You are Vanquish, the masked hero of the night who protects part of Arcadia, a city of the future.LAST TIME:We fought a mysterious man called Knightmare, made a friend in the bumbling hero Hurricane Vanguard, and got accepted to be interviewed by the Peacekeeper's Union.Now, let's henshin a-go-go baby!---The sun breaks through your window, illuminating your messily kempt room. Your eyes flutter awake, the blue numbers on your alarm clock greeting you.7:59.One whole minute before the alarm was supposed to go off.Huh, you must really be prepared for this interview-->BZZZZZZTTTT! BZZZZ--You slam down the snooze button. Right, alarm clock.You get dressed, stuff some Minute Rice in the microwave, and turn on the television to check the local news. All seems relatively sound this lovely morning, June 22nd, 21XX.Newscasters report that Paragon Supreme, leader and founder of the Peacekeeper's Union, will be heading abroad on a trans-continental trip to make the Union a global effort, starting in Europe. Pretty cool stuff, you think.>What to do until our interview at 2?>Change the channel, catch a good show.>Practice our interview, don't want to mess it up.>Dick around on the internet.>Write-in.>don't you dare write in masturbate or I swear to god
>>45569380Masturbate to shota porn>Practice our interview, don't want to mess it up.Should also fix up our gloves.
>>45569420fuck you bruv we aint no pedoYou move over to your duffel bag, retrieving the cut gloves. Just running your thumb over the gash brings back the memory--the sheer rush of your will made manifest striking against him and making an even match.Most of the people you catch and apprehend aren't quite on your level. Even the so-called 'superpowered' ones don't have much to do against your will's strength.That Knightmare guy? You haven't seen shit like him before. Normally, he...He's the people Peacekeeper's Union fights.Damn, you really might be cut out for this.You grab some kevlar tucked away under the floorboards and shoddily sew it into the gashes. You were never one for fixing your own costume, but it'll have to do. A quick dab of paint across the replaced material, and it almost looks like half of a hack job and not a full one.>cont.
>>45569567Sitting up against the wall, putting your helmet on to simulate the real thing, you begin."I...I'm Vanquish! I want to join Peacekeeper's so my reign of justice is not impeded while the wicked get away!""Well," you say, raising your voice into a supposed interviewer, "we have plenty of those. Why are YOU important?""My power is quite literally limitless! The only thing holding it back is my emotion, my drive, the sheer force of will that makes me keep moving forward! In time, I could surpass Para--"No, that was too cocky.You take the helmet off and toss it aside. Maybe it would be good to do things more...on the fly. Planning isn't in the nature of a hot-blooded woman like yourself.>What now?>Get some exercise and warm up.>You've done enough. Veg out like the shit you are.>Audience: Ask for Exposition about something...?>Write-in.>
>>45569635>>Get some exercise and warm up.Be in top form for Henshining.
>>45569635>Get some exercise and warm up.
>>45569851>>45569746You get up and spread out your clothes to the corners of the room, getting the effort in you to even throw some of it in the hamper!Some, don't think too highly of yourself.You stretch out your legs, doing a few squats to proceed. You also grab your nearby dumbbells, lifting in a steady one-two motion. You puff air out of the side of your mouth in time with the reps to make sure you're exerting yourself correctly. Continuing your routine, you drop to the ground and press two fingers to the ground and press yourself upwards. Admittedly, you thought this was just something that only happening in Naruto, but as you began your journey to get physically fit and become a glorious hero, you actually managed to get enough strength in your hand to lift your entire body!Neat, huh?Hours pass, and it's roughly 12:30. You should probably head to the interview now.Donning your heroic garb and becoming Vanquish--in the daytime--you run down to the streets and head towards your interview. Time winds down, and it's 1 o' clock by the time you finally make it just outside the HQ, but--"Helpppppp! T-This monster's got meeee!"You whip your head around, seeing a mud-like creature with sprouting tendrils, a blonde woman with glasses tight in it's grasp."Shit." You mutter, as you realize what this means.If you save this woman, you will be assuredly late for your interview--and may blow your one shot. But this is a chance to be a hero, and it would be hypocritical to leave her to die just to become 'official!'What do we do?>Fight the monster! Interview be damned!>The interview is more important. Someone else can save her.>Write-in.
>>45570066>>Fight the monster! Interview be damned!It could be a test.
>>45570066>>Fight the monster! Interview be damned!forgot your trip OP
>>45570102>>45570088You throw your fist upwards! You cannot let this injustice stand, no matter what you could gain if you did! "Foul creature! Feel the divine power of my fists made incarnate! For I am Vanquish, defender of the innocent, and archnemesis to the wicked!"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9wVg_CumKEYou run at the beast, charging your fists behind you and then throwing a pummeling flurry of fists. The muddy substance pushes in as you strike, but it quickly slides back to where it once was."...This is going to require a lot more justice than I thought."You leap back, just as one of the tentacles slam down where you once stood. Glancing up at the mud-beast, there appears to be some sort of mechanical core to it all, a gray sphere with a reddish eye gazing down at you.Well, now you figure what to hit. Also, it looks like that one guy from--Anyways!>Pummel it harder until the core is exposed!>Channel all my will into one blow!>Rescue the woman and get her away!
>>45570305>>Rescue the woman and get her away!
>>45570669>>45570880You bend your knees, pressing a hand to the ground. With hot air coming in through your nose, you breathe in, exhale, and leap.A tentacle whips at you, but a quick kick bats it away. Another writhes just out of reach of you. You ignore the rest, all that matters is saving this woman. You land alongside the tentacle holding her captive and through your fist skywards."SPLIT THE ATOM!" You cry out, throwing your palm down sideways in a karate-chop motion, slicing the tentacle like a hot knife through butter.As the woman begins to fall, you jump after her, catching her on the way down and landing safely on your feet. Well...not that safely.It hurts like a mothefucker. But hey, you'll live."Are you okay?" You ask her. "O-Of course...thank you! So much..." Woah, uh, change in tone...?"For coming for your interview!"A quick beep-beep-beep resonates through the air, as the mud melts right off the woman's body. Confused, you whirl around, seeing the creature itself begin to melt and fade away in the same fashion, only it's robotic 'brain' remaining."I...wait, that was...?"The woman nods, removing her glasses and replacing them with a domino mask. She puts her hand in yours a little forcefully and shakes."Lady Payne. Peacekeeper's. If you have it in you to do a few quick questions inside after all that, I say you're as good as in.">W-Wait, what was the point of all that?>L-Lady Payne!? I'm your biggest fan!!>That was way too easy!>Why the hell was I never accepted before!?>Write-in.
>>45571041>Why the hell was I never accepted before!?
>>45571041>>L-Lady Payne!? I'm your biggest fan!!
>>45571041>L-Lady Payne!? I'm your biggest fan!!
>>45571078Voting for ThisAlso, ask :"Do you do this for every interview ? What if innocent civilian get hurt ? I regret so much to be on mu phone right now
>>45571103>>45571078"Lady Payne!? Seriously!? I'm your biggest fan! I-I collect all your shit when I go to conventions, and the Punisher Pummel is the coolest finisher of all the heroes in Arca...wait."You pause for a moment."Why have I been rejected all those other times?"Lady Payne pauses,taking her jacket off and inverting it, becoming the more recognizable pink and purple associated with her."Ahem. We don't ALWAYS accept nobodies. But your efforts against that man with the blade..."Knightmare."Well, he's been a repeated threat to our organization. Your application was quite timely, let's just say.""So I was too lame to join before? What about give me your poor, your huddled, your--""That's written on the Statue of Liberty, not the floormat here. Look, we have to have a set of standards. One bad apple spoils the bunch, and we lose all our sponsorship and accredation. Do you want to become a true hero, or do you want to play dress up in the streets like Mommy's favorite screwup on Halloween?"Yeesh, hard as bone.Granted, that's what you always liked about her. The fact she never took shit from anyone and easily rose to the top of recognized heroes around."Do you do this for everyone? What if someone walked by and got hurt by that thing?""No one is in any real danger. It's remotely controlled by Cogmaster in the basement. Now, are you going to play nice and so some paperwork?">(Tame) L-Let's get professional, miss.>(Defiant) You really should be more careful, even so.>Write-in.
>>45571470>(Tame) L-Let's get professional, miss>Write in "Do you know anything more about this bladed man ?We may need to know more about him. He seemed to know something important if I'm recalling
>>45571470>(Resigned) Okay..Let's get it over with
>>45571549"L-Let's get professional. But...what do you know about this guy with a blade?"She sighs."He's been standing outside our HQ for over a week, just pointing his sword at Paragon Supreme's office. We wrote him off as some drunk the first three times...time number four, he actually tried to break in. But by the time we went to stop him...""He was gone." She finishes."Time number five?"Payne smiles. "You showed up. I was quite impressed. Paragon Supreme himself was quite taken with the way you literally tried to headbutt him, and then, how you played off how much it hu--""T-That's enough, miss!" God, you now realize talking to these older heroes might get embarrassing.The two of you walk inside for your forms.>cont.
>>45571994You walk in, as the place quite literally seems to grow and become bigger on the inside than it appears walking in.Paintings adorn the walls. On each, you can see the five founding members of the Peacekeeper's Union. Paragon Supreme. Lady Payne. Cogmaster. Nighthowl. And...Well, no, the fifth one is torn apart. The Union supposedly had a member who committed some crime so heinous, they had to be ex-communicated and scrubbed from the records. This was far before they ever formed the Union proper, making you wonder why the painting was made..."A-he-hem." The harsh-yet-calmingly authoritative voice of Lady Payne beckons you to her desk. A quick glance shows very little personality to it. A plaque reading 'Priscilla Payne' here, a Sunday Funnies comic-calendar, and an almost surgically neat pile of papers in and outgoing.Something told you you should really be trying to emulate your idol more."Now, we already have your personal information on file, none of that is in dispute. However, we have a personality sectionaire, and within a week, a physical examination for your ranking.""...Ranking?" you say, confused."What, you thought we're all created equal? Some heroes can never leave the slums, while the likes of Paragon Supreme are needed worldwide every day. Higher the rank, the higher your status and your dedication."High dedication...that's right up your alley!Something runs through your mind...should you answer honestly on the personality questions, or answer what you 'think' is best for getting a higher rank...?>Honesty is a hero's best friend!>It...couldn't hurt anyone just to bump our score a little.
>>45572152>Honesty is a hero's best friend!
>>45572179>>45572226No, no, how could you even THINK that, Yukari!? If a hero can't be honest, then you can't be a hero! "Ready?" Payne says, glancing over a sheet written with bubble-answers, pencil in hand. "I'm going to answer you some theoretical questions, and I want you to answer honestly. Not because we'll know if you're lying, but because...well. Being misplaced in ranking is never a fun time."Yeah, that isn't ominous."Question 1: Your mother, whom you love and has cared for you all your life is dangling off on edge of a collapsing bridge. Twenty other people, total strangers, are on the other. You only have time to save one side before the whole thing collapses. Who do you choose?"(This is going to be a character-roleplaying based section. I ask for a little discussion amongst yourselves here, cause it's gonna influence how Yukari is written from now on to mold her into what we answer with here.)
>>45572152>Honesty is a hero's best friend!We must tell the truth.Also :"Can we repass the test later, to try to upgrade our ranking ? Or are we stuck forever with the first ranking ?"
>>45572331I would vote for saving people before our mother, but since we're supposed to care for her, it's a tough one. If Yukari should let die her mothet, even if it's for saving everyine else, she would be remorsefull yo have let someone ahe cared and love die.Or we can ask How high and big is this bridge : Maybe some can survive the fall.
>>45572396I mean, it's a question of utilitarianism and how much the self matters in your heroics.I will say that no, there's no trick to the question. The side you don't save dies.
>>45572676Kerry finally became an ally of justice who rejected his alternate view of the world.
>>45572331>Save the other people
>>45572331>Save the group, a true ally of justice puts the lives of innocent strangers before their own personal feelings!
>>45572331We save which ever one is closer to us. Assuming they're all equally close to us we go mom and then group under the reasoning that its quicker to save one person and then focus on saving a group than it is to save a group and then focus on the single person. The side with the group of people might cave in while we're saving them after all.
>>45572331We save mom. I want our hero to have a little bit of an edge in that our friends and family come first.How's the super scene worldwide? Is there a certain Superman head honcho archetype everyone looks up to?
>>45572331I like the idea of us having a bit of a flaw in our relentless pursuit for a greater good eclipsing our dedication to loved ones. It sets us up for classic tokusatsu hero drama although it might be sorta cliche
Thread is dead?
>>45573635QM's probably writing the update now.
How are we in terms of contacts?I always liked it when heroes have support teams. Like Doc Savage and his crew. We need to find some people that can make us weapons and sick rides.We also could use a secret base. Operating out of home could be dangerous.Have we introduced ourselves to the police yet? It never hurts to have a Commissioner Gordon figure on our side.
>>45573635...s-sorry bb, was getting some shuteye
>>45572744>>45573072>>45573083>>45573157You think long and hard. Despite the clear importance of saving a multitude of lives--your mind cannot help but find it correct to save your mother whom you actually know."I'll save my mother."Payne raises an eyebrow. Something tells you that was unexpected."I...just prefer intimacy over the many."That doesn't stop her look any."Well. Question 2: you met a dashing man or woman and hit it off, dating for quite some time. However, when you're fighting your archnemesis, their mask breaks and you discover the face of your lover. Are your morals compromised? By loving a villain, are you supporting them?Can you trust them ever again, or do you call it off immediately? Keep in mind: NEITHER of you revealed their identities to the other."
>>45573830We have no one other than Hurricane, essentially. However, if this interview goes well enough, our web should increase with other heroes our rank.The police are certainly familiar with vigilante-level heroes, but they're typically lone wolves and therefore you haven't been approached, and haven't approached them yet yourself. Doesn't mean we can't.
>>45574393>Do you want to continue a romantic relationship with a known criminal?Justice and love are both blind. But only one is ever fair.We kick the relationship to the curb. Remember what Sam Spade did in Maltese Falcon. The thrill is GONE if she turns out to be Catwoman.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buP4ZjXjOgA
>>45574438We should at least drop by and shake a few hands. Just so they know we're interested in working with them rather than against them.
>>45574393Try to reedem him. He will forsake his evil ways if he truly lowes us.Othewise, what >>45574450 said.
QM a dead?
>>45574965Is that... are you a fellow fan of the ghoul quests?
>>45575048Oh yes. I'm so glad we got to meet Belial.Looking forward to the next thread and, of course, ElsaQuest.
>>45574965sry bb...>>45574450>>45574450"End it. I cannot associate with a villain."Payne makes a sort of 'huh' face. "You know, after your last answer...nevermind.""What?""Nothing, you just...he...anyways.""Question 3: the local chief of police is taking bribes. As you are surrounded by his squadron, you most assuredly will lose the battle, or at least have to run, with all of the police as your enemy.Do you join in on taking bribes? Or risk fighting to the death to expose his corruption and keep your morals?"
>>45575592>risk fighting to the death to expose his corruption and keep your morals!"If it wasn't worth doing it wouldn't be difficult! I'll forgive you this time, MQM...
>>45575613I have a trash sleep schedule and I kinda fell asleep at my computer.But hey, uh...at least I'm rested? Hehe...
>>45575637I can hardly hold that against you. I didn't sleep at all last night. Thank god I don't have to drive to get to campus or I might actually kill someone on my way to class today.
>>45575613"I'd risk my life! I would rather die than compromise my morals!"Payne fills in your answer, letting out a bit of a click with her tongue. "Mm.""If it wasn't worth doing, these choices would be easier. But, I don't choose a life of ease! Just one of...""Okay, okay. Question Four: does absolute evil exist? Or can everyone, deep down, be considered 'good'?"
>>45575637Not to keep referencing other quests within this quest, but it sounds like you and the Ghoul Quest Quest Girl need to hang out and talk about your mutual struggles with sleep. Who knows, maybe it'll end with hand holding >>45575592DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR. COWARD DIE TWICE.
>>45575708Also, no go for me. Got a nice little relationship with my girlfriend going.But hey, I wouldn't be opposed....they're the QM for that Scooby Doo waifu thing, right?
>>45575705>I think that everyone believes what they're doing is for the best. Whether or not I share their sentiments is different. >>45575708QG must remain pure! You stop with these Sibella-ish thoughts!
>>45575726Be warned, QG may or may not possess a penis.As with all things on the internet, you run the risk of being a faggot.
>>45575730What this guy says>>45575726I swear its better than it sounds. It has the dankest lore. It is also cursed.
>>45575754buddy im a girl in a lesbian relationship i think im gonna be okay.
>>45575763It's cursed to SHIT!I LOVE IT!The cute quest turned wightfu into fucking life-support for the MC!>>45575780So that would make it... anti-faggotry? Double-faggotry? Fuck, I need more coffee before contemplating this shit...But the quest is super fun, you should poke at it if you wanna. Or don't. QG might be a Morrison-esque wizard.
>>45575780M E L B O U R N EELBOURNE>>45575730I second this guy.
>>45575730"I think that everyone believes what they're doing is for the best. Whether or not I share their sentiments is different.""Very...tolerant of you." She notes. "Well...I'm afraid that your answers had a certain...lacking.""We can't accept you into the Peacekeeper's.""What!?" you exclaim. "B-But, I fought monster and Knightmare and--"She presses a finger to your lips, smirking. Her other hand lowers her domino mask and she winks slightly."If you REALLY want to be a hero, I think you should meet me in the storage closet for a...private interview."...aw shit. This lady was old enough to be our mother, and...sure, there was some attraction, but that was respect!Besides, will we throw away all our morals just for the chance at officiality...?Why did justice become so hard today?>Do it and get it over with.>Staunch refusal.>Pffft, you act like this is a bad thing.
>>45575865>>Pffft, you act like this is a bad thing.justice ain't all that's hard, Vanquish...beating Knightmare will be even harder!
>>45575865>Staunch refusalIt would be a betray to the question about bribing, I think.And also, no one touches Vanquish's Vajayjay, without prior authorisation.
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>45576167>>45575916Rolling for a tie breaker.Odds, we do it. Evens we refuse.
>>45576334DAMN YOU, PURITY DICE!
>>45576334Sorry. I asked to refuse because I don't find it right for Vanquish to fuck her way up, even if it's by Lady Payne.We should move upward by our power, fueled by Adversity and our Lust for Justice ! Do we know what are Lady Payne's power ?
>>45576334"Ma'am, with all due respect, I can't do that." You gently remove her finger from face. "To do so would invalidate my answer to the bribery question, and it's simply against my policy. Unless we're in a relationship, and neither party--""Kid, you can stop, you passed the final question."She's smiling, taking out a slip from one of the drawers in her desk and writing a big fat 'N' on it with a checkmark beside it."You'll be submitted into the physical exams next week. I advise that you don't do anything that would break, melt, sever, eviscerate, liquefy, or otherwise prevent you from using any part of your body.""Wait wha--""Now, out out out!" A faint glow emanates from behind her mask, and you find yourself lifted and gently tossed out the door of the Peacekeeper's Union. Flat on your ass, no less.You grumble and rub your sore derriere, and contemplate if it would be worth it not getting in if you could score with her. Or, maybe you'd please her so much she'd ignore--"Hello, fellow hero! I see your interview went well!"Snapped from your pondering, you glance and notice Hurricane waving from the bushes by the window.>Oh, hey, Hurricane.>...have you been stalking me?>What're you doing here?
>>45576468>>Oh, hey, Hurricane.
>>45576468>Oh, hey, Hurricane>What're you doing here?I don't think he stalked us, since it seems PKU headquarters are watched.We should try to invite him, and try to make him out partenaire in crime fighting, Justice Dealing fury !
>>45576558Crap. He totally stalked us.Let's try to act cool then, and confront him later.
>>45576558>>45576499"Oh, hey, Hurricane." You glance over at this position in the bushes, which now rings odd to you. He is far too tall to actually crouch down and not be noticed, so how in the hell did he..."So, will you be needing a fitness partner in the week prior to your exam? I think you'll find my routine ideal for staying in top physical form! 10 percent spirit, 10 percent will, 80 percent back-breaking exercise!""...What are YOU doing here? You didn't have an interview with the Peacekeeper's, did you?"You audibly hear Hurricane open his mouth to speak, putting a finger up--and stopping. "Classified business, Vanquish. What you should know is I have been on a top-secret-mission assigned to me by someone you couldn't even imagine!"He's right; you couldn't imagine someone important assigning a task to this guy; someone who couldn't beat a wet paper bag in a knife fight if he brought a gun."...cool." You decide it's best to confront him later. What to do now?>write-in.
>>45576755Question his workout routine. Let's see if he's full of shit.
>>45576820I'll back this.
>>45576755Try out his routine, everybody needs a spotter and we might motivate him to be better. I know the first question is from Infamous, reskinned tower choice, I like that
>>45576820>>45576968"So, just what is your workout routine?" you ask, trying to hide a smug smirk behind your mask."Routine? Oh, well! I lift 10 pound weights for ten minutes, then 20 pound weights for 20 minutes, and then 30 pound weights for 30 minutes! I call it, the Hour of Power! Then, on my off days, I have a run around the city, trying to lose 5 minutes off my time each month!"You blink in bewilderment. His routine didn't sound like the most absurd thing--to the contrary, there was a logic to it--the confusing thing was the running."You run...all of Arcadia?" you finally ask."Oh! Did I forget to mention, I, ah...why don't I just show you!" He glances behind you and points to a coffee shop roughly a mile down the way. "See that?" "Yeah, wh--"Before you even finish your syllable, Hurricane has vanished. Befuddled, you look to the left. No Hurricane. The right...no Hurricane."Over here!" you hear a distant shouting.Waving you down from a mile away with coffee in hand is Hurricane."Super speed, huh..." you comment to yourself. Interesting.Hurricane runs and appears beside you in a blur, his cup discarded already."So, what do you say? Will you be my partner?">Honestly, he needs the help more than us. Let's be his 'partner' but actually train him.>The only good coach for a hero is another hero, after all!>Your routine doesn't seem very...professional.
>>45577083>>The only good coach for a hero is another hero, after all!It couldn't hurt. We might be sore, but we'll get it done. Also, when was the coffee meet up with our friend?
>>45577083Not as ludicrous as I expected. Seems a bit simple, even.I vote option B. We could always drop him if need be.
>>45577115Wednesday, the day prior to your physical exams.
>>45577115>>45577128"Alright...let's do it! You can be my partner, Hurricane!""Marvelous!" He gives a quick salute and rears up, zooming down the street at ludicrous speed."...oh goddamit."You run after Hurricane, your grumbling stomach now starting to kick you in the ass for only eating rice this morning.--Once Hurricane finally understood the concept of staying around your speed, things got less hectic. Hell, you were breaking such a good sweat, you could've drowned in your mask. On the outskirts of the city, Hurricane holds you up."...something I have to do. Please excuse me." With that, your eye vaguely traces a lime-speedline to where you presume he went.Follow him?>Yes.>No.>Ask him about it when he comes back.
>>45577575Ask him when he gets back.Super hero needs super food. Let's grab a bite.
>>45577575>>Ask him about it when he comes back.Go get a 12 inch sub
>>45577611>>45577637Luckily, there's a nearby sandwich shop beside you. You fish in your pocket for your wallet and grab a twenty, hoping it will sustain your MIGHTY NEED for SUSTENANCE.Walking inside, the place is relatively empty, so it's a bizarre sight for the few patrons to see a local hero step in in full costume. You try to ignore the stares as you make your way to the counter."A, uh, 12 inch sub, please. Hold the mayo. And tomatoes. Extra cheese." You try and remain composed and stoic during that. But god, if you didn't fucking hate mayo.No, like, seriously.Fuck mayo.The clerk behind the counter nods awkwardly and takes your twenty, handing you some pennies in change. As you wait for your sandwich, you glance outside, seeing the same indicative speedline of Hurricane run into a botanical shop across the street, and then back the way he came.The plot thickens.As you grab your sandwich and sit down to eat, you realize that would require taking off your mask. In front of other people. Thus revealing your identity.In a stroke of genius, you take your sandwich subtly into the ladies' bathroom, lock yourself in, and begin stuffing your face in solitude.Bliss.>Contemplate the events of the day so far.>Ponder about Hurricane.>Write-in.
>>45577944>pennies in changeThat's a fucking expensive sandwich, God damn.Ponder about Hurricane. Flowers and secrecy? Something is afoot.
>>45577988Imagine if you kept the tomatoes and mayo.The horror.
>>45577944>>Ponder about Hurricane.>Flowers>secrecyEither he's getting ready for a date, going to a hospital, or...NAH!
>>45577988>>45578022Taking bites, you wonder about Hurricane's weird behavior.First, he insists that's been around after a bout of temporary retirement. Then, all of his technology is either out of date, or he hardly knows how to use it. And now, all of this weirdness where he has to go somewhere in the middle of the day...with flowers, no less.Flowers are usually some sign of intimacy. It could be he forgot something for his girlfriend...maybe someone he knows and loves is undergoing chemo?What else could it be...?As you finish your sub in record time (and hopefully don't regret how fast you ate the damn thing), you walk out of the bathroom after washing up. Taking a seat inside, you wait for Hurricane a while longer.One of the patrons in a booth right next to you glances your way, piping up."...You're with that Vanguard boy, right?"You turn around, a little bewildered. "Why, yes. How did you--""Saw you both outside a while ago." He reaches out his hand. "Sam. Sam Whittaker."You firmly shake his hand, wanting to make a good impression."That boy's an oddity around here. He used to be the shining example of how you were a damn hero...then one day, out of the blue, he disappears. Even weirder is when he came back. Nobody else seemed t' notice, but...he got shorter. A lot more awkward now. And he always, always on the dot, goes t' parts unknown when the clock hits about 4 PM.""Huh...">What else do you know about him?>Are you some kind of fan of heroes?>What's your story?>Write-in.
>>45578188>>What else do you know about him?His son perhaps?
>>45578408It ain't, I'll tell you that much.Sam has no true personal connection to Hurricane.
>>45578576No no, I'm saying that the new Hurricane is old Hurricane's son.
I'm heading to class momentarily, so if this thread dies in my absence, I've put it on the archive just in case and we'll start off from here in thread 3. Again I recommend you check my twitter at @RevengeanceQ for any updates on when we're gonna start a quest. I'm gonna try and do them around 2 from now on in the middle of the week, and see if that works.
>>45578188>>What else do you know about him?
Page nine bump.
Bumping for heroism
>>45582428>>45581112>>45579695Hey, thanks for keeping the thread alive. That said, I'd prefer if the time I'm away while the thread is alive is reserved for more...I dunno, discussion based things? Theorizing or talking about characters and what we'd like to do. This is a symbiotic process; the more you give me, the more I can give you back.I'm not trying to sound harsh, and I really hope I don't! Just a little thing that goes a long way.Back to business.>>45579728>>45578408"What else do you know about him then?"Sam takes a sniff of the air that sounds phlegmy. Cold, you presume."He wasn't always able to run as fast as he is. That came after his disappearance. And now, he just seems to latch onto whatever hero he can to be alongside, rather than inspire, if ya get me. Poor kid...""Before the disappearance...he still seemed young, right?""Yeah. His voice was th' same and all, but now there's just something funny about him. I don't think he's dangerous, I'm just sayin' to watch him, make sure he's alright."Right on cue, Hurricane enters the area, empty handed and looking around. For you, probably."Go on. Talk to im'. Just...watch the ice you're walkin' when it comes to what we were just discussing." Sam warns, taking a long sip from his soda."Of course. Thank you, sir." You bow quickly and walk out to greet Hurricane."Ah! Vanquish! So glad to see you!" Hurricane puts his hands on his hips and stands upright. "I apologize my business took so long. I forgot something and had to make two trips! But now we can continue with your training.">Hurricane, we need to talk. (Confront him.)>Sure, let's train some more. (Let it slide.)>I think I'm done for the night...>Write-in.
>>45582907>>Sure, let's train some more. (Let it slide.)But we'll talk to him about it later.As for the bumps, you're welcome, but at the time, I was on mobile and 4chan mobile sucks as we all know.
>>45582977"Of course, Hurricane. Let's train some more.""Great! Now I wanted you to have a quick taste of my regiment! The Hour of Power itself! Follow me, dear Vanquish!" With that, Hurricane rushes off, leaving his light trail to chase after.Sunuvabitch.You run after his trail.---Finally meeting Hurricane standing on an isolated rooftop, you see a purple, soft-materialed set of weights."I thought you'd be more of a lime, considering..."Hurricane tilts his head, not understanding."Nevermind.""Go through my regiment! Then...a Hurricane surprise!""Hurricane surprise...? Is it like, a homemade pie?""What it IS is a surprise! So please, just do the 30-30, 20-20, and 10-10. In any order."You sigh and pick up the weights.>cont.
>>45583651"...25!...26!...27!...28!...29!...30!!!"You drop the weights and flap your arms, breathing heavily and sitting criss-cross to rest. Your whole body literally aches, and you know for a damn fact that Hurricane isn't as muscular as you. How the hell he does it is a complete mystery."Wonderful!" He gives you a dynamic thumbs up. "Now, for the Hurricane surprise!"You wait for it."...um, no, please stand for this." He says.You suddenly don't have as good of a feeling about this as before.You get up, as per his request."Great! Now..."He puts on a fighting stance."Battle me, Vanquish! Let's see who the real hero of Arcadia's downtrodden is!"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6t2HDJ0NVk"WHAT!?">You tricked me!>No time to complain, just fight!>Write-in.
>>45583920>>No time to complain, just fight!Goddammit.
>>45583920>"Why? I don't have any reason to fight someone who isn't doing harm.">"And if this is supposed to be a sparring match, why'd you make me do those reps beforehand?"
>>45583949"Goddamit, Hurricane! Why are you fighting me!? And after all those reps!""A hero should be prepared for anything!""LIKE YOU WERE PREPARED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ME!?""Ha, I can't hear you over the sounds of my superior heroism!"This kid was getting on your nerves even harder.He runs around you, a green blur circling around you and then closing in on you. You breathe in deeply, and throw your first in a circular spin around you.Immediately, Hurricane is decked in the face, as he didn't anticipate you even being able to lift your arms....He's not wrong, it hurt like a bitch to even raise them, let alone punch him.There's a crack in his visor, and you can see a single brown eye behind it, shaking slightly as he realizes he's in over his head."A-A mighty swing indeed! Let's see how you can handle...THIS!"Hurricane gets to his feet and breathes in, swirling his hands in figure-eight motions as wind channels around his fists. He reels both fists back and sends them surging forward, two massive funnel clouds emerging from his knuckles."EYE OF THE STORM!" he cries out.Your body feels too weak to dodge in time, and you can already feel the winds nipping you from here.>Why the hell are you doing this!?>Focus on the fight!>Write-in.
>>45584290>>Focus on the fight!LET US FIGHT LIKE PEOPLE.
>>45584290>Focus on the fight!As the attack his named, so are its weakness - there are no winds in the eye of the storm.Dive horizontally THROUGH the center of one of the vortexes.
>>45584317>>45584472>>45584730That's the trouble with making your attack names a little too obvious. This is why you always make your attack names WAY too cool to actually be indicative of what they do.When the funnels come for you, you take a step back and make a running leap, dive-kicking through the literal eye of one of the tornadoes and nailing Hurricane in the chest. Once you land on your feet, you throw a flurry of punches at his armor.As you strike, you notice tape splitting, and paint starting to chip. Upon closer inspection, his costume really is falling apart at the seams."Rrrrah!" He yells back in defiance, his voice distorter starting to crackle into static partway through.Hurricane punches you straight across the jaw, and then again, and again, and again. He sweeps your leg and alternates between punches and kicks, into one devastating combo of relentless strikes."CATEGORY FIVE!" he yells as it climaxes, kicking and sending you skidding across the roof."Had enough yet? Ready to give up that nomination to me?" He asks weakly, panting."That's what this is about!? You're JEALOUS?" you say."This runs deeper than jealousy! This is about who rightfully deserves that title to protect more people!"You pant as you get up, the aching in your muscles starting to get to you. This fight has to end--and fast.>Wait for a fatal slip up when he comes to hit me.>Go right at him! His armor can't take another hit!>Write-in.
>>45584880>"Even if you're stronger than me, it doesn't mean you're more deserving of anything, Hurricane. You don't protect people for nominations or titles. You do it because it's the right thing to do.">Leave. This isn't worth it.
>>45584981Second this.Hurricane is a salty bitch. Let him wallow.
>>45584981Can we kick him while driving our point?
>>45585017I would think that defeats the message behind leaving without fighting further.
>>45584981>>45585000"...Even if you're stronger than me, it doesn't mean you're more deserving of anything, Hurricane. You don't protect people for nominations, or titles. You do it because it's the right thing to do."You breathe in deep through your nostrils and exhale."I'm done here. I'm not going to indulge you being a child.""I-I am not a child! This is more than just titles and nominations! I'm trying to protect people! You are my genuine friend as a hero, and yet--""Yet your 'competition' for who 'deserves it' involves fighting me while I'm handicapped? There's a lot of suspicious shit about you, Hurricane, and this caps it. We could've been partners--but I think I prefer the company of honest people.""I...I am honest! M-Masahiro said that was...my best feature..."You stare hard at him through your visor and turn to walk away."Stop! Please! I...I can't be seen like a failure..."You hear something drop to the ground and roll towards you.There's a girl's voice."P-Please...forgive me for my arrogance..."You turn around, seeing what must be the real Hurricane Vanguard.A girl who doesn't look like she could be out of high school, on her knees and sobbing."I-I have sullied our sacred bonds as heroes! I'm no better than the villains we face in combat! Nay, I'm worse!" She says, through sobs.>...Who are you and where the hell is the guy I just fought?>...Oh goddamit. (Comfort her).>Get the full story.>Write-in.
>>45585101WhatAsk her who the hell he is.
>>45585101>>...Who are you and where the hell is the guy I just fought?>>Get the full story.Is it that chick we met in the laundry mat?
>>45585101>Get the full story.This is getting ridiculous. Let's just- just go grab a drink or something, and you can tell me about what's wrong. I'm not heartless enough to leave someone crying like this.
>>45585133>>45585149"...who are you and where the hell is the guy I just fought?""I-It's me! Hurricane...M-My...my real name is Makoto Matsushita. My helmet filters the voice out so I d-don't sound like a girl...a-and the suit is rather androgynous, so--""Wait, all this time you've been a girl? What the hell...?""I-I thought I'd be taken more seriously as a hero if I posed as male. T-Then I met you, but I couldn't just stop pretending! I...this suit was...a hand-me-down...a passing of the torch."She looks up to you, brown eyes watering."F-From my brother. The first Hurricane Vanguard.">>45585195"...Let's go get a drink and you can tell me everything."You walk over to Hur--Makoto and help her up by the hand, leading her down the stairs out to the coffee shop and getting her something to drink."Where do we start...">'First' Hurricane Vanguard?>What's your deal with joining the Peacekeeper's?>Are you ACTUALLY sorry?>Write-in.
>>45585245>>'First' Hurricane Vanguard?>>What's your deal with joining the Peacekeeper's?
huh thread looks interesting ill check it out, and its only the second one in the series!wait, the previous thread wasnt linked in the op?oh well
>>45585502http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/45543037/Here you go.
>>45585502Here's the previous thread.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/45543037/
>>45585245>'First' Hurricane Vanguard?>What's your deal with joining the Peacekeeper's?This quest looks interesting. I've got kind of a soft spot for hot-blooded henshin heroes
>>45585866>>45585262"What do you mean there was a 'first' Hurricane?"She gives a bit of a pathetic sniffle. You hand her some napkins, which Makoto promptly dabs at her eyes with.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB6ttzPajHE"My brother, Masahiro...h-he was the first Hurricane. He was a great hero, with a suit he built all by himself to help him fight evil. H-He really was my hero. I was the only person he ever told his identity..."She swallows hard and her eyes begin to water again."One night, he didn't come home from his patrols when he usually did...I got so worried I waited on the f-front porch for him...and I saw him stumbling towards me with a sword in his stomach!"You cup your hand over the mouth of your mask in horror."H-He was covered in blood...God, there was so much blood. H-He could only whisper to me t-that I shouldn't let the justice of Hurricane Vanguard die with him. N-Nothing on who or what killed him."You wait a moment for her to collect herself."...so that's why the suit is so damaged. You couldn't repair it to what it was before his death."She tearfully nods."And why you're so much shorter in the suit. But, there's one more question on my mind. Why do you have super-speed?""I...he was working on an addition to the suit. Masahiro. On my first ever mission, I found in the lair of some muggers blueprints similar to what he had half-finished, and I worked from those. Why they had them, I never found out.""...I'm sorry to hear that Makoto. I...I just wish I knew."She swallows again., blinking tears into her coffee."...do the Peacekeeper's have to do with it too?"She nods softly. "He...he always wanted to protect more people. I thought that if I joined, it would be a way of protecting his legacy as a hero...but...!!" She starts sobbing again, burying her face in her palms."I'm not strong like he is! I'm just a stupid kid! A stupid, selfish kid w-who wants to cheat her way to the top! You're the real hero...">cont.
>>45586051>Hey, I didn't just wake up a hero, Makoto.>We all make mistakes. (Compassionate.)>Just don't try that shit again. (Stern.)
>>45586077>>Hey, I didn't just wake up a hero, Makoto."I had to put in blood, sweat and tears into being a hero. It's not something you're naturally good at. You have to work for it."
>>45586077This, pretty much. I get why she wanted to, but she's gotta work more at it, honestly. Hell, we're STILL working at it, to be honest. Just because we MIGHT get into the Peacekeepers doesn't automatically mean we've 'made it' as a hero.
>>45586274>>45586104"Makoto...I had to put my all into being a hero. Blood, sweat, tears, any fluid you can think of. It's not something you're naturally good at. You have to work for it."She looks up, eyes wide."I don't think you've lost your way. At least, you haven't lost it enough that you can't go the right way. But it's going to mean working hard. No shortcuts, no cheating. Just think of what your brother would say if you did become part of the Union by beating me like that?"She glances down at the counter shamefully. "He wouldn't think that was very heroic at all...""Right. So don't just honor his legacy. Honor yourself. Become the hero he thought you could be."Makoto looks up at that, smiling softly, her eyes starting to glisten again."Vanquish...you're the kindest soul in Arcadia. I...I would be honored if you would take me on as a sidekick!"Woah, uh...sudden mood change, huh?>Yes!>No!>Uh...>Write-in.
>>45586490>>Uh...A bit sudden. How about we work together if there's a tough guy we can't take out by ourselves? Also, do we remember what the Knightmare's sword looked like? Does she remember what the sword that killed her brother looked like?
>>45586490>"What did I just say? Be the hero he thought you could be! A hero like Hurricane Vanguard is far too great to be running around in the shadow of someone like me. Surpass me, like I know you can! Live up to your brother's dreams!">"I refuse to let you become my sidekick, Makoto, because I refuse to hold you back from achieving your true potential. If you ever need my help, well, why not call on me as a fellow hero?">any fluid you can think ofL-lewd.
>>45586490>Uhhhh....>I...hmm...>I appreciate it, but I don't think I'm ready for a sidekick right now, to be honest. (we can barely keep ourselves under control!) But maybe being a sorta mutual team? You call on me for help, I call on you for help if need be?
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>45586578rolling for masturbation
>>45586563>>45586578>>45586582"A hero like Hurricane Vanguard doesn't deserve to be in the shadow of someone else. Hurricane Vanguard should shine in the light of her own glory."You smile."Surpass me like I know you can, and make your brother's last wish come true! I'm not going to hold you back. But, if you ever truly need my help, we'll do it as equal partners. Not something like a sidekick to me.""...Also, I'm not ready for a sidekick. Heh heh...""Oh! Um...okay. I...I'll trust my best for you, okay, Vanquish? Y-You're my new role model!" She beams brightly at you.Something else sinks into the back of your mind. You've got to ask."Hey, Makoto. What was the sword like that was in your brother the night he--""...we still have it. A daito. Basically a very long katana."Well, that rules out Knightmare. Besides, she wouldn't still have the sword in that instance."Thank you for your help."She pauses, thinking. "Thank you so much...for everything. Who knows where I might've...anyway. I ust have one tiny request of you. Cogmaster, he's one of the Union, yes...? Can you please take my suit in to him so he can repair it? I...I know that my brother has spoken to him before. Mention the name 'Hurricane' and he should do it no trouble.">Sure thing.>I'll...be too busy.>Write-in.
>>45586619how would you roll for that
>>45587128>>Sure thing.Is there still time in the day to do this?>>45587149Not sure.
>>45587128>Sure ThingHelping her will be helping us later on
Is there a pastebin or something so I can catch up? This is a fun read.
>>45587331A link to the previous thread is up above.
>>45587331Just the first thread. Just ctrl+f 'suptg' and you should find the link.
>>45587185>>45587202"Sure thing. I'll see if I can do it today, but if I can't, by the end of the week. Sound okay?"Makoto nods. "And if not today...well, I trust you to protect the city in my absence!" She salutes you proudly.You feel an odd friendly bond between the two of you.>Makoto Matsushita is now your Ally!>Makoto can now be contacted to aid you whenever she is available. What now?>Time to head back, see if Cogmaster is around Union HQ.>Something else with Makoto first.>Write-in.
>>45587522>>Time to head back, see if Cogmaster is around Union HQMight as well.
>>45587522>Time to head back, see if Cogmaster is around Union HQ.Feels like Makoto will now DIE FOR US
>>45587522>Time to head back, see if Cogmaster is around Union HQWe're gonna be the most awesome senpai
Rolled 3 (1d100)>>45588108> I AM SENPAI NOW!
It's probably ignorant of me to ask, but are we actually in Japan right now? I ask because seeing the character names and then seeing that we pulled out a 20 for that stupidly expensive sub (No really, fuck that place a sub shouldn't be that high) it just kinda started nagging at me.
>>45588108>>45587717>>45587556You wave off Makoto, taking the tatters of her suit from her outside. She waves you off with a toothy grin.As you make the lengthy walk back to the Union HQ, you notice just how low the sun is dipping beneath the sky. It's becoming apparent that you're not going to make it in time for closing--hell, you're not even sure that Cogmaster was there today.Oh, geez, if you keep her suit in your apartment, your landlord might find it, and you'll get kicked out. What're we--You bump suddenly into a tall figure (like pic related on your way down the street. You pause, taking a full second to glance all the way up and drink in his mechanical features."...C-Cogmaster, sir?""Reply: That is my name. Humorous suffix: Don't wear it out.""Um, hello! I am Vanquish, a hero freshly about to take her exams! I have a friend who needs his suit repaired, and--""Reply: I do not work for just anyone. I am busy. Apology: Sorry about that.""No, no, sir, you don't understand! This is a request from Hurricane Vanguard himself!" Cogmaster's gears stop turning briefly inside of him. An ugly clicking like a wind-up toy being wound the wrong way sounds as his head turns towards you."Exclamation: Oh my! Question: Why didn't you just say so? I will have it done within eight-hundred-hours.""...that long?""Correction: Military time.""Ohhhhhh. Thank you so much, kind sir!"You hand the suit of to him, and Cogmaster opens a cavity in his chest to dispense Makoto's clothes in."Statement: I am glad Hurricane Vanguard recovered. Condolences: It was unfortunate hearing what happened to him.""...what was that?""Query: What was what? Statement: I must be leaving. Take care of yourself, Vanquish."With that, Cogmaster moves down the street at a brisk pace to wherever the 24/7 base of operations for the Peacekeeper's is.>People sure do love their secrets around here...>Time to head home.>Write-in.
>>45588361Arcadia is the name of the city, and I intentionally leave it unspecified where the country of origin is. It's just coincidence that the chosen name for Vanquish is Japanese sounding along with Makoto, who was a character conceived prior to the Vanquish's creation.Also, the high prices are due to heavier taxation to pay out Peacekeeper's Union for being essentially the greatest public works project Arcadia, and most of the world, has seen. The heroes DO take home a prettier penny than non-super citizens, and that is a source of tension. We just haven't had a chance to examine that yet.
>>45588491>Write inTime to roam the city for crime
>>45588491>>Time to head home.Tired, bruised, lets just go home.
>>45588537Ah I see. Still mad about the sandwich tho. That thing better have tasted like a god made it.also backing >>45588590
>>45588590>>45588785With the bizarreness of your encounter with Cogmaster out of the way, you walk the roads near your apartment for any instances of crime. Yet the streets are quiet.Your only companion as you walk is footsteps. The light fades from your sight the further you step into alleyways. Soon, everything around you simply becomes the dull reflections of muddy rainwater, and the light shining off them.However, something catches your eye across the street. A youthful looking man presses the barrel of a revolver into the forehead of a hapless older man. The younger man's face has a look of resigned boredom, as he clicks his tongue while observing the fear on his victim's expression."Honestly, I thought I told you. My men and I have a specific time and date we have to be paid for protection. Does Baron Styx need to put two silver reminders between your eyes?""P-Please, I swear that I was robbed! A mugger--""Oh, a mugger, was it?" The man smacks his cane against the pavement loudly. "Funny, that seems to imply a mugger made it past my men's guard. Are you calling them lazy? Layabouts? Fools?""N-No!" The man protests, backing himself against the wall, his face wild with fear for his life."I think that my men deserve an apology for that slight. And the best apology I can think of is your brains making a canvas of the--""Why don't you pick a fight with someone as strong as you?" You shout out across the street, making a fist in your hand. "Or is there no one else as weak as you in this city?"Baron Styx casts a sideways glance, one of his bangs falling over his other eye as he does."Oh, bloody hell. I'd be mildly proud of myself if it was a big leaguer. But...oh, luv, what's your silly little name? Tell me and the nice old man.""Vanquish! Champion--""Vanquish Champion. Her name. Is Vanquish Champion. Hoo-fucking-wee! That's hilarious! I said it's hilarious, Charles, laugh or I'll put a bullet in yer' cunt of a wife too.">cont.
>>45589293The older man laughs completely out of fear, his eyes darting from you to the Baron."Let's the two of us settle this! Leave the old man out!""Better idea: how about I take him as a hostage, make my getaway, and if you follow me, I kill him? Hm? That sound about good to you, luv?" he snarls a bit and spits on the pavement in your direction. Baron Styx moves behind Charles, pressing his revolver to the back of his head. "Come on, luv. Make ya move and make it count, or else the paramedics are gonna be countin' the old man's brain cells he's got left. When they find his corpse.""After I shoot his arse.">Hold off. We can't risk him harming the old man.>Play it subtle until he makes a mistake.>Taunt him into fighting us hand to hand.>Write-in.
>>45589348>>Play it subtle until he makes a mistake.
>>45589379>>45589394"No need to be hasty here.""No need to be very patient either, luv." "Baron Styx, was it? What is it, this man didn't pay you enough? I can pay for him this month. No strings attached."Baron tsk-tsks."If I let exceptions slip by, what's that sound about m' policies? All it takes is one broken condom to knock up the whore, luv."That's the first time you've heard that analogy."But to kill him? Not even break his legs?"Charles is looking at you completely horrified you'd even give him the idea."Bah, no. That's what those pansies at the Railway do. Styx doesn't take prisoners and he doesn't leave cripples. He leaves corpses.""And you won't make the biggest statement of all?"Styx looks back after taking a drag on his cigarette, his eyes lighting up."What's that then...?""If you killed a hero trying to save someone who double-crossed you, you'd look doubly as impressive, you know. Any hero, big name or small name."He flashy a wicked grin, as you notice his teeth are filed down to be sharper."Sounds mighty tasty, luv. You gonna mind if I take you up on that offer?"Styx shoves Charles out of the way and into the brick wall, he scrambles and runs into the dark. The vagabond takes his cane and walks with it into the middle of the street."Come on then, you cheeky bitch! Show me what good a hero can do!"CHAPTER 2: ENDWith that, we'll fight the good Baron in our next thread. Feel free to use the rest of the thread while it's up for discussion, drawfriending, or any other third thing.As always, you can follow my twitter at @RevengeanceQ for more updates on when threads will be posted. Next one we're aiming at is this Thursday, around 2 PM EST.
>>45590015Looks like we gotta punch out some teeth