Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Random%20Dimensional%20QuestSome character stuff: http://pastebin.com/q7T8pqRKYou are Nick Trimmers, barber from a creepy medieval utopia that has been gifted with phenomenal cosmic knowledge and power. So far you've been figuring them out with only moderate damage to yourself and others.At the moment, you are in the pocket dimension known as 'Arsenal', which is a gathering of arms dealers, manufacturers, and clients in a city-sized expo-hall away from the hostile eyes of a larger competitor.With the assistance of your friends here, you've settled in nicely and achieved many of the goals you set out for yourself. Got an apartment, paid Thrickett back, sold shrooms, tripped balls, trimmed a dwarf, got Jana healed and home again, made peace with the sprites, made loose trade/aid deal with sprites, and drummed up business for you freelance barbering.
>>31086171Time passes in a bit of a blur as you get settled in and find yourself absorbing knowledge at a surprising pace while working to keep folks well trimmed and your self a bit better informed.Some aspects were harder to accept than others, of course.Studying this world's medicine ran you into to several headaches. Both for yourself and the otherwise unflappable Thrickett, who nearly gave up after heated argument from you on the medical benefits of bloodletting that you were trained in, but eventually he go through and.. and strange as it seems, perhaps you don't need to drain the bad blood out when you have anti-virals and antibiotics to work with.Others were an easy transition, even if the circumstances where certainly different.For the most part, practicing the grooming, trimming, and chatting aspects of being a barber have remained the same. Sure you're clients here are wildly different than the folk you knew back home, but that just helps keep you from getting bored. Picking out a bit of xenology along the way, you even branch out into attempts at grooming even the stranger visitors to this place, though you have to chat with them a bit more to get a good feel for what is fashionable to them.
>>31086199Eventually though, things settle down into relative routine, even the burst of learning seems to have died down, your mind finally adjusted to all the information mystically shoved into it.You take a moment to think back on the handful of more noteworthy events that come to pass..>Meeting Administrator Chase: Moving at the speed of bureaucracy.>Surprising meeting with Administrator Anderson: I hope you don't mind that I let myself in.>Axmel's ThanksWhich would you like to review first?
Rolled 55>>31086313Yo, what's up? How are ya? Let's go for Anderson, then Axmel, the chase.
>>31086420>Yo, what's up? How are ya?Mostly alright, been unusually tired the past couple days though. Falling asleep in the afternoon is usual for me. Meant to have more prepared material today, sorry about that.>AndersonI'll get to work on that for the moment and keep an eye out for more votes.As always, feel free to ask any questions!
>>31086545*unusual for meOff to a good start with the typos today, I see.
Rolled 1>>31086545hey, do you happen to follow Minoc, because he just broke in his Avatar quest, about 2-3 hours ago.
>>31086609Not previously, may give it a further reading once I get this pose settled in..
>>31086313No other votes, leading with:>>Surprising meeting with Administrator Anderson"I hope you don't mind that I let myself in, particularly since you've been letting yourself into _my_ place after all.."You had just let yourself into your apartment after a rather enjoyable day off with Lialla and friends (a strange indulgence, but certainly relaxing), when you were greeted by an unfamiliar voice from the main room.How did you respond?>"Well, generally i like to invite my guests first, but what can I do for you?" approach casually.>"The fuck, who's in here?" Grab walking stick from next to door, approach guardedly.>Approach silently, try to get to barbering bag for razor.>Write In
Rolled 28>>31087004Oh, sorry. I didn't really *mean* to come here, I just sort of did. These powers are so hard to control.
Rolled 19>>31087004Yo, you there?
>>31087414Yup, typing away and keeping an eye out for more posts.
>>31087414Actually, if you could roll a d100 now, I'll work that result right in. Roll low.
>>31087498There is balance it seems.Fortunately not a life or death thing here.
Rolled 30>>31087579My pic was a life or death thing.
>>31087740So I gathered.Amusingly, a roll that poor kinda worked in your favor here..>>31087004Sitting comfortably in your chair, legs crossed and resting on your bag, is a tall man with long hair and pointed ears. From what you've learned, his clothes and shades would be considered fashionable and professional among the star elves and human mages of the UWW. You'd wager from the ears that he's one of those elves as well. You have had little dealings with them, you've heard from Axmel that they are sadly afflicted with a lack of facial hair.You respond, "Oh, sorry. I didn't really *mean* to come here, I just sort of did. These powers are so hard to control."A thin brow arches from behind the shades, "Assuming you were honest about how you came to be here, that is perfectly fine. Almost normal.. not quite mind you, but almost."He uncrosses his legs and sits forward, looking at you."I rather doubt you are all that untrained now, however."You uninvited guest sweeps an arm toward the center of your room dramatically, and looks at you as if expecting a response. He holds that pose for a moment, and then drops the slightly smug look on his face and frowns equally slightly."..Perhaps I was mistaken. It may very well be that Chase is just too distracted to notice some things.." He sighs deeply and places a hand on his face to run his temples.Straightening again, "Well then, Mr. Trimmers, just what are you up to in our fair pocket of the universe?">Response?
Rolled 75>>31087779Living, I guess. So, do I need to get proper paperwork or something?Open a portal in the middle of the room, to spriteland.
>>31087779>>31087832I like this option.
>>31087779>>31087498What happened there:Roll was for identifying beforehand and/or seeing the effect he caused. You effectively had your metaphysical eyes closed while he was trying to be impressive and show off echoes of your portal practice (which has been mostly stealthy). So instead of getting the fancy intro he wanted, you effectively reinforced your statement of not knowing you you are doing. Really let the air out of him trying to cow you.>>31087832Opening a small portal will take a couple moments of meditation, do you wish to say this and start meditating on opening?Or do you wish to open a full portal?
>>31088081Just prepare to open the portal, I'd like to hear his reponse first
>>31088330>>31087832"Living, I guess. So, do I need to get proper paperwork or something?"He chuckles at this and makes an exaggerated sigh, "Oh Gods, don't saddle me with that nonsense, see Chase about the bureaucracy," He turns more serious and regards you as you seat yourself on your bed, since he's taken the chair. "I'm just making sure you aren't a threat.. and someone with our talents uncontrolled is almost as bad as one working against us.">59"Are you intending on making a run for it, or trying to show me what you can do, Mr. Trimmers?"
>>31088636What do you mean by a threat? I don't intend on-How could you tell? Can you show me?
>>31088973You bristle a bit, defensively, "What do you mean by a threat? I don't intend on-"Wait, what did he say? Could he tell what you were doing? You didn't sense anything from him.."How could you tell? Can you show me?" Your hunger to know more about these abilities takes precedence."Hm.." he looks thoughtful for a moment, before standing and slipping of his shades to look at you directly, "Perhaps I can't Mr. Trimmers, though I suppose I should introduce myself properly."He takes a very slight bow, "I am known here as Administrator Anderson, though I rarely busy myself with the mundane administration matters."He offers a handshake, possibly in a calculated move to disrupt your focus, or simply politeness.>Do you choose to take his hand and discuss matters?>Or use your focus to open a portal to sprites' island?>Other?
Rolled 99>>31089365Let's ask him what Hades is while we shake his hand, cause we met the lord of it.
>>31089365>>31089407I like the way you think. Do this, see what sort of reaction he has.
>>31089552As an aside, what do the asterisks on the character sheet mean?
>>31089467>>31089407You laugh heartily at the memory of the great and mighty Anderson nearly crapping himself as you casually mention meeting Modeus. Prompting a barrage of questions you honestly had no answer for, further cementing that you were still new to the power at the time.You are good enough read of people to know he may have had more than one motivation for agreeing to help you learn more about your abilities; watching you to ensure you weren't working with hostile forces, making sure you didn't accidentally cause a problem, and trying to get you to view the administration and Arsenal favorably. But you got along well enough, and think he may have enjoyed the break from his other tasks to just poke at the cosmos with you.There were some hiccups, as it seems his connection an discipline, while very similar to your own, was based more on an active understanding of magic, while yours was more instinctual. He referred to you as a 'Dimensional Mystic' whereas he was a 'Spatial Mage', both rarities, though your's moreso, but you both possessed a similar connection to the flow of the 'megaverse' as he called the multitude of dimensions and universes.Ultimately, his assistance helped you gain a firmer understanding of your abilities as well as much of the lore behind the leylines and other kinds of magic.Only odd insistance from him was that you start carrying a crosspiece made of silver, which he explained may help ward off certain minions of the powerful fellow you accidentally called on, since he felt some concern about you giving your actual name to the Lord of Hades.Hades, as it turns out, is a realm of demons and their lords, Modeus recently cementing himself as undisputed lord over those other lords by some means and making most people aware of it quiet nervous, particularly with their rivals, the deevils of Dyval seeming to be ratcheting up their activities in turn. It seems that Modeus is one of the evilest beings with a humanoid form to meet.
>>31090162Well, I'm glad to get in good with Arsenal's bigwigs, so carrying a silver x seems a small price. Attach it to a belt loop. He manage to twach us how to sense the build up to a portal summoning?
>>31089630Other bonuses to apply in the case of swimming and geomancy, hiking is collection of bonuses for hiking around.>>31090162Any other event you would like to reminisce about?>Meeting with Administrator Chase>Axmel's ThanksAlso, any questions about any of your friends?Lialla, Thrickett, Axmel, Splak & Jana, or perhaps any new friends your sought to make?>>31090302It seems you can naturally sense the opening of portals, though a bit of practice helps, particularly having someone else's portal work to sense to get a better feel for it. Identifying some magics leans more on your knowledge of magic, but you have a much easier time sensing out magics and effects that deal with space, time, and dimensions.
Rolled 44>>31090414Chase, please.
>>31090414Also, in with that practice would be visits to Alfheim, a beautiful world of natural beauty and crystalline buildings in the Three Galaxies, and one of the capitals of the UWW. As such, it will be added to your locations known.Interestingly, while it is Anderson's favored place to open to while practicing with you, you are aware that none of the permanent portals in Arsenal go there.>>31090487Processing.
>>31090639Phone, slight delay
>>31090772Phone over, writing resumes.Can't recall the last time I was on the receiving end of a call to break a deadlock in another game.
>>31090639Boredom.Had you more experience with waiting rooms across the universes, you would have called it the most generic and bland example of the species.As it is, you were asked to be here twenty minutes ago and you showed up early just in case.. Since then you've been quietly staring at the wall and failing to get the receptionist-bot to engage you in conversation.Finally, however, the door to Administrator Chase's office opens with a thump and and very large and bulkily built figure sulks his way out."-once again High Lord Ral'tc'lax, the Arsenal Administration department apologizes that we cannot fulfil your request, business here is open to anyone wishing to shop, including your war council as well as-" the creature walks out the exit, and the somewhat round man calling after it stops talking to sigh and pat his brow with a handkerchief."Ah, hello there! Are you Nick? If so, I apologise for the delayed, meeting ran a bit long."Admitting to being yourself, are quickly lead into the office."Good, good, I'm Administrator Chase. Come on in, that's right, let's see here.." He makes his way toward his desk and has a seat and spends a moment pulling up something on the screen and reading it before absent-mindedly nodding toward the other figure in the room. "Oh and this is Security Chief Williams, do say hello Steven."A stocky figure in the armored uniform of the security force looks toward you and offers a brief, "Good afternoon."Administrator Chase seems to finish his reading and turns to you, "I see, it seems it was reported that you though you had additional information regarding the storm incident last month?"It's taken them that long? You thought maybe they'd written that off or that Anderson dealt with that information already..
>>31091691"Yes, some, but I don't know if it will be of any use after so long..."Then fill them in on what we sensed going through and after.
>>31091691>Retell what you already reported about what you sensed from the incident you arrived during.>Complain that it has taken them this long to follow up on that.>Tell them you already explained what you knew to Administrator Anderson.>Combine one of the above with calling him a useless shit.>Other?>>31091881Alright, that's one in. I'll move forward with that if more votes don't come along.
>>31091945Also mention telling Anderson. Let's them know that he knows about us as well. Hate to get arrested as an unlicensed Dimensional Mystic.
Rolled 34, 86 = 120>>31091881>>31092003Processing.
Rolled 90, 15 = 105>>31092074"Yes, some, but I don't know if it will be of any use after so long-""Leave those details to us, Nick, we'll sort it out. Please, continue."You proceed to recount the impressions that you had at the time to them, ending on, "I may not have known much, but Anderson seemed to think it was a pretty good read for how new I was to it.."At the mention of Anderson, Administrator Chase freezes from his polite nodding and note-taking, and looks at you with a narrowing of his eyes."Anderson? Administrator Anderson?"After nodding an affrimative to him, Chase's face starts to turn red."For the love of things, come on Anderson! Argh.. all I ask is that you file a bit of paperwork and let the rest of us know what you're working on!" He yells at the ceiling."Wait, why on Arsenal would he take the time to ta-" he peers closer at you.>34"...I'm spending too much time behind this desk. You're one of us, aren't you? And these aren't just random psychic impressions or drug-induced ramblings, but direct sensing then as well?"He runs a hand over his scalp and sighs, "Well then, I'll mark this report as a bit higher priority then, though i guess Anderson is already looking into it." He glances at the Security Chief, "Sorry, Williams, looks like this might be beyond your scope, at least until we have somewhere to put a team on the ground.""Well then, while you're here, is there anything else I can help you with? Obviously I'll need to mark you down as a higher priority visitor from now on.." He clicks a few things at his station, then raises his brows in a surprise, "..or resident at the case may be? Do we have that right, you've chosen or little pocket of the megaverse to call home?"He seems to be trying to suppress his surprise that someone able to go anywhere would choose here. Somewhat unsuccessfully.
>>31092485Yessir, for now anyway. The people here are good folks, and there's a decent call for a good barber. If you need any help or have more questions, feel free to contact me again. Unless you wanted a trim now?
>>31092694Processing.And having a giggle.
>>31092694"Yessir, for now anyway. The people here are good folks, and there's a decent call for a good barber. If you need any help or have more questions, feel free to contact me again. Unless you wanted a trim now?"Chase seems to lock up for a moment, unsure of how to respond."I.. uh. Hm. Yes, alright.. so you like it here then? That's good.. and you're a.. barber? as well as a fellow spatial mage? Good, we all have our additional talents, I suppose. Like me and running this place, right?"He feels at the hair puffing away from the sides of his head, "Well, don't have much to loose at the moment, and the combover never seems to stick.."Meanwhile, your sense of body language seems to thing that Williams is trying very hard to continue to stand of straight and stoically, despite the slight convulsions of a chuckle trying to get out.
Rolled 96>>31092901Actually, I'm a mystic.
>>31092901Feel free to respond as you like, Chase seems a bit flustered at the moment.>I happen to be an excellent barber, as a courtesy I'll even offer you that trim free of charge. You you Steven, assuming you have hair in the helmet somewhere.>And I fine job that you do, Anderson seem quite happy to leave operations up to you.>Actually, I'm a mystic..>Other?
>>31092901>Actually, I'm a mystic..>I happen to be an excellent barber, as a courtesy I'll even offer you that trim free of charge. A bit of balding coupled with a well shaped hairstyle can add quite a bit of respectability and and air of dignity.
>>31093076Say false balding.
>>31093212Oh, good call.
>>31093215>>31093212"Actually, I'm a dimensional mystic, according to Anderson," you correct Chase."Er, well, that is mostly the same thing, right?" he replies, seeming a bit out of his usual depth.You shrug in assent at him, no use making him uncomfortable by explaining that you may have a more intimate connection to the cosmos than him. Better to shift the subject."I happen to be an excellent barber, as a courtesy I'll even offer you that trim free of charge. A prominent hairline coupled with a well shaped style can add quite a bit of additional respectability and and air of dignity."Chase nods thoughtfully at your carefully chosen words."Well, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. We will have to get you set up with the proper work permits though, however I think we can work you into the 'preferred internal business' category for a better rate, no?" He laughs a bit, "Well then, let's see about setting up a time for that and talk business..">Roll 1d100, roll low.
>>31093519You nod to yourself, all and all Chases hair came out decently, bit on the stringy side, so it was a bit difficult getting it to shape the way you wanted, but he was happy with the result compared to what he had.Williams turned out to have spikes rather than hair, and while he appreciated an offer to polish them, he explained it wouldn't be appropriate.All and all, it went alright, got set up with a decent service license within Chase's bureaucracy, and your ID was tagged as 'High Value', which you gather is mainly for big wigs with deep pockets. They are definitely trying to keep you buttered up in regards to them. Nothing material, but you seem to have a lot less red tape to travel through since then.One question before we proceed, would you like to license yourself as a 'recreational product' importer, or try to keep your deals with the sprites more 'off the books'? There would be a bit more to the licensing, and in theory a bit of the proceeds would go to the administration, but otherwise that would be about it, since you are your own transportion.
>>31093668Is there a general "exotic goods" importer? I plan to expand the imports beyond the sprites soon.
>>31093735Would cover things brought in for enjoyment, from food to art to drugs.Getting into weapons and armor would be another matter, though sale of the occasional item to merchants is permitted to all. Selling arms to non-merchants requires a merchant agreement.
>>31093778That sounds about right, get one of those.
>>31093668>>31093493>>31093778And then i notice I dropped my trip again at some point.Le Derp.
>>31093838Alright, I'll note that down.Next up: Axmel's ThanksAfter a short break for food.Any questions of comments while I much about for a bit?
>>31093930What's our monetary situation like these days? Also, how deep are our pockets, magiphysically speaking?
>>31094007Have a range in mind for your barbering money, was going to have you roll after we finished the flashbacks, but now should be fine. Go ahead and roll your barbering 1d100, roll low...As for your magic.. I had that on a piece of paper that should be right here. Should be.Well I still have the base numbers, so it's a short trip to re-add.
Rolled 21>>31094209Oh, I meant how much can the dimensional pockets hold. inb4 we're broke
>>3109431123,000 credits. You've been surprisingly well during the past few months and relatively frugal with your earnings, being used to a much simpler lifestyle.You could probably sell the Sloe Wine to the local wine supplier as well for a decent bit of dosh.Pockets hold about 30lbs. You have enough PPE to create long-term pockets that will last 5 years at current level, or short-term pockets for 10 hours.
>>31094492Also, back, took a bit longer than originally intended.Writting.
Rolled 61>>31094492You can assume that one of the pockets in our trousers is a 5-year job.
>>31094502Axmel's stand. Decent location, unique product, good displays.. and a slowly improving proprietor.With you helping out at peak times and offering gentle pointers over drinks, not to mention having cleaned up that frightening excuse for a beard he used to have rather nicely, Axmel and his shop has been steadily doing better over your time in Arsenal. For which Axmel himself has kept his thanks mostly stoic, with the occasional 'Good work', 'Thank you, lad', and beer.This day however, as the barkeep brings today's round of drink, Axmel interupts to drinking with a clearing of his throat, "Nick my friend, I'd like to propose a toast. My shop here is finally running in the black, and I largely you to blame for gettin' me around my lack of salesmanship and making this half-cocked dream of mine actually work."He raises his glass, "To Nick Trimmers, finest salesman and beard wrangler a foolhardy dwarf can call friend!">Clink glasses. "Hear, hear!">Counter toast (what?), clink glasses.>Try to be humble, even if Axmel will hear none of it.>Other.
Rolled 5>>31094657>Try to be humble, even if Axmel will hear none of it.But accept the toast with some grace.
>>31094778"Aw come on Axmel, I didn't do that much, just helped out a bit, you did all the real work," you say as you clink your glass to his, but before you can take a swig, a strong hand slaps you on the back."Nonsense my boy! Don't go pullin' that 'I didn't do nothin'' crap on me! I was there, and I knew damn-well how my business was goin'! And fer that, Nick, I am grateful."He pulls the sack he brought with him out from under the table and sets it heavily on the table before you."Be it known that rejecting a gift would be a terrible terrible insult Nick, I don't give two shits how humble you want to be, your gonna accept this an like it!" says with a grin, "Besides, I know you've had you eye on this sort.."What sort of item have you had your eye on among Axmel's techno-wizardly goods?>offensive item>defensive item>survival gear>utility>Other? Something specific?He has a decent variety in stock and custom makes all of it, so you can have a wide range selection to have been eyeing or particularly into the sales of.
Rolled 66>>31094887Survival or utility, whichever seems more likely to catch Nick's eye. And I do mean that as an appearance aspect. If you a specific choice, give a visual description
>>31094944Axmel's style tends to be fairly utilitarian, smooth lines, solid construction, minimum of flares or flourishes. Gold and silver etching tended to be muted, with straight lines and sharp angles, and gemstone buttons are evenly roughed for better friction, rather than polished.All in all, well done, he has his style down to an artform, even if a specifically un-flashy artform.
Apologies for additional delay, mild distractions cropped up.
Rolled 8>>31095060What about size? Nick is an explorer at heart, so things that he's interested in will tend towards smaller and lighter weight.
>>31094944Drawing open the sack, and pulling away a token wrapping, you find an example of the first product you ever touched of Axmel's and inquired about, Axmel Survival Module Model 001, with one important difference, the etching and buttons on the control unit have been formed into a simple barber-pole pattern in the center."Axmel Survival Module Model 001N- Nick Trimmers' Special Edition," intones Axmel like he was reciting the model to a prespective customer.You're familiar with the original unit, a belted unit with a control box and a decent array of emergency survival features for 'shipboard emergencies, suit failures, hostile environments, and inclement weather', the most severe of which trigger automatically when the appropriate situation arises, as long as it is kept charged up. A popular item that you have enjoyed selling and talking about.Apparently your personal like of the survival belt was not lost even on the socially rough Axmel.
>>31095194Think that item has it covered, and bonus points for hitting on what was the first item Nick prodded amongst Axmel's goods.
Rolled 68>>31095322"You...you made this just for me? I don't know what to say." Try it on?
>>31095393He nods solemnly, and buries any other emotion behind a strong swig from his pint-glass.Trying it on, you find it has already been adjusted to the right size, and sense that it has already been given a full charge. It fits comfortably and the gold and silver wiring in the belt has been dulled just enough to still add decent color to the belt without being shiny or gaudy.
Rolled 8>>31095446Does this one do anything differently?
>>31095490You are aware that it has a higher capacity than the baseline model, and Axmel informs you that this one was done at his full strength, (The base model having the features placed with a lower casting level to make them easier to create without rest. Doing it at full strength means he probably didn't make anything else during that period and that each effect will have a longer duration for the same amount of charge.
Rolled 22>>31095528Thank him, again, and order another round.
>>31095604After thanking and then drinking with Axmel for some time, you returned home again, thinking to retire for the night.Instead though, you found yourself sitting up late, lost in thought and reminisces as you idly gaze at your walking stick and prized hiking boots while rubbing your fingers along the material of your new belt.. a belt meant aid a traveller against the unexpected.A traveller.You haven't gone on a good hike for ages, and you have Arsenal pretty well mapped out now...and deep inside you can feel a wider megaverse calling to be explored.
Rolled 53>>31095650Grab stick, boots, pack. D100 for portal.
>>31095667Adventure and Exploration awaits!Impulse and wanderlust see you quickly grabbing your traditional hiking materials and a bit of food and water before gesturing at focusing on opening a gateway to the unknown..>53And the comforting glow of a full sized portal opens before you.>roll 2d100
Rolled 7, 68 = 75>>31095720"Maybe I should have told someone I was going...
>>31095753Parting concerns cross your mind as the dimensional energies cascade across your body, bringing you across space, time, and realities..Stepping forth into the material world, you find yourself bombarded by a suffusion of live and vibrance from the forest you appear within.The sky seems brighter, the colors more lively, the earthy smells richer by far than the cold forest of you homeland.Even without taking the time to attune yourself to learn more about this realm, you know it is a powerful nexus of primal elemental energies.Breathing deeply of the rich fresh air, you know you are in for a pleasant hike today.-and then the pile of rocks and dirt next to you stands up.End Part 10.
Thanks for playing along tonight!Looks like we'll have an interesting start to things next time.
Rolled 94, 6 = 100>>31095883Seems like a nice chap , maybe he just wants his moss and lichen trimmed>>31095894Thanks for running, some good stuff done, and I'm excited for next time.
>>31095908>Seems like a nice chap , maybe he just wants his moss and lichen trimmedI like the way you think.Glad you've enjoyed it. About time for me to crash though, so you have a great night/morning, and I'll catch you next time!Feel free to leave any questions or comments and I'll look into them once I am conscious.Take care!