You have just found what Synthia asked for. She tells Jack to get nearer. She says she has a plan.Jack doesn’t really like the look on her face.“The Captain’s Access card should provide Access to all other rooms, except the core, on which Anderson’s installed a bio-scanner. Fortunately, we’ve got something to bypass that. You have his hand, I have his eyes. We just need the Access Card.”She hands you an access card, one with the name “J. Prince”. “This should get you into Prince’s Office. This,” she hands you two pairs of eyes. “Should get you into the core. One set you can return to Anderson to get your suit. The other is a… copy of sorts, which should be enough to get you in.”“Once you get into the Core, you can override it and set the ship to operate on the normal FTL drive. I hope you know how to force a FTL drive to overload?”You nod. You almost did it to your ship several times, on accident.“Good. Set this ship to explode, lock it so no one can alter its destination from somewhere else, destroy the computer and get the hell out of this place. I’ll be waiting for you at the airlock, with the seeding I promised you.”“Now go. Get out of this hellhole.”Please, suggest an action.
>>44251546What do we do if we meet the Captain, or the Captain's clone?What do you think Anderson did? Luke implied the Captain or a Captain was working for Anderson.
>>44251546Analyze a feather from down below.
>>44251546We'll be escaping with Jack if at all possible.If she copied the eyes, can she make a copy of the hand? Do we have time for that?Well, I think it's time to get going. Also check inventory.
> What do we do if we meet the Captain, or the Captain's clone?“Not a clone. A copy, and a corrupt one at that.”“Try not to stand in his way. If that doesn’t work… Well, that nail-gun can do some damage. Just not for too long.”> What do you think Anderson did? Luke implied the Captain or a Captain was working for Anderson.The Captain, just as Anderson and Luke, got ensnared by the Core. They want to go back to it. She says that Anderson didn’t need to do much convincing.She’d guess that Anderson needed some brute force done, somewhere, if he was really the one responsible for infecting the Captain. Or maybe he just wanted another toy to play with. She wouldn’t know.> Analyze a feather from down below.It tells you that a DNA analysis show that it is residue form a duck. No anomalies were found.> If she copied the eyes, can she make a copy of the hand? Do we have time for that?She says she has to make heavy use of the restoration machine to make it work, and that takes time. She says that she doesn’t think it is wise to waste any more of it.INVENTORY:Ellie has:- Butterknife- Magnet- Airvent Cover- Wooden Table Legs- Ball of String- Scalpel and Petri Dishes- Hand and eyesJack has:- Flashlight- Fire Extinguisher- Unloaded Gun- Memory Pills- Piece of Cloth- Book Wrapped in Blanket- Nail Gun with 7 Nails- Rope
>>44251888Jack: Turn 360 degrees and walk away from the crazy bitch.Well, both of you. Go try Dr. Prince's office.
>Jack: Turn 360 degrees and walk away from the crazy bitch.Jack walks away, doing as you said and not taking his eye off her.>Well, both of you. Go try Dr. Prince's office.There seems to have been a fight in here.
>>44252012Examine bloodstained door button thing and oddly tiny looking couch.
>>44252012That's some odd bloodstains. It looks like the fight began near the door and went over to the lockbox, where the victor took something, went back to the door and opened it. Either their hand was injured, or they were holding their wound closed.
>>44252012Check ye desk contents.
>Examine bloodstained door button thing and oddly tiny looking couch.The button seems to be bent, though still functional. Looks like someone mashed it with a lot of strength with a bloodied hand.The tiny looking couch looks to have been one of those psychiatrists sofas where people lay down to talk about their life. You don’t know what they were called. This one seems strangely small. Jack remembers it being larger and comfier. This ones leather is dry and rough to the touch.>That's some odd bloodstains. It looks like the fight began near the door and went over to the lockbox, where the victor took something, went back to the door and opened it. Either their hand was injured, or they were holding their wound closed.Jack agrees.>Check ye desk contents.It appears to be a note.
>>44252201Check out the missing drawer in the filing cabinet.How are the others labeled, what was the missing one alphabetically?
>Check out the missing drawer in the filing cabinet.It appears to have been torn open, by the bent metal near the borders, but the drawer itself is nowhere to be seen. The other drawers contain many sheets of paper, all filled with strange symbols you don’t understand.>How are the others labeled, what was the missing one alphabetically?They are labeled with the same strange symbols. Jack says this used to be where the doctor kept his files on everyone. Prince was fond of using paper. Jack says the cabinet used to be bigger. He says that with the ship changing the way it is, even if you knew how it had been ordered originally, it probably wouldn't have helped much.
>>44252201I think it is safe to assume it was the captains file, and that he came here to get the picture his old self had left with PrinceGrab the card from the middle of the blood. Check the vase in the corner.
>>44252481Celebrate that you now have a potted plant, sans the plant, for seedling purposes.
>Grab the card from the middle of the blood. “S. Smith” Access card GET! That is the Captain! Now you can access any door in this damn ship.Well, any door you can get to, at least.> Check the vase in the corner.It is a normal vase. The plant within it has withered and died. It looks like the one Ellie saw back in… whatever that time-travel thing she did was. It could be the same one, for all she knew.> Celebrate that you now have a potted plant, sans the plant, for seedling purposes.You celebrate. The pot seems heavy though. You don’t think any of you can carry it,
>Rage roomYou enter the room labeled “Anger”Jack grabs you by the back of your shirt before you fall into the darkness.Ah… There doesn’t seem to be any ground in here.
>>44252890Ah. Yes. The captain appears to be a charming individual. Can you touch the darkness? Can you peek to see what is below the ground?Can we use the captains card to enter the remaining bedroom. Anderson is the only one left, isn't he?
>>44252890Jack: Use flashlight.
>>44252890Looks like Simon's bomb did some damage after all!
> Can you touch the darkness? No. The darkness is literally nothing. It is not solid, there is simply nothing there. > Jack: Use flashlight.Jack uses his flashlight, but there is nothing for the light to reveal. The nothingness seems to go on forever. You do note that this room is surprisingly cold.>Can you peek to see what is below the ground?Yes. You peek around and below the borders of the ground, just to see that you cannot see the door and the ground from behind. From behind, it looks to be as much “empty” as the rest of the room.>Can we use the captains card to enter the remaining bedroom?Jack says that you should be able to, yes. Jack also says that he is not sure if he’d want to.> Looks like Simon's bomb did some damage after all!You don’t think that Simon’s bomb was that powerful, though you could go and check his room to see if the blast broke through the wall. The heat from the blast should have already dissipated.
>>44253135Drop a petri dish into the darkness and listen.
>>44253135Not even any mysterious eyes they can't see just behind them.Well time to turn around and wonder what the original labels were for those two mystery doors. Pride and Hope?
>>44253135Sorry Jack. We have to know what's in Anderson's room.
>Drop a petri dish into the darkness and listen.You watch it fall until you can no longer see it. You don’t hear it break. Jack doesn’t either.>Well time to turn around and wonder what the original labels were for those two mystery doors. Pride and Hope?You have got nothing. By the state of Luke’s room, you don’t really think Hope and Pride fit it.>Sorry Jack. We have to know what's in Anderson's room.He asks if you are sure.
>>44253296On the other hand. By process of elimination either the Captain or Simon is probably inside.Maybe we should go give Anderson his eyes first instead?
Well, if we do have to deal with a hothead, we might be able to trick him into rushing into the Anger room and disappearing as a problem forever.
>>44253462Nah. We have seven nails. Jack is a good shot. We can deal with them>>44253296Onwards.
>OnwardsYou enter Anderson’s room.OH GOD THE HORROR. OH GO-Oh.
>>44253590Get ye abominable, mind-breaking note.
>>44253590Roll for SAN loss.
>Get ye abominable, mind-breaking note.You approach the note.
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>44253651
>>44253660Uh-oh.This is taking too many updates to go smoothly.
You read the note
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>44253651How did I do?
>>44253697>hidind even from himself,22nd century transcription software sure fucked up.
>>44253749Yes, we have been wondering... where Anderson got the mad ideas that went into building the S-drive.I guess he wasn't working alone.
>>44253749And NOW we roll for San loss.Also, leave the room. Immediately.
>>44253848I give up
>Also, leave the room. Immediately.Jack says he doesn't usually says "I told you so"But he told you so.
>>44253550Where is your nailgun god now?!They know.THEY KNOW.
>>44253914Proceed to Engineering.Hope Luke hasn't burninated anything yet.
>Proceed to Engineering.You smell barbecue.
The smell of barbecue is gone.Jack asks if you are going to finally get the suit now?
>>44254132I hope Prince is what burned and made BBQ smell and not Synthia.Dammit Luke.Check Synthia's garden. The sterilizer room is vine free now.
>>44254132Aren't we on the way to get the suit?
>Check Synthia's GardenSimon says hello.Luke is here. Synthia is here.Dr. Prince is not here.
>>44254429Luke... you know this won't kill you, right?If you help us, we know something that will.
>>44254473Wow fuck. *Simon.Simon is the suicidal armadillo.Also wow Luke how'd you take out Prince like that. ...Three times?
>>44254429Simon, what did you do.I thought you weren't going to help until after your fifth attempt.
>>44254429Hey, Luke, can we talk to Synthia.
>Simon... you know this won't kill you, right?>If you help us, we know something that will.He says he doubts it. But he may think about it. As long as he can die in the garden. He needs to. What is it?>Also wow Luke how'd you take out Prince like that. ...Three times?Luke doesn’t really responds. He is breathing really rapidly, his left eye twitching. He looks on some sort of adrenaline high.>Simon, what did you do.>I thought you weren't going to help until after your fifth attempt.He says he had no choice. He had to get into the garden. It was what his Epitaph had said. The last of his deaths. But Synthia wouldn’t let him in. He had to get help.> Hey, Luke, can we talk to Synthia.He doesn't look like he is able to talkSynthia looks at you, pleading.
>>44254429Simon, if you'll stay alive a little longer, we can make sure you die in the garden right here, along with everything else. You just have to take Luke's blowtorch and give it to us.Luke you got a little...something... on your face.
>>44254669What Epitaph? Where did it say that?
>>44254669Simon, what's wrong with Luke.How did he take out the Princes.
>>44254669Examine bomb.And how Luke is holding that blowtorch. Will it go off if he suddenly goes limp.
>>44254669In a little while he'll be able to die anywhere on the ship. He just needs to be patient.But he'll have to give us his weapons and let Synthia go. It won't be enough if he just kills himself again here. We're going to end this nightmare once and for all, but we need him to trust us.
>What Epitaph? Where did it say that?“Stop, passenger, and view this moundWith aspect melancholy,Here wisdom lies beneath the groundAnd here lies Simon Croly.”He asks you what could be wiser than the only being in this whole ship that has cooperated with other members of its kind? The one whose roots are buried in the soil in this very garden?He also says you should know that about his epitaph. You have his book, don’t you?>Simon, if you'll stay alive a little longer, we can make sure you die in the garden right here, along with everything else. You just have to take Luke's blowtorch and give it to us.He says that he doesn’t think Luke will cooperate. He says that he is surprised that Luke hasn’t attacked you yet. He recommends not making any sudden movements. He says that he had never seen something move so fast as Luke, and that he has built FTL drives.He says that it was as if he simply blinked into place.Only the coldness of death can calm him now.>Examine bomb.It appears to have a countdown, in attrition to the detonator Simon is holding. You should probably act fast.>In a little while he'll be able to die anywhere on the ship. He just needs to be patient.>But he'll have to give us his weapons and let Synthia go. It won't be enough if he just kills himself again here. We're going to end this nightmare once and for all, but we need him to trust us.“How do you know? This place has no rules, but the ones created by the Drive. Maybe he will let me go. Maybe I’ll fulfill my fate and break free. Maybe I will be stuck in this place for eternity.”He says Anderson is nearly ready. He can’t take the chance to wait and return to the darkness.He says he has to try. He doesn't care anymore if he has to sacrifice others to do it.
>>44254669Simon you don't need Synthia here for you to die though.She'll let you stay in the perfectly intact garden and die here, won't you Synthia?Jack, shoot Luke in the eyes.
>>44255083The book is stained in, ahem, somebody's blood, and was unreadable.You don't know how that happened, do you?
>>44255083There's a reason you're using a bomb and didn't just let Dr. Prince eat you when you trespassed on the garden, isn't there?Don't you want the fifth death to be as big a bang as you can get?A ship's FTL drive is much better.
>>44255083Simon, Anderson can't do shit without his eyes. Stalemate.
>The book is stained in, ahem, somebody's blood, and was unreadable.He speaks in a grave tone, reciting:Stop, passenger, and view this moundWith aspect melancholy,Here wisdom lies beneath the groundAnd here lies Simon Croly.If thou 'rt a man who pines for fame,Oh bend thy body lowly;Here lies a sage, who did the same,And here lies Simon Croly.If thou 'rt a virgin, pure and fair,Pass on, nor tread it slowly;Beneath this turf lies virtue's snare,And here lies Simon Croly.If thou 'rt a saint with soul upright,Oh breathe a prayer holy,Here ribaldry lies wrapt in night,And here lies Simon Croly.The worms here revel on a heartThat aye was blythe and jolly,Till pierced by death's relentless dart,Now here lies Simon Croly.“All the other parts have already been fulfilled. Only the first one remains.”>You don't know how that happened, do you?He says he doesn’t. Last time he saw his book, he had given it to Synthia, a long, long time ago.>Don't you want the fifth death to be as big a bang as you can get?He says that the scale doesn’t matter, but the only way to get Luke’s help was to build him a bomb and promise to burn the place to the ground.>Jack, shoot Luke in the eyes.You never even saw him move. In fact, you are certain he didn’t. But some time between you pressing the trigger and the nail hitting him, he vanished.It suddenly gets very, very hot.
>>44255387Make like a leaf and get outta here.Wonder is that even the original Luke on drugs or a super-copy.
>>44255387Okay we aren't about to deal with Ninja Mice From Mars.Only his willing submission to an explosion will put him down.
>>44255387>If thou 'rt a saint with soul upright,Okay that was the crucifixion.>Till pierced by death's relentless dart,I guess this would be his first suicide by bullet, except he blew his head off didn't he, he didn't shoot his heart.>If thou 'rt a man who pines for fame,>Oh bend thy body lowly;>If thou 'rt a virgin, pure and fair,>Pass on, nor tread it slowly;I don't know how to assign these to "leaping down a big hole" and "a bomb in his room."
>>44255637We did havi ti crawl to get to get to his remains on the engineering, and he did hurry us out of his room, I guess.It is not from his perspective, id guess, but from Ellie's. And that he had to make do with what he had. He isn't exactly sane
>Make like a leaf and get outta here.Jack tries to move to the exit, but Luke blocks him.Luke attacks, but he dodges once. He attacks again and you can smell the burnt flesh coming from Jacks arm.You get your scalpel, and slash at the insane mouse, making a cut across his face. It makes nothing to stop him.More smell of brunt flesh.Jack manages to shoot him once and pushes him awayYou hear a click.[Cont.]
It all goes white.[Cont.]
Jack wakes up. He doesn't know how much time has passed.He feels fine. Better than fine, really.Ellie, though. She doesn’t look so good.She is still breathing, though she isn’t waking up anytime soon.What will Jack do?
>>44256204Shove that bitch in the healing tank. Bitches love healing tanks.Also, take the four eyes, hand, and string from Ellie's inventory first.
>>44256204Wonder where all your burns went.If you'd died and resurrected like the others, there would be an extra body here...
>Shove that bitch in the healing tank. Bitches love healing tanks.>Also, take the four eyes, hand, and string from Ellie's inventory first.You do that. The healing tank should help her recover in no time. You hope.>Wonder where all your burns went.>If you'd died and resurrected like the others, there would be an extra body here...There would, wouldn't it?You notice all your Items have disappeared.All you have is the Hand and the Four eyes. You grab the Access Cards. You also grab her scalpel, just in case.You leave the Butterknife with her.
>>44256515Examine newly accessible sterilizer room.> Items have disappeared.Are you even the same Jack that got burned...?
> Are you even the same Jack that got burned...?You… You hope so. The same soul, at least. You remember everything that happened so far, at least since you met Ellie.> Examine newly accessible sterilizer room.You head through the Garden. My god.
You reach the Sterilizer
>>44256627Somehow doubt Synthia put that cutting anywhere safe.That feel when no mad science superplants to grow.
>>44256715Acquire pinecone I mean grenade and...cutting?Examine buttons.
>Acquire pinecone I mean grenade and...cutting?You acquire the well drawn note. You read it.You get a cutting of the plant. It has a little dirt on its roots, but it looks like the job was never finished. Maybe you should get some earth to put it on.>Examine buttons.Standard procedure, just press to sterilize whatever is inside the glass chamber.
>>44256850Wonder if you're strong enough to carry that vase from Prince's office. Test your strength on something.Like those destroyed doors.
>>44256850Panic as you don't have your memory pills.You still remember talking to Anderson right after getting the pills, so at least it's been less than 5 hours?
>Wonder if you're strong enough to carry that vase from Prince's office. Test your strength on something.>Like those destroyed doors.Not a chance, these are way too heavy. You can lift them for a bit, and even drag them around, but you are not holding them in the air anytime soon.Still, you don't need to pick up all the dirt. Just a few handulls and somewhere to keep it, like a bag or a piece of cloth.>Panic as you don't have your memory pills.Oh, holy hell, not this again.>You still remember talking to Anderson right after getting the pills, so at least it's been less than 5 hours?Yeah, that sounds about right.
>>44257065Well you remember you used to have a piece of cloth... and now you don't.Go forth and take one of the filing cabinet drawers and fill it with dirt then!
>>44257065If the cockpit is now damaged by that angry super Captain you saw earlier, there's no way to intercept sending a warning now, right?Try and send one.
>If the cockpit is now damaged by that angry super Captain you saw earlier, there's no way to intercept sending a warning now, right?>Try and send one.You go to the cockpit. You find something there.The beast cries and disappears in front of you.[Animated!]
>>44257420Oh. So that's what it looks like when somebody's sucked back into the darkness as they lose all they had left.Good thing, since it would've been dangerous otherwise.
>>44257420Trail of blood.And not many candidates for walking away from this injured except...yourself.
>>44257420Wonder why there was no blood trail on the Lab side of the door and it suddenly starts here.
>>44257420..Uhoh. Will Dr. Prince's office even still be there now?
>If the cockpit is now damaged by that angry super Captain you saw earlier, there's no way to intercept sending a warning now, right?>Try and send one.You try and send a warning. The only channel you manage to use is the emergency distress signal.You send a continuous warning, telling people to keep away.You hope it works, though anyone that came in here could disable it. The damage to the cockpit computer was superficial at best.>Wonder why there was no blood trail on the Lab side of the door and it suddenly starts here.You wonder that. You don't know the answer to that.Though... This doesn't really look like blood. It looks like something else. That Fermionic Liquid, or whatever it was Ellie said it was called.
>>44257673Head to intersection.
>Head to intersection.Luke is here.His feet appear to be corroding by the weird red liquid.He is gently banging his head against the wall, whispering again and again:"He asked me to get the body. He never told me which body. I got the body. He said it was the wrong body. He screamed at me. He threw the body down there. He screamed at me. Said I was useless. He screamed at me."
>>44257937I was wondering why Ellie still had the eyes. Anderson's crew's Achilles heel is their madness. He can't keep his people on point....That definitely sounds like Jack's stuff might be found in deep storage.Check Prince's office.
>>44257937>>44258048No, check the engineering pit.See if he tossed Jack's first body down at the grate.
>Check Prince's office.It is just as you left it.>No, check the engineering pit.There is something shining from the other end of the tunnel.
>>44258165Crawl in and fumble around the grate for the flashlight.
>>44258165Can you reflect the light with your scalpel to see over there? Something tells me that just going over there in the dark could lead to bad things happening.
>Can you reflect the light with your scalpel to see over there?>Crawl in and fumble around the grate for the flashlight.After making sure it was safe, you crawl towards the light.You find your Stuff! Well, most of it, anyway.You also find an ear, long and white. It looks just like one of yours. You leave it there.
>>44258372Did the ladder actually turn dark just now? We might want to be careful on the way back. Angle the flashlight so that someone at the top of the ladder can't see it easily, so they won't know we're coming, until we can look up and confirm that no one's there. Could we use the scalpel as a mirror to look around the corner?>You also find an ear, long and white. It looks just like one of yours. You leave it there.Hey, ears can be useful! For example, you could bribe someone who wanted to taste your sweet, tender bunny-meat.
>>44258228Go fill cloth with dirt and plant cutting.Then take a memory pill. Checkpoint!
>>44258454>Did the ladder actually turn dark just now?No, editing mishap.>Hey, ears can be useful! For example, you could bribe someone who wanted to taste your sweet, tender bunny-meat.You have few standards, but not taking what is probably your own ear that has been created by a horrific hellish ship/entity that is trying to send you to an eternity of horror is one of them.>Go fill cloth with dirt and plant cutting.>Then take a memory pill. Checkpoint!Done and done.
>>44258372>most of it, anyway....where's the Unloaded Gun and book wrapped in blanket?...how many nails are left in the nailgun now?
>>44258542>what is probably your own ear that has been created by a horrific hellish ship/entityHey hey hey.That ear was not created, it was your all-natural, homegrown original ear, limited edition!Your CURRENT body you're carting around in was created by a horrific hellish ship/entity that is trying to send you to an eternity of horror is one of them.
>>44258542Check on Ellie's progress.
>...where's the Unloaded Gun and book wrapped in blanket?Maybe down in the bottom of that tube, away from your reach. Maybe someone took it. You do not know.>...how many nails are left in the nailgun now?5 nails>Check on Ellie's progress.She is healing nicely, though it is going to take some time to heal. You have no idea of the scale of her injuries. You could take her out now, but you think it needs at least another hour to get her to the point where she can walk by herself.You ask yourself what you should do now. You think there is only one thing left to do. You are scared. You hoped you'd have company for this. Things did not go as planned.You don't think it would be wise to waste any more time.
>>44258781Yeah. While Anderson is in stalemate, we have to act while Luke is still caught in an infinite loop.Unfortunately, now Simon will be against us instead.Go see a fox about his eyes.
>>44258781I wish there was something to leave with her that she could use as a crutch, but I don't think we have anything like that. The broken table legs seem to have gone missing.
>>44258806The table legs are with her
>>44258806No, those are still in Ellie's inventory. Jack didn't take everything. Just essentials.
>>44258828A lurker suddenly appears?
You take a deep breath. This is it.
You enter Anderson's office.He says hello.He asks you where Ellie is.He asks if you have something for him.
>>44258930Ellie's busy.I have two somethings for you, actually...I can take the suit now, then?
>>44258930Have you seen the Captain lately? I ran into him in the cockpit a while ago, he seemed. Different.
>Ellie's busy.“Really? That is a shame.”>I have two somethings for you, actually...He tells you to leave them on the ground. He will pick them up later.>I can take the suit now, then?“Sure. That was what we agreed on, wasn’t it? I am a man of my word, after all.”You get the Suit.>Have you seen the Captain lately? I ran into him in the cockpit a while ago, he seemed. Different.He says that he hasn’t seen the captain in ages.He smiles.
>>44259101Get some eyes on the ground.Good thing they came in a little baggie. We Minority Report now....Simon probably already told Anderson about the severed hand. He Knows.
>>44259101Great chatting with you, Anderson, you're a...sight for sore eyes.
>>44259101Abscond. Enter S. Drive before he smiles any wider.Or reveals he has the same source of teleportation that Luke did.
>Great chatting with you, Anderson, you're a...sight for sore eyes.His smile widens.You leave the room.> Enter S. Drive before he smiles any wider.Too late for that. But you do enter the S. Drive.Huh. Now you know how Luke was repairing the S. Drive without a suit.You guess this is as far as you get without the suit. You have seen what that red stuff can do to you and it is not pretty.No turning back now.
>>44259268Don suit.Explore computer terminal.
>Don suit.>Explore computer terminal.It is tight. It was not made for your body. Or your ears.But it will do.The terminal appears to be broken.
>>44259378Examine oddly large green bit beside door.Enter door.
>Examine oddly large green bit beside door.It is the Biometric scanner. You pass the eyes in front of it. It bleeps happily.You pass the hand in front of it. It bleeps happily.The door opens.>Enter doorYou enter.You look up. Uh… It looks like… Reality isn’t really all that stable in here.
You jump the gap and move on.
>>44259454Okay, maybe you can bridge the gap with–>>44259513–oh, right. Rabbit. That works too.
Reality is wavering around you. You can feel it in your bones. Perhaps even deeper.Yet you keep on going.
>>44259569You do know how to overload a drive core, don't you? We only asked Ellie.
>You do know how to overload a drive core, don't you? We only asked Ellie.Yes. It is not that hard.You enter the Engine.
>>44259682Ahahaa oh god they're both here as a security system, I thought it would just be one Captain clone.Or are they both bacterial copies.Read note.
>Read NotePoor, poor Captain.>They're both here as a security systemThey don't appear to be breathing, so you think that my not be the case.
>>44259764Examine green tendrils, orange bits, and body.And why one half of the room is darker.
>>44259764Do you remember what species Neil Armstrong was?
> Do you remember what species Neil Armstrong was?A dog, obviously.>Examine green tendrils, orange bits, and body.They appear to be a bundle of wires, which are melted into the flesh of the captain.The Captains appear to be held in place by several nails.> And why one half of the room is darker.You do not know, yet the darkness appear to stop at those spikes. The dark does not look inviting.
>>44259883Try to use scalpel to cut Captain free of the wires, at least.Doesn't deserve that.Then tentatively reach into the dark side.
>Try to use scalpel to cut Captain free of the wires, at least.You don’t think that is possible without cutting his hands off entirely. Your scalpel isn’t enough to do that.>Then tentatively reach into the dark side.You reach into it, but it does not feel any different. It feels just like normal.
>>44259971Go deeper into the abyss.I mean go through the door.
>>44259971Touch the spikes of outer darkness. Examine.
>Touch the spikes of outer darkness. ExamineThey seem to hum to the touch, but you do not know what they actually do.You'd guess only Anderson would know how exactly they work.>Go deeper into the abyssYou go through the door.It is dark in here. You flick your lantern, but it does not seem to work.You see a computer screen in the distance.There is something beyond the computer, calling you.You want to go to it. You want to touch it.
>>44260107Think of the myth of the Sirens.And try to just think about wholesome things like baseball instead of touching forbidden things that will make you go to Hell.While examining computer.
>>44260107Feel out the unnaturally darkened ground carefully so you don't trip.
>Think of the myth of the SirensYou remember it, from some old story a long time ago.Beautiful yet dangerous creatures, weren’t they.But there isn’t anything dangerous in here.There couldn’t be.You are perfectly safe.>While examining computer.You walk to the computer. The voice calls you stronger, again and again, whispering your name.You feel a railing next to you. On it there is a plaque. Even on the darkness you can read the words written on it.“Singularity Observation Deck”Huh.You needed to do something here. What was it again?Ah, yes.You had to set the ship to run on the normal drive.You turn to the computer.“Jack”Someone is calling you. You should probably answer. You just have to finish this first.“Warning: Imminent Overload Detected. Do you wish to continue?”“Don’t do this Jack.”>YESGood. You finished it.Good job.You should probably go back now.
>>44260398Go back, Jack. Pay no mind to the voices, nor the dark tentacles around you
>>44260398Remember all the shit life has thrown at you since the orphaning.And how you just kept going anyway. And made it off that shithole planet.Not stopping now.
>>44260398Destroy the computer before you leave.
>>44260497>44251546>“Good. Set this ship to explode, lock it so no one can alter its destination from somewhere else, destroy the computer and get the hell out of this place.I guess with the singularity's imminent high impact sexual violence there's no time to do a more thorough locking-out of Anderson.
>Go back, Jack.>Destroy the computer before you leave.You bring the fire extinguisher up and down on the console, breaking it.You start walking back. >Why?“Why what?”>Why go back? We can stay here, just you and me.“There is something I need to do.”>Stay. We can all be happy here. We are all over here, just waiting for you. Everyone. Mom. Dad. Come to us, Jack. You can be happy.You shake your head, trying to clear your mind.“I have to do something. Before I leave.”>Really? Something so important… What is it?“It… It was…There was something… Something I needed to do.”What was it? Can you remember it? You know it is in there, somewhere just out of your reach. Something that shouldn’t be there before all this.>What all of this, Jack? Everything is perfectly normal. Come to us.It is right here. You just something to remember. Something off.A mission someone gave you.What was it?
>>44260571The cutting... you have to save the cutting from destruction.> Something that shouldn’t be there before all this.Wait, "shouldn't"?>It is right here. You just something to remember. Something off.Missing a word?
>>44260617It looks alright to me. If this were before this whole ordeal, the plant wouldn't exist. It is off, it is not right.Look at the cutting, Jack
>>44260571You have to escape. You have to make sure this kind of thing never happens again.You have to get to the ship. Ellie's ship.
>>44260648The other part should probably be>You just [need] something to remember.though. Unless it's deliberately broken thoughts.
>>44260571You have to lock the ship's destination. Stop Anderson from fixing what you did to his mad plan.
“It is not normal.”>What?You feel the cutting poking you inside the Suit.“This cutting. I need to take it somewhere. I need to save it.”>We can save it together, Jack. Just bring it to me.“No. She wouldn’t want that.”>WHO?“I don’t know. Isn’t that weird?”You open the door.[Cont.]
>>44258888Where are Luke's footprints?
And you step out of the room.Anderson and Luke are here.“You just HAD to make this difficult, didn’t you?”Anderson seems mad.“You could have returned to it willingly. You could have basked in its glory. But you just had to make me come force you, didn’t you?”He is not smiling anymore.“Well, guess what? Soon, you won’t have a choice. You think you can escape? Really?”The Spikes on the room begin to hum louder.>I AM STILL HERE.“You were never even close.”
>>44260753I forgot to add them. Tell no one.
>>44260791Attack the spikes with the fire extinguisher.Failing that, shoot Anderson.
>>44260791No.Rush to the light side before something bad happens.
>>44260791Anderson how did you even get in here without trailing red liquid and destroying your feet.Also who gave you the mad idea to worship a BLACK HOLE.
>>44260791Why don't YOU go return to it willingly if it's so awesome.
>>44260822Spikes might be containing it, rather than generating it...
>>44260791Fuck all this noise and walk past them. What can they do to you?
>>44260879Well Anderson's pimp cane packs a wallop...
>What can they do to you?If you die now, you are pretty sure you won't be back before you are long within the black hole.>Anderson how did you even get in here without trailing red liquid and destroying your feet“By stepping on the ones that bathed on it as if it were water.”> Why don't YOU go return to it willingly if it's so awesome“I will. I want to. Yet it asks me to do more for it, to bring more people onto it. How could I refuse?”> Attack the spikes with the fire extinguisherYou throw the Fire Extinguisher on the spikes with all your might and it is flung across the room with double your strength. The two captains open their eyes and scream in pain as the wires themselves light up with electricity.> Rush to the light side before something bad happens.You run towards them…> Failing that, shoot Anderson.And shoot Anderson.You stop, stunned.Luke looks at you, shocked.You just killed Anderson.
>>44260966Snap out of it and shoot Luke too for good measure. He deserves it.
>>44260966I didn't think that would actually work...Escape before the Captains do something with their retard strength.We still have Simon to get through and need to get out before Anderson resurrects.
>>44260966Take the broomstick of the wicked witch of the west as proof of your guilt.
>Snap out of it and shoot Luke too for good measure. He deserves it.You shoot him, but he dodges it. He actually dodges it. Not in the teleporting way he did before, but actually getting out of the path of the incoming nail. Fast, but visible.He stops and looks at you. You can’t read him. You don’t know if he is going to attack or what. You can hit him this time, if you try. You are sure of it.
>>44260966Uhoh, this is the first time Anderson's died.Are the Eyes gonna be mad?
>>44261067Why do you want to send us all to Hell so bad?Anderson was always insane, but why you too?
>Why do you want to send us all to Hell so bad?>Anderson was always insane, but why you too?“I just want to go back.”He runs towards the Core’s door.You could nail him from where you stand.
>>44261112Let the madman destroy himself. Turn around and escape.Search Anderson for his keycard or your old gun or anything.
>Let the madman destroy himself. Turn around and escapeLuke walks into the Core’s room, a smile on his face.>Search Anderson for his keycard or your old gun or anything.You get his access card and his cane, but the fox has nothing else on his pockets.You run back towards safety.[Cont]
>>44259569>>44261158Grandma, what big...
You have reached the broken bridge.Simon Crowly is here. He appears to be standing on top of a part of Luke’s head“I am sorry. I cannot let you pass. I hope you understand. I made Anderson a promise. It is not good to break promises. Please, turn around.”
>>44261203I made a promise too. We can't both keep our promises.Aim the nailgun.
>>44261203Let him know you made a promise too and you're going to fulfill it.
>>44261203Anderson is the one who made the S drive to send us all to Hell.To hell with Anderon.
>I made a promise too. We can't both keep our promises.>Aim the nailgun.“You cannot kill me. Not with that. Not anymore.”> Anderson is the one who made the S drive to send us all to Hell.>To hell with Anderon.“It is what I intend to do, and take you with us.”
>>44261268Bull. Not anymore?Shoot him.If he's a bacterial copy or something... well he can still fall off this bridge.
>>44261268Plead to him that it doesn't have to be this way. If you get out of the way we can all go home and have a happy ending. Also remind him that he's stuck on that head, making him a rather easy target.
>>44261268Why?Because of a promise to a man who wants you to suffer?
>Plead to him that it doesn't have to be this way. If you get out of the way we can all go home and have a happy ending.He disagrees. Even if you succeed, there is no salvation for him. There never was.He wasn’t like you. You left the Gravity Hell by yourself, climbing with your own forces. He didn’t manage to. A part of him is still there, calling for him.>Because of a promise to a man who wants you to suffer?“Because in death, my only companion is myself. In Hell, my companions are those I bring with me.”“If I cannot escape it, the more people I bring along the merrier.”>Shoot him.You shoot him and the nail tears a hole in his head. Just… not the way you expect.“I told you. You cannot defeat me with that. If you wish to delay me with a temporary death, you will need to make me fall from this bridge. And to do that, you will have to jump.”
If I'm counting right, we should have two bullets left.
>>44261336Shoot his leg to make him fall or at least disable him.
>>44261336That was obvious, yes. But risky to not let him make you fall with him....is he blind now that he doesn't have eyes?Simon, what the hell are you? What made you like this?...And, I guess, do the leaping kick of your rabbit ancestors, Jack.
>>44261336>He wasn’t like you. You left the Gravity Hell by yourself, climbing with your own forces. He didn’t manage to. A part of him is still there, calling for him.I thought Simon says Jack was still drowning like him, too.
>>44261364No, he said everyone else was drowning, but Jack was swimming in the surface.Or something like that
>>44261380No, he didn't say that.>>42459043>>42459464Only Ellie could leave.
>>44261336Spray him with the fire extinguisher.
>Simon, what the hell are you? What made you like this?“It is not our body’s form that is brought out, but our souls. It is not always well defined, but in moments of great emotions, we can catch a glimpse of it. Have you ever wished to disappear? I have.”“Though I think you are probably you all the way through. Solid like a rock.”>Shoot his leg to make him fall or at least disable him.As you see his face regenerate immediately, you think it will probably not work.>Do the leaping kick of your rabbit ancestors, JackYou jump and he leaps to meet you, clashing in the air. You grasp for a ledge and your hand clashed down against it, but not before Simon gets a tight grip on your other’s hand glove.“You will stay here! We all are! There is no escape! Now, not even for you! I’ll not allow it!”You need to act quick. Your hand is slipping.
>>44261416Bring out your rope and fling it around the guard railing.
>>44261416Shit. If we disconnect the glove and sleeve, how will we make it through space from the airlock to the ship.Kick his arm and break it with powerful rabbit legs?
>>44261430Jack's hanging by one hand, and Simon hast he other hand.Or at least the glove on it.>>44261416Fuck it, we'll jury-rig something to seal up the sleeve later.Disconnect the glove.
>>44261430One hand holding the ledge, other hand being held by Simon.We are lacking hands. Drop the glove. Or hand will take a beating on outer space, but we will survive
>Disconnect the gloveYou Shake your hand until the glove disconnects and watch as Simon falls to his death once again. After a few seconds, you hear the thud of him meeting the ground.You climb up back to safety, careful not to touch the red stuff with your bare hand.Man, fuck Simon.Finally, you can leave this damn place.[Cont]
>>44261485There's a real ground to meet here?Surprising.
You have reached the Core's Entrance.Engineering is ahead of you. Hell is behind you.
>>44261498Wipe your feet.If you've got nothing disposable to wipe them on, then wipe them on each other until tere's only a thin layer of red stuff at most.
>>44261498Head to Anderson's office.Grab all the private files he might have been hiding, check his computer. What the hell was going on here? Are there other people like Anderson out there to watch out for?Reflect on what was going through your head when you were in the darkness and the singularity spoke to you. You weren't in your right mind. Are you really free to escape?
>>44261505Don't worry, QM will just forget to draw the liquid again.
>Wipe your feet.You do that.> Head to Anderson's office.You enter Engineering.Anderson is here. At least you think it is him.DID YOU REALLY THINK IT WOULD BE THAT EASY?I CAN SEE EVERYTHINGYOU KILLED MEYOU DIRTIED MEYOU CORRUPTED MEI WAS GOING TO BRING YOU THROUGH THE VEIL AS A COMPANIONI HAVE CHANGED MY MINDYOU SHALL BURN LIKE HER GARDENAND SUFFER A THOUSAND TIMES MORE
>>44261566Welp.Behold his true form and despair.Simon did say, it's really more your soul that comes back, not your body's form...Oh god how does he even fit through doors like that.
>>44261566Oh god.Hurl his cane into his giant eyeball.If he's blinded, kick him over the railing.
>>44261566Oh man, since Jack's in the suit, he could smash open that tube of redfluid to spray the guy once he gets close enough...if he's strong enough to break it.
>>44261566Sweet Furry Jesus how many minutes has it been since killing Anderson, how fast do people like Jack resurrect?
The giant whirl of the ventilator at the bottom of the pit stops.Anderson smiles.SEE? EVEN THE SHIP HAS GIVEN UP!The spinning returns, just as he has finished speaking.Yet this time the wind blows towards it. It is getting stronger.The ship is helping you.You begin to form a plan.>Hurl his cane into his giant eyeball.>Smash open that tube of redfluid>Kick him over the railingYou still have two nails in your gun. You feel that this is your final challenge.You need to decide what to do.
>>44261566Ellie: suddenly burst in the doorway to save the day with BUTTERKNIFE.
>>44261679Simon about once per chapter, so he is out of the equation.Luke is gone, probably, but his resurrection was nearly instantaneous, even faster than Anderson.Anderson seems to take a few minutes. If we manage to kill him now, we rush the fuck out before the cunt respawns
>>44261685The ship...rushing air upwards?The only plan that would help is spreading the red fluid everywhere in the room on the wind.>Smash open that tube of redfluid
>>44261685Dash towards red tube to fake him out.Leap back when he rushes to intercept.When he's between the tube and the pit, fire a shot to break it.While he flinches away from the red liquid, fire another shot at his legs so he loses his balance and stumbles over the railing.Alternatively, we can throw a heavy object at the tube if we have one. Like the fire extinguisher, if we remembered to pick it back up.
>>44261714He has tentacles now, with dramatically increased reach.Man shooting Anderson should have probably been more about crucifying him to the wall or pinning his feet to the floor, in retrospect...He's like fucking Obi-Wan Kenobi.And we never found out what the fuck the deal was with the dark spikes and the captains.
>>44261685>You feel that this is your final challenge.
>>44261714We can also... throw the fire extinguisher with the rope tied to it! If he dodges to the side, then the suction will make it roll into the pit, and we'll be able to nudge him into the pit too when the rope is pulled taut by the fall.
>>44261783>the suction will make it roll into the pit,Oh wait. Right. It is pulling air downward, and it was blowing hot air upward previously?
>>44261712Well I misread that badly. Never mind.>>44261685If we were good at lassoing, he seems rather top heavy and could be yanked over the railing...
>>44261821Wait what if, you shoot the nailgun, through the rope, pinning it to his body with the nail?Like a really desperate and painful grappling hook.
>>44261800>>41580767>You can feel a slight breeze coming from it.It was implicitly upward yeah.
>>44261714He probably has nigh-instant regeneration like Simon though.We need a way to make him fall over the railing without relying on injury...So, yeah, hurl heavy object, or yank on rope.
>>44261685...he's still wearing shades over all six of his eyes?I guess he got attached to how stylish they looked rather than how they covered his empty sockets.Our compliment really got through to him. I'm touched.
You ready yourself.[Cutscene]
You run towards the redfluid tube and he bolts in your direction, smiling. He swings, but you dodge.
>>44261926And on that day Jack alpha'd the fuck up.
You jump backwards and shoot the tube, Fermionic Fluid spilling everywhere, including on Anderson.
>>44261955dat mad jackrabbit jumping skillz
He stumbles backwards, the crimson fluid burning his skin like acid. He closes his eye, trying to protect it. While he is distracted, you get the Rope you were carrying and tie it to your trusty Fire Hidrant.
>>44261485>watch as Simon falls to his death once again.How can he die from a fall with the regeneration on his new form?Does it annihilate him all at once not giving him the chance?
He regains his footing and you swing the rope, making it wrap around the hulking monster. He pulls you, struggling, enraged. You pull back and stand your ground.
>>44261997Huh, I thought there would be a lot more fermionic isolation liquid spewing than that, like it connected to a whole series of tubes of the stuff.
He resists and your strength weakens. You pull your nailgun. One last shot.You aim for a weak spot on his leg and fire. He shrieks in pain as the metal cuts through his flesh and he stumbles. You firm your feet against the railing and PULL.The sound of him hitting the fan down below is music.[End of Cutscene]You need to move quick. That bastard will be back soon.What will you do?
>>44261975>Fire Hidrant.Well the tube acts like a fire hydrant full of pressurized fiery death...
>>44262028Quick office check for mad cultist files.Make sure your suit's wrist is vacuum-sealed so you can breathe in space.Drag Ellie to just outside the airlock, you need a pilot.
I can't believe the Captain never did anything since thread 2.
So are fast recovery chambers top-secret Company tech, if most people haven't heard of them?
> Quick office check for mad cultist filesYou run by Anderson’s office, but you find nothing immediately available that could be of use.> Make sure your suit's wrist is vacuum-sealed so you can breathe in space.You get your ball of string and tie your wrist as tightly as you can. It will have to do. It will be just a short space-walk.> Drag Ellie to just outside the airlock, you need a pilot.You pick Ellie up from her Healing Pod and drag her to the outside of the airlock.You can see her Ship from here.Time to space-walk.
No big deal. Just a single jump through the vastness of space. Simple stuff.
>>44262149Good, that rope is still here in case we miss.
Just a simple leap...
>>44262168>inb4 jack fades away and reappears inside the ship
... a simple leap to safety.And now... You can return and try to save her.Or you could just leave.You remember what Simon said. You had to push someone from above or equal to leave this place. Maybe it is true. Maybe if she leaves, you will be unable to.Maybe you will return to meet Anderson waiting for you.What will you do?
>>44262208Re-extend the umbilical and bring extra suit. We can try.But if it fails the first time... she's still unconscious.
>Re-extend the umbilical and bring extra suit. We can try.The umbilical appears to have been broken, not retracted.You pickup the spare suit and jump back to the ship.
It's weird. The others have instinctive feelings and knowledge like that the ship has self-awareness, and that They Can't Escape.Jack is oblivious to both feelings, so he's probably different.But then the black hole called to him, just like everyone else's self called to them from the black hole...We'd need a control group like Ellie to see if black hole called her too, but that wasn't possible. Only one suit.
You look around and luckly, no one appears to have revived yet.You hastily put the spare suit on Ellie and prepare to jump.You hear a thud against the door that leads to the Intersection.YOU THINK YOU CAN ESCAPE BECAUSE YOU HAVE HER HELP?Another thud. You can see the door bending, the metal giving way.But you had guessed right. The “her” Anderson spoke about… It was the ship. She had finally come around to helping you.“Thank you.”You make another jump through space. You hope you can make it.One last jump… A simple leap…
>>44262320>The “her” Anderson spoke about… It was the ship.I thought Simon was the one who talked about that. >>41580767
>>44262320[leap of faith intensifies]
>>44262340YOU THINK YOU CAN ESCAPE BECAUSE YOU HAVE HER HELP?I think this is the her
... a simple leap to safety.Holy shit. You did it.
>>44262363Punch in autopilot coordinates to "the fuck away" and watch the explosion.
>>44262363Take helmets off.
>>44262363Success! Now all that's left to do is pilot the ship.That's Ellie's job. So let's put both our clothes on those hangers and try to wake her op.
Freedom. And we owe it all to butterknife. Without which that doorlock Jack smashed would have been irreplaceable, and kept us trapped forever.>but anon, other things happened besidesALLTOBUTTERKNIFE
>Take helmets off.You take the suits off and breathe.In and out.Freedom.> Try to wake her upYou shake her a bit, but she doesn’t look like waking up. You can handle your way around a ship. One with autopilot, at least.You put Ellie on her bed. She has earned a rest.
>>44262363Tuck Ellie into bed so she can think "it was all a dream oooooooh" until Jack steps out of the shower....Well the aching injuries might give it away first, actually.
>Punch in autopilot coordinates to "the fuck away" and watch the explosion.You do just that.
>>44262417Leave the potted plant on top of those cabinets. It'll be a nice sight for her when she wakes up.If you can find some writing supplies, leave a note that says "WE MADE IT", just so she doesn't have to worry.
>>44262434>>44262447Does this ship have a "record" function anywhere? We wouldn't want her to miss the fireworks.
>>44262417>>41512219Not that Jack would know this, but......who opened the window shutters?
>Does this ship have a "record" function anywhere? We wouldn't want her to miss the fireworks.It does. Great for showing the insurance companies that you weren't the one who slammed your ship into someone else’s.Standard equipment, really.
>Who opened the window shutters?Jack did.
>>44262474Ah, good. The video will be a nice present to share with Ellie after victory sex.
There is a flash.
Then advancing darkness.
Then nothing.Only the two of you and Ellie's Ship.The Happening Skyline is no more.
>>44262523And what a record breaking marathon session it was.
Holy hell. It is over.Thank you all for particitating. It was an awesome ride.Comments or sugestions? I've ben running this thing for nearly 14 hours, so a little feedback would be apreciated
>>44262488>NTRing the true husbando, butterknife
>>44262570How long did you plan for the quest to last?I get the sense you were prepared to have Jack die at any of the points coming back from singularity containment if the right answer wasn't found?Was Jack screwed if he hadn't obtained the cutting and planted it before descending?
>>44262592>How long did you plan for the quest to last?The quest was supposed to last the 5 chapters it lasted, though I didn’t think I would be able to do each chapter per quest as I did.>I get the sense you were prepared to have Jack die at any of the points coming back from singularity containment if the right answer wasn't found?Hell, I never planner for it to be Jack the one to go do it. Ellie was the one supposed to go there and save the day.But you guys attacked the insane mouse, so she ended up half dead.Which was weird. You guys went in ways I hadn’t expected in the least, making quite a few puzzles moot.>Was Jack screwed if he hadn't obtained the cutting and planted it before descending?Pretty much. I’d probably make Ellie wake up, still all banged up, but I truly don’t know what I would have done.Mainly because I screwed up. You were supposed to take the butterknife as a good luck.But I FORGOT.So, yeah. You’d be screwed.There a few puzzles that remained unsolved, but hey, what can you do, right?Though I never did find out if anyone ever figured out why the Happening Skyline was called that.
>>44262650What puzzles did we miss?>Though I never did find out if anyone ever figured out why the Happening Skyline was called that.It's a pretty obvious reference.
>>44262683>It's a pretty obvious reference.Oh, good. I was getting worried. I forget that EH is well known here.>What puzzles did we miss?You never figured out why Jack was able to leave the ship.
>>44262712Though I must say...
>>44262650Reversing request for feedback like a dick: what were the good/bad surprises at player choices, and how much did you enjoy the OC edited images and butterknife jokes?Did you always have that butterknife sprite ready and planned to be used? It seemed spontaneous.
>>44262726You should really have sterilized that suit.>>44262731>Reversing request for feedback like a dick: what were the good/bad surprises at player choices, and how much did you enjoy the OC edited images and butterknife jokes?They were awesome. Loved them.>Did you always have that butterknife sprite ready and planned to be used? It seemed spontaneous.It wasn't planned. I just felt that you should get SOMETHING from your original ship, and a butterknife was the first thing that came into my mind.
>>44262650I know there was more to the Engine Entrance room but we sorta.Cut the Gordian knot on that one?I was really curious what the fuck was going on there and wanted the Captain to actually do something for once. But escaping asap seemed a higher priority apparently.
>what were the good/bad surprises at player choicesI think the most surprising was when you actually stopped and talked with the ship’s psychologist. It was amazing.Though I never expected, for example, for Jack to be the one to go down first into the lower parts of the cargo hold, in chapter 2. I had planned for Ellie to go, get into the gun, then be fucked up when the gun fired. Then Jack would have to find her and get her to the healing pad asap.And the final fight was completely without planning. I had no idea how you were going to beat Anderson.
>>44262783I'm glad that my plan worked out, then.
>>44262650I assumed the "prisoner's dilemma" the quest put Jack 'n' Ellie just wouldn't have a clue like that.It seemed unlikely to result in real defection though.
>>44262760>Cut the Gordian knot on that one?I have no idea what that means.But the Captain was supposed to have a much bigger role. In fact, he was going to be what Luke ended up being, but then I noticed it didn’t make much sense for him to be Anderson's puppy, so I made a few changes.>>44262800In what I originally had in mind, both parties would be awake to make the decision, so it would be more interesting than Jack making the choice on his own.What really got me itching was what you'd have done if only one of them could leave the ship.
>>44262783>It was amazing.It was, I did enjoy doing that, but I really regret mixing up Ellie with Jack.Jack was the one who had found corridors leading to nonsensical spaces, and thus arguably kept "getting lost in the ship." Ellie hadn't encountered that yet.I should have said Ellie's problem was that she heard her friend's voice in the next room, but he wasn't there.
>>44262822Well, she had just seen a worm-like monster eating a body, so she was pretty shaken.Oh well. Perhaps next quest (if I ever make another) I'll make characters whose arms can actually reach the top of their heads. Those tiny arms caused so much positioning problems you wouldn't believe it.
>>44262818https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordian_KnotApplied brute force and shot Anderson in the head instead of doing any complicated puzzle reasoning.I still have no idea what the point of the spikes of darkness and the two ducks on the wall were.>>44262749But you had a butterknife sprite already lying around anyway?
>>44262783>I had no idea how you were going to beat Anderson.Did you not put the tube of Fermionic Isolation Liquid there knowing that would be the likely site of the final boss?>>44262749Hey, how else would we allow room for a sequel!Although really, the worst infections onboard the ship were highly visible and purple, no one expects something you can't see.I was wondering what use the sterilizer was though.What could happen if Jack just took off in the suit without sabotaging the drive first, I wonder.
>>44262848Nah, a good portion of the items were made on the spot, because I suddenly remembered I didn't have a sprite for them.
>>44262783>I had planned for Ellie to go, get into the gun, then be fucked up when the gun fired....right, if Jack died back then, where was the corpse he left behind?He just didn't see it in the dark?The immortality hadn't been introduced yet, but I remember it did seem like he might have died there.
>>44262846I think that this quest was somewhat limited by the speed of the imageboard. Even though this is one of the slower boards, threads still don't last more than a day before being purged, especially quest threads which tend to fill up with posts pretty quickly. Then after one thread dies, there's a long period of waiting for the next thread, so the players have a good chance of letting it slip their minds until the next thread, at which point one could presumably read through all the previous threads again.It makes it hard to keep track of all the cryptic and complex things going on, especially since discussion would be pretty awkward at any time; during a session it would be competing for space with suggestions, and the threads don't last for very long after a session ends. The inherent transience of a 4chan thread is inconvenient for quests.
>>44262818>if only one of them could leave the ship.That didn't seem likely. Was that even a possible scenario?We just stumbled bass-ackwards into causing circumstances that prevented that?
>>44262882I swear to you that the final boss happened to be in that room by pure chance. Or some subconscious action, which is creepy as hell.It was only after I placed Anderson’s sprite that I realized that room had a conveniently placed giant set of spinning blades. And I did not even think about using the Fermionic liquid to beat him until you guys suggested it.Really, I don’t know how the fuck I expected you to beat him, if it weren’t in that one room.Bear in mind I have only the faintest idea of what is actually going to happen before starting a session. I know the beginning and have some notion of what I want the end to be. Everything in-between is mystery.> no one expects something you can't see.You never did check the suit to see if there was anything on it, though.>>44262925Same reason Simon waited for you to die. "Reality in here is fickle. How will you know that you truly died if no one witnesses it?"If there is no one to observe it, it doesn't happen. The rooms, and their consequences, do not exist unles someone is on them. or something like that.I am tired, sorry.>>44262927Yeah, that is a bit bad with running quests on /tg/. But where else than here, you know?
>>44262783Was it even possible to avoid creating Anderson's Final Form?Nailing him to a wall non-fatally?
>>44262570This was genuinely pretty good. Thank you, Luth!
>>44262990It was. But only if you had actually seen the bacteria that Anderson had placed on the suit and sterilized it. The way it went, you missed it, thus creating another soul from which Jack could “push off”, so to speak.>>44262990Perhaps, though I don’t think so. I can’t envision a scenario where he doesn’t die, though you’ve surprised me more than once. He was supposed to be the one who tried to make the person who went into the core to fall off the bridge.Maybe if both Jack and Ellie were up and alive, they could have distracted him while the other went to get the suit on the other ship
>>44262983How did Anderson even get through the door to Engineering....Actually the respawn point seemed to be the spot that Jack and Luke died on --- the gun room, the laboratory, Luke's bedroom--but obviously Synthia and Simon and Anderson did not respawn where they died. Dr. Prince is less clear.>>44262650>You guys went in ways I hadn’t expected in the least, making quite a few puzzles moot.What, exploring every room we knew existed because of completionist urges?I imagine going straight to the core would have been easier if we never witnessed Simon's fifth death, and left him and Luke occupied in the Garden while Ellie descended.But then we might switch to Jack's POV and he might visit the garden for dat sweet southern BBQ smell.
>>44263031>thus creating another soul from which Jack could “push off”, so to speak.I assumed that strategy was impossible because of what Simon said.That he'd have to make a purple clone of ELLIE to push off of.>>42458598 >Not without a sacrifice of equal value. One birthed from something that didn’t come from inside the black-hole.And a copy of anyone but Ellie would be birthed from someone who had come from out of the black hole...Alas poor JackTwo.
>>44263030Thank you!>>44263048>What, exploring every room we knew existed because of completionist urges?No, I mean that you went in weird ways when solving puzzles. Whenever I tried to predict what you’d do in a diplomacy situation (an in Synthia’s Garden with Simon) I’d guess wrong.
>>44263031I think you meant to quote >>44262971So we could only save Jack because we fought and defeated the final boss?What happened to that plant we planned to save? I lost track.
>>44263115No you fool, battle meant nothing. Touching purple goo meant everything.>>44263031Wait, didn't Anderson already create at least one surplus soul, with the Captain clone?So the black hole already had more than its quota even before adding another.
>>44263115>What happened to that plant we planned to save? I lost track.You saved it. Jack took it with him when he left the Happening Skyline.---Well, thank you guys for the feedback, but, after 15 hours of questing, I need sleep.If I ever make any other quests, you can find out about them at @LuthQM. Any questions or suggestions, you can also send there and I'll answer when I see them.You guys were a blast.Goodbye, and good night.
>>44263100How would you have determined the nature of the corruption of new Ellie and Jack copies?It wouldn't be a happy, sympathetic kind of corruption would it?
Don't forget to vote like the QM forgot to ask you to.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Happening%20Skyline%20Quest
>>44262683>obvious reference.not to me it wasn'tI can't even tell what EH stands for
>>44263227Event Horizon. A movie about a ship with an experimental FTL drive that works by sending it through another dimension, which turns out to be a hellish nightmare realm. It doesn't have space animals, though.
>>44262983>>44263152In case you check the thread later, you might like running a quest here:http://tgchan.org/kusaba/It's a slower site, so it's easier to run a quest at a slow and steady pace, and quest threads aren't removed until over a month of inactivity. Plus, there's an on-site archive, so threads don't just vanish when they're moved off the main boards.