Welcome back one and all into a new part of our adventure now that my health finally allows it, an ending to one long, exhausting game. We've fought hard and through a mixture of good decisions and luck, managed to remain whole despite the violence gripping Myrtidal and now we finally have the opportunity of confronting the tyrant with an unlikely angelic ally. Previous Threads http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Lots%20of%20DialoguesTwitter for schedule updateshttps://twitter.com/TaleOfMonstersPerks and spells for our main character https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FFJHeWTu21_OktfrfYkJQhpV5HQw4PtFKav_QoMYjQY/edit?usp=sharingCharacters met by Arawn.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ishEn1-U1A1i3FbZ-YiQd65xk2jXpLab1XnM2hTNZvs/edit?usp=sharingPeople from Muribel.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u4hEEmOuqHF7cNUloB7Rw79JGVIEqJddOANDbmFrxI8/edit?usp=sharingKlesiah magical reserves: 0% OVERCASTShereen magical reserves: 30%Arawn magical reserves: 15%Elina magical reserves : 17%
Loud echoes from the city reverberated throughout the immense central hall of the church and the sight from the marketplace made you briefly wonder if you were living a fever dream. The guards had retreated toward the duchess mansion while maintaining a strained cohesion, using the high buildings of Myrtidal various districts entrances to create an effective defensive line but they're enemies had already begun circumventing by using side streets and climbing up nearby buildings. ''Now's the time to finalize this victory.'' Ari'el spoke, voice echoing slightly in the wide hall of the church as he observed his followers struggle. ''It'll be difficult to keep up with that tyrant if she flees by using the tunnels, she still has a sizeable cohort.''The girls were all wary of Ari'el and Elina almost open hostility wasn't helping matters, lingering a few minutes might be genuinely detrimental. Your angelic friend was a ball of tension born from an intense desire to protect you and Klesiah. Raw hatred at the angelic man also emerged out of her heart like a soft flow of smoldering lava. Controllable, yes, but whether she'd be able to resist this feeling for long was difficult to say; he'll need to prove himself trustworthy in battle and the sooner you leave his presence, the better. ''Right, give me one moment.'' You handed your shield to your blue knight and began a quick survey of the battlefield. The fight between the cultists and the duchess main force had been hard indeed. Scars marred the building all over, from destroyed benches and holes in the ground to every single window being broken, the main altar honoring the Eternal pharaoh had been destroyed instead of desecrated. Corpses had been piled out of the way, separated by factions, and discarded equipment from fallen guards hadn't been displaced so finding a pair of medium shields was easy.These were quite smaller than your heavy armament despite being of similar shape and material, easier to move and swing around but you'd take a thick slab of iron over comfort any day. ''Shereen, here.'' You walked next to your little sun who stood beside Klesiah and handed her one of the shields. ''There's no knowing how things are going to go in there, if none of us are quick enough to help you against a projectile, at least you'll have something to intercept it.''''Mh...'' For a moment the princess stared at you in dumbstruck silence. An animated spark kindled inside her green gaze, soon enough erupting in a strong flame of purpose as she directed her eyes at the shield. ''...I'm to protect myself and the little one then?'' She managed to keep a firm grip on the item by keeping each handle in one hand, her tail gently tapped Leena thigh. The Black Cat looked... courageous, as much as a twelve years old girl could be inside this mess. All the bloody fightings has drained the bravado she'd showed earlier today.
''Yeah, though only as a last-ditch effort, we'll make sure nothing happens to you and our dear cat, don't look for trouble.'' You looked to Ari'el while speaking and the man returned a nod at the silent question. Loyalties were thin but at least there was a uniting factor between your party and him: his priority was to Leena. If Shereen protects her, he'll have to keep your sun secured if he's in any opportunity to do so. ''You'd like to keep the shield, Arawn?'' Klesiah asked as she weighted your beloved item. It was battered and bruised, those javelins had done some terrible damage but it could still be used if you needed it. ''I'll put it on a wall once we get down there.'' You're starting to like this soul link, there's something special about someone knowing your intention without words. ''It'll be better if I go scout first.'' Hildegarde spoke, taking a step toward the stairs. They lead toward a single closed door into what was described to you as a large, central mausoleum; a first room that didn't have any placers to hide but that wasn't the case for the tunnels below.You did your best to pretend not being bemused at the maid appearance. Her nakedness was... distracting, an unfortunate side effect of the sheer heat radiating out of her limbs. She had to be isolated from everyone else, akin to a roaring campfire that's been fed too much wood; more than enough to make clothes erupt in flames, yet somehow her pale hair remained intact...''One moment.'' Ari'el imposed himself, walking in front of the stairs, his halo glowered as he reached inside a pouch and took it a small metal cube. With hands thoroughly covered in blue metal gauntlets, the angelic man opened the small container and extracted a familiar white pearl. ''Is that...?'' Shereen immediately recognized the item. ''That's an astral pearl!'' ''Indeed.'' The angel answered with a satisfied smile, holding it between index and finger, showing it off to your party. ''I believe every player had the opportunity to acquire one so we should expect her to hold onto hers. I've had to spend a significant amount of my magic to rejuvenate my followers but I can take the brunt of her assault by replenishing my reserves.'' He proceeded to palm the magical jewel. ''One more fight and this city revenge will be complete.''Part of you wanted to stop him. You could use that pearl, replenish your reserves and spread the magic around the party... but would Ari'el listen? And while you know giving people magic (instead of outright fueling their spells) is possible, you haven't tried it so accomplishing such a thing could take a little time... Can you spare it? And Ari'el is a fairweather friend at best, should you reveal more of your capabilities to him?
>Allowing your party to regain some of their magic will make it much easier to handle the coming battle. There's still roughly sixteen combatants to take into account, all of them dangerous veterans and if the duchess can wield pearls to boot... Ari'el should understand that it'd be wiser for Klesiah and Elina to fight without handicaps. (Will expand on how much rejuvenation you can do if chosen)>If the duchess is retreating into the tunnels you've got to pursue. Ari'el can take the brunt of the fighting if he's so generous; it's a waste of a pearl but... your options are limited. (Should Hildegarde scout ahead or will you proceed forward as a group?)>Free.
>>4409413How much money we wanna bet the snake's got a death pearl instead of an astral one?I need to think on this but just to make sure I remember correctly we can fuel people we touch with out soul arms right? It only takes a split second of contact to enable if the target is a willing recipient right? Can a person in overcast cast from our reserves without making things worse? Then there's also a fusion option. If we get topped off we can go for a mid-tier fusion and force the duchess to face the power of a pissed off embodiment of protection with quite a few things to protect.I wouldn't worry all that much about revealing our capabilities, Ama probably filled him in or would if he ever asked.
>>4409439>I need to think on this but just to make sure I remember correctly we can fuel people we touch with out soul arms right?Yes. Don't be shy to reread your sheet to remember a few things. You need continuous contact, so you'll have to say, touch a girl back to allow your battery to start working. >It only takes a split second of contact to enable if the target is a willing recipient right?Yes, though only if the target has some experience with your spell first. Luckily, Elina and Klesiah do. >Can a person in overcast cast from our reserves without making things worse?That is not something I can answer.
>>4409439Oh, also, in regards to fueling. Can a person "hold" a spell for a second or two after it is cast. Like, could we fuel a spell, then they charge forward for a second or two before unleashing it?
>>4409452Yes. It has to be unleashed quickly though, but fueling and breaking contact in the same round is possible.
>>4409456Would it be possible to ask Ari'el how much reserves he thinks he's got left and if he can still enter that "assault mode" we saw him use against us and how long would that take (both to get the info and for him to enter assault mode)?
>>4409528Yeah, he's receptive to sharing this information so doing that won't require an update for persuasion. Ari'el would say he's at roughly 20%. He can still alter his body but he might not be able to raise any shields afterward. Look like I might have only a single vote to start writing tonight but that's alright, I'm really way too late on this new thread.
>>4409536A single vote? For what option? I'm sadly a little indecisive here.
>>4409547For whatever option that is decided. I'll start my usual 20 minutes countdown after I get a course of action, that's what I meant.
>>4409413>Allowing your party to regain some of their magic will make it much easier to handle the coming battle. There's still roughly sixteen combatants to take into account, all of them dangerous veterans and if the duchess can wield pearls to boot... Ari'el should understand that it'd be wiser for Klesiah and Elina to fight without handicaps. (Will expand on how much rejuvenation you can do if chosen)It's better tactically for this moment. Sometimes, it's best to muddle through, do what's good for now, and deal with the consequences as they come.
>>4409587Will proceed in twenty minutes, now's the time to vote.
>>4409553Would a compromise be possible? That is, we offer to become the collective "mana battery" for the party. We're going to be sticking close to Elina and Klesiah to benefit from the psionic synchronicity and we can fuel Ari'el's transformation into assault mode and, once hostilities commence, fuel a heavy air blast. It'd be scarily effective in tight corridors, but we don't want to risk a full cave in unless we can target it right over the Duchess and her forces.
>>4409597So you mean to use the pearl to completely restore Arawn mana instead? Then fuel everyone spells? Hm... That'd be a free choice and Ari'el could be hard to convince
Alright going with the voted option. Let's see if the angel is receptive...
''Hold on.'' You speak quickly, almost desperate, as you step close to the angel. If he was to start consuming the pearl there would be no going back, no way to expand your tactical capabilities. ''Don't you think it'll be better to spread the magic around? We'll be outnumbered, it'll be important for all of our combatants to fight as best they can.''You couldn't fault his dubiousness so you kept talking instead of allowing him to ask an obvious question. ''My nature allows me to spread my magic and rejuvenate our party reserve, wouldn't it be better to have multiple strong combatants instead of putting all the pressure on you?'' ''Is that so?'' His brilliant gaze fleetingly directed itself toward Klesiah and Elina. ''You have strong comrades, I can personally attest to that, but will your... gift work on myself?''Was he implying that he knew about your linked souls? Bah, better to walk a thread of assumptions if that's how he wants to play it. ''I don't know.'' You answer honestly. ''What's important right now is to ensure the protection of the Black Cat and were going somewhere where we'll be -significantly- outnumbered. There's no telling how treacherous that bitch is going to be now that she's fled in desperation. And...'' you add as he palms the pearl. ''I've promised that you'll know the Black Cat story once this game is over. I've yet to break a single one.'' This last remark manages to soften his look. ''A man's only worth is in his word.'' He says. ''I'm not quite certain why you're her favorite... but that's not so important now, isn't it? I don't want any of my people to go to their dooms in this mausoleum. Your comrades shouldn't be sacrificed against that tyrant puppets, either; perhaps finding out the Cat whole story will instill righteous vengeance in everyone here.'' His gaze briefly floats toward the female, lingering on Shereen for a moment. ''So be it. Do your best and don't linger, there's no telling how far she is already...'' His many wings flaps gently.Seems Ari'el truly isn't completely unreasonable. Although it is certainly difficult to feel sympathy for him -especially with all the violence around, no matter the logic behind it- you still manage to feel sincere gratitude as he hands you his Astral Pearl. ''Thanks.'' You say while removing your leather glove, these things need skin contact to work. Elina and Klesiah managed to calm down, ever so slightly. Alright, last preparations before hunting a tyrant...
Since you aren't in battle, it is now possible to transfer pure magical energy toward any willing mage. Such a ritual will take roughly five minutes to create, the more time invested the better the transfer but in this case, you can't go longer than this.Shereen cannot add her magic to the pool because the ritual to filter blood magic into pure, useable mana will take too long. The overall pool stands at 115% (Arawn can draw what he's got now and then consume the pearl) Because of your linked souls, Elina and Klesiah can enjoy flawless transfer of mana. Because Klesiah is human, 1% from you = 1% for her.Elina, as an angel, needs 3% of your mana for 1% rejuvenation.This number also stands for Shereen because you do not have a soul link with her. (Creating an artificial one will take too long)Ari'el stands at roughly 20% reserves and his battle stance consumes that much. Without more reserves, he'll be handicapped in battle, unable to use shields and healing. Transferring mana to him is possible because he's willing but in this case 7% of your mana = 1% of his. We'll proceed to confront the duchess once you guys decide on who gets what in terms of magical reserves. I suspect getting an agreement will take a little while, so I'll leave this open until tomorrow. Of course, getting better at this new spell will make the transfer of mana much more efficient but for now, that's what you got.
>>4409737How much do heavy shields cost an angel? How about light ones meant to trip people up or deflect their blows rather than outright block them? I do want to give Ari'el some juice but 7 to 1 is a *steep* cost.
>>4409742Heavy shields cost 1%Smaller ones are one of the rare things lower than a round number, each one cost roughly 0.3% However, all these numbers vary based on emotional state. An angry, doubtless, motivated angel will enjoy his entire repertoire of spells having a discount.
>>4409748I can assume Ari'el is in this state right now. He gets 2-3 percent then. Plus it's a show of good faith. Party cohesion and morale is paramount here.I'll have to think about the distribution between Elina and Klesiah however. Shereen's got enough to pull something if the opportunity arises. How much would a "blood spike" cost her to create and launch? Blood tentacles from conveniently positioned corpse? Mutating into a "warform" or summoning a shoggoth/eldritch horror?I assume that some of the transfer to Klesiah will just get eaten to prevent overcast yest? How much does a big lightning attack cost her? I think she had 7-10 before we got done medium rare by Jab.The final concern is healing. Elina's gonna be the main healer given all this so how much does healing cost?
>>4409754Oh, and do these numbers hold if we "fuel" spells as well? That's the other final concern as we will be near Klesiah and Elina if we can in any way help it.
>>4409754Arawn and Shereen don't know enough about blood magic to give you a good answer here, unfortunately. >I assume that some of the transfer to Klesiah will just get eaten to prevent overcast yes?Yeah, she'll need 5% to get out of Overcast. > How much does a big lightning attack cost her? I think she had 7-10 before we got done medium rare by Jab.A big spell is 15% for her because of her rather small reserves The spell she unleashed at Jab was beyond heavy, it was around 30% pure mana fueled into lightning. Emotions matter!>The final concern is healing. Elina's gonna be the main healer given all this so how much does healing cost?Healing is the most variable spell in existence in terms of cost. In this case, it's honestly impossible to tell for sure as pratically every injuries can't be properly measured. 3-5% would be the average needed for a medium injury. >>4409758Actually, your battery spell functions a bit differently. In this case 1% of your mana = 5% for someone else, including an angel. There's no penalty here. It's essentially a reverse of your recently discovered siphon spell.
>>4409767So my plan for us to be everyone's collective mana battery is the most efficient (though it requires us to have contact and our soul arms only reach 2 meters).Can Elina "hold" a healing spell? That is, we fuel it, then she zips over and unleashes it upon a target or do we have to "hold her hand" as she does her thing?Finally, we *do* have full on soul links with Elina and Klesiah. Can't we function as a battery for them at close range without physical contact? Like, say, 5-10 meters?We should tell Ari'el about the efficiency of our battery as well. After all, teamwork makes the dream work.
>>4409778>Can Elina "hold" a healing spell? That is, we fuel it, then she zips over and unleashes it upon a target or do we have to "hold her hand" as she does her thing?You'll need to hold her hand. >Finally, we *do* have full on soul links with Elina and Klesiah. Can't we function as a battery for them at close range without physical contact? Like, say, 5-10 meters?Unfortunately not. Might be possible if you practice such a possibility but for now, it's not going to work.
>>4409784I assume shields and wind blasts can be held and that we are going to be sticking very, very close to Elina and Klesiah.I'll sleep on it but for now I say Ari'el gets 2 percent. Klesiah gets 10. We retain the rest, informing our angels that it is far, far more efficient for us to be their battery than to transfer mana directly. This also leaves us with a whopping 91 percent of our reserves that convert 1 to 5 for others using battery and enables us to use a medium fusion if things get really, really bad.I fear that after a few battery uses they'll figure out who the "mage" is and thus who to geek first. Hopefully too many of them will be too dead to make use of that information.
>>4409792Oh, also, Hilde. What's the difference between sending her ahead to scout and keeping the party together? I'm all for her and Ari'el taking point but I do wonder if they're well aware of the fact that doors and corners are whey they fuckin' get ya. Last thing we want is our foe dividing us from one another and focusing us all down one by one.
>>4409800Sending her scouting means putting her in potential danger in exchange of intelligence about what's happening down there, if the coast is clear or not etc.
>>4409806That means us hanging back and waiting and this little ritual is gonna take 5 whole minutes. We ain't got time.We forge ahead as one while being mindful that behind every door and around every corner is a potential ambush. We also cast soul arms once we're down there and hold on to Elina, Klesiah, and if the formation allows it Ari'el. Again, it's way cheaper for us to fuel everyone as a battery than to just directly transfer mana to them. We had best leverage that fact. Plus a pair of strong soul arms in tight confines should work wonders in a fight. They're hard to see if you're not actively looking for them aren't they? Like a faint haze that you'll probably only notice if you know specifically what to look for?
>>4409819>They're hard to see if you're not actively looking for them aren't they? Like a faint haze that you'll probably only notice if you know specifically what to look for?They'd be hard to see in the dark because they're smoky, almost opaque but in the light, those arms aren't going to blindside anyone. So let's see...>Fuel Ari'el with 14% of your reserve and Klesiah get 10%, leaving you with 91% reserves. You'll concentrate on providing a mana battery to your magical combatants whenever you can. We'll see if anyone else agree with your numbers tomorrow.
>>4409828Actually, modify that, we give Ari'el 1 percent as a sign of good faith then fuel his transformation into "assault mode." This will leave him with 21 percent reserves and us with 94. Plus it gives him experience with our battery spell.Yeah, he is still technically an enemy and all, but it seems he's not the backstabby type. The more reasons we give him to "like" us the less likely he is to just up and kill us all once the duchess is fucked up.
>>4409993Oh, also, so long as contact is maintained can we function as a battery as we cast spells ourselves? Like, fuel someone else's spell as we use our gauntlet during the same round/action? I'd think we could do this with Elina and Klesiah at least due to the link.
>>4409998>Oh, also, so long as contact is maintained can we function as a battery as we cast spells ourselves?Depend on the spell, as long as it's not complicated (like using your gauntlet) you can.
>>4410003Ok then, then my above modification stands. Though we should ask him if he wants that percent because our battery spell is way more efficient and we'll happily fuel that transformation of his which saves him (and us overall) the mana. 20 percent when heavy shields cost 1 (and that's without the bonus he's probably getting) in full assault mode ought to be enough for one more big fight. We do need to transfer mana to Klesiah though as being in overcast is a problem that needs solving if we want to ensure maximum combat potential and the smooth operation of our battery spell for her as you won't tell us if she can cast from our reserves in overcast without making it worse we can assume it will so she needs juice badly. As I assume any excess mana will go to waste, if Ari'el won't take the mana/trusts us on this we donate the excess to Klesiah which will leave us with 96 percent in the tank and him with 20.Gauntlet's still in ice mode yeah? I wonder, magitek mist we control plus Klesiah's lightning. I smell combo attack potential. He main problem with her lightning is it's hard for her to "project" it towards her target without making it a big spell. We provide a "bridge" via the mist and boom, mass AoE lightning attack for cheap! Or rather, instead of that heavy spell she used only being able to hit one enemy it hits a bunch.
>>4410028>Gauntlet's still in ice mode yeah?Yeah, there hasn't been any changes there.
Alright, we'll be going with the one option we've got.
>>4410564Oh, also warn him to not get carried away in regards to draining our batteries. Side effects of our battery spell have been known to include delusions of grandeur and feelings of nigh-mystical omnipotence. Our reserves only *feel* infinite, they most certainly are not in actuality.
Agh, damn rl obligations. And damn time zone too. Voting's not gonna be very active on my part.>>4410579We really need to fix that particular weakness to the battery spell, if we don't reach the final perk point by the time we're set to gtfo Myrtidal
>>4410599Glad to have you anon. This next post might be a long one, so don't feel pressured to stay if you have to sleep!
>>4410599Provided we all live it'd probably only take a single night of training to add our measurement perk to our battery spell. It's definitely on the "to do" list.
You have acquired the spell Magical Donor. Because souls are an inherent part of people's magical spells, you can transform your own into a primordial energy that can refuel a person's spell. Need a short ritual (5 minutes) and a fully willing recipient to accomplish. The more time you invest in preparations, the better your results will be, people you share a soul link will always enjoy a large bonus of efficiency with this spell.--''I have to admit, this is... not what I expected.'' Ari'el commented once the ritual was over. The entire process had been quick because you had a good idea about what kind of new magical activity you wanted to do and in this case, things went well.Klesiah absorbed enough of your magic to safely get out of Overcast and become a fully effective combatant once more and you gave the cult leader enough reserves to avoid skittering the edge of that crippling emptiness, which is where the bulk of the time needed for the ritual took place. Ari'el wasn't used to joining magical flows and you barely got a hint of his magical essence but it was enough to understand that he possesses a deep, richly animated pool of magical energy. If normal people were described as a strong magical river, he felt similar to a whirlpool threatening to swallow you whole.Thankfully, you've grown used to handling flows but this could have been... dramatic. And that's putting it lightly.''It'll be far more efficient for me to source everyone big spells, I have the reserves to handle it now.'' You explained while summoning a pair of strong soul arms, both limbs came out of your spine (leaving Ari'el slightly bemused) and reached for a wing of each respective angels. ''You won't have to waste your magic for your... change.'' You continued, looking at the man. ''Just don't get carried away, afterward, maybe you girls could drown our oppositions in magic.'' You turned your attention at your linked friends. ''We'll adapt as things happen.'' ''I was resolved to suffering the agony of Overcast... thank you, my lord.'' Sincere gratitude emanated out of Klesiah and she gripped her glaive with renewed energy. Lightning crackled along its length as the bluish-red light projected out of her body had changed into a healthier blue, but far from enough to glower like the midday sky when her reserves were full. Her bubbling happiness made her reach for the silent dark elf who kept a careful gaze on the main opening of the church. All your talking was slowly reinforcing the geas but, with Klesiah and Ari'el having the only two amulets meant to suppress it, your talking wasn't at risk of making her go berserk.Though, it'd be safer not to address her directly. ''Let's go handle that tyrant snake.'' This comment, surprisingly, came from Shereen. She held her new shield firmly, Leena looked strangely amused as she stood behind the small princess.
''Good. I don't think she has too much of an advance...'' Ari'el commented and with a careful look toward Elina, he and your angel became the protective vanguard of the party with you following close behind to allow your battery spell to keep begin when needed.--The very first room of the church basement was large and spacious (although barely comparable with the hall). A replica of the mausoleum you snuck into back in Marleon, a large square room provided plenty of space to move around if one didn't mind the four large pillars used more for decorations than proper support for the floor above. Cages full of urns lined the walls and the only exit was directly forward toward a small staircase that led into a corridor of stone opening to the left and right.''Not running away?'' Despite everyone's expectation, the duchess was here. Her entire posse occupied the room. Ten heavily armored swordswomen stood in an effective line, heavy two-handed blades sticking on the ground with their taller Minotaur commander behind them: all of them had discarded their helmets, presented old, wizened faces with more than a few of them sporting gray stripes in otherwise healthy brown or blond hairs.Veterans one and all.Your party carefully moved forward, stopping far enough to make any kind of opportunists enemy strikes impossible.''I have no intention of satisfying your crazed bloodlust.'' The redheaded snake-lady dressed in sharp red clothes (and a breastplate, you noticed) answered Ari'el sarcastic comment. Her four surviving lamia guards stood protectively around their liege. These women had kept their helmets and held onto their last remaining javelins.''I didn't want to believe it but I had to see for myself.'' The lady-snake continued. Her voice was strained, tired, and stressed like an overworked mother. ''The second embodiment of the Eternal, here, in Myrtidal and not only did she not come to see me but she's supporting violent cultists...''''W-What!?'' Your little sun hadn't expected to be addressed so directly. ''I'm not supporting them... but I don't see how you've left any other choices for -your- people. Did you expect me or my mother to somehow support your blatant oppression? That we'd... that I'd be supporting your wish to murder a child?'' Shereen's emotional voice echoed inside the mausoleum, she stood protectively beside Leena who threw silent glares at the red duchess. ''So, you don't know Myrtidal purpose...'' The lady-snake answer confused you. ''...It is not my wish to harm any children but I was left with no choices, your mother secrets need to remain silent if I am to keep my daughter safe.''
''You've no right to cling onto delusions!'' Ari'el bellowed, four of his wings flapped aggressively as he pointed his sword at the opposite party. ''You're the only one at fault for bringing your kin into mortal peril. I haven't spend a long time in your domain, tyrant, but these last two months were revealing. Your armored goons ruthlessly tormented people from the city and countryside; it took us two months to reject your influence in the farms and communities outside your poisoned town and tonight is the result of years upon years of your oppression! This is the anger from the people outside your city, can you imagine how the people of Myrtidal will be once they're allowed to heal a little bit and finally realize they don't have to live in your shadow?''''Yes, you've been quite the thorn.'' The red snake scowled at Ari'el. ''My appeal for Zerase to sends competent agents went on deaf ears so you've been allowed to run amok by her good graces; maybe tonight is something she wanted. Bloodshed is the domain of that accursed family after all.'' You kept a careful gaze on the duchess warriors as she badmouthed the god-queen of Muribel and none of them blinked in protest none of Ashtar words surprised any of them.She's got a circle of loyalists that wasn't bought with coins.''And your head will be the only thing that gives catharsis for the myriads of souls you've wounded.'' Ari'el comment got to her, Ashtar grimaced and looked away, shaking her head to reject this obvious truth.''My lady.'' The tall Minotaurus regarded her reptile liege. ''He's watching and ready to honor your plight.''''Not yet, don't be so fast.'' Ashtar shook her head. ''Hold on, hold on!'' Shereen interrupted the exchange, shaking her shield. ''Why did you join in that witch crazy game? What is it about Leena that made her so important to find?''Shereen question was met with silence. The duchess looked at her for a long time, enough for Ari'el thin patience to run out. ''Answer the little lady question. The Black Cat is the lynchpin of tonight events and while all the players had their reason to find her...'' He pointed his sword at the duchess. ''...only one of us nurtured deadly intentions.'' A shame Adam wasn't here. He'd have some choice words for that red snake given his propensity for justice. ''I can open the place where you've imprisoned my parents.'' Leena was the one to speak. Her soft voice echoed slightly in the mausoleum and the redheaded snake frowned, prompting the girl to smile. ''Only tonight. That's what the Great Witch told me, that portal can be opened tonight and that's where I must go... though you're the only player that didn't want that. I think.''
''Yes, because intruding upon that cursed place would undeniably warn Zerase that I wasn't able to keep it secured and the consequences would fall upon my daughter who has nothing to do with any of this.'' Ashtar hissed. ''That portal just needs to remain closed, if I was to win that woman cursed game, then she'd have gone to war against Zerase: wouldn't that help everybody in the country?'' You've heard plenty of time about liege-lord holding hostages from their vassals but it was something else to see it with your own eyes. you could almost feel some amount of sympathy for that duchess but the sheer misery you've seen in her city reminded you to distill that feeling. How ruthless was Zerase?''What is my mother doing here!?'' Shereen asked in genuine desperation. ''Cultivating misery with surgical precision.'' Ashtar answered, laughing in self-derision. ''You truly have no idea... If you let me go, if you don't open that portal, then I'll tell you everything, maybe she'll wrap you inside her sadistic blanket and choke you out too.'' ''You think you can simply walk away and live your days out in the hills after everything you've allowed to happen here!?'' Ari'el growled. ''Willing or not, you're the embodiment of people misery and they need catharsis!'' Ari'el grabbed his sword with both hands but didn't step forward, he knew not to break contact with your soul arms to avoid wasting his reserves. A movement of activity spread throughout the heavy lizard swordswomen.''Grâz is ready to honor your plight, my lady.'' One of them said to the duchess. ''This is such a waste...!'' The red snake complained. ''Surely there is a better way to honor him!''Reluctantly, the lady reached into her pouch to extract a large, familiar pearl and handed it to the Minotaurus. who had removed one of her gauntlets.
You are currently sourcing Ari'el and Elina spells as a battery.You currently stand at 91% magical reserves.Klesiah is at 10%>Should you try to ask the duchess more questions? Surely it'd be possible to negotiate something... (Precise what.)>If a battle is inevitable, then act on it immediately. A) Attempt a preventive strike by sourcing a spell from Elina to disrupt the enemy and give yourself time for Ari'el battle transfiguration. (Will you tell your angel to unleash a strong wind spell, or perhaps try to go even further beyond?)B) Focus on the defensive for now. The duchess forces have an astral pearl, they're up to something; let them come to you. This should allow you to easily handle Ari'el battle transformation and react to your enemy and prevent any nasty sneak attacks on Leena.>There is also a third possibility.Treachery is not in your blood but if you agree with the duchess to let her walk free, you might avoid this battle. This would mean handling Ari'el of course, at the very least force him to retreat (and potentially contend with Myr).Elina and Klesiah have little love for the man, they'd likely agree. Hildegarde priority is to princess Anais, she'll likely insist on opening the portal into Myrtidal ''magical place'' no matter what you promise to the duchess. Shereen might be the only one disappointed in this, but this is a warzone: you've got to do what you can to keep your allies alive. Of course, this could also be a fantastic show of utter incompetence and motivate the duchess to fight your group. There are fifteen enemy combatants, though only ten of them seems to be your immediate foes.
>>4410899So Zerase is holding Ashar's daughter hostage? How we know she ain't full of shit? Tyrants will say anything to get people to spare them and we can't let her link up with that incoming army no matter whatI don't want to backstab Ari'el, especially since he's now in assault mode. But other than that I'm still thinking and handling something so I might be awhile. Also, Zerase isn't actually here right?
>>4410988>So Zerase is holding Ashar's daughter hostage? How we know she ain't full of shit?Shereen believe that's highly possible but, in the end, there's no way to be entirely certain. >Also, Zerase isn't actually here right?Not that you know.
>>4410899>"Do you know where she's being held? There's always the possibility of saving her, but I can't see this ending peacefully.">Attempt a preventative strikeEven with her dark task, likely needing people to die horribly, she could have treated the people well until then. She's not a good person.
>>4411026Would you like Elina to do a strong wind spell or try for something even bigger thank to your battery?
>>4411029Just strong, I'd rather not risk collapsing the room with a hurricane force windblast.
>>4411040Alright. I'll begin writing in 20 minutes, let's see if we have more voices.
>>4411026Does anyone know who/what graz is? Also, we are going to save anais after this and we can transmit via a seance to Sieg who is already in position to do something. Zerase fucked up big, but only we know it.
>>4411063>Does anyone know who/what graz is?Nope!>Also, we are going to save anais after this and we can transmit via a seance to Sieg who is already in position to do something.You're a bit too far to do anything concerning Anais unless teleportation suddenly become possible. A communicative seance with Shereen help will be possible once things wind downh... at least, if everything goes well. Preventive strike and fueling Ari'el it is!
>>4411075Aren't we gonna try a bit of negotiation before the preventive strike? I'd think once we attack it's on like Donkey Kong.
>>4411095>Aren't we gonna try a bit of negotiation before the preventive strike?Yeah but... well, let's see what happen.
I'll be posting tomorrow. Got a bit of a relapse healthwise and I need to get back into writing good and proper. I'll try to start earlier too, to better accomodate players and keep my average of three pots/day. See you soon!
>>4411194Do we have an angle on those pillars such that we can see what's behind them, do they look like critical supports, and are they big enough around for an average size human/humanoid mamono to hide comfortably behind? Those count as corners if they are and you know what I've been saying about those.Also, how deep underground are we right now? If it ain't too deep risking a cave in with a superheavy wind blast might be a wise play as we could just go above the cave in, dig back down into the tunnels with our party's magic, and continue to where the portal opens provided this exact spot isn't where we need to open it and if it is we cannot risk the cave in.Finally, on the front of negotiation. We cannot offer to let her go free, but we can promise a fair and just trial in exchange for our help rescuing her daughter (provided she even has one). She must answer for her crimes, all of them, but her sins need not pass on to her family. I'm also assuming the Minotaur already has the pearl in her hand so we can't do a preemptive to knock it away or otherwise prevent her from attaining it. Also, it looked like our and Ari'el's pearl right? If it didn't than it may be a death pearl and we must *not* under ANY circumstance let anyone get an activation of one of those off!And how bad is the burning of the church above and for the love of God where the hell is the rest of our party? I'm worried all but Mina might be dead now...
>>4411271Oh, and there weren't any other passageways between the entrance to the mausoleum and where we are now right? As in, no chance in hell someone will be able to ambush us from behind? Please tell me that's the case.
>>4411271>Do we have an angle on those pillars such that we can see what's behind them, do they look like critical supports, and are they big enough around for an average size human/humanoid mamono to hide comfortably behind?You've got a good line of sight for the two cloest ones but the last pair could hide someone behind them, they're thick pillars despite looking decorative, full of images representing peaceful deads. Do they look fairly critical in supporting the floor above but Arawn doesn't have enough architectural experience to say for sure.>Also, how deep underground are we right now? Oh, not that deep. Only a few meters down.>Also, it looked like our and Ari'el's pearl right?Yeah, it was an astral pearl. Round and pure white. >And how bad is the burning of the church aboveYou went downstairs without getting a good look but according to Hildegarde, it'll likely engulft all of the wooden third floor. >For the love of God where the hell is the rest of our party?Hehehe>>4411276Yeah, it was a straight shot to the mausoleum. You'd need to literally meld into the wall to not be seen.
>>4411282Still didn't answer if that Minotaur has the pearl or not. We would see if she did right now. I'm betting she's gonna use it to summon the spirit of an ancient ancestor of hers. I don't think a mamono had to be a mage to be a summoner (though I bet it helps).Damnit all to hell, you're really enjoying us worrying about the fate of those we left behind aren't you? If anything your gleeful little giggle convinces me that death was a mercy you've cruelly denied them...
>>4411328>Still didn't answer if that Minotaur has the pearl or not.Well, I thought that was obvious enough. Yeah, she's got it.The people left behind to fight Jab were the biggest fighting force of your party if we discount the angels. Trust in them.
>>4411338Ok, negotiations leading into a preventive strike if they fail as even if we do that right the F now we won't stop her from using it. We'd need to instantly destroy her brain and I don't think we can do that with our current abilities without a double nat 20. Err, can any of them see the soul arms? The ones with Javelins specifically. That might matter.It'd be easier to trust if you weren't so hopelessly addicted to suffering.
>>4411431>Err, can any of them see the soul arms?Possible. Whether anyone did is anyone's guess.I've never tried anything cruel.
>>4411451>that spoilerI dunno, depends on what one's definition of that term is Us getting literally roasted in an ambush could qualify.And while you personally may not have, Ama sure as fuck has! Like, for example, offering her aid to Ashtar in exchange for killing a kid. Granted, she took steps to make sure it wouldn't be as easy as it sounds but that was merely because it'd be boring for her otherwise!
Oh, I just thought of a few things. I wonder if Shereen saw a Lamia that looked like our tyrant when she went to see Anais. That would also be the reason why no "agents" were sent at her request. Zerase knew exactly whose bowls of Corn Flakes her daughter was pissing in with that stunt and yeah, you can't spare anyone given that level of shit you're calling down upon yourself.That said, it would also be a potential negotiation point. Nobody except us and the royalty of the three nations she's royally pissed off knows about it. Kind of hard to focus on the hostage of a vassal when when you've got shit coming from the Demon Lord and her two closest allied nations (none of which are exactly "minor" powers) to worry about.We could also state that we are an agent of Daiyu as well if that becomes a point that could help in negotiations. It's technically not a lie. If we get a chance we should also ask Leena if this is the room she has to open the portal in. If negotiations fail and this isn't the room she needs we can just back out a bit and have either Ari'el or Elina launch a superheavy wind blast in the hopes of bringing the whole house down upon our enemies. After all, if you have a way to not be crushed by that somehow it's a viable tactic when significantly outnumbered.Willing to bet Graz is her late husband/consort. Come to think of it, we've yet to see any fathers of mamono nobility about. I fear they may have a "Black Widow" policy of sorts in effect for nobles here. They don't value *human* life all that much after all so turning them into death pearls or something might be a thing.
Really wanted to start earlier but some irl things imposed itself. I'll aim today session toward our usual hoursAll of these are pretty good negotiations points, though it's a bit too late to insert them and attempt something serious with the duchess. Alas... Might be possible if you push for it again if you get the oppotunity.
>>4412226So we're going to half ass our negotiation attempt and go for violence?
>>4412269More like Arawn convincing himself violence is the only thing that'll work (especially without betraying Ari'el). I've only seen one hard vote for a preemptive strike unless I mistook your post as an actual vote for a serious attempt at negotiating something.I'm not feeling too good today so I'm not as alert as usual.
>>4412276On phone, same guy. I think the hard vote was to see if she'd be receptive to negotiation and attack preemptively if she wasn't. Ari'el also said he wanted to capture her so my offer of a fair trial should go over with him.That is essentially my vote. Try to seriously negotiate but if she absolutely insists on duking it out so be it. Let's hope she's as reasonable as the resident vengeance fanatic. After all, any good parent would gladly die to save their children and taking us up on a good offer with the info, connections, and ability to back it all up has a better chance of working than trying to best us all in a feat of arms.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>4412297I've already got most of the update written up but a vote is a vote and in this case it's my mistake.Gonna roll between >>4411026>>4412297 And modify as needed.
>>4412302Ok, so the dice favored my option yes? I think it goes without saying that we are watching her and her goons like hawks and if they so much as make an errant twitch suggesting they're gonna pull a preemptive attack of their own we respond in kind (or at least throw up a heavy shield to stop it).These are loyal veterans however. I doubt they'll panic or lose their nerve without some form of order from their liege. And please tell me someone is watching our back and we've all got our head on a swivel. Pretty sure spirits can phase through walls and this Graz sounds like one. Gotta be ready for anything!
>>4412350Mmhm, I'm using your option and making a much longer post than I intended. Oh well, them the break. I'm not at my best today so might as well make my only post a big one!>And please tell me someone is watching our back and we've all got our head on a swivel.Will you reward your blueberry once this is over?
>>4412411She gets as many hugs, hand holds, and head pats as she wants after this. A whole year as Ama and her disciple's plaything is gonna need a whole lot of healing moments to fix.
''You know where your daughter is being held? The one to save her doesn't have to be you.'' Ashtar looks to you incredulously, as if realizing your presence just now. Her face soon twists into a frustrated grimace.''The ancestors afforded me a small blessing because she's not in Marleon but there's a college for ''noble souls'' in Hellam, a coastal city... It is nothing more than a collection of hostages of Zerase loyal vassals camouflaging itself as an institute of learning. I'll find her, then get out of this damnable country.''''I'll tell you something now, duchess.'' You try your best to measure your anger but your voice still comes out far more aggressive then you intend. ''Zerase will need to handle a very big problem inside the heart of her domain very soon, she won't have the opportunity to act on her menaces.'' You weren't keen on sharing Anais situation, for all you know that could only reinforce Zerase's shadowy intimidation. After all, who else would be brazen enough to kidnap the princess of the only human kingdom allied with the Demon Lord? ''My name is Arawn Loukanos, last living prince of the elven civilizations that's been nearly extinguished so long ago and an ally of the Demon Lord Daiyu Jawahir. Who, I can assure you, has been forced to move against your liege whilst the witch enjoys using this country as a playground...'' The stupefaction that spread across the opposing monsters is almost palpable. Of course, you had no idea if Daiyu herself was coming, you only knew about reinforcements coming from Zipangu. ''...and this game is only a means to an end, myself and my friends have more things to do here in Muribel. I have no investment in this city; I didn' even know this place existed last week yet here we stand now, ready for bloodshed, in the middle of a crisis of your own making because of the misery you've allowed your city to sink in. The method of the people is misguided but their desire, at least, is honest.'' Bloods and fires are drowning the streets but no homes are being sacked, Ari'el folks -do- have their priorities. ''Which is why I believe that a fair trial is possible if you'd surrender peace-.''''You're as crazy as that angel bastard!'' The tall Minotaurus spat out, interrupting you. ''Surrender? You'd want my lady to willingly slither into the grasps of these blood frenzied freaks and expect to be treated fairly!? You've been living in civilized clouds far too much, elf! You have no power, no authority, nothing to ensure milady wouldn't be torn apart!''''My people will listen to me.'' Ari'el answered firmly, the intensity of his sincere belief in his soldiers made him look genuinely charismatic. A rare thing, truly. ''If Ashtar does surrender to us willingly, then I do swear upon my soul that vengeance will be fair and true.''''Pfeh! After tonight, you've got a whole lot of grudges on your shoulders, fuck boy.'' The tall warrior retorted.
''When my daughter was a child, Zerase robbed me of the chance of being her mother. Now that Myriam is a teenager, all I want is to be -there- for her, I don't care about being a duke!'' Ashtar put her hands on the shoulders of different snake guards. ''I'll reject my wealth and title if I can just keep my little girl safe. I know Myrtidal situation is rotten, but I won't let that stop me from... from defying that damnable Pharaoh, from worshipping my ancestors and honoring the plain god instead of that false god queen!''''To accept one role as a mother is to be in Grâz good grace, milady.'' One of the wizened veterans spoke calmly.As she spoke, you murmured ''be ready'' at the angels. hopefully, all this talking gave your faraway party time to regroup soon... Elina didn't need words to understand your intention, making sure Ari'el wouldn't be caught off guard was important: the faster he transforms, the better.Ashtar priority was her daughter. A commendable thing, as that is every parent's duty, but the leadership you've seen in Myrtidal cannot be forgiven. Even if it had been Zerase -the queen- direct order... Allowing the duchess to walk free is far too unreasonable.Maybe, if Ari'el wasn't here, you'd allow it to avoid putting your party in dangers but as things stand now, you're stuck. Either face these veterans or anger the angel and his victorious army. ''Do you truly believe yourself blameless?'' Shereen asked, fluffy ears flattened on her head. ''Doing the best you can in a horrible situation is commendable but the way you've continuously treated the people here is unpardonable!'' ''There is honor in my lady actions, the people could have suffered much, much worse. Of course, she'll never be blameless but losing her wealth and title to be a mother to her child is more than enough punishment.'' The tall Minotaur answered. She shook her hand at Shereen, head shaking vigorously to send her long ponytail (the only hair on her head) in a sideways dance. ''For you to share the blood of the cursed leader and remain in ignorance of her sins -is- unpardonable!'' Now!A pandemonium of wind crashed into the enemy line. Heralded by the full deployment of Elina gorgeous red wings, your wills joined together into a coalescence of magic blossoming inside her fluffy appendages. She took what was a morsel of your reserves and expended it into a glorious storm.''Kyaa!?'' Shereen screamed and stood her ground when a wave of nature wrath suddenly crashed into the enemy line.
The noise was deafening inside the echoing basement that was the mausoleum, nearby cages were torn right open by the spell and urns fell on the ground, spreading ash like a dusty attic. All the veterans managed to brace against the sudden impact and their bodies covered in metals were enough for them to maintain their formation but the duchess wasn't so lucky. Having been taken thoroughly off-guard by the magical storm and despite her naturally heavy body as a lamia, she crashed painfully on the wall, nearly smashing her head and slumped gracelessly as her bodyguards immediately set to cover her.Your flow entered Ari'el and images of a gourd being emptied in sands entered your mind as he gulped and gulped from your reserves in a mixture of unashamed and bewildered greed. He took more than enough for his purpose, perhaps a full fourth of your entire rekindled reserves. ''Stop it, angel man!'' You growled, his will easily supplanted yours when it came to allowing moving magical flows but giving him a solid punch on the shoulder mercifully made him realize that he was grown to drown himself with your energy. He broke contact with your soul arm by stepping forward.Changes already began to manifest throughout his body and it seemed he had some trouble dealing with the sheer expansive capabilities that was your magical nature. His wings flattened, turned metallic, serrated on one side, cleanly sharp on the other. His skin took a silvery shape as he settled the surplus of energy, his face twisted into an increasingly enraged scowl as he looked to his hated enemy, the shape of his golden halo changed slightly, pointed shapes akin to thorns appearing along its lengthHe might be even more dangerous than when he fought your party in the park.Elina, thankfully, managed to control her feelings of omnipotence. With Ari'el transformation underway, she had stopped her spell and concentrated a bubble of wind between her palms, magic flowed in there continuously, creating a controlled sphere of whirlwind...? ''Trust me.'' She whispered to you, sadistic satisfaction emanated out of the soul link; Klesiah looked on worriedly. ''Your magic is giving me an idea...'' ''Treacherous scums!'' The Minotaurus bellowed, she and her ten comrades had stood they're grounds against the heavy spell but they were in no shape to charge; the lamias bodyguards were too busy dealing with their dazed liege to attempt any throws.Myr walked beside her fellow apostle whilst Hildegarde managed to avoid accidentally scalding anyone by moving on the left flank.''Sisters, now is finally time to stand with honor!'' White smoke came out of Anku large closed fist, spreading in a thick mist around her that quickly spread around the line of battle-hardened Mamonos. ''Grâz! Manifest!''
She grabbed her large sword and something did, indeed, manifest beside her. A huge deer walked out of the steam, nearly big enough for its antlers to scratch the roof. The creature looked almost alive: its brown fur made it seem like it had walked out of a forest but its glowing green eyes coupled with the magical brilliance of its massive antlers made it obvious this was no regular animal. Countless tiny sparks were tied between the woods on its head, illuminating the dark mausoleum in a rainbow of colors. ''W-wait I remember now!'' Shereen spoke, aghast, at the sight of this magical creature. ''Grâz is the masculine god of the tribes inhabiting the plains between Muribel and the Allied Kingdoms! How...!?''''Grâz!'' Her voice was drowned out by a chorus from the veterans. They spoke in perfect synchrony and soon moved in near-similar tandems. ''We who are about to die, salute you!''Their armors clicked as one, their swords raised in a wave of steel and the mystical deer disappeared, becoming a hue of brown and green that floated toward each combatant, settling foggy, mystical antlers on their heads, glowing, arcane green soon lit up the women eyes; the blessing of their gods.''Nice trick.'' Ari'el growled. ''A dying god willing ignore the greater suffering of people around him is fitting for a bunch of hypocrites.''The line of metal-clad veterans -Minotaur included- now looked much more intimidating with this newfound blessing.''Arawn.'' Elina demanded your attention with a whisper and an authoritative mood, her intention directed your gaze toward her arms. She held onto her halberd but something swirled around her blue-covered limbs: wind had cocooned them looking almost like moving spider silk, pure grayish energy moved around in a hyper-concentrated fashion that began to spread on her weapon. What in the world is she doing? ''Minotaur or the duchess?'' Sadistic satisfaction followed her question. It seems that, during the time your enemies needed to use the astral pearl, Elina cooked up a murderous trick?The warrior-woman with newfound magical antlers was undeniably the biggest menace but Ashtar is likely to start running away once she regains her bearing. She's still got five bodyguards, too... There's no time for Elina to explain what she's about to do so you'll have to believe in her. To whom should Elina do her magic?>Anku, the minotaur.>Duchess Ashtar.Proper tactical options will open in the next post. This is... Elina doing her thing, she's the most ruthless of your party member after all. Arawn isn't the only one showing growth.
>>4412615Welp, at least my secondary objective was accomplished. Buy time for our allies to hopefully show up in the even they're not friggin' dead.Damnit Ari'el, we needed those excess reserves for our trump card (i.e. fusion activation). He's essentially in hyper/beast mode right now for that at least? I'll be really mad if our magic was objectively wasted because of his rage induced stupidity and greed!That said, we gave her bitch ass a chance and she refused. This daemon calling itself a god can get fucked. Time to do to her guards what they tried to do to us. They have a charge to protect yes? Time for them to save or watch her die! Target Ashtar, shred her snake half so we have her torso to present as a trophy to the cultists and her blood for Shereen to weaponize! Have Ari'el tie up the Minotuar, I don't want it getting an attack of opportunity on Elina. Hopefully Ari'el knows to work his way down the threat stack/chain of command.Speaking of which, this sounds like a thing in a book I recently read. This "god" (read:daemon), we need Shereen to tell us its domains and the powers it was said to have. The guards are his "elect" now and we need to know exactly what that entails.
>>4412773Oh, our current reserves, what are they? Damned vengeance freak, he did that on purpose I bet...
>>4412773>He's essentially in hyper/beast mode right now for that at least?Hard to say but he's looking different for sure. He made the same mistake every first-time users of your battery did!>we need Shereen to tell us its domains and the powers it was said to have.She doesn't know much about it because the plains hasn't been a big subject of interest for her but she can try! At least, if she isn't too distracted by the battle.>>4412778Since you're in battle now the usual limits apply. Your reserve feel healthy but there's a noticeable hole. Two votes toward Ashtar huh?I'll wait till tomorrow to make a roll
>>4412794As for what happens next, my combo attack strategy is in play. We have domain over the mist we create so long as we touch it with our gauntlet yes? If so keep it from touching the ground or our allies, envelop as many of our foes as we can, then have Klesiah electrify it with her magic as we source a superheavy spell for her. This should stun them for a second or two which would enable Myr, Ari'el, and Hilde to collect/pulp a few heads for free. Dumb fools discarded their helmets, they're about to regret that.
>>4412804>As for what happens next, my combo attack strategy is in play. We have domain over the mist we create so long as we touch it with our gauntlet yes?You can't really ''touch'' the icy mist you make. To keep continued dominion on it, you'd need to keep making it. Meaning it'll be one heavy spell/round.Whether that combo work or is even possible isn't guaranteed, but I'll always encourage you to try. Proper battle options will open in my next post so don't commit too much to your idea.
>>4412806Aww, we could do that with the smoke bomb, why not with the mist bomb? I'm not going for the freezing mist we used to deter Ari'el (though that might be a good idea to try and hit the Minotaur with that), just a "conductive" mist that Klesiah can electrify.Did the wind storm fill the air with a bit of ashes? That has electrolytes/salts in it so that plus water equals a conductive solution. Science!
>>4412809Cheeky.You didn't have full control of the smoke back then, only partial thing like clumsily sending it toward a direction worked. What you imply demand serious precision of a hard-to-determine force, so keeping it constantly fueld is what will allow the spell to work out the way you want.
>>4412823Alright, than if there's a flank where our allies ain't than engulf them and they all get shocked. That shouldn't require as precise a control and since we got ashes in the air to make it conductive we may be able to get away with a medium spell to pull it off as we aren't exactly trying to blind them (if that's even possible now, best assume it ain't with things that ain't flashbangs), rather facilitate a conductive "bridge" for Klesiah's electricity so she can efficiently project it towards distant targets (e.g. have a heavy or super heavy spell hit multiple enemies as hard as if she had targeted one individually for that spell).And we did have some form of control as Ari'el tried to disperse it with a wind blast only for it to reconverge upon that position once the wind stopped when we decided to run like a little bitch from him and the cultists. Granted, we still had line of sight when he did that but I don't see how we won't here.Hopefully its artificial nature will prevent Graz's elect from easily controlling it. Sounds like a nature daemon, and this gauntlet is the product of urban magitek mamono/human civilization baby! An idea from the minds of those who are more apt to tell nature to bend over and do as it's told rather than "live in harmony" with it.
>>4412845>Granted, we still had line of sight when he did that but I don't see how we won't here.Yeah, but you were still actively projecting smoke forward, thereby keeping a ''leash'' of a sort on the spell to make the manipulation possible. Happened mid-running away though, so it wasn't that obvious.Also smoke is naturally easier to make than cold steam, your gauntlet is attuned to making solid ice so trying to manipulate ''cold'' differently has some complications here and there.
>>4412864I think you'd be rolling dice regardless of who we chose to target, the modifiers and who you roll for would probably change though. That said, I hope Ari'el is quick on the uptake. If he sees Elina going for Ashtar I hope he puts two and two together and realizes he really ought to ensure her path is clear so she can do whatever it is she's going to do. For now at least, we are all allies with a now common goal. Murderize everyone here and then open that damned portal with Leena.Like I said, we gave her a chance. Our conscience is now clear. She has chosen to die like a fool over the rational choice of ensuring the survival and safety of her daughter above all else. I get it, she wants to have her cake and eat it too. I mean, who doesn't?Sadly, that was never in the cards for her. The extortion didn't need to be so harsh. The suffering only needed to pass a surface inspection. Lives would have still needed to be sacrificed, but she could have done so rationally and with greater purpose. Everyone bides their time, waits for the right chance, then, when that bitch pretending to be a god least expects it...
>>4412980Oh, also, we're now also acting as a battery for Klesiah correct? Elina's about to break contact and Ari'el already did so we should have reflexively linked her to our reserves.Err, because it might matter, how far is Ashtar from us and how fast can Elina launch an assault and double back to our position? That might matter quite a bit.
>>4412997>Oh, also, we're now also acting as a battery for Klesiah correct?You'll get to decide on that next post. >Err, because it might matter, how far is Ashtar from us and how fast can Elina launch an assault and double back to our position?Oh, the snake is a good 15 meters away, the Mausolem is a big place. As for your second question... you'll see.
>>4413003Well, like you said, Elina's utterly ruthless and is also very, very intent on ensuring we don't almost die again so this risk of hers is very carefully measured. Basically, she's completely confident this will DESTROY/Insta-Kill one of those targets. So hard to pick, so she trusts our judgement instead.Also, I think a Daisuke Ishiwatari track best fits this current situation. Currently leaning towards "Meet Again" as Ari'el's appearance is resembling Justice if she/it was an angel in this setting.Plus we're going to go all out here and now to ensure universal survival. Our only important mana point to spend is our last and so long as everyone lives it was all worth it!
Rolled 15 (1d20)Alright, two votes for Ashtar it is. Let us see what the numbers tell us...Also, my health isn't really improving. I might have to end our thread prematurely, though I'll do my best to at least provide one update.
>>4413661Please let that be for one of ours. Please.
>>4413661Hm, interesting. Not the best number but still pretty good...
Sorry for the delay, I'll update tomorrow
>>4414200Dang, now I gotta stew in suspense over who the roll was for. Oh well, still willing to wait for quality. Hope ya feel better soon.
>>4414222So do I my friend. I'll take the slow and steady road with the quest if i have to.
>>4409403OP you should move to Fiction.live. It fits your lengthy writing better than /qst
Magical energy crawled out of Elina arms and traveled the length of her blue halberd, causing a noticeable swirling phenomenon to settle throughout its length with a soft, nearly translucent green hue. What in the world did she have in mind...? ''That red snake will run.'' You whisper at your friend as the newly blessed veterans hollered in unisons, their blade raised to honor their deer god. ''Can't let that happen.''Ashtar was still dazed by suffering a painful shove on the wall: no better chance. Elina didn't say anything, her intention was all the answers you needed. Dangerous satisfaction, cruel enjoyment while reveling in the bloodlust of an incoming murder... This angel has a mean streak to her that might be worse than Zhu. Her magic wasn't heralded by any manifestation, it just happened to the stupefaction of everyone involved. A rumbling of wind akin to a clap of thunder shook the foundations of the room when Elina let go of her halberd, the polearm fired out of her hand, pushed by so much compressed wind that it transformed the entire thing into an anomalous object, a soon-to-be bloodied artillery strike!It reached the red duchess in a blur faster than a blink, one of her well-trained bodyguards interposed herself in the weapon path in a manner contrary to all normal instincts of self-preservation. The pointed tip of the halberd penetrated right through her armor and shield, skewering the poor lady-snake chest, yet the woman had managed to angle herself away from Ashtar in a manner that had her land on the wall instead of piercing into her liege with the angelic weapon that came a full inch out of her bloodied back.Astonished screams from the enemy line followed when the now-dead bodyguard landed on the wall in a distinctive metallic thunk. Her armored body slammed into Ashtar who could only gurgle a confused scream in response and slump back in dazed unconsciousness.''Y-you!? HOW DA-'' Anku righteous anger was interrupted by a sudden discharge of magical wind coming out of Elina halberd. The cocoon of magic around the weapon exploded in a potent burst that, just like the launch, sounded like a clap of thunder. The armored lamias that had kept a tight formation around Ashtar were sent crashed on all the nearby walled cages and the duchess, being nearly trampled by the warrior that saved her life, was pushed hard on the wall, making you wonder if she might have a few broken bones. At least the shock had incapacitated her, the red snake lady slumped downward, eyes opening and closing in confusion. Not quite unconscious. The enemy veterans and their minotaur leader weren't destabilized by the magic, unfortunately. Likely their god blessing at work. ''Guess that's a miss.'' The red-winged girl commented, weapon rematerializing in her grasp in a shower of blue sparks. ''She's still out of it so they'll be slowed down with running away. It's not easy to carry a lamia.''
''No pity or mercy for honorless curs, my friends and sisters, our and Grâz anger are one!'' Anku's naturally strong voice echoed strongly throughout the mausoleum. ''Deaths on the interlopers! Nothing is more sacred than a mother redemption; no better cause to die for!'' ''Watch and be proud, Grâz!'' The veteran line of heavily armed and armored women screamed their warcry and charged with amazing synchronization. Their magical antlers glowered with renewed vigor, the green in their eyes kindled like flames. They truly did believe themselves on the side of honor... and perhaps they were, at the very least, Ashtar has been good to them.''I'll handle the center, let them surround me! Myr, take the left!'' Ari'el didn't have trouble to make his voice heard despite the trampling noise of metal. The center was obviously where the thickest fighting will be, but the minotaur could still move somewhere else since she's a few feet behind the soldiers!Unable to use his wind magic, the man with newfound silvery skin ran to meet his enemies. The dark elf was more conservative; she let him charge forward, aiming to engage anyone that'd try to flank and engage your party.The noise of clashing steel echoed once more tonight. Two heavy blades came for the angelic apostle's flanks, aiming to carve through his flesh but a pair of small shields raised at the feet of the swordswomen destabilized them, letting two of his weaponize wings endure the blows. Four wings expended upward, nearly melding together in a sheet of metal to endure the terribly heavy downward chop from the minotaur. Her oversized blade nearly carved through his limbs, but thankfully stopped, causing noticeable cracks that healed nearly as soon as they appeared.''I. AM. VENGEANCE.'' Ari'el yell wasn't that frenzied scream of rage he showed in the park but a proper warcry of his own, filled with belief and confidence. The woman closest to his sword arm (who'd attempted to sneak on his flank) twisted her face away, his blade carved a hole in her cheek. One heartbeat slower and she'd have lost her jaw. ''I. AM. VENGEANCE.'' His voice echoed in the mausoleum and a thick golden wall emerged out of his freed hand to block a synchronized attack from his three opponents. The minotaur greatsword had attempted a horizontal swipe toward his head, another aimed a similar strike at his chest and the last aimed for his groin; all three were blocked by his protection and he turned at the enemy on his flank, swiping three armor-piercing, steel-slashing modified wings toward her...! She blocked with the flat of her greatsword, none of the wings made a dent; their clash resonated with a particularly acute noise and the next instant, his heavy golden shield shattered, forcing him to give a few inches of the ground to handle a new arrival on his other flank. One of the three warriors that had gone to meet Hildegarde in battle peeled off to add more pressure on him.
Goodness, this is not going to be easy. Those blades are undeniably enchanted, could those would-be-paladins be enjoying some kind of magical dampening benefit from that mystical deer? ''I'm ready, Arawn.'' ''Yeah, it'll take me too long for another throw.''Elina and Klesiah had fully synchronized with your battery spell, taking what they needed for something potent... but how to go about it?On the right, Hildegarde was handling a pair of enemies around the pillar in a very tense game of cat and mouse. She didn't have any reach and they, in turn, took full advantage of their swords but the bodyguard maid sheer speed and danger with her extremely hot limbs had created a tenuous back and forth. On the left, Myr was struggling against three veterans pressuring her. The tonfas didn't produce their usual gravitational bubbles when she parried a sword, forcing her to endure each bone-shattering blows with her magical weapons but she was slowly giving ground - no good. You are sourcing Elina and Klesiah magic. Your reserves feel healthy, though not at their best capacity, you've got plenty of magic to spare.--The way this fight will work will be a little different than usual because of the number of combatants involved. Once you guys decided on a course of actions, I'll be rolling 2d100 to simulate a general ''momentum'' in the fighting while taking into account what you decide to do: if you make a good tactical choice you could offset a bad roll or create a stronger advantage for your party, things like that. The rolls shouldn't be taken as absolute but as a potential small advantage or mitigating factor to your effort. Also, depending on Arawn position, you might not be able to get a good look at the battlefield as I ask for another choice. If you get in the melee then the only way to know how Shereen is doing, for example, would be if you hear her scream. For now, Arawn is in the best post to make some tactical decisions.>Have the girls make full use of your replenished reserves and the amazing efficiency of your battery spell to unleash a volley of strong, supportive magical spells at the enemies! (Runs the danger of potential friendly fire.)>Alas, your two companions do not specialize in long-ranged support. You should have them take enough magic from you to enchant their bodies and unleash a potent spell when they get in melee; it'll play to their strength and surely change the momentum of the battle! [Support Ari'el. Support Myr. Support Hildegarde] (Two choices)>FreeBonus choice.No matter what is chosen, should Arawn join the melee or remain behind to continually assess the situation? (Will also keep Shereen and Leena safe).
>>4414851I've been tempted to do that but I'm not sure if things will work out by moving an active quest with such a big archive. For now, my players seem comfy here on /qst/ so I won't make any attempt to move for the length of this arc. It should last 2 or 3 more threads I'd say.We'd already be done if I hadn't been getting sick so often during the summer.
>>4415544Ok, how many enemies are on each one of our allies and what are their positions relative to us and each other? How are the lamia bodyguards? They out of commission for the time being?I'm not comfortable with leaving Shereen and Leena alone right now. These guards still want to "win" the witch's game and the victory condition of "kill Leena" still applies. They also hate Shereen's family so they'll kill her too if they get a clean shot. Plus our gauntlet's still in full working order and our reserves aren't nearly shot. We can support from range.
>>4415569>Ok, how many enemies are on each one of our alliesMyr is struggling against three. Ari'el is handling five (counting minotaur). Hildegarde is keeping two more busy, the last one is with the lamias bodyguard, helping them shake off the explosive projectile.>what are their positions relative to us and each other?The room is one big square if you discount the thick pillars so everyone is on the same spot that I described in the post. Left flank = Myr.Right flank = HildegardeCenter = Ari'el.>How are the lamia bodyguards? They out of commission for the time being?Yeah, but they'll shake that off in the next round.
>>4415580Hmmm...Are Ari'el and Hilde essentially immune to fire right now? Is Ari'el getting dog piled? Who are the lamias closest to and will the lamias be able to act next turn or just "get up" and thus become able to act the turn after that?
>>4415639>Are Ari'el and Hilde essentially immune to fire right now?Impossible to say right now but the maid does seem resistant, what with's the extreme heat of her limbs. >Is Ari'el getting dog piled?He's able to keep that from happening so far. >Who are the lamias closest to and will the lamias be able to act next turn or just "get up" and thus become able to act the turn after that?Nobody is close to them, they're protected by the line of vets They'll be able to do something next turn.
>>4415646Do we have a clear shot at any of the lamias or the duchess? I think I got an idea, but that's another factor I need.
>>4415666>Do we have a clear shot at any of the lamias or the duchess? Not anymore. Elina little sneak attack wizened up your enemies on that possibility.
>>4415668Damn, worth asking. So the lamias being able to act next turn. If Elina gets sent into the melee would she be able to double back and shield us if they go for a mass javelin launch at us? That's probably going to be their play.Can we switch elements and fire a heavy spell this turn? That's the last part of my idea.
>>4415674Or, another possibility, can we create Ice sheets at a distance and precisely control where they form? Y'know, a kind of ice flamethrower spell that freezes shit it hits?
>>4415674> If Elina gets sent into the melee would she be able to double back and shield us if they go for a mass javelin launch at us?I can't offer any certainty, but she can make good shields. It'll depend on where she is. >Can we switch elements and fire a heavy spell this turn?Yes, at the cost of its usual heavy spell. Magitek is mechanical so doing it while sourcing Klesiah and Elina is possible, but you'll have to stop your battery if you want something more sophisticated than a fireball, but you can do it at the moment of release after sourcing the girls.>Or, another possibility, can we create Ice sheets at a distance and precisely control where they form?Possible, though you'll only be able to do it within your circle of influence so you'll need to get pretty close to the fighting.
>>4415687Ok then, we have Klesiah go and help Myr. We have Elina wait for a good opportunity to sucker punch/backstab the Minotaur or any of the other enemies fighting Ari'el like a good little rogue and then double back to us. We switch to fire a fireball at the enemies fighting Hilde.I believe we discussed this possibility with her earlier and she stated that she was confident our fire magic wouldn't hurt her if we didn't keep it up for too long. It'd make her naked, but that's about it. She's already naked so it doesn't much matter anymore. Plus this will tell us if our magitek magic is effected by the dampening field they all have. It seems to negate or severely lessen the effect of "normal" magic, even magic from enchanted weapons like Myr's tonfas. Hilde's heat is a mystery so it's apparently not effected. If our gauntlet isn't either than that opens up more fun tricks.Err, does rapid switching of elements risk breaking the gauntlet? That's going to come up if I'm right about our magitek magic being 100 percent effective against these daemon touched asshats. How long would another spear launch take to charge?
>>4415698>Err, does rapid switching of elements risk breaking the gauntlet?It runs the risk of malfunctions if you chain elemental changes, yes. >How long would another spear launch take to charge?She needed a full 2 minutes charge by using your own magic. I'll list this ability as a feat of teamwork on your sheet soon enough, for now I'm concentrating on the fight. So your choice is to...>Klesiah will go support Myr directly, using the magic she siphoned from you to further enhance her capabilities. Elina will act as mobile reinforcement for Ari'el while keeping a close eye on the snakes to block any potential javelins. Arawn will switch element to fire and help out Hildegarde with a generous bout of fiery aggression, otherwise, he'll remain close to Shereen.Essentially a more personalized option 2. I'll give this a whopping 1 hour of wait time to see if anyone else wants to make their own input. Then I'll roll and update if I can.
>>4415712Ok then, what's the safe "cooldown" period for elemental switching? 2 rounds? 3? A whole minute (i.e. a whopping 10 rounds)?
>>4415719In this case, rounds are longer because it's a big fight. Elina will need roughly 3 rounds to make another one of those super halberd throws and that'll need her to stay put, collecting magic from you. She can't collect 1/3 of what she need than do something else, it'll have to be a full commitement.
>>4415719Oh wait I totally misread your question. The ''safe'' period for an elemental switch is around 20 seconds to give the gauntlet time to settle down, so in the case of this fight, you should switch the round after the next to avoid any problem. Normally it'd be a 3 turn cooldown.
>>4415736Oh, also, Leena's hiding behind Shereen who's hiding behind a shield we gave her right? If we didn't give Leena a shield, why didn't we? I mean, maximizing survival odds of our non-combatants should have been at the top of our minds before coming down here.
>>4415795>Oh, also, Leena's hiding behind Shereen who's hiding behind a shield we gave her right?Yeah> If we didn't give Leena a shield, why didn't we? I mean, maximizing survival odds of our non-combatants should have been at the top of our minds before coming down here.She's genuinely too small to hold one without hurting herself
Rolled 86, 57 = 143 (2d100)Let's see how this goes, going with >>4415712On the safe side, I won't promise an update tonight. Having plenty of ups and down healthwise but at least I'm better than yesterday.
>>4415822So is the dice roll all for us or does it go us then them?
>>4415825First roll for enemy, second for party. In this case, the enemy have gained an advantage, but your battle choice might... or might not mitigate that. You'll see tomorrow.
>>4415834Damnit! I was afraid of that.
>>4415837It's not a YOU ARE SCREWED thing so don't be too afraid.I'm gentle.
>>4415840No, no you're not. Another roll like that and we're gonna lose someone.
Your trio moved without words, your intent soundlessly traveled in the soul links tying you to your companions. The girls siphoned enough magic out of you to fuel a particularly large spell that, unfortunately, couldn't be unleashed like a piece of artillery because of the melee, they'll need to get in close. Your gauntlet vibrated with energy, it's dull blue aura gained a shade of proper blue as magic pulsed throughout its frame, you exchanged one last look with your paladin and angel and pressed the button. Familiar rumbles spread throughout your gauntlet. Blue changed to orange, a soft buzzing noise entered your ears as the mechanism activated. Heavy spell used.You wouldn't be able to pay close attention to their fights but they'll do well. They've yet to let you down. ''Close your eyes if you want Leena.'' The small teenager had already seen people die tonight but you still felt like putting a little heart in the coming battle.Klesiah body crackled with lightning, tendrils of power traveled the length of her glaive, the pommel of her sword looked ready to burst, a sharp metallic smell emanated out of her as the link projected a little apprehension at the sheer power that had invaded her body.Elina burst forward with renewed vigor. Using her body as a nexus for wind, she reached Ari'el quickly enough to take everyone by surprise and alleviated pressure on him by conjuring another debilitating shockwave; no better chance than now to reinforce your party! One look at Hildegarde allowed you to see her precarious position. She had managed to block a greatsword with her shoulder and arm and forced her second opponent to dodge sideways by throwing an urn at her antler sporting face.A true thunderous noise resonated from the left flank with such strength that Leena clapped her hands on her ears in raw instinct; your gauntlet settled into fire and you unleashed the surplus of energy toward the maid! You didn't have time for subtlety or sophistication, you unleashed a thick fireball with a long tail by imagining shooting stars, for an instant your mind drifted into the memory of that night when Hao became your second knight. Your spells took all three combatants by surprise. One unfortunate soul was thoroughly engulfed by flame and she immediately jumped away, entire body covered in flame but, instead of panicking, the woman took refuge next to a pillar, waited, and entered a state of concentration that immediately lessened the effect of the flames sticking to her body. The exposed flesh you could see had redeemed painfully but that was it: this wasn't her first time handling fire on her body!But this blessing, it seemed, truly did increase magical resistance.
''I. AM. VENGEANCE.'' with Ari'el warcry you caught a glimpse of what was happening in the center. Elina arrival must have given him an opportunity one enemy warrior has been decapitated but what prompted his scream wasn't this victory. The deer god blessing his followers had manifested to charge him, forcing him to let go of his sword to grab the creature like a bull and stop it in its track; two foes blades were blocked by his protective wings and their attempts at a flanking maneuver blocked by golden shields. You saw the minotaur suddenly trip and nearly fall when Elina unleashed another spell, this time a sharp circle of wind crashed on the tall woman face like a solid punch, briefly disorientating her. The angel couldn't take advantage of this because she was forced to raise a golden shield to block the last two javelins of the lady snakes in the back. Hildegarde and her second foe had entered a tug-of-war when your spell also engulfed them and for a second you saw nothing, fearing that your hellfire might have just cooked them both out of existence but thankfully your help had given Hildegarde the opportunity she needed. Flames stuck firmly onto her enemy armor-clad body and where previously she'd been holding onto the enemy greatsword, this time you saw her fearlessly headbutt the warrior despite the magical antlers hurting her face. Her incredibly hot hand found purchase on the enemy neck and squeezed, cooking sensitive flesh whilst your speel continued to burn the woman body; her pain must be unbelievable yet somehow, in an act of defiance, the swordswoman let go of her sword and grabbed Hildegarde hot plate for an arm.''Hild watch out!'' Your scream was too late, the last of the enemy combatants -that one woman who'd been helping the lamias- had charged out of her position to slam her blade on your companion in a downward chop filled with such might that it would have gone through a tree, let alone a living body! She raised her arm to take the blow but the sheer force behind the weapon trampled her resistance and landed on her shoulder, noticeable cracks spread around the area like a damaged vase of porcelain and thick blue-red blood slowly oozed out; she'd managed, by the Mother Mercy, to mitigate the damage with her modified body.Then the foe who'd taken a moment of pause near the pillar charged out and came at her, blade held in a low guard, the swords carved a damaging line on the luxurious strong ground and came upward in an upward chop that Hildegarde managed to parry with a kick. With her arm still being clutched by the dying combatant, those tow able-bodied ones might just be able to cut her down in the next few moments...! ''Stop! Hild, get out of here, come here!'' Shereen screamed but the maid couldn't because her back was on the damaged cages full of broken urns, the few that'd remained whole, she had used as ammunition.
Hildegarde is in incredible danger. Your soul links with the girls allow you to give someone a short, telepathic order in the middle of an action. So if you want Elina or Klesiah to do something in particular while doing something, you can do so. >Support Hildegarde!A) Do it at a distance with another heavy supportive spell. She's good enough to keep herself alive... right?B) Push your gauntlet to the limit and go beyond the safety measure of a mere ''heavy'' spell to drown these bastards in true hellfire. Hildegarde might have trouble handling that heat. A little risk of malfunction is nothing!>Add your body to a melee! A) Join the center where your party has an advantage. If you can win the battle outright, it'll make the struggles on the flanks fruitless for your foes. B) Help out Hildegarde! (Can combine with the above choices)c) Join the left flank. Relieving pressure there will allow Myr and Klesiah to fight somewhere else.>Free
>>4417232>Join Hildegarde as an inferno and flailing mace. She's good, but she's alone. We need to fix that second one.
>>4417328That's a possible use of your gauntlet magic.Want to use a heavy spell or risk a malfunction by going beyond that?
>>4417345Just a Heavy this time.
>>4417363Alright, giving you the same rule as yesterday. I'll roll in an hour if we don't have more voices
>>4417378Would it be possible to tell Elina to protect/keep anyone from charging Shereen and Leena? If we leave them open they will get attacked and killed. Can't let that happen.Could she also kick a javelin towards Hilde? She is a throwing weapons expert after all.
>>4417404>Would it be possible to tell Elina to protect/keep anyone from charging Shereen and Leena?Yup.>Could she also kick a javelin towards Hilde? She is a throwing weapons expert after all.That, unfortunately, can't happen since they fell on the ground in the middle of the melee.
>>4417422Ok, is Elina tied up in Melee such that she cannot easily disengage and charge towards Hilde? Where is the Minotaur in relations to Ari'el and Elina? How close are those enemies to Hilde and could Elina reach her in time to block a fatal blow? How long do heals take? What is our heavy flamethrower range and how long can we sustain a heavy flamethrower attack without risking damage to the gauntlet? I have an idea but it depends on the answers to those questions.
>>4417475Oh, forgot to add the fitting pic. Fireballs don't seem to work. So a constant stream of heavy flame ought to do the trick and overcome this daemon's blessing. We need the heavy flamer for this heresy.
>>4417475>Ok, is Elina tied up in Melee such that she cannot easily disengage and charge towards Hilde?No, she's in the air and throwing constant wind spell at the minotaur to keep her constantly destabilized.>Where is the Minotaur in relations to Ari'el and Elina?Roughly two meters away from Ari'el who's currently struggling with the mystical deer.> How close are those enemies to Hilde and could Elina reach her in time to block a fatal blow?She's at the same distance as Arawn, preventing a fatal blow... Hm, maybe. >How long do heals take?Depend on how much Holy is used. For combat heal, you can expect to need a minute.>What is our heavy flamethrower range and how long can we sustain a heavy flamethrower attack without risking damage to the gauntlet? I have an idea but it depends on the answers to those questions.If you want a very strong damaging flame, meters. 3 meters would be an ''average'' stregth heavy flame. As for how long, that's a case of wait and see. Since you aren't planning on going further than heavy, theoretically, you could maintain a flammer for as long as your reserves hold. (In this case it'd be heavy/round)
>>4417494Ok then, how far away are we from Hilde?
>>4417496Shit, so if we tell Elina to save Hilde it'll free the Minotaur to kill Ari'el. Shit. Well, how fast can we cover 3-4 meters of distance and do we have a clear flamer shot at all the fuckers who want to kill Hilde? As in, can we roast them all simultaneously if we get within range?
>>4417501Oh, also, the snakes are out of Javelins right? That's also important.
>>4417501>Well, how fast can we cover 3-4 meters of distanceQuickly enough to help out Hildegarde, mostly because of the danger she's in. >do we have a clear flamer shot at all the fuckers who want to kill Hilde?Yeah, they're all fairly clsoe to one another since Hild is still wrestling with the woman she's holding by the necks and the other two are trying to force their swords in her guts. Gonna roll soon. Your option is a personalized version of >>4417328 but I'd like to make sure I'm not getting anything wrong.>>4417503>Oh, also, the snakes are out of Javelins right? That's also important.Yes
>>4417505No mistakes, that's about what I'm going for. Get within heavy flamer range and purge them in holy fire! I assume the other combatants are too tied up with their current targets to notice if we leave Shereen and Leena open to attack and the snakes are still behind all this melee so getting to them means going through the melee as I assume there isn't a gap big enough to charge through. Tell Elina to keep an eye out for that if she can.
Rolled 11, 32 = 43 (2d100)Alright, let's see how this goes. I'll keep on the side of caution and plan to update tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll start an upward trend with my health soon enough.
>>4417521So that's two degrees of success our way right?
>>4417529It's more about swinging the battle in your favor/gaining an advantage. The enemies were doing well on both flank but this new roll might offset that. Success don't ''bank'' it's round by round.
>>4417543Ok, but we "won" this roll right? Also, what kind of mamono are the ones trying to kill Hilde? We need a one liner here.
>>4417547Yeah, you've won pretty nicely. All the paladins races are lizardwomen.
>>4417554Aww, I was hoping for bovine types, but you can still grill lizards and snakes. Still: here's some off the top of my head.>Grill's open girls!>Now you've got to cook reptiles pretty thoroughly to avoid disease and parasites">Someone order reptilian Venison?>Next dish, snake taters!>Deer Daemon, It's what's for dinner>A taste of where you're going>You're fired>I think you're burning>What do we burn apart from witches? MORE WITCHES!I'm terrible...
>>4417588Cute effort!This fight isn't over though, do be careful...
>>4417588I prefer a simple, "Need a light?"
>>4417702Yeah, but I don't think anyone here's a smoker so it loses a bit of it's edge.Also, it goes without saying that any and all one liners are delivered during or after the attack is launched so as to avoid giving enemies time to react to, in this case, their impending barbecue.Oh man, just thought of more:>You girls are too hot for me>Damn girls, you're on fire tonight!>They clean up nicely don't ya think?>Ashes to ashes>The Crematorium is open for business>Is it getting hot in here?
>>4417601I'm not actually condoning this fyi, just tossing ideas around.>>4417920Is it hot in here? Or is it just you?I've heard that women get hot for me, but this is ridiculous.I heard saunas help you lose weight!I'm flattered that you hold a flame for me, but I must decline.Sorry! These are the only tongues you're getting from me!Man... the arson her!I can tell you've a burning passion here!
Oh, just thought of this. If we do manage to kill the fuckers who're trying to kill Hilde can she use or chuck those greatswords they have with accuracy and/or can we grab and use them with our soul arms? Can a soul arm wield them one handed? We did cast the strong version after all.Plus if we win on this flank we'll have an open shot at the Duchess again. Harassing her keeps the other snakes from joining the fighting.
>>4418378Those things are too heavy to be throw with any amount of efficiency. Also, wielding them with your soul arm won't work either, unfortunately.
>>4418558Drat, well, once this is over we should grab a few. They probably are enchanted so we could probably use em' as raw material in magitek construction or something. The Minotaur's equipment almost certainly has something up with it. Leaders and commanders always get the best toys after all.We could probably dual soul arm one, but we lack proficiency and it'd telegraph/reveal their existence quite clearly so that's a no go on that one. It's best they remain a potential surprise if we get caught in melee.
All those one-liners hurt me.>>4418650Not sure if the maneuver I'm about to suggest would work on most Mamonos, but it should be a surprise for the *helmetless* human veterans present. Ideally this would be used against and overhead strike:>Sidestep overhead blow>Grab the rear leg -the one with less weight on it- by the ankle and yank upwards hard>Foe falls on their face/stomach>Employ extreme blunt force trauma to the back of the head
Welp, now that I'm feeling a bit better my internet is being a pain. I'll post when I can but this might be another 1 post day.The freaking curse is virulant this month hot damn
>>4418751It was all just my attempt at a bit of comic relief here. I don't think it would really be in either Arawn's or Gardy's character to fire one off before victory was assured unless it served a tactical purpose.Then again, as one-liners are a way to add insult to injury perhaps it would fit us. We haven't known her long, but Hilde's our friend now and damn anyone who harms them to the deepest depths of hell!
[b]Testing. Hopefully, I'm not suffering that bug again.[/b]
>>4418871Curse, guess there won't be any fancy colors for me then. Guess only the opening [red]ID[/red] can.
''She's going to die!'' Shereen had to scream to be heard over the battlefield. Her veins glowered in a sharp, yet ominous red that pulsed with vigors and intent yet this energy had nowhere to go, for she didn't know how to channel her magic effectively. ''We...you... can't stand here!'' ''I know.'' Each second was a stroke of swords, another moment where Hildegarde wielded a tiny morsel of flesh to enchanted steels. Smoke wafted out of your gauntlet, the mechanism didn't pause as your intent traveled in your blood and magic, it vibrated and whirred with rejuvenated life, bright flame slowly erupting all over its frame. ''Run up the stairs if you have to.''This was the only warning you could afford to give Shereen and Leena. Adrenaline pulsed through your veins, your heart raged inside your chest; intent traveled through your links, both girls understood instinctively what you were about to do and the new burden of keeping an eye on Shereen. Your metal hand grabbed your arm, fiery magic organically left your gauntlet to engulf your limb then began spreading throughout your new metal shield, heating it considerably to the point of hurting your flesh protected by the leather gauntlet but... it was barrable. While lightning from your gauntlet inevitably hurt you, it seems that you can endure some amount of your fiery magic. Or... your body might have finished adjusted to Magitek. Heavy spell used.You heard a scream from behind as Shereen yelled in horror upon seeing what was happening to Hildegarde. In a final show of deadly defiance, the enemy that she was holding by the throat was standing her ground despite the maid grip likely cooking and ruining the internal parts of her flesh was standing her ground and holding your companion in place, allowing a greatsword to slam into her guts. Faster. Faster. FASTER.Fire erupted all over your body, wreathing it in painful heat. You don't know how you reached the harried maid, only that it happened and the coalescence of magic erupted out of your shield as you reached forward and put your metal hand on Hildegarde's shoulder, shielding her with your influence to avoid making her suffer the worst of your spell.Your world became a maelstrom of heat and noise as your shield and body erupted in an explosion of fire. Something loudly crashed on your right -that warrior who'd been holding onto Hildegarde's hand- whilst the sheer force of the flame took the other two aggressors by surprises, their well-honed reflexes made them retreat and survive your blow.
''Ugh... Kuh!'' Your companion coughed, you could only afford one look at her. A big, ugly gash had been carved on the left side of her body, meat has been carved wide open but, thankfully, the hemorrhage wasn't horrific because her bluish-thick blood didn't flow normally. Blue lines traveled down her naked flesh yet the blood itself remained -mostly- near the wound, forming a protective cocoon? Yet that wound was bad, you could see hints of silvery-white, an exposed rib perhaps? ''Grâz!'' One of your two remaining enemies screamed. With her back on the pillar, the antler-sporting lizardwoman had suffered from your spell. Most of her hair was gone, one side of her face had been particularly hurt by the fire. Spots of flesh had been burnt, smoke wafted out of her body, hinting at further damages. ''Drink of me deep, ravage these honorless curs!'' She turned her greatsword upside down and thrust her pommel forward. A creature came out, the upper half of a brilliant, ghostly deer exited the paladin sword and charged toward you and your friend!Your body instinctively moved forward to protect Hildegarde, you barely managed to swing your shield forward in time to intercept these horns and, unfortunately, it wasn't big enough to stop them both. Your entire body shook from the divine animal impact, one absorbed by the shield and your shoulder had to endure one horn; pain not of your own making shoo throughout your body but you held on, gladdened by the fact that, despite the thorns all over these stout horns, they only damaged the protective layer of leather on your body. You felt, then saw, a blur of movement. Hildegarde, undaunted by pain and wounds, ran around you and assailed the enemy summoner, taking her by surprise. Her pale hands grabbed the magical antlers and as the swordswoman jammed her sword handle inside the maid's ugly wound, Hildegarde twisted the paladin head at a deadly angle. Snap.Yet the damnable woman didn't die right away. With the deer trying to overpower you, you were locked in place for the seconds it took for the lizardwoman to let go of her greatsword, charge Hildegarde and lift her off her feet; both warriors crashed on the ground and with this last act of defiance the paladin stopped moving and the animal trying to trample you dissipated.
Where's the last warrior!?That last warrior hadn't beset you or Hildegarde and you realized that she did not retreat toward her comrades because she had taken the opportunity of your intervention to [run toward Shereen and Leena! She had already made half the distance, damn her bodily reinforcement! Sudden frustration erupted from Elina and Klesiah as the battle, which had taken a positive turn toward your party, was suddenly swung back into uncertainty when the paladins conjured their gods, adding new -temporary- combatants on the enemy side, creatures that wouldn't last more than a few seconds but more than enough to take anyone by surprise! >Elina can fly, tell her to reach Shereen! Ari'el can handle the center by himself!>Do what you can do impede the enemy at range, you've no hope of reaching her by foot before she reaches your little sun! >Scream at Shereen to retreat back upstairs with the Black Cat and run after this honorless cur of a paladin!>FreeYou can't get a good grasp of what's happening on the battlefield until you decide on something to do, this is one of those moments where you gotta make a heartbeat decision.
>>4418880Damnit all to hell I knew this would happen! Child murdering cunts, if only we had the chance to kill em' slow. Oh well, their liege can suffer that fate as we piss on their ashes!Ok, the Minotaur, where are we in regards to her and where is she in regards to Ari'el? How quickly can we switch elements again and will that run the risk of malfunction? Is Hilde OK and are those two bitches who tackled her dead? Can she get up and fight still? Do we still have our soul arms? Can't we yell at Shereen to retreat as we do something else? And how the hell did that lizard bitch manage to move after having her neck snapped!? That should have immobilized her!Also, she said for Graz to drink deep of her. Hopefully this summoning spell costs them somehow and that, if we survive this onslaught, they'll be drained and easy clean up. Problem is surviving this round...
>>4418895>Ok, the Minotaur, where are we in regards to her and where is she in regards to Ari'el?She's still in the center, that's as much info as you can get for now. >How quickly can we switch elements again and will that run the risk of malfunction? You can do it for this fast action but it could cause a malfunction, yes. Low chance, but I'll still need to roll for it.> Is Hilde OK and are those two bitches who tackled her dead?She's still alive and yeah, the two paladins are dead. > Can she get up and fight still? Yes, though she's slowed down by the body above her, nobody else is within reach to finish her off.>Do we still have our soul arms?Yes, Arawn used them to wrestle with the deer and they weren't damaged.>Can't we yell at Shereen to retreat as we do something else? Yes, the choice there was to confirm doing that or not. >And how the hell did that lizard bitch manage to move after having her neck snapped!? That should have immobilized her!She was one though gal...
>>4418902Toughness ain't got shit to do with it. Snapping the neck severs the spinal chord and thus prevents any and all neural signals from going below it. This is why it's fatal. Not only can you not move, but the brain is then also unable to tell your heart to keep pumping and your lungs to keep drawing in air. Much like a decapitation, you'll get to watch things happen utterly powerless for a few fleeting seconds as you unavoidably die.Of course, perhaps this daemon's blessing or the nature of corruption allows one final action before death. If so than mamono's are truly OP and only angels it seems have them beat in the BS department. How the hell did the races of man survive the previous Demon Lords attempts to extinct them?We can give telepathic orders right? It was just a single lizardgirl charging Shereen right? She's smart enough to not turn her back towards the enemy and run and instead withdraw walking/running backwards with the shield up right? Are we within heavy flamer range of the Minotaur and could we sync Elina's withdraw to Shereen to coincide with a fireball or burst of flames upon her? Can we chain a strong fireball (or in this case I'd go for Pyro Spear/Lance) into a flamethrower spell to keep her off balance? Can Elina just ram or tackle the bitch into the nearby wall? She has a spear yes? Can she just run the bitch through and pin her to said wall?
>>4418915Oh, of course, if we get into science that displays from the paladin was completely impossible but it's fair to say that you aren't facing normal enemies. A neck snap would kill most normal/non-combative Mamonos (remember that being in battle and the mindset it bring has a tangible effect on bodies here, especially with a trained fighter who know reinforcement)>How the hell did the races of man survive the previous Demon Lords attempts to extinct them?Unity of course. Mankind had the perfect excuse to avoid killing one another and when the demon lords started to wane before Damien, well, that mindset unfortunately stopped. There were only two Demon Lords that were highly successful in harming mankind on a large scale. One is, of course, the man responsible for the Great Crusade and the other was a vampire who subverted a large number of kingdoms and might have done as much damage as Damien if the intelligent races of monsters (always able to resist the Demon Lord influence) didn't betray him. >We can give telepathic orders right?Nothing complex. It has to be simple like ''Save Shereen!'' Not ''Support the center and go toward Hildegarde.'' >It was just a single lizardgirl charging Shereen right?Yes.>She's smart enough to not turn her back towards the enemy and run and instead withdraw walking/running backwards with the shield up right?Who knows, she's not trained...>Are we within heavy flamer range of the Minotaur and could we sync Elina's withdraw to Shereen to coincide with a fireball or burst of flames upon her?You're within range to redo your charging flame spell yes. Or doing an actual flamethrowing with a heavy dose of magic. As for Elina, the timing will be freaking tight, there's no telling if she'll reach Shereen in that time since she's still a good distance away from the princess. We're talking seconds before the paladin reaches your little sun here. Meaning a roll.>Can we chain a strong fireball (or in this case I'd go for Pyro Spear/Lance) into a flamethrower spell to keep her off balance?No, the spell has to remain relatively simple unless you use your body as a nexus as you did right now with the explosive shield charge.> Can Elina just ram or tackle the bitch into the nearby wall?Yeah but again, the timing will be tight. Arawn is the closest person Elina is some distance away; I won't tell precisely because there's no time to look. >She has a spear yes? Can she just run the bitch through and pin her to said wall?Halberd, but yeah charging with it is effective.There's no telling how Elina will try and stop the paladin since your telepathy isn't sophisticated enough for direct words.
>>4418940Seems you're really intent on one of ours dying here.Ok, so no pyro lance. How about a fireball that explodes upwards more than outwards? How about a flare spiral or impact firecracker spell that's more about emitting force and destabilizing an opponent over immolating them? There is also our final trump card. A fusion activation, how fast would a medium tier activation happen and would that give us the speed necessary to stop this bitch in time? Could we warn Ari'el about incoming Minotaur instead of telling Shereen to retreat? Would a medium firebolt spell be enough to destabilize the charging bitch?And again, for the love of God where the *fuck* is the rest of our party!? We could REALLY use a big damn heroes moment right about now and it's been over an hour so if they're not dead where are they? I'd assume that if Mina died or was severely damaged Klesiah would feel it and she didn't before we walked in and ain't no way a battle with Jab took a full friggin' hour to resolve. Plus Mina can fly fast as an angel and phase through walls and floors. At the very least she should be able to reach us in time to do *something*.
>>4419035Oh, also, another obvious question but as Shereen was looking in this direction when it all went down she clearly saw the bitch charging for her coming right? I don't see how she'd fail to.
>>4419035I'm not!>How about a fireball that explodes upwards more than outwards? How about a flare spiral or impact firecracker spell that's more about emitting force and destabilizing an opponent over immolating them?Both are possible, though you won't be able to do it while running since the spell timing will be very important. >There is also our final trump card. A fusion activation, how fast would a medium tier activation happen and would that give us the speed necessary to stop this bitch in time?Going fusion... will allow you to stop that enemy. I won't tell how fast or how, but it'll work. I feel a little bit with withholding info but this -is- a moment where Arawn make a heartbeat decision. >Could we warn Ari'el about incoming Minotaur instead of telling Shereen to retreat?Yeah but it'll be useless since he's in the center where she is, he's got a better eye on her than you do. >Would a medium firebolt spell be enough to destabilize the charging bitch?With a roll, yes.>And again, for the love of God where the *fuck* is the rest of our party!? We could REALLY use a big damn heroes moment right about now and it's been over an hour so if they're not dead where are they?Eeeehehehehehee>>4419043Yeah, she's currently experiencing the widespread ''lock-up'' recruits get when thrown in a warzone.
>>4419056>I feel a little bitForgot the word ''bad'' there. I swear, my illness isn't making me cruel!
>>4419056Ok, say we go with with the destabilization plan, would our soul link with Elina help her use that to her advantage? Can't angels fly incredibly fast? A few extra meters while airborne should be child's play especially if it's a straight line. Could we order Shereen to block as we do it or any other action? That might shake her out of it. Also, couldn't she use her blood magic to mutate her arms for a strength boost like she did against that brat back in town?
>>4419074>Ok, say we go with with the destabilization plan, would our soul link with Elina help her use that to her advantage? Can't angels fly incredibly fast?Yes to both.>Could we order Shereen to block as we do it or any other action?Best you can do isscream and hope for the best.>Also, couldn't she use her blood magic to mutate her arms for a strength boost like she did against that brat back in town?Yeah but her magic is still in an instinctive stage since the only training she's got is in rituals.
>>4419083Ok then, we tell Elina to save Shereen as we go for destabilization. We also scream for Shereen to block.I would go for a fusion, but if we trigger the full version instead of the medium that'd be bad as we'd have to drop it after one round and be bone dry on reserves after that. It would open up one other possibility, but that would literally bring the house down and probably kill anyone who isn't an angel (i.e. a mecha fire cannon shot).
Rolled 97, 57 = 154 (2d100)>>4419102>Unleash a destabilizing fireball whilst begging Elina to help Shereen, your little sun is in danger...! Roll 1d20Will take best of 2.Bloody illness came back now that I'm feeling tired so tomorrow it is.
Rolled 6 + 2 (1d20 + 2)One more roll for something completely unrelated, yes.
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>4419121Let's see here...
>>4419121>>4419127>>4419136Welp, looks like we're all gonna die now...
>>4419143Though in all honesty, given how late it is, I would have waited until tomorrow afternoon to see if anyone else had a better idea...
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>4419121lets see how this goes
>>4419168And like that we've failed to protect our charge and we're all gonna die alone in this basement. Self-righteous evil snake bitch is the winner of the game...Now we just gotta hope that when we die we don't take the remaining linked girls with us...
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>4419155Shit, that's true I got a bit ahead of myself. I should have said to roll on it if we get agreements.>>4419136>>4419168Nice rolls, nice rolls indeed. Now I don't want to cause bad blood by taking em but such is the dice... This result prompts me to do a little something.Though if you guys feel cheated, I'll ask for another course of action.>>4419174Don't be so glum. Things are moving very quickly for this situation so the battlefield hasn't gotten too bad yet.
Fucking hell everyone is struck by sheer incompetence aside from the general battle momentum. I'll interpret these rolls a little differently to keep the mood.
>>4419184Yep, we just lost Shereen. That was for her and she failed to block. Her head has been cleanly separated from her shoulders...
>>4419189That roll was for the paladin. Your and Elina efforts removed her modifier.
>>4419189Oh, also, as an aside, the more "desperate" things get for us the easier/cheaper a fusion activation gets right?
>>4419195Err, almost afraid to ask but what was that modifier?Ok then, after that display, I'd say things have just become pretty fucking desperate. I'm probably gonna push for fusion next round. Medium of course, so we can actually maintain it.That massively boosts our physical capabilities, grants universal melee weapons mastery, maxed out melee skill, and gives us the "artificial" modifier on our internal structure (such that our insides essentially count as metal) right? Would it also give us throwing mastery? Gardy's mind is like an A.I. construct and boy howdy can those throw/shoot good.
>>4419205Varies depending on what you were doing. On its own? Whooping +10.>That massively boosts our physical capabilities, grants universal melee weapons mastery, maxed out melee skill, and gives us the "artificial" modifier on our internal structure (such that our insides essentially count as metal) right?You are right on every account.>Would it also give us throwing mastery?Yes, though Gardy internal weapons or general melee pressure is usually much more effective than throwing.
>>4419226Ok, say we do do a medium fusion next round. Would we have the strength/option to, say, jump on top of the Minotaur and, using our hands or legs, pop/crush her skull like an overripe watermelon? That ought to be instantly fatal regardless of other rules.
>>4419320No, she'd be fighting back. Going fusion won't give free kills, you might have the strength to pulverize her head but accomplishing it isn't easy.
>>4419324Damnit, even with 2 angels and high-level combatants it seems like we were almost outclassed the instant they got their little summon off.Ok, so we've confirmed killed 2 out 5 bodyguard snakes and 3 lizards. That leaves about 10 enemy combatants. Did anyone else manage to bag a kill or incapacitation? If we could just get this down to 1v1 combat our people should be able to beat theirs.Shit like this is why you never split the party. If we had Zhu and Mina here this would be going way better as they could probably take out that damned deer. Is Ari'el still struggling with that thing? Can he even kill it if he gets a clear shot?
>>4419339>Did anyone else manage to bag a kill or incapacitation?Not that you can see immediately.He is having a bit of a struggle for now, yeah If it can be harmed remain to be seen, theoretically, it should be vulnerable to good old steel given the logic of summons.
>>4419356So it's possible only divine armaments like Zhu's sword or Mina's arrows can actually harm the thing. It would seem the Minotaur is the "anchor" for it though and *she* can be killed the good ol' fashioned way. Is their arrival contingent upon us scoring a major advantage with the momentum dice?Another question, say we go medium fusion, can we cause a spike/blade/claws to erupt out of our non-gauntlet hand or arm and would it count as an "artificial" weapon?
>>4419388No.>Another question, say we go medium fusion, can we cause a spike/blade/claws to erupt out of our non-gauntlet hand or arm, and would it count as an "artificial" weapon?You wouldn't be able to shapeshift your body, unfortunately. Medium fusion will strengthen everything internal amazingly well in addition to getting supreme battle skill, but actual shapeshifting as you did against Orkus need a full fusion.
>>4419405That's both good and bad, god do we need them now. Like, right now.Your mention of Porky jogged my memory. Shereen can enchant her blood to create a mystic poison that does quite the nasty number on red world entities, soul eaters and, I would assume, summons like Graz.How long does that take to do and is there any way to tell Elina and Shereen to try that? If I'm right all Elina has to do after coating her weapon with that is cut the Deer Ari'el's fighting and boom, bad times for it and, hopefully by extension, the rest of our enemies.
>>4419501>Your mention of Porky jogged my memory. Shereen can enchant her blood to create a mystic poison that does quite the nasty number on red world entities, soul eaters and, I would assume, summons like Graz.Aren't you a smart lad.>How long does that take to doOne round of prep time, you need something to coat it with though. >is there any way to tell Elina and Shereen to try that?Not without verbally explaining it. Remember, your telepathy function on emotions and basic intents.
>>4419512Ok then, if the left flank is clear we can run over and tell her that Graz is like Porky, make with the blood poison, and for Elina to go along as we don't got time to explain the details. She keeps crying about how useless she is, time for her to become supremely useful and potentially save our collective asses!Something to coat it with? Don't you mean coat with it? Elina's Halberd is an obvious choice. If our mace has flanges so is it. If we could, say, cut off some clothing and get it nice and soggy with enchanted blood we could have Elina squeeze some onto Ari'el's wings or toss it over to Klesiah with the basic instruction "coat your blade in it".Also, since everyone failed their rolls by hilarious amounts I assume next round starts with that guard off balance and with an angry Elina right next to her (i.e. she's fucked). How long do blood spikes remain solid after formation, can they withstand heat, and can they be coated in her poison? Giving Hilde something like that to throw at the damned deer ought to prove quite effective. I am also curious as to its effects on organic targets, but best stick to what we know will work for now.
>>4419535Hell, as we approached we could yell out Graz is like Orkus/the demon we defeated with her aid. Do the thing!That's basically code talk, she'll get it but the enemy won't until it's too late.
Not feeling too well today, I'll likely have to update tomorrow. I'll take as long as we need to finish this fight at least.
>>4420150Dang, the suspense is killin' me here dude.A few more questions though. If we source Shereen can she make the poison extra virulent? Like, turn what she coats with it into a "mortal" weapon? Can we launch a fireball at the middle as we move towards Shereen to relieve pressure on the cult leader next round? Can we tell Hilde to give some ground and is there a good position for her between where she is now and Shereen's location? How much ground does everyone have to give before we're cut off from the lord of vengeance and our charges surrounded?
>>4420176>A few more questions though. If we source Shereen can she make the poison extra virulent?Impossible to know until you try. >Can we launch a fireball at the middle as we move towards Shereen to relieve pressure on the cult leader next round?No, the act of destabilising the paladin with an exploding fireball is locked.>Can we tell Hilde to give some ground and is there a good position for her between where she is now and Shereen's location? No time for that right now, you'll have to trust she can keep herself alive without any immediate enemies. And the only good position would be behind one of the pillars on your side of the fight.>How much ground does everyone have to give before we're cut off from the lord of vengeance and our charges surrounded?You'd need to go back at the entrance to leave Ari'el and Myr without support. For the time being, Klesiah will remain with the dark elf.
>>4420189I know that's locked and everyone failed their rolls hard. I was thinking about the round after this.
>>4420214In that case, yeah. Though it remain to be seen if he handle fire as well as Hildegarde.Man I really wanted to udpate today but I'll take it slow. Better that way.
>>4420238We're currently using a looted medium shield right? As angel weapons are extensions of their souls and Shereen's blood poison seems to corrode those we ought to prepare a backup plan if that's the case.Working plan for the next round. Fire either a hail of firebolts or a full on fireball on the enemies Ari'el is holding off with a holy shield as we run over to Shereen (I assume Elina will flat out kill that paladin given how she probably whiffed a full on "everything she had" power attack and thus will be off balance when Elina reaches her so yeah, easy Deathblow for her I'm hoping).We have three or more things to coat with that blood poison. Her halberd, our mace, and a shaved off shard of our shield (four plus, if blood spikes from the hopefully recently dead paladin what tried to decapitate her and/or a rag that can be used to coat other weapons can be a thing). Hopefully the poison doesn't corrode her halberd but if it does we got both our mace, the sharp shard of our shield, and mamono blood spikes to work with. We will also source Elina and Shereen during this while charging another heavy fire spell. Hopefully we get to be more inventive with it as we'd have more time. I still want to try hitting that Minotuar with a pyro spear...
There was no time to think, only act. NOW.As you saw the armored woman with flames still clinging to her body running toward Shereen who, unfortunately, remained locked in place by indecision, your emotions exploded in a dizzying array of activity. Magic traveled into your gauntlet while you ran, you left behind Hildegarde who was still struggling with the metal-clad body covering her. Light traveled the blue frame of your magitek weapon and a fiery bolt exiting your fingers, still connected by a long fiery trail to your hand.It reached forward in a great streak of colors at a speed that wouldn't be matched by any physical enchantment. Unfortunately, your aim was off, the bolt veered leftward, missing the running combatant and that's when you clenched your hand in a fist causing the spell to suddenly erupt in an explosion of fire that was, alas, pure flame with too little force behind it. The paladin managed to shield her wounded face with her armored arm and even stumbled when your magic stuck to her body but it wasn't enough to stop her. In that same movement she somehow -by pure damn luck- dodged a familiar streak of gold? A bubble of wind crashed on the pillar the paladin just ran past an instant later, exploding similarly to your explosive firebolt but despite this interrupted all that did is to make the enemy stumble forward and grip her sword for balance, ignoring the pain of your flame and inertia of Elina magic! One step, second step, third step...''RUN SHEREEN!!'' Screaming was the only thing you could do now. Your little sun was standing her ground in a mixture of resolution and fear. Her tail whipped Leena's face and the smaller girl reluctantly ran up the stairs to get away from the enemy reach, the princess tightened her grip on the shield you gave her. The paladin reached your little sun and struck with a greatsword nearly as tall as she was, the blade found purchase right in the middle of her shield.She had no hope of enduring such a blow, her arms gave out almost right away, the shield painfully tackled her chest, nearly lifting her off her feet. The sheer strength and momentum of the paladin strike slammed your little sun against the caged wall of the mausoleum.Shereen let out a worrying gurgle and slumped on the ground, barely registering a sudden blue blur crashing against the enemy who'd just regained her balance. Both bodies violently crashed in a concert of tortured metal and a sudden golden rectangle appeared above Elina, imprisoning her with the murderer in a makeshift coffin as she wrapped her hands around the woman's neck and began squeezing, completely unaffected by the violent tackle that just occurred. With Elina advantageous position on the enemy's back and without any space to struggle, her life was going to be choked out or the angel will break that bitch neck.
Another one of those half-formed mystical deer suddenly materialized on the stairs! It was only the upper half of a deer with two legs and the murderous antlers, head angled low for a charge toward the youngest, most vulnerable girl of your party...!Only for a second golden line to pierce right through its head and imbed itself inside the stair below Leena. The murderous ghostly animal disappeared without fanfare, leaving behind a dangerously stiff Shereen and two women locked in a deadly wrestle that was quickly being won by your angelic companion. On the left was the source of those golden streaks. Mina stood a few feets away from you, having grown a few inches shorter, her skin had changed from its previously organic peachy paleness into a mixture of gold, green and red, her mouth thankfully hadn't disappeared but the sheer bizarreness of her appearance left you bemused for a moment. She nodded to you and promptly flew back toward the fight, another golden arrow materialized in her hand; the notch and loose looked natural despite her quick flying movements.''Die die!'' A scream from the center briefly caught your attention. The minotaur big, heavy sword bore down on Ari'el who kept his three enemies at bay and trampled through the resistance of his wings to chop into his shoulder, thankfully his modified body endured the blow and without breaking a sweat the angel sword reappeared in his hand and he stabbed upward, sinking half of it in the guts of his enemy. Another sword blindsided him, slicing into his flank and the power behind the blow dragged him out of position toward the left yet even that gruesome display wasn't enough to slow him down. The man got up and charged his four enemies, bellowing his warcry, completely undaunted by the visible slice on his body that didn't show a single hint of blood.You also saw something peculiar in the enemy backline. The three remaining lamia bodyguards had grabbed their unconscious liege and left the premise by taking the left tunnel, you only caught a brief glimpse of them as they disappeared.''Leena, are you okay!?'' The Black Cat hadn't moved from her position, she nodded silently, too afeared and worried to speak. A sickening crunch nearly resounded when Elina broke the paladin neck, ending her struggle for good, finally allowing her to dissipate the golden shield overlapping her back.''Shereen!'' Blood trickled down her nose, her body was worryingly limp, no words or touch prompted any kind of response. She'd been slammed so hard against that wall, damn it blood was coming out the back of her head! ''Is she!?'' Elina stumbled to her feet.''She's not dead!'' You yelled back, ignoring the fact the princess didn't seem to be breathing. ''Please, Elina!''Healing mist flowed out of her hand, entering and refreshing Shereen's body from the inside and out. Each moment was agonizingly long.
A burst of pain from your knight made you look her way. An enemy warrior had managed to get a lucky slice on her back and blood oozed from Myr flank where a portion of her flesh had been noticeably sliced open, causing a worrying hemorrhage that didn't slow the dark elf for now. Mina sudden arrival, thankfully, was giving your party an immediate advantage as she methodically sniped every single spiritual foe one by one, each shot came out of her bow with surgical precision.The enemy forces were all concentrated on the center and left.''Is the princess okay?'' Hildegarde strained voice only hinted at the pain she was feeling. Her wounds were nothing short of horrific yet she ran here without slowing down.''Y-you?'' Elina was taken aback at the maid constitution. ''She's alive.'' She stated and stopped her healing to move toward the maid. ''Really? Why isn't she conscious then!?'' Another flow of white fog came out of the angel palms, directly entering the maid's ruined side. Slowly, her flesh regenerated, the wound receded, the protective scab was returning into the bodyguard body. ''Her body is fine but the shock still needs time to recover, she should wake up in a little while, maybe a few minutes or half an hour.'' As the clash of steel resonated into your little safe corner of the battlefield, you began to feel hate. ''Once I'm done with you I'll be almost dry.'' Elina stated.''Then stop.'' The maid retorted and tried to move, only for a red wing to nearly smack her face. ''I'll twist your ear and sit your ass down in the corner if I have to, you're not going anywhere with a bloody exposed rib!'' As the battle continued, the early advantages brought by the mystical deers appearances had changed into a dangerous deadlock because of Mina timely arrival, seeing how hard Ari'el was fighting in the center and the wound on your blueberry, coupled with this damn murder attempt on your princess caused a deluge of scorching heat to flow out of your heart in a process you understood as pure, simple ''hate''. It battered the gate of your sanity, magic pulsed throughout your body as your healthy reserves felt alive, burning all over, embracing violence and ready to unleash it. >Embrace Fusion [weak/medium] and fight in a flank (Left or Center). End this damnable fight once and for all. >With sheer force of will, you can hold back. Your little sun is alive, Hildegarde is being healed... support the fight as best you can. (Left or Center) A) Do so at range by using your gauntlet.B) Join the melee properly, another body in the fray will be the best thing to give your friends some breathing room. >Free
>>4422040Mina's a big damn hero! How fast is she compared to the rest of our party?Damnit, I was hoping for Shereen to make some poison. How many enemies remain? How desperate is the current situation? Does our current emotional state make fusion about as easy and cheap as it's going to get? Can a healing potion save Myr from the wound she received? Is the big deer still fighting Ari'el? How many attacks does Mina get a round?
>>4422067Oh, also, how many enemies are on each flank and is Hilde still a walking talking thermite grenade?
>>4422067>How many enemies remain? How desperate is the current situation?Three paladins are dead, seven are left + Minotaur. There<s about three mystical deers left, all on the left near Myr, Mina and Klesiah. >How desperate is the current situation? Still touch and go but your party is getting an advantage because of Mina arrival (Meaning +15 in the coming momentum roll)>Does our current emotional state make fusion about as easy and cheap as it's going to get?No, but it make it easier than a ''naked'' fusion.>Can a healing potion save Myr from the wound she received?Yes.> Is the big deer still fighting Ari'el?It seems to have disappeared. Whether it was conjured out or Mina sniped it, Arawn didn't see.>How many attacks does Mina get a round?Two arrow shots + excellent movements, she can support the left or center in the same round.>Oh, also, how many enemies are on each flankFour paladins on the left, three paladins in the center + Minotaur.>is Hilde still a walking talking thermite grenade?Yes.
>>4422079Healing potions work on Hilde too don't they? Is her remaining wound negatively impacting her combat potential? Can we tell Mina to headshot the Minotaur? Can a tackle be counted as a movement for her? Can Elina heal and do a wind blast at the same time? Are the remaining deer off to the side of the melee or stuck right in the middle of it?Also, in regards to fusion, how expensive are they in relation to our current reserves? Weak just grants universal weapon mastery and max melee skill right? Does our emotional state make other magic cheaper?
>>4422090>Healing potions work on Hilde too don't they?Yes, but they'll take too long for her to return into battle. >Is her remaining wound negatively impacting her combat potential? Elina is going to completely heal her up. Otherwise, yes, that wound will impact her. Moderately so.>Can we tell Mina to headshot the Minotaur? If you scream, sure.>Can a tackle be counted as a movement for her?I'm not sure what you mean here. Mina can levitate/fly so her getting tackled means she'll need to be within reach for that.>Can Elina heal and do a wind blast at the same time? Absolutely not. Multicast is possible but need some dedicated training.>Are the remaining deer off to the side of the melee or stuck right in the middle of it?The last three have realized Mina sudden apperance and are off to the side to dodge her arrows and support their allies.>Also, in regards to fusion, how expensive are they in relation to our current reserves?Weak = 1/2Medium = at least 3/4. Might run dry, or very close to.>Weak just grants universal weapon mastery and max melee skill right?Yes, this will allow you to handle greatswords length and melee much, much more efficiently. >Does our emotional state make other magic cheaper?Yes.
>>4422102I meant the possibility of Mina tackling/ramming someone after her shots are fired. Can she?Do we have a greatsword within reach? How much longer will Hilde's healing take? Can we source Elina's healing while launching a spell from our gauntlet? Can we safely change elements now? How far are each of our enemies from us? Could we fire a spell after/during a fusion activation?
>>4422117>I meant the possibility of Mina tackling/ramming someone after her shots are fired. Can she?Oh, in that case, no. Tackling will need full commitment.>Do we have a greatsword within reach?Yeah, the one from the recently killed paladin.>How much longer will Hilde's healing take?She and Elina will need to sit out this coming round, both will be good by the one after next. >Can we source Elina's healing while launching a spell from our gauntlet?No, healing requires serious commitment.>Can we safely change elements now?Yup.>How far are each of our enemies from us?Roughly 7 meters. you're back at the entrance of the mausoleum, reaching anyone as you are in melee will need a full round.>Could we fire a spell after/during a fusion activation?After is good.
>>4422121So unless we go with medium fusion we won't be able to help anyone out this round in/with melee?
>>4422124With a weak fusion, charging into melee will work as a way to support your party. Will, of course, be dangerous, but it's possible.
>>4422125Ok then. We have a clear shot at the remaining deer and they aren't in melee correct? That means if we at them we don't risk friendly fire. Now that Mina's close her and Klesiah have the same sync effect that we do with her right? I got an idea, but I need that info.
>>4422126>We have a clear shot at the remaining deer and they aren't in melee correct? Yeah, all three are behind their summoners.>Now that Mina's close her and Klesiah have the same sync effect that we do with her right?Yes.
>>4422130Ok then, one more question. If we switch to ice how many spikes can we launch? These things are resistant to magic but Ice Spikes deal physical damage and thus they shouldn't be able to just shrug that off.
>>4422133Entirely dependent on the amount of magic used. Since Heavy is what you guys operate on, that means 4 ''medium''spikes.Though that also prevents reaching anyone in one round since Arawn need to aim.
>>4422139Can a medium spike take out a deer?
>>4422144Try and find out.
>>4422146Ok then, the deer are all close to each other right? Say we went with 2 spikes, could they overpenetrate?
>>4422151They aren't lined up close enough to make that work.
>>4422156Damn, in that case, switch to ice. 3 spikes, 3 targets. Use the energy that would have made a fourth to either enlarge the other 3 or increase projectile velocity. Broadcast this intent to Klesiah. I will trust in Mina's judgement and in her desire to ensure nobody, not even Ari'el, dies here.Next round, Elina gets to drink deeply of our reserves and obliterate that Minotaur.
>>4422161That is, if Mina didn't put one right between the eyes. Point is, next round she gets another dynamic entry with the hopes it outright kills an enemy.
>>4422161So, to break this down.>Switch element to ice and support the left flank by aiming at the summoned creatures with murderous magical spikes.Will need 1d20, best of 2. I'll only take rolls if we get an agreement from another anon or in an hour to get things going.
Rolled 58, 67 + 15 = 140 (2d100 + 15)Alright I'll go with that option and answer tomorrow. My health keeps worsening in the evening, so I won't work on updating tonight. Give me 1d20!
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>4422231Phone posting!
>>4422263Hrm, I don't like this number. I suppose you guys will stick to it?
>>4422270I knew it, I knew you wanted one or more of ours to die here. Truly, you are the kindred spirit of pic related.And yes, I think we'll stand with a 16.
>>4422279Also, where's Leena? She's still alive right?
>>4422285Leena ran halfway upstairs but came back now that things are safe.>>4422279Nobody died so your statement about my intent is nothing more than an hypothesis!
>>4422291Shereen and Leena would have if the dice gods didn't decide that they hated everyone last round.
>>4422306You really think I would ahve killed one or even two little girls? One of whom you've been getting to know so very well since the start of act 2?
>>4422310Yes, and you'd REJOICE while doing so.
Oh, just caught this and need clarification. You said Hilde and Elina will be good to go the round after next. Do you mean after this one?
>>4422434Good, I just hope someone isn't holding onto yet one more trump card and that if they are we can end them before they can deploy it. This Graz Daemon was bad enough...
Resisting the smoldering anger burning your guts felt almost cruel especially with the battle continuing to rage and seeing your knight in imminent danger. The paladins besetting her weren't incompetent fools and kept a dangerous pressure despite Mina's arrival. Heavy blades were dodged with such closeness that your heart leaped each time. Klesiah couldn't find good purchase with her glaive so instead, she concentrated on deflecting blows and unleashing lightning out of continuously diminishing reserves, each jolt found their marks to minimum effect but at least the disruption gave her time to breath.Her companion didn't look so good, the heavy wound on her side was hemorrhaging generously but Myr remained apt and alert, unable to fully commit to an assault because the paladins understood to step back after getting parried to avoid incoming blows from her tonfas. Each blows slowly chipped away at her endurance. The deers walked the outskirt of the fight like stalking cats, trying to find an opportunity to tackle a combatant while remaining mindful of the floating archer. In the center, Ari'el was struggling. The sheer weight and mass of the plated minotaur added with the major blessing of her ethereal protector forced the angel to use shields when it came to parrying her blades and his numerous opponents were getting used to his wings, a few lucky strikes snuck past his defense to find his silvery flesh. He and the minotaur were trading words whilst trying to kill one another, the sound of battle coupled with distance made it impossible for you to hear. Your nose pushed the button of your gauntlet and a heavy dose of magic was automatically sucked out. None of the girls commented as you walked out of the little archway they've been somewhat huddled into, your intent was clear to Elina and it flowed into Klesiah who, in turn, let Mina know of your plan. The shard was about to unleash a volley of golden arrows toward the phantasmal deers but restrained herself. You prepared a simple but effective spell as your weapon settled into its new element; hopefully, the message will be understood.As the melee continued you took a moment to aim and let your magic fly! Most of your energy went into creating potent velocity into your projectiles, three javelins of ice shot simultaneously out of your magitek gauntlet, taking the phantasmal animals by complete surprise. All three found purchase on each creature to little effect, the animal's half-formed body swirled around your magic like smoky hallucinations but the projectiles still took them by complete surprise, allowing Mina to notch two arrows into two different creatures heads, causing them to immediately dissipate. Then she flew above the small melee and landed beside the third one, prompting it to strike but the shard grabbed the mystical horns in response and dragged the ghostly creature away.Those ghosts -are- resistant to your magic but a shard of Mother Earth works against them!
''Guuurk!?'' A bloody scream from the center attracted your attention. Ari'el had erected a huge, thick golden wall between him and most of his opposition, giving him enough room to fight a paladin one and one he showed himself murderously effective. One-half of his wings had come together to block her greatsword, his seconds half blocked desperate ramming from another one of those spiritual deer. The angel sword had disemboweled the women and with an expert redirection of his weapon, the angel aimed upward and promptly decapitated the antler-sporting lizard woman, causing the ghost to immediately dissipate. The few seconds his opponents needed to run around his shield had been enough for one of their numbers to die. You knew it back in the park but this angel is extremely dangerous. ''Center!'' Anku suddenly screamed, retreating with two remaining comrades in the center of the now ruined mausoleum. the three paladins on the left flank promptly obeyed, abandoning the melee and retreating in good order as neither Myr nor Klesiah had expected this sudden turn of event, Mina was too busy wrestling -killing- the last deer to take advantage of this. Ari'el took a few protective steps back. His body scarred and cracked in numerous parts, his wings looked damaged like dropped pieces of porcelain but each second healed a fracture and what damaged that's been carved into his flesh had stopped bleeding on its own. A sudden lull was thrown on the battlefield, enough time for Klesiah to give Myr a healing potion and the paladins to reach into their pouch to drink a similar liquid: everyone was far too winded to launch an immediate assault to stop this refreshment. Still, these healing potions would need a long while to heal wounds but the hemorrhage, at least, would be stopped in short order.Half the paladins were dead, these women, no matter how much you hated them, were giving one hell of a fight. You decided to get closer, joining up with Klesiah, Myr, and Mina near the silvery angel. Elina and Hildegarde would be joining up shortly... and while you intensely disliked leaving Shereen behind like a corpse, Leena would at least be there if your little sun wakes up. ''Half the faithful gave everything.'' Anku said, voice breaking slightly yet she shouldered her heavy blade. ''Grâz always bless the worthy, even if their strength is left wanting.'' ''What's so worthy about trying to murder a child?'' You spat, resisting the urge to make another spell. Your soul arms recoiled slightly, ready to be unleashed in case someone decided to charge. ''Half your numbers are gone and for what? A duchess that's abandoned you?'' ''No matter the misery Myrtidal people keep shouldering, the portal should remain closed. Such is my lady wish, such will be our honor.'' Says the lady minotaur. ''Nothing matters more than being true in purpose.''
''Pathetic, your bodies are nothing more than shields.'' Ari'el couldn't have missed the fact Ashtar was gone but, thankfully, it wasn't enough to make him lose his cool. ''I didn't expect to find such a worthy trial in your band of illuminated fools yet you are the instrument of a cowardly leader and since none of you wish to make amends with the people you've ignored -and hurt so deeply- I'll take your heads and reject your false god for that is what vengeance demand. The pharaoh might be the greater devil, but that doesn't mean I'll ignore the one standing before me now.''''Devil?'' Anku spat. ''There are only two things here befitting that word but no matter, five gave the ultimate price and so our honorable hunter shall manifest. Grâz!'' Anku yelled, slapping her armored chest with an equally metal covered gauntlet. ''Break the False Mother agents!'' All the corpses still bore antlers and now, you noticed, that addition was gone. With Anku scream came an apparition, a new combatant, a man-beast of greenish-blue energy with dark brown fur all over its body rose from the ground. This creature height matched the minotaur and a pair of big, shiny antlers on its head added with the collections sported by your enemies. With hands big enough to squeeze a man head and an ogre bulk, this weaponless yet intimidating creature was undeniably dangerous, its eyes burned a flame equal to the firepits inside the paladins. Its face showed human traits but everything melded into bestial furs, making it impossible to find distinctive traits.As each paladin died, their souls reinforced this... parasite? No, this has to be a godly shard, an existence similar to Mina.''I remember you, servant to the Pretenders of plains monsters. You are a worthy existence, a creature deserving the faith of the harried, battered, and bruised centaurs tribes keeping their struggling culture alive these days.'' Mina's soft voice held no gentleness. She floated in the backline, golden bow in hands, arrow notched and ready to let fly. ''Fighting now brings satisfaction to an unforgivable enemy, yet still, you stand against us.''''This land drained of faith offer nothing but oblivion to anyone inhabiting it.'' The man-beast spoke, his voice low, guttural yet somehow not altogether unpleasant, it conjured images of a grandpa who still stood tall despite a long, hard life. ''It imploded five years ago and with it was the death of souls leaving it's people as husks going through empty motions of life, their fire has been extinguished, they hunt nothing, provide nothing, family breaks in whimpers. The few are worthier than the many, for they are the only ones who can be saved.'' He growled, greenish fire escaping its animalistic jaw.
''Is that so?'' Mina asked, golden eyes narrowing into a dangerous gleam, her hair danced in an invisible current, projecting rainbow colors as each strand seemed to flash and dim at odd times. ''Poisoned faith makes for a poisoned avatar, the pharaoh corrupted web has affected you too, I see.''''Web? What are you talking about?'' Anku asked but Mina ignored her. That ritual to find Leena might have been much more important than you believed. ''How many years have you been cultivated by these paladins, I wonder?'' The shard of Mother-Earth continued. ''This city is a garden of misery expertly crafted by the false prophet of this land, such was admitted by the duchess herself.'' Klesiah must have allowed her to scour her memories. ''This cursed city has a contagious disease, but not enough to completely rob its people of senses. Grâz! You are the masculine god of the plain, the shield of tribes, protector of hunters, and above all the nurturer of families! You reunite mothers with daughters, you dwell within the respect of a child toward his father, your blessing manifest when vigorous sons and daughters cherish their aged parents yet here you are, ignoring the many broken families surrounding you!'' The shard of Mother Earth was angry and it was terrifying, light shone within her grasp, something golden and cold. ''You've been corrupted by this land and your existence will extinguish tonight for if you return into the fold of your patron, you will poison him too.'' Justice here and now was nothing more than a point of view but the golden arrow that came out of Mina felt like a manifestation of integrity. It pierced through the shard and it bellowed in defiance, a sentiment shared by its remaining faithful, starting the end of tonight's struggle. Before this, however, in the seconds before the shard vengeful arrow was loosed, intents and emotions coming from Klesiah had allowed you to deduce what was going to happen and so you managed to prepare a strike of your own.What will you do?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2ZmFyt5n0M>Quietly established a battery with Klesiah (Elina came a little too late) and together, measured a spell of lightning to debilitate your opponents. [Unleash a super-heavy lightning spell.]>Aimed to kill some of the paladins with your gauntlet by unleashed a concentrated series of ice spikes. [Aim to kill one enemy as best you can.]>Communicated your intent with your knight to strike at an enemy together. [Directly bring the fight with the enemy in melee, supporting your stronger party and hopefully allowing them to land lethal blows!] >Unleashed a hail of projectiles at the enemy party. They've got a tight formation, you're bound to hit and wound someone![Will cost a heavy spell]>Free.The battle is in its final stages... How will this go I wonder.
>>4423718Oh you have got to be kidding me! They have a fully empowered pretender shard now!? Damnit, we need Zhu's sword pronto. Where the hell is she when we need her most?Where is everyone on this battlefield? Is it our enemies on one side and us on the other? Can we rapidly deploy a conductive mist to envelop the enemy paladins right before/as we help Klesiah cast Indignation? Does Mina being pissed increase her power and about how pissed off is she?
>>4423742>Where is everyone on this battlefield? Is it our enemies on one side and us on the other?Pretty much yeah, one side lined against the other.>Can we rapidly deploy a conductive mist to envelop the enemy paladins right before/as we help Klesiah cast Indignation?There's no guarantee such a mist will work but you can do it. However, that means no sourcing spells since you're actively feeding magic into your gauntlet.>Does Mina being pissed increase her power and about how pissed off is she?Impossible to know right now but logically, it should. Everyone is pretty much having a boost because of their moods so the playing field is equalized. As for how pissed off she is, well... she has murder in her voice.
>>4423753That music you picked out is pretty bangin' boss music. Gonna have to check out more music from that series.Do Anku and the other realize who/what Mina is? She called us agents of the "false mother". I'm also guessing she sees Leena and Ari'el as Devils.Damnit, I just realized that if Shereen were actually conscious right now we just got presented with the *ideal* target for her blood poison! I wonder if this daemon sensed the threat she presented and had his lackey try to end it before it became an issue. Can we tell Elina to keep an eye on Shereen or tell Leena to scream when she wakes up? If this bastard can still summon deer apparitions he will kill Leena and Shereen with them the instant he gets a chance. We need to be informed the instant Shereen wakes up because if we can dose the enemy shard with the toxin that'll pretty much end the fight in our favor as I bet once he goes down the enemy's buff goes with it. Plus, y'know, watching your "god" get killed right in front of you can't ever be good for morale.I think I see why Mina's so pissed. The shard of an ostensibly benevolent deity having fallen so far into darkness that it acts counter to its supposed nature. I was absolutely correct in calling this thing a daemon.Ok, so a superheavy lightning/Indignation attack. That an AoE and will it hit/affect the entire enemy front line (i.e. the remaining paladins and the Minotaur)? Graz needs divine weapons or blood poison to get damaged it would seem unless, like those deer, it has to pick between being immune to damage and actually being able to move or dish it out. Can Ari'el or Elina damage it with their weapons?
>>4423923Rance is a series that deserves to be discovered, it inspired me greatly for this setting even if it's porn.>Do Anku and the other realize who/what Mina is?You'll have to be the judge of that, the time for civility is long gone. >Can we tell Elina to keep an eye on Shereen or tell Leena to scream when she wakes up? The girls are pretty worried about Shereen so they're keeping her in mind. For Leena, Arawn would need to yell so... I'd have to take it as an action.>That an AoE and will it hit/affect the entire enemy front line (i.e. the remaining paladins and the Minotaur)?You can spread a mist throughout the enemy line yes, wether it can conduct Klesiah lightning remain to be seen. >Can Ari'el or Elina damage it with their weapons?Yes. Ari'el handled the deers sicked on him successfully.
>>4423936That don't affect me none. Some people would be shocked how much eroge gets made into anime. They just cut out the porn because the plot and characters were solid on their own. Wish they'd adapt the Muv-Luv Trilogy into one...So on its own the superheavy lightning attack will only nail one enemy? Also, you said above that we can't source and use the gauntlet but I thought we could. We just couldn't switch elements and source at the same time as that demands more focus. In regards to the mist, is the air still laden with ashes? If it is then it ought to conduct for reasons I explained earlier.
>>4423958Check out the Demon Lord list on the Rance wikia if you want a hint about the ones that once ruled in this setting.>So on its own the superheavy lightning attack will only nail one enemy?No, the superheavy spell will mean sourcing a BIG spell for Klesiah. I had a brain fart and thought you were still on that teamwork spell idea. Superheavy could potentially hit everything if the roll is good enough. >Also, you said above that we can't source and use the gauntlet but I thought we could. We just couldn't switch elements and source at the same time as that demands more focus. >>4415687 Ah, right. Well, I'll chalk that mistake to diminished mental faculties because I'm still ill. I do have to put my foot doing on doing a superheavy spell + gauntlet magic.> In regards to the mist, is the air still laden with ashes?Hard to say. There's definitely dust floating around but it might not be ash anymore since Myr exploded a few walls to create dusty cover during the fight.
>>4423969I will have to look into that. Sounds like they were all right and proper bastards who needed to be put down.I'll have to sleep on it but as of right now I'm favoring helping Klesiah become a Thunder God. If we can stun them all for even a second or two that'll be all our allies need to score some deathblows. I just hope the daemon won't get stronger the more of its thralls we kill.
>>4423987Maybe, maybe not. A lady called Gele is my favorite.Duly noted. I was planning on rolling tomorrow anyway. If anyone want to vote, it'll be the perfect time.
>>4423990Damn...that was *dark* my dude. Seems that series has a high concentration of suffering. No wonder you're so enamored of it. Err, if I was to get into it, where would one start?
>>4424023Gele is a good girl and deserves redemption. As for starting, unfortunately, the series hasn't been fully translated. Sengoku Rance is the best introduction into the series, honestly. It's the game with the best gameplay, you'll eventually stay for the story. After that, you can just start from the earliest translated remake, though there's honestly not much.
>>4424028Damn, you'd think some group would have translated it all by now. I mean, tons of people translating doujins and VN's. You'd think some group would pick this up. Thanks for the rec though, I'll look into it.
>>4423718>Quietly established a battery with Klesiah (Elina came a little too late) and together, measured a spell of lightning to debilitate your opponents. [Unleash a super-heavy lightning spell.]Phone posting, I think this will work best.
>>4423718About to go to sleep but I just thought of this. Anyone familiar with the concept of an Alpha Strike? Because if we can use the gauntlet and source Klesiah I say we go with Indignation *and* a focused ice barrage on the Minotaur. She's their commander and the biggest threat to our people outside that Greater Daemon they just summoned. If we can outright delete her ass in this opening round that'll swing the momentum of battle well in our favor.Plus I just don't like her, at all. I imagine her to have a very punchable face and a grating voice (otherwise quite the looker for a Minotaur her age though). I want her dead. Now.
>>4424262Oh, last post before I pass out. "Poisoned faith makes for a poisoned avatar" eh? Given how Mina's shaken out, can we assume that the faithful in Throne Town and Klesiah herself were "pure" as it were? That is, their faith actually aligned with who and what Mother Earth is, was, and ever will be?
>>4424303>can we assume that the faithful in Throne Town and Klesiah herself were "pure" as it were? That is, their faith actually aligned with who and what Mother Earth is, was, and ever will be?If you want to see it that way, yeah. There's no objective truth here. One could see Mina as being incredibly hypocritical here since she's angry at another godly shard for not keeping true with its patron when she, herself, might not be so true to Mother Earth too... But that's a debate you've no time to bother with.
>>4423718>Communicated your intent with your knight to strike at an enemy together. [Directly bring the fight with the enemy in melee, supporting your stronger party and hopefully allowing them to land lethal blows!]Grâz is still providing magic resistance to the remaining paladins, I've little faith a super heavy lightning spell will be as debilitating as it could be.
>>4424362It doesn't need to be and the resistance isn't absolute. Our fireball still harmed them, and Klesiah's lightning still affected them.Though perhaps we could fuse the options. It might limit the AoE but I could see us charging in with the superheavy lightning blast and us launching a mass Ice Spike barrage as we did that. We couldn't focus the barrage with that option of course but it is a course we could take.Our allies are quite strong, they only need a second or two to secure a deathblow. Again, my real fear is that the more of them we kill, the stronger the daemon gets. Damnit, if only Shereen was conscious. We need that blood toxin yesterday! GM, that greatsword is still next to her right? If so I hope she's quick on the uptake. Toss that poisoned blade towards one of our Melee specialists and they'll do the rest!
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>4424550>Though perhaps we could fuse the options. It might limit the AoE but I could see us charging in with the superheavy lightning blast and us launching a mass Ice Spike barrage as we did that. We couldn't focus the barrage with that option of course but it is a course we could take.No, sourcing a particularly heavy lightning spell from Klesiah won't allow you to cast any spells, you'd need to compromise and lessen the impact of her spell for you to also cast something.>>4424188>>4424362Rolling here, will start writing in an hour, so I'm still open to votes.
>>4424692So the dice we're going to try and cast indignation then? I can get behind that. Though we may not stand in the full light of the heavens, a manifestation of its wrath stand with us.
Rolled 31, 24 = 55 (2d100)>>4424709Two votes for one big jolt it isGive me 1d20, best of 2
>>4424716Hm, the +15 didn't show. Oh well, momentum is in your favor
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>4424716C'mon...
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>4424716Is it time to roll a 1or not?
>>4424726>>4424729Not optimal but a 13 says we did *something* positive with that. I hope..
>>4424733Interesting for who? Anything that makes you smile makes me extremely worried!
The process of making this spell was as subtle as you could make it. One of your soul arms reached behind your knight neck and gently touched her direct skin, filtering through her long, thick blue hair and with that accomplished, Klesiah drank deep of your magic reserves, enough to feel momentarily lost in a feeling of omnipotence that, thankfully, didn't last because of your joined souls. When the golden arrow pierced its hairy victim, a pandemonium of lightning followed. The noise dwarfed all possible screams and took everyone by surprise. Blue-purple tendrils suddenly exited your knight hand and colored force traveled the length of her glaive that she held high, coming out in big, deadly jolts, all aimed at the enemy line in a deadly show of destructions. Small holes were carved in the ground when heavy bolts missed, others somehow bounced off enemies armors to crash and demolish pieces of walls, tendrils shocked all the enemies as their rank was filled with a strange blue shine that carried lightning from one person to the next, yet they stood strong.The paladins screamed and howled in pain, the lightning even came to affect their new comrades but Mina notched arrows kept it from moving for what felt like a full minute, Klesiah rage was poured out in a show of magical might that ruined the enemy side of the mausoleum... but the green flame and the antlers on your enemies remained shiny and none of them fell. ''Grrk... Scum!'' Anku growled, tall and proud. The enemies sported new scars, deep red marks marred their faces and skins like traveling spiderwebs but they still stood, although they'd be unlikely to endure another one of those ruinous spells.''With your life, my followers will finally be able to reach Catharsis!'' Ari'el screamed. ''Death to you misguided fools!'' He charged and nearly collided with the divine beastman. He'd raised shields in defenses to impede its progress but two swipes of Grâz long, big arms shattered them like twigs. Fortunately for the angel, an arrow pierced the creature ankle and Mina charged right into it, bringing it to the ground in a painful crash. He met the minotaur sword with his own, she'd swung with all of her strength and weight yet his soulsteel endured the blow and he progressed forward, walking toward the bull woman. Foes from the sides tried to intervene but Myr -quickly joined by Klesiah- met three from the left and Hildegarde suddenly entered the right side of the battlefield.
She punched on the side of a surprised enemy and shoulder tackled him off balance and with a kick, sent her in the trajectory of her comrade who was forced to stop her swing. both armored bodies collided awkwardly and without wasting a moment, the maid charged, lept and shoulder tackled the enemy she previously kicked, sending all three to the ground in a cacophony of grinding steel. She didn't waste a breath and lunged to grab one of the greatswords, yanking it out of a paladin one-handed grip and threw it far behind the enemy line whilst getting up.Then, two things happened at once. Ari'el was forced on the ground when Anku took to half-swording, the added strength and weight was enough to overpower the angel and her blade nearly carved into his shoulder but four of his wings -looking more like spider legs then proper flying appendage- shot out like spears to stab in retaliating. One slid off the armor, another went into her guts and the last two missed her ankles by a hair. She nearly stumbled on the ground when he deceptively raised shields behind her legs, he got up despite all the damage he endured, ready to continue his fight.Mina somehow crashed into the roof of the mausoleum and Grâz jumped high enough to punch her. His strength cracked and broke a few stones, creating a small cloud of dust... yet a golden line pierced through his forehead, sending him stumbling on the ground. An instant later, Mina fell like a bird with broken wings.''Raah!!'' The male shard roared and got up first, his eyes burned -literally- and this phenomenon began to lit up his fur. ''Indefatigable! Hunts, hunt with purposes!'' His heavy voice echoed with mystical proportion and the fire in his follower's eyes bursts with renewed energy. He charged and swiped at Mina who dodged but was too quick for her to loose another arrow. His second arm crashed on top of her with enough force to outright kill anyone that wasn't an angel. The resounding crash shook the ground yet, somehow, Klesiah loyal guardian shot another golden arrow despite the physical impossibility and it pierced the creature shoulder, making it step back, giving her enough breathing room to fly away... yet Grâz somehow managed to keep up and punch her in that same instant. Having predicted the bow, Mina managed to at least crisscross her arms and block but the sheer strength and weight of her opponent still sent her reeling and she nearly collided with one of the decorative pillars. The battle between both entities had taken them well beyond the melee in the center, they've gone through nearly 2/3 of the distance needed to reach the archway where an unconscious Shereen with a scared Leena remained. Elina noticed this danger and, with one look at the dangerous melee your party was embroiled in, doubled back to watch over the fight Mina was losing.Foreign desperation flooded you. Klesiah might not have seen what was happening, but she knew her beloved spiritual guardian situation.
The fight was becoming dramatic for your comrades. Where previously events were inching in your favors. (Klesiah had nearly managed to decapitate an enemy and carved open the cheek of another one) Now, the battle took a grim turn as the paladins fought back with renewed energy, speed, and strength.Their god has blessed them. A blessing that burned bright indeed, none of them looked to be breathing anymore!>Support the central fight as best you can, victory here is what matters more. With no followers, Grâz will dissipate! Perhaps killing the minotaur will help...? [Support your group in melee/Focus on close-range support.] (If you decide to go ranged, will you be conservative or generous with your use of magic)>a) Take a risk and concentrate your efforts on killing Anku as quickly and efficiently as you can. She -must- be the main channeler of Grâz!>Double back and bring the fight toward the battle between shards. It is dangerous, so incredibly dangerous but perhaps you can give Mina enough breathing room for her arrows to damage, and hopefully finish, the creature. You can't allow it to get any closer to Shereen and Leena!The enemy will gain a bonus on their next momentum roll because of their god blessing. You can decrease it depending on what you do. (Mina/Grâz will have another roll, though that also depend on what you do)
>>4424864Where is everyone relative to our location? How many enemies remain? Can we fire a spell at the enemy as we retreat towards Shereen? Can we launch a heavy spell at the enemy shard from here?
>>4424898>Where is everyone relative to our location?You're in the middle a dozen feet behind Ari'el. Klesiah and Myr on the left, Hildegarde on the right. Elina and Mina are bit too far back to be of any use.>How many enemies remain?Six, seven counting Grâz. Klesiah spell didn't kill anyone but it wounded all of your enemies too.>Can we fire a spell at the enemy as we retreat towards Shereen?Yeah but it'll be difficult to land anything good in this case. >Can we launch a heavy spell at the enemy shard from here?Entirely depend on the spell. It'll be a fairly hard shoit but you can launch a spike.
>>4424920Where are our enemies in regards to our location?
>>4424933In a line in front of you. Three are fighting Klesiah and Myr, Hildegarde is handling two and Ari'el is handling the minotaur one on one. The fight is fairly close distance wise so it's possible that enemies or your party could support someone else in the same action if needed.
>>4424936If we get close to one can we avoid risking friendly fire? Could we source another spell from Klesiah and can she control the discharge such that it won't chain to allies?
>>4424937>If we get close to one can we avoid risking friendly fire?Yes>Could we source another spell from KlesiahYeah, but it could get disrupted.>Can she control the discharge such that it won't chain to allies?Unfortunately not. A trait like this -is- possible to gain but you don't have it yet.
>>4424940Ok then, we get close to Ari'el and try and take out the Minotaur. Only Heavy Spells will serve here.
>>4424944Such a choice will need 1d20Single role. Taking a risk after all.I'll wait one hour for an agreement or another anon wanting to do something else. Don't roll until I ask!
>>4424946Actually, now that I think about it, how does Ari'el look? If it looks like he's got this I'm more inclined to help Klesiah. Does Hilde's situation look good as well for the time being?
>>4424949>Actually, now that I think about it, how does Ari'el look?Battered but undaunted. He took more than a few hits but he's not slowing down for a moment. Hilde has the advantage over her foes now that she hasn't gotten ambushed, her incredibly hot limbs hurt a few faces but she can't stop them from getting up. Myr and Klesiah are the ones getting pressed -very- hard. The balance is very close.
>>4424956Alright, then I change my vote to supporting Klesiah in close range. If she dies Mina loses her anchor and she's about the only thing that stands a chance against Graz. If they go down we're right and properly fucked. Again, only heavy magic will serve. Can we source her as well in the same action? Y'know, so she can put a major lightning enchant on her weapon without running dry.
>>4424961>Alright, then I change my vote to supporting Klesiah in close range.Do you concentrate on melee or go with close-range support via your gauntlet? Also, generous use of magic or more conservative?>Can we source her as well in the same action?Yes but that will prevent you from giving the best support you can and could be interrupted by the enemy. If you believe the benefit outweighs the risk, go for it.Supporting Klesiah will be 1d20, best of 2.
>>4424979Close range support with gauntlet, heavy magic use. We need to kill or disable someone here and now.
Rolled 40, 42 + 10 = 92 (2d100 + 10)Alright, it's been an hour. I want to try dropping at least another update today so I'll close things on this vote.1d20, best of 2 for you guys. The +10 is for the enemy, their advantage has been somewhat mitigated because of lightning and now Arawn remaining here to help.
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>4425060Let's see...
>>4425060Oh, err, does the size of the difference in the roll matter?
>>4425089Yeah, in this case, the momentum is really freaking tight.Now that 15 aint bad, I'll give it 30 more minutes to see if someone else want to roll or agree to settle on it.
>>4425107Wait, I just remembered, we'd be in close with Klesiah with that action. Don't we get a +2 to the roll because of synchronization because of that?
>>4425750You're supporting Myr too, so the modifier can't apply.
>>4425974Damnit, I hope 15 is enough then. If we could just clear this flank and dogpile Anku next round...
Instants were all you had for thoughts, act now Arawn!''Uraaaah!!'' Klesiah scream was filled with magic, perhaps enough to exhaust her reserves, she lashed out with tendrils of energy using her long glaive as a lightning rod to strike but the enemies weren't perturbed by this enchantment. Heavy blows were exchanged before your eyes in the seconds your gauntlet needed to drink from your reserves. A greatsword deflected her weapon and the woman suffered a lightning discharge, another lunged at Myr and forced her to block with her two tonfas and her entire body slid back a few centimeters, such was the strength behind the blow. The last enemy warrior stepped within reach of the elf and earned lightning for her trouble and she took a few steps back to stand beside a comrade, letting lightning jolts travel up and down her body, enduring without weakening. Klesiah truly was marvelous at disrupting her enemies.One heavy spell...''Raaagh! Die, die!'' The rage that's been quietly nursing in your bosom spilled out in cold murder: a shower of murderous razor-thin flakes. A cone filled with countless, tiny shards of ice bellowed out of your gauntlet like a storm filtering through a broken window to occupy the space between Klesiah and Myr, catching a pair of paladins completely off guard. Naturally, they didn't remain to be affected by your spell for more than a second but, like a shower of glass, your tiny storm had snuck inside the joints of their armors to find flesh. And more importantly, separated the trio, they were clearly used to support one another. One breath. Myr suddenly ran and ducked under a greatsword, she spun one of her weapons forward and landed a blow on a metal covered side.Second breath.Klesiah glaive rang when it connected with an enemy sword, then took a back step and whirled her weapon to shoot a lightning jolt on her second foe and in this same movement whipped the glaive in a beautiful upward arc toward a woman torso, yet only found a sword. Third breath.Your spell engulfed the foe assailing Myr when you redirected your arm in her direction to further throw her enemy off balance, the elf dropped to her knees with serpentine grace to dodge your spell when she felt the onset of cold on her back. Fourth breath.Echoes of metal resounded all over, Klesiah didn't even have the luxury to gasp as the enemy warriors -despite being scarred by lightning and now bleeding inside their armors- fought with ceaseless aggressions yet she wanted you to concentrate on their isolated comrade instead of worrying for her! She was holding her ground, for now, using the reach of her glaive and her diminished reserves to keep her two foes on the defensive. Lightning zapped again and again.
Fifth breath.''Ffu-''The enemy warrior gurgled when one of Myr tonfa landed on her face. The elf had previously stomped the woman's foot with her second weapon and that led her to jump to gain enough momentum to cause as much damage as she could deliver, yet the damnable lizardwoman remained standing despite a disfigured face! Her blade whirled to decapitate the elf who, thankfully, blocked with a tonfa but the strength behind the enemy blow shattered her balance and Myr fell a few feet out of positions despite committing a fully lethal blow!Sixth breathYou conjured another heavy spell, the light of your gauntlet shone a pretty blue and that antler wearing, fiery-eyed lizardwoman died when she forgot your presence; she had turned her full attention at Myr and didn't see the iced javelin coming for her head, a sudden end for a second of mistake despite all of her experience.You opted to direct your gaze away from the resulting carnage that was half a spear-length of ice perforating the back of someone's head.Seventh breath.Pain flooded your link and the mausoleum shook with the guttural roar of Grâz behind you.''Damn!'' Klesiah breathed out, the noise of her glaive striking the ground, out of her hands, accompanied her voice. Her second foe heavy sword had slashed into her stomach! She had enough good sense to lean away from the blow and interrupted the woman attempt at outright bisected her with a protective jolt of lightning coming out of emptied magical reserves. It barely stopped the enemy for half a second, thankfully this instant of hesitation was enough for her to get that iron out of her flesh. ''Not yet! Never!'' She screamed, coughing out blood, more flowed out of her belly. Her veins became a worrying mixture of blue and red; a sign of inevitability.Eighth breath.Magic flowed into your gauntlet and you heard a suspicious metallic click, its inner mechanism protested but yielded to your mind, another heavy spell flowed out of your hand as you rushed in front of -your- paladin, shield raised. You felt the coming blow, the metal of your new shield bent inward, and were you not reinforced you'd have a broken arm at the very least.Another hailstorm came out of your gauntlet, saturating both enemies, causing them to scream and leap away from thousands of razor-sharp pieces of ices. Klesiah charged undaunted, sword in hand and baited the attack of one of the paladin, blocking it with the flat of her father blade, holding it in a half-sword stance to keep up with her enemy strength.
Ninth breath. The ground shook; Grâz angrily screamed and agony flooded into you from Elina. Ari'el yelled ''I. AM. VENGEANCE.'' against his foe who, in turn, yelled back in a mixture of anger and pain. You modified your spell mid-casting by balling your hand into a fist; the corner of your vision saw Myr engage with the last enemy, you gathered your magic into a single hail of ice as Klesiah body somehow erupted with the last of her lightning, the energy seemingly electrocuting her with the enemy paladin, locking them both in place. The energy had a dangerously deep shade of red instead of her usual purple-blue, confirming the simple reality that she'd well and truly used the last of her renewed magic: actual blood had fueled this last spell.A bubble of razor ice shards engulfed the enemy head and when she tried to move away, Klesiah step in -earning a metal elbow behind her head for her trouble- and tackle down the enemy. Both women fell on the ground and your knight, still holding her sword, crawled on top of her enemy torso and slowly sank the edged side of her blade into the woman's neck.Tenth breath.''Kfuh!'' Myr grunted when the tip of her enemy greatsword unexpectedly stabbed into her shoulder, causing her to step back and smack the weapon away whilst her enemy moved forward. The lizard woman put strength in her grip and swung her deadly weapon in a horizontal arc that saw the lithe dark elf drop on the ground once again with this smooth, flexible serpentine grace and the enemy might have landed a deadly blow on the apostle had you not intervened. With Grâz blessing, she was able to stop and create new downward momentum with her weapon. Something inside your gauntlet groaned in protest and the sapphire light grew intense when you poured your fourth heavy spell into it. You rushed and banged your shield against the woman armored shoulder, pushing her off balance and the next instant a javelin of ice exited the finger you pointed at her, skewering through armor and into her chest -the general area of her heart- robbing her of all energy.''Bless the hunter!'' For one short second, she had looked limp, her grip had loosed around her sword... but none of it was true. Despite this lethal blow, the enemy paladin whirled toward her with her blade, strength, and weight!
Eleventh breath.All air exited your lungs when the impact met your shield, the greatsword carved into half of your protection and found your body -your ribs- sinking cold, murderous, agonizing steel into your flesh. Despite the spike piercing through her heart the paladin tried to tackle you down, her horn came dangerously close to your face but, thankfully, you grabbed one of them -pain wasn't something to cause hesitation for you anymore- and spared yourself the most dangerous headbutt of your life.Myr was like a blur to your bleary eyes. Somehow she caused your enemy to kneel with a strike and the next instant she made a long circle with her dominant arm, smashing her tonfa on top of the woman's face. A splurt of blood splashed on your face, the noise of the enemy cranium yielding into the trauma stunned you for a moment and like that, the paladin slumped on the ground, dead.On your twelfth breath, all three paladins were dead.You risked a backward glance and saw a dramatic scene. Elina had been thrown on a wall causing a small crater, further shattering the already damaged cages and urns into unrecognizable messes yet despite the blood pooling down her head and the numerous marks on her face she charged with deployed wings, her halberd carved a chunk of flesh from Grâz ghostly body.It was like fighting a mirage, the damage was reformed in an instant yet your beloved companion remained undaunted in her belief to harm this foe who was struggling with Mother Earth herald. Mina had grabbed both of the creature horns and in turn, Grâz was holding her with its massive hands, squeezing the life out of her yet the more it pulled, the stronger Mina held on, twisting its head here and there and perhaps trying to outright rip out those horns. Elina stabbed into Grâz's body nearly a dozen times, her body shining with gold and far too much red colored those beautiful shiny lines. The archway leading to the unconscious Shereen and Lenna has been protected by a thick, cracked golden shield. Elina had raised a protection for your little sun and the Black Cat and poured every single ounce of her remaining magic into it, enough to stop this powered shard of a foreign god... But things didn't look good back there. Mina skin was back into its gorgeous, artificial mixture of steel and gold. One of Grâz long limb suddenly swiped Elina like a toy and your friend rolled on the ground a few meters away. You expected to feel sharp agony to add on your own yet... the soul link only carried a dull throb. A golden arrow suddenly went through its head as your angelic friend got up on her feet despite the bone-shattering damages.
Rolled 7 + 2 (1d20 + 2)''Your will is nothing against the Embodiment of Vengeance!'' Ari'el had tackled the bigger, stronger minotaur and his six wings -steely spider legs- had stabbed into her back. Inches and inches of deadly steel into penetrated her body then moved up and down.''Urk!'' Anku coughed a phlegm of blood on his face. ''Not yet! Nooooot yeeeeeeet!'' She held onto his face with two hands half the side of a man head and pushed, struggled, poured her entire rage, soul, and strength into pulverizing Ari'el face. Her eyes burned, her antlers shone with the blessing of her god yet... The self-titled embodiment, an apostle of Lady White, endured and stabbed, each seconds robbing her of life and energy and like a puppet without strings, the oversized Mamonos slumped without warning, forcing all of her weight onto him in one last defiant insult. ''Shit!'' There was one last paladin left. The woman has been stopped by two of Ari'el shields. She had managed to get away from Hildegarde because her companion was wrestling with Anais bodyguard despite your companion incredibly hot, dangerous limbs.She turned around and ran toward the tunnel! >Choices come next post, rolling for potential malfunction of your gauntlet. You've done four heavy spells in a very short amount of time.
Tiny flakes of snow dropped from your gauntlet, ice built on its joint, making it awkward to move. The sapphire dimmed then brightened each second: remnants of your magic was evacuated awkwardly, creating an out-of-control enchantment that manifested in random spikes, nearly transforming your entire limb into one cocoon of ice. This enchantment will reverse quickly but for now, it'll make it awkward to move your arm and could potentially worsen if you use it again...Your gauntlet is suffering a minor malfunction that has locked your entire forearm in place by overgrown ice, making it awkward to aim and almost impossible to grab anything. (1 round)>Stop the last enemy from retreating, you can't allow the poisoned shard of a foreign god to survive! It might not bring trouble now, but there's no telling what will happen later!>a) Tell Ari'el to pursue this woman. He's the healthiest of the party despite all the abuse he took from the enemies, he can keep up and reach her.>b) You're a pretty good shot. Never mind your trouble with the gauntlet, aim a spike at the coward and skewer her! >Let the woman go and support the fight against Grâz for however long he's going to stay in the world. He's already hurt your friends, you can't let him rampage! a)Announce the death of your enemies, Elina and Mina will understand to stay away from the rampaging false god now. You won't be of any use if you try to actively help against it.>Free
This long post predictably drained me of energy so I'll update tomorrow. I think I might be finally starting an upward trend with my health, touch it's still very touch and go since I tend to feel awful in the evenings (like now). Our thread will likely end with the next descision you guys make, you aren't totally out of the woods yet... but good rolls and good choice + good allies (the apostles pulled their weight) saw you prevail against the paladins.
>>4426477Damnit all why isn't the enemy shard fucking dead yet!? Damnable Greater Daemon of Nurgle, why must you be so damned tough!How far away are we from this last enemy and what is their condition? Is she going for Shereen and Leena? Is that Shield still up? Where is everyone relative to this final enemy and the enemy shard? Is there anything we can "Gravity Gun" with our soul arms at her? What are our reserves like? Could we cast a bait spell into our arm and dose Ari'el as he passes? It refreshed Hilde after we rescued her from the shadow realm she was trapped in and he could probably use an energy shot right now.>>4426490How good were our tactics/choices exactly?
>>4426499Oh, also, forgot to ask what everyone else's condition is like and if healing potions will save their lives or if we *need* holy magic within the next few minutes to save them.
>>4426499>How far away are we from this last enemy and what is their condition?5 meters. (She's hauling ass)The woman has burnt marks on her face and her nose look broken, the chest area of her armor has been damaged. Otherwise, she's able bodied.>Is she going for Shereen and Leena?No, she's running in the opposite direction, the tunnel the duchess has long since disappeared into. >Is that Shield still up?Yes.>Where is everyone relative to this final enemy You, Myr, and Elina are rather far at an awkward angle to the left. Ari'el is directly behind her but he hasn't realized what's happening because of the dead minotaur still holding him down. Hildegarde has her foe in a burning chokehold and just now snapped her neck on the right side of the battlefield, she's further behind than you comparative to the runner. >Is there anything we can "Gravity Gun" with our soul arms at her?No. Best you can do is throw a greatsword but that's awkward at best.>What are our reserves like?A significant chunk is gone, Arawn would summarize that he's got 1/2 left. >Could we cast a bait spell into our arm and dose Ari'el as he passes?Whether it would work on him remains to be seen but you have no reasons to believe it wouldn't especially with angels being 50% souls. Doing that is possible yes.Also, I totally forgot to describe how Arawn soul arms actually helped him keep the sword from slashing open his entire side, oh well. Those things -did- help a bunch in this part of the battle. >How good were our tactics/choices exactly?Hm, fairly nice. You kept yourselves in a position to oversee the battlefield and plug any gab (as seen with Hildegarde) and your soul links were vitals in keeping everyone alive via instantaneous communications. Overall though, I'd say it was allying with the apostles that -really- helped more in this case. Your effort from the previous thread rewarded you here greatly; after all, you had the opportunity to betray Ari'el at the very start and ultimately didn't. And this alliance was only possible because you didn't kill any of his people.This was my first time using this type of mechanic with momentum. The enemies tried as best they could but they were pretty outclassed, especially with Ari'el rejuvenated and holding the center on his own. This fight lasted far longer than I intended too... Well, things can still get dramatic, Grâz is still here after all.
>>4426514Elina is looking really rough. Myr and Klesiah are moderately wounded, your paladin need two health potions to recover completely in the next thirty minutes because she got hacked pretty deep in the belly, Myr is good with a single one despite the worrying hole in her (left) shoulder. Arawn suffered one good slice on his flank but one potion should take care of that, still, he can be considered moderately wounded too. Greatsword don't hold back.Klesiah will be affected by serious blood loss in around five minutes, Arawn and Myr can endure for a while since the wounds aren't that serious.Ari'el is looking like a cracked mirror but whatever blood that came out of him stopped. He might not even need to heal. Your party has 4 potions left (Shereen holds them). There's more back in the warehouse and of course, Zhu and Adam have some.
>>4426520They were outclassed? It sure as fuck didn't feel like it! It seemed pretty balanced really. "We had them outnumbered, they had us outclassed" is a quote coming to mind here. Especially with that damned enemy shard they summoned after we took out half of em'. How is that damnable daemon looking anyway? How's Mina?Anyway, I assume voting will be open till tomorrow afternoon so for now here's my vote. We use our soul arms to get that Minotaur off of Ari'el and dose him with a heavy bait spell as we tell him to kill that cowardly cunt. With her dead Graz ought to get significantly depowered as that'll be the last remaining "anchor". Provided Mina's still able to fight, it should be an easy mop up after that.Well, there might be one mitigating factor here. Is that fleeing enemy bleeding like a stuck pig and does Graz look to be on his last legs? If so we may well want to focus on Graz and then pursue her as that's a nice little trail of blood that'll lead us right to the duchess. Given how much Adrenaline is likely pumping through her system she might not even notice she's bleeding. That happens a lot in war. Soldiers getting shot and only noticing they've been shot and are bleeding badly well after hostilities have ceased.
>>4426541>They were outclassed? It sure as fuck didn't feel like it! It seemed pretty balanced really.Teehee thank.The final fight of this night could have been so many different things that it was honestly hard to design something adequate, the paladins have done their best... Grâz might have one last hurrah now. Or not, depending on what you do. >How is that damnable daemon looking anyway? How's Mina?Arawn gotta act before getting a good look but Mina seems to have gone back into her state before her rejuvenation or something close to it. Her skin is back into its gorgeous metallic gold, no mouth, etc.>We use our soul arms to get that Minotaur off of Ari'el and dose him with a heavy bait spell as we tell him to kill that cowardly cuntNoted.>Is that fleeing enemy bleeding like a stuck pigNo.>Graz look to be on his last legs?No, he's thrashing about like a wild animal.
>>4426551He's thrashing about like an animal you say? Is said thrashing happening in any particular direction? That is, does his thrashing seem to have a purpose? Are Mina's reserves nearly spent again? As in, if she does one more major thing she'll die? Could we "source" her for another arrow shot or two? Our battery spell is efficient and we still have half a tank to work with. Plus you said it was the most effective in rejuvenating her during that ritual.I think I can improve upon my original idea, but I need a bit more info...
>>4426559>He's thrashing about like an animal you say? Is said thrashing happening in any particular direction? That is, does his thrashing seem to have a purpose? Yeah, he's aiming to harm Elina and Mina and has been very successful so far, his wild swings keep clipping or outright punching them. Grâz is big, tall and surprisingly fast.>Are Mina's reserves nearly spent again? As in, if she does one more major thing she'll die?Impossible to tell for now, she's fearless in battle though. The only sign of weakening is her changed body.>Could we "source" her for another arrow shot or two?You can't touch her so no. Klesiah is joined with her in souls but they've also opted for independent separations, so both have different mana pool.
>>4426565Ok then, my vote remains largely unchanged. Elina and Mina take him for a ride attacking only when they get a good opening (think a Sekiro/Dark Souls boss) as we aid Ari'el and sic him on the last opponent. Again, without any anchors he should be easy to finish off as this lands "web" belongs to the Pharoah, not him. This was also the problem with Mina, but so long as Klesiah's around she's fine.Err, do we have any healing potions handy? We need to give Klesiah one if we do to delay the symptoms of blood loss and hopefully, once we kill the duchess, use the remainder of our reserves to get everyone out of overcast.
>>4426572>Err, do we have any healing potions handy?No, Shereen was trusted to hold them all. Klesiah will have to endure.
>>4426477>a) Tell Ari'el to pursue this woman. He's the healthiest of the party despite all the abuse he took from the enemies, he can keep up and reach her.
>>4426609Also slap some extra power into him as he goes, just to make sure he doesn't get ganked out there somehow.
>>4426578Shereen had all our remaining healing pots? Oh, oh no. Please tell me they didn't all shatter. Please. We need them. I think Elina and Klesiah are in overcast and we can't have the latter go into the symptoms of that with that wound still gushing. She passes out due to blood loss then goes into overcast symptoms she might die of shock!Also, for the sake of clarity, does the Minotaur still have antlers and corpses aren't anchored in reality as hard as the living are they? As in, we can actually pick up and move a corpse with our soul arms without something bad happening to us right? We can punch and trip people of course, but I do believe you explicitly forbade us from slapping a motherfucker with another motherfucker because *that* violates the rules somehow. Also, we're close enough to Ari'el to almost immediately get that side of beef off him right?
>>4426686>Also, for the sake of clarity, does the Minotaur still have antlersNo.>corpses aren't anchored in reality as hard as the living are they?They aren't.>As in, we can actually pick up and move a corpse with our soul arms without something bad happening to us right?Yeah.>I do believe you explicitly forbade us from slapping a motherfucker with another motherfucker because *that* violates the rules somehowIt's because your soul arm will erode from being in contact with another living soul so the strength of your spell will weaken by remaining in contact too long, making it almost impossible to lift anyone.>Also, we're close enough to Ari'el to almost immediately get that side of beef off him right?Not -that- close but walking up to him won't be any trouble.
>>4426698Oh we ain't walking, we're *running* over there. Every second that bitch gets as a head start increases the chances of her escape and/or lengthens her life by that much more and we need her dead right the fuck now.Without any remaining anchors or souls to feast on he ought to die within a round or two. Again, Ari'el also gets dosed with a heavy bait spell after we get the minotaur off him and sic him on that cowardly cunt. That should be like a massive shot of adrenaline for him. He's probably exhausted after all that mess. We need him to *not* be exhausted for at least a few more minutes.As an aside, the tunnel network is rather tight for Lamias isn't it? I would imagine they can't fight very well in there. Since Hilde's perfectly fine it seems all we really have to do is chase down the fuckers and let Hilde just stand next to them for a minute or two. I hear snake tastes like chicken, but chewier. Though I suppose the corruption makes consumption unsafe and as they are sentient that might count as a form of cannibalism. Damn, never get to have any fun being the good guys.Er, about how long ago did the duchess and her remaining snakes make their exit? She was unconscious so that and the tight corridors ought to have slowed em' down quite a bit. Plus if the floor is made of dirt there's really no hiding their tracks. That much slithering biomass *will* leave a trail that'll be damn easy for anyone with half-decent eyesight to follow.
>>4426707>As an aside, the tunnel network is rather tight for Lamias isn't it?Actually, they're sized wide enough for lamias to slither in comfortably, though nowhere near big enough to stand beside anyone. Fighting will be awkward for everyone, snake or not.>Though I suppose the corruption makes consumption unsafeJust capture them a try a more tender form of consumption!>Er, about how long ago did the duchess and her remaining snakes make their exit? They've got 15+ minutes advances. Catching up to them might be genuinely impossible, though wether they left a trail or not is a worry for later.
>>4426716I do love me some lamia girls, best hugs ever. Sadly, I don't think any of them will be open to romance and we ain't Rance so forcing the issue isn't an option either.Damnit! If she gets away and links up with that incoming army the cultists are fucked! Please tell me these paladins served as her senior command staff. If she sucks at war but they didn't, and we killed them, that's still a decapitated command structure. That's the only way those cultists can beat that trained and equipped army that's incoming.Though I suppose that if we manage to open the portal and attain irrefutable proof of her crimes the enemy army might just disband in disgust. Plus, if it leads to Solemnval, we might get a few free death pearls. Sadly, the lives required to create them cannot be restored, but we can put them to the service of good. I hope, for their sakes at least. Such a cruel fate, I'd hate for it to have all been in vain or in irrevocable service to evil...
Oh, err, in regards to Mina, how big is she now? She may look like she did before we rejuvenated her but she was also pixie sized as well if I remember correctly. A mere mote on the verge of dissipation. If she's still about human sized she should still have some fight left without risk of dissipation.
>>4426775No, Mina was bigger, roughly child-sized. She just kept floating around so the pixie impression stuck.Arawn didn't get a good look but she didn't seem -that- small yet. He'd say she's around Shereen height.
>>4426793Ok then, she's not dead yet. So long as everyone here survives the night (and hopefully some cultist punks get lucky and happen upon the duchess), we should be able to easily restore Mina to 100 percent on the road back to the capital. A good nights sleep and most of our and Shereen's reserves for a day later and boom, full power goddess shard.We do this more for Klesiah's sake than our own. Though there is a selfish motivation in there. See, we need her to make it back to a place within Big M.E.'s Web so she can tell her about our problem with Gardy. We'll likely need literal divine intervention to restore his ego and she owes us for her failure to keep Bad Fluffy's claws off our soul! Restore bestest buddy ever and all is forgiven.
>>4426825Oh, one more consideration. Hilde's got throwing mastery right? If she's quick on the uptake (and I've no doubt she is) won't she throw something at the fleeing bitch if something throwable with accuracy is within reach? You said us sourcing Klesiah's Indignation ruined that part of the mausoleum and thus there should be some adequately sized rubble or a large enough sharp fragment of a cage rod nearby her.Also, Ari'el's still level headed enough to know that the Daemon takes priority over the duchess right? After all, so long as it's in play Leena's in danger. So hopefully, if butchering the fleeing bitch doesn't immediately end it he'll switch targets and go full ham on the deer daemon right?
>>4426870>Oh, one more consideration. Hilde's got throwing mastery right?Definitely. >If she's quick on the uptake (and I've no doubt she is) won't she throw something at the fleeing bitch if something throwable with accuracy is within reachOnly thing around are greatswords and those do not make effective throwing weapons.>You said us sourcing Klesiah's Indignation ruined that part of the mausoleum and thus there should be some adequately sized rubble or a large enough sharp fragment of a cage rod nearby her.She fought in the open space on the right flank, while the lightning was fierce it didn't throw debris around liek a thunderstorm so most of those are still near the walls.>So hopefully, if butchering the fleeing bitch doesn't immediately end it he'll switch targets and go full ham on the deer daemon right?You'll have to see for yourself.
>>4426895How close is she to said walls? Also, a pinched off gauntlet or piece of armor could serve. She's spec'd to fight and kill eldritch horrors after all. Snap a neck, adjust to efficiently decapitate, procure a throwable weapon by doing so, throw said weapon at another primary target and kill it. Repeat ad infinitum as the hordes of the Swamp know no end...Also, that's a victory pic if we pick the right course of action here. Big M.E. will be doing that pose and celebrating as hard as that smile is. She gambled and won! Hell yeah!
>>4426909>How close is she to said walls?Not close enough to grab something before the woman is goen in the tunnel, remember the paladins were physically enhanced and she has no idea hat's happening since she -just- managed to break her opponent neck. >She gambled and won! Hell yeah!What an interesting thing to say...
>>4426956Perhaps Bad Fluffy did as well. I will say that this cannot have failed to have entertained her in a way she didn't expect. Truly, we have earned the distinction of her favorite toy this day.Ok then, unless someone points out something I missed I got my final vote. We have final victory here in our grasp, push on to the end! Run over to Ari'el, use our soul arms to shove that Beefy bitch off him and to the side such that her corpse won't impede his pursuit, point him at the fleeing cur as we dose him with a bait spell while we also point out to him that she needs to die to ensure Leena's survival and thus also ensures we fulfill our promise to him.Again, with no anchors Graz ought to dissipate rather quickly while also being immediately weakened by a significant amount. Y'know, like a Servant who just lost their master. Err, we still have the "hatred" modifier operational right? Won't that help us shove the beef off Ari'el more efficiently? Y'know, unceremoniously shoving that Alpha Cunt's corpse in a direction of our choosing to ensure the death of her final comrade ought to be a bit cathartic if y'know what I mean.
>>4427124Wait, we don't got time to explain. We can only point him at the final paladin and hope he gets all the context. We ask nicely, yet also order. He *needs* to kill that last paladin. Hopefully everything else I want follows after that. Ari'el isn't an idiot and has proven himself to be capable of rational thought despite extreme circumstance. Provided Bad Fluffy doesn't somehow fuck this up, it ought to work out. I hope.Damnit, I hate to put so much faith in an enemy but I don't got any other way out of this. We botch the roll on our gauntlet and we lose that arm and the gauntlet along with it. This is the course of action with the greatest chance of success, however slight...
>>4427124Don't worry that much about a corpse, there's no necromancer to worry about. Two votes for an adrenaline shot on the angel and pointing him in the direction of the fleeing paladin.
>>4427489Errr, what will Mina and Elina do? Will they still try and fight him outright or will they try to take him for a ride and hope to run out the clock? Perhaps a bit of both?
>>4427597Your response fills me with fear and worry...
>>4427606Now now, you cannot completely control what your party do no matter how much you want to!
Now that I'm writing the last update of the thread mental fatigue is catching up to me. I'll update within the next two days I'd say. I don't need to write something particularly long but I'd rather say it outright instead of making you guys wait in vain.
>>4427774Damn. Oh well, we're willing to wait for quality. Hope we made the right choice...
I'll open the next thread with how things end here instead, so let's consider our thread over now. I'd like to do the next one sometimes next week; waiting for my health to improve is just completely fruitless. If you guys have any questions, or want to chat, feel free!
>>4430571Dang, gotta wait over a week to see if we maintained our "No Party Deaths" streak. Oh well, such is life. Hope ya get better soon dude.Been looking into that setting and wiki ya mentioned. Yep, I'm seeing a good amount of influence here. At least in this setting the primary deity seems benevolent towards sentient life instead of being addicted to its suffering. Definitely gonna get into that series. Pretty darn interesting. I wonder, was Daiyu partially inspired by Am Isuel?
>>4430571Thanks for running, Bossman!It's looking increasingly likely that we never did end up using the Magic Dampener spell during the Myrtidal game. Feeling a little bummed about that, but I'll hold on to hope that one day we get to walk out of a big enemy spell almost untouched and scare the hell out of whoever cast the spell.Bonus points if we embrace Medium Fusion while Arawn is still obscured by a dust cloud for extra Terminator vibes
>>4430616Thanks, my health isn't -that- bad but it's getting really annoying. I think I'm getting used to this new normal. There's no primary deity in Tale of Monsters, it's just that Mother Earth influence is huge in your corner of the world (everything around the Cursed Swamp) and that it naturally combines with Mamonos tendencies to worship their ancestors. Also, Daiyu position to accept ancestral worship and the Unity Faith did wonder to make it the norm in Throne Town, then all monsters in the Old World and Allied Kingdoms. While Mother Earth and Father Sky did go around the world obliterating all the Pretender Gods of antiquity, some of their servants survived, and also Supreme Monsters like Zerase have become god-queen so there's no singular supreme deity in the world. Though, Mother Earth is understandable a contender for being the strongest one.At least, as far as anyone knows so far. Could it be the Demon Lord is privy to dangerous knowledge? And no, loli pope hasn't been any inspiration for our beloved Demon Lord.Most Demon Lord of the ranceverse tend to have a theme or concept surrounding them, that's what inspired me for Daiyu. She's got a ''theme'', can you find it?>>4430635You have so much options that it becomes difficult to actually choose something, dampener would have been mighty useful had you gone into a boss fight against Ari'el. Myrtidal went differently. Terminator is a surprisingly fitting allegory for Arawn because of his body
>>4430635That would be badass. We'll have to make it a core spell so it can be cast reflexively though. Doubt the enemy mage is gonna telegraph the big fireball aimed at our face and give us a chance to activate it otherwise.Hell of a way to intimidate someone into surrender that's for sure.>>4430641If there's something bigger and way more powerful than Mother Earth and it's anything like that Whale I'm scared. Very, very scared for everyone on the planet.Daiyu and the other Demon Lords had a "theme" eh? Hmmm... Could go with several potential answers. Envy, Desire, Chaos, Love (of the romantic/erotic variety), Rebellion... That's just off the top of my head and limiting it to a single word though.It's a real tragedy we were robbed of the chance to get to know her better as a person by Bad Fluffy. Her "theme" would be much easier to deduce with that information. I still like Sieg the best, but Daiyu's still the "secret" route in my book. She might become best girl yet and if we're bad enough dudes to date the Demon Lord's daughter, we're bad enough to date the actual Demon Lord.
>>4430686The Demonic Throne isn't really understood by humanity yet despite being there for so long... Oh, but then I might just be baiting you. Oohohoho It sure is fun!>It's a real tragedy we were robbed of the chance to get to know her better as a person by Bad Fluffy. Her "theme" would be much easier to deduce with that information.It's not information that I judge to be particularly important so I'd be willing to divulge it, or would you rather have the satisfaction of eventually deducing it?How about being the biggest of bad dudes and go for the oyakodon?
>>4430686I wanted to tank the bratty merchant's fire mage of a son's last ditch fire blast, but there was no time to activate the Dampener. Alas, Shereen was also in the line of fire *while* making a ruckus so it wouldn't have been a very viable option anyway.Imagine the potential diplomatic outcry dating Daiyu would cause - hell, imagine the outcry caused by anything that goes *beyond* dating her!I imagine Lady White would watch that situation with popcorn like she were watching a cheap soap opera, while also cackling her lungs out.(Possibly) marrying Daiyu could also be used as one hell of a shut-down if someone were to question Arawn's manliness:>"BITCH, I married the Demon Lord! What the hell have *you* done with your life?">>4430701>oyakodonI-I'm not sure I understand.
>>4430701Guessing I'm pretty cold then. I'd like to leave it mostly be for now. That is, I'll take a hint, but I think the "spelling it out" should wait until after we meet her and her family again.I do wonder what they've been up to and we owe Belph a "we'll do anything you want once" ticket for that upgraded gauntlet. Partly because it's saved our lives several times over by now and we do owe her for that. But mostly I just want to see what she does with it. Lolibaba goat girl was really growing on me, I want more interactions with her and the demonic blueberry. We've an industrial revolution to kickstart, anti-Bad Fluffy armaments to develop, and potentially romance to bloom. The waifu wars have yet to truly begin after all.>That last spoilerI can only hentai so hard my man. That's a bit much. Actually, it's a LOT much. Nope, not going for that. Too awkward and just plain wrong when ya think about it.>>4430720Oyakodon: Mother Daughter... I think you can complete that on your own...
>>4430727>we owe Belph a "we'll do anything you want once" ticket for that upgraded gauntlet.This reminds me, IIRC Daiyu said that she owed Arawn As in, by my understanding, she'd fund a Magiteck project of ours. I may have to dig up the specific thread to remind myself of her exact wording.>Oyakodon: Mother Daughter... I think you can complete that on your own...Oh?Oh...OOOHHmm. Yes. Quite awkward.Also *very* taxing physically. Two Mamonos on one Elf?? Ain't no "performance booster" that would help there.
>>4430720>I imagine Lady White would watch that situation with popcorn like she were watching a cheap soap opera, while also cackling her lungs out.Might just beg you to learn the details because if there's something she loves, it's an unexpected, surprising turn of events. >(Possibly) marrying Daiyu could also be used as one hell of a shut-down if someone were to question Arawn's manliness:People might actually be genuinely afraid of you for doing this! >>4430727>Guessing I'm pretty cold then.Mildly so, though honestly interpretation is such a big thing here that you might not believe you were actually ''cold'' if I say it.>I do wonder what they've been up toIn-universe you've been in Muribel for about two months. You only know what Sieglinde has been doing of course, Anais situation kicked one hell of a hornet nest. You've only met a single goat girl in the entire arc, I do miss Belph... And Teruko, Hao too, Martha Deruella. I didn't expect act 2 to take so long but it was a necessary step. Very much so now that we're approaching the climax. Next thread will be very interesting for anyone that's interesting in Lady White... and possibly Shereen.Being plain wrong with demons is normal, anons. >>4430733>This reminds me, IIRC Daiyu said that she owed ArawnIf I remember right Daiyu said she owed Arawn one favor because he proved himself trustworthy despite her earlier suspicions and imposing an oath on him (remember that time she tricked you into an empty room for a little interrogation?)The romantic situation could be a glorious mess, do -not- expect the girls to be passive when the world isn't crashing down. There's likely going to be a bit of a culture clash. You've had enough experience with monsters to understand they don't really think like human despite trying so very hard to copy them.
>>4430743>Might just beg you to learn the details because if there's something she loves, it's an unexpected, surprising turn of events.And I would *love* to withhold that information to see her squirm!>People might actually be genuinely afraid of you for doing this!Pfah! Cowards, the lot!>If I remember right Daiyu said she owed Arawn one favor because he proved himself trustworthy despite her earlier suspicions and imposing an oath on himThat sounds quite right to me, though I may still try to find the thread this occurred in tomorrow.>(remember that time she tricked you into an empty room for a little interrogation?)Honestly speaking a bit of a bitch move, to put it lightly.But I have a hard time seeing Arawn holding a grudge over it. He'd likely have done the same or something equally dickish if Arawn's and Daiyu's were reversed!>Spoiler...I don't suppose we could "pacify" a small bit of the Red World to which we could escape to when we need some time away from the women? Asking for completely unrelated reasons.
>>4430780>He'd likely have done the same or something equally dickish if Arawn's and Daiyu's were reversed!One does not simply interrogate the Demon Lord.Well, the Hour of Lullaby can be a good way to earn some peace if you remain nice and quiet.Ask Elina big sister for advice!
>>4430743It can be a vague hint. Just a slight nudge in the right direction if that's possible. I don't know why'd they'd fear us for dating Daiyu though. They'd likely be more afraid of us breeding with her. The prospect of yet more Lilum being born probably makes many a clergyman and king shit themselves.>Those spoilersI know that mamono are more than OK with "sharing" their mates among best buddies. They don't get jealous. Well, not *too* jealous. I mean, so long as the man is, err, "satisfying" them all in more ways than one and they're all close friends they're completely fine with it. Kind of necessary too really given how there aren't *nearly* enough men to go around and so long as all mamono births are female there never truly will be. That's an end of story issue to fix though. A thing to be concerned about after Bad Fluffy is well and thoroughly dead. Of course, if we do happen upon the solution to that problem before that somehow we can (and likely will) go ahead and implement it.That said, even mamono have to have limits and I think Oyakodon is that limit. We could probably date all a given mamono's daughters, but to do that *and* have... "relations" with the mother as well? That's still not right even by the lax standards of mamono I'd reckon. Then, in this particular case, there's the political fallout. Such a scandalous relationship won't endear Daiyu's nation to any human ones and you won't be keeping it secret for long. Everyone's got spies, traitors are always a thing, and gossip that huge ain't staying out of the noble's courts.As for the bigger picture, I don't necessarily disagree with Daiyu's ultimate goal of fusing the races of man with the mamono races. It's an interesting solution to the whole monsters vs. humans problem. If both are one and the same than why bother fighting? Truly, only a succubus or an exceptionally horny nerd from our world would think it up.>>4430791Ah yes, the Embodiment of Love right? That would be an authority on the subject. Hell, she'd probably push us towards a Harem route. Not that I plan on going down that path unless the girls themselves absolutely insist upon it (and they just might) but it is what it is.
>>4430791>Ask Elina big sister for advice!Going by what I remember of her personality, I feel like her advice would pretty much boil down to pic related.>>4430780>if Arawn's and Daiyu's were reversed!...That's supposed to read; "if Arawn's and Daiyu's *positions* were reversed!"Dammit, it really is getting too late for me. I keep putting off going to sleep.>>4430798>I don't know why'd they'd fear us for dating Daiyu though.Simple. They'd fear Arawn for going where no other man would dare to tread.They'd also fear Arawn in a political sense because having Daiyu Jawahir's ear in such a manner could potentially give him a somewhat indirect chance to affect politics on a national level - while technically having no proper standing or clout to do so. He'd be able to pull some strings "from the shadows" so to speak.Well, at least that is how I myself see it through my tired though process. I might have missed the actual reason.
>>4430798>They'd likely be more afraid of us breeding with her. The prospect of yet more Lilum being born probably makes many a clergyman and king shit themselves.In a way, that's your hint for Daiyu theme.>I know that mamono are more than OK with "sharing" their mates among best buddies. They don't get jealous. Well, not *too* jealous. I mean, so long as the man is, err, "satisfying" them all in more ways than one and they're all close friends they're completely fine with it. It's a good summary. Monster functions in ''family units'' that will usually comprise very close friends. Now every situation and relationships are unique of course but in general, if a man is found worthy enough by the authority of said unit (usually the elders) then multi-marriage are the cultural norm. A man dating a girl outside this circle is going to trigger genuine jealousy, if the outsider isn't judged worthy by the family, shit is going to get REAL bad. Sexual satisfaction is honestly not a big deal. A Mamono in a happy relationship and with a happy family life genuinely decrease the mind-altering effect of Corruptions. Of course, the husband is likely to get visited by a busybody grandma who knows many tonics and special meals... Basically, the nuclear family in Monstergirls land is an oddity and the concept of privacy is loose. (Sieglinde making everyone sleep on one giant bed...) Still, the entire ''culture'' for Mamonos is very clumsy since they were sorta artificially uplifted.>That said, even mamono have to have limits and I think Oyakodon is that limit.Ama is my spirit animal so I was kidding, taking oyakodon seriously could be a tad problematic, yeah, but honestly, a romantic relationship with Daiyu will, by itself, be difficult. The Demon Lord family life has been an ungodly mess for a long time.>Then, in this particular case, there's the political fallout. Such a scandalous relationship won't endear Daiyu's nation to any human ones That, actually, is something Daiyu won't give a shit about. She's been ruling for 200 years, all the scandals you can think of is water under the bridge.>As for the bigger picture, I don't necessarily disagree with Daiyu's ultimate goal of fusing the races of man with the mamono races.It's a cultural fusion, since doing it (completely) physically has proven itself impossible. As always, her wish as a Demon Lord got monkey paw'd.>Ah yes, the Embodiment of Love right? That would be an authority on the subject. Hell, she'd probably push us towards a Harem route.Would entirely depend on the situation, but let's just say an angel who lives for love could provide good wisdom... and harsh truths.
>>4430820>Going by what I remember of her personality, I feel like her advice would pretty much boil down to pic related.You'd be surprised actually. She takes her role seriously, she just had to rethink what it means completely!>They'd also fear Arawn in a political senseVery true, if Arawn is recognized as the true living son of the elven royal family by his race, him being married to Daiyu would be one hell of political upheaval. The church always touted itself as the protector of elves and dwarves and demanded mankind become shepherds after the great calamity, having the goddamn elven prince in bed with the Great Enemy is an ''oh fuck'' of monumental proportion. Now go to bed, I'll still lurk tomorrow.
>>4430828That's vague but you fulfilled my request. Peaceful extinction? Fertility? Family? Civilizational advancement? Don't spell it out for me, but am I hot or cold?So there is, categorically, no way in hell to ever get male births out of mamonos anymore? That's an issue that's gonna compound itself over time. Eventually could lead to a crisis where the ultimate fate of all the races is to go extinct. Provides a logic to the "Purge" factions of the inquisition too. Since only humans, pure humans, are ultimately viable as a species and the mamono threaten that through a peaceful extinction event...I really hope we can solve this problem somehow without the obvious "solution" as, well, that one's right out of that Rance setting and your favorite Demon King. That or the "Krieg" solution from 40k. Neither of these is a particularly good end for humanity...
>>4430833>The church always touted itself as the protector of elves and dwarves and demanded mankind become shepherds after the great calamity, having the goddamn elven prince in bed with the Great Enemy is an ''oh fuck'' of monumental proportion.Ah, yes. The easiest way to scare a wide-spread church in power?Threaten it's authority or influence.Fiiine, fiiine. I'll hit the sack. I'm pretty much out stuff to say - for now, at least.
>>4430852>Peaceful extinction? Fertility? Family? Civilizational advancement? Don't spell it out for me, but am I hot or cold?I'd say you're hot on some of them.>So there is, categorically, no way in hell to ever get male births out of mamonos anymore?Alas, no solutions have been found...>That's an issue that's gonna compound itself over time. Eventually could lead to a crisis where the ultimate fate of all the races is to go extinct.Not necessarily because Mamonos often births girls outside their own races (their second child is highly likely to be different) and of course some races tend to have litters, the population manages to stay somewhat stable. There's some stablity in the chaos of Corruption.Of course on the human side, everyone is encouraged to make babies to the point of slight overpopulation. Advancement in alchemy helped make lots of food and dodge bad harvests, medicines has gotten a boost because of alchemy, too.Gele did nothing wrong.But yeah, things could turn bleak... but ultimately, on its own, the Mamono female problem won't become a potential extinction event. It'll need to be tied with something else. People are resilient, they've bounced back two from extinction events already.>>4430865That and the fact mankind has this very nasty addiction with virtue signaling. Gotta be in the moral right, always!
>>4430880But there *is* a potential solution out there right? Might have to kill a god or two to make it happen but hey, apparently that's been done before. So long as the problem isn't categorically unsolvable on the level of things like 2+2=4 there's still hope!And while the population may stay stable that leaves another massively tragic problem. Mamono who will never have the chance to fall in love, get married, and experience the joys of motherhood because there still ain't enough men to go around even with polygamy! The thought of unloved deserving monstergirls makes me very, very sad.She did everything wrong and was a horrible horrible person. Though I do share your opinion that she could and should get a redemption arc somehow. The more evil and heinous the villain, the more satisfying the redemption.
>>4430928>But there *is* a potential solution out there right?That, alas, is something to discover for yourself!>Mamono who will never have the chance to fall in love, get married, and experience the joys of motherhood because there still ain't enough men to go around even with polygamyYou have a wonderful heart, a true ally of monstergirls. That is an unfortunate truth, far too many wodnerful girls live without romances...I'm actually planning a Tale of Monsters spinoff with a similar figure as a central heroine. I'd like to potentially start it after act 2... but we'll see when we get there.
>>4430948I knew you were addicted to suffering, but it seems I misjudged the type. Here we are hoping to avoid the obvious pain of losing friends and waifus before our eyes while the *real* suffering was hidden in the background!Lamias who will never get to hug their husbandos, Fox Girls with fluff untouched and unkempt by a loving hand, Cyclopses who will never get lovingly bullied or have their gorgeous eye stared into with love and longing, Dog Girls who will never get a headpat from their beloved master, Exotic bits of beautiful and wonderful monstergirls wasting away untouched and unloved by men of taste and culture!This will not stand, once Ama's dead we're solving this problem. This... it's just too sad to bear the thought of!
>>4430948I would also be interested in that. Might be fun playing the bad guy.
>>4430993Start by making men understand that Mamonos are good girls!>>4430998Actually, you wouldn't be a bad guy unless you choose to become one for some reason. The basic premise would be a young lass or lad settling down with his parents on a farm or a mine or something and adapt to a life that isn't on the road. The quest would be inspired by something like Rune Factory or Harvest Moon, you'd get to discover the human culture and how people live in general. The Gele-like figure would sorta be a hook to keep players interested and of course to have a heroine beside a badass elven mom.The entire thing would be something of a slowburn with a mystery being peeled layer by layer as you live, adapt and ultimately decide on what this new protagonist make with his life
>>4431016>That picMy heart... it can't take it. I'd marry her on the spot. Poor sweet catgirls need love too!I'd think men were already on the path towards that in areas that are populated by them. Maybe not here because yeah, if the mamonos treat humans like shit when they're in power than good luck convincing them that monstergirls don't have a good ol' fashioned purge coming and that the monodominant/hardcore "suffer not the mamono to live" puritan inquisitors ain't onto something.I believe I said in one thread that this town, hell this entire country, is like the mirror image/inversion of Throne Town. Instead of everyone (humans included) getting equal and respectable treatment with a benevolent and ultimately kind ruler (so long as you don't fuck with her family) running the show. Here, they ain't got none of that. I mean hell, Sieg has a human maid and there was a human female in their military if I remember correctly. Even kneeled before Sieg all respectful like. Not out of a sense of fear and terror.The places not here and not run by the purge happy inquisitorial factions should be starting to loosen up though. If nothing else you'd think Daiyu'd be funding a global propaganda campaign to get human men to consider a monstergirl for a waifu. I mean Deru is one hell of a diplomat/persuader. Damn girl got an ecclesiarcal city to fall without firing a damn shot I believe. What level's her Conversation/Diplomacy skill and/or her Charisma by the way? Put her in charge of that and watch the number of human/mamono couples start to slowly tick upward everywhere but the places I mentioned.The only big hurdle I'm seeing would be, fittingly enough, human women. They don't wanna share and will get major jelly if all the men start gravitating towards those who have the exotic bits (and thus might end up joining the purge factions/becoming purge happy inquisitors). Though, then again, with the right propaganda and enough time to work with... I mean, in point of fact Mother Earth doesn't seem to be against it on any principle so once a critical mass was reached she'd just have to give the equivalent of the Pope and the Cardinals a vision saying mamonos are cool and there ya go. Nothing like the literal "word of god" to convince those likes.
>>4431208>I'd think men were already on the path towards that in areas that are populated by them.It's a bit mitigated. Most men find out that Monstergirls aren't loose sluts real damn quick and tend to get rebuffed when they insist on making them ''worthy'' husbands but that period of conflict tends to be an odd form of courtship. Either the men adapt and accept that Mamono went them to be healthy and get in shape or leave to find someone not as uptight.>I believe I said in one thread that this town, hell this entire country, is like the mirror image/inversion of Throne Town.Mamonos rulership truly mirrors humanity in potential...>Damn girl got an ecclesiarcal city to fall without firing a damn shot I believe.That... Is untrue. People got assassinated here and there, there was a shadowy war between her forces and the few competent inquisitors of Lescatie.Level 2 for both.>Put her in charge of that and watch the number of human/mamono couples start to slowly tick upward everywhere but the places I mentioned.Actually, Deruella in the past was a genuine cult leader. She's the one who founded Épanouissement, which ended up nearly ripping apart Throne Town in a long civil war and ultimately caused the war with Lescatie when Daiyu murdered their second prince. Deruella was a different person in the past and only recently calmed down enough to cooperate with her family. She caused a whole lot of bad blood everywhere, which is why she maintains a low profile. She genuinely tried to create harmony between the race and a whole lot of people died because of it. >The only big hurdle I'm seeing would be, fittingly enough, human women.Human women are in an interesting position. Human realms remain largely patriarchal in gender role (men own properties, heirs are male-favored etc) but the effects of The Great Crusade created an opportunity for women in the sense that it's culturally acceptable for them to pursue a military career because women of the pasts had to pick up weapons against the force of extinctions. Also, a full half of the 13 great Heroes were women and elves were fully open to gender opportunity as we see in modern days so this had a trickle effect and of course, magic is a genetic lottery. A woman mage is prestigious, always.Though women in the military are still unpopular so the ones attempting to be knights tend to be tested much, much harder than men. They tend to make up the bulk of anti-succubus forces since they can resist a demon charm better than any men.Now each country does tend to treat them differently here and there. But in general, human women tend to veer toward extremism since they see Monster Girls as threats for their sons and in this same veins, the reasonable women tend to be the greatest voice of reasons in seeing the shit hand Mamonos have been deal with.
>>4431262She was the one who founded the cult that Daiyu declared Excommunicate Traitoris... Damn, I hope for her own sake she never finds out. In this case what momma don't know is best left that way.I would have liked to get to know Deru better though. We only got that one night with her. Oh well, hopefully we'll be hauling Shereen back to Throne Town with us. She needs a tutor and I believe Deru's a talented (non-innate) blood mage. Visiting our little Sun will give us ample excuse to hang out with her as well. She seems to be that crazy option who's just under that level that'd make ya run. Y'know, your mind is telling you no, no you really shouldn't risk it. However, every other part's saying "I wanna risk it all!" Again, can't wait for the waifu wars to well and truly commence.Level 2... That in Ranceverse terms? If so than holy shit. That'd explain quite a lot indeed. If she wants us, I don't think we'll be able to say no. She'll talk us into damn near anything she wants!
>>4431405>Damn, I hope for her own sake she never finds outShe did.The Demon Lord family life is an interesting one.> She seems to be that crazy option who's just under that level that'd make ya run. Y'know, your mind is telling you no, no you really shouldn't risk it. However, every other part's saying "I wanna risk it all!"It's that smile. That goddamned smile.It is indeed. Level 2 isn't -that- broken, but she's talented with her tongue.All of Daiyu daughters are impressive
>>4431434Ooof, looks like Daiyu's been targeted for her fair share of suffering. How do you discipline your own daughter for *that* level of shit? Where would one even begin?Gonna have to agree with you on that smile. I know I should run from girls like that, really I do. But... damnit I just gotta roll those loaded dice (and no, they ain't in my favor and I know it).And though she isn't brokenly good with words, she doesn't need to be. Master level wordsmithing+that smile=if she likes you, and she wants you, you *will* do things the easy way. You *will* become willing, eager in fact, to do whatever she wants.Level 2 means you're a true master few can compare to far as I can deduce. Level 3 means you've gone beyond that. That you're so good at a thing you'd be worthy of legends about you and that thing. A once in a century or even millennia prodigy. That's where shit gets broken. I assume Gardy's got that in Melee skill. If he does, "weak" fusion might be way stronger that we give it credit for...
>>4431467That kind of history with Deru and Épanouissement eventually spilled over when Lescatie fell so it's somewhat common history. >Gonna have to agree with you on that smile. I know I should run from girls like that, really I do. But... damnit I just gotta roll those loaded dice (and no, they ain't in my favor and I know it).My, will Deru wrap Arawn around her little finger? It's a shame she's so far away!Gardy had more than one level 3 skill. One of them is melee to be sure. It won't transition with 100% effectiveness on a weak fusion but it'll help. You're somewhat right in your assessment of the levels in Ranceverse, skills level fluctuate much more in this quest.The paladins were at 1.5 for example, Zhu is a permanent 2 who can sometimes get to 3, Hildegarde is a 2 in melee with 1 in many skills. Only one of Daiyu daughters can be considered to have a level 3 skills. That little number is not seen often and reality dread anything with a 4.
>>4431494Really? If I can dare to ask, what are they?I think Level 2 in a given weapon art (sword for her) means they also get a "special attack" that's unique to them. I wonder what Zhu's Instant Kill/Overdrive/Limit Break/etc. is. Please tell me Jab facetanked that and died like a screaming pathetic little bitch because of that.I'd Imagine Level 4 is the domain of deities. Literally godlike skill such that it's your "domain" and/or you achieved apotheosis because of that as it were. Y'know, the Dwarven god of the forge has Level 4 smithing. Stuff like that.
>>4431494And yes, if she wants to try and if Sieg and Martha don't do anything to stop her she's gonna make us her most obedient and eager sub. Our only hope to avoid that fate in that case is Gardy's restoration. She might be able to wrap US around her finger, but I doubt she can do the same to bestest buddy.
>>4431505True Mind. Endurance. I won't say anything else.>I think Level 2 in a given weapon art (sword for her) means they also get a "special attack" that's unique to them. I wonder what Zhu's Instant Kill/Overdrive/Limit Break/etcRanceverse skill levels are ultimately an inspiration, not a direct transfer so don't buy into them too much. Being a level 2 with two artifacts is quite something.>I'd Imagine Level 4 is the domain of deities. Indeed.>>4431509>She might be able to wrap US around her finger, but I doubt she can do the same to bestest buddy.Plainly put, she can't.
>>4431531His mind works like/is a Seed A.I. construct and he's literally made of metal/is a mechanical being. Yep, that's Level 3 hard and easy on those fronts.Yeah, Zhu has 2 artifacts. Not like she asked for em' and both got major drawbacks. The sword eats her memories/soul and she can't really see faces and, by extension, expressions with her crystal eye. She can see the color of their souls and their general shape and infer from there, but she'll never truly know "the look on our face" as it were save for if we let her do so as a truly blind person would (i.e. let her feel our face with her hands).
>>4431543Yeah and there might be more... Either way, she'll get a nice reward after today right?
>>4431557Provided she (and Adam) are still alive and in possession of all their limbs, sensory organs, and haven't been rendered into scar-ridden shambling horrific mirrors of their former selves like we almost were.She gets anything non-lewd we can offer if that's not the case. That includes headpats, hand holding, lap pillows, and sweet kisses on the cheek by the way. If that triggers Jelly feedback from Elina and Klesiah than we've acquired yet more fun facts/info in regards to Humans and Angels here.He (Adam) gets to examine our gauntlet in every way save for anything resembling dismantlization. We did just nearly break it and even we don't fully understand its construction or the principles of its operation. We need to get him and Belph to meet along with Martha. We add in our own mind and we all pretty much will get that industrial/magitek revolution going real nicely. Those magitek batteries dude, need em' to go full ham on that front and he has em'. C'mon Adam, don't be like the uncultured curs who hate mamonos...
>>4431531>>She might be able to wrap US around her finger, but I doubt she can do the same to bestest buddy.>Plainly put, she can't.If he, breathes, he's a simp. And Gardy doesn't breathe.
>>4430743>>This reminds me, IIRC Daiyu said that she owed Arawn>If I remember right Daiyu said she owed Arawn one favor because he proved himself trustworthy despite her earlier suspicions and imposing an oath on himAh, I did manage to find the thread (#20) this occurred in (pic related)> ''That and magitek need only time for you to hone your skills and accomplish your wish. I've no knowledge of alchemy, you should bring this subject with Belphegor, tell her I owe you a little favor. I'm sure you two can figure out something that won't bankrupt us.''This sounds like funding to me! Well, funding within reason.Maybe we'll be able to make good use of Daiyu's favor when we coax the secret of Adams Magitek gear out of him.Of course, we'll have to show him how our gauntlet works for it. "You scratch my back I scratch yours" kinda deal.We still need to find out how Adam knew it was an elf that was masquerading as a leper in the Moot. Sure, the leper disguise wasn't exactly foolproof but it was not so thin as to leave Arawn's race easy to uncover with outward scrutiny! I do *not* like the implications I am reaching.
>>4431869I'd imagine an info broker he frequents threw it in as a side bonus. Y'know, he's been such a good customer so why not throw him a freebie. He was morbidly curious and he wasn't likely to spread it around so hey why not?Plus I'd bet Ama knows/contracts with a metric fuckton of info brokers. If she wants someone to know something I'm certain she can make the arrangements easily. It's kind of the Tzeentchian villain's shtick and Ama is one of those hands down. She had a scheme that involved both us and Adam. Baiting the hook for the latter is just good business. Sadly, she need not bait anything for us. She's got us by the balls and she knows it.
>>4431572>She gets anything non-lewd we can offer if that's not the case.That's not fuuuuuuuun>>4431869Nice catch.Adam is the guy that helped Klesiah free the slaves from Gremory mines of misery, he might be a little more resourceful than you think... >>4431990And like any good Tzeentchian villain the most important thing Ama keeps to heart with her schemes is adaptability! Though she'd hate being beholden to a giant chicken so the chaos god would have a rather big headache with her around.
>>4432122No, it's not "fun" but if everyone hopefully survived there is no hiding the fact we had snu-snu from Klesiah and Elina if we give Zhu what she wants! Also, Sieg and Hao are in range to feel it too. Last thing we need is them feeling that in the middle of a combat situation which they may or may not be in at the time we hit the bone zone with her. That could well and truly get them killed!Again, waifu wars. They haven't started yet but Zhu is a contender. Hell, she might be OK with sharing if our other waifus insist on that front. Once more, I'm still going for monogamy but if the other girls insist and are totally cool with it we really won't be in a position to say no. After all, we want them to be happy. Alive and happy. Plus we need to find Gardy a waifu as well. The fusion makes this all hella complicated but damned if we ain't gonna make our bestest buddy and broest of bros happy too!Also, Tzeentch would find her amusing and probably quite like her and all she does. The Architect of Fate loves it when his pawns think they've outwitted him. Even if they actually do it still amuses him because that just means more scheming and plotting potential! Plots for the sake of plots, schemes for the sake of schemes. They'd have happy happy fun teatime alternating between the Library in the Impossible Fortress and that place she drags us into when we fall asleep on occasion. I'm betting that's gonna happen next time we pass out. Errr, she does serve actual "tea" right? Not human/mamono blood disguised as tea with blood magic right? Belph called her a cannibal and she's not a kitsune but rather a kumiho and that's a BIG difference if y'know what the latter is.
>>4432171>we had snu-snu from Klesiah and Elina if we give Zhu what she wants! Can you even hide that little skeleton without indulging your big sis?>Plus we need to find Gardy a waifu as well. That sounds rather implausible. Nevermind wherever he could be, he's the Embodiment of Protection with a very unique body in an even more unique situation... >Also, Tzeentch would find her amusing and probably quite like her and all she does. Oh, I was just speaking without thinking but if Ama were to be genuinely isekai'd into Warhammer Fantasy she'd fully embrace becoming an ally of humanity since Chaos winning without her having any way to go back home kinda means death, it would light a fire under her ass especially since she doesn't age. The god she'd find the most dangerous and do her best to counter/suppress is Nurgle because of his explosive potential, she'd see Tzeentch as a boring fat bird with an empty reputation until he finally does one-up her. Well, whatever she did gave Arawn tasted like good tea... And it happen in a mindscape (supposedly!)
>>4432197Oh that's going to come out on the road back provided Zhu survived and isn't in a coma. Klesiah heard what she said to Jab. She's going to ask her "What did you mean by 'reunion fuck' Zhu?" That's gonna be a fun conversation. I hope we get to have it.I was speaking of us actually having snu-snu here and now though. As in, losing our reborn virginity. They won't not feel that and it could get the other two girls killed if we do. At least with Elina there we don't gotta worry about being raped. Ah, angel wing blanket. Makes us feel good and safeguards our virtue!As for Gardy, don't care if it's implausible we're still gonna try. I mean, technically, our waifu is also his waifu because fusion but we should at least try to get him to embrace his romantic side. I want to see how he handles himself on a date with a girl he likes. Now that's good potential romcom material.In regards to the Lord of Change, it has been postulated that he actually is on Humanity's side in his own way. After all, if the other gods "win" or if humanity goes extinct the potential for plots, schemes, and change goes way down and he ain't about to have any of that. If Ama wants to shut down Grandfather Nurgle he'd be more than happy to help out. Again, happy happy fun teatime.Plus hey, we're her favorite toy/herald and I think we're now up 2 greater daemons of Nurgle. Though porky simply looked like a Great Unclean One but had powers more befitting a Keeper of Secrets. Graz is more straight up though. Probably more in line with a Bloodthirster, but he did make those paladins unbelievably tough. Only decapitation or headshots put em' down outright. Damnable plague paladins...
>>4432276>That's gonna be a fun conversation. I hope we get to have it.So you did realize that she knows...Teehee.>Now that's good potential romcom material.A sad one, yes.>If Ama wants to shut down Grandfather Nurgle he'd be more than happy to help out. Again, happy happy fun teatime.Wouldn't that make for an upset for the Witch of Contracts to cooperate with the Lord of Change. It's a nice thought exercise. >Plus hey, we're her favorite toy/herald and I think we're now up 2 greater daemons of Nurgle.Horkus is the only one who could arguably belong in Nurgle domain though as you said, he had some Tzeentch in him.>Graz is more straight-up though. Probably more in line with a BloodthirsterGraz shouldn't be considered a daemon of chaos, he'd be more in line with an Avatar of Khaine or other similar godly manifestation from an order-aligned faction. Not that I'm saying he's ideologically similar to the God of Murder, of course. The Shards are less powerful than these godly avatars but more numerous
>>4432296Klesiah isn't a harem protag, she's not dense enough to not figure it out after Zhu's outburst.I thought Porky was more Slaaneshi in regards to his powers and domains. Making us dance and tempting us with carnal pleasures and visions of our potential waifus (and Shereen) having their way with us.Tzeentch doesn't make a lot of contracts per se. Putting shit into writing isn't really his style unless done in the service of deception or manipulation. He'd find Ama's antics amusing though. It's not often a chessmaster of her caliber happens upon his doorstep. A great and fun game is to be had with her in his eyes. Let the scheming showdown commence!Also, there's more than one shard of Graz? They don't share memories do they? I mean, if we kill this one the others won't know or care right? We got enough shit stalking us in the red world already, we don't need one of his shards following us around waiting for a chance to avenge his fallen brother or otherwise fuck us over.
>>4432276>"What did you mean by 'reunion fuck' Zhu?" That's gonna be a fun conversation. I hope we get to have it.Considering Arawn's honesty and crappy lying skills, he'd own up to it... were he not amnesiac. Hard to own up to something you truly cannot remember. Klesiah can have her words about it when we recover our memories.Assuming she didn't find out about Arawn and Zhu before our elf suffered his death and kept silent. It's entirely possible.
>>4432331>Also, there's more than one shard of Graz? Maybe, maybe not. Depend on the deity in question. Mother Earth has more than one, as explained with Mina this same logic could extend to others.>They don't share memories do they?No, they don't. It's why Mina was actually so adamant with killing Graz here to make sure he wouldn't ''contaminate'' his patron/actual self if he were to return.>>4432343This is gonna be fuuuuuuun
>>4432343Well, we have no reason to disbelieve Zhu and we were essentially a teen when we met her. Plus, she's hot, and a pervert. Younger us never stood a chance against her predations.>>4432383Are...are we gonna make the blueberry cry because of that? I guess there's no way around that as she's gonna see our memories eventually but I still don't want to see her cry.
>>4432400She's going to surprise you, is all I'll say. Her time with Lady White has hardened her in quite a few ways but her wonderfully kind core has endured.
>>4432408Hmmm... when we get back to throne town and start to recover our memories will the memories of the others bleed into our own? Y'know, will we start to experience theirs in our dreams?I'm pretty sure Klesiah's in need of a great deal of healing regarding that. That year in Ama's "tender" care must have cost her more than a few SAN points. Will hugs, headpats, hand holding, and lap pillows help her on that front? She also gets the same reward as Zhu. If it ain't lewd, we're doing it.
>>4432419>Hmmm... when we get back to throne town and start to recover our memories will the memories of the others bleed into our own? Y'know, will we start to experience theirs in our dreams?Who knows? I can't answer that.>That year in Ama's "tender" care must have cost her more than a few SAN points.Actually, Ama didn't aim to break her. She saw Klesiah as another toy gave her all the priviliedge that entailed. (Remember, the vampire that masterminded the assault on the demonic college is dead)The spinoff I mentioned would eventually have Klesiah show up.>Will hugs, headpats, hand holding, and lap pillows help her on that front?You might have to be a bit proactive in giving them...
>>4432428I'd bet it still cost her some sanity. We can personally attest that being Ama's "toy" isn't fun in any way and is likely to cause PTSD! Her schemes have already given us a mild form of it. Will become major if we lost someone here. Those poor mamono back in throne town and, potentially, our poor zogged party member whom we failed to protect...Also, she's got a soul link with us. That means her emotions are basically an open book to us (and vice versa, but that's another matter). We'll be able to sense when she wants a hug. We will hug her every time she wants one. Same for the other stuff I mentioned. We won't have to be proactive with Zhu, she'll just take whatever she can. We'll let her take everything except our virginity or first kiss (though she may just take that herself).
>>4432450Sound like you're trying your best to be a good lord huh?
>>4432490Not trying to be, are. We are a good lord. Good lords do right by their people and Klesiah is our knight. We will do what we have to in order to heal her wounded psyche. The blueberry deserves it after what she's been through.I just hope we'll have the chance to do right by Adam and Zhu as well. Their fates are still uncertain and I still fear somebody didn't make it.
>>4432512Well, they did volunteer to fight an unknown foe and the only one who made it back is Mina.Very worrying indeed...
>>4432548>That picI'm betting Klesiah looks like that right now, only with way more blood everywhere and wounds where the skin shows on the upper bodyDamnit, you're really enjoying making us stew in worry over their fate aren't you? Gotta get your REJOICING somehow I suppose. Once combat's over Mina or Klesiah's gonna spill the beans right? She better.
>>4432450>We'll let her take everything except our virginity or first kiss (though she may just take that herself).>>or first kissBut Anon, Hao already stole it.
>>4433056Shit, you just reminded me about that. It occurred in dream/soulspace though and Hao's so pure and innocent that she probably didn't realize the significance of that act.Or maybe she did. Can't take anything for granted in the upcoming waifu wars and perhaps Hao is the most savvy of them all in regards to attaining the affections of a male most worthy...
>>4433080>Hao's so pure and innocent that she probably didn't realize the significance of that act.You'd be surprised. You haven't had too much of a chance to get to know Hao very well because of all the tumult but she's still managed to become Arawn second sworn knight and she is tied with Arawn at the soul, she lived on what might as well be the other side of the world inside a harsh tribe, the girl mindset is a bit... odd because of that, she barely had any time to adjust at Throne Town culture that a coma happened!She's very easy to underestimate. Quite a few people have made that mistake.I can't wait to reunite with her and Sieglinde. It's been so damn long since I wrote them at length.
>>4433090>That picHoly hell if she puts on a getup like that even Gardy might experience feelings of lust. Hot friggin' damn!I hope to get to introduce them to Zhu and Adam. Plus she's also gonna get to view our memories and I want to see her reaction to our... relations with Zhu. I thought she was utterly pure and innocent but now it seems like she'll just hug her, thank her for consoling us in a time of need, and eagerly request that she share us in bed. She's related to dragons right? So horns, lizardlike tail, and sumptuous scales at various points on the body correct and otherwise resembles that pic correct?Also, I just remembered that Mina actually carried Leena from the church before she got shot down by that harpy. That means she can interact with things physically so we should be able to touch her and thus source her magic. Granted, that's probably not feasible right now as Graz will chase her and can probably see our soul arms and deduce our nature/ability after what we did with Klesiah. He'll pulp us outright if Mina gets close enough for us to source a mega arrow. If he gets distracted somehow, however, then that's the play.Hopefully it won't come to that if Ari'el does his job and slaughters that last paladin. Though he might eat a punch from Graz in his final moments. I fear he'll get one last round before he dies just like those damned paladins...
>>4433451>She's related to dragons right? So horns, lizardlike tail, and sumptuous scales at various points on the body correct and otherwise resembles that pic correct?Yes. She had long, luxurious hair put into a unique hairstyle previously but she cut them into that tomboyish look after the coma. Her race (and Teruko) is pretty much an Au Ra from FF14
>>4433543So she's basically dragongirl Serenity in terms of appearance? Damn. That much sexiness ought to be illegal in an otherwise mostly innocent package. We need to touch her exotic bits as soon as we are able. Same for all the other girls, even the ones we ain't linked to.After a big group hug of course. First the hugging, then the feeling of the exotic bits. I do believe we have an addiction to satiate on that front. It has been far too long since we touched fluffy/leathery tails, horns, wings, etc.
>>4433582>So she's basically dragongirl Serenity in terms of appearance?Yes. Even I was surprised at how perfect Serenity general look, mannerisms, and mood fit Hao, so I've embraced it.>It has been far too long since we touched fluffy/leathery tails, horns, wings, etc.Indulge with Shereen
>>4433589Only if she's willing. I would very much like to scratch her fluffy ears, groom her fluffy tail, and hold her fluffy paw hands, but she's our sun and it'd be untoward to just indulge out of nowhere. We should ask for that as a reward from her at some point. Hope we earned one after all this crap Ama put us through. We need to feel Elina's wings too. I think she owes us a reward on that front, as does Sieg. Did we get one out of Hao too? I think we did...
>>4433612If I remember right Hao is the one who actually beat you at dice but she didn't bank her win. las, she's too much of a good girl...Touch Shereen paw pads. Do it now.
>>4433624Looked it up, Hao didn't participate. Sieg and Elina owe us and I believe we already claimed the reward from Belph. It was Vilma who beat us and she requested to munch a bit on our soul (which I believe she already did). God I miss that lich. She was right behind Sieg in my waifu rankings.Since she's KO'd have her hands reverted to paws? We sadly can't truly indulge here because we're worried sick, but we can and will hold them as we beg her to wake up provided we all survive the death throes of Graz.
>>4433637Right, right I remember now. Vilma's has been busy during the year, alas, can't expect to see her any time soon...They actually did. Shereen shame is on full display.
>>4433643Damnit all, I really miss her and wanna see her. She was great. Sweet, shy, somewhat insecure but had an inner strength that was just starting to bloom. We were successfully coaxing her out of her shell when Ama's merry band of psychopaths had to go and ruin everything good we had going and then fling us to the other side of the friggin' planet for shits and giggles! Damn Bad Fluffy and I hope she burns in hell!What is there to be ashamed of? They're cute and quite fetching on her given her other features. I don't know why she doesn't have them out more often. Perhaps we can nudge her in that direction on the way back to the capital. Our brown doggo can be that cute!
>>4433658Now now now, the great fluff did nothing wrong... And Vilma is still alive so everything is fine and dandy.You only like paw pads cause you don't have em! Shereen hate them, they're big, soft, impractical and look dumb!
>>4433673Bad Fluffy did everything wrong and will always continue to do everything wrong. If only Vilma was with Sieg and the gang when this whole idea was concieved. You'd think a skilled necromancer would be able to mitigate the effects of death pearls. And boy oh boy, may God have mercy upon their enemies if they manage to get a hold of one.>That spoilerI'm gonna have to disagree with you here. I mean, they are a bit impractical in the hand area if you want to complete delicate tasks, but for feet or non-delicate tasks they're just fine. Especially feet. They're quite good in regards to functionality there.Also, how dare you say they look dumb! They're cute and the fact they're big and soft is a plus for hand holding, headpats, and hugs!
>>4433683No! They look dumb, are impractical and do not befit a royal lady at all! You will never convince Shereen to like them, it's why she constantly shapeshift them away!
>>4433703Hmmm... that sounds like a challenge I can accept! It'll take some time but I for one would like to convince her to embrace her mamono nature more often. Y'know, see her paw pads as her "casual" look. We should be able to convince her that her paw feet are nice and practical at least.Point is, we like exotic bits and think that mamono should feel proud of them and display them with that pride whenever practical and not lewd. Lewds are for boyfriends/husbandos, not the general public. Shereen has nothing to be ashamed of and they do befit her royal status!