Archive (Catch up on past threads): http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Bloodline%20ProtectorTwitter (Get announcements for future threads): https://twitter.com/AnnelinKarkinosCharacter sheet: http://pastebin.com/ku4k47By ++UPDATED WITH A FEW CHANGES++It's all you can do not to shatter the soulstone in your hand, but Ja'al is adamant it stay alive, mostly on the principal that removing souls from the cycle is... terrible. You rise from your chair, mind all over the place. The protections that were all in place, as far as you can tell, are now without power. You have at best a few hours until the Rakshasa attack, and you're sure that the Tou leader knows the former if not the latter.Worst of all, it happened within merely an hour of your arrival. What to prioritize... We have so little time!>We need to secure the Princess to safety.>We need to restore the barrier immediately.>We need to prepare the defenses as soon as possible.>We need to stop the incoming army, somehow, and soon.
>>31758233>stop the incoming army
>>31758233>>We need to secure the Princess to safety.>>We need to restore the barrier immediately.>>We need to prepare the defenses as soon as possible.
>>31758326Please select a single task to focus on. Fair warning that attempting more than one will make both less likely to succeed.
>>31758233>We need to restore the barrier immediately.Also can we get a briefing on what the name magic of the Tou in the immediate vicinity is?Maybe there's something we can exploit to our advantage.
>>31758233>We need to secure the Princess to safety.She already should have her own bodyguards, so she might be alright.>We need to restore the barrier immediately.If there's a way to do that without running to the temple again, I'd like to hear it.>We need to prepare the defenses as soon as possible.To be honest, the place already seems pretty fortified, as long as they don't attempt to siege us, the palace should be fine. Though the city surrounding it might not be so lucky.>We need to stop the incoming army, somehow, and soon.I guess we could make a deal with the demon for info, or maybe just find the general in charge of the assault, and beat him/her up? Not really sure about this one.
>>31758233>>We need to stop the incoming army, somehow, and soon.
>>31758233>We need to stop the incoming army, somehow, and soon.HAHA TIME FOR INTERROGATION.Troll yorrick, give him some forms and one off dates.
>>31758630>>31758633Now do you guys have any ideas on how to accomplish that, or what?
>>31758339We can do two. I BELIEVE>We need to secure the Princess to safety.>We need to prepare the defenses as soon as possible.
>>31758872I didn't vote for stopping the incoming army.I actually think that's a shitty choice due to how completely vague it is, and anons are being lazy thinking it's the same as voting to win and thinking that's that.
>>31758948I'm writing what was agreed upon - interrogating Yorick for the info needed."You do realize that if that army arrives, the first thing I'll do is smash you to dust." //You'd not dare.// Yorick states good-naturedly. //But my alliance isn't with them, any longer. I got what I wanted. I can help you. Just a few distinct memories, just a couple... And I can grant you knowledge or power. All depends on what you give me, though.//"You'll have to give me more than that."//Hmph. Fine. For a few one-off, context-free memories, I can tell you where they are coming from and when they plan to get here. For something larger, some event with a measure of context, I can give you the size and the general makeup, as well as the positioning and ETA. And for...// he laughs harder, //And for the loss of your virginity, I'll even tell you how to stop them!//>Small>Medium>All the Marbles>Let's take a different tack...>Let's focus on something else.>Writein
>>31759056Eh, I'm not sure any of that is useful, except the biggest one which is no.>MediumI guess? Doesn't seem like much though, since I'm pretty sure any scouts would be able to do the same, assuming they're an army.
>>31759056>All the MarblesAwww, he wants to feel alive!We're should get the Tou to help us Dominate him later.
>>31759565Why not just try it now?Also why give something away so casually?Justify yourself.
Like.FUCK.We sell NOTHING to the demon. We go and warn everybody about what's happening.
>>31759056>//You'd not dare.// Yorick states good-naturedly. //But my alliance isn't with them, any longer. I got what I wanted. I can help you. Just a few distinct memories, just a couple... And I can grant you knowledge or power. All depends on what you give me, though.//Kill it. Kill the damn demon already.
>>31759593Ourselves, our friends and an entire empire. Any of these is worth one memory out of the dozens we probably have with similar feelings.We ain't getting a safe boat out of this, we're killing it now, then laying back while everyone pets cat people of their preferred gender.
>>31759056>//You'd not dare.//>Smash him.If his existance here is precious enough that he would tell us everything, then leave him. Otherwise get rid of it already.
>>31759661>>31759729Killing souls is BAD.This has been gone over in detail.
>>31759676Well I don't know, that depends on what our memory of our second time is like.
>>31759676Eh, that assumes that there's some secret insta-win he can give us.Or that it's the only way to win.He's a DEMON.
If we can't trust his words, we have no idea what this sale would do to our relationship with Raev, we don't know if anyone will trust us afterward, and we don't know what it would mean for the chunk of our soul in hell right now in our arm-bits, then why even do it? Throw the stone in a bag, and sound Defcon 1!
>>31759938>we don't know if anyone will trust us afterwardI don't think that's a problem, and I'm pretty sure memories aren't a chunk of our soul. That problem would come in if we dominate him.Not sure about Raev though.
You don't want to give him anything. You lean back, looking down at the soul. +There is another way. Another thing you can do... It's not easy, but... You can attempt to take over his soul, much as he'd try to you if given the chance. Success means mastery over his being.+ Ja'al states. +You've a strong soul. It's entirely possible.+Domination would require a combat roll of all your bonuses (+80) vs all his bonuses (+40). Success will grant you dominance over Yorick, and any knowledge he posseses. Failure will cost you a single memory of his choosing.You get up. You can try that later - for now, he's given you enough info. "Yan!" you call, kicking open the door. "I felt it. Do you know what caused it?" You go over what happened previously, and he nods, then sends out his three scouts to check on the temple, and two directions the army could come from. "We've already sequestered the Princess and Monica." Yan states. "Our Leader is attempting to restore the barrier as we speak.">Is there anything I can do?>Where is Monica? I need to speak to her.>I need to speak with your leader immediately. >Writein
>Give me a task. Anything! I won't let this turn into a rout! Put me and my years of single-combat prowess to good use!
>>31759910With a wounded arm and zero defenses, I'll risk one teenage memory. Him being a demon is measly, since the only sleazes are Seducers.>>31759938A bit overtly paranoic with all those possibilities. I'd rather go prepared with something than rush in blind hotblood style.
>>31760016Stop dropping your trip.It doesn't help. Also domination seems like a goodish idea.
>>31760016Tell them what we know>Is there anything I can do?If it is too small a job, go back and trade our memory. Domination can wait until this is dealt with.
>>31760016>Is there anything I can do?>>31760035No need to be so dramatic.
>>31760016DominateAlso, does Ja'al have any feather weight spells?
>>31760148Eh, I'd say domination might be easier than the memory thing.
>>31760016>DominateI have been saying this for a while now
AG said we can try that later, and that for now we know enough.
>>31759056Give him nothing. Ask Jaal if we can use him to power the barrier.
>>31760016>>Is there anything I can do?
>Give him nothing. Ask Jaal if we can use him to power the barrier....Yes, this. Fucker tries to extort us after shitting up our arm and nearly killing Monica? He can be magic gasoline.
>>31760351>>31760300How does that even begin to make sense? You can't just say shit and expect it to happen.
>>31760412Doesn't mean it's not worth asking someone who could tell us it doesn't work.
>>31760412Demons are made entirely out of magical soulstuff and those gems are basically their entire being concentrated into one point. I'm not saying it would work, I'm asking if it could. Which is why I said consult with the demonologist expert, since that certainly aint me.
>>31760455He's just one soul, and not even an exceptionally strong one.What makes you think he could power a whole grid?
>>31760599I dont even know if its possible or what the grid even runs on, which is why I suggested to find out instead of sitting around doing nothing. Not telling our allies everything we know is what got us into this mess, after all.
+Ja'al... A city-wide field of force couldn't be possibly powered by a single soulstone, right?++Not without a lot, and I mean a lot of sacrifice to empower it. We're talking round the clock virgin bloodletting.++Right...+"Is there anything I can do?"Yan thinks. "Any information and power you can lend to our vangaurd would be appreciated. We hope to defray their forces somewhat, delay them, but we're not sure how yet." "Right..."You head steadfastly in the direction he indicates, breaking into a jog. If you had a little more power, a little more help...>Final Destination: Dominate or no?>1 for yes>2 for no>Your vote will only be that number and a link to the next post I make. The end of the posting window is FIVE MINUTES after that.>Remember, the next post I make.>The next one.>Not this one. >If you link this one, it'll be ignored.
>>31760201Not risking it on a roll right now. Not the time to go all in.>>31760300>>31760351Careful, you're reaching hateboner level. This is never good for anything but shitstorming.
>>31760691Voting starts now.
>>31760719I wasn't really doing it out of hate and more because he was kind of useless to us and ripping us off worse than a used car salesman, so I figured we should try to get SOME use out of him instead of crushing him like a big ol baby. But hey, domination works too.
We should at least pray to Raev for either backup or advice first.
>>31760979I'm not sure if it's instant guidance or not. Might be good for flavor I guess.
Rolled 46>>31761067WE ARE 100% FUCKED
Rolled 14>>31761067Let me get us mindraped
Rolled 94>>31761076>>31761081>>31761096(76+80 vs this roll +40)
>>31761117Damn that was close.
>>31761128indeed it was close but no matter what he rolled, he couldn't beat 156, we're lucky we rolled so high with /tg/ dice
>>31761134You hold the stone close to you as you move, and then... As Ja'al said, you /push/ at it. Suddenly, you aren't in a city anymore. You're in a graveyard. A being stands there, wreathed in blue flame, the fire of burning bones. A sword on his back, the sort for two hands. A regal posture. And yet... He bows to you. "What a shame." he says. "That we never met when I was of bright heart and brighter soul. I wanted so much to live, to protect my daughter. And when HE rose again..." the fire brightens, "I thought, 'this is my chance'. But they betrayed me. My legions. My demons. The Old King told them I deserved not my throne of Lordship, and cast away my power. What you see here, is but a memory. One I shall keep forever. He even stole from me my agency, sealed it away - but with a new keeper, it returns." "What's going on?!" He chuckles. "Nothing. This conversation will take place in the space of seconds in the Real." he says, "For now, we are in the Soulscape - a place created by our merged - even briefly - souls. Now then. I believe you had questions. Questions that had answers? Desires? Name them. We'll work on this together. Ah... If only you could see yourself. But then, no one can - For after all, none know their true selves...">Writein: What will you ask of Yorick, Former Lord of the Undead?
>>31761274Can I reactivate the protective charms before the invasion?If not then how do I defeat them?
>>31761274The Raks and the focus, the rest can wait.
>>31761274How can i command the bigget undead army the world has ever seen?
>>31761274seconding >>31761330 & >>31761352we need immediate situational answers for the shit coming our way and how to deal with them, any other querries we have for our pet skull can wait until we're not about to die
"Can I reactivate the protection on the city before the invasion?""Unlikely." Yorick states, sitting on a grave. The name looks familiar, but it's not placable. "The focus I destroyed was the only one known of pure enough to sustain it. A fragment of Godhood. A crystallized bit of soul, the part that is stapled onto mortal souls when they Ascend." he looks up. "Perhaps if you found something just as bright... But I doubt you could. Even half a godhood would be enough." he chuckled. "But then, what God would give up such power, for those who do not even worship?""Fine - then how do I defeat them?""Rakshasa hold great stock in honorable combat. They believe that a fight is as much a clash of ideals as it is of steel. So find the man on top, demand a duel of Honor, and defeat him. Perhaps the rats will move ahead anyway - perhaps a third - but I think the Tou could handle that.""... Are you sure about that?""On some level. Perhaps it won't be a fair fight - he'll have backup, extensive modifications to his body, and powerful magic, no doubt. You'll earn that victory. But that's how. Find the one leading the charge. Duel him.""It couldn't possibly be that simple!" "And yet..." Yorick raises his hands, palms up. "Any further questions, before we return to the Real?">Writein
>>31761508A short pause."What does my soul look like to you?"
>>31761508We have that curse on our soul, right? is that thing permanent? Or is it possible that Yorick know a thing or two about curse removal?
>>31761508Ask him if he was once the Lord of the Undead, since he doesn't really seem like one.Also can we talk to him later or will we need to roll again?
>>31761128>>31761256With Battlemind and the combat bonuses stacked the way they were, Yorick's chances of getting a tie or better on this roll were ~0.74%(And assuming that Avalon's quoting a sixth roll wasn't just a whim, including a 6th roll takes the odds down to him having a 0.377% chance.)Even if Yorick was guaranteed from the outset to roll a 100, he only has an 7.15% chance of a tie or better (given 5 rolls) or 4.22% (given 6 rolls.)It was a great way to move things forward rather than leaving everyone to argue back and forth forever about the OOC-vs-IC merits of taking mechanically irrelevant but narratively crushing deals, sure.But as an element of chance? Probabilistically, this was about as far from close as you can get.
>>31761647>>31761634It's way too late to get our arm back, and we get Intel from the Warrior realm.Not sure why you'd bother.Also I totally called that we would need to defeat the head army guy.
>>31761959>Not sure why you'd bother.While we are in a good spot, who knows what the fuck is going on with Monica's leg.
I'm on fone so can't properly play but we should ask yorrick about the gravestone he was sitting on, the one that seemed familiar to us, I don't want it to bite us in the ass
>>31761998Well that's different then. Especially since it probably went to the Seducer magical realm.
>>31761647>>31761634"My soul is cursed, right?""Ah... Removing a hex. You have to bring the bit that ended up in Hell topside." he says. "No easy task, though you'd be surprised what a man would do to get his-" he shakes his head, "Nevermind that.""You were Lord of the Undead?""I'm a lot harder to kill than I look. Even the Old King couldn't remove me completely, could he?" "Before we go, whose stone is that?""...The man who tried to guard my daughter in my place." he says, sliding off of it. "He deserved far better than what he had. Now then... We both have things to handle."You 'awaken' mere moments after you left, running just outside the city where a camp's already been erected. Armored female Tou scurry about making hasty preparations, their commander a lightly armored woman with a fancy hat. A sword sits at her hip, and she leans from one side to another, tail lashing at the air. She looks at you as you stop, then speaks. "By Myana, were you not supposed to be with the Princess?" she asks."I'll be of more help here.""Oh? How?" she asks, bright blue eyes appraising you openly, a light smirk on her lips.>Writein
>>31762512simply smile at her and say that you were an arena fighter, and that you know a duel with the enemy leader could be a really big step to victory
>>31762813This. We are very used to one on one fights, so that is where we should be.
>>31762813>>31762935"I've learned that a duel will help matters a lot."She pauses in thought, then her face scrunches up. "You're that arena fighter my daughter adores." she grumbles. "I've seen you fight. But this is no arena - it's the battlefield. What do you propose? Shall we draw out the man you propose to fight, or something else?">Writein
Pass along the knowledge that all resources aimed at repairing the temple's crystal should be redirected to defensive prep IMMEDIATELY. They're wasting their time if they never will be able to replace what was broken.Offer to duel the Rakshasa.[And secretly pray to Raev for good fortune] AG, please tell us how it is that the soul in that gem and the demon's personality we faced before are different. Aren't demons the souls themselves, not a remnant personality? >>31761274Isn't that a zombie Connor from AC3?
>>31763213draw him out
>>31763213>What do you propose?If we challenge the head of their army to a duel, he will be forced to accept.>Shall we draw out the man you propose to fightThis sounds good, unless we have some sort of magical PA system in this city to call him out on.
>>31763237>AG, please tell us how it is that the soul in that gem and the demon's personality we faced before are different.>"What you see here, is but a memory. One I shall keep forever. He even stole from me my agency, sealed it away - but with a new keeper, it returns."
>>31763367Can we force the demon personality to do stuff?And can we purify the gem with Raev's help?
>>31763409And so shall we forge The Ashbringer
>>31763213Draw him out. He must know we are a pro at this.
>>31763296First we need to find out the commander's name, also is there a Tou with a very loud voice?
Apologies for the delay. Writing now.
>>31764820"I'll need to call out the commander." you say, "And I'll need you guys to stall so I can do it over the din of battle." She thinks for a moment. "We may have a way."//Milady.// Comes Yorick's more reasonable voice. //Should you find a dead body, place me upon it.//You look to the north, seeing the light grow dimmer. //They'll be here in about three hours. What to do until then...?//Indeed, what to do?>_
>>31764923Make sure the princess and Monica are safe. Go find where they are and Eye fucking everyone.
>>31764923Organize the defences and inform the princess of our plans?
>internet falls>took a nap>wake back upHah
We're arena fighters, not logisticians. We need to prepare for single combat! Prepping gear, doing forms, praying to Raev, scouting out the ideal place to fight, everything.
>>31764923Do Tou have any magic to separate us two when they arrive? Also, make sure Monica stays inside, definitely.
>>31765156We should still make sure Monica is in the loop.Also what happened to Melodi or whatever?
>>31765836Who knows. Probably trying to convert someone to Raev and getting clamjammed by this mess.
>>31765836She is probably working with the Tou Royal Guard to keep Monica and the princess safe.
>>31764923Pray to Raev
You move quickly into the castle, and are lead by Yan into the building, deep inside. The princess sits with Monica at a table, and the two are in deep, pleasant conversation while the guards look on mystified. The princess is young, about Micheal's age, and is stunningly beautiful - a full figure and a friendly face with bright green eyes and long blonde hair. She dresses in long, layered white robes that emphasize her assets well. Melodi confers with the guards as Monica rises, walking over to you. +She has been so kind and understanding of how things are. Please don't let them get to her.+ she says with a sigh. That done, you decide to take up the remaining time preparing - sharpening your weapons, tightening straps, and so on. Forms take up the last half hour, along with silent prayer. Raev's touch is not as strong as before, but you are happy to feel it as you step out to the camp and see the pillar of dust approaching.The Rakshasa are a people similar to the Tou, but each are huge - giants in their own right, massive anthropomorphic cats with backwards hands and red eyes to the man and women, who fight side by side. Powerful muscles ripple beneath each hide, and you feel a low fear churn inside you - but then you feel the tensing of magic behind you, like a bowstring snapping. "Oh Raev." you manage, as massive stones fall from the sky, each the size of a horse, pulverizing the front lines and blockading sections of the field from charging lizards. You only notice them now - horse-sized things, with wild eyes...>continued
>>31766085But the stones alone don't stop the army, only the cavalry through disrupted earth. The Rakshasa had been expecting an easy rout - not magical warfare and warned defenders. A rain of arrows takes apart the ones who emerge from the stony field, leaving scores of dead. But the army continues on, a sea of black fur, answered by tiny spheres lobbed high into the ranks, exploding with flames and goo - which then catch fire and stick to the Rakshasas. Finally, as the smoke curls into the air, the last of the traps goes off. Water spouts blast under the invaders, launching them back and into each other. Unsheathed weapons impale friends, high launches break necks and chests alike, and the general dissarray caused by the various magical powers seem to win victory.If not for the size of the army. But now you see the general, riding on a huge lizard with golden scales. He is armored well, and armed with at least three magical weapons. Thick and tall, his body reminds you uncomfortably of Teel.>How do you call out to the General?
>>31766235"Hey! Which one of you overgrown furballs is the boss of this operation?"
>>31766235Try appealing to his sense of honor. Theres no honor to be had in crushing a weaker army beneath the bootheel of superior numbers, so why doesn't he face you in single combat to see if he can prove that his kind have more than just numbers on their side?
>>31766235Grab the biggest pennant around and make a show of ourselves,like in the arena. Throw it in front of him.>at least three magical weaponsThen demand to go hand to hand with him.Did we gain some insight from Yorick's fighting style?
>>31766625You grasp a pennant from a nearby Tou, launching it his way - and it slams into the neck of the man in front of him, waving the symbol of the Tou (A prancing cat) in his face. When you see his face again, it is enraged. "Hey! Which of you overgrown furballs is in charge here!" you shout, "I demand he show the courage to face me alone, rather than running over this tiny kingdom with his massive army! What sort of sad mockery of a military man has so little honor?!" He stands, and leaps from his mount, landing before you.Oh god, he's at least eight feet tall. Two longswords and a greataxe. "I do." he says, low and deep, "And there is no honor among the Tou, dealbreakers, heretics, foul beasts all." he draws his weapons, and his men back away. "What are your terms?" "If I win...">Writein
>>31766894the Rak leave the Tou alone. Forever. Or just stop trying to conquer them.They pack up their army and leave the premises immediately.
>>31766894You and all your soldiers leave after repairing the damage you have done to their city. You never harm the Tou again or try to sabotage their nation.
>>31766894Your people will have to earn back their pride, seeking another enemy that they can fight with honor on even ground in battle.The lions won't behave like hyenas no more.
"You leave them alone. Forever."The general guffaws. "A term I can honor, girl." he says, resting his swords on his shoulders. "I command my men, but I am commanded in turn! I can, at best, leave until the wards return. A... Tactical error." he points his blade at you. "If I win, you come with me." he says, "No struggling. Your spirit reminds me of a battle-sister I once knew... Do we have an agreement?">First, what's your name?>We've an agreement.>Not yet...>Writein
>>31767233>>First, what's your name?
>>31767233>>First, what's your name?I think those are as good of terms as we can hope for. Maybe have him try to convince his superiors to leave the Tou alone after this, but I cant think of much else we can demand from him.I guess we could demand that he stay with the Tou as a military adviser.
>>31767233>No escape clauseYep, why not.>Not yet...Fists, until will or body breaks down.
>>31767287>>31767306>>31767488"Until death, or...""Death or submission. Lars!" he calls over his shoulder. "Witness this. If I die, you are all to leave. If you fail to leave, then my demon shall hunt you down." Lars nods solumnly. He grins. "My name is Tallus Twinblade." he says, "And I shall have you - Either by blood, or by other means." A ring is formed almost instantly by the Rakshasa, and he slips into a low stance, blade at either side.>Writein (roll will be determined.)
>>31768033See if we cant size up those enchantments he has on his blades.
>>31768033>If I die, you are all to leave.remember, he didn't say if he submitted. We kill him off no matter what.shall we mock his stance?Should probably take up a defensive stance of our own. My guess is he's going to leap.
>>31768033Oh, also, use the Eye, just in case.
>>31768143>he didn't say if he submitted.Because if he submits, then he will be calling the troops off himself. Think before you post.
>>31768033Prepare to break enchantments, possibly even his weapon.
>>31766894Full withdrawal of forces, agreement to negotiate peace treaty?We should maybe get an envoy of the princess to decide the losing condition.Did we forget to tell Monica and the Princess that we were doing this?
>>31768170Eh, I don't think the Eye will be of much help, in this situation at least.I don't think we should use Bloodmind in this instance.Maybe use our shield to kind of redirect his leap?
>>31768132>>31768246>>31768143Looking at his blades tells you the enchantments are centered around... Spaces? You set yourself defensively, preparing yourself, and wait. >d100 please
Rolled 41>>31769716To battle!
>>31769746Honestly, we're all just stunned.
>>31769716>>31769722>>31769746>>31769933Can we call the whole thing a win and move on?
the bigger they are...
The monster of a combatant leaps at you, and you raise your still-dented shield, setting your feet as he slams into you and his blades swing for the side of your head. It's an easy maneuver to push him up and away. With a dash forward, you move after him, and he stabs at the air.His blades vanish.By sheer instinct, you leap forward, the blades appearing above and below you in your dive, scratching your armor as you roll into a standing position and thrust with your spear, which he parries with his blade. The two of you go like this for a while, sheer instinct preventing you from getting shanked by teleporting blades, as he slips out of range again and again. "I don't understand..." he growls, "How can you slip away so often?" >Rushdown! We have to move quickly! (Might)>Shatter the magic! (Magic)>Mock him! (Mind)
>>31770452what a fucking shame.
Rolled 49>>31770430>>31770452Oh, I rolled a 100.I don't know how rolls work in this quest, or if that rolled count, or whatever. I don't follow BPQ. But do... Might, I guess, if you take that.
>>31770430>Rushdown! We have to move quickly! (Might)
>>31770430>>Rushdown! We have to move quickly! (Might)
>>31770504>I don't follow BPQ.The archive link is in the OP. Please read it.
>>31770430>Shatter the magic! (Magic)Magebreaking, the great equalizer
Rolled 98>>31770534Sorry man, I'm just here to roll dice.It's been a slow night.
>>31770033>>31770212>>31770452>>31770570and they all went to waste
Rolled 7>>31770592All of them me, faffing about.Take comfort in the knowledge that you can't waste dice because Random.
>>31770570Do you walk up to a gaming table and just grab people's dice and roll them?Because that's what you're doing in a rather literal sense.
Rolled 10>>31770629> in a rather literal senseEgo pls, that's not how you use literal and you know it.But no, I don't. I guess if it bothers you, I'll go roll in a different thread.Sorry for the intrusion.
>>31770570At least take the time to read when a roll is even being called for instead of just spamming the thread like a colossal jackass.
>>31770430>Shatter the magic! (Magic)Honestly this is a pretty nasty spell and we can't rely on our luck to guide us forever.
Rolled 9>>31771223We got this
>>31771240>>31771269>>31771255You spin around, slamming your fist into the flat of the next vanishing blade - and the spell falls apart, yanking it through space and into your good arm, where it stays. The shock sticks with you for a bare moment before the pain, and the monster rises, laughing as he kicks you down. "You think I've not fought spellbreakers before?!" he roars happily, standing over you. "You think I'd rely on something so transient? I am a Rakshasa! Now then. Submit. We will give you a warm bath, and a fine, joyful meal. We shall roast it on the burning rubble of the city you dearly championed.">Submit.>Stand.>Stand rapidly, into his chin.>Writein
>>31772014>Stand rapidly, into his chin.shoryuken!
>>31772014>standing over you.Flick our spear, no time to dodge an armor piercing flying tip at this range.
>>31772097This. Or if our spear isn't nearby, shock him with the tazer fist.
>>31772132I had almost forgotten our fist had a shock setting. I only think of it as an hypermobile prosthesis.
>>31772279It also has a dart, but I dont know if they would consider that too dishonorable for a duel.
>>31772309I feel like it can't be any more frowned upon than opening up blade portals to shank the person you're dueling with an omnidirectional pain-sphere.
>>31772014Taze that bro.
>>31772513Maybe say he worried about the wrong arm.Though if we can't grab his skin, then do the headbutt thing.
>>31772014>>Stand rapidly, into his chin.
Rolled 83>>31772791We're low riders
>>31772733>>31772747>>31772764You stand up sharply, into his chin. He stumbles back, holding his mouth as you reach out with your mechanical hand - as he slips out of reach. You kick up your spear, once dropped, and spin it around in one hand rapidly, a smile on your face. "You were worried about the wrong hand." you day with a grin, as he tosses aside his sword to draw his axe. His /vorpal/ axe. You'd recognize that enchantment anywhere.>Writein
>>31773038can we break that enchantment?
>>31773038Eh, going in would be too much.Wait for him and use either the dart or spear tip. Range is on our side.
>>31773038vorpal as in "there goes your head"?oh boy... stay on the defensive, i guess, wait for an opportunity?
>>31773038Hm. Maybe do a thrust expecting him to just cut the tip of our spear off with his vorpal axe, only we don't lose momentum and just knock him down with the shaft?
>>31773038Lets go on the defensive and punish him for overreaching. Tire him out.
>>31774659This sounds good to me.
Too late for me must sleep
Same deal as usual - we continue tomorrow!
>>31775040tomorrow morning? Afternoon?
only just got back to my PC and caught up on the thread, I'm liking this, if the thread dies overnight, thanks for running it AG
Hype thrusters active.
We start again in one hour. Until then, please wait warmly, and thank you all for playing.
>>31780505that's good to hear
Rolled 14>>31781424anon, I think its time for you to put your dice away
>>31781392we are saved
Oh, thank God. It's still alive.
>>31781444You plant yourself defensively, as he launched into an assault. Vorpal weapons are fearful, true - they are specially made to target limbs and sever them. However, they are only magical in their accuracy for the chosen limb - usually the head. He's strong, beastly, and fast - but he's no match for your defense, his axe slamming against your shield hard. But not as hard as Yorick had. After some time with that, your shield now dented, scratched, gouged, and almost ruined, he neatly slices it in half with a powerful blow. He grins, bull rushing you for a final blow, and you raise your hand, feeling it open up, and the dart prepared to fire.>At this range, you can't miss. >d8 for location struck. Will take first roll.
>>31781708Your dart launcher fires, and the creature's head snaps back had, sending him falling into the sand. A cloud of it is kicked up by his massive landing, but as it settles, he rises, resting an arm on a raised knee as he rests there, regarding you. Your dart has ruined his eye, the other watching you with baleful intent. "Very well. You have shown us your might. Your conviction. And your ideals." he says, tearing out the dart, letting blood and gunk flow over one cheek. He discards it onto the sand as he stands. "But I will remember well your name.""Annelin.""Good. It is a warrior's name." he says, picking up his weapons. He pauses to stare at the longsword in your arm, then laughs. "Keep it! A trophy of victory." he raises one reversed hand. "And when next we come back, I shall bury its twin into your heart."He turns. "Let us march west!" he roars, "For there rests an oasis!" the men march off, and you sit heavily, the pain of the sword in your good arm now growing far, far worse. >Writein
>>31781845check the casualties?
>>31781845take the sword. Go back and check on the princess
>>31781845gather our gear and get back to friendly troops, and check in, see how they fared the battle and see if we can't get some first aid
>>31781845Hey, AG, out of curiosity, does Ja'al have anything akin to a feather weight spell?
Rolled 2>>31781845Well, we know there's a human medic inside.Grab a random Tou and use it for healing/petting therapy.I'll even roll the gender. 1 is male.
>>31781923>1 is male.>Rolled 1d2: 2Raaaaev!
>>31781904This looks good. Definitely check on Monica and Royal Catgirl before first aid, though. Maybe find a corpse to shove Yorick in too. There should be plenty of those around.
You stand up, then stumble, as a Tou moves to help you."The others... How many casualties... Is everyone..." and then, peacefully, you slip out of consciousness. Then you come to, that beautiful royal face is perhaps a little too close, and you start. "She's okay!" she says happily, melodically. "Myana be praised, she can still dance!" Monica, in view behind the princess, relaxes visibly. +Thank heavens.+"How long was I out?""No more than an hour." says the Tou medic, "You lost an obscene amount of blood. A sword through the arm, and you kept fighting! And for a country you have no citizenship with." He sighs. "Already there are paintings, and our leader would thank you himself, were he not restoring the barrier even now." There's the sound, and feeling, of a soft purr upon your chest. When you look down, a child Tou, basically a white ball of fur, rests there, sleeping soundly. "You'd be surprised the medical benefits of a purring Tou." he says with a smile. "Here you are Yolana. Thank you." He hands the baby back, and rests beside you. "I've healed your wounds. The enemy has been routed, the threat, for now, taken care of. I would deeply reccomend you rest. But is there anything you would like? I can ferry your request to the leader myself.">Writein
>>31782194>I want a new shield for when that bastard marches back
>>31782194A stiff drink and the company of friends helps to heal any wounds.>>31782270Shield too. Shields are always nice to have.
>>31782194>>31782270get a corpse for Yorrick.
>>31782194a good celebration feast for the victory and a new shield?
>>31782194seconding >>31782270and see how the overall situation is, and whats the next crisis they need us to fix
>>31782194I bet that kitten had a True Name of healing. That would be pretty bitchin.
"Food and a new shield would be nice." you manage, sitting up and stretching. Augh, you're sore all over. Always like that after a solid fight. The Princess and Monica stand close together, but you're not sure why you notice it. +She is... a kind heart. A good friend.+ Monica says, sensing your eyes. "Can the bed be moved, healer?" "Yes - why?" "Well... It's just that there's going to be a celebration tonight of the routed foes. I want Annelin to be there, for proper honors." He chuckles. "She won't be in any shape to recieve them.">Woah, hold on. What honors?>What do you mean?>+Pretty close for friends.+>+I thought you found them distasteful?+>Writein
>>31782194Lay back, see how Monica is doing.>>31782287This if possible. We don't know how ethic would be to take a body, or just bones, or whatever.
>>31782472Ask about the honors and what those two are all on about. Then tease Monica about her newly acquired taste for catgirls. If we can only do one, asking about the honors takes precedence.
>>31782472>Woah, hold on. What honors?In no shape for celebrationAlso, we have a religion to uphold
>>31782472>Woah, hold on. What honors?>What do you mean?>+I'm glad to see you becoming more accepting and changing+
>>31782472>WriteinIt just occurred to me, where the balls is Melodi?
>>31782472>Woah, hold on. What honors?>+I thought you found them distasteful?+
>>31782863that is a good question anon>>31782472I'll second >>31782544 & >>31782863
>>31782558>>31782753"What honors?""Ah... The..." he sighs. "A night with the finest young man or lady. No emotional strings, no relationships matter - a dance in the dark for Myana and life.""Where's Melodi?""She spoke to a royal dancer and we've not seen her since." the princess says. "Granted, royal dancers are also our spymasters, but..." she shrugs, unconcerned. +So I thought you found them distasteful.++W-well, she has a regal bearing!+You let a smile creep over your face, but say nothing more. "In any case." the princess claps her hands together, "I think she should at least see how Tou celebrate life.""I'll see what stimulants I have." the medic grumbles.>Writein
>>31783006>A night with the finest young man or lady.So we can choose between a cat ruffle pillow and catgirl massager?I'm torn
>>31783006if we are to be 'receiving' honours, then who is to be 'giving' them?we should also pray to Raev and thank her for our luck in the fight>>31783102>So we can choose between a cat ruffle pillow and catgirl massager?I'm tornI'm not, catgirl massager all the way
>>31783006We could always let Monica take our place, seeing as she seems to want to take a dance in the dark with that princess. If not, a masseuse would be fine.
>>31783122>>31783194Ok then, catgirl masseuse it is.See what Melodi is up to
>>31783269For all we know, catshota cuddle puddles are part of a traditional Tou massage.If not they should be. It would be one way to get some tourism into their kingdom.
>>31783332we need to introduce building pillow forts into massages
>>31783006"monica is basically the reason why i'm here, so i leave her the honors" *wink* and stay away from micheal
>>31783396>"monica is basically the reason why i'm here, so i leave her the honors" *wink*good>spoilernot good
>>31783332>Tou Kingdom essentially becomes one giant cat cafe>The Rakshasha can no longer invade since everyone will defend their favorite cat cafe to the deathBrilliant
"Well, if I cannot have the honors... Perhaps Monica should."The princess's ears perk up and her eyes go a little wide, as Monica flushes deeply. "That... Could be arranged." the princess says slowly. Eventually, you're wheeled out to a cheering populace, Monica at your side as you head into a rather large building. Food, steaming and hot, is served to the both of you, a special table brought in to accommodate you. The festivities have not truly began just yet, when you see a familiar face - the Tou ambassador, who seems to be managing the place.Melodi is learning to dance with one of the girls - a deeply tanned one who seems to care little for the modesty her outfit provides. Monica, for her part, seems to have trouble saying much of anything, her face a little red as the Princess explains various things.>Writein
>>31783699shall we check on Ja'al?
>>31783699Call for Monica. In telepathy, tell her what happened in our initiation to Raev, and that we're only as free as we're comfortable being.
>>31783699lets go say hi to the Tou ambassador and see how he's handling things, but keep an eye on Melodi and Monica and maybe see if we can't find us a catgirl masseuse
>>31783699I like >>31783747. Encourage Monica to be true to herself. The heart wants what the heart wants, whether that's a prince that's nearly half your age or deliciously fit catgirl princess. I would like to know what exactly led to this idealistic 180, though. I bet it would make for a cute story.
You take a deep breath, and call to Monica. +You look nervous.++I just...+ her side of things fuzzes over. +I've believed I was one way for so long. I thought I was to be married to one person, I thought that critters were vile things. I thought that only men could hold me close and make me feel safe... But I've learned a thousand and one things.++You don't need to be afraid.+ you respond in turn. +When I initiated with Raeve, all we did was make pillow forts and talk about boys. Be as free as you want, Monica. No one here will judge. And if anyone does back home, then Micheal will see them out the kingdom.+Monica nods as the Ambassador moves to meet you."Hi." he manages. "Uhm. How's Micheal?" he asks, long tail lashing at the air."He's fine. Preparing to duel his father, no doubt." "A-ah. Has he been recieving my letters?" he asks. "Indeed he has. They make him smile." The Tou purrs quietly, his eyes closing briefly. "Ah! Lady Annelin. The festival of Myana and Nyalo begins very soon!" >Writein
>>31784591let's go party
>>31784591maybe see how ja'al is doing.
>>31784591seconding >>31784625lets bring the ambassador with us to pet and find us a catgirl masseuse to enjoy a massage while we drink and eat and party as much as we can in our injured state
>>31784591>I've learned a thousand and one thingsSubtle.Go watch the festival and let Monica have her moment.
>>31784591We can either find Melodi's dancer and ask about her, or find Melodi and ask about the dancer.
>>31784747>Subtle.care to elaborate for the less attentive anons amongst the audience?
>>317847771001 Arabian Nights
The festival is a beautiful celebration of live and happiness, owing to the goddess Myana, Lady of Dance and Joy. She is opposed by Nyalo, God of Duty and hard work. The two are lovers, and have constant spats, but for a day and a night, they are said to make love constantly. Today is that day, or rather, any day the Tou win out over the Rakshasa. There are announcements of love and courtship, proposals of marriage, joyous dance by men and women - though the women wear considerably less. Wine is passed out, and you happily drink away the dull pain in your arm. Eventually, you request a massuese, and a young woman approaches and wheels you to a more secluded corner so you can lay forward on the bed and she can work your back. Monica and the princess dance at the height of the night, and everyone gives them room. A big smile on her face, she spins and moves with grace you've never seen, and the Princess moves with her so gracefully you almost swear she floats. A twinge of pain rises slowly. You miss Micheal, his bright eyes and soft words. You didn't think it'd hurt so much, but you allow yourself to enjoy the shows and plays about Tou heroes, before slipping away to sleep. --- You are now Monica ---You've never danced so well! You feel joy dance in your chest, and for the first time, you feel... safe. You rest at your table with the Princess, who happily stretches out over the table. Your blackboard sits there, ready for use. >Talk to the Princess>Reminisce about your time together for the siege>Think about...?>Writein
>>31785352>>Talk to the Princess
>>31785352>>Talk to the Princess>>Reminisce about your time together for the siegeshe's a lady of regal standing, so are we, lets get to know her more
>>31782194>Cat-folk kittens heal you through purring and cuddlingGod-tier setting
>>31785352>Talk to the PrincessTell her she'll be a great queen, and that we worry she has to be cooped up inside that gray castle.
>>31785352>>Talk to the Princess>>Reminisce about your time together for the siegeAnd be sure to profusely thank Annelin tomorrow for being the best wingwoman ever.
>>31785451Fun fact: In real life, the vibrations from a purring cat help to accelerate healing and soothe pain. It's why cats purr when they break bones or the like, and why a purring cat in your lap feels so amazing.>>31785453>>31785424>>31785404You recall her being so calm and collected during the siege that it nearly felt insulting to the defenders, but she simply said she believed in their strength, and her lack of fear was a compliment to that. Since then, she's proven to be a paragon of noble bearing and grace, gently worming her way into your mind and heart. "The fine warrior has finally fallen to slumber." the princess says, leaning back. "I was wondering if you would join me elsewhere?" "Of course" you write hastily. She leads you to a balcony, the night air chilly but warmer than back home. Rather pleasant, and she leans on the balcony to take it in. Soft hair splays to the winds behind her, robes fluttering and the wind pressing the cloth to her body pleasingly. "I understand humans are rather reserved about how often they spend their nights with warm company." she says softly.>Writein
>>31785656"They often are, but this trip has been an eye opening learning experience for me, who's to say I won't open my eyes and learn some more?"
>>31785656Remember what Annelin told you, Monica. No reservations, cats only, final destination.
>>31785656"It is mostly a religious custom. But there are gods for everything, from the dutiful to the foolish"
Well its 7AM and I need sleep so this anons gotta leave, AG, if the thread dies before I wake up, thanks for running.
>>31785656>"I understand humans are rather reserved about how often they spend their nights with warm company." she says softly.Lemme tell you about Raev...
>>31785656>Trying to phrase things in as few words as possible to accomodate for Monica's handicap is difficult"It warries""Some stay chaste until they marry,others don't..."
>>31785656just scratch her behind the ears and kiss her already
>>31786099Or hold her tail
"Some people stay chaste until they marry. Some don't." you write. "It varies. Mostly, it depends on religion.""Myana advocates that we enjoy life whenever we can, for it is short." she says softly. "I understand we've not known each other long, but... I would like to get to know you better." she says, stepping closer. "More... Intimately." Uh. Oh dear. Oh goodness. Your heart is racing, your face is hot, and your hands are shaking.>Writein
>>31786222Try to scribble out an affirmative with you shaky behinds before giving up and kissing the goddamn cat.
>>31786222draw a heart and jump in her arms?
>>31786222Think long and scribble wildly, then scratch it out and write something else, then after a third wipe write "YES".Then after her reaction/response add "Please be gentle. This is my first time."
>>31786222"In place of Annelin,I request one nightwith Her Highness"No strings? Sure, let's get practice for the whole double marriage deal.
>>31786222Now I am a little suspicious about how fast this is happening, and wonder if this is more name magic, or seducers.Ah well, kiss the girl anyway.
>>31786417Maybe Monica just has a thing for strong women and a catgirl fetish. She did seem have a bit of a schoolyard crush on Annelin, too.
"There is something I should tell you." the Princess states. "My Name is... Well, translated, it means something like 'Adoration'. Or 'Loyalty'. If you want to leave, please, feel free. I understand."You cease your writing, uncertain. But she was so kind and gentle. Her words weren't chosen by that Name. And she never chose it either. You wonder, what it must be like to know that most only care for you because of something so... beyond your control. You remember dancing. You remember her gentle stories of Myana and Nyalo, of Meown and Hisstar. You're split. You don't know whether to run away, or to hold her close and kiss her.>CHOOSE.
Rolled 8>>31786517>hold her close and kiss her
>>31786517Go for the big fat cat tats. Her name may compel us to adore her, but we chose to love her all on our own.
>>31786517>"My Name is... Well, translated, it means something like 'Adoration'. Or 'Loyalty'. If you want to leave, please, feel free. I understand."Fuck.Let's ask if we can get a minute or two alone to think it over, outside of her influence.
>>31786517>hold her close and kiss her.of course
>>31786602Err, ignore that roll
>>31786517>AdorationTell her we'll let it pass if she show she can give back some of it.
>>31786517Eh, technically speaking adoration and loyalty can both be pretty platonic.It'd explain how Monica came to like the princess so quickly, but not how she came to, well, want her.Maybe take a step back to think about it, but I'm leaning towards kissing the girl.
>>31786654>>31786618>>31786610>>31786602You look up at her, then toss the blackboard over your shoulder as you pull her into a kiss. It's new... Different. The way your bodies press to one another, the soft sweetness of her lips, the warmth of the desert wind slowly turning chill. You pull away for a moment, looking into her bright eyes, then simply hold her close as her hands stroke your back and she begins to purr throatily. Her tail curls and uncurls slowly. You're calm, but your heart is racing. Excitement, lust, and joy war out, then simply make peace and revel together. "Where from here?" she whispers, her voice gentle, yet husky.>Writein
Ooooohhhhh, right, their names are a key....Fuck it. Give her a squeeze. If we don't like it, we'll take her up on the 'no strings attached' bit.
>>31786950smile and let your hands wander around and try to find her weak spot before the "serious" stuff begins?
>>31786950"I think you owe me a dance in the dark."
>>31786950"I've never done this before."
>>31786950>no boardHop on her, she can carry us.
>>31787158You simply smile and press against her, letting yourself be picked up. A wonderful night is sure to follow.=== You are now Annelin ===And you are bored. And alone. Very alone. You rest in a large bed, arm bandages recently changed, looking out the window. You fear finding a Tou male, scared it might ruin your chances with Micheal in some way. You never thought spending so long away from him would be so painful. The worry creeps in deep as well, a gentle nibble of abject fear at the bottom of your mind. You could go pray, you suppose. Or talk to Yorick. Or try to speak to Harumda, somehow. +Ja'al, are you there?+...No answer. The ring must be off his finger. You lay back heavily on the bed, staring at the ceiling.>Writein
>>31787977Go pray. Fate tg dice was on our side that last duel encounter.
>>31787977Shoot the shit with Melodi if she isn't busy getting bizzay.
>>31787977>talk to Yorickjust chit-chat, i guess
>>31787977Find pillow, start fucking people up.
Thank Raev for helping, then go acquire some booze.
>>31787977Eh, pray to Raev for gratitude and the strength to resist temptation?Also we can totally ruffle some Tou, because we need to get that out of our system when we see Michael again.It probably doesn't help his mommy issues.
>>31788803I don't think mommy issues just go away, either.Best Ann can do is the whole haircut and dye, but that still doesn't solve Mike's deal.
Technical difficulties. Will be doing the posting as a proxy of Avalon Guard
>>31788445>>31788057You pray to Raeve for her benevolence this day, and with a smile on your face, for her help in finding Monica happiness as well. You rise from the position, now on a mission for alcohol, the quest of kings. It isn't long before you find some, served by a male Tou who eyes you appreciatively. Apparently they like strong women here, and you, with armor, bandage, and spear, fit the role perfectly. You sit heavily, and decide to chat with Yorick, since Melodi is nowhere in sight, and hailing Monica would be rude. //Feeling that lonely, eh? Well. I'm in a chatty mood... Any questions?//>Well?
>>31789026>Why is this Lord of Lords so willing to jeopardize the precarious balance between the Tribes AND threaten the Pantheon AND challenge a living kingdom all in one sitting? What could be worth the risk?
>>31789026shall we ask about how Michael is doing?
>>31789026What can you do aside from animating corpses?
>>31789076This is a good question.
>>31789026>>31789081oh, wait, that's not raev speaking, is it? nevermind>>31789076seconding
>>31789026Ask if there is some way we could get him his lordship back, and if there is, would he be willing to side with us against the Lord of Lords.
>>31789026How many do you know as yourself? Displaced or subjugated by the Lord of Lords?