Starting the quest, and hopefully getting things done today.Will be busy but didn't want to leave everyone hanging.Here's the Straw Poll for further quest ideas.http://strawpoll.me/3403264I will answer questions about said quest ideas for those who want more detail.
>>37374810"Logan," Aeson's voice comes in over the com, and you turn away with an "excuse me" to Lyna and put your hand go your ear."I'm here," you respond."Aleena's running for it, but I think she's being chased," your turian friend says, sounding like he's moving as he talks. "I heard shots from her room, and dropped an Eclipse merc who was in it when I came in! Still hearing shots, sounds like from the VIP area!""Shit!" you mutter, turning towards miss Parker with an "I gotta go, sorry, here's my new number!" and running off!"What do you want us to do?">WDYS?>"Stay on Aleena, we NEED her info! I'll cut them off from the other side!">"Hold position, I'll be there soon!"
Super glad your only running this as a one shot and not in any way unceremoniously abandoning wulin quest
>>37374914>Stay on AleenaNo time to regroup, must protect our lead.
>>37374976Yeah, I'm actually not happy where I left it off either actually.It pisses me off that I didn't think ahead and plan out more potential routes of what was supposed to happen next, but I seriously didn't expect everyone playing to get so far past how I originally assumed it was going to go.I suppose I COULD focus entirely on writing up WHQ next, but if I do so you won't be hearing from me for some time; there's only so many hours in the day I can work on it and I have bills to pay and job responsibilities as well.I do apologize, but I'm only human.
>>37374914>>"Stay on Aleena, we NEED her info! I'll cut them off from the other side!"
>>37374914>"Stay on Aleena, we NEED her info! I'll cut them off from the other side!"
>>37374914"Stick with her!" you say, bolting up out of your chair and grabbing your M-11 pistol from side holster, the weapon unfolding to it's full size in your hand. "Take down anyone trying to scrag her , and for fuck's sake don't hit anyone in the club! I'll cut them off from the opposite side!"On a random note, it's sort of humorous to me that the M-11 heavy pistol has a suppressor attached to it in ME3, since according to the weapon physics descriptions it wouldn't do a damn thing to dampen the sound of a shot fired at all.You mentally swear as you push past the crowd. You aren't wearing your full armor (it's damn hard to get any questions out of anyone visibly wearing weapons and armor), just a uniform made of ballistic-resistant carbon nanotube fibers.While you can natutally project biotic barriers using your powers, the uniform you're wearing is tough but not nearly as reassuring as a full combat hardsuit is, and anyone with modded rounds can punch right through it like it's not even there.You concenttate and a brief transparent flash of dark energy surrounds you and becomes invisible as you bring up your barriers."Status! Keep talking to me!" you say into your comm."Moving up Sir!" Reegar responds. "We're following gunfire, meeting no resistance! We've got wounded civilians everywhere, no idea if it's Aleena or Eclipse killing them!""Dammit...keep moving ahead, we can't help them but we CAN catch the guys doing it!""But Sir-" Reegar begins, and you're forced to cut him off."We don't have enough medigel to go around doing everything and none of us have medical training! I'll send a message to Professor Solus, he can help but our priority is to KEEP ALEENA ALIVE!"You're suddenly forces to duck behind a parked car as you come under fire as you exit Omega!"Fuck!">WDYD?>Charge!>Utilize cover and return fire with biotics and your pistol!>Look for a break and escape, you can't afford to waste time here!
>>37375936>>Utilize cover and return fire with biotics and your pistol!shockwave coming.
>>37374810>http://strawpoll.me/3403264You left out a very important option on your poll: continue with Wulin Hero Quest.Please. Pretty please. >>37375061That's cool. Just make it up as you go along and see where it goes. Just think of it as an alternative universe story to your original idea.
>>37375936>>Charge!We are a vanguard. Something is moving. Therefore, we charge.
>>37376086I prefer to do things well I suppose, and while I can make stuff up as I go it's never as good and often rushed or incomplete-feeling.People seemed to very much enjoy WHQ, and I don't want to churn out a crappy product so to speak because I wasn't careful and didn't care about it's quality. I'm not Ubisoft or Activision or EA Games caring more about turning out a thing before the end of the quarterly then the quality of the thing itself; I want to do it WELL.Ironically if I'd gotten less of a full positive response for WHQ and it ended up being a short thing that nobody paid attention to as I originally assumed it would be I might be less inclined to take my time and do it well.I'll probably alternate between whatwver chosen quest the poll gives and at least doing a proper ending to the first arc of WHQ, because I am personally really unsatisfied with where I had to leave off. Hopefully then my work situation will stabilize and I can alternate and fix a decent schedule without burning myself out.MEQ was always intended to be a short quest and honestly if worked hasn't drafted me recently we'd already be done with it most likely.
>>37376223soo your just a perfectionist then.
>>37376275No, because I don't presume anything I do will ever be actually perfect.But I also know my limitations, and between taking an option that makes my writing shit and one that makes my writing palatable, I choose palatable.I mean, of WHQ was a shitty quest would any of you actually care about it's hiatus in the first place?
>>37375936>Charge!No one expects someone to smash into them at the speed of sound. Even if the actual kinetic energy involved isn't too high due to lowered mass. It's still a great opener.
>>37376320We have faith in you. I know I do at least. Just do what you feel is right.
>>37375936You wait for them to move up (three of them, hardsuit sand assault rifles) to keep you suppressed and then rise out of cover and leap into a Biotic Charge, smashing the one closest to you back into another of the three from the sheer impact force!Not content to leave it at that, you jump into the air with a war cry and drop your left fist into the ground as it flares with dark energy, sending a Nova shockwave knocking back the Eclipse mercs even MORE but removing your barriers!You bring up your pistol and begin firing the heavy-caliber rounds into your downed foes, planting two into the torso plates of the first two to ensure they're still shocked, before placing accurate headshots into their helmets as they try to recover!The last manages to clip a single round off from his rifle which slams agonizingly into your shoulder, making you cry out in pain before finally dropping him as well!"Shit!" you mutter as you keep moving checking your injury. The rifle round didn't penetrate your uniform (you likely wouldn't be able to move your arm at ALL if it did) thanks to the carbon nanotube reinforcement but holy SHIT is that gonna leave a nasty bruise.You activate your omnitool and apply medigel to your shoulder to dull the pain and keep moving!
Apologies, still working.
>>37377593Don't worry about it.
>>37376718You keep moving, your shields recharging as the numbing effect of the medigel keeps you functional."Talk to me, where are you?""Occupied Sir!" Reegar says, and you hear gunfire from his end of the line. "Markets outside the VIP section of Afterlife, we're pinned by Eclipse mercs with mech support! Aleena's still ahead, we think she's locked down too! Where are you?""Dammit! I'm on the other side of the habitat block from you! I'm making my way there on foot, but Eclipse is sending mercs to stall me!"Aeson speaks next."No worries, it's not like we're being shot at or anything," he says dryly."Just keep it together, I gotta find a way there!" you say, trying to push your way through the crowds.This is taking WAY too long, there's gotta be a way to shorten your transit time!>WDYD?>Use the maintences access tunnels to literally cut UNDER the crowds and past the habitat blocks. Problem is they don't always have AIR them, and you never know which might just be filled with vaccume.....>Get vehicular; a car will get you there faster so long as you can commandeer one...though it will require some seriously unsafe driving on your part.
>>37378144>>Get vehicular; a car will get you there faster so long as you can commandeer one...though it will require some seriously unsafe driving on your part.drive it like we stole it.
>>37378144> Use the maintenance tunnels
>>37378144>Get vehicular; a car will get you there faster so long as you can commandeer one...though it will require some seriously unsafe driving on your partNothing beat a dynamic entry.
>>37378144>Use the maintences access tunnels to literally cut UNDER the crowds and past the habitat blocks. Problem is they don't always have AIR them, and you never know which might just be filled with vaccume.....Was gonna vote for car, but this has more potential for TACTICAL ESPIONAGE ACTION.
>>37378144>Get vehicular; a car will get you there faster so long as you can commandeer one...though it will require some seriously unsafe driving on your part.I feel the need.The need for speed.
>>37378144>Get vehicular; a car will get you there faster so long as you can commandeer one...though it will require some seriously unsafe driving on your part.Time to be a badass motherfucker
>>37378144>>Get vehicular; a car will get you there faster so long as you can commandeer one...though it will require some seriously unsafe driving on your part.Also for the strawpoll.I think Monster Hunter with it's episodic content is the only idea that wouldn't fall into the same trap this quest did.
>>37378268To be fair; this quest was always designed to be temporary, not long-term.That's one of the reasons I avoided using the Roopers; they aren't really suited to shorter, less epic scale stories thanks to the scale they operate on.
>>37378303Well that's what I mean, you meant for a shorter quest but you were writing it like a campaign. Hell it seems like you just introduced a major character in Lyna but, the quest is about to end.There are also questions like:>What was reaper goo doing on that vessel?>Why is Lyna with Cerberus?>What did Eclipse want with that colony (though this one is probably about to be answered)>If this is a AU without Shepard what else have you changed? (I mean why even change it if it doesn't become relevant in the first place?)You are setting up a cool setting with character for peeps to get invested in, but since this'll end probably when we get off Omega there is no payoff ya know?Hindsight is 20/20 but I feel what you should have done is taken that hostage situation and stretched it out for about 3 or so threads and make that your oneshot. That way you get your scifi fix and you have a solid enclosed story that you could come back to if we liked it with another oneshot.tl;dr Make scenarios instead of campaigns.
>>37378503>>What was reaper goo doing on that vessel?>>Why is Lyna with Cerberus?>>What did Eclipse want with that colony (though this one is probably about to be answered)These will all at least be answered before the end. Give me a BIT of credit.
>>37378144Time for some dynamic entry, yes?
>>37378580Got to see how you end a quest first before I can do that champ.
>>37378997Jesus, fuck off already. You are being offered free ice cream and bitching that it doesn't come.com a waffle cone.
>>37378944We drive the car through the maintenance tunnels!
>>37379414We somehow biotic charge the car.Such is the power of a MANGUARD!
>>37376320I would, if only because its settting is terribly underused in quests. I mean, if you don't like a ME quest, there's like 9001 other ME quests you can view on Spacebattles or Sufficientvelocity or whatever.Hell, there's less Wuxia quests there there are Three Kingdoms Quests, unless you're counting stuff loosely related like l5r or exalted, and even both of those settings combined are tiny compared to ME quests,
>>37378144You flag down a cab at a nearby console without stopping running, and hop inside the cabin as it opens up, flooring the gas as hard as you can."I'm on my way, appropriated transport!" you say as you begin to ignore every single traffic law there is. When you car flies lanes are just a suggestion anyway, right?"Wait, what?" Aeson says, sounding more alarmed then when he said they were being shot at."A cab," you clarify as you cut between a pair of buildings by rolling the car, thinking that they were unnecessarily close together."Jack, you KNOW I hate it when you drive!""Which is why I'm not doing it with you in the car. Besides, I'm not THAT bad a driver," you protest as you go against the traffic flow and a car goes howling past you."You drive like you Biotic Charge Jack!""You're exaggerating," you calmly claim frown as the cab's automatic fare meter keeps telling you that "breaking road laws will result in a fine from JonnyCab(tm) for abusing corporate property".You activate your biotics and rip the annoying fare meter off the dashboard and dump it out the window."Jack, seriously, maybe find another way to get here, there's no place for you to even park it!" Aeson says, realizing you're in fact already on your way."I'll find a spot. Look, I gotta go, driving without both hands on the wheel is unsafe," you point out absently as you begin to hang up."Don't hang up don't hang up DON'T-" he says as you cut the line off.Favius is such a baby about the weirdest things.
>>37379579This is golden
>>37379579>JohnnyCabI love you, Sage.
>>37379579I like your style WulinAlso, Humanity in Mass Effect is defined by one trait, inability to drive.
>>37379792Glad someone got the reference.>>37379798Shepard sure can't drive for shit.
>>37379579>Look, I gotta go, driving without both hands on the wheel is unsafe
>>37379842I don't know, driving at an 85 degree angle from the ground is pretty impressive.
>Check Twitter>What quest should I run next?>Five options, literally all of them have been run beforeThat's cool, but maybe like... some ancient china wuxia thing? That might be cool and hasn't been done before.
>>37380473Maybe a (large) modern alphabet agency in charge of killing supernatural beings? Like, not a police drama, I'm talking about tanks and shit.
God fucking dammit, I have to end the thread early AGAIN, in the worst possible point to end it!!Apologies.There might be a period between this thread and the next, because clearly I need to clear things up at work and get that shit under control: this thing where I start a thread and keep having to abandon it is NOT working out.
>>37380907Alright Wulin thanks for the run.
>>37380907Godspeed Wulin, may you find free time and hot Asari ass in the future.
>>37380924Don't thank me, because this is crap.I've been forced to drag my ass around with this stuff for weeks and am pitching new quest ideas specifically because I can't devote enough time to a complicated proper quest like WHQ all because of work bullshit.I shouldn't even START these threads if I can't do them right...
>>37380907No worries man cheers for running. Hope things get sorted
>>37380981Don't feel down man.
>>37381097It's very difficult not to when this keeps happening.I might switch back to Wulin Hero Quest even if I'm bored of it once things stabilize, it's just damned hard to find the time to do what I want to get done here, and the stress is burning me out faster then I should burn out.Like I said, I don't like doing things if the only way I'm going to be able to do them is half-assed....
Whose Best Girl So Far?>The Asari Aleena>The Doctor Chloe>The Pilot Nagase>The Terrorist Lyna>Mystery Option Kal'Reegar>>37380907>>37380981>>37381177you just focus on taking your time to clear things up and we'll be here waiting for you. not sure about everyone else but I'm hooked and plan on staying til your quest(s) are done
>>37381471>>The Doctor Chloe
>>37381471Mystery option for sure
>>37381471>>The Terrorist Lynafuckin redheads man, the blue eyes only make it better
>>37381585Amusingly, I found this image (the original basis for Parker) as a fanart concept of what EDI might look like if she had a body.This was of course before she actually HAD one.
>>37381686Am I the only person who wasn't bothered by Gogo EDI? It felt perfectly in-tune with ME's cheesy 80s Space Opera vibe.Hell, half the reason I can't go Red is because I refuse to deny Joker the girl of his robosexual dreams. Man deserves his robobooty after all that bullshit.
>>37381686>that's the picture i was looking forShepardXMiranda is pretty much LoganXLyna, its like you turned my Mass Effect playthrough into a quest Wulin. Truly you're doing god's work
>>37381731>Hell, half the reason I can't go Red is because I refuse to deny Joker the girl of his robosexual dreams. Man deserves his robobooty after all that bullshit.i know, even when I played Shepard as "kinda an asshole, but overall good guy when shit goes down" I couldn't bring myself to deny my bro his robogirl
>>37381686damn, I'd fight Cerebus and punch out the Illusive Man single handed for that smile
>>37381763Superficially yes, though Shepard's personality is malleable (besides some constants like being a slightly boring person outside of saving everything and also being a shitty dancer) and Lyna and Miranda have very different personalities.>>37381731I didn't mind it.Honestly, though the storyline plotting of ME3 was sketchy, the actual writing of dialogue and character stuff was as good as it had ever been, which is one of the reasons the ending was so frustrating I believe. EDI's development as a "person" outside of the Normandy and her awkward romance with Joker is part of this.
>>37381936Logan's hung up on her for a reason, obviously!
>>37381972God there is a video by mrbtounge about what exactly went wrong with ME3 short version is an abandonment of genre, character focus and central conflict led to a narrative dissonance. The long version is a 30 minute long video, with a 15 minute follow up for the extended ending. I thought it was good.
>>37381471>>The Asari Aleenathough if Lyna is open to threesomes with blue tits, then she gets upgraded to equal best girl
>>37381471>The Pilot NagaseShe owes us a sparring session.
>>37381471Why not all?
>>37390890That's a good point.
>>37381471In character? Terrorist LynaIn my personal taste... actually the same.
Seventy-six....SEVENTY-SIX total votes on my Straw Poll?That....can't possibly be right. I cannot possibly have attracted 76 individual posters with these threads.No way. Must be some mistake or someone going to other places to avoid the IP checking when voting.Gotta be.
>>37392110probably some samefagging on smart phones and such, also you're probably on the quest runners directory, which means everone who watchs that would have seen your strawpoll
>>37392135>probably some samefagging on smart phones and such,Tis a silly thing to do.
>http://strawpoll.me/3403264>Monster Hunter just barely beating out SuperheroWas my second choice, so I'm okay with this. You gonna use one of the MHI versions of silver bullets if we ever have to put down a rampaging werewolf?
>>37394903Suffice to say that werewolves are not "wolves" at all, and that most of the monsters in this universe work rather differently then they do in movies.I try to keep it as close to older versions of stories as possible, which notably makes many monsters MUCH easier to kill then in movies and such.The Witchhunter Verse takes a sort of middle ground between reality and fantasy; magic exists, but history is largely unchanged but for small details as the overwhelming crush of the human race and it's increasingly advanced technology has rendered most monsters dead or endangered, with only the "least harmful" ones left alive.Basically I sort of take how many old stories work and then take into account the centuries of advancement the human race has achieved since these stories were created.
>>37394903The reason it's "SVU with monsters" isn't because it's about detectives; but because there is an actual legal framework invented in this setting involving hunting and killing Monsterous beings and humans with magic, akin to bounty hunting.The lead isn't even a cop, because supernatural threats aren't really common enough to warrant dedicated police units dealing with them; rather they hired specialized security companies or individuals with experience in less organized regions.Like I said; there's a LOT of detail in the setting, and making early assumptions probably won't help you nearly as much as you think."Urban Fantasy" is a very overused genre, so I had to put a great deal of thought and work into the setting itself to divorce it from the many (and admittedly crappy) versions of it there already are.
>>37399895>>37399984So we won't need to bother with silver?Darn. The /k/ in me loved that little detail with "silver is too light, and doesn't engage the lands and grooves for shit, so we stuck a silver ball in the nose of a hollowpoint instead, and it works pretty good".
>>37400073It's a rule in this universe that nearly anything that's alive and moving can be destroyed through bodily destruction or enough brain damage, so "shoot them in the head" or "shotgun to the limbs" is wonderfully effective.Do you know how they killed Dracula in the Bram Stoker novel?They slit his throat and stabbed him in the chest with a knife. Just a regular knife. Nothing special about it.And don't worry; your inner /k/ will be satisfied. Since most security professionals are some kind of ex-military, the same goes true for PSC's of all kinds (Paranormal Security Contractors).