>Previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=iM%40S+Fantasy+Quest>Condensed text: http://www.mediafire.com/?d9gecbxltn0op>Inventories & other info: http://www.mediafire.com/?gbwlo4dh7i66fAfter packing up your things from dinner, you set off down the tunnel deeper into the cavern. A short distance down from the roasted remains of the goblin that fell victim to the twins' trap, you find the remains of the trap itself -- a rather ingenious contraption consisting of a makeshift bell rigged up from some pieces of the twins' mess kits, along with (judging by the pottery shards littering the floor and the state the goblin was in when you encountered it) a flask of alchemical fire rigged to drop on whatever unfortunate soul tripped it. You pause for a bit to allow the twins to reclaim their pot and spoon from the trap's workings, then continue onward.The tunnel winds in a generally downward slope for quite some time, sometimes narrowing for a stretch but generally large enough for you to walk quite comfortably. After a time -- roughly a bit over a quarter hour, you reckon -- you spy what looks to be the opening to the juncture room Yukiho said she found with her spell. Holding up your hand to signal a halt, you listen carefully for any signs of goblins in the room.Sounds to be clear, best you can tell.>What do you do?
Send Yukiho in first to investigate.Let's raise her confidence levels by giving her some RESPONSIBILITY and to show that we trust her.Also, she'll die first if anything goes wrong.
Can never be too safe. Take point and do a sweep and search.
Go first with twins behinds asking if they can see anything that can look like a trap
>>24078679Can we roll for a Spot Check?I'd specifically send the twins to scout.
Tonight's "magic number" is 7. When I need a die roll (generally 1d20, though I may ask for several rolls at once to check multiple things that are going on), the 7th post making the appropriate roll is the one whose result I'll use.Also, in case anyone forgot or is new to the quest, you guys do get one reroll per session. If you really aren't happy with the result for a roll, you can propose a reroll, in which case everyone else shoudl respond to the post wanting the reroll with their vote for or against. Once it looks like everyone's voted, I'll tally the results and if the majority is in favor of the reroll, I'll make the reroll myself. Results of the reroll are final, even if they're worse than the original.
>>24078679>Woohoo it's back!Send the twins.Quick recon only. No heroics. Shout if them need help.
>>24078679You beckon Ami and Mami closer and in a quiet whisper instruct them to scout out the room ahead."Scouting ONLY," you hiss. "Any sign of trouble, you call us."Acknowledging your order with a smart nod, the two creep ahead to the opening. After carefully peering about from the relative safety of the tunnel, they step inside. As they split off to the sides of the room, you lose them from your view.>Roll, please.
Rolled 1>>24078983Let's get this started.
Rolled 7>>24078983'ere we go!
Rolled 16>>24078983TIME FOR BAD LUCK
Rolled 1>>24078983ROLLINGU ROLLINGU~
Rolled 16>>24078983ROLLINGU ROLLINGU~
Rolled 10>>24078983Yukiho already knows the layout of the room. Should've sent her instead.
>>24079015>>24079033>>24079037Why dice god why?
>>24079037fucking called itbut then considering how this is pretty normal, this isnt really surprisng
>>24078983>>24079037After a few moments, you see Mami pop back into view in the opening to the tunnel. Smiling and waving, she calls down to you, "All clear, Nii-chan!"No sooner do the words leave her mouth than an indistinct, dark-colored form darts down from the ceiling behind her. It's moving too fast to make out clearly, but you do see some manner of glistening appendage wrap around the girl's waist. Shrieking in alarm, Mami is yanked abruptly to the roof of the chamber, leaving only her lower legs visible, dangling in front of the tunnel opening. You see them flailing about futilely as she struggles against her unseen assailant, her muffled cries echoing down the tunnel.>What do you do? Give me a roll for it.
Rolled 10>>24079188Have Ami grab her sister's legs, get Yukiho to loosen the hole, and get ourself ready to stab some shit.
>>24079188....Spiders...Charge in. Cut the down from whatever stringy stuff is holding on to them.
Rolled 12>>24079188SHITSHITSHITYeah have Ami and Haruka hold on to her while we draw sword.
>>24079238>some manner of glistening appendage>spidersNah man, tentacles. Shit's about to get full hentai.
>>24079188Grab her legs and yank her down, call Miki and Haruka for backup if anything comes down with her.
Rolled 19Remember it's 'dice+1d20' everyone.
Rolled 17>>24079230I like the choice of words.>>24079188Securing Ami is top priority. Also shed some light there, can't kill what you can't see.>>24079280>>24079313It's "dice+1d20".
Rolled 13>>24079188Have the girls pull her legs to stop her ascent, we move up to attempt to free her.
Rolled 12>>24079358So how about Haruka light up, Ami and Miki grab legs, Produsah draw sword, and Yukiho on the ready to earth magic?
>>24079394So, uh, what's the plan then?
>>24079412All the proposed plans are the same with some minor variations.
>>24079429So a combination of all of them then?Sounds like a plan.
>>24079394Tentacle rape averted.>>24079412I say the above plans are all pretty similar.
>>24079188>>24079394You charge ahead, barking orders. "Ami, grab her! Haruka, light!"A moment later, as you see Ami leap up to catch hold of her sister's legs, you faintly hear Yukiho say, "But...the roof in there should be so high...I think..."A split second later, you emerge into the chamber to find that she is in, fact, right. Peering upward, you find the roof to be only a foot or two higher than that of the tunnel, with Mami apparently embedded in it from her thighs up.Ami, hanging in midair clinging to the disembodied legs of her sister, turns her head to look at you with a grin and a wink, then the both of them vanish in a burst of colorful sparkles. A feeble, tinny fanfare echoes over the snickering of two young, female voices just behind you on either side.You turn to find the twins -- the real ones, presumably -- laughing impishly at you."Nfufu~""We got you good, didn't we, Nii-chan?""Totally fooled! What a sucker!">Your response?
>>24079618Bop them both on the head."Idiots! Theres a time for jokes and pranks and this isn't one of them.Do you know how worried I was?"
>>24079618Tricked by rusemen!Bop 'em in the noggin as Ritsuko would. They nearly gave me a heart attack.
>>24079618Fake laugh and then a smack on the head telling them there is a time for games and how that was a bad thing to do considering we thought mami was really attacked by something
>>24079618"Congratulations. Also, you just lost half your pay."
>>24079618Combination of >>24079671 and >>24079712.
>>24079687>>24079683>>24079671You guys are too soft, they both need serious discipline.''Pranks are fine in the barrack, but this DOES NOT fly during ANY quest, am I understood, girls? AM I ?''There's more than enough reason to be pissed.
Rolled 20>>24079358Smack then firmly on the heads and inform them that we are on a quest with dangerous goblins around.
>>24079742We still need morale for a long trip. A good head boppin and pay cut should be stern enough.
>>24079618DID SOMEBODY SAY DRILL SERGEANT DRESSING DOWN TIME?CAUSE I THINK WE NEED TO GO DRILL SERGEANT
>>24079618Scowling furiously, you deliver each of them a sharp rap on the forehead with the flat of your blade."You idiots! There's a time and place for joking around, and this is most certainly not one of them. We are in a DUNGEON filled with DANGEROUS MONSTERS, get it? You don't joke about stuff like that when it could actually happen at any moment.Looks like you two just lost half your pay for this quest. Congratulations."Sheathing your sword and pointedly ignoring the twins' protestations, you turn to take a look around the chamber. As Yukiho had mentioned when she used her scanning spell earlier, it's roughly the same size as the one you'd stopped in previously for your dinner. Other than the one you just came from, there are three tunnels leading out of the chamber -- one to the left as you stand by the tunnel you came from, the others more toward the right."Yukiho, which way do we go to get to that odd room you found earlier?""Um, I think it was one of these," she says, gesturing at the tunnels to the right, "but I-I'm not sure which one. There were a lot of twists and branches and I don't remember the details too clearly. I could take another look, b-but I'll probably just forget again, and I'm not sure how long my mana will last if I keep doing that..">[ ] Have Yukiho do another scan to figure out the route>[ ] Take your chances with the rightmost tunnel>[ ] Take your chances with the middle tunnel>[ ] Try the leftmost tunnel, maybe Yukiho's mistaken
>>24080073No wait, take that back...go the rightmost tunnel. We can't have her use up all her mana.
>>24080049On one hand, getting it right the first time will be helpful. On the other hand, that's extra mana that might be needed much later.Go with the rightmost tunnel.
>>24080049>[x] Take your chances with the rightmost tunnelScanning a complex network seems straining. Let's trust Yukiho for once, and save our mana for something pressing.Worst comes to worst, we'll bash our way out of trouble.
>>24080049[x] Take your chances with the rightmost tunnelAnd make a comment about her being to hard on herself.
>>24080049You move to pat Yukiho on the head, but think better of it as you notice her starting to cringe away from your movement and change the gesture to a reassuring, "don't worry about it" wave mid-reach. "That's alright, Yukiho. I wouldn't expect anybody to be able to remember all the details of a big cavern system like this, that would be ridiculous! We'll just go with the tunnel on the right. If it's not the right way, we'll just come back and try the other, no big deal."You head off down the tunnel, leading your group. After a few minutes, you start to notice a faint noise coming from somewhere.Dnk...Dnk...A rapping, knocking sound, as of stone on stone. It stops for a bit, and you keep moving, but then you hear it again.Dnk...Dnk...Dnk...You call for a halt. If this is what you suspect it to be, you'll need to be prepared. Removing your helm, you press your ear against the wall of the tunnel and wait for the noise to come again.Haruka asks, "Producer, what--"You cut her off with a shush. You need to be able to hear.It takes a few tense minutes, but then you hear it. The same knocking sound, and it's definitely emanating from the wall itself.Dnk...Dnk...DnkDnk...Re-donning your helm, you turn to the group."Kobolds," you inform them. "Stay on your toes."
>>24080692>koboldsFucking knew it.
>>24079744Uh-oh>Kobolds: Kobolds are tunneling goblinoids covered in short, wiry fur, typically black or dark brown. They are more heavily muscled than typical goblins, with bigger, fanglike teeth. Their ears are very small, and their noses flat and somewhat doglike. Their eyes are quite large, and they seem to have exceptional night vision. They seldom venture above ground, and when they do it's nearly always at night. Kobolds excel at trapmaking, peppering their tunnels with cleverly-disguised hazards of all kinds.
>>24080692Kobolds. I love kobolds actually. I'm excited.>>24080864Actually GM, are you thinking more of the dog like Kobolds or the more reptilian ones?
>>24080894That's the GMs description from the glossary he made, don't have the like on me.
>>24080692You move onward in tense silence, keeping an ear out for the telltalle tapping of approaching kobolds. It grows and fades somewhat, but generally seems to trend louder over time."Either we're getting closer to them, or they're getting closer to us," you say.The tunnel doubles back on itself in a sharp hairpin curve, and you see it start to widen out into a larger open space. You hear a faint trickle of water from up ahead.You soon find yourself in a fairly sizable chamber, roughly the size of a small gathering hall. It's somewhat oblong in shape, bending around to narrow into another tunnel at the far end. There seems to be a flow of water running down the far wall. It sounds like there might be more such flows down this route. The sound of the water might make it difficult to keep tabs on the kobolds; even when they're right on top of you, their tapping generally isn't all that loud.And you know that where there are kobolds, there's likely to be traps.>What do you do?
>>24080917Have Mami and Yukiho do a spot check for traps (Keep the twins separated so they don't pull another ruse). Then if it's clear, see if we can set up an ambush somehow.
>>24080894Definitely more doglike in appearance. I'm kind of just taking my own approach to them based on an amalgamation of the original folklore, the various incarnations in modern fantasy fiction, and my own imagination.
>>24080917Traps are generally sensitive to knocks, right? Hair triggers and all?Let's ask Yukiho if she can whack the wall and give it a bit of a shake. If she can't, or it would cost too much mana, we can just send the twins forward on the promise they might be able to earn their full pay if they're nice and careful and don't miss anything.
>>24080917Have Ami and Mami scout ahead for potential traps, keep Haruka and Miki on guard on the tunnel we came from in case something comes from behind. Stay ready with Yukiho to help the twins if they run into anything.
>>24080975Seconding the temporary separation of the twins. Can't afford to fall for another trap.
>>24080993So D&D like? I know the JRPG variants literally use humanoid dogs. While the WoW variant are literal reptiles. Sorry for the questions, just needed a way to interpret it.>>24080917And I agree with separating the twins and have only one of them carefully check for any traps in the area. Then maybe set up traps/ambush of our own.
>we can just send the twins forward on the promise they might be able to earn their full pay if they're nice and careful and don't miss anything.I like this idea
>>24081090>While the WoW variant are literal reptilesActually kobolds in Warcraft are rat-like
>>24081145Oh whoops. Shows how much I know about western RPGs.
>>24081090Kinda-sorta? I mean, >>24080864 posted the description I wrote up for them. I was kind of thinking almost like a chimp, but with small, pointed ears and a face more like a less-wrinkly pug or bulldog or something like that.
FYI, I'm seeing equal votes for and against splitting the twins up. Anyone who hasn't spoken up yet care to weigh in?
>>24081353Keep them together. If fighting breaks out it's better to have one excellent team than two mediocre fighters.
>>24081424I'd say have the GM flip a coin but that is a rather unfair solution.
>>24081353I'll throw in a vote for splitting them.
>>24081358>>24081490Alright, splitting it is. Give me a bit to write up the next post.
>>24080917You tell Mami to go ahead into the room and scout for traps and signs of ambush."JUST Mami," you specify. "It seems I can't trust the two of you on your own together. Yukiho, I want you to follow behind Mami at a safe distance. Your earth magic might come in handy for finding or disabling traps built into the stone. If you run into trouble, call for help and we'll be right behind you."The two head into the chamber, moving slowly as Mami carefully examines the area. As you wait at the mouth of the tunnel, you notice the lantern seems to be running rather low on fuel. The flame isn't guttering out just yet, but it would probably be a good idea to refill pretty soon.Straining your ears to listen over the sound of the water, you faintly hear the "Dnk...Dnk..." of moving kobolds.>Roll for Mami to find traps.
Rolled 8>>24081690LETS GO BAD LUCK
Rolled 18>>24081690Lets go Low
Rolled 20>>24081690Refill the lantern after the next GM post then. I don't like the dark.
Rolled 4>>24081690Random Number God pls.
Rolled 19>>24081690>"JUST Mami," you specify. "It seems I can't trust the two of you on your own together.I feel like we shouldn't harp on that. Make it clear to them that we don't trust them, and they'll become untrustworthy.
>>24081791Man we're bad at trap checking. Can I motion for a reroll? I feel like it might be serious this time.
Rolled 19>>24081791Well we killed Mami, at least we kept the spare twin with us.
>>24081816take it like a man
>>24081816I second this motion. This is a horrible time to get a fucking 19.
>>24081816>19Yeah, let's reroll.
>>24081791Ah, hell. I want to say reroll but we should use that for when the kobolds reach us. Unless we don't get that far this session.
>>2408183419 is pretty bad though. I'm worried.
>>24081816>>24081829This really isn't our day.
didnt the last time we rerolled it ended up just as bad if not worse?
>>24081889I don't think we can do worse than a 19.
>>24081889>implying that affects this rollGambler's Fallacy pls go.
>>24081889Well its hard to get worse than 19. I would actually be impressed by our bad luck if that happened.
>>24081829This quest is going places.
>>24081916>>24081816Let's. We haven't nearly failed bad enough this session.
Rolled 1In favor of reroll:>>24081816>>24081853>>24081854>>24081927>>24081953Against reroll:>>24081834>>24081855?Then a reroll you shall get.
>>24081980>1 Praise the moon!
>>24081980I don't believe it.
>>24081980The QUESTM@STER has spoken. Fuck yeah.
>>24081980Suck it kai.
>>24081980Praise the sun!
>>24081980Finally, the Goddess of Luck shows us some mercy.
>>24081690>>24081980After fair number of minutes, you hear Mami call for you to come into the room."Not too far, though! I found one trap, y'see. Right here in the middle, a big pressure thingy!" She gestures to where a line is drawn on the floor in charcoal. "It's small enough to jump over, and I think we can use it!"At your prompting, she explains that she found a number of holes drilled into the walls, concealed behind moss, lichen, and the rivulets of water flowing down."So, a dart fusillade?", you ask."Well, maybe poison gas," Mami says. "But! Butbutbut! If it is gas, Mikimiki can keep us safe, right?"You look to the messy-haired blonde. "Can you?""Sure, probably," she replies, yawning broadly as she leans on her poleaxe."Alright. Let's dig in here and wait for the kobolds to come to us. If we're lucky, they'll trigger the trap themselves. If not, we can set it off ourselves."With Mami's help, you figure out a good spot to set up your defense that should be out of the way of the darts (if that is indeed what they are). You'll need to cross the pressure plate to get there, and you're a bit worried about Haruka being able to make it over, but you manage to get everyone in position without issue.And thus you begin the wait for the kobolds to come. You take advantage of this time to refill the oil in the lantern, having Haruka provide the light with her magic while you extinguish the flame and refill the reservoir.
>>24082377I can imagine if we had gone with a higher number, we would have triggered that plate. Either through Mami not spotting it or Haruka tripping onto it.Good call on the reroll.
>>24082377Just as you're working to relight the lantern, you hear a sound like pouring gravel, and a portion of the wall opposite your position -- some fifty paces off, on the other side of the trap trigger -- seems to crumble and writhe before your eyes. Out of it steps a good dozen kobolds, armed with spears and pickaxes. Upon spotting you, they break into a charge. Unfortunately, they seem to be fully aware of the trap, leaping over the pressure trigger with practiced ease."Alright, let's go! Yukiho, trip the trap! Everyone else, like we discussed!">What plan did you discuss?>Also, roll those dice.
>>24082482They're charging.SO SHIELD BASH THEM BACK.Miki in the center with her polearm. Flanked by Producer and Haruka to cover her and stab stuff. Mami and Ami on the far wings of the formation. Yukiho should stay behind and keep an eye if the enemy is doing something strange.
Rolled 13>>24082482Haruka and Produsah hold the line with shields up. Miki blows the charging kobold back towards the trap. AmiMami assassinate the ones that break through.
Rolled 6>>24082538Seconding this plan.
Rolled 2>>24082482Haruka blinds them with a quick flash of light. MikiMiki either keeps the gas near the kobolds or the kobolds pushed into the darts range. Ami and Mami should pick off runners. P and Haruka hold a line. Yukiho should be ready in case of any funny business.
Rolled 15>>24082482I like this one >>24082538
Rolled 12>>24082520this works>>24082538
Rolled 20>>24082538Let's rock.
>>24082677...are you fucking kidding me.
fucking knew it
>>24082677Sonuvabitch.Well at least we started with an advantage, so maybe we can recover.
>>24082677You've got to be kidding me.
Rolled 18>>24082677Well...fuck... Why did you have to be right kai!there go our healing pots.
>>24082482>>24082677Yukiho jabs her shovel into the base of the stalagmite before her and with a spirited yell channels mana into it, causing it to uproot and hurl itself forward, fragmenting into several chunks in midair. None of them hit the kobolds, as you'd hoped, but one did at least land on the pressure plate, triggering a storm of darts from the walls. The air is filled with the hiss of projectiles cutting their way through, and you see the kobolds flinch slightly as dozens of sharp shafts bury themselves in their sides.Unfortunately, a slight flinching is about all they do. The darts appear to do no serious harm to the kobolds, who continue their charge without even breaking stride. Within moments they're upon you, the spear-wielders engaging Miki and cutting around to your flank as the ones with pickaxes leap at Haruka's and your shields. You stagger back under the force of a kobold's blow, and you hear a dull thud as Haruka is knocked to the ground.The orb of light Haruka had conjured to illuminate the room while you refilled the lantern flickers and dims momentarily.You hear startled cries as Ami and Mami -- who had concealed themselves at your flank using their illusions to intercept any kobolds that attempted to approach that way -- are assaulted head-on, the kobolds apparently seeing (or perhaps smelling?) through the concealment.You hear a thud of metal against oak at your side, and the light flickers again as Haruka cries out in pain.
>>24083001Oh dear god we're going to die.
Rolled 10>>24083001OH GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING
>>24083001You shove the kobold engaging you away with your shield and lash out with a horizontal cut. Your blade finds purchase in kobold flesh, albeit only superficially. Immediately, another kobold leaps in to press the assault, hooking the edge of your shield with its pick. A stab in the ribs convinces it to back off.Having bought yourself a moment of breathing room, you take stock of the battlefield. Aside from the two engaging you, there are two kobolds with pickaxes attacking Haruka, who is frantically trying to hold them off as she lies prone on the ground. Miki is tied up with three spear-wielders, attempting to keep their nimble stabbing attacks at bay with broad sweeps of her longer, but more clumsy, polearm. Ami and Mami are fighting back-to-back, surrounded by a quartet of spear-wielders.You attempt to shift toward Haruka to give her a hand, but are forced to stop to deflect a renewed assault from your own assailants. As you hack at the hairy bastards, you call to Yukiho for help."R-right, um -- Eek! P-producer, there's more coming back here!"As she says this, you see in the corner of your vision the kobolds attacking Haruka deliver a synchronized blow. Though she manages to get her shield in front of their picks, the force of the attack drives her flat on her back, slamming her shield flat against her.With a shriek of pain, Haruka's helmet thuds against the stone floor.And the light goes out.
Next time on iM@S Fantasy Quest: Are you afraid of the dark?Sorry if I was a little sluggish tonight, I got hit by a wave of fatigue like a freight train just a couple hours in. Probably something to do with having gotten too little sleep of not terribly good quality thanks to work this week.Next session should be next Friday at 8pm EST, assuming I'm remembering my schedule properly right now and nothing weird comes up.
That, uh...Hell of a cliffhanger.
>>24083346>>24083392FUCK WE KILLED HERfun session still
>CliffhangersQUESTM@STEEEEEEEEERRRRR!Thanks for the session though. Go get some sleep.Also fuck our rolls tonight.
Rolled 9>>24083346>>24083392SON OF A BITTTTTTTCHOh god. I think we'll have to use our alchemy potion.
Holy shit what just happenedWe fucked upWe fucked up big time
>>24083346>>24083392If Haruka ends up dying I won't draw for this anymore. I'm joking of course but i'm quite upset by this. That is to say, nicely written cliffhanger.
Well damn, that cliffhanger. I'll be looking forward to next session even more than usual. Take care of yourself QuestM@sterDamn the dice gods and their fickleness.
told ya we should have taken the 19I mean granted it was a good reroll but still
>>24083511Just shut up kai
She blocked the attack. So I'm guessing at worst she obtained brain problems.>>24083511We would've ended up as swiss cheese if we didn't reroll the 19. It's a lose-lose situation ya goof.
>>24083536>brain problemsHave we awakened Kaka?
>>24083635Lol, no.Not yet.
Why do you people always fuck up when it matter most?
>>24083664Blame the dice Gods.
>>24083647>Not yetSomething to look forward to after this loss at least.
so assuming we can survive this, we gotta buy Haruka a new helmet?
>>24083738We gotta buy Haruka a new brain.
So, how hard is the disillusionement going to be?
>>24083748a helmet AND a brain?jeez our pockets are gonna bleed
>>24083802We just need to put a harukasan in place.
Holy fuck whatI fell asleep
>>24085698It's your fault! Because you fell a sleep, she's going to die!
Too bad I wasn't here tonight. I would have reminded you guys to save the reroll as a last resort when shit hits the fan, not to use it to avoid possible trouble. But some of you have to learn the hard way.
>>24086431It's a.. part of.. it all... I think
>>24086431But a 19 on that trap... Mami would have been seriously hurt.