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With Arma casually destroying your only good weapon in stock and ordering something usable by her for tomorrow, you get the sinking feeling today is going to be a long day. Sighing and making a mental note to find a sturdy weapon as soon as possible, you put your feet up and await the next customer.

Your sinking feeling is only heightened when your next visitor turns out to be the Guild Master, who seems to be looking up and down the street as if watching for something before ducking into your store.

"He-hey, good morning Recette! Just though I'd stop by to see how my newest little merchant is doing. Your first full week on the block now, how're you faring? Anything I can help you out with?"

>How do you greet him?
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>Previous threads at suptg
>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Racketeer%20Quest
>Twitter, @Loli_Kaleun
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>>33001063
It's only been a week? Jesus what have we been doi- I mean it has been a very productive time and as we get settled in more it'll only get better, hopefully!
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>>33001063
Thank him for coming into the store. See if he wants to buy anything. Ask about the wife.
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>>33001063
Greetings! Why do you look like the Inquisition is following you?
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>>33001063
>>How do you greet him?
Politely. Offer him tea if we got some.

Do we actually need help with something from previous thread? Also might as well ask for the weapon since we can cash it back tomorrow.
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>>33001063

Politely, we can talk about the Inquisition affair in a bit.
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"Good morning to you, too! It's only been a week? It feels like forever!"

He releases a deep chuckle, "I know that feeling. Every day starts blending into the next and you stop telling what day it is, right?" His face stretches into a broad smile. "Don't worry though, it gets easier once you're settled."

You smile in return, "Well everything here's running pretty well so far. How about you? How's your wife?"

A pained look sweeps his features, "don't get me started. The woman hasn't stopped moaning since the guild started losing power to the Church. And now she's getting even more antsy now that the city is angry with the Inquisitor. Saying this is when I should strike back. Thinking of keeping the Guild open 24/7 these days." He mutters the last bit more to himself than anything.

You switch the line of conversation up a little, gesturing towards the back room. "Would you like some tea? We should have some about, still. I can boil a pot up for us in no time." He waves you down.

"No, no, that's alright. Didn't mean to stay long. Unless you had something you needed?"
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>Forgot the >?

Giving it a minute or two more, then assuming you have nothing to ask.
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>>33001638
[x] offer to provide help with maning the counter in the guild if he wants to run 24/7, either in person or by by lenting him our employee
it will get us some brownie points with the man and maybe inside look at guilds inventory and security that might be useful for future plans
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>>33001638
>Ask him if he knows where to find material strudy enough that an house dropping on it wouldn't damage it
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>>33001638
We do indeed need a VERY sturdy weapon.
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>>33001638
"say, what's the hardest material you can use for weapons?"
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>>33001638
>>33001821
Also

>Points out that it seems easier and more profitable to strike back -at least symbolicly- than to keep the Guild open 24/7. And it would have the added bonus of making his wife happy

>Maybe he should just make an official communicate that the Guild doesn't tolerate corrupted members of the Church making their laws in town
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>>33001638
We did have a face off with that inquisitor which (arguably) ended to our advantage. We might be able to do that again (read, we will have to in order to save our hides) and maybe if we can count on his help we can take that inquisitor down and weaken the church's position for him.
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Do we use the gold from the Golden Pedestal to make the weapon heavier? If the outside is strudy enough, the inside can be soft
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>>33001638

Has he heard whether the Church has done anything the Inquisitor? If he still laying low?
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"Yes!" You catch him before he leaves. "Actually, do you have any sturdy weapons in stock I could buy from you? And I mean really sturdy. Like, dropping a cliff on it and being okay sort of sturdy." He frowns in thought at your request.

"Nothing new, I'm afraid, you've seen everything I have to offer when you picked up the basics last week. For something demanding like that, the only places I could suggest is either the blacksmith himself or loot from the dungeons."

You cover your disappointment, instead wishing him well. "-and if you really do want to run the Guild 24/7, Me and Tear would be totally willing to help out any time!"

He lets out a hearty laugh. "Idle chatter, Recette, don't mind it. Besides, you have your own store to deal with! A task I'll let you get back to now." Once more he turns to leave, then stops himself at the last moment.
"Oh, by the way, I stopped by the Church earlier. The priest told me they let the Inquisitor go. They trusted his word over yours, but can't raise a finger against you without evidence with how the crowd's riled. He's not best pleased, so he's probably going to be after you again. And won't make the same mistakes again."

You thank him for the information and he departs.

You haven't finished contemplating what this could mean for you when the door chime rings again, Prime floating her way into the store. "Yo... what's up? You don't look too great?" You're about to form a response to her when she continues on without waiting for an answer. "Got anything I can use as a shiv? I need my hands on somethin' quick."

>?
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>>33002118
Give her our personal shiv. Explain that she's our friend and thus can borrow it.
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>>33002154
Then we could be traced back to it.


Just give her a sharp piece of metal.
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>>33002118
"Humans sized or fairy sized?"
Then provide her to best of our ability/inventory.
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>>33002118
Should fairies even carry shivs? It's not like they could conceal one with it being as large as they are, or weild one for the same reason. I think she'd be better off with an iron nail or somesuch to attack the eyes/eardrums/testicles.

Seriously though, we need to ask her why.
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>>33002118

Give her something like a shiv from our inventory. Maybe the dagger if it's not too old and rusted. Surely, the master of shivs has few shivs lying around somewhere.

Ask her if she needs help with something. You'd be glad to help a friend out. Discretely in fact.
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>>33002118
>Show her the shards of the broken sword
"It may be broken, but it's still sharp steel!"
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>>33002252
>Seriously though, we need to ask her why.
The same reason we carry one. Self defense.
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>>33002118
You hrmm to yourself for a moment, then grab the shards of the steel sword Arma shattered on lay them on the counter. "Well, these aren't classy but they're sharp! Either that or I have an old dagger lying around. Say, should a fairy really be carrying a shiv around? It's not exactly concealable for your size."

Prime growls impatience at you. "How about ya let me worry about that, and just get me a good blade?" She very carefully runs her finger along the edge of one of the smaller shards. When it comes up with a globule of blood, her mouth creases into a thin smile. "This'll do. Grab me a bit of cloth and rope and I'll take this."

You quickly grab some of the tough men's trousers from a display, cutting a small rectangle from the leg and pulling the hemp rope from its waistband. Combining the two into a crude handle, you quickly fashion a working shiv perfectly suited to Prime's size.
"Yeah, this'll do nicely," she murmurs as she examines the blade. "How much for it?"

>The clothes could've netted you 1,400 at least before you damaged them.
>The blade itself was already paid for by Arma.
>How much do you want to charge her?
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>>33002385
And sadism. Don't forget the sadism.

Hey, guys, looks what I found on thread 1:
>"There is one shit-tier customer who never improves and it is that stupid whore artists who comes in to peddle useless shit for outrageous money breaking your combos if you refuse her"
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>>33002470
>"Let's say 250 pix"

We'll sell the trousers at reduced price, and our friend will enjoy her new weapon
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>>33002470

>1000

Special discount from 1400. Two damaged products but at least both will be accounted for.
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>>33002561
Dude. That's way too much. It'll make her flee and we'd get no money
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>>33002547
seconded
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>>33002547
I'll second this. It's pretty much a garbage weapon that she watched us put together.
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>>33002547
I meant 25 pix.

She's a friend, and a returning customer
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>put some colorful patches on the clothes
>call it import fashion
>sell for 2000pix
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>>33002659
>>33002681

Is 250 pix much?

I know we usualy deal well into the fourth digits, but we're talking about garbage and slightly worse-to-wear pants
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>>33002725

I'll support 250, but not 25.

>>33002796

The pants is probably scraps now.
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>>33002839
QM said "cutting a small rectangle from the leg and pulling the hemp rope from its waistband." We could still sell it at reduced price. Or use the cloth for the handle or the seath of Arma's weapon

Well, 250 pix could worth it.
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>>33002796
>Is 250 pix much?
Seeing how the base value of an apple is 300, no
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>>33002796
>Is 250 pix much?
This is a fair question actually. In general, the Pix currency is roughly equivalent to Yen, which is again roughly equal to american cents. 250 Pix is like $2.50.
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>>33002903

Yeah, we are not selling a shiv for 25 cents.
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>>33002903
Okay, let's go for what I said here >>33002547, then
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>>33002903
>250pix
>three fiddy with a discount
sounds fair to me
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Also, we'll need to take some time to go to the blacksmitth and refill our stock. To compensate, I'd say we stay open later than usual
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"Well," you think aloud, "I had to damage the leggings for it but I can still sell those on at reduced price. The cost is mostly covered and you're my friend so you get a discount-" you notice her shift uncomfortably at that, "-I'd say 250 is fair." You crack a genuine smile at her, and she grins right back.

"Perfect! Knew I could count on you, Recette!" She hands you a few coins without any more debate, and slips the tiny blade into the side of her boot. It actually fits well, you can't even make out the bulge from here.

"Alright, I'm out. Laters!" She takes her leave.

With your third visitor down, you head back to the counter and set up to take a rest. Tear comes down at last and begins sorting her way through the stock as usual, taking care of your book work and making sure everything is where it should be. The next hour passes with no custom at all, and you soon start considering taking a break for lunch.

>Keep the store open?
>Take a break, head into town for lunch?
>Go dungeon diving?
>Other?
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>>33003033
Shops close when they do generally because that's when the flow of customers stops. We just have to make a point of *running* our shop more often.
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>>33003069
>Go dungeon diving?
We need stuff.
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>>33003069
>>Keep the store open?

if we're hungry, there is food in the kitchen.
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>>33003069
>>Take a break, head into town for lunch?
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>>33003069
>>Go dungeon diving?
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>>33003069
>Take a break, head into town for lunch?
We can also check out the blacksmith for a sturdy weapon while we are out
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>>33003122
We don't have any meatshield, our rogue is probably getting drunk and we don't have the time to search for anyone today. We have an order to take care of.
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>>33003069
Changing my vote from this >>33003123 to

>Other: Go see the blacksmith about Arma's weapon
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>>33003069
>Take a break, head into town for lunch?

If we have the chance, go visit the Blacksmith and see if he has anything in stock that would match Arma's needs. Maybe we could also commission something from him if need be.
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>>33003211
Frankly, a girder with a larger part on one end for the head would do the trick. Plus, if we use this Golden Pedestal to augment the weight, we'll get shitton of money for an hard-to-sell item
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Sorry 'bout that. Got distracted by steam sales and new games.
Alrighty, heading into town for lunch and talking to the Blacksmith! Writing!

Oh. Are we bringing Tear or leaving her to watch the store?
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>>33003548
Ask her want she prefers to do. If she doesn't care either way, leave her to watch the store, I guess.
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>>33003548
Invite her to lunch because it's polite, but let her stay if she likes.
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>>33003548

Bring Tear
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I wonder what's Euria is doing
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>>33003548
>New games
What new steam games did you acquire?
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>>33003069
"Hey, Tear," you call to your fairy friend. "I'm going into town for lunch." She looks up, giving an acknowledgement.

"Okay. Give me a moment to finish this sale record and I shall accompany you." Huh, you didn't even get the chance to phrase it into a question. You guess she's just gotten so used to following you everywhere by this point. You close up the register and wait for her by the door until she's caught up, then flip the sign to closed and head down the hill.

The Blacksmith's shop is on the way to the square, so you make a point of stopping by there on the way.
It's a fairly large establishment, despite its relatively low patronage. Being a relatively civil city, only adventurers need protective armor and deadly weaponry, while most only ever need new shoes for their horses. Still, those two kinds of custom still pay a fair sum for their goods and the smith certainly isn't desperate for work.
The front of the store itself is quite a small room, crammed full of breastplates, helmets and swords, with a small counter between the storefront and the workshop in the back of the building.
A bored-looking young boy is manning the counter as you enter, though he perks up considerably as he sees you. "G'morning, miss! I knows you, ain't you the lass who jus' took over the i'em shop up the 'ill?"

>Introduce yourself to the counter jockey?
>Get to the point, ask after a sturdy weapon?
>Ask to see the blacksmith himself?
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>>33003792
>Introduce yourself to the counter jockey
>Ask to see the blacksmith himself

We're polite, but we may need custom
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>>33003792
>Ask to see the blacksmith himself?

I can't remember if magical weapons are banned by the Church, so it may be best to ask the Blacksmith himself about any in private, since they're likely the only things strong enough for the order.
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>>33003792
>>Introduce yourself to the counter jockey

Then

>Ask to see the blacksmith himself

Custom jobs require an expert, not some minimum wage slave
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>>33003792
"Ehe, yep that's me!" You wave to the counter jockey as you introduce yourself. "I'm Recette Lemongrass, and this is Tear. Together we run Recettear!"

The lad laughs at that, "so it's Recette an' Tear's store. Tha's cute."

You beam at him, before asking after the smith. "Is your master available? We have a really important custom order we'd like to talk to him about."

"Ah, sure," he nods enthusiastically. "Lemme jus' nudge 'im, let 'im know yer 'ere." He hops down off the stool and slips into the back room.

While you wait, Tear quietly whispers to you: "be wary of this man. Whilst an honest merchant he may be, if he believes he can sell us something at more than its worth, I wouldn't trust him not to try. After all, neither of us is experienced in this form of transaction."

Moments later the smith arrives, bursting through the door into the storefront, his counter boy hot on his heels.
"Recette?" He looks down on you with hard, judging eyes. A large man with huge forearms, his blackened form towers over you. "I'm told you're wanting something special from me?"

>How do you want to make your inquiry?

>Ask to talk somewhere more privately?
>Talk about it in the open?

>Ask him about his sturdiest blades?
>Ask him about magically resistant blades?

>Other?
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>>33003792
>giggle at his silly accent and introduce yourself
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>>33004154
>Ask to talk somewhere more privately?
>Ask him about magically resistant blades?
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>>33004154
>Ask him about his sturdiest blades?
>Ask him about magically resistant blades?
Yeah!
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>>33004154
>>Ask to talk somewhere more privately?
>Ask him about his sturdiest blades?
>Ask him about magically resistant blades?
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>blades
I was thinking more like a mace, maybe a bar mace. With her strength a cutting edge may hardly matter, and you won't find anything sturdier.

I'm not familiar with smithing, but it makes sense to me that a blunt weapon would be faster and cheaper to make.
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Rolled 10

>>33004154
We are after a sturdy weapon. It does not necessarily need to be a blade.
> We want to buy a weapon that won't wear out after a long time of whacking people. It's for personal use. Better to have a weapon that you only need to buy once then replace it every so often.
Don't forget to use cuteness!

>Talk about it in the open.
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>>33004154
>Ask to talk somewhere more privately
>Other
"I need the strudiest weapon you can get me. Something you can drop a hill on without denting it. It doesn't need to be a pratical weapon."ยจ
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>>33004304
>I'm not familiar with smithing, but it makes sense to me that a blunt weapon would be faster and cheaper to make.

I know enough to tell you that you're right. Bladed weapons are more complex (I could explain how, but it's fairly late where I am). A simple steel bar with an handle could be enough for Arma
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>>33004421

Then let's go with weapons in general, not just blades
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>>33004421
Does it have anything to do with the carbon distribution?
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>>33004154
You beam your friendliest smile to the man before beginning your inquiry. "Would you mind if we spoke somewhere a little quieter?" You nod your head a little at the counter boy and the smith seems to catch your meaning immediately. He gestures to a side door and leads you into a small sitting area. With the door safely shut, he gestures for you to begin.

"I need a sturdy weapon," you tell him bluntly. "The hardest thing you have. Doesn't matter what sort of weapon, but I need it to be able to block a falling mountain without so much as a dent. If possible, I'd like to take delivery before the end of tomorrow."

He stares at you incredulously for a long while, before slowly formulating words. "So you're lookin' at a magical weapon that can resist pretty much anything? And you want me to make it for you in a single day?" You nod, swallowing nervously. He squints at you, searching your features intently. It suddenly hits you that you never thought to check that the man was this way inclined. For all you know, he could turn you over to the church right now for even asking after such a thing.

When he takes a breath, readying himself to speak, you find your muscles tensing and your heart beating, ready to break from your seat and run for freedom. Not that it would help you...
"What's your budget?"

"Eh?" The tension drains from you entirely at the question.

"Making a resilient weapon is one thing, making a good one is totally different. It required different parts, different methods- Do you want this thing to be just a solid physical blocker, to be able to stop a magical storm, or be able to even counter-attack with the force of a God?"

You stare blankly at him for a few heartbeats and he sighs, "what I'm asking is how much you want to spend. Ten large or half a million? It makes all the difference in quality."

>?
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>>33004816
Doesn't matter what we pay, we can make her pay back double.
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>>33004816
That bullshit magical robot girl gave us 800K pix for the crown of the slimes. She can sure as hell pay 1Mil for a fookin' weapon.
If she can't then we can introduce her to the concept of a loan.
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>>33004816
10 000 should be fine, Arma just wants something that won't break.

No matter how much we spend she probably won't be impressed, so let's go for the cheapest option that does what we need and resell it for triple or quadruple what we spent.
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>>33004785
That's for how rigid/brittle the blade is.
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>>33004998
I want us to make her a damn good weapon. Hopefully we can introduce her to the idea of easy ingress and egress of Dungeons.
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>>33004816
Let's say 20'000. If Arma is willing to give us one million, that's a big dent on our debt.
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>>33005097
we could offer to teach her how to better manage her money. for a fee, of course
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>>33005046
Does it have something to do with different metals required in its construction? To ensure that when you strike with it it bends instead of breaks?
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>>33005147
I don't really care what we do with her, as long as we retain friendly contact with her.
Unfortunately our cuteness probably doesn't work on bullshit magical robot girls and so we have to resort to out social skills. Threats DO NOT count as social skills.
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>>33004816
"Money isn't an issue," you tell him. "Just get me the best you can. As long as it doesn't break." He nods, offering his hand.

"Then I'll take half a million upfront. For materials, you see. Another half a million at most on delivery, variable depending if it comes out perfect. If I work solid from now until tomorrow evening, I should have the work completed. Needless to say, this needs to be kept completely confidential, since I'll be working almost entirely with magical fusion for this." He gazes deep into your eyes, as if psychically impressing on you the terrible things that would happen to you both should this deal be leaked.

>Accept the deal?
>Barter the deal?
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Hi!
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>>33005235
>Accept the deal?

We basically have no choice, we need to get her that weapon. Plus if she can't pay the full price straight away, we can cover it and introduce her to the concept of a loan.
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>>33005163
Carbon make a blade rigid, but brittle. Iron is flexible, so it'd bent without carbon.

While making a sword, you also have to take into account the lenght, the weight, the balance, etc. And remember that a sword is made of multiple pieces.
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>>33005235
>Barter the deal?
More like... 700K total? We can probably barter to around 875K.
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>>33005332
We need to ask her two millions to compensate our work and the risks we take.

>>33005235
>Barter the deal

Tell him we'll pay 30'000 upfront, and 70'000 at most on delivery, with the promise to compensate the price of material.
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>>33005375
It's 1 mio total at most. We can probably get away with 80'000, since it'll be a rushed job.
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>>33005235
Fusion? I'm pretty sure we've got a "Golden Amulet with an unknown rune" that we could give for the Fusion.

Here's the pastebin that Kal' forgot >http://pastebin.com/ZfXwNiKC

>Offer amulet for Fusion in return for reduced price. Fake knowledge of it's nature. Say it "looks" magical.
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>>33005566
we also got the broken rings that are magical.

>Ask him if he could use them for something
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>>33005433
>>33005487
What? One million is 1 000 000, half a million is 500 000. Do you really expect him to settle for a tenth of what he's asking, especially since we made it clear we need this weapon by tomorrow?

I think I'm really confused about something.
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>>33005645
Nah. They are just stupid.
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>>33005235
You pause, reluctant to agree to the deal so easily. "Fusion? I have some magical trinkets in storage. Would they be helpful to you?" He shakes his head.

"Unfortunately not. Unless you have the raw ingredients from the dungeons. Specifically what I'll be needing are elemental crystals."

"So if I could get those for you, you'd lower the price?"

He nods at this, "sure. But you don't have long to get them. If I start working now, I'd need the crystals by dawn tomorrow at the latest. Even then you're only saving yourself fifty large. It's the base weapons I need here, and either I get my hands on one ready-made, or we make them from scratch. Which will take days to a week. Which we don't have time for, right?"

You shake your head, no.

He grunts, "tell you what. We'll call it four fifty up front. If you can get the crystals in time, there's no extra charge. If not, I'll add them to the final price. And we can barter the final price on delivery."

You agree to the deal, handing him the Pix and gripping his hand in a firm handshake. "Pleasure doing business with you, Mr..?"

"Jacob," he tells you. "Jacob Smith."

"A pleasure, Jacob!" You reinforce your statement with the biggest smile you can muster and take your leave, allowing him to get to work.
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>>33005645
>>33005709

I just miscounted the number of 0, dudes. It's fairly late where I am and I had a long day.

>>33005235
>>33005433

I meant 300'000 upfront, and 700'000 at most on delivery
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And that's it for now, folks. Unfortunately I can feel myself crashing out so I'll have to call it there. Don't think I'll even be able to linger for Q&A this time.

If the thread's still live tomorrow I might find time to throw a few more updates in at work, but I promise nothing.

Other than that, the rest of the thread is free for whatever you guys want and I hope to see you all next time!
Thanks for reading!
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>>33005858
Thanks for this thread!
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>>33005909
Thanks for running, Kaleun. I always look forward to your threads.
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Just so that everyone doesn't forget, the Inquisitor is still out there trying to find evidence against us and the Priests take his word over ours. Just remember that.
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>>33005909
Thanks for running.
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>>33006068
I know it wouldn't be a popular idea, but I'd like to have Tear get in contact with people that to kill the inquisitor. He's not a popular fellow and we're making friends; it's not unreasonable to credit the murder to some independent vigilante and keep heat off ourselves.

But eh, we'll deal with him one way or another.
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>>33005909
loli stalker when
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>>33006068
He sure is. But it's become apparent that the church can't do just whatever they want so that inquisitor will probably be wanting to keep a low profile until he can wash off that giant pile of feces we threw at his name. He'll know that we are both willing and able to bite back so he's not likely to make a move until he's absolutely certain what he has on us is very good and that he is not walking into a trap. It's not like he knows yet that we don't actually have one set up.
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>>33006193
>>33006233
I'm worried about the fact that we have (potentially) been seen talking to Blacksmith Jacob, the guy who just said that's he's going to do Magical Fusion.
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>>33006193
I like it

Murder is the best solution, here.
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>>33006252
Talking to a blacksmith is not really a suspicious thing to do. We sell things that come from a blacksmith, so sometimes we talk to blacksmiths. What you need to be concerned about is whether the blacksmith will sell us out, and at the price going here, he's not likely to get a better deal by doing so, hence the merchant side of him is safe. Only chance he'd betray us then is if he's either a pious man or if the inquisition already has dirt on him. We could and should investigate those possibilities.

>>33006196
When S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 releases.
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>>33006283
Murder is rarely the best solution, and certainly not in this case. Even if you can escape justice by framing someone else, a lot of relevant people will still be able to tell you were behind it. And while we have certainly dirtied our hands before, outright murder is a line we have yet to cross and would likely lead to an escalation of the conflict to a point that really wouldn't be good for anyone.

Additionally, far more could be gained if we found a way to further discredit the man and ,by association, the Church. If the church lost the favor of adventurers, citizens, or even both, the foundation of its power begins to crumble, leaving factions more beneficial to our interests in a stronger position.

So really, murder is just a crude tool meant for those too desperate or too lacking to do otherwise.
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>>33006577

Either way he needs to be removed from the equation.

If he can be completely discredited, fine, I'd prefer that.

But if that doesn't work, I want him removed permanently. Having him as an active enemy is just too dangerous
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>>33006729
I can respect that desire. I probably won't get mine anyway since I don't usually participate actively enough to actually move any votes anyway, but I'd like to throw the thought out there. A well prepared and executed plan could put us in a favorable position with all those that have been screwed by the church, as well as getting them off our case. All I have at present time is that since we aren't likely to be able to frame him again with pedophilia/rape accusations we should instead try to simply discredit his competence and professionalism by creating false evidence against ourselves that we can easily prove to be false (haven't figured out exactly how yet and I'll admit it's a risky idea so it needs to be solid) so that if he attempts to use it against us he will either appear incompetent for acting on false evidence or corrupt for attempting to frame an innocent shopkeeper. Given that he's already unpopular, a repeated scandal could move a lot of public opinion.

But that's just my thoughts.
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>>33006193
>>33006729
>>33007200

Elan is a member of the church, isn't he? Maybe he could be useful in discrediting the Inquisitor person. Although I'm not too sure if he has enough reputation with the church to have any influence there.
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>>33007200
>>33007904

False evidence seems fine, but I'm not sure if it's enough to discredit the inquisitor.

I'd rather incite the town with the pedophillia/rape image that we build against the Inquisitor. Setting him up so that he is found in a compromising position might work.
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>>33001113
>My image
>Being used by Recette
THANK YOU!
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>>33007904

Is he?
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>>33005909

In faint hopes
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Rolled 18

>>33008739
It's more effective to be sure, but he'll also be far more wary of any traps of that nature, seeing as we already hit him there once. Switching it up should make him more likely to fail to notice our trap.
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>>33006729
I vote we pay someone to drug the Inquisitor and dump him in a borthel.
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>>33005858
On your way out, the counter jockey calls out to you. "It were nice meetin' you, Miss Recette! Miss Tear! Hope t'see ya again soon!" His broad smile rivals yours in its sincerity as he wishes you a pleasant day. Tear simply offers him a polite nod in return.

With business out of the way, you're free to spend the rest of your lunch break how you like. Already you can smell the sweet scents of freshly-baked sweets and treats from the market stalls wafting up the hill, though with the overcast clouds there are fewer folk wandering the streets and providing their custom. Likely most will be sticking to the cafes or the pub for lunch today. Even without the actual risk of rain, few seem to enjoy being outside in this threatening weather.

>Take lunch in a cafe?
>Go for lunch in the pub?
>Buy fresh snacks and stay outside?
>Other?
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Also, let's remember that Inquisitor, as all influencial position, is bound to get you rivals, ambitious lesser-ranked people and displeased upper-ranked people.

Unless the Church is a parangon of virtue (and we already know it's not the case), there will be people within it willing to make the guy disappear, or at least happy if it happens.
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>>33015817
>Buy fresh snacks and stay outside?
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>>33015817
>Take lunch in a cafe
>Other

Ask Tear if she knows where to find elemental crystals by this afternoon while spending less than 50'000.
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>>33015859
That would be the dungeons. Though I realize now he didn't specify which element. I'm not sure it's even worth bothering unless we also find something else valuable in the dungeons and even then I'd advise against that since we're likely being watched right now.
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>>33015817
>Take lunch in a cafe
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>>33015902
Maybe there is some kind of peddler/smuggler that can get us these crystals at reduced price. I mean, adventurers who find those things must sell them somewhere
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>>33015947
Yes, there might be. But I would again remind you that there is in fact a vengeful inquisitor who is very likely to be watching you, right now. Are you completely sure you don't want to avoid such dealings for the moment, just to be sure?
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>>33015817
Most of the establishments around the main street are pretty full already. You take a few minutes to walk up and down, looking for anywhere with enough space to eat comfortably. Finally, Tear points one out to you. "If we are aiming for somewhere at least partially relaxing, the small one on the corner has some space near the back corner." Indeed, now that you look again you see the space she's talking about.

The smaller cafe doesn't offer the same upper-class treats that the others do, but you're not going to be fussy when they still offer good food. Picking out something sweet yet filling for the both of you, you take your seats and settle in for a short lunch.
"Hey Tear, do you know where we can get elemental crystals before tomorrow?"

Tear looks thoughtful for a moment before answering. "The only place I would suggest would be the dungeons. That is the only place they can be found. So either we must make a trip to recover some ourselves, or we need to purchase them from adventurers and merchants who have acquired some themselves."

You hrm at the information, then realize something obvious. "Wait. What element do we need to get!? He only told us he needs elemental crystals!"

Tear frowns, "I am not certain. Perhaps it does not matter, but I cannot confirm that thought. Unfortunately, I have little more than a basic understanding of the principles behind fusion magic."

You groan at the lack of ready information, feeling a little out of your depth. Still, something is always better than nothing, right? You'll just have to try your best and hope it works out!

As you continue to nibble at your lunch, the cafe door swings open with a light tinkle.

>Gimme a d10 for the random event chart!
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Rolled 9

>>33016203
the die is cast
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Rolled 2

>>33016203
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Rolled 8

>>33016203
My favorite time of day!
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wait, how many rolls are taken into account?
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>>33016280
>a d10

I think that answers your question.
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>>33016280
>wait, how many rolls are taken into account?
It depends. Sometimes I take the rounded average of the first few rolls, sometimes I just take the first and sometimes I take multiple results and combine them.
In this particular case, I'm taking just the first roll.
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>>33016337

D-did we get Nagi?
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>>33016357
I'm almost certain we've rolled 9 before without getting Nagi. I really am not going to check though.

>>33016337
>sometimes I just take the first and sometimes I take multiple results and combine them.
For random encounter charts? Doesn't that get messy as hell? You'd basically be reducing the low and high ends of the chart to not going to fucking happen?
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>>33016203
Through the door, a priest and a merchant enter the cafe together. With a nod to the manager, the two men take up seats in the corner of the cafe. A corner that somehow manages to remain dark despite the open-plan, brightly lit cafe interior. The cafe manager takes a moment to serve the two personally, dropping a pot of tea on their table and leaving them to their business.
The two men lean in close to whisper conspiratorially between themselves, eyes occasionally flickering around the rest of the patrons. When they look to you, you look away, pretending to be far more interested in your cake than you actually are until they look away again. You note to yourself that no-one else in the cafe seems to care for their suspicious behavior.

>Point the men out to Tear?
>Try to eavesdrop?
>Ignore them?
>Other?
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>>33016394
>>Point the men out to Tear?

Then

>>Try to eavesdrop?
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>>33016394
>Point the men out to Tear?
>Try to eavesdrop?
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>>33016394
Distract them with some meaningless chatter to sneak Tear in position to eavesdrop. She's smaller so she would have an easier time.
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>>33016394
>Try to eavesdrop

very discretly

>Point the men out to Tear if you hear something of interest
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>>33016394
>>Point the men out to Tear?
>>Try to eavesdrop?
This is of great interest to Terme, and possibly immediate interest to us losing the Merchant Guild's backing.
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>>33016567
I guess it's either the priest trying to get on the good grace of the Guild, or the merchant trying to bet on the winning horse.

Also, seriously? Shady conversations in a cafe, in the middle of the day? Don't they have any respect for traditions? Next time you'll tell me they aren't wearing face-concealling dark cloaks
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>>33016394
"Hey, Tear. Those two that just came in-"

"You mean the priest and the dock manager? What about them?"

"Wait, dock manager?"

Tear sighs. "Yes, he manages the flow of trade via the river. Keeps the stores and the like."

"Oh. Well, what business would he have with a priest then?"

Tear shrugs, disinterest clear. "Matters of the soul, most like. There is little else about the clergy that would interest a man of profit. Now come. Ignore them and finish your food, we still have much of the day ahead."

You frown in response, a little disheartened by Tear's clear disinterest. Instead of returning to your food, however, you slip out of your chair as if making for the restroom, then slip along the wall to bring yourself a little closer to the two men.
From the corner, you can hear snippets of their conversation.
Something about checking loads and counting the influx. The dock manager mutter something about magical artifacts and the Inquisitor. The priest definitely does not seem happy about this, while the dock manager has a smug air about him.

This definitely feels like something you want to know about, but you're missing most of the conversation from here!

>Try to sneak closer?
>Listen from here?
>Give up and head back?
>Other?
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>>33016851
>>Try to sneak closer?

What's the worst that can happen?

Turn on that little girl charm if she gets caught.
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>>33016851
Do we get risky? We're already on the Church radar.
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>>33016851
>Try to sneak closer?
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>>33016851
As you're looking for some way to get closer, the couple on the table behind the priest get up to leave. The waitress beside you quickly makes a move to go clean up their table and you smoothly slip in behind her. Using her as cover, you reach the table and sit down with your back to the pair and listen in closer to their talk.

"-going to try to pull that on me?" the Priest is definitely riled up. "You think he would trust your word over mine?"

The grin in the manager's voice is audible. "But it's not my word. It's my records. More coming in than going out, items that I've noted being confiscated, yet still showing up in circulation under a different label. The only thing I don't understand though, if you'd be so kind as to inform me, is why Terme are still struggling to hold their monopoly if they're still receiving their supply?"

An uncomfortable silence from the priest, followed by a low chuckle from the manager. "Oh man. Never mind the Inquisitor. Double dealing? Terme will have your balls before you blin-"

"Alright, alright," the priest hisses desperately. "What do you want to keep your mouth shut?"

"20% less tax on my personal profits. And first choice on confiscated goods."

"Third," the priest states.

"You're really not in a position to bargain here," the manager points out with amusement.

"Neither are you," the priest replies stubbornly. "I can't give you first pick when that's already promised. Terme are already taking second pick. The old man will definitely notice if it becomes third."

"Alright, fine. Third pick and 30%."

"Done. Now get out of my sight before I change my mind and repent to the Inquisitor."

The manager leaves with one last cackle, the priest slumps down onto the table. "This is getting to be more trouble than it's worth."

>?
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>>33017105
Get there faces memorized. Although this is really just a useful piece of info. If/When we expose this, we can spin it to include something horrific like slave/child trade if ever.
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I think we just found our new money cows, guys.

>>33017105
>Go back to where Tear is
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>>33017135
just be careful, we don't have proof.
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>>33017133
>Although this is really just a useful piece of info

Dude, if we get our hands on these records, we can blackmail them. Or we can sell them to Terme, if he's willing to erase our debt.
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>>33017143
Yeah, I know. I vote we get Charme to steal the records, without Tear knowing
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Do we follow the priest to know more about his business? It'll help us identify what records need to be stolen.
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>>33017105
You get up and walk back to your own table, Tear registering your return but not commenting on it. There'd be no point, right? You were pretending to go to the restroom after all. You quietly finish off the rest of your lunch, deep in thought about how to spin this to your advantage. If you want to keep your options open, you definitely need to keep this from Tear for now. And perhaps contact Charme, see if she can get those records for you...
But that's for later. For now, you still have the preface of being an honest merchant to uphold. At least until darkness falls.
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Unfortunately that's all for this week, folks. I'm getting heavily distracted by work and such.

Once again, thanks for reading! I'll be around for Q&A now, but other than that I hope you all had fun and that I'll see you again next week!
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>>33017479
Aww, alright.
Thanks for running!
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>>33017479
Thanks for this thread!
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>>33017479
thanks for running!
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How are you handling Magic Fusion in this quest? Is it by the wiki, or are you just going by what makes sense to you?
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>>33021476
>going by what makes sense
That would be the objectively worst possible way to do fusions. I pray he has more sense than that.
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>>33021476
>>33021592
>Magic
>Making sense
Come on, guys.

Pretty much everything in this quest is either ripped straight from the game or taken from the game and fiddled to bring in line with our economy/abilities.
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>>33023049
Can we do weird restaurant stuff, like grilling stuff on a shield, or slime pate?

Whichever system we use, I think it's far too late to use anything intricate or seriously balanced/playtested.



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