You are Edgar Tristan Rood, child of this Holy Grail War’s overseer.You don’t know what day it is, or how long the War has been going on.Last time, you took part in an exhausting battle in the state park. After calling Charlotte for help, you set out to bring down the slippery and dangerous Archer. Saber finally let her full strength loose, and learning from past mistakes, you quickly found yourself face to face with Archer’s Master. Then, you decided to have a little f̸̹̈u̴̯͛n̴̞̿. After p̶̩͠l̶̤̓a̸̗͒y̸̜̆i̴̼͊ṅ̵̫ǧ̷̜ ̸̰͘w̴̭̽ḭ̸͂t̷̖͑h̵̝̀ ̴̛͕y̴̻̚o̶̱u̵̠͋r̷̢͗ ̸͙͊f̸̛͚o̶̧̊ó̵̭d̵̩̃ for a little bit, you discovered that not all was as it seemed with Charlotte and Assassin. A bullet pulped your forearm, but you managed to kill that ţ̵̈́h̷͙̕i̵͎͘n̶͖̋ġ̷͈. However, it required all your remaining energy, and you lost consciousness...~~~Suptg archive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Fate%2FOvergrowthStatus:https://pastebin.com/BRiG8Dkw~~~
Rise and shine, pal.Something’s warm.Soft, too. To the right, and across your chest. A gentle increase and decrease in pressure to the rhythm of breathing. This sensation is familiar. Someone is clinging to you.Slowly, your eyes open. Instead of sunrise, you spot the familiar white canopy of the Einzbern’s guest room. Once again, you’re tucked comfortably under the r̷̪͘e̵͉͊d̵͖̃-̷̻̚s̴̱̾t̵͇̀á̵͕i̵̳͛n̵̨̊e̷͔͋d̵̠̚ covers. Your head rolls to the side to gaze upon your bedfellow. Ursula’s expressionless eyes meet yours. She’s draped around your right side like a cloak, her arms enclosing you and locking together at your far shoulder. The covers are lifted enough that you can see the broad scar across her chest. It seems she isn’t wearing anything.“Morning, Edgar,” the maid greets you. Hasty steps ring out elsewhere in the room, and the door is torn open.“Lady Ilonasviel!” Angela yells, voice fading as she bolts down the hallway, “He is awake!”You’ve clearly been resting, yet you feel drained. A dull throb in your left forearm reminds you of all that transpired last you had consciousness; the slope of the forest hill, Elizabeth Howell, Charlotte’s true identity, and your victory over her master.“Ursula, why…?” You try to ask about your situation, but weakness cuts you off.“Edgar, lose blood,” she replies. “Need heat.” That explains why she’s next to you, at least.Hurried, light footfalls draw closer in the hall. With some effort, you raise your head enough to view the doorway, and a concerned Ilonasviel rushes into the room. Just when she’s about to jump onto the bed, Angela catches up, grabbing her lady’s shoulder. With some effort, Angela is able to stop both bodies and pull Ilonasviel back a few paces. You try to sit up, but Ursula easily holds you down.A metallic glint draws your attention to the armor of the moonlight woman. She’s here as well, between you and Ilonasviel but positioned off to the side. It reminds you of where Saber stood whenever you conversed with a potential enemy.“How did I…?” Again, you force yourself to speak.“Sister was watching your battle,” Ilonasviel says. “When she saw you collapse, she had to bring you here for treatment, since you wouldn’t recover in the city.” That last bit is news to you, but you can’t think very hard about it. “She’s been helping me heal you since.”“And Saber…?” Your query is little more than an exhalation. The others in the room exchange a series of concerned looks. You know Saber is still alive - that much, you can feel. But given how protective of you she’s been, you would think she’d be the first thing you saw when you woke up. Instead, you’re surrounded by Einzberns. Where is she?“She is in the manor, but at the moment,” the moonlight woman answers, “she is… occupied.”
An awkward silence descends over the room.“Howell…?” God, talking is hard.“If you mean Archer’s Master,” Ilonasviel speaks up again, “we don’t know.”More silence.>>”Have I missed anything else?”>>”Why wouldn’t I recover in the city?”>>Ask to see someone. (Who?)>>You need rest. Go back to sleep for a while.>>(Write-in)
>>3991148>>”Have I missed anything else?”Oh nice! Welcome back!Time to re-engage the waifu war.
>>3991148>>”Have I missed anything else?”Welcome back, QM!
>>3991148>>”Have I missed anything else?”>Edgar wakes up covered in EinzbernsAnd to think I was one of the ones that voted against RIPPING AND TEARING, my shame knows no bounds if tyhis is the result.And welcome back Integer, been looking forward to more shenanigans with our Treefucking Dead Apostle boy.
>>3991148>>”Have I missed anything else?”welcome back
>>3991148>>>”Why wouldn’t I recover in the city?”>https://pastebin.com/3JeATMQA>Mental Pollution C+Guys? Why bae cray-cray?
>>3991271Because she's a for some at least literal semen demon (Oni)
>>3991148> ”Have I missed anything else?”Welcome back integer. Gone for two months and actually returns. This must be the third magic.
“...Anything else?” you force out.“There is one more thing,” Ilonasviel says. “Sister mentioned that she doesn’t remember a portion of last night. Much like what happened when Ursula was injured. So, whatever it is, it can be replicated.” And still no idea who or what causes it.“That’s not all,” Ivonnesviel interjects, suddenly striding into the room. Ilonasviel’s head swivels in surprise. “Caster and the knock-offs chased us for a time. She made several requests for you to be handed over. I suppose they were trying to retrieve you much the same way I did.” Ilonasviel, still held in place by Angela, watches her sister as she comes around the side of the bed with a playful smile. “You’re quite popular, aren’t you?”Ivonnesviel pulls the covers away from your left side and gingerly moves your arm to examine it, giving you your first good look at your wound. Your skin is paler than usual. The bones in your wrist look like they aren’t quite properly aligned. In your elbow is a cavity where flesh used to be, bottomed by a nasty scar. It’s as though a chunk of your body has been ripped out and someone has been trying to fill the hole back in. A smaller, similar wound is visible on your lower palm. It occurs to you that this isn’t even the full extent of the damage you received. The Einzbern sisters have been healing you for some time now. How bad was it when they found you?“It’s good that you’ve woken up,” the elder sister continues. “That means you’re recovering. But, clearly, you’re not in great shape yet. Be careful not to strain yourself.”The arm across your chest moves up to caress your cheek, turning your head the other way. Ursula’s deadpan stare meets your eyes.“Edgar, sleep,” she says. “Need rest.”“No fair!” Ilonasviel whines. “I want to talk more! At least let me help treat him!”“Your magical energy is still recovering from the last session,” Ivonnesviel says, a green light now cast over you. “For now, just focus on supplying Rider’s Noble Phantasm.”Staying awake is difficult. Speaking, doubly so. The argument continues, but you can’t pay attention. You allow exhaustion to overtake you and drift into slumber once more.~~~Back so soon? No surprise, I guess.The usual bridge is under maintenance, so we’ll have to do things this way for now.We don’t have much time. I’ll keep it quick. If I know her - and I think you’d be surprised how well I do - she’ll be coming for you.They’re in danger.All of them. Everyone around you will be walking on a razor’s edge tonight, and it’s up to you whether they live or die. She’ll have a huge advantage over you, I’m sure. You’ll have to make some painful choices come nightfall.Now rest. You’re going to need the energy when you wake.
>>”Who are you?”>>”Who’s coming?”>>”How do you know this?”>>"Why are you telling me this?">>Take the advice and conserve your energy.>>(Write-in)
>>3992951>>”Who’s coming?”>>”Who are you?”>>(Write-in)>>>"What's the 'usual bridge'? Is it that misty forest?"
>>3992963Support Mom pls.
>>3992953>>>Take the advice and conserve your energy.I don't like the evil vampire forest, but I think it has our best interests at heart here -- since our being alive means its plan can continue.
>>3992953>>Take the advice and conserve your energy.We really need to find out what's in that goddamn canister.So in regards to "she", what the chances that Caster has a connection to Treebro? Only other person it could be referring to is Mom, or whoever/whatever she decided to go rogue with.Also:>In your elbow is a cavity where flesh used to be, bottomed by a nasty scar. It’s as though a chunk of your body has been ripped out and someone has been trying to fill the hole back in. A smaller, similar wound is visible on your lower palm.I AM THE BONE OF MY BRANCHBARK IS MY BODY AND SAP IS MY BLOODI HAVE PLANTED OVER A THOUSAND TREESUNKNOWN TO AXESNOR KNOWN TO CHAINSAWSHAVE WITHSTOOD PAIN TO CRIPPLE MANY WAIFUS, WAITING FOR THE KIREI ROUTEI HAVE MANY REGRETS. NO FERIDAD HUSBANDO.MY WHOLE LIFE WAS UNLIMITED TREE WORKS
>>3992963Support.Also, damn it, where is Saber. We need Oni waifu if shit hits the fan.
Who’s coming?So that’s how it is. You just made your first choice. You’ll regret it.Don’t screw with me.Then don’t deserve it. Time flows differently here. Every moment you waste talking is another you aren’t resting. The one coming is your mother, and you just raised the hurdle you need to clear.Who are you?Too late. We’re out of time. And when something bad happens, just remember; it didn’t have to be this way, and it’s all your fault.~~~Your eyes open once more. All save you have left the room, and the lights are off. Even Ursula is gone from your side. With some effort, you sit up. Thankfully, you can move on your own, but not with much strength or vigor. The drapes are shut, but they aren’t blocking any light from the window. It’s nighttime.If what you’ve been told is true, your mother will be coming soon. You need to warn the others! Pulling yourself out of bed, you cross the room and turn the lights on. Pain lances your eyes at the sudden brightness, forcing you to squint and look down. As it turns out, your left arm is now mostly intact; there are still very visible scars, but the meat appears to have been restored. A cursory glance around the room reveals a new set of clothes, much like the last time you came, and a small pile of Black Keys. Though your muscles protest, you get dressed, complete with amulet, and count your weapons - ten in all. You tuck them safely away.Suddenly, glass shatters behind you. You wheel around to face the window and-Ḫ̵͆T̶͎̈ ̷̈́͜I̶̺̾V̶̺͗H̵̜̑Ẓ̴̒ ̵̣̒D̵̪̄Ṇ̶̈́ ̶̜̌J̴͙́Ų̷̐T̵͎͋Ḧ̸͇Ṽ̴͇I̶̔Ỷ̸̜D̶̞̽V̴͜͝N̶̮͆,̵͎̊ ̵͙̐F̵͔͂D̵̝͌Ị̵̇B̶̢̊ ̸͖͊J̵̘̍Ạ̷̑ ̷̡͝F̴̙̉D̴͕͘I̶͔͝B̴͉͝N̸̳͌;̶̴̝̈́̄G̸̱̈́J̴͍͒J̶̝̋F̶̦͒ ̵̧̚J̷̞͊Ĭ̵͜ ̵̳̐H̸̼̓T̷̩̈́ ̸̛̗R̴͓̃J̵̹̕M̶̈́F̷̼̔N̸͉̈,̵̪̉ ̷̧̏T̷̘́Z̶̢̋ ̴̈ͅH̴̖̏D̴͋͜B̷̯̏C̴̙̚Ȏ̵̳T̷̗̑,̸̤̍ ̶̦̋V̵̭̓Ī̸̥Y̷͓̆ ̵̤͋Y̷̬͂Z̶̼̒Ń̵̰K̵͖V̴̠̓D̴͚͋M̸̘͊!̸̝̾...What the hell?You’re suddenly deep in the woods, with no sense of position or direction. Wherever you look, trees tower over you, only a few stars daring peek through the canopy into the darkness below. What happened? Where are you? Where is everyone else?You examine yourself quickly. Fresh cuts are on your right leg and recovering left forearm. You have three Black Keys in your right hand, and only two in reserve. Clearly, you’ve been fighting. But against who?
Ahead, and slightly to the right, you hear a familiar feminine but feral howl. Your body begins to ache; the drain on your Od has yet to reach its peak, but it’s definitely present. Forcing yourself to move, it doesn’t take long for you to notice a clearing in the woods up ahead. You creep closer, using a tree to hide yourself while you peer into the glade. An incredible crunch echoes into the night, followed by groaning and a mighty boom. An arboreal pillar smashes into the ground, kicking up a cloud of dirt.By the fallen log’s splintered stump stands Saber, breathing heavily, fists filled with jagged wood fragments. Did… did she just tear that tree down? With her bare hands?“...The fuck happened to you?” As the dust clears, a guarded voice rings out. A dark man with piercing purple eyes is mere inches from the tip of the timber. He’s tense, as though ready to pounce, but he’s only holding his spear with one hand - and, for the moment, it’s pointed down. “Can I even call you a Saber anymore? I think I understand why you’ve gotta die.”The chunks fall from Saber’s hands. She snarls breathily, taking a battle stance with hands raised. Her white hair begins to shimmer. That tree was just a warning shot.“It’s a grim solution,” Lancer says, “but this can all end with you, you know? I’ll even let your boy toy live.”At the suggestion you might be in danger, Saber glances behind her and to the left. Is that the direction of the manor, then? You’re behind her and to the right. You must have fled some distance from the building before coming to find her.Ding.The chime of your amulet and a flash of red alerts you to an attack from your right. You spin quickly to face the attacker, but not before two more black and red bullets slam into the air before your torso, both blocked by your amulet. It’s an all-too-familiar spell, one passed down through generations to a girl you’d hoped never to see again.Saber shrieks when she sees what’s unraveling in the treeline, but Lancer has already moved in between you and your Servant. The swordswoman pauses; for some reason, she’s hesitant to attack Lancer. Another Gandr shot strikes at your chest.“Eyes on me,” commands Auracecilia Edelfelt, a dozen meters away from you, left hand pointed as a finger gun. Apparently, she never dresses down. Her long, blonde hair is tied into a thick mermaid braid. She wears a white dress with a red blouse, and a black corset on top of that - as though someone is blind enough to think her figure needs accentuation. “Still wearing that cheap scute of a necklace, I see.”
>>3994749>>Use a Command Spell to bring Saber to your position and have her charge Auracecilia! Kill her before Lancer can react!I have no idea what the fuck is even going on.
“What are you doing here?” you growl. On a normal day, you’d already be weaving in and out of trees, cornering this magus with a flurry of well-placed swords and ice. However, you only have five Keys to work with, and you’re not sure if you’re well enough to fight for any significant period of time. She knows what you’re trained to do, too; it’s likely that the only reason she’s facing you directly is because you’re clearly tired and visibly wounded. That, or her ego compels it.“Concerning you, I have two goals,” the young woman remarks. “The first is to eliminate Saber and thus further my path to victory in this Holy Grail War. The second is to put an impudent child in his place.”“...Are you still mad about the chess match?” you ask hesitantly. That comment earns you another pair of curse blasts.“Of course not,” she asserts in a huff. “I’m hardly a sore loser. You’re the one who gloated and humiliated me. I’m going to take you down a peg and teach you some manners. Really, I’m doing you a service by showing you how to behave.” Disregarding her embellished memory of the game from years back, she’s blatantly contradicting herself!“Now,” the Edelfelt continues, “there are two ways we can resolve this. The simpler of the pair is for you to order Saber to kill herself. If you do, I’ll consider that a dignified surrender and take you to the church for protection.”“What makes you think you can order me around?” you ask coldly.“The fact that you can’t win,” Auracecilia states. “A Servant battle is an option, but it’s sure to end in your complete and utter defeat.”“Hate to say it, kid, but she’s right,” Lancer interjects, his back still turned to you. The tension thickens. A chill creeps down your spine. “The way things stand, Saber has no chance. Make this easy for everyone, yeah?”>>Order Saber to attack Lancer! Saber at her full power was able to hold of Archer and Berserker together. Lancer’s confidence is unfounded.>>Order Saber to attack Auracecilia! Even if she can’t get past Lancer, maybe she can throw something and distract him.>>Use a Command Spell to bring Saber to your position and have her charge Auracecilia! Kill her before Lancer can react!>>Fight Auracecilia yourself! Even with limited resources and stamina, there has to be a way you can win!>>(Write-in)
>>3994757It's been two months, so I don't blame you if some stuff has slipped your mind. This post should help contextualize who this girl is.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3865009/#p3872837This is the Edelfelt heir Edgar had an altercation with. A childish squabble over a chess match escalated into full-blown Gandr-slinging violence. As for why she's here right now... well, you'll have to figure that out yourself.
>>3994760>Fight Auracecilia yourself! Even with limited resources and stamina, there has to be a way you can win!I like the first non-option.inb4 Dead End
>>3994760>>(Write-in)>>Use a Command Spell to bring Saber to your position. Have her pick us up and fall back towards the mansion while we use our amulet and ice to cover our retreat. To be honest, I don't think we can win this fight, not without backup anyway. Hopefully the Einzberns didn't get decimated while we were unconscious.>Lancer’s confidence is unfounded.I very much doubt that. Space ninja can probably rip both Saber and us a new asshole.
>>3994760>>Order Saber to attack Auracecilia! Even if she can’t get past Lancer, maybe she can throw something and distract him.Right so since not reading the updates thoroughly during the first Archer fight caused us to get blasted to shit this seems to be the best option, since our Od is starting to be drained but hasn't completed crippled us yet. Based on that, the fact we're several keys down, that Saber going toe to toe with Lancer would drain us faster and fighting Edelfelt solo crippled probably won't activate Doomguy Mode again this seems to be the best course of action.
>>3994760>>3994823>>3994825In fact you know what, I'll change to Anon's vote, Lancer's not an arrogant asshole like Archer and the other Masters, he'll have plans to deal with us already. And we're definitely not in a condition to fight if A - We're blanking out during fights or B - Edelfelt can wipe our mind during battle.And since we're apparently an impudent child:>>"The only winning move is not to play Auracecilia!" As Saber gets us the fuck out of here
And how many Spells are we on now 2 or 3? Didn't we use one for a Dead End?
>>3994760>>Fight Auracecilia yourself! Even with limited resources and stamina, there has to be a way you can win!This might well be a dead end but I am loathe to use a command spell at this juncture. Lets throw the dice.
>>3994760Switching from >>3994803 to >>3994823.
You’re in no shape to fight, and Saber seems disinclined to engage as well. In the face of a completely fresh Master-Servant duo, you’ll just have to run. Magical energy courses through your Command Spell as you use the first of your three.“Saber!” In an instant, your Servant is warped from her position to you. Auracecilia yelps in surprise and fear; Lancer has already wheeled around, ready to intercept your Servant if she lunges to Auracecilia. “Take me away!”Without hesitation, Saber picks you up under an arm and rockets towards the manor, catapulting herself off of trees. The air surrounding her is incredibly hot, making the breeze generated by your speed relieving.“You’re not getting away!”Lancer, of course, is in pursuit, darting through the forest without losing sight of his prey. He’s not just following; he’s gaining on you! It’s hard to see at this distance, but… are his eyes different? No, don’t lose focus; you need to slow him down so you can escape! If you can just stop him for a moment, Saber might be able to stay ahead of him until you reach the manor! Something simple, but effective. A curved wall; when he slams into it, he’ll either break through, stumble and lose momentum, or he’ll collide and perhaps stop entirely. It’s an easy thing to envision. Lancer plants his foot on a tree directly behind you to follow exactly. Just before he pushes off, you cast the spell.“Circle Nine!”The drain on your energy stings. A tall, broad wall of ice, sloping slightly to catch Lancer like a net forms from your fingertips and detaches. It’s hard to see through to the other side of the ice, but you know he’s going to hit-The ice separates into two. No resistance, no fuss, smooth as butter, the wall comes apart with a single flourish of his spear. What remains of your obstacle falls uselessly to either side. Lancer isn’t slowed down at all. Only now do you get a good look at the change in his eyes. Like liquids in a centrifuge, the component colors of the purple have separated. A thick blue ring surrounds a smaller red circle with the pupil inside. Still some distance behind you, he readies another strike. The spearhead suddenly ignites.“Lúin Celtchair!”Lancer thrusts, stabbing naught but air, yet the strength of Saber’s grip vanishes. You drop to the forest floor, tumbling helplessly into some gnarled roots, which flip you and bring you to a dizzying, painful halt. Saber lies in a crumpled heap beside you. Her body is fading. Your connection to her, you realize, is gone. She’s dead! While you try to process what just happened, the man in black towers over you. He holds the flaming lance up for you to see.“Now look what you’ve done,” Lancer growls. “I’m really not supposed to do this, but you went and pissed me off.” He deftly reverses his grip and stabs downward, piercing somewhere on your torso with his burning weapon. The moment he does, everything stops.
Wow, we suck lmao.
“Hmhmhmhmhm. Hahahahaha!” The priest is unable to contain his laughter. “Look at you! Floundering against the unknown, desperately flailing to save your Servant when you can hardly save yourself! What an awful situation!”Yeah, you don’t need to be told twice. Lancer’s Noble Phantasm kills without even striking its target! And what’s up with those eyes?“You don’t even know what’s going on, let alone what you’re facing. That’s the price of missing one too many opportunities, I suppose.”You’re really not appreciating the snark right now. If nothing else, you have some understanding of Lancer's abilities now.“It’s only going to get worse from here on. What kind of irreversible damage will be caused? I look forward to how the night progresses.”He's really milking your failure for entertainment. It’s been a while since you last saw him, so maybe he’s savoring this meeting. That said, this is thoroughly unhelpful and anxiety-inducing. Will you be stuck here until he’s had his fill? Thankfully, his face and voice shift to a more serious tone.“But… I do understand. It hits pretty hard when a woman dies in front of you, so I’ll help. As he is now, Lancer is an insurmountable obstacle for Saber. You will be allowed to live so long as you not anger Lancer, but preserving Saber is a more difficult task. You must either occupy Lancer so he cannot find an opportunity to strike her down, or you must somehow force him into letting her escape.”So you have to work around Lancer rather than engage him directly, is that it?“Of course, the Edelfelt girl has a history with you. If you can think of something to say, you could always stall for time. Perhaps an opportunity will arise… yes, I think that would be quite entertaining. Information is your weakest area, isn’t it? Ask a smart question, and maybe you’ll get some answers.”~~~>>Order Saber to attack Lancer! Saber at her full power was able to hold of Archer and Berserker together. Lancer’s confidence is unfounded.>>Order Saber to attack Auracecilia! Even if she can’t get past Lancer, maybe she can keep him distracted.>>Use a Command Spell to bring Saber to your position and have her charge Auracecilia! Kill her before Lancer can react!>>Fight Auracecilia yourself! Even with limited resources and stamina, there has to be a way you can win!>>Keep Auracecilia talking. Stall for time! (What do you say?)>>(Write-in)
>>3996045Well obviously we should ask a question, but hell if I know what it should be.
>the Kirei Pew is basically saying "read the archives"Fuck me, I can't do that right now.
>>3996068We could always try to ask her if she knows what the hell is going on with all the extra servants.But it's kinda risky.
>>3996029>Lúin Celtchair>Black color schemeOh fuck. Oh FUCK. Lads we're super screwed. This is your man Dubthach Dóeltenga, of Ulster Cycle fame. Regarding the Lúin Celtchair, "each thrust of this lance will kill a man, even if it does not reach him" (TBDD, tr. Gantz). And he also has access to Ath nGabla. This is gonna be really bad.
So, should we try to appeal to her ego then?If she does know more about the war than us, which going off of how much Lancer seems to have been investigating, she should.
>>3996045Okay, so fighting Lancer is a no go since he hacks hitboxes.I think we need to not necessarily drive a wedge between Lancer and Edelfelt but bring something up that they might disagree on, mainly:>>I still don't get your plan Edelfelt, surely Lancer's told you about the Beast that's been lurking in the town? Isn't it better to focus our attention on that and then deal with our issues later?>>And last time we met I thought you'd rather beat an opponent at full strength rather that picking off someone injured for a cheap victory.
>>3996045>Ask a smart questionHa ha we're fucked, Edgar's not the brightest bulb when we're steering him.Since we lack info and Edelfelt has the typically magus ego we should try to appeal to that I think.>>So were you working for Lucroy as a backup then?>>Figured you'd try to summon your own Servant rather than contracting with someone else, seems to be a running theme in this War given all the extra Servants.
So Lancer seems to be implying that until just now he didn't think Saber needed to die. Why could that be? I mean one answer is that the Grail only needs 7 servants worth right so with these extras one or two could be spared. Someone's got it out for her specifically.
>>3996329I think it might be the other way around Anon, I think Lancer didn't need to kill Saber because Edgar wasn't a threat. Then we decided to go insane a little bit and thing's might have changed.>“Now look what you’ve done,” Lancer growls. “I’m really not supposed to do this, but you went and pissed me off.” He deftly reverses his grip and stabs downward, piercing somewhere on your torso with his burning weapon. The moment he does, everything stops.So either Edelelt or another 3rd party needs us alive for more possible Tree fuckery or Edelfelt wants us alive to rub our loss in our face.Which might work in our favour as long as Lancer doesn't decide we're not worth keeping around.
>>3996356>“Can I even call you a Saber anymore? I think I understand why you’ve gotta die.”Implies that until now he was of the mindset that she didn't need to die. Even if the Edelfelt has a score to settle someone else put them up to this believing she needs to die.That might be a good tactic, press the Edelfelt about who her boss is since she couldn't have done this on her own. Or praise her for forcing her way into the war and maybe some false modesty will get her to spill the beans.>At the suggestion you might be in danger, Saber glances behind her and to the left. Is that the direction of the manor, then? You’re behind her and to the right.What could this mean though it seems important right now. I doubt she's hoping for help.
>>3996378>inb4 Lancer has a hate boner for Archers and saw Tomoe going for the class changeBut seriously it seems Lancer's the classic monster hunter type so us being cool with Tomoe being an oni's come back to bite us in the ass.My main worry is that we ask Edelfelt the right question in the worst way and she just decides to Gandr us instead of monologuing.
>>3996045Well fuck me sideways, my write in got us killed. Sorry lads.>>3996155Bringing up the beast might not be a super good idea since Edgar's started turning into Treeman and we never really made any progress on tracking the beast despite saying we would. Unless Charlotte's Master was the beast the whole time?
This is just a heads-up that I probably won't be able to update tomorrow. Looks like the general consensus is to talk to Auracecilia. Take tomorrow to discuss and figure out what you want to say, and I'll either roll with the consensus or work the suggestions together in some way afterwards.
>>3996045>>Keep Auracecilia talking. Stall for time! (What do you say?)Im for this but I will leave it for others what to say.
I kind like what this anon is suggesting >>3996210Lancer might be less likely to actually try and kill us if Auracecilia orders him to do it because she's throwing a hissyfit from being trolled.
>>3996771Maybe something along the lines of >"Waited till I was injured and weak to make your move. You've become better at strategic thinking since the last time we met."
>>3996771And since Kirei decided to mock us for our lack of information is there anything that only Edgar knows about the War that we could use to either barter with for more info or at least use to stall?And Integer are we still racking up the mysterious death beads as well?
>>3996926He knows Berserker's master isn't exactly happy with her allies and that the Einzberns are both masters. Also that Rider's master up and vanished without a trace I guess.If we had opened that canister we might know more. It might mean something to others but we have no way of knowing.
>>3996929Right so do we try to push for a truce given Caster and Berserker have teamed up and Lancer knows first hand how tough he is solo?And do we think we've scored enough points with Ilonasviel to mention the canister? I mean at this point we've spent a good chunk of several fights being healed by her and the maids when they didn't really need to, might have built up enough trust for her to help us open it.
>>3996935We can trust Illonahole but not too sure about Ivan. Also not sure Lancer isn't part of the Caster Berserker alliance right now. Edelfelt got him somehow, Caster is the on;y one I can think of that could up and make her a master.
>>3996945A Caster isn't necessary for a Servant to form a new contract after their previous Master is killed or dropped in some way. Rin was able to contract with Artoria in UBW and Kirei was able to contract with Gilgamesh in Zero just as a few examples. I'm not convinced that Lancer is in league with Caster and Berserker either. Back when the Lucroy mansion was attacked, Caster and Berserker were very clearly already working together at the time, and Lancer was trying to fend them off when we arrived. I'm not saying it's impossible that Auracecilia is working with them, but if she is then it's not because she owes Caster her contract with Lancer.
>>3996955Edelfelt wasn't a master though, she had no seals and new ones don't form after the fact unless she was a master who survived another war. She got these seals from somewhere and not in the normal way.
>>3996957Possibly our mother?
>>3996959The Overseer could do it yeah. Would explain why they're trying to get this done as cleanly as possible without hurting Edgar.
>>3996959I don't see how getting Auracecilia involved is a shitstorm for the Burial Agency that was implied to be the case last time though.
>>3996966I'm pretty sure Lancer got his new Master before the burial agency got involved, so Auracecilia might not be related to that.
>>3996966Could be Mom is just trying to force us out of the war and for some reason she trusts Auracecilia.
Mom was summoning something at the end of Thread 7 wasn't she? Inb4 Ruler.
>>3996986>implying she isn't trying to summon Rasputin
>>3996997Alter Ego Servants don't even make any sense.
>>3996997She's trying to solve problems not make more.
>>3996986inb4 saint martha teamup with mom and mcmanus to preserve edgar's chastity
>>3997027The only one that can beat an Irishman is another Irishman
>>3997027It's far too late for that mother.We've already laid the demon.
>>3997037Weirdly she seemed to ship it.
>>3997067>Throne exists outside of time>Edgar could be Tomoe's first, last or Nth summon>If Edgar nuts inside her he possibly doesn't actually nut inside her until after he's married or after the Sun expands and destroys the Earth in 5 billion yearsIt's sound Christian Mother maths
>>3997071Plus no need to worry about kids before marriage. Probably just happy he isn't gay after he turned down all those McManus approved babes.
>>3997097>McManus approved babesThey exist?
>>3997098Wasn't McManus and whatshisface setting him up on hot Jesus approved dates? Or was it just buddyboi doing that and I'm remembering wrong.
>>3997098>Looking for a prospective partner to ground a member of our flock.>The traits and skills that are required for the role are as follows:>Must be female>Natural hair colour (preferably red)>Come from a family of 8 or more>Have at least 5 sheepskin jumpers>A thick, unintelligible accent (Irish preferred, English may be considered depending on region)>The ability to fight off combatants with a ruler>Be baptised (in the Christian religion)>Be able to raise several children at one time>Be of marriageable age (if not, an intern position is available until a job slot is opened)
>>3997101Just buddyboy. McManus would probably prefer to clap a chastity belt on Edgar, honestly.
>"Waited till I was injured and weak to make your move. You've become better at strategic thinking since the last time we met. Bet I can still beat you one on one, coward." Mentally tell Saber to survive.Going by her ego she probably will take the bait and Lancer should honour that but if not Saber can hopefully survive him long enough while he's not pissed off.Just throwing it out there as a possible plan unless someone else can think of a good way to draw info out of her.>>3997116Well I'm sure Mom knew about those and is happy Edgar isn't gay.
Neither you nor Saber are in a position to fight. Struggle, and either or both of you will probably die. In that case, perhaps you can stall. If there’s any chance you’ll find an opportunity to escape, you don’t have much of a choice but to wait for it.“Not a bad move, pouncing on a weakened target,” you say, taking aim at her pride. “Your tactics have improved.”“Don’t sound so bitter. You’re the one who’s been hiding behind a wall of homunculi and Servants,” Auracecilia fires back. “This is on you for needlessly exposing yourself in your state.” That’s… a fair point, actually. You can’t really come back from that. “Frankly, I’m disappointed. What happened to the boy who marched into my house one day and beat me at my own game?”“Sorry, but he’s under the weather at the moment,” you continue. “What about you? I figured the proud magus from back then would prefer to summon her own Servant rather than pick up someone else’s. Given the number of extra Servants in this War, that’d only be natural.”“I’ll have you know that was my plan. It’s not my fault my flight got delayed!” the young woman says irritably. It seems you’ve touched a nerve. You hear a chortle off to the side. Is Lancer enjoying this? “By the time I arrived, all the slots had filled up! Thankfully, the overseer had the wisdom to recognize the injustice I’d been done, and offered to partner me with the first Servant who became available. I didn’t learn about the extra Servants until Lancer informed me of their existence.”“Wait a minute,” you press on, eager to keep her ranting, “you nearly missed out on the Holy Grail War because you couldn’t be bothered to fly in early?” Another flurry of Gandr bullets.“There were a lot of preparations to make!” she objects in exasperation. “Someone like you who chanced into the Grail War wouldn’t understand!”“...How do you know about that?” you ask. There should only be four people who know how you got involved with the War: yourself, Saber, your mother, and Sister Gloria. Auracecilia obviously hasn’t heard the story from you or Saber. If she got the information from one of the latter two, however, that could mean...“Might’ve said too much, lady,” Lancer cuts off the conversation. He spins around towards the two of you, lance raised. Shit! You can’t take on a-In a flash, he’s beside Auracecilia, slashing white magic bolts out of the air. His Master turns to look, aghast that something snuck up on her. Lancer executes a wide swing, deflecting a massive sword made of wire. The blade careens into the clearing’s fallen trunk. You follow the trajectory of the projectiles into the tree canopy some distance off. Several wire birds dart through the branches, firing at Auracecilia through the gaps. Before you can move, Saber has already grabbed your waist on a mad dash into the woods, leaving Lancer and the familiars behind.
The forest is eerily quiet. Or perhaps it just seems that way, any white noise noise drowned out by the rush of air past your ears. These trees mostly look the same wherever you look. It’d be nice to know where you’re going.Saber, you ask mentally, are we returning to the manor?“Yes.” The reply you receive is not mental, but spoken word. That’s odd. The peace of the night is then shattered by a shrill voice.“Edgar, help!” comes a woman’s scream. Saber stops and spins you around, switching her grip into a bridal style carry. She clutches you protectively, face ferociously contorted as she glares at the source of the noise. Looking for yourself, you can make out a figure with long blond hair and a large red cloak. Charlotte is breathing heavily, clutching a gash on her stomach. It’s hard to make out her face at this distance, but she seems… scared. She follows up with another shout. “It’s not healing!”You glance towards the manor, where you’ve been heading. You can catch glimpses of a bright, fast-moving speck in the night sky, swirling up and down and side to side.>>Check on Charlotte.>>Continue towards the manor.>>(Write-in)
>>3998196>>Check on Charlotte.God damn it Assassin.
>>3998196>>Check on Charlotte.Damn my bleeding heart.>You can catch glimpses of a bright, fast-moving speck in the night sky, swirling up and down and side to side.Is this the mysterious valkyrie servant?
>>3996926>are we still racking up the mysterious death beads as well?Yes. You're currently at 8.
>>3998196Shit, I'm conflicted here. I'm not sure if this is actually Charlotte or just some illusion trying to get Edgar to think with his dick for an easy kill.
>>3998231A very ineffective illusion if it is.If this is an illusion they would've been better suited to using an Einzbern.We should consider her an enemy.But we don't.
>>3998196>>Continue towards the manor.Yup, thats bait
>>3998196>>Continue towards the manor.
>>3998196>“It’s not healing!”Sounds like Lancer's doing, but why would Lancer attack Charolette?
>>3998301Charlotte doesn't have a Master anymore, it's possible that she has some form of independent action but can't expend her energy on healing.
>>3998301Why would Lancer not attack Charlotte? She would be an enemy Servant as far as he is concerned. That said, I'm not trusting that this is her.
>>3998196>>Continue towards the manor.Chances are pretty high that this isn't Charlotte for 4 reasons:>We've been out of action for at least a day or 2 and she just so happens to appear as we're running away from a fight with another Master>If we took out or fucked up her Master she should've already disappeared from Mana loss, can't really see anything in the Red Riding Hood story that implies Independent Action>We've got a gap of several minutes in our perception just as our fight with Auracecilia begun, meaning she might have some way of messing with our head>Lancer took out Saber with his NP, doubt a "non combat" class like Assassin can survive an NP that wrecks a proper combat class like SaberGiven Treebros warning we really need to tread carefully, we're going to fuck up 100% but we have to minimise how badly we get fucked.
>>3998312>>3998313I meant Auracecilia when I made that post but then I reread it.
>>3998196>Check on Charlotte.Because another Kotomine visit will bother me less than if this is really her and we don’t help.
>>3998196>>Continue towards the manor.I can't think of anything we could say as a test to confirm it's Charlotte and I'm pretty sure it'd still give us the same penalty as staying if it is bait, plus the lack of Rider and the other Servant before the attack is worrying, that speck might be a familiar signalling for help.
>>3998196>>Check on Charlotte.I hope she's alright.
>>3998196>>>Check on Charlotte.>It's not healingSounds like she's screwed six ways to Sunday, but I still want a Charlotte nocturnal interlude. To the rescue we shall go.
>>3998196>>>Continue towards the manor.I wish I could believe but if Mom scooped up Lancer she may have Charlotte in her pocket too. This is probably a backup plan to get Saber.
>>3998196>>Continue towards the manor.Even on the slim chance this isn't bait, she got Command Spell'd into killing Edgar, she might stab us the second we're in range.
And just as an additional point for everyone to consider as well, staying or not.>“Yes.” The reply you receive is not mental, but spoken word. That’s odd.We might not be talking to Saber, maybe.
>>3998196>Check on Charlotte.
>>3998825She's not in a good place mindwise right now, she might be worried about talking mentally to us.
>>3998196>>Continue towards the manor.I forgot to vote in my fuck-up.
>>3998825Shouldn't we be able to tell through our connection?
What's the vote tally? If it is really Charlotte, we are basically condemning her to death even though she tried to fight off her command spell for our sake.Again, if that spell was still in effect, she wouldn't be trying to lure us in, she was obviously very unwilling to attack us.
>>3999044But what if it is Charlotte?Are you really all willing to condemn the girl to her death here?
>>3999045I can't imagine there's anything we can do for her even if this is legit. We're injured and weak and who knows how long Lancer will be occupied. He's faster than Saber he'll catch up.But fuck, it doesn't feel like Edgar does it? Leaving her there even if it would be the smart thing to do.She is ours after all.
>>3999085It's possible that she just needs some mana.
>>3999091We don't really have any to spare what with powering OniSaber and being low on blood. The other way well I don't think we have time for that right now.
Actually could we tell Saber to just grab her? She's strong enough to carry us both and could do this quick before anything happens. Barring Char killing us right then and there.
>>3999099Don't think this'll work, the update heavily implies that something'll happen if Edgar stops, even if it is to talk to Charlotte or have Saber carry her. Which again is a bad idea because Lancer is fast as fuck and Saber's already carrying half deadweight.
>>3999109Saber is superhumanly strong, a waifish girl like Charlotte won't slow her down at all.
>>3999128I was thinking more movement and combat, carrying one person is easier to handle since they can be carried in the centre of mass but 2 people would be an over the shoulder situation which would make it difficult to dodge.
>>3998196>>Check on Charlotte.
>>3999130We already know that Saber can't dodge Lancer though. What's the added harm in taking Charlotte with us?
Seems like this is a pretty contentious decision. I'll leave the vote open until tomorrow, and if no decision has been reached I'll roll for it.
>>3999154Damn you Integer! Making us pick between a hot friend who maybe wants to bang and living!
>>3999168Oh she totally wants to bang.
>>3999170I didn't want to presume but yeah if we manged to save her I doubt the Burial Agency could keep her off Edgar's dick.
>>3999180Then why not support checking her?Worst case is Kirei laughs at us again.
>>3999195Worst case is we run out of redoes just as things are reaching critical mass.
>>3999211You don't just run out of redoes, anon.I hope.
>>3999128She tried to kill us, Saber would probably just yeet her minus us throwing in a command spell to force it.
>>3999216Well something bad is going to happen once we get enough beads.
>>3999217To be fair, she also tried not to kill us.Command spells are wack.
>>3999216We can't assume every choice is Good End or Dead End Anon, we're slowly racking up the permanent Bad End flags.
>>3999219I doubt our pet Oni will deign to see it that way
>>3999223We either leave her here to die or we go check her with the chance that Saber launches her into the next dimension herself. Both have a high chance of ending in Charlotte's untimely demise.Or it's an illusion, but isn't Caster associated with a faction that doesn't want us dead?Thankfully, Saber is hopefully still loyal to us even as an Oni.In fact she might be more loyal, even.
>>3999228>Or it's an illusion, but isn't Caster associated with a faction that doesn't want us dead?>Thinking that being killed is the worst optionMy sweet summer childhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8P5cg3Xipg
>>3999249Yeah, I know.I've played F/SN, there's no need to go all Reddit on me.Not all Casters are Medea, and Caster's Master in this case seems to have an interest in us.Also, what, is an illusion going to capture us now?
>>3999257If there's an illusion there'll be someone waiting to take advantage of it.
>>3999269But it could also be Charlotte literally dying in front of us.Also, who the hell makes an illusion of a girl we would be incredibly wary of approaching?The sensible thing to do would be to ignore her entirely, so we should do the opposite.
>>3999279I don't personally believe that she's an illusion just pointing out that an illusion by itself wouldn't happen.
>>3999279Auracecilia is out to either win the War as a fuck you to Edgar, is working for Mom or both. There's no way she'd just let Edgar get away without following with Lancer. The same Lancer that killed Saber pretty easy in the Dead End. So what's more likely, that this is some form of bait, or that Lancer chased after us, found Charlotte in the woods, failed to kill a class of Servant best suited for killing normal humans, then just let her escape after he gutted her?
>>3999294Then why not take the chance on being able to save her?I think this is pretty obviously our choice whether or not we want to keep Charlotte around after the revelation of her betrayal.If it does work out, we get an additional Servant to help in this mess of a grail war.We're going to need it.
>>3999299Auracecilia is under attack by Einzberns right now.You think it's more likely that Lancer is also able to create illusions?You're operating under the fatal illusion that Lancer is the only enemy servant in these woods.
>>3999305>>3999309Because we are running out of chances and Lancer was fighting normal familiars not a servant he won't be long. We aren't out of danger yet and are heading into more problems at the mansion. A detour is going to cost us our life or Saber and if by chance not she'll be a liability during whatever else is going to happen.
>>3999328>we are running out of chancesSource?Assassin won't be that much of a liability, I'm sure.Why are you so ready to let her die?As for Lancer, he'll have the choice of whether to pursue us or protect his Master.
>>3999309>You're operating under the fatal illusion that Lancer is the only enemy servant in these woods.>Lancer - Probably still fighting the Einzberns>Archer - Dead>Shielder - Dead>Saber - Oni Uber>Rider - Einzbern Servant, possibly powering their NP given the beginning of the thread >Winged Servant - Might be fighting Lancer, might be defending Ivonnesviel>Predator - Most likely not here given Lancer's hateboner>Berserker - Not here, everyone would know>Caster - Unknown, however the first time skip occurred after her appearance, second time skip occurred post previous thread were Caster and the twins tried to kidnap Edgar, and now we have the 3rd time skip>Assassin - What we're trying to figure outAll the known players are accounted for other than Caster and Assassin, and I'm more inclined to believe Caster would just try to blow up an enemy Servant like during the Lucroy raid instead of knifing them.There's nothing out there that explains the wound if Lancer is still fighting and Caster is more likely to use magic, so it more likely that this isn't Charlotte but Caster trying to recapture us (pretty sure Medea teleported her and Kuzuki during one of the routes, could be a snatch and grab)
>>3999339>Source?The beads we get when we die? Not a guarantee it'll lead to death but we sure will be making things a lot harder. >As for Lancer, he'll have the choice of whether to pursue us or protect his Master.Or he could pick her up and chase us.>Why are you so ready to let her die?Well that's a loaded question. What angle are you trying to work here bud?
>>3999357>forgetting RulerAre you sure you want to do that?Mom was obviously summoning her own Servant.>>3999361>What angle are you trying to work here bud?The angle to save Red Riding Hood.We sort of kind of permanently ruined our Saber by having her go full demon mode for us.
>>3999377Mental Pollution C+ is serious business, anon.
>>3999371>Saber going Oni is a bad thingAnon, we have the toastiest Servant around, Edgar's a damn genius.
>>3999380Love is serious business.
>>3999384We don't actually love her though.Treebro said so.I just feel like it would be a waste if Charlotte died here, we barely even know anything about her as a Servant.
>>3999386We can love her though, in time.Also forests are assholes.
>>3999388Forests are assholes, granted.I don't want Charlotte to die.
>>3999394Honestly? I fucking hate this situation. I pushed hard for Charlotte through this quest, she's super fun and yeah she would be useful but holy fuck the risk. We don't have a way to heal her, we don't have mana to spare unless we tap into apostle mode, we have an enemy behind us and Mom attacking the mansion.Then there' whatever reason we're out here in the first place fucking timeskips. Someone get the Globetrotters to slap King Crimson's shit.
>>3999415There's always the chance that the Einzbern have something that can heal her, and we know that they can fuck with Servant transferral.
>>3999394Pretty sure we are fucking dead if we fall for this.
>>3999422Good thing we're immortal, huh?
Oh god what's the right choice?
>>4000107AaaaaaaghI don't want to die but I don't want to let Charlotte die.In this scenario I'll just do what Shirou would do, retarded as it is. >>3998196>>Check on Charlotte.It's probably gonna get us killed.I'll be pissed if you try to have your Noble Phantasm vore us again, Assassin.
I won't be able to update until later, but it looks like we have a decision. I'm calling the vote now so I can get to writing when I'm able.
>>4000241Was that helping Charlotte (or "Charlotte") by one vote?
>>4000352I believe this was all the votes, if I didn't miss any.Check on Char>>3998199>>3998202>>3998422>>3998467>>3998763>>3998876>>3999131>>4000129Ignore Char>>3998289>>3998295>>3998316>>3998446>>3998778>>3998821>>3998879
>>4000595Well I'll be happy if all(or at least most) of my assumption are wrong.
I am genuinely embarrassed how many times I refreshed my browser tonight.
You can’t leave Charlotte alone. No matter what is happening at the manor, you can’t turn a blind eye to a wounded friend. Even if she tried to kill you once, that was due to the influence of a command spell. It’s unclear why she’s still around after you killed her Master, but there's a lot you don't know anyway.“Take me to her, Saber,” you command. Saber growls in objection, but obeys. As the two of you approach, your Servant never takes her eyes off of Charlotte.“Even though you know I’m Assassin?” Charlotte asks, breathless and surprised. Saber puts you down. “You really are the best, Edgar.”“Show me the wound,” you say, kneeling beside Charlotte. She moves her arm, exposing a strange laceration across her stomach. The entire injury is stained black; in certain areas, there’s a faint, shifting red glow. You lean in and trace your fingers around its edge, careful not to touch the darkness itself; if it hurt a Servant, Lord only knows what it can do to you. “Does it hurt?”“Yes,” she replies. The cut is so dark that the depth would be impossible to gauge without the red areas. Examination reveals that, oddly enough, the wound is quite shallow. Even if it isn’t healing, something like this shouldn’t cause trouble to a Servant. Unsure how to treat the wound, you raise your head to discuss the cause with Charlotte only to be met with a broad, wicked grin.“Big Bad Wolf.”Saber howls. Assassin’s vicious beast bursts from an impossible space under her arm, hurtling past you and towards your Servant. You spin around to track its movement, but in doing so, expose your back to Charlotte. Hands firmly grab your shoulders and yank you backwards with Servant strength. Within a second, you’re caught in a powerful chokehold. Kicking wildly and pulling to loosen her grip both prove fruitless.“You’ve been working so hard.” The whisper in your ear is as sinister as it is sweet. “It’s okay to rest. I’ll take care of you.”In the few seconds before you lose consciousness, you see Saber battling the remarkably agile canine. She rips back and forth through the trees, desperately looking for some way, some opening to save you, but finding none.~~~Well.Personally, I find this outcome… suboptimal.We might never get the chance to speak again, so I’ll be fast. Unlock the V̶̳̔f̴̨͊ȗ̴̩l̸͈̀s̴͇̎w̴͖̾x̴͚̋u̶͙͘h̸̺́ within you. It doesn’t matter how. You’ll lose everything if you don’t. Once you find what you really want, r̵e̶a̸c̸h̷ ̷o̵u̵t̷ ȃ̸̗n̵̮̆d̸̚ͅ ̴͝g̷̫̃r̶̤̍å̸̖b̶͖ ̵̰̀ĭ̵͚t̸̙̓ ̴̨̺̞͌̀̍ì̶̼̼͔̃́f̵̝̮̥͔̭͆͆ ̸̨̤̚ͅÿ̴̡̺́ơ̷̠͚̪̬͚͂͠u̴̼̰̿̒͝ ̵͖̼͈̈̊͠w̵̨͍̓ạ̵̀̈́̚n̵͍̖̩͉̻̎̍͛̌̌ṭ̶̯̘̺̉ ̴̺̃̇̎t̵͈̜̭̐̀́ŏ̶͉̽̉ ̵̗̍̽́́̀w̸͕̣͇͎̞̏͋̀͌ĩ̸̡̖̭͎̔ņ̷̘͇̖̘͒͒
~~~The first thing you see when you open your eyes is Assassin’s upside-down face. She’s smiling affectionately at you, long hair behind her back but nearly spilling around her shoulders. The softness and warmth below your head confirms that your head is in her lap. A blanket covers the rest of you.“Morning, sunshine!” Charlotte greets you cheerfully.What? What happened? Where are you? What’s going on? You try to shoot up, but it’s impossible - you’re restrained under your covers, at least at the wrists and ankles. Frantically, you look around. The room is T-shaped, dreary and made of stone. You’re situated in its center. Papers, books, and strange weapons are pushed carelessly to the edges of the room in addition to the huge mounds off to the left. Various magical materials line countertops. You know this room; it’s Sister Gloria’s basement.But the view to the right is mortifying. Ilonasviel lies unconscious in a magic circle, gagged and bound hand and foot. Beside her, and towering above, sits the Big Bad Wolf. The beast glares hungrily, almost lasciviously, at the helpless girl, swallowing saliva each time it’s just about to drool on her face. Before you can call out, one of Charlotte’s hands clamps over your mouth, stifling your voice.“Relax, Edgar,” Charlotte says, caressing your cheek with her other hand and turning your face back up to hers. A flicker of greed appears in her countenance. “She’s just insurance. Be a good boy and she’ll be okay.” The hand releases your mouth.Suddenly, it occurs to you that you have a lot more energy than you did before awakening here. Your body hurts less, too. Why have you recovered so quickly? Wait a minute-You can’t feel Saber.“Where’s my Servant?” You’re afraid of the answer, but you have to ask.“Your Servant?” says Assassin, the avarice in her face growing into the same vile beam you saw before. “No, you don’t seem to understand. Saber belongs to Emilia now. You’re not a Master anymore; just a boy. A boy who’s brave, strong, handsome, sexy, righteous to a fault, and mine.”“Excuse me?” you let out, disturbed by Charlotte’s outburst. In an instant, the malice drains completely from her demeanor.“At least, you will be once all this is over,” she continues. The girl begins playing with your hair. “Emilia was kind enough to leave me with you, so for now, let’s enjoy some quality time. Alright?”You fall silent for a moment. It sounds like Mom is the mastermind here. Which means... you’ve been imprisoned by your own mother? The overseer stole your Servant? She’s using Ilonasviel as a hostage? And you’ve been left effectively alone with Assassin of all people? What the hell is going on?
>>Try to escape. Though Saber has been taken from you, you’re in a vastly improved physical state. Surely there’s a way?>>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?>>See if you can convince Charlotte to help you in some way. You’ve given her plenty of aid. Perhaps she’ll return the favor?>>W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎>>(Write-in)
>we got captured and lost SaberBe honest now: what were you guys thinking when you voted to save her?I figured that it would be bad but not THIS bad.
Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are "anon thought with dick again.">>W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎Im not even a treefag but the Harlot needs to die, now. Charfags have gone too far/
>>4001510>W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎NOBODY FUCKS WITH OUR SABERexcept us but that was only once hopefully more
Friendly reminder that there's an Assassin-speed were(?)wolf right next to Ilona.
>>4001574This is a first, but I believe the tree, we need to solve this clusterfuck. Day of the branch now.
>>4001510>>>See if you can convince Charlotte to help you in some way. You’ve given her plenty of aid. Perhaps she’ll return the favor?Damnit, I've been a Charlotte-fag this whole time and even I knew this was a stupid idea.
Looking through these choices...•Try to escape. Though Saber has been taken from you, you’re in a vastly improved physical state. Surely there’s a way?Not when Big Bad Wolf is drooling all over us.•Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?"You sly dog, you got me monologuing!"Although she might just not answer.•See if you can convince Charlotte to help you in some way. You’ve given her plenty of aid. Perhaps she’ll return the favor?HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA•W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎The nuclear option, but it might be our only way out of this.
>>4001510>>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?We've been running around like a headless chicken long enough. Getting a handle of the situation would help, though this may just shorten our window of escape.
>>4001510>>W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎I'd have an extra write-in to take out the wolf first to save Ilona but I doubt Edgar/Treebro's going to listen to us. Probably not the best option, might be the worst, but hey, if Anon thought with their boner last vote this vote I'm thinking with my hateboner. Fuck Charlotte and her shitty yandere streak and fuck whatever shitty churchfag reason Mom tries to guilt us with when she moans about not telling us what the fucking monster forest in our fucking head is because she was feeling sad.Although please don't kill Ilona and the rest of the Einzberns Integer, they've grown on me
>>4001609Honestly, my prediction is dead mom at the end of this. But I still think Tree power is basically our only option.
>>4001609I'm not going to pretend the hateboner isn't justified at this point, but can we at least try to talk to her or something before headbutting the shiny red button Integer keeps shoving in front of us like a shiny pair of keys for a toddler?
>>4001616>Honestly, my prediction is dead mom at the end of this.>Start the quest thinking we're playing a different autistic flavour of Shirou>We've actually been playing a different autistic version of Kotomine
>>4001621>edgar cried, not because his mom died, but because he never got to fuckkill her
>>4001620Normally I would, but at this point barring Saber and Ilona Treebro's been the only one that's been straight up with us. We listened to it during the Howell fight, we beat off Howell, it warns us shit is about to hit the fan, it fucking does, it warns us not to be retarded, we don't listen this time and here we are in the middle of an awful doujin book. It's track record has been fucking stellar compared to most people in the quest.
>>4001620Charlotte is kill on sight for me from now on. I imagine im not alone.
>>4001510>>W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎Oh fuck you cHarlotteI wanted to give you one fucking chance.
>>4001510>W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎What a fu*kin thot
>>4001634Yeah, agreed.She dies.Mom dies.Everyone against us dies at this point.Mercy is for idiots. Ffffuck.
>>4001634I just realised that Ilona being here means Ursula and the rest of the maids might be dead as well.
>>4001645More reason to end the Harlot. Enough damage. We have actually reliable allies who have come to harm from the cock headed thirst of the Charfag.
>>4001645That's it.No survivors.They want to treat us as a Monster then we will give them one.Embrace the Tree.Our own mother would betray us as well?Even going so far as to take the girl we allied with and our own Servant as her hostage?So be it.She will die painfully. All she had to do was explain the risks to us and not let fucking Roa in our head become our only ally.Fucking stupid bitch.
>>4001510>>W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎You don't fuck with our Servant.You don't fuck with our friends.You don't stab us in the back.And you never, fucking ever, betray and lie to us in the name of "protection".
>>4001646I regret supporting Charlotte.I didn't think she would go full worst girl Yandere like this.My only regret is that Edgar isn't strong enough to tear her apart himself.
>>4001510>>W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎FUCK
>>4001651>They want to treat us as a Monster then we will give them one.>Embrace the Tree.
>>4001657We've been hiding away from our true nature long enough, Kirei.Righteous to a fault? Don't make me laugh!Where's that gotten us?
>>4001657The priest's approval fills me with PRIDE
>>4001507>>W̷̥̍h̴͉̄á̵̪t̶̆ ̴͍̏ț̵̔h̶͖̓e̷̞̕ ̵̟̕f̶͎̿u̶̫c̵̼͠k̵͖̈,̸͔̑ ̴̡͘ẇ̷͓h̷̯̃a̵̯͝ṱ̸̉ ̴͓̊t̴͚͌h̴̀͜ẽ̴̫ ̵̙̿f̸̝̐u̵̫̎c̸̦͊k̵̭͑,̶̰͛ ̵͚͐w̵͙͘ȟ̸̖ā̸̦t̷̢͆ ̴̏ͅt̶̗́h̵̗̿e̶̠͋ ̶̝͑F̸̟̈U̴̹͊Ĉ̶̹K̷͍̉,̶̛͖ ̵͋Ẅ̷̘́H̵̩͋A̵̜̐T̸̝̆ ̷̨̄T̸̄͜H̵̠̑E̶̎Wow, she really is after us because we remind her of the huntsman from her fairy tale. Just wasn't expecting her to go full yandere.Oh well, you had your chance Char, but no one gets between me and my oni waifu. You win this one, Tree.
>>4001665I don't know what she expects from betraying us for real this time.I swear, making us a prisoner and capturing our close friend?"It's for your own good Edgar!"Fuck you mom.If she really cared about us she would've arranged for us to leave town before the war.
>>4001665Best case scenario is a Sunny Days ending with Ilona helping us keep Tomoe around.Although if that's not possible I'm making sure we keep our promise and at least get a Spark Liners High ending with Tomoe so she doesn't die alone again.
>>4001671>Fuck you mom.For real though. If she wanted us out of the war so we wouldn't go too deep into the tree path (presumably), maybe she shouldn't put us in a stressful situation where we're forced to rely on it?
>>4001674Assuming the grail is uncorrupted we can incarnate her permanently with it, Edgar does not really have a wish after all.That said, I imagine we may be more evil tree than man by then, but maybe that will complement Tomoe's Oni side more.
>>4001675>"Oh no, my son might be at risk of becoming a monster, time to steal his servant after attacking him with deadly Servants and having a girl he considered a friend betray him by promising she could have him!"Enough.The stupid slut dies.The Yandere slut dies.That Edelfelt cunt dies too.
Quick reminder that Edgar Tristan Rood means... (in order)Fortunate Spearman.Sorrowful.Crucifix.A certain tragic spearman seems to fitour name. And if that isn't enough.The School we go to with heavy Church presence?Saint Longinus Academy.This isn't a school.It's a cage.
It occurs to me that we could probably trick Charlotte into helping us escape.She can't trust the word of a woman that would do this to her own son, surely?She has to be stupid to think this ends in any way other than her being killed off when things come to an end.You're being used you stupid Yandere slut, and you've managed to isolate yourself entirely from the one man who would've tried to help you.
>>4001510>>>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?We did so well using our (upper) head against the Edelfelt lets try sticking with that, yeah? Keep the nuke on standby till we're able to use it most effectively. As it stands right now with Mom in control neither Saber, Illonahole or ourselves are in direct danger. We need to find out what is going on and figure out what to do before all of that is actually turned against us.Gatdangit Char. Why do you make lovin' you so hard?
I can't believe Charlotte has done this.I want her and everyone else involved in this sham dead.Treebro, I would appreciate full on Dead Apostle Ancestor level powers.Full Roa mode, thanks.I want to turn Assassin into an ice sculpture. Oh, also, it's fun that our Ice Spell is called Circle 9As in the Ninth Circle of Hell which traitors are condemned to.The frozen lake of Cocytus.Fucking traitors.
>>4001895Going nuclear right now is the worst decision. We need to make that fury a cold one. Calculating. Lest we lose everything but revenge.If we go with the forest now all Edgar will have left is a frozen wasteland, regret and rage.
>>4001895>Full Roa mode>not Full Primate Murder mode>not even Full Einnashe modethis guy is in Full Enhance mode
>>4001903That might be the case, but I don't want to waste words on this deceptive whore.
>>4001903Going nuclear now is the perfect time, we're trapped directly in Charlotte's grip, she has a wolf over Ilona to eat us and we're in a family friends house in the middle of the school full of normies. Edgar's a man of patience and restraint and would normally try to work his way around this, they've set this up to turn those qualities against us. Embracing the insanity is the only sane option, they wouldn't see it coming.
>>4001920Yeah.This is already a worse case scenario. Besides, we don't need any answers if we just kill everyone, right?
>>4001920>I don't know where Saber is>My mom betrayed me?>Charlotte is going to rape me>If this goes on I'll break a promise I madeThis must be very trying on Edgar's patience.
>>4001929>Edgar best case scenario - Reaches manor and fights off invaders>Edgar worst case scenario - Saber/Ilona/Einzbern support taken away>Charlotte/Mom best case scenario - Edgar accepts his and Ilona's imprisonment and the loss of Saber>Charlotte/Mom worst case scenario - Edgar tries to escape and has to be restrained>Curveball option - Edgar kills everyone between him and freedomI'd even be fine with Auracecilia living since even though she's working with Mom she and Lancer at least had the balls to challenge us to a proper Grail battle, plus I want Lancer to die in a blaze of glory if he's doomed due to the Fate meta.>>4001946The poor boy just wants to be honest with people, why can't they all just tell the truth about wanting to murder each other?
>>4001946Promising to kill Assassin would be nice.We never break promises.
>>4001970>I promise to be with you until the very end Charlotte>Rips out her heart with his bare hands a second later
>>4001929>This is already a worse case scenarioThis is in no way a worst-case scenario. Worst case would be "limbless in Caster's basement being used as a mana battery." We are doing great, neither Ilona nor Saber NOR Charlotte is dead, and if we just let her tell us what the FUCK is going on with this then we'll be in a much better position to make an informed decision and KEEP THOSE WE CARE ABOUT ALIVE>we don't need any answers if we just kill everyone, rightWE DON'T KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENINGWe are SO thoroughly in the dark that ANY information would be nice. Remember, there's more Servants out there and at this moment only Charlotte is confirmed to care if we live or die, if only for selfish, carnal reasons.>>4001510>>>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?The nuclear option is pretty clearly a trap, and we need to demonstrate some restraint in order to gauge our situation so we don't run hateboner-first into an even worse situation. As an aside, what the fuck is a "Vfulswxuh"?
>>4001979>VfulswxuhDAA 19: Vfulswxuh Order, pronounced "Victor Order" to match the gematria meaning
>>4001979>WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING>We are SO thoroughly in the dark that ANY information would be nice.But anon, muh feefees(the exact thing that got us into this mess)!
>>4001979>>4001987We gave her a chance, she blew it, we're not giving her another out.
>>4001979Ok fine.Maybe you're right.But the moment we are able I want to tear Charlotte to shreds.I've had enough of everyone taking advantage of our boy.>>4001639>>4001510Switch to>>>>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?Fuck you, Assassin.You'll die painfully you treacherous fuck.How Edgar learned never to trust in anyone in a single day.Time for some patricide.
>>4001510>>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?
>>4001510Switching from >>4001591>>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?
>>4001979So much this. Things could be far worse, the fact that no one we care about is dead is the biggest stroke of luck ever. Or it's fate.>>4001994Not cutting our own throat for revenge would be smart. She will be punished but that should not be our immediate concern.
If we can convince Charlotte to side with us over Mom, we might just be able to win here.You see, Charlotte seems to be a stupid asshole that's only interested in her own desires.That means all we need to do is persuade her that she's better off becoming our Servant so we can always be together. She doesn't think that our motherreally mean what she said, does she?We've seen what happens to people with ill intentions towards us. Why would she consider you any different, Assassin?Because you're helping her? The woman would betray even her own son.She's being manipulated like the little fool she is.Luckily, the girl she's got captive on the floor over there happens to be an Einzbern, who should be familiar with transferring Servants.Then we can discard Charlotte whenever we wish.
I find it weird that Charlotte has gone full yandere since we last saw her. On the night we were attacking Archer she was friendly and flirty yeah but this obsession seems out of nowhere there may be some other influence on her mind right now and if anyone could do that it would be the Overseer using command seals.
>>4002031It's possible her emotions got out of hand for her after we killed her Master.
>>4002032Well last she saw Edgar was in full treemode, not sure how that impression and the freedom of losing her master translates to this. Maybe she identifies with the an innocent hiding a monster? But she seems to be comparing Edgar to the Huntsman now.
>>4002031That wound that she had was all blackish and glowing red. Maybe it's some sort og curse that's affecting her mind?
Where did it go so wrong, Charfags?
>>4002261She went from clingy ally Master to Yuno Gasai Servant. Basically.
>>4001656This is me btw.Gaaah.I thought about it.I don't want to get Ilona killed.God damn it, is asking her all we can do?>>4001510Switching from my vote to >>>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planningYou can die later Charlotte.
>>4002261Wrong? Nothing's going wrong. Mommy knows whats best.What's best is a hot little blonde to bend over anything and everything.
>>4002298Mom a shit.I can't wait to get our revenge. I bet she killed dad too.
>>4002302Don't think I'm not on to you.It's time we deforested these threads.
>>4002309Trust the tree, anon.He only wants to help you get what I want.
>>4002315Wood is no good!Day of the Chainsaw now!Trees aren't my real dads!
>>4002319Come to think of it, do we know for sure that RIP AND TEAR voice is the same as the Tree?
>>4002319Treedad gave you the perfect advice to bed an oni, general advice and superpowers.Mom has taken away the oni, kidnapped and confined youand a good friend to a roomwhile using your friend as a hostage.And has finally given you to a Crazy Yandere Servant to rape.Who's the better parent hmm?
>>4001510>>4001653I'll switch to>>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?But the second she blinks at us wrong or when she's not useful she's fucking dead
D A Y O F T H E B R A N C H S O O N
Jesus christ we are really going to sputter out rapid fire questions to a Yandere servant like some confused loser?
>>4002341Yes.If she really loves us she can tell us that much, right?
>>4002334>tree not!dad>perfect advice to bed the oniWe could have just asked her at any point.>general adviceThat fucked us over.>superpowersThat ruined everything.Mom>taken away the oniShe'll give her back.>kidnapped and confined youFor our own good.>using your friend as a hostageWe'll understand when we're older.>And has finally given you to a Crazy Yandere Servant to rape.Is that supposed to be a negative?>>4002341Better than flailing around like a braindamaged loser.
>>4002341As opposed to freaking out, in a heavily fortified building with probably multiple Servants on guard, like a blind person in Area 51.
>>4002347>>4002349>>4002350Honestly, fuck it. Ive been right about this shit pretty much every time so Ill probably just get to add another tally.For the sake of poor Edgar's death count I hope you are on to something. I just really doubt it.
>>4002355My biggest concern is that if anyone has something meant to counteract forestpowers it would be Mom. She's dealt with this shit from Dad after all and Charlotte would definitely have told her about what happened, she knows we can go green.
>>4002349Anon please, the Charfag boat has sailed, she's living on borrowed time now.
>>4002363And she was so cute too.
>>4002363Her penance shall be long and harsh.She has to sit in the corner and watch when we make love to Saber. Her punishment ends when Saber says so.
>>4002388You aren't very good at this punishment thing.I was thinking more "rip her spine out through her face".
I want to like Charlotte, I really do.Hopefully we can twist her love for us in our favour.
>>4002413>"If you really loved me you'd let Saber test her NP on you"
>>4002391Too quick and lacks heart. You gotta up your cruelty game.
>>4002423I mean, more by trying to convince her that she didn't really need to go this far and she could've just asked.Yanderes love it when they think they've won.
>>4002447Wonder if Mom knows we banged Saber and told Charlotte and that's what triggered this side of her.
>>4002568Maybe.Curse you, lower head!Convincing Charlotte to betray mom for us might not be impossible.
>>4001510>>4001665Fuck it, I'll switch to >>Ask Charlotte for more information. What was that wound? What happened to you? Why are you “hers”? What is Mom planning?now that I've calmed down a little. Can't really go wrong with more information and we can always sperg out later.
Cool it.If it were just you here, maybe you could afford to go wild. But Ilonasviel is the one on the chopping block. You can’t let her come to harm.Cool it. Like you always do.“So why am I ‘yours’ now?” you ask. Talk. Learn something. Lull her into a sense of security. Then you can take advantage of it.“Well,” Charlotte answers, “Saber will probably be killed tonight, there’s no way you’ll be getting with a magus bitch, and regular girls can’t compare to me. So, really, you’re already mine.”This isn’t like the Charlotte you know. Normally, she’s chatty, flirty, and carefully maintaining control of the social situation. Right now, she’s strangely possessive, and she seems more liberal with information than ever before. Given how many times she’s had a chance to kill you if she wanted, this isn’t a result of her physical control of you. Something is up. Maybe you can get to the bottom of it.“I’m not convinced,” you say. “Saber won’t die so easily.”“Yes, she will!” your captor asserts. “Emilia and the others will be raiding the Marshall estate tonight. Saber will be on the front line. Even Lancer thinks his chances of survival are low, so Saber is dead for sure.”Does Mom intend to win the Holy Grail War herself? To what end? Just to keep you out of it? And why is Lancer so worried about this upcoming attack on Marshall? Though you’d like answers to all kinds of questions, you limit yourself. You've learned that Mom has multiple Servants in her pocket and is happily using them, despite her position as overseer. You try to shift the conversation to another subject.“You’re saying my mom went out of her way to set me up with you?” you inquire. It’s strange, but you phrase the question in a way you hope will appeal to her current state of mind.“Maybe~,” Charlotte coos. “She told me to stay here and guard the prisoners, but she’d have to suspect we’d use the time to bond, right?”Assassin’s thought process is beyond odd. Has she not considered the possibility that your mother will eliminate her, too?“Well, there is more than one captive. Why is Ilonasviel here? One Servant alone should be sufficient to keep me contained.”“Just to keep the dolls in line.” The dolls... the Einzberns, perhaps? Charlotte dismisses Ilonasviel, but her comment seems to confirm that multiple other Einzberns survived the attack, though you don’t know which or how many. How and why Mom wants them controlled isn't clear, either. And once Marshall is dealt with, Mom may come after them next. Interrupting your thoughts, Charlotte takes both your cheeks in her hands and pouts. “Geez, you should stop thinking about other girls. Focus on me, okay?”“...Okay,” you say, most lines of questioning now severed. But there is one mystery you can still investigate. “How’s your injury doing? What caused it, anyway?”
“During the fighting last night, one of the dolls managed to cut me with the tip of this big black halberd,” Charlotte explains. “Since then, I’ve been feeling a little funny, but I’m sure I’ll get better once the wound heals.” One of her hands moves to stroke your chest. “Thanks for your concern, sweetie.”A black halberd. Ursula, no doubt. You’re impressed she managed to even graze such a nimble enemy, but even more bizarre is the damage the weapon inflicted. Based on what you just heard, it's possible that the strike Charlotte received is the cause of her current behavior. Just what kind of blade is that polearm?“Can you show me the cut again?” you request.“Is this just an excuse to see more of my skin? Okay then,” Charlotte teases. To your surprise, Charlotte dispels everything but her underwear. With a mischievous grin, she leans over, your head still in her lap, pressing her wounded belly into your face. “How’s the view?”The laceration is directly before your eyes, still the same size, depth, and color as last you saw it. It hasn’t healed at all. But it’s strange that Charlotte’s so affected by it, since i̴t̵ ̸s̶h̵o̶u̴l̵d̸ ̸b̶e̵ ̵n̸o̶t̴h̶i̴n̸g̵.̴>>Attempt an escape. There has to be a way.>>Try to convince Charlotte to help you.>>Question Charlotte further. You need more information.>>Kiss it better.>>(Write-in)
>>4003110>>Kiss it better.Oh hey, it's in red!You got real possessive, Char.
>>4003137Hold on it dawns on me this is probably vampire related.Ironic considering we once thought Charlotte was the vampire.Fuck it.This seems like a decent idea regardless.If we truly do have DAA level abilities then taking on Servants should be well within our capabilities. Gib blood, Assassin.
>>4003110>>Kiss it better.hahah make the harlot pay
>>4003110>>Kiss it better.Y'know, at some point the Einzberns have gotta ask why they bother with overseers at all. Why can't we just have a nice, clean seven-participant battle royale using conjured mythical beings?
Right so before I actually vote I'd like to point something out.>The entire injury is stained black; in certain areas, there’s a faint, shifting red glow.>“During the fighting last night, one of the dolls managed to cut me with the tip of this big black halberd,”>black halberd>Einzbern maids have silver halberds in canon>The Einzberns have found grail mud>Ursula has probably blackened Charlotte by accidentThe fucking canister's going to be filled with it
>>4003110>>Kiss it better.Time to 'eat' her out.
>>4003216So they're using Grail Mud to make anti-Servant weapons? The Einzberns are getting really crazy now.
>>4003110>Hasn't she considered asking Illonasviel how to dispel whatever is preventing the wound from healing? It was one of her Servants that caused it, after all.
>>4003216That explains her turn for the yandere.Vampire powers to the rescue!Succ the corruption away!Or just kill her.Either or.
Assuming that we ARE a vampire and that IS Grail mud, why would we want to succ it?
I gotta wonder, is there a reason that this option is red instead of the fucked up squiggly ones from earlier? Does Edgar have more than just a talking tree in his head?
>>4003246Probably gives way to a Bad End.
>>4003246Fucked up lines are Treebro, red might be mud? But some of Treebros lines were both.Also from the sound of things Charlotte still agreed to the plan to kidnap Edgar and off Saber when she was sane, seems trying to fight Ursula is what made her crazier.
>>4003254You made a good point earlier, if this wound is from the grail mud blackening Charlotte, imbibing it would probably be a really bad idea
>>4003245Because evil grail goo isn't something that will be a problem for a vampire too much compared to a human and especially a Servant. >>4003246Probably. Time to see where this goes.
>>4003261Grail mud is only good for killing humans.Who knows what will happen on a vampire.It might even break whatever is sealing our treebro's power from us.
And taking another look into Ainnash might shed a bit more light on the situation. Seems in canon Heartless used the Child of Ainnash, the local leylines and the Greater Grail to make a fake grail and summon Faker. So what if instead of Angra Mainyu corrupting the Grail it's actually Ainnash inside it and Edgar's not only a different version of Shirou and Kotomine but Sakura as well, might have had one of the seeds from the fruit of the Forest implanted in him.
>>4003110>>"We should probably get the wound checked out, I mean it wouldn't be fun if all our time together is spent with you being sick. Give me a turn to look after you."Figured phrasing it kinda couplely might work in our favour. Get Ilona to check it out and maybe reverse it then get the fuck out with her and the potential superweapon canister.As much as using a Servant as a juicebox might power us up let's avoid actively drinking 7 billion curses at the same time.
>>4003425Remember that Big Bad Wolf is still here, can very likely act without immediate orders (doesn't need to be told on the spot to chase us), and is much faster than us. If we try to escape it has good odds of catching us.No, the only way out is to neutralize it -- that means holding Charlotte hostage or killing her.
>>4003452If we knew what the context of>since i̴t̵ ̸s̶h̵o̶u̴l̵d̸ ̸b̶e̵ ̵n̸o̶t̴h̶i̴n̸g̵.̴Was then it'd make the last option easier to choose.Does it mean that we're not meant to notice it and ignore it or does it mean it's nothing since it can't harm us given our possible heritage?
>>4003469>But it’s strange that Charlotte’s so affected by it,Probably means that it shouldn't affect us.
>>4003110>>4003425Fuck it, I'll change to>>Kiss it better.Hopefully we're reading between the lines right here, can't think of anything else to ask Charlotte to stall or anything we can do to escape
>becomes half naked and thrusts open wound on abdomen towards face of what may very well be a sealed Dead ApostleCharlotte is not bright.Ah well.It might not be too late for her.
>>4004062This is just foreplay.
If only Edgar wasn't so honest we could convince Charlotte that together we could force Illonahole to help with the wound unfortunately I feel that would go very bad very quick.
>>4004153When you don't want to tell a lie, you simply avoid telling the whole truth.I for one am glad that Little Red Riding Hood doesn't seem to have learnt her lesson about dangerous predators.
>>4004062>Charlotte is not bright.I mean, it did take her a while to figure that a wolf was impersonating her grandmother.
>>4004212Oh right yes.This girl is actually a massive fucking retard.
>>4003110>Question Charlotte further. You need more information.Not a fan of the potsible Bad End choice.
>>4004256I'm not a big fan of how you spell possible.Coward.Red voice is a real bro.Red choice for red voice.
>>4004256It's probably the best chance we've got to get out of here, we don't heave anything else we can really ask Charlotte and she's already shown she doesn't want to answer anymore questions. Plus she's literally exposing her weak spot and we're not powerful enough to take her out as a human.
>>4004206I meant things would go bad for the Einzbern.>>4004225As if you could do better with the giant talking wolf that has Presence Concealment.>>4003110>>>Kiss it better.I can't really think of anything let's draw that darkness into ourself. Or whatever the hell may happen.>>4004274Choose Red to Save Red.
>>4004256I'm not a fan of you gullible retards giving this harlot chances.
>>4004400Red sipp is a better course of action than Zalgo Ŕ̺̬̖̱̳̤͠͞͠É͕͔̪̩͕̜͉͍̺̤̪̹̝̯̠͜͠ͅE̟̪͓̙̦̪͙͇̺̮̦̻̫͘̕Ḛ̴͕̳̯̝̝͈̦̙͙̕͞É̸̞͇͉̟͟ͅE̮̳͙̣̪̞̪̳̪̰͎͎̫̺̙͚̭̰͟͟E̸̴̢̟̤͔̦͓̱̟͎͔͓͓͇͎͚̗̝͖͢ͅÉ̢̢͚̜͇̗̩̙͔͔̰̱̤̥͝E̶̶̛͕͎̱̰̱̳͇̞̝͕̮̻̯̝͎͠ which we got by calming down.Not sure what this means is going to happen to Charlotte.Hopefully our vampire powers aren't just a meme.
>>4003110>>Question Charlotte further. You need more information.
So, depending on how well this works, what next? Go kill mom?Bitch stole Seibah from us.
>>4004873That entirely depends on how she tries to justify herself. There's the obvious "protect muh boi" that'll come up but everything about the forest and dad and any comment she makes about Saber, Illonaholeand Char, fuck you my hopes haven't been snuffed out yet.. If she's just kinda dismissive of them then eh, but if she goes on about removing them because they're the problem? Probably have to hurt her real bad.
>>4004997Admirable, Charfag.You never give up!
>>4004997This is basically mental illness
>>4005083He just wants his waifu.Maybe he likes yanderes?I mean, I don't mind yanderes when they aren't the sort to immediately murderfuck you and kill everyone you know.
>>4005083She hasn't attacked us without being under some mental influence so she isn't as bad as you think.
>>4005307She made the deal with Mom to lock up Edgar and use Saber as cannon fodder when she was sane though. She only went crazy after her and Lancer attacked the manor.
>>4005322Mom definitely gave her some speech about us being under the influence of the forest and in need of being saved from ourselves. It's admittedly a shitty thing but with good intentions. I hope.
>>4005336>trusting the churchPfft.Don't be stupid.Mom probably deceived Charlotte.
>>4005357That's what I said.
Why not just kiss it better? After all, a̴ ̷h̶o̶l̵y̷ ̸m̶a̴n̵ ̴c̷a̶n̵ ̴h̴a̷n̸d̵l̸e̸ ̶a̴ ̵c̶u̴r̷s̵e̵ ̴o̸r̵ ̷t̵w̵o̸.̴You move your head. Tilting upwards, you feel Charlotte’s soft skin rub lightly against the tip of your nose and chin. The girl giggles, tickled by the motion. You raise your lips to the wound and-Your mind itself is branded with a red-hot iron.Incitement, conspiracy, perjury, forgery, defamation, extortion, battery, assault, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, rape, arsonows̸̗̆n̷̞͛u̵͇̇f̶̱͂f̸̺̓ ̷͉͝ȋ̷̼t̵͖̾ ̶͇͠o̴̭̕u̴̬͑t̵̹̄homicide, suicide, patricide, matricide, fratricide, sororicide, filicide, genocidethere’s so much hateS̴̙͛N̶̘̐U̴͖͐F̷̼̔F̴̱̋ ̶̻̿Ì̵͜Ț̷̉ ̵̻̄O̴̯̐Ų̵̕T̵̬̂You squeeze the hatred. Try to crush it into nothing. But it keeps growing.dirty, dirty, dirty, die, die, die, die die die diediedieṢ̵̏N̵̞͒Ủ̷̜F̶̟̏F̴̟͆ ̶̪͠Ị̵͛T̵̙̑ ̷̡̑O̵͈͌Ǘ̷̫T̶͕͘ ̵͕͝O̷͚͌R̸̚͜ ̷̟̃Y̵̱͂O̷̼̓U̷͕'̴͕̽Ĺ̶̡L̸̡͆ ̷̮̕Ǹ̸̝Ě̸̱V̵̯̐E̷͕̐R̶͈̉ ̶͓Ć̴̭Ò̷̢M̶̺͂E̵͜ ̵͎̑B̴̟̒A̵̢̓C̷̱͂K̷͎̿You punch it, kick it, burn it, freeze it, starve it, stab it-You awaken suddenly, soaked in sweat, breathing heavily. Mom and Sister Gloria are kneeling next to you on either side, hands gripping you comfortingly, looking incredibly concerned. It doesn’t appear that you’ve moved, but your head isn’t in Charlotte’s lap anymore.“So he pulled through,” the spearman’s voice comes from somewhere in the room. “You sure we shouldn’t take him?”“I’ve been quite clear that I won’t have it, Lancer,” your mother snaps. “I’d adjust the seals right now if time allowed, but we need to leave if we’re to finish Marshall by the night’s end.” She rises and moves to leave, Sister Gloria in tow. “Keep him here, Red. If Edgar experiences any negative changes whatsoever, I want you to alert us immediately. Do you understand?”The only response she receives is a series of pained coughs and hacks.“Good. I’ll leave you to it.” Apparently satisfied, you hear her and her partner traversing up the stairs. Your breath recovered somewhat, you raise your head to spot your mother and call her back. You want to ask her so many questions, all the whys, hows and whats that have haunted you since the start of the Holy Grail War. But just looking takes all of your strength, and you can’t muster enough to speak. Mom’s gaze lingers on you as she ascends, calling back down the second she meets your eyes.“I love you, Edgar.”Then she disappears from view. Sister Gloria is right behind her.
As you hear the door shut out of your sight, you notice something past your feet at the bottom of the staircase. Charlotte is curled into a ball against the wall, quivering and shuddering. She’s badly beaten. Occasionally, she coughs up blood, adding one to the myriad splotches on the wall, the floor, and her clothes. What little skin you can see is as equally bruised as it is bloodied. Perhaps sensing your gaze, Charlotte pulls her cloak around her tighter, as though trying to hide her wounds from you.You let your eyes wander to the rest of the room, as well. Ilonasviel is awake and has risen to her knees despite her bonds, eyeing you with worry from within the magic circle. The Big Bad Wolf has lain down, but still watches its captive. Lancer is nowhere to be found.You’re pinned firmly to the stone floor. Movement is impossible, and you have no one to speak to. So you wait. How long, you’re not sure; a stone ceiling does little to track the passage of time. At some point, Ilonasviel flops back down rather than continue to put pressure on her knees. You wait. And wait. And wait. And wait. And wait.And wait. And wait. And wait. And wait.Then, you hear shifting. Something walking across the floor, closing in on you. After half a minute or so, Charlotte comes into view. She collapses at your left side. However much time has passed, her injuries seem to be healing, though she hasn’t had the chance to clean the blood off.“Hey there, hot stuff,” she says weakly.“Hey.”“Thanks. Really.” She manages a soft grin. “And... sorry about earlier. I got carried away.”“Are you better now?” you ask. A giggle from the girl quickly turns into a brief cough.“In some ways.”A few moments of silence pass.“So,” Assassin begins again, “I’d apologize earnestly… ask how you healed me… but, if I know you… you have other concerns right now. Yeah?”You nod.“You want me to take you. Follow them. Save Saber and learn the truth?”“Mmm! Mmmmmm!” Muffled yelling. Your head rolls to the other side. Ilonasviel is looking at you intently and calling through her gag. It’s not hard to infer her message; if you go, she wants to come.>>Nod again. Too many questions. Too few answers. Only one way to get them.>>Shake your head. Trust Mom to execute the raid. Converse with her when it’s done.If you go…>>Bring Ilonasviel with you.>>Leave Ilonasviel at the school.>>(Write-in)
>>4005993>>Nod again. Too many questions. Too few answers. Only one way to get them.>>Bring Ilonasviel with you.Well, hot fucking damn, this worked out perfectly for us!
>>4005993>>Nod again. Too many questions. Too few answers. Only one way to get them.>>Bring Ilonasviel with you.Based red text, Charfags must be ecstatic. Now let's go save Tomoe and slap mum for being a shit.
>>4005993>>Nod again. Too many questions. Too few answers. Only one way to get them.>>Bring Ilonasviel with you.Local vampire btfos Angriest Mango curse and unblackens Servant.How will Zoroastrians recover? And look, Char likes us even more now.Omedetou, Charfags.Red voice is the ultimate bro, thanks Roa/dad.
>>4005993>>Nod again. Too many questions. Too few answers. Only one way to get them.>>Bring Ilonasviel with you.
>>4005993>>Nod again. Too many questions. Too few answers. Only one way to get them.>>Bring Ilonasviel with you.We need to link up with the maids for backup and for the love of god bring the canister with us as well.
>>4005993I suspect there are consequences yet to come for this.>>Bring Ilonasviel with you.I trust the homunculus more than the harlot, and that is saying something. We have a servant to recover.
Poor Charlotte seems to have been beaten for her failure.Looks like Mom wasn't quite as approving as she imagined she was.But honestly?We did save her by stopping to check her wound.Allowing her wound to have festered would've been way worse, possibly entirely altering her.So while the situation isn't optimal, it's pretty good for us right now.Forgiving her is entirely fine considering the mental influences she's been under.
>>4005993>>Nod again. Too many questions. Too few answers. Only one way to get them.>>Bring Ilonasviel with you.Remember to stock up with Black Keys and shit from our room.So from the looks of things the fucked up text is Edgar's Dead Apostle side and the red text seems to indicate an outside force, first Treebro then Grail Mud.
>>4006092Poor Edgar is a real mess now.Red voice is best boy/girl though.Edgar certainly isn't a normal human though.And mom mentioned seals.I guess we are some sort of church designated Dead Apostle Ancestor vessel?So shattering all of the seals will almost certainly kill us and probably the Servants around us too.I think we might've been responsible for melting that suburb.
>>4005993>>>Nod again. Too many questions. Too few answers. Only one way to get them.>>Bring Ilonasviel with you.Awww hell yeah i knew she was a good girl deep down. Now let's go save our Oni-chan. I wonder how useful Illonahole will be, not sure if there are any maids left if they managed to take her, but I guess we need every bit of help we can get.
So we're back to wanting Saber, Ilona and Char?I'm glad we avoided sperging out.Howell is also our property.Wonder where she got off to.
>>4006148Are you suggesting a harem end?You madman.
>>4006314The real thing that needs to be considered is, would being simultaneously immolated/twisted, mauled by a wolf, strangled by hair wires, and shredded by gale force winds net us 4 rosary beads or only 1 from the fake priest.
>>4006318Now now.Tomoe I doubt would kill us, that completely goes against who she is. She'd just kill the others. Char should be super devoted to us now we've saved her from a Mainyu curse.Ilona is more likely to turn us into an Edgar Doll.Howell might try to kill us though.
>>4006148Eh, forget the humunculus and Howell is probably dead or was scooped up by Marshal.
>>4006454>forget the homunculus You forget your place, charfag.I have faith Howell managed to orchestrate an escape after we spared her.We'll need to meet her again first to see what happened.She's ours now.
>>4006454>Thinking Charlotte being cured negates the fact she agreed to essentially have Saber killed while she was sane>>4006455I expect this to be end up being a four way fight>Edgar, Ilonasviel, Ivonnesviel, the maids, Rider, Moonlight Servant and Charlotte>Mom, Gloria, Auracecilia, Lancer, Saber and whatever she summoned>Marshall, Iris, Juniper, Berserker, Caster and probably Howell>The Predator as the wildcard
>>4006476Isn't the Moonlight Servant a Rider too, and we still don't know basically anything about the original Rider we met?
>>4006476The fact that she's cured and by our hand means that she should really be devoted to us. She's a good girl really.We don't know what she originally intended.Assassin shouldn't have been hit by a homonculus though so she might have tried another tactic first and paid for it. Howell might also be a wildcard.
>>4006481>>4006482Speaking of Rider and wildcards, what are the chances Rider's OG Master will show up, they were living at the school remember
>>4006485I doubt that it's Father McManus, I don't know if he's even aware of magic and the supernatural to begin with, but even if he was I feel like the Holy Grail War would rub him the wrong way.Sister Gloria seems like a good candidate, I'm also a bit suspicious of Edgar's friend, but noone ever voted to spend time with him so we have basically nothing to go on on that front.If it's not one of them, or that one bitchy chick that Saber styled on, then it's some rando we never met.
>>4006495>Father McManus accidentally summoned Rider but she realised his hatred of everything unchristian and got the fuck out of there like all the other mysteries in the Age of Man that McManus accidentally stumbled upon
>>4006455>You forget your placeYou forget a humunculus' place. They are possessions not lovers.
>>4006501Imagining Father Mcmanus as being a completely mundane human being who somehow Mr. Magoos his way into exorcising all sorts of demons and spirits in shit is honestly hilarious.
>>4006503They are both.Just like Saber, Assassin and Howell are.
>>4006503>They are possessions not lovers.They're neither of those things. They're little sisters!
>>4006505>>4006506The duality of man.
>didn't get to use one command spellConserve ammunition!
>>4006504>The Beast and the Harlot Nero was btfo in this timeline by McManus' Chastity EX skill
So, how are we supposed to get Saber back from mom?Also, I hope Tomoe is ok.Charlotte being beaten bodes poorly for our Servant's health.I still can't get over the fact that we took Angra Mainyu's curse like a champ.
>>4006577Assuming Ilona and Ivonne didn't just kill Rider's Master and contract with her on the spot they must have some way of gaining Servants, they do have Anti-Servant weapons remember
>>4006506Little sisters belong to their older siblings. Therefore humunculii are possessions. You can not refute my math!>>4006577Barring shutting down Mom either physically or mentally we'd have to sever her control of Saber somehow.We could drive her so crazy the command spells have not effect on her.
>>4006618Wait I'm confused.Are we Ilonasviel's elder brother now?
>>4006618>we'd have to sever her control of Saber somehow.>"Charlotte go grab the hacksaw, Ilona go grab a cooler with ice."
>>4006620Sure? If you want to get legal with it we'd have to marry Ivan.
It doesn't look like I'll be able to update tonight. Sorry for the delay.However, the vote is unanimous. If there's anything you'd like to ask Assassin and/or Ilonasviel on the way to the Marshall estate, feel free to suggest it.
>>4006700Thanks for the heads up>Assassin - What happened after the fight/What exactly was her deal with Mom?>Ilona - Servant Transfer/Ursula's Angry Manjew Halberd>And most importantly>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHpHxLZReiI
>>4006700Ask Illonahole what the hell they did to Char and ask Char what exactly was Mom's pitch to egt her in on this.Also no worries QM you do what you got to.
You nod. You can’t afford to let tonight go as your mother plans it.“Then I’ll take you,” Charlotte says. She moves almost immediately to release your restraints.~~~The three of you ride on the back of the Big Bad Wolf. In front is Charlotte, guiding the beast. You take the rear, holding onto Charlotte’s waist to maintain your balance. Ilonasviel is sandwiched securely between the two of you.It didn’t take long to prepare for the night. You took as many Black Keys as you could carry and confirmed that your Command Spells are gone. Mom took your Servant and made sure you wouldn’t be contracting with another. The canister was gone; according to Charlotte, Mom probably took it with her.Your mount is swift, breezing along suburban roads in the brisk spring night. Part of you thinks you should be concerned that ordinary folk might see what they shouldn’t. But something about the atmosphere makes you certain that won’t happen. The stillness of the neighborhood is somehow… complete. Almost dead.“Hey, Charlotte,” you say, in part out of curiosity and in part to pass the time, “what happened after you choked me out?”“I fled,” the girl replies. “Saber tried her best to catch up, but at the same time couldn’t really afford to with your life in my hands. By then, Emilia and the others had already captured an Einzbern, so we left. She took your Command Spells, but didn’t keep them. I think she has her own Servant. I’ve never seen it, though. Assuming Saber’s not dead already, she should be contracted to Archer’s Master.”“Howell is working with Mom!?” you exclaim. It makes enough sense, you suppose, but for some reason i̶t̴'̵s̶ ̶j̶u̸s̶t̷ ̴w̵r̶o̵n̶g̸.“Yep. As it turns out, Emilia is quite the schemer.”“What plan of Mom’s did you agree to when you started working with her?”“‘Agree’ is a pretty strong term for what I did,” Assassin says. “I didn’t have a Master and I was running out of time. Emilia told me I could either help her capture you and safely remove you from the War, or I could fade from existence. There’s not really a choice there. Besides, if she wanted to kill you, you’d be dead already, so I knew you’d be safe. I contracted with Gloria, and here we are.”It doesn’t seem like Saber factored into Assassin’s decision at all. That’s hardly a surprise, given that two Servants in a Holy Grail War are mortal enemies by nature. You, on the other hand, did matter. After how Charlotte acted earlier, you think you have an idea why. Speaking of her behavior...
“Ilonasviel,” you address the other passenger, “what’s the deal with Ursula’s halberd? It had some strange effects on Charlotte.”“Assassin,” Ilonasviel corrects you harshly. You’re not sure why. “And a full explanation would take a while, but suffice to say it’s a halberd that was modified in a previous Grail War. The change wasn’t intentional, but it’s proven highly effective against Servants, so we still use it.”“But what does it do, exactly?”“It’s a powerful curse. The effect varies, but for most Servants are paralyzed and can be killed easily. I don’t know how Assassin resisted it. Or you.”Silence hangs in the air for a few moments.“Edgar,” Ilonasviel continues, “what… what are you, really?”“What do you mean?” you ask, confused.“By all rights, that curse should kill a normal human. But not you. You didn’t just resist, you somehow neutralized it. And when you were resisting, you…” Ilonasviel trails off.“I don’t really know,” you say when it becomes evident that she doesn’t want to finish her thought. “Maybe you and I will finally find out tonight.”“Whatever it is,” Ilonasviel blurts out, “...I won’t hate you. I promise.”More silence. The Einzbern’s face sinks into Charlotte’s back. You can’t see if she’s blushing, but you’re pretty sure she’s embarrassed by what she just said.“Thanks. By the way, when did you get a second Servant?” you ask, moving the conversation along so her embarrassment will pass. You’ve been wondering about this since Ivonnesviel told her sister to provide mana to a Noble Phantasm, but haven’t had the chance to ask.“I took control of Rider the night you killed Shielder,” Ilonasviel says.“And that’s the armored woman who’s been with you?” you clarify.“I thought that was obvious.”In hindsight, maybe it should have been, but it’s nice to know for sure.The stone outer wall of the Marshall estate comes into view. It’s several feet high, making it hard to see past, but from the back of the Big Bad Wolf you can just barely peek above it. Beyond the barrier is a vast, well-maintained piece of land dotted with trees. A few paved walking paths meander through yard and garden alike. In the distance, at its center, a gently sloping hill stands with a mansion at its crest.“Here comes the bounded field,” says Charlotte. “I may be able to sneak past on my own, but with you two here, they’re sure to be alerted. Hang on!”The canine turns and charges directly at the stone wall. Your hold on the Servant tightens, clinging to her for Ilonasviel’s stability as much as your own. With a powerful leap, the Big Bad Wolf sails over the obstacle, carrying all three riders with it. As soon as you pass the bounded field, everything in your view changes.
The well-groomed, grassy yard covering the distance to the manor is replaced with a dense forest of massive, gnarled, ancient trees, varying wildly in height. Their trunks and branches are so twisted that you haven’t the faintest idea what species they might be. Abundant moss and vines on the bark don’t help. The canopy is thick; limbs are so intertwined that it’s difficult to tell where one arbor ends and the next begins. Even so, a howling wind rustles the leaves, allowing the glimmer of the moon and stars to light the forest floor. The ground is an uneven mess of roots, broken-up ground, and, in some places, the occasional chunk of fractured pavement.Upon landing, the wolf stands still. This is absurd! How could all of this overgrowth remain hidden from the outside? Even an experienced illusionist should struggle to create and maintain such a large-scale fabrication! There’s no doubt in your mind that this is the work of Caster.“Lancer wasn’t exaggerating,” Charlotte sighs. “Edgar, I can feel no less than eight Servants here tonight. Maybe more. I can sense so many that it’s a bit dizzying. The bounded field must be containing their presences.”Eight Servants!? How are so many left alive at this stage!?“One of them is Rider,” says Ilonasviel, anxiety tinting her tone. She clutches Charlotte, as though to comfort herself. “Sister is here as well, along with her Servant and Ursula.”“My wolf can smell some smoke around here,” Charlotte continues. “There’s a Servant moving about upwind. It might be the source.”Silently, Charlotte turns to you and holds your gaze. There’s worry in her eyes, but also trust. It seems she’s waiting for your orders.>>Investigate the source of the smoke.>>Try to reach the mansion.>>Find the other Einzberns.>>Prioritize locating Saber.>>Search for Mom.>>(Write-in)
>>4007992>>Investigate the source of the smoke.>Eight ServantsOh fuck me.Howell better remember she owes us.
>>4007992>>Find the other Einzberns.While getting Saber back is the main objective we need to link up with the Einzberns. Having Rider and Ursula back us up will be crucial in taking out the other Servants.>“Whatever it is,” Ilonasviel blurts out, “...I won’t hate you. I promise.”>Aaawwww, that's pretty cu-> “And a full explanation would take a while, but suffice to say it’s a halberd that was modified in a previous Grail War.>Grail is fucked>We have no Excalibur class NPDon't you fucking dare Integer
>>4007992>>Find the other Einzberns.Strength in numbers, if we get jumped by more than 1 Servant we're fucked.>8 ServantsSo not including Assassin we have:>Rider>Saber>Lancer>Berserker>Caster>Ruler?So who the fuck are the other 2? Are we dealing with a 100 Persona or Iskander situation and have to fight off their summons?And that god damn canister is going to be the trump card, remember how Mom tried to pull rank and take it from us? No way she'd take it and leave the rest of Edgar's gear if it wasn't important.
>>4007992>>Find the other Einzberns.And fast, we're an easy snack if we don't increase our numbers.
>>4007992>>Investigate the source of the smoke.I would look for Saber but that's unwise while she is out of our control.consudering her instability I honestly doubt anyone really is in control just now, she's probably mad with rage over recent turns.
>>4007992>>>Investigate the source of the smoke.>>4008084>So who the fuck are the other 2?Aren't there two Riders running around? Illona's Rider, and OG Rider as well. And the other unknown Servant might be Ivonnesviel's, whatever it is. I can't recall if we ever saw it.
>>4008135>2 RidersI thought Ilona's Rider was the Rider we met at the start?
>>4008189I don't think so.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3678088/#p3707126>Your thoughts are interrupted as two figures fade into existence, blocking your view of the window. The first is Saber, standing in between you and the visitor much like she did in the clearing last night. The second, presumably Rider, is a tall woman with tan skin. Her hair is black and tied into two braids, one on either side of her head. Scaled armor made of bronze protects her body, consisting of a breastplate and leggings over red fabric. A gold diadem and similarly gilded girdle serve as adornment.
>>4008195And here's where Moonlight was introduced:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3829858/#p3850668>Your head jerks to the right. It’s the corner store you left Ilonasviel in. One of the windows behind you has been shattered, glass coating the concrete a few meters to your rear. To the left, you find Saber standing off to the side next to a woman you’ve never seen before. She’s drop-dead gorgeous, with incredibly long, pale blue hair and amethyst eyes, clad in armor colored silver and blue. A Servant, no doubt. You also realize that your left arm has its own bloody scrap of your shirt bound just below the elbow.
>>4008198So, here's how the Servants currently break down as I understand it:Einzbern FactionMoonlight Rider - ??? - Ilonasviel Von Einzbern??? - ??? - Ivonnesviel Von EinzbernEmillia's Faction??? - ??? - Emilia RoodSaber - Tomoe Gozen - Elizabeth Howell, [Edgar Tristan Rood]Lancer - Dubthach Dóeltenga? - Auracecilia Edelfelt, [Alceste Lucroy]Assassin - Charlotte/Red Riding Hood - Sister Gloria, [Sebastian Blackburn (Predator?)]Marshall's FactionCaster - ??? - Leon MarshallBerserker - ??? - IrisUnknownRider - ??? - ???DeadArcher - Odysseus? - Elizabeth HowellShielder - Ferdiad - Ilonasviel Von Einzbern
>>4008198>Integer expects us to pick up context clues in his location descriptions to pick the best course of action during fights>We fucking thought Moonlight and Rider were 2 different Servants the whole questEdgar has no chance of getting to the end of this quest alive.
>>4008236Well duh, weve bit it like six times already.
Rolled 2 (1d2)We're tied, so I'm rolling to break it.1) Einzberns2) SmokeAlso, this is a heads-up that an update isn't likely tonight. It might happen, but the odds are slim.>>4008236>Edgar has no chance of getting to the end of this quest alive.I certainly suspect you'll be meeting Kirei again before we're done here. I'm looking forward to it.>>4008471Edgar has died four times thus far, in case anyone is curious about the exact number.
>>4010042>there was a tiefuck>coin made us to the dumb optionFUCK
>>4010172It's ok Anon, we won't be fighting 2 Servants by ourselves.It'll be 3.
>Just realised that if Gloria's at the smoke we're completely fucked since Charlotte'll get Command Spell'd againAt this point the best we can hope for is that it's Auracecilia and Lancer, anyone else and we're either dead or captured. Least we can maybe talk our way into having Auracecilia break out of the alliance since she's basically a puppet.
>>4010349It could be Elizabeth and Saber, Saber can produce flames which might be causing the smoke. It could also be from Ivonnesviel's unknown Servant.
>>4010357Maybe, but I don't think Integer would give us the option to go find Ivonnesviel and co and then turn around and go "What do you know! They were at the fire as well!".And if it is Saber and Howell then that's really not good, we might have spared her but she's in the Grail War to save her brother, if it was the other way round and Mom wasn't a backstabbing bitch you know Anon would gladly get rid of anyone, favour owed or not, to save Mom. If she pops a Command Spell Edgar's fucked because he'd need to defend Ilona and Assassin's fucked because she can't take Saber on and even if she could she can't hurt her because we'd go right fucking through her.
“Let’s check it out,” you say. According to Charlotte, it’s just one Servant, so you can probably flee if it turns out to be hostile.“Get ready,” Charlotte replies, facing forward once again. No sooner have you readjusted your grip than the wolf takes off into the woods, following the invisible trail wherever it leads. The surroundings don’t change much, but the path you take is winding. Assassin’s wolf turns frequently, barely able to go more than forty feet in a straight line. Matters are made worse by the speed of the canine. It’s incredibly difficult to maintain a sense of direction; almost as though these woods were purposefully designed to confuse those within. The smoke becomes thicker to the point where you can smell it, and finally visible. Ilonasviel coughs once. Thankfully, it doesn’t take too long to find the source.A tree has started to burn.Flames crawl all about the trunk and have begun to spread among the branches. You follow the blaze downward. At the base of the large arbor, a woman keeps her left hand placed on the bark, fire pulsing outward from her palm. She turns to face you.Her long hair is black as night, skin pale as snow, and eyes gold as a hoard of treasure. A coat of mail that’s been stained a dark color covers an expensive-looking red shirt. It probably used to be a dress, but everything below the thighs has been torn off to reveal black pants and boots. You’re struck by how similar she looks to Caster, although younger and more beautiful.And then… there’s that sword.Your eyes are first drawn to the fuller. It looks like a long pool of fresh blood, or perhaps as though the sword has been engorged and it’s burning through like acid. Surrounding that, the steel of the blade has a reddish tint. The guard can only be described as bizarre, a collection of small, black stalagmites protruding in all directions from the center but down. With a hilt that appears to be made of bone, her armament makes for quite a spectacle.“So you’re the one,” the stranger says, golden eyes scanning you with disinterest. After a brief moment, her gaze shifts to Ilonasviel. “And now I see why.”The Einzbern is transfixed, a look of terror on her face. She whispers only a single word.“Avenger!” “I’ll be taking the boy now,” the Servant says, gesturing to you with her blade, “so you two can shove off.”At this stage, a conflict is all but inevitable. Think. Fast. You've got seconds at best before this woman strikes!>>Fight! Have Ilonasviel summon Rider and attack with two Servants!>>Run! Find someone to back you up! (Who?)>>Surrender! If you give yourself up, at least the other two will get away!>>(Write-in)
>>4011289>>>Surrender! If you give yourself up, at least the other two will get away!Yeah, anything else gets somebody killed.
>>4011289>>Surrender! If you give yourself up, at least the other two will get away!If they can use their brains of course...
>>4011289>>Surrender! If you give yourself up, at least the other two will get away!
>>4011289>>Surrender! If you give yourself up, at least the other two will get away!Looks like Edgar's galaxy brain plan of fighting a Servant completely alone with a half beaten Assassin seems to have backfired.
>>4011369I wonder where those two are now, probably locking us out of the Good End.
>>4011378Might as well make lemonade out of the evil flaming lemons. Chances are Avenger's probably one of the twins Servants given her and Ilona's reaction so we're going to be a bargaining chip, again, this time for Marshall and Caster. Maybe we can have Ilona thread us and have Rider and Ivonnesviel save us. Again. Starting to think this whole battle was set up by Ilona and Mom so Ilona gets the chance to experience saving us.
>>4011420Yeah, hopefully that's how it's play out...
>>4011424But would there be a chance that Caster's Master to be there in person? And would our situation worsen if he were?
>>4011424>>4011435Christ, I can't write for shit today.
>>4011435He's the Second Owner, he's basically the big dick wizard of the city, might not be Servant tier but certainly enough to fuck us up.
>>4011289>>Surrender! If you give yourself up, at least the other two will get away!This isn't as bad as I expected but fuck me who thought travelling into a warzone was smart with a god damn stealth Servant. I'd have voted for Command Spell but we'd probably teleport Rider away from the Einzberns during a fight and get them killed knowing our luck.At least we're getting a bit more lore now, Avenger was probably the Einzbern Servant last war, Grail got fucked and Avenger pulled an Amakusa/Gil and stuck around.>>4010042>I certainly suspect you'll be meeting Kirei again before we're done here. I'm looking forward to it.>The very next update we're dropped immediately into a fight with a fucking AvengerYou motherfucker
>>4011289>>Surrender! If you give yourself up, at least the other two will get away!I considered spitefully voting to get as many killed as possible but it see I still possess some human decency despite the continued idiocy of waifufags.
>>4011289Jesus fucking Christ why is it any time I'm not here to espouse the evils of humunculii you idiots put Edgar's head on the chopping block?Let's see, Avengers are second only to Berserkers in social grace so no talking our way out of this. Avengers are also suck (except for Jalter) but I doubt that applies here. Charlotte isn't up for a fair fight yet and no help is immediately available. Fuck our only saving grace is that Char and Illonahole aren't a priority and can hopefully go do something.>>>Surrender! If you give yourself up, at least the other two will get away!By the way Integer, since it feels like we're gonna find out the big secret soon I gotta ask how have you been so patient with us blundering around the big mysteries like deaf blind idiot gods this whole quest?
>>4011754Anon forgets that Tree Autism is different than Sword Autism
>>4011775Eh both are full of penis puns.
>>4011775I realize now that I completely missed the point of your post. Gomen
>>4011378>I wonder where those two are now, probably locking us out of the Good End.I don't know who you mean by "those two," but I don't think you guys are going to need any help with that.>>4011754>By the way Integer, since it feels like we're gonna find out the big secret soon I gotta ask how have you been so patient with us blundering around the big mysteries like deaf blind idiot gods this whole quest?I'll admit that it's been a struggle at times. You guys have evaded informative revelations with dexterity. However, I've been able to comfort myself with the knowledge that you would pay the price down the line. In addition to all the costs that have already been exacted without your knowledge, I've held out hope that your lack of information would eventually lead you to make a remarkably entertaining decision.The unanimous vote is now locked in, by the way.
>>4013535>I've held out hope that your lack of information would eventually lead you to make a remarkably entertaining decision.>It finally hits you that Integer is self inserting as Kirei
>>4013535I'm kind of excited to see how bad Edgar is gonna get it. Hotwheels bad or Shiroudoll bad.
The Big Bad Wolf is fast. It probably retains most or all of its agility when ridden by Charlotte, but with two non-Servant passengers aboard, it’s bound to be encumbered. You have no idea what this new Servant - Avenger, as Ilonasviel called her - is capable of, and you can’t bring yourself to risk the lives of the other two in hopes of making a getaway. However, if you announce your plan, they’re sure to protest; Charlotte may even flee before you have the chance to enact it. Wordlessly, you dismount and approach the Servant.“Edgar, what-” Charlotte begins.“Alright, I’ll go with you,” you announce to Avenger, raising your hands in a gesture of surrender. Your captor stares at you with mild surprise.“You can’t!” Ilonasviel shrieks.“I won’t have you two getting hurt if I can help it,” you yell over your shoulder. “Run. Get help. I’ll be fine.”The wolf takes off, despite Ilonasviel’s shouts of protest. Assassin clearly knows it’s pointless to try to convince you. Heavy, trotting footsteps fade away behind you. At least they’re safe. Once the two have made it some distance away, Avenger’s slight bewilderment vanishes. The Servant begins to laugh. It starts low, but quickly rises, until she’s doubling over in a maniacal cackle.“You have balls, if nothing else!” Avenger howls. “Maybe you will be worth my time.”And then she punches your lights out.~~~“...up! Wake up!”You’re roughly shaken awake by a small, white-haired girl sitting on the floor. By your estimation, she can’t be more than sixteen years old. A worried, two-tone pair of eyes stares back at you; one blue, one red. Her clothing is simple, only consisting of a large, light-blue sweater and black stockings. She looks… familiar, somehow.Taking stock of your surroundings, you find that you’re slumped against a bed in a lavish bedroom. The wall is painted in a lavender hue, matching the bedcovers and drawn curtains. Despite the bright color palette, the furniture is heavy and ornate, most objects having substantial weight and intricate wood carvings. There’s a clash in the decor between the wood and the rest of the room, as though they were picked out by different people.You straighten your posture and refocus on the girl. This situation gives you a sense of déjà vu, but you’re not sure where that might come from.“Do I know you?” you ask the most obvious question, staring closely at her face.“My name is Hydrangea,” the girl begins, blushing as she pulls away a bit, “but… you can call me Angie.” It occurs to you that maybe you should introduce yourself.“I’m Edgar. Nice to-” Before you can finish, a faint, distant sound reaches your ears. A boom of some kind. You may have more pressing matters on your hands then pleasantries. With time potentially running out, the second logical inquiry springs from your mouth. “Where are we?”
“We’re in the home of Mr. Marshall. There’s a battle outside.” Angie breaks eye contact and hugs herself. She’s clearly frightened. “We’re being attacked.”That’s right. Leon Marshall. The Second Owner. That guy who forces Iris and Juniper to be his personal attack dogs… by holding someone named Angie hostage. That guy you want to slug.It seems there’s an assaulting force, too. Whoever they are, or how many, you’re not sure. As a Master, Marshall is sure to have his fair share of enemies. You don’t know anyone like that, though.“We don’t have much time,” Hydrangea continues. “It’s all coming to an end. If nothing changes, then I’ll...” Her gaze returns to you, eyes pleading. “Iris said you might be the only one who can help me. Will you?”You’re pretty sure you already agreed to help this girl. Sometime. Somewhere. Still, it can’t hurt to reaffirm your commitment, right?“Yes. I can,” you nod.A ray of hope enters Angie’s face, like she never expected you to respond that way.“...Thank you.” Her eyes start to water. But you don’t have time to share emotional moment right now.“No time. Thank me later,” you interrupt. The girl snaps back to the present, and quickly rubs her eyes. “What can I do?”“We could try to flee,” Hydrangea begins to babble, “but Caster will pursue us if I leave this room right now. You could kill Mr. Marshall instead, but that might not be enough. He built something in the workshop below ground to sustain that flower. If you destroy it, then his plans are ruined for sure.”Whatever you’re going to do, you should do it fast. There’s no telling how long the mansion’s defenses will hold against the invaders.>>Take Angie and escape the mansion. Use your skills to fend off Caster.>>Search for Leon Marshall and kill him.>>Go destroy the contents of Marshall’s workshop.Write-ins are disabled for this vote.
>>4014540>>Go destroy the contents of Marshall’s workshop.
>>4014540>>Go destroy the contents of Marshall’s workshop.Does this mean Avenger is working for Marshall too?
>>4014540>>Go destroy the contents of Marshall’s workshop.>Write-ins are disabled for this vote.We'll be fine.PANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANICPANIC
>>4014540>>>Go destroy the contents of Marshall’s workshop.Flower? A hydrangea perhaps?Ehhh well let's go break everything forever.
Oh wait all three of those girls are named after flowers. We may have to fight super punch girl at our destination. Killing Marshall could be easier.
>>4015749Iris and Juniper wanted us to save Angie though, I don't think Angie would have suggested we do something that would kill them. It might be something supplying mana to Iris I guess.
>>4015784It might be like saving her by stopping her from becoming/doing a horrible thing. Save the soul but sacrifice the body.
>>4015797If anyone's losing their body, it's probably Ilona or Ivonne when they get turned into the Grail
“Then I’ll tear the workshop to shreds,” you say. Again, Angie looks bewildered, like you’ve just offered her more than she could hope for. “Where is it?”“J-just hug the left wall on your way out,” Hydrangea stammers. “The stairs will take you straight to it.”“I’ll be back soon. Wait here,” you instruct the girl. Quickly, you stand, head to the door, and, after confirming no one is in the hallway, make your way to the staircase. The corridor is similar in design to those you saw… somewhere else, although the color scheme is darker, featuring brown and green.It doesn’t take long to reach a spiral staircase. From your landing, it goes both up and down. You descend first one, then two flights. The basement level you exit onto looks like some sort of abandoned castle. Walls, floor and ceiling are made entirely of stone brick, lit by odd blue torches. Something that looks like moss covers maybe half of all surface area. Greenery akin to ivy, weeds, and roots seep through all cracks in the construction, be they hanging from above or protruding from below.Another quick scan of your surroundings locates a wooden, circular door to the side, held firmly in place by a series of vines. You try to cut them with a Black Key, but they’re far too thick to saw through in a reasonable amount of time.“Circle Nine.”Instead, you use your magecraft to tear the knot to shreds from the inside. Icy spikes sprouting from within devastate the verdurous lock. Botanical chunks make a wet, almost fleshy sound as they drop to the floor, followed by the shattering of your frosty key. You open the portal and enter.The interior is dark, but you can still see plenty as you wander through. Naught but one dim light, pure white and clearly magical, illuminates the workshop from the center. A thick, complicated pattern of shadows from the surrounding foliage marks everything, including you, with intricate tattoos. Much like Lucroy’s inner sanctum, you pass between many tables and shelves, which in turn are littered with all manner of arcane objects. A variety of unique floral entities, almost certainly created through magecraft, dot the room, as though this is some form of dungeon greenhouse. Finally, you find a path to approach the chamber’s core. Directly underneath the source of soft radiance is an earthen mound topped by a single flower; a lily, pale as the glow above.“Wait! Don’t hurt that flower!” A panicked plea rings out from all corners of the room. You draw your weapons, take a stance, and look in all directions, but it seems there’s nobody else here. Is this some form of magical intercom? “I’ll give you anything! Just leave it alone!”Your fear of interference pacified, you pay the request no heed. You told Angie you would help her. If that means destroying the plant, then that’s what you’ll do. You take another step forward.
“T-The Grails!” A cry of desperation. “We can split the Grails! I only need one! Just don’t kill her, please!”Wait. Did he just say Grails? Plural? And… did he just refer to that plant like it’s a person?>>Ignore the voice and destroy the flower. You don’t need a distraction.>>”What are you talking about?”Write-ins are disabled for this vote.
>>4017146>>>Ignore the voice and destroy the flower. You don’t need a distraction.Earnest Edgar
>>4017146>>Ignore the voice and destroy the flower. You don’t need a distraction.Seeing as how the light is giving off Manjew's tattoos like in the HA OP the Grail's been corrupted already.Integer I swear to fucking god if Marshall caught Ilona while we were knocked out and is in front of us
>>4017146>>”What are you talking about?"AhI see now.The girls are the flowers which are in turn grails.That's why they called the Einzbern fakes.And why there are so many Servants. So destroying them...Might kill the girls we met earlier. Was Angie really Angie or was it a real illusion this time?We're apparently one of the few things capable of destroying them.. And if write ins are disabled...We're being manipulated!
>>4017177Who would have put an illusion in Marshall's mansion though? Mom and her forces are occupied. Would Caster be trying to sabotage her master? Or does the flower require our power used on it as a catalyst for some reason?Or is it the mysterious predator?
>>4017193Allow me to put things in a different way.Destroy the grail and you kill off Tomoe and Charlotte too.Well, Charlotte might live through the destruction of the grail thanks to being near Ilona and able to make a new contract with her.Tomoe howeverWould die.
>>4017198Anon, pretty sure there's the Flower Grail (Angie) and the Einzbern Grail (Ilona/Ivonne), as long as one's around the war will continue. Angie probably doesn't want to turn into Manjew so she's asking us to wreck the basement to stop her turning.
>>4017198This grail. We still have the Einzbern fakes.The big issue right now is who does this grail serve best- Marshal. Is Marshal a friend? No. How good are our chances of getting a good deal out of him? Slim. And did we not just promise a girl we would save her by destroying this flower? Yes.Things will be touch and go once we do this but to be fair they already are, this assuredly removes one problem though.
>>4017214>Things will be touch and go once we do thisTouch and go would be an improvement of our situation
This feels like we're about to get slapped by a BAD END.
>>4017226That's the secret Anon, we've got 2 BAD flavours to choose from
>>4017226Pretty sure 2/3 ends available to us at this point are bad ends.
>>4017146>>”What are you talking about?”Let's at least find out why Marshall has another grail in his basement before we kill it.
>>4017146>”What are you talking about?”
>>4017146>>”What are you talking about?”
You lower your blades. Multiple Grails would explain the War’s myriad Servants, but you’ll need more information than that before you fully comprehend what’s going on. And if that lily is somehow a person, then destroying it would be...“What are you talking about?” you demand.“That flower,” the voice continues, “is my wife. When we were still very young, she fell ill. Terminally so. The poor angel didn’t deserve it. Can you imagine what it was like? To watch helplessly as the life slowly drains from someone you love?”“I still don’t get how you ended up married to a plant,” you interject, urging him - Marshall - to continue.“I looked for a way to save her, despite the fatal disease. And, ultimately, I found one. By pushing all the limits of my family’s magecraft, I was able to transfer her soul from her dying body to a new one. A reincarnation of sorts, into a long-lived flower of my own design. It’s not perfect - my dear Lily has spent over a decade without a proper human form - but she’s undeniably alive. With a Grail, I can finally give her the body she deserves. Healthy and full of life, like she’d always dreamed of having. Do you understand now? Killing the plant would be murder! Don’t steal away the second chance I’ve worked so hard to give her!”If he’s telling the truth, then he’s right. To destroy the lily would be to snuff out an innocent and defenseless life. But you’re talking to an enemy right now. The pang of sympathy ices over. Your voice remains cold.“And what’s this about multiple Grails?” you interrogate further.“The Einzbern’s Grail has been in this land for decades,” Marshall explains. “I knew the next Holy Grail War would come in my lifetime, and I had to make sure I would win. I had years to study and replicate what already existed. Of course, it was far too complicated to copy perfectly. When the War came around, I summoned a Servant who could help me complete my project and secure a personal army to ensure my victory. Thus, now there are two Grails - my own, and the Einzberns’. If I had both, I could do even more for Lily, but I’ll settle for one. The Einzberns seem fond of you anyway, so perhaps they’ll give you theirs without a fight.”“...What do you mean, fond of me?” That can’t be right. You’ve never even met an Einzbern.No reply comes. Suddenly, large roots burst through the workshop’s floor, forming a tight defensive dome around the flower.
“You don’t remember, do you?” A different masculine voice, filled with confidence, echoes into the workshop from the entrance. You turn and see a man in his thirties, with short brown hair and a matching beard, dressed in a butler’s attire. His green eyes seem equal parts amused and mocking from the door. “The other Caster has been busy, it seems.” Other Caster? You jump onto a table to avoid the vine that rips through the stone beneath you. Next to you, one of Marshall’s plant projects suddenly stirs; you barely have time to roll away from the swiping branch. “You were probably seduced by a traitorous creation, too. Some things never change.”Then, he says something you can’t understand. The workshop begins to fill with an odd mist. A hand axe appears in his grip as he strides into the room. You’re alone against a Servant!>>Attack with everything you have! You may not be able to kill him, but maybe you can immobilize him long enough to flee!>>Focus on defense! Work your way around him and escape out the door!>>Search for another exit! There has to be one somewhere!>>Find a way to destroy the flower! If nothing else, fulfill your promise to Angie!Write-ins are disabled for this vote.
>>4020078>>Focus on defense! Work your way around him and escape out the door!And we're back! Just in time to put my mind on something else then from the fact that FQ just ended... oh man oh god oh jeez...
>>4020078>>Focus on defense! Work your way around him and escape out the door!>A hand axe appears in his grip as he strides into the room.>We're stuck alone in a room with BerserkerFUCK
>>4020078>>4020143In fact I'll switch to>>Search for another exit! There has to be one somewhere!Since the potted plants are alive now and making it hard to move around the room, we can't have a repeat of the Archer fight and not have enough room to move.
>>4020164You're rightSwitching>>4020099to >>Search for another exit! There has to be one somewhere!
>>4020179UuuuuhhhhhSwitching to >Search for another exit! There has to be one somewhere!
>>4020078>>>Search for another exit! There has to be one somewhere!We are getting too wrapped up in everyone's sob stories.
>>4020078>>Search for another exit! There has to be one somewhere!
Wait so “...What do you mean, fond of me?” That can’t be right. You’ve never even met an Einzbern.Did we forget who Illonahole is? Or are they actually REAL fake Einzberns, not just humunculii made by them? How fucked has this second Caster made our mind and when did it start?
The next thread is up!>>4022337