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You are Marina Steel. An eleven year old girl who has heard voices all her life telling her to consume the world with your monstrous TRUE mouth. Last night, the voices having woken you up from fitful sleep, you give in and eat your pet tortoise. You feel strong afterwards and learn that you can gain the traits of the creatures you devour by eating them and gaining their unused potential.

After a brisk walk through the woods and another successful devouring you meet up with your best friend, Yuri Chernokov. You explain to her your desire to get stronger by eating and she agrees to help you in your endeavor.

During history class you learn of the ancient residents of your town, The Homuncuul, and thier old dead gods. You begin to obssess over one of the gods, Dentata the Eater, feeling a strange stirring from within as the voices draw you close to something.

That night you sleep only to have your dream visited by Blorby. A cute round ball-like creature that is the manifestation of the dead god Dentata and your ancestors potentials condensed into a concious form. He explains that you are the reincarnation of Dentata and have the potential to regain enough power to become a god once more. After warning you about the reincarnation of Ocuul, one of the Homuncuul gods, you know is lurking in your town he teaches you how to fight. You have just woken up and are ready to start a new day.

Last Thread:
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3697325/

Marina Info:
https://pastebin.com/96p63HrC

Combat Info:
https://pastebin.com/L5V38XL9

Will be reposting my last reply from the first thread for easier continuity. I heavily recommend reading the last thread. A lot happened. It was my first quest and was kinda all over the place.

(1/2)
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>>3707691
>>3707703

You look at the your 3P alarm clock. It's currently 4:20. You must have woken up a little early. Now that... I guess you could keep calling him Blorby... has reached full sentience the voices aren't so invasive. They are like pleasant white noise.

You decide to head downstairs and do some research and grab a bite to eat while you wait for Yuri to wake up.

You munch on a toaster strudel as you look up the great devourer on the family PC. You begin to think that was more of a bit of grandeur and showmanship vs. being an actual title as the only search results are various metal bands with equally extra names. Efluevium of Sorrow being your favorite of all the crazy names.

You also do some research on snakes and spiders in your area. You actually discover there is actually a rare spider that can be found in the Haverford woods. The Gargantuan Wing Weaver is a massive spider, about the size of a dog, that hunts among the trees and eats birds as a main source of prey. This horrifies you.

>>3707708

You look up local psychics. All you find is a boogle maps that gives directions to a Tarot parlor in the shopping plaza in town. You also find a scientific paper about the science of espers. Its all in sciency gobblydegook. If only you knew a scientist to put it in laymans terms for you.

With a few minutes left before your alarm goes off and wakes up Yuri you decide to mess with your bestie by teasing her.

As the alarm goes off she blearly sits up in her bag.

>>3707707

She looks down at the teddy and blushes furiously.

"Shut up. Im not cute im resplendent."

>What do you do now?

(2/2)
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>>3762557
Oh shit, it's back.
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of course hunger quest starts back at like 4 in the morning
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>>3762557
What day of the week is it? Don't even remember what animal we wanted to consume.
>Ask Yuri if she's interested in martial arts or self-defence classes.
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>>3762593
When you work overnights whats late for some is lunch for me. On work days updates will be late....late late.
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>>3762557
I'm not opposed to doing our assignment again (or perhaps just revising it). I'm worried calling Ocuul and Manno a ton of insults might jeopardize our [ADORABLE]. Although I wouldn't mind still portraying Dentata sympathetically.
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>>3762595
I came up with a bunch of interesting organisms (most or all of which have the phrase 'grocery list' in the post) but I don't remember the players coming up with a consensus on what we should eat. But I posted that after OP concluded the quest

Our google search told us about a interesting spider in the nearby forest (dog sized. hunts birds). And IIRC Blorby recommended fish for water breathing.


>>3762595
I don't know what day of the week it is, but it isn't the weekend. Our teacher said we have to bring our homework in "tomorrow" and everyone in class presents their assignment then (or maybe it's a group discussion, I'm not really sure).
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>>3762595
I believe today is tuesday. (>>3700744)
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locked. Writing. Also.

>>3762680, >>376266. Yo. Make one suggestion or input and make it green text. It's fun to be excited but no way I can properly incorporate all of that.
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>>3762595

You ask Yuri if she would consider taking martial arts or self defense classes. She gets up from her sleeping bag and straightens out her PJs.

"I mean... my dad made me watch a series about basic self defense and stranger danger stuff but beside that I never considered taking classes. Why?"

>I'm going to be getting into some sketchy situations and I want you to be able to fight.
>If you want to get into this god stuff with me you need to strong.
>No reason. Just curious.
>Write in.
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>>3763425
>>If you want to get into this god stuff with me you need to strong.
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>>3763425
>I was just imagining you as my *resplendent* Knight. It seemed like it would be pretty awesome.
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>>3763425
>>I'm going to be getting into some sketchy situations and I want you to be able to fight.
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>>3763425
>If you want to get into this god stuff with me you need to strong.
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Locked. Writing. Busy day today. Updates are all gonna be sporadic.
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>>3763545
>>3764029

Yuri taps her chin.

"That's fair. Honestly i'm not sure what I would do if I was with you and we ran into whoever left that note besides run. What should I do though? There aren't a lot of places in town where you can learn self defense aside from the boxing gym and the taekwondo dojo in Haverford Plaza. Or maybe the other kids at school. There are quite a few who are pretty well known for getting into physical disputes. What do you think I should do?"

>Tell Yuri to take up boxing.
>Tell Yuri to take up Taekwondo.
>Help her find a student to show her how to fight.
>You show her how to fight yourself.
>Write in.
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>>3764094
>Tell Yuri to take up Taekwondo.
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>>3764094
>>Tell Yuri to take up Taekwondo.
"I'll come with you so we can both learn! It'll be like when Pretty Pink and Pretty Lavender learned to fight together to defeat the Meanie Queen in Episode 43!"
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>>3764141
support
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>>3764116
Right, we wanted to take these classes too.
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>>3764094
I'm worried the Taekwondo is one of those places that doesn't do a lot of practical martial arts. Even if it is, it should be still good exercise.
>boxing
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>>3764462
>support
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3764116
>>3764203
>>3764205

You tell Yuri that the two of you should taekwondo at the fitness center in the plaza. She nods.

"That sounds like a good idea. Also it'll just be fun to spend more time together."

>>3764141

"Please... I'm cleary Pretty Rose. Pretty Lavender is such a boring mary sue. But you do make a perfect Pretty Pink."

After a little more side chatter about P3: PoNRv you get dressed. New day new outfit. What do you decide to wear?

(What you wear can adversely effect your [ADORABLE] trait or can grant certain bonuses based on your attire.)

>Continue wearing the Sailor Girl School Uniform.
>Princess themed buttonup and skirt.
>Hand me down denim jacket and a beanie.
>Track suit.
>Concealing hoodie and baggy jeans.
>Write in.
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>>3765028
>Princess themed buttonup and skirt.
Okay, what was our plan for school?
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>>3765028
>Princess themed buttonup and skirt.
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>>3765028
>>Princess themed buttonup and skirt.

>Talk about watching the season 3 premiere of P3 at her place this week.
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>>3765028
>>Princess themed buttonup and skirt.


>>3765052
be a normal kid and attend classes
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>>3765052
We should try and find out what time the fight is and where exactly it will be in the forest.

I was thinking that maybe we should redo our homework before class (and before school) if we have the time, because I'm worried our current version will cost us our [ADORABLE].

At school it would also be good to find out what clubs are available. We know our BFF wants to join the book club and she doesn't really have any other friends. So we should go with her. It might be good if she doesn't get any friends besides us so that way if we think someone would make good prey, she won't be their friend (and thus eating them won't offend her). I'm not saying we should actively sabotage attempts to make friendships. But we could make her feel like it's not necessary by never making her feel like she's alone (not in a creepy/threatening way, just in a 'not lonely' way).

Also depending on the nature of these clubs we they might not be all at the same time allowing us to join more than one.
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>>3765052
We could check out the 'haunted roof', but I'd rather wait till we're stronger, just in case there is truth to it and the truth is dangerous.
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>>3765069
Oh right, we were looking for a missing student that went into the forest near the cemetary.
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>>3764094
What if we learned boxing and she learned taekwondo, and at the end of the day we taught each other our moves. We'll create our own style of fighting!
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>>3765177
I wouldn't be surprised if Creepy Alice is another god fragment. Maybe we shouldn't meet her right away. Might still be worth knowing where she is. The sheriff is looking for her, so telling the sheriff we heard that Alice is in the forest might earn us some brownie points.
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>>3765187
It is worth noting that one of the books we saw is The Children of The Man by Yentl Zoraya. Zoraya is Alice's surname.
According to the Homuncuul people The Man is the primordial god that split himself into Ocuul, Manno, and (best god) Dentata.
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>>3765028
Princess themed buttonup and skirt.

Also weren’t we going to go through the forest to eat another snake? I thought that was the plan in the last thread?
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>>3765246
I don't think we settled on anything.
In terms of snakes, a pit viper (which is venomous) for heat vision might be nice. But for now I think a venomous creature (possibly snake) with very fast acting paralytic venom (that is effective against vertebrates) would be ideal. Not all venomous snakes fit that description. In fact I'm not sure if the forest even has either kind of those snakes.

Obviously eating a venomous creatures need to be handled with care. The heads of at least some venomous snakes survive decapitation for a while.

We can be more reckless about eating something venomous if we eat something immune to it first of course (sea turtle before eating jelly fish for example).
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3765246
>>3765068
>>3765058
>>3765066

You decide to wear your usual get up. A white short sleeve shirt with a crown embroidered on the collar and a pink skirt. Yuri puts on her long pleated skirt and school blazer. You tell her you want to go over to her place after school to watch the season 3 premiere of P3: PoNRv. She gives you a thumbs up.

"That sounds fun. As long as nothing big happens to keep us from getting to my place after school we should be fine. Hopefully the esoteric note thing stays a one off occurance."

Your hear a knock on the door. Your dad must of woken up a few minutes ago. He calls out from the hall.

"You girls up? I'm working from home today so I can give y'all a ride to school if you want."

Before you say anything you pocket the 17 dollars from last weeks allowance from your nightstand and look to Yuri. There are a few things you could do before school if you really wanted. You could also get there early and explore the campus.

What do you do?

>Catch a ride to school(Get there early).
>Walk to the woods.
>Walk to the cemetary.
>Walk to the library.
>Walk to the plaza.
>Write in.
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>>3765486
>Walk to the plaza.
Just to see what can we do over there.
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>>3765486
>Ask Yuri if she knows when and where the fight is. It's probably today and in the woods, but does she know anything more specific. I want to be near by the fight so we can prey upon a crippled participant.
>Tweak homework if that doesn't take too much time.
>If the fight is after school, then walk to the library before school.

I thought about calling the sheriff to say that we heard Alice is in the woods, but then I thought that might result in the sheriff interrupting Bobby's and Ferdnand's fight. So we can wait till the fight is over to tell the sheriff about Alice.
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>>3765506
>prey upon a crippled participant.
Why exactly do you want to do this? I hope you mean fight them and not eat them.
>>3765497
+1
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>>3765486
>Walk to the plaza.

We’ve got seventeen bucks in our pocket, let’s buy something for ourselves! Maybe some cute sparkly hair clips?
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3765497
>>3766341

You turn to Yuri and whisper to her you wanna go to the plaza before school.She nods and gives you a silent thumbs up. You open the door and let your dad know you wanna walk to school with Yuri so you two can chat. He looks down and smiles.

"That's fine kiddo. Just make sure you make it to school on time. I don't wanna get a call from principal Romero that you got a tardy."

He's about to walk off when you tug his shirt and ask if you can start taking taekwondo classes at the dojo with Yuri.

"Sure kid. You can only take weekend classes though. I don't want extracurriculars to get in the way of school and you still might want to join a club. I'm happy you wanna get out of the house more."

After saying goodbye to your dad you and Yuri start your walk to the plaza. As you walk you make some idle chatter.

>>3765506

You ask Yuri when Bobby and Ferdnand's fight is. She pulls out her phone and checks something.

"Our classmates seem to think the fight is taking place tomorrow at the Wild Bunch's club house. It seems that Ferdnand wants to look for a good weapon to fight Bobby with. I'm not sure why though. All Bobby has to fight with is that stupid yo-yo he won't stop talking about."

As your conversation ends you begin to see the various buildings of the Haverford Plaza. This is a fairly small town so it's devoid of major chain businesses. However it's home to an assortment of various family owned shops. As you approach the plaza you decide to go to the...

>Toy Store.
>Convenience Store.
>Fitness Center(Cannot sign up without parent).
>Dojo(Cannot sign up without parent).
>Hardware Store.
>Electronics Store.
>Pet Store.
>Pawn Shop.
>Clothing Store.
>Pharmacy.
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>>3766508
>>Pet Store.
we can gain more powers
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>>3766508
>Pet Store.
to get like a goldfish
>Convenience Store.
get some raw stuff to have on us for a power boost
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>>3766508
>Pet Store
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>>3766508
>Clothing Store.
Hair clips!

Also bringing up to try eating an ant to see if we get more strength or something, and that we have 2/5 inhumanity so we have 2 or so more animals we can eat before we start to look inhuman and need to eat someone
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>>3766587
very true but we need to eat a queen ant not a worker
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>>3766508
>Clothing Store.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3766560
>>3766551
>>3766535

You decide to go to Mr.Pucciarelli's petstore. In your voice you can hear Blorby stirring.

"Good idea kid, poyo. Maybe you can find some easy snacks, ;p."

You walk in, Yuri following close behind. You look around and see a plethora of animals of various shapes and sizes. At the counter you see Mr.P sorting bottles of fish food. He looks up and sees you.

"Heya! Can I help you find anything?"

You look around and get a look at the prices.

>Betta ($4)
>Parrot ($125)
>Guinea Pig ($80)
>Dog ($200)
>Cat ($200)
>Gecko ($25)
>Frog ($15)
>Tortoise ($30)
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>>3766780
>Frog ($15)
Big jumpy
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>>3766780
>>Betta ($4)

>we are on a budget remember we have $17
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>>3766780
>Frog
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>>3766780
>nothing

By the way, while frogs often have super long tongues in media, that isn't true in real life. We'd need a chameleon for long shootie tongue IRL.
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>>3766780
Oh
>let's look at the pet food. Maybe we can get live crickets. Or maybe some other animal.
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>>3766780
>Betta
I’m still hoping we can get some hair clips after we’re done here.
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>>3766780
>>3766508
Since the fight isn't today, let's
>call the sheriff and tell him/her that the priest said Alice is in the woods. We might not have a phone, but Yuri does. (If Yuri is okay with this)
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>>3766630
Why is a queen special? Teeth said he won't give us a swarm ability.
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>>3766837
ah then nevermind
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>>3766839
>>3766837

Wait. I was wrong. Maybe.
>>3703582

It is worth noting that ants don't tend to communicate with ants that aren't from their colony. Argentine ants are basically all the same colony except in Argentina.
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>>3766809
Don't worry about stuff like that. The whole trait thing becomes less fun if you make them literal to animal biology. I mean I won't go too crazy with those liberties but if you ate a frog to get sticky grabby tongue I'm not gonna pop out the biology text book and tell you it's off limits. If it isn't useful or fun i won't do it. Also...

>>3766837
I explained this before. No you won't get a Bioshock-esque insect swarm the question in the last thread was about pheromone powers which doesn't seem all that crazy.
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>>3766871
then I say we get the Beta and then use our last slot for an ant queen. then we don't eat anything else for a while as anyone and our inhumanness will start to show.
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>>3766821
Gonna switch to
>Nothing
to keep the quest moving along.
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>>3766780
Switching to nothing

Ant queen when
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>>3766885
We could just try eating some normal ants and see if that does the job. Normal workers have pheromones.
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>>3766867
>>3766871
Although what I said about ants only communicating with their own colony could go against Teeth's comment about fun abilities over biology textbook abilities.
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Locked. Writing.
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You tell Mr.P that you just came in to look around for a bit and step back outside. You still have some time before you have to get to school. What now?

>Toy Store.
>Convenience Store.
>Fitness Center(Cannot sign up without parent).
>Dojo(Cannot sign up without parent).
>Hardware Store.
>Electronics Store.
>Pawn Shop.
>Clothing Store.
>Pharmacy.
>Head to school.
>Head to the woods.
>Head to the cemetary.
>Head to the library.
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>>3766927
>Ask Yuri if we can use her phone to call the sheriff to say the priest told us that Alice is in the woods.

We decided to go to the pet store so
>Ask Yuri where she wants to go.
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>>3766933
support
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>>3766933
Support
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>>3765187
>Creep Alice
It's Crazy Alice.
Sorry.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3766933
>>3766941
>>3766944

You ask Yuri if you can borrow her phone and make a call. She pulls it out of her bag and hands it over.

"Here you go."

You call the hotline number for the Sheriff's office. The phone rings a few times before someone picks up.

"Hello! This is Deputy Gloria."

You let her now that you heard from Illuminate Gregor that they saw Alice go into the woods.

"Thank you for the tip. We'll expand the search to encompass that area. Thanks again for the help!"

You end the call and hand the phone back to Yuri. You ask her if there is anything she wants to do before school.

"Oh... honestly I wouldn't mind going to Franchesca's (Clothing Store). I want to see if they have any new brooches in yet."

You walk a few stores down and enter Franchesca's. It's a fairly spacious store. Its covered in mannequins and racks and racks of clothes of various styles. Yuri walks in and goes over to the counter where they display smaller accessories.

There are quite a few things you can get here. What would you like to buy?

(You can buy either an outfit or an accessory.Once you choose what you like you as a group decide the appearance of the accesory or outfit. Appearance determines any bonuses or benefits if any. Accesories are things like pins, hats, bows and bracelets, etc. Appearance will only be decided AFTER a decision to purchase and not while selecting.)

>Accesory ($10).
>Outfit ($35).
>Nothing.
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>>3767001
>Pass
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>>3703989
Alice LEFT the woods and went towards the "main gate".
Damn it I misremembered!

Well, I guess the Sheriff might ask Gregor for details and he'll correct our bad tip.
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>>3767001
>Accesory ($10).
There’s a pair of hair ribbons that’ll go great with what we’re wearing.
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>>3767001
>>Accesory ($10).
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>>3767018
maybe we should call again and correct ourselves.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3767022
>>3767019
You decide to purchase a new accesory. You join Yuri at the counter. She is talking to Franchesca at the counter as she hands over a debit card to pay for her new brooch. You ask her when she opened a bank account. She looks lamely at you.

"Marina. Please.... banks are unreliable. I joined a credit union."

You process that as you get Franchesca's attention and you let her know you are looking for a new accessory.

"No problem little miss. What kinda accessory were you looking for?"

>Describe your new accessory.
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>>3767093
Red bow.
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>>3767093
A pair of small pink hair bows for pigtails.
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>>3767124
support

>>3767126
no pigtails
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3767124
>>3767149

You tell her you'd like a red bow for your hair. Franchesca hums thoughtfully for a moment before pulling out some spools of ribbon and lace from behind the counter. She compares them to the color of your auburn hair before settling on a bright ruby red. She cuts it to length and ties it into a bow and sets it onto a metal hair clip base. She hands it to you and you get Yuri's help to place it toward the left of your face just above where you hair covers your ear. You look in a mirror and you look absolutely adorable.

>>Equipment Gained: Ruby Bow

You can now use your [ADORABLE] trait actively for as long as the bow is equipped. When talking to people an extra [ADORABLE] dialogue option will be added.

Yuri looks at her phone.

"Oh no. Hey Marina we have to go or we'll be late. Today is club day so we get to skip morning classes to see the booths the clubs set up in the gymnasium."

You both say goodbye to Franchesca as you make a dash for school. After you make your way to the campus you go straight to the gym and see the groups of students wandering around looking at all the booths. You have so many choices. You know Yuri was interested in the book club but what about you? What club catches your interest?

>Book Club.
>Anime/Manga Club.
>Film Club.
>Art Club.
>Games Club.
>Drama Club.
>Tennis Team.
>Baseball Team.
>Soccer Team.
>Not interested in any(Wander around and talk to students.)
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>>3767225
>Soccer Team.
Doesn't clash with our princess-y look too much, and it could help us when we'll need to chase something or are being chased.
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>>3767225
>>Anime/Manga Club.
We watch magical girl anime and have our very own sailor fuku school uniform.
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>>3767225
>Can we ask Yuri if we can borrow her phone again to correct our police tip. (If so, apologize to the person answering for being a scatterbrain).

>I want to join Book Club, but if there are other clubs available that don't overlap with book club or martial arts class, that might be worth looking at.
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>>3767236
>>3767264
Huh, a tie. Let's debate our points?
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>>3767283
Book club will keep us close with Yuri. It will also lend itself to reading. There is probably a bunch of information that can help us.

That said, book clubs often all read the same book according to a schedule and discuss that book. Which means we might not necessarily be choosing the book we read for club and end up reading useless fiction.
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>>3767299
I think that choosing a sports club would be useful - can't rely on potential powers too much and we'll have a semi-plausble excuse if our physical performance would look better that people expected of us.
So my choice is purely practical - helps with chasing stuff, running away, build up stamina, and get an excuse when we pull some ridiculous stuff.
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>>3767283
Sure. I'm thinking that since we've established Marina as a fan of a magical girl anime, she'd prefer joining the Anime/Manga club, and since there's a reading component to the club, there might be a chance that we could see Yuri with her book club.

Plus, there's a couple of manga and anime out there that sort of fit our new situation, like Parasyte, or that we could take inspirations for new traits from, like in Terra Formars.
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>>3767299
>>3767313
Hmm, can't we just ask Yuri to keep an eye fod stuff that could be useful for us instead of joining reading clubs?
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>>3767309
We are already going to be taking already taking martial arts class. That should help explain above standard fitness. And we don't need to actually exercise to build up endurance and stuff, we can just eat our way there.

>>3767313
Anime and Manga tend to be very much fiction. I think non-fiction would be much more useful. Getting into Magical Girls would be cute though.
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>>3767318
Learning isn't just useful for learning food. Learning about the history of the town might teach us old, obscure, but still existing and useful facts.
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>>3767325
Although I suppose if we learn about it in a club, that obscure info might suddenly be a lot less obscure with some people that will personally know us.
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>>3767325
But we can ask Yuri or just visit the library in our free time instead. And teakwondo doesn't teach running, plus my point was about NOT relying on our powers too much. Especially when we don't have any.
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>>3767320
Well, in terms of learning how to get over being able to eat animals and people to gain their abilities, we're probably only going to see examples of that in fiction, at least until we start up a cult. And even with that, we'll be mostly running blindunless OP decides that there's other kids that have fragments of Dentata riding with them, or some other anime-esque trope.

>Getting into Magical Girls would be cute though.
Pretty sure Marina's already into it. That's kinda why I went with Anime/Manga.
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>>3767328
Fine
Changing >>3767264
to
>Soccer Team
>But I'd still like to make that phone call if possible

Hopefully we won't get unsightly bruises or anything.
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>>3767336
Thank you.
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Wonder how useful a soccer ball would be as a weapon. At the very least we should be able to knock someone down (after eating a couple long pigs, at least) so they stop running from us.
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>>3767354
>using soccerball as a weapon
Thanks for reminding me about Shaolin Soccer. Fun movie.
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Locked. Writing.

I've created a discord for this quest to disscuss but mostly to ask questions you may have about the quest. Things like format, functions, the combat system or just about the way things work. If this turns into a shit show I can just nuke it but for now I feel like this will be useful. https://discord.gg/C7tJwCa
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>>3767336
>>3767229

You leave Yuri and head over to the soccer team's booth.The booth is just a foldout table and a green tablecloth with a cardboard sign. Maning the table is Tilly. She's dressed in the soccer uniform for your school's team. The Haverford Strikers. She still has on her hat and skating pads. She sees you coming and quirks a brow.

"Marina Steel. The little princess? What are doing over here? You never seemed the sports type."

You tell her you are trying to be more physically minded. It's important to stay in shape after all. You hear a boinging in your head. It's Blorby again.

"Yeah right, poyo. You show a kid how to fight once and all of a sudden they try to become a combat specialist."

Tilly hands you a sign up sheet and you sign it and hand it back. She puts it down on the table and looks back up at you.

"Go to the field behind the school after classes on friday. We don't really do tryouts anymore because EVERYONE'S A WINNER."

She says that last part with a fair amount of distaste.

"However we still have to assign positions so we need to see what you're good at. Now beat it. Your lacey bow is gonna scare away all the tough kids."

She shoos you away and you find yourself in the middle of the gym. You have about an hour on your hands. You can talk to people or poke around other parts of the school. You could also try and find Yuri and hang out before classes resume or chat to that grey blob in your head.

>What do you do?
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>>3767419
>look for a group to join in
Would be strange if our princess didn't have an entourage. Don't want to cling to Yuri too much, though she's still our bestie.
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We should try to eat someone before friday. It would feel fun if we kicked butt (but not too much butt kicking) while wearing our bow.

Do note that Tilly is affiliated with the Wild Bunch.

>3767419
I can't really think of anything to do except
>Find Yuri, ask to use phone again, and correct that tip.

>If nobody else is listening, ask if Yuri if she'll be okay in book club without us. Also tell her we don't mind her making new friends, but she should take care to not to get attached to other divine fragments.

>>3767433
Having a group might happen naturally as a result of joining a club.
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>>3767435
On second thought wearing the bow while playing soccer might get it dirty. Maybe it would be best to wear the hand-me-downs on Friday for that reason too.
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>>3767419
Also,
>Oh we should find out what time the fight is. Keep our eyes out for anyone that would know. We know where Tilly is, and she should know since she's part of the Wild Bunch, but she shoo'd us away.
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>>3767443
How about a hair band?
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>>3767448
That would be an accessory we have to pay for.
I was thinking a Solarist necklace might be a useful accessory. So I was thinking maybe that is what we should by next. That or maybe try and save up for a used phone (preferably smart phone).
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Not locking in choicees yet but I have updated the info sheet. also.. >>3766508

https://pastebin.com/ZzWave2Z
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>>3767336
[THICK SKINNED] should protect us from scrapes at the very least.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3766871
Did you know that a frog's tongue is incredibly soft compared to a human tongue? It's part of why it grabs things so well.
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>>3767474
Cool. They also sticky.
BTW I said they aren't super long. They are still proportionally long compared to a human. But they are still far short of chameleon proportionally long.

Speaking of animals:
Since we are doing soccer, maybe we should eat an animal that likes to head butt (e.g. male goats). Pretty sure such animals have a tendency to have adaptations that make head butting safer. Which would be nice if a soccer ball is constantly crashing into our head https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F9jXYOH2c0

Grocery list
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>>3767480
Uhh, you want to grow horns? Cause I think being thick-skinned is enough.
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>>3767435

You go to find Yuri and borrow her phone again. After updating your tip to the sheriff's office you hand it back. You tell her to have fun with book club to be wary of any possible reincarnated gods. You do add that you hope she can make some new friends. She smiles at you.

"I'll be okay. As far as ww know there is just you and the creep who left that note. But yeah maybe I'll meet some new people. It's been just you and me for years. Hopefully they are as interesting as you are."

You walk away and head back to the main thrall of students.

>>3767433

After having that disscussion with Yuri you wonder about your own social life. It has been just you and Yuri in your own closed orbits for a long time. It's good to have a best friend but other friends would be nice as well. You see that there are a few kids on the bleachers who have already finished applying to clubs.

At the top there is Ingo, a member of the Games Club. He is a short kid with red messy hair and freckles across the bridge of his nose. He is wearing cargo shorts and a black hoodie. He has a pin on his hoodie that looks like a d6. You hear he is an expert in various cardgames and likes to teach new members how to play various games. He is reading a comicbook.

Further down at the end of the bleachers is Sasha. A girl with dark poofy wooly hair tied into two puffy pig tails. They are almost perfectly round. She isn't in any club but she is in a small jam band with a few other kids. She has no instrument but she makes rhythms on her computer. She wears a denim jacket covered in patches from various niche bands and a pleated skirt. She is currently bobbing her head to whatever is playing on her headphones.

Finally there is Asher leaning against the wall by the exit. He's a bit of a strange one. He isn't in any social groups but everyone seems to agree he's okay. His grandfather Gregor is the local Illuminate. He has his hair cropped short and has mild vitiligo around his eyes, contrasting with his dark skin. He wears a crisp white buttoned up shirt with the sleeves rolled up and khaki pants. He wears a Solarist rosary around his neck. He is simply standing there and nodding to people as they pass.

You feel kinda nervous now but socializing is important. Who do you talk to?

>Ingo.
>Sasha.
>Asher.
>Nobody(Time skip to lunch).
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>>3767482
not just horns dude. There can be other things. Like blood circulation. https://www.mnn.com/family/protection-safety/blogs/what-can-rams-woodpeckers-teach-us-concussions

Pretty sure concussion is caused by the brain moving around in the head and crashing into the skull. Having a less penetrable skull doesn't make the brain inside shake around any less
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>>3767480
Everyone knows it's sticky, but not everyone knows that it's soft. TEN TIMES softer than the human tongue.
>>3767484
>Ingo.
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>>3767484
>Sasha
For slav names combo
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>>3767480
On second thought a ram or woodpecker might be better than a goat, since that's what the internet keeps popping out at me.
Whatever, I doubt which one we choose makes a difference, and I doubt we'd get a choice between goat and ram anyways.
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>>3767502
Pssst, are you going to vote?
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>>3767508
not for this decision. I want to talk to somebody, but I'm indifferent about who we talk to.
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Locked. Roll to see who you talk to.

1: Ingo
2: Sasha
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>3767518
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Writing.
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>>3767522

You walk up to the bleachers and try to catch Sasha's attention. She looks up at you and hangs her headphones around her neck. You can hear a loud rhythmic pulsing coming from the earpieces.

"Hey... you're... you're the princess girl right. Steel. Yeah you always hang out with Chernokov. She intimidates the fuck out of me. But what's up? Did you want something?"

What do you say?

>*gasp* You curse?
>Yuri is actually quite nice when you get to know her.
>Whatcha listening to?
>[ADORABLE] - *curtsy* I dunno... *hair twist* you just seemed kinda cool and I wanted to get to know you.
>Write in.
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>>3767554
>>Yuri is actually quite nice when you get to know her.
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>>3767554
I don't want to detract from Yuri's imposing regal presence so...
>Whatcha listening to?
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>>3767554
>[ADORABLE] - *curtsy* I dunno... *hair twist* you just seemed kinda cool and I wanted to get to know you.
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Will update when I wake up.
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>>3767582
Won't lock in choices yet either.
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>>3767554
>Whatcha listening to?

If we are trying to make a friend, we should first show an interest in things they like.
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>>3767554
>[ADORABLE] - *curtsy* I dunno... *hair twist* you just seemed kinda cool and I wanted to get to know you.
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>>3767668
Actually, the adorable one would still show interest in the person while working on one of our traits, so I'm changing to this.


Yeah... Soon everyone will learn to fear the power of our cuteness.
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>>3767554
>>>Yuri is actually quite nice when you get to know her.
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>>3767561
+1
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3767564
>>3767668
>>3767679

Sasha smirks at you a bit.

"You comin' on to me princess?"

You pause. Oh no. She misinterpreted your schtick. Sasha starts laughing and you loosen up a bit.

"I'm fucking with you. Yeah that's real nice of you. Sorry if we've never been properly introduced before. I'm pretty sure we're in some of the same classes."

She hold out a hand.

"I'm Sasha Freeman."

You shake it firmly and reply with your own name.

You have sometime to talk before classes resume.

>What do you talk about?
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>>3768263
Okay, she has fallen for our adorableness, now would be a good time to show interest in her interests

>Whatcha listening to
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>>3768263
>Whatcha listening to?
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3768417
>>3768538

She hums thoughtfully. She turns her phone around to show you a wierd app. It looks like a sound visualizer with virtual nobs and dials.

"It's a frequency generator. I'm just randomizing pitches until I find one that sounds appealing. Then I save it and layer rhythms over them."

She hands you over her headphones and you put them on. You can hear it more clearly. It's got a good feel to it but it sounds strange. The process she uses makes the music sound almost otherworldy. You hand them back and sit down adjacent to her.

You look up for a sec and see Yuri walking over. You wave her over and she steps up to the bleachers.

"Hey Marina! I finished signing up for book club. What club did you sign up for."

You let her know you signed up for soccer.

"Really? If we aren't careful people will think we're..."

She shudders visibly.

"meatheads."

She turns to Sasha.

"Hello. You're the percussion for Grub right?"

Sasha's face sours.

"Yes but please don't say our garbage band name. It was Todd's idea and me and Norman didn't want to alienate our vocalist."

After some more chatter the event ends and you shuffle through your day like normal. At the end of the school day you and Yuri find yourselves with sometime before you head back to Yuri's to watch the premiere of your favorite show.

>What do you do?

Sorry for the late update. Had to go fix something.
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>>3768790
We skipped to the end of school? I was hoping to find out what time the fight was scheduled for!

Anyways:
>Let's go to the Wild Bunch hide out.

If anyone is at the hide out, we can ask when the fight is. If we have time, we can also set traps for big game while we are in the forest, which might be helpful for soccer tryouts or preying on long pig.
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>>3768790
>We should get a Betta fish
You know they're fighting fish right? Could be handy.

>Then to Yuri's house for the premier!
I heard a new princess is gonna show up.
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>>3768891
I think it might be best to save up for a used smart phone. But dad might give us one for free for safety once people start disappearing, if he doesn't put us under house arrest. I think maybe we should browse the other stores too before buying anything.
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You have time for both the plaza and the woods. Which one would you like to do first?
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>>3768938
Which ever route is more efficient.
If it is about the same, which ever means we are more likely to find out what time tomorrow's fight is (presumably by going to the Wild Bunch's hide out when someone is there)
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3768950
>To the plaza! I wanna bite the fishies.
Do you suppose we should think about seasoning of meals? That snake might have tasted better with a little Tabasco on it. A sprinkling of cinnamon might just make a gross sounding chomp into a delightful treat. Something to ponder...
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I'm kind of wondering what place where water breathing would be useful where we also can't just catch live fish.
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>>3769035
Not all fish would make useful meals tho and it's not like we'll find every kind in our town. we don't even know for sure if there is a lake or river anywhere near us. Hmm I wonder what we'd get from crawfish.
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>>3769049
But most fish will give us water breathing (there are some that can't, e.g. Like arapaima).
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>>3768891

You and Yuri go to Mr.P's pet store one more time to procure a betta. After day of shopping you've had you only have $3 left. You and Yuri walk out with a small baggy filled with clean water and a small iridescent fish. Yuri looks at the fish.

"Are you gonna eat it here? Maybe we should find somewhere away from other people."

>>3768826

You tell Yuri you wanted to go into the woods to see what the Wild Bunch is up to. You can eat it there.

You two begin your walk to the woods and as you walk Blorby interupts your thoughts.

"Psst. Hey kiddo. You sure you want Yuri to see you kill a fish. Yeah she understands what you do, poyo. But understanding and knowing are different things entirely. What are you gonna do about it kid?"

>She can watch. We gotta rip that bandage off at some point.
>I'll make her close her eyes. She doesn't need to see that. Ever.
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>>3769068
Too bad she didn't get a couple martial arts flyers while we bought the fish. Eh. They probably have a website.

>Let's get her more comfortable with seeing us eat. Swallowing it whole (we have [UNHINGED]) looks less gruesome than chewing, I assume. It would be bad if the first time she saw us try to get more power is watching us chow down on live long-pig. Let's work our way there.
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>>3769068
This>>3769083
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>>3769083
Support
Best to ease her into it, plus she seems genuinely curious about the whole thing. This way we can gauge her reaction to it and then see if there are tough calls that may need to be made later
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I really hope this won't put a damper on the show
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Locked. Writing.
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Fishy fishy you so yummy
Now you go in my tummy
Maybe after the final bite
She'll teach me how to fight
Or after fishy slaughter
I could breathe underwater
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>>3769083
>>3769113
>>3769140

After you make it to the woods you try and find a secluded clearing away from prying eyes. You have Yuri hand you the bag.

"So... are you gonna...."

You nod. You untie the baggy and pour its contents into your hand. The water sloshes onto the ground through your fingers and the twitching fish remains in your palm.

You open your mouth. It begins to change into it's TRUE form. Yuri has seen glimpses here and there, but she has never seen it change. The corners of your mouth begin to tear open at the seams revealing the flesh beneath the cheeks. The teeth in your mouth shift and change as monsterous knives of white break out from your gumline. The shifting of the teeth making a low grinding noise as they rub against each other.

Your jaw becomes [UNHINGED]. You tilt your head back as a low primal clicking emits from your throat. You drop the sparkling fish into your throat and in an instant it's gone.

>>Trait Gained: [GILLS]

[GILLS]: A simple but useful ability. Sprout gills from your neck at a moments notice. They are quite noticeable however. Can also be retracted just as easily.

Yuri looks a bit dazed. You walk over to her and shake her lightly. She looks up at you.

"Woah. That's... DEEPLY upsetting. Gimmie a second."

She closes her eyes and takes a few deep breaths. After a couple of breaths she turns to face you.

"I guess I need to get used to that. Besides you could always do that I guess. It's not like anything has changed. Let's keep going."

You continue your walk through the woods until you find your self at the Wild Bunch's clearing. A few ramshakle structures made of old two by fours and a pond mark up the terrain while a massive tree looms over everything. Suspended in it's thick branches is a rustic tree house with a crows nest that overlooks the clearing.

It's quiet. You can't hear anything around here moving. What do you do?

>Call out to see if anyone is here.
>Investigate the huts.
>Investigate the treehouse.
>Investigate the pond.
>Write in.
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>investigate the treehouse
Let's find out what the wild bunch find so interesting about this place
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>>3769324
>Investigate the treehouse
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>>3769324
There's a pond. I bet we could have saved $4. Although I guess maybe the Wild Bunch would have been able to see us fishing, so maybe it's for the best.

Anyways.
>Call out
This should move things along quicker. The faster we find out the time and place of the fight, the more time we have to hunt.
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>>3769395
A pond doesn't guarantee fish. Plus then we'd have to get a fishing pole, bait(hmm maybe we could have bought a minnow for cheaper?) and whatnot. and I'm NOT getting my skirt filthy for some smelly fish. Do you know how hard my dad works to buy me clothes like this?
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>>3769414
We have hand-me-downs (which we aren't wearing right now).

(Pretty sure the example I gave is illegal in california unless the person is legally recognized as a native american.)
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>>3769432
I was going to link to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMREyeqz7x8 and then changed my mind, but then wrote a sentence about it anyways and didn't delete that. Ugh.
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>>3769324
>>Investigate the treehouse.
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>>3769324
>Investigate the treehouse
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>>3769324
“It may be upsetting, but now that I ate that fish, I can sprout gills on my neck. That’s pretty much how it works. I eat an animal and I can get a random trait from it.”
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>>3768417
Please not another lesbian mc
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3769350
>>3769359
>>3769494
>>3769521

You decide to investigate the treehouse. A crude series of ladders and scaffolding. lead up to the main structure. You step up to the first ladder, a series of boards nailed directly to the base of the tree. As you begin to climb, Yuri waiting for you to reach the first scaffold you feel like something is... off.

>Roll 1d6.

(Best of 3)
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Rolled 2 (1d6)

>>3769646
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Rolled 6, 5, 6 = 17 (3d6)

>>3769646
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>>3769649

Best of 3 means each replying poster rolls 1d6 and the best of the first 3 are used. Roll again. But just 1d6 this time.
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Rolled 6 (1d6)

>>3769655
k

>>3769646
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Rolled 4 (1d6)

>>3769646
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3769619
how do you mean? Using adorableness to get what you want isn't lesbian. To my understanding, it's something most would do.
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>>3769658
The luck you got is astounding.

You spot a ladder rung that's miscolored and wrapped with a cord on one end. You climb back down and find a hefty rock ro chuck at it. Upon doing so the board comes loose and is zipped up into the treeline. A few seconds later a large stone weighted net swings down and hits about where you would have been had you kept climbing. Good thing you spotted that when you did. Yuri looks annoyed.

"Are these middle schoolers or guerilla extremists?"

You continue your climb, pulling the wasted trap off of the rungs, and continue your ascent. Yuri following behind this time. You reach the first floor of scaffolding and are suprised at how sturdy it is. It could easily support the weight of 10, maybe 15 kids. Your dad would be impressed. Hell, YOU'RE impressed.

Up here is an empty cable spool that was clearly being used as a table. There are some cheap folding chairs of various conditions placed around it. On the spool/table is a game of solitaire left unattended. Whoever was playing left in a hurry. The cards are all out of place and some have even been knocked to the floor. Yuri comes up behind you and looks at the mess.

"I wonder what could have scared kids as rough as these guys away from their fort?"

Just as she finishes her sentence a dark shape descends from the tree line and leaps toward you and Yuri.

>What do you do?
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Also now that I have a proper pastebin account I can update the character info more easily.

Here are the new links. One is entirely new and the combat info has been updated.

Character Info:
https://pastebin.com/Y4ZrFVY2

Combat Info:
https://pastebin.com/dtgC4zBB

Ally Info:
https://pastebin.com/fntzaX2Q
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>>3769800
>Take out your parasol, shield Yuri.
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>>3769803
So allies work like supports instead of taking active roles. Gotcha.
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>>3769815
Yup. That way you can have multiple in the future without it being too taxing.
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>>3769811
>Support this

Raise the shields! Protect the cargo! We know not the intentions and nature of this shadow.
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>>3769811
>seconding. Pop open the parasol, just incase that wasn't obvious.

Also the answer to Yuri's question is obviously "Probably something with at least TWO lacey bows."
I wonder if this is that bird eating spider. If it isn't this forest must have all sorts of neat critters.

>>3769818
I assumed having more than one ally would be too ambitious.
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Been up since 1pm. Gonna get some sleep. Will lock in replies and update when I wake up. If you have any questions post them to the discord and I will answer them upon waking.
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>>3769811
>>3769836
support i am just thinking of the giant spiders
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>>3769811
Support and hopefully
>>3769944
this
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>>3769778
to me it looked like you were trying to hook us up with her
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>>3769811
+1
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Locked. Writing. Updates will be sporadic today. Working a double shift.
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>>3769811
>>3769823
>>3769836
>>3769944
>>3769980
>>3770282

Roll 1d6

(Best of 3)
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Rolled 1 (1d6)

>>3770391
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Rolled 6 (1d6)

>>3770391
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>>3770438
No one can roll higer than a six so...

Deftly you draw your parasol from your bag like a sword and instead of striking you leap in front of Yuri and pop it open. The weight and force of whatever leaped out at you pushes you back a few inches as it hits the canopy of your parasol. You feel the parasol become heavy as whatever assaulted you remains seated upon the canopy. It falls off and the sudden shift in weight tilts the parasol down in front of your field of vision. You lift the umbrella up to reveal....

Roll 1d4 for random encounter.

(First roll made is used.)
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Rolled 4 (1d4)

>>3770507
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>>3770525
Y'all get a big boy.

A large and enranged looking eagle. It stands 4 ft tall and has a crest of yellow feathers on it's head. It grips its long dark talons into the wooden floor and flares its wings open in a display of aggresion. The coloration of the feathers on the underside of this creatures belly and wings create the illusion of a predatory set of eyes. The Tyrant Eagle screehes and tilts waiting to strike.

>>[COMBAT START]

Tyrant Eagle
Vitality: 300/300
Resolve: 170/170
Status: None

Marina Steel
Vitality: 150/150
Resolve: 125/125
AP Total: 6
PP: 25/25
Yuri BP: 4/4
Status:None

>Enter actions into queue.
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>>3770604
Marina
[Crunch]
[Block]
Yuri
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
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>>3770620
This
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Eagle’s resolve is much lower than vitality. Also Yuri only damages resolve. We should escape or try to get rid of eagles resolve. Hopefully we’ll be able to eat it if it’s resolve goes to 0. But if it escaped that is better than game over
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>>3770736
I think we can take it on if we cripple it enough so it would do very low damage then cheese it out with bleed and blocking.
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[Wait] costs 0AP and 0PP. Is there a reason to not use [Wait] at the end of every sequence?

Also I suspect our [Cutesy Act] combo's with at least one of Yuri's abilities.

>>3770604
Here is my suggested turn:
[Beneath Me]
[Cutesy Act]
[Cutesy Act]
[Cutesy Act]
[Regal Slap]
[Wait]


(By the way, I'm >>3770736). I might move locations so my ID might change.
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>>3770620
Regal Slap is more powerful after they have shame, which they Beneath Me afflicts.
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>>3770775
Nu-uh, it works another way - Regal Slap Inflicts Shame.
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>>3770736
Actually the combat info says "Resolve - Mental and Spiritual health. This hits zero and you either go unconcious or are forced to flee"

So winning via resolve still might result in us being able to eat the eagle alive.
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>>3770782
I misread it.
Regal Slap always afflicts shame (until shame reaches 3 at which point it's capped). Beneath Me afflicts shame if they have 0 shame.

>>3770604
I guess I'll change my suggestion (from >>3770770) to:
[Cutesy Act]
[Cutesy Act]
[Cutesy Act]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Wait]
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>>3770790
Seems good, resolve combat indeed seems to be the way to take this beast down.
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>>3770790
I still think that first round we should debuff its damage and use block to make an approximation of its attack - dont want to loose a big chunk of hp on the first turn. Turtle up and let Yuri be our damage dealer.
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>>3770790
And Cutesy Act costs 1ap, you could use 3 more of them or throw in a Block
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>>3770770
Plus Cutesy Act doesn't deal damage by itself - we need to get hit to activate its effect. Your suggested actions are masochistic.
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>>3770805
Good point. What action queue should we use?

I think we should dump all our actions into [Cutesy Act]s and [Regal Slap]s and end with a [Wait], but does the order matter for combos, and if so, what likely maximizes what we learn about combos?
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>>3770823
I think we win by getting Vitality or Resolve to 0. Getting Vitality and Resolve both to 1 is pointless. I also doubt it matters how low we go, as long as we don't hit 0 in either. As I said before (with different internet), Yuri only helps with Resolve and the Eagle's Resolve is much lower than its Vitality.

Also Charm is a status effect so it should help us with every time we get hit.
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>>3770830
My suggestion ->>>3770620
That would be a good oppener for any first turn imho. We turtle up and let Yuri deal Resolve damage and do most of the work.
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>>3770839
I'm using Crunch because of its debuff, not the damage. I hope you didn't mix it up with Bite with its bleed damage.
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>>3770862
Yeah, I figured that out later. But still, crunch is very AP intensive and we only have 6 AP to start with.


What is an "effective attack" (for the purposes of the shame status effect) anyways? Is it just attacks that Yuri makes? Is it attacks that deal vitality damage? Is it any attack including ones that only do status effect (like Cutesy Act)?
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>>3770885
Because if Shame means an attack from our team that deals vitality damage, we could get yuri to inflict 3 shame, and then Pink Strike the eagle a bunch with each Pink Strike dealing 30 Resolve. 6 pink strikes dealing 30 resolve each is 180 resolve damage on turn 1.
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>>3770885
Our AP shouldn't matter when Yuri is the main damage dealer. We'll just be a meat wall for her and cheese out this fight with Blocks.
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>>3770885
I can't give a proper update yet since im at work but an effective attack is any attack that deals damage (either resolve or physical) completely unblocked. So if you blocked an attack of 35 Dmg and 15 Dmg still gets through it won't count as an effective attack when applying or triggering debuffs.

And yes you can beat an enemy by bringing its resolve or vitality down to zero. Animals have weaker resolves than sentient entities. Vitality knockouts either make an enemy too tired to fight or kill them depending on the situation. Resolve knockouts make them flee or pass out based on the situation as well.
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I'l be back to regular updates at 11. So you have time to finalize your opening queue.
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>>3770906
So you're saying that we can beat it by Shaming on the very first turn?
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>>3770923
If we only use 4 pink strikes (which at 3 shame and the addition of a pink rush would deal 150 resolve), we'll have enough AP to do a 2 mostly pointless Cutesy Acts before or after the Regal Strike to test combo. But we'd need to use the Cutesy Acts before the pink strikes.
That is assuming shame doesn't go away after an effective attack.
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>>3770604
To hell with this, let's double down on this overgrown chicken
[Regal Slap]×4
[Pink Strike]×3 Combo
[Pink Strike]×3 Combo
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>>3770976
I don't think we should go that far. I want to test combos when we get the opportunity.

I think we should:
[Cutesy Act]
[Cutesy Act]

[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]

[Pink Strike]
[Pink Strike]
[Pink Strike]
(Pink Rush Combo)
[Pink Strike]
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>>3770988
Proc of two Cutesy Acts would deal 10 damage to resolve when a single Pink Strike with 3 Shame stacks would deal 30.
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>>3770999
Crap, I misremembered the Eagles resolve. I remembered Marina's resolve 'health meter'.

So my previous suggestion doesn't kill on turn one. Here we go:
[Cutesy Act]

[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]

[Pink Strike]
[Pink Strike]
[Pink Strike]
(Pink Rush Combo)
[Pink Strike]
[Pink Strike]

>>3770999
The Cutesy Acts don't deal any damage. They inflict the Charmed status effect (and Charmed hurts our opponent's resolve when they hit us). Even with shame Cutesy Acts don't deal resolve damage and still only inflict the Charmed status effect.

The reason why I am suggesting we use Cutesy Act is to test Combos. There are Combos besides Pink Rush, we just don't know them yet. I think we have to stumble into them to find out. I think it's best to prod for them when we have a good opportunity, and I think now is one of those opportunities.

5 pink strikes + a pink rush is 6 damage dealing attacks, which together should deal 180 resolve. 180 > than the 170 resolve our opponent has.
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>>3771042
I don't think that Pink Crush Combo counts as a separate instance of attack and thus doesn't activate Shame damage proc
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>>3771047
I consider it separate. Maybe we can ask Teeth when they come back.

One possibility I'm considering for our turn is

[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]
[Regal Slap]

[Pink Strike]
[Pink Strike]
[Pink Strike]
(Pink Rush Combo)
[Pink Strike]
[Bite]

The reason for doing this is Bite might cause problems for our prey if it flees.
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>>3771057
+1
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Okay I'm back. There were quite a few suggestions. Gimmie a moment to tabulate which one was the most agreed upon. If you changed your queue I wont count votes for those older suggestions.
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>>3771057
>>3770790

These are tied and are the most recently changed.

>Time for a raw vote.

1 for >>3771057

2 for >>3770790

(Voting will last for 35 minutes.)
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>>3771143
I think it's the same guy, no?
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>>3771127
Oh. I was on multiple computers during this thread. (Well, same computer different internet access actually)
The following IDs are mine:
4tqxZqr/
1sKouFDX)
Yj2Ye4K7

I doubt that changes the tally, but just in case it does I thought you should know.
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>>3771145
Did he change IDs?

If he did then yeah it is. But they appear to be two seperate IDs. If there is an error can you show me?
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>>3771149
Yeah they are both yours. Hmmm... This causes some problems.... If this issue continues either I will have to start using the first posted queue or ask that all posters partake in mild namefaggery to avoid future confusion. Which would y'all prefer?
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>>3771151
>>>3771149
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>>3771156
>namefaggery
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>>3771057
Also if thats the case than this one wins by being the most recent you posted and with greatest majority. Locked. Writing.
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>>3771161
Sorry for the confusion. I wanted to continue playing and wasn't home the entire day.
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>>3771159
>namefaggery
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[Regal Slap] - Yuri slaps the Tyrant Eagle insultingly with her palm. Tyrant Eagle obtains 1SHM.

[Regal Slap] - Yuri slaps the Tyrant Eagle cruely with the back of her hand. Tyrant Eagle obtains 1SHM.

[Regal Slap] - Yuri slaps the Tyrant Eagle dissmissively with her palm. Tyrant Eagle obtains 1SHM. SHM maxed out.

[Regal Slap] - Yuri slaps the Tyrant Eagle meanly with the back of her hand. Tyrant Eagle is already maxed out on SHM

[Pink Strike] - You whap the Tyrant Eagle with your parasol. 10Dmg. 30 Resolve Dmg.

[Pink Strike] - You smack the Tyrant Eagle with your parasol. 10Dmg. 30 Resolve Dmg.

[Pink Strike] - You strike the Tyrant Eagle with your parasol. 10Dmg. 30 Resolve Dmg.

>> Combo Triggered:
[Pink Rush] - You let out a flurry of blows that strike in quick succession. 15Dmg. 30 Resolve Dmg.

[Pink Strike] - You punish the Tyrant Eagle with your parasol. 10Dmg. 30 Resolve Dmg.

[Bite] - 15Dmg. Tryant Eagle obtains 1BLD. 30 Resolve Dmg.

Tyrant Eagle
Vitality: 230/300
Resolve: 0/170
Status: 3SHM, 1BLD

Queue Resolved. Enemy defeated.

The Tyrant Eagle flees leaving a trail of blood behind.

Combat ended.

You stand there on the scaffolding as you see the beaten beast beat a hasty retreat into the woods. You could probably use the trail it's leaving to hunt it down. If you don't find it now another predator will take advantage of this boon and hunt it down before you do. However if you chase it you'll have to abandon your investigation of the hideout.

What do you do?

>Chase it down.
>Forget it. Let's keep exploring.
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>>3771200
Chase it. That's why we bit it after all.
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>>3771200
>Chase it down.
Chicken dinner.
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>>3771200
>Don't forget to ask Yuri if she's okay before running off.
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>>3771200
I want to not eat a feather (but eat the rest of the prey of course), and leave the feather on Tilly desk before school tomorrow. Well that or use the feather as an accessory.
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>>3771229
Or maybe Yuri should wear the feather.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3771213
>>3771216
>>3771225

You ask Yuri if she is okay as you put away your parasol and lick the eagles smeared blood from your lips. The metallic tang filling your taste buds.

"I'm fine. I got nervous and tried to spook it away by hitting it but I think I just made it.... ashamed of itself... that feels like the right word."

You let her know you wanna go after it. She nods in agreement and you both climb back down off the scaffolding. As you run along the trail of red spots you hear a scratchy voice call out from behind you. Whoever it was you couldn't make out what they were saying.

Your sprint ends as you find the Tyrant Eagle balled up in a nest of torn pelts near the entrance of a small cave. It is making direct eye contact with you. It looks like it is suffering from a low self esteem. Around you are a few felled trees with broken trunks and vines that crawl up the dead bases of these hollow oaks. If you make a wrong move you could startle the creature further into the cave.

>What do you do?
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>>3771261
>Avoid eye contact. Go in it's direction, but pretend we're focused on something somewhere behind it. Don't look like we're in a hurry. Once we get close, attack.

>Also tell Yuri the plan in a calm and quiet voice. If she focuses on it, that's no good.

It can be easy to get lost in caves.
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>>3771261
Do this>>3771271
Maybe try to hide behind the open parasol?
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>>3771280
I think it might be better to
>try to be adorable. Whatever that means. Holding Yuri's hand? Skipping? Open umbrella, holding it mostly vertical, and spinning it? Trying to balance our royal toy scepter on our face?
Something that looks cute as we make our way there.
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>>3771280 :1
>>3771285 :2

Since he agrees with your old choice and you changed your mind roll 1d2.

(First roll posted will be used.)
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>3771295
I meant in addition to my first thing, not instead of. Well, I could see how it would be difficult to look in any direction except up with balancing a scepter on our face, but that was just an example. And maybe skipping is inherently in a hurry. If the 2 I brought up are mutually exclusive, I support my second suggestion.

So I think it's a conflict between hiding behind a parasol or trying to look adorable (assuming it's not impossible to do both)
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>>3771298

Locked. Writing.
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>>3771298
I think successfully hiding behind an umbrella with intent to hide and looking adorable are probably inherently in conflict.
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You demurely try and approach the emotionally upset and wounded bird. You slowly open your parasol and pretend to cower behind it as you take dainty steps toward the creature. It doesn't seem to fall for your [ADORABLE] act as you had just spent the last couple of minutes beating the shit out of it. However, your defensive approach seems to be working as it hasn't fled further into its cave.

Roll 1d6.

(Best of 3)
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Rolled 5 (1d6)

>>3771305
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Rolled 3 (1d6)

>>3771305
lol
Serves him/her right!
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Rolled 2 (1d6)

>>3771305
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>>3771308

You manage to get close enough that the bird is within arms reach. You hear a noise from deep within the cave now that you are close enough. It like a spattered mess of squeaks and gibberings. The feathers on the Tyrant Eagle are poofed out to appear bigger in size.

>What do you do?
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>>3771322
>Quickly scoop it up with your parasol.
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>>3771322
>Try to grab it and chow down.
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>>3771329 :1
>>3771335 :2

Roll 1d2.

(First rolled is used.)
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>3771360
I must be causing you all sorts of problems. Sorry.
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>>3771361
Anon...
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>>3771361
No worries. Im running two different quests on rotation under two different names. This one being one of them. I'm pretty much just using /qst/ as a writing exercise and a training bra for improving as a GM. I'm learning about the medium as I do these so I make a lot of mistakes myself. Mostly grammatical in nature but you get it.

You drop your umbrella and pounce on the Tyrant Eagle. It claws at you with it's talons in an attempt to resist but you're pretty [THICK SKINNED] so it only succeeds in irritating you. You unleash your TRUE mouth and take a ragged bite out of its neck, completely severing its head as you do. It's body spasms as its synapses and nerves fire off their final fearful commands. You take a few more bites and chew as you grind the miserable creature into pulp in your maw. The taste is similar to chicken but it has a gamey after taste. The dirt beneath you is a mess of blood and loose feathers when you finish. You already begin to feel stronger as you begin to absorb its latent potential.

Roll 1d3

(Whenever you eat a creature with multiple traits that could be earned roll to obtain a random trait.)
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>>3771361
Everyone was once a newfag. You'll get the hang of it. Let's hope I do too eh? Everytime I accidentally post a spelling error I feel like a god damn mongoloid.
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Rolled 3 (1d3)

>>3771374
I've almost rolled d6s pretty much every time I've been asked to roll.
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>>3771378

>>Trait gained: [WINGS]

[WINGS]: Sprout large fleshy wings from your back. Use your monstrous new appendages to soar to new heights. Very obviously inhuman. A very useful but hard to hide ability.

You can feel it. You just kinda understand it. You can fly now. Well... maybe. You know you can grow wings anyway. You stand a few feet from the mouth of the cave by the empty nest. Yuri still waits outside covering her eyes to avoid seeing the eating process. You can still hear that noise from before further in the darkness of the cave.

What do you do?

>Go back to Yuri.
>Call her into the cave to investigate with you.
>Investigate alone.
>Test out your new ability.
>Write in.
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>>3771386
>"I'm finished. Sorry about that."
>Go back to Yuri.
We didn't come here for spelunking, and Yuri doesn't need to see that much blood. We probably smell of it right now.
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>>3771386
>Talk to Yuri. Maybe give her a hug or hold her hand. Or give her space if that's what she wants.
>Investigate alone.
I imagine we're going to be eating a baby chick or 2 and Yuri didn't like watching us eat a bird that tried to attack us not to long ago. We shouldn't rush the process of desensitizing her.
>Don't tell Yuri that we're probably going to be eating a baby bird. Maybe just say we noticed she's uncomfortable and that we want her to sit this one out if we can help it.

By the way, we are currently 4/5 Inhumanity.
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>>3771391
We're at 4/5 on inhumanity, DON'T EAT THE CHICKS
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>>3771387
right, blood, forgot about that. We don't want to get that on Yuri. So probably no hugs and/or hand holding.

>I still want to poke around in the cave a little, but not that far as I want to avoid getting lost. And only if we'll still have time for PPP!
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>>3771391
Also since Yuri is so disturbed
>let's forget that feather idea.
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>>3771393
Let's just go to her place, wash ourselves and watch the premiere like nothing happened
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>>3771395
I guess we could come back to the caves without Yuri, or after she has calmed down.
I'm wavering on if it's best to talk to her about what happened or just pretend nothing happened. I'll just defer to your decision of washing up and watching the premiere.
>I do think we might want to give ourselves a rinse sooner than her house if it's not to inconvenient though.
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>>3771396
We should talk about this stuff on our way back, but then pretend like nothing happened once we're at her place.
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>>3771396
>Rinse sooner
Like at the pond?
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3771399
Perhaps. I don't know if the Wild Bunch is still there. And maybe the detour would make us not see the premier in time. Also depends on how likely people are to see us with blood on us if we don't rinse in the pond.

>It's possible we might be able to just get rid of the blood by giving ourselves a tongue bath in the right areas. If we can, we should do that before we see Yuri again.

Also QM never actually said we have blood on us.
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>>3771406
Never said that we have it on us - just the smell.
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>>3771386
>>I still want to poke around in the cave a little, but not that far as I want to avoid getting lost. And only if we'll still have time for PPP!
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>>3771407
I don't think the QM didn't said we have the smell either.
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>>3771387
>>3771395
>>3771396

You step back out of the cave's mouth into the light and call out to Yuri that you're done. She pulls her hands off her eyes and lets go of a breath she never knew she was holding.

"Sorry about that. You didn't give me any warning and I wasn't... I just wasn't ready is all. I'll try and do better next time."

She looks you over and freezes. She makes a face.

"Oh Marina look what you did."

She walks over to you and lifts up a piece of your shirt to inspect it.You look down and realize you got a few spatters of blood on your white outift. Nothing crazy but it is very clearly blood. Yuri scrutinizes over the stains.

"Blood sets very easily. You'll have to wash this when we get back to my place. You still wanted to watch the show right?"

You nod and you two leave together. Yuri leads the way as you make your way toward her house. She calls your father and her mother and let's them know you'll be hanging out at her place. As she finishes her calls she puts her phone into her bag. She continues walking at a brisk pace. You have a while before you get to her house.

>What do you talk about?
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>>3771413
>"Please, slow down."
>Try to walk with her hand in hand.
>Talk about how freaky this is, even for you. Mention the wings and ask if she wants to see them.
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>>3771413
Thanks for helping me.

So how is book club looking so far? Was the person at the booth nice?
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>>3771413
Also
>Someone said something as we were leaving the Wild Bunch hideout. Did you catch what it was? Or at the very least recognize the voice? It was kind of scratchy.
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>>3771417
We can save this for later, but how about combining >>3771415 and >>3771419
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>>3771415
>>3771420
Let's not walk slow. We need to get our shirt clean before it stains. We want to wash it before the blood sets in. Maybe we can have a fun race instead.
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>>3771425
A race doesn't suit the moment or Yuri's character. I was thinking that our friend needs to calm down - her brisk pace indicates that she's still very unnerved despite her calm speech and appearance.
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>>3771430
Okay fine. I really hope our outfit doesn't stain. I guess
>I'll support >>3771420
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3771433

You try and get Yuri's attention but she keeps going. You raise your voice.

"Yuri... please, slow down."

She stops in her tracks and turns around a bit.

"Okay."

You take her hand in yours and continue walking. Her hand feels tense and clamy. She is very clearly nervous. You muster up some words.

"Look... Yuri I... I'm so sorry. This must be a lot for you. I spent my whole life processing this other aspect of my life and I guess since you knew about it, at least a little, I had this idea that this would be an easy transition for you. I shouldn't have assumed that. This is... it's a lot. I mean... I'm not human... not in the literal sense. I had all these ideas about what my life would be like and every second they change beyond my ability to stop them from changing. The voices are more coherent now. I know what it is they want me to be but I still don't know where that'll lead me. I'm scared that with every step I take in that direction I lose a little bit more of myself and become more of something else. Someone else. Someone who isn't me. I'm scared too Yuri. Everything is freaky and wrong and I..."

You feel arms wrap around you and you stop walking. Yuri is holding you in a tight embrace. You can feel warm tears fall on to your shoulder as she mutters under her breath.

"Marina I'm sorry. I don't want you to think I'm scared of you. I'm not. I could never be. You're my best friend. I really didn't mean to make you worry, honest. I just get scared that... well maybe after all this god nonsense we won't be the same as we were when we started. I'm scared I am going to lose someone close to me. Do you understand?"

You nod. You start to second guess yourself. Maybe this isn't the right course of action. You feel a stirring in your head.

"There is no stopping now kid, poyo. The inevitable is upon us. The reincarnate of Occul knows you're here. The wheel of destiny is turning and there is no going back now."

You stand there with Yuri for a moment.

>What do you say?
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>>3771438
>Return the hug and thank her.
>Stay like that until she calms down.
>Ask about the voice>>3771419
>Then ask if she wants to touch our wings - that's ought to change her mood
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>>3771438
>Hug Yuri. Thank her. It’s comforting that we are on the same page, even if we don’t know what page number it is, or even the book. And even if we change, our friendship will be constant. In fact, if things go as we hope, then we will REALLY be Best Friends Forever. A friendship unbound by weakness of mortality.

>Let's get going. I don't want my shirt to stain. We didn't get blood on her shirt just now, did we?

>Ask about the voice at the Wild Bunch hideout.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3771444
>>3771445

You return Yuri's hug. You don't let go for a long time and after that time passes you continue to not let go. You whisper a "thank you" into her ear when you finally let her go.

"Yuri I will always be your friend. When the stars are gone and the sun is dead I will still be your friend. I promise you. When I become a god the first thing I'l do is make our friendship a universal constant."

Yuri looks at you for a second and begins laughing.

"That's why I like you Marina. You are such a nerd sometimes."

You laugh as well and you let a second pass between you before you ask,

"Do you want to see something cool?"

She looks at you and blinks lamely before nodding. You look around for a moment before you unleash them. The coast is clear. You set them free.

You feel the muscles of your back shift as they erupt from your shoulder blades. They are glorious and alien and terrible. The sun behind you makes you appear like a grim angel. Your wings are a putrid red and sprouting from them are patches of sharp bone and tooth. You flap them once and dust is kicked up from the concrete beneath your feet. Yuri approaches you and raises a hand up to touch one.

"Can I..."

You nod. She places a hand on a patch of red and you exhale through your teeth. It feels sore. Like an aging bruise. They are still fresh. You let her touch them for a moment more before recalling them back into yourself.

You continue your walk in contented silence, side by side, when you remember something.

"Hey Yuri... do you know who it was who called out to us at the hideout?"

She scratches her chin thoughtfully.

"It had to have been Bobby. His voice sounds like that because of his accident."

You nod. Something to remember for later. After 30 minutes of walking you finally make it to Yuri's house. You step up to the door and are about to knock when you hear from behind you,

"Oh no, Marina your shirt! Take my blazer quick."

Before you can ask what she means she's already thrown it over your shoulders. She takes out her keys and opens the door. As you both walk in she calls out into the house,

"Mom! We're here. Marina got her shirt dirty so I'm gonna take her's to the washroom. We're gonna go grab her a shirt and we'll be back down in a bit."

At first you nothing but then from somewhere in the kitchen you hear back,

"This is okay. Let me call Hugo. Let him know Marina come safe."

Her words are heavily accented.

You make it up to Yuri's room and she closes and locks the door. Like always it's perfectly immaculate. You look around her room when she hands you a baggy blue sweater.

"Change into this. I gotta sew your shirt back together before I put it into the washing machine."

"Sew...", You take off your shirt and turn it over. Fuck, There are two slits along the back where your wings ejected themselves from your back. You are gonna need to find a work around for this if you wanna be able to fly regularly.

(1/2)
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Yuri leaves you alone in her room to change while she heads down stairs to fix and wash your shirt.

>What do you do while you wait?

(2/2)
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>>3771458
>Look around, see what stuff Yuri keeps in her room.
>Check out your gills.
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>>3771458
>Put on the sweater
>Go to the kitchen to prepare snacks and drinks to consume while watching premier. (assuming we haven't missed it and we have standing permission for this kind of thing)

By the way, for wing hole issue. I might sort of have a solution. Depending on how high and holes the wings punch in clothes are, we could wear it with a sailor uniform. Maybe the one we already have. A Sailor fuku has a cape thing, which is only attached at the top. So if our wings pop out, they just push the cape instead of penetrating it. The cape can cover the openings the wings come out of (or make) when the wings are not in use. It would look weird if wind picks up the cape though.

That said, it would also be nice to be able to have fashion diversity, and I don't no how to modify our other clothes to be suitable for transformation, if that is even possible. We can go the mall and see if they have anything suitable once we have the money.

This isn't necessarily problem we have to solve ourselves. Yuri might be able to think of something.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3771465
>>3771466

You put on the sweater and start to look around Yuri's room. She's got a few new books on her bookshelf. Ellison and Danielewski. You've never heard of those authors before. She put them in her dark fiction section of her bookshelf.

You look at her mirror and get a look at yourself. You get curious about something. You focus and bring forth your [GILLS]. They are wierd scaled and ragged slits that form on opposite sides of your neck. As you breathe they open and close. You can feel a warmth on your neck as you exhale through the vesitigial openings. Curiosity sated, you will them away and walk down stairs to the kitchen.

You walk into the kitchen and are greeted by the sight of Yuri's mother, Miriam Chernokov. She is sitting at the table playing with a set of long and strangely decorated cards. She is puffing on a cigarette as she does so. She sees you walk in and puts out her cigarette in a nearby ashtray.

"Hello Marina. It's been a while since you last came to visit. Sit please. It is nice to see you again."

You sit at the table and make a little small talk before asking if you can grab some snacks so you and Yuri can watch T.V. She smiles and nods.

"Go ahead. Cokes and sandwiches are in the fridge. They are the little cucumber sandwiches. I make them for PTA meeting but they had to reschedule."

You grab a small plate of the sandwiches and two cans of coke and walk over to the living room. On a small endtable across from a couch sits a CRT. The cablebox decorated with a pleasant doily and adorned with picture frames. You can see a photo of Yuri's dad, Yuri Chernokov Sr.

You set the snacks on the table and wait on the couch for Yuri to comeback. After a few minutes she steps into the living room and joins you on the couch. She grabs a tiny sandwich and turns on the T.V.

"You ready for the new season?"

You smile and nod and grab yourself a sandwich as the show begins.

>What do you talk about while you watch your show?
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>>3771484
>Ask Yuri about her club
>Have any cliques formed in your school?
>How are her parents doing?
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>>3771484
What do you talk about while you watch your show?
Are we really those people QM? This is isn't a rerun. This is the first time both of us are watching this episode and it is the season premiere!
>Nothing. I guess I can ask what Yuri thought about the person who ran the book club booth during the commercial.
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Imma go get some sleep. Will update quest and character info sheet when I wake up. If anyone else has anything to add they can do it now. Will lock replies when I wake up.
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>We can also talk to Yuri about her new books during the commercials.
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>>3771466
Maybe we should do a test run with something really expendable instead of risking damage to our birthday gift.
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>>3771488
This. Only speak during commercials. Let's be good with enjoying each other's companionship without bringing up anything crazy. Book club leader it is!
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3771494
>>3771488
>>3772047

You make half way through the show when the commercials start. Yuri groans loudly.

"Nooooo. They were just about to reveal Pretty Pink's love interest. I mean I ~know~ that it's gonna be Contessa Cruel because the subtext from seasons 1 and 2. But I need it to be canon already."

She pouts. Since you have a chance to talk to her for a bit you ask,

"Hey Yuri, what are those new books on your bookshelf?"

She turns around to face you.

"Oh those. Well as you know I read at a college level and am quite mature for my age..."

She looks quite proud.

"so I've reading more adult horror and dark fiction novels. They are quite good. I could let you borrow them if you're interested. After I finish them, of course."

Those don't sound like your cup of tea but they sound neat. You take a bite of sandwich before turning back to Yuri.

"Who ran the book club booth?"

She finishes her coke before answering.

"Just the school librarian Mr.Maddox. He's the club sponsor this year."

You make some more good natured talk when the show resumes and you watch the rest in respectful silence.

As it ends you two sit in and enjoy this seasons new ending song. It's quite good.

Now that your show is over...

>What do you do to pass the time?
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>>3772397
Talk about how this year's going to be the year when we'll finally make those costumes for Halloween! And this time you really mean it! You've marked down the relevant YouTube videos and everything! All we'll need is to learn how to do our makeup, sew the clothing, and make our own Pretty Scepters out of PVC piping and doorknobs!
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>>3772397
>I think Alice might be Ocuul. She's kinda strange and someone with her surname wrote a book on the religion of the Homuncuul people. Also Alice was at the cemetery, which is where we found that weird note. Also the loudest voice says that Ocuul is already in town.

We should get Yuri used to the idea that one of our classmates (and to a lesser extent, other people we might know) might be a god fragment and thus basically inherently our enemy before such a conflict actually occurs.
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>>3772420
I think Yuri already knows how to sew at the very least. She fixed the holes in our outfit after we created holes in them with our wings.
We also already own a toy scepter.
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>>3772397
>Ask Yuri about any interesting events this year
>Tease her about PPP halloween costume
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>>3772591
It’s a toy scepter, Pretty Pink’s scepter is longer and won’t shatter when you hit darklings with them.
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>>3772420
support
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>>3772603
We have a very sturdy umbrella. We don't need a stronger toy scepter.
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We should capture eat some run of the mill spider soon. This should be an almost trivial task. The Eagle has 2 mystery abilities and we got flying instead (which is still pretty sweet, but we could have probably caught a fly or something honestly). If we fight eat a Gargantuan Wing Weaver and it has something other than mundane spider silk, it would be nice if we could guarantee getting one of the other abilities instead.
I think we should catch a spider, put it in a jar, and then eat it just before we our first human (we wait because inhumanity score mechanic).

Also >>3772397
>Did you find out exactly when and where the fight tomorrow is?
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>>3772617
It’s for the costume. Pretty Pink doesn’t use a parasol when she’s fighting off threats to the citizens of Neo-Rainbowville. What else would show her royal chroma pedigree AND be used as a focus for her powers?
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>>3772638
Dude, we're at 4/5 inhumanity. Not eating anything anytime soon.
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>>3772638
yeah if we eat anything else we are not going to be able to hide our inhumanity.
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>>3772646
Are you saying that we the type of person that goes that extra mile for 'aesthetic' details that nobody else will see (or know about unless we tell them)?


>>3772656
spider in jar, jar in backpack, when we have the opportunity to eat a human (that isn't our ally or a likely ally) without getting caught, we take out the spider, eat it, and then eat the human. (assuming circumstance allows us to do both, if we can only pick one, obviously we just eat the human)
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>>3772671
We need to volunteer at the local hospice. That way no one will go missing that is likely to be missed or be cared about.
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>>3772665
We are at 4/5. We hit the debuff once we go past 5/5, not when we hit 5/5. So getting to 5/5 means doesn't mean we look less human, just that we can't seize opportunities to get more abilities as they come up until we eat a human (assuming we are not okay with the penalty).
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>>3772675
ok well in that changes things. I still want to eat an ant queen. to see what king of abilities we can get
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>>3772674
I've been hoping to eat Ferdnand after he loses his fight against Bobby tomorrow.
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>>3772680
I don't think we should eat anyone from our school. people tend to notice and care a more when kids go missing. We really should hold off on eating people until it is an absolute necessity.
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>>3772687
>a more
a lot more
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>>3772671
>Are you saying that we the type of person that goes that extra mile for 'aesthetic' details that nobody else will see (or know about unless we tell them)?

No, I’m saying that making our own scepter would at least make it sturdier then the toy one and less likely to break.
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>>3772687
Ferdnand is strong and tomorrow he'll be weak. But you are right that people will probably notice. The closer we are to our victims in daily life (be as friends or as enemies), the more scrutiny we will be under. Especially as more people disappear. We don't want that kind of pattern. Plus Alice is our classmate, and since there is a good chance she is Ocuul, there is a good chance she'll try to kill us AND eating her would be part of the quest win condition.


>>3772695
But why do we need a sturdy scepter when we have a sturdy umbrella?
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>>3772675
>As you eat the inhuman you become more than human. But eventually your appearance will begin to reflect your inhumanity. After gaining 5 traits and skills via eating you will need to eat a human to reset your human appearance back to base.
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>>3772702
I'm against actively becoming homicidal.
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>>3772702
Because it’s for the costume, not to use against actual enemies.
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>>3772731
But humans are so tasty anon.
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>>3772728
Ah then, in that case, let's not eat anything else for the time being.
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>>3772743
But we can still capture some small snacks and carry those with us.
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>>3772747
It would be better to ask our dad to finance a growing pet collection. instead of trying to carry a backpack full of critters
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>>3772751
Mr.Shelly already went missing. How many more missing pets will it take for him to notice something strange is going on? Plus that pet store clerk saw us buy the beta. If our goes in, they might talk and dad take note of the fact we did not bring home a beta.

Also not a full backpack. Just a couple of small critters.
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>>3772741
There's no urgent need to become stronger at the moment to justify such appetite, we've applied for soccer cluub and taekwondo lessons for physical improvement, our friend is kinda shook and we haven't got used to our new traits yet. Let's not be hasty.
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>>3772781
agreed
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>>3772781
>>3772783
Ocuul is coming for us. And I want to go back to that cave before the chicks die.
That said, if we do eat someone, we should leave Yuri out of it.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3772793
Let's learn how to fight and use the traits that we have now first, instead of becoming a homicidal swiss-knife-girl just for the sake of cool abilities.
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>>3772799
Life is hard for a single parent. I assume that there are eagle chicks in that cave and that a single parent takes care of them. (Most birds are raised by 2 parents, however there are some species where older offspring help raise their younger siblings, and there are also species where only one parent takes care of the baby). I'm not sure how long the remaining parent will be up to the task. Every minute that presumable parent gone is another minute those presumable chicks are completely undefended (presumably).
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>>3772818
Just catch them, put them in a cage in some safe secluded area, feed them until the time we reset our inhumanity. Think long term.
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>>3772828
support
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>>3772828
These are baby birds and their species grows to 4 feet tall. We don't know how big they are yet, but some birds stay with their parents until they are basically the same size (in fact, I suspect most do). We can't keep birds that big fed.
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>>3772851
then leave them, we are already at 4/5 slots.
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>>3772851
Well, here you have it - we've missed the boat, the chicks are effectively dead. No need to bother about them then.
Don't lean too hard on eating stuff, there's more to do in this quest.
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>>3772420
>>3772567
>>3772593
>>3772638

You remember something from the other day and turn to Yuri, a serious look in your eyes.

"I think Alice is the reincarnate of Ocuul. One of the gods we read about in class. I think that she's the one who left the note at my mom's grave. I think that's why she went missing."

Yuri nods in thought before replying.

"She could be... maybe. I mean... everyone just thought she was schizophrenic when she said she heard voices but now that I think about it... considering your condition..."

She waves her hand dissmissively.

"We'll cross that bridge whenever we have to. For now let's not worry about it."

You agree and decide to bring up a lighter topic.

"You ready for halloween?"

Yuri whips her around to stare at you.

"Don't worry about halloween. I have us covered. Just trust me on this okay?"

That's.... concerning. You trust Yuri but you wish she didn't say it like that. You instead ask Yuri about ferdnand's and bobby's fight. Yuri makes a face.

"Why do you care what those two pigs are doing? If you're curious I might as well tell you. After school tomorrow they plan on fighting in the woods like a bunch of animals. Then again I slapped an eagle today so who am I to talk?"

Curiosity only partially sated you ask Yuri about something else.

"Is there anything else important happening this year?"

Yuri hums.

"Well. There is the big school fitness test coming up. The winner gets to appear on the local public access show."

You know the one she's talking about. Conversation Notes with Ollie Weeks. It's not bad just kind of strange. He broadcasts from the public access building on top of Old Man's bluff.

As you finish talking Yuri's mother walks over to the couch.

"Okay girls. Is late. Would you like to stay the night or should I call Hugo. Let him know you are heading home?"

>Stay the night.
>Head home.
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>>3772879
>>Head home.
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>>3772879
>Head home.
We already had a sleepover yesterday, go home.
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>>3772879
>Head home
I want to compare the repaired holes in our princess shirt with the sailor uniform collar-cape-flap thing. I'm scared of Ocuul, but I'm worried that spending every night with Yuri will seem weird. Maybe the only reason Ocuul hasn't attacked us is because she wants to be able to get away with it and live a normal life after. Hopefully we'll be good if we are within earshot of attention.
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>>3772879
>Head home.
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>>3772879
>Head home.
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I'm confident that if we eat an able bodied person our age or older before friday, we'll kick butt in the soccer try outs. And if we kick butt in the soccer try outs maybe... maybe Tilly senpai will notice us! Don't you want Tilly senpai to notice us anon?

I want to investigate the roof with Tilly and it would help if we impressed her before that. I mean how else are we supposed to impress her? A milk challenge (using chocolate milk)?
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>>3773050
>Tilly senpai
No, cut that yuri trash right now.
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>>3773050
Again with eating people, like a broken record. Maybe you can help us with coming up with a way to fix our issue with no reliable source of Resolve damage of our own instead?
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>>3773052
Calling her senpai was a joke. But yeah, it probably wasn't funny.
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If we punch/cut holes into our clothes by growing wings, pull the wings back in, and then put on our backpack, would the clothing damage be covered by the backpack?
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>>3773133
We could get around this by wearing a spaghetti string undershirt with an unbuttoned overshirt.
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>>3773245
Great. I don't know how much that costs, but our weekly allowance is at least 17 dollars, and we still have $3. I also don't know what day of the week we receive our allowance.

Not sure how much martial arts cost and if that will come out of our allowance.
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>>3773301
We are either going to have to save up our allowance for a while or maybe ask our old man for the cash
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>>3773305
We also might want to buy a gallon or 2 of chocolate milk to impress the Wild Bunch. We can do the gallon challenge without transforming or mouth into TRUE form, right?
Maybe we can get our money back or more, if we try to make it a bet.
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>>3773314
We need to experiment with our "true" mouth and figure out how much of it we can transform without it being noticeable but still be able to use the power.
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>>3773316
In this case it's not like we'd be trying to get new abilities from the milk. Just be able to swallow a gallon in an hour without vomiting. We might not need to transform our mouth. Ugh, we might need to spend money on a trial run first.
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>>3773314
I think we should look for a quiet secluded spot in the forest, where we can test our powers (gotta learn how to fly first) and with a place where we can keep animals so we could eat them later.
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>>3773321
Yeah let's hope we can figure out how to use our "true" mouth in stealth mode

>>3773326
we should wait until the weekend, that way we won't have to worry about a curfew if we have one.
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>>3773326
I wonder if that's what Alice is doing right now.
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>>3773330
Just mentioning as a note, something for the long run.
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>>3773326
I don't want to store animals for a long time. I'm fine with it if we plan to find a human to eat in the very near future, but I don't want to bother feeding the animals and such. We could try and keep track of any habitats, and burrows, and such that we come across though.

I am fine with testing out powers, but the only one we'd really be testing is the wings probably. Max speed, acceleration, how agile, how loud? We could bring Yuri with us for security reasons if we are scared of Ocuul (I am scared of Ocuul). And it would probably go towards increasing Yuri's BP score.
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>>3773331
Probably avoiding us until she can start a fight to the death with us on her terms. Or better yet (for her), an ambush so flawless it'd be more like an execution.
Maybe wage some psychological warfare or something to pass the time in-between (like leaving us ominous notes in weird places).
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>>3773361
>ambush so flawless
Anon, that's paranoia. And I believe in Teeth as a writer to leave us some subtle cues.
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>>3773368
Part of the ambush being flawless is us not having allies with us. And probably no witnesses so Alice could live a normal life after the deed is done. Maybe Alice would try to kill us with a booby trap. I doubt poisoning her food would do us in. And if she is a "good guy", she'd take care to make sure we were the only ones hurt by the booby trap. In fact she might not trust a booby trap to not hurt someone innocent.
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>>3773383
Yup. That's totally paranoia. Are you enjoying thinking up 'rocks fall' scenarios? That's not even funny.
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>>3773394
I don't think it's funny either.
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Geez I step out for a smoke break and this is what I see. Look... I'm not gonna be a dick and just drop a surprise ambush without dropping a few flags before hand. And even if i decided to do that unstoppable ambush (I wouldn't because that's not gameplay that would be senseless punishment ) I'd make y'all roll to avoid. I'm not here to be a dick. If I wanted to go around being a dick I'd set up shop in /pol/. If it isn't fun or push the narrative forward or expand upon the setting then I won't do it.

Proper update will come around 1am.
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>>3773414
I thought Blorby saying Ocuul knows where we are and that note at our mom's grave were flags.
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>>3773423
I think you've played too much of Gumby's ones-shot quests.
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>>3773446
I haven't played any one-shots. Do you recommend it?
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>>3772892
>>3772896
>>3772908
>>3773034

You say goodbye to Yuri and Ms.Chernokov. Yuri let's you know that she'll bring your shirt with her to school tomorrow.

You grab your backpack and walk home. As you walk home your way is illuminated by streetlights that loom high above you. You turn a corner and you spot something further down the street. Kneeling in one of the halos of light is a vaugely human silhouette. You can hear a distant mewling cry.

>What do you do?
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>>3773454
Gumby's quests are not my cup of tea, but if you like getting punished and having the protag dead because of a bad decision because the players didn't notice one specific red flag out of dozen then go for it.
>haha nice run good luck next thread
I mean, one-shot format kinda allows it but I still hate losing progress in quest because of missing some hidden cue.
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>>3773468
Yeah, okay, guess I'm quite biased.
>>3773462
>Subtly pick up your pace, don't show that you've noticed it. Head home.
Sorry, not picking up that plot-hook
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>>3773462
>Scan surroundings. Look for escape routes. Don't forget we have wings, so "up" can be an escape route if we are really in a pinch. Get umbrella. Tense up and get ready to run away.
>Cautiously approach. "Is that you Alice? Everyone's been worried about you."
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>>3773476
support
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>>3773462
Go investigate. We have a few abilities to keep us alive if it comes down to it.
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>>3773474
I assume the figure is in between us and home. If so, are you requesting a detour, or do you want to walk past it.
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>>3773549
>detour
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>>3773462
>crying figure
I’m getting Left 4 Dead flashbacks here! I wouldn’t be surprised if they attack as soon as we get close to try and check on them.

I say we go around them and continue going home.
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>>3773549
I mean, we've just talked about cues that signal that something is suspicious, so I think that we should avoid something obvious like that.
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>>3773565
>>3773474
That's me, dropped my name
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>>3773565
Don't you want to know what that thing is? Humans are human shaped. Maybe it's Alice. Aren't you worried about our classmate?
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>>3773572
>just said about the perfect ambush where we're caught without Yuri
>wants to come closer to some creep down the road at night
I wouldn't do it as myself IRL, not even speaking of our 11y/o MC.
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>>3773578
>>3773572
This is almost painfully cliche. Little kids shouldn't approach weird strangers at night. In fact, maybe we should've called our dad to pick us up.
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>>3773476
>I'd like to add that I don't want to get any closer than 10 feet until we know what it is.

>>3773578
Good point.
I'd rather not get within arm's reach, but I guess I didn't make that clear.
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>>3773591
*sigh*
You do you.
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Since we have an ideological split here lets do a roll.

Roll 1d2

1: Fuck that. Take a detour.
2: Investigate. See if they are okay.

(First rolled is used)
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>>3773650
If I counted right it's a 2-3 split. with the 3 being investigate
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>3773654
could have sworn I rolled
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>>3773654
Ah shit you're right. My bad. In that case...

Locked. Writing.
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>>3773476
>>3773481
>>3773488
>>3773591

You grab your parasol and clench it tightly in your fist as you approach the crying figure. As you step closer you begin to make out a messy mop of yellow hair. It's a mess of leaves and split ends. The figure is curled up in the fetal position and is muttering and crying to herself. You cannot see their face. You are 10ft away from the balled figure, just outside the halo of the street light.

You call out.

"Alice... Alice is that you? Are you okay? Everyone is really worried about you."

As soon as you start speaking the figure freaks out and releases a startled yelp and makes a flailing attempt to stand. They fail and end up falling on their hands and knees with the crown of their head pointing in your direction. Now that you have a better vantage you can infact see it's Alice. She is wearing a tattered and messy school uniform. You can hear what she's saying now.

"Shut up! Shut up please... please I wanna go home."

She rises to her feet and as soon as she see's you she yelps again and takes a step back.

"You.. no I don't wanna see you. Go away! GO AWAY! You wanna hurt me. They said you wanted to hurt me. They showed me. You ate me. Will eat me."

She has a wild look in her eyes. She lifts an open palm toward you in a gesture that suggests she wants you to back up.

"Go away. They want you to leave. We want you to leave."

Her hair begins to shift slightly as if in a breeze. You feel no wind.

>What do you do?
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>>3773686
>Take a few demonstrative steps back
>Speak slowly snd calmly
>"Alice, who's talking to you? Why would I want to hurt you? I don't understand. Please, tell me."
The grudge between old gods doesn't have to control either of us if you ask me.
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>>3773686
Keep distance. Try to relax. Our tense posture will probably alarm her. If possible use [ADORABLE] to calm her down. Ask if she has a working cellphone and if so, to call the Sheriff. If she doesn't, suggest she go to a nearby house of her choosing, ring the bell, and ask that they call the sheriff and ask him/her to pick Alice up. Say that we want to see her off when the sheriff comes to pick her up but will maintain a respectful distance the entire time.
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>>3773695
>>3773690
>I forgot to green text. Also supporting taking a couple of steps back.
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>>3773695
She's been in the woods for several days, I think her battery is dead.
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>>3773700
Maybe she turned it off because she didn't want the GPS to track her. It's still worth asking.
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>>3773686
>>3773690
>"Why can't you go home?"
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Locked. Writing.
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Alice doesn't want to play monster slayer. She just wants to be safe and go home. But Blorby implied that Ocuul was after us. I think we can't trust Blorby.
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>>3773690
>>3773698
>>3773707
>>3773695

You take a few measured steps back and put your parasol away. You raise your hands to show they are empty. You calmly try and speak again.

"Alice, who's talking to you? Why would I want to hurt you? I don't understand. Please, tell me."

She lowers her palm and her arm sag by her side.

"The man in my head, Mr.Seek. He wanted to show me something. He said if I took a nap he'd take me somewhere special. I woke up standing alone in the woods. There were animals everywhere. They were all asleep. I couldn't wake them up no matter how hard I tried. Mr.Seek was so happy. He sounded better. He used to sound so sick. He told me about who I used to be. About how he want's me to be whole again. But then he says I need to do things. Whenever I wan't to go home I fall asleep and then I'm somewhere else again. But yesterday he started getting nervous. He showed me the future. He showed me that we are the same. No... not same. He said similar. We are similar. He said that you were mean. A monster who ate everybody and you want to eat me too. He showed me what you look like underneath. I see it now. I see how wrong you look. He won't stop showing me."

You drop your hands. She looks so thin. She could fall apart at any second. Blorby speaks up in your head.

"Oi... hey he shouldn't be doing that. He's wearing Alice like a suit made out of meat and doing weird shit in the woods, poyo. He shouldn't be strong enough to do that. Humans don't have enough base potential for him to flex that kind of control."

You hold out a hand to Alice.

"Look Alice... all this stuff. We don't have to do any of it. Let's just drop it okay. Let's just get you home. I won't hurt you. We'll go to the nearest house and we can call your mom and you can go home."

Alice looks exhausted. She stims with her fingers nervously before taking a single step forward. As she does she falters. She opens her mouth.

"Go to sleep Alice."

She falls but before she hits the ground she freezes. Perfectly still. As if she was a marionette being suspended on taught strings. She slowly tilts back, like a statue, until she is on her feet. Her head is slightly higher now and her left eye looks vacant. The right eye however...

Its a shimmering gold.

"Hey... That was close. You almost had us there little monster. I'll be damned if I let this girl anywhere near you until she can rip you in half in the blink of an eye"

Alice is speaking but the voice isn't right anymore. There is another voice layered over her own. It sounds tired. She is standing very casually now. As if the previous conversation never happened. She makes an irritated face.

"Well... aren't you gonna say hello?"

>What do you do?
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>>3773725
>Uh, hello Mr.Seek? You're really wearing Alice out. She looks so weak - how do you expect her do rip anything in half? Why won't you let Alice go home? Why do you want her to fight me?
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>>3773725
>Glare at him.
Get mad. Get Angry! How dare he treat our classmate so abusively! Keeping her in a state of terror. Keeping her from home. Probably keeping her from getting enough to eat. And he calls us a monster!

>Rebuke him for his treatment of Alice! Tell him to put Alice back in the driver's seat and demand that he let her go home!
Maybe throw in the word kidnapper somewhere. Maybe stamp are foot.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3773730
>>3773732

You wave shyly.

"Umm.. hey Mr.Seek right?"

The thing wearing Alice makes finger guns and clicks it's tongue.

"The one and only. Nothing can hide from me you disgusting pile of meat you."

You aren't sure how to feel about all this but you press onward.

"Yeah... anyway look you are really wearing Alice down here. She looks like she's gonna die. I'm not sure how you expect her to be strong enough to rip anything in half like that."

The thing looks down at Alice's body. It hums thoughtfully.

"I see how one could think that. However this isn't really a concern. She looks a little rough but she's fine. She just hasn't been getting proper sleep is all. Funny enough being forced into a fugue state doesn't count as a goodnight's sleep. It's quite interesting really. Who knew humans we're so mentally unfit? Well... what can ya do? Every experience is a learning experience. Anyways she never needed to be physically fit to break things. She can do this."

He holds out a hand toward the light pole behind you and slowly closes his hand into a fist. You turn around to see the pole curl up like a tube of toothpaste. It groans under the invisible force and the light it casts goes out. You turn back around to see the Alice-thing, Mr.Seek, floating. His legs crossed one over the other as if he were resting them on an invisible desk.

"Pretty nifty huh? Do you know how rare it is to find a true esper. Don't bother answering. The answer is HARD. Now imagine my luck having ended up being passed down a whole bloodline of them. That, my little monster, is some grade A potential. Problem is even at their best they can only really predict the future on a good day or maybe float some spoons around. But you throw in some godly potential and a bunch of stolen inhuman potential and BOOM! Super esper."

You are getting really annoyed now. How can he be so casual about this.

"Stop being smarmy about all of this. Just let Alice go home! Why do you want to fight me so badly? What did I ever do to you?"

He goes quiet. His calm demeanor sours as his face changes into an ugly mask of distaste.

(1/2)
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"What did you do? WHAT DID YOU DO! YOU PUTRID BAG OF FILTH AND TEETH. YOU ALMOST ENDED EVERYTHING. WE DIED. THEY DIED. WHAT WE ONCE WERE DIED! The gods of creation and rebirth and fate just fucking gone. The cycle of things is all out of whack. Did you know there are ghosts now? Just rolling blobs of soul unbound from their potential because some cosmic bigmouth isn't up in the heavens doing his fucking job and processing them. And have you seen what these humans have been doing to each other without us? Endless wars and genocides and coups and all for what? A couple of raised flags, maybe a few bucks? And I had to sit by and watch through the eyes of mortals while they fucked up all Ocuul's plans. Well fuck that. I need to fix this. We need to fix this. But I can't let you ascend. Not after the last time. But I need your godly potential to repair the cycle of creation. Then I can use my eye to find the grabby bastard, where ever he is, and put the world the way it should be. New start. Fresh beginning. I need to clean up the mess YOU... or should I say what's left of you made. It's for the greater good. If I can't save these monkeys from themselves than I'll have to do it by any means necessary."

He calms down and floats back down to earth. He's smiling again.

"But don't you worry about little Alice here. I'm not a shambling monster like you. Once I finish up my business in the woods I'll hand her back the steering wheel for a while and she can go home and go back to being a normal little girl. Now if you don't mind I've got to be going. I have to go meet some new friends."

You run toward him and try and catch him.

"Let her go you..."

but before you can finish your sentence he's spirited himself away and you run through open air.

>What do you do?

(2/2)
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Gonna get some sleep. Will update and lock in replies when I wake up.
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>>3773758
>Talk to blorby. Maybe about how he's getting powers boosted too.
>I think it's meta, but see if he has ideas to eat people humanely.
like after they already died by other means, does that work? , and do we have to eat a whole person or will an arm or solid chunk of the thigh do? I mean we're a apocalyptic being, but that is no reason to be mean.
>go home.
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>>3773758
>Tell Blorby we want to "Free Alice" from her shitty split personality. Ask if we can bring Alice back to life if we become a god. And the other people and animals we to accumulate power for that matter. Mr.Seek can stay dead though. Hopefully Alice will forgive us.
>Ask Blorby how long we have till Mr.Seek is done with his creepy animal sacrifice crap. What did he mean by new friends anyways? Are those dead animals going to become undead thralls or something?
>seek Blorby's assurance that he won't highjack us like that abusive creep. We don't want to do all this hard and unscrupulous work only for Blorby to be an asshole and "eat the world" or whatever.


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Possibilities:
* Ring the nearest doorbell and 'knock' on the door with an umbrella until it either crashes in or gets answered and use the home owner's phone. If we want to say we saw something supernatural, Mr.Seek was kind enough to leave behind a very damaged pole to give such a story at least a shred of credibility.
* Go back to Yuri's house
* Go home
* Go to the woods. Honestly we can't defeat Mr.Seek right now. We'd have to go on quite the binge and we don't even know where in the forest they are.

We should tell Yuri that Alice has Ocuul as a split personality that is able to take Alice over. Tell Yuri that Alice looked like shit and it's Ocuul's fault. Also tell Yuri want to 'free' Alice even if it means temporarily killing her (assuming that would work). Don't leave out that Ocuul is dead set on killing us. It's kill or be killed!

We should try and convince dad we need a phone for safety reasons. It doesn't have to be a brand new one. A smart phone would be nice though.

I'm beginning to wonder if we should let dad in on the 'god thing'. I'm leaning towards no (where as before I was a hard no).
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Note: Alice comes from an Esperbloodline. Alice has edible parents. But it's doubtful they are "Super Espers", but maybe we could do some of the same god steroids on the esper powers that Seeks did. That said, maybe any powers they had were stolen by mr seeks.

I think the reason Mr.Seek didn't kill us now is he has a way of stealing our godly potential or whatever, except it isn't ready yet and he needs us alive (for now) so he can take our power in the near future to fix the world.
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We should ask blorby about ghosts sometime soon.
In thread 1 (>>3707641) blorby said we didn't have to worry about them any time soon. But it would be nice to know about the nature of ghosts, and how edible they are, because there might be one on our school's roof. And that should tell us if the idea of checking it out should be a hard no, a hard yes, or something in-between.
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>>3773758
Supporting >>3773822 and second and third points from >>3773826
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>>3773758
Talk to Blorby, I get the feeling that he didn't give us the full story of what happened all those years ago. I want him to give us the full REAL story
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>>3773826
>>3773918

You stand alone there for a moment. Well... not entirely alone.

"Blorby?"

It's silent for a moment.

"Yeeeeeeeeeeessss?"

You pause and consider your next words carefully.

"What the fuck Blorby? What was that? What was all of that?"

He is quiet. An embarrased silence.

"Well... if Alice is an esper and from a bloodline of espers he must have reached proper sentience long before I did, poyo. He must be abusing the dream space, the place we met for the first time, to bend her naturally powerful potential to step behind the wheel, poyo."

This... sucks. Futher more...

"What is he doing in the woods and how is he gaining inhuman potential? I thought I was the only one who could gain potential. I thought all Ocuul had was futuresight. How is any of that possible?"

Blorby hums inside your head.

"Magic maybe. Old magic, poyo. The stuff you humans used to do to appease us. Sacrifice and ritual. Gods aren't supposed to be able to sacrifice to themselves but with a human proxy he could easily..."

He trails off. Clearly upset.

"Anyways that explains how he is getting stronger but I don't know what he meant by 'new friends'."

You feel nervous. If Mr.Seek can do that than Blorby could...

"HEY! Stop that. I'm better than that, poyo. Besides I couldn't do that even if I wanted to. You don't have enough potential for me to tap into to allow me that kind control, poyo. I'm not Dentata. I may be what's left but I am not that jealous idiot. Never forget. I am not just godly potential. I am also years and years of collected human experience. What me and Mr.Seek are is something entirely new to the universe."

You can feel the truth in his words. Whether it's because of your bond or the fact he's in your head. But he you feel like you can trust him.

"C'mon Marina... It's late. We should get you home or your dad will be worried, poyo."

You finish the rest of your walk home and after apologizing to your dad for being late you go upstairs and head to bed. It takes you a while to fall asleep.

You find yourself back in that white void, the dream space. In front of you is an amorphous fog.

"I feel like... I feel like it's hard to trust me because you don't really know me or what I'm supposed to be. What about you? What do you want me to be?"

>What form should they take?
or
>I liked you as you were.
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>>3774816
>You should be what you want to be. Not what you think what I want you to be.
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>>3774816
>Can you show me the most common interpretation of Dentata's form?
>We can have the form that you have right now as a fallback option
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>>3774855
Support, it would be interesting to see.
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>>3774852
support
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>>3774852
>>3774855
>>3774920
>>3774933

"Can you show me what you remember of Dentata?"

The fog shifts and swirls. It condenses and becomes black. It becomes a solid mass of black tar and limbs eject themselves from the mass. As its legs form properly it stands to its full height, about as tall as your dad. It looks like a man made out of tar. Bubbling out from beneath its surface are writhing mouths and swirls of misshapen teeth.

"i'M sOrRy If ThIs Is An UnApPeAlInG fOrm."

The tar man looks at his slick hands and clenches and unclenches his fingers. Getting used to the sensation of having digits. You don't like this one either. It looks uncomfortable just existing.

"You should just be what you want to be."

The faceless thing raises its head to look at you. It slowly begins to melt into a puddle of black.

"wHaT dO i WaNt To Be?"

It melts further until it's just a spill on the floor.

"I want to be loved. I've been alone in here for so long. I want to be a friend."

The small blot errupts upward into a pillar of black and forms a solid, smooth obisdian cylinder. A foot steps out from the pillar, as if it were made of nothing. In a second the figure is fully freed from the structure.

It's a man. He is wearing a black tail coat with dark dress pants. His hands are covered by white gloves. His eyes are obscured by a mop of dark hair. His skin is a sickly pale. His mouth is upturned into a permanent toothy smile.

"This feels right. I feel... good. But what should my name be. Everyone needs a name and I don't want to steal one from a children's game again."

He walks over to you.

"It's thanks to you I exist at all. What do you think my name should be?"

>NAME YOUR NEW FRIEND
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>>3775030
give him a hug, I am pretty sure he needs it. then ask him "How about Amicitia? It means friendship in latin"
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>>3775030
>>3775045
Sure, supporting
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>>3775030
>give him a hug
>Droog - friend in russian. Sounds imposing
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>>3775059
how about Droog Amicitia as his full name?
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>>3775069
Sure, if Droog becomes his first name - Amacitia sounds kinda feminine.
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>>3775073
Works for me
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>>3775069
Maybe we should share surnames. So perhaps
>Droog Steel
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>>3775331
I like it allow me to counter offer with Droog A Steel the A stands for Amicitia
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>>3775331
>>3775339
>>3775030
Wait, on second thought doesn't that make us his mom? We're 11. We aren't ready to be a mom! I changed my mind about sharing our surname. I don't want to share a surname with Droog.

(By the way, I forgot to namefag in >>3775331)
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>>3775045
>>3775049
>>3775059
>>3775069
>>3775073
>>3775331
>>3775339

"Okay then. Your name is Droog Amacitia Steel. We're already technically family so let's make it official. I always thought it would be cool to have a brother."

You wrap your arms around his midsection and hug him. You can hear him sniffling.

"Are you... crying?"

He stops for a second.

"Maybe... no... shut up."

You let him go and he plops down in front of you with his legs crisscrossed beneath him. He is at eye level with you know.

"So sis... Is there anything you wanted to talk about while you're here."

> What do you ask Droog?
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>>3775505
>ask about full story between Dentata and Ocuul
>is there a way to protect yourself from being turned into a pretzel by his powers
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>>3775505
>That jerk Seek mentioned something about ghosts. Please tell me about ghosts so I can decide if I should investigate the top floor of school, which is rumored to be haunted.

>After I become a god, I can bring back the animals and people I killed, right? I'd rather not permanently kill Alice.

>How long do I have until that jerk Seek comes after me?
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>>3775505
>Is there a way to save Alice from Mr. Seek?
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>>3775505
Supporting this too>>3775520
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>>3775505
>Any chance telling the sherif about Alice's jerk 'split personality' is keeping her in the forest will slow down Seek's accumulation of power?
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>>3775514
support
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>>3775520
>>3775613
>>3775514
>>3775525

"What really happened all those years ago? Between the gods I mean. What did Dentata do?"

Droog slouches over, depressed.

"It happened exaclty like it said in the book. Dentata got jealous of Manno and Ocuul. He got angry about it and like a child he tried to eat the universe. People, animals, gods, all of it. So the other two nuked themselves to kill Dentata and in the process threw the cycle of creation out of whack."

He pauses and looks up. He is clearly very ashamed.

"I know it wasn't me. I am not Dentata, just his scraps. But I have some of his memories and I can still feel his jealousy. His loneliness. I need to make you whole so I can fix this mess he left me with."

You give him a second of silence before you ask your next question.

"Is there a way to stop him from turning me into a pretzel? I really don't want to die like that."

He strokes his chin thoughtfully.

"I suppose if you can kick him out of the driver's seat next time you face him. Alice doesn't seem to be as compatent with her abilities as he is. She is still just as strong but she is clearly much less experienced."

You ask the most important question.

"Can I save Alice? Do I have to eat her?"

He frowns.

"I'm sorry Marina. I really am but there isn't..."

He stops midsentence and freezes in place.

"Well wait... actually there might be one way. We aren't pure human potential. We're like soul cancer. A symbiote. If someone were to perform a powerful excorcism theoretically it could separate something like me or Mr.Seek from their host. Problem is I'm not sure we know anyone who can perform one. An excorcism I mean. We'd need a Solarist or a Naturalist to do it."

That gives you a few ideas. Something to keep in mind.

>>3775518

"Can you tell me anything about ghosts?"

He shakes his head.

"Only a little. They used to be purely theoretical. Every living thing is made of physical matter, potential, and a soul. When they die the physical body would rot and Dentata would separate the potential and the soul so the soul could reincarnate and the potential could be repurposed to fuel the cycle of creation. But with the cycle all muddled up I guess a few souls stuck around with a small nugget of potential embedded and just... exist without physical form."

You feel bad for anyone stuck like that. Which reminds you.

"If I become a god... can I bring back the people and things I ate?"

He makes a face.

"You aren't supposed to... but if you really wanted to you could."

You only have one more question.

"How long until Mr.Seek comes for us?"

He looks down.

"I don't know... I just don't know"

Then you wake up.

You are alone in your room. Your alarm is blaring. It's 4:30.

>What do you do?
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>>3775957
>morning excercise, stretch your wings as well
>Check your sailor fuku - can you try this>>3771466?
I just realised that I have no idea what PPP is about
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>>3775957
I was planning on having Marina Steel be pretty evil and focused on achieving apotheosis without regard for most people if it suited her desire for omnipotence, but I don't think I want to go that route anymore. Marina has demonstrated a readiness to eat animals, maybe she is still willing to prey upon jerks or people that aren't long for this world anyways (like people that are super old or super sick). Alice isn't either of those. Marina did say she wanted to become a god even if it require a lot of death and destruction, but maybe it was just more abstract then. Much like why Droog/Blorby had doubts about letting Yuri see us eat.

I don't really see a point in saving Alice if we will still need to eat her anyways. But he say we don't have to eat her. I assume we can eat Mr.Seeks even after he has been exorcised. Maybe the exorcism involves trapping the spirit in some sort of vessel (which we would then eat).

"You aren't supposed to... but if you really wanted to you could." I wonder if there is any negative consequence of bringing someone back after eating them. I can still see Marina doing bad stuff if she can just undo it later.

>Not supposed to? What's wrong with bringing people back after I eat them?


>>3775971
Pretty Pretty Princess or something. It's the franchise we like.
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>>3775984
I mean, what is it about? Magical girls?
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>>3775984
I have the strong sense that if we don't take up the role of the good guy this story won't have one based on how Mr.seeks acts. Also if we are going to become the god of all things we have to be better, we can't let power go to our head. remember "with great power come great responsibility"

>>3775957
>start looking into finding some that can do an exorcism.
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>>3775993
You mean Illuminate Gregor (probably)?
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>>3775993
Also does the story need to have a "good guy"?
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>>3775998
You're calling Mr Seeker a jerk, yet you plan to act just like he thinks Dentata would act - thus proving him right. And I think playing a murderous glutton that's constantly gorging on people without a care would be boring imho.
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>>3776009
I doubt Dentata would use the omnipotence to undo the harm he caused as stepping stones to achieve omnipotence. I think Dentata would probably use the omnipotence to eat the world.
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>>3776009
This man gets it
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>>3775998
I think it does and we are the all this quest has got.
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>>3776019
>>3776009
So are we not going to eat anybody? Because I'd like it if we could lower our inhumanity score.
Any chance eating someone that is brain dead would lower it?
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>>3776020
>Any chance eating someone that is brain dead would lower it?
That is a good question that is worth looking into.
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>>3776022
even if it does, brain dead people are not a resource we'd have plenty of access too.
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>>3776020
No one said anything about not eating anybody, don't put words in our mouths. We can eat people, but we need restraint and standarts for that. Don't ask what standarts right now, can't give you a straight-forward answer for that since this stuff is a case-by-case thing.
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>>3775971
>>3775984
>>3775993

You get off the bed and do some morning stretches. You unbutton everything except for the top few buttons on your night shirt and unfurl your [WINGS]. The shirt back flips up as the wings shoot out. You rotate them and give them a few test flaps. Some loose papers in on your floor are inched away from the small breeze your wings produce. You look at your back in the mirror and see where the wings sit on your back. You recall them and watch as they melt and writhe back beneath the surface of your skin. You get an idea.

You go to your dresser and pull out your sailor fuku. Just as you thought. If you cut slits in the back for your wings you can cover the holes with the little cape. You do so and staple the ends of the slits to keep them from tearing further. You make a mental note to ask Yuri to sew the slits in properly.

"Don't worry I'll remind you."

Droog chimes in from inside your head. While you have him here...

"Hey Droog. Why shouldn't I bring people back after I eat them?"

You can feel him getting upset.

"Look. The cycle of creation and destruction. Life and death. Is only supposed to move one way. Forward. You shouldn't just go around resurrecting people. It doesn't end well. We already have ghosts floating around the place. I really don't want to see what'll happen to reality if you hit rewind on a dead person."

You can feel the concern he's giving off. You'd do well to remember his warning. Morbid conversation aside you head downstairs, dressed for the day in the modified sailor fuku.

You get on the family computer and try to research people who can perform excorcisms. You find a few videos of solarists holding aloft gold leafed candles glowing wih ethereal blue flames. They are using them against people who are more often than not tied down or restrained and thrashing about. Beyond the videos are articles about people questioning the safety and reason behind excorcisms. You are however unable to find any names or addresses for local excorcists. The only solarist figure you know in town is Illuminate Gregor. Well and his grandson Asher. The only time you ever see him is at lunch though.

You head back up to your room to get your bag ready for school. If you leave as soon as your dad wakes up you'll have some free time to explore the town. However you can also have him give you a ride and explore the school building before classes start.

What do you do?

>Explore the town.
>Explore the school.
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Okay I'm gonna update the pastebins then go to bed. I'll lock in the replies and update when I wake up.
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>>3776155
>Tell dad we want martial arts class with Yuri. Maybe also try to convince him we are ready for a cellphone. Smartphone would be nice. Doesn't have to be the newest model. It can be used. Can even have a crack in the screen. But we would like it if it still had a respectable battery life.
We could tell him we've received death threats, but I'm worried that means less freedom to walk around.

>Explore the town
Maybe we'll find a hunting ground that is a stone's throw away from being on the fringe of ethical, or maybe already on the fringe of ethical! (hospice or prison probably). Or maybe a place with interesting animals that isn't the first pet store we went too. Small chance we encounter Gregor before school.

>Also do a little running. See if the 'wind' lifts up the cape-collar thing high enough that the slits are exposed.
We should also ask Asher for his grandpa's contact info if it's not on the internet during lunch. I assume it isn't on the internet. Then call Gregor during lunch. He should know Alice is possessed immediately. He might need to get special materials or maybe call someone or a group of people that aren't in town, and they might take time to get here. The sooner Gregor knows the better.
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>>3776155
>>Explore the school.
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>>3776155
>Explore the school
This >>3776174, except for exploring town and don't mention death threats
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>>3776174
>This.
Exploring the town will probably give better rewards than exploring the school.
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>>3776174
support
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>>3776174
>>3776391
>>3776554

You head downstairs and wait in the living room for your dad to wake up. He comes downstairs after a while dressed for work.

"Hey dad. Can I get a phone?"

He pauses and sighs.

"Yeah that's probably a good idea. What with the Zoraya girl missing and all."

He heads upstairs and comes back down a few minutes later with a flat black flip phone.

"Here. It's an old work phone but I reactivated the service on the sim card. I went ahead and put my number on there. Don't be afraid to call me if you need anything."

He places the phone into your hands.

"Oh and before I forget..."

He pulls out his wallet and hands you $20.

"Your weekly allowance. Well. Unless you want a ride to school you should get going. See you when you get home. Have a wonderful day."
(Total on hand:$23)

You head outside and begin your morning walk through town. As you go you do a short run to see if the cape lifts at all. It barely lifts an inch. Now that you're out and about where do you go?

>School.
>Library.
>Woods.
>Park.
>Cemetary.
>Plaza.
>Write in.
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>>3776703
>>School, we can hit up the school library.
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>>3776703
>>Library.
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>>3776703
>School
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>>3776827
Do all middle schools have libraries?
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>>3776986
This one has
>"Just the school librarian Mr.Maddox. He's the club sponsor this year."
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>>3776986
in the US they do
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>>3776703
I wanna find places where we can find humans to eat that would be within a stones throw of being remotely ethical (i.e. a place that has despicable people or people that are going to die soon anyways). Even if the town doesn't have a hospice or a prison, it probably has a regular hospital or a retirement home. But it might be more efficient to find such places using the internet than walking around.

>Library
The library probably has computers and internet. While we are there, maybe we can find something on the animals that live in the woods (our woods). We don't have a library card, but I assume we can get one. Another thing that might be worth looking into is rituals. Can they only be preformed at certain times of the day? How long do they take? Although for those there might be a lot of inaccurate stuff (as in rituals that some people do, but the rituals actually don't do anything) and it might be best to just ask Droog. Also I assume the public library has a larger inventory than the school library.
We can also ask Yuri if she knows of anyone not long for this world. We met Alice last night and learned we probably don't have the metaphorical stomach to kill an innocent young person that probably still has a long time to left live (baring murder or a car accident or whatever) if we can help it. Apparently we aren't probably going to have true omnipotence even after we become a god.
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I wonder if Gregor can tell us accurate info about ghosts. We can probably eat them in principle, but we might have to do something like bind them to a vessel and then eat the vessel first. Gregor might know about things like where we are most likely to find a ghost and other stuff. There is probably a ghost on the school roof, but I think we might want to find more than one ghost.

>Also, when we are near a place nobody can hear us, go to that place and quietly ask Droog if eating a ghost would reset our inhumanity the same way eating a human would. They still have a human soul and some 'potential', right?


Also, I have a question QM, does our inhumanity thing start acting up once we hit 5/5 or once we go past 5/5?
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>>3777116
I meant bind them to a vessel first, and then eat the vessel.
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Oh, if exorcisms work by taking stuffing a ghost in a vessel forever, maybe there is a place with a bunch of vessels, and if eating a ghost resets our inhumanity, then we can just eat a vessel. Hopefully the vessels will fit in our mouth or the ghost can be transferred into one that fits in our mouth.

Even if that was the case, there is no guarantee such vessels would be stored in our town though.
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>>3777116
I'm confused about if ghosts have potential

>>3775957
indicates they do

>>3773758
indicates they don't
>>3775957
I'm not sure why I get why Droog once to fix the world since his pitch for offering us divinity included "All destroying, poyo."
Plus I assume Alice trusted Mr.Seek.

But I don't see how we win the quest without becoming a god and trusting Droog to not screw us (and everyone else) over.
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what the heck
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There is a tie between the school and the library.

Roll 1d2

1:School
2:Library

(First rolled is used.)
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>3777785
Why do we have to roll for every second fucking decision, guys?
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>>3777833
nice
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>>3777833

You decide to walk to school early. When you arrive you figure you might as well explore the school grounds while you can. You won't be able to move around freely again until lunch.

Where do you go?

>Homeroom.
>Science Lab.
>Cafeteria.
>Gymnasium.
>Library.
>Portables.
>Student Garden.
>Locker Rooms/Shower.
>Rooftop.
>Hallways.
>Nurse's Office.
>Music Room.
>Auditorium.
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>>3777871
>>Library.
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>>3777871
>Library
Might as well ask the librarian about a library card for the town's library.
Good thing that Yuri is into literature for grown-ups, that way we can ask her to look for books on strange topics without raising suspicion.
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>>3777879
I thought Yuri was only interested in fiction.

Rooftop is the most interesting, but I don't want to go there yet.

>>3777871
>Library I guess.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3777874
>>3777879
>>3777902

You enter the library and see a few students doing some last minute homework at a few of the tables. There are a few bookshelves each one dedicated to a specific genre. The right side of the room contains the fiction books and the left side contains the nonfiction. Toward the back are some computers. On one of the computers is Ingo. He is playing RunicScape and collecting large amounts of an item called monkey nuts. At the check out/return desk is Mr.Maddox. A tall wirey albino man. His eyes are obsured by large red coke bottle glasses. His hair is a tuft of shaggy white. He is wearing a baggy turtleneck and slacks. The best way to describe the way he jitters about is moth-like. He is organizing books on a return cart when he sees you.

"Why hello there. Is there something I can help you with? Perhaps you'd like me to recommend a book. Or maybe a graphic novel? We have a fairly extensive collection of omnibuses for a plethora of popular series."

>What do you ask him?
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>>3777950
I heard the roof is haunted. Has anyone died at the school?
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>>3777950
>Ask about library cards
>Ask where did the rumors of school roof being haunted originate from
>What does he think we would be interested in? Something that fits our [ADORABLENESS].
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>>3777976
>>3777986

"Can you help me get a library card?"

He smiles.

"Do not worry. Students can check out books from here or the public library using their student ID numbers. That way we can reduce the cost of late fees for active students and young children."

That's good to know. At least you won't have to worry about getting a card. Mr.Maddox is smiling amicably.

"Is there anything else you needed?"

His voice is mello and strange. Like he is half asleep. He has been at this school for a few years now and no one is really sure how old he is due to his condition. He could be anywhere from 28 to 40. But since he's been here for a while you figure he might know something about one of your school's more popular rumors.

"I hear the roof is haunted. Is there any truth to that? Did anyone die on school grounds?"

He frowns slightly and sighs.

"One moment."

He walks over to a bookshelf behind his desk and pulls out an old yearbook from the year 1995. He flips to the 8th grade section and stops on a page titled, In Memorium. The only picture on this page is a school photo of a boy with a scraggy goatee and freckles. He looks so unhappy in this photo. He is wearing a baggy red t-shirt over a longsleeve white button up.

"This is Gabriel Forscythe. Tilly Forscythe's older brother. He was a very lonely boy. The only thing he ever really liked to do was play his guitar. He had very few other interests aside from his music. From what I heard he was bullied for his whole academic career here at this school, no one knows what for. One day the janitorial staff simply found him dead on the roof. He had taken his own life. Quite tragic really. It is always a shame when people feel so powerless."

You nod. If ghosts are real then it is possible that Gabriel is still floating around school somewhere.

"The students think the roof is haunted because sometimes when it is quiet you can hear singing coming from the roof. They say it's Gabriel. Mourning the life he didn't get to live. But I think that's enough about that. Say... If you are interested in the supernatural I may have just the novel for you."

He goes digging through the return cart and pulls out a book and places it on the desk. The book is titled Barrow Falls by Pruenella Vasquez. The cover shows an image of a young girl dressed in a victorian dress holding aloft a candle. At the corners of it's light are vaguely transluscent hands grasping toward her.
Mr.Maddox smiles.

"It is a lovely mystery novel about a young lady who moves into a house and hunts the spirits within its walls. A very good read."

Humoring him you check out the book. Having learned what you came here for you realize you still have a little more time before classes.

Where would you like to go?

>Stay here and poke around.
>Homeroom.
>Science Lab.
>Cafeteria.
>Gymnasium.
>Portables.
>Student Garden.
>Locker Rooms/Shower.
>Rooftop.
>Hallways.
>Nurse's Office.
>Music Room.
>Auditorium.
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>>3778059
>Student Garden
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>>3778070
What are you planning to find in the garden?

It's not like we can eat a spider without reaching 5/5.
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>>3778075
Just look around?
I have no idea what else to do. Do you have other suggestions?
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>>3778077
I dunno. Stay in the library and look up types of places where people that aren't long for this world are likely to be at. Retirement homes, hospices, ect... And see which of those our town has and where they are.
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>>3778079
Ideally I'd like to poke Asher, Gregor's grandson, and ssk him about ghosts and exorcism. The problem is - we have no idea where to find him or is he even at school right now. So I voted to look around the garden, since we already have a general idea what's going on in other parts of the school.
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>>3778070

You decide to take a walk down to the student garden around the corner of the building. A few garden boxes full of lovely flowers of various colors. Adjacent to these boxes is a greenhouse full of strange tropical vegetation that Ms.Greene tends to.

Around the corner from the greenhouse is a bench that faces the boxes of flowers. Kneeling by a box of Candle Roses, strange flowers with waxy white stems and leaves, is Asher. He is pulling weeds from the box. There are quite a few in a small clump piled beside him. Next to the pile is a watering can.

>What do you do?
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>>3778096
>Greet Asher in our [adorable] fashion, ask if he's been into gardening for long
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>>3778096
>I was wondering about exorcisms. Does the offending spirit end up trapped in a vessel, or what? Also can locations be exorcised or only people that are possessed?
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>>3778104
I think that's extremely blunt way to do it, not subtle at all. I wanted just to poke, not run him over.
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>>3778106
Why is being subtle a good thing? Alice is in trouble, not to mention Gabriel is haunting the roof. It would it be strange if we spend a long time beating around the bush?
Admittedly I should at the very least have had a
>Hello Asher
at the front of my vote.
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>>3778104
Just hold them for a bit, we can lead the conversation there without being overly obtrusive. A few sentenses isn't beating around the bush.
Why are you in such a rush?
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Oh boy Imma have fun with this one.
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>>3778110
I just hope we won't sound like a socially retarded person because of the dissonance between these voted options
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>>3778102

You walkover to Asher and sway sweetly on the balls and heels of your feet.

"Hiya Asher. Whatcha doooooin'?"

You tilt your head sweetly. Like a curious puppy. Asher blushes slightly.

"I'm tending the candle roses. They are very special to me. My grandad says they are a symbol of Sol's love for man. Everytime I see how pretty they are I can't help but agree."

You look over the flowers. The yellow-red petals contrast nicely with the waxy stems. Your enjoyment of the flowers is interupted by a sudden thought. Asher's grandad is an Illuminate. Maybe Asher knows something about excorcisms. Not sure what to ask you kinda just open your mouth and...

>>3778104

Asher stops what he's doing and makes a face. Fuck. Fuck! That was way to much all at once. Nothing even prompted that. Shit you look like a weirdo now. Calm down... try and diffuse the awkwardness. You can fix this.

"Ummm... I mean.... your faith is so fascinating I..."

He stands up and turns to face you. You can see suspicion in his orange eyes. He squints at you.

"Why do you wanna know about excorcisms and purification so bad? Also let's say we kept jars full of spirits laying around. What would a girl like you want with them?"

In his hand he is holding a clipped candle rose.

FUCK.

>What do you say to diffuse suspicion?
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>>3778114
Good job. Now handle this shit yourself.
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>>3778114
Jars? Is that what you use? Are those strong contain with the spirit, Mr.Seeks, that has been tormenting not-actually-crazy-Alice, and was behind the deformation of that pole on ______ street? Or just run of the mill ones like Gabriel Forscythe on the school roof?
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>>3778116
>forgot to green text.
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>>3778116
I want to cringe so badly, you absolute turbospaz monkey
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Oh well... I tried.
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>>3778124
That sounds like I ruined everything. Maybe I should just leave you guys with the mess I made before I fuck things up even more.
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>>3778116
...

It's quiet for a long time. Inside your head you can feel Droog reeling.

"Marina... what the fuck Marina? Why double down? We're so fucked."

Yeah you should have thought this through a little more. Asher is glaring at you now.

"What do you mean the spirit in Alice? What do you know about that missing girl? If she were possessed I'd know so what's your game here Steel?"

He takes a dangerous step toward you.

"And Gabriel Forscythe... Tilly's dead brother? The hell do you mean he's on the roof? You never seemed like the ghoulies and goblins type before Steel and now you're little miss ghostbuster? Maybe you're the one who changed."

He presses his thumb into a thorn on the candle rose and holds it toward you. In the other hand he holds up the Solar Pendant that dangles from his neck. He begins to chant in a tongue you are unfamiliar with and his voice slowly raises in volume as he speaks. The last words he utters are,

"In Sol's light may all things hidden be known."

The petals on the flower slowly become blue. After a few moments the petals turn a sickly brown and wilt, falling off the stem.

He drops the stem and takes a few frightful steps away from you, almost tripping on the pile of weeds.

"What the hell are you? What are you? You aren't Marina. You aren't human."

The albino patches around his eyes are faintly glowing. Whatever he just did he can see you. The TRUE you. It must not be a pretty sight.

>What do you do?
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>>3778129
>No sudden movements, be careful. Act timid.
>"Sorry for that, Asher - these are recent changes. I can explain if you're willing to listen. But everything that I've said about Alice is true - I belive she's in a situation similar to mine, only worse."
>If he's still listening - "I wanted to know how to help Alice but I had no idea how to do it. There's just so much happened in the last few days and I'm afraid that this is too much for me. We can talk after school, but please, don't tell anyone. At least not until we help Alice."
>If he runs - pin him down and try to hide in the garden
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>>3778140

You hold up your hands in defense. Now is the time for honesty.

"Sorry for that, Asher - these are recent changes. I can explain if you're willing to listen. But everything that I've said about Alice is true - I belive she's in a situation similar to mine, only worse."

He pauses where he is and without turning away from you reaches for his bag. He pulls out a Sol candle and a book of matches.

"Talk beast. If I think you're on the level we'll both walk away from this fine. If I think you're lying to me for even a second you're gonna get a faceful of Sol's divine light."

You drop your hands and straighten yourself out.

"I wanted to know how to help Alice but I had no idea how to do it. There's just so much happened in the last few days and I'm afraid that this is too much for me. We can talk after school, but please, don't tell anyone. At least not until we help Alice."

He looks into your eyes for a long moment afterwards. His orange eyes digging into your soul as he tries to find an ounce of falsehood. He relaxes as he fails to find any.

"Fine. But I decide where we meet."

He pulls a pen and a piece of paper from his bag and hastily scrawls some digits on it.

"Here. My phone number. After school call me and I'll set up a time and place for us to meet tonight. Come alone. No funny business. And for the glory of Sol don't look at me anymore. At least until the prayer wares off. You look foul."

He picks up his bag and leaves in a hurry. You are left in the garden by yourself.

What do you do?

>Head to classes.
>Head to classes(Skip to lunch).
>Head to classes(Skip to end of school day).
>Skip classes(Leave school)
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Gonna get some rest. Will lock in replies and update when I wake up.
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>>3778173
>Head to classes.
oof
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>>3778176
Good night
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>>3778173
>>Head to classes(Skip to end of school day).
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>Wake up
>An anon fucked us
How many times were you dropped on the head as a child, anon?
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>>3778177
Gotta chat with Yuri - share phone numbers, give her heads up about Alice and maybe probably tell her that we've fucked up pretty hard
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Got to say things are now going to be interesting thanks to this anons retard actions.
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>>3778173
At least he picked up the pace, but Anon, lay off the paint chips.
>head to class (time skip to end of day)
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Boy... he sure left the minute actions had consequences huh?
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>>3778185
>>3778222

You barely pay attention to any of your classes. The day moves by in a haze. By the end of classes you find yourself sitting on the steps of the school. You are staring at Asher's number on the slip of paper. Fiddling with it between index finger and thumb. Your confrontation playing in an unending loop in your head. You are startled when a folded shirt is thrust onto your lap.

It's your princess shirt. You look up to see Yuri. She is smiling down at you.

"You in there Marina? You've been spacing out all day. Are you okay? You seem tense."

You have her sit down beside you and you tell her everything. Last night under the street lights. Alice. Mr.Seek. Your plan to excorcise Alice. Most importantly Asher. You grab Yuri by the shoulders.

"He knows. He saw me. The TRUE me. He performed a Solarist prayer and suddenly he could see what I really look like. Now he wants to meet me. Alone."

Yuri looks very worried.

"You aren't actually going to go alone are you. What if I followed far behind? Hid somewhere close."

>No. It's too dangerous. Go home. I will see you tomorrow. I promise.(Take her number and send her away)
>Sounds good. I don't know what he has planned and it would be good to be prepared.(Take her number and have her hide at the meeting place)

Sorry for the late update. Had to go help a friend.
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>>3779193
>No. It's too dangerous. Go home. I will see you tomorrow. I promise.(Take her number and send her away)
>I'll handle it myself - Asher doesn't need to know that you know
Gotta prove Asher our honesty.
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>>3779201
Where did you all guys go?
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>>3779201
support
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>>3779201

You shake your head.

"No. It's too dangerous. Go home. I will see you tomorrow. I promise."

You hand her your phone.

"I just got this today. Put in your number. I'll call you when it's over. Don't worry. I'll be okay."

She does like you ask and enters her number into the phone. Yuri pouts and gives you a hug.

"You better not get hurt. If I find out you let yourself get hurt I'll kill you."

You let Yuri go and watch as she dissapears down the street. You call Asher. It rings a few times before he picks up.

"Hey monster... come to the woods. You'll find me in the clearing by the cemetary."

He hangs up. You figure you might as well get this over with. You walk briskly towards the treeline and begin your trek to the meeting place. Droog stirs inside your mind.

"Marina... What are you gonna do? What's the plan here?"

That's a good question. You really wish you had one.

After almost 40 minutes of walking you begin to see a faint glowing from within the woods. You step into a clearing illuminated by a few sparse sol candles. They glow a calming yellow. In the middle of the clearing is Asher. He is pouring over some large leather bound books. He is muttering to himself and seems to be getting frustrated. He looks up and sees you. He sighs and closes the book and walks over to you carrying it under his arm. He stops about 5 ft away from you.

"Good. Now before we begin I need to do a few things to make sure you won't kill me."

He produces from his pocket a leather pouch. He unties it and pours what appears to be a course shimmering sand into his palm. He uses the sand to arrange a sizeable circle of the substance but stops short of completing it. He points at it.

"Step into the circle."

>Nope. That's probably a trap.
>Hey can't we just talk things out?
>Sure. (Step into the circle)
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>>3779445
Ask Droog if he recognizes the circle symbols?
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>>3779453
nevermind,

>>3779445
Ask him to promise not to hurt us with his magic while we are in the circle.
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>>3779445
>Walk up to the circle. Don't step in.
>"Asher, what is this? This really looks like some sort of trap."
>"I came to you for help, with no intention to harm you. I know you're smart - you probably left a note in case this goes bad, which I hope it won't."
>"Is it really necessary for me to step into that circle? This wouldn't hurt me, right?"
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>>3779445
This too >>3779453
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>>3779468

Asher shakes his head.

"It won't hurt you. It's just a test so I can see if you are a threat to others and myself. If you pass we can talk. If you fail... don't fail."

You take small step closer to the circle. You take a deep breath and let it go.

>>3779460

"Do you promise not to hurt me with your magic while I'm in the circle?"

He makes a disgusted face.

"Magic? Gross. Magic is for witches and devil worhshippers. What I have is faith. Plain and simple. But no. I won't do anything to you while you're in the circle."

What do you do?

>Enter the circle.
>Fuck this. Run away.
>Jump Asher.
>Write in.
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Computer crashed and I had to rewrite it twice. Fuck me running.
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>>3779526
>>Enter the circle.
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>>3779526
>Enter the circle.
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I'm afraid I'll have to stop updating early today. Metaphorical fires keep popping up and i gotta go put em out. Will lock in replies and update tomorrow. Sorry for the limited updates today.
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>>3779526
>Text Yuri your location and tell her you'll contact her in 30 minutes.
>let Asher know you have a friend who will know if he tries anything and you aren't looking to harm anyone.
>step into the circle.
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>>3779526
>Step into the circle, but ask that he stops calling you things like "Monster" and "Vile Creature". It's mean and offensive, you're still Mari at the end of the day.
The namecalling's gotta stop, Asher.
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>>3779901
I think that pulling our phone right now would be extremely suspicious. Yuri would know if this goes bad since we're supposed to call her after this meeting anyways.
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>>3779526
Do we start showing inhumanity at 5/5 inhumanity, or is it at 6/5?
>ask Droog if he knows if the god of Solarism is real or not
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>>3779963
It's not just about that. It's a deterrent for him trying anything because we show that we've got an accountability buddy.
Also how would pulling out a phone look bad? We're a walking elder apocalypse deity, not a terrorist threatening to blow up a bus with a call.
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>>3779901
>>3780433
>Here. My phone number. After school call me and I'll set up a time and place for us to meet tonight. Come alone. No funny business.
>No funny buisness
Pulling out the phone makes it look like someone came with us. We need to earn his trust to help Alice and keep our true identity secret. He aldo doesn't need to know about Yuri for now.
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>>3780564
I think that guilt tripping him could serve as a determent - he's an 11 y/o boy, not a jaded inquisitor.
We can point out that we've been nothing but honest, that he's being mean and unfair, that he's scaring us. All of it while keeping our childish act without looking uncanny.
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>>3779531
>>3779532
>>3779901
>>3779916

You are about to take the first step when you let your foot fall short of the circle. You hear Asher groan. He sounds annoyed.

"Sol's blessed light! What is it now?"

You pull out your phone and call Yuri. You loudly let her know that you will call her again and If she doesn't hear from you to assume something went wrong. You make sure Asher can hear you. You hang up and put the phone away.

Asher looks at you with very clear annoyance.

"Yes! Good! We both have insurance! Are you happy now beast! Now, please.... can we finally get this over with?"

You step in to the circle. As you enter you whip your head to angrily face Asher. You're kind of tired of his shitty attitude.

"One more thing. It's Marina. Not beast. Not monster. Not demon. Marina. You got that Asher? At the end of the day I'm still me."

He tries to ignore you but you can clearly see he's mildly ashamed. He looks away.

"Yeah well... if this goes well I'll be sure to apologize properly."

He finishes the circle using the last of the sand. He goes over and grabs one of the books from where he left them. It looks very old and a golden sun is embossed on the cover. As he pours through it you quietly ask Droog if the god of Solarism is real.

"Well yes. Dentata, Ocuul, and Manno used to be the only gods around. They came into existense when the world did/when The Man died. But the other gods. Sol, Verdant, and Inspira came into existense when humans believed in the idea of them hard enough. They made up myths and stories and believed hard enough an eventually poof. They exist. Kind of like Tulpas. If people stopped believing however they would probably cease to exist."

You nod in understanding. As soon as your talk with Droog ends Asher comes back holding aloft the book. He is muttering more of that strange language. He finishes his ritual in english.

"DARK PASSENGER BE BOUND!"

The circle faintly glows an ethereal yellow. Asher puts down the book and backs away a few feet.

"Okay! Try and walk out of the circle."

You do as instructed and easily walk through the circle. Asher's eyes widen. But he sighs in relief and kicks the sand circle out of form. The glow dissipating as he does so.

"Okay. So you aren't possesed or any kind of vengeful spirit. So that means you just aren't human. But if you can walk through then you aren't wicked or malicious in intent. So I think we're safe to talk. First of all though..."

He takes a step forward and starts walking around you in circles. Curiously examining you.

"If you aren't human. What are you?"

That's kind of a tough one.

>What do you say?
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>>3780738
>I'm still human, I just have a little bit more sprinkled in! There isn't really a term for the kind of person I am, so if I had to invent one...Poyo?
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>>3780738
>"Well, first of all - I am a person! I passed your circle test - you owe me an apology."
>"Honestly I'm not 100% sure what I should be called - I came to learn how to help Alice, not to be labeled."
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>>3780759
>Hmph
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>>3780772
>>3780759

You harumph at him at walk a few steps away and flick your hair dissmissively.

"Well first of all since I AM a person I expect that apology."

He steps forward.

"But..."

You walk away another few steps.

"*Hmph!*"

He stops and collects himself.

"B- Marina. I'm sorry I insulted you. That came from a place of fear. I have a certain history when it comes to excorcisms and spirits and you were acting wierd. I apologize but please understand I was coming from a place of negative past experience."

You can accept that. You turn around to face him.

"Firstly if I'm being honest I don't know what we are. Me and Alice I mean. I mean we weren't changed we were born like this. I'm mostly human. I just got a little bit extra of something else. The little extra has a bit of a mind of its own. Which is why Alice would sometimes 'hear voices'. Which is why I came to you. To get help for Alice. Not to work out labels."

He nods. He starts to pick up his books.

"So what did you want from me. If you can walk through the circle then whatever you said is in Alice probably could too."

You realize that means if you do go through with the excorcism route you won't be able to use whatever Asher does to hold Alice/Mr.Seek still. You'll need to find a way to physically keep them from moving. You sigh and explain.

"Remember how I said that 'little bit extra' has a mind of its own. Her's found a way to kind of hijack her body and is doing ritualistic magic in the woods. It won't let Alice go home until its finished whatever dark thing its doing. We believe, me and my 'little bit extra', that a strong enough excorcism could seperate her from her worse half."

He finishes putting away his things and collecting the candles.

"Come with me to my place. I have more books on the subject of excorcism there. Also go ahead and call your friend. I'm gonna call mine so we don't get two people freaking out and running around the woods trying to find us."

>No. I think we should meet up some other time.
>Sure. (Call Yuri and head to the chapel.)
>Write in.
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>>3780888
>Sure. (Call Yuri and head to the chapel.)
>By the way, Alice’s little-extra is really good at finding things out, so we should try our best to keep the details secret. Maybe your prayer stuff can help with that somehow?
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>>3780888(checked)
This >>3780908
Also warn our Dad that we might come home late.
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>>3780908
>>3780936

You call Yuri to let her know it'll be okay and that you and Asher seem to have settled things. You also text your dad to let him know you'll be staying late at a friends place and will be home later.

You close your phone and hear Asher talking to somebody very animatedly on his phone.

"No you can't come... Because it's excorcism stuff... No they aren't dangerous... well i'm alive enough to call you aren't I?... Look, no don't- INGO! Sto... he hung up."

He looks down at his phone and back up at you.

"We may have a guest joining us later. I hope that won't be an issue."

You'll have to deal with that when it becomes more relevent.


After a walk through the woods you find yourself walking up the chapel steps and knocking on the large wooden doors. Illuminate Gregor steps out. He looks down at you and Asher mildly surprised.

"Hello Marina. Have you come back to pay respects?"

You shake your head.

"I'm here to hang out with Asher."

He looks very happy. He turns to Asher.

"It's good to see you're making some new friends. I was worried it would be just you and that boy Ingo playing your dice games forever. Go on upstairs. Have fun."

You are about to walk in when Ill.Gregor places a hand on your shoulder.

"Oh. Before I forget. Do you still have that Sol lantern?"

>Yes. (Hand it back.)
>Yes but could I hold on to it for a little while longer.
>No. (Lie)
>Write in.
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>>3781012
>Yes but could I hold on to it for a little while longer.
If he asks why, say that we want it to keep spooky things away. Especially in the woods.
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>>3781012
>Yes but could I hold on to it for a little while longer.
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>>3781044
>>3781053

"Yes. But could I hold on to it a little while longer?"

He nods.

"You may. But should the candle ever wear down to nothing return here or simply ask my grandson for another. It will keep you safe from the night."

You smile at the old man.

"Yes sir. I'll remember that."

You leave him in the entryway and find the stairway. You follow it upstairs to find quite a humble living space.Aside from the main sitting room and around a corner is Asher's room. The door is slightly ajar. You step inside.

It's an absolute mess. For someone as uptight as Asher you expected his room to be neater. There are papers all over the floor and plenty more tacked on to the walls. In the corner is a massive bookshelf. It's full to bursting with old books. You even see a scroll or two somewhere on a higher shelf. At a desk in a corner is Asher. He is typing on a very old computer. The screen is strange with green text on a black screen.

He turns his chair around to face you.

"So. If you want me to help you I need more details. You said they we're doing rituals out in the woods. What do you know about these rituals?"

>What do you know?
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>>3781193
Phone it in with Droog here. He’d know more than we do, if anything.
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>>3781206
support
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>>3781193
>Mention that Alice is an esper, she's currently possesed by an aspect of Occul
>They are performing some old sacrificial rituals to appease Ocuul, so the spirit could gain more power. They said something of ungodly potential.
>They are abusing Alice's body and make her hunt animals in the forest and keep her in fugue state
>They know who we are and left a note with a threat at your mother's resting place, then they threatened us in person last night - this shook you and made us slip today
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>>3781233
>Also mention that his room is a pigsty
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>>3781206
>>3781219
>>3781233

You. With Droog's help, explain godly potentials, human and inhuman potentials, and Alice's powers as an esper. You also tell him about Mr.Seek killing all those animals in the woods by forcing Alice into a fugue state. You also mention Alice's foresight and how Mr.Seek left a note on your mother's grave. Which is why you've been so shaken these past few days and slipped up in the garden.

He goes to his shelf and pulls out a few books. One is old. It has a picture of occult diagrams on the front. He goes to look for another book but he can't seem to find it.

"As the sun as my witness I can never find that damned book when I actually need it."

You look around the room dramatically and fix him with a withering glare.

"Maybe if you didn't live in such a pigsty you could actually find your things."

He turns to chastise you.

"Look I-"

But is cut off by a loud and fast clomping of feet as Ingo kicks in the ajar door and sends papers from the floor flying from the gust of the violently swinging door. On his head is an old bucket that has been repurposed into a helmet with a metal sliding visor. He is holding aloft a slingshot currently with its sling pulled back and knocked with a d20.

"AAAAAAHHHHH WHERE IS- oh hi Marina- WHERE IS THE MONSTER?"

Asher, unfortunately, was behind the door and recieved quite a knock on the head as the door was kicked open. He slowly rises off the floor.

"Ingo you idiot I said I was fine. And what was your plan? Pelt a monster to death with plastic."

Ingo puts down the slingshot and loosens his hold on the rubberband.

"Well no... I also brought ball bearings and my sword."

Sure enough on his back is a wooden sword. It actually looks rather well made. Asher turns to you.

"Please excuse him. He gets overly excited when he gets to act out his hero complex."

A wounded "Hey" escapes Ingo's mouth as he takes off his helmet. His red mess of hair poofs out as the air hits it.

Asher takes you to a corner of the room.

"Look. I think I know what this Mr.Seek is up to but I would need to find one of his ritual sites to know for sure. I know he seems like an idiot but Ingo knows the woods like the back of his hand. We'll have an easier time if we get him involved. You don't have to tell him anything if you don't want to but I think we should bring him with us."

You turn to look at Ingo.

"Hey! What are you guys talking about over there? It's not cool to leave me out like this."

>Tell Ingo everything.(Bring him with you)
>Tell him about Alice and nothing else.(Bring him with you)
>Tell him nothing.(Bring him with you)
>He can stay out of this.
>Write in.
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>>3781290
>>Tell Ingo everything. (Bring him with you)
He needs to know the full extent of the situation.
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>>3781290
Tell him about Alice and bring him with you. Don't lie. Just, you know, don't bring up that you're one too.
We'll tell him if he is in on this more and comes to trust us.
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>>3781290
>Tell him about Alice and nothing else.(Bring him with you)
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>>3781296
>>3781297

You approach Ingo. He gets kind of nervous as you walk closer.

"Look if you and Asher were having an important talk I can just-"

You cut him off.

"No it's fine. We actually need your help."

Ingo looks confused.

"My help? With what?"

You explain to him the nature of Alice's dissappearance and how you and Asher need to find Mr.Seek's ritual site. Ingo strokes his chin in thought.

"It would have to be somewhere high in wildlife... He's probably getting the animals from Deer Creek if not doing it there for ease of convenience"

Asher comes over to join your conversation.

"Deer Creek? Where is that."

Ingo walks over to the desk and grabs a loose sheet of paper. He begins to draw a rather detailed map of the woods. He points to a large clearing far into the forest.

"Here, Deer Creek. Largest water source in the woods. Animals tend to flock here to drink and eat from the abundant foliage and berries here."

Asher grabs a few books and sticks them in his bag. He grabs a few candles from a drawer and a handfull of candle roses from a vase next to his computer. He turns to you and Ingo.

"I need some time to prepare. I'll meet you at that clearing where I made the circle in about an hour. If there is anything you two need to get go and get it now."

Ingo grabs his things.

"I need to head to the plaza and get some supplies. Do you wanna come with, Marina?"

>Head straight to the clearing alone.
>Wait to head out with Asher.
>Go to the plaza with Ingo.
>Write in.
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>>3781373
>>Wait to head out with Asher.
we need to make sure the exorcist makes it to the site.
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>>3781373
>Wait to head out with Asher.
Hmm, should we call Yuri and have her come as well?
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>>3781373
>>3781386
>Ask Asher if it's okay for our friend to come
>Call Yuri and ask her if she's in
Yeah, let's try this
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>>3781386
>>3781387
This is going to be extremely dangerous if things go sideways we and anyone with us could die. it is best to leave Yuri out of this one
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>>3781396
Yeah, okay. Scratch that >>3781387
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3781386
>>3781378

"I'll wait here with Asher."

You turn to Ingo and nod.

"We'll meet you there."

Ingo dons his helmet.

"Gotcha. Oh boy! An actual quest this is gonna be awesome."

He leaves in an excited hurry.

You are alone with Asher. He is on his desk pouring over various tomes. You see by the now empty vase is a picture of a dark skinned man wearing a leather jacket. Around his neck is the same pendant Asher has around his neck. Next to the man is a younger Ill.Gregor. He is laughing mirthfully.

He goes from reading to typing on the ancient computer.

>What do you talk about while you wait?
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>>3781408
>What do you talk about while you wait?
>So, are you into gardening?
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>>3781408
>Ask Asher about what was he going to do with Sol lantern back in the garden. Does he know other tricks? And what can we do with our own lantern.
>Tidy up his place - and dneak a peek at what's in these papers while doing it.
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>>3781413
I hope they are not character sheets for 'Crusaders & Catacombs'
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3781413
support
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>>3781412
>>3781413

You take a seat on his cot-like bed and swing your legs back and forth. You try and think of a topic of conversation to pass the time.

"Soooooo... do you like gardening?"

He doesn't even turn around to look at you while he answers. He is very engrossed in his research.

"My grandpa got me into gardening when I was very little. It'd help me pass the time and calm myself down. It just became a very convenient skill when I needed to build up a surplus of candle roses so I just never stopped doing it. The prayer of truth requires them and it's good to have extra."

Talking about the roses reminds you.

"Hey... what were you gonna do with that candle. If I hadn't deescalated the situation."

He freezes for a second and turns his head to look ate you side eyed.

"I was going to perform the rite of fire."

You tilt your head in confusion. He blinks and pinches the bridge of his nose as he sighs.

"A fireball. I was going to hit you with a fireball."

Oh. Oh that would have been bad. Feeling the awkwardness enter the conversation and decide to help by picking up some papers from the floor. You get a very sizeable stack in your grasp when you see a paper poking out from under his bed. You pick it up to find it's a journal entry.

~I can't believe it. This is the worse time the Solarium Council could have chosen to call me to action. Marie has just given birth and I was looking forward to spending time off with our son. Our son. I never thought We'd get to have children, considering the work Marie and I do on an almost regular basis. However they say it's of the utmost importance and urgency. I hope dad will be okay caring for Asher by himself while we are away. I pray to Sol and his glorious star that we are reunited soon.

Quod sol vult,
Isaiah Sinclair~

There is no date. This paper you leave where you found it. You feel as though you have intruded on something private.

Asher calls to you from his seat.

"Hey you okay over there? You got quiet all of a sudden."

>What else do you talk about?
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>>3781467
>What else do you talk about?
What are you studying over there?
Should we inform him of what we're going to do to "Mr. Seeks" once he's exorcised from Alice?
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>>3781467
This>>3781473
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3781473
>>3781475

"What are you studying on that old thing anyway."

He looks back at you and scoots his chair slightly so you can see the nuclear green text of the screen. It is all mostly latin but there is some text in a language you have never seen before.

"My dad left a lot of his notes on here. Binding rituals and prayers. Journals about spirits he's captured. How spirits and greater demon's are formed. Important data. If this wasn't such an old shitty computer I could just transfer the data to my phone so instead i've been transcribing it all on to paper."

He nods to a stack of paper loosely bound with string.

"You can look at it if you want."

You pick up the loosely bound papers. You open it up and are surprised to find a table of contents.

What interests you the most.

>Formation of Spirits and Demons.
>Power of Prayer and Ritual.
>The Sol Candle and You.
>The Gift of the Rose.
>The Lunarist Insurgency.

(Choose one)
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>>3781490
>>Formation of Spirits and Demons.
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>>3781490
>Power of Prayer and Ritual.
Or
>The Lunarist Insurgency.
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>>3781490
Switching >>3781493 to
>The Lunarist Insurgency.
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3781496
>>3781506

You open it the section about the Lunarist Insurgency.

~The Lunarist Insurgency is a terrorist group that seeks to bring all to worship the Wicked Lunis by summoning spirits to possess people to force conversion. They are as old as the Solarist church itself. They hope to bring about a new age and to transcend death itself by placing the spirits of thier fallen into willing hosts so they may live forever. The Lunarium Council is in fact made up of possessed individuals that harbor multiple spirits that have been around for centuries. They no longer are singular entities but each has become fully merged with their possesing spirits and have chosen new names to represent the amalgam they have become. The most prominent figure on this council member is Lyrro. Some speculate they harbor the spirits of the founders of the Insurgency. They have been assissinated and ressurected a total of 5 times before the Solarium Council stopped attempting to use assissination as a disposal method. To make matters even more difficult whenever a host body dies of old age the hosts soul joins the amalgam and a new host is selected via a secret process unknown to the Solarium Council.-~

The book is only transcribed up to this point. The rest is presumably on the computer.

Asher stands up.

"Okay. I've memorized the relevant prayers. Let's get out of here."

You both grab your bags and leave the chapel. You both say your goodbyes to Ill.Gregor and head into the woods. After a short walk through the brush you see Ingo sitting next and petting small dog. It's a strange mutt with a cut on its ear and a spiked collar. As you approach the dog yips and Ingo looks up.

"Hey guys. I brought Rico to help us find our way. Hope you don't mind."

Ingo walks over to you and Asher and as he does the dog follows close behind.

As ingo walks you can hear a strange crinkling in his bag. Asher nods and you all walk to the treeline.

"Okay Ingo. Do the thing."

He pulls out from his bag a smelly tuft of brown hair and leather. He kneels down and puts the tuft in front of Rico. It takes a few short snuffling sniffs before it barks and sprints deep into the woods.

Ingo sprints in after it.

"C'mon guys! He's got a lead."

As you chase after him you ask Asher,

"What did he put in front of Rico?"

Asher pants as he runs.

"Probably deer pelt covered in deer piss or some other foul deer excretion. His dad is a hunter and his mother is a forest ranger for the Grandiola National Forest. He has a lot of experience tracking with his dog."

As you run you begin to hear noises come from the woods. You hope your mad dash doesn't upset any of the local wildlife.

Roll 1d6 to avoid a random encounter.

(Worst of 3 will be used)
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Rolled 6 (1d6)

>>3781536
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I have updated the Ally Info page.
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>>3781540
I don't think anyone else is gonna roll. WO3 is kinda weird like that.
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>>3781558
Eh its 5am. For me anyway. More people will add eventually. I'm not too worried. Gives me time to craft enemies.
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>>3781551
>Yuri got nerfed HARD
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>>3781573
Using her y'all turn-one'd what was supposed to be a sort of miniboss. It's not y'alls fault she was broken but she super was and I had to fix it.
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Rolled 3 (1d6)

>>3781536
Well, let's get that xp anyway
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I'm gonna catch some sleep. Will lock in and update in the morning.
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Rolled 4 (1d6)

>>3781536
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>>3781612

From the beyond the brush you hear the sound of something rushing toward you.

Roll1d6 for random encounter.

(First rolled is used.)
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Rolled 1 (1d6)

>>3782587
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>>3782622
Locked. Writing.
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You stop as you hear an angry buzzing approach. From the cornerz of your eyes you see small yellow shapes dart by. You draw your umbrella and take a stance. Ingo pulls out his slingshot and Asher lights his Sol Candle. From the darkness errupts a few swarms of Squadron Wasps. They fly around in tight formations and prime their stingers to strike.

>>[COMBAT START]

Squadron Wasps - 1
Vitality: 125/125
Resolve: 75/75
Status: None

Squadron Wasps - 2
Vitality: 125/125
Resolve: 75/75
Status: None

Squadron Wasps -3
Vitality: 125/125
Resolve: 75/75
Status: None

Marina Steel
Vitality: 150/150
Resolve: 125/125
AP Total: 6
PP: 25/25
Asher BP: 3/3
Ingo BP: 3/3
Status:None

>Enter actions into queue.
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>>3782660
Fuck. These are some meaty wasps.
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>>3782660
Do we need to roll against all opponents if we want to flee or just one?
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All. You roll once and they roll a dice for each enemy. Every enemy you roll higher against you successfully escape. Enemies that you rolled lower against chase you and attack on their turn like normal.
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I'll wait for the rest of anons to share their thoughts.
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>>3782660
[Flee]
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Id vote but as a filthy phoneposter I just aint down for combing through the list of actions
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>>3783071
It's not that hard
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>>3783074
>Recreated #2
Ah, I see I have found a fellow man of culture.
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>>3782704
Do I have to roll now?
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>>3783130
Yes.

Go ahead and roll to flee.

Roll 1d6

(First posted is used)
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Rolled 5 (1d6)

>>3783143
Here I go
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Rolled 6, 3, 3 = 12 (3d6)

>>3783155

You attempt to flee whilst the Squadron Wasps follow close behind.
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>>3783169
You successfully escape 2 formations of the angry wasps but one manages to follow close behind.

>>Player Turn End.

>>Enemy Turn Start.

[Stinger Volley] - The formation looses a barrage of stingers. 15Dmg. You obtain 1PSN.

[Wild Buzzing] - You are swarmed by the cordinated wasps. Start next turn with 1 less AP.

[Stinger Volley] - The formation swings back around for another assault. 15Dmg. You obtain 1 PSN.

[Scramble Wasps] - The wasps buzz methodically. Back up arrives in 2 enemy turns.

>>Enemy Turn End.

>>Player Turn Start.

>>You take 10Dmg from accrued PSN.

Squadron Wasps - 1
Vitality: 125/125
Resolve: 75/75
Status: None

Marina Steel
Vitality: 110/150
Resolve: 125/125
AP Total: 5/6
PP: 25/25
Asher BP: 3/3
Ingo BP: 3/3
Status: 2PSN

>Enter actions into queue.
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>>3783184
Huh, would think the turtle’s thick skin trait would make it too hard for a wasp to sting through and thus poison us.
>Flee again
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>>3783184
>Ingo
[Observe]
>Marina
[Pink Strike]×5
>Asher
[Rite of Fire]
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>>3783193
We can blow it up in one turn before its buddies come here >>3783194
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>>3783201
The issue there is that its buddies are already enroute. Best to flee.
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>>3783194
>>3783193
Observe gives raw +5 to every attack, so:
5×Pink Strikes(10+5)=75
1×Combo (15+5)=20
Asher's Fireball(25+5)=30
Total: 125 dmg
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>>3783209
We can easily flee the next turn - no enemies means that the combat is over
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>>3783211
>>3783212
Alright, fine.
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>>3783194

[Observe] - Ingo gets a good look at the Squadron Wasp.

"These wasps are famous for their ability to fly in tight patterned formations. They actually mate based on 'rank' as a warrior wasp. You can tell a Squadron Wasp's 'rank' based on the number of black bands they display. These seem fairly weak as they each only have one band. All insectoid creatures are thankfully very vulnerable to fire."

Gain +5Dmg on attacks against this enemy.

[Pink Strike] - You swat at the wasps with your parasol. 15Dmg

[Pink Strike] - You try to knock the wasps out of formation. 15Dmg

[Pink Strike] - You manage to strike some wasps as they attempt a fly by. 15Dmg

>>Combo Triggered: [Pink Rush]

[Pink Rush] - You unleash a flurry of blows upon the wasps. 20Dmg

[Pink Strike] - You beat down on some fallen wasps. 15Dmg

[Pink Strike] - You turn some wasps into green splats on your parasol. 15Dmg

[Rite of Fire] - Asher holds aloft the candle and begins to chant. He finishes his prayer with, "BE CLEANSED IN FIRE AND LIGHT! QUOD SOL VULT!" A fire ball is launched into the swarm. 30Dmg and they recieve 4BRN due to vulnerability.

The waps are reduced to ash.

>>Combat End.

After defeating the wasps you continue to make your way through the woods. You hear a barking ahead as Rico finds something. He is barking at the edge of
sizeable chasm. Across the gap you can hear the distant rushing of water.

Ingo looks puzzled.

"Hey... this wasn't here a month ago. I wonder what caused this kind of shifting?"

The chasm goes as far as you can see to left and right the only way forward is straight.

Around you are a few trees tilting toward the gap of the chasm. There are plenty of vines that grow in large amounts covering the withering trunks of dead trees. Down along the walls of the chasm are various roots and foot holds on both sides of the chasm. You can see something shining down at the bottom of the chasm. It sparkles in the sparse light breaking through the canopy of the trees.

>What do you do?
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>>3783260
Tie and braid several vines together to make a long and thick rope. Secure that around a tree and use it to assist in descent.
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>>3783260
Support >>3783263
Don't forget to use Sol lanterns to light the way
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Locked. Writing.
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>>3783260
Are we wearing the sailor fuku? We can fly across.
Asher knows we aren't quite human, I wonder how Ingo would take it.
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>>3783263
>>3783270

You walk up to the trunk of the dead tree. You pull off a few long strands of vines and begin braiding them and knoting them into a lengthy crude rope. You tie it to a tree and give it a few hard tugs to test it's strength before tossing the other end down the chasm.

It reaches about half way down the chasm wall. It will reduce the time it takes to reach the bottom by a great amount. Ingo looks down at your rope and whistles.

"Good work Marina."

He bends down and talks to his dog.

"Rico you wait right here okay? Don't need you falling in."

Rico barks in understanding. Ingo grabs on to the rope and begins scaling down the rope. You ask Asher for a match and you light the candle on your Sol Candle. You can feel any present aggression leave the area it's light touches.

>>Random encounters will not occur while you are in the lantern's glow.
>>2 uses remaining.

You descend behind Ingo and Asher follows your lead. You smoothly make it down half way down the wall using your makeshift rope. However you still got 35ft to go. There are a few footholds and roots to scale down with. Crawling on the walls of the chasm are various beetles.

>What do you do?
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>>3783303
Also yes. You carry and are wearing everything listed in the character info pastebin.
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