Previous Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/39491041/twitter: @echogarroteGoing into a new area is always exciting, in both the good ‘discovering something new’ way, and the bad ‘being put in mortal danger’ way. Pyotr has talked about driving across the old suspension bridge many times, but hasn’t ever done it. It was always ‘the wind has blown fallout over the area,’ or ‘there isn’t enough battery to get there and back,’ and finally ‘the bridge is a death trap, we’d never get the RV over it.’ To be fair, all of those things were perfectly true, and Pytor was never one to embrace more risk than he needed to in order to survive. Which is why he’s survived for so long.However, now with Genesis looking like they preparing to cross the bridge themselves, Pytor apparently felt the risk was worth it. Also, the Confessors had just sent their own scouts, and they had come back in one piece, reporting that the fallout levels had gone down. More importantly, they had cleared and repaired the bridge.“The Confessors were looking for food, batteries, clothing and other basics.” Pyotr says as the two of you finish a cold breakfast, and get ready to move out. “The building that they found most intact had this carved above the doorway.” He hands you a piece of paper with Civ Symbols on it. “They said it was a heavy duty steel door. They couldn’t open it.”You look at the Symbols. “Defense, and Recruitment.” You say. “Although, this ‘Recruitment’ could also mean Training.”Pytor nods. “Preacher Bill’s said that his kid said something like that. So, that is a military facility?”You nod. “If they copied these right. They’re symbols that are supposed to give feelings of strength, and protection.”Pytor nods, and takes a swig of water. “Good enough for me. We’ll burn through the door and then help ourselves. The Confessors will pay us for any working firearms, ACTUAL firearms, not that glass crap.”(Cont)
>>39548793Firearms are actually hard to find in this day and age. Pytor is considered amazingly well armed for a loner, with both his shotgun, revolver, and a shoebox that’s filled with loose .352 bullets and buckshot shells. That rifle that the Confessors brought out last night was one of five firearms that the congregation had as a whole. They probably have three shoeboxes worth of ammo. Genesis is the best armed group in the area, and they only have one gun/rife for every 5 people, and the scout teams and watchtower crews get the lion’s share of them. It’s not completely uncommon to find another loaner scavenger who has a gun, but odds are good that they used up all ammunition they had a long time back and are bluffing with an empty weapon. The reason for this, is that at a certain point in the past before the End, the Civilization wasn’t using standard firearms and cartridges as the go-to weapon. They used sleek things that resemble pistols, rifles, and other firearms, but they’ve look like they’re made out of thin metal, a thick milky plastic, and what looks and feels like safety glass. They don’t have any magazines, and they don’t work. No one’s found any manuals that talk about their use, or how to even turn them on. Also, the materials are next to worthless, even when taken apart. You know Genesis has their people working on figuring them out, but rumors say that Genesis has been working on a lot of ‘projects.’ Ways to survive being in a Fallout Area, ways to cure fallout poisoning, better Batteries, and they’ve reportedly have a whole room full of Civ Translators who pour over anything they can get. It’s probably true that they have people working on those things, and two or three Translators, but Genesis’ priorities have always been getting more territory, and making their farms and cars work.(Although, recently, you now have a suspicion as to how those special guns work, or at least what can get them working.)(cont)
>>39548814Still, conventional firearms are still found here and there. Hunting stores, antique stores, and certainly in military installations. “How’re we getting in?” You ask as you clean up breakfast. “When you said ‘burn through the door…”“Thermite. We’ll get in, and then you can figure out what’s worth taking.” Pytor says. “Then we come back, sell what we’ve got, and we’ll have enough fresh meat, or Genesis scrip, to last us for a good while.” He says, slightly rolling his eyes at the idea of getting scrip for guns.You nod, smirking, but you’re not dismissing the idea. Genesis often pays the Confessors in scrip for their meat. It’s a sneaky tactic of theirs to get people to accept their rule. In turn the Confessors unload the stuff onto travelers, and independent traders, for things that they can actually use. Then the traders use that scrip to travel in Genesis territory, and enjoy the safety, and warmth, of their housing.With enough scrip, you could travel to East Gate without causing a fuss, if you cared to. Or, you could also have meat as a part of dinner for a month. The latter is more of a draw.“Possible trouble?” You ask.Pytor nods. “Critters were seen in the area. The usual Hounds, Mites, and Felines. Not to mention we’re leaving Genesis patrolled areas, and that means we might hit squatters or other Scavengers, or even raiders.” He frowns and shudders. “Can’t leave out the Righteous Path either, whatever they’re doing to themselves, it’s made them even MORE crazy and dangerous. So, bring your knife, and I’ll bring the shotgun.”And his crowbar. Pytor always brings his crowbar.You’re about to climb into the passenger seat of the RV, when there’s a knock at the door. Pytor looks out one of the windows and then points at you, and then at the door.(cont)
>>39548827You open it, and it’s Raymond William IV, Preacher Bill’s son. He’s got a mask on, and is dressed in an environment suit. He’s also got a knife in his belt, and a pipe-rifle sling on his back.“Hey Lupa.” He says. “Father says you’re going to scavenge across the bridge. Can I come and help?”Pytor is there behind you and he frowns. “Our scavenge, our rules. Any guns you find are automatically ours. You get last pick of salvage when we divvy up, and you get one pick for our two. You bring your own food and water, or you buy it from us. We don’t watch out for you. You fall behind, you get left.”You’ve never seen someone agree to such bad terms so quickly. He nods eagerly.Pytor points at the pipe rifle. “Your Father will be unhappy that you are using his weapons.”“This is mine.” Ray says. “I’ve got ammo for it too.”Pytor’s eyebrows go up, extra firearms were always a big plus. “It accurate?”Ray sighs and shakes his head. “It’s not…great. I made it from our old broken rifles. But, I’ve used it to kill a Hound, and it can crack the shell of a Mite! It also won’t break or blow up like the other ones.” Pytor sighs disappointedly, relying on a patchwork gun was a quick way to get a bullet in your foot, and then shrugs and looks at you. “You choose. I don’t care.” He goes to the driver’s seat of the RV.You can tell that under the mask, Ray is giving you a hopeful smile.> The more the merrier, and you and Ray get along. Also having another rifle and someone else for the Critters to eat might be useful. Ray can come.> Yeah, it’s obvious that Ray is trying to use this scavenge trip to go out on a date with you. You don’t need any of that drama. Tell Ray that he’s not coming.
>>39548838>> The more the merrier, and you and Ray get along. Also having another rifle and someone else for the Critters to eat might be useful. Ray can come.
>>39548838> The more the merrier, and you and Ray get along. Also having another rifle and someone else for the Critters to eat might be useful. Ray can come.may as well
>>39548838>> Yeah, it’s obvious that Ray is trying to use this scavenge trip to go out on a date with you. You don’t need any of that drama. Tell Ray that he’s not coming.Honestly I'm against him trying to butter us up.
>>39549151Why? Out of curiosity?
>>39549151im of the opinion that he could be useful and we can always just shoot him down every time he tries something
>>39549180Not really interested in the preachers son? Especially given how said preacher worships... well us.
>>39548838>The more the merrier, and you and Ray get along. Also having another rifle and someone else for the Critters to eat might be useful. Ray can come.We could always use a plucky non-magical sidekick. I say take'm. So besides Ray how many have we had? In the sack I mean. Captcha tells me I am the WorSt
>>39549198Meh, He doesn't worship us perse just that we're a saint or some odd. Besides he's got a gun and all too.>>39549192Well we've already fucked each other at least once. Boy fell for us hard.
>>39549223Angel is not the same thing as a saint. One embodies god's will, the other works towards it.
>>39549281True. Still he doesn't think we're God. Just sent by him.
>>39549201Well, Mother use to let people pay her to let you 'sit in their laps' but she made the mistake of trying to roll Pytor, before she was willing to let it go further.This is the simplest way to express how bad Lupa's mother was: There were some nights that Lupa went hungry, and her mother didn't.Ray's not your first. Your first was...overly dramatic, but it's not something that you like to talk about. Mostly because it's one of the few things that causes Pytor to laugh.Anyway, concerning Ray: You were at a Confessor party to celebrate them finding some sheep, good food and homemade alcohol made Ray brave enough to ask, and he was cute enough and you felt like it.>>39549201>>39548932>>39548874You nod and step aside. Ray nods in thanks and climbs in. He pats his backpack. “I brought some jerky, if you want to share.”You make a noncommittal grunt and go climb into the passenger seat.Ray is mercifully quiet during the slow trip over the bridge. You place back and see him just sitting in a chair, slowly puzzling his way through a Civilization book that you left out. You smirk and resist the urge to tell him how it ends.The RV pulls into the ruined city and instantly, all the meters in the RV and your suits start going off. People avoid cities for a reason. Still, the meters are showing that the levels are very low, so you can survive this, you just don’t want to be staying here.> Observation roll, 1d12
Rolled 10 (1d12)>>39549509
Rolled 9 (1d12)>>39549509
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>39549509
Rolled 2 (1d12)>>39549509weird dice.
Rolled 10 (1d12)>>39549603nicely done
>>39549603NICE!>>39549610Echo likes on standard dice.
>>39549610I think its skill based dice, the more skilled, the higher the dice you roll
>>39549637That's actually pretty cool.
>>39549603You keep a keen eye out and carefully tell Pytor how to follow the Confessor's directions. There's no problem getting there, and on your way there, you notice a few things.1) There's obvious evidence that there's a large pack of Hounds that hunt around here. It looks like they're not here as of now. Hounds are nocturnal though, and they hate bright light. So, right now you're fine. Just don't smell like blood. As a plus, that large number of Hounds will keep Felines away.2) There are posters plastered over one wall of a building you pass buy. One is of men dressed in uniforms that look like VERY advanced versions of the vest you're wearing under your suit. They're either saluting, or standing on a mountain looking brave.'ENLIST TODAY' 'EMBRACE YOUR FUTURE' is written on it in Civ.Another is of a mother and father smiling at a baby that's inside what looks like a crib made of crystal that's 'glowing' or giving off waves or just doing something.'NEVER TOO EARLY TO TEST FOR ACCEPTANCE! TEST EARLY, TREAT EARLY!'Finally, and this poster you see in a large 20ft high version along the side of a building, is that of your Sister...wait...no...a Girl...right. It's a girl dressed in a uniform that looks vaguely Genesis in style, and certainly military. Although you think that West Wind had the clothing first, and Genesis just scavenged them after the End. Wait...who? The girl is saluting on the poster.'THE WEST WIND BLOWS FOR YOU!'Finally, and you may put it down to it being early, or these images of this girl causing your head to hurt, but you swear, you saw one of the soldiers on the 'ENLIST' posters turn its head and look at the RV as it passed, and then snapped back in place when it saw that you saw.(cont)
>>39549855Pytor stops the RV in front of your destination. A squat, square, concrete building with the Civ symbols of DEFENSE, and PREPARE/ENLIST/TRAIN, carved into the grey stone.“I thought it’d be bigger.” Ray says.Pytor nods. It is smaller than you’d expect a military building to be. Especially one that has such an imposing looking steel door. Yeah, you’re going to be needing the thermite to get through that. But you’ve done this trick before, and Pytor knows what he’s doing.“You two go out and check to make sure that we’ll be okay.” Pyotr says as he gets up and starts to get the bottles of rust dust, metal shavings, glue and a tin can. “This will be bright, we can’t help that.”You and Ray head outside and look around.“So,” Ray says. “Do we…stay together? Or do you go that way, and I go that way?”> Split up> Stay Together
>>39549967> Split upcover more ground faster
>>39549967>> Split upkeep in ear shot.
>>39549967> Split upWe need radios
>>39549967>Split upBut as Dubs-Quaddington said over here>>39550000 keep within yelling range.
>>39550000“Stay within yelling range.” You say as you motion for him to check the other side of the building. “We need radios.” You mutter.“I don’t think Genesis trades theirs.” Ray says. He stiffens up and tried to put on a thick Genesis accent. “I say! Resources must go to the greatest need to the best effect, we don’t need to chance our survival just so two uncouth waifs can go trotting about!”You laugh. You can’t help it. He does a really good ‘stuck up Genesis’ accent.Ray’s eye crinkle up in a smile. “And it’s not like the Flock would be much better ‘PRAISE the LAWD!’ He says in an exaggerated Confessor drawl. ‘We have these GLORIOUS new tools so that we may FURTHER tell each other how WICKED we are. PRAISE HIM!’You laugh again, rolls your eyes, and motion for him to get to work. You walk over to the side of the building. More posters, lots of overgrowth, Critter stool…> Observation roll 1d12
Rolled 10 (1d12)>>39550276What could possibly go wrong?
Rolled 10 (1d12)>>39550276
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Rolled 1 (1d12)
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>39550276OH he is good.I still don't like him
>>39550591Thank god you're late>>39550599Is it because he's a guy?
>>39550425There's a Mite nest here. It looks like a grey papery lump in the ground. It goes deep, and those cockroach-wasp hybrid things are attracted to bright lights, like someone setting off some thermite. Thankfully, they're not the strongest, or that intelligent. A garbage can, just like the one that's nearby, placed over the nest like so, and weighted down with a decent sized rock is more than sufficient enough to keep the bugs out of your hair.Also, you've found a dead body. Ancient, skeletal remains with plants growing in them. They've got that iridescent sheen that plants growing in fallout areas get. His clothing's just shreds of unrecognizable fabric.It looks like he was just sitting here, when he died. There's a small piece of sheet metal nearby with Civ writing on it. 'UNACCEPTABLE. VETERAN. PLEASE HELP. BLESS YOU.'There! You saw it again! You swear that one of those posters blinked and looked at you, and then went back to normal the moment you noticed it.> Grab the poster off the wall.> Talk to the Poster> Tell yourself that you're not going crazy, and walk away.
>>39550654> Grab the poster off the wall.magical watchers?
>>39550654> Talk to the Posterfailing that> Grab the poster off the wall.
>>39550612It's because he is the first thing offered. We always take the first thing offered.
>>39550654> Talk to the PosterWell the fallout is the the amount of magic in the air right?I guess ghosts then?
>>39550654>> Talk to the Poster
>>39550654> Talk to the Poster?"Hello? O.P. stop being a faggot"then >Grab poster off wall
>Talk to the poster
>>39550680"Who are you?" You say at the poster. "What are you doing?"The poster does not reply."You better not mess with me! I know you're doing something...I can do things too you know!"The poster does not reply."So stay out of our way, and I wont have to mess you up. Got it!?"The poster does not reply."And...I'm talking to a wall." You mutter, and then you grab the poster off the wall and crumple it up into a ball and stuff it in a pocket.You hear a whistle from the front of the building, and head back. Ray and Pytor are there, ready with the thermite."Problems?" Pytor asks."Mite's nest." You say. "Covered it up.""Mmmh," Pytor grunts. "One nest seen means three we don't. Go get some hairspray and a lighter from the drawer labeled 'pest control,' it's above the purifier." He tells Ray. Ray nods and heads into the van."Anything else?" Pytor says, and he nods for you to help him rig up the thermite can. > Tell him about the posters> Keep quiet.Also> Keep the poster> Rip it to shreds> Burn it
>>39550865>> Keep quiet.> Burn itfor when we deal with the mites. that way we get ash.
... how new looking are the posters? Because if they are from the Event shouldn't they be kinda.... ruined?
>>39550865>Keep quiet.>Keep the posterMight come in handy later, and we can always use it for tinder/fuel for a fire if we need to.
>>39550865> Keep quiet.> Keep the posterWe might need to negotiate at one point.
>>39550865> Keep quiet.> Burn it
>>39550940Heh. You spotted it. Good catch.> Roll 1d8
Rolled 3 (1d8)>>39551007
Rolled 3 (1d8)>>39551007Here we go
Rolled 2 (1d8)>>39551007
>>39551019>>39551043>>39551048heh, I guess we don't see anything special.
>>39551019The posters are quite old. The colors are faded, and the paper's yellowed, and there's a light covering of dirt on the front.There do seem to be signs of other posters having decayed into nothing, save for the huge one of West Wind on that tall building, but that's not made out of paper.Maybe the people who put them up layered them and this is just the layer that hasn't decayed? Or maybe the fallout preserved them?There's something else...but you don't see it.Whatever it is, you're not going to tell Pytor.You help him right the thermite can over the door lock. You're still on the fence if you should 'volunteer' to have the poster serve as the fuse for the thermite.Ray comes back with the hair spray and lighter. > Burn the poster you have.> Don't burn it and keep it.
>>39551181> Burn the poster you have.If it's a magic looking glass, nuke it now.
>>39551181> Don't burn it and keep it.
>>39551181> Burn the poster you have.
>>39551181>Burn the poster you have.
>>39551195>>39551308>>39551326You roll up the poster into a tight fuse and hand it to Pytor.Pytor lights the fuse and all three of you look away from the door as the thermite ignites and starts burning away.It's quite bright, and it does put on quite a nice show for anyone who cares to see.> Roll 1d8
Rolled 8 (1d8)>>39551358
Rolled 3 (1d8)>>39551358Burn baby Burn
Rolled 7 (1d8)>>39551358
Now we roll an 8
>>39551364You hear a lot of buzzing and hissing from the side of the building that you were on. It sounds like the Mites are trying to come out of the nest you covered up. That's typical Mite behavior, they'll get agitated in one way or another and then they'll all burst out of whatever nest is the closest. Thankfully, it sounds like the trash can is holding.After a bit, Pytor goes up and with a large amount of effort, pushes the steel door in to make an opening wide enough for him to squeeze through.You and Ray hurry in after him, and the three of you push the door close.Pytor nods and then gets out his flashlight.You and Ray do the same.The room is very clean for being empty for 150 years. Just a thin layer of dust. The room's wall are covered with pictures of Joy-In-West Wind. She's dressed in her uniform, her dress uniform, she's shaking hands with some well dressed men, standing in front of a row of soldiers, saluting a smaller squad of women dressed in uniforms, and her just looking generally inspiring.This looks like a room that was designed to welcome people, and then have them sit and wait in the large room behind the desk.You know this, because the waiting room is filled with mummified bodies. People died just sitting here.As per usual, the three of you start searching corpses for anything useful.> Salvage Roll 1d10
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>39551811> Salvage Roll 1d10
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>39551811
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>39551811>pictures of Joy-In-West Windhow do we know whoever this is?
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Rolled 10 (1d10)>>39551811I'm sure we can find something neat.
>>39551861>>39551881I don't know how I feel about both of these being late.
>>39551982since the highest counting roll is an 8 im pretty fine with it
Catching up, just want to chime in that I'm very disappointed that you guys passed up a golden robot mouse pet in thread 1.
>>39551859>how do we know whoever this is?You have NO idea, and that is REALLY unsettling. You just knew when you say your Sister in her regalia, that she was Joy-In-West Wind...and she is NOT your sister...but that's the word that pops into your head when you think about her.But apart from the name, you don't know anything about her.>>39551842You find some old Civ devices, little thin boxes of hard plastic, some have headphones on it, some have fancy designs carved into them. They're useless bricks.You also find some, very yellowed, near crumbling, papers on a lot of the people. From what you can read, these are medical records. Birth, death, vaccine records, Birth Acceptance Trait Record, Treatment Acceptance Trait Record, and a lot of abbreviations and numbers that don't make sense to you.There are two guys who look like they were military. They've got junk-plastic guns. The odd thing is that, if you look at how they fell on the ground, and the stain and bone shards in the wall. It looks like they shot themselves with their own guns.You do find something worthwhile on the ground behind the large desk. A box of .352 bullets that's only missing one bullet. No gun though.There are some keys, coins, and other small stuff, but the clothing's too far gone, and the rest is worthless."Let's head further in." Pytor says, carefully taking the bullets.The large room leads into a hallway that's a bunch of smaller rooms. These all have a slightly 'medical' feel to them. There's eye test charts on the wall, scales, examination tables, and more dead bodies, some of them wearing nothing but their undergarments.> Salvage Roll 1d10
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>39552080We need to roll higher.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>39552080
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Rolled 9 (1d10)
I guess radiation killed these guys quick. Or someone gassed the facility.
>>39552080Can we grab one of the "useless" guns?
>>39552294When people have shot themselves that implies some sort of magical fuckery which makes me think we are likely to meet some sort of new beasty.
>>39552318Radiation is not a pleasant way to die. And with the doors sealed I doubt they had much hope of surviving. Less painful to do it yourself.
>>39552342If that was the case there would likely be some sort of sign of panic in the other bodies as it stands according to the description they just seem dead.I will also say I like the naming conventions , joy in ashes being in the area where civilization has truly collapsed almost entirely, and joy in embers being in the area where there is some semblance of civilization.
Ask Joy what the barrette and ribbon and all that are for and how to use them when we get the chance.
>>39552441I find it weird that the People of Joy are putting their hope in Joy of Ashes when them getting their way means there's no more ashes.>"Are we sure about this?" One of the People of Joy asks the Old Man. "If we pull this off...150 years...they wont exist. WE won't exist.">"You would rather live in this Hell?" The Old Man asks. "We must make the sacrifice, yes. But I have hope. I believe in the Great Joy of Life, and that we will be reborn in the world that we win back. Otherwise...what is there to hope for?"Then again, she's awfully self-interested and it's not like she's going to be alive in 150 years. Probably.
>>39552130"Medical cabinet!" You hear Ray say happily."In here too!" You reply.A couple of rounds of smashing glass later and you're sitting on a sweet score.Pain killers, antibiotics, fresh bandages, antiseptic spray, antihistamines, and generic cold medicine. Good stuff across the board. No weapons, but still useful.You also notice in one room something weird. The door was locked, so you forced your way in. There was a corpse in the room, but it look like that the corpse had gotten every single bottle of anti-psychotic, mood leveler, and beta blocker and hoarded them."Weird." Ray says as he stores a bottle of lithium pills. "There's stronger stuff in that cabinet we raided."Finally there's the collection of clear fluid in sealed vials that are designed to be used with hypodermic needles.ACCEPTANCE THERAPY - SI ACCEPTANCE THERAPY - BDACCEPTANCE THERAPY - HEYou have no idea what these are.> ???? Roll 1d12
Rolled 9 (1d12)>>39552545
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>>39552558>>39552564>>39552570not bad. not bad at all.My bet is these let you channel Energy without being a Joy. You Accept Energy into yourself.
>>39552513I think those lines mean if they pull it off the PAST 150 years wont exist. Everything that brought us this post apocalypse would be undone, or never happened in the first place.
>>39552590No, it's probably something bad.>Another is of a mother and father smiling at a baby that's inside what looks like a crib made of crystal that's 'glowing' or giving off waves or just doing something.'>NEVER TOO EARLY TO TEST FOR ACCEPTANCE! TEST EARLY, TREAT EARLY!'I'm guessing Acceptance is what makes Hubris. They didn't show up until after the Fall because they had therapies and screening and shit.
>>39552639Huh, nicely spotted. If what killed them wasn't radiation.... hmm. That could be a problem.Remember what Joy in Ashes said about Hives? They usually had strokes or heart attacks and die when advanced enough. What if every single person in here had been a Hive?And most died because there was no access to Energy. But I bet most doesn't mean all did.
>>39552682What were the advanced ones called?Vainguard?When hives manage to find a source of energy before croaking right?
>>39552682As I said before new beasties, I propose we knock on every door before we apply the crowbar to it and see if we can hear movement from inside. I also want to get one of those glass guns and see if we can channel our energy through it.
>>39552570You feel another brief spike of pain in your head. It's that same feeling you had last night when you were talking about the Righteous prisoners. It even has that same 'after-taste' if you can call it that.You're upset that you spat in your own face after you offered yourself a gift.You're also amazingly relieved that nothing happened.Also, just like last time, it looks like Ray has zoned out for a moment. Just staring at nothing.You feel like it would be a really good idea if Ray kept the mood drugs and beta-blockers on hand.You push the load of anti-psychotic medicine into his chest and he starts."Sorry? What were we talking about?" He asks."Nothing. Keep those." You say."Right...right..." Ray rubs his eyes as he stows the medicine in his own pouches. "Dry in here. Eyes hurt."The two of you leave the office and continue your search of the facility.You've caught up to Pytor who's trying to slowly force another set of metal doors open. The complex goes downward, as clear to see by the fact that you're standing in a room that's lined with elevator doors.Pytor is trying to open the fire door, that leads to the staircase, but it's slow going. You've seen him break thicker doors, though, so it's more of a matter of 'when,' and not 'if.'There's more propaganda posters and pictures of Joy-In-West Wind in this place.> Translation Roll 1d12
Rolled 2 (1d12)>>39552748
Rolled 7 (1d12)>>39552748HWG
Rolled 1 (1d12)>>39552748
Rolled 3 (1d12)>>39552765>>39552769>>39552774hopefully good enough
>>39552748>You're upset that you spat in your own face after you offered yourself a gift.>You're also amazingly relieved that nothing happened.>Also, just like last time, it looks like Ray has zoned out for a moment. Just staring at nothing.Okay, what the fuck is up with this. Second time it's happened. Why.
>>39552774Yay Glory to the RNG May they enjoy our suffering
At least we got the chance to try. I can't imagine what this quest would be like if we weren't good at reading Civ. Everything would be so much more confusing than it already is.
>>39552769There's a sign with instructions.Approved Unaccepted are to follow white line. Please follow all directions given, and best of luck!Approved Acceptance please follow green line and wait for bus. Extra training and therapy are permitted, please contact your group leader.Small Joy please follow yellow line. Please refrain from expressing yourselves, unless in assessment.Joy-In-ASHES please follow red line."Ray?" You ask. "Could you check this last line for me?""Sure." Ray says. "Uhhh...Happiness/Power/Champion and then there's a space that's got what looks like gold glitter covering it...Request...Red Line. That anything what you read?""Yeah. Thanks." You say. Then you turn around and see that Ray's at the other side of the room helping Pytor with the door.You had to get close to this sign to even see that there was writing in this gloom.Weird.Anyway, You see white, green, yellow and red lines. They each lead to different elevators. There's a bunch of green elevators, a few yellow ones, two white ones, and one red one.> Roll 1d20 for Pytor's progress
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>39552987This is mg killing grounds ain't it?
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>39552987
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>>39552987Okay so the posters are magical in some way with the gold glitter>>39553007Stop with the 1s
Hmm, should we check out Small Joy? I bet it'd have a good primer\pamphlet about being a Joy.
What are the chances this is a trap? I suppose those moving posters point toward it being genuine. Maybe.>>39553029Do we WANT him to make progress? We're a walking battery. Those elevators should work.
>>39553007You hear a CRACK and then Pytor swears.You look, well, Pytor got the door open, but it looks like the stairs have collapsed some time ago. It'd take a day or three to clear the rubble. It's not impossible, but you guys only have so much food, and you'd be sleeping in light fallout. Not to mention the RV is still out there, and the possibility of a large number of hounds.Fuck.You look at the elevators. You could probably pry one of their doors open if you tried.You point at them when Pytor looks at you. He shrugs and goes to one and pulls it open. It's pitch black inside, and there's no wind. He looks inside, and looks up and looks down, then to the side.> Roll 1d8
Rolled 7 (1d8)>>39553131A ladder or something still around?
Rolled 7 (1d8)>>39553131
Rolled 1 (1d8)>>39553131ok
Rolled 6 (1d8)>>39553131Come on, working elevator.
>>39553146>>39553147>>39553148thank god d8s no longer crit.
Rolled 8 (1d8)>>39553131Stop with the fails.
>>39553111Well we certainly didn't want that.
>>39553146"Service ladder." He says. "Small though, I don't see any rust, but it's just rungs sticking out of the wall."You nod and go to the empty shaft, you see the ladder that Pytor is talking about. He ties a rope to you and helps you onto them. It seems to hold your weight.You start climbing down.> Observation Roll 1d12
Rolled 2 (1d12)>>39553202
Rolled 9 (1d12)>>39553202Going down
Rolled 6 (1d12)>>39553202
Rolled 2 (1d12)>>39553202Ladders are so boring.
Rolled 8 (1d12)>>39553202HWG
>>39553207>>39553214>>39553215not terrible (and no 1s yay)
>>39553214Okay, so the down side is that you don't see any way to get the elevators to start back up. Although you do see EMERGENCY STOP, which is just the universe laughing at you.You see markings on the inside of the doors you pass. UNACCEPTING LAB, TRAINING/ACCEPTANCE, S.J. ASSESSMENT, ADVANCEMENT TREATMENT, and you can't see what's on the bottom floor, because that's the floor the elevator is on.It does look like the elevator has an access hatch.It also looks like the other doors have emergency latches to open them.> Open the door to UNACCEPTING LAB> Enter TRAINING/ACCEPTANCE> Enter S.J. ASSESSMENT> Enter ADVANCEMENT TREATMENT> Pop open the Elevator and go to the Bottom Floor.
>>39553333> Open the door to UNACCEPTING LAB
>>39553333>Look for the red line.>Follow it
>>39553333> Enter S.J. ASSESSMENT
>>39553333>Look for the red line.>Follow it>If it's not present, enter S.J. ASSESSMENT
I figure the final floor is where the posters want us to be. So that is where we go last.
>>39553388You're assuming we're going to have time to get to everything. Bad assumption. Important things come first.
>>39553399If I had to pick three?Small Joy (personal information on joys), Training (loot), Final floor (plot).
>>39553373>>39553376>>39553432“I’m opening one of the doors.” You say. “Stay there, and I’ll scream if there’s trouble.”“Fine.”You pull the lever on the S.J. ASSESSMENT door and slowly force the doors open and then step onto the floor. This is the floor where yellow lines AND red lines go. These halls are long and very smooth. You’re also stepping over the bodies of what look like girls your age every twenty, thirty feet. There are black screens set into the walls. There are also these archways that are made out of steel. There’s a position where an operator stands as people walk through the gates. You move into his little position and see a console filled with meters. ’CLEAN ENERGY ASSESSMENT’ is displayed across the top. And best of all, there’s a small laminated sheet of instructions that’s hung up along the side of the console.> Translation Roll 1d12
Rolled 11 (1d12)>>39553588
Rolled 5 (1d12)>>39553588HWG
Rolled 7 (1d12)>>39553588roll
Rolled 6 (1d12)>>39553588This place had a lot of Joys that mysteriously dropped dead. Scary.
wait a minute. Can we look up Ray in the Book to see what his entry says next time we get the chance?
>>39553761SecondingMaybe that West Wind chick too. Im not sure if she'd be in the book but theres no harm in looking.
>>39553761 I'd laugh if there was a snotty remark about him fucking Joy of Ashes.
>>39553596'Please inform all applicants that they are to manifest as much regalia as possible.''Please allow all applicants to pass through archway. As explained in video, slight siphon of Clean Energy is normal, abilities will not be affected.''Please allow applicants to pass, one at a time, but they are free to wait for groups to be processed before continuing. However, do encourage people not to idle.''If monitor shows that applicant is at Advancement Levels, note applicant's ID number. (Privately please, last thing we want is a group of Small Joy to get upset because one of them can become a full Joy-In-XXXX)''If blue light detector goes off, IMMEDIATELY press the RED button. CONTINUE OPERATIONS AS NORMAL, DO NOT SHOW ALARM.''Joy-In-West Wind thanks you for your service, and know that there's no Greater Joy than serving your country.'So...this thing is supposed to measure the power Joy-In-Whatevers have. They're supposed to walk through this thing in 'full regalia' which you're pretty sure means 'transformed.' You look back. Pytor and Ray haven't followed you. > Open Your Heart To Joy and walk through the detector. It's the only way you're going to be getting any answers that don't come from your own head.> Don't and keep going down the hall. The people up top showed small signs of struggle when they died. It looks like these girls just dropped stone dead where they stood. That's a good reason not to.
>>39553915>> Open Your Heart To Joy and walk through the detector. It's the only way you're going to be getting any answers that don't come from your own head.Whatever killed everyone is long gone.
Rolled 6 (1d8)>>39553915> Don't and keep going down the hall. The people up top showed small signs of struggle when they died. It looks like these girls just dropped stone dead where they stood. That's a good reason not to.
>>39553915> Open Your Heart To Joy and walk through the detector. It's the only way you're going to be getting any answers that don't come from your own head.
>>39553915> Don't and keep going down the hall. The people up top showed small signs of struggle when they died. It looks like these girls just dropped stone dead where they stood. That's a good reason not to.
>>39553915 > Open Your Heart To Joy and walk through the detector. It's the only way you're going to be getting any answers that don't come from your own head.
>>39553915> Open Your Heart To Joy and walk through the detector. It's the only way you're going to be getting any answers that don't come from your own head.I feel like Joy-in-West Wind was here at the end we will probably find her at the bottom.
>>39554007Her corpse, maybe. gonna loot that corpse
>You look back. Pytor and Ray haven't followed you.I don't get why she's trying to keep being Ashes secret. It's going to be blindingly obvious to Pytor if she keeps traveling with him.
>>39554076That was what I was thinking as well, honestly I am very much hoping it is her corpse. If she is still alive I am more than a little concerned about the state she would be in.
>>39554181There could be a video. It's probably that, if Lupa doesn't have People of Joy stalkers tailing her.
>>39554007You close your eyes.“Where do you find Joy?”“I find Joy even in the Ashes.”Everything goes white for a moment, and you feel your clothing, and mask change and shift, as well as the ash cloud swirl around you.‘Ugh…eventually we’re going to stop getting headaches.’‘Was that us back there? With Ray and the headaches?’‘Yes. That was us. Can we not to do it again? It’s a bitch. That’s why he needs to start taking those pills. It’ll stop it from happening.’‘What are we doing?’‘We’re…not sure. It’s important though. If we don’t, Ray will touch minds with us, and the best case scenario is that we drop dead, right there on the spot.’‘Huh?’‘Seriously, that’s all we know. It’s like we were just given a manual with no context and no further information. All we know is that pain is an involuntary reaction from us, keeping us from ‘touching minds’ which is apparently a VERY bad thing.’‘So why are we touching minds in the first place?’‘We don’t know. It’s ALSO involuntary.’‘So…we instinctually do something…and then we instinctually do something ELSE to STOP the first thing…and we have no idea what causes either reaction?’‘Yes.’‘Is it too late to go back to just being cold and hungry all the time?’‘We would like nothing more. Trust us.’‘So, how do we know Joy-In-West Wind?’‘That’s her name. When we see one of our Sisters, we know their name. No, we have no idea why. Also, no, we don’t know what the difference is between a Small Joy and…Us. How about you walk through the arch and see?’You sigh and walk through the archway.> Roll 1d12
Rolled 10 (1d12)>>39554244
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>39554244
Rolled 9, 6, 9 = 24 (3d12)>>39554244
>>39554244Get the fuck away from Ray as soon as possible. Got it.
>>39554315Or let him take the drugs. Honestly if MGs do it involuntarily it must be important.
>>39554349LOVE is extremely deadly to Joys.
>>39554371I've not seen that anywhere. and you're assuming things. He wasn't present the first time we headached. Mind voice said get him on the drugs, we get him on the drugs.
>>39554371Tell me about it.>You are now imagining The Boss as a magical girl.>Is this awesome.>Y/Y?
>>39554280I guess our Clean Energy generator is feeling extra frisky today.
>>39554397I thought they were talking specifically about Ray and the headaches. He was present both times and said he zoned out both times.There's definitely more than one kind of headache in play here.
>>39554280You feel a slight tingle and Joy mercifully shuts up for a bit. Then every single light in the facility turns on, and all the screens come to life, turning blue."WHOA!" You hear from back upstairs, and you can see the elevator door closing down the hall.The Screen nearest to you blinks and there's West Wind's smiling face. "Hello Sister, and welcome! Thank you very much for answering your country call. I salute you!" She salutes. "Here we'll be best determining how you can serve your country. For the Smallest Joy can have the biggest part! Please keep your regalia on at all times, if you have any. However, unless requested, please do not express your Joy. We don't want anyone getting hurt! Let's head down the hall and see what our good men and women are doing to keep us safe and make YOU a part of that. Shall we?"The screen goes to a spinning icon of a Civ icon that means 'Joy-In-West Wind.'You hear the elevators starting up behind you. Pytor and Ray must have gotten them working. Shiiiit.> Stay as Joy-In-Ashes> Go back to LupaAlso> Go back to the Elevators and rejoin your friends> Head down the hall and see what West Wind has to say.
>>39554512> Stay as Joy-In-Ashes>Head down the hall and see what West Wind has to say.
>>39554512> Stay as Joy-In-Ashes> Head down the hall and see what West Wind has to say.
>>39554512>> Stay as Joy-In-Ashes> Head down the hall and see what West Wind has to say.
>>39554244Why was this in reply to my previous post?>Stay as Joy-In-Ashes> Head down the hall and see what West Wind has to say.
So apparently you can manifest a 'regalia' without manifesting as Joy.Interesting.
>>39554560I think that means don't start throwing ashes everywhere and shooting light energy
....Did we just power up the entire facility just by walking through the arch once?
>>39554604Yes, what of it? We're a walking battery.
>>39554604Yes. We critted and are apparently a damn powerful if unskilled mg.
>>39554604Way to be subtle Lupa.
>>39554620Seriously, Pytor is going to find out very, very quickly. Best to rip off that bandaid now.
>>39554555your roll was the one that decided the outcome
There's no way that cult leader guy hasn't somehow sensed this and dispatched goons.
Is anyone else getting serious bad vibes from this place? Institutionalized child soldiers, rampant nationalism... who were they fighting a war with?
>>39554746Well, these people did cause the apocalypse through Hubris. There has to be lots rotten apples in the cellar.
>>39554791You run down the hall, making a couple of turns. You pause for a moment, and you’re pretty sure that Pytor and Ray aren’t going to be suddenly coming around the corner and see you like this.You head down the hall, and eventually one side of the room becomes a window and you’re looking down. It seems that one of the rooms below you is a huge gym. You see an empty pool with corpses laying on the bottom, and other bodies just lying there. Holy shit…it looks like one person…yeah, judging by how they’re sitting. It looks like they broke their own neck by smashing it with a stack of weight plates inside a…deltoid press, or whatever that deathtrap is called.A screen pops on, it’s West Wind again. “Here you’ll see our brave girls exercising. I know you’ve seen the videos of me lifting that building wall, but that’s more than just magic!” She does a brief arm flex for the camera. “Those who are lucky enough to become a full Joy In Heart will indeed find your bodies getting stronger, tougher, and more capable. But you only get out what you put in, and we want you to be the best! Even the Smaller Joys can benefit from good physical training! You’ll be able to express yourselves easier and more often! Give all of your new Sisters a wave!” The screen blinks out.(cont)
>>39554868that's messed up
>>39554868You continue down the hall, more corpses to step over, and then there’s another overlook to a large empty room. This one looks like a firing range. It also has corpses.A screen turns on. “And this is where you’ll all be practicing how to express your Joy!” West Wind says. “Remember, the more you practice the better you get at it, and those who are blessed enough to become Joy In Hearts will find the more you express your joy, the more varied ways you have to use them! So be creative! I wasn’t able to pull tornadoes out of clear blue skies when I started!” She laughs. “Of course, I’m sure you Small Joys are frowning now, your Big Sisters get all the cool things, and all you have is one or two stupid little ways to express yourselves.” She tsks and waves a finger. “Never underestimate a Small Joy. YOU can express yourselves without having to display your regalia…I can’t do that! Also, I work with three Small Joys and I wouldn’t swap any of them for even Joy-In-Love! You may only have one or two tricks, but you’ll be the BEST at them, AND I KNOW you’ll come up with a bunch of wonderful ways to use them! Okay, let’s keep going!”You come to another Assessment Gate. It looks identical to the first."At this point," West Wind says on the nearby screen. "I'd like to lead everyone in the national anthem..."A few bars of music start, and then the screen cuts off suddenly.The power doesn't seem to be fading though...> Walk through the arch as Joy-In-Ashes> Go back to being Lupa before passing through.
>>39554910They probably died quickly, like the small joys earlier. It's just that they were doing stuff as they died instead of only standing there.
More signs of suicide. People drowning themselves. And that death by exercise equipment.>>39554916> Walk through the arch as Joy-In-Ashes
>>39554916>Go back to being Lupa before passing through.
>>39554916>> Walk through the arch as Joy-In-Ashes
>>39554916>> Walk through the arch as Joy-In-AshesDon't suppose the firing range had any guns laying around?
>>39554916> Walk through the arch as Joy-In-AshesWe're going to be out of power when we need to fight. I'd stake Lupa's life on it.
>>39554988I think this is a Joy only firing range. So just powers.
>>39554916Can we express ourselves without displaying regalia??? We haven't tried.
>>39554964>>39554988>>39554997You walk through the gate, and you see a bunch of lights go on in the observer’s kiosk. You walk over and take a look.Well, the meters that measure your Clean Energy output, your suitability for being a Joy In Heart are all at the maximum. Also you are apparently wearing and carrying metal objects that, according to the laminated sheet here, should have been removed by facility to be returned later.Also, that video cutting out wasn’t a mistake. ‘When Video cuts out, please instruct applicants to continue singing anthem. Any applicant who cannot sing anthem, please note. Also, instruct applicants to complete SECOND verse of anthem, please note any applicants who show NO HESITATION when singing second verse.’You do notice now, that you do indeed set off the all important blue light as well. Again, the technician is to press the red button and not show any signs of alarm.***Kcchk*** “Lupa?”That’s Ray’s voice! It’s coming from…well…everywhere from the echoes.“Lupa, if you can hear this. I don’t know what you did, but it’s got the entire place working! We’re on the second floor, it’s where they equipped their soldiers, and man Lupa…we hit the fucking JACKPOT! Hallelujah! Anyway, get to the second floor as soon as you can.”The PA system shuts off.> Continue down the hallway on your tour. You want to see all of what West Wind has to show you.> Double back and find a way up to the second floor. You saw maintenance doors, maybe there’s other stairs.
>>39555235> Continue down the hallway on your tour. You want to see all of what West Wind has to show you
>>39554988> Continue down the hallway on your tour. You want to see all of what West Wind has to show you.
>>39555235>> Continue down the hallway on your tour. You want to see all of what West Wind has to show you.I wonder if NO HESITATION is a good or bad sign. So creepy.
>>39555235> Continue down the hallway on your tour. You want to see all of what West Wind has to show you.
>>39555235Can we yell at them? Say we're busy but unhurt or something?
>>39555235You push that red button immediately young girl.
>>39555314You continue down the hall it winds and twists, and has a couple more dead bodies. The next viewing window is coming up. You look out, and see Pytor and Ray staring at you.Shit! You hit the ground...and then slowly get back up. They can't see you."Are you sure this is one way glass?" You hear Ray ask Pytor, muffled though it is.Pytor nods, and he pounds on it. "Yes...strong too." After a moment he shrugs. "Get back to cataloguing."It looks like the boys have found what looks like a barracks. Footlockers, beds, sinks and toilets at one end. Dead corpses on the beds, or one with his head in the toilet.The boys have been looting the footlockers, and it looks like they hit money. Standard issue kit for these guys apparently includes sealed MREs, nice looking body armor, and a .357 snub-nose hold-out pistol with ammo. They've got a nice looking pile on one of the beds."A little treat for you girls." West Wind says with a wink. "Our brave Accepting men. Now, I know you've all heard the rumors about men with the Acceptance trait, and I'm here to tell you that MOST of them aren't true. Acceptance does indeed make our boys bigger, or tougher, or faster, or all three, or something else entirely! But they won't be expressing their Joy any time soon. Or ever." She chuckles. "So those rumors of the Tributary's forces? Rumors, and have you SEEN a Trib man? Pfft. Take a look at OUR boys...heh. Anyway, you'll be introduced to a squadron of Acceptance support. They'll have talents that will supplement your own, use them. I know I've owed my life to the brave men who put themselves at risk. So, get one last good eyeful ladies, and let's move on..."The screen winks out.> Observation Roll 1d12
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>39555646
Rolled 7 (1d12)>>39555646And what do we see?
Rolled 9 (1d12)>>39555646
Rolled 3 (1d12)>>39555646Tribuary, huh. Looks like guys can do shit too, neat.
>>39555646That whole West Wind paragraph had me giggling.
So world war between human factions using magical child forces?And the fallout from the magic being used in their magitech devices huhWhich began to mutate into the hubris
>>39555763Something tells me that MGs were exceptional sluts. Who'd have thunk it?
>>39555646>Tributary>a river or stream flowing into a larger river or lakeI bet these dudes touch minds all the time. Possible hivemind?
>>39555809If that's the case, magical girls dropping dead when they touch minds would be a sensible defense against Tributary people.
>>39555803Gotta pass on those Acceptance genes. Fuck for your country!
>>39555724You’re about to leave, when you look up and your eyes go wide. Oh shit.Hubris.Pytor and Ray are in a room who’s ceiling is covered in Eyeless. This time they look like baseball sized pillbugs. Only their bodies look slightly gelatinous, and you can see Hubris Larvae floating in those black spherical masses.Okay, good news is that they’re apparently more content to just stay on the ceiling and crawl over each other. Ray and Pytor haven’t been loud in their search.You do see one drop down onto the ground, near the boys, but the Eyeless then starts to crawl away from the men, and towards the bathroom area. There’s a small puddle around one of the leaking toilets. The seam is broken and when someone flushed (One of them must have taken a leak.) water dripped out. Also, apparently the plumbing is also operational here…but more importantly, Eyeless like water more than they like people.Eyeless like Joys the best though, you can see that the mass on the ceiling is slowly shifting towards the direction of the one-way mirror.> Pound on the glass and yell to get the guy’s attention.> Bust through the glass.> Hurry down the hall and try to find some way to get to them> They’re not stupid, and the Hubris aren’t interested in them…If you remain calm and keep going forward, maybe you can lure the Eyeless swarm away
>>39555935> They’re not stupid, and the Hubris aren’t interested in them…If you remain calm and keep going forward, maybe you can lure the Eyeless swarm away>Express your power a little.
Holy shit, looks like I was right about everyone being a hive.
>>39555935>> They’re not stupid, and the Hubris aren’t interested in them…If you remain calm and keep going forward, maybe you can lure the Eyeless swarm awayUhhhhhhhhhhhh. I'm okay with any of these options. I'll go with the ballsiest one.
>>39555935>They’re not stupid, and the Hubris aren’t interested in them…If you remain calm and keep going forward, maybe you can lure the Eyeless swarm away>Express your power a little.No panic, no panic...
Can we shoot those see the true form ashes through the window? We have line of sight, maybe it goes through windows.
>>39556053Ashes are sadly a material thing. If we had light? Sure. But all ashes will do is coat the glass.
>>39555935 They’re not stupid, and the Hubris aren’t interested in them…If you remain calm and keep going forward, maybe you can lure the Eyeless swarm away>Express your power a little.
I wish that power drain hadn't shut headvoice up. I miss her.
>>39556007'No panic, no panic!''No panic...we aren't panicing.' Oh good, adrenaline has woken up Joy.'Good to know that we're all here...now...we take a step back...and to the side....'And you watch as the majority of the Eyeless pillbugs swarm towards your location. Your location that you are trying to put as close to the water as possible, and furthest away from the boys.'What are our options?' 'What?''Well...we've heard nothing else but West Wind babbling about expressing our Joy...let's get expressive! What are our options?''Limited with this thick piece of safety glass between us and them!''Anything will do!''Alright, alright.'> We can create a little light in our palm.> We can cake ash around our body and harden it> We can blast a thick ash cloud in the area.'THAT'S IT?''Unless we want to break the mirror, we don't have very many options!'
>>39556237> We can cake ash around our body and harden itArmor. Armor is good.Given we're about to be swarmed armor is VERY good.
>>39556237> We can create a little light in our palm.Armor is good, but I'm quite fond of lasers.
>>39556237> We can cake ash around our body and harden it
>>39556237> We can create a little light in our palm.
>>39556264a ball of light isn't going to immediately evolve into a laser.
>>39556277A little ash hardening isn't going to be servicable armor immediately either. oh wait, we're facing pillbugs. Maybe it will.
>>39556237>We can cake ash around our body and harden itThe important thing is that we're against a swarm. Armor is good for that, right?
>>39556305a ball of light is less useful than thin armor.
Alright, here is my guess due to the whole mind linking thing.Linking between full Joys? Not safe. Or at least not safe while untrained. People generally explode.Linking between Acceptance and Small Joys to a single full Joy? Safe and most importantly powerful. The small rivers leading to the lake to give it more power. Or the other way around. Joys can allow Acceptance to use more power.
>>39556352There's no point in arguing about it, ash hardening has clearly won.but flashlights are useful when the power isn't on and Hounds are sensitive to bright light. ... two reasons that are not currently relevant
>>39556409There is no reason we can't do the other things later. I mean smothering a wasp nest with ash? Very smart. Very practical. Using it against Eyeless. Things with no eyes? That home in our power? Not the brightest thing to do. Same with using the light here. We don't need to see or ward off nocturnal creatures.
>>39556397That's possible, but it contradicts what Joy said: Ray kills us. Totally not PoJ propaganda.I'd prefer not to test this until we get another viewpoint, at least.
>>39556323You take in a deep breath and your ash cloud starts to close in around you, just like it did before you…exploded…that other time. This time however, it feel different. That was to keep something in, this is to keep something out. This stuff is thicker, substantial. Something that it would take all day to chip away and ruin a knife while doing so. It also makes it look like you’re covered in grey mud, save for your mask and hair.‘Oh shit.’‘Oh…shit.’The eyeless noticed, and apparently they want to get a look at the new you. They have changed from a slow gradual shift, to a massive FLOOD. They’re all pilling up against the glass, you can see the twitchy, leggy, larvae, squirmy gooey undersides of them, and you are glad you haven’t eaten…or plan on sleeping. Ever. So, good news is that you’ve gotten the horde of Eyeless pillbugs away from Pytor and Ray. They’re all on the glass…and converging towards your position. All you had to do was just touch the glass with your armored hand and they’re swarming all over the area.Bad news…that glass is starting to crack.“Are we going to the next room, or are we staying and waiting for Lupa?” Ray asks Pytor.Pytor shrugs as he throws the last of the salvage into his backpack. “Lupa is smart…she always finds her way back. We have more to search.”The pair turn to leave.The glass is still cracking…you just need to hold the pillbugs in one place a liiiiitttttllllee longer!But can that glass handle it?If you walk away though, will the Eyeless go for the boys and get to them before they get away?> Risk the glass> Risk walking away.
If everyone in this place was a Hive, why was that one dead guy hoarding meds?
>>39556502> Risk the glassDo normal people somehow not notice Eyeless? Because it seems that every time Eyeless have been around no one else has noticed until we say something.
>>39556502>> Risk the glassWe can do that explosion thingie to kill all of them in one swoop.
>>39556516Maybe everyone in this place wasn't a hive?Maybe they just all got locked in here or something and went crazy.
>>39556502> Risk the glassI am far, far more concerned about this now that I know there are enough of these things to crack thick glass. Holy shit.
>>39556622"Alright. But I'm going back to the PA room and letting her know we're still here." Ray says.Pytor shakes his head and pauses in the door way with Ray. "Go. Just remember, only I have sex in the RV. You wait until your back at your farm, to ask if you want to fuck her.""It's a ranch!" Ray says, going red. He then blinks and looks behind Pytor at the glass. "Is...do you see something there?" He asks.Pytor turns to look.> Roll 1d20, you need a 14 or higher for the glass to hold
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>39556716
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>39556716Hahahahaha this is the best nat 1. I'm so happy we failed this roll.
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>39556716>>39556724Thanks
>>39556724Wait, is that a crit failure? An automatic failure?
>>39556763I think only d8 is immune to the dreaded 1.
I'm starting to think that expressing wasn't a good idea.
>>395567245th nat 1 we've rolled today.Jeeze.
>>39556724(Thank you Dice Gods.)One moment Ray and Pytor are looking at a one-way glass mirror. It seems fine. (Though for some reason Ray swears he can see something on the other side of the mirror, a blurry shape that looks like its got two ropes hanging from each side of it.Then the mirror shatters, completely breaking into pieces, and there’s a flash of light.When their vision returns they see a monster. It’s about five foot tall, and it’s humanoid in shape, and it’s covered in these horrible giant gooey pillbug things. Also these thick white tentacle things are growing out of, what they assume, is the things’ head. Where it ISN’T covered in demonic looking insects, it’s flesh is thick, grey, and craggy. It’s also letting out this horrible shrieking noise as it thrashes back and forth. “RUN!” Pyotr says, as he pushes Ray to get to the elevator, and he lifts his shotgun and shoots once at the creature. Then, without looking to see if the thing was hurt or not, he also takes off.So…you’re covered in Pillbug Eyeless who are eating through your armor to get at you, and Pytor just shot at you with his shotgun.> Roll 1d20 to dodge
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>39556866OK. That was worth the nat 1.
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>39556866gj
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>39556866Hue
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>39556866
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>39556866
>>39556877>>39556889>>39556896eh, not great, not bad either>>39556897almost anon, almost.
>>39556866Amazing. Are we dodging the shotgun? That is some fast thinking there.
>>39556914I think we're trying to the Ashen Dodge trick. You know, dissolve into ashes, let the breeze carry you away and reform.So we aren't covered in pillbugs
>>39556896You feel your armor get blown off as you do your ash-shift to the side. Thank GOD Pytor wasn't aiming to kill.So...you're covered with Eyeless, now what?> What do you think?! Bright Burst! NOW!> Waitwaitwaitwait! We do that and we'll go back to being Lupa and we won't be able to change back for a bit! Maybe there's another way, for now though, running, stomping, and rolling around on the ground sounds like a good idea!
>>39556942> Waitwaitwaitwait! We do that and we'll go back to being Lupa and we won't be able to change back for a bit! Maybe there's another way, for now though, running, stomping, and rolling around on the ground sounds like a good idea!
>>39556866Why was I thinking they would recognize her again? Pointless masquerade intact.
>>39556942> What do you think?! Bright Burst! NOW!
>>39556942> Waitwaitwaitwait! We do that and we'll go back to being Lupa and we won't be able to change back for a bit! Maybe there's another way, for now though, running, stomping, and rolling around on the ground sounds like a good idea!Plus, Brightburst might just hurt ourselves instead of hitting the bugs.
>>39556942>> Waitwaitwaitwait! We do that and we'll go back to being Lupa and we won't be able to change back for a bit! Maybe there's another way, for now though, running, stomping, and rolling around on the ground sounds like a good idea!Stop drop and roll!
>>39556970knowing our dice? It is practically guaranteed.
>>39556942> What do you think?! Bright Burst! NOW!No reason to stay this way really and theyre probably really starting to wonder where the fuck shes at
>>39556989We still need to go through the assessments and advancement and maybe other stuff. Can't do that as Lupa.
>>39556974You've discovered a few things, as you roll on the ground and thrash.1) You are SO glad your regalia has a mask.2) Your Ash-Shift doesn't work on Eyeless. They travel with you...probably because they're not 'normal' creatures.3) The Eyeless have now eaten through your armor and are now munching on you. It hurts. A LOT.> You will now start to take wounds from being devoured.> Run down the halls back through those Assessment Arches. Those things drain Clean Energy. It'll fry these guys!> Jump into the room and run to the showers and turn them on. Eyeless are drawn to water. You can wash them off!> See if Joy has any new powers!> Fuck it! Bright Burst!
>>39557072> Jump into the room and run to the showers and turn them on. Eyeless are drawn to water. You can wash them off!> See if Joy has any new powers!
>>39557072>> Run down the halls back through those Assessment Arches. Those things drain Clean Energy. It'll fry these guys!>If that doesn't work, Bright Burst!
>>39557072Let's hit those showers
>>39557080>>39557091>>39557111'ANY HELP WE HAVE IS APPRECIATED!''Each a Universe unto themselves. Utterly alien. Impossibly familiar.''WHAT?' You ask as you grab a shower dial and crank it as hard as it can go.'Screaming. Then it stopped. Then it started again.'The cold water bursts out of the pipe and covers you.'Give me SOMETHING!''I....I...I...I...that is why there MUST be WE.'Okay, Joy's not being helpful with her mind full of Hubris.Still you were quick with the water. Let's see if it's helping.> Roll 1d20
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>39557260please helping
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>39557260pls work
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>39557260I really hope this works...
>>39557260Hivemind intensifies. Why aren't we getting hit by this?
>>39557295OHTHANKGODIT'SWORKING!The majority of the Eyeless are falling off of you, rolling around in the water. And the ones that are currently trying to bite their way into your skin have slowed as they now try to slurp up the water, THEN bite into your skin.Either way, you've been fast enough, and have slowed them that, you're now only mostly covered with nightmare pillbugs.They ARE still trying to eat you.> You're still at 0 wounds so far, well done.> More water. They like it, let them drown in it, and if something's working...> Try to concentrate and do an Ash-shift across the entire room. A foot or two they can follow, but 20-30 feet? That might be enough to break free.> Brute force this thing, grab a towel and just wipe them off. That you KNOW will work...maybe you'll only get nibbled on a little.
>>39557359> Brute force this thing, grab a towel and just wipe them off. That you KNOW will work...maybe you'll only get nibbled on a little.
>>39557359>More water AND a towel.
>>39557359> More water. They like it, let them drown in it, and if something's working
>>39557359Harden the ash around each pillbug then smash them?
>>39557359Scrub a dub dub baby (water and Towel)
>>39557410Come on, there's no reason why we can't do both.
Guys, there might be a reason why they like water. It might not be smart to feed them.
>>39557456Nice theory. Let's confirm it.
>>39557452>>39557449>>39557410You grab a towel and soak it as you stay in the water, the water is filthy grey and full of ash, and every time that you try to wipe off one of the pillbugs, it bursts and larvae spray everywhere, they burst the moment they come into contact with your skin. It stings like a bitch.Joy is just shrieking in pain and still babbling. > Roll physical 1d8
>>39557465Isn't that the kind of theory you don't want to confirm?
Rolled 1 (1d8)>>39557468
Rolled 5 (1d8)>>39557468
Rolled 3 (1d8)>>39557468>>39557471Between assuming it's true and actually KNOWING, I'll take knowing.>>39557478HAH. YOU DON'T COUNT.
>>39557478nat 1 #6.
>>39557481You get the last of the Eyeless off and stomp the other ones to death.You've got an assortment on small bites, nibbles, general Clean Energy drain, and you're never getting those images out of your head. You're still pretty good though, all things considered.> Wound: 1'Why do they like water?''Ugggghh...common. Water is water is water. It's easy to understand and consume.''So...they aren't going to grow wings or anything?''Nah...it just keeps them from drying out and dying. Eyeless last as long as there's Clean Energy or water. But if the water's clean of Clean Energy, they'll stay there and drink until...poof.''Good to know. What was that back there, they had a hive mind right? Why weren't we affected?''We WERE. That was why we have this set-up! One of us gets driven insane by the Hubris, and the other keeps going. If we want to trade positions, feel free any time.'*ksshk* "LUPA! LUPA YOU'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THERE! THERE'S THIS...THIS...THING! PYTOR AND I ARE HEADING BACK TO THE TOP. MEET US THERE! GET OUT NOW! PLEASE LORD, LET LUPA BE SAFE!"> Change back to Lupa and make your way out. Pytor will leave without you if you've been gone too long.> He won't leave for a couple of hours. Probably. Go back and see the end of the Assessment Corridor.
>>39557613>He won't leave for a couple of hours. Probably. Go back and see the end of the Assessment Corridor.
>>39557613> He won't leave for a couple of hours. Probably. Go back and see the end of the Assessment Corridor.If we leave after that? I'll bite you.
>>39557613>> Change back to Lupa and make your way out. Pytor will leave without you if you've been gone too long.> Change in front of them, reassure them, and head back in.Fuck this secret.
>>39557613 >He won't leave for a couple of hours. Probably. Go back and see the end of the Assessment Corridor.
Can we seriously change positions? I would switch off every fight in a heartbeat if that was possible.
How are we going to explain this to them?
>>39557705Pytor won’t leave for a couple of hours. You know this because he will be staying here to see if the horrible monster he saw is the type that holds a grudge and hunts prey down, or if it’s the type that doesn’t like getting shot at, and wont bother people who don’t come back into it’s home. People who don’t learn that lesson tend to be VERY surprised when a Feline jumps down from a tree, five months after you only winged it, and tears their throat out.Also, by then it may be getting dark. Pyotr wouldn’t risk the RV going up against a pack of Hounds. Not when he has a thick steel door to hide behind. So…judging by what you know about the guardian that just shot you, you feel that it’s okay to keep exploring.You head back into the assessment hall and continue following it. Joy is still pretty quiet as she recuperates and tries to heal you.The hallways end in a door that opens up to a room that looks like a classroom.“Hello Sisters!” West Wind’s face pops up. “If you’ve gotten this far and have a number, you’re certainly a Small Joy, and maybe even more! Let’s give a big applause for our Female Acceptance Candidates, they’re still our Sisters and we look forward to helping them!” A pause. “Now, we’ll have the written part of the assessment! Yes, yes, I know. But this is an easy test and there are NO wrong answers, so NO cheating from your neighbor!”There’s only one corpse here. It looks like he died as he was putting small paper booklets and pencils on each of the desks. His death is apparently by way of pencil to the neck.> Observational Roll 1d12
Rolled 10 (1d12)>>39557844>> Observational Roll 1d12
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>39557844
Rolled 10 (1d12)>>39557844
>>39557844>There’s only one corpse here. It looks like he died as he was putting small paper booklets and pencils on each of the desks. His death is apparently by way of pencil to the neck.Fucking brutal.
>>39557891Yup, looks like those who weren't killed by Hives chose to kill themselves.
>>39557828We wanted to hear what the screens had to say. It's even true.
>>39557907anon what is your obsession with everyone here being hives?
>>39557930trying to think of a why is everyone dead sorta deal. A lot of these people just seemed to have fallen over and died. Barring the few that committed violent suicide.
>>39557946Maybe Joy-in-Suicide turned up and accidentally expressed her joy?
It would explain the huge amount of Eyeless in the dorms. They kept themselves alive via the running water.
>>39557859 So the booklets are questions that are either weird or personal. When, where, and what were the circumstances of your first kiss? Are you a virgin? Is it alright for a mother to steal a loaf of bread for her starving children? Is it moral to steal liquor from the house of an alcoholic? Can God create a rock so heavy God cannot lift it? Where were you when you had your first menstrual cycle?The dead guy has a set of keycards on a ring. You’ll take those. There’s an intercom in the wall. It has a white button, a black button, a red button and one of those blue lights (which flashes when you approach it), and a switch with (OFF, ON, ALL) set into it.> Use the intercom to contact the others> Go through the large set of double doors that’s on the other side of the assessment room.> Use the keycard to get into the ‘AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY’ door
>>39557977> Use the intercom to contact the others> Use the keycard to get into the ‘AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY’ door
>>39557977> Use the intercom to contact the othersTell them you are alright.> Use the keycard to get into the ‘AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY’ door
>>39557977> Use the intercom to contact the others> Use the keycard to get into the ‘AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY’ doorLong past time we did this.
>>39556958Look, it's part of the genre conventions, it's gotta stay a secret.Go watch anime dammit.
>>39557977> Use the intercom to contact the others> Use the keycard to get into the ‘AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY’ doorThey need to know we're ok and we can get out on our own
>>39558003It wasn't a secret before the Fall and the big bad guy already knows about us. The only reason to keep it a secret is because Pytor might not like carting a girl who attracts monsters around.
>>39558029>It wasn't a secret before the FallYeah, because that worked out so well.Also, we really have to push that red button at some point.
>>39558002You fiddle with the intercom."Guys? Guys are you okay? I'm fine, I don't see anything."A pause. "Lupa! Oh thank God in Heaven, praise him for keeping you safe. I am but your humble ser-""Lupa. Come back up. Now."You bite your lip. "I can't...some doors sealed behind me. Security gates. I'm stuck in this classroom thing. I think I found some keycards though.""Fine. Stay in contact when you can. You see something move, run the other way. When you come back up, we're leaving.""What about the Hounds? How late is it?""I have flashbangs in the car. Hounds don't worry me, things that I shoot with a shotgun and don't die do." Pytor says. "Get back up here as soon as you can."Click.You wait, but you can just imagine him dragging Raymond away from the intercom.You head into the 'staff only' part and find, surprise surprise, more corridors. These however, have helpful color lines and a sign telling you what goes where!> White goes to the Unacceptence Lab> Silver goes to Comms> Green goes to Barracks/Armory> Red goes to Joy Barracks> Blue goes to the Offices of Joy-In-West Wind
>>39558127> Red goes to Joy BarracksWell, lets see what Joy has left us.
>>39558127> Green goes to Barracks/ArmoryGet wepon first. After that > Blue goes to the Offices of Joy-In-West WindWe might need to blow up a safe
>>39558127The weird ass talking poster told us to follow the red line. So lets follow the red line. Maybe double back to Green if we need to flee something.
>>39558127>Red goes to Joy Barracks
>>39558003It's pretty common for magical girl shows to tell a few close people, actually. >Red>>39558171The others already looted the armoury.
>>39558177That was a mistranslation. We rolled a critfail there, remember? This is the real translation.
>>39558180oh yeah. Damn I'm sleepy.
>>39558127> Red goes to Joy Barracks
>>39558189what, no we didn't.
>>39552748then the rolls>>39552765>>39552769>>39552774critfail here>>39552987Dubious as fuck "Joy in AHSES follow this line" mistranslation.
>>39558250Look, the posters are ether friendly and want to help us, or hostile and we need to kill them.So, we follow the Red Line. Odds are pretty good, it leads to the Magical Girl Gas chamber, but we'll deal with that when we deal with that.
>>39558285We just read where it goes to. The Joy Barracks.
>>39558160>>39558178>>39558180Okay. Now, you've finally hit creepy. You see, there are indeed special barracks for the girls who are Joy In Heart like yourself and West Wind. They're very plush looking things that have more luxury than you've every seen. Private baths that have jacuzzi and whirlpool functions, it looks like they've got a private kitchen, and room service. Judging by the dead guy in the waiter tuxedo who's slumped over a golden serving tray on wheels.Screens on walls, screens with keyboards on desks, top line exercise equipment, and it looks like there's a corpse of a dead male wearing red underwear and fuzzy-handcuffed to the bed.You can see all this because this facility has all Joy-In-Whatevers under 24 hour, live surveillance. The ceilings are all see through, and you can see that they're all hooked up to gas chambers as well. If two keys are put into a panel, turned, and then a button pressed, they can gas anyone living here. Charming. Also you see schedules set up for training regiments, growth charts, and other measures of progress. This is West Wind's kennel for her attack dogs. At least she keeps them pampered.A screen is alive in one area with an older looking West Wind. There was a man in a high ranking uniform watching in, he's slumped dead in the chair. No wounds. The West Wind in the corridors looked like she was early twenties...this West Wind is early thirties, and they've been hard years. She has wrinkles, and not as much make up.As you get closer the screen activates. "Sir, I don't know. I never was part of Joy-In-Love's cabal.""But you know what they were doing." A voice off screen says."A little. I try not to associate with Joy-In-Love's people. They're a tad crazed. The Reincarnation Claim...it's...skewed their priorities. My place is with my Country, sir. You know that.""But you granted them that area."(cont)
>>39558359>You can see all this because this facility has all Joy-In-Whatevers under 24 hour, live surveillance. The ceilings are all see through, and you can see that they're all hooked up to gas chambers as well. If two keys are put into a panel, turned, and then a button pressed, they can gas anyone living here.I FUCKIN' KNEW IT!
>>39558127> Red goes to Joy BarracksThen> Blue goes to the Offices of Joy-In-West WindThen if there is time> White goes to the Unacceptence Lab
>>39558306Anonymous, you're too innocent.
>>39558359This surveillance thing is awfully convenient for us. If we see something worth looting, we can go pick it up.So, we're reincarnations and Joy in Love called it? Neato.
>>39558421The reincarnations of owners of the stuff we sold off are going to be so incredibly pissed at us.
Ah, so the place was gassed. Jeesh.
I bet if we look at the console near the high-ranker we'll see a similar series of buttons that will gas the entire facility.
>>39558359"Sir, I don't know if they REALLY are reincarnated or not. I do know how to assess a threat. I would lose if I fought her. So I gave her some worthless land.""She hasn't asked you to attend the Summit?""Tsh, Love...this Joy-In-Love is a romantic, but she's no fool. She agreed to my terms, and we've already gotten twice as many Small Joys in the past month than we've had in the past year. And Joy In August and Joy In Sycamore. I told her that they'd be going to war, and Love just nodded and said she knew.""So, you ARE running intel on the site?""Of course, but they've got Thought, and she's smarter than all of us. Reincarnated or not. All I know is that they're calling the place Olympus...oh pardon me OLYMPUS. All capital letters." She rolls her eyes. "They ACT like they're still children.""Very well, will you be ready for the offensive next week?"She salutes. "Eager sir. My girls and guys will send the Tribs packing. I would like to talk to you about..."And then West Wind just blinks, and drops out of the frame...and then, one minute later, you can hear a recording of people screaming.The screen stops, and then it resets back to West Wind saying "Sir, I don't know. I never was part of Joy-In-Love's cabal."> Salvage Roll 1d8
>>39558441Not really. I wouldn't be particularly pissed if my (hypothetical) son sold my razor, hat, flashlight, or whatever after my death to get some food. Though if that faggot sold off the guns my father gave me...
Rolled 1 (1d8)>>39558487k
Rolled 7 (1d8)>>39558487
Rolled 3 (1d8)>>39558487
>>395585007th nat 1.Thank god they don't count for d8s now.
Rolled 4 (1d8)>>39558487>>39558500Really doing us proud, tonight
>>39558487We know what OLYMPUS is now! Hopefully we can find out where it's located and head there sometime. West Wind's office should have a map.
>>3955848720 rolls, 7 nat 1s. We're rolling a 1 a third of the time pretty much.
>>39558551that's not how it works anon, if 3 dice are rolled each time that means 60 rolls, with 7 ones, so it's more a tenth of the time. And half the time they don't even count.
>>39558502>>39558500Sweet! The guy in the chair has an actual gun, along with his plastic-glass gun. It looks like a museum piece, or an heirloom. A .45 hand cannon. Wow. This would knock you on your ass.It is sadly not loaded. Ah, but YOU can get loaded. There's a bottle of very expensive looking whisky on the table, and it's mostly full. Genesis have a standing bounty for this brand of liquor.You fill your pouches, and then decide that it's time to see the Lady of the House.You follow the Blue line to the Offices of Joy-In-West Wind.Large double doors. And a room that's...covered with photos. All of them of saluting girls, some of them with West Wind.Rachel 'Fireball' IllsanDanielle 'Glass Jaw' TywinnJoy-In-EaglesThere are men mixed in here too, saluting and looking proud in their uniform.The books on the shelves are of military tactics and historical battles. She has a lot of medals that are respectfully displayed in cases. There's a table that's covered with maps of areas you have no comprehension of where they could be.The desk is big, thick, strong wood, and the chair is red leather and worn. There she is sitting in it. Slumped over her keyboard, dead.She hasn't decayed like the others though. (Although you didn't spend much time looking in the Joy Rooms to see if there was a Joy-In-Whatever there.)'Mmmph...head hurts again. Get away from Ray or have him take some pills.''There's no one here but us, and her.''Oh...yeah...yeah. That would make sense...oh. Oh shit.''What?''Well...you know how we came into being because the Clean Energy has changed over the years right? And how we exist so we don't go crazy from Hubris or touching someone else's mind?''Yeah?''Well...that happened to her...and all of the others...AFTER they died.''So...so Joy-In-West Wind, and all of the other Joy-In-Hearts still have a consciousness IN their DEAD bodies?''Yeah. We can feel it. It's...calmer than we thought it would be.'(cont)
>>39558694What the fuuuuuuuuck. Sidequest to destroy all Joy corpses starts now?
>>39558694'What...what can we do?''Well...we could take our knife and plunge it into her brain. That would give her peace.''Or?''Or...we could touch it. It's...it's not a human mind. Not anymore. We wouldn't die, and she might have something to say.''Don't try to hide anything from us, we're the same person.''If we do that, then we're connected to her. That means that we won't be able to let her go afterwards. Not without suffering serious brain damage ourselves.''So...we'd have West Wind in our head forever?''No. Eventually West Wind would go back to her own mind, and be stuck back here...until her body naturally decays, which would be a VERY slow process.''Fuck.''I don't know if this helps or not, and it might be instinctual...but I can feel West Wind reaching out.'> Put Joy-In-West Wind to rest> Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mind
>>39558761>Put Joy-In-West Wind to rest
>>39558761>Put Joy-In-West Wind to restCan't say she hasn't earned, and I'm not so sure I want someone who operated like this in my head.
>>39558761>> Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mindUgh. Knowledge is our highest stat. I'm not passing up a chance for it no matter how icky it is.
>>39558761>Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mind
>>39558761>Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mindand after she's out of our head>Put Joy-In-West Wind to rest
>>39558780I got the impression that we'll be long gone from here before she leaves our head.
>>39558761This is a difficult decision, but she is from pre-War, she might have a lot of good info. Let's take a risk.> Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mind
>>39558780You can't do both. Joy just explained that if you do, you'll suffer brain damage.If you touch West Wind's mind, you're leaving her to be trapped in her dying body, only it'll be worse than before. Right now she's just a half-a-consciousness, if you connect with her she'll be fully aware that she's trapped in her own decaying body until her mind fully rots, which wont be slow.
>>39558761> Put Joy-In-West Wind to restGive her the peace of death
>>39558761Lets keep in mind that she did kill everyone in this facility in all likelihood after being brainwashed by the Joy-In-Love cabal.This is not a vote just wanted to put that out there.
>>39558761> Put Joy-In-West Wind to rest>>39558816Fuck. That.
>>39558761 > Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mind
>>39558816oooh.That's not good.Yeah I'll go with > Put Joy-In-West Wind to restinstead
>>39558816It sounds like a half-consciousness wouldn't have any info.
>>39558816>she'll be fully aware that she's trapped in her own decaying body until her mind fully rots, which wont be slow.That is FUCKING HORRIFYING>>39558761>> Put Joy-In-West Wind to restVoted
>>39558849We'd be in essence waking her up to get that information. I think its worth it, and we can always arrange for someone to come and kill her body later.
>>39558849No. If you touch her mind, she'll come back to full consciousness and she wont be able to lie at all. She'll be a part of your mind after all. Nearly all of her secrets would be yours.
I mean, yea, leaving her to rot would be horrible. But... there isn't any reason we need to do that do we?
>>39558854You'd have to wait at least three months if you didn't want brain damage, and even then that would probably cause you to get a little messed up. This is a safe place, no one's going to get to her any time soon.
>>39558865>there isn't any reason we need to do that do we?Only if we decide the information might be worth it. And since we don't know, we might be condemning her for not all that much info.
>>39558887She was the leader of what appears to be a training base. If we're going to touch anyone here, it's her. She's definitely got lots of good info on training young Joys if nothing else. And we happen to be someone who desperately needs training.
>>39558930You want to be trained by someone who sets up Gas chambers in her subordinates barracks?
>>39558887She ran this base. If there was a kill order put out, she was one of the people who turned the keys, if not the one who pressed the button.She's on nearly EVERY war poster out there, and she's the 'Big Sister' of this soldier manufacturing plant. She has NO problem doing what needs to be done, and obviously sees the bigger picture. She was Joy-In-West Wind, she created tornadoes and typhoons and killed countless number of people for her Country, and she trained other little girls to do it as well.That said...she was the 'Big Sister' to all these people. She's kept pictures and names of those she's served with. She was hardly a BAD commander, and didn't needlessly throw away soldiers.So...is what West Wind knows worth doing that to her?Would she do the same to you?
>>39558950You think she had any say in that? That video showed she answered to someone.
>>39558930>And we happen to be someone who desperately needs training.True, but I just could not cause that sort of suffering to someone else. There might be training manuals or something lying about.Waking her up, just to then lock her in her decaying body for months (if not years) while she is aware of it and can do nothing about it. It is just too cruel.
>>39558861On on hand, pre-war secrets and another(?) personality. On the other, said extra personality will not be permanent, cause mental damage on loss, and will be aware of it's state of decay. Decisions, decisions...
>>39558954>So...is what West Wind knows worth doing that to her?No>Would she do the same to you?YesI still vote> Put Joy-In-West Wind to rest
>>39558986>>Would she do the same to you?>YesI mean she would awaken me, if I wasn't clear. She had duties to her nation and took it seriously.
>>39558954I think you might want to make a second vote on this decision since new information has been revealed.
>>39558761> Put Joy-In-West Wind to restWe can handle ourselves.
>>39559020Yeah, okay, I know two votes are from one person, so that might make it even...so new vote> Put Joy-In-West Wind to rest> Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mind(Just so you know, this didn't happen to all the Small Joys and the Joy-In-Hearts. Just the really really powerful ones like West Wind.)
>>39559055>> Put Joy-In-West Wind to restOpinion hasn't changed.
>>39559055> Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mind
>>39559055> Put Joy-In-West Wind to rest
>>39559055>Put Joy-In-West Wind to rest
>>39558964>You think she had any say in that? That video showed she answered to someone.So she was "only following orders." Anyone who'd follow those particular orders, whether they liked it or not is not somebody I want in my head and not somebody I want to take advice from. And, if she wasn't that much of a monster, then she isn't someone I want to subject to be stuck in their own dead body, aware and unable to die. Either way..>>39559055> Put Joy-In-West Wind to rest
>>39559055> Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mind>>39559055>(Just so you know, this didn't happen to all the Small Joys and the Joy-In-Hearts. Just the really really powerful ones like West Wind.)Thank god.
>>39559055 > Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mind
>>39559055I hate that we might end up missing out on important info, if it were simply killing her I could stomach the decision. It is just leaving her locked in that creeps me out and makes it an impossible option.I already voted on the new option, so this isn't a vote.
>>39559076She had no choice. Abandoning her country wasn't something she could live with, and that's what she would have to do to not follow those orders.
Would this being Joy in Thought change anyone's mind? From what we learned this thread, she's probably the most knowledgable Joy in existence.
>>39559158It could but this isn't Thought, so what does it matter.
5-3You take out your knife and make a quick jab in and out, right above the ear. It was easier than you'd thought it would be. Maybe you are getting stronger...'She's gone.''Did we get anything?''It wasn't me.''What?''That's what little we got from what little she had. Over and over again 'It wasn't me. It wasn't me. It wasn't me.' And an endless amount of confused rage. We're still sifting...okay...huh.''What?''It wasn't her, and it wasn't Tributary. She didn't think it could have been Love. So she was endlessly going over in her mind who could have done this...and she came up empty.''Huh.''Also, there was a lot of smug hate for the guy she was talking to before she died.''Why?''The gas had long been replaced with New Car Scent. Her last victory.'You close the Commander's eyes.Well, now that you have no one to help you search, you have to do it on your own.> Salvage Roll 1d6
>>39559055>> Touch Joy-In-West Wind's mindCommunicating with another Joy is a powerful incentive.
Rolled 5 (1d8)>>39559175hehe, new car scent.
Rolled 5 (1d6)>>39559175Hahahahaha, fuck yeah. Way to make me like a character we barely met as we killed her.
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>39559187>>39559175fuck it's 1d6
>>39559108Which excuses precisely fucking nothing. Least of all the contingency plan to murder your subordinates.
>>39559175>'The gas had long been replaced with New Car Scent. Her last victory.'Heh. Always a choice.
>>39559203which she didn't do anyway.
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>39559175
>>39559203They're in the middle of a fucking war. All it takes for that to be excusable is for the Tribs to be worse.
Rolled 5 (1d6)>>39559175
>>39559175>'The gas had long been replaced with New Car Scent. Her last victory.'Very, very nice. I'm glad we gave her rest.
If it wasn't the tribs, and it wasn't joy... then it must have been her own side
How do you win a awar where one side has stronger magic then you?You get rid of the magic
>>39559187Yeah, you smirk as you find West Wind's diary in her desk. New car scent...the Acceptance barracks got pine freshener. She did it all herself."If my nation would ask me to kill my own people, because of fear of what they might do, then they are not my nation anymore. I will let them build their machine, and let them think they have power because people become stupid when they only feel fear. But I am the West Wind and I will NOT be fucked with!If one of MY Sisters goes rogue, they will be dead by MY hand and NOT a fucking SWITCH.I've seen the Sisters of the Tributaries, or the other nations. Dead eyes soulless things, who give themselves excuse after excuse, or have their heads shoved up their own asses. They all think that the Golden Age never ended, that the Earthquake never happened, and that Clean Energy is safe and endless.I'm being too harsh, maybe...but I try to see the world for what it is. Small Joys get sent to combat...at least here they'll go to combat knowing how not to die. Is that why Love came to me? Trusted OLYMPUS in my territory? Or am I making myself feel noble and important?Either way, I should think about how to approach the men at the bar tomorrow, Do I go in disguise and play innocent? Or do I try and see who's brave enough to face the West Wind in her glory?The diary is a lot like that. West Wind voicing her worries, talking about promising Joy-In-Hearts, reminiscing on people she's lost, and gloating to herself about her sexual conquests.That's the only mention of OLYMPUS though.You did find one map that has a large section of ground that's been 'RESERVED FOR J-I-L' but, going by what you know, there's a few things about that area.1) It's not in the city2) Genesis Township is close to it. A day's drive there.3) It's right on top of a group of THREE Power Station. The entire area's a fallout hotspot that's NEVER going to ease up. Getting near that area is death.(cont)
>>39559223>All it takes for that to be excusable is for the Tribs to be worse.Worse than killing their own subordinates.Right.
>>39559314Well. That's an endgame dungeon if I've ever seen one.
That diary would probably sell for a fortune to the right person.
>>39559314You carefully lay West Wind, so that it looks like she's just sleeping in her chair. Then you give her a salute, and leave, closing the doors to her office.You head back up to the elevators. West Wind's diary, the map of Joy-In-Love's territory tucked safely in your pack, along with the .45 and bottle of booze.You call the elevator and go back up to the top floor.'Uhhh, forgetting something?''Huh?''You want Ray and Pytor to see Joy-in-Ashes walk out of that door?'> They're going to find out sometime, they aren't stupid, it might as well be now. Joy-In-Ashes walks out of the elevator> Maybe NOW isn't the best time or place to reveal things. Lupa walks out of the elevator.
>>39559372> Maybe NOW isn't the best time or place to reveal things. Lupa walks out of the elevator.I trust Pytor not to reveal us. But not while Ray is around.
>>39559372>> Maybe NOW isn't the best time or place to reveal things. Lupa walks out of the elevator.They're going to think we're the ash monster. Don't be stupid Lupa. Once was funny, twice is pathetic.
>>39559372> Maybe NOW isn't the best time or place to reveal things. Lupa walks out of the elevator.We'll do it. Just not right this instant.
>>39559269Well, there's already ample evidence that they're willing to kill their Joys.I'm not so sure though, it could be some third as yet unknown faction. Possibly the Hubris monsters.>>39559372>Maybe NOW isn't the best time or place to reveal things. Lupa walks out of the elevator.Charade gets broken only if they're in imminent danger.
>>39559372>Maybe NOW isn't the best time or place to reveal things. Lupa walks out of the elevator.
>>39559372> Maybe NOW isn't the best time or place to reveal things. Lupa walks out of the elevator.Just read all three threads at once and caught up, this is great stuff.I think we should go back and ditch Ray, then tell Pytor everything we've figured out, that this place is mostly safe if we want to come back and pick these sublevels clean.Can't keep him in the dark on something this huge and history-defining.
>>39559372>> Maybe NOW isn't the best time or place to reveal things. Lupa walks out of the elevator.
>>39559402Does Pytor give a fuckity-fuck about history?
>>39559412I doubt it. But he does care a little about Lupa a little. From a story perspective, it doesn't make any sense at all to script him to abandon us and force us to find transportation. That'd be boring as shit.
>>39559412Probably not, but he stands to gain a lot by going along with us. We managed to power the elevator that took him to all those guns, and if we continue digging into this stuff we stand to gain a ton. Like getting the glass guns working.I'm guessing the "accepted" people, like Ray apparently, can access some lesser form of this power that can activate the guns.
>>39559384The door opens, and you see that there's now a small barricade at the entrance to the elevator lobby. Pytor and Ray are hunkered down there."Hey guys." You say. "Lupa!" Ray jumps up, and comes over and hugs you. "Did you see it?!""No...I have no idea WHAT you guys saw." You say."Ugh...it was HIDEOUS. Gray and covered with black blobby bits, and it had these two awful grey tentacles." He shudders. "You didn't see anything?" Pytor asks."Some bugs." You say. "Anyway, I found these." You show the .45 and the booze. Pytor nods."Anything else?""Nothing that'd be worth the cost of taking." You say to Pytor. He doesn't show it, but you swear you see his chest swell with a little pride as he hears little Lupa speak his teachings."Come on. It's just starting to be sunset. If we go we can be back in Township land before the hounds wake." Pytor says.You nod and the three of you head for the large steel doors, and slowly force them open.Pytor takes a few steps out, scanning the area. He motions for the two of you to follow.You manage to reach the bottom of the steps before...well...one second you're fine.The next you're surrounded by six girls. All of them pointing small caliber guns at you. They literally appeared out of nowhere. Although you notice that each of them is standing on top of a mirror shard."Drop 'em!" The one who's arms are covered with ink. You narrow your eyes at her, and she winks at you. "You know, I spent a LOT of time putting up those posters." She says. "It's really shitty when people burn them." She winks at you.Ohhh shit...You, Pytor, and Ray just got jumped by six girls.And you can tell that they're ALL Small Joys.Fuck.
>>39559473godammit fuqin little girls with mirror teleporters and guns this always happens.
>>39559314>Yeah, you smirk as you find West Wind's diary in her deskThere is no way people weren't reading this diary.
>>39559473END PART 3Thank you for hanging on for so long, and also a big thank you to whomever archived this thread.Again, if you wish to follow, I'm @echogarrote.Thanks again.
>>39559473Sorry, I should use them to wipe my ass.
>>39559496West Wind had special protections on it that were active when she was alive. Some of them are still active, as you'll soon discover.
>>39559473>Although you notice that each of them is standing on top of a mirror shard.I guess we shouldn't have sold that mirror.
>>39559503Nah, burning it was dumb and I have no idea why you guys chose to do that.
>>39559521Why are you assuming the mirror when we have five Small Joys with unknown powers in front of us? Inky we sort of know.
>>39559473Is it out of character to accuse them of working for the People of Joy? The winking one knows who we are.