Tryin' somethin' a bit different with my writing today- here's hoping it goes well! TRIGGAH WARNAN- DIS HURR INN-TROW B SUPAH LOODSorry, I can't take anything that begins with 'trigger warning' seriously.Twitter: https://twitter.com/EsperQuestQMAsk.fm thing: ask.fm/EsperQuestQMArchives:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Raildexhttp://archive.moe/tg/search/username/EsperQuestQM/type/op/order/ascAlso, don't forget about the INSIGHT mechanic! Keep me on my toes, m'kay?It's just a 1d5 roll, greentext highlighting what you want to know more about, and maybe a question/comment/concern that you want me to shed some light on!Intro posts incoming!
YOU are Mato Tsuruya. It is the twenty-sixth of the month of July, the birds are singing, the sun is only barely peeking up over the horizon, and you've awoken only because of your phone's incessant boo-dooping. A cursory glance about the room confirms that you're in Akari's room again- nothing too unusual there- and your phone, screen glowing and little green light blinking, is sitting on the table beside Akari's alarm clock- which is a bit out of your reach.You can't reach it from where you are, locked in the toasty-warm and loving embrace of your very own red-headed pyromaniac as you are (well, as you assume you are- unlike most days, it seems Akari took it upon herself to be the 'big spoon' this time- normally, you prefer face-to-face, but you're not complaining).You gently wriggle your way out of her arms, which, though surprisingly strong for someone of her slight build, are still sopping-wet noodles compared to yours, and out from under the covers, causing Akari to give a slight mutter-mumble-groan of protest that's cute enough to send a dagger of 'go back and cuddle her more, you monster' through your heart.The departure from the covers greets you with a surprisingly-cool breeze on your bathing-suit places*, but you figure it's just the contract between the cool morning air and the soothingly-warm radiance of Akari.*- NOTE: Mato wears a bikini all the time, so what she means by 'bathing-suit places' is really 'bikini-bottom places'.
You get on your hands and knees and shuffle towards the bedside- and your phone- when a sudden warmth suffuses itself through a hand that has been very abruptly placed on your apparently-bare bum.You hear a groggy, clearly-still-half-asleep Akari giggle. The hand squeezes a little.You slowly turn your head to see something black-and-white on Akari's head. She giggles again."Stripes..." she mumble-giggles, half-lidded eyes unfocused and sinking back shut.You feel your cheeks heat up further.......and you blush, too. ……Some time later, you're busily shoveling a sizable mound of pancake into your mouth as Akari apologizes for the... fourth time.You swallow, forgive her again, shoot her a smile, and resume eating.Your arms and chest still feel a bit strange- not in a bad way, per se, just a noticeable one. It's almost as if your skin fits over them slightly differently than it used to.… which, now that you think about it, is probably accurate. You chew thoughtfully as you mull this over, only to be interrupted by your noticing that Akari hasn't really even touched her food.You place your fork down, its tines hitting the plate with a CLINK, and take in Akari's troubled expression with your full attention. Your question is a simple one. “Is something bothering you, Akari?”She starts a little at the sound of your voice- hardly reassuring, that- and, after a moment of hesitation, nods. >Ask her about it>Offer to listen, if she wants>Tell her she needs to eat>Something else? (Write-in!)
Rolled 4 (1d5)>>35177223>Ask her about it>a moment of hesitationWhy was she hesitating? I thought they were the share everything all the time types.
>>35177223>>Ask her about itWe can't help her out if she won't tell us!
>>35177223>Ask her about itTruly Akari is an indecent girl.
>>35177223>Offer to listen, if she wantsBest girl and other best girl are lewd!
>>35177223>Ask her about itAkari has great taste, I too would take every opportunity to grope them buttocks. And then LEWD and LEWD LEWD LEWD and even LEWD between her LEWD until she LEWD LEWD LEWD. But Akari's only just started after all.
>>35177260(Put your votes after your INSIGHT checks from now on- that almost confused me, there!)>4You've known Akari for a long time, now. She's always been a little hesitant to trouble others with things that might be bothering her- especially if she's not sure if they're actually important or not.It's a shame, really, for someone so smart to be so self-doubtful about that sort of thing.
>>35177374I like the insight mechanic. Where did you get the idea/steal it from?
>>35177374Well then, let's put those doubts to rest!
>>35177404It just popped into my head when I was trying to go to sleep one night!Actually, I get a lot of ideas like that, when my meds are fully processed and not making me functional anymore!Funny how that works out, isn't it?>>35177260>>35177284>>35177294>>35177337>Ask- if you just offer to listen, she probably won't want to 'trouble' you with it!>>35177314Let her know you're there for her, you big softie!LOOKS LIKE YA GOTTA ASK DEM QUESTIONS!WRITAN!
>>35177223>Offer to listen, if she wants
“What is it? Ya wanna talk about it? Is there anything I can do to help?”She grins a little at your flood of questions, and you feel a bit of relief bubble up inside of your belly. “I, uh-” her smile falters a bit, and you feel a brief desire to forcibly remove the intestines of whoever or whatever it was that could make her smile go away, though it's quickly replaced by worry for the girl herself.“... I had one of those weird dreams again.”“One of the ones with Testarossa?” you ask, managing (though only barely) to speak, rather than snarl, the name of your love's tormentor, the purple-haired monster who wants to purge the world of non-espers.She nods. “Yeah... this one was different, though.”>'Different how?'>'WHAT DID SHE DO?'>'Are you alright?'>Say nothing.>Something else! (What?)
>>35177686>'Are you alright?'Waifu worries.
>>35177686>>'WHAT DID SHE DO?'>>'Are you alright?'
>>35177686>'WHAT DID SHE DO?'>>'Are you alright?'We concerned Mato now.
>>35177686>'Different how?'Let's try to get the relevant info first.
>>35177686>'Different how?'>'Are you alright?'>Judiciously apply nails to palm to avoid freaking out.
>>35177709Worry!>>35177725>>35177753>OUTRAGE!>Worry!>>35177792Concerned curiosity!>>35177802Curious, worried, and fake-calm!MMmmmm'kay!Writing!
D-different?!Akari never acted like this after one of them before...!You stop squeezing the wooden seat of the chair you're sitting in when you hear the wood complaining under the intense pressure applied by your fingers and palms.“Akari... are you... are you alright?” Your voice wavers with worry. That won't do.You clear your throat and compose yourself. You have to be strong. For Akari!Cool, calm, collected. Just like Miku-nee taught you. You look deep into her eyes. “What. Did. She. Do.”Akari shakes her head.“It wasn't Testarossa- not this time,” she says, “it was...” She frowns. “... I think I should start from the beginning...”… Continued, obviously!
[A FEW HOURS AGO]You are Akari Takamichi, and you're almost certain you're asleep.You're in a... sort of... vague place, like the city you saw before.It's almost like you're inside of a cloud.A voice calls out to you. A man's voice, collected and even. It seems to emanate from everywhere and nowhere- at the same time... and it's not nearly as unsettling as you'd think it would be. “Have you ever seen a statue of the anthropomorphic personification of Justice, Takamichi Akari?”“I have, yes,” you say with a nod. Nee-chan took you on a visit to America awhile back, and-“Did anything about her strike you as being... odd?”>Yes. (What was it?)>Nope.>Something... else? (What?)
>>35178346>Yes. (She was blind)Blind justice can be a good thing, but it can also be a problem.
Rolled 2 (1d5)>>35178346“Have you ever seen a statue of the anthropomorphic personification of Justice, Takamichi Akari?”Who is this personification of justice I wonder!>Well it was a statue, I assume any oddities are artistic license...or just lack of skill.Who is this personification of justice I wonder!
Rolled 1 (1d5)>>35178346>A man's voice, collected and even.Does it sound at all familiar or recognizable?>Yes.Blindfolds are silly and scales are out of date for Academy City!
>>35178346>Yes. (What was it?)>No Fire. Seriously, how is that supposed to work ?
>>35178368>>35178394Oh right, that liberty statue, right. Damn, that's a bummer, I was hoping for something interesting.
>>35178394>2Lady Justice. Every depiction except for /that/ one- you don't remember exactly /where/ that one was, but she was the only one without a blindfold.>>35178398>1It sounds... almost /too/ generic.Your instincts are telling you that it's unnatural... false.It's not a voice that actually belongs to someone. It's a construct.A tool.
>>35178346>Nope.Face it, people usually don't questions icons they've known basically all their lives, unless given serious reason to.
>>35178540Well then, time to immediately distrust everything it says and see if we can flush Precia out of hiding. I do wonder what it will think of our answers though.
>>35178547Even if that was true, anon... what makes you think Akari is a 'usual' person?>>35178368>>35178398>>35178408>Yes>She was blind! [DING DING DING! WE HAVE A WINNER!]>>35178547Huh? What? No, why?Alright, writing!
>>35178629>Even if that was true, anon... what makes you think Akari is a 'usual' person?Because the alternative is being a special snowflake.Do you want Akari to be a special snowflake?
>>35178709Eh, it's possible to be incredibly unhinged without falling into snowflake territory, and Personal Reality does include some pretty serious insanity as a prerequisite.
You nod. “Yes. She was wearing a blindfold!”“Very good, Takamichi-san.” The voice sounds almost... pleased. “You're a smart one, so I can only assume you understand what that represents. Lady Justice being blind, that is.”You nod.Of course you do! “So, then, if I may be so bold... what makes you think that what you intend to do- stopping Precia Testarossa's plan- is the right thing? What makes you think that you're any less blind than Justice itself given human form? Have you ever stopped and considered what you're doing? That there might be a very good reason she's doing what she is?”>'Is there any possible justification for killing off the majority of the human race and rendering the survivors irredeemably insane?'>'She may have been blind, but she wasn't senseless. Which, coincidentally, is what you'd need to be to think SPECIES-WIDE GENOCIDE was EVER an acceptable course of action.'>'No... no, I hadn't.'>'I did, yeah. Then I came to my senses.'>Something else? (Write-in!)
>>35178876>'She may have been blind, but she wasn't senseless. Which, coincidentally, is what you'd need to be to think SPECIES-WIDE GENOCIDE was EVER an acceptable course of action.'
>>35178876>'That's a shitty metaphor, since Justice being blind is a GOOD thing. If I am blind too that's unproblematic. Justice doesn't judge good or bad intentions after all, it judges actions and consequences!'
>>35178876>Something else? (Write-in!)>>35178906Supporting this!
>>35178876>Thats the wrong interpretation of the metaphor, its supposed to represent her being impartial, not senseless. So species wide genocide is still a shit idea, even even objectivly.
>>35178709>special snowflakeHAVE A COKE AND A SMILE, ANON>>35178890>>35178998Genocide is bad, you STUPID PRICK.>>35178906>>35178935>>35179026>ur metaphor almost as shit as ur waifu>kek>lel>plebeian>REKT>>35178953>BUT YOU'RE WRONG, YOUR EDGE-NESS!You guys are grand.Writan!
>>35179154>Lost my name AND my imageWAT.Do I need to update 4chanx or somethin'?
>>351791924chan was clearly telling you to make things lewder.Actually it's just everything about posting is a shit.
>'That's a shitty metaphor, since Justice being blind is a GOOD thing. If I am blind too that's unproblematic. Justice doesn't judge good or bad intentions after all, it judges actions and consequences!'You poke his pansy-ass argument full of holes, and there's a pause.“...Okay, so I'm bad at metaphors! Sue me. My point still stands- you don't know why Testarossa is doing what she's doing, and, believe you me, there's a very good reason. She isn't lying to herself- she's gone mad, and what she's doing is evil beyond all hope of redemption. But it's necessary. Don't you realize what it is that Project Sol Aeternam is doing? Do you understand what kind of attention it will attract if- no, WHEN- it succeeds?!”>Listen>Interrupt>Ask a question (What?)>Something else! (Write-in!)Sorry for that little extra bit of delay, there. I had some surprise formatting errors, 'cause I copy-pasted anon's slam-dunk straight from the source and it made things all silly.
>>35179438>Interrupt>>Ask a question (And that makes genocide acceptable?)
>>35179438>InterruptEven if her goal is one that must be reached, that doesn't mean I can accept her methods! There's always a better way!
Rolled 2 (1d5)>>35179438>a pauseWas he rethinking his wording or is he being coached?
>>35179438>Ask a question (What?)What the hell does Project Sol have to do with this?>420Yeah I think Akari is gonna start blazing something soon too captcha.
Rolled 2 (1d5)>>35179438>Interrupt>Is it really the only way to accomplish what she is trying to, or only the easy one ?Does she realize what project Sol Aeternam is really about ?
>>35179488>2He seemed taken aback, maybe a little flustered? He was surprised, either way.He probably didn't expect you to to verbally bitch-slap him like you did.
>>35179566So he doesn't actually know much about us then. Good, that will make this next part much easier.
>>35179438>Interrupt"What's your angle weird cloud man?"
>>35179565That's a hard one to do, gimme a minute (I realize you'll only read this when I've come up with the response, but, still!)>2He doesn't seem to expect that Sol Aeternam is about something other than what you think it is- he doesn't think you see what will result from it if it succeeds.
>>35179468>>35179476>>35179565>>35179605>>35179651>>35179535>And... that makes genocide okay?>What, exactly, are you getting at?Alright!Gonna run to the bathroom, then get to writing!(What do you guys think of the thread so far? Good? Bad? Ugly? Better or worse than usual? I'm anxious as shit and also trying something new, don't judge me!)
>>35179736So far so decent, I just hope we get some action soon.
>>35179736I like it, though of course arguing with cloud man isn't very representative of the quest as a whole so I'll have more to say when we get back to current time. Insight still nice. I enjoyed Akari being lewd at least.
>>35179736The Thread is good so far.
>>35179736I feel like the characters (Mako and Akari specifically) have become to comfortable with lewdness.
>>35179736Not bad, hopefully we get to kick this guy's ass and work out some catharsis!
>>35179736I may just be blind, but what is this new thing you were trying?
>>35179822I think he's referring to the Insight mechanic.
>>35179843He did that last thread.
>>35179859Yeah, but it's still relatively new compared to the quest as a whole. I might be wrong though.
>>35179822I'm approaching the way I write the characters slightly differently. It might be noticeable, it might not. I'm unsure. >>35179781I kinda feel the same way, to be honest, but, in the grand scheme of things, I realize that touching a butt isn't really all that lewd.Anyways, I'm back- and writing!
>>35179910So far I haven't noticed anything different.
You cross your arms and frown. “Well, clearly I don't, because I still don't see what kind of 'attention' ANYTHING could attract that would justify genocide! What are you getting at, cloud-guy? Cut to the chase.”“... are you aware of the existence of intelligent life from worlds other than our own, Takamichi-san?”You scowl at the question.Stupid invisible cat-alien-thing. He got Nee-chan, but at least you kept his grubby little (you assume they're little) paws off of your precious Mato!“All-too aware, I'm afraid,” you answer. “Why?”“Have you ever considered that they may well be watching us? That they, too, see what a way to generate energy with more-than-perfect efficiency could bring? Power. UNLIMITED power. And any beings advanced enough to be watching us without our knowing are easily advanced enough to wipe us out.”“... so you want to do their work for them.”“No. We want to be ready for them. Academy City- and, more importantly, Espers- are the only thing we have, and there just aren't enough of us powerful enough to defend ourselves! Only a handful are powerful enough to be Level 5! How can we hope to survive if we don't adapt in the most expedient way possible?!”>...>You're joking, right?>You... what?>So... you want to wipe out the majority of the human race... to help the human race... survive a war... with aliens.>Something else? (Write-in!)
>>35180194>You... what?Guy pls.
>>35180194>So... you want to wipe out the majority of the human race... to help the human race... survive a war... with aliens.This man is clearly a genius master of logic and forward thinking.
>>35180194>You... what?That doesn't even BEGIN to make sense!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW7Op86ox9gMood music.Alternatively, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnHmskwqCCQ
>>35180194>...>You're joking, right?>You... what?>So... you want to wipe out the majority of the human race... to help the human race... survive a war... with aliens.>I get it. You're not crazy.> You're just fucking stupid.
>>35180194>>So... you want to wipe out the majority of the human race... to help the human race... survive a war... with aliens.Does not compute! There won't be enough espers left you moron!
>>35180194>So... you want to wipe out the majority of the human race... to help the human race... survive a war... with aliens.>Did it occur to you, that this whole plan would be the best way for aliens to take us over ? When the majority of us is already dead and the collapsed infrastructure makes us desperate for any help ?
>>35180194Please add>>35180294To>>35180281And its perfect.
>>35180238>>35180265>u wot>>35180254>>35180288 (actually the gas is supposed to leave espers alive, just crazy! Or, y'know, crazy-er.)>>35180294>>35180354>U>WOT>M8Yeah, okay, I think I've got a pretty good feel for what y'all are tryin' to communicate.Writing!
>>35180425Assuming they didn't all kill each other in fits of homicidal insanity, of course.
>>35180194Be strong Akari, later you get to touch Mato butt.
You stand there for several moments.It takes awhile for you to process that.Your brain wasn't really made to handle such... interesting... thoughts.You patiently and very carefully explain to him just how brain-dead this 'plan' is, pointing out such flaws in it as 'The majority of humanity being wiped out makes it easier to finish the job' and 'maybe if Academy City shared its ridiculous technology with the rest of the world- or at least let them know about these aliens- we'd all have a much better chance' and 'there's lots of things /we/ can do with limitless energy, too, you know' and 'no, seriously, who told you this was a good idea'- listing them all wouldn't be efficient.>Roll d100 to see how good you are at teaching!
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>35180611C'mon dice!
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>35180611
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>35180611
>>35180634>Roll d100 to see how good you are at teaching!>Rolled 92Apparently, we're a very good teacher
>>35180634>>35180645>>35180651>92Hot damn.http://youtu.be/-bTpp8PQSogYou're approximately this based in terms of instructor awesomeness.Writing!
>>35180688"Akari Takamichi and the Mysterious Psi-Stone." I like it!
>>35180688>Akarin Jones, Teacher, Archeologist, Pyromaniac.>Crazy Arab dude comes after her with a sword. She sets him on fire. WITH HER MIND!10/10 Would watch the shit out of.
“... That... um...” There's a pause. “Uh, just, uh, gimme a sec, okay?”After a few minutes, Testarossa herself steps through the vague bank of vague-clouds ahead and to your right.“Okay, could you repeat that to the boss?”You sigh.You can't even be mad right now.You're just sad.You didn't realize someone could be this stupid.… also, killing her in here doesn't seem to do much, so, there's that.You explain, and, by the end, she seems rather disheartened.After a few moments, she speaks up. “So... what do we do, now?”You'd be incredulous at her asking you for advice, but you're all out of incredulity for the forseeable future.>What do you tell her? (Write-in!)
>>35180866>Suggest working on a new plan, maybe you can give her some pointers or point out some obvious issues with them?
>>35180866>I'm no fan of the aliens either, perhaps we might engage in not-so-jolly cooperation?
>>35180866>Maybe we can work on that formular ? Less power for less crazy ? Try to find out what these aliens actually do on earth right now. Maybe find a way to monitor them ? You know, stuff that sane people preparing for a fight do.
>>35180866>The first ingredient in any successful plan is intel. Plans require actual planning!
>>35180866>Power serum, not a bad thing. If it kills people though, that means back to the drawing board. Not much point giving power that means you don't have soldiers anymore. Also, did anyone even bother finding out what these aliens actually do ? Because I don't trust these Xenos either, I know you guys can't be too familiar with intelligence, but you need intel to fight a war.
>>35180866>incredulity>not incredulousnessmeme plsI've gotta go do somethin' (shouldn't take long, though)Discuss and what-not while ya wait, play nice and don't set the house on fire and all that.
>>35180866>Honestly? Espers are best used as tactical and strategic assets. Just the Railgun can do some pretty big damage against all but the most hardened targets with her signature move. And don't even get me started on what that accelerator guy can do. He's pretty much Hax incarnate, just get him into space and make him shoot a big tungsten rod at the mothership. Boom, Aliens dead.>And the more common Level Twos and Threes can be trained and added to normal soldier squads in specialized roles.>And talking about normal soldier, just give them the high tech equipment Academy City is hoarding. We're 20 years more advanced than anywhere else in the planet. We have Giant Robots, for Christ's sake! Give the tech to America and Europe for production and keep some deactivation codes in case they try to use it agaimst us and suddenly humanity can fight much better.
So how far exactly do we want to take this whole thing? Testarossa is a crazy bitch and I don't want to team up with her, but at the same time I want us to be ready when the aliens inevitably make their move. I suggest we help her out a bit to make sure no one dies, then make tracks and talk to Fate about things.
>>35181100To clarify, I mean get Accel into space so the Rod From God doesn't burn in the atmosphere and launch it at some Ludicrous Speed. He can manipulate vectors, I'm sure he can use that to manipulate the Kinetic Energy stored in some flywheels to shoot it at some fraction of Lightspeed.
>>35181199Does Akari even know about Accel?
>>35181199Do we even need to get him into space? We could always get him to use that "slow-the-earth" trick and launch a few skyscrapers fast enough that the atmospheric resistance is negligible.
>>35181258I would be surprised if she didn't, judging by his monologues everyone knew who he was and wanted a piece. Judgement probably has him listed as KEEP THE FUCK AWAY though.
>>35181258Dunno, but we certaimly know that the Level Fives are Crazy and Strong, and we certainly know about Misaka.Some Level Fives are famous, while others are Classified Information. Accel probably is one of the Classified L5s, and I'm sure the Dark Matter dude (Kakine or something? Never got that far in the light novels) is.But the gist of the plan should work either way. Hell, replace Accel with "Misaka and Really Long Rails" and the resulting Velocity should be... Sufficient.
>>35181302The friction should still be too dangerous, and depending on the speed it might even ignite the atmosphere or just burn down the projectile and reduce its mass, speed and thus its energy.I think one of the XKCD what ifs showed what would happen if you fired a baseball at near light speed. Basically, it becomes a nuke.Thats our worst case scenario.
>>35181386I think Accel is officially classified but the rumors are widespread enough that we would at least have something to go on if we had to track him down. Of course, he would probably just kill us, but at least we can try. Going after Kakine on the other hand would be both impossible and a REALLY bad idea.
>>35180890>>Suggest working on a new plan, maybe you can give her some pointers or point out some obvious issues with them?>>35180921>>I'm no fan of the aliens either, perhaps we might engage in not-so-jolly cooperation?>>35180922>>Maybe we can work on that formular ? Less power for less crazy ? Try to find out what these aliens actually do on earth right now. Maybe find a way to monitor them ? You know, stuff that sane people preparing for a fight do.>>35180949>>The first ingredient in any successful plan is intel. Plans require actual planning!.>>35180998>>Power serum, not a bad thing. If it kills people though, that means back to the drawing board. Not much point giving power that means you don't have soldiers anymore. Also, did anyone even bother finding out what these aliens actually do ? Because I don't trust these Xenos either, I know you guys can't be too familiar with intelligence, but you need intel to fight a war.>>35181100>[insert the whole spiel here]M'kay, I'm back!Looks like you guys are looking into JOLLY CO-OPERATION?>>35181457>a baseball at the speed of light'Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to SMOKING CRATER STADIUM!'
>>35181457That assumes real world physics though, and Accelerator doesn't even pretend to play by those rules. Hell, he did exactly that in canon and nobody in the area around the building was at all harmed.
>>35181506"Jolly" is definitely not the term I would use, but I suppose our interests do align somewhat, at least in the short term.
>>35181516Yes, that's true.Also, I don't think the magicians would take some Xeno Scum showimg up and trying to kill everyone well.We don't know that IC, but just stopping her from killing all non espers already helps us quite a bit, just because we would still have the Catholics and Anglicans magical bullshit and there's that one guy with the ancient Venus-Powered Laser.
Okay, let's do some VOTAN>Address the gas first>Address the bit about the aliens first>Address the whole 'Academy City keeping all the cool toys to itself' thing first>Address something else that I'm missing, here, first. (Write-in!)
Uh, didn't this dream result in Akari crying? How are we going from this to that?
>>35181672>Address the gas firstThats the crux of the issue, no deal witht eh genocide gas thing in the room.>>35181684Crying from suppressed laughter and confusion.
>>35181506>>35181616That reminds me, Touma's (and Index's, when the author remembers she exists) Bizarre Adventures are still happening in the background, right?Or did we butterfly that away?
>>35181616Yeah, the amount of resources Crowley alone has at his disposal is pretty ridiculous, add in the magic side and any invading aliens are in for one hell of a fight. Hell, I'm not even sure invading England is possible given all the magical shit the royals have that only applies in defense of the realm. This shit is gonna make World War III look like a water balloon fight by comparison!
>>35181672>Address the gas first
>>35181672>Address the gas firstGenocidal mania is the first problem on the table, get rid of that and we might be able to have a productive conversation.
>>35181672In this order>Address the gas first>Address the whole 'Academy City keeping all the cool toys to itself' thing second>Address the bit about the aliens third
>>35181684She probably had her faith in humanity shattered by the rampant stupidity her (current) Arch-Nemesis and her minions displayed.
>>35181703IIRC he said we only sped up the Stiyl fight a bit, the plot as a whole is still marching on largely unchanged.
>>35181684No, I don't think she was crying. Just troubled.Depending on how the conversation went, what was troubling her was subject to change.>>35181703... honestly, I kinda stopped giving a shit about all that. ... is that bad?
>>35181779Eh, it's not like it was overly important for any of Akari's adventures anyway, but it might become a big deal if any sort of world war or alien invasion happens. Just something to keep in mind, I suppose.
>>35181672>Address the bit about the aliens first
>>35181779>... honestly, I kinda stopped giving a shit about all that.Not really. He's a dummy.Feel free to include and warp any canon characters you want if that's the case, though!
>>35181815Wait, doesn't magic run on belief in this setting?How many people would lose their faith if confronted the existence of aliens, ya think?
>>35181858It's not necessarily belief in any higher power as I understand it, more in the righteousness of one's cause and all that, though I freely admit that a lot of the magical stuff flew way over my head. Come to think of it, it's not too dissimilar to Personal Reality.
>>35181858Tsuchimikado is irreligious and can still use magic so it's probably not all that big a deal.
>>35181700>>35181750>>35181753>>35181756>The gas is currently rather... problematic. Savvy?>>35181823THESE XENOSTELL ME MORE ABOUT THEM>>35181890I just plain don't remember. It's been... awhile. Okay! Lemme just get to writing, here...
>>35181716Unless the aliens are "lol Sufficient Advanced Technobabble is Indistinguishable from MAGIC" and "We gonna wipe you niggas out with our TOTTALY CLEAN NOT!NUKES" then Humanity can survive at least half a year.Remember, the RailDex verse is overall "20 minutes into the future" and Academy City displays tech "20 years more advanced than anywhere else" but their actual tech level is somewhere between"lol Giant Robots and Nearly completely indestructible Buildings" and "whatever the plot needs"America must have upgraded to the F-35 and probably has those Railguns equipped in their Ships, at the very least.
You heave a heavy sigh.“Okay, first off, this whole 'gas' thing is really... problematic. Either change it so it's not genocidal and doesn't make everyone left insane, get rid of it- in a safe and not-stupid way, of course, or start placing bets on whether it's me or Fate-chan that ends up being the one to fry you. Got it?”She nods. Slowly, at first, but she gradually reaches a rather normal nod-frequency.“That- maybe if we swapped out the... yeah, for some...”>ROLL d100 to see if Testarossa's a competent chemist/chemical engineer/chemistry-person-thing!
>>35181858>>35181890>>35181918If I remember it right, its some sort pf collective unconscious thing.What magic needs is that people BELIEVED in it at some point, and the more people still believe the better, but the spells still work if the religion is dead.There was that guy who used Incan spells to take the shape of other people and shoot Venus powered Lasers out of an obsidian dagger in one of the early novels.
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>35182057Well...
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>35182057Best of three, right?
Rolled 32 (1d100)>>35182057C'mon dice!
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>35182057
>>35181947As far as I'm concerned, the '20-30-whatever years ahead' thing is a bit more political BS than AC'd like you to believe, and the rest of the world isn't exactly slacking off. Russia, the States, and China are all starting their own psychic programs, and, unlike AC, they're sharing their results and research. I never really intended for us to go as far as the whole WWIII arc thing, yanno?The world doesn't just sit around and play with itself while one city does all the cool stuff, after all. >>35182077>>35182091>>35182092>56She's kinda okay-ish... I guess.Alright, writing!
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>35182057
She frowns. “Hmm, no, that wouldn't work... maybe if we did some more testing with that one...” She shakes her head. “Needs too much energy, mass-production wouldn't be efficient...”She pauses and looks up at you.Then, she blinks.“... Samuel! What are you keeping her here for? She probably wants to go and raise a family or something!” She squints at you for several moments. “What are you, like, nineteen? Are you married yet? How does that stuff even work, these days?”She pauses, then shakes her head again. “Hurry up with that 'undying sun' thing. We need more power! I'll have that blonde kid give you our contact information. Samuel!”…… Continued!
>>35182394I knew it! I knew Precia was best girl all along!
…You're Tsuruya Mato, and your girlfriend (just thinking the word makes you a little giddy!) just relayed the strangest and most largely-nonsensical dream in the history of mankind to you.She sighs and pinches her temples. “... and /THAT/ is what's bothering me.”…You blink.… You feel the need to comfort her, but... what do you even do?>???
>>35182394Uhhh, I dunno if that's such a good idea. Precia IS a murderous (or at the very least severely abusive) criminal after all.
>>35182431>Good you didn't need to kill her ?...I got nuthin.
>>35182394>>35181761Like I said, Rampant Stupidity.Anyone have a Pic that can illustrate how Smartly Stupid our villains are?
>>35182431>HUGS"I have no idea how to respond to that, so I'm not even going to try. Just remember that I'm here for you, ok?"
>>35182431Why is that bothering you? That's GREAT!
>>35182473I dunno if "great" is the term Mato would use, working with Precia does present a few ethical dilemmas here and there for someone so hyper-lawful.
>>35182445She's actually too scatterbrained to know what's going on outside of, y'know, science.>>35182450*cough* hug your waifu or something, dammit *cough*>>35182466>pic>>35182494But convincing them that genocide isn't a good idea is pretty cool, right?
>>35182524Wait, what? What happened to her tearing one of Fate's legs off just for questioning her? Precia's not just scatterbrained, she's a goddamn psychopath.
>>35182431>Hug her>Don't worry, Akari. Everything is fine, it's not your fault she is so fucking stupid.>>35182524Sorry Boss, but that pic is for normal stupid, not Precia's Intelligent Dumbness.She's on a whole other level.
>>35182450>>35182472>>35182473>>35182701So, some sort of, "I-dunno-what-to-even-say-to-that-here-have-a-hug" sort of thing?>>35182640I didn't say she wasn't, anon.As far as she's concerned, though, it was FOR SCIENCE, and thus okay- after all, the blonde kid wasn't ever like, 'hey, don't rip my arms off and replace them with bionic ones', right?Was it for questioning her? I don't recall that, but, hey, I don't remember lots of stuff.Okay, lemme just get to writan...
>>35182640>>35182748I guess her alignment is Stupid Evil, with the Well Intentioned Extremist Perk.She is ruthless and has no problem using violence and genocide "For the Greater Good", bit can't into Common Sense
>>35182748>You always knew the bitch was crazy- she tore one of your legs off the first time you asked if you were supposed to have a surnameFrom the OP to thread 6. Precia might be a useful ally for now, but she WILL face justice for her crimes one day, preferably sooner than later.
>>35182794The only problem with common sense, anon, is that it's hardly common at all.
>>35182814Oooohhhhh! Right, okay, yeah.If nothing else, I'm sure you guys can come up with some sort of sadistic worse-than-death punishment for her!
>>35182864I have a few ideas, yes... but that can wait. Right now it would seem that we need her alive, though, so I'll hold off for the moment.
>>35182864Have our Almost Sister-in-Law rip off her brain and transplant it into an obnoxiously cute and seriously underpowered Robotic Loli Body.She won't be able to intimidate anyone, what with her adorable pouts and noodly arms.We could also shove some electrodes on her brain that can incapacitate her for when she tries to do evil things.Just some pain and mild pain, you know, that Pavlovian conditioning thing.
>>35183064>Just some pain and mild painGod dammit, brain!I meant Just locking up her body and some mild pain.
>>3518306410/10Your idea features lolibots, electrodes, noodle-arms, brain transplants, hyper-cuteness, AND behavioral conditioning through electric shock.You win seven internets.
>>35183135You did ask us to think up a fate worse than death, Boss.Does this mean we can do it in-story?
>>35183064>>35183135Doesn't make her suffer enough for my tastes, but it's definitely funny and a good start.
You consider the situation, and what she just told you.Ah!Perfect.You scoot your chair out from the table and stand. Akari seems a little surprised by this, but not overly-so.You smile as you move around the table, lift her out of her chair, and sit down in said chair before placing her in your lap and wrapping your arms around her.“I don't really get it, either,” you admit, “but it sounds like you stopped Testarossa without even meaning to.”She relaxes in your arms and leans back against you. “But... she did all those horrible things to Fate-chan, and... and...” she sighs. “I don't even know what to think.”You rest your chin on her shoulder and nuzzle up against her cheek. “Still,” you say, dropping your voice down a few levels to a volume you'd probably describe as a 'half-whisper', “it sounds to me like you did something great for the whole world, without even clenching a fist.” You squeeze her a little. “And that makes you a hero, Akari. My hero, at the very least.”Your phone manages to boo-doop again at this point, which you feel kind of ruins the mood.Huh.Funny, you never actually checked your messages, what with how awkward this morning was.No, wait.Is.The morning isn't over yet.So it's 'is'.Or maybe 'has been'?You shake your head minutely.Focus, Mato!>Check your phone>Encourage Akari to eat>Feed Akari yourself (this will require you full attention- no multitasking)>Something else? (Write-in!)
>>35183244>Feed Akari yourself (this will require you full attention- no multitasking)Forget productivity, there's lewdness to be had!
>>35183199If you hit up Miku about it, it's definitely a possibility.
>>35183244>>Feed Akari yourselfToo... shiny... can't resist... BUTTON!
>>35183244>Encourage Akari to eat>Check your phoneChampion of Justice never rests.
>>35183244>>Check your phone>>Encourage Akari to eatFocus, Mato! There's quite possibly work to be done!
>>35183218I think just pain and suffering won't mean much to her. She's a psychopath who thinks everything is meaningless before her mission.But the "Transplant brain into Lolibot" plan not only punishes her through shame and restriction of her freedom, but it also gives her a chance at becoming a decent person through socializing with normal (well, normal-ish) people and behavioral reconditioning....I never thought I would defend a plan to transplant someone into a meoblob cyborg body./tg/ really is a magical place.
>>35183321Oh, I'm not saying this isn't a good plan, I just want to add some extra pain and humiliation on top of it at some point along the way. Taser panties perhaps? However, I think attempting to save her sanity is probably a waste of effort.
Okay, I'm gonna run to the bathroom real quick. I'll count up votes and write upon my return!
>>35183358Who said anything about sanity?This is all about directing her madness towards more Productive/Less Evil directions.Also, we're already going to stick her into a Lolibot body with -4 str. Taser Panties is just going too far.Also, they might interfere with the behavioral reconditioning
>>35183358>>35183460Maybe we could use them as the shock mechanism instead of electrodes?
>>35183520Bit the shocks are meant to punish bad behavior....Maybe we could make it so we can give painful shocks when she does bad things and give her pleasant tingles when she does good things?
>>35183260>>35183274>PRESS THE SHINY BUTTON>>35183275>>35183307>FOCUS, MATOOkay, someone tie-break.Unless you want a post that's just Mato going "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>35183610Dice gods guide my hand!
>>35183638IT'S SO SHINY!writing!
>>35183610SHINY BUTTON SHINY BUTTON
You reach for and pick up Akari's fork, eliciting little more than a slight tilting of her red head out of her, and, after shifting Akari slightly in your lap, you expertly slice- and subsequently spear- some pancake with the utensil.“Akari~n,” you sing-song, “open wide for the choo-chew train...”She sighs. “Mato-”AHA! You seize the opening (rather literally, in this case) and slip some pancake past the GRUMP-BLOCKADE and into the port of ANGEL'S MOUTH. Naturally, you narrate all of this.Aloud.You continue to feed her like this until you're satisfied she's consumed an adequate breakfast.You think your phone boo-dooped a time or two during all of this, maybe, but you didn't care.…Akari requests permission to go and take a shower, since she didn't get one yesterday.>Allow it! (Check your phone while she's in there?)>Don't allow it. You've gotta go on patrol super-early today to make up for lost time!>Something else? (Write-in!)
>>35183980>Allow it! (Check your phone while she's in there?)Let's see just how much of our work we just neglected in order to be cute.
>>35183980>Allow it! (Check your phone while she's in there?)
>>35183980>Allow it! (Check your phone while she's in there?)WORK HARDPLAY HARDKEEP PARTYIN' LIKE IT'S YOUR JOB
>>35184019>>35184079>>35184117>I'LL ALLOW IT.M'kay, writing!
Naturally, you allow it. What kind of person would you be if you didn't?Obviously, you'd be-…Wait, what would that make you?…No, Mato! Focus!You give your head a shake, flip open your phone, and are greeted by [YOU HAVE (14) UNREAD MESSAGES].… Huh.You read through them rather quickly.Apparently, Testarossa, true to her word, contacted Fate-chan. Naturally, Fate-chan freaked out for a bit, asked what the hell was going on, and a bunch of stuff like that.Oh, and there's a message from Mami-sempai, too!'Can you and Akari-chan be at the office in ~30 minutes? Sorry to call you in early, but we have GOT to do something about that giant robot.'… what?As if on cue, Akari walks into the room, all fresh and clean and what-not.“Oh, hey, we gotta be at the office in half an hour to fight a giant robot.”She blinks a few times.Then sighs.“Really?”You nod. “Really.”“...Alright, fine, whatever. Let's do this.”You frown. “You feelin' alright, Akari?”She shrugs. “I can just tell that this is gonna be a looooooooooooooooong day.”
Aaaaaaaaaaand that's all, folks!Kind of a shorter thread today, but, hey, I had a pretty fun time with it!Feel free to ask questions or voice comments or concerns or whatever in the thread here, or in the LAND OF ASKING, ALSO KNOWN AS ask.fm/EsperQuestQMAlso, make sure to give super-happy votes in the archives, found here http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=RaildexThanks for playing, and goodnight to you all!
>>35184601>Apparently, Testarossa, true to her word, contacted Fate-chan. Naturally, Fate-chan freaked out for a bit, asked what the hell was going on, and a bunch of stuff like that.Wait, what? Please tell me we aren't just skipping over that. That is some seriously important shit that really needs to be delved into at some point, even if it's not now.
>>35184601>a giant robotOh hell yeah! I'm gonna have a lot of fun next week, I can already tell. Here's hoping we can hijack it and give it to Mato as a present!
>>35184727>Skipping over thatWhy, anon, of course we aren't! We'll probably have a Feito-chan POV intro addressing that next time.
>>35181947>>35182157Other nations have attempted to start their own psychic programs, AC just makes sure they don't get anywhere.Actually technically according to AC even if they did nothing they probably still wouldn't get any results, but they watch them just to make sure anyways. AC kidnapped all the Gemstones in the world to make sure no one else could analyze them.
>>35184712Will there be combat next time? I want to light some fires dammit!
>>35184833Because every other country is pants-on-head retarded, right!?Yeah, sure.Suuuuuure.>Patty-chan>The fact that she has augmetic eyes, however not-gud they may beThe Russians are more focused on weapons tech, and the Chinese are funneling a lot of resources into a counter-psionic warfare program. The Americans are making pretty good progress with their bionics, and all three have managed to bring out the latent psychic powers in at least a handful of subjects.They're quite a ways behind, but they're not by any means QWOP-tier losers.
>>35184902Combat?COMBAT?THERE'LL BE SO MUCH COMBAT, THE FRENCH HAVE ALREADY SURRENDERED. JUST IN CASE.
>>35184965Are you sure about that, Boss? What if they're the ones attacking in the first place?
>>35184952Technically that's a pretty serious departure from canon, although it is your setting to do with as you like.
>>35184952Most countries in canon are generally ruled by magicians one way or the other. The Orthodox Church owns Russia, the Aztecs hold most of South America, The Catholics hold most of Europe, and then of course there's Britian. As in direct control over their military as well. And Magicians aren't really going to be keen on making Espers. Plus to be honest Magic is just stronger than Espers by a psychotic level, they have no reason to pursue a weaker power like that.America is notable for not having a strong Magic presence, and they're the country noted in canon as having made the most attempts to develop Espers. AC is sort of just better (and also threatened to wreck them if they ever try and kidnap any of their Espers). Roberto Katze is also smart enough to just not get into that shit. He knows better, and has turned America into basically the only faction that can be considered on the Good side of the equation.>Katze for 2030!
>>35185134Is magic really that much better than esper abilities? I was under the impression that most magicians would get BTFO by their esper equivalents in a straight fight.
>>35185097I know, but... canon's just so... dumb.I mean, really.Academy City is stupid-overpowered, and exists unopposed for no good goddamn reason.>>35185134Ah, see, there ya go.>AC threatened to wreck the US if they ever tried to kidnap any espersJust the fact that they can get away with something that silly is-It's just so great.I love it, and I'd never talk badly of it!Nuh-uh, not me!And now you know why I'm wising up and putting future quests into original settings- or at least settings that aren't particularly well-developed outside of their whatever-they-ares.
>>35185187Espers are really, really shit tier in this universe. Kakine and Accelerator are the only competitors, and even they can't do anything at all to the people at the top (who toss around Universes like Mikoto tosses around lightning bolts).And if you're considering a Saint as equivalent to a Level 5, pretty much any Saint can slaughter their way through almost every Esper with minimal effort.
>>35185257Nah, there's a reason, namely to explain why the hell all the characters with half a brain don't just flee Academy City on the first train out of town once the plot gets moving. You're certainly right about it being silly though.
>>35185374In alot of ways AC is safer than most of the rest of the world.Kamachi-land is not a fun place. The chunks of Russia that are now missing from that time the fucking Archangel Gabriel came down for a visit can testify to that.
>>35185417I dunno, every country has skeletons in their closet but I doubt America has any equivalent to Level 6 Shift, let alone the rest of Crowley's crazy shit. AC might be safe from outside sources, but even that security isn't perfect, and who the hell watches the watchmen in that scenario? Oh right, nobody.
>>35185482America is basically the Good guy of the setting. I mean they've done some nasty shit, but nothing really to the level of what almost every other country/group has done.
>>35185257To be fair, if I was the big bad of a superhero setting, I can't think of much of a reason to NOT make myself as omniscient and influential as possible.
Hmm. Well, while you guys are still chattin', feel free to toss out any ideas for XENOS FILTH that you might have. I haven't done much (i.e., any) alien generation yet, mostly because I'm still entirely unsure how in god's name I should go about it.
>>35185669Invaders are always fun, Lovecraftian abominations that just want to devour us for no other reason than "because we can".
>>35185669Beating up some Tau would be nice and therapeutic. You can take your Greater Good and shove it up your commie asses!
>>35185809>and shove it up your commie asses!I shouldn't have laughed.But I did.
>>35185835They would be a good match for most of our group's powers as well, given that we tend to focus on ranged combat. Mato might have a hard time with them though.
>>35185835The Tau are a good place to start the slaughter. Murderize their blue asses, take their tech and reverse engineer it so we can use ot against the other xenos.After that, you should throw the Aliens from Pacific Rim, just as an excuse to have Akari pilot a Giant Robot.And after we smash their shit we can just go conquer the rest of the galaxy for our God Empress Akarin.
>>35186027>tfw I didn't even have to change the filenameOkay, I guess we'll use the Tau/Tau lookalikes, then. ANON VULT 'n' all that.
>>35186027Come to think of it, Akari would be the perfect pilot for Gaiking since she could supply all the necessary flame on her own and effectively fight indefinitely. Alternatively, if we go completely psycho as is sadly common for level 5s we already have 2/3rds of a Getter trio on tap.
>>35186071Sounds like a plan! Oh how cathartic this will be after years of "Fish of Fury" bullshit...
>>35186130>Fish of Fury...Is that the thing where tau players used their transports as mobile cover for their pew-pew guys and wrecked everyone ever at everything because of it?I'm not super-big on 40k stuff.
>>35186171Got it in one! And now you know why Fourth Edition was suffering for those of us unfortunate enough to run melee-focused armies.
>>35186224And it was extra-silly because Tau vehicles are either walking mech-things or floaty flying-saucer-star-wars-repulsorlift-shenanigans, right?I think I remember that from one of the earlier Cain books.
>>35186084>Gaiking>Getter>Not The King of Braves GaoGaiGarDo you even THE POWER OF COURAGE?
>>35186279Yeah, thanks to the Greater Good's way of absorbing races there isn't much in the way of design cohesion between a lot of Tau stuff. It's not as bad as say, the Orks, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense either. And now I'm rambling instead of studying, so night Boss!
>>35186407Yes, but GGG runs on neither fire nor insanity, which are our two most available resources. Trust me, if I could think of a way to spin Akari into trying a Final Fusion I would. Besides, turning things into light is more Mami's shtick as I understand it.
>>35186460Guess I'll head to bed too, I stayed awake just waiting for this session to finish, and its already really frickin' late here.Good Night, Boss. I'll hold onto that "Turn Precia into a Cyborg Loli idea, and I'll be really sad if you don't let us try to do that at some point in the future.It just sounds like it could lead to so many funny shenanigans I can't resist it.
>>35186622When/if you play as Fate, make a point of trying to think up an appropriate punishment, and bring it up again.She's been staying with Mokarin at Miku's place, if memory serves, so that's probably the perfect PoV to execute your plans from.
>>35186503No, Mami's shtick is killing things With light.GGG is better, because we can have Mami say "FAINARU FYUZION SHOUNIN" while Mato can be the chick that breaks the glass to press the FINAL FUSION button.Wait. Better idea.MATO can pilot GGG, while Akari just chills inside the Power Generator in the robot and Miku presses the damn button.
>>35186756I suppose now that I think about it, Mato's armor does make her kinda like Guy, though hopefully not quite to the same degree of replacement bits. Chilling in the GS-Ride during combat would be really boring though.
>>35186876But if Mato is the pilot and Akari os the GS-Ride, then GGG is powered not only by Courage but also by the Power of Love.Just imagine, Mato is in the heat of the battle, and she proclaims her love for Akari while charging a Broken Magnum.Naturally, Akari Blushes because her girlfriend just shouted she loves her on the loudspeakers of the Giant Robot, which makes her heat up, generating more energy and making the attack (which I now dub Love Magnum) much stronger.It's perfect
>>35187364But Akari is the protagonist, not Mato. Having the protagonist sit around not doing anything is really dull, especially if you're playing as her. And leave that lovey shit in G Gundam where it belongs, GGG is powered by Courage instead. Not to mention, how would Akari's fire provide any sort of boost, since that's not what the GS-Ride runs on?
>>35187364>Sitting here, trying to decide whether to worship SIf Muna-sempai or Vehumet-sempai>Vehumet-sempai notices kouhais really quick, but he's pretty shady, and he only gives violent spells>Sif Muna-sempai takes a long time to really notice her kouhais enough to give them books, because she's so busy with her library work or something, but once she notices you, you're smooth sailin'>Choose SIf Muna>Check on thread>No idea what anyone's talking about>LOVE MAGNUMAnd then I knew it was still business as usual.
>>35187547Yeah, sorry about the accidental derail, but look on the bright side, at least we waited until the thread was done for the day.
>>35187611the term LOVE MAGNUM was worth every wordI remember, back in the day, in the 'extended learning program', which is a fancy name for 'the class where we try to teach the kids who are too smart for their own good to be slightly less extremely socially awkward', we used to get so off topic every time we tried to discuss anything.The teacher-lady would introduce a topic like, 'starving kids in third world countries' and, thirty minutes later, we'd be having a very lively discussion about underwear seams or popsicle stick production.Good times, those.... Did I just get off topic about getting off topic?Geez.Still, you guys amuse me endlessly. You're all so goofy. Moeblob cyborg loli-bodies as punishments, tau vengeance, pressing all the shiny buttons (I've gotten better about knowing which buttons are shiny, I think, so that's definitely nice), and only having to be coerced into hugging your waifu when it's what I expect you to do.... In order to pretend I was going somewhere with this, I think next thread'll probably be next sunday. 'Cause it's a nice day to do stuff, yanno?And it leaves thursdays open for if I have a math test or end up deciding to start another quest while this one's still going.
>>35187744Right, see you in a week then! Or possibly sooner if I have questions, you know how it is.
>>35187828I do indeed! Goodnight, anon!