Hello! And welcome back, once again, to Magical Girl For Hire Quest!You are Miranda Styles, a relatively unscrupulous magical girl currently working for Silver Eye Solutions, a umbrella corporation for magical girl mercenaries such as yourself, located in scenic The Intersection, a dimensional nowhere and everywhere where you rest and get details for your next job.Currently, you're on break- spending a week or two simply getting more friendly with workmates, Lorelei Vedder and Izumi Yayoi. Although you've known them for decades now, you've honestly never been exceedingly friendly with Izumi- and you've come to the conclusion that it's high time that changed. Izumi's taken up a side job as a librarian, and Lorelei, in an effort to bring all three of you closer together, has elected to cap off your downtime with a girl's night out. You're currently in the middle of a mall crawl thanks to her, and have been looking at a nice sporty ensemble that doesn't offend your sensibilities.And then Lorelei had to go and try to be all nice and whatnot and want to buy it for you.Previous thread: >>634647Character Details: http://pastebin.com/9J70gqM2 Miranda's Techniques: http://pastebin.com/eTu7U2PZTwitter: https://twitter.com/MGFHandler
You sigh. You really didn't want to argue the point with her, but you knew that she was probably going to make a big deal of it if you didn't sit down quickly. “Look, you really don't have the money to spend on this. I appreciate the thought, and I'll keep it in mind, but I'll pay for it myself.”At first she just looks at you. For a second she makes expression as if she's about to give in…… and then she turns around and beelines it for the counter. Before you can think of saying anything, your feet are already moving, and suddenly it's turned into a race.You both twist and turn around various mannequins, racks of clothing far too tight for you (but Lorelei might enjoy) and various kids clothes- Lorelei vaults over a bent over shopper like it was old hat for her, and you're forced to do the same, adding to the man's shocked surprise. Unfortunately, she gets a bit of a lead on you when an oncoming shopping cart comes from out of nowhere and you’re forced to totter a bit to keep yourself stable as you nearly collide with it. A quick apology, and you’re back in pursuit. You lost sight of her for a second, but you know where she’s headed- and you quickly see she’s already there and pointing to you rapidly. “Her! I’m paying for her dre-!”“NO, YOU’RE NOT!” you loudly interrupt, and considering she’s about to fork over the motes, you do the only thing you can think of to break her concentration.You tackle her. No, it’s probably not the smartest decision (or the most mature), but Lorelei needed a good thunk on the head every now and again anyway.The rest for you is a scuffle and flurry of colors and clothes, but before you know it Lorelei’s slipped out of your grasp and quickly transmitted the motes over to the cashier, looking on in incredulity. “HA!” Lorelei crows. “Success!”“Ugh…” you look down at yourself. Nothing seems to be torn or messed up...in fact, your new wear seems rather fine. Suppose if it held up to that, might be useful down the line… “Well, fine. But I owe you now, whether you like it or not.” She starts to say something, but you silence her with a hand. “No. No arguments.”Lorelei closes her mouth, but she has a very warm smile in its place. “You’re sure, then? I’m gonna take you up on that later.”“Positive.” You nod. cont.
>>661789“Excuse me?” Oh, Izumi’s just caught up. She seems rather nonplussed at all of this. “Uh...if you’re done?” She holds up a blue sundress she rather liked. “Let me buy this and we can go.”“Right!” Lorelei notes. She’s still on the floor. “Next, I was thinking we hit the Festival Distinct and take in a couple of shows! There’s some good ones tonight! Or we could hit the fairgrounds!” She suddenly pulls a folded piece of paper from her back pocket. “Check it out! These were some of the ones that stuck out to me the most!”Hm…>Live! Legends of the Outer Worlds! - It seems to be a faux-documentary play, about some ridiculous places that are said to based on real worlds Outgoers have visited. Audience participation is encouraged.>Dragon’s Den Tournament - A tournament not for fighting, as the name might make you think, but rather for...ping pong? Huh. You’ve never played, but they promise ‘spectacular plays, and incredible action never before seen on a ping pong table.’ Might be worth a laugh.>Movie: Mirabelle Revelle’s Last Dance - ah, this is one of Lorelei’s favorite movie series, apparently. It’s about the ‘Dream Walker’ Mirabelle Revelle and how she solves mysteries by going into people’s dreams and psyche. You’d never bothered- it seemed a bit too sugary for you, but, hey. Expanded horizons and all. Who knows?>There’s also an outdoor concert by a ‘Vega Starlight’. Stupid name, but according to Lorelei’s little note here she’s good. Might be worth checking out, despite having never really heard of her before yourself (or at least never paid attention).>The Dawn’s Fair, the fair that never sleeps, is having a sort of competition where whoever gets the most tickets gets a major prize of various discounts across The Intersection and a ten large mote cash prize.
>>661795>>There’s also an outdoor concert by a ‘Vega Starlight’.
>>661795>The Dawn’s Fair, the fair that never sleeps, is having a sort of competition where whoever gets the most tickets gets a major prize of various discounts across The Intersection and a ten large mote cash prize.Time for some shekels
>>661795>There’s also an outdoor concert by a ‘Vega Starlight’.
>>661795>Dragon’s Den Tournament
Singing and dancing. Yeah sure, why not? Maybe she's good.Writing.
>>661795Well, most of this wasn't really your speed. You could do without any more tournaments or competitions for a little while, and you still weren't really all that sold on Lorelei’s movie tastes. Maybe still an option for later, but for now you kind of just wanted to relax a little bit. A concert sounded nice enough. You just hoped that this Vega person was a decent singer.Izumi seems a little surprised, but Lorelei lights up at your decision. “You're going to love it, I promise!” she claims. “Vega’s got such a soulful voice, and she's just got this personality that makes you want to cheer for her! Like she's about to do something even more amazing than just singing, and this is just a prelude, y’know? She's the kind of girl who really puts her all into everything.”You just shrug. You haven't really heard of her before this, and you were frankly just hoping that she wouldn't be terrible. Izumi at least seems a little bit more receptive to the idea. “She sounds like a wonderful artist. I'm looking forward to it.” Finally up from sitting on the floor, Lorelei already starts heading out. “No time to waste then! She should be going on in a couple of hours, and we still need to get tickets!”At first you were wondering why you needed to leave so early to get tickets. You understand very very quickly as soon as you see the massive line. Fortunately, it does seem to be moving somewhat quickly… still, it's about a half-hour before you get to the front and pay ten small motes for tickets. As Lorelei’s notes said, it’s an outdoor event- but the area does have bleachers and places to sit at least. As you take your seats, you can see Lorelei’s just utterly giddy. It does seem like it’ll be a few minutes before the show starts, though.“So what kind of music does she play, again?” you hear Izumi ask.“She’s a pop artist- does a lot of high energy stuff, but she’s been known to bring it down a bit and do the occasional sad song,” Lorelei replies. “She’s got a lot of talent, though! Rumor has it she was going to be a rock star before she showed up here, but...hey, times change. Which is actually one of her best songs! It’s called ‘Hey, Times Change!’ Aha-ha...it’s kinda funny, really. I dunno how she does it...” There’s a pause from her, and you feel like something’s shifted with her- but it’s gone before you can put a bead on it. “...she must have a LOT of heart!”Well, it’s...somewhat promising, you suppose.>You’ve been a fan of hers for a while, then, I take it?>Is this one of those things where her music ‘speaks to you’?>Last I checked, singers usually had songwriters to write stuff for them…>Say nothing.>Other
>>662053>You’ve been a fan of hers for a while, then, I take it?
>>662053>>You’ve been a fan of hers for a while, then, I take it?
>>662053>Is this one of those things where her music ‘speaks to you’?
>>662053>You’ve been a fan of hers for a while, then, I take it?If the whole magical girl thing doesn't work out, we could try entertainment. There are people out there who like being glared at.Hey handler, now that I think about it what's the conversion from large to small motes? 100 to 1?
>>662195I'm tempted to say yes just to make it easier on myself. Motes in general are worth a lot more than any given currency system since they are literally desire and value made manifest. Anyone who's ever so much as wished that they had a million dollars increases the value of that dimensions' mote exchange value.At least that's how it comes across in my head.
>>662053>You’ve been a fan of hers for a while, then, I take it?So from that last tidbit it sounds like Lorelei didn't want to be a MG when she came here. Because it seems like she's a rather bad fit for the job and this really implies she wanted to be/do someone/something else and she ain't over it.
>>662053“I'm guessing that you've been a fan of hers for a while now, huh?” you ask. When she talks about the girl, her phrasing makes it clear that she at least knows a thing or two rather, than just considering her a good singer. “How long has she been around? You know that I'm not really all that much for music and all that.”Lorelei just giggles a bit. “Not for TOO long, don't worry. She's only just now really making it into the public consciousness. Seems like she flew under the radar for a few years, but I started listening to her at least five years ago. I first heard her on some radio channel while I was looking at some new clothes. I got hooked, and basically obsessed about her for a while afterwards,” she admits. You can't really say you're surprised. “I've calmed down, but I still think she's great!”“I'm curious as to how she'll approach the performance,” Izumi chimes in. “Everyone’s performing method is different, and I believe it says a lot about them as a person.” Right after she said that, the lights dim down. Seems like she won't be wondering that for long.It starts with a sudden burst of fireworks. Three spots on the stage light up, and suddenly there's light emitting from them. Simultaneously, three figures emerge and as one step to the back of the stage. Then three more materialize and do the same thing- backup dancers, you realize. Then the lights to the left and right blink out leaving only the center stage lighting. And in a swirl of sparkles and flames, she materializes.The first thing you think of when you see Vega is that she's wearing an awful lot of purple. The second thing you think of is realizing that you're wrong and that it's really not a whole lot of anything, period. She's a tall, bronze skinned lady with a firey head of hair, and everything about her screams ‘I'm hot and I know it’. She's wearing a bikini like outfit that's only prevented from being actually called a bikini via some very thin leg and arm coverings, and a couple of pieces of metal that you can only assume is going for some sort of warrior princess look. Considering your most recent job, you're not sure how to feel about that.Fortunately, she immediately launches into her first song. You have to admit, she's not really that bad. The lyrics can be kind of slow, but they are suitably catchy. From what you can tell, the subject is a common problem regarding a lovesick girl trying to tell the guy she likes how she feels. Izumi doesn't cheer or anything, but she does have a slight smile on her face as she claps to the beat. Lorelei is singing along to the chorus and is loud and shameless in doing so. Cont.
>>663237The next few songs proceed similarly, with Izumi quietly enjoying them, and Lorelei singing her heart out. The fact that you caught yourself occasionally tapping your foot to the beat and starting to sway a little bit in a rhythm is of no consequence. Although you will admit that you're having a little fun. Okay, actually it's been rather pleasant. It's been a very long time since you really went out with anyone you can call friends… of course, there has been a reason for that. Maybe it's just time to let go of it...no.Cont.Before that train of thought goes anywhere (thank goodness) suddenly the stage goes quiet, and Vega is suddenly in a shawl and small dress hat. There's a moment of silence from the entire audience. And then she starts singing again.This song is different, however. It's not puffing herself up, or about any simple young girl problems. This, quite clearly, is a song about loss. [i] ‘So maybe you're not a rock star,No jet plane or movie deal, You just gotta put on that dumb hat,Ask ‘what you want with your meal’,But you keep on fightin’ for your dream,One day it might come true,‘cause hey, things can change, in a blink for you…[/i]Frankly, the lyrics you think are kinda eh, but you appreciate the message. At least thats what you're telling yourself what your loudly beating heart is reacting to. Izumi seems to be much more enraptured. Lorelei...Lorelei’s crying. And those aren't happy tears. She's not bawling, but she's trying very hard to put on a smile and failing. Why would she want to hear this song if that's her reaction…?Before long, however, the song ends, and she wraps up with another loud, boisterous song; this one about ‘dressing to kill’ if your interpretation of the lyrics is anything to go by. Lorelei quickly flips back to her peppy self, and for a bit it's like her crying fit never happened.At the end of it, you're all walking out the concert with smiles. Vega wasn't at all the time waster you anticipated. You're not sure you'd exactly go album hunting or anything, but you wouldn't mind hearing more of her now and again.“Soooo, what'd you think?” Lorelei asks. “Was she amazing or what?”“I was impressed that she could move and sing as strongly as she did for so long,” Izumi admits. “She must have a LOT of core strength.” “And you?” Lorelei turns on you. “I saw you groovin’ here and there, don't lie!”>She's...okay.>I have to admit, she's good.>Tell me why you were crying first.>Other
>>663244> She's very pretty ... Why were you crying?Don't comment on the music at all.
>>663244>She's...okay.If we walk down that road we might find out Lorelei dreams of going back home or run off somewhere, which means we lose her.
>>663244>I have to admit, she's good.
>>663244>She's...okay.>>663404somehow seeing her name makes your assumption believable.
Rolled 2 (1d2)Hm. Rolling, then. 1= She's Pretty, but...2= She's okay.
>>663244Eeeeh...you’d rather not touch on whatever issues she might be having...at least, not right now. It might seem a bit tactless. Disregarding that for now...telling her how much you ACTUALLY enjoyed it, aside from that one bit, would likely cause you no end of teasing from the girl. “It was nice,” you say calmly. “She’s okay.”“Suuuuure.” Lorelei doesn’t look like she believes you for a second. “Tell you what, if you want, I can share a couple of songs with you from her that she didn’t sing tonight. If you thought this was just ‘okay’ and were acting like that, I’ve got some tunes that’ll make you get off that old seat of yours and dance like a loon! Probably like this!” The goofy grin on her face as she starts doing a poor approximation of old timey dance moves causes Izumi to bust out laughing...and as much as you hate to admit it, you let out a snort or two yourself.“YES! Yesyesyesyes I got you!” Lorelei cheers. “Come on, we’ve still got time to hit the bars! Let’s get to it!” Izumi just follows along still holding her sides, and you just shake your head in amusement and follow. Seems like she’s in rather high spirits now. And speaking of spirits...The first place she settles on is named Sweetie’s. It’s a decent looking place- the floors are clean, the tables and everything’s well-kept; a solid watering hole overall. Although physically you all were a bit underage, your years of service in The Intersection more than qualified you to drink. It was something of a pain having to show identification, however. At least as Outgoers- and ones that engage in high-danger activities, no less- you had access to certain perks here and there. One of those perks was discounts on alcohol at any bar in The Intersection. Lorelei, from the look on her face, was primed to take full advantage.“Load us up, man!” Lorelei crows. “Mojito for me!”“Long Island Iced Tea,” Izumi states. Huh. You’d taken her for a more fruity drink kinda gal. “I don’t plan to have much.”“You gettin’ anything?” Lorelei asks. “I won’t force you, but gettin’ drunk was kinda high on my personal list, sooooo...hey, just a warning!”> “Sadly, one of us has to stay dry. I’ll just get a soda or something.”> “Nah. Tonight’s a fun night. I’ll get a…” (Name a drink!)> Other
>>664346>“Nah. Tonight’s a fun night. I’ll get a…”Whisky sour (We a hard girl)orMai Tai (Can't judge a book by it's cover)
>>664346>> “Nah. Tonight’s a fun night. I’ll get a…” (Name a drink!)An Adios Motherfucker. We work hard. We play hard.
Rolled 17 (1d100)>>664346> tonight's a fun night!Mint julepLooks like Izumi is getting fucked up tonight.Also I doubt you will get a consensus oh this op, might to roll for it. Or highest roll wins.
>>664346I'll second >>664387
>>664346>> “Nah. Tonight’s a fun night. I’ll get a…”Anything with whisky or rum
>>664404That was the plan- I just wanted suggestions because I'm not a major drinker myself. Depending on what wins I may also ask for rolls to see how smashed you get.
>>664346>“Nah. Tonight’s a fun night. I’ll get a…”Gold Highball
>>664346> “Nah. Tonight’s a fun night. I’ll get a…” (Name a drink!)Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster
Surprisingly it seems like more than one person voted for >>664387.
>>664477It matches our color scheme. Kinda.
>>664346>>664387i'll vote for this one too. sounds like a drink you drink before doing something incredibly stupid.
>>664346“Hm...nah, I’m actually gonna enjoy this.” You turn to the bartender- a middle-aged man that looks like he’s missed one too many haircuts but isn’t suffering too hard for it. “Gimme an AMF, if you know what it is.” He simply nods and starts mixing. You look at Lorelei. “Y’know, I think you got the weakest drink out of all of us.”“Yeeeah, but I wanna enjoy the experience, y’know?” She spins around in her chair- it’s one of those types. “I’m gonna get plastered niiiice and slow. Unlike you two.” Izumi shrugs. “I figure just the one will be enough to get me drunk enough to enjoy tonight to the fullest. I’m not exactly a heavy drinker. Miranda’s having pretty much the same.”“I also have a higher tolerance than you,” you note.“Y’know, part of me was thinking you’d end up getting something like a peach bellini or something like that. Y’know, ‘hidden depths’ and all,” Lorelei muses. “Ah well.”You give an involuntary shudder. “Ugh, no. I hate peaches. Just the thought of them makes me sick.”Soon, the bartender places all your drinks down in front of you. “Long Island, Mojito, and Adios to you, m’lady.” he says the last bit as he places yours down. “Made sure to put in a bit extra ta make it worthy of the name.”“Good man,” you nod. You’re not too fussed about the exact makeup of the drink, but it was nice to know in advance. Lorelei raises up her glass in a toast. “To us- no matter how fucked our lives get, may we always be able to have somewhere to party!”You and Izumi raise your glasses. “Here here!”------------You’re not sure where you are when you wake up. It’s cold, though, and you have a massive hangover. “Ugh...what the...what the fuck?” Suddenly a blast of warm air hits you and you’re forced to jolt awake. “OW! What the...where the hell?” Your vision is still blurry, but you can tell you’re still in your new sportswear, and…There’s a lot of ice cream containers, a half naked Lorelei actually cuddling some knocked out spiky-haired teenager (with all his clothes on, thank goodness) in her sleep, and some guy in a uniform, that you realize is below you- oh. You’re on top of an ice cream truck. And apparently you’ve got Izumi’s sword in your hand and there’s a bunch of watermelon slices near you, too...and you have a sleeping cat in your lap. Izumi’s nowhere to be found, though.“WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ALL MY ICE CREAM!??! WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? HOW DID…WHY DID…?” Holy crap, he’s being loud. You don’t need this right now…> “I’m sorry, but shut the fuck up for a second. Someone's missing.”> “Just bill it to Miranda Styles and leave me alone.”> Ignore driver, wake Lorelei.> Other
>>664788>“I’m sorry, but shut the fuck up for a second. Someone's missing.”> “Just bill it to Miranda Styles and leave me alone.”
>>664788> “I’m sorry, but shut the fuck up for a second. Someone's missing.”
>>664826Also: "I'm never having fun again."
>>664788>“I’m sorry, but shut the fuck up for a second. Someone's missing.”> “Just bill it to Miranda Styles and leave me alone.”With emphasis on shut the fuck up
>>664788>“I’m sorry, but shut the fuck up for a second. Someone's missing.”wait what just happened
>>664788>>Shut the fuck up for a second, someone is missingAlso casually wave the sword around, you don't want to drop it lest Izumi get pissed at you about it
>>664920Now I'm imagining that there are also watermelon slices on the sword.And we start groggily waving around the world's most dangerous watermelon kebob.
>>664933We're now badass carmen miranda. I imagine it'll be possible to pick up a fruit hat too at some point.>Fruit cowl>a rad hood made out of fruit and kept together... somehow. It's a classic bit that'a great at intersection parties.>+2 humor, -2 intimidation
>>665036I realize that even with that equipped Miranda would still be intimidating above average people.
>>665078I figured so.Think it would be a fun gimmick tho
>>665081although it would surely OOC normally, it might have happened already while we were drunk.I can't imagine how it would have went. I mean, can you imagine someone who is wearing a fruit hat, of all things, be intimidating?
>>665078Arguably more intimidating as we are stating we are so strong that we can destroy them while only being equipped with fruit.
>>665089If it happened while drunk, intimidation probably wasn't a high priority. Or maybe it was? guess we'll find out in due time.
>>665233what I'm worried more about is that spiky haired teenager, and Lorelei. and Izumi.this situation demands sober explanation. now.
>>665089It's like a guy wearing a jester hat. For some reason you're so scared that you just know DO NOT MENTION THE HAT.
>>664788You hold up a hand to silence him, which fortunately he does. “Okay, first, I'm sorry, but shut the fuck up.” You have a throbbing headache he's not helping at all, and to be frank, that's first on your list of concerns. Secondly, though. There were three of you last night, and you can only see yourself, the cat, and one other blurry figure that's Lorelei. You're not counting the mystery man. “There’s someone missing.” You struggle to pick yourself up, gently placing the sleepy cat down on the truck roof. It's going to be hell to operate through a hangover, but needs must. The ice cream man groans. “Look, lady, I just saw you two on top of my truck with most of my stock eaten, and now I have to explain to my boss how some crazy drunk girls-”“Shut up and just tell them to bill it to Miranda Styles.” Your eyes are still half-closed. “I'll pay for it.” Although frankly you consider yourself for paying for it right now. You can't quite make out the man's face, but you don't think he agrees with you.“Do you have any idea how long it took me to find you? My route sure as heck doesn't go into the Learner’s District-” So that's where you were. You don't recognize the exact buildings, though. “-so I ended up having to go through at least several hours of searching and excuses for why I wasn't starting my shift!” “AAAAUGH STOP!” Oh, THAT sounded like Izumi. The driver side door is thrown open and Izumi stumbles out, glaring daggers at the man. “I swear to home and family I will CUT YOU if’u keep...keep…” She gripes at her side briefly before looking around in confusion. “...the hell did my sword go?”Cont.
>>666538You wave it around lazily. “Here.” She stares up at it for a moment, and rounds on the man again. “SHE'LL cut you if don't shut up!” she corrects. The man looks at you, and you just sort of shrug. In the state you're in, you might. The man just makes an exasperated face and it seems like he's not quite sure how to proceed. That's when you hear a snort from the side. Seems like Lorelei’s finally waking up.“Owwweee… this is the price for my hubris….” she grinds out. Her voice is exceptionally gravelly and hoarse. She looks to either side, and she laughs a little bit. “Whoa. Don't remember what happened, but it looks like it was a lot of fun...I hope.”“If this is your idea of fun, then I'm never having fun again,” you quip. “Who even is that next to you?” She looks back to the mystery boy and shrugs. “Dunno, but he's cute. But I'm more worried about where my shirt went. Also my bra.” She doesn’t really seem concerned at all actually.“It's in the truck,” Izumi says. “It was on my head when I woke up. I really don't want to know how it got there.” “Psht, I do!” Lorelei says.“Uhhh, LADIES?’ Oh yeah, the ice cream truck driver. Groaning in exhaustion, you manage to clamber off the roof of the truck, bringing the cat with you. Lorelei follows suit, carrying the still passed out boy in one arm over her shoulder. Izumi just waddles over to you both as the man finally rushes forward and inspects his vehicle. Izumi looks at both of you through bleary eyes. “Ugh. I need to get to work. Delilah's going to freak out…” You hand her her sword back wordlessly, which she receives with a nod of thanks.“I'm just going to find this fella some nice place to nap,” Lorelei decides. “Hopefully he'll just think last night was a weird dream or something.”>Screw all this, I'm going home.>Izumi, want to wash up at my place? It's closest.>Good luck. It was a wild time. Apparently.>Other
>>666544>Izumi, want to wash up at my place? It's closest.
>>666544>Izumi, want to wash up at my place? It's closest.>Check to see whose cat this is, and if it's some sort of sentient magical girl contractor cat, shapeshifter of some sort, has two or more tails, or is just a normal cat.
Quick clean up. Writing.
>>666544>>Screw all this, I'm going home.>>Izumi, want to wash up at my place? It's closest.
>>666544>Izumi, want to wash up at my place? It's closest.and supporting >>666563I'm really concerned about that bit.
>>666544You nod to her. “Fair enough.” Then you turn to Izumi. “My place is closer than yours. Want to stop by and wash up? You stink.” It might have been a bit harsh, but some truths just needed to be said.Fortunately, she takes it in good grace, sniffing herself, and then recoiling at her own stench before nodding. “That...would be highly appreciated, thank you.”Lorelei is already headed back to the truck in order to get her bra out. You're vaguely surprised she's so casual about it, but she's just humming a tune as she fishes it from out the cabin and snaps it back on. Apparently her jacket is in there too, because she has that on as well now. How she managed to do all that one handed his impressive. “Well, you two have fun with that! I'll check you later! Miranda, remember you owe me!” And with that she saunters off. How she can shake off a hangover that quick...unless she's just got a good poker face.You and Izumi look at each other, but say nothing. The man suddenly starts howling from inside his truck, and it's then you both figure now's as good a time as any to leave. You decide to take the cat with you- if only to spare it the man's wrath or something. Well...that, and it looked cute. In all respects, it seemed like a normal orange cat to you. It SEEMED normal at first glance, and had no tag or ID otherwise...wasn't even speaking. Just meowing. Although honestly even that was a bit much on your nerves. At least it seemed content in your arms.Fortunately, the journey home is pretty uneventful, and you two are both still a bit too hungover to entertain casual conversation. You both reach you an appointment with minimal fanfare, and Izumi goes first. Sal is surprisingly nowhere to be seen. Well...might as well take the opportunity to try out your FutureSight a bit more. You toyed with it here and there during the week, but your other activities had caused you to not really look at it too much. Still, you got the basic gist of it. Especially the Jobs Available list. That was that was the real meat of the device. It not only had a listing potential job for you, it told specifics about what code of conduct they expected as well as an estimate of payment already translated to motes. It was a very convenient system, and the fact that Sal had managed to get one and was actively updating the listing meant that he expected you to use it.As for the mission listings, the ones currently available to you from Sal...cont!
>>667297dude, yer trip!
>>667297>1. Client wants someone to 'work with her in getting a new MG team's feet wet', by playing villain for a week. MG team is not to know of this.Riders Added : Collateral Damage Minimization / Binding Narrative / Willing DefeatEstimated Profit: 8 Motes>2. MG team member is sick, team is on emergency deployment for elimination of monstrous hoard on frontier planet. Willing to pay for a temporary replacement.Riders Added: NoneEstimated Profit: 4 Motes>3. Non-public Agency requests a non-traceable, deniable asset to infiltrate MG team and report on MG team members. Must be sociable. Riders Added: Selective Targeting Estimated Profit: 2 Motes per report sent. Maximum 10 motes. Partial Contract Fulfillment possible.>4. New, up and coming, prodigy villain looking for competent Magical Girl second-in-command to assist in new evil plan to take over the world against annoying heroic girl. Must be pretty.Riders Added: Binding Narrative / Collateral Damage MinimizationEstimated Profit: 6 MotesHm...the question is, do any of these look alright to you? None of them are going to be the massive payday you got from the job a week ago, but jobs that are that big are, admittedly, rare.
>>667309I knooooooooooooow why is that always a thing with me?!
>>667310>>1. Client wants someone to 'work with her in getting a new MG team's feet wet', by playing villain for a week. MG team is not to know of this.Finally, a chance to bring out our inner chunni!Also:>3. Non-public Agency requests a non-traceable, deniable asset to infiltrate MG team and report on MG team members. Must be sociable. Can we see if we can get Lorelei on this one? It seems up her alley. Sadly, no jobs really fit Izumi's MO at the moment.
>>667310>1. Client wants someone to 'work with her in getting a new MG team's feet wet', by playing villain for a week. MG team is not to know of this.Were going to be like the tutorial bosses in dark souls that kick your ass until you get smart.
>>667310>3. Non-public Agency requests a non-traceable, deniable asset to infiltrate MG team and report on MG team members. Must be sociable. >Riders Added: Selective Targeting >Estimated Profit: 2 Motes per report sent. Maximum 10 motes. Partial Contract Fulfillment possible.more dosh more dosh more doshthe only reason we were faulty(if any) was we were stacked too high in intimidation for normal conversations.if we gear up properly and converse well this will give us the best potential motes.I assume more details will be given by sal or client?>1I bet we can play the evil villain narrative well, but for that amount of acting we could potentially earn more on 3.>2although there's no catch, the pay is the lowest. not so interesting.>4collateral damage minimization as well as 'must be preety'?I expect this mission to be incredibly annoying to complete, and the pay isn't even that good.
>>667324The one to clear out a frontier planet of monsters and be a replacement Warrior of Justice seems perfect for Izumi. The bad guys are bad, mindless monsters, and it's to help people in need.
>>667341Her preference is towards a certain environment. Almost certainly 20th-21st century urban Japanese environments. I doubt she's too eager to go out to a frontier planet. Does gel with her sense of justice though.
>>667310>1. Client wants someone to 'work with her in getting a new MG team's feet wet', by playing villain for a week. MG team is not to know of this.This one sounds like the most fun to me.
Gonna leave this one up overnight and write it out tomorrow.
>>667310>1. Beginner mode nemesisTime to get our bully on! Hopefully we can come up with a plan that seems evil on the face of it but digging into it it seems oddly altruistic. And we can do evil laughs and give them advice in mocking formats.I would have voted for being the pretty villain taking over the world if it hadn't had the collateral damage minimization rider. Where's the fun in being the bbeg if you can't blew shit up?
>>667336Just because it pays the most doesn't mean it's the best. Notice that we get paid 2 motes per report, and we'd have to get 5 reports for the max payout.That means playing nice and being sociable with 5 MG's without any of them catching on that we're a spy. We don't even know what their powers are; what if it's telepathy, psionics, something cheesy like "peering into a person's soul", or just hyper-intelligence?Sure, we can schmooze and do social infiltration when we have to, but when it's the primary goal of the mission, leave social infiltration missions to people specialized in it.
>>667435>I would have voted for being the pretty villain taking over the worldNo way, man. If you read the contract more closely, we're supposed to be this guy's arm candy. He wants a girl to play being his waifu. With the Binding Narrative Rider, he probably even expects us to be "jealous" when he pays more attention to the "annoying heroic girl". Probably even expects us to wear "sexy evil" getups at no additional charge because of the Binding Narrative.
>>667310>1. Sounds fun and we may as well take advantage of our intimidation.
>>667453exactly.>>667443huh. Indeed. you do have a point.changing vote to >1 in >>667336
...lot more one sided than I thought.
>>667526I would have been surprised if even one vote stuck to option 2.
>>6673102It's fast, it's easy, and it let's us really cut loose on full environmental destruction.
>>667526Well I think 2 just sounds boring, like threshing wheat, I'm sure you could write it more challenging than that but it's what I got from the description. 3 sounds hard and like the voting would be super salty. 4 seems funny ... if it were someone else doing it. 1 sounds like we could scrape by without doing too much our we could make up a fun and challenging plan that left everyone better off.
Right, then. Writing!
>>667310>>>1. Client wants someone to 'work with her in getting a new MG team's feet wet', by playing villain for a week. MG team is not to know of this.This sounds fun
So we may not know the specs quite yet, but we will almost certainly want to lessen our intimidation. We'll be working on baby MG's, making them cry will not help.But at the same time humorous isn't what we want either, we want to be appear to be a threat, not make them think monsters are fun and games.So I'm thinking go light on the intimidation and go heavier on otherworldly, basically making is seem like a somewhat threatening thing-that-shouldn't-be-here, which shold be good for preparing them for their life as MGs.All speculation though, maybe full fruit costume and intimidation is the way to go.We'd make villainous puns tooYOUR EFFORTS ARE FRUITLESS!ORANGE YOU GLAD I DECIDED TO GO EASY ON YOU?But no. I'm pretty sure Miranda would murder her employer before doing that.
>>667297Well, out of all of them...the one at the top seems the most interesting. You're not so sure how you really feel about taking a dive- you've done it before, but it's really more a matter of an annoyingly ever-present ego that always makes you feel frustrated whenever you have to. Still, from the sounds of it, it won't be too hard- just a bit of acting and possibly giving them some pointers without actually telling them outright. You can do that, and the price is decent for it, too.By the time you've resolved to tell Sal, Izumi’s out of the bathroom, hair wet and overall smelling much better, even if she does have to wear the same clothes as she did yesterday. While Walks of Shame were usually horribly embarrassing, you and the others had had to deal with far more embarrassing circumstances on the job.… no, it was still kind of embarrassing. You you felt a pang of pity for her.Izumi doesn't seem to be too concerned with it, however, as she looks over your shoulder at what you're looking at and her eyes widen. “Is that a FutureSight?! When did- when’d you get one of those?!” “Sal gave it to me about a week back. Remember when I first met your friend from from the library? After I went home, he was waiting for me. Just kind of shoved it in my hand and left, the lout.” Really, he should have at least done you a favour of pointing out the basics.“Holy…” Izumi starts to say something, but then thinks better of it and simply sighs in frustration. “No matter. I'm happy that that one of us has one of them, at least.” “I'm sure Sal’d be more than happy to get you one of your own, if you took on more jobs,” you point out. “You just need to broaden your horizons a bit. Like see, this job right here would be perfect for you.” You point at the extermination job. “It sounds like it's in space, and space is great!” Worlds with advanced technology were always your personal favorites, so a little more emotion tend to slip into your voice when talking about them. “They're always different with how they've taken technology, and it always makes for really cool, really unique weapons. You like those! Plus, it’s very obviously helping innocents in need! Right up your alley!”“True..” she bites her lip briefly, as if she’s about to consider it...then shakes her head. “...but I can't I can't help but feel like it's betraying my past. You might be able to let go so easily, but I can't.” The way she says it, there’s no heat or bite behind it- it’s just a factual observation. “Even if I can't be home, I can embody it.” Oh boy, this whole thing again.>Drop it. It’s not your problem.>Give her the hard truth about her situation. She won’t listen otherwise.>Try to gently convince her via her compassion. You’re trying to be her friend…>Maybe try to outlogic her. Force her to think about it in a way she never had.>Other
>>667854>Try to gently convince her via her compassion. You’re trying to be her friend…Intersection Friends are the only friends that matter.
>>667854>Give her the hard truth about her situation. She won’t listen otherwise.It's an old wound that she's had time to get over and analyze. She's cool headed and I doubt an emotional appeal will help here, it's not a matter of emotions anymore. Same with logic, she's had time to look over this, the chances of us having a way of looking at it that rocks her world is not so high.The thing is she's acting like this out of loyalty to her past, so the way to get her to take the job is to break thst loyalty.This means telling her that her past, and possibly those she knew and loved before are dead and gone and doing this shit will only hurt you, it won't help them at all. We gotta be an ass and give her some cold hard truths in order to help her.
>>667854>>Give her the hard truth about her situation. She won’t listen otherwise.
>>667854>Give her the hard truth about her situation. She won’t listen otherwise.we haven't brought this up before, right?I don't know if doing so now would be a good idea. then again, we just had some friendship shenanigans, it might help...
>>667900given by >Oh boy, this whole thing again.It seems safe to say she's done this many times before
>>667854>Give her the hard truth about her situation.Better to get through it now than have it come up later when we might need her.
>>667854Oh...oooooooh....Shes a NERD! It all makes sense now. Shes a techie!
>>668016Would Miranda be into "kidnapping" an AI and bringing it back to the intersection when we get a chance now that we have a magic smartphone?
>>667854You rub your head, still trying to clear the headache from it. You’re good at putting on a brave face, and worse comes to worse, you can work through a hangover...but it’s still a hangover. And hangovers don’t need this crap right now. You’ve talked with her about this before, but it seems like she never really took it to heart- likely because you never were really too direct with it. Before recently, if she wanted to live in a mild delusion, that was fine with you, but now…...now you sorta actually care. You’ve never had the best beside manner, but maybe that’ll be for the best here? Although when you take the effort to get up and place a hand on her shoulder, she tenses. Maybe she knows what’s coming.“Izumi. Your words are as forceful as you can make them without sounding too frustrated or angry. “You’re smart. You’re capable of reading a situation well. You aren’t new to this place. Why are you still doing this to yourself?”“Because it’s all I have left.” Her words are shaky, and when she breaks eye contact for a half-second, you know that part of her doesn’t even believe what she’s saying. But you force her to look you in the eye.“Izumi. I know you don’t want to believe it. Neither did I. But we don’t have ANYTHING. Technically, we never did. Because Izumi, in case you forgot, we don’t exist. We never existed.”At least, you and Izumi hadn’t. You don’t know what her situation was, exactly, just that it was similar to yours. You were there for the cessation of existence of your universe. You were there when the sacrifice was made. When a being that was called a god was fought- was killed- after a hellacious amount of souls eaten, tortured, eliminated. The chance to bring them all back…And you were just on the sidelines as miss big fat hero of everything Julie went to save the day without thinking. Said that she’d rather go herself- use that astounding power to reset time and make sure her friends didn’t have to repeat this. Well...that was the thing, you suppose. Why you even bothered to shove her out of the way before she stepped into the light. She had friends.You didn’t. You were just an accident anyway. You didn’t even LIKE her or her group, it was just a convenient partnership. Really.But that all never happened. technically. Need to remember that. It was decades ago. No reason to still carry a torch over it- what’s done is done. And Izumi needs to understand that. “They don’t remember you, because you never existed. Nothing you did is even known to them- can EVER be known to them.” you emphasize. “It’s not your home because you were never born there. It might even be entirely different! Your friends aren’t your friends, your parents aren’t your parents, and your life NEVER HAPPENED! YOU’RE A PHANTOM, IZUMI! YOU’RE A PHANTOM OF SOMETHING THAT NEVER EXISTED!”cont.
>>668499...she’s not saying anything, but she’s looking at you strangel- oh, crap, you were yelling. “Damnit, Izumi, I’m sorry, I didn’t even-”“Alright.” What?Izumi’s not meeting your eyes. But she’s got a hand on your shoulder now, too. “It...still hurts, clearly.” Who’s she talking to? “I suppose what happened to us is...difficult to get over. Even after all this time…but I know what you mean. And this isn’t the first time you’ve said this…” she looks up at you, and there’s the barest hint of a smirk there. “...it is the first time you’ve cried about it, though.”You blink, and only just now do you realize the slight tears falling down your cheeks. It’s nothing major, but you’re still surprised. “I guess...even if I can’t be there for them, maybe I could try to do good for others…’avenging angel Izumi’ has a nice ring to it, I suppose, hm?” She’s trying to laugh. It’s not coming out well. But it’ll do for now.“I’ll ring up Sal, tell him you’re interested,” you promise. “You should get back to your side job, if you’re still doing that.”“I am,” she confirms. “Delilah’s invited me to her place for snacks after work. Hopefully the job lasts long enough…”You both share a wane laugh, and soon Izumi exits. You have no doubt that Izumi’s not remotely over the issue...but maybe this can be the start of working on it. You’ll call it a long-term job. You’re good at that. And speaking of jobs...you punch in the confirmation request. Immediately you get a call on your phone.“Heeeeeeey, back on the grind, huh? I can see you’ve picked yourself out a fun one! Losing on purpose- are you trying to get into plays? Maybe star in a movie sometime?” Oy.“You’re the one who listed it. Speaking of, I was talking to Izumi. She’s interested in taking the extermination mission. Talk to her about it later, will you?” You can hear a gasp of delight at that one.“Well well welllllllll! Miss Izumi’s looking to expand her client base!? Faaaaaaaantastic! I’ll get her right on that- whatever you might’ve said to her, keep it up! I wonder if I can get all three of you out and about at the same time for once…” He seems to trail off a bit before continuing, likely losing himself in money fantasies. “Do let me know when you’re ready to go, will you?”“Right.” As you hang up, you look at the monitor on the wall. Time to gear up again. So how are you going to approach this one…?>Shopping List Incoming!
>>668503>Shopping List Incoming!
I'm gonna put it in a pastebin from now on:http://pastebin.com/R263U7HpHave at it!
>>668535You read all that and what gets you the most is a shopping list.
>>668671>Shimmering Gown>Blank T-shirt>Summertime Sandals>Silver Necklace>Bone Necklace>Catfight Claws
>>668671>Third-Eye Brooch>Amped Knuckle DustersOur current kit is already good on intimidation and the cool things are pretty expensive. This will let us stay intimidating and boosts our otherworldliness a decent amount, seems perfect for a villain of the week.>>668698DudeWe have to be able to afford eggs and milk tomorrow, and you're not picking an outfit. Our stuff gets transmuted into something setting-appropriate once we leave.
>>668671>Celestial Robe>[i] A brilliantly white, flowing robe that was allegedly modeled after the design obtained from a minor goddess of a world. In exchange, the Deal-Maker in question granted her a Panacea-type medicine to present to her people.[/i]>(Otherworldly +3 / Intimidation +1 / Plainness -4)>Price: 8 Motes>*Mastercrafted* Divine Shoes> [i] Not actually celestial in nature (thought you might want to think otherwise), these shoes are perfect for showing up on the red carpet, or taking a fancy night out on the town. Comfortable, and stylish![/i]> (Humor +2 / Intimidation +1 / Otherworldly +1)> Price: 8 Motes>Third-Eye Brooch>(Otherworldly +3 / Hothead -3)Price: 4 Motes Make us seem like a kinda scary god/spirit thing.
>>668503>>668706This sounds reasonable, we currently have a pretty intimidating outfit already so no need to pick all new gear yet.
>>668706Only worry if we might be a tad bit too intimidating for newbies
You can only equip one piece of equipment per section of body, just in case >>668698 was thinking otherwise...
Lets lot spend all our money on things we don't even necessarily need.Glowing Headband (Otherworldly +1 / Hothead -2)Amateur's Necklace [+1 Otherworldly/-1 Hothead]>Mask of Mystery>(Humor +2 / Plainness -2)>Price: 3 MotesWe should lean towards Otherworldly and just a bit of Intimidation.
>>668714The job pays 8 motes, is it wise to spend three times our pay? Might as well just call in sick, if we are going to lose money by working.>>668720>>668737>>668745Honestly we can skip the knuckle dusters, I don't think their stats are going to make a noticeable change. 4 motes for the Third-Eye Brooch with a +3 is debatable.Mask of Mystery is effectively only giving the +2 Humor, since our Plainness is already at E and won't go lower.Really, we can probably go as we are and save our motes for the next mission.
>>668764Oh right, I totally forgot about thr pay.I'll back just the third eye brooch then.
>>668714You're spending 20 Motes on a job that pays 8.In what world does that make fiscal sense?>>668671Hunter's LongcoatWhile Miranda's Jacket gives us the +1 Intimidation, for this job I think the -1 Humor is more important than the -1 Plainness.We need to be a villainess that scares these kids so they take their mission seriously.
Yeah, I should mention- I didn't develop the price range with the intent of you guys buying a whole new gear set every mission. You have to decide carefully on what you want. These are just options for you.Some missions, like last time, may have surprise secondary and tertiary missions, but it might not be wise to count on those every time.
>>668671>Third-Eye Brooch>Amped Knuckle Dusters>Rogue's Cape
The Celestial Robes are great, but cost the same as the job pays. It's a pretty big investment, more like buying a new apartment.Hunter's Longcoat has a low price and makes sense, but Miranda's Jacket is something we already have and does close to the same job.I might vote for one or the other, but the rest of the list aren't needed. Third-Eye Brooch is a good choice for this but too expensive and niche.
Most seem to be angling towards the Third-Eye Brooch, I'll call that one locked, I suppose.Anything else?
>>668826That's kind of expensive (and equal to half of our payment) so nothing else.
Rogue's Cape would fit us well
>>668847That pushes us into 7 Motes for an 8 Mote contract.We'd probably be losing money at that point, what with fees and taxes.
>>668826I vote for not buying anything more
>>668826That's fine, we still have a profit with this
Third Eye Brooch only, then.>You have 29 Motes left!Current Worn Equipment:-Miranda's Jacket-Third Eye Brooch-Noble's Cape-Glowing HeadbandAs for Weapons, you have:-Flambringer Sword ( Intimidation +1 / Otherworldly +1 )-Baron's Rapier ( Otherworldly +2 ) I decided to go with my first gut like I said back in the other thread.And 5 Invisibility Potions that may or may not work in this world. Will you be bringing any/all of them? You CAN two-hand weapons, but it's not your forte.Last gear up thing, I swear!
>>668905If we're meant to lose then there's no reason to bring those potions.
>>668905All worn and Baron's Rapier
>>668905I can't decide between the two swords, we should bring one of the potions though, just to check if they work of if we should sell them in the intersection.
>>668917Dramatically escaping to do evil another day, with the addition of smoke bombs.
>>668905Bring the Flamebringer Sword and 2 Invisibility Potions.After losing we might need one to make our escape unseen.
>>668905Bring the pots, no reason not to.Baron's Rapier
>>668905Bring a potion or two, see if they work.Also bring the Otherworldly Rapier.
>>668932but we're supposed to lose, not escape at the nick of time or such.
>>668932>>668936>>668954I want to say that they are /invisibility/ potions, they're far too valuable to use on a lark.We didn't bring GG, as it is we can not, maybe never, get more, so let's save them all for when we're going on an actually high risk mission.
>>668905Doesn't the barons rapier just shoot really effective laser beams? If so it probably isn't something we want to use in a fight we plan on losing.
>>668980I mean, it's still a rapier regardless. Works like most swords on the most basic level in that you stick the pointy end in something.
At any rate, Baron's Rapier and 2 Invisibility Potions it is. In that case, here are your...>Current Stats: >Intimidation: A+>Humor: D->Otherworldly: B->Hothead: E>Plainness: EThe potions don't affect your stats.You came very close to that penalty for underloading/overloading stats.Writing! Also I'm strongly considering starting a new thread for a new job, even if this thread isn't anywhere near done.
>>668997Maybe we went a bit far with intimidation...
>>668997Can we choose NOT to wear some of our Intimidation gear when we leave?
>>669035Like the nobles cape
>>669035Yeah. If you don't want to wear the cape or your jacket, just say so. For the jacket, you'll just be in 'Standard Shirt' when you leave- which has no effect at all on any stat.Taking off the Noble's Cape just removes that stat influence.
>>669026nah. it will make wonders on the rookies confidence.
>>668997Next time could we get a breakdown on what are stats are before we make decisions so we don't accidentally overload stats? Only wanna do that on purpose
>>669055Thanks.I'll support keeping everything equipped, it will do wonders for their confidence if they can beat such a scary opponent.
Given our stats, I'd assume we'll be assuming the role of an utterly malevolent and irredeemably evil villain, forcing the heroes to confront their own ideals and choose whether the ends justify the means when fighting evil - who the heroes, in truth, could always have defeated if that had known the power that always lay within them; or the bitter antihero, who forsook the power of love and friendship and all that bullshit in favor of cold calculation and rather more flexible morals - who refuses to give up their own fight until confronted and defeated unquestionably with the power of the things that they had forgotten for so long.Thoughts?inb4 we have to play Snidely Whiplash>>669050Dropping the Cape would be a good idea. We want to be a villain that leaves an impression on the heroes, not an extremely Intimidating, yet ultimately forgettable, enemy. We also don't want the heroes so paralyzed with fear that we need to ourselves encourage them to fight.
>>669050I think we should lose the cape, we aren't an end boss, we are their introduction. They may not have even fought before.
2 for, 2 against so far. I'll wait a touch longer while writing then if it's still a tie I'll flip for it.
>>669050I vote for taking the cape off, don't want to traumatize then. If we want to be scary we can always just rip a few people's spines out.
>>669089I don't see a problem with keeping everything on. We are suppose to be the villain and this will just force them to overcome their fears.
>>669089I'm voting for keeping it
>>669089I'll throw my lot in with removing the cape. Let's not terrify the Magical Girl Squad into quitting the business because we're too intimidating. They're low level, and our previous gear was "war winning super-soldier" level intimidation, drop it down just a notch.
>>669089Keep the cape.
As of this post, Keep wins, then.>>668997It's a lot of stuff, but you eventually only decide to purchase one thing. Everything else was getting rather expensive and you wanted at least a half decent profit out of this. It's honestly a very nice brooch, if a little bit gaudy for you. You're sort of wondering how it'll look on site.By the time you finish ordering, you feel a vague disturbance. A disturbance around your foot. Looking down, you realize that you nearly forgot the cat. You brought him home just to keep an eye on, but if you're going out to a job you'll need someone to watch him. Hopefully Sal either won't mind or will get Lorelei to do it. A quick phone call, and before you know you know it, Sal’s in front of you with his usual mercurial grin. “Well, chaaaaaamp, ready to head out?”You point at the stray cat, casually licking its paws. “Just need someone to watch this thing while I'm away. Think Lorelei's up for it?”“I'll give her a little ring up later,” Sal assures. But for now, glad you're allllllll set. The lady wanting this is a real class act. You'll like her. Real proper and professional. She'll give you the rundown once you show up.”“Sounds good. I just hope I don't have to play some sort of weird goofball villain.” You're not sure what you would do if you ended up having to make grand speeches, do exaggerated movements- maybe laugh at them snidely a few times, that sort of thing. Shaking your head clear, you turn to Sal and stand up. “Anytime you're ready.”There’s a glow, a tingle, and…“Happy traaaaaails!”-----------JOB STARTED
Alright, I dunno if I'll make a new thread tonight or tomorrow, but there'll likely be one period. Keep an eye out here and on twitter.This one'll be fun.
>>669149good run.I love how the most hotly contested vote so far was whether or not to wear a cloak on a job or not.
>>669159I-It's an important fashion choice!>>669149See you soon Handler!
>>669149I can tell
ho boy. max intimidation? this will be fun.
Winning against something this intimidating isn't even a good lesson. It teaches them to ignore their instincts when if they meet someone this scary they should be running like hell.
>>669903actually, I think we can do something pretty good with this, we basically curbstomp them for the first few encounters to drive home that they need to face stronger opponents with caution, then we make some sort of fake plot item that they gotta get a hold of to weaken us and drop hints about it, then we fight them with a dramatically lowered power/intimidate level once they use the item...what the fake plot item should be will largely depend on what we look like in their world though.
And no matter what happens we simply must take every opportunity to ham it up like a motherfucker.
>>669981>>670050If you wanted ham you shouldn't have voted to get humor at the lowest possible point.
I'm feeling like this is happening tonight. I'll be making a new thread in a few minutes.
>>670126We can be hammy without looking like we'd be hammy. Stats determine appearance, they don't dictate actions.
>>670198First encounter needs to be of a shadowy threat, thunderclaps in the BGM
So this got archived as my quest. I emailed the archive dude but not sure what else we can do about it Handler.