Previous Episodes: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Post-Apocalypse%20Magical%20Girl%20QuestTwitter: @echogarroteLast Episode: You confronted Joy-In-Ruin and purified the Hubris within her. Her followers were thankful for her saving their lives, but bitter enough about the years of mind-controlled near-slavery that they exiled her from their group. Ruin then told you what she was able to learn from the Hubris. The event that caused the End was a massive, forced, joining of minds. “Fascinating.” Voice says over the radio. Embers is driving, you’re talking, and Ruin is riding along. She said she was going to follow you two ‘At least until we get out of Swanmay and find anywhere else that’s stable.’ Right now, she’s sitting in the back seat, still in bloodstained clothes. “This was one of my theories…not the mind ‘touching’ specifically. But something that caused irreparable mental damage. Do you know anything else from your exposure?”“Not really.” Ruin says. “I mean, I think I know things, but I don’t understand what they mean.”“And Embers and Ashes have similar conditions.” Voice says. “That makes sense now. Excellent.”“So, now that we know ‘what,’ do we know how or why it happened?” Emmy asks.“I have no idea.” Ruin says.“It doesn’t rule out the ‘Weapon that went wrong’ idea.” Voice says. “Although, now I have to admit it might have been the opposite of a weapon, and an experiment into mental uses of Expression that went horribly wrong. Although, it doesn’t explain the mass deaths of the Joy-In-Hearts. They died BEFORE the Event began. We’re still lacking data.”“Turn here.” Ruin says. “There’s a squirrel hole in an old diner. My people…” She makes a sad sigh. “I mean, no one’s been around here for a while.”“What?” Emmy asks.“Hidden cache of salvage, for emergencies.” You say. Pytor and you had a couple of them around Genesis’ outskirts.(cont)
>>41609415You drive down the road. Emmy then looks at the side view mirror on her side, and turns around. “Umm…what’s your name, Ruin? I mean your real name.”“Lucy…maybe? It could also be Deborah…I think.” Ruin says. “Look my mind hasn’t exactly been my own for the past couple of years. I’m happy I can talk.”“Alright, whatever.” Emmy says. “Did any of your people have cars?”“No.” Ruin says.The penny drops for the both of you. “Shit.” You say. “How far are they?”“They haven’t gotten to this street yet. I think they don’t know how to turn their births or turn signals off.” Emmy says."It could just be other travelers." Ruin says."Our luck's not that good." You say.> Keep going to the diner, you’re low on supplies for survival and fighting. Best to get loaded up, if you have to throw down.> Stop the car, kill the engine, duck down, and hide. It’ll be quick enough that the other car wont see your lights.> Try to find a place to get off the road. This one’s tricky, as the area’s mostly rubble, but being out of sight is good protection.
>>41609443>> Stop the car, kill the engine, duck down, and hide. It’ll be quick enough that the other car wont see your lights.
>>41609443> Stop the car, kill the engine, duck down, and hide. It’ll be quick enough that the other car wont see your lights.
>>41609443> Try to find a place to get off the road. This one’s tricky, as the area’s mostly rubble, but being out of sight is good protection.
>>41609486>>41609551>>41609562You pull the car over so it's like the other cars in the road, kill the engine, and all three of you dive down under the seats.From your vantage point, you see the lights of a car slowly grow brighter and hear the sound of a motor getting closer. You all stay as still as possible.> Roll 1d20
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>41609741ok
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>41609741
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>41609741rolling>>41609755nice
Cool managed to catch this one early.
>>41609741Is Ruins in her regalia right now or not?
>>41609966She is not. Right now, you're all out of Regalia.>>41609755The car rolls on by without even slowing down. You can also hear the grinding of gears. Whomever is driving that thing, doesn't know how to drive a stick.You all slowly peek your heads up and see the car. It's a familiar looking van. The same kind that Plath used to kidnap you and Emmy. It keeps on heading down the road, lurching and grinding at some points.Also, for some reason, you can sense that there's Regalia present. Only, it's...different. It's not like yours, Embers', or even Ruin's. The feeling is hard to describe. Wax fruit is the best thing your mind can come up with.> Let the van go.> Follow the van.> Run it off the road.
>>41610107> Let the van go.
>>41610107> Follow the van.Tell the other if they can't feel it.
>>41610107> Follow the van.
>>41610179"Do you guys sense that?" You ask, quietly."Kinda?" Emmy says."Yeah." Ruin says. "It's...it's what we were supposed to be. No taint, no corruption."You shake your head. "Something's off though."Ruin frowns. "I don't feel that. Are you sure?"You nod. "Come on. Let's follow them."You keep the lights off, and drive as slow as possible, keeping shadow distance, and following the lights. Pytor never taught you how to do this, but you've seen him do it enough to pick up a few things.> Roll 1d20
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>41610505
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>41610505HWG
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>41610505
>>41610550You're pretty sure that the van hasn't noticed you as you both travel along the roads. You even had time to briefly stop and pick up Ruin's supply cache."Since we're the only other car on the road, they're going to notice us, eventually." Emmy says. "Especially once we get out of the city, and we can't hide.""Where are we going anyway?" You ask, Ruin."We're leaving Cygnus, and headed towards the Glassgrave." Ruin says."The what?" You and Emmy say at the same time."It's what we called it before the Hubris took full control." Ruin says. "It's a massive city, made out of crystal and glass. Spires and fountains, gardens, all that stuff that you think of when you think of a 'Perfect Future' city.""It's still intact?" Emmy asks.She nods. "Not even a broken window.""And the catch...?" You say."Fallout everywhere." Ruin says. "Everything there has that rainbow sheen to it. Nothing human can survive in that.""Except for us." Emmy says.Ruin smirks. "Like I said...""Enough." You say. "So, that's Joy Home, then?"Ruin nods. "Yes.""Is that also where the University is?" You ask.Ruin shrugs. "I guess. You've but a lot of faith in this Voice of yours.""Don't...just don't." Emmy says. "Or else she gets sulky and starts eyeing your internal organs.""Alright, so...what do we do when we hit open ground then?" Ruin asks.> Keep trying to quietly follow them in the car.> Leave the car and follow them on foot.> Face them down in the open.
>>41610889> Leave the car and follow them on foot.
>>41610889>> Keep trying to quietly follow them in the car.I mean walking doesn't seem that appealing and I don't know what face them down in the open means since we are both in cars. Maybe they will just ignore us, probably not, but maybe.
Echo is kill
What are the odds of Echo sleeping on his keyboard?
>>41613721Better than the odds of Ember actually landing a punch. Hey-oooooh
>>41610929>>41610992You drive to the end of Cyngus' city limits and slowly make your way through the rest of Swanmay's ruins. The Hubris construction is good for keeping you hidden and out of the way, so you'll be able to keep hidden and still in the comfort of the car."Why do the Hubris like flashing lights and water?" Emmy asks."They're simple...water is water, and light is light. There's no conflict about them, at least not enough to cause the Hubris to go crazy." Ruin says.After some time, you've reached the Joy Home border and the highways that lead to what Ruin says is the Glassgrave.You kill the engine, and the three of you pile out and load up your packs with everything that you can carry (which is pretty much everything between the three of you), and you head out."So," Emmy sighs. "I suppose that I'll have to put Embers in charge once we get to the Glassgraves, huh?""I suppose." You say.She sticks out her tongue. "What about you, Ruin?""Hmm?" She asks."Well...can you still, you know...poof!...Regalia and stuff?" Emmy asks.Ruin nods. "Yes...I think so, at least.""Can we see?" Emmy asks.Ruin sighs. "There is Joy left in the Ruins."Her regalia probably once was an elegant white, layered and giving off a vibe of healing and nurturing. Now it's dried blood brown, tattered and torn. Also, her skin forms small scabs of Hubris Pus, as it leaks out from where the larvae had burrowed in. At least she doesn't look like a mummy anymore."What...what can you do?" Emmy asks."Not. Heal." Ruin says. "May I please change back. The scabs itch."Emmy nods, and Ruin changes back into her Maybe-Lucy state.The three of you walk down the Highway, following the trail of the van.> Roll 1d20
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>41613830
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>41613830
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>41613830HWG
>>41613877So, it's actually not a bad march to the Glassgrave.When you see it, it takes your breath away. Crystal spires, buildings of stained glass, and there's statues, fountains, and gardens. Even the billboards are fantastic, handmade, works of art. It's clean, shining, and you feel that you're standing at the point where human innovation, and creativity meet, fueled by the harnessed power of the Gods.All of it is toxic.The oily sheen of fallout residue is everywhere. Giving the whole place a rainbow luminescence. Probably the only way that this place could be made into more of a fairy tale setting.The three of you have changed into your Regalia. Complaints about itches and unwanted personalities were set aside as the three of you very much would not like to die by wail of organ failure.'Well, would you look at that.' Joy says in your mind.It's the white van. It's smashed into a bank of magazine vendors.The three of you carefully walk up to it. The van's back door is wide open and there's no one in sight. "Van's smashed." Embers says, checking out the front of the car. "Plus the gears are horrifically stripped. I'm amazed this thing got as far as it did."> Search Roll 1d20
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>41615461
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>41615461
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>41615461Funky stuff. Very bright.
Wonder if we found anything particularly nifty.
>>41615538Vomit. Empty booze bottles. Empty pill bottles. And the lingering smell of substances that Genesis does its level best to control."Someone was having a bit of a party." Ruin says."And we missed it. We could have had a full bottle!" Embers says, shaking an empty gin bottle. "Instead of a cheerless death march over the highway. Are any of those pills left still good?"Ruin drops the last three pills on the ground and trods on them with her heel. "Nope. Sorry.""Ohhh, you are the WORST kind of person." Embers says. "Ashes, babe, come on....let me have SOME of the booze that's left!"'Why do I get the feeling that Emmy's never had a drink in her life?' Joy says in your mind."Here's something better." Ruin says. She hands Emmy a small, single barrel shotgun. "Since you can't aim to save your life. Give me your pistol. I'll make better use of it."The girls trade weapons.Alright, so...from what you can tell...whomever was in this van. (Probably two people.) Were having a serious party, as they made their way here.Then, they forgot that you have to be in your regalia in order to survive in fallout areas. They threw up, and crashed the car. Then they must have Manifested Joy and took off, trailing vomit and a little blood...in that direction.That said, you don't exactly need to care about them. You can read the still intact street signs, and the University campus isn't too far from here. If you want to get there before it gets dark and the Critters come out to play, you should hoof it.That said...leaving two unknown Joy-In-Hearts out there alone might bite you in the ass. They obviously came armed, in excess, if they left a shotgun and a box of shells behind.> Follow the mystery pair> Keep heading towards the University
>>41615830>Follow the mystery pairI'm curious now and though this will likely end badly let's find out.
>>41615830> Follow the mystery pairjust stay out of sight.
>>41615861If the locals were friendly Voice would have asked them for help a long time ago
>>41615830>>41615897Also;> Follow the mystery pairIf nothing else, I want to see how our new pussy cat girl can fight
>>41615830> Follow the mystery pair
>>41615861>>41615880>>41615934You motion for the other two to follow you as you follow the vomit and blood trail. It's a little easy to do. Also, they seem to be dropping things as they head to wherever they're going. The typical bits and bobs of debris, packing, beads and string that people leave behind when they're carrying too damn much.You start to close in on the pair, as you see movement and hear people.> Stealth Roll 1d20
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>41616057
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>41616057
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>41616057
>>41616090You're able to get up on the pair as they cross a plaza. They're a little surprised as their presence (and yours), activates some jumping fountains that they're walking across. One of the small bursts of water splashes up and gets one of them in the face. The girls are wiping themselves off and trying to keep their stuff from getting wet.In the meantime, the three of you are hiding behind the large pillars in front of one the the buildings that surrounds the plaza.You recognize these two. They're the Small Joys that jumped you back when you raided West Wind's compound. It's the girl with the Ribbons and the Mole girl.They look a LOT different though. They're wearing regalia that looks WAY different than yours, Embers', and Ruin's. It's gauzy and layered, and bright white. Ribbons' has hers covered in deep red ribbons, and her hair has to have at least fifty bows it in. Also, her hair now reaches down to her ankles.Mole Girl's regalia has gloves with silver dipped fingertips, and the shortest skirt you've ever seen. Silver slippers are on her feet, and she's wearing an actual tiara made of silver.They're hard to hear over the fountains, and the echoes of the plaza distort all forms of sound. It looks like they're arguing over something, and they're pointing in different directions, then at signs, and then to a map that they're trying (and failing) to not get wet.> Sneak away from the pair> Walk out and greet them calmly> Hit them with a surprise attack
>>41616514>Walk out and greet them calmlyThe people of joy probably got to them and warped them in some way, but given that we don't know they're hostile it is best not to start off with making enemies. I mean we went the diplomatic route with ruins who was a hubris infested monstrosity.
>>41616514> Walk out and greet them calmly
>>41616514> Hit them with a surprise attackDisable them and then we can calmly talk with them.
>>41616514> Sneak away from the pair but keep an eye on themI'd like to see where their ultimate goal is without them knowing that we tracked them
>>41609415Echo is running again? Is it Dec 25th?
>>41616514> Hit them with a surprise attack
>>41610889>"Don't...just don't." Emmy says. "Or else she gets sulky and starts eyeing your internal organs."She knows us so well.
>>41616726Christmas comes early in the wasteland friend.
>>41615830>"Since you can't aim to save your life.Darn Ruin catches on fast. I am loving Ruin so far.
>>41615830But WHAT ARE IN THE PILLS?Opioid? Cocaine?
>>41616726I almost missed this, if I wasn't following some other quest I wouldn't have seen this in the catalog.
>>41616871Now I want to buy Metro and Wasteland and Fallout: NV.
>>41616514>Walk out and greet them calmlyI suspect that they've been recruited. Still, kind of unsportsmanlike to hit them blind, especially when we outnumber them.
>>41616912I came home late and got a surprise present with Echo running. Life is looking up.
>>41616957NV is the best out of those.
Still have to say, the more I look at that image of Joy in Ashes, the more attractive she gets.>>41616980Recommendation for mods?
>>41616991>Recommendation for mods?I'd kinda have to know what you want but project Nevada should be officially patched into the game.
>>41617046Story, interactions, and more NPCs to talk to, without crashing my computer.
Rolled 9, 20, 2, 9, 10 = 50 (5d20)>>41616965>>41616597>>41616599You walk out from behind the pillar and out into the plaza.Ribbons sees you instantly, and spins Mole around to look at you."He-" Is all that gets out of your mouth.Because Mole gestures with her silver tipped hand and two bricks from the plaza's floor hurl themselves at your head.At the same time, Ribbons steps out from behind Mole with a .45 handcannon in both hands, and two .357s that are controlled by snake-like ribbons attached to her dress, and opens fire with all three.
>>41617113Mole is very good at her job.
Rolled 2, 1 = 3 (2d4)>>41617113One of the bricks smashes your right in the face, and you feel your nose break and you hit the ground like a sack of bricks.When you come to, you're on the ground, your vision is still blurred, and you can't breath through your nose. There's sounds of gunfire, fireballs, broken bricks, and more gunfire.It looks like Ribbons and Mole have ducked behind a cement wall, and Ruin and Embers are behind the pillars. They've been having a shoot out with each other. It's not looking good for your side.
>>41617056Might want the desert assassin (there are two of them) I may have got the name wrong but you should be able to find it from that. Not sure what you mean by interactions.I'd advise getting some graphics overhauls cause it isn't that good on its own (unless its too much for your PC in that case try some necklace mods since they cover up that head body seem between the two meshes.There is some make things less orange filter people seem to like but I never really did.P.S. NCR got more content than legion. Also check out around the top right corner of the world map and the just to the top left of the strip (You will have to circle around the outside of the strip) I found those spots to be fun. P.S.
>>41617189Thanks my good anon!Will do!
>>41617184How uncivil of them.>Ash-choke>Ash-dodge to them>Stabbity-stabbity
>>41616991Ashes the prettiest. 10/10 would never abandon.
>>41617184Ruin's been clipped, and Embers took one in the leg. Not too bad. For a Joy-In-Heart, it's nothing that a couple of hours of rest wont fix. However, Ribbons and Mole look fresh as daises, and they don't seem to be worried about running out of ammo.'When the FUCK will you learn that being diplomatic GETS YOU SHOT?!' Joy snaps at you. 'If you have any original ideas on how to get out of this clusterfuck. Now would be a good time to have them!'> Play dead> Crawl away> Try to stand and fight. > Other
>>41617230Now I am curious how Ruin looks like in non-magical girl form.
>>41617274> OtherAsh cloud now
>>41617274> Try to stand and fight.
>>41617274>Try to stand and fight.>>41617291this is our first move
>>41617291ThisAsh cloudThenAsh ArmorThenStand up and fightOur girls are incompetent and need our help.
So is Ruin as bad as Ember at rolling?
>>41617291Okay, you try and focus past the pain and place your palms into the ground.This will not envelop R&M, but it will obscure their view of the other two...maybe.Also, if this doesn't work...they'll know you aren't dead.> Roll 1d20
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>41617395
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>41617395
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>41617395Let us see if we are any less shit at fighting than the other two.
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>41617402>>41617407>>41617409Notice the incremental decrease by 3s.
>>41617434I don't even.
So>Ash cloud1d20, Created on 12+, Enemies roll 14+ or lost turn, Crit Fail woundsCould be good?
Rolled 16, 2, 1, 9, 12 = 40 (5d20)>>41617402You focus, and push...and then there's that one second wait...and POOM. The plaza fills with ash and the cries of surprise from everyone.You roll over and get up on your knees.Ribbons and Mole answer by firing towards the center of the smoke cloud. Hurling bricks and bullets at where they think you are.You bitterly remember that they've seen this trick of yours before.Thankfully, right now, you're in your element.
>>41617624You hear the tell-tale sound of a gun jamming...that must be Ribbon's hand-cannon. Still one brick is going to nail you unless you can get your body to move.> Roll 1d20 to Dodge
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>41617640rolling
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>41617640
>>41617640It would be really useful if we could somehow combine our ash dodge with the ash cloud so that we could be somewhere else after the cloud was up.
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>41617640
>>41617677I hate you just a little bit.
>>41617685I smiled reading this.
>>41617677You try and you shift...just not enough, and you get nailed in the chest by the brick. You're pretty certain that something inside cracked. You are not doing well, with your face bashed in, and a cracked rib.And these girls are more powerful than you three are.You need to pick your priority before you go any further.> Fight> Flee
>>41617844> FleeNo point pushing our luck
>>41617844>FightI don't like our chances either way really, we can probably get away, but embers isn't particularly fast.
>>41617881There is a point, the question is how reachable is it.
>FightTime to teach some Small Joys the meaning of respect
>>41617844>FightShit, what kind of pills did these girls take? Maybe Ruin should've let Ember have some to level the playing field
So, uh, no reason but, theoretically, what happens if we die?
>>41617997Get dragged to whoever turned these 2 into these freaks
>>41618015No, that's what happens if we get disabled, what happens if we actually manage to get ourselves killed.
>>41618037Ashes' story ends.
>>41618037Something just occurred to me. Where is our psycho-voice? Surely she would have some pointers for us?
>>41618070She did>'When the FUCK will you learn that being diplomatic GETS YOU SHOT?!' Joy snaps at you. 'If you have any original ideas on how to get out of this clusterfuck. Now would be a good time to have them!'
>>41617979Alright, you wish to stay and fight.Joy is a little on the fritz because you got your head smashed in with a brick. She'll be back in a round or two.The cloud is starting to dissipate. >Ash Shot>Ash Cloud>Ash Choke>Ash Armor>Ash Knife>Dodge Kick
>>41618094Wait, wasn't that Ashes? I'm talking about Meadows
>>41618177Oh yeah, I don't know where Meadows is.
Rolled 16, 15, 1 = 32 (3d20)>>41618150You form up your Ash Armor.You can see Ribbons focusing on clearing the jam in her hand cannon, only one of her Ribbon guns fires, and Mole keeps up with her brick trick. 'Easy move, minimal expression, and plenty of ammo.' Joy says. 'Versus the overly flashy, but heavily effective of Ribbons...yeah. We're in deep shit. They were already good at fighting dirty, but someone's taught them how to Express themselves much better than you three!'
>>41618248Well at least Ribbons seems to be about as accurate as Embers now.
>>41618248Well, it looks like Ribbon's free gun has jammed, and one of Mole's bricks is juuust shy of hitting you, thanks to cloud cover.However, Mole's other brick is going to pulp you unless you move, properly this time!> Roll 1d20 to dodge (Target is 14+)
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>41618269
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>41618269
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>41618269
>>41618276Glad I chose to stay and fight.
>>41618276Thank you based anon.
>>41618284So should we start purging the anons who displeased the RNG? is that the procedure to please the RNG
>>41618307Shit, I thought I rolled the 13.
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>41618276You focus your dodge...and then something funny happens. The deforming and reforming doesn't happen to you. It happens to Mole's brick. It doesn't lose any momentum, or weight. It just stops being an object that's speeding towards YOUR body and is now heading straight for Mole's body.
Rolled 18, 10 = 28 (2d20)>>41618440But it smashes harmlessly on the concrete barrier the girls are hiding behind. Although they're very confused as to what the hell just happened.You then hear two gunshots behind you and a small bullet of bark blue/black energy, and a baseball sized fireball come hurling past you.
>>41618468And somehow I'm guessing that ruin is the first one.
>>41618468Did Ember finaly hit something?
>>41618468Ruin's bullet hit Mole, and she screams and you see that Ruin...well, it looks like a Hubris Larve made out of blue/black light, is trying to bore its way into her skin.And Embers' fireball, while it didn't hit anything (Somethings never change) it's been keeping their heads down.The cloud has almost dissipated>Ash Shot>Ash Cloud>Ash Choke>Ash Armor>Ash Knife>Dodge Kick
>>41618468>bark blue/black energyIs Ruin's bark worse than her bite?>>41618491>Ash Knife
>>41618491>Ash ChokeMole and then take cover
>>41618307I've rolled high and low.
>>41618491>Is Ruin's bark worse than her bite?I think that was an on hit effect from mole or ribbons. Captcha is showing me boxes of shotgun shells.
>>41618509>>41618523>>41618544Looks like we're gonna have to choke a bitch.
>>41618509>>41618523>>41618544You focus on Mole's breathing, In...Out...In...Out...and NOW!> Roll 1d20
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>41618646
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>41618646
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>41618646
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>41618653Mole starts to gag and choke, coughing up huge amounts of that black gunk. Ribbons curses and tries to unjam her other .357, her ribbons firing off a last random shot into the hazy cloud.
>>41618695Whack a Mole
Rolled 18 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>41618695And apparently her aim is no better than Embers'. The shot goes wide and harmlessly.Ruin holds out her hand and focuses on Mole and the Larvae Shot she had landed.Embers chants over her shotgun, and the Ember sparks form around it.
>>41618715Is this roll for Ruin or Embers?
Rolled 1 + 1 (1d1 + 1)Just testing
>>41618715Mole screams as the flesh around where she was shot starts to become necrotic. However, she can do little more than just vomit up more black ash-bile gunk.Your turn>Ash Shot>Ash Cloud>Ash Choke>Ash Armor>Ash Knife>Dodge Kick
>>41618739>Ash ShotAlso move behind soemthing if we haven't already, maybe a good idea.
>>41618739>Ash KnifeI don't want to get close to ribbons with dodge kick.
>>41618739>Ash ShotTime to upgrade
>>41618739>Ash Knife>>41618766I agree
>>41618777Just to remind you last time we went up against her she was a very competent grappler and now she is supercharged.
So can we agree next person we come across, we just Sam Fisher them and be done with it? We're like, 0/3 on diplomacy with anyone that's not a full-out Joy.
>>41618797We did diplomacy with Genesis so we're 1/4.
>>41618811Still not worthwhile odds to me.
>>41618797Surely after a while we'll know the stuff you don't say and earn a diplomance perk
>>41618764>>41618768>>41618776The cloud is gone and Ribbons gets to see your bloody face as you flick your hand out and blast a cloud of ash at her.> Roll 1d20
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>41618847
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>41618847
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>41618828I'm not expecting it...>>41618847
Rolled 19, 18, 13 = 50 (3d20)>>41618852She screams as your ash blast rips away at her oh-so-white dress and shreds some of her precious ribbons. Mole is finishing up her vomit.Ribbons has her guns cleared and she unleashes a full salvo at you.
>>41618924Yeah, her aim isn't as bad as Embers now that she's pissed.You need to dodge. > Roll 1d20 (11 Misses 1, 16 misses 2, 17 clears all 3)
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>41618936
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>41618936HWG
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>41618936Rolling. I'll be honest. I'm not as invested in the others. If Ashes dies, I go with her, so to speak.
Ash Shot1d20 - Hits on 13+, 17+ add lost turn, Crit 2 Wounds + 1 Lost TurnAsh cloud1d20, Created on 12+, Enemies roll 14+ or lost turn, Crit Fail woundsAsh choke1d20, Lose 1 turn on 14+, 17+ lose two turns, Crit 2 turns lost + 1 woundAsh armorAuto, Adds 2 hits, after summon turn can Ash dodge hits. (Dodge is -2 Hit Score, I.E. Enemy Roll is 17, dodge on 15+) Lose dodge upon losing 2 hits.Ash knife2d20, Summon 2 knives. 14+ Hits, Crit creates another 2 knives that hit at +15, another Crit creates 2 more knives at +16 hit, etc.Dodge Kick2d20, Kicks, then Dodges and kicks again. Wounds on 13+, (NOTE: First Kick Must be 10+ or second kick auto fails) Crit 2 Wounds per kickReposting our moves
>>41618981>after summon turn can Ash dodge hits.Is that a dodge on the turn you summon it or you need this on to dodge?
Rolled 3 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>41618948Ribbons just gapes as her bullets pierce a cloud of Ash that's in the shape of the smirking girl that's harmlessly standing to the side with an innocent look on her face.'Meadows is right...you DO never get sick of that look.' Joy says.Ruin continues to do her mantra.
Rolled 10 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>41619020But Mole smacks her infected arm and it stops necrotizing. Then Embers fires a grapefruit sized fireball out of her shotgun.
>>41619034Did Embers actually hit something?
>>41619011I think it's after you activated the armor
>>41619034It wings Mole and burns her skin and some of her regalia.Your turn>Ash Shot>Ash Cloud>Ash Choke>Ash Armor>Ash Knife>Dodge Kick
>>41619065>Ash ShotFinal Shoot!
>>41619034>>41619046>>41619057Are we in the blast radius?>>41619065>Ash KnifeMole, finish her
>>41619046>Did Embers actually hit something?That's slowly becoming an in-game meme
>>41619065Ash Knife (Mole)Thought. Can we create some way to pin down enemies? Idea being give Embers a + to aiming/targets (and obviously giving anyone else some breathing room as well).Alternately, some way to increase the area of effect of whatever Embers does without using too much energy of hers? Like a sort of napalm bomb or whatever happens with flammable gas.
>>41619092It's been one for a while now, so much so that it effects how the actual characters think of each other.
>>41619115We can't really blame them for thinking that, her track record is horrible
>>41619074>>41619080>>41619106You grab your knife and hurl it at Mole ash-bile covered chest.It's getting easier and easier to recreate the second knife.> Roll 2d20, (Knives now crit at 19)
Rolled 1, 19 = 20 (2d20)>>41619138HWG
Rolled 4, 20 = 24 (2d20)>>41619138Slice slice.
Rolled 3, 7 = 10 (2d20)>>41619138
>>41619147one day can we throw knives and not have a crit and a crit-failure?
Rolled 6, 16 = 22 (2d20)>>41619138
>>41619147I don't even.>>41619148Second knife is always lucky, first is always not.
>>41619157Given that the crits are exploding and the failures aren't that bad it is generally better.
>>41619148>>41619147Well, it's just like before, the original knife sticks itself into the cement and doesn't reform at your side. However, the second one jabs into Mole, dissolves, and the you feel a surge of energy and you push out another two blades at Mole.> Roll 2d20
Rolled 8, 6 = 14 (2d20)>>41619242HWG
Rolled 14, 19 = 33 (2d20)>>41619242Aight, let's try this whole 'slice' thing again.
Rolled 15, 19 = 34 (2d20)>>41619242
>>41619256Accidentally had my caps lock on.
Rolled 5, 19 = 24 (2d20)>>41619242
>>41619252>>41619260>>41619281So the 2 knife always crit then?
>>41619260The first one hits, and then the second one hits, and you feel another surge and blast out another two blades at her.> Roll 2d20
Rolled 13, 19 = 32 (2d20)>>416193122 knife best knife
Rolled 8, 5 = 13 (2d20)>>41619312Explosions
Rolled 17, 11 = 28 (2d20)>>41619312HWGSend some at ribbon too
>>41619319The world's getting a little blurry at this point and you're pretty sure that the first blade went wide...but you know the second one hit, and that rush of energy hits you again, and you keep chucking the blades.> Roll 2d20
Rolled 19, 13 = 32 (2d20)>>41619355So are we just doing fucking Unlimited Ash Knife Works?
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>41619355God damn.
Rolled 10, 2 = 12 (2d20)>>41619355
Rolled 9, 5 = 14 (2d20)>>41619355HWG
>>41619363FuckThis doesnt count, does it?
>>41619319>Ash Knife.>Shank a nigga twice, shank that same nigga twice again then shank him twice a third time.>Shank two niggas once then shank them again and again.
Rolled 19, 16 = 35 (2d20)>>41619312
Rolled 3, 19 = 22 (2d20)>>41619355
>>41619362The world is starting to fade away now, all you can see is Mole's form on the ground. And the energy surging through you. Blades are flying to the left and right, but more are sinking into her and you just keep making more.> Roll 2d20
Rolled 20, 8 = 28 (2d20)>>41619390
Rolled 1, 9 = 10 (2d20)>>41619390Ooooh, this might be a bad thing.
Rolled 9, 14 = 23 (2d20)>>41619390
Rolled 16, 9 = 25 (2d20)>>41619390HWGThis Power
Rolled 15, 12 = 27 (2d20)>>41619390
>>41619398oh for god's sake
>>41619401I think you managed to stop me by cancelling my 20. Side note we'd better get a knife upgrade.
>>41619401I'm not too mad about rolling this for once.
>>41619398>>41619401>>41619402Eh it was a good run though
>>41619401awww you've broken the chain
>>41619398>>41619401Another blade goes flying off and stuck into the cement, so you only get half of the engery back this time.But you see Mole's body jerk again, and keep the blades going.> Roll 1d20
We...are not a healthy person. At all.
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>41619446
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>41619446Change targets
>>41619390Can you imagine Embers and Ruin's face when Ash keeps shucking knifes at poor Mole's corpse
Rolled 13, 6 = 19 (2d20)>>41619446
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>41619446"SOMEONE STOP ME."
>>41619453>>41619456>>41619463It's finally over!
>>41619446Are we a knife vampire?
>>41619453>>41619456>>41619463I think we finally ran out of knife
>>41619448Pytor would love that shit though
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>41619446
>>41619458Scared of her? Worried? Both? Suspicious?This ain't a good thing. Thank god we stopped, though....We really aren't fit to be around people for extended periods of time.
>>41619491She's dead. Ultra dead. And we're just planting knives into her and getting a high off of it.Shit's kinda spooky, yo.
>>41619448Bitch smashed our faceShe had it coming
>>41619487What that we maybe overknifed someone who are actively trying to murder us?
>>41619507Seriously we turned that girl into hamburger meat.
>>41619507>She's dead. Ultra deadMagical girl constitution.>Shit's kinda spooky, yo.It combat situations it's FAR more common then you would think. And that isn't even counting the marines.
I hope everyone is ready for next turn where we do the same thing to Ribbons.
>>41619535>Magical girl constitutionIf you mean the constitution of chunky salsa, yeah, she's got that going for her.
>>41619458The person I am curious about their reaction to all of this is Meadows.
>>41619546I think she'll just shoot herself after that display
>>41619527We tried to be friendly and they attacked us without provocation. She got what she deserved.
>>41619565If I was Embers or Ruin I'd high five Ashes
>>41619565What if we absorb a joy that can stop time?We become magicalgirl Dio
>>41619586Embers is almost certainly going to be impressed and jealous Emmy will be horrified and I have no good read on Ruins.
>>41619612Eh Ruin already thinks we are fucked up remember?
>>41619453The blade sticks into the ground and the world stops being a blur.Also, that's when you realize that Ruin and Embers have grabbed you and force you to the ground.You idly remember that they had been trying to stop you for a while, screaming and shaking you. Begging you to stop.Ribbons had run away, screaming and crying, ages ago. The other two had let her go.Mole is dead. Very very dead. You have put enough large lacerations in her that, in the ones that don't have vital organs hanging out of them, you can see into her chest cavity.Also, you've never felt better, or healthier in your life.Plus, part of you wishes Raymond was here...or that the other two girls leave you alone for a while...or maybe not. You're feeling good right now, if they're interested may-GHAAA! 'NO. We are NOT having those thoughts after we just did THAT to someone!' Joy snaps. 'Holy shit. I think...we may need professional help.' She says. You just make a soft chuckle, and wipe the last remains of your own blood off of your face. Then you steady your breathing.> Go with the feeling. It's been a long time since you've felt anything REMOTELY near this...grab that emotion and ride with it. You're DONE being a Doll, you have power now and you can OWN it.> Push it away. Like all the other times. Push it down. Lock it away. Keep your focus on your tasks, your promises, your worth. That's what's important.> Give in the other way and break down. Collapse and cry. It's too much, and it's not supposed to be like this. You didn't want this, and it should NEVER be like that.
>>41619612>Emmy will be horrifiedI would actually criticize her for that.
>>41619632> Give in the other way and break down. Collapse and cry. It's too much, and it's not supposed to be like this. You didn't want this, and it should NEVER be like that.
>>41619632>> Push it away. Like all the other times. Push it down. Lock it away. Keep your focus on your tasks, your promises, your worth. That's what's important.
>>41619632> Push it away. Like all the other times. Push it down. Lock it away. Keep your focus on your tasks, your promises, your worth. That's what's important.
>>41619632>Push it away. Like all the other times. Push it down. Lock it away. Keep your focus on your tasks, your promises, your worth. That's what's important.We need to be focused so that we don't get those with us or more importantly ourselves killed.
Really? We're just gonna be a robot? No catharsis? It's gonna spring up again, and what's more, the fact that we're emotionless about it is gonna give Embers and Ruin a major red flag.
>>41619632>> Push it away. Like all the other times. Push it down. Lock it away. Keep your focus on your tasks, your promises, your worth. That's what's important.Later in a safe spot> Give in the other way and break down. Collapse and cry. It's too much, and it's not supposed to be like this. You didn't want this, and it should NEVER be like that.
>>41619669(Same anon)I mean, I'm cool with it, I always said the world we make isn't gonna be for us; just saying it's gonna bite us in the ass and it won't be pleasant. Just asking for confirmation.
>>41619632> Focus on optimizing your knife throwing skill. No point in wasting them.
>>41619632> Push it away. Like all the other times. Push it down. Lock it away. Keep your focus on your tasks, your promises, your worth. That's what's important.She always was fucked in the head remember
>>41619669Right now we are the leader we don't have time to cry and complain we need to get things done. And going with option 1 is going to throw up way more red flags than option 2.
Okay so, just so I know for certain.We are NOT expecting a happy end for Ashes, correct?
>>41619669>Really? We're just gonna be a robot? No catharsis? It's gonna spring up again, and what's more, the fact that we're emotionless about it is gonna give Embers and Ruin a major red flag.We literally tried to great them with "Hello" and they instantly started trying to murder us. Killing mole can be our good dead for the day.
>>41619707(same anon)I use happy as a relative term, that is.>>41619712It's not the fact that we killed them, it's the fact that we kept going. That's my point. We basically mutilated the dead body and got a rush from doing it.
>>41619707I mean I'd like one, but I don't think anyone is going to get a happy ending in this world. Our happy ending will be fixing things so that none of this ever happened.
>>41619659You take a few deep breaths, and then you look at Mole's corpse. Then you take a few more deep breaths.You put it away. With the rest.You look away from mother's body, and you get to your feet. You go over to Mole's body and you lay her out. So that she's not dumped like a piece of meat. That's important. Pytor does that. It helps you understand what happened, and that it keeps you focused.Then you turn to the other two.> We should head after Ribbons.> We need to get to the University quickly.> Let's find some place to hole up, for the evening.
>>41619728> We need to get to the University quickly.
>>41619728>> Let's find some place to hole up, for the evening.
>>41619707>We are NOT expecting a happy end for Ashes, correct?Depends on what you mean by that. P.S. It is god damn unrealistic that this is considered out of the ordinary in anyway other then us showing excessive restraint and the fact that almost everyone isn't way more sadistic then this shows EG has never been in a warzone or had a conversation about it with ANYONE who has.
>>41619728>We need to get to the University quickly.Ribbons is probably going for help we can't waste time do what we came here for and get out.
>>41619728>> Let's find some place to hole up, for the evening.Apologize for letting the worst of us out of the box.
>>41619733I'm guessing you have or have been in the military?If so, this may not be the quest for you. Not insulting you, just concerned about your enjoyment of the quest.
>>41619733Embers talks a big game but this is one of the first times she's been outside of Genesis, and Ruins has had very little experience with the outside world as well particularly when she didn't have the hubris infection.
>>41619723>We basically mutilated the dead body and got a rush from doing it.I wouldn't be phased if we went full WE NEED MORE ENEMIES! / most dangerous game this is every marine that has seen combat that I have met EVER, not one exception.Hell that should be dangerous, this is some hardcore lets hug it out level of restraint.
>>41619763I...seriously think you might wanna leave the quest. Again, not trying to insult you or even degrade you. I just think you're applying psychological issues that don't apply to this fantasy game.
>>41619763Lips has had a lot of practice in self restraint with her mother. I mean ALot this is the first time ANY emotion has left her box of control, and it involved her being half dead in pain and on a magical high that make opium look weak.
>>41619812Lupa* autocorrect fucked it up.
>>41619812Lupa (us) I assume autocorrect
>>41619798>this is the first time ANY emotion has left her box of controlDidn't we straight up fuck a guy?I mean if you want to say "to this point" then sure but i don't see ANY being accurate.
>>41619831Yeah but in the description Echo gave of it it was the most impersonal and casual sex possible. It wasn't really losing control so much as it was dealing with urges.
>>41619831Us fucking him had about as much emotional attachment as brushing our teeth. The point is we keep such a tight seal on our emotions we're effectively dead inside. Which is why all the other girls like ruin or angora are scared of us and know we're wrong In a horrible way.
Query. Let's say Embers and Ruin decide to say 'no mas' and want to quit traveling with us. Are we going to force them to stay? Or kill them if they show themselves doing something to, in their eyes, protect themselves from risking our insanity- say hold us at gunpoint while they leave or tying us up?
>>41619871We'd ask them to not leave us but not press the issue, like with Pytor and the car.
>>41619871Nah, they can do what they want.Seems kinda rude to kill them.
>>41619842Still though I don't see this being THAT big of a deal. We openly approached them and they tried to kill us without any provocation. These are enemy combatants we are talking about, not some collateral damage.That being said, overkill does become useless (Confirming the kill is still useful however this clearly went past that) and we should have stayed focused.We made a mistake, we should take steps to prevent it from happening again and could easily be a "Well fuck" stressful moment. This isn't some "What kind of monster is crawling in my skin?" or like what >>41619871 said.
In any case I think we can all agree that using ash knives more would be a good idea as it has a very high potential to do a lot of damage.>>41619871I'm not really worried about them holding us at gunpoint we can almost certainly outrun both of them due to the nature of our abilities. As for forcing them to stay we probably wouldn't it would be a liability to fight them or have them with us if they really didn't want to be. Undue risk and all that.
>>41619831Lupes is just plain fucked up Mom was so horrible that Pyotr killing her and raising lupa was a good thingEvery watched the tv show dexter? same situation >>41619871We probably be alright with them leaving, we are emotional detached remember
>>41619903I think we have a non-crippling fear of abandonment and some signs of OCD.
>>41619903I was under the impression that we wanted to fix that, considering Joy-In-Civility.Guess we don't give a shit that she was right?
>>41619731>>41619740>>41619732>>41619742You sigh and walk away from Mole's body. "We should decide if we're going to go to the University or hole up someplace for the night."Embers just gapes at you. Ruin blink, and then sighs and nods. "I agree." Ruin says. "I don't want to know what kind of creatures live out here.""Seriously?" Embers says. "We're...after..."Ruin glares and Embers and she quiets down. The pair of you head off in the direction of the university, with eyes towards any place that might be secure for the evening.'It isn't like we haven't killed before.' You say to Joy.'We know. Don't worry. We won't mention this again.' Joy sighs. 'They're never going to forgive us for this...the other Small Joys. Once Ribbons tells them what we've done.''I know.' You say, to Joy. 'But they attacked us first.''Somehow, I doubt that they care about that fact.' Joy says."Is it just me?" Embers says, out of the blue. "Or did Ashes look CRAZY sexy while she was doing that knife storm thing?""Uggh." You, Ruin, and Joy all groan at once.END EPISODE 16
>>41619898I think it is mostly that we wen't far too much into overkill to the point that we entirely lost our awareness of anything other than pounding more knives into the person we had already killed and we aren't happy about how that mad us feel, there is a fine line between doing what needs to be done and killing for fun.
>>41619931>"Or did Ashes look CRAZY sexyI really want to see how we react to this.
>>41619919While I do, now isn't the time or place.>>41619918We do but it's less yandare and more letting those close to us like Pytor walk all over us.>>41619931Embers, really?
>>41619938Zoning out isn't killing for fun. Killing for fun would be if our reaction to messing up was "Fuck yeah! Lets do that again." >>41619956>yandareNever meant to imply anything like that.>>41619954Misread it as just ruin and joy saying that.
>>41619971>Never meant to imply anything like that.To clarify if somehow we wind up alone, I think we could manage as a lone wolf but would probably look for someone to latch onto as soon as we could.
>>41619931I will say I'm glad we get to delay the conversation with Emmy for quite some time due to the fact that we are in a very intense fallout zone.>>41619971>Killing for fun would be if our reaction to messing up was "Fuck yeah! Lets do that again."I was interpreting >You're DONE being a Doll, you have power now and you can OWN it.as pretty much a desire to do more of that.
>>41619971We did actually enjoy it though. The options were embrace it, lock it away, or reject it.
>>41619992>as pretty much a desire to do more of that.Yeah but that option didn't win.As a side note, I am surprised the potential yuri confirmation didn't draw more attention.
>>41619999Having fun while killing and killing for fun are not the same.
>>41620015Lupa has so many issues that i dont think anons wants to aggravate the situation
>>41619728Can we touch her mind or communicate with her?
>>41620015Embers is only one half that body and a freaking child, in temperament and in mind that we'd not consider it. Plus she's a jobber. Besides Lupa likes the D.>>41620035The whole point of the accept it option was to keep killing for our own enjoyment. Basically become our mother.
>>41619931Just got caught up to see the last post :(So basically we should have ran away but we didn't want to since we were to proud, and wanted to beat them into submission.This is why Pytor wants us gone.
>>41620036Lets not act like we are the Joker or Hannibal Lector. >>41620061>Besides Lupa likes the D.That isn't exclusive,see >>41619632>You're feeling good right now, if they're interested may-How old is Embeers anyway, for that matter how old are we.
>>41620079If Pytor wanted us gone he's not be sticking his neck out trying to find and save us.>>41620092Emmy is15ish Lupa is older and a lot more experienced. Also remember the side considering it was the side she associates with her mother.
>>41620079>This is why Pytor wants us gone.No Pytor was worried about getting attacked by cultists that are after us for being magical.
>>41620039No. Actually, that's a little weird.There's a lot of little bits that are weird.Mole and Ribbons working as a duo.The crazy power jump that they had.How they seemed to have...forgotten a few of their tactics when they were with the other three, and had small joy powers.How they instantly attacked you, the second they saw you.That weird feel you had around them. Also how their regalia looked so remarkably different than yours.A bunch of little stuff that's out of place, but like Voice says. You're lacking data.
>>41620106>Emmy is15ishWhich is probably young adult by wasteland standards.
>>41620127So they were basically berserkers hoped up on combat drugs?
>>41620130Still a kid in the settlement she grew up in though. Embers is a spoiled brat and a child compared to just about any waste lander. While Emmy would be considered a naive child in mind if not body. Lupa isn't really interested.
>>41620149>Lupa isn't really interested.Up till this thread you could have been correct saying that. We wanted to fuck right after killing before we came down.
>>41620127PoJ mi draped me and pumped me full of energy didn't they?
>>41620162I think we would have wanted to fuck anyone then, so that's not the norm.
>>41620106Maybe I worded that wrong, he doesn't really want Lupa gone but knows that she needs to go if he wants to live with less "threats" in his life or live longer. Pytor was talking about kicking her out earlier before being kidnapped.
>>41620149>Embers is a spoiled bratNot really, she grew up in a command based society and has training. She is probably more disciplined then most wastelanders but not as hardened or experienced.
>>41620162Your point? What she was feeling was a euphoria tied to bloodlust, sadism and narcissism, which evokes thoughts of her mother in Lupa. Given my me touches are a thing it likely she literally has some of her mother in her. Especially since they were both would be joys. That wasn't Lupa.>>41620177Yes but that fell apart when he let us sell the car, and is now trying to find us. If he had wanted safety he'd have made us take the car and not bothered coming after us.
>>41620195That's Emmy you're talking about. Embers is much different and is a brat. Remember us having to kick the shit out of her to make her listen?
>>41620207My argument or Pytors reason for it?
>>41620207>narcissismHow do you figure.>That wasn't Lupa.Yes it was. People lie to themselves and other saying I wasn't myself when they are at their lowest, but we are responsible for all our actions.>>41620216Yeah, fair enough.
>>41620230Pytor's reasoning, it was mostly a kneejerk reaction to a big secret.>>41620234I'm saying it was literally a mental vestige of her crazy mother coming out of her. Remember when she turned away from her Mother's corpse here?>>41619728Mind linking is a thing after all, and her mother was a prospective Joy.
>>41620265So your saying our dead mother possessed us?
>>41620127A little late, but thanks for running.
>>41620265I think it just reminded us of our dead mother and because of the whole thing we just hallucinated a bit. No mind touching or anything.
>>41620270Or some bit of her was strongly influencing us to the point of madness. Remember there is a reason mind touching is possibly lethal.>>41620282I hope so, but I'm not betting on it.
>>41620127Not fully understanding your post, your stating things that both seem to be in game and from our pov?Let me try and break it down.>No. Actually, that's a little weird.Okay, so something in them is difference or changed that prevents it, or they way they died make sit impossible maybe?>There's a lot of little bits that are weird.?>Mole and Ribbons working as a duo.Seems they trained for this no doubt, but by themselves or by someone else, who knows.....>How they instantly attacked you, the second they saw you.The cultists may have got to them and they work for them but they are not infected in any way. So maybe they are instead with genesis?>That weird feel you had around them. Also how their regalia looked so remarkably different than yours.Lacking dataCan anyone else chip in?
Kinda late but thanks for running Echo. Fun thread. Ash knives is fucking great and small joys a shit.