You sigh.Today was a repeat of yesterday. Tomorrow will be a repeat of today. Nothing ever changes on this little island of yours. This endless cycle feels like it is going to swallow you up. Even your frustration has become mundane. Once again, you missed the train on your way back home from classes. Normally you would wait for the next train to arrive, but decide to break the monotony by taking the bus at the station. You climb aboard the bus and fling some cash for the driver, not even bothering to give him a second glance. Too exasperated to care, you grab the first open seat you see, right by the back left wheel, and prop your arm up on the window sill. Your mind wanders to how Professor Earl decided to rant about the UN Security Bill so much that Ramos, the groundskeeper, had to take him out of the room.You begin to doze off."Hey, Captain," a voice reaches your ears, "You late too?"Huh? Captain? You open your eyes and locate the voice. The dark hair and eyes aren't very memorable, but you the plaid skirt and tan blazer are part of your school's uniform. If she recognizes you, she must be one of your classmates. Her name was...what was her name again? You don't really talk much with your peers so you tend to forget.This little surprise is throwing you off your game, but maybe you better say something...>Ask what she meant whens she called you Captain>Give a non-committal stock response>Don't say anything, you don't even remember her name.
>>29216651>>Ask what she meant whens she called you CaptainCaptain what? Have we met?
>>29216651>Ask what she meant whens she called you Captain
>Ask what she meant whens she called you Captain
>>29216651>Ask what she meant when she called you captainalso, late? We're just on the bus.
>Ask what she meant when she called you Captain"What? You don't know?"You shake your head."That's your nickname! No matter what's going on at school, you're always the very first one out the door and past the gates. You're practically the leader of the Go-Home Club, so everybody just calls you Captain. The whole school knows by now."Oh. Well, that's just wonderful. Thank you for the information miss..."Ah, don't tell me that you forgot me? We've only been in the same class two years running now! Seriously, get it together, Captain!"She places her hands on her hips and looks at you sternly."I'm Manaka. Manaka Ayase! You can call me by either name, I don't mind, but don't forget me again!"Satisfied, Ayase sets her bag down on the seat beside you and begins to chat.
>>29217144"Geez, it seems like my timing's been off all day. First I had this endless club meeting, plus old Earl wanted me to help him out with copying papers, and then next thing you know I missed the train. Was your day like that too, Captain? God, that's horrible! How can you miss the train when you're the first one out? Guess we're both unlucky, huh?"This girl can talk up a storm. Without even waiting for your response, she picks up her bag and takes the seat next to you."Mind if I sit with you? Look, it's already so crowded."You weren't really given a chance to object, so you just keep your mouth shut as she begins to prattle on again."Um, okay, so I don't know if it's cool to talk about this, but I overheard that there's a guy in our class that likes me! Do you know him? What's he like? Is it Chet, please say it's Chet!"She looks at you, completely overwhelming you with the stream of inane drivel coming out of her mouth. You didn't even notice, but the bus has already made several stops by the time she's finished talking. It looks like she's expecting a response from you so maybe you better say something...>You don't know anything about this guy who likes her.>Claim to be her secret admirer.>Look for a chance to get off this bus early.
>>29217169>>You don't know anything about this guy who likes her.You are captain of the Go-Home Club. Not knowing the local gossip is one of your most important responsibilities. You have to set a good example for the other members, after all.
>>29217284I like this
>You don't know anything about this guy who likes herYou look for an opportunity to declare your utter and complete ignorance on all matters of who-likes-who but the driver suddenly leaning on the bus's horn grabs your attention. You rise from your seat and look out the front window as best as you can. There's someone standing in the road, completely still. You watch as the bus driver keeps blaring the horn and throws on the breaks, but even you can tell it is too late. That person is going to get run over. You try to avert your eyes, but something keeps your gaze focused on this figure. You can't make much of anything out about them, it's like your eyes refuse to focus, but you see them raise their hand up.Before you know it, the bus is rocked by an explosion, and topples over. You fall over, crashing into the window on the side. You feel shattered glass fly into your face. The wind is knocked from your lungs. The seat in front of you collapses inward, crushing your arm. You can feel heat. Through your hazy vision, you can see fire crawling up the side of the overturned bus. You try to move, but you feel your strength and consciousness leaving you. Ah. You're going to die. You're going to die here in this bus. It's just a fact. There's nothing you can do about it anymore. You don't even feel afraid.As your vision fades, all you can hear is Ayase whimpering.You have one final thought before you finally black out.You don't want to die.
>>29217874Suddenly, you awake, staring at a sterile, white ceiling. The beeping of a heart monitor and the low hum of fluorescent lights let you know that you're probably in a medical facility of some kind. Your mind is suddenly assaulted with memories from the explosion. Frantically, you sit up in your bed and begin checking your body. You're perfectly fine.You know you were cut by glass at the very least, and your arm should have been broken. And what about all that fire? "Ah, you're awake." A voice from the hallway calls out to you. You see a man, probably in his thirties, in a black suit and tie. His hair seems messy, as if he just got out of bed, but his eyes couldn't be more alert. He strides over to your bed and takes a seat beside you."I bet you have lots of questions, don't you?">Ask about Ayase>Ask him if you're okay>Who is this guy?
>>29217903How am I alive?
>>29217903>>Ask about Ayase
>>29217978Is anyone else from the bus alive?
>>29217903>Ask him if you're okay
>>29217903>Ask about Ayase>Ask him if you're okay
>>29217903We have all the questions. Did we just get suicide bombed?
>>29217903You throw out question after question in rapid fire. This is just all too much for you to comprehend right now, you need answers. The man chuckles before reaching over and picking up the remote on the dresser by your bed."Why don't we get started with the most important part, shall we?"He presses a few buttons on the remote. The TV in the corner turns on and begins displaying a picture of an overturned bus, covered in flame. You recognize that bus..."Feel familiar? Yes, that is the very same bus you were in shortly after the incident. Just keep watching..."You return your eyes to the monitor. There is a scream, then the bus is torn open from the inside. A large, clawed hand peels away the steel and fibreglass and then a figure steps out. Thick, black skin covers its arms and legs, each of which end in wickedly sharp claws. In its arms, it is carrying Ayase, who is covered in dust and blood.The figure, that monster, looks up into the camera. Its eyes are golden and slitted, and its otherwise human mouth is lined with sharp fangs. It bellows out a single roar before falling over.This would be too much to handle even in normal circumstances, but what makes it even worse is..."Yes. That was you."You turn to protest, but he cuts you off."To explain everything would take some time, but for now, just know that you have been infected with something we call the Renegade, and it has become active within you. That power you showed on that bus and the fact that you are alive right now marks you as what we call an Overed."You stop and look down at your hands. They seem perfectly normal to you."Don't worry if it doesn't make sense right now. All you need to know is that your classmate, Miss Ayase, is fine. You saved her. Unfortunately, you two were the only ones that survived. Now, I need to ask you a very important question: Would you be willing to help others, like you helped Miss Ayase today?">Yes>No>You need more time...
>>29218388>You need more time...
>>29218388You bitch and bitch about how nothing interesting ever happens and look where it gets you. Looks like the squeaky henge really does get oiled.>Yes
>>29218388>You need more timeWho are you people? Why hasn't the news heard of this? Also, Captain tends to be for sports teams. We should be called President.
>>29218487Getting out the door fast while the halls are cluttered with students is a sport.
>>29218388>YesWe bored as shit- now we can have fun being a hero!
>>29218388>You need more time...Too much too fast to process
>>29218487What was with that guy who blew up our bus? I sure hope you guys don't have a file marked "Hero of the Prophesy" with out name on it.
>>29218388>>You need more time...
So are we triple Chimera/Exile or are our other powers going to be revealed later?
>>29218487Seconding this, other than the title portion, which I don't care about. It's a lot to take in before making any major decisions. What is the Renegade? What are the implications of being an Overed? etc.
>>29218388>>You need more time...Everyone instantly voting yes aren't acting like a Go-Home Club captain
>>29218865Might mean we don't have to go to school.
>>29218935I seriously doubt that
>>29218388You look down. You don't even know what to say."Don't you think that's enough, Chairman Yugo?"A new voice. In strides a young woman, dressed in a white vest and black skirt. The heels of her shoes make a sharp click on the ground as she strides, and her pale blond hair is full of soft waves. Simply put, she's probably one of the prettiest women you've ever seen, but you find yourself looking more at the shocking red tie she has on. Its color seems unnatural, like it is almost glowing..."Chief, please, don't you have any sense of romance? This is the heroic moment every boy dreams of!" The man, now identified as Yugo, turns to you and winks."Romance or not, Chairman, the UGN does not condone such strong-arm tactics. At least now while I'm in charge of this Island. Now unless you're going to give me an executive order, I'd like you to see yourself out while I speak to our guest."Yugo scratches his head and gets up."Guess I struck out, huh? Alright, alright, I'll let you take it from here, Chief."
>>29218945Might mean we get to leave even earlier then.
>>29218959Yugo waves and leaves the room while the young woman takes a seat beside you. She opens up a manilla folder and begins leafing through some documents."I hope you'll excuse our Branch Chairman. He's a little...eccentric. Now then, let's begin this properly. I am the Chief of this Island's branch of the UGN, the Universal Guardian Network. We are an organization that seeks to facilitate the incorporation of Overeds into human society, and furthermore protect humans from anti-social or violent acts made by Overeds. We believe today's attack was orchestrated by False Hearts, a terrorist organization comprised totally of Overeds, although we do not know the reason. The attack triggered your latent powers, and thanks to that, both you and your classmate are unharmed. You do not need to reply about joining us just yet, as we would need an evaluation and surveillance period first, as well as compulsory education and training. If you have any questions about our organization or your condition, I suggest you answer now before we begin the trial period. I have very little time and much to do."You flinch when the woman mentions 'human society'. Aren't you still human? In any case, it seems that now is the time to get some real answers.>Ask about those terrorists.>What is the Renegade?>UGN?
>>29218935You know that's not how this works. Haven't you ever read a manga?Oh crap, we're going to end up dating Ayase.
>>29218974>>Ask about those terrorists.>>29218980>Oh crap, we're going to end up dating Ayase.I will be strictly voting against that.
>>29218974>When can I go home?
>>29218980Bitch if I turn into a lizard monster and fight terrorists I best be getting time off school.
>>29219015Changing vote to this. I want nothing to do with this supernatural shit.
>>29218974>Ask about those terrorists.>What is the Renegade?Also, why haven't I ever heard of renegade or Overeds? In fact, what is Renegade, some sort of parasite? An alien, extra dimensional being, nanomachines?
>>29219015this. I want to begin the adventure of captain "not a fuck given" as he attempts to go about a normal life while strange shit goes on around him
>>29219015Voting.>>29219086Oh God, it'll be hilarious
>>29218974All three questions.Because why the fuck not?
Guys, we got fucking infected.We can't leave this shit. It the government or the terrorist that almost killed us and innocent people.
>>29219108>walking home>some cunt shows up, tries to recruit us>we say no because we're captain IDGAF>thy fight us>ruin our shirt>got blood on our homework>cant take it to the dry cleaners>Get home>someone ELSE tries to get us to join ANOTHER group>ignore them, sit down and turn on the TV
>>29218974>all of the abovePrimary interest being about what the Renegade is and what it means for us to be an Overed.
>>29219161Yeah, na. I want a quest we're NOT the almighty chosen one hero.
>>29219161>>29218974We don't know shit, we just know that we have an infection. Why not ask for a cure?
>>29219161fuck that. we'll agree to reintegrate but we ain't fucking risking our lives. We just want to live a mediocre life, get into a mediocre university, get a mediocre job and go on with our life.
>>29219161Ask them for a cure and then go homeLive out the rest of our boring, normal life with nothing out of the ordinary.
we are the renegade, we are the lifeguard mechanism of captain.
>>29218974Mostly, you just want to know when you can go home."I suppose that is normal. You did just die today. Very well, you will be discharged in a few hours, to go home as you please. However, there are some caveats."She holds up a black-gloved finger."First. You may not tell anyone of your powers, the UGN, Renegade, or the attack. The eyewitnesses as well as your classmate have all had their memories rewritten to cover up this incident, therefore you may not discuss it with them either. Violating this means that we must wipe their memories again and bring you into custody, something I would rather avoid."Wait, they erased memories? What powers do these people have."Second, you may not leave the Island for any reason. You are under my jurisdiction now, and any unauthorized attempt to leave will be treated as an attempt to flee. You will be killed. Permanently, this time."You don't think she's joking, so you simply nod your head. "Very good. Now, we still must put you under surveillance. Tomorrow, you will be joined by a member from our UGN Children's Unit. This agent will be incorporated into your daily life and keep surveillance on you. They will be given full authorization to monitor all your activities and to make judgement calls regarding your status as an Illegal Overed. Should you violate any of our restrictions, you can expect them to act accordingly."You're not sure you like the sound of any of this. As the woman gets up to leave, you feebly ask if there is a cure to whatever it is you've got. She turns around and locks eyes with you. Her green eyes feel like they're going to cut straight through to your soul."No. There is no going back."With that, she exits your room, leaving you with nothing but the sound of equipment and your own thoughts.
>>29219357Awesome. Our life as a normal illegal whatever begins now.
>>29219357>UGN Children's UnitIts a girl isn't it. And she'll be the mysterious transfer student. Also, what's the Island? Japan?
>>29219357>GM has accepted ATTEMPT TO BE MEDIOCRE plotlineHmm, this one may have some promise
>>29219422This particular Island is not Japan.
>>29219422>Its a girl isn't it.Of course. Shit like that is so fucking transparent.
>>29219445oh fuck we're on AUSTRALIA aren't we? I mean there's like nowhere else something like this could evolve naturally
>>29219465This Island is not Australia either. It is somewhere in the Pacific.
>>29219437So much chance encounters.
>>29219482Oh, so it's Zanzibar Land
OP gave up. Didn't want to indulge our mediocrity.Oh well
>>29219457The only question is whether her cover will be our cousin or sister.
>>29219613It's probably going to be a long forgotten childhood friend.
>>29219357True to her word, in a few hours, you are released and head back to your house. It's empty as usual. Your parents both work overseas in the mainland, leaving you here to fend for yourself in a house far too large for one person. There's very little in the way of decoration or personal touches. You couldn't even describe your house as particularly neat or dirty. This is just where you go to do your assignments, to eat, and to sleep. Despite today's events, you go through your normal routine after returning home. You change out of your uniform into your sleepwear, you have a bowl of cereal for dinner, you do your homework, and finally, you go to bed. You only hope that this is some elaborate prank on the Captain of the Go-Home club, but a gnawing feeling at the back of your mind tells you otherwise.------You almost don't notice getting dressed and heading to school, still caught up in yesterday's haze. You are face down on your desk, waiting for the bell for first period, when finally acknowledge someone speaking to you."Hello! Earth to Captain!"Oh. It's Ayase. You look at her and she seems fine enough. A few band-aids and a bruise seems to be all she got from yesterday's troubles."So, like, wow! Yesterday was sure something, huh? Imagine the bus flipping over due to a blowout! Crazy right? I can't believe you're already okay!"You try not to groan."Still, you super helped me out yesterday. Thanks!">Don't say anything>Talk about the accident>Ask if she got her homework done.
>>29219643Tell her to go home. Can't be doin' with this genki bitch.
>>29219643>Talk about the accident"dont remember what happened was too troublesome to stay conscious"
>>29219643>Ask if she got her homework done.
>>29219643>Ask if she got her homework donegotta stay in character
>>29219608Sorry if I type slowly. I'm not that fast and writing around the character limit really slows me down
>>29219660Being an asshole>>29219669>>29219682>>29219717Not mediocre>Don't say anything
>>29219643>Ask if she got her homework done.It'd be too troublesome to talk about an incident where her memories were wiped.
>>29219745i was mostly hoping to learn the actual cover story so we don't blow it accidentally
>>29219643"Don't mention it."I don't think we need to discuss it more than that.
>>29219759She just said it was a blowout.
>>29219643Hoping to change the subject, you ask her if she got her homework done. "Whaaat? Of course I did. You helped me, remember? That was SO nice of you."She claps her hands together and smiles.That smile is far too bright for your tastes."I thought you were just a slacker, Captain, but it turns out you know your stuff. So let me tell you something good, to pay you back, I'm going to talk you up to all the girls I know!"You're not sure that would be particularly helpful anymore..."Hey! What's that face for, do you not expect results? I'll have you know that I know plenty of cute girls that haven't been taken yet."You start to ignore Ayase, this conversation clearly going nowhere good. Professor Earl takes his place at the head of the classroom, and clears his throat."Alright, jackasses, sit down and shut up. We got ourselves some important announcements today."The class mumbles an unenthusiastic 'yessir' and takes their seats."So, the department of education decided to make my life more difficult and add more of you little ingrates to my workload, so shut up for the introduction."A young man walks into the room, wearing your school's uniform. If you had to comment on him, he almost looks more unremarkable than you do. Not a single thing from his hair to his shoes stands out in any way. He writes his name on the board."I'm Harold Yeager. My parents came to this Island to work, so there you have it.""Good. Go take that seat back by the filing cabinets."Harold nods and quietly takes his seat. He seems to be glaring at you and Ayase.
>>29219942and y'all said it would be a lady.Ignore him, take a nap
>>29219942Well fuck him too.
>>29219942>Hyperactive>Genki>Introduce you to all my friends who are girls>elongated 'SO'Alright, this chick has got to go. She'll do nothing but cause problems and be annoying.>>29219973Voting
>>29219942stare back. see if our new abilities can let us not blink
>>29220027Going with this, we must show him we are the mediocre one around here.
>>29219942"Alright, next!"A girl comes in, again already in your school's uniform. Her expression is cold, immediately upon entering the room, her eyes snap to you. You feel a chill run up your spine, but you shake it off."I am Claire Yamabushi," She begins to write her name on the chalkboard, finally averting her eyes from you, "I came here from California to live with friends of the family due to the impending messy divorce of my parents."Wait what? You look around the classroom and it's clear that you're not the only one who thought that sounded weird. Still, you try to play it off and seem as disinterested as possible. "Alrighty, miss Too-Much-Information. Go sit behind Sir Slacks-a-Lot back there and keep your trap shut."The girl takes her seat behind you. You can feel her stare joining Yeager's.The class begins to whisper with anticipation and gossip already.You feel incredibly uncomfortable. "Class is starting now! Shut the hell up!"Hours pass and it is finally lunch period. Normally, you go eat in a stall in the bathroom. You like your privacy. However, it might be time to change that with these new people in the room.>Go eat in the bathroom anyway>Have lunch with Ayase>Try to hide in a closet somewhere.
>>29220169>>Go eat in the bathroom anywayThis. Girls aren't allowed in and mysterious shifty eyes will probably follow us.
>>29220169Ah shit, two operatives. Which one do you think is the rebel? TMI girl seems likely, but on the other hand nobody'd expect normal guy if we didn't know one was coming.
>>29220169Just eat at our desk. If that's not an option, I'll vote for closet, I guess. Eating in the bathroom seems gross.
>>29220169>Go eat in the bathroom anywayIf one of them attempts to make contact, insist that yesterday was perfectly normal
>>29220169Grab new guy, go to bathroom stall and enroll him as our mediocre apprentice.
>>29220169You decide to go eat in the bathroom anyway. You need something familiar to calm yourself down. After making a quick stop at the vending machine to get yourself a pre-packaged egg-salad sandwich and a bottle of milk, you head to the rarely used men's bathroom on the third floor. Just like always, you head down to the last stall, lock the door behind you, put the lid down, and have a seat on the throne. Ahh, so familiar, so comfortable. You unwrap your sandwich and begin to eat. You've been so hungry all day, you almost bought two sandwiches, but your budget doesn't allow for such frivolous spending. As you begin to chase down the processed egg with a swig of lukewarm milk, there is a loud banging at the stall door."Hey! I know you're in there!"Shit...it's the new guy. Yeager. What does he want?"Get out of there right now, we need to have a word!">Don't move>Leave the stall and talk>Talk to him through the stall door
>>29220401>>Talk to him through the stall doorwe have dangerous diarrhea
>>29220401>Talk to him through the stall doorBusy. wait outside
>>29220401>Talk to him through the stall door
>>29220401>>Don't moveSo mediocre we cant be seen.
>/tg/ insits on refusing the call to adventureI... have we ever done this before?
>>29220535Believe it, Anon. It's finally happening.
>>29220401You call out to him through the door, telling him that you're not decent at the moment."Oh for Christ's sake...Listen up, because I'm only going to say this once."He sounds serious. You can see his feet on the other side of the door planted firmly. He probably won't leave until he gets this off his chest. Might as well pretend to listen to him."Okay, so, I haven't been here long but I heard you and Manaka have been talking a lot recently. I want to tell you to back off."You're flabbergasted. Does he really think you and Ayase are doing anything? You'd forgotten her name up until yesterday. You tell him that you don't even like Ayase."What did you say about Manaka!? You don't like her!? I don't buy that. I already heard her talking about you!"Great, he's one of these guys. You try to clear up the misunderstanding, telling him you didn't mean it like that."Of course you didn't! She's a goddamn angel and you better stay the hell away from her. No talking. No phone calls. No emails. Nothing!"You tell him not to worry. You're the least interesting man in the universe."You better be telling the truth or I swear to God--!"There's a thunking sound, and you see a blade stick through the stall door. Startled, you drop your sandwich onto the dirty floor. Completely paralyzed by fear, you don't move until Yeager leaves the bathroom.You lean in to look at the blade. It's got a black blade, probably some of that tacticool bullshit. You reach out to touch it, but as soon as you do, it crumbles to dust.This could be more serious...maybe you should rethink this whole thing.>Skip the rest of today. You're not putting up with this.>Go back to class.>Feign illness and head to the nurse's office.
>>29220703>>Go back to class.Remember. Mediocre.
>>29220535It will be fun to watch as the fates continue to throw shit at our indifferent protagonist. Wouldn't be surprised if he ends up with an unwanted harem.
>>29220703>>Go back to class.>>29220754>BBEG starts ranting at us>protagonist leans over a bit so he can see the TV again
>>29220703>Go back to class.>>29220754Well, we already have a most likely totally evil love rival for a girl we don't give a damn about.
>>29220754>unwanted harem.Harems aren't mediocre, Anon.
>>29220703>Go back to class.
>>29220812Hence the "unwanted".Girls will throw themselves at him and he'll just ignore and step over them on the way to class.
First Double Cross thread I've seen lately, and it's a fucking quest thread, you people really need your own board.
>>29220991>Double Crossoh this is based on something?is it Mediocre?
>>29220703You decide that you can't really run away from this, so you head back to class. You take a seat, trying to avoid directly looking at Ayase for fear of Yeager and his mysterious disappearing blades.Still grieving over your lost sandwich, you are reminded of just how damn hungry you are. You feel like you haven't eaten for days. The smells from everybody's various lunches aren't helping. The smell is so strong you can almost taste them already. Fred's casserole, Lily's sandwich, the deviled eggs in the corner and...and...something smells incredible.You follow the smell and see Claire, the other new addition to your class, eating what looks to be a sliced beef brisket, drenched in barbecue sauce. How...how did she smuggle that in here? It still looks fresh and warm too. You feel yourself drooling, and move to cover your mouth."Ah, Captain," Claire immediately looks back at you. Her expressionless face holds the meat meer inches from her mouth. It's not fair. It's not fair!"You look hungry, Captain."Damn right you're hungry. But, but wait. Why do you care so much? Some days you forget to eat at all. This shouldn't be a big deal. You shake your head and try to waive her off."That's a shame, Captain. I had extra. I thought I should share with my new neighbour and perhaps deepen our bonds as fellow schoolmates and friends who are in the springtime of their lives. But if you say you are not hungry, perhaps I shall simply eat it all myself. I am a growing girl who needs her nutrition."Damn, you're hungry. But you know better than to trust her. But you're so damn hungry.>Give in to your hunger right here.>Ask to eat somewhere else>Stubbornly refuse and deal with your hunger pains.
>>29221116The fuck are you, a robot?
>>29221116>Stubbornly refuse and deal with your hunger pains.Its a trap!
>>29221116Ask to eat somewhere else. We might be able to get some information out of her this way, at least.
>>29221116>Stubbornly refuse and deal with your hunger pains.Gotta fight againt the urge!
>>29221116"can I borrow two dollars?"hit vendining machine
>>29221116>Give in to your hunger right here.Apparently our financial situation is tight, so free food. She seems weird, but on the other hand a guy just tried to psych us out with a magic knife, so... you know. It's all relative.
>>29221116>Damn right you're hungry. But, but wait. Why do you care so much? Some days you forget to eat at all. This shouldn't be a big dealIs she doing something? Are we under the effects of an Overed ability?
>>29221116>Stubbornly refuse and deal with your hunger pains.She's trying to get us swept up in something, or she's potentially dangerous. I mean we just found out about some crazy things and already have met one transfer student with a magic knife, who's to say she isn't trying to poison us or something?
>>29221116Refuse, it's clearly a trap. We can deal with hunger no probs.
>>29221276If she's doing something, you can't tell. You've been hungry all day.
>>29221116>refuse"you are terrible at blending in"
>>29221333In that case we should take her up on her offer. Just dial the Not Giving A Fuck up to eleven.There's no reason we can't use these people so long as we don't give a fuck about them or their organization.
>>29221311You know what this is reminding me of? The Big Lebowski. There are these superpowers and secret organizations and spies in his school and all this intrigue, but all Captain wants is his fucking carpet back.
>>29221116...No! You're better than that! You quickly turn away from her and clutch your stomach. The rumbling in your stomach gets louder and louder as you hear her eating behind you. It's like she's making it loud on purpose. This is gonna drive you crazy if it keeps up. Eventually, the meal ends, and Claire gives a small burp. You're covered in sweat, shaking from the pain. You look behind you to see Claire wiping her mouth with a napkin."Pardon me," her face is a blank mask, you can't tell if she's just being cruel to you or if this is just how she is, "I must have had too much to eat."This bitch!---Eventually, school lets out. True to your namesake, you are the first one out of the door. However, you have more than just your personal disinterest in a healthy school life spurring your steps today. You have fear of getting caught up in something much, much bigger than yourself. At least one of those new students was probably the UGN agent. That means they probably already know where you live. You idly wonder if it would be best to go home straight away like you always do, or maybe go kill some time elsewhere.>Go kill time at the arcade>Go to the library and hide out for a while>Head straight home
>>29221591>Go to the arcadeNofucksgiven.gif
>>29221591>Go kill time at the arcadeand grab a pizza or some chickenwings or something
>>29221591>>Go kill time at the arcaNo, wait. That's where the delinquent protagonist would go.>Go to the library and hide out for a while.When you're halfway there start running a bit then turn around. See if anyone is tailing you.
>>29221515I have a felling this is going to turn into a game of "Spot and avoid all the plothooks".and then we stumble into one and have to spend 16 sessions trying to extricate ourselves before accidentally becoming a hero or something. And then we decide not to show up to an awards ceremony
>>29221591>Go to the arcade.
>>29221591>Go kill time at the arcade
>>29221591Arcade mother fucker. Mediocre people love the arcade. I would know.
>>29221669We've got to have SOME hobby. I would rather it be music than video games, but you can't always get what you want I guess.If anything NOT-mediocre happens, we'll just bounce.
>>29221809just as long as we avoid any games that cold conceivably be disguised training simulators of any kind
>Go kill time at the arcadeRemember, we are a perfectly normal human doing normal human activities. "Wings? Man, I think you should lay off the good stuff, you're seeing things."
>>29221902If we see any cabinets titled "Polybius", we should probably run away in the other direction, possibly after setting the arcade on fire.
>>29221591You haven't been to an arcade in forever. Now's a good time to start that old habit back up.You walk the eight or so blocks it takes to get to the arcade and sit down at a booth in the back corner. Something feels different about the place, but it looks like they still have your old favorites here: Road Brawler, Idolc@ster Arcade Edition, and Magical Fairy Bullet Hell.While you wonder about which you'll play, you make a startling discovery. You're out of change. Sighing, you pull out a bill and head to the register to go exchange it for coins. You don't even look at the cashier while you slide the bill forward."Yes, Captain. I'll have these changed for you right away." Wait...You look up and Claire is standing behind the counter. The normal cashier is asleep in a chair, leaning up against the wall. Claire holds out the coins for you."Well, are you not going to take them? Didn't you want to play games? Your file said you frequently visited this place."What? That was almost ten years ago!"Was it? Does that matter? You did come here to play, didn't you?"So much for hiding.>Ignore her and go ahead and play.>Leave. You don't want any trouble.>Question her.
>>29221976>Ignore her and go ahead and play.Abort if anything abnormal starts happening.
>>29221976>Ignore her and go ahead and play."seriously learn how to blend in"Go play magical fairy bullet hell
>>29221976>Ignore and go ahead and play.She is just a clerk, nothing more.
>>29221976>>Ignore her and go ahead and play.Play Road Brawler. Hopefully it's this worlds "Big Rigs'
>>29221976Yeah. Yeah, sure, okay. Okie Dokey. Yeah, we're going to play video games now, goodbye,She'll just be at the next place we try to hand out, we might as well scowl and bear it.
>>29221976Ignore and go play MFBH
>>29221976>Ignore her and go ahead and play.
>>29221976"Seamlessly integrate into my life huh?"
>>29221976You didn't drug him or something, did you?
>>29221976>Ignore her and go ahead and play MFBHsee if we can still 1cc it
>>29221976You take the coins, resigning yourself to this cruel fate.Sitting down at the Magical Fairy Bullet Hell game, you begin to zone out. Watching the shrine maiden Reika dash up and down the screen, narrowly dodging bullets arranged in intricate patterns seems to calm you down greatly. You almost forget how you're practically dying of hunger."Are you still hungry, Captain? I can help you with that."You shut her out and keep playing. After a while, though, you look around. There's nobody else in the arcade. Only the cashier is here, and he's out cold. Your confusion must have been written on your face, because Claire speaks up."Warding. Overeds like you and I can emit microscopic material which incapacitates normal humans and makes it unpleasant for others to approach. Are you sure you're not hungry? Nobody else will come and take your seat."Of course you're still hungry, but you're not taking a gift from the devil. Even if it will probably be delicious and make you feel so much better. You've still got a fistful of change. You could keep going, or you could call it a day. You are hungry, and it doesn't count if you buy your own food...right?>Play well into the night>Stop and go have dinner at a family restaurant.>Go home.
>>29222277>Stop and go have dinner at a family restaurant.
>>29222277>>Go home.Makes yourself a PBJ sandwich. Nice and mediocre.
>>29222277>>Stop and go have dinner at a family restaurant.Right, it doesn't count if you buy it yourself.
>>29222277>Stop and go have dinner at a family restaurant.He's hungry and he can pay in change, so little fucks given.
>>29222277Yeah, warding is the best. A way to avoid collateral casualities, set up an fight scene, and signal that shit has gotten real, all at one. Also>Stop and go have dinner at a family restaurant.
>>29222277You decide to go have a dinner at Benny's. After all, you're not taking a bribe if you pay for it yourself. As you expected, Claire gets up and silently follows you the whole way. You are almost tempted to say something during the walk over, but your better judgement prevails. Claire finally relents as you enter the restaurant and take a seat by yourself.As you take in the sights, the sounds, and most importantly, the smells, you begin to realize you've never been this hungry in your entire life. Recklessly, you order 3 plates of pancakes, 2 burgers with fries, a plate of ham and eggs, and a full loaf's worth of toast before you even realize it. The food comes quickly and you begin eating before the waitress can finish putting everything on the table. It's good. It's so good! When did their food get so good!? In the midsts of your feeding frenzy, you look up to see Claire standing just outside the window next to your booth. Immediately realizing how awkward both this and your extreme hunger must seem, you peek around to gauge the situation. Sure enough, all eyes are on you and Claire. There are whispers going about, and the waitress is talking with a fellow you can only guess to be the manager. Shit, you don't want to make an incident of this...>Let Claire in. It will look less strange that way.>Better leave. Obviously, you can never come here again.>Continue as you are. Claire can move if she wants
>>29222676>Let Claire in. It will look less strange that way.
>>29222676>>Continue as you are. Claire can move if she wantsA loitering nigga, that's that shit I don't like
>>29222676>Let Claire in. It will look less strange that wayShe's not going away. Certain accommodations in our mediocre lifestyle have to be made considering we were just discovered to have super powers.
>>29222676Lookin's free, they can do what they want.>Continue as you are. Claire can move if she wants
>>29222791super powers we have no intention of using.
>>29222676God damn it!>Let Claire in. It will look less strange that way.Look, see, we waved her in. This isn't weird at all. We're two perfectly normal teenagers. No need to start and strange rumors.
>>29222676>>Continue as you are. Claire can move if she wants"I don't know who she is"
>>29222676>>Let Claire in. It will look less strange that way.You are about as subtle as an deagle brand deagle, Claire
>>29222806Super powers we don't really understand. Do we need to be dying for them to work?
>>29222806But there is nothing abnormal about two kids sitting in a restaurant. What is abnormal is one eating while the other stands outside and watches him do it.That doesn't make us look mediocre. That sort of abnormal situation is only going to make people notice us, which we don't want.
>>29222965>What is abnormal is one eating while the other stands outside and watches him do it.she's just some dumb homeless bitch. we don't know her.
>>29223004Its gone a bit far in fairness dude. This isnt very mediocre.
>>29222676>Let Claire in. It will look less strange that way.Just act like she is your quirky tumblr friend.
>>29222676Meekly, you wave for Claire to come inside. After a few minutes, she is shown to your seat and she orders a glass of lemonade and a waffle. After those formalities are finished, she returns to staring at you. Almost 20 minutes pass wordlessly. Occasionally, Claire will take a bite of her food and sip at her drink, but beyond that she remains totally silent, completely focused on watching you. Finally, you finish your food, dropping your silverware on your plate. You feel stuffed, and your hunger finally abates."You eat like a wild animal," Claire finally comments.With that, the dam breaks, and you begin to rebuke her. Does she actually think she is being subtle here?"Wasn't I? I was praised as the best in my class at infiltration."She's the best? Then what were the others like? "I have heard a colleague of mine attempts to infiltrate via dropping from the sky on her target. Was my approach not much more nuanced?"You just put your head in your hands and sigh. Clearly, she has something to say to you, so you decide to just let her get it out. Might as well face it straight on."A beastly appetite and bold, direct words, as expected of a Chimera. Please warn me if you're also experiencing any other wild urges. I should know if I must protect my virtue from you."You're going to ignore what she just insinuated right now and ask her something useful. Seems you'll have time to ask her all you want, but you should start somewhere...>Chimera?>What is the Renegade?>Who are the UGN?
>>29223148>What is the Renegade?Might as well figure out what we are now.
>>29223148"Well, I'm going home. Homework to do, music to download. You know how it is. Or maybe you don't. Whatever. Good night."
>>29223148No questions. Walk home. Do homework. Sleep
>>29223148>What is the Renegade?>Chimera?In that order.
>>29223148>>Chimera?Well that part's obvious. We saw that. We have some sort of beast mode, right? And we can't listen to that or we'll start losing humanity. Then we frenzy and that would be terrible for The Masquerade, is that about right?
Suddenly got really NOT-mediocre
>>29223322She implied we might have bestial urges. We may as well know some shit if we're going to live with this.It's not like we're gonna go all warrior of justice here.
>>29223148Ignore it all and head home.
>>29223390>It's not like we're gonna go all warrior of justice here.This is how it starts.
>>29223148>ChimeraI'm all for being as mediocre as the next guy, but there's no point to just walking away from everything. That's not mediocre. That's cowardly.
>>29223423>Not wanting to be captain no fuck given as we beat monsters while running home.Get a load of that faggot
>>29223446OH here he is. The guy who's not happy enough with mediocre. Wants to be some MORE than mediocre. Fuck you buddy.
>>29223446We will know a perfectly average amount of knowledge on these subjects.
>>29223486Sorry, reminds me too much of the shitty MC of SWQ.
>>29223446Fuck you Mom, stop pressuring me.
>>29223486Yeah, one day sometime soon we're gonna be walking home and everybody along the rout will either be gone or asleep, and some annoying fuck is going to jump off a street light and try to chop our head off.You know these threats to our normal boring life are coming.
>>29223582Might as well kill him in one shot without slowing down. Gotta keep it as boring and anticlimactic as possible
>>29223582You are probably hitting close to home. We have a spastic with magic knives hanging about.
>>29223649But we're going to avoid anything like that for as long as possible.
>>29223148"Yes, Chimera. That is how we've classified your Syndrome. Syndromes are expressions of the Renegade's power. There are twelve in all, each possessing its own unique talents. Most Overeds display two Syndromes, known as Crossbreeds. Our tests suggest that you have only one: a Purebreed. Chimera, your Syndrome, allows its user to manifest biological advantages reminiscent of other animals."Claire puts a hand on her chest, displaying something akin to pride."I am a rare Tri-Breed specimen, having three total Syndromes, albeit at a lowered proficiency. Back to my previous line of discussion, you are a Purebreed. Although you have less flexibility than Crossbreeds, you will possess a level of proficiency that they will not be able to match. Feel proud, as Purebreeds are becoming much less common." You think you'll feel proud when it doesn't involve you transforming into a monster."Oh? You don't like it? I always felt the Chimera Syndrome to be particularly regal. Such ferocity. So proud."You think you're about done with this topic.>What is Claire's Syndrome?>What is the Renegade?>Who are the UGN?
>>29223664Yeah, but it will happen eventually. Better be prepared
>>29223673Oops, forgot trip. This will teach me to fuck around in the general thread between posts.
>>29223673>[x] Go home
>>29223673>Ask about her syndromeFuck you guys I'm curious
>>29223673Shit son, we are the crawler.
>>29223673>What is the Renegade?I'm guessing it's a virus or something, but some explanation would be helpful.
>>29223673>>What is the Renegade? And what makes us turn into a monster and how do we spot it in other people, so we know if, say, a psycho with magic knives is going to leap out of a bush and stab us.
>>29223673"The Renegade is a virus-like existence that was released upon the world roughly 20 years ago. It is believed that roughly 80% of the world's population is a carrier of the Renegade, and many more life-forms and minerals are also carriers. Most do not experience any effects of the Renegade at all, and it remains dormant throughout their entire lives. Some, however, activate their Renegade strain in some fashion. The Renegade then offers its host unbelievable powers. It is believed that this is a self-defence mechanism of the Renegade, but it cannot be known with certainty."Really? If so many people carry it and it is mostly harmless, why is it a secret?"Nearly half of all those who awaken the Renegade immediately become insane. These subjects are not known as Overed. They are instead known as Gjaums. Gjuams may appear human, but they are nothing more than primal desires, driven by the Renegade. All Overed have the possibility to become a Gjaum, and knowledge of this fact would cause panic. Thus, the Renegade is hidden."You ask if there's some cure. Maybe you were being lied to before."The only cure is death, and even death is not 100% effective."That's grim.>That's enough questions for now>What is Claire's Syndrome?>Who are the UGN
>>29223982>>That's enough questions for now
>>29223982>ask if one of the syndromes involves making throwing knives that later turn to dust. Talk about the other transfer student's behavior and see if it's consistent with a Gjuam.
>>29223982>Fuck this shit. >NOPE.jpg>Head home like we should have long ago.
>>29223982>It is believed that roughly 80% of the world's population is a carrier of the Renegade, and many more life-forms and minerals are also carriers>and many more life-forms and minerals are also carriers.>minerals are also carriers.Rocks with super powers!
>>29223982>That's enough questions for nowI am curious about other things, but if we're to maintain our unmotivated lifestyle, two questions is probably about as far as we can push it.
>>29223982Fuck this shit. Fuck this bitch. Go home already
>>29224047Yes, that's not a mistake on my part.
>>29223982>>That's enough questions for nowOkay, we know enough to get by. Smooth sailing from here on out, just avoid trouble.
>>29224101I am now imagining a rock with a cape.I wonder how a rock gets into a life or death scenario?
>>29224101>tfw the granite flooring rips itself out from under our feet and crush us>tfw rings from jewelry stores shoot lasers at us>tfw table salt starts a conversation about how our day was
oh damn, this is an actual tabletop game.And /tg/ is playing it absolutely hilariously. of course.
>>29223982In life threatening situations, 40% of all humans, animals, or DIRTS have a chance of becoming super powered psychos. >That's enough questions for now.>Go home.>Never leave.
>>29223982>Ask about her syndromeCould be useful in the future
>>29224204It is? I was wondering.
>>29224177A lump of carbon undergoes incredible heat and pressure to turn into a diamond, maybe that'll do it. Every webbing ring ever made is now posessed.
>>29223982>that's enough questions>go home>stop by the library and pick up a copy of "Australia's deadliest Animals"if these fuckers want to play with us, we should be capable of going full Catachan on their asses
>>29224243yeah, just google double cross RPG.n the subject of how we are playing our guy, it's actually probably one of the safer routes we could go, since using and abusing the powers leads to insanity.I'm getting a vague feeling of similarity between this game and cthulhutech's tagers actually. maybe its the font they use on the cover
>>29223982>minerals are also carriersSeriously, are you a robot?
>>29223982You feel like your head has had enough crammed into it for one day. While you grab a glass of water, you see Claire excuse herself and then slip a black card into the waitresses hand. Ready to pay your own portion, you get up and hand over the cash at the register, but the clerk informs you that your bill has already been paid.Furious, you spin around, about to shout at Claire, but she is already gone. A note is left on the booth. You pick it up and read it immediately.>To my new friend,>I understand this must be confusing to you, but rest assured that I will be taking care of you from here on out. If you wish to remain independent of the UGN, I hope to make your surveillance period of 8 years go by smoothly. Remember, you cannot talk to anybody about what we discussed or what has happened to you, nor can you leave the Island. Otherwise, I will be forced to bring you in or worse, terminate you.>The offer to join us will remain on the table until your surveillance period has ended, so don't feel like you must make a decision in haste. >Waiting warmly for a positive response,>Claire Yamabushi>PS: The Chief has decided on your codename. For all your paperwork regarding us, and during any time in which privacy is an issue, you are to be referred to as 'Wild Card'. Have a good night. Don't worry, I'll be watching you.You put a hand to your head. You're not sure if you'll be able to sleep anymore.END
About six hours is all I can quest right now. Need to build that stamina.Anyway, hope you had at least a modicum of fun. I'll try to run again soon.
>>29224446>you are to be referred to as 'Wild Card'We should invest in dice>>29224482good show OP, I find your willingness to roll with our insistance on remaining normal to be rather refreshing compared to all the railroaders on this board. Any chance of a firm schedule or is it just gonna be played by ear?
>>29224397>tfw you realize robots are made of minerals and can get super powers.
>>29224482Pretty fun, QM. I'll keep an eye our for a followup.
>>29224526I think I'll play it by ear, so as not to tempt the curse.
>>29224446We are the opposite of the Wild Card! We are the rules card. The boring card that no one ever plays.
>>29224550nah, we're the joker that always gets removed from the deck before play, just watching eveyone else have their fun.and we are perfectly okay with that
>>29224550Like a three?
>>29224550I think the "Wild" refers to us being able to beast mode.
>>29224550We'll have to find out how to lodge that complaint.
>>29224677>we spend an afternoon filling out a complaint form while Claire looks on, confused that we are actually passionate about our code name
>>29224526I really like the tale of a guy trying really hard not to be the protagonist. I mean, eventually we'll be forced to be the protagonist but that doesn't mean we have to enjoy it and won't try with all out might to resist being pulled in to some insane situation.I can imagine dear Captain, having just slain a horrible villain because he was in captains way, being celebrated with cheers and adulation with girls throwing themselves at his feet, and he is just sulking because all the fuss is going to make him miss his favorite show.
>>29224708If you look at the various descriptions of how the Captain (am I the only upset the character doesn't actually have a name?) lives and does things, it's clear he has chronic depression rather than just being unmotivated.
>>29224708The BBEG is standing there, going through his evil monoluge while captain is eating a hotdog and wondering how he's going to keep his homework intact.>>29224739His name is now John Smith. I challenge anyone to think of a more mediocre name
>>29224708I like the idea as well. I worry a bit about blurring the line between unmotivated and antisocial, but we'll let the votes sort that out. That being said, it is nice to see something a bit different.
The QM made a twitter, if anyone's still here.>>29226143https://twitter.com/DXR27291052
>>29226200Everybody gone, brah. I predict next thread will have a complete abandonment of the "no fucks given" attitude.
>>29226268Don't say that we can keep it together for at least one more thread, if it happens soon anyway
>>29226340No. I can already see people waifuing Claire or Ayase.
>>29226378Or the Chief. Another character without a name.
>>29226378I Believe! But fuck waifuing I forgot about waifuing
>>29226423Maybe it'll be okay, Captain doesn't seem to be very pleased with his female peers.
I believe that this quest is what would have turned out if Nisio wrote a Prototype novel series. I am completely okay with this.
>>29226416I support this notion wholeheartedly.Disregard crazy girls, pursue Woman.
>>29226378We're not going to be waifuing anyone. Because that's not mediocre.
>>29230549The majority of human beings on the planet are in relationships. Avoiding relationships is unusual and noteworthy
>>29233048A fair point.
So, how do we date the Chief in a blatantly normal manner?I mean, just doing it in that manner will be unusual, but that's our thing right?
>>29238702we should start by asking if she wants to get a cup of coffee
Why is this thread still up? Go to bed.
>>29239024For science, mediocrity, and leading the Go-Home Club.>>29241164Sleep does have its benefits.