would you happen to know any other mercs?""Maybe, you got any names?""I know their monikers: Rider, Dozer, Bishop, and Creep; don't know their actual names though," It's a long shot, but at this point you're not expecting much."Hmm..." He thinks about it for a moment, "No, not really, can't say I have. I can ask around if you want; are they friends of yours?""Something like that, I think I owe them a drink more than anything else," You chug more of your beer down before thinking of something else you can ask about, "About that order, is there anythin..."You're about to ask if he has anything in particular he'd want on the sword, when you note both Sam and Vera waving frantically at you from behind Ryouma. Guess it's supposed to be a surprise then..."What's that?" He's definitely expecting you to finish that, and you snap your eyes back to him before he thinks anything is up."Eh, just thought of the answer to my own question; don't worry about it".The merc looks a tad confused, but doesn't press the issue as you turn back to your drink.Now what?> Ask Dutch something (what?)> Ask the mercs something (what?)> Finish up and call it a night> Other
> Finish up and call it a night
>>2105833> Finish up and call it a nightThis was a good night. Let's wrap it up solid.
>>2105833Polishing off your beer, you wipe off your lips before standing up, "That's it for me; I'll see you all around".As promised, you drop several copper onto the counter to cover for the cost of those drinks before leaving.> You have lost: 25 copper coins!Stepping out into the cold night air, you have to resist the urge to shiver. Definitely going to need heavy clothes soon...Regardless, it is late out, but you're sure that you still have some time if you want to do something else.Now what?> Head back to the shop> Go somewhere (where?)> Find someone (who?)> Other
>>2106856Let’s not tempt fate and head home. Got work to do in the morrow.
>>2106856> Head back to the shop
>>2106888>>2106895Time to sleep.Writin'
>>2106856No, you've done more than enough for tonight. You've got plenty to do tomorrow, so sleep is your next stop.Making sure you're not being follow, you walk back to your shop without an issue. Making sure to lock the door behind you, you check over to make sure that nothing has been disturbed. Satisfied you won't get jumped, you drop your belongings off in the workshop and head upstairs.With your broadsword next to you, you drop down and quick succumb to the lull of your bedspread.......You must have been exhausted and not realized it, as you blearily wake up to the very first rays of sunlight. At least you didn't have another nightmare...With a stretch, you get ready to go about your day.> Congratulations! Your work on the creation of reactive compounds has granted you the skill: Build (Explosives)! Current Skill Rank: Untrained!Grabbing a quick breakfast and washing your face, you head down to your workshop.Now, what to do...> Work in the forge for today> Work in the workshop for today> Head out for today> Other
>>2106945> Work in the forge for today
>>2106945>Work in the forge for today
>>2106945Work the forge
>>2106945> Work in the forge for todayAfter we finish the order we should think about making some items for display.
>>2107112>>2107018>>2107012>>2106978Forge work it is.What are you working on?> Sun's Contract> Merc Contract> Dutch's Rifle> Other
>>2107129Merc contractThey're meant to come pick it up tomorrow, right? Better have it done asap.
>>2107138>>2107140>>2107145Merc's it is.What part are you working on first?> Buckler> Knives> Bastard Sword
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>2107190> Bastard SwordDoes the order really matter?Preemptive roll.
>>2107190Let's finish the Sword
>>2107196I suppose it does in case we end up with shit rolls and everything takes longer than expected.
>>2107193>>2107196>>2107201Finish the sword it is.> Roll me three 1d100+19's please
Rolled 19 + 19 (1d100 + 19)>>2107217Here goes.
Rolled 42 + 19 (1d100 + 19)>>2107217everytime I type roll instead of dice
Rolled 55 + 19 (1d100 + 19)>>2107217
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>2107217
>>2107229That's a 74, let's see how it comes out.Writin'
>>2106945Well, considering they'll be around tomorrow you might as well get to work on the merc contract.Looking what you have over, you eventually grab the still incomplete Bastard Sword and get ready to finish it.While working on it, you note that it's a bit harder to actually forge the blade itself; either due to leaving it overnight or the fact that the metal itself is a great deal stronger than what you're used to. Despite that, you finish off the sword without further issue.> You have crafted: 1 Excellent Quality Bastard Sword (Base)!You briefly think about working on the bindings and the like, but considering that this is going to be gift perhaps the ladies would rather take it to someone a bit more experienced than you... Well, if they want you to do it you could always do it after confirming.Regardless, you think about what to do next:> Work on the buckler> Work on the throwing knives
>>2108028>> Work on the buckler
>>2108068>>2108131Buckler it is> Roll me three 1d100+29's please(Might have messed up the modifier on that last roll. Wouldn't have effected the outcome, but oops none the less)
Rolled 71 + 29 (1d100 + 29)>>2108244
Rolled 17 + 29 (1d100 + 29)>>2108244
>>2108249>>2108313That is two (unnat) 100's.Huh, well, look at that.> Roll me three 1d100+24's please
Rolled 6 + 24 (1d100 + 24)>>2108752
Rolled 15 + 24 (1d100 + 24)>>2108752
Rolled 72 + 24 (1d100 + 24)>>2108752
>>2108771That's a 96, Success.Writin'
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>2108777
>>2108028Next up is the utter wreck of Sam's Buckler. The bad news is that it really is beyond repair due to how much damage it sustained.The good news is that that means you can just start from scratch.Utilizing it as a guide, you grab some iron and get to work. Despite your lack of experience working on shields, you do know how to make armor so that helps you along.Once you're done with forging it, you move on to making sure that Sam will actually be able to use it by adding in a rudimentary grip. If she wants more, she'll have to find someone who actually does leather making to get it done.Regardless, you're rather happy with how this has turned out.> You have crafted: 1 Great Quality Iron Buckler> You have lost: 2 Units of Iron!Now, since you're already on a roll, you might as well work on those throwing knives.> Roll me three 1d100+27's please
Rolled 25 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2108791
Rolled 15 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2108791
Rolled 58 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2108791
>>2108791The knives are rather simple to make, the general shape being easily to create and recreate. Most of your time during the process is repeatedly testing them to make sure that they're actually balanced.Giving each an extra sharpen, you feel a bit satisfied at the result.> You have crafted: 5 Great Quality Throwing Knives!> You have lost: 2 Units of Iron!Moving everything together, you collect the merc's order and place them into a crate to the side.Inventory: 3 Good Quality Silvered Bayonets, 5 Great Quality Silvered Halberd Heads, 7 Great Quality Silvered Spear Heads, 1 Excellent Quality Bastard Sword (Base), 1 Great Quality Iron Buckler, 5 Great Quality Throwing Knives Dusting your hands off, you consider what to do next.> Work on Sun's Contract> Work on Dutch's Rifle> Work on something else> Other
>>2108821>Work on Sun's Contract
>>2108821Let’s make sure to not mix up orders when clients come. In the meantime...>sun’s orderMore spears?
>>2108826>>2108824Sun it is.What would you like to make?> Swords> Spears> Halberds> Bayonets> Other
>>2108831>>2108842Halberds it is.> Roll me three 1d100+27's please
Rolled 64 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2108846
Rolled 96 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2108846
>>2108849>>2108848That's two 123's, Success.Writin'
>>2108821Checking the time, and grabbing a quick lunch while you see what the time is, you decide that the next course of action is to keep working on your contract with Sun.After all, there's no expressed limit on how much he'll buy, just on the quality of product.With that thought in mind, you grab some iron and some silver and get to work at the forge. First up is making more Halberd Heads, one, because the versatility will help the poor sods that are going to be hunting down most of the vamps, and two, because you're definitely getting better at making them.The result definitely proves that.> You have crafted: 5 Excellent Quality Silvered Halberd Heads!> You have lost: 4 Units of Iron!> You have lost: 1 Unit of Silver!Wiping a bit of sweat from your brow, you consider what to work on next.> Work on swords> Work on spears> Work on halberds> Work on bayonets> Work on another project> Other
>>2108862>Work on halberdsMore halberds!
>>2108862Make some additional spears.
>>2108862>> OtherMaybe some silver-edged daggers for emergency vampire stabbing. Spears and halberds can't do dick if they're on your neck.
>>2108887changing to this, sounds smart
>>2108887Maybe we should talk to Sun or someone else with deciding powers before we make more stuff that was not part of the contract. The bureaucracy may give us a stink-eye for the bayonets already, regardless of how useful they are.
>>2108887>>2108888>>2108889I'm seeing votes for making knives, but also to check in with the boss about the liberties you have with this contract.Take some time to check in with Sun?> Y> N
>>2108915yep, bring out shit with us
>>2108862> Work on swordsDon't have any of those yet
>>2108915>Nlet's not waste heat of the forge, we can try catch him in the afternoon or when negotiating new contract.
>>2108958This, unless the forge is too done for us to finish already
>>2108958>>2108963You have time for two more projects before the forge burns out, leaving you at around 5 pm at that time.
>>2108887>>2108888>>2108889>>2108917>>2108948>>2108958>>2108963Alright, final vote.> Work on knives> Work on swords> Go talk to Sun
>>2108978>> Work on knives
>>2108978> Work on swords
>>2108978> Work on knives
>>2108988>>2109003>>2109015Knives/Daggers it is.> Roll me three 1d100+27's please
Rolled 20 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2109030
Rolled 38 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2109030
Rolled 23 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2109030Check this nooiiise
Rolled 78 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2109030let's at least not fuck them up...
>>2109038That's a 65, Success.Writin'
>>2108862You're about to continue on with creating more and more halberds, but then it hits you that spears and swords are great when you've got distance between you and the target.Briefly, you think back to your previous encounter with a certain vampire.Yeah, perhaps something meant for a closer range would be better. Something like a knife or dagger...With that in mind you grab your tools and get to work.Somewhat surprisingly enough, it's a bit hard to make them properly. Probably because the smaller scale means you don't have nearly as much room to work with. You end up wasting a fair amount of Silver trying to get the edge properly formed, so that's a bit of an issue; you are running a bit low at this point...Regardless, you do make it work. Perhaps not as well as you'd like, but made nonetheless.> You have crafted: 4 Good Quality Silvered Daggers!> You have lost: 2 Units of Iron!> You have lost: 1 Unit of SilverChecking the forge, you have time for one more project to work on before the fire burns down. Also, looking at your supplies, you have one last unit of silver to work with.Now what?> Make silvered swords> Work on another project> Other
>>2109137>Make silvered swords
>>2109137> Make silvered swordsmight as well
>>2109137lets use up our shit, >SWORDS
>>2109137>> Make silvered swords
>>2109138>>2109139>>2109140>>2109147Finish it up with swords it is.> Roll me three 1d100+27's please
Rolled 29 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2109221
Rolled 16 + 27 (1d100 + 27)>>2109221
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>2109221
Rolled 934 (1d1000)>>2109221Im just rolling because i can
>>2109820Rather impressive roll considering that you rolled that wrong.>>2109235That's a 104, Success.Writin'
Rolled 2396 (1d10000)>>2109842It wasnt wrong, I wanted to roll a 1d1000
>>2109137Well, might as well round out your production and use the last of your silver on some swords.Utilizing your own as a guide, you once again get lost in the routine of the forge as you move back between fire and anvil; your rhythm only being broken when you finish one and move onto the next.With the last embers of the forge behind you, you place your finished pieces onto the workbench.> You have crafted: 3 Great Quality Broadswords (Base)!> You have lost: 3 Units of Iron!> You have lost: 1 Unit of Silver!Warning! You are out of Silver Ingots!Checking the time, it's getting closer to 6 pm at this point. You're not going to work more at this point, since you don't have the material to work on more weapons for Sun and Sam and Vera's order is now done.Regardless, you need to figure out what to do:> Grab some of what you've made, go talk to Sun> Go grab dinner with someone (who?)> Go somewhere (where?)> Other
Rolled 19299 (1d100000)>>2109936>> Grab some of what you've made, go talk to Sun
>>2109936> Grab some of what you've made, go talk to Sun
>>2109936>> Grab some of what you've made, go talk to Sun
>>2109936Go have a dinner at dragon’s
>>2109936>> Grab some of what you've made, go talk to SunDon't forget to shower.
>>2109958>>2110060>>2110084>>2110195Off to Sun's it is.Writin'
>>2109936All things considered, stopping by with Sun and checking in doesn't sound like a bad idea. Jun isn't supposed to stop by for a few more days, but considering you've taken some... liberties... when it comes to what you were supposed to make you might as well check in to see if you're still going to get paid.You're also out of silver, so there's that.Throwing together one of each of what you've made, you're halfway through leaving when you get a whiff of yourself. Being firmly reminded that you've spent the day working in a forge, you run back upstairs to wash up.Throwing on a clean set of clothing, you exit and lock up your shop far cleaner than you previously were.Stepping onto the street, you thumb your broadsword where it's by your side. Looking about, you don't see anyone suspicious. Then again, it is a bit hard to see properly considering the sun's already gone down.Now, to see if you can't find Sun...> Head to the Main Bastion> Head to the Hwang Compound> Other
>>2110406>Head to the Main Bastion
>>2110406>> Head to the Main BastionWe wouldn't be able to get past the guards in the air district anyway.
Rolled 91 (1d100)>>2110416>>2110431Main Bastion it is.Rollin' then Writin'
>>2110406Well, it's late, and from what you remember the Bastion does close up around this time, but going there still seems like the smart choice in this situation.So, hefting your pack, you get moving.The mood on the streets is... well, about the same as it's been for the last few weeks. People are glancing about nervously or not looking about at all as they head where ever they are going as quickly as they can.You frown a bit at this. You're just about the last person to know about the ins and outs of politics and all that, but you know for a fact that it's simply only a matter of time until something happens.Moving on, you have no problems getting into the Fire District. As you anticipated, the place is quiet and almost empty aside from the guards on night watch and the various clerks leaving.It's also apparently your lucky night, as you spot Sun casually walking out of the stone brick building. You're halfway to approaching him when he looks over his shoulder and spots you, quickly smiling."John, this is a pleasant surprise," Turning fully to you as you walk up to him, the Councilman's smile is as bright as ever. "What brings you here tonight?"Your response?> "Have you eaten dinner yet?"> "I've made progress filling your order"> "How's the situation in Shirahoro going?"> Other
>>2110450> "I've made progress filling your order, but I have some ideas and suggestions I want to discuss before I go ahead with them."
>>2110450>"I've made progress filling your order"
>>2110453>>2110459>>2110461Progress report it is.Writin'
>>2110453I like how we avoid saying we already did go through with them and are just asking in case we have to quietly rework some stuff
>>2110453>>2110459>>2110461"I've been working on filling out your order and I've had a few ideas I'd like to run by you," Not entirely the truth, but you suppose you could just keep the extras you've made if Sun doesn't want them.He motions for you to follow him as he begins walking towards the Cloud District, "It's good to hear that you've been productive. What have you made thus far?""A few swords, a few spears, even a few halberds; wanted to make sure I covered all my bases"."Very good," The Head smiles, "What was it that you wished to ask me about then?"You glance about for a moment, making sure that you're not being trailed, "My idea is to utilize Bayonets and Daggers. From my experience, these things don't like giving you a moment to breath and as such you can't expect to always keep them in the effective range of swords, spears, and rifles"."Hmm..." Sun thinks on it, glancing about as he taps his chin, "You bring up a fair point. I will say that if a rifleman is in a situation where a bayonet would be the best choice for him, that is not a situation he should be in in the first place. However, we cannot expect everything to go our way..."Trailing off there, he starts thinking on it. As he does, you continue to check around yourself to make sure that you're not being followed."Alright," Not too much time passes before the Head continues, "I'll have to speak to a few other individuals, but I believe we can make this work. We're already training and retraining our men as it is; telling them to carry an additional weapon that could save their lives in a tough spot shouldn't be an issue"."Good to know," With a nod, you continue looking about, "I'll get to work on that tomorrow"."Not sure why you would need to, since you already made some," Glancing back, you see Sun with a slight smirk on his face, "You're not the only impulsive person in this city, John".With a sigh of defeat, you grumble to yourself a bit.Now what?> Ask Sun if he'd be interested in a meeting at your shop> Ask Sun if he's gotten any leads on where the vamps are hiding> Ask Sun if he's found anything about Naofumi's daughter> Ask Sun something else> Bid Sun goodnight, leave
>>2110494>daughter >wanna come my place for a house warming party?we didn't forget about the party did we?
>>2110494Ask the Sun for any news he could share, Sarah, vampires or otherwise
>>2110494>wanna come my place for a house warming party?> Ask Sun if he's found anything about Naofumi's daughter
>>2110520>>2110514The meet up at your shop is in reference to the potential of having Archmage, Goo Hwi, and Sun together to share information on the vampires utilizing your shop as neutral ground.
>>2110527lets do it anyway
>>2110527Tell him about the possibility in any case.
>>2110514>>2110519>>2110520>>2110534Let's see what Sun knows.Writin'
>>2110494"Have you found anything about Naofumi's daughter?" The fact that you're blatantly shifting the conversation is likely not lost on Sun, but you get the feeling he doesn't particularly care."Well..." Glancing over, you note that the Councilor is hesitating a bit, perhaps trying to find the right words for the situation, "I found... something... but perhaps it's more telling about what I haven't found...""And that is?" Stopping in place, you turn to full regard the man."I have found no record of the Gambino family claiming the discovery of a Ruin in this area. I am well aware of the practice of keeping newly found Ruins off the books to allow the initial explorers to investigate their findings without having to worry about every scavenger on this side of the continent swarming them," The knowing look he gives you here is mildly concerning, "But usually within a month or so there will be a claim filed. So either they managed to scrub my records, which I can guarantee they would have a very, very hard time accomplishing, or they just never filed the find"."So they've just kept everything off the books? But Naofumi said he was exchanging letters with her for some time," You frown at this new piece of news, not entirely liking the implications of what's been going on."Unfortunately, that is where the limits of what I can acquire. At least easily..." He looks over to the side and you follow his gaze, but you don't see anything really, "I'd look into it further, but right now I have other matters that require my attention"."That's fine, thanks Sun. Have you uncovered anything else on that end?" You keep looking around while the two of you are stopped, but nothing looks too out of place. Perhaps Sun Woo has bodyguards of sorts..."No, and I'm not sure I will be able to. The research Jun and I have been able to do has given us some insight into our situation, but all of these materials reference other texts and sources that simply no longer exist"."Those texts were likely destroyed on purpose," Sun looks a bit surprised as you cut in, "I have a few other people that I've been working on this issue with. That actually nicely goes to something else I've wished to speak to you about: would you be willing to come to a meeting, and info exchange of sorts, at my shop within the next few days?""I would," He looks at you with rapt interest, "I'm a bit impressed, John, that you have those kinds of connections. I'm guessing the Genovese will be there?""I'm hoping someone from them will come as a representative, yes," No reason to lie to him here and have him find out at the meeting, "There's one other who I believe could contribute to the discussion".There's a moment of silence and the two of you continue to walk on your way. Eventually, you glance over when you hear Sun starting to laugh, "I hope you understand why I'd wish to keep this quiet; I do have a reputation to maintain".[1/2]
>>2110606[2/2]You just nod, "Yeah, I know, but I think we need to do something like this if we're going to get anything done"."Oh, I am aware," Sun smiles again at you, "There is much to be done in these times; I am glad to have men like yourself alongside me during them".The two of you make it to the edge of the Cloud District and, despite the fact that you're still a bit jumpy, nothing has happened."Well, it was good to talk to you," The Councilman gives you another smile, "When Jun comes by in two days, do let him know what the status of that meeting is"."I will," Well, now you have a solid timeline to work with even if you can't do too much more currently."If there's nothing else, I'll leave you to your night. Anything else before that?"> Ask Sun about something else (what?)> Bid him goodnight
>>2110617I want to reiterate that all our involvement with the Genovese is on the level. We've gone through too much shit to sink into that pit again.
>>2110617Bid him goodnight>>2110619I think he understands, pointing it out now would just seem awkward and suspicious imo. And he apparently has his own sources.
>>2110641Also tomorrow we’ll work on some items for display, right? We’re still strapped for cash unless we want to dig into savings so shopping for electronics would not be very effective use of time, besides the ladies are coming to pick up the Goods.
>>2110641Actually I can't remember if we had that talk with him about it.
>>2110651We did tell him what our involvement was and that we’re keeping it legit. He probably pieced together our involvement in the delve where Don got his computers.
>>2110651>>2110653Sun is aware, both in that you told him about your life in Airgrid and that he's got his own sources.>>2110619>>2110641Looks like we're done for now.Writin'
>>2110617"No, that's all for now. I'll see you around, Sun".With a polite semi-bow, you separate off from the Councilor as he heads home. You've spent about an hour or so on this all and now you're definitely feeling your hunger setting in.You are in more or less the center of Shirahoro at this point and you've certainly got a few options on where to go from here.> Head back to the shop> Head to Eden Hall> Head to the Dragon's Lair> Go somewhere else (where?)> Find someone (who?)> Other
>>2110705>> Head to Eden HallNeed to haggle for an embarrassing story while we eat
>>2110732Can we afford a meal there? If yes, do this.
>>2110732>>2110756>>2110766Eden Hall it is.Writin'
>>2110705It's been a while since you've talked to Ryu, thinking about it. Might as well stop by at Eden Hall.From here, the route to the Water District is a different one from what you're used to given how you normally go from the Earth District.As such, you're treated to a rather unique sight as you walk through what is definitely the closest Shirahoro has to a Red Light District. To be fair, it's not quite as blatant nor is the kind of trash you're used to from Airgrid, but the subtle signs are all there.'Escorts' hang around on the street corners and occasionally call out to people walking by, individuals with either high collars or hoods on duck in and out of 'bars' and 'restaurants' that have no patrons in them. At least, in the front room. The alleys have certainly their own varying degrees of 'activities' in them, and those are the ones you can see from the main street.And all of this takes place squarely in the shadow of the Cloud District, you note with a slight amount of humor. A group of escorts tries to grab your attention as you pass by, but you brush them off with little effort; you're not nearly drunk enough to consider their services.Making it into the Water District proper, you find yourself tracing familiar steps towards Eden Hall. In no time at all, you get to the muted exterior of it and head on in."Welcome!"Ryu's voice calls out as the bell above the doorway chimes. Within, you're greeted by the usual sight of the male elf calmly cleaning a cocktail glass and more unusual sight of his sibling's head down on the bar counter.Aside from Sierra, the rest of the bar is empty.> Talk to Ryu, leave Sierra asleep> Talk to Ryu, wake up Sierra> Wake up Sierra, talk to her> Other
>>2110822> Talk to Ryu, leave Sierra asleepYou let your own sister drink herself into a coma? Well, whatever, I'm hungry what's on the menu?
>>2110822>> Talk to Ryu, leave Sierra asleep
>>2110822Talk to Ryu, leave Sierra asleep“She had a Rough day?”“I’m pretty much officially open now btw.”
hey lads we should make a new sword with the tough alloy also make it silvered then see if we can get the fire rune of archmage
I was thinking of a name for the store.How about Damascus or Damascus SteelI wonder if Damascus is a foreign concept to this world?
>>2110822>> Talk to Ryu, leave Sierra asleepLet the elf sleep
>>2110904Probably. It's the name of a city, after all. It'd be named Shirahoro Steel, following the same nomenclature.
>>2111266I thought Damascus was a type of steel or a way to make steel? I just hope we find a name quick because I don't want to keep referring our shop as "our place" or "the shop".
>>2111276It's the name of the city in which it originated.
>>2111357Got it. How about these names? I was thinking they were better suited.Iron-clad metal worksShirahoro MechanicsWyvern mill Ice Dragon foundry
>>2111396John's Artificery: Marvelous Magitech and Mundane MetallurgyProofs available upon requestWhatever we end up naming the place, our sign needs to show off our craftsmanship and attention to detail.
>>2111396The White WorkshopThe Foreign FoundryThe John SmithWe're getting most of our commisions from the government and a mercantile trading group, anyway. Having a name implying foreign-ness and general cheekiness would give us a clientele more interested in 'exotic' work (like that combi-weapon everyone last thread went crazy about).
>>2111776>The John SmithBrilliant
>>2111776I wanna do the john smith then the actual name of our crafts in smaller printseg, john smith, artificer and smith. ect
>>2111776White Smithing is a thing so it might be confusing. The John Smith is perfect.
>>2111776The John Smith is great, I love it.
>>2112398We should leave a note with Sierra, a note that tells her where the shop is. And then set up a date once she shows up.
>>2113375I suspect she’ll wake up over course of conversation, and her bro will tell her if not. And he probably told her about our shop already.
Sorry about going MIA like that. Good news is that I've got the majority of IRL issues done and out of the way for the foreseeable future, so I'm back here in full.>>2110901Not sure if you saw it previously, but I did rule that you can't have a silvered blade while also having that fire rune on top of it. Reason why is mostly because they'll have the exact same effect crunch-wise.>>2111776>>2111827>>2112022>>2112183>>2112398Looks like 'The John Smith' is a rather popular write-in for a shop name. I'll have that available as an option in the near future.>>2110826>>2110886>>2110892>>2110897>>2110915Talk to Ryu, leave Sierra asleep it is.Considering we're three threads from falling off the board, we'll continue this in a new one.>>2118919