Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Frontier%20Knight%20QuestStat List: https://pastebin.com/jR6YNdRmOther Quests: https://pastebin.com/KJKYT3SuYou are the TEMPLAR, a holy knight sent to clear the frontier of monsters and heresy!After parting ways with Valentia and her father, you begin carrying Havel back to the Monastery. You couldn't very well just leave him out here, after all. Thankfully, there wasn't anybody else around to witness this slight against Havel's honor and image.Well, almost."Dohoho." Ozen chuckles, apparently having slithered in out of nowhere. "I see not even Havel could keep himself out of trouble." >Ask whether things are going according to her plan. >Ask her where she's been all this time. >Ask her to help carry Havel back.>Other
>>2227940>>Ask her where she's been all this time.
>>2227940>Ask whether things are going according to her plan.
>>2227940>Ask her where she's been all this time.So did we do anything with that golem core yet?
>>2227940>Ask whether things are going according to her plan. How goes it fellow wrecker of knife ears?
>>2227940>Ask whether things are going according to her plan.What's the next step of her master plan?
>>2227940You give Ozen an inquisitive look. Was everything according to her plan?"Why, everything is going swimmingly!" Ozen cackles. "The Elves are up in arms and howling for blood! With the forest gone, their claim to these lands begins to slip away. Sooner or later, they will have to act, and we will be there meet them!"Ah yes, the typical strategy of provocation. Force the enemy to attack you first. It had several upsides in that you would have the defender's advantage if you knew the attack was coming, and it also put you in the moral right among the general populace. Nobody wanted to associated with the aggressor. "Still... they will not attack the Monastery directly, not with all three of us present to defend its walls." Ozen adds, referring to herself, you, and Havel. "In order to make things complete, we'll have to make them think our defenses are weak."You're starting to get the gist of what she was suggesting."How do you feel about going on another little adventure?" Ozen gives a sly grin. "Either the Elves try to make a move on the Monastery, or they show their hand in trying to ambush you. Either way, we get all the reason we need to strike back at them.">Sounds like a plan.>I don't like the idea of my party being used as bait.>Other
>>2228113Burn more elfs.
>>2228230>Sounds like a plan.
>>2228230>>Sounds like a plan.
>>2228230>Sounds like a plan.like we have a choice
>>2228230>Sounds like a plan.>Other: Give a inquisitive look to her and 'ask' if Havel told her about the frontier nobles wanting to ally with the templars
>>2228000Nothing as far as I recall. Though, maybe Nino is probably messing around with it, making small bodies to house it.>>2228230>>Sounds like a plan.As long as there's payment, too.
>>2228230>Sounds like a plan.But why not her instead? With her reputation, surely the the Monastery would look far more tempting a target if she was the one who left.
>>2228280It is dangerous work. See if we can get some extra dosh.
>>2228230You nod, though a bit warily. It sounded like a plan. "I of course will go my own way, to better uphold the illusion, though I will need to mask my movements from their eyes." Ozen adds. "It would be best for you, however, to do something flashy. Something that grabs public attention. Positive attention would be a side benefit."You nod again. COURIER: The treaty formally establishing the alliance between Eisenwand the the Black Templars must be delivered to the High Marshal. Ensure the safety of the courier until they reach the border.MONSTER HUNT: A pair of Ogres have been seen marauding and raiding the outlying settlements. Perhaps it's time for a Champion to deal with them. AMBUSH: Provoke the Elves into making a move on your party so you can eliminate them.>COURIER>MONSTER HUNT>AMBUSH
>>2228420>COURIERGotta spread the word of the Ashwalker and his group (we really need a name for our team)
>>2228420>MONSTER HUNTWell she asked us to do something flashy. I also wanted to upgrade our weapon.
>>2228431>>2228434>>2228432>>2228446>"It would be best for you, howeverAlthough important i don't think the courier is a as flashy job as Orzen asked us.
>>2228420>>MONSTER HUNT>>2228434>Ashwalker and the Bodacious Babes>The Compatriots>Sol's Saints> [insert Saint's name]'s Children>Frontier Friends
>>2228462Nothing flashier than the rest of the Templar order marching back into Eisenwald after a crusade.
>>2228420>MONSTER HUNTIt's what we're suppose to be best at
>>2228481On second thought, we should at least get our entire party cool nicknames for people to write songs and stories about before anything else.
>>2228420>>MONSTER HUNTThis is our thing after all
>>2228462The courier job is a big flag for the elves.
>>2228420You give Ozen a confident nod. You already have an idea of what you could do. You recall an open Guild bounty on a pair of particularly large and aggressive ogres roaming the countryside. "Excellent, excellent." Ozen chuckles darkly. "Here, let me help you with that, then." Ozen reaches a single arm out and easily picks up Havel as if he were just a rag doll. Truly, her strength was absolutely inhuman. "So where is this Morgan of yours?" Ozen continues as the two of you walk back to the Monastery together. "I feel she's been avoiding me whenever I'm around. I'm not THAT scary, am I?">Actually, you are.>Morgan's just shy.>Other
>>2228618>Actually, you are.
>>2228618>Actually, you are.Do you KNOW your reputation?
>>2228618>>Morgan's just shy.
>>2228618>Actually, you are.Not a day goes by without hearing performers telling children to be good or else Ozen will come and throw them into her stew.
>>2228618>Morgan's just shy.
>>2228618You nod without hesitation. Considering her reputation..."Hnnnnn, I suppose you do have the point." Ozen nods with an evil smile. "Crush a few skulls with your bare hands, and nobody looks at you the same way again.">Ask Ozen how she got her strength.>Ask why she's so interested in Morgan.>Just stay quiet. >Other
>>2228805>>Ask why she's so interested in Morgan.
>>2228805>Just stay quiet.
>>2228805>OtherThat must be why you're still single. I'm going there.
>>2228805>>Ask Ozen how she got her strength.Drink lots of milk? Lots of exercise?
>>2228805>>2228819This >Ask Ozen how she got her strength.
>>2228805>Ask Ozen how she got her strength.Its not just going to the gym?
>>2228805>>Ask Ozen how she got her strength.
>>2228805>Ask Ozen how she got her strength.
>>2228805You point to Ozen and then make a show of flexing your arm, asking her how she came about her monster strength."Oh? You really want to know?" Ozen's mischievous smile grows ever wider. "Well, it's not something I talk about, especially to those who aren't worthy to know."You tilt your head, wondering how you fit into that."Well, you proved to be an obedient and loyal Templar, so I suppose I can give this much." Ozen chuckles playfully. "This strength... I certainly was not born with it. It was something I gained much later in life."You tilt your head the other way. Is that all she was going to say?"If you want me to say more, then continue being obedient and loyal." Ozen's smile somehow still grows wider. "Or if you think you can best me in a duel, I may change my mind...">A duel against a Marshal is a rare thing...>You were taught not to take fights you knew you couldn't win.>Other
>>2228935>OtherLeave the fight for later. It is time to complete your quest.
>>2228935If we could beat her in a duel, we wouldn't be so curious about her strength. But>A duel against a Marshal is a rare thing...so if she's offering, of course we'll take her up on it.
>>2228935>A duel against a Marshal is a rare thing...All in. Though I presume this is the option for being open to the prospect of a duel rather than to duel now.
>>2228935>You were taught not to take fights you knew you couldn't win.
>>2228935>>You were taught not to take fights you knew you couldn't win.
>2228935>You were taught not to take fights you knew you couldn't win.
>>2228935>>A duel against a Marshal is a rare thing...
>>2228935>A duel against a Marshal is a rare thing...
>>2228935>>You were taught not to take fights you knew you couldn't win.Haha no.
>>2228935You nod. A duel against a Marshal was quite the rare thing indeed. Not something you would easily give up."Oh? Quite the brave one you are, especially when you already know my deeds well." Ozen raises an eyebrow. "I have to say, I'm quite impressed, Templar."Honestly, those words kind of flattered you."Ah, but what of the timing?" Ozen adds. "We could do it at the Monastery right now after we take care of Havel, or perhaps when you return from your quest?">Now works.>Maybe after you come back.>Other
>>2229059>>Maybe after you come back.
>>2229059>Maybe after you come back.Campaign of terror is go.
>>2229059>Maybe after you come back.
>>2229059>>Maybe after you come back.>The mission comes first, always.
>>2229059>>Maybe after you come back.Gotta spread the word of Sol, and maybe get some kickass new gear.
>>2229059You shake your head. This was something you would have more time for after you came back from your quest."Ah yes, always duty before pleasure." Ozen nods, though you notice a glint in her eye. "Though, perhaps not always..."You look at Ozen again. Did she know? Or was she just trying to bait you like she was wont to do? Regardless, you try not to give any response to that prod. Thankfully, Ozen doesn't seem to press the issue any further. By that point, you've already reached the Monastery gates, where a pair of acolytes rush out. "Marshal! Marshal!" They chirp. "We have a visitor!" "Oh?" Ozen grins slyly. "Who could it possibly be...?">Lucina>Elias>An Elf>Other
>>2229234>An Elf>inb4 messenger of the Elf princess with a strongly worded letter to us. And a bit for Morgan, too!
>>2229234>EliasThough I wonder if the populace would be swayed if the elves produced proof that it was the Templar's that caused the fire and therefore agitating for war.
>>2229234"Oh, I see the Mages have decided to pay us a visit." Ozen coos when the both of you enter to see the Archmagus Elias standing in the entry hall. "As an ally or an enemy?""Neither." Elias' crimson eyes smolder. You got the impression that he was in a foul mood. Not only was the situation deteriorating, but the Monastery was currently full of the one of the things he had the most trouble dealing with. Children. From every doorway and corner, you could spy the peeking, curious eyes of Ozen's acolytes. You could even catch sight of Nino, though her glare was less out of curiosity and more of childish mistrust. "I was hoping to have a word with Havel." Elias explains. "Though it looks like his is... indisposed at the moment.""Oh? Well, as a Templar of equal rank, I'll gladly hear what you have to say." Ozen smiles."I would rather not talk with an outsider who brashly barges her way into our politics and pretends she knows everything." Elias' eyes flare briefly. "Oh? Those are quite harsh words to say." Ozen responds playfully, finally setting Havel down. A knot of her acolytes shuffle in and carry him away. "It's quite unwise to show disrespect to a Templar in their home, is it not?"Your eyes dart to the side, where you see Morgan, Naru, and Niko also observing, ready to jump in if need be.>Stay quiet and see where this goes. >You should intervene diplomatically. >You should intervene with force.>Other
>>2229365>You should intervene diplomatically.
>>2229365>Stay quiet and see where this goes.
>>2229365>>You should intervene with diplomatic force.OZEN knock it off. The mages help protect the city, they lose their archmage the elves can cast their arcane magic without being contested. Elias, stop provoking her. Whichever of you would when everyone else here would lose.However above goes in Templar speak
>>2229365>You should intervene diplomatically. As Morgan likes to say, we always manage to find the right words.>>2229399They are also the idiots that alowed the mage who was sabotaging the town sewers to be killex after it was delivered to then!
>>2229365Well, no matter how appealing it might have been to see in action, you couldn't afford to have an Archmagus and Marshal start a battle right here in the middle of the Monastery, especially considering Elias was at least nominally friendly. You stomp in, positioning yourself between Elias and Ozen before the situation could deteriorate any further. You glare at both of them, adults bickering like children. "Ohoh, the Templar wants to take charge?" Ozen coos. "I suppose I can let this go if you're volunteering.""That would be preferable." Elias nods in agreement, his eyes thankfully dimming to their usual dull glow. Ozen makes her exit, sliding out of view like a wraith. It still unnerved you how such a large woman could move so quickly and quietly. "Witch Hunters. I never liked them." Elias almost spits, or at least, that's what he would have done if he had a normal face. Well, that was only natural. Witch Hunters' sole purpose was to hunt down rogue and dangerous mages. They all had a universal dislike of magic, after all."Regardless, I've come to relay a message from the Mage Council regarding the... situation." Elias pauses when he realizes quite a number of acolytes were still present, curiously peeking in. He sighs and snaps his fingers. Instantly, a shimmering invisible dome forms around the both of you."There, we can talk more freely." Elias notes. "Anyways, where was I? Ah yes, the Mage Council."You nod. "Their official position on this matter is that the Mages shall remain neutral in whatever conflict may arise from this event. Short of anything that directly threatens the safety of Eisenwand or any of the settlements under its direct control, we shall not intervene.">Perfectly understandable.>We need to make a united front against the Elves.>Other
>>2229617>OtherEven if the elves plan to cause more mischief?
>>2229617>>Perfectly understandable.>the elves may not be so obliging as to keep the city out of it though. you know what they did to you dig site and the city sewers.
>>2229617>Perfectly understandable.But those dirty tree-hugging knife ears are a threat to Eisenwand so in the end he will help us
>>2229617>Understandable but this war will effect Eisenwand even with your protection. The soon it end the safer it's people.
>>2229625The mage in the sewers was a human tought.>>2229617>Perfectly understandable.>Other:"But i hope we can still acquire some wares from you mages."
>>2229617>>2229625Oh i want to add to my other to remind him what the elves did with their explorers once they found then digging into one of their precious ruins.
>>2229617You nod at that. It was a perfectly understandable position for them to take, though a bit cowardly, in your opinion. The Elves had already proven they'd be willing to fight the Mages, considering what had happened in the recent past."I am aware of the... incidents in the past." Elias growls. "Unfortunately, we don't have much proof. At least not enough to convince the Council to mobilize."You nod again. Not much he could do in his position, you suppose."Now, we probably won't be able to see each other again for quite some time." Elias sighs. "Considering the current climate, it would be bad for both of us for Mages and Templars to be seen together."You nod. Very true. "Which brings us to the next issue..." Elias turns his gaze to where Nino was. "I see Nino's magic potential has grown rather rapidly."You shrug. She was half the reason people were calling you Ashwalker now. "Do you think it's wise for a young girl like her to remain with you, considering what is happening right now?" Elias asks.You don't get the feeling that he's accusing you of anything. More like some of that genuine mage curiosity. >Not like she has much other choice.>She belongs with us. >I do worry about her sometimes.>Other
>>2229701>She belongs with our party.
>>2229701>>I do worry about her sometimes.Maybe we can devote some time for her personal training for her Class Advancement
>>2229701>She belongs with us. Then by us i hope the templar means the party not just the templars.
>>2229701>Not like she has much other choice.
>>2229701>She belongs with our party
>>2229701>>She belongs with us.
>>2229701>I do worry about her sometimes.
>>2229701>>I do worry about her sometimes
>>2229701You cross your arms. Nino has and always belonged with your party."Ah, it was silly of me to ask." Elias chuckles, his eyes flickering for a moment. "Do take care of her. She may become one of the most powerful Mages of her generation."You nod. You didn't want any harm to come to her, either. "Now, I really should be taking my leave." Elias concludes. "Best of luck to you, Templar.">Let him leave.>Ask him if there's any favors the Mages need done. >Ask him if there's any new info on Morgan.>Ask him how the Twins are doing.>Other
>>2229784>>Ask him how the Twins are doing.Been a while since we headpatted them.
>>2229784>Ask him if there's any new info on Morgan.
>>2229784>Ask him how the Twins are doing.
>>2229784Is it possible to ask about favors and the twins?
>>2229784>>Ask him how the Twins are doing.
>>2229784>Ask him if there's any new info on MorganWas her race more advanced than us or are they along the lines of bodypaint-clad Celts or Germanic tribes?
>>2229784>Ask him how the Twins are doing.>Ask if he needs ogre parts because we are just about to go hunt some
>>2229784>>>Ask him how the Twins are doing.
>>2229784You raise two fingers, wondering how the Twins were."Ah, Justine and Caroline? They're doing fine." Elias chuckles. "Though far more busy now that they have to help keep unrest suppressed in the city. I suppose you might cross paths again in the near future. Hopefully under favorable circumstances."You nod as Elias begins to shimmer out of existence. Whether he was teleporting out or was never there in the first place, you weren't too sure. Hmph, what to do now?>See if Havel has come to yet.>Patrol the area with Morgan. >See if Niko has gained any new intel.>Talk with Naru about supplies.>Help Nino practice magic.>Other
>>2229856>See if Niko has gained any new intel.
>>2229784Ask him if there are any favours you can do for them.
>>2229796Better question if they're all female.>>2229856>>Talk with Naru about supplies.
>>2229856Talk with Naru about supplies.Just missed the last vote.
>>2229856>Talk with Naru about supplies.
>>2229856>>Talk with Naru about supplies.
>>2229856You head over the storeroom, where you see Naru and a couple of acolytes taking inventory on the supplies. The storeroom was still very full, since it was always assumed the Monastery could be sieged at any time, so a full larder was a must. "Auntie Naru! Auntie Naru!" One of the acolytes dashes up to the cleric, book in hand. "Are these numbers right?""Hm, well..." Naru frowns as her eyes scan the pages. "Yeah, looks like you did all the addition. Good job. And stop calling me Auntie.""All right, Auntie Naru!" The acolyte salutes and dashes off to her next ask. "Uuuuuuugggghhhhhh." Naru groans as she facepalms. She then realizes you're present. "Damn kinds won't stop calling me that. It's infuriating.">I think it sounds cute. >That's just their way of showing respect. >You'll just have to bear it.>Other
>>2229902>>I think it sounds cute.Makes you sound more mature (aka OLDER)
>>2229902>That's just their way of showing respect.
>>2229902>>That's just their way of showing respect.
>>2229902Just them showing respect.
>>2229902>>That's just their way of showing respect
>>2229902You put a hand on Naru's shoulder and ape a salute. It was just their way of showing respect. "I realize that." Naru sighs. "Like, they regularly call Ozen 'Mom'. Like, how messed up is that? And how messed up is that they consider someone like me worthy of their respect when they revere that weirdo?"You just shrug. You can't pretend to know their motivations. Though personally, considering the Templars' greatest source of recruits were orphans and unwanted children, you weren't surprised they'd cling to the first person who would show them any amount of kindness, even from a ruthless Templar like Ozen. "It just feels weird." Naru sighs. "Anyways, you wanted to check up on the supplies?"You nod."Well, the good news is that Havel didn't skimp on anything." Naru says, glancing at the record book in her hands. "The place is built above a well so water supply isn't an issue, and there's enough food supplies stocked to last for about three years. Well, maybe down to two with Ozen and her little entourage here."So you were well prepared for a siege then. "Still, that's assuming if we got sieged today, right now." Naru frowns. "But now with everything that's been happening, nobody wants to be seen doing business with us, so shipments from Eisenwand have pretty much dried up. What you see here is pretty much all we got at this point.">Maybe we can convince the traders to change their minds.>Perhaps we can reach out to the people in the settlements instead. >We may have to forage to build up our stores.>We still have plenty of time. >Other
>>2229946>Perhaps we can reach out to the people in the settlements instead.
>>2229946>>We may have to forage to build up our stores.
>>2229946>>Perhaps we can reach out to the people in the settlements instead.Well this situation is pretty fucked up. We either compete with the locals in hunter/gathering, probably one side or the other starving; persuade people to give us supplies through force or offering protection, potentially creating bad relations or being overextended; or we can try talking to merchants who either want nothing to do with 'the losing side' or people willing to sell to both sides for a quick buck.
>>2229946>We may have to forage to build up our stores.Is it still foraging if we find food in fresh elfen ruins?
>>2229946Perhaps we can reach out to the settlements.
>>2229946>>Perhaps we can reach out to the people in the settlements instead.
>>2229946You point to the direction of the burned forest. Perhaps the settlements could help with the supply issue."Hmmmm, that's true." Naru nods, putting a hand to her chin. "It's the settlements that are feeding Eisenwand with the raw materials and crops it needs to survive. The city itself isn't necessarily self sufficient. If we can get the supplies straight from the source, that can work for us."You give a thumbs up. Thankfully, it turned out there was a quest you planned to take that could help convince the settlers to help you out. "Oh shit, I know that look." Naru frowns. "You want to quest? Now?"You nod and motion to the surrounding room. Did she really want to stay in here longer than necessary?"...you put up a good point there." Naru sighs. "Ain't making money just sitting here."You pat Naru on the shoulder. That was the spirit. "And this totally out of the pure desire to quest, right?" Naru asks. "No sort of underlying shady motive? Because that's my department."You point to Naru's coin pouch. Her motives may be shady, but there was nothing underlying about them. She was pretty honest about that."Quit dodgin' the question." Naru rolls her eyes. >No, just a regular old fashioned quest.>We may be helping out Ozen on the side.>Other
>>2229977>We may be helping out Ozen on the side.
>>2229977>No, just a regular old fashioned quest.
>>2229977>>We may be helping out Ozen on the side.
>>2229977We may be helping Ozan out on the sly.
>>2229977You pause and then ape having horns with your fingers, miming Ozen's appearance. "Of course. Gonna go troll more Elves, huh?" Naru sighs. "Still, I guess it's better than sitting around."You nod."Anyways, don't you have something better to do than wasting time in the storeroom?" Naru scowls. "Maybe keep an eye on the squirt for me, huh? With Ozen's little hellions back who knows what kinda trouble she'll get in with them.">You should go find Nino.>See if Morgan has confronted Ozen yet.>Find out what Niko has been doing through all of this.>Other
>>2229996>Find out what Niko has been doing through all of this.
>>2229996>You should go find Nino.
>>2229996>You should go find Nino.Learn any new spells, play with golem parts, or make new friends?
>>2229996>>You should go find Nino.
>>2229996Find out what Niko is up to.
>>2229996You nod in agreement. Nino was... not the best type of girl to leave unsupervised for too long. You head out into the courtyard, where you suspect she might be...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>2230018Welp, here comes the fireballs, or failed magic effects.
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>2230018
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>2230018
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>2230018
>>2230020>>2230021>>2230025I just hope she's not pulling jokes on the acolytes by turning their hair pink or polymorphing them into frogs.
>>2230018You head up to the courtyard, where you see Nino stalking around the area, her head on the swivel and eyes darting to and fro. Almost as if she were looking for something. However, as you continued to observe, it was then that you noticed some of the acolytes were trying to hide from Nino. Either she terrified them, or they were playing hide and seek. That honestly surprised you a little, but Nino seemed to be having fun with it as she played the part of the hunter. >You're sure Nino will be fine.>Go greet Nino.>Perhaps you should prepare a little surprise...>Other
>>2230031>>Perhaps you should prepare a little surprise...
>>2230031>You're sure Nino will be fine.Good bonding
>>2230031>Perhaps you should prepare a little surprise...We shall be Stealth Templar!
>>2230031Watch them play hide and seek.
>>2230031>Perhaps you should prepare a little surprise...
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>2230031You get a devious little idea and hide among the bushes, eager to prepare a little surprise for Nino when the time was right...>Roll 1d20
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>2230048Heh.
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>2230048
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>2230048
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>2230048Let's hope it doesn't backfire
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>2230048
>>2230048"Okay, where are you aaaaalllll~." Nino says playfully as she skips through the courtyard. "You can't escape a Mage's gaze forever..."That's when she moves up to your bush and parts the branches, expecting to find nothing, or even a huddling acolyte. Instead, she gets a faceful of your helmet. "Eeeeek!" Nino yelps as she stumbles backwards. "H-hey, that's not funny!' You bet to differ, that was pretty funny.You must have inadvertently chortled or chuckled out loud, though, since Nino remained entranced and the other acolytes begin emerging from their hiding spots."Did... did he just laugh?""S-so he can really talk after all, right?""I'm so jealous I wanna be able to make him laugh, too...""Hey! He's MIIIIIINE!" Nino grunts. "No takies!" You just pat Nino on the head. It was good to see she was getting along with the acolytes. It was good for her to deal with others closer to her own age for once."New idea!" One of the acolytes speaks up. "Let's play tag with the Templar! Whoever tags him wins!"That's when you see dozens of pairs of little eyes focus on you. This certainly wasn't good...>And that's all for tonight! As always, next thread is next week. And don't forget Macross on Friday!
>>2230066Thanks for the run, Merc!See you next week.
>>2230066Thanks for running Merc.Did the Templar say thing while he and Morgan were napping peacefully in the tower?
>>2230076Possibly! But neither of them will say!
>>2230076They obviously were talking about how cute their half-breed children would look while getting their ears scratched.