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    44 KB Metahuman Renaissance Quest Part 7 Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)15:39 No.17989716  
    >Previous Threads:
    1: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/17779216
    2: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/17792316
    3: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/17805147
    4: http://archive.foolz.us/tg/thread/17819927/
    4.5: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/17875188
    5: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/17887197/
    6: http://archive.foolz.us/tg/thread/17916365/

    While questing for a training montage, Dan ventured into the depths of the Parapsychology building and found the Evokers' Club, a group of paranormal metahumans bent on training their abilities, operated by a Professor Harry Blackstone, who in no way resembles a certain Wizard Detective. After hanging out an getting his ass partially handed to him by Jeanne, the french witch of dragons, he spoke with Blackstone who offered him some advice, and a chance to learn more, if he came back in the afternoon. He then called up Roxy, and went with the Evokers' to IHOP for DELICIOUS PANCAKES.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)15:40 No.17989726
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    rolled 86 = 86

    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)15:41 No.17989735
    rolled 20 = 20

    So, are we eating pancakes yet? I don't remember where we left off.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)15:41 No.17989736
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)15:45 No.17989775
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    You are sitting at the IHOP in the shopping district, eating pancakes, because its mutherfucking IHOP. You, Roxy and the Evokers' Club all are crowded around one table. Currently, Roxane, Jeanna and Anya (Who are positioned opposite, to your right and to your left, respectively) are having a complicated theoretical discussion about the relation of Esoteric Sciences to the conventional ones. Huan, Summanus, Sunshine and you, however, are having a pleasant discourse over which edition of DnD is better. It ends with the various sides having to agree to disagree.

    >So, who do you want to engage in further conversation with?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)15:48 No.17989810
    >editon war
    This really is an alternate universe.

    I say we should talk to Anya about demons.
    (I think Anya was the girl who sold her eyes, right?)
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)15:53 No.17989860

    I may have been being facetious. May.

    >(I think Anya was the girl who sold her eyes, right?)

    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)15:55 No.17989877
    rolled 89 = 89

    I would actually be interested in hearing whether or not anyone at the table has heard anything about Red Star or any other outsiders. I would imagine Roxane would be interested too since she was with us in that cafe.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)15:55 No.17989878
    We're sticking to the modular rules of 5th having the best overall play experience, right?
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)15:57 No.17989902
    I prefer to think that a group of metahumans can civilly discuss versions of fantasy roll playan gaems in this other world.
    But let's not talk about d&d 6
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)16:04 No.17989973
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    (If you say so. You may notice I didn't say what Dan's position was.)


    "I wouldn't be breaking any unwritten rule if I asked if anybody knows anything about Outsiders, would I?" You try and be polite as you can. Conversation halts for a second, since you drew attention to yourself. Anya shoots you a sideways glance over her side of extra chewy bacon. "Depends who or what you're asking about. Is that what you needed to speak with Professor Blackstone about?" You nod. When nobody reacts, you remember that Anya is still blind, so you say "Yes." Jeanne furrows her brow. "Outsiders... that is, entities from outside our proper universe, they are a mixed bag, I believe is a good English metaphor. It depends on what dimension you dial out' to." "From what I understand," Continues Summanus "All of them tend to be very alien in though processes, at least all the ones we can reach. Even our local realities "alien" species have some things in common with us. It seems to be how our universe played out. Outsiders..." He pauses for a second. Anya steps in to finish his thought. "Local Aliens, for lack of a better term, still play by our rules. Outsiders play with their house rules."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)16:07 No.17989992
    rolled 69 = 69

    "So in order to predict how one operates, you need to learn the physics of the reality that it's from?"
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)16:19 No.17990090
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    "That can help." Says Jeanne, "But its not a guarantee. Predicting Outsiders is hard. Especially the big ones. There are some obscure branches of magic which relate to more species-like Outsiders, who are multiple beings." "I'd be careful about that, though," cuts in Anya. "They're worse than demons, from what I've read. A lot of them want to come live here." "I'm sure demons would like to leave where ever it is in this universe they dwell." You say. "Yeah, but demons don't erode reality just by standing in it. Usually." Yikes. It the more you learn about stuff beyond your ken, the less you want to know.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)16:21 No.17990105
    rolled 51 = 51

    "There's a specific one that I think may be targeting me. Do you know anything about any specific ones?"
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)16:37 No.17990245
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    "Oh Christ no." Says Jeanne, succinctly and for the group. "For one, only the professors and their research assistance have access to those books. For another, just because I rewrite the rules of reality on a daily basis, doesn't mean I don't like my sanity right were it is, thanks." You get the odd sensation of Anya's non-existant eyeballs locked onto your brain-pan. "You're being 'targeted' by an Outsider?" She asks, part incredulous, part probing. "Okay, so the human agent of an Outsider." You correct yourself. "But that's practically the same thing, right?" The table sinks into thoughtful silence, and Roxane orders another cup of coffee from the waitress. Jeanne speaks up first. "Well, while obviously you should worry about the practitioner, as should we all," She shoots a meaningful look at the other members of the club, "It takes a metric fuckton of energy to cross universes, magical or otherwise. Since nobody has been inking a giant summoning matrix into the streets with the blood of virgins or something, you're probably safe."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)16:39 No.17990260
    It did manifest in some fashion to me. Might have been a vision instead of a physical reality, though.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)16:39 No.17990268
    rolled 5 = 5

    "Well, safe-ish. I still have a human agent and some sort of astral beast stalking me. I just wish there was a way I could find out exactly what sort of powers this particular outsider stands to grant to its representatives like that..."
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)16:42 No.17990289
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    Anya speaks in a quiet voice. "But if the agent has a direct link, she has a line to pull it here." Huan actually speaks up, having been silent for some time. "It is as Jeanne says. Even while this practitioner does have the ability to guide their master to our world, it cannot be done with out massive amounts of energy. Or, smaller amounts of energy, with some very obvious artifact. Even demons, who are from our reality, require much effort on the part of a summoner to call." Roxane speaks up for the first time. "I'm not much on the Esoteric side, but I know nobody has been moving any imposing black monoliths onto campus." All the Evokers' say something to the effect of "They're a student" almost simultaneously. Together, you and Roxane relay what you know of 'Red'.

    "Hrm." Muses Jeanne. "I don't go for Arcanomathematics, since as a natural magus, I don't need to do reality bending math problems to get the effect I desire. But I have seen some of the people who go to those classes, and, sans tattoos, that sounds like a couple of those girls."
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)16:46 No.17990339

    Since this was actually a couple threads ago, I'd like to give a reminder that there is a greater Outsider (Like a Great Old One or an Outer God) which is called "Red or Crimson Star, King of Blood, Lord of the Red Earth." and then there is the smaller, more humanoid creature which seems to be spiritually following the woman (Who is termed "Herald") which is the Voice or Champion of the Red Star.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)16:47 No.17990355
    rolled 27 = 27

    What time do we need to meet up with Professor Blackstone this afternoon?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)16:49 No.17990378

    He just said "this afternoon".

    I forgot to mention, but its about 10 AM now.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)16:52 No.17990399
    rolled 55 = 55

    "Is there any chance that you could introduce Roxy and me to them? I got a good look at her at the cafe, and Roxy just plain has a better memory than me, so we should know her if we see her."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)16:56 No.17990460
    rolled 42 = 42


    Do this.

    Also, we should consider hitting the gym and working on our close combat skills. Combined with our ability to throw psibolts, we should be able to unleash devastating blows at extremely close range.

    And finally, let's not forget about the armed mobsters who tried to gank us, they're still on our shitlist.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)16:57 No.17990471
    How lovely.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)17:04 No.17990531
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    "Is there any chance that you could introduce Roxy and me to them? I got a good look at her at the cafe, and Roxy just plain has a better memory than me, so we should know her if we see her." Jeanne pauses. "I don't know. I mean, that almost sounds like asking for a fight if you did find her, and I don't want to be responsible for that on school grounds. If you already mentioned her to the police and to professor Blackstone, that should be sufficient. I know one of the girls wouldn't be in today, and if any of them is this Outsider agent, I don't see why she'd show up at all, especially with the semester over."

    She thinks for a second, then fishes in one of the pouches she wears on he belt and pulls out her phone. "How about this? I have to go into the building anyway, because I'm doing additional work over the summer. If I see either of them, especially if they have new tattoos, I'll send one of you a picture with my phone. If you say its her, I'll call in the Professor Blackstone and the police." You nod, and both you and Roxane exchange phone numbers with Jeanne, so she can get a hold of you.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:08 No.17990576
    rolled 20 = 20

    "That sounds perfect, actually. Thanks."

    Let's go back to small-talk now. If the club is doing more stuff, we'll go with them. If everyone's going their own way after the meal, we can go free running.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)17:21 No.17990714
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    You thank Jeanne for her help, and go back to small talk until everyone is done eating. The Club then goes their separate ways, all saying they'll meet again on Saturday. You, Roxane and Jeanne all ride the monorail back to campus, before she splits off to go do her business, and Roxane also leaves, saying that "Since you got her up so early, she may as well work".

    You now are free to, once again, move about the cabin. It is currently edging toward 10:30.

    >Wat do?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:24 No.17990757
    rolled 21 = 21


    I think we should do body exercises.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:25 No.17990766
    rolled 1 = 1


    Hit the gym!

    Time to stretch our new muscles and see what we're really capable of. After we're done with weight training, we should find a good spot to parkour around and train our movement skills. We need mobility, seeing as we can't really take too much of a beating.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:28 No.17990819
    Lets shore up our weaknesses and try to improve our coordination.
    Body would be nice too, but coordination would probably help us more with aiming, shooting, and not falling over when our legs are frozen.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:34 No.17990873
    rolled 51 = 51

    I would rather do the parkour first. Test our strength with handstands, holds, lifts, and so on. If we find that our body doesn't weigh enough for us to really get sore, we can lift weights later.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)17:40 No.17990933
    So, tie between Gym and Parkour. Normally I just pick which ever is cooler, but this is also about character growth. Working Out on the gym machines will improve more Body and Endurance. Free Running will improve more Coordination and Agility.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:42 No.17990946
    rolled 84 = 84


    I think we should go for endurance.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:43 No.17990954
    rolled 68 = 68


    Eh, let's do parkour, we can always lift tomorrow.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:44 No.17990960
    I think we should go with Parkour.
    it might even help us navigate cities later, so thats a plus.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:46 No.17990969
    rolled 13 = 13

    Dodging and psibolts both run off of what Parkour trains. The answer is obvious as to which physical abilities are of higher priority.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)17:51 No.17991009
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    (Point, Good Sir. Besides, when was the last time you guys punched somebody?)


    You decide to try that free running stuff. You loved Mirror's Edge, and always wanted to try it, but until now were too uncoordinated and sedentary. Now that you're peak human condition, you can give it a try. But how to go about it?

    >Ask someone you know, if they know anyone into parkour or some, like, "established courses" you can run.
    >Google some videos and just wing it
    >Go to Admin, find if there's a Free Running club or team or something, and go bug those guys.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)17:51 No.17991012
    Established courses.
    Let's start small here.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)17:54 No.17991032
    Talking to people has worked well so far, let's stick with it.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)18:33 No.17991379
    rolled 92 = 92

    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)18:41 No.17991442
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)19:12 No.17991686
    Omega? You still there, dude?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)19:16 No.17991720
    (Sorry about the delay, guys. Was called away unexpectedly. New post inbound)
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)19:22 No.17991776
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    (Awarded a point of Willpower for Self-Improvement)

    Well, socializing has worked for you in the past. So, you decide to find out more that way, and you know the guy to talk to.

    You head on back to your room, and open the door, to find Dave, your roommate, sitting on your shitty couch, playing Mass Effect 3. "Dave," You say, by way of conversation starter. "Yeah?" He doesn't look up from killing... something. You can't see the screen so well from the door. "You did that paper on the Parkour community in the city a few semesters back, right?" He spares you half a glance. "Yeah, why?" "Just wondering if you stayed in touch with any of those people. Thinking of finally taking up some Free Running." You say, at maximum casual. Dave pauses his game, and looks at you, like an Anthropologist studying obscure habits of native tribes. Which, technically, he is. Kind of. "You met a girl." He starts. "You met a girl, and now you want to impress her, by showing off how much of traceur you are." "Yes, Dave. That is exactly what is going on here." Poker face setting = Maximum.

    Dave ponders for a bit. "Yeah, I have some contact information. I stay apprised, in case something happens and I need to write a new paper." Good ole' Dave.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)19:27 No.17991823
    I would imagine we look considerably buffer than we did a few days ago, as well, what with this peak-of-human-capability thing we're rockin' now.

    Though I suppose I can't blame Dave for not noticing.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)19:30 No.17991866

    Actually, you haven't gained much muscle mass, since you haven't been building for that, but more of a muscle tone, kind of thing. It's really not noticeable unless your shirt is off or sleeves are rolled up, or something, but since you kind of glow, you've been keeping yourself covered since friday night.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)19:32 No.17991876
    Huh. Shows what the fuck I know (not much). Fair enough then.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)19:41 No.17991975
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    Dave gets you what you need, and basically paves the way a little. You meet with a handful of the Free-runners, and introduce yourself. They're currently hanging out in one of the 'skate' parks in Campus Town, which really caters to anyone who wants to hang out outside and do tricks for gawkers with cellphone cameras. You made sure to change up your look a little so you aren't obviously the coffee-shop guy. The 'leader' of this little pack looks you up and down. "Alright, you look like you can move pretty good. But we got to see if you've got the basics down before we go see if you can do some courses." He points out a space next to him. "Get from here," He points all the way to the other end of the park. "To there as fast as you can."

    >How you do dis?
    >Body+Athletics to simply sprint+hurdle type jumping
    >Coordination+Agility to dodge and weave through the area.
    >Mind+Tactics to make a plan based on observations, and execute it.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)19:41 No.17991982
    So where do we glow now? Can we have a current description?
    We have marks on our hands and eyes, anywhere else?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)19:43 No.17991998

    Irises, Palms, Back of Hands, lines starting at the wrist and going back up your arms, to the center of your chest, which is where the reader implant is installed.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)19:47 No.17992037
    rolled 25 = 25


    Mind+Tactics, seeing as that's the way we should roll all the time.

    We should be one strategic fucker, and THEN use our mad physical skills to pull our plan off.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)19:48 No.17992044
    We've got the same number for dice for Coord+Agi, as we do for Mind+Tactics, so... whichever?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)19:52 No.17992077
    I agree with this. We have the agility to pull just about anything off, so we can improve by planning not by dashing madly around.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)20:04 No.17992165
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    (2x4 and 2x6 on Tactics)

    You do what you do best. Plan. Quickly, in your head, to calculate out the shortest possible route vis-a-vis your ability to dodge shit. "Time's wasting, new meat!" Says one of the traceurs, a woman. You hop the rail, and are off. By timing it just right, you avoid people and obstacles, and manage to cross the park in short order with minimal need for any moves. You arrive at the designated finish, and turn, to see the free-runners moving like liquid lightning through the crowd to catch up with you. The leader does a forward flip and lands in a crouch just in front of you. "You got the right mind for sure, holmes." Says he. "Okay, we can help you practice. Since some times, you gonna need to jump and run over shit. Here's the deal:" He breaks it down for you. They have a couple of areas in the city, where they have set up "courses" of sorts, where they do races, time trials, and so on to hone skills. While Parkour isn't apparently about competition, you also need something to measure yourself against. So, you need to pick which one of them to go with, to run what area.

    >Run Dockside. This is the most dangerous, since you'll be navigating warehouses and stacks of shipping containers, but will net you the fastest skill growth
    >Run Little Asia. The buildings are smaller here, and there's more ground clutter, so the runs are safer, but offer less opportunity to improve.
    >Run The Projects. This is a medium level course, with a mix of ground and roof-level work. But its in the bad side of town, so you may run risks other than just falls.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:07 No.17992196
    rolled 63 = 63


    Dockside. Javelin ain't no bitch.

    (also the improved healing factor will come in handy if we fall off of something high)
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)20:10 No.17992238
    Let's hit the Projects. If any bitches give us trouble, we know how we can push back, and we're still somewhat new to all this shit, any way.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:16 No.17992300
    rolled 41 = 41

    Dockside. We don't want to risk having to fight anyone, but we also don't want to take the bitch course.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:20 No.17992334
    rolled 45 = 45

    We're actually shy of peak. Peak is 5. I'm betting we'll get a fair bit more muscle mass if we hit 5, but even then, I don't think we have the proper bone structure to be truly bulky, based on what I know about Dan. He might. I just don't know.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:21 No.17992352
    Dockside, we're superhuman, it should be fine.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:21 No.17992356
    rolled 47 = 47

    Yeah, at 3, we're just above average, which is 2, I think. We're not necessarily actually exceptional yet.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:22 No.17992369
    rolled 86 = 86

    Hey, could we combine Wisp and Psychic Senses to create a glowing light (wisp) that only we could see (psychic senses) giving us effectively night vision?
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)20:24 No.17992387
    Alright, I misspoke, chill guys.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:25 No.17992396
    rolled 65 = 65

    Sorry, was just trying to clarify. Wasn't trying to rip on you, bro. We cool?
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)20:27 No.17992421
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    To the docks! You hum the batman scene wipe music in your mind.

    You arrive with a couple of the other runners via monorail. All of a sudden, a fourth guy jumps off the top of a company warehouse, onto the top of a truck trailer, runs up, slides down the front of the cab, and lands in front of the guy in charge. "Julio." He says, only slightly out of breath. "Your brother wants you." "Shit, man." The main runner looks to you and the others. "Knew I should have taken my phone today. I need to go take care of this. You show him the ropes, Karla?" The female traceuse nods.

    He leaves in a spectacular display of talent, and you're left with a couple dudes and your new babysitter, Karla. She waves them on ahead, and turns to speak to you. "'Kay, new guy. We need to get some height, because they move the move the containers around a lot. We gotta know what the route looks like before we run it. So, your first lesson, gaining a rooftop. Follow me, if you can. If not, take the fire-escape." She springboards from a pallet of stuff to the top of a truck, onto an over hang, shimmies up a pipe latches onto some kind of random metal box hanging off the wall, and uses it to swing herself up onto the roof of this warehouse.

    "Your turn!" She shouts back.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)20:29 No.17992445

    Already have night vision, since Cyreans do. Part of the stuff you got when you got the Senses module. Hence why Dan no wears sunglasses at all times, even at night, or underground.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:32 No.17992471
    rolled 47 = 47


    Alright, coord+agi our way to our roof, watching for the easiest and most stable route possible.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)20:41 No.17992580
    If we ever screw up a sequence, or whatever, we play it off as, "If I'm gonna get better, gotta have a challenge."
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)20:44 No.17992617
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    (3x5 and 2x8 on Agility)

    Having seen her do it, and already pretty aware of how to move yourself, you basically repeat from memory her moves, and while you're not quite as fast or as fluid as she is, you manage to follow the route, and gain the roof. "Damn, new blood." Karla says. "I wasn't expecting you to actually do it. Most of us bust our ass first time out like that." You manage a bit of a smirk. "I'm a little quicker on the uptake than most." You wheeze a bit. Wow, you are more winded than you thought.

    The four of you walk to the far side of the roof, and look out at the vast dockside maze of shipping containers and cranes and warehouses. Karla shades her eyes a bit, and scans the area. "Alright, I'll lead. New blood, just focus on following me. We'll cross the containers back to Julio. If you fuck up and fall, and you don't break anything, you're just gonna have to catch up."

    (You may say to make a Mind+Navigation roll, to add the roll's highest width in dice to your Agility test. And, as always, be aware of Willpower and Relationships, if you want more dice that way)
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)20:57 No.17992791

    To clarify, you guys need to declare now if you want to do that check, or spend any points or anything. After that, I can just make the Coo+Agi roll.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:58 No.17992805
    Glad I got on to check for this thread when I did, I missed it last night!
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)20:59 No.17992820
    Mind+Navigation to plan our path, then maybe Coordination and Agility to execute it? Can we do that?
    Either way, we should spend willpower on the actual crossing containers part.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)21:00 No.17992830
    Let's definitely do that roll. More dice are never bad.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)21:03 No.17992869
    Didn't happen last night, as it happens.

    Let's put… 3 willpower into the crossing.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:04 No.17992889
    rolled 56 = 56

    Let's start with the Mind+Navigation roll, then decide whether or not we want to spend some willpower on the Agility roll.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:06 No.17992907
    rolled 16 = 16

    Damn. We so baller.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)21:09 No.17992930
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    (2x7 on Navigation, adding two more dice to Agility)
    (4x9 on Agility)
    (Your Coordination has increased!)

    You watch where Karla is looking and pointing. In your head, you calculate the route at the speed of thought, and can see where its going, and exactly what structures to cover to get there.

    She sets off first, and you wait a few seconds to see where she goes, as she jumps to a stack of containers only slightly lower than the lip of the roof, and goes off, moving from container to container. You set off after, moving at your fullest speed, your highly tuned reflexes guiding you almost instinctively, first in Karla's footsteps, then actually pulling out ahead of her, as you see the route you need to take. You gradually decrease the height off the ground, before snatching an out-of-use crane hook and swinging down so skid to a halt, next to Julio and the message runner from before. "Damn." Julio says, quietly.

    (Also, not spending any willpower because I already made the roll, and Dan rolled awesome)
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:15 No.17993010
    rolled 38 = 38

    "That was awesome. I think I'm ready to move on to a challenging course, though."

    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:16 No.17993016
    Let's try to tone the douche down a little.
    Maybe just "So, what's next?"
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:20 No.17993060
    Let's not be an ass about it. Although a little gloating is in order
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:24 No.17993110
    I'm Anonymous, and this is my favorite Quest Thread on /tg/!
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:25 No.17993123
    Gloat a little in a non-assholish way.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)21:25 No.17993125
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    You take a couple seconds to get your breath back. Which is way easier than it was a week ago. Then turn to grin, as Karla and the other two runners catch up. "That was fun." You observe, to Julio, not quite edged down from your adrenaline high. "But when do we do the hard courses?" He laughs, good and hard. Then he turns to a burly man who must be his brother, and takes a phone back from him. Karla is looking at you with something between pride and hate, while the other two just gawk. "Said I was quick on the uptake." You're going to be sore tomorrow, but right now, you are not giving a single fuck. Julio turns back to you. "Say you got the basics down, homes. You're free to run with us any times. I'd say you're up for the big leagues." "Big leagues?" You ask. "Downtown." Julio says simply. Right, the place with the TALL buildings, and stuff. Okay, sure, whatever.

    >Do some more free-running, or call it a day

    (Keep in mind, Stats aren't likely to go up (Though I roll another shitload of high numbers like that, I might switch a Coo to hard dice) but some of your other skills might be improved if you keep at it)
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:27 No.17993138
    We should probably get back.
    Don't we have a meeting to get to, anyway?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:28 No.17993149
    rolled 39 = 39

    Let's check our phone. If it's time to meet with Professor Blackstone, ask, "Is tomorrow okay? I've got someone I need to see sometime this afternoon."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:30 No.17993165
    rolled 28 = 28

    And if it's not time to meet with him, fuck yeah, down town.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)21:31 No.17993182

    It is just now nearing 12 noon. Account for time back to the monorail station, and the ride all the way across town back to campus, it will officially be "afternoon" by the time you get back. Also, you haven't eaten lunch.

    (But don't worry about that.)
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:32 No.17993196
    Let's get back to blackstone then.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:35 No.17993219
    rolled 93 = 93

    Yeah, let's get a rain check. We can probably grab some food from a street vendor or at a rail station or something on the way back. Would there be a time for a quick shower before we visit Professor Dres- I mean, Blackstone?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:35 No.17993232
    rolled 43 = 43

    politely leave to go to Blackstone , but ask when they usual do this run? make it i weekly thing?
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)21:38 No.17993250
    I think it's safe to just call him "Harry."

    I can't recall if you've particularly said, but what's the deal with hard & wiggle dice?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:39 No.17993268
    rolled 50 = 50

    A hard die is a die you don't roll, you just declare it to be whatever you feel like before you roll. People usually declare it a 10. A wiggle die is one that you declare AFTER you roll, basically guaranteeing a set. They are very powerful tools. They don't add much power to your character, but they add a TON of reliability.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)21:43 No.17993314
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    You check your own phone, realize the time, then politely refuse, citing an appointment. Julio then gives you an address for an athletics supply place they all hang out at a lot, if you want to meet up with them again. Otherwise, he advises you, just keep practicing.


    You think about getting something to eat on the way back, but with your plans to show already (mean you'll be detouring back to your dorm room), you settle for a candy bar to take the edge off and head back.

    After getting cleaned up, which you needed since the Evokers' this morning, and then the Free-Running, you are prepared to set off. Unless you decide to back out. Harry's words ring in your head.

    >"You'll find it illuminating. But, you'll be stepping, willingly, into more shit like this. So don't visit lightly."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:44 No.17993326
    rolled 20 = 20

    We're not refusing the call now. We haven't before.
    Let's do this.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)21:45 No.17993341

    Hard dice are never rolled, and they always count for 10, meaning they're for power.

    Wiggle dice you set aside, and declare the value after your roll. In theory, this makes you better at called shots, or able to meet height or width requirements. In practice, I'll probably usually use them either to add to the width of your highest match, or to make you have a match if you fail. Hence why we're saving wiggle die for real heroic shit.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:46 No.17993343
    rolled 27 = 27

    In for a penny, in for a pound. We stepped into the rabbit's hole days ago, when we kissed Eve. The idea that we're at a new threshold is just an illusion; this is our life now, being an explorer, scholar, and adventurer on the metahuman side of life.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:46 No.17993344
    rolled 69 = 69

    We didn't wuss out when Eve offered us powers
    We didn't wuss out when we were pinned down in Ms. Africa's office
    We didn't wuss out when Red attacked and we were the only thing standing between Roxy and death

    Let's do this.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)21:58 No.17993480
    rolled 95 = 95

    no better words
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)21:59 No.17993496
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    Time for a walk on the spooky side.

    Without too much trouble, you find Blackstone's office. The door is open, so you politely knock on it as you enter. Harry looks up from his desk, where he's shuffling papers, then smiles a little. "Ah, glad you could join me, hoss. Sit down, if you don't mind." You walk in, and look around the room. If you had to guess at what a wizard-professor's office look liked, this would be it. He has a pair of bookshelves, filled with leather-bound journals, and manuscripts, and ancient, slightly moldy tomes. He actually has a small scroll rack in one corner, almost every slot filled with a rounded roll of paper. On top of the rack is a glass case which contains a couple human skulls, one of which is pitch black, and another has a hodge-podge of arcane symbols etched into it. He has a pair of candle holders on his desk, a rainbow of melted wax on them, but currently holding some deep, black candles, which smell slightly of chocolate. He has what at first looks like a mini-bar, but you realize none of the shit in those vials, bottles or beakers is alcohol. On the same wall as the door, there's another glass case, which you recognize from your time spend in museums is armored, which contains a slightly dirty, long, leaf-bladed sword you recognize as Celtic. The words that cross your mind are 'no fucking way'.

    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)22:03 No.17993534
    I like the way you think

    Y'know, at some point we should tell our parents what's happened.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:05 No.17993552
    rolled 24 = 24

    Yeah, I kinda want to tell them face-to-face, though. Which is a problem, considering two of them - or, well, Dan's mom and her partner (it's weird, he doesn't know whether to think of her as mother, step-mother, or mother's girlfriend) - live in Oregon. Seeing his dad should be easier, though. He lives in New York.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)22:07 No.17993574
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    The room is filled with other occult junk. There's an umbrella stand which looks like its made out of a green elephant's leg which has a couple of staffs piled in it. Or are they just walking sticks?

    You sit down across from Harry, and he puts his serious face on. It is very serious. "Well, I'm glad you came, even if it means you could end up in more danger. Let me just say, ignorance is bliss. And if you don't decide to cross to my side of the street, you wont get involved in it any more than you already are. If you ever feel like its too much, or I'm going to far, just get up and go, and we can pretend like we never talked." You nod your affirmation. You are not fucking leaving. "Now, can you tell me why you came?" He asks.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:08 No.17993582
    We live in the 21st century, let's get a webcam and use skype.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:10 No.17993608
    rolled 65 = 65

    "I feel like I entered the rabbit's hole, crossed the event horizon, a while back. I'm already involved in the world of magic, super-science, and meta-adventure. This is a fact of my life now. So, I'm going to be me, but in this new world: I'm curious and a little bit reckless. That's just who I am. I'm here to learn and see what I can see."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:20 No.17993720
    "Red is threatening me and everyone around me. If I'm honest, I'm scarred. But I'm sure as hell not going to allow that fear to make me cower into inaction.

    I need to know how to stop her."
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)22:23 No.17993754
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    "I feel like I entered the rabbit's hole, crossed the event horizon, a while back. I'm already involved in the world of magic, super-science, and meta-adventure. This is a fact of my life now. So, I'm going to be me, but in this new world: I'm curious and a little bit reckless. That's just who I am. I'm here to learn and see what I can see." Professor Blackstone grins, wolfishly. Its a little intimidating, and you get the sudden sense that is has been a long number of years since he smiled like a normal person. "Good answer, grasshopper. Reminds me of when I was at that step. Mind you I was a teenager then, but, 'there but for the grace of god' and all that." He leans back in his chair, and steeples his fingers very wizardly, considering you. "Knew your old man, y'know." He declares, casually. "He taught me a thing or two about archaeology when I first came to teach at the college. I taught him a thing or two about Ancient Aztec Liches." Shit, he wasn't bullshitting you. You'll have to agree to edit dad's autobiography now.

    Harry stops leaning back, and gets a bit of a look in his eye. "I suppose I should start with me, huh? Why I'm doing this?" He gives you a considering look. "Long or short version?"
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)22:27 No.17993787
    "I'm getting the feeling that more isn't always better, but let's go with the long."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:28 No.17993807
    Second. I'd like to see just how much the universes diverge here.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:31 No.17993827
    rolled 90 = 90

    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)22:31 No.17993833
    The "more isn't always better" was meant as a more general statement, than specific, just to be sure that's clear.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:32 No.17993843
    Don't sweat it, I think it was obvious enough.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)22:41 No.17993944
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    He chuckles wryly. "Well, got that part down, kid. That's actually one of the first things I teach in my classes. Humanity is quite frankly better off not knowing how much stuff is out there in those shadows. But I was talking about me, right?" He sighs. "Wont', can't tell you everything. The whole story will have to wait until I'm dead, which'll be real soon or long time from now. But, to give you as much as I can, I was young when I first came into my power, about Anya's age, but much stronger. Like most kids would, I used my powers for dumb stuff. Speed up chores, impress girls, get my way at school. It's this kind of reckless shit that brings out all the bugaboos and bogeymen which prey on the magi. Luckily, it also brought me to the attention of the good guys, and the man who later taught me how to do right with magic was there to pull my bacon out of the fire." He reaches under his collar, and pulls out a gold medallion on a chain, with the symbol of a pentacle, with an eye embossed in the middle. "Know what this is?"
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:43 No.17993963
    rolled 88 = 88

    I think that's an elder sign, right?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:43 No.17993981
    rolled 78 = 78

    "A pentacle, a ward against bad mojo, right?"
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:44 No.17993993
    It's a pentacle, the symbol of magic.

    >I've totally never read the Dresden Files, wink wink
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)22:45 No.17993999

    It's actually not an elder sign, since the lines are all straight, but it is close.

    No need to guess guys, its an in-universe thing. You could own up to not knowing, or maybe try and recall some obscure stuff.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:46 No.17994006
    "The star represents the five forces of magic, the circle that it's within represents human control. That's the pentacle.
    I've seen the eye used as a symbol of god, and I've been told that the whole thing put together is an elder sign to ward off unknowable things from beyond space."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:46 No.17994011
    rolled 78 = 78

    Then lets just say its a protective ward of some kind.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:46 No.17994012
    rolled 48 = 48

    Mind + Occult time!
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:46 No.17994014

    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:51 No.17994060
    rolled 40 = 40

    Honestly, the only thing I know of that matches the description is the elder sign. I'm assuming its an in universe thing that we don't know.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:55 No.17994109
    The pentacle represents magic in control of man. If the eye is within the magic, then that means that god is in magic AND in control of man.
    The elder beings from beyond time and space could conceivably have been worshiped as gods, and thus the eye would represent elder things under the control of man.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:55 No.17994112
    If it's your dick, I don't wanna look, Prof.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)22:57 No.17994133
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    (Probably not, since I made up this specific combination of stuff for something in universe, and I ain't got all night.)

    (+1 die since some of you are pretty close)
    (3x3 on Know (Occult))

    You ponder deep in your brain. "I recognize the pentacle..." You say, thoughtfully. It's a commonly accepted symbol representing magic, especially in the western tradition, much like how crosses or jesus fish are symbols of Christianity. It's also a basic protective ward. The eye means something though. You remember something from a book once. "I have a name, 'Seekers of the Arcane', but I don't remember any more than that." You admit.

    "Got it in one, grasshopper." He puts the medallion away. "The Seekers have been around a long time, at least since the Roman Republic. They say they trace back to Atlantis, but we both know that's a load of BS guys like you an me made up to describe meta-empowered pre-Classical civilizations around the Med. This is like my secret club decoder ring." Sometimes its hard to tell when he's serious. "The Seekers are dedicated to understanding the secrets of magic, and using them for the betterment of mankind, usually by standing between mankind and the bug-eyed monsters in the spaces between spaces that want to eat all our souls. And, for a long time, I was an active member. I am 'in-active' now, they don't let you retire, but I decided to get off the frontline, and teach young men and women who, like you, ended up with a foot in something more dangerous than they could imagine. I take it upon myself not just to watch over you, but to guide you to watching yourselves. It's why I work with Anya, and why I persuaded Jeanne's family to let her come here. Seekers don't normally tutor outsiders."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)22:59 No.17994149
    rolled 16 = 16

    "That's a lowercase 'o' outsiders, right? Not, like, Outsiders, outsiders."
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)23:01 No.17994178
    BTW, I'm surprised none of you latched on to the Celtic sword which looks like it was dredged out of the bottom of a lake.

    Seriously guys.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:02 No.17994191
    Too obvious.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:02 No.17994193
    rolled 34 = 34

    Lake thing makes me think Excalibur.

    I'm more interested in the potion mini bar. We should ask about that.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:02 No.17994194
    Too obviously Excalibur. I mean really.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:03 No.17994200
    rolled 97 = 97

    Oh, no, we recognized and came to terms with it. Honestly, the sword itself is less interesting than the (inevitable) story of how Blackstone romanced the Lady of the Lake into giving it to him. That, however, would be impolite to pry into.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:05 No.17994226
    Well, if Blackthorn got it the same way Dresden did, then he's merely the keeper of it until the correct person comes to wield it. The previous owner was Dresden's best friend Michael Carpenter, who
    [SPOILERSDONTWORKONTG]Got all shot up and is now crippled, as a form of retirement. The subtext being that God knew Michael would never sit on the sidelines willingly unless he really had to. Come to think of it, he should have a cane sword he's keeping too.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)23:15 No.17994382
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    "That's a lowercase 'o' outsiders, right? Not, like, Outsiders, outsiders." The gets a real laugh out of him. "Yes it was, but we don't teach them either. Not that they need to learn anything more about here." He gets himself back on topic. "Anyway, what I'm basically saying is; I'm here to help. Not just to look out for you, but to equip you to look after yourself. But as noted, sometimes knowing more doesn't help." He gives you a considering look for a long second.

    "Well, padawan, since you have yet to run out of here screaming to get away from the Wizard, nor punched me in the face, let's get down to brass tax. If you really want to be able to handle the Arcanomathematician, you'll need to be playing the same kind of ball game. That's where I come in." He reached into a drawer on his desk, and pulls out a brand new leather-bound notebook, like the ones he has. "So, I'm gonna offer you a choice, on how you want to approach this." He pulls out another tome. The words are English, but the lettering is roman. It says 'Treatise on basic pacts, and their relation to the magus'. On the far left, he just lays his bare hand down, which looks like its got some scarring. Is that a bite mark? "We're getting close to your last change to forget the whole rabbit hole, and go back to your nap, Alice."


    (He probably would, just to keep the allegory going, but the Kusanagi canonically exists both elsewhere, and in its original form)
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:18 No.17994421
    rolled 33 = 33

    "I woke up a few nights ago. That nap was gone before you ever met me."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:24 No.17994495
    "I really do appreciate your trying leave me the option of opting-out, but as best I can tell, I'm already waist deep in this stuff as it is."

    Let's crack this sucker open and see what comes out.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)23:25 No.17994507
    Add,"… that I'm aware of, at least."
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)23:27 No.17994539
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    "Sticking to your guns? Don't say I didn't warn you." He almost sounds happy, though. "Don't mind me if I get a bit philosophical here." He stands, and begins to pace. "Strictly speaking, magic is something everyone has. It is a force all life forms, even those from beyond our Earth, hold inside them. Did you know a couple of the Cyrean Empire's conquests had magic traditions, before the Cyrean's stamped them out? But I digress. Magi are simply born with an excess of this force, and an innate talent to wield it, and to shape it in tune with the primal forces of this universe. No more different than some folks who are born to have big muscles, or born to be real smart."

    He stops pacing, and sits back down. "So, Alice, I'm saying that anyone, with a little help, can do a little magic. If you're prepared to see how deep this rabbit hole goes, I have some options for you." He taps the blank notebook. "First step to being a honest hedge wizard is knowing some rituals. Technically speaking, anyone with a mind, and the right focusing materials, IE, magic symbols, foci and material components, can learn and do ritual magic. However, at least the traditions I come from, it's a big faux pa to just hand an aspiring Occultist a full book. You have to write it down on your own, and understand it all on your own. I can teach you some basics, and so can the books in the library, but you need to learn at your own pace, if you're fine with that."

    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)23:34 No.17994630
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    "But, if that's not enough for you, there are a couple other routes." He taps the treatise. "Easiest way to get powers you don't have is to call up someone who does to loan 'em to you, like your friend 'Red'. She's dealing with some powerful and nasty forces, though. Obviously, the binding and summoning of demons is illegal, if only because it makes it slightly harder for the average joe to poke his nose in, and make a bad deal. Anya's lucky she was a minor, and her deal resolved pretty quickly. But there are other forces, spirits and things, which can be called upon to aid you. For a price. Always for a price. These can be short or long term. And when I say "long term" I mean it. Summanus' family got their abilities by making a deal with a powerful elemental of air a long time ago. I normally don't advise this route, but you're smart, and you've got power enough on your own to stand your ground."

    He raps the bare knuckles of his left hand on his desk. "Or I have a third option. A little trick the Seeker's taught me."
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:35 No.17994652
    "Well I always prefer to hear all my options before deciding if I can. What've you got for me, boss?"
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:36 No.17994665
    rolled 15 = 15

    This, except don't call him boss.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/17/12(Fri)23:36 No.17994667
    Well, now we gotta at least ask what it is.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:41 No.17994720
    Sorry, habit from reading Dresden. Three different characters continually refer to him as "boss".
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:41 No.17994725
    rolled 78 = 78

    Not us, though.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:42 No.17994739
    Agreed. As I said, force of habit. I'm used to seeing it, so I put it down.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)23:45 No.17994784
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    "I'd like to know all my options before making a decision, sir." Professor Blackstone smiles sourly. "As I said, everyone has that force in them to be a Magus. It is part of them. Most humans just don't have enough stuff to naturally work with it. Others, like Huan, carefully through meditation and disciplined study tap those wellsprings, but not for true magic. The Seekers aren't as many now as they once were. History wasn't always kind to practitioners. So, I know a little spell to 'deputize' normal humans who have exceptionally strong wills, or wellsprings of inner strength. You'll never by like Jeanne or Anya. Their power is pure, instinctual, and draws from sources greater than they. But, you'll be fully equipped to handle almost any kind of magic, including flashy evocation. If you don't mind burning off pieces of your essence to use it."

    (You can call him boss later, after he's Unlocked your Hidden Potential)
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:48 No.17994819
    rolled 73 = 73

    "What do you mean, burn off pieces of my essence?"

    OOC too. Do you mean it will cost willpower? It will require a stability check?
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:49 No.17994836
    rolled 94 = 94

    Let's just learn it the old fashioned way. We can learn pretty quickly as it is right?

    Don't want to sacrifice essence. Don't really know what it entails, but sounds bad.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:53 No.17994883
    Is he talking about Soul Magic? The kind that Dresden uses?

    If so - holy shit, that sounds right up our ally.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/17/12(Fri)23:56 No.17994903

    Okay, basically, Rituals, anyone can do. You'll have a ritual book, and so you'll have a list of Rituals you know, and you'll roll Mind+Occult to do them. They cost Willpower (for everyone) and have some other set up requirements for them, but have various effects related to the ritual. Also, you can pad that willpower cost some. (Eg, if you have a Willpower cost of 3 for a big ritual, get three ritual casters, and it costs them 1 WP).

    Pacting with some kind of powerful entity, such as a Nature or Elemental spirit will give you access to specific Miracles (power) which function like your current Psi powers, no additional cost, beyond what you negotiate with your Patron.

    If you let Harry unlock your power as a Mage, you can cast any sort of spell from a school of magic, basically opening you up to building new Miracles that are magical. But, all your magic has an ingrained Willpower cost, since unlike a born Magister, you don't have that excess of magical force that you can sling around. Like how in the books, Dresden gets tired after two many big evocations? That's you, only all the time.
    >> Anonymous 02/17/12(Fri)23:59 No.17994940
    I'm voting for pacts, I'm not sure about anyone else but it sounds like the most reliable method
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:00 No.17994956
    rolled 4 = 4

    Honestly? I want him to unlock our power, then carefully track down an ideal spirit with whom we'll arrange a precise and mutually fair pact, then start collecting and creating rituals.

    If I have to pick just one, though, the answer is a pact. After all, we're incredibly charming, and socializing HAS worked well for us in the past.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:01 No.17994962
    It's also the method most likely to bite us in the ass later. I'd prefer to be self-reliant.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:03 No.17994983
    We don't know what they want out of the deal though. What do we need to trade away?
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:04 No.17994987
    This. Pacts aren't even risky, they're up front about being a big ol' downside. But I think we can handle that, and if we're really good, even find a Patron whose goals aligns with our own.

    Plus with a pact, we'd have a not insignificant power outside Eve's immediate control, and that idea appeals to me IMMENSELY.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:04 No.17994998
    Using willpower to cast will bite us in the ass as well
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:04 No.17995005
    *not insignificant amount of power

    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:06 No.17995020
    rolled 34 = 34

    I expect it will bite us in the ass a lot harder than a carefully-enacted pact too.

    "What did Summanus's family have to trade away?"
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)00:07 No.17995029

    No, it works the first way.

    Oh, and I want at no point for this to be a railroad, so remember, punch Blackstone in the face for calling you a gnome and running out is a valid move too.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:08 No.17995047
    And forgo the chance for demonic pacts? Bah!
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:10 No.17995065
    I think everyone here is head over heels in love with Blackstone at the moment - much like the quest itself.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:10 No.17995068
    rolled 26 = 26

    Honestly, I'm hoping we can get a pact with something fucking crazy, like a Friction Elemental or a Prose Spirit or something.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)00:12 No.17995088

    You want to pact with the Muse Calliope?
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:13 No.17995093
    Hell yeah. I myself am conjuring images of us using our beefy knowledge: history to find some near forgotten god that, while not nearly as powerful as it once was, is still powerful enough to give us a sizable boost of power and is basically the bro god from Frost Giantess Quest.

    But of course, that's the pipe dream. Not necessarily the "reality" of the situation.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:14 No.17995113
    Yes. Yes I do.
    >> Perverted and Pessimistic White Knight 02/18/12(Sat)00:14 No.17995115

    Anyway, ask if taking one option abrs you from taking any other. Rituals for long-term or not in-action stuffs (research, creation, divination), pact for guidance and extra mentor (typical do-gooder pact, don't go for obvious monsters like devils and outsiders or rule-lawyer liars like unseelies), and self-propelled mojo for in-your-face-out-of-option situations.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:15 No.17995121
    If we do go with pacts we should talk to Anya first, learn something from someone who learned the hard way.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:15 No.17995122
    rolled 36 = 36

    Oh shit. I fucking love the 'forgotten god' idea. Not allying with an Outsider but, rather, with an Old God, a being inherent to our reality.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:17 No.17995132
    I'm pretty sure each option has a sizable time devotion to go with it, we aren't that fast a learner.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:17 No.17995135
    Agreed, fantastic point, sir.

    Hell yes.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)00:18 No.17995148

    Oh, right. It's kind of a descending order. If you pick rituals, you just get rituals, if you pick Pacts, Blackstone will give you the Rituals Kit too, and if you take Awakening, you'll get the ritual kit, and still have the ability to learn about Pacts.

    It would work in all directions, except this is a spell that he'd cast on you for awakening, so unless you find another Seeker willing to deputize you...
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:20 No.17995167
    rolled 23 = 23

    That settles it. Let's get awakened, accept the ritual kit, and then GET US SOME ARCANE HISTORY BOOKS. We're a fucking historian. We're going to be all up in this pact magic bullshit. This is our natural element.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:20 No.17995168
    Oh fuck, go whole hog then and get the entire take-home kit with complementary toothbrush if you call in the next ten minutes package.
    >> Perverted and Pessimistic White Knight 02/18/12(Sat)00:20 No.17995170
    True, and at the same time we have already the Cyrean thing going on... Or was what Blackstone saying was that Cyrean tech is similiar in function with what Mages do?

    If we aren't going for all three for time constraints, I'll also go for pact. Social Link & Mentor bonus, and trading-favors is always a good plot hook.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:21 No.17995179
    He implied that magic and Cyrean tech are not incompatible, it's just that Cyreans stamped out the practice.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:21 No.17995180
    So unless we lose willpower upon deputisation there's no reason not to?
    >Sever dsnaeda
    Good point captcha, will we suffer severe dsnaeda?
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:22 No.17995189
    rolled 70 = 70

    I get the feeling that it's less an enduring relationship with a spirit and more them giving us a power/suite of powers in exchange for a payment or us following a ban or something.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:23 No.17995195
    Then let's see if we can't break the mold and make an enduring relationship with a spirit.

    I mean, there's no reason not to at least try, right?
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:24 No.17995212
    rolled 48 = 48

    True that. So, we're taking the whole package with a particular emphasis on forming an awesome pact, yeah?
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:25 No.17995218
    We could annoy it and it could decide to cut off the pact to get us out of its hair.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:25 No.17995222
    I'm all for it.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)00:25 No.17995226

    Depends on who you call. If you reach deep into whatever pale realm dead guys go when they die in comic books and call up some old ghost, they might be actively helpful. Or you might just ring up some kind of totemic spirit and be like "Coyote, give me your powers of Troll". And coyote would be all "K, but you have to fuck with people, and if you don't takin' mah powers back."

    The specific suite thing is correct, though, mechanically speaking. The Pact is a Source for one or more Miracles with specific effects. Like Pyromancy or something.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:26 No.17995231
    rolled 30 = 30

    if you will teach ill learn sheriff
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:28 No.17995250
    rolled 13 = 13

    Okay, I think we're ready for the story to progress now. Let's get the full package, and then TO THE LIBRARY. We should also talk to our club friends who have pact magic. They can probably offer some helpful advice. Oh, and we should ask Harry if he can refer us to any good psychic tutors.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)00:35 No.17995300
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    (Time 4 Phenomenal Cosmic Power)

    You rise. Blackstone Rises too. "Made your decision?" He asks. You nod. "I want to have the fullest arsenal possible." You state, calmly. "Good man." He places is bare palm on your forehead and says "Evigilare."

    White light floods your vision. It feels like its flooding your body, your very existence. Blackstone's spell is a spark which kindles a fire inside you. The sensation reminds you very much of Eve shoving you full of glowing alien nanotech. Only that was lightning, and this is fire. You drop to your knees, breathing heavily. "Don't say I didn't warn you." You feel like you're lost in a storm for a second, then you find focus. All it takes is a couple words.

    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:36 No.17995315
    rolled 24 = 24

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    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)00:43 No.17995379
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    Command has increased!

    Psychic Senses has become "Magesight"! In addition to detecting psychic phenomena and auras, you can now behold magical shit directly.

    You've gained the "Evocation" Miracle. By spending a point of Willpower, you may call upon the fundamental forces of nature for an effect. This has the 'Operational Skill' Extra, meaning you roll its pool, plus you Knowledge (Occult) dice.

    You are now an awakened magus, so you can learn additional schools of magic through study and training.

    You have gained a point of Willpower for Self-Improvement, AND invested another point of Base Will in Self-Improvement.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:43 No.17995381
    Oh we wizard now son.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)00:49 No.17995438
    rolled 58 = 58

    "Son of a bitch, that tingles a lot less than the Cyrean stuff and the genomods did. Okay. Wow. I feel incredible. Thank you."

    Time to research pact-viable Old Gods and spirits.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)00:52 No.17995477
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    You rise triumphantly to your feet and bellow, "Behold the Wizard!" then you get light-headed and stagger, catching yourself on the desk. "Easy Alice." Says Blackstone. "Here, let me get you a little pick me up." He rummages under his desk. At first, you suspect some kind of mystical potion, but then he pulls out two frosted mugs, and two beers. Which is way better.

    "Another off-duty Seeker I know brews this. She's a witch in Canada. Spends her time warding off Wendigos and Gnoph-keh and mutant killer snowmen. But she still homebrews some damn fine beer." He pours yours first, into the mug, then his own. He lifts his mug in a toast. "Welcome to the spooky end of the pool, grasshopper." You drink.

    You have discovered Amrita. That sweet ambrosia of the Gods. Apparently Canadian witches make it.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)00:59 No.17995545
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    And I think I'll call it there, gentlemen. We'll pick this up tomorrow. Same Bat time, same bat channel.

    As usual, you may commence with the questioning. I'll answer as best I can while playing my Pathfinder skype game.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)01:08 No.17995652
    I think everyone went to sleep.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/18/12(Sat)01:09 No.17995665
    I doubt it.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)01:12 No.17995697
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    Nah, everybody is just to busy basking in the awesome of Dan actually standing up and shouting "BEHOLD THE WIZARD" in front of Not!Harry Dresden. If you think this is rad, wait until I involve biplanes.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)01:14 No.17995716
    rolled 70 = 70

    ...I actually am basking in the awesome too. I can't even comment.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)01:16 No.17995727
    The other day, I decided to go ask /x/ what they thought about the Red situation and how we might deal with it. I guess now would be a good time to share:

    1.) Cut her off from power source and hope that she doesn't have much of an internal battery of power; A.K.A. Cold Turkey method.
    2.) Ruin all Arcanomath on her body via scars, may have to use fire; A.K.A. Extra Crispy method.
    3.) Beat her into mist form, then bust out a dyson vacuum; A.K.A. Ghostbusters Method
    4.) Travel into her mind and kick demon's ass out of there; A.K.A. Psychonaut Method
    5.) Obtain and use several gallons of holy water; A.K.A. PURGE Method
    6.) Find and use a Dr. Moreau failsafe against her; A.K.A. Cheating.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)01:18 No.17995748
    rolled 34 = 34

    ...wow, that's actually a really good suite of options. I guess there's a reason why /tg/ is so hot for /x/.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)01:34 No.17995877

    >1.) Cut her off from power source and hope that she doesn't have much of an internal battery of power; A.K.A. Cold Turkey method.
    Might work. Her powers are based on the Pact system you guys were interested in. She would be cut off from her miracles if you could block whatever transdimensional telegragh line she has.
    >2.) Ruin all Arcanomath on her body via scars, may have to use fire; A.K.A. Extra Crispy method.
    Would work. She'd have to do it all long hand without the tats.
    >3.) Beat her into mist form, then bust out a dyson vacuum; A.K.A. Ghostbusters Method
    Not so cool. Mist form was the the Champion, not Red. Also, it was super caustic, if you'll recall.
    >4.) Travel into her mind and kick demon's ass out of there; A.K.A. Psychonaut Method
    Not possessed. Kind of. But you could talk to it directly, there. If you wanted.
    >5.) Obtain and use several gallons of holy water; A.K.A. PURGE Method
    Outsider, so those rules don't work.
    >6.) Find and use a Dr. Moreau failsafe against her; A.K.A. Cheating.
    Dr. Moreau is her own failsafe.
    >> !UdzMmUq0Oc 02/18/12(Sat)01:39 No.17995918
    Holy shit what
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)01:41 No.17995938
    Personally, I'm in favor of the Justinian Trentz method:
    Beat her into submission until she becomes your waifu.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)02:21 No.17996290
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    Dan's covered on that front.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)02:32 No.17996408
    Well of course we have Roxane, but Justinian is the one who is COVERED on that front. Literally just covered in bitches. I believe the elf he pummeled into waifuhood was the third iirc, and he didn't stop there.

    But you're right of course, the harem is looked down on in this particular society. And by Roxy, probably.

    Whatever the case though, let's not ask Blackthorn for advice on the matter. Dresden doesn't seem to pick up on hints until they're actually dry humping him.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)03:13 No.17996792
    >One day, before I went to bed, I forgot to turn of mah SWAG
    >and I woke up COVERED IN BITCHES!
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)03:27 No.17996906
    Cool story, bro.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)11:18 No.17999488
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    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)11:42 No.17999689
    I have only the vaguest idea what's going on in this pic, but it's awesome.
    >> Anonymous 02/18/12(Sat)11:43 No.17999699
    SCIENCE! is happening in that picture.
    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)12:31 No.18000068
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    >One day, before I went to bed, I forgot to turn of mah SCIENCE

    >> Omega !Q7t.srvWZ6 02/18/12(Sat)15:39 No.18001787
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