>How will't thou corrupteth ye olde fantasy setting?It's been a little over two weeks since your summoning to the mortal realm, but you've been busy all the while. Your fiendish schemes aren't going to carry themselves out, after all! Already you've drawn a loyal fool into servitude, and two others lured along with various promises. A little band of followers, mostly unawares of your true nature which suits you just fine. Together with them, you've managed even to murder your way into potential ownership of stately home. Yes, things are certainly looking up for you, now if only you could sort out the mess of things back down below in the Hellscape. Whispers, rumblings of other infernal denizens looking upon your actions here in the mortal realm with envy, anger, or even fear. You wouldn't sit idly by in their situation, so why should you expect them to? Particularly when, already there's been an attempt on your life, and difficulties met along the way. Nobody said it was going to be easy to build power, and carve yourself out a chunk here in the mortal realm, though. You're up to the challenge, right?
>>2182493At the moment you, Amelie (your mortal disguise for your true demoness self), only just murdered a kindly older gentleman whom welcomed you into his home as a charitable gesture. Hoping to leave these grounded lands for one of the skybound floating towns, he was taken by your feigned act of being a happy young couple soon to be married, you and your devoted faux-fiance Lucas. The arrangement had seemed to be that if the both of you took well to living in the gentleman's home for a year or so with him, then he'd be amenable to transferring the property to you for the meager amount of funds you have. No kith or kin to speak of and hoping to retire to bluer pastures, it would have been a nice last act of charity to a fellow noble, which he believes you to be. Another lark, of course.Ah, but yourself a demoness, you couldn't allow a good deed to go unpunished! Why wait a year or more when you could have it all in a day? With just a murder... a rather shoddy one to be fair, the fellow now lies dead in the other room and you're poised to take everything of his for yourself. Now, if only the appropriate documents you forged hold up under scrutiny, if only you have a plan, excuse and good "story" for the death and the body, and if only all loose ends are dealt with, then you may well have your home. Your own little despoiled chateau from whence to grow and spread your power and corruption of the mortal realm.>How do you proceed?
>A link to the previous thread;http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2145189/
>>2182502Obviously we are far off kin, he sent us the papers by letter, he said to meet him here but we haven't seen him since we arrived, Oh how we miss our dear sweet uncle.Toss the body in the river.
>>2182521Are you planning on using his name? On the one hand it could help your case but on the other, it could tie you to it.
>>2182521That sounds too suspicious imo, let's go with the post of the previous thread about getting some wolves to eat the corpse, he went on a walk and didn't come back
>>2182533Yeah, it is pretty suspiciousWhat to do with Lucas, then...? Whisper to him in his ear and tell him not to worry? Erase his memory of the event?
>>2182540If we can let's do it
>>2182540>>2182546You have enough influence over Lucas that you can manipulate his mind, that he can think or forget what you wish him to. Though it raises a good issue of your honesty towards him. Are you planning on keeping him in the dark indefinitely? It's possible, but best to settle on a decision before skirting back and forth on the subject.
>>2182567Would he actually care what we are at this point? If not we might as well shed the skin with him.
>>2182567Alright, let's just go over the facts then, plan from there.This guy lives hereHe is currently dead, with a broken chair and some marks to show he was murdered.Lucas knows he's dead.We copied some documents to make it official, but his handwriting is different after a certain pointThere is a guy coming to check on him, but we don't know when? I think? Only that he shows up every few months. We can control animals and summon a creature or familiar.
>>2182573It depends, right? Of course you can just manipulate him, but left on his own it could vary. If you shed your disguise in a hellish fury and compel him to submit then he’ll likely care. If however you’re sweet about it, and make him want to not care, then maybe eternal damnation might not seem so bad.>>2182593Mostly correct, though for the caretaker, from what you understand he doesn’t exactly show up to check on the guy. He just shows up and sees to the grounds, but you could imagine he doesn’t specifically need to see the guy. Just get paid and told what to do, if by him or a liason.And yes you have a range of demonic powers, though the more your own power, the more the range of powers will grow.
>>2182601Hmmm... not sure if it's within our powers, but any chance we can check his hand for old injuries?
>>2182616Looking at his hand is probably too difficult for us to pull off currently.
>>2182622We can manipulate flesh, so perhaps we could examine it? Seems within our purview. Not entirely sure on that.
>>2182627And I thought I turned you off.
>>2182601Can we defile the body to have power over it? Carve a demonic symbol on him then have the marks disappear?
>>2182651Is there something you’re looking for in particular?>>2182653Indeed, yes you can. The soul is gone, nothing to resist your manipulation now. Easier to do though if you make a ritual of it, but same end result.
>>2182704I say we erase the marks and then dispose of the body on a nearby trail then call some wolves over to gore the body
>>2182712And the next day we "find" the body and report it, show the forged deed and give the money to whoever it may concern, hopefully it'll work
>>2182704Old bone fractures or the like. Just want to see if the change in handwriting was because he was replaced or had a hand injury.
>>2182720That's a clever idea. You can check though, nothing which would indicate such a thing. And as you check over the writings as well, you've no reason to believe it came from a change in hand either, else you'd expect to see at least some smudge marks from a left hand.>>2182717>>2182712This could work if you wish to undergo the attempt, you can make a roll for the effort. A d100, to perform the ritual, and whatever you may wish to do to the body.
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>2182729Clear away all traces of our struggle.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>2182729So he really did replace the previous owner... a mystery, indeed. Now what could this mean...?
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>2182729>>2182731Supporting this
>>2182738>>2182736>>2182731>78So you prepare an open area of the room the body is in, making an inscribed circle as well as defiling the body with demonic markings. Eventually after the right preparation and enacting, you're able to manipulate the body as you see fit, in this case choosing to remove signs of the struggle. Just in case anyone should care to look for such a thing. Takes about half an hour, but after that you think the body looks rather convincing. Saturated with corruption, but unless you're planning on burying him at a church it shouldn't be a problem.
>>2182765Ok now leave him outside and summon a few wolves to maul him. Tomorrow report that he's been missing since last night to the sheriff or mayor or whatever this town has.
>>2182765Let's go dump the body nearby, call some wolves to leave it mangled Can we corrupt one of the wolves so they blame it?
>>2182772>>2182773Any specifics on how far to dump the body? Off the property, or somewhere on the grounds?>>2182773You can definitely pin it on a wolf in particular if you like, so they have a maneater to put down. May draw focus even from the killing.
>>2182802Somewhat near the main grounds, make it look like he died trying to get back
>>2182802Edge of the grounds. Old man wouldn't have time to run away from wolves.
>>2182816>>2182809In your current form you won't be able to lug it that far, care to change, or manipulate Lucas into doing it?
>>2182824Lucas! Help me move this corpse!
>>2182824Either one sounds risky let's send Lucas, fuk it, we can erase his memories either way
>>2182831>>2182825You manipulate Lucas again though, probably for something easy like him thinking it's a sack of potatoes or something. Either way, together you haul the body off across the grounds to the far edge of the forested side and dump it. You can send him back after that with some sweet lie, as you wait a little while for the others.Creatures of the night, a few wolves gather to your bidding, very keen on greeting you. Loyal beasts, you stroke their fur, thank them for their service, and urge them to eat. The sight of them ripping into the body is all the more sign of your likely success. Not too much though, you want there to be something to find and to be identifiable. But to your heart's content the body is ripped as to be sure the sign of death.After that, well, it's up to you how you proceed. Very late, early even, you imagine a long day ahead.
>>2182838Go to sleep, we'll find it in the morning."Well officer, he left around noon last night, he said he was going for a walk around the grounds. When he didn't return I thought he may have gone into town for the night. I never thought *realistic crying noise* he d-died."
>>2182838Check our surroundings then go home and take a bath in our newly acquired house and if Lucas is lucid enough have some celebration fun
>>2182856A bit weird if you expected him out, or he went out, and you just happened to find him the next day.>>2182862Seems clear to you, the wolves can disperse as easily as they came though you mark one in case you need a scapegoat. After that you return home. Lucas is out cold after your constant waking him and sending him away, manipulations and hard work. You're totally free though to enjoy your new house, most of all the bath. An actual tub at that, not just a big wash basin. An actual metal tub in it's own bathroom, hot water, and cleaning supplies. An actual sponge, and actual soap! This guy may not have been very wealthy, but he knew how to live well on his budget. That is, if indeed it was his budget. In any case you can enjoy a good bath and get clean, dwell in the hot water with your thoughts for a time. Such a marvelous feeling, the lady of your own little estate. You look forward immensely to when you needn't any disguise and can live and appreciate everything here available to you, as your true self. But in the meantime, just Amelie the human woman (by appearance at least) appreciating a nice bath. Anything particular you care to do, or settle back to bed after that, to wake up at a more reasonable time and figure out what to do about the dead body?
>>2182898Some midnight fun with Lucas
>>2182906Come on let the poor boy sleep.>>2182898Fun time with pushy farm girl almost best girl.
>>2182935She ain't here, it's just Lucas
>>2182941Oh shit she isn't. Well it's midnight here I'm going to bed. Much love, sex Lucas.-Peace
>>2182898I don't think it's weird, and we didn't just happen to find him. He went for a late night walk, we realized the next morning he never came back, we went out looking and found a corpse.
>>2182906>>2182935>>2182941You consider letting Lucas sleep after constantly waking him up all night, but instead figure why stop now? So after the bath, you retire to bed with Lucas and wake him up for some fun. Not like he could complain anyway, and you've not had a chance at intimacy since that first time, so you have some fun together. A nice way to finish out the evening in celebration of, as you hope, becoming the new owner of the estate.The next day though Lucas is exhausted after the worst night's sleep in ages. You jump up all spry and happy, ready for the day and feeling good early in the morning, but unless you push him otherwise he'll probably sleep till afternoon at least. But yes, a new day, what to do first?
>>2183002Let him sleep in we'll head into town to check on the girls and report the missing old man
>>2183008Agreed on checking the girls, but maybe we should wait till tomorrow for reporting the man?After all, it would be weird if we said he is missing after only one day (supposing they can tell the date of his demise by looking at its corpse).Now, which supplies would be valuable to us as a demon? I mean in things like alchemy.Also, the which is like bug source of corruption, right?
>>2183029Yeah, probably should wait a bit
>>2183008>>2183029You leave him to sleep then, as you have a quick breakfast, get dressed and ride the horse into town. It doesn't take too long to find the other two, Merryl having slept in and Mila not left the inn yet. You're not sure about reporting the death yet, but at least you can inform them that you've got proper accomodations now rather than just letting a room for the time being. Both are naturally quite happy with this news, though some logistics concerns for what they're supposed to do in the way of a job if the house is as far out of town as it is?>>2183029>Now, which supplies would be valuable to us as a demon? I mean in things like alchemy.Not exactly sure what you mean by this, at least not the second sentence. As for Merryl (I assume you mean), yes she's been a witch for a number of years so is herself a walking beacon of corruption. Best she not go near any church, but just being near her you feel more powerful in your mortal form.
>>2183049Ok, did we also get lands and his money? Because if so, we should be able to life of having farmers work our lands, that is, if we don't go for crime and corruption, which I suppose we will.
>>2183049They can get a job that doesn't need them there in the morning, do we know the schedule of our job at the inn?
>>2183095You haven't really taken a chance to dig deeper in to what the former owner had, but as far as you know it was just the estate. From what you saw, there's probably enough unused land available to maybe have one farm, but it's not like there's one built and ready to produce, to your knowledge. Though of course there's other ways to make money off of the plot of land you own.
>>2183117Well a job like that is kind of a luxury. For your own job at the inn, if you're intending to keep it, you have to be there pretty much all day to be able to cook and serve for anyone who comes in or is staying there. In these times, structured shifts aren't exactly a common thing. If you have work, you're expected to work most if not all of the day pretty much.
>>2183123We should look for another job closer to our place if we can't negotiate anything with the owner at the innAlso does Merryl know more things in alchemy other than drugs and stuff? Normal stuff we can sell
>>2183132Those are things she can sell though, she used to get work as just a mere healer or common ailment treater. She can also make minor magic items, though she’s never been able to really sell (market) those sorts of things. She’s capable of learning more of course but that’s just her current skillset.As for your own work, you could maybe try to negociate with the owner if you really want the job but still want to commute from out of town. Otherwise you could specify what alternative job you may have in mind and search somewhere closer to home.
>>2183169Become alchemists.Spread degeneracy with a designer drug.
>>2183169Well i want to keep the job, a lot of people must pass through an inn so we have a lot of potential to meet more people there and we'll get Merryl alchemist equipment when she moves in with usFor now they'll have to stay in the inn for a few days
>>2183200If you want to take the inn, then probably best to get used to living at the inn for the time being. Seems that’s actually the case with everyone, having a job. So you may end up owning the house now, but maybe not get use out of it for awhile. Oh well, strange ways and all that.>>2183193Well you personally can learn whatever you need to very easily thanks to your demonic aptitude, though Merryl would need a teacher or at least something to study from.
>>2183215I'll wait on the other anons opinion on thisGoodnight op
>>2183231I don't think it's that great an idea. We'll have to work basically all day, leaving us only the night to do our activities. And, since a lot of people walk in and out of an inn, the chanceof just straight up being outed as a demon is higher than usual. It's not a bad choice, really, but I'd like to consider our options first.
>>2183848So... Look for a place closer to us?
>>2183868Could take some time looking around for a job first. Otherwise, the inn is always open.Really, a desk job would be nice. Copying documents or working at a library or something. Well, maybe... city's got to have an archive, right? Maybe there
>>2183964Working as an alchemist apprentice would help both Merryl and us, at some point we could make our own to sell them
>>2183990well, I know we're in ye olde fantasy setting, but how is alchemy viewed? Just a normal thing? Cast under suspicion? Something like drug dealing? moderated by law/church? Those kinds of things.
>>2183996We should ask op>>2183215Is alchemy a normal thing? Is healing in the same branch?
>>2183964Being a scribe is a pretty honest profession, not a lot of chance to corrupt people but certainly an inconspicuous job that’s less likely to get caught. Also easier hours depending on how well you work, and not as likely to discriminate against a woman.>>2184018>>2183996Alchemists might give the craft a bad rap, but the practice itself isn’t seen as bad for the most part. People may regard it with suspicion and superstition, and certainly there’s cases where negative responses are warranted, but nobody can deny the practicality and use of the craft. Thusly, folks may not want to be your neighbor for risk of explosions or errant golems, but as long as you’re not doing blasphemous things then at the end of the day they’ll still come knocking for cures to their ills.In the larger sense though, the (often) supernatural practice of alchemy is losing favor to the developing, practical science of chemistry. The typical and traditional “village alchemist” isn’t going to risk losing his job anytime soon, but institutions, royal academies, foundations and the like, are more interested in what a study of logic and convention has to offer rather than difficult and dangerous semi-magical practices.
>>2184058Are there any known ot reputable alchemists/healers in town?
>>2184092You can ask around, or go looking for yourself sure, with a roll. Might turn up nothing, might find a willing teacher.Though for youself, alchemists tend to have some magical skill so it may be risky for you personally to get involved with one. But that’s only a chance, could just as easily be safe.
Considering that we are literate, can do math, and have a noble's property, we should probably start working with merchant guilds and properties.First, we search the mansion in search for the previous owner's funds.In case we don't find them or they aren't a considerable amount, we get a loan. I would recommend doing do in a shady way, since the impurity of people working on such deals should let us influenciate them (right, op?)Once we have this loan, we can enter the world of business and corruption, which is... kind of complicated.The rough idea is to give the business that we support (because they are ours or pay a fee four or services) protection and contacts while dealing with the competence in ilegal and legal ways to raise our status as a noble.Now, the thing that thanks to our nature, we can ensure loyalty without the need of investing great amounts of money or demonstrations of power, among the leaders, at least.The objective would be to control every leader of importance and make a monopoly, giving us ridiculous founds and, thus, political influence. The trick staying hidden to the point in which we can fight the church from the shadows and thus leaving the people less protected from our influence.At that point we would basically govern, and thus, be able to get a lot of souls.Hell, if we run our territory well and treat the peasantry in a good and appealing way (devils like using tentativo, after all), we could basically be a nation run by the shadow (at least until our 'nation' could wisthstand all the other nations that would come after us should they learn we are a devil).At that point we could basically just offer all criminals wither to day or become our servants, aka, give us their souls; as well as other methods, but I don't feel like writing everything I can think about.
Also, we can just get some artisans or work es and let them work their craft for us in exchange of hosing and protection, you know patronage.Of course, then we can make the work for free after their are corrupted enough.
>>2184104Merchant work was also an idea I had. Been a bit busy today so I couldn't do a right up, but it was similar to the way you were going. See about doing some accounting for a merchant. Use our powers to pursuade his contacts and the like. Attempt to buy our means of production/but our other businesses. Use that influence to get an in with the nobles, while also using the money to pay off/build up our own mafia. Monopolies are fine in this era, so that's all we have to do. Then from there it would snowball. Reason I went records first was because I was thinking of finding off the book deals and missing money to blackmail some merchant to take us as a part time apprentice while also still having access to the archives, since more information is always great.Only problem is the vhurch, which would also have large sway, and the more power we have (unless we stick to the background and continue to puppet from the shadows) the more likely we are to get noticed. And even then, playing puppet master has its risks.
>>2184122Records/tax work also has the plus of seeing which nobles/merchants/peasants have been skimping out, and finding those that have been corrupted by vices or are on hard times (enough to possibly give their soul over maybe?). And once the corrupted upper class are weeded out, all that's left are those very good at hiding their vices (good puppets to take over) or pure souls.
>>2184152>>2184122>>2184104Either way, doesn't matter, right? Could be a merchant, corrupt whoever is working the tax office, or could work at the tax office, and corrupt a puppet merchant~~! And, rather than having a private mafia, couldn't you propose having a privatized police force for the city? Dear nobles, I know that your coffers could be larger, so I have gathered some strapping young crimi- I mean, gentlemen, to squeeze out that tax money they owe you! And while they rot in jail, we can offer things for their souls~~! Even though they're going to die anyway. Unless they're useful. And we could toss a noble in the gulag too! Just have to turn the rest against just one, and we'd have our own pocket noble! Speaking of nobles, there's still that lose end with the dead man... who was he? He's an entirely different person, it seems~~!
>>2184184I don't think any local lord's gonna be to happy about some newcomer shaking people down for taxes. How does he know your not cheating him?
>>2184184I suppose it doesn't.>>2184203I'd assume what he's talking about is getting on the good side of said local lord before doing so. Point out skimping on tax plans to him, corrupt him a bit, butter up his palms, assure him we're only doing this to help him, then present such an idea.
So we're looking for an accountant job under a noble?
I sure wish op would tell us when he has to leave
>>2184504I sure wish he would separate answers to questions and the story posts so its easier to catch up
>>2184504>When he has to leaveExcept I didn’t? We start around this time though, and will do soon enough.>>2184594Blame /qst/ for making such long time between posts.
>>2184253So you’re looking for a writing position, are you aiming for a noble though or a merchant?
>>2184775I guess a noble?
>>2184899Make a roll for the search then, unless you have a specific lead in mind. You might get lucky, or at least discover an opening.
Rolled 64 (1d100)>>2184923welp
Rolled 41 (1d100)>>2184923
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>2184923Do we even know any nobles other than the old dude we killed?
>>2184923Hmm, one that obviously isn't too related with the church.And I would assume that nobles would have control over the guilds to they technically employ the merchants. So I will go for the noble.>>2184974Is this good enough to get a job from the local lord? That would be awesome.
>>2184974>>2184960>>2184925>98Know, you don't know any by person, but with a roll like that you have a pretty good idea of where to look. The lumber seller you helped several days ago, Gaspard, has a fair bit of wealth from what you saw and probably has some connections.>>2184993You could get work from a particular noble, or try as high up as the predominant lord in this area, yes.
>>2185007Hit up Gaspard then for some contacts. Not the predominant lord, too prominent too soon.
>>2185020And check if there's any close to our placeAlso anons we gotta sort the murder business out, are Mila and Merryl going to be living in the inn or the new place?
>>2185048Well, if they move in to the new place right now, might seem suspicious. But, if we were to say we asked our friends to help search for him... if we ever go that route of getting all the official documentation.
>>2185020>>2185048The original plan was the one you're sticking to. You already know someone, so best to go that way."Amelie, my dear! I take it visiting to Lucas's parents went well? How may I be of service to you, then?""Oh Gaspard, you wouldn't happen to be acquainted with any nobility in need of a scribe?"A quick enough trip over to the lumber yard to find the owner, and ask of a favor. It's not such a steep one either, not as though he owes you anything but you're ever so innocent and sweet about it that he's only happy to help. As it turns out, being in the local business scene he does know a few folks whom might be open to a pleasant young lady around to manage paperwork. The choice is yours as to whom he could introduce you to;>Corentin, a fairly successful farm manager whom owns a few steads in the area. He doesn't directly have a hand in controlling them and assigns people to do so, but he has a lot to keep track of and would welcome a secretary type to handle things so that he can take to his lucrative hobby of magical beast husbandry.>Margot, a widowed madam whom oversees the businesses of her late husband, mostly textiles for which there are a few workshops in and near town>Lorenzo, the closest in terms of location to "your" house though he's more of a retired fellow who in his spare time just manages a winery and vineyards. Some distance away, to the southeast, but probably the easiest workload and most carefree pace.Some potential for sure...
>>2185153Whoops, small mistake in the written and pasted parts, Corentin is the closest by location, not Lorenzo.
>>2185153>Lorenzo, the closest in terms of location to "your" house though he's more of a retired fellow who in his spare time just manages a winery and vineyards. Some distance away, to the southeast, but probably the easiest workload and most carefree pace.No magical beasts, they might be able to pierce our disguise with their magic. I think wine has more potential than textiles, plus some anon wanted drugs and this is close enough.
>>2185207Supporting thisAlthough a widower also sounds good
>>2185153First option: no>Margot, a widowed madam whom oversees the businesses of her late husband, mostly textiles for which there are a few workshops in and near townThis... This is kind of? Risky. Everyone needs clothes. Including nobles, the church, the peasantry... does she service all? Does she take specialty orders? Will we just be quietly working away in the shop, or be more in front of one of the stores? This one seems best for going from low to high, I think, unless it's a specialty kind of shop, or has special stores to go from low to high. This one has the highest chance of screwing up, but also the quickest to get at what we want, I'd think.>Lorenzo, the closest in terms of location to "your" house though he's more of a retired fellow who in his spare time just manages a winery and vineyards. Some distance away, to the southeast, but probably the easiest workload and most carefree pace.This seems good, but at the same time, I don't know exactly what religious connotations wine has here. Is wine related to the church at all? If so, does he make any for the church? Aside from that, it's a but far away, but really thr only ones who'd buy wines would be those with the money to afford it. Meaning merchants, nobles, and peasants who wish to give something to their romantic love interests. This one is probably the top to bottom route, but would probably be slower...Option 3 seems best, but I'll hold my vote until others have chipped in.
>>2185207>No magical beasts, they might be able to pierce our disguise with their magic.A very valid concern. May or may not be a risk but why take it?>>2185273>Will we just be quietly working away in the shop, or be more in front of one of the stores?For the most part, her workshops and stores are for making large amounts of textiles for shipping off to trade, however she does sell to the local area and does some charitable work in supplying the needy with basics. So yes she does accommodate all buyers for the most part. If you worked for her you wouldn't be working behind a desk though, Margot herself is quite busy and enjoys a hand in running things so you'd be like her assistant going around with her to different places and keeping notes and handling paperwork so she doesn't have to.>>2185273Wine has a place in the church as well as for festivals, particularly of the lesser gods. And certainly Lorenzo supplies that, again often as charitable acts, but he sells mostly to those whom can buy. Also since he is himself a foreigner, he ships a lot back to his home country for sale there. The wines of the southern regions of this country are pretty famous and coveted, Gaspard himself merely relates that Lorenzo apparently always had a special taste for them so in his retirement came here to try his hand at the business itself.
>>2185351HMMMMBoth Lorenzo and Margot sound really good imhoWhat do y'all say anons?
>>2185400There are pros and cons to both. I need some info on their personalities, really. Which of the two are more likely to pet? Not care for situations? If we played the shy girl, would one of the two say 'ah, he's a nice guy, just go inside the church and hand off the bottle/clothes! I won't take no for an answer and he's a valued friend and customer!'Not that we couldn't use our abilities on said employer, but I'd rather go with someone more amenable.
>>2185409>more likely to petI forget what I was trying to type there...
>>2185400The thing which may or may not be a dealbreaker though, to work for Lorenzo means traveling some distance. It's about a day or two ride to his place, according to Gasparde. So not a distance where you could just get up in the morning and be there for work by noon. You'd either have to get accommodations out there, or work most of the week and find days off to go back and forth, and if it wasn't obvious, your friends can't come with you. At least not all of them.>>2185409That's something Gaspard can't answer much to, since he's only met or dealt with them in passing. For what it's worth though, Margot is often enough in and around town so you could meet her and get an impression. Lorenzo, that's a bit more of a leap.
>>2185421Ehhhhh, Margot sound better to me now but i dunno about the other anons
>>2185444She does. The pros of being far and being in contact with the upper echeleon more often are kind of outweighed by travel distance, relations to the church. Can't exactly mess with his product without alerting the church, either, so that route is a but of a bust.
>>2185456>>2185444Very well then, it sounds like you prefer to work for Margot? Have you an idea on how to introduce yourself and get a chance at the job? Gaspard can find you where she is and have you meet, but a good impression is on you to make.
>>2185499I have no idea. I mean, we can read, right, we are very good at calculations, our stamina is nothing to scoff at, we're a pretty face, so she doesn't have to worry about us turning away customers, we also happen to be persuasive... we also wouldn't be scared away from a heavy workload. We'd have to just keep it short. He said she was a busy woman, so giving her a while speech while she's busy probably is not a good idea...Anyone else have any ideas? I'm not sure offering her any good or drink is a very good idea. 1, bringing food to a textiles place isn't something I'd consider good, and 2, I'm not sure she's accept or has particular tastes.
>>2185499>>2185542We're a common peasant girl looking to get a job to earn money for our upcoming wedding then the most important bits of >>2185542
>>2185584>>2185542Well off these two, you rely on Gaspard to seek out Margot and take you to her, and as it turns out she's currently at a potter's store looking to buy a set of dishes as a gift apparently. They exchange a familiar word and he tries to put in the good word for you, but it's up to you to land yourself the job. "Amelie then, is it? Gaspard here says you're skilled with letters, and you can read? And so young, at that.""Yes madam, I have had a great deal of experience though I am but a commoner myself. I had hoped to earn a wage as to contribute to marriage expenses."You speak all properly and show respect, curtsy and all. Speaking well of her, she seems to like this for sure, and you've at least got her attention with your story rather than her just dismissing you and only listening for Gaspard's sake. The thing you notice most however, she's got a definite darkness about her, enough that you can pick up on it and even sense a little about her. She definitely has pride from your deference towards her, but that's not it. Something wicked which she isn't even regretful over, or else it wouldn't be so prominent. In any case, you've definitely got your foot in the door. Anything you want to try, or roll if you care to, in order to seal the deal?
>>2185812Oh noI bet she has some sort of authority fetish or she's a serial killerProlly killed her husband And um, i don't think so? Unless anyone else wants to chime in
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>2185812Since shes already kinda corrupt, can we manipulate that at all? I think we've got this anyway.
>>2185854Is that really a good idea? Right off the bat? We should wait a bit when we're better acquainted with her and somewhat close to start digging
>>2185854>>2185943>52Well it's not terrible, maybe don't try to grab ahold of her soul off the bat, but you can at least sense what appeals to her and try to match that.In the end you put on a good show for her, and she's pleased with the prospect of you as an assistant. She asks of course when you can start, how long you can work for, and how well you're hoping to be paid?
>>2185971... do we know what the rate of pay is? Damn, should have asked that from what's his face. Being able to read and write should at least equal to a high paying job, but we're starting with her and are 'unexperienced' along with basically having no connections. She might attempt to lowball or straight up shortchange us on pay. I'd be fine with taking a slightly lower than average pay to start, just because the connections are more valuable. As for work... I don't know? How long do we want to work? I doubt she runs around all day, but she'd probably leave us with a stack of documents or whatnot to go over after she's done wondering around. Does medieval fantasy land even have regular work ours? Do the task, dinish, we'll help if we're available after, but I must see my soon to be husband to prepare dinner for him or something like that?
>>2185971Tomorrow, we're available past midday since where we're staying at is out of town and we don't know the rates for an assistant, we'll trust her with our payment rate
>>2185995>>2186008She's fine with tomorrow then, and if you can start earlier she can let you off earlier too. Like mornings, then get off afternoons. It'll mean having to get up extra early to be in town by the time she is though, but sleep is less of an issue for you. As for pay, well it sounds fair to you but you can't be sure of course because you've never had a job otherwise.In any case, it seems you got the job yes. If you're planning on starting tomorrow, then you've the rest of the day free to yourself. Maybe not a bad idea to get some things which might help with the job but otherwise, your last day of freedom so to speak.
>>2186026Let's go help Mila get a job, take Merryl too to hang out
>>2186026Probably need a writing utensil, a journal/same papers, some kind of bag, sometsomething to snack on (not for us, but to offer to people... And sometimes for us in order to keep up appearances), hmmm.... anything else?
>>2186042What kind of job for her? She's mostly farming experienced, but under the assumption that she'll end up as another minion, your choice of job for her may be different. Merryl of course doesn't really need a job, she can support herself with her skills as-is.>>2186047Those are all pretty reasonable and fairly cheap, you don't even need to roll to rustle them up. And it will most certainly make a good impression on Margot for showing up prepared for the job.
>>2186063You said she had an idea of what she wanted to do, i wanted to go and look with her and Meryll
>>2186074She does, I was just checking if you wanted to intervene considering the new plans relating to the house and the job.You very well can gather them up though and let Mila proceed as she would have, letting her to look and choose while you just tag along.
>>2186063Well, you mentioned those other two jobs. We could we try and get her a job at the vineyard or working with animals, maybe?Otherwise, we can try to just get her a job at a nearby farm. Or is our defense large enough to grow and sell some animals at home?
>>2186087... i hate hate hate typing on my phone. Meant demense. But whatever, I screwed up my words on my previous post too. Anyway, thought it'd be nice to at least mention the two to her, rather than force the desicion on her.
>>2186096>>2186087Oh yeah, if you care to you could try buying some animals, a bunch of chickens maybe. The estate might not be set up for farming or have much room for it, but tending to a bunch of animals you can buy would be relatively easier and have much quicker returns. That is to say, it’s not impossible that you could become self-sufficient or even make money on the property, with the right purchases and money use.
>>2186135I say we wait a bit on that, until it's legally ours but let's go with Mila and Merryl for now
>>2186159Well, we could pitch the idea to her, at least.
Earlier start today, going to resume here in a bit.
>>2186159>>2186189You're content to spend the rest of the day with the girls, and seek them out. Merryl as it turns out was just wandering around town and getting used to civilization again after being away for many years, since she doesn't need a job and can subsist on her own. Mila by contrast, ironically landed herself a job as an assistant cook for the larger inn of town, after the former assistant cook never showed up to work. In meeting up though, there's not anything particular you have to see to after having already gotten some basic supplies for your own work. You do think it worthwhile to bring up the idea of buying some animals though to Mila, who wouldn't mind that at all. She wasn't too fond of her job tending to livestock before, but that was when it was for other people's livestock. If they were her own or the collective "you's" then she'd be glad to. She echoes a similar sentiment, that getting a bunch of chickens at first could make up costs pretty quick, though she has always wanted to tend to some more supernatural livestock if possible. The three of you are of course free to spend the rest of the day though in town as you see fit. Merryl is just happy to be there if a bit overwhelmed by all the people, while Mila loves it. "City" living, just what she always wanted!
>>2187609I was going to suggest getting Meryll supplies so she can start working on healing stuff but I'll hold on on that until we have a steady incomeDoes Merryl want to do anything in particular?
>>2187764She would tell you no, that she's fine, but you can read her well enough. A longtime desire to see a theater production, as she's heard wonderful things of those however Rocheau, this town, isn't big enough for a proper theater. There is a stage at the town green but it's not exactly the same. Could still just go to a show though, you doubt she'd really discern the difference all that much if she's never been to a theater in the first place.
>>2187802>C'mon Merryl, you know you can't lie to meLet's go see a Show! Bring everyone! Keep an eye out for any corruption
>>2187817Yeah, why not go see a show with all of us, if it's within our budget.
>>2187821>>2187817Well Lucas is not actually present but the three of you can go, sure. >within our budgetShowings on the green are free! Or well, it’s nice if you donate some after to the actors but it’s not required. Care you to attend the show, are you trying to spy on any atendees? Or just enjoy things?
>>2187861See of there's any corruption, the actors are bound to have some, they probably have to do "favors" to some noble to get to where they are now
>>2187861I'd keep an eye to see which important figures are attending, if there are any. And if there are any sources of corruption in the crowd or on stage. probably can't contribute much more than this today. I'll see if I can try.
>>2187873Indeed the actors do, one actor in particular. Otherwise though it’s an enjoyable time, some actual mortal entertainment for you to appreciate. An interesting diversion from what you’re used to, some story about a fisherman losing his wife and boating across the sea with the help of an orcish pirate to find her. You think it could do well with a lot more cruelty, suffering and debauchery, but it does occur to you that’s your inner demon playing up. On it’s own you’re sure it’s plenty nice enough a story, and perhaps in time your appreciation of such things could become genuine. Merryl of course is simply enthralled the whole time and overreacts several times, shouting out to the actors in excitement over things the character wouldn’t be aware of or that she wants to happen. Though there’s others in the audience to do the same, but all in all she loves it and thanks you tearfully with a hug at spoiling her so.In any case it’s a nice time, and lets up late afternoon, whatever next you care to devote yourself to.
>>2187955Send them off and tail the one we could sense
>>2187955Well, there's still the issue with the dead body. Not entirely sure what to do with that, or wether to deal with it now or later. Could head back, set up the basement for various things. There's so much to do now... i don't know where to start. There a library or public records place around?
>>2187948The only important figures to attend that you’re aware of (recognize) were the town mayor, and a minor noble family on an outing.>>2187969Sure enough you can send off Mila and Merryl then, telling them not to get too separated this time. You meanwhile focus on said actor before, wandering your way over to the stage, and with some looking around the preparation area at the back. It’s only a small, open building so you can just walk in as you notice a few folks doing. Mostly to give thanks or personally devote some coins. Is there a manner in which you care to approach the actor though? Maybe to give praise, or as some fawning fan? Or whatever else you may have in mind...>>2187992Indeed there is the body, the longer you leave it the more likely normal wild animals will come along and finish the rest. Though it’s not like anyone’s there beating down your door over the guy’s death. Maybe give it time, but then again maybe he really didn’t have any family left, or friends.In any case, there is a library, mostly frequented by local magic practitioners as you understand it. The public records are kept by the church, however, but that’s not to say they’re impossible to reach of course. Just that you personally would have a hard time of going to get them yourself.
>>2188011Why not both? Coins and thanks for the show for our friend then leave to tail him from a hidden position
>>2188043Make a roll for the attempt then, see how good you are at following without being noticed.
Rolled 82 (1d100)>>2188054
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>2188011>magic and the church Oh man.So that's off the table for a bit...Maybe we can corrupt a nun in the future.>>2188054Might as well while I can still type
>>2188068That doesn’t mean the library itself is magic, just that without any sort of proper magic institute in town, the library is the next best thing. Not that there’s so many magic persons here to begin with.>>2188068>>2188061>82Quite good, the fellow doesn’t suspect himself to be followed and you’ve only your clothes on so nothing much to distract or make noise. You follow him for awhile after he bids the other actors farewell for the day. Eventually he hits up a tavern down on the riverfront, a rather dirty and unpleasant place build out of the waterside basement of a building where you get a strong sense of corruption. From the general customer base, not like it’s a den of criminals but the folks down here, are not the friendliest of people. In fact, although you tailed the actor well enough, you don’t make it far inside beyond a quick look before you get grabbed and pulled back out. A big orc fellow, his hand enough to grasp your whole shoulder and probably a bouncer, blocks you from reentry. ”You lost little girl? This isn’t the sort of place for the likes of you.”
>>2188107HMMMMMMMI say we go in, there must be a lot we can do in there
>>2188144>Go inExcept, you know, the orc blocking your path.
>>2188168I knowI'm voicing what i wanna do so others chime in and post what they want to do
>>2188189do u tho
>>2188204Seems like we'll need an invite of sorts to get in. Might have to investigate that later. We'll have to remember this location though.
>>2188235>>2188239So take your leave for now then?
>>2188274Yeh, carve a demonic symbol on one of the places walls if we can
>>2188280Finally, a connectionThat doesn't seem sound. Like, for what reason would we even do That? We already know where it is. It just seems like a superfluous action designed to get attention. Especially since it might draw the wrong kind of attention.
>>2188280That’s easy enough, you demonically mark a wall in an inconspicuous place and then take your leave. Probably worth returning to, but anyway you’re. back up streetside now. The sun is setting, so if there’s anything left you want to wrap up the day with you can. Assumedly, besides finding Mila and Merryl and returning home?
>>2188324Um, i don't think so I'm fine with returning home
>>2188371Very well then, you find Merryl and Mila again and together rustle up some goods to take home. After that, well you can’t all ride the horse so you pack the goods for him to carry while the three of you walk with. It’s much longer this way but you can still reach the estate by nightfall, expecting and finding Lucas there to welcome you all. Merryl and Mila are absolutely dumbstruck by the house and the grounds, neither ever having seen let alone imagined such a lovely place. And it hasn’t even been done up yet. They both hug you happily with a cheer, both for dragging them out of the dirt where they had been and to a place such as this, though happy for different reasons.After tending to the horse then and moving all the food and goods inside, you all can get used to using the kitchen now and make dinner for yourselves. A nice evening together in what may be your home, yes? Quiet and pleasant, and then a good night’s rest for work, no doubt.
>>2188417If anyone asks they're staying while helping us find the ownerI don't have anything in mind but i dunno about the rest
>>2188417Well, have we had a short meeting of what we've accomplished today? Could do that, get everyone's affairs in order and on what we're all planning on doing. Start dinner, talk to merryl for a moment, then tie her up for the night and finally have some night fun with the other two.
Whew, New Years is over now! Going to be able to resume again regularly now, continuing in a bit.
>>2188487You’re sure you can pass off the other two as help or guests, though you’re not expecting anyone to question them much anyway.>>2190481Over the course of dinner then you can have a decent conversation about everyone’s progress made so far. Most everyone has managed to land some work, with Lucas doing his usual work with horses, Mila as a cook at the inn and you as an assistant. Merryl will just stay to mind the house, hoping she doesn’t burn it down or sabotage you, while going about her usual witchy work. The hope is that you won’t all be working menial labor jobs indefinitely, but for the time being at least it’s a decent start.So after dinner and cleaning up you take things easy for awhile, the others finding their own ways to occupy time. In particular you talk with Merryl till it starts getting late, and you figure to have her tied up which she doesn’t oppose of course. After that, well everyone would have retired to bed since there’s enough rooms, but you have an idea. It’s your house now, right? So why not live as such, and you decide to break in the master bed, bringing the other two along. Together you share a pretty intense time and certainly stir up a lot of corruption, before settling to sleep together, genuinely exhausted. Seems like your “improvements” of Lucas are really starting to show. Still all under your human disguise, but itself getting more powerful the more corruption you sow.—You’re awakened the next morning as usual by Merryl making a racket about needing to be untied. Getting up to do so, you leave the other two snug in the big master bed, of a mind to get right back but of course there’s things to do, a new day. Free to act as you are, but three of you have work now to look forward to...
>>2193172Well, we're going to have to see to merryl. And now that we have a semi-stable base, we're going to finally be able to see about acquiring those souls... don't know how though. Might as well head off to work, unless someone else wants to chime in with something.
>>2193303Nah, work is good
>>2193303Well there’s the consideration of how invested you want to be when you’ve got your own place. Whether you want to maintain an active mortal presence by having an job and going around town, or if you want to exercise and practice your demonic will and power within your private domain. Assumedly if you gather more friendlies, they could work for you to generate income and influence in town, or you just predate upon them demonically.>>2193346Work it is then, you want to get ready and leave as soon as possible or give someone else a chance to ride into town on your horse with you. A reminder that you have two, including a cart (from the former owner).
>>2193399I'm really just trying to figure out a way to get souls. So, may I ask the different methods used to acquire them?
>>2193415The most traditional, or at least the most common way is to offer someone something (like a deal) that they would exchange their soul for. Like they sign their soul away in a contract and you grant them a wish. Though a little more complicated since you’re material now.Other ways are as simple as convincing someone to pledge or give their soul to you, whether it’s out of devotion, trickery, or assumed salvation. It was brought up earlier, like predating upon those to-be executed, the desperate might do foolish things like offer their soul to a demon in hopes of something better.Lastly you can try to forcibly take a soul through sacrificial ritual, but that’s obviously harder and also not as effective as a willing transfer. Otherwise there may be other ways, if you’re creative to imagine other ways, but these are just the usual “common” options.
>>2193448Getting souls is hard... Well, going to work sounds fine for now. Just to get our bearings on what's usual before delving into wicked deeds.
>>2193458Very well then, you get up and ready for the day, dressed and all. You’ll take your horse while Mila and Lucas can take the other when they have to get into town. Not so long of a ride on your own, and finding a place to put him up for the day. You show up to the agreed upon place then with plenty of time to spare, and when Margot does arrive she appreciates your being there on time. Seeing you ready, she goes over just a basic itinerary for the day before departing, assumedly with you in tow. First up is checking on her stores in town, you’re just accompanying her and being useful then, nothing out of the ordinary?Make a roll either way for your performance.
Rolled 22 (1d100)>>2193549Cmon, let's do good!I'd hope to keep out for anyone with any significant corruption, or very little. Also any homeless. We can use those...
>>2193564Well, that was a terrible roll. Here's to whoever else rolling getting something better.
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>2193564
>>2193598>>2193564>88Pretty great for your first day! You impress Margot with your skill to keep up with her even without prior experience, and how quick you are to learn. What she doesn’t know is how much you’re learning overall, such that by the end of shadowing her you could probably do her job as well as she could. A few more days, and you could do even better.In any case you accompany her for much of the day, first through town and then via a carriage to a few outlying workshops. Rather than business secrets or practices though, you’re much more interested in anyone you could exploit. As expected you come across a few needy people whom Margot isn’t much interested in helping, but in particular a few workers and work/shop owners or foremen whom seem pretty corrupt. None so much as Margot herself though, but it’s a good chance to give you some perspective. Unaware of your greater schemes though, she’s merely thankful for your presence, and very appreciative. Enough that she offers to take you along to a fancy early dinner type arrangement. Another chance to get to see a side of the business she also handles. Entirely optional of course, she understands if you’ve other things to do.
>>2193672Well, we'll need to know where it is, who usually goes to these dinners, and check in with our husband, maybe... I'm almost on the side of accepting, but my paranoia says to ask those first two questions firstQuestion, do witches deal in souls? Any other kind of being? Or is it solely demons? You did mention there were other ways to lose ones soul, so....
>>2193672I say we go, we get a chance to reveal what she's hiding and next time we could get to know these corrupt men
>>2193695>>2193683You can ask her about it easy enough, it’s just a meeting between a few privileged families at one of their houses in town, not a proper event or gathering just like a little social meet and eat. If you can’t make it because you’ve got something else to do or would rather not without your “husband” that’s fine. It’s not something required for the job anyway, mostly she’s just going to meet her son and see how he’s been handling things on the other side of the business.>>2193683Some witches deal in souls sure, really anyone or anything could. Demons and some others are particularly known for it, but they’re certainly not exclusive to the practice. The most likely after that, are beings which wouldn’t have a soul normally and so seek them. In any of these cases you could track them fairly easily given your own inherent hunger for souls.
>>2193766I see. well that should be fine then.Still seems pretty suspicious on who could show up, but It'll let us in on who's who and who to influence/corrupt
>>2193766And keep an eye on the servants too, maybe we'll find another diamond in the rough
>>2193772What’s the harm then? You accept to tag along, wouldn’t want to make a bad impression on your new employer, and so not too long after returning to town you find yourself following after her unto a relatively more upscale home. Must be of some family whom has a business within the settlement itself or else they’d likely be living outside otherwise. Fortunately it seems most of your worries had been misplaced, and it’s not too many people nor is it too formal. Just three families about, plus you, Margot and her son Roland whom you’re introduced to. On this Margot is quite eager, and you get a sense of her trying to at least get him interested in you. Maybe not so quick to play matchmaker, but you’d guess to make a connection with someone outside his usual group of acquaintances. A bit spoiled because of how Margot dotes on him, but he seems pretty competent overall you think. Nice enough to you at least, even if it’s just to be polite.The other guests, nothing too radical other than what you’d expect of local minor nobility. Some folks less upstanding than others, though one lady you get a very strong pang of evil from. Not as much corruption (though she’s probably concealing that) but actual evil, from you to her, recognizing that. Strange, she seems so elegant and proper, and pretty to boot.Mostly though you can keep to yourself, unless you have something particular in mind.>>2193841Yes, the servants. There’s a few in and out. If you’ve got a particular eye to them, you can make a roll. See if there’s any who stand out.
Rolled 18 (1d100)>>2193972Evil? Mind explaining what defines evil in this sense?
>>2193987Well corruption in the practical sense means committing sinful acts, usually without regret. Something evil though in this case is near enough irredeemable. Not that an evil person cannot be redeemed but that they either refuse or choose not to be, or that they could not be of their own volition. Usually a life of wickedness and sin without remorse leads down this path, rather than just a corrupt person whom sins now and then but has some sense of moderation. In this particular case though, a demon for example could abstain from sin but in their existence they are simply evil by nature, like their very composition is evil down to their flesh and bones. Thus is the situation here; this noble lady present may be direly sinful, but aside of that her very physical form itself is evil. At least by the measure of the theology you hail from, like if either of you walked into a church you both would suffer. Perhaps alarmingly, chances are high that as you can detect a fellow evil entity, so too can she towards you. A possibility, though if so she is choosing not to act differently despite this.>tl;dr something like muder may be sinful the whole world over, but to your particular theology of angels and demons, you fall on the “evil” side of the scale as does this other lady
>>2194001That... huh. Interesting. Very interesting... we'll have to make note of her.
Fuck, i didn't roll in timeShit
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>2193972Oh wait, nvm i can still rollAlso she's probably another creature like us
>>2194012>39Nothing much from the servants, other than a fellow whom you can tell is stealing things from the household, and a girl who has some sort of romance with a noble son. Nothing serious though.In any case you just keep to Margot’s side then, and take note of things as she expects, and keep an eye out for anything of interest. The little event doesn’t last too long, that she’s planning on leaving after a couple hours. Letting you know, if there’s anything last you wanted to do before leaving you can. Though, since she’s considering that it for the day, it’s not like you have to leave with her when she does.
>>2194025Let's ask her about that woman. And one of the other guests, just to make it seem like there was more than one interest point.
>>2194029SupportingAlso going to sleep, G'night Y'all
>>2194033Hopefully some more people will return once new years ends.Night
>>2194033>>2194029To answer your curiosity, you ask Margot about a few of the guests including the one in particular. The others you don’t much care about, but it’s Lady Bourdillon that’s your focus. Margot speaks quite highly of her, though you can sense already that much of it is something like false memories which she’s simply reciting when asked. Roland is the same way, and you’re pretty sure the other guests would be too.Hypnosis? Magic? You’re not sure but the suggested story is that she’s a fine and fancy young lady whose noble father is fighting “in the wars” abroad. Apparently they’ve all known her for years but their memories of these times are vague at best, whatever that may mean...
>>2194038HmmmShe's either another demon or a mindflayer, or something that can mess with people's mind which makes me worried but she could be a valuable asset if handled properlyDo we have any mind-magic negating abilities/spells?
>>2194914If you can exert your influence over someone, then you can manipulate their mind, including negating the effects of it from others. Unless the cause is from a power greater than you, but you seriously doubt this other woman is like, a greater demon or something akin.
>>2194959so... as an evil creature, she managed to worm her way into minor nobility and do what we wanted to do before we did it? Bah... Well, she might be an obsticle, an ally, or a non-issue... but We need more information. We always need more information. Arg.
>>2195009>>2194959I say wr go over to her and try to see what's up, worse case scenario she makes us believe she's our friend
>>2194959Aaaand, caught up!>>2195068Well, if shes evil, she probably feels we are too, right, QM? So might as well talk to her. There are so many ways this could go wrong, but can't do anything without taking risks~~!
>>2195077I think I said, but it’s a possibility that she can similarly sense that you are evil. If she can however, she did nothing towards that and acted normally.
>>2195087Got It! But aside from ignore her, not really much else to do. So I want some plot, wether it be bad or good, by at least meeting with her. Who knows? She could wind up being business like or some such. Worst we could do is make her our enemy. Which would be terrible and suck and we'd have to restart somehow, but I think we could profit from each other.
>>2195087Lets wait and give her a chance to approach us.
>>2195109Oooh, yeah, we should let her approach us first.
>>2195116>>2195109Well you can wait and hope she approaches you, are you staying or leaving with Margot however?
>>2195141well, waiting a day or two for a response from her seems fine before confrontation.Leaving with margot sounds good. Got to be courteous, after all. Give us another chance to talk and learn about her, and if she'll let something slip.
>>2195146Well leaving in this sense of leaving the little get together, not like she’s taking you home with her... unless you try for something like that.If you want to try and weasel something from her though or her son, you can describe your attempt and make a roll. Or just leave and go do your own thing, you’re not on the clock any longer so to speak.
>>2195161ah, alright, better to just head home then.
>>2195161It's tempting but i dunno
>>2195184>>2195163Nothing wrong with playing it safe then, as you go get your horse and then return home. The distinctly weird feeling that you’re being followed and watched though.In any case you arrive home to the expected warm welcome of the others. Normally you wouldn’t get there after Lucas and Mila whom have “normal” jobs working all day, but that get together kept you. They’re both taking it easy though after a long, first day while Merryl ostensibly cooks for them but is relieved when you get home because she can hardly cook to save her life and was hoping you’d return home soon enough to save her from shame and disgrace.
>>2195190If we feel like we're being watched, then we're being watched. Anything we can do about that with our demonc powers? Let's save dinner.
>>2195190>being followed and watchedSo, she probably does know! What to do~~?But first, save dinner! And teach her how to cook... she's a witch, alchemy and cooking are two halves of the same whole! She should know how to do this kind of thing!
>>2195190Let's help and teach her if we can and keep an eye on the windows
>>2195205>>2195203>>2195196Well at the very least you can save dinner and try to show her how. She’s not a demon though, nor a particularly great witch so learning will take time as you’d normally expect. In any case together you make a pretty decent dinner for which Merryl gets the credit, and you all enjoy yourselves. Well, for the most part. You’re of course paranoid about being watched and trying to keep an eye out. The weird thing is that it’s not as if you were being like, physically stalked by someone. You’d be able to sense them if they were, same with something supernatural like if it were a ghost. Hence why it’s a little disconcerting, you’re not afraid because what would you have to fear, but it’s a little worrisome that you’re not able to make sense of it. All the while you ponder ways to impede it perhaps, and certainly there are ways you can think of... if you knew what the source was. Just the sense that you’re being watched isn’t enough to do anything about, unless you go as far as an obscuring ritual where you quite literally shroud yourself or the house in supernatural darkness.The others at least are blissfully unaware, talking among themselves and asking how the day was. You notice Merryl in particular, getting along well enough for her, a positive change you can tell from her reserved self before being made to spend time with Lucas and Mila. They’re friendly enough and it’s rubbing off on the witch.
>>2195259I don't know the kind of magic they have here... Maybe some kind of scrying orb or spell? It's localised on our person... hmm... maybe we can shift it on to something or someone else? Or we could just deal with it. Or take a brief jount to the forest. If whoever's spying on us knows we're off alone and waiting, they might show iup
>>2195269Going out in the forest is a bad idea. The guy we killed is still out there! Go somewhere else secluded.
>>2195269Supporting this, we should see if they try to contact us
>>2195315>>2195308>>2195269So the idea seems to be to promt an interaction, but maybe not out in the woods randomly? Or take the risk?
>>2195316Someplace secluded, but I'd she tries something then it would look bad on her. Like a park or something.
>>2195323A bar could work.
>>2195331>>2195323Well it’s already nightfall. Unless you want to ride into town again to pick a spot there, either your own courtyard or somewhere on the grounds of your estate are the best chance at seclusion.Though maybe a bar dive isn’t the worst place to meet a spy.
>>2195336Well... I don't know. Anyone else want to chime in?
>>2195336I say either in the forest or the state grounds, maybe announce we know something's out there
>>2195355>>2195341Out in the garden then, a fair middle ground. You make up an excuse for going outside with a lantern, and go for a little walk. Finding your way among the little gravel path some distance away from the house, among the dead cultivated plants overgrown with wild ones and weeds, you find an old decaying bench and wait for awhile for your spy.Admittedly it’s pretty boring but you get the sense of being watched. It takes awhile to figure out for sure since there’s definitely no one there, but you’d think it would be more obvious if it were magic. You feel like slapping your head then when you get the sense for the real thing; a bat. You only even become aware of it because you can control creatures of the night, being a demon, so you notice the bat resisting your influence when you get bored trying to control things. That explains why you weren’t able to detect a person, nor magic, it’s just a mundane bat being controlled.You can of course try speaking to it or interacting with it if you wish, but as far as you can tell it’s just a normal bat. The one holding the leash so to speak, is probably waiting for it to return.
>>2195441Suppose we could tie a note to it. Don't know what to write though. 'Hello, would you like to talk, rather than spying on me?' Or something.... perhaps shes a vampire?
>>2195447Supporting, add something like "we could work together you know?"
>>2195456>>2195447Yes that could very well work if you’d like to do that, just write something along the lines of wanting to meet?
>>2195477Something like that sounds good~~!
>>2195477>I don't know if you're the same one from the meeting but given your ability to control that bat I'm sure we could work together or at least peacefully coexist, you could even come here during the night if you feel like it
>>2195491>>2195504Very well then, you use your power to enact your schemes further. You can’t control the bat belonging to another, but you can just “blast” it with your will and cause it to flop to the ground. Then you just grab it, bring it inside, write and fasten the note to it and then let the animal go.Not a bad answer to a potential problem you think, as you recline in the nice big chair in the study. So assuming that matter to be dealt with then, how do you care to spend the rest of your evening? The others are busy cleaning up after dinner, and will find things to do unless you involve them.
>>2195553I suppose we could talk to merryl. Not on her plans, but to get her out of severe incompetence range. Although that might be preferable for now...Or we could... wait, no, that's just asking to get us kidnapped/shanked. I was going to suggest going to the poorer areas of the city at night, but...
>>2195553Push Merryl into lesbian sex under the guise of a girls-only bath :^)Um, we could hang with Merryl and try to find a cookbook so we can both learn>>2195575That's a good idea if we want to get raped and recruit our rapist and there must be a lot of corrupt/fucked up people there too, it's a good idea but for another day when we don't have to meet a potential ally
>>2195583Find an ogre/half orc body guard, added to the list.
>>2195575Nothing stopping you from making a little rat’s nest for yourself in the poor part of town, to come back to time to time, and corrupt from there.As for Merryl’s incompetence, well unless you act to manipulate and improve her, some people are just inherently incompetent.>>2195583Yes you could just spend the time with Merryl trying to “learn” some “””things”””. If you want to get corrupt though, well you’ll have to plan it out, how such a situation plays out.
>>2195601So, next time we can we go downtown to get raped and recruit :^) >>2195614Her incompetence makes her Merryl, when we get her soul back we could try somethingI got an idea but did the owner have cookbooks and stuff?
>>2195626The study has a small library’s worth of books, so yes you can easily find a few cooking manuals. >>2195601For what it’s worth, you can always improve Lucas to be physically competent and skilled enough to make a formidable bodyguard. Unless you want to abandon him in favor of a newer and better champion.
>>2195630He's our escapegoat should we get caught, our bodyguard will be an orc so no one suspects the above average everything attributes
>>2195630Lucas is our front. He's the 'good' guy. We take him to do shady dealings, that ain't so great. Doesn't mean we cant beef him up though.Better to keep shady people on the shady side.
>>2195635>>2195642Very well then, looking for a mortal bodyguard it is, next chance you get. Probably easy, if for example you wanted an orc fellow, that you could make your disguise as an orc lady.Anyway, so spend the rest of the evening just try to help improve Merryl’s cooking and your own in the process? An then to bed for an early night’s rest?
>>2195630>>2195664>THE Plan>Start off with some simple desserts/whatever we have ingredients for >Let her do most of the work while we closely stand behind her with the book in one hand>Grab her arms from time to time to "guide" her on how to do it properly>Whisper instructions>Gib compliments>Let her stew>Make sure things get messy so we have an excuse to go take a bath together
>>2195664Well I'm going to take hands off approach to whatever we do with merryl, but>>2195670Seems fine
>>2195670Incompetence will surely result in such a thing even without our aid!
>>2195670>>2195698Why not take a chance to learn some and make further use of your new house? So you get the water warming up while you take to the kitchen with Merryl, and break into one of the cooking manuals with what supplies you have. She isn’t aware of what your scheme is so cooperates, though you ever so sweetly and innocently work your way to standing right behind her, against her so that you can instruct and physically guide her with your own hands, your own body. She accepts the help but as close as you remain and the contact you keep with her, unnerves her terribly and stirs up such complicated and frustrated emotions that she can’t deny. Worse because she knows that you’re aware of them.She starts off alright, but your presence and contact making her nervous and clumsier than usual, just makes a big mess of things. You of course complement her and tell her it’s alright, but it does nothing to make her feel better or settle her feelings, when you do things like get some spilled flour or jam off of her with a lick and a kiss here and there. The perfect chance to use the bath now, yes? The water should be hot and ready.
>>2195734Yeah, sure, why Not? And after that we can work on possible defenses. What can we set up that would tell normal people "Don't notice me" or "go away?" Or hide corruption in general?
>>2195734Of course!Take her by the hand and keep teasing her on the bath!It's a one man bathtub or is it big enough for more people?
>>2195749It could fit two people comfortably, or three people snugly. For now it seems just the two of you though? Merryl can’t really refuse you, as you take to the bath together and wash clean. She clearly eases up once in though, as you come to sense why; it’s probably the first real bath, with hot water, that she’s had in years. You’ve an interest to tease her, but she cleans up well which ends up occupying your focus.>>2195745Defenses, what kind? Like personal ones? If you don’t want to be noticed or avoided, that’s something you can impress upon other people, better if you’ve a source of corruption around you like some friends or servants. Some items from the Hellscape could also help if you care to bargain for them. Though the surest method of all would be to steal a soul and adopt a true human form, rather than a disguise. It would completely obscure your nature, but there would also be some drawbacks.
>>2195828Argh. Always back to this soul business. Getting souls is hard. If only it were easier... also, drawbacks? Well, time to finish up for the day.
>>2195828Hug her and tell her we're here for herAnd then turn in for the day
>>2195835Drawbacks, well the process entails more or less becoming human, so you’d have all the drawbacks a typical mortal would have. So no direct demon powers, the chance to actually suffer physical harm, things like that. But, nothing stopping you from entering a church, for example.>>2195837So you share a nice moment together, a close connection, then go through the motions of tying her up for sleep. You retire to bed shortly after, finding a spot to snuggle next to Lucas, Mila on the other side.—Next day then, your usual wakeup call of Merryl stirring up a ruckus in order to be free of her bonds. Though you can go about whatever business you please.
>>2195874Check around the house for any response of the bat controller and we should probably go report the owners disappearance
>>2195902Seems fair.Is there a concept of adventurers of people who'd accept quests here? Might be avle to pull up a job listing on some big fellow we could slowly corrupt to our side.
>>2195902Not as though you’ve set up a perimeter about your “domain” but as far as you can tell, no one or nothing has been by the house. You can set Merryl on it though, to search about while you’re gone.In the meantime then you can get up for the day, get ready and head into town. Take your horse, be there for your job later. >>2195930>>2195902How do you care to report the former owner’s disappearance then?As for adventurers, you can imagine there’s some around. Maybe not in Rocheau however, but wandering mercenaries are a common enough thing. Big fellows, local bullies will never be in short supply though. Depending on what you’re looking for, and how tough or skilled, your effort could make all the difference. Be that just putting up a job listing, going looking for yourself, or some other method you could imagine. Or just summon one up from the Hellscape, however you please to seek a busybody.
>>2195967He invited us to live with him after we told him we were looking for a place before getting married so in the future we would buy it from him for 150 gold but in the first night after dinner he went out for a walk and wasn't at home the next morningAt first we thought he left to where he said he would but last night we heard some howling and we're worried something might have happened to him
>>2195992A bit on the nose but honesty can’t hurt, no? Make a roll for selling the attempt.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>2196017>I know it looks bad but...bad timing?Anyone wanna write anything else or change some?
Rolled 66 (1d100)>>2196017
>>2196020Well, honesty and half truths are the way I like to play things. Straight up lies can be unraveled. Truths? Well, a truth is a truth. Could also try to show those strange documents. I... don't know If that would help or hurt? And then there's those documents we forged. All they do is say we own the house, right?
>>2196086A half-thruth to mask a greater lie!I think we should keep the change in the docs hidden, and i think so, we forged the will and deed i think
>>2196103Might be a bit strange then. Wouldn't you need some kind of official or lawyer to go through those documents? In other words, he updated his will and deed the day we met him, then instantly died. Unless it doesn't have to go through such channels here. Well, whoever comes over we could try and convince otherwise if the initial story doesn't work out. And there are some back-up stories I have in case things go horribly wrong...
>>2196135Unless he had a personal go-to official they don't have a way to know if he did we could also say we day him write it over dinner and said he would go deliver it when the time was right
>>2196143>>2196135>>2196103>>2196086>78The situation with the documents is one thing, but it’s unlikely that the sheriff for example needs to know or would care about any of that. Paperwork and the like is fodder for the local notary, the sheriff just cares about crimes. Well, supposedly. The excuse to him isn’t the one, or even the version you need to go by with anyone verifying any documents. At least not the whole version.
>>2196187SoUmAre they going to look into it?The post didn't really respond to>>2195992>>2196020
>>2196216I wasn’t sure if that was the agreed excuse you were giving when reporting him missing to the sheriff?
>>2196216Supposedly cares about crimes... hmmm... well, if he's as corruptable as most law enforcement seem to be, we may be able to do something with that...
>>2196247Let's go over the basics. 1, we met him recently. 2, he said that, since we were recently married, he'd sell his house to us. 3, one night, he just went out and didn't come back, and we're worried about him. Saying that we'd get his house is just a telling as not saying anything about getting the house. It's honestly really difficult to come away from this without seeming guilty in the eye of the law. Rather, it'd probably be easier to 'get to know' the law enforcement first, and then report the incident in a couple of days, maybe... I don't know. That might just cast more suspicion. Well, the truth is the truth. I suppose if we play up the innocent maiden act...
>>2196256EhThis sounds better
>>2196258>>2196256>78So you decide to just play it innocent and sweet as usual. Folks, guys, are always less likely to suspect a simple young lady who is maybe a bit of an airhead, but kind and pretty. At least that seems to be your impression. So you seek the local authorities in town, which isn’t much just a local sheriff who rustles up guards and help sometimes to deal with crimes. You present your case to him and the situation you’re faced with, and...”Ah well I’m sure he’ll turn up eventually. Maybe I’ll get around to it, but we’re very busy lately with headless rider terrorizing the roads. I’m sure by then... well, his next of kin will show up eventually? If not, I suppose the estate is yours unless the local baron has something to say about it.”A bit underwhelming, considering how worried you might have been. It seems the authorities as represented by this fellow, don’t much care. Certainly not enough to mount some kind of investigation or anything. You get the impression this isn’t even strange, after all for the most part in these times most problems just get dealt with by the people involved. There’s little in the way of a “police” force or anything like that, as you’ve seen, just the sheriff really trying to keep track of things with help from the city watch or guards levied by nobility. A weight off your shoulders at least, perhaps. Anything else you want to do to possibly solidify your hold over the estate, or just get to work?
>>2197070WelpKekDo we have work today?
>>2197070headless rider? who is this headless rider? Should we be worried? Is tihs rider a murderer? If he is, do you think he might have done something to the man we're searching for?I suppose we could continue to play the ditz and ask what could we do to the officer. And say we'll come back if he doesn't return, sometime in the future.This rider feels like it might relate back to that noble from earlier... Also, this lackadaisical attitude... There's potential here. We should make not of him as a point of interest.
>>2197070All that worrying for nothing~~!>>2197088As paranoid as ever, I see. Always asking questions... well, couldn't hurt to ask those before leaving!
>>2197092Information is power. I NEED IT.And it isn't paranoia if the inquisition is going to be breathing down our neck. And the rest of the world, for that matter.
>>2197092>>2197099When are we planning on getting that Orc bodyguard or safehouse at downtown/ the slumsTonight after work?
>>2197111I'm now worried about that headless rider deal. Getting a bodyguard at night is a risk. Let's ask our employer. She might have some connections and know where to find some good meat shields.
>>2197086What a silly question, you have work everyday you slave.>>2197088You should be worried if you have a head, so the sheriff says. You feel safe in assuming it to be a dullahan, an evil supernatural being. Not of the same theology you are though, so you would be at odds. Like two school bullies passing each other by in the hallway; could get in a fight, but best to save the energy for the nerds.
>>2197125>save it for the nerdsHA. Maybe we should get it under our employ... would be great. Hey, that could be our bodyguard! Except it's also an evil creature... Ugh...... abd unless it's already under someone's employ...
>>2197116We could also try to return more info from Margo about that fake noble, see if she knows or remembers enough to go contact her>>2197125>EverydayNiceBelittle me daddy, I've been bad
>>2197133Gotta make sure fake noble lady isn't behind this first
>>2197134That's a decent idea.>>2197140Yup! Need to see to that. Only one top evil being around here! Or at least offer truce until then.>inb4 3 way evil gang war
>>2197070Not sure what we could do, we have the will and documents forged.Let's get to work.
>>2197088It’s less lackadaisical and rather he’s very busy with relatively much more important things to really care much about some lone old guy going missing or turning up dead.>>2197161You head to the usual place then and wait for awhile till Margot arrives, ready to work again. Make a roll for your effort at the workday!
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>2197163
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>2197163Rolling~~!
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>2197163
News of that headless rider must have made us distracted. Unless someone else rolls.
Rolled 42 (1d100)>>2197163
>>2197169>>2197167>>2197166>>2197196>42Eh, not so great. You perform the job well enough, but hit a major roadbump when Margot has charity matters to see to at the church, and naturally you cannot accompany her. You have to make up some excuse about why you can’t, which she buys, but it doesn’t make her any less cross about you shirking your duties. She’s the sort to be bothered by that, so even by the end of the day you can feel she’s still bitter about that and will remain so.Only slightly does she lighten up when meeting up with her son, again trying to shove you together. Otherwise though, no fancy get together today, you finish up the normal expected time of late afternoon, free to act.
>>2197201Can we fish out some extra info about that fake noble lady?
>>2197201We need souls. Anons have been suggesting offering deals to prisoners, let's see if we can visit whatever passes for a jail here.
>>2197201Alright, let's fish up that todo list:Get soulsGet a bodyguardFind out about that fake noblefind why and how the handwriting changedget to know the noblesfind some scum to get some underworld connections goingget an in with the legal system to get a soul farm going, maybe through that officer.get in contact with our associates down below, preferably after we've gotten some soulsget witches soul back and get her to not be completely incompetent.so, so much to do...guess we could go back to the officer guy, see if he wants our help dealing with paperwork, since he seems to be on edge. could help us get an in... Not sure if that's exactly what he needs help with though.
>>2197220That is certainly a todo list. Forgot to add "have fun" with our three roommates, turn Lucas into an Adonis incarnate, and upgrade ourselves to have more power~~ The noble lady is important, but I'm sure we won't rdig up anything on her by just looking for information. Prisons a good place to start as any
>>2197208You can certainly try, your proximity to Margot at least is giving you some small influence over her. You can make a roll to try and squeeze anything else out.>>2197211There is a little brig here in town yes, if you want to go and visit.>>2197220A job change to helping the sheriff? He certainly looks like he could use a secretary, if you were interested in such a role. Maybe have to make a case though, as dealing with crimes even by proxy (through documentation) is no business for a lady.
>>2197242would that count as a job change? We have some free afternoons, thought we could just drop in and ask if we could help out from time to time...
>>2197252Oh if you’re just devoting more of your free time then that’s no problem. I mean apart from convincing him in the first place.
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>2197242Fishing out info!
>>2197267Well, we could always try~~And if we were to make him some soup or pass him a drink (with a little something special added), as a thanks for defending this town against this new menace, well, we just want to show our appreciation by helping out when we can, right? And since we're helping out, going down to the prison cells on occasion wouldn't stand out, since we're just confirming the documentation!
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>2197242well, while we're near her, rolling for info then
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>2197242Didn't notice we could roll!
>>2197280Now, goodwill work towards the prisoners is entirely permissible and wouldn’t need an excuse. Though, it means you’ll end up crossing paths with church officials.>>2197288>>2197278>>2197289>96Well, while sitting in the carriage with Margo and Roland, you can weasel pretty much whatever truth you want out of them. About Lady Bourdillon, for sure you can sense that they’ve have false memories suggested to them by her, and what you can glean of the truth is that she’s actually a relatively recent arrival to town. Like this year, rather than residing here many years now. Also you can tell that it’s not a magical means of manipulation by the lady, just plain old supernatural. So some sort of ability or power she is able to do naturally, not by means of magic.Beyond that, specific things you want to know you can ask (not literally out loud to her in the carriage but just specify) and you’ll probably find the answer.
>>2197299If we're asking subtlely, darker aspects of her life, things she is ashamed of.
>>2197299yeah, starting to really think that vampire theory of mine is starting to come together. Silver, water, mirrors, onions? guess we could ask if she has special wines that she drinks that she won't share, or if she's been out in the sun without an umbrella or the like. I might be on the wrong track here, but best to get it out of the way. Church officials... well, that just makes life infinitely harder. guess we'll have to check on their usual schedule, or do it near night time.
>>2197299This >>2197302What is that which we can feel about her
>>2197299Also does she know where she lives?
>>2197326Yeah, that seems to be the obvious question we all skipped over...
>>2197302Well with that 96! She’s not really ashamed, but you get the sense that she bumped off her late husband to take over his businesses. His business partner too, whom she was having an affair with, so she could take the whole thing. She’s still bitter though because it had to pass to her son, as a woman she couldn’t really take over that way. At least not without loss of success or suspicion. >>2197306It’s not that there’s church officials there right now, or even that often. It’s just that, if you’re trying to work there, then the chances of crossing paths are much greater.>>2197326Where Margot lives or Bourdillon? Margot, yes, the other, a blank is drawn. Seems she’s never had a party or gathering at wherever she lives. Supposedly it’s “somewhere in town” though.
>>2197356Alright check out the brig when we finish the ride. We just need one soul and we can make that perfect disguise, followed by the donating hours for more souls.Later start looking into the deaths of Margots husband and his business partner. If we find evidence leading to her we can use it for blackmail.
>>2197377perfect disguise, but plenty of drawbacks. Well, we could pass ourselves off as a pretty powerful witch, at least.
>>2197383There are drawbacks, but it seems pretty worth.>>2197356Once we use a soul to adopt human form, how easy is it to unadopt human form? Do we lose the soul? Also if we die in human form are we banished back to the Hellscape?
>>2197383Unless it’s the soul of a powerful witch, not really. You’re basically stealing the identity of the soul you’re stealing. Also of course, if you sin as that form then you’ll corrupt yourself and it won’t be a very good disguise. It’s more like being “born again” as a clean slate (relatively, like stealing a blackened soul won’t do you any good for it) that is impervious to perception, but after that it all depends on how you live as that mortal life. If you get all freaky deaky demonic, then what was the point, right?>>2197377Anyone in particular you’re after in the brig? Like are you looking for your guard maybe, or just seeing who’s who? If you’re hoping for something, you can roll for criminal “quality”.
>>2197356KekI called it, she not only killed someone but a double someone!>>2197377>>2197383Are y'all sure it's a good idea?>>2197402After ^ I feel like we should find a nice pretty girl to dissappear so we can take her soul
>>2197405>>2197402I am not sure, really. We'd be able to enter the church, at least, but what else? Would we still be able to call up our minions and the like? send souls down to hell? Can't exactly use that corruption trick with food or drink, if what you're getting at is true. Or am I reading it wrong?
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>2197402Just seeing who's who. I'm hoping for someone desperate and willing to trade away their soul for something we can provide with little effort, I'll roll for that. >>2197405Just exploring options for now.
Rolled 67 (1d100)>>2197402someone with at least some modicum of magic power, really, so we can use our abilities. Desperate, too.
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>2197402Gotta roll better than that, y'all!
Rolled 82 (1d100)>>2197402Dice God King from last thread art thou here?
>>2197400To change back would be a ritual, and yes it would expend the soul. I suppose you could, with enough souls, you could just keep switching back and forth though. Though with those souls they could go towards something else maybe.Dying in the truly mortal form doesn’t send you back to the Hellscape though, no. Only banishment/exorcism, or something which can harm you as a demon can do that.>>2197414It’s the same as basically becoming perfectly mortal, not just a disguise. So none of the weaknesses of being a demon but none of the strengths.
>>2197501well, we'll deal with it after getting the soul then...
>>2197501What would happen if we died in mortal form then?
>>2197431What does magic have to do with it? If anything that would make things more difficult.>>2197448>>2197433>>2197431>>2197415>82So after work you make your way over to the town brig, not a particularly big place because of the size of Rocheau, and how punishment is handled in these times. But there’s a couple occupied cells. Mostly drunkards, troublemakers, the town rapist, but most interestingly perhaps to your purposes a highwayman guilty of various crimes including murder. He’s likely to be publicly executed but there’s talk of him being transferred to a city where his crimes are more well known. Still up in the air though.
>>2197590really? Ah, alright then.a highway man, hm? Well, not sure exactly what we could offer him in return for his soul. We could get him... not transffered? A last meal? I don't know. Perhaps a chance to escape? Anyone?I'm going to be busy for the next few hours. See you in a bit, or tomorrow depending how long it takes to haul all this crap...
>>2197590Chat him up. See what he's willing to give us in order to be sprung from prison. Might want to shapeshift a bit first so no one recgnizes us now or later.
>>2197605Oh, yeah, sounds good~~! Let him bring up the topic of a soul though. We cant bring it up ourselves!
>>2197605>>2197619>>2197603Freedom seems like a pretty good offer, though how honest do you want to be with him? Are you trying to lure him in and then trap him, or ask for his soul up front in exchange for freedom?
>>2197640Ask him what hes willing to give! If he says his soul we'll say what could we do with that? But accept anyway~~!
>>2197649Support, maybe it'll work
>>2197649He does a “name your price” spiel if you can free him, though he does have a decent stash of loot hidden away. You get the sense that he’d probably betray you and ditch the first chance he gets, though he’s still under the impression that you’re just some naive girl on her own. Unless of course you could continue to provide some... value to him after freeing him.Also it goes without saying that his name your price, goes on the assumption that you’re a normal young lady and not a supernatural entity.
>>2197686Good? Why would I need Gold? You can do better than that... I'm not interested in the material. I prefer contracts. We could name drop the fake noble to see what happens? How about it~~?
>>2197686>>2197701I say we transform into something more intimidating, not our real self but something that might get him to take the hint
>>2197619That's not something people just suggest out of the blue man.>>2197686We're shapeshifted right? Unrecognizable? Make sure no one's eavesdropping and straight up offer his soul for freedom. He's going to hell either way, he can put it off for years this way at least.
>>2197701>>2197708>>2197711Yes you’re not your usual “mortal” self so that no one would recognize you after.But it’s a pretty hard pitch to sell for his soul, even with a showy transformation. A roll is necessary.
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>2197776Here's to hopin' for rolling high!
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>2197776
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>2197776Stop rolling?NEVER
>>2197838NEVER NOT GAME OVER
>>2197796>>2197788>97Well you can most certainly alter your appearance to be more intimidating and give him a reason to believe you, and you do raise a strong point; he’s probably going to burn anyway so why not postpone that?He just wants to know, if he gives you his soul then, assuming it to be possible and this isn’t all just some ruse, what are you going to do with it. That is, he’s reluctant to give it over if it’s only to postpone things. You sense, he has or wants to have some hope that you’ll treat his soul better than it would be otherwise, in the afterlife. You’re a merciful demoness, right?
>>2197860What are we going to do with It? Conquer hell~~!Well, maybe not that goal, specifically, and A doesn't quite correlate to B, but us is getting stronger by using his soul would lead to us getting higher status in hell, which could lead to us leading it~~!But really, his soul will probably be safe, he has no need to worry!
>>2197860Tell him we'll treat his soul nicely.Then throw him down to our supporters. Lmao what a sucker.
>>2197906>>2197877>>2197873Well he has no reason to doubt you of course! He says he’ll do it if you can spring him first then. He’s not going to trade it away, for you to just walk out and let him be executed anyway. If you are what he assumes you are, then you should have no trouble making sure he doesn’t ditch you after.So how are you going to bust him out? And of course, how you plan on actually getting his soul? You could simply perform a willing exchange and own it yourself, or have your underlings draw up an infernal contract. The former is like putting the soul in your pocket and making it “yours”, the latter is like getting it insured at the back. Maybe more formal but not as easy or immediate.
>>2197956Did we have any spells for locks? I don't know if that was for this quest or not
>>2197956Definitely spring for the contract. Leave a sigil near the lock. By the time we come back with the contract it should have built up enough power to shift the pins inside. After that we just have to distract the sheriff while he escapes.
>>2197956Well, we can't bust him out right now, we'd have to get a contract written up! And summoning here isn't the most stealthy approach! We'll write up a contract, have him sign, and then we'll let him out. Or send some minions to go after his transfer cart~~!
>>2197984Spells? You mean hexes? You are capable of such things, but in your current form you need corruptive power to do so which you don’t really have. At least not rooted enough for your own influence here.>>2198041>>2198039Well you can’t bust him out as easily in the sense of cursing the lock to open, but there’s other ways you could spring him if you care to. Or just play it safe and return later.
>>2198048Definitely don't do it right now. When I posted >>2198039 I imagined us returning in a few days with a contract, when the sigil had time to build up corruption.How could we spring him now, other than going full demon and ripping the door off its hinges?
>>2198064Oh sorry, my bad if it wasn’t clear, but he’s not likely to be here more than tomorrow maybe. Either they get the word that he’s transferred, or they’re executing him here in Rocheau.For springing him now, well you did take that ability to be particularly manipulative at making people reconsider something they wouldn’t normally do. Also in your current form you can change appearance, be that to a guard?That’s just off the top of my head for things you could do now, but I’m sure you could creatively come up with something else too. I mean as long as the door is somehow opened and/or he gets out of here, then you accomplished the feat.
>>2198064I really wish there was some character sheet with what we could and couldn't do. And either later tonight or a day or two from now.
>>2198079How long does it take for minions to send up that infernal contract? Do we even have time to get it?
>>2198081I’ll try and make something when I get the chance, sure.>>2198148No time at all, the material and immaterial planes are not equivalent in passage of time. As easily as getting into contact with them is about as quick as they could have a contract drawn up.
>>2198167Getting the contract seems like the best way if doing it now if it's that immediate
>>2198174Yup! Just have to find somewhere isolated to do it. Maybe time to head back and do some demonic machinations~~?Could see if our witch girl could whip up some acid for that lock.
>>2198167Go get the contract now, I don't want to have to collect from this guy after springing him.Once we get back we can tell the sheriff we saw some suspicious man lurking a few blocks away staring at women. When he leaves we can just steal a key or brute force the criminal out.
>>2198174You can take your leave then, find a secluded place quickly (maybe a room at an inn with its own fireplace?) and then get in contact with your underlings to get the contract. If you do so, is there anything else you might want them for or from them for the short time (I assume) you’ll be in contact?>>2198198>>2198199That also could work, yes.
>>2198210Could get another update on how things are going in hell. We're getting a soul, and one soul leads to more~~! Soon!Could go to the inn our friend works at. Ask for a room to use for a couple of minutes.
>>2198210Let's do those two then!
>>2198225Very well then, you head to the inn Mila works at, meeting to a happy surprise for her. You ask for needing a room just for a few minutes, she wants to know why but sneaks you the room even without telling her. So without further ado you perform the ritual, that the fire flashes green and shortly after you see a female devil within.”Mistress Amman! Oh ruination, how awful it is to see you! Having a wretched time in the mortal realm? Do tell me about it, is it as horrible as everyone says?!””Even worse Uengwian, it’s everything you could dread and more!”The devil squeals with delight and envy and wishes that you could tell and show her all there is, as well as wishing you well and expressing her desire to see you back again, but time is short and you let her know as much. While she shoves the contract duty off on someone else, she can report to you. So far things are only getting worse for them, in your absence without help, to the extent that now they’re more or less stray demons without a home. Their little band is trying to keep together though out of waning loyalty, mostly Vauma holding them to it. What little strength they can muster however, they’re devoting to finding out all they can about the devil owner of Merryl’s soul. If there’s anything else you care to know you can ask in the short time, though she enjoys just being able to hear from and see you again and would appreciate some supportive words or advice.
>>2198290I thought our minions hated us because they were essentially our slaves?Oh well. Ask how many souls they need to stop getting their asses kicked.
>>2198290Damn. Our hold is collapsing. Seems we might have to send them out recently acquired soul after all... And it was all shiny and new, too. Do we still get to order him around if we don't necessarily hold the soul? Or order by proxy?Well, matters not~~! Soul is a soul~~!
>>2198300Not everyone hates being a slave, not everyone hates torment. And some of them just prefer you to someone worse.>>2198309If you were to send them the soul, that would most certainly turn things around for them for sure. Technically though you wouldn’t have control over the mortal if it doesn’t belong to you or one of your minions. So hope that by giving it to them they don’t just trade it away for benefits. Though, even if they did you could just kill the guy.
>>2198322Why is this so difficult? Aaaaah. I don't like killing people... could we give it yo our son, have him make the command 'listen to the pretty lady' and then do that? We can always get another soul... but it took this long just to get one.
>>2198322I don't really care about this guy. The intention for me was always to send his soul to our minions. Once we spring him from jail either kill him or tell him to run far away. Don't keep him around. Limited usefulness as a servant, known criminal means he can't be seen publicly. We can easily get other minions with our abilities. A dime a dozen.
>>2198351I want to keep him for a little bit to use his connections, find out who's who, then order him to suicide T~T
>>2198351Yeah i was thinking the same, better to get the soul and tell him to run so we can help them
>>2198335That could work, your son is least likely to betray you for sure since you just as well, directly own him.>>2198351Well the only thing worth note, if you own his soul then you have complete and total control over his remaining mortal body. Whether you use that to quite literally slave him around, or alter and change his body to your wishes, at that point he’s a blank slate for you to have fun with. Body, mind, the whole package.>>2198384You could keep him for a little while at least. Though, connections for a highwayman are probably far and few between. Maybe a fence in town, or a supplier if you’re lucky. Though, what you do with the guy is up to your own creativity, he could turn out to be very useful.
>>2198384He was a highwayman, we didn't hear anything about him working with partners. Does he have any connections?>>2198404Don't care. Minions in hell need it. If we want a soul of our own so bad we should get around to taking Lucas'.
>>2198422No, not Lucas! Soul taking of those close to us is a no!But, having our own little minion, at least for a little while (we could use him to kidnap beggars and the like and extract their souls!) And then force him to kill himself! He doesn't even have to look like himself while doing it, since we can just change him as we like!
>>2198437And since we can pass it off to our son, since that works, we can collect more souls, strengthen our grasp in hell, and have a minion! Tada!
>>2198422>>2198437Supporting keeping Lucas' soul, this guy's can go to our minions
>>2198422Well it’s not like flushing the soul down to the Hellscape will only benefit your minions. The more powerful they get, the more they can support you in return. So it’s not really like just losing a soul and accepting the loss.Keeping souls for yourself is better for sure, but it’s always a benefit to you some way or other. It’s just the difference between pulling off a stunt personally, and having back and forth help and cooperation to pull of stunts. Maybe you’d even prefer the Hellside help to your own power in some cases.
>>2198437Why not take Lucas' soul? We can skip all this slow and tedious corruption buildup. Merryl makes an infinitely better scapegoat than he does, if that's what you're worried about. Already a witch with demonic contacts.>>2198455That has factored into my decision.
>>2198465Some anon mentioned the whole not having a soul bit is bad since the more power we get, the more likely it'll be for him not having a soul being detected. I don't want that either.
>>2198455Supporting giving his soul to our allies
>>2198483At that point we'll be a beacon of corruption anon. One soulless person in proximity won't affect anything. A drop in the ocean.
>>2198483>>2198465Very well then, you make the exchange through the fire for the demonic contract, still burning hot and tell her to keep her chin up before dousing the thing. Only a few minutes, and you’re back out again, thanking Mila for the help.Now to the brig, where you alert the guard about some crime taking place outside, some harasser of women (while under a different appearance than normal) and lift the keys while he goes to investigate. Quickly you get him to sign the contract with his own blood and then free the highwayman, in a feat which will likely change the way the brig is guarded in the future, but the two of you slink off scott free. You can hear shouts and whistles sounding behind, but the pair of you make it to your horse and then bolt from town. All the while, grinning madly, clutching the soul contract in a hand, and holding onto your soulless slave as you sit behind him on the horse. Where to now then? It’s just gone nightfall.
>>2198509Kill him, send the soul to your minions, ride the horse back to town.
>>2198514Any preference on how to kill him? Not as though you’re powerful enough in this form (while human that is, without changing) to just like crush his head or something. Though you do have full ownership over him and can order him to do anything of course.
>>2198509We can ditch him right? His soul is going to our minions either way right?
>>2198497Being corrupted is alright. Just means you're more prone to or have given in to vices, right? Being soulless is worse, in my opinion.>>2198509We could find some place secluded, change him form a little, and tell him to lay low for a bit. He can rob or do highwayman things, but he's got to be wary of that dullahan guy. So, really, he should lay low. And if he sees someone people wouldn't miss, kidnap them and bring them... ah... to the woods near the mansion? Also, no telling anyone about what we did, who we are, no signalling, no writing it down, all that secrecy stuff.
>>2198514Killing him now is such a waste~~! At least kill him after we've gotten some use out of him.
>>2198521Bash his head in with a rock. Order him to remain still.>>2198528Corruption is apparently a lot easier to detect than soullessness. In the amounts we're going to be generating, it's a lot more than "oh this person is likely to sin". It's gonna be something like "this town has fallen into depravity and must be purged".
>>2198539Really? I didn't know that~~ if that is the case, why not? And again with the whole killing thing. Can't he at least be of use for a little but before murdering him horribly? I wanna kidnap some hobos and ritual sacrifice them for their souls first!
>>2198528Technically being soulless is worse for a person, but being corrupt, at least very corrupt is a worse sign for people to notice. Like noticing a soulless person you’re like “Sucks to be them”, noticing a very corrupt person is like “Uh oh they’re bad news”.>>2198536>>2198539Slight majority seems to be killing him, rather than torment like turning him into a mouse or something. So a rock in the woods, bash his head in, and burn the body? The same fire to get back in contact and give over the soul contract, can get rid of the body entirely.
>>2198559Well, currently I want to say it's 1v1, but if >>2198523Wants to chime in~~?Then soul taking should be fine~~. I thought it was some horrible "shit, someone's taken this guys soul! He isn't even human anymore! Murder him and find whoever is related to him, inquisition style!" Kind of thing compared to corruption. Because everyone has a few vices here or there.
>>2198573Nah, some beings/people are unfortunate enough to be born without a soul, let alone have it stolen. Being soulless is weird, but not an immediate red flag. Being very corrupt is however.
>>2198573I was supporting >>2198528But either way were getting his soul to our friends so...Killing him is faster i guess? And no loose ends?
>>2198559So since we're corrupting him, we may as well take his soul too. Mila's as well.Also that plan sounds good. It does seem to be 1v1 though.>>2198573You sure you want to keep him alive? If he is committing crimes nearby after the prison break, they'll make security that much tighter and more difficult for us than if he just vanishes.
>>2198603We have his soul. Complete and utter control. And he looks different. And the coppers are dealing with the headless horseman at the moment. Some stragglers going missing in the dead of night for a few days is alright~~! And we can just command him to not do anything other than what we tell him to! Easy peasy~~! And hes a highwayman robbery! Not kidnapping!
>>2198615And if he gets caught, order him to commit suicide in any manner possible!
>>2198623Except we're sending his soul to our minions, and they might need to trade it away. So he'd no longer need to follow any of our orders, and the demon it's traded to might order him to hinder us.
>>2198631Oh shitWe should kill him
>>2198637Thanks! Now I believe killing has the majority. Maybe instead of bashing him with a rock, we can just gag him and burn him alive. Less messy, gives us fire for a portal, and gets rid of the body.>>2198643aw u fuq
>>2198643So, we're deciding wether to kill or use this guy for a bit? Not sure... I mean, we could, with that anon basically confirming we could control him through our son, but it's kind of a liability to keep him around... I'm somewhat leaning toward keep him for a day, at least. Get one more soul out of him.
>>2198646Sorry mate for tying it up again. I took a break from hauling shit around to see whats up.
>>2198631I mean not to dissuade you from one action or another, but if you’re really so worried about him falling to the wrong owner, you can just specify to your minions to not trade his soul away without informing you first. Or giving it to your son who will follow orders.
>>2198659I just wanted a soul to throw down to hell for our minions that we'd never have to worry about again. But in the interest of moving on, I'll support >>2198652 to keep him for one more day, even if I seriously doubt he'll net us another soul by then. After that time has passed, kill him and give the minions permission to use his soul however they need to further our interests.
>>2198668One soul is enough to turn out our situation around in hell. Getting another soul should be twice as good!
>>2198668>>2198676Very well then, you can keep him alive for at least one more day. So where to then, and what to do with your new slave?
>>2198698shifting his features around a little, no talking, no signaling, no making any actions that would doing anything that would in any way lead back to us aside from the treck to the woods, and find someone no one would miss of the lower class either here or somewhere away from here, bring em back here. If you don't come back with someone in the time alotted, your heart/brain will sstop/kill yourself as quick and as painlessly as possible. Something like that, which is mostly what that one anon typed. >captcha: avenue avenue
>>2198698I'll support >>2198716I think they need to be capable of following our orders though, so no heart stopping. Forget quick and painless, pick a method that ensures he dies. Swallow pebbles until his stomach explodes. Don't want him to botch his suicide because he tried to drown himself, but passed out and floated to safety.
>>2198749Commit sudoku!Cut deep into your neck, arms, and legs, then jump in a lake! Find a tree we'll away from any civilization (anywhere that's a half a days walk) and hang yourself until you die!Ingest all the poisons!
>>2198764>>2198749I mean you can just alter his body so that if he doesn’t receive a kiss or something from you he explodes, or if he goes against your orders his brain kills itself.
>>2198765Oh nice! Do that do that, do that!
>>2198765That's possible? Wow, sweet. Do both. Set the kiss timer to 24 hours.
>>2198773>>2198774Righto can pursue from there. Be right back, short break to get food, in the meantime feel free to plan ahead for the guy or your new soul.
>>2198838I don't know what else to plan really. I'm more a 'reaction' kind of guy rather than an 'action' sort. I can't really plan ahead... well, there's always taking that soul, apparently... Don't see how we could take it as is right now though. Aside from maybe that demon sob story from last thread. Would need some help to take Milas though.
>>2198899And back to hauling boxes for me... this is going to take all night...
>>2198838Wait 24 hours, give soul to underlings in hell. Collect souls from lucas and mila...What can we actually do with souls?Also I gotta sleep, peace
>>2198943>Collect souls from Lucas and MilaAnonBruhNo souls stealing from close underlings
>>2198963According to QM, stealing souls is apparently preferable to being corrupted~~I don't want to take their souls... I really Don't! There's probably things only people with souls can do. Which I hope the QM can answer so I don't have to take em, but right now it seems like there's no downside, aside from not having a soul. Which I don't know how a normal human can benefit from.
>>2198963Yes soul stealing from close underlings. Scroll up. Read above posts like >>2198559
>>2198774>>2198773Ok, so you think it wise to alter your new slave. First and most obviously, his face so people don’t immediately recognize him. Then you alter his physiology so that if he doesn’t receive a kiss from you once a day his body will begin to fail leading to inevitable death. You let him know as much, and then set him loose more or less to bring you back another hapless victim. Maybe if he proves useful at fetching soul fodder, you may not kill him.He doesn’t get the horse though, of course. Sucker has to find his way around on his own. You meanwhile are free to do as you please, and with the contract in hand you think it best to return home for now, and figure out what to do from here with your new prize. Lucas and Mila aren’t home yet you find, however, while putting up your horse and tending to his needs, you feel a startling presence accompanied by a voice announcing it.”He’s a fine stallion, does he have a name?”Lady Bourdillon, in some nice traveling clothes. Maybe she had been waiting here for you, you doubt she’d have just happened to follow and arrive right after you did. Still she stands, on the other side of the horse running a hand along.
>>2199061Do a Curtsey and introduce ourselves!>I take it you're willing to make an alliance? Friends even?
>>2199061Well, she responded to our message! Might as well treat her like a guest.
>>2199074Alliance talk is a bit early. Makes us sound desperate. Let's find out why she's here, first~~ give her some tea or something
>>2198943It depends which side you’re spending them on, the Hellscape side by sending them to your minions below, or the material plane side by keeping them yourself?They have different results which can be expanded upon, but for the most part the Hellscape side is about trading help and summoning helpers, while the material plane side is for the most part about powerful demonic rituals which can grant powers or change things to your wishes.Also just from a practical sense, personally possessing souls makes your true demon form more powerful (like it translates directly to attributes as well as how you may use them), though giving souls below makes your domain in the Hellscape more powerful. Depending on how many souls you have for use, will reveal specifically what you’re able to do (in terms of actual “purchases” or uses) however you can get a general impression of anything if you’re just curious.Oh, and of course you can directly trade souls to other entities who may value them for power or favors that way, be the entity from the material, immaterial, or other planes. >>2198977That’s true, however a soulless person isn’t immune from corruption or anything. I was just saying that if you have a normal soulless person and a very corrupt person, then the latter is a bigger red flag. However a soulless person whom is corrupt is a double red flag.So it’s not like you could steal the souls of a bunch of servants and be safe. Not only would multiple soulless people look quite suspicious together, but by nature of your activities they’re probably going to end up corrupted as well which is obviously very bad. Though for what it’s worth, you may hold great sway over someone you greatly corrupt, but a person whose soul you steal, you have complete and total control of every aspect of their being. So like Lucas you’ve despoiled quite severely and he’d likely follow most any suggestion you please and you can shape and alter him in many ways. If you stole his soul though, he has no choice but to obey and with a snap of your fingers you could turn him into a dog or anything you wish.
>>2199091And we haven't named our horse yet, have we? Anyone want to give him a name?
>>2199092And there's the rub I was looking for~~! Their souls stay for now, then!
>>2199074>>2199078>>2199091You politely introduce yourself, and try to be courteous, though you’ve had a busy day so you’re a bit sweaty, a bit smelly, a bit dirty, and rather tired. Still, you do your best and she doesn’t seem to mind and in fact appreciates the gesture.Rather than speaking too soon, you figure to maybe hammer things out in a more pleasant setting rather than in the stable, tea and even dinner perhaps? ”Well I must say I am quite flattered, such hospitality! Is it alright if I come in though? We’ve hardly just met, I’d hate to impose. Not to mention, I do believe you have other tenants? I worry that it isn’t proper.”Well she’s definitely a fancy one, very refined and verse in ettiquete. If nothing else she could prove to be a great teacher in more noble ways that none of your current, common friends can help you.
>>2199115Oh, now this is kinda suspicious... something about certain entities not being allowed inside abodes unless you explicitly invite them in~~? Then after that it's a free pass forever! Is that a thing here?I hope I'm on the right track with that... wrll, suppose we could have some tea out on... do we have a porch, gazebo or veranda somewhere? Could have some tea outdoors while we judge her. Or would that be rude?
>>2199125Aaaaand this is where I'll have to stop for the night, myself. Bye QM! See you next time~~!
>>2199125Yes that might be a bit rude, particularly since it’s at night now. And also your grounds are in poor condition and not lit.
>>2199145Ah, alright then, might invite trouble, but since she took the time to come, why not let her in? Sleep paranoia setting in~~!
>>2199150Well we can call things here for now, and resume tomorrow. Thanks all for playing, and in the meantime feel free to discuss, plan and ask questions which I’ll try to answer when I return before starting again.
>>2199125Yeh, was thinking the same thang>>2199115>Would you accompany me on a stroll around the grounds then?
Well rinsing through the thread would be too much of a chore so indulge me anonsDid we send any souls back to hell already?
>>2199469Nope, and our realm is dwindling by the second. Too important to have some highwayman looking for people to kidnap I guess.
>>2199558I don't see why not...? Pass over the soul, have our son repeat the same instructions, they get the soul immediately, we get someone to get someone to minion for the day...
>>2199599Not from a lack of trying, you just haven’t had the privacy/chance yet to get to a fire to hand the soul over.
>>2199693Oh shit, i thought we already had sent it
>>2199693Send it asap
>>2199787>>2199740Ah but first your esteemed guest!>>2199204She wouldn’t mind a walk around the grounds, even though she’d been looking forward to that tea. So you take a little nightly stroll around the place, keeping it relatively close to the house given the lack of light sources anywhere else. She’s content to keep things polite and try to get to know you better, though you’re eagerly awaiting (with soul contract in hand) to be done here. The first thing you notice is that you can’t sense anything about her, not demonically at least, at best you can only rely on the intuition of your mortal disguise which isn’t great because Bourdillon is very personable and difficult to read for how genuine she seems or masks herself as. It’s kind of creepy how she comes off as a blank slate to you, when you’re so used to being able to get a feel for anyone else you come across. Whatever the case though, you try to keep it civil as well but have you a motive for the conversation to follow?
>>2199951What is she and what does she want.
>>2199969Supporting but let's be nice about it, ask her if she knows what we are
>>2199977I didn't mean to ask that bluntly, DW asked for a motive and said we were keeping it civil. I figured I'd give a blunt motive, and our character would phrase it nicely.
>>2199977>>2199985>>2199969She's playful with the topic, and says if you can guess what she is, she'll do the same. She warns you though, that she has a good idea about you already. Three guesses of course.Her motive? Well you'd have to know the first part of course!
>>2200091She's the Dullahan!GG get rekt noob no reActually check if her neck is covered by her clothes first. If it is covered, above guess. If uncovered and it looks like a normal neck, vampire.
>>2200091>"You're a vampire my dudette."
>>2200091You're my future friend/allyAnd future lover :^)
>>2200109>>2200127Well you got it on the second guess, and she gets it on the third guess for you. So a demoness and a vampire, walking side by side through the garden. An odd sight for any. If you can guess what she is then, you should easily be able to guess what her goals are. At least she thinks so, but what you're doing here is a real mystery to her, thinking there's a particular target you're after. Some exemplary or befouled soul in particular, Margot perhaps given how you're tailing her everywhere. She doesn't think Margot that dangerous, that she'd have been able to summon a demonic servant.Now that you're on the same page then, she wonders how things will go from here? You might both be evil, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're allies...>>2200144>...
>>2200228Well we can be if we both want to, you scratch my back I scratch yours, gnome saiyan?We're just trying to get power for us here and back home, ask her if she would be okay with ud sending a soul down while she with us?
>>2200228Judging by how she's hypnotized everyone into thinking she's been there for years, she probably just wants a comfy safe life here. Us too!
>>2200263>>2200254You bring up the idea of cooperation, which isn't so unappealing to her. She knows the rep demons have though and never to trust them. Also, she's not sure how much benefit you can offer her. She likes having victims around to feed on, whereas you're trying to seal souls and corrupt people. Maybe not to the same extent, but more virtuous people taste better to her for sure.What do you bring to the table, really? That she couldn't do on her own?
>>2200324Demonic allies and favors and soonhopefully a network of corrupt people at our disposal throughout the town
>>2200324Allies against the church.
>>2200341>>2200369Well that does sound nice, but her whole style is keeping subtle, secret, and out of sight and mind. Your style, like all demons, is bold, over the top, and noticeable. Enemies against the church? How typical of you! She just wants to dwell peacefully, leeching off the citizenry, while you want to rebel against the system.
>>2200380True, but we're planning on keeping our rebellion quiet until we're too powerful for them to stop us. If she wants to sabotage us or give us away, know that we're going to give her away too if we get caught. If we succeed and create a bastion of hellish power in the mortal realm, we'll remember how cooperative or uncooperative she was, and treat her accordingly.
>>2200396But, she already has an established powerbase, not “something in the future”!Anyway, figure your answer or proposition to her, I’ve got to duck out just for a bit to get din dins but will resume right when I return.
>>2200405Not really what I meant, but whatever. How about we agree to stay out of each other's way. She was here first, so we'll try to keep a low profile and not stir things up too much, but if she betrays us, we can hand her identity over to the church.
>>2200228Vampire was always my guess! So take that! I win!>>2200396Well, truthfully I don't think we have much in the way to offer her, since technically we're still setting up. We're not trying to be loud, like certain others, it's just our presence that tends to be 'loud' really. And we don't betray allies, I would hope. She wants a quiet life while we just want... what, power? which would, eventually, catch the attention of the church. A trade of information would be nice, really... Hell works at a different speed ,and we have minions that could go get info for her. And then we could also loan some demonic minions if she wants. Does the blood of soulless people taste any different? Rather than having a messy cleanup, we could send said soulless people to her to drink dry. Much easier for the both of us. A mutual business arrangement. And since she is already firmly in the nobility cast, there wouldn't be any suspicion on her end, would it? ANd since we change their appearance, there is a negligible chance of getting caught.
>>2200405To be perfectly honest I don't really want anything from you, mostly I was curious as to your motives and power. I just want to make sure neither of us step on each other's toes. I stay out of your nice peaceful life and you don't sell me out to the church. We both have a common enemy and we both have the means to unravel each other. I just want to enact a deal of peace before a misunderstanding pushes us to blows.
>>2200637It's less of a I want something you want something. And more of a nicer way of putting M.A.D. cold war gone hot style.
Ok back, let me catch up.
>>2200637>>2200453If you can offer her something demonic that may change her mind, if it’s something good. Otherwise she’s fine staying out of each other’s way, but the first bit of trouble happens to her because of you, she’s turning against you.Working together? Well maybe if you can do something to please her like a nice gift, or prove your worth. Otherwise, she’d rather not dabble in the demonic, she’s already screwed enough in the afterlife as it is, being a vampire.
>>2200919Well, pretty sure we feel the same way. I don't know what we could possibly offer her in the demonic sense. Aside from what I know, which includes souls (pretty sure she has no use for those) minions (Those have some use but can be caught) and soulless fodder, if she's feeling peckish.We don't know what in particular she wants, and we don't know exactly what we can give... It's difficult to come to an accord without both sides trying to give. Right now all we've done is offer her things, which really just shows our hand and kinda makes us look weak. Well, she is in a position of power, after all... Just what would she even want?
>>2200919If we want to prove our worth what does she suggest?
>>2200919Yeah, what would she want? She said before that she's established here and has everything set up, and she didn't need us, so it must be some luxury item, and I don't want to play another guessing game for what it is.
>>2200995Why give her anything, just a healthy mutual respect for each other and keeping our nose out of each others business. Not everything is something to be dealt with.
>>2200961>>2200991A demonic item of power would appeal to her, like that dagger you have as an example of one. Though of course as said, you don’t have to give her anything, that’s just a segue into seeing if you could cooperate. If you’re fine just staying out of each other’s way then you needn’t give anything to her.
>>2201034Well, we now know of each other, and if she's willing, perhaps in the future we could conduct business.All we could really ask of her is some forewarning if things are getting too 'hot' as it were. If so, we'll tone it down so we both don't get discovered. Also, can we ask her any persons of interest to avoid? She has to know one or two of them.
>>2201034>Is there any chance of you>Point at her>And me>Point at self>Unf, unf>Hump the air
>>2201059That’s a fair compromise definitely. As for people to avoid, she tells you a few minor noble families who are either quite religious or have family members involved with the church. She also tells you about the local firebrand priest to avoid, a few individuals she’s kept tabs on for being dangerous themselves (supernaturally so, like one is a werewolf), and lastly the says to just steer clear altogether of a few folks who follow one of the native gods. They don’t play by the same rules your theology does, exactly, so can be unexpectedly dangerous.>>2201068Well if she needed proof of you being a demon there it is. She’s not sure she could trust such an interaction though, with a demon. Also you’re complete strangers. Maybe not no chance she admits, but not a realistic one.
>>2201150Alright, I am content with this arrangement. Shake hands, send her off, give our minions the soul.
>>2201164Yup. We have business to attend to, dinner to make, threesomes to partake in...I suppose we could ask if she's bored of any of her cattle to send them out way? Mind slaves and souls are always welcome. She's most likely not going to accept, but doesn't hurt to try. If she says no, we'll just say we expected such a response.
>>2201150Also what were her first two guesses about what we are?
>>2201200I want to know this too.
>>2201176She’s actually not so opposed to shoving off victims she doesn’t want,After though and seeing her off, you rush inside to be greeted warmly by Merryl, even happier to see you with a soul contract when she puts two and two together. Lucas and Mila will be hom soon enough, so you quickly make the ritual fire and hand over the contract to a delighted devil of yours. If there’s anything else you want of them before going, now would be the time before ending things and leaving them to get busy.>>2201200>>2201216Her first two guesses were some native supernatural creature, and a magic practitioner. She didn’t first guess demon because she’s not familiar with how you came to be up here as you are now.
>>2201306Ah, crap, forgot to ask about that dullahan...Ah well. Suppose another brief update wouldn't have hurt. Now we got a soul, things shouldn't be too bad...Do we have anything like hellfire we could cast? I've been wondering if we could have used something like that to cremate a body in a relatively quick amount of time.
>>2201354Your true form can make use of various demonic abilities like hellfire. As your disguise form, you would need to perform a ritual to do it. However, the same ritual used to get into contact with your minions is itself a type of hellfire so could incinerate a body quickly.So with the soul exchanged and your underlings off to make use of it and try to begin regaining power in your name, Merryl asks what you’re planning on doing with that benefit. Particularly, she wants to know who the unlucky fool was to give you their soul, and if you’ve a plan for them.
>>2201435Now now, merryl, we can't just up and say that. A certain someone has your soul, after all. Us telling you that might be a detriment to us.Pat her on the head and tell her not to worry. Or some other, lewder act and then telling her not to worry.
>>2201450You settle her worries with a kind touch which develops to something more, and teasing her, but leave her hanging when Lucas and Mila return home both happy but tired to be home from the work day. You can greet then, and then get to making dinner? They brought more foodstuffs from town, and you and Merryl have seened to taken on cooking duties (or at least you’re the best at it).
>>2201465Yay! Cooking~~~! More fun times with merryl!Ask em if they've heard of that headless horseman guy, and tell em to steer clear~~!
>>2201465YESMore molesting dinner making time with Merryl!Let's up our game this time! Nuzzle in between her shoulder and neck, let our hands drift over her waist, tell her we know she likes it, and inch just a bit closer so her butt pokes us
>>2201465Well, we could ask them how their day was. And if mila picked up any gossip at the inn. Never underestimate gossip.
>>2201465There's nothing more rewarding than eating the meal you made yourself. Except maybe seeing others enjoy your skills with you. That way you know no one poisoned it.
>>2201505That’s a great idea actually, roll to see if she overheard anything of worth.>>2201491>>2201502>>2201519You’re fine to cook dinner and drag Merryl along to the kitchen. Again she innocently just thinks it’s to help and learn, but you tease and torment her all the while. You get even more bold, the same style of instruction as yesterday only now by the end you do away with the pretenses, as you circle her waist with your hands and pull her against you, feeling her heart rise and her emotions surge when you bring your chin, your mouth to rest against her neck and whisper such enticing things. When you tell her how you know her feelings about it all she practically melts in your hands and asks you to please not torment her like this without any reprieve. She knows how you and Mila and Lucas share your nights together and she’s just stuck tied up in the dark to listen. She’s grateful for all your kindness to her, but in a way she feels even more lonely now than she did when living alone.No mercy for the little tramp though, you enjoy her suffering all the while, particularly as she’s a possible threat to you. In both your distractions though, dinner falls by the wayside as your focus is elsewhere. It’s not terrible, but noticeably worse than yesterday and Mila probably could have done a better job.
>>2201502you know... something fun to do is mess with her sensitivity~~! She's already so wonderfully incompetent, which we'll fix when we get her soul back, but for now, if we just up it a bit, keeping her mind on a task while being aroused by just our touch or from her clothes is all the better for us~~! Might make that rope bondage at night turn better for her too!
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>2201548Well, she has is. And maybe we'll let her join once that whole soul issue is off the table.
>>2201548I meanWe *could* have some fun with her after she's tied down, if we're feeling risky we could sleep with her too after securing her hands and feet
>>2201565She has us, I mean. And she knows who we are, our little shared secret. The other two don't know about our wicked ways.
>>2201548Also gib her kissu when no one's looking
>>2201553All technically possible, since lacking a soul you can alter her however you wish.>>2201565>92Well what do you know, she actually met a traveling merchant whose coach driver was killed by the headless rider this very day on the way to town! She was only hearing about it from the merchant who was understandably shaken up, but she got a lot of juicy details if you care about any in particular. The general story was they were riding to town when the horseman set upon them and caused quite a fright and damage, before fighting with the driver, chopping and taking his head away. During this time the merchant fled the coach and hid in a field nearby, long enough for the rider to leave, so that he could return and drive the coach the rest of the way to town. Already he was having to look into a funeral for the poor killed fellow.>>2201603>>2201580Not that you’re not wonderful yourself, but she also has a special feeling towards Lucas of course. Naive and from being starved of contact for years, the first man she’s both spent any amount of time with and shown her kindness, so it was inevitable that she’d start to feel sweet on him. Particularly when she sees and hears what a stud you’ve changed him to be.To settle her feelings (and stir up others) you give her a kiss which makes her knees go weak, before returning to the dining room with all the food to sit around the table for dinner and talk, such as with getting the gossip from Mila.
>>2201638Ask her in private if she'd like it if we influence Lucas into getting interested in her, with her bindings on we could work something outFirst Merryl Finger-blast tonight?
>>2201638I see... did he mention general location? How the murderer looked? Any sounds of his approach? If it suddenly got foggy or something like that? And damage how? Weaponry the phantom used? How far into the field was he? Did the phantom ever leave the road? I don't know any other questions to really ask...Suppose we could see if Lucas could help with her frustrations... Just have to be sure she's not hiding anything funny down there. Who knows what strange things that devil could have ordered her to do? Here's a disease to transfer, use this potion, initiate this tantric ritual, and so on...
>>2201638Yes yes~~! Let's mess with her body some more~~!>>2201661Some quality time with merryl is called for!>>2201667Well, if we do my idea, we can give her all the pleasure she could ever want~~? Who needs a man when you have a demon that can give you a high lasting as long as you'd like?
>>2201677Supporting!>>2201667Also whaddya'll say about prettying her up a little more? To a 7 on both face and body maybe? Make Mila and Lucas think she alway been like that
>>2201667She has to remember the answers, but you can sense them from her when she can’t. It happened along the eastern road into town, the horseman was apparently quite terrifying decked out in full armor and riding his horse both wreathed in spectral flame, carrying a cackling head through the night. The sight and sound was unmistakable, with a rolling fog and the sound of his wailing laughter over the approaching gallop. The damage done was to the coach, just hacking and slashing to try and damage it and get at those inside, using a sword. The merchant ran pretty far into the field to escape, and no the rider never left the road though it sounds like a choice rather than being bound to the road. >>2201661>>2201677>>2201701Well she’d be happy with just anything, though she laments the need for bindings if she’s not alone. It’s not like she’s being left alone in a room all night if she’s with someone else, especially considering how you trust her enough to not leave her tied up, and unsupervised around the house all day. She’s not so presumptuous as to ask to graduate from being tied up every night (though you can tell she would like to) but she doesn’t think there’s a need if she’s not alone.
>>2201701At this juncture? I'm not sure. We could convince Lucas of anything, but Mila is a different story. If I had some kind of status bar with (corruption level x percent) I'd be avle to give a solid answer.I forget... does she have a job or not? Because that's also something to take into account. I suppose body changes would be fine. Face changes... well, that can be slowly over time.
>>2201722Remind her it's not for long. Just until we can get this whole business sorted out. And some body 'improvements' to ease her aren't totally out of the question.Also, damn, was hoping being bound to a road would be a thing. Ah well. But fog, night, and the sound are good indications of its arrival. Best to jump ship and hide if we hear or see them.
>>2201739Op said he was going to make something like that and I think she's stayed in the house without a jobWe wanted to make her a healer at home I think>>2201722How tied up do we leave her? We could loosen it up so it's only her hands and feet, but for tonight finger blasting and changing!
>>2201754Well, that's good enough. The house might be booby trapped now, but it's our house, and I'm sure we could find if she's changed anything, given some time to search. Maybe an afternoon for that.You can still move with only hand and feet. We can't just stop being careful just because she made some puppy dog eyes at us. Having our way with her should be fine though. At least any damage we take can be fixed.
>>2201766We could ask her and feel if she's lying i believeAlso can't remember if we carved demonic stuff into the place? Should we?
>>2201739No one ever has a status bar (lol) but at this point for the things you’ve done and gotten her to do, Mila is about as corrupt as Lucas was when you got to a point where you could start telling him what to do and making small changes. She probably wouldn’t be happy with you convincing her to do something with Merryl, but she probably wouldn’t mind at all if Lucas took care of poor little Merryl. As she knows ever since you first convincer her, and as she now knows from personal experience, Lucas is exceptional enough a man that he can handle multiple women. As long as she’s still getting her share of the love she’ll remain happy, and Lucas is well to that point by now. Basically, she’s not to the point of being made to take action herself, but sharing the man of the house a little more isn’t a problem if you pitch it right to her. Though, the real matter comes down to, if you want to share, or take care of things yourself.As for Merryl, no she doesn’t have a job. She just stays and minds the house while practicing her craft.>>2201753Well yes, that would certainly make her content, given how happy she was last time. >>2201754Yes I plan to give some info and details to help with Amelie and understanding what she can do, but that’s not for everyone else. Though you can of course just ask at any time what your influence with someone is like.For how tied up, so far you’ve been fully hog tying her so she can’t move. She’s gotten used to it, but it’s still not pleasant for her to just be left restrained in a room all night. Doubly so when the rest of you cherish each other.
>>2201754More fun with merryl is always alright in my book~~!>>2201766Oi, anon, sometimes I'm glad you're the voice of reason, but sometimes it's a bit of a killjoy~~! Oh well. At least you provide some reasoning. Maybe we should learn... what's it called again? Shibari?Have we claimed the basement for our own? We should start prepping dark dark stuff down there~~!
>>2201780EhhhI kinda want to ease up on the full bondades, just bind her wrists, feet and mouth really well>>2201766>>2201784What do y'all say anons? Keep her bound for her first finger-blast or let her free just this once so we get the full experience of her trashing around?Cuz i got some actions planned for both
>>2201775I think we have. Could ask her if she's done anything to the place too. Would suck if she said 'I cant say' since that would most definitely mean yes.>>2201780I like numbers! So help me! Well, if it'll keep her content in the mean time, why not? And since she mostly stays at home, that increasing sensitivity plan actually probably wouldn't be a bad idea...? Great, now I'm agreeing with such a thing...>>2201784Some japanese rope techniques probably wouldn't be a bad idea, maybe? Could we even do that?
>>2201817Still on the side of caution, mate. If she can't move her arms and legs, she can't get up in the middle of the night and go psycho murder on us. But! If it's just while we have some fun with her, I don't particularly see the issue. After its done though, back to being fully bound.
>>2201817Obviously you do the patrician choice of just turning her sensitivity so high she can't move without her body going haywire~~! We make it so when she has an orgasm, she cant move,But if she moves, she has an orgasm! Problem solved~~!
>>2201846Oh boiI feel like that would be more torture-ish rather than cautiousness
>>2201846Anon, pls. Be serious.And if we're taking that seriously, while fun to think about, her constantly moaning would probably keep us all up.
>>2201834So...Finger-blast without ropes is a go!
>>2201849Its real simple! If she just doesn't move, she'll be fine! See? Easy~~!>>2201852Fine fine. No doing that then... but I still say if she choses not to move of her own volition she'll be fine~~! And if she's being moved against her will, we'll know!
>>2201876AwwwwNow i want to share a bed with her and she also doesn't know about the knife so it all work's out! Also does it *need* a roll? We've felt stuff after not even asking before
>>2201883I whole heartedly support this endeavor.Also if we can learn any skill stupid fast. We should find some sort of martial trainer. That way we don't have to drop disguise if we need to defend ourselves.
>>2201883Because if you do bad and it happened to matter, then it would result in something.
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>2201876... seems strange to send an imp to untie her when it could just as easily be doing other things, like said murdering, but eh.A roll..? Well, alright.
>>2201905Welp, there goes my roll. Anyone else want to chance it?
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>2201890Goin' for a roll
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>2201890
>>2201915>>2201910Welp, DC should be pretty low considering it's merryl, hopefully.
>>2201905Any number of reasons. Probably the easiest, the longer some Hellscape denizen is on the material plane, the harder it is to perform such a feat. So something like just having an imp quickly burst forth, cut her bonds and return is easier than having the imp do what she would do after being untied and possessed.>>2201910>>2201915>54Just out of curiosity, you ask Merryl straight, if she's been possessed, instructed, or otherwise influenced by her owner since coming to the house. She responds wholeheartedly, no, and you sense this to be the truth from her... that is, the truth according to her, and what she knows. If you feel for it carefully and closely enough though, you can sense some other demonic taint on her. So she must have been possessed, which usually is done without the host knowing, like sleepwalking so they don't remember. Though in this case it must have been done during the day when she was untied. You're both angry and worried about this, but you can follow the corruption around like a trail, just as you would your own. You're careful about it as not to miss anything, but from what you can tell she hasn't done anything untoward or of a sabotaging nature. If anything, it seems like she's just been moving and looking around the house for something, rather than tampering with anything. So probably her owner thinks there's something in the house which is worth his effort, rather than spending the time to screw you over. If indeed he'd used her to plant traps or mess with things, the influence would be stronger and leave a more noticeable residue; as-is, you only noticed it because you sensed it deeply in her and then went looking for it. Pretty much just wandering about the house and moving things to look, but little else.And poor Merryl is unaware of this as you can tell, confused as to why you're running around the house but eager to know if she can help with what you're doing.
>>2201928Probably that knife.Damn him!
>>2201934Silly paranoia anon, he's a devil~~! He's already damned!But poor merryl... We really need to get that soul soon. But, at least souls are trickling in~~!
>>2201928Discreetly look for the knife when we're done making the river between her legs flow
>>2201940>>2201936So you're retiring for the night, an early sleep? A different bedroom then, for you and her?
>>2201943Do we know where the knife is? Because I can't really think of much else to do other than make sure said knife is fine (it's on our person, right? If my memory isn't completely terrible) and just go ahead and mess with merryl for the night.
>>2201947Except when sleeping, when you hide it under your pillow, I assume you keep it on you at all times? Though, if you care to start sharing a bed, obviously you wouldn't have the knife right there while Merryl is.
>>2201943Yeh but i wanna personalize the scene a bit, gimme a few mins
>>2201949Yeah, no, can't let the guy possessing merryl get her hands on that.Going to have to hide that somewhere while we rest. Also can't let her see that we have it on us, so no pulling it out in front of her or anything. But, she'll be bound after, so her leaving is negligible.
>>2201956Bury it outback or ask the vamp lady to keep it until we need it>>2201949SO>The nightsecks plan>Unbind her>lay her on the bed>Be dominant, we're always on top of her>Lotsa kisses>Lotsa compliments and encouragement>Make sure the kisses leave love marks>Compliment her body>Lotsa caressing>Finger blast>Cuddle once she's spent>Wait for her to be asleep to bind her>Gently so she doesn't wake up
>>2201969>giving the knife to a person we just met.yeah, NO.Burying it also isn't that great an idea. Easy to spot tilled soil. Hoping this guy might have had one of those trick drawer things in his main desk. Would be nice. Or a lose brick in a wall. Hide it there.So many different possible places to hide such a thing...
>>2201969Don't forget to modify~~one day she'll have a body like dragon's crown witch. One day.
>>2201977Oh yeh, i forgot, we can do that once she's asleep
>>2201982Oh waitNoThat hurts, ask her if she'd preffer we do it after we're done? While the afterglow lessens the pain?
>>2201988>>2201982>>2201977>>2201969So later on the four of you part ways, two and two to different bedrooms. Merryl doesn't know what to expect, until you take control of things and show her a special time. She's so flustered and timid against your might, but melts to your touch and by the end clings to you with what strength she can muster for support. You leave her a hot and bothered, sweaty mess, exhausted in your arms. Weakly she expresses her endless thanks, love and devotion to you, not just for that but all you've done. But you're not done yet, and while she sleeps, having zonked out in your arms after awhile, you alter her form to suit her improving good looks and attractiveness even more. In the morning she'll awake to quite the surprise if she catches sight of her reflection. You can get some sleep too, and keep a hold of her in case she gets possessed.---The night passes by uneventfully, she stirred in her sleep a little which you were aware of but no possessions or anything sketchy. The morning sun trickles through the windows and plays a soft light on the room, as you think of what the plan is for the day. Merryl still sleeps, soundly and softly, her body having taken to the new altered appearance.>How do you proceed?
>>2202015Keep cuddling until she wakes up and be there for her when she sees her new selfGib kissu and then breakfast before heading to work
>>2202015Morning... well, that's also something I'll have to consider in the morning, probably. I can't think of anything in particular that absolutely needs to be done... maybe another quick check in with hell? Use the time to find some hidden compartments? Bound to be a few, this guy had secrets, after all...
>>2202015Speakin' of sleep, I'm off~~! Night, QM!Finding secrets sounds good. Wonder what skeletons the old owner had buried in his closet~~?
>>2202019Well you don't own any mirrors so it'll probably be awhile before she notices.>>2202024When Merryl wakes up, over breakfast you can go looking around the house if you want. Make a roll for the attempt. Then after you can contact the Hellscape before leaving to town.
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>2202035I can feel it. Im going to roll low with this one...
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>2202035A roll, and then bed~~!
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>2202035
>>2202035Let's not forget about being affectionate when we're not being noticed!
>>2202036>>2202038>>2202039Seems like today will not yield much. Perhaps tomorrow we'll try again...?In any case, I'm also heading to bed.
>>2202043>>2202038G'night you two!
>>2202043Very well we can resume tomorrow. Thanks all for playing!
Why do you guys have to be so lewd?For now let's encourage some sinning at our workplace, since vamp lady might be hooking us up with a soul supply. Convince our co-workers to embezzle or slack off.
>>2202267>Demoness not being lewdBut really it is just a matter of player base. These players like tormenting others and lovin' on q2p2t followers.
>>2202267C'mon anon!Merryl is too cute and wholesome to not pledge to protect and torment her by teasing from time to time
>>2202424I'd rather we just killed her. Too annoying to keep worrying about that other demon possessing her.
>>2202481Oh, it's you
>>2202267Eh, lewd is lewd. Don't care much for it, but not against it, since it reaps some benefits for us (corruption + devotion).Don't think corrupting our workplace is a good idea. High corruption is great for using higher tiers of our power, so really it should be used to corrupt home bases. I Cant see a benefit to corrupting coworkers. If anything, it'd just leave us getting caught faster. Fun, sure, but not much of a point. Our boss would fire them, they'd go out in the streets, she might get more or just dump their work on us, removing our free afternoons. Not a great outcome. Especially since vamp lady mentioned that hyper devoted priest running around, we really haveto keep our work at a minimum, or go out of town for demonic work.At least until we have a solid powerbase in hell, a disguise ready, and have enough information. She gave us a few who's and a couple of whats, but we don't know who the whats are. Then we can start on corrupting.
>>2202593Except if we corrupt our workplace, we are safer from an ambush and can use more power from there. Our boss is quite corrupt herself as a murderer, she'll likely take the blame for anything we do. She won't be able to fire everyone, but if you're worried about that we can push people to take an excess of pride in their work, to the point that they obsess over it and seek to outdo each other.
>>2202663would rather choose a seedier place, really. like that place with the... orc bouncer? Yeah, there.
>>2202671I don't see how that would benefit us, we don't spend a lot of time there.
>>2202680more camouflage for corruption. A corrupt seedy place is better than a corrupt open space that plenty of people travel through. Plus she has multiple stores. And we have that highwayman. Could turn him back for a sec and see if he knows how to get entry. Well, still don't think doing any corruption at this point is in any way a good idea.
>>2202685I think you're being overly cautious. I just want a little bit at our workplace so we have some power to draw on in case of emergency. Nothing too noticable or unusual. I'm sure the bar with the bouncer is already naturally more corrupt than most places.
>>2202695Nothing wrong with being overly cautious. All that means is things progress slightly slower while being safer. And I like being safe. Risky plays are great and all, but they're still risky for a reason. I personally wouldn't try anything like that until we've gotten some souls to munch on.
>>2202706I'm gonna have to disagree with you there. We're never completely safe, and this is a negligible amount of risk for tangible reward. This is the safer option. I don't want to get caught with our pants down at work, if Margot gets a surprise visit from the church.
>>2202718and we'd get a higher chance of getting one such suprise visit is if we corrupt it. Hence why I think it'd be easier to use that bar place.would just be easier to get a soul and use that for a disguise in case the church showed up. Speaking of, forgot to ask if we can remove the soul to get rid of the disguise after, or if it's a semi-permanent thing... We're really getting nowhere with this, so I'll just agree to disagree.
>>2202730First of all, he answered that yesterday, we can remove the soul disguise, but it expends the soul.Second of all, the risk increase is nothing compared to the additional safety it provides. Kind of like a home security system, it might let people know you have stuff worth taking, but it also helps you deal with anyone who does come in to rob you. If you're still unconvinced, I don't know how to change that so yes let's drop it.Third, why corrupt the bar? What does that do for us? That's increased risk with zero reward.
>>2202768Maybe because I don't see it as a home security system, but a beacon that says "hey, there's corruption going on here! come here, come here!" and while we might have the home field advantage for a bit, they can always just call in the bigger guns. Oh, there was a demon here that could hold back the church? call in the paladins! Not here anymore? Go on alert for any places of corruption!Well, that is the absolute 100% worst case scenario, unlikely to happen, but I don't like it.Because it's probably already kind of corrupt? And someone last thread wanted to try going bottom to top, so we could make a foothold in the seedier side of town from there. anything we try there is probably going to be passed off as just being part of the seedier side. Yeah, this will probably go nowhere.
>>2202781I'm against corrupting the bar. Not only do we spend no time there, but it's more likely to be noticed. Place like that is already corrupt, anything we do will just make it stand out more. Plus we don't even spend time there so it wouldn't be useful.
>>2202790We don't spend time there now, but it's a location of interest and someplace to check later. And more noticeable? What?Anyway, guess we'll just have to wait for QM input. The mechanics of the quest themselves aren't really set in stone (he seems to like to trickle doen info as we learn about it), so I can't say one way or another if one of us is correct.
>>2202803>MechanicsKekI don't think there are any desu, like actual mechanics? Like corruption levels and unlocks, spellcasts, etc.
>>2202881Not like that, rpg shit, more like what we can actually do with corruption and souls and rituals.
>>2202267Well, at least it's being kept behind closed doors at home. Anyway, so you search around the house and don't find much of interest. If the former owner was hiding something, he hid it well. In any case eventually you figure that's enough for now, and getting ready you take your horse into town for the day, and for work after. Probably about an hour or two before you're expected to start, if there was anything you wanted to see to.>>2202887When it comes down to rituals, it's more a case of what you can't do. Like you can ask if such a thing is possible, and chances are there's a ritual for it, for most anything. For corruption and souls though, like I said I'll try to write something up. I just need some time aside, when I'm not running the quest for you lovely players.
>>2203303so... say we want to do a ritual for hiding the corruption that is bound to be emanating from the house in the near future. surely we can do that, provided the time and resources, right?
>>2203303>>2203309If so, we can do the same thing for our workplace.
>>2203410It's why I'm asking. That would eliminate the problem almost entirely. For one place, perhaps, but at the same time, she's got a couple of stores... Things to think about.
>>2203309Sure, that’s entirely possible. To just put a bunch of sealing and obscuring glyphs around the house and on the outside, that people couldn’t tell the place was a den of depravity.>>2203410Well your “workplace” is following Margot around to all her various locations so it would be hard to do all o them.
>>2203520Yeah, pretty much what I'd thought. >>2203410btw, have you rolled for the search?
>>2203529?>>2203520Alright, seal up the house. Then go wild with demonic runes.
>>2203596Alright yeah you can do that after work tonight. Before you start though, wouldn’t you know it the highwayman finds you in town and approaches you. It seems he has a good mark on a soul for you, but he needs his original appearance back for the duration of getting it. Obviously, he’ll try to be careful to not get caught again.
>>2203716Does he really need it? It's the truth, right? What does he need to change his appearance for, exactly? He's not trying to hide anything from us, right?
>>2203716Sure, have your minions restore him.>>2203797Likely it's an acquaintance of his that needs to recognize him.
>>2203808>>2203797More or less along those lines, yes.You can change him back then, after which it’s on to work for the day. Make a roll for your assisting Margot.
Rolled 86 (1d100)>>2203832alright, roll time. Hope my lucks faring better today
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>2203832>>2203851Cowards, the lot of you! There's only a 1/100 chance for failure, and plenty chance higher to go higher~~!
Rolled 48 (1d100)>>2203832
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>2203934See this 1 m'dude
Rolled 4 (1d100)>>2203832
Sorry for the delay, pretty sick over here so passed out for a bit lol>>2203839>>2203934>>2203939>>2203967>86Quite a productive and helpful day you provide to your employer, as Margot brings you around to her businesses and you do a bang up job of not only assisting her as she needs, but suggesting improvements and changes to be made. Several days on the job now, you’ve basically leared all Margot could have to offer already and then some, so noticing sources of inefficiency or places which could use corrections. She thanks you of course, and even though you sense threatened feelings of inadequacy, there’s also a strong feeling of hope. Enough that over some downtime in the carriage between workshops, she asks your feelings about a managing position rather than just secretary? She recognizes your competence and the benefit it could bring to the business, so that she can set aside her misgivings. Practicality, over feelings.
>>2204641As long as we keep our free time, sure. Also less direct oversight will give us more opportunity to corrupt and steal souls. Work at a fixed location if possible, so we can cloak one factory and corrupt it.
>>2204641Would it change how much free time we'd have?Also, if you're feeling sick, its fine to take a break for a few days until you're better. Just saying.
>>2204666>>2204664It's funny how you two decided on the same thing to ask~~!And yeah, it's fine to rest~~!>>2204641Managing one place would be nice~~. Maybe we can get her to retire and take over? But no, being the front woman for anything is bad~~! Always keep a minion in power, while you puppet them! That's how you do things!
>>2204676Seducing time? :^)
>>2204728Seduce the milf~~? I want the vampire tho, but murder milf might be alright~~
Rolled 54 (1d100)>>2202035
>>2204827Way to late, I realize.
>>2204664Well you could ask her for a workshop closer to where you live. Or anywhere, if you have a different idea.>>2204666Well that would be up to you, you could probably negociate with Margot on what you do. She’s just able to recognize your potential and is interested to see how things would go if you’ve got one of the businesses to run.And I don’t need a break for days, just fatigued. Take it a little easier for a bit, but still keep going.>>2204676Well that could explain the hope she has towards you. Retire you’re not so sure though, because Margot herself though older, isn’t an old woman or anything.>>2204728>>2204814Seducing who now?
>>2204863Well, we could certainly find somewhere close-ish... somewhere in the nicer part of town is tempting, but the nobility is few, and no doubt the rich and the clergy no doubt occupy the same location. Some place a bit less scrupulous is also somewhat tempting, but I'm not sure a lady like her would have a store somewhere there. Well, maybe in a place where she can easily get to some of the homeless for some 'good will,' some place like that would be nice. We actually don't need it to be close to our home, per say....And I can't say I'm for or against the whole Margot seduction thing. I can't see a clear benefit aside from getting close and exacerbating her corruption a little , nor can I find a particular cost aside from a fairly well known person getting more corrupted than she already is... But but its kind of late for me so I might figure it out in a bit...
>>2204863Yeah ask for one of the nicer businesses to run instead of moving around all the time. Close to home as well.
>>2204871I suppose you could try though you needn’t sense that she doesn’t lean that way. Possible, but you’d need to corrupt her a lot more in order to influence that much.>>2204908The stores are in town, but the workshops are mostly outside for local laborers. It’s a safe assumption though that if you were to take on a managerial position, it would probably be easier hours. Particularly when you could just train someone to replace you and do the job.
>>2204969>train someone Why train when we could just steal their soul and have them do it for us?Might take a bit of time, but just as doable!
>>2205007That’s a very good idea actually and entirely possible.
>>2204969Well, I suppose somewhere well away from the church would do, and close to home is a bonus. A nicer establishment close to the gate for traders and the like, rather than for special service to the upper class.
>>2204969Would we stop being her assistant as a whole? Or would we manage the place and be her assistant?
>>2205033Yes the assumption is that you’d be graduating from assistant to manager.
>>2205039Do we really want to change jobs anons? We would stop meeting potential corrupt victims
>>2205043Thing is, she meets with the church on a semi-regular basis. While yes, we'd meet new people, that also includes having to duck out whenever she needs to enter said church. Not that we couldn't convince her, but it's only a matter of time before it's them coming out to us, rather than the other way around. And we'll still meet new people. Except this time we get to chose our clients
>>2205050>>2205043Well in any case it’s not something you need to decide right now, you can make the choice later. It was just something she said to think about after all, you can make the choice later. You did well for the day though and in thanks she gives you some extra money.Not half a bad effort then, it’s only late afternoon anyway so plenty of time to still do things in town if you care to, or just head home early.
>>2205249So, from what I can see, we have a few options.1, we could head home, plant those sigils, spy on the witch and see if that guy is possessing her at the moment. If he is and we keep hidden enough, we could see what hes searching for (it's probably that knife though). And we could continue to look for some secret compartments and contact hell again.2, we could head back to the general guard/policing station, do some small favors here and there, try to get it under our control.3, go on that body guard hunt4, go to the inn, see Mila. 5, go see vampire lady, talk a bit. Don't see much of a point to this other than the whole dullahan business.
>>2205249Do we have a way to block off the guys hold on her inside the house? Like a ritual to keep him from controlling her?
>>2205258You can do something like block it so that she can’t go some place (like enter the houe) while possessed, but you can’t ever interfere with her when he owns her soul.
>>2205283>We could make it so if she's possessed she can't leave the room she inMy God that's great
>>2205291Yes, possible. She could burn down the house or something though lol
>>2205308Just make runes so that she's too horny to do anything~~
>>2205308With only her inside and with us sensing shiet?I don't think so Mister!>>2205255>>2205283I vote for bodyguard hunting
>>2205317Sorry to murder your dreams mate, but probably wouldn't work. Complete body control. He could just make it so she doesn't feel anything.If anything, leaving some false trails of what we plan to do might be worthwhile... let him bite some bait.Some kind of gravity or binding room, maybe? If shes possessed, some rope shoots over to tie her up? I don't know.
>>2205320Really the best answer is to not take any precautions at all and do absolutely nothing because it’s worked so far and is safe and also a good idea and you can trust her
>>2205325Huh. I feel strange taking the advice of a) the QM, and b) a QM that calls himself 'dark whispers.' It's like tempting me to do something and say "yes... this will have absolutely no repercussions at aaaaaall." Honestly though, I was planning on just observing in the mean time. Let him think we don't know if his snooping.
>>2205329>Ops never so supportive and encouraging>Doubting the obvious baitCmon anon!
>>2205331Now you see, that was my plan. Was. Emphasis on that word. Now, however, he's played his hand. Meaning I'll have to change it up. Unless it's a double bait and he wants me to do this. Unless he wants me to play myself by second guessing everything....
>>2205352It aaaalll comes tumbling down...
Well i gtg sleep, G'night Y'all
>>2205363>>2205356So it seems like a slight majority, for going searching for a big tuffy to lug around and keep you safe? Specify where you might want to go looking, and then make a roll!And then assumedly after, you’ll be heading home to start proofing the house?
>>2206453Yeh, we're looking for an Orc or some other bulky race that won't give anyone second thoughts if they're swole
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>2206453Forgot to roll
Guys>Inb4 the dullahan/another demon like us(Looking to make us his ally) wants to be our bodyguard
No one roll mmmmmmmmmmkay?
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>2206453
>>2206490Well summoning another demon is possible, but another one with your same circumstances is not.
>>2206529Nah let's just look for those bulky races
>>2206469That's a good roll~~!
>>2206529ButHow bout *finding* one :^)
>>2206586Meh, I'm thinkin' someone with lots of experience, but older~~ Someone who would give his soul for those adventuring days again... to fight again. But, alas, not a 100, so to bad~~
>>2206543>>2206556You didn’t say where you were looking though with that 98. Also maybe how, like what you might do to gain service of such a person.
>>2206603Earlier we said we would look for an Orc bodyguard on the nastier part of town >>2195575>>2195583>>2195601
>>2206616Find an older orc/half orc who's old and busted after lots of battles, promise him we can return him to his former glory plus money and lots of future battles (and dosh, can't forget riches!), and I think we've got it~~ not sure if we could find someone exactly like that buuuuut~~~
>>2206616Rocheau isn’t a town big enough to really have a typically “dangerous” side of town, there’s just a few rough places. At least as far as you know.With that 98 though, if that’s all you want, just an orc bodyguard then sure you can find one. From your few times going about town with Lucas and seeing a few places of note, you go to one of the taverns not on a main road and sure enough there’s a couple orc fellows in there among other people. This isn’t like going to that rough bar on the river, but it’s not like you need some seasoned killer criminal right?>>2206626You want a bodyguard who isn’t in his prime? Well, you’re sure you could find one.
>>2206638Well, I was thinking if we could take his soul, we could modify him back to his prime~~But, this seems kinda an important decision... I want to talk ship a bit and work out the kinks first with some of the other anons here~~ if they show up today.
>>2206638A half dragon then?
>>2206657Half Dragon girl~~~ yeaaaaaah!...question, would she care/know we'd be a demon?
>>2206661Well, half Dragon girl may be much... quarter or 8th could do too~~
>>2206657Sorry friendo, you 98’d your way to a greenie!
>>2206673We haven't agreed on anything tho
>>2206673But we're still discussing~~~ and I think some kind of girl with a bit of Dragon blood would be neato~~!I call unfair play!
>>2206661>Not wanting dragon cockWhat'reyoufuckinggay?
>>2206685>Not goin' the futa option or just manipulating her body to give her oneEh, I'd be fine either way~~ Real question is, would some such Dragon persons care or sense our origins~~? In that case, we'll have to see about others~~
>>2206680Well it sounded like there was agreement earlier to an orc.Though realistically, if you’ve got such a strange slant towards dragons, why not just alter a servant to be that way? It’s just as easily the same thing, minus a soul. Then again, I thought the goal was to remain inconspicuous.
>>2206698Normally we wait for more than one person to vote and when j suggested it it was only meSounds like your trying to cheat us out of a good roll>>2206691Which other race do you suggest anon?
>>2206698We're DISCUSSIN MAN.THIS KINDA THING IS KINDA IMPORTANT.Also, thanks for the tip~~! It's just generally in fantasy land, Dragons tend to be pretty high tier, so someone with some Dragon bloods got to be stronger than normal, yeah~~? Is it physically noticeable or something~~? Half dragons got to have some physical traits, but someone a bit farther removeds got to be able to hide em or not have em? Or am I wrong~~? Is it one of those spritual feeling things~~?
>>2206708I forgot my :^) after rollDon't wanna seem hostile
>>2206708Let's me think~~ we've got beast men (cat girls and wolf boys ahoy!) Dragon people, greenies, tiny greenies (goblins), halflings and the like... yokai creatures like oni and kitsune... oni would be nice, if they exist~~ or not, since they tend to hate lies. Unless here they dont, if they exist~~
>>2206728>Buff half/full wolf manAnonBlsOni are also good
>>2206715RIght but the point is that to a certain point you can just snap your fingers and get what you want. Like your human disguise could be a dragon disguise if you wanted, at will. The amount of effort you may expend to seek a dragon or semi-dragon, you could just steal someone’s soul and alter them to be whatever you want.And yes, they will be noticeable. Both physically and spiritually. There’s obvious value there towards power, but if you’re trying to stay under the radar then it’s not exactly a subtle approach.>>2206728As far as your present location, you’re among more westerly lands. So things like kami and yokai, though they do exist, are going to be incredibly rare in these lands you’re currently in. There are places where they are normal and in great numbers, but not here.
>>2206761So ya have a list of different races that exist in this setting? Would be nice to know who we could pick~~ rather than just taking shots in the dark.
>>2206783Buff full wolf man anon! Imagine! Unf~
>>2206799Now ya see, what QM just revealed is that we could basically pick any particular person and then modify them to be any race, as long as we know the composition (and we know Dragon, according to QM), I'm guessin~~! So, what we need, rather than race, is lifetime experience~~!
>>2206812I'm askin' for a list to see what would be most suitable to turn the sorry sap who's going to in our service into, or just find said person.Unless I've got this all wrong~~
>>2206761This bodyguard shit is dumb. It'll just draw attention to us and make people wonder why we need one. Have we put up a shield around the house yet? Did Margot approve of us becoming the manager of a single factory?
>>2206846It's not dumb. There's a swing happy dullahan around! And other dangers on the less law happy side of toen, if we want to journey there~~Also, just read the thread, edgelord-anon~~!
>>2206783Pick a race and they exist. Probably.The real limiter is what you can reasonably expect to find in Rocheau. So more “westerly” sorts of races and creatures are expected. A 100 might have gotten you a kitsune or djinn, but otherwise you’d not expect to find such things here.>>2206846>shield around the houseThat seems to be the plan for when you return home.>did Margot approve of us becoming the managerYes, it was just up to you to pick which one.As for bodyguard stuff, well, dumb or not it’s what several people wanted.
>>2206812But changing em isn't the same anon! It ain't as satisfactory! It ain't the same!We settled on something yet?
>>2206868I did read the thread. Most of it is you degenerates screaming about dragon cock.Traveling is one thing, but we aren't planning to travel, and walking around town with a bodyguard is gonna look weird and start rumors. Especially if it's a seedy looking orc or a half dragon.>>2206876Pick whichever is closest to our house, for convenience.
>>2206889Nope. And I know how you feel T~T it's just not the saaaaame.Something able to hold off said dullahan would be nice~~ which leaves stronger races like orcs, ogres, oni, Dragon (QM hates this, killjoy) half giants... ah, anything else on that list? Well, competent swordsman could probably do it too~~ or a mage, with the kitsune thing~~
>>2206903Eh, there's probably spells out there for 'pay no attention to me' so if we must, we could put down runes on our bodyguard. And you just pick the thing we were mostly joking over, huh? Dragons are strong so they'd be great bodyguards~~ problem is they stick out a lot.And having a bodyguard is a useful thing~~
>>2206903>Most of it is you degenerates screaming about dragon cock.Well said, you earned a reroll.
>>2206992>literally 2 postsWellokthen.jpg
>>2206996Profound truths deserve reward!
>>2206992thanks senpai>>22069962 posts this afternoon, I've made a lot over the entire thread, and last thread
>>2207006? I was talkin' about the whole 'Dragon dick' thing being 2 posts total, and I was mostly playin it up since we're a demon and all. And we're on 4chan. Of course that would fuckin' happen. But a reroll is a reroll.
>>2207006You're welcome anon! We made it happened
>>2207025We should be utter degenerates more often if it nets us more rerolls~~!
>>2206911>>2207006>>2207022So full Wolf warrior man bodyguard?