“What do you want?” Roche doesn’t answer. He walks past you and examines the flasks and vials on your desk and the wood stove that still burns to tide the unusual cold. “Who is he Toad?”Toad grunts and forces smoke through his nostrils and looks down his nose at the floor. His eyes are bloodshot. You can smell barley wine on his breath. Roche swings back around and sees your Elf lying in her blankets, fast asleep and muttering mercies. He stops to stare at her. A strip of moonlight runs across her body. Her cheek and her arm and the sole of her foot are in the beam; the scars fresh on the skin like rippled water. “I didn’t do that.” You say. The man is an Elf, he’ll get the wrong idea.“I know you didn’t.” He says, quietly. His eyes flick over to you. He smiles again but there’s no humor in it. “What do you want? What is this?”“Well first, I’d like to apologize.”“For what?” You reach back for your water pistol but remember that you changed clothes after the transformation. You spot the pistol on your desk and move toward it as casually as you can, under the pretense of tidying up the books and beakers. You don’t grab it, but stay within reach. Toad’s here, so you don’t expect anything to go sideways, but you won’t take any chances.“One of my former employees….inconvenienced you. He has been dealt with but the insult deserves an address. So in his place, I apologize.” He does a small bow, just the head and neck, hand at his chest. “What? What are you--Toad who is this?”“Second. I’d like to thank you. You did a very good job with the ink. Very good. The bribes I had prepared weren’t even necessary. We’ve gotten no trouble at all from Chimia and I saved a fortune.”Oh. You sit down. The pistol is still in reach.“And third.” He reaches into his pocket and places a small conical gem on the table. Hard red, almost black. A reptilian blood diamond, possibly the same one that was stolen from you. “I’d like to offer you a job. Three hundred sovereigns for three weeks of your time.”>Refuse and ask him to leave. Now.>Shoot him with your pistol>Stay calm, hear him out
>>2531507Well shit,>Stay calm, hear him outJust to be cultural, however fuck working with organised crime, it's not worth it.
>>2531507>Stay calm, hear him outWe will probably say no, but let's hear the quest hook in its entirety.
>>2531507>Stay calm, hear him out
>>2531507>Stay calm, hear him out"I haven't decided if I have principles yet. Can you elaborate further?"
>>2531551Also, be polite and offer a place to sit and a drink. Wake up the slave and have her make food and drink for our guests. A fire, whatever accomodations.
>>2531522You rest your hand on your lap, making a tight fist above the knee. Three hundred sovereigns. Did you really just hear that?"What's the job?" Then, realizing the nature of the man before you, what he's done and what he's capable of doing, you add "I won't make narcotics."He lets out a sharp hawing sound, like a blade released from it's sheathe. "Nothing like that." He says. "You'll be making medicine." You look to Toad and he is back to staring out the veranda. "I have a lab already set up. We have everything and whatever we don't have we can order."You massage your eyes. "Three hundred sovereigns?""Is that not acceptable? Four hundred then, but anymore than that and I'd be out of business." He makes that hawing sound again. Four hundred sovereigns is a change of life, a years rent, enough to get licensed, to start building your own lab, to move on bigger and better things. But the nature of this job is explicitly criminal and this man, who was responsible for your almost fatal stabbing, the kidnapping of your slave, is not an upright citizen. You have too many questions--why is Toad with him for one? He's an Elf. You assumed the day Toad worked with an Elf would be the day the sun fell from the sky.>Ask for some time to think about it, you need to discuss this with Toad>Ask why you, there's plenty of alchemists in town>Refuse the offer, you're no criminal, even if it is just "medicine". Or four hundred sovereigns.
>>2531507>Stay calm, hear him out300 sovereigns is quite significant
>>2531571>Ask for some time to think about it, you need to discuss this with Toad
>>2531571Play along, but probe further without being committal. Ask him about his relationship with Toad. Tell him you like to know who you're getting in bed with. if we're moving up in the criminal world, we need to be cautious.
>>2531571It's obvious why he'd come to C-bass. We're a fairly skilled alchemist with no license. There's a good chance we'll get our hands dirty to make our pay. A licensed professional wouldn't risk it.>"What kind of medicine?" If not this option, then:>Ask for some time to think about it, you need to discuss this with Toad.Toad no doubt knows the deal about this scheme.
>>2531571>Ask for some time to think about it, you need to discuss this with ToadHe is probably asking us because we did a good job and we are unlicensed
also do this since the last post was too late>>2531564
>>2531594being the very best requires sacrificeslike working outside the box, outside the rulesbesides, what has society done for us anyway?
>>2531571>Ask what kind of "medicine". We need more details.
>>2531601Of course the offer should be considered, but if you're going to make a deal with the devil, make sure you know what cheats he's using.
>>2531608"I told you once you son-of-a-bitch, I'm the best that's ever been."
>>2531579>>2531585There's more to this than what appears. Toad would never bring someone like this into your home. You remember him distinctly saying the ink job was a one-time thing. "I need some time.""Of course." He heads toward the kitchen and starts pouring himself some leftover tea from the kettle.You clear your throat. "I meant alone.""I'm afraid that won't be possible." He says. "I need your answer before I leave. We're all on a clock."You grab the pistol and stuff it down the side of your pants and then drag Toad into the balcony for a private chat. "You wanna tell me what the hell is going on?""You don't have to do it." He says. He's mumbling, slurring his words together. He stopped drinking after Lily left for the Academy. He promised her."The deal was that I just introduce you. That's it.">Ask him why he's been drinking>Ask him what this job actually entails>Ask him if the money is actually this good
>>2531619>>Ask him why he's been drinking
>>2531619>Ask him what this job actually entails>Ask him if the money is actually this good
>>2531621if there's time, ask him if he thinks we should take the job
>>2531619>Won't let us talk to Toad alone, needs an answer now, not allowed to read the contract.This is a pressure tactic. This deal stinks. Toad says we don't have to do it. I hope that means Roche won't retaliate if we say no. Because I'm saying no.>Ask him why he's been drinking
>>2531619>Ask him why he's been drinkingWe should refuse, just from that.
>>2531619>Ask him why he's been drinking
>>2531619>>Ask him what this job actually entails
>>2531619>Ask him what this job actually entails>Ask him why he's been drinking
>>2531621"What's it? Am I really just making medicine?""Seems like it. I just haven't figured out the whys or the where-tos. He's working for someone, that much I know. Fucking Elves. Goddamn fucking Elves." He's rambling."Have you been drinking?" But the thing is self evident. What you're really asking, is "why?". He doesn't say anything. He takes a deep breath and rears back and exhales a lungful of smoke. "Toad?"He takes the pipe from his mouth and dumps the ash. Shrugs. "Just a couple shots. No big deal." It was more than a couple."You promised you wouldn't--""I know what I promised! Fuck!" He covers his eyes. "I didn't want to get you involved, Seabass. I still don't. Just say no and you won't see him again. I swear that."He finally looks at you and his eyes look like the end stages of a fungal growth. Red roots everywhere, bags beneath so heavy they have turned black. You draw closer and touch his arm."Are you in trouble Toad?" You whisper. You glance back at Roche who is sitting at your desk, sipping tea while staring at your sleeping Elf. Toad rubs his eyes.He swallows. "H-he knows things. Lily's mother--I..." He shakes his head and raises himself and the steel is back in his spine. "I'll deal with this, just tell him no." He says. He nods. He pats your arm. "Just say no." He goes back inside. Something is very wrong, because even you don't know anything about Lily's mother, except that she's dead and Toad doesn't like talking about her. Ever.>Do as Toad says, refuse the offer>Toad is in trouble and it's four hundred sovereigns, take the job>Ask about the specific details of the medicine, under the pretense that you want to know if you're qualified
>>2531683>>Ask about the specific details of the medicine, under the pretense that you want to know if you're qualified
>>2531683>Ask about the specific details of the medicine, under the pretense that you want to know if you're qualified
>>2531683>Ask about the specific details of the medicine, under the pretense that you want to know if you're qualifiedAsk if you'll have access to research as well, in case you need to brush up on techniques.
>>2531683>Ask about the specific details of the medicine, under the pretense that you want to know if you're qualifiedWould selling our souls to the Elf actually lift the load off Toad in some way? We'll be right foolish if this makes things more complicated.
>>2531690>>2531692You follow Toad back inside, still unsure of how to proceed. Roche puts down his cup on the table. "That is very fine tea." He says. "Have you come to a decision?"You glance at Toad who is staring now at the door. "I need more details about this medicine.""You'll know everything you need to once I bring you to the lab.""No, I need to know now, because I don't want to waste time, mine or yours. If it turns out that I'm not qualified to make this medicine, what then? We're all on a clock right?""Right. Very well, I suppose there's little harm in it. You'll be working with a certain poison--a neurotoxin."This grabs Toad's attention. "This is the about the Reptilians." You say. "Something like that. Is that enough information for you?""So I'll be making antidotes for the adventurers? But anyone can do that. That's not even illegal.""Antidotes, yes. But not for the adventurers. But that's all I can say about the matter, unless you're on board. I need a decision now.">Do it, you can't leave Toad out to dry>Decline, you have other things on your plate
>>2531758>Do it, you can't leave Toad out to dry
>>2531758>>Do it, you can't leave Toad out to dry
>>2531758Do it on the condition that you're owed a favor, rather than the money.
>>2531758Also ask if Leia can come along.
>>2531758>Do it, you can't leave Toad out to dryThere's only one way we're going to get to the bottom of the lizard people conspiracy.
>>2531758>Decline, you have other things on your plateGoddamit guys, Toad was always right and I thought we shared the sentiment of keeping shady business to minimum?
>>2531797this is for Toadand we don't really have a choice here
>>2531797we can still manage to be surreptitious in this scenario, as well. it might be to our benefit to have a good underground network to distribute our illicit wares.
>>2531797I really wanted to, but I'd rather be an active player in the conspiracy rather than find out too late that Toad's in over his head. The path to combat alchemist is clear. The lizard man conspiracy will soon unravel. The /ancap/ path is clear.
>>2531797From the sounds of it the medicine might be for the same lizard related sickness the adventurers and that one orphan girl have (I might be wrong on that). Even if he's not planning to sell it to the people we still know how to make it.
>>2531766>>2531771>>2531772>>2531774Toad is in trouble and that's really all the information you need for this job. Even if there was nothing else, you'd do it in a heartbeat. But there's also the matter of the four hundred sovereigns. It certainly doesn't hurt."OK. I'm in.""Seabass!" Says Toad. Roche glances at him and he looks down."I'm in." "Excellent." He raps that table and slides the blood diamond over to you. "Hold on to that and bring it to the lab." He gets up and buttons his suit. "Wait, when do I start?""As soon as possible." He says. "And the money?" He's already at the door. "I'll have someone pick you up in the morning." And then he's gone. Toad gives you a single, pained look and then follows.You collapse on to your chair, your knees are shaking. Four hundred sovereigns. Toad. Roche. Lizardmen and Kobolds. Neurotoxins. And you still have to finish working on the potions for the kids. It's near midnight now, you should get some sleep but you're too giddy to lie still. >Try to sleep anyway, it won't do you any good to be exhausted tomorrow>Read something, since you're up anyways>Continue working on the strength potion
>>2531818I'm not really happy with this outcome but I'll go along with it to spare argument and move the plot along.
>>2531820Try to sleep anyway, it won't do you any good to be exhausted tomorrow
>>2531823I know how you feel, been there before. Thanks for being a stand-up broski.
>>2531820>>Try to sleep anyway, it won't do you any good to be exhausted tomorrow
>>2531820>Try to sleep anyway, it won't do you any good to be exhausted tomorrow
>>2531820Wake up Leia. Let her know you'll be leaving in the morning and you don't know if she'll be coming. Get her prepared to take care of the place alone for at least three weeks. Teach her how to care for the beetles. Leave her with money for food. Get packed and go to sleep.
>>2531838It's like you want your QT 3.14 elf slave kidnapped and raped. If the lab is a live-in situation, we'll move the beetle tank there. Everything else Nina can pull firewatch on.
>>2531843I just assumed it was live-in. Been watching too much Breaking Bad.
>>2531820>>Read something, since you're up anywaysit willl calm us down
>>2531855changing>>Read something, since you're up anyways
>>2531830>>2531834>>2531835You lie down and wrap yourself in the blankets and try to settle your thoughts. It doesn't work. You lie awake, calculating the possibilities, running scenarios through your head. At some point you do fall asleep but it seems like it's only been a few minutes before your Elf is shaking you awake and telling you that breakfast is ready and that someone is here to see you.It's Abe. Lucy's with him, helping your Elf set up the plates. You can tell immediately that something is wrong because Abe looks like he just swallowed a Lavozian earthworm. "What's wrong?""They want us to go tonight." He says. "Won't take no for an answer. I don't know what to do. I don't suppose you have the stuff ready?"You rub the crusts from your eyes and a memory of yesterday's near disaster flashes through your mind. "Not exactly." You say. "Yeah." He sighs. There's knock at the door. This time it's a carriage-driver."Here to pick up Master Sondheim." He says. Shit.>Stay home and work on the strength potion>Give Abe the crystal, instruct him in its use and hope for the best
OOC: Gonna grab some food brb
>>2531870>Give Abe the crystal, instruct him in its use and hope for the best
>>2531870>Give Abe the crystal, instruct him in its use and hope for the bestHe can cut it into smaller doses, r-right?
>>2531870>Give Abe the crystal, instruct him in its use and hope for the bestrun a quick calculation in your head, estimate dilution needed, crush some small doses and apportion them into flour paste for later consumptionwhile doing this, warn Abe about the side effects of the primal instincts and not to take too much, make sure he brings extra clothes just in casethen gather book about toxins and get in carriage
>>2531870>Give Abe the crystal, instruct him in its use and hope for the bestHere's hoping he doesn't die or go insane from using it...
>>2531507>It's time for /biz/ quest disguised as /d/ quest.Fuck yeah.
>>2531870>Stay home and work on the strength potionIn its current state the potential for loss of control is too high, we need to at least dilute it.
>>2531758>"Antidotes, yes. But not for the adventurers. But that's all I can say about the matter, unless you're on board. I need a decision now.">>2531820>He's already at the door. "I'll have someone pick you up in the morning." And then he's gone. Toad gives you a single, pained look and then follows.>>2531870>"They want us to go tonight." He says. "Won't take no for an answer. I don't know what to do. I don't suppose you have the stuff ready?"Oh no, Abe's indirectly involved in the conspiracy now.>>2531910+1. Abe's got the potential to be an alchemist but this is too sudden for him.>>2531820>"Excellent." He raps that table and slides the blood diamond over to you. "Hold on to that and bring it to the lab." He gets up and buttons his suit.This is the strength potion crystal, not the blood diamond?
>>2531910maybe we should just tell him to lick it
>>2531917No it's the blood diamond. He doesn't know anything about the strength potion (be grateful)
>>2531910Damnit, you're right...Can we grind it and mix it in water? That should take like, what, 5 minutes?>>2531917>Abe is involved in the conspiracy?No, this is just a cheeky QM testing our priorities. That said, switching to>>Stay home and work on the strength potionLet's not take TOO long.
>>2531870Give Abe the crystal, instruct him in its use and hope for the best
>>2531935+1, take a bit of time to try to dilute it into a dose that's not liable to kill anybody or make them hulk out like we did. I'm making an assumption that this guy is a Gentleman Johnny Marcone deal. Blatantly shady, but having the places that are under your thumb destroyed is bad for business.
>>2531870>>Give Abe the crystal, instruct him in its use and hope for the bestTell him to just lick it to get a boost and that anything bigger than a grain could transform him.
IT IS TIME.But this thread is in dire need of more elves. What is wrong with you people.
>Toad. Roche. Lizardmen and Kobolds. Neurotoxins.Fuck. I'm pretty sure we will go full auschwitz on the lizarmen and kobolds.
>>2531965>implying what this thread doesn't need is more qt ginger landladies
>>2531870+1, take a bit of time to try to dilute it into a dose that's not liable to kill anybody or make them hulk out like we did.I'm making an assumption that this guy is a Gentleman Johnny Marcone deal. Blatantly shady, but having the places that are under your thumb destroyed is bad for business.
>>2531965I can't draw.I don't have an image collection of elves.We should cut the crystal in half. Tell Abe to lick it, and take the rest with us for emergency hulkout.
>>2531965We already had one make us a deal that we did not want to refuse for the sake of a good buddy.
Do note that allot of heavy painkiller medacines are also neurotoxins, so dont go talking about genocide just yet.
>>2531988I'm pretty sure we're going to be mass producing a cure for the neurotoxin the lizardmen coat their spears with. Same stuff we used the phoenix dust to cure the little girl earlier in the quest.
>>2531965We like to keep our elve pics related to what our Elf is supposed to look like. Also, we get nice elf moments, but we're kind of in the middle of a lizardmen/crime conspiracy and trying to not get black bagged.>>2531979Pleb taste.>>2531951>just lick itNot a bad idea.>>2531981>take the rest with us for emergency hulkoutIf we can't do this now, we should later. Just in case.
>>2531979i agree with you, good sir. Specially if they are of the smug variant.
>"Antidotes, yes. But not for the adventurersso what, for lizardmen?
>>2531995only if we get to dick the smug out
>>2531992>>2531988ehhh....probably? but in that case roche would have contacted some alchemist with a licence, Unless his reputation would have made everyone tell him no out of fear. Then again, keeping the war machine going as much as possible IS good business and those sovereigns could help us get our licence.
>>2532012Well you also have to consider the flip side:Being unlicensed means that if we were to turn on our employer in a court of law he would be able to ruin us with contemptuous ease. A licensed alchemist is unlikely to have such problems.
>>2532012Oh yeah, I was totally behind taking the job. Dude's a shady asshole, but I can't see us making medicine ending poorly for everyone else. It's just a matter of whether or not he's going to stab us in the back.
>>2531893>>2531895>>2531899There's no time to do the extended analysis on the crystal. The best you can do is give Abe a chunk of it and tell him to dilute it as much possible before he takes it. Failing that, you tell him to just lick the damn thing, but never to take any of it raw and whole."What is it?" He holds the rock up to the light, the rainbow shimmers on it's surface."Anabolic. Kind of. Just be careful with it and do not, under any circumstances give to it anyone--especially not the adventurers. I haven't tested it fully yet."He nods and carefully pockets the crystal. "Where are you going?"You put on your jacket. "I have work." There's still the matter of your Elf. Do you take her with you? You don't want to leave her here. Since yesterday she's gone back to her old jumpy, sullen self. She's doing a little better with Lucy's company but Abe is getting ready to leave with you. Should you call Nina again?>Take her with you>Leave her here alone, it can't be helped>See if Nina can slave-sit again
>>2532029>Take her with you.Might be helpful to have an extra pair of hands.
>>2532029>See if Nina can slave-sit again
>>2532029>>See if Nina can slave-sit again"Ill owe you a lot of dinners if you do this."
>>2532029>See if Nina can slave-sit againMake sure to explain (to our elf) that we are out for business and what to do should we not come back.
>>2532020>but I can't see us making medicine ending poorly for everyone else.There are a lot of ways you can reinterpretate "Making medicine" or hide some meaning as other.>>2532019>A licensed alchemist is unlikely to have such problems.Probably not. Roche could bribe his way out, like most politicians do. Also he could disappear the alchemist in a very easy manner. These are the middle-ish ages. You could kill someone in a dark alley and chances are that no one would know who killed that poor sod.Posting redheads in the meantime.
>>2532029>>See if Nina can slave-sit againShit, lets see if we can owe her one favor for the time being.
>>2532020>It's just a matter of whether or not he's going to stab us in the back.He's not, he's going to blackmail us into the same situation Toad is in.>>2532029>>Take her with youShe can be the Jesse to our Walter. Have we given Leia any self-defence yet?
>>2532029>See if Nina can slave-sit againI don't like it, but it's makes the most sense for now.
>>2532046Thisand tell her not to trust anyone but Nina unless they give her a password - "gilded basilisk"
>>2532059>Have we given Leia any self-defence yet?She has our thoughts and prayers.
>>2532059>Have we given Leia any self-defence yet?Lolwe can barely take care of ourselves
>>2532029>Take her with you.
>>2532066>>2532072>>2532059Switch to >>2532064.>>2531925>>2531935Good to hear.
>>2532072Maybe we can tell nina to take her for some self dense classes...well, i don't think those exist right now, but there should be something similar.
>>2532029>Take her with youDo we really trust Nina alone with Leia?
>>2532090...yes? what's the worst that can happen teach leia to be smug or teach her how to make her own clothing?
>>2532097>what's the worst that can happen teach leia to be smug?Is it bad that I want this?
>>2532029>Take her with you
>>2532097she could teach her how to woo a manwith shoulder punches and insults!
>>2532097She could teach the elf to be a busybody.
>>2532099Not at all. I'd also like a snarky yet loyal slave.
>>2532029>>See if Nina can slave-sit again
>>2532029>>Take her with you
>>2532037>>2532040>>2532046>>2532051"M-master, are you leaving again?" Your slave wrings her hands. "I have to go somewhere. I'll be right..." But you don't know how long this will take. He said three weeks, is that three weeks living in the lab? "I'll be back." You say. You'll owe Nina a lot of dinners after this. You can already see her annoying smug smile at your expense. You go to the door, where the driver is waiting, but your Elf grabs the corner of your elbow, pulling at the cloth. "P-please don't leave me alone." She says. Then immediately, as though she were a child that had blasphemed in front of a particularly rod-ready nun, she clamps both hands over her mouth. "I-I-I'm sorry." She says. "I'm sorry. Please forget what I said. I haven't forgotten my place. I promise." She raises her arms and shuts her eyes as if to expect a blow. Abe and Lucy are watching the both of you with rapt interest, perhaps expecting the same. You flush. "Stop that." You lower her arms, gently. She's terrified. "Nina will be with you, you won't be alone." You say. Her shoulders relax. "I'm sorry I'm such a bother Master." She says, quietly. She finally releases you, gives a curt bow and then runs off into the kitchen."Abe, Lucy. Let's go." Lucy goes to hug your Elf before joining you on the stairs. "You better not hit bigtits-sis." She says pouting."That is a little rough, Seabass, even if she is a slave." Adds Abe."I don't hit her! I've never hit her! What kind of person do you guys think I am? She's just like that. I'm working on it--it's a work in progress."You knock on Nina's door but to your surprise there's no response. "Well, well. Sondheim, you had better stop that racket. She's not home." Says Franklin, head out of his door."What? Where is she? It's not even noon yet.""She left in a rush around dawn, for the capital." He says. "Something about her mother being sick."Damn. Now who's going to watch Leia? Should you take your Elf with you after all?>Take your Elf with you>Leave her alone, she'll be fine>Ask Franklin to watch her
>>2532156>Take your Elf with you
>>2532156Take Elf. Three weeks alone, even with Nina around is probably not good for her.(Also the QM seems to want her along. Makes sense since this is Elf Slave Quest.)
>>2532156>>Take your Elf with youits bullshit but i'll accept it.
>>2532156>Take your Elf with youWell time to bite the proverbial bullet.
>>2532156>Take your Elf with youI'm sorry I tried to pawn off the titular character. I just didn't want her to get kidnapped and/or gangraped.
>>2532162You can always resume the three weeks and be done with it. Just because the name is elf slave quest doesn't mean we have to have her on our side 24/7
>>2532156take her with us, I guess
>>2532177And skip over the SCIENCE! and intrigue of working for a crime lord who has dirt on our protector? Lunacy.
GUYS Franklin is a mage, right? what if we leave her with him. In exchange we pay him and also ask him if he can look at her lack of magic powers. We know she had an arcane operation done to her. Maybe he knows a way to reverse it. Also changing my vote from>>2532165to >>2532156>Ask Franklin to watch her
>>2532156>take the elf with you
>>2532183ehh, that would be three weeks of being trapped in a lab doing medicine and what not. there is not many things that can interest us.
>>2532185Franklin is a shit mage with a nice expensive magic wand. He's also too busy interning for an important dignitary who may or may not be the Elve's former abuser. Stop. Accept the direction the DM is pushing us. Take the Elf with us on magical meth making adventures.
>>2532192Wouldnt trust Franklin to piss standing up.Hes a boy and entirely too preoccupied with what his balls are telling him rather than his head.
>>2532191That's an unsupported assumption and shame on you for your lack of imagination.>>2532194No, of course not. But as long as we're working with the card metaphor, it's nice to have a QM who's honest about a stacked deck.
>>2532192>mfw started the quest due to it being fapbait>mfw stayed due to excellent alchemy writing and /biz/>mfw now we're breaking bad with our qt elf slave.Best quest on /qst/ right now.
>>2532202>That's an unsupported assumption and shame on you for your lack of imagination.Fuck you, i'm trying to defend my own flawed logic over here. Also player agency, but whatever.
>>2532162Well I don't want to reveal my cards, but I'm prepared no matter what choice is made here and have no particular preference.>>2532192Also looking back at the previous thread, there seems to be a little confusion about Leia's previous master. I'll put up a character sheet type thing later that will keep stuff like this clear in the future. For now:Lord Fontain is the one Franklin works for, you've only seen him once so far and haven't actually interacted with him. He's a former general and the one bringing in the adventurers and trying to genocide the reptilians. He's also the son of a Chimia stockholder, but not an alchemist himself.Viceroy Antipater is the suspected former master of Leia, he's a real estate mogul (not an alchemist) and a passionate pacifist and philanthropist. He's against Fontain's policies. Lawson is his son.
>>2532204>Breaking Bad: Magical editionYes, this is amazing.
>>2532221My bad senpai.But trying to pawn Leia off on Franklin is still stupid.
>>2532156>Take your Elf with you"I thought after what... happened... you'd prefer to see as little of me as possible...
>>2532158>>2532165>>2532169You consider, in a moment of sheer absurdity, to ask Franklin to watch Leia. You are almost brought to laughter by the thought. You'll just have to take her with you. It'll be nice to have an extra pair of hands anyway. "Alright, thanks Franklin.""That's Mr. Franklin to you." He says and then locks his door. Brat."Wait in the carriage, I'll be right back." You tell Lucy and Abe. They head out you head back and grab your Elf. Feeling too embarrassed to really explain anything. She mercifully doesn't ask any questions. The carriage is nothing like the usual fare. It looks more like something a princess might take to visit a ball, all filigree and purple cloth. There's not even horses to pull it, just a giant wooden wheel, enchanted to move on its own. Red leather interior with seats on both sides, enough to accommodate at least six people in comfort and class. "Wow, Seabass, what kind of job are doing? Must have one hell of a payout." Says Abe. Your Elf is admiring the silk curtains, rubbing it against her cheek and comparing its feel to the ribbon you bought her. You don't say anything. Roche is sending a message. He's rich and he's powerful and those things be used for generosity, as here, but he's also saying that he's not to be trifled with. You drop Abe and Lucy at the orphanage first and reiterate caution regarding the crystal. Abe assures you everything will be fine. "Leave a message with Franklin if you can't find me. As soon as you come back." You tell him. "Will do. Stay safe. You sure you don't want to pop in and say hi? I know Sarah'll be happy." He grins. Cheeky little bastard."Can't. Tell her hi for me."The carriage winds its way to the docks. You expect a warehouse of some kind, but the lab is even more remote. You have to take a boat to a small inlet some ways up the coast. Your Elf seems to get more and more nervous as you approach. By the time you finally hit land, your Elf is clinging to your arm like the sand in your shoes. "What's wrong?""They took me here before." She says. It's all she has to say. The lab is built into the side of a bluff overlooking the ocean. There's a set of stone steps built into the side, exactly aligned with the rock. It's hard to see it unless you're looking at it from the side. Toad is waiting for you at the entrance."You shouldn't have agreed to this Seabass." He says. He looks sober. Not necessarily better.>Ignore him, walk inside and take a look at this lab>Tell him you're trying to help him, you'll gather information as you work>It's too late now. Ask him what he knows.
>>2532320>It's too late now. Ask him what he knows.
>>2532320>Tell him you're trying to help him. Ask him what he knows.
>>2532320>>It's too late now. Ask him what he knows.
>>2532320>Tell him you're trying to help him, you'll gather information as you work
>>2532320>Tell him you're trying to help him, you'll gather information as you work>It's too late now. Ask him what he knows.
>>2532320I am going to make a wild guess and assume that the crimelord is going to murder the fuck out of us when we're done. He might even target people we know because looseends be looseends. What the fuck did we get ourselves into dammit. We're going to have to think of contingencies quck.
>>2532370Doesnt make sense. crime lord cant just kill everyone he makes dealings with or else he wont last long.No, he will come to us in future for more tasks and jobs if we do this. We become an "asset".
>>2532370Don't say that man, Watdo gets ideas from our paranoid ramblings That would be bad business for him. Even if he kills everyone, rumors spread quickly.
>>2532370Roche is machiavellian, not cartoon psycho. He'll blackmail us in order to use our talents for less than they're worth in the future and keep our mouth shut. But we should make another batch of Mr Hyde crystal as contingency. I say make better poison for our super soaker, but the dice gods would probably kill us or our elf if we tried.
>>2532320>>Tell him you're trying to help him, you'll gather information as you work
>>2532387>>2532410We're some mid-tier alchemist dealing with the shadiest shit in the kingdom. The guy has too much to lose by the possiblity of leaking and not a lot if he kills us.
>>2532418Your being overly paranoid.he doesnt need to kill us if hes confident that we will keep our mouth shut. And if he knows we can make the shit he wants then we are valuable.Unless you consider him hiring and then disposing of alchemists on a routine basis something that will go totally unnoticed?Again, crime lords cant kill everyone they deal with, and they dont have to. Considering we know hes wealthy and hes flaunting it at us, we all know we cant cross this man and survive.So chill, hes not going to kill us, just put us to work. Unless we do something stupid like try go to the guard.
>>2532418Someone with our skill with no license is actually a rarity, I'm guessing. And he doesn't really have much to worry about leaking. His employer owns law enforcement, he can bribe anyone to do anything. No, I'm not worried that he's going to murder his antidote maker after one batch.
>>2532430>>2532418>>2532431Adding to this, if he really would want us dead, he would have us killed instead of coming to apologize to us. You understand that a DIRECT apology from an underworld lord is a big deal, right?
>>2532320>Ignore him, walk inside and take a look at this labAs long as we don't dig too deep we can just say we were making stuff for adventurers if we get busted.
>>2532330>>2532334You scoff. "What would you have done?""That's different. I made promises."A silence falls before you both. "Well, it's too late now." You say. "I'm already here. I know you're trouble and I'll do whatever I can to help.""You're like your father in a lot of ways." He says. "Loyal and courageous?""Foolhardy and stubborn." He goes into the tunnel and you follow. "Why'd you bring the Elf? Not enough you have work for one, but you want to work with one too? Did you get her checked?" Your Elf hides behind you at hearing that. "She doesn't have magic." You say. "And I've been teaching her our tongue, so watch your words.""That so, Sylvan?""Y-yes."He grunts. "So what do you know about this guy? And why are you working for him?""He's one of the higher-ups in the Five-Pointed Cross. He was small time for a while, but he's obviously moved up. He has a patron--I don't know who yet, but it's someone up the flagpole because the guards are in his pocket."He looks at you to see if you understand the gravity of what he's just said. You do."I don't know what his real objective is, he's an Elf so it's bound to be nasty but...from what I can tell, this operation is separate from everything else. No one knows about it--and no one can, he's a dangerous man." He stops again and you nod to assure him you understand what that means. You arrive at the entrance. The guards there flinch at the sight of Toad, and scramble to let him in through the iron portcullis. You can already see the lab through the gaps. It's...beautiful. You walk in and are rendered speechless.There's a bench with all the alchemical apparatuses you could ever need. Everything is high quality, branded with the Chimia logo. To each side of the bench are manufactory level crystallization tanks with the conical top--tall as you are. So this is where they went. There's a full distillery with a set of high quality distillation tubes, made from reinforced slug intestines, that run from one cylinder to the another.Roche himself emerges from a tunnel cut into the eastern wall. "You're late. And you brought her. Good." He says. "Traffic?" You nod, still dazed. He snaps his fingers. "Bring him in." Behind him, a pair of henchmen drag in a lizardman--and throw him to the floor. His hands and feet are chained by heavy iron balls. He's a mere child, a little shorter than your Elf. At least he's not injured, just scared."What's this?""Your test subject." He says. >You never agreed to anything like this and you won't now.>Good, a live test subject will make things go faster. Get to work.>Demand an explanation, you've been kept in the dark long enough
>>2532477>Demand an explanation, you've been kept in the dark long enough
>>2532477>Good, a live test subject will make things go faster. Get to work.
>>2532477>>Demand an explanation, you've been kept in the dark long enoughAlso I think after this it might be a good idea to get payment in Chimia equipment rather than just gold.
>>2532477See? Full auschwitz.>Demand an explanation, you've been kept in the dark long enoughSo you want us to create a medicine to get them rid of the disease called being alive? well. can do.
>>2532477>>Demand an explanation, you've been kept in the dark long enoughThey don't look like lab rats so unless we're actually producing something like the Black Plague or Mustard Gas some more indepth explaning is needed to be had.
>>2532477>Demand an explanation, you've been kept in the dark long enoughThe venom that the lizardmen traditionally use. It's actually their literal venom, isn't it? They've just coated their weapons in it.
>>2532477>Good, a live test subject will make things go faster. Get to work. why would I need him though are you sure the toxin works on him as it would a human or an elf
>>2532491you know, i wouldn't accept the gold either. i'd rather have his word and promise to never contact us again or require our services. This this the proverbial edge of the slippery slope edge(or we just slided in, but can still grab the edge with our hands).
>>2532477>other: put hand, apply to forehead. inwardly regret. Lets Start thinking of ways to backstab this backstabbing elf while technically fulfilling this agreement.And this is why bad shit happens when word gets around that we don't have a license! Shit like this happens!>Demand an explanation, you've been kept in the dark long enough
>>2532477>>Good, a live test subject will make things go faster. Get to work.I'm assuming we aren't going to torture him or anything similar.
>>2532555nah. we are efficient after all. We just need to find something that can kill him as fast as possible. Probably with the neurotoxin roche talked to us before.
Well, it seems if we want to set up independent practice at some point, we'll have to work for it.In order to leave this shit unscathed we'll have to either put ourselves into good graces of the villain(?), make insurance policy solid enough that we won't be bothered if we leave, or find an opportunity to betray him to such a devastating effect that he and his successors (if there are any, preferably not) will be in no position to exact vengeance.In any case, for the time being elf slave quest is now elf's slave quest (was that what you had in mind OP?)
>>2532555I agree with this actually, if we don't question him we can just do whats needed to progress with whatever we are doing.+
>>2532485>>2532491>>2532493"I think you had better explain what it is you want me to do." "It's quite simple." He walks over to the lizard and lifts his serpentine head to show you. The scales are red and flaking, and there are red sores around his mouth. The creature's breathing is ragged and pneumatic. "This poor creature will be dead within the week." He says. "A side-effect of the neurotoxin they use."You draw closer and examine the lizard yourself. It looks suspiciously similar to Abe's description of Lucy's symptoms. "And?" You say. "What does that have to do with me?""I want you to develop a cure.""Why?"He smiles. "Yours is not to wonder why." He says, sing-song. "The toxin is made from reptilian blood diamond--you brought it with you I hope?" You nod, laying it on the bench. "Good. I believe it will be a crucial ingredient in the cure. The venom is in his body, in his blood and saliva. They imbibe it you see. Reptilians are supposed to have immunity to things like this but, this particular toxin is...specially designed. The sickness kills them and renders them...sterile."He releases the lizard and wipes his hand on his sleeve. "You must make medicine that neutralizes these side-effects. You are free to use your subject as you wish, I have cleared out the rooms so you can also stay here if it's more convenient to you. Food will be brought to you and let my men know if you need anything else."He moves toward the exit. You look to Toad. He just stares. He's as surprised you are."What if a week isn't enough time." You call out. He shrugs. "Then I suppose he dies." He says. "We'll get another, there's no shortage of that. For now, anyway. Come, Toad." And then he's gone."You gonna be alright Seabass?" Asks Toad. "Yeah I think so."He squeezes your shoulder and then leaves you alone with the wheezing lizard and your Elf. Better get to work. But how to begin?>Get a sample of the toxin first, analyze it>Try talking to the lizard>Check out all the equipment more closely
>>2532596>>Check out all the equipment more closelyA good tradesman must know his tools.
>Check out all the equipment more closelyI doubt the lizard boy wants to discuss anything at the moment. We're going to separate the components of the blood diamond first, I assume. Let's see what tools would be best for the job.
>>2532596>Check out all the equipment more closely
>>2532596>>Check out all the equipment more closely
>>2532596Move the lizard to a cot or something>Check out all the equipment more closely
>>2532596>Try talking to the lizardlet's try to see if we can make him/her/it cooperate willingly.
>>2532596>Check out all the equipment more closelyMight as well check the limitations of our new equipment.
>>2532622>>2532627It just hit me, why not have Leia tend to him?
>>2532639If he is suffering from a neurotoxin, which we know can be spread through touch, (since the orphanage girl caught it), then we really really dont want our elf touching this guy.We should also take care to treat him as poisonous at all times as well.
>>2532605>>2532611>>2532612The tanks along the walls are obvious in their function. You spend only a little time on them (mostly just to touch and admire them). You won't get to use them until the very last stage anyway, once a cure (if there even is one) is ready for mass production.The bench has the more interesting toys. There's the standard alchemical equipment, beakers, flasks, vials, alembics, enchanted auto-pestles, enchanted smart-burners, even a dragon-tooth drill for cutting into gemstones--useful for working on the blood diamond. There's starleeches for drawing blood, an entire minigarden full of Lavozian earthworms and an assortment of mushrooms and herbs--redweed, chromastool, even a few species of flowers, freesias and rhododendrons and roses. Somehow they're all growing together. Sniffing the soil, you realize it's been laced with troll feces, the most potent fertilizer known to the civilized world. Once the initial wonder and giddiness wear off, you remember the lizard in the room. He's lying the floor, shivering. He looks like a cross between a lion cub and a crocodile. Your Elf is watching him intently. The henchmen have already left so you should probably do something about him. You spy a bare cot in the corner.>Have your Elf take care of him>Take him to the cot yourself>Call the guards to carry him
>>2532656>Take him to the cot yourself
>>2532656>Call the guards to carry himDO NOT TOUCH HIM.see: orphan girl suffering neurotoxin despite never having gone near these fuckers. Treat it with the respect poison deserves.
>>2532656>>Call the guards to carry him
>>2532643Curse you and your common sense. >>2532656>Call the guards to carry him>Out of the work areaDo we have something resembling infection prevention measures in universe? Long rubber gloves? Respirator? Eye shields?
>>2532656>Call the guards to carry him
>>2532656>ask the guards for spare clothing.We'll need spare clothing to act as hazmat suits
>>2532596>conspiracy time>lizards imbibe blood diamonds to give themselves neurotoxic venom in their bodily fluids>They are immune to the negative effects while being able to harm enemies>useful biological adaptation, very effective in keeping the adventurers and mercenaries at bay with lethal sickness>but what's this, the blood diamonds are different now>The toxin does effect the lizardmen now, and even sterilizes them>death on a weekly timetable and denies them the ability to reproduce>recipe for a quick and effective genocide>Fontain we know wants to kill the scaly fucks so maybe he funded this bio weapon knowing the lizardmens toxin tactic>but wait a minute Antipater is maybe the guy who tortured the elf and the elf remembers this place>Antipater is supposedly against lizard genocide>Roche eants us to make a cure for the neurotoxin and sterility>Too many coincedences>Antipater and probably Fontaine are both in a oblong shadow conflict involving the reptilians and the adventurers and the crime syndicate is playing both sides by producing the toxin and the cure for fun and profit>but why? What would the two politicians care about the conflict? Why do this weapons research and cure research? What's in it for them? Where does the elf torture fit in?The plot just gets deeper anons, any deeper and this shit's going to turn into some kind of fantasy noir/ sin city massacre involving the reptilians, mercenaries and two big wig politiciansIf we had guns we could turn this quest into a john wu movie
>>2532656call the guards to carry him, tell them to be gentle, you need it to survive
>>2532693My only hope out of this is that we end up with a Automatic Crossbow like the one in Van Helsing.
>>2532693>If we had guns we could turn this quest into a john wu movie...chances are that we would end up shooting ourselves.
>>2532693Just a one thing to correct you on:>but wait a minute Antipater is maybe the guy who tortured the elf and the elf remembers this placeThis is the place that Toad raided. It's the 5 point whatever hideout (looter's guild, for brevity). That's why the elf has been here before.
>>2532715Yeah, we seem pretty inept at combat.
>>2532730Somewhere down the line I want toad to teach C-bass how to do some ninja stuff. Just some disarms and arm locks to compliment our wrist mounted poison dart guns.
>>2532693>but why? What would the two politicians care about the conflict? Why do this weapons research and cure research? What's in it for them? Do you really need that explained?
>>2532662>>2532670>>2532671Probably best not to have you or your Elf handle the diseased lizard. You call for the guards and have them move him to the cot. They seem confused by the order, like if you had just asked them to sing the lizard a song. "If he dies from exposure that would just delay me further. Is that what you want? Is that what your boss wants?"They make no more fuss after that. You sit at the bench and take out your notebook. If your hunch is right, then you already have a cure--technically speaking. The same one that Lawson sells at his shop, the one that Abe bought for Lucy. Should you try to recreate that? Improve on it?Or perhaps it would be better to start from scratch, analyze the toxin first and extrapolate from there. But really, none of this makes any sense. Why would Roche want to take away the debilities of the toxin? It's almost as if he's helping the Reptilians. But such an act would be direct treason, no matter how high up the flagpole his patron, he'd be drawn and quartered at noon. So would you, come to think of it.Suddenly four hundred sovereigns seems a paltry sum for what you're doing. And you still don't know why. Why would he help the Reptilians? Is he working with them? Or maybe it's more elemental--just business. The more Toadish side of you suspects worse things, that maybe this disease is going to spread to the human population--that maybe it already has, and Roche is just getting in on the ground floor. More intriguing than all this is the toxin itself. You always assumed that it was a natural secretion, or at least something the Lizards and Kobolds made on their own, yet Roche made it sound like it was something manufactured professionally. After all, why would a natural, or primitive toxin kill and sterilize its creators? And if it was made, then by whom? And for what purpose?You massage your temples. Too much to think about all at once. You have your task, all this can come later. >Start with the toxin, draw some samples from the lizard>Start with Lawson's cure, recreate it
>>2532759>Start with the toxin, draw some samples from the lizard
>>2532759>Start with the toxin, draw some samples from the lizardLawson's cure is for traditional reptilian neurotoxin, and is not working permanently.
>>2532759well, its not our problem what the hell he wants to do with the cure. That would also drag us deeper into the underworld and we really don't want that.>Start with the toxin, draw some samples from the lizardWe also need to know the symptoms of the toxin. We already know what it does to humans, but not what it does to lizards.
>>2532759>>Start with the toxin, draw some samples from the lizardNo point in starting with another person's cure because they might have made a mistake or fuckup somewhere down the line.
>>2532759>>Start with the toxin, draw some samples from the lizardLawson is keeping the sickness in check. We need a final cure.
>>2532759>>>Start with the toxin, draw some samples from the lizard
>>2532746What do you mean by that?Do you mean that it's not really important to know their motivations (at least this stage)?orDo you mean that their motivations are somewhat transparent and that Its obvious and I apprently don't see it. If that's case then yeah I'll need for someone to explain.I mean fontaine wants to kill the reptilians so he can expand the city or mine something? Did I miss and update that states what fontaine was intending when he started trying to displace the kobolds and lizard people?
>>2532815I think he means to create a reptilian plague that affects all the populace using the diamondblood neurotoxin strain and then use our fabricated cure as a means of selective genocide and PR promotion. Because we don't have a license, we don't get the public recognition and credit for the cure creation.
>>2532759>>Start with the toxin, draw some samples from the lizard
>>2532815...ok.The answer is -like in real life- money and power. If the war machine keeps going, ANYONE (regardless of whom) related to the conflict can benefit from it, either by acquiring more people to join their armies, or in roches case, developing something that can gain him money. Everything else is irrelevant to us because we can do jack shit about it.
>>2532759>Start with the toxin, draw some samples from the lizardask Leia if she can help soothe the lizard from afarhave the guards take the sampletry saliva before blood
>>2532842>have the guards take the sampleehh, the guards arent our assistants. Eventually they'll tell us to fuck off. I'd rather not bother them until we need the lizard moved again.
>>2532759What ever we do, get several sets of clothing including gloves. We want to cycle out disposables for washing at very high temperatures (basically boil proof gloves if we can get some).
>>2532852Or if the lizard reacts in a disagreeable manner like mutating and has to be put down.
>>2532852okwe just need to be cautious
>>2532866shouldnt happen unless we are stupid enough to infect him with a powerful mutigen or pump nigh on raw magic into him.More likely to just end up with a dead lizard.
>>2532826>>2532833Sound reasoning. War profiteering isn't exactly rare.I was thinking there was more of a sinister motivations than just making money or accumulating power.But then again not every villain in a fantasy setting is some sauron motherfucker who hates daylight and puppies so that's just me beng genre blind for a second and being dense.Also accidently name fagged so that was embarrasing.
>>2532768>>2532775>>2532778You're better off starting from scratch. Even if Lawson is a supposed genius prodigy, his "cure" is merely a treatment--it may even only mask the symptoms. You draw some samples from the lizard. First some blood from his arm with the starleeches, then a few of his scales with a scalpel. In the meantime you instruct your Elf to set up the alembics and retorts, nothing more complex than attaching the hoses to their openings and arranging everything in a simple order. She moves away as soon as you return with the bloodswelled leeches--she's scared of them. And you tease her a little, holding one up by its center and showing her the small wriggling tentacles. She has to cover her eyes and you have to laugh.You milk the blood out into a vial, careful not to make contact with any of it. It's rough working with the thick leather gloves and the apron and the thick-rimmed glasses but the neurotoxin is potent enough to require such precaution. Not to mention the disease itself. You dissolve the scale in some high grade acid, filter out what doesn't dissolve and in the process discover a void filtration system under the bench, enchanted by a wind spirit that sucks out air for rapid evaporation--it almost brings a tear to your eye. All that remains are some further rounds of purification and then some separation with the earthworms. The blood is another matter, you've never actually worked with blood before. From what you remembering of your old textbook, blood can be separated into light and heavy elements--usually by distillation, though its a lengthy and tedious process. The toxin should be in the heavy part anyway, so it might be better to just crystallize and filter. On the other hand, that's only a guess, you could be wrong.>Attempt the full distillation, it's what you're good at after all>Just crystallize, it shouldn't take too long anyway>Leave the blood, purify the dissolved scale instead
>>2532894>Attempt the full distillation, it's what you're good at after all
>>2532894>>Attempt the full distillation, it's what you're good at after all
>>2532894>Attempt the full distillation, it's what you're good at after allBloods chock full of stuff of various sizes, better we isolate them all instead of getting false posatives and having to redo this.
>>2532894>Attempt the full distillation, it's what you're good at after allA scientist assuming anything. Cute.Hopefully the dice gods can get bent since we'll have a favorable DC on distillation.
>>2532894>>Attempt the full distillation, it's what you're good at after allNo half-assing about. We're on the clock and we should be thorough regardless of employer.
>>2532906>>2532913>>2532917Distillation is your bread and butter, it's really the only thing you're good at and you're itching to try out all this fancy new equipment. You save some of the blood in case you need to crystallize after all and move the rest into the Chimia brand 100% dwarven glass alembic. The burner heats to the boiling temperature in perfectly linear, even fashion--it's actually better than the one you bought from Gunter, there aren't even control knobs, it just knows what the right temperature is and then stays there.>Roll 1d20 to see how well the distillation goes>You get +3 from all the fancy equipment
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>2532946
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>2532946come on nat 1!
Rolled 15 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>2532946
Rolled 14 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>2532946heres the second PROPER roll
Rolled 14 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>2532946
>>2532948>>2532953These two technically rolled incorrectly
>>2532965We know how to add 3. They're fine.
Technically the QM said roll 1d20
>>2532965>>2532969It's actually important to detail this- I've seen quests where rolls were invalidated by the QM because they asked specifically for one format and then got the other.
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>2532946>>2532997fine.
>>2532997Probably would not hurt to directly ask the QM for those kinds of specifics.
>>2532997I have seen long wars when when someone doesn't add the modifier, up to the QM.
I hope you all realize that there is no leaving the underground without dying, right? Bloody regards all of you.
>>2532997>>2533035The QM says there's a plus 3, says to roll a d20. If the poster didn't add the +3, the QM doesn't add it? What kind of quests are so 'tism filled that the QM wants to throw the game?
>>2533046You can be surprised by how precise a person can be when they want to be a pain in the ass. Same goes for QMs as well.
>>2533036we were destined for the undergroundorphan with no prospects but to make perfume for scrapshad to scrimp and slave for the money to buy a slavetoo autistic to just mate and have children for labor
>>2532948>>2532953>>2532957>8, 10, 18: 1 successIt takes hours. And hours and hours and hours. Tedious doesn't even begin to describe it. It's made easier by the equipment. It's made easier by taking shifts with your Elf and to spend some time teaching her the mechanical basics of your craft. She learns with all the enthusiasm she puts into learning language or writing. Hours and hours. You lose track of time, light filters in from the opening of the dock below you, a hollow space large enough to accommodate a full three-masted ship but there are only rowboats down there now. Light falls away, sunlight to starlight. You get lunch. You get dinner. You eat without really thinking, with one eye still at the apparatuses, interrupting your meal to switch beakers, begin the filtration, re-distill. At some point your Elf falls asleep at the bench and you carry her to a small inner room where a bed has been set up and put a blanket over her and resume the work alone. How long have you been working now? 10 hours? 15? No blood of human origin would take this long. You've either made a mistake--which is impossible--or it's the blood itself, which is sensible because, after all the toxin resistance reptilians are fabled for has to come from somewhere. Only when the first light of dawn finally comes and your eyes are drooping from the night, does the last bit of distillation trickle through the tubes. Pure as snow. The blood divides into 17 different components, light and heavy doesn't even begin to classify them. You test each one on some rats you find sitting in a cage by the wall. Out of the 17, six are toxic, four cause the characteristic foaming at the mouth and seizures, two cause the same symptoms as the lizard. Exhausted but satisfied with your work, you head back to the inner room and collapse on the bed. You fall asleep as soon as you close your eyes, too tired to even realize that your Elf is still sleeping under the covers. ----It's late midday when you awake. You feel something warm and soft pressing against your neck. The scent of vanilla. You've woken up before your Elf for once--perhaps not a good thing, as her arms are wrapped tight around your neck and your head pressed tight to her chest. She must've mistaken you for her notebook.>Might as well sleep some more>Get up and try not to wake her>Wake her and get her off you
>>2533079>Might as well sleep some moreand>hug the elf
>>2533079>Might as well sleep some more
>>2533079>Get up and try not to wake herThe Lizard is on limited time. Let's hurry it up before he dies.
>>2533079>>2533085This plzHug em up
>>2533079>>Might as well sleep some morethen>>Get up and try not to wake herMaybe 5 minutes, this is kinda nice.
>>2533079>Might as well sleep some moreIt's the little things in life.>hug the elf
>>2533079>Get up and try not to wake hergive her a little butt squeeze before you do
>>2533079>Get up and try not to wake herWork before play, Also maybe we should document this, the lizard stuff not the elf
>>2533126Ugh, fine. Switching to >Get up and try not to wake herBut also>Hug before getting up
>>2533079>>Might as well sleep some more>and>>hug the elf
>>2533126Always note down your experiments. It lets you know what you did wrong.
>>2533079>>Get up and try not to wake herPleasant as it is... Back to work
>>2533079>Get up and try not to wake her+Enjoy the cuddle a little before we do.
>>2533085>>2533089>>2533103You should get up, there's work to do. You touch her arm to pull it back, but you can feel her breath on your hair and her pulse on the back of your neck and it is slow and comfortable, like the drip of rainwater out of a leaky pipe. Five more minutes won't hurt. You close your eyes and become aware of the heat of her body passing through your clothes, almost skin to skin and after a few minutes you start to sweat. You try to shift yourself but the movement is enough to wake her. She yawns and nestles into you further so that her breath tickles your ear and then she realizes her compromised position and her arms snap back like a whip and she rolls over to the other side of the bed so fast that she falls off with a thud. >Pretend to stay asleep, probably better that way>Get up and check if she's alright
>>2533171>Get up and check if she's alright
>>2533171>Get up and check if she's alrightHEADPATS
>>2533171pat her on the butt and get to work
>>2533193NoooooIf they don't ask for it it's rape.Steady your pimp hand to the time is right.
>>2533193NO ASS SLAPS. ONLY HEADPATS. ASS SLAPS ARE FOR NINA.
>>2533171>>Get up and check if she's alright>>2533193we do not pat butts, we pat heads
>>2533171>>Pretend to stay asleep, probably better that wayShe's probably not hurt badly, and any kind of broaching the topic will embarrass her and probably make her a bit blushy and distracted and distant. We'll approach the issue later, but for now, let her try to distract herself by throwing herself into helping us.
>>2533171>>Get up and check if she's alright
>>2533213Damn, now I want to see how she'd react if he slapped her ass.
>>2533260Her cheeks would create a new kind of red. and then she'd rape us.
>>2533180>>2533185You stifle a laugh and throw off the covers. Better check on her. She gets up before you reach her and presses herself against the wall and she is breathing hard, practically a full blown panic attack. She starts to sob and slides down the wall to the floor trying very hard to stifle her own cries--and perhaps her memories--by biting her wrist. The mirth is gone. The feeling of warmth or comfort is gone. It was a mistake; you should've slept somewhere else. "It's alright." You lift her up. She's shaking. "I was tired and I fell asleep." You don't know what else to say. "I'm sorry." She says. "It's alright." You lay your hand on the crown of her head and she flinches as with any touch. It's amazing how soft Elf hair is--you wonder if it's related to its alchemical properties--not that you've confirmed any. And your thoughts return to the strength potion and Abe and all the plans you have for the future. Anxiety and anticipation mixed together."Let's get some food." You say. You pat her head and return to the bench. She follows a few minutes later once she's recovered and made the bed. The guards bring you some food--you eat in a quiet peace. Your Elf steals glances at you, but neither of you say anything. You resume your work. Taking some time to write down all the details of yesterday's distillation, for future reference. Your Elf takes the opportunity to practice her writing by making a copy of your notebook. In the meantime, you work on the purified toxins. What's strange is that the symptoms the lizard has are localized to two of the distillants, but not the other four. Which would imply that they were separate components mixed together with the toxin. Perhaps you should work on the dissolved scale now, to get a second perspective and possibly to replicate the result. The rats could also offer another avenue of insight. You can give them the toxin and then analyze their blood to see differences in effect between the neurotoxin and whatever this other poison is.>Purify the scale>Work on separating the distallant with the worms>Perform a series of experiments with the infected mice
>>2533412OOC: Gonna grab some lunch. brb
>>2533412>>Work on separating the distallant with the worms
>>2533412>Work on separating the distallant with the worms
>>2533412>Perform a series of experiments with the infected micegive them the four distillants that you expect are the regular neurotoxin and see if they get any of the symptoms the lizard is exhibiting, if not then we've confirmed that one or both of the two are the cause of the lizard's afflictionafter that we can use the worms to separate whichever groups we decide to work onthen we can work on identification of the separate components
>>2533455That would be pretty smart but checking the scale could reveal additional distillates and if nothing else will provide some more samples to work with.
>>2533462we can do all the things!maybe/shrug
>>2533412First off>Time to speak to the lizard and figure out when/where he obtained the toxin and how long it's been in his system.Then feed a rat a piece of the scale to see if the neurotoxin and/or other poisons are present in it. If the neurotoxin is absent (i.e. rat doesn't immediately foam at the mouth and die) then:>Purify the scale.
>>2533420Lunch? What time is it there?
>>2533462Help me out here, I never took biochem. What exactly would the difference between further distillation and fecal chain separation?
>>2533493supporting the rat experiment with the scale.>>2533412
>>2533479We do have three weeks.Admittedly we not only have to find the agent(s) causing the problem (possibly done!), figure out a suitable agent to counter it's effects AND cure the disease itself...not to mention figuring out how to produce it on a large scale and avoiding any problems that could arise from our under-tested medicine.
>>2533493Supporting. This makes sense to my under-educated ass.
>>2533493Changing to this.
>>2533513technically is one(supposing we want the first lizard to survive)
>>2533499Distillation would improve the purity of the distillate, assuming that there are impurities and that our method can isolate them which might also allow us to find additional agents.The chain separation would accomplish the same thing most likely but I'd need to check the archive and see what the utility of it was from our last use, as I've kinda forgotten.
>>2533499distillation removes lighter liquid elements through phase change separationfecal chain separation isn't real but in-world it separates components in the multi-chambered gut of a wormiirc
>>2533529Of course we do. I'm just being realistic. Fact is we don't have the luxury of the sorts real world equivalents to us have for this work. We are one, at best decent, scientist with a semi-capable technician (our slave) helping us. I have no doubt that a solution to this disease exists, it's a question of if it can be found in time...I'd hate to imagine what could happen if this disease begins spreading through a urban area given it can apparently infect mice... >>2533543Aye that was what it did!
>>2533564Wouldn't using the worms give us a more accurate breakdown of what's in the two mystery distillants, rather than remove impurities which very well could be a part of the poison we're trying to reverse engineer?
>>2533610Assuming that the worms didn't get infected and complicate the matter by recreating what we got from the initial sample? Probably.Also the distillation doesn't remove, it separates so we'd get a further component breakdown.
>>2533434>>2533440>>2533449et alYou leave the mice alone for now and focus on separating the distallant further. You can't use the neurotoxin itself, as it will just kill the worm, but you can try two things: either the secondary toxin by itself--which you hope won't kill it fast enough for the separation to be disturbed, or else dilute the neurotoxin as much as possible before letting the worm eat it. However, you quickly realize that the latter won't work either, as the worm only eats solid material. You could try reacting the toxin with something and then render it (possibly) inert and then perform the fecal chain separation, but then you'd need to run a control on the whatever you add, to ensure that you isolate only the components of the toxin and not the additives. For now, you'll start with the secondary toxin. It works slower, it's the primary objective anyway and it's mechanism of action on the worms may provide further insight. Instead of crystalizing the distillant you just freeze it and then feed the solid form to the worm.>Roll 1d20 for the dissections
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>2533640
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>2533640
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>2533640Let's go
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>2533640
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>2533640
>>2533642>>2533649>>2533650par for the course in this quest
>>2533650>>2533649>>2533642what the fuck is with these huge strings of >1 success.
>>2533658Fret not, Watdo hides our DCs. We've done this method before, we should be good.
>>2533661It's always like this. Why the QM chose this odd system is beyond me. I haven't seen it anywhere else.
>>2533640sometime in the downtime between tests, keep the eyes open for escape routes and layoutdo a little reconnaissance
>>2533663inb4 the threshold is 15
>>2533663I trust him, I'm just shaking my head at how it always turns out. Chuckling to myself.
>>2533666i don't get it. Essentially its the same as failure/success/critical success. The only difference is the wording.
>>2533678IT'S THE DEGREE OF SUCCESS that matters. There's a difference between learning the basics of alchemy, and understanding the advanced intricacies of alchemy. the degree of success determines how well we are off from the bare minimum.
>>2533695...i know that.>failure/success/critical success
>>2533642>5, 8, 16: 3 SuccessThe dissection goes smoothly, but you're not sure whether that's due to your own burgeening skill or the fact that you're not on a time crunch. You like to think it's entirely the former, but it's probably a bit of both. In either case, the dissection gets more information than your were expecting. For one, the secondary toxin only has three components, you separate everything on the first shot. Second, after replicating the results with several more worms, (because it felt too good to be true) none of them are affected by the toxin. No similar symptoms. On a whim you try the primary toxin but that kills them within seconds. Third, returning to the swamp rats and testing each component in turn, you find that none of them are toxic in isolation. Only their mixture results in the disease. You also find that the infected rats have spread the disease to others--but only to the females (the ones you infected were males). And what's more, some of the infected are exhibiting different symptoms than the lizard. There are large abscesses near their groins and along their necks, their fur is rough and they no longer take food. They're also missing the characteristic sores along their mouth. You recognize this disease, one of the kids at the orphanage got it once and almost died (Sarah stayed up the whole night taking care of him). It's a fairly rare disease, cured by the extract of a certain moss. In the case of the orphan, he was already sickly and weak and constantly getting sick. It makes you wonder if the symptoms are actually a downstream consequence of whatever the toxin is doing. It can't be that it has a species specific effect, because a few of the mice do exhibit the same mouth sores and wheezing as the lizard. >Switch focus to the scale>Examine the lizard, maybe he can provide further clues>Experiment with the worms, why are they seemingly immune? They might be a route to a cure.
>>2533751Should be *2 successes not 3
>>2533751>Experiment with the worms, why are they seemingly immune? They might be a route to a cure.You always want the cure BEFORE the sickness.
>>2533751>Experiment with the worms, why are they seemingly immune? They might be a route to a cure.
>>2533751>>Experiment with the worms, why are they seemingly immune? They might be a route to a cure.
>>2533766>>2533768>>2533780The cure is more important than any understanding of the disease. The worms are a lead, you should start there. But you don't really know what you're looking for, or why the worms are immune in the first place. There are several things you can try but none of them offer any certainty of success (and few are just silly). Nevertheless, it's all you have to go on.>Roll 1d20 to see if any of your experiments bear fruit
>>2533751>Examine the lizard, maybe he can provide further cluesLet's get a baseline established before any more symptoms crop up.
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>2533805
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>2533805
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>2533805
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>2533805Seems it only effects mammals/humanoids with two distinct genders. Worms are unisex, right?
>>2533810>>2533818>>2533820god dammit. this is why I hate the d20 system. seeing these low numbers makes me feel somewhat depressed.
>>2533810>>2533818>>2533820>>2533821Well, seems like its time to find the disease AND then the cure.
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>2533805The fuck is with all these rolls!?
>>2533845Nice 1 there.
>>2533845yeah, that's why i stopped rolling for this questi just sit back and laugh the whole time
>>2533853>>2533848It's only the first three, right?
>0 Successes>You put some worms in the microwave for 30 seconds, and record the results. It was pretty awesome. The lizard shota starts coughing blood in the corner.
>>2533862>>You put some worms in the microwave for 30 seconds, and record the results. It was pretty awesome. The lizard shota starts coughing blood in the corner.Hey guys if we save the lizard can we keep him?
>>2533867who knows?we already have a slave and an orphanage to look out for, but what's another body to heal and keep safe?
>>2533810>>2533818>>2533820>6, 4, 6: 0 SuccessFirst thing you try is feeding the worms to the infected rats. It's tough just to get them to eat it. The healthy ones steal the food if you just put it in, so you have actually force the worms in their mouth. You get some rat bites on your glove for your trouble, but not much else. You try removing random organs from the worms and feed the rats those. Nothing. You try skinning the worms, dissolving the thin membrane of skin and then mixing that with the rat's drinking water. Nothing. You try letting the digestion of the poison run all the way through and then feeding the fecal matter to the rats. Nothing. You try slicing apart the worms by dripping acid onto their bodies--this doesn't have anything do with the cure, you just wanted to inflict your frustration on a lesser organism. Meanwhile as the evening comes on and the temperature drops, the lizard gets worse. He has chills and a high fever. Several times you try to talk to him, but if he understands you he doesn't show it. The guards have been feeding him and giving him water as per your instructions, but they've drawn the line at any kind of nursing. You have to put the towel on his forehead yourself. "Your kind is causing a lot of trouble for us, you know that? Don't even know why I'm trying to help, honestly."He stares at you through half-lidded eyes, wheezing and coughing with every breath."We were here first." He says. The first thing he's said all day."So you can speak.""It's you--you humans who have come here and caused trouble. There was peace before your time.""And why not peace now?""Because you want our lands!" He goes into a coughing fit and you offer him water. "You take our homes, slaughter us wholesale. We must fight for them. Our king commands it.""Your king? I didn't know the Reptilians had a king."He nods. "Drakaron, the Basilisk. Highest of the lizard people. So long as you humans remain here on our ancestral lands, he will command us to fight and so long as he commands it, we will--until our death."He's suddenly very talkative, perhaps you can get some information out of him.>Ask about details of his sickness>Ask about Roche and his ties to the lizards, if any>Ask about the toxin
>>2533967>Ask about details of his sickness
>>2533967>>Ask about details of his sickness
>>2533967>>Ask about details of his sicknessIf he's willing to talk now he must be pretty close to death or unwilling to fight it anymore.
>>2533967>>Ask about details of his sickness>Also, what's your name?
>>2533967>Ask about details of his sickness>Also, what's your name?Our job right now is to find a cure. Anything you can tell me about how all this works, including that blood diamond, will help.
>>2533967>Ask about details of his sicknessSounds like you need a new king
>>2533967>Ask about details of his sicknessWhy is Roche trying to cure him? Is he going to poison the king and ransom something for the cure?
>>2533969>>2533973>>2533978"What's your name?"He snorts then goes silent. "I have no name. My naming ceremony was supposed to be in the next moon.""I see. Well, anything you can tell me about your sickness, will help me get you there."He snorts again and grabs your arm when you go to switch the towel. "I'm going to die, human.""No.""Yes, I feel it." He closes his eyes and for a moment you he's dead then and there, but he opens them again. "At least let me free, let me die a death worthy of my ancestors." His eyes move to the guards."Can't let you do that. Tell me about your sickness. When did it start? Who else has it? Do you know how it spreads?"He shakes his head. "It's useless.""There's still time. And even if not you...what about your kinsmen?"He's silent. You're about to give up on the whole thing when he pipes up again. "It started to spread after the mating.""Males to females?"He nods. "Those who used the poison got it first--in this the king was wrong. He never should have trusted you humans. Yours is a treacherous, lying race. No honor.""What does that mean? You're saying...we sold you the poison? Who? Why?""Yours is not to wonder why." Roche is behind you. Alone. You didn't even hear him come in. The lizard clams up as Roche approaches. "Working hard or hardly working?">Give him a report of your findings>Demand he explain what the lizard just said>Say nothing for now, feign that you've made no progress
>>2534090>>Give him a report of your findings>>Demand he explain what the lizard just said
>>2534090>Give him a report of your findings.Mention that this will likely be a tough nut to crack, but we're pretty confident that the fuckawesome facillities we have will eventually get us to bear fruit. Breakthroughs don't happen after a single day of work. Casually slip in that any additional information on the neurotoxin would help us crack it faster.
>>2534090>>Give him a report of your findings
>>2534090>Give him a report of your findings
>>2534090>Ask if he wants us to aim for a cure, or a preventative.>Is there anything he already knew about the poison that he kept quiet about to test us?
>>2534102>>2534111>>2534112>>2534118"I've made some progress." You say, leading Roche to the bench. "I've isolated and broken up the neurotoxin into it's constituents. It appears to be a mixture of two separate toxins--one that has the neurotoxic capability, the other that causes this side effect."You point to each in turn."I see. Good. And? Any progress on a cure?""These things aren't done in a day. The worms seem immune to it. But I haven't been able to isolate the agent.""Hmm. And are the facilities to your liking? Anything you need that's missing?""The facilities are excellent. I could use more swamp rats, these will be dead soon."You point to the cage, where already a few of them have lain down to die."I'll have someone take care of it. Good." He looks at the bench, disordered from its original state with approval."You know I'm going to talk to the lizard again. I'll find out what he knows, don't you think it's better if you just tell me?""Are you sure you want that information? Ignorance is bliss, you know.">On second thought, better to just do your work, get paid and get out>Of course you do, the whole reason you joined was to help Toad, the more information the better
>>2534151>>On second thought, better to just do your work, get paid and get outyeah. lets not get deeper in these slippery slope.
>>2534151>>Of course you do, the whole reason you joined was to help Toad, the more information the betterIgnorance is bliss until they take your bliss away. I don't have a lot of hope they'll let us keep ours very long.
>>2534151>On second thought, better to just do your work, get paid and get out
>>2534151>>Of course you do, the whole reason you joined was to help Toad, the more information the better
>>2534151>Of course you do, the whole reason you joined was to help Toad, the more information the better
>>2534151>Of course you do, the whole reason you joined was to help Toad, the more information the better>(in our own head) I'm expecting to get a knife in my back from working with you, anyway, might as well find out.
>Of course you do, the whole reason you joined was to help Toad, the more information the better
>On second thought, better to just do your work, get paid and get outMy gut tells me asking him directly is a mistake. We will find out, eventually.
guys, do you really want to know that? this will DEFINITELY make it impossible to break free of the underworld. are you sure?
>>2534151Just ask him if he has an educated guess as to what the toxin is. We don't need to know everything, that makes us a liability. More knowledge on the toxin leaves us better equipped to cure it.
>>2534151>>On second thought, better to just do your work, get paid and get out
>>2534151>>>Of course you do, the whole reason you joined was to help Toad, the more information the better
all those 1 post id's are giving me bad vibes...
>>2534195It's just lurkers
>>2534188Supporting this post.
>>2534195Might just be due to the hour. Lotta lurkers who don't browse during the morning/noon.
>>2534195Well, I have shit internet so every time it cuts out I switch ids.
>>2534195Been lurking usually miss votes due to an on/off nature of paying attention.
>>2534201This feels like bait.
I just want to say that i completely disagree with accepting, since it feels like we just got ourselves in trouble rather than equipping us with helping toad.And I bet Nina's mom just bailed her the fuck out of whatever conspiracies are happening.
>>2534227Then please vote.
>>2534236fiiine.>>2534151>On second thought, better to just do your work, get paid and get outwe're better helping Toad without the eye of Roche.
>>On second thought, better to just do your work, get paid and get out
>>2534151>Of course you do, the whole reason you joined was to help Toad, the more information the betterFuck you.Fuck your conspiracy.Fuck your conniving undead elf ass, you troll cocksucker.You tell us what we want to know, if you want this cure to work.
>>2534151>On second thought, better to just do your work, get paid and get outThere is no real reason we should risk this, if we start regularly doing jobs for Roche then we can start asking questions but right now we're expendable
>>2534187The only reason we took the job was to help Toad - if a don't find out more info, why are we even here?
>>2534174Changing my vote to>On second thought, better to just do your work, get paid and get outso we can move this along. Besides, doesn't mean we can't keep talking to lizard boy.
>>2534343because that means that we will become a asset to the elf. Remember what toad said? never trust an elf. He also told us to NOT take the job. I'm betting that right now he's feeling like shit because we are doing all the things he doesn't want us to do.
>>2534343>why are we even here?Because this job could make us rich enough to not only get those poor orphans enough to not have to work with adventurers (the cost was 150 but he was part way there already) but to also buy some high quality alchemic equipment and be a proper alchemist.
>>2534151>On second thought... Let's get info from lizard later
>>2534158et alYou consider his words. Maybe they are well-intentioned, maybe this is a pit of snakes. But if so, then Toad is in that pit and how else are you to save him?"I do."He scoffs. "The folly of youth.""Anything you tell me could hasten my efforts."He smiles. "I doubt it." Nonetheless, he sits down on the bench and invites you to join him. "I wonder why you strive so hard to protect Toad. He is not a good man.""That has nothing to do with this.""No?" He laughs. "Then I suppose you didn't agree to this job to help Toad either?""I agreed because of the four--""Oh don't say the money." He haws. "We both know you're not that boring." He snaps his fingers and has one of the guards get him some tea and a plate of biscuits. "I tell you and you tell Toad and Toad smokes his little pipe and hatches his plan to stab me in the back of the neck." He offers you tea. You refuse it. "It's all rather predictable. But you should give up on Toad. He's a lost soul; his sins are too heavy." He looks at you, eye-to-eye. "There is no saving him this time." And his voice is gentle, yet now seems to cut as much as his sharp face, all knife. You aren't phased. " Let's stay on topic. Tell me about the toxin.""Ah yes, the toxin. How would it help you to know that we sold it? And we did--well not me, of course. That's too risky a business for someone like me.""Then who?""You're from Eastmarch originally, right?""Stop changing the subject.""It's in the accent. I can always tell. Were you there during the massacres? Or was that before your time?""I was five.""Five years old." He clicks his tongue and takes a sip of tea. "And your parents were killed of course."You get up. "If you're not going to talk about--""Most Honorable Viceroy Antipater." He says the title and the name like they were barbed. You sit back down, slowly."You're lying.""Ha. You sound like Toad. Are you going to call me scum and generalize my species too? Hardly. It was made by his own son. The prodigy." He flashes his hands to emphasize the epithet. "Why? That doesn't make any sense--why would he do that, Antipater is a pacifist." But already your stomach is sinking. You remember your Elf again; her wounds."Even I don't know that. He plays a cold game, the Most Honorable Viceroy. My guess is war profiteering, but that seems too simple for the cunning Viceroy. At any rate, that's not my business.""But he's...""A pacifist? Don't be so naive. Anyone can wear a mask."You fall silent. Roche finishes the rest of his tea. "Do your work, find the cure. You'll have your money and your safety--that much I can promise you.""And Toad?""Like I said, his sins are heavy. He must atone.""I can't accept that.""Then you'll die along with him." He says and then he buttons his suit and leaves.SESSION ENDOOC: Next session is next Saturday 8 AM PST as usual. Thanks for playing (and posting and reading and lurking). I hope you're all enjoying the quest!
>>2534439What neat ability did we get this week?
>>2534439So its war then, Fucking niggers
OOC: Had to end it a little early today, sorry about that. Since this is the 10th session (never thought it'd get this far desu) I figure I'd ask for some feedback again. What are your guys thoughts on the quest? Things you like, don't like, want to see more of, less of? I know the writing quality has dropped since the beginning (as well as the post times and lengths, which have really gotten ridiculous). I'm working on improving both, though the fruits may be a long time in coming. Bear with me.
>>2534439...the counting is wrong. 12 to 10 favor to on second tought
>>2534439It's always sad when the session ends. Thanks for running senpai.Also, how old is our elf? Our elves in this setting the typical super long lived ones? Is our elf actually a hundred years old? Have a new elf pic.
>>2534455its fine, i'd just like that you'd tell us when the time to post our votes its over. we had voter up until 2 minutes before you posted your text.
>>2534439>>2534455You're doing fine Watdo, just don't burn yourself out.
>>2534464I'd second this.
>>2534455Elf cuddling was nice, though I'm glad this quest hasn't descended into blatant waifufaggotry.Alchemy stuff is really cool. I didn't really notice a drop in writing quality or anything. If anything I just wish this quest ran more than once a week, especially since I'm LARPing on Saturdays now.
>>2534455I like the long post lengths. I know we're technically a "game", but besides for the alchemy minigame, I'm fine with the VN type progression. I enjoy reading your long passages. It suits your style. The only thing I'd want different it a supplementary pastebin for the alchemy stuff. I don't need straight stats or DCs or anything like that, just a general dictionary for terms and techniques we have available in our arsenal. Like, what you meant by the purifying the scale in >>2533412
Forgot the archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Elf%20Slave%20Quest>>2534466I fear the curse every day.>>2534464>>2534478I can do that going forward. >>2534506Yep, I'm working on something now, I'll have it up in next week's session. It will have your inventory, current skills, recipes, techniques, books, contacts and relationships and even a story summary (which I'll update every 10 sessions)
>>2534439I participated the first couple threads but Saturdays are just way to hectic for me. I've lurked each one though. This is compelling stuff Watdo. Easily became one of the best quests on the board.I've been trying to piece it all together. We've really been kept in the dark about Sebastian's parents. Especially his father. He has to have some kind of connection. Who was he? How does he know Toad?Clearly Lawson is profiteering. He has a "cure" and a sack of platinum royals. But, is he even aware of his father's depravity? What is the Viceroy's end game? Higher station? Prehaps even king?It's good shit man. Well done.
>>2534493Yeah, I've been enjoying that we can be playful with the elf without going full waifufaggotry.
>>2534514Are we still doing the thing with us getting a new passive after each session?Also, I'm curious as to whether or not half-elves are a thing in this setting, and what they entail.
>>25344551. Good job2. Where did you send my redheaded waifu?3. How old is elf?
>>2534462>>2534514Is the age of our slave something we gotta learn in-quest first? I suppose it is, we should ask her.
>>2534462>>2534641Elves aren't immortal in this setting, or particularly long-lived. Your Elf is around the same age as you are (at least in appearance)>>2534583She went to visit her mommy.>>2534552>Also, I'm curious as to whether or not half-elves are a thing in this setting, and what they entail.Interesting. They are now.Also forgot about the level up, as usual (it'll be every two sessions). Choose from the following:>I Got Worms: You've become experienced in cultivating, handling and dissecting Lavozian worms. 1 free success on any roll involving worms.>Serendipity: The best insights come by accident. Anytime you get 0 successes, you make a new discovery unrelated to your objective>Teaching Reading: You've become skilled at teaching things. You can now teach more advanced topics efficiently
>>2534669>Serendipity: The best insights come by accident. Anytime you get 0 successes, you make a new discovery unrelated to your objectiveMeans that we're going to always be making progress with something which given a lot of our future work is going to be hard theoretical studies, we're gonna fail a lot.
>>2534669>>Teaching Reading: You've become skilled at teaching things. You can now teach more advanced topics efficiently
>>2534669>Serendipity: The best insights come by accident. Anytime you get 0 successes, you make a new discovery unrelated to your objective
>>2534669>I Got WormsWe use the worms a fuckton, they're basically key to any analysis we do. Serendipity is neat but even with our fucking terrible luck we rarely get 0 successes.
>>2534669>Teaching Reading: You've become skilled at teaching things. You can now teach more advanced topics efficiently>Teaching ReadingI see what you did there.Have we been teaching anyone yet?
>>2534669>>Serendipity: The best insights come by accident. Anytime you get 0 successes, you make a new discovery unrelated to your objective
>>2534707We're teaching our slave in the background but to be fair she's a good student apparently so she odd to keep up without the ability.
>>2534669>Teaching Reading: You've become skilled at teaching things. You can now teach more advanced topics efficientlyBecause I'm in camp headpats. Buffing our elf will probably save our ass later.>>2534703>Serendipity is neat but even with our fucking terrible luck we rarely get 0 successes.kek
>>2534669>Also forgot about the level up, as usual (it'll be every two sessions).Have we missed any level-ups?>>2534721Neat. >>2534703>. Serendipity is neat but even with our fucking terrible luck we rarely get 0 successes.Don't tempt fate, anon.
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>>2534669>Serendipity: The best insights come by accident. Anytime you get 0 successes, you make a new discovery unrelated to your objectiveFuck the dice.
>>2534669>>I Got Worms: You've become experienced in cultivating, handling and dissecting Lavozian worms. 1 free success on any roll involving worms.
>>2534669>Serendipity: The best insights come by accident. Anytime you get 0 successes, you make a new discovery unrelated to your objectiveThis is how the best breakthroughs of history are made.
>>2534669>Teaching Reading: You've become skilled at teaching things. You can now teach more advanced topics efficiently
I'd botched the lore a couple times, so let me make sure I get this right:Antipater sold the poison"It was made by his own son. The prodigy."Lawson. Do I have this right? He was selling something that treated symptoms, but would not cure the disease. Would we learn anything new if we were to analyze the brew he was selling to Abe?
>>2534669>Your Elf is around the same age as you arOh my
>>2534669>I Got Worms: You've become experienced in cultivating, handling and dissecting Lavozian worms. 1 free success on any roll involving worms.
>>2534669> Serendipity: The best insights come by accident. Anytime you get 0 successes, you make a new discovery unrelated to your objective
>>2534669I'm thinking long term. We teach orphans how to read and create an army of faithful empowered citizens
>>2536397>>Teaching Reading: You've become skilled at teaching things. You can now teach more advanced topics efficientlyforgot paste
>>2534669>Serendipity: The best insights come by accident. Anytime you get 0 successes, you make a new discovery unrelated to your objectiveAlways making progress no matter what is a good thing, would help us keep momentum.If we got teaching reading though could we teach Leia the basics of alchemy? We gotta get around to that at some point
>>2536397Long term doesn't help us much of we fail to make progress on this project and Roche shanks us again.
>>2534669>Teaching ReadingThe earlyer we teach leia, the better shell get.
>>2536418We've been shanked before and survived.
>>2537627yeah, thanks to the GM ex machina in form of shota mage and his wand of resurrection
>>2537805we had no business fighting anywaysoon we'll be better equipped
>>2535572>Half elves are a thing now
>>2534669>Half Elves are now a thingI honestly thought Toad's backstory involved his dead wife being an elf and his daughter being half. Guess it's more straight up, with the whole "Great Slaughter" incident.>>2538221I feel like every time we're about to have free time to learn how to be badass, a quest hook shows up and if we refuse to save the sick kids, we're basically heartless bastards. The second watdo throws a stupid time waster on us that isn't life or death, we need to set some time aside to read how to poison dart.
>>2534439I mean it would be kinda easy to fake Toad's death I guess. Make something that puts him in a mini coma for like a day, have him take it under the assumption that he killed himself, and then take him back to the city with us for "burial" and let him live out the rest of his days however he wants, far away
Do you have any idea how hard it's been to find a wholesome man/elf picture? Everything I can find is either solo elf girl pics or some variation of elf chicks being force-ably penetrated, lovingly penetrated or penetrated with various objects.I've gone through over a thousand pictures and this is the only one I've found so far.
Elf same age as us? That's a bit disappointing. I thought of it like a father and daughter situation. I think that's what most had in mind. Have you thought about changing it?
>>2540144I don't know about man/elf pictures, but /tg/ tends to be full of elf pictures.
>>2540185I hope we don't have a romantic/sexual relationship with the elf. borders too close with taking advantage of her trauma, and I don't think it would be very healthy for her emotionally.
>>2540194we already had the chance and we told her no. Besides, our true love is nina, the only problem is that only sebass' dick is the only one that knows it yet.
>>2540185I'm gonna make us fuck the shit outta the elf. Its why I'm here.
>>2540192Well yeah, I got elf pictures out the ass. But I can't find couple pictures outside of excessive fucking.
>>2540199I'd be totally happy with marrying the elf at the very end of the quest and going on to have many half elves while building a new life together.Gotta be wholesome.
>>2540206yeah, marrying nina would be great.
>>2534515>what is the viceroys endgame?>>2532221>Viceroy Antipater, he's a real estate mogul>>2533967>"Because you want our lands!"
>>2540392That is an incredibly convoluted way to get it done though. There's no need for the cure if you can just genocide them all.I think he also wants to enslave the kobolds. Get even their king to voluntarily sell their land for the cure, then lease the land out to them by making them serfs and worse.
>>2540197By that logic, we locked ourselves out of Nina due to getting ourselves involved in the underworld. Face it anon, Leia is superior.
>>2540618>Some random slave that was beaten and experimented on.>Probably has dick melting Super AIDS, is a sleeper agent and might betray us at the moment we foolishly decide to restore her powers>Already tried to fuck us in order to activate her super aids on us, but failed because we had pity on her.>SuperiorBitch please, nina is in all aspects better.
>>2540640>anons still randomly memeing about super aids >anons still randomly going on about a fucking elf being used as a sleeper agent.There is no fucking proof or hell even indirect connections besides her former owner was super abusive and sealed her magic away.
>>2540649Here is my proof.Why would she reveal her plan to us if she is an sleeper agent. that'd be dumb.Watdo always applied our random conspiracies and nonsense to the ongoing plot. So my safe bet is that she is already all of those things, just that she hasn't turned heel yet.
>>2540185>I think that's what most had in mindI didn't, and I'd rather not change things in game just so people can waifu/daughteru the elf.
>>2540655Yeah, I agree with you.I think most people didn't want any kind of relationship in this game. This is "struggling alchemist who just so happens to have an elf slave" quest.
>>2540652 this is some advance fucking paranoidness
>>2540747watdo literally said so some threads ago and is kinda obvious.
>>2540747>>2540758I just treat him like he was Twitch from the All Guardsmen Party. He is right about the elf betrayal, just pointing at the wrong elf.
Our elf is just a traumatized little angel, I don't know what you're so worried about.
>>2540459>There's no need for the cure>>2532477>but...from what I can tell, this operation is separate from everything else. No one knows about it--and no one canRoche is working against his boss.
This whole entire conspiracy about the toxin and the cure, the land ownership and the lizardmen, it all reminds me of thishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jynTNYSKNuk
Elf is the superior waifu, but only after a long character arc where we realize our feelings and maybe free her or something.
>>2541514This is the only correct answer.
>>2541514The ultimate version has her tell us that she loves us before we do.
Looks like Serendipity wins. >>2535240Yep you got it.>>2540197Anon please, we all know Seabass's true love is Judaism>>2541514>>2541597>>2541685My depressive sensibilities say no but my heart says yesHere's the pastebin I've been working on: https://pastebin.com/NMWwaU12Let me know if there's anything missing or anything you want me to add.
>>2543467Shit I just realized something there's no one at home to take care of our bugs.
>>2543528If we make it out alive we can buy some more.
>>2540747Around the elves, watch yourselves, goy.
>>2543467Watdo wants elf route the most confirmed
Let me apologize in advance: I'm sorry. There will be no session this Saturday and probably no more sessions thereafter. Because I've been inflexible with the schedule so far and because I've gotten more invested in this quest than perhaps I should have gotten, I feel like I should explain myself. I considered just disappearing without saying anything but I hate it when other QMs do that, and I don't want to do that to you guys. For those to whom the reasons don't matter, you can just ignore the following text-wall. Just know that I enjoyed writing this quest with you all and you guys have been really great players and I'm very grateful to each one of you--especially those that were interested enough to post theories and thoughts (or just pics) with their votes which really helped me in the plotting and characterization. Thank you. You are the kinds of players QMs dream of.This quest was originally supposed to be a joke quest. I made it distract myself from feeling lonely and to procrastinate on some grad school work. It really wasn't supposed to go past thread 1, but you guys liked it enough and I liked writing it enough, that I continued. Anyways, some recent grad school related stuff went horribly sideways (quote-unquote budget issues) and now I am (and have been) in a world internal screaming and anguish. More seriously, I've been feeling fairly depressed and angry and uncertain about my situation, and I can't bring myself to write anymore. I'm sure it will pass, as these things always do, but I don't know how long that will take and I don't want to say, "I'm just going to miss this next session" because in all probability it will take longer than a week to cool down and it will get worse before it gets better.Even now the sunk-cost fallacy rears its head and I think about the organic chemistry textbooks I flipped through and the papers on immunology I read (which was supposed to be the bulk of tomorrows session) and it will be wasted because even if the raw material is there I just can't seem to put words on paper. And I feel really bad about that, because (and I might be tooting my own horn here) this quest seems semi-popular. People read it and may even enjoy it and part of me wants to just suck it up and keep going but I know the writing is going to suffer if I do that (more than it has already), so I won't. Again, I'm really sorry to those who may have gotten invested in the quest. At the very least I hope you all enjoyed reading and playing this as much as I had in writing it (more, in fact, as it wasn't always easy or fun). Thanks again.
>>2553942Good luck Watdo, God speed was fun
>>2553942Welp. Got all those elf pics for nothing. That's pretty much it for this board for me.
>>2553942Well shit. Got to say mate as disappointing as your announcement is I fully understand that your real life has to come first.Just know that you're a creative individual and a great storyteller who turned a joke into one of my favorite quests ever.I hope that things turn around for you soon I can tell you from personal experience that while, to put it mildly, depression sucks and is the bane of productivity it will end and hopefully be worked through.I hope you have some good friend/family support you can call on, best of luck with your grad work and know that there's at least one random stranger wishing you well over the internet.
>>2553942oh, that's all right. If you ever feel better, give us a holler.
>>2553942Noooo! Well thanks for the comfy while it lasted, give yourself a headpat from me!
>>2554174>>2554163>>2554139>>2554005>>2553987>>2553942Gentlemen, it has been an honor. >Quest sinking dramatically in the background.
>>2553942Your writing was just too good for us to treat this like a joke quest. You put alot of time and work into it. It was crafted with amazing detail, loving care, and references to my favorite pornographic video game. I appreciate what you've done with this quest. It's inspired me to start writing again with my free time, rather than throw it away like I normally would. You're an inspiration, Watdo. I'll check the board weekly, in hopes that you're ready to share your talent with us again.
>>2553942I hope when things stabilize, you will return one day. I hope those anatomy pics I posted also helped you feel better.Good luck.
>>2554139>>2554496>>2554174>>2554587>>2554163>>2553987Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate these kind words and I'm happy that you enjoyed the quest. If I'm being honest I will probably will return at some point hopefully sooner rather than later.
>>2554665Good night sweet prince.
>>2553942...Well, I hope you get things sorted and can continue later.
>>2553942>>2554665Thanks for running this. I always liked slice of life style quests, especially the fluffy ones, and yours was always a treat to read. Good luck with your situation, Watdo, and I hope I'll see you run again.
>>2553942Not gonna lie, this is pretty sad to hear. This was an interesting, original quest with great writing, characters, and a consistent. I absolutely enjoyed every session and I don't think anyone would argue that this was a top tier quest. Still, real life comes first and I hope everything ends up ok for you. This was grest quest and I'd love to see it come back, buy on the off chance it never does, then thanks for the good times had.
>>2553942Watdo, just because you had the guts to tell the bad news to us I respect you on another level.Loved your work, every character was multilevel and you went above and beyond with them.Hope you get better soon would be a shame for your talent to be wasted. Good luck mate.
>>2553942thanks and good luck.
>>2553942Godspeed to you OP.
>>looking for new Elf Slave Quest to pop up on catalog...>check old quest and see eulogycraploved the quest, OPI'd love to see the world fleshed out even moreit's been truly inspiring
>>2553942Mate, you have nothing to apologise for. You created a beautiful story and an entertaining experience beyond what most ever will. If you feel you need to stop, then we have nothing to say but thanks for being around and here's hoping shit works out for you.>>2554665Don't worry, if you return we'll be here as we always are.
>>2553942Shhh. Only dreams now.Thanks for writing one of my favorite quests yet. You have been a huge inspiration for me to get back into writing and I hope you the best of luck in the future.
>>2553942be well anon
>>2555719>that picGave me a giggle. Time to say farewell to Watdo and our qt traumatized elf.
Loved the quest and really hope you can pick it up again dude, I am kind of disappointed though, I just got a new job and will finally have weekends off, really was looking forward to finally contributing.
>>2553942https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WChTqYlDjtIRest in peace Elf Slave QuestGodspeed, Watdo
CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SON!
>>2553942 so what you are saying is sea bass and his money troubles and troubles with education was based on experience
And the qm curse strikes again. RIP in piece Watdo, it was fun while it lasted
>>2554665>>2553942Watdo, I understand the feelings you have right now, and the struggle. I also want to say how deeply I appreciate you communicating the news to us instead of vanishing, this truly makes me respect you even more than I already did.This quest was definitely a gem out of left field, and while I have a feeling that you will be back here weaving the tale once more one day, even if you didn't I'd still have fond memories of this quest.You'll be alright Watdo, we'll see you around. Go kick life in It's teeth.(P.S. You had the third best quest on the board right now IMO, no bias in that statement. (Judging in part from writing and sheer enjoyment.) Just thought you should know that yes, you do write a quest that is considered well done, and is fairly popular for a non-fanfiction)Cheers for all the fun, I wish you the best.
>>2553942Just wanted to say a few things. Thanks, Watdo, for doing this. It seemed like you enjoyed it, and you wrote well, even when it wasn't as good as before, it was still well above the line to being good and enjoyable. I'm sorry to hear you feel doubts about people liking what you do. I know that sort of self doubt, and even if I'm winning that same struggle most days, it's still a special kind of hell. I hope your life gets sorted sooner rather than later, even if it does get harder before it gets easier. I know that struggle well too. In that regard, I just hope you have the tools you need to keep heading forward more days than you head backwards. I hope you remain safe and secure, and find comfort often enough. Thanks for running this quest, thanks for letting us know you had to stop, and thanks for telling us why. You've treated your readers well. Cheers.
>>2553942I'm just gonna mind-canon a solar flare turning the story's world to ash. Make it easier on myself.
I miss it already.
Good night sweet prince
Will miss you and your quest, godspeed.
R.I.P I never really voted I just read it but I’m gonna be sad that my favoret way to pass time in dead time in classes is gone. I wish you the best watdo
One last, final elf. See you, space cowboy.