You are Ssen, a Lamia raised by a human Paladin who adopted you after killing the ones who birthed you. You are grown now, and Father has passed on. You have decided to see the world, and possibly become a Paladin like your Father. You are accompanied by your best friend from childhood, the insect druid Tricia; Mage, a magic user who ran away from his family of cannibal raiders known as the Ghouls (Yes, his name is Mage. It was his idea); Persephone, a 22-year old thief (She goes by Peri), and Mary, a 13-year old prodigy scholar, who have both their minds trapped within Peri's body; and Lea, a musician/martial artist, trained by her father, the premiere trainer of Pit fighters, she's covered from her mouth down in bandages to hide the horrific state her body has become thanks to the 'cures' that saved her from cancer.Your journey continues...
You left the desert town of Purple Sands to go to First Wood, the elf capital city. Your plan was to meet up with Paladin Julian Graves, an old friend of your father's, who was garrisoned there.As you passed along the mountain you were ambushed by elvish separatists. They were led by an elf named Donovan, one of the leaders of the terrorist movement against the Grand Citadel.It turned out that Donovan and Persephone knew each other, and had a very complicated history. To escape the ambush, you had Mage transmute nearly the entire west face of the mountain into mud. You tobogganed down the mudslide, but Donovan escaped upon a Nightmare.You landed safely in the lake below the mountain. After a long night of rowing, and taking an impromptu confessional, you ended up upon the shore of First Wood, where you were greeted by an assortment of crossbows pointed at you by the militant branch of the holy Occuli order. Thankfully, 'Uncle' Julian was there, and welcomed you to the camp
It turned out that Julian had been fighting Donovan's guerrilla war for a while. Now, with Peri's help, he obtained the likely location of his central camp. He's sent a scout to see if Peri's information was any good.Despite it being dawn when you arrived, you're exhausted from last night. The five/six of you all collapse onto some provided cots, and sleep the dreamless sleep of the exhausted.You manage to rouse yourself around mid-day, and after a yawn, splashing water on your face, and a stretch. (An activity that takes you much much longer than anyone else.) You are back up, and ready to face whatever will be thrown at you next.It looks like your companions have already gotten up as well, as they aren't in their own cots.
As mentioned, we should probably try to come up with a better name for our group.
>>23701311Yes, right now thanks to a man named 'Isen the Audacious' (The less said about him the better) your party is known as the 'Beautiful Nightmares.'
>>23701289Let's go find everyone. Maybe talk to Julian about anything we can do to help.Though we might need to also talk with Peri if we're going to go up against Donovan again, considering that she mentioned that she still had feelings there. I believe she mentioned that she was going to go looking for Rogers.
>>23701340The first people you see coming out from the tent are Mage and Tricia. They've dragged the wagon/toboggan/canoe up from the mud and are fixing it back up.Tricia sees you and gives you a wave. "Hey. Sleep well?"
>>23701373Well enough. Though I would have thought the wagon would be beyond saving considering what it's been through.
>>23701425"Well enough. Though I would have thought the wagon would be beyond saving considering what it's been through.""Yeah," Tricia says. "But turns out the thing's still holding together. Just needs some new wheels, and a little upkeep. I mean, I know we could scrap it, but I think anything this ugly that can survive that much pretty much HAS to be part of our crowd.""I'm not painting it red or green." Mage snaps.Tricia ignores him. "Plus, it's the one vehicle we can all ride in comfortably.""Too bad we lost the mules." Mage says. "Hope they're okay back up there."
>>23701515"I hope so too."And then, changing the subject:"Either of you know where everyone else has gone off to?"
>>23701515Lets help fix up the wagon.
>>23701603"I hope so too." You say. "Either of you know where everyone else has gone off to?""Lea's meditating over there." Tricia points. You see the bandaged girl sitting cross-legged on a rock overlooking the lake. "Said she wanted a word, but there was no rush.""Peri/Mari went into town." Mage said."What?" Tricia asks. "I thought she was asleep.""No, she got up when you went to get some more nails." Mage says. "She went into town with one of the Occuli.""And you didn't stop her?" Tricia asks.Mage blinks. "Mari said that she'd keep Peri under control.""You believed her?" Tricia snaps.
>>23701682Guess we'd better go make sure she isn't getting into any trouble.
>>23701682If it makes you feel better, I'LL go into town and look for her.
>>23701682"She'll be fine, but I can go look for her after I talk to Lea."
>>23701739"If it makes you feel better, I'LL go into town and look for her." You say."Thanks." Tricia says. She shoots Mage a nasty look and then gets back to work on the wagon.The Occuli soldier who escorts you into the town is trying to be 'professional.' That is he is very much Not-Looking at your tail, or your eyes, or you at all. He's Not-Looking very intently.First Wood looks a lot like all the other Citadel cities, but while White Tree had this 'wholesome farm village' look, and Purple Sands had 'Desert Trade Town' style, there's a distinct 'Elvish' flavor to it.The Illuminated Cathedral''s built out of a giant tree. There's a few houses in the trees. The architecture is all tree branches and ivy patterns.However, there's still the recognizable Guildhouse signs, some of the bigger trading company stores, and a Traveller's Tavern.You find Peri/Mari at the last one. Sitting on the steps.Mari looks up at you. "She came here, and sat down." She does a little hiccup and holds up a bottle. "She's teaching me about wine."
>>23701844Slink up and sit behind her."You alright?"
>>23701844I cannot help but to feel as if Peri is not the bet influence on Mari.Take the wine bottle, as to speak to Peri
>>23701928You slink up and sit behind her."You alright?""I'm fine." Mari says. "A little tipsy." She leans her head on your shoulder. "There's this guy inside. He's a sad looking guy in the corner. Peri wants to talk to him, but when I let her in the driving seat, she just sits here and..." She shakes the bottle."She isn't as sad as she was on the lake, or as angry like on the mountain." Mari says. She rolls her head back and rubs a hand on your tail. "You know...I don't think I wanna go back to me." She hiccups again. "I was an ugly little fat girl, I didn't even look cute in glasses. Now...now I'm a very sexy quarter-elf assassin." She giggles and hugs you. "And I'm with the world's most unique Paladin." Peri's back and she lets go of you. "Oh, God. The kid is such a lightweight." She looks at the bottle. "This stuff isn't really much more than grape juice." She hands you the bottle, you take a sniff and a quick sip. Yeah, calling it wine is a stretch, longer than one of yours even.She sighs. "So...yeah...he's in there. I just...I ruined his life. He had everything. He was going to be the Swords Guild forgemaster, had a fiancee, and was happy...then wham...he's a killer, and now he spends his days here." She sighs. "No good deed, and all that shit. I figured that if I had a bottle of really cheap crap I'd get just enough courage to talk to him, without making me too stupid." She holds out her hand for the bottle.
>>23702083"I can come with you, would that help?"
>>23702131"I can come with you, would that help?"Peri shakes her head. "No, well, yeah, but then everyone will turn and look at us when you go in. Then we'll have to deal with that crap." She uses your shoulder to stand up. "Just...just stay here, and make sure I don't just turn back around again." She stands and looks at the door. "What do I say?"
>>23702201I have no idea.Anyone got something?We could just say idunno but thats lame.
>>23702330Fuck it"I can't tell you what you have to say, this needs to come from your heart, Peri."
>>23702330I don't know what to say either. This whole situation is really rough.I guess she sounds like she's really sorry for what she ended up dragging him into, so maybe she could start there?
>>23702362"I can't tell you what you have to say, this needs to come from your heart, Peri." You say. Those words feel so very inadequate though. Peri looks at you and you can tell she's thinking the same thing. "Maybe, I'm sorry?" You say meekly.She shakes her head. "Guess you aren't a perfect Paladin." She smiles ruefully. "Okay, okay..." She takes a deep breath and walks inside the tavern.
>>23702425"There you are." A voice says behind you. It's Lea. "Tricia told me you were here." She looks through the window. "Who's Peri talking to?"
>>23702453"Someone she needs to."
>>23702453"Somone she feels she needs to."
>>23702453"Rodgers, she asked me what to say, but I couldn't think of anything."
>>23702486To be fair, what to say is really something that needed to be from her anyways. Giving her a script wouldn't have done her any favors.
>>23702519She's got Mari with her also, they should be able to brainstorm with eachother.
>>23702473"Somone she feels she needs to." You say.Lea nods. "When you become a Paladin, you'll be asked to do it again and again." She looks at you. "That's what the clear gem represents. If you want to just fight, then join your uncle and make that red." She points at your Medallion. "People will want you to make it better. Peri's willing to put in the work for it, but most people just will shoulder things onto you, and walk away, and you'll have to take it. Do you think you can do that?" Lea asks.
>>23702545Mari's DRUNK. And a preteen. I dunno if tha's such a good idea.
>>23702576She's smart, and I'm sure Peri can speak drunkanese.
>>23702574"I think it would be better to show them how they can do it themselves, whether they decide to try is up to them."Mr. Rogers all up in this.
>>23702574Do I think I can do that? Well, I never thought I would fight ghouls, and mad druids, and elf guerrillas. Never thought I'd save a town or meet two souls in one body. Maybe what I think I can do isn't as important as what I try to do.
>>23702574"My shoulders will shift to the tip of my tail under all that weight, but I think that I can."
>>23702612"I think it would be better to show them how they can do it themselves, whether they decide to try is up to them." You say. "As to if I think I can do that? Well, I never thought I would fight ghouls, and mad druids, and elf guerrillas. Never thought I'd save a town or meet two souls in one body. My shoulders may shift to the tip of my tail under all that weight, but I think that I can."Lea nods. "What would you say to a man who killed a family and took their child as his own?" She asks quietly.
>>23702679For years I called him dad.
>>23702707"For years I called him dad.""You know what I mean."
>>23702679flinch a little, thats a sore spot still, but give her a little smirk."You ask the Lamia raised by a paladin?""I still dont know, and may never know what I would have said to Father had he lived..."
>>23702714>>23702722We should probably then proceed to elaborate."Everyone has a reason for everything. There are good reasons, not-so-good reasons, bad reasons, reasons that made sense at the time. There are very few actions that can be judged - or should be judged - without knowing the context. And some actions shouldn't be judged at all, except the the one taking them."
>>23702715Depends. What was the family like? What is the man like? How did he raise the child? Mage didn't seem that upset when I killed his uncle.It really depends. Being inflexible makes you more likely to break.
>>23702790*except BY the one taking them. Two little letters, very important.
>>23702720"I still dont know, and may never know what I would have said to Father had he lived..." You say.Lea blinks in surprise. "You mean, he didn't tell you until his death bed?" She sighs. "We stumble and flounder in the Darkness, trying to find our way to the Light. May He forgive us our faults, and fears." She looks at you. "It's going to be harder for you than anyone else." She stares at the door. "I think everyone in the group is a little in love with you."
We harem now.
>>23702720It depends entirely on the situation. In my father's case, ignorance is no excuse, but how he made up for it is what counts.>>23702819We really can only shrug at that.
>>23702836Everything is going better than expected...
>>23702819"Yeah, I can see it, nobodies being very subtle."
>>23702819Just look a little awkward at that last statement.I'm assuming Ssen probably already figured as much, since she doesn't suffer from anime protagonist retardism, but it would be a bit smug to act as if she knew already.
>>23702819I always liked "Light forgive them, they know not what they do."
>>23702841You shrug."Just so you know...if you Fall, you'll take us with you." Lea says.The door opens and Peri walks out. She nods at you and Lea. "Done." She exhales. "I don't know if things are okay now, or will ever be okay, but we can both stop sitting here at least."
>>23702877Well, we know Trish and Mage have feelings for us. But yeah, we should blush or get nervous because we have gone from outcast monstergirl to the center of romantic attention and have no way to cope with that yet.
>>23702899I kinda want to see the sights, if that's alright with you.
>>23702819Certainly beats everyone being afraid of me.
>>23702934>I kinda want to see the sights, if that's alright with you.(She's not talking about you and Lea.)
>>23702899"More than just us, if that happens what chance will the Lamias ever have."
>>23702980It still works as a subject changer. No need to pry into what was said.
>>23703030She means that they'll pretty much follow us anywhere. We're their anchor, as a group, and if we go down they'll follow us into whatever twisted path we take.
>>23702934"I kinda want to see the sights, if that's alright with you." You say."That sounds nice." Lea says.Peri sighs. "Not much to see here, not unless you're into artistic topiary.""Girls! Girls!" Someone's yelling. It's Mage. he's running up with some Occuli. "You need to come back to the camp...you've GOT to see this!"
>>23703095"What's got you so excited?"Follow him.
>>23703095Do you mean that in a good way, or in a bad way?
>>23703095Oh boy. Is Tricia making giant beetles sumo wrestle again?
>>23703114>>23703120"What's got you so excited? Is it good or bad?" You ask.Mage pants as he stops. "Donovan...sent a message...he wants...to meet...with you, Ssen." He motions with his hand. "Come on, you'll see."As you all head back to the camp, Peri grabs your arm. "Ssen...please. Don't kill Donovan. I don't...I still...I know he has to be tried and probably hanged for what he's done, but please...I don't want him to be butchered like an animal. Can you talk to Julian?"
>>23703127I'd watch that.
>>23703184I can talk to Julian. I'll do what I can.
>>23703127 "That was just the ONE time...and I helped rebuild the barn, didn't I?!"
>>23703184"I'll do what I can, yes."
>>23703221Do we even know where he is? Depending on how controlled his reaction is, we might need him along. If we get come to an agreement, there should be a representative of the Occuli present, so that they won't come in later and take their own measures.
>>23703247"I'll do what I can, yes." You say."Thank you." Peri says. Mari nods too.Back at the camp there's a lot of commotion. It looks like the Occuli are getting ready to march. However, that's not the main attraction. The main attraction is the elf standing in the middle of a circle of armed Occuli. His hands are up in the air. There's a white cloth in one hand, and a rolled up scroll in the other.Julian sees you and nods at the elf. "He just walked up to camp. Said that Donovan wanted to meet with the lamia."The elf blinks in surprise. "It's true. Huh, some of us thought you were just a costume or used a lamia symbol." He jerks his head at the message. "This is for you, from Donovan."
>>23703317Let's read it then.
>>23703317"Open it Elf."
>>23703317Well, let's read the message, then."Let's see what he has to say, then..."
>>23703368Or we could not be a dick and just take it and unroll it ourself.
>>23703380Im just thinking about his past and use of explosive runes. He already ambushed us, and would have killed us(or worse to Peri), and we kind of killed a bunch of his men.
>>23703417Are Explosive Runes a Thing in this setting? Are they common knowledge even in settings where they are a Thing? Do we, therefore, have reason to suspect explosive runes?
>>23703317You freak the Elf out by snatching the note out of his hand with your tail. You unroll the message.- - I saw your boat trip. Would you take my confession then, Paladin Serpent? - -There's directions and a time.- - Come alone. I won't insult you by asking you to be unarmed, but I do just want to talk to you, face to face this time.- -
>>23703417Have him read it just the same. Call it prudence. Not >>23703368 and not advocating being a dick, but a bit of shrewdness goes a long way.
>>23703475 Remember Peri's story. They just can't be put on paper.
>>23703477Simple enough, there are enough bugs in the forest for our lovely little witch to keep an eye on us, yes?
>>23703477This is going to get real tricky real fast.
>>23703486oh well that changes things, I assumed we where using D&D explosive runes, which you can put on damn near anything.
>>23703477We should, he's asking for a confession.
>>23703493"Well, yeah. Dragonflies are great and plentiful. Assassins of the insect world." Tricia pauses. "Wait, you're actually thinking of going? No. No no no no. That's a BAD idea, Snake."
>>23703529"Of course it is, but if he's serious I can't ignore him. This is a test of character."
>>23703529Oh, I know it's a bad idea. Stupid terrible bad horrible insane idea.I'm gonna go get my stuff together and I'll head out.
>>23703477Ugh, tricky.But we sort of have to go.
>>23703529>>23703559"We will take precautions, Tricia, but I feel this needs to be done."
>>23703529"I'm not suggesting a pardon for what he has done, thats why I suggest having the forces ready to mobilize if the dragonflies report he does try something. Trust, but verify."
>>23703568Yes.Maybe take a bug with us to let free in case something happens to us
>>23703559>>23703568>>23703575"Oh, I know. It's a bad idea. Stupid terrible bad horrible insane idea. Of course it is, but if he's serious I can't ignore him. This is a test of character." You say.Lea tilts her head from side to side. "Perhaps...but then again, there's traps, there are things that scream trap, and then there's this.""We'll take precautions, but I feel this needs to be done." You say."I actually agree with Ssen." Julian says. "If Donovan is busy with you, then he wont be at his camp when we attack. That's an opportunity I can't waste.""So, you just want me to send some friends with you, and we just wait and hope he doesn't just shoot you in the head with a crossbow?" Tricia says.
>>23703662"No, I'm going take your friend with me to set free in case something happens."
>>23703662"Please don't Julian, this is something that needs to be done in faith."
>>23703662>>23703529When we meet him, we should probably point out, just in the interests of full disclosure, that, not being actually ordained, we can't make binding promises on the Church's behalf.>>23703662"I wish you hadn't elaborated, Uncle Julian. I really do.""That's the best plan, probably, Tricia. I wouldn't mind having you nearby, either. Not with me, but nearby."
>>23703662I dislike the idea of being used to distract him from an attack. I know that they've done terrible things but... take them alive, if you can? At least so they can stand trial.
>>23703662"Have faith Tricia.""Julian, please wait to attack, this could end this whole mess without any bloodshed if Donovan stands down his forces. so please wait and let me hear what he has to say first."
>>23703662I will do my best to not get shot in the head with a crossbow.
>>23703691"That's the best plan, probably, Tricia. I wouldn't mind having you nearby, either. Not with me, but nearby." You say."Like I wasn't going to anyway." Tricia says."I'll use the stalking spell to keep us quiet on approach." Mage says."I know how he uses lookouts," Peri says. "I'll keep us covered."You nod at your friends and turn to your Uncle."I wish you hadn't elaborated, Uncle Julian. I really do." You say. "Please wait to attack, this could end this whole mess without any bloodshed if Donovan stands down his forces. so please wait and let me hear what he has to say first."Julian looks at you. His eyes are cold again. "I cannot give you orders, as you are not a member of the Occuli. Only a Paladin can give another Paladin orders." He shakes his head. "Do as you will, I need to see to my men. Should the terrorists surrender upon our attack, I will consider it." He walks away.
>>23703834No no no noono no no no we're going in alone.
>>23703834Sweet, found Lamia Child.
Okay, I need to head out to work but I wanted to say this real quick before I go.We should not dismiss Donovans anger. He has every reason to be angry, considering what he's lost. They all do. Being angry is fine. But all the bloodshed isn't.Small speech for when we meet him:"Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if father had never come along. But that was never in my power to change. I'm still coming to terms with everything that he did. Killing my parents, taking me in. Raising me as his own. Maybe I never will. But I refuse to get trapped in that poisonous cycle. What happened happened. I can only truly control my own actions, and I've decided to make my parents proud. All of them.Good luck, fellow questers!
>>23703834Let's go then.
>>23703886Well, we could just make sure they're far enough away where they can only respond to an ambush.
>>23703834Your group watches Julian walk away. "Your Uncle is a little bit of an asshole." Mari mutters."So, we better get walking if you're going to make it." Lea says. "How far do you want us to hang back?"
>>23704044half mile or so should be ok, its far enough that they arent "there" but close enough they could get there in 5 or so minutes of running.
Honestly, the main reason I wish he hadn't elaborated is that then our conscience would have been clean when they did it. Now we're basically participating in something we don't fully agree with.
>>23704062Far enough to make sure you're not detected.
>>23704062"Half a mile or more."
>>23704062"Yes he is, but he's an honest one. I'm pretty sure."Close enough to help, far enough away to be "Alone"
>>23704084It should have been obvious they would launch a strike. That's what they feel they need to do. Our main hope is that we might be able to avert the slaughter that was always inevitable if we act fast enough, and hope that Julian decides to give us some time.
>>23704064"Half mile or so should be ok." You say.The others all nod, and you walk to the meeting site. Your friends stop mid-way, but you keep going.Donovan has picked a small clearing the woods, a clearing mostly made by a tree that was felled by what looks like lighting. There's a charred black stump and a long trunk on the ground. It's covered with moss, and other growth. You just hear the sounds of the forest for a moment.Then the treeline erupts with the braying of a horse and flame. It's Donovan, and he's on top of his fiery horse. Donovan's Nightmare gallops around you in circles for a moment. Then he stops, and dismounts. "You truly are a Lamia." He says as he walks towards you, leading his horse. The horse looks you in the eyes and snorts. "Heh, he must like you. Normally he tries to eat people who give him the eye."So," He looks around. "You have friends nearby? Your wizard hiding somewhere to try and drop another mountain on me?"
>>23704206"Not the wizard, no."
>>23704206"They're far enough for privacy. Before we begin, there is something you should know. I can't for good conscious do this without you knowing, it would feel like I had used you. Julian is going to use this meeting to launch an attack."
>>23704206"No, dropping a mountain on you would surely bury myself as well, I'm here only to hear your confession, if you will give it."
>>23704239"Not the wizard, no.""Oh, tricky language. Clever." Donovan says. "So who is it then? Is it Persephone?" He asks that last part very quietly.
>>23704206It's you and me for now, but I've naturally taken some precautions. My first choice of course is for us to do this peacefully.
>>23704263"Enough of them. They are well outside earshot, you have your privacy."
>>23704263"maybe? regardless they'll leave us alone unless you make an openly aggressive move against me, now let's hear your confession"
>>23704253As foolish as it is, I agree.
>>23704253Hold off on that for a second, we need to secure his confession before he darts off again.
>>23704263We're being watched. Not listened-to, but observed in case you decide to attack.>>23704253No, no no no. This is the BEST way to ensure that we fail, as it draws clear attention to the fact that Peri told Julian where they were hiding.
>>23704263"No, it's not. And my friends are far enough away that she won't overhear you, unless maybe you bellow at the top of your lungs."
>>23704253"They're far enough for privacy. Before we begin, there is something you should know. I can't for good conscious do this without you knowing, it would feel like I had used you. Julian is going to use this meeting to launch an attack."Donovan pauses, and then tilts his head. "Why did you tell me that?""I'm here only to hear your confession, if you will give it." You say.Donovan just stares for a moment, and then he smiles. "Okay, but first...you have to look the part. That's what you did for Persephone, after all. You looked very regal in bandages and a hood. I thought I'd do one better."He takes two things out of a small sack he had with him and tosses them in front of you. It's an old circlet, and a mantle. They have suspicious brown stains on them."Trophies from my predecessor that were passed down to me." Donovan says. "Go ahead." He motions. "Put them on...I'm not giving you my confession if you're just a lamia pretending to be human. You have to pretend to be a paladin as well."
>>23704330Nod, don the garments.
>>23704062being a paladin doesn't always mean you're a nice guy, mari.
>>23704330observe them closely to make sure they won't somehow kill us and put them on
>>23704330Put them on, I guess.Can't tell if this whole thing is just to mock us or he's just not very good at being polite.
>>23704355White, not red.
>>23704330"Very well."inspect them and mabie use a little water to wash off some of the blood, look for needles etc while doing this(still suspicious of him, especially after the pretend lines)don the mantle and circlet if nothing seems off about them
>>23704330"Who says I'm pretending to be human. Am I supposed to let my race dictate how I live my life?"Suppose we can put the circlet and mantle on all the same.
>>23704412Aye, good point
>>23704383a white paladin could be stern and disciplinary. Entirely possible. Assigning appropriate penances would be little problem for that type.
>>23704330Put them on, no need to check for poisons, we're resistant anyways.
>>23704444I'm more worried for bits-of-dead-guy.It doesn't seem super washed.
>>23704367You check them over for a moment, there's nothing about them that looks dangerous, no runes or signs of magic or curses. Just old blood stains. You try to put them on...but they don't quite fit. The mantle's too big and droops off your chest, and the circlet's too small and you have to put it on askew."Peri told them where we were, didn't she?" Donovan chuckles. "That woman...I think she'd do anything to hurt me. That's not our main camp. Julian will get his little victory, and we'll go to ground and start over. Elves are patient creatures. I'm just surprised she told him so damn fast. Your fault, I think."Did I ever have any say?" He asks. "I mean, I'm all for women to be allowed control of their bodies and blah, blah, blah. But I was there. I was taking the responsibility. I was a part of that child's life too. Didn't that mean I got to have a say in it?" He asks.
>>23704444(resistant, not immune, lamia kill their young with a venom bite if they feel their nest will be destroyed.)
>>23704485(He really doesn't get it, does he?)
>>23704485"Confessions are confidential, I can tell you what she should have done, what her reasons should have been, but I won't tell you what she told me."
>>23704485"That's between you and Peri, Donovan, and it's something you'll have to discuss the next time you meet peacably. This conversation is between you and your conscience. I'm just here to give it form."
>>23704529He's already started dunkass.
>>23704525Actually no, this is dumbseconding >>23704529
>>23704525>>23704529We're waiting until he's said his piece. Then we say ours once we know his full story. That's how a confession works.
>>23704485>>23704529"It is not my place to answer that for you."
>>23704566>>23704537yeah, thirding just silence until he actually WANTS us to say something.
>>23704529>mfw I'm actually drawing on a priest I had during middle school.
>>23704525That's stupid>>23704529That's even more stupidSilence and listen to him.
>>23704581>>23704566Well, yes, obviously we don't horn in if he's still talking. We only respond if he appears to be expecting a response.
>>23704566Wait is he asking us or just talking?Cause if he's just talking just stay silent.And if he's asking us then"Yes, you should have had a say in the matter."
>>23704567"It is not my place to answer that for you." You say.Donovan shakes his head. "You really are going through with this, aren't you?" He starts to pace. "I'm not apologizing for defending my people's way of life, nor for refusing to kowtow to the Citadel or your precious Light. I can't imagine why you do."You know what's the sickest thing about the Citadel? It's how you make people feel so PROUD. Proud to give up 'barbaric' ways, proud to prattle off your 'teachings,' proud to all be 'equal' in exactly the same way." He sneers. "And yet, when you just scrape the surface, you see your Grand Citadel's just...empty, and your Teaching of Light slip through your fingers."
>>23704601And I know how this is going to end. He says HE was ready to take care of the kid, that HE was going to do his part, that HE wanted a say. Never once, so far at least, has he apparently given a damn about what SHE wanted. It's all about him. Peri was right to be scared and desperate. It would be a very reasonable response. It doesn't excuse what she did, but at least she understands how her actions have affected others and is trying in her own way to find penance.As for us and Donovan? We cannot offer absolution or penance for a sin he has no intention of stopping. And even if he does give himself up, the only penance that can match the suffering Peri is going to go through over this for the rest of her life is to live a similar life of regret, with the understanding that he was just as responsible for the situation as she was.
>>23704667"I wouldn't expect you to apologize for doing what you felt is right. If anything it's a quality worthy of praise. Please, do continue though."
>>23704699Zealotry isn't really a quality worthy of praise.
>>23704667>>23704699Don't say anything, just keep listening. Clearly the man feels the need to rant. As we are acting as a confessor, it is not our place to convince him of anything, only to hear what he has to get off his chest.
>>23704742Doing what you believe in is admirable, its his methods we don't agree with.
>>23704667AND he has the nerve to lecture us? We've been variously treated as a subhuman monster, a curiosity, and even as a pet snake with fancy clothes. At least HE had the chance to be accepted as a part of society. At least HE hasn't HAD to fight. He's fighting because he was given the chance to have what we've had to fight to achieve and rejected it out of pride. Again, we cannot offer any absolution to this man unless it involves his surrender.
>>23704667"And out of all the beings out there...all the species...a lamia wants to be a Paladin." He shakes his head. "There's a whole city of lizard folk who live in Stone Hall, more like they live under it, they slave day in and day out working the sewers. They shovel all of the shit that Citadel pours out of that place, and they do it with a smile. You want to know why? Because that's what Citadel does. It makes you a hole, and then it grinds you down so you can fit inside it." He looks at you, and your silence seems to make him even angrier. "Fuck you, fuck your tail, fuck the Paladins, and fuck Grand Citadel! You bastards took everything from me, and now you tell me that I should just 'let it go' and 'move with the times' and 'It was her choice' and that I shouldn't be allowed to be angry!" He screams.
>>23704767shhhh sh sh sh. We're a paladin. Just carry that weight.And now also carry his weight. Regardless of if he gets absolution or not.
>>23704688>>23704767Of course, neither of these are things we can say NOW, if I didn't make that clear. It's more like the internal thought process as we're listening to this creep try to account for himself.
>>23704779"No-one said you can't be angry, but do you really think this is the right way to resolve your grievances? What will this achieve beyond turning more people against you?"
>>23704779We haven't told you ANYTHING, yet.
>>23704779"I haven't told you anything, Donovan. I'm just here to listen to what you need to get off your chest. Anger is a perfectly reasonable response, provided you don't let it consume you."
>>23704779He pauses and looks at you through narrowed eyes. "You want me to say it...you're going to actually make me say it. It wasn't enough that Peri told you what kind of a monster I am? I was within my rights! The Laws, OUR Laws, HER Laws, all say that I was justified. It's YOU that make me into this monster...so, how did she tell it? Did she make up another excuse like before, or just lay it out flat for the shock of it?" Donovan asks.
>>23704779"You are allowed to be angry. But did you ask her if she wanted to carry the child? Talk with her, and discuss it?"
>>23704837"None of the above."
>>23704837Confessions are confidential.
>>23704837"What is it you think she told us that makes you think of yourself as a monster."
>>23704837She took responsibility for it and for the way it affected the people she cared about. She's been doing her penance for it ever since it happened. She's regretted it every day of her life.All you've done is get angry and bitch about how it affected YOU. Did it never even occur to you that she has her own feelings about the whole thing?
>>23704905Bad paladin, no.
>>23704905This is starting to seem like you're projecting a bit man. Take a chill pill.
>>23704837"What, she told me is between herself and her conscience, Donovan. Just like anything you tell me now is between you and yours."
>>23704905No giving away anything she said in her confession, it's confidential.
>>23704925I never thought the ability to channel Father Matthew would be useful...
>>23704854"None of the above." You say.Donovan stares. He shakes his head. "Oh, that fucking c-..." He closes his fist. "The laws of the Fey are clear. This is what happens to those who do what she did. When I found out what happened, I brewed the draught with her mother, Titania guide her soul, and I hunted her down." He said. "I attacked her, and I could have killed her, but...but she was mine...but I refused to let her crime go unpunished by the ways of Our People. I poured it down her throat, and then I left." He says. He's smiling at the memory. "She killed my child, so I took any future children away from her. Don't ask me to feel sorry about that. That was justice!"
>>23704921What's bad about confronting the irrational? Likewise, what's good about molly-coddling a man whose only concerns are for himself? Do you want us to ENDORSE his behavior?
>>23704950And THAT is news to me.
>>23704950>... Bloody hell, I was not expecting that.
>>23704950"I am not asking you to feel sorry about anything, Donovan. Right here, right now, my opinion does not come into play. This is about you, your conscience, and what you need to get off your chest."
>>23704950"Do you really feel that way, Donovan?"
>>23704975>>23704981now now, this is no time to be surprised. Elves do elf things. We can read a book about this later.
>>23704950"You know, throughout this entire confession, you've never once said that you ever cared for her, only that she belonged to you."
>>23704950"Then why ask for a confession?"
>>23704953We're under confessional right now. The purpose of confessional is to let him bare his soul and work through issues, like Peri did. Not, admittedly, that he is doing a very good job of it, but that's his problem, not ours.
>>23704953What's bad is revealing information obtained from a confession. They are meant to be confidential
>>23704983Actually, I second this.
>>23704950>>23704983This has stopped being a confession. A confession is about penance, and admission of your sins.This man is unrepentant, and this conversation should be over.
>>23704953we're not endorsing it, but it's important that we LISTEN to it. All of it. As much as he feels is important.That's what a confession is. If we interrupted him, we wouldn't be doing it right.
>>23705004No>>23705022NoThis is a fucking Confession you dipshits, start acting like it.
>>23705022I agree, this isn't a confession, this is him bitching at us.
>>23705054AKA, a confession. This is just how some people react to guilt, it is called rationalization.
>>23705008>>23705020And THIS isn't a confession. He's bragging about his sins. He's parading them in front of us and refusing to accept that he's done any wrong.Admittedly it would have been wrong to mention what she told us, but don't pretend this is still a confession.
>>23705046Dude, I just changed my thing to something that sounded better.>>23705021see
>>23705054that is totally what a confession is sometimes.
>Let's be a Paladin!>Waah people telling us how they feel and their shames and secrets! Go away!
>>23705077A confession suggests that he thinks he's done something wrong and wishes to make amends.He clearly doesn't feel that way at all.
>>23705070dude, he wouldn't be telling us about this if he didn't feel bad about it. in fact, he pretty OBVIOUSLY is feeling bad about what he did.Now let us hear his rationalizations, please, so that when he goes right back to being a terrorist we can stop him in good morals. Or maybe he'll even surrender at the end.
>>23705094dude, are you blind?
>>23705090This, change the fucking colour to red and let's go kill things if you guys are such pussies about this
>>23705066He's unrepentant. The Confession isn't a venue for the wicked to brag about their sins, it's a way for the repentant to seek a way to talk about what they've done and find a means for atonement.
>>23705094Or he is trying to appear a monster as he wants us to condemn him. Or maybe this is he only way he knows how to talk about it. Don't take everything at face value, people are more complicated than that.
>>23705094This guy OBVIOUSLY regrets what he did. Sure as the sun will rise, this nigga feels guilty. This is just how he reacts to guilt. Anger, rationalization, denial, et cetera. Step off your soap box and relax. This is a game.
>>23705070This is exactly like a confession.>>23705094he is rationalizing like hell "The laws of the Fey are clear." he has repeated stuff about the laws being clear four times already
>>23705109>>23705094>>23705070Sometimes people lash out to make themselves feel better, and that sounds like what he's doing. Regardless, whether or not he's taking it seriously, we are.
>>23704983"I am not asking you to feel sorry about anything, Donovan. Right here, right now, my opinion does not come into play. This is about you, your conscience, and what you need to get off your chest." You say.Donovan and you do a stare down. He blinks first, and you have the feeling that right now, you've just pushed him over the edge. He hates you more than any other person in all of Citadel, the Kingdom, and the Lands Beyond."You are a monster." He hisses. "I don't expect something that grows from maggots and slaughters their own to even remotely understand."He pauses and looks at the ground. "But, I said I had a confession for you, didn't I?" He clears his throat, and he tries to put on a smug smile on his face, but you can tell that you've gotten to him. He's still reeling for having admitted what he did out loud. "I had my horse kill one of your mules after the landslide, and the other one broke its leg trying to get away from it, and died. I feel very badly about doing that. I was wrong. To that sin, I confess." He looks at you. "Am I forgiven?"
>>23705137"You are forgiven. Is there anything else, or may I go?"
>>23705109He's a terrorist who's smiling about hunting down and sterilizing the woman who he loved. That hardly sounds like he's "feeling bad".
>>23705137And now he's trying to recover as he didn't intend to confess to all of that.
>>23705137"I cannot bring you forgiveness if you have not forgiven yourself."
>>23705137Of course he's forgiven for that. Now that he's DONE, we can choose to go off on him or go and get some smitepaladins. You know. Whichever.
>>23705137In the eyes of the Light you are forgiven. May you someday forgive ourself.
>>23705185damn this is way better then mine, this
>>23705137"It's not my forgiveness, Donovan. But yes. In the eyes of the Light you are forgiven. May you someday forgive yourself."
>>23705137For that sin, yes. I offer you my forgiveness. Now are you going to face your other sins, or are we finished here?
>>23705185Agreed, only with 'yourself'. Typos are bad.
>>23705203It's also very close to the actual script for the Catholic Rite of Confession, complete with the ritual feel. Hence I cribbed it for >>23705213and second it.
>>23705232...That what i meant. Fucking typos
>>23705222no no, not our forgiveness, that's worthless. Forgiveness of the heavens is what it's all about. I prefer a line like this>>23705213And then we should get ready to have to cut his shit, if he doesn't let us leave peacefully. If he does, the paladins will cut his shit.
>>23705185"In the eyes of the Light you are forgiven. May you someday forgive yourself." You say.Donovan blinks, and swallows as if you just slapped him.In a flash he's ripped the mantle off of your neck and the circlet off your head. He chucks them off into the woods with a shout of rage.He spins around and points a finger at you, tears dripping from his eyes. His mouth flaps open and closed for a bit, as he searches for words.Then there's a owl hoot.And Donovan's body relaxes, and a big relaxed smile wraps around his face.
>>23705256...He's not alone is he.
>>23705256>>23705185CRITICAL HOLYNESS STRIKE1d12 soul damage!Too bad whatever sinister plan he had is going well.
>>23705278Of course not, we already knew that.
>>23705256"If you have a man hiding in the branches about to shoot me, I feel obligated to warn you my death won't go over well. Burning forest, get the children too, et cetera."
>>23705289>1d12 soul damageYeah, a good, honest priest is like that.
>>23705298Maybe add in "Everything you claim to care about will die with me."
>>23705292>>23705278yeah, we knew this was a trap from the beginning.still important we did it.
>>23705278It could be a signal from quite a distance away.Nothing guarantees its nearby.
>>23705298What? Fuck you fuck no.
>>23705298>>23705319Let's not say things that make us sound evil, please.
>>23705256"Now, before you say anything, Paladin Serpent." He says, waving a finger at you. "You and I have been alone the whole time. My men haven't been near us at all. They're close though...about half a mile away." He grins. "Tell me Paladin Serpent, do you know anything about the Fey laws?"
>>23705298>>23705319Paladins do not say these things.
>>23705346"No, but I am intrigued."
>>23705346Any in particular?
>>23705256"As ye sow, so shall ye reap."
>>23705346"This is my first contact with fey, I only know some vague talk of courts and such."
Guess he's captured Peri then.
>>23705346Did he just capture our friends.
>>23705346Their laws are not my own, so no. I do not.
>>23705391>>23705389considering we had them stay a 1/2 mile away i am guessing yes
>>23705401No, bad.That sounds like we don't really care about that shit.
>>23705391If he did, that's it. We agreed to hear his confession, and he used it as a window of opportunity to act against our friends. Even a nice-guy paladin needs to act at some point.
>>23705437oh, certainly.I was hoping we could make it back to camp and rendevous with the red pendants before going on a SMITE EVIL spree. This is much less advantageous.
>>23705346"You have betrayed the sanctimony of the confession."Tail snap to the skull, knock his ass out to use as a bargaining chip.
>>23705416It's true, though. They're not the laws we live by, so we don't know them. Decorum is nice and all, but you're overdoing it. Especially since it should be clear what he's just done. He's dropping hints, of course.
>>23705370"No, but I am intrigued." You say."I bet you are." He says."Any in particular?" You ask."Trespassing." He says. "Okay, boys. Bring them out!"It's the others. They're being marched forward, hands in the air, save for Mage, who's arms are being held behind their back. Around their necks is a rope necklace holding a single stone. It's about as big as a ping-pong ball and it has a glowing red rune on it.Another elf walks up to Donovan and dumps a pile on the ground. It's everyone's weapons."That everything?" Donovan asks."Yes. Also, take a look." The Elf says. They've unwrapped Lea.Donovan's eyebrows go up and then back down. He looks at you. "You're one of those girls that keeps ugly girls around you so you look prettier, don't you?"
>>23705484I dunno mangbro, this guy is a terrorist leader.We're gonna have to smack him a COUPLA times.
>>23705484Ask him once whether he will release them to us... ALL of them.
>>23705490"You're really very skin deep, aren't you?"
>>23705490Glare.Also, told you guys that we should have gone alone.I told you.
>>23705490Alright, now he's fucking pissed me off. Can we smite him? Please?
>>23705490Give him one of those 'seriously?' looks.
>>23705490Don't even justify that last statement with a response if he's going to be childish."So what is it you hope to achieve here?"
>>23705490Well that last but should not be dignified with a response.
>>23705532oh, we're totally gonna smite him.it's just a matter of HOW we smite him. he's outnumbering us AND has hostages.
>>23705490"You're one of those people who assume the worst about people to feel better about themselves, aren't you"
>>23705532And risk our friends being executed by the superior force that surrounds us? >>23705535This.
>>23705544See, this is why I play a straight tank or mercenary, because I have certain morals that just twig my anger and its not good for being a paladin.
"I had hoped you were better than this. That you had integrity in you. Yes, they came with. If I had told not to, it was likely that they would have followed even closer."
>>23705490It's what's inside that is of importance to me, first and foremost. Every one among them is brave, honorable, and beautiful. I wouldn't have it any other way.
>>23705559Lets reword this a bit. maybe go with "You assume the worst in people to feel better about yourself, don't you?""Release them, now."
>>23705587>>23705559eh, I say just stick with the "release them now". it's more ~dramatic~, and now is the time for that.
>>23705490Tail wrap his ass, make sure he cant speak, instruct other elves to release our friends.
For crying out loud, we're trying to be a fucking Paladin here.
>>23705650yeah. the confession is over, we're working on a hostage situation now.
>>23705622I kind of like a combination of this:>>23705578>>23705586We're better than he is, and he knows it, and it gets to him. We were hit hard by the world he claims to hate for all the things he mentioned, and we rose above it.
>>23705650Quite. Seems that a lot of people here are of the lol smite variety. Which is a pity.
>>23705535"So what is it you hope to achieve here?" You say as you glare at him."Well...I was going to say one thing...now I think I may say another." He laughs. "So, boys...what do you think of the famous Lamia Paladin?"None of the elves say anything.He clears his throat. "Right, right...I removed her vestments. Sorry about that."The guy who dumped the weapons just looks at him coldly."What?""You really did that, to her?" He asks, nodding at Peri.Donovan narrows his eyes. "It was in accordance to the Old Law."The soldiers all shift uncomfortably. The one holding Peri and Lea are women, they don't look pleased."Yes...but..." The weapons elf says.Donovan's eyes flash with anger. "But? But what?"The elf opens and closes his mouth. "Donovan...you said...don't you think...""I want that recipe destroyed!" Lea's captor says. "I'm for keeping our ways, but...not that!" She says."Don't you DARE question my actions." Donovan says.Peri's trying to catch your eye and hint at something.Roll 1d20
>>23705696>attempting to communicate innuendo to a paladinoh no oh no oh noooooand also: don't bring folks to your confession you dumb stupid idiot, this is exactly what happens. Don't say this, this isn't dialogue.
Rolled 11>>23705696*crosses fingers*
>>23705578>>23705586>>23705670"Every one among them is brave, honorable, and beautiful, even if you can't see it. They would have followed even closer even had I told them not to.""I'm a lamia, remember? I've been variously treated like subhuman trash and even as a pet at times. People tend to be surprised I can even talk. But the people I surround myself are better than that, and they've helped me to be a better person. I hoped that maybe if I came here and listened to you, I could help you to be a better person too.""Please release us without malice."
>>23705727Yes, confrontations like this (and the avoidance thereof) are pretty much the entire point of Confession.
Rolled 7>>23705696Come on Ssen.
>>23705737>"I'm a lamia, remember? I've been variously treated like subhuman trash and even as a pet at times. People tend to be surprised I can even talk. But the people I surround myself are better than that, and they've helped me to be a better person. I hoped that maybe if I came here and listened to you, I could help you to be a better person too."No.Very bad idea.
>>23705706She's looking at the guy who dropped the weapons, specifically at his belt. Like the other separatists, he's got a lot of old fetishes and small totems tied to it. There's a small drum. A thing that looks like a metal dream catcher. A hollow bamboo tube with feathers painted on it. And a stone that's been carved to look like an owl.
>>23705737Kind of running slow there, bro.
Rolled 4>>23705776Try to discern which one she's looking at.
>>23705777Takes a while to type while you're eating.>>23705756I was going to ask why that was such a bad idea, but really it doesn't matter. It's not going to be used anyway.
>>23705776Mari's there now, she's looking at the guy's belt then down at the stone around her neck, then back at the elf's belt.Roll 1d20
Rolled 12>>23705776>>23705810Ah, one of those things is the key for the explosive runes?
Rolled 10>>23705810>>23705817Oh, for fuck's sake.
>>23705817She's not looking at the owl. You can tell that much. But she's indicating ONE of those things...and then she looks at your tail.Those things aren't tied on very tight.
>>23705776FUCK I FAILED THIS CHECK HARDJust take the belt and do everything! ONE of those magic totems is the right one!
Rolled 7>>23705841Grab the whole damn belt.
>>23705850You can easily grab one, two would be tricky, more or the whole damn belt would be a feat.
>>23705841Maybe make some conversation to stall? Ask him if companions of a guest are to be considered trespassers, maybe? I dunno what the details should be, just figure out something to eat some time.
>>23705872And ignore my roll, I forgot to get rid of it.
>>23705850>Elves are arguing with themselves>Hey let's light the powder keg and stop their arguing for a common enemy action
>>23705882Okay, I'll be nice. First, roll 1d20 to try for the whole belt. You need 16 or over.
>>23705888If we could somehow cause a little more doubt with his soldiers that could provoke another argument between them, maybe enough to give us another spot check?
Rolled 15>>23705905Watch as we tie it better on them
>>23705917Yes, what do you want to say?
>>23705882.Do any of the symbols on the items match the one on the stone around out friends necks?
>>23705905I thought we were still discussing subtlety first?
>>23705927Inquire more of the wording. See if we can't find a loophole.
>>23705923>>23705924upon seeing the results of our actions in hindsight, I instantly regret them
>>23705927Uhh.. shit... gimme a few seconds to think here and some time for discussion.
>>23705927"Would the escort of someone you invited even be considered Trespassing? You did invite me out here and came to the confession alone."
>>23705905Why... not everyone wanted to grab it. It's a stupid idea...
Rolled 1>>23705905Please based dice goddess.Fucking toshiba turned my internets off
>>23705975I hate you...
Rolled 1>>23705905Please holy dice!
>>23705985sorry bro, it was my stupid idea.I regretted it once I posted it. Then again when I saw the roll results.
>>23706001>>23705986>>23705975oh my god
>>23706001>>23705975>1+1d20You are doing it wrong.
>>23705989>>23705975Yeah, except he cheated for that 1.
>>23705975>>23706001>dice+1+1d20that's not how you d20
Rolled 16>>23705975>>23705986>>23706001Theres some bullshit going on here OP.
>>23706003That is why I'm being nice and saying you don't do anything. Now, you wanted to say something to stall for time...THAT is your action that you're locked into now. What do you say?
>People trying to purposely fuck shit up.welp.
>>23705949Maybe ask if the "Old Ways" included betraying the trust of a guest? Donovan DID send a letter asking us to "come alone", but never said anything about bringing our party and leaving them as backup. This is clearly using the "Old Laws" as a trap, ad though we shouldn't SAY it outright I don't think his soldiers would like that.
>>23706066"Guest of a guest"? It's an interesting caveat that might take some time to discuss.
>>23706064Actually I'm just a retard. So...yeah.
>>23706029See this >>23705932 Also this. >>23705983
>>23705983He said to come alone. That's specifically not inviting any friends.
>>23705983"Would the escort of someone you invited even be considered Trespassing? You did invite me out here and came to the confession alone." You ask."What's the code for escorts?" Mage's guard asks."I'm not sure..." Says Tricia's. "Would it apply under the hospitality and guest law?""SHUT UP!" Donovan yells. "It doesn't matter! They're all here now, and we're going to kill them, like the mud people they are! They're working with the Occuli!""Donovan, you KNEW that our position was dangerous since last night and you didn't have us move?" The weapons man says. "Those are our people dying over there!""We agreed that any one of us should be willing to die for the cause!" He snaps, you see bits of spittle. The guy is losing it."To forward the cause, not so you could rant at this thing for ten minutes!" The elf gestures to you."I still want your word that we're going to strike that law!" Lea's guard says.Peri/Mari is attempting to signal again.Roll 1d20
>>23706148>>23706168Nat 20 trumps all? Please?
>>23706160It's not the tube.That leaves the metal dream catcher, and the drum. You don't think you see any runes or glowing parts, but they're not that big and it isn't as if you can take a close look at them.
"May I ask what law you are talking about?"
>>23705696"recipe? is that about that sterility potion, stew or whatever?"
>>23706148If we need it. "So, If it is for your Cause, you would ignore the very Laws you profess to serve?"
>>23706148I informed you that the occuli would use this meeting as an opportunity to strike your camp, I felt honour bound to do so.
>>23706229How about"So you ignore all morality and any law you claim to serve to serve your own ends, Donovan?"Whats the DC to grab both devices?
>>23706148"while I think about it the maggot thing? it's total bullshit"
>>23706288now now, all we have to say it's bullshit is a book.It could be the -book- is wrong, and we're maggotborn. Snrk.
>>23706313who cares? right now we're apparently trying to push him over the edges, talking about something that has remotely nothing to do with the situation will probably help (I hope)
>>23706313...The book written by our Uncle. The one that knew us while growing up? The same Uncle that use us to figure out all of the weak points on a Lamia's body?
>>23706229Maybe talk to one of the guards, very conversationally."There's still time. I came here to try and stop this from taking any more lives, and I still think we can come to SOME kind of agreement. You have my word, for what it's worth."
>>23706219"May I ask what law you are talking about?""You shut up!" Donovan says. "Aren't your confessionals supposed to be confidential anyway? Doesn't that violate YOUR precious laws?""Not when you shout them loud enough so half the forest can hear!" Peri's guard says."I want your word Donovan," Lea's guard says. "That no one will ever be able to force me to take that!" She shrieks.All the elves spin their heads to look at her. "What?" Peri's guard said. "When?""Before we met!" She says. "Donovan, I want your WORD!""What does it even matter?!" He shrieks. He points to the two women."THAT'S NOT THE POINT!" Both women yell."Donovan, we need to be there with our PEOPLE!" Weapons elf says. "The Occuli could get prisoners, maps, Titania knows what else! We need to go back, now!" He puts a hand on Donovan's shoulder."BE QUIET!" Donovan yells as he pushes the man away. "OKAY! We kill these monsters, we go back to save everyone, and YES we will ERASE that law!"Peri/Mari is trying again.Roll 1d20
>>23706254>>23706370This plus this definitely paints us as the "good guy". Maybe we won't HAVE to lunge for the foci.
Rolled 4>>23706376FOR GLORY!
>>23706403...I will now stop rolling his no one minds
Rolled 9>>23706402fucking fuck
>>23706403...call it heads or tails.
>>23706403So I guess talking is our final hope?
Rolled 6>>23706429Heads, always heads
>>23706429HEADS IS TALISMAN
>>23706447...sorry.It's either the Drum or the Metal Dreamcatcher.You can grab one without a check. To grab both requires a roll.
Rolled 2>>23706376"Still doesn't answer my question about escort. If you are going to enforce our Laws you might as well make sure you are following them? Or are you just trying to use our Laws to follow our own agenda?"
>>23706429There are people DYING, we need to STOP it! So long as we're all alive we can still TRY to have peace!
>>23706376So you would break the laws your profess to follow when it suits you? I was invited here and yet you would murder me and the companions of mine who escorted me here, do your own laws mean that little to you?
>>23706462My gut instinct is dreamcatcher.Do folks agree we should go for it, or do you guys have opposing suggestions?
>>23706476They're not going to listen to you anymore. Donovan has got them mollified enough, and he's no longer planning to humiliate you. He wants you all, especially you, dead.
>>23706462I STILL say the other elves are one good point away from turning on Donovan and agreeing to mediation.
>>23706462If she is signalling our tail, wouldn't the dreamcatcher be the one we are trying to get?
>>23706462I'm really not confident in /tg/'s dice right now, but we cant just keep stalling. go for the dream catcher.
>>23706509I agree, dreamcatcher. I hope.
>>23706557Watch, its the drum and all they have to do it play it.
>>23706557Dreamcatcher it is...You got it.(Long post coming)
>>23706579>"Drum Solos, an Elf's one weakness, how did you know!?"
>>23706590Let's try not to kill the elves, if possible. It's a good point that their culture should be defended, and even though they're clearly doing it the wrong way they at least show some signs that they care enough about their comrades not to continue fighting if a peaceful alternative is offered.
>>23706651Don't really have a choice now, it's not like we have a taser, we should try to capture donovan though.
>>23706651None of them were bothered about killing us though, they were just mad at Donovan for some of the choices he made which got elves killed/his adherence to old laws.
>>23706651>>23706686>>23706702yeah. While it is unfortunate, this IS one of those situations where we have to smite some folk. Maybe they'll start surrendering once we outforce them a large margin, but at the moment, they are unified. Ish.
>>23706686Donovan I don't care about. He's lost it. If we have the opportunity to spare the others, though, it sets a good precedent that our word can be trusted, and that's key in any negotiation. If we LOSE that, then convincing anyone else to surrender will be difficult.
>>23706729>this IS one of those situations where we have to smite some folk.Maybe.Don't burn your bridges before they've hatched.
>>23706778>>23706787You know the moment we swipe from the elf's belt, they're going to attack, right?You don't seriously want us to keep trying to win them over when they start stabbing our friends, do you?
>>23706787>Don't burn your chickens before they hatch>Don't put all your bridges in one basket
Clearly this incident has proven that we need to put the next Characteristic advance into Charisma.
>>23706787Do bridges reproduce like lamias?
>>23706848yeah, they all just burst forth from an egg and fight it out
>>23706590Your tail whips out in a flash and you snatch the little charm out from the elf's belt.Almost instantly Peri drops her hands, rips off her necklace, and jumps forward to push the stone against Donovan's chest."NO ONE MOVE! SSEN DON'T TOUCH IT!" She yells.There's a pause."Okay, the Paladin Serpent doesn't know how these things work like we do. One wrong twitch of her tail, and these things all explode with enough force to blow every last one of us to the Summerlands and back! So, no one does anything stupid. Got it?""You...fucking...cunt..." Donovan says to both you and Peri at the same time through gritted teeth."Tricia get our things." Peri says. No one stops Tricia as she gathers up the pile."Now, there's two ways this goes." Peri continues. "We all die here, or...the rest of you can go help your people against the Occuli. Donovan, you stay here. It's your call.""They're bluffing!" Donovan says. "These people are cowards...they wouldn't dare!""Look at us." Peri says. "What do we have much to live for? I have YOU to thank for that.""No!" Donovan shouts. "No, it's MORE important that we kill them! Kill them NOW! They're EVERYTHING that's wrong with Citadel!" He looks at you a gaze of pure loathing. "Especially her."The elves look at each other, and then as one they all take off through the woods."BASTARDS! I'LL REMEMBER THIS!" Donovan screams.
>>23706835For more smite evil right?
>>23706861You really want that Amulet to go Red.
>>23706856"Okay everyone take them off." Peri says. "Open your right hand, Donovan.""Go burn.""The lady asked you nicely." Mage says as he points his staff at Donovan's head.Donovan slowly opens his right hand. Peri puts the blast stone in his hand and curls it close."I'm taking his horse." Lea says. "I think it likes me."The NIghtmare whinnies and actually lets Lea pet it.Donovan shakes his head. "No...no this isn't how it ends. You wont kill me, and you wont let your friends do it either.""You're right." Peri says. She carefully walks to you and gently picks up the charm. She guides you away from Donovan, who's still standing there. "I do still love you." She closes her eyes and sighs.Mari opens them. "I however, think you're an asshole." She plucks one of the strings.The stone blows up in Donovan's hand, blasting it to a bloody stump. He drops to his knees, shrieking in pain."Come on..." Peri says to you. "I want to get out of here.""I'LL KILL YOU! YOU HEAR ME PALADIN SERPENT? I'LL KILL YOU AND SKIN YOU!" Donovan wails as he rolls on the ground."I'm sorry." Peri says. "It was my fault we got caught.""Don't flatter yourself." Mage says. "Tricia was the one who had the giant flashing sign with the dragonflies.""Says the man with the glowing stick!""Hey!" Lea yells. "You all suck at stealth, and let's leave it at that!"You look at Donovan, on the ground. He's helpless now.
>>23706856When do we tell him we never have been there?Also I wish I had the full sized version of this
>>23706856Okay, even though the situation is defused, WE STILL DON'T KNOW HOW TO HOLD THIS THINGWE'RE A TICKING TIMEBOMB OH MY GOD GET RID OF THOSE RUNESI mean, can we even drop it without setting it off?
>>23706856I suppose were going for a walk now Donovan. Someone bind him.
>>23706881>Blowing up his handWhat the fuck is this shitAh fuck it, Lawful Good doesn't meant Nice.
>>23706902no, no, I have to say that that was unnecessary. If we NEED to render someone armless, we should really do it with a sharp blade in as sterile an environment as we can.I really hope their wood-mystic healing can cauter that.
>>23706920>TheirWhat the dick are you saying, the shitbird is coming with us.
>>23706933ah, I thought we were leaving him there coolguy style
>>23706881Look at him with pity. He'll hate that.
>>23706881"I'm sorry, I failed you."then walk away.
>>23706881"May you find forgiveness. But if you're looking for pity, look elsewhere. I'm fresh out."
>>23706933"Tricia, heal him." You say."WHAT?!" The group says as one. "You can't be serious!" "After what he did to Peri?" "He's a maniac!" "This is what happens to those who walk his path." And many more exclamations of disbelief.
>>23706947He decided attacking us was more important than saving his compatriots. Let him reap what he's sown.
>>23706972and by that I mean take him to justice.
>>23706968WHAT?! Your players ask as one.
Some of you are really crossing the line from paladin through to just plain stupid.Why are we bending over backwards to save Donovan? I don't recall us giving the Gormet or the Witch-Queen the same chances, and Donovan has no less blood on his hands than them.
>>23706968"He should face judgment" also who said heal him?
>>23706984Only enough to stop the bleeding. Then we do this >>23706980
>>23706968look, we can take his arm. fine. We can take him to justice. Fine. We might even slay him on the field of battle. No cause to let him bleed out though.
>>23706968"Heal him, we will take him with us to face judgement."
>>23706968What the fuck, why did we even suggest that.Goddamn.That is stupid.
>>23706968"just make sure he won't die because of an infection those are very nasty and I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy."
>>23707002We're not saving him. We're bringing him back to stand trial and probably be executed.
>>23707004yeah, I think the term is "cauterize". or... "bind up". "Heal" implies things beyond our ability.
>>23706968We can't leave him to die, or risk him starting his revolution up again, so he is coming with us.
>>23706968"He decided attacking us was more important than saving his compatriots. Let him reap what he's sown." You say. "We take him to Justice. So he can be tried, and not slaughtered like an animal."Peri hangs her head."You...are the luckiest asswipe that has ever lived." Tricia mutters to Donovan as she uses the pollen from the Amber Sickle to seal his wound.Lea and Mage strip him out of his armor, and tie him up."Force march, or put him on his horse?" Mari asks."You mean MY horse." Lea says.
>>23707004"His forgiveness is one thing, but justice before the law is another. I wan to make sure he doesn't bleed to death."
We just don't want him to die of an infection or blood loss or anything. Taking him back to be executed would be betraying Peri, who asked us not to kill him.You people have gone full retard.
>>23707055I don't know enough about elves OR medicine to know if an armless man can march that ways. I would defer to tricia.
>>23707069This, seriously. When we set out Peri asked us not to kill him, and we said we'd do our best, and now we're dragging him back to be hung.
>>23707055page 6 btw
>>237070975, you mean.
>>23707055Bind his legs and throw him over the horse like cargo. We want no chances of him using our mercy as an opportunity to escape.And gag him, too. I've heard enough of his ranting.
>>23707069>>23707082Damn, I had forgotten about that entirely. Well, all I suggested was keeping him from bleeding out.
>>23707069>Peri: I know he has to be tried and probably hanged for what he's done, but please...I don't want him to be butchered like an animal.>Ssen: We take him to Justice. So he can be tried, and not slaughtered like an animal.We said the exact same thing! What a betrayal!
>>23707069No she said she knew he would be hung, she asked us not to butcher him like an animal. For us personally not to kill him.
>>23707113>implying he won't be butchered like an animal
>>23707126Now now, I don't think being hung counts as being butchered like an animal.Maybe we could ask peri if this is okay, what with relation to your promise, on the way back.
>>23707082We DID do our best. You heard him, he threatened to kill us and skin us alive. Letting a man like that go free just isn't something we should even contemplate. The man she knew is gone, and what's left is a criminal and a sinner undeserving of pity or compassion.
>>23707082>>23707069Get your facts straight >>23703184
>>23707172Kill us and skin us dead. Whatever. The point stands. He's a maniac, a sinner, a criminal, and a jerk.
>>23707055Release him, we promised not to kill him.part of being a paladin is keeping our oaths
>>23707150"Is this...okay?" You ask as Mage and Tricia throw Donovan onto the back of the horse, trussed up and gagged.Peri looks at him for a long while and then nods. "I wanted him to just hurt...and keep on hurting." She shakes her head. "You want to know the strangest thing though? I never knew it was him. I just thought I was attacked by some crazed rapist or psychopath alchemist. I didn't know it was him until now."
>>23707203We promised not to kill him on the spot. We said we would bring him back to be tried.How retarded can you be to say "Set the terrorist with a vendetta free"
>>23707055Put him on the horse. We are honouring our oath of not killing him ourselves. She knew he had to be tried.
>>23707203Again, kindly see >>23703184>I know he has to be tried and hung for what he's doneAnd that was BEFORE he betrayed our trust, tried to capture and kill our friends, and basically went insane with hate.
>>23707203Paladin does not mean pacifist. We take him in and have him tried. We do not need him using the hand incident to rally more support for his own ends.Take him in, have him tried, show the world that the system works, give him whatever meal he wants for breakfast and then one slipknot and trapdoor exit plan.
>>23707226there. easy. See? Asking. no need to let him GO, or anything CRAZY like >>23707203 suggests.I am a very avid fan of asking questions when we are not pressed for time.
yup we're taking him to be tried. Let him face justice for his misdeeds.To Peri. I'm sorry you had to learn the one you loved would do that.
>>23707226"Can I at least shove ants into his various crevices?" Tricia asks."Or shave him bald?" Mage asks."Oooh ooh," Tricia smiles at Mage. Maybe we should see how high we can make the horse bounce him!""Oh, that sounds fun!" Mage says. "Can we Ssen, please?""Please, Snake?"
>>23707276>>23707226yeah, do apologize she had to hear that. You meant for it to be more of a confession, and less of a shouted rant. A shouted rant that all of his friends and lovers heard.
>>23707226You shouldn't hate him. You're holding yourself accountable for your decisions, and I'll help you along the way. He will be held to account for his, since he refuses to do so for himself. This shouldn't be your burden to bear.
>>23707288"No. The humiliation of having his own people desert him is enough."
>>23707288I don't want to see any of you do that.
>>23707288No messin' with the prisoners! It's unprofessional!Hell, if we wanted to do this BY THE BOOK, we should all be dour and scowly about now.
>>23707288"It is not our place to judge. However, as I am only mortal, I cannot keep my eyes upon him at all times..."
>>23707288"No." Said with as much conviction as possible.
>>23707288Shift uncomfortably. "In all honesty, I'm not really comfortable with mistreating a defenseless prisoner. No matter how much they may deserve it."
You know, he's probably going to reveal that we told him about the base when he's tried.
>>23707360gonna bear that weight when it hits us, I guess.
>>23707288"no but you can write 'I'm a douchebag' on his face"
>>23707360And what good would that do? He knew he was putting his own troops at risk, and our telling him about it ended up not mattering as the attack was already underway.
>>23707360We have their leader. He sent nobody back, and his token escort is hardly reinforcements.
>>23707389Never falter, even if others condemn us, as long as we do what we believe to be right we can meet our end with honour.
>>23707337Seconding. Just less official. Something like, "It'd be a lot harder for me to become a paladin if I let you do that with me watching....So I'll look over at this very interesting tree over here. Don't do anything illegal."
>>23707360If the attack hasn't gone off yet, we could still stop it. After all, we know where the camp is.We could hand over Donovan directly to Julian, explain to the elves that he went mad with hatred and betrayed them for his own personal reasons, and try to diplomacy our way out of it.
>>23707468How about no?
>>23707459I dunno, that sounds awful high risk bringing a captive right to the battle lines.With our luck lately...
>>23707468Do you really want our close friends to torture and humiliate a prisoner? Really?No. We paladin now, and if we don't stick to our guns on this one we betray the reason they're still following us.
>>23707324"No." You say."Awwww," Mage and Tricia both say."The humiliation of having his own peo-""Yeah, yeah, yeah." Tricia says. "We know."As you walk back, you talk to Peri. "I'm sorry you had to hear that. You meant for it to be more of a confession, and less of a shouted rant."Peri shrugs. "Maybe it's better this way. Maybe now I can start to hate him.""You shouldn't hate him. You're holding yourself accountable for your decisions, and I'll help you along the way." You say. "He will be held to account for his, since he refuses to do so for himself."This shouldn't be your burden to bear."Peri squeezes your shoulder. "Honestly Ssen, do you ever turn it off?" She laughs a little. "Don't be a perfect Paladin, just be you." She walks away chattering to Mari about the nature of the Blast Stones."I no longer have any doubts Ssen." Lea says. She's re-wrapped herself up. "I wanted to leave him too." She sighs. "You know, you're going to cause the sculptors of Grand Citadel fits when they commission your statue." She chuckles. "Any idea of what we do next? Head back to Purple Sands, go look for Mage's family, or do we all finally get to see Grand Citadel at last?"
>>23707355I like this one.
>>23707494The elves make a move, we stick a sword in his neck. He still doesn't get butchered, but he comes to justice. But it would still be better to make his own forces not even want him back.
>>23707499"We'll ask about Mage's family and see where to go from there."After a second."Do you think there was anything I could have said that would have made a difference?"
>>23707499...But this is me.
>>23707499We still have to hand this bastard over first. Don't want to risk having him get loose and destroy our hometown or something.And it feels weird leaving this conflict to resolve itself after removing the terrorist leader.
>>23707499Looking for Mage's family sounds good.To Peri: "Am not a perfect Paladin. I really, really want to hurt him badly right now. Which is probably a good thing."
>>23707574Not really, we've been rather try hard for a little while.
>>23707499Depends whether uncle knows anything about Mage's family I suppose.
>>23707595I'm not apposed to admitting this.
>>23707574>>23707599Yeah, it's not quite just us. We've been trying to act the part. Probably because of wearing all them holy symbols.
Before we leave we should find those paladin's vestements to return to the order. They'd probably appreciate it.
>>23707568"We'll ask about Mage's family and see where to go from there."After a moment you speak up again."Do you think there was anything I could have said that would have made a difference?"Lea looks at you. "To Donovan? I don't know...the Teachings tell us to forgive, but they do not tell us not to be angry or upset. They just don't say how to reach one point from another. I think he got lost on that path. Then it bled into other areas, then Peri's issue happened." She sighed. "I still don't know what to think about that, actually." She shakes her head. "You know, it's strange...on the lake, I had my ears covered, yes, but at a point I had to adjust it...but I still couldn't hear anything. Just a little ringing. Donovan on the other hand, I could hear as clearly as if he was standing next to me." She sighs. "It is strange.""Hey!" Mage picks up something from the ground. It's the circlet and mantle Donovan tossed away. "Can we keep these?"
>>23707688"For now. See who they belonged too, and why Donovan killed him once we get to town."
>>23707688crap, we had better. Those totally belonged to somebody.I don't know what the ettiquite on the holy symbols of dead men are, but leaving them on the ground seems like it isn't it.
>>23707688I'd forgotten about that! Didn't he lob our fathers medallion away as well?
Hmm well we do have a Paladin we can ask about them. Ya grab them and we'll see what we can do with them later
>>23707688All the better. One conversation was born out of repentance, the other of hate. I suppose we should return them to the Occuli. They don't fit and they used to belong to someone else.
>>23707688Get our Medallion if he threw it away. Keep the other stuff so we can give it to our Uncle.To Donovan: "First off, Lamias don't reproduce by worms, we carry our eggs internally until they are ready to be born. Secondly, I have never been to the Citadel, I was raised in a small town."
>>23707688That is strange. He was loud yes, but not enough to cover half a mile that strongly.
>>23707900they're part elf.The ears. It's the ears.
>>23707719>>23707742(No, Father's Medallion is still around your neck)"For now. See who they belonged too, and why Donovan killed him once we get to town.""These are Paladin vestments, symbols of the champions of Grand Citadel, living examples of the Teachings, and second only to the Lightbringers in terms of badass." Mari says. "I think that's the why. I wanna how how this weasel managed to do it. It seems he can only fight women he jumps from behind.""Enough." Tricia says. "I see the camp. There's Julian!" She waves.Julian's Occuli legion has indeed returned. Turned out that while the camp was there, it was far lesser populated than earlier seen. Enough to give them a fight, but Julian is certain that there's more out there. Still, it's one more separatist camp destroyed, and only two casualties among the Occuli, that's a plus.There are no prisoners.He stares when you drop Donovan at his feet. The elf gazes up at him with contempt. Julian looks at all of you, shaking his head in wonder. "So, you turned his trap against him" He smiles. "Well done. So much for your 'confession,' eh boy?" He says as he pulls Donovan up to his feet. "We'll make sure that there's a lot more to get off your chest...names, places...but there will be time for that later." His grin is savage. "You will find that I'm a FAR better listener than my niece."Donovan just rolls his eyes. Julian obviously doesn't impress him."Take him away, and prepare him." Julian hands Donovan over to some other Occuli. "Ladies, Mage...there are no words. You have done more to help peace in this area in one day, than my forces have done in months. I apologize for my earlier, colder, words." He smiles at you. "Your father would be so proud. Did you capture anyone else, or just kill them?"
>>23707953lea heard too?Well, there goes my elf theory.
>>23707949"They ran around when we got him."
It was a tricky situation. They had bombs around my friends necks and it was either they go off or the rebels leave.
>>23707992*about the timeBluh. Stupid brain.
>>23707949They abandoned him when they realised their camps were in danger, and that he planned on doing nothing about it.
>>23707949They left him after he showed he cared more for a personal vendetta against us than caring for their compatriots.
>>23707949"They ran when the trap got turned around.""Make sure he gets a trial, okay Julian?"
>>23707949Explain the entire thing except for the confession itself.
>>23707992"They ran about the time when we got him." You say.Julian nods. "Cowards. But what can you expect?"Mage steps forward. "He had these on him...uhh...sir." He holds out the vestments.Julian's eyes bulge and he takes the items gently. "These are the vestments of the Paladin Shara. The Paladin that trained your Father and I. She was the one who spoke at our ordainment. She was killed by the Fey court near the end of the Moonrise War. The third elfin Paladin..." He looks up at you and blinks. "I am not one for prophecies, you know. Too many books are filled with too many things, in far too vague language. But...I am not so blind as to not see legend forming before me." He smiles at you, this is different than the patronizing 'uncle' smile that he gave you earlier. This is one with respect. "Let me know when you arrive at Grand Citadel." He says. "I will be there."
>>23708134"He made me wear them before he would let me hear his confession...."
>>23708182no, he doesn't need to hear that. Also it's creepy, in retrospect.
>>23708134"Mage was wondering if you knew anything about the Ghouls."
We came here to ask about the current whereabouts of the Ghoul leader.
>>23708204So we're creeped out then
>>23708233>Ghoul Leader standing by.
>>23708182Let's not say that, it sounds really wrong.
>>23708264I think it would work if we were weirded out by it, maybe to emphasize how fucked up this guy is
>>23708134Now that their movement is leaderless, what will you do with any who give up their arms? The bloodshed seems only to fuel their cause, and it seems like such a waste.
>>23708212"Mage was wondering if you knew anything about the Ghouls." You ask."Not one for staying in one spot, eh?" Julian nods. "Understandable, your father was very similar in his hey day." He sighs. "I think I have some Ghoul movement maps stored. It shows where the larger groups are, and their movements.""Those would be helpful." Mage says."You allow them to move around, but stay here to fight the elves?" Lea asks."The Ghouls are smaller than most think, less so that they are all divided into smaller groups." Julian says. "The Elf Separatists are a larger threat, and we do not want them to destabilize the region. No one wants another Moonrise War. Although, with Donovan captured, the so-called Fey Court will be going underground for much longer than normal." He smiles and nods. "Anyway, I must attend to Donovan's next confession. Please, the camp and the town are yours...Champions of First Wood." He walks off."The Champions of First Wood..." Tricia tilts her head back and forth. "Better than the Beautiful Nightmares."
>>23708308"I don't think that's the last title that's going to be bestowed upon us, if the way things have been going is any fair indication.....I could really use a drink right now, this is a lot to take in."
>>23708308>>23708337Hey, let's accumulate titles. The more titles you have, the better!If it takes half an hour to introduce you to a wrestling match, then it's ideal.
Yes much better then that. Lets rest up, see if we can't find some better weapons for Ssen? These are eleves theres gotta be a quality bow among them. Our sword is fine though
>>23708345That's just going to end with a drinking game. Rules: recite all your titles, everyone else drinks until you're done. Then the next person playing recites theirs, and everyone not reciting drinks until they're done, and so on and so forth
>>23708308"We got captured and then stole a little explodey thing. That's not very heroic."
>>23708337"I don't think that's the last title that's going to be bestowed upon us, if the way things have been going is any fair indication.....I could really use a drink right now, this is a lot to take in." You say.Lea finishes hooking up the Nightmare to the Wagon. "Now THAT is some advice that came from His Wisdom." She says."To Traveller's?" Tricia asks.
>>23708370"Yes. And Tricia, you still owe me a tail rub."
>>23708308Honestly, I'd rather be remembered for Purple Sands than for this, had I the choice of the two. That at least was selfless, this felt more personal.
>>23708382she already gave us one.
>>23708397We were helping our friends and performing a paladin's duties. Doesn't sound that selfish to me
>>23708399Well, we want another. In a private room.
>>23708382"To Traveller's! And Tricia, you still owe me a tail rub." You say."I already gave you one!" She snaps."That was before I saved your heads from exploding!" You snap. "That's worth one more at least." I need to take a quick respite. I'll be back in a while. Please archive if it goes to 8 or 9.
>>23708460marveouls. Time to prepare for myself the best of sandwiches while I wait.
>>23708460Lesbian hijinks are a go. Wait, lamia tail-tips aren't that sensitive, are they? Disregard my image.
>>23708408They're our friends. So no, it's not "selfish", but I never said it was. What I said was this time it was personal.
>>23708578my bad, sounded like you were implying it. I think that while it seems a little less in scale than purple sands was, that's only because we didn't have to face the army to get to its leader this time. We were really lucky however, and it was mostly due to the leader's incompetence than bravado on our part.
I, for one, think that was a good paladin testrun. Maybe perhaps we should look up some actual doctrines and stuff so we can be accurate about all this. I for one am just making it up.
>>23709049I was channelling a priest I greatly respect. One of the few things my Catholic upbringing actually did right.
>>23709097yeah, that's one of the things I think we should REALLY look into.Are paladins even supposed to take confessions? Isn't that more for priests? Is a paladin just a warrior priest?
>>23709131Well, if Julian didn't correct us, then I suppose we can continue taking confessions.
>>23709152yeah, but still. Knowing more doctrine would be good. I don't know how much our paladin upbringing gave us.
Lamia Child Quest 5R:545 / I:11Been awhile since I've see a thread with that kind of attendance.
>>23709177Father was vague on what exactly his sect of the Occuli did. Father had just retired when he found you. The Lamia job was supposed to be his last 'solo hurrah' before retiring at Grand Citadel. Of course, then things changed.The only things in the Illuminated Codex that mention the 'Clear Occuli' are:The list of different orders. It's right between the Red, who fight His Battles, and the Blue, who protect his Highness, and Her Illuminated Self. The list of Occuli who are allowed to take confession, marry people, and give blessings.A line in one of the many poems in the Codex."Clear are the eyes, who see us through the times of strife and change."The Teachings are long and flowery in their prose, but if you want to be like the Lightkeeper Priest who spoke the entire Teachings to the Conclave Student while he stood on one foot it goes as such.1) Love, Forgiveness, and Charity are the highest virtues2) Knowledge is never to be feared, Change is inevitable3) Evil is always a conscious choice. 4) Treat others as you would yourself5) His Light is the way, grant him your reverence.(There's no single Devil figure, just the Shapers of Darkness, who are more of morality legends, and the Lightbringer stories.)As for worldly politics, Grand Citadel has always been expanding it's kingdom since the First Age. These days the Citadel conquers more through cultural assimilation and alliances than anything else. Join Citadel and reap the benefits, refuse and watch as your neighbors rise up and destroy you in Citadel's name. (That's how Purple Sands formed.)The Lightbringers are the Heroes of an age, who face and defeat a great foe, usually a Shaper of Darkness.Now, before we move on I have a few questions1) You want a more cerebral story arc, or go to more hack 'n slash?2) You've met all your love interests, you want to pick one now, or wait for the Ball at Grand Citadel?3) You want a solo adventure for a bit, or stay with the group?
>>23709778Tricia is love.
>>23709778>You want a more cerebral story arc, or go to more hack 'n slash?Can't we have a little bit of both?>You've met all your love interests, you want to pick one now, or wait for the Ball at Grand Citadel?I can't decide damn it, they're all adorable.>You want a solo adventure for a bit, or stay with the group?Stay with the group, of course.
>>237097781) You want a more cerebral story arc, or go to more hack 'n slash?What we've got is fine, a good mix of both and whatnot.2) You've met all your love interests, you want to pick one now, or wait for the Ball at Grand Citadel?I'd prefer if we didn't pick so soon.3) You want a solo adventure for a bit, or stay with the group?Solo sounds interesting, but that might be able to wait.
>>237097781)A balance would be nice.2)Do we have to just chose one?3)Group.
>>237097781) both2) >>23709808 this guys gots it right3) group, since we're going for Mage's dad next
>>23709844>2)Do we have to just choose one?The man makes a good point.
>1) You want a more cerebral story arc, or go to more hack 'n slash?Huh tough choice. Can I pick both?2) You've met all your love interests, you want to pick one now, or wait for the Ball at Grand Citadel?.. Tricia has my vote. Whether we wait or not I'm not too picky.3) You want a solo adventure for a bit, or stay with the group?Group! Why solo?
>>23709844>2)Do we have to just chose one?If you want more than one, wait for the Ball.
>>23709778>1) A bit of both if possible>2) Wait.>3) Group.
>>23709778>1) You want a more cerebral story arc, or go to more hack 'n slash?Bits of both.>2) You've met all your love interests, you want to pick one now, or wait for the Ball at Grand Citadel?I don't really want any of them as lovers.>3) You want a solo adventure for a bit, or stay with the group?I wouldn't complain if we had to do some stuff on our own but I think the group is pretty cool.
>>23709886Waiting for the Ball, Ssen deserves a harem route.
>>23709886Ball is fine!
>>23709918>>23709903Just go monogamous, what kind of proper paladin has a harem?
>>23709934>Paladin>Not having enough love for all of her companions.
I'm of the camp that ssen isn't even really looking for romance, for a while even.
>>23709934we aren't exactly a model paladin in the first place.
>>23709950Basically this. Like they said, the whole heat thing has at least a good what, 50 years?
>>23709951We're trying to be, damnit!
>>23709886Wait on the ball, I think.
>>23709972just because a species goes into heat to breed doesn't mean they can't make love beforehand.
>>23709918Oh two last things, all Paladins are Occuli, but not all Occuli are Paladins.And, I put this in the last thread but it got saged, if you want to listen to the 'theme song' of the quest it's 'Trip the Light' by Garry Schyman. (Of 'Where the Hell is Matt?' fame)Somehow I knew that would be the deciding factor...Okay. Long post coming.
Peri/Mari is kinda pedoDon't know what Mage looks like, but when I think Ghoul I think zombieLea is actually a zombieTricia is my vote.
>>23710030I think Ghouls look human in this, at least when they're not juiced up on monster parts.
>>23710030honestly, my pick is isen
>>23709994Yeah but she's still a bit young. This shit seems forced to me is all.And I really really like lamias so yeah...
>>23710058yeah, a bit forced. It's gonna be pushed through though, because /tg/ loves its romance.
>>23710030Also, am I a shallow prick?
>>23710185Little bit, yeah.
>>23710185Tricia's not exactly attractive either. To be properly shallow, you should ignore them all and jump on some dreamy noble at the citadel.
>>23709778Well you said it yourself, love is one of the highest virtues.
>>23710028The drinks come quickly and go down even faster. The Occuli soldiers also come in and keep buying you all rounds. They had lost friends to Donovan, or had family in Purple Sands. Lea keeps singing songs that get more and more bawdy and slurred as the night goes on.You have memories of beating six Occuli soldiers at once in Tail/Arm wrestling.Mage getting you all laughing by showing what a 'Ghoul courtship song' sounds like.Peri being very happy to not see Rogers.Mari getting a crash course in 'shameless flirting' from Peri.You remember staggering back to the Occuli camp with the others, so drunk that you stumble over your own tail.You get as much of you as you can on a cot and go to sleep.The muscle man who laughed is dead. So is the Would-Be-Traitor. The boy and the girl are trying to keep that from happening to the smart girl, as they carry her away from the city. They don't know she's already dead.They collapse onto the side of the road. The city behind them burns. The howls of the raiders...no...conquerors, fill the air."They lost." Comedy says. "That...how...how could they lose?""This is your fault!" Tragedy shouts at Rage. "Routed! How can the Lightbringers be routed?"Rage says nothing. He just stares at the fires and hears the screaming and howling."Three of them are dead!" Comedy wails.Peace holds up a hand. The other three go quiet. The boy and the girl have left the dead body behind them, and now are hiding in the bushes. The girl is weeping, and the boy is trying to quiet her...in a few moments, they are kissing. In the next few, a bit more than that."This is acceptable." Peace says. "Locate new assets.""Yes. Of course." "Excuse us for panicking without cause." Comedy and Tragedy say.Rage keeps looking at the fallen city.Peace looks at Rage. "This is not your fault. This is Our Fifth's fault. Come.""Just...let me remain, for a moment." Rage says. "I was born here.""Of course." Peace turns away.
>>23710294Oh man, please tell me this isn't time travel.Time travel is always such a bitch.
>>23710294Maybe the Light is giving us visions? Some clue to defeating the BBEG?
Page 10, abandon ship.
>>23710351huh good point. time for new thread?.
>>23710294The man in the changing neutral mask is sitting down. His head in his hands."This is partially my fault." He sighed. "I accept that. More people have died than would have at Purple Sands...but...but I had to try. I thought they'd just...I didn't know what I thought they'd do. I just felt so damn clever." He sighs. "It sounds like I'm giving you a confession...doesn't it?" He shakes his head. "Things are off the rails now...I think Donovan might have given you the key though. Something clicked on the array during his ranting." He shakes his head. "Not that it does you any good, if I can't even get a damn hint about it." He groans. "I'll try to figure it out, in the mean time...do what you do best, I suppose." He sighs. "I'm sorry...here, I've kept up too much of your time already."The smell of leather and of oil. A hug that you return. "I love you, daughter. But this isn't the hard part, either."You wake to a massive hangover...and most of the dream drifts away."Guhhh." Lea groans. "Turn off the sun.""Don't talk." Mage whimpers."Why does the air feel so heavy?" Peri/Mari say."Guys...I actually think there's something going on outside." Tricia says.You do hear sounds of activity from outside.
>>23710459Well lets see what is up. Try to work through the hangover the best you can.
>>23710459EVERY TIME there's something going on outside.Stupid destinyfate. I hope it's not our home town exploding so vigorously it's visible from here.
Speaking of which, how cognizant is Ssen of these dreams?
>>23710517I'm going to restart this on a new thread. I'm gonna skip the recap.