Archives:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Scorpion%20Girl%20QuestTwitter: https://twitter.com/ScorpGirlQuestCharacter Sheet: http://pastebin.com/1667ZT3fFirst came the heralds of the Great Priests searching the city for young girls to volunteer for a "spiritual journey." Then came reports of a humanoid scorpion monster on the terrace of the great step pyramid. Then, last night, a battle that left behind the corpses of dozens of humans and one giant maggot-thing. Today, the priests of the city officially reveal their abominable creation to the world. That's you.You spent most of last night trying to get your pet scorpion, Mr. Clicks, back in his cage. You feel a wreck. The pile of sleeping mats you've assembled has never seemed more comfortable. When the servants pound on your door at dawn and say that they have to get you ready, you feel like smashing something.> Smash something> "Fine! I swear by Great Abubu, you people can be so annoying."> "I'm sleeping in. There's no need to spend so much time dressing me up. I'm sure I'll make the same impression on them either way."
ah, so this is when 6PM EST is.>>28533185[x]fine, you people are so annoying[x]maybe leave a bit of a crack in a floor or wall
>>28533185>"Fine! I swear by Great Abubu, you people can be so annoying."I feel sure that smashing will be on the agenda today. lets try and save it for something/someone who deserves it.
>>28533185We don't want to make a mess of our crib. force ourselves up and get going.
>>28533226actually, upon second thought, instead of doing minor smashing, just throw pillows around
>>28533185[x]"Just 5 more minutes..."
>>28533185>> "Fine! I swear by Great Abubu, you people can be so annoying."
>>28533185can we make a non-committal murmur?
>>28533344That is a good idea
>>28533185You force yourself to rise, but you can't force yourself to be nice. "Fine! I swear by Great Abubu, you people can be so annoying."You duck under doorways as the servants lead you up to the Great Priests' solar at the top of the pyramid. Piles of clothing and jewelry have been prepared, surely more than you'll need. It seems the Great Priests are still arguing over how to dress you. The servants hesitate, fearing the displeasure of their masters almost as much as they fear you."That spiked armor would be most appropriate," says the Bronze Priest. "Cover up whatever remains of her old self. Make her strike terror.""Are you simple?!" snaps the Gold Priest. "This event will be a show of strength, but not a declaration of war. You there, put her in the gold chains and the saffron robes. See if you can pierce her ears. Don't look at me like that, slave; just do it!"The Blood Priest rolls his eyes. "Oh, I see! You want her to wear your colors! She was made by my magic. I'm the only one with that right."The Rain Priest goes to sleep in his chair. The Sand Priest just smiles and watches.> This is tiresome. Just dress yourself in something.> Ask the slaves to try to cover up the dark circles under your eyes.> "You pierce my ears; I pierce you."
>>28533442[x]just pick a nice dress or something[x]stay away from my ears
>>28533442Is it time for full creepy-child mode? I think it is.Pierce me and I Pierce you.Real question is if we want to be seen as a goddess/monster/scorpion or poorfag scorpion lady.
>>28533442>You pierce my ears, I pierce you>But cover up dem circles, don't want to look as sleepy as I feel.Y u gota b so bad mr cliks
>>28533442>> This is tiresome. Just dress yourself in something.>> Ask the slaves to try to cover up the dark circles under your eyes.>> "You pierce my ears; I pierce you."All of these, but be nice to the slave.
>>28533499We have learned an important lesson.No letting clicks out at night
>>28533500Sounds good to me.
>>28533442Simple light armour for our human half, Let us see if we can't get some form of mask, If we are to learn magics to make us look fully human, let us not have to mess with our face... also, it means we can pull faces at the priests without them knowing...
>>28533442>> This is tiresome. Just dress yourself in something.>> Ask the slaves to try to cover up the dark circles under your eyes.>> "You pierce my ears; I pierce you."all of the above.Get a nice plain robe. Something that goes with your eyes.
>>28533442You lower your human half toward the slaves. as the priests argue. "Just touch my face up a little. I don't want to look as sleepy as I feel."A slave, the same middle-aged woman who was so scared of you on your first day, hesitantly climbs up on a chair and goes to work on your face. She dabs some pigment over the tender skin under your eyes, then shadows the rest of your eye area with kohl. It feels irritating, but you tell yourself it's not her fault.When she's finished, she asks you, "D-do you want to see if we can pierce-"When you hear that word, you bare your teeth and hiss at her. It sounds inhuman. You didn't know you had it in you. She gets the hint and withdraws.The Great Priests finally agree on giving you a black dress, because it's not a color that's associated with any one of them, along with an amulet bearing a small copper effigy of some goddess or other. You don't see a problem with that.> Let's go!> Hold up. Weigh yourself down with as much jewelry as you can fit on you. Even put a gold ring around your stinger.
>>28533442>"You pierce my ears; I pierce you."Straight deadpan.
>>28533662>> Let's go!
>>28533662Let's go. We don't need copious jewelry.We MIGHT get a bow in either our hair or on our tail, but that's a maybe.
>>28533662>> Hold up.fuck the jewelry, but the idea of hiding our face is a good one....actually, we're not gonna be able to resist the jewelry either, are we?
>>28533662Maybe not all the jewelry, but lets take some at least.Don't want to look like a poorfag
>>28533662Can we get a middle option of some jewelry, but not a ridiculous amount?
>>28533662Some jewelry I would say and I like the gold ring around the stinger.
>>28533702I'm thinking some kind of veil, at least.Not so much for modesty but it'll make us easier to disguise later, plus it'll add a certain intimidation value.>>28533727>Can we get a middle option of some jewelry, but not a ridiculous amount?We're the little girl. There is no middle ground.
>>28533662> Let's go!We don't all that crap covering us! It'll just irritate us. And look tacky as hell.
>>28533662Only the gold ring on the stinger.And maybe a bangle or two.We've probably never had a chance to get good jewelery before, after all.
>>28533662Yeah, hide our face with either a veil or a mask.
>>28533770why, exactly?I see no reason to hide our face allatime.
>>28533783it's not about hiding our face all the time. It's about hiding our face in public.Also, because the rumours about what are under the veil will be hilarious.
>>28533783Do we want old friends knowing we are a horrific monster freak?
>>28533810but why are we hiding our face in public?>>28533821Explicitly yes, as we are going to visit them later.
>>28533828VEILS R KEWLDECEIT AND INTRIGUE
>>28533828>but why are we hiding our face in public?>>28533573>Let us see if we can't get some form of mask, If we are to learn magics to make us look fully human, let us not have to mess with our face
>>28533858in other words, hide our face now, and we won't have to hide our face later.
>>28533662You want to look well-bred, which you're absolutely not, so you make some guesses. You put on a gold hairpin and some more gold chains. You've also seen people kissing the rings of rich men, so you stick a bangle on each of your fixed claws.They seem to think that that will do, because the servants then pull open the heavy stone doors to the outside. You can hear the sounds of crowds below. Guards stand all along the long staircase that connects all the terraces and the gate to the ground level.The Blood Priest goes out first, greeted by a polite amount of applause. "Good people of Ligish - your brave volunteer has returned from her journey! Last night was the first of the many great battles she will fight to defend you. Now see your new champion!"The Sand Priest calls to you just before you descend the stair. "Tell them you saw the gods. The people eat that stuff up."> Do as he/she says.> You're no public speaker. Just smile and wave.> You'll tell them what you want to tell them, thank you.
>>28533876>>28533858I thought we decided that the illusion magic probably wouldn't pan out in a satisfactory manner?I don't mean to be a negative nancy, it just seems pointless. I understand this guy, at least, because he just thinks they're cool.>>28533854
>>28533896Smile and wave.We didn't see no gods. Also, we don't know any of the gods' names except abubu.
>>28533907eh, the rumours about what our face actually looked like would have been funny.
>>28533896>Smile and Wavecan't go wrong with thiswave with scorpiclaws
>>28533896>> Do as he/she says.What? How did you know I saw the gods?
>>28533954Yes, if we are waving, use scorpiclaws.They are way better to wave with.
>>28533896>"Tell them you saw the gods. The people eat that stuff up."Are you trying to imply that the priests DON'T see gods?Because I totally saw... something? I think...
>>28533907>>28533942FUNNY AND COOL
>>28533936Well... We did hear whispers of some unknown things.>>28533896Say we've changed and become powerful. Pledge to protect the city and everyone in it.Also Make a joking demand that they feed you a young child once a month.
>>28533993too soon for jokes like thatit's our first appearancejust smile and wave with both hands and claws
>>28533993>Make a joking demand that they feed you a young child once a month.We probably shouldn't make jokes about that just incase we decide we actually do want one later.
>>28533993I had thought those unknown things were, like, our relatives now, not gods.
>>28534040They don't need to know that.
>>28534040The logical conclusion being that we are now a goddess.And to be fair, the list of people who would argue against that with a giant scorpion is probably pretty short.
>>28534069I dunno, I thought gods would have cooler powers than just being a giant scorpionI mean, we can't even make people out of clay
>>28534078We just a babeh! We don't get cool powers till we're OLDER.
>>28534078>I thought gods would have cooler powers than just being a giant scorpionwell, we're already one up on those loser wizards who turn into giant snakes.
>>28533896You're pretty sure that you'll fuck up if you say anything. You wave, using your claws to make sure everyone can see. You hear a mix of oohs, ahhs, and screams. You've never had so many eyes on you at once. The Blood Priest smirks. "Go on down to the gate, past the line of petty-wizards. Let them touch you a little. It'll prove that you're real, and that you can be gentle. And I doubt any of them could harm you even if they were fool enough to try."Before you can finish clambering down the stairs, a retinue of guards and horsemen breaks through the crowd and sets a palanquin down by the gate. All the priests' guards part when they see the king step out and ascend the stairs to join you. The Great Priests look annoyed. "I am grateful to have such a wonder defending me and my city! My plan to create her has proved wise indeed. My people, show your gratitude!" His voice is not as strong as his father's. It sounds like it's still cracking, even though he's eighteen. You can see why he hardly ever speaks in public.> Endorse the king. It must be what he wants.> Whatever. Crawl past him and go say hi to the crowd.> Just wait for him to leave.
>>28534151>> Endorse the king. It must be what he wants.
>>28534151I am unsure how exactly we would endorse the king, as I have no words for it.Maybe just give him a setting-equivalent of a double thumbs up, then move on to the crowd
>>28534151>> Endorse the king. It must be what he wants.Yeah, I like him a bit more than the priests.
>>28534151>Whatevs, crawl past him, greet crowd.
>>28534151Be sneaky. Say we'll serve the city and it's people, and perhaps say 'the ruler of the city'. But don't swear shit to him. He seems weak and shifty.
>>28534151I don't like how the king is claiming credit for all the priests work.Tell him he needs a beard in order to lead.
>>28534151"You give me too much credit, I am but a simple girl defending her home."
>>28534213I like.>>28534228>I don't like how the king is claiming credit for all the priests work.The priest's work? They got the adventurers to find a crystal and then used it to turn Zuu into an abomination. Fuck those guys.
>>28534151>King trying to steal all the credit.I say we crawl past him and say hi to the crowd. Nothing underminds him more than just ignoring him.
>>28534245>I am but a simple girl defending her home.She's a fucking scorpion monsters
>>28534151Try not to get involved with the political shenanigans, go say hi to the crowds.
>>28534228I personally want to stay apart from the politics.We are an ENTIRELY different branch of government from the priests and king. The giant monster incident branch.
>>28534259>The priest's work?Well, if not work, at least the priests' plan. I think the priests are pretty cool. After all, without them we would not have a giant scorpiongirl.
>>28534151"Yes, thank you, your Majesty!" That's all you can think of. He smiles and waves some more. For a second, he looks like he's considering ascending the stairs into the pyramid. However, some men down by his palanquin gesture to him to wrap it up and come back down, so he does so.The Bronze Priest and the Blood Priest agree on something, for once. They're calling down to you, and looking very cross, but you can't make out what they're saying. Maybe they're upset that you didn't correct the king when he said that creating you was his idea.> Pass through the gate when the king gets out of the way. Time to let them touch you and do the other stuff crowds do.> Eew, no. Besides, you don't want them stealing your new jewelry.
>>28534213This is a very cunning plan. Sand priest would approve.
>>28534267>Nothing underminds him more than just ignoring him.politically we probably don't want to undermine him. He's already weak. Shoring up his position gives us someone we can leverage against the priests.
>>28534305pass through the gate, that's what we're supposed to do.Besides, we've been in crowds a lot before. We just need to be more careful this time.
>>28534305pass through gateenjoy adulation of crowd
>>28534305>> Pass through the gate when the king gets out of the way. Time to let them touch you and do the other stuff crowds do.
>>28534305>> Pass through the gate when the king gets out of the way. Time to let them touch you and do the other stuff crowds do.Touchy time.I bet we'll accidently sting one of these fuckers.
>>28534296without them we would not BE a giant scorpiongirl.Once again, fuck those guys.
>>28534336and by be more careful I REALLY MEAN be more careful.No sudden moves, no sneezes, keep your claws above head level, absolutely no children climbing on your stinger
>>28534305pass though gatebegin feasting
>>28534305> Pass through the gate when the king gets out of the way. Time to let them touch you and do the other stuff crowds do.
>>28534287We can't not play politics. People are playing politics with us.Have you ever played AssCreed 1? There's a good rant in there about how assassins can't be apolitical by their very nature, and most of it applies here too.>>28534305Pass through! We should try to gain as much respect from the people as possible. And besides, they can't possibly be as filthy as we were before.
>>28534305Here goes. You have no prejudice against the common people, and you probably still see yourself as one of them, but you've never had to wade through quite so many of them. The fearful ones shrink away from you, but there are more than enough brave ones to fill in the ranks. Two hundred hands touch your legs, flanks, and tail all at once. You keep your stinger raised extra high to prevent an accident.The people you can make out are praising the gods or delivering pleas for help. "Lady Scorpion, help us destroy Turtak!" "Lady Scorpion, keep the blight demons away from the next harvest!" "Lady Scorpion, the night patrols kidnapped my husband! Please help!" "Lady Scorpion, my brother wastes away int he king's dungeon, but he is innocent!"So many people. You wonder if any of the men are the father you never knew.> Answer as many pleas as you can make out. Try to remember the ones that seem possible.> Just smile politely> Deliver that comment about serving the "true ruler" of the city. That doesn't seem like a bad idea.
>>28534555Smile politelymaybe lift some children into the air
>>28534555Man, this is going to fuck up a 10-year old beyond belief.But yes, try to remember some of the pleas and talk about serving the true ruler.
>>28534555smile politely, try to remember a few of the more reasonable pleas.be sure to say SOME words, so people know you can talk.
>>28534555Polite smileswords are for mortals
>>28534555Remember the pleas we can and talk about serving the true ruler.The pleas we can fix right away will only help to make us seem even greater to the masses.
>>28534596and then eat them
>>28534636I think you're overestimating the amount of power we actually have.Which is effectively zero. Indeed we're pretty reliant on the priests and no matter how powerful we might be in combat, we're still no match for an army.
>>28534701in short, lets not piss anyone off we don't have to.
Man, this whole thing with the King, the Priests and Footmen's School feels like we're walking through a political minefield blind.We don't know anybodies real agenda.All we know for sure, is that the Priests and the footman's school hate each other for some reason. And that the King is basically powerless. >Major short to medium term goal: Find out just what the fuck is going on in this city.
>>28534756Now that I can agree with.
>>28534756yeah, that's my goal too. Before we wade too deep in the political waters.I mean, we're like 12, you'd think someone would be filling us in.
>>28534756Given that the five or six different colours of priests all seem to have different agendas as well, that may be challenging.
>>28534555I doubt that we have the capacity to deliver some kind of speech about how we may be able to defend against other monsters and help fight in battles, but for things that require investigative work and delicate handling, they do not need our help, only that of their fellows and to believe in god, their ruler, and themselves...so a non-committal "I'll do my best" is probably our best bet...
>>28534774Like the priests? They'll fill us in all right, just in a way that makes them look perfect. Who's going to give us the real situation?
>>28534555'Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings.'
>>28534555The only reasonable pleas seem to relate to stopping any future monster attacks, crushing Turtak, or uniting the city. There are a few complaints about the new night patrols from the Footmen's School. Anybody in the king's dungeon was probably bled to death to help create you. The realization makes you feel guilty.You look around for anybody you recognize from the poorhouse. You see none. And that guard never gave you a report on them. You hope they're all right.All, right, it took you a few moments, but you know what you want to say. "I promise I will serve this city, and its true ruler."Someone hands you a baby to bless. You take it (in your human arms) and hold it up. Oh, shit, did you just accidentally imply that that baby was the true ruler of the city? You wish you were better at this.> Return to the pyramid, clean yourself off, and check for stolen jewelry> Get news about your old friends from the poorhouse ASAP
>>28534799but the priests haven't even been filling us in is the thing, they're just sort of asking us to go along with it and giving us ample pay in goods to do so
>>28534810I'm growing increasingly worried about the poorhouse.
>>28534810>> Return to the pyramid, clean yourself off, and check for stolen jewelry
>>28534810poor haus newz
>>28534810Get home, find the sand priest and see if we can get a way to sneak out to the poorhouse.
>>28534810go home for the day... If someone stole any jewelry, trust that the money they would get for it goes to feeding others like we were...we can ask the chap we told to take the remnants of the feast to the poorhouse... he'd know....
>>28534853We can't check on it ourselves. Too many people inthe streets.Head back to the temple, collar a servant and get them to do it for us.
>>28534873Can we make our own servants? Give them a scorpion broach or someat so we can have our own secret sect?
>>28534909we could, but I doubt it would be very effective or loyalty assured at this point.
>>28534919We could start with our master, who lost her guild. I'm sure she knows people. And she probably needs a new group.
>>28534909doesn't that rather defeat the point?Besides, our personal authority basically extends as far as the reach of our claws at this point.
>>28534909We probably won't get the opportunity to do something like that until a while down the road.At least, not without raising too many eyebrows.
>>28534810You return to the pyramid, waving back to the people as you climb. People are still cheering. Good. Despite your lack of sleep, you convinced them that you're not a bloodthirsty monster. Speaking of which, you're getting hungry. Some more raw meat would be great.Back inside the pyramid, slaves clean the dust off your legs with wet rags, and you ask about the guard you sent to check the poorhouse. The slaves know him based on your description, and he's brought to you just as the fearful woman is wiping off your makeup. He'd been avoiding you because he got totally lost and couldn't find any such poorhouse. But he promises to check again tonight!The Great Priests have dictated that everyone is to focus on your education and training, starting for the rest of today. They don't want to have to send you into action again before you've had at least a little preparation.> He'd better.> Dismiss him from this duty and find a way to do it yourself later.>You must now decide how to divide your attention in your studies and in your free time. List of options to follow.
>>28534953>>28534930Well we can start small. Give our Master and maybe the chef a little gift of appreciation. They can be the core of our group as it grows.
>>28534930I think we need to start off by piggybacking on someone elses authority at first.I dare say we can count on at least one of the priests to allow to us subborn a slave or a servant every now and again to use as a runner to carry messages to the poor house for us.
>>28534965[x]He'd better- if he doesn't, we're going ourselves.
>>28534992[X] but not until AFTER we've flayed the flesh from his bones and devoured it.
>>28534965U better guard manI'm hungry
>>28535004man, I am opposed to EVER eating any of our subjects.
>>28534965> He'd better.Suddenly, I'm worried that something happened to them.
>>28535038threatening to eat and actually eating aren't the same thing.
>>28534965You are 12, completely uneducated, and not blessed with the longest attention span. There are some things that the priests decide that you must learn, but you don't have to pay full attention to it all. Indeed, you probably can't. Instruction comes from Nakurtum, the priests and acolytes, and the eunuchs who tutor Tabni-Ninsun.> Divide 10 study points among the following:> Weapon training> Physical conditioning> Literacy (which the Rain Priest likes but the others think is a waste of time. Literacy is seen as kind of middle-class, something for scribes ad accountants.)> Strategy & History> Religion> Etiquette & ElocutionYou also enjoy some time to relax and make new friends and cultivate your existing relationships.> Divide 10 social points among the following:> Nakurtum, your combat trainer> Nergal-Edir, the cook> Tabni-Ninsun and her friends> The Blood Priest> The Rain Priest> The Bronze Priest> The Gold Priest> The Sand Priest> Mr. Clicks> Arranging a play date with the king> Bonding with the strange voices you hear in your dreams
>>285351165 conditioning5 weapon trainging10 on strange voicesdisregard humanity become goddess
>>285351161 weapon training4 physical conditioning1 literacy2 strategy&history1 religion1 etiquette&elocutionWe need at least some training in all of these, but only a little of most of them to get the gist.social choices next
>>285351165-physical conditioning2-literacy2-strategy and history1-Etiquette and Elocution2-Blood priest1-mr clicks1-king1-strange voices4-other 4 priests 1 each1-tabni and friends
>>28534965thank him for doing this for us. manners cost little... we might also guilt him into actually doing it rather than not doing it as the priests are probably telling him to....>>285351162 Weapon training2 Physical conditioning1 Literacy3 Strategy & History1 Religion1 Etiquette & Elocution3 Nakurtum, your combat trainer2 Nergal-Edir, the cook1 Tabni-Ninsun and her friends3 Mr. Clicks1 Bonding with the strange voices you hear in your dreams
>>28535116>> Weapon training 2>> Physical conditioning 2>> Literacy 2>> Strategy & History 2>> Religion 1>> Etiquette & Elocution 1>You also enjoy some time to relax and make new friends and cultivate your existing relationships.>> Divide 10 social points among the following:>> Nakurtum, your combat trainer 3>> Nergal-Edir, the cook>> Tabni-Ninsun and her friends 1>> The Blood Priest >> The Rain Priest 1>> The Bronze Priest>> The Gold Priest>> The Sand Priest>> Mr. Clicks ALL THE POINTS>> Arranging a play date with the king 1>> Bonding with the strange voices you hear in your dreams 1
>>28535180Shift one of those Mr Clicks points to the Sand Priest, and I'll second that.
>>285351162 points nakurtum, she's a straight shooter2 point with the chef, he's nice and we're nice back1 point with tabni-ninsun, they're kind of jerks about somethings but otherwise nice1 point with clicks, train him to be less bad1 point for king visit, since we agreed to at least try3 points spare for other anon's preferences
>>28535116Study points3 Physical conditioning2 Weapon Training2 Religion2 Strategy and History1 Etiquette and ElocutionSocial points2 Combat trainer2 Cook1 Mr clicks2 Tabri-Ninsun and friends2 Arranging the date with the king1 Chillin like a villin' and discovering oneself
>>28535180>>28535200I am fine with this arrangement as a third anon, but we're missing the one point in king we need. I suggest dumping the combat trainer to 2 as well to make room for a king visit.
>>285351163 > Weapon training3 > Physical conditioning1 > Literacy2 > Strategy & History1 > Religion3 > Nakurtum, your combat trainer1 > Nergal-Edir, the cook0 > Tabni-Ninsun and her friends2 > The Blood Priest0 > The Rain Priest0 > The Bronze Priest0 > The Gold Priest1 > The Sand Priest1 > Mr. Clicks0 > Arranging a play date with the king2 > Bonding with the strange voices you hear in your dreams
>>28535167I can back these allocations.They've got the variety we need.
>>285351163 Weapon Training. 3 Physical conditioning. 1 Literacy. 1 Strategy & History. 2 Etiquette & Elocution. 4 Nakurtum, your combat trainer. 2 The Blood Priest. 1 The Rain Priest.1 The Sand Priest. 1 Mr. Clicks. 1 Bonding with the strange voices you hear in your dreams.
>>28535167Ya this is reasonable.
>>28535116You are 12, completely uneducated, and not blessed with the longest attention span. There are some things that the priests decide that you must learn, but you don't have to pay full attention to it all. Indeed, you probably can't. Instruction comes from Nakurtum, the priests and acolytes, and the eunuchs who tutor Tabni-Ninsun.> Divide 10 study points among the following:> Weapon training 2> Physical conditioning 1> Literacy (which the Rain Priest likes but the others think is a waste of time. Literacy is seen as kind of middle-class, something for scribes ad accountants.) 2> Strategy & History 2> Religion 1> Etiquette & Elocution 1> Divide 10 social points among the following:> Nakurtum, your combat trainer 1> Nergal-Edir, the cook 1> Tabni-Ninsun and her friends 1> The Blood Priest 1> The Rain Priest 1> The Bronze Priest 1> The Gold Priest 1> The Sand Priest 1> Mr. Clicks 1> Arranging a play date with the king 1
>>28534965You thank the incompetent guard and hope he'll do better next time.>>28535116>Seems like the general consensus is something like the following. It's a lot of choices at once, so I'll give a little more time to talk it over.2 Weapon training2 Physical conditioning1 Literacy3 Strategy & History1 Religion1 Etiquette & Elocution2 Nakurtum2 Nergal-Edir, the cook1 Tabni-Ninsun and her friends1 Sand Priest2 Mr. Clicks1 The King1 Strange Voices
>>28535116> Physical conditioning: 2> Literacy:2>Strategy: 2>Religion:2>Etiquette:2I leave out weapon training because I hope that we learn magic to keep our hands busy.> Nakurtum: 2> Nergal-Edir, the cook: 2> Tabni-Ninsun and her friends: 2> The Blood Priest: 2>Mr. Clicks 2
>>28535319move 1 S&H and 1 weapon training into physical, and 2 from cook to blood priest, and I can accept it.
>>28535335yeahweapons aren't important because our scorpibody is much better than any warrior.
>>28535354That sounds reasonable to me.
>>28535364I'd like an extra point in literacy. Just because I like the idea that the girl from the poorhouse turns out to be surprisingly capable in that regard, especially since they turned her into a weapon,
>>28535354I agree with that.
>>28535354>>28535392I like the cook way more than the blood priest, and would like at least one point in cook
>>28535354Fuck no. Cook is way way better then blood priest. And besides, Sand priest is where the priesting is at.
>>28535416Maybe just 1 point into Cook and Blood priest then?
>>28535416how is a lowly cook gonna help usfuck himblood priest is clearly the most powerful, he made usit was his ritualwe meet him
>>28535459>how's the cook going to help usby being a genuine friend, a thing short in supply and invaluable in political situations.
I don't think she'll need that much physcial conditioning, she could out run Nakurtum pretty easily, but weapons WILL be an issue even if we don't use them ourself.I'd also go with two points in Literacy, just because that could open up options later on.Outright avoiding the voices, they're going to make us unleash an angry something back into the world, which probably won't be good.
>>28535319This is crystal.
>>28535495yeah he's oldI put a point into bronze priest daughter and her group for friends
>>28535116>>28535319>All right, here's the final spread: >1 Weapon training>4 Physical conditioning>1 Literacy>2 Strategy & History>1 Religion>1 Etiquette & Elocution>2 Nakurtum>1 Tabni-Ninsun and her friends>2 Blood Priest>1 Sand Priest>2 Mr. Clicks>1 The King>1 Strange VoicesYou devote most of your effort to pushing your strength and speed. Nakurtum keeps trying to work polearm techniques into your exercise, perhaps just because it's something she can still do better than you.The next day, that guard returns to you and proudly announces that the poorhouse is doing fine. They are grateful for the food you gave them the other night, and they say that the two other 12-year-olds have found trades - one as a bricklayer, one as an apprentice harlot. It seems that you weren't the only one they were trying to send away because you were getting too old. >We've got a few dialog scenes to go through now, not necessarily in chronological order. Pick a character you spent Social Points on to talk to first.
>>28535563either do Mr. Clicks now or at the end.You have to lead with or end with the best part.
>>28535563Mr Clicks! Or voices.
>>28535587Settle for voices now, clicks last?
>>28535563Our pet/best friend of course.Mr. Clicks.
Fine, mr clicksyall just hate people doncha
Why the hell are we all so fixated on Mr. Clicks?Is it the "Mascot Effect"?
>>28535647I don't know what the mascot effect is, but he is a tiny scorpion that can be on our head.If I could, I would get another, even tinier scorpion to put on Mr. Clicks, but that's a pipe dream.
>>28535563Sometimes it's hard to approach someone in your free time when you just want to relax and talk. Sometimes you knock over furniture. Sometimes people are afraid of you. But Mr. Clicks never judges you. He's a naughty scorpion, but maybe he'll warm up to you with a little attention.The next time you take him out of his cage to play and he tries to go back in that crack in the wall, you make that angry hissing sound you made to the slave who wanted to pierce your ears, and he freezes and curls up. You have discovered a way to discipline him! You've also determined that his favorite food is live locusts.> Give him lots of treats> Make him work for it. Put more dangerous prey in his cage with him and watch how he fights.
>>28535647to better understand Scorpion Combat, we must observe the Scorpion fight. Learn how the Scorpion uses his body to attack, what his greatest weaknesses are, where his strength lies... then we can train ourselves around that information, cover our weakness and sharpen our strength...
>>28535613Honestly, my favorites are Mr. Clicks, the combat trainer, and the chef.also the orphans we want to make sure are okay.
>>28535672Give him some locusts. He'll fight much the same against them as against dangerous prey.I think.I don't want to put anything in he might lose against.
>>28535672a session of combat, then some treats to heal up and thank him for it.
>>28535672>> Make him work for it. Put more dangerous prey in his cage with him and watch how he fights.CLICKDIATOR!
>>28535672Give him lots of treats
>>28535672make him work
>>28535672Give him a treat then put something more dangerous for him to work on.Then once he has killed his pray he gets another treat.
>>28535701as fan of japanese bug-wars I can say that beetles are the ones who wreck errything.With everithing else scorpions should be fine.
>>28535672Sweet, now we know we have at least a little bit of innate control over scorpions.> Give him some treats, then make him do a bit of work.
>>28535672You love Mr. Clicks, but the whole reason you have him is to watch him fight. You steal the biggest, nastiest stag beetle you can find in the Blood Priest's workshop and pit it against Mr. Clicks in mortal combat.While Mr. Clicks tries to sting through the beetle's shell as he yields ground and circles the perimeter of the cage, the beetle charges right in and grabs Mr. Clicks in its powerful pincers. This might not end well. You don't want a pet beetle, you want Mr. Clicks! You consider reaching in with your hand and breaking up the fight.Fortunately, your little scorpion buddy pulls through. He gains some purchase with his claws, then stings again and again and again until he reaches a soft spot.Then he keeps stinging that spot, again and again, until the beetle slows down and slackens its grip. Mr. Clicks starts drinking the beetle's fluids before it's even finished dying. You drop a fat locust into the cage, but Mr. Clicks is stuffed. Maybe he's saving it for later. "I'm sorry, Mr. Clicks. But you did a good job!">Chose another character:>2 Nakurtum>1 Tabni-Ninsun and her friends>2 Blood Priest>1 Sand Priest>1 The King>1 Strange Voices
>>28535881>>1 Strange Voices
>>28535881it seems just-sting-them is the scorpion technique of the day.let's visit our combat teacher for even more combat teaching.
>>28535881Sand Priest, or Blood priest
>>28535881>> Strange Voices
>>28535881>1 Strange Voices
>>28535941against slow enemies with tough carapaces...next time we should try a lightly armored, but faster opponent for him.
>>28535881priest of blood
>>28535881Now that you're spending so much time with other people, man of your dreams are like shadows of your day-to-day life, studying, exercising, having half-remembered conversations. Sometimes you appear as you are now, and sometimes you're human again.One night, though, you have a very vivid vision. You are in a cave so enormous that you can't see the ceiling in the vast darkness. The floor is a mosaic of obsidian pieces with glowing purple mortar in between. A scorpion-man approaches an enormous ebon-skinned woman who sits on a silver throne. You guess from your rudimentary religious training that the woman is Ereshkigal, lady of the underworld. The man-scorpion bows, but there is indignation in his eyes. The light in the room makes his skin and chitin glow. "I demand that you reconsider! My people are guilty of nothing but serving the gods! It is only the humans who deserve to die."The woman scowls back at him. "Death is not a punishment. Good and evil mortals come to me just the same. There is nothing to reconsider. You will accept your fate. And if I catch any of your people approaching the Seven Gates, your suffering will defy imagination!"With that you wake up in a cold sweat.>That's all you get for 1 point. Pick another character:>2 Nakurtum>1 Tabni-Ninsun and her friends>2 Blood Priest>1 Sand Priest>1 The King
>>28536105prieeeeest of blud
>>28536105well shit, apparently we're going to visit a seven gates.
>>28536105>>2 Blood PriestLets see the bloody priest.We don't want any bad blood with him.
>>28536105Blood Priest.Time to nag at him until he teaches us magic.
>>28536105>2 Blood Pries
>>28536105Well this cannot possibly be good. I can't help but feel the priests themselves have no idea what they've done.Voting Sand Priest. Blood Priest is too eager to use us as a tool. Sand Pirest is probably the same, but he's willing to at least help us. Likely a ploy to gain our trust, but we can use this, for now.
>>28536152careful, you might bleed the joke dry
>>28536265Eh it was a bloody stupid joke to begin with.
>>28536265>>28536295let's stop with puns before we give someone a brain hemorrhage.
>>28536105The first few times you go to see the Blood Priest over the course of the next week or two, he greets you with a laugh and a cynical smile. "I told you, girl, I'm not teaching you blood magic! Run along now."Eventually, though, he opens up somewhat. You catch him while he's washing his hands after a blood ritual he conducted to heal a wealthy merchant. He grumbles to himself for a moment. "Ghh... come on... Hunzuu, you've got good eyes, right? Is this water dirty? Everything looks red in this light."You tell him that it looks fine. He shakes his head. "It's happened before. When I was young I went to a state dinner with my arms all pink up to the elbows! I just didn't know any better, though. That was even before I was ma- oh, dear... never mind.""Before you were what? Married? I didn't know you had a wife.""Had. It's a long story. And it's not a story for children."He's scrubbing his hands raw.> "You did something to her, didn't you? You're really a shit."> "Whatever it is, I'm sorry. Clawhugs?"
>>28536339give him a pat on the back. I don't think he would appreciate clawhugs.
>>28536339"They'll really be pink rub them that hard."
>>28536339>> "Whatever it is, I'm sorry. Clawhugs?"Carefully, we don't want to rub him in the wrong way.
>>28536339Clawhugs fuck yeaheveryone loves clawhugs
>>28536332Better than pretty much any thread with Mami in it. That goes straight to people's head and is more or less impossible to head off.
>>28536339They'll be bloody again if you keep washing.
>>28536339"Some stains don't come out."
>>28536339> "Whatever it is, I'm sorry. Clawhugs?"
>>28536339You pat him on the back with one claw, gently and awkwardly. "Whatever it is, I'm sorry."He nods and lets you touch him in this manner. "Thank you. I know you're just trying to get me to teach you blood magic, but it's good to be able to talk about it with someone. You know, one day you'll probably have to marry someone. To cement some alliance or other. You won't think him worthy of you. He could be ugly, stupid, wicked, all three. But try to be happy with him. Don't... you know... murder him the first time you see profit in it."> Continue the conversation.> What do you say to that? Just leave. Choose another character.
>>28536377*if you rub them that hard.Gah! I read that sentence five times before posting it, but I still didn't notice the missing words.
>>28536524I thought my marriage prospects were kind of ruined by this body, actually.
>>28536524>> Continue the conversation.Please, stop thinking I am only motivated by the desire of learning blood magic.I promise you I won't murder people for my own benefit.
>>28536524I doubt anyone will marry me now.I'm not sure marriage even works anymore.
>>28536524...well that is a thing.Just let slide, though. Say >>28536558
>>28536524>continueI don't think anyone will want to marry a half scorpion.
>>28536524> Continue the conversation.I say combine this >>28536565 with something about doubting they could find someone that would put up with our new...body.
>>28536558This already has 2 votes so I'll give it a third.
>>28536524Haha, I probably don't have to be worried about getting married.
>>28536558Our biology raises a ton of questionsHow is scorpion babby made?Do we lay tons of eggs?Is it true that if you put alcohol on a scorpions back it stings itself to death?
>>28536670The last is untrue since we are immune to our own poison.
>>28536524"I thought my marriage prospects were kind of ruined by this body, actually."That makes him laugh. "Well, you're not going to have children, I'll wager. Not unless we can find a relic that makes a gentleman scorpion. But you're not immune to a political marriage. Sharing wealth and influence without sharing... fluids. Men will do anything for power. They'll do much worse than marrying a monster. I know.""Does that mean you think I'm a monster?""No, I... well..." He looks you in the eye, then back down at your claws, then back up at you, without a word. You both laugh at the same time. "Oh, my, I needed that. Take care, Hunzuu." He pats your chitinous flank and shuffles off to his room.>He's not teaching you blood magic, but now he might just think that that's not all you want. Pick another character:>2 Nakurtum>1 Tabni-Ninsun and her friends>1 Sand Priest>1 The King
>>28536680Yeah but the physical damage would be pretty devastating and the alcohol may have negative side-effects on our scorpion half.
>>28536699kinglets remind him how we backed his ass up in publiccoulda laughed at himhe owes us biiiiig
>>28536699It looks like 1 point was just a scene, and 2 was needed for interaction. Should have put more points into King and Sand priest, i think.To the King!
Rolled 1>>28536699I have no preference at this juncture, so I will roll a die between nakurtum and king.1 is nakurtum
>>28536699You have plenty of chances to interact with Nakurtum. You spend just about every morning with her out on the terraces, running laps, sparring with wooden poles, and testing the strength of both your human and scorpion halves.She often looks distracted, though. You're sure she's waiting for news from her surviving friends, who fled the city after being implicated in the giant maggot attack. The Blood Priest promised to send spies out to get answers but forced Nakurtum to stay here with you.To try to cheer her up, you tell her about your own absent friends. You also add, "I know your friends are good people, Nakurtum. You don't have to worry about what really happened."Nakurtum looks around the terrace warily before replying in a low tone. "That's the thing, though. I know they're not. Commander Hillalum always used to under-report our treasure finds, to lessen the cut we'd have to give to clients, or to have some things in reserve to "discover" during try periods. That must have been where that sarcophagus came from. I can only imagine what the priests would do to me if they knew I knew..."> "They'll never know."> "Tell them what you know before they figure it out later. Don't worry; I'll protect you."
>>28537004this is a toughie. I think she should fess up under our protection, since it will help the investigation and imply it wasn't intentional untrained magic acts, but instead a bit of tax fraud, which is a much less harsh crime I imagine.
>>28537004I've always thought honesty is the best policy but I'm not sure we have the clout to actually protect her, especially after her term of service is up...maybe ask her if she wants us to try and don't tell anyone if she doesn't?
>>28537004>you should probs tell them what you know, I'll get ur back>totally understand if you don't want to though
>>28537093yeah, this is an important idea. we ADVISE her to tell the truth, but we'll keep the secret if she doesn't want to.We're not telling her to.
>>28537004Honesty is the best policy.
>>28537112I agree. We'd like her to speak up about this but if she thinks it'll go badly for her and won't, we won't spill her secret.
>>28537112This, as long as we give her our official seal of protection tm.
>>28537004You think it over. "If you tell them, I'll protect you. No matter what. I guess it's up to you, though."She takes a deep drink of water ans leans on your scorpion legs. "You're really sweet. I think I'm gonna just wait it out, though. I've been here for long enough that I can claim that I didn't know, that holding back treasure was a new policy that started after I left. They might even believe me..." She looks up at you. "You think they'd believe me? You spend time with them. Are they suspicious of me at all?""They don't ever talk about you. Last time I was with the Blood Priest, all he wanted to talk about was me getting married one day! I told him I didn't think I was the marrying kind."That makes her laugh. "That's rich. I was never the marrying kind, either. The closest thing I have to a family now is, well, you.""That means a lot to me." You tell her about your mom. She may have been a violent alcoholic whore, but she was your mom. Nakurtum looks amused. seems to mistake your mom's serious personal problems for a healthy fighting spirit.Nakurtum adds, "He can't make you get married, you know. He can punish me, but not you. He's hoping that you don't realize you have all the power here."> "Maybe I do want to get married, though. When I'm old enough. If I find the right man."> "I know he can't make me. If anyone tries, I just won't do it."> "How long should we wait before we kill them all?"
>>28537278>maybe I do wanna get married, even as a hideous scorpion monster.>I'm still a girl!
>>28537278>> "I know he can't make me. If anyone tries, I just won't do it."
>>28537278It really depends on if they find a nice guy
>>28537278"I think you overestimate how much power I've got, really. It doesn't go much further than I can reach with my claw."
>>28537278I want to get married, just not to anyone I don't like.
>>28537278>> "Maybe I do want to get married, though. When I'm old enough. If I find the right man."
>>28537278"Maybe I do want to get married, though. It depends on if I find a nice guy.""That'd be a lark. 'Behold, Hunzuu the Great, slayer of armies, destroyer of cities! And her consort, Lord So-and-So, the Nice!'"You laugh and blush. "And what's wrong with that?""Nothing! Good luck with that. I should probably let you go if you're going to get history lessons with that other girl. But let me know if you need anything. Anything. Everyone here is awful but you."> Ask her to do some errand for you> Just pick another character.>1 Tabni-Ninsun and her friends>1 Sand Priest>1 The King
>>28537511We don't really need any errands done. Other than the orphanage thing, but we're going to do that ourselves if the guard doesn't come through.Let's visit the king then
>>28537511kingowes us favorssubtly hint at favors owed for backing him up when he made them false claims to the crowd
>>28537511>> Ask her to do some errand for youTake care of yourself.> Just pick another character.>>1 Sand Priest
>>28537511no errandsmeet king
>>28537511One day, after you clean up after combat training. you decide to go see the king.> Do what Ku-Aya suggested and meet the king's people outside the city at the appointed time> Fuck that. Just skitter right up to the palace and ask for an audience> Ask permission from the priests first.
>>28537616>> Do what Ku-Aya suggested and meet the king's people outside the city at the appointed timelets see just how much of a dick he is in private
>>28537616>do what was suggestedno need to ruffle feathersmake it clear that you know you hold the power here though
>>28537616>> Fuck that. Just skitter right up to the palace and ask for an audienceWe are the fucking scorpion girl.
>>28537616Let's see if his plan for us to get there via subterfuge works at all.And if it's not just assassins. I'd be peeved if it was assassins.
>>28537511Ask that she only takes care of herself.>1 Tabni-Ninsun and her friendsAfterwords we can do the Sand Priest since he wanted us to get "closer" to her.
>>28537616>> Fuck that. Just skitter right up to the palace and ask for an audience
>>28537616>> Do what Ku-Aya suggested and meet the king's people outside the city at the appointed time
>>28537616Secret, for now. I want to know what he's like when he's not in front of a crowd before we decide to overthrow him.
>>28537616> Do what Ku-Aya suggested and meet the king's people outside the city at the appointed time.If this is assassins we have the upper hand.If it's the king trying to find where our loyalties lie it's with the people.
>>28537616You tell Ku-Aya, the ten-year-old girl who also claims to be the king's spy, that you accept her invitation. She thanks you for your discretion.It's a long hike to the ford - the journey there and back will take a whole day in total - so you get some dried meat from Nergal-Edir. It's not as good as raw meat, but it keeps longer and it doesn't trigger your new primal instincts.When you go out to the ford, nobody's there. You wait a while but find nothing. You return to the city, with a nagging suspicion that you've been had. You return to find that your suspicions are true! Apparently Ku-Aya represented not the king, but some rival city. While you were out, she and other agents like her looted the Blood Priest's workshop and killed some guards, including the one who'd been giving you reports from the poorhouse. Poor guy. At least your friends are doing all right. No enemies were captured alive, but all signs point to Turtak.After being scolded by the Blood Priest for believing a spy (who isn't one of his own spies,) you resolve on the next day to see the king for real.> Insist on speaking to nobody but the King himself> Make friends with his subordinates, too, even if it means not seeing the King today.
>>28537950>> Make friends with his subordinates, too, even if it means not seeing the King today.The real power is rarely in the kings hand when he is that weak.
>>28537950> killed some guards, including the one who'd been giving you reports from the poorhouseWow, Ku-Aya is such a cunt.
>>28537950Fucking spies! Wasting our day and killing our doods.Well, I don't care as much about seeing the king now, if he didn't send for us all sneaky like. Maybe chat up his subordinates too.
>>28537950> Insist on speaking to nobody but the King himselfCaptcha:scorn vennotnaYes, Ku-Aya has earned our scorn
>>28537950>> Make friends with his subordinates, too, even if it means not seeing the King today.I think the friends would be more useful.Also make a note to impale Ku-Aya next time we see her.
>>28537950>make friends with the subs>resolve to kill Ku-Aya on sight
>>28538022I can get behind that
>>28538022>>resolve to kill Ku-Aya on sightThis is a given.Kill her and eat her flesh.
>>28538022Kill on sight I can agree with.
>>28538022>>28538034U-uhI don't really want to do that very much.Can't we just use the guards instead? I like keeping scorpion level violence in reserve for monsters.
>>28537950>> Make friends with his subordinates, too, even if it means not seeing the King today.Always useful to be friends with the help overheard conversations and rumors can save a life.
>>28538057to be fair she's a capable spy.We could use a capable spy.
>>28538034Oh silly me, I got the order wrong.We eat her flesh and then kill her.Well, she will probably die from the flesh eating bit anyway.
>>28538022Killing somebody on sight rarely ends up being beneficial in the long run.We should at least know a bit more about her situation before we do anything. What if we had been in her place, and somebody would have threatened to kill our friends at the poorhouse if we don't do what they want?
>>28538034>>28538077we aren't eating human flesh any time in the forseeable future. That path leads to humanity loss and edgyness.I thought we were going to be the people's monster.
>>28538123yes. Let us please avoid the people eating.I mean, we have goats and monsters. More than enough meat to go around.
>>28538139But do spies and traitors really count as people?
>>28538167yes. Yes they do.
>>28538167They count as people as much as a half-scorpion girl counts as a person until she starts eating people.
>>28538123>>28538139Fuck that, Ku-Aya getting ate
>>28537950You head for the palace. It's impressive in its own way, not as tall as the pyramid, but covering about as much area and built to be more defensible. Chariots are patrolling around it, and the sight of you spooks the hell out of a couple of horses."Hello!" You call up to the gatekeepers. "I'd like to see the king, please, if it's not too much trouble.""The king sees no one." The gatekeeper says the line he's been ordered to say, but the fear in his voice shows his lack of conviction."Can you make sure? Is there nobody here who'd like to see me?""Yes, of course, Lady Scorpion. I'll check."After a few minutes, the massive gates crack open. "The advisors will see you, as thanks for your defense of the city."The palace is much better lit than the pyramid, with a much more luxurious interior. You don't even have to duck to get through the doors. Servants who act polite but are probably horrified by you lead you to a chamber full of cushioned couches and fine statues of gilded bronze. Some bearded men bow lightly to you. "The Lady Scorpion! We are honored to receive you. Please, help yourself to our refreshments. We took the liberty of preparing some wine assorted delicacies. Please, tell us what we can do for you."You hear a voice that might be the king's. "Who is that? Am I late again? I think I lost track of time."An advisor calls back to the voice, "Don't worry! Just the last guest of the day. You've done enough already. You were just heading back to the library."> State your business.> "That was very odd. Who was that?"> Chase down that voice.> Try that wine!
>>28538091Why would we even listen to a spy that wasn't on our side? Hell, even one on our side I wouldn't trust 100%>>28538123>>28538139Not sure about the whole "eating people" part, but i'll vote what what I feel is appropreate at the time.>>28538167"Enemy" spies and normal traitors are not people.
>>28538247>> Try that wine!Sample all of the wine.
>>28538247>> State your business.Is that the king? I'm here to see the king. Hello, king!
>>28538247>State yo business>try wine
>>28538238Their is no reason to eat her.We can kill her with our slow death poison that should be a just enough revenge.She can contemplate the mistakes she has made in her pitiful life knowing the end is inevitable and slowly approaching.
>>28538247State your business and try the wine since they prepared it.
>>28538258appropriate* Dammit brain stop doing that.
>>28538238I will forever vote against eating human flesh. I will forever vote in support of pulling Ku-Aya's arms and legs from her body like wings from a fly.
>>28538247> State your business.> politely decline the winewe don't know if we can hold our alcohol or if it'll be detrimental to our scorpion half.
>>28538247>> "That was very odd. Who was that?"
>>28538247State business.We came on by to visit the king, for reasons that would make us sound silly if we explained them.
we don't really have business here any more, do we?We thought the KING had business with US, but he doesn't
>>28538390We're trying to get a read of the king. To see if he's worth supporting, I guess. We've got to know how to throw our lot.Given that he's not able to see us, I get the feeling his advisors are pulling the strings. This is reinforced by his youth. We should find out who is in charge here, and their general disposition.
>>28538390We can just say we're here to pay our respects
>>28538416Seems to me that they've made that deciscion for us.The throne appears to be very derelict of authority figures.
>>28538247"Well, after meeting the king in that ceremony at the pyramid, I thought I'd try to really talk to him. We could work some things out together. Like, we could get that story straight about how I was all his idea." You try to be a little sly."We understand," the grey-bearded advisor says."We hope you do not take offense if he fails to speak to you directly. Our king is an extremely private man," the black-bearded advisor says."And he can get... lost in thought! Yes," the brown-bearded advisor says. "But meeting you is still extremely important. How have the priests been treating you? What have they taught you about us?"You take a sip of wine. It tastes very bitter to you - repulsive, even. Drinking it does not cause you to sting yourself to death, though.> Tell them the truth, politely> Spill all the dirt you have about the priests, including the attack they just survived.> Pretend that they're even worse than they really are, and that you want to know that this is a safe place for you.> Pretend that the priests are perfect angels who really like the king and wish he'd come around like his father used to.
>>28538535>Pretend they're even worse than they really are, and you want to know that this is a safe place for you.
>>28538535tell them the truth- the priests have been treating us pretty well. They expect us to do a lot of training, but they also give us what we want. Though, they're generally creepy priest people.They didn't really tell us much about the king.
>>28538535Tell them the truth
>>28538535What do you think? Its a bit ackward actually, they all see me as a tool, but they also treat me as their daughter. It feels like they are tired of their own little games.They haven't told me much of the king and his advisors actually.
>>28538535"You don't have to worry about the priests. You have to worry about ME.So far, I'm not impressed.The king appears to be little more than a figurehead. Where is his power?"
>>28538535> Tell them the truth, politelyWe have been treated well and we train alot, but we haven't been told or learned about them yet.>>28538596I agree the priest can be creepy at times, but then again we haven't spent too much time with all of them
>>28538596>>28538607>>28538664>not wanting to play the king and priests against each otherdo you guys even game of thrones?
>>28538535Compliment the beards. Ask why the king has nothing so grand.
>>28538681no. No I don't.
>>28538681I'll play groups off of one another after I determine who the hell the guy running the neighboring city state is
>>28538696yeah, that's pretty clear from your choices
>>28538706You're ruining your foundations though.
>>28538535> Tell them the truth, politelyWhy exactly would we play the priests against the advisors? The priests call the shots in the city, don't they? So all we're doing is weakening the city's powerbase when fuckface Turtak is messing with us. I mean, we'll likely get rid of the priests eventually, but we're still at a stage where we need them. Let's get a lay of the land before we start playing politics.
>>28538721Look, I love manipulating two parties to fight each other as much as the next guy, but I think it's too early to try it. We don't even know what awesome powers we could get from the priests
>>28538535>> Tell them the truth, politelyuntil we know the nature of the political landscape we should avoid politics.we don't want internal strife when we have an outside enemy to focus on.
>>28538793Have you also considered that causing internal strife might weaken us against our ennemies?
>>28538828yes, that was also considered. which is why I was for not badmouthing the priests.
>>28538535"I've had mixed feelings about becoming... this, but the priests haven't been cruel to me. They teach me to fight and they teach me manners, but they haven't taught me anything about you or the king. That's why I'm here."The greybeard nods. "Well! As we've said, he's a very private man. Loves to read. Loves the gods, very much. His greatest dream is to bring all the schools together into a single army with a single chain of command. It's a change he feels has been long overdue. And of course we hope that you will play a large part in that army when the time comes. If you were to express your interest in this idea publicly, the rewards would be felt not just by you but by all of Ligish."> Let's talk rewards.> I'll be the judge of what's best for the city. I really, literally care about it and its people, hard as that might be to believe.> Okay, cut the crap. Why is the king so weird and who's really in charge here?
>>28538772Why get rid of the priests when we can become the head priest instead who is clearly favored by the gods.That would of course mean making good with all the priests/learning all their roles.
>>28538873> I'll be the judge of what's best for the city. I really, literally care about it and its people, hard as that might be to believe.Look, I am new here. I care about the city. I don't know how anything about the political power games and I don't want to make enemies or risk this city's security.Please, don't ask me to back your plan blindly.
>>28538873We care about the city foremost. Then again, the watches ARE kind of a clusterfuck.
>>28538873why is the king so weird?
>>28538873A neutral "I serve the city and its inhabitants" seems like the best choice.
>>28538873> I'll be the judge of what's best for the city. I really, literally care about it and its people, hard as that might be to believe.
>>28538873can we cut the literally out of the judge option?Mostly because it doesn't flow well to me.
>>28538873>"Okay look, I'm just going to come out and say it- You guys are in charge here, right? Why is the king so weird?"That thing with the army does sound like a damn good idea though.>>28538889Get rid of THESE priests. We replace them with priests that are loyal to us. The priests we have now are kind of conniving assholes. Some of them might be worth keeping, but some of them are going to have to go.
>>28538873"I'll be the judge of what's best for the city. I really do care about it and its people, hard as that might be to believe. I'm not keeping any secrets here, and I can't work with you if you're too secretive with me. Now can you tell me why you just turned away the king when he was right there?"That voice comes back. "Are you talking about me? I ton't think I was going to the library; I already had a scroll in my hand, and it's one I haven't read..." You hear his footsteps approaching.The advisors whisper to each other, looking worried. The black-bearded one leans toward you. "My associates think we can trust you with a secret. But I want you to tell me so yourself."> Yes, I'll keep a secret for you if it means I get a straight answer.> I just told you, I don't play those kinds of games.> Just go out and find the king yourself. He couldn't be far.
>>28539123>> Yes, I'll keep a secret for you if it means I get a straight answer.
>>28539123I keep many secrets.
>>28539123We can keep a secret. I think. I'll just start guessing otherwise.The king died and you replaced him with a similar looking guy, didn't he?
>>28539123> Yes, I'll keep a secret for you if it means I get a straight answer.The king is some sort of monster, isn't he? Let's keep our claws crossed that he's some kind of sexy were-scorpion man. ...yes I know that'd be incredibly unlikely but cmon.>>28539159This is probably more accurate than my insane theory.
>>28539159Looks more like Young King has alzheimers.
Or maybe Young King is actually Old King just looking young thanks to illusion magic. With alzheimers of course.
Rolled 93>>28539185Or is being kept drugged out of his mind to keep him pliable.
>>28539123"Yes, I'll keep a secret for you. Thank you for trusting me with a straight answer." You await your straight answer.The brown-bearded one stands up. "Come on in, your Majesty."You try a small delicacy that looks like meat as you wait for the king to walk down the echoing stairs. "What is it? Is he an impostor?"The king steps into view. He's the same man you remember from before. He doesn't recognize you, though. He jumps back in terror and falls onto his ass, dropping the scroll he was carrying. "Holy Anu! It's a monster!" He crawls away from you.The gray-bearded one gestures to the king. "No... His Majesty has a... bad memory. He had an accident shortly after his accession. He hasn't been the same."The king looks in disbelief in his advisors. "Why are you so calm?!"> Explain yourself to the king> Ask the advisors to step aside. You want to test his condition and mess with him a bit.
>>28539261>> Explain yourself to the kingLets not try to make things worse for the poor guy.
>>28539261>> Explain yourself to the king
>>28539261>...can you remember anyone's face at all?
>>28539261>> Explain yourself to the kingI met you this morning.
>>28539261>Can we talk to the advisors about how they're handling this instead? Are there any other family members that could take over? Could he be healed through magic (ala Blood Priest)? What kind of accident was he in?We can see just from looking at him that he messed up. We met him like... yesterday and he has no idea who we are now.
>>28539261we just met. He should really be able to remember that.Is there some way to help him?
>>28539261Explain yourself to the king.Oh man, this is just too perfect. The advisors are running the kingdom....but only because the king can't remember.
>>28539261This explains why he thought we were his idea.The advisors are telling him what to do and he probably has less of a clue than us about what is going on. Poor kid.
>>28539261This explains a lot. "I'm on your side, Your Majesty. The priests made me with some ancient magic they found. We met yesterday. Your people let me in today."The king dusts himself off and comes closer to you. The advisors nod to him in agreement with you. "Oh... of course they did! Well, it's a pleasure to meet you. Quite a way to start my reign, isn't it? You'll be quite an auspicious omen." He's been king for two years. "You know what we should do? We should present you to the public! We could appear together and wave to everyone, so they'll know you're on their side.""Yes, we did that already.""Very good! That was one of my better ideas." Maybe he wasn't told to take the credit for your creation. Maybe he was just making shit up. This also explains why he never gives a speech that's longer than two sentences.You spend a little more time with the king, taking a light meal together. He talks about his late father's great deeds. He's much more confident when talking about the past, even charming. Maybe twenty minutes into the meal, the advisors remind him who you are and how you got here.> Make any additional requests of the advisors. Requesting anything of the king himself is probably pointless.> Kiss the king's hand in parting.> Cut to the last scenes, bonding with Tabni-Ninsun and then reporting to the Sand Priest.
"well, shit. That explains a lot."> Ask the advisors to step aside. You want to test his condition and mess with him a bit.I'm curious about the nature of his "accident", but really it's not all that relevant to the good of the city.
>>28539400eh, I think we're done here. We figured out the deal.These advisors I am unsure we can trust, but they have a good idea with the unification of the military thing. Let's leave and think on it.
>>28539400>Ask about the accident
>>28539400Maybe ask about relationships with other cities and events at large that are happening.Ask if they have ever ask the priests about healing the king.
>>28539400> Kiss the king's hand in parting.> Cut to the last scenes, bonding with Tabni-Ninsun and then reporting to the Sand Priest.I was gonna ask the priests if we could heal the king or whatever. Honestly, it's a shitty, awful thing to say, but we're better off with him like this. The advisors seem to know what they're doing. They're not doing a great job at it, but they're a known quantity and they have some ideas we like.
>>28539400Shoo off King. Ask about the 'accident'.
>>28539400"I'm sorry about His Majesty's accident. Could he be healed? Like, with magic?"The brown-bearded one makes a sour look. "It was a head injury. The magicians we keep at court have tried and failed. They could only repair His Majesty's body. We are not ready to reveal His Majesty's condition to others, certainly not the Great Priests. Perhaps in time, though, once more trust is earned. Until then, we call on you to honor your agreement and keep our secret."You nod. "Well, I think I achieved what I wanted to. Thank you for letting me in. I'll think about your ideas. Maybe I'll be back again soon.""I will inform our guards to let you in if any of us are available."You kiss the king's hand in parting. He smiles and looks at his advisors almost reflexively. Maybe he forgets whether an underaged monster is courting him.>Wait for next scene
>>28539578King complete!Poor guy's brain problemsI wonder if hanging out with friends will be pre or post spy incident
>>28539578You take your history, religion, and etiquette lessons with Tabni-Ninsun. The classes are taught by a small group of eunuch scribes, all plump, with thin beards or no hair at all. The Bronze Priest must think that men are not to be trusted around his beautiful daughter. Tabni-Ninsun is in an even sourer mood than usual, frequently telling the eunuchs to stop getting on her case or she'll cut something else of theirs off.> Talk to her about Ku-Aya> What she needs is to have her mind taken off of Ku-Aya. Talk to her about more innocent, girlish things.
>>28539631>Talk to her about Mister Clicks.
>>28539631take mind off of her friend getting blackbagged by the secret police for being a spy for foreign militaries.Talk about girly things, gossip, or maybe even the assigned educational topic if you want to get zazzy
Rolled 9>>28539631> What she needs is to have her mind taken off of Ku-Aya. Talk to her about more innocent, girlish things.>>28539650Mr. Clicks should be mentioned as well.
>>28539631we chose her for a link into normal girl lifea friend a normal girl would havetalk about innocent girly things
>>28539631>> Talk to her about Ku-AyaAnd Mr Clicks, i guess.
>>28539631After classes, you compliment her appearance, then tell her about the adorable antics of Mr. Clicks (He burrows under straw! Once you forgot to close his cage, but he stayed inside overnight like a good boy!) She loves being complimented but doesn't seem to care about "your pet bug." So you change the subject to that sharp-dressed boy she's always making out with when nobody's looking. "That's just Enusat. His mother is this rich widow who's trying to score with the Sand Priest. She wants to make him an acolyte, but he doesn't want it. I'd never marry him, though. He's beneath me. He's just for fun.">"Wow, you're so popular and pretty. I wonder if I'll ever have a boy of my own to manipulate.">"That makes sense. You're so much more high-class than him. You come from, like, the best family ever. How has your dad been doing, by the way?"> "Wow, you really call the shots around here. I bet you can basically tell your dad to take on anybody as an acolyte, huh?
>>28539754I have the feeling this girl is a bad influence on us, and do not like the dialogue prompts much. This is tricky. Maybe change the topic.What does he want to do, if not be an acolyte?
>>28539754>Sounds kinda cool. Is there anyone you would marry?
>>28539829yes. good topic change.
>>28539754>His mother is this rich widow who's trying to score with the Sand Priest.oh, little does that woman know what is hiding under the sand...
>>28539754"Wow, can you be any more full of yourself?"
>>28539829A good topic change and after all we are trying to "get to know" her better and become her "friend".
>>28539829>everyone agreeing with me>feelsgoodman
>>28539754"Sounds great. Is there anyone you would marry?"She thinks it over with a wicked smirk on her face. "The king. I'd be the most powerful woman in the city. And he's so mysterious. Plus he shaves his beard. I like that. Smooth is in fashion. Kissing a beard is like kissing a broom. But really, I'd consider marrying anyone, as long as he's super rich and gorgeous and better than almost everyone."> Turn the conversation toward getting useful information for the Sand Priest.> Just continue cheering her up>>28539794>Don't worry; you don't necessarily believe any of these dialog options. That's just the language Tabni-Ninsun speaks. She can barely hear you if you don't liberally pepper your sentences with compliments.
>>28539945Sand priest inforich spoilt brat needs no cheering
>>28539945>> Turn the conversation toward getting useful information for the Sand Priest.I don't like this girl, tbh.But I think the king'd suit her.
>>28539945I think we maybe need to get back in touch with our old, superior, orphan friends.
>>28539945Continue to cheer her up and at the end ask about her father. We haven't had time to talk with him really and were wondering what kind of person he is.
>>28539754>His mother is this rich widow who's trying to score with the Sand PriestI like it, I like it, I like it a lot
> Turn the conversation toward getting useful information for the Sand Priest.
>>28539945You think of what else the Sand Priest might like. Tabni-Ninsun is talking at you about how you'll be able to get boys once your tits really come in, because boys will do anything for tits even if they're attached to a giant bug.You change the subject. "How did your mom and dad meet? That must have worked out pretty well because they made you.""He was the most promising magician in the city. She had money and tits. It was pretty natural. They hardly talk to each other any more, though. My mom even moved out of her room in the pyramid and only comes in on business. And that's annoying, because then they want to spend twice as much time with me. Dad keeps saying mom doesn't understand his legacy. I tell him I don't give a fuck about his legacy either, but he only hears what he wants to hear."> Keep pressing her for more info> That could be useful enough on its own. Sand priest time.
>>28540095>> That could be useful enough on its own. Sand priest time.This girl bores me.
>>28540095>wtf does he even mean by his legacy amirite?
>>28540095man, that bronze priest is probably not going to be happy with how his legacy is turning out.
Rolled 53>>28540095Keep pressing.
>>28540095>Keep pressing her tits for more info
>>28540095Keep pressing?What does that even mean? His legacy? Like he wants you to follow in his footsteps or something? If so what does SHE want to do?
>>28540095You take a mental note of what you've learned for the next time you see the Sand Priest. This time, when she shows up in your room, she keeps her masculine disguise active and changes only her voice. You tell her what you know ahout Tabni-Ninsun and the Bronze Priest, and then she says what she's been doing for you in return. "I've been experimenting with larger illusions. They're less stable, but the more an illusion survives in the public eye, the more it crystallizes. A guard on a camel disguised as a patrolman on a horse and walking the streets to see how long it works.""Did it work?" This sounds promising. You could disguise yourself as a man on a horse, maybe, or as a small wagon."It failed in the worst possible way. Nobody saw a patrolman on a horse - except the guard who was supposed to be wearing the disguise. The next night patrol brought him back to us in chains, claiming he was mad. They kept the camel. The weakness of sand magic is that it tempts the mind of anyone working it, or allowing it to be worked on them. If their will is weak, they believe their own lie, and then it's all ruined."> Nag her to teach you more about magic> Thank her for her continued experimentation on our behalf.> "Have you ever believed your own lie?"
>>28540269>> "Have you ever believed your own lie?"See if we can get hints about the girl trying to woo her.
>>28540269nag 4 majyck
>>28540269>> "Have you ever believed your own lie?"
>>28540269Ask her about her own lies. I don't quite want magic at this point, not so much.
>>28540269>"Have you ever believed your own lie?"Lick her sweat
>>28540269"Have you ever believed your own lie?"She glares up at you. "Not the lie you're thinking of. Once, when I was just an acolyte. They try very hard to make you go mad. I almost did. If the old Sand Priest thought you wanted something with a passion, he tried to make you believe you had it already. That's how I learned that passion was a kind of weakness. You only get the things you want if you want them coldly.""Right... Well, thanks for trying to help me."Later, after you've settled into a pattern of studying, training, and socializing, a patrolman from the Footmen's School comes to the pyramid to deliver a message. "We have good news for Hunzuu, called Lady Scorpion. As a reward for selflessly offering Hunzuu to go on her spiritual journey, the Footmen's School have taken the entire population of the city's eastern poorhouse under its protection. They will be sheltered and fed in a safe location until the continued stability and security of Ligish is assured." Wait, what the hell? They're holding your friends hostage? They must have caught the acolytes sending food to the poorhouse at night. This shit will not stand.>I'm going to break here for the night. Thanks for following!> New Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/28533185/
>>28540516man whatThese goddamn footmens.We've not even visited our buddies yet and this happens!
>>28540516I am starting to see why the priests have this vendetta against the footmen.
>>28540575well, we've already seen why people might be squeemish about the priests, so good to see the other side of the coin.They'd better be allowing visitation, and comings and goings, and giving quite a lot of food.
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>>28540516What kind and generous acts by the Footmans Guild! We should let everyone know how kind they are, and how devoted to protecting the weakest members of our city.And how terrible it would be, if they failed in their tasks.
>>28540516WelpGuess footmen are fuckedIsn't Nakurtum one of them though?Speaking of fighting humans, I'm kinda worried. We're vulnerable to people who actually know where to strike, an accurate arrow is all it'd take, really
>>28540597Neat. Come a long way from the first thread, dear QM.
>>28540603Nope. Nakurtum is an Adventurer, which is a different school that is already fucked for a completely different reason. So no worries.
>>28540597Marvelous, I love it.>>28540599Yes, we would be INCONSOLABLE without our dear friends!In-con-soleable.
>>28540628>at first, they tried to console Hunzuu>only to find that Hunzuu was>inconsolable>*flute playing intensifies*
>>28540597>Venom type: Slow DeathI wonder if there is some sort of magic we could learn that would allow us to change our poison type...
>>28540628Well, of course. But think of the consequences to the Footmen themselves. If they cannot protect the most helpless among us, who can they protect? It would be a terrible blow to their prestige if something bad happened after we advertised their kindness. They would look incapable, especially after they totally failed to stop the worm.
>>28540674eh, it's not the worst type. Seems to work well enough on things that are bigger than us.>>28540679Yep. It's important they take care of these kids.And my word, if we hear they've been treated like prisoners, the ones they were supposed to protect, I doubt they'd ever find bodyguard contracts again!
>>28540649And then she tried that five-strike move she read about, but failed because her opponent turned into meaty jelly after the third one
>>28540804True, it's very good for what it does but say we want to catch someone live? A paralytic poison could help in such a situation.
>>28540837I don't think it's really our speciality to deal with capturing folks alive. Heck, I'd like to avoid the majority of human conflict, as it really shouldn't be our department.I think we should practice fine claw grip at some point though, to at least pick people up without fear of harm.
>>28540854practice with pottery.As for the footmen, if they fail to keep safe our dear friends at the orphanage, then we will have a nice little rampage through their hopeless and ranks
>>28540882I wonder what exactly we're doing for our physical endurance training.Lifting hay bales at farms and the like? Re-arranging statues?