The dipping sun paints a pretty picture over the sparse treeline, you have to admit. You’ve never been one to lollygag around on missions, sure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t admit something looks nice when you come across it. “Alright, men, we stop here for the night!” the Prince calls as he holds his arm out. Almost at once the military process stops, and without needing to order it a number of men start fanning out to search and secure the area as others begin unloading tents and supplies to begin the camp down for the evening. You swear you’ve gone maybe 5 or so miles. Good sweet motes, you appreciate Prince’s forwardness and willingness to look after his men...but marching was soooo slow. If Izumi hadn’t agreed when he’d asked, you would have suggested they beg off- and in fact you did anyway. Problem being, you have no clue what’s ahead. When you’d asked, they said that the Lizards held a larger area than the Bears, and thus the forces assaulting them would likely be far larger as well, alongside being more diverse. You’re pretty damn powerful, but you’re also not an idiot.And thus, here you are. Walking.Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Magical%20Girl%20For%20Hire%20QuestGeneral Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/u/MGFHQHandlerCharacter Details: http://pastebin.com/9J70gqM2 FAQ: http://pastebin.com/8unLWUjF Twitter: https://twitter.com/MGFHandlerKo-fi: https://ko-fi.com/Q5Q1MR92
>>3218112As camp is set up, you find yourself tapping your foot slightly at it all. Prince had brought a surprising number of supplies and non-combatants for logistical reasons; frankly you were impressed he had such a mind for it, but that might just be necessity. Regardless, he’s got all your usual setup; cooks readying the evening meal, nervous though they may be. A couple of merchantmen, one being that massive ratfellow you and Izumi saw, hotly discussing business in hushed tones. A pair of strategists, pouring over maps and diagrams in silence. Oh, and the ritualists, those are setting up as well, although for what for you have no clue. The Prince himself seems preoccupied, talking to one of his generals; you can overhear snippets of the discussion mention ‘rabbitfolk’ and a name: ‘Felgrund’.You could approach any of these at the moment, if you really wanted to. Izumi’s off somewhere; you think she’s helping with securing the perimeter. So, it’s just you at the moment.>Talk to the cooks. Why not? Maybe you could give them some tips.>Approach the merchants and see what they’ve got planned.>See what the strategists are cooking up. It might apply to you.>The ritualists...you at least want to know if they’re going to be distracting.>The Prince seems concerned enough that you might want to listen in.>Eh, you don’t really need to worry about anything right now. You’ll keep to yourself.>Other
>>3218116>The ritualists...you at least want to know if they’re going to be distracting.>The Prince seems concerned enough that you might want to listen in.whynotbothIf we can only do one then of course, the prince is the linchpin at the moment. But whatever the mages can cook up with our help will be a sight.
>>3218116>>The ritualists...you at least want to know if they’re going to be distracting.
>>3218116>The ritualists...you at least want to know if they’re going to be distracting.Wanting to learn? What are you talking about I don't want to learn. What's that part for?
>>3218116>The ritualists...you at least want to know if they’re going to be distracting.Since we skipped going to library, gotta ask these practitioners how does their magic works.
>>3218116>The ritualists...you at least want to know if they’re going to be distracting.
Ritual stuff it is. Whatever it is.Writing!
>>3218180>>3216984I know Q&A time is over but can you answer this? I'm genuinely curious.
>>3218116>>3218147>>3218152>>3218154>>3218159>>3218172>>3218209Well, the rest you can probably ask about later and get all the details; the ritual stuff seems like it’d be best to see now.It’s not bearkin, either, it’s humans. All robed up and everything, they’re setting up a circle; a couple of them placing small lines of metal in a roughly circular formation, while the last three are sketching patterns and sigils in the dirt. To their credit, they don’t jump or anything at your coming, although two of them do seem surprised and curious.“Ah, er, Miss Yvrace, was it?” You nod; he DOES seem to be a bit anxious, now that you look at him. Thin, a bit tanned, actually, and a small soul patch of hair. “Terribly terribly sorry, we’re currently in the middle of setting up our Ritual of Purification, you see.” He motions to their current work.Hm. Curious. “Yeah, I figured. Was just wondering what you were doing. Ritual of Purification, then? What’s that?”“Ah?” He cocks an eyebrow. “You don’t- well, no, I suppose you wouldn’t need such a spell. Ah, the Ritual of Purification is what makes certain that we do not succumb to illness due to badly cooked or poison foodstuffs. It cleanses the body of toxins and rebalances the bodies harmonies. It is taxing, but necessary work when needed. Ideally, our services will not be required this night.” Huh. Well, that’s nice of them.> “Mind if I watch, then?” Considering what little you know of sigils, maybe you could remember them- even jot them down for later…> “That’s all I wanted to know. I’ll leave you to it.” Go approach someone else (Pick One from prior list.)> Other>>3218211They don't 'fight'. There's no need for them to. They 'adjust the situation'.
>>3218244> “Mind if I watch, then?” Considering what little you know of sigils, maybe you could remember them- even jot them down for later…
>>3218244>> “Mind if I watch, then?” Considering what little you know of sigils, maybe you could remember them- even jot them down for later…
>>3218244>“Mind if I watch, then?” Considering what little you know of sigils, maybe you could remember them- even jot them down for later…That's what I thought. I could totally see them doing contests though. The more petty ones at least. "Who can make the more successful business in 500 years." Things along those lines.
>>3218244> “Mind if I watch, then?” Considering what little you know of sigils, maybe you could remember them- even jot them down for later…Nothing scary about a scary otherworld being in the form of a girl staring what you are doing. Just hope we don't make then to nervous so they end up messing up.
>>3218244> “Mind if I watch, then?” Considering what little you know of sigils, maybe you could remember them- even jot them down for later…Wonder if this could work on the Blight in Artificer...
Couldn’t we record this with the FutureSight?
>>3218244>>3218253>>3218255>>3218262>>3218267>>3218340“Mind if I watch, then?” That gets the attention of a couple of others. “I’ll be quiet. Just curiosity, is all.”They look at each other in silent debate, but then the speaker shrugs his shoulders. “I suppose, so long as you take care to not disturb our work.”“Won’t even get near it,” you promise. You won’t need to, if you’re cautious enough. Incidentally…You reach into your bag, and pull out your FutureSight. Interesting- seems to take the form of a strange tablet-like stone etching with a thin glass ‘screen’, here. Something that looks almost out of place. You tap where the power button is usually, to find a small holographic output. Ah, that’d explain it. As you watch silently, you notice yourself getting the occasional glance- that’s probably due to looking like you’re some sort of demon. You’d more or less forgone the cloak now, if only to get people used to it. Pulling that kind of reveal in the middle of a fight with allies would just get people hurt or killed.They don’t really...feel much of anything, but you can’t help but twitch them a bit as you mess around a bit on the FutureSight, recording the engraving process. Surprisingly, you can actually vaguely recognize at least one of the sigils- if those swoopy lines just so happen to mean 'air' and the other 'nature', that is. Interesting...wonder if it's a variation on standard healing...Once that’s finished, however, instead of doing any kind of chant or the sort, they just...walk off. “Wait, that’s it?” you ask to one passing you as you store your tablet back.“Quite. We have no reason to begin anything until needed, after all. For now, we’re getting lunch.” As you look back to the main camp, you notice that indeed, most others are already in line, with the Prince standing off to the side. Huh. Well, that’s a thing.>Might as well get some food, whatever it is. Maybe you could find some decent eating company.>Izumi and the patrollers still aren’t back yet. Wonder where they’ve gotten off to?>You can wait. Keep the Prince company until the rest are finished.>Other
>>3218478>Might as well get some food, whatever it is. Maybe you could find some decent eating company.Maybe we can find some people we could play five finger filet with!
>>3218478>You can wait. Keep the Prince company until the rest are finished.Some more info on Lizardmen and their lands would be nice.
>>3218478>>Might as well get some food, whatever it is. Maybe you could find some decent eating company.
Rolled 10 (1d10)Fud. Eating.Writing!
>>3218551Uh-oh...hopefully that is good for us?
>>3218478>You can wait. Keep the Prince company until the rest are finished.
>>3218551Hopefully that means they’ve got mushrooms we could bring home for Mewla.
Oh, yeah, that's pretty neat.
>>3218576They have Swedish Meatballs, also known as Narn Breen and Centauri Roopo Balls?
>>3218576It's nothing but mushrooms?
>>3218478>>3218494>>3218543Well, food is food. Might as well get in line. As you check what’s on tap, you’re unsurprised to find that it’s some sort of vegetable stew, it seems. That, some bread, and a small portion of some type of meat. Likely the equivalent of whatever pork is here. The soldiers are surprised when you wordlessly get in line, and even the cooks look at you oddly- though you notice they fill your bowl up a bit more than others. No one complains.There’s an air of both tenseness and hope that permeates the area as you sit down on a clear enough patch of grass. The soup isn’t bad, actually. A bit watery, but you suppose that in this situation, beggars can’t be choosers. The bread is essentially hard tack, though. There’s light conversation around as a fireplace is lit, one of several. To your relief, not long after, Izumi and her march makes it back, unharmed. As she’s standing in line, however, you wonder if you might be able to-“Er...begging pardon, miss?” Hm? You look up to lock eyes with a younger recruit...he’s got light armor on, something akin to a ranger sort- yeah, that’s a bow on his back. He’s raven haired, and his curious eyes, a rich violet, are locked onto you in a questioning manner. “Mind if I sit with you?”Strange. You nod in answer, and he sits down carefully. “Pardon my impropriety, I saw you over here, and, well...I was wonderin’, if you don’t mind my askin’. Just..are ya really a forerunner?” You raise an eyebrow in question and he quickly raises a hand in apology. “I mean nothing towards it, miss! I jus’...I’ve heard stories an’ all- we all have. An’ wasn’t anyone but the Forerunners what could use magic without the ritual callin’- the Wild won’t listen otherwise, they said, and the spirits won’t answer without showin’ proper respect, they said.” The more he talks, the more excited he seems to get, but he keeps his voice down. “And Prince said you’re from far away, right!? So you’re a Forerunner, yeah? How come ya kept away for so long? Heck, how’d ya survive?! Is yer magic that strong? Or is it just somethin’ about Forerunners? Are ya connected to the Earth an’ can’t actually die and are all just in the center o’ the earth like folks say?”…apparently Prince has been dabbling in the art of creative embellishment.> “...If I said ‘yes’, would you leave me alone?”> “Whatever your Prince said, it’s the truth.”> “Go away, please.”> Other
>>3218677>"You know, maybe you should introduce yourself first?">"So, what, you're some sort of marksman?"
>>3218677>> “Whatever your Prince said, it’s the truth.”
Rude, rude, rude.Writing!
>>3218677> “Go away, please.”> OtherPoint him towards Izumi, she seems to be more interested in playing buddies with these soldiers.
>>3218677>>3218713>>3218737You hold his bright eyed, smiling stare. Waiting, waiting, waiting...after a solid 30 seconds, he flinches, his eyes looking away. “Who are you?” “Ah!” That gets a reaction out of him. “Er, I, uh…”“Perhaps you should start a conversation next time with introducing yourself,” you say flatly. That’s enough to get an honest look of embarrassment out of him. “Sorry. Name’s Pierre. I’m a bit new to the army, y’see…” He trails off, as though he didn’t really want to mention that.Whatever. “So, you’re some sort of marksman?” You ask, motioning towards his bow. You don’t reaaally care, but so long as you can divert his attention off your supposed origins, you’ll take whatever.“Ah, well, sort of?” He shrugs. “It’s more that shooting a bow is what I’m good at than anything. I’m supposed ta kinda be a kinda recon sort, really. Got good eyes, so I head in in advance and see what the situation is, then report back. I don’t actually get to use this much…” He frowns briefly, but soon regains his upbeat attitude. “But, hey! With your help, I’ll probably be seein’ a ton more action, y’know! So, yeah! Anyway, I went and answered your question, so what about mine? Fair trade, don’t you think?”Kid’s kinda annoying, but you get the feeling he won’t let up easily, even if you were to just brush him off.>Just tell him what he wants to hear...sort of. Might help you even get a few perks if they think you’re some ancient being.>Try to play it off as a sort of mystery. Maybe he’ll be a little more polite if he thinks he can work it out bit by bit.> “If I said no, I’m just a demon that got handed a massive pile of gold, what would you say?” Because really, like it matters.> Other
>>3218909>What did the prince told all of you specifically?
>>3218909>>Try to play it off as a sort of mystery. Maybe he’ll be a little more polite if he thinks he can work it out bit by bit."I generally let people who are curious try to guess what the whole deal is about. I'll give you a hint though: You're sticking too close to what you think you know."
>>3218909>Other>Send him off to Izumi. She probably made up some story already while patroling with these soldiers.
>>3218909Supporting >>3218921>What did the prince told all of you specifically?They already knew that we were some kind of otherworldly being summoned to help the kingdom in exchange for moolah. We don't need to entertain a new recruit's curiosity.Slitted eyes oddly suit Miranda.
>>3218909>> Other“Not a Forerunner. Something...else. My colleague can give you a more in-depth answer.”
Tell me what you were told, please.Writing!
>>3218909> OtherAsk him what he can give you in exchange for the answers . . . And that what you take might not be good. Not your choice, just how things are.Honest, and discouraging of questions.
>>3219166>>3218909> might not be gold Fae intensifies.
>>3219166What's up with all these late votes today?
>>3219173Just need to [Update] before voting.
>>3218909>>3218921>>3218960>>3218965“One more question before I answer.” He frowns, but nods. “I’m curious. What DID the Prince tell all of you about me, specifically?”“Oh. Weeelll…” he grits his teeth a bit. “Sorry if any of it’s insultin’, but what he said was that he’d sought help in the palace archives, and he found an ancient ritual to summon ‘one of the old warriors’. Somethin’ like that, I don’t remember it all...but he did say that you’re not from ‘ere, that you’re from far away. Not human, but close. And that’s pretty much the Forerunners. Said to have evolved beyond humanity, kinda like what the old elves tried ta do, but better.”Curious. So that’s the yarn that the Prince spun? “I mean, I know probably there’s some stuff missin’, but yeah, sounds about right, don’tcha think? The Prince tries to be particular about that kinda thing.”You sigh. “Well, yes, in a way-”“Oi!” Oh, damnit, now what? “Whatcha tryin’ to do, catch ‘er fancy?” There’s a couple guffaws thrown his way by a trio that seem to be rather raucous, all things considered. A blush erupts on his face as he frowns at them, muttering what you’re pretty sure are curses under his breath. “Come now, she’s prolly looking for a guy what can actually fight! Heard about that before,” he whispers to his friends...even though you can still hear him fine. “Somma them warrior women types up north are real picky ‘bout that sorta thing. Strange, if’n you ask me.” Turning back around all smiles, he gives you a toast. “Ey, we’ll take ‘im off your hands, miss!”> “Please do.” You don’t need to be bothered with him...you’d much prefer to eat in peace.> “It’s fine.” You WERE just about to solve the issue anyway. No real worry.> Pat him on the shoulder. You’re...not fantastic with words, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell when someone’s getting messed with.> Other
>>3219201> “Please do.” You don’t need to be bothered with him...you’d much prefer to eat in peace.Get 'im outta here
>>3219201> “It’s fine.” You WERE just about to solve the issue anyway. No real worry.> Pat him on the shoulder. You’re...not fantastic with words, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell when someone’s getting messed with.We might be a jaded cynical bastard, but i'm sure that we were that idiot when we were beginning as a magical girl.
>>3219201> OtherJust nod.
>>3219201> Pat him on the shoulder. You’re...not fantastic with words, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell when someone’s getting messed with.The most Miranda option.
>>3219201> “It’s fine.” You WERE just about to solve the issue anyway. No real worry.> Pat him on the shoulder. You’re...not fantastic with words, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell when someone’s getting messed with.
>>3219201>> Pat him on the shoulder. You’re...not fantastic with words, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell when someone’s getting messed with.
>>3219201>>3219211>>3219215>>3219217>>3219261Well...damnit. You’re not really all that great with words, but annoying as the kid is, he’s just asking questions. Don’t exactly need to throw him to the wolves for it, you suppose. Instead, you simply pat him on the shoulder as you look to the interlopers. “It’s fine. We were just talking,” you say, as flat as possible.To their credit, their grins only drop a bit as they make a show of leaning away. “Oho, gotcha, gotcha! No worries, we’ll be right here if ya need us!” The way they look at you as their little ringleader says that makes you vaguely concerned, but...meh, you’ll deal with it.As for Pierre, he’s looking at you practically brimming with gratitude. “Thanks a ton. I mean it! Those three are...well, they’re alright, I guess, but they like to shove me around for whatever reason. It’s annoyin’, but I’ll find a way to shut ‘em up eventually.”Right. “If you say so. As for your question? He’s not wholly incorrect,” you allow, as his face lights up. “But there’s a difference between Forerunners and myself,” you allow.“Yeah?! What is it?” he asks, enamored.“You’ll have to figure that out for yourself. Maybe,” you say as you finish your soup. Going back to return the bowl, ignoring Pierre’s awestruck and curious expression, you wonder how to spend the rest of your evening before going to bed…>No one should mind if you went off a bit to do some private training…>Discuss future plans with the Prince and his people.>See where Izumi’s gotten off to. You saw her earlier, and now she vanished.>Other
I'll cut it off here for now. Run will resume tomorrow, ideally around 5 PST.
>>3219271>See where Izumi’s gotten off to. You saw her earlier, and now she vanished.
>>3219271>>See where Izumi’s gotten off to. You saw her earlier, and now she vanished.>>OtherGrab her for some training, see if she can help with that mana tether thing we came up with.
>>3219271>See where Izumi’s gotten off to. You saw her earlier, and now she vanished.I'd love to get some skill XP in, but Izumi comes first. And ask if she wants some training too.
>>3219271>>No one should mind if you went off a bit to do some private training…
>>3219271Myeh, typical example of why option of training during missions was not voted for so often - something more important or interesting might be missed if we go for that option.
>>3219292In addition>Other>Ask if she could be our training partner
>>3219271>No one should mind if you went off a bit to do some private training…Find that trio who do helpfully offered to be there if we need them. We need them, now, at night, for target practice on harmonizing and destabilizing peoples mana.No bulli? Yeah nah, Bulli bulli!
>>3219405Most posts are asking her to help us train.So, tone down the salt yeah?
>>3219415OK, I'll try.Were you (a+KMnn4k) in #66 thread?
>>3219444. . . .is this actual autism?Baby I'm whomever you want me to be.
>>3219444Also I checked and actually, no, but still> IDs on /qst/ were a mistakeSeriously we just had a thread discussing all this stuff, let's just play the game now.Or else I start posting walls of text about mana knuckles again.
>>3219271>>No one should mind if you went off a bit to do some private training…with how little chance there seems to be for training while NOT on a job, I'll take whatever time we can get for growth.
>>3219271>>No one should mind if you went off a bit to do some private training…previous thread isn't archived yet
>>3219271>No one should mind if you went off a bit to do some private training…
QUICK OUT OF CHARACTER NOTIFICATION:I appreciate the effort, swear I do, but please do not advertise in other quests about this quest. I enjoy reading other people's quests, doing crossovers and all that, but I'll approach them myself if my interest extends that far. Otherwise all you get is annoyance and bile where it's not necessary.The anon in question knows who I'm talking to. The QM in general is a good fella who's quests I highly enjoy, and I'd rather not have my players foul up his thread. If you really really want it, ask me here and I'll try to approach them myself, please. Again, appreciate it a ton, but that one in particular is the almost literally the last guy I'd want to have a fanbase shitstorm with.
>>3219998I mean, there are worse things than being loved too much.But, it can be too much.
>>3220656Especially when the anon doing it did such a piss poor job, he immediately turned off everyone else.
Did something happen?
>>3221253Presumably.I'm curious as to what quest, but maybe best to not ask now.
So, we're playing tomorrow, then?
Aye, terribly sorry, I'm just really not feeling it at the moment. I'm gonna take a lie-down maybe. Eye on Twitter.
>>3221820No worries, we're in for the long run.
>>3221820No problem, just glad you told us, boss. Get some shut eye and let us know how you're feeling tomorrow.
>>3221820You and the Necromancer Detective dude.cuuuuuurse
>>3219271>>3219275>>3219276>>3219279>>3219292>>3219299>>3219900Where DID Izumi wander off to? It’s been a bit, but looking around, you don’t see her anywhere- at least, not sitting with any of the groupings of soldiers. Did she head somewhere to be by herself? Hmm…“Looking fer someone?” You turn your head a bit to see the rat-fellow passing by, finished with his food much like yourself. “Your ally from the other day, perchance?”“I am,” you confirm.“Ah, she’s finished with her meal. Felt it best to take a bit of a walk- she’s not far gone that way,” he says, pointing in the direction where they’d been marching from. “Likely to make sure everythin’ settles well- that stuff had a kick to it, eh?” He grins, motioning to the empty bowls the servants are busy scrubbing at.You just nod; it was filling, but you wouldn’t have called it particularly spicy. “I see. Thank you.” A quick farewell, and you’re headed onwards.Izumi, once you catch up to her, doesn’t seem to be doing anything in particular; her sword is out, but she seems rather idle about it, the blade at rest in her hand.It’s then that her hand flicks upwards, and suddenly a flurry of leaves are tossed into the air. Almost immediately her sword flips up and starts singing through the air. After a few flashes of her blade, the deed is done, and she sheathes it- the various leaves having been cut into two pieces to a one.“...You were waiting for me before you did that, weren’t you?” you opine. That was just too…“Maaaybe?” She replies cheekily, a grin visible despite you being behind her. “I DO always like to keep on top of my skills.”“Kinda what I was here for, actually.” you admit. “Was wondering if you were up for some training before we turned in.”“Oh? Interesting,” Izumi admits, turning to face you. “Of what sort?”“Well, I’ve been theorizing a few techniques,” you admit. “Was hoping you might help me take one or two of them past that point…”>What technique do you want to practice with Izumi? Experimental/Theoretical Techniques here: https://pastebin.com/d1FAecB1
>>3224257Welcome back, boss. Doing okay?>Mana Tether and Barrier Manipulation.
>>3224257>Shotgun punch.Because we are always close and personal
>>3224257>Harmonized Mana Blasts (Harmony Blasts>sticky mana to get closer to having a proper sticky trapLet's just improve the techniques we already have improved a bit more before we go for new ones.
>>3224257>Mana conductorOr>Barrier manipulationGets my vote
>>3224272I'll live.>>3224301Conductor requires Tether.
Rolled 41 + 50 (1d100 + 50)So yeah, seems like Tether is the choice.The roll is for bonus EXP.
>>3224257>>3224272Oh, shit, did we tell her about our fight with Ice King during our previous job?
>>3224257>sticky mana So we can eventualy make it into mana sticky strings
>>3224257“Well,” you start, conjuring up a small glob of sticky mana. “I was wondering just what I could do with this…”And so you outline your idea- a sticky string of mana that you could control, perhaps like a lasso, grappling hook, or other tool. Harder to simply ‘cut’ than most standard string, and something that you can modify on the fly. Maybe even some sort of conduction in the future, if you’re feeling stylish, like an in-built taser. Izumi certainly seems amenable to the idea, and thus it begins. Izumi knows a bit about shaping mana, but it’s largely more solid constructs- she admits that rope weapons generally aren’t something she creates herself, preferring more solid melee weapons, as they’re easier to retain a shape of in the first place. Still, if you’re not angling for a specific form that isn’t just ‘thin strand’, she surmises, it should be easier to hold together. You’ve got a bit of a start with your sticky mana that aren’t quite good bombs, so that’s one step completed. The hard part is condensing it while still keeping its elasticity and range. With her help, it’s not long before you get...something, going, actually. She’s got a lot of general tips for you, and while the moon is well in the sky before you call it done…“Alright...hit it!” She holds up a small tree branch, and you point your index finger at it. The mana near your finger coalesces, and a small, shining rope of the stuff fires out, wobby, loose, but together, the blob of it on the end globbing onto the branch as the rope itself begins to droop to the floor. “Fantastic! Now, let’s see if you can reel it in.”That...proves to be a bit more issue. Just ‘vacuuming’ it back in is rather hard for you; there’s nothing there that you can really do there. Physically pulling it back seems a bit more plausible, but it seems like you can...proved that the target doesn’t resist too hard, else the rope breaks. At the moment, then, seems like you can at least use it as a small grappling hook, but anything else will have to wait until you can work out the tensile strength a bit more.“Well, so far, so good. The elasticity needs work, of course, as does the tensile strength, but it’s a good start,” Izumi suggests. You have to agree. “We should at least get to bed, however. Or rather, one of us should. I figure one of us should keep watch, at least.” Smart. Your training has left you a bit tired, and a bit shy of mana, but you might be able to sneak in a bit more work if you stay up...Current Mana: 11000/12500> “I’ll do it. You’ve already been scouting.”> “Mind taking it? This has worn me out a bit.”> Other
>>3224506>> Other"Wanna play Rock Paper Scissors for it?"
>>3224506> “I’ll do it. You’ve already been scouting.”First watch's on us. Our girl can take more in more work than this.OR supporting >>3224524. I feel it's a little too goofy for Miranda IC to say such in this occasion though. Let's just say it's a battle of agility then.
>>3224506>OtherAsk her if she knew about discounts, and what she thinks about OG trio mentoring newbies once we upgrade HQ
>>3224536Yeah, that's a good point. Also, I was doing it for a goof and assumed there would be more votes for one or the other.Anyway, I'll go with> “I’ll do it.to speed things along.
>>3224506>“I’ll do it. You’ve already been scouting.”
>>3224506>> “I’ll do it. You’ve already been scouting.”
Righto. We'll handle it. Writing.
>>3224506>>3224536>>3224583>>3224584>>3224590“I’ll do it,” you offer. “You’ve already been scouting, and you’ve helped me out with this a lot. You deserve a bit of shut-eye.”“Hm...alright, then!” She smiles, giving you a small nod. “Best we tell the guard before everyone beds down, right?”You agree, and you both head back together. Izumi’s quick to drop for the night- the Prince had set up a tent and bedroll explicitly for you two, although she’d insisted that she was fine with the usual situation all soldiers got. Frankly, you wouldn’t have said no. Regardless, he seems pleased when you both inform him that you’re taking up nightly watch alongside the usual rotation.The night itself seems quiet...you’d say too quiet, but you know full well that a majority of the native creatures have likely been ran of to somewhere. You expect that even with your advanced hearing, it’ll be quiet for a while--at least until you hear a rustling in the grass. Slight, extremely so.You don’t make any obvious indication that you have, but you keep your eyes out just in case.>Roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>3224771
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>3224771
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>3224771rolling
73...alrighty.Writing. Last for the night because I need to lie back down.
>>3224795I noticed, did you get a hangover or sth?
>>3224771It’s a close thing, but you can barely seem someone behind the trees, nearly invisible in the shadows out of the corner of your eye. They’re wearing some kind of black clothing, as though they might be an assassin of sorts...but if they have any weapons, you can’t tell when they scamper off to a different tree, trying to get a closer look.And it’s just that- they scamper. Hop, even. ...Yeah, that’s definitely a rabbit. Or rather, a rabbitkin, judging by the abnormal size. The question, though, is what’s it doing there? And how’d it get here so fast? And most importantly...why is it hiding, if they were considered an ally? Shouldn’t they be approaching outright?>Call out to the creature, see what it does.>Stay quiet for now, but keep a close eye on it.>See if you can’t do anything to capture and question it.>OtherSorry about the small entry, but yeah.>>3224802Just not feeling great is all.
>>3224883>See if you can’t do anything to capture and question it.Can't be too careful.And rest mate, we all have one of those days.
>>3224883>>Stay quiet for now, but keep a close eye on it.Pop our magic hearing, and see if she's got friends, or where she'll go.
>>3224883>>Stay quiet for now, but keep a close eye on it.
>>3224883>>See if you can’t do anything to capture and question it.We can hop too.
>>3224883>Other: Nonchalantly bring out our FutureSight and scan the rabbit with it.
>>3224883>OtherAlert Izumi through the bead, get her to come follow it while you pretend to fall asleep and see what it does then.
>>3224895Change my vote to supporting >>3224896>>3224920Izumi's faster than us. But if she's sleeping it will take some time for her to get to position.
>>3224920We literally just send Izumi to bed. We don't need to wake her up immediately after for a non-emergency,
>>3224883>Stay quiet for now, but keep a close eye on it.It's probably gathering info of the allies and trying to send the intel to his boss/tribe.
>>3224883>Stay quiet for now, but keep a close eye on it.Call out if they try to leave without making contact.
>>3224997Honestly i'm kinda hoping for the weapon test very soon. Because either the Bunny is a assassin or it's a courier and after the big pillar of darkness was destroyed it came to check on the forces able to do it and gather info for the bunny council.
>>3224997Wait, why not block her in with barriers if she tries to leave? Why warn her about us spotting her?
>>32250164 barriers min to block someone in ( inc roof): 4000 mana. Not even slightly worth it.
>>3225029We still have the mana condenser, and our regen is 2,500 a night. That's almost enough to refill us back to full.Anyway, let's see if she'll try anything first or runs away before we decide if it's worth it or not.
>>3225046Regen includes the condenser boost iirc.
>>3225106I flat out don’t believe that. That would mean mana regen is 1,500 per rest instead of the 2,500 stated in the world’s summary. We would need to hook ourselves up to the condenser every night.
>>3225145First, the amount the condenser boosts regen by is variable, same as normal regen itself. Second, we are always wearing the condenser on mission anyway.
>>3225160we always carry the condenser, but we seldom use it; Most of the time it stays in the backpack doing nothing. The mana we regen right now is without any modifiers.
>>3225160I’m still going by what the world summary and condenser discription says. It makes more sense from a bookkeeping perspective. Variable probably refers to unusual situations and times where Miranda’s sleep would be interrupted.Handler’ll probably tell us what it is tomorrow, anyway.
>>3225185>Most of the time it stays in the backpack doing nothing.It /is/ the backpack. It does boost mana capacity, which might be the source of some confusion. >>3225187>Variable probably refers to unusual situationsSurely the amount it could regen would be based on the world's base regen more than anything?>times where Miranda’s sleep would be interrupted.I've always figured regen overnight was an abstraction of recharge over an entire day, as keeping track time like that would be a pain.
>>3224997>>3225016Guys, why just not use some sticky mana?
>>3225249Could we get enough made and to them fast enough to help? We don't have a delivery method, and doesn't it take several seconds to make any?
>>3225323just bumrush the fucker and be done with it. we definitely hace the speed to do so, and it its too fast to catch, we can magiblast it(in maim mode instead of kill)
>>3225249>>3224920>>3224883Plan D - get our Shadow Slave (Gartoum?) to first follow it while we trail slightly further behind. That way if the Gartoum is seen we can see how the rabbit reacts to it, and go from there. We can even have the shadow intentionally reveal itself if the rabbit starts acting sketchy.
>>3225207>It does boost mana capacityNo. No it does not. That’s the mastercraft shoes.
>>3225816>*Mastercrafted* Divine Shoes (Humor +2 / Intimidation +1 / Otherworldly +1) (+1500 Mana)>-’Lorenzo’s Own’ Extreme Mana Condenser (+1000 Mana)
>>3226011The shoes are what’s increasing our mana. We have 11,000 MP normally, thanks to Izumi in thread 28.
>>3226034Thread 21, >>1096207http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/1095150/>>’Lorenzo’s Own’ Extreme Mana Condenser- 7 Motes (Large): Lorenzo’s done his best to develop a condenser that can take in even the smallest amounts of mana and compress and store it to reasonable levels. It's only decently fast, can’t store as much as a couple others, but it does something few others do- it can convert mana to a form similar to your own, allowing you to utilize it more naturally. Can store up to 1500 extra mana.>Can store up to 1500 extra mana.
>>3226050Fine. That’s correct. Good on you. However, we’re currently wearing the shoes. THAT’S the extra 1,500 mana. It’s not the condenser.This is our current equipment setup:>Miranda's Jacket: [Intimidation +1/Plainness -1]:>Glowing Headband (Otherworldly +1 / Hothead -2)>*Mastercrafted* Divine Shoes(Humor +2 / Intimidation +1 / Otherworldly +1)>Ribbon Wings (Otherworldly +2/Humor +1)
>>3226059So if the condenser isn't adding to our mana pool, and isn't boosting regen, why do we even have the thing? It's gotta be doing something.
>>3226155the idea is that we use it every night, gain the 1500 mana that it captures through the day and refill our reserves. But surprise surprise, we never use the items we have. No wonder miranda didn't ask for a discount for 80+ years
>>3226155Its purpose is to condense ambient mana to charge the mana stones Miranda has that she in turn uses as Mana Pots for quick recovery of spent mana.
>>3226165Pretty sure Handler adds in the condenser mana after each rest, so anons don’t have to say “Remember to use the condenser” after every vote to rest.>>3226175I was under the impression that the stones were one use. I do know that we have to use the condenser as we sleep, but that’s about it. In my head, we use it like one of those C-PAP machines to absorb the mana, but that’s just head canon.
there appears to be all sort of confusion. I think we ought to table the shoes/condenser/stones/etc for now until we can get a word from God.
>>3226204The shoes are rather easy to understand. they give us extra mana and wings(depending on the outfit we choose). The problem is the capacitor and the stones.
>>3226221Sorry, but it’s the Ribbon Wings that we’re currently that’s giving us wings, not the shoes. The shoes do give us extra mana, though.
>>3226245>that we’re currently wearing that’s giving us wingsDamnit.
>>3226197>I was under the impression that the stones were one use.I'm pretty sure the mana crystals are reusable.
The regen rate is baseline, it doesn't include any clothes or equipment.The crystals are reusable/rechargable.The condenser collects ambient Mana in the air, and wearing it when it's full grants you that much extra mana. You can utilize that mana instead of your baseline- think of it like a temporary overcharge.I don't think I missed anything, does that all explain it?
>>3226876>You can utilize that mana instead of your baseline- think of it like a temporary overcharge.I don't think we've ever done that. We should definitely use it more often. We've been always wearing it on-mission since we got it, right?
>>3226914It's usually in your bag.
>>3226919Can it condense from in there, or do we need to wear it? Is there any reason to not wear it?
>>3226937-Not really, you need to wear it or at least set it out.-Mostly because if it breaks, you need to buy another one, and it takes time to charge.
>>3226947For comparison's sake, what would it's daily recharge be here?
>>3226956Probably around 500 a day or so.
>>3226987Feeling alright, boss? Are we running tonight?
>>3227012Aye, I'm doing better. Give it an hour or so for me to eat.
>>3227015Take your time, getting something to eat myself.
>>3226050>’Hard Times’ Mana Condenser- A stock mana condenser, decently sized in both capacity and physical space, but it’s cheap, and rather slow. Can store 1000 extra mana.>Buying this grants you the ability to Mana Overcharge. Powerful, but can be dangerous.>Whoop. Hard Times Condenser is 5 Motes (Large).Oooh, possible inspirational item. We should check more stores some day, maybe there'd be some stuff that can help us in developing new techniques.
>>3224883>>3224896>>3224900>>3224944>>3224997As tempted as you are to confront it somehow, if it doesn’t know you know, then there’s no reason to not see what it’s doing. You don’t make any obvious movements, the occasional light swiveling of your head to ‘sweep’ the area so you can look as though you’re still on the lookout; it ducks behind the trees, but doesn’t move for a few minutes- and then takes out a piece of parchment and a pen, it seems. Making notes, then?It moves as silently as possible through the trees, pausing as it slips past you. At this point, you can keep a closer eye on it; although it’s starting to get a bit close to the camp, it seems to not be willing to approach too closely, rather preferring to jot down whatever it might be interested in. Likely army details: estimated force count, types of soldiers, all that jazz.>Warn it off from the camp; that’s a bit close for comfort.>Those details might get stolen- you need to get them from it.>Just let it go. You can stop it if it gets uppity, whatever it might be.>Other
>>3227399>Those details might get stolen- you need to get them from it.
>>3227399>Those details might get stolen- you need to get them from it.I’m assuming this means capturing the rabbit kin?
>>3227399>>Those details might get stolen- you need to get them from it.I wonder if we could lure it in somehow...
>>3227399>Other>Use 'murmur stone' to try to contact with Izumi and have her ask prince's advice
>>3227399>Hold the Rabbit up by Fingergun"I'm sorry (not sorry) but I'm going to need to know why you're scouting this army."
>>3227399>Those details might get stolen- you need to get them from it.I'm fairly certain that this is just a courier taking notes so it can bring the information to the rabbit council. But even so he should come into the camp and not be sneaking around.
>>3227431Maybe use a carrot, or a lettuce.
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>3227399>>3227414>>3227424>>3227431>>3227432>>3227483Hmm...yeah, no. If nothing else, those documents might get intercepted and stolen. Committing to memory is one thing, but this, not so much. Might as well try to snag the papers from it. Question being, exactly...well, how. You’re pretty certain that you can outrun it, but you’re going to have to get close to do so. Not to mention it seems to be very careful when it starts moving around...wait, maybe that’s it.When it’s moving around, sure, but as its writing, it’s preoccupied. You just have to wait for that moment, and then...there! Now you just need to…>Move fast- two leaps should get you on top of it!>Put your newest skill to the test- that sticky mana of yours ought to catch it by surprise!>A light powered warning magiblast should scare it still.>OtherSmall updates, I know.
>>3227526>>Put your newest skill to the test- that sticky mana of yours ought to catch it by surprise!
>>3227526>Put your newest skill to the test- that sticky mana of yours ought to catch it by surprise!Yoink!
>>3227526>>Put your newest skill to the test- that sticky mana of yours ought to catch it by surprise!before that make a mad sprint at the rabbit of course, to close distance
>>3227526>Put your newest skill to the test- that sticky mana of yours ought to catch it by surprise!
>>3227526>>Move fast- two leaps should get you on top of it!The lasso is cool, but we specifically noted it as having poor tensile strength.
>>3227566'Sticky mana' is a different technique, we can throw it as projectile. They are basicaly 'sticky bombs' that are not detonated yet.
>>3227526Stick around....damn, that was lame.Writing.
>>3227647Better then "Stick 'em up, pal!"
>>3227647Guess Randa caught this bunny right in her web.
>>3227647One of many reasons Randa doesn't shout attack names.
>>3227726She's gonna do it sooner or later. You just can't flush out all the chuuni even if you have 300 years to do so.I bet she unconsciously poses too.
>>3227526>>3227535>>3227540>>3227558>>3227565>>3227585Well, might as well see if you can put your latest skill to proper use. It takes a second to create a glob of mana on the end of your finger- a point, and *fwip* it darts out towards the unsuspecting bunny. Ah, there’s another advantage you didn’t immediately note- it’s silent. Wonder if that extends to everything about it or not…Regardless, it globs onto the rabbit immediately, with a quick shriek all that it gets off before you quickly pull back to make sure it’s already on its way before it can get its bearings. Fortunately, although it seems to ‘tear’ a bit, the rope lasts long enough to fling your prey into the air towards you before it dissipates. It lands in a sprawling tumble, and in only a step or two you’re quick to seize it by the legs- powerful things on a rabbit, and you’d rather it not have that freedom. “And who might you be?” you ask evenly. “Also, why are you scouting this army if you’re supposed to be allies?”“Uhh...oh dear. Ohhh dear. I, uh, well!” It’s a male’s voice at least, although he sounds rather frightened. “Well, you see, the Council has had a bit of a, uh...reorganization? And we heard that Dulwark was freed, and... I’m just following my orders, I-I swear! I just need to take notes on your progress and-and your army size and report back! I, uh, well...I mean, I wasn’t supposed to let anyone know, because- because we don’t know what we’re gonna do yet, y’know?”Hm. Well, he certainly sounds nervous enough to not be lying, but…>Keep him captive until morning, and present him to the Prince. He’ll decide what to do with this guy.>Take the documents, and let him go. “You’ll have to trust your memory. And we expect to see you on the battlefield soon. The alliance WILL be making a comeback.”>You have a couple more questions… (what?)>Other
>>3227749She does still shout one, but one one: Nebula Blaster.
>>3227775>Keep him captive until morning, and present him to the Prince. He’ll decide what to do with this guy.
>>3227775>Keep him captive until morning, and present him to the Prince. He’ll decide what to do with this guy.So, what do we do with him until morning? Why not bring him to the prince now?
>>3227787Nothing, it's just that the Prince is asleep and you can hold him there. It's more being polite than anything else.
>>3227775>>Keep him captive until morning, and present him to the Prince. He’ll decide what to do with this guy.Don't need to treat him rough, but the Council reorg is troubling news. The Prince will definitely want to question him more thoroughly.
>>3227775>Keep him captive until morning, and present him to the Prince. He’ll decide what to do with this guy.>You have a couple more questions… (what?)"I presume it involves the name Felgrund, then?"
>>3227793So if (>Keep him) option wins, does it mean we also do the option of (>You have a couple more questions)? Or does this option cancel two others out?
>>3227836We could ask him more I guess, but the Prince's guys should get everything we need to know out of him anyway
>>3227775>You have a couple more questions… (what?)Who else is out here, where was he supposed to meet them, and what any call signs are. I want to ask this from rather high up in the air if possible.You don't send just one scout, in case they get captured.
>>3227775>Keep him captive until morning, and present him to the Prince. He’ll decide what to do with this guy.>You have a couple more questions… (what?) Ask his name.Mana string are silent? The perfect murd...i mean capture skill.
>>3227856I doubt the bunnies expected Randa and Izumi to be helping the human army. They probably though the humans wouldn't notice him.But even if that is the case we should check if he has other friends around.
>>3227775>>3227787Well, since the majority votes for Miranda keeping the bunny, I'll add this to my vote>You have a couple more questions… (what?)Investigate his notesAsk about reorganisation, what are their factionsWhat are rabbit-folk's current opinion on their alliance
We're keeping you. There are questions to be asked.Writing.
Of course, we should knock him out too the second he tries something funny. I assume Miranda knows some unlethal means to such.
>>3227937We can shock him and wrap him up in an Orbital Ring if he tries something.
>>3227963we have a camp besides us. they surely have ropes and shackles aplenty.
>>3227963Or just hold onto him, or tie him up with rope. Orbital Ring is expensive, and explodes. Maybe not something for use inside your own camp.
>>3227981>>3227974Or we can glue his fuzzy butt to a chair with sticky mana.
>>3228004Whoever started the sticky mana thing, I salute you. This is like duck tape.I dream of the day we go full Hisoka.
>>3227981>Orbital Ring is expensive, and explodesIs it permanent unless dismissed, or does it have a set amount of time before it dissipates naturally? I don't think we ever considered it as a restraining method designed for hours at a time.
>>3228070it last about an hour. Its meant as a temporal solution to restrains something big.
>>3228022Your Welcome. I have being pushing to this thing for a long time since we got the sticky bomb.But we should thank all the anons that voted to train it. You guys are the best.
>>3228115As the guy who came up with the sticky bomb, I'm glad to see so many good ideas come up out of it. When I originally thought of it, I was thinking of a combination of a throwable C4 bomb and the plasma grenades of Halo. I'd never would have thought developing the sticky part of it would lead us to Spiderman web slinging and Just Cause grapple tether ideas.
so we're jerking off right now? well, thanks to me, we have the other theoretical spells or whatever.
>>3228151Hey, we circle-jerked with techniques ideas before. Now that they are officially added to Handler's pastebin, we can shamelessly pat each other's backs.
>>3228176I'd rather not because then i or someone else can say that all of you are liars and i created both techniques and all the others. believe me, this will end badly for everyone.
>>3227775>>3227782>>3227787>>3227799>>3227811>>3227823>>3227863“Right. Well, I’m sure the Prince will want to know about that. As well as a number of other things,” you decide. “So you’re going to stay here with us for now.”“Ah, uh! D-do I have to? My leaders will be rather angry if I’m found out…” You can imagine he’d be sweating if he could. “I mean, I-I was told not to and all, and well, it’d be very very unfortunate if-”“Sorry, but no,” you decide, already marching him to the campgrounds. There’s bound to be some sort of rope or chain or shackles here somewhere… “We’ve got a few too many questions about that, really. Especially regarding that whole bit with reorganization.”“O-oh, thaaat?” He laughs, trying to play it off. “Nothing all that big, I swear! Just, y’know, a bit of a shakeup, rabbits go in, rabbits go out, no big dea- ack!” That last bit was you gluing him to a slab of stone. It shouldn’t hurt him any, but it’ll keep him there for a while. Ah, there’s some spare rope. Probably for the barrels or something, but you’ll give it back later. “I mean, all things considered, y’know? Par for the course! Sooo…”“So you’re a scout? Who’s waiting for you and where?” you ask quickly.“Uh, I mean, yeah, and no one! I mean, they said I was supposed to do it alone, so yeah!” He shakes his head. “It’s just me here right now...although right now I really really wish it weren’t.”“That seems a bit reckless,” you admit. “Did you get a reason why?”Another shake of the head. “Uhhh...no. Buuuut...I guess, y’know, I mean...if you REALLY want a guess- please don’t tell the council- it’s probably because they were hoping I wouldn’t...y’know, make it?”Strange… “Why not?” “Cause, my mom supported Thorumin’s son to take over, and the new guy didn’t like that,” he says with bitterness in his voice. Councilchair Felgrund was always skeptical of the alliance, but after we got pushed back and scattered, he’s taken over an’ banished Thorumin and his supporters. He doesn’t want anything to do with the war, and at FIRST he was like ‘we’ll just wait it out underground, we can survive down here for generations!’ but now he’s like ‘hey let’s see what’s going on above ground it’s probably not that bad anymore’. I mean, my mom’s not a fan of the guy, and honestly, neither am I. But we’re not crazy. Thorumin and his supporters are probably dead to Weavers by now...”Hm. Well, that’s disheartening, but useful.(cont.)
>>3228200Well, I have proofs, so I doubt anyone can stop me from stroking my ego.
>>3228246The morning arrives with no further trouble- save for the shock of an intruder in the camp that you’ve already taken care of. While the Prince insists that next time, you wake him up immediately, he’s of no poor mood about the whole thing- at least not until the Rabbitkin (who’s name you learned was Frederique) informed him of the change in administration, upon which he curses. “That’s...problematic,” the Prince admits. “Felgrund I’ve only met twice, but I got the distinct feeling he disliked me both times. I worry if this was perhaps taking our measure for later…” He frowns at the thought, but soon dismisses it with a shake of his head. “No matter. We must press on.” He turns to the young rabbit, sitting now with curiosity (and less rope). Frederique, you will remain with us as a temporary envoy under guard; as Prince, I do not formally recognize Council Leader Felgrund’s rule at this time.” As the rabbitboy gawkes at the declaration, he turns on his heel and leaves, ordering his men to finish decamping.>Roll 1d100, best of 3.
Rolled 89 (1d100)>>3228259>>3228251the problem is that it becomes a pointless dick measuring contest. and just makes you seem like a really petty, attention famished and controlling person. its for the best to just attribute all the skills to anonymous and be done with it.
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>3228259
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>3228259
>>3228278Nice roll.Good point
89! Thas gud.Frederique remembers a thing.Writing.
>>3228246>Thorumin and his supporters are probably dead to Weavers by nowNo izumi, we aren't going to save the political refuge rabbits, we are supposed to be chasing shadows!
>>3228304They are probably all in the webs of one of the Weavers we need 5o take out to install Zazil as the new Weaver leader.
>>3228259>>3228278>>3228279>>3228282It’s not long after you’re all on the road again- trying to make haste to the marshlands before they’re overrun entirely. From what the Prince and a few of the men told you, the marshlands can either be utterly harrowing or mildly annoying. For the Lizardkin, who were born and bred in the place, it’s paradise. For humanity and most of the other types, it’s a natural deathpit if you go in the wrong areas. Fortunately, the Lizardfolk’s primary villages and other areas were in the more fecund and less fetid areas, thanks to their diet. “So, what am I supposed to do?” Frederique asks lightly. He seems to be taking this ‘captive’ thing pretty easily.“Keep yourself calm, and out of danger,” Izumi says easily. “I don’t think any of us here would want you hurt.”“Yeah, that’s nice. Honestly, it sucked when I saw Thorumin and his group marched off.” He sighs. “I heard a couple of them talk about something called a ‘Veilspeaker’, but I don’t know what that is. Some sort of magic device, I think.” You and Izumi quickly glance at each other. Thorumin and his group went to find a Veilspeaker, then, maybe? If that was so…And if you recall correctly, they were to the far east of the Bearkin- and you were heading easterly already. You’d come across the Lizards first, and that absolutely takes priority, but maybe, just maybe you could kill two birds with one stone...>Run will continue tomorrow. Prepare for combat!
>>3228405>"So Fred, off topic question, but how do you feel about spider people?"See you tomorrow, boss!
>>3228405We really should be wearing the condenser during these long quiet sections so it can build some charge.> just maybe you could kill two birds with one stone...Interesting... hope we get the chance to make use of that info.Thanks for running.
>>3228405Bunnies talking with spiders?! Well that is a surprise.
>>3228483Don't be fooled by this one example of the race.> Watership Down intensifies
>>3228405The march continues on for some time- about a day and a half. The next night, you’re requested (rather humbly) to assist in scouting. There’s little to see this night, and aside from a bit more practice and Frederique’s rather poor attempt at singing, there’s nothing of note that happens, aside from the air notably getting a bit more pungent.It’s the second day as morning is just turning to noon that you broach the marshlands proper- and it’s not much further along the path that you can see the results of the lizards’ attempts at holding out. Some of the smaller villages are near burnt to the ground, abandoned, and corpses litter the streets. Some with armor and weapon, some without, and of all ages, shapes, and sizes.“An ill portent,” the Prince mumbles as you pass through another razed village. “Have you noticed the manner of this destruction?”“I have, actually,” Izumi replies. You nod in agreement; you had as well. The shadows, from what you saw, weren’t one for burning and this kind of total destruction. The ways of death were often too clean, as well; slit throats, stab wounds, snapped necks. Not crushing blows, or the feral rips and gouges of the shadows that you’d dealt with so far. You’d at first chalk it up to some other force- maybe more Weavers. That might even be the case, but something nags at you… “It’s a bit...too clean,” Izumi voices aloud. “Like it was organized…”“Do you think they might have another ally?” one of the soldiers wonders aloud. >Mention nothing; it’s not really worth bothering about at this point.>Agree that there may be another faction you’re unsure of. Best to be on guard.>Offer to scout ahead to make certain of things. You’ll be fine.>Other
>>3231344>Agree that there may be another faction you’re unsure of. Best to be on guard.>Offer to scout ahead to make certain of things. You’ll be fine.
>>3231344>Offer to scout ahead to make certain of things. You’ll be fine.>Other>Try examining the wounds with FutureSight to deduce what kind of weapons were used exactly
>>3231344>>Agree that there may be another faction you’re unsure of. Best to be on guard.>>Offer to scout ahead to make certain of things. You’ll be fine.
>>3231344>Agree that there may be another faction you’re unsure of. >Offer to scout ahead to make certain of things. You’ll be fine.
>>3231344>>Offer to scout ahead to make certain of things. You’ll be fine.
>>3231354>>3231357>>3231363>>3231364>>3231365>>3231385>>3231417We'll move ahead.Roll 5d100, best of 3.
Rolled 92, 23, 8, 72, 75 = 270 (5d100)>>3231443
Rolled 50, 35, 99, 34, 27 = 245 (5d100)>>3231443
Rolled 18, 33, 64, 45, 57 = 217 (5d100)>>3231443
>>3231344>Offer to scout ahead to make certain of things. You’ll be fine.
Fairly good results. The Lizards are game opposition, it seems.Writing.
>>3231443>>3231446>>3231451>>3231452“There might be something like that waiting in the wings,” you admit. “I’ll go scout ahead to see just what’s what.”“Excellent idea,” the Prince acknowledges. “I would’ve suggested the same myself. Be cautious.”After a few minutes of making proper pace, you’re a bit dismayed to find that, if you stick to the trail, there’s not a great deal of cover to work with. It’s only in the marshes proper that you have trees and whatnot to find cover behind...and that leaves your footing bad, after a brief test. You’re going to have to be careful, indeed.Soon, however, you can hear the sound of a fight coming from ahead of you. While it took you only a few minutes to reach them, it’d take the army at least a half hour or so… However, you quickly move forwards to get a measure of the situation at the very least. Hopefully they’re not walking into a massive cluster…...and luckily, it seems like you’re not. There’s a number of Lizards warring against the shadows- it seems like even though they are supposedly shadow, they can still be affected by natural impediments like swampy ground and whatnot. The Lizards, from the look of them, have wide, webbed feet; they stand tall, at least 6 feet, and are dressed in various feather-lined tunics and other wear. A couple in particular stand out to you- a large, almost dinosaur-like Lizardkin dressed in a bone headdress lined with feathers and various bangles on its arms and legs. You’re unsure of gender at this distance, but it wields a large spear, and very effectively as it cleaves through the shadows- including one of the shadow lieutenants that you fought earlier. Alongside it are two other warriors, one of them nearly as tall but more lithe; they fight with claw and, interestingly, a blade connected to her heels- she moves almost like a ballerina; quick and sharp with her leg movements to cleave through the masses that dare to approach. They’re backed up by a number of injured Lizardkin in various states of armor; even beaten and bloody, these warriors still fight as though they haven’t even been wounded.You’re quick to fish out your stone and report it in. “Good to know! You’re clear to assist, according to the Prince. We’ll double time it!” Izumi says quickly before she closes the link.>Get right in the middle of it. You might as well fight them off the big duo.>They seem to have it mostly handled; you’d be best thinning the numbers from behind and elsewhere.>Other
>>3231776>>Get right in the middle of it. You might as well fight them off the big duo.Light up the Flamebringer and shred some shadows!
>>3231776>>Get right in the middle of it. You might as well fight them off the big duo.
>>3231776>Get right in the middle of it. You might as well fight them off the big duo.
>>3231776>Get right in the middle of it. You might as well fight them off the big duo.Time to make a epic entrance!!
>>3231776>Get right in the middle of it. You might as well fight them off the big duo.>Other.Test the gauntlets.
>>3231776>Get right in the middle of it. You might as well fight them off the big duo.Our footing is iffy? Put down a barrier to run on.
>>3231880>>3231776Put down a *slightly elevated* light barrier so that if they run at us they hit their ankles on it.
>>3231880Need to train barrier manipulation first...
>>3231776>Get right in the middle of it. You might as well fight them off the big duoStrap on our gauntlets
>>3231776>>3231791>>3231797>>3231799>>3231825>>3231837>>3231880>>3231973>>3231980Well. Nothing for it! You’re just going to have to get a running start…The leap is good. The shock as you land and punch out one of the encroaching shadows with your new upgraded gauntlets is better. And, deep down in a place you hate to acknowledge, you have a little thrill. Entrances like that really don’t get old.The Lizards only spare you a brief glance, however, before they return to their combat. You’re quick to slam your fist into a multitude of shadows, smashing through a throng of them quickly before the wave seems to slow down. It’s as you back up, making sure that none of them can take you by surprise, that the big guy finally speaks. “Well met.” His voice is creaking, but deep. “You show at an opportune time, creature. We will owe much for this due.” You’re not sure what he means, but you’ll worry about that later. “Their numbers thin. We continue the battle.” Yeah, THAT you can get behind.Two bigger shadows- you’re not quite sure what they are, but not quite lieutenants- literally roll forward, intended to bowl you over. A green fist meets them as you aim low, scooping them up into an uppercut that sends them flying- and flying apart at the seams. The dancer warriors flips over a pair in a graceful arc, slicing them both before they can even recognize they’ve been split apart. The massive Lizardkin simply uses his massive frame and spear to skewer any that get close with impressive speed- at one point he’s practically got a shiskabob before they dissipate.The battle continues on for some time; although your assistance keeps things well in hand. By the time the main body of the army shows up, the Lizards, though exhausted, have fought off just about the whole of the invading force for the small village. It’s a trivial matter for Izumi and some of the other knights to secure the area. The Prince, approaching you as soon as he’s finished giving the order, is quick to speak. “Excellent work here. We’d have been all the poorer for the loss of these particular individuals.”“You know them?” you ask, turning to the two in question.The large one (who you’re pretty sure is a guy by now) shakes his head. “He does not. However, he recognizes our garb, no doubt. And we, his.” Him and his warriors bow as best they are able. “Human leader. We appreciate your assistance in this matter, as befits our alliance.”“Yvrace, Hylinde,” he motions to the two. “I’d like to formally introduce to you two members of the ‘Ko-Korathi’, the Lizards’ most elite warrior unit.”cont.
>>3232239The large one nods. “I am Si-Han, Arbiter of Vengeance.”The smaller dancer does likewise. “I am Kri-Yan, The Sweet Blade.”Fancy names. “Right. Good to meet you,” you allow.The Prince nods in greeting, but his expression is one of impatience. “Forgive my impropriety, but I must ask. What are you doing out here? We come to support you in battle.”“Excellent,” Si-Han says with clear relief. “A moment of rest, and to tend to our wounded, then. We shall guide you shortly.”“If you don’t mind…” Izumi says, piping up as she steps forward. Blah, you’re not going to try to spoil it. >While she’s healing away, anything you want to ask of them?
>>3232248I think we're good. the prince should be able to get any info he needs.
>>3232248Try out our gauntlets healing first.>"Have a group of Rabbitkin come through here? We have reason to believe their leader is looking for the Veilspeaker Weavers."
>>3232248Ask them what's the deal with all the lizardmen corpses that we saw earlier.
>>3232269Oh yeah, might as well ask her about those heel blades she was using.
>>3232248>>3232269>>3232295+ "It's fine if I don't use my titles right? I prefer to keep personal introductions under 5 minutes."
>>3232355Just keep it simple and short. No need to bullshit ourselves titles when there's business to be done.
>>3232248Well, there’s not a lot you can really think of- the Prince is certainly taking the lead on things. It seems as though their chief city is still protected, although the shadows have been making more headway thanks to a massive encroaching force of both shadows and Shaded Elves. The two had been out here on orders from their High Judicator in an attempt to clear a route to the outer areas in case of evacuation. Unfortunately, they’d been beset upon, and thus you showed up. The corpses, when asked about...apparently the Lizardkin have a strange belief system; many of those wounds were self-inflicted, apparently. They did not want to be ‘lost to the shadow’, but when inquired about further, they were rather indignant. So you do your best to shift the topic. "Have a group of Rabbitkin come through here?” The two, surprised at your question, look at you oddly, then at each other before shaking their heads. They turn back to the other lizardkin soldiers before speaking something in a native language. There’s a lot of single word responses...however, one speaks for a bit longer, much to your interest. After a few moments of such, he turns to you. “Palu claims to have seen a traveling force marching to the southeast not long before the shadows came to strike here. They passed by the village, but did not stop. For what reason do you ask this?”You look to Izumi briefly before turning back. “We have reason to believe their leader is looking for the Veilspeaker Weavers."That draws a curious reaction from both Si-Han and Kri-Yan; their eyes don’t bug out, but their jaws drop a bit before clasping shut, Si-Han the first to recover. “Truly? An odd choice. We understand the Veilweavers had not chosen a side in this war. Perhaps the bouncing ones seek their aid for whatever reason? This may need to be reported to the Judicator…” he turns to confirm it with his compatriot, who nods. “...and so we will report back with them. I anticipate we will see battle before we return.”So do you… “You think those blades of yours are up to it?” you ask lightly towards Kri-Yan.She just smiles gamely. “They have been in my family for many years, and a symbol of my status and skill. I assure you, I will live to see that they stay that way.”She’s confident, at least.>Less of a run than I’d hoped, but I’m going to have to call it here for now. Run will resume probably tomorrow.
>>3232536Night, boss. Thanks again for running.
>>3232536Hey, Boss, what happened to Carrang? We didn't get to interrogate her or inspect her loot because of the Q&A and the timeskip. Was she put on a bus or something?
>>3232536>In the end, it’s only a handful of soldiers that get spared thanks to Izumi’s pleas. As for your own issues, well...you wonder if maybe there’s some books around here:What did Miranda even do during the timeskip? I guess she didn't manage to find any worthy-looking books.
>>3231896We've already used this tactic in the fight against the cook, placing barriers in the air to jump around on.
>>3233181I meant to address that in the run, actually, but burnt out before I could get to it. She's on the march with you lot, although very trussed up; unlike Zatzil, who has been relocated to Dulwark by now, Carrang seems oddly content.>>3233183Nothing specific, no. It's a trade town, yes, but nothing of any note. You'll get a chance with more specialized buildings soon.
>>3233346Great we're amassing a collection of subs.
>>3233325They are expensive, but functional as jumping platforms. I don't think we could make one long enough to run along without making it even more expensive though.Maybe we should use normal barriers in combat more often so we can get that sweet exp and be able to experiment with them more. The reason we don't is we can usually just dodge though, so it may be difficult to find a reason to bother.Actually, this fight might provide one. Our mobility is hampered in this mud; dodging will be more difficult.
>>3233566That's what I was thinking, actually. That this is the best place to train our barrier mobility skills.I wonder if we could bond a barrier to the soles of our shoes instead, for instance. Then use them like snowshoes. Maybe see what the friction on them is like.After all, if we can make sticky mana, can we make "slippery" mana?We could make frictionless barriers that we could then slide on/down. Put it under people's feet to mess with them. Move heavy things on it. Skate on them with.
>>3233566>They are expensive, but functional as jumping platforms.but that is because we cast them with the same properties as the normal barriers. If we make them weaker, smaller and with less lifespan, they shouldn't cost as much.
>>3233586Snowshoes function because they spread you weight over a wider area, but it would be an interesting experiment.I imagine 'grease' mana wouldn't be that hard to pull off, but it would take some experimentation. It would certainly be funny to play around with.Slippery barriers might be a bit harder, but could also be interesting.>>3233588Currently all we've got are 'stock' single direction barriers, and the massive omni-directional Great Barrier. We'll have to experiment some to make cheaper, weaker barriers that still have utility without shattering on contact.
>>3233604yep, that's exactly what i said.We should start by reducing the barrier to a 1m*1m area and halving its strength. That alone should reduce the mana consumption by a lot (i'm guessing that at the very least it should cut it from 1000 to ...250-300 ish) and from there we can tweak it further.
>>3233631Well this is the environment to try it in.
>>3232536What are the physical properties of barriers? As in, how thick are they? Subatomic? Glass panel width? How brittle are barriers? Are they too brittle to make a weapon viable? Do properties vary among barriers?
>>3233702i think that was already explained before. They are strong enough and thin enough to make mana blades. Handler even gave us a bonus to them if we were gunning for them(but i'm probably confusing that bonus for something else because i can't find the post).
>>3233730Well, practice with making them have different properties or be static relative to our shoes is probably safer than trying to use them as blades in combat first.
>Carrang seems oddly content.Uh...should we tell her that Miranda isn't that type of girl?
>>3233702I'd guess glass panel or so, but that's speculation.The Barriers are shields, so they're not going to be brittle.I imagine like everything else in the multiverse, there's tons of variation between magic shields due to all sorts of things.
Hey, I just realized this, but...Where the heck are Draugar and Windrider??
>>3234212The horses we got at the start.
>>3234215I guess they are not fit for these marshes
>>3234209they returned to their homepl- returned to the warmaster.
Okay, I can't seem to get on Twitter at the moment, but long story short; I'm just not feeling it today. I'll be delaying the run to Wednesday. In exchange, here's a map of the Lizardkin capital where you'll be going.You are approaching from the westernmost road.
>>3234507Nice, if we can ask the Prince for some local dosh then I say visiting the marketplace and craftsman's centers for loot is priority.Hope you're preparing something nice Handler!
>>3234507Well, that's kind of a shame. Hope you feel better.Also, your maps have been getting a lot better! Good job.
>>3234507How amphibious are the Lizards?
>>3234507Just to be certain, the thick white line through the middle of town is a river, right?
>>3234985White straight lines are roads/bridges, brown thick wobbly line is the river. You can look up 'Medieval Fantasy City Generator'.
>>3234507So, Kholm's forces are to the south, right? Why were lizardkin looking for evac route in western area? Where does north-eastern road goes to?Something tells me we'll be breaking a siege this week.
>>3235177Easy peasy to break the siege.Go to lake. Nova Buster Bahamut Ultimate Zero Dark Attack Revolution the water towards the city.> Tsunami!Profit!
>>3235177If that’s the case, free war hammer from killing the siege guy!Which reminds me, got to take some time with the FutureSight to scan the sword and buckler we got off of Carrang.
>>3235662>Tsunami>fuckhuge wave that would destroy most of the cityYeah, let's not do anything that would hinder our allies/pay.
>>3236876It's alright, lakes can't make tsunamis. I doubt we could make one in an ocean anyway, you would have to move a lot of water.
>>3234847I don't think they're this >>3235662 amphibious.> get on boat> go as fast as possible towards walls> cast a light barrier slanted up from water to wall> hope you hit at a good angleWe could probably use a mana blast to make a big wave behind the boat for extra speeds, though.Carry a bunch of dudes in to open it from inside.
>>3235662>>3237720I highly doubt that mirandaor anyone that we know(other than sal and maybe the S rank we met) has the raw power to create a tsunami.
>>3237808She has the ability to fire off an exploding vacuum laser beam twice per day. That’s probably enough power. What you should be wondering is “Why don’t we fire off Nebula Buster at the oncoming army instead of the lake?”. Or even, “Why are we wasting mana blasting the army when we can jump past the frontline troops so we can murder the general and lieutenants with laser beams?”.
>>3237834>She has the ability to fire off an exploding vacuum laser beam twice per day. That’s probably enough power.The nebula buster only has the power to obliterate a single street more or less. A tsunami is the aftermath of an earthquake and is capable of ravaging a whole beachline. Comparing both is like comparing a candle to a forest fire.>"Why are we wasting mana blasting the army when we can jump past the frontline troops so we can murder the general and lieutenants with laser beams?”Unless we are following the Price's orders to support the troops, that's how most of the fights have gone. We got Carrang that way, the spidertaur as well as the swamp shadows.
>>3237850We nuked an entire fleet of airships with a single Buster during the joint operation with Direct Action, as well as an entire flying island holding a spell relaying crystal, it’s probably larger then a street.>Unless we are following the Price's orders to support the troops, that's how most of the fights have gone.Exactly! That’s my point. Don’t fix what isn’t broke.
>>3237890>We nuked an entire fleet of airships with a single Buster during the joint operation with Direct Action, as well as an entire flying island holding a spell relaying crystal, it’s probably larger then a street.If i recall correctly, in the first one we were direcly leeching off from the helicarrier's mana reactor, or we used up most of our reserves in the spell and the second one was possible because we used the rapier and/or they also used a planetcracker bomb or something like that.
>>3237909Alright, looking at the sup/tg/ archive, the fleet was mostly airplanes, and we had no mana assistance, although we were allowed to recharge in the mana basin.Meanwhile, the island one we had mana assistance from Izumi to increase our Buster’s size, but no assistance from DA, as those bombs were too pricey for us.
>>3237940Also the mana crystal we were shooting was set off.
>>3238004Pretty sure that we decided not to fire our nebula buster at the crystal directly, in case of it being transmitted through the big crystal to the smaller crystals. We just shot at the island and let the gravity implosion take care of the rest.
>>3238058I know it was kinda expensive for what it was, but I wish we had kept that Crystal. It would have been great fun to experiment with.
Run begins in 30!
>>3238519Ready and waiting!
>>3238519Grey leader standing by.
>>3232536The rest of the trip is relatively uninteresting. There’s some discussion on the situation near the capital, but they assure that despite the continuous combat around the satellite villages, every man, woman, and child of the Lizardkin are prepared to stand and fight (how this coincides with their belief system, you’re unsure), and the main city will at least hold until you get there. The Prince nonetheless implores his men to be ready for longer marching hours.Personally, you wish you could just take the most direct route there; when asked about it, though, they unfortunately tell you that much of the land turns worse before it gets better, and it’d be a mess to walk though. Honestly, the squelching in your feet is annoying as all getout already. The fact that they’re keen to follow the river closely doesn’t help.Carrang, as you discover, is a bit of a...strange dish. Ever since her resounding defeat, she seems rather meek, almost *timid* even, and she flushes a dark purple whenever you get near her. A few initial attempts at interrogation have...well, they didn’t do well, essentially. You’d thought being ‘too kinky to torture’ was a myth, but seriously. Good thing you hadn’t tried your shock touch on her, she’d have probably thanked you...>Eventually, you’d set it aside for now, instead asking your guests a bit more about the Lizardfolk.>You’d decided to just talk to Prince about the whole issue and hoped he could handle it.>You were unsure just what would get her to talk, but it’s not like you didn’t have a bit of time…>Other
>>3238715>You were unsure just what would get her to talk, but it’s not like you didn’t have a bit of time…Such a tease
>>3238715>You were unsure just what would get her to talk, but it’s not like you didn’t have a bit of time…
>>3238715>>You were unsure just what would get her to talk, but it’s not like you didn’t have a bit of time…
>>3238715>You’d decided to just talk to Prince about the whole issue and hoped he could handle it.Lets hear his plan. We will need one once we get there and the soldiers might need support with this stupid terrain.>Good thing you hadn’t tried your shock touch on her, she’d have probably thanked you...Kinky.
>>3238715>>You were unsure just what would get her to talk, but it’s not like you didn’t have a bit of time…It's a bit of humor if nothing else, though it is also incredibly weird.Twitter still giving you fits?
>>3238715>You’d decided to just talk to Prince about the whole issue and hoped he could handle it.
>>3238744Nope, works now. Thanks for reminding me!
>>3238715>>3238721>>3238733>>3238735>>3238744Alright, your usual methods of getting information out of someone haven’t been working. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have other options, even without Lorelei here to back you up. You might hate the idea of having to go TOO far, but still...worth a shot.>Roll 3d100, best of 3.
Rolled 77, 21, 39 = 137 (3d100)>>3238785
Rolled 16, 78, 64 = 158 (3d100)>>3238785roll for... torture?
Rolled 2, 37, 78 = 117 (3d100)>>3238785
Rolled 10, 10, 78 = 98 (3d100)>>3238785elves are so gay
>>3238792>>3238797>>3238798>three seventy-eightsHuh....Does that get us anything?
>>3238785Remember what I was bringing up vis-a-vis "manaboarding" or possibly "flux wave EEG therapy"?Manipulating mana frequencies in a field around her head using harmonized mana!
>>3238807Sadly, no.If for whatever reason you get three or more of a kind, or a straight (or really any other kind of rare-ish poker hand) you'll get something for THAT because I'm a sucker for poker.
>>3238821>>3238810Hey? Heeeeeey? Can we try this out? We never get to torture people, don't want to waste the opportunity.It also gets around Carrangs . . . Proclivities.
>You might hate the idea of having to go TOO far, but still...worth a shot.Good thing we have that restoration gaulets. If she passes the threshold we can heal her and repeat the process.
>>3238827You say thay as if you don't know she wouldn't just enjoy the new pain..
>>3238821>pulls up table of poker hands...good to know.
>>3238827We're on a do-gooder mission with Izumi, chances are she'll be a girl scout about it.
>>3238833Not pain, just confusion, maybe nausea.
>>3238833>>3238846Flux wave is nauseating and disorientation, not painful.And we can use this to maybe try a d alter her mood into a euphoric, honest state.Mana boarding would straight up be torture though yeah.
>>3238846Make a barrier to muffle the sound?
>>3238856Flux wave it is then. Happy drugged is fine. Like truth serum.
>>3238856You're forgetting that we'd need to work on getting the Flux Wave down to handheld size, which would take up a practice session.>>3238856>>3238864Flux wave is a big ass burst centered on us that makes people sick, not euphoric or happy. Not a great idea in the middle of a town, and what guard worth his salt would allow a prisoner to be taken out into the middle of a swamp with no supervision from a far enough radius where she'd get a head start if she escaped?>>3238859We don't have that spell.
>>3238785>>3238789>>3238792>>3238797“Alright...let’s try something new.” you mutter to yourself as you approach her during a brief rest stop.“S-something new, huh?” She sounds less afraid and more content, giving a small, blushing smile. “Okay, if you want…”It’s a couple hours, by your estimate, before she finally opens up- what does it isn’t any particular set of pain, but as you learned out of a random statement, her worst nightmare, it seems, is essentially sensory deprivation. You couldn’t exactly do that (yet), but the threat was just good enough to get her to start talking a bit…but you can tell she’s still reluctant.(Choose 2)>Ask her about the shaded elves’ local force makeup.>Ask her about people of interest in the shaded elves’ army.>Ask her about the shaded elves’ reasoning and rewards for joining Lord Kolm.>Other>>3238810>>3238827Yeah, not at the moment, unfortunately.
>>3238876We're all about experimenting in the field right now, not just practice sessions anymore.This is a perfect time to try it. We have sticky mana (to wrap around our hand) and mana synchronization (to alter the frequency of our sticky mana).With those two, we can try to replicate Flux Wave, which is just a rapid cycling of mana, by cycling just the frequency of the specific mana in our hands.It's applying the techniques of our moves, not making new "spells".
>>3238901>OtherAsk about any caches or armories or war funds we could hit to weaken the enemy army (and enrich ourselves), including any powerful or magical weapons of note.>Ask her about the shaded elves’ local force makeup.
I mean, I guess if you reaaallllly want to try it and vote for it, I suppose...just it'd take a while and there's no guarantee of anything.
>>3238901>>3238903Have I misunderstood how the new skills get developed?Hey, would Carrang *volunteer* ti have this tested on her? Since she seems kind of into that thing?
>>3238901>>Ask her about people of interest in the shaded elves’ army.Ideally, cutting off the head will kill this snake.>>3238903We're more about practicing existing stuff in the field, then taking inspirations from field work and practicing and experimenting with them. Flux wave is too disruptive to attempt in the middle of an army.
>>3238901>Ask her about people of interest in the shaded elves’ army.>Ask her about the shaded elves’ reasoning and rewards for joining Lord Kolm.
>>3238901>Ask her about the shaded elves’ local force makeup.>Ask her about the shaded elves’ reasoning and rewards for joining Lord Kolm.>>3238903>her worst nightmare, it seems, is essentially sensory deprivation.We could simply try to reverse our Megaphone power to mute sound from her. That'd be easier and would work for interrogating her.
>>3238913Eh. Mostly I just want it to move forward with mana harmonization and refining flux wave into something a little less friendly fire like.
>>3238914No, you haven't. I'm still mentally adjusting to the new method.
>>3238920Ah, I see. I thought it was trying new things in the field and "failing forward" with the rolls.I figured now was as good a time as any since we're kind of in downtime between fights.And the Army would get better! Eventually!
>>3238901>Ask her about the shaded elves’ reasoning and rewards for joining Lord Kolm.Less people to fight the better.>Ask her about the shaded elves’ local force makeup.
>>3238901>>3238909>>3238922>>3238923>>3238930“Alright, so, first thing’s first. What are we coming up against?” you ask strictly.She actually flinches a bit- a vauge part of you wonders why the personality change, but you won’t ask it. “Well...I was part of a detachment to hold the place. From what I heard, it was just, y’know...a whole hoard of shadows, and at least two flock’s worth.” She only takes a moment to read your curious stare. “Uh, a flock’s about fifty footsoldiers, fifty archers, a ritualist detachment of about ten for long range…and ramming squads.So a bit over two hundred Shaded at best. That’s a good number, at least. “Alright, now for something a bit more personal: why bother joining Lord Kolm? What did he promise you?”“Oh!” And here she cheers up a bit. “That’s easy- he gets it.”“Gets what?” you ask in curiosity. “Gets why we’re still here. Why we exist. He gave us a reason. Something to work towards. Something we haven’t had in a long, long time…” she looks almost dreamy. “And now I’ve found you, and I’m...satisfied. Everything since joining him? I can’t say I regret it at all. Everything that’s happened has been amazing!”Suddenly, you hear a voice. “We should be able to have sight of the city before much longer,” Si-Han says from the front. If they’ve been listening in, they haven’t indicated as such. Good to know...She grins. “There’ll be a lot of fun I’m missing out on, I bet.”Probably, but you’re not going to give her any extra ideas of escape. “Ever consider what might happen once he’s done with this whole ‘conquering’ thing?”She shakes her head happily. “Nope! But we’ll follow whatever he does! As long as it’s something…exciting.” Hm.>Yeeeah...you’re going to leave this alone.>Hold on, that doesn’t make sense. (Ask another question about it.)>Other
>>3239051>Hold on, that doesn’t make sense. (Ask another question about it.)So the Shaded needed a purpose? Thats it? What, they’re having a racial midlife crisis?And this is all of them, not just needing something exciting?
>>3239051>Hold on, that doesn’t make sense. (Ask another question about it.)"So, your people's philosophy... It sounds very much like you long for experiences. Sights and sounds one has never seen before. Am I getting close?"
>>3239051>Hold on, that doesn’t make sense. (Ask another question about it.)What can she tell about elves before they've become 'shaded'? Were there any different factions?
>>3239051>Hold on, that doesn’t make sense. (Ask another question about it.)>What do you mean, "Something to work towards" ? The other races don't have that issue.Sounds like their "corruption" really was a serious corruption, if the entire race is having an existential crisis. I wonder what the underlying reason is... why are they having this issue when all intelligent races struggle with that very issue to some degree?
>>3239072I see what you're angling for there. Remember anyone we bring back has to be able to support themselves. We're not running a charity here.
>>3239051>Hold on, that doesn’t make sense. (Ask another question about it.)>You are all dying aren't you? At least from what i know it was told me from one of the Weavers. Losing your mind your focus is that what you mean?
>>3239090We could at least restore part of her mind. Make her look for her focus. Or just dont i dunno, i think this might be a sore topic.
>>3239151Honestly, wasn't intentionally trying to do that with her. She got one shotted by us, so she'll need a ton of training to get up to par, plus I'm worried about possible mental health issues.I'm not against it entirely, though. Could be a nice thing Izumi could work on, having her work with and help someone who is similar to what she fears she could become, and helping her overcome that.Honestly, though, if we've got a hard limit of 10 characters, I'm gonna try to be a bit more selective.If we could convince a Weaver, though...
>>3239090I mean they are slowly losing their mind. Their "focus" so to speak. I guess there is a fate worst then death.
>>3239184We do have the restore gaulets..we might be able to restore her mind for a time. Won't stop from the corrultion degreading it even more but it might help her out with that issue.
>>3239188What we're talking about is a long-term mental health issue, likely stemming from childhood. I doubt that our gauntlets could solve anything THAT long ago, much less heal problems of a psychological bent.
>>3239178>>3239188The gauntlets? There's gotta be a statute of limitations on how long after the damage occured. The circle of life is a thing; don't want to restore that wooden figurine to dirt, or a granite statue to piles of it's component stones.The corruption of the elves from light to dark was long enough ago to be mere legend now. Was she born this way?>>3239184>If we could convince a Weaver, though...Seconded. I've always had a fondness for driders for some reason, despite not liking spiders at all.
>>3239184Oh, and also, I don't want to give her back the sword...It's our sword now.
>>3239203Could always test it. I mean it could just restore damage objects and not help with healling at all but we will never figure out if we don't test.But the bottom line we need to draw is that we aren't getting paid yo heal some mental derranged dark elf so we should just keep the interrogations without becoming a bleeding heart.
>>3239208The buckler too right?>>3239207About the gaulet it says it requires more will the more old the damage was made. So it would probably burn a lot of mana to restore one of the elfs. But we aren't sure how much and we could just do in small therapy sections to figure out. I mean what better place to test a new weapon if not with POWs?
>>3239151>>3239207I'll say this: If Izumi shows interest in bringing someone back to the Intersection, for whatever reason, I'll take that as a cue to make the offer to the character. She's the only original team member who hasn't requested to bring someone back, and I figure she'll have an idea for whether or not someone would be a good fit for our crew.
>>3239051>>3239068>>3239080>>3239090>>3239174Something about that just...rubs you the wrong way. “Wait, hold on. That doesn’t make sense. Your whole thing is just your entire race having an existential crisis? Pretty much every race asks that question. Why go so far to answer yours?”She shrugs. “I dunno if it’s ALL of us, but it’s a popular question! And we love having something to do! We used to, y’know. Sorta. Have things to do. Then everything stopped making sense. I don’t exactly know why. I’m pretty young, so I dunno most things the older shaded do...but it’s way better to have something to do than not, because if you don’t, you blank.”Huh. “Blank?” She nods, a bit more solemn now. “Y’know, stop remembering. Things, places, who you are. You become blank. Nothing there. That’s the WORST thing ever. Some of the older guys say it’s a punishment or a curse. Some say that’s just how things are. I don’t know, but whenever you have something to do, it feels...great, like your head’s SO clear...you remember everything, because even if for the loosest reason, you have a REASON to remember. I think.”Very strange… “Miss Yvrace?” Hm? You turn to see one of the generals. “I appreciate your attempts at gaining information from the captive, but I’m afraid I, er…” you squint at him, and he appears to lose his nerves, turning away briefly as he clears his throat.“Hey!” Before you can respond proper, Fredrique hops from behind the man to your side. “Uh, Prince was wondering if you could scout a bit for him!”Gah. Well, he was paying… “We’ll continue this later,” you offer, to which she nods. You’re going to have to work on that shoe thing...By the time you see the city limits (which honestly looks like one or two massive stone buildings with a massive amount of rooms, along with more ramshackle huts and buildings typical of the area), you’re wondering if maybe you can’t do something about that in a fight...maybe if you were to try to manipulate your shields a bit better…A sudden blackness- some sort of shadowy fireball- interrupts your thoughts as it suddenly appears in the air to your east, careening through and slamming into the inner city limits among screams as a plume of blackness shoots up into the sky. Soon, the sounds of steel and carnage can be heard in the gloom as you get closer step by step.Prince is already yelling orders to his men to prepare to charge once they get close enough, fixing crossbows and lancers. Izumi takes a breath, preparing herself, and the two Lizardkin have already started to run off, much to one general’s protest.>Stick with the Lizardfolk. You might as well be the speartip.>Hold up a moment. Maybe Carrang has some information on this all. She’s been out of it for a while, but...>If they’re going to charge one way, you might be able to charge in another and surprise them.>Other
>>3239216Sure, buckler too.Could try to enchant it to help boost our barrier making ability...
>>3239223>Hold up a moment. Maybe Carrang has some information on this all. She’s been out of it for a while, but...Who's the leader of the attackers and what would surprise him?
>>3239223>>Stick with the Lizardfolk. You might as well be the speartip.We've been flanking a bunch , let's get proper stuck in this time.> We used to, y’know. Sorta. Have things to do. Then everything stopped making sense.That sounds deliberate...
>>3239223>Stick with the Lizardfolk. You might as well be the speartip.Time for charge!!https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ASj81daun5Q
>>3239223>>Stick with the Lizardfolk. You might as well be the speartip.
>I'm pretty youngUh...i guess there might be a chance to restore her mind. But then again young for a dark elf might be 500 or 900 years.
>>3239245Well the weavers did say that the Elfs only got corrupted when trying to use some powerfull magic like theirs (the weavers) as far as we know that could have being a trick from the weavers or someone passed a fake/bad ritual to the original elfs.
>>3239223“I’m going to back them up! You lot show up when ready!” you yell fiercely, before taking off in a big leap forwards to catch up. You see exactly where they’re going for- it seems like they’re angling for the main road to the city outskirts.There’s a massive group of shadows, of course, flanked by a number of Shaded that...they seem to have a number of weapons- steel claws, swords, spears, to name a few. You can see in the distance there’s a number of archers staying back near the outskirts, and near the river. They stand in formation, launching flaming arrows- a dangerous tactic, and a classic one.“We need to eliminate the archers!” Si-Han yells. “Rally the defenses!”“You get your soldiers! I’ll take the archers!” Kri-Yan confirms. “Yvrace, with me if you please!”Sure, why not. You follow her wordlessly. “I have noticed you have the gift of flight. Could you perhaps provide a distraction?”You don’t like the idea of essentially being skeet…but you can see what she’s going for- if you cause chaos up above, she can cause it down below before they can notice…that is, if they’re distractible enough.>Roll 5d20, best of three.
Rolled 18, 19, 10, 13, 16 = 76 (5d20)>>3239388get some.
Rolled 10, 11, 3, 3, 17 = 44 (5d20)>>3239388
Rolled 5, 4, 15, 12, 2 = 38 (5d20)>>3239388!
Rolled 8, 3, 11, 19, 16 = 57 (5d20)>>3239388
Pretty successful distraction, I'd say.Rawr-worthy, almost.Unfortunately, I've got to call it tonight early as I've discovered I've got a, well, early morning tomorrow. Run will continue early Friday, maybe tomorrow if I'm not exhausted.
>>3239467Well, dang, that sucks. At least it sounds like it's only temporary.See you around, boss. Rest well.
>>3239467So, does the situation look domething like this?
>>3239467Or more like this?
>>3239467...really fucking wish my pc wasn't broken. Finger-painting on the phone is such a pain.
>>3239223> Whenever you have something to do, it feels... greatHmm... I dont know what you guys are thinking, but, if you guys are up for it, I could imagine her being a productive worker for SES.That is, if we see what she is capable of, and what potential she has to grow.Thoughts on the matter?
>>3240080Considering her attitude for rambling and the fact that we one shot her she doesn't have the most impressive resume. Heck, Owlia and Cylica were way more impressive in my opinion. We also have some limited slot for who we can bring/hire for SES and so far no one in this setting impressed.
>>3240080No. Bad Anon. Stop picking up every random stray, especially a "too kinky to torture" Elf Slave Wat Do.We should instead order them to amass enough wealth to summon us and duel their chosen champion(s) in purpose built arenas.
>>3240080She’s a maybe. I’d like to see what else she could do before we make a decision. Personally, I’d like to see either a Weaver (for stealth and/or rituals) or a guy (so he can hang out with Jago, maybe the blood knight guy?) to take the spot.
>>3240080eh. she basically died by one of our magiblasts. I'm pretty sure there is way more competent and hardy people out there; probably the queen or whoever is at the top should be the most fit (maybe), but carrang is a literal deadweight.
>>3240080Agree with >>3240160If we're going to recruit someone let's have it be someone we don't oneshot with a cheap-shot mid-monologue. If they can't take a cheap-shot they can't handle the intersection.
>>3243569If we bring them in then we get the money, but they don't HAVE to work with us, I don't think. There is a mercenary corp. group with a large number of normal but well trained people right? Might be an interesting option.
>>3243575If that’s the case, find someone who could work as a small business owner. We’ve brought in plenty of couriers and enforcers, but no traders whatsoever.
>>3243635Isn't Cylica doing gem things?
>>3239860Closer to this than anything.Run resumes in about an hour!
>>3243655She’s more of a freelance designer then a true small business owner like Geegee was with her potions shop.Man, I miss that little gobbo...
>>3243755...'s money. And potions!
>>3239388>>3239389>>3239391>>3239394Fine. You’ll just have to be quick and loud about it. You’re going to need a running jump, though…As you careen towards the firing lines (you could really do with an updraft or something), you can make up their formation a bit better- 5 rows of ten archers each, it seems; with a few individuals in the back serving as lieutenants and likely spotters of some sort. You don’t have enough time to make any tricky plays, though- you’ve got seconds to strike before they notice, or let loose another barrage before you strike with your own.Fortunately, they’re so focused on the targeting that they don’t see you swoop in to the first lines; your quick magiblasts take the lines by total surprise as the first and second lines are blasted apart- maybe one or two wildly fired arrows make it into the air from them as the rest immediately begin scrambling for cover, yelling as the officers in the back try for order from the rear.They nearly get it with the second and third lines, who both manage to let loose their arrows- this time towards YOU, and you have to take time to dodge a few too-close-for-comfort shots- you’re still no aerial ace, and it’s only your height that prevents any arrows from actually hitting you- had you come in lower, that might’ve been worrisome…Fortunately, their misses allow you time to circle back to begin a pass, and a few stray blasts rock the rearmost line and force the middle lines to scatter; causing the officers and remaining archers to try to retreat- just to begin to run into the grinder that is Si-Han.>Si-Han can likely handle the remaining archers herself; you can go reinforce the charge.>Might as well help her wipe them out so she can link back up with Kri-Yan and get to their leader.>Try to find where that shadow artillery is coming from. That’s a problem that needs to be solved ASAP.>Other
>>3243755She was fun to write!>>3244014Ha! I keep forgetting to do a 'where are they now' thing for that world...
>>3244044>Si-Han can likely handle the remaining archers herself; you can go reinforce the charge.Let's go knock some skulls.
>>3244044>Try to find where that shadow artillery is coming from. That’s a problem that needs to be solved ASAP.
>>3244044>Might as well help her wipe them out so she can link back up with Kri-Yan and get to their leader.
>>3244044>>Try to find where that shadow artillery is coming from. That’s a problem that needs to be solved ASAP.
>>3244044>Try to find where that shadow artillery is coming from. That’s a problem that needs to be solved ASAP.inb4 we need to roll to find where the giant cannon is.
Where the hell is it...Writing.
>>3244044>>3244064>>3244093>>3244094>>3244122Alright, you’re pretty sure that she can handle things from there on in- you didn’t see any close-combat specialists nearby, so hopefully there’s no immediate major threats. Instead, you need to-A sudden muffled thunder, and another black ball of shadow seems to materialize out of nowhere in the air, before launching off at an angle and careening deep into the city. Right- you need to see to that, next. Although the fact that there was no clear launch point...that’s going to cause issues. Still, you think you know enough about this world to understand that something that big would need to be made by a ritual. Which means they’d need some space.They’ve got to be out here somewhere- the question is just where…A quick scan of your immediate surroundings shows nothing but willow trees and dangerous swampland- they could be in any direction and largely hidden by the environment, considering that it doesn’t seem to take THAT many to make a ritual work. You’re going to have to pick a direction and hope for the best.> The northernmost area, closer to the Judicator Halls. They’d be risky for the attackers, but it would make sense if they’re trying to get directly to the rulers.> The southerneastmost area, around the barracks. Softening up the local garrison is a classic tactic for a reason.> The southwest area; they’d be far away, but then so would you if something happened.> Other
>>3244286>The southwest area; they’d be far away, but then so would you if something happened.Its called artillery for a reason.
>>3244286> The southwest area;
>>3244286> The southwest area; they’d be far away, but then so would you if something happened.Okay now I'm confused about town map and enemy placement.
>>3244286>> The southerneastmost area, around the barracks. Softening up the local garrison is a classic tactic for a reason.
>>3244296>>3244305>>3244319Oh wait, we could contact Izumi
>>3244316Kinda like this???
>>3244364A bit higher up on that northern spot, but that's about it.
>>3244286Well, it’s called artillery for a reason. And they’d have the most cover for a retreat if need be if they were in the southwest area. You’re going to have to try and make it quick, yet thorough, if they’re there at all...>Roll 1d20, best of 3.
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>3244400boom
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>3244400Miranda's not the greatest tracker.Let's see if we can improve that.
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>3244400
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>3244400
>>3244413Not too shabby.>>3244420Crits don't override.
>>3244400>>3244404>>3244413>>3244417To your relief, it only takes a bit of searching before noticing an odd humming noise nearby. As quiet as you can make yourself while squelching through the soft ground, you creep as close as you can. About fifteen or twenty yards away from you, you can clearly see a LARGE ritual circle, at least 1 meters in diameter, and unusual in that it’s clearly domed with some sort of dark, yet translucent magical force. Ten ritualists surround it at the moment. Eight of them seem to be focusing power, while the last two are pointing at something in the center, and subtly moving their fingers- as though drawing something in thin air.You don’t have an angle on all of them, unfortunately; you can barely see the existence of two or three of them thanks to a few trees in your way, but the magical dome provides just enough of a reflection for you to identify and make an accurate headcount. They all seem to be outside the dome in order to power it as well, thank goodness. However, if there are any defenders outside your viewpoint, you can’t tell. You didn’t sense anyone on approach, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to worry about...Your musing comes to an end, though, when you see a small speck of shadowy energy take shape in the center of the dome, and already you think it’s growing. So that’s how they do it... At the very least, they haven’t noticed you- for now. No matter what you decide, it’s unlikely you can down them all in one fell swoop- whether due to some being on the other end of the dome, or just out of line of sight, or something else.>Try for hit and run tactics. Even downing just a couple will cripple this setup…>Snipe the two that seem to be the spotters. They’re the most important here.>A flux wave might be able to destabilize their whole setup and down them...if nothing reacts badly.>Other
>>3244485>>A flux wave might be able to destabilize their whole setup and down them...if nothing reacts badly.I admit, I mostly just want to see if we can get this thing to explosively fail.
>>3244485>Snipe the two that seem to be the spotters. They’re the most important here.Seeing their comrades down will ruin their focus anyhow. Flux Wave is expensive, and can have friendly fires going.
>>3244485>A flux wave might be able to destabilize their whole setup and down them...if nothing reacts badly.
>>3244485> Cast a light barrier right above them when they launch another shadow ball, so that it bounces off and falls down on them. Or explodes when it meets its antithesis of light, giving us inspiration for an exploding light barrier shardstorm if we roll well enough?
>>3244485>A flux wave might be able to destabilize their whole setup and down them...if nothing reacts badly.That would also flux their defenders. Plus, more EXP
>>3244492We're pretty deep in their lines, no frendlies are supposed to be here.
>>3244492>>3244508Oh yeah, I forgot we are the vanguard.Changing vote to>A flux wave might be able to destabilize their whole setup and down them...if nothing reacts badly.For more XP and explosive results.
>>3244485>A flux wave might be able to destabilize their whole setup and down them...if nothing reacts badlyIT'S TIME!!
Rolled 14 (1d20)Flux Wave it is. Rolling for effects.
>>3244584Decent. High end of average.
>>3240080I'm thinking hard pass. She's a fucking mook. Stop picking up every new girl we meet.I get that first girl syndrome is real in every quest but Christ, every single new mission?
>>3244485>>3244491>>3244497>>3244502>>3244507Well, considering the terrain, it’ll be risky for you to try any complicated maneuvers- even if you were to try and fly, the undergrowth is a bit much to chance. You COULD try to hit a couple of them and scare them off, but that’s just as likely a temporary solution. You’re going to need to find a way to take them all down at once, regardless of if you can see them of not, some kind of- oh.Flux Wave, duh. If it worked properly, you should be able to knock them sideways and maybe even mess the magic barrier up. Then again...could do a lot worse than that, but, heck. Still probably the best option. They won’t even see it coming until it’s too late.You’re just going to have to focus and…unfocus. And again, and not, and as your mana cycles and shifts......It’s getting easier, you have to admit, as you expel the waves from you. Wonder if one day you could direct it, or at least maybe centralize it somehow…destabilizing shots, maybe?Regardless, you hear shouts of alarm and dismay, and groans shortly afterwards as most collapse; you can hear something warble and shatter like glass, and you find yourself a touch worried as there a loud whining sound- and suddenly a massive burst erupts from the centerpoint. It’s not a massive conflagration, thank goodness, more like a giant smoke balloon bursting, but it’s enough to make you grit your teeth and the old tree you were hiding behind crack from the force, showering you in splinters and painful energy from the shadow magic blown your way.When you open your eyes, you huff in approval. The ritualists are out for the count- you think a couple might still even be alive. Most of them, including the two ‘spotters’, are clearly gone, though, their bodies shredded even from that small piece of energy. Potent stuff…heck, you’ve even got a couple scratches. Nothing major, they’re shallow and will heal by the fight’s end, but impressive nonetheless. Now, if you could do that with a bit less area of effect…>Current Mana: 8,750/12,500>Theoretical Technique Concepted: Directed Flux Wave. It may be possible to properly aim your Flux Wave, causing its effects to be centralized on one or a few targets, instead of risking friendly fire.>Estimated Difficulty: Moderate-Hard(cont)
>>3244735>>Theoretical Technique Concepted: Directed Flux WaveCoool. Hopefully directing it would either make it cheaper or more potent at the target as well.
>>3244735Good enough for now, you figure as you leave the area. Now you need to make your way back up to the front lines and see how the fight’s going there...the sounds of war are still echoing plentifully, and you can even see there’s parts of the city that are clearly under siege, even from here. You’re going to need to step in and fast…>Well, with no artillery left, their long range support seems all but gone. You can try to take to the skies again and serve as limited air support for your side!>You need to make sure the local leaders are secure; the High Judicator takes priority at the moment.>Best thing to do now is help make sure this comes to a swift end- get stuck in on the ground and see if you can aid in breaking their advance.>Other
>>3244759>You need to make sure the local leaders are secure; the High Judicator takes priority at the moment.>Strafing runs as you go.
>>3244757I'd like to do a super fast to charge up but less potent version myself. Basically a debuff shot that can be used quickly and utilized in 1v1s.>>3244759>Well, with no artillery left, their long range support seems all but gone. You can try to take to the skies again and serve as limited air support for your side!High ground seems better atm, we can see much better.
>>3244759>You need to make sure the local leaders are secure; the High Judicator takes priority at the moment.Yeah, important people's safety is important>Other>Ask Izumi for status updates
>>3244759>You need to make sure the local leaders are secure; the High Judicator takes priority at the moment.
>>3244759>>Best thing to do now is help make sure this comes to a swift end- get stuck in on the ground and see if you can aid in breaking their advance.
Rolled 9, 18, 16 = 43 (3d20)Making sure to keep the VIPs secure.Writing!
>>3244898They seem to have things handled. Hopefully most of it is thanks to us fucking up with the enemy artillery.
>>3244720Hey now. Hiring Owlia and Cylica? Easily beat choice in the quest to date. Paid off short term avoiding a serious double boss fight, paid off long term with cash funking money, items, and new subordinate couriers for the company.
>>3244906I think he might be refering to the two robots. Jango and what's her face
>>3244906> Hiring Owlia and Cylica?Doesn't related at all to what he said. He's not wrong either. Every. Single. Mission.
>>3244905>They seem to have things handled.>handledHeh
>>3244921Lies. on the mafia world we didn't try to recruit anybody, nor on the westworld, or the superhero world or the one where we were a fairy. And those are jsut the ones on the top of my head
>>3244933Uhh, we had at least 3 candidates for recruitment: sigilcrafter bird-girl and two ratfolk siblings.
>>3244933People wanted to recruit the harpy lady in the mafia world.
>>3244933>>3244961*on mafia mission
>>3244933It's generally shot down pretty fast, but yea on the mafia world at least people wanted to bring the rat kids and the batgirl home. Westworld was before Miranda figured out taking people to the intersection was permitted, if you recall we shot down a mad scientist trying to go there herself.Superhero and Lysol babysitter squad you got me. I guess it was just too short a mission, and we were on bodyguard duty too hard to make extra connections respectively
>or the one where we were a fairy. You mean the fate/stay academy? The one place were we got our cool ring and the spirits of a centaur spider who is also a shadow mage living inside it?True he wasn't a hire in and i doubt he counts as a citizen for being bound to the ring. But still most people once they found there was bound to the ring wanted to bring it in.
>>3244968Batgirl? Batgirl was from Lichen's world anon...
>>3244933>mafia worldNope. We had a couple of folks who thought about bringing back the harpy, and a bunch of people were interested in the rat kids.>westworldI think Handler was trying to get us to bring back the bounty hunter partner we worked with, but players weren't interested.>superhero worldTrue.>the one where we were a fairyWe were more interested in learning how to summon. ...Although I kinda liked the mothmilf enough to offer it up, I doubt she would have come, due to being a surrogate parent to not!Rin Tohsaka.
>>3244977The one who made sigils? i thought she was batish, sounds like she was a harpy from other anon testimony
>>3244970>>3244983Yeah, you are right on the rat kids. I had forgotten some people wanted to bring them back>But still most people once they found there was bound to the ring wanted to bring it in.Like you said, that wasn't a hire per se, but it also appealed to one of Miranda's weaknesess; that it was a trapped soul and there were little chances of it being freed on its homeworld.> if you recall we shot down a mad scientist trying to go there herself.Superhero and Lysol babysitter squad you got me.That doesn't count because like you said, she wanted to go there herself. Also, we knew we could bring people to the intersection from the beginning. For example, Handler was expecting us to bring the Gnome from the lunar mission that knew how to make potions (we didn't because she was married and the husband was dead weight)
>>3244986You're confusing the sigil harpy with Wallacia from the carnival, the one who puffed up Breecha, who was also a harpy....I hope we can go back so we can beat the shit out of her and her summoner.
>>3245011Damnit. By her, I mean Breecha. Wally's cool.AND DESUMMONED
Anons are currently competing for who's got the most severe case of alzheimers.
>>3244759>>3244773>>3244784>>3244792>>3244798>>3244804>>3244898While you’re pretty sure Prince is taking care of himself, you aren’t so sure about the individuals you’re here to watch- the High Judicator himself. You’re going to need to push quickly and try to find him. There’s not going to be any particular way to know it, buuuut...well, considering the two you’ve meet, you get the feeling you’ll know him when you see him.Fastest way to get over there, of course…...You’re starting to really get used to flying, you have to admit. Wonder if there’s a way to get that on you a bit more permanently. You’re not exactly keen on getting any kind of surgery, but maybe so long as you’re on this self-improvement kick you might be able to figure something out with that...some sort of rocket boot technique or something, maybe. You’re not used to firing anything from your feet, although you’ve done it once or twice...bah, too many thoughts for later.The air is smoky as the prior work that the archers put in is taking real effect; while it helps keep you in the air and masked from sight thanks to updrafts, you find yourself having to take special care in not causing friendly fire- you can put down far less cover on your way than you’d hoped, and your own sight is blurred a bit. However, you know the general direction you need to go in, and that’s going to have to be good enough.Fortunately, the skies clear a bit after you get past a few houses- you swear you see a flash of something moving impossibly quick for the locals, away from the flames. Izumi most likely, and carrying something…Letting that lie, you quickly touch down in the easternmost area of the city that was labeled the Judicator Halls on your map; they seem mostly untouched, save for a few fallen Shaded that clearly sought to try and surprise the guard here. There’s a couple of fallen warriors, but for the most part, the running around and yelling here seems to be more orderly than panicked. The largest amount of guards seem to be focused around one building in particular, larger and definitely more ornate, a combination of stone and woodwork to make an artistic audience hall...you think.(cont.)
>>3245070As you land, you’re quickly greeted with spears wielded by angry and armored guards, before you hold up your hands in submission. “I’m on your side! Kri-Yan knows me! Did he make it here already?!”Hearing your words, the guards ease up a bit, looking to each other. Finally one, with a bit more of a head crest on him, speaks. “He has yet to return to us. You say you wish to aid us?”“I’m with the human Prince’s retinue,” you explain quickly. “We’ve been helping drive the shadows back, if you haven’t realized. I’m here to make sure your High Judicator is safe.”“We have,” the crested speaker growls. “And we have no time for determination. The High One is none of your concern,” he says; and you don’t need to be a master at reading body language to know that he’s nervous of you at the moment; your wings and general countenance doesn’t seem to be doing you any favors when you’re by yourself… “He and his will be taken to an area that is safe, where he can recover- go aid the warriors if your purpose is as you say!” You’re pretty sure with how he sped up, he didn’t mean to mention any ‘recovery’ necessary. >Let it go, it sounds like he’ll be fine eventually. Get back to the Prince and his men.>(Intimidation) Yeah, no. You’re going to check anyway. He’ll have to catch you if he wants to say anything about it first. >Fine; ask him if he knows where the biggest sources of combat are at the moment.>Mention that you can heal him if you need to; and much faster than them.>Other
>>3245073>Mention that you can heal him if you need to; and much faster than them.
>>3245073>Mention that you can heal him if you need to; and much faster than them.We have both innate healing, and have bearkin blessed healing gauntlets.
>>3245073>Mention that you can heal him if you need to; and much faster than them.big brain options.
>>3245073We're not here to protect corpses, let's go un-injury the VIP>Mention that you can heal him if you need to; and much faster than them.
>>3245073I doubt he would believe in the demonic lady that wants to jeal his leage. Let's just kill as much as we want and we can talk later.>Let it go, it sounds like he’ll be fine eventually. Get back to the Prince and his men.
>>3245134pretty sure this will be a secondary objective.
>>3245073>>Fine; ask him if he knows where the biggest sources of combat are at the moment.We've no special need to check up on him anyway.
>>3245141Pretty sure the guy won't let a stranger talk to his injured boss.But i guess we can always rellay on rolls instead of common sense.
>>3245073>>Fine; ask him if he knows where the biggest sources of combat are at the moment.Sure. It's not like healing him is that big of a priority anyways. That and Miranda is more efficient at combat over healing.
>>3245182Doesn't mean we shouldn't improve our healing if opportunities exist.
>>3245073>>3245081>>3245091>>3245092>>3245094>>3245116“Look,” you decide to try, “if he’s sick or injured, I can heal him. It’s a natural ability of mine, and it’ll be way quicker than any ritual you lot could-”“We do NOT have time for debate!” He shouts angrily, warily jabbing his spear in your direction. “And I will not entrust the High One to magics not our own, where we cannot assure his safety! Begone! Distract us no longer!” Damnit. “Guards! Progress?!” “Ready and waiting, Lord Commander!” one of them says smartly.“Then away from here!” He waves, keeping an eye on your. “Travel swiftly and strongly!” At his word, a number of guards race off, towards a rearmost outer hallway. “Now, as for you-”You have to stifle a groan. People like this were sooooo annoying to deal with. “I’m telling you, I’m here to-”However, the both of you are soon distracted by loud shouting- several of the forces that were still there were pointing at something...something BIG sailing through the air. And FAST, too!It smashes into the wall with sudden aplomb, sending chunks of rock and stone everywhere...at first. What comes through next, though, is a throng of...damn, are these Shaded elves?Long, longer teeth and ears than normal, that cracked, cement-like skin everywhere on their bodies now, wild manes of hair spread every which way. Blood red gazes meets you as they immediately descend on the guards and yourself with a ferocious war cry and loping mobility- almost like the shadows you’ve been fighting, but far better armed, and lusting for a battle with a mind that still recognizes tactics...“FORMATION!” The guard captain yells as he barely parries an axe swing by one coming close. He’s quick to gut it, before roaring out more orders. “GIVE THEM NO QUARTER!”>Roll 2d20+2, best of 3
Rolled 19, 16 + 2 = 37 (2d20 + 2)>>3245194incoming!
Rolled 12, 16 + 2 = 30 (2d20 + 2)>>3245194
Rolled 1, 3 + 2 = 6 (2d20 + 2)>>3245194
Rolled 20, 11 + 2 = 33 (2d20 + 2)>>3245194well good thing we didn't leave then.I hate stuck up higher-ups.
Rolled 12, 4 + 2 = 18 (2d20 + 2)>>3245194
>strange demonic like lady appears out of nowhere saying she is here to help>not being suspicious when you are fascing a army of beast elfs and shadowsHe just sound like someone who had to deal with to much shit. Also i'm kinda liking the beast elfs.
>>3245221He's got a point.
>>3245224>(2d20 + 2)
>>3245194Funny thing about fighters. In sudden circumstances, they’re very good at reading body language, and understanding wordless situations. It’s been all too often two individuals, not necessary allies, but not enemies, understand that there’s a situation that needs to be handled before they can get back to whatever issue they had been at odds about initially.This was one of those times. In this circumstance, no words between you were shared as you both saw the problem in front of you. The capitan merely charges forwards, while you ready your halberd.Combined with the remaining guard presence, it’s easy to see why they hadn’t quite managed to breach the area fully- these lizards are voracious warriors, and frankly you wouldn’t be surprised if the captain was one of the Ko-Korath. As well as he held himself earlier, he has a distinct type of combat you can only call ‘restrained savagery’. No body part of his is unusued; teeth and tail are as much weapons as his legs, arms, and spear as he stabs, rips, and gouges with precision and direction.You’re not keen on letting them get the drop on your as well; although the guard have much of the problem in hand, you end up having to fend off a number of wild Shaded elves on your own- slavering almost like wild dogs, they’re a far cry from the elves you’ve fought already, or even Carrang. Is this what they’re trying to avoid? Yikes. Still, it makes them easier, but not the easiest, especially when you tear off a limb and they keep coming- the first few got a knock in or two before you realized that for whatever reason, they wouldn’t let a little thing like ‘pain’ stop them.However, as brutal as the fight is, it’s also short, and in maybe ten or so minutes (time moves differently when you’re in a fight, you swear), the courtyard is cleared...technically. There’s more BODIES, though, for sure.Near-Feral Dark Elves. Not a new one, perse, but admittedly uncommon.>Thanks for playing so far! Run continues tomorrow!
>>3245352Thanks for running see you next time!!
>>3245352Thanks for running, boss.
>>3245194>It smashes into the wall with sudden aplomb, sending chunks of rock and stone everywhere...at first. What comes through next, though, is a throng of...damn, are these Shaded elves?>Long, longer teeth and ears than normal, that cracked, cement-like skin everywhere on their bodies now, wild manes of hair spread every which way. Blood red gazes meets you as they immediately descend on the guards and yourself with a ferocious war cry and loping mobility- almost like the shadows you’ve been fighting, but far better armed, and lusting for a battle with a mind that still recognizes tactics...I'm guessing that was one of the "ramming squads" mentioned in >>3239051(based on that post we'll still need to deal with the second group of ritualists)
>>3244968Superhero world we only interacted with secretaries.At least one person tried to have us recruit Lysans sister
>>3244999>we didn't because she was married and the husband was dead weightWell, that’s just wrong. The husband was the master potion maker, the goblin only made basic potions with less potency that what her husband could make.
>>3244968>if you recall we shot down a mad scientist trying to go there herself.That was because she had a FutureSight that we were tasked to recover. Sal only said we had to recover it; the Dealmakers wouldn’t have cared if she made it to the Intersection. She would have been made to pay dues or die, but wouldn’t have been allowed to keep the FutureSight. Sal wanted us to take the FutureSight and not let the woman get to the Intersection, because he wanted to keep the loss and recovery of the FutureSight a secret so that it could be used as blackmail material; it would have lost that value if the woman came to the Intersection and the other Dealmakers learned of how she did it.
>>3245352Before you can muse on that much more, though, a buzzing comes through your head- that’d be Izumi calling. “Yeah?” you quickly answer to a confused capitan as you take out your Murmur Stone. “Sitrep?”“Got a bit of an issue,” is the immediate response. “I’m seeing rapid insertion forces in multiple areas coming in hot! They’ve done away with the finesse!”Great. “Like they ever had it. We’ve dealt with one, managed to break into the Judicator’s Hall. Few fatalities, few casualties. Locations?”“Two to the north near your position; flanked by mounted infantry and armored. Eyes on two more incoming parties near the south end; big massive wooden wagons with external riders!” Great. You’ve got to pick and choose, now. Although you didn’t think they had this kind of logistics system, you don’t have time to question how. The royals are out of the city, but you still have to punt these idiots out...>Action!Leaving this up for a few hours, there's an event I'm going to I completely forgot about.
Rolled 25, 80 = 105 (2d100)>>3250841> “Two to the north near your position; flanked by mounted infantry and armored. The massive wagons will be slower. Also, if their mounted infantry then they'll probably charge on to drop them off close to us. While they're charging we can disrupt their charge with a horizontal light barrier at ankle height for the Horses to run into. Then we can crush them quickly and leave the stragglers to be mopped up while we bounce to the wagons after.Maybe try to make the barrier long and thin instead of wide to conserve mana.
>>3250841Go after the ones in the north, and use magi-waves to cut them down. They have limited mobility in city streets.
>>3250841>Eyes on two more incoming parties near the south end; big massive wooden wagons with external riders!worried about the contents of those wagons
>>3250841Supporting >>3250867And hopefully the locals can figure out how to slow down the wagons.
>>3250917Well I figure we can disrupt the group of individuals enough for the locals to counter-charge them and handle that while we fly over to deal with the wagons.We don't have to win the fight, we just have to make it winnable for allied forces.So we stick around just long enough then we take on the big dudes we probably do have to stick around and beat completely.
>>3250841>“Two to the north near your position; flanked by mounted infantry and armoredDoes that mean that Izumi is going after the different group?
Archived the thread. Probably going to need a new one soon.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3218112/
Crap, didn't even notice. Gonna do that now.
Thread's up!>>3252162>>3252162>>3252162Reposted the last entry just to be safe.