Continued from: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Paladin+QuestTwitter: https://twitter.com/HalflingQM=======You are Fei Yu Xiang: Knight of the Moon, Defender of Man, Blade of the People, and Hungering Prince.That last part is a new one. It's a side effect of the manner Cheng'e - the shrine maiden of the Mountain spirit - saved your life. For the life of you, you can't really tell the difference between being human and being a "Hungering Prince", though apparently if you stay in the sun for too long you'll get a rather nasty rash. But none of that is important right now, what with the recent depopulation of the nearby village, the rather disturbing journal left behind by the Vampire you have recently slain, and Cheng'e's reaction to it. After consulting briefly with the rather uncouth gunman from the west, you decide to go after her. It doesn't quite sit right with you to let her stew over the rather graphic description of her rape and dismemberment on her own. It would not be chivalrous.A quick climb up the mountainside brings you to the "scalding" hotsprings the Hungering Queen said she meant to flee to. Your eyes, of course, do not take in the backside of her lithe and girlish figure as sinks from the stones into the water. Not only would such lechery be tantamount to the precise opposite of chivalry, but the act would ruin the three thousand year old woman for marriage to another man. Not that you would particularly mind being wed to the lovely shrine maiden, but forcing her hand at any stage of the two hundred and thirty seven steps of courtly romance would be rude beyond all comprehension. No, best to sneak around the rocks to the other side of the onsen and slip into the men's bath to converse back to back from across the wooden divider.
>>34426446With more than a few clangs of armor upon stone, you manage to sneak with just enough apparent effort to satisfy the demands of propriety. A few more clangs have your armor off, and a loud splash dumps you unceremoniously into the scalding hot waters of the onsen. Surprisingly, despite feeling the intense heat upon your skin and knowing that four days ago you would have jumped right out in pain, it doesn't hurt. In fact, it's remarkably relaxing. Even Cheng'e's annoyed murmurs at your loud and graceless wading through the water seem halfhearted."Do the words 'I would rather not be disturbed' not imply that I would rather be alone, Sir Knight?" Cheng'e grumbles. From the sound of it, her head is sunken halfway into the water, little splashes and bubbles accompanying her words. "It did in the old days, if my memory has not gone to rot, and I did not lead a life so secluded to be baffled by the modern cant. So it makes me wonder why you are here...""You seemed troubled, my lady," you inform her. When your words are met with silence, you continue. "It is said that the loneliest of wolves howl most frightfully of all their kin. I felt as though I would do you a disservice, were I to let you stew upon the mongrel's words alone. Sir Carver and I... we just want to remind you that Alfons is dead, and you need not fear him."You here a sigh from across the wooden barrier, a delicate thud upon it as Lady Cheng'e leans back and turns her head towards the sky.
>>34426453"I-I am old, Fei Yu," Cheng'e declares after a moment's pause. You balk at the informal form of address, given names with out an honorific are meant only to be used by those very close or those far and widely superior. Never this early in knowing a person, even if the lotus of romance slowly blossoms. "Old as the mountain m-my soul ate when I-I was young. I-I was the third of o-our kind to walk the earth, and now I-I am the last. Alfons' poetry... I-I never indulged in such things, but there was a time in m-my foolish youth where I-I would sit idly by whilst m-my brothers and sisters committed such base atrocities upon the flesh of o-our subjects. You needn't worry over any fear I-I might have of that child committing them upon me..."Well, that was quite the confession. It strikes you as wrong, somehow, that a lady as fair and graceful as Cheng'e would ever be party to such depravity even in her "foolish youth.""Even so, those days are far behind you, then," you tell her. "You've the wisdom of the old, and all the grace of youth. The Reverend of the Temple taught us this, that the gravest of mistakes is the belief that a person cannot change for good or ill. That snuffing away the life of one who could stand in the light of Mother Moon again is the gravest sin, even if they must struggle against their nature to do so. Alfons... madness took him, and Mother Moon will judge him harshly now that he is in her embrace. But fangs are all you share with that madman, Lady Cheng'e, for your soul is pure regardless of it's past."She chuckles lightly and gracefully, like silver chimes ringing upon a breezy summer morning. You sigh contentedly, glad to have banished whatever morose specter hung upon her head.
>>34426474"Oh you dear sweet child," she says, amusement ringing in her voice. "You always see the best in people, and I-I pray you never become so burdened by your age for that to change. When you are as old as I-I am, you start to fear the worst of people, and do even the gentlest of souls a grave disservice. But oh, do I-I wonder..."The wooden barrier explodes outward, an unseen force ripping you from the onsen and pinning you to a tree. As the wood collapses to water, you see her standing upon it past the falling debris. Mercifully she is not naked, your wandering eyes have not ruined her for marriage, but the pink kimono she wore to the bath has changed. It is woven a star speckled black like the midnight sky, and as she moves so too do the stars upon it, the cloth shifting to match a stilled map of the sky. Her face has changed as well, sharp and hawkish with lips stained a bright red by the blood of prey-beasts, her fangs pronounced even here.Hand outstretched, directing the force which pins you down, she stalks across the surface of the springs with all the grace of a hungry lioness approaching a wounded gazelle. A smile paints her lips, baring vampiric fangs for all the world to see; your modesty is unpreserved, but she looks nowhere but your chest, nowhere but your heart. A sharpened stake flies from the pile of collapsed wood into her outstretched hand, even as a lone finger caresses your cheek.
>>34426503"For all m-my youthful grace, I-I've the wisdom of the old," she throws your words back at you. "But you are young, and the young are often foolish, petty creatures who care little for their elders' words... To o-our kind, human blood is the finest ambrosia, for it is life returning to a body dead and stilled. Even with m-my restraint, a part of me was overjoyed to suck you dry, and a part of m-me was disappointed that you had already lost so much. Alfons' madness, Alfons' vile imagination, it reminded m-me of all the blood shed by m-my brethren in o-our foolish youth, and it made m-me wonder... oh, it made m-me wonder..."She shifts her grip upon the wood, and places it right above your heart."W-We consume the heart of a mountain to become what w-we are," she explains, gently pressing the tip of the stake into your chest. "And in o-our hearts, its power resides. When it is destroyed, w-we are as well - Hungering, w-we will fall to dust and ash, never to be ressurected by even the highest orders of magic. Fat upon the blood of a man or beast, w-we shall but die, and a priest could bring u-us back if they desired, though the curse will linger fast upon u-us. So, tell m-me, Fei Yu, why should I-I not pierce through your heart and spare the world the foolish youth of another Hungering Prince?">Because of the good that can be done, weilding this power against the darkness.>You should, Lady Cheng'e. I am a monster, to be slain.>Because I do not wish to die. There is work to be done.>Because I have you to guide me, and keep me upon the righteous path.
>>34426517What was the result from Anonkun?Otherwise,>Because I have you to guide me, and keep me upon the righteous path.Or the custom option that anon posted.
>>34426547Can't get at them, lost my password and votes were hidden.
>>34426517Also, based DM for running even when technical issues beset us.
>>34426446Why are we Guan Yu?
>>34426558How the fuck did you lose your password, you can recover it by email...
>>34426558It is no trouble.Are we continuing to use AnonKun later?
>>34426568Because it was that or Rance, and Rance doesn't do Chivalry. For some reason, everyone with a Guan Dao or Naginata in the pics I searched was some hot chick in far too few clothes.Also, Statsheet.
>>34426517>Because I have you to guide me, and keep me upon the righteous path.
>>34426517>"My life has been yours to take since you turned me. Should you think I lack the fortitude to carry such a burden then at least I shall die in good company."Going with this, which was the vote winning by a mile before you changed it to a hidden vote and lost your password, seriously how the fuck do you do that?
>>34426592That option is not implemented yet anon. Speaking from experience here.>>34426612[
>>34426592Turns out, you can't, actually. Have to email Dev-Kun.Now, votes over chatter, please?
>>34426558>votes were hidden.this is why you don't hide votes...that custom was also winning by a massive lead
>>34426620My bad, I meant to type[x] for >>34426612
>>34426517>"My life has been yours to take since you turned me. Should you think I lack the fortitude to carry such a burden then at least I shall die in good company."
>>34426679Calling, since this was probably the winner anyways. Write up incoming.
>>34426446This may not be the best place to ask, but that Questionable Quests quest about demon queen?Is the setting based on an established world or am I just tripping out while reading the responses?
>>34426755You should just start a new /qtg/. Go into the archives and copy-paste the OP, make new questions if you want.
>>34426803Ok, my bad. I thought since the quest was written by Ellenstar as well people here may know.
>>34426725Soooo, you're HalflingQM/PaladinQM, right?Missed the quests, and looking forward to more stuff!
>>34427252Indeed I am. Wrapping up the current post as we speak.>>34426755Avatar/Exalted
>>34427327Avatar as in the anime?
>>34427356Thus "Azula", yes.
>>34427366I see. Thanks DM!
"You turned me to save my life, Lady Cheng'e," you remind her, bowing your head in supplication. "My life is yours to take, if you see fit. If you believe that I will succumb to the temptations that drove the Hungering Kings to ruin, than I am better off dead. For at least here and now, I shall die without forsaking the vows I hold dearest to my heart, that a monster more terrible than any I have faced may be destroyed. 'Tis better company than I could have hoped for upon the field of battle, at any rate."For an instant, you feel the wooden stake sliding gently beneath your ribs, searching out your heart with all the precision of a surgeon. You can feel your skin crumbling like a mountain of sand, falling away into the wind like dirt tossed into the sky. The feeling passes as quick as it came, however, with an audible sigh from Cheng'e; you cannot tell if it is relief or frustration. The stake falls from her hands, splashing into the scalding waters below. "Regret is a bitter ash that chokes the generous," she replies. A direct quote from the fifth folio of the Trials of Paon Jin Wo, where the miser Jian Shin explains his refusal to give alms to beggars upon the street. "Silver buys steel, and a knife cuts more things than bread. Can I-I trust that I-I shall taste no ash from this decision, Fei Yu?""I would rather be slain than risk your tears, Lady Cheng'e," you state with all the knightly sincerity you can muster. "My honor as a knight of Mother Moon demands it."
>>34427492"Then I believe we are done here, Sir Knight," she says, returning to the more formal address. The pressure upon you ceases, and you fall into the water, still as scalding hot as before, still with little effect upon your person. "Make yourself decent, and w-we shall return to our friend Carver. Though I-I f-fear that if he has inva-vaded m-m-my kitchen again in o-our absense, I-I may have to rescind h-h-hospitality."You throw your clothes back on, and place your armor into your handy little haversack. With Cheng'e accompanying you, you doubt you have much to fear of the Mountain's beasts; she is His favored daughter, after all. The two of you return in silence, though you take the hand extended by the Hungering Queen with a slight little smile. Perhaps moving a bit fast for courtly romance, but you jumped to step twelve with your roundabout confession. The two of you catch the gunman off guard when you arrive in the hut. His hood is lowered, and on a plate next to the notes he had clearly been pouring over is some manner of half eaten meal consisting of meat, cheese, lettuce, and that red fruit from the westlands that might also be a vegetable, sandwiched between two slices of bread. He has some manner of tube in his mouth, and one of those clever little oil wicks that light a small with with an internal stick of flint and a steel roller.>I hope you didn't invade Cheng'e's kitchen to make that, friend.>So, have you discerned what secrets Alfons had?>What... is the tube? Is it like a pipe of poppy?>[Write In]
>>34427508>I hope you didn't invade Cheng'e's kitchen to make that, friend.>So, have you discerned what secrets Alfons had?
>>34427544 hereI'm heading off to work now, hope you get your password sorted for Akun, thanks for running this in the meantime.
>>34427508>>What... is the tube? Is it like a pipe of poppy?Can we ask him to make us a sandwich too?Cheng'e obviously is too lady like to be making us sandwiches.
>>34427508>So, have you discerned what secrets Alfons had?>What... is the tube? Is it like a pipe of poppy?
>>34427508[x] Dress up the gunman as a girl so Cheng'e will be Ok with sending him to the kitchen.If I am not mistaken, DM mentioned that gender restricted dresses are less of a thing in certain areas.
>>34427508>I hope you didn't invade Cheng'e's kitchen to make that, friend.FUCK YEAH PALADIN QUEST
>>34427611...Thank you for this idea, I'm keeping it and it will come up at some point. However, this is so very not one of the areas where that would okay that it's not even funny. You're in gender restriction central, where the ladies and gents will fite u if you try to do another gender's job.
>>34427660I meant where the gunman came from.
>>34427688Oh, yeah, where he's from there's no such thing as cross dressing. If you can pull it off, you can pull it off.
>>34427718So we can say that he left and his female cousin, which looks ridiculous like him in female robes, came to replace him?
Writing for triple combo?This is gonna be a weird ass post.
"I hope you did not invade Cheng'e's kitchen to make that, Sir Carver." As the first one to enter, and as a fellow man, you feel it is your duty to attempt to spare him the brunt of Cheng'e's wrath. It won't be much of a shield, given that she's right behind you and no doubt trying to look over your shoulder, but the monks always said that thought is as important as the action taken. "I have it on good authority that she will be quite vexed with you if she finds any of her utensils out of place.""Does it help if I dressed as a chick while I did it?" he ask through the tube in his mouth. It's lit, now, burning in much the same way poppy leaves would at an opium den, save that the scent is much more... pleasant? Less vile, for certain, it almost smells of mint leaves. "I can do a pretty mean chick, I've got the bone structure for that. Just need to shave clean, doll myself up and throw on a wig. Had to do it once for work, help root out some traitors in another branch, got my cover blown by an annoyed coworker who thought I was doing it for pleasure rather than business.""What," you ask."What," Cheng'e asks.Your voice is more confused. Cheng'e's is more furious. You can see the bright red she's turn, eyes blazing with indignity as she storms up to the poor redheaded bloke. Her hand lashes out and smacks him upon the face, before she stalks off to a corner chair and throws herself down upon it in a huff. She's still glaring at Carver, but it could have been worse.Or maybe not. Cheng'e is not a crass woman, she would not strike someone with an open hand unless their offense was most severe."You-you-you can talk about y-your perversions later, Lady Carver," she growls at him. "But p-p-p-perhaps your energies would be better f-focused upon the matters at hand. And cease fouling the air with that wretched herb; I-I care not if it some ritual your h-heathen religion demands, or just another one of your perversions. S-s-s-stop it, now."
>>34428151"Good grief," the man rolls his eyes, but quietly complies with the Hungering Queen's demands. "It's tabac. It helps you focus. But eh, you're not the first one what doesn't like the smell, so whatever. And for Hectorsake, work, woman, I dressed up as a lady for work, not cause it was fun. Though if it is a prerequisite to cook something in these lands, I might start doing it more often."The wiggle in his eyebrows almost sets Cheng'e off on another rant."Perhaps it would be best," you interject as diplomatically as you can, "if you just told us what you managed to find from Alfons' notes?""Sure, bud," he says through a bite of his... food. "What do ya want to know?"[Choose direction of questions]>If Cheng'e didn't turn Alfons, who did?>Why would he willingly become a vampire?>What did he think he could do with his army of zombies?>[Write In]
>>34428162>>If Cheng'e didn't turn Alfons, who did?>>Why would he willingly become a vampire?>>What did he think he could do with his army of zombies?Why not all of them?
>>34428162>If Cheng'e didn't turn Alfons, who did?>Why would he willingly become a vampire?>What did he think he could do with his army of zombies?
>>34428162>>[Write In][x] What is his code similar to?Is it based on a certain sect?
>>34428192>Direction.Pick one please. Think of it as "This is what I ask first" if you must.>>34428210I have no idea what you mean by this. Please elaborate.
>>34428162>Why would he willingly become a vampire?That probably leads to asking who made him one as a follow-up.
>>34428259I meant whether the code remind him of a certain organization.
>>34428312Writing for this one, because it got the most votes. Probably going to go to sleep afterwards, I'm almost crashing as it is. In all likelihood, this thread will continue tomorrow (after this next write up)
"Why would he willingly choose to become a vampire?" you ask, the question weighing heavily upon your mind. Perhaps it is more directed at Cheng'e than Alfons, for as a Hungering Queen she made herself the way she was, likely knowing the consequences. "I've little doubt of the powers the transformation bestows, but the costs... Why would someone willingly pursue a path that pressures them to consume their fellow man with every breath?"Carver turns to the table and rustles through his notes, settling on a sheet of paper buried deeply beneath the others. As he searches, Cheng'e speaks, still sunk into the corner chair glaring daggers at the gunman."Well, you named the foremost reason. Power is a comely temptress," the vampiress says, her voice far away. "Most of m-my brethren, they wanted the power that came with the stillness, for they had little and others had much. East of the Mountain Wall, w-we did not have Gods come to break u-us free from the shackles of the Sorcerous Priest-Kings of old. To become a Hungering King was to be able to break o-our shackles, even if the price was terrible."A darkness falls across her face, and she gives an uncharacteristically bitter bark of laughter."M-m-my apologies, Sir Knight," she sighs. "All these old memories are flooding back, things I-I-I would have liked to put behind m-me. W-w-we were little better than the Priest-Kings w-we replaced; where they made pets of humanoids, to u-us they were a delicacy. And many made the Priest-Kings' harems their own, save that now their slaves had the fear of being eatenn during an act of passion.""So you really have no excuse," Carver murmurs under his breath. "Seriously, you even have experience, just shag the man already.""I never partook," she deadpans, her voice laced with poison. "Now, I believe you were talking about Alfons' motivations? He wanted immortality, as I recall, wished to never wither away to time."
>>34428717"Well, that's part of it," Carver replies. Something seems off about him, like a shadow crawling up his spine. "Looking at this, there was something he was afraid of, in Oddras. The page gets a bit weird after that, whatever the words are, they're a transliteration of some other language. Or just gibberish.">Roll 6d10
Rolled 7, 10, 4, 9, 10, 7 = 47 (6d10)>>34428738
>>34428755Well okay then.Clearly it's Hero Time. Unfortunately, also sleepy time. That is extremely good news, however.
Bumpan from phone, can other anons keep this thread alive please
Lost your A-kun password huh? Don't know how good an idea it was to do it her but I'll bump it anyway.
>>34431792Considering he got 3 days worth of updates at Anonkun done in one thread...
>>34433169The main reason I'm never excited when QMs move to Akun. I like the site for all its flaws, but it really feels like it enables slow updating which is a pain.
>>34433169Thing is, I doubt he plans to stop using A-kun and alternating between here and there is likely to get confusing. That's why I don't think this was such a good idea. Plus the first third of this thread was the vote most of us already did at A-kung.
>>34433430I see this as a stopgap because the QM lost their password, they get that back, and take the progress from this, paste it in Akun and we're back in business.It ain't a problem.
>>34433531You're probably right. I had just woken up and was still in cynical asshole mode when I saw Ellenstar's tweet.
>>34434049Problem with Anonkun is that we don't get the usual banter like here on /tg/.
>>34434380wut? you get exactly the same in the chat there
>>34434470Usually one or two of us are on at the same time, so it becomes an asynchronous chat where your reply comes half a day later.
>>34434380True. I feel like quests here and quests there are different beasts. Anonkun makes a great format for reading the story, but it feels like a pastebin and PMing the QM our vote could accomplish the same thing. Here it's a bit more like an actual game, where the chat stuff is part of the quest, not off to the side.Speaking of, can we roll on anonkun? I know QMs can, but players?
>>34434470>>34434508It worked a bit better when the stories were first posted and when an update happened, but the updates are spaced out, and we don't expect another for a while after, so people probably leave after voting.
>>34434508only if the updates are slow and not fast while the story is live
>>34434588>>34434581True.Do authors actually do live posting on Anon kun?
>>34434540>Speaking of, can we roll on anonkun? I know QMs can, but players?yep, rolling there is much better than here>>34434581if the story is live, that means its updating, in effect, like a live thread
>>34434606yep, almost all the ones that moved from /tg/ do, including OP
>>34434620Good to know.However, the live posting for Ellenstar seems to be plopping down a post, then answer a bunch of questions (and I am thankful to her for that), but no new story post until 1-2 days later.
>>34434607My only experience is with Ellenstars quests and reading a couple of smut ones. And Ellenstar has only posted one update to each quest since posting them. Hopefully that can pick up some, since this thread got a couple story posts before going on break.
>>34434675How does one pick out the diamonds from the dungs in Anon Kun?Follow the author? At least there is the number of votes on sup tg archive for /tg/.
>>34434703>Follow the author?Sadly thats the best way, you can also ask around in the main chat, but yeah, for finding stories/quests Akun sucks balls, I mean, for fucks sake, there isn't even a search function...
>>34434734Too bad, but good to know.Thanks anon!
>>34434703For me, its not that different from browsing FF.net, look for a minimum number of words to satisfying you that something has happened in it, then check the description and first few paragraphs if it doesn't chase you off with poor grammer or cliches than its good enough to kill some time on.Course, I've still only browsed smut on a-kun.
>>34434856Midori-chan is my favorite, but it's pretty /d/elicious since its an alien futa with tentacles infecting a human colony and spreading love by impregnating women and my god I kinda forgot how blatantly Smut it is since there's a decent amount of plot and character interaction going on.
>>34435007Why did I laugh.Will read. Thanks!
>>34435007Mind linking that one? I can't find it
>>34435071On my phone or I would. The full title is >The Greatest Daughter in the World Creamy Midori-chanMight be minori-chan...Anyway, the first bits of it are actually in one of the collections of Smut quests, but it tells you where to look I'm the description. Anyway, if the thread is still here in 3ish hours when I get home I'll type up the link.
>>34435142>>34435185thanks for the link, apparently on hiatus, any idea when it'll resume? spoilertext for offtopic talk
>>34435185>MinoruIn my defence, the quest is 2nd person so the name doesn't come up as much?
bedtime bump, can fellow anons please keep this thread alive
Password's back. Going to update on a-kun with the rather phenomenal roll results.
>>34436975Awww, was hoping you'd come back here full time.