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>>326517-I am not alone-Rock’s broken halo flickers and sputters one last time before winking out for good, the raised earth forming her animated body tumbling to the ground as lifeless dirt.“Rock?,” you call out beneath your breath but you know not to expect an answer. When a spirit dies in the mortal world it is instant and irreversible. Her link to the Dreaming broken, Rock had retaken her natural form. A nothing, a lie, just a dream and a thought of a mind much larger than yours. It’s just all too sudden, you don’t know what to do. She’d come out of nowhere and vanished just as quickly. Hiss stumbles to her feet looking somewhat dazed.“What was that? Is it dead?”“She was Rock.”“Oh, was it?”Hiss blinks.“Good. She was always a bit too sanctimonious for my lik-what is that!”You follow Hiss’ gaze and look up. The stars in the night sky are moving. The constellations are different. A ring of stars suspended over the burning city of Taldenral. “Oh fuck off,” Hiss says as she realizes what she’s looking at. There’s no constellation in all the sky of all the world that is that large. It’s a halo, one large enough to encircle the sky.For a single moment all the voices in Taldenral are stilled as Teln and Quedeshi alike all stare up at the sky.And then the sky splits in half as the halo manifests, an imperfect ring that breaks the sky and forms a window to the whirling ochre chaos beyond. Someone screams but their words are snatched away as the wind reverses. Fires are instantly snuffed out, voices drowned out and ears numbed by the howling wind as the Gate pulls air into itself with the force of a hurricane.The night is banished, Dream-light painting the city ochre far stronger than mere sunlight ever did.And then the discordant Dream beyond the rift is marred, a long red hand reaching through and gripping the intangible rim of the Gate as if it were naught but a physical window. And then another and another, a massive thing that looks like nothing more than an ever-increasing number of red hands pushing against the fabric of reality.The arms beyond are obscured and for a brief moment the sky above resembles nothing more than a child’s painting, painted hand-prints pressed against the sky in a muddled overlapping mess. And then something breaks and they push through, bloody hand-prints with stick-thin arms extending behind them and as they pass through the halo they change, the image of limbs fading to reveal a myriad of spirits with halos of their own. Hiss sits down, her hands held helplessly in the air. An odd gesture to come from her.“You know Cennen, if you’re holding onto any unique brews of incredible and never-before-seen power, now would be the time.”1/2
>>326524>”I don’t have any on me but if I get enough time to brew somehow…”>You need to find the others! You can’t afford to be alone right now.>You need to find a defensible location and hole up there.>Where’s Aashenpreet?>Recover the Deep Priestess’ corpse.>Use Potion (Specify)>It might be best for you and Hiss to flee the city. This is too much.>Other
>>326533>”I don’t have any on me but if I get enough time to brew somehow…”>Where’s Aashenpreet?>Recover the Deep Priestess’ corpse.Unless we can shrink it with a Eugene brew just grab the head we chopped off
>>326524>”I don’t have any on me but if I get enough time to brew somehow…”>Where’s Aashenpreet?>Recover the Deep Priestess’ corpse.>Use Potion (collapsible on the corpse if we have one.>>326550that'd taint the ingredients.
>>326533>Recover the Deep Priestess’ corpse.> Get Hom and Eva here to start mass brewing spiritbanes > See if we can use the Deep Priestess corpse to brew some anti-existence shit.If all else fails we can look into Evas eyes and reach into the source.
>>326533>”I don’t have any on me but if I get enough time to brew somehow…”>Recover the Deep Priestess’ corpse.
>>326533>”I don’t have any on me but if I get enough time to brew somehow…”>You need to find the others! You can’t afford to be alone right now.>Where’s Aashenpreet?>Recover the Deep Priestess’ corpse.I say we find the homunculi and have them start making countless spiritbanes while we make some badass experimental brews. I wanna make a spirit homunculus that wraps around our soul like a soulguise and protects us while letting us fight spirits.
>>326533>You need to find the others! You can’t afford to be alone right now.>Where’s Aashenpreet?>Recover the Deep Priestess’ corpse.So... plans? Maybe it's time to get Naja out?Is that why they're mad at us?Could it be our body count numbering on the thousands?
Kinda want to fire the caster into the sky while screaming at the spirit cunts to get off our lawn.
>>326584it's probably us walking in the dreaming, Hiss apotheosizing, and favoritism to Quedesh.
>>326574Basically we need to modify soulguise to make spirit matter instead of soul matter and then snakes can fuel it with their collected souls and it will work like a spiritbane. Would be nice since spirits love to hurt snakes by fucking with their souls. If we make a spiritguise homunculus and send it to the dreaming and back it will gain a halo and become invulnerable so it's an extra source of offense and defense.
>>326584They're thinking hiss is gonna make snakes just like dragons again and they want to stop it. I think letting out Naja should be a last resort but its definitely an effective solution
Calling for:>You need to find the others! You can’t afford to be alone right now.>Where’s Aashenpreet?>Recover the Deep Priestess’ corpse.Writan'
>>326599Oh whoops, that first line should be the brewing one. Not finding the others
Hopefully the homunculi are smart enough to start brewing spiritbanes. We already taught them the recipe.
>”I don’t have any on me but if I get enough time to brew somehow…”>Where’s Aashenpreet?>Recover the Deep Priestess’ corpse.“I don’t have any on me but if I get enough time to brew somehow…”Ideas and inspiration flash through your head as you watch the spirits descend. What could possibly help you here? What do you need? Where the hell are your homunculi? And as for your ingredients…You grab the severed head of the Deep Priestess and tuck it under your arm. You might be able to get something good out of her. You just need to find a safe enough spot and wait, where did Aashenpreet go? You’re going to need either Hiss or her for reagents! “Aash?”You leave Hiss where she is, still sitting and watching the sky as you head back down the broken and torn up street. Where is she? You see her huddled up around the corner and break into a run.And then something grabs your leg.You look down to see Tanni, her face gray and her body still bleeding. Isn’t she dead? Evidently not and one of her hands is gripped tightly around your leg. “Antivenom,” she rasps. “Get me some antivenom or I’ll rip your whole leg off at the joint.”She really should be dead right now and you have the feeling that if you wait just a little while longer, she will be. But would she take your leg with her? Her grip is like an iron cuff around your leg, you can’t break it. But you don’t even have any antivenom with you! Tanni sighs, a drawn out and hoarse sound.“B...brew some then. You need me.”>Do as she says.>”Only if you let go my leg first.”>Give her a different potion instead (Specify)>Call for Hiss to help.>Call for Aash to help.>Refuse.>Wait for her to die.>Other
>>326651>>Give her a different potion instead (Specify)Snake Disple
Little warning: Internet being weirdly shaky and slow. It'll probably be fine.
>>326651>Brew poison>Drink it first to show its safe>Give it to Tanni
>>326669Have you voted.
>>326681Actually I'll change my vote to this. Tough choice though. Maybe nobble and then poison her so she won't see it coming.
Okay, looks like the vote is to poison the already-poisoned snake. Writing.>>326685Yes.
>inb4 Tanni was the only person who could call the spirits off.>Inb4 they slaughter everyone in a few minutes when she dies.
>>326735Nah the spirit invasion had nothing to do with quedesh. The gatekeeper spirit to the dreaming caught rock and saw all her memories of Hiss so it decided to intervene.
>Brew poison instead.>Drink it first to show its safe.>Give it to Tanni.Alright, you can do this. You can fool Tanni. You've done it in the past. "Okay," you say quietly. "Just give me a moment and I'll brew one." You pull your cauldron out of your pack, glancing repeatedly at Hiss for help as you do so. But her back is to you, still seated on the piece of rubble as she watches the sky. Tanni never lets go of your ankle as you start to awkwardly brew, even as the ground shakes from the impact of hundreds of spirits. The sky is quite literally falling. "Friends of yours?""No," Tanni hisses. "No idea why they're here. And how can I be sure that brew is safe?""It's fine! Look."You take a sip of the finished poison brew, the Art Hiss gave you protecting you from it. Tanni narrows her eyes.>Roll 1d100 to lie. Best of the first 3.
>>326735I don't think she was THAT influential, though I would have liked to keep her alive a little more, for reasons.
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>326748goodbye leg
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>326748
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>326748ruseman powers activate
Rolled 51 (1d100)>>326748
In retrospect this wasn't our greatest decision
>>326765No trying to Ruse Tanni was not when she can read people like a book. We're going to be pretty fucked because of this.
>>326771I think we'll be fucked if we give her an antivenom desu
>>326783>Stuck with a bitchy snake trying not to die with a spirit>Stuck with a snake corpse and missing a leg trying not to die from spirits.This is worse.
>>326796Trusting Tanni is suicidal and this dangerous situation only makes it worse. We can grow a wooden leg too. I personally think she's bluffing about ripping off the leg because then she would have absolutely no chance of living.
>>326771She still needs us if she wants to live, hiss pretty much unloaded on her and we're the only alchemist around. We can't focus on brewing if we've just had our leg torn off so she'll have to choose between petty revenge or keep bartering for her life
>>326805>We can grow a wooden leg too.More time wasted brewing the potion and growing it when we need to work on spirit shit asap.>I personally think she's bluffing about ripping off the leg because then she would have absolutely no chance of living.If she's convinced we're going to let her die anyways, she'd do her best to fuck us over. It's called spite. Hiss is a master of it, and snakes in general love being spiteful shits. Does she have anything to lose by not doing it if we don't save her? Not at all.
>65Tanni stares at you and you can see hope die in her eyes. "I can't believe it," she moans. "You spent all my time doing that? I honestly thought you were smarter than that."'It's s-""No it isn't. You're a moron and I'm going to die because for some stupid reason, I staked my life on you having a shred of sense."Your retort is cut off by a sharp spike of impossible pain as Tanni's grip tightens, crushing your ankle in an instant and then she yanks with all of her might. The bones all along your right leg dislocate as her other hand slams into your thigh with enough force to shatter it. And then you're falling and blood is everywhere and your fucking right leg is missing. You scream and scream and Hiss doesn't even seem to notice or fucking care and oh shit oh shit oh shit. Tanni is already dead by the time you force your eyes open, doing your very damned best not to black out. She's covered in your blood and her final expression isn't one of peace or happiness but rather mild annoyance. Fuck.Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.>Use Potion (Specify)>Do your best to grow a wooden leg.>Crawl over to Hiss.>Cry for help.>Other
>>326806again that's predicated on her believing we would ever try to save her. if not what's she got to lose? Look at what Ouro wrote. Moron.>>326820>Do your best to grow a wooden leg.
>>326820>Do your best to grow a wooden leg.At the very least stop the bleeding with plant growth ASAP>Cry for help.
>>326820>>Do your best to grow a wooden leg.>OtherEnough distractions we need to start brewing if we want to do anything about this bullshit
>>326820>Cry for help.>Stop the bleeding>Do your best to grow a wooden leg.
>>326862too late by the time we've got a leg up The spirits will probably be on top of us.
The problem, in the end, was that Tanni wasn't lying about how she needed an antivenom right now. She was on the very edge of death and only had moments left so the moment she realised you hadn't brewed antivenom, she knew that she didn't have the time left for you to brew anything else. So there wasn't really much hope in trying to barter.If it's any consolation, she died in despair.
>>326873goodshe can keep the legmy only regret is that she isn't in Hiss's Soul Kingdom suffering like she deserves
>>326873>If it's any consolation,It's not, because between anons willful stupidity/forgetfulness costing us our prep time and an army of nigh invincible beings bearing down on us now we're pretty much fucked.
>>326820>Cry for help.>Do your best to grow a wooden leg.Tight vine tourniquet and then grow the leg. What the fuck are Aash and Hiss doing?>>326873Would saving her have been a good thing?
>>326883Yes be a spiteful shit and get the quest ended over you dislike for a character. Bravo anon. >>326888It'd have given us time to prepare for the spirits. As it stands we're probably going to be really slow because of the leg and lose most if not all of our prep time. I didn't like her either, but priorities.
>>326886Chill anon. We have one less enemy to worry about. Trying to salt up the thread doesn't help our situation.
>>326873> she died in despairBut I liked Tanni, even if she didn't like me back.So did she take the whole leg, as in up to the hip or just the calf and knee?
>>326896Oh yes, we let an enemy who has no motive to harm us currently and just wants to live through spiritfall part 2: makerless boogaloo, and lose our leg, get gimped physically, and lose most of prep time to kill her out of spite.>>326901Hip from the looks of it.
>>326901Up to the thigh.>>326888It was probably more helpful than losing a leg. Maybe.Calling it for:>Cry for help.>Do your best to grow a wooden leg.
>>326907im sure there was nothing we could have done that wouldnt have lead to a roll as well dont blame us blame the dies gods>>326914Is Hiss finally realizing she's not allowed to have nice things.
>>326935It's best to avoid replying to saltposters
>>326914Cennen needs a vacation
>>326935>Make a stupid decision>Decision triggers roll>Roll mediocrely>Bad thing happens>But if we made a better thought out decision something bad had to have happened too!Can you not see the stupidity in that?
>>326940It's best to stop making impulsive decisions that get Cennen fucked over. But we've not done that since we decided to fight Tanni in a form we knew couldn't really hurt her and didn't even bother preparing for the fight beforehand.
>>326940just saying>>326946I see your point, but my point was there was probably nothing we could have done that wouldnt have ended in a roll, and in that case no matter how good the plan was we would have still been fucked>Do as she says.In this situation we have a free and still very dangerous tani that would at most still fuck us over and at least go and run off hiding in the shadows to fuck us over another day>”Only if you let go my leg first.”Yeah right,FUCKED >Give her a different potion instead (Specify)roll if we get low scores there would be nothing we could do>Call for Hiss to help.ROLL>Call for Aash to help.ROLL>Refuse.FUCKED>Wait for her to die.FUCKEDnothing we could have done, i know your mad but really there is no one to blame but the dice gods>>326964to be far slipping her a poison was a fair ideathe rolls though
I don't understand why we went off on our own without hiss while she just spaced out and we just happened to walk directly over the most dangerous snake we ever fought without noticing. Makes no sense.
>Do your best to grow a wooden leg.>Cry for help.You look down at what's left of your right leg and immediately wish you hadn't. It's just a ragged bloody stump that ends mid-thigh, shards of jagged and broken bone poking through the wound. You've already lost too much blood and it's not stopping anytime soon. Vines erupt from your skin as you wrap them tightly around the stump and at the same time, the whole thing begins to scab over with bark. You already did it once with a hand. You can grow an entire leg. You can. You have to. But holy hell, is it a slow and painful process. You manage a crude peg-leg for now and use it to lever yourself upwards. You'll have to refine and make it better later. The peg-leg shakes beneath you and you nearly lose your footing from the ground quaking and rolling as Taldenral is bombarded, not by Quedeshi trebuchet-shot but by the heavens themselves. "Hiss?," you call out. "A little help over here?"Can't she hear you?Her back remains turned.Instead, you find yourself steadied by a different hand. Aashenpreet is by your side, holding you up. "Cennen! What happened!" "Tanni! She got my leg! She got my fucking leg!""Here, we have to get you somewhere safe!"The world suddenly tilts and rolls around you as Aashenpreet picks you up, holding you with one hand beneath your shoulders and another beneath your legs.That...that feels much better. You'll have time to regrow the leg properly now. Aashenpreet is covered in blood and for a brief moment that image brings forth horrific memories but this time it isn't her own. And curled around her neck you can see Zukhdeep in his true form. But something's wrong with him. His eyes are unfocused and the little snake is constantly twitching and shaking."What's wrong with Zukhdeep?," you croak.Aashenpreet has a hard look to her eye."I'll explain later."She turns and begins to run and in the distance, you can see Hiss still sitting right where you left her. Her back is shrinking as Aashenpreet moves, threatening to fade away into the distance forever.>"Wait. We need Hiss!">Leave her.>Ask Aash further about Zukhdeep.>Call out to Hiss.>Other
>>327006>"Wait. We need Hiss!">Call out to Hiss.
>>326999Negotiating with her may have worked out since she had literally nothing left. I kinda wanted to do that but I'm busy and couldn't put up a motion for it.
>>326999>fuck us over another dayHiss kicked her ass and Cennen if he actually prepared could beat her easily. Just seems anons would rather CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!XD than actually prepare. Which is anathema to Cennen's strengths against his toughest opponents.We could have easily nobbled her while curing her as well which would have been smart.And any idea that requires lying to a snake who has borderline telepathy is fucking retarded.>>327005We thought she was dead,. Fuck knows with hiss though.>>327006>Aash, Hiss seems to have had a mental breakdown, can you punch her and wake her up?
>>327006>"Wait. We need Hiss!">Call out to Hiss.Alright, new plan: wing it. We've just fought two increasingly difficult battles with barely enough time to recover and I'm pretty sure everyone is running on fumes by this point. We need to regroup, get some rest and restock.
>>327006>>"Wait. We need Hiss!">>Call out to Hiss.
>>327006>>327038Also can we pick up our leg? maybe we can reattach it or make a homunculus out of it
Any ideas for dealing with the spirits? I still wanna gain spirit powers like invulnerability and use it to fight them. We could just make a shit load of spiritbane acid but that's no fun. I think I remember a brew we could have made that turns spirits into valid targets for snakes to eat like souls too.
>>327073They won't be expecting that. I still think we should unleash Naja if there is time.
>>327084Yeah that kinda feels like trading one apocalypse for another to me but it might not be that bad.
>>327073I'd rather go for effectiveness over "Fun" given how bad the odds are stacked. Soul armor and spiritbanes.>>327084Last resort. depending on how she incarnates she might not even be that helpful.
>>327091We're contractually obligated to help her, I don't know what she will take from us if we don't comply but I'm pretty sure it will be worse than what Tanni did
>"Wait. We need Hiss!">Call out to Hiss."Aash wait, we need Hiss. Go back!"Aashenpreet sighs."I don't think we do."But she turns back anyway towards the rubble. Hiss is still watching the sky and you can't help but follow her gaze.The Gate hangs over the city like a bloated sun and from within it, it rains fire. Long twisted crimson arms and spirits descend from it into both the city and the bay.You follow one spirit's descent, an insect-like thing in a spiral shape as it spins through the sky and crashes into a Quedeshi ship. They're not here to fight for either side. They've come for you all."Hiss! Hiss! What are you doing? We've got to go!"Aashenpreet grabs Hiss by the shoulder but not even she can move the Serpent Queen. It does finally get her attention however."Cennen," she says. Her voice is weary and dull. "What the fuck happened to you? You're a mess.""Tanni ripped my leg off and I had to grow this shitty thing. No thanks to you! You were right there? Why didn't you come with me? Or at least hear me when I called out?""They're all calling out," Hiss says. "What?""First the Quedeshi and now this? Can you believe it? The whole world conspires against me. So why bother?""This doesn't sound like you at all, Hiss. We really need to leave.""You can. Sorry Cennen. Sorry Aash. I just don't see the point to trying anymore."She looks back to the sky. "Can't you see it's hopeless? Even if we stop this somehow there'll always be something else. We can't win.">Ask Aashenpreet to set you down.>"Aash, just pick her up and let's go. We can sort this out later.">Punch her in the face.>"Pathetic.">Say something else (Specify)>Nobble.>"If you give up now Hiss then all of this would have been for nothing!">"I'm sorry, I guess I mistook you for someone else.">Other
>>327105I'd argue that we can't feasibly deal with hundreds of spirits with just spiritbanes and other offensive brews. I think we gotta think outside the box here. Spirit homunculus shell around our soul would tip the scales further in our favor for sure defensively but I don't know enough about how spirits fight each other to say whether it will help us offensively much.>>327114>"Aash, just pick her up and let's go. We can sort this out later."I have a plan. Trust me Hiss. My ability to kill spirits is one of your favorite things about me remember?
>>327109and? We need to survive to do so, and fighting a spirit war takes precedence.>>327114>Ask Aashenpreet to set you down.>Slap her>"Pathetic.">"You've come all this way, and when the stakes were down and everyone needed you most you become a coward. Fuck you. Even if you aren't going to fight I will. Whether I live or die, I choose to stand as something more than a coward."
>>327114>>Nobble.Idk seems fittingshe can give up and run away if she want but we spent to much time waifuing this snek to just leave her behind
>>327122Adding"Fuck the rest of the world. Fuck spirits. They're standing in the way of our greatness and killing your subjects. We'll take them on and make them wish they'd stayed in their dreamworld."
>>327114>Punch her in the face (not too hard so we don't break our hand)>"Look at me Hiss! Look at all I've sacrificed, all the horrible things I did and the good people I hurt! I did all that because of you! I fucking love you and I'll be damned if I let you give up and die after comming all this way!">Nobble.
>>327109She's pretty much powerless while she's stuck inside hiss actually
>>327122Also if we fail to convince her at least ask for a shitload of souls to fuel a spirit homunculus with
>>327114>Ask Aashenpreet to set you down.>Punch her in the face.>"If you give up now Hiss then all of this would have been for nothing!""Where is the glory you kept promising? Even if the entire world was to be your enemy, I promised I would stand by your side and here you are giving up? Fuck that. We have come too far to just lay down and die."
If we made a spirit homunculus could it assimilate and subjugate other spirits?
>Hit her. >Talk."Oh fuck this," you grunt, worming out of Aashenpreet's grasp and jumping down next to Hiss. Your wooden leg nearly buckles beneath you but that's not going to stop you now.You're too pissed off."Hey Hiss!"She turns and you slap her across the face as hard as you can. It doesn't even make her blink, her skin turning glossy black and invulnerable the moment you make contact. "Fuck you! You're just going to sit here and whine about your problems? What about the rest of us? About all of us who fought and sacrificed and did the best we can for...for you!. For your sake! For the Serpent Queen! And after all that and all we've done and we all need you, you become a coward?"You hit her again, this time with a closed fist. "You promised me you'd lead us to glory. Where is that? That even if the entire world was to be your enemy, we would stand by each other's side and win! Where is that? Are you just going to betray us all and give up and die?"You hit her again. And again. And again. Blows to her face, to the back of her head, to her chest and her body. And most of all, to her unflinching back that dares to keep facing you. It's pathetic. You're all so pathetic. In the end your leg gives way and you collapse and there's nothing you can do but to sink one final fist into her scaly back. It doesn't even hit that hard. "I love you, Hiss," you say from the ground. "I don't want to give you up."You try to get up but it's no use. Your frail little peg-leg has snapped in half. You're going to have to grow a new one. Aashenpreet tries to help you up once more but you refuse her. "You can stay here if you want Hiss. Die on your back like a coward. But me? I'm going to do what you would have told me to do and try and make something of myself. And so will Orange. And Oster. And all the other snakes you've lead to their deaths. Because they all believe in the dream that you sold them. To me. The least you could do is live up to it."Hiss turns once more, lifting you to your feet with a single hand. She rises as well, holding you up face to face with her."Cennen.""Hiss.""Punch me. In the face.""What, again?""Just do it!"You don't hold anything back. And, unbelievably, you feel soft flesh instead of scales beneath your fist and Hiss rocks back with blood in her mouth. A single tooth drops to the ground.She disabled her Art. But why?"Hiss, I-""Cennen, you piece of shit!"She punches you back, sending you flying back to the ground with your vision whirling and discoloured."You dare lay a hand on me? Your Queen?"She drives her boot into your gut and you curl up, vomiting what's left in your stomach onto the ground as you spasm uncontrollably. "I love you, you idiot!"She lashes out again but this time Aashenpreet pulls you away before the kick can connect."Hiss!," she scolds. "What are you doing? What are either of you doing?"1/2
>>327245"It's fine, Aash."You regrow the peg-leg as best you can and stumble to your feet, slapping Hiss another time for good measure."I love you too, sweetie.""Oh Cennen, you always know exactly what I need. And that no matter what happens or how much time passes..."She takes up your bruised and battered hands and holds them tightly as she looks into your eyes."There's nothing that gets me fired up more than being pissed off at you."You can't help but smile."The feeling's mutual. You've always been the foulest, most frustrating person I've ever met and that probably won't change.""Yeah."Hiss' gaze returns to the sky."This is doable. All these fuckers are nothing compared to having to carry your sorry arse all over the world for the better part of a year, are they?"Aashenpreet just looks very confused.>Now it's time to really get going. Back to the mansion!>No, you need somewhere safer. Maybe underground?>You need to look for other snakes first.>Head towards the docks.>Send out prayers.>Nobble>Other
>>327271>No, you need somewhere safer. Maybe underground?I really want to find Hom and Eva too though...
>>327271>You need to look for other snakes first.>I also need my "kids" and to brew. The corpse of the deep priestess too.
>>327276Changing my vote actually. We can't waste time looking for a new place and our allies might already be there.>Now it's time to really get going. Back to the mansion!>>327284We need to brew. If we come across any spirits while we're looking for snakes we're fucked.
We really only have snake breakers which are somewhat effective against spirits and a soul drift which is really risky. These spirits can one shot us easily since we're without any defensive brews too. We need to brew before doing anything else guys.
>>327317Since when have we ever been smart as Cennan?
>>327326Thats real mature anon. Nice.
>>327271>>327303Yeah, changing to this, we can't really help anyone if we get killed
Calling it for going to the mansion. Writing.
>>327245>>327271This is really cute in a screwy kinda way.>Now it's time to really get going. Back to the mansion!>Do what you can to find Eva and Hom on the way. Think of a way to signal them? They can "see" Art, Alchemy at least, so maybe use that to send a message to get the fuck over here in a way that won't draw the spirits any more than being Spiritbane next to the Serpent Queen already is?
>>327349In the past it seemed like spirits have a hard time distinguishing one soul from another unless they're very close.
>>327430The three of us have very distinctive souls, plus the homunculy must shine like beacons to them
Apparently Ouro is having Internet troubles.
Sorry about that. It should be working again now.>Now it's time to really get going. Back to the mansion!"We need to haul arse back to that mansion you grabbed Hiss," you say as Aashenpreet picks you back up and hoists you into the air. It's a little disconcerting to be held ten feet up like this but what other choice do you have but to deal with it?"It's the most defensible position and our friends might still be there.""Agreed."Hiss looks askance at Aashenpreet."Glad to see you're finally over your little temper tantrum too, cripple."Aashenpreet just sighs."You of all people can't judge. Now let's go."The three of you set out, Aashenpreet carrying you and Hiss running by her side. Aashenpreet uses her superior height and vantage point to spot falling spirits and chart the best course through the burning city. "For the record," Aashenpreet matters to you. "I still find your relationship with Hiss sick and unhealthy but...I'm glad you seem to have found a way to make it work.""Thanks," you grumble. "Now what's wrong with Zukhdeep?"The palsied little homunculus twitches in response to his name but does little else. "He...he didn't want to me to help fight the Deep Priestess. But even so, he still stayed by my side. And I think being so close to her shredded him up inside.""What do you mean?""The mind-link is still there. And...he's not himself anymore. But I'll do my best to take care of him anyway."The mansion comes into view at the end of the street and Aashenpreet picks up the pace only for a pillar of fire to strike the cobblestones in front of her!A spirit hits the ground, some kind of crab that has been elongated to nearly sixty feet of length and forged entirely from glass, glass that was then filled with ever-pulsing magma and chunks of obsidian. A jagged semi-circular halo sits above its midsection, framed by the five pairs of wings. Three of the wings are feathered, the other two insectoid membranes make the entire monster flutter from side to side almost quicker than you can follow.Seven mouths opens and seven globules of fire burst forth, Aashenpreet throwing herself back to shield both you and her. Hiss on the other hand simply runs through them unaffected and throws herself at the spirit’s face!But the spirit vanishes just before she reaches it, zipping out of the way faster then any of you can run and leaving a bright red trail in the air as it does so. As it buzzes around Hiss, Aashenpreet starts to inch past it towards the mansion’s gate.And then Zigzag catapults from somewhere within the mansion’s garden, over the garden wall and landing right on top of the spirit’s back. The glass doesn’t break beneath her, the spirit protected by an aura of assured invulnerability but she does grab its attention.“Hi.”1/2
>>327520And as Aashenpreet runs for the mansion, you notice Orange sitting atop the wall and leaning over it towards you. His arms are outstretched. “Throw him over! I’ve got him.”Aashenpreet doesn’t look very happy about this plan.“Uh…”>”It’s okay. Throw me!”>”Let’s just take the long way in.”>”Set me down, I need to help them fight!”>”Charge the spirit, Aash!”>Load up the Caster.>Throw a Dispel at the spirit. >Use Potion (Specify)>Other
>>327524>Throw a Dispel at the spirit.
>>327529>wanting to cause even more damage to our soul and shred it furtherhow about a dispel instead?
>>327524>Throw a Dispel at the spirit.Sorry I keep changing my vote, I just remembered that we can dispel it's invulnerability instead of risking a shot at its halo
>>327524>>Throw a Dispel at the spirit.poetry
>>327537Our soul is protected by the spiritbane so nothing can happen to it. It also very gradually eats our soul to sustain itself but thats not related to using soul drift. Still, I think dispelling it's invulnerability and letting the snakes finish him off is a better plan.
>>327546>Our soul is protected by the spiritbane so nothing can happen to it.Except using our bane as a weapon damages our soul, which cannot be healed because of the bane itself.>It also very gradually eats our soul to sustain itself but thats not related to using soul drift. Actually it doesn't we just tae more and more damage because our soul can't heal.>Still, I think dispelling it's invulnerability and letting the snakes finish him off is a better plan.Except a souldrift has no guarantee of that, less than even us hitting it with a dispel.
>>327550>Still, I think dispelling it's invulnerability and letting the snakes finish him off is a better plan.This was me voicing my agreement with the dispel potion anon. And I don't remember ever hearing that using our bane to kill spirits harms our soul and I don't see how it could but I guess it's possible. Nothing bad happened to our soul the first time we did it.
>>327524>Load up the Caster.Dispel.It has show to be very very fast. I don't think throwing a Dispel has a very good chance of hitting it.
>>327572If a dispel brew makes contact with the caster it will lose the magic making it indestructible which would be really bad.
>>327580Fuck really? I mean it yeah makes sense but I always just thought of the Caster as being above getting dispelled. Odd.
inb4 aussie internet fucks up again
starting to get real mad at this slow ass shit, can't even get this message through it without it fucking the captcha NINE TIMES IN A ROW
>>327621What's worse about upside-downland, the internet or the countless deadly animals?
>>327621The true final boss of the quest: Poor internet.>>327628Option 3: The fucking Abos
Ah screw it, this connection is making me legitimately mad and the gdocs page I store my drafts on is getting loopy too. I'll be back tomorrow and every day until this thread is done. Sorry.
>>327660Fuck, this is true suffering. No worries though it's not your fault. I don't know how a legitimate modern country like australia can get away with such awful internet
>>327660No prob man, check the wiring for rats or gremlins
Apologies for that fiasco yesterday. Will be updating in an hour or so
>Throw a Dispel at the spirit."Hold me higher, Aash! Higher!"Aashenpreet lifts you up as you fumble through your pack looking for the Dispel Elixir. Shit, where is it? You know you’ve got one in here somewhere! As you pick it up the spirit pivots, compound eyes seeming to focus on you.-Bane-You pull the Dispel Elixir free just in time for the spirit to take to the air once more, arcing up high before swooping down right towards you! Zigzag’s latched onto its head and hammering away but the invulnerable spirit scarcely seems to notice her as it barrels straight at you! >Stand your ground and throw the Elixir.>”Get away from me, Aash! I’m the one it wants!”>Leap for safety.>Try to jump onto its back with Zigzag at the last moment.>Other
>>330027>Try to jump onto its back with Zigzag at the last moment.Hype
>>330027>Leap for safety.
Oh hey snakecatcherTook a break around thread 50, nice to see this quest still ticking alongIs Hiss still an infuriatingly santimonius cunt? Can't stand the character, but think she's well written etc.Are the players all still enabling waifufags? I remember this quest having a fantastically fleshed out world, well written (albeit rage inducing) characters and an utterly cringe inducing playerbase.Not shitposting, just trying to figure out if it's worth reading player responses or just QM posts if I decide to binge read the archivewas this the quest that had that loveable retard who posted like he had a stroke? He still around?
>>330027>>Leap for safety.>>330065yes, even worse now.yes, even worse nowqm posts is besttoo many possibilities
>>330027>Leap for safety.>”Get away from me, Aash! I’m the one it wants!”
>Leap for safety.You could try and make the throw from here but to do so would be to basically accept the spirit ramming straight into you. You're not that tough!"Aash! Get out of the way!"You spin out half a dozen vines at once from your Tanglebrew, each one lashing onto the roof of the house just off the side of the street, whipping yourself into the air as the lava-filled glass monster smashes into the garden wall.It hits the wall and rolls, skidding over on its side as it clears a path straight through it. Orange cries out, a strangled startled yelp as his footing is torn out from underneath him and he's sent toppling to the ground. The spirit raises a burning claw to crush the little snake before it and Zigzag tries in vain to hold it back. And that's when Hiss finally catches up, grabbing onto the far end of the spirit's armoured tail with both hands. "Gotcha!"Screaming mouths open up all over its tail, dousing Hiss in sticky flame and molten rock but her scales are up and she keeps hold, even as her fingers scrabble uselessly on the spirits slick and invulnerable skin. "Cennnnnen! I don't mean to impose but now would be a great time!"The spirit thrashes about but Hiss' grip has yet to break. For just this brief moment, it has been stilled.>Throw the Dispel at it.>Aim specifically for the halo.>Use the time to rescue Orange instead.>A different potion (Specify)>Other
>>330157>Use the time to rescue Orange instead.>Pass the dispel to ziggy
>>330157>Aim specifically for the halo.Going for gold here. If we fail this roll will we miss entirely or will it possibly hit the main body?
>>330173I think we're pretty far away from zigzag and dispelling either it's invulnerability or its halo will save him anyway
>>330065>Are the players all still enabling waifufags?I have good news and bad news.
>>330157>Aim specifically for the halo.
>>330157>Aim specifically for the halo.I'm worried that we won't reach orange in time and even if we make it vulnerable it still has the strength to kill him.
>>330157>Aim specifically for the halo
Sorry for the delay on this one. Was eating.>Aim specifically for the haloThis might be the riskier shot but you've got to chance it. Orange stumbles out out of the way as the spirit swings a molten claw wildly but as you take aim, the second claw rises, ready to crush him almost as an afterthought.You throw the Elixir in an almost perfect arc, the bottle curving up and then down right for the spirit's broken halo.A compound eye swivels to follow its ascent and at the last moment the monster's midsection bursts open, a sudden eruption of ash and cinder bursting up to protect the halo!>Roll a d100 to see if the Elixir hits anyway. Best of the first 3.
Rolled 74 (1d100)>>330277come on
Rolled 79 (1d100)>>330277
Rolled 47 (1d100)>>330277
To be fair, pushing a fragile potion bottle through a pyroclast barrier was asking a lot.
>>330292Should've thrown a fastball desu
I wonder if we could attack the halo directly while using souldrift?
>79The bottle arcs almost high enough to get over the ring-shaped eruption but it clips the top of it at the last moment and shatters instantly. But all is not lost! Even as further sprays of obsidian gravel and broken glass rise up to protect the halo, the spray of the broken Elixir, pushed back by the pyroclast, rains down on the spirit itself instead. The invisible assurance of invincibility shatters and at that moment, several things happen at once. Hiss' hands, once slipping and scrabbling just to grasp the monster, now catch hold firmly and smash through the tail. Scaled hands break through glass and with another miniature eruption the back-half of the spirit's long tail explodes!At the same time, Zigzag's churning razor-scaled grip suddenly starts leaving long furrows straight through the beast's glass skin. She has barely enough time to shriek in surprise before she erodes through the spirit entirely, sinking through the top of his head and tearing her way inside his transparent inner body. The spirit shudders in silent pain and withdraws its claws to scrabble futilely at its own skin as you watch Zigzag work her way through the monster's abdomen.You must admit, it was awfully considerate of the spirit to have such see-through skin, it lets you watch Zigzag smash it from the inside.Look at her flailing and smashing and oh shit, just because Zigzag is invincible doesn't mean she can't drown!As you watch, Zigzag's actions start to take a more frantic tone as she stops smashing up the spirit's insides and starts trying to flail downwards. She's trying to break out the bottom and get out before she runs out of air!But the lava inside of the spirit's body flows strong and she loses her footing and you lose sight of her entirely as she becomes suspended within the molten rock. "Ziggy!," Orange calls out as he retreats, coughing up ash. He's not going to be of any use."Hiss! A little help?""Hold on!"Hiss is busy with the aftermath of destroying the tail. She wounded the spirit greatly but she's covered in blobs of rapidly cooling lava, slowly ripping her way free before it solidifies into rock. Aashenpreet is still here but you can't ask her to get close to this monster, can you?Looks like it's up to you this time.>Focus on getting Zigzag out of there.>Try to get behind the spirit so you can blow a hole through the wound Hiss left in its backside.>Kill the spirit first. That'll help Zigzag more.>Other
Whoops, accidentally left out an option.>Yes, you can ask Aashenpreet to get close to this monster actually.
>>330348>Focus on getting Zigzag out of there.Maybe we could souldrift and freeze part of the glass? The temperature difference will cause a large chunk of it to shatter which the lava will rush out of hopefully freeing zigzag. I'd shoot it with a Snakebreaker but that could damage zigzags scales and make her vulnerable to burning.
>>330348>>330367>Aashenpreet, Given we're not all dead already means this is not a Creator sanctioned event. So can you throw something into it to help force Ziggy out?>Grab empty bottles and ignition brews, pierce it's skin with glass to drain the lava.
>>330382I doubt that tiny shards of glass will penetrate thicker glass very easily
>>330391>They will if shot at high enough speed. look at pine straw forced through steel in tornadoes. Failing that if we had a snakebreaker....
The inventory pastebin says we still have a spiritbane acid in our bandoleer. Is that correct? I don't think it is but I'd feel really dumb if it was.
>>330396We have like 4 snake breakers actually
>>330348>Focus on getting Zigzag out of there.
>>330399Ah whoops. Ignore that.
>>330414Did your internet die again?
Sorry about the delay on this one. >Focus on getting Zigzag out of there.The halo is still surrounded by venting fumes and shrapnel, it's not worth trying to get through that. For now you need to focus on saving Zigzag!"Aash! I know you can't get close but...I don't know! Throw something big at it!""Right!"Aashenpreet snaps out of it. It can be easy to forget sometimes that not everybody is accustomed to being randomly forced into life or death situations at the drop of a hat.Moments later a piece of rubble almost as large as you are smashes through the spirit's side, cracking their body open and letting the lava flow out. "Zigzag!"You tether yourself to what's left of the garden wall as a safety line as you in towards the gaping wound.You're forced to stop before you even get close, the sheer heat emanating outwards enough to make you hesitate. You feel like you're burning up and you haven't even touched any of it!And then Zigzag's arm bursts free of the spilling lava and you grow out another vine only for it to catch aflame before it reaches her! It takes three more tries before you wrap a branch around her hand, your false leg unsteady and loose beneath you.You start pulling her free and her upper body surfaces, gasping as her throat is scorched by superheated air.And that's when you feel the rumbling. The patch of ground beneath the spirit is shaking and quivering at a steady rate. Cracks spread out across the street and you can see something glowing deep beneath the earth. "Oh shi-"The street erupts in a pillar of fire and the spirit is hurtled up into the air, dragging Zigzag with it! And dragging you too, your vine still connected to her hand. But you've still got the vine lashing you to the wall. You can still escape this!>Let the vine holding onto Zigzag break so you can fall safely to the ground.>Let the vine holding onto the wall break so you can accompany Zigzag upwards.>Contract the vine, pushing yourself into the spirit so Zigzag can be pulled free before the spirit takes off. You'll be thrown at the lava however.>Use Potion (Specify)>Other
>>330567>Let the vine holding onto Zigzag break so you can fall safely to the ground.We're fucked if every spirit is this tough
>>330567Wait would an antimagic brew protect us from the lava?
>>330567Is skinshedder still up? Can we go dragon form rank her out then fall to earth?
>>330596Our dragon form is super injured still
>>330594Nope. It's created by magic but it itself is just lava being directed by spirit magic. >>330596Yes but the dragon is dying.
>>330567Wati, fuck that>Let the vine holding onto the wall break so you can accompany Zigzag upwards.Can we throw our ignition elixirs at the breach in the carapace to keep shattering it and break zigzag free? They're weaker than an explosive brew but we have four of them
>>330567>Use Potion (Specify)Throw a snake breaker inside the spirit and hope for the best. We know it won't kill Zigzag.
So if we ever get the chance to make some badass new experimental brews to commit spirit genocide do you guys have any ideas?
Come on fellas, I don't want to roll a 3-way tie again.
>>330567>Let the vine holding onto the wall break so you can accompany Zigzag upwards.Changing my vote to be a big damn hero I suppose
>>330567>Let the vine holding onto the wall break so you can accompany Zigzag upwards.
>Let the vine holding onto the wall break so you can accompany Zigzag upwards.Ah fuck it, it might be the smart thing to do but you just can't leave Zigzag there alone! You focus on fortifying the vine connecting you to her and let the one tied to the wall break, dragging you up behind the spirit!Somehow you avoid being hit by any of the boulders or the spurting flame and you keep on climbing upwards, dangling behind the flying monster.Only it's not really flying anymore. Most of its wings have been shredded and the spirit itself is completely burnt out after the eruption, just broken shell of hot glass and obsidian with barely any flame left within it.You do your best to drag yourself up the rope, causing Zigzag to groan as you put your weight on her arm. She's still dangling half in and half out of the spirit's carapace, resting on the jagged broken glass as if it were nothing. She leans over to yell at you, her words almost stolen by the speed of the ascent."What are you doing?""Rescuing you!""What? Why? I'm going to be fine! I can't be hurt. You can!"Alright, you probably should have thought about that. The Dream looms closer and closer in the sky above you as the spirit catapults itself towards the only safe haven left for it. "Oh no you don't!"Your vine suddenly jerks as Zigzag hurls herself at the opposite inner wall of the spirit's carapace, cracking it and sending the spirit hopelessly off-course. It tries to correct it's desperate ascent back towards the Gate but Zigzag punches it again, wavering it further.The spirit seems to find some kind of second wind in response, fires igniting within its body and bursting out of its wounds to propel itself upwards even faster."Get out of here Cennen!," Zigzag shouts. "Before it gets too high! I'll be FINE!">Drop and glide downwards using a canopy.>"Not without you!" Use the vine to pull her free and drop down together.>Throw a potion at the spirit (Specify)>"Stop pushing it away from the Gate! That's where we want to go!">Other
>>330710>Throw a potion at the spirit (Specify)snakebreaker
>>330721Snakebreaker would poke us full of holes at this proximity
>>330710Can we use magetheft on the spirit to steal its flight abilities?
>>330710>"Stop pushing it away from the Gate! That's where we want to go!"Get close and then dispel the gate to the dreaming!
>>330745You'd have to force the spirit to drink it.
>>330753This might be worth a shot then.
Man, everyone must be busy today or something. Calling it for:>"Stop pushing it away from the Gate! That's where we want to go!"
>"Stop pushing it away from the Gate! That's where we want to go!"You swing to the side as an errant jet of flame nearly incinerates you."Hold up! Stop pushing it away from the Gate! That's where we want it to go!""Are you insane?""Let it fly up there!"The vine suddenly loosens, uncoiling beneath your fingertips. Why? What happened?You look up to see Zigzag holding her arm out, her razor scales shredding through the vine you've wrapped around it. "Get out of here while you still can, you moron!"You swing up another vine almost instantly but it comes perilously close to a stream of fire!>Roll a 1d100. Best of the first 3. 70+ required.
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>330807
Rolled 74 (1d100)>>330807
Rolled 38 (1d100)>>330807>>330821What the fuck.
>>330821You're pretty lucky that I only count the best.
>>330836bless you ouroand look we passed the DC
>74You manage to curve your vine around the fire and wrap it around the spirit's midsection, pulling yourself up the rest of the way until you're clinging to it's side right next to Zigzag."Get down, Cennen! Why are you up here?""I won't let you sacrifice yourself!""What sacrifice? I can fall from any height!""And stop pushing it around! We want it to go to the Dream!""Whyyyyyyyyyyy??"Huh. Why do you want the spirit to reach the Gate?>"So I can throw a Dispel at it right beforehand.">"So I can throw a Dispel at it from the inside.">"I want to talk to the Gatekeeper up there. We have to stop all this somehow.">OtherAnd also:>Tell Zigzag to jump now. She has to get out while you do this.>Zigzag can stay. She's tougher than you are.
>>330866>"So I can throw a Dispel at it right beforehand."
>>330866>"So I can throw a Dispel at it right beforehand.">Zigzag can stay. She's tougher than you are.
>>330866>"I want to talk to the Gatekeeper up there. We have to stop all this somehow."Parlay? He's going to be an obscure fuck but I want to know what's his deal>"So I can throw a Dispel at it from the inside."
>>330866>"So I can throw a Dispel at it right beforehand.">Zigzag can stay. She's tougher than you are.Art doesn't work in the dreaming right? Throwing from the inside won't work if so.
>>330866>"So I can throw a Dispel at it right beforehand.">Tell Zigzag to jump now. She has to get out while you do this.
>"So I can throw a Dispel at it right beforehand.">Zigzag can stay. She's tougher than you are."When we got close enough I'm going to throw a Dispel right before we'd enter! That should close the Gate!"Zigzag looks extremely concerned with this plan."What? The whole thing?""Well it's a halo, isn't it?""I don't know. But it's huge! Can you really close that with just one potion?""We're about to find out!"You ready your last Dispel Elixir as the spirit climbs higher and higher. You're now well out of your safe gliding range. Getting back down is going to be one hell of a ride. You can see the Dream flickering in the sky above you, a vision of ochre madness occluded by a spreading network of red hands. Spirits have mostly stopped dropping through by now, so you should be able t-The glass spirit puts on one final burst of speed, burning through the air straight up! The Gate grows larger and larger above you and for a brief moment, your perspective flips and it's as if you're upside down.The ground is above you and you're heading straight for it. And as the spirit finally begins to slow and the Gate is just above you, you throw the Dispel Elixir out in front of you.The bottle flies true, ready to crash straight into the Gate......and a giant red hand pushes itself through the Gate and slaps the bottle aside, the shattered Elixir destroying the spirit that formed the limb in question.The Gate is not undefended.You have just enough time to see Zigzag curl up into a ball before you all hit the Gate.
I'm gonna be butthurt if we resolve this without getting to do some experimental brewing for spirit killing stuff
>>330960Are you master plan anon from ask.fm?
Interlude 111"Cennen..."Hiss watched with growing horror as the spirit far above her, shook, wavered and then slammed into and through the Gate at full force. What the hell was he thinking?And now she was alone once again and Cennen was trapped and he was going to di-...No. She wasn't going to get caught in that thought-trap again. If Cennen was going to abandon her again then all that meant was that she was going to win by herself.A chill passed over her as another spirit manifested, a tall stilted thing made of gossamer and frost. She barely had the time to look at it before a barrel flew out from beyond the garden wall and smashed into it, spraying some kind of acid that nearly destroyed the entire spirit in one hit."Another hit! Where'd Zigzag go?"Aqua ran out from behind the wall, holding another barrel in her arms. And behind are those peculiar creations, Cennen's homunculi. Eva and Hom."That's where you two are, huh? Cennen was looking for you."Eva fixed her with that dead-fish stare of her and Hiss had to resist the urge to kill it."The lab is ready. We have cauldrons fired up. Where is Cennen?""About that..."
>>331009FUCKthat was cruel man
The world swirls and churns around you, ochre bands of chaos forming the backlight of a universe not meant for you. The distance quavers and everything takes on a coarser, painted look.You've emerged upside-down from a silver lake, the spirit you were clinging to dissipating into a flock of knife-winged birds.The lake is immense and beyond it, an earthy shore full of moving petrified trees. The other edge is different, the silver water simply flowing off the lip of the world itself into the free-floating Dream, an ever-increasing spiral of other floating worlds expanding beneath it.And hunched above the lake, fingers stirring it as a human would a mere puddle, is the Gatekeeper. It is a thing of countless hands and arms and in the Dream, you can see nothing beyond that. No body, no head, nothing beyond an ever-shifting cloud of phantom limbs. The flock of birds flows into the Gatekeeper and is absorbed. Gravity seems to be somewhat suspended here, leaves being pulled into the air and even though you burst forth from the lake a good few seconds ago, you have yet to actually fall. You remain hovering in the air above the Gate.And it's only then that you realise Zigzag isn't with you."Ziggy?"-It was a foolish to come here-The Gatekeeper is aware of you but takes no other action.>"Not as foolish as it was for you to do this.">"Where's Zigzag?">"Why are you doing this?">Ask about Rock.>"What do you want?">Beg for mercy.>Flee back through the Gate.>Other
>>331055>"Why are you doing this?">"What do you want?"
>>331055>"Not as foolish as it was for you to do this."You're doing the exact opposite of your job right now.Btw I think Zigzag can't go into the dreaming since snakes were banished from there or something
>>331055>"Yeah, no shit">"Why are you doing this?">"What do you want?"
>>331055>"Why are you doing this?">Ask about Rock.>"What do you want?"
>>331055>Flee back through the Gate.
>>331014You were gonna get time to brew at the mansion, I had a set-up and everything. You guys are kind of heading in a much-less-planned direction right now.
>>331088Oh, well thanks for not railroading us thenAnti-spirit Nuke never
>>331088>tfw accidentally stumbled into boring route to successHoly fuck. I was so stoked. It was probably our last chance for experimental brewing too. I can't even properly explain how crushed I am right now.
>>331115More like route to dying horribly.
>>331108>>331115>>331125>implying this guy will bother with diplomacy
Guys we need to leave ASAP. Time moves quickly while we're in the dreaming and our friends are probably getting rekt
Let's issue a challenge. One on one, us vs him in the real world to settle this. If we die the snakes will eventually lose and if he loses he has to call off his attack and actually do his job as gatekeeper. We can both have some time to prepare first.
>"Why are you doing this?">"What do you want?"You do your best to calm yourself as best you can. Zigzag isn't here...but it's not because the spirit did anything to her. It's because snakes can't enter the Dreaming! Did she just bounce off the Gate? Pass right through it?Whatever she did, you're on your own right now."Then call me a fool. But there's something I just need to know!"-I am under no obligation to answer you"Why are you here? Why are you doing all of this? Why now?"-Is the reason not obvious, disgusting little Bane?-"Hiss? Or wait...Are you really here for me?"Well he did make a point of calling out your Bane.Something indecipherable and cold rams into your mind several times before you realise that it is the 'sound' of the Gatekeeper's laughter.-Do not consider yourself so important. I am here to crush the Serpent Queen and her army.-"But why?"You repeat yourself, hoping to get an actual answer."Are you here for Quedesh?"-Do not consider me an ally of such disgusting creatures!-Arms lunge forward, quivering and trembling before folding back up into the appearance of calm.-Understand this, mortal. There is NOTHING that I loathe more then a snake. Any snake. All snakes. How old do you think I am?"I don't know? Why does this matter?"-Six thousand years-"Okay?"-You would do well to know that number's significance. It is age of your world. I have been here since the beginning, since the Creator threw open her wings and gave us the directive to breathe life into and shape the world. Your world.-A single red arm extends, the distance between you and it shrinking as the Gatekeeper toys with perspective.-Of the three Elders who control the Gatekeepers, I am by far the eldest. Only four other spirits in all the Dreaming can contest my age or my wisdom. So you must understand why I hate your master and her kind-The hand grasps around you, the relation of size between the two of you altering until you are simply a pinprick balanced atop an immense fingertip.-I helped shape this world. I gave form to mountains, I smoothed out the plains, I dug the oceans with my bare hands. So when the Creator decreed that we could not enjoy the fruit of our labours, that it would be for YOUR kind only...it hurt and tore at me more than it did any other of my kind. But I stayed my hands! For the sake of humanity I let myself be shackled to the Dream. And yet to think that those draconic filth tried to slip around those rules, tried to despoil the world I made!-"The Creator forgave snake-kind! They're as much a part of the world as any of us now!"Size and distance alters itself once more as the Gatekeeper flings you into the silver lake. A red hand catches you just before you fall into the Gate itself. -The Creator was WRONG!-1/2
>>331176Why would he accept? Why would he agree to do it on the real world? Why wouldn't he wreck us un two seconds?
>>331202There's been a few pretty good ideas thrown around for protecting Cennen against spirits on ask.fm. And he might be interested in reducing spirit casualties since Hom and Eva are probably fucking them up with the snakes. And maybe he'd like the challenge? Idk man I'm just doing what I can to steer us away from this super lame path.
>>331200-You cannot forgive a dragon! You cannot forgive a snake! They are monsters! Surely you have seen this with your own eyes, human. The only will inside a snake is the will to feed, to devour, to conquer and control. They are evil to the core.-"The Creator didn't think so."-Even the divine may err. And because of the Creator's decree I have done my best to contain my ire even though I knew my cause was righteous. But when I punished the traitor who'd attacked one of my Gates and learned of snakes once again killing and controlling humans. Bah! Quedesh was bad enough! This is the final straw! If humans are to rule MY world then that is fine enough but I'll not have it taken by dragons!"You stare down through the Gate, looking at the burning city as if through very thick glass. How many are left, you wonder? "So there's no hope for peace?"-There will be peace when I have killed your Queen->Point out the general hypocrisy of it all.>Jump through the Gate!>Challenge it.>"Rock would never have betrayed the Creator.">Other
>>331259>>Point out the general hypocrisy of it all.>>Jump through the Gate!
>>331259>"Rock would never have betrayed the Creator.">Jump through the Gate!
>>331259>The bold formatting breaking and spilling out all over the post.Ah nuts
>>331259>Challenge it.I don't see how this will end unless we kill this guy. He'll just keep assimilating spirits and sending then down to fight until we're all dead. Be prepared to jump.
>>331259>Challenge it.It's our world, not yours.
Anyway I'm gonna go get something to eat so this next bit might take a while.
>>331259>fuck that>The creator hid some things even from you>Challenge it.>Jump through the Gate!
I say we challenge him, put the homunculi to work creating spiritbane brews and a brew that drains a spirits mental energy while we work on a spirit homunculus that protects our soul like a soulguise. Hiss can supply us with a shitload of souls to fuel it and battles between spirits in the real world come down to mental energy.
>>331295We also need to send it to the dreaming and back with a journey brew for it to gain a halo and invulnerability. Hopefully it doesn't go through this gate. Also we might want to prepare a body and soul for Naja as a backup plan.
Alright, I'm mostly done with lunch. Cheese and vegemite toasted sanga with some leftover rogan josh from work. Good shit, energising.Calling it for Challenge. Writan'
>>331310Actually... why can't we make it one of Najas spirits? She has a dreaming of her own after all. We can just create the homunculus and then visit Naja with it.
>>331295>>331310>>331331We have no Naja on hand, and if he wants her can squish us with a literal thought. We're challenging him here were we have NOTHING we can use to hurt him.
>>331335The terms of the challenge include letting us return and prepare.
>>331338If he allows it, if he just doesn't kill us for annoying him. He doesn't HAVE to accept.
I also had the idea for a spiritbalm+tanglebrew experimental brew that lets our bane grow with our vines and branches, making them harmful to spirits with mere contact.
>>331355Yeah I guess he just seems like the kind of guy who would accept the challenge to me. I mean he hasn't killed us yet for some reason and he easily could have.
>Challenge it."The Creator evidently didn't tell you everything," you mutter as you dangle above the lake.-What did you say?-"As far as I can see, you're just as bad as them! How many humans do you think you've killed already?"Fuck. Just thinking about that makes you mad."You want to help humanity? Then you should stick to just doing your damn job!"-The words of something as small as you cannot hurt me. I will return you to the Real World and kill you there, so that your soul may descend to whatever fate the Creator wishes.-You're starting to run out of ideas."Then fight me first!"-What?-"You heard me. As one of the real owners of the world, don't you owe me that much? Considering that you're doing exactly what you think the snakes do?"-And who are you again? Your soul looks somewhat familiar.->"That doesn't matter!">"I was Rock's friend.">"The consort of the Serpent Queen.">"Just an alchemist.">Other (Specify)
>>331322>rogan josh My nigga.
>>331363>"Just an alchemist.">"I was Rock's friend."
>>331363>"That doesn't matter!"What matters is our plan
>>331363>"My name is Cennan. I was Rock's friend. I am an Alchemist, Snake Catcher, Spiritbane and Consort to Hiss the Serpent Queen."
>>331363>"Just an alchemist with an odd mastery.">>331382SpiritBANE?
>>331382Punch himPunch him right in his face
>>331382You have no idea how close I came to putting>crash this spirit with no survivorsas one of the options back when you and Zigzag were arguing over what to do.
>>331384While we are at it add "Creator of life" Homunculus are kinda a big deal.
>>331363I'm a mortal who knows more about the creator's will than you do apparently.>>331386Was entering the dreaming part of your plan?
>>331394Let's not spill the beans completely here
>>331396If I pull that halo off would you die?
Calling it for:>"Just an alchemist.">"I was Rock's friend."
>>331408A lot of loyalty for an assimilated spirit.Ok I'm done.
>>331431Tell me about Cennen! Why does he pet the snake?!
>>331445Its because hes a big guy. with them tree brews
>"Just an alchemist.">"I was Rock's friend."You do your best to stare defiantly at the Gatekeeper as the spirit towers over you. If he had a face you would be looking right at it."I'm nobody important really, just an alchemist. But I was Rock's friend."-Rock? The name does sound familiar...-"She was the spirit you killed, arsehole! You tore her apart and made her into more of you."-The traitor. Yes. I remember it now. They did not die. Not until your Queen killed her.-"That was you! And she wasn't a traitor, she wasn't even a part of your shitty faction. But she had real love and respect for the world and for the will of the Creator. Something you must have forgotten."-An idiotic notion. They were too young to understand such things.-"Really? Because if she was here right now she wouldn't hesitate to call you out. She'd know that doing this was wrong. This isn't what the Creator wants!"-I have no interest in the whims of the dead-The way his hands move tell you something different. He's agitated, rankled at the mere idea that a fledgling spirit could be more in harmony with the will of the Creator than himself."Is that why you sent her out to die? It must have hurt, having a reminder of what you must have once been inside of you like that."A hand crashes into the lake right next to you, raising you into the air once more in a silver whirl.-ENOUGH. I am the Gatekeeper. The will of Aashimid resonates through me stronger than any other!-"Then prove it. You said that you wanted to return me to the real world before killing me, so that my soul would be able to go to wherever the Creator intended us to go? How about you go one further? Return me to the real world and kill me if you want but do the damn job yourself."-A battle? That would be stupid-"You can stay up here if you want. But from down here, I can't see the difference between you and a dragon."-Name your terms.-Huh. You wouldn't have guessed that the Gatekeeper would be so insecure but you guess all this business about what the Creator truly wants is a much bigger deal for them then it is for you. > "You give me time to prepare and I'll face you one-on-one. In the real world.">The same as above but he can't use any assimilated spirits.>"Fight my Queen one on one.">"We won't have time to prepare but I get to choose three others to help me.">Other
>>331490>> "You give me time to prepare and I'll face you one-on-one. In the real world."HYPE
>>331490>The same as above but he can't use any assimilated spirits.Let's haggle here. If he insists on using assimilated spirits we should push to fight him with Hiss at our side.
>>331490> "You give me time to prepare and I'll face you one-on-one. In the real world."And by prepare I mean the spirit killing bomb, the homunculus and a body for Naja on stand by in case things go tits up
>>331490> "You give me time to prepare and I'll face you one-on-one. In the real world."Well one on one in a sense. Technically two on one if we go through with that spirit homunculus idea.
>>331490>The same as above but he can't use any assimilated spirits.
This interlude is exactly as canonical as you want it to be.Interlude ##Zigzag blinked.She could barely open her eyes at all, the air rushing past her quickly forced them closed but after a few tries she managed to get them open. And yet all around her, all she could see was the night sky!Where was she? What had happened?Cennen had been doing something truly idiotic, the big hole in the sky had loomed and...Zigzag had passed straight through it even as Cennen and the spirit had vanished. But the force and momentum behind the spirit’s ascent hadn’t vanished, hurling Zigzag higher and higher into the air even as the spirit vanished. But still, it shouldn’t be a problem right? The spirit couldn’t have thrown her that high up, even with all those fancy fire-boosters it had. So where was she?Ah, she was upside down. That would do it. She looked up instead of down and suddenly became very queasy at what she saw. She’d looked at Hiss’ old war maps once or twice during the course of the campaign. She hadn’t paid much attention but she knew the basic shape of Teleran. Teleran being the land that they were all apparently on. It had been news to her at the time.So what was all of Teleran doing so far below? She could see all of the fat L-shaped landmass and the oceans around that and the clouds and there were other lands and oh. Oh.Teleran wasn’t even all of it. The entire world stretched out beneath her, an immense cracked disc. She could see it all, from edge to edge, from Teleran to the absurdly huge mountain ranges that bounded the edge to keep the oceans from spilling out. And beyond. There wasn’t just night sky above the world, Zigzag discovered. There was sky and stars underneath it too! The disc of the world was suspended in sky! It was a rare thing for Zigzag to feel wonder but it was not impossible.She looked around as she floated within the endless sky, taking in sight after sight. The moon was above her, another giant flat disc that, from her newfound perspective, was flipped enough for her to see the faint purple underside that you’d never see from the ground. She could see all the little tracks inscribed in the edge of the universe that the moon and the outer stars moved through, all the unseen cosmic machinery that kept the world in place.Her ascent was finally halted when she collided with a glowing little orb. It was about the size of her head and hot to touch, her collision with it not only slowing her down but smashing the little orb out of its track. She grabbed it out of instinct, her hands scaling up to withstand the heat. It was a star. She was actually holding a star! The little thing didn’t want to budge, even with its track broken and so Zigzag finally stopped, hanging onto the little star as it suspended her above the world. And as time passed, the thought occurred to her that she didn't really know how to get down from here."Whoops."
>>331571Aw fuck. Zigzag meteor when?
>>331571I don't want that to be canonical at all!
> "You give me time to prepare and I'll face you one-on-one. In the real world.""Give me time to prepare and I'll face you by myself. And we'll do it in the real world too! If I win then you have to stop all this nonsense at least for now. Got it?"-And when I win?-"You get to kill me as you want."-But I was already going to go do that. No. If I recall correctly, you are the Queen's consort. If you lose, she loses too.-"I'll...I'll talk it over with her. But you can't use any of your assimilated spirits!"-They are me. You know not what you ask. But very well, I will give you one hour.->"An hour isn't enough!">"That should be fine.">Other
>>331571Oh fuck i thought Ziggy was gonna ascend for a few seconds there
>>331588An hour of time in the dreaming? That's at least a week in the real world. Deal.
>>331588>"An hour isn't enough!"Give me a dayWell fight at high noon
>>331588>"An hour isn't enough!"What, is the shaper of the world afraid of what a humble mortal alchemist could cook up?
>>331588>Two hours, since your underlings likely scattered my supplies and materials.
>>331593I wouldn't bet too much on the idea that the Gatekeeper of all spirits isn't aware of how time passes in the real world.
>>331588>"An hour isn't enough!">"What's the hurry? Give me a few days at least, it's not like it means anything for you"
>>331606Damn.>>331588>"An hour isn't enough!"If you give me more time I'll tell you the real reason the creator made the dreaming, the real world, and the art guardians.
>>331571Ziggy Stardust indeed.
>"An hour isn't enough!"An hour? You'd only have time to do one experiment, if even that! And if you did then all the restocking would have to be handled by your homunculi!You hope Eva and Hom are alright. You've already seen one of your creations wounded in this battle. "Don't be ridiculous! What do you expect me to do in just an hour?"-Enough.-"Then why not give me a few days? I know that won't feel like much here in the Dream. Is a shaper of the world really afraid of what a mortal like me can cook up?"-One day. No more.-You guess you'll have to settle for that. "Fine. Now, if you please?"-Find your own way down-The Gatekeeper pushes you back through the Gate with pure will alone.Ah, reality! It feels good to be somewhere slightly less chaotic. Shame it has to be with you suspended hundreds of feet up in the air.>Grow a glider-canopy.>Pray for help landing.>Retake your wounded dragon form.>Use a potion (Specify)>Other
>>331588>A day. You are asking me to place the fate of my Queen on the outcome of this duel after all.
>>331571She should form a band with Eva 2 and HomZiggy Stardust and the Art Spiders from Mars
>>331629>>Grow a glider-canopy.>>Pray for help landing.
>>331629>>Grow a glider-canopy.>Pray for help landing.
>>331629>Grow a glider-canopy.Get to the Mansion ASAPwe got work to do
>>331629>Grow a glider-canopy.>Pray for help landing.Idk if spirits are still attacking right now, ready the caster with a Snakebreaker just in case one comes to attack when we pray
So we need one homunculus to brew a shitload of spiritbanes and maybe the other could help us brew the spiritguise homunculus. I think hom would be pretty helpful. I also want to get some ishmin bits to make an improved bloodkin so that Cennen and the spirit homunculus can move as one. I can't decide if spiritbanes would be more effective fired from our caster with a Snakebreaker or if we used a collapsible brew on those barrels they were using ealier so we could throw them.
Calling it for the glider-canopy and praying.
>>331673I'm one out of snake pictures by the way, in case it wasn't obvious.
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>331668Sounds like a good planEVA will do the mass producing and HOM will help us experiment.Not sure if its cheating to bring HOM in but id rather not try to fudge the rules which is a shame this is literally why he was born.
>>331698Yeah it'd be great to have a hom interlude of his first spirit kill
>>331735He either...A.Fucking loves it and will eventually become addicted and start hunting them down.B.Fucking hates it and never wants to deal with a sprite ever again.
Do we still have that deep priestess head? I'm curious to see what we can do with those reagents.
>Grow a glider-canopy.>Pray for help landing.You extend some branches as you fall, quickly assembling a thick shroud of flat leaves and spreading them out over you to catch the air in a desperate attempt to slow your fall.And in the air all around you you can see spirits slowly rising up. From all around the city spirits are ascending back towards the Gate and as they approach it, their forms blur and redden until they become nothing more than fading handprints mounted upon retreating arms.Looks like the Gatekeeper is keeping his word. For now.Which is great but even with this leaf-glider you're starting to think that this fall might kill you. You angle it towards the mansion as best you can and pray, praying to all who can hear. Help! I have a solution to all this but I'm going to die! And so forth and so forth. You aren't ashamed to beg. At first your prayers are answered in a rather unconventional way. As you get closer and closer to hitting the mansion, you spot something flying through the air towards you. It's a giant gull!The gull falls apart as it nears you, revealing Aqua in her normal dark-skinned human form and outfit but at fifteen feet tall. She wraps her arms around you easily and holds you to her chest."Don't worry, I've got you! It'll be just like last time!"A few seconds later and nothing's changed. She's still holding onto you and you're both falling."Uh...I should be changing back into a bird. Bird!"You force your face out of her cleavage."You didn't happen to get that shapeshifting power from one of my homunculi, did you?""Yeah and?""They don't know the advanced version! You get one change and that's that!""Oh fuck!"Both you and Aqua start screaming your lungs out before your fall is suddenly arrested by Aqua being plucked out of the air.A pair of immense fingers holds Aqua by the back of her shirt, the former mermaid still clinging to you. "Really," a deafening voice booms out. "You have to make my life so difficult, don't you?"It's Hiss and she has to be at least 100 feet tall, having caught the pair of you out of the air. She's trembling though and you can't imagine just how many of her souls are being shredded to sustain her Worldbreaker Coils Art for even just a few seconds. She sets the two of you down in the garden as she rapidly shrinks, falling to her knees and panting. "...I guess everyone in the city got to see that. Great. Why did they give the shapeshifting brew to you?""I was the closest!"Aqua belatedly lets go of you and you step into the garden. The place is a fucking mess and the mansion is half-broken itself. Trees overturned, walls knocked down, masonry scattered all over the place...Not to mention those two 15-foot long bootprints that you're currently standing in. It's hard to imagine just what you'll and your friends will be able to accomplish in all this chaos. But you're going to have to try regardless.
>>331777>Not catching with clevage
That's that for tonight, I think. It's not work or anything like that. It's just that I'm tired and I don't want to do the big Alchemy Update today. That, and the spirit battle, can wait until next session.Next session won't be tomorrow by the way. I know I said it would be but I'm going out with all my coworkers to the sunshine coast tomorrow. Day after that.The thread has just been archived, check the twitter for further updates and thank you all for joining me today!
>>331804Thanks for running! Sounds like the next thread will be on the fourth of July so hopefully my fellow ameribros can still join us. I'll be available.
>>331804Thanks for running
>>331787But then you'd just rip out of her shirt when she returned to her regular size! Besides, you had the option to run around inside Hiss' shirt once back in the fight with the Serpent King and you chose not to. That ship has sailed.>>331813I was aware of that yeah. As long as some of you are there.
>>331804Thanks for running!
>>331825>That ship has sailed.You chose the words that would hurt me the most, didn't you.
>>331901I don't quite understand but yes, I guess I did.
>>331914No giant tits Ouro. Savvy?
>>330778It's the 4th of July weekend in the US. Kind of a big deal for us 'Murricans.
>>331825Are spirits able to comprehend traps? Rock might not have, but this one is pretty old.Do you think we could brew up an entire lake? Maybe a brew that works when evaporated?
>>334797>Are spirits able to comprehend traps?Spirits can see Orange just fine.
>>335071I'm suddenly aware of how many fetishes that have been touched on during the course of the quest
>>335102Don't make it weird. You made it weird.
Hey guys, since it's the 4th of July and all I've decided to rethink my running time. How about tomorrow instead?
>>336368No! Write, slave, write!But seriously, if you think that suits you better, just do it.
>>336368Damn I was hoping for today but it's your call
>>336368aw come on let's do it today.
>>336368isnt tomorrow your weekly game day?
Hrm nah, let's do it today.
>>336368I will be here for at least 4 hours, but do what ever you think.
Ah screw it, I'll do a new thread in two days.
I'm just feeling emotionally tired and pooped out from yesterday, sorry. Spending 12 hours with people non-stop has more of a lasting effect then I thought it would.
I'll probably be back into this thread soon for today's session!
>almost 2 am.Why must you do this?
>>346041This is the usual starting time, I'm afraid!
>nearly a week after thread was made >only on page 7I can't decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing
You stare at the broken landscape around you and sigh. How are you possibly going to make this work? How did you even get into this situation in the first place? It feels almost like a dream. But, for now at the very least, this is what your life has become. And you’re going to have to give it your very best.Aqua shades her eyes as she looks up towards the Gate. “They’re all retreating! What’s the deal?”Hiss just folds her arms.“I can already guess. Cennen, you were up there for a whole fucking day, what did you do?”“I spoke with the Gatekeeper. We’re settling this in a duel.”You give them a brief explanation of what had just happened in the Dreaming. Hiss looks a little shellshocked. “But that doesn’t make any sense! Why would he agree to any of that? He should have just killed you!”The unspoken words ‘It’s what I would have done’ float about in the silence that follows. It’s easy to forget that, for all the effort you’re putting in now to protect Taldenral from outside threats, Hiss used to be one of them.“Not everyone has to act like you, Hiss.”“He must be planning something. We can’t trust him.”She’s probably right.>Discuss strategy for the fight itself.>See how everyone else is going.>”Have either of you seen Ziggy anywhere?”>Pet snake. >No time for frivolity. Get your homunculi and get brewing! >Other
>>346140>Discuss strategy for the fight itself.Well dispelling his halo would be the easiest way but I don't see that happening.
>>346140>Discuss strategy for the fight itself.>”Have either of you seen Ziggy anywhere?”
>>346140>No time for frivolity. Get your homunculi and get brewing! We really can't afford to waste any time considering the amount of experimental brewing we have to do to be able to compete with this guy
If we're gonna just chat for a bit can we at least get Hom and Eva started on some brewing?
>>346140>”Have either of you seen Ziggy anywhere?”>Discuss strategy for the fight itself.Something dirty and underhanded, just like Hiss said
>Discuss strategy for the fight itself."So I have to fight the Gatekeeper, an Elder Spirit who is made up of other spirits, and I have to do it alone. Tomorrow.""This is a really stupid plan," Hiss says. "I mean, I'm thankful that you somehow managed to get the Gatekeeper to buy into this but this was just a dumb idea.""Thanks Hiss. Glad to see you've got confidence in me.""It's not just a matter of that, Cennen. I'd love to believe that you can do it. But if what you're saying is true, that molten crab spirit that gave you so much trouble was just a fragment of this monster. How are you going to fight it with even a day's prep?""What would you suggest then?""Simple. We cheat. I'll take your form and you can pretend to be me, it'll be just like the Compact House all over again. Give me the potions and I'll fight the Gatekeeper in your place.""If I'm giving you the potions then what's the difference?"Hiss gives you her special patronising 'Aww, Cennen said something dumb again but he doesn't know why' look. You've had a long time to get familiar with it. She pats your head and ruffles your hair fondly."There's a difference between a mortal human with a lot of potions and what is basically a god with a lot of potions. Unless you're suggesting that you can actually bridge that gap between us with alchemy, which sounds like a foolhardy idea.""But what about when the Gatekeeper finds out?""He'll be dead by then. I'm not going to hold anything back.">Agree. This is your best chance for victory.>"Actually, my potions CAN bridge the gap between us.">"I like the idea of doing something underhanded but we need something else.">"No.">Other
So spirits in the real world require mental energy to use magic and fuel their existence in the real world. The halo supplies mental energy from the dreaming. They can also use burn souls for it. They use this energy to fuel magic like their invulnerability, manipulation of the physical world, and reforming damaged parts of their manifested body. Once they run low on this energy they return to the dreaming to refuel/gain another halo. I'm thinking that the invulnerability spell also drains a significant amount of energy to maintain so it might be smarter to avoid dispelling it. Spirits fight in the real world usually with overwhelming physical force from manipulating some kind of physical material with their magic instead of directly using magic to attack. So we need to gain the same invulnerability that spirits have, possibly by creating something like a soulguise that surrounds our body but is actually a living spirit homunculus. We can send it to the dreaming and back using the journey brew to give it a halo as well as invulnerability. We can also fuel it with souls given to us by Hiss and the other snakes. I think if we use this method we can win the defensive battle since we have near unlimited mental energy supplies.Since battles between spirits basically come down to differing amounts of mental energy we need to find a way to make him use loads of mental energy without being harmed or make a brew that specifically drains mental energy. Snakebreakers and spiritbane acid brews are pretty great ways of destroying the manifested body but this spirit is so large that they might not be as helpful. I think harnessing the spirit-freezing qualities of our spiritbane would be a good idea as well. Anybody else have some input?
>>346266>"Actually, my potions CAN bridge the gap between us."Or at least bridge the gap between myself and a spirit. You're forgetting that this spirit can clearly see you soul which is radically different than mine too.
>>346266>"Actually, my potions CAN bridge the gap between us."magetheft brew nigga. fighting spirits is my area remember? you can't go stealing that from me.
>>346266>"Actually, my potions CAN bridge the gap between us.">>346283We can take ziggy's dragon scales if we find her, that would solve the elemental attack issue. Next would be dispelling the mental energy. We should take care of the massive halo, since they probably can use it to call in reinforcements and fuel themselves more easily. We could send someone to detonate a dispel elixir right next to it.
>>346266>"No.">"Actually, my potions CAN bridge the gap between us.">>346283Maybe we could modify the journey brew somehow and use it to weaken the flow of energy through his halo?
>"Actually, my potions CAN bridge the gap between us."You shake your head. "This spirit can clearly see the soul and yours is ...radically different from mine.""No. Do you forget my oldest magic? I can disguise my soul as I do my body.""But my soulsight can still see through that.""You've got no proof that spirits see things in the same way as your damn brew!""Maybe so but it's best to be safe.""Safe? The safest option is letting me take your place. You're not strong enough in a direct fight!""Maybe so but I believe that the potions I plan on using will render the difference between us irrelevant. They'd be equally effective regardless of who used them."Hiss narrows her eyes and closes the distance between the two of you with a single step, jabbing a finger into your chest as she does so. She's very gentle about it, it only bruises instead of breaking any ribs."Then prove it.""Hiss, I-""Fight me, Cennen! Give it everything you have! Show me these potions that'll make you so strong! And then when I've left you broken, admit that sending yourself instead of me is idiotic!""I think Senna can beat him," Aqua says, ignored by both of you.>Fuck it. Let's do this.>"This is a waste of both our time.">"I think you've misunderstood. It's not a power thing, it's more of a transformation. That's why it won't matter.">"I can just take all your Art with magetheft. It literally won't make a difference who we send.">Nobble.>Pet snake. There are many ways to defeat people.>"Okay. But wait until we've got all of our brewing done.">Other
>>346383>"I think you've misunderstood. It's not a power thing, it's more of a transformation. That's why it won't matter."Fighting you has nothing in common with fighting a spirit. It would prove nothing. Have some faith in me, this is what I've decided to do. I need to start brewing immediately.
>>346383I'm sorry that all I do lately is make you worry about me but I really think I have the best chance against this spirit. I'll need your help to prepare as well as your trust if any of us are going to survive.
>>346383>"This is a waste of both our time.">"I think you've misunderstood. It's not a power thing, it's more of a transformation. That's why it won't matter.">"If it is as you say, you can be my backup and step in if things go south"
>"I think you've misunderstood. It's not a power thing, it's more of a transformation. That's why it won't matter.""Come on Hiss, these are two very different things! Fighting you and fighting a spirit has nothing in common. I know that all I do lately is make you worry about me and I'm sorry but I really think I have the best chance against this spirit."Hiss sighs. "Remember back when I tied you to the bed so you wouldn't do anything stupid? I miss those days, it was all so much easier back then.""So you're fine with it?""I guess. But if it even looks like you're having trouble, I'm going to step in and murder it. That's not negotiable.""That's what I'm counting on. Now, I really need to go brew."As you walk off you hear Aqua trudge back to Hiss."Well if he dies at least you'll still have me."Hiss just sighs."It's not the same."You find Hom and Eva in one of the basements, the room still miraculously untouched. Hom is in his human form and Blue is there as well, the snake sitting next to Eva. When Blue sees you show up, she shrugs and passes a small handful of signets to Eva. The homunculus just nods. "We've been waiting for you. What are our instructions?">Everyone is on full experiment duty.>You'll experiment for now, the homunculi will restock.>You'll all restock.>Ask Blue to leave. >Other
>>346499>Everyone is on full experiment duty.At least at first. We have a lot of it to do.
>>346499>Everyone is on full experiment duty.Slow thread. Quit lurking and start voting guys.
>>346499>Everyone is on full experiment duty.
>>346520Maybe people can't see it since it's so low on the board?
>>346499>When Blue sees you show up, she shrugs and passes a small handful of signets to Eva. The homunculus just nods.I'm not sure if I should be offended that she would bet on our life or happy that she bet in our favor
>Everyone is on full experiment duty."Aren't you supposed to have a chaperone, Blue?"Last you checked, she had only been let off her wishbond with the idea that Elle would watch over her and make sure she didn't do anything. It wasn't that long ago that she attempted to use Eva's life as a bargaining chip against you in an effort to get to Hiss. She's a crafty one and nearly killed you.Blue just shrugs again."I don't know how to break this to you but Elle's not a very effective guardian. That's your fault. And I figured that with the Quedeshi and these spirits that it stopped mattering? I mean, what are you going to do? Enslave me again?""Don't tempt me. Eva, are you sure you're okay with this?""It's fine. I was never really angry at Blue anyway, she's still my friend. We talk about a lot of stuff that nobody else wants to talk to me about."That's true. For better or worse, Blue seems to be one of the few people immune to Eva's aura of unease. But that doesn't really comfort you. Last you checked their talks had consisted of Blue encouraging Eva to kill Hom."aaaaaaaaa.""Whatever. You can stay if you want. Now, we're going to be doing some experimenting!">Experiment with spirit brews.>Experiment with reagents.>Experiment with wish-related brews.>Experiment with Caster brews.>Improve an already existing brew.>Tell them to go work on their own thing.>Work towards a specific brew (Specify)>OtherSelect an option for Cennen, Eva and Hom.
>>346559>>346520Asking people to come to a thread that's nearly a week old was probably too much to ask.
>>346591>Work towards a specific brew (Specify)Tell them that the end goal is a spirit homunculus that wraps around our own soul and has its own halo and invulnerability. Cennen>Experiment with spirit brews.Specifically changing soulguise to spiritguiseEva>Improve an already existing brew.Improve bloodkin with ishmin bits for synchronization between spiritguise homunculus and CennenHomSpiritbalm+tanglebrew to give us spiritbane vines to freeze the gatekeeper. It also needs to be safe for our spiritguise homunculus to come into contact with.
>>346598To be fair this thread is gonna get pretty technical with the alchemy so it might be intimidating
>>346625I agree with this except for the last bit, I don't think it's possible to avoid harming the spirit homunculus with it. Maybe make a spiritbane acid rumpleskin instead? It was originally made with acid and snakeskin.
>>346657Well Eva was fine when she came into contact with our bane with that bloodkin when we first met. I think the soulguise brew that forms the outside of her soul protects all homunculi but I guess spirit homunculi might be different.
>>346625Also maybe we could combine a champion brew with the spiritguise for added protection?
Sorry guys, just got a family phone call. There's been a lot of those flying around with dad in the hospital and all.I might be out for an hour or so or more, depending. I'll admit it's not the best time to be running a Quest but that's my fault.Maybe I'll just continue this on a new thread tomorrow, that makes more sense.
>>346688Sorry to hear about your dad man. I'll be here again tomorrow or whenever you can run a thread again. Thanks for trying to keep going despite everything that's going on IRL. Hang in there.
>>346688Thanks for running! A new thread tomorrow might be best for participation anyway. Don't feel obligated to run for us if personal stuff is overwhelming you unless we're a good distraction from it.
>>346688Alright boss. Hope your father is doing okay. Thanks for running, hyped for brewing. Also hoping that next run I am in better shape to contribute; I love the quest but I am damn tired.