OPENING>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F468us4qCUEPreviously: Cerulean arrived upon a mysterious island after a mission to rescue shipwrecked personnel had gone awry due to mysterious humanoid monsters.Meeting the natives, Cerulean found aid in the form of a humanoid monster by the name of Kurojo, a tusked Kahkori of Kakarkiko island. With his and his uncle's help, she had been reunited with Marine, her friend from training and childhood.After killing a fierce foe reviled by Kahkori, Cerulean fell ill, and was given a cure by Kurojo. In the village, she learned of a strange ability and found herself able to utilize "Aura."Journeying with Kurojo, Cerulean and Marine make it to the joint city of races amongst the island chain. It is there in Raguna city that she fights to the death with a rambunctious Smolderan.Slipping out of her right mind, she executes her foe with absolute certainty, earning her some recognition with a Smolderan leader and the right to engage in a hunting exam at his request.Cerulran takes a test with another species known as the Araraki, an infallibly polite and timid representative of her people. Upon completing the hunt, they are put through a naming ceremony and engage in some festivities, taking a somewhat heavier turn as Akabaron, Vi-Smohkan of the Smolderan, goes over his deal with Cerulean.Charter the construction of a boat with Kurojo's aid...Known characters>http://pastebin.com/k2xnqqvBMonster Index>http://pastebin.com/wxwgrCqbCharacter Sheet>http://pastebin.com/7CJx3gq1Twitter:>https://twitter.com/AoPHquestLore>http://pastebin.com/vy0a6Z9r
>There are people that still want to keep Rocket Mode
>>33152814That is a very appropriate image, and a very good comic.
>>33152814It's my running theory that it's just a bit of psychological damage from too-intense training.It represents the skills acquired during the times that were too bad for us to remember.
>>33152944>replying>to a guy like that
>>33152944Either way it has to go. We can fight plenty well without it anyway.
>>33152944>>33152957There's enough on Ceru's plate as it is. Schizophrenia/D.I.D is not helping.
>>33152944You should of known what kind of guy that anon was. You shouldn't have bothered talking to him in the first place.
Your bandages are changed and cleaned in the morning, everyone eats breakfast in a tentative peace. At the Araraki's return, Nala doesn't even look at her. You're a bit hesitant to give any word either, especially after the Araraki's words last night.The dome is evil... You still don't understand why she'd say that when she can't possibly know anything about your home but... You remember the feel of her spirit. Earnest. She really just wants the best for others, no matter what she says. It's strange, and there's still something of a lingering turmoil within you, especially after last night.A dew hangs on the air, a cool and tepid wind blowing down into the dugout. The Araraki sits out of the way, holding her bladed staff across her lap, legs crossed and apparently meditating.Marine eyes the girl, and you feel kind of awkward about the whole situation. The blood on the Araraki's dress is gone, she must've washed it off, but she still reeks of it. Now that you think of it, she almost smells like a Narga-Kage.The monster's corpse rests outside, Nala says that she's going to report its death to the village. Nothing else much to do but heal until the ship's ready to leave.> Pass the time by sleeping. (Skips forward to return.)> Talk to the Araraki after Nala leaves. -About the conversation last night. -About where she went/what she did. -(Other)> Examine the corpse for weapon/armor parts.> (Other)
>>33153085> Talk to the Araraki after Nala leaves.>-About where she went/what she did.We'll never find out if we don't ask
>>33153064>Wanting the MC to be schizo team killerFor a +2 bonus?
>>33153085>> Talk to the Araraki after Nala leaves.-About where she went/what she did.Don't let her derail you into conversations about the dome. We think it's good, she thinks it's bad, but right now we're trying to find out what she was up to.We still need to figure out a way to find out about that index thing. I don't even know where to start on that.
>>33153085>Talk to Araraki after Nala leaves.She can't know what our home is like, she can only know stories from long before we or our mother were ever born. Without our way of life, most of our people would die, frail against what lies beyond in the world.
>>33153085> Talk to the Araraki after Nala leaves.-About searching for the Narga's nest-About how the forest reacted to the battle(particularly our frost)-About fear-About teamwork
>>33152962It's not like it's some cursed item you can just toss away. It's literally PTST + a split personality.Unless people want to get a psychic to extract it, something people were extremely adverse to, then it's going to be extremely slow to get rid of, if it can be removed at all.
>>33153085>> Examine the corpse for weapon/armor parts.We should do this with marine after the araki thing.Just spend some time shooting the shit about all our dumb ideas on what we could make.
>>33153239>continuing to respond
>>33153151not that I'm lobbying either way, but it's a +2 bonus and negation of relevant penalties, like from dismemberment.
>>33153085I mentioned this before, but talk to her about the Elite Four, Bruno forming a peaceful interaction with the Machop people, Agatha and the whole not abusing her powers, and our mother's message.Could be interesting.
>>33153085>>33153387Nah. Vetoing this.
>>33153413Not the same guy, but I'm curious to your reasons for veto
>>33153239Getting back to the dome is going to be an extremely slow process but you don't see anybody advocating giving up and living in the smolder guild for rest of Ceru's life.
>>33153387Mentioning it would be better if it's abstracted. We don't want to give away too much direct information to someone who might be hostile, but we do want to at least make her think a little more favorably of the dome's people.>>33153488It was more that people disliked the idea of getting anywhere near a psychic, much less them doing brain surgery on us.
>>33153488Apples and oranges.
Lul. Just got a call back and pretty much got the job. 4/4 interviews. Job get 100%.Unanimous talking to the Araraki.>What she did.>Avoid social justice.>Teamwork and so forth.Right?
>>33153510I figure the "cure" is going to Ceru vs other Ceru "battle for the soul" deal.>>33153548solid.
>>33153548Yep that sums it up
>>33153548Yeah. Try and make it clear that we're not going to judge her for whatever it is, and if it's kind of eating her up inside, we're here to listen and help share the load.Be adorable.
>>33153548>Avoid social justice.... you're just baiting for responses here, aren't you.In any case, tag on something out of this >>33153387 now that we're rested and have a clearer head.Preferably not in a way that gives too much away though.
>wanting to get rid of Rocket Modeyou fags, you just have to choose when to use it, don't bitch
>>33153565I don't know, RM isn't really dark Ceru. She's just all the stuff we couldn't deal with, bundled up to form a pseudo-personality.I think we've gotta accept her, and deal with all the pain we endured in the training.
>>33153548I want your magic job get powers.
>>33153548>job getnice>talkingno support for checking for Narga's nest for eggs? That is, if the Araraki hasn't done it already
>>33153637So the hug your evil side/accept yourself solution? I can dig it.
>>33153650Maybe tell her we and Marine were thinking of doing that and study her response?
I wonder how the araraki would react to a celadon ranger?Kinda hope she/it goes to the Dome with us just see what happens
>>33153860Horribly. Or very well.
>>33153860Here's the thing that SHOULD be on Cerulean's mind.The Araraki wants us to stay here from the dome, but if she knew what we really were, what we volunteered to have done to us, she'd want us as far from here as possible, if not dead.
>>33153898True enough.She must never know.
>>33153957No one must know.Especially not Jojo.
>>33154002I don't want to scare away my choice for husbando but we can't keep the wool over his eyes forever, especially if we take him to the Dome.I hope they don't dissect him.
As you slowly chew a juicy sitrus berry, your eyes linger on the Araraki after Nala's departure for the village. She gave the lizard a harsh eye and told Marine to watch after the injured, you and jojo, but you think she may have been talking to the Araraki too.“Hey.” You say, coughing a bit as the sitrus juices run down your throat. A bit sweet, yet sour. You see her shift, acknowledging your word, “Where'd you go last night?”“Yes. I wonder.” Marine chimes in, her usual giddy, platonic smile.Araraki snorts a little bit, turning her head to the side, the shadows of her mask amplified by the morning light seeping into the Hunter's Barrow. “We... ah... We scared. Hide.”“In the wood?” You raise a scrutinizing eyebrow. No, that doesn't sound right at all.“Y-yes. Wood safe. We like wood.”“There are monsters in the wood.” You scrunch up your eyebrows, “How is that any safer?”“If she's scared, she's scared Ceru. She's just an Araraki.” Kurojo pops an oran into his beak. You were happy to find them out here too... Something familiar. These ones are bigger and juicier though.The Araraki doesn't respond to that, she just sits there, keeping to herself. You get up, and Marine's at your side to help you walk right away,”Hey, hey. Easy Ceru... You're still hurt pretty bad.”“I thought it was white.” You tease.“Yeah...”“Thanks Marine.” You say and she clears her throat,”Ultra-Marine.”She smiles.You sit down across from the Araraki, on the dirt floor, conscious of your damage as you do so,”It's alright, you can tell us. If we're still going to work together, we need to know what we're doing and why. We were counting on you and you went of by yourself. We have a right to know.”Kurojo oversees the conversation, but doesn't participate, instead sipping at some water from a cup.
“C'mon...” You lean over, wincing at the pain inside your body, reaching out to the Araraki with your good arm, for her shoulder. She lets you touch it, even if she does shift away just a little.“We tell you.” You begin to brighten up, “If White stays. No Glass City.”You frown.“No. You need to tell us. If you don't want Nala to know, we won't tell. Is that okay?”She shifts a little bit her scaled hand finding itself at a place beneath her robe. “Busywork. We do... No tell. We tell.”“Okay.”She lifts her robe, showing you a swollen sac belted to her waist. You'd estimate that it must weigh at least a couple kilos given by how it sways and impacts with her shifting. There's three.“We took.”“What's in there?” You ask, and she unhatches the bronze clasp, revealing an egg that seems to swallow light like a black hole. It's as dark as the Narga-Kage's hi- “You didn't.”“We did.”“What was that blood?”She clasps it shut again, this time she doesn't answer, and looks away again.> Ask again, you're not dropping this.> “So you went to take eggs? You could've told us.”> Go to sleep.> (Other)
>>33154202> (Other)Is that some sort of taboo?
>>33154202>[x] “So you went to take eggs? You could've told us.”"Is that all? I don't have a problem with you being thorough."
>>33154202>>"Cool, we don't have to search for them ourselves. You really could have done that AFTER we risked our lives, though."
>>33154202"So it had a mate, or some of its young were already hatched, and they objected to your egg-stealing. I don't really see what the big deal was. Do you want to hide it from Nala for some reason?"
>>33154279>And vetoing.If you're going to keep doing this, at least make a blurb on why you disagree with it.I mean, I disagree because it's a undiplomatic way to say it, and not fitting for the character.Also, saying veto doesn't really do anything.
>>33154330>Also, saying veto doesn't really do anything.It does.
>>33154330Actually, people can veto stuff. We've done it in the past.
>>33154330> I disagree because it's a undiplomatic way to say ityou got a point. It's not an IC thing to say, but the point stands.>>33154338it's not constructive, is what he's saying.
>>33154202> (Other)I'm not seeing what's wrong with the eggs. Do you guys ride 'em?Seriously though, what about the blood, I'm so curious.
>>33154360If it's already obvious to you why it's no good, then there's no need to state it for anyone else but the guy who proposed it in the first place.
>>33154338It shows off your autism.a write in that would have any real impact to the game would need support to get included.
>>33154364Some had obviously already hatched.
>>33154279Fourthing.>>33154202> Ask again, you're not dropping this.>Did the Narga-kage have a mate? A child?
>>33154398oh. Oh! oh...Well shit little girl, that must have been rough.
>>33154395The Dome has kill on sight orders too.Look at themFace of a killer Each one
>>33154394It shows off my distaste for that guy.It shows off YOUR autism.
>>33154440Yeah, I'm not objecting to that.And fuck you man, Beedrills killed our friends.
>>33154395ah, I see now.
>>33154447>>33154394Jesus, we're two choices in, can we NOT start insulting each other just yet?You hate my guts, but refuse to say why I was wrong, I got it, thanks.
>>33154447>It shows off my distaste for that guy. yay negativity, lord knows we need more of that in here
>>33154202[x] “So you went to take eggs? You could've told us.”Hell we might have helped if we weren't so caught up in having spotted it early enough to do anything about it.
>>33154485Your fault for ever starting in the first place. Fuck man. Guys like you never know when to stop replying to guys like that. It's retarded.He dislikes a guy. And then guys like you need to start acting like fools. You should learn how to shut up.
>>33154518>Your fault for ever starting in the first placebut I'm "a guy". The only thing I started was suggesting an OOC choice.
“Is that bad or something?” You whisper, trying to look her in the eye. It's hard to get a read on her with that mask... Her Aura's pretty stable. Earnest as always, well meaning. Though a bit fearful... just not of you.She looks to Jojo, inclining her head further as she readjusts herself with the eggs on her belt. “Kahkori like to smash.”“And those eggs should be. I saw what kind of monster it becomes. They kill Kahkori.”Jojo interjects, yet doesn't rise from his seat. He's in no condition for fighting anyway.“Child should live.” The Araraki defends, shuffling you off as she moves to a more defensive position. “For balance.”“What are you going to do with it?” Kurojo's eyes narrow, his beak halfway open into a grimace. She doesn't answer,”Sorry. Mistake.” She casts her robes over, and begins to leave.“Wait!” Marine cries out, reaching out for the Araraki. She stands before everyone now, looking between the halted lizard in her retreat and Kurojo. “Hey, they're just eggs right? Maybe they want to keep them as pets or something. Maybe she wants to sell that. I mean, monsters are dangerous but it's no reason for us to fight, right? We're all alive and everything.. A bit scuffed up, but, we're alive. Isn't that fine then?”“That blood. What did you fight?” You ask the Araraki past Marine.“...Mother.” She says and Kurojo's beak drops, eyes widening in surprise and disbelief.“How.” He says. “How did you...”The Araraki inclines her head lower again, only the top of her mask and hood available now. “Sorry. Mistake... Can... We keep?”> Side with Marine, no more fighting.> Side with Kurojo. Break the eggs.> Side with the Araraki. Keep the eggs.> Resolve to report this to Nala asa superior officer.> (other)
>>33154563> Side with the Araraki. Keep the eggs.Balance is good.
>>33154563> (other)>Ask if we can have one of the eggsNest stealer.
>>33154563>> Side with Marine, no more fightingJust don't let those things grow up to be horrible murderers, araki.And the only reason you're getting away with this is you soloed a full grown one.
>>33154563[x] Side with the Araraki. Keep the eggs.Eggs are worth MAD hunter points, and since we didn't do much fishing or herb gathering or mining, we could use it to make up the difference.
>>33154563>“How.” He says. “How did you...”Plants. The entire forest is filled with plants.>>33154617She's not planning on selling them or anything.
>>33154563>Side with Marine, no more fighting."Just... be responsible with them, alright? Trying to balance the scales is good and all, but sometimes you can tip things the other way."
>>33154563>> Side with Marine, no more fighting.>>33154602because we couldn't take them from her if we tried.
>>33154563> Side with Marine, no more fighting.I don't LIKE that she has monster eggs, but I also feel like I can trust her not to fuck anything up too badly.Let's just breeze on passed this like it didn't happen.
>>33154563> Side with Marine, no more fighting.oh god, a true neutral druid in the hunting party.they don't die and no repeat mission a few years done the road. nice compromise I suppose.>>33154595they are cute when they're small...
>>33154563"Can you show us, and Nala, where the nest was? I won't tell her about the eggs, but we could probably do something with the corpse?"
>>33154563> Side with Marine, no more fighting.> (other)Ask if the mother is dead and ask her for the location of the corpse.
>>33154563> Side with Marine, no more fighting.We keep out of it.>>33154595Heh.Kinda interested in having one too. It would be an interesting experiment, anyway.>>33154675That's inadvisable. If Nala knew there was a mother, she might suspect the nest. We don't know how much is known about the Araraki's culture, so it might make it difficult to hide the eggs.
>>33154675Because double the dead bodies means double the loot.Also, the Araraki should get some credit, even if her teamwork is lacking.
>>33154697>so it might make it difficult to hide the eggs.Which is what the Araraki wants to do.Since being impartial is what we want to be here, the Araraki wouldn't agree to showing the nest if she thought it would hurt her chances of keeping the eggs hidden.
>>33154697Technically, Nala would only know that it had a mate, not that they had laid eggs. And Smolders can't detect lies.Also, how did the eggs not break when Nala tossed the Araraki around? Is she stashing them somewhere?
>>33154723We could raise the subject.Also one thing we should mention is that the Araraki should probably do something about the smell. Once Nala calms down, she might be able to sniff the eggs out.Smolders have good noses, right?
>>33154731>Technically, Nala would only know that it had a mate, not that they had laid eggs. And Smolders can't detect lies.And I was implying here>We don't know how much is known about the Araraki's culture
>>33154754I have no idea what you're trying to say with that.
>>33154747>Smolders have good noses, right?I'll answer this one. They rely more on vision and hearing. Scent is something that they can't much use due to the fact that their homeland has effectively been a pile of ash for a rather long time.Near unanimous siding with Marine.Want a confirmation on this one.> Ask for one of the eggs.> Ask about the mother's corpse.
>>33154832I'll vote for both.
>>33154832>> Ask for one of the eggs.>> Ask about the mother's corpse.can't we do both?
>>33154832> Ask about the mother's corpse.do we even HAVE anywhere to keep the egg without the Smolders knowing?
>>33154859You're right. I'll put in the question about the corpse.But I need confirmation as to whether you ask for an egg or not.
>>33154832I'd like to know where the mother is. Or, at least, her body.Having one of the eggs would be cool too. Either as the dome's first foray into taming a dangerous creature. Or parts (in case that fails).
We will name him Rocket and pet him and hold him and squeeze him and love him, won't we George?
>>33154832> Ask about the mother's corpse.I definitely do not want one of those eggs, even if we could train one, it will be a GIANT pain in the ass. Even if we got through the incredibly hard obstacle course of keeping it hidden, managing to not get anyone killed, and getting it to listen to our commands, we would still have this huge fucking monster to take care of.
>>33154832>Ask about the mother's corpse.No asking for eggs.
>>33154832I'm good with both, but for this> Ask for one of the eggs.I'm thinking, the Araraki has 3 eggs, right? Ask her to split it between the 3 of us (her, Ceru + Marine, Kurojo). Kurojo can do as he wish with the egg. Smash it if he wants. Equality, you know?
>>33154832> Ask about the mother's corpse.So next time we have a Budakai beam battle we don't catch all the blowback on our main offensive tools
>>33154832>[x] Ask for one of the eggs.a pet would be a nice. Ceru could use more nice things in her life right now.
>>33154832Eh, I don't really want to do either of those things.The mother corpse would give away the araki's plans and, well, I don't know if we can actually raise one of these things.
>>33154832I'll ask for the opposite of the eggs.It's a retarded idea that will end terribly for us.We're no Hiccup.
>>33154832Sure.We'll, uh, probably need Marine to take the egg for us, though. Eggs and COLD don't work out that well together.
>>33154832> Ask for one of the eggs.
>>33154940>>33154932The Araraki doesn't want Kurojo to smash the egg. And monsters do not make good pets. Especially not these guys.
>>33154832>> Ask about the mother's corpse.No eggs
>>33154832Yeah. Also ask how long it takes for an egg to hatch.
>>33154832>Ask about the mother's corpse.No eggs. No fucking eggs.
>>33154832>[x] Ask for one of the eggs.I second naming him/her Rocket
>>33154832>>33154885No to the eggs. We can't really sell them if she gives them to us, we -really- can't raise one.This isn't the kind of quest where you can do that kind of thing.
>>33154969Both is okay.>>33154941>I don't know if we can actually raise one of these things.It takes a village to raise a child. Lemony Snicket taught me that!I guess the Rockets are kind of a village?Well, if it hatches before we get to the Dome, we could kill it if it becomes troublesome.
>>33154885Do not want.see >>33154924
>>33154832>> Ask for one of the eggs.and if it becomes a problem, we'll kill 'em
>>33154832Guys, it'll likely hatch before we return to the Dome.That means we won't be able to take it with us, since our crew will object to its presence.I'm pretty sure the Araraki doesn't even intend to domesticate them.
>>33154832>> Ask about the mother's corpse.Fun as it would be, we would have a hell of a time raising it, and it would just get turned into another ranger if we got it back to the dome.>>33155066Can't kill it if there's any chance of Araraki finding out, she'd kill -us-
>>33154969>The Araraki doesn't want Kurojo to smash the egg. And monsters do not make good pets. Especially not these guys.Well, I raised up giving Kurojo an egg (that he could smash if he wants) as a compromise to help settle whatever feelings he has about the Araraki keeping the eggs.
>>33154885Hell no. It's just an excuse for terrible things to happen.
>>33154885>>33154832> Ask for one of the eggs.
You look at Kurojo and he returns your gaze,”Ultramarine's right. We shouldn't be fighting about this.” Turning to the araraki, “What about the Mother's body? Is there anything that we could salvage?”The Araraki shakes her head,”Mother not dead. Injured. She look for us last night.” The Araraki gives a tired sigh, settling down a little bit.“You... didn't kill it.” Kurojo settles down a little bit, his state of belief mended, “If she'd taken one down alone... But to be able to run from it...”“We asked trees.” She fiddles with her fingers nervously, “They helped. Here is good. Like old home.” There's a bit of loss in her words, but she doesn't follow up there. You respect that.“So, you... Last night?” It dawns on you. “You were... running from it?”The Araraki nods. “If we stay. She find. No more problem. That why mistake. Sorry.”> Anything else to say?> Wait for Nala to return.
>>33155081>and it would just get turned into another ranger if we got it back to the dome.So a win-win situation.>>33155101Eh. Eggs, I guess. Other than that, nothing.
>>33155101> Anything else to say?"Can I have an egg?"
>>33155101> Anything else to say?Eggs?>>33155118But yeah. I can't think of anything else to ask.
>>33155101"You realize that we were sent here because it and its mate were terrorizing the inhabitants of the village? And even if we leave, she will likely take her anger out on the place we were supposed to help?We gotta do something about this."
>>33155101You may want to do final destination voting on the subject of eggs.
>>33155148>>33155142>>33155120>>33155118God damn it you guys. You can just say "we can kill it" but in character it would be a very traumatic experience for Cerulean. Your desire for being cool is overriding any sense of playing in character.
>>33155101>>33155147Oh this. We need to raise this up.
>>33155101>> Anything else to say?Don't make us all regret not breaking those. No rampages that threaten villages.
>>33155147Maybe the females of the species are different in some meaningful way that causes them to not murder sapients. Still worth asking about.
>>33155101seconding >>33155147, but we'll need Nala. Are we hiding the eggs from her?I really don't want to keep an egg. I mean, if we want a pet, we can go back and get a rathalos
>>33155148We're not getting one. It would do nothing but cause us problems and put us in "Araraki+Egg vs -other group-" situations.
>>33155172Euthanasia for Eevees still happen. We kill monsters and have smashed eggs before.
>>33155172>>33155205>>33155148 hereI definitely DO NOT want an egg, I just think final destination voting is necessary to parse through the incoming arguments.Wanting a vote on the subject doesn't mean I'm voting yes.
>>33155172"Ideals and truth". It would be a good lesson.That said, we can handle a cub.
>>33155147our team isn't exactly in any condition to be fighting another one of these, even if it's wounded too.Best thing to do is inform the guild and have them send a fresh team.
>>33155209But there's still a reason that some Eevees manage to involve. Putting down your pet is hard.Especially when it has near-sentient intelligence.
>>33155232It's not gonna be a cub forever, it's gonna change into a ruthless murder machine that can't be reasoned with.
>>33155232It's a completely unnecessary one because we're smart enough to know it would end horribly.Stop being stupid.
>>33155101>>33155255And Nala doesn't have anymore traps or bombs.So yeah, tell the villagers that there's another one still around.
>>33155275And that means parts for the Dome.
>>33155275Which goes with the "ideals and truth". Yeah, it'd be nice if it could be tamed or controlled, but if it can't, you gotta suck it up Old Yeller style.
>>33155319We're not that coldblooded.Metaphorically coldblooded.
>>33155270Would our Charm bonus apply for controlling the cub? That is, if it hatches before we reach the Dome?
>>33155356would we get a bonus if it thinks we're its mother?
>>33155333Except we have no reason to even try in the first place.You don't need to encourage drama, Prof will provide.
>>33155356To an extent, but it won't nullify all of the destructive things that it might do.Then again, if you could fully tame it, you could have it hunt with you.
>>33155375Man fuck you Prof.This isn't How to Train Your Dragon.
>>33155270>>33155356I mean.I COMPLETELY doubt that a newly hatched cub would have a charm above 10. And the creatures are sentient too (possibly sapient?).>>33155375>To an extent, but it won't nullify all of the destructive things that it might do.Oh, I just mean in terms of reigning it in.How big are the eggs anyway? Give us a scale.
>>33155292She doesn't even really have her switchaxe anymore.>>33155319a) that would get IC vetoed and you know it, and b) we would have to deal with explaining why it vanished to everyone WITHOUT giving away the implanting.>>33155333Everyone seems to have the memory of a fly here; ACTIONS GET VETOED IF THEY WONT WORK IC.You can say how ceru is so tough and gruff and grim that she'd kill a hand raised animal, but prof will likely disagree with you.>>33155352Most likely does not exist within the world, or is not known of by any faction.Either way, it would be rare.>>33155375>>33155387He's saying it for the same reason he egged on the breath attack last night. Because it's a bad idea that would end amusingly for him.
>>33155375>stealth hunting dog..dragon wyvern thingI just want it even more now>A girl and her wyvern(?)
>>33155375I'd rather take a rathalos, thank you very much. At least those could help us get back to the Dome. Even then, I'm highly hesitant on monster taming without the proper facilities, resources, and in a land we do not know.
>>33155387It's Pokemon, though.
>>33155375So...while we're waiting.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UX9Q5ApVqsThis song's lyrics are STRANGELY fitting for this setting. More so after the timeskip?
>>33155425Without the balls though.Gotta have balls.
>>33155590Little girl balls?
>>33155590our love will be enough to enslave the creature
Just leave the eggs to the araki with a strict warning that we'll feel just awful if this results in more deaths.
>>33155101>Ask for an eggFuck it, having one of them as a pet will be aweome.
>>33155632No it won't.>>33155646Fuck you. It'll end in tears.
>>33155349Think of it as a morality pet. Like, a literal morality pet. Cute and cuddly while it's still young, but with the potential to be REALLY dangerous to everyone around it if it isn't raised well.Hell, this could be easily applied as a metaphor for Ceru. Complete with the Rocket Mode thing. If Prof wanted to, he could easily tie in how the cub is raised with the resolution of Ceru's own issues.
>>33155660Well not your love. you don't have any in you.
>>33155660Quite the contrary.They will probably be born with very low charm, and Ceru has auto-win against that. We can sue this to easily train it to obey every of Ceru's commands.
>rasing a pet monster is going to be a piece of cake! gimmie the eggs!I can't wait to hear all the screams of railroading, and "not enough foreshadowing" when this inevitably turns to shit and we have to pay out the ass to deal with it.How much is it going to take to beat the winmore attitude out of the people here?
>>33155660>>33155693And before you get angry about not being able to completely suppress all of the cub's destructive tendencies>>33155667puts it quite nicely.
>>33155693Charm or tenacity is used. Whichever is higher.
>>33155667It is a ghost monster that never makes a noise and has knives all over it.It is not a morality pet.
>>33155375Don't fucking do it.Ignore their stupidity and give Cerulean enough brains in her head to know how horribly this whole thing will turn out.
>>33155712>>33155714There we go. It's a literal "tame the beast" character arc.
>>33155731>My pessimistic outlook outweighs majority decision
>>33155714WEll, a newborn won't have either of those stats very high. Unless they're legendaries.It should be enough to train it int he ebggining, and the rest will come from respect.>>33155712>>33155667I don't mind this. Actually, I LIKE this!
>>33155667>>33155688>>33155693that's all well and good, but do you guys have ANY idea what you're getting into?The only lodgings we have is the Smolder Guildhall. We need to protect it from Smolders and Kahkoris who want to kill it, thieves, itself, AND everyone it attacks if we ever critfail at controlling it. We don't have a steady supply of food. We don't have any information on its behavior patterns. We won't be with it 24/7 because we'll be on hunts. A PLAN, SHOW US A GODDAMN PLAN.
>>33155739With the conclusions being she either kills it herself and learns more about the harshness of the world, offers it up to the Rockets to be dissected, or actually succeeds in taming it.
>>33155743It's not a majority. You're the idiots that allow terrible things to happen with your shortsighted greed.Consuming Erebus, kissing a guy you just met awake, when will you learn?
Oh god downvoting the 'train a narga kage' idea. It's retarded, it can be put to much better use back at the Dome for gene splicing and SCIENCE
>>33155758This.You jackasses think that Prof will just bend over backwards to allow whatever idiotic idea pops into your heads, it's the exact same kind of foolishness that had us try hunting the Nargacuga in the first fucking place, which we were clearly unqualified to do.
>>33155714I thought it was if either stat was really low.
>>33155761You're implying quite a bit of an overlap there Mr.Besides, dran has -WAY- more greedy players than SQ, and at least people learned a little in SQ.AoPH's players would have tried again
>>33155758Backpack. Kurojo had one for supplies.>>33155790Opposed by best of.
On a practical front, we don't even have a house right now.Logistically we can't really keep the thing.
>>33155758Depends on how long the egg will take to hatch. Considering Ceru is cold, it might take quite some time.It will probably never leave her ide, and if anyone got a problem with that, they will have to go past her first.
>>33155802...So now we're gonna be bringing it along with us all the time?Stop being stupid.And don't fall for his lies. At no point is he saying it'll be easy or even realistically doable. He's giving us just enough rope to hang ourselves with.
>>33155809I dunno. I think the smolders would think that's actually pretty boss, and see how things will develop.Then, they will begin hunting for eggs too, and try to copy Cerulean's success, and soon the Nar-Kage will become an endangered species and disappear.
>>33155802>Backpackyou want to keep a monster that dangerous in a backpack. A monster that needs to have free space to move around to play/exercise. A monster that Kurojo is rightly afraid of and would be justified in attempting to kill. >>33155814you want to carry around a fragile object with us on hunts. When anybody can just pop in the camp and smash it while we fight.
Eh, take an egg, see how things will turn out. It it turns our bad, it will be just a baby, way easier to kill than the ones Ceru fought.
>>33155842We are NOT the first people here to think of taming monsters.The fact that there hasn't been any success that we've seen should tell you something.And no, I don't think the fact that we're implanted with a sister species to the Nargacuga makes much of a difference in the matter.
>>33155842Oh, the practice of taking monsters as pets has happened before, I'm sure. Kurojo thought to steal an egg before so he'd have his own flying mount.It's the idea of having something as dangerous as a Nar-kage child around that's problematic. They're not Evil, though, so that gives some leeway.
>>33155814Yes, people going past, or say, THROUGH her, is a MAJOR CONCERN I have.I swear everyone acts like we're a living god who can never fail.It's to the point where I suspect half the quest is -trying- to cause as much shit as possible either in an attempt to crash it, or just so they can have fuel to bitch at Ygg with.
>>33155862...Not emotionally you imbecile.That right there is why the whole idea is retarded. You're not trying to think things through in-character at all.
>>33155814You should know when to stop responding. Especially when someone is spazzing out this hard.
>>33155868Do you enjoy coming off as paranoid?
>>33155886Are you seriously implying that >>33155758is spazzing out for asking you stupid, -stupid- fucks to think things through?
“The Mother's alive? Shouldn't we do something about it?” You begin to rise until you're aware of your own condition and painfully aware that the team is in no condition to fight one of those things, let alone while it's mad and in it's own terrain.“What SHOULD we do?” You ask everyone, though primarily Jojo. He's good for answers.His brow furrows, and he rubs at a tusk in contemplation, likely some gesture from his old man. You've seen him do this before. “We should tell the village. Or at least the guild. If we tell the guild they can send in a fresh team.” With a sigh, he shakes his head, “We're going to need longer to recover, right?”You nod, sorely touching your mutilated, yet healing arm. It's got some ways to go. Compound fractures, the flesh is still flayed to ribbons. You can feel it.The four of you spend the remaining time recuperating and resting.At some point, your mind wanders to the eggs. What the Araraki'll do to them, what she has planned... Maybe... “Could I have one... maybe?” You ask out of the blue, pointing at the Araraki's leather skirts,”An egg.”“White. No.” Jojo states firmly, arm crossed under the injured.The Araraki seems thoughtful,”Only if promise. You no go to Glass City.”>This again...> Can't do that. Forget it.> ...Fine. (Lie.)> Think about it.
>>33155884If you've worked on a farm, you'd understand.
guys this is not such a big deal that it needs a shitstorm, take a deep breath and relax its to early in the thread for peopel to be high strung.
>>33155886>>33155908Yeah, it's kind of a reasonable complaint to not want to have to raise a murder monster
>>33155868Anon, pls. They are just smolderans, they aren't a Nar-kage
>>33155911>> I shouldn't take an egg anyways...
>>33155911>Can't do that. Forget it.
>>33155911> Can't do that. Forget it.I'm not lyin' to the araki, and I refuse to not go home.
>>33155911>[x] ...Fine. (Lie.)this is going to be one of those votes isn't it?
>>33155911> Can't do that. Forget it.If we lie, and then continue on our way towards the city with the Araraki presumably in tow, she will obviously know.
>>33155952...Dude. Are you seriously saying that a futile attempt to raise a monster that we're inevitably going to have to kill is worth not going home?
>>33155911> ...Fine. (Lie.)she lied to us first
>>33155911>> Can't do that. Forget it.>>33155942If by "one of those votes" you mean one where everyone votes as much as they can to try and force through the one they want?
>>33155943The Araraki isn't coming with us. She said she'll only help on hunts.But yeah, I'm not lying either.>>33155911> Can't do that. Forget it.
>>33155911> Can't do that. Forget it.
>>33155911> ...Fine. (Lie.)...can I have the cake and eat it too?
>>33155911>[x] Can't do that. Forget it.NO. IT'S BLOODY STUPID IDEA, MATES.
>>33155911>...Fine. (Lie.)Oh boy, here we go.
Jojo's gonna know it's a lie.
>>33155973> Can't do that. Forget it.>>33155985no, you can't. Lying is the obvious "bite you in the ass later" option.
>>33155911> ...Fine. (Lie.)final destination when?
>>33155911>> Can't do that. Forget it.
>>33155911>“White. No.” Jojo states firmly, arm crossed under the injured.Yeah, let's not piss off our birdfriend.
>>33155962Yes. Because it will be fucking awesome, evne with the difficulties that will come with it. Nothing that cool and great is easy to pull off, but this, this is worthy the attempt.THough i will have to revote to lie, if no one else supports staying for an egg.
>>33155911>> Can't do that. Forget it.Yeah not going to add one bad idea on to another.
>>33155911>> Can't do that. Forget it.My final answer is 'no', but I'd like to say something a little more like 'I'll think about it' to the Araraki.
>>33155911>...Fine. (Lie.)C'mon guys, this will make Ceru into a legend! A living one!
>>33156017Never again.>>33156027Aaaand now any and all votes for lying are null and void because we have admitted samefags
>>33156017So you can use some proxies or whatever?Never, since there are twice as many votes for saying 'never mind'.
>>33156051>>33156041>>33156027Disregard all these votes, now.>>33156017we've got a guy samefagging with proxies.
>>33155911> ...Fine. (Lie.)
>>33155911"Don't take this as agreement with the Dome being evil, but I will say it's not a good place for animals. If they hatch before you get them to... wherever you want to get them, I can help take care of them with you though."
>>33155911>> Can't do that. Forget it.>>33156064Everyone's samefagging, it's the only way to keep these votes even somewhat fair.
>>33155911>> Can't do that. Forget it.It's the best way to go.
>>33156042Uh? Where did you get that from? I fully recognize that staying is the least desirable option, since it wouldn't be going back to the dome or refusing the egg, but I didn't want to lie out of paranoia; maybe she can sense lies too, somehow.
>>33155911>Can't do that. Forget it.>>33155985>...can I have the cake and eat it too?Technically, yes. BUT, you have to EARN it. You need a plan, and you need commitment.>>33155886I mean, I love the idea of a morality pet. I think a narga pet would be great. But it just won't work, not with the resources at hand, and not with Anons so lacking in commitment that they'll kill it and subject everyone to more SUFFERING without a second thought.Besides, a narga won't help us get to the dome. It is a significant time investment without a large boon, like flying, and that's IF we succeed.
>>33156079>Everyone's samefagging, it's the only way to keep these votes even somewhat fair.Yeah. It was rather obvious with the people who kept voting against the eggs earlier.But now the position is reversed since most people don't want to lie and compromise in this situation.And here I am in the cozy position of being okay either way.
>>33156064take the tinfoil hat off anon
>>33155911> Can't do that. Forget it.lying is pretty much impossible with how we've planned things out.
>>33156110That doesn't actually do anything to disprove the proxies and in fact supports it.
>>33155911>Can't do that. Forget it."We don't really have much of a policy on pets anyway."
>>33156091Actually, it's because we are here that it can work. The Guild will find it impressive and keep an eye on it, so if it goes berzerk it iwll be hunted. If it was int he dome, the eggs would have been broken on sight.
>>33155911>[X] Can't do that. Forget it.
>>33156122You off your meds?
>>33155911>...Fine. (Lie.)How could I resist this option?
>>33156103The people who voted for the eggs seemed to be the samefags.
>>33156128If that was their policy then the Araraki wouldn't be hiding it from Jojo. And having it be hunted is NOT an easy solution you unbelievable moron.
>>33156128Who knows how the Guild will find it. Stop forcing the idea that they'll help out.Not that I was against keeping the pet, but it's such a dumb idea to think the Guild would help out.
>>33156042I don't think that guy is saying he'll samefag, he was saying he'll change his vote from>...Fine. (Truth.)to>...Fine. (Lie.)
>>33156142Are you trying to start proxy votewars to troll a quest?
>>33156146Now? Yeah, sure.But it's pretty clear that the ones voting against it before were samefagging pretty hard. It's pretty easy to read the patterns of voting.
>>33156142Do you even know what a proxy is?
>>33156128and that will have severe repercussions on its own. In the dome, we can pull rank. Not here. They don't owe us a thing.
>>33155911> ...Fine. (Lie.)A lot of autism tonight it seems
>>33156177>>33155911> Can't do that. Forget it.
>>33155911>[X]Can't do that. Forget it.>>33156177Meaningless buzzwords don't make you less stupid.
>>33155911> Can't do that. Forget it.Prof's probably already writing, but whatever.
>>33155911> ...Fine. (Lie.)There, changed from styaing to lieing. The lie makes me feel dirty, but tt's for a good cause.
>>33156170I doubt you or anyone else will believe me, but just know that I am at least one guy in this thread that has the honor to never same fag.I've been tempted, sure, like in times where I'm 100% sure people I don't agree with are samefagging to get their way, but even then I've resisted the urge to samefag combat them back.I have voted to not lie or take the egg once, and I will never do so again.
Hey, you guys realize that he stops counting votes after a while, right? Usually after the first two or three minutes?
>>33156248It really isn't.
How about a new topic of discussion? What would be a good way to start weeding out the index thief suspects?
>>33156289He should announce something to that effect.A vote cutoff would be useful.>>33156286Eh, everyone who does intentionally dumb votes like the egg thing samefags. They did it for the previous egg vote, they're trying to do it for this one.
>>33156286I haven't either, but more out of lazyness than anything.I wonder why Prof still encourages these "awesome" options.
>>33156313We learn how to detect lies.Then, all we have to do is keep asking questions and we'll arrive at the truth.
>>33156286In a better world, your vote would be taken and considered, used for good purpose and counted equal to it's peers.But alas, the world is corrupt and wretched; those who cling to such naive honor fall into the depths of not-mattering, without so much as a sound.
>>33156313No idea.We could ask people to help us find the index and read their aura, but we're not that good at it.
>>33156329Because they are awesome.
>>33156333We can't really go up to guys like Lord Hao or Akarabon and point blank ask them though. They might get pissy about it.We'd need some finesse or something in that department.
>>33156329The only thing he likes more than shitting on his players is taking a shit from 5 milles up in the air and convincing his players to willingly stand in the big red circle labeled "splatterzone".
>>33156313People were suspicious the araraki did it, because she was hiding stuff (turned out to be the eggs), but now it seems like Lord Hao did it.I base this assumption off of the description for this session that Ygg (supposedly) already put in the archive. Pic related>>33156344If I ever run a quest, I'm going to encourage everyone to samefag, because at least then I know that the things that get more powerfully samefagged probably have more people behind them.As for this quest, samefagging isn't allowed though, so I don't do it.
I'll never understand why someone would continue to play with people they don't trust.>>33156421he could just be whipping out his junk
>>33156436To piss them off.
>>33156436Because people still like the quest?
>>33156436I like the characters.and prof can write really well when he isn't trying to.and I want to see Wanderer finish his fic, which won't happen if the quest dies
>>33156363and I'll bet you would absolve yourself of all guilt if Jojo permanently lost an arm and that medic person died.
>>33156436>>33156484>and prof can write really well when he isn't trying to.This, pretty much. When Prof just plays off of us, it's good.
>>33156436I play because I genuinely enjoy the story, care about the characters, want to influence the story in a good way, sometimes get stimulating discussion, and because I like and respect Ygg and a couple other Anons who I will never be able to name.Besides, whenever people are acting like assholes I always pretend it's just 1 really annoying autistic samefag boogeyman, instead of contemplating that about half of the other participants suck ass.
>>33156511Nah. I just wouldn't have any remorse. I'd take the blame, but not care about it.
>>33156542>I always pretend it's just 1 really annoying autistic samefag boogeyman,I give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume it's a handful of loudmouthsunless the samefagging is -really- obvious
>>33156551glad you're being honest about it, I suppose.
>>33156436Because I hope Prof doesn't fuck up again.
>>33156436In essence: because why quit now?>>33156542Pic related.
“I can't do that. You know that.” You admit, with a labored sigh. Marine gives you a sidelong look, smiling but not saying anything.The Araraki turns away again. No one else really talks after that. You and Kurojo take a nap, letting your bodies recover.It's later into the noon when you awake and Nala's returned. You report to her about the possibility of another Narga-Kage. She says that the Guild will take care of it. The contract was only for one.Kurojo seems to dislike that to an extent, though he doesn't say anything. He's well aware of the score. After a few days, your arm's well enough to move a bit, if not a bit stiffly, and Kurojo's left with a blot of scar-tissue, though the bone inside still troubles him, as does his broken blade.“It was too long... Maybe if I had it reforged into two swords?” He muses about as he looks at the pieces.The five of you board, and the Araraki's maintained her silence. Nala's resolved to not tell the village. The Araraki had left the hunter's camp every night to give the Narga-Kage a chase. She's seemed notably tireless... You also haven't seen her eat or drink anything. Ever.Without word from the village of further attacks you embark with the same captain that brought you to this island, the monster's spoils down in the cargohold.Nala stays below just like before. Out of curiosity, you went to check on her, and you found her purging into an iron bucket, briskly carried away by a ferrine, to be dumped somewhere...She looked sick as an Eevee. Did you do anything to help her?>Insert.
>>33156661Bollocks, lost trip.
>>33156542So in your case, the people acting like assholes are the ones who DON'T want to lie to a pseudo-friend to take the egg of an extraordinarily dangerous predator that we have no means of housing, feeding, or raising?
>>33156661Do backrubs really work?
>>33156661Rub her back.
>>33156661cold massage. I assume this is what happens when they overuse the fire breath.
>>33156661Secret cerulean quarter technique:Backrub!
>>33156684>>33156691>>33156695>>33156705>>33156709Oh god at least ask her first so she doesn't set us on fire from the shock.
>>33156661>>33156684>>33156691>>33156695You DO know to ask before, right?>>33156705Sea sickness, maybe?Ask Nala if she was this sick the first time we rode on the same boat as her. Was she hiding it before or is her sickness right now due to something else?
>>33156722>>33156731well of course you ask first.
>>33156722>>33156661yes, yes, of course we're asking. It's not like Ceru is socially inept, RIGHT YGG?
>>33156722>>33156731she's too busy throwing up vomit to throw up firewe were so close to being unanimous on this... I can't remember the last time
>>33156661>seduce herTrust me on this one, guys. I have a good feeling.
>>33156722>>33156731You know, I really should have presumed it'd not go without saying, then to clarify:Tell her you know a cure for seasickness, confirm her willingness to accept, and then commence the backrubs.
>>33156661Oh, and do ask her first if our coldness was affecting her negatively like this. Since she presumably had to spend more time around us back at the village.
>>33156639I've both saved that pic and seen it before. In fact I've written an essay for my sociology class about 4chan that was inspired by that pic.I try not to dislike people that disagree with me, but I really get angry when people that resort to logical fallacies and namecalling instead of actual arguments.>>33156672I voted for not taking the egg, and I didn't vote to lie. In fact, this is me >>33156286If you automatically assume that I'm talking about YOU and those who agree with YOU when I mention assholes in this quest, you may want to take a long introspective look at yourself and your behavior.
>Did you do anything to help her?>DidAsk her? Doesn't matter if it already happened. THis vote is retroactive.
>>33156672>>33156820>If you automatically assume that I'm talking about YOU and those who agree with YOU when I mention assholes in this quest, you may want to take a long introspective look at yourself and your behavior.I saw this punchline coming a mile away.
>>33156661BACKRUBS!! DO IT NOW!!!!
>>33156848It was pretty obvious. Which is why I wrote it.>>33156661I don't know what we can actually do to help, so I guess>backrubis the best I can think of.
>>33156661My family always offers me delicious food when I'm throwing up because I don't know they want me to suffer or something. So do that.
You gave Nala a backrub on the ship. She was skeptical at first, but you told her that it was a remedy you learned back at the village. She had to take her armor off, and you could see how scarred she was. The guild mark was emblazoned upon her shoulder, like yours. As you went to work, the two of you talked and you felt like you got to know her a bit better.You asked about her scars and she had a story for each one.A claw-shaped mark going across her shoulderblade was from a scuffle with a male from when she was younger.Starburst marks across her back were from an accident with an explosive, the shrapnel was painful to get out. And she talked about some of her adventures, halting at certain sensitive bits.You get the feeling that she's a little regretful about something, though you can't quite place what.She handled the rest of the ride better than before, though not by much. She still stayed below deck.When Raguna city comes into view, you can tell something's going on. It's been just over a week, and it appears transformed.High up on the cliff where Lord Hao's estate looks over the city, there are bright and colorful decorations(moreso than usual) and the dock's got a great many ships gathering, filling the pier to the brim, many dockworkers and other tradesman running around, preparing for something big and grand.When the ship comes in, someone on the dock runs off quickly, leaping their way from the docks to buildings and disappearing into the city.What was that about?> Wait on the ship for a while, make sure the Narga-Kage gets off.> Head straight to the Guild Hall to report.> Check in with the Smithy.> (Other)
I hope Hao isn't pissed about us lying to his servant....
>>33157084> Head straight to the Guild Hall to report.get the paperwork done
>>33157084Let's go report to the guild hall.Reporting mission complete is important.I do wonder what that guy was about though.
>>33157084> Head straight to the Guild Hall to report.
>>33157084>> Head straight to the Guild Hall to report.then> Check in with the Smithy.the rest of the armor (which we nearly died+lost team members getting) will probably be done once the paperwork is.
its gonna be some kind of festival or parade where Hao cruises for booty and picks up bitches isn't it? I don't want Ceru to be a consort outside of a pastebin fic
>>33156142JIDF please go.
>>33157084> Head straight to the Guild Hall to report.So we've got: Nala, Kurojo, Hao's assistant, Marine, Araraki, or someone else hired by Hao. Any other leads?
>>33157160You're 2 hours late pol. you let everybody down
>>33157084Damn that's incredibly suspicious.>worst case scenarioHao is pissed an looking to publicly fuck with us at some kind of weird festival.>best case scenarioHao is trying to butter us up with festival. Will probably try to fuck with us (literally or metaphorically) anyway, but probably in a more diplomatic way.> Check in with the Smithy.Send marine to handle some equipment requisition> Head straight to the Guild Hall to report.We should probably go do this> (Other)Have Jojo use his bird huntsman powers to follow the suspicious dude that ran off.
>>33157084> Head straight to the Guild Hall to report.Although the fact that the first one is even an option gives me bad vibes man.
I'm gonna guess... Hao's brother is in town.
>>33157201>Send marine to handle some equipment requisitionHer Raguna isn't that good, though. We'd be better off sending Kurojo.
>>33157246so they're going to try to double team us?
>>33157084Hey cool, a holiday or festival of some kind.I hope it's not a gay pride festival for that big gay bird.
>>33157269I think I remember hearing his brother was more the serious type.
>>33157084It turns out that the festival is entirely unrelated to us and we aren't in trouble at all.
>>33157247Or send her with Nala.I kinda want to send Kurojo to tail that guy.
>>33157285So he's going to ask for a commitment? Oh gosh! It's so sudden! We're not emotionally ready for that!
>>33157302If this turns into some kind of dating comedy, I'll eat my hat.
>>33157302That thing. I can never get its face out of my mind until I end the thread...
>>33157390You gotta boil it anon. Till it gets nice and soft
>>33157392Don't make me victim1.jpg you.
Disregarding that strange person, a kahkori, that is. You head to the guild hall and report the success of your mission to the agent.As you walk tthrough the city, you notice that you and Marine catch far more eyes than before. There are also so many more stands with little games. You see a kahkori child catching tiny little fish with a breakable net, and many other citizens walking around in far more formal and outright gorgeous garb. There are hunters here and there partaking in festivities, primarily food. They're done up in what you might call “formal” armors, though they're just as bulky, and intimidating, most of them anyway.Marine tugs at your tail and points out some of the stands, simply thrilled at some of the vendor stalls. Cute little trinkets and other knick knacks, some monster parts even being sold for good luck, health, and fertility. You tell her to pay attention, you've got a report to make.“Nala, what's going on here anyway?”“This? This is called a festival.”“What's a festival?” You ask, honestly never seeing anything like this before outside of the gaming centers in Celadon. Rangers weren't really allowed there, you haven't been since you were little.“Everyone has fun, lots of games are set up. There's some kind of a parade. Hao has a fancy party or some other event, it ends, and then we're stuck with cleanup. It looks like it's still just starting though. Big part for us is that there's usually something big or unusual that he wants hunted, I swear, if we missed that...”“How long last?” Marine comes in, her eyes simply sparkling. So many foreign games and activities that she'd like to play.
“Around a week, maybe longer. Longest festival lasted around a month so that it got around the islands well enough for everyone to come for at least a few days.”Jojo clears his throat, rotating his shoulder, feeling for the damage, “Well, if I can just use my hands to fight monsters, I'll join in. That blade might take too long to fix.”“Easy there Kahk. Still need to report. We'll find out what we're hunting at the guild. Surely they've heard about it.”“So wait, we're killing for sport?” You ask, actually surprised. Outside of noble luxuries back at the dome, there'd never been a commanded mass killing of anything like -that-The Araraki snorts. “Lord Hao bad.”“Thinning population, I rather call it. And watch where you say that Lizard. Some loyal citizens of the empire might take offense, and I'm still pissed about you wandering off on us.”“We sorry.”“For the millionth time, Distortion take you.” Nala rolls her eyes, and the rest of you carry on....Though you are getting a lot of looks.
>>33157589They do so many unnecessary and dangerous things here.
>>33157589>Though you are getting a lot of looks.oh dear...
>>33157589Fuck yeah, a festival of some kind!Hope we get paid for the hunt.
>>33157589>Though you are getting a lot of looks.Well this isnt good. Either A) Word of us hasnt gotten around and they recognize Marine isnt from around here.(This is okay. At least we dont have to worry about random shit happening to us too much.)>OrB) Word about us HAS gotten around and people are flock to see us among the other attractions at the Carnivale.(We MIGHT have a mild Psychotic episode. NOT GOOD).
The guild is an uproar as usual drink everywhere, meat cooking on spits, and a right well amount of happy brothers in arms and profession. Your report to the agent is brief, though they hide whatever surprise they might have of your team's slaying of a Narga-kage well. “Come, drinks are on me.” Nala beckons you all to a table, though the Araraki respectfully declines.“No. We go home now. Thank you.” She bows, and hurries off before any of you can object.You remember the Araraki part of town. It reminded you of pewter. A place where no one goes or stays unless they have to... It's strange too that even though she mentioned the Tuskless favorably before and... Oh. She's hiding the eggs at her home. That's what she's doing...You nod, and Kurojo pushes you forward, “Come, let's eat, drink, and forget about that lizard and her strange ways.”Looking back to him, you incline your head and walk forward, heading to a table that Nala just “liberated” from a bunch of other Smolder.Marine starts drinking the rum and ale. Kurojo starts drinking the rum and ale. Nala starts drinking the rum and ale.You stare at the amber liquids warily, your nose stinging from the alcohol, and your memory fresh from when you puked up everything after that game with the tiny cups.> Drink it!> Don't drink.
>>33157706> Drink it!It's carnivale!
>>33157706Do it faggot
>>33157706> Don't drink.We're not accepting a hunting contract drunk.
>>33157706> Drink it!just a sip. pace yourself
>>33157706> Drink it!Drink the rum and ale!
>>33157706>>[x] Drink it! But like, with restraint.Well, sip at it, we probably want to enjoy our first taste of public partying sober after all. I'm sure Ultramarine will get wasted enough for the both of us.
>>33157706>> Don't drink.We've not even had any festival games yet. I don't want to get drunk before then.I only accept drinking if it's a small amount.
>>33157734we're not accepting a hunting contract at all any time soon, we're down an arm.
>>33157706> Don't drink.I remember last time, fuark this.
>>33157706Moderation or>Don't drinkI have a feeling we'll have to deal with Hao again soon.
>>33157706> Drink it!Get drunk. Party hard.
>>33157706>>33157744>moderation is key
>>33157754you underestimate how drunk hunters can dare other drunk hunters to take contracts during a festival.
>>33157706> Drink it!it might be rude if we don't.. just don't go nuts
We still have 19 Ten. Shouldn't it be 16?
>>33157828Might've gained some from the hunt?It's unlikely but possible.
>>33157858After RM fiasco, i seriously doubt it.
>>33157828Bank error in your favor, colelct 3 Ten
Will Ceru ever find the drink right for her?
>>33157929Give her a few years to develop a more complete liver.Also, pacing.
You stare at the drink for a time, slowly finding it within you to curl your fingers around the mug. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? You guzzle down the brews, and Marine cheers.As it hits your stomach, you feel a not all that uncomfortable warmth spreading through you. As for the taste? It's not quite bad. Not nearly as tongue-burning as those shots.The four of you live it up for a while, eating and drinking until your bellies are full. At the very least, you manage to not drink a disturbing amount. Still, what was in those shots?After about a half hour by your lack of watch, you find a familiar, though bit blurry of a Kahkori standing over your table amongst many drunk and rowdy smolders. His eyes squinting into just a line... Oh, it's this snake in the grass. Yasake.“Greetings Lady White, Ultramarine... Nala” he says that name with a curious flare. “I've come to invite no less than the two of you by my most radiant lord's most grande festival, and to a ball in which you, as newcomers to our lands are guests of honor.”“Can I kishh 'is rump yet? Err you not done withit?” Marine slurs, waving a mug, spilling drink everywhere.You laugh, probably louder than you should. As you reign in your mirth, you snort as you snicker,”Marrrrine. Tha'sis job 'member?”“Ahhhi knowww, but I wanna kissiiiit!” The two of you laugh, stuck in your own little drunken world.Yasake clears his throat, “Ah yes, the wonders of swill. You may enjoy the fine berrywines my lord has to offer, if you would-”“Blahhhh!” Marine drawls out.“Whiiiiiite! Oh Whiiiiiiiiiite!” Jojo caws out to the room, loud and proud.“Whaaaat?!”“You looked good... In that dresshh. But you look better in yer armor... Like... Like a real hunter!” He slams his mug down.Yasake blinks idly, and silently excuses himself,”Ah, I'll be back later when you've all purged or something... Distort this den of such crudeness...”
>>33158032thank you alcohol
>>33158032>[End Thread]Questions, comments, concerns.>The Good.>The Bad.>The Weird.
>>33158032We drank too much alcohol.Ceru is unable to drink properly at this age.You've offended the butler.
>>33158053which monster, in your opinion, would make a good pet for Ceru? and are Everstones a thing in this neck of the woods?
>>33158053Thissun was actually a pretty good thread.I assume our arm healing will take about the entire festival, for narrative convenience?
>>33158032>“You looked good... In that dresshh. But you look better in yer armor... Like... Like a real hunter!” He slams his mug down.No one likes an ass kisser, Kurojo.Except Hao, apparently. You could apply for a job with him.
>>33158065If. It would probably be a seel.Though she'd get cravings.>>33158073It's not 100%, but it's somewhat functional now thanks to monstrous healing factor.
>>33158065Everstone collars are a thing with pet Eevees.
>>33158099Yes but are they in this area is what I want to know
>>33158093seels ARE the best pets.
>>33158093what about a spheal?
>>33158065Something good against Water, which can be tanky on the front line.Cradily, Ferrothorn, possibly Electivire or Tangrowth.
>>33158165I think we'd be better off picking something that covers Ceru's weaknesses
>>33158093Hey profHey profWill we get to play games with toy guns to win prizes?Will we clear out the entire stand with our unerring accuracy?
>>33158201the clown water gun gameit is a must
>>33158212I wonder if lockon translates to tossing rings over pegs.
>>33158239Thrown "Weapons" count as ranged attacks. So probably, yeah.
>>33158165>ElectvireIs in the Humanlike egg group.Which means it's a person.
>>33158248we'll clean up on all those.And then get marine to clean up on the hit-thing-with-hammer-to-ring-bell games.And then we'll each have piles of stuffed toys.
>>33158053This was a great thread. I wanna know why the Arariki simply wont say why the Dome is evil though. I mean me being a paranoid/psycotic nutter aside, i kinda wanna know what the Humans did, even if only in myth and tale, that pissed off the Gods so bad.
>>33158278She thinks it's unbalanced with nature, like the Smolder.
>>33158278Well, apparently burning the forest is super evil to them. And our not-friendly relationship with nature.She doesn't like that we maintain a populous that can't survive in the wild.
>>33158278Her religion thinks everyone else is living their life incorrectly.
>>33158285>>33158292>>33158307Really? Thats it? Man thats kind of a bummer. I was hoping for more to work with. Oh well.
>>33158322yeah, it turns out our ideals are kind of incongruous.She's a nice person to us, but disagrees with how we live our life.
>>33158322Her words specifically>“Good can kill. Bad know not to stop. Elder say glass city people did bad things.”>“What like?” Marine asks, finally feeling a part of the conversation.>“They make animal fight animal. Kill whole forest, mountain, ocean. Fight each other like Smolder, drive away the world Serebyi.”
So. We're healing, so we have some time to enjoy the festival.I propose now that we take some time to swim, and take some time for games. These are priorities.
>>33158345Well ok then. So the industrial revolution and the pokeball brought down the wrath of the gods then. Makes me wonder how repel tech manages to hide humanity from the eyes of an angry god?
>>33158469That's what the Araraki believe.It's probably more sci-fi than that, though. Considering that the M-virus comes from outer-space meteors. And mediums get a higher M-virus count from living with ghosts.It's probably just a case of SCIENCE CAUSED THIS DISASTER. That or aliens came and caused the disaster.
>>33158502>>33158469they're probably just neo-luddites whose belief system was based on a dome destroyed by fierce poketechnical warfare.
>>33158502Dioxis.It's originally modeled after a mutated space virus.Though I think Prof likes fantasy way more than scifi.
>>33158502I would rather not have to deal with aliens as well as pokemon. Even though Dexoys is technically an alien. I would rather not have us deal with flying saucers and shit like that. Too many cooks...etc.
>>33158526Possible. Hell, they might have been the poor unfortunates who couldn't even make it to a Dome.>>33158533It's been more sci-fi than fantasy so far, though.
>>33158545No need for aliens with advanced tech. Just aliens (or just alien, singular) like Deoxys who travel through space and spread their M-virus thing.
>>33158548Just because our favorite word is 'POKESCIENCE' doesn't make it not fantasy.then again I'm one of those assholes that like to call things like Star Wars 'space fantasy'
>>33158578>then again I'm one of those assholes that like to call things like Star Wars 'space fantasy''But it is.
>>33158548This place has given us a load of theories on how the dome stuff came into place.SOME big shit went down with the pokeymans and the domes. In character now, not just out of character supposition.
>>33158625WHat bothers me the most is the fact that in spite of an ENORMOUS amount of evidence to the contrary, the Dome continues to propagate the lie that life beyond the Dome is an utter hell-scape, riddled with horrific monsters. At this point it just seems like Silph is missing out on gigantic opportunities for wealth and powers for nearly no cost. This is baffling.
>>33158990well, it IS a hellscape in our region.These people are living in a relatively nice place. They just have superpredators, instead of viral megaplagues and colonies of explosively poisonous insects
>>33158990Mutation is probably the reason why people settled into the Domes.And, well, yeah. It IS a hellscape out there. The villages we've been to are safe spots and they're all much too small to support the kind of population the Domes have (if all the Domes are as big as our own).
>>33158990Except everyone lives in small villages and the largest city we've been to so far seems to be populated mainly by hunters.
>>33159038>>33159021What i mean is, why the hell doesnt Silph send out work teams to mine and extract resources from beyond the Dome? There are literally tons of everything just laying around, waiting to be picked clean. All of that money is lying there, not being exploited. And yet nothing.
>>33159076I think they do, occasionally? I mean, they do send out rangers to acquire goods and such.It's just it is extremely expensive in terms of lives and manpower to run outside dome operations, so they are rare.
>>33159054True. It seems in this model of living, EVERYONE has got to be able to fight at least a little.Which is something we're fighting to avoid.
>>33159076They do that, though. Poke-parts aren't the only thing that's brought back.If you're asking why they don't do that en masse, then that would be a lot more troublesome.The Domes are pretty self-sufficient already, so there's no need to risk manpower, equipment, and resources to get more just for the sake of getting more.
>>33159128>>33159097Then why is, "TEH DOME IS SUPOR SEKRIT!!!!" pounded into us from day one, and we aren't given any first contact training like at all? I dont get it.
>>33159159Because the dome people are the one in the wrong.
>>33159076Digging = unearthing Gravelers and Golems and Onixes and Steelixes and Sandslashes and god knows what else lurks underneath the soil.I think they do digging at Pewter anyways, though. Maybe a secure quarry somewhere, possibly with tech that scares away rock types? Very large sprinkler system?
>>33159159It's not really so much pounded into us as its active state.It is, quite literally, invisible. We're invisible when we go out. There aren't any intelligences within normal ranger range, as far as we are informed by the indigo reports. They may be modified in the future to account for HIDDEN HYPNO VILLAGE.
>>33159159We assume the Dome should be kept secret.There is no first contact training because "first contact" was rather recent in the Dome's history.The Dome's brass are afraid that, if we're forced into hostile relations with the outside races, the Rangers would hesitate to kill them. It's hard enough that some Rangers are shunned by the normal civvies, after all. Don't need them sympathizing with people who seem to be in the same boat as them.
>>33159180>>33159187Then where is this extra trade coming from?
>>33159213Other domes and away expeditions. Mostly other domes.And even then, it's a risky proposition.
>>33159159"First contact" is something that would be reserved for the higher ranking rangers, I believe.>>33159187Already states the reasons why the normal rank and file aren't privy to the Indigo Reports. Bad for morale. And it's not as if it's baseless; the Hypno, from our first encounter with one, have blue and orange morality compared to us. 'Course, that guy was banished from Eubrena for a reason, so we shouldn't assume that all the Hypno think it's completely acceptable to brainwash someone into loving you. But it still stands that the Dome doesn't know how to approach the unknown species in a safe manner that's also expedient in developing proper relations.
>>33159213Kanto Dome was trading with Hoenn Dome. It's pretty dangerous, though. Enough such that half of the Dome wants to cease all trading. Team Magma, you so crazy.
>>33159246well they DID lose one of their trading ships in a neverending pokestorm just now.
>>33159258Hey man, it was a freak accident. It's not like you get a giant legendary thunderbird passing over your Dome every other year either, right?
>>33159273yeah, but freak accidents are great for getting political groundswell.Heck, losing adorable rangers in the field could be too.
>>33159273No they just have to deal with sleeping Gods. Look im still utterly confus about hte history behind this stuff. As far as i can tell it went:1) Humans at peak, have industry and pokeballs and such.2) Great Disaster. Humanity is fractured/ruptured. Goes into some kind of hiding away from the angry Gods.3) Indeterminate amount of time.4) Indeterminate amount of time Humanity somehow get its tech back and Establishes Domes.5) Present day. We dont even know about all of the Human Domes in the world. Much less ANYTHING outside them apparently.This is full of holes. Do we even know the Dome's recent history?
>>33159330I don't know how much of the dome's history we have.though I think domes existed during the pokedisasters. They may be "bad" because they didn't let the araki in, even.
>>33159367Did Ceru even go to school before becoming a ranger? Yknow as a daughter of a member of the elite four, id expect to at least go to school and learn even an indoctrinated version of this stuff.
>>33159413I wonder how much school you can get into a ten year old
>>33159330Depending on how long ago the Domes were established, Agatha might have personally known what the world was like without the Domes.Something to mull over. You know. Stuff for us to do once we return to the Dome.