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/M4DJrF1v Micheal (please read, new info!)You resolve to ask Gina about fighting, after you get dressed and washed. You are a prince, after all. You make your way about the castle, and finally find her eating a meal of greasy meat. What is it with warrior women and this stuff? You sit across from her, and she swallows the meat to look across at you."Let me guess, you want to learn how to fight your father?" she asks. "Because you've been really distant these past few days... No, this whole week."You find yourself fidgeting, and she grins wider. Why do you get the feeling she knows the real reason you're so full of nerves? After all...>I'm worried I'll lose to my father...>I'm worried I won't be able to, uh, perform for Annelin.>I'm frightened someone will get hurt while they're overseas.>The Lord of Lords... he scares me.
All four of those are accurate as hell.But Michael would really only have reason to confess the First and fourth.
I can't for the life of me remember what Race Gina is. Human? Half-something?
>>32315090all 4 are good, but i'd focus on>I'm worried I'll lose to my father...and>I'm frightened someone will get hurt while they're overseas.
>>32315090>>I'm frightened someone will get hurt while they're overseas.
>>32315130>>32315426"I'm worried about losing to my father, yes." you admit. "I don't know who would rule in my place, or if..." you find yourself sighing. "Or if I kill him, on accident." There, you said it. You've had the nightmares, of father dying from a wound you made. Of being left /truly/ alone, even if for a few days or nights, even with Annelin there, no family... You shiver. "You think..." Gina raises an eyebrow, "That you can actually kill your father in a fight?""Not on purpose.""But you're also scared you'll lose to him." A nod, and she mutters something in Ogre. "You're still a bit of a fool boy, you know. You've gotten fairly good. Almost as good as your father. But I'm a terrible trainer. I'm as likely to break your bones as your bad habits." >What bad habits?>I'm sure you can't be that bad!>You're gentle with Ja'al, I'm sure.>Writein
>What bad habits?Indignant teenager response!
>>32315788>What bad habits?>You're gentle with Ja'al, I'm sure.
>>32315788>You're gentle with Ja'al, I'm sure.how could we pass on that~
>>32315837>>32315832>>32315829"...What bad habits?" you ask, almost indignant. "You're incatious. You overstep, a lot. You rely far too much on your speed, trying to get it to carry you through the fight rather than finding enemy weakness or opening. You are preoccupied." she says, "With a lot of things."You huff. "I still don't see why you can't train me. You're pretty gentle with Ja'al, I'm sure." Her eyes go wide, and you swear her hair puffs out a little as her face flushes. "Well, that's... That's different. Very different." she grumbles. "E-entirely different. When I hit someone, they stay hit. Discipline is not my strong suit.">But you're good at analyzing, it sounds like.>Really? I never thought Ja'al was the one in charge.>I'm sure if you tried you could manage.>Writein
>>32315919>>But you're good at analyzing, it sounds like.>>Really? I never thought Ja'al was the one in charge.
>>32315919>I'm sure if you tried you could manage.>Really? I never thought Ja'al was the one in charge.
>But you're good at analyzing, it sounds like.Don't provoke her.
>>32315919>>But you're good at analyzing, it sounds like.
>>32316250>>32316071>>32315967"But you're good at analyzing, it sounds like."She frowns. "It's... experience. I've learned a lot from my time at your father's side. Bodyguard work is as much about who you don't engage as it is about who you do - can your charge handle this threat or that one? Can the threat reach them by the time you deal with this other threat? How much time do I have to take care of that? Examination and analysis..." she sighs. "Those have kept your father alive so much longer than any boulder I could toss, any hammer I could use. But in seriousness - we can't spar. If we do, I cannot prevent myself from bringing you harm.">That's fine.>Well, I doubt you can even hit me anyway.>Are you sure...?>Writein
>Writein"Then, please, at least, tell me what you think of my fighting style. Forget Father. I need to know my own weaknesses."
>>32316334seconding >>32316380we should be using Mind actions more often
>>32316380>>32316391>>32316494"Then please, tell me what you think of my style. I need to know.""...You need support." she says simply. "Against a single opponent? You're fine. You can slip and dodge and stab all you want - but then you'll slip up. And if there's just one, you can recover. But with two... With two you'll fail. You'll get hurt. And that'll make the fight harder. Easier to slip, easier to fail, again and again. Protect yourself. Be more defensive, less focused. Widen."She leans back. "It's like you think there should be someone there all the time, Micheal. And that might not be the case."...Why does that make you so angry?>Annelin isn't going to die over there.>I won't end up like my father.>She won't abandon me.>Writein
>>32316672>>Annelin isn't going to die over there.>>I won't end up like my father.
>>32316672>Annelin isn't going to die over there.>I won't end up like my father.
>>32316721>>32316808"...Annelin isn't going to die over there. I'm not... I'm not going to end up like my father, all alone." you growl, then blink as she rises. You were so much more sharp with that than you expected, watching her go with sudden regret. "I mean... I..." you sit back down, clutching the side of your head. The stiffness slides in as Ja'al arrives. "Garibaldi says he has some words from his Lord for you." he says. "Would you like to speak with him?">I'm in no mood, Ja'al.>Sure.>Give me some time.>Writein
>>32317233>>Give me some time.
>>32317233>Sure.may as well get it over with
>>32317233I think we need to clear our head, since our character's mood will color whatever we say.
"Can you blame me? Father fights that way for a reason, and I've had a partner every time I've been called upon to actually fight."It's not reasonable to act like Annelin will always be there, especially if Mikey does plan on marrying her out of her current job.
>>32317504She's gone, and no point in following her.
>>32317844I know, Captcha swallowed my post, until it suddenly didn't.
>>32317299>>32317329>>32317447"...Gimme a bit, Ja'al. I'm... Unwell.""You're worried. It's normal." he says. "The girls are fine, though. You needn't worry.""You can tell?""Of course! They still respond within the blood rings, after all, and Monica forgot to remove hers and -" he flushes, "Well, never mind that. The point is that everyone is fine. Annelin had a brief panic attack concerning her eye, but apparently the matter has been resolved."A weight falls from your shoulders. "Thank you, Ja'al.""It's no matter." he waves it off, "Anyway, how would you like to be trained by a Lord of Warriors?">Writein
>Surely thou jest.A fucking DEMON? Mikey has nearly been nommed by a demon what, four times? He'd never trust one.
>>32318126"you're going to have to explain why I'd ever consider doing that"
>>32318126"One of the things I've been warned about is that I lack caution. I'm not sure how a immortal berserker is going to help my defensive abilities."
>>32318126Wait, I thought the Lord of the Warriors was still in Warrior Hell, while Ja'al summoned the Lord's subordinate who has some kind of pseudo-psychic connection with Annelin due to ghost arm?
>>32315788Too bad Michael doesn't know about the very real concern that his dad's aiming to get himself killed on purpose because he really wishes he took the curse in his wife's place.
>>32318394"One of the things I've been warned about is that I lack caution. I'm not sure how a immortal berserker is going to help my defensive abilities.""...Ah. You've some limited knowledge of him, then..." he says pulling out a book, "I looked up his name. Harumda is actually a legendary figure from the Southland tribes - a powerful, intelligent warlord who united his people through diplomacy, combat, and personal strength. He died..." he leans forward, "At the hands of assassins from a white and gold robed cult. Legends say the poison sapped away his arms and legs, and the cult slaughtered his family before him. That his heart continued to beat until a horse stamped it into the dusty earth, such was his impotent fury."Your eyebrows raise. "He's someone worth hearing, at least." Ja'al says. "Even if he is boorish.">Writein
>Oh, fine. Pull the plug the instant you see something untoward.
>>32318975"He already knows who I am right? And what deity this kingdom currently worships?Because while you have convinced me he could be a good tutor, he doesn't seem the kind who would respect being mislead."
>>32318975"I'll agree with you there. But now I have to wonder why he would want to tutor me. I'm not sure what he would be getting out of it."
>>32318975"Well I may as well talk to him, see what he's like before diving in the deep end as it were"
>>32319126>>32319163"He does understand what deity this nation worships, and who I am, right?""Yes... And he says that's why."You're lead to the room, where the summoning circle holds a robed figure. "Ah, you're here... Then Harumda can - augh... A moment, please..." the robed figure rises, removing the purple garment. Garibaldi is a slim, cartoonishly slender man, with a thin, serious face. His face shifts, warps, and his eye turns a bright yellow, a sphere of gold, the skin around it turning to stone."Nnnf. Cramped as fuck in here... You the kid?" the figure asks, pointing. Formal armor that Garibaldi wore shifts, bright red and black. >Writein
>>32319430"Prince Michael Hile, yes, I understand you wished to talk to me."lets see what he has to say
> "I'm Michael. My friend said you wanted to ask me something?"
>>32319034Seconding. Full paranoia mode.
>>32319579little slow there anon
"I'm Micheal. I'm told you wanted to ask me something?""Sure." he says, clapping his hands. A chair of stone appears beneath him, made of castle stone. Inexplicably made of small fists. "Tell me, boy. What do you think is going on with the Lord of Lords? I'd like to know what you believe - so I can better..." he frowns. "What was that word, Gary?""Elucidate, sir.""Elucidate you on matters, a bit." Harumda says. "Things are getting to the wire, and now I've got nothing to risk - but time is of the essence, especially if I'm to tell you how shit's going down. The closer you are, the better I'll be able to explain this - and the more I can help you out.">What is the Lord of Lord's conspiracy?
>>32319430Garibaldi is the Lord of Warriors right?We've been trained in diplomacy and tact and shit, so let's great him as we were trained to great a foreign head of state, which I'd say is warranted.
>>32319687See, I don't know how you expect us to answer that question.Disregarding those soundcloud things you had made, are we to assume Annelin has conveyed all the clues she's uncovered to us?
>>32319687it would seem he is plotting to somehow leave Hell and return to the land of the living to reclaim the rulership he believes is hishe's trying to gather the demon clans together to break out and is trying to cause chaos in the kingdoms allies to spread our forces out and weaken us for him to strike
>>32319687I know that he's collaborating with Law, with most of the other deities staying out of it. Raev is an exception, but her hands seem to be tied by some kind of treaty?Until recently, the Lord of Lords was able to walk the material realm at will, but now he can't as long as I'm alive?
>The Lord of Lords is actively recruiting demons who want more power, and has replaced the head of at least one tribe with someone who would be more pliable. What else do you want to know?"
Something something soul parts?
>>32319810>it would seem he is plotting to somehow leave Hell and return to the land of the living to reclaim the rulership he believes is his>>32319761>I know that he's collaborating with Law, with most of the other deities staying out of it. Raev is an exception, but her hands seem to be tied by some kind of treaty?>>32319836>Soul Parts?>>32319835>>The Lord of Lords is actively recruiting demons who want more power, and has replaced the head of at least one tribe with someone who would be more pliable. What else do you want to know?"These are the valid points.You sussed out enough for a reward! Writing now.
You sit and think for a moment, and Ja'al tells you what he's heard from Annelin. "...So." you say, "The lord of Lords, my... Great grandfather, I think... is not happy with his position in the Hells." you say, standing up. "He wants back in position here on the material plane, the Prime, the land of the living. In order to reach this goal, he has subverted most of the tribes to this end, and has used some sort of conspiracy with Law to land agents here to do his work. For one reason or another, the dieties, save Raven, will not stop him. For some reason or another, the same deal that prevents him from walking this earth, also restricts her."Harumda, possessing Garibaldi, leans forward."That leaves two questions." Harumda says with a grin. "One." he holds up a finger. "How is the Lord of Lords going to get here without a summoner? The energy to pull him here would be massive. And two." he holds up two fingers, "And here's the big one: What does Law have to gain?""...If it's my great grandfather, then... He would unite humanity again. Likely using the same power he had back then." "And...?""...Oh, Law."He would slaughter all the critters. Armed with a demon army, and all of the sizable population of Central, with its now vast navy, and large armies... "He'd wipe out all the critters. And with them...""Go on, boy.""And with them, all their gods. The demons are the responsibility of Law. But how would he get here?"Harumda grins wide. "Well, you need to be summoned. Or you possess a native. But there's no one here close enough to him. In fact, his own lineage prevents his return, since parts of his old soul linger here. But he's building something from hexed limbs." Harumda leans forward. "And then, when your father is dead, in a tragic dueling accident, and you get assassinated... He walks right in, plops his ass on the throne, and takes over the fucking world.""And I stop this how?""You have the info, blueblood. You have the resources.">Writein
>>32319880Can we ask, if Law is doing something, why isn't Clown opposing him out of principle?
>>32320114"Suddenly, swordfighting lessons seem a low priority."
>So a member of my family must be alive at all times, which is good to know. We should inform the other three members of the pantheon of this Law conspiracy, as a start. So we could conceive with Annelin or whomever... I can't really think of what else to do to delay this. I feel like the hexed limbs bit and the fact that he's using impersonation to neutralize allies of the Royal family may have something to do with it.
>>32320114seconding >>32320230we need those gods not entirely happy with Law to know about whats going on to help if they canand we need to git gud at swording so we don't 'accidently' stab dad in the throat
>>32320230>or whomever... yeah nah, we're sticking to our girl
>>32320114Are we supposed to figure this out now?Because I'm not sure about that happening.Ideally, we could have Law/the Old King overstep his boundaries to the point where the other deities are allowed to intervene, but I think Law's too old and tricky to do such a thing, unless he thinks he's already won.And tricking him in such a manner is too risky to attempt.
>>32320431We might want to convince our dad to make us a few new half-siblings, at least.
>>32320447>Ideally, we could have Law/the Old King overstep his boundaries to the point where the other deities are allowed to interveneproblem is we've no idea what those boundaries are and when the others can slap his shit, and finding out what those boundaries are is probably not healthy for us
>>32320484That's not gonna happen. Maybe early in the quest, if we had gone after him instead of Michael, but no.What we need to do is make sure our dad doesn't kill himself anytime soon.But that's only a stopgap measure, we need to somehow dismantle the Lord of Lord's power base.Karl might help, since he served with the LoL back when he was a man. And is probably pretty jaded about the whole thing.
>>32320609>What we need to do is make sure our dad doesn't kill himself anytime soon.yeah, and with >when your father is dead, in a tragic dueling accidentI'm worried about him or something external forcing an 'accident', we need to make sure nothing interferes with our duel with dad and make sure when we beat him, he survives
>>32320114Do you really want an answer now?Because that's dumb.You really think we've memorized this quest?
>>32320114>"You have the info, blueblood. You have the resources."Info about what he is planning yes, about how to stop him or the resources required? no fucking idea
>>32320761>and have nothing to use against him>Why does no one remember the makeout cavequick someone go archive diving, whats special about the cave we kissed Michael in?
>>32320774Well, no, all this shit is going down near and around the duel. This is all planning."So we need to prevent the accident at the duel, and my own death." you say to Harumda, "And inform the other gods of this conspiracy, especially Clown.""Very good." Harumda nods approvingly. "I know for a fact there is one last thing. Your mother didn't die of a mortal curse.""...What?" "If she had, she wouldn't have shown up among the Beasts." Harumda says, leaning back. "The cursed are sent among the Lost, to forever wander, until the terms of the curse wears out. Something else killed her. She was... Targeted. Whether it was for her beliefs, or something she knew or told you..." Harumda shrugs. "So it was demonic in nature, not just to kill her, but to send her among the beasts while she still wished for a family. Thus robbing her of the ability to tell you, once she passed - you can't summon her and ask. But I will give you something to help." He leans forward, reaching into nowhere, and opens the back of the chair - that's the only way to describe what he's doing - reaching into the back deeply. "Come on... This." he tosses out a longsword, which sticks against the barrier he's inside. The blade hums with strange magic. "This information, this weapon, and this kick in the pants, is all I have for you. Find out what she knew. Find allies among the gods. Consoladate and prepare." Harumda grins. "And then kill Law for me. He's had it a long time coming."Harumda vanishes, the sword clattering to the ground. You have no idea what to do or where to even start.>Writein
>>32320699We might need to call it off entirely, but I doubt dad will let us.
>>32320980>>You have no idea what to do or where to even start.thats an understatement...get Ja'al to look over the sword, see whats special about it and look into our mothers death, figure out what it was that got her killed and whymeanwhile we should talk to Karl about finding allies among the gods
>>32320980Is this the first we knew of our mother not having passed on, but instead becoming a Demon?And much worse, a Demon that's an animal instead of person?Because that seems as if it would be highly distressing information.
Someone remind me again why souls become Beasts again. I feel like that might help.
>>32321239Well all living things have souls, not just Sapient lifeforms.Typically Beasts are, well, beasts. Animals that died unfulfilled. The Lord of Beasts is the Tarrasque.
>>32320859I found the thread and the closest I've found to something relevant from the cave and Mikes moms dream ishttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/30375521/#p30380208>You take a breath, pulling him a little closer.>"...Tell me about her.">"She was... Strong. Not like you, but... she was impossible to talk down. They called her the Central Dragon, becauseshe was so stubborn in her beliefs to be immobile. She presured father to give critters... er, humanoids, the right to work. She fought so hard for humanoid rights, and... no one really noticed. Slavery is over, people are paid, and they can even live in the city and worship as they please.">He sighs. "But... She always wished she could do more. The humanoids didn't understand that, and the.... the Alvin cursed her." He nuzzles against you, eyes looking morosely at the floor. "If I'm to make her death have meaning, I have to continue her dream. I think even dad understands that. I think he's scared I won't be strong enough..."though it provides no more insight to anything other than his mother might have been cursed by the Alvinso back to square one
>>32321295Aren't the Alvin the race what Ja'al is?Also>Central DragonShe was human right? I feel like considering the kingdom, marrying critters would be a big nono.
>>32321347>Aren't the Alvin the race what Ja'al is?yep>She was human right?I gathered as much though theres been fucking nothing regarding her in the quest, that post is the most detail we ever learnt about her, and its utterly useless and vague as shit
>>32321347>>32320859>>32321295>>32321053Suggestions and guesses locked in for next thread. Apologies for the unclarity, but I'll clear things up very soon. Depending on when I get back from my family reunion, I may run tomorrow!
>>32321295I remember hearing that somehow King Hile could have taken the curse upon himself, but didn't because he thought being king was was more important, a decision he currently bitterly regrets.What I don't get is how a Hyper-Aging curse could possibly put someone in Beast Hell?
>>32321390So you meant >end threadinstead of>write in?
>>32321390thread end? and if so want us to keep it alive for you it let it die?either way thanks for running, I feel like we're ever so slowly starting to progress things and maybe might actually start understanding whats going on soonhow long until the month is up and Annelin can come back?
>>32321430Yes, my apologies. >>32321433Go ahead and discuss - but don't bump it for bumping it. You have about two weeks left until she is returning.
>>32321456>You have about two weeks left until she is returning.and how long until the duel with the king?because I'm kind of wanting to push it back and figure out what the fuck is going on before it rears its ugly head
>>32321485You'd think our dad (and maybe our maternal grandfather) would care that the one who killed our mom isn't who we thought it was, and they would go through the lengths of corrupting and pretty much lobotomizing her soul to keep her quiet.I mean that's a new level of fucked up.
>>32321263So then the question becomes how did mother become one.
>>32321544Also how does Garibaldi know?Like does she still look like our mom?
>>32321561>>32321544I'm hoping we can save her, it seems in this setting you can pretty much do anything and shove souls around and whatnot, we just need something powerful enough>>32321540we totally need to tell the King about all this and get him on our side working to stop the conspiracy, maybe he can find some redemption in helping Mike's mom not be a beast demon or somethingthis whole conspiracy sounds like Law being a massive cunt just go get his favorite douchbag back on the throne
>>32321347It literally said right in that fucking update that she was only called that for being stubborn as fuck. I'm pretty sure dragons don't even exist in that setting outside of the creation myth of the Dra
>Arrive just as thread endsI guess I'll take my time catching up
>>32321295So like I remembered, it was mostly vague togetherness stuff. Guess it meant a lot to someone, though, seeing vast they murdered her for it. My guess is that it would've somehow hurt Law
So apparently we need to be investigating Michaels cave drawings>>32322727I'm not seeing anything with any substance other than Mikey drew a shitty drawing that makes a circle with stick figures standing around a castle with some non humans fromhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/30375521/#p30379531>"I come back every year today." he says quietly. "Today's the day... Well, Today's that day." he says. "Once I asked what mother's dream is." he points.>You look up at the wall, which has sloppy paints. small stick figures stand around a castle, hands linked. All sizes, tall and small, one with wings, some with tails. "It's that." he says, holding your hand tightly.what, do we need to go all pokemans or noa and get one of each and do some hippy hand holding thing around the castle?
uhh, AG you gonna archive this thread?