You stand in the rooftop gardens of the naga king, across from a monster who wants you dead more than anything else in the world. You glare at him so hard you feel as though your gaze could pierce through him to his black heart. You barely hear the naga king as he takes the liberty of saying a few words to his people in his own language. You understand most of it, but it's just background noise."My brothers, my sisters, my lovers... tonight we will see blood. Our two guests have a hate that will ruin them both unless it is washed clean with blood. Do not look away. Remember what we were like when we were peaceful humans. Peaceful street-sweepers, peaceful tanners, peaceful morticians. Peaceful slaves. The peace poisoned us. It could not stand. So when the gift came to us from the sea, we dared to fight and kill, and it made us what we are today. So I ask you, when this fight is over and one or both of these foreigners lies dead, rejoice. Praise Agni, because no matter who lives and who dies, they have dared to fight and kill, as we did. That courage will set them free."> Charge at him. Roll 5d6.> Defend yourself and see what kind of moves he has in store. Roll 5d6.> Do some kind of intimidating display with your spear. Roll 2d6.> Back away immediately> Write inArchives:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Scorpion%20Girl%20QuestMore Complete Arhives: https://archive.foolz.us/tg/search/username/Anu/type/op/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScorpGirlQuestCharacter Sheet: http://pastebin.com/1667ZT3fList of Characters: http://pastebin.com/Fc2Z81um
Rolled 3, 5, 6, 4, 5 = 23>>32863619>apologize for lizard wife> Defend yourself and see what kind of moves he has in store. Roll 5d6.I know he likes to spin his glaives. Maybe we can tire him out before attacking.Also jesus christ being the first poster who has a roll is intimidating. Be good.
Rolled 3, 2, 5, 3, 5 = 18>>32863619> Defend yourself and see what kind of moves he has in store. Roll 5d6.If he has glaive-wall of death, then we're boned.Otherwise it's all good.Also, >>32863755 apology might be nice. Perhaps say that it was her last wish for lizardman to retire and live a peaceful life.
>>32863755Hooray, I didn't fuck everything up!Also, maybe update the twitter. I only caught this thread by happenstance.
Rolled 2, 5, 4, 4, 3 = 18>>32863619>> Defend yourself and see what kind of moves he has in store. Roll 5d6.
>>32863842we already told him the second part. No need to repeat it, as it aint happenin' now.
>>32863619>Tell him you hope he won't die as disgracefully as his wife did.
>>32863619The lizard sets his serrated glaives in motion before the naga king has quite finished speaking. It takes superhuman strength and speed to use two polearms at once with any effectiveness, but these things he evidently has in abundance. He warms himself up by spinning them both at once, then turning and leaping in the air before landing with a glare and a snarl. He advances on you slowly, holding one glaive forward to jab and faint at you while readying the other for a heavy swing when the opportunity presents itself. You think you can handle this. You let him close distance. With your well-honed killer's reflexes, you shy away from his attacks or turn them aside with your claws. He's not putting all his weight into his attacks yet. Though he made the first move, he also is waiting to see what you can do.> Show him. Use the moves you learned from wrestling flesh-eaters to glaw his legs and throw him onto his side. Roll 5d6.> He thinks your claws and stinger are the only threat. Feint with them, then stab him with your spear. Roll 2d6.> Try to sting him with Hunzuu's Mercy. Roll 5d6.> Try to catch one or both of his weapons in your claws and toss them aside. Roll 5d6.
Rolled 6, 5, 1, 5, 6 = 23>>32864066>> Try to catch one or both of his weapons in your claws and toss them aside. Roll 5d6.Off the tower with them.Fake an attack with your spear to bait him into trying to disarm you/attack you, then use that attempt to disarm him. A double trick!Roll good please
>>32864066> Try to catch one or both of his weapons in your claws and toss them aside. Roll 5d6.
Rolled 4, 6, 3, 3, 5 = 21>>32864066>>32864158forgot roll
Rolled 4, 5, 6, 4, 6 = 25>>32864132This is actually kinda good.I wanted to go for Mercy, because it'll make all further rolls easier.
>>32864132not bad. not bad at all
Wow, hopefully these amazing rolls keep up.
>>32864281They won't. I have no faith at all.I just hope getting him down to one glaive instead of two gives us enough of an advantage to win even with shit rolls.
So, how do we want to play this one?I sort of want to force him off the tower as an end goal, assuming we don't get any easy lethal strikes in earlier.
>>32864347We could also do >>32863982at some point.
>>32864535I don't want to do that.I feel bad enough about all of this already.His story is a damn tragedy, and while he thoroughly deserves a spearing, that doesn't mean I won't feel less bad about it.
>>32864066You try feinting with Ishtar's spear of blue and black metal, which catches the multicolored light of the naga fireballs around you. Either you sees through it or he assumes that it will do negligible damage, because he keeps attacking you as though your spear weren't even there. After you clumsily parry a few attacks with one claw, he sees that you're slightly off-balance and swings his opposite glaive straight for your neck. Your claws prove fast enough to catch his weapon. With both claws, you grab just below the head of the glaive and pull on it with your scorpion strength. You pull it away in time to escape his counterattack with nothing more than a superficial scratch to your front carapace. You throw the glaive off to one side, where it flies over the walled boundary of the garden and out of sight.He grasps his remaining spear in both hands now and finally speaks. "That one was mine. This one was hers. Fitting that it should kill you..."> Circle around him. Don't make the next attack.> Press your advantage. Charge for him and roll 5d6.> Advance cautiously. You're happy to make the next attack, but not enough to let your guard down. Roll 5d6.> Write in
Rolled 6, 4, 5, 5, 4 = 24>>32864560>> Press your advantage. Charge for him and roll 5d6.Keep that neck covered with that shield. Your whole human section in fact.I'm sad we grabbed the one we did. His wife wanted him to stop. He should be fighting with his own spear.
Rolled 6, 3, 3, 6, 5 = 23>>32864560> Press your advantage. Charge for him and roll 5d6.
>>32864559I feel bad about it too. I'll feel much worse if we die or get crippled though. I'll take whatever advantage we can get in a deathmatch.
>>32864646I don't want to talk smack, anon. That just makes the fight harder.
>>32864718Not really.Making a guy trying to kill you angry, contrary to what media makes you believe, will make him fight harder, stronger, faster, and with less tiring. He might even fight smarter.
>>32864748Not really. He'll fight stronger for sure, and possibly faster. Too bad for him, he'll be going too strong and too fast. He definitely won't be fighting smarter, absolutely not! He'll be fighting stupid, going too fast and strong for his own good. He'll make stupid mistakes and burn himself out early. As long as we're ready for it we'll beat him much more easily.
>>32864560You don't want to believe all the things the naga king says about how war purifies your soul and killing makes you better, but as you expertly bring together the killing arts of Ligish, Zagros and the underworld, it's hard to disagree with him. With fearsome speed you charge toward him with Spear and claws held forth. When he raises his glaive and just barely begins to swing downward with it, you leap to the right and catch him at an angle he hadn't expected while keeping some of your momentum. Your claws clutch his spiked armor, and Ishtar's spear sinks between the plates to wound him.> Drive it deeper. Maybe add some venom to the wound.> Roll away before he can hit you.
>>32864898Shit. Tough one.Let's> Roll away before he can hit you.Survival is the first objective.
>>32864898> Drive it deeper. Maybe add some venom to the wound
>>32864971>>32864973Well, we could use a tiebreaker.I think I'll give up my roll away vote for drive it in deeper, if nobody else chimes in.
>>32865019thanksbut yikes! where'd everyone go?
>>32864898>Drive it deeper. Maybe add some venom to the wound.take out one of his eyes with our stinger?
>>32865071Who knows. Playerbase fluctuations are hard to predict.
Rolled 6, 2, 1, 4, 1 = 14>>32864898>> Roll away before he can hit you.I know my dark souls
>>32865096Rolling might be the wiser choice. I think we're going to pick up some wounds on this one.
>>32865135I'd rather take a wound from him in order to give one and venom on top of that.
>>32865161Wounds are scary. I fear getting them.
>>32865161If we manage to sting him, the fight might effectively be over.A partially paralized lizard is no match for a quick scorpion.
>>32865211Well, we might get hamstrung. Hope not.Hunzuu gets injured and is unable to fight in the future, and is thus free to leave her home town as she can't protect it any longerMarriages ensue
>>32864898Hitting him at all is a struggle, so you know you have to make the most of it. You wiggle your spear back and forth to widen the hole you've pierced in him, and just as you pull the spearhead out you sting him in the same spot. Your venom won't knock him out, of course, but it might slow him down.You were so afraid of being struck in retaliation from his glaive that you don't react in time when the first thing to hit you is his clawed foreleg. He strikes you hard and bowls you over, and as you're retrieving your spear and preparing to return to your feet, he thrusts his glaive into your chitinous underbelly. The pain is sharp, and the depth of the cut worries you. You back away on instinct. He follows you, preparing to take advantage of any moment of weakness when you rise to your eight legs.> You now have 1 wound.> Hop back up to your feet. Roll 4d6.> Fight from the ground, swinging at his legs and stabbing upward with your spear. Roll 4d6.
Rolled 6, 4, 6, 6 = 22>>32865449>> Fight from the ground, swinging at his legs and stabbing upward with your spear. Roll 4d6.
Rolled 5, 4, 6, 5 = 20>>32865449> Hop back up to your feet. Roll 4d6.Our underbelly is so damn undefended. Gotta get up and away.
>>32865478>>32865492Well, whichever we chose, we do it pretty well.Avoid future wounds, as they kill our dice pool.
>>32865449> Fight from the ground, swinging at his legs and stabbing upward with your spear. Roll 4d6.
>>32865532Hopefully they also lower DC's when we inflict them on lizardboy. If this were opposed rolling he'd have lost 2-3 dice.
Hopefully, that scaly motherfucker doesn't have any Pazuzu related trick up his sleeve.
>>32865621That wasp is nowhere to be found. So, yes, he does have some pazuzu related ace card. Somewhere. Doing wasp things.
>>32865585I think that's how it works. I don't like getting stabbed in our organ box though.We use those.
>>32865449He's not letting you get up safely. That's fine. You don't need to get up. You keep striking at his legs. His front teo legs are fairly well-armored, but the armor itself isn't supported terribly well. The straps in the back are exposed, and the padding beneath it is thinner. You tear some of the spiked bronze plates loose with your claws, then rip and tear at his scaly skin. Your tail flails and stabs randomly, occasionally getting swatted aside with a painful strike from the side of a glaive.Afraid of having your tail severed, you hold it low as you keep clawing at his legs. He backs away from you for a moment to put the head of his glaive within thrusting range of your face. You take the chance to get up and grab at his spear. He's using both hands now, so after a brief grapple he strikes your head with the butt of his weapon and pulls it away from you. You think he looks a bit less coordinated. Maybe it's the venom, or the prolonged dirty fighting, or maybe just wishful thinking.> You now have 2 wounds.> Be the strong scorpion and grapple him into submission. Roll 5d6> Try to bait him into breaking through the outer wall of the garden. Roll 4d6.> Back away, ready yourself, and maybe taunt him.Your book lungs gurgle with blue blood. That's probably bad.
Rolled 5, 2, 6, 4, 4 = 21>>32865792>> Be the strong scorpion and grapple him into submission. Roll 5d6Let's finish this quickly with ripping and tearing. We don't have time to lure him off the wall like I wanted any more, we're lung bleeding.
>>32865792>> Back away, ready yourself, and maybe taunt him.
>>32865792> Back away, ready yourself, and maybe taunt him.Just more time for the poison to work.Plus I don't fight, but I do a competitive sport. I promise you guys people perform worse when mad.
>>32865887>>32865834But guuuys, we're bleeding out the lungs!We need to be quick!
>>32865932All the more reason to be dirty and insult the wife, so he gets careless and charges in.
>>32865932It's ok; we have two more.
>>32865961But that would be the baiting option.
>>32865968Our human lungs are all shitty and tiny. Not good for combat.Hopefully if we don't finish it this turn, we finish it next turn.
>>32865792You back away. Your book lungs sputter and dribble under the raised vents in your armor. You cough on instinct before realizing that your human lungs are still in working order. "Is that... all you got? And to think I was afraid of you."The lizard pants and seethes. Your venom is unlikely to bring him down completely, even given time, but it's visibly having some effect on him. "You're leaking. Your heart's blood will blight this garden. Good thing this will be the end of your foul race..." He charges you again. Though he might be clumsier, his top speed still rivals that of any warhorse.> Hold out your spear to run him through. Roll 2d6.> Let him reach you, and greet him with claws. Roll 5d6.> Leap out of the way at the last minute. He might hit some of the nagas in the audience behind you. Roll 4d6.
Rolled 1, 6, 5, 4, 5 = 21>>32866119>> Let him reach you, and greet him with claws. Roll 5d6.
Rolled 1, 3, 4, 1, 3 = 12>>32866119> Let him reach you, and greet him with claws. Roll 5d6.Deflect the glaive with our shield, grapple him, and finish this off good and decisive like. He's sort of right about our heart's blood.
Rolled 5, 1, 2, 2, 3 = 13>>32866119> Let him reach you, and greet him with claws. Roll 5d6.>>32866141Good thing this didn't come first! Still, how worrying that our luck is running out :(
>>32866176Luck is based on how much blood you have.
Rolled 5, 6, 6, 4, 5 = 26>>32866119>Let him reach you, and greet him with claws. Roll 5d6.Where's your music, guys? Though we re rolling kinda well today.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASj81daun5Q
>>32866249Oh sweet. I hope Anu takes this into consideration and hasn't started writing yet.
>>32866249Oh, sorry.I forgot, music.Though, I'm listening to revengeance. Because it still fits for some reason
>>32866249Please for the sake of all that is holy take this roll
>>32866325It's not all that much better than the other one. I do understand your tension though.I really don' wan' die.
>>32866119Your spear trembles. Though you've been practicing with Hillallum, you doubt your skill with it. You doubt the strength of your human arms. You're in tremendous pain, and your head is spinning. Your hair feels wet. Your spear fails to intercept his charge, but you still manage to start ripping and tearing with your claws as soon as his massive body strikes yours.You hold your ground. Bronze strikes chitin and chitin strikes bronze again and again. At one point you have to bring your claws up to defend your head, and he stabs low, right where your skin and chitin meet. Though they are no strangers to blood or death, the naga back away in fear from the fierce, bloody battle.> You now have 3 wounds.Even as you plunge Ishtar's spear deep, deep into the gap between his breastplate and his barding, he keeps struggling. His forelegs claw at you even as you tear one of them off at the shoulder. His teeth sink into your shoulder even as his blood gushes out to paint most of your armor red.You both collapse. It hurts so much. You wonder if you'll live. You're pretty sure he won't.> Roll 5d6 to maintain consciousness for long enough to drive the chisel into his chest
Rolled 1, 6, 6, 5, 6 = 24>>32866351>> Roll 5d6 to maintain consciousness for long enough to drive the chisel into his chestLet's make more sure. Also conclusively declare ourselves victor.Then, we really, really need to stabilize ourselves. with blood.
Rolled 1, 4, 4, 5, 5 = 19>>32866351>Roll 5d6 to maintain consciousness for long enough to drive the chisel into his chesthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo7zzJ_QwCUSeems I was too late. Let's try again now.
Rolled 2, 1, 5, 6, 5 = 19>>32866351>> Roll 5d6 to maintain consciousness for long enough to drive the chisel into his chestDo we have our blood magic stuff?We might need a healing spell.
Well. We got stabbed right where we fuse with the scorpion, and in our scorpion lungs.We're not doing so hot.I really hope they have good healers around here.
Rolled 5, 1, 2, 5, 6 = 19>>32866351> Roll 5d6 to maintain consciousness for long enough to drive the chisel into his chest>>32866370aw yea
Rolled 3, 5, 6, 6, 2 = 22>>32866351> Roll 5d6 to maintain consciousness for long enough to drive the chisel into his chesthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBH6MxmYRg024 is pretty good...but a 30 would be better.Yeah, right.
>>328664241/7776 chance of a 30
>>32866351>"So much for your wives spear."
>>32866438Yeah, I've seen a good number of 5d6s rolled but I don't think I have ever seen a nat 30.
>>32866438Better than the 0% chance if you don't try.
More spear training in the future. being able to weapon properly would be real handy.
>>32866351The gods are with you. You focus through the pain and deny your weakness. As the lizard gurgles and stares with completely bloodshot eyes at nothing in particular, his face twisted with rage, you pull the chisel free from your neck, breaking the simple cord looped through it. You take it in both hands and fall onto your foe with all your weight. The simple bronze tool plunges deep into his chest as though his scales were nothing. The lizard shrieks his last. You hear a sound like thunder, and the chisel becomes blistering hot. You let go and roll onto your back. It is done.When you regain consciousness, some young male nagas are circled around you. You see and smell a familiar pink mist in the air. The naga must have blood magic of their own, and these boys have uses some of the palace's blood reserves to stabilize you.You look around you. Only a few spectators remain. Your foe has been dragged away, leaving only grass sodden with blood and the chisel. It has transformed from bronze to the same blue-and-black metal as Ishtar's spear.> Thank the boys for helping you.> "The king! Where is the king?!"> "He was wrong, you know. Killing is not so great. I don't feel any better at all..."> Write in
>>32866534> Thank the boys for helping you.
>>32866534>>Thank the boys for helping you.> "He was wrong, you know. Killing is not so great. I don't feel any better at all..."
Rolled 3, 5, 2, 3, 6 = 19>>32866534>> Thank the boys for helping you.Lets get our priorities straight.The boys first and then the king.
>>32866534Man what the hell happened to our chisel
>>32866534> Your foe has been dragged away, leaving only grass sodden with blood and the chisel. It has transformed from bronze to the same blue-and-black metal as Ishtar's spear.I like to think that Ishtar did that, because of our passionate battle of revenge. But I'm not sure if that's the case.
>>32866534Well, I lived. Feel terrible about it and I'm in great pain, but I lived.Now that THAT is over with, we can move on to finding that horrible wasp bitch and destroying her for killing more villages than we can count to.After that, we can learn to count better, because we really can't count very high.
>>32866669I wonder if we can at least count to thirteen...
Rolled 5, 4, 3, 6, 4 = 22>>32866579On second thought, it is impolite to keep our scaly opponent away from his wife.We should eat him.
>>32866534It still hurts to breathe. At least it doesn't feel like you're gushing blood anymore, and most of the blood coating the garden around you is red instead of blue. And yo don't seem to have any horrific mutations as the result of botched blood magic. "Th-thank you..."They smile and look excitedly at each other. "She mmnnggngmn our words! Listen! Listen!"One of them bows to you as you try rolling over and standing up. It hurts, but you can do it, slowly. "Hunzuu? You fought mnnmnnm well. I ghnnmnbmm to fight as you do. I want to gmnm mnmnhnnm with great fire, you know?" He waves his fireball around in figure-eights in the air as though playing with a wooden sword. "Poom! Poom! Foosh!"> "That's the spirit. You'll get there one day. There's plenty of evil to fight."> "No, no, no. Keep being a healer. It's better for you; trust me."
>>32866740>Healing is more impressive to me right now. >thank them again for saving your life.
Rolled 4, 6, 2, 6, 2 = 20>>32866740>> "That's the spirit. You'll get there one day. There's plenty of evil to fight."Also, take a bite out of the lizard's carcass
>>32866774It's gone, man.Also, nah.
>>32866740> "No, no, no. Keep being a healer. It's better for you; trust me.">>32866774>>32866719We'll have to ask the king for his body, they dragged it away. I'm ok with asking the king for his body to eat
>>32866786Ah damn, I missed that part.I hope they preserved him.With salt and spices.
>>32866811I don't.I want him buried.Speaking of, it is really dreamy how our boy buries his slain foes.
>>32866821So you want to keep him away from his beloved wife!
>>32866770this is basically a modified "be a healer" vote, for clarification. Because killing people is cool, but what is really super cool is not dying.
>>32866841You and your jokes.
>>32866792>I'm ok with asking the king for his body to eat
>>32866740>"That's the spirit. You'll get there one day. There's plenty of evil to fight."Good ot see the youth eager to fight Pazuzu.
>>32866740"No, no, no. Keep being a healer. It's better for you; trust me. Your healing saved me, and it will save others.""Thank you?" He looks like your words have left him off-balance. It's not what he expected to hear at all. Maybe that means he will take your words to heart.After retrieving your chisel and spear, you crawl away in search of the king. You meet him on the second-highest floor, slowly ascending the stairs to meet you. Nagas aren't the best with stairs, but this palace wasn't originally made for nagas. He smiles broadly and even bows his head to you. "Congratulations! You are free! He is free as well. We will send him to Agni. So as not to tempt you. You say you want to change yourself to no longer be a maneater. Well, there is no time like a great victory to change yourself! Will you desire a bath?"> "That would be lovely, thank you. Can you find a tub big enough for me?"> "First my people. Can we let them into the city now? There won't be battle in the streets; I've already won."> Write in
Can we please just stick to eating animals? Eating people and monster people has been nothing but trouble.
>>32866967> "First my people. Can we let them into the city now? There won't be battle in the streets; I've already won."Or at least give them some better provisions while they're camping out there.A bath would be really nice though. We're sort of blueing up all your stairs.
>>32866967>> "First my people. Can we let them into the city now? There won't be battle in the streets; I've already won.">>32866972What is the worst that could happen?
>>32866958I don't actually have anything against them learning to fight. Fighting's a thing that is often necessary and good.Just... being a healer is way cooler. They're way more rare and valuable than fighters.
>>32867020>>32866972I too would like to stick with animals. It's a good thing to try to stick to. Good policy.Fits in with trying to not do war crimes if we can help it.
>>32867020we made an oath not to eat people anymore, because THIS WHOLE THING happened because of it. if we had just killed his wife, I think he could have lived with that, but since we ATE HER IN FRONT OF HIM, he was understandably pissed.
>>32867049We didn't actually make an oath, I don't think.But I do agree it's a good idea to try to cut that business out. Warcrimes and all.
>>32867067well, more of a personal oath to ourselves, really.
>>32867090Hmm, no, not really. Hunzuu doesn't want to eat humans, but monsters are ok. The bigger and stronger they are, the better the feast.
>>32867090Sort of like a new years resolution. Whatever you wanna call it.
>>32867177Eh, we were a lot more fine with it when fighting not-people monsters.Once it gets to be a person with a family and stuff, it starts being less fun and cool.
>>32866967"First my people. Can we let them into the city now? There won't be battle in the streets; I've already won."The naga king shakes his head. "I have brought them food, as I swore I would. But Appan-Tammuz was not alone. His men are in the city, and the Strong Ones they have gathered. I will spread the message that you want to fight them outside the city, if you wish, but I will not have you meet inside the walls. Fighting can be lovely, yes, but not when it risks killing more of my people for no reason."> "Fine. Spread the message. They can come to our camp and fight us if they dare."> "Don't tell them anything. We'll just leave things the way they are and soon we'll go our separate ways." Take a bath.> As above, but sneak out of the palace and start sneaking your men into the city. Roll 4d6.
>>32867208Well...this one doesn't have a family anymore.
>>32867282> "Don't tell them anything. We'll just leave things the way they are and soon we'll go our separate ways." Take a bath.Lizardguy was their guiding force, right? Without him they should stop giving us shit.
>>32867282>> "Don't tell them anything. We'll just leave things the way they are." Take a bath.We need to find some alive. And I can't say we'll go our seperate ways, they might have that wasp woman in their ranks.We have to see what they do now that the lizard man is gone. And find out WHERE THE HELL those heroes are.
>>32867282>> "Fine. Spread the message. They can come to our camp and fight us if they dare."And take a bath
>>32867282>"Fine. Spread the message. They can come to our camp and fight us if they dare.">But only after recovery is done
I'm more interested in where the wasp lady is and where the heroes are now. Also, maybe taking the time to find out if the centaurs are going to maraud more villages without their leader.
>>32867282> "Don't tell them anything. We'll just leave things the way they are and soon we'll go our separate ways." Take a bath.We did what we set out to do. That should be enough.
>>32867571Well, the personal objective at least.We still need heroes. Or leads on heroes. Also on the list of priorities is villages getting razed.
>>32867282"Don't tell them anything. We'll just leave things the way they are and soon we'll go our separate ways.""As you say. Some of the baths should be warm. Many retired after the fight concluded. One floor below ground."You nod and step aside so that the king can pass through first before you try to squeeze through the stairwell."Oh, and Hunzuu?""Yes?""Do you feel any different?""Well, I'm still hurt badly. But I didn't die. So I feel thankful for that, I suppose.""You're not letting yourself enjoy victory. Let go of your black mood! You have conquered it.""I'll try..."Just under the palace, there are baths set into the floors. They were once warmed by fires from below, but now the bathers can warm the water themselves with their bubbling submerged fireballs. Four of the king's concubines are bathing right now, and they bow to you and congratulate you on your victory in half-understood snippets of their native tongue.> Join them> You're not in the mood to socialize. Choose an empty, room-temperature tub and think about the work ahead of you.
>>32867751Hm.How bloody are we? I would like to gossip, and it might take our mind off of dark thoughts, but if we're super bloody they wouldn't appreciate us joining.
>>32867751>> Join them
>>32867751> Join them
>>32867751"May I join you?" You have a lot of blood in your hair and splattered across your chitin, but you're not bleeding out anymore, and they don't seem to be repulsed by the sight of you.They confer with each other, muttering and giggling and gesturing around the lip of the tub, before turning to you in unison and nodding. "Yes! It is big enough?"They scoot to one edge of the tub and pull their fireballs away from you. After you remove the remains of your armor and blood-soaked clothes, you step in carefully, your eight legs wobbling on the damp floor. The sheer size of you displaces a huge volume of water, which spills all over the floor of the room. This just makes the concubines laugh.The concubines don't seem like the whores you've known. They're much chattier. Ligishi harlots do what they do either out of desperation or as a sacred duty to the gods. In either case, gossip doesn't play much of a part. As two of them help wash your hair and huge scorpion body, they talk among themselves about all kinds of things - rumors of who might be joining their ranks next, rumors of survivors of the old regime in hiding in the distant jungles, speculation over who is the king's favorite. One of them claims to have met one of the "strong ones" and been tempted to lay with him.> Question her and receive precise directions to where she met him and what he was like. Roll 2d6 to understand it all.> You may write in anything else you'd like to share with them.
Rolled 6, 6 = 12>>32868005> Question her and receive precise directions to where she met him and what he was like. Roll 2d6 to understand it all.>Remark on how different they are form their counterparts in Ligish
Rolled 3, 1 = 4>>32868005> Question her and receive precise directions to where she met him and what he was like. Roll 2d6 to understand it all.Sounds like pazuzu business. Ask what the strong ones are.Afterwards, ask why they all share the same guy. Aren't there a lot of snakemen around?
>>32868043Welp. Nicely done.>Ask about the 'strong ones' that one of them found.
>>32868005You question the concubine intently about who, what, and where this "strong one" was. She says she saw him while out exploring the city, as sometimes staying in the palace all day can get tedious. He was a human with impressive muscles and a long black beard, longer than the men in this kingdom usually grow. He spoke only a few words of her language, but he was clearly interested. He and a group of men and horse-men were staying in what used to be a large, opulent cow stable on the western side of town. She was almost going to fool around with him just a little, but then she saw that there were a couple of men in chains inside the old stables, and she fled because she didn't want any trouble."Thank you, that might help me a lot," you say. "So... why do you all share the same man? Are there very few naga men?"She shakes her head as she rubs some dried blood off of your carapace. "Oh, no! There are as many male naga as female. But he is the king! So instead of one normal man, we get one great man and many friends to help please him. Curling up together with my man and all my fellows is nice..."> Tell her about Hillallum> Ask them if they have any opinion on Jaya, who wants to join them> Ask if you might be able to request the aid of some naga to rescue those chained-up men.
>>32868304> Ask them if they have any opinion on Jaya, who wants to join them
>>32868304Oh! Oh, are those the heroes?Or are they pazuzu folks HOLDING the heroes? Either way, marvelous!> Ask them if they have any opinion on Jaya, who wants to join themLet's talk to them about girl stuff for now. We'll talk to the king about this in the morning. And about the writhing skeleton man.Now that we know they're keeping our captives, we DO want to fight again.
>>32868304>> Ask them if they have any opinion on Jaya, who wants to join them>> Ask if you might be able to request the aid of some naga to rescue those chained-up men.
>>32868304>>32868362I sort of want to throw a > Tell her about Hillallumin there. But that's mostly because I just want to go visit him.
>>32868304>> Tell her about Hillallum>> Ask them if they have any opinion on Jaya, who wants to join themPleasure first, work later.
>>32868304You figure the concubines aren't the right people to ask for aid. They're probably stronger than humans and certainly have deadly fireballs, but they don't seem like they're the most qualified fighters among the naga. "So... do you girls know Jaya? She and Kiresh visited my city. She wants to be one of you. She loves the king, I think.""Jaya? Little Jaya?" One of the larger ones holds her hand up to significantly below her eye level. "He will not choose her. She is like a little stick. That is why he sends her far and wide.""She may have a good mind, but a bad body," says another. "Far and wide is her place."A third girl laughs and shakes her head. "She is funny, though. I would like her to be chosen.""Why?""So I could teach her our skills..." They all find that pretty funny.You stretch your arms and look down at yourself. You seem presentable, though you still have visible open wounds, not yet scabbed over but made not to bleed by the power of blood magic. "She is nice. Be nice to her. Also, may I borrow some clothes? I want to go see my... my people...""Oh? They say you have a man out there. Like you. Is that true?""Well... we are friends. We may well marry one day, though, if our masters can decide where we would live afterward..."> Go see Hillallum and tell him to prepare to sneak into the city for a surprise attack on the cow stables> Go see Hillallum and just check that your people got fed.> Stay with the naga tonight and check on them tomorrow morning
>>32868593>Go see Hillallum and just check that your people got fed.We'll talk with the king in the morning about a legitimate, mass attack on the stables. Also, I'd like to rest with the troops and get bandaged so our wounds aren't so out there.
>>32868593> Go see Hillallum and just check that your people got fed.
>>32868593>Go see Hillallum and tell him to prepare to sneak into the city for a surprise attack on the cow stablesI'm pretty sure this is an important plot hook. Kinda like Hunzuu's mother, which we avoided like the plague. If they are enslaving someone, there probably is a good reason for thatAlso, what was the reason Hillallum is after them, again?
>>32868751Oh, they're hillallum's heroes from his city of heroes.We're getting them back.At least, that's the working theory. I would like to get them back. I just think we can do it during the day.
>>32868783They will probably run the fuck away, once they notive the lizard guy is not coming back. Or at least the important people in their army. We should rescue them now, so that we can return home tomorrow morning, before any battle.
>>32868830Hm. Maybe a good point. But we're not up to it tonight.Think we can trust our troops to do it on their own?
>>32868593The concubines all squeal in delight at the prospect of you finding love. "Live with him, of course! If he is bad, just fight him and make him good." They are rather awkward crawling out of the tub and slithering across the water-covered floor. This makes everyone laugh, and all but the proudest one ask you to help carry them to the room where they left their clothes.They wrap your human half in their most stunning multicolored finery and stick little jeweled pins in your hair. Now more than presentable, you leave the palace for a quick visit to your camp.You are relieved to find Hillallum and Mannuqappu and all the men where you left them, eating bread and rice and strange fruits you've never seen. Hillallum is so relieved to see you that he runs toward you and gives you tight clawhugs. Immediately after he does, though, he blushes and withdraws, clearly afraid that such behavior is unseemly. "I, uh, I'm glad you're all right. You're limping, though. Are we in danger?""Not right now. I got revenge for Ninlil. Tomorrow we go into the city, with or without the king's permission, and we rescue your people."> You may write in anything else you'd like to say to Hillallum or the men. Other than that, I'm going to call it a night here. Thanks for playing!>>32868751Hillallum is after them because they're from his city. They're from the same ruling council that both of Hillallum's parents sit on.
>>32868845I don't think so. The nagas said they have a 'strong one' in there. The man is probably enhanced by something powerful, but with something weaker than a piece of Pazuzu.
>>32868873Ah, I see. Thanks for another thread, Anu.
>>32868873We brought some jars of blood, right? We should use those to heal up.
>>32868881Then it's gotta wait. Or our guy pal has to do it for us.>>32868873Maybe tell hillallum we had a large battle today, and will be relying on his strength tomorrow.
>>32868873The Naga king must be informed that there are people being held prisoner within his walls. To cast chains on others should be taken as the greatest sleight in a city that prides itself on freedom, after all.
>>32868873thx 4 runin budi gud thred
>>32868910All we're really up to is stabilizing and closing wounds. Not really healing yet.
>>32868873I'm glad to be safe. Maybe tell him the whole big story about the battle, and ninlil, then sleep super deep because ow.
>>32868936You could cast Knit the Wound to help heal yourself if you get your hands on at least two jars of blood. The blood you brought from Ligish has all been used up, so you'll have to prepare more or ask the naga to do it for you.
>>32869053Fair enough. We might be back in action tomorrow, then.We'll see how impressing our cause on the king goes.
Well, this fight went a hell of a lot better than I expected.
>>32869359I'm sort of hoping we can get some antidotes soon, just in case.
>>32869426Some training with Blood Magic and spear-fighting wouldn't hurt, either.
>>32869473Spear fighting is the only real thing we can work on out here. Maybe a bit of conditioning.
>>32869574Don't forget favor of the gods. Ishtar is our boo now.