You've fight a hard battle and won a Pyrrhic victory. You've driven back the forces of Turtak, slain a giant mole-woman, and secured the dig site where the relic was found that turned you into a scorpion-girl. Now it's up to you to explore the territory and see if there's anything worth bringing back home to the pyramid. You're wounded and in pain, but still in good enough shape to move unhindered.You look into the pit that was dug next to the ancient ruins. You see rubble, broken scaffolds, pieces of dead slaves, and the long gouges the mole-woman's claws left in the rock. There's a fifty-foot drop that you can see, and then it slopes down into total darkness.> Find a torch and hold it in your shield hand.> Get the injured Nakurtum to ride on your back and carry the torch> See if those slaves you freed are still around, then bully them into carrying it for you> Maybe you have good night vision now. Just crawl in and hope for the best.Archives:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Scorpion%20Girl%20QuestTwitter: https://twitter.com/ScorpGirlQuestCharacter Sheet: http://pastebin.com/1667ZT3fList of Characters: http://pastebin.com/Fc2Z81um
>>28660098>Find a torch and tie it to the end of our tail.We've probably used up most of our venom for now anyway.
>>28660098find + hold torch
haha, right on time.I agree with the other guy, torch on tail. Nakurtum is already busy tending her own sprained leg.Speaking of wounds: How much are we bleeding? We should probably only spend a short time in here.
>>28660098> Find a torch and hold it in your shield hand.
>>28660098Torch, J am curious about our night vision though.
>>28660098>> Find a torch and hold it in your shield hand.
>>28660098The slaves were using torches before they were overwhelmed by the mole-thing, so you find one you can use in the tents. Nakurtum helps you get the flame started. "Go get 'em, kid. But not literally. If you see more giant monsters, running would be a good idea." You concur. Nakurtum patched you up with some clean linen wrapped around your human torso, but you're looking forward to getting home to some proper medicine.You crawl down a half-destroyed scaffold and into the pit. It leads right under the old ruins. You see lots of rubble and fresh corpses, as well as one basket of old bones, mostly human skulls. You see the hollow where the mole-woman was hibernating. The slaves uncovered part of her while they were digging, and she later tore open a breach into the shaft big enough for herself to crawl through. The hollow where she was sleeping is made of carefully worked stone. Images of the goddess Ishtar are carved into the walls. Underneath the huge stone slab where the mole-woman probably rested, there's a small hollow with an uncut blue crystal inside, a little bigger than your fist.> Take everything that might be notable, even the old bones. You can carry it home on your own back if you have to.> Just take the crystal and the mole-woman's bow and armor, enough for the two camels to carry back along with the rest of your gear.> Keep searching the pit and carefully sifting through rubble, even if it takes a few hours.
>>28660391>> Keep searching the pit and carefully sifting through rubble, even if it takes a few hours.
>>28660391Just the crystal and the armor. The bones are creepy.We'll send an armed group of people to search more thoroughly, now that giant monsters have been cleared out. We don't have to do it ourselves.
>>28660391> Keep searching the pit and carefully sifting through rubble, even if it takes a few hours.its the reason we are here. Find ANYTHING useful.
How many wizards/guardsmen are still left alive on our side?
>>28660473I think we have Nakurtum and one redshirt, but neither are in great shape right now.> Keep searching the pit and carefully sifting through rubble, even if it takes a few hours.
>>28660391> Keep searching the pit and carefully sifting through rubble, even if it takes a few hours.
>>28660391You dig through the mess until dusk, switching torches once or twice, then you search the surface ruins and all the tents. You find more ancient bones, some of which look too big to be human. You find some shattered pots that were probably in the mole-woman's chamber before she tore down the wall nearest to them. You find a single clay ball intact, like a drinking cup but with no opening.The slaves are long gone now, so they probably took everything from the tents that was portable and valuable. They left some papyrus scrolls in one of the tents, though. The tent also includes a brush and ink, so they're probably fresh. The only survivors of your party are illiterate, so you've got no clue what they say, but you take them.> Take the bones and a bunch of mundane equipment from the tents. Maybe some of it contains clues to Turtak's plans that you can't see right now.> Just take the nice stuff> Break open the clay ball
>>28660621Grab the clay ball, the crystal and a few of those large bones.
>>28660621>Just take the nice stuffI'm assuming we'll be settling down for the night, in which case I think we should put some distance between us and the dig site before we set up camp. Also let's not pull the pin on the holy hand grenade just yet.
>>28660621Take the good stuff,Leave the exploring of the holy hand grenade until morning.
>>28660621> Just take the nice stuffInclude the bones and scrolls of course.
>>28660621You take the clay ball, the crystal, the scrolls, and a couple of large ribs that might have come from a horse. You decide that the skulls are too creepy for you. The one surviving guard calls dibs on the mole-woman's bow and leather armor. You return to Bastard and the Spit Priest and break for the night after traveling a couple of miles away from the camp. You end up having to carry some equipment on your back so one camel can carry Pazur-Ea's body and the other can carry Nakurtum.> "You can't call dibs on her stuff, silly guard! Better check yourself before you wreck yourself."> Might as well let him keep it as a gesture of good will. Maybe learn his name, even.> This is too gloomy. Get Nakurtum to ride you again.> Ignore Nakurtum and the guard on the trip home; spend maximum quality time with Mr. Clicks.
>>28660863>> "You can't call dibs on her stuff, silly guard! Better check yourself before you wreck yourself."Anything from a monstergirl is ours. We can have a new leather armor made for you when we reach town if you want.
>>28660863> Might as well let him keep it as a gesture of good will. Maybe learn his name, even.
>>28660863>> This is too gloomy. Get Nakurtum to ride you again.We're already having armor commissioned for us.
>>28660863>might as well let him keep it, it's not food and we can't use a bow.
>>28660863You decide to let the guard keep the spoils he wants. You don't know how to use a bow, and the armor doesn't look as nice ever since you tore the gorget in two during the battle. You learn that the guard's name is Dadanum. He's a bit of a braggart, considering he spent most of the journey to the camp talking about what he'd do to Ku-Aya if he got his hands on her. He tries on the armor and repeatedly asks you and Nakurtum if it doesn't look too feminine. You think he's being too self-conscious. It looks fine on him.> Keep the clay ball in your hand as you travel, to be extra sure it doesn't break> Just wrap it in blankets or something. It's not like you're sure you won't drop it if you carry it all the way home.
>>28661099>> Keep the clay ball in your hand as you travel, to be extra sure it doesn't breakGotta be exxxxxtra sure.
>>28661099Hold ball. It might be an egg!
>>28661099Wrap it in blankets, and put it in a tight chest/box. Safe for sure.>Tell Dadanum that it is pretty girly armor.
>>28661099wrap it in blanket AND carry it in our hands. SUPER SAFE.
>>28661099I already weighed in on the clay ball, but>tell dadunum that it is pretty armoralso>feel a bit woozy/itchy due to numerous untreated wounds on scorpion and human parts
>>28661099> Keep the clay ball in your hand as you travel, to be extra sure it doesn't break
>>28661147>>28661160>>28661269>>28661417yall nerds thinking carrying the ball will be safertop kek
>>28661099You keep the thing in your hand when traveling and rest it in Mr. Clicks' cage when resting. You tell Dadanum that he has nothing to worry about; it's very pretty armor. This gets him red-faced and accusing you of tricking him out of his treasure.When you return to Ligish, you cause the usual amount of commotion. You see some children scream and run from you, and some brave beggars ask for food or plead for you to take the streets back from the Footmen. You toss them the remains of your traveling rations. They were getting kind of stale anyway.At the pyramid, you explain to the Blood Priest and his remaining acolytes about the battle and about Pazur-Ea's last request as they clean your wounds and prepare to stitch up your lip. The Blood Priest shakes his head. "It's been days - the blood will have gone bad..." An acolyte whispers to him. "You don't say! He burned away some of his own blood to cast a spell to preserve the rest of him. I taught him to do that, but I've never heard of a man doing it to himself. Must have been extraordinarily painful. Well, now we have some blood to work with again. And not just him. You must have made a friend at the Footmen's School. Someone gifted us with three prisoners caught by the night patrols. Their tongues were removed. Very curious. I have half a mind to try to grow their tongues back to see what their story is."> Let him heal the prisoners using Pazur-Ea's blood.> Ask if he'll heal you instead. You still don't feel so good.> Encourage him to save all the blood he can. We may have a new monster to make soon.
>>28661434I refuse to put anyone under this hellish existence. No more monster--girls.
>>28661434>> Let him heal the prisoners using Pazur-Ea's blood.> Encourage him to save all the blood he can. We may have a new monster to make soon.We can use other prisoners for that.
>>28661485>>28661434Sounds good to me.
>>28661434>heal dem prisoners upalso we need to learn to read
>>28661434Heal the prisoners. I'd like to hear their story.Also,[x]secretly fantasize about scorpion buddy one day[x]feel guilty about it
>>28661434>let him heal the prisoners using Pazur-Ea's blood.Also, let's look at them ourself. This sounds fishy.
>>28661526Yes, we very much do. We're getting some lessons, I believe, but not many.I think we have a rank or two in literacy now, though.
Rolled 7> Let him heal the prisoners using Pazur-Ea's blood.Also we wont tell em shit about our ball, that shit is ours, fuck the old faggots.
>>28661634but if we give it to them, we might make scorpifriend.
>>28661434>some brave beggars plead for you to take the streets back from the FootmenThe only reason they can get away with their shit is because they're powerful enough to bully the other War Schools.A way to stop this without direct conflict would be making a balance of power.One of the Pyramid Guards said they can't patrol the streets any more because the Footmen won't let them.Let's offer to patrol with them.Once we've established they can't bully us like they do everyone else, maybe we can reach out to some of the other War Schools. Set up some kind of alliance.
>>28661655we gonna make it ourselves if we are able, also I don't trust em. They keep us in dark and only stirr up shit.
>>28661434"Go ahead. I'll be fine.""That's the spirit."It will take some time to prepare the reconstruction ritual on the prisoners, so the acolytes continue patching you up for the moment. They give you some kind of foul-smelling poultice for your back, and one brave young female acolyte manages to get a needle through your lip and put two stitches in it to help it heal properly. It hurts like hell, but you grab at a table leg with your claws to keep yourself from twitching.>>28661563You've had a little bit of instruction from the Rain Priest, and you even paid attention a little, but you are not yet literate. At most you can recognize a few of the more common ideograms.> You've got 10 more points to put into your studies in the near future. If you choose to undergo any physical training, roll 4d6 to continue healing properly.> Weapons Training> Physical Conditioning> Religion> Strategy & History> Etiquette and Elocution> Literacy
>>28661634haha yeah that shit we have no clue how to use, so ours, so useful
Rolled 3, 2, 4, 1 = 10>>286616965 conditioning2 strat and hist1 E&E2 literacy
Rolled 4, 1, 5, 2 = 12>>28661696> Weapons Training - 4 pointsFocus on shield work.> Literacy - 4 points> Strategy & History - 2 points
>>28661696>> (2) Weapons Training>> (4) Physical Conditioning >> (1)Religion>> (1)Strategy & History>>(1) Etiquette and Elocution>> (1)Literacy
Rolled 3, 2, 3, 2 = 10>>286616962 > Weapons Training4 > Physical Conditioning1 > Religion2 > Strategy & History1 > Etiquette and Elocution1 > Literacy
>>28661696No weapons, Scorpion half makes weapons redundant.032212
>>28661696>> Weapons Training 4>> Physical Conditioning 4>> Religion>> Strategy & History 1>> Etiquette and Elocution>> Literacy 1
>>286616962 weapons3 conditioning1 religion- enough to learn it's aruru2 strategy1 etiquette1 literacyKeep plugging at hat literacy, and make conditioning top priority always.
>>286616963 Weapons Training3 Physical Conditioning2 Religion2 Literacy
>>28661696>>28661696>>286616962 in literacy3 in ettiquite3 in strategy2 in religion
Rolled 4, 3, 4, 3 = 143 Weapons Training3 Physical Conditioning2 Religion2 Literacy
Rolled 6, 5, 6, 6 = 23>>28661696Weapons Training 2ptsReligion 2ptsStrategy & History 2ptsEtiquette and Elocution 2ptsLiteracy 2ptsI figure we get regular exercise by, yknow, killing things. No need to spend points on that, it'll happen naturally. The other things is stuff we need training for.
man these rolls, Only one person got a 5, and no 6s whatsoever
>>28661696Weapons Training 1 Physical Conditioning 4Religion 2Strategy & History 2Etiquette and Elocution 1Literacy 1
Rolled 6, 2, 1, 5 = 14>>28661696I forgot to make my roll for healing with my suggestion>>28661762
Seriously guys... Just brute strenght...We should be healing and learning...
>>28661877Hey, I voted to put 2 points each into Religion and Literacy.
>>28661860Changing mine to 3 Physical Conditioning and 2 Literacy.
>>28661825Supporting. I like all rounders and this is the first vote with roll attached for that plan. Really we could probably use a better dice mechanic but as is I'm just going to exploit the hell out of this one.
>>28661877I keep plugging points into all the educational things. But conditioning takes priority since it's the only thing that we, specifically, can do better than anyone else in our entire city, and is the reason they got us in the firs tplace.
Rolled 3, 5, 1, 5, 5 = 19>This is something like the average of what you guys want. The first dice roll that counted got a 10, so you're probably going to experience some adverse consequences.>> (2) Weapons Training>> (3) Physical Conditioning >> (1)Religion>> (2)Strategy & History>>(0) Etiquette and Elocution>> (2)LiteracyThe Blood Priest manages to give two of the prisoners functional tongues. You decide to attend their questioning. They claim that they were caught breaking into a granary at night, and that they were dragged into a dark room and tortured by a strange woman, but not questioned. Then they were left outside the pyramid to be used as blood sacrifices.> Ask them any further questions> Choose which character you'd like to spend the most time with in your spare time.
>>28661877Honestly, I don't see the point of spending on Physical Conditioning.We get regular exercise all the time. I say spend points on things that won't develop naturally on their own.
>>28662021Why were you tortured?Is that common practice?
>>28662021>do you remember anything about the woman?>try to split time between Nakurtum and Blood Priestsorry bout that 10 guys
>>28662037Welcome to the ancient world! Human Rights are half a corpse!
>>28662053honestly using the first roll for /tg/ is an awful thing so I don't blame you.
>>28662021>Ask them any further questionsAre these starving men just trying to provide for their families or just thieving cunts?Ask questions to this effect so we know how hard to come down on them.
>>28662071Yeah, but torture seems like something you do when you care about a person. Normally they'd just dump 'em out somewhere.And the tongue cutting thing makes me think SEEECRETS.>>28662021Well, I -had- wanted to spend time with that acolyte, but he died. Maybe nakurtum? Or talking to one of the more mellow priests, like the rain or sand priest?
>>28662053Sounds good to me.
>>28662021>>28662108actually- can we visit our friends at footman guilt again at some point? Maybe see more of them?
>>28662108I'd like to see our lovely little devil of the sands to spend more time with the sand priest.
>>28662021>> Ask them any further questionsAnything usual in that granary?>> Choose which character you'd like to spend the most time with in your spare time.Blood Priest - Sama
Rolled 4, 4, 5, 5, 6 = 24>>28662021Torture might be used to extract a confession, and sometimes there are public floggings or grisly executions, but torture in private without an accompanying interrogation is indeed very irregular. They have no idea why they were tortured. The woman never spoke, and she was extremely good with knives and hot pincers. She'd done this before, they're sure. It was like second nature to her. She seemed kind of young, too. She wasn't human, one of them decides. In hindsight, they think it was odd that the granary had guards lying in wait rather than watching openly.Though Nakurtum will have trouble walking for a while, she oversees you as you push yourself harder and harder. The pain means it's working, you tell yourself as you lift heavy stone blocks and bronze statues with your claws."They found another Adventurer," Nakurtum says as she relaxes under an awning and watches you on the terrace. "A friend of mine, sort of. Well, he used to be. We hadn't spoken in a long time. He claims that the commander knew about the sarcophagus and held it back for later, but didn't do anything weird to it.""Why'd he stop being your friend?""Well... he kind of loved me. And I didn't love him back.""Oh..."> That sounds like a story!> Tell her not to be so picky in the future. If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with.> Don't press the issue.> Maybe pushing yourself so hard so soon is a bad idea. Tone it down a bit.> Go talk to Blood Priest.> Go talk to Sand Priest.
>>28662325>> Go talk to Blood Priest.
>>28662325>that sounds like a story!>maybe pushing yourself so soon is a bad idea, tone it down a bit
>>28662325> Don't press the issue.> Go talk to Blood Priest.
>>28662325> Don't press the issue.> Go talk to Sand Priest.
>>28662325>don't press issue>tone it down a bit due to injuries>talk to blud priest sempai
"Has there been anyone you have loved?"
>>28662325>Don't press the issue.Let her talk about it if she wants to.> Maybe pushing yourself so hard so soon is a bad idea. Tone it down a bit.Let's stick to light (for us) exercises 'till all our injuries have healed.> Go talk to Blood Priest.We were making progress with him before. Build on it.
>>28662404also :> Maybe pushing yourself so hard so soon is a bad idea. Tone it down a bit.
>>28662404Second this question but >Don't press the issue.
>>28662325> That sounds like a story!>> Go talk to Blood Priest.The poor guy is so lonely
>>28662325>She seemed kind of young, too. She wasn't human, one of them decides.Sounds like the 'Farmers Daughter' There was something off about her.
>>28662325"Is there anyone you have loved?"She tightens her frown. "None who loved me back. Not in that way."You figure that Nakurtum won't want to talk about failed suitors. You wonder if she even wants romance in her life at all. She's a good friend, but you can't imagine her marrying and settling down.You go to see the Blood Priest, who's in his workshop with the Gold Priest. They're inspecting the blue crystal, pouring powders and pastes on it and conducting divinations. "Oh, it's you. Good work out there. We really ought to send some men there to guard the site full-time, but we're just so understaffed right now. We need to bring more war schools over to our side.""I'm just glad I could help Pazur-Ea with his last request. I miss him...""He was a good pupil. Perhaps I shouldn't have put him in danger so early. Oh, and while you're here... I've noticed some insect specimens have gone missing from the workshop. You haven't been feeding them to your ridiculous pet, have you?"> Yes.> [Lie] I'd never!> Ask for some time in private. Try to get him to open up some more about that business with his late wife.> Discuss plans to defend the dig site and/or create more monsters
>>28662550>> [Lie] I'd never!> Discuss plans to defend the dig site and/or create more monsters
>>28662550>"It's not ridiculous! Mr. Clicks teaches me how scorpions fight!">Discuss dig site plans
>"It's not ridiculous! Mr. Clicks teaches me how scorpions fight!">Discuss dig site plans
>>28662550>> Yes.>> Discuss plans to defend the dig site and/or create more monsters
>>28662550deflect the question with questions on the Mole-girl... also ask about 'flesh eaters'
>>28662550>We need to bring more war schools over to our side"Hey, one of the guards said they used to do patrols of the city, to keep order and stuff, but now the Footmen just bully them off the streets.If I went with them, they couldn't do that. If we show the other Schools the Footmen can't push us around, they might be willing to work together."
>>28662550Yes. Yes I have.Clicks is a mighty scorpion warrior!On that topic, we really should defend the dig site better.
>>28662575>>28662577>>28662589>>28662594>>28662669>Discuss dig site plansWe need to get more War Schools on our side for the manpower.1, We need to show that the Footmen can't just push us around. An alliance with us would offer them the same.2, we should go visit them and offer to meet the leaders. Greet each other and find out what the other wants.
>>28662550"Mr. Clicks is not ridiculous, he fills everyone he meets with joy and laughter!"
>>28662764I'd like to ally with the footmen, but I cannot trust them while they have our friends
>>28662550"It's not ridiculous! Mr. Clicks teaches me how scorpions fight!"The Blood Priest grumbles. "I need those for spells sometimes! If you need something like that, ask me first. You have an unhealthy disrespect for other people's property. I worry that I've adopted a child that no mortal can discipline."It's neat that he thinks of you as an adopted child, you suppose. It doesn't excuse all the creepy stuff he does, though. "So let's talk about that dig site. Nobody's guarding it right now. And everybody wants it.""Yes, I know. That cannot stand. Ideally, once our divinations are complete, we will be able to make another monster or two, then bargain or intimidate another school into serving us. The scrolls you brought back also have to do with acquiring centaurs. They have some very interesting properties I'd never known before..."> We've got a really nice bow that lasted for centuries. Maybe we should see what it's worth to the Archers.> The Slingers seem like nice people. Maybe I can talk them into working for us.> The king wants to make a unified army, too. He's not so bad. Let's throw in with him and the Charioteers.> I'll finish the job with the Footmen. When I'm all better, I'll kill their leaders and get the rest to follow us.> No more monsters, please.
>>28662781>> We've got a really nice bow that lasted for centuries. Maybe we should see what it's worth to the Archers.>> The king wants to make a unified army, too. He's not so bad. Let's throw in with him and the Charioteers.Those two seem like a good combination.
>>28662781>I'll finish the job with those footmen when I'm healed.No kidnapping of our friends allowed
>>28662781> We've got a really nice bow that lasted for centuries. Maybe we should see what it's worth to the Archers.If we can pick more than one:> The king wants to make a unified army, too. He's not so bad. Let's throw in with him and the Charioteers.as well. After all a puppet that we can effectively control in THAT position is a good thing for us.
>>28662781>> I'll finish the job with the Footmen. When I'm all better, I'll kill their leaders and get the rest to follow us.Those creepy fuckers have tortured people for the last time.
>>28662825No we just murder all of the footmen as an example once we have more power.
>>28662853yeah, people will sure love us thencmon guyIt's more efficient to kill the ones ordering all the bad shit, and repurposing the order followers.
>>28662781Pout. We -did- ask. Remember? the live bugs thing?Then move on.>the king wants a unified army too
>>28662781I would say slingers and mention that the king wants to make a unified army.If we help the king with that plan i'm sure they wouldn't mind having the preists at the top of the totem pole. Right under the king of course.
>>28662894The slingers are said to be "Champions of the people" so it wouldn't be bad if we got them to team up with us.
Slingers gonna sling
>>28662781> No more monsters, please."This... It's not easy being this. Think how bad this could have turned out if I'd been all insane and angry over what I've been made.I could have killed everyone.Well, I was a little insane and angry for a while. I had a few good freak outs. It could have easy been a lot worse.Just... Don't play around with this. It won't end well if you do">The king wants to make a unified army, too. He's not so bad. Let's throw in with him and the Charioteers.and> The Slingers seem like nice people. Maybe I can talk them into working for us.
>>28662894>Right behind the king of courseFTFY
>>28662781"The king wants to make a unified army, too. He's not so bad. Let's throw in with him and the Charioteers."The Blood Priest mulls it over as the Gold Priest keeps trying to divine the properties of the crystal. "Everyone wants a unified army. The question is, unified under whom? Sharing power with him would be a dangerous game. I'm not sure we can control him and his people yet. He has a few magicians of his own. And he's definitely up to something.""Well, we also have that bow. We could see what it's worth to the Archers.""I suppose. Training archers is too much of a pain, so it's worth more to them in any case. I'll get an offer from them."> Tell him about the king's secret> Keep your word to protect the king's secret, but keep trying to get both parties to like each other.> Volunteer to go take that bow away from Dadanum and make the offer yourself.> Look for the Slingers instead
>>28663034>> Keep your word to protect the king's secret, but keep trying to get both parties to like each other.Scorpion girl and mediator.
>>28663034>keep word about king secret, try to get parties to like each otherThey asked us to keep a secret.also, mention that we like the slingers. They seem like good people. and they can really hurt, we found out. Slings hurt.
>>28663034>Keep your word to protect the king's secret>Volunteer to go take that bow away from Dadanum and make the offer yourself.
>>28663034>keep kings secret, but try to get brohood between his court and priests
>>28663076>>28663076sounds good to me
>>28663076I like it.
>>28663034You tell as much truth as you can while preserving your integrity. "I got to talk to the king's people once before. They aren't planning to take anyone down; they just want everyone in the city to get along for a change. They just don't know how."The Blood Priest strokes his beard. "You know, I've fancied that I might become king one day. It'd be hard to do a worse job than what we have now. If you could convince the king to come over to eat and pray like his father used to, we could take him hostage! Or kill him and throw his husk down the great steps!""Or we could just invite him over and treat him nicely.""But what's the point of that?"> Never mind. Maybe they're right not to trust you. I'm gonna go get that bow now.> Right, I won't invite him here, then. I'll just keep seeing them and try to make a deal with them.> The king's just a puppet; everyone knows that. The ones to kill are his advisors.
>>28663228>> The king's just a puppet; everyone knows that. The ones to kill are his advisors.
>>28663228>The point is getting a powerful ally who will work with us, rather than making a mess by killing the king and pissing off the court and a good amount of the populace.
>"But what's the point of that?"To gain his trust and cooperation? Having his support will go far in reuniting this city. If all the other leaders see us killing the other leaders the city will devolve into civil war. And that is the last thing we need.
>>28663228>Right, I won't invite him here, then. I'll just keep seeing them and try to make a deal with them."You're not very good at working with other people are you.">I'm gonna go get that bow now. I might visit the Slingers too if I get the chance.
>>28663228>but what's the point of thatMr. Blood priest, I think we may have found the reason nobody can get along in all our militaries. Too much kidnapping and the like.
>>28663258I don't think telling that is a good idea.
>>28663228> Right, I won't invite him here, then. I'll just keep seeing them and try to make a deal with them.
>>28663228"Right, I won't invite him here, then. I'll just keep seeing them and try to make a deal with them."The Blood Priest looks peeved. "See? This is exactly what I'm talking about. You don't listen to your elders. Fine. Go have your little play date with the king. I'll make a new monster, one that obeys!" The Blood Priest can be kind, you're pretty sure, but once he starts acting all sarcastic and villainous it's hard to bring him back around again.> Ask the priests here if they'd be all right letting Charioteers guard the dig site, assuming they had some of our people with them. Figure out exactly what kind of deal they're prepared to make.> You're done talking. Just go get that bow.> Check on other people in the pyramid before you go out
>>28663506>> Ask the priests here if they'd be all right letting Charioteers guard the dig site, assuming they had some of our people with them. Figure out exactly what kind of deal they're prepared to make.And then go get the bow.
>>28663506We're done here. I doubt the Blood Priest wants to talk anymore. Get that bow to the archers
>>28663506>> Ask the priests here if they'd be all right letting Charioteers guard the dig site, assuming they had some of our people with them. Figure out exactly what kind of deal they're prepared to make.
>>28663506But blood priest, I have a lot of elders. Surely you don't want me to listen to all of them, do you?Also, check with the other priests about the charioteers and slingers. We'll see if we can get something worked out.
>>28663506>You're done talking. Just go get that bow.Once he starts acting like a Bond Villain I doubt we'd get anything useful out of him.
>>28663506"Let's say I do manage to make a deal with the king. Are we all right letting them know where the dig site is? I mean, if they're helping to guard it, they have to know where it is. We'd put guys there, too."The Blood Priest has turned away and headed back toward his quarters, but the Gold Priest nods, "Yes, of course. I'm not afraid of them stealing relics. We have a head-start over them, and we can put the ones we have to better use. This is what we need right now. And the same deal with any of the other schools would probably be fine. Except the Footmen. I'm pretty sure that can only end with blood."You go to find Dadanum, who's still wearing that armor and polishing the strange bow. You tell him that the priests need the bow."What?! But I called it! I'd finally gotten the other guards to respect me a little!"> Tell him that they're selling the bow, possibly to Dadanum's own father.> [Lie] "They're making another monster! Something good with bows. And the new monster will be just as grateful as I am."> "Orders are orders."> Keep making fun of how he looks in that armor.
>>28663712>> "Orders are orders."That armor looks good on you btw.
>>28663712>"They won't respect you if I tell them it's a girl bow."
>>28663712tell him we're taking it to the archers to maybe stop the whole feud between militaries thing.Well, at least with the archers.Pretty please.With sugar on top.And our cutest little girl scorpion puppydog eyes.
>>28663712>> "Orders are orders."Be grateful they let you keep the armor.
>>28663780Sounds good to me and maybe mention that if he sticks around with us we might find him something even better than that bow.
>>28663780>>28663712oh- and ask him if he even knows how to USE a bow.
>>28663712"We've got to sell it Sorry, orders are orders.""Not to my dad. Please tell me you're not selling it to my dad.""It could help save the city. Pleeeeease?" You used to beg for food sometimes when your mother neglected to feed you. You know how to look plaintive, even as a giant scorpion. "Yeah, I guess... I don't like it, though. You don't know my dad.""Well, maybe one day I'll find you something better.""Wow, really?""Sure! By the way, do you even know how to use a bow?!""... A little. I'd have practiced more with it!"> Go straight to the Archers' School> Give the bow to the priests and go see the king. The priests can be trusted to make that offer. It'd be hard to mess up.> Go around the city looking for slingers
>>28664021>> Go straight to the Archers' SchoolArcher time!
>>28664021>> Go straight to the Archers' School
>>28664021>trusting priests with diplomacyhahahahaha nowe take it there
>>28664021let's go introduce ourselves to the archers.Make sure they know what we look like, in detail, so they don't shoot the wrong scorpion girl come the time there are two of us on opposing sides.
>>28664021>> Go straight to the Archers' SchoolWe should ask at least one of the priests to come with us so we don't get scammed on the deal.
>>28664021Thank you Dadanum. You're a charmer!
>>28664021You thank Dadanum for cooperating and make one last crack about his girly armor. You take the bow out of the pyramid. As you go, you pass a stressed-looking Tabni-Ninsun pacing the halls. She's losing friends fast. Maybe she just needs her space.You skitter out into the streets and toward the small but very classy Archers' School. Creeping vines decorate its exterior, and the courtyard they use for practice is purportedly one of the finest gardens in the city. A man calls down to you from atop the front gates. He's thin but wiry, with a shaved head and fresh flowers around his neck. "The Savior of the City! That's an interesting weapon you have there. I challenge you to a shooting contest!"> It's on.> Play the innocent little girl.> Intimidate him by bragging about how you're a peerless killing machine now.
>>28664286>> It's on.Lets use the bow we are carrying.
>>28664286Can we even Archery?Well, if he teaches us a bit, sure.
>>28664286poor tabni-ninsunI feel so bad for you now. We should hang out with her.>play innocent little girlWe have no idea how to shoot a bow
>>28664286>play innocentstick With the classics
>>28664407>>28664500lets start somewhere guysit's motherfucking on
>>28664514instead of accepting marksmanship challenge with no marksman abilities, why not ask him for some pointers?
>>28664286"Sorry but I don't know how to shoot. But I came hear to talk with your leaders and offer this in trade. Can I come in?"
>>28664286Maybe scorpion-people are master archers and you just don't know it yet. In any case, you can't lose face by refusing him. "Fine! What are we shooting at?"He opens the gates and leads you through some halls lined with arrowskits and murder-holes. You emerge in the garden, where an arrow-riddled wooden effigy stands. His face looks remarkably like Ninurta-Nasir.The fancy man hands you an arrow with striking blue fledging. "We aim for his heart. And because we are gracious hosts, you may shoot first."> Roll 1d6 and hope to fuck you get a 6.> Last chance to chicken out
Rolled 2>>28664565Really, losing here only loses us some face. Which is barely any since we can say "Well, I never actually shot a bow before..."If all else fails, throw a rock.
>>28664585Where were your rolls when we needed an acolyte to not die, anon.
>>28664585Good anon.>>28664565If there's already an arrow sticking out of the target, try and split it like Robin Hood.
>>28664565Lucky for you it wasn't a very difficult shot. You can't even pull the bow all the way back - you lack both the strength and the reach - but when you loose the arrow it manages to strike the effigy's chest.The fancy man bows to you. "Well struck! You certainly know your way into men's hearts." He extends a hand, and if it doesn't look like you're going to take his hand, he quickly uses it to gesture to a doorway on the other side of the garden. "Now, what does the Savior of the City desire that we may provide?"> Tell him what you want first> Tell him what you have to offer first> Let him kiss your hand. Pretend that he's charming your wits away.> Or is it pretending?> Let him kiss your hand
>>28664565>and hope to fuck you get a 6>>28664585top kek
Rolled 3>>28664717>> Tell him what you want first
>>28664717allow him to kiss the royal hand>tell him what I want first
>>28664717Tell him what we want, first. Pretend to be charmed.
>>28664717>allow him to kiss hand>tell them what we wantI believe what we want is for the military to stop arguing for like five minutes so they can guard this dig site, and also so they can not get murdered in the upcoming war.
>>28664717>force him to suck your fingers
>>28664717>Let him kiss your handIt's nice to feel pretty sometimes.>Tell him what you have to offer firstFancy bow, may be from before the flood. It was used by a monster I killed. I think it might have magic in it to still be in a good condition like this.>Tell him what you want
>>28664788>force him to suck your stingerFTFY
>>28664838why not just go for the full body tongue bath while we're at it?
>>28664863Not a bad idea~~
>>28664838>>28664863>>28664881Guys, I think you might be just a little too lewd
>>28664717> Let him kiss your hand>Tell him what you have to offer>Tell him what you want in exchange
>>28664717You let him kiss your hand. For the first time since you became an eight-legged beast-thing, you feel a tiny bit pretty.> Roll 1d6 to not blush.You explain what you want. "What I want is to hold the city together. It isn't saved yet. There's some ruins the priests need help guarding.""Perhaps we could learn something from your priests. They know the secrets of the gods, they say. Anu, father of them all. Nergal, the hunter. Ishtar, lady of war... and sex.""Er, right. I can trade you this bow. It's really nice. May be from before the flood. It was used by a monster I killed. I think it might have magic in it to still be in a good condition like this.""Oh, but we would feel bad to take it from you. You use it so well! Perhaps there is something else they could offer us."> Ask to see his supervisor.> He's holding out for more? Fine. Try to think of other things the priests could offer that the Archers would like.> It seems a little brash of you to put your fingers in his mouth, but maybe feeling pretty is as addictive as eating raw flesh. Get sweet with him in some way or another. Maybe just keep holding hands.
>>28664979Don't even roll. Blush. Of course we blush.After blushing, attempt to resume business.Let's go see his supervisor, as I don't think a gate guard is making big decisions on the part of the archers. No offence, gate guard.
Rolled 2>>28664979>He's holding out? Think of more stuff we could offer. But don't actually offer it! Just take mental inventory.>also don't be creepy, finger in mouth was a joke
>>28664979>> Ask to see his supervisor.We need an adult
Rolled 4>>28664979> Ask to see his supervisor.And no to flirting.
>>28665007I told you to not make dumb jokes like that anon, because sarcasm and tone are impossible to determine on itnernet.
Rolled 5>>28665091And I ignored you, because ur a fagit
>>28664979>ask to see his supervisorWe're a little girl, goddamnit. Daydreams aside there ain't no way this guy is actually interested in us.
>>28665091Yeah, that can have unfortunate consequences.
>>28664979>Ask to see his supervisor."Are you in charge? Can we sit down with the leaders and talk about it?I might be able to offer some other things but we'd to work out what we both have and what we both want."I think we should offer the bow in good faith whatever happens. (unless they turn out to be right dicks) Even if we don't get a solid deal, some good will for the future will help.
>>28664979No role. Blush. Blush so blue, they'd call you Smurfett if they knew who that was!
>>28664979You blush, but you don't hold his hand or anything. "We can talk about it. Is the commander here?""Of course! Walk with me through the garden."He points out the garden's more exotic plants, then leads you back inside past some opulently-appointed rooms. They even have wooden floors, an absurd extravagance. Some similarly fancy men bow to you but don't make any passes at you.He leads you up some stairs to what looks like an arsenal and fletcher's workshop. It's somewhat less fancy than the rest of the place, made for utility and not for entertaining company. There a wizened old man with one eye sticking too far out of his head is working on an arrow, dressed like a commoner and covered in sawdust. He squints at you. "'Eh? Wot's this?"The man with the flowers explains, "May I introduce Buth-Shamash, our glorious leader."Buth-Shamash leans in closer to you. "Oy! It's the whatsitcalled, lady scorpion! I saw you! Or maybe it was jus' a girl on a pony."The fancy man laughs. "Buth-Shamash may appear plain and past his years, but he's a financial genius, and the bow is second nature to him.""Heh, yeah. I c'n hit without looking. Not that I have mchva choice in the matter!"You hand him the bow for him to inspect, mostly by touch, as you explain the bargain you want to make. You're about to offer the bow in exchange for a permanent guard detail to help the priests at the dig site.> Sweeten the archers' end of the deal and give them some more> Sweeten your end of the deal and demand more> "Is this a joke?"
>>28665394Neither. Wait for his reaction.
Rolled 5>>28665394Don't sweeten any dealswait for his decisionnot clear what asking if this is a joke option applies to.
>>28665394>Stay silent.Let him finish inspecting the bow.
I like him already.>wait
>>28665394C-can we see him shoot?
>>28665394>Tell their leader about the bow and where we got it.>Tell them the King wants to make a unified armyWe think it's a good idea, it'll make our city stronger and hopefully stop the infighting.The Priests aren't sold on the idea yet but they're willing to make an alliance. We'll offer our support if they're willing to try.
>>28665394You see how he likes the bow. "Mm. Strung hard. Strung tight. For a big beastie like you, yes?"The fancy man protests. "Commander, she's our guest! It's unseemly to call her-" "'LL CALL HER WHADDA WANT! She heard me. Should unstring it when y'r not using it or it'll deform. Could give it to one of the bigger men. Not like this nonce over here." He points at the fancy man. "But 'd be better if we had'r own big beastie t'give it to. How much does a beastie go for nowadays?"> "They're not for sale. But it'd still be a good idea to be friends with us."> "It costs friendship with the priests. Help us and we'll give you a monster."> "I'm the only one they have right now, and I'm not for sale. But this place we want you to guard has stuff in it that can make monsters. You want some of that?"> "Keep treating me nice, and maybe I'll do private work for you in return."
>>28665607>> "I'm the only one they have right now, and I'm not for sale. But this place we want you to guard has stuff in it that can make monsters. You want some of that?"
>>28665607>The Priests aren't sure if they can make any more yet but, honestly, I don't think they'd give one up if they could.>If we can work out a deal and cooperate, maybe I could do private work for you."
>>28665607>they're not for sale. Though, I'll probably be working with you guys come any sort of crisis.
>>28665607>I'm the only one, not for sale. We'll probably fight together in any battles if you support us though.
>>28665607> "I'm the only one they have right now, and I'm not for sale. But this place we want you to guard has stuff in it that can make monsters. You want some of that?"
>>28665607"I'm the only one they have right now, and I'm not for sale. But this place we want you to guard has stuff in it that can make monsters. You want some of that?"Buth-Shamash smiles and shows the spots where teeth are missing. "Now w'r gettin' somewhere. We get summof our men workin' on the stuff, makin' it, not just watchin' it. We take a cut urvry month. An' if they're good we c'n even sell summof em back to you." He winks with his big eye.> Sounds fair. Let's have it put in writing.> Sounds fair. Let's have it put in writing. I can write, sort of! Let me do it!> One more little thing. Will you teach me to shoot?> I also want you to not ally with the Footmen until I sort them out. The other schools are all right, though.> I also want something else.
>>28665902>> One more little thing. Will you teach me to shoot?Could be useful
>>28665902>Tell them about the King and the united army idea. Let's see what they think about it.
>>28665902"Write down your terms and I will bring them to the priests."
>>28665902Man, why does everyone want to do untrained magic? The adventurer guild exploded into a giant worm last time that happened.I don't think the priests will agree to you making them, but I'll take your terms to them if you put them down in writing.
>>28665946I'm not sure it would be that useful.It takes months of constant practice to be good with a bow and years to be a master.Also, everything about us screams CQC.We're built for melee.
>>28665985>Man, why does everyone want to do untrained magic? The adventurer guild exploded into a giant worm last time that happened.That's a good point. We should mention it and warn them of the dangers.A lot of people died and their entire School is either dead or scattered.Do not play with forces beyond your ken!
>>28666022Our lower bits are melee yes. But our upper bit? Not so much. Having it able to hurt things as well would be a boon.I think asking for archery lessons would be a good thing.
>>28665902>> Sounds fair. Let's have it put in writing.
>>28666074yes. The adventurer guild disbanded because of this shit.
>>28666075My main objection is the time investment. It'll take months of regular practice to use a bow with reliable accuracy.It takes years to really master it.That's time we won't be able to spend on other things.Unless OP wants to handwave the the archery a bit and make it much easier than it would be IRL. That'd be a whole different story.
>>28665902"Write down your terms and I will bring them to the priests."Buth-Shamash barks for a servant to get over here, this time a shapely young woman, and has her scratch down the terms. He sometimes asks you for specifics on the location of the site and the nature of excavating the relics. You tell him as much as he needs without giving him enough to easily find the site himself. "They like it, have'm write it out in clay an' bring it back wth their seal. Then 'tll be 'fficial.""Glad we're getting somewhere. How would you feel if the city had one unified army one day?""Hmm... 'd be good... fr urvryone else but us. We like clients better'n bosses. We'll go last, thank yeh."> Warn him what might happen if the city keeps feuding with itself> Warn him that dabbling in old magic is seriously not worth it> Ask to see him shoot. Maybe it'll improve his outlook> Ask Fancyman for fashion advice
>>28666197we're a magic skorpion girl who is already learning to read in a week or so. I think we have bullshit learning abilities.>>28666221> Warn him what might happen if the city keeps feuding with itself
>>28666221>warn him about how not worth it old magic is>ask to see him shoot. Because we're 12.>>28666235I dunno man, I picked up reading really damn fast after they started introducing it.
>>28666221>> Warn him that dabbling in old magic is seriously not worth it
>>28666221>Warn him what might happen if the city keeps feuding with itselfWe can't force them but maybe we can get them to think about it.>Warn him that dabbling in old magic is seriously not worth itRemember the Adventurers School! This shit is dangerous, be careful.Maybe we could stop by the Slingers School on the way back?
>>28666270>ask to see him shoot. Because we're 12.Good point. No 12 year old would leave this place without asking to see some cool trick-shots.
>>28666221>> Warn him what might happen if the city keeps feuding with itselfThen > Ask Fancyman for fashion advice
>>28666221"Just be careful," you say. "This stuff is really dangerous. You might be better off just selling us back your share of the relics. You remember that giant maggot that tore up the market?""Mhm, I do! I also 'member th' girl who killed'm. So far looks like even money."You sigh and ask about his reputation for shooting. He strings a bow with a loud grunt, then complains about youngsters who think he's here for their entertainment. Without looking where he's shooting, he fires a green-feathered arrow out the window. That seems incredibly dangerous. You look out to the garden and see that he's hit the wooden effigy right in the head. With that he sees you on your way.>>28666235>You know like ten or twenty pictograms by sight. I only offered the option of writing out the contract so I could watch you fail gloriously.> Try to get the priests to agree on the contract before the day is out Time is short! You don't want to have to clear Turtaki soldiers out of the dig site a second time.> Go out looking for the Slingers' School
>>28666492>bring the contract back to the priests
>>28666492>> Try to get the priests to agree on the contract before the day is out Time is short! You don't want to have to clear Turtaki soldiers out of the dig site a second time.Seem sensible
>>28666492>> Try to get the priests to agree on the contract before the day is out Time is short! You don't want to have to clear Turtaki soldiers out of the dig site a second time.
>>28666492Be sure to be all "Yesssss" when you see that shot he fired.Because YesssssLet's go get the priests the contract so they can say no to it because they don't want to give up magic goods.
>>28666492>Go out looking for the Slingers' SchoolTaking an extra hour or two won't make any difference in the grand scheme of things.
>>28666544I -would- like to see them at some point, now that you mention it.
>>28666492>>28666492> Go out looking for the Slingers' School
>>28666568Yeah, since that option's been out voted, I guess we can go tomorrow.If it's getting late, we should find the captain of the Pyramid guard and see if they still want to make night patrols.The Footmen aren't going to bully other groups off the streets if we're around!
>>28666492As he escorts you back to the front gate, the fancyman recommends a little touch of warm color around your face to compensate for the blue under your skin, and also that wearing one's hair in bangs is perhaps unbecoming on a lady of your status. Truly, he is the fanciest of men.You head back to the pyramid with the draft of the contract in hand, wondering how you might go about finding the Slingers' School. Suddenly, some dour-eyed street urchins form a line and block your path. They have cords tied around their heads that might be slings. Over your shoulder, you see other eyes on you, from rooftops, from back alleys."Savior of the City?" A voice asks. "Then who will save the city from you?"> I've got to break here for the night. I think I can make it again Friday night.> Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/28660098/> Character sheet changes: You now have 1 wound instead of 2. Your venom supply is replenished. No stats have increased yet.
>>28666875oh, hey slingers. You were next on the list to meet. How're ya doin'?Also, good thread, thanks for running, see you friday.
Also, do we have a response to the "who's gonna save the city from you" thing? Because it's a reasonable enough question, we sort of throw the power equilibrium out the window. It's why we can even start to plan about unifying the military.
>>28666875Thanks Anu, see you firday.My response for the start of next thread;>"Savior of the City?" A voice asks. "Then who will save the city from you?""Urr, what? You have slings, are you from the School?Can help you with something?"
>>28661755>Scorpion half makes weapons redundant.Bow skills could be incredibly useful, allowing you to eliminate opponents at a distance who would be troublesome for your claws.
>>28667759yeah, having some ranged chops seems really handy for killing the fuck out of wizards.RIP redshirts
>>28667819At least our last surviving redshirt was sort of promoted to red blouse.
>>28664125ugh, this is exactly what's wrong with this town.When you have to rely on a Giant Scorpion Girl for diplomatic events because everyone else is an idiot, you have to wonder if the city is even worth saving.
>>28668320They're not really idiots, they've just got way too many shadowruns. They need to chill out on those like, a lot.>>28667978I really only counted the blood acolytes as redshirts, due to the hilariously literal nature of it.
>>28666875>"Savior of the City?" A voice asks. "Then who will save the city from you?""I feel confident the various military forces of the city would be sufficient, if it ever came to that.It'd be an expensive victory, but that's why I was created - to counter other cities monsters in a manner that doesn't involve losing half - or more - of the conventional military forces with every engagement"