Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Lolis, Killers, Explorers, Robbers.YOU ARE LOLI,You were posing for the occupants of Skadovsk when Erec showed up alive, yelling at you for leaving him for dead before storming off to see the Doc. Beard doesn't seem to think it's an issue, and carried on business with you as usual."Right, well with that interruption out the way... I've got all the snaps I think I'll need. Now, keep that on for a day while I try and get the next set lined up. A question first, though, which color would you prefer?"You think for a moment, then "Purple!", you chirp at him.He nods, indicating that this conversation is over. Well, you now not only have more cash than ever before, you also have a means to get more should you need it, without having to risk your life![ ]Ask Beard for equipment [Trade][ ]Go see the Doc[ ]Other
>>29704936See the Doc. C'mon, we got business with him.
>>29704936>[x]Go see the Doc
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>>29704936Doc first, but don't forget to trade. We're going to run low on equipment if we're not careful.
>>29704936>[ ]Go see the Doc
>>29704936You hop away from Beard, grabbing your stuff from under the stairs and shoving everything into your backpack before heading up to see the Doc.As soon as you appear in the doorway, you're bowled to the ground by an over-sized ball of fur as Doggy greets you with a bark and a vigorous face-licking. You giggle as you try and Doc's staring at you with a raised eyebrow, but as soon as you make eye contact, he shrugs and looks back to his work, stitching up a gaping hole in the side of a patient's torso. He hisses as Doc jabs with the needle, then nods to you in greeting. "Hey there. You're Giltinė, right? I wanna thank you. Can't imagine going through something like this without any painkillers.""Quit moving," Doc mutters, as he finishes off stitching the wound closed and tying off the thread. "There. That'll be two hundred fifty for the drugs and a hundred for labor." The man hands over a wad of cash, thanks him, then pulls a shirt back on and makes his way out of the room. Doc finally gives you his full attention. "One of the new guys brought the supplies in for me. Said you did most of the work. I would thank you for this too, but I could've done the job just fine without the drugs. It's more for his sake than mine. Plus, you were paying off a favor.">Anything to say?
>>29705281"is doggy fine now?"
>>29705312"Are you seriously going to chat away like this while I'm freakin' bleeding out over here?!" Erec's voice behind you gives you a start, you whip around to see him sitting in a metal chair in the corner behind the door."I said wait your turn, so shut up and wait your turn." Doc doesn't even look at the poor guy. "I'd recommend him staying put, but eh," he shrugs, "he's probably in better shape than you. Not that I can tell. Not a damn vet. Take him if you want."
>>29705281The ambushers clearly knew that we, specifically, would be on this job. That's suspicious. We need to ask him who knew about that.
>>29704936At least put quest in the title so we can filter this.
>>29705414Yeah, that actually seems smart. We should ask around about rumors in the bar.And if they don't know any hits on us, maybe they know one on somebody else. A little extra cash never hurt.
>>29705281We need to tell him that the ambush was planned for us and say sorry for getting everyone killed and using some of the medical stuff. Shit's hard being Loli.>>29705371Well pay off the guy's bill in advance or something. It is sort of our fault he's hurt like he is. And without equipment anymore. I don't like him but decency says we owe him.
>>29705465We owe him nothing. Maybe a good weapon, but him getting shot is his own fault.
>>29705426>Title is blankGhe. Knew I'd forgotten something.Please accept my sincere apologies, Anon.
>>29705465Yea, we've apparently got money, so we can be nice, I guess, even though he's not being very nice at all, blaming us for his own failings. I mean, WE have had much worse and we didn't whine about it as badly as he is.I'd also ask around about Vas' father, but it occurs to me that the only thing we know about him is that he has a daughter. Presumably. We should ask Vas next time.
We should also ask Beard where we can keep Doggy if we're going to stick around or visit in the future.>>29705494We left him for dead when he just had (presumably) a concussion then looted his body. It was a pretty shit thing to do however you want to slice it. We should've at least made sure our comrades really were dead if we could've, and we could've.If you want to split hairs then let's buy him a rifle and gear instead.
>>29705591If that's the case, do we even know how to see if someone's dead? Let's ask Doc.
>>29705591>We left him for deadShouldn't have got shot. Much higher chance to be left for dead than saved, after all we are in the Zone. >If you want to split hairs then let's buy him a rifle and gear instead.This I can support.
>>29705591We still haven't figured out how he even knows we looted him. I mean he'd have to have been conscious to know that, but if we was conscious, he could've said something or moved or done pretty much anything to indicate he was alive.
>>29705619You know I didn't even consider that. We really should ask Doc. I don't blame the guy for being upset but come on, we're like twelve.>>29705669I think he just made a logical guess and we didn't deny it.
>>29705414"The pick-up... we got ambushed! Almost everyone got killed!" Erec grumbles in the corner. "They... they seemed to be aiming for me. Do you know anything about it?"Doc is silent for a long moment. "An ambush targeting you specifically? Impossible... You were a last-minute addition to the team. Don't believe it.""Well, they did!" you insist, "It happened! Did you at least maybe hear a rumor around the bar? Maybe someone that doesn't like me?""Some-" Doc's face splits into a huge grin as he starts to laugh at you, "someone who doesn't like you?? Try the entire bloody Zone!" He cackles for a while more, before subsiding into a smirk. "Sorry, can't help you with that."Your face falls at the lack of information, but it can't really be helped. You make a half-hearted apology to him about the fact that you used some of the medical supplies to not die on your way back, and he shrugs at you.>>29705669A thought strikes you, and you turn your attention to Erec. "How did you even know I looted you!?"A dark look crosses his face, and he gestures at your backpack. The zipper on the front pocket is slightly open, and one of the two remaining chocolate bars you took from him is hanging out of the pack. "Oh..."
>>29705697There's something beautiful about that. Giltinè, Death Herself, can't tell the difference between the dead and the living.
>>29705732"What? You would have given us that Chocolate anyway."
>>29705732...We should give him back his chocolate. I hope it was the Ukrainian stuff.
>>29705619You turn back to Doc. "Hey, how do I tell if someone's dead or just faking?"He snorts at this, while Erec just glares at you. "Movement, reactions, breathing, pulse. If they're moving about, or react if you kick them, they're probably alive. They can fake that, though. Breathing's the one to tell if they're just unconscious or dead. If they ain't breathing, or you can't tell, place two fingers..." he takes your fingers and places them on his neck "here, and press hard. Feel it? Can't fake that."You smile, "thanks that's actually really easy!"[+1 First Aid]
>>29705801>>29705826You stare at Erec, pulling a kicked puppy expression, . "You mean... you wouldn't have let me have the chocolate? Well, fine. *sniff* You can have it back then." You stare at your feet as you meekly hold the bars towards him."Ah jeez, keep the damn chocolate! I don't care.""NO! Take it!" You throw the chocolate back at him. It was Ukrainian, anyway. Not like you were going to eat it.
>>29705927We are the cutest death machine.
>>29705927>Anything else to ask/say? Otherwise,[ ]Head back to Beard [Trade at bar][ ]Head back to the bar, ask around about... (write-in)[ ]Other
>>29705952>[ ]Head back to Beard [Trade at bar]We still need to get some sort of belt or something so that we can easily access our guns and stabby things.
>>29705952I think we should trade and then ask people's ideas about that whole raid stuff.
>>29705952Let's trade first. I want to have my gear ready before asking people about dangerous subjects.
>>29705952>[ ]Head back to Beard [Trade at bar]We should buy shit for Erec and get ourselves a rifle that won't hurt much to lose (like every fucking gun we've touched ever)Ask about Beard's tailor too.
>>29705952You're pretty sure you're done here, so you head back to the bar. Doggy doesn't even need prompting to stick close behind you. The bar's patrons give him a few wary glances as he pads up to the bar beside you, but no-one makes any further movement.As you approach, Beard places the glass he was cleaning away on a shelf, before pulling another glass to start cleaning."Hey Beard. I sort of need some things. Can you help me out?"He nods passively, "sure. If it's here, it's for sale. I'll also buy a lot of the stuff you don't need anymore. What sort of stuff are you looking to get, or get rid of?">Show list of[ ]Weapons, Ammo[ ]Body armor and tactical gear[ ]Survival gear[ ]Food and medical supplies>[ ]Other?
>>29706225INVENTORY:Clothes-Vividred CosplayHello Kitty backpack-Camouflaged cargo pants-Bright pink thin leather belt (floral)-white socks-trainers-Can of dubious foodBody armor (Damaged)-emptyWeapons-Pistol (bandit), 3 magsSurvival Gear-Torch (smashed) + headband-Detector
>>29706225Let's start with weapons. We can't skimp out on our only means of defense in the Zone.
>>29706225>[ ]Weapons, Ammo>[ ]Body armor and tactical gear>[ ]Survival gear>[ ]Food and medical suppliesWe sort of need all of them so lets just take one thing at a time.
>>29706225Let's take them all one by one since we kinda need them all, but also sell him our broken stuff, the body armor and the torch.
>>29706307>To be clear, the body armor has a few rifles holes in it from where you got shot, and the torch glass is smashed, but it still light up (sort of).
>>29706225We need to get rid of the crap pistol and the food. See if we can have our armour repaired or if we'd be better off buying a new set.Writing everything out in a pastebin and posting the link would save the trouble of asking for seperate lists.
>>29706225>[ ]Other?He's somehow managed to procure two perfectly fitting cosplay outfits when we probably don't even know our own measurements. If he can do that, he can also procure gear with body armor, handy pockets and all that stuff for us. Or just make the next outfit he has coming in include that stuff. Otherwise, we may have to refuse doing any more of those jobs if it's just going to get us killed...
>>29706324Hrm. Is there like, a mechanic or something in Skadovsk, like Cardan? Maybe have him repair those stuff. If that doesn't work, proceed to sell.
>>29706344Seconding thisMaybe we can finally dress up as in the op picture.
>>29704936[x] Play a game that's not for sexual deviants and weebs.
>>29706379But it isn't necessarily the way you think it is, anon.
>>29706344We went over that when we got the first dress. We do need a steady supply of clothing and gear in our own size. Or at least gear; we have one set of clothing for now.
>>29706250have him ID the food if possible. Also buy a knife and some rations (preferably ones that won't spoil). If the vividred outfit doesn't get shredded like the Seibah one did, it should serve pretty well for later - sturdy boots, a good belt to hang stuff on, and doesn't restrict our movement much.
>>29706377Something like that would be decent. Or just tactical cosplay armor, if the fanservice must flow.
>>29706225"Uhh... guns and stuff? They seem pretty important right now."Without another thought, Beard has reached under the bar to pull a selection of items for you. "Alright, well with your stature, I'm assuming you want the smaller stuff? There's some bigger items in stock here, so if you want to see them, just say so."Most of the choices looks pretty familiar to you: a couple of pistols of different shapes and sizes. One looks really western and professional, the next is a revolver. The third, you'd swear it was some sort of hand cannon.There's also an empty pistol holster; it doesn't look like it matches any of the weapons on display properly, but they would definitely stay in it just fine.There's also one of those automatic pistols that you've seen in the gangster movies, the "Oozies", as well as one of the really short rifle-things that you used to have.Beard quickly runs through the choices and gives a price to each. He also mentions that he'll throw in a healthy amount of ammunition for each for an extra fifty for each gun.[ ]American pistol [ ]Revolver [ ]The hand-cannon! [ ]Oozie [ ]Rifle-thingy. [1,400][ ]Ammo 
>>29706453With our luck, it'll probably be destroyed before dawn. We should see how much a backup outfit costs. Even just a man's shirt can serve as a dress, and protect our dignity.
>>29706498Could that be what I think it is?Ask about the American pistol. How easy would it be to loot ammo in the Zone?Also let's buy a holster because that sounds really important.
>>29706498As you're looking at the selection, you absently reach into your pack and pull out the can of food that's been in there since... forever. "Want to buy this from me?""What's in it and how old it is?""Don't know.""Hmm. I'll give you thirty for it."Mkay." You hand it to him, and he gives you a handful of notes in return.
>>29706498Check if Nimble can get us a custom shooter instead.
>>29706498[ ]American pistol And a second one as a backup. It's the only weapon that makes sense. Revolvers are dumb, there's a reason they're outdated. Loli can't handle recoil well so the cannon and uzi are out. The rifle seems like a bad idea because we'll just lose it probably.Two things of ammo too I guess.
>>29706498>[ ]Revolver Like in the westerns we are apparently a fan of. Also we should probably not spend too much money on the gun since we seem to lose our guns all the time. Besides, we are bound to kill someone with a flashy gun sooner or later. Why buy when we can just loot.
>>29706498Let's get the American pistol and some ammo for it.Anything else is too much for us really.
Can we put in an order for an OTS-33 with a few of the 27rd mags?Dat select-fire goodness in 9x18mmEither with Beard or Nimble
>>29706586But then again, Loli would probably get an AC bonus for the revolver because thematic like >>29706589 says. But then again, we could go John Woo with the dual american pistols. Hmm...We can buy two, right?
>>29706631Actually, a bullpup rifle could fit us pretty well. Surely an AUG wouldn't be too hard to find in the Zone.
>>29706642Only if we have the money for two.
You point to the american-looking pistol. "Do you have another one of these? I'd like two. And some ammo for each.""Sure thing," he reaches under the desk and pulls a second pistol out for you."And, uhm, this holster thingy? Could I get some of those?""No problem. I've got some around here somewhere... Thigh or shoulder?"[ ]Thighs[ ]Shoulders
>>29706698Both? We're carrying two pistols now. We won't go all John Woo if we can help it so having two easily reachable guns in different places seems pretty flexible.
>>29706698Both obviously. Since we have two guns.
>>29706698Shoulders. It's not like we have anything to get in the way when we reach.
>>29706698"Uhm, both? One of each, I guess." He hands you a pair of holsters, then pushes the two pistols and a handful of magazines across the bar to you."750 in all. Hope you enjoy them." You hand him your wad of notes, and he counts out the correct amount before handing the rest back. He's taken about a third of your money. "Anything else?""Okay. Uhm, I suppose I also need stuff that's gonna help me survive longer, right?""Heh. Pretty vague. I'll see what I've got..."He stashes the selection of guns and walks to the very back shelves of his stores to rummage around for a few minutes. When he returns, he has rather a large selection of items for you.It's an impressive set. Everything from helmets and body armor to torches to bandages and medical kits. Again, he goes through the list and gives you some numbers.[ ]Helmet [1,250][ ]Body armor [ ]Gas mask [2,000][ ]'Night Vision' headset [5,000][ ]Torch [ ]Tinned food (a day's worth)[ ]Military rations (a week's worth)[ ]First aid kit >Your remaining cash is below 2,000
>>29706942For the record, a week's worth of tinned food is 560, but it's probably heavier and I bet it tastes terrible.Anyways, I'd like to put money towards a new torch and more importantly, a first aid kit. We have the terrible habit of getting shot a lot.
>>29706942Torch, tinned food, body armor.
>>29706942>Chocolate. Good chocolateWe need to bring the girls chocolate to thank them for being super nice to us. I also still suggest that we request he acquires some custom made body armor that we can use with his costumes as part of the next "job." Otherwise we'll refuse to do anymore.
>>29706942Trade in our bandit pistol, torch, body armour, and trainers and buy >Body Armour>TorchAsk if he has any better footwear, we'll need it. If not, keep the trainers obviously.And we should save up for a gas mask.
>>29707075This plus two things of tinned food (the lesbians will feed us so it's just emergency rations) and the first aid kit. We can't use it so we should see if the Doc would teach us if we payed him to.
>>29706942First aidBody armourSpend the rest on chocolate
>>29706942Body armor and military rations. If enough left over, first aid kit.
>>29706942"Hey, Beard... These costumes you've been getting for me..." He raises an eyebrow, waiting for you to finish the question. "Could you get me some, you know, normal stuff? Just in my size? Or at least make the costumes practical?""To answer your first question: No. It's not profitable to set up a supplier for just one client. Sorry. I'm nice, but not that nice. At least your costumes are giving me another form of income.""The second question, though? Hrrrrm. It's a completely customized request already. If you don't mind a drop in the payout, I can definitely get some armor woven into the inside of the fabric, no problem. I'll have tomorrow's suit armored up for you. I'll also see about making sure the other parts of it are... practical.""Kay, well until then..." you take off your holed vest and hand it to him. "I'll trade you this one for that one," you gesture at the one on the table. "I'll also give you..." you unload your backpack onto the bar and hand him your looted pistol, all its ammunition, your broken torch and your spare clothing, "all of this. Then I'll take... this thing and this and this." You pick up the torch, first aid kit and a few cans of food.Beard frowns at you in slight annoyance, before pulling a calculator from his back pocket, tapping in what you took and inspecting the things you gave him. He takes a long moment looking at the pistol you gave him, before tapping in a few more numbers."Alright, total comes out to 580. That pistol's saving you some."You're left with a healthy amount of money, a little under half of what you originally had. Pretty good, right?
>>29707310"Oh," you squeak, "how much chocolate do you have? Good chocolate, I mean. I need good chocolate.""'Good'? Uhh..." He pulls a pair of bars from the stores. One of them is Ukrainian. The other is a western brand whose script you can't read."That one," you say without hesitation. "Every bar of that one."He gives you a quizzical look, before pulling an entire case off the shelf. "You sure?">How much chocolate do you want?
>>29707365How much can we carry?
>>29707310Yes! Tactical cosplay armor is a go!>>29707365Pull out Hello Kitty backpack. Open it up and hold it up to the counter. "Fill 'er up."
>>29707365Assuming it'll cost us no more than half the money we have, why not buy all we can have?
>>29707365As much chocolate as we can stuff into our new armor.
>>29707365Like, six bars?
>>29707389How much does he HAVE?
>>29707389>In the case? All of it. Easily? A healthy (or unhealthy?) amount. You can afford it all.>Once you're done chocolating yourselves up, [ ]Ask around the bar about... (write in)[ ]Head back to the team.[ ]Other.
>>29707430Ask around about the ambush. It was planned, thus it's hella suspicious. People probably won't be able to offer a lot of info, but it's worth trying.
>>29707430>Once you're done chocolating yourselves up,>mfw
>>29707430[ ]Ask around the bar about...The ambush. Were the mercs pissed at us for killing the guys that ambushed us initially or did they have a grudge already?Is Ice still around? We need to start asking someone, might as well be someone we know.
>>29707430Ask about the JOB, but not about the ambush. What they know about the job, who told them about it. Try to trace it back to find out where the leak is. Apply chocolate and cuteness as necessary.
>>29707430"Hmm. Maybe not that much," you hesitate upon seeing just how much he has. You drop your backpack onto the bar and unzip it. "Fill 'er up!"He tips the case over, spilling an unhealthy amount of chocolate into your pack before it fills up. "That'll be 400. You hand him just less than half of what you've got left, and call your shopping trip a success. You thank Beard, wish him well, and turn away from the bar.Having armed yourself up sufficiently, you decide it's about time to find out if anyone in this bar knows anything about the ambush that tried to get you.[ ]Address the entire bar at one.[ ]Ask each table separately.INFORMATION GATHERING TACTIC:[ ]Weapon-grade cuteness.[ ]Seduce some lolicons.[ ]Appeal to their morality.>[ ]Other
>>29707542Of course they're pissed at us. We killed the dummy they sent out to pose as their leader, so the real guy wants our head. They practically told us this already. The thing we want to find out is how the information got to them. Doc claimed they couldn't have known, so that actually makes him a prime suspect for having set us up. But we can't really conclude that yet.
>>29707662>[ ]Seduce some lolicons.
>>29707662Address the entire bar at one, appeal to their morality.C'mon Kaleun, I want a cool as fuck speech from you.
>>29707692Im sure we get a bonus for our costume
>>29707662>[ ]Ask each table separately.>[ ]Weapon-grade cuteness.Gotta be discreet about this stuff. We must have learned that in some movies that weren't american cowboy movies. Try to start with someone we know and who probably doesn't hate us much, if possible.>>29707692plsno
>>29707662[ ]Ask each table separately.[ ]Weapon-grade cuteness.I think addressing them all with seduction would work better, have them turn on each other and dig for us, but I don't want to encourage these creeps.
>>29707662Let's go after a table with weapon-grade cuteness.
>>29707662>Ask each table separately.>Weapons-grade cuteness.Kind of redundant to mention that along with the option of seduction, isn't it?
>>29707662>[ ]Address the entire bar at one.This one definitely. We will conquer with our naivety.>[ ]Weapon-grade cuteness.Should go along well with it.
>>29707662[ ]Ask each table separately.[ ]Seduce some lolicons.
>>29707740This, for the same reasons.
>>29707430Get a dozen, be sure to not eat it all in one go. Then [x] ask about the milk run. Someone was setting on making sure we didn't get out of that alive. If we weren't Giltène, Loli Goddess of the Zone, it probably would have worked.
>>29707692>>29707721>>29707781>>29707777Sit on someones lap
>>29707777yes goy seduce the whole boat
>So, going to separate tables clearly.>And it looks like cuteness is winning barely?
>>29707857Seduce with cuteness?
>>29707740>>29707741>>29707749>>29707748Seconding thesepls no seduce
>>29707662Seeing the amount of votes for seduction, I have to beg of you, Kaleun, to keep it innocent. I've been here from the first thread, I don't want to drop out now.
>>29707777don't know how this is gonna work but kind of want
>>29707880We're, what, 10? Of course it will be innocent.Innocent seduction is best seduction.
>>29707880I by all means agree with this.Don't go into ''that field''.
>>29707880not sure how it could go any farther she is like 10
>>29707662Please no seduction. I'll go for whatever but not that.
>All these votes for seductionI thought were gonna stay pure. Sexually, at least.
>>29707880ThisMaybe we seduce without making to?
>Voting period is now closed. We're keeping it 'innocent'. Can Loli really be called innocent by this point?
>>2970789212-14 range, I think? I remember people in the early threads getting mad because she was too old to be a real loli.
>>29707935Well, we're 10 now. Deal with it.
>>29707926welp.now we're going to be a ton less innocent.
>>29707926Blood purifies. Lots of blood purifies lots.
>>29707960What do you mean "Less innocent"? We've murdered, like, 50 people already!
>My friend: You should point out that she's basically a blonde Ilya. So, yeah they can seduce, but awkward...>also Loli is saving the sugar for marriage. Or was that bullets?
>>29707995We are not only a psychopath or whatever, but we are going to have shitloads of sexual attraction.Another reason to have loads more trouble, I guess.Either way, this is going to be very awkward.
>>29707662You take a long moment considering the best way to squeeze the information you need from these men. Most of the crowd seemed to enjoy it when you pulled what you thought of as suggestive poses when you were letting them take pictures, but you're not sure you're comfortable with trying anything more than that. You opt instead for a tactic you know has worked pretty well in the past.You pick a table near the back, a handful of veterans quietly drinking. One of them is the guy who first took your picture. You slide up behind them, then plomp your head down onto the table, staring up into his eyes."Oniiiii-chan~!"[DC4 Weapon-grade Cuteness check]
>>29708012After this we damn better get to brutally murder lots of people. Preferably something like the arena fight. We need to purify ourselves.
>>29708071We need desu.
Rolled 17>>29708071Rolling for critfail
>>29708110Somehow this was not unexpected...
>>29708110Are you fucking kidding
>>29708110IT WAS A 4!
>>29708110>"...I'm getting too gritty for this shit."
>>29708110wait I forget does the 1 critfail or get rid of the highest roll
>>29708110>>29708137STOP THIS AT ONCE
I WARNED YOU ABOUT DICES BROI TOLD YOU DOG
>>29708071>>29708110The entire table freezes at your arrival. The man across from you clutches his chest with a vice-like grip, making a pained groan, before collapsing to the floor. His friend drops his drink. He breaks his gaze from you to stare at the smashed glass on the floor, curses quietly, then leaves for the bar.The veteran opens and closes his mouth several times, seemingly trying to remember how words work.Oops. Too powerful? Well, you can always try again at the next table.[DC 7 Weapon-grade Cuteness check]
>>29708193did we just kill someone by being too cute?
Rolled 4>>29708193This is how you roll.
>>29708193Even when being innocent and cute we're fucking lethal. everythingwentbetterthanexpected.jpg
Rolled 14>>29708193This has turned out better than expected. Weapon-grade cuteness can kill.
Rolled 6>>29708193Let's try another nat 1
>>29708193Hmm, I would consider that a crit success
>>29708193>death by moe
Rolled 14>>29708193My intention has always been to avoid this quest butholy shit
>>29708193I CAN'T BREATHE
Rolled 6we are truly weapons-grade cute
>>29708193We have a dark gift.We must use these powers for a sizable profit.
>>29708193>TFW we are an american experiment to kill the russians with cute
>>29708193>>29708211You decide to try your luck with another target and look around the room. In the corner nearest the door, a couple of shady-looking guys are flanking a bald man in a trenchcoat sat in the only chair in the bar. You skip over to him, and plonk yourself down on his lap before he can react. "Ne, ne, Onii-chan~!"Both his guards quickly reach to pull you away, but the man meets your gaze and quickly waves them away. You put both hands in your lap and start freely swinging your legs."Well now, to what do I owe this pleasure, my girl?" His toothy grin looks like it wants to swallow you whole.You blink twice at him before continuing. "Well, some stuff happened, see, and I really was hoping you would help? It's about the job that happened last night."His grin narrows somewhat as he gets your meaning. You don't like this type of grin. "Ah, so you were... I don't know what happened, and I'm not really concerned. It's not to my profit to know. What I can tell you is that it certainly wasn't any of my boys at all, I give you my word." He lays one hand on your head, pushing you cap to one side so as to gently ruffle your hair."Sadly, all I can give you is that I know someone sent a message as you and your team were leaving the bar.""I could give you information on this person. For a price. Or a favor..." Yep, you definitely don't like this type of grin.[ ]For a price.[ ]For a favor.[ ]Weapon-grade Cuteness!
Rolled 16>>29708499Cuteness! Onii-chan can't say no to cuteness!
>>29708499>[ ]Weapon-grade Cuteness!
>>29708499We don't have a lot of money, and I doubt cuteness will have much effect on a man like this.Ask what the favor is first, so we don't get in over our head.
>>29708499>[ ]Weapon-grade Cuteness!Why are there even other options?
Rolled 11>>29708499"Tell me or I will cute you to death like that man over there."
Rolled 1>>29708576The dice are really fucking with this quest today.
>>29708499I completely agree with this >>29708544 guy.
>>29708499Well if the favor is to kill someone then I am totally for it
>>29708499>Oh. I didn't include a DC. It was a 12, so you're fine.>>29708532>>29708562>>29708576You frown, pouting at him. "So you're not going to help me? Onii-chan, that's mean!" You beat both fists into his chest, and he bursts into laughter."Ha! Okay, okay. You win. Sergei, take the girl here to Alexei. He should be out near the Boiler. Help her... extract... whatever information she needs for him. I don't care what happens afterwards.""Aye, Boss." The deep, guttural tones of a man who sounds like he's been smoking since he was eight. The man with the balaclava and body armor offers you his hand, and you take it to hop down from the bald man's lap. "S'not far frum 'ere. Be done in no time.">Objections to following him?
>>29708748How much are we carrying? Can we skip?
>>29708789>A backpack full of food and chocolate, and your two new pistols. You can skip easily.
>>29708748oh shit no I know how this is going to go and it's not good at all FUCKI say the guy leads us, but we keep our pistols ready. I know he's going to attempt something I FUCKING KNOW IT
>>29708822Try to get him to hold our hand while we do.
>>29708831That, or we're just going for some non-lewd interrogation.So, let's stay optimistic, skip there, and if shit hits the fan get ready for more murder.
Guys did we remember to get a fresh knife? We kinda need those for melee combat to be remotely viable.
>>29708891Although we did kinda beat up two dudes with a plastic sword.
>>29708930>>29708891No worries. We can always ambush someone with cuteness/gun and steal a knife.
>>29708891>>29708930Well, we haven't left yet. Beard probably has one.
>>29708748>Follow Sultan's prison bitch
>Err. I haven't eaten in 10 hours. Back in a few.>The objection is to pause long enough to grab a knife from Beard? You could always ask your new friends for one, or loot one.
>>29708977Yep, let's just pick one up before we follow him. We'll tell him we're buying a chocolate bar or something if he seems suspicious of us.
>>29708748He tries to let go of your hand after you steady yourself, but you don't let go."Nu-uh! Hold my hand all the way there? Pwease?"His breath catches, let out in a short grunt. He nods once, and you beam at him as he leads you out of the bar.As soon as you're outside, you start to skip happily along. You keep your pace as matched as you can to his as he picks his up to keep up with you. Interestingly, he starts to lead you in a direction you have yet to explore: upstream of Skadovsk. There's a dried estuary to your left, and another little ship wreck in a pond to the right side of the river. Dead ahead, though, you can see a large mound of cracked and dried earth reaching up out of the swampland around it. "That's where we're going?" He grunts once at you. You're not sure if it was a yes or no, but continue your slow skip in that direction.It only takes you a few minutes to reach the mound, and as you get closer, you can hear a dull roaring sound from ahead. There's also an odd shimmering haze over the entire mound."Aright. This' far as I go," your guide informs you, stopping dead in his tracks and nearly yanking you off your feet as you fail to adjust your speed accordingly."Eh? What do you mean?""This'z the Boiler. If he's here, you gotta fetch 'im."Well... you suppose you need to find this Alexei guy, if he's here.[DC 10 Perception check]
Rolled 19>>29709339shit's going to go badlemme tell ya that.
Rolled 2>>29709373>>29709339I mean the email field.
Rolled 7>>29709339I have a bad feeling about this.
>>29709438AH NU CHIKI BRIKI I V DAMKE
>>29709339>>29709401At the very center of the mound is a... slightly disturbing sight. You assumed it was just part of the scenery first, until you really looked at it. A human form, its back to you, lying in a fetal position. You didn't realize what it was due to the fact that the entire form is blackened and charred. One of its feet is sticking out over the edge of one of the deep fissures snaking its way over the mound, and is still smoldering. As you watch, the end of its boot finishes burning, and crumbles away into ash. The toes underneath are swollen and reddened, but haven't started to burn proper just yet. The straps on the figure's pack have started to burn through, too, but the pack itself is in relatively good shape.Wordlessly, you gesture at the figure to Sergei. "Huh. S'that's where 'e got to. Wuz wond'rin' why e'd bin out so long. Yup, that's Alexei aright."So... pretty much no chance of you interrogating him, then...[ ]Try to retrieve him. You never know, he might still be alive enough to answer you.[ ]Try to retrieve his pack. It might have something you could use in it.[ ]Leave him, this is a dead end. Literally.
Rolled 5>[ ]Try to retrieve him. You never know, he might still be alive enough to answer you.We DID just learn those fancy medical skills! :D
>>29709585Let's try to retrieve him. Who knows, maybe those medical stuff we've learned will help.although I'm still not the most hopeful.
>>29709585Before we go playing around with this guy, does anyone have any idea what happened? Is this some sort of anomaly?
>>29709585>[ ]Try to retrieve him. You never know, he might still be alive enough to answer you.>[ ]Try to retrieve his pack. It might have something you could use in it.Let's kick him to see if he's dead. Like the Doc told us.
>>29709677It's a unique burner anomaly, instead of fire, you get steam.
>>29709677Yes, we are looking to an anomaly field.The Boiler anomaly is like motion-triggered geysers full of really fucking hot water. Hot enough to kill you.
Rolled 7>>29709585Let's just grab the pack. A whole person seems a bit much to move.
>>29709699>>29709708Well then. I guess we better toss some bolts or rocks instead of rushing in, eh?
>>29709781Guessed that right.by the way, we have a detector, we can always go for some artifact hunting...and make loadsa money...just sayin'
>>29709585"We gotta get him out of there!" you exclaim to Sergei, who snorts derisively at you. "No, seriously," you argue, "he might be my only lead!"Sergei faces you, his wide eyes blank behind his mask. "Look, you do what ya wanna do. I'm stayin' right 'ere, where I ain't dead."No help from him. Whatever. You don't have much time. You step up to the base of the mound, near one of the strips of earth that lead straight to the figure between the fissures. A wave of extreme heat presses against you, almost physically pushing you back.You take a few paces to either side, and feel the heat seems to be emanating from inside one of the holes. You move a little closer to it, against the heatwave, and your detector suddenly buzzes angrily at you.If you go in, you definitely won't have long in there with this heat. And it'll probably get worse further in.[ ]Circle around the area, probe it for detector readings.[ ]Jump over the fissures, shortest route to the figure.[ ]Walk along the earthen strut, along solid ground.[ ]Sprint along the earthen strut, get in and out.
>>29709807Didn't we lose that though? Not that I'm opposed to finding one; it can't hurt to keep an artifact with us.
>>29709837Circle around. It's better not to take chances with this sort of thing.
>>29709856We apparently got another one. I dunno, it said that we do have a detector.
>>29709875Seconding him. Let's not risk this shit, just for one dumb guy.
Rolled 14>>29709875This guy has the right idea
>>29709837If your detector's buzzing, that means you don't want to go rushing into this place without knowing what you're doing. You decide to circle around the mound, carefully stepping around the struts and fissures, following the wall of searing heat. Your detector buzzes pretty loud and frequently whenever you get close to one of the fissures, so you can pretty much guarantee that stepping on or over one is a bad idea. Other than that, you get almost no readings.When you get to the other side of the mound, you can see the face of the figure. As you come into its line of sight, you think you can see the faintest movement of its neck, as if trying to look at you. There's no other movement though, and it doesn't call for help so you're not sure.You finish your circuit, and move yourself to the position the shortest distance away from the figure along one of the struts, at the edge of the heat wall.[ ]Walk along the earthen strut, along solid ground.[ ]Sprint along the earthen strut, get in and out.
>>29710044Get in get out. Sooner it's done, sooner we're safer.
>>29710044>[ ]Sprint along the earthen strut, get in and out.He's about to die if he hasn't already. If we want to try to talk to him then we need to pull him out. If we only care about what's in his bag then we go cautiously.
>>29710044>[ ]Walk along the earthen strut, along solid ground.
>>29710044You physically and mentally ready yourself before sprinting along the shortest distance to the figure. As soon as you start climbing the mound, the heat pressure closes in around you, quickly snuffing your ability to breathe as heated air fills your lungs, searing deep in your chest. You can rapidly feel yourself suffocating as your push through to your objective.[Pain Threshold!]It's a good thing you've experienced suffocation recently, as you push the discomfort to the back of your mind as you force your way through the anomaly as fast as you can. The moment you reach the figure, you reach down and grab it under the armpits, heaving back and upwards as hard as you can. The body is somewhat lighter than you were expecting. Probably due to the fact that as you yank upwards, the thighs simply crumble into ash away from you.Oh. That's not a good sign.You heave backwards, fighting through both the exertion and the oppressive heat around you. It's a thankfully short trip back to the cool air at the bottom of the mound. As soon as you breach the fire wall, you check yourself over. Luckily, you seem to have moved fast enough that you don't have any actually heat injuries, other than a few minor scalds on the palms of your hands. Your clothes are also lacking any serious singing.Your lead, though...
>>29710308...at least we got his pack, right?
>>29710415and then you realize after dragging him back that the straps broke all the way back there and you have to go get it
>>29710308Your lead is in worse shape than when you first saw him.Besides missing his legs entirely, his lower torso is mostly burned away as well. The gas mask is melted so badly it seems to have melded into the flesh of his face, if there is any flesh left. His entire suit is a blackened ruin, barely even resembling protective clothing."Heh. Nice. Ya saved a stick of charcoal," Sergei mocks behind you.You try to recall what Doc told you, and kick him once to no effect. You then try placing two finger under his chin and press hard. Nothing. Yep, he's dead.You slump down onto your knees, ready to despair that your only lead got himself killed this fast, while Sergei sets about rummaging through the undamaged stuff in the corpse's pack. He tosses a few mundane items aside, lifts something shiny that he pockets for himself, then presents an undamaged electronic device. "'Ere, 'is PDA's just fine. Prolly got sommat in it at least." He flicks through a couple of recent entries in the man's message history, before handing the device to you. "There, s'prolly what you're after."The message he hands you reads: "Objective mobile. Accompanying rookies. Target is the gas station."A message, timestamped to be a few moments after you left Skadovsk with the rookie team, addressed simply to 'K.A.' Well, at least the lead isn't dead just yet.[Part 15 End]
>>29710504Excellent thread. Thanks for running Kaleun!
THE PLOT THICKENSGood thread Kaleun. See ya later.now let's all take a good sleep
Thanks for the thread, folks!Next thread should hopefully be Saturday.Now, time to go pass out.
>>29710504Conspiracies!Fun as always but it's probably time for bed now