=======================(Chapter Start)========================Ranbon Province, to the west of Sol ProvinceVillage of KethTime: DaybreakSunrise came to a small little village, a collection of about a dozen different buildings circled by a small palisade of logs and earthwork. It was a fairly flimsy barrier but it was all the town could afford, that and a small, weak rune wall. The temperature was fairly cool this morning, and something ominous blew on the winds. The townsfolk had been witness to several odd occurrences around the village. A few villagers had found the corpses of mutilated animals hanging in the nearby forest, your handiwork. A few trifles to gain a small sliver of power. Power you’ll use to gain far more. Kent slowly woke up from his stupor and immediately got to work, today was the big day. The day he’d been planning for months, he had a lot riding on this, and he needed to make sure everything went exactly as he had planned. The man lifted up his pillow and found the chalice exactly where he had left it. The thing had called out to him for months, but only recently had he accepted its hanging offers, offers of power and respect. He would have this, all for a small piece of himself, and a few sacrifices. It would be well worth it.Why are you going this far?1. To gain the admiration and respect of a village girl you’ve taken a liking to.2. Because you hate that bastard Reli who lives across the river, and you want to get back at him in style3. To lay waste to your village, you’ve had to live with their silent scorn for years, and you do not deserve it.4. The sheer power, you don’t have any reason, but you know you want it. 5. Immortality, this is what you were offered by the chalice, and surely it wouldn’t lie to you. 6. Wealth, you hate the poverty you’ve had to live in since the other villagers outcasted you to a small shack near the edge of the rune wall the protects the town from the dangers of the night. 7. Write in
>>2521806Quest rules:1. All dice rolled are assumed to be D100 unless otherwise stated2. In most situations, only the first two dice rolls will be counted, if the threads become more popular this may be changed. This choice ultimately falls to the Lorekeeper, odd circumstances may cause him to overlook this rule (a ton of crits later down the chain for instance)3. All dice rolls are final4. Critical fails are considered to be between 1-5, Critical hits are between 95-100. Crits overpower any other roll except another crit. In the rare chance that a crit fail and crit success happen. The Lorekeeper will do something interesting from a story angle. Similarly, rolling 2 of the same number will be considered a MEGA crit, just pray its two high numbers. 5. Near misses may occur, where a rolled number is close to the required threshold, whether over or under. This can have an impact on how the story proceeds. However these are up to the decision of the Lorekeeper.6. Sometimes there are optional choices one may participate in, these will generally NOT be taken unless there are multiple posters who wish it, assuming there are multiple posters in the thread7. There are often times choices with multiple parts, each part is counted separately, unless otherwise stated, sometimes rolls will be required before counting the second, third, etc, part8. There will be “Time Limited” decisions, in which characters may only do a set number of actions, these will be clearly marked. Generally you will only be able to choose one decision per ‘round’.9. Interviews: Interviews will generally be a freeform set of questions that the readers have to ask the person they are interviewing. No hand holding here, I will purposefully leave up wrong answers or decisions, although for the most part careful readers will be able to tease these out. 10. Rules may be subject to change between threads, but will not change during the same thread. These rules are what we will follow for the remainder of this thread.Archived Threads + Sidequests: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Necromancer+Detective+Quest>This is a sidequest off of necromancer detective quest, and takes place in the same world.
>>2521806>7. Write inYou want peace and safety that only being strong can grant you. Soon days of doing nothing will soon be here.
>>25218061. To gain the admiration and respect of a village girl you’ve taken a liking to.2. Because you hate that bastard Reli who lives across the river, and you want to get back at him in styleBasically, Reli's going after the same girl we are, and we're essentially trying to outdo each other to impress our love interest, whom we'll call Calea, the most.
>>2521817So let me get this straight.Fuck Reli.
>>2521818>>2521827gonna be waiting a bit to let some new anons in. This is the main point of these little side quests.
>>2521827I can live with that.
>>2521806Kent slowly rolled out of bed, and grabbed his wash bucket. Splashing his face a few times he remembered why he was doing this. It was because he had taken a liking to one of the village girls, Calea, a farmer’s daughter, who lived further down the river. Kent had tried to work up the courage on multiple occasions to try and court her, but had never been able to. Now that bastard Reli has made moves on her, and Kent despised him for it. Kent glanced across the river to see Reli’s house. While he didn’t quite see him through the window, he imagined that he was in there somewhere, mocking you.No matter, Kent had a few more things to gather before he performed the ritual under the moon tonight. It’s a shame he couldn’t quite get the thing done on a full moon, but he was far too impatient to wait for the next one. The stage was set, now to gather his supplies.Kent had slowly lost more and more faith in the town and the angels since he hadn’t been able to woo the lass of his dreams. He eventually decided that he’d pursue other avenues. Decision:1. Go for the runes first, you know of a local mage living in the forest, and know that he has a vast collection of runes. You need to steal some of them. The chalice told you which ones of course.2. You need a good deal of blood to create the summoning circle, a deer or horse, or perhaps a boar would do nicely, if you want to show off you could go for something a bit… higher up the food chain.3. Practice the incantation outside of town, if you don’t get it completely correct you’ll pay with your life. Least if that chalice is to be believed4. Go and check on your location, an old abandoned chapel in an overgrown hamlet in the forest, make sure nobody has discovered your crimes. 5. Write in
>>2521909>4. Go and check on your location, an old abandoned chapel in an overgrown hamlet in the forest, make sure nobody has discovered your crimes.If someone has, well, then we might have a good replacement for the deer...
>>2521920>>2521936will be writing in 5 min, waiting for anyone else!
>>2521955>waiting for anyone else!Have you tried putting in a link to this thread in the old one? Some people might still be waiting in there, who knows?
>>2521909Kent normally had his daily farming to get to, but today… well, a day off couldn’t hurt him too much. besides he had far more important things to do then simply farm. He decided that he needed to head into the woods and make sure that his little ‘secret’ project hadn’t been discovered. Bad deeds fostered paranoia all too well. Kent left his house and shot glares at Reli when he saw the man. A smug son of a bitch if Kent had ever seen one. A few other farmers lived in the village, about five families or so, but they didn’t really have any tradesmen. You couldn’t find the village on too many maps, even though it had been in this spot for a few hundred years now. The walk through the woods was fairly quiet, but Kent noticed some deer and a few boars slowly working their own paths through the brush. His destination was an old abandoned hamlet, completely taken over with plants. The only thing that still stood at all was a heavily dilapidated chapel. It had been there since anyone could remember, and had probably been there for many hundreds of years. The holy eye emblazoned on the front of it was a much older symbol, with fewer of the adornments of saints and hero’s, there had not been so many recognized in those days. Less of the glitz and glamour, and more of the heart. That’s what Kent’s father had always said anyway. The chapel was quiet, nobody had been there since he’d left, none of his tripwires or other traps had been set off, and his little black mana trap he’d cooked up was still fully charged based on how its surface pulsed. The main alter in the center of the structure still stood, the sunlight shone brightly on it through a long rotted away roof. Around it stood five figures. The Grand Seraph, the Seraph of Dawn, the Seraph of Noon, and the Seraph of Midnight, and one more Seraph that Kent did not recognize. He figured it was some sort of mistake or embellishment, who’d ever heard of four seraphs? It had certainly never been talked about in the chapel of the local hamlet. The circle had been pre-drawn in the dirt, several interconnecting lines made with dug out little ditches for blood to be poured into. The whole setup had leaves placed over top of it to protect it from rain. Overall nobody who didn’t know it was here would find it.Decision: 1. Go for the runes first, you know of a local mage living in the forest, and know that he has a vast collection of runes. You need to steal some of them. The chalice told you which ones of course.2. You need a good deal of blood to create the summoning circle, a deer or horse, or perhaps a boar would do nicely, if you want to show off you could go for something a bit… higher up the food chain.3. Practice the incantation outside of town, if you don’t get it completely correct you’ll pay with your life. Least if that chalice is to be believed 4. Write in
>>2521988>2. You need a good deal of blood to create the summoning circle, a deer or horse, or perhaps a boar would do nicely, if you want to show off you could go for something a bit… higher up the food chain.
>>2521988Seraphs are some of the strongest angels in the world each leads a flight of angels. The only one thats been discussed thus far is the flight of dawn. The rankings of angels (thus far) go as followsAngel - Archangel - Seraph - Grand Seraph
>>2521988>1. Go for the runes first, you know of a local mage living in the forest, and know that he has a vast collection of runes. You need to steal some of them. The chalice told you which ones of course.>>2521995If we get the blood first, it might go bad before we finish collecting the remaining supplies.
>>2522006Fair enough. Guess it's runes, then.
>>2522006>>2522015writing>I've kinda accepted that this is gonna be a three man band
>>2521988As Kent departed the church, he took the time to grab the chalice from his pack, the thing was an ornate masterwork, all sorts of gems and other intricate details lined it. But it was far too precious to sell. He could hear a voice inside of the thing, calling out to him. It would need more than just a bit of elk blood or some runes, but that would come later. He stopped by a hollow tree and retrieved a few things he had squirreled away, a small hunting knife, and a short bow, as well as four arrows he’d managed to make. They weren’t exactly expertly crafted, but they would get the job done. The knife was certainly sharp enough to slit somethings throat. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++The mage’s hut was a fairly simple construction. The man was crazy enough to live on his own out here but did have a few small runes creating a tiny rune wall around his home. From what Kent could tell the man was not home at the moment. Although without being inside the place he wouldn’t be able to know for sure. He knew where the man kept his runes, the chalice had told him after sacrificing animals around the forest, it had told him about Reli courting his girl as well. He hadn’t believed much of it at first, but every time he’d checked one of these prophecies they had turned out to be completely correct. The decisions Kent could take were clear, either charge into there, and face a potentially powerful mage. Sneak in, and try to quickly get what he needed. Lastly he could wait to see if the mage was even home, although he might just come back if he did wait, which would complicate things. Still, since completing a few of the rituals, Kent had come to possess some black mana, not a whole lot, but far more than he could’ve gotten by training naturally, that was for sure. He even knew a single spell, blight, which could kill a man if casted powerfully enough. Decisions:1. Rush in, arrows and magic blazing2. Sneak in, there is a small window you can use to get a peek inside as well. 3. Wait and see from a safe distance (will use up time)
>>2522041>2. Sneak in, there is a small window you can use to get a peek inside as well.
>>2522041Kent slowly snuck his way up to the hut. He had never been too stealthy but he could feel the chalice aiding him, he would succeed. He quickly poked his head over the window frame and took a good look inside. It was exactly how he had seen it. A small shelf full of different runes, a chest with who knows what inside of it, a small cot, a cooking pot, and a few other various things. Nothing of much real value besides the runes, perhaps something in the chest, but it had a lock on it and Kent didn’t’ know much about how to get those open besides good old brute force. The lock didn’t look all that good though. He could probably just shove his dagger into the thing and jimmy it open.Now Kent had a decision to make, a quick snatch and grab, or would he take his chances on the chest itself? Time was ticking and he had to make his choice quickly.Deicisons: 1. Go for the shelf with the runes, grab what you need, and get out2. Go for the runes, then go for the locked crate if you have time. 3. Head inside and wait for the owner to get back, might as well kill two birds with one stone.
>>2522089>1. Go for the shelf with the runes, grab what you need, and get outImportant, or semi-important, people disappearing would cause a search to occur.
>>2522089>1. Go for the shelf with the runes, grab what you need, and get outLet's wait until we have demon powers before we try to kill that mage. Hopefully, when we become all powerful, the battle between us would be so epic that some 70's stoner decides to have that painted on his van after a couple of bong rips.
>>2522089calling it a night. I'll be starting much earlier tomorrow if everything pans out. This is a nice change of pace for me and work on the graveyard scene in the main quest has gone well, I have a fairly good idea of how it'll go now with the seven member party we have.This sidequest will be a quickie, a single day before the big event.
>>2522122>>2522107alrighty, I'll be writing this tomorrow then. Anywho, Kent is a fairly weak mage, the man has about 2 bars of black mana and that is all. Henry is a complete beast.
>>2522134I'm hoping that eventually, Henry and Co are going to find the remains of Keth, and have to spend a night there, along with whatever remained behind...
>>2522134>>2522155Also, goodnight LK. Here's hoping we come up with something you didn't expect for the graveyard!
>>2522176I would love that. Don't expect anything too out there for the graveyard, we're not dealing with anything too weird yet.>>2522155actually, I'm using this to introduce a few new characters. But hell, maybe we'll pass through Keth during a far later arc, I think I know a good one to use.
>>2521806Hope you don't mind the side topic but I made the changes you suggested and he's now ridiculously powerful.
>>2522089>1. Go for the shelf with the runes, grab what you need, and get out
>>2522229>costs six manahe really isn't to be honest, he's just worth casting now
>>2522640That's why I added the cost even if I'm just making silly fan cards I try and balance them though yeah maybe a five cost would be better.
>>2522089Kent carefully pulled himself through the window into the hut, making sure not to damage the nicely painted wooden shutters. Kent figured the mage had made them himself. The room was fairly tiny and cramped, but Kent didn’t stay too long, he simply grabbed what he needed and left. A few different types of runes, he didn’t have a clue what they did exactly, but the voice in the chalice had been VERY specific on which ones he would need, and where he would need to place them. He figured they were already powered, since they glowed with a green energy.Quickly departing the scene, he made his way back into the woods, out of sight and hopefully out of mind. He figured the mage wouldn’t be all too happy about his missing runes, but he would never find out who had done it. He talked to the chalice for a moment to make sure everything was done correctly, then, putting the stolen runes into his knapsack, he headed off to his next destination.There were only a few more pieces of business to conduct. 1. You need a good deal of blood to create the summoning circle, a deer or horse, or perhaps a boar would do nicely, if you want to show off you could go for something a bit… higher up the food chain.2. Practice the incantation outside of town, if you don’t get it completely correct you’ll pay with your life. Least if that chalice is to be believed 3. Write inOptional:1. Try talking to the chalice
>>2523507>Practice the incantation outside of town, if you don’t get it completely correct you’ll pay with your life. Least if that chalice is to be believedI figure we want the blood as fresh as possible so let's make sure everything else is ready first.>1. Try talking to the chaliceSo what do you get out of all this? Is the blood of mortal beings really that valuable?
>>2523507>2. Practice the incantation outside of town, if you don’t get it completely correct you’ll pay with your life. Least if that chalice is to be believed1. Try talking to the chalice"Soon, my friend... Soon..."
>>2523507Kent headed deeper into the woods, to a place that not too many people even knew about, let alone ventured to. Worst case scenario he’d have to deal with some woodsman or something similar, and he knew he could deal with that sort of trouble. The forest eventually opened up into a small clearing, the thick underbrush giving way to open sky. This would be the perfect spot. The blood could wait, Kent hadn’t actually asked but he figured that the chalice would want to be fresh. There didn’t seem to be anyone around, but that could change if he stayed for too long.“So what do you get out of this?” Kent asked, holding up the chalice. It responded quickly to him, a dark, soothing tone, yep dripping with power. It didn’t speak, but Kent could hear it all the same.‘I get to experience true freedom once more child, and so will you once we each get what we desire.”“Is mortal blood that valuable?” Kent asked.‘It’s not the blood I care about. The blood is something to leave to the scavengers. We will feast on far more succulent offerings.’ Mysterious as usual.As Kent slowly summoned up the needed energies, he said one last thing to the chalice“Soon, my friend, soon.” Decisions:1. You are just practicing the rites themselves, no need to draw a circle up (will use up the turn)2. Check around for people (will use up the turn)3. Write inOptional:1. speak more to the chalice (will not use up time)
>>2523569>2. Check around for people (will use up the turn)
>>2523594going to wait for votes
>>2523569> 2. Check around for people (will use up the turn)> What was the chalice before it's current form?
>>2523809>>2523594alrightroll 30 or higher and you find nobodyroll lower and you do find someone
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>2523850
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>2523850
>>2523861if nobody rolls in like 2-3 minutes I'll do it myself. That was almost a crit fail
>>2523809is this kent asking this or are you asking this to me?
Rolled 8 (1d100)>>2523850>>2523866Shit, I'm back, sorry dude!
>>2523569Kent quickly searched the area around the clearing, although for a moment he thought he had found someone, it turned out to only be a small family of deer. He decided that he had to do this now or someone would find him. He hadn’t been this paranoid before but what he was doing was deeply heretical. As he headed back into the clearing, his mind was troubled. He had a few doubts but those were quickly quieted by the voice in the chalice, soothing his conscience. He would use the newfound power for great things, wonderful things. Kent once again began to draw upon the required energies. It was time to start, no more delays. He only had so much sunlight to waste. The dark energies began flowing through him and he began to recite the needed cants. He had to make sure this went perfectly.Decisions:1. Practice the ritual (roll 1d20)(will give bonuses on final casting if successful)2. You cannot control your nerves, back off, no sense risking getting caught3. Write inOptional:1. Speak to the chalice.
>>2523878Ken is asking.
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>2523915> practice>1. Speak to the chalice.If it can sense and communicate with us, can it let us know if people are nearby?
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>2523915>1. Practice the ritual (roll 1d20)(will give bonuses on final casting if successful)
>>2523936it requires a sacrifice to be able to do so, hence the dead animals. Black mana scrying is different than blue mana scrying for this reason.
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>25239151. Practice the ritual (roll 1d20)
>>2523915Kent recited the cant perfectly, he knew that he could do it at dusk, and that he’d be able to attain the woman of his dreams soon after. She’d be so happy with him, he was sure of it, and that bastard Reli would be in the damned ground. The chant took about twenty minutes to complete, afterwards Kent was fairly exhausted. He quickly sat down on a nearby rock and had his lunch, a chunk of bread and some more berries. He took the time to speak to the Chalice once more, the thing was always talkative. “So what were you exactly before you were trapped in there?” Kent asked.“I was… hrm… how would I explain this properly… I was an enemy of the angels, improperly cursed to this container so I could not return to my home to recuperate properly after being properly slain. My brothers are sometimes contained in similar vessals… if they aren’t cursed to reside in that infernal chunk of moonsilver.”“What would happen if you hadn’t been thrown into here?” Kent asked..“Nothing to concern yourself with my dear boy, such matters are… far out the realm of mortal understanding.” The chalice replied.Kent finished his meal and stood back up, his to-do list was rapidly dwindling. He only had one other thing to do before he could begin the ritual. “Two things boy.” The chalice remarked. That hadn’t been part of the deal had it?Kent had to find something to bring in. He didn’t know if he could harm someone… he would’ve rather avoided it. But the forest was full of wild game, he could certainly start there. In the local Hamlet he also knew of a couple of horses tied down in a small rider’s guild hall, he could probably knick a horse from there if he was crafty enough.Kent double checked his water skin, it would do nicely for collecting blood from a slain animal, or whatever else he decided to use it on. The Chalice had said that fresh blood wasn’t required but would allow the ritual to be performed more smoothly. (+30 to final incantation roll)Decisions:1. Try to hunt in the woods.2. Decide to find some poor unfortunate soul to bring harm to. You need a good deal of blood after all.3. Try to steal a horse from the rider’s guild.
>>2523991>1. Try to hunt in the woods.
>>2523991>1. Go buy a chicken, we can have it for dinner afterwards.
>>2523991Oh we need more blood than a small animal.> Go hunt in the woods
>>2523997Kent is a farmer, buying a chicken on the fly is a bit outside his means.
>>2523991Kent quickly left back towards the woods to perform his hunt, he knew from his time growing up in the region were the best spots for game were, and sure enough he saw that same small family of deer. He crouched down low and moved into a good position, being careful that his movements wouldn’t startle the creatures. He knew well enough that the buck could impale him with those horns it had. The chalice was still whispering into his ear, to not miss, to not screw up, and most importantly, to not die. Kent hadn’t planned on doing that in the first place. He figured no angel would guide his spirit to paradise after the rituals he’d preformed. He had only one option, right?Decisions:1. Try to kill the male elk to gather blood (roll 40 or higher)2. Try to kill one of the females (roll 30 or higher, then roll 15 or higher)3. Try to kill one of the children, although this might not give you enough blood (roll 20 or higher)4. This is wrong, you can still stop…. ‘no… you’ve gone too far….turning back is death’5. Why are you even doing this again? ‘because you want Caela do you not? only a little more blood, and not even your own this time…’ 6. Write inOptional:1. Speak to the chalice (write in)
Rolled 91 (1d100)>>2524036>1. Try to kill the male elk to gather blood (roll 40 or higher)In for a penny, in for a pound.
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>2524036>1. Try to kill the male elk to gather blood (roll 40 or higher)
>>2524054>>2524087its dead as fuck>writing
>>2524036Kent drew out his bow and notched an arrow, he’d go for the big one, the one with the sharp antlers that could kill him if he attacked the other two, or if he missed this shot. It was all or nothing. He slowed his breathing down and began to calmly watch as it made its way into clear view, flanked by a couple of much smaller deer. The time to strike was now.The arrow was loosed, sailing quickly through the air and into the beasts left eye. Impaling its brain and sending the creature sprawling out onto the ground. Dead in a single shot, and without causing any needless suffering, the best Kent could have hoped for. The other deer quickly scattered, the mother bleating in terror. Kent never did like killing things, and at first it had been nearly impossible… but he found he could do a lot of things he’d once questioned before. ‘All it takes is the right… incentive.’ The chalice added.Kent quickly gathered up as much blood as he could comfortably carry in his water skin, at least as much as the elk would supply with his limited knowledge of butchery. He had only practiced with a bow for this specific moment. He’d never been much of a hunter. Regardless, the grim deed was done. All that was left now was to perform the ritual, correct?‘no… not quite child.’ The chalice beckoned. ‘All I require is one last test of your faith, and one more ingredient for our little brew.’Decision:1. “And that is?”2. “Tell me and it will be done.”3. “Just say the word, you can count on me, we’re in this together after all.”4. “Just so long as you understand I’m in charge here.”5. “Look, I just want to make sure I’m the one giving orders once this is done.”6. “I don’t obey, I’m doing this because I want to….” ‘hahahahaha’
>>2524112just gonna add, now that I've laid out a good chunk of the worlds ground rules, going through the stories requires a lot less explaining.
>>2524112Wasting all that deer meat.3. “Just say the word, you can count on me, we’re in this together after all.”
>>2524112Just straight up crazy person laugh.
>>2524112> 2. “Tell me and it will be done.”
>>2524144Eh. It might be nice to play it straight as a farmer who is excited and awed at this power taking an interest in him.I'd rather not make Henry 2.0.
>>2524117>>2524144>>2524163do you boys like the little insanity effects I've added? Cause guess whats coming to the main quest soon. Insanity damage Also writing
>>2524112“Just say the word, and it will be done.” Kent said. “We’re in this together now, after all.”‘Right you are… excellent….’ The chalice stated. “So what is it you need me to do?” Kent asked.‘I will need… a human sacrifice, for the ritual itself, otherwise I will be unable to reach through the void and grant you your reward.’“What?” Kent asked, startled. “But… that wasn’t… what?….”---------------DO YOU THINK THIS IS A GAME? DO YOU THINK THIS IS A GAME?--------------------‘I merely had to ascertain your… willingness… I couldn’t risk being found out now could I?’ The chalice stated. ‘You certainly haven’t changed your mind now have you? Besides, I think we both know who would make a fine… addition to our little party.’ The chalice stated.Kent’s mind flickered on its own to Reli, as if the chalice was beaming thoughts into it.Part of him wanted to resist, and part of him wanted this oh so badly.‘I cannot force you… that would null the ritual and any further…. Transactions we would make, and I… we would be back where we started. I would just have to find another…’ The chalice stated. ‘You have to make the choice, the choice for power… or to go back to that farmer’s life you loath so much….’ “What… would I need to do?” Kent asked.‘Find a man… any mortal human really, as long as they have a soul… bring them to the ritual circle… and when the time is right, slit their throat and pour the blood into the cup, you will receive your just reward when this is all done, of that I promise.’ Decision:1. Obey, find Reli, you’ve wanted to do this for a long time2. Obey, find someone else to sacrifice, anyone will do (write in)3. Attempt to refuse, you cannot go through with this…. ‘You know you can, you know it’s what you want.’4. GET OUT OF MY HEAD, GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT, (…bloody words etched into stone, bloody souls escaped into the night, humanity failed to make its sacrifice….)5. Obey, not because you want to, but because you are frightened.
>>2524218this is gonna be a fuckin boss theme at one point, god damn that's metal as fuck
>>2524223I have a "failed to resist posession" theme as well.> 2. Obey, find someone else to sacrifice, anyone will do (write in)First person we find.
>>2524223>5. Obey, because master said so.
Rolled 54 + 6 (1d60 + 6)>>2524223Rolling to see the persons age, maybe we kill a kid!
>>2524268>>2524267>>2524223I was thinking a combination of fear and excitement makes us go for the first person we find in our eagerness to prove ourselves to our new master.
>>2524280>>2524267well alright, seems we're going after someone old. I'll need to check a couple of things then write in
>>2524297Devouring the soul> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AXTphFBlOU4Also when I throw things out like "rolling for age" those are just suggestions, feel free to refuse them if they don't work out with what you are planning.
>>2524223Kent quickly rushed off, away from the dead deer, to complete his mission and attain greatness. He didn’t know exactly what that would entail, but he was slowly gaining a better picture… maybe he was aiming too low?He was too impatient and excited to go and wait for Reli, he had to get someone, anyone, the first person he could find. He found an old man hunched over something on the ground, probably a man from a different village out collecting berries or other local plants. What a fool, this would be easy even if he lost the element of surprise. The man’s back was turned, Kent could just go up and whack him over the head with the back of his dagger, he was certain he could just knock the man out. Otherwise he’d have to find somebody else WITH a limited amount of time. Decision:1. Attack and knock out the old deacon. (roll between 25 and 95)2. Find someone else… this is a waste of time… ‘All that matters is a soul… he will do…’3. No… it has to be Reli… ‘revenge for a good cause is a sweet thing.’4. Write in
>>2524311> 4. Write inCall the man to help you with this deer corpse you found. You'll share the meat of he helps you butcher it and carry it back, but there's too much for one person anyways.Fuck carrying unconscious people.
>>2524328if you want to do this roll for charisma
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>2524330Pls no crit fail
Fff I'm not rolling anymore
>>2524311calling it a night boys, come back tomorrow for the (hopeful) conclusion
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>2524330Last roll for me. Goodnight, guys.
>>2524396that is a success
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>2524427Learning to roll
>>2524311Our revenge on Reli will be more . . . subtle
>>2524458Then when he thinks things are terrible. . .
>>2524311Kent announced his presence before walking over to the man. The old man nearly had a heart attack with how surprised he had been. However Kent easily managed to calm the old man down. Kent had always had a calming effect on people, but he’d never used it for such a nefarious purpose before, he hadn’t realized he could.‘Any skill can be put to many purposes’ the chalice whispered. Kent slowly explained to the man that he had just slain a deer farther back into the woods, close to where the old abandoned church was, and with nighttime approaching he wouldn’t be able to get it back on his own in time. The lie was fairly believable, minus the fact he had technically been poaching. Regardless few cared what church or noble said this far into the countryside. A few minutes later, both of them were off. The walk was fairly short, winding through the forest. Eventually both of them arrived at the dead deer carcass. It was funny in a sick, demented little way, one dead corpse helping him create another. Kent still couldn’t believe he was about to do this, but with any luck the old man wouldn’t wake up before the ritual, a quick, easy death. Decisions:1. Knock him out with the back of your dagger and drag him back to the church (roll between 15 and 95) ‘DO IT DO IT DO IT’2. Kill him now ‘only doing what’s needed is only so fun’3. This… this…. Its wrong… ‘no it isn’t, you need to do this’4. GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT ‘no no, this is all your decision’5. Write in
>>2526601> 2. Kill him now ‘only doing what’s needed is only so fun’Ideology > people
Rolled 32 (1d100)>>2526601Knock him out
>>2526701That will ruin the ritual, I think.
>>2526713>>2526701rolls is a success, now there is a tie to be broken
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>2526724Go with the higher roll
>>2526713>>2526741seems we were able to control our momentary bloodlust. Looks like the ritual will be a go.>writing you guys knocking out a poor defenseless old man
>>2526601As the man had begun to skin and clean up the deer corpse, Kent snuck up behind him and quickly popped him over the back of the head with the back of his knife. The old man went limp, and lay unconscious over the corpse. The chalice was SCREAMING to drag him back to the church to complete the ritual now, telling Kent he KNEW what he needed to do. That he would have everything he’d ever wanted and more. Honestly this old man had probably lived long enough right….right? It was an even trade… Kent had to lie to himself. This was cold blooded murder, but he couldn’t afford to care at the moment. The walk back to the church was tense, Kent was worried someone would find him, but luckily, nobody did. The sun was really starting to set now, and the occasional ghiest flickering into reality made its way across the forest path Kent was taking to the church. He hoped that the power of the chalice would protect him from the terrors of the night. He also hoped that wasn’t all it would do. He had a girl to woo after all. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++The church loomed large over a long abandoned settlement, what was once grand had now rotted and decayed away. Kent would’ve found it fitting had he been the philosophical sort, alas, he was but a mere farmer wrapped up into something far beyond his understanding.He entered the church, poured his deer blood out into the circle, and set the chalice down on the holy alter. It was ringed by the statues of four seraphs, the grand seraph, and a ghostly image of something had begun to take shape above them, in a hole where a stained glass window had once been. Kent couldn’t really make it out but he just wanted this thing done already. ‘One type of sacrifice gets replaced with another.’ The chalice said, cryptically. Kent had one more task left to do now, it was dusk and the sun had begun to give way to the moon.------------- KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL----------------------------Decisions:1. Preform the ritual, give the chalice its sacrifice, and get your wish2. Refuse… ‘no you can’t, not anymore, you’ve gone too far now’…. NO NO NO NO3. Sacrifice yourself? ‘Do as you wish…’ 4. Write in
>>2526770about 3-4 posts from the end now I'd wager.
>>2526770>2. Refuse… ‘no you can’t, not anymore, you’ve gone too far now’…. NO NO NO NOSince no one else is choosing anything, here I go.
>>2526857THANK YOU IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS UNHOLY
>>2526770Kent began the incantation, and the circle began to hum to life. Now was the witching hour. The time had finally arrived. Shadows began to swirl around the room as a MASSIVE amount of black mana emanated from both the chalice and from Kent himself. Far more than he had assumed either of them had. It was terrifying, it was invigorating. He called upon his time practicing and perfectly recited the unholy rites. Things which meaning he did not know, but that still held great power. As the chant began to draw to a close, shadowy tendrils shot out from the chalice and grabbed onto the old man. They held his head and more importantly his throat over the upper end of cup itself, waiting, beckoning for blood to be spilt. Kent stepped over to the chalice. He clutched his hunting dagger for a moment. He was about to end a life, and his life would finally be able to start. Tit for tat. His head throbbed with the laughing of the voice from the chalice, a voice which had become far more menacing, but it was far too late to stop now. Kent slit the man’s throat. The seal was broken.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>2526947A large amount of smoke slowly began to rise from the chalice, taking a vaguely humanoid shape, the figure was about seven and a half feet tall, and its head ringed with two sets of Horns. Its hands extended out with a set of three fingers and a thumb, all clawed. In its right hand it held some sort of whip that glowed with demonic energy, a black light that did not glow. It had a single whip like tail emerging from it. Had Kent known anything about them, he would’ve known it was a fairly low ranking demon, but still an incredibly dangerous foe to any mortal man. Req’wali slowly emerged from the chalice. It had been hundreds of years since he had been banished into that accursed container. The blood from the dead worm bag was still warm in its golden container, reflecting his demonic face back at him. With a single motion he grabbed the chalice and downed it. A smile slowly creeping across his visage, he smiled wider when he saw the startled idiot of a man cowering in fear, unable to believe what he had done. The mortal could wait for now, a small touch of destruction was in order. Req’wali turned around to face the five statues of the seraphs, the things had been staring him down with holy hatred during this little event, and he oh so hated their perfect little faces. As if they’d been chiseled out of marble. He quickly set about smashing them into rubble with an ease that he had forgotten so long ago. He had forgotten his own strength after being trapped in that container! He first attacked the statue of seraph of dawn, the one who had been responsible for trapping him in the first place. Then he went for the statues of seraphs of noon and midnight. He held his hand up over the seraph of dusk’s stone head, but stopped himself. That was the one who had tried to keep the angel’s promises. All demons knew that she had stayed true, and for that they were grateful. He stayed his wrath for but a moment. He turned his head up to gaze upon the form that had finally taken shape in the space where a stained glass window had been. A single, glowing eye, with a ring of triangular circling it, staring at the demon with hatred, and something else that unsettled the demon greatly. He raised his hand up towards the all-seeing eye’s depiction, etched into the empty air, and stopped as searing pain entered his form. It was all he could do to keep his composure in front of the mortal. Ah yes, the mortalDecision by Req’wali:1. You have no need for him any longer, dispose of him2. He’s proven crafty and loyal enough, and you have your full powers back, perhaps a taste of power is in order? 3. Ignore him, you have far more important things to deal with, every angel in the area will be alerted, you must make your escape4. Attack that local rat hole, Keth. You’ve been trapped there for oh so many years, and you hate the people there oh so much
>>2526949>4. Attack that local rat hole, Keth. You’ve been trapped there for oh so many years, and you hate the people there oh so much>Save that girl, that Celea girl for last. This farmboy wouldn't shut up about her and that Reli fool. Find her, and torture her slowly as the boy watches, as punishment for trying to hesitate in your release.
>>2526958hard core as fuck dude. So we letting Kent live or what?>I'm going to wrap this bitch up tomorrow. so get yer votes in!
>>2. He’s proven crafty and loyal enough, and you have your full powers back, perhaps a taste of power is in order? You don't throw away a good tool, you use it. You care for it. Until you find a better one.
>>2526990Possibly, I was thinking the story would end with Req’wali offering a choice as a small parting gift from us to Kent; he gets to choose whether he lives or Celea lives.
>>2526949What else can be made? How can the value be doubled or tripled. Keth should be rewarded and seen to be rewarded - by the girl and others. The rival would be a good start. Fear is food. Hate is. Mass punishment, turn them against each other. "Keth, it is time you get the reward! Let us go, find your girl and your rival and set things right."
>>2527006oh my fuck that's perfectdemons are creatures of choices, they love giving mortals choices to make. The more painful the better.
oops - farm boy Kent. Keth is hamlet. Make sure Celea gets to see Kent finish Reli as If we are his servant perhaps. Ruined dreams are so much more tasty.
>>2527019Celea will not chose Kent if she sees Kent using a demon or sees him kill Reli. The boy's soul is destroyed with his dreams. The girl hates and fears and tells all HE is the source of the evil.
>>2527030That's the thing, Kent's deluded himself into thinking that he's the only one that could save her. It's not Cerea's choice in the matter, because what Cerea wants isn't what Kent wants.
>>2527030Better still, Kent has to kill her to keep her quiet. Or he can kill himself I suppose. But keeping the whipped cur as cat's paw and toy......
>>2526949> He’s proven craven and fearful enough, and you have your full powers back, perhaps a taste of power is in order? Use him as a pawn to show destruction while you build your strength back up to oppose the Angels. He might even drag one down to earth and it's always delicious to see an Angel done in by something they view as their lesser.
>>2527023Keth is a village, a hamlet is a village with a holy grounds. Also they tend to be larger
>>25269492. He’s proven crafty and loyal enough, and you have your full powers back, perhaps a taste of power is in order? A deal is a deal. Let it not be said that we are like the treacherous Seraphs and their angel minions who betrayed their promises. We are better than them.
>>2527193This but put a spin on it, twist his form into something mighty and foul. We said we would give him power and strength is power. We said we'd give him the ability to get 'revenge' on his rival and he'll be free to rend him apart if he so wishes. As for the girl, well we promised that we'd give him the ability to 'have' her we never said we'd make it so she'd want him.
>>2527242Wait no even better we make certain he gets what he asked for. We transform him into something strong and then force him to kill his rival and 'take's his woman. Make sure he kills
>>2527291I'd rather we take her first for ourselves just to show him who's in charge, then take away his powers when he tries to protest, maybe give them to her just so she can really make him suffer for our amusement.
>>2528033The first part sure but the point is to give him all he asked for without giving him anything he wants and I'm not sure how I see a way to stretch the second half of your suggestion to fit that.
>>2529042Well, I presume that when a demon gives demonic powers over to people, they start to look more and more like demons, right? And the demon only said that he'd help Kent get the girl, not that he's going to give the girl powers as well, or that he'll only give him like two more bars of mana, and he'll look like an imp, while Celea would get ten bars at once and be morphed into some 12 foot tall abyssal monstrosity with four muscular arms and a scorpion tail. The idea I'm thinking of is "Thanks for your help, bro, here's your girl now. Good luck with your love life, provided she doesn't rip you in half like a soggy kleenex."
>>2526958>>2527003>>2527006>>2527018>>2527023>>2527030>>2527047>>2527049>>2527050>>2527052>>2527055>>2527242>>2528033>>2529042>>2529392Writing in, I'm gonna be using you guys ideas about this but I'm keeping the demon lore in my notes straight. I hope we all enjoy the outcome of the sidequest!>writing!
>>2526949“Hello, Kent.” Req’wali uttered, his voice booming off of the old church’s crumbling walls.“I…oh no…. what have I…” Kent said. The man had fallen onto the ground and was slowly inching away from the demon. “You’ve done me a great favor… Kent.” The demon said, getting used to having a real voice once more. He felt a tinge of annoyance from his weakened state, he was also worried he’d be banished back to the pit by the angels he was sure would be on their way. He knew he wouldn’t be able to make it very far through the farmland, they’d strike him down… hrm…“I’m willing to offer you a deal Kent.” The demon continued. “The power you seek, for a bit of… protection.”“M-me? Protect you?” Kent asked. “How?”“If we work together well… I won’t have to leave this realm, and the angels will not be able to track me… us…. All the power you could ever ask for, at your fingertips.” The demon continued. He didn’t enjoy making this deal, but he was lacking in options, and he could feel that damned chalice slowly pulling him back. The thing was irritatingly well made. He didn’t have the power to completely destroy it… but it had weakened, for some reason he could not ascertain. Things in the outside world had changed, he just needed to find out how.“I have a contract for the BOTH of us to sign.” Req’wali said, assuming a professional tone of voice, fairly odd coming from his towering demonic form. The demon diped his finger into the chalice, taking a small amount of blood and elaborately signing his name on the dotted line a contract he pulled out of thin air. It was HIS contract, with some modifications to the situation of course. He’d figure some way to reneg at a more opportune time of course, he’d already made a few choice changes. “I…. yes.” Kent said, awestruck.
>>2530170A moment later, Kent had signed the document, with some help, the man couldn’t read or write of course, but with a bit of help from the demon he managed to use a bloody handprint as a signature, the document accepted it.Req’wali’s form turned back into ethereal smoke and surrounded Kent. The process was horrifying. Kent screamed, it felt like his soul was being torn apart. It wasn’t far from the truth, a human body didn’t normally contain more than a single soul. But Req’wali would make sure it would work, it’d just take some time for the form to accommodate him. He also knew he wouldn’t be able to completely take over the man, if he forced him to do any of this the contract would be nulled, and he’d be quickly sent back to the chalice. Of course he’d use the fact Kent didn’t know this to his full advantage. “Now…. Our prize.” Kent and Req’wali said. His voice sounded distorted, but he didn’t care. Kent could feel immense power flowing through him. The initial discomfort and horrifying pain had given way to a sense of true power. More power than he’d ever felt in his life. All he had to do was kill a single person… how much more could he get?‘plenty more, child. Plenty more.’(+13 bars of black mana, 15 bars total)++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Kent left a trail of destruction as he made his way through the woods. With a single swipe of his claws….? He felled a few trees, clawing through them with ease. He was overjoyed, he’d have his prize! He didn’t run into anyone on the way but before long he’d made his way to the outskirts of town. There… he found Reli by the river sitting on a rock. He was with someone else… he was… he was… chatting with HIS girl. HIS prize. HOW DARE HE?!‘I think you know what we need to do.’ Req’wali cooed. He just had to manipulate the boy enough. Soon he’d be able to get him to do anything he wanted him to. Listen to only what he told him, an agreeable arrangement for sure.
>>2530175Calea screamed upon seeing him, why was she screaming? It must have been HIM. IT WAS ALL HIS FAULT. I WANT TO KILL YOU! DIE DIE DIE DIE!‘Don’t let me stop you.’ Reli tried to shield Calea behind him but was quickly cut into ribbons with a couple swipes of Kent’s claws. Calea shrieked and cradled the dead man in her arms, blood coating her. HOW DARE SHE?! SHE WAS HIS! IT WAS HER FAULT, ALL HER FAULT. Kent felt all of his prior inhibitions, his cares, slowly come undone. He had changed, profoundly, his humanity, his very essence, was in flux. Why did he care about a single girl? He could achieve so much more with this new power.‘You mean WE can, boy.’ Req’wali corrected him.Decisions:1. Kill her, she’s useless to you2. Drag her back to Keth, make her watch what I… we will do… make her die… last.3. Leave her, you have more important things to deal with. ‘Even now you feel this… sentimentality?’4. Destroy Keth, this place has trapped me…us for far too long. ‘bring them ruin’5. Look at your reflection in the river… something is wrong. ‘you have what you want don’t you? Why do you care now of all times?’6. This… no this is all wrong. ‘Only death awaits you if you go back to the light, follow me, achieve greatness.’7. ANGEL’S FORGIVE ME, WHAT HAVE I DONE? ‘You’ve already condemned yourself boy.’8. Write in
>>2530178If you boys have any questions or concerns lemme know. I'm trying to accommodate as many people as possible here.
>>2530178>He wants Celea to himself, just like that bastard Reli. Well, too bad, because we called dibs.>"NO SHE IS MINE MINE YOU CAN'T HAVE HER I WILL BE THE ONE TO OWN HER ME I WANT HER SHE'S MINE FOREVER">"I WAS THE ONE WHO FREED YOU YOU CAN'T TAKE HER I CLAIMED HER BEFORE YOU CAME ALONG"
>>2530178only other QM's note. Demons in this setting for the most part are not 40k levels of retardedly powerful. Mind you they're some of the meanest sons of bitches in this world, but they are "killable". Req'wali is on the lower end, but high up enough to have a contract. He'd be able to completely fuck up anything we've run across on the main quest though.
>>2530234Reli is dead fyi. We killed the poor bastard near instantly. Are you having kent talk to the demon? I'm a bit confused.
>>2530249>Reli is dead fyi. We killed the poor bastard near instantly. Doesn't mean we can't mutilate the body more, right?I'm playing Kent as if he had some sort of mental breakdown at this point. Like, even though he's a fuckhueg half-demon and can tear open a cow in half, he's let his paranoia and his inadequacies get the better of him. I figured he's like one of those stalkers who can't handle it when he finds out that his victim just wasn't interested in him, and thinks that Reli is going out with Celea to mock him. Meanwhile, Reli had no idea what Kent's deal was, and honestly didn't pay him any mind.Am I way off base with this interpretation? If I am, my bad.
>>2530296hes actually not any bigger than before. He HAS changed a good deal though. Possession is a nasty drug.
>>2530296as for the relationship with Reli, thats about right. Reli never did pay much mind to the weird man who lived across from him. As for kent breaking down and forcing the demon's hand, I'm willing to go for it. Gonna wait for other people regardless.
>>2530178If we can't have her. No one can. Kill her
>>2530178>5. Look at your reflection in the river… something is wrong. ‘you have what you want don’t you? Why do you care now of all times?’
>>25301785. Look at your reflection in the river… something is wrong. ‘you have what you want don’t you? Why do you care now of all times?’
>>2530178Kent clutched at his head, this wasn’t right. NONE OF THIS WAS RIGHT. The demon… HE WANTED HER FOR HIMSELF! He was just tricking him…‘Calm down boy.’ The demon repliedNO NO NO NO NO NO NO. SHE IS MINE MINE MINE MINE. YOU CAN’T HAVE HER, I WILL BE THE ONE TO OWN HER. ME, MINE MINE MINE, FOREVER!.I FREED YOU, WE MADE A DEAL, YOU LIED. I CLAIMED HER FIRST, MINE MINE MINE! Kent screamed without screaming. He fell to his knees for a moment. Calea had stopped crying and was staring at him with mounting horror. Did… she… no….‘You must calm yourself…’ Req’wali said, his calm façade had given way to a more aggressive tone. SHUT UP, SHUT UP! “RAAAAA!” Kent screamed, terrifying Calea. She assumed a fetal position and covered her ears, trembling with fear. She had completely broken down, the events proceeding overwhelming her.
>>2530529What… what was wrong? He’d… he’d done everything right hadn’t he?‘listen to my voice… you impudent…’ the demon said, to no avail. This was far harder than he had remembered. Req’wali cursed his own weakness and made a promise to himself to pay the welp back for this slight, with interest of course.Kent picked himself off his knees and slowly shambled to the river. He needed to see… to see…. His face was still mostly the same. His eyes were now black with a set of red iris, similar to how the demon’s had been. Two sets of horns were protruding from his skull now, his arms had spikes coming out at the elbow, his hands had turned into a pair of horrifying blackened claws. He could SEE the mana surging around him, shadowy and full of malice. His shoes had been torn off and were replaced with a pair of clawed feet, similar to his hands. His veins were flowing with inky black blood now, each beat of his heart spreading this curse. On his back were a pair of spiky protrusions, they looked like incomplete wings… what had he done… oh no… everything was ruined….Kent clutched his head again, his claws sinking into his scalp, drawing blood. He could feel the demon trying to seize control of him, trying to tell him things, show him things. He could feel the pure malice off the demon, he found himself wanting to be the same, drawn to it like a moth to a flame, it horrified and amazed him. ‘She can still love you.’ Req’wali said, trying to give the boy SOME comfort… he could use the idiot’s aggression and his single-minded determination against him. ‘Take her and burn the town, she will be yours, I promise.’Kent was shaking, none of this was right, what had he done… was he okay? He was far more powerful now… maybe… maybe things would be okay?“Kent?” Calea asked. “What….” Decisions:1. If you cannot have her, no one can (kill calea and destroy Keth)2. You feel the demons hatred of the town surge through you, but you cannot harm the one you love (destroy keth, spare Calea)3. Try to force the demon back out (roll for a willpower save)4. Speak to the demon more, try to convince him to spare the girl (write in)5. You can still make this work… you’re in control! (roll for willpower)6. Write in
Rolled 8 (1d100)>>25305325. You can still make this work… you’re in control! (roll for willpower)
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>2530532>5. You can still make this work… you’re in control! (roll for willpower)
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>25305325. You can still make this work… you’re in control! (roll for willpower)>>2530532
>>2530558>>2530553>>2530542You haven't been in control from the start
>>2530532Kent grabbed his head and roared, a terrible, horrifying, bestial scream. The farmlands were silent except for the sobbing coming from Calea’s direction.Kent was in control, it was HIS body, HIS girl. The demon was just a… peasant, a slave…. To HIS will.‘No you’re not boy, this has gone far enough.’ The demon said, before horrifying spasms of pain shot through Kent’s form. Kent screamed, this time in pain, and fell onto his back. The pain continued for another minute or so, but it felt like an eternity.‘You signed your soul to my contract, boy.’ The demon said. ‘Even with some… stipulations. We’re joined at the hip. Perhaps I’ve been too gentle thus far, but then again. When I was in that prison I wasn’t in a position of power over you.’ Kent screamed, it felt like his body was being torn apart. He wanted it to stop, please make it stop!‘No’ Kent wanted to fall unconscious, the demon refused that mercy. After a few more minutes, Kent was a mess, breathing heavily on the ground. Someone help me… please….‘Nobody is coming to help Kent, you can only help yourself. Help me…. Help you…’Decisions: ‘you’re not in control of this fleshbag anymore, I AM’1. Just make the pain stop… please… (give in completely)2. Spare the girl…. My only request…3. Fine… help me… please… (give in)4. I… I obey… just… no pain… please…5. No…(roll for willpower)6. I AM IN CONTROL… (extremely difficult willpower save) ‘I do not need you nearly as much as you need me, mortal.’7. Write in
>>2530586seems the demon might've noticed our little game, I might have to take drastic measures if it comes to it. Do not be alarmed, I have failsafes in place.
>>2530586>2. Spare the girl…. My only request…
Rolled 41 (1d100)>>2530586>6. I AM IN CONTROL… (extremely difficult willpower save) ‘I do not need you nearly as much as you need me, mortal.’Duck it let's go for broke.
>>2530591Going to add in a little bit more.>7. Write in"A witness... of your return... to make those who... won't bow... their knee... afraid..."
>>2530614ain't even close bud, you can change yer vote if you wish, but the roll remains>>>2530591I have a better idea, he will keep her alive as long as Kent obeys. Kent doesn't realize the demon is unable to kill her while he's directly bound to Kent himself. Kents technically in control here, even if the demon can cause him immense pain.
>>2530625>>2530614>>2530591writing, I want to move this thing along
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>2530614Fuck it
>>2530633>I have a better idea, he will keep her alive as long as Kent obeys.Truth be told, I kinda wanted her to escape, but if this means that Req keeps her in a cage dressed up in sensually torn up rags, like in one of my 80's sword and sandals movies, then I'm okay with that.>>2530655Shit. Too late?
>>2530586>Write In"Demon you seemed to have made a mistake. For YOU need ME more then I need YOU. You had the option to run before the angels arrived but no...you had the option to keep your side of the deal but NO. Both cases you NEEDED my help!You claimed you could help me...claimed that making another deal would be beneficial but LOOK. LOOK AT THIS SHIT SHOW!Not only do I NOT look human anymore but you FAILED to keep your side of the bargain! How can I keep you safe from Angels and the clergy when I am CLEARLY possessed?How can I win her heart when she SEES THIS! WHAT A MONSTER I HAD BECOME BECAUSE OF YOU!So you want revenge on that village? What would I POSSIBLY have to gain? You want petty revenge and all the while the angels draw closer. You seek to doom BOTH of us due to your narrow vision.I can see why the Angels stuck you that chalice. Your PATHETIC. SO PATHETIC THEY DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER TO THROW AWAY THE KEY!ALL THIS TIME YOU STILL HAVEN'T REALIZED WHY!WHY?So GO ahead and make me feel pain again...but remember this. You NEED me more then I NEED YOU. All the pain in the world won't destroy that fact.ALL the PAIN in the world won't make you REALIZE HOW BADLY YOU FUCKED UP!You fucked up so goddamn bad even the ANGELS laughed at you so hard they didn't even bother to be serious about your imprisonment. YET YOU STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY DO YOU?"
>>2530659yer damned right he will>>2530665While I love that you spent the time to write this, few issues1. Kent isn't Henry. He isn't nearly as smart as Henry is, and wouldn't be able to put two and two together that quickly. This is the first time he's ever truly dealt with a demon. He doesn't know the rules as well as we do. 2. He just killed a man and the woman he loves seemingly hates him. This doesn't do his mental state any favors. 3. This would kinda ruin my plot 4. Kent isn't nearly cool enough to pull this off.
>>2530586Kent struggled against the demons control for a little while longer, before giving in, he had fucked up. He’d screwed everything up. He’d done so many horrible things. He’d killed two people… all for what? A bit of power he could only use at the demons beck and call?‘You got what you wanted, the girl is yours…’ Req’wali stated. Right… the girl…. Calea… she hated him now didn’t she?Kent turned around to face Calea, the women had stopped crying and was staring at him, eyes wide in terror. Had she given up too? Did she think he’d just… kill her? He was a complete monster now… he’d thrown everything away…. NO NO NO ‘Give it a rest, or I’ll kill her myself.’ Spare the girl, please. Kent pleaded in his own head. Its… all I ask… please, my only request.‘It was part of our arrangement, was it not? Besides…. She will be a useful to ensure you don’t have another… outburst… again.’ Kent braced himself for another jolt of pain, but none came. Just him and the girl, alone in the farmland. ‘I want you, to destroy that town now, I need to consume…’ Req’wali said. Kent could feel a gaping pit open up in his mind, the demon would consume the souls of everyone in his village… and he had no choice but to comply… oh god, oh angels…‘You will learn to enjoy it, that I can promise you.’ Req’wali said. ‘Maybe the girl will come around even, it’s something to work towards. I am not unnecessarily cruel, despite what you may have been taught.’ YOU MADE ME KILL TWO PEOPLE, YOU WANT TO KILL MORE!‘If I recall… you killed both of your own free will, mortal. The first was necessary, the second was a complete waste, I didn’t even get to touch his soul. It’s a shame, I’m sure you would’ve enjoyed watching it scream as it shattered.’Decisions:1. Destroy Keth2. Attempt to refuse3. Try to approach Calea 4. Try to speak to Calea (write in)5. Write in
>>2530692Destroy Keth Let's just get on with it
>>2530692>4. Try to speak to Calea (write in)"Run... please, run... as far as you can... so we can't... find you....>1. Destroy KethOf course, she won't run, because then we won't have plot.
>>2530685Meh knew he wasn't smart but I at least figured he had some wisdom to realize it stank. Being a very shitty situation can be surprisingly enlightening speaking from experience. He got possessed by a demon he should get instant cool points.but ah well. Half the fun of being a QM is watching the players figure out ways to fuck your plot in highly unexpected ways and figuring out the results. That right there is half the fun(right up there with player stupidity).>>2530711Aye the rails are now clear to see. Now I regret writing that speech. Should have saved it for a different quest.
>>2530724>Aye the rails are now clear to see.I wasn't bitching, I'm perfectly fine with how this'll end up. Besides, it's a side story to the main plot, so long as the main story is more open-ended, it's cool with me...
>>2530724>>2530730I apologize for the railroading.
>>2530692“Please, run…” Kent finally managed to stammer out.Calea just looked at him, completely shell-shocked. She didn’t move at all, but began to rock back and forth. ‘We’ll have to “fix” her at a later point… I might have a solution.’ The demon stated into Kent’s head. He hated this.The walk back into town was calm and short. Kent closed his eyes several times hoping it had all been a bad dream. He just… he just wished he could undo all of it. He didn’t want this… please.‘Two hundred years I’ve been waiting for this…’ Req’wali said. ‘I want to savor every moment.’A few people saw Kent coming, it didn’t matter, nobody escaped Keth alive. As Kent departed from the destroyed town, something inside him broke. He found Calea where he had left her, still staring at nothing, he hoped she’d wake up, he had nothing left now. He picked her up with ease and slung her over his shoulder, then he continued to set off towards wherever he was going. The demon kept assuring him that he’d be able to have his love if he wished, it would all work out. Kent had stopped listening. He didn’t care anymore.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++A black cloaked man wandered up to the church where not a day earlier a demon had been released from its containment vessel, the man had a rough beard, a slightly scarred face, a couple of silvered swords, and spider the size of a man’s head resting on his shoulder, which also looked unconcerned. To his left was a woman that was wearing robes like those of the healers, although hers was black in contrast. She ALSO looked unconcerned. The two quickly entered into the church, the man drew his weapons and the woman began to draw upon two very different kinds of mana into her hands, white and black. The spider stayed where it was, perfectly fine observing.Upon finding nothing immediately threatening, the two began to investigate the area.Decisions:1. Investigate the circle2. Investigate the statues3. Try to figure out what happened here exactly (roll 15 or higher perception)4. Have your spider poke around5. Write in
>>2530759quest will be over really soon, again, apologize for the more structured nature of this one, but I had a plan going into it. I will keep learning as time goes on, and I might try to make the next sidequest more open ended. This is only my third ever 'quest' the first of which is the one that this is attached to. I'm going to try to keep improving.
Rolled 48 (1d100)>>2530759...You know as well as I that I'm just going to choose all of them, right?>All of the aboveAlso, watch me fuck up and get under 15!
>>2530772Don't worry about it. As long as the main quest is open ended, I'm fine with the side stories being more linear.
>>2530783Yeah, thats how I'm playing this. The main purpose of these is to explore small events that help expand the worldbut honestly I've been hoping they'd attract new readers. If it's too railroady then that'll be a problem.
The two immediately began to get to work, the woman casting a few spells to make sure the area was safe, and then the two proceeded to get to work.“Horrible, just as bad as the town was.” The woman stated, eyeing the summoning circle. The whole thing disgusted her.“The loss of a few dozen people is comparable to a demonic ritual Agatha?” The man asked. “You’d do right to watch your tongue Marcus.” Agatha snapped back. “Demonic business in general is equal to any sort of devastation.”“I don’t feel like fighting you on this, the archangel will be here soon anyway.” Marcus responded. “Let’s just have something to show for our time here.” Agatha was already ignoring him, inspecting the four destroyed statues with curiosity. Interestingly enough, one wasn’t destroyed.“The four Seraphs?” Marcus inquired. “Seems the demon had his priorities correct… why is there a fifth?”“Very old… I remember reading about her once, the Grand Seraph struck her down for consorting with demons, had her whole flight destroyed to ensure the safety of the church. Her very name erased from history.” “What do you even do for fun?” Marcus asked. “Glare at people?” He got a glare from Agatha for his troubles. “Fine fine, good lord.”Marcus quickly whistled to Lilly, and the spider took off, startling Agatha. The thing quickly crawled up the wall and pointed to the space where a stained glass window had once been. Marcus couldn’t see a damned thing with his mage sight, he doubted Agatha could either, what had been there? He’d have to inform the angel when she arrived. What had happened was fairly obvious. Some idiot farmer boy had gotten ahold of something he had no business owning, and did something very stupid, if the corpse was to be believed. Even if that wasn’t exactly the case, Marcus didn’t think he was that far off.
>>2530807“The mage in the woods was helpful for leading us here, should we question him further you think?” Agatha asked. “A bit of torture might loosen his tongue.”“I hope that was a joke.” Marcus replied.“It was.” Agatha responded. “This time.” Marcus sighed, He HATED working with the woman, such a depressing person. He wondered if Grom was having any fun with the wild child. He hadn’t seen the man in a couple of months and he really hoped he’d be back in Celeste when the two of them had returned.“Get yourself together, the representative from the flight of dawn is here.” Agatha said, elbowing Marcus in the side. He had to quickly stand to attention. A four winged angel quickly descended through the nonexistent roof, landing gracefully in the circle and with a burst of speed she used her holy sword to carve the thing into four pieces. A pair of graceful slashes to be sure. Destruction of key evidence in all honesty. “Inquisitors, what is the status of this mission?” The angel asked, eyes glowing white, and mouth open, barely moving. Lilly the spider watched all of this from its newly found perch, it didn’t want to be near the angel. Marcus didn’t mind, he knew they unsettled her. Decisions:1. “Completely fucked”2. “The town is a write off, seems we have a demon on the loose, odd none of the angels noticed anything.”3. “We have a runner.” 4. “About twenty four dead, not terrible at all considering.” 5. “I believe that the demon has a host, but I’m not certain of course.” 6. “Hello to you too.” 7. Write in
>>2530810quest is almost done now. Gonna be going to bed and finishing up tomorrow. I'm still worried about that railroading comment. Now I'm checking over my notes on the graveyard encounter.
>>2530810>1. “Completely fucked”>3. “We have a runner.” >2. “The town is a write off, seems we have a demon on the loose, odd none of the angels noticed anything.”
>>2530835Oh, yeah, and point out the broken stained glass window Lilly was pointing towards.
>>2530810“Completely fucked.” Marcus said, before being jabbed HARD in the ribs by Agatha. The woman looked furious at him. He’d known she was a hardliner when it came to angels but even then that was uncalled for. He supposed he could show a BIT more curtesy to the embodiment of white mana standing before them.“Fine, ow. We have a runner, archangel. I believe the demon escaped heading west, if the trail of destruction leading out of town is to be believed. Kind of amazing the thing had enough time to wreak such havoc.”“A few minutes is all it takes.” The angel responded. “Inquisitor Agatha, please continue.” Giving him the cold shoulder? Must’ve upset her.“The town is a write off, twenty four souls lost at least. We only found that many bodies. I’m assuming we’re dealing with a demonhost otherwise he would’ve been far easier for me to track. We wish to be given authorization to expand our se-““Denied.” The angel said plainly. “Please return to the capital and we shall both see to our duties.”“One other thing.” Marcus said. “There seems to be something emanating from that busted out window up there. Can’t see anything with my mage sight, but my tracking spider very clearly picked something up from it.”The angel quietly looked up for a moment, her blank expression turned to one of concern, maybe even fear, then once again became blank. “Do not concern yourselves with matters out of your control.” The angel said cryptically. “Please return to your duties.” That was the end of that conversation. The angel quickly departed, kicking up off the ground and rising up through the air, carried on a current of white mana.
>>2531625“What do you suppose that was about?” Marcus asked.“We’d best not concern ourselves with things that are beyond the understanding of mere mortals.” Agatha responded.“You realize what our jobs are right?” Marcus asked. Lilly descended from her perch and crawled back onto his shoulder.“You know what I am saying, stop playing coy.” Agatha said.“Fine. I just want to try looking for survivors a bit more, I cannot believe the demon just wiped EVERYTHING out.“I’ve already explained, I’ve found NOTHING living in the village, I doubt it will even be reestablished. We’ve been given our orders, we’re returning to Celeste to give our report…. Everything is just coming undone now.”“What a waste.” Marcus said, rubbing his head. “The whole fucking thing. How much time do you think we have left even?”“The angels say everything is fine, why do you-““Look at what happened here, do you truly think everything is FINE?” Marcus asked. “Things have slowly been getting worse over the last three months, this is the third settlement in three months that has been wiped off the map. “It is unusual… but not unheard of. We must hold our faith, do not sway now.” Agatha said, cold resolve in her voice. Marcus knew that tone well, it was how she spoke to heretics. “Fine, forget it then.” Marcus said. “Stick to your damned dogma.” “And stick to your heretical notions.” Agatha replied. “Faith has protected us for centuries, and it will protect us for centuries more.” ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Kent had come to a crash landing near the coast. He’d been flying southwest the entire time. He’d unknowingly entered vampiric territory and had been shot down. Luckily he’d managed to protect his sole possession. But the girl was still not responding. She was very much alive but it was like there was nobody home. Kent could somewhat understand, but he needed to talk to someone, anyone. The demon had said NOTHING during the trip, outside of giving commands. He was terrified of his new form, and the loss of his very humanity. He felt he would lose his mind.Decisions:1. “I…I’m sorry.” ‘Why apologize? You got what you wanted did you not?’2. “I….They deserved it.” ‘things happen, nobody “deserves” anything’3. Why did you do this demon? Why do you do any of this? ‘Why do you go on living?’4. Where are we headed? 5. “Please wake up, don’t die on me here.”6. “I’m not going to harm you Calea7. Write in
>>2531628we've reached the end segment, completely open ended now.
>>2531628>4. Where are we headed? >5. “Please wake up, don’t die on me here.”>"Even being hated by her is better than nothing..."
>>2531628Where are we headed? Kent asked himself, or was it the demon? He was slowly losing track, the whole experience still felt surreal.‘We were heading out of their territory, but it seems the vampires have… expanded.’It… hurts… ‘Quit your whining, it’s only a few arrows. It could have been far worse.’Will they find us? ‘They haven’t followed… so likely not. If they do you’re probably going to die. I can only aid your pathetic existence so much. But I’d use your feelings for that woman to keep going, I have the feeling she’d accept any offer I handed to her if our arrangement is… nullified.’ Kent stopped ‘talking’… thinking? He wasn’t really sure. He clutched at the three arrows that had planted themselves into him, one on his arm, one on his thigh, and one on his flank. They hurt horribly, but far less than he would’ve expected. He assumed that was the demon’s doing.‘You’ll have to remove them, I can limit the amount of pain your mortal form receives but I cannot undo an infection. Such weakness…’Kent wished the thing would just shut up. Half of him wanted to just end it but the pain from attempting so had been too sever to resist. He was trapped. He plucked out the arrows one by one, screaming each time. It HURT. It HURT a lot. He had thoughts of just stealing the girls… vis? No.. those were the demons… hard to tell… He was bleeding now… his blood was a much MUCH darker red than he remembered, it was blacker now.“Please wake up… Calea… don’t die on me here. I can’t…. I need to talk to someone… please.”“Why did you kill them all?” Calea asked. “What has anyone ever done to you?” She wasn’t crying or sobbing, or even angry, she just stared at Kent blankly. As if she couldn’t feel anything any longer.Decisions:1. *You’re unable to say anything*2. “I…. I’ve made a mistake, I’m trapped, help me.” ‘You want more help?’3. “I… I have nothing else now…” ‘fool’4. “You can leave if you want… I don’t want to hold you here.” ‘do you truly think you’re in a position to do that? Mortal?5. “Do you want to die?” ‘hrmph.’6. “I… I can bring you back… do you have anywhere you want to go?” ‘we both know we can’t do that. The way back is death.’ 7. “I…I’m sorry…” 8. Write in
>>25320581. *You’re unable to say anything*Just look away in shame.
>>2532058> 8. Write in"It wasn't . . . I'm not only myself now. They didn't do anything to me, but to my other they had caused him untold suffering. You don't know what it was like, and while they didn't do anything to me they didn't do anything for me either. We needed to feed, and the hunger of my other wasn't just for revenge but actual hunger.""It might have been monstrous, but it wasn't pointless. I did save you, we saved you. I'm not going to just kill randomly. But some lives will have to be sacrificed. Would you rather I just lay down and died for people who wouldn't give a damn for me otherwise?"Let's go full crazy.
>>2532757>>2532155PhonepostingCurrently a tie right now since we can’t do bothThe write in seems like req’wali dictating to kent, or kent making up an excuse because he can’t handle the guilt
>>2532058>"Jealousy. I killed Reli out of jealousy."Followed by>1. *You’re unable to say anything*When she inevitably retorts.
>>2532155>>2533974Honesty then silence, this is what I’ll be going with then
>>2533592Agree....."I'm more now, the other was hungry. We can still be happy. You can have power, riches or almost anything, and be my queen instead just a farmwife."
>>2532058“I… I killed him out of jealously.” Kent said. “I… I was… uhm…it all got so messed up.” He finally said. “I didn’t want any of this to happen, I had no choice once I…. I agreed. I was such an idiot… I’m still an idiot…” “Jealousy? What?” Calea asked.“I didn’t want him to have you.” Kent finally admitted. He tried to keep Calea’s gaze but was unable to, his shame was too great.‘Shame is for the weak and the meek, you did what you felt was right, that’s commendable.’ Req’wali stated. ‘It’s why I put up with you for so long, that and your plight was entirely amusing.’Calea just stared at Kent for a long while. Kent could feel her gaze digging into him, worse than the arrows had. He tried to tend to his wounds but he was not nearly used to this new body he’d been given. Although his hands weren’t any bigger, the claws at the end of his fingertips made things difficult. He ignored the demon’s berating throughout this.Then a pair of hands began to work at his wounds, cleaning them out and sewing them back up. Kent turned around to see Calea hard at work on him. He didn’t understand why, he… he’d just destroyed everything she had… and even now she showed him mercy? “Why?” Kent asked, once she had finished.“I don’t have a choice.” Calea replied. “Everyone I know is dead, because of you. I can’t run or I’ll more than likely die, I don’t know where I am. All I know is you haven’t killed me yet, and I hate you for it.”Final Decision:1. Say something (write in)2. Say nothing
>>2534427apologies, hadn't seen your post until I had posted. If you want to go in this direction now I have a fun idea for a scene.>The ironic thing of this entire quest is that Calea really is the only one who didn't have a choice.
>>2534441>1. Say something (write in)"Hate is fine, after what I did. Just don't let it turn you into me."
>>2534449Kent still wants her. She has the choice of her assigned traditional role, flee and /or die or take something like Kent's offer."Um, thank you. I don't deserve it. You can be rich, powerful, anything. My queen. Please."
A stupid farmer is not good enough for you.
>>2534441>2. Say nothingJust start sobbing.
>>2534441“Hate… its fine, after what I did to you. Just don’t let it turn you into me.” Kent told the girl, plead to her really. He wouldn’t wish this on anyone, even Reli. “You think I’ll just… forgive you for opening up…?” She asked, her façade of calm beginning to break down, the heartbreak and loss slowly creeping back up to the surface now that she finally had the time to catch up.“Please, don’t leave… you can be rich… powerful… I… anything, please…” Kent said. He didn’t listen to the demon’s jolly laughter.‘Taking after me are we?’ SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP.“You… could be my queen.” Kent finally said. Before hugging the girl tightly, initially she fought it, before giving in and just sobbing into Kent’s chest. She just kept going, it was all Kent could do to just hold her, he ran his hands down her back awkwardly, he just didn’t know what to do. His own emotional wall finally broke, and he sobbed in time with her. “I… I don’t want to die.” The girl finally said. ‘No creature truly wants to die, no matter what they may tell you.’ Req’wali stated. Nonplussed by the display. Kent continued to hold Calea as she began to settle down, her sobs dropping in intensity. She hugged him tightly. This moment was raw, uncontrolled. Final Decision:1. Say something to her (write in)2. Say nothing
>>2534690this is the set up to a totally healthy relationship I'm sure. But I am really enjoying the dynamic now.
This quest is good shit.
>>2534690>2. Say nothingJust hate ourselves even more as we realize that she'll die if she stays near us anyway. Then go to sleep and have horrible nightmares.You've got a long, hard road ahead of you, Kent.
>>2534766this is just a sidequest. The main quest is necromancer detective.
>>2534767does anyone have anything to add?>She'll die if she stays near usI'm just giving Kent something to lose.
>>2534846Oh, I know. It's more a matter of "when" than "if", anyways.
>>2534767writing now. I'll keep refreshing to see if anyone else posts though!
>>2534690Kent said nothing to the girl, he had nothing left to say, he just cradled her in his arms and held her close, being careful not to crush her by mistake with his newfound strength. He’d protect her, no matter what. He just couldn’t protect her from what he’d done. They walked… a while, Kent lost track, and he didn’t grow very tired. He still viewed this arrangement as more of a curse than a gain by this point. He heard the demon say they wouldn’t have to ‘feed’ for a while. He didn’t want to destroy another village again, but the demon assured him that was just him ‘stretching his legs.’He found a cave and set the now sleeping Calea down for a spell, he quickly built a fire, built a soft bed out of dry leaves, twigs, and moss. He used some logs to create a structure to raise it all off the ground, and then he laid Calea on top of it. He slept next to her, but with his back facing her. He didn’t deserve to be near her, but he still very much wanted to be. The newly formed wings folded up rather easily, allowing him to lay comfortably beside her. He would catch food tomorrow, and then they would go…?‘I know where we’re going, do not be alarmed, and your female will not be harmed by me, as is our arrangement.’You’ll just lie.‘Perhaps, but perhaps I find some sick enjoyment out of watching you two lovebirds flounder about, the girl doesn’t look like she’ll last the night, anyways.’Kent bolted up and looked to Calea, the girl was still freezing, her clothing not being made for the colder coastal climate. Kent himself hadn’t even noticed, another benefit of the agreement, again. He quickly hugged the girl, holding her close to him. She unconsciously moved towards the large source of warmth that had just presented itself to her. But she was still shivering badly. Eventually Kent had a bright idea. He easily lifted her up for a moment and wrapped his wings around her, then set her back down, once again holding her close. She had stopped shivering, and Kent finally found himself drifting off to sleep. The demon had kept its end of the bargain, as any demon who writes a contract will. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>2535077The demon pondered this situation, he remembered his own time fighting for someone, so many centuries ago…. It had been millennia now… hadn’t it? The “couple” was sleeping peacefully now, a sick and potentially abusive relationship suitable for a demonhost. The two would experience a lot of hardships, but Req’wali could only concern himself with his own survival. The only thing he could afford to care about was his own survival, and the boy was a useful tool in that respect.He was far too weak to manifest for an extended period of time. Even at his full strength he would not be able to establish a permanent connection to this world on his own, only a select few among his kind could. He had the odds stacked against him, not even counting the angelic flight that was tracking them down. He figured an archangel would be leading it. He knew he was ‘small fry’ in the grand scheme of things. But he had pieced a few things together, the seraphs would be VERY busy over the next few months, if his guess was correct. He could slowly build his strength back up… He would have to figure out how to play this, he needed the boy, but to control the boy he needed the girl… getting a cult together could… complicate things further. Perhaps further down the line? He’d need some way to secure sacrifices, otherwise his host would die, and he’d quickly be banished back to that chalice or worse. He had made sure Kent was still carrying the thing. As bad as it was it paled in comparison to the pit.He quickly remembered a small saying that his king had said a long, long time ago, before they had fallen, before they had needed sacrifices to merely eke out survival. Before the angels had broken their promise, a promise born of five dead gods, now there was only one. =========================(END OF SIDEQUEST)================================“Humanity’s greatest weakness is simply being forced to listen to the truth.” ~ Abraxas, King of Demons.
>>2535085well boys, that about wraps this little sidquest up. I've learned a few painful lessons about railroading, and I'll try to structure these so I do not have to do as much to keep these in line with the main quest. The four characters introduced, Calea, Kent, Agatha, and Marcus, will be making appearances in the main quest.I might do a second sidequest with these two 'lovebirds' further down the line, lot of unresolved plot here.
>>2535098last bit of info, I'll be continuing the main quest on the 8th, in 2 days. I just need a bit of rest and some time to reread the latest arc to make sure I have everything down pat. If you're new to the world of Necromancer Detective, welcome. Happy you stuck with the sidequest long enough to get to the end!>As for my longer time readers, how'd you enjoy it? Besides the obvious railroad issues.
>>2535127It was pretty cool, boss. I'm hoping that they'll show up as some sort of case the inquisitors'll give to us. I admit, I was kind of hoping that Celea would escape and swear vengeance on Kent and Req, turning into some sort of demon hunter for the Inquisition and eventually hunting down Henry and friends. Still, I had a good time.Thanks for running! Night.
>>2535204Actually... lets just say the vampiric lords won't be too happy that some demonhost is attacking THEIR humans. Maybe an entire multi case arc involving the vampires down the line, eh?
>>2535290>Getting involved with vampire lords AND the Inquisition AND demons
>>2535377I have a good grouping of Case givers set up. Like hubs for cases. Things Henry can choose to do or not. The Inqusition and the four vampire families may compose some of those hubs. But do you really think those are the only games in town?As for demons... usually they don't 'bunch up'. Prisoners dilemma becomes an issue when both parties can gain something screwing one another over.>This is of course after we get to yorkshire and finished up the prologue already.>I've come up with a fun idea for a case villain. A family living on the moor that abucts people to sacrifice to the patriarch's demon. Basically its a family ruled by a demonhost. Might be something I throw at you boys.
>>2535451Say, speaking of cases, and since you've mentioned the implementation of a sanity meter thing, any chance we'll be getting any cases that'll involve creatures that'll be a bit more... non-euclidean in nature and form?
>>2535502I plead the fifth.
>>2535451>A family living on the moor that abucts people to sacrifice to the patriarch's demon.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jBF1dcTlcM
>>2535127Honestly OP, I did not like it. Not because it was bad. If there was no main quest and you had started with this, it would have been an interesting quest. I was against it in the beginning and will always be against these kind of things in future. I dislike playable sidestories, PoV switches, flashbacks, flashforwards, flashsideways. People need to realize that quests are zero sum thing. If you go and run a side mission, we lose playtime of the main mission. This wouldn't be a problem if 95% of quests didn't die out (mostly because qms abandon them). I want to experience the main story as much as possible since I never expect an ending. We lost about a week from main story, and for what? For half railroaded story which will have little to no effect on our main quest. Op, here's a suggestion. If you want to tell us a separate story so that we may learn more about the world, just write it like a story. No need to make a quest out of it. It could be like an intermission between chapters or threads.
>>2537306Fair enough, you raise a lot of good points here
Sides are interesting to "flesh out" the world. They are likely best done between main quest line segments. /Quest is very much more a story telling medium and thinking about elements cinematographically or in a novel context is valid. In The Lord of the Rings we get Gollum's story told a a condensed narration in the novels. It is not a new POV chapter. The other side story on the messenger was good. I read it after reading the first Necro quest before the current York quest.
>>2538491This is exactly right, although to add on, it helps me introduce characters naturally as well as lay groundwork for future casesThe main issue with this was the timing. Truth be told I use these as breaks to prevent burnout while also providing some content
>>2538253Personally I think it is better to run this as a side quest.It lets people play as other characters, which in turns gives greater empathy and understanding of them. I find it's especially useful for determining deuteragonist backgrounds and motivations.And like you said here >>2538502 it's helpful for preventing burn-out, which kills far more quests than anything else.Something else I'd like to put out there is possible cross-over quests. Maybe not right now when the quest is just starting, but Magical Girl for Hire QM is currently doing one with Artificer Quest because he doesn't have time to run his quest full time.So that might be an option.
>>2539676That's even worse. Please no crossovers
>>2539676If I do a crossover it wouldn’t be of NDQ It’d be something completely new.Honeslty though I just want to focus on the main quest for the time being
>>2542124thread is archived and the next chapter of NDQ is up