Long has it been since the fall of mankind, with scant remnants forced to scavenge upon the verdant surface or cower within pitiful holes of machinery, save for one woman, chemically-enhanced, rebel of the cloistered Arcology, freedom-lover, warrior-woman, the one called Shasta!
>>3020299From the clutch of enslaved women emanate snores and groans, for wearied by their toil and bondage their night is fitful as that of the warrior-woman Shasta! As she lies upon the ground amid the others, yoked in heavy irons until she holds certain that the girl Rin will not be harmed for her escape, drift back in time she does, to that day when first she rebelled, and the strange events which followed the upturning of what little life she had known.
As Reproductive Unit RU-34, the only name she had ever been given, she was led unwilling to the engineered state of motherhood, yet before her jailers could finish their task, the seed of rebellion was instead planted in her mind!
And rebel she did, for the girl found that as her blood rose so too did her strength, her speed, until none could hope to stand against her!
Escaped but not free, her exuberance she found short-lived, vanishing as quickly as it came, and to the safety of Sixteen and the arms of Nine did she flee, for assuredness was upon her fully that no lead could draw her to such a role as that which she had been born into!
Yet never did those who sought to control her cease their effort to retrieve her alive and intact, and had it not been for the Nine's cleverness she knew with certainty that all of them would have been caught.
How well Shasta recalls awaking in the darkness of the abandoned tunnel, the end of the path which began when up did Nine pry a panel from beneath Sixteen's cot, and the terror which stretched out before she heard at last the faint and steady beat 'neath Nine's broad chest and the sight of Sixteen's shadowed form, still and silent after the effect of the numbing gas.
On their heels dogged those same guards, harangued mightily and tasked with her retrieval, a fact for which the one sought to right with her baton and the girl's hide as balance! Again did that strange power wash over her, driving her to heights of prowess undreamt of, yet even as the guard was flung through the air for the second time did it leave her utterly awash in weakness!
Her own heavily-armored form pinned between exposed beams and the dead weight of her limp cohort, the guard struggled to throw off the other and right herself, and Shasta remembers...>Picking up the baton and fighting the guard>Trying to rouse Nine and/or Sixteen>Fleeing into the tunnels>Something elseRoll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
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Rolled 10 (1d12)>>3020327>>Trying to rouse Nine and Sixteen
>>3020327literally loled at the filename
Collapse she does, knees too weak to further bear her frame, and upon the prone body of the man called Nine does she land, and cry she does in agony and fear for herself and her friends!"Oh, Nine, please, wake up, for science-"
"Hello, beautiful."The nonchalantness with which the man returns her tears at once throws her in disarray, so sure of his imminent passing was she!"Nine! You're awake! Thank science, the guard is almost loose and Sixteen is-"
Hearty and virile is the man Nine, and at once he is on his feet, eyes casting about the darkened room to settle on Sixteen's limp body!"Police? I don't- Sixteen!"
"What's all this about, then?" Sixteen asks as she rises groggily to rest with elbows propped against a beam.
In her heart is rekindled hope, that together with her friends may she soon escape this place, when from her breast is nearly startled a shriek at the shout of the other guard, now freed and wickedly armed!"Hold it, are-you! And you, step away from that Reproductive Unit!">Try to use Nine's clout to stop the fight>Shove the guard and run>Something elseRoll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 10 (1d12)>>3020467>Try to use Nine's clout to stop the fight
Fingers clutch upon synthetic tunic as terrified in the face of returning to her former life, the girl pleads with the man Nine to intervene!"Oh, Nine, don't let her take me back!""It's all right, Thirty-Four," Nine soothes in his baritone voice. "I am Exploration Unit Eee-You Oh-Nine. Whatever may have happened before this point, I'm sure the Council will be pleased to see us all safely brought before them so this misunderstanding can be rectified."
"Eee-you, huh?" mutters the guard, intoning her voice as to mull her options, yet in her menacing posture the girl sees a change, from belligerent to dutiful, and against one palm the burly woman taps her baton a single time before at last relenting!"Alright, let's go."
The trembling girl presses even more close against the man Nine and gasps a plea as eyes meet in the glinting light. "Oh, Nine! I can't go back!""Now, Thirty-Four, you must trust me!" he says, holding her firmly in thick arms. "The Council will listen to reason!">Trust Nine and go back with them>Bolt and run>Something elseRoll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 8 (1d12)>>3020562Trust nine
"I said, let's go," growls the guard, and though her baton is held at bay the ire in her voice does not escape the girl's keen ears! "Don't make me change my mind."
A whisper passes through lips trembling yet full as the girl balks "Nine, I'm frightened! All these strange things that have been happening to me... all these strange thoughts I've been having... I don't know what's right anymore, but I don't want to go back to the reproductive facility ever again!""There's no cause for fear, Thirty-Four. We'll go directly to the Council, and I'll be next to you the entire time. Now, will you trust me?"A breath, another, and then at once, before her trepadation may take control of the rudder again, a word."Yes."
"What about the other guard?" pipes Sixteen as Nine guides the girl into the darkened tunnel."I'll send a medic down here if she doesn't report back by the end of our shift," answers the woman without concern.
Gonna pause here for the evening, but I will be back tomorrow and we can keep going!Thanks for playing so far!
can anyone give me a link to the old thread?I need to read up on that
missed it yesterday, glad it's back
>>3021009>can anyone give me a link to the old thread?>I need to read up on that>>3020341
>it's another LQ forgets to link the new thread in the old one episode
>>3021345I didn't realize the old thread was still alive!
Above her looms a bulky form more than half her weight again even stripped of the armor, yet the slight woman relinquishes not what little duty has been given to her!"Wait! You can't interrupt the Council during their closed mee-"
"I know you have no idea what I've been through today, so I'm going to be generous and count to three before I lay this baton across your skull and take your key-card myself."
"The Council will now hear your concerns."At once do the elders of the Arcology erupt in consternation, for the sight before them is not only unscheduled but unheard of!"Civic Unit See-You Eighty-One, what is the meaning of this interruption?""Is that a Reproductive Unit?""An are-you? Here? In the Council Chambers?""What is she doing outside of the reproductive facility?""Exploratory Unit Eee-You Oh-Nine, explain this at once!"
"Councilwomen, Councilman, this is Thirty-Four," the man Nine calls in his bold and pleasing voice. "She has some things she would like to bring to your attention!""Go on, Thirty-Four!" pipes Sixteen at her back. "Tell them what you told me earlier!">Impassioned plea for freedom>Logical argument against the Arcology's reproductive policies>Something elseRoll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 3 (1d12)>>3022232>Impassioned plea for freedom
Sorry, had to run out for a little while. Writing it up now!
"Please, you can't make me go back to the reproductive facility," the girl bursts, voice quavering near hysterics as she staggers weak-kneed toward the council bench. "I don't care if it means the end of civilization! I want to leave the Arcology, to explore the unknown world outside!"
"See-You Eighty-One, who is this are-you?"Though meek to retire in the wake of the Council's unplanned audience, the bureaucrat sees now a chance to redeem herself in their eyes! "She was scheduled for her first process this morning, Councilman. During the initial examination she attacked the doctors and fled to a decommissioned level with Eee-You Oh-Nine and Tee-You Sixteen. We only recently recovered her."
"Attacked?""Fled?"With shock do the elders repeat Eighty-One's statements, an accurate if highly unflattering portrayal of this most momentous day, and amid their fuming agitations comes forth a most awful of proclamation!
"This Council has reached a decision-"
"Exploratory Unity Eee-You Zero-Nine," the aged man intones, gaze boring into the glittering flintlike eyes of the man called Nine, "your continued and unregulated fraternization with this Reproductive Unit has obviously led to serious and potentially life-threatening hazards for us all!"At this the girl reels back, barely catching herself on one dainty heel as she turns to rebuke the Councilman, yet his next words send her to a numbing cold of shock!"Therefore, it is the decision of this Council that you be exiled from the Arcology... forever!""No!"Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 8 (1d12)>>3022538Demand to speak to the manager.
Rolled 1 (1d12)>>3022538exile us instead!
"Guards! Call for an escort to take Exploration Unit Eee-You Oh-Nine to the nearest-""Wait!" The girl's voice is nearing raw, so stridently has she protested their plight, yet to no avail, and wearied by her complaints the elders move to ignore her, yet at her next outburst even they must pause! "Every citizen may request to see the Supreme Scientist once! This law applies to all citizens, even Repro- even me! I request... no, I demand to see the Supreme Scientist!"
The council, caught surprised by this most ancient of rites, is struck off-guard in the face of the girl's challenge!"We haven't used that law in-""There's been no need to-""I don't think we should disturb the-"We have to follow the regulation-"
"Very well," the Councilman states, leaning across the bench to glare down at the girl. "But this will be your final request."
Open slides the door, and the girl knows not what to expect beyond it, surely some terrible laboratory of convoluted nightmares, yet instead finds a small and quiet room, comfortably appointed and staffed by a single figure!"Ah, Are-You Thirty-Four. Come in. You two may leave us."
At this the guard to her rear starts, and protests mightily! "Sir, this one is extremely dangerous! Are you sure-"
With placidness and tranquility in his voice the elderly man replies, "There's no need to be concerned, Ess-You Seventy. I'm well aware of what our girl is capable of." Hesitant is the step which carries the girl into the room, and bidden she is to repose. "Come in, my dear. Sit down. I know you're quite wearied."
Apprehension slows her descent, yet the girl does as she is bidden and eases herself at last to the soft seat. For a long moment the old man beams at the sight of her, yet just as she raises her breath to speak do his own thoughts take voice!"My, you're even more lovely than when last I saw your picture. You may not realize it, but you are among the most valued citizens in the Arcology. Why-"
"Enough!" the girl cries, pounding upon the table a pair of dainty fists. "Reverse the Council's decision! Leave Nine as he is, and as for me-"
"Do you see those six plants?" the old man asks serenely, seemingly unconcerned with the girl's outburst."Five, you mean-""Five which survived," he appends. "This is the project which has consumed so much of my time. A solution to our ultimate problem that you well know is driving our species to extinction. Out of all the countless formulas I've attempted, those six were the only ones to show promise, and of those six, only one may yet prove viable."
"You are much like that rare formula, my dear. You have one thing which so few others have, such a vital thing which you possess, and we must keep safe this vital thing, if we may ever survive!""What do you-""Councilmember See-You Twenty-Two's decision was made in haste, not examined fully, and so it will be waived. Exploration Unit Eee-You Zero-Nine will not be exiled...""Thank science!"
"...provided that you realize your value to the Arcology, and return to the reproductive facility!"Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 5 (1d12)>>3023041What if I refuse and want my freedom instead?
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>3023041Well, it's time to murder the next breeding stud we get paired with...
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>3023041Eat the plants.
>>3023128Lmao fuck off
"I'll never cooperate! That strength I had before will come back, and I'll free myself! I promise, if you put me in a room with another Sample Unit, I'll-"
"Unfortunate that it has to be this way, Thirty-Four, but you seem too spirited to easily rein in, and our needs are too great to release you from your task. I dislike keeping Reproductive Units under the effect of soporific gas for extended periods of time, but we must make do with every resource at hand. As for Eee-You Zero-Nine... See-You Fifty-Six?""Yes?" comes a woman's voice from the air about them."Have Exploration Unit Eee-You Zero-Nine permanently decommissioned.""Yes, sir," the voice agrees.
At once the girl leaps to her feet and cries "No! You mustn't kill Nine! I-"
"Sir?""What is it?" barks the old man at the interruption."Eee-You Zero-Nine cannot be located at the moment."What?" demands the Supreme Scientist, jolting forward in his seat as he stares gape-mouthed to the ceiling. "Was he not under guard?"There is a pause, a full moment, before the voice returns."The guards are unconscious at the moment."
"Guards!"At the old man's cry the door recedes to reveal beyond the waiting guards, who step gleefully inside!"Secure the Reproductive Unit!""Yes, sir!" smirks the one, raised baton gleaming in the artificial light of the ceiling!
Oh god were going to eat the plants aren't we
"No! Leave me alone! Why can't you leave me alone?" The girl's cries turn to shrill mewlings as backward stumbles she from the well-padded chair, overturning it as she flees the grasping gloves of the armored women who press her trepidatiously and blindly back!
At last her shapely posterior jars against the counter's facing, and over the rattling of the glass jars 'gainst one another she cries again, plaintively, pathetically, and sees the girl does what may be her only desperate escape from this life of torment!
"Watch out-""Don't let her-"Before the guards can stay her hand the girl grasps from behind her flowing curled hair last in the row of poison-soaked growths, plucked from the bottle to be held dripping clenched 'twixt perfect teeth!"Stop! Don't move!" cries the old man as his arms fly as if to remotely tear the stalk from her grasp! "If she eats that it will surely kill her!""Then I know what I must do," says the girl, a tear slipping from the corner of her eye.
"Oh, Nine," says she, and as the stalk breaks with a sharp crunch between her teeth the bitterness which floods her mouth matches not at all the feeling in her breast as she prepares to die.
Yet the burning pain which she expects does not reveal itself, and for a moment she wonders if perhaps she has a slow and torturous end to face, when an involuntary gasp fills her lungs and a thunderous drumming rises from the depths of her skull to fill her ears, spreading through her limbs its incredible power!Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>3023381a wirlwind of pain descends upon those before us
Rolled 7 (1d12)>>3023381Throw the chairman through a wall, someone has to fly through a wall
Again does the girl feel course through her muscles awesome strength, overwhelmingly so, and as the guard advances the girl lifts the armored woman from her feet as effortlessly as plucking the poisoned stem!"Now, if you won't let me out, I'll break my way out-"
Before she can make good on her threat is the girl sent reeling and dazed, struck from behind by a blow that would fell any normal human!
Muffled are the words which float through the murky submersion surrounding the girl's ears, though of her would-be jailers' intent she has no uncertainty!"Quick, get her hands before she recovers!"Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 1 (1d12)>>3023532Use chairman to beat the guards. THEN throw him through a wall, that was a good plan!
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>3023532Run, enough waiting around, we have to find a way out of here, use our improved legs to outrun them
>>3023536>>3023535ok, now what?
Rolled 2 (1d12)>>3023532Iblike this>>3023535 plan but Inlike this >>302353. Roll better
"Careful, careful," directs the old man from somewhere far away. "The effects of the experimental substance seem to be subsiding, but we can't be too caref-"
As one gloved hand is placed heavy on the girl's shoulder, her hot vigor explodes with flame anew, and the guards are flung hapless across the small room, narrowly missing the old man as he spryly dodges their heavy forms!"No! I'll never go back!"
"You won't get far, Are-You Thirty-Four!" the old man calls at her back, but the girl is already through the doorway hastily left open by the eager guards!
"Oof! Where's she going in such a hurry?""I didn't think are-yous were allowed outside of Repro!""They're not!"Heedless to the cries of the women left battered in her wake, the girl plunges forward, even as the air of the hallway thunders with a voice which silences even the pounding between her ears!
"ALERT. ALERT. A DELIRIOUS REPRODUCTIVE UNIT HAS FLED THE REPRODUCTIVE FACILITY. SHE IS A DANGER TO HERSELF AND OTHER CITIZENS. REPORT TO A SECURITY UNIT IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SEE HER."That same strange force which gives her such vigor clears the ringing in her ears at once, and the girl hears from around the corner most recently rounded a rising whining noise of an electric motor!"Oh, science-"
"There she is! Faster!"
Fast as the electric cart carries the two, faster still do the girl's feet keep pace, for their mistress spies a junction in the corridor!"She's headed for that maintenance tunnel!""The cart's too wide to fit!"
Clambering from the cart come both guards, aroused by the chase and the thrill of violence sought, and gladly do they charge forward heedless of their weighty armor!"Come on, we'll follow her on foot!"
But the Security Units, though bred and worked to be stronger than any other in this place, still grow wearied from the weight of their armor before they may close the gap, and losing sight of the girl with burning ragged breaths find that no fear of retribution may stoke the waning pistons of their legs!
Far ahead, the girl feels no weight, only an intense exuberance which propels her alighting nearly through the air itself as she races dreamlike along the emptied corridor, and she knows that she will not stop until she reaches that place which has consumed her every waking moment with a longing of such intensity that she is helplessly pulled every-more toward......that place called freedom!
That's it for tonight, but I'll be around all day tomorrow and we can have more fun then!Thanks for playing, everybody!
>>3023907Thank you for running, LQ!
>>3023907Thanks for running!
Now it makes sense why Shasta did what she did with the witch, she tryed to do with her the exact same thing the chairman did, and hell, one of the plants was missing from the arcology, maybe it was the plant witch had. Everyone is trying to use her, she will not let it happen! Now, at least we spared dear Rin more suffeering, but we still have to get her out of here
Delicate bare feet skid across the floor, soft soles not used to the exertion of hard running, but no pain is felt, only an incredible feeling of lightness, as ears pounding with blood the girl races through the maintenance corridors, seeking blindly some means of escape from this cloistered world! Yet as she loops back upon the same path which she trod only moments ago, the incomparable feeling which fires inside her breast begins to wante, replaced by the cold fear that she may not find her way free before her jailers close their pursuit!And then she spies a side passage, and finds a most unexpected leaving! Upon the floor a guard lies sprawled, and beyond reach of the prone and still figure a baton!
"Out cold," the girl mutters to herself, stooping low to lift the heavy weight of the limp guard and pry up the shielding visor. "But who could have done it, unless-"
Ears sensitive beyond anything she has experienced until this day catch beyond the edge of the blank smooth doorway the slightest crease of synthetic fabric against itself, and the girl feels her legs flex with burning power before she is aware of her own instinct!
"Got you!" shouts the girl, leaping upward to snatch with strength unbound the figure hiding beyond the edge of the corridor, but at once do her beautiful eyes flare with surprise as she gasps a name!"Sixteen?""Thirty-Four!""What are you doing here?" exclaims the girl."They took Nine and me to a room with police and said to wait for them, but then Nine said he thought they were going to try to kill him so- oh, Thirty-Four, you should have seen him! We escaped but I couldn't keep up with h-""Nine? He was here?""Yes, he went that w-"
Sixteen quiets at a sound which echoes unbidden down the length of the hallway behind, and the girl's heart pounds not with strange serums but with the fear that she may be caught so close to her unseen goal!"Up ahead! Check that corridor!"Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>3025271Run! whichever way was 'that way!'
Rolled 9 (1d12)>>3025271bring sixteen with us , keep running
Rolled 6 (1d12)>>3025271Nine left her behind? Starting to be suspicious....Let's run and bring her to safety
>>3025408I think so too, I smell betrayal.
"Sixteen, I have to leave," the girl confides. "I have to leave this place. If I don't-""But why? Is it really so bad?""I didn't think it was, but now that I've experienced a taste of freedom... oh, Sixteen, I can't ever go back to that life!"
"Come with me!" the girl cries, grasping Sixteen by her arms."What, me?""Yes! Come with me, Sixteen! We'll find Nine, and we'll leave this place for good, and we'll find whatever it is outside the Arcology-"
"But I have to go to work in the morning!" blusters the girl, seemingly blinded at the prospect of upending her conventional routine.
Before the girl can begin to speak emerge into the corridor shapes all too familiar, and one guard raises a gloved hand to point triumphantly to the room beyond! "There she is!"
Fingers enfold suddenly upon Sixteen's hand in an iron grasp which compels the other forth!"What are you doing?" gasps Sixteen as she is dragged loping along like jettison snagged and battered in the wake of a windswept ship!"If I escape I don't want them taking it out on you!"
>>3025441poor sixteen, she doesn't grasp the concept of freedom, wish we could save her
>>302546316 probably has never been a breeding unit
"Another dead-end!" chirps Sixteen as the pair doubles back around, heavy footfalls of boots dogging their heels and echoing off the smooth tiling of the corridor! "They probably didn't make any exits when they built this place! After all, who needs to leave the-""Wait!" calls the other, for beyond a shadowed recess thunders a noise unlike anything she has ever heard before!
Fear drives her pace to quicken, yet as the girl steps beyond the opening does she nearly lose her footing, for the metal is slick with wetness!"What is it?" calls Sixteen from behind her, peering into the space beyond."I... I don't know!" confesses the girl called Thirty-Four, slender fingers groping for purchase against the exposed metalwork.
Eyes adjust to the gloom, and features set themselves apart, for the girl sees that far below a huge torrent of water pounds raggedly against the smooth edges of the enclosure, roiling and casting spray throughout the air to batter its way into a narrow gap nearly submerged by the froth!
"It smells awful!" Sixteen chirps, setting the other girl to unease as she leans precariously past the edge. "And what are those gr-"
"Hold it, are-you!"Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 9 (1d12)>>3025804"Trust me sixteen, I'm sorry""Don't move our I throw her through a wall!""I love you sixteen, goodbye"When they get near we jump in the water, hopefully they won't punish her
Rolled 11 (1d12)>>3025804Nine betrayed us and sixteen, he probably thought that delivering us to the council would make him avoid a punishment, then he escaped and left her behind when he thought they would punish him anyway."Let's jump"
>>3025770okay how the hell did you build thisI don't recognize those parts at all(looks fantastic btw)
>>3025984it looks like segments from a pirate ship set
"Oh, Sixteen, I'm sorry I got you caught up in all this! If only Nine hadn't abandoned you-""He didn't exactly. Abandon me, I mean. We sort of got separated, and next thing I knew I was in the room by myself! Well, there was that guard, but she was-""I can't stay in this place... but if I leave they'll punish you!"
"Tee-You Sixteen has no reason to fear us," calls a voice at the girl's back, and as she turns her eyes narrow in hate, for she beholds the face and form of her torment's patient architect, the Supreme Scientist of the Arcology! "I have seen the tapes. All she has done is follow your lead.""You! Come to call me back to a life spent on a cold metal table?""We can arrange better conditions for you," the Supreme Scientist says, smiling, hands raised conciliatorially. "More pleasant accommodations. Mood-altering chemicals to-"
"A slave by any name is still a slave.""Think about what you can offer to us!" calls the old man, throwing his arm out as a drowning man might cling to the hull of a ship. "To the world! To mankind! You may carry within you the seed of our race's survival! For a generation have we worked to guide this society, to craft the perfect receptacle for the future! The Security Units, created with strength, resiliance, durability! Technical Units, like your friend Tee-You Sixteen! And you, lovely Are-You Thirty-Four, you are the precious vessel for the sustainability of our society!"
"Alright, I'm stepping back inside," calls the girl at last, then glances to the other. "Goodbye, Sixteen. You're a good friend and I'll always love you.""Good luck."
"No!" shouts the Supreme Scientist, lunging forward with desperation, but his fingers clutch only air, for the girl is already beyond the ledge, plunging downward, body arced in a perfect diver's pose as she slices through the misty air to the churning caged river below!
She surfaces, more by luck than skill, for as she breaches above the foam, hair clinging in wet locks 'gainst graceful neck and shoulders, panic strikes her heart for never has she encountered more water than the meager amount rationed out for cleanliness, and she finds herself helpless and lost as the suction from the drain catches her and pulls the hair rising from her scalp as the wind it creates yanks her through the gap!
And on the other side all is a tumbling roaring blackness, and she finds herself truly lost.
And after that... ...nothing.
good night guys, see you QM, thanks for running
There is a long time, longer than she knows, a hundred eons in which there is only nothing, an emptiness that spans out so long she forgets entirely that anything else once existed.But then at last she becomes aware of a noise, a pleasant repeating sound, high-pitched, almost like bursts of music, that calls to itself in a trilling warble, and against delicate cheek she feels soft and spongy cushioning above a surface hard yet yielding, but such strange light!
The world upends itself as she weakly shifts to sit up, throwing her to the stream in which she floats, a second baptism but a first in this new life after life!
"By science," she whispers, and as she pulls herself up eyes large and lovely widen even as mind quests for some comparison to what it beholds!
Never has she imagined such overpowering colors, such cloying and intoxicating scents, such a cacophony of riotous sound, a hundred noises with a hundred origins, and nowhere can be seen white and tiled walls, for there is nothing here save an endless expanse of green and growing things!"By science," she whispers again, overwhelmed in this place so unlike anything of which she had ever dreamt!
The rapturous joy swelling in her breast is doused at once, for with a loud crack of something underfoot comes an intruder into this new world!"Found you at last!""No!"Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>3026527The guard steps into a rabbit hole and hits her head on a rock, falling unconscious. Shasta then steals her stuff.
Rolled 8 (1d12)Boy oh boy, Lego Quest! It really is my birthday!>>3026527Throw the woman into the water (and maybe hold her under if need be).
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>3026527Throw flowers in her face, maybe she has allergy or something.
"Just try it!" she cries, though her bluster matches not her voice, but weakened as she is fear quavers in her words as the guard clambers over the long and carpet-covered obstacle with malice rising in her growls!"I'm going to make sure you can never run away ag-"
Kicked loose by the guard's boot, the stalks of scintillating blooms suddenly throw themselves apart, and from them bursts a small shape, white and unknown completely!"Aaah!"
The thing, for there is no word she holds to describe it, leaps from the clear space into the tangle across from her, vanishing in an instant, yet even as it does the guard sets upon her, grasping her thin covering and raising baton in thick fingers wrapped in muddied glove!"Now, let's get you prepared for travel-"
In a blur are a fistful of colored shapes slashed through the air, grasped tight in fingers thin and delicate, to batter as the lashes of a flagellant, yet so light is the impromptu weapon that it is not pain which stays the guard's swing, but surprise!"Aaauh-?"
"Poor little are-you. Looks like whatever they gave you has finally... has finally... has..."
"Choo!" exclaims the guard, her grip releasing on the baton as upright is she thrown with a start!
Before her would-be captive's eyes the guard lurches backward, lips gaping as hands clutch impotently!"Aah... Aah-"
>>3026822is this woman and the one who got eaten by the plant one in the same?
"Choo!"Uncaring of any prey, the guard stumbles forward, caught helpless in unceasing sternutation!>Hit her while she's distracted>Run away while she's distracted>Help her>Something elseRoll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
>>3026836No, they have different face printing
Rolled 3 (1d12)>>3026847take of her hat and knock her out with it, then steal her baton and hat and escape to the left.
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>3026847Grab her baton, flip her helmet around, then run off into the woods.
Desperately do her legs carry her to leap upon the back of the guard, and though her voyage is made with a single purpose, to wrench the helm from the woman's head and break the armored shell which encases her, purchase is sought but not found as another sneeze wracks the unwilling mount!
To the stream fall both, to within arm's reach of the baton, yet the woman's blind weight pins down arms which strain but cannot reach!
Sensing her quarry's position, the guard throws to the side, knocking her pinned to her back and helpless as another sneeze flies from the shaded face!"CHOO!"Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 3 (1d12)>>3026988Close her helmet's visor to blind her and kick her off!
Rolled 5 (1d12)>>3026988throw more nature in her face
>>3026988Guard gets attacked by adorable bunnies, who further ravage her sinuses with their adorable bunny dander.
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>3027011>>3026988Damn it...
Rolled 5 (1d12)>>3026988Beat her with a fish!
The strange small white thing again leaps into view, bounding across the open space and through a shallow banking in the stream, and she sees that whatever it is, the thing cannot aid her in her struggle!
But these growths! she thinks, as limber frame stretches to the utmost limit under the shifting weight of her armored opponent until fingertips brush against the tangle of stalks, some kind of poison! If I can only reach-At that instant does the guard lean away, enough for the form beneath to slip free, and grasp at last that which she has sought!
Yet as she turns to strike she beholds that gathered in her hand are no inert blooms, but clutched instead a chittering blood-spatted monstrosity that snaps at her with its parrotlike beak even as rough tendrils squirm to break her grip!Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 1 (1d12)>>3027166Well, time to do the obvious.>(beats guard with monster)
>>3027194Come on, really?!
Rolled 5 (1d12)>>3027166Oh hell no! Throw that shit at the guard!
In abject horror and disgust does she fling the nightmarish thing from hand, a scream coaxed unbidden from her throat!"Aaaiiii!"
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>3027166That counts as a fish for guard beating purposes
"What? What is it?" gasps the guard, righting herself as at last subsides the fit of sneezes.
>>3027306WHERE THE FUCK WERE YOU
Yet even as she does the guard stiffens and whispers "By science-" as she slowly turns in terror to survey the crouching, chittering things which surround them!Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 9 (1d12)>>3027313Give her a slight push to the ground! All we need to do is be the less delicious-looking target!
Rolled 6 (1d12)>>3027313Grab the baton and book it!
"It's alright," the guard murmurs, slowly raising one hand from her side. "I'll just grab my baton and-"
Before she can react, dainty hands with surprising strength thrust out, for she sees at once that to leave this woman alive means she will not truly be free, and the guard is knocked off-balance into the swarm of sharp-beaked terrors!"Wh-aaah!"
No sooner is the stillness broken that the monsters descend on the hapless guard, rending the armor apart to slash and gnaw at the juicy flesh beneath even as their meal's screams fill the air!
Just beyond the kicking feet of the screaming pile lies the baton, and she smiles at the prospect of a weapon carried in hand through this strange place-
-yet as she creeps close does one of the chittering monsters turn, beak slick with the guard's blood, sending her scurrying backward away from the razor-sharp menace!
And so she ran, barefoot as a newborn, into the unknown jungle. In her breast dwelt icy terror for what awful things may lie in wait, yet around that chilled fist which encircled her heart roared a tremendous fire, driving her onward, for she saw that at last that she was free!
>>3027507next thread back to present times!
"Shasta?" calls a voice from behind, and she turns, limbs strain against entwinements."Sixteen?"
Alert at once, the warrior-woman bolts upright, heavy chains clanking about themselves as she does, and sees that she has slept the entire night away lost in her dreams of the past!"Rin?""You were sleeping like a rock. What's a Sixteen?""I- never mind that," Shasta says, eyes narrowing as observant mind has spotted their tormentor from the previous eve approach the bars of the pen, but not alone!
Iron bars left exposed to the elements creak and rattle a guard unlocks the pen, and as they swing apart stride a pair of figures, one known but both carrying with them a sense of dread!"Two new ones today, ma'am. Fresh and healthy from the looks of them!"
The other women of Rin's village have already lined themselves awaiting their fetters, so do they fear the beatings of these cruel captors, and so the way is open as this new threat presents itself to Shasta!
"This is the last from that village," the scarred woman says as she lifts Rin's chin roughly against the tip of her baton, adding with a mocking laugh in her voice, "and plenty old enough to work!"
"I'm more interested in this one," announces the unarmed woman, gaze traveling the length of Shasta's form as she does. "They say you were carrying a sword when you were arrested. And you escaped when my roundup captain was eaten."
As Shasta stands ramrod straight does the woman lean into her, the slaver's own hair of jet nearly brushing golden locks, and peers deeply into the warrior-woman's limpid eyes. "You're not from their village. You're not from anywhere around here. Where are you from?">Teach her some respect>Play it cool and lay low>Something elseRoll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 2 (1d12)>>3029374Tell her the location of that German bunker thing, so she and her friends can go and figure out what happened the hard way.
At last does Shasta deign to release her gaze fixed upon the far wall to lock eyes with the slaver-woman, and answers in a tone laden with contempt!"Where am I from? About a day's travel from here is a sealed city," intones the warrior-woman, hair bouncing as she tosses a nod in the direction from which she and Rin traveled here. "The entrance is hidden in a depression near a hive of mutant weeds. The switch is activated by pressure."
Gaze leveled at the woman, she utters one final expectoration. "Send your slavers there. Go there yourself. You'll find your answers."
A finger traces along Shasta's jaw as the slaver leans close, peering intently like an animal stalking its prey, and she must stifle through her limbs a shiver of chilling dread at the examination!"You even talk like he did... I wonder, are you from the same secret place?"
Caught by astoundment is Shasta, for this foe's mind is keener yet than had been thought, and though pinned and prodded is each word which she has unwittingly offered up to her jailer, worse still is the maddening fragment which is left lingering in the air!"The men will be very interested in you."
With that she turns on one booted heel and briskly steps to the unbarred way, calling to the scarred woman at her back. "These two are to remain jailed until the men arrive today. They may reward me well for this.""Wait! Who did you-"
No sooner does Shasta raise her hand in protest, dainty wrists encased in rough manacles, before the club of her tormentor is swung against her head!"Learn your place, slave!" the woman barks, but the order, and Rin's scream, are unheeded both, for as Shasta is driven to the ground she is knocked utterly insensate!
"Wait!" calls she, vision clearing just as the latch bangs against itself, encasing them in the pen once more!Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>3029501Shasta snags the keys from the guard’s belt as she turns away.
Muscles worked to exhaustion and treated only to ill-fitting irons strain further yet as Shasta throws herself across the ground to the barred way before her, but struggle as she does do her fingertips barely brush the exalted metal of the key before once again it is carried beyond her grasp!
"Now what?" asks Rin sullenly, for though she has been spared the labor of the mine she sees still the direness in which they find themselves!
"I suppose we wait," Shasta says, fingers flexing upon the unyielding bars, "and find out who these men are..."
That's it for tonight - I will be home later than usual tomorrow so the next part might not be until Wednesday.I love how these stories write themselves based on whatever the first thing to come to mind after seeing a die roll is.
Turns out I got home earlier than I thought I would and I don't have anything else going on, so give me a little while and we'll start up again!
Few plants choke this barren patch of mined earth, and so the rising sun sears the ground through no shade, driving the two prisoners back to the cool corner last to be touched, yet before long does their last refuge too yield to the light, leaving the pair baking in the delirious heat as they press against stone not yet warmed."Shasta?" asks the girl dreamily, turning her sweat-matted head toward the other."Yes?""Why do you care about saving my village?"
There is a long moment before Shasta inhales and stretches her limbs, thinking back to her dreams of the past night. "When I see people forced to do the will of others, I can't help but intervene. In the place I came from, no one was truly free. Everyone was told what to do, and made to do it, by force if needed.""You mean, like this place?" questions the jungle-born waif, her crude understanding of civilization halting comprehension of the Arcology's strange castes."Not exactly..." Shasta continues, lovely brow furrowing as she struggles to give voice that the girl will not only hear but know. "There was comfort, but you were only allowed to do a few things.""Was there shade?""There wasn't any sun at all.""It sounds nice," wistfully remarks the adolescent. "Was there any wa-"
"Wait," Shasta hisses, silencing the girl with a raised hand, for her sharp gaze has spotted an anomaly in the movement beyond their pen!
Shasta's demand for cessation is well-timed, for in the courtyard where stands the strange totem, two slaves of Rin's village labor to drive ahead of them a one-wheeled cart loaded with glittering stones, as driven in turn they are by the scarred woman, who raises her baton to them just as readily as to their unseen watcher!"Come on, move it, or I'll break your skull open and kick your body the rest of the way!"
From beyond Shasta's view steps the woman who assigns order to these slavers, and to Shasta's keen ears there is ire lingering in the back of the slaver's voice as she surveys their burden! "This is all you have to show for the last three days?""We're working them as hard as we can, ma'am!" the scarred woman asserts, and as the woman's gaze travels from the stones to the villagers, both flinch beneath and fill the air with weak-voiced pleas!"We're sorry... it's just... there isn't any left to mine-""It'll have to do," snaps the woman, turning her eye once more to the loaded cart. "The men will be here soon."
"Shasta, what's in that cart?" Rin whispers as the pair watch the scene from their place nearly hidden from view."I don't know..." murmurs the warrior-woman in a voice scarcely heard.>Break out while they're not looking>Wait for them and play dumb>Something elseRoll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 3 (1d12)>>3031272Rin has been chiseling down a week point in the cage bars this whole time, maybe it's weakened the bars enough to escape
Rolled 2 (1d12)>>3031272Shasta’s cuffs have been bent out of shape enough for her to free one of her hands. The other end also makes for a nice flail.
The hour of her meeting drawing near sends Shasta pacing the length of the pen, eyes darting about its sheer surface!"If I could only remove these manacles-" she gasps, straining at the iron bonds, yet her slender wrists are held helpless yet! "Perhaps I could stand on the bucket and get a foothold up th-"
"I'll get us loose," Rin calls, lifting from its bed a crumbled shard of stone, overlooked by their jailers until now, yet even as she raises it to strike at the rusting iron lock does Shasta give a shocked cry from the far side of the pen, helpless to intervene!
With a tremendous clatter that shakes the bars does Rin's blow snap the lock, swinging the gate of the pen wide in front of them as the slavers turn to gape at the sight!Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>3031341>Throw a chair>The moment it lands a riot starts
>>3031341The Slavers start a whole new rock based exercise fad that involves them getting brained with rocks slung by the slaves.
Rolled 1 (1d12)>>3031341>>3031344
>>3031345We fuckING suck
Flush with anger, the girl raises the rock defiantly before her, and growls as she flings it from hand!
Yet her bound wrists yield nothing to her throw, and scarcely beyond her feet is the berth of her would-be weapon!
"Women of Rin's village!" calls Shasta, hurrying to the girl's side as she seeks to turn the debacle of their impromptu escape against the slavers. "Rise up! Attack the slavers! Fight! Fight for your freedom!"
Yet the women, so cowed by their treatment at the hands of their captors, turn their faces from the warrior-woman, shrinking against the strange wealth of their toil!
The unarmed woman smiles, and her voice is dead of inflection as she delivers her order. "Teach the young one a lesson.""Yes, ma'am!" agrees the scarred woman, advancing toward the pen with her baton gripped eagerly in hand!Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 3 (1d12)>>3031402https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGvqMXYhYhU>>3031405protect Rin
Gonna pause it here for the night but I will pick up here tomorrow
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>3031426>>3031405Pretty much this...
>>3031426>>3031441Protect Rin's smile!she being in danger finally activated our superior strength (and good dice)
Walls of sliced stone echo with the screams of the waif bolting from the prison-pen's gate, but unaccustomed to this terrain quickly stumbles on the scrim of shattered rocks as the shadow of the scarred woman looms above her!"Come here, you little slag!"
"Ri-whugh-!"Before she can leap to save the girl, a club impacts against her navel, driving the air from her lungs and sending her reeling to the ground!"You're not going anywhere!"
Strain she does, to the limits of her frame, yet the weight of the two muscular women pressed upon her holds her firm against the rocky earth, for bound as she is Shasta may only struggle beyond the edge of Rin's terrible plight!"Rin!""Watch and learn, slave!"
"I'm sorr- Aaaiiii!" cries the girl as the scarred woman brings down her club upon Rin's young flesh, yet her screams draw only scorn!"You can't be sorry yet! I'm just getting warmed up!"
The club which fills her vision descends, yet as it does seems to slow as though caught in the resin of a tree, and as she watches does Shasta realize that she can no longer hear the girl's scream, so thunderously does the blood pound between her ears!
"Don't discipline her too harshly," intones the unarmed woman, seemingly unconcerned with the wails of the girl before her. "We still need her to work."
"You needn't worry about that anymore," comes a voice from behind."Wha-"
"We were just leaving."Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 4 (1d12)>>3033095Take the boss hostage!Also she's got sweet boots. Take them, too.
Rolled 9 (1d12)>>3033095
>>3033102>>3033115AgreedAlso, renove chains.
"Stop!" shouts the warrior-woman, pressing the baton in her hand to the other's neck as Rin's tormentor turns from her work. "One more step and I'll crush her throat."
At this the scarred woman's face twists into a sneer, and with a laugh like cutting glass does she boast, "You don't get how things work around here, pretty girl! If she dies... the others will follow me!"Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 8 (1d12)>>3033121intimidate
Rolled 11 (1d12)>>3033121"And if you die, they'll follow somebody else and so on until there's two of you left? let me tell you why that is a retarded system of government. We begin by defining the non-aggression principle as follows, "
"And if you die, then what?" demands Shasta, holding the baton to the woman's throat as tightly as she would a viper beneath a boot, and exclaims with bewilderment, "The next in line, until only two are left? What kind of order is that? It's madness!""Men..."
At this, Shasta's fierce gaze turns from the scarred woman to the one beneath her, and demands the woman speak further! "What? What of men?"
"The men who take the crystals we mine," the scarred woman growls. "They promised us one of their own if we mined enough for them. And whoever leads, shall have!"
"That was our bargain-" calls a voice from behind the rocky wall, and at its utterance the scarred woman's jeers are silenced as her gaze snaps to meet it!
"-but only if you provide us enough, and how will you do that without working?"Then is a face given to the voice, a handsome man dressed in rough fineries of the before people, and surrounded by three other men, seemingly triplets of identical appearance, and as Shasta's eyes dart between them she sees the same look of serene placidity shared by all!Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>3033220"whats stopping the woman here to simply enslave these men?"
>>3033220>that face>serene placidity lmao, it's perfect
"What's stopping them from just taking your men?" Shasta voices perplexedly. "There are only four of you!"
"Say, where are the rest of the men? Why are there only three of you?" demands the scarred woman. "I think we've given you enough crystals!"At this the other slavers drawn from their cruel taskmastering to watch the bizarre procession circle round and, and in their accordance is the same resentful cadence!"That's right!""We've been doing this for a year!"
"I think it's time we had our man," the scarred woman glowers, "and a few more as well!"
"I suppose," drawls the man with the tall hat, stepping back to keep pace with the advancing woman before him, "I have to say-"
"Run!"At his command the three others turn and flee toward the gap from which they emerged!Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do, please! To roll, put dice+1d12 in the Options field!
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>3033271quite honestly im very interested in catching these guys and asking what they need the crystals forbut Rin is more important, check on Rin.
Pausing for the evening but I will be back to post the final scene tomorrow night! Thank you all for playing so far and stick around for the interactive conclusion!
>>3033374Thanks for running, LQ!
Rolled 6 (1d12)>>3033271Trip the men up, the slave situation might be renegotiated after a good snu snu for everyone.
>>3033479>>3033374Get the men an trade them for the enslaved women from Rin's village. Everybody wins. Except those turds
"This way!" shouts the suited man as he scurries from the pack of slavers, minions in tow, and as they race upon his heels calls, "Hurry up, you dolts!"
But as he makes to round the corner and escape does he throw himself to a halt, shock flying to his face at what he sees before him!"What th-"
"This is all your fault!" cries Rin as she swings hard a baton taken from the slavers!
Perfect is the girl's aim as the club impacts squarely against the man's head, yet instead of the crunch of bone or gush of blood its enunciation is but a dull clank, head separating neatly from his shoulders!
Rin screams, horrified that her first act of violence against another should yield such nightmarish results, and while the slavers gather to gawk at the strange sight laid out before them, ever-bold is Shasta, who pivots at her slim waist and turns to light the man's visage!
As she does, revealed is no ruin of flesh and bone, but a mass of metal and wire in a terrifying parody of a human skull!"What- what is it?" gasps one of the village women, for the terrible thing's eyes roll wide as its crooked jaws force themselves apart!"Cryzzzzzztalzzzzzzz... need cryzzzzzzzz.... cryzzzztalzzzzzz to continue f-f-f-f-functioning...""It's a robot!" Shasta exclaims, as the voice which echoes from within the thing's metal carapace begins to fade. "A machine made to look like a man!"
Without the continued tutelage of their suited master, the other strange beings are quickly overwhelmed by the slavers, who find their origins as bizarre and unexpected as was his own, and standing above a pile of broken yet unbloodied limbs cries one, "These are all rowboats too!"
Freed from immediate danger does Shasta's attention turn to the girl, herself freed from the fetters placed upon her by the slavers! "Rin!""Shasta!" squeals the girl, her voice filled with glee."But how did you get free?" Shasta cries.
"I took the guard's key after you knocked her out!" Rin chirps, baring to Shasta the pilfered prize!
"But what about them?" Rin asks, turning her gaze to the weeping slaver-women as they mourn atop the pile of simulacrums."Well..."
Before Shasta may proceed approach the women of the village, and with reverence for its death-soaked edge is held aloft by the lead of them that famed blade! "Here is your sword, Shasta!"
"I can think of a fitting punishment," answers the warrior-woman at last, gripping tight her weapon returned at last to its mistress!
"Thank you, Shasta, from all of us, for rescuing us from the slavers!" pronounces the leader among the last of the villagers left in the aftermath of the merciless mine!
"I couldn't have done it without this one," Shasta laughs with lilting voice, and at her estimation does the adolescent beam wide and join in the cheer! "Yet together we were able to put an end to the slavers' deeds."
"They'll never make amends for what they've done," calls she, glancing to where the slavers toil to construct new dwellings for their former charges, "but this is a good start."
"And I'll be back this way to check on their progress," the warrior-woman vows, meeting the eyes of her would-be tyrants!
"As for you, girl-""Me?""After seeing the way you handled yourself back there...">You should be able to keep your village safe without me>I could use a traveling companion who can talkFirst option to receive three votes will be chosen!
>>3035097>I could use a traveling companion who can talk
>>3035097>>I could use a traveling companion who can talk
"I could use a traveling companion who can speak... and you might have the makings of a warrior, with the right teacher!""Really?" gasps the girl. "You mean-"
"Goodbye!" calls a woman of the village, waving and smiling. "Thank you!""Farewell!""Good luck!""Visit us soon!"
With Rin in her wake and Nali at her side strides Shasta then from the village reborn, and reborn is she herself, no wandering waif now but guardian and guide to the jungle-born maiden!Thus did the warrior-woman set forth again, to walk once more the ancient leavings of the time before and the savage spawnings of this most ferocious of futures, to drive from the brutal world its tyranny and terror, and to kindle in its people the cry of freedom!
That's it for this episode and this story, so thank you to everyone who's participated and I hope you all had as much fun as I did!This is the part where I would usually post a picture of the game table, but I've got a secret to confess. If you're wondering why my ID is different than when I started, it's because I'm on vacation right now. I started taking pictures last night after anon rolled that last 12, but I knew if I stayed up to write it all out I'd be up all night, so I took all the pictures up to the final decision, then shot endings for both outcomes.Here's what would have been posted if Shasta had decided to roll solo. If you liked this episode and want to read more, the previous two episodes of Shasta's adventure are archived on suptg, along with almost all previous episodes from the past 8 years:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=lego%20questThe official Lego Quest wiki will eventually have pages for Shasta, Rin, and a bunch of other stuff from this game and you can read all the dorky details that you probably didn't care about:http://legoquest.wikia.com/wiki/Lego_Quest_WikiAnd if you are on Twitter and follow me you will get a tweet whenever a new episode starts or a current episode continues:@EndmanOfFuturonThanks again for playing everybody!Now for some Easter eggs and miscellaneous rambling
First off, Shasta herself is primarily a ripoff of based on Axa, a popular British cheesecake comic strip character, who is a barbarian woman with a sword in a post-apocalyptic world who first came from a high-tech sealed remnant of the pre-apocalyptic society.The Arcology was largely inspired by the Polish movie Seksmisja, which features a post-apocalyptic underground city populated entirely by women.Rin, like most characters in Lego Quest, was just made up on the spot because I figured it would be good to have an exposition machine in the prison-carriage but she turned out to be a great addition to the cast. Nali is a panther I guess.
According to the file metadata on this picture, I've been planning this game since at least April of 2017. I was originally going to have a pink sleeve on the female outfit but I never got around to ordering enough pink arms before I got the urge to run this game, which I think worked out okay because only males having colored sleeves sort of highlighted that males are something notable.Police white visor is a Calculator Man visor that I removed the printing from, armor is also Calculator Man, and pink sleeve is from the Harley Quinn CMF. I only have two Harley torso/arm combos and two pair of white legs with black shoe printing, so for this scene I had to make sure to take the shots at an angle where you couldn't see the arm or feet >>3025450I originally didn't have any idea about whether or not Shasta had superpowers, so when anon suggested it early on I thought it worked great in the scene and opened up a fun opportunity for future awesomeness.
Sixteen and Nine were made up on the spot after anon rolled so well to make friends. So were their caste titles, which I messed up a couple times like calling Nine "Exploratory" instead of "Exploration". A full list of named Arcology castes will be posted on the wiki eventually, along with a mallspeak translation guide.
I put the prison-carriage together the Sunday before I started the first episode. It came together pretty quickly and I'm really happy with how it turned out.I thought I might reintroduce the horsey at some point but I never got around to it and the story didn't seem to require it but I kept it around on the table all the way through just in case. I suppose it probably didn't want to come near Nali.Nali, the leopards, and the big Venus flytrap monster are all from the recent City Jungle theme. I ordered a few parts direct from Lego because I've always wanted molded big jungle cats. Nali herself was a last-minute addition to the game, and her gender was specifically ambiguous all the way through the first episode because I still hadn't decided.
I made the flytrap monster before the start of the game, but these things were created on the spot to menace Rin. Really pleased with how they turned out. The mold marks on the clips sort of look like eyes which is unintentional because I wanted them to be eyeless, but I didn't think about it until after I had already posted a few pictures where you could see them.
And speaking of things created on the spot because of Rin, I was certainly not expecting anon to roll a 12 to randomly discover a secret bunker, but I had an amazingly high amount of fun running them through the Sicherheitsunterkunft. If you pay close attention to the license plates visible throughout the game, you might be able to guess that some of the vehicles were originally from the same geographic region as Will Banger and Bill Zeebub. I thought it would be funny if the AI for this new not-Arcology was German, and everything spiraled from there. I originally kind of wanted to have SOMETHING living there, but I didn't know what. My first thought was an old man who was the last of his people, then I had a couple other ideas that didn't really go anywhere, but I knew that I didn't want to hand over a ready-made base.Nobody seemed to notice, but the mutant weed that got squished by the door disappeared (along with its juices) in the time that Rin and Shasta went into the fewing screen room and when Shasta ran out to save Nali. That was supposed to be a hint that something was moving around, but it wasn't a big deal because I tend to drop a lot of stuff that doesn't go anywhere.These guys were made up about twenty minutes before I started shooting their scene. When I got my Detective Office set, I was really annoyed with how shitty the face printing on the minifigs was. It's the classic smile pattern, but the ink was laid down really spattery and looks fuzzy close-up. Compared to pieces from 30 years ago, it looks awful.Anyway, it rubs off fairly easily with an eraser, so when I was putting together various combinations for monstrous minifigs and had the sudden thought of eyeless smiles, I immediately knew that was what I had to do.
This scene took a really long time to shoot because I had to set up the jungle scene, take the jungle pictures, put them on my laptop, edit them, put them on my phone, set up the Sicherheitsunterkunft scene, hold my phone up to the window with one hand and shoot with the other hand, then edit that picture.I wasn't really thinking when I built the fewing screen room because I chose the red window frame with shutter pegs because I only have one blue tinted window glass and this is the only stand-up window it fits, but it never occurred to me that I was just gonna shop the screen anyway so I could have used a flat window frame that was clear, but like I always say, that's the perils of live theater!
I picked red and black for their uniforms because when they were alive their color scheme would have been black, red, and yellow. That still is their color scheme for some of them I guess
Posted this in /toy/ but reposting hereI figured out a few years ago that I could use photoshop to desaturate the blues in a scene that made use of UV lights, but I rarely get to do it because there's usually some blue in the scene elsewhere like a piece or some printing. Even though the torch resulted from a low roll, it turned out to be the best type of light to take into the dungeon! Anyway, when I cranked down the blues and got rid of the light itself in the scene, meaning the parts that were illuminated just by the visible blue light from the UV lights lost all their illumination, making the only parts that stand out were the parts that react to the UV light and glow internally. This has the added bonus of highlighting the reflection of the glowing piece on the surrounding pieces, like how the torchlight lights up the near side of Shasta's hair.
This handsome guy was just made up on the spot, as was Rin's cage, which I think looks really nice with the round cap and base. The head honcho is made of a Primo brick with smile printing, with Duplo pieces surrounding that and the Duplo plate under his mouth connected to a System plate. It's always nice how Lego elements can connect upward and downward between the different scales.
Here are the eye bricks that go with the mouth
This summer I got a great garage sale haul of pieces that included a ton of Duplos in colors other than the primary ones, such as medium blue, white, trans-light blue, and a number of black 2x2s and 2x4s, which were super duper helpful in making the charred version at the end of the scene. It would have looked terrible if I had to make it out of regular System bricks and it would have taken up more time than I would have liked, so it was very nice to have them on hand.
As posted last thread, this whole encounter sort of spiraled away from where I thought it would go with the mall subplot and everything. I originally just introduced the witch as "ha ha anon rolled a 1 to have a cozy campfire scene so now there's a penis monster".The mall was a lot of fun to put together even if it took up a bunch of time that could have been better spent adventuring, and I guess it made a nice second act. I haven't posted the internal pictures of the mall stores yet, but I will post them when I get home either in this thread or in the Lego General. I wasn't sure how much they were going to go into the stores so I made them with a lot of details including brickbuilt cash registers and overhead lights on the undersides of the ceiling plates.
I'm not the first to use minidoll parts as department store mannequins for minifigs, but it's a great look
I was originally going to have an encounter with the Pet-Sores, but after I got a bunch of minifigs put together I realized I didn't really want to run a fight scene where a bunch of small animals potentially got hurt so I changed it at the last minute to these ladies. It probably worked out for the best this way because they would make more sense knowing where the Lawn-Kleen was.
This shot was created by standing Shasta on the edge of a baseplate that was on the edge of the table, attaching the top tip of one of these huge trans-neon orange Ice Planet 2002 windows to the baseplate in front of her, and then shining my UV flashlight (great for detecting scorpions!) upward through the window. It completely filtered out the blue light and just created an extremely bright orange glow from underneath, which made for some boss lighting that absolutely made the shot.https://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemInv.asp?S=6983-1Thanks again Punichu for sending me these windows!
This half-sunken car has a working trunk. It never came up, but if someone had rolled to look in the trunk there might have been something cool inside. I kind of wish I had spent more time in this area because I really like how the car looks.
this is all amazing LQ, hope Shasta and Rin are good for one another. maybe we'll see them in the future, this was my first time in a lego quest and enjoyed it greatly
>>3020299This stylized name was thrown together from some fonts I found on dafont that afternoon. There's a little imperfection with the bottom of the T overlapping the A but that's probably a good sign for this game.>>3022228I got these three fan clip pieces that make the Council seats this summer, and I'm really glad I did because they look so cool like this. Council and Supreme Scientist were both made up on the spot but Arcology NPCs are easy to make because all I have to pick is the head and hair.>>3023381Always eat your vegetables!>>3023880Built this just for the scene. If you watch Seksmisja, there's a funny scene where some lady guards are driving around on a golf cart through the hallways of the underground city.>>3025770As anon guessed, these side extensions are boat hull pieces, specifically from this Friends boat. I knew I wanted to have a scene where there was a missing bridge over water, but the execution of the building took about two hours before I suddenly hit on the idea of using the boat hulls. I only have a finite amount of 2x2 white tiles, so I had to dismantle two sections of tiled walls to finalize these, which meant I waited until I was sure that I was going to use the scene before I finished putting it all together. It's a pretty simple construction: a pair of 2x6 plates with Technic bores stacked on the underside of a larger white plate, and the larger plate covered with tiles. There are a bunch of Technic bores on the ship hull, so I just ran some Technic pins through the deck of the hull to the undersides. >>3026236Black spyglass piece stuck to her foot, image rotated 180 degrees, and adjusting the black level to match the spyglass to the black posterboard background. Very proud of how this ended up for how simple it was to produce.>>3026801I thought this guard might become a temporary PC but I guess I wrote her characterization kind of harshly so I can't blame the players for what they decided!
>>3035296Thank you for running! And I really appreciate behind-the-scenes explanation you always do.
>>3035550>It never came up, but if someone had rolled to look in the trunk there might have been something cool inside.aw manThanks for running, LQ!
Thanks for running, LQ! This was a wildly inventive adventure, and your knack for improvisation is impressive as always. All the sets looked great as well!
>>3035563>this is all amazing LQ, hope Shasta and Rin are good for one another. maybe we'll see them in the future, this was my first time in a lego quest and enjoyed it greatlyThanks anon, "this is my first episode and I liked it a lot" is my favorite thing to hear!>>3035659>>3035880Thanks for playing! This has been a ton of fun on my side, and I really missed running these games. As someone pointed out a thread or two back, the last time I ran a game before Shasta'a adventure was April 1. I hurt my arm this past spring and long story short it made it nearly impossible to type for more than a couple minutes a day and holding a camera was dicey, so the last six or seven months have been mostly been spent working on a big project that I'm currently about half finished with, pic related. I recently found out the problem had been misdiagnosed, so while it's not 100% yet, it's gotten better enough to run a game!I think that's about it for Easter eggs, but if anybody wants more info on anything, we still have 30+ image slots.
>>3037526>Thanks for running, LQ! This was a wildly inventive adventure, and your knack for improvisation is impressive as always. All the sets looked great as well!Thanks anon, that's very nice to hear! A few years ago an anon asked me if I'd be willing to take longer between scenes and put more detail into the builds, so I've been trying to make the game more fun to look at.I guess one more thing I should post is this picture. I accidentally resized it to 500x375 before I posted it last thread and didn't realize until after I had posted a bunch more pictures. Here it is at intended size for the sake of completion.
>>3040052I'm always impressed as fuck by the sheer life you put into these, and here's a good example.
So what was the back up plan if we all started rolling ones during the pant scene?
>>3040125>I'm always impressed as fuck by the sheer life you put into these, and here's a good example.Thanks anon! Pretty sure I already erased the original, but I think I re-shot that image a couple times because the implication of motion wasn't quite right.Sort of unrelated, but a lot of the reason why my replies take so long to get posted is because I end up re-shooting after I'm already in post-production, and sometimes it wasn't the most recent shot so I have to go back and re-pose everything. Here's a picture that was still in the recycle bin for example. When I first made this scene, there were a couple of small fires at the perimeter of the kindling, and Shasta's torch had a flame, and I wanted them to glow so I used a UV light, but then when I got to post-production cleanup I was really unhappy with how much blue was being cast on the scene, and spent about five minutes in photoshop unsuccessfully trying to remove it. I also realized I wasn't happy at all with the composition itself, saw that the fires I had placed weren't even visible inside of the framing, and eventually just said "Forget it" and redid the whole shot without UVs and just framed the torch so you couldn't actually see any of the flame. Much happier with the second version.>>3041064>So what was the back up plan >back up planHa ha no. The only things I ever plan ahead of time are the minifigs and the sets. Sometimes I don't even have the MC's name settled until I start posting like this game. NPCs are almost always named on the fly.>if we all started rolling ones during the pant scene?I dunno, desperate race to find a cure where all the bad rolls are blamed on increasingly-dire tummy troubles resulting in painful death if you rolled too many 1s, or who knows, maybe Shasta's powerful constitution allows her to survive the birth the following day and she births either a monster that she immediately has to battle, a friendly monster, or a minifig made with one of my green minifig heads. Or maybe just an inert mass of plant matter. Who knows!
>>3041480was the penis monster one of the plants that was missing from the archology? did you have any backstory for the witchnice that our Shasta(Xena) found her Rin (gabrielle) during the game, it was a fun dynamic
>>3041509>was the penis monster one of the plants that was missing from the archology? No, that was probably a little confusing because of the way I wrote the Supreme Scientist's dialogue. Both he and the witch were working on their own methods for some nebulous way to stop the plants from overgrowing everything, but the implication was supposed to be that the "missing" plant in his collection was successfully killed by his latest test. Afterward I thought I should have just used a brown piece for that bottle instead of leaving it empty, but sometimes I don't think of the most optimal solution before it's too late to change it.Penis monster just appeared because someone rolled a 1 to make camp and then safely move on the next day.>did you have any backstory for the witchNo, I usually just make a bunch of minifigs that fit the look of the setting and grab them from the pile as needed. One exception is usually "law enforcement", which depending on the setting can be cops, town guards, post-apoc militia, etc. etc. Those at least get a hierarchy like the Chief who had a nice belt and cute boots. I wonder if the anon who wanted to take her boots last thread noticed that she had them in the final shot.In this case the witch's only backstory was "she's some kind of solitary person wearing camo and has a dust mask so she can safely work around spores and stuff"Going to dump some shots of the sets before I take them apart, starting with the waterworks area of the Arcology. From here you can see how the tiled plates are anchored to the boat hull sections. There are Technic pinholes on the sides of the hulls, so both sides of the doorway have a pair of 1x1 bricks with Technic pinholes with friction pins running up the frame. I had a separate section of wall that was the same height as the main part because the light box needed to be able to balance on top of it.In this shot >>3026131 I used the wall section with the archway on the bottom to simulate the room's far wall. More about those tiled wall sections in the next post.
These tiled wall sections worked out amazingly well for being able to throw together Arcology rooms on the fly. If you're unaware, one of the basic ratios for building with Lego elements is 5 plates in height : 2 studs in width. Because the tiled sections are 8x8, flipping them sideways and setting them on top of a tile makes the assembly exactly the same height as this standard wall section. They attach in the back with some headlight bricks flipped sideways.
Here are the interiors of the mall shops. I didn't go overboard on the details because they were probably going to be darkly-lit so details wouldn't show up very well, and I didn't even know if anyone would go inside any of them so I figured I was already taking enough time away from the game to build them.The luggage store ended up getting a slight revision during shooting because I wanted that hot air balloon poster to be visible. It was originally had it on the opposite wall but I wanted to shoot from the angle I did so I had to tear out some pieces at the last second.
I only made four shops, but this one was double-wide and had window frontage on two sides, so I made heavy use of it by covering up parts with rocks and using it in the background a lot.The spinning clothing rack is nothing special but it's my favorite part.
And here's the car that was outside of the slavers' mine.I had a lot of fun making this because cars are always fun to make, and it turns out half-buried cars are twice as easy
>>3041886>>3041872>>3041825/lg/fag here, love the colours one these!You got a lot more refined and i hope your arm heals well!
>>3043512Thanks anon!Forgot to mention one thing about the mall shops - I made them all on 16x16 baseplates (not standard plates) so I could align them against the regular bley baseplate I was using for the mall floor. That way I didn't have to keep popping them off the baseplate to move them around. Worked out great.Currently finishing up the wiki pages for Shasta & Co.https://legoquest.wikia.com/wiki/ShastaNot sure who to attribute this to.
Or this oneBoth really fantastic!
>>3047116>>3047387That's the dark fantasy quest qm, awesome art he has yes