Previously, you found shelter with Tanni but when you decided it was time to leave things went very badly very quickly. You're a lot more valuable to her as bargaining chip than you are as an ally, after all. Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Snakecatcher%20QuestTwitter: https://twitter.com/OuroQMParty: http://pastebin.com/hcK81hKLInventory: http://pastebin.com/kpSHTiZiPastebin Directory: http://pastebin.com/yYATEBvyThing where you ask questions: http://ask.fm/OuroQM
>>42483290The four of you stand clustered together in the middle of the atrium as Ishmin march in from every doorway. In front of you, Tanni takes a step back and places herself behind her advancing soldiers.“I want both the girls and the alchemist alive. You can kill the other one, he’s not very important.”You do your best to glare at her, still confused. She shrugs.“Don’t be like that. We’ll have a nice long chat after you’re all firmly chained down. I think after that you’ll understand where I’m coming from.”Your head swims. What does she want with you? Why now? There are four doorways leading out from the atrium and there are soldiers in each one. Behind you is the passage leading back into your rooms but that’s a dead-end, there’s nothing for you there. And in front of you is Tanni. There’s no easy way out.Oster is in front of you, his arm shielded out protectively over you and the princess. You can’t see Aashenpreet but you can feel her just behind you all the same. Hiss snarls beside you, her eyes fixed on the constrictor. If you don’t do anything it looks like she might make the decision for you soon enough. > Run back to your rooms. It might be a dead-end but at least it’s a defensible position!> Try for one of the doorways.> Charge straight at Tanni.> Just follow Hiss and support her.> Lay down your pack and surrender. It’s what Tanni would want you to do.> Make a wish (Specify)> Use a potion (Specify which one and for which purpose)> Other
>>42483302Throw the weakening brew and then the explosive brew. Then> Run back to your rooms. It might be a dead-end but at least it’s a defensible position!
>>42483302>>42483397Can't think of anything else so Ill put my vote in for this as well.
>>42483302> Lay down your pack and surrender. It’s what Tanni would want you to do.
>>42483554What the fuck is wrong with you anon?
>>42483573What? She's already told us she'll explain everything and more violence won't help this situation. I'm sure she only wants the best for Cennen.
>>42483302Throw weakening brew and standard explosive, as we retreat throw the snakebreaker once we get to where we can dive behind some thick cover. Also tell Hiss that anti-plant thing will work on Tanni.>>42483594You're a bloody moron.
>>42483594Oh I get it. You're just retarded.
>>42483609>>42483610You're both monsters. She's been nothing but kind to us and we're throwing it all back in her face.
>>42483631Did you miss the part where she's trying to kill Oster and put the rest of us in chains?
>>42483609It seems a bit redundant to use explosive and then snakebreaker. Maybe we should just skip the first explosive and use the rest of your plan.
>>42483631>"I don't care about the hospitality. One doesn't get here by caring about pride. And I quite enjoy all of you. But...on the flipside, one doesn't get here by caring about affection either. Do you even know the prices on your heads? Or what I could do with you? ">She takes a step back as the two Ishmin flanking her draw their swords and advance. >Behind her, you can see even more. The other four doors opening into the atrium slam open, armed Ishmin in each one. >"I want both the girls and the alchemist alive. You can kill the other one. He's not very important.">She shrugs as you do your best to glare at her, still finding it hard to find any genuine hatred.>"Don't be like that. We'll all have a nice long chat after you're firmly chained down, I think after that you'll understand where I'm coming from. Sorrrrrry."She's either going to turn us in for the bounty or enslave us with her voice mindfuckery.
>>42483671Well she said she doesn't need him and he doesn't really seem to be happy with his own life thus far.While she's said she needed to chain us it might be necessary. Instead of just conversing with her you're all resorting to bombs and gas.In her position it seems prudent.
>>42483702Ok yeah you're definitely retarded
>>42483699Why didn't we just give her to his or something.
>>42483702No one can be this stupid. Fuck off troll.>>42483696Explosive is a lot less dangerous than the breaker. By an order of magnitude.
>>42483699It's not enslavement if you agree to it anon! Just relax and let her calm this whole situation down.
>>42483726She'd need to fear Hiss first. She doesn't.>>42483750>It's not enslavement if you agree to it anon!Except you know she'd mind rape us and possibly rape rape us until we comply. shut up troll.
>>42483729Right but the plan is to use the snakebreaker after we're safe from any shrapnel
>>42483787Coulda wished for that though probably. Possibly.
>Weakening Brew and Explosive Concoction>Run back to your rooms. "Don't breathe!"You toss the Weakening Cloud right at the feet of the advancing Ishmin, hoping to catch Tanni behind them as well. You can't tell if you're successful or not due to thick white smoke.The soldiers coming in from the sides speed up at the sight, their hands out and ready. They won't use their swords on you, not yet anyway. They've been told to take most of you alive. The four of you run back towards your rooms while you shake your explosive concoction, tossing it behind you to buy time. You know it kills at least one of them, probably more. Oster kicks open the door to your room and runs inside."Here, we can hole up inside here! We can hold any number of men with the doorway as a chokepoint and we can use the window to escape.""Fuck that," Hiss grouches. "Let's go right back out there! I'm going to kill her!""I agree with Oster," Aashenpreet says. "We just need to get out.""Your opinion doesn't even matter!"> Throw a Snakebreaker back down the hallway.> Fortify up inside the room.> Hiss has it right.> Make a Wish (Specify)> Use Potion (Specify)> Other
>>42483799Yes, which is why we get to cover then throw it. They're in the open we wouldn't be.>>42483819Only wishbond we have is with Aashepreet.
Would Aashenpreet's death rattle work on ishmin?
>>42483833> Fortify up inside the room.Wait for the hallway to fill up with as many of the enemy as possible then> Throw a Snakebreaker back down the hallway.
>>42483833> Throw a Snakebreaker back down the hallway.
>>42483833>> Fortify up inside the room.
>>42483833> Throw a Snakebreaker back down the hallway.> Fortify up inside the room.Doesn't the weakening brew only work on humans?
>>42483845Not very well. It's pretty hard to convince an Ishmin to do something that isn't their orders.
>>42483833Just a thought, but what if we gave Hiss the Hissbrew?
>>42483931Halo Hiss re-appears. Decides to smoosh that funny little spec of dust named.. cen? Something before she irrationally decides to give up power again.
>>42483931We'd die, Aash would die, Oster would die. Remember she'd be at auto-max poison output, and she can't control venom lethality like Cennen can.>>42483957What are you even on about anon?
>>42483978I don't know man. I've had too much to drink and should probably stop voting.
>>42483931Everyone but Hiss would die.
>>42483978>>42484000Wouldn't our brand protect us? Aash and Oster could go out the window
>>42484093Nope. We'd resist it but that much venom would definitely still kill us
>>42484093HaHa no. We're not poison immune by any stretch, just slightly resistant and when we had a chance to be totally immune, anons went and voted for being turned into the snakecatcher.
>>42484118Ouro said on his ask.fm it won't ever turn us into a snakecatcher. There are very few similarities between what happened to him and what's happening to us.
>>42484146That doesn't mean we won't get turned into an aberration anon, just one that's different from the one we fought.
>Fortify up inside the room.>Throw Snakebreaker down the hallwayYou don't say anything and just get inside the room, Aashenpreet following you. Oster and Hiss stay outside, Oster clearly unwilling to leave her side. "You too, Cennen?"Hiss doesn't sound very happy."Well I'm not going off on my own!"She reluctantly joins you inside the room, just as the Ishmin regroup from the explosive and come charging down the hallway. "Get clear!"You toss the Snakebreaker down the hall towards them as Oster jumps inside, slamming the door behind him as he does so. The walls rattle with the force of the explosion, stone dust raining down on all of you. Oster doesn't waste any time, moving to the closest window. He does his best to hack at the wooden shutters covering it while Aashenpreet joins him and starts prying it off with her bare hands.> Join them. The sooner you get out the window the better.> Open the door and investigate what the Snakebreaker did out there.> Use Potion (Specify)> Make a Wish (Specify)> Other
>>42484208> Open the door and investigate what the Snakebreaker did out there.
>>42484208> Open the door and investigate what the Snakebreaker did out there.How many snakebreakers do we have left?
>>42484208> Open the door and investigate what the Snakebreaker did out there.Just take a peek
>>42484242Zero. The inventory pastebin is in the first post for a reason anon.
>>42484242Last one, hence why I wrote in to wait until the hallway got filled before using it.
>>42484208> Join them. The sooner you get out the window the better.
>>42484224>>42484242>>42484247If we do this can we at least draw our sword first?
>>42483915No it works on snakes. The dulling cloud doesn't though.
>>42484341I agree also, I'm pretty sure Tanni altered it so that we can't use it against her or her ishmin
> Open the door and investigate what the Snakebreaker did out there."Hold on guys, I just need to check..."You draw your sword and open the door, Hiss right behind you.You notice the smell before anything else. The reek blows in as the door opens almost like it possesses a physical presence, the smell of blood and guts and bowels. The hallway is painted in blood and viscera, pockmarked with chips of bone and steel and hundreds of little scale-shrapnel. It's like an abattoir. Some seem to have lost bodily cohesion altogether but around them you can still see their comrades severed limbs and splattered guts. Empty metal husks leaking red from a hundred tiny puncture wounds.You retch, feeling the inside of your stomach burn your throat and mouth. Hiss claps you on the back."Good job, Cennen. I knew you had it in you." You hear a 'thwack' from somewhere down the smokey hallway and Hiss jerks back, a crossbow bolt protruding from her chest. Her scales cover her but they come a whole second too late as she takes the shot that could well have been meant for you before you had ducked down to vomit. "Oh," she says and sits down.Three more Ishmin charge down the hallway, one of them in the middle of reloading a crossbow. They move in strict formation, apparently unaffected by the gore they find themselves amongst. > Attack!> Pull Hiss inside and shut the door.> Pick up Hiss and run for the window.> Surrender and ask to be taken to Tanni if it will mean Hiss gets immediate treatment.> Make a wish (Specify)> Use Potion (Specify)> Other
>>42484828>> Pull Hiss inside and shut the door.
>>42484828> Pull Hiss inside and shut the door.Fuck!> Pull out the bolt and give Hiss a heal all, to try and stabilize her.> Examine the bolt, if they wanted to take us alive it may be coated with some sort of tranquilizer.
>>42484828> Pull Hiss inside and shut the door.Give her a heal allAash should carry her out the windowLeave the arrow in for now to limit blood loss
>>42484957If we're giving her a heal all we should probably pull it out and maintain pressure on the wound or ask her to. Seconding the rest of this vote though.
>>42484828>tfw I was the only one who voted not to pointlessly look out the doorCome on guys.
>>42485066I call fowl play on that one Ishmin, they want us alive what the fuck was he doing with that crossbow
>>42485111fuck, meant foul
>>42485111Tanni changed her mind after seeing our fuck you bomb go off.
>>42484951>>42484957In case we can't do this and we get caught/have to surrender, we could try to drive Attaraan's attention towards Tanni, turn them against each other and escape during the commotion.
>>42485392That would be impossible while we're imprisoned.
> Pull Hiss inside and shut the door.Oh shit! Hiss looks more confused than anything else, her eyes glassy. You grab her and pull her inside as quickly as you can, slamming the door shut. You'd lock it but it only locks from the outside and you don't have the key. "Your Highness!"Oster races over as you search your bag for an Inferior Heal-all, pressing it to her lips and then unbuttoning her tunic to tend to the wound. Oster takes his shirt off and begins ripping it into makeshift bandages."We need to pull the arrow out," you pant. "Otherwise she's going to heal around it!"Oster pulls the bolt out, resulting in a gush of blood while you do your best to bandage her. Hiss grits her teeth and says nothing. The three Ishmin start to hammer at the door but Aashenpreet leans against it, keeping it shut until you can push the bed against it. "We need to get out of here!," Oster bellows, picking up Hiss who groans in pain. He passes her to Aashenpreet.> Agreed. It's time to go for the window.> There has to be an easier way to transport Hiss.> No, you need to get your revenge.> Use Potion (Specify)> Make a wish (Specify)> Other
>>42485425> Agreed. It's time to go for the window.
>>42485425> Agreed. It's time to go for the window.We're on the first floor right?
>>42485421Shit, meant to say Oster could do it. Since they only want to kill him, have him escape and spread the word Tanni is sheltering fugitives.
>>42485425>> There has to be an easier way to transport Hiss.
>>42485425> There has to be an easier way to transport Hiss.Turn back to snake form.
>>42485425> Agreed. It's time to go for the window.> There has to be an easier way to transport Hiss.
>>42485616If we do this we should redo the bandage on her snake form tightly
>>42485652I'm not sure if we'll have time to mess around here
>Agreed, it's time to go for the window.>There has to be an easier way to transport Hiss.Hiss doesn't look particularly comfortable in Aashenpreet's arms and as you begin to think, you realize that taking her out the window like that might be asking for trouble. "Hiss, I need you to change back!""I don't want to!""Please!"Hiss dissolves, Aashenpreet struggling to keep hold of the black and red snake. You reapply the bandages as quickly as you can though you don't think you have any real idea how to bandage a snake. At least the wound is smaller now and in her natural form her protective scales are permanently applied. You take her from Aashenpreet, the wounded snake wrapping itself around you. You gently place her into your pack as best you can. You can't be seen running around in public with a snake.Oster is the first to climb through the window, hopping into the alleyway beyond. Aashenpreet follows, with you bringing up the rear.But you may have spent too much time fussing over Hiss. As you're climbing out the window, the bed is finally shoved out of the way and the door bursts open. The Ishmin with the crossbow is out at the front, aiming directly at you!Roll a 1d100 (best of the first 3 counts)
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Rolled 73 (1d100)>>42486043
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>42486043
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>42486043dice gods pls
>>42486072Shit. I hope thats good enough. Probably hit a non vital area.
>>42486113Maybe it was enough to dodge completely?
>>42486113> "Ow! Hey watch it asshole, your mistress wants me alive!"
>>42486187I think that went out the window when we started throwing around warcrime-tier shrapnel explosives
>>42486072You roll out of the window just in time, a bolt piercing the air just above you. But in order to dodge it you had to throw yourself out of the window way faster than you should have. You hit your head against the ground and groan in pain, doing your best to shield your pack. You're seeing stars as Aashenpreet helps you to your feet. You run from the alleyway together, still stranded in the temple district. The road is clear but you can hear the sound of stamping footsteps."Oh no," Aashenpreet moans. "She's going to mobilize her entire army. We can't run."> We can damn well try.> Try to find a place to hide while you can apply disguises.> "Then we just need to find Tanni, right?"> Use Potion (Specify)> Make a wish (Specify)> Other
>>42486215That would make us more valuable to Tanni, and I get the feeling Ishmn are dsiposable for the constrictors
>>42486259What is cennen implying that we will do when we find tanni? Kill her?
>>42486259> "Then we just need to find Tanni, right?"
>>42486259> "Then we just need to NOBBLE Tanni, right?"
>>42486343We could try to sneak up to her, since her seer can't detect us and kill her with the plant poison we made for Hiss, but I'd prefer to nobble/negotiate with her, or have Hiss eat her.
>>42486259>>42486383Fuck yeah, it's nobbling time!
>>42486259>> Make a wish (Specify)probably a good time to wish for ashenpreet to be in full hulk mode till we're safe
>>42486259> "Then we just need to find Tanni, right?"I can get past her seer undetected.
>>42486343arguably our best bet is to have hiss eat her but even that is pretty risky at this stageincidentally i can't imagine its going to be possible to capture her at this stage of alert. we should have just tried to catch sint to appease the title gods.
>>42486524I think nearly all of her ishmin will be out looking for us
>>42486544sure buts we don't actually have much alchemically capable of debilitating her, at least non lethal options (scalebane, plantkiller etc)If Hiss is going to eat her its almost certainly going to require we do something because she's super confident and won't be trapped in a gaze easily.
>>42486637We can go solo and use a hissbrew with our nonlethal venom.
>>42486686I like this, it solves the problem of her strength as well
>>42486686I kinda forgot the specific effects of hissbrew. Can you remind us Ouro? The pastebin doesn't really describe it much.
>>42486769We leak poison, all over the place.
> "Then we just need to find Tanni, right?""There's no reason to give up yet," Oster says. "We can run along the rooftops and find a place where we can disguise ourselves.""That won't work," you say. "She has at least one seer and while they can't detect me, they can still find you guys.""So we leave NOW!""No. I think we have to take Tanni out somehow. Or at least convince her to let us go."Oster shakes his head."You can't talk to her, not without me.""Who said anything about talking?">You need to do this without them. Let them distract the Ishmin for you.> Bring Aashenpreet with you.> Bring Oster with you.> You'll do this together.> Give Hiss to someone staying behind. You can't bring her with you into this.> Use Potion (Specify)> Make a wish (Specify)> Other
>>42486855>You need to do this without them. Let them distract the Ishmin for you.>Drink Hiss brew once we're away
>>42486855>You need to do this without them. Let them distract the Ishmin for you.> Give Hiss to someone staying behind. You can't bring her with you into this.At the very least we can eliminate the seer. I feel dumb for bitching about how this Art was useless.
>>42486855>You need to do this without them. Let them distract the Ishmin for you.Focus on getting Hiss to safety, take the hissbrew and go nobbling
>>42486855>> You'll do this together.Should we wish Ash to be able to ignore Tanni like Oster can?
>>42486946Last wish anon, it'd just wear off.
>>42486946It wouldn't work. It's the last wish and those can't last long.
>>42486855> Give Hiss to someone staying behind. You can't bring her with you into this.Guys the seer would just detect hiss from our pack and know where we are through her.
>>42486855>>42486769Ouro can I get a response to this
>>42486855>You need to do this without them. Let them distract the Ishmin for you.> Give Hiss to someone staying behind. You can't bring her with you into this.
>>42487026I thought it was implicit in the going alone option
>>42487134Why would there be a separatr option specifically saying to leave her behind then?
>>42486855>>42487167In that case, add> Give Hiss to someone staying behind. You can't bring her with you into this.to>>42486936
>>42487093Sure. Here's the quote from an earlier thread:"Drinking this inundates the drinker's body with venom, killing them instantly unless they are already venomous. And if they are already venomous it fills their body with their own venom, seeping it from the pores of their body and making it a property of their touch for a few hours.If Hiss drank this she would become a walking embodiment of death, something that would kill the grass under their feet and instantly slay anyone with just a touch. Hell, even her breath would linger in the air and give a slow death to anyone who breathed the air where she once was, even hours later."It can work for Cennen as well.>>42487134Not quite. Hiss is technically part of your inventory right now.
>>42487217Wouldn't our soul cover hers then if she's in our pack then?
>>42487217Wait would that count as continually using our Art? I don't wanna have to do instability rolls constantly
>>42487325Yes it would. >You need to do this without them. Let them distract the Ishmin for you.> Give Hiss to someone staying behind. You can't bring her with you into this.You pull Hiss out of your pack, passing her to Oster. "Keep her safe. You're going to get scryed on sooner or later, I think but just do your best to keep them busy.""Can do," Oster says, noticeably more chipper now that it's only you that's being left behind. But as he cradles Hiss, his face grows more somber."Seriously mate, you won't have any of us to back you up in there. If there's the first sign of trouble I want you to back out and run. Meet us down by the docks somewhere."Aashenpreet sighs."Don't get yourself killed Cennen. I don't know what I'd tell Rock if she came back to that."And with that, they're gone. It's just you now. You and your pack. Can you really do this?> Try to sneak in.> Surrender to the nearest Ishmin you can find and have them take you to Tanni.> Use a potion as a distraction (Specify)> Pray to Tanni.> Use Potion (Specify)> Other
>>42487528> Try to sneak in.We should've gotten rid of the wishbond. Now we can't get hurt or aash will be fucked.
>>42487528> Try to sneak in.
>>42487528> Try to sneak in.Use hissbrew
>>42487528>> Try to sneak in.we should really work on getting some invisibility going
>>42487528> Try to sneak in.> Drink the Hissbrew now
>>42487528> Try to sneak in.Hide somewhere for a bit and make a soulsight brew first. There should be some blood in our pack or on us that we can use.
>>42487679>>42487715We might want to hold off as long as possible to drink that
>>42487870It would also help if we're found before reaching Tanni, and if we wait too long we might not have the chance to drink it.
>Try to sneak in.Girding yourself, you sidle back into the alleyway from whence you came. Thankfully it's empty. From there it's only the matter of a small climb to get back through the window you had just leapt from a few minutes ago.None of them would expect you to just come back here, surely!You pace through the room, doing your best to be as quiet as possible. You can't stay here, they might come back here at any moment. And outside the room...is the massacre corridor again. This time you keep your stomach in check. You start to slowly pick your way down it, doing your best to avoid the corpses and the shredded meat. Once you get to the atrium you can find a safe spot and brew something up if you need to. Soulsight would be the most useful.And then you hear a door creak open behind you. You turn around and it seems as if the whole world slows down, the doorway to Hiss' bedroom swinging open and an armored boot stepping through. An Ishmin?Shit.You don't even try to fight, not while you can still find a place to hide. Roll a d100 to hide.
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Rolled 10 (1d100)>>42487920>>42487941Holy shit anon. That was too close.
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Rolled 88 (1d100)>>42487920Come on dice gods
>>42487941We're gonna roll a fucking 99 for the next instability roll
>>42488009Please be merciful and accept this roll ouro
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>42487920
>>42488072Dayum nice late roll anon
>>42488072heh yeah i almost didn't roll, probably came too late anyhows
>>42488009The Ishmin steps into view and looks down the length of the corridor, looking directly at you. And then he just keeps on walking to investigate the next room.He looked at you but he didn't see you. And why would he? You're just one more corpse among many after all. There hadn't been enough time to get back to your room. So instead you had dropped to the ground and hid yourself among the blood and the offal, an Ishmin corpse covering you. And you keep your mouth shut, even as the blood of men you killed seeps in through your clothes and nostrils, even as you accidentally slice a cut in your shoulder when you lie atop a piece of scale-shrapnel embedded in the floor.Your blood joins theirs. You go to move but the Ishmin is already back, patrolling the corridor. You just stay still, doing your best to be one of the many dead as he passes by. He doesn't seem to spot you, completely soaked and covered as you are. And in time, he passes you.> Just stay here until you're sure he's gone for good.> Time to get the fuck out.> Nobble the Ishmin, you don't want him wandering about while you're trying to sneak.> Vomit again.> Use Potion (Specify)> OtherIn addition, roll a d100 for Instability. Tanni has her seer searching the area. Will only accept the first roll.
Rolled 42 (1d100)>>42488211> Just stay here until you're sure he's gone for good.
Rolled 16 (1d100)>>42488211>> Nobble the Ishmin, you don't want him wandering about while you're trying to sneak.
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>42488211> Time to get the fuck out.90+ get
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>42488211> Just stay here until you're sure he's gone for good.
>>42488211> Use Potion (Specify)Hissbrew> Nobble the Ishmin, you don't want him wandering about while you're trying to sneak.
>>42488250Instability roll failed. Nothing changes.
>>42488211> Just stay here until you're sure he's gone for good.The seer might notice if we do anything to the ishmin. This is a sneaking mission.
>>42488211>>42488299Change to> Just stay here until you're sure he's gone for good.Still use the Hissbrew
> Just stay here until you're sure he's gone for good.You stay there for at least another five minutes or so, keeping yourself calm. And this isn't so bad really, it's just meat. You don't get used to the stench unfortunately. And when you are sure he is gone for good you rise, a ghastly specter covered in blood and gore and smelling like shit. Your boots squelch as you walk, leaving bloody footprints. You're forced to take them off, abandoning them as you step out of the corridor so that you won't leave further prints. You continue barefoot into the atrium. You're still dripping quite a bit however and there's not much you can do about that.> Make a beeline for the baths. They're pretty close, if you recall correctly. You need to wash this off lest you drip everywhere you go.> No time for that! Just find a safe spot and start brewing. > There's not even any time for that! You need to find Tanni right away. She got hit by the cloud so she probably hasn't gone too far.> Use Potion (Specify)> Other
>>42488616>> There's not even any time for that! You need to find Tanni right away. She got hit by the cloud so she probably hasn't gone too far.
>>42488616> There's not even any time for that! You need to find Tanni right away. She got hit by the cloud so she probably hasn't gone too far.
>>42488616> There's not even any time for that! You need to find Tanni right away. She got hit by the cloud so she probably hasn't gone too far.>Drink Hissbrew
>>42488616>> Make a beeline for the baths. They're pretty close, if you recall correctly. You need to wash this off lest you drip everywhere you go.man i really hope we're at least carrying our boots though. Can't abandon good well fitting boots.
>>42488616> Make a beeline for the baths. They're pretty close, if you recall correctly. You need to wash this off lest you drip everywhere you go.> Use Potion (Specify)Soulsight
>>42488616Take off bloody clothes and put them in our bag. I'm not worried about running around in our underwear at this point.> No time for that! Just find a safe spot and start brewing. Knockout brew
> There's not even any time for that! You need to find Tanni right away. She got hit by the cloud so she probably hasn't gone too far.No, fuck that, you don't have enough time for any of that! Oster, Hiss and Aashenpreet could be getting into all sorts of trouble while they lead the Ishmin away. You can't afford to waste time!However, you do step back and pick up your boots from where you left them. Shouldn't abandon good working boots like that. With boots in hand and dripping madly, you run through the corridor that you remember Tanni retreating through. Now, where could she have gone?"...find them! He'll be with them."You recognize that voice and you duck around the corner as foot steps draw closer. It's a Quedeshi man, one that looks somewhat Kouri in nature dressed in a long brown robe. His eyes are covered by a ceremonial blindfold but he doesn't seem to have any problem seeing where he is going.Beside him are two Ishmin, one of them cradling Tanni's limp form in their arms. For a moment you think she could be unconscious or even dead. But her eyes are open.And they're heading your way.> Hide and wait for them to pass. You don't want to fight more Ishmin right now. You need to find a better opportunity.> Attack! You need to disable that seer anyway.> See if you can wait for them to get close and try to nobble her right of the Ishmin's arms.> Use Potion (Specify)> Other
>>42489022>> See if you can wait for them to get close and try to nobble her right of the Ishmin's arms.
>>42489044If we use the hissbrew and then touch her she won't be able to protect us or listen to wishes. Use your brain.
>>42489022>>42489044What he said, drink the hissbrew before jumping out of cover
>>42489022>> See if you can wait for them to get close and try to nobble her right of the Ishmin's arms.deleted my last vote. Hoping >>42489076 isn't wrong about his assumption.
>>42489022> Attack! You need to disable that seer anyway.Rumpleskin for one ishmin, acid for the other.Draw sword and finish them and the seer off.
So we're just gonna go full murderhobo here? What is it about Tanni's place that makes us do that? :l
>>42489123The fact she was going to enslave us.
>>42489123This is some serious fucking business anon.
>>42489138Well Hiss was going to kill us!Tanni has never been anything but wonderful to Cennen!
>>42489123Gota hit hard and fast with diplomancers
>>42489170We could just hear her out!
>>42489076We'll knock everyone out just by breathing close to them
>>42489167>Tanni has never been anything but wonderful to Cennen!Blatant lies>>42489200and then be mindraped into submission and having no will of our own.
>>42489022>> Hide and wait for them to pass. You don't want to fight more Ishmin right now. You need to find a better opportunity.thanks for picking those boots up ouro
>>42489138>>42489145>>42489170I suppose I should have been a little more specific. HissbrewMurderhobo is what I really meant. I get that we used our BFG already but we still have serpentbane, scalebane, acid, our swordsmanship and rumpleskin. Hell, in a pinch we even have a Eugine potion still. I just don't see why we would need to Hissbrew here when we have so many other viable solutions.
>>42489167You work for her, don't you?>>42489200To quote Tanni, we can do that after she's firmly chained down
>>42489218>and then be mindraped into submission and having no will of our own.
Rolled 6 (1d6)Looks like a tie between attempting to nobble and just attacking. Evens the former, odds the latter.
>>42489342DICE FOLLOW THE TRUE PATH OF NOBBLING
>>42489342At least we got a tie to offer up to the Dice Gods.
>>42489272The Hissbrew is actually the least violent option, since it's working with our venom.
>>42489342Shit, wait. She's too weak to protect us.
>>42489477Doesn't matter, Ishmin can't unnobble her
>>42489525they can unnobble her by murdering us, which they might do, if they think the situation is bad. remember they tried to kill us already
>See if you can wait for them to get close and try to nobble Tanni right out of their arms.Right now they'll definitely see you once they pass the corner. There's no way to hide from that without retreating. But it WILL give you the element of surprise, you should be able to reach out before they even know you're there. And if you can just get a grab on Tanni, you should be able to make the two Ishmin back down. It's a bit of a long-shot but you'll be damned if you're going to let this opportunity pass you by!The seer is the first to pass, overlooking you completely with his magical sight. And then as the Ishmin steps into view, you pounce! You slam into them, grabbing Tanni around the chest and waist and doing your best to pry her free!Fortunately the Ishmin wasn't holding onto her very tightly, mostly just providing her a comfortable resting place so you pull her free quite easily. "What?""Gotcha!"You fall to the ground as you pull her free, still holding onto her. She whips around and punches you in the face but she barely taps you. She can't even wriggle out of your grasp, she's been completely drained of her usual overpowering strength.She turns bright green, covering herself in scales."He can't hurt me! So just get him! Take him down!"The Ishmin draw their swords, confident in the knowledge that even if they strike her she won't be hurt.. You only have seconds left.> SpecifyAlso make an Instability d100 roll since you got swept by the magical sight the seer was using in place of their real vision. Only the first roll counts.
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>42489582
>>42489582Wait, is she nobbled? Can we make a wish?
>>42489623Fuck you anon. Why would you roll without voting for anything?
>>42489582Pull out hand, threaten poison. We can just stick it straight in her mouth just in case her scales are impermeable.Also, assuming this counts as a capture, wish for her to speak only in a monotone until we say otherwise to neuter her fucking mind control.
>>42489582> Push her at the Ishmin to gain some time>"I wish you do everything in your power to prevent any harm done to me or my friends">>42489623Unlimited power
>>42489582Nobble if unnobbled! First wish! Order any of your ishman to off themselves!
>>42489582I wish you would abase yourself before me, have my safety in mind always and do everything in your power to keep me from harm without stifling my desires.
>>42489641Yes you can. She's captured right now.>>42489623Alright. Gonna need another d100 roll. First come, first served, such is the way of Instability.
>>42489623MOTHER.FUCKER.On the plus side visibly mutating in front of them has got to freak them out some.
Rolled 64 (1d100)>>42489667This>>42489690Rollan
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>42489690Monotone wish!
>>42489582I wish you would do everything in your power to help my friends and I return to my country
>>42489784She'll make certain that your bodies are returned to your homeland for burial.
>>42489886She has to obey the intent of the wish. Not the wording.
Rolled 4 (1d6)Looks like another tie between the Monotone wish and wishing for her to do everything in her power to prevent harm coming to you or your friends. Evens the former, odds the latter.
>>42489916Thank god for that. Though it's been confirmed the wishing for more wishes type deal leads to more interpretation on the "Wishless" wishes.
>>42489946What's the monotone wish?
>>42489946Pls no what kind of idiot would wish for that in this situation
>>42489974Your fellow players, apparently. Although she still has to protect us I guess.
>>42490000She's too weak to do so, we'll die.>>424897201>>42489673>>424897842>>42489946ouro.......
>>42489946Fucking dice gods conspiring with stupid players
>>42490028You forgot mine>>42489667
>>42489946Ouro you miscounted.see>>42490028>>42490054
>>42489946I'm pretty sure it was the same guy who voted again with that roll
First of all, there are two monotone votes, not 1.>>42489720>>42489663Secondly, I only count these votes as 'Wish for her to do everything her power to prevent harm'.>>42489667>>42489700These two wishes >>42489673>>42489784are different and would have different effects, particularly the latter one.But I think >>42490088 might have it right so hold on.
>>42490121>First of all, there are two monotone votes, not 1.Those are both me, I meant the second one as a reminder to go with the roll, not another vote.
>>42490137Oh well alright then. Let me just rewrite.
>>42490137Thanks for having integrity anon. You could've said so a little sooner though
>>42490157Please forgive me master, for I am ashamed.>>42490186Posting from my phone, it really doesn't like it if I type fast.
>WishYou need to buy some time so you push Tanni off of you, practically throwing her at the two Ishmin while you shout a wish. "I wish you would do everything in your power to prevent any harm done to me or my friends!"That should take care of it and indeed you hear Tanni cry out a moment later."Stop! Don't attack him!"You try to stand up but stop when you feel something strange. There's something wriggling on your arm, no, INSIDE your arm. It's your brand. It's moving and growing, carving new paths through your skin! And it hurts like hell.It burrows through your shoulder and along the top of your chest, reaching serpentine feelers towards your throat...>- Life's Blood: Can pluck out a half-digested soul from anyone you kill, provided you have immediately eaten some of their flesh. Souls can be devoured and stored.You momentarily black out and the last thing you see is Tanni reaching out for you, one feeble hand touching another.....You wake with a start. You're lying in bed, one of the most comfortable beds you've ever known. It's so comfortable and so warm that you nearly fall back to sleep again. But you don't because you're not alone.Tanni is sitting beside you, slitted eyes watching."Ah, you're awake."There's a window behind her, one showing the night sky. But last you checked, it was early morning!"Wha? What happened?""Your brand attempted to devour you and you passed out. Don't worry, I haven't left you side."You feel yourself flush as you realize how selflessly she must have been taking care of you, even after all you've done to her. You don't deserve this and the shame only makes you love her more.You don't even think about how the pain inflicted by the brand should only have incapacitated you for a few minutes at most.1/2
>>42490423>- Life's Blood: Can pluck out a half-digested soul from anyone you kill, provided you have immediately eaten some of their flesh. Souls can be devoured and stored.what the fug
>>42490423"There's no need to thank me. Here, have some tea."There's a cup beside her, still hot. Almost as if she knew when you were going to wake up. But of course she did. She's Tanni. She's so amazing. Coming back to her was the best decision you ever made.And now you can stay with her forever.She pushes the cup into your hands. It smells very nice."Just drink up. I promise that it'll make you feel better."> Drink it.> "Where's everyone else?"> Get up.> "I wouldn't want to be greedy, you can have some too."> Make a wish (Specify)> Other
>>42490471>> Get up.>> "Where's everyone else?"
>>42490471>> "I wouldn't want to be greedy, you can have some too."> "Where's everyone else?"> Get up.>remember what the situation was idiot.
>>42490471> Make a wish (Specify)I wish you would help my friends and I return to my country
>>42490471>> "I wouldn't want to be greedy, you can have some too."> Get up.
>>42490471> "Where's everyone else?"> "I wish you were blunt when adressing me or my friends"
>>42490471> "Where's everyone else?"> Get up. Where are my things?
>>42490471> "Where's everyone else?"> Get up.
We keep getting the worst fucking snake arts
>>42490471>And now you can stay with her forever.ugh what a horrible situation> "Where's everyone else?"> Get up. that soul devouring power, not what i was hoping for, but maybe we can use it for some interesting alchemical stuff.
>>42490471This is some fucking Bene Gesserit shit. She's got the Voice.
>>42490606Unseen hunter turned out to be pretty helpful, unfortunately I don't think Cennen's down for a little bit of cannibalism
>>42490606But just imagine how proud Hiss will be when we eat somebody's soul.Wait, fuck, Bane is gonna fuck this up isn't it.
>>42490606I'm not down with cannibalism but it might still work on animal souls
>>42490649Maybe they'll all be chilled and inside of us? Maybe they'll be a food source for Rock?Feed his the delicacy of slightly chilled soul?
>>42490423>"I wish you would do everything in your power to prevent any harm done to me or my friends!"Oh shit. Shit shit shit.She's going to do everything in her power to keep us separated from Hiss, because Hiss keeps beating us.
>>42490740Intent of the wish anon.
>>42490760He doesn't like it when Hiss harms him, she doesn't like it. They should remain separate.
>>42490785The last time she was abusive to Cennen was in the boat, I recall.
> "Where's everyone else?"> Get up.You shake your head, getting to your feet."I'm not that thirsty, thanks. Where's everyone else?"Tanni shrugs, her every movement communicating harmlessness. "They haven't returned. I believe they're down by the docks. Now, please drink your tea. You know I only have your best interests in heart."It does feel mighty tempting. And what else should you even be doing? You can trust her. > Drink it.> "I wish that you would speak bluntly and honestly."> "Where's my stuff."> "I want to go now."> Other
>>42490785Is it outside harm from our group or does it include inside harm. The intent of the wish was to stop her and her allies harming not any possible source of harm towards the group.
>>42490830> "I wish that you would speak bluntly and honestly."> "Where's my stuff."> "I want to go now."
>>42490830> "I wish that you would speak bluntly and honestly."With the intention of keeping her from manipulating us> "Where's my stuff."
>>42490830> "I wish that you would speak bluntly and honestly."> Aclaration, just to me, we might need her to be able to lie to others
>>42490830>> "I wish that you would speak bluntly and honestly."> "Where's my stuff."
We may not want that wish guys.. we've not said anything that doesn't stop her from keeping us here forever.. She could just keep us unconscious or keep us trapped.
>>42490830>> "I wish that you would speak bluntly and honestly.">> "Where's my stuff.">> "I want to go now."
>>42490830 >I wish you would abase yourself before me, have my safety in mind always and do everything in your power to keep me from harm without stifling my desires.
>>42490875We can just tell her that if she doesn't let us escape we'll use the last wish for something awful.
>>42490875we've stillgot one with which could theoretically wish she go find a way to kill herself, or else become otherwise permanently indisposed.its not ideal but this whole situation is totally not ideal. Probably she's actually trying to force us to use these wishes with all this mindfuckery, but even so this situation calls for clarity.
>>42490830Don't forget her nonverbal communication
>>42490953We ought to make it something inventive. Wishes with a set criteria of completion are enforced even after the bond ends, if I remember right. It's just indefinite ones that cut off.So, threaten to wish that she immediately go slam her face into every paving stone in the city with all her strength.
>>42491023That sounds like it would be Hiss' Idea
> "I wish that you would speak bluntly and honestly."> "Where's my stuff?"You sigh. Now that you've put your thoughts together, you know these emotions aren't yours. She's planting them in your head. And yet even with that knowledge, there's nothing that can make you stop feeling what she wants you to feel. "I wish...I wish that you would speak to me bluntly and honestly without any attempt to manipulation. In any way."Tanni stops and is quiet for almost a minute. She slumps down, finally assuming a natural posture. She's still incredibly beautiful but now you can see that's just her manufactured body, the glamour now gone. When she speaks her voice is still rich and melodious but it is also somehow flat."The tea is drugged with more sleeping herbs identical to the ones I fed you earlier today. My plan is to keep you comatose until I can make you my slave forever, all without harming you."Her expression doesn't change but she clearly isn't happy with this."Uh...where's my stuff then?""Your pack and supplies are locked away until I deem you domesticated enough to be permitted access to them once more."Eeesh."Can I have them?""No. I can't harm you or allow you to come to harm but neither am I your slave. In fact, the situation is quite the opposite."She reaches out and pushes you in the chest with one hand, her strength returned enough to send you toppling back onto the bed."And you're almost out of wishes. The moment you make your last one, I'll be locking you in here forever until I've tamed you."> "Why do you want us so badly!?"> Threaten her with a really nasty third wish until she lets you go.> Plead with her to let you go.> Pray to Hiss. > "I can see where Tash gets it from."> Make a wish (Specify)> Other
>>42491085> "I can see where Tash gets it from."> "Why do you want us so badly!?">If you don't let me out I'll simply wish for you to self terminate.
>>42491085> "Why do you want us so badly!?"> Threaten her with a really nasty third wish until she lets you go.
>>42491085> Pray to Hiss.Welp time to get Hiss a massive powerup then.
>>42491085> "Why do you want us so badly!?"
>>42491050I have more.Wish for her to tear her living scales off by hand one at a time.Wish for her to travel up to the Compact House as fast as she can while walking on her hands.Wish for her to immediately present herself sexually to the first thousand human males which she becomes aware of (which would exclude us because she was already aware of us before wishing).Wish for her to drink a river.Wish for her to hunt down an anaconda.Wish for her to regurgitate all the soups she's consumed.
>>42491085> "Why do you want us so badly!?"> Threaten her with a really nasty third wish until she lets you go.> Pray to Hiss. Tell her that Tanni can't let her come to any harm but hiss can definitely still harm her
>>42491144That's probably a shitload of soup
>>42491110>>42491151Guys 2 things Tanni would hear and Hiss is likely locked up and in chains stronger than what she can break right now.
>>42491165Shit, why doesn't autocorrect think "soul" is a word.
>>42491085> "Why do you want us so badly!?"Or is it just me now that you've seen the true extent of my alchemy?> Threaten her with a really nasty third wish until she lets you go.
Maybe we can hold on with the threats now that we can actually speak with her
>>42491144Oh shit, I've got a good one."I wish for you to allow Hiss to carve your soul such that you become our willing servant."
>>42491085>> "I can see where Tash gets it from."> "Why do you want us so badly!?"
>>42491316also just going to note im also a second for holding off the threats. She knows we can do it, she's probably got some kind of backup, lets parlay a little.
Once we get some downtime, we should make a bottle of that thought-sharing potion, have Hiss drink half, and then just put the other half in our pack for later use. That will let us keep up two-way communications without other snakes or spirits listening in.Might want to think about buying a locket or amulet with a vial in it, so we can have a holdout potion for when our pack gets stolen.
> "Why do you want us so badly!?"> Threaten her with a really nasty third wish until she lets you go."Why the fuck do you want us so badly?"She stares at you for a moment, completely blank-faced. And then she laughs, a totally genuine outburst of mirth. It's actually a little insulting to be honest."How can you NOT know? Oh Cennen, for your skill with a brew you're not exactly the most intellectually favored, are you?""Just answer the question."You don't bother getting up, remaining on the bed while she paces around it."Don't you understand just what you did at the peak of Chau Devi? You. or well, not you specifically but your mistress, she broke part of the lynchpin of this very empire. There are so many people who want to worship her or eat her or kill her, mostly the last two. So you lot became immediately worth a lot more than you previously had. Perfect little playing pieces and bargaining chips, all of you. And while I must admit that I feel a certain amount of patronizing affection towards the princess and her cohort, one doesn't live very long if they put such temporal alliances before self-service.""Oh. I sort of thought you wanted my alchemy."She almost laughs again."I do, Cennen, I really do. But that's just a hobby of mine. You see, I am endlessly fascinated by the human Arts, as rare as they are. Most humans are chattel at best, brief little creatures without much charm but those magics can sometimes lift a human high. Almost to my level. So I love taking useful humans like you and bringing them right back down again, to break them and to make them mine. And then to use you however I see fit, to make me the potions I desire until you age and run out of life. But you're just a bonus compared to the princess, I'm afraid." "Then why are you holding me specifically?"1/2
Do we still have the Permanency potion effect active? Because if so we dodged a bullet earlier with the Hissbrew.>chug brew>sweat poison>effect is permanent>don't have the special dispel potion premade>can't brew dispel potion because we keep contaminating the mix with poison
>>42491464Nope. It's not active.
>Threaten her>She waits for the opportunity and then forcefully drugs us.
>>42491456"Because you're the only one fool enough to come back straight here! And because your alchemy is useful and most importantly, the princess will not leave without you. She'll do anything to get you back.""Because she loves me. Doesn't that mean anything to you?"Maybe that'll spark something within her...some sort of sympathy for such an inevitably doomed romance. And indeed, had she not been bound she would have likely pretended to have done so. But Tanni is bound to complete honesty."I'm well aware. Love is such a strange thing, isn't it? So fragile, so inherently self-destructive. I don't believe I've ever experienced it myself. But I know how to inspire it in others and for that, it is a most useful tool. And right now it is nothing but a leash in my hand and a collar around the princess' neck, forcing her back to you. And back to me.""No. No, that won't happen. You're going to let me go, let us all go right now. Or..or else I'll use my third wish for something you'll regret. Like uh...I could wish for you to immediately go slam you face into every paving stone in the city with all your strength!"She groans."That would certainly take a while and it would be embarrassing to boot. But I'd survive it and I can just keep hold of you while I do it.""Well...I can just wish for you to kill yourself.""But you won't.""I will!""You're not that kind of person, Cennen. You won't do that.""Uh...uh...I could wish that you rip of all your scales by hand one at a time!""Painful! But I'd regrow fairly quickly and I could just hold onto you with my other hand while I do that. I mean, really..."She bends down and takes hold of your collar with one hand, lifting you up beside her easily. You can't break her grip and all you can do is dangle there powerlessly, your feet kicking at empty air. "I---I could wish that you travel to the Compact House as fast as you can! While walking on your hands!"2/3
>>42491655"Difficult. But I could still keep hold of you the whole way maybe or just give you to my Ishmin until I come back.""Or I could wish for you to immediately present yourself sexually to the first THOUSAND human men you become aware of!"She laughs again."And how does that preclude me letting you go? Hell, I could take you along for the ride if you wanted or just lock you inside. And if you think I'd be humiliated by something like that, then I'm afraid you have no idea how I spent my first century."She lowers you, your feet brushing against the ground."You know, if you just want to have sex with me you could just ask. I probably wouldn't but you never know.""That's not what I want!"You silently thank the Creator that you shut off her voice tricks otherwise such a direct offer might have shut down your rational thinking entirely."I could wish for you to drink a river or hunt down an anaconda or to regurgitate all the souls you've ever consumed!""Then do it! Make the wish! But I'm not going to let you go!"You look her in the eye."I could wish that you give yourself to Hiss. She can eat snakes, you know.""You wouldn't.""Try me. Just try me."She lets go of you."Alright. You can leave, I give you my word. Just make a third wish before you go or you'll never be rid of me."She sits down on the bed, looking away from you. Several minutes later, an Ishmin shows up at the door. He's holding your pack.> Thank her.> Make your third wish (Specify)> Just take your pack and leave.> Use Potion (Specify)> Other
>>42491655I could wish for you to shame yourself so thoroughly and completely your name world become synonymous with the concepts of shameful, foolish, slut, and weakling across the entire Quedeshi empire for a long as the sun burs and star alight.
>>42491816> Just take your pack and leave.Ask where our companions are now that she has to tell the truthTell her we will break the wishbond when we're safely back in our country
>>42491816>The wish for her to be consumed by Hiss
>>42491816> Just take your pack and leave.>>42491856This too.
>>42491816> You said other snakes will be after Hiss, can you tell me anything about them? How many of them can eat other snakes?
>>42491816>> Thank her.> Make your third wish: I wish for as long as you live you will not think or act upon any actions that do not follow this line of thought."I am an embarrassment to the Quedeshi empire, and my name will be synonymous with whore, slut, fool and embarrassment for as long as the empire exists."
>>42491816> Just take your pack and leave.
>>42491892That's really mean, anon
>>42491816> Thank her.> Ask if she knows where our companions are.> Take your pack and leave.> Invite her along. Alone.> Wish: Give herself into Hiss' service.
>>42491910That's the point Cennen is kinda fed up with this bullshit.
>>42491816>>42491856second, once we use the wish, even if its some extended task she has no reason not fuck us. no reason we can't be polite about it thought
>>42491892Sadly, indefinite effects end with the bond, so that would result only in a split second of extreme self-loathing.>>42491816Wish for her to submit her soul to Hiss for consumption. I'm tired of her fucking up everything every time we interact and she's only got even more reason to hunt us down in the future. If you make enemies with nobility, you don't let them live unless you want assassins as best or a fucking blood feud against your famill for seven generations.
>>42491976It's not indefinite, It's for as long as the empire exists.
>>42491816>>42491890here, supporting >>42491856 as well
>>42491862>>42491976I really don't want hiss to have her abilities. Let's just leave.
>>42492011Fuck, also thank her, let's be polite
>>42492032Why? There's no reason to be polite to her.
>>42492019Honestly it's not like it'd make much of a difference. We're already mutually mindfucked in exactly the same way with Hiss; her ability is just a fast-track to making you love and follow her, and we've already run down that road to the end the old fashioned way. Eating Tanni would just make her better at talking to people without immediately convincing them to hate us.
>>42492119You're totally wrong.
> Just take your pack and leave."I'm not using my wish just yet, not while you could screw me over afterwards."You take your pack from the Ishmin, keeping an eye on Tanni at all times."I'm just going to leave. I'll break the wish-bond later.""Wait!" Tanni protests. "You can't make wishes at a distance!""No, I'll use a potion for it. Now where are my friends?""Down by the docks.""Alright. Goodbye Tanni, I hope I never see you again.""Just break the wish-bond later and you definitely won't."A pair of Ishmin usher you from the temple, giving you directions to the docks. Night has well and truly fallen, a full moon lighting the way. Pataliputna is still crowded but not quite as much as it was during the day and you make your way to the docks unmolested. It takes an hour, maybe a bit longer. There aren't many people here and so you are immediately spotted. Hiss calls you over to where she, Oster and Aashenpreet are sitting. Behind them you can see the mostly empty Ulund, with a fleet of ships on the horizon."Cennen? Are you alr-""Stop right there!"Armored men suddenly burst from the doors and windows of nearby buildings, having apparently been waiting there until you showed up. There are thirty Ishmin or so, all with swords drawn. Their armor is flecked with red dots, marking them as Attaraan's. The Ishmin from the mountain? Did they get here before you? Laldeep stands behind them, his own sword drawn, a giant curved blade. "Princess, I'm afraid your allies aren't as friendly as you might think. Take them!"Really?Fucking hell.> Flee> Try to fight.> Surrender.> Try to delay things by talking.> Use Potion (Specify)> Make a wish (Specify)> Other
>>42492119>>42492019tanni's abilities come from all her souls, sure she's probably got some skill at manipulation but its not going to suddenly make hiss a good diplomancer.
>>42492165Hiss already has effective mind control in the form of her Princessing skill and our completely battered codependency. The only difference is Tanni can make you like it.
>>42492245> Try to delay things by talking.Tanni still has to protect us.
>>42492245>> Try to delay things by talking.
Laldeep is that pet human Hiss almost ate when we first got here, right?
>>42492245> Try to fight.Good thing the wishbond is still active
>>42492245> Try to delay things by talking.We need to make a long distance wishing potion to get that last wish out of her.
>>42492245>> Make a wish (Specify)aash i wish you were as able to protect us from these gnats as possible and that you retain that ability until they are no longer a threat
>>42492260We defy hiss constantly.
>>42492323Totally unnecessary. Tanni has to protect us.
>>42492245Fuck you, Laldeep, you are the worst Virtya> "We're under Tanni's protection, you try to do anyhting to us and you'll have to answer to her"Let's cause a political shitstorm> Pray to Tanni, we're under attack
>>42492245> Try to delay things by talking.Pray to tanni, let her know that she will definitely want to get down here with some ishmin to defend us
>>42492355she's probably miles away, and won't be aware until we are in mortal danger, that is until they are actively trying to kill us, which they may not even do.
>>42492342On little things or in cases where we can convince her we're doing whats best for her. We get to choose how we serve, not if we serve; our actual will isn't really in the process anymore. If Hiss asks us to do something we can't talk her out of or we fail the roll, we're a doormat.
>>42492245> Try to fight.We need to increase the risk of harm
>>42492404We don't do it though. She just beats us up and does it herself.Tanni would force us to do it with a smile and wonder why we ever thought of disagreeing. Or.. that we ever disagreed in the first place.
>>42492404Except when we stood up to her in empress form thrice despite her knowing our every move and her rattling us or punched her in creator form.
>>42492424>>42492432Also when we took the Hissbrew from her
I just thought of the full-retard "fuck this whole country" wish option.Wish for her to go door-to-door through every city in the country informing every human household of the nature and mechanism of the wishbond.
> Try to delay things by talking."Hold it, Laldeep!"You hold out your right hand, letting all see the mutated brand that scars you."We are under the protection of the lady currently residing in this city! You try to do anything to us and you'll have to answer to her!"Behind you Oster is tense, his own sword in hand. Aashenpreet is cowering, not so much from the men themselves but from who they represent. And Hiss...is smiling? She looks happy.Laldeep laughs, a faked forced bark that is only a single syllable long."So you've gotten better at speaking properly, barbarian? And I'm afraid your lady won't be able to help you here, not like she did at the Compact House when she made us stand down. Times have changed. Who do you think told me where I would find you?"No way. Tanni wouldn't do that...would she? But then again, it looked like Laldeep and his men had been waiting there for a while. She might have told them that before you and her had come to your new agreement. But she hadn't told you anything about this!Maybe Laldeep's just lying. You can't fucking tell. Tanni is still bound to you, she'll have to come save you when you fall into danger. Only...she's at least an hour away probably. By the time she arrives you might already be dead.Only you have no idea what you can do against a full thirty Ishmin. You're not going to take them by surprise and you're all out of explosive brews. Can you just keep delaying them?"Your master gravely oversteps his bounds, Laldeep! Do you really think that he will escape justice for what he did in the House?""I could ask you the very same! And the answer will not matter, for his reckoning will come only after I have presented him with your heads!"Oster sighs."Here it comes. Anyone got any ideas?""There's no need," Hiss says smugly. 1/2
>>42492561>smug HissOh fuck.
>>42492561>Hiss says smugly
>>42492587> Smug HissOh yes.
I want to use Laldeep as a weapon again
>>42492634You're right we probably will. One day Cennen is going to drink a potence so he can be on top.and Hiss will secretly enjoy the tender lovings that result
>>42492561She's looking much better, you'd never even know that she had been shot just this morning. She steps past you, her hands in the air."I'm sorry Laldeep but I don't think I could stand the indignity of surrendering to a Vtriya who is, frankly, second-rate. Though I suppose that makes you a fitting servant where Attaraan is concerned.""Don't bother recanting those words, whore. My lord will make you suffer a thousand times for each one.""Funny, I don't see him anywhere. Is Attaraan such a coward? Or could it be that he's nothing but a beast who's finally overstepped his bounds? Is he being leashed back to his masters for what he's done now?""That hardly ma-""To think, a Suzerain deliberately marring the purity of the Compact! I can't imagine what lies in store for him.""The Compact has no purity! You have stolen it all, you have defiled it!""Yeah uhuh, keep on talking. Can't you tell which way the wind is blowing?"Laldeep looks from side to side quickly."You have no reinforcements coming. You are trying to bluff me.""No, I meant that literally. Because this wind is coming in from the sea."You turn back to the ocean, blue and pink mixing together underneath the moon. That strange fleet of ships you noticed earlier is still there only closer. Much closer. How could they have covered that distance so quickly?The ships are ramshackle, long and low with tattered sails and with parts that look to have been pieced together from driftwood. And from their sides are oars, rowed by some unseen gallery. And the oars are relentless, pulling the ships forward with a relentless speed and pace that no mortal muscles could sustain. And with the ships comes a fog rolling in from the ocean, a cold wet fog with a chill unknown to Quedesh, where water never freezes and winter never shows her face. "I told you Cennen. I was sending Rock to get reliabl allies and transportation. And there were only one group that were close enough to get here in time."2/3
>>42492751FUCK YEAHTIME FOR SKELEBROS
>>42492751Skellies to the rescue! I'm ashamed that I never considered this was her plan. It's kinda obvious in retrospect.
inb4 Spooky Scary Skeletons make Laldeep scared and Hiss can eat him.
>>42492839So which overlord characters Are most like the main party?
>>42492751"And I figured since they fixed our ship so well, why couldn't they work something out for themselves? And since they don't have a rest they can cover a lot more ground than anyone else. So really, like I told you, it was only a matter of being here in a day or so."You stare at her. She frowns."Uh, Cennen? You can tell me that I'm clever now.""You mean you got-""Yep!"A black Quedeshi ship sails in to intercept, the harbor hopelessly caught off guard. And really, who could have expected ships that came in so quickly?One of the ramshackle ships practically collides with the Quedeshi ship, slim figures hurling themselves from one ship to another with axes and spears held high.From the rest of the fleet, a drum-beat starts, a quick staccato beat that you've heard before. A lone silhouette stands atop the prow of the leading ship, a long staff held in one hand. The fog is being pulled forward by the staff, a single wind moving the entire fleet. And then as the harbour boat is completely swarmed, the staff wielder begins to lay down a beat. Sure it's in a foreign language and it's spat way faster than you can even understand but there's no mistaking the spoken battle-poetry of the Melach."Really? Those guys? I'd sort of forgotten about them.""Hey, they owe me one. I'm the saltlord, remember. Saltlady?"She cups her hands and yells back to Laldeep."You might as well start running! You can't kill them!"Laldeep gives out a hoarse shout and his Ishmin charge forward, running towards you!> Flee> Pull your sword and fight.> Ready a potion (Specify)> Just stick to Hiss.> Make a wish (Specify)> Other
>>42492922> Just stick to Hiss.> "Would you please eat him?"
>>42492922> Just stick to Hiss.Sneak a soul to show off to Hiss?
>>42492922>> Just stick to Hiss.Rumpleskin, acid and whatever other attack potions we have then use our blade.
>>42492922Man, what a tenacious fucker.> Pull your sword and fight.> Just stick to Hiss.> "Give up fool!"
>>42492922> Just stick to Hiss.Note to self: learn to sword better so we can actually use it more
>>42492922> Pull your sword and fight.Call Rock to us to help us out since we're mediocre at swordplay
>>42492922>> Just stick to Hiss.seems like she has the situation in hand, we can always pull some shit out of our hat with a wish if we have to
>>42493071I really just wanna see cennen fighting with his sword since it rarely happens
>>42493087Don't forget Laldeep has super strength from his brand
>>42493112Well obviously I don't want to fight him
>>42493112Without scales he is very stab able.
>>42493087Me too but I don't think Ishmin are the best enemy for us
Oh huh, we hit auto-sage a while ago. Didn't really notice. > Just stick to Hiss.> Pull out your sword and fight.A bell rings out across the docks as others notice the fall of the harbor-ship. At first it rings alone but more bells begin to peal throughout the entire city. Hiss grimaces."Looks like we'll have to leave quickly. The whole city is gonna get roused."You pull your sword from your scabbard as the Ishmin close, Laldeep running in behind them. Oster holds out a hand, something hidden within it."Hey Aash, stay back. You don't have any scales."He tosses the thing in his hand into the ground and it breaks with the sound of glass shattering. Oh shit right, you'd given him some potions! He still had them all this time?The potion is just a simple smoke bomb, something you'd consider almost useless when in your hands. But Oster brings a whole new element to it, covering at least half of the Ishmin's advance in smoggy darkness. And while they're coughing and straining to see, he slips inside it, someone long accustomed to killing in the dark. Unfortunately that still leaves at least fifteen Ishmin and Laldeep charging at the rest of you. They're moving together, a cohesive unit. As soon as one gets close enough to take a shot at you, they all can.You can't fight that. Not even Hiss can. She might be invulnerable to being cut but they can still bear her down with sheer coordinated numbers. You're trying to figure out the best direction to attack as they charge when Aashenpreet pushes past you and Hiss to stand in front of you. "Get out of my way you fucking crip-"Aashenpreet dissolves, revealing a coiling yellow snake making a hideous sound. Her rattle shakes you but you stand your ground. And while it doesn't stop the Ishmin either, their charge seems to stumble, their vaunted synchronicity thrown into momentary disarray just as they neared you.And that's all Hiss needed.1/2
>>42493325She leaps forward, bearing one Ishmin to the ground beneath her. There's a lot of blood. Another Ishmin attempts to stab her only for his blade to glance off a coat of black scales. You try to stab him in the back while he's off-guard but your sword only glances off his armor. He advances towards you, making mockery of your own attempts at swordplay. So you throw a potion at him, the first one you could find in your pack.The Ishmin intercepts it, dashing it apart instinctively with his sword...which lets the acid rain down right through his helmet. He screams and you push him off the dock into the ocean. Meanwhile Hiss is getting burdened down, knocked around by the force of the Ishmins blows despite her invincibility. And then Oster is there, leaving those still alive and trapped in the cloud behind to defend his princess. He's not that much better than an Ishmin himself when it comes to pure sword-fighting but when Hiss is backing him, he doesn't really need to be. -Cennen, watch out!-A cold voice speaks inside your head and you duck down without thinking, Laldeep's huge sword passing just over you. "Rock?"-I'm here!-Rock drifts down, having been carried before the ships upon the wind. She latches onto Laldeep's mask, making him scream and retch. But she doesn't have much more power than that, she must have spent it all to do Hiss' errand so quickly.And there is no earth or stone here to aid her.You ready your Rumpleskin brew as Laldeep raises his sword once more-The dock around you explodes as something huge and dark bursts from the water, catapulting itself through the wood as if it was nothing. Gigantic jaws clasp around the Vtriya and bring him screaming down into the sea. "Wha?"-You had a friend at the island with the skeletons. He says that you left him and he couldn't understand why so he just swam back to the last place you were at.-"Bunyip? Wait, you can talk to him?"-Sort of. He's not a great conversationalist.-2/3
>>42493491>return of BroyipFuck yeah!
>>42493491FUCK YEAH BUNYIP
>>42493491I was wondering when he would show up
>>42493491It makes me feel better if I think of Bunyip's kills as our own since he's our friend/pet. I really wanna git gud with the sword still though.
>>42493491The lead ship doesn't slow as it approaches the dock, in fact, it might even have sped up. It smashes through the dock with a runaway speed, breaking both it and itself to smithereens, smashing Ishmin aside. Skeletons boil out of the shipwreck in a wave of motion, completely unharmed by the devastation. You see a few putting their heads or limbs back on but it barely seems to slow them down.By this point the regular soldiers and militia of Pataliputna are swarming onto the dock and the Melach meet them with a vigorous chorus of whoops and battlecries. Blood is spilled and in no small amount, the battle entirely one-sided.And from the broken prow above them, Kom-Nah the battle-poet continues his quick flow, inspiring them to ever greater feats of brutality. And then he stops, empty sockets alighting upon Hiss and her companions."Saltlord! We have come as commanded, to take one final raid before you send us to the beyond!Hiss laughs, an evil cackle."Yes! I knew this would work! Come on guys, we're leaving. Time to go home."You grab her shoulder, prompting a quick flash of fangs."Hiss wait! We still haven't found it!""Pardon?""You came here seeking strength and you rejected what you found. Can we really go home empty-handed?""Cennen, you moron. I found plenty. Now come on, you dingus."> Go with her.> Hold on, there's something else you need to do.
>>42493644> Go with her.ride the bunyip once we're a fair distance away
>>42493644>> Go with her.Grab Aash, Oster and Broyip, leave. Break the wishbone to Tanni via potion, which also frees Aash. Oh also nobble alchemy supplies.
>>42493644>> Go with her.
>>42493644> Go with her.>>42493686No breaking the Wishbond, too tempting to hold on it to experiment with. But yes to nobbling supplies and general Barbarian pillaging.
>>42493644> Go with her.We better pet and groom the shit out of that bunyip
>>42493701We'd better. Unless you wNt another fleet after us. Besides we did promise.
>>42493686>nobble alchemy supplies.Nigga a large scale battle is happening. Not a good time to scavenge.
>>42493644> Go with her.[spoilers] We control two small armies (one of them immortal), though, we could have a go at Attaran and fuck his shit up [/spoiler]Time to go... Guys, I'm really sad we didn't get to see any anacondas besides Sint
>>42493722We promised to after we returned to our country.
> Go with her."Well, if we're leaving I'd really like to grab some alchemical supplies or-""Holy hell Cennen, are you going to ask this every time we're trying to go somewhere?""Look, I just think that it would be n-""Hey Kom-Nah! Can you tell some of your warriors to gather up anything that looks alchemical?""Absolutely. We were going to pillage, anyway.""Hiss, how the hell would they know what anything alchemical is?""Cennen you dip, this is a battlefield. Or it's becoming one. This isn't really the place for your cute little obsession."Before you can do anything else, she bodily picks you up and bundles you over her shoulder."Hey, check it out. Maybe you're my pillage, huh? Come to think of it, that's more or less accurate."Oster and Aashenpreet meet up behind you, Oster even snickering a little as he beholds your undignified position. As for Aashenpreet, she doesn't look very happy about the Melach or indeed, anything that's happened today but Oster takes her by the hand and she follows you. The Bunyip surfaces as Hiss reaches the water's edge, the princess jumping back and nearly dropping you."Eugh! Did they really have to bring that thing as well?"-No. That was my decision-Rock is sitting atop the Bunyip's canine head.-He is willing to carry you all out to the nearest Melach ship. Even you, princess.-"Bah. Cennen, why does every 'friend' you make end up hating me?"You just sigh and wait for her to get on the Bunyip, dropping you down next to her. You pat the Bunyip on the head, scratching his ears as he gives a nearly subsonic groan of joy."I'm sorry I forgot about you buddy. I won't do it again."Rock slides in next to you as everyone else gets on, Aashenpreet looking at the Bunyip with alarm."So Rock," you say. "Thanks, you did really well."-It was nothing, Cennen though I will take your gratitude over that of the princess, who will offer me nothing.-"No seriously man, this is fantastic. Thank you."1/2
>>42493807>"Bah. Cennen, why does every 'friend' you make end up hating me?"Because Hiss as much as I love you, you're a massive bitch.
>>42493807-Is it? By bringing these monsters here, I have caused the deaths of many blameless people. I have taken their lives. I have come full circle since we met Cennen, when you had to teach me about death. Now I too inflict the same upon the world.-"Rock, I didn't me-"-It's not your fault Cennen. I have much to think about.-Hiss scoffs."Don't worry, you'll grow to love it. Now Cennen, is this not the most fantastic thing you've ever seen?""It's pretty close, I suppose.""Oh! Pretty 'close', huh? I promised you in Taldenral that I'd lead you to glory. Have I not accomplished that here? 'Pretty close', my arse.""It's a start."Hiss grumbles underneath her breath, despite knowing that you're being more playful than sincere."Then I'll just have to try harder."
>>42493733You would have seen loads if you'd gone the jungle path. Sint was really just an easter egg representing a path that the Quest never went down.>>42493872And with that, is the end for today. And the end of Part 2! It went on for a bit longer than I ever intended it to. I hope all of you had fun!Might do a sort of Summary thread tomorrow, the kind that I was threatening a few weeks back. Aye or nay?
>>42493872> "Then I'll just have to try harder."Shit
>>42493888Summary and interludes. That'd be cool. Maybe interlewds if you wanted as well.
>>42493888Thanks for running! I'm fine with a summary thread if you want it but it's not necessary for me at all personally
>>42493888I've been here since thread 1 so I selfishly don't want a summary thread. But I'd be okay with it if there were some interlude sprinkled in as well. It's up to you.
>>42493888Thanks for running! I'm glad we had this sort of Epilogue, wouldn't want to leave Quedesh without saying goodbye to Tanni.> You would have seen loads if you'd gone the jungle pathWhy must you hurt me so...?
>>42493902Ouro does not write lewds and I like it that way
>>42493902Interludes are a part of that plan, yeah. Interlewds? Not so much. I decided around thread 13 that I wasn't going to delve too much into that sort of stuff. >>42493903I getcha anon. But there'll be interludes in it too and some general Q/A for the folks that don't sit around in my ask.fm. Also the summary will likely include some QM-only stuff and information.>>42493929To be honest I'm doing something tomorrow and don't really have time for a fully involved actual thread. So it's a recap thread tomorrow or no thread tomorrow.Plus I need impetus to actually finish the Summary pastebin, goddamn.