No point burning through your mana before you even get to the tower if you can help it. Bridgeway it is.“Okay team, let's go,” you gesture, the rest of the group following as you head back for the Bridgeway. It's a little tragic how little effort it took to become the de-facto leader of the party. Not that you like the idea of taking orders mind you.The Bridgeway is as packed as ever, countless humans, not to mention some elves, dwarves, orcs and other stranger things all shoulder to shoulder swarming across the vast bridges that connect the islands of the Great City. In amongst the press you spot the occasional stand set up from which cults, guilds and anyone else can hawk their particular way of life to anyone who'll listen.As you slip out into the less packed side of the Bridgeway's crowd, you find a pamplet waving in front of your face. This is the one unpleasant part of taking the bridgeway route you suppose.“Hello there, have you ever considered the benefits of true unity and harmony throughout the great city?”You look from the pamplet to the woman brandishing it, all shiny white teeth and bright eyes, dressed in some rather unflattering grey outfit which does a tragically good job of hiding her curves. She's pretty, but that wide-eyed look is weirding you out just a little.> “I really haven't.” (brush her off)> “I guess, maybe, once, while drunk.” (stop to listen)
>>40281594>“I guess, maybe, once, while drunk.”
>>40281594> “I really haven't.” (brush her off)
>>40281594> “I guess, maybe, once, while drunk.” (stop to listen)
>>40281594>Ah, unfortunately I have no time for consideration right now, maybe at a later date.
>>40281687This.Don't let Lordy bait us into boning this girl, we'll get a cult on our arse.
>>40281594>throw her off, "We're all gods children in the dark" and shoot her a wink
>>40281594>Stretch hands out>HONK HONK
>>40281823What won? pls brush her off
>ITT: people who don't like setting exposition
>>40282026>ITT people who don't like being info dumped too hard at the start of a quest
>>40282026>ITT: people who want to do the job before others do it
“Maybe another time, got places to be right now I'm afraid.”“Oh dear, this lack of time for consideration is part of the problem of this chaotic world we live in, please, take this, and consider how much better your life would be with true unity,” the woman chimes, jamming a pamplet into your hands, and trying to do the same for the rest of your party. Iden waves it off, Valia takes it with a nervous nod, and Razi takes a copy then promptly tears it in half with a dismissive sniff.You glance down at the pamplet as you walk away. “Unity Guild, One Guild for a Brighter City, Reclaim the Motherland from the Goblin Hordes, Find your True Purpose In Life for a Better Tomorrow.” Riiight, you've never heard that before.“One guild for a brighter city,” Iden mutters, flicking through the pamplet.“Another one of those, are they like a new Peacekeepers Guild or something?” he asks, scrunching up the pamplet and tossing it aside.“Who knows, I guess they could have formed from some of the same people after the Peacekeepers Guild disbanded,” you shrug, leafing through the pages.Every few years it seems like someone has an idea to be the one guild to unite the city, pure lust for power is all it is. Last one was the Peacekeepers Guild, though that dreary dream ended when Grand Peacekeeper Domaro took a nosedive out the window of his eightieth storey villa home, while tied to a statue of himself, which ended when he landed on seventeen knives and one pike, staff-end first.“Goodness, they say here that with true unity they could retake the mainland from the goblin hordes within ten years,” Valia gasps, reading intently until you remove the pamphlet from her hand, shredding it.Valia blinks up at you, and you give a shrug. “You seem like the sort of person who's easy to sucker into cults, no offence.”“It sounds stupid,” Razi mutters.(cont)
>>40282208“Well put, Razi, now I think this is our turning,” you nod, stepping off the Bridgeway into a side street.From here you need to look around on the underbridge causeways to Mason Lane, then through there to Crumbletown. Not a classy area, but there's enough guild activity around to keep the gangs from getting too confident, at least until Crumbletown.Valia gulps as you step out onto the underbridge causeways, the wood creaking ominously beneath your feet, as it always does. Best not to think about the drop beneath.“You can hold on to me if you want, Valia,” you smile, and regret it somewhat when the sorceress traps your arm in a vice-like grip, and doesn't even have the decency to press her chest up against you while doing so. By the end of the walk along the causeways, you've lost most of the feeling with it, and are as relieved as Valia is to be back on solid ground.You walk out onto mason's lane, which has very few masons these days, since most moved shop to nicer quarters in stonecutter avenue, or went out of business entirely. It's mostly squatters and Smokers Guild stalls these days, peddling alchemical drugs to the downtrodden. Unfortunately, that's not all it is, and it looks like the Sunbringers are doing another food drive for the poor and unfortunate in the name of good public image and maybe even a genuine concern for those less fortunate than themselves. That second one's a pretty big minority though.Oh, and it gets better, that's Juliana at the front looking as haughty as ever. Someone you trained with, and someone who wasn't too fond of you even before you joined a cult of sexual deviants. Boy will she ever be happy to see you.[Mana: 44/50]>Just walk past, ignore them>Try to put the rest of your party between you and them as cover while you pass>Take a side route, though it might not be entirely safe off the main road
>>40282229>Try to put the rest of your party between you and them as cover while you passExplain the situation,, let our party know why we need meat shields.
>>40282229>>Just walk past, ignore them
>>40282229great our old friend get some food!
>>40282229>Just walk past, ignore themSounds like someones just really sex negative, we might have to show her the divine rod of Elshhu
>>40282229>>Try to put the rest of your party between you and them as cover while you pass
>>40282294Shit, I meant>Just walk past, ignore themRUN! WE'RE LATE! SORRY JULIANA!
>>40282229>Use your party as cover.>use the churches own stance with charity and well to do against them if she snaps and harasses you
>>40282229>Try to put the rest of your party between you and them as cover while you pass
>>40282136>he thinks there are multiple adventuring parties aside from ours on a contract (as opposed to a free loot-fest as was the other mission)>he thinks talking for 3 minutes will stop us from getting to the mission>he makes up excuses because he doesn't like talking and just action scenes>>40282056>infodump hard>getting to hear one NPC give their line that will give us a tiny bit of info on some aspect of the worldOkay then
>>40282366>he shitposts because he doesn't like others' opinions
>>40282398>the others shitpost back because they don't like opinions that criticize theirs for lack of thought
Sneaking mission wins.Writing.
>>40282136you dont hire multiple groups to do the same job, unless one takes an inordinate amount of time to do it, it's bad business.
>>40282398>>40282423Can both of you just get a room and fuck if you're going to do that?
>>40282473/tg/ does stand for totally gay
Yeah, you really don't want to deal with Juliana right now, that girl's got one hell of a stick lodged up her ass....now there's an image.Anyway, you step over to the other side of your group, bending your knees a little as you walk, since you teamed up with three people who didn't have the good decency to be tall enough to hide you easily.“What are you doing?” Razi asks, frowning at you.“Just trying to avoid any meetings that might slow down our adventure is all,” you shrug.“A-are you in trouble with the Sunbringers, Jareth?” Valia asks, eyes wide.“Not trouble exactly, no, now just act natural,” you reply.You pass the Sunbringers and the cluster of squatters and unfortunates surrounding them without incident, and you breathe a sigh of relief, at least until you hear an all too familiar voice from behind you.“Jareth, you worthless degenerate, what do you think you're doing here?”Rolling your eyes, you look back to Juliana, who is busy shoving her way through the crowd of hungry downtrodden.“Working, can't you tell, I'm an adventurer now.”“I've heard exactly what you are, Jareth, an Elshhuan pervert, deviant and rapist!”“Hey, I don't actually rape people you know, that's religious slander. You should watch that, some cults are less forgiving than mine,” you shrug.“Forgiving, I don't need your forgiveness, you... you... manwhore!” she screams, a pair of glowing golden wings erupting from her back, oh brother, girl needs to watch her temper.For a minute I wonder if she's about to start a fight right here and now, until another, older Sunbringer steps out of the crowd.“Juliana, what are you doing?”“I was-”“We're here to feed these people, not demolish their homes, so put those away and go grab a ladle.”With one last sour look, Juliana spins on her heels and stomps back into the crowd, the wings fading away to nothing as she goes.(cont)
>>40282725“Good seeing you again, Julie,” you call, seeing another flare of golden light from the crowd as her wings erupt once more, only for her to be snapped at again by the older Sunbringer.“What was that all about?” Iden asks, glancing back at the crowd as you walk away.“I dunno, what did you leave Golden Rock for?”“Point taken. Come on, we're almost at Crumbletown.”Crumbletown is as cheery as you remember, built into the decaying ruin of an old bridgeway, it seems like it's shrunk back a few more metres every time you see it. The blue tower is off the edge of the town itself, suspended over the water, connected to crumbletown by a series of rope bridges between old support columns.“It looks kind of creepy, d-doesn't it,” Valia gasps, gazing up at the tower with its weathered grey stone, capped in some sort of bluish-grey roof.>Ask around Crumbletown for information>Head straight to the tower
>>40282739>Ask around Crumbletown for information
>>40282725>you, you...DOUBLE MANWHORE!
>>40282739>>Ask around Crumbletown for information
>>40282739>“What was that all about?” Iden asks, glancing back at the crowd as you walk away.>“I dunno, what did you leave Golden Rock for?”>“Point taken. Come on, we're almost at Crumbletown.”Nice handling of the situation, Jareth.>>40282739>>Ask around Crumbletown for information
Info gathering time.Writing.
You've seen this place plenty of times while getting about, but you honestly don't know a damn thing about what lives in there, or what to expect.“Any of you ever been to the blue tower before?”You're pretty sure you know the answer to that one before asking it, and sure enough, you're greeted with a trio of blank expressions.“Great, then let's go talk to some people, see what we can find out,” you grin, looking at your assembled companions.“...you know, on second thoughts, how about you all just stick with me, and I'll go talk to some people and see what I can find out.”“Yeah, that sounds good,” Iden nods, Razi looking away with a sniff, Valia looking heartily relieved.Let's see, there's something that passes for a tavern here, there's also a mayor of a sort, as you recall, or you could just wander the town talking to whoever you run into.>Go to the tavern>Go see the mayor>Just start bothering passers-by
>>40283063>>Just start bothering passers-by
>>40283063>Go see the mayor
>>40283063>Just start bothering passers-by
>>40283063>>Go see the mayor
Looks like you're exhausting all the npc dialog trees in Crumbletown.Writing.
The blue tower's on the far side of Crumbletown, which means if you just start grabbing people at random and bugging them for info, you should have a pretty good picture of things by the time you get there.You make your way through Crumbletown talking to anyone and everyone. Most know very little beyond that the tower is dangerous, a few respond to your endearing curiosity with threats of violence or demands for outrageous payment, one of them even said he wouldn't tell you anything until your 'three pretty ladies show me their tits', the look on Iden's face made that encounter worth it at least. Thankfully, in amongst the useless, lazy and creepy inhabitants of the town, you do manage to find a few who aren't a complete waste of time. A hunched old trollkin man claims to have helped renovate the tower in his youth back when they were planning to patch up the whole crumbletown bridgeway. Says they had to abandon work when some sort of toothy little monsters started nesting on the bottom levels and the Architects Guild deemed it not to be cost effective to remove them. From how he describes them, they're four legged, hairy, and pretty much just a big mouth on legs complete with pointy teeth.A bunch of Troglodytes roasting a dire possum over a flame warn you that they've spotted some sort of man-bat thing lurking up near the tower's cap, you thank them and move on very quickly before the stink can cling to you.Finally, an old, obese hobbit woman being wheeled around in a wheelbarrow by her brother, or husband, or both, informs you that in her youth she was the mistress to a high ranked guild member operating out of Crumbletown, who seemed to think that there might be some old documents and jewelry stashed up in the top floor from back when the tower was in use.(cont)
>>40283663“Y-you're very good at talking to people, Jareth,” Valia comments as you head for the tower, giving a nervous smile.“Well, we all have our gifts, Valia,” you smile, patting her on the shoulder, taking a moment to admire her most prominent gifts. Heh, when you pat her they jiggle just a little.“So hairy monsters in the bottom, some bat monster at the top, and maybe some loot at the top too, is that right?” Iden asks.“That's right. Everyone ready?”“Y-yes.”“Yeah.”“Yes.”“Great, let's go.”Once again you find yourself subjected to Valia's vice-like grip as you traverse the rope bridges to the blue tower. The sorceress whimpers as the bridge sways beneath you in the breeze, and you give her a reassuring pat on the hand, if only in the vain hope that she'll allow the blood flow to once again make its way down to your hand.The tower was quite an impressive sight from afar, but up close it looks more shabby than anything, overgrown with moss and weeds, stained with bird droppings, bricks cracked and falling away.“Is that finmoss?” Razi asks, gesturing to a patch of bluish moss growing out of the stone in a distinctly fin-like fashion.“So it is, we're off to a good start,” you smile, plucking the patch of moss off the wall and placing it in the box, looks like you still have a long way to go to fill it though.“Looks like you go in through here, unless you feel like climbing up the outside,” Iden comments, looking up at the vines clinging to the side of the tower.[Mana: 44/50]>Go through the front door>Climb up the vines to a hole in the side a few storeys up>Other (write-in)Would you all like a recap of the abilities of your various party members?
>>40283682>>Go through the front door
>>40283682>Go through the front doorEncounter imminent: brace for impact
>>40283682>Go through the front door
>>40283682>Go through the front doorHoney, I'm home
It's kind of weird that I want to fuck Iden the most, even though I have absolutely zero interest in traps.Probably something to do with the party's current character dynamics.
>>40283682>Go through the front door>Other (write-in)Have Iden summon up a ghost to scout ahead of us, we don't want to walk into a trap.I think I remember them, Iden and Razi are both good at stabbing things, Iden does ghosty spooky stuff, Razi does buff/debuff and can make little bone dudes, Valia has tits and portals.
>>40283767>I think I remember them, Iden and Razi are both good at stabbing things, Iden does ghosty spooky stuff, Razi does buff/debuff and can make little bone dudes, Valia has tits and portals.A concise and accurate explanation, thank you anon.
>>40283682>>40283767Works for me
>>40283767Eh sure enough
>>40283786You're welcome.Also, how long do Razi's buffs last? It seems like a good idea to have her buff us up before the fight starts, rather than wasting time during it. We're probably going to be taking point, so having a toughness increase couldn't hurt.
So can our portal mage throw a javelin into one of her portals and have it come out out of another portal right into someones face?
Spooky scouting it is.Writing.>>40283873A few minutes at most, she can keep renewing them, but obviously her mana reserves are limited.>>40283888In theory, though she lacks the upper body strength to throw particularly hard.
>>40283905So if we get mana through "passion" how to the twins and tits get mana?
>>40283905What does Jareth use for a weapon anyways? Or does he beat things to death with his bare hands?And we should be pretty good at throwing things, so if we ever need to do the javelin portal trick, we provide the brute force, Valia does the magic portal bit.
>>40283955Jareth doesn't know specifically, but most spellcasters either meditate or undergo some sort of special ritual.
>>40283970Jareth knows how to use weapons from his Sunbringer initiate days, but his training in Elshhuan magic is meant for unarmed combat, so he can't really channel his power through weapons in as efficient a way as he can unarmed. Elshhuan martial arts were designed with the distinct possibility of being caught with your pants down in mind, after all.Of course Jareth is still perfectly capable of using his mana to enhance a throw or a weapon strike by channeling power into his muscles.
>>40283905>though she lacks the upper body strength to throw particularly hard.okay what if she did this?
>>40284066It would require some precise timing, but yes, she could certainly build up some serious momentum that way.
>>40284066FUN WITH PORTALS
>>40283682Have ghost scouts.See if Tsuntsun can sense any critter skeletons in there and if they can't tell her anything.
>>40284066That might just work anon, though she may need to get good first, I think lordy said something about her not being able to sustain portals(yet)
>>40284114She can just constantly reopen them until the object reaches terminal velocity.
>>40284020Can he wear gauntlets or something?
>>40284177While channeling mana through his hands, Jareth is perfectly capable of pulling off bullshit levels of supernatural punching abilities, and even without it he can punch hard as hell. He really doesn't need gauntlets.
>>40284153That sounds taxing, but the pay off seems worth it. and getting good will make it even better, I'm all for her picking up a javelin.
>>40284225Or just, you know, a rock.I'm pretty sure a rock traveling at terminal velocity would kill a man if it hits him in the face.
“Iden, do your ghosty thing,” you nod.“You're going to have to be more specific,” Iden frowns.“Scout, Iden, scout.”“Right, okay.”Iden clears his throat, stretching out both his hands as you feel the mana surging up his arms, congealing into an invisible mass beneath his palms.With a rush of cold air, the mana pulse fades, leaving a near-transparent figure in its place.“What now, Iden, ya fuck,” a hoarse voice whispers, the ghostly figure taking on the vague form of a somewhat chunky middle-aged balding man, hardly an inspiring spectacle.“I need you to scout ahead, Worper, tell us what's up ahead.”“Fine, ya fruit, I'm going,” the ghost grumbles, fading away again as he drifts through the wall.“Is that what you summon every time?” you ask, raising an eyebrow.“No, no, I have some far better spirits than that, well, a bit better. It's just that Worper's the most cost-effective, mana-wise, because, well, he's useless for most things,” Iden explains, as the four of you loiter, waiting for the spectre of a balding middle-aged asshole to return with news.“Yeah, it looks shitty in there,” the nasal voice returns as Worper floats back out through the wall.“Details, Worper,” Iden sighs.“Don't rush me, ya girly-haired rentboy, I'm getting to it. Whole buncha ugly-ass hairy things nesting on the bottom two floors, all up on the ceiling and hiding in boxes and under drawers and shit.”“Anything else?” you ask, Worper turning to you with a sneer.“Who's this, Iden, yer pimp?”“Just answer the question, Worper.”“Dunno, couple a dead bodies, probably retards like you, looks like those hairy things chewed 'em down to the bones,” Worper shrugs.“Right, thank you Worper.”“Yeah, yeah,” the ghost grumbles, fading away into non-existence.“You need to stop summoning him,” Razi sighs.“I will when I find another ghost that easy on the mana to maintain,” Iden grumbles.So now what?>Step in, prepare for impending hairy thing combat>Other (write-in)
>>40284153She'd run out of mana quickly.
>>40284253yep, those too, Im just a fan of sudden impalement.Though I suppose a caved in skull could work quite well.
>>40284290>>Step in, prepare for impending hairy thing combatHave her buff us first. INTO THE FRAY!!!
>>40284290>Other see if Valia can teleport just a few of the things outside, so we know what were getting into?
>>40284290>Step in, prepare for impending hairy thing combat
>>40284290He only scouted the first two floors? What a lazy git.
>>40284290>>Step in, prepare for impending hairy thing combat
>>40284290>>Step in, prepare for impending hairy thing combatWe're in the front, bonergirl animates the bones the furries have been gnawing on, tits uses her thing to teleport the little buggers out so they fall to their death.Ghost dude, like, keeps watch for surprises and things. Loot too.
>>40284290>Have Razi animate the skeletons to draw attention away from the entrance, go in and fuck hairy things up from behind.
>>40284290Could Valia teleport us to the floor not filled with hairy things?>Don't go inside, bait them out, open the door, wait for them to attack, don't fight on their terms.
>>40283682Look to see if you can see any moss elsewhere on the outside of the tower.nothing is out of reach with these mages afterall
>>40284369Oh yeah, and telling Valia that she can kill things by teleporting them outside is probably necessary.
>>40284290>Step in, prepare for impending hairy thing combatGet some buffing from Razi and cover the front, have Iden and Razi watch the sides and back, Valia uses portals to break up swarms, or redirect any who fall from the ceiling onto us that we can't get. Take it slow and careful, and methodically kill the fuck out of them.
>>40284401She can't, we're not high up enough for them to fall to their death, we're literally on the ground floor.
>>40284433Isn't this thing floating above, suspended by ropes and things?
>>40284462It is indeed, there's a several hundred foot drop to choppy waters beneath.
>>40284433Crumble town has plenty of long drops and ledges and shit, remember Valia having to cling to us?
>>40284688That didn't happen
“Razi, you said something about making people harder to hurt, right, can you do that?”“Of course,” Razi sighs, clapping her slender hands together. You feel a spike of mana running through you, it makes you feel a little numb, and stiff... not in the way you're used to, either. You tap your forearm, you can still feel, somewhat, but your flesh feels rather unyeilding and cold.“T-that felt creepy,” Valia whimpers, earning a glare from the necromancer girl.“Okay, here's the plan. Razi, you animate the bodies in there to distract them, then we strike. Valia, remember you can throw 'em outside with a portal, let the drop do the rest. Let me worry about the heavy fighting, you two watch the flanks and look out for Valia,” you explain, the group nodding along with your plan.Razi steps up to the door, squinting into the gloom. Curling her fingers into a claw, you feel another pulse of mana escaping her grasp, followed by a rattling and clattering from within as the skeletal remains return to some semblance of life. Razi doesn't seem to be capable of bringing them back completely, so instead you wind up with some sort of bizarre two-headed scurrying thing running around haphazardly on four bony legs.It stumbles about for several seconds before you hear another noise from within.“Guh?”“Gah!”“Ruhh”Then a swarm of small, furry creatures burst from every corner of the room, converging on the skeletal creation. They're about the size of a small dog, with shaggy black hair and four stumpy arms ending in clawed hands. Their heads seem to just be one big toothy mouth, any other features hidden beneath the tangled fur.“Alright, let's do this,” you grin, slapping a fist into your palm as you step through the door. The skeletal thing is being subjected to dozens of snapping jaws, splintering away at bone and pulling off chunks.(cont)
>>40284913Suddenly, the ribs at its centre spring open, snapping shut over a pair of the furry creatures, impaling them. You swear you catch a slight smirk from Razi as it happens.You make sure to look up as you enter, but it seems that all of the furry things already jumped down, some of them recognizing the new threat and turning to face you.One launches itself at you with a “grah!”, mouth open wide, and you meet it with a hard punch across the side of the jaw, knocking it bouncing off of the stonework with a squeak.“Every one of you fuckers it about to have a very bad day,” you grin, as the swarm turns its attention to you, a chorus of angry sounds issuing forth as they hurl themselves at you.[Mana: 44/50]>Do this mundane style (DC 16)>Mana-infused beatdown (2 Mana, DC 12)>Aggressive mana-infused beatdown (4 Mana, DC 8)>Brutal mana-infused beatdown (6 Mana, DC 4)>Kill all furry monsters (8 Mana, DC 1)Any orders you wish to issue to your comrades, feel free to write-in
>>40284933>>Kill all furry monsters (8 Mana, DC 1)
>>40284933>>Aggressive mana-infused beatdown (4 Mana, DC 8)
>>40284933>Mana-infused beatdown (2 Mana, DC 12)
>>40284933>>Aggressive mana-infused beatdown (4 Mana, DC 8)Let's try to roll decently this time.
>>40284709She's a little extra, everything is soft
>>40284933>Aggressive mana-infused beatdown (4 Mana, DC 8)We'll let them do what they want. See how they handle the situation before trying to comment on their style.
>>40284933>>Aggressive mana-infused beatdown (4 Mana, DC 8)i like this combat system warlord
Okay, 4 mana expended, DC 8.>Roll 1d20>>40285079Thanks.Things will get a little more chaotic when you face your first, for lack of a better term, boss fight.Then there will be a lot more variation in the choices than just how much mana you pour into punching things.
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>40285176For loot and PLOT!As well as adventure, I suppose.
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>40285176
>>40285206Oh yes.Jareth really knows how to get my hot and bothered.
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>40285176
You let the sparks of golden energy flow through you, arcing between your palms, crackling from your skin. The furry little monsters don't know what they've gotten themselves into.Your bend your knees, sweeping into a low, powerful stance, fists extended outwards, then the swarm hits you, or more accurately, you hit the swarm a split second before. Punishing blows flash outwards with pinpoint accuracy guided by mana-infused muscle, the strikes coming too fast for the creatures to so much as squeal as you knock them flying every which way, battered and bloody. One comes in low, scurrying for your shin, and meets the bottom of your boot instead, giving a squeak as you stomp it flat on the stone floor. Another hurls itself for your face, and you bring the ball of your hand down on its skull, slapping it down to the floor next to its flattened comrade.You take a calming breath, glancing around to your comrades, who all look pretty healthy, looks like you weathered most of that storm for them. Razi is prodding one of the dead creatures with the top of her sword, prompting the creature to cough up its entire skeletal structure, which she gathers up into a pouch... Creepy.Looking around at the others, Valia is staring back at you wide-eyed, while Iden is busy dragging a screeching, rattling, chest out of the door of the tower, tossing it and its furry cargo over the edge to the waves below. How did he even get them in there?“T-that was amazing Jareth. Are you sure you've never done this before?” Valia asks, gasping.“Not really, I've had a lot of training, and I've been in a few fights, but I wasn't joking about being a total rookie at adventuring,” you shrug.“Well I'm not complaining, with you around we might be able to earn some real gold,” Iden comments, dusting off his hands as he strolls back inside.[Mana: 40/50]>Start looting this floor>Keep going, loot later
>>40285485>>Start looting this floorOne guy on overwatch, the rest inspect and sort.
>>40285485>Start looting this floor
>>40285485>Keep going, loot laterLoot will hinder combat capabilities or make us vulnerable while we're at it
>>40285485>Start looting this floorAlso, it won't be worth much, but someone is probably willing to pay for the meat of the mouth monsters.Also, ugh we are stupid, the constructor guild said its too expensive to clear out the monsters... we should have just offered them a really nice deal so we can get paid twice for the same job.I guess we can just not tell anyone we cleared the tower yet and then go hire ourselves out to clear it.
>>40285485>Keep going, loot later>Close the door so no one slips in behind us without us knowing.
>>40285568Constructor Guild lost interest in this project decades ago.
>>40285485>Keep going, loot later
>>40285485SoP, summon more bony minions if you want, second floor had or still does gave these furry creatures ahead.Be modest and compliment the necromancers for their tricks too.
>>40285590alright, fair enough.although if we can find who currently owns the building we might get them to pay us something
Git gud, git money, buy blue tower, hire maid(s)?
>>40285485>Keep going, loot laterchanging from my vote of loot now in >>40285568
Onwards to further glory it is.Writing.
>>40285646Why live in "Crumbletown"?There'll be other, better towers down the line. Dont just fall forth first tower you see man.
>>40285761Fair, i was mostly in it to acquire a slutty maid asap.
“Good work everyone, we've got another floor of these things above us if your ghost friend's report was accurate,” you grin, pointing up.“He's not my friend,” Iden mutters, folding his arms.“S-so what now, we loot everything right, and put it in our pockets?” Valia asks, looking around at the dusty, somewhat demolished room, picking up a slightly shiny old nail and inspecting it intently.“How about we save the looting until we're done. Not like it's going anywhere, and I don't really want to fight with pockets crammed full of junk,” you shrug.“Makes sense,” Iden nods, looking over at the rickety stairs.“They're going to hear us coming, going up those,” he comments.> “How about more bony distractions, Razi?”> “Could you have one of your ghosts distract them, Iden?”> Other (write-in)>>40285798Just ask one of your party members to dress up like one, I'm sure they won't mind.
>>40285485>>Keep going, loot laterclear then loot you amateurs
>>40285646its a crumbled down tower at a shit locationwe can buy a primo mansion once we got some more powerand considering the ubiquitousness of magic we can do something crazy too like flying island or demiplane or whatnot
>>40285894> “How about more bony distractions, Razi?”
>>40285894>“Could you have one of your ghosts distract them, Iden?”Razi's done a bunch of magic already and it's unlikely much actually got past the hairy things recently enough to be usable.
Bony distractions win.Writing.Christ Captcha, was that a guy with tiny bottles of wine cooled in his own blood stuck to the back of his neck through plastic suction cups? That's not a food, that's not a food at all!
“How about another skeletal distraction, Razi?” you ask.Razi sighs, emptying some of the bones she's been gathering onto the ground, letting them shift into a strange many-legged skeleton monster, complete with those large, many-toothed jaws.“I can't keep doing this all day you know,” she comments, as the thing scurries off up the stairs.A few seconds later, like clockwork, you hear the strange cries of the furry monsters as they attack the intruder, the four of you racing up the stairs before the fight can end. The second floor is much like the first, dusty, trashed, dung-covered, and filled with hungry little hairballs all scrapping over the bones of Razi's creation.Same old same old.>Do this mundane style (DC 16)>Mana-infused beatdown (2 Mana, DC 12)>Aggressive mana-infused beatdown (4 Mana, DC 8)>Brutal mana-infused beatdown (6 Mana, DC 4)>Kill all furry monsters (8 Mana, DC 1) >Other orders? Write-in
>>40286240>>Mana-infused beatdown (2 Mana, DC 12)we know how they fight, we got this
>>40286240>Aggressive mana-infused beatdown (4 Mana, DC 8)
>>40286240>>Kill all furry monsters (8 Mana, DC 1)
>>40286240>>Mana-infused beatdown (2 Mana, DC 12)
>>40286240>Mana-infused beatdown (2 Mana, DC 12)
>>40286240>Mana-infused beatdown (2 Mana, DC 12)Captcha none of those things were street signs.
>>40286240>>Aggressive mana-infused beatdown (4 Mana, DC 8)Keep letting the team do their thing. None of this is overly complicated.
>>40286240>Do this mundane style (DC 16)
>>40286240>Kill all furry monsters (8 Mana, DC 1)
>>40286240>Aggressive mana-infused beatdown (4 Mana, DC 8)Its the last thing we have to kill today and we have a full tank
>>40286449Nope, there a man-bat thing that lives at the top.
2 mana expended, DC 12.>Roll 1d20
>>40286449There's a man-bat thing that lives at the top of the tower. Probably some sort of bossfight.
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>40286477
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>40286477
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>40286477
>>40286491+7 Success.No breaks on the Jareth train.Writing.
>>40286532so, questionis our healing power... sexual?
>>40286585It does involve the laying on of hands.
>>40286611SO is this a smut quest like OWQ, or is smut secondary?
>>40286638Jareth draws his mana from lewdness, and of course he's perfectly happy to do it for fun even when he doesn't need to replenish his supplies.There will probably be around OWQ levels of smut in this quest.
>>40286672Warlord is my worry that this is you striking up a replacement for OWQ since your players went full retard founded?
>>40286736Good lord no, I had a lot of fun with this week's OWQ, I'm certainly not going to drop it over one bad thread.I just got the urge to put a third thread idea that's been knocking around in my head for a while into practice.
>>40286736I hope not, though it seems a lot of quest players have gone full retard recently. It's a bit confusing. and hopefully temporary.
>>40286736>since your players went full retard founded?wait what? ah dammit.I was taking a break for a while and meant to catch up. now I got the looming spectre of full retard players (well, its always there, but now I am told it actually happened in OWQ and that makes me sad
>>40286782>A lot of quests went full retard at oncea retard discovered the joy of quests and samefagging at the same time?
How do mages replenish their mana?
>>40286785decided to fight 4 outsiders at once solo.
>>40286804Oh god i hope not, that would have been some serious effort put into being a retard
>>40286838It varies from mage to mage, but meditation or some form of special ritual are the most common ones.
>>40286804There have been a lot of retarded choices and retarded starts, enough for me to worry it's either an influx of newfags or some antiquester decided to be sneaky
>>40286851... why in the fucking hellnuggets, WHY!Also, I am now remember how when offered a divine blessing we passed on all the nice combat related ones (wasn't there one specific for fighting outsiders at that?) to get our penis tricked out (I head desked at that, its an awesome blessing... but not he FIRST blessing to take)
>>40286961Because YOLO we're invincible and they're made out of shit so they can't do shit.It was terrible, then they gave him to a fey for healing, still not sure how badly that will go.
“Alright team, we've got this,” you grin, letting the mana flare up into your fists once more, crackling, sparking golden energy flaring up, lighting the room.The furry monsters swarm for you, predictable as ever. These things are dumb animals, plain and simple. You catch the first two as they hurtle at you, slamming their heads together mid-leap, crashing down into the fray as you land, bringing a fist down onto one of the creatures, which gives a squeak as you punch it straight through the wooden boards to the floor below.Pivoting on your heel you spin around to meet he confused monsters, which now find you in the midst of them, and you uppercut one caught mid-jump, sending it bouncing off the ceiling, falling back down to the floor with a yelp.You manage to get a look at your companions fighting from this angle, Razi cutting into the monsters with her sword, drawing forth what to you looks like an unnaturally heavy spray of blood. Iden is fending off three of the things as they hop around him, snapping at his heels, at least until a heavy cabinet falls on them, a squelch of blood spraying out the sides as the three unfortunate creatures as crushed beneath. Valia is mostly safe, the siblings and yourself doing a good job of drawing attention away from the nervous sorceress, and the rare monster that does go for her finds itself vanishing through gaps in the air to who knows where, most likely outside if she's following your suggestion.Soon the furry horde is defeated, and once more you find yourselves standing in an empty room filled with old furniture and mangled remains.(cont)
>>40286990It's actually worked out so far, some repercussions, but they fey let Ur go.
>>40287004“Is that all of them?” Iden asks, as you spot a vague spectral figure drifting out of the fallen cabinet, vanishing into the aether.“Looks like it. I'd say we've got the hang of this adventure thing,” you grin, looking around at your fine handiwork. Okay, so killing a room full of things that don't reach up to your knee is hardly your greatest achievement, but you like to take pride in what you do.“So the rest is all empty until we reach the top, right, where the bat thing is?”“D-do we really need to fight the bat thing?” Valia asks, looking across to the three of you.“Well, it IS at the top of the tower, it feels appropriate,” you shrug.“I-I'm not saying we can't, just that we can probably gather enough moss from the rest of the floors without fighting him.”“But then we won't get at that treasure that old hobbit said was up top,” Iden sighs.“If she was telling the truth,” Razi adds.Oh Elshhu, what are you, their dad? Three sets of eyes fix on you to make a decision once again. This is getting to be a habit.>Go fight the man-bat>Gather the moss, loot the lower levels, and leave
>>40287035>Go fight the man-batLoot at the top after all.
>>40287035>Go fight the man-batToo scared to say batman?
>>40287035>Gather the moss, loot the lower levels, and leave
>>40287035>Go fight the man-batboss fight? loot? well, it doesnt seem too dangerous.
>>40287035>MAAAAN-BAAAAAAT>We need the biggest pay-day we can get.
>>40287035Does idriss have a ghost capable of stealing the treasure for us? that way we can get both without fighting the man-bat
>>40287035>>Go fight the man-bat
>>40287035>Go fight the man-bat
>>40287104Iden's ghost would need to find the treasure, then possess the treasure and bring it back. Iden most likely does not have enough mana remaining to do all that unless he got really lucky with his ghost looking for it.
>>40287035>alchemists need Guano right, think of the volume we can collect here!
>>40287172for some reason, I am against looting somethings shit, unless we absolutely know its worth a lot of money.
>>40287035>Go fight the man-batMaybe set up some traps with Iden near the top floor that we can lure the man-bat into.
>>40287157But he could do it if he had more mana then?perfect!Also, in retrospect his sister also said she is low on mana...Here is the planToday: loot the lower floors and go get paid by alchemustTommorrow: come back and have him animate away the treasure without even fighting the man-bat
>>40287172He probably buys his guano in bulk from the monster tamer guild... those guys might pay for a living man-bat though
We could always just use a lot of our mana. We're going one on one here, not against a swarm. Maybe we could joke about them owing us a recharge if we have to do all the work.
>>40287035>Go fight the man-bat"Today, we kill the Bat-man"
>>40287323>>40287035Laugh like a madman
>>40287318>Maybe we could joke about them owing us a recharge if we have to do all the work.too soon
Time to face the man-bat in man-battle.Writing.
>>40287323inb4 TPK through vampire
“I'd feel bad about leaving without seeing this through, just feels proper, you know,” you shrug.“Besides, I don't know about the rest of you, but my sister and I could really use that gold,” Iden nods.“O-okay, but let's be careful, it sounds rather scary,” Valia nods, as the four of you start heading up the stairs towards the creature's lair.The further up you get, the dustier and more cobweb-infested it gets, you suppose the furry monsters never came up this high. Which also means there's probably more salvageable loot up here, since it hasn't all been gnawed on. For now though, you leave it be, making for the top floor.“Okay, next floor should be the top one,” you whisper to the group, pointing upwards.>Plan? (write-in)>Just go up
>>40287650>Just go up
>>40287650>Plan? (write-in)Scout as before, harden with Razi's magic, Valia could use the portal on the manbat to confuse it (e.g. when it jumps on us make it fall on the floor), Iden and Razi protect her like before, but if they can slip hits and encircle that'd be nice
>>40287650I take point, Valia be prepared to port someone out of the way of danger, close off points of egress and focus on him. Iden ghost ahead to scout.
>>40287650the siblings provide a distraction, you charge up your fist with power, sorceress then teleports you right behind the enemy and you hit it really really hard.... wait, its a bat-man... is it possible that it is sapient? maybe talking is in orde
>>40287650Valia, keep an eye out if it has ranged attacks, try to redirect them. Last thing anyone wants is something gross and sticky all over themYou two try to distract it or aim for its limbs so it cant fly about. Make it go down Hard.I come in fast and brutal , make it intimate with my fists until it begs for its bat-daddy. Then the big finish, with all the reward waiting for us.
>>40287650>Plan? (write-in)Look for good things for Iden to possess for traps, like dropping chandeliers on it. Razi buffs us a bit. Lure the man-bat into a kill-zone. If the boss does flying stuff Valia can use portals to change its orientation to confuse it and make it smack into walls, ceilings or floors. We beat the fuck out of it, and try to grapple the motherfucker so it can't fly, and break some important joints.
>>40287777>is it possible that it is sapient? maybe talking is in ordedo we know all the various sapient species around? is there a sapient species of bat furries?
>>40287857There's all kinds of weird shit in the Great City, Jareth would consider it entirely possible that there's talking bat people too.
>>40287894brown booty confirmedhorns are my fetish, shut up
>>40288036Well im sold.
>>40288036absolutely delicious, but not actually brown.
“Alright team, plan time. Iden, send a ghost up there to scout, and find good things to possess. Razi, toughen us up.”You turn your attention to the sorceress, placing a hand on Valia's shoulder, bringing a blush to her cheeks. Too easy.“When we go up there, Valia, you keep an eye out in case it has ranged attacks, if it does, you can redirect them. Last thing anyone wants is something gross and sticky all over them.”“R-right Jareth,” she nods.“You two try to distract it, damage the wings if you can, make it go down Hard,” you continue, turning to the siblings.“Finally, I come in fast and brutal, make it intimate with my fists until it begs for its bat-daddy. Then comes the big finish, with all the reward waiting for us.”Valia nods along, smiling broadly, bless her. The siblings' expressions suggest that they were not quite so oblivious to the full scope of what you just said.“Really?” Razi sighs.“Well, innuendo aside it's a sound plan,” Iden shrugs, sending a surge of mana through his palms as he draws forth another spirit. A different one this time, a girl in her late teens, outrageously long hair billowing around her in an ghostly wind.“Seffi, can you go up and check things out upstairs for us?”“Sure thing, Iden, buuuut...”“Yeah, I'll get them for you later, promise,” he shrugs.“Sweet. Back in a tick,” the ghost chirps.The ghost fades from view, and once again you play the waiting game.(cont)
>>40288303true, more of light tan, really.
>>40288333“Sooo, what are you all going to spend your gold on?”“Rent,” Razi states“Yeah, rent,” Iden nods.“U-um, I was thinking about getting a second edition Arcana Compendium by Gilbrant of Orodius,” Valia mumbles, pressing her index fingers together.“Gilbrant's a total hack,” Razi sniffs.“T-that's not true, he's a very well respected scholar of arcane techniques and manipulation.”“Just means he was good at hiding what a hack he was.”“My sister's being rude, but she's not completely wrong, a lot of Gilbrant's stuff just makes no sense,” Iden shrugs.Elshhu save you from dull arcane shop talk, maybe you should just start talking about Elshhuan religious rites to balance things out. Here's a surprise, it's pretty much all fucking.Thankfully, the teen ghost girl reappears not too long afterwards, ending the argument over whether or not Gilwhatever is a hack.“There's some real creepy looking guy up there, bigger than any of you, and all bat-looking, hanging from the ceiling.”“Anything else?”“Well, yeah, he's been listening to all you've been saying.”“I knew we shouldn't have discussed this at the bottom of the stairs,” Iden grumbles.“His ears are huuuge, I think he's been listening for longer than that,” the ghost explains, splaying her fingers at the sides of her head in a pantomime of bat ears.>Screw it, let's rock!>Attempt communication with man-bat.>On second thoughts, let's head back.
>>40288348>Attempt communication with man-bat.
>>40288348>Screw it, let's rock!And keep our eyes open for anything that could make really, really loud noises, like metal on metal, it could serve as a way to distract, or momentarily stun the bat.
>>40288348>Attempt communication with man-bat.I'd laugh if it's bat woman.
>>40288348>Attempt communication with man-bat
>Attempt communication with man-bat.Hey if he can listen to us and get it, then maybe... just maybe he is really sapient and we can get a nice chat[>inb4 Man Bat(man) joins our party
“Maybe we can talk to it.”“Are you sure you want to. I mean, if we talk to it, you might be conflicted about hurting it if we have to later,” Iden asks.You shrug, clearing your throat.“Hi there, friend, could we have a word?”The four of you wait in silence for some sort of response.“No, beat it bloodsack, go back to the Idiots Guild or whatever it is you came from and tell them they can't have my tower,” a hissing voice echoes back out of the darkness of the stairway.Well that went well.“No-one wants your tower. We're just here for moss, and maybe a stash of junk you've got up there on the top floor.”“Well take your moss and get out, but you come up here, you're dead. You stink like sex, the bitchy one keeps rattling when she walks, the spineless one smells like ectoplasm, and the whiny one makes my ears hurt.”“I'm not spineless,” Iden mutters, folding his arms.“So much for making me feel conflicted about hurting it, I'm feeling pretty good about the idea right now,” Razi frowns.“W-whiny?”Negotiations seem to be off to a fantastic start here.>Further negotiation (DC 18)>Negotiate with the old Elshhuan charm (10 Mana, DC 12)>Screw it, time for a beatdown
>>40288876>Negotiate with the old Elshhuan charm (10 Mana, DC 12)
>>40288876>Negotiate with the old Elshhuan charm (10 Mana, DC 12)Pls man-bat hasubando
>>40288876>Screw it, time for a beatdown
Negotiation wins.10 mana expended, DC 12[Mana: 28/50]>Roll 1d20
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>40289102BLESS US FREDDIE
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>40289102
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>40289102may I be blessed with my third 19!
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>40289148Mr. Mercury is apparently not available.
>>40289165You're slipping anon!+6 SuccessWriting.
>>40283754Youll have to explain here, what dynamics, the party has barely done anything, weve got Bitch, Nervous, and Friendly.
>>40289194>>40289313Why are you only reacting to this NOW? No one gave a shit about it. Are you the same person or something?
>>40289371>Why are you only reacting to this NOW?at a guess, anon was AFK at the time
>>40289371nope, I refreshed the page, just saw it.
Sighing, you put a foot on the bottom step, the old wood creaking under your weight.“Weren't you listening bloodsack, come up here and die,” the voice shrieks from above.“Is this really necessary? You seem like a nice guy, you're just not used to dealing with people, right?” you continue, slowly making your way up the steps, your party following nervously behind.“I said GET OUT!” the man-bat shrieks, crashing into the ground at the top of the stairs, spraying spittle in your face.You smile, wiping it off and moving up another step, placing a hand on his fuzzy shoulder.“You want a drink? I could use a drink, what say we all go get a drink?”“I don't want a drink, I want you to leave,” the man-bat snarls, towering over you, his squashed face snarling, revealing a row of pointed teeth.“Yes you do, bet you don't get much good to drink up here,” you smile, walking around to the side of the man-bat, patting him on the back and guiding him back down the stairs, the rest of your party parting to let him through with an array of confused and worried faces.“If I drink with you, then you'll leave me in peace?”“If that's what you want, friend,” you grin.(cont)
>>40289487Twenty minutes later you and the party are in what passes for a tavern in Crumbletown, the patrons nervously eyeing the hulking man-bat monster sat on a comically small seat at your table, a noticeably large gap around your group.Valia clutches the box, now filled with finmoss.The man-bat knocks back another round of the piss-weak ale, most of it spilling down his front due to a lack of ordinary lips, not that he seems to mind.“Is this really how our first adventure is ending?” Iden grumbles.“I don't feel like an adventurer,” Razi sighs.“N-no-one got hurt, and we got what we came for, that's good, right?” Valia comments, hugging the box tight to her stomach.“I'm comfortable with how this one ended,” you shrug, taking another swig of your drink as the man-bat launches into a bout of chittery high-pitched laughter watching a drunkard slip off his stool at the bar.Job well done.>End of Thread
Well that's that, first session of Disciple of Elshhu Quest over. Hope you all enjoyed it, I know I did.I can stick around for q&a if people have any questions about anything.
>>40289516Thanks for running!
>>40289516That was fucking great.
The lack of smut is disappointing. On the other hand, it was a great first thread!
>>40289516Fucking amazing, thanks for running, man
>>40289541What are orcs like in this setting? Similar to OWQ or something different?
>>40289598The smut will come. If you'd fought the man-bat I was fully expecting you to exhaust your mana supplies and have to engage in at the very least some minor lewdness with someone.>>40289621Orcs are more standard in this one, they don't have addictive jizz or any of that jazz, just big green people with a penchant for violence.
>>40289644>The smut will come.I am sure it will, all over her face too.Speaking of, our sorceress is so adorably naive. Are we going for her first?
>>40289598I always find that quests labelled for smut tend to have less smut than average, don't know why. Love the mechanics of this quest though, good job Lordy.
>>40289695voting for the trap, myself.
>>40289644How much of a presence will smut have in this quest? Will it be a primary thing or will it be just some kind of bonus?
>>40289695She definetly seems the easiest one, so probably. I am more interested in the siblings, though.
>>40289740>I am more interested in the siblings, though.>Eventually play Lucky Pierre between them
>>40289721A fair amount, since it's how you recharge power, and you will probably also do it for fun.
>>40289516Holy shit, what the hell. That's exactly the best way things could have ended for our first adventure/quest thread. I have great and wondrous hopes for this quest.
Oh, almost forgot the end of thread post. Silly me.
You sigh, flopping back onto the bedsheets, the woman is insatiable, you've lost count of how many times it's been now. This was exactly what you needed after all that... unpleasantness earlier.“How was it?” a voice asks, making you start.You look up to see a man standing at the foot of the bed, smirking.“Who're you, what're you doing in here?”“The name's Artor, and that there you just got done fucking is my wife, Senta,” he explains.You lock up, fully aware that you are now naked, in bed with a guy's wife, and the guy doesn't look like a pushover.“So, how was it?”“Not bad, he lacks experience, but he more than makes up to it in other areas,” the woman grins, stretching languidly on the bed.You are not waiting around to see how this one ends, last thing you want a mere day after abandoning your entire lousy life is to end up getting shanked by some angry husband in the room of a sleazy inn.You take off from the bed at a sprint, launching yourself out the window, only second storey, so you land with a roll and a few bruises, taking off as soon as you regain your balance....“...and there he goes, looks like he's got the physique for it too,” Artor comments, leaning against the side of the window, watching the young man sprint pantsless down the side street.“I can vouch for that,” Senta smirks, sitting up and watching the figure shrinking into the distance.“Think we should stop him, he's making straight for Cutter Street. Going bare-ass naked into gang territory probably isn't wise.”“I guess we should at least follow from a distance and step in if he's going to die. The rest of it we can consider to be part of the initiation test,” Senta nods, pulling on a set of somewhat sticky clothes.“Our very own disciple, this is going to be fun.”
>>40289541Was there any nice loot in the tower?
>>40289551>>40289564>>40289584>>40289604>>40289836You're welcome, glad you enjoyed it.>>40289876There was some, yes, nothing incredibly special, but it could have earned you some extra gold if you hawked it.
>>40289875hahahaalso, questiondo we want to go back and pay the inn owner now that we have the cash for it?also, didn't abandoning relics of the church, even if worthless in terms of trade, kinda heretical for a priest to do?
>>40289922They weren't relics of the church, they were things people gave your masters as offerings to Elshhu.
>>40289949ah ok. still...also, kinda don't like giving our church an even worse name by not paying the guy back
>>40289984Entirely up to you. Elshhu won't care either way, she's a pretty easygoing goddess, unsurprisingly.
Threads are both archived here by the by:>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=disciple+of+elshhuProving myself the most special person of all I actually misspelled the tag for thread 1.
>>40290018>>40289984Eh might still be a good idea if only to improve our reputation a bit
>>40290126i think so too. even if the goddess doesn't care, it can benefit us.
Right then, I'm going to go get some sleep. Thank you all once again for playing. Hopefully I'll be able to run each of my quests once a week, GKQ monday or tuesday, OWQ wednesday or thursday, and this one friday or saturday.For anyone who doesn't know about it already, my twitter is here: https://twitter.com/BrightTegu where I will announce threads in advance.
>>40289875Can it be imagined as these two in face and voice?
>>40289919Well we'll go back after we get manbat drunk right? We wanted to search for that hidden stuff