You are a Magical Girl, and you're on your way to meet an idol - namely, Minase Iori from 765 Productions. It must be said, here, that you're not at all looking forward to this meeting. Not because of any ill feeling toward the idol, it's just...things happened. A lot of things. And you'll be the first to admit that you didn't part ways with her all that neatly before you left for Siberia, leaving her in tears and in the care of some spoiled kid who shot himself unconscious with your own tranquilizer gun.
>>25010670You could have handled it better, you think, instead of hiding behind the tissue-thin veneer of professionality that was almost always soaked through with alcohol. Then again, you did need to put your foot down, then. You needed some space to yourself. But why did you? It was a misunderstanding, after all. Plain and simple. You did something stupid, she overheard it on the phone, and suspected the worst. She acted cold and guarded and angry - and who wouldn't have, in that situation? Was she really coming on too strong, or were you just simply unused to having someone be concerned for you in that kind of way?You'll have to figure it out later, you grumble. You just need to hash it out with her, and then...you'll let the cards fall where they may. You're Warmaster now. You can't afford to get...caught up in such things. Not with a civilian.There's no sense dragging someone who still has a life into yours. You'd be sending them to an early grave if you do.You're currently being driven to the coffee shop that Iori wanted you to meet her in. The car is the usual company car you're always ferried around in - you bet it's the same one that Kyoko fetched you from the airport with - and the driver is the Eversor that helped you with the panties from earlier, Ishikawa Kumatora. She's not as smooth a driver as Kyoko, but she knows her way around. She didn't even need to get the directions from you - she says she's a regular there, and can't resist their strangely-named coffee shakes.You grind your third cigarette in as many minutes into the ashtray built into the car's center armrest, before lighting up another one. ...It's not like you to be nervous before a meeting like this. It's just Iori, after all. You're just going to clear things up with her. Simple as that. Nothing to worry about....If that's the case, then why the fuck do you feel like you're about to do something completely horrible and unforgivable?[1/2]
>>25010676Christ, you'd have preferred setting fire to an orphanage instead. No, you wouldn't do something like that - not with good reason, like if it was an orphanage full of zombie children - but in comparison to what you're about to do..."...We're nearly there, sempai," Kumatora calls from her seat way up front. "Just a few more blocks."Right. She can take her time, really. There's no rush."Nonsense, sempai! This is your coffee date, after all! Sempai's got to be punctual!"...Yeah. Coffee date.You glance down at the shield clamped down on your arm. Hell, even talking to Pinky seems preferable. It's...you should probably talk to her, right? Just to check up on things.Talk to Pinky.No need to talk to her. It's been two days, at least. Just get this meeting with Iori over with.
I have waited too long for this
>>25010679>Talk to Pinky.Decu decu, you are spoiling us with this speed.The return to weekly MGNQ threads will be a torture.
>>25010679>[x]Talk to PinkyI mean, what could possibly go wrong?
>>25010679[x]Pinky.We...we should check up on the Prophet business. And maybe if we talk to her a little more often she'll be less crazy.
>>25010679>Christ, you'd have preferred setting fire to an orphanage instead. No, you wouldn't do something like that - not with good reason, like if it was an orphanage full of zombie children - but in comparison to what you're about to do...What if the orphanage attacked you?[X]Talk to Pinky.Its been too long. Ask if she likes the hat.
>>25010679[x]No need to talk to her. It's been two days, at least. Just get this meeting with Iori over with.We can talk after. When we need to cry on someone.
>>25010679Probably better to let pinky alone for nowTempted to try the hat on her though
>>25010718Oooo, I almost voted for visiting her right away, but this has potential. It could work.
>>25010679Let's see Pinky. Maybe she'll give us something serious to worry about rather than shaking because of a coffee meet.
>>25010718Changing my vote.From >>25010697
>>25010679PINKY TIMEDeculture everyday. MASAKA!
Decu 2fast[x] sort things out with Iori, consider chatting with Pinky afterwards if things go well and Iori isn't all up on our magical dick
>>25010679>No need to talk to her. It's been two days, at least. Just get this meeting with Iori over with.She will cut us.
>>25010679>[x]No need to talk to her. It's been two days, at least. Just get this meeting with Iori over with.If we summon pinky now she might kill our driver and rip the car part.
>>25010759But think of the implications. We arrive at the coffee shop missing a limb and all bloody and tell Iori that things like these are a good reason why she should stay the fuck away from us. Evidence, man.
A MGNQ thread? And I'm in time to catch it? It's the end of times, isn't it?>>25010679>[x]No need to talk to her. It's been two days, at least. Just get this meeting with Iori over with.Hope the Iori thing won't leave us (and her) so much in tears that we require being cheered by a yandere demon.
>>25010679I like this >>25010718
>>25010759Better Chiaka summon, then "suddenly, a wild Pinky appears"
>>25010679>Talk to Pinky.Ia Ia Pinky fhtagn!
>Talk to Yandere optionDoing this earlier would have been better, but if we keep pushing it down the line...
>>25010679Iori's been waiting for far, far longer than Pinky has just to get a chance at seeing us again. SO I guess it's time to>[X]Talk to Pinky.
[x] Talk to PinkyMay be she can give us useful suggestion: In last life, did she experienced someone crying in her arms?
>>25010679>[x]No need to talk to her. It's been two days, at least. Just get this meeting with Iori over with.
>check up on PinkyWhat news can she have? Other than how much she loves us and wants to kill us.Which aren't news.
>>25010852She might have added to her hit listShe might have composed a haiku about wearing our skinWho knows
>>25010852J-just because it's not news doesn't mean it wouldn't be nice to hear once in a while...
>>25010679[x]Talk to Pinky.Because otherwise halfway through coffee she'll do it herself, and she might have said she'll "Play fair" with Green Green but I don't think she'll have any qualms about plunging her hand right through Iori's chest.
>>25010888Or ours. 2 in one, can ya manage, Pinky?
>>25010875And who's on her hit list? Midori and us, right?>>25010882I'm just saying Chiaki doesn't need more problems with girls or life threatening situation, and Pinky is both of those.
>>25010882She did say something like that, didn't she? I mean, what's the worse that could happen?
>>25010894Two girls at once? I think our Pinky would be far too chaste for that.
>>25010906>Play fair>Turn Midori into a witch as well>That way they're both witches>It's fairI shouldn't be giving Deculture ideas...
>>25010913Well, there's still Faust..
Threadly reminder that the updated Ebook can be found at http://pastebin.com/kbGzcbDbAnother threadly reminder that said Ebook won't be updated until the weekend due to not wanting to spend an hour converting and uploading the updated version every day.>>25010679>No need to talk to her. It's been two days, at least. Just get this meeting with Iori over with.
>>25010922That is horrible and you should feel horrible.
>>25010947I do. I really like Midori. But I like suffering even more.
>>25010966Can't other characters suffer? Kill off Kyouko or something.
>>25010679Talk to Pinky.
>>25010972>kill KyoukoBut only Sayaka can do that.
>>25010679>orphanage full of zombie childrenI see what you did there Decu.And I approve.
>>25010679>Talk to Pinky.
>>25010979That's why it's suffering.
>>25010676>>25010679>No need to talk to her. It's been two days, at least. Just get this meeting with Iori over with.Wanting to talk to Pinky is the king of horrible ideas. She will either annoy the shit out of us or be threatening and jealus as fuck.And you really want to talk to Iori to clear up stuff after talking to a lovecraftian monstrosity in loli-form? Are guys lunatics?And what if she rips us apart again and we have to go to hospital for a few days? The missions were are supposed to do would go either to shit or be delegated to someone inferior to us and cost lives.At least use your brains before you make decisions, guys, pls.
>>25010972Don't worry, I'm sure we'll get to Kyouko eventually.But Sayaka dies first, in a manner implicating Chika, so that Chiaki's forced to kill a grief-enraged Kyouko out for blood.
>>25010998last time we ignored her went really well.so we're basically screwed either way.
>>25010972>Kill off KyokoYou are a bad person. Here, have a sad Kyoko as punishment.
>>25011015This is pretty much my reasoning.
>>25011020Its ok Kyoko. It'll all work out in the end.No it won't.You're doomed.Just accept it.
>>25010679[x]Talk to Iori first, then Pinky afterwards. She can be our cry pillow if we need one.
>>25011015We have loads of shit to do, how is that ignoring her?If you really want to talk to her, do that an the end of the day, after we dealt with Iori and later with Mami and Midori. Hell, we can even bring Midori and Mami along so Pinky won` t feel out of the loop.
>like if it was an orphanage full of zombie childrenBree Three-Hands confirmed for magical girl.
>>25011029And this is what will happen to Kyouko if Sayaka dies to something stupid like a witch.
>>25011029>>25011020>>25011013I heard that Ophelia is not that fun to fight.
We really should leave Pinky for afterwards. Talking to Pinky can be our reward for how we handled Iori. Or seen alternately.. Our punishment.
>>25011055Pretty certain we already dodged Ophelia once. Think it would be better if we could keep it that way.
>>25010998And if we ignore her too much she'll come to us at the most inappropriate of times or try to screw us over by directing other gold weapon users to hunt us and maybe force us to visit her.Something like that maybe.>>25011031>Loads of stuff to doTime. Stop.We are literally wasting no time.And I don't think IC we know of Mami
>>25011074I think he was implying we should drag Midori and Mami into a time-stop sometime so that Pinky can meet our friends face to face.It would be... interesting.
>>25010718 >>25010754 >>25010759You decide holding off on talking to Pinky until later. While it certainly can provide the distraction - nothing else like stopping time to talk to a murderous, insane goddess in a pink dress to distract yourself from your problems - you need to focus on what you're about to do. It's going to be unpleasant, yes, and crying may be involved, but if you want this settled, then you'll just have to grit your teeth and simply go through with it. You can talk to Pinky later, after everything is over. She'd probably gloat over it, but you won't particularly be caring then.You go through half of your current pack of cigarettes before the car comes to a stop, with the tell-tale ratcheting of Kumatora engaging the parking brake. You glance out the window, and immediately see Iori sitting at one of the outdoor tables, sipping one of those coffee shakes you've been hearing so much about. The coffee shop's pretentious name - Cafe Coffee - is at least offset by the fact that they seem to be an outlet serving Duncan Hills Coffee, which is alright as far as coffee goes. You think it's a bit too strong yourself, for something to jolt you into wakefulness during dreary mornings, but you tolerate it well enough."I'll just wait here in the car for you, sempai, until it's time to go," Kumatora says cheerfully, rolling down her own window and reclining the driver's seat a few inches - what looks to be a portable gaming console activating in her gloved hands. "Take your time, don't worry about me!"You nod at her, before looking back outside. It seems that Iori hadn't spotted you yet - well, not her fault, the windows are tinted so darkly that it looks like it's night outside. You glance back at Kumatora, and ask her if she wants anything from the coffee shop. It'll be your treat.[1/2]
>>25011099"E-eh? Oh...um, one of their Cold As A Forgotten Grave coffee shakes, sempai, if it's not too much! Extra Brutally-Whipped Cream and Cadaverous Chocolate syrup!" The girl quickly volunteers, immediately brightening at your offered generosity. "And please tell them to add extra coffee jelly!"...Right. You'll try to remember that, but you'll bring her something, guaranteed."Thank you, sempai! Good luck on your date!"Yeah, thanks. You're going to need it.You pop open your passenger side door and slowly get out of the car - one hand on your cap to keep it from falling off. It's here that Iori seems to have noticed you, and quickly stands up from her seat, nearly spilling her own shake in the process. She waves at you, energetically, positively beaming."Chiaki-san! Over here!" She calls, not too loudly, but enough to grab the attention of the rest of the shop's customers - customers you notice are also idols, some of them wearing the same costume as Iori is. A few of them eye you critically with narrowed eyes, while some hunker down with their friends, resuming their conversation in hushed whispers, turning to look at you after every sentence or two.You nod at her in slow acknowledgement, still unused to the attention but managing at least to deal with it better than you did earlier. They're no Magical Girls, that's for sure - why should you care what the fuck they thought about you? You can talk to anyone you like, even if it's Iori. And besides, she's the one calling your attention, not the other way around - you're not some lovestruck fan stalking an idol. The idol is stalking YOU.. . .Right, you need to relax. Maybe...you need to take off the damn hat before joining Iori on her table, eh?Take the hat off.Keep the hat on. It's helping.
How stupid would it be to visit Pinky before AND after the Iori affair?One to tell her what we're going to do, and to ask her if she can offer some advice, and the other to tell her how it went.
>>25011099>Duncan Hills CoffeeSee if we can get one of those novelty skull coffee mugs shaped like band member heads.
>>25011083Midori knows of our connection to pinky more then we do but we shouldn't let Mami know.While this incarnation is not naïve she could end up telling QB.WE DO NOT WANT THAT.
>>25011105>[x] Take the hat off.Better spaghetti than an idol incident.
>>25011105>[X]Take the hat off.We can't leave our hat on.
>>25011105>Keep the hat on. It's helping.The hat is a helper. Wear the hat. Use the hat. Love the hat. Submit to the hat.
>>25011105>[x]Keep the hat on. It's helping.Hope it doesn't work on non-megucas.
>>25011105>Keep the hat on. It's helping.No stuttering and no spaghetti, we need that confidence boost.
>>25011105>Keep the hat on. It's helping.
>>25011083Yep, this is what I meant. While I would rather not want to drag Sayaka, Kyoko or Mami into our Pinky-Business, simply because its something that we messed up and and its something we need to fix one way or another.. Mami might have a calming influence on Pinky just like Midori.And sooner or alter we will need to confess to our friends anyway that Pinky is our fault. From what I rmember after the fusion, while we don`t know the details, we were pretty sure that Pinky is in fact, our fault.
>>25011105>Keep the hat on. It's helping.Some men just want to watch the world burn. I am one of those men.
>>25011105[x]Take the hat off.It's just a hat. But it's also impolite to wear indoors, you know.
>>25011105[x]Take the hat off.God, those names for their coffee...I wonder which of the 765 Idols are here today.
>>25011105>Take the hat off.if it affects Iori then it'll only intensify the drama.
>>25011105[x]Take the hat off.It almost feels like a trap but it should be just us who lets her down.Mami said to be our self, and with the hat on we are most certainly not our self.
>>25011105>Take the hat off.I'd rather cause a scene by having Iori cry, yell at us, and run away rather than have her jump us id conversation and have her cause a scandal in public and ruin her career.
>>25011105>Take the hat off.Take the hat off.
>>25011147>You glance out the window, and immediately see Iori sitting at one of the outdoor tables, sipping one of those coffee shakes you've been hearing so much about.We'll be sitting outside.
>>25011105>Take the hat off.iT ONL MAKES BAD SHIT HAPPEN
>>25011105[x]Take the hat off.Tempted to try Science on some idols but that could end badly.Maybe we can do a bathroom run.
>>25011105>>[X]Take the hat off.It's polite. I'm all about politeness.
Politeness demands that we do not wear hat indoor. Also, Coffee with Pinky after all of this?
>>25011105>[x]Take the hat off.Although I think we should keep it on until we get to our seat.
>>25011105[x]Turn our swag off so we don't get covered in bitches.
>>25011162>Mami's hips moving on their own>bad things
>>25011146Kireibey pls go
>>25011175MAMI IS NOT FOR LEWDS
>>25011105>[X]Take the hat off.We will not leave our hat on.
>>25011152This is a good point.
>>25011149I thought, except Chihaya, Takane and possibly Makoto, they all died in the Kilgore incident.Except for Yayoi who was already dead by that point.
>>25011200I don't think there were that many 765 Idols at the Kilgore incident anyway, though I could be misremembering.
>>25011140Yeah, from our conversation with Pinky on the plane back, Midori putting Chiaki back together helped our memory a bit. Still fuzzy on some details, but it's confirmed for a fact that we know that Pinky, and by extension her actions, are our fault. Well, getting Midori and Pinky to meet again might be a bit awkward but it could, maybe, work out. Getting Mami to meet Pinky might cause certain secrets to come to light. Then again, as was pointed out, she might blab to Kyubey and then we'd be in deep-shit trying to explain to our boss why his Warmaster never told him she was having conversations with the eldritch abomination that's behind the Golden Weapons case.
>>25011182>Implying lewd Mami isn't the best Mami. Why can't a girl have a healthy appetite?
>>25011105Take the Hat off. Its effects are an unknown quantity and we don't want that.
>>25011209I'm tempted to say that no Idols were killed during that but it's been a while ago so i can't clearly remember it.
>>25011099>>25011099>>25011099> Kumatora says cheerfully, rolling down her own window and reclining the driver's seat a few inches - what looks to be a portable gaming console activating in her gloved hands.MiracleMidoriXMurderMayumi Visual Novel when!?
>>25011193Thank you, and guys I love you all but fuck everyone who voted to keep the hat on even just for giggles.
>>25011200No, they all survived. Chihaya and Takane were alright. Makoto was in delicate condition though. I think there was something about that in a newspaper headline before we boarded the plane to Siberia.
>>25011105Keep the hat on until we sit downThen it is serious time
>>25011230Just to spite you.>>25011105The hat stays on.
>>25011105[x]Take the hat off.[x]Do the Hair-Thing.
>>25011229We should ask Midori about that
>>25011200>>25011209I think they were all there.Also there were no confirmed reports of deaths for the idols in that case, only hospitalisations.So counting out Chihaya, Takane and Yayoi.The ones who would scowl would likely be Mami, Ami, Hibiki.
>>25011249Adding this to my vote.
>>25011287I can never vote against Homu hairflip.
>>25011232>they all survivedReally? The room was a charnel house. Anyway, if they did, that's good news.>>25011259And Ritsuko, Haruka and Azusa.
>>25011105>[X]Take the hat off.Also adding >>25011249
>>25011105Wait to remove the hat until we get to the table, then:>[x] remove hat>[x] hair thing>[x] sup iori
>>25011302>Really? The room was a charnel house. Anyway, if they did, that's good news.At least I think so. It's been a while, so I don't remember it very clearly. I'm fairly certain that that's how it went though; all surviving, but Makoto getting hospitalized.
Just a reminder, we still have the roses in our inventory.I wonder what condition they're in?
If the Idolmasters are here, are the Puchis?Nothing, and I say NOTHING, not even the combined horrors of Pinky, Faust and Kharn's tentacle tongue can match the utter terror of a Harukasan near water.
>>25011322From what I remember, tons of idols (and waitors, security contingents, etc) died, just most of them weren't named since Iori wasn't that close to them.
>>25011259They probably had personal guards that took a bullet / knife etc for themRemember they did step security up quite a bit so even though kilgores men had the majority of it they all probably had a bodyguard independent of it
>>25011259>>25011302>>25011227>>25011209>>25011200We read a newspaper article on the incident a while back >[765 PRODUCTIONS RECORD LAUNCH INTERRUPTED BY SUSPECTED TERRORIST ATTACK, 78 DEAD, 150 INJURED]>And in smaller text:>[756 Productions idols barely escape with life, Makoto Kikuchi, Chihaya Kisaragi hospitalized]
>>25011229>>25011250>Otome style game full of Yuri>There are four different routes>You can romance the cool and mysterious Murder Mayumi, the lusty and bloodthirsty Varya Kalashnikova, the unstable Yandere Magical Mimiko or the Doujinshified-Araara-Version of Tomoe Mami
>>25011302Haruka Pouts.And I cannot, for the life of me, imagine Azusa scowling.
>>25011332what happens if she gets near water?
>>25011343There we go. I wasn't that far off.
>>25011313I like this.
>>25011348Maybe it's like Gremlins, and they reproduce.
>>25011348Ever watched Gremlins? If so, that.If not, they reproduce by the motherfucking dozen.
>>25011358>If you get your Idol wet, she'll reproduce.
>>25011348Harukasan is basically a gremlin.Don't touch water, don't feed after midnight.
>>25011344Shut up and take my money!
>>25011358>>25011364>>25011374>i have seen Gremlinsyeah, that's a bad thing.
>>25011344Oh, this reminds me.While we already told Midori that she can draw whatever, and she's already drawn up Mimiko and Varya, we should probably tell her not to draw anything actually based on the Siberia events.That's all probably super classified and she'll get in serious trouble if she publishes stuff based on those events. We might be Warmaster but Kyubey can still over-rule us..
>>25011350Thinking about it.It says that the idols survived.It doesn't say anything about the producer surviving.Then again 756 seems to be working ok.
>>25011105>Keep the hat on. It's helping.MAXIMUM WARMASTER
>>25011402Producer is alive. Iori spoke about him saying she can go back to work soon, last we spoke.
>>25011402He may have not been at the event but yeah he might be deadRitsuko could probably have taken over from his job well enough
>>25011396It is labeled as a work of fiction, right? Regardless of how close to reality the events are.
>>25011434I doubt Coobie would care if any of his employees are revealing classified information and hiding behind "it's only fiction" as an excuse. Well, it's only a thought. Kyubey might not care or he might lecture Midori himself once she's finally debriefed on the incident.
>>25011434That's a point. Having it published as the plot of a porn comic would probably lend credence to the idea that it's a crazy fucking conspiracy and anyone who believes it has been reading far too much Miracle Midori.
>>25011452>>25011460No, wait, it's a bad idea. Remember the demographic that reads yuri? Teenage/adult women and adult men.Focus on the teenage girls. Magical girls. Magical girls with Incubators that would find this material most interesting if they made the connection.
>>25011460Yeah not gonna happenAll that needs to happen is another Coobie to notice that shit is a bit familiar and go digging and boom ninth goes down in a storm of shit
>>25011491>>25011507Besides, it reads so much better with a [timeskip] where a bunch of important stuff happens and the readers have to read the subtext to pick up how exactly the relationship has changed, and why.
>>25011524>readers have to read the subtext to pick up how exactly the relationship has changedAs an irregular reader of yuri series, I can say no yuri writer worth her salt will do this.Readers want to see every step of the relationship, without skipping. The only skip allowed would be after the relationship is consolidated.
>>25011507Don't most of the Incubators know about Walpurgis anyway? I have some hazy memories about someone referring to "the thing in the basement".
>>25011491>>25011507Oh, right. Scuse me, I had the retard and forgot that we have more than one Incubator around. Hurrr.
>>25011524Well I think that while the events of Siberia will remain top secret Midori might do an arc where Miracle Midori jumps into an alternate dimension to save murder Mayumi who has lost her memoriesThat much is doable
it feels like the manga is a way for Midori to deal with everything.>slowpoke?
>>25011598But especially to deal with the fact that she evidently has a thing for aggressive lovers.
>>25011119 >>25011131 >>25011147 >>25011149 >>25011150 >>25011152A small sigh escapes your lips as you feel more than a dozen pairs of idol eyes boring right into you, scrutinizing your every move. So you won't be able to talk to Iori in private, huh? You were hoping that this wouldn't be out in public, but you did ask for her to pick the location. Somewhere she felt safe. And really, you don't have any call to blame anyone else for this. This is your bed, you made it, now you have to sleep in it.You make your way towards Iori's table, focusing on the one person you came here to talk to and no one else, your steps calm, deliberate and measured. Just before you reach Iori - just a few steps until you do - you reach up to take the hat off, clasping it by the front brim and levering it off your head in a quick flourish. You reach up with your other hand - just as you tuck the damnable hat underneath your arm - and do that hair thing you did earlier, raking your fingers down its length before flipping the mass of strands over your shoulder. The entire routine taking no less than two heartbeats.You come to a stop just as your hair settles behind you, a heavy sort of warmth on your back and neck, and you open your eyes to meet Iori's gaze with the most indifferent look you can manage. A look that very nearly fell apart into one of surprise as you see the idol staring at you, her eyes wide and awestruck, her mouth half-open. Her cheeks stained crimson....It could be just coincidence, but the chatter seems to have also died away into silence right after you did that.[1/2]
>>25011561>Readers want to see every step of the relationship, without skippingSomething out of chronological order can work, as long as you show what happened eventually.Often when a couple might split up; as if something terrible had happened between the two of them.Though in this case it wouldn't fit into that relationship quite as much.
>>25011635"Chiaki-san, I..." Iori blinks again, cheeks burning redder. "I...I sort of had an idea what your new look was, b-but I wasn't expecting...um..." She fidgets on the spot, wringing her gloved hands. Despite Mami's advice for her to wear something a bit more casual to this meeting, her outfit is decidedly an idol's - a silk one-piece gown the color of cream, with frills in just the right areas and a body-hugging contour that blossomed out into a short, puffy skirt that bared the knees and legs. Her hands, encased in silk gloves of the same color, ending at the wrist in nearly-transparent lace cuffs. A rose headband completed the outfit, the petals created from the same material with the same hue.She looks almost like a bride about to go to a wedding, really. You'd have guessed as much, if it weren't for the other idols in the coffee shop wearing the same exact outfit, with a few differing modifications.There's an uncertain silence between the both of you, still standing like that - Warmaster and Idol, in an awkward meeting, one waiting for the other to finish her stuttered words, one waiting for the other to speak. You narrow your eyes as you hear a giggle come from somewhere near the neighboring tables, and you clear your throat carefully. Taking the initiative.How do you start this encounter?
>>25011635>Takes off bitchin' hat>Flourish with hair>Stoic, indifferent airYEP, SURE IS SETTING THE TONE FOR REJECTION
Made it to a thread in time. Unfortunately, not time to stay. Someone do me a favor and remember to ask Iori exactly where the concert for Ruri is being held, later? If it's at the mall, then there's a decent chance that not only will Iori and Ruri's clash, but a good chance that we may get dragged into the third kidnapping mission that was available.After all the Mitakihara Mall was the last known where abouts if I recall correctly.
>>25011646"You may be wondering how, exactly, I achieved this new look. The answer is simple.I died."
>>25011646Take a seat with her, order something, get her something. While it's coming, ask how she's been, see if her friends and her have recovered, neutral.Only start going to deep stuff after the coffee gets here and you can hold it with both hands, and take a swig if you need to stop an awkward moment.This is good on Chiaki's part, it keeps her being quiet and listening until she can get the nerve to actually speak properly to Iori without spazzing out overly much instead of right away.
>>25011674Oho. I like this. Do it!
>>25011678This is good.
>>25011646First, take a seat.Then, "Hello, Iori. Has Garcia been treating you well?"
>>25011674Glorious.> There is a girl who risked her soul to save me.
>>25011646Sit down, order a coffee, place order for Kumatora's order to be delivered to her as well.Then discuss the protection work and the concert first.
>>25011678Pretty much this. Without the cha boost from the Hat, we should stick to listening and keep the talking to a minimum to not spaghetti out.
>>25011646"how i got the new look, isn't important." take a seat"how have you been? I hope Garcia has been treating you well."
>>25011646Oh lawd. Time for a tightrope walk to avoid spilling spaghetti in front of an idol troupe."Hope you've had an okay time recovering since we last met. Are your friends doing better?"
Start off with >>25011678 and then follow it up with >>25011674 when about to get serious.She needs to know that our line of work is dangerous and that we value her as a customer, maybe even as a friend, but we cannot, in good conscience, return the feelings she has.
>>25011646Oh God we're so fucked.Right let's start off with Smalltalk. How's she been? How's everyone else been? The works and nothing too dramatic to start off with.
"It's been a long time, hasn't it? A couple weeks, but to me it felt like eight months. Or 63 threads. But I digress.How have you been? Please understand that most of what happened to me is classified, I'm afraid I can't talk about it"Let her talk.
>>25011646...I think it would be best to get Iori talking.Ask her about how her friends, her time at the mansion, idol work. etc. Until the mood settles.
>>25011646Voting for this: >>25011674
>>25011724This is an excellent plan. I say we go with this.
I got the impression that she wasn't particularly happy about her time in the mansion, so let's try to not mention it.
>>25011705Yes, get Kumatora's order now.It's not like we're gonna be able to order her coffee after we leave Iori in tears.
>>25011646Take your seat quietly. "You can call it an unintended side effect from my work. How have you been?"Try and get her to talk about herself a bit, to try and even up the mood and give us time to think of how to both grill her a bit about Ruri and to word our letting her down.
>>25011745>>25011724>>25011674Guys, remember, we're in a place where everybody is listening in on our conversation. And because of our entrance, EVERYONE is eavesdropping. Think carefully on our words, and what we can afford to be overheard by at least a dozen gossiping idols.
>>25011635>>25011646>Hairflip is swag incarnate
>>25011700No. That sort of shit would just encourage Iori to contract."If I'm a magical girl, I can save Chiaki-san, too!"
>>25011724I'll fourth this plan."I died""Wha-?""Don't worry I got better"
>>25011724Didn't we basically explain all this the LAST time we let her down? It's not like we really need to tell her a bunch of shit she already knows and making excuses.
>>25011764By the stars, he's right. That also means we can't say anything about our relationship with her, because the only thing worse than an idol in a relationship is a dumped idol.
>>25011674Isn`t that ..a tadbit overdramatic? And completly through the fucking roof if we want to dump her?
>>25011646Made for last thread, late for reasons.
>>25011789FFFFFFFFFFFFFFfffffffffffffffffffffffffffI think we need emergency call to Mami for advice.
>>25011787Know, what? That might be right. Should dig up the old thread and go through it quickly to make sure we don't just go over the same old stuff.
>>25011775"Luckily, I was only mostly dead."
>>25011784oh god, all those variations.>>25011794nice.
>>25011801Guess I'll go and do just that then.
>>25011787Even if that's true, she's almost certainly hoping that things have changed. We need to reiterate it.
>>25011789No, we are not here to play with hearts of maidens.Plus, this is mostly Stockholm Syndrome. Faster this is done, better.
>>25011724She already knows that our line of work is fucking dangerous, though. She saw first-hand our ability to murder the ever-loving SHIT out of people when we killed those rapists, and when we got her out of Kilgore's place.And she was there when we retired Kirika and lost an arm, as well as when we got it back from QB.We explained to her that we're in a dangerous business, one that she has no place in, and furthermore, that our relationship was strictly professional, that of a bodyguard and her principal.We already went over all of that.So we shouldn't retread all of that, especially when we're in the middle of a damn rumor mill staffed by her peers, and most likely in some cases, rivals who stand to gain from her public embarrassments.
>>25011764But if they're all 765 idols (likely due to their costume ensemble), they're not likely to spread gossip on one of their own, right?
>>25011646Catch the waiters attention and order something drinkable that isn't too sweet and Kumatora's hellish concoctionStart by asking how she has been etc, get onto the subject of the protection job and then drop the bombshell that we can't see herNo matter what she thinks we cannot be close to her, it is unhealthy for people to get too close to us and we don't want her hurt because it would be too much for us to bear thinking that because of us her life was ruined because we care about her as a friend
>>25011847Not necessarily.It could just be what's in fashion this season.
>>25011847It's not like knocking out the competition is good for their own prospects, or anything.
>>25011794You're doing pinky's work, anon.
>>25011847>Girls>Girls in the Fashion/Entertainment industry>Not GossipingHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAH No.
>>25011860>765 idols>backstabbing each otherYou don't know idolmaster, do you?
>>25011874They will gossip amongst themselves but they won't spread it outside their officeIt's a female thing I'm told
>>25011847Your naivete is totally kawaii.
>>25011841Yeah, this is a good summary of how it went down last time, but Chiaki was extremely cold and aloof then. Basically "Fuck off, you're my client, you have no place giving me shit over what I do in my downtime."Other than going over the same points in a more polite tone, I really am at a loss as to what to do. Just, hm... Small talk, followed by the "I died" comment and "I've had a lot of time to think on this. I realize now that I wasn't very civil the last time we talked, but what I said is still true. I would be glad if we could be friends but I cannot return your feelings. I'm sorry." I don't know. Something like that, maybe?
>>25011847Depends on whether these are Idolmaster idols or realistic members of the entertainment industry idols. They ARE competitors, with possible exception of potential fellow group-members, who'll be hurt more than helped by an Iori scandal.
>>25011886You don't know noir, do you?
>>25011801>>25011817OK, rereading the last thread (or, should I say, shitstorm) where Iori appeared, we apologized for a drunken antic and the drinking addiction we had back then.No mention of how dangerous being a meguca is or anything, but as >>25011841 says, she was there for most of it.
>>25011851If we slip the waiter a fancy enough tip we can probably have him go deliver Kumatora's coffee right to her car.This can save us from later having to juggle remembering from how we may end up traumatizing others and/or ourself here.
>>25011892We don't want to acknowledge her feelings for us unless she brings them up first.
>>25011787We did. Dealing with women is like running in circles so its just like in Real Life.
>>25011900This can also save us from the drink flying in our face after the rejection.
>>25011887Ha. Oh, they will. They will.Never give a woman a secret. She'll never, ever keep it.
>>25011892Basically, stilted, nice, awkward as we're trying to let the girl down gently. We can then stride out gloriously with hat on and flowing hair in our wake.All veneer of style hiding terrible emotional balance and awkwardness, that's our Homura/Chiaki/Murderface.
>>25011895Noir is one thing but when even a whiney bitch like iori was very happy for the party to see her fellow idols as they don't meet often anymore. The original im@s backstory should be intact and that the 765 idols are still very closeknit.
>>25011886But this isn't Idolm@ster.This is a semi-neo-noir, in the style of Blade Runner. Without actually meeting and getting to know these other idols, who may not even be from 765 Productions, we can't trust them.
We can make small-talk and inquire about her life/friends now, then get her alone after a little while. Apologize for being so standoffish and not considering her feelings earlier, explain that we were not used to treating people all that well, then calmly explain that even though we think she's great, we're not really suited for each other, and make sure she understands that even though there might be some mutual attraction, we're not letting her down just because it would be too hard, or too dangerous, but because we genuinely want to just stay friends and not go any further.
>>25011895>Implying MGNQ has actually been noir
>>25011950Okay, this. So much this, please.
Do not, on any account, mention Midori or what she's done for us. We do not, do NOT want Iori getting the sense that she can "earn" our love by contracting and base jumping into hell.
>>25011961>MGNQ has actually been noirI always thought MGNQ was neo-noir.Maybe with a bit of cyberpunk dystopia, but in the style of Shadowrun with a greater emphasis on magic instead of cybertech.Definitely not hard-boiled, though.
>>25011950This, and ESPECIALLY >>25011970
>>25011950>>25011970These these theseMentioning what Midori did for us just means Iori goes contracting to one up her
"...And the moral of the story is, Iori, you can't just fall in love with any magical girl who just so happens to be in the right place to save your life from a horrific fate, right? I mean, that's just obvious basics that just make sense.""Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go rub this commissar's hat all over a green haired girl's soul gem until she decides that sleeping in my bed is the best thing to ever happen to her."
>>25012014>iori contracts and tries to one-up Midorin>dies in the attemptProblem..solved?
>>25012031that was sarcasm rigt?
>>25012031I wonder how an Iori witch would look like.Probably have some variation of the Iori Beamu.
>>25012031>>25012038>>25012040>>25012064I think it was someone saying why Chiaki (and all you lot) are being hypocritical ever so slightly over why Iori's homouralust is misplaced.
>>25012039Mami and Iori get along well. If we, directly or indirectly, get her killed, Mami will probably despise us.
>>25012040I'm hoping that it was meant as a sarcastic jab at our hypocrisy between how certain players treat Iori and Midori.
>>25012082I bet she'll blow her top off over it.
>>25012031>go rub this commissar's hat all over a green haired girl's soul gem until she decides that sleeping in my bed is the best thing to ever happen to her."That actually sounds like a really good idea.
>>25012077>>25012097I'm sure it's this, as much as I love Midori.
>>25011886>You don't know idolmaster, do you?>Girls under pressure and with more pride than common sense>Not backstabbing the shit out of each otherShows just how much Japan sucks at characterization.
Who else here is just waiting for the laminated panties to spill out of Chiaki's pockets?>Decu set us up the spaghetti
>>25012108This would assume Midori doesn't already think sleeping in our bed would be the best thing ever-Wait a fucking minute, we just invited Midori to live with us. Does our apartment even have two beds? We might have indirectly careened right into that one already.
>>25012157She can have the bed.We have our awesome chair.
>>25012157Fool, we have the Chair. The bed will go unused anyway.
>>25012157She can have the bed. We can take the Chair.
>>25012157The thought of Chiaki ever sleeping in a bed is appalling. Midori can take the bed. Chiaki will keep the most comfortable chair in the universe.
>>25012157Chiaki sleeps on a bed?
>>25012157It's a big fucking bed
>>25012150I did say leave the fucking panties behind for Kumatora to pack up
>>25012168>>25012170>>25012174>>25012184>>25012187>>25012188 I stand corrected!
So I'm imagining Chiaki just standing there infront of Iori, just standing there, for an hour, while you anons are the voices in her head arguing in real time.
>>25012218Isn't that how every quest ever goes?
>>25012031> go rub this commissar's hat all over a green haired girl's soul gem until she decides that sleeping in my bed is the best thing to ever happen to her.Best Idea in this Thread so far.Apart from the Hair-Thing.
>>25012212>standing>when we have The Chair
>>25012218>that makes 15 votes for this>okay, let's do..no, goddamn, don't change your votes>fuck
>>25012237Not all the time.
>>25012259>"Chiaki-san, is everything ok?">"Ch...Chiaki-san....?">"NO DON'T CHANGE YOUR VOTES FUCK DAMNIT!"And then the entire Ninth Officio never got hired by 765 again.
>>25011724Pitching my vote for this, just make sure Chiaki's as sincere as she can while speaking.
>>25012218>"c-chiaki-san are you all right? You're just standing there, mumbling...">do i even have a bed>fuck that i have a couch>yeah, couch is comfy as fuck>sleeping with midorin yeah>i hope the pantsu don't fall out of my pockets
>>25012259With this >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2mqqCMu-LMplaying n the background.
>>25012218It would explain all the staring.
>>25012259>What is this hue hue hue noise in my head...
>>25012292>holy shit i think i once got drunk and made out with the owner of those panties why did i not remember this before>"Hello? Are you alright?"
>>25012297And here's one for Kharn!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMAIqZatptY
dammit guys, why do you keep taking my stupid ideas and trying to run with themat least I never told you guys about the plan that involved a glass of Kong big enough to fit two moons inside
>>25012363>A glass the size of an elevator>Kharn and murderface mooning people from inside
>>25012407Don't be silly. It involved Pinky's Grief Seed.
>>25012363>a glass of Kong big enough to fit two moons inside>moons>the moon is theorized to be Pinky's grief seed>grief seeds are corrupted soul gems>Let's drunk Pinky's soul into whiskeyExcellent plan.
>>25012363Because people are stupid, and the problem with bad ideas is that if you don't think about them too hard, they look like good ideas at first glance. And that's not including the people that don't give a shit about consequences as long as they get their laughs in before the train derails.Pic related.
>>25011678 >>25011705You manage to work up a small half-smile as she continues to stumble around her words. She must have expected something completely different. Not that you blame her, of course - you've only been gone for half a month or so at least. People don't usually show up after that with hair down to their ass cheeks and eyes that don't look out of place in some ninja anime.You ask her if if it's really that bad, your new look. It wasn't like you could do anything about it - workplace accident, plain and simple. Her brow furrows at this, in the same look of disbelief that you often get when you try to explain something magical girl-related to someone outside the industry - and it's then that she shakes her head, blushing again."A-ah, no, Chiaki-san! No, it doesn't look bad at all, honest! It's...it's just..." She gestures vaguely to you, then to her own hair. "I mean, it took me the best part of a year to just get it to this length, and even then I had to use extensions to add volume...n-not to mention all the treatments I had to go to! But yours, it's..." She shakes her head, again, an embarrassed smile on her lips. "H-haha, I'm babbling here, aren't I? I'm...I'm sorry, Chiaki-san, but it's just really so good to see you again, and...and looking quite dashing, I have to say!" Iori is all but gushing now, looking at you with nothing less than admiration.You nod at this, and after a long moment of her looking up at you expectantly, you murmur something about looking...pretty, as well."Really...?" Iori seems to freeze up at this, cheeks going absolutely red. She looks down, as if finding her shoes suddenly interesting. "A-ah, um, thank you, Chiaki-san..."[1/2]
>>25012462The both of you stand awkwardly once more, while the rest of the coffee shop's customers continue to look on. Iori thankfully snaps out of it quickly enough, however. "Oh, where are my manners-- please, Chiaki-san, sit down! The waiter will be arriving in a little while to take your order, and please don't worry about it, it's my treat!"You were just about to say that it'll be your treat, but it doesn't look like she'll accept that kind of answer, right now. You resort to murmuring your thanks, and just like she said, the waiter came around a few moments after you've both taken your seats. You ordered a Blacker Than The Blackest Black Times Infinity black coffee, no sugar. You also order Kumatora's coffee shake, and request that the waiter deliver the drink personally - after all, the car is parked right there next to the sidewalk, in front of the shop itself. The waiter nods at this, and once more you are left alone with Iori, the silence between the both of you deafening....This would go over better, really, if it didn't have such a heavy atmosphere. You find yourself wishing that you chose the meeting place, instead.You break the silence between the both of you, again, as you wait for your coffee to be served. You ask her how she's been, while you were away. You also ask her about her friends, if they're shaping up alright after the gala. Careful not to say anything too...revealing about your work. There were still other people who had no idea that magical girls existed, after all.[2/3]
>>25012434I love that page.
>>25012472Killing me. Decu, pls.
>>25012472"Oh. I've...I've been fine, Chiaki-san! Like I told you, things have been peaceful since then, and they're doing quite well as far as I know. And, well, um..." Iori gestures to her costume. "We're currently trying to practice as much as we can before Kirishima Ruri-san's concert. It's really short notice, and we're not all that happy about it, but it's a huge undertaking all the same so we're doing our best."It sounds rough, in any case. Aren't there rules about that sort of thing? Isn't it bad form to just request help from another production agency in such short notice?Iori nods. "It's usually frowned upon, Chiaki-san, but like I said, it's a really big concert. They're getting help from the other production agencies besides ours, and...well, it's really big publicity. They're pushing it as the 'Concert of the Century', where all the idols sing in one voice, with Kirishima Ruri-san leading the choir." She smiles, a somewhat brittle one, but a smile all the same. "So many people are attending, they've actually changed venues from the Mitakihara Mall convention center to Mitakihara Stadium!". . .Well. That does sound huge. You wish her luck with it, in any case."Hee. I'll need it, thank you, Chiaki-san." Iori's smile is now one of genuine warmth. "Um, well, in any case..." She ventures forward as the waiter arrives with your coffee, the mug stylized to look like a skull with molded hair shaped like a helmet, and what appears to be a triangular mustache bisected in the middle. "May...may I ask about what happened, really, during your...office trip?" The idol must also have been reminded by Mami not to talk directly about Officio matters. "Did...did it hurt, Chiaki-san, when you had that workplace accident...?"How do you respond?
>>25012555"...Among other things. But I'm alright now, thanks to my...assistant." Maybe don't want to be so direct about who it is, given their...history.
>>25012555"I practically died."
>>25012555"Almost died from a medical treatment. Can't say more, I'm afraid."Ask about the idols around her. Are they all 765 idols?
>>25012555"I got better, I've got good... friends."
>>25012555"I can't say much about it that would make a great deal of sense, i'm, sorry. A lot of it my colleagues aren't even allowed to know.It didn't hurt so much as it was stressful. The aftermath was pretty awkward, though."
>>25012555"It was certainly something not everyone gets to experience, that's for sure."
>>25012588Might not be a good idea to give her anything else to focus on other than Chiaki. Don't want to give her another target; even if she doesn't turn into a meguca, she still has more money than sense. She may even be compelled to take out a hit on whoever she perceives to be "stealing" Chiaki away from her.
The more I hear about this Ruri character, the more I think she'll be setting us up in a compromising situation at the very least, or trying to kill us at the very worst. She sounds like someone who is on a self perceived power trip and wants to flaunt it like there's no tomorrow.
>>25012604This is good.
>>25012555"I was clinically dead for a while before they brought me back. I can't say more than that, I'm sorry."
>>25012555"It hurt, in more ways than one. We...lost two others, when it happened. Interference from a competitor. We're considering our options right now."I suppose you'll find out tomorrow anyway, but I've been assigned to the protection detail for Kirishima."
>>25012635Huh, that works.>>25012648Say 'For the concert', instead of 'For Kirishima".
>>25012648Seems like this is pretty good to me.
>>25012648>"I suppose you'll find out tomorrow anyway, but I've been assigned to the protection detail for Kirishima."Might as well inform Iori about it.
>>25012555>>25012648is pretty good.
>>25012656>'For the concert', instead of 'For Kirishima".I suppose that could work, but we really don't have the numbers needed to cover the entire venue, and Iori might question why we're sticking so close to Kirishima if we're supposed to be handling the entire concert. By saying that we got assigned to the Kirishima detail, it'll make her more understanding of why we're sticking so close to Kirishima, and why we can't talk with her much, if at all, during the duration of the contract.
>>25012656>For the concertThat's a lie and she will find out later making it worse.
>>25012648This and keeping this >>25012730 in mind.
Ruri hired us because she knows about Iori's attraction.Ruri hired the goons to rape Yayoi and Iori.Ruri has a golden microphone and will use it to brainwash all the Idols into attacking us.
>>25012648This, added bonus for changing the topic and mentioning the mission.
>>25012747All them shadowruns.
>>25012747I agree that SOMETHING is going to happen.
>>250127471 hat plz
>>25012747Ruri is kind of seeming suspicious as hell. we should probably do a background check on her. and all of the other hired 'normal' security, mostly to try and filter out any abnormalities like with happened with our protection mission with Lori.
>>25012747STOP MAKING SENSE!
>>25012555I nearly didn't make it, it took a friend nearly sacrificing herself to bring me back in one pieceThat is partly why I wanted to see you. My life, this life. I don't want to involve you in it any moreI would like us to stay friends but I can't in good conscience let you be any closer than that.There is a reason why people like me don't often make friends outside our work, or even inside it. Our lives are sadly very dangerous and prone to ending rather abruptlyI wouldn't want to put you through the pain of watching that.You can hate me if you want, if it makes it easier. I know in your position I would but if I brought that kind of pain to you I could never live with myself
>>25012765Par for the course as far as Chiaki is concerned.>>25012774Maybe we can call Mami to help us with and our personal file? After our talk with Iori, of course.
>>25012747>Ruri hired us because she knows about Iori's attraction.Well, okay. Iori's attraction to Chiaki is quite blatant, and even the most innocent of comments about a fellow idol's romantic pursuit could travel far and wide in the industry. Ruri must have specifically requested for Chiaki for a reason, after all, and if not because she assumes that the Warmaster would be the best at the job, then this is certainly possible.>Ruri hired the goons to rape Yayoi and Iori.Uh ...>Ruri has a golden microphone and will use it to brainwash all the Idols into attacking us.OH GOD PLEASE DON'T BE TRUE.
>>25012747>>25012813And pinky will turn Ruri into a Slaanesh type daemon thing.
>>25012747>Ruri has a golden microphone and will use it to brainwash all the Idols into attacking us.Well...we learned via the Kilgore Incident and through Yuu that a Golden Weapon can still be used by anyone, not necessarily a Meguca.
>>25012774>Lori.We're still doing this? She's not a truck, you know.
>>25012867Because people refuse to listen
>>25012555"I got hurt every badly Iori, I was lucky to walk away from that. I can't say any more."
>>25012472>Blacker than the Blackest Black times infinity>Murderface drinking it out of a Murderface mugBrutal
>>25012881Missing the Duncan Hills jingle in the background.
>>25012867I think he means more like how the security that was supposed to help us protect lori fuck long ago in the past turned out to be the baddies. so lets make sure the baddies at the concert. aren't also disguised as regular security.
>>25012929Her name's iori, not Lori, that's what he meant.
>>25012929Oh, no, I got what he meant by the actual content. I'm just annoyed that people are somehow still getting her name wrong. You'd think we would have memorised that it's a capitol i, not a lowercase L, by this point.
>>25012986>>25012992What if Iori's the name, but Lori's the nickname?
>>25013007What if you are retarded?
>>25012992you know I've been rereading all the threads lately and I never noticed that. the more you know.
>>25013007Admittedly I can see Murderface calling her Lori, or writing her name like that, purely out of inattentiveness.
Guys, we really should ask Mami to set a Meguca or two on digging into Ruri's background and current work relations.Also, >>25012929 is right. Our past two protection details had the mundane security compromised and turn out to be the actual enemy.It might annoy QB, but I think we should request heavy Eversor support hidden throughout the crowds, in addition to ourselves on Ruri and the secondary security team on Iori.Actually, in addition to >>25012648include "So are there any other idols from your production company going to be there? Or just you?"I know it's not our job to do Sales work, but maybe we should suggest to QB that he contact the other production companies, at the very least 765, for greater protection given how idols have been targeted more frequently in recent months.
>>25013034You can't fuck it up after phonetically hearing it, unless you're real terrible.
>>25013061You knowAfter all this paranoia I am going to fucking die laughing if Deculture doesn't spring something on usIf because we are so paranoid and jumpy he just let's it be nothing more than a rich brat wanting to show off
>>25013034Iori's name is written in Kanji. That would be a pretty amazing mistake to make even writing it in hiragana.
>>25013061>EversorsWe already raised our concerns with QB and he agreed to deploy them.>other IdolsShe JUST ANSWERED THIS. Not only is practically her entire agency taking the gig, but a bunch of others as well.
>>25012434That can't be real.
>>25013078Oh, no. The concert WILL be just fine.>meanwhile, the 9th officio gets hit by another magical girl raid, 3/4 of the support staff and half the frontliners are killed while we're busy finally relaxing
>>25013061It DOES seem like a good idea to get a little digging done on Ruri, despite all the possibly-unnecessary shadowruns everywhere. This DOES legitimately seem kind of fishy, and it probably can't hurt. We probably have Callidus who specialize in this or something, too.
>>25013104Also Walpurgis gets out.
>>25012588As said earlier, do not single out Midori, or else Iori will think that she can contract in order to compete.
>>25013125...Uh, when did I say anything about Midori? We have more than one Callidus. It's like, an entire section of the Officio.
>>25012747Sir, do you have any hats left? I find myself requiring one.
>>25013139You didn't explicitly. Just clarifying that, if we mention an assistant, we don't want to make it sound personal. Hell, I'd advise against "my...assistant" and go with "some quick thinking by a colleague." The use of the possessive "my" and a pause convey things that we really don't want to convey.
>>25013139Actually, Callidus are rare. I remember QB saying that not only are they rare and hard to get (maybe not as hard as a Culexus), but that other Incubators don't make much use of them and so their numbers are very low.We don't know how big the Callidus section is in the Ninth.
>>25013139Do we though?jyuubey said they were rather rare and so he wanted his backMaybe we have housing etc for them but no active ones?
>>25013196Well, in that case, we'd probably just have someone else do it. It just seems like a Callidus area of specialization, it's no way actually limited to Callidus.
>>25012555Did the wrong hairstyle, whoops.
>>25013092>We already raised our concerns with QB and he agreed to deploy them.I don't recall this. The only direct support we're getting on the Kirishima detail is Sayaka, and we asked Mami for a second mixed team of Eversor and Vindicare for Iori.I'm saying that since every security detail we've done for idols in the past 2 months (which admittedly is only 2), the mundane security that was supposed to be our backup turned out to be compromised, so we should have a third team of Eversors hidden where they can provide support to us and the second team if/when the mundane security turns on us.>She JUST ANSWERED THISShe said her production company is involved, not the exact idols. We need to know how many additional secondaries we need to worry about.
So when's the heartbreaking starting?
>>25012648You tell Iori the truth, here, or as much of the truth that you believe you're allowed to tell her. It hurt, plainly speaking. It hurt in more ways than one. Two of your colleagues didn't make it. Interference from a third party. Options are currently being considered as to how the Officio will proceed. Besides that, well...you're here, aren't you? It's enough for you, at least."Ah, I...I see." A brief look of hurt and concern crosses Iori's features, and she reaches out with a hand to place over yours. For the briefest moment, you consider moving your hand away, but you find yourself allowing this to happen - feeling her soft fingers alight on your Soul Gem. "I'm...I'm very sorry to hear that, Chiaki-san. I...I don't really know what really happened, and I'm not going to pry, but...I'd like to think I know about losing a friend." She works up a smile for you. "If there's anything I can do..."You shake your head. It's...fine. Wounds heal, in time, and the fact that you're still here, still alive, is enough of a solace for you. She doesn't need to worry about you - besides, there's always work to throw yourself into. You won't have enough time to dwell on things too much."I suppose so. But...if you do need someone to talk to, Chiaki-san, I'm always here, alright? Please don't hesitate to call on me whenever."The chattering starts up again, more furtively and insiduous this time, and you clear your throat before nodding. What were you supposed to say then, just throw that offer back in her face or something? She was legitimately looking out for you. Whatever happened here, she was genuinely concerned for your safety and sanity, enough that she could say it in earshot of her...colleagues. You're not sure if that's at all kosher in the idol industry, but you could tell by the stares that there's plotting and scheming going on.[1/2]
>>25013265Have I said how amazing you are lately?
>Concert of the Century>where all the idols sing in one voice>with Kirishima Ruri-san leading the choirAww shit. This smells like a) a trap. Or b) like an incoming bloodbath. After we are done we need to contact either QB or Mami to:1) Investigate Ruri2) Check our Officio Roster for availible Megucas that could be on Stand-By during the Event, if possible someone we know and with known expertise, we will probably need Back-Up for that.3) Investigate if any bigwigs are somehow affilated to this event that had employed Megucas before, not only our Officio but rival officios too, if possibleCall me paranoid, but this time we won`t be catched flat-footed like with Kilgore.
>>25013306You use your free hand to finally grab the strange skull-mug by the handle, lifting it off the table and raising it to your lips for a careful sip. The coffee was still hot, but cooled down enough for you to be able to drink without being scalded.. . .Rat piss. It tastes like rat piss. You force yourself to swallow the mouthful completely. Spitting it somewhere comes to mind, but...Warmasters don't do that, do they?In hindsight, you should have asked for sugar. It's nearly undrinkable. It's got a kick, but it tastes horrible."Anyway, um...what's this about Kirishima Ruri-san, anyway, Chiaki-san? Why the sudden interest?" Iori asks, leaning forward. You feel a subtle change in the air, as if the other idols looking on are doing the exact same thing. A tightening in the air's tension, where a dozen mouths held in bated breaths.You glance at her, then back at the well-manicured, fancily-gloved hand on top of yours - and it's then that you place your mug down. Taking the Warmaster Cap that you've placed on your lap and setting it upon the table instead.You might as well come clean, now, since she'll be finding out tomorrow anyway. You pull your hand slowly from underneath her hand - a gesture the idol doesn't miss at all - and tell her the truth. You've been hired as security detail."...For the concert, Chiaki-san? Well, um, that's not that puzzling--"Exclusively for Kirishima Ruri.Iori's face seems to drain of all color, her eyes widening. "...An...exclusive security detail, Chiaki-san?" Iori squeaks. It takes her a certain amount of time to recover. "I...ah...um. Well. Is it...I..." Iori looks like she's at a complete loss on what to say. When she speaks again, there's an edge to her voice. "I...I had an inkling she'd try something like that, but I didn't really think she'd go through with it..." ...Does idol rivalry go to this kind of length? Did Ruri hire you in order to cuckold Iori, or something?How do you react?
>>25013314Caught.And yes, we will.When has everything ever NOT gone completely to shit?
>>25012555"Honestly, some parts of it I don't even remember. I'm lucky I had good coworkers to pull my ass out of the fire. You should definitely appreciate your line of work and not ever envy mine." Maybe we can segue into..?
>>25013323Tell her that there is nothing to cuckold as there was never any relationship.
>>25013323Do you two have a history? I'd appreciate any and all info you can give me.
>>25013323"Explain. I am already considering this to be very fishy."
>>25013323"...Try something? Is there something personal going on here? ...Either way, it's just a job."
>>25013323"It's just another job."
>>25013332>CaughtAh, thanks, man! I was looking for that word, heh.
>>25013323>...Does idol rivalry go to this kind of length? Did Ruri hire you in order to cuckold Iori, or something?Ask this, in these words. It'd be hilarious.
>>25013323"It already screams 'trap' to me, so if there's any background details you could share, I'd appreciate it."
>>25013323"Initially I thought she just wanted to get laid. However, once I heard you were involved I suddenly realised oh jesus fuck everything is going to be on fire forever."Deadpan, naturally.
>>25013323"Try something?""this is a job, nothing more or less, It's not the best thing to talk about but I was afraid there would be ulterior motives and i didn't want you to find out through a third party."
>>25013323"Is there a subtext here i'm missing? Is "exclusive security detail" an idol code-phrase for "fancy lesbian hooker" or something? Level with me here, I feel like i'm missing something.
>>25013323"So do you think she just wants to show off having my new title around as her lapdog, to make her look like top idol even more? Or do you think it's more that she knows I once worked for you and she wants to snub you for some reason?"
>>25013323"Try something? Is there something about Kirishima Ruri that I should know, Iori? I already had a feeling something was wrong about this, but is there something I should be concerned about?"
>>25013426Lesbian part optional, yes. There are exceptions, like our own mission as security of Iori way back then.
>>25013426I like this but I don't think Iori would take it all that well
Rolled 15>>25013470Deadpan might get a giggle out of her.
>>25013323"'Try something'? This was just supposed to be another job, another contract. But I thought it strange that she would ask for the Warmaster specifically. What's Kirishima's ulterior motive?"
>>25013265thanks for the hard work anon, it looks great.
>>25013426We're a little more tactful than that now.And it doesn't get us as much information as asking if this is some kind idol rivalry or a play for more social currency.
>>25013306>>25013323"Please elaborate. Everything about the Request Kirishima made sounds fishy."Kirishima had now way of knowing that we would be Warmaster.Yet she apparently has a History with Iori and the other Idols and requested a Warmaster before the Warmaster was officially initiated. This is a Trap. Either by Ruri herself who might have a Golden Weapon or a Third Party is using her as a bait. Since we still haven`t heard anything from the Saints since we are here and we killed already two of them, so I guess they are probably somehow involved.
>>25013503>the Pleiades SaintsYou know, their Meguca uniforms wouldn't look out of place in an idol lineup.And a stadium would make it difficult to get a good vantage point for Vindicare snipers, as well as making it easy to trap the target.We really need to call Misaka to see if Tiny Pete will be ready by tomorrow night.
>>25013503>Kirishima had now way of knowing that we would be Warmaster.You are right, she doesn't. Perhaps she still thinks Kharn is Warmaster.I can see it. Idol gets a taste of Kharn, is left wanting more. Her schedule unfortunately keeps her away from Mitakihara. Finally she returns and wants more Kharn, so she demands 'the Warmaster' to guard her.
>>25013503She may have thought that Kharn was still the Warmaster... although given Chiaki's history with Iori, that would seem like too convenient of an excuse.
What's the name of the character Wendy gets her appearance from again?
>>25013479Yeah if we deadpan it then we could distract her>>25013544>>25013543Or she might think that by being the warmaster that's just how you act...And given how the hat affected us to start with that isn't too far off the mark
>>25013572MadotsukiFrom Yume Nikki
>>25013542>Stadium>Hard to get a good vantage pointAre you kidding? It's a vindicare's dream. You could have an entire squad drawing a bead on a given target and nobody would be any the wiser.
>>25013602There's also a ton of civilians and principals down there.
>>25013602I think they meant less "hard time having a vantage point" and more "Finding the actual malignent targets hidden among several thousand civillians, idols, and workers".
>>25013619Which is why we trust trained vindicares instead of flailing morons with handguns; i.e Security staff.
>>25013602I meant from beyond the possible area-effect of whatever Golden Weapon is going to get pulled out, meaning from outside of the stadium itself.I suppose you could embed the Vindicares in with the civilians to stay away from whatever mundane security is going to be there.
>>25013323"I'll go ahead and guess you two don't like each other much. So, is this some kind of 'revenge' kinda deal or something like that? Should I be worried? Oh and I should mention, I'm having a full squad act as you security. This whole deal smells rotten and I'm a bit paranoid after the last Idol-event assignment. I can probably have some more off-duty squads as security, what do you say?"I probably overdid it, but eh.
>>25013631it aint all that hard, if your target is someone important, important people and people who are targets usually make it their business to stand out from a crowd
>>25013637Even so, they can make mistakes.I'm channeling Murphy's Law here.
>>25013648Why would people trying to assassinate someone in a crowded venue make it their business to stand out from a crowd?
>>25013639Or a helicopter. Although I don't know if they shake much while hovering so yeah.
>>25013693He said the target usually stands out not the assassin.
>>25013693and you did not even read what I wrote
>>25013674By that logic, no-one should ever do anything because it's going to fuck up.We are minimising risk, by utilising trained, professional, magic-boosted killers instead of dumbshit mallcop-grade mook security who are probably paid off and compromised, as per usual.
>>25013707Yeah, but I was talking about the potential assassins in the first place so I don't know why he'd respond about their targets standing out.
>>25013711You in turn did not even read what I wrote in the first place, it seems.
>>25013727I concede that point. Best to have a few Eversors on hand as well.
>>25013714>>25013761Wrong comment. Damn.
>>25013714>dumbshit mallcop-grade mook securityThat's...actually wrong.The security at Kilgore's place was PMC, real spec-ops operators that even we had to respect because they fucking knew their jobs and were armed appropriately.Sure, there's probably a front-line of mallcop-grade mooks at the stadium, but with the money being thrown around and our past experience, there's no reason to believe that there won't be operators operating operationally as our enemy.
>>25013772That PMC Operator security that we had to respect was KilgoresI doubt that there are that many groups even in Mitakihara that are that level and we wiped out one of them
>>25013795On the other hand though the security will be far from mall cop standards.The majority of actual security companies are
>>25013406 >>25013426 >>25013431 >>25013440 >>25013480 >>25013503You narrow your eyes at this. If Iori's reaction to the news was anything to go by, then there has to be something that she's not telling you about the two of them. You should have expected this at the start - you don't know much about idols, admittedly, but even you know what kind of things people can do just to grab the top spot. It's almost comparable to the competitive world of Magical Girls - it's only that idols aren't really meant to kill each other if they disagree. At the very least, your kind has the room to be lethally honest. Idols apparently do shit like this, cloak-and-dagger, getting under each other's skin through underhanded means.After letting Iori stew on her thoughts - the idol furiously sipping at the remains of her drink through a straw, creating that petulant sound of droplets being sucked into a vaccuum - you ask her about...well, her and Ruri. Was there something between the both of them? What would cause her to ask specifically for you for security detail? This reeks of something personal, or a grudge of some sort. Would it be possible for Ruri to be hiring you in order to get back at Iori?"I..." Iori grits her teeth at this, before shaking her head. "It...it all started after...well, after what happened in the Hotel, Chiaki-san. A couple of days or so, after I started...um...rooming with you." The whispers grow a tiny notch louder at this, but fades soon away. "Kirishima Ruri-san started calling me, texting me, asking if I'm okay. It was...strange, since our production agencies aren't really in good terms, but I thought she wanted to be friends. We talked for a fair bit, and I even went shopping with her a couple of times. She helped me buy your maid outfit, too, if you remember that..."Yes. You remember all too well. And then what happened?[1/2]
>>25013795Wait, I thought the operators were on our side, and Kilgore only had his murderbitches that we slaughtered?
>>25013772>The security at Kilgore's place was PMC, real spec-ops operators that even we had to respect because they fucking knew their jobs and were armed appropriately.Because they weren't the regular security. Kilgore had hired them specifically, and to help his "murderise to become demon prince" plan go off.
The "Sing with one voice" creeps me out. Is she going to try instrumentality with the idols?
>>25013772>>25013795Hey. Remember magical girls are international now, right?What if other magical girls were called in for security too? Unlikely if we're liasing with the other security teams, but hey, we never know. Just better to double-check that's not the case, right?
>>25013818"Well, um. I thought it'd just stay there, until she started asking about you specifically, Chiaki-san. I tried to tell her that it's none of her business, but she seems really interested in...well, you and your colleagues, sempai. Magical Girls. It seems she's familiar with them too, but you were the one she really asked a lot of questions about. I tried to answer them without revealing any important information, Chiaki-san, and I promise I didn't tell her anything confidential, but...she was really very curious."She takes another sip from her now completely-empty cup, and places the container back onto the table. "She kept asking me about you until the gala. I...she stopped contacting me after that. T-then, um..." It's then that Iori's face pales once more. "Ruri called me up one night. Asked me that if I...if I didn't forget about you and stop trying to make you mine, she'd steal you from me, Chiaki-san. And I wouldn't be able to do anything about it.". . .Seriously? That's what she said?Man. Whoever this Ruri is, she's a piece of work.She did bring up an opportunity for you, though. Do you take it?Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.Ignore it. There will be other opportunities. Ask Iori for more information regarding Kirishima Ruri.
>>25013834>Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.
>>25013820Nope, the reason it was such a charnel house was because the PMC's were on his sideOtherwise it would have been much different until he went daemon prince
>>25013820Nope. They barred the doors and shot anyone trying to escape.
>>25013834[x]Clear the air.Let's not forget why we're here.
>>25013834Arrrrrr. We need some privacy for this step but there is none to be had in this bloody cafe.
>>25013834[X]Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.This was the entire reason for this meeting.
>>25013834Not really the best lead-in for the let-down, find out more first, and then ask to speak in private afterwards.
>>25013761Whatever we do we should use the Bangles for this Job. If this Event will be used as Set-Up, the Enemy probably did study Chiaki/Murderface/Girl A and knows of her Timestop-Ability + Shooting People. Also Vindicare are Shoota-Boyz so they will expect a lot of shooty.What absolutely NO ONE will expect on the other hand is getting their shit slapped by a Vindicare with HUEG Powerfists in Melee.
>>25013834>Use the Opportunity to clear the airWe both know Murderface has too much spaghetti to just bring it up out of nowhere. It has to be now.
>Ruri is officially FLESH OF FALLEN ANGELSOH BOY THIS WON'T END IN BLOOD AND BULLETS AND FIRE AND CHAINSAWS AT ALL>>25013834[x]Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.
>>25013834Use this opportunity but use it smartlyStart in with saying she won't steal us away from her because Iori is our friend
>>25013834>[X]Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.Time to do that. There's nothing more to be said about Ruri except either 1: she's got MIND POWERS relating to golden weapons or 2: She's a spoiled brat idol.Either way, Iori's not going to know about it.(after clearing up everything, ask if Ruri has had any gold stuff on her)."Iori, don't worry. I treat all clients professionally."
>>25013834>[X]Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.Oh jeez. This is really cold-blooded, isn't it?But it should be made clear that we're just working security for Ruri. We'll have Sayaka with is anyway. And there will be nothing but a professional security job. Yep.
>>25013834>[X] Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.Might as well do it now.>>25013831Maybe, but it might turn out to be a bit of a stretch. >>25013879Why do people always get the good ideas before me? I agree.
>>25013834[X]Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship isWe do not play with hearts of young maidens.
>>25013883She isn't officially anything until we can check her outGoing in expecting the worst is fine but claiming things like that is going to make us cause more trouble than anything, especially if Ruri is just a normal bitch
>>25013834>Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.This stealing bit is hilarious. Implying Iori ever had us. Well, time to put down the hammer.
I for one hope we never again ride the Murderface Experience.
>>25013834Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is.And do mention her it's not because of Ruri.Also, am I the only one who's paranoia suddenly jumped a few levels up?
>>25013930Everyone's just poaching in Pinky's territory anyway.
>>25013944We may have to take it for one last spin to dissuade Ruri
>>25013946You're just late to the party, man.
>>25013946Nope. The whole premise of the job was fishy from the get-go.We're taking Blueberry, that squad, and the Gauntlets as well.
What is this feeling of imminent doom.>clear out the relationshipAnd lose her for good. Which is what we came to do, but doesn't make it any less hard.>keep askingImplies interest, and that the prospect of having Ruri 'stealing' us from Iori is being considered.No good option.
>>25013879And remember.The fingers are huge auto-cannonsCaptcha: satellite onenichYes captcha we can probably one shot a satellite with them.
>>25013834>Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is."Speaking of which, is there someplace where we can speak in private?"
And we'll pause for now! The next thread will be on Monday, same time! Once more, thank you for your participation and feedback is always great!Questions answered after the writeup!
>>25013970If all else fails, there's Tiny Pete.Best Imouto did fix him already, right?
>>25013959I've been here for a while, it's just that the paranoia warning is no longer somewhere in the background, instead it's going full red alert.
Remember, our heart was already stolen when we first met Iori. We just forgot it for a while.Literal truth is best truth - Pinky tore our heart out and stole it.
>>25013990On a scale of 1 to Shadowrun, how tinfoil should we be at the moment?
As I stared down three of the most dangerous people in the Eighth, the only thing I felt was...a deep calm. A sense of purity. Like...for one of the only times in my life, I’d really, truly done something right. Three sets of eyes were fixed on me with a burning, almost painful intensity. Three bodies tensed as time stood still. “...If yer gonna shit on us, at least open yer fucking eyes.” Mary Sue Springfield. The older of the Springfield Sisters, the two girls chosen on sight by the Demon in the Garden of Madness, Warmaster Marigold. A rising star in the Vindicares, and one of the magical girls that enlisted about when I did. They said she could pick up a handgun and make a snap-shot at a fly three hundred yards away and nail it every time. Asked her to show me once. She called me a pussy for ‘pickin’ a faggot gun’ and did it with a huge fuckoff revolver instead. Same revolver I was going to be facing down any second now. “...I trusted you, Wendy. What the fuck.” Annie May Springfield. Mary Sue’s younger sister. One of the Officio’s top Eversors, and Miss Marigold’s spiritual successor. Always had an air of nonchalance to her, but when Annie got serious...when Annie was serious, she’d tear someone’s throat out with her teeth for the sheer violence of it. Whole world around her turned into a bloody Hell that made my worst nightmares look like... ...made them look like some of my better nightmares. ...Not as squeamish as most people. ...The two of them together are almost as frightening as Ol’ Batshit. Even I was a little worried, and until about two seconds ago, we’d been best friends. (1/5)
Whoever ends up archiving, please fix the numbering! It got messed up again!
cmon Wendy, i need u.
>>25013834>Ignore it. There will be other opportunities. Ask Iori for more information regarding Kirishima Ruri.I'm going against the grain here, but I'd rather let it go right now, and because I'd rather talk it over with Iori in a place where we're not the center of idol attention.They're all actively listening to us, so this isn't a good place for this kind of conversation.
>>25014006...Then there was the third. Amber ‘Magical Guro’ Nakajima, whose smile had turned chilling; her yellow eyes devoid were completely of warmth, and they had an unnatural glow that may have even rivaled Annie’s. Amber was a story we told the FNGs even before she contracted at gunpoint a couple of months ago. Used to be an assassin, and one of the handful of normal humans with the balls to hunt magical girls. Had a reputation for cutting them up. Keeping them alive for days, so she could see how we worked. Never stopped smiling, either. ...Eightball’s got a thing for crazy bitches. I took a long drag on my cigarette, relishing the tension in the air. I could hear both of the Springfield sisters’ hands on their revolvers as I opened my mouth to speak. To explain what had just happened.(2/5)
>>25014012Ron. All terminals. Three dora. With Riichi, that’s- A gunshot rang out, then another. Then a lot more. I kicked away from the table instinctively as my side of it got the everloving hell shot out of it by .45-caliber bullets. The Springfield Sisters moved in perfect time, each blasting away six of the tiles I’d set out in front of me. “Well now, I thought you needed thirteen tiles in your hand, Wendy. I only see one, ‘n the one you took from me.” Annie smirked down at me, then blew on the barrel of her gun with entirely needless showmanship before tucking it back into her jeans. “Don’t even know how ta play Chinese Poker.” And across the table, Mary clicked her tongue, doing the same with a little shake of her head. The two exchanged a look, then leaned in to fist-bump. Nakajima’s eyes narrowed. Recognized the look, from the few times I’d hung around her for more than a couple of minutes. Something had just clicked in her head. She stood up a little bit, then leaned in, all the way over the table, snatching Annie’s tile away from the shattered remains of my side. She slipped it in with her other tiles, then flipped the whole thing onto the table at once, giggling. “Ron!”--- (3/5)
>>25013990Aaand here's the cliffhanger.As for feedback. Well I really enjoy this so there's that.
>>25013990Is 2nd actually the most dangerous of all the missions?
>>25014019Game night became a weekly Alpha Team tradition, eventually. A way to blow off stress from a week of Ol’ Batshit’s extensive gardening/murder regimen. Wasn’t actually any of Alpha Team’s idea, though; Nakajima came up with it, probably because she was bored. She joined the Eversors right after she contracted, but her reputation – and presumably her on-the-job methods – put anyone off from working with her after about a mission. Started hanging around Alpha Team, since Annie and Mary were the ones that brought her in. Guess you could say she was our fourth member, though Miss Marigold didn’t have any interest in training her. Said she could tell at a glance Nakajima was low-blooded, or something. We just don’t ask questions when Miss Marigold talks, most of the time. It’s all flowers and crazy incomprehensible Southern bullshit. ...Mahjong was the first thing we tried to play, but it didn’t go over well. I picked it up watching Triads back when I’d just joined the Officio, and I didn’t explain it all that well. Figured Annie’s inner Japanophile would kick in and help, but she didn’t seem to have a good grasp of it either. Poker went a little better, but Nakajima got bored with how much you don’t actually play when you’re playing poker. ...Probably didn’t help that Mary kicked all of our asses at it pretty handily. Mario Kart ended up as a competition between Annie and Nakajima every time we’d pick it up, and Monopoly... We don’t talk about Monopoly. Fuck Monopoly. (4/5)
>>25014029...They were still good times, though. Even if we couldn’t find anything that was fair, exactly. Ended up in a couple of fistfights, but every week, it was a few hours of screwing around with...with my best friends, I guess. Doing normal things. ...Something I hadn’t done in a very long time. Eventually more people started to join up. Crazy bitches Eightball found. Girls that couldn’t work in normal units. We’d invite them to screw around with us on game night, and slowly, we got to know each other. ...Kind of found each other for missions. Other outcasts to watch our backs. Guess I’d had Annie and Mary since just a couple of weeks after I joined, but......We all knew what it was like to be alone. And none of us would have wished it on anyone.(5/5)
>>25013910Asking if an Idol has anything golden is like asking if dogs have fleas.
>>25013990Is Iori lost to us for good?
>>25013834>[x]Use this opportunity to clear the air between the both of you and establish what your relationship is."No. No she won`t. I´m pretty sure I can come up with a bunch of reasons why she is interested in me and none of those have anything to do with love or lust. I won`t fall for her. That said, Iori, I want us to be on the same page regarding that. You are my Employer and you are my friend. And I would prefer if we stayed friends, if possible."I think this pretty clear without ourright telling her in her face that we don`t love her around all the other idols. I also have the sneaking suspicion that the Rape-Otaku-Incident wasn`t some shitty thing that just happened. I mean, come on, how exactly would some shitty Otakus compromise Hotel Security? Why did we never investigate that? You need some sort of wealth to do that. They were paid to pull that shit. How to better ruin an Idol than fucking rape her and get the Rapevids in Television or the Internet. The world of idols in noir truly is a terrifying one. And not so different from our live after all.
>>25013990> Weekday quest now Not sure how I feel about this, It has less the feeling of that one Saturday Morning Cartoon you get super excited about weekly.Oh well! Get a good rest Decu! long hair chikuwa when
>>25014054Ah.. I took too lomng to type. Goddamn it!
>>25014027Hahaha, well, I couldn't possibly comment!>>25014004I think, while caution is always good, you guys should relax! She's just an idol!>>25014048Hmm, well, that depends on how hard you break her heart!
>>25014077>I think, while caution is always good, you guys should relax! She's just an idol!FULL LEAD HAT MODE ENGAGE ABORT ABORT NUKE FROM ORBIT THEN DESTABILISE SPACE SO YOU CAN DESTROY ALL ORBIT
>>25014077>She's just an idol!So, three Shadowruns. Gotcha.
>>25014077>She's just an idol!"Let me hear your voices in the name of the Blessed Lady."No. Nope. Nie. Nada. Nein.
welp, step out for dinner and the thread ends on me.someone already archived it so that's a plus!goodnight gentlemen.
>>25014097>>25014099I warned you guys that neo-noir was coming back.It's time to go full Black Trenchcoat.
>>25013990Since we're Warmaster now, can we technically order someone to discretely keep an eye on Mami? Like to protect her from assassination. And not simply just to try and figure out what kind of person our competition- er, her boyfriend is.
>>25014006This Marigold character sounds very intriguing. And powerful as fuck.
For the benefit of those who don't follow me on twitter or check my pastebin, and for the sake of completion, here's the second half of chapter 5.*** Meanwhile, in a darkened room lit only by the glow of a dozen screens, the Seventeenth incubator sat and watched the ensuing scene. The rotund incubator looked less like a cat or animal, as most of his brothers did, and more akin to a clear sack of flour with legs stretched just a bit past its limit. He was so large, in fact, that his enormous girth nearly covered the entirety of the pillow that had been placed atop his desk. The twin prehensile appendages known as the trademark of the Incubators hung limp from his cheeks, just above his mouth, giving the impression that he had an enormous moustache.The monitor placed directly in front of him showed the confrontation between Tyler and Fredrica, while the one directly right of it displayed only a black screen with bright white text reading "V1 - Sound Only"."Would those two just get it over with and fuck already?" Holly groaned over the speakers, the sound of typing in the distant background. "See boss, I told you this would happen. I told you! But nope, didn't listen! It's only a matter of time now.”"I am grateful that you have brought this incident to my attention, Miss Corbin. I'm beginning to understand why my brothers add such violations of privacy to their contracts. However, I hardly believe this fulfils the conditions of your prediction.”"Seriously? I just don't understand you, bossman," the Vanus sighed. "You spend millions on a state of the art prediction engine, and then when it tells you something SERIOUS, you don't listen.""Miss Corbin, I am simply taking into account the variables of the human mind," the incubator paused, blinking its crimson eyes as the tape rewound itself and played again. "I apologize if it seems I am disregarding your predictions, but you yourself admitted how outlandish they sounded."
"Has it ever been wrong?" The vanus asked, her voice, for once, coming off as stern and cold."Miss Cor-""Has it ever been wrong?" She asked again, adding more strength to her voice."There is a first for everything.” The incubator's gaze seemed to wander for a moment before snapping back to the monitors. “I apologize, that was rude."The Seventeenth had always been noted for being far more polite than any of his brothers. He was one of the few who treated his charges with utmost respect, believing this to be the key to optimal results. It had become a running joke among the girls of the Seventeenth - and select other Officios - that Fubey was only doing his best to act more Canadian."It's fine, Foob," Holly grumbled indignantly. "You want to ignore the prediction engine, fine by me. See if I care.""Miss Corbin, I meant no disrepect and I sincerely apologize. However, you understand exactly what sort of measures would need to be taken should your prediction prove correct," the incubator shifted his gaze to the second screen, as if using it to look directly at the Vanus. "Our organization can not afford mobilization of that calibre on a hunch.”"Ninety-nine point six repeating, Fubey. That's no hunch. I think a point three-four percent chance of failure is an acceptable risk when the fate of the entire Officio is at stake.""Perhaps," the incubator nodded as his words flowed out into the air. "Perhaps."
With a distinct thump, Fubey rolled himself off the desk and disappeared underneath it. "If I may be so bold as to seek your counsel once more," he began, "what do feel should become of our Miss Volk? As Miss Argente said, it does not bode well for her promotion."The vanus thought for a moment, leaving only the sound of fingers on keys emanating from the speakers. "I say we just send the video to Odette and leave it to her. Either that or put her on an assignment with Tyler. Make them buddy-cop it up.""Goodness, I was unaware that you held such animosity for Miss Volk," the incubator replied as he emerged from beneath his desk, riding proud and tall on his Roomba, his fluffy tail swishing back and forth as he clutched the remote in his prehensile moustache."Are you- Do I hear-""I really must thank the warmaster for her gift. It is most useful.""She spoils you," the Vanus groaned. She could almost hear the satisfaction in the incubator's voice. "This is why you're so fat. We keep saying you need to go on a diet.""Incubators are neither fat nor thin and do not require organic sustenance. This is simply the figure which nature has seen fit to bestow upon me."Hearing that remark, Holly couldn't hold back her laughter any longer. It came out long and hard as she wheezed out a few choice words. "The only thing bestowed upon you is a few too many Timbits, Chubby!"***
>>25014077>You guys should relax>She's just an idolI'M ONTO YOU DECULTUREI'M ONTO YOU
Later that day, Odette stood outside of the First Canadian Place, leaning against Sleepy Sue and glaring at her cellphone. Fredrica nervously shifted in place in front of her, twiddling her thumbs and fidgeting with the hems of her suit top."You want to explain this?" Odette asked, showing Freddy her phone.The black-haired girl watched nervously as the earlier encounter with Tyler played out before her in all of its glory. She flinched when the two held pulled their weapons and held them to each other's throats and cringed at her own exit."I was just, y'know, standing up for yo-""Is that so?" Odette interrupted. Her words seethed with rage. If she could, Freddy would have turned tail and run that very moment. "YOU were standing up for ME?""Well, yeah, I mean-""Are you saying I can't stand up for myself, Freddy?" Odette asked, taking a step closer."No! Never!""Then why are you trying so hard to defend me, Freddy?" The one-eyed girl asked as she took another step."I- I meant no disrespect, warmas-" Freddy caught herself a moment too late. Her eyes shot open in a mixture of shock and fear. "I- I didn't mea-"She barely even saw Odette move before the shorter girl's hand grabbed her by the collar and pulled Freddy down to eye level. "Listen, jackass," Odette hissed, "because of you, now I have to go and apologize to that cunt. I have to go and clean up YOUR goddamn mess. I have to apologize to the BITCH who TOOK. MY. EYE. Is that what you wanted?"The former warmaster had a knack for being far more intimidating than anyone her size had any right to be. Freddy could see the fire in her single eye. A chill went up her spine as she noticed the sudden plunge in temperature. The panicking Eversor was suddenly aware that she could see her own breath as the smaller girl's iron grip held her in place. She knew all too well exactly how close Odette was to dragging her into a dark alley and making her wish she could just give up and die.
"I'll do it!" Freddy pleaded. "I promise! I'll do it myself! I'll apologize and grovel and everything! I just wanted to make you happy!"A sly grin crept across the shorter girl's face. In that instant, Fredrica Volk realized exactly to what degree she had misjudged the other girl. She'd panicked and fallen right into her trap. This was the true nature of an angry Odette."Then do it," the one-eyed girl said, holding out her cellphone. "Right now.""Ri- Right now?""Right now," Odette ordered as she began to navigate the device's various menus. "I'll even find her number for y-"Odette blinked. Her eyes went wide. There was no way..."Odette?" The black-haired Eversor called out. "You okay?"It wasn't possible. It SHOUDLN'T have been possible.The one-eyed girl's mouth hung open. "Oh my god. I am such an idiot.""What is it?"Odette shook her head. She didn't want to believe it, but there it was. Staring her in the face. With a pair of unmistakeable dark brown eyes and a long mane of hair that looked as though it had never seen a brush in its life. "Fennel Vance," she muttered. "I met her yesterday.""That's," Freddy blinked and wrinkled her brow, "that's impossible. She went missing nearly two weeks ago."The silver-haired girl nodded. It was a sheer coincidence that she'd accidentally opened up the list of missing girls again. She'd always been terrible with faces. She knew that she knew them, she just couldn't figure out where from. Her voice was muted as she murmured out a simple question. "So then what was she doing here?"
>>25014077>>25014097>>25014099>>25014109>>25014197>yfw ruri is just the decoy and we should really be worrying about who's puppeting her and using her to draw our attention while they line up the killing attack
>>25014155What boyfriend? She is single now
>>25014216And then Iori was the villain all along.
>>25014073This isn't a permanent thing, think of it like a special marathon event. We get all these threads at once then back to your regularly scheduled questing>>25014170She was a warmasterThat's sort of a given
>>25014248> marathon eventSo like the iron giant marathons that come on every Thanksgiving?
>>25014193>Fatbey riding a roombaDRAWFAAAAAAGS ASSEMBLE!This must be drawn
Alright guys, we've got 4 more pages to think this through, now that we're not trying to get our posts in before Decu starts writing.Yes, Iori ended up creating an opportunity for us.But consider these items:1. we're still in the middle of a group of gossiping idols, who are actively trying to listen in on us.2. Our rejection is still likely to result in crying on the part of IoriWaiting till we're away from all of these idols before we break Iori's heart a second time would be better for her.
>>25014219Is she? When we called Mami while we were in Siberia, we heard someone else in bed with her.
>>25014302I'm more inclined to think about this will affect her in the upcoming concert. Wonder if we're on a path for her bad end here.
>>25014302There is no way that a rejection won`t involve crying.
>>25014302It definitely feels a little cold blooded to just take this opportunity as is.>>25014341It will definitely involve crying, but there's no reason to shame her in front of her friends either.
>>25014363>NicehatguyWell, are you going to change your vote?You still have a chance to change it before this thread falls off the board.
>>25014339This is a good point. We should wait until after the concert, or after the Ruri contract ends, to cut her off.>>25014341Unless we make it smooth. And private. What I DO NOT want is having her rebounding to Garcia after the rejection. I'd rather have her killed. By us.
>>25014388Well, I don't think we can get a better opportunity than this one. It's unlikely that Iori has any more information on Ruri at this point. I just hope Chiaki will have some common sense and pull Iori aside for a moment or something....Yeah, too much to hope.Shut up.
>>25014393What's wrong with having her rebounding to Garcia? It gets her out of our life and puts her into the somewhat safe hands of Garcia and his maid SWAT team.
>>25014302>>25014341Sounds good. We should relocate before doing the whole "You deserve someone better" routine. >>25014393I wonder if we CAN leave it for later.
>>25014302Really, it's the kinder thing to do. If she hates us for doing it in front of all the idols, she might not turn up at the concert, which is likely to become a bloodbath.
>>25014332SomeoneWe don't know who/what/why in bed with her
>>25013834Guy from >>25013983changing to >>25014010
>>25014490>she might not turn up at the concertGiven how important this is for her and for her company, that's really unlikely.And the gossip wouldn't stay within the idols; if it got out to the Internet then it could damage her career.
>>25014010I'm very very very late, but lets do this. We don't want to make a scene here.
>>25014426She wouldn't be happy with him. She's not happy with him right now.Remember that date she was going to have with him? And how quickly she cancelled it for us?There ARE worse things than being our lover, and it's being his.
>>25014732There are worse things than getting second bestLike being torn to pieces by whichever insane bastard we piss off on a daily basis
I think the best option is to let Iori down now, under this intense pressure. It will be good practice for Pinky
>>25014418>Chiaki will have some common sense and pull Iori aside for a moment or something.Yeah, no. Not likely.If you vote for clearing the air now, it's getting done now.>>25014732I don't think she cancelled the date with Garcia; that's a dinner date, and this is just after lunch.
>>25014800>under this intense pressureBut it's not the pressure, it's the consequences of doing it now versus doing it in private. I agree it has to get done today, but I don't think that rejecting Iori in public, in the middle of her peers, is the right place or time to do it.
Question about the after-quest write-ups. Are they cannon (as cannon as quest can be) or do they have no relation to the quest we are playing and are just a bits of fan-fiction of... someone. Who writes them anyway? Is it just one guy or different people? Is it Deculture under different name?
>>25014964I can confirm that Wendy Cooldown and FOR SURE archivalfag are not decuI think they're extra worldbuilding that won't get anywhere near uscept' maybe Wendyprobably.
>>25014993It'll all become relevant eventually. Even if it's not the focal point.
>>25014993>I think they're extra worldbuilding that won't get anywhere near usI just want to know if those things are happening in Decu's setting and quest. I never read them before the last thread when Deculture referenced the writeup in his last post.If they are just fanfics made by other people, I don't see any reason to read them but if they are actually incorporated into the setting then they are worth.Also, do the writes first let Decu read them and then post them or do they just post them without making sure they fit into Deculture's story?
>>25015234They are canon, and I do ensure deculture reads it before posting. I'm fairly sure that Wendy does the same.
>>25015234>but if they are actually incorporated into the setting then they are worth.We know that elements of the Eighth Officio, such as Smooth Alabama Liquid Snake and Wendy Cooldown have been referenced and mentioned in the main plot (their panties, and the gift given to Sayaka). Also, Chiaki did actually meet Wendy, who even said that she'd pitch in and help when we mentioned that Mami was in danger.
>>25015261>>25015276I see. Thanks.Id there a way to access those stories chronologically without going back to all the threads and searching them?
>>25015340You can check twitters here:https://twitter.com/WendyCooldownhttps://twitter.com/archivalfagAnd my pastebin is here: http://pastebin.com/u/GrizzlyniisanI'd post Wendy's pastebin but she seems to have them all set to unlisted.
>>25015340Twitter? Archival posts pastebin copies of the write-ups stories on his Twitter. Wendy does the same, but the Wendy stories aren't chronological order. https://twitter.com/archivalfaghttps://twitter.com/WendyCooldown
>>25015384That's because the Wendy stories sometimes relate to happenings in the threadA good example is us discovering Wendy's panties in Kharn's treasure trove and then finding out how they came to be there
>>25015426Yeah, I noticed that. I just brought it up since anon asked for the stories chronologically and the Wendy write-ups aren't in order. Well, I suppose one could try to put them in order, but it's a hassle, hahaha. But it's easy to note that today's Wendy write-up mentioned another Warmaster before Mary TASALS, so I guess this would be before all the others.
Went and unlocked all the other listings. Didn't really think about anyone wanting to see the whole thing, haha. My pastebin's http://pastebin.com/u/WendyCooldown (all my user stuff is pretty easy)Everything in the writeups I do has been run by decu beforehand and is canon, but it's not in chronological order/a coherent story form because I'm ADD as hell and can only get about three pages of a thing out before my brain turns to pudding.
>>25015690Also at some point I'll probably sit and put everything in a timeline or something, or start numbering them so it's easier.I do recommend you pay attention, though. This will eventually be on the test.
One more thing that I think bears mentioning:The idols that are listening in on us now; they've pretty much gotten the entire conversation. Their whispering even got louder when Iori mentioned rooming with us.They are filing away this conversation, anything and everything we say can and will be used against Iori.In >>25013306the whispering intensified as soon as Iori offered to be a confidante. If we reject her publicly then that's something even better that they'd be able to use against Iori.An idol looking for friendship and comfort in another girl? Scandalous.Said idol being rejected, rather than the other way around? Career destroying rumors acquired. Because in the former situation of "How Lewd", an idol could beg forgiveness from her fans and colleagues for not being the pillar of purity that their carefully crafted image is supposed to be.But in the latter, she didn't even measure up, and was rejected.I really think it's important that when we do friendzone Iori, that it be done in private.
>>25015690>>25015732This anon here >>25014964Thanks. I'll read them for sure.