Last time, you visited the Dewitt household, dipped your toes into a sea of information and befriended almost all of the family members in the shitty apartment. You are here to deal with Howie directly, but the moment didn’t arrive… until now!After Aurora announced her intentions to join your group, the long awaited message arrived! Howie is walking home, and you two need to prepare for his arrival! Aurora will have to convince Howie on her own, and you need to hide in case this doesn’t go well – and you have to interfere. Yeah, if everything goes wrong, you’ll have to knock out the little rat boy and take his unconscious ass away to get comatose.Currently, you’re hiding in Aurora’s wardrobe with the door marginally open, this little gap is big enough for you to see the entirety of the room. You could potentially leave it open and turn invisible, but this is not the only mission you have today, so it’s better to converse the energy. You just need to wait for Aurora to pull her hair for you to dive into action; despite how much you dislike Howie, you hope you don’t have to resort to that.You hear Aurora stepping out of the apartment… Damn, the walls in here are really thin! It sounded like she was in this very room…Do you wish to change characters for this bit?>Play as Aurora and try to convince Howie to stop his madness!>Continue as Johnny and see how things unfold, or maybe directly intervene through other means! When have you ever stopped and done nothing?>Write In?
>>4245903Information:Twitter: https://twitter.com/QM91mDiscord: https://discord.gg/AmjbaTRArchives: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?searchall=do+your+best+quest (Rough Grammar ‘till half of the 9th Thread) Incomplete Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-nIx_dvaNCPQ7zLg2BK_ucCyGNM741kAANxqXj7hdDs/edit?usp=sharing Votes: Votes are counted until 25 minutes have passed. This rule doesn't apply to the last reply of the day.Votes that require a dice roll are counted until 15 minutes have passed, so we can speed up the process. Rolls are counted until 10 minutes have passed, so be prepared! (NEW) Dice Mechanic: We always roll 1d100s!Since most people weren’t happy with the system of averaging top four rolls, we’re using best of 2/3/4 depending on the attribute a prompt requires. If Johnny is a genius and it’s a Knowledge based roll, he gets more rolls (Max. 7)! If he sucks, he gets less dice (Min. 2)! When asked for rolls, I will specify how many you’re going to get. Rolling begins after it’s asked. Rolling 100 is a critical and ignores all other rolls! In the same vein, rolling 1 means a critical failure (only for Very Hard rolls and above). The difficulty of the roll is tied with the effectiveness of the action. In other words, the harder the option the better the result! Don’t forget that at the end of the day, this is a story-driven quest! What the prompts are describing is more important than the difficulty of the rolls, for results in a fight. Again, rolls are only counted when they are posted within ten minutes of being asked, so watch out!
>>4245903>>Play as Aurora and try to convince Howie to stop his madness!
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>>4245903>Play as Aurora and try to convince Howie to stop his madness!
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>>4245903>>Play as Aurora and try to convince Howie to stop his madness!I wish to see, from another perspective, the awesomeness that is Johnny.
>>4245903>Play as Aurora and try to convince Howie to stop his madness!Welcome back QM!
>>4245903>Play as Aurora and try to convince Howie to stop his madness!Aw yeah! Send in the pimp!
>>4245903>Play as Aurora and try to convince Howie to stop his madness!what kind of powers exist in this world ?
>>4245903>Play as AuroraAny chance we could get some Aurora-vision of how Johnny looks to her?
You’re Aurora Dewitt, last year of high school, 18 in a few weeks and the second oldest of 7. You don’t do any go— W-What are you doing?! Why are you thinking about this now?! You need to prepare for Howie! You need to keep your mind clear! Focus!All you need to do is bring Howie to your room and talk things over, so that just in case something bad happens, Phil can intervene. Your stubborn little brother needs a reality check, that’s all! For how unhinged he has proven to be, the lil’ bro you know and love is still in there somewhere – it can’t be possible that his awful side is all that’s left of him.The pressure you’re feeling right now is almost insurmountable, just thinking about it for a second, you need to do this to: Save Howie from himself, your family from the struggling that having him in a coma will bring, and to prove to Phil that you’re totally useful and can get things done. Like, in a sense, your life is at stake too.Speaking about Phil, you’re pretty sure that he’s the guy in the pic that Howie almost shredded from his conspiracy map, the one that was in such poor shape that you couldn’t even read the name. He has the exact same haircut, same glasses and same aura about him – but instead of looking like the cutest little thing in the world, he looks like the nicest looking man you’ve ever seen and acts the part too! How can you even pull that off?! It makes you go like OMG and HUMPH!No! Stop! You’re thinking like your mom! If you continue, you’ll end up acting like her! Still, he’s probably the only man ever you’ve been jittery around, well, not counting Youhao – but that’s for all the wrong reasons... But you’re getting used to being around Phil, so it's getting less bad…!That is if you completely ignore all the nonsensical garbage that keeps coming out of your mouth when you talk to him, how nervous you were when going through the papers together, and the cards… Ugh, you don’t want to think about that, but let’s use this moment to go through this in excruciating detail to remind the world just how stuuupid you are…No! Stop thinking about this crap! Concentrate! Like, right now!You’re waiting outside for Howie to come home. He should be going up the stairs now or something. You look around and see your stupid neighbor Ms. Sundet. She’s glaring at you without saying a word… You show her your tongue. She totally embarrassed you in front of Phil like the unlikeable land whale she is…! You shouldn’t be this mean. Good thing she went back inside her apartment.“Hey Rora, why are you texting me? Did something happen…?” Howie looks all uninterested. You didn’t even notice when he appeared.“Yeah, I really need to talk to you.” You act serious because this is a serious matter. “Let’s go inside our room. Everyone is out ‘cept Sina but you already know that.”
>>4246125“She asleep?” Howie raises an eyebrow. He’s carrying a heavy bag with him that you’ve never seen before.“Yeah, I just checked, Wie. You know how she has a fucked up sleep schedule and all.”“Are you going to open up or what?” Howie’s mood hasn’t changed despite your eagerness for a chat.“R-Right…” You lead the way inside the apartment.Howie drops his heavy bag on the living room floor and sits by the kotatsu. You glare at him.“I told you I wanted to talk inside the room.”“Does it matter? Nobody is here, you know?” Your little brother is being a shit again.How do you respond?>“I’ll give you my share of you-know-what if we go inside our room.”>“I need to show ya something. It’ll be quick.”>“Howie, it’s about the fucked up things you’re doing.”>Write In.
>>4246127>>“I need to show ya something. It’ll be quick.”
>>4246127>“I need to show ya something. It’ll be quick.”
>>4246127>“I’ll give you my share of you-know-what if we go inside our room.”
>>4246125>“I need to show ya something. It’ll be quick.”
>>4246127>“Howie, it’s about the fucked up things you’re doing.”
“I need to show ya something. It’ll be quick.” You get closer and grab him by the arm.“Damnit, Rora. I’m tired!” Howie struggles as he wants to stay down.“I said it’s going to be quick!” You want to win this tug-of-war! It’s lunchtime, how can he be so tired? He’s still wounded, but that’s not a real excuse anymore, is it?“F-Fine! Stop nagging me!” Howie is too weak to win this duel! Ha! You can still overpower him. “You’re lucky I’m one of the few people on this planet that can stand your nasty personality, sis...” He pushes you aside and cleans off his pants.“W-We don’t have all day!” Maybe you’re acting a little hasty.“We don’t? What’s up with you?” Howie is confused.“We need to talk before the others get here, duh.” You make it sound obvious.“Is it about your stupid card game again? I’ve done enough of pretending those are mine, y’know?” Howie complains. Why is he acting like he’s doing you a favor? It was a deal between you two! He pretends the cards are his, and you let him borrow your room more often than not.“Maybe… Maybe not…” You know Howie is too curious so you’ll throw him some bait.“W-Whatever…” Howie goes past you to see what’s inside. Ha! He’s so easy to read.Once inside your room, you lock the door behind you! This time, unlike before, you didn’t fumble with the keys for like 20 minutes like an idiot; you’ve got the order memorized, but with Phil behind you, you were just a mess…“Hey, what the fuck? What’s going on…?” Howie is on edge.“I said we needed a serious talk.” You get your act together again.“You never said that…”“I didn’t? Who cares? It’s something really serious!” Who cares if you didn’t say it before?!“So? Why did you lock the door?”“So you don’t storm off! Like, on every occasion I scold you!”“You’re just 2 years older than me, you have no right to be so bratty with me, in fact you’re a heck of a lot more childish than me…” Howie is a little annoyed like usual. “Let’s get this over with. What do you want?”Howie is stubborn, he will try to deflect anything you’re going to say either by insulting you or changing the subject. He will double down when he’s on the ropes, but if you push him too much he will shut down completely. You have to get through to him somehow to make him change his heart.
>>4246243How do you respond?>“I need you to stop doing all that saving the world bullcrap, Howie.” Be firm and assertive. He’ll immediately get that you’re talking business.>“You threatened me and sold mom to a bunch of cultists. Do you have any idea how that makes me feel?” Show him how his actions impact others! Create guilt in him.>“Howie, I know you’re interested in saving the world. But this isn’t how you do it. I met some people, and maybe you could focus all your energy into something more fruitful.” Phil is a sensible man, if he has Howie under his control – nothing bad will happen to you, your family, or him.>Write In.
>>4246247>>“You threatened me and sold mom to a bunch of cultists. Do you have any idea how that makes me feel?” Show him how his actions impact others! Create guilt in him.
>“You threatened me and sold mom to a bunch of cultists. Do you have any idea how that makes me feel?” Show him how his actions impact others! Create guilt in him.
>>4246247>>“I need you to stop doing all that saving the world bullcrap, Howie.” Be firm and assertive. He’ll immediately get that you’re talking business.
>>4246247>“You threatened me and sold mom to a bunch of cultists. Do you have any idea how that makes me feel?” Show him how his actions impact others! Create guilt in him.
>>4246247>“I need you to stop doing all that saving the world bullcrap, Howie.” Be firm and assertive. He’ll immediately get that you’re talking business
“You threatened me and sold mom to a bunch of cultists. Do you have any idea how that makes me feel?” You’ll shame him for his actions! You know him, he’ll feel guilty about this. Besides, you want to vent.“Is that really what you want to talk about…?” Howie looks more annoyed than usual.“Yeah, isn’t it obvious? Or do you really think I would ignore it forever?” You know he’s not that stupid.“Well duh, when have you done anything…? You’ve always been my clumsy bigger sister that gets stomped on by everyone, too doltish to notice and too scared to care.” Howie insults you just like that. You don’t know what doltish means but judging by his tone it’s not anything nice!“Then you found my limit, Wie.” You won’t back down. “We’re the people who love you the most and you just did that! Mom has done everything in her power to give us the best life she can, and you just treat her like that? For no reason?”“Woah, woah. Hang on a sec, no reason? Like, you serious? I know you’re dense, but holy shit.” Howie looks at you in disbelief.“Whatever she did to you, it doesn’t justify what you did to her.” You know it must be petty stuff.“Yeah, whatever. But that doesn't mean I didn’t do it without a reason. What mom did was unforgivable, and what I did to her could help others. But I’m not going to justify myself to you.” Howie crosses his arms. “If you’re just afraid I’m going to do this again, calm the fuck down, I was like really pissed that time. Just be a good girl, behave and nothing bad will happen – I promise. Is that good?”How do you respond?>“I guess I could live with that…” But is that any way to live?>“So I need to pray every day that you don’t get angry at us for reasons beyond our control? Be a slave to your whims? The one who needs to change is you!” Be more direct!>“You don’t understand, Howie. I was afraid of you, I was afraid of what you could do to our family.” Continue with your approach, you’re getting through to him! You think!>“ I want everyone to be fine, not just me, otherwise I would’ve left. But I didn’t. Howie, these aren’t acceptable terms.” Refuse outright.>Write In.
>>4246349>>“You don’t understand, Howie. I was afraid of you, I was afraid of what you could do to our family.” Continue with your approach, you’re getting through to him! You think!
>>4246349>“You don’t understand, Howie. I was afraid of you, I was afraid of what you could do to our family.” Continue with your approach, you’re getting through to him! You think!
>>4246349>“So I need to pray every day that you don’t get angry at us for reasons beyond our control? Be a slave to your whims? The one who needs to change is you!” Be more direct!Fuck this guy, can't wait to put him into a coma
“You don’t understand, Howie. I was afraid of you, I was afraid of what you could do to our family.” You’ve never been more afraid of anything in your life than you were the moment you knew your mom was just taken away. “You were a threat to all of us. You could’ve hurt us. You could’ve killed us…”“I-I wasn’t going to do that, you’re just projecting…” Howie deflects again.“You think you weren’t going to hurt us with what you did? Mom’s gone and then what happens? What happens to Sina, Bruna, Olivia, Gisella and Pammachio? You know how much mom means to us. The only reason we all can stand living in this place is because of her.”“Yeah, mom is great with y’all, but you talk like we have any other choice… we’re not here ‘cause we want to be.”“Mom’s gone and then what? You want Sina to take care of us? Or to go to an orphanage? Maybe you want Youhao to take us so he can put his foot on your head again? Did you even think that far ahead? You would’ve destroyed us...” You just spill out all the thoughts that went through your head while you thought your mom was gone for good. If he didn’t think about any of that, you’re officially no longer the dumbest sibling in this household.“Yeah, that would’ve been pretty bad for y’all. But I could find a place to stay.” Howie is starting to look guilty. “Besides, nothing happened, it doesn’t matter…”“Doesn’t matter? Lil’ bro, what you did, in one move, was take away two of the people I love the most in this world. One came back magically…” You cannot help but to look at your wardrobe, or rather, the person in it. Now you look back at your brother. “But I still need the other one. I need you. I need to be able trust you again…”“It’s all about you, isn’t it? Me, me, me. Just get over yourself for a minute. I won’t be a threat.” Howie doesn’t seem to care. “I don’t need to take you or mom away. That should be enough.”“Wie, how can you say that…?” You don’t know when Howie started holding so much disdain for you.“You act like it’s a big deal…” Howie doesn’t get it. “Just stop bothering and nothing bad will happen…”How do you respond?>“I’ll take it…” You can live with that, right?>“How I’m supposed to trust you if you don’t put a little effort into it?” You don’t want to be afraid of him anymore. He could change his opinion any day.>“Do you even listen to yourself? It’s like we didn’t make any progress!” Nothing’s changed!>“Wie, do you even care about us…?” This goes beyond just this conversation. What’s going on?>Write In.(Last Reply of the day, we continue tomorrow.)
>>4246504>>“Wie, do you even care about us…?” This goes beyond just this conversation. What’s going on?
>>4246504>“Wie, do you even care about us…?” This goes beyond just this conversation. What’s going on?
>>4246504>“How I’m supposed to trust you if you don’t put a little effort into it?” You don’t want to be afraid of him anymore. He could change his opinion any day.
>>4246504>“Wie, do you even care about us…?” This goes beyond just this conversation. What’s going on?What's his deal???
>>4246504>“It’s all about you, isn’t it? Me, me, me. Just get over yourself for a minute."Literally what he's doing. Make him refocus.HOLD THE FUCK UP PEOPLEHOWIE'S DEAL IS LITERALLY THE OPPOSITE OF JOHNNY'S>Johnny spends more than half the quest dodging plot and doing dumb SoL forever until one careless mistake costs him the dynamics he had going, causing him to refocus on the plot and saving the world more than before>Howie spends this whole quest planning and plotting and trying to "save the world" by doing questionable things with questionable people for questionable ends, including whole conspiracy webs tree whatever, neglecting his family and his home life>nothing has shaken him up yet, and each defeat to Johnny just makes him more dogged and determined to bruteforce his waySo that's what we gotta do, huh...?
>>4246504>“Mom’s gone and then what? You want Sina to take care of us? Or to go to an orphanage? Maybe you want Youhao to take us so he can put his foot on your head again? Did you even think that far ahead? You would’ve destroyed us...”Aurora points out that without their mom there, Youhao takes custody of the kids, and the family is ruined due to even MORE direct mafia/yakuza influence and oppression.>“Yeah, that would’ve been pretty bad for y’all. But I could find a place to stay.”Acknowledges that it would be bad, but says "for y'all" without including himself in the family, THEN fixates on how he wouldn't be inconvenienced though.>“Besides, nothing happened, it doesn’t matter…”Dismisses the initial point because nothing came of his actions, therefore invalid criticism.
>>4247062And this is why Howie is the real MC. He does what he must, remains consistent and efficient, and he doesn’t fuck around when there’s work to be done. He’s not giving any of the factions an inch if he can help it.
>>4247080I know you're shitposting but Howie is not a good mc because of the exact reasons you just listed. He sold his family to a sex slave ring of a doomsday cult. He refuses to form meaningful relationships including ones with his own family leaving him with noone in his corner. Most importantly his hardline stance into taking down the factions is worthless. He's a entityless loser who would get knocked out the first time he would even attempt to fight them head on. Sure Johnny isn't perfect and maybe us as players don't focus on plot as much as we should. But Johnny actually cares about people, Johnny actually has allies and most importantly, Johnny has an entity, which even despite the fact that he had to get it together, makes him a better MC and person than Howie ever can or will be no matter how much people shitpost otherwise.
>>4247105>He sold his family to a sex slave ring of a doomsday cult.Why the fuck he did this in the first place ?
>>4247125He sent her to Pleasureville with a camera to get brainwashed and turned into a sex slave because he wanted to know where the base was and he was mad at her. Mostly because he was mad at her
>>4247105I know you won’t understand this, but I have much more respect for Howie’s character than I do for that of Johnny’s. It isn’t even a fair comparison I we’re being honest and yet that’s what makes Howie even more impressive. For all intents and purposes, Johnny started out as a nobody with a dead mother and a distant father and that was the extent of his issues. Backstory aside, Johnny has been kept in a positive feedback loop in the beginning. He didn’t start out on top and he still isn’t, yet what he did get was an entity and allies which were handed to him through no extraordinary effort on his part. Coincidence and dumb luck have always been on his side. Howie on the other hand, was dealt a far harsher deck and wasn’t given allies simply by being related to them or simply saying “hey we both have flames, let’s team up”. Despite all of the disadvantages Howie has to lug around, he still puts himself in dangerous situations with no safety net of his own and what he’s so far is impressive. He’s no paragon and he doesn’t have much going for him, but I belive that this is why he is the embodiment of this quest’s title. He’s doing his best and while flawed, his intentions are mostly positive as far as the big picture goes.He may be petty and exhibit antisocial tendencies, but considering his background, he could be doing much worse if he chose to.
Don't take the retarded bait
>>4247223>>4247223Are you referring to me? Because if so, you aren’t doing your argument any favors. Tell me where I’m wrong.
>>4247251a lurker who always misses the threads here.I agree with your point that Howie does exemplify "Do Your Best", probably way more than Johnny. However, I wouldn't call him the "true MC" or the "real hero". Mainly due to his ends justify the means philosophy, and his family being the means which is the main conflict right now. He's kind of a shit, but I do like your points.He's kinda like a JRPG MC who's truly not the "MC", and he's takes the hard quests, gets no girls, has generally bad luck because he's opposite to the true MC.
>>4247326I agree, he isn’t a saint and of course, this story is (mostly) told from Johnny’s perspective so he’s obviously the MC. I simply call him that out of respect for his character. Most people would come out looking a lot worse if they had to deal with Howie’s problems on top of dealing with this Flame War without any sort of backup, resources, or trump card. It’s easy to be the typical “good guy” when you have opportunities and sixth chances thrown at you like they’re going out of fashion. I know that most people are joking when they refer to Howie as the real MC or Pimp Lord Howie, But I honestly would like to see how the story would play out on his side. Unfortunately, he lost that race and it looks like 91m10 is going to essentially give him the axe in this thread so I don’t have any hope for either happening.
>>4247377I like Johnny going thru his own ops now. Neko stabbing broke 30+ threads worth of dumb SoL, broke so many dynamics, caused Johnny to take flak for his actions, led to his fall as an unstoppable no-problems quest protag, and it's been uphill in quality and plot from there. It's been at least 2 months in-setting since Day 1 though, so keep that in mind. Personally, Nina fuck part 2 has been a step back for Johnny. Perhaps another disaster is in order...?
>>4247419The stabbing changed some things sure, but Johnny’s trajectory hasn’t really dipped by a significant amount. In fact, the persons who stabbed him was inducted into his gang. Of course, we can’t have Johnny really suffer for any of his screw ups or we’ll be spending 5+ threads recovering in a hospital or hiding from one of the factions after getting routed.>Perhaps another disaster is in order...?We’ll just have to wait and see. All I want is for us to make well thought out decisions as we continue instead of walking off of cliffs without a care in the world.
>>4247419>Nina fuck part 2 has been a step back for JohnnyAgreed, I felt that after breaking up with Nina, Johnny after suffering from despair but also an erection would've gone the Osgood route, beginning with making out with Yukika and ending up with breaking the hearts of every girl in the Motley Crew, thus being kicked out, eventually realizing that you can't coast on neither the fighting nor the SoL. Yu Yan kinda stopped that path by being pure and best girl and eventually leading to casual sex with an ex (an objectively bad idea on his part but not necessarily narratively because it might create conflict). If he wants casual sex he's got the perfect opportunity right now, instead he went back to being a horny teacher-fetish teen. In the end Johnny needs to grow up and realize that doing your best isn't being a white knight and having a savior complex (which is what led to him being stabbed, seriously Neko barely changed with Johnny's "help", she's still a mess) and giving the dick as much as possible, but rather, helping people help themselves (like Nina after they broke up) and giving love and dickings whenever appropriate>Perhaps another disaster is in order...?Most likely going solo flame user is going to bite him in the ass, not to say that the Motley Crew were great, they were unorganized and directionless, but assembling a proper team with proper goals and a vetting process is what'll tip the scales in Johnny's favor
>>4247419>Perhaps another disaster is in order...?I don’t think things need to get that drastic. Besides, all that SOL stuff was there because we had time to burn. I’m all for being held accountable for bad decision-making, but I think the only kind of character development that happens when we make purposefully shitty choices is us developing into an asshole, not growing as a person capable of achieving our end goal. There’s enough conflict going on that we don’t need to add to it just for the sake of shaking things up even more than what’s already going on around us.
“Wie, do you even care about us…?” You don’t understand what’s going on.“W-What do you mean?” Howie is confused.“Like, the way you talk about us, it’s like we’re a nuisance…” You can be all annoying but at the end of the day, you’re family – you care about each other.“You kind of are.” Howie responds half-jokingly.“How can you say that…?”“You let anyone make fun of you, but when I do it, you act all horrified...” Howie stares daggers at you.“Stop with the jokes then, we’re having a super serious talk right now.” You feel obfuscated. Why did he stop taking this seriously out of the blue?“How can I take you seriously if you already got what you wanted? Just leave me alone before I tear the door down again…” Howie wants out.“Wie, this is important, it’s about our family!”“So what? What do you expect me to say? You let everyone act like I’m a shit stain on the wall and now you’re surprised that I’m not too fond of all of you? Rora, what the fuck?” Howie is in disbelief.“B-But I thought…” You thought you two were really close… You love your lil’ bro. That hasn’t changed, it won’t ever change.“Oh, it’s all about you in the end again, right?” Howie is irritated.“No! Wie, you’re—”“Stooop it. Just stop it. This whole ‘how I feel about our family crap’ never mattered to you until you felt threatened, right?” Howie smirks after interrupting you, thinking he understands what you’re trying to do.“That’s not true, I always cared – I really want everyone to get along! I love you all...” It’s just that you have too many siblings to care about. It's hard to balance.“Oh fuck off right there, Rora.” Howie’s patience has run out. “You’re just like mom, you see all the bad signs pillin’ up and you just ignore ‘em. Even when I scream at you for help, you look the other way. You’re so disappointin’.” “I know I’m far, far from perfect, but I’m doin’ what I can, y’know?” You’re just human.“You don’t even care. You talked about losing one of the people you love the most in this world the other day, well guess who lost his first?! Me! Me, months ago…” Howie is full of resentment. “No, I just realized that I didn’t have anyone. That I’m all alone! No family! No friends! No sister!”“Wie…”
>>4248031“Don’t act like you didn’t see this coming! I told you! I told you! He was beating me up! He threw me around like a ragdoll. Almost drowned me in the toilet. He senselessly brutalized me like I was a dog! Did you forget? Did you forget the day I came back here with my face covered in blood?!”“I-I do, I cured your wounds…” You were horrified. Y-You didn’t know what to do…“Yeah, you patched me up, pat me on the back and smiled at me. Telling me it will be fine. You patched me up, pat me on the back, and smiled at me. Over and over again. It kept going, and going and going… every fuckin’ day was the same thing. And no matter who I told this to, nothing changed! You, mom, my teachers – the other boys. Nothing! Because it didn’t matter! I don’t matter! And every day you smile at me the very same way, Aurora… You made me feel like I deserved it!”“I…” To be fair, you told him to defend himself…“But you had another chance, didn’t you? I was still too stupid to understand who you really are, I couldn’t comprehend that Rora didn’t give a shit about me. I still thought you were the only person I could rely on.” Howie puts his hands on his head. “The bastard died… He got run over like the damn retard he was. I realize what’s going on in the world. I came to you, Rora. The world was in danger, Rora. We could’ve saved it together, Rora. I needed you, Rora. Tell me… Tell me what happened.”“I…”“YOU SAID NO! I begged you to help me! On my knees! You didn’t believe me! You didn’t want to believe me! Why?! It wasn’t even about us! The whole world, THE WHOLE WORLD WAS IN DANGER!” Howie shouts in anguish. “We could’ve made a difference, just like we always dreamed of. Why did you turn me away, Rora…? I needed you more than ever… Don’t you dare respond to me right now, because I already know the answer...”“…” You were scared.
>>4248033“Yet after all this pain, all this anger, all this suffering – no fuckin’ flame approached me. What the fuck is wrong with this world?! Why can’t someone throw me bone for once?! That fuckin’ loser gets one but not me?! Nobody believes me, not even you, Rora. You all sarcastically pat me on the back, smile at me and tell me to do my best. Fuck you, fuck you all. I’ll save this world, I’ll make the difference.” Howie takes a couple of steps away towards the door. “Now open this goddamn door ‘cause I need to go to pee.”What do you do?>Open the door.>“Don’t you understand that there’s nothing you can do?! You’re going to end up killing yourself!”>“I’m human too, Howie. There isn’t much I can do…”>“You don’t care about anyone. You don’t care about this world. You just want to save the world to spite everyone… Sorry Wie, you’re not going to do it.”>“What if I try to stop you?”>Pull your hair.>Write In.
>>4248034>>“You don’t care about anyone. You don’t care about this world. You just want to save the world to spite everyone… Sorry Wie, you’re not going to do it.”
>>4248034>“You don’t care about anyone. You don’t care about this world. You just want to save the world to spite everyone… Sorry Wie, you’re not going to do it.”>Pull your hair.
>>4248034>Take control of Johnny>Invisibility off>"I'll help you make a difference, I'll help you do your best"
>>4248034>“You don’t care about anyone. You don’t care about this world. You just want to save the world to spite everyone… Sorry Wie, you’re not going to do it.”
>>4248034>“You don’t care about anyone. You don’t care about this world. You just want to save the world to spite everyone… Sorry Wie, you’re not going to do it.”This fucker really needs a reality check
>>4248034>Open the door.but say this first>“I’m human too, Howie. There isn’t much I can do…”
>>4248055>>4248046>>4248044>>4248039tbf he had a good reason to distrust us. i know how this is gonna end, but we should at least say something else first
>>4248071Seconding this one instead
>>4248034>“Don’t you understand that there’s nothing you can do?! You’re going to end up killing yourself!”
>>4248034>”Don’t you understand that there’s nothing you can do?! You’re going to end up killing yourself!”>“You don’t care about anyone. You don’t care about this world. You just want to save the world to spite everyone… Sorry Wie, you’re not going to do it.”Dude’s hellbent on being Vile from Maverick Hunter X, at the cost of his family.
>>4248033>"Yeah, you patched me up, pat me on the back and smiled at me. Telling me it will be fine. You patched me up, pat me on the back, and smiled at me. Over and over again. It kept going, and going and going… every fuckin’ day was the same thing. And no matter who I told this to, nothing changed! You, mom, my teachers – the other boys. Nothing! Because it didn’t matter! I don’t matter! And every day you smile at me the very same way, Aurora… You made me feel like I deserved it!”Chief, this might be one of the BEST paragraphs you ever wrote in this quest. It hits perfectly home for me, in a way I hope I can tell you about one day. See you soon, assuming all goes well. It'll be a nice birthday present for me, late or not.
Putting him in a coma will only antagonize him and alienate him from his family>And no matter who I told this to, nothing changed! You, mom, my teachers – the other boys. Nothing! Because it didn’t matter! I don’t matter!Johnny should be that person, especially since he solved Howie's bully problemPlus, he'd make a good ally, he's a good detective and really useful for someone who's flameless, that's why I suggest we go with the other plan of beating the absolute shit out of him (he still needs to atone for his sins and maybe he'll get a flame out of it who knows) and build him from the ground up
>>4248034Also we make it clear to him that it’s not him saving the world we’re opposed to, but his methods. Fighting a war alone is suicide. We MIGHT know someone who can help (proposing that he meets Johnny later, because now is the worst idea) and arrange for a meeting, but he’d have to cool his shit first.
>>4248090tbf I think beating him up will either alienate him as well or make him cut his wrists in a bathtub
>You just want to save the world to spite everyoneWhy does this sound like such an excellent premise for a quest?
“You don’t care about anyone. You don’t care about this world.” You shake your head as Howie looks puzzled by your words. “You just want to save the world to spite everyone… Sorry Wie, you’re not going to do it.”Howie looks hurt for a second there as he looks away, then he locks eyes with you.“…You talk like I didn’t expect this from you. I already know nobody believes in me. Your words mean nothing to me. You mean nothing to me. You’re nothing.” Howie turns his back to you again to face the exit. “Now open this goddamn door before I pee in your whore mouth! AAAAgh!” Eugh…“Howie, this conversation ain’t over.” You stand your ground.“Just like give me a fuckin’ break, would ya?!” Howie turns back to you, then he realizes something. “You’re going to continue doing this, won’t you? I know those eyes, you won’t just quit pestering me, right? I thought that Aurora was dead, but she only exists to bother me…”“W-What do you mean?” Are your eyes bloating like his…? You need a mirror!“I told you what’s going to happen if you get in my way.”“Are you threatening me?”“I want the goddamn door opened! That’s it!” Howie looks desperate to leave the room.You’re not going to continue the conversation if he stays like this.What do you do?>“You’re lying to me, you don’t want to go to the bathroom.”>“Fine. ”Open the door and let him go to the bathroom.>“What happens if I don’t?”>Pull your hair.>Write In.
>>4248177>“Fine. ”Open the door and let him go to the bathroom.>Pull your hairYup, i'm sorry my boy
>>4248177>>Pull your hair.
>>4248177>“Fine. ”Open the door and let him go to the bathroom.>Pull your hair.
>>4248177>“You’re lying to me, you don’t want to go to the bathroom.”
>>4248186changing vote to pull your hair b itself
>>4248177>“Fine. ”Open the door and let him go to the bathroom.>Pull your hair
>>4248188Changing my vote to this
>>4248177>Pull your hair.
>>4248177>>“You’re lying to me, you don’t want to go to the bathroom.”
>>4248177changing to >“You’re lying to me, you don’t want to go to the bathroom.”
>>4248181>>4248182>>4248186>>4248188>>4248205>>4248214>>4248255Are you fools really trying to take out motherfukcing PIMP LORD HOWIE? This is the dude who pisses in Aurora‘s mouth on the daily and you think you gonna overpower him? My nigga HD bouta reach into that bag and pull out the Draco on all of ya’ll! You jokers must be crazy!
>>4248291This ain’t no diss song, this fo real dawg. On my momma HD bouta blast to ass in HD! Gnawymsayin? I wish any one of y’all run up on my boi, he gon put that bitchboi Johnny’s head on his shelf. HD is fucking PIMP, a stone cold gangsta! Shiet he don’t even need a strap to show y’all niggas the business!
>>4248299It's really telling that you're only hero by your own standards fucks him mother and sisters like some kind of red neck, and sells them like some kind of nigga. Ain't even what's going on you delusion accident.My advice? Go drink some bleach to wash out your shit taste and fix your mother's mistake of not swallowing.
>>4248305Speak up nigga! Go fuck Winnie the Poh or some shit dumbass Tigger ass bitch! Got me out here about to break into yo mothsfucking house and slap yo shit!
>>4248309Do it. You won't. Because just like Howie, you're a little bitch.
>>4248309>Winnie the PoohReported to Our Chinese Leaders. Prepare for your social credit to dip and report to a local Uighur relocation center.
>>4248312What’s yo addy bitch nigga? On God Inma take off my belt and beat yo faggot ass up and down the street!>>4248315Maaaaaaan, FUCK CHINA NIGGA!
“You’re lying to me, you don’t want to go to the bathroom!” You decide to call his bluff! He’s bluffing, right? I-It’s not something he wouldn’t do. Yeah, he’s totally bluffing. Typical Howie. “You’re still my lil’ bro, like it or not, Wie.”“I-I’m not bluffing, you thickskulled idiot! I really need to go to the goddamn bathroom!” Howie is losing his mind.“I’m not stupid, Wie.”“Yeah, you’re retarded! OPEN THE DOOR!” Howie bangs on the door.“Y-You’re going to break it again!”“I DON’T CARE, I NEED TO GO!”“Stop lying!”“I’M NOT FUCKIN’ LYING, YOU WHORE! JUST GIVE ME THE FUUUCKIN’ KEEEEEEY!” He’s shrieking like the manchild you never wanted him to grow up to be.“That’s totally the tone you make when you’re lying.” You’re sure of it.“…” Howie stops clinging to the door and gives you a blank stare. “…So you really knew, huh?”“Of course I did.” You’re proud of yourself. Hopefully Phil noticed your resilience.“So you’re going to be an obstacle in my life from now on?” Howie keeps starting at you, you don’t like the look of his eyes.“I-If you misbehave…” That sounded less decisive than you intended, mainly because of Howie’s strange attitude. “I just want to work things over with you. You’re still my lil’ bro.”
>>4248333“Rora, listen to me, I think I made a mistake last time when I threatened you...” Howie is smiling, this is not the type of smile you’re accustomed to.“A’right.” You like the sound of that despite it sounding disingenuous.“You’re an obedient girl and I don’t want to lose you…” Howie pulls out his phone from his pocket. It reminds you that yours is still broken, you can’t believe Phil didn’t care about that – he’s so nice! F-Focus! “I just want to put you in your place.”“What are you doing…?”“So instead of getting rid of you, I want you to keep quiet and stop bothering me! You know what I have here? Pics of you, you know the type. If you keep pestering me, I’ll send them to 7W157 and he’ll mass spread them all over your school, ruining your life for good. You’re going to be known as an even bigger slut than mom! I know how much you hate that idea! Now hand me the keys, and nothing bad will happen…”He’s bluffing! He’s totally bluffing! You don’t take those types of pics! Unless… He took them himself?! EUGH! Or maybe it was 7W157’s doing? Sounds like something that little twerp would come up with. Still, Howie is completely demented! What happened to your lil’ bro? Why does he have to be this way?! You hate this…You hate this so much.What do you do?>Pull your hair.>“Fine.” Throw him the keychain.>“You’re totally bluffing again.”>“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Pull your hair…>Write In.(Last Reply of the day, we continue tomorrow. Sorry for the short session.)
>>4248336>Pull your hair.
>>4248336>“You’re totally bluffing again.”
>>4248336>“You’re totally bluffing again.”I’m tryna save y’all from this ass whupping ya’ll. Don’t be trying to pull no shit on my nigga.
>>4248336>“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Pull your hair…
Changing to >“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Pull your hair…
>>4248336>>“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Pull your hair…>"...But you've pushed me to the point of doing this. So congratulations."
>Pull your hair.
>>4248336>>“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Pull your hair…Try not to cry. Cry a lot
>>4248336>>Pull your hair.Tbh I think we can help him. He's been at wits end for months and feels betrayed by his family because they couldn't do what he expected of them. Dealing with school bullies is fucking impossible.He's done a lot of work all on his own, and he's still alive- if Aurora wants to help us we've got two support girls at our base. He's frustrated, stressed and feeling abandoned and useless, but if Johnny takes in both of them into the new group there's a good chance Howie will turn out well. He needs a support net and people to trust and somewhere to feel safe so that he can lose that stress
>>4248336>“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Pull your hair…No need to be heartless about it
>>4248336>>“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Pull your hair…>>4248433I think we can help him, but he'd resent it 'cause he hates our guts. He wants the strength to change things on his own. IMO, the only way for him to get out of this whole thing alive without getting put in a coma is for him to stop burning bridges: this war is too big for ANY single person, flame-user or not, to handle on their own. Even the big wigs who treat this like 4D Chess have lackeys who exert their will. That said, he has 7W157 but that doesn't exactly inspire confidence.The only way I think he'd get to a point where he'd knowingly accept help from us is if he has a major attitude shift. I'm not saying that there's no reason to try, but we need to approach this knowing that rejection is the most likely outcome and weigh our options accordingly.
>>4248336>>“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Pull your hair…
>>4248336Bitch is just Osgood 2.0>“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Pull your hair…
“I don’t care how shittily you treat me, I still love you, lil’ bro. I know this isn’t you.” Enough is enough, you’ll pull your hair as discreetly as possible. You believe that Phil will be able to see it.“Huh…?” Howie is taken aback from what you just said, and you can finally see some regret in his eyes. “W-What…?”You’re so sorry that you have to resort to this, but it's for his own good… Oh rats, now you’re starting to sound like him! Shake it off!Go Phil! Stop Howie once and for all!
>>4249790“She’s not subtle at all.” Philonune comments, somewhat disappointed in Aurora's efforts.“Did you hear everything they just said? Give her a break…” You mentally berate your partner as your camouflage envelops your whole body.“Don’t mind me, I’m sure with more experience she’ll become a reliable partner – it’s just something I thought was worth commenting on.” Philonune, who's silent more often than not, pretends that this is normal behavior.“Well, I’ve got lots of experience knocking out people so far...” It’s not something you’re probably ever going to get used to anyway. While you were hiding, you texted Scarlet about everything she needed to do. She came up with the idea of calling a taxi to get things moving as soon as you take Howie down. She should be waiting outside.Time to do the deed.You sneakily go out of your hiding spot, walk towards Howie and smash the back of his head to knock him out with one single blow – he almost falls to the ground before you catch him with your other hand, as Aurora looks away for a second. He didn’t even get to grunt, he went out all unceremoniously...“Are you okay?” You ask Aurora as you reappear.“Yeah, I am. I was ready for this.” Aurora shakes her head before looking at you. She gets closer to her lil’ bro and caresses his hair. She’s not as crestfallen as you expected. “W-What now…?”Where do you take Howie?>To the clinic! Constance will do the deed.>Call Giorsal. Let’s see what she’s made of.>Write In.Do you take Aurora with you?>Ask her to stay here just in case. They might need her…>Tell her to come over. It is her brother…>Write In.
>>4249793>>Call Giorsal. Let’s see what she’s made of.>Tell her to come over. It is her brother…
>>4249793>Call Giorsal. Let’s see what she’s made of.>Tell her to come over. It is her brother…
>>4249793>Call Giorsal. Let’s see what she’s made of.>Tell her to come over. It is her brother…>"It must've been difficult to speak with heart when another person is listening, but if you ever need to talk about it I'll hear you."
>>4249793>>To the clinic! Constance will do the deed.>Tell her to come over. It is her brother…
>>4249793>To the clinic! Constance will do the deed.>Tell her to come over. It is her brother…
Pimp Lord Howie was an incredible man. No, a legend. He was the world’s greatest detective and uncovered conspiracies and enigmas that not even a 12th level intellect could unravel. He was a feared and respected pimp, who kept the bitches in line and had Aurora and Holly sucking coke dust off of his dick every morning like a true gangster. But most of all, Howie was the true MC. Every single faction shuddered at the mere mention of the name Howie Dewitt. Howie scoffed at gods and super powered beings on a daily basis despite having no powers of his own. Through sheer determination and intellect he accomplished what no one else could do. He was a leader, a visionary, and in his infinite mercy, he dedicated himself to being the savior of all mankind. Unfortunately, the god of this universe, 91m10, lost his way long ago and conspired to kill this exemplary hero. Though the sheep are blind to this truth, having plot armor, Bo3, and poorly written female characters on your side doesn’t make a true MC. Johnny could never compare to a magnificent figure such as Pimp Lord Howie. Rest in Power brother, you did your best.
>>4249793>To the clinic! Constance will do the deed.>Tell her to come over. It is her brother…Best to go with what we know in this case.
>>4249793>>Call Giorsal. Let’s see what she’s made of.>Tell her to come over. It is her brother…>check his bag.
“We have to... you know.” You shake your head. “We need to take him to a taxi I’ve prepared outside, then we’ll go someplace to get the deed done. I just need to make 2 quick calls to have everything ready.” You explain to Aurora. “Can you hold him for a second?”“S-Sure...” Aurora struggles to grab her lil’ bro and safely puts him on the ground.“Thank you, I’ll be back before you know it. I promise.” You walk out. Aurora said it’s better to call everyone outside so nobody listens to you, right? You’ll do that.Outside, you call Giorsal’s number for the first time as you called Dudley’s during your call with her earlier in the morning. If she’s willing to work with you, she can do you a favor, right? You don’t want to depend on Constance every time you have to put someone in a coma. This will also be a good way to see what she's really made of before the mission.“Hello? Giorsal speaking!” Giorsal sounds very polite for some reason, this is not a home phone – right?“Gio, it’s me. I need a favor.”“Johnny Ando, so the time finally has come.” Giorsal is talking about the mission you requested her help for.“Not exactly. I have someone I need you to put down... into a coma.” You don’t know why you paused, but you felt it could be funny.“Why did you pause? Are you making fun of me? Because if you are, I’m not going to aid you in anyt—”“I’ll admit it, it’s a poorly timed joke.” You interrupt her before she goes into another tirade. “But I really need this guy out, he’s a threat to his family and I don’t see any other way to stop him without injuring him for real.” You’re honest.“Do you understand that by doing this, I’ll be able to interrogate this man and corroborate if what you’re telling me is true or not – and therefore be able to judge your character, Johnny Ando. This is not an opportunity I’m going to let pass.” Giorsal makes it painfully clear. “I’ll be the judge to see if he deserves such treatment or not. Are you prepared to face the consequences?”“Why are you telling me now? Wouldn’t it be better if you did it without me knowing?”“Perhaps, perhaps not. It’s something I want in your mind right now, Johnny Ando.”It’s no surprise that you’ll be the bad guy in Howie’s tale, and that could be bad. But deliberately telling her that you’re not going to do it is going to raise suspicion at this point. And you doubt Howie can convince her of anything… But what if?How do you respond?>“To help this family I need him out. So I’m willing to take the risk. Go ahead.”>“I was trying to see to what degree you’re willing to help me out, it seems like it isn’t much.”>“Always making things difficult, huh? I’ll go to Constance then. We’re not ready for the mission yet, probably in a couple of hours. See ya.”>Write In.
>>4249953>>“To help this family I need him out. So I’m willing to take the risk. Go ahead.”Giorsal has shown herself to be pretty reasonable thus far. And we can have Aurora to back us up even if she does somehow buy his bullshit
>>4249953>“To help this family I need him out. So I’m willing to take the risk. Go ahead.”
>>4249953>“To help this family I need him out. So I’m willing to take the risk. Go ahead.”Let’s not antagonize her the more then we did already.
>>4249953>“To help this family I need him out. So I’m willing to take the risk. Go ahead.”Howie will return in DYBQ endgame
>>4249953>“To help this family I need him out. So I’m willing to take the risk. Go ahead.”If she gets manipulated by howie I swear to god
>>4249953>>Write In."You can question to your heart's content, I don't really care. I just want to make sure his family stays safe, seeing as he already sole his mother to the cult once."
“To help this family I need him out. So I’m willing to take the risk. Go ahead.” The Dewitts being safe is all that matters to you.“Very brave of you, Johnny.” Giorsal approves your decision. “So this is what is going to happen. You’ll bring this guy over to this subway station. Mr. Dudley will be waiting in his taxi, you’ll put the guy in there. He’ll bring him to me and I’ll do what I need to do. Then, in an hour or so, we’ll return him to you.”“Can't you just go with Dudley and comatose him in there…?” You wonder.“And expose myself unnecessarily? Don’t underestimate me, Johnny.” Giorsal is not willing to do it that way. She doesn’t have anything to expose anyway… “I know what you’re thinking, how can we collaborate together if I’m not willing to meet up with you? We’ll use this as a test to determine if you’re trustworthy.”“Damn, I thought I was already a little bit trustworthy…”“I’m sorry, but asking me to comatose a person raises so many new red flags it’s unbelievable.” Giorsal explains. “I’m just trying to be fair.”“I suppose after this you’re going to really trust me then, huh? If it goes well, I mean.”“I really do hope so. The fact that I’m willing to do it should tell you enough.”“You’re right. But what subway station were you talking about?”“I’m texting you the information. Be there as soon as you can, please! Now get moving!” Giorsal sounds like she’s in a hurry. You should be as well, if you’re unlucky Howie could wake up!“Roger. And thanks, I really appreciate it. Bye for now!” Time to rush the fuck out of here.After hanging up, you made a quick call to Scarlet to tell her that it’s time to go! She tells you that the taxi is already waiting outside, you originally thought she’d be inside there as well – but it appears your assumption was wrong! Scarlet is still at the Café, and is paying the gig online. Anyway, in the blink of an eye, you, Aurora and an unconscious Howie are all inside this taxi.“Take us to the Northwest Station B, please!” You ask the taxi driver. He, in response, looks back, sees Howie unconscious and looks at you slightly bewildered.“Please, we don’t have much time!” Aurora acts to hurry things up!“Shouldn’t we go to a hospital or somethin’?” The lazy looking taxi driver wonders.How do you respond?>“He’s fine! He’s just drunk! We only want to go home…” Lie, lie, lie.>“It’s none of your business, man.” Confront him.>“We're already paying too much for this crap, could you just go?” You’ll pay extra if you have to.>“Errr… You’re right, but we need to do something else first.” Not a lie.>Write In.
>>4250093(Last reply of the day, we continue tomorrow.)
>>4250093>“We're already paying too much for this crap, could you just go?” You’ll pay extra if you have to.
>>4250093>“He’s fine! He’s just drunk! We only want to go home…” Lie, lie, lie.
>>4250093>“We're already paying too much for this crap, could you just go?” You’ll pay extra if you have to
>>4250093>>“We're already paying too much for this crap, could you just go?” You’ll pay extra if you have to.
>>4250093>It's fine, her brother has narcolepsy and went poof right when we needed to leave the house. He should wake up soon, anyway we have experience with this. It's like those trust team building exercises where you have to catch someone falling backwards, except always.
>>4249852lol owned *dabs*>>4250401This is stupid enough to just not work. Supporting.
>>4250401+1 from me bro
>>4250401100% support, if we pull this off we should get points towards knowledge
>>4250093>>4250401Damn this one is good. +1.
>>4250401I am Howie, and i support this input!
“It's fine, her brother has narcolepsy and went poof right when we needed to leave the house. He should wake up soon, anyway we have experience with this. It's like those team trust building exercises where you have to catch someone falling backwards, except always.” Such a facetious way to tell a lie, he probably won’t believe it, right?Aurora turns to you half-confused, she probably doesn’t have any idea what narcolepsy is. The taxi driver, on the other hand, doesn’t look convinced.“It’s true!” Aurora nods quickly. “Please, we’re already wastin’ a lot of money…”“You’re right…” The man looked like he also didn’t have any idea what narcolepsy was, but tried not to look like a dumbass so he didn’t ask. “Forget I asked.” The taxi driver starts the car again.And off you go! After a couple of minutes you arrived at the station! You thank the man for his services as you leave the vehicle with the rat in your arms. You’re going to be charged online, hopefully the tab isn’t too bad...Doesn’t take long to identify Dudley’s taxi from the place you’re currently at, you have a better memory than you thought. You tell Aurora to follow your lead! As soon as you get close to the taxi, Dudley steps out of the car.“Dudley, please take Howie to Gio—” You try to plead to hurry things up but the biker slaps you on the back of the head in response.“A-Are you okay? Is this normal?” Aurora checks on you all confused. It kind of hurt, but you’re sure it wasn’t his intention to knock you out or anything.“W-What did you do that for…?” You would hold your head if you weren’t carrying the rat bastard.“For tricking me twice. Be thankful that’s all I’m gonna do to you.” A remorseless Dudley blusters. “Hmph…?” He just notices Howie.“W-What are you talking about?” You saved his skin with Giorsal and this is how he repays you?! He still has his flame! You got him into that problem though… “Forget that, we don’t have the time.”
>>4251727“Is this your guy…?” Dudley looks troubled.“Yeah, please take him to Giorsal.” You hand Howie over! But he rejects him…“You’re going to need to explain yourself, ‘cause I know this kid.” Dudley reveals in a non-shockingly fashion. You already know that.“You do…?” Aurora looks surprised. You told Aurora about your plan while you were carrying Howie out to the taxi before, so she has a decent grasp of what’s going on.“In short, he’s a danger to himself and his family, this is his sister and she approves of this method.” You try to go as fast as you can.“Seems likely.” Dudley won’t refute it. Howie must have been really annoying like B-WORM said…“Can you take him please? He’s gonna wake up any second now…” Unless Howie has severe brain damage. With Matilda’s technique to knock out people, she said nothing of sort would happen – but you never know.“Did he really deserve this?” Dudley turns to Aurora.“No, but there isn’t much we can do to stop him.” Aurora firmly responds.“Do you wanna go with me? You only.” Dudley offers out of the blue. “I know the kid would want to have his sister by his side.”“What if Giorsal complains?” You immediately ask. You don’t want all of this to be for naught.“Little brat can complain all she wants, but she ain’t heartless.” Dudley is being really serious about this?“W-What I should do, Phil…?” Aurora doesn’t know what to do. Her little brother is going to get comatose who knows where, but you can’t leave her alone with a stranger, could you?What do you do?>Tell Aurora to stay. Seems less dangerous.>Tell Aurora to go. You’ll trust Dudley.>Write In.(+1 Knowledge for tricking a poor Taxi Driver with a decent lie.)
>>4251731>>Tell Aurora to go. You’ll trust Dudley.
>>4251731>Tell Aurora to go. You’ll trust Dudley.
>>4251731>>Tell Aurora to go. You’ll trust Dudley.Take down his medallion number first. Just to be sure
>>4251731>Tell Aurora to stay. Seems less dangerous.
>>4251731>Tell Aurora to go. You’ll trust Dudley.He's an annoying little shit but we can at least give him this
“Go Aurora, it's fine.” You try to sound reassuring. “I have his medallion number in any case…” You turn to Dudley and raise an eyebrow.“That’s supposed to intimidate me?” Dudley chuckles.“I’ll break the crystal if you do anything to her, if that’s not enough to dissuade you.” You threaten.“Don’t know if I care at this point, but I respect the sentiment.” Dudley smirks. “C’mon sis’, you heard your man – we don’t got all day.”“Phil…” Aurora looks back at you before entering the taxi.“Don’t forget that you have my number if anything happens.” You show her your phone.“I’m not doing anything to her!” Dudley yells from the front seat, he already put Howie in the back. Aurora nods at you one final time before getting in the back of the taxi as well, to stay with her lil’ bro until the very end.The taxi rolls out of here, you keep looking at it until it’s completely gone…Do you wish to do something in this moment of peace?>Inform Scarlet about everything that just happened.>Get something to drink for you, Aurora and Dudley for when they come back.>Call someone. (Write In.)>No.>Write In.
>>4251884>>Inform Scarlet about everything that just happened.>>Get something to drink for you, Aurora and Dudley for when they come back.
>>4251884>Inform Scarlet about everything that just happened.
>>4251884>Inform Scarlet about everything that just happened.>Get something to drink for you, Aurora and Dudley for when they come back.
>>4251884>Inform Scarlet about everything that just>Call someone (Aurora’s mom)
You will get something to drink from the nearby vending machine in the meantime. How convenient, you can pay with your card! You’ll buy sodas, girls love soda… Also, you should call Scarlet to inform her about everything that just happened as well. Maybe you should buy her a can as well?Scarlet answered as efficiently fast as always, you begin to tell her about what happened and how everything seems to be going pretty well so far. Your partner in crime listened attentively and gave a couple of half jokey remarks. She wondered if she should look into Howie more after all of this, you don’t think it’s worth it since you’ll have all his information at your disposal – the conversation continued forward…“By the way, I’m buying from a vending machine. You want something?” You ask as you wonder what you should take for yourself. Knowing who controls Donny Pops makes it difficult to buy one now…“Do they have Pop Soda?” Scarlet wonders, she’s by far the more relaxed of the two of you. Maybe she’s trying to act tougher to feel more reliable, but who knows?“You like those?” You think that they’re okay.“Are you going to shame me for that?” You can feel Scarlet pouting.“Woah, on the defensive immediately, that’s not the Scarlet I know…” You jest.“Just buy me one you think I would like.” Scarlet tries to be playful.“Which one is the bubbliest?” You raise your eyebrow. She can’t see it, but you know she knows you’re doing it.“Ha. Ha.” What a disingenuous laugh, almost the same as Matilda’s. “Should I call you another taxi?”“I’m going to bribe Dudley with one of these bad boys, maybe he can take us to the clinic or something…” Yeah, what exactly are you going to do with Howie…?“Where are you exactly going next? I need to get moving too!” Scarlet pressures you for a decision. The fact that you think you see Dudley’s taxi approaching adds more stress to the situation.What are you going to do with Howie’s corpse?>Horrify his family by placing him back in their apartment.>Take him to Calamity’s Clinic. A safe place where you trust the personal.>Take him to the Grand Hospital. It would be less fishy if you dropped him there.>Ask Giorsal to take care of him in the meantime.>Write In.
>>4252013>Take him to Calamity’s Clinic. A safe place where you trust the personal.
>>4252013>>Take him to Calamity’s Clinic. A safe place where you trust the personal.
>>4252013>Take him to Calamity’s Clinic. A safe place where you trust the personal.I wonder if we could start a catfight just by bumping into a girl and apologizing to her?
>>4252013>Ask Giorsal to take care of him in the meantimeWhy not?
>>4252013>Horrify his family by placing him back in their apartment.
>>4252013>Take him to the Grand Hospital. It would be less fishy if you dropped him there.Corpse, I thought he was just knocked out.
“I’m planning on taking him to Calamity’s Clinic. The old and reliable.” You respond to Scarlet’s inquiry.“Sounds good to me! I’ll get moving! See you there, Johnny!” Scarlet enthusiastically hangs up.You wait for the arrival of the Taxi that parks in another spot farther away from where the original one was like a complete and utter twat. You walk over there anyway and from the back of the car, Aurora comes out.“P-Phil…” Aurora looks troubled but not heartbroken or anything of the like. Again, it surprises how much she can take, a situation like this is not easy for anyone – you’ve experienced it yourself. This speaks volumes of Aurora’s determination to stop her brother.“H-How did it go?” You ask as you carry the many cans of soda.“It worked…” Aurora laments the victory.“I smoothed things over with Giorsal.” Dudley interjects as he comes out of the taxi as well.“He really did. Yet, Ms. Giorsal had a chat with Howie as well. But nothing came out of it, at least, she didn’t tell us what happened.” Aurora explains.“It’s some darn creepy shit that these judges can leave people like this. Let me tell ya.” Dudley doesn’t feel comfortable knowing someone with this kind of power. “I’ve seen crazier shit than this though.”“I imagine.” You extend a can towards Dudley. “Here, as thanks.”Dudley looks at the soda then back at you and takes it. “Thanks.” He seems grateful. “What are we doing with him? I’m not dropping him on the streets here with you two like a rat.”“I was going to ask if you could do us a favor and take us to a Clinic I know.” You politely request. “Also, here, Aurora.” You hand her a soda as well.“Huh! It’s one of the expensive ones!” Aurora seems pretty pleased. These aren’t expensive though…“This girl is tough, she didn’t even shed a tear for her fallen brother.” Dudley makes fun of Aurora.“I’m not a crier. Besides, Giorsal said I could ask her for help if I needed to talk to him.” Aurora clarifies. “I’ll help him out…”“You and Giorsal are really nice people.” You smile at Dudley. It makes you glad to know that there are still good people in this war.“I guess.” Dudley doesn’t take the compliment. “Get in the car before I decide to tab your ass.”“Roger that.” You get inside the back with the unconscious Howie and Aurora.After Dudley specifically asks where to go, you start rolling to your new destination. You use this time to chat with Aurora, who must be having conflicted feelings.
>>4252171“This clinic has three of the people who I trust the most in there.” You feel like you’re pitching a sale or something.“Sounds good.” Aurora trusts you way too much! You have no idea why this makes you feel so guilty. “I’m going to call my mom as soon as we get there.” Aurora looks down at her broken phone.“How are you feeling?”“You two don’t want me to say anything, right? Like, this is a private conversation between you two?” Dudley breaks the flow of the conversation. “I’m kidding, I’m going to turn up the radio…”“That was awful timing…” You mutter to yourself, Aurora giggles in response.“I don’t know how to feel, Phil…” Aurora responds to your earlier question as she caresses her brother’s head. Howie’s lying across the seat, with his head on Aurora’s lap and his stinky feet on you. Okay, they are not particularly stinky, but once the shoes come off… You know where to place your bet!“I really wish there was another way.” You admit.“Maybe I can talk with him in this dream world Giorsal mentioned, she said you could help with that as well if she’s not available. I know we can make him reconsider. He’s stubborn but not stupid.” Aurora is sure of it.“I hope so.” You remain positive. Howie might’ve been annoying, unlikeable, rude, stupid, perverted, sadistic, smelly and… You forgot your point.“I feel like I should be all sad, but I kinda feel all… optimistic?” Aurora looks confused. “Yeah, that’s the word. But I also know this is going to break my mom… My sisters too, but mom is like on a whole other level.”“I know it’s a strange thing to say, but I’m quite attached to your family, so if you need me for anything – I’ll be there if I can.” Who would’ve known that the only unlikeable Dewitt was the first one you met?“We’re going to really really need it, Phil.” Aurora doesn’t try to dissimulate otherwise, she sounds a tiny bit desperate. It breaks your heart.“I’ll do my best.” Another promise to keep!“Ehm, Phil. You didn’t have much time to think about it, but we were interrupted earlier… Can I join your efforts?” Aurora really wants an answer now!How do you respond?>“Yeah, sure. But you need to stay by the sidelines and follow my lead!”>“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.”>“Sorry, Aurora. You can’t join.”>Write In.(Last Reply of the day, we end the thread tomorrow!)
>>4252173>>“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.”Gotta make sure she has the resolve to do this
>>4252173>“Yeah, sure. But you need to stay by the sidelines and follow my lead!”>"...Unless you think you can handle yourself in a fight."I want to give that rocker vampire to somebody. Since it creates noise it might be able to help us during stealth.
>>4252173>>“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.”
>>4252173>“Yeah, sure. But you need to stay by the sidelines and follow my lead!”>"Just to let you know, Phil's my alias. Didn't want to use my actual name if your brother or anyone else figured out I called you."
>>4252173>“Yeah, sure. But you need to stay by the sidelines and follow my lead!”
>>4252173>“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.”She's gotta really want it
>>4252173>“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.”
>>4252173>“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.”We don’t need to scare her away, but we gotta make sure she knows what she’s getting into.
>>4252173>>“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.”>We're actually putting our lives on the line here... One of my teammates was killed right next to me and others have been shot and shanked. Remember the stadium explosion and the tv station? This is really, really dangerousWas going to suggest it but the dream world was brought up when I slept. I think it's a good idea to chat with Howie. If we can help him perhaps we can let him have the flame... Well that's a future problem.
>>4252173>“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.”>We're actually putting our lives on the line here... One of my teammates was killed right next to me and others have been shot and shanked. Remember the stadium explosion and the tv station? This is really, really dangerousAnd yes backing >>4252322 regarding Johnny thinking to himself about using the dream world to contact Howie to have a personal talk with him
Scarlet is not going to be happy with the new rival.>>4252173>“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.”
“I don’t know, Aurora. You’re taking this too lightly, it’s not easy.” You aren’t sure about it. Join your efforts? That sounded awfully formal from her, it reminded you of her little sister Olivia.“Am I…?” Aurora does a little introspection as she looks down to the bottom of the taxi. “I’m not taking this lightly.” Aurora shakes her head. “What do I need to do to prove it to you?” Aurora gets awfully close to you, overflowing with determination.“That’s a very nice question that I don’t have the answer to.” You haven’t thought about an application process or anything. You didn’t even think about forming a group either, it kind of just happened – not that Aurora knows about that.“Phil, there must be something I could do! Anything!” Aurora really wants to partner up.“Is there any reason in particular you want to help me out? I know you said that this has been troubling you, but you don’t have to – leave everything to me. Your family will need you more than I do.” You try to sound reassuring again.“Just by living my life normally I ended up like this, I don’t want this to happen again…” Aurora explains her feelings as she caresses her brother’s face.“This wasn’t your fault. You don’t need to feel responsible.”“I don’t care if it’s my fault or not, I just want to help out – I want this to stop. I help out my family and then what? What happens if you fail?” Aurora confronts you for the first time.“There is no if, I’m not failing, I will fight to the very end – I didn’t defy god itself to lose in the end.” You respond with conviction... But that felt weird, was that Philonune? “Huh, ignore the end there, I got carried away.”“You talk a lot of smack for someone who cowered out of 2 fights.” Dudley interrupts half-jokingly.“Hey, context is important…” You retort. You would’ve confronted him if you didn’t know for sure that you would’ve ended up dueling after the exchange…“A-Are you listening to us…?” Aurora feels a lil’ outraged.“Gimme a break, you two are basically shouting – it’s like asking for privacy at a park.” Dudley gives a bad excuse. “I only heard the very end anyway.”“We’ll keep it down from now on.” You respond apologetically. “Ehem, where were we?”
>>4253866“…You don’t think I’m going to be useful, is that it?” Aurora turns her head away with both eyes closed, then looks back at you with an intense glare. “Look… back there with Giorsal, I had to be completely honest with her – once she heard that I wanted to help you out she offered me a flame, you’re going on a mission together today, right?”“W-What…?!” This shocks you in a way that Amelia wishes she could.“She’s telling the truth. It’s a do or die situation for Gio against that damn cult.” Dudley confirms it.“C-Could you please not eavesdrop on us?” Aurora gets a lil’ outraged again.“We’re here by the way. You can talk all you want, I’ll be outside…” Dudley steps out of the taxi, ignoring Aurora’s request. Yeah, you’re at the parking lot near the clinic.“A-Anyway, she said it wasn’t for certain if I could get one, but she would try.” Aurora finishes explaining. “I’ll help you out today! I’ll prove that I can be useful, Phil!”Does that mean you could get more people flames? Like one for Scarlet? There’s also a dojo master who would love to get one as well…How do you respond?>“I guess this is your trial day.” Accept to have her on the mission.>“It seems you’re taking it seriously enough, welcome aboard, whether you get a flame or not.” Accept her immediately.>“No, Aurora. This only shows me how little thought you’re putting into this. You need to take some time to evaluate things, we’ll talk about this another time if you’re still interested.” Refuse immediately.>Write In.
>>4253869>>“It seems you’re taking it seriously enough, welcome aboard, whether you get a flame or not.” Accept her immediately.
>>4253869>“It seems you’re taking it seriously enough, welcome aboard, whether you get a flame or not.” Accept her immediately.
>>4253869>“I guess this is your trial day.” Accept to have her on the mission.
“It seems you’re taking it seriously enough, welcome aboard, whether you get a flame or not.” You think you’ve seen enough. Hopefully, Scarlet won’t mind, you told her about Aurora’s intentions – but perhaps she didn’t take it as seriously as you did.“Thank you, Phil! I won’t let you down!” Aurora bursts into happiness, almost dropping her little brother’s head on the car! “S-Shit…!” She grabs it before something bad happens.“My name’s not actually Phil Noon.”“What?” Aurora looks mighty confused.“My name is Johnny Ando. Phil Noon is my codename.” You adjust your glasses as you give this simple revelation.“Oh…” Aurora looks more troubled than surprised. “I was about to say something embarrassing… But I better keep it to myself.” She looks down to Howie, giving you some idea of what that might be.“Anyway, I need to let the other member know… And show you the base, and do many things. But first we need to deal with your brother.”“Is that the Scarlet girl you were talking to earlier?” Aurora tilts her head.“H-How did you know…?”“Uhm… You talk real loud on the phone, I could hear you from inside the apartment.” Aurora feels ashamed of eavesdropping. “Maybe you’re not used to talking knowing the walls are paper thin.”“Y-Yeah, that’s probably it…” That takes away some of your awesomeness. “Thank you for being honest and all.”“No problem. Do I get a codename too?”“Uhm, maybe?” You never thought about codenames. What could Scarlet’s be? Bubblebutt? “We’re called the Nameless so naming is not our forte. I really need to work on the introductions.” Or your presentation as a whole, Scarlet is right about it being lacking.“Don’t worry, Johnny.” Aurora kisses you on the cheek. “I think you’re doing great!”“T-Thanks…” This is embarrassing…“Y-You’re so adorable! Nghh…” Aurora wants to scream but shakes it off. “Don’t forget I still need to give you my reward! Ehm, l-let’s take Wie inside the building. My bro needs a good rest from all of this,”“Sure, I’ll do it.” You will carry her rat bastard.
>>4254054And so, with Dudley’s help, you took Howie inside the clinic. Dr. Calamity received you with open arms until he saw you bring another body for him to take care of, then he received you with open arms anyway! Sometimes it makes you wonder if he’s profiting from all the people you’re beating up, medical fees are non-existent in Prancijan – but your institution gets paid more per patient or something if you recall correctly. But you’re not doctor, the fuck do you know?After delivering the body, Dudley left the building, no promises of a duel at sunset or anything – it appears he gave up on the idea. Which is good for you.You’re in Howie’s room on the 4th floor of the building, it’s all set up to have some comfy comatose sleep… You shouldn’t make fun of him at this point, he already got what he deserved – and Aurora seems to be struggling to come to terms with what’s happening, she told you she was going to call Holly about this, but she’s just been staring at her broken phone’s screen for a considerable amount of time.“You sure you don’t want to meet Scarlet first?” You already texted Scarlet about Aurora’s incorporation into the team.“No, no. I’m fine. I really need to do this first…” Aurora is still gathering strength. “This is going to destroy my mom.”“I’m sorry…”“But there wasn’t another way.”“We did what we could.”“I can talk to him whenever I want…”“Yup.”“The mission is tonight, right? Could you stay here for the rest of the day with us, please?” Aurora asks politely.“Yeah, no problem.” You’ll have to call Scarlet to inform her about this.
>>4254056“T-Thank you, Phil…” Aurora can’t keep holding the tears as they start spilling out……That’s it for the thread! Thanks everyone for playing! See ya next time.
>>4254056Rest in piss Howie Dewitt. I hope Johnny can talk to him in the bridge area thing with Constance or Giorsal enabling a meeting. Sure he has no flame entity, but he still got coma'd.
>>4254056see you in dreamland, cowboy>>4254058any idea when the next thread is gonna happen ?
>>4254102During this weekend most likely.
>>4254058Thanks for running!Hopefully we can talk him into being anything other than antagonistic towards us. Who knows.
>>4254263If we can convince him that he's not alone and that his work will make great contributions to fix the world he'll come around. That he's needed for his skills and accomplishments and not as a gopher that no one likes.It seems that the big thing that snapped was when aurora didn't believe him so bringing her into the conversation at the end, or the next day after Johnny has made his case, so they can hash it out would be good for him
Repent while you still can heathens, for Pimp Lord Howie shall return to save the world and put that 2-Bit “protagonist” Johnny in his place.