Previous Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3117545/#p3119242***You're still getting used to a world of scarlet flesh and ashen bone.A week has gone by since you woke to find the world you knew replaced with a grotesque hellscape. Cities, towns, and people have been replaced with skin-covered ruins, acid-worn foundations, and mind-bending amalgams of what once walked the earth......you were a little luckier.Bestowed with a trypophilic swarm at your command and nestled in spinal hive, you have wandered the wasteland since you woke, making friends with two similarly gifted girls and absorbing the ones that were less than sane.Now, your journey has brought you up a mountain of bones and past a blizzard of skin to the baroque gallery of a mad artist named Julia Pickman. She stands like a hideous angel before you, her bare muscles crisscrossed with a network of pulsing veins, a furious red laced with cobalt blue and sickly purple across her body. A set of leathery wings sit rigid, attached to her back and laced with crimson thread, flapping gently in the stifling air. B’ni gags next to you despite what she’s witnessed thus far, and Gina struggles to keep her repulsion at bay as you let the mere sight of her sink in.“I know m-my art is a little experimental, y’know?” she says while taking a step forwards, leaving bloody prints with every footfall. “It’s j-just such a hard market to b-break into so you really have t-to stand out or else y-you’ll just get swallowed up, yeah?”You smile and nod, your swarmlings creeping around her sculptures, angling to stage a better ambush. Julia's dark eyes flick over to you instantly. "W-what really stands out to you, when y-you look at them?" she asks, bare feet oozing on the pale ground as she walks closer, hands clenched in front of her, every shifting muscle and strained tendon working to close the gap as she stares at you expectantly.(Continued)
>>3147018"Your rather unique way of handling your medium of choice." you reply with a smile and the most even-keeled tone you can manage. You gesture across the space to the intricate series of nesting-doll-like globes that are labelled as 'The Favored's Reward', though you keep your eyes trained on the girl before you as your swarmlings moving into favorable positions around the gallery. Julia's cheeks twitch, slightly."You're a work of art yourself. In a rather good way, I mean." you continue, B'ni's eyes flickering to you with a slightly raised eyebrow. "They say the art is defined by the Artist and all of that. You might as well be a living exhibit of your creations with a neat placard that reads 'Angel in the Flesh.'"The flayed sculptress takes another step forwards, leaving another scarlet footprint to mar the ivory ground. "Y-you're too kind, r-really." she stammers, lipless teeth stark white against her face's bare musculature. Gina stands firm, her Halo's soft glow pulsing in time with her steady breathing as B'ni's stark white scythes creak against the ground, her fanged jaw tense as she stares unblinking at the artist."Do you take commissions?" you ask coolly, attempting to calm your allies as well as the crimson spectre before you. You would imagine that if Julia had skin she'd be blushing as she wrings her hands in excitement and nods furiously, droplets of blood splattering on the ground as she does so."Y-yes! Of course, I...anything you need, really! I'll do it, j-just tell me what you'd like done!"Gina makes an uncomfortable noise with her throat, low so only you and B'ni can hear. You hum with a smile, trying to communicate what you're trying to do. You're not any more fond of this situation than they are, and your worries are made even more overwhelming by the tension your allies are feeling now, their concerns swirling in your head like a furious storm of uncertainty. You fight through it to continue the pleasantries and stop the situation from escalating as you consider your next move.HP: 100%BIO: 120% (4 Simple, 2 Spylings, 6/10 Active. Ravenous maw at the ready.)ACT: 2/2Threat: Medium, approaching.B’ni HP: 100%GG HP: 100%>>"We would love to see your studio, Ms. Pickman. Maybe we could chat there and we could see your process? I have several questions about your inspirations that I would like to run by you." (Continue on to Julia's Studio)>>"If it's all the same to you Julia, I know we would love to see an example of your work right here and now...what could you do with this?" (Hand over a swarmling or prompt B'ni to part with a Calcite Greave)>>"I appreciate your enthusiasm Ms. Pickman, but I am afraid we have some business to attend to on the other side of the mountain. However, would you be willing to allow us a private viewing soon? I would love to discuss your process in greater detail.">>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3147026>>>"We would love to see your studio, Ms. Pickman. Maybe we could chat there and we could see your process? I have several questions about your inspirations that I would like to run by you." (Continue on to Julia's Studio)
>>3147026>>>"Let's walk and talk. We'd love to see your studio, Ms. Pickman. Maybe we could chat there and we could see your process? I have several questions about your inspirations that I would like to run by you." (Continue on to Julia's Studio)Leaning towards this if only because jesus, this is nerve-wracking. It's a good idea, but some artist types can be so finicky. If we ask her to do something right now, she might get offended and think we consider her just a 'machine'. We also can't just layer on the sweet talk, or else she might catch on that we're insincere. Nor can we simply beg her off after we insinuated we'd like something from her. So best thing to do would be to keep her on the hook and imply what we might want from her....Although if we CAN get something from her, I wonder what it'd be? Some sort of wearable cover, maybe, or some kind of totem sculpture?
>>3147026>"We would love to see your studio, Ms. Pickman. Maybe we could chat there and we could see your process? I have several questions about your inspirations that I would like to run by you." (Continue on to Julia's Studio)
>>3147026>>"If it's all the same to you Julia, I know we would love to see an example of your work right here and now...what could you do with this?" (Hand over a swarmling or prompt B'ni to part with a Calcite Greave)Going to her studio might not be the best decision. I'm thinking if the situation goes south, all of her 'art pieces' will come to life and attack us. In her studio, that's the worst situation possible. First, we hand over a swarmling and see what happens. Test the water.
>>3147086That's what I'm worried about too, to be honest. Like I said, though, I'm worried her emotional state is extremely fragile, otherwise I'd agree.
>>3147026>"If it's all the same to you Julia, I know we would love to see an example of your work right here and now...what could you do with this?" (Hand over a swarmling or prompt B'ni to part with a Calcite Greave)Give her a swarmling.
>>3147026>"Let's walk and talk. We'd love to see your studio, Ms. Pickman. Maybe we could chat there and we could see your process? I have several questions about your inspirations that I would like to run by you." (Continue on to Julia's Studio)AW SHIT HERE'S MY DAILY DOSE OF GORE AND BLOOD FEAT. DANTE FROM THE DEVIL MAY CRY SERIES, THANKS DOC
>>3147026"Let's walk and talk. We'd love to see your studio, Ms. Pickman. Maybe we could chat there and we could see your process? I have several questions about your inspirations that I would like to run by you." You can tell that Julia is ticked a much more visceral shade of pink as she practically bounces in place. The daggers B'ni had been staring at your unstable host are now aimed squarely at you, the look she shoots you comprised of equal parts 'why the hell' and 'what the fuck.' Gina, while still hesitant, smiles and nods even as the halo's pulse quickens in time, you assume, to her own hammering heart.The skinless lass turns on her heel and gestures for you to follow, padding off towards a curve further along the narrow space. B'ni strides forward, putting herself ahead of the group and between you and Julia. Gina follows close behind you, amethyst cord in hand. A swarmling hangs on to her back, ready to grab the strand should the need arise. You cannot help but notice the tension laced in B'ni's athletic form, knees bent and posture slightly lowered, ready to spring on the offensive. For now though, the three of you continue cautiously forward, bidden onward by a scarlet hand.Turning the corner, an ornate tent comes into view, sheets of skin held taught against the burden of the recent dustfall, grey flakes weighing on the coverings stretched tight across the narrow mountain passage. Various etchings are visible on the strained sheets, cramped depictions of indecipherable scenes juxtaposed with attempts at self-portraits and half-finished representations of people and places unknown."M-my inspirations usually come to me in d-dreams, t-to address your earlier query." Julia says, turning the tent's flap aside and beckoning you inside her macabre dwelling. "It's where I get all of my best work, b-but other guests have inspired me, t-too. P-please, come in!"B'ni glaces back at you and smiles grimly as your heart swells with an alien feeling, a sort of resignation, a kind of...faith? There's little time to dwell on the curious emotion as you follow her into the tent, your hand reaching out for Gina's as you guide her in and keep her close.(Continued)
>>3147156"All m-my materials are...um, native to myself, f-for lack of a b-better term. It takes a while to b-build up my supplies, and I get very few d-donations so I make d-due with what I can. I f-feel like taking material without being granted permission w-would spoil the piece and the audience both, so it's o-out of the question." she says behind you, your eyes adjusting to the change in lighting. Her abode is...oddly cozy, a revelation that takes you by more surprise than you feel it should. Chairs roughly hewn from the mountainous bone surround a small, lit fireplace, various half-finished pieces pushed to the corners of the room. You suppress a shudder as Julia's flayed wing brushes by your bare arm as she rushes forwards, struggling to arrange the furniture and using her foot to gently push her creations and nick-nacks to the sides of her tent to make room for you and your allies."I c-can put on some tea, if y-you like?" she says finally, gesturing to the marbled chairs next to the crackling fire. B'ni looks back at you with a shrug and GG edges closer to the fire, keeping her back turned from your host and your swarmling hidden. The other three hover silently near the entrance, close at hand.You smile warmly at Julia as you measure your response and any questions you may want to ask to keep her occupied.>>Write-inYOU ARE IN CONTROL
I dunno why I'm laughing at this, but I am.>>3147159> "Sure. I have to admit, you've made a nice place here. It's both warm yet bold. I'm curious about how you managed to accomplish that...what was it? Skies Long Past. I recognized a few of those constellations- how'd you manage to, ah, get the material straight? That is, holding it all together with all those holes without any unwanted tearing or accidents?">(If there's ANY way Gina can scan for an exit without getting caught, please can you do so, hun?)> "Hm. You said you get your best work in dreams, huh? Funny you mention that; it's why I got the idea to ask you about work." Mention, maybe not our whole dream, but the vague concept that we saw something and want some sort of sculpture of it- if only to remind us.
>>3147159>>3147181"Sure. I have to admit, you've made a nice place here. It's both warm yet bold. Very nice. Do you mind if I have a seat, Ms. Pickman?"She practically stumbles over herself to push a chair nearer to you, her bare hands leaving scarlet marks where she manhandled it closer. You smile politely and settle down in such a way as to avoid the hand prints left by your attentive host as she busies herself with a rusted teapot and a mismatched set of cups she retrieved from under a nearby skinsheet."I'm curious about how you managed to accomplish that...what was it? Skies Long Past, you called it." you say, continuing to make idle conversation as B'ni settles behind you, tense hands clutching the back of your chair."I recognized a few of those constellations- how'd you manage to, uh, get the material straight? That is, holding it all together with all those holes without any unwanted tearing or accidents?"Julia set the pot to boil and stand opposite you and B'ni, leering smile aimed at the two of you, her slender arms folded politely in front of her."When I first arrived here, I found I could manipulate in in....j-just incredible ways. B-before all this I was in an art school, o-on the coast...I could m-manipulate clay with a-adequate control before, b-but now I'm sure I can g-go back and c-continue on scholarship with what I can do now! This p-place is such a blessing!" "Clay?" B'ni says incredulously as Julia paces over to a pile of her creations, plucking one resembling a model ship constructed by Escher himself from up off the floor. She roughly pokes a hole through one of the sails and then, with a caress of her finger, the skin stretches and seals itself across the gap. "Yep!" Julia replies cheerfully, slowly becoming more comfortable around you. "M-Mom and Dad weren't the most supportive of my choice of major at first...I mean, what d-do you expect when she's a pilot and he's a physics teacher, b-but...yeah, they let me go down south to art school."You've become aware of Gina's presence on your left, her thin purple halo thrumming gently mere inches above her thick, wavy brown hair."Four meters. Easy and ready, Shu." Gina says under her breath, barely audible. (Continued)
oh snap this is back
>>3147268Gina twitches her finger towards a sheet of skin a short distance away, a gentle breeze revealing the pale mountainside beyond. A simple perspective switch with your three hidden swarmlings reveals the exit leads to a steep path down the mountainside, considerably more treacherous than the path that brought you to Julia's baroque gallery and hideaway.The three of you nearly jump out of your seat when the teapot screeches its final song, piercing the unnervingly serene quiet that had settled in your host's mountain retreat. Julia hurries over to pour four cups of tea as you struggle to get your heart rate back under control."So, uh...you said you get your best work in dreams, huh?" you say, trying to keep your tone airy and light as your host places four full cups of tea on a cracked and rusted platter. "Funny you mention that...it's why I got the idea to ask you about work.""R-really? You've had d-dreams like that too?" she says excitedly, nearly sending the cups clattering to the hard, unforgiving floor in her enthusiasm. You rise, helping to steady the platter as your hand grazes past her uncomfortably warm subcutaneous flesh. "O-oh...I-i u-uh...T-thank you s-so much."You smile and nod again, gently taking two cups from the plate and handing it to your allies before taking one for yourself. Julia takes the last one and settles in the seat opposite you once more, tilting her head back, teeth parting slightly to take in a slim stream of tea, the act of sipping made nigh-impossible by her lack of lips. She starts suddenly, focusing in on you and leaning in, close to the fire. B'ni immediately moves to your side before Julia speaks."Oh m-my God, I'm a t-terrible host, I d-didn't even ask your names! P-please forgive..."You hold up and hand and chuckle, legitimately. Despite the unnerving start to this afternoon, you're finding yourself more and more relaxed in this unusual setting...you're still reluctant to try the tea, though."You're a great host Ms. Pickman, I just appreciate you having us. I'm Shu, and this is B'ni and Gina." you reply, nodding to your companions in turn. Julia slowly relaxes back in her seat, though B'ni remains strained and combat-ready by your side."It is a p-pleasure to met you, Shu! So if I m-may...you said something about a commission?"Ah. You should've known the conversation would loop back to this.>>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3147181(Forgive me, I was not sure what you meant about the vague concept that you wanted Julia to try and make. Did you mean the being you spoke to when you took the Third Option?)
>>3147305>"Yeah. I'm not sure what passes for currency these days, but if nothing else I can always donate one of these." >Present her with Swarmling.
>>3147305>"Yeah. I had a dream last time, about a very unsettling woman. Promised me power or something. Must have been a scam, because I took a third option and that set them off." Smile. "Good thing I did too. I'm not sure me and my friends would still be standing if I just went along with that deal of hers.">Laugh all relaxed and shit, then down the whole entire teacup in one go. Pic fucking related.
>>3147305>"Yes, In fact I did say that!">Show her set of 3 simple swarmlings. Have it act cute by having it act clumsy or put on a formation act. >"Show me what you can do with these. If you're able to keep them alive and functional that would be awesome. But for aesthetics? Go for it."I'm putting down 3 because this might jibe with the dream inspiration that we're going to give to Julia. as mentioned in >>3147181. With luck, this might inspire Julia and make her more engrossed with her work instead of seeing B'ni and Gina as spare BIO>Also have B'ni to look more relaxed, Try to send her vague emotions of calmness and a general notion of we know where the exit is now. We can bolt for it when things go south. When Julia goes to work, let this tidbit out. This might serve as inspiration as Julia's new muse. It's a altered version of our dream but with more symbolism and stuff, Artists tend to grasp symbolism more easily when their in their fey moods.>"There was a dream where I had last I slept. I was standing in the dark. There were two figures cloaked in black. The first one offered me a gift of a beautiful crown in its hands. The second then cut in and swept aside its cloak showing me a decanter that never stopped flowing with water. I had to choose one. But then I noticed a third figure hidden deep in the dark, huddled as if it didn't want me to notice it. I asked the third figure what it could offer. it said 'I don't have anything to offer you. Not a crown, not a sword. I have nothing.' This didn't sit well with me, so I asked the third figure 'Can you offer me company? To stay with me until the end of my journey?', the figure nodded and offered its hand. And then the dream ended.">>3147310I believe >>3147181 Has the right of it.
>>3147305changing my vote from >>3147345 to >>3147409
>>3147445(Oh I'm keeping the tea, that's too hilarious to pass up. Writing now.)
>>3147409Supporting. Might want to throw a Calcite Greave into the pot for kicks.
>>3147310I'm late, but yes. >>3147409 has a good way of mentioning it.
>>3147305>>3147409"You're absolutely right, Julia. So, I had a dream a little while ago, about a very unsettling woman. She promised me power or something, gave me a binary choice between two futures, neither of which sounded appealing. Must have been a devil's bargain, because I took a third option and that set them off."You smile, settling back in your chair as you continue. "Good thing I did too. I'm not sure me and my friends would still be standing if I just went along with her scam."You laugh and proceed to imbibe the entire cup's contents in one gulp. You finish, bearing witness to three vastly different expressions across the room's occupants. Gina has her head angled down at you blankly, dumbfounded at your boldness, while Julia squirms expectantly in her seat as she chuckles in turn, her red-streaked teacup all but forgotten in her lap. Meanwhile, B'ni stares down at you in abject horror, her throat working futility to voice the deep concern she appears to have for your decided course of action. A small, panicked whimper escapes her lips as you lick your own, inspecting the liquid for any sign of foreign elements. You detect bergamot and flakes of rust, but aside from that, nothing unusual piques your palate. You smile at B'ni to try and calm her nerves, a tactic that barely makes a dent in the waves of terror that break against your mind. You turn your attention back to your host."The tea is delightful Julia, thank you. Now, I know it's an unusual request, but if I tried to describe the being to you, do you think you could try and make a piece resembling her? It's a little open-ended, I know, but...""Of course!" Julia practically screams, catching her falling teacup as she rises, droplets splashing to the ground. "When my inspiration c-comes to me in my d-dreams, its sometimes j-just a vague feeling and it's up t-to me to g-give it form so that's p-perfect, Miss Shu!""I'm not sure what passes for currency these days, but if nothing else I would be happy to donate some of these." you say, generating a trio of simple swarmling from your back and onto your arm, their sleek, green-black shell glinting emerald in the firelight. Julia steps forward, hesitantly taking your creations from your arm at your urging. One rolls onto its back in her cupped hands as she inspects in with a studious eye, as another dangles from her arm and the third dances on her shoulder. She laughs joyfully at their antics, watching your purposefully clumsy swarmlings endear themselves to her at your command.With your host distracted, you gently take B'ni's hand in yours and squeeze it quickly, meeting her eyes with what you hope comes across as a stalwart and reassuring gaze. Her eyes dart across your face and you can tell that she wants nothing more than to sprint out of this place with you and Gina in town, but she remains steady, the tides of fear subsiding into steady, lapping waves of simple unease.It's an improvement, at least.(Continued)
...now I'm concerned if drinking the tea was a mistake even if we didn't detect anything. It might not be poison, but it might be a controlling element.
>>3147481that was some good shit BHOP
>>3147501Why do you think I voted for that? :^)
>>3147481>>3147409You slip your fingers from B'ni's grasp and return your attention to your hostess."May I tell you the dream I had in full, for context?"Julia settles back in her chair, attention fully on you as she listens to your slightly altered retelling with rapt attention."There was a dream where I had last I slept. I was standing in the dark. There were two figures cloaked in black. The first one offered me a gift of a beautiful crown in its hands. The second then cut in and swept aside its cloak showing me a decanter that never stopped flowing with water. I had to choose one. But then I noticed a third figure hidden deep in the dark, huddled as if it didn't want me to notice it. I asked the third figure what it could offer. it said 'I don't have anything to offer you. Not a crown, not a sword. I have nothing.' This didn't sit well with me, so I asked the third figure 'Can you offer me company? To stay with me until the end of my journey?', the figure nodded and offered its hand. And then the dream ended."Julia nods in silence after you conclude your iteration, thoughtful as the fire crackles on between the two of you. Slowly, she rises, pacing around her chair, thumb and forefinger on her chin in contemplation as she pads around her home."It...it'll take some time, b-but you've given me a wonderful concept to flesh out!" she replies as you wince at her choice of words. "It'll take some time, but I'm so g-glad you entrusted this to me, Shu. I wouldn't ask you to stay while I work on a piece of this magnitude, so would you be willing to give me, uh...three, maybe four days? I'll work on it non-stop, so I'll try to not make you wait long!"You feel your allies let out a collective sigh of relief at her statement."I'm glad we met, Julia. Now, my swarmlings won't stay active if I get too far away from them. Is that going to be an issue for your work, or...?"Julia shakes her head vehemently, her translucent wings fluttering as she does so."N-not at all! I just...thank you so much for entrusting this to me, Shu." she says, hands behind her back, her gaze lowered. "I know I'm repeating myself, b-but...I can't tell you how much your faith means to me."You smile, even as Gina and B'ni edge towards the tent's exit."Thank you for hearing me out, Julia. I look forward to seeing what you make of it all. Thank you so much for the gallery, the tea, and everything. I really appreciate it.""I, uh...d-don't mention it, it's my pleasure, seriously. Is, um, is there anything else I can help you with before you three go?" she asks you in earnest. You glance towards your companions, already practically halfway out the tent. You don't want to keep them here any longer than you have to, though you also don't wish to seem ungrateful to your host...>>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
DO we have anything else we could ask her? If not, then:> "Well, we're kinda wanderers, in a way. You wouldn't happen to know if the way through the canyon's got any dangers, do you?I forget if we've really found that out already or what.
My idea is that we, at the very least, kinda scout around the general area. See what points of interest we can mark down.
>>3147533>"Anything interesting in the area? anything to watch out for? Since you have to safeguard your exhibit and forage for materials I'd imagine you know the surroundings."
>>3147533both >>3147567 and >>3147604 combined
(Greetings, Gentlemen. I will be taking a short break for an hour or two before resuming again for another post before closing out the evening. I will be resuming tomorrow as frequently as I can over work and I have a clear evening tomorrow, as well.)
>>3147604I like this one, support.
>>3147533>>3147604I'll support. >When we gracefully exit the tent, go find the furthest safe outcropping out of yelling earshot of Julia's Gallery&Workshop that serves as a good shelter to camp. Then collapse onto the floor like a bundle of frayed nerves. Have a small freakout and make small talk with Gina and B'ni about How bloody uncomfortable the experience was talking to Julia. >"WHAT KIND OF GIRL WOULD USE ALL OF HER OWN SKIN AS ART MATERIAL? SHE COULD HAVE AT LEAST KEPT HER OWN FACE INTACT!"
>>3147533>>3147604>>3147567"Well, we're kind of wanderers, in a way. You wouldn't happen to know if there's anything interesting in the area? Anything to watch out for?" You ask Julia, urging your companions onward with a gentle wave. "Since you have to safeguard your exhibit and forage for materials I'd imagine you know the surroundings?"Julia taps her forehead as she considers your question. You glance towards the tent flap to see B'ni pushing Gina through as she stays behind, gaze flickering between you and the artist."Y-you'll want to watch out on your way d-down, it's treacherous...there's a town below, it was a mining town b-before all this, I think. A bunch of monsters overran it recently, so I've been waiting for them to leave before I scavenge for more art supplies.""I appreciate the head's up...and the tea." you add with a smirk. "I'll be seeing you soon, Julia." You turn to join B'ni through the exit, but Julia's hand on yours stops you. You face her, holding up a hand to stop B'ni from pouncing as you find yourself staring into a set of dark brown, almost black eyes. Julia stands before you, level with your height. This close, the crimson of her bare flesh fills your vision, scarlet hues and raw musculature showing in stark detail. It's her eyes, though, that draw your attention. Not the monster you could've seen her as, but the earnest, wild eyes of a passionate girl whose mind could not bear what the world had become in the absence of sanity."Just...b-be careful, Shu...and thank you so, so much for...all this." Despite her form, despite her craft..."I will, Julia. It's been a pleasure."...she's as human as any of you.(Cotninued)
>>3147917"Jesus fucking Christ Shu, could you have kept us more on our toes up there?" Gina says finally, clinging to your back as you take great pains to be cautious in your descent down the mountainside. She laughs out loud, more out of relief than humor. "I mean, you handled that like a champ, don't get me wrong, but...oh my god, I thought her gallery was going to come alive and attack us at any second."The relief that emanates off Gina is a welcome respite to the palpable tension the three of you were inundated with just half an hour before. You spare a laugh in spite of yourself as Gina's laughs reverberate through your hive and spine."Yeah, that was...that was fucking something. I think that could've gone south in a hurry if we hadn't kept our cool. Gina, Isabelle? You were amazing, I couldn't have gotten through that without you two, seriously."Gina pats your shoulder as you give B'ni a glance to assess her progress. She's been handling the mountainside with expert skill, skating forward to scout and waiting for you to catch up, as before. She hasn't said a word since you escaped the gallery, and given her calm aura you simply assumed that she was relieved that you escaped without any one of you having to part a pound of flesh. She skates closer to you and Gina, giving a relieved sigh and a half-smile."Okay you two," you say, stopping to catch your breath, "I figure we'll get to a halfway stable outcropping and scout the town from there. If the place has a bunch of amalgams around it, we may want to just avoid it entirely and follow the mountain to...""Are you gonna go back once she finishes it?"B'ni's interruption completely derails your train of thought. You feel Gina cock her head to the side in confusion as you study B'ni's emerald eyes. Her face is a blank, inscrutable, and the feelings you pick up are similarly cool and even. You think over it a moment, curious as to why she would ask...it would be a risk to go back, considering that you practically played a very polite version of Russian Roulette with a very unstable young artist. Then again, with the way Julia acted...you're not sure how to reply to B'ni as her green eyes study your face intently.>>"...God no, and to clarify, hell no. If we come back, we'll have to scale this harder path going up, we'll have to approach her again and there's no guarantee she won't have lapsed further into the hunger by the time we come back. It's a risk I'm not willing to take.">>"...Maybe. I know it sounds stupid, but allies are hard to come by. She's passionate about her work and she's clearly been able to keep her sanity for however long she's been up. That has to count for something. Plus, the tea wasn't poisoned and it was pretty good so...I don't know, I feel like it might be a decent thing to do, if you two are up for it.">>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
(Gentlemen, I will be pausing here for the evening. Thank you so much for your participation, you keep me on my toes as a writer and you've been wonderful to work with. Take care, and I look forward to resuming tomorrow.)
>>3147936>>"...Maybe. I know it sounds stupid, but allies are hard to come by. She's passionate about her work and she's clearly been able to keep her sanity for however long she's been up. That has to count for something. Plus, the tea wasn't poisoned and it was pretty good so...I don't know, I feel like it might be a decent thing to do, if you two are up for it."If we didn't want to gamble on the better nature of human beings, we wouldn't have gone with the third option back when we had The Choice.
>>3147936>"...Maybe. I know it sounds stupid, but allies are hard to come by. She's passionate about her work and she's clearly been able to keep her sanity for however long she's been up. That has to count for something. Plus, the tea wasn't poisoned and it was pretty good so...I don't know, I feel like it might be a decent thing to do, if you two are up for it."
>>3147939(No, thank YOU, OP. This quest is incredible, one of the better stories I've seen on this site in ages. Keep up the awesome work, we appreciate you for it.)
>>3147936>"Yes. I know it sounds weird and is nothing but a shot in the dark, but short of journeying for who knows how long to get to the Cord this may be our only chance to get some information on the cause of all this. I don't think I'm unique, the only one to have that dream encounter. I hope my words will rouse Julia and bring her own to the forefront of her mind. If hers goes differently we could benefit from knowing that perspective."
>>3147936>"...Maybe. I know it sounds stupid, but allies are hard to come by. She's passionate about her work and she's clearly been able to keep her sanity for however long she's been up. That has to count for something. Plus, the tea wasn't poisoned and it was pretty good so...I don't know, I feel like it might be a decent thing to do, if you two are up for it."Also this >>3147956
>>3147936along with >>3147977 >>3147956 also>"You remember I can sense feelings a little now, right? I didn't sense any malicious intent from her - just a human girl broken in her own way, same as the rest of us. And besides, we all look like monsters in our own way just to survive. Some basic human decency is a good way to keep ourselves from forgetting who we are and who we were in this fucking place." Pull B'ni into a half-hug while carrying Gina. "Isn't that right?"
>>3147959(Thank you for the kind words. I have been utterly taken aback by the response to this quest, and it is a true joy to write. I look forward to seeing how you tackle the crucibles to come.)
>>3148096> I look forward to seeing how you tackle the crucibles to comeWhen in doubt. build up all the social links. Yes, even the social links of your enemies.
>>"...Maybe. I know it sounds stupid, but allies are hard to come by. She's passionate about her work and she's clearly been able to keep her sanity for however long she's been up. That has to count for something. Plus, the tea wasn't poisoned and it was pretty good so...I don't know, I feel like it might be a decent thing to do, if you two are up for it."new friendalso im late as ever
>>3147973Ill back this. Plus, julia actually didn't seem all that bad. And considering everything, her art isnt much more disturbing than anything else out here.More importantly, what else is even around to use as art materials than biomass? Even if she did kill other sisters, we happen to know alot of them give you no choice, and is using them for your art really all that much worse than eating them for a meal to gain their powers?
You know this brings to mind. B'ni (Isabelle) might dissent to this. I've noticed that she really doesn't have any qualms with Shu back when Shu and B'ni were just duo partners. But ever since GG entered the picture, she's been having lots of internal friction in the party. I can almost get the feeling that B'ni just wanted to go full murderhobo on Julia deep down out of terror and self-defense.
>>3148289Maybe b'ni is actually slightly succumbing to the insanity that seems to plague daughters and only us/ her feelings for us have been keeping her in check?
>>3147936“Honestly, B’ni…maybe.” You say, taking stock of her and your surroundings on the steep cliff face. “I know it sounds stupid, but allies are hard to come by She’s passionate about her work and she’s clearly been able to keep her sanity for however long she’s been up. That has to count for something…plus, the tea wasn’t poisoned and it was pretty good, so…I don’t know, I feel like it might be a decent thing to do, if you two are up for it.”Gina is quiet on your back as she shifts her weight slightly, the considerable pressure on your shoulder blades lightening as she keeps her expression hidden from view. B’ni simply nods slightly, waiting for you to continue.“Also, practically speaking, this might be our only chance to get some information on the cause of all this. I don’t think I’m unique, the only one to have that dream encounter. I hope my words will maybe…I don’t know, rouse Julia and bring her some clarity. If her dreams went differently then we could benefit from knowing that perspective.”“…I can get behind that, if you’ll pardon the pun.” Gina says dryly, and B’ni nods wordlessly once more. “Also, you two…” you start, considering when you took the third choice, “…you remember I can sense feelings a little now, right? I didn’t get any ill intent from Julia the entire time we were there…all I sensed was a girl broken in her own way, same as the rest of us. Besides, we all look like monsters in our own way just to survive. Some basic human decency is a good way to keep ourselves from forgetting who we are and who we were in this fucking place.”Despite the less than stable terrain, you make the effort to edge closer to B’ni and throw your arm around her shoulder with a smile. “Isn’t that right?”B’ni turns to face you, and you feel a sort of relief when her emerald eyes glimmer at yours, a toothy smile crinkling her cheeks.“You never stop surprising me, Shu.” She says, returning your hug. “I’ll back you all the way, no worries.”You give a short, affirmative nod before the three of you continue down the ivory cliffs.(Continued)
>>3148777An hour of careful navigation has brought you to a stable outcropping of pale bone, large enough for the three of you to rest on and angled enough to conceal you from the ruined town that has revealed itself to you from the dissipating fog.True to Julia’s word, a simple mining town sprawls before you at the foot of the mountain, walls and roofs rusted red, pitted with wear and time. The ramshackle assortment of one-story homes blends seamlessly with the shops and factory installments below, forming a monochrome landscape of steel grey and corroded red. It lays motionless, a stark, angry reminder of humanity’s fate juxtaposed next to equally stark cliffs of white, unmarred by the machinery and habitation you peer out from a few dozen meters off. The stillness marks a distinct contrast to the amalgam-overrun locale you were expecting.“I’m not sensing any movement below, Shu.” Gina says, Halo hovering between delicate fingers. Your drone has been making lazy circles around the town’s perimeter, staying close to the low-hanging fog, well out of sight. No movement below nor any sound aside from metal sinking under its own weight escapes the rusted labyrinth, an eerie, oppressive stillness permeating every crumbling inch of the abandoned settlement.“Huh…” Gina says, gently turning the halo over and twisting in around, her sightless gaze to the heavens as she processes that which remains unseen. “…I’m getting a solitary heat signature somewhere around the middle of town, it’s faint and doesn’t look mobile.”“How big?” B’ni asks, keeping her gaze steady as she scans the creaking tenements below.“Uh, human-sized, actually.” Gina replies, turning the halo clockwise, then holding it vertically as it begins to glow a brighter shade of amethyst. “If it’s another Daughter, then I don’t think she’s in any condition to fight…I’m honing in as much as I can and I’m getting a really slow heartbeat…like, comatose kind of slow.”“So are you saying she may be wounded?” you ask, eyebrow raised. Gina shrugs as B’ni speaks up to offer another possibility.“…Or maybe she hasn’t woken up yet?”It’s a possibility you hadn’t considered, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that there would be girls out there that have yet to wake up to find the world they knew is long gone.“In any case,” Gina says, placing the halo back atop her thick brunette hair. “We need to keep our art gallery appointment in mind with how we proceed. How do you want to play this, Shu?”>>”Let’s take it slow and steady as we go through town, maybe if we can find that heat source then we can figure out more about how we got this way.”>>”I’m not too keen on traipsing through that rust bucket, so let’s skirt around it via the mountain and continue on to see what’s beyond this town.”>>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3148779>”I’m not too keen on traipsing through that rust bucket, so let’s skirt around it via the mountain and continue on to see what’s beyond this town.”Exploring! We can figure out what's in the town after we find out about the surroundings.
>>3148779>>>>”I’m not too keen on traipsing through that rust bucket, so let’s skirt around it via the mountain and continue on to see what’s beyond this town.”
>>3148779>”I’m not too keen on traipsing through that rust bucket, so let’s skirt around it via the mountain and continue on to see what’s beyond this town.”
>>3148779>"Let's take it slow and steady as we move through the town. "
>>3148779>>”Let’s take it slow and steady as we go through town, maybe if we can find that heat source then we can figure out more about how we got this way.”I'm pretty curious about that sleeper. If it is an unawakened they shoukd be saner than most.
>>3148779>>”Let’s take it slow and steady as we go through town, maybe if we can find that heat source then we can figure out more about how we got this way.”
(Gentlemen, I am almost through with the latest update. As there was a three to two vote until a few minutes ago to avoid the town, that is the course of action I geared the update towards. Thank you for reading and I shall update soon.)
>>3149023Damn that's annoyingCould you next time announce the vote's closed? Saves us all some nerves
(Gentlemen, in the interest of fairness I can keep voting open for another hour or two and if it changes, then that's perfectly fine. Alternatively, I can post what I have now and then we can go from there with an option to explore the town offered immediately and with a deadline on voting. Which would you all prefer?)
>>3149068>I can keep voting open for another hour or twothis
(I'll keep voting open for another one and a half hours, Gentlemen. My apologies for the oversight, and thank you for your participation.)
>>”Let’s take it slow and steady as we go through town, maybe if we can find that heat source then we can figure out more about how we got this way.”i say we investigate
(Gentlemen, I'll update before the hour is up, thank you.)
>>3148779”Let’s take it slow and steady as we go through town, maybe if we can find that heat source then we can figure out more about how we got this way.”Your arms begin to tire about halfway through your cliff side journey, heavy with Gina and the tension of carefully picking safe spots along the rocky, uncertain terrain. The heavy fog has cleared almost completely, now, revealing town’s full, ramshackle glory. It’s a hideous no-man’s land of poorly-constructed, single-story tenements, their sheer number and narrow spacing between them their only claim to stability. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason to their placement, the town’s cramped alleys and jagged edges cutting into one another, a mad architect’s folly.“Hey, Shu…that was really nice, what you did.” Gina’s soft voice whispers in your ear as you scan the assemblage of near-identical buildings, and you feel a not-entirely-uncomfortable chill run down your hive.“With Julia?” you shoot back, trying to crane your neck to see your cargo, “It’s what you or B’ni would’ve done, I believe.”“Maybe…” She replies softly, hands tightening on your shoulders as she finds stable footing next to you, relieving you of her weight. You turn to look at her as she continues with a smirk, wiggling her bare feet on solid ground.“…Maybe not. Just take the compliment Shu, turning them down isn’t healthy.”You crack a small smile as you watch Gina brush the front of her hoodie free of wrinkles, her plastic and metal headphones bouncing around her neck as she does so. You stretch leisurely, a quick glance ahead showing B’ni scouting further ahead, creeping along with her greaves’ blades retracted.“Good call, by the way. I wasn’t really up weighing you down any longer than I had t…”A high-pitched creak of metal roofing precedes the deafening crash of concrete and steel as a building somewhere unseen succumbs to an unknown burden of time. You look at B’ni, her eyes wide, frozen mid-step. After a moment, the echoes fade, the unearthly silence settling once more over the town.“Okay, gang.” Gina says dully, retrieving the halo and scanning your surroundings. “Let’s be careful in Teatnus-opolis, alright?”B’ni nods rapidly, hopping back to the two of you as Gina points to a nearby alley.“Heat signature’s coming from somewhere over there.”“Alright.” You say, giving your allies a quick pat on the back simultaneously, “Let’s go.”(Continued)
>>3149369“Hard to believe this was a mining town...” B’ni says in a low voice, a mix of caution and disgust keeping her tone down to a whisper. “…pre- or post-apocalypse, I don’t think this place ever saw a decent coat of paint.”Gina nods as you chance a look skyward. The sky, such as it is, glows a deep, angry shade of crimson, deepening the contrast between the black-red rust and warped aluminum struts. The three of you pad forwards with even greater caution than you exercised during your mountain journey, the blind corners and crooked eaves making you uneasy.“We’re about twenty meters away from the source, Shu.” Gina says, goose-stepping over and around random pieces of debris that litter the concrete walkways. “It should be…here.”You find yourself facing a run-down shack like any other, indistinguishable from the rest in its unremarkable construction. The door hangs loosely on a single remaining hinge, as still as the rest of unnerving town. Where the windows aren't cracked, they're shattered, the odd strand of biomass here and there sometimes the only thing between a reasonably intact pane and another broken window, like so many others in the long-dead town.You reach out for the handle when B'ni's hand shoots out and snatches your wrist. You face her, emerald eyes wide as she glances behind you, a silent request to turn around, slowly. As you do so, you notice Gina's halo humming fitfully, her attention focused on whatever the two of them......oh.(Continued)
>>3149376A creature the size of a school bus perches atop the shack behind you, massive, roach-like carapace suspended on legs too numerous to count and too slender to support the amalgam's sleekly grotesque form. Smoky strands, wisp-like in how light and ephemeral they seem, twitch and flutter in the absence of a breeze, the air sickly warm and cloying. A face like a hound, skinless and leering, scans the surrounding rooftops, its legs tapping lightly as it turns, granting you a view of the unspeakable, undulating amorphous mass that makes up its torso proper. Reminiscent of the Sororitas, its body shifts and churns with a number of forms, faces, and beings, too numerous to count, too ill-formed to look at for long. B'ni's hand tightens on yours, urging you to seek shelter through any one of the open, useless doors that row the exposed street.You would consider it, if it's face had not just snapped to look at you with a sickening crunch of bone and chitin.You lock eyes with the beast, bright globes set in a bleached white skull, red and black swirling through a myriad of incomprehensible patterns and forms. A pair of flesh-stripped forearms tense, handless limbs leaving streaks of gore as they slide on the aluminum roofing.It stares at you for a long, silent moment.Then leaps.The sound that issues from its furious wingbeats is the screech of metal and the screams of the tortured, a mad cry of rage and pain and hunger...and only you can sate its need. Shu the DefiantVS.The Chittering TindalosHP: 100%BIO: 120% (1 Simple, 2 Spylings, 3/10 Active. Ravenous maw at the ready.)ACT: 2/2Threat: Medium, closing fast.B’ni HP: 100%GG HP: 100%YOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3149431DODGE.Use your tongue and reposition yourself. Grab Gina, she can't move fast, and B'ni has speed to spare to avoid this thing.Next, we need to come up with a strategy. Send a swarmling or two at it, test its defenses. Stay on the defensive yourself, see if Gina can sense anything else in the area.
>>3149431Hand a bombling (an Flightless acid-filled swarmling to be specific) to Gina. Aside from her plugs, We need to give her another combat option. B'ni should try and go for hit-run tactics and aim for her wings. Shu should spawn 2 more swarmlings. at the ready. Also, can you put down all of the powers that we found onto a pastebin/gdoc, and post it at the OP of every BodyHorror Quest thread? If the mechanical systems you're going by is any similar to Joker Quest, we're going to need that spreadsheet of abilities on hand.
>>3149431Seconding >>3149453We need to reposition first, get some breathing room.
>>3149537i vote for this
(Gentlemen, it's in a rough stage as I had to strip out quite a bit of spoiler bits, but here you are. I will include a stat sheet at the beginning of every new Vein going forwards.)https://pastebin.com/A5MA9zeY(Additionally, voting will close in the next half-hour.)
>>3149431>>3149453"Scatter!"The slit down your stomach lashes out, sticking to a strut some distance away as you throw and arm around Gina's waist in a single, fluid motion. She yelps from the sudden burst of speed as B'ni dashes the other direction, the three of you parting ways a half-second before the massive amalgam annihilates the space where you were in a deafening explosion of splintered metal and shattered concrete.It howls again , struggling to find its footing after its mad plunge as you land a short distance from the Tindalos. A twin pair of swarmlings rip free of your spine, their maiden voyage a screaming charge at the amalgam, screaming mindlessly as it swings its girth around to face you, demolishing several store fronts with its shifting thorax."GG, talk to me! What else do you sense in the area?!" you bark, standing your ground as your tongue roils in your gut, ready for another slit-second dodge. She stammers as her halo casts its incandescent aura around the crumbling metalwork."There's, uh...there's movement at the edges of the city, it's slow, but I think this thing has friends! I couldn't sense them before, they're too..."It moves so fast, closes the gap so unexpectedly that the white-hot pain that lances through your shoulder feels as though it's happening to someone else, someone far-off, as you are hurled to the ground."Shu!"You're not sure if the scream comes from Gina or B'ni, or perhaps both. You look down at your shoulder, a dagger of bone running through it cleanly, some sort of broken tooth devoid of the head to which it belonged. A cursory glance reveals the creature's skull smashing into and through a wall of sheet metal, launched as a crude yet effective projectile.You turn towards the amalgam as Gina helps you rise, and you witness a flurry of motion. Two long stalks, tendrils of shifting biomass colored rot black and coagulated red flail wildly, retracting into the carapace and emerging with another large skull, resembling that of some jungle cat. Your swarmlings struggle against the wisps, held taught against the beast's shell with a strength unbecoming of such seemingly delicate strands as they are slowly drawn within, sucked down into the semi-permeable chitin. Then...A white blur, a pair of furious emeralds.The beast's fore limbs are severed in an instant as it collapses bodily to the floor, the rending swing of B'ni's scythes barely slowing her as she slides free from the tumbling girth and races to your side, putting herself between you and your aggressor. Her side is bleeding lightly from several small puncture wounds, but she is either unaware or uncaring of such minor wounds.HP: 83%BIO: 104% (2 Spylings, 2/10 Active. Ravenous maw at the ready.)ACT: 2/2Threat: Medium, prone.B’ni HP: 112%GG HP: 100%YOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3149709We may be able to defeat this thing, but would likely suffer serious damage. We lack firepower, as our most damaging options rely on melee range, which is not where we want to be with this thing involved. Fleeing sounds good, but if it has friends, running away would just have us lose the numbers advantage we have, for now.Another option to consider is Investigating/Waking the sleeping thing. Thats kind of betting on the incredibly unlikely chance whatever it is is both powerful, fast and friendly, and can be an immediate asset, so methinks this may be a last resort.For now, our foe is prone. See if Gina can manipulate the terrain to lock it down and keep it that way, so B'ni and Shu can slice/dice and either acid bomb or chomp, respectivly. Killing it before its friends get here is the top priority. We may be able to hide (pull a Minecraft and have Gina dig us a hole, jump in, then cover it up) or run if we kill it fast enough.
>>3149709So simple swarmlings are out of the question. It seems to have a liking for heads, and hunts in a massive pack with other, and assimilates BIO into it's thorax while keeping the skulls and fangs as free projectiles to pin its prey. And those hair strands look like super tough fiber and sticky like a venus flytrap. I wonder what happens if we make them dissolve or burn away? But as it is right now, our main objective is to neutralize the thing ASAP before the rest of the swarm wakes up. Even better if Gina can mindjack it. That Halo's increased processing power will enhance her neuromancy, hopefully enough to take control over it at best, paralyze it at its worst. Spawn 2 nested Banelings (Acid swarmlings) and 1 simple swarmling. The main Banelings will kamikaze the wispy strands and chitin while the recursive banelings will target the limbs after the main baneling explodes on impact, We'll need to get rid of those wispy strands and burn that chitin before we can do a safe mindjacking for Gina. The simple swarmling will hold one of Gina's plugs and connect it to the amalgamation when it has a chance. That amalgam's got good mobility, if we can weaken it enough for Gina to mindjack the thing, we've got ourselves a mobile mount and better combat options for Gina. B'ni will need to sever the stalks since it seems the stalks serve as the creature's main limb for throwing skulls and using said skulls as battering rams.
>>3149808>>3149709Oh right. I forgot that Gina could Terraform the fleshscape. Yeah, your idea is better use of her powers. I wonder if her halo lets her be able to both terraform and mindjack by sacrificing her move action in favor for another action? BodyHorrorOP? what's your ruling?
>>3149856(If Gina is close enough to her target like she is right now, she can use an action to terraform and an action to jack in to the amalgam, yes.)
>>3149874Okay then. Do both, but prioritize the Terraforming that makes the DC over the mindjacking DC should one of the dice rolls for both of them fail.
>>3149886(Do you intend to use the offensive measure you described in your first post if Gina is able to subdue the Tindalos?)
>>3149900The measure is there if Gina fails to assume direct control of the amalgam. But toss in one baneling just to burn away those wispy strands and scar the chitin to lower Gina's mindjacking dc. I don't want any of us to be accidentally *shlorp'd* should Gina lose control while all of us are riding on its back.
>>3149709This >>3149925 >>3149886 >>3149808
(Writing now, Gentlemen.)
>>3149709"Gina, pin it and jack in!" you order through gritted teeth, fighting through the pain as you hold the fang steady in your shoulder. She moves immediately, dropping to the ground in a cross-legged seating position, a pair of cords snaking from underneath the skin of her forearms as another duo spear into the ground from underneath her hoodie. Two banelings and one simple swarmling erupt from your spine, heavy with lethal payloads and chittering in anticipation of their suicide charge as you stomach drops, the amalgam's limbs quickly finding purchase on the ground, tooth-pick spears scrabbling madly as the beast slowly rights itself.You feel the earth tremble as Gina's halo glows white hot.A massive sheet of calicite bursts through the concrete, knocking the beast over as another sheet joins it, effectively pinning it to the unforgiving ground. A third tremor announces a burst of earth from beneath the cornered monstrosity, making the uncomfortable tent a merciless vice as GG tightens her control.You move to grab one of the cords yourself when her arm jacks are slung forth with a flick of both wrists, lancing through the air at the chimera's shifting, amorphous excuse for a head. It's tendrils move to intercept almost on instinct, but ivory greaves surge forwards on a pair of lithe legs, scything through concrete, then steel, and finally red-black flesh, the tendrils slapping uselessly against the bare, dusty stone below.Instinct and reflex seem so slow, so laborious next to the speeding hellion you have on your side.Gina's jacks stab true, spearing into the pulsing, shifting mass of flesh that even now struggles to craft a new pair of tentacles to replace the ones B'ni severed only a mere second before. Amethyst light stutters and sparks along the twin lengths of cord, GG's forehead drenched in a cold sweat. The beast shudders, twitches, and fights yet still, slowed only slightly by your ally's attempts to assert control."We...we're not flying this asshole out, t-that's for sure...I can't...it's too strong! It's all I can do to keep it pinned and slowed with the feedback it's giving me, Shu!"She needn't say more as you issue a silent, urgent command sending your trio of creations on the offensive. Two go high, bursting and splattering their contents in a carpet bombing of the exposed ghostly strands and chitinous armor, reducing the lot to a bubbling, smoking boil. The last one goes low, and having no plug to hold it spears its drill between every needle-like appendage and exposed joint it can find, the beast howling again, a terrible, gratingly high-pitched susurration of insectile wings piercing through your ears.Your blood runs cold when you realize the sound rings out from every where around you.(Continued)
>>3150075WHERE THE FUCK ARE THEY COMING FROM???
>>3150112Either underground and/or inside the buildings is my guess.
>>3150075You whirl around, counting two, three, four similar horrors alighting on the rooftops around you, shaking off spare sheet metal and concrete dust from their places of slumber. B'ni is by your side, then in front of you before you can react, her greaves the only bright thing in this nightmare of lightless black and bottomless crimson.Gina screams in pain, yet still she fights through the feedback, blood trickling down from her nose to her lips, then down to her chin, droplets of bright red staining her hoodie. Stabbing legs puncture aluminum roofing rhythmically as the four arrivals stalk closer, skulls rotating slowly as the threat of an attack you can't predict makes your hive burn in anticipation, your gaze darting between the members of the chittering group. B'ni, despite her smaller stature, attempts to put as much of her form as possible between you and any possible angle of attack, and a cursory glance behind you reveals Gina trembling, blood pooling in her lap as she fights a losing battle to prevent the three of you from being completely surrounded. Their advance ceases, their skulls settled at odd, impossible angles as you wait for an assault that will tear your limbs from your body, your heart from your chest.It's a long moment before you realize it's not coming.The realization settles over you as one of them takes another stuttering step forwards, then seizes up, falling on its side on the crumpled roofing. Each of them tries to advance in fits and starts, but for every inch they gain, they remain motionless for several seconds a stop-motion march of horror, slowed to a pitiful crawl. Maybe it's a speck of dust, maybe a shimmer of light that cuts through the gloom...you're not sure what makes you notice it, finally. You hadn't been looking for it back then, and you certainly didn't expect to see it here, in this place so far removed from a dollhouse of horrors......silver threads.Lining the roof tops, strung between the eaves and satellite dishes and any tall structure you can see nearby, silver strands form a haphazard web of paralytic webbing, forming a perfect trap for the aerially inclined. A high, clear laugh echoes through the alley, sounding above Gina's groans of pain, the clicking of a pair of high heels and a swish of a blood-stained labcoat announcing the presence of someone you hadn't expected to see here as she steps from out of a nearby passage. "What the fuck?" B'ni breathes as the figure sends more threads skyward with a dismissive flick of her wrist."Hello, Darling." says Doctor Francine West with a wink and a wave, "I'll hold the others, help your little friend there and dazzle me, would you~?"You blink.Screw it.It's an opening, and you're sure as hell going to take it.HP: 83%BIO: 80% (1 Swarmling, 2 Recursive 2 Spylings, 5/10 Active. Ravenous maw at the ready.)ACT: 2/2Threat: 5 strong, 1 pinned, 4 paralyzed.B’ni HP: 112%GG HP: 67%YOU ARE IN CONTROL
(Gentlemen, I will be stopping here for the evening. Thank you so much for reading, and I look forward to continuing tomorrow. You are great, and take care.)
>>3150172>Try and spot their weak point, their 'brain' or 'heart' so we can send our swarmlings in for kill shots.>Aim gor the pinned first, then whichever ones are closest first.>B'ni should help our swarmlings get to said weak point if we need a bit of extra help, otherwise she should be on the lookout for if one breaks free.>Ginas job is to continue what she is doing without passing out.
>>3150209I'm worried Gina can't hold up- she's already bleeding from several areas. I think we need to get her up and keep her safe so that she doesn't literally pop her head.
>>3150172>>3150209>>3150217I disagree on Gina focusing brainpower on keeping the think pinned. Switch priorities from mindjacking to weaponized Terraforming. Just impaling the damn bug that's currently pinned and then spend the other free action into impaling the rest of the paralyzed bugs within range with ALL THE CALCIFIED SPIKES, since terraforming takes less brainpower than fighting an active battle of brainpower against an amalgamation. After killing the bug, Shu will run up to the carcass of the formerly pinned amalgamation and use all the biomass from that carcass to create ALL THE BANELINGS that will screen and bombard the amalgamations still strong and active with acid. any spare BIO from the carcass will be focused on doing BIO transfer in restoring health and BIO amongst our teammates. Isabelle (B'ni) will run Defense and aim for the stalks.Our objective has changed from trying to kill one quickly and quietly before shit went south to all out war.
>>3150223While i do agree she is in a bad spot, trying to save her and risk letting the enemies get through might get all of us, including her, injured worse or even killed.It sucks, but sometimes someone does have to suffer to prevent a worse situation from occurring, including a worse situation for themselves.We DO need to end this quickly though, i will give you that, this may be her last turn in action. We do have the doctor helping but we don't know how long her strands can hold them back and fow how long she can keep them going, too big an unknown to rely on as a good replacement.
>>3150237Overwhelming offense? Sounds good. The surprise arrivals can tie up the monsters, and let us focus on dishing out damage.Also, holy shit, I wasn't expecting to see these two again, let alone working together. And the dollhouse girl? Definitely didn't think we'd have her on OUR side.
>>3150172>"Thanks doc."Have acid swarmlings burrow into and dissolve their brains.
(Gentlemen, thank you for your patience. Work is a little hectic and it is compounded by a persistent sickness of mine. I will endeavor to update in the next 2-3 hours and I will update frequently for several hours afterwards until the end of the evening. Thank you again for your patience and participation, Gentlemen.)
>>3150894don't push yourself BodyHorror. Take care of yourself first before you write in earnest. Interesting times (read: chaotic) are ahead and we would rather not lose you in the coming storm.
>>3150397Read carefully. The doctor has the dollhouse girl's power. Dollhouse girl is fucking dead.
>>3150172>>3150237>>3150242>>3150916“Thanks, Doc.” You mutter through gritted teeth before turning your attentions to Gina. “GG, stop! Jack out and just keep it pinned!”There is a moment’s hesitation before her cords detach, reeling back in to her forearms as a tremendous pressure builds along your spine, your vision blurring, daggers of pain needling your temples as a growing storm fights free of your hive. A frantic scrabbling of claw against shell rises, the warring crescendo of fresh wings fluttering foretelling a monstrous swarm that you intend to let slip upon that which made your friends fear and bleed.“B’ni.” you call out, green eyes snapping to you, lips curled up in a furious, feral rage. “Shred the one on the ground, the four up top are mine.”She blurs past you without a word, shearing concrete underfoot as you run forward and make a final, blinding push, your back erupting with eight vicious banelings, sleek black shells glittering in daylight, their silent wingbeats carrying them skyward to administer your swift revenge.“Brilliant love, just brilliant!”Doctor West’s delighted laugh rings in your ears as she clears a path for your annihilating swarm, barely-perceptible strands falling and shifting to allow a direct route as your creations race onwards in pairs, two for each Tindalos. From behind, you hear blades of bone carving through concrete and chitin, swift, terrible strikes that illicit screams of rage and pain from the trapped beast, but your focus is both forward and skyward, marking your targets with four quick, condemning glances.This is how the four will end.(Continued)
>>3150999Your swarm falls on the frozen horrors, needles delivering an executioner’s injection, two by two, directly into the twitching masses behind their armored masks. The lethal dose results in immediate and satisfying carnage, the creatures’ shells warping and popping as she stench of decay wafts from the rooftops, the acid eating through the bottom of their thoraxes and emptying the shells’ contents onto the roof, viscera gurgling down the ridges of the roof and splattering the ground with a grotesque slurry, dripping down like a heavy rain of liquefied gore.Your swarm hovers close, a snap of the Doctor’s fingers releases her quarry, returning their senses for one last time. You imagine the low gurgle and their weak flailing would be a roar of rage and fury if there was anything more to them than a lose assortment of limbs and bubbling piles of semi-solid biomass, quivering in four separate death throes. You turn and run to GG’s side, helping to stabilize her as she struggles to stand on trembling legs. “Gina, are you alrigh…”"Six." she croaks weakly, dried blood miserably caked on her upper lip and chin, "Six more, coming this way,...but that's the last of them."Your swarmlings silent wings allow them to land on the roofs around you, a defensive perimeter that grants you three hundred and sixty degrees of awareness, the sound of creaking metal and cackling howls echoing through the town as the next wave prepares to converge on your location.B'ni rejoins your side, black entrails dripping from her peerless greaves, a cold look in her eyes as she scans the streets. Two buzzing swarms hover where the slashed remains of the amalgam sit, your twin recursive swarms at your beck and call. The click of West's heels make you turn to face the blonde woman's glittering blue eyes, paired with an ever-present smirk."Strands." you demand bluntly, your swarm chittering in agitation, "How much more have you got in you, Doctor?""I can bind three, but it will take all I have." she replies in a quick, clipped tone, smile unfaltering. "With the same biomass I can put down two by myself with minimal struggle. How shall we proceed, Darling?"You quickly take stock of your allies, knowing that while one more push is all you have left to conquer, you may not have even that much left in you. You gaze flickers between B'ni and GG, the former's stalwart, warrior stance giving you faith, while the latter's disorientation and struggle to stand make your stomach sink.You know you can end this, the only question is how.HP: 83%BIO: 32% (8 Banelings, 2 Recursive Swarms, 8/10 Active. Ravenous maw at the ready. Free swarmling triggered twice.)ACT: 2/2Threat: 5 strong, roused from their slumber.B’ni HP: 104%GG HP: 48%Dr. West HP: ??%YOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3151010Don't stay still and let them all converge on us at once. Move towards 1/2 of them, have doc paralyze and kill them ourselves. Keep moving that direction, make them chase and pick them off. Try to let doc and Gina recharge for more paralysis.
By cord would it mean a spinal cord? I would imagine whoever controls the cord controls the world.
>>3151010Gina should rest up and focus on just giving us the general position of our enemies relative to us and just the basic shape of the terrain. Tell her to selectively block out some information that isn't really relevant to combat like their shape and size, just give us their location and direction and our location relative to them (the bare minimum), All other information is irrelevant because she might be suffering from Information overload, tell her to just slowdown and parse the information down to the basics like shape, size, and location. Release the terraforming that was used to bind the now dead Tindalos, and redirect that power into making the terrain more favorable to our group in a counter-ambush. Everyone should take what BIOmass they need from the carcass, should it be to heal or replenish their health for at least this round before the Tindalos are fully awake. Give B'ni the two Recursive Banelings. She can ready an action to perform a hit and run by throwing the recursive banelings at two of them in a drive-by. Have Dr. West ready up a web-like trap. and bind up 3 of them, we have 6 spare banelings that we can use to kill secure the three that the Dr. Manages to bind.
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>>3151041(Also, to be clear: the two Recursive swarmlings that are active right now are smaller, buzzing swarms meant for harassment and distraction, while the eight Banelings you have now are the far more powerful variants.
>>3151047Ah. Well in that case. The recursive Swarmlings will do harassment against the Tindalos that aren't trapped by Dr. West and stall it. Have them bait out the Tindalos's tendency to fling skulls and fangs at them by becoming more enticing targets for the Tindalos. Harass at a distance, but don't get to close to risk getting schlorp'd by the wisp strands. B'ni would take advantage of the harassment distraction by aiming for the stalks.Also, is Gina's health drain due to sensory overload?
>>3151081(Yes, the Tindalos have an automatic countermeasure against Daughters using Neuromancer class skills, much like how the Enigma was able to destroy B'ni's greaves with ease.)
>>3151085Okay then. I'm going to revise/clarify my actions a bit. >Dr. West: Bind 3 tindalos,>Shu: send 6 Banelings to kill secure the 3 tindalos bound by Dr. West. 2 for each Tindalos, have the 2 recursive swarmlings accompany/escort to serve as a drone screen for B'ni>B'ni: Harry and harass the remaining Tindalos for as long as you can. Aim for the stalks and legs, with the Stalks as priority targets.>Gina: Redirect brain power into Terraforming. Selectively block non-irrelevant information and parse it down to simple shapes and size in her mind's eye to save her processing power when Terraforming. Assist Dr. West in binding the Tindalos by Impaling them on Calcite spikes, so that Shu can kill secure with the banelings and Dr. West can free herself and help B'ni in the next round. Save an action to ready a counter ambush Calcite Terraformed impalement when a Tindalos inevitably decides to try and ambush her.
>>3151010>>3151041>>3151105"Gina? Gina, listen to me." you say, taking her head in your hands, "Just one last thing, and then we can end this, okay? Can you do one more thing, something simple?"She nods weakly, halo dimming in the oppressive red daylight."I need a quick scan, something simple. Just size and direction of the six you told me about. Can you do that for me?"Another shaky nod, her halo starting to glow as she retracts her second pair of cords from the ground, the calcite sheets retracting, allowing the creature's indecipherable remains to litter the broken concrete where it once was trapped. Her halo pulses once, twice, a third and final pulse shining in the alley before she turns to you, voice rough and low."Four are coming in fast from that way." she says, with an eastward nod nearly sending her off-balance. "Two are coming from the opposite direction but the're not totally with it, yet.""We can work with that, good work Gina. Doc, you heard the woman." you say, your gaze meeting with Doctor West's amused expression as the plan take shape in your mind, "If you have three bindings left in you, then I need to to trap three of the four that're coming from the east, got it?""Consider it done, Captain." she says, silver strands dancing between slender, skinless fingers. You turn once more to Gina."Feel free to say no, but do you have enough in you to back up Doctor West with some terraforming, like what you did earlier? I'll keep my small swarms near you, so just stay clear of the fight while if you can.""Yeah...yeah I think I can manage.." she replies hazily, though her shakiness seems to have dissipated. You whirl on B'ni, the plan coming together. "Can you harass the fourth one, basically a rinse and repeat of how you handled the other one's eye-stalks?""With pleasure." she says, blades screaming through the air as she summons a fresh, gleaming pair of scythes, "Just please be safe, okay?""That's priority number one for everyone, right now." you say with a smirk as you swarmlings move into position, eight pairs of wings surging through the stale, moist air.(Continued)
>>3151181Buzzing like a symphony of industrial saws cuts through the town, brown, shining wings carrying four roach-like bodies towards you from the eastern side of the labyrinth of disrepair and rust. They close in, your stance and focus unwavering as you count down the seconds, the precious seconds until you have your chance......and with a shimmer of silver, there it is.The doctor's last trick snags three of the abominations mid-flight, bodies stiffening as they enter a dead fall, crashing into and through the aluminum roofing below with six of your swarmlings in hot pursuit. The remaining two cling to your shoulders, as you track the fourth Tindalos as it arcs through the air, horse-skull twitching clockwise once, then two clicks back, angling for a killing shot.Its aim is thrown wildly off course when B'ni speeds from a nearby rooftop and arcs through the air, just low enough to avoid the creature's binding wisps and carve a clean, bloody gash through its lower thorax. B'ni lets out a yelp as she lands, afresh patch of needle-thin stab wounds blossoming crimson on her shoulder, under her shirt. The horse-roach dips low to the rooftops, too low to avoid being speared by thin ribs of bone that shoot through the aged corrugated roof, Gina hidden safely below as she orchestrates the construction of an ivory prison above. A second savage kick from B'ni sends the horse-skull clattering along the sheet metal, severed tendrils flailing wildly some distance away as your ally laughs victoriously. Your last two swarmlings launch themselves from your shoulders, capitalizing on the captured beast's moment of weakness to deliver a swift, painful end. The three you set upon earlier suffer a similarly gruesome and justified end, though a single mere pair of swarmlings remain active and mobile, the other six either speared in the monsters' talons or stuck uselessly on ebony shells, wisps holding them fast in spite of their owners' demise.Furious screams echo through and off of countless panes of broken glass and rusted walls, a hellish cacophony that only serves to hasten their bretherens' arrival. From the rear, you hear the scraping of countless needles finding purchase on roofing some distance away, and drawing closer. Your last two foes are on their way, wings screaming as they take flight......you intend to show them that they and their fury is as the buzzing of flies in the face of the wrath of you and your friends.HP: 83%BIO: 32% (4 Banelings, 2 Recursive Swarms, 4/10 Active. Ravenous maw at the ready.)ACT: 2/2Threat: 3 strong, 1 blinded and pinned, 2 approaching rapidly from the rear.B’ni HP: 93%GG HP: 48%Dr. West HP: ??%YOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3151213We need to get the swarmlings ready, and generate more if need be. B'ni should wait off to one side and attack from blind angles, she's all speed and offense with no defense. When the monsters appear, we need to distract them with our swarmlings and have B'ni slice them up when she has an opportunity.Gina and Dr. West are a bit trickier, given their current states. If Gina can trap the monsters with terraforming, even a little, that's great. We have no idea what Doc's recharge time for her powers is, so if she can help out, great, if not, she needs to lie low.
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>>3151213this >>3151253also have the 2 Recursives back her up in the initial part as distractions, by going for the eyes and hogging the Tindalos' view1 Baneling per Tindalos initially (2), while the other 2 Banelings finish off the blinded & pinned Tindalos then fly over to back up the first two and B'ni (4)Gina should trap with terraforming if possibleDoc should try to help Gina out (maybe get her bits of the previously killed Tindalos for HP), or just stand around and laugh smugly for no reason. Pic related.
>>3151213Have Gina put up walls and fortifications. Harrass them as they come in with swarmlings and Bunny speed. Mostly just try to land swarmlings on them to crawl up and inject deadly acid payloads while Gina and Bunny delay them.
>>3151213>Gina: Stop terraforming, ready an action to react to one charging Tindalo by using your halo's increased processing power to critically evade and counterattack with a critical Calcite spike, long and thick enough to impale and pin the damned bug in the air. Ready your other action by terraforming to take potshots with sudden bone spikes from the ground and have it serve as additional obstacles to slow the charge of the bugs. >Shu: Impulsive swallow our stuck banelings, retrieve it from the carcasses if possible, but prepare to bite off your tongue if the tongue gets stuck on the wisps as well. Ready that ravenous maw. our 2 simple swarmlings accompany B'ni and act as fighter escorts to cover her six from flying skulls and fangs.>Dr. West. Prepare Trip-wires for our charging Bugs, make it dense and strong enough that the bugs actually trip on them. >B'ni: Lead them this time. Run circles around them and get them confused. Swarmlings will cover her against fangs and skulls by bodyblocking. Aim for the legs this time, not the eyestalks.
>>3151307(Doctor West does not have enough remaining biomass to create strands as her ability is low level and very costly, though she may still engage the enemy with melee or ranged capabilities, if you prefer.)
>>3151315I still cannot get over our new Swarmling variants being called Banelings in-universe. Good shit BHOP
>>3151213>>3151315Expend 30% Bio to generate platelings (swarmlings used to make Chitinous Stalwart armor) and divy them up between Shu, B'ni and Gina. (10% for each)The armor will serve us well when they close into melee.
>>3151213>>3151307>>3151314Gina stumbles out of the house before you, held steady by a smiling Doctor West. The taller blonde grins from ear to ear, belting out a high, regal laugh that threatens to overwhelm the buzzing din created the two nightmarish locusts flying your way. Her hair stands on end, sparks dancing along the strands of dirty blonde hair as your own hair stands on end, the air around you suddenly dry and heavy with static."Ah, I'm almost full up, Darling. Allow me to back up the little one, if I may?" she says, ignoring your raised eyebrow at the curious side effects of whatever ability she triggered.Ignoring her, GG lunges forwards, batting aside your cradling arms as she breaks into a run, her weariness forgotten in a haze of adrenaline and sheer will. She scrambles up trash bin and hooks a leg around an eave, hoisting herself to the roof. You see her halo glowing brightly, a bright silver corona burning above her tousled brown hair as she stands tall above you. A wave of nausea rushes over you, as your skin flushes a deep red where she touched you. The plan you were formulating, your ideas...you needn't speak, you needn't raise your voice any longer as you *feel* your allies in your heart, your very core.In this most desperate of hours, you act as one.(Passive Ability Unlocked: UNITY OF THE SWARM: In combat, you no longer need to vocalize your commands to B'ni or Gina for them to understand the actions you wish for them to take. This ability has an effective range equal to that of your swarmlings' maximum distance.)B'ni leaps from the building behind you and skids to a stop a few feet ahead of B'ni. The two share a wordless glance before glancing back to you in realization of how your empathic powers have evolved, your intent transmitted directly into the forefront of their minds.B'ni gives a short, affirmative nod and salute to you before speeding off to skirt around the two hideous forms that are almost upon the four of you. Glancing down the alley, you spy a destroyed Tindalos, two of your swarmlings still caught in its adhesive shell. Your ravenous stomach opens wide and a blur lashes out, your tongue moving faster than human eyes could follow as you tear your wriggling swarmlings free and nestling them within your hollow abdomen. Two of your three other swarmlings race to catch up with B'ni in her assault as Gina runs all-out along the roof tops after her old friend, while your last swarmling finishes delivering a cruel, boiling mercy to the final member of the second wave.Doctor West is by your side as the two of you climb up after them, itching to bring an end to the third and final wave of these infuriating hell spawn. (Continued)
>>3151422Despite a few shocks between you, Doctor West helps you reach the top of the shack where you watch the final push unfold. Several roof tops over, B'ni runs circles around a distracted Tindalos, its focus split between her and the two swarmlings you sent as back up. More urgently, the other beast is running in a mad scramble straight for Gina, who stands still as possible, halo pulsing with a silver, almost blindingly white light as she ignores the charging roach. Its blank, vaguely feline mask stays shut as a bone-rattling howl issues froth from somewhere within its shell, and still Gina does nothing as it closes the gap at blinding speed. The halo pulses once, twice, three times, and the beast is upon her, mere inches from crushing her beneath its titanic mass.She smiles.With impossible grace and speed, you watch as Gina slips under the beast, grazing past stabbing needles and meaty, flailing fore-paws to emerge unscathed past her prey. A split-second before the creature hits the ground, you notice the cords GG slipped through a gap in the roofing, leading from her arms to a hole where she was standing. The beast has no time to react as a single, massive lance of bone and concrete erupts from below its body, spearing it on a great-sword of blade the length of a tractor trailer, leaving it speared skyward, mask utterly shattered as it screams and flails ineffectually."Incredible, Darling!" Doctor West crows with delight, somehow running across the roof in her ridiculous heels to GG, larger arcs of electricity dancing along her back and down her arms, "I hope you don't mind me discharging a bit?!"A burst of light, a peal of thunder.The instant Doctor West reaches out and hits the pillar with an open palm, a crack of lightning explodes through the bone spear and through the body of the pitiable beast. It bursts into flames and sags limply, sliding down the ivory pole as Gina's mouth hangs open in awe. West brushes her hair back with a red, raw hand and flashes you a meek smile over her shoulder. You whirl around to catch sight of B'ni, one of your swarmlings now stuck on the back of the beast as B'ni makes it work to try and get any solid hits in, though you do see several new crimson stains on her shirt and pants, a handful of minor wounds that are slowly but surely accumulating in a losing battle.(Continued)
>>3151491Three malformed swarmlings tear free of your back, closing the gap as they dart through the air to B'ni's side. Two wrap around her forearms to form a pair of black-shelled gauntlets while the last one wraps around her head to form an onyx helm. The beast finally lands, sending a guttural scream of frustration echoing across the town and through the mountains. B'ni responds in kind, a high, furious battle cry that causes your heart to skip a beat as it pierces through the humid, stinking air. The monster's skull twitches left, then right, then left again as your ally settles into a sprinter's stance, both duelists ready and eager to land the final blow.A single, harrowing second passes, and then...With a crack like a hateful whip, a ratlike skull is launched directly at B'ni. Moving with uncanny speed, she bolts forward, jumping up and spinning sideways, a lethal mid-air top. The skull meets her spinning scythe and is promptly sliced cleanly in half, and B'ni's landing transforms into a furious charge as she snatches your last swarmling from mid-air, sprinting towards an execution.Wild tendrils go flying as she carves a bloody swath into the beast's core and punches forwards, thrusting your swarmling deep within the creature's ruptured body. Your mental bond might not be a two way street, but B'ni's second, wild war cry lets you know she's set the stage for you to strike the final blow. A snap of your fingers and the swarmling bursts open, drenching the beast's core in a cascade of corrosion and death. It screams, flails, roars pleading against the inevitability of your victory......and then, silence reigns the fleshscape once more.>>SHU LEVEL UP>>B'NI LEVEL UP>>GG LEVEL UP(Continued)
>>3151525>>GG LEVEL UPCHOOSE *ONE* OF THE FOLLOWING>>HEALTH>>BIOMASS>>NEUROMANCER>>NEUROTIC HALO>>CONSUMEB'NI LEVEL UPCHOOSE *ONE* OF THE FOLLOWING>>HEALTH>>BIOMASS>>DOGGED SPRINTER>>CALCITE GREAVES>>CONSUMESHU LEVEL UPCHOOSE *ONE* OF THE FOLLOWING>>HEALTH>>BIOMASS>>SWARMLING>>RAVENOUS MAW>>CONSUMEYOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3151536for gg>>NEUROMANCERfor b'ni>>CONSUMEfor shu>>RAVENOUS MAW(im sure everyone else is gonna dissagree but eh
>>3151525DAYUM. You sure know how to make an encounter like this exciting.Shu:>BIOMASSOur Swarmlings eat up lots of biomass to spawn and to maintain. I hope the Biomass upgrade lets us be more efficient with our eldritch flesh and I hope we get a capacity upgrade on our swarm from getting a BIOMASS upgrade.B'ni:>Dogged Sprinter. Gotta go FAST. NEEDS MORE SPEED.GG:>NEUROTIC HALOIf she's going to be our AWACs and handle have a better footing on mindjacking against amalgamations like Tindalos, she needs the brain power, this will also passively make her neuromancy easier for her to perform with all that extra brain power.
>>3151525Aw shit armor swarmlings>>3151536Backing >>3151558Except swarmling upgrade for Shu.
>>3151558>>3151536I forgot to link my upgrade choices. Also:>[ ] "So eh, what's up doc?">[ ] Rest up and check up on Gina, she's probably going to be worn out from burning so much brain power on mindjacking and terraforming, her health not helping her condition as well.
>>3151536>GG>>NEUROTIC HALO>B'ni>>DOGGED SPRINTER>Shu>>BIOMASS
(Gentlemen, I will tally the votes and finalize your level up choices one hour from now. Thank you for an enjoyable fight, I will be back soon.)
>>3151597Make sure you go and post on QTG when you're gonna update.
>>3151630(An excellent reminder, thank you.)
>>3151536>>3151536 (You)>>SHU - BIOMASS SELECTEDBIOMASS (Lvl 3): Shu's maximum biomass has increased to 140%. Additionally, your first act of creation at the start of each combat has its total cost reduced by a flat total of 30%, allowing for a cleaner, more efficient opening of combat and a stable platform with which to experiment with various strategies while facing less consequences for doing so. >>B'NI - DOGGED SPRINTER SELECTEDDOGGED SPRINTER (Lvl 2): the thrill of running, the rush of speed, the wind in your hair as you race along, powered by the engine of your heart and body, your speed is an inherent part of you. B'ni's past feats translate well into her newfound legs, as she now possesses the ability to cross up to three distance zones with a single move action. Additionally, during the course of a move action, B'ni cannot suffer a critical hit and gains a considerable bonus to evasion while running, allowing her to dodge and weave through the battlefield with ease. However, these benefits are lost when she ends her turn or takes a combat action after her movement action.>>GG - NEUROTIC HALO SELECTEDNEUROTIC HALO (Lvl 2): the form and composition of Gina's creation shifts, now resembling a delicate, glittering diadem as an amethyst core of tightly packed neurons features prominently on the front of the circlet. The shining 'gem' grants two additional and opposite modes that the halo may access; the first being a state of complete mental isolation, preventing thoughtform communication and corruption while simultaneously granting nigh-complete immunity to neural feedback while jacked in to Daughters and Amalgams, both. The second mode allows Gina to passively communicate via thoughtform broadcast to anyone in the vicinity, though it also makes her extremely vulnerable to neurological attack. Not intended to be used in combat, this mode excels in social situations, and it even grants the user the chance to share dreams with nearby sleepers, allowing a private chance to converse or discuss either one on one or with a group.(Continued)
>>3151740(Gentlemen, I shall adjourn here for the evening and resume later tomorrow afternoon, as I do wish to give myself some time to fight off this persistent cold. I do hope you enjoyed the battle, and feel free to post any questions, concerns, or criticisms you may have regarding the quest. Additionally, you are also welcome to post what you wish to do post-combat, as >>3151574 did earlier. Thank you so much for your participation, and I look forward to resuming tomorrow.)
>>3151747Thx 4 runin bby
>>3151747Thanks OP, see you soon!
Damn missed the updates>>3151422>The taller blonde grins from ear to ear, belting out a high, regal laugh that threatens to overwhelm the buzzing din created the two nightmarish locusts flying your way.Nice, you kept the smug laugh.>UNITY OF THE SWARMSweet. No hivemind though, we need our friends and allies to keep their individuality.This also opens up ruses against our enemies. Yell commands out loud, but transmit our real commands mentally, taking enemies by complete utter surprise.>B'ni leaps from the building behind you and skids to a stop a few feet ahead of B'ni.Gina?>>3151491>With impossible grace and speed, you watch as Gina slips under the beast, grazing past stabbing needles and meaty, flailing fore-paws to emerge unscathed past her prey.Matrix dodge, nice!>The instant Doctor West reaches out and hits the pillar with an open palm, a crack of lightning explodes through the bone spear and through the body of the pitiable beast. It bursts into flames and sags limply, sliding down the ivory pole as Gina's mouth hangs open in awe.That's a cool ability.>though you do see several new crimson stains on her shirt and pants, a handful of minor wounds that are slowly but surely accumulating in a losing battleHow and where the fuck are we gonna get new clothes from in this post-apocalyptic hellscape???>>3151525>B'ni responds in kind, a high, furious battle cry that causes your heart to skip a beat as it pierces through the humid, stinking air.So proud of our dog-rabbit-skater girl.>>3151536Are Shu's tits really that huge? I guess all that biomass has to go somewhere, huh? :^)>>3151740>the thrill of running, the rush of speed, the wind in your hair as you race along, powered by the engine of your heart and body, your speed is an inherent part of youTHE NEEDFOR SPEED>resembling a delicate, glittering diadem as an amethyst core of tightly packed neurons features prominently on the front of the circletAesthetic>mode 1This no-sells enemy mental counterattack, but also no-sells Shu's mental order relaying? Sure is double-edged.>mode 2So Shu's mental order relay, except more complex thoughts and with dream sharing. This way, Shu B'ni and Gina can have the same dream with maw-girl knight-girl and enigma-girl all together. Perfect.>>3151747Backing >>3151574 but also>[ ] "What happened to those biosuited people you had back at your compound?"HOLY FUCK IT JUST HIT ME>Shu = Serph>Rath = Heat>Gina = Gale>B'ni = Argilla? Sera?>Doctor West = Cielo? Roland?Doctor West has lightning powers yeah, but is she quirky enough to be a Cielo or mature smug enough to be Roland? I'm leaning more towards Roland than anything. Julia Pickman is closer to Cielo than anything, but I doubt we could get her to just leave her loaded cushy art studio in the middle of the scenic bone mountains to come join us on our quest to the Cord.
>>3152453At least we cleared the mining town, so we could convince Julia to come down from the mountains and set up shop in the down. we've got several Tindalos carcasses worth of BIO for her to use as art material now so she doesn't need to prey on any unfortunate daughter who gets violently grossed out enough by her artwork or Julia's appearance.Speaking of appearances, we should probably convince her to sculpt her old face back onto her body. or a sculpt a face that's more easy on the eyes. >This no-sells enemy mental counterattack, but also no-sells Shu's mental order relaying? Sure is double-edged.I just interpret Mode 2 of Neurotic Halo as Free thoughtform Wifi with no neuromancer password security. We could make Mode 2 more secure through a direct connection of Gina physically jacking into both Shu and Bunny.Mode 1 is good for ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL, but I often wonder if the mental isolation thing can be circumvented by the physical connection between daughters Gina trusts. Keep the mental isolation from outside perk but still leave the network open to those who have the neural passcode. >Are Shu's tits really that huge? I guess all that biomass has to go somewhere, huh? :^)You should see Gina's size. Shu remarked that Gina's would give her a run for her own money. :^)
>>3152953You know, it's never been questioned once in the entire quest, both in universe and in the threads:Why do only girls exist in the post-apocalyptic fleshscape?
>>3152976I thought doc west had men working for her at her base, but yeah only girls have the superpowers.
>>3152983(If inspected or fought, they would have been shown to simple flesh constructs reainimated by Doctor West.)
>>3152996OoophWhere all the bois at?
>>3152999(Oh, you just fought several of them. The very specific reasons for the state of the world remains spoilers for now, Gentlemen.)
>>3153004Answer the fucking questions >>3152453>How and where the fuck are we gonna get new clothes from in this post-apocalyptic hellscape?>Are Shu's tits really that huge?
>>3153005(As far as clothes, you will actually get a new wardrobe shortly. As far as Shu's measurements, she is not nearly as stacked as the girl in the level up image. Gina, on the other hand...)
>>3153004>Oh, you just fought several of them.All amalgams in the entire world are all transformed males, and all the females only have superpowers because they're set up to fight each other — the final prize being the perfect biovessel for the alien fleshgod to inhabit or impregnate?>>3153008>You will actually get a new wardrobe shortlyCool. I'd have though all normal human clothing would have fallen apart by now.>She is not nearly as stacked as the girl in the level up image.Eh, worth asking.>Gina, on the other hand…Nice. Very nice.One last question:Am I right on the Digital Devil Saga character links in >>3152453, or am I just reaching because the plot is basically a combination of DDS1 and 2 done well in a different way?
>>3153004>>3153012>All amalgams in the entire world are all transformed males, and all the females only have superpowers because they're set up to fight each other Darn CuteMonstergirl effect. Where's muh Venom symbiote bois?Digital Devil Saga was one of BodyHorrorOP's inspirations for the quest. That and Persona.
>>3153017I see more Digital Devil Saga than I do Persona.As it should be.
>>3153012(I'll be honest, I wasn't thinking of character links like that when I drew on DDS as one of the four or five points of major inspiration, but the cast does reflect them in a lot of ways, so good catch.)
>>3153021I don't mind if you fully continue this trend with our party members from now on. I don't mind at all.
>>3153021Have an Argilla and Roland.
>>3151740You take a moment to collect yourself, the sound of your heart hammering in your ears starting to fade. The chaos of battle that once flooded your system recedes, leaving pain and exhaustion in its wake as you take stock of your allies. B'ni's greaves slide back into their smaller, more practical form as she closes the gap between the two of you with a frantic run, concern clear on her face.You smile weakly and give her a half-hearted thumbs-up before turning your attentions to Gina, clearly the worse off of the four of you. She sits on the roof cross-legged, not unlike when she took control of the amalgam just a few minutes before. Her breathing is ragged but steady as the ambient biomass littering the rooftop around her withers to nothingness, slowly repairing the damage she incurred from the violent feedback."GG, talk to me." you say, voice raw as B'ni stands guard, back to the two of you and scanning for threats, "Are you alright? What can I do to help?"Gina nods, turning to you and half-coughing, half-laughing as she speaks. "I feel like shit, but I'll be okay. You don't have to worry about me, Shu."Your brow furrows."I'm going to worry about anyone who almost loses their brain through their nose, so I'll ask again and don't pull any strong-and-silent bullshit with me, alright? I know I pushed you and I'm sorry, are you going to be okay?"She deflates a little, her strong front wilting as you worry if you went a little too far in your concern. "...I think so. It was just so...I don't know, it was like being whipped around in a hurricane." she says, massaging her temples. "It was just this insanely loud screaming from every direction, and it felt like my brain was going to just melt out my ears.""I'm glad it didn't...I'm glad you're still with us, Gina." you say, putting a hand on her shoulder as she chuckles."Well, that makes two of us, Shu."A high, royal laugh breaks the moment.(Continued)
>>3153057“Incredible, Darlings! Simply incredible!” Doctor West cries, striding up to the three of you with a series of sharp heel-clicks across the rooftop as you hear B’ni give a low groan. “What’s up, Doc?” You say, rising to face the good Doctor and B’ni both, “Alright, let’s rest up in one of the shacks that aren’t threatening to collapse around our ears...then we can figure out where to go from here, alright? Be on the lookout for replacement clothes, I think we’re all looking a little worse for wear after that.”A few minutes later, the four of you find shelter in a simple abode, the front door one of the only ones you’d seen that had been properly shut and sealed, held fast by miraculously intact hinges. You’re a short distance away from the heat source Gina indicated earlier, though none of you have mentioned investigating in in your post-combat haze. B’ni ransacks the dressers and drawers of a family long-absent while Gina tinkers with a rusted electric fan, hoping to grant you some reprieve from the clinging heat in the humid tenements. Doctor West offhandedly mentioned that she had to go grab the gear she had stashed before the fighting started and strode out the door a few seconds earlier, a white flourish of lab coat and a toss of her two-tone hair leaving the three of you alone for a moment.You’re not sure if your allies would be better left alone to de-stress after your harrowing encounter, or if you should try and strike up a conversation with the time you have in Doctor West’s momentary absence. Then again, having a private word with the unnervingly cheerful physician may prove to be useful…>> Help B’ni sort through the clothes, and touch base with how she’s feeling after her savage assault on the beasts she slew. Maybe you could find a better outfit for you and Gina, too.>> Sit down with Gina and offer what help you can with getting a flow of air circulating…and check on her as well, as you’re not certain she’s being entirely truthful with her current physical state.>> Follow Doctor West and ask what she’s been doing since you last saw her…you’re not entirely comfortable letting her out of your sight for long given your last interaction.>> Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3153061Could Gina heal using our Swarmlings to repair herself?
>>3153078(Unless you rush into another fight, she should be mostly healed up. Active constructs offer little biomass and even less healing, as it is tied to another user. Thus, It really wouldn't do much.
>>3153061>Spawn all the swarmlings if we have BIO to spare. 2 of them assist B'ni in the ransacking of clothing supplies and what not. 3 of them should scout out the area and keep watch, with one of them watching Dr. West's general location and the direction she went (don't tail her). 5 of them keep close to Gina and try to assist in her anyway they can. Maybe use their wings as impromptu fans to provide what little airflow they can for Gina while she tries to get the electric fan working. Or just tell her to stay put for a while. > Help B’ni sort through the clothes, and touch base with how she’s feeling after her savage assault on the beasts she slew. Maybe you could find a better outfit for you and Gina, too.>on the topic of fashion: Tear out a strip of fabric that you find and bandage Gina's eyesockets.
>>3153061>Follow Dr West, ask what she's doing here.
sorry if this is a retarded question but is this OP the same as the Joker quest OP?
(Gentlemen, an open question how how the outfit selection will go; would you rather select from two to three outfits from a list for the three main girls, or would you rather customize them freely and vote amongst yourselves?)
>>3153177(Not at all, I've gotten this quite a bit, actually. We are not the same writer, though his work certainly inspired me to write in a Quest format.)
>>3153179List would probably be easier to manage.
(Gentlemen, voting for downtime and outfit selection options will close in one hour.)
>>3153101This works sure. Like snow white but instead of birds and forest animals horrific back wasps.
>>3153179>Shu needs a backless shirt or a very baggy shirt. Easier access for her hive to spawn from. >Gina will need a bandana, if only to serve as a blindfold to cover up her empty eye sockets. >B'ni gets a skirt and thigh high combo (grade A)>All of them will at least get some sort of coat/jacket. The extra fabric can serve as utility. I would say a mix of both. a selection of 2 to 3 outfits, but then the customization write-ins will serve as accessory/decorations.
>>3153355>B'ni gets a skirt and thigh high combo (grade A)BasedBesides that supporting
>>3153061A host of simple swarmlings crawl from your back, a few lazily following Doctor West’s direction as they filter out the open window, while a handful hover over to Gina, wings buzzing silently above and around her to try and keep her cool as she works on giving the rest of you the same relief.You pick across the creaking floor and make your way over to the bedroom, where B’ni combs through the belongings of the absent home owners. Given the growing pile of clothes thrown on the bed already, you would say that someone’s daughter either had a varied fashion sense or the mother dressed a little wild and young for her age. You’re impressed with how intact everything is. Whatever stripped the world clean of all normal creatures must have swooped up moths and other vermin when it did. You swing the door closed to both make more room in the cramped space and give you a modicum of privacy.“Hey, sorry about waving you off earlier, B’ni.” you say to announce your presence, prompting B’ni to look up from the drawer she’s arm-deep in. “I wanted to check in, see how you were feeling after you went all warrior princess back there.”“Haha, I’m fine Shu.” She says, flashing you a bright-fanged smile, “Hey, wanna help me hunt for some outfits?”You shrug, inching across the tight quarters and past B’ni to a narrow closet just past the too-large bed. You crack it open and start to comb through the poorly sorted contents as you hear B’ni chuckle behind you.“It’s funny, you know?” she begins, eyes still focused on the task at hand, “Ransacking a home that used to belong to a family makes me feel more uncomfortable than anything I’ve experienced today.”You can’t help but give a short laugh as well, the horrors you’ve seen and the blood you’ve spilled on this day alone juxtaposed with such a leisurely, mundane looting. (Continued)
>>3153449“Never a dull moment, huh? Hey, could you keep an eye out for something backless and loose? You know, for my swarmlings?”A short, choking sound makes you turn around to see B’ni holding a grey knit sweater before you, backless and completely useless for staying warm. You raise an eyebrow as she stifles a laugh.“It’d make you more lethal to a certain demographic, I think. In the interest of fighting efficacy, you should give it a shot.” She says with a snort, throwing it back in the drawer and continuing to rifle through whatever she can find. You can’t say you entirely understood her reference, but at least she seems to be enjoying herself.After a few minutes of working in contented silence and sorting through the massive haul on the bed, you and B’ni are left with a fair selection of potential replacement outfits. You turn to her for her verdict to find her smiling at you.“I want you to pick for all of us, Shu. Go ahead!” she says cheerily, giggling at how taken aback you must look, “I’m serious, when I said I trusted you, I didn’t limit that to the battlefield. Go on, pick your favorites.”Ah, lovely. There’s a reason you choose to dress in monochrome and why picking outfits was never something you were known for…at least, you don’t think you ever were. That part’s still a little fuzzy.(Continued)
>>3153451You survey the assortment that now litters the king-size bed before you, your gaze darting over the array of options. Well, if B’ni puts that much faith in your fashion sense, then here goes…SHU>> You eye an outfit not unlike the one you woke up with, black gym shorts under a simple onyx skirt, replete with a dark grey top with a single splash of neon green just above your heart. You’ll have to tear the back to allow your swarm to fly free when needed, but it’s a simple and functional outfit that you’re partial to.>> Taking a second look at a dress B’ni tossed on the bed, you start to think it’s not such a bad idea. Open back, jet black, and simple, it actually fits your aesthetic fairly well. It’s a tad too short, so you’d keep your comfy shorts on to not be an exhibitionist, but you have to hand it to B’ni, she picked well.>> You feel like something brighter might suit you better, and you’re in the mood to switch things up. You eye a bright green top, loose and open in the back, paired with a pair of white denim jeans. It certainly won’t stay clean for long, but it brings a refreshing splash of color to a world overrun with scarlet meat and rotting bone.(Continued)
>>3153463B’NI>> A simple white tank top and onyx skirt coupled with a pair of jet black thigh-high stockings make for a simple, if questionable, set of running attire. On the plus side, it’s light and airy, perfect for staying cool while trekking across the arid fleshscape. It offers the same amount of coverage as B’ni’s default outfit does, so you don’t think she’d mind its loose-fitting nature.>> She moves as fast as a motorcycle, so you may as well dress her like a rider. A black leather jacket and faded jeans are a little oversized on B’ni’s slim, lithe frame, but they offer a modicum of protection and just look cool as hell, if you say so yourself. A flowing red scarf and set of racing goggle complete the image of a masked, rogue rider in a savage land.>> This slate grey, double-breasted over coat and black jeans may serve her well. It’s a little on the warm side, but it cuts an imposing figure with its stern yet fashionable appearance. It would certainly make her look older, since due to her slim frame and wide eyes she looks a little youthful regardless of what she wears.GG>> A replacement hoodie stands out to you as the obvious choice, the one you’re staring at a jet black affair emblazoned with a fiery purple skull, drawn in a cartoonish way. It’s even a little over-large for her, similar to how her current attire extends to her knees, so she could keep whatever underclothes she has…whatever those may be, since you’ve never seen her out of that omnipresent hoodie.>> A simple black shirt and dark cargo pants would at least give her a place to store some of her electronics in the myriad of pockets available to her. You’re unfamiliar with the emblem emblazoned on the front, a selection of Japanese letters preceding the phrase ‘Avatar Tuner’ above a set of five stylized symbols mark the chest, but maybe it’s something she’d be interested in.>> There’s also this dark purple shirt, a violet sound wave pulsing across the front of it, frozen in a dramatic and striking arc. Dark shorts with amethyst highlights would pair well with it, but the whole ensemble, while fashionable, looks like it might be a little small on her…and given what you know, you may end up just putting this one back for your own peace of mind.YOU ARE IN CONTROL
(A black silken blindfold will be included with any of Gina's selection unless voted otherwise.)
>>3153463SHU:> You feel like something brighter might suit you better, and you’re in the mood to switch things up. You eye a bright green top, loose and open in the back, paired with a pair of white denim jeans. It certainly won’t stay clean for long, but it brings a refreshing splash of color to a world overrun with scarlet meat and rotting bone.Make the shirt color an eyesore Neon Green (for the lulz) and this is good. We should also look for some sort of bug-related accessory. Something like a Pin perhaps?GG:> A simple black shirt and dark cargo pants would at least give her a place to store some of her electronics in the myriad of pockets available to her. You’re unfamiliar with the emblem emblazoned on the front, a selection of Japanese letters preceding the phrase ‘Avatar Tuner’ above a set of five stylized symbols mark the chest, but maybe it’s something she’d be interested in.In a world of flesh and bone, giving GG the edge to use electronics by giving her storage space will be a boon. But I still want the oversized replacement Hoodie. B'NI> She moves as fast as a motorcycle, so you may as well dress her like a rider. A black leather jacket and faded jeans are a little oversized on B’ni’s slim, lithe frame, but they offer a modicum of protection and just look cool as hell, if you say so yourself. A flowing red scarf and set of racing goggle complete the image of a masked, rogue rider in a savage land.Goddammit. The Kamen Rider image got to me.
>>3153496I'll back this
>>3153463>SHUOption 2>B'NIOption 1>GGOption 1
(Gentlemen, voting shall close one hour and forty minutes from now as I close out the work day. Thank you for participating.)
>>3153496>>3153525Guys we can mix and match>>3153463>>3153467SHU> You feel like something brighter might suit you better, and you’re in the mood to switch things up. You eye a bright green top, loose and open in the back, paired with a pair of white denim jeans. It certainly won’t stay clean for long, but it brings a refreshing splash of color to a world overrun with scarlet meat and rotting bone.What >>3153496 said about a bug pin tooB'NI>A flowing red scarf and set of racing goggles complete the image of a masked, rogue rider in a savage land.>A simple white tank top and onyx skirt coupled with a pair of jet black thigh-high stockings make for a simple, if questionable, set of running attire.Scarf + goggles + tank-top + skirt + thigh-highs = MUH DICKGGFUCK WHY DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE GALE HOODIE AND THE DDS SHIRT REEEEEEEEEEEE> A simple black shirt and dark cargo pants would at least give her a place to store some of her electronics in the myriad of pockets available to her. You’re unfamiliar with the emblem emblazoned on the front, a selection of Japanese letters preceding the phrase ‘Avatar Tuner’ above a set of five stylized symbols mark the chest, but maybe it’s something she’d be interested in.What >>3153496 said about storage space is justified. In an ideal post-apocalypse, the hoodie would have the Avatar Tuner logo on it and we could go with amethyst cargo pants.>>3153469>black silkWhy not cut the dark purple violet soundwave shirt in such a way that it acts as a blindfold, if we can't take any extra clothing with us except what we wear on ourselves? This was she still has a blindfold, but it's a STYLISH one.Eh? Anyone?
>>3153552Bit the only part id want to change is adding the cargo shorts to GGs outfit.>>3153525Which i am actually adding to my vote.
>>3153552>>3153467Ooh. I like the sound of the Soundwave blindfold.Also, supporting the mix and match idea.
>>3153467Can we spawn a large swarmling mount/pet to ride and store biomass in ? Are there any maggots in this world? or did the fleshscape eat everything living?
>>3153710(At current, the largest swarmling you can craft is roughly the size of a house cat or small dog, though as you continue to level Swarmling you may be pleased with the options presented. And yes, the Fleshscape absorbed nearly all original organic life and material on earth...)(...nearly.)
>>3153463>>3153467SHU>> You feel like something brighter might suit you better, and you’re in the mood to switch things up. You eye a bright green top, loose and open in the back.Combined with>> You eye an outfit not unlike the one you woke up with, black gym shorts under a simple onyx skirt.B'NI>> She moves as fast as a motorcycle, so you may as well dress her like a rider. A black leather jacket and faded jeans are a little oversized on B’ni’s slim, lithe frame, but they offer a modicum of protection and just look cool as hell, if you say so yourself. A flowing red scarf and set of racing goggle complete the image of a masked, rogue rider in a savage land.Underneath the jacket, add>> A simple white tank topGG>> A replacement hoodie stands out to you as the obvious choice, the one you’re staring at a jet black affair emblazoned with a fiery purple skull, drawn in a cartoonish way.For the underclothes, add>> A simple black shirt and dark cargo pants would at least give her a place to store some of her electronics in the myriad of pockets available to her. You’re unfamiliar with the emblem emblazoned on the front, a selection of Japanese letters preceding the phrase ‘Avatar Tuner’ above a set of five stylized symbols mark the chest, but maybe it’s something she’d be interested in.And tear up the sound wave shirt to make a bandana for her eyes.
>>3153727(( if that happends, will our back look like a overly huge donut after birthing said creature))
>>3153727Can we speek to doc about more info on other swarmling? daughters.
So the final verdict is:SHU>You feel like something brighter might suit you better, and you’re in the mood to switch things up. You eye a bright green top, loose and open in the back, paired with a pair of white denim jeans. It certainly won’t stay clean for long, but it brings a refreshing splash of color to a world overrun with scarlet meat and rotting bone.>You spy a dazzling insect symbol pin in emerald gray and orange. Bright, iridescent, and still gleaming through into the post-apocalypse. Perfect.B'NI>A flowing red scarf and set of racing goggles complete the image of a masked, rogue rider in a savage land.>A simple white tank top and onyx skirt coupled with a pair of jet black thigh-high stockings make for a simple, if questionable, set of running attire.GGOver:>A replacement hoodie stands out to you as the obvious choice, the one you’re staring at a jet black affair emblazoned with a fiery purple skull, drawn in a cartoonish way. It’s even a little over-large for her, similar to how her current attire extends to her knees, so she could keep whatever underclothes she has…whatever those may be, since you’ve never seen her out of that omnipresent hoodie.Under:>A simple black shirt. You’re unfamiliar with the emblem emblazoned on the front, a selection of Japanese letters preceding the phrase ‘Avatar Tuner’ above a set of five stylized symbols mark the chest, but maybe it’s something she’d be interested in.and>Dark cargo shorts with amethyst highlights would at least give her a place to store some of her electronics in the myriad of pockets available to her.and>Tearing up the violet soundwave shirt as a makeshift blindfold adds a satisfying shock of color to the overall ensemble.Is this good, guys? Or am I missing something else?To sum up clearer, it'sShu>bright green backless top>white denim jeans>green, gray, orange insect pinB'ni>red scarf>racing goggles>white tank top>black skirt>black thigh-highsGG>big black hoodie with purple flame skull>black Avatar Tuner shirt>black cargo shorts with amethyst highlights>violet soundwave blindfold>>3153769Yee
>>3153775(Excellent, writing now.)
>>3153778Ooh, add the leather jacket to B'ni's ensemble tooGo full tomboy rider fighter
>>3153467>>3153775You mix and match between the choices for a moment before shoving the leftovers to the side, standing back to admire your selection. B'ni immediately scoops up the outfit you've picked out for her and smiles wide."I'll change right now! Would you mind taking Gina's to her, and you should change too! I'd love to see you new look, Shu.""I'll leave you be, then." You reply with a nod, gathering the remaining clothes and closing the door behind you. The hum of blades and the movement of air in the living room of the shack takes you by surprise, a pleasant current drifting about the room as Gina managed to find and repair two fans, both working to dispel the warm, moist atmosphere."Nice work on the fans." you say, striding over to Gina who gives you a quick thumbs up before returning to tinkering with her slightly altered halo. "Hey, B'ni and I got some fresh clothes for all of us. I kind of, uh...made an outfit for you. I hope you don't mind, since your other one got blood on it." you say, setting her clothes on the table. She replaces the halo atop her head, then takes the four items and runs her fingers over them, an inscrutable expression on her face before she speaks."What's on them? Like, what labels, or pictures or whatever?""Um...I thought with the halo you could..." you start, pausing as GG shakes her head."Nah, it's just shapes, movement, and stuff, more than enough to walk around and navigate. If I focus really hard I can detect heat and vibrations pretty well like I did earlier, but details? Nah.""...Oh. I'm sorry, I...""Shu, there's nothing to be sorry about, I didn't say anything about it, did I? In any case, could you describe what's on them, starting with the hoodie?" she says, a half-smile playing on her lips as she stands, taking the large hoodie in hand and slipping it over her current clothes.(Continued)
>>3153840"Sure. It's black, and there's a purple skull on the front, kind of cartoonish and surrounded by violet flames." you reply, watching Gina squirm within the confines of two layers of clothing before producing her torn, bloodied hoodie from underneath the new one, promptly tossing it to the side. You consider it quite the skill, one you don't think you ever mastered as she grabs the shorts next."The shorts are black with...um..." you begin, faltering as Gina frees a pair of shorts from just above the bottom of the over-large hoodie and slips on the new pair you selected. "...with lots of pockets for your headphones and...other stuff.""Nice, I appreciate that." she says, running her hands over the shirt's logo. "What's this?""It says Avatar Tuner, and it has some emblems below it. I think It's for a show...or a game, maybe, I'm not sure." you explain, watching her pull a similar trick of switching shirts under the hoodie. You wait a moment for her to produce her old shirt from underneath her hoodie, but she's reaching for the blindfold without a word."Gina, are you wearing two shirts?" you ask, confused. "Nope." she replies curtly. "We ran out of the city so fast I left with what I had on me. What's this for?""...Oh, that." You say, trying to focus, "There was this black shirt with a sound wave on it, a couple of purple lines, really...I thought it might make a cool looking blindfold."Her long fingers trace the arcing lines for a long moment as she stands in silence, and then the turns to you."Could you put it on me?" she says, a curious note in her voice.You nod, taking the blindfold from her loose grasp and lifting it to her face. You peer at her sightless sockets for a moment before the strip of cloth obscures them. You hold it in place with one hand and push her long, wild mane of dark brown hair back from one ear, looping half of the cloth through before doing the same for the other side, Gina's hands at her sides as you do so. Your arms reach over her shoulders and around the back of her head to tie the band in place.Stepping back, Gina lets out a short breath as you admire the ensemble you put together. She spins in place with a sheepish smile."I love it, Shu...thank you." she says with a modest smile, pushing her hair back and away so that you can see the full blindfold across her eyes. Warmth floods your mind, the sensation you feel emanating from her composed of equal parts appreciation and something akin to guilt.(Continued)
(Gentlemen, I am pausing here for dinner. I shall post again soon and thank you for your patience.)
oh shit I missed this too>>3153451>A short, choking sound makes you turn around to see B’ni holding a grey knit sweater before you, backless and completely useless for staying warm.>“It’d make you more lethal to a certain demographic, I think. In the interest of fighting efficacy, you should give it a shot.”V I R G I NK I L L E R
>>3153963If only there were gender counterparts to daughters around... (think Venom&Eddie). Then "that" outfit would make social diplomacy super effective on them.
>>3153872>all this one-sided yuri tension because Gina has absolutely no underwear on at all under those clothesYou sure know what you're doing BHOP.>>3153974Nope. Seriously doubt that.
>>3153872You open your mouth to speak when the bedroom door opens behind you. You turn on your heel to see B'ni standing in the door frame with a playful flourish, goggles latched to her face, her red scarf fluttering behind her briefly as she whips her short hair back from her face dramatically. The brown leather jacket over a plain white top and black skirt work well with her slender runner's build, the high black stockings tapering down long, lissome legs, coming to an end tucked neatly into a pair of retracted greaves."I feel like Flywheel!" she says, bouncing over to the both of you as Gina quickly sits down, the overwhelming joy flowing from B'ni downing out the sensations you felt a few moments ago. You raise an eyebrow at your ally, her enthusiasm fading somewhat at your lack of recognition as a blush creeps across her face."She's, um...she was one of my favorite comic book characters back in the day...w-well, she wasn't really from the comics, not technically...it was more like fan....fan-fiction, kind of...I mean, it more resembles the storyline she ran back in time to the forties and got a new costume, and...you know what, nevermi...""B'ni, I'd say you look cooler than her, just on principle. I'm glad you like it." you say with a smirk, and she smiles wide once more."Where's that doctor friend of yours?" Gina asks, fiddling with her halo's recent addition, diadem shining between her thumb and forefinger. Shifting focus to the pair of swarmlings close to Doctor West, you find her stringing up a defensive array of paralytic strands with her newly-replenished biomass around the streets and alleys leading up to the house you currently occupy. Two large cases sit nearby, which you assume to be the gear she was gathering earlier. She catches sight of one of your swarmlings and gives you a little wave and a wink as she puts the finishing touches on a light, yet incredibly effective set of fortifications.B'ni leans over GG's shoulder, eyes glinting with curiosity as she observes the other girl work intently in silence. You continue to watch Doctor West string up a perimeter as a silence settles over the room, slowly realizing that it will be several long minutes before she concludes her task. You glance over to your allies and admire your handiwork, turning your new clothes over in your hands as you think of a way to burn the time before West returns.>>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
(Gentlemen, I will be concluding here for the evening. I will still be around to interact and the like, but it's been a long week. I still plan to post intermittently over the weekend before resuming in earnest on Monday. Thank you so much for participating and take care.)
>>3154015>[ ]"Doc's setting up her field lab and making a spider web fence around the house.">Tell them of what you know of Dr. West, Dr. West's theories on what happened to the world, and how Dr. West ended up being a "Daughter".>Send the rest of your swarmlings (save for 2) out to scout the town and toggle through their vision for a few minutes, tell B'ni and Gina any points of interest in the mining town that they could explore for the next few days. >"So Gina, what does the fancy crown do?" (Test out Gina's new Neurotic Halo abilities, offer up one swarmling for Gina to ASSUME DIRECT CONTROL, then witness shenanigans/hilarity when the synaptic feedback from Gina controlling the swarmling also indirectly controls Shu [until Shu manually cuts herself off from Gina's controlled swarmling])>Raise the question the moment Dr. West walks through the door. "What do you think Doc? Why are there no boys in this post-apocalyptic lovecraftian world? For all the 'powers' the daughters get, I would've thought there'd be boys who goes around with powers like Venom or in Tokyo Ghoul."
>>3154015this >>3154092but would Shu know what Venom and TG are? B'ni or Gina would know them better.
>>3154015ALSO IN ADDITION TO >>3154092>Remind everyone about the reason we came down here before being ganked by giant cockroaches: the heat signature in that one shack.
>>3154015>"Why do you girls think the doc left her nice cushy compound to come here?"
>>3154015>>3154092>>3154246>>3154185"Doc's setting up her field lab and making a spider web fence around the house..." you say, glancing out the window and scanning the silent streets beyond, spawning two swarmlings to survey the town as you do so, "...so that should give me enough time to fill you both in about what she and I talked about a few days ago. Plus, I have some questions for her when she comes back."You tell them what you know of Dr. West, her origin, and her theories on what happened to the world as B'ni and Gina take it all in, considering your word in silence. GG continues to fiddle with her fancy new halo, which gives you an idea after you conclude your summary."Gina, what do you think would happen if you jack in to one of my swarmlings? Any theories?""Uh, I'm really not sure." she says, a raised eyebrow arching above the soundwave-emblazoned bandanna. "Worst case, it would cause a sensory feedback loop, where I'm looking through it, through you, through my halo, all at once...it would be disorienting and one of us would probably lose our lunch, maybe worse.""What's the best case scenario, GG?" you ask, spawning a single, basic creation that skitters down your arm to the back of your hand, weighing your options. Gina shifts uncomfortably on the floor, switching to a kneeling position as she produces a single jack from her forearm."You're a glutton for punishment, Shu. Screw it, give it here and let's see what happens." she says with a sigh, cradling your swarmling in her outstretched hands. Her jack hovers just above the shell as the two of you stare at each other for a moment. You nod, and at your command Gina slides the needle home.Your vision floods with amethyst light, a flurry of sight and sound overwhelming your senses as you struggle to stay upright and catching glimpses of scenes and memories unfamiliar to you. The sensory assault cuts suddenly as you find yourself held steady by B'ni, the jack yanked free from your twitching swarmling."Okay...yeah, that's clearly not a good idea right now." you say as Gina gives you her best 'I told you so' look, her withering glare effective despite her lack of traditional vision. Without warning, the door behind you is suddenly and savagely kicked open as Doctor West makes her entrance, wrestling the two over-sized cases through the dooframe.(Continued)
>>3155411You decide to not give her the time to start on a random train of thought as you round on her the moment she steps over the threshold. "What do you think Doctor? Where did the males go after the world ended? For all the powers girls like us get, do you have any theories on why it's just us?""Shu's got a point." Gina says, her jack slipping back beneath her skin as she addresses the doctor, "I'm surprised we haven't seen any Eddie Brocks or Ghouls running around, at this point.""My dear Shu, I have all the theories in the world, but there's not nearly enough evidence to reach a concrete conclusion, I'm afraid." she says, throwing a case down next to the table and taking a seat, propping the other next to her as she whips out a notepad and pen from her coat pocket. "A more pressing concern is the current hypothesis I am working on, so let's start with you, my spring-legged pet; how long have you been awake in this world?"She stares intently at B'ni who balks at the sudden interrogation, her emerald green eyes suspiciously staring down to match the physician's intently glimmering gaze. "Uh, a little before Shu did...why?" she shoots back, but West ignores her inquiry in favor of one of her own, this time aimed at Gina."What about yourself, dear? How long?" the doctor asks, clicking her pen in anticipation."About eight months, give or take." she replies coolly, not looking up from her halo as she makes some minor adjustments. West's eyebrows shoot up, rapidly scribbling in her notebook as she mutters out loud."Fascinating. You and I have been active for a similar amount of time, yet compared to your friends' combat skills, you seem terribly underdeveloped, darling."You're about to jump to Gina's defense when the brunette lets loose with a deep, hearty laugh, catching you and B'ni completely off guard."Haha, oh wow." she begins, struggling for breath as she wipes a tear from her eye, "It's been about seven years since anyone accused me of being underdeveloped, so thanks for that, Doctor." "Oh, I suppose it's my pleasure." West replies, shifting focus completely to her notes. You're not fond of this one-sided line of questioning so you decide to let fly with one of your own.(Continued)
>>3155415"What made you leave?" you ask, point blank. "You looked like you had everything all settled in that compound of yours, so why venture out?A slim, coy smile slides across the doctor's lips, her unearthly blue irises shimmering as she stares deeply into your eyes."The 'what' is you, silly girl." she says matter-of-factly, uncrossing then recrossing her legs with a sharp click of her heel. "The 'why' is knowledge. I learned more in a few mere days of adventure than months of study would have granted me. Speaking of which, I have something that belongs to you, darling."Leaning over to the case next to her, she casually flicks two locks and opens the lid with a single graceful, gloved hand, reaching inside and withdrawing a small, jet-black sphere. You immediately sense it as a creation of your own, the swarmling you left with the doctor after your first meeting, but she has clearly had time to play with it in the time since you last saw her. The thing she extends to you bears little resemblance to your current constructs, resembling a glittering black scarab, sleek shell covering delicate inner workings. The creature tests its wings, fluttering over to your outstretched hand with a little hop, and it immediately begins to change. Its shining onyx carapace distorts into a pale skin tone, and you watch in awe as it flattens out and contorts its texture on instinct to perfectly match the intricate grooves and imperfections in your palm. You look up at the doctor, who promptly giggles at your expression."Given how furtive you were before and during our first rendezvous, the moment you left me Immediately started working on this design. I do hope you enjoy it, darling.">>UNIQUE SWARMLING MODIFICATION UNLOCKED>>SUBVERSIVE SWARM: at a cost of an additional 5% biomass per swarmling, you may modify members of your brood into special variants that boast the ability to conform to the color and texture of their environment, granting both full-sized and specialized swarmlings the ability to instinctually conceal their presence from aggressors. Their adaptive camouflage persists for the duration of combat and transitions seamlessly between terrains, though it may prove less than effective against foes that are not as dependent upon the visual spectrum to track their prey. Additionally, the same principle can be applied to an iteration of Chitinous Stalwart for a total cost of 100% BIO, transforming your sleek alloy into a shifting, stealth-oriented armor, allowing for you to sneak behind foes to deliver a spiked greave's payload of lethal chemicals directly, for that personal touch you occasionally crave.(Continued)
>>3155419>>3155419"This...this is incredible." you say as Doctor West snaps the lid shut and rises abruptly, snatching up both cases a single, brusque movement."You can thank me by using it well and often, though with how clever and danger-prone you seem to be, I'm sure that won't be a struggle, love." she says as she strides to the door and angles it open with her foot. "I've left you with decent protection, but the strands lose their kick after forty-eight hours, so don't get lazy, girls.""Aw, leaving so soon?" B'ni asks, making little effort to hide her relief at the doctor's abrupt exit, though the whirlwind blonde either chooses to ignore her tone or is simply that wrapped up in her own mind that she pays B'ni no heed."Alas, I heard tell of a monastery to the east that is rumored to belong to a bevy of fine young specimens that have figured out a way to suppress the corruption indefinitely, but that's neither here nor there. Cheers for the lovely demonstration, I wish you ladies the very best until we meet again!"You're about to call out to her, but the next moment she's gone, dashing off to her next project with a manic fervor that you're not certain will ever fade. You realize the sheer electric energy of the woman had you all on edge and, upon her exit, you feel the atmosphere in the room relax considerably, as pleasant calm settling over the three of you as you collectively sit around the table, your first legitimate break in some time. You consider your options, glancing between Gina, fully immersed in her work, and B'ni, you seems to be deep in thought, herself. There's still the matter of the heat source that brought you to this creaking town in the first place, though from what you've seen through the scouts you sent out earlier, there is a large cave entrance near the foot of the mountain that leads deep within the calcite peaks, well below the jagged peaks you scaled to arrive at this place. On the other hand, there is also a large factory nearby as well, only lightly taller than the menagerie of single-story shacks and shops that surround it, but in terms of sheer floor space it remains the largest and most reinforced structure in the area.>> Stay put and try to get some sleep in shifts, relying on Doctor West's defenses to do their work while you burn time until Julia finishes her piece...maybe you could test out some of the new abilities that the Halo upgrade gave Gina, or find some other way to pass the time.>> You came to this town to investigate the source of heat that Gina pointed out earlier, and you want to deal with that before you settle down for the next few days or move forwards...whichever you all feel like doing next after you get to the bottom of the source.>>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
(Gentlemen, a little something to progress things before I go out on the town today. Feel free to vote or post your questions and comments, as I will be working on the next update and post either tonight or tomorrow morning, and I shall be available to answer any system or ability questions you may have, within reason. Thank you for your patience, and take care.)
>>3155419>Dat octo camo armorKickass>>3155422>> You came to this town to investigate the source of heat that Gina pointed out earlier, and you want to deal with that before you settle down for the next few days or move forwards...whichever you all feel like doing next after you get to the bottom of the source.But be cautious too of course. Maybe call back a few swarmlings and roll them out some camo, so we can get some protection as close as possible to the heat. However incase it is a non violent person, or worse, clearly a new daughter still deep in sleep, i think the active camo on ourselves might unnerve them and make them a bit too suspicious.Plus the last thing i think people would react well to is a random stranger literally materializing out of the air at the foot of their bed, as funny as it may be to watch.
>>3155422>>> You came to this town to investigate the source of heat that Gina pointed out earlier, and you want to deal with that before you settle down for the next few days or move forwards...whichever you all feel like doing next after you get to the bottom of the source.
>>3155422>Get some rest after that big fight, but investigate the heat source well before Julia is due to finish.
We really should take advantage our immense stealth and recon capability. Between stealth armor and amazing recon bugs, our biological Intel and Ops machine, and a speedster, we can go full on solid snake.
>>3155422> Stay put and try to get some sleep in shifts, relying on Doctor West's defenses to do their work while you burn time until Julia finishes her piece...maybe you could test out some of the new abilities that the Halo upgrade gave Gina, or find some other way to pass the time.I wanna wait until Gina gets her Thoughtform wifi setup. Then we can explore in earnest. >"Underdeveloped huh..." (flat stare at Gina's chest, then at Gina's Neuotic crown)>Write-in: Try to find supplies or actual paper that didn't get schlorp'd into the eldritch landscape. Make a map of the relative major locations in the world. We're going to need one at this rate, since there's too many places of Interest and getting there takes significant travel time. This could be a good way to burn time. >Spend the first 24 hours getting sleep in shifts, then next 24 exploring all the places of interest within the town. Then Spend day 3 going back up to see Julia. >>3155454>>3155550Man, we're going to need to put lots of points in our build into BIO and Swarmling at this rate if we're going to take advantage of all the varieties of -lings we can make. And from what Dr. West said, it looks like Gina's severely underleveled. We can take the 2 days of Sanctuary that the Dr. provided into power leveling and exploring. Then We'll have to spend the final day trekking back up the mountain to meet up with Julia again.
>>3155604SupportingI was a bit sad the stealth built lost the vote, guess I had show some patience.How much BIO would we need to spend each day to keep a full suit of camo platelings alive? Can we keep em alive Indefinitelly with our passive BIO regen?Also we badly need a pastebin with all the abillites and upgrades, can't remember the specifics of our repertoire.
>>3155716There is one, he posted it before the last battle, and said he would post it before every battle from now on. Its just these things last so long its alot to scroll up to(not that thats necessarily a bad thing).https://pastebin.com/A5MA9zeY
>>3155768Huh I didn't notice it, thanks mate
>>3155793No problem.Also Horror OP, our ability says we can use some of the armor biomass to make swarmlings, even special variants.However, we can also give armor to allies. my question is, can we use armor on our allies to spawn swarmlings, and more importantly, to spawn special variants, or would special variants spawned from allied armor only be possible if say, we gave them the reactive drill armor? I mean, technically our allies do have stomach acid at least for our swarmlings to draw on...and b'ni at least would probably be willing to let that happen, which actually may be an issue on its own.
>>3155820I think it means we can only use our own body to reshape em since we have that deeper connection. That has gotten me thinking though, can we recycle our swarmlings back Into BIO? That would be a game changer.
>>3155820(You may reshape armor into active swarmlings only when you have physical contact, as the swarmlings go dormant when they attach as armor.)>>3155844(You certainly can, though calling back swarmlings and converting them back to usable biomass takes an action. The conversion rate is 1:1.)>>3155716(The ability sheet is a little sparse, but if anyone needs any specifics clarified or to run through hypotheticals, you're more than welcome to ask.)
>>3156095Yeah thats kinda what i thought. Would be neat but silly if we could, but thought it a good idea to ask just in case.
>>3156095do Dormant-lings count in our 10 cap swarmling capacity?
>>3156170(Yes, they do.)
>>3155422>>3155604You decide it's best to get some rest after the too-long and too-harrowing past few hours you all have had. You plan to sleep in shifts, two scouts at a time, to burn a day with all of you getting at least eight hours of sleep, then spending the next twenty-four hours scouring the town and probing every nook and cranny for usable supplies, spare biomass, and, of course, investigating the heat source that brought you to this godforsaken rust heap to begin with.Your allies find the plan amenable as B'ni volunteers to get the bed sheets changed with some (debatably) fresh linens she found while combing through outfit options while Gina pokes and prods at her mobile phone, having muttered something about it needing 'calibrations' for maximum efficiency and inserting a single, oddly-shaped jack into the charging port. They leave it to you to decide the watch order, a decision you mull over while scrounging for some art supplies for a pet project you had in mind. Eventually, you resign yourself to drawing on the back of a simple white shirt with a tube of lipstick, since the paper and markers you found were brittle and dried out to the point of uselessness. You're kneeling down across the table from Gina to start on a rudimentary map of the area when you catch her scowling at you in confusion."Are...are you making a custom shirt with lipstick, man?" she asks, incredulously. You feel a blush of shame creep into your cheeks as you fumble for a reply."N-no, it's a map." you say, trying to gather yourself and defend your artistic choices, "We've explored a lot of places and I don't want to lose track of...hey, what's that look for?"Gina's eyebrow arcs as a smirk spreads across her face, one hand deftly sliding her phone across the table to you as it flickers to life, her cord unspooling as it grinds to a halt. The screen holds a detailed map of the town, albeit only half finished. "Gina, this is amazing." you say, zooming in on the image as you marvel at the details she's managed to capture in such a short time. You experimentally flip through the other photos, revealing an intricate replica of the mountain path you took here, replete with variety of small hazard symbols and a legend detailing the types of terrain. You stumble across her pre-halo maps from there, finding a general map of the hairless wastes from a day or so ago as well as a diagram of the Amalgam Sororitas' home where you took shelter from the lethal downfall. The town, the mountain, the plains, the city where you two first met...it's all here in fine detail."It's no big deal, I've been picking away at it in my spare time." Gina sniffs, trying to hide the hint of pride in her voice, "The first few are kinda sketchy since I was going off of memory and my cords, so...yeah.""Gina, you're too modest, these are insanely..." you begin, your compliment faltering as you scroll past the final map, eyes studying the image before you. (Continued)
>>3157169Gina stares back at you from the screen with a smile, amber eyes wide and filled with joy as she hugs a girl around her age, black hair long and straight, eyes closed as she smiles for the camera. The sun illuminates the clouds behind them, bright white against a pale blue sky. The phone screen fades as GG's cord unplugs as slithers back under her skin as its owner sits in silence, her mouth a tight, rigid line."I'm sorry..." you say, sliding the phone back across the table gently, "...I didn't mean to pry, but...that was your friend, right? Kosi?"Gina nods, placing the phone back in her hoodie pocket, keeping her hand there as her other hand disappears into the opposite one, shoulders hunched. You feel the wave guilt you felt from her earlier practically flowing off her, as she forms her words with slow deliberation."I can't stop thinking about how I left her, Shu. I can't rest, knowing she's back there, dying bit by bit with every second that I'm out here, laughing and fighting and living." she says, her voice low, "I need to go back there when I'm stronger...and I *need* to get stronger, as soon as I can."She tilts her head up from her lap and angles her sightless gaze towards you, her words hard and determined."When the time comes, I can either get through to her or kill her." she states succinctly, her voice clipped and hard, "I'm not so naive as to think there are any other options available to me. I won't ask you or Isabelle to join me, and please know I don't expect you to. I also won't turn you down if you try to help me...but regardless, I'm going back for her, sooner rather than later.""I just...I just want to make my intentions clear, Shu. I have to go back, and I want you to know where I stand, full disclosure. I feel like I owe you that much, for everything you've done for me."She leaves it at that as she wordlessly returns to making minor adjustments to her halo, the whirring of the fans and the faint sounds of B'ni cleaning the bedroom behind the closed door settle around the two of you as you consider Gina's declaration and what it means to the future of your westward Journey, as well as which pair of your adventuring trio will stay up at first watch.>>Write-InAND>>Determine sleeping orderYOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3157190>Sleeping orderGina, B'ni, Shu.>Let Gina know you understand and wont stop her, but you can't in good faith send you and B'ni into a literal city sized death trap unless you feel you are actually strong enough for that, even if before you feel that time has come Gina wants to go back. You're not saying you wont help, only that you have to KNOW you can handle it if you're going to go back. Being another victim wont do anyone any good.
>>3157190WELL THEN. The timing couldn't be more perfect. We got a new swarmling that's specifically designed for TACTICAL ESPIONAGE ACTION. We got some level-ups, We have Julia's work waiting at the top of the mountains, which is also our way back to Kosi's city. Also, there's that Monastary in the east Dr. West mentioned. I think we can afford to backtrack. I also wanna help Gina. We can help Gina powerlevel on our way back, we can get our commissioned bugs from Julia and also tell her that the Mining town's been cleared up free of Amalgamations, and we can have an option of exploring eastward towards that Monastary Dr. West mentioned. All in favor of Backtracking to the Kosi's city?>"Gina, I feel you. You've done so much for B'ni and I, getting us out of the city when by all intents and purposes B'ni and I would've been doomed by Kosi's insane abilities. And I know how you feel. Leaving others behind doesn't sit right with me. Hell, the whole reason why I rejected the 2 choices and took a third in the dream that I had was because I HATED being alone. No one deserves to suffer alone.">Call for a group huddle. >"So here's what we're going to do. We've got a few days to ourselves in this town before we gotta head back up that mountain range to pick-up the project I asked Julia to make. And once we go pick up Julia's "art pieces" we're heading straight to Kosi's city. So within those three days, we are going to prepare ourselves and train. Scavenge what we need for the journey, Train our abilities, Hunt Amalgamations and have Gina power level like she's never power leveled before. The Rocky Balboa Training Montage and the kitchen sink. The works. The Doc's given us a good home base to take shelter in, and it only lasts 2 days. So lets make the most of that safe haven by exploring, hunting, and most of all, TRAINING. If we're going to get to Kosi alive and whole for Gina to either talk her down or kill her, we need to train ourselves in dodging those eye lasers. Sleeping Shift order:>Gina>B'ni>Shu
>>3157260>>3157274Shit, tough choice
(Gentlemen, this will obviously be the last post I make today though I will endeavor to continue tomorrow after tallying the votes. I appreciate you all making this quest a joy to run, and I hope you all rest well. Thank you again, Gentlemen.)
>>3157295How long will the vote be open? I do hope it stays open overnight. There might be some anons who may have slept through the update and may not have fully digested the situation.
>>3157292Honestly I still dont know if we are ready. Remember she found us in the sewers pretty easily, even though she didn't have eyes exactly on us at that moment nor in the path we took. It may of just been luck, but if it's not and she has another way besides just sight, well, are camo advantage crumbles, and once it does, im still not sure were strong enough just yet to actually fight towards her. Maybe if she didn't corrupt biomass so we could replenish as we fight, but that ability alone makes her insanely hard to fight, let alone any other powers she may have collected.Im not changing my vote from 'not yet ready' at this time.Also its 300% biomass to armor all of is, aswell as im not sure how the armor bugs affect our swarmling count nor at least our max ability to keep our constructs solid. May not be a problem but definitely not something to ignore asking.
>>3157326(Oh, of course. Given my schedule tomorrow, the vote will be open for at least another thirteen to fourteen hours, to give everyone a decent chance to vote. I will also post on here tomorrow well in advance of the voting coming to a closed so no one will be left out in the cold, as it were.)
>>3157274>>3157190>Spend your night watch thinking up of a training regimen for Everyone.>>3157328This is kinda why I want to spend our 3 days in the Mining down to Train our abilities and power-level like crazy. >>3157333Is is possible to Level up by Training like Rocky Balboa?
>>3157190Backing >>3157260 but also the part of >>3157274 about TRAINING MONTAGES and LEVEL GRINDING and OTHER COOL STUFFJust because we're in a fleshy hellscape world doesn't mean we can't still git gud. Remember, any and all problems in this sort of setting can be solved by going full REND SLAUGHTER DEVOUR YOUR ENEMIES THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SURVIVE YOU CANNOT ESCAPE YOUR HUNGER WARRIORS OF PURGATORY on every single Amalgam and unreasonable Daughter we come acrossSo the basic gist is>"I know you wanna go back to her and we'll be with you on this, but we're too fucking weak right now to go up against Kosi and survive.">"So what we're gonna do now is train, scavenge, hunt, and explore the area, all over the few days we're here for Julia's art pieces.">"By then, we'll see if we're ready to go for Kosi or if we still need more training."
(Leveling up is only possible though devouring the remains of a recently slain amalgam before the fleshscape reclaims it, or by absorbing the biomass of an incapacitated Daughter. Worry not, though...there are no shortage of means to strengthen yourselves in your current location.)
>>3157424Aww... But I was so hyped up for a extensive training program that I was in the midst of writing. Oh well. BHOP's word is god. Doesn't mean I can't post it though. I wonder what kind of benefits would self-disciplined training would give. Do they have benefits?
>>3157274>>3157190TRAINING PROGRAM:What Everyone needs to improve on: reaction time, agility, and using their powers creatively.B'ni Exclusive: She needs to train in dodging when she isn't running. How to dodge proficiently while carrying a heavy load (read: a person). Dodging attacks from multiple angles.Gina Exclusive: How to Efficiently process information in a chaotic situation. Terraforming the landscape quickly.Shu Exclusive: Micro-managing and Macro-managing swarmlings. Improving the speed in repurposing and spawning swarmlings. TRAINING IDEAS: Dodgeball room of Eldritch hell: Gina Terraforms and entire room to shoot calcite spikes (their tips are blunted) and slabs (blunted edges and also doesn't cover the entire room) from different angles. B'ni and Shu will have to dodge them. and stay in the room. Isabelle's (B'ni) challenge is to dodge without using her Calcite greaves or running around the room in a full sprint while carrying a heavy load. She's got the speed, she needs to improve on her raw agility. Shu on the other hand, will need to Dodge while micro-managing her entire swarm without taking a hit and losing 30% of her swarm.Target Practice and Sensory Overload: Shu and her 10 Swarmlings will hold plates to flash at Gina. the plates acting as "imaginary laser eye". when a plate flashes, Gina will use her Neuromancy to quickly Terraform either a barrier to "block" the imaginary laser eye or a spike to poke the laser eye and prevent it from firing. The swarmlings will also fly in different positions surrounding Gina in a 360 angle in confusing patterns. To add to the difficulty in processing information, B'ni will run circles around Gina and play 20 questions with Gina in rapid fire format. Gina has to ask B'ni questions. Micro-Macro Management hell: Shu and her 10 Swarmlings will sort through a pile of everyday items into different categories (electronics, clothing, apparel) as fast as possible. B'ni and Gina will try and do their best to disrupt Shu by harassing Shu's swarmlings either by moving the items that Shu is managing, messing with their flight path. Shu will have to respond to the harassment to her swarmlings by micro-managing the individual bugs.>>3157424Would any of these training regimen help strengthen Shu, B'ni and Gina?
>>3157424You wouldn't deny us a Rocky Training Montage, would you?
>>3157504(I would be remiss as a QM if I didn't take such a well-though-out write in under consideration. As far as benefits go, they would not be in the same class as full level ups, but there would be some minor benefits, yes.)>>3157530(I made a Jojo reference and gave Dr. West an ojou laugh due to write-ins, so I would be silly to deny it.)(So unless some other votes overrule the course of acton established currently, it seems that Shu, B'ni, and Gina will rest for twenty-four hours and then spend the next day training, with the last one spent on exploring, with a requisite training Montage thrown in. After the three days, the vote will open again to confirm your choice to return to the City of Envy after the fruits of your training and exploration give you a better feel for your chances against Kosi. Is this agreeable to you, Gentlemen?)
>>3158122Yeah, let's go for it
(Voting shall close in three hours and thirty minutes Gentlemen, to grant others a time to contribute before I proceed.)
>>3158092Soon to be relevanthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhlPAj38rHc
>>3158122Aye aye cap'n
>>3157274>>3157368>>3157504>>3157547"Hey B'ni, could you come here for a second?" you call out, answered by the sound of padding feet and the creak of the bedroom door as she joins you both in the main living space before you continue, "I think it's about time we try to make good on our promise to Gina.She wants to go back to her city and have the chance to help her friend. While I think we may not be up to par yet, I think we have the resources to make it through those walls of eyes, along with some time to train. What do you think?""I think that's a great idea, Shu!" she says, beaming at the two of you while clearly enjoying her new scarf billowing behind her."Alright, then it's settled you say, with finality, rising to your feet, "A day to rest, a day to train, a day to explore, and then we visit Julia on our way back to the city. We've got a busy next few days ahead of us, so get plenty of rest, you two. GG, you're up first, so sleep well."The ghost of a smile alights across Gina's lips as she gathers her things and trots off to the bedroom, pausing a moment before she shuts the door behind her."Thank you." she says softly, the door clicking shut as she disappears beyond the threshold, leaving you and B'ni alone on first watch together.(Continued)
>>3158705The rest was sorely needed and well deserved, the three of you throwing yourselves into the training regimen you hammered out between shifts. Eight hours in and you're ready to die, as Gina continues her onslaught of dulled calcite spikes, you and B'ni avoiding her attacks by mere inches as you play a savage version of dodgeball. Two hours later and the tables have turned, you and your swarmling using mirror shards to bounce light at Gina as she struggles to quickly and accurately erect barriers to block them. B'ni darts around as she does so, bare feet carrying her at dizzying speeds as she fine-tunes her reflexes, to compliment her natural speed. She also has to find the breath to play twenty questions, Gina being tasked with the interrogation to occupy another train of thought to make her barriers second nature to her.The three of you run through over a dozen training regimens, and by the time the second day comes to a close, you all look winded and wilted, much like Doctor West's sagging strands as their time of efficacy comes to a close.The three of you pour over Gina's completed map of the area, debating over where to go next, muscles aching as you allow your limbs a reprieve after your intense training."I'm personally in favor of that heat source." B'ni says, poking Gina's phone idly as she scans the landscape glowing onscreen, "It's what we came here for, so we may as well check it out.""There are also the big factory and the caverns from earlier." Gina pipes up from the floor, hands behind her head as she allows her back to stretch a bit."If we're looking for a fight, that plays to our strengths, I think those are good options to go after first, and then double back to the source. It's not going anywhere, after all.""I don't want to waste our time hunting for trouble and then run short on time, or get completely exhausted, which would be way worse." B'ni replies, turning to you. "I'd say it's up to you, Shu. What comes first?">>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
(Gentlemen,voting will close in two hours while I wrap some things up, and I should be able to make a final post this evening to close out the day. I will resume my usual schedule tomorrow, work willing, and thank you again for being an amazing group of readers.)
>>3158720>Heat source first. Lets find out what it is. If we still feel like exploring some more then I would say lets scout out the factory. If not, lets do another small round of light training to close the day. I get a feeling that tonight we'll have company in the form of amalgamations or wandering daughters looking for shelter. >Gina, how's that Angelic crown going? Finished with it? I remember you say something about "thoughtform wifi"
>>3158720>Lets check out the heat source, then simply start heading back. At worst, if we really want a fight, we can take a different path back to yhe city once out of Julia's, but this world will probably rhrow us plenty of fights no matter the path wr take, so letd not waste energy and time looking for one we don't need. Plus, when we finish with the city and continue back towards our main goal, we might pass the caves, or even need to go through them anyways. Save that bridge for when its necessary, we have enough on our plates, and probably enough that will be throwb on it too.
I just thought of something. I wonder if Shu and Gina know how to ice skate... learning how to use calcite skates would help immensely with traveltime.
>>3158720>>3158919>>3158959>>3159245"Heat source first. Lets find out what it is." you say, bringing the discussion to a close. "If we still feel like exploring some more then I would say lets scout out the factory. If not, lets do another small round of light training to close the day. I get a feeling that tonight we'll have company now that the Doctor's barriers are down...that's just our luck, after all."B'ni gathers her things for the short jaunt over to the source while you pull Gina aside."Hey, how's work on the halo going? You mentioned something earlier about thoroughbred wifi, or something?"She chuckles as she places the halo atop her head, a glittering amethyst circlet that hovers mere centimeters above her long, luscious hair. "Yeah, you had it about right. It's thoughtform communication, and I think it's about ready to go live, but as it stands I can only have one halo function active at once. It's delicate and stupid finicky, so switching rapidly between modes isn't the best idea.""Could you keep it active in case we run into trouble over there, maybe it'll give us a head's up if one of us sees something the others can't, or if we need to talk our way out weirdness?" you say, to GG clipping your shiny new pin in place just above your heart."Ha, yeah, it would've been nice to have when we were in the gallery, huh?" She replies, her sigh followed by a chuckle that forces one out of you, as well.The two of you share a laugh as B'ni strides up, leather jacket bulky on her slim frame, her goggles and scarf hanging about her neck. She gives you both a salute and a smile, and a short walk brings you three in front of the door you faced two days earlier, before you were so rudely interrupted by the amalgam swarm. You take a deep breath, and put your hand on the door.(Continued)
>>3159347You swing the door inwards, some amount of force necessary as the rusted hinges fight your entry tooth and nail. It takes a shove or two but the door finally gives, Gina's halo suddenly bathing the abandoned building in bright amethyst light.The three of you proceed further in, carefully selecting your footing across the sagging metal floor as you scan the cramped space for any sign of...there. There, where GG's amethyst glow illuminates a wild undergrowth of vine-like biomass creeping out from within the master bedroom. A glance and nod from Gina confirms that you located the source and, without any further delay, you lead your team forwards into the unknown.You find your self standing before what you can only describe as a scarlet chrysalis, crimson strands of biomass running along the sides like so many veins and pipes. Dimly visible behind a opaque sheet of hardened flesh lies the upper torso of a young woman, much younger than yourself. Peering into the murky fluid she floats in, she appears to be no older than ten, her slender form intact from the top of her dark hair down to her navel, before being reduced to little more than a series of disembodied veins and a free-floating nervous system, forming the ghost of a lower body and pair of legs."What's her status?" you ask, placing a hand on the casing and feeling a slow, steady pulse some something not unlike a heartbeat, "Did we wait too long?"Gina plucks a wriggling strand from her forearm between thumb and forefinger, kneeling before the womb-like cocoon. Sliding her jack within the bio-machine, Gina sends a pulse of violet surges through the inner workings of the device, but the girl within lies as tranquil as before."She's alive, she's...holy shit, this thing is doing something to her on a cellular level, I just don't know what." Gina says in awe as she struggles to make sense of what she's perceiving, her halo flickering in and out as she sorts through data, "She isn't due to wake up for another two, maybe three weeks, I think? From what it looks like, it's...oh, fuck me.""What, what's wrong?" you ask, watching Gina's cheeks drain of color. "She's a new Daughter, yeah...and this thing is some kind of birthing pod but...but it's so much more than that, Shu."She turns to face you from where she kneels, her face in starstruck awe as she pieces together her thoughts."It's...it's rebuilding her, from the ground up. This thing is...eating, devouring her body and central nervous system and replicating it with raw biomass, so it's...compatible, I think, with the new world." she says slowly, the reality of what she's leading up to sending a chill down your spine."I think...I think this is what happened to us before we woke up...all of us, that woke up in this world. None of us are the original article...not anymore."(Continued)
>>3159353>"Bloody Hell, to think the Doc missed out on something like this..." *shudder*
>>3159353"So...what, it's like it's cloning her? Why?" B"ni asks, her first words since you set foot in this resting place of a new daughter, soon to wake up in hell. Gina shakes her head, rising to face the two of you."I mean, it's basically deconstructing and reconstructing her out of stem-cell-like biomass...it kind of makes sense that if we were in our original bodies, a simple mutation wouldn't be enough to grant us these powers. I mean, I'm just spit-balling here, but wouldn't our bodies normally just reject foreign material, like bone or blood transfusions that go south?""...But not if we all were made of the same materials, made of the same type and quality so that we'd all be compatible with each other." you say, finishing her thought, "Exactly!" Gina exclaims, snapping her fingers in an inopportune display of enthusiasm. "It just makes sense; tear people down, make an exact copy that's compatible with all the others, then you have no problem with them going Battle Royale and swapping parts with no risk of rejection.""What does that mean for Shu's memory, then?" B'ni asks as she steps forward, her question aimed at GG but her eyes fixed squarely on you."A glitch, maybe? I mean, just fucking *look* at this shit, Isabelle." Gina says incredulously, gesturing to the device with the arm that isn't plugged into it, "It's a bio-organic pod that's tearing this girl's body and brain apart on the cellular level and then making it again out of something entirely alien, there's no guarantee something isn't lost in the transfer. Hell, the hunger could be a symptom of this process, an eventual degradation, or something...all I know is that Doctor West would've had a field day with this, she missed out big time."B'ni falls silent once more, stepping back and away from the device. Gina goes quiet as well, though after a moment of consideration in front of the half-formed girl and the crimson machine, she turns to you, an inflection to her voice you haven't heard before."There's enough raw biomass here to fuel ability enhancements in leaps and bounds." Gina says, her tone level, businesslike. "It's a daughter's abilities and a massive amount of ripe material, Shu. How often are we gonna get this kind of opportunity?"(Continued)
>>3159387You stare down at the child that floats unconscious, suspended in the pale orange amniotic fluid, the scarlet machine picking her apart and rebuilding her into something monstrous, something like you. Innocence and possibility, pragmatism and power.You shoot a glance at B'ni over your shoulder, her gaze meeting yours as she shrugs, her emerald eyes non-committal as she leaves the verdict to you."Think about this, Shu." Gina says, removing her jack from the womb and standing before you, face angled towards yours. "She's not due to wake up for another month, and you were just saying how we need to get stronger. With this, I could do it..."She sweeps her arm, forcing you to look once more at the thrumming device, Gina's hopeful face obscuring the translucent screen from view, along with the contents of the infernal machine."...I can go back and save her."HP: 100%BIO: 140% ACT: 2/2Threat: It's just a child.B’ni HP: 120%GG HP: 100%>>LEVEL UP PENDING - 3 LEVELS AVAILABLE FOR CONSUMPTION>>Write-InREMEMBERTHERE IS NO ONE ELSE TO BLAMEYOU ARE IN CONTROL
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>>3159395>>3155454Anon. You fucking called it. BHOP, Goddammit. OOC: Is this the kind of choice players face regularly when playing SMT or Persona? I was not expecting this.
>>3159402(More in SMT, yes. I always liked that aspect of the series.)
i was gonna say we wait for her to wake up but its going to take too long...im going to say consume her. its going to waste an opertunity if we dont and she may or may not try to kill us later if we dont kill her now
>>3159395>>3159398Holy shit OP, you've done it again. Just when I thought this quest couldn't get any better, you throw a moral choice like this our way.As for the Bioshock Little Sister, let's let her be. Just because it's the easy way to power doesn't mean it's the right way.
>>3159395If there's no way we can maybe help finish the job quicker, then maybe leave some kind of note for her.
>>3159395LET. HER. LIVE.we are nothing but monsters and hypocrites if we consume a fellow daughter who has done us no wrong, no better then those hungry, greedy beastd we have fought. If we kill jer, consume her now, when she cant even defend herself? Then what even was the point in rejecting those other options for one of the fool?
>>3159395>*spend several beats staring at the yet-to-be-born Daughter floating in the vat*>"Alright Gina. But before we do this I want to get something off my chest. During that dream when the figure in black gave me two choices and let me pick a third. It told me something as a reminder and a warning. It told me 'against all reason you continue, very well, you have made your choice, to walk a fool's path, to embrace flaws and weaknesses, to turn a blind eye to the faults that will destroy you, you will live and die by your own will, and there will be no one else to blame. After all, YOU ARE IN CONTROL'. >"The point is, if we are agreeing to do this; You, B'ni, and I, we are all going to embrace the fact and responsibility that we all decided to consume an unborn daughter. There will be no turning back, no regrets, no irrational attempts to pin the blame on someone else when karma comes knocking on our faces, and no arguments in the future that explicitly mention or imply about what we're going to do here. We all are in this together. We all made the decision to do this. We all have to own this decision. Do I make it clear to you B'ni? Do I make it clear to you Gina?">B'ni, what say you? I really want your input in this decision. >Gina, what say you? Are you willing to own up to the possibility that even with the power provided by this daughter we still might be forced to kill Kosi? Are you sure you still want to go forward with this decision?">We still have an entire day to decide. All I want is to make sure that both of you know what's on the line and that both of you have time to think about it. Lets visit the place again when the 'sun' sets. Hopefully by that time we all have time to think about it and are ready to make this hard choice."
>>3159395This >>3159558 except more in-character
>>3159558Im still highly against even putting it up for debate. It feels too wrong and out of character to just consume a defenseless unborn daughter for our own gain after everything we have done and all those we have let go or befriended. There were other opportunities where at least if we beat and consumed them, we would of earned it, others who at least may of potentially deserved it.This is just sacrificing a defensless life for our own gain, no other way to look at it. If we do this, we can never say we dont deserve everything this world does to us, nor that we have any moral standing above any of the other daughters who attack us for power. We make a mockery of our own past choices.And we would be doing it for what? To try and save someone who honestly does not deserve it, or put all our lives in danger to put her down just for Ginas guilt? Sure, shes our friend, but that doesn't make her feelings right nor the actions taken to satisfy them. Sometimes friends have to be the one to stop a friend from making a mistake, even if it hurts the other friend a bit.
>>3159625We gotta put it up for debate because we value their input as our friends. Either way, I'm fully for not devouring the unconscious cloning loli for some easy levelups.>I'm fully for not devouring the unconscious cloning loli for some easy levelups.What a sentence to type out, huh?
>>3159647>I'm fully for not devouring the unconscious cloning loli for some easy levelups.(You read it here first, Gentlemen.)
>>3159647Well id not use those exact words but you also are not wrong.Let us not devour the loli.As for friends, its true we should listen to them, but that doesn't mean we let it happen even if they are ok with it.
>>3159625>>3159667>>3159661My write-in is mainly to put it up for debate to our friends, make sure everyone is on the same page and put enough time and thought into the choice that a sound consensus is reached.I can see your understanding, but I'll provide a counterpoint to this debate. Keep in mind that Julia (the flesh sculpting artist) was been keen on packing up and moving her stuff down to the town but couldn't because of the nest of Tindalos. She might stumble upon it in our absence and might not be as morally scrupulous. There might be other daughters who have sensory abilities like Ginas might pick up on the heat signature and be more forward about consuming the unborn. I would also like to point out that hard decisions made based on on-the-spot impulses (with little thought put into them) often are looked back upon with varying degrees of guilt, regret, and salt. To provide you an example: Joker Quest. There was a choice anons made (on a similar sadistic scale such as this one) where the MC was forced to choose between stabbing either his waifu and stabbing his waifu's mother. (the one lives while the other dies sort of choice) I'm not going to go into further detail, because spoilers, but what I WILL say is that choice caused shit to go down created a saltstorm that to this day, there are anons who still regret the decision and the ramifications that ensued.
>>3159695You're right. We cannot control other daughters actions. But we can control ours. And we cant let others being evil jusify our own evil.Also julia might not be as unreasonable as we think and might even help protect her. Its a gamble yes but its still a better option than killing her. Or we could lie and say the towns really unstable or unsafe. Well actually thecunstable part isnt even a lie but still.I understand we cant just sit around for two weeks to defend her, but thst again isnt moral justification for devouring her.Another thing we can do is leave her with instructions. Tell her to hide til we can help her, tell her what is going on, ect maybe leave her with a swarmling so when we get close she will know due to it reactivating. If were not gonna be back before she wakes up at least.Just feels wrong to do her in in such a state, no matter what Gina or B'ni think.
>>3159754I like the "leave explanation note behind" idea.>If you are reading this, you have finally awoken>Some giant planet-sized alien ate Earth and caused the apocalypse who knows how long ago.>Now the only life left here is Daughters and Amalgams.>You are a Daughter too, just like us.>Everybody, Daughters and Amalgams, have horrifying superpowers - and you have your own unique superpower too.>The twisted goal we all have is to survive and reach the Cord, extremely far away to the west from here.>You have the default power to absorb biomass, which is basically all over the planet.>Flesh, blood, bone… anything biological is something you can absorb and use for your powers, as well as healing yourself if you have to.>You can kill Amalgams and other Daughters and absorb them to gain a part of their superpowers for yourself, or to develop your existing potentials. It's like a video game, but real.>Amalgams are mindless beasts who are always hostile. Don't feel bad about killing them and absorbing them when you come across any, or if they find you.>Daughters used to be human like you or me. Some still cling to their humanity in this hell. Some have completely fucking lost it. There's no helping the insane ones, but you can try to reason with anybody else you come across. If you absolutely have to fight, remember it's you or them.>Daughters you kill and absorb visit you in your dreams. Something soul related maybe? We don't know, but they're there when you sleep. It's nice either way.>(insert description of Shu Isabelle and Gina here)>If you ever find us, you're welcome to join us.>Go out there and do what you can to survive. Hold onto your humanity no matter what happens.
>>3159892This is nice, I like this. Seconding.
>>3159754>>3159667>>3159892As much as I am in favor of this and as much as I am in playing the devil's advocate and siding with Gina, I always get the niggling feeling that the one we spare will somehow turn out wrong when we finally meet the daughter we spared.But anyways, I'm mainly for leaving the decision to hang in the minds of everyone and making sure everyone has the time to mull the decision over for debate.
>>3160021i agree with you as i said at the start we will probbablly get attacked by the one who we left alive
Backing >>3159754>in such a stateAnd we don't know what would happen if we did that to her while she's in that state. She's yet to be transformed and probs doesn't have any abilities to consume yet anyways.
>>3160021>>3160070Its a choice between being a guranteed hypocrite and monster, or potential enemy we have to put down.But it could also end up being a friend, or no one we meet again. The difference is, if they attack us later, that was their choice to do wrong, and our right to then defend ourselves. If we consume her while shes fully defensless, it was nothing but our choice to kill an at the moment innocent girl.It was a risk to help explosion girl with no reward. It was a risk to trust b'ni when she first stalked us. It was a risk to trust the doctor. A risk to try reasoning with the multi-daughter. A risk to try being nice to julia.Each time, we gave up on power to do what was right, to put ourselves in danger because we decided showing a bit of humanity was more important than getting a quick kill or attack in, and getting more powerful. now, when its the most important, the easiest ever to get away with doing wrong, to take power with little risk despite what it entials. Now is when its the most important to remember who we(our character we have made) are, and what we really stand for. Npw is when its the most important to do what's right.Not because we may get anything out of it, but for exactly the opposite reason. Because we could get so much out of doing evil now, but that temptation must be fought and beaten.
>>3160127Character is what you are in the dark.
>>3160127>>3160123Bloody hell. I'm really glad we're having this debate. Taking the time to properly voice our reasons for this choice. letting it mull over in our heads.>>3160147>"Character is what you are in the dark."Damn, you got me with that argument. Honestly, I really want that quote to be said to Gina and B'ni verbatim. BHOP, can you add that quote in?>>3159395I've decided BHOP, I still want to get it across to Gina and B'ni about the value of choice, control, and what happens when we're forced to make these kinds of hard decisions as I touched upon in >>3159558 and I still want to let them take the time throughout the day to mull over this choice and have the final decision be made at 'sunset', but my final vote at the end of the day will be letting the daughter live.
>>3160262(As far as the quote goes, absolutely.)
>>3159395Hell no we ain't doin' thatIf we do it then what does it show? That we're not afraid to kill defenceless children? That we're a hypocrite?Just leave her a note someone proposed and we'll figure out what to tell Julia when we get to it.
>>3159395 You stare at the scarlet chamber for a long moment before you address your allies.“Whatever we do in this world, whatever course we take, that’s on us.” You begin, voice raw, “This girl, this stranger? She hasn’t done anything to us yet. All the calls we’ve made so far to reply with violence, they’ve been just that; replies. If we do this, we are the aggressors. Not her, us. That’s not a condemnation, it’s just a cold, hard fact. We can take our time to think it over and reach a consensus as a group, but keep this in mind; if we do this, we set a new precedent, we become what we’ve been fighting, regardless of what we may tell ourselves to the contrary.”You let out a shaky breath, your focus intent upon the silent brunette before you.“Character is what you are in the dark…and I can’t think of a darker time than the one we’re in now.”You put a hand on Gina’s shoulder, your gaze shifting between her and B’ni.“My vote is against, but I understand if the majority overrules me. We are in this together, and we do this togeth…”“No.”Gina’s voice is small, barely audible above the gentle thrumming machine. You feel it, radiating from her and crashing against you, waves of shame and guilt as she continues.“No, I…I’m sorry I even brought it up, I don’t know what I…Shu, please don’t ha…”Her hand flies to her mouth as she turns on her heel and run from the room, leaving you and B’ni alone in the soft red glow of the chamber. The waves of negativity recede and you’re left with a fiery, passionately choking aura that is suddenly radiating into every inch of the room from B’ni. You turn fully towards her, the girl’s bright green eyes shimmering a strange hue as her slender frame is bathed in crimson light.“You did the right thing, Shu.” She says with a smile. “You always seem to.”B’ni steps forwards, her lips grazing your cheek with a small, furtive kiss. Her scarf billows past you as she exits the room as well, leaving you alone with your thoughts and the slow heartbeat echoing through the walls, the heartbeat of a daughter spared.(Continued)
>>3161292You use a swarmling to carve a message of hope for the girl on the wall opposite the chamber, offering up a silent wish that she lives survives enough to see your words and take them to heart. B’ni is waiting for you just outside the door, the air heavy with humidity as you note that the sky above you has darkened somewhat, filtered yellow and orange hues replaced with an organic cinnabar light that casts the rusted hulks around you in a deep red light.“GG went back to the home shack.” B’ni says in response to you scanning for your third ally, “Said she needed a second to herself. So, where to from here, Shu?”>> “The factory, the caves, I don’t know…just anywhere but here. We’ll give Gina another few minutes to herself and then keep exploring (Vote for either Factory of Caves).”>> “B’ni, could you stay on lookout a minute? I know she said she wanted to be alone, but I still want to check on her before we move forwards.”>> “We’ve done what we came here to do, let’s start heading back to Julia. It’s going to take us some time to scale the steeper cliffs up to her place, and I don’t think she’d mind us being early. Besides, the walk will help cool us off after all that.”>>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3161296>> “We’ve done what we came here to do, let’s start heading back to Julia. It’s going to take us some time to scale the steeper cliffs up to her place, and I don’t think she’d mind us being early. Besides, the walk will help cool us off after all that.”
>>3161307Also, when we see Gina again we should give her a hug or something and let her know we so not, in fact, hate her. Desperate people sometimes make the wrong decesions in their desperation, that only makes her human.
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>>3161296>"Let's check out the caves, give both Julia and Gina a bit more time."
>>3161296>“B’ni, could you stay on lookout a minute? I know she said she wanted to be alone, but I still want to check on her before we move forwards.”It feels kind of rude to leave Gina to herself while Shu and B'ni go out and explore. It would also make Shu a bit more of a hypocrite that she went exploring and such and possibly powerleveling while exploring while Gina stays put and mopes.
>>3161296nvm changing >>3161342 (You) to backing >>3161355 and the hug in >>3161321
>>3161355I agree we shouldn't go leveling without Gina, but my thought was some people do indeed do better if given a bit of alone time before you comfort them.That being said, I don't think we actually know enough about Gina to absolutely know which she would prefer, so so long as we do comfort her im not too picky. She does seem to be the introverted type though.
(To clarify, Gina will still join you for exploration if you go that route immediately. The option is whether or not to spend time going to visit her before heading out. My apologies for the ambiguity, I assume the decisions I list to include all party members unless otherwise stated.)
>>3161498Ah, nah your fine, thanks for clarifying though.My vote is however still>>3161307>>3161321
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>>3161296>>3161498>other: surprise ambush hug Gina. “You’re stronger than you know.”
>>3161296“B’ni, could you stay on lookout a minute? I know she said she wanted to be alone, but I still want to check on Gina before we move forwards.”The other girl smiles warmly, fangs clacking against each other as she does so. “Sure thing, Shu. Go do what you need to.”You open the door to the shack you three have called home for the past few days, walking over to the closed bedroom and knocking on the doorframe with three quick taps. You stand there for a few empty moments before Gina’s voice comes from beyond the barricade, the ruddy light filtered through corroded windowpanes casting dim shadows across your cozy space.“I get what you’re trying to do, but please, just…I just need a minute, ‘kay?” she says, voice cracking slightly. “I’ll be fine, just…just go, Shu.”“Okay…I respect that, and take the time you need. Just know one thing, alright?” you say, leaning against the frame, forehead pressing against the cold metal as you speak. “I don’t hate you, Gina. The kindness you’ve shown, the things you’ve done for us…I don’t think I could. Please don’t beat yourself up about this, okay? We all considered it, and you ultimately decided against it…that’s what matters.”Silence is your only answer.“Okay.” You say, turning towards the outside door, “B’ni and will be outside, we’ll all head to the caves together when you’re ready. We’re not going anywhere without you, okay?”You give one final tap you the door and rejoin B’ni outside, and when Gina rejoins you a quarter of an hour after that you make your way to the cave entrance together, ticking away the seconds until it’s time to scale the mountain once more.You’re pleasantly surprised when Gina leans in to the reassuring arm you throw around her shoulder, and you take the moment to whisper low to her.“You’re stronger than you know.”Her arm snakes around your waist for the rest of the way to your destination.(Continued)
>>3161952You expected echoes, some sort of unearthly wind whispering from the mouth of the entrance, maybe a crumbling set of barriers vainly attempting to impede your progress. The utterly silent abyss that yawns open before you offers no indication of depth, no reassurance that the portal does not open instead into the vast, cold emptiness of space itself, an inky black sky you have yet to see since you woke to find something had swallowed the world. Gina is the first to step forwards, halo shining brightly as two twitching cords stand ready by her side. You and B’ni follow, the other girl’s graves creaking as twin scythes slice forth, breathtakingly white and unspeakably lethal as you descend into the darkness. It’s not long before the path forwards ceases to be merely a rough-hewn, practical passage for strictly exploitative purposes, and instead begins to shift into something altogether new and strange.You run a hand over cyclopean stonework, somehow warm to the touch even as it sends a chill down your spine, your fingers sliding across the impossibly smooth walls of the gently sloping passage. The corridor becomes ridged the further you progress, winding back and forth as though you travel through the corpse of a long-dead serpent, one of the only places you’ve seen in this hellscape devoid of the bright, pulsing flesh you’ve grown so accustomed to.get out.You freeze, the cold, sharp tone reverberating through your mind like a scream through a glacial cave.“Gina?” you ask, swarmlings wriggling nervously along your chilled spine, “Is your wifi on?”“No.” she says quietly, heard tilted as she listens intently. “That wasn’t me.”get out get out get out get out get out get out get out get out get out die die die die dieGina jolts back with a yelp of pain, falling backwards into your arms as four red lines across her cheek blossom with fresh blood. B’ni’s scythe arcs upward, screaming through the air just to your left when she connects with something, the clash of bone on bone echoing through the cavernous hall, then dying too soon as the warped halls greedily devour the sound.It’s in the moment their blades meet, that’s when you see it.(Continued)
>>3161953A white wraith, a pale, leering ghost extends from the cavern wall, an upper torso of bright bone armor cast in a violet shade from Gina’s glow. Pale, almost spectral eyes stare into B’ni’s emerald ones as it slips with uncanny speed back into the onyx stone, leaving no trace of its presence across the unmarred cavern wall. Gina’s halo thrums with its master’s concentration, B’ni’s greaves screaming through the air as she blocks another savage assault from the floor, the creature’s talons like foot long knives that rake against your friend’s shining bone blades, the barest hint of grooves appearing where its strike was deflected.You blink, and it’s gone.“Jesus, this thing is insane.” Gina breathes, her finger extended to its general location as she tracks it along the floor, though the walls until it finally comes to a stop several yards ahead of you, at the edge of Gina’s radiance. A thin, emaciated form crouches low, a stark ghoul whose claws tap impatiently against the void-like ground, inhaling and exhaling raspy breaths that reverberate through the skin-tight calcite armor. Once more, a voice echoes across your mind and through your heart, frozen words carrying a heated threat.not worthy not worth not worthy to see gods pitch black light unclean could not fathom it have to purge cannot see it cannot fathom it have to kill have to have to have to have to have toA mad loop, a foregone conclusion.Shu the DefiantVS.Die Vergessene SteinerseeleHP: 100%BIO: 140%ACT: 2/2Threat: Unclear. Unmoving. Unstuck from our mortal coil.B’ni: 120%GG: 100%YOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3161957>Die Vergessene Steinerneseele: ("The Forgotten Soul Stone" in German)Yipes. eldritch flesh ghosts. 2 spoopy 4 me.>Get out>die>Not worthy to see the (pitch black[?])gods. >light unclean>could not fathom it>have to purge>cannot see it>have to killOh boy. This is a wraith that serves a greater power. this is just a servant. It might be offended by the light that's emitted by the halo. >"Gina, can you turn off your halo light? or is the lightshow mandatory? Is it possible to track it or see where we're going by jacking into the ground? If the ground does something eldritch to you jack out immediately.">Spawn 6 Plate-lings>Have one plateling covers Gina's head halo, which also covers the light that the Neurotic halo emits as much as possible if she can't have the halo light dimmed or turned off..>Have the rest cover Shu, Gina and B'ni. Have the platelings (the ones that cover Gina and B'ni) rhythmically tap their shells as a comforting reminder that we're all still here. >Then Repurpose all of them to have a explosive acid claymore effect underneath their shells if the eldritch wraith decides to take a cheap shot out of anger.>"Gina, jack into both Me and B'ni (not my swarmlings) as well as the ground but don't hack us. The jacks will be our lifelink and we really don't want to get lost in a place like this.">"Gina, talk to us. Is it dead or alive?">in whispers: "why why why light light light unclean how to fathom how to fathom how to fathom you you you you.">"what what what is is is this of gods place place place place. "
>>3161957This one seems pretty similar to the Enigma. Spawn a few acid bombs and deploy them as trap targets. >>3162089Down for some of this as well but not the whispering like a nut part.
>>3161957>>3162089>>3162099"Gina, can you turn off your halo light or is the light show mandatory?" you say, voice low as you stare unblinking at the spectre that lurks just at the edge of your sight, "Is it possible to track it or see where we're going by jacking into the ground? If the ground does something eldritch to you jack out immediately, understand?""The light show and it working is a package deal..." she replies, wiping her cheek with her sleeve, "...and I'll track her as best I can, but...shit, she's on the move!""Gina, plug into me and B'ni, I have a plan." you say as the ghost abuptly sinks beneath the ground, swallowed up like a pale shell in an unforgiving sea. Six Platelings fight their way out of your hive, struggling to reach your allies and outpace the dogged wraith's next attack with a layer of acid-packed chitin. One reaches Gina's halo, plunging the area into darkness the moment once of her jacks stabs into your lower back, just off your spinal cord. Two more cover GG's arms to protect the source of her cords while another pair seal themselves around B'ni's arms, the sixth and final one enclosing your lower face, a helmet to avoid another cranial attack like Gina suffered.Silence, then..."Shu, look ou...!"Pain erupts across your side, a spear of agony from an attack wholly unseen in the all-consuming dark. A scream pierces the air, uttered from a throat so long unused you first assume it is of grinding, crumbling stones."Got the bitch! HA!" B'ni calls out the void, her announcement of a hit echoing once, twice, then...gone. Your hand goes to your side, coming back slick and warm as the pain flares across your left rib cage."Gina, talk to us." You growl through gritted teeth, "Is it dead or alive?""That's...fuck, I didn't think what she's doing was possible. Screw it, there's a first time for everything." she says, amethyst light flaring from gaps in the plateling's armor as your vision explodes with violet light. Your vision adjusts almost instantly, a shining, crystalline gift of sight cutting through the darkness thanks to GG's efforts.There, in the walls, she's...good god.She's not eating her way through the walls like the Enigma, she's not even moving bodily through them. You see thousands of glittering points of starlight, a roving galaxy of individual shards shifting through the imperfections of the stone itself. She reassembles herself instantly as she steps forth from wall some distance off and inhales deeply, sinking back into the floor, talons twitching, hungry for the purge as she reduces her entire physical form to little more than bone dust. The ivory galaxy swirls within the floor, spirals like the birth of a constellation......then swarms towards you with killing intent, tearing through the ground as it races towards your execution.HP: 84%BIO: 122% (6 Claymore Platelings Active, 6/10)ACT: 2/2Threat: Unseen, undeterred. Approaching rapidly.B’ni: 120%GG: 97%YOU ARE IN CONTROL
We might need to bounce. This is home field advantage for her. Try to relocate the fight or at least arrange the battlefield to our liking.
>>3162232Haha, how unfortunate for her. Drench the walls in acid. She'll dissolve herself inside them.
>>3162232bloody hell. we're dealing with a swarm of bone dust mites. And it looks like this one is a stealth type. Also, why does it need to breathe and take a deep breath before shifting into camo/ambush mode?>>3162290I wholeheartedly agree. Gina can't manipulate stonework. We'll need to find a fleshy corridor or room. Either we retreat back to the entrance tunnel where there's flesh or we go deeper and try to find a room where the fleshscape has found its way in.>Repurpose one claymore plateling into a baneling and send it towards the cloud. Detonate it mid-air to try and catch the bone dust cloud in an explosion of acid in an attempt to fend her off from attacking this time. >Create your Ravenous maw. Have it ready. If she's going to attack, she has to re-materialize at the last second in order to attack. >Gina, dim your halo light and then flare it at the last possible second. The brightest you can manage. Like a flash bang. We'll try and use the time to escape and relocate. There's gotta be a place where this daughter has to go back to in order to recover Biomass.>B'ni ready an action to counterattack.
>>3162232You feel your tongue twist and squirm within your second mouth as you focus, freeing the plateling from your mouth and contorting it into a singular, specific form. Your newly crafted baneling takes flight, surging towards the floor ahead of you in a counter-charge to the advancing swarm."Gina, dim your halo and when she breaches, flare it as bright as you can, got it?" you command, taking them both by the hand and running after your creation, straight at your foe and deeper into the caverns. "B'ni, get ready to capitalize on that, and stay close to me!"They charge forwards without hesitation as you lead them on a collision course with the glittering ghost, a mere three meters away, now two, now...Your vanguard baneling explodes at your silent command, splattering the ground with a coating of acid and scattering the geist the moment is was set to surface, now instead scattering around your caustic trap. You and your allies collectively leap over the corrosive pool and race down the tunnel into the relentless dark, a cursory glance revealing your pursuer hot on your tail, edging closer as you stumble forwards. It materializes from the floor behind you, razor fingers stabbing forwards to sever your spine with a well-placed stab..."Now!"A blinding flash, a savage kick, the smell of fresh blood, your senses suddenly overwhelmed by the banquet of combat.Your augmented vision allows you to fully appreciate the swift, brutal efficiency with which B'ni severs the spectre's arm at the elbow in a single swipe. You marvel at the sheer, blinding speed with which the specter closed the gap from the floor to the small of your back, severed claws embedded deep in your back and nails protruding inches from your stomach. You look on the bright side as the pain makes your vision swim and your forehead break out in a cold sweat; two or three centimeters to the left and you would've been stock still on the floor, spine cleanly severed. The agony spreading through your core goes white hot, then bitterly cold, then hot again as you stumble forwards, the creature's arm sliding free from your side and clattering to the ground behind you, abandoned as you continue your run deeper into the abyss."Shu!" B'ni screams, supporting you as you keep pace in your descent, "Your back, we need to...""No stopping." you groan, urging yourself onward despite, or perhaps because of your wounds, "This thing must have biomass somewhere here, somewhere it's comfortable. We'll end this there."HP: 44%BIO: 114% (5 Claymore Platelings Active, 5/10)ACT: 2/2Threat: High, rapid pursuit.B’ni: 120%GG: 97%YOU ARE IN CONTROL
(Gentlemen, I will be pausing here for the evening and resuming tomorrow before noon my time. Thank you so much for participating, and take care.)
>>3162574Bloody hell why is it aiming for Shu only? Shu can't take many hits. >Redirect 2 claymore platelings from B'ni to Shu. Protect Redirect one claymore plateling on Shu's helm toward her spine and have the two Claymore platelings transferred from B'ni to Shu's legs. >Spawn 5 banelings. Have them fly low to the ground and behind us to serve as a fighter screen to deter the wraith. If it materializes, detonate one of them and spawn another baneling. We have the Biomass to spare and spend. >Gina: full power in focusing on locating a Biomass covered room, don't focus your attention on tracking the daughter, just focus processing power straight ahead and try and find a Biomass covered room. You're our point and navigator. If you can sense a flesh covered room nearby, yell. >B'ni: If you're able, carry me. you can skate faster than I can run, you're better at dodging when you're on the run. Just keep pace with Gina. I don't want to bleed out from running, nor do I want to leave Gina behind. she's got the sight. I'll cover our flanks with the swarmlings.Damn. If we knew how to make a nerve agent, then this wraith would be easy to deal with. but right now it's been solely focused on Shu. >>3162596Which Time zone? may I ask?
>>3162654(Eastern, so I should be set to update 14 hours from now to allow time for votes and discussion, if need be.)
>>3162654>>3162574> She reassembles herself instantly as she steps forth from wall some distance off and inhales deeply, sinking back into the floor, talons twitching, hungry for the purge as she reduces her entire physical form to little more than bone dust. the daughter breathes? wait a minute, the daughter needs to have an air supply whenever it goes into that "bone dust swarm" mode. If we can keep a steady pace that isn't all out sprinting while Gina goes to look for Biomass covered room, we can effectively starve the daughter of air. Force it into a morton's fork scenario. Either resurface and take a face full of acid, remain in pursuit and eventually "drown", or break pursuit and lose her prey temporarily. In that case, >spawn 5 banelings, repurpose 3 claymore platelings (leave the plateling on GG's halo alone) into banelings, have them form a low flying fighter screen behind the legs of our girls, 3 of them hover closely behind our legs and prevent the daughter from speeding up and attacking from our flanks while the other 5 banelings threaten the wraith daughter with a face full of detonated acid if it dares to resurface by hovering directly over the "bone dust cloud" and tracking it in an X-formation.>Have B'ni carry Shu on her back while skating on Bone Greaves. Shu shouldn't be running while bleeding badly.>Tell Gina to run ahead of B'ni and set the running/jogging pace, fast enough that the daughter remains in pursuit but not fast enough that Gina gets winded from hard running.
>>3162661I also have to ask, Is the passive UNITY OF THE SWARM activated? Because we're technically in combat or is this ability activated when our Bio is below 50%?
>>3162654>Bloody hell why is it aiming for Shu only? Well, who else do we know who has directly rejected 'dark gods'? That and it might he smart enough to notice whos giving the orders in our group (unless our mental order giving is implied instead of stated, and all these words were saying are actually not being said.)
>>3162783bloody hell. it did warn us that we took a fool's path. It looks like every daughter who has lost their marbles will automatically aim for Shu now. And I have completely forgotten about UNITY OF THE SWARM.
>>3162736>>3162821Unless he just forgot to put an ability on the list im forgetting about, it loiks like we have to now actively add the smaller swarmlings by choice?https://pastebin.com/A5MA9zeYHere is his ability pastebin for refrence.
(It is active, yes. I shall add it to the ability list when I am in front of my computer.)(For reference; UNITY OF THE SWARM: In combat, you no longer need to vocalize your commands to B'ni or Gina for them to understand the actions you wish for them to take. This ability has an effective range equal to that of your swarmlings' maximum distance.)
>>3162841(You are correct, the recursive swarmlings do require a bit of extra biomass, and the first occurence of them in combat was free.)
(Additionally, voting will close one and a half hours from now, Gentlemen.)
>>3162713This sounds good, with maybe spawning/ repurposing some clymore bugs to better protect Shus vitals. She cant take another hit but certainly not another critical area hit.
>>3163524>>3163482so how are we going to reorganize?1 claymore protecting Gina's halo, 2 protecting Shu's vitals, 3 guarding the immediate rear & side flanks of the group while 4 perform active screening?
>>3162574The echoes of your frantic footfalls die against the gluttonous walls of the pitch-black tunnel, tendrils of cold snaking through your intestines as you lose blood with every step. Five newborn banelings rip free of your hive as the armor on B’ni’s arms and Gina’s left gauntlet fly on gossamer wings to cover your back, your three creations shifting into more combat-appropriate forms. The newborns hover just above the ground a short distance behind you, ready to detonate at the first sign of materialization.You find yourself suddenly scooped up from the ground by a pair of surprisingly strong arms as B’ni races onward, free of her awkward gauntlets. You drag in a rattling breath, relying instead on your empathic abilities to communicate your intent. Gina runs ahead, cords stretched almost to the breaking point as she leads you to a destination unseen.Your foe keeps her distance, hanging back until the choking tunnel expands into a massive cistern, your vision swimming with vertigo from the distant, dizzying heights of the enormous space. Gina’s desperate pace ceases to echo on hard, unforgiving stone and is replaced with her padding along on a fine layer of powder coating the floor of the spiraling citadel. You catch sight of countless skeletons, their bleached bones shining a bright crystalline to your enhanced vision with their limbless torsos pinned along the walls, the remains evenly spaced along the surreal catacomb.B’ni skids to a stop and gently lowers you to the floor, your final plan almost to fruition as your pursuer closes the gap, going wide around B’ni and directly towards you with intent to strike the final blow. Gina’s cords stab into the ground with a sharp crack, and you hold your breath, the pain in your side throbbing with every hammer of your heart as you wait, waiting for the inevitable.(Continued)
>>3163561She breaches into a series of five separate pops, like glass shattering underfoot as your swarmlings bathe her in a shower of caustic death. In the same moment, the carpet of ground bone underfoot pulses violet as Gina asserts a neuromancer’s absolute control, freezing your foe stock still in an ashen deathbed of her own making as your swarmlings’ payload works across the alabaster armor. The half-formed torso she manifested screams, the corrosion reducing her protruding form to a fine, blackened sludge as her roar fades into a gurgle of bubbling acid. Gina tears her cords free of the dust and stone, a bitter, exhausted sigh escaping her lips.“Jesus…I didn’t think that would work.” She exhales, B’ni’s shoulders sagging with tension as she kneels next to you, applying pressure to your wound. Emerald eyes stare into yours, memories of the Chevalier fresh in your mind as you find your positions reversed from that fateful day. She smiles, stress and fear evident in the corners of her mouth and the pulse of her emotions, but still she smiles as she comforts you in silence.It’s then that you feel something shoot into the bottom of your foot.(Continued)
>>3163570Oh god she can bodyjackAny ideas on how to fight this? I'd suggest losing the leg but she's already up to our spine. Maybe we can flee to our swarmlings or reverse it and eat her? If it's a battle of wills we can have Gina jack into us and help.
>>3163562Your skeleton screams in agony as the invader creeps through your bones, running up your legs and to your torso as you find your very core fighting you for control of your body.strongest of three greatest threat leader take the head the body falls dangerous turned her back on false gods too dangerous cannot abide.Her shrill voice rakes like nails across the chalkboard of your mind, her remnants taking control of your arms and hands as they fly to your throat, exerting a crushing force on your fragile windpipe. You feel your frame creaking as you struggle against the overwhelming force she exerts through you, seizing up as you fight her tooth and nail, bone and marrow.third choice third path like me too dangerous too clever doomed yourself doomed myself they’ll all leave you unless you leave first.A pulse of intuition, a shared realization as your allies fall to your side, straining to pull your own hands free of your throat as you struggle against mad, alien influence. She’s creeping up your spine, a foreign chill that slithers through your marrow and towards your skull. You feel your throat failing under the stangling pressure she exerts as her banshee-like voice tears across your mind once more.peace for you peace for me birds of a feather made the wrong choice left behind in the dark not alone embrace it together.With her final stand, she intends to force a final stand of your own. Two birds, one body.give in.HP: 33%BIO: 50% (4 Banelings Active, 4/10)ACT: 2/2Threat: Like the worst dangers, it comes from within.B’ni: 120%GG: 97%YOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3163591This is why I had Gina plug a neuromancer jack into Shu and B'ni at the start of our fight. Just in case this daughter started shit like this.>>3163588>Gina: Switch mode from Halo recon into Isolation mode. ASSUME DIRECT CONTROL. Pull B'ni and yourself into Shu's body via the neurojacks you've inserted into Shu's and B'ni's body way back then.>B'ni get ready for a battle in the center of the mind, Call up Cevalier in your mind, let Gina ASSUME DIRECT CONTROL of your mind/consciousness so you can support Shu in her mind.>Shu: Unus pro Omnibus, Omnes pro Uno. "No, I am Not alone, One for All and All for One. That's what Mother told me when she let me choose the fool's path. I am in control. I helped my friends, my friends helped me." Go into your own mind and Call up Holly, you need her help.
>>3163591Wait a minute, Gina is plugged into Shu, and the daughter is currently in the body of Shu attempting to bodyjack Shu. If Gina switches Halo mode from Recon to Mental Isolation mode, she can ASSUME DIRECT CONTROL of the bone dust daughter. >Gina: ASSUME DIRECT CONTROL of shu's body AND the the body of the bone dust daughter. If the daughter is in Shu, and you're in control of Shu, therefore you are in control of both Shu AND the daughter. If possible, Pull B'ni's mind into Shu's body as well via ASSUME DIRECT CONTROL so B'ni can support Shu in the mental warfare.>Shu: Look at Gina imply to her that you're putting your faith in Gina to ASSUME DIRECT CONTROL.
(Gentlemen, voting will close two hours from now.)
>>3163613>i agree with this
>>3163603I like this, ill support it.>>3163666>Dem satan trips.Perfect timing haha
>>3163591The takeover slows, then stutters to a stop as the ghost’s vibrating shards hum in the base of your neck. Violet light pulses just beneath your skin in time with the workings of your heart, your tether to Gina shining brightly in the gloom, her brow furrowing in concentration.“Shu, just stay with us and keep fighting.” B’ni pleads desperately, focus shooting up to the other girl, “GG, what’s going o…”“B-bones are haunted.” Gina mutters with a harsh chuckle, straining visibly, “I got the bitch on lockdown, but she’s f-fighting me with all she’s got…she’s like me, or she ate someone like me, d-doesn’t matter…”Spots of purple and black swim across your vision as B’ni’s nails draw thin rivulets of blood from your neck, struggling to stop your own hands from choking the life out of their owner. Two more needle-sharp jacks reel forth from Gina’s sleeves and nestle into your back, just above and below your hive. Gina grabs the back of your head and presses her forehead against yours, drawing a sharp intake of breath and exhaling, the taste of copper on her breath as she feuds for control of your body.“Shu…” she says, voice shaking, “…I have an idea that’s either gonna make or break this thing…do you trust me?”You stare at her a moment, seeing the sweat glistening on her forehead, rolling down onto the soundwave bandanna you made for her just a few days earlier.You nod, and your world goes pitch black, then bright white.(Continued)
>>3163960A deathly thin girl stands tall and disdainful over you, hospital scrubs hanging on an emaciated frame as you kneel before her in the abyssal dark. The pressure of your hands crushing your neck, the fire of the gaping wound in your side are but distant sensations, lost in the infinite gap between there, and here.“I can wait, you know.” She says, reaching out to caress your cheek with bony fingers, skin cracked and leaking slender streams of mercury from the ripping seams of her too-tight skin. “Even before this, I sat in my bed and waited for my bones to fail as everyone gave up on me. The world ended, I found people like me, I made the fool’s choice, and then they left too. I wandered, and found the truth of this world here, in the sightless dark. Now I wait.”She leans in close to your face, pale blue eyes staring deep into your soul as she smiles, silver trickling from her mouth.“I am patient.” She says, her lips faintly caressing your ear as she leans just past you, “I will outlast your friends, I will outlast you, I will outlast the world. I am so very happy to wait.”“I’m not.”B’ni’s voice is followed immediately by a sharp crack, mercury splattering your cheek as the ghost reels back, your friend’s silver-streaked greave slamming down next to you from a savage kick. Somewhere far off, you hear a sound like strained glass and skittering cracks.“Fun fact, neither am I.”A blur, barely distinguishable in the vast black, swings an amateur fist wide and catches the wraith in square in the jaw, sending her tumbling to the onyx floor. Gina steps back to your side as she shakes her hand from the pain of impact, glass creaking closer as the ghost rises shakily to her feet, smile gone.“You think I haven’t done this before?” she says, sneering. “I’ve fought people like you, and I’ve outlasted them all. You will crumble, you will falter, and I will…”(Continued)
>>3163964A yard-long needle of steel erupts from her stomach, catching her completely off guard and cutting her short. The blade’s wielder withdraws the length sharply and flicks the fencing sabre to her side. Liquid mercury splatters across the ground with a toss of the swordswoman’s stark white hair, fading before your eyes can catch sight of her face.“…What is this?” the geist demands, whirling to catch sight of her attacker, “What’s hap…”One, two, three jabs shatter the banshee’s nose, cheek, and jaw in quick succession, a muscular girl appearing from nowhere. She ducks low and rises with furious strength as she delivers a fourth blow, a swift uppercut flinging the white-haired girl off her feet before the pugilist fades to nothingness. The crumbling glass sounds much closer now, as B’ni and Gina help you to your feet.“You’re wrong.” You say, standing between your allies. “I’m not alone. ‘One for all, all for one,’ that’s what Mother told me when she let me choose the fools path. I help my friends, and my friends help me.”A pair of slim, strong arms haul the alabaster specter to her feet, holding her in place as a girl with strawberry blonde hair shoots you a wink and a smile. You step forwards, cocking your arm back as your fingers curl into the tightest fist you can manage. Pale eyes go wide in shock as your parting words echo in the breaking dark.“I am in control.”Your knuckles drive deep into your enemy’s face as she and the mind shatter to pieces, your senses filled with the sound of panes crashing all around you as your world goes bright white, then breathtakingly violet, and then…(Continued)
>>3163967Your eyes flutter open to a pair of concerned faces for the second time this week, too many times for you to be comfortable with…but you find yourself smiling, all the same. Your body instinctually converts the invading biomass into reconstructive tissue, now dormant and devoid of the hateful life that animated it.“You’re…you, right?” Gina says, biting her lower lip so hard you’re afraid she’ll draw blood.“As much as I’ve ever been.” You say with a short chuckle followed by a wince of pain, your side still slowly being stitched together. B’ni grins wide, emerald eyes filtered as dark rubies through GG’s filter, her arms still wrapped around you, hands still applying pressure to stem your bleeding abdomen.You inhale and exhale the still air around you, surrounded by friends even in the depths of the earth. You close your eyes in rest, taking solace in the one thing you know you can rely on in your journey through hell……it's not a path walked alone.>>Combat Ceased, Residual Biomass available for Level Up when ready.YOU ARE IN CONTROL
(Gentlemen, I will be resuming roughly three hours from now. Take care.)
>>3163969Nice! Thanks Chev and co for the help. Wonder where wraiths friends all went. How could even the people she ate have left her?
>>3163969Fukkin nice.>Rest, just rest. Maybe ask b'ni and Gina to drag your poor ass over to a bigger source of biomass so you can heal quicker and more efficiently.>Pass out. You earned it, and you might have people in your dream land you need to thank, ones you will have much less opportunity to thank than your still fully living friends.And for fun>Have dream friends help you pick out your level up upgrades as a thank you.
>>3163969>weakly attempt to hug everyone. fail in your attempt.>Repurpose the remaining banelings into Dronelings (swarmlings specialized for gathering mass quantities of BIO) and have them gather as much bone biomass as they can and deliver it to Shu, Gina, and B'ni.>Cry tears of happiness.>To Gina: "Wi-fi please" [after wi-fi is activated: 'Thank you. All of you. Can we rest here for a bit? I never knew battles in the mind were that exhausting.']>>3163973A question, Do B'ni and Gina also benefit from the level up? Because Everyone kinda defeated her in Shu's mind via neurojacks. >>3164020I kind of want either a Swarmling upgrade or a Technique upgrade to be honest. I'm not sure if B'ni and Gina also get the level up benefits.
>>3164061Seeing as how its the biomass that levels you up, sadly id think they dont get it, as we absorbed what was left out of necessity. And it was kinda INSIDE OUR BONES so we couldn't exactly get it out to share.As for upgrades, honestly we need more biomass than we need more techiques or more swarmlings, if we go the less fun route of leveling up/my idea isnt possible.
>>3164061>>3164069(Your allies will benefit from combat, though in a slightly different manner than you're used to.)
>>3164086Awesome, glad they will get something, even if its not the usual biomass based upgrades.
>>3164069what's your idea of leveling up? are you saying the whole Dreamland counsel thing?
(Gentlemen, work has been an issue so I will be posting soon.)
>>3163964>>3163967>>3163969This is some Kingdom Hearts shit.>MY FRIENDS ARE MY POWER!
>>3164523>quest setting expects us to go SMT:kill your friends>Shu somehow didn't get the memo.Also, why am I imagining Shu as Komi san?
>>3164543>>3164523(The route you have taken this quest on continues to befuddle and amaze me. Update incoming.)
>>3163969>>3164020>>3164061In your woozy, blood drained-state, you still have enough wherewithal to re-purpose your creations into gatherers of a sort,sending them off to harvest enough viable biomass to replenish your stores and speed your healing. You strain to hook your arms up and around your two allies and pull them into a hug, but your reward is a re-opened wound and a scolding from GG, so you lie patiently as your swarmlings pick through the field of fine calcite dust. In the aftermath of your failed attempt at a hug, you realize that Gina's cords still hang limply from your frame, as you and B'ni are still tethered to your resident neuromancer...which gives you an idea."Gina..." you say, throat drier than you expected, "Could you activate your wifi for a second?""Uh, yeah, what's up?" She asks, applying pressure to your wound in B'ni's stead as you lie with your head resting in the speedster's lap, her toned legs making for a surprisingly comfortable pillow."I want to thank them...the Chevalier, the Enigma, Holly...I feel like I'm about to pass out, and I just thought that..."B'ni and Gina share a brief glance and, after a quick, solemn nod from the former, GG gives you a half-smile. Your eyes begin to feel heavier than they did even a few moments ago. Your vision darkens and fades as Gina's cords spring to life once more, halo pulsing gently, a lighthouse that draws you towards well-earned sleep...and a long-overdue meeting.(Continue)
>>3164605You're flying, gliding across the surface of a perfectly brushed mirror, skates carving the ice beneath you leaving graceful lines in your trail as you sail across the rink. It is only after you stop marveling at the reflective beauty of the frozen work of art that you sense a pressure on the small of your back, your right arm held steady by slender fingers attached to strong, confident hands. A girl roughly your age skates alongside you, guiding you across the ice with a master's touch and a teacher's focus. Light blonde hair hangs just below her neck as she turns her white, almost porcelain face towards you, bright red lips in curved in a frown."Keep looking at me and you'll fall, girl. I have no intention of wrestling your weight back up when you slip and fail, understood?" Eyes carved of citrine stare disapprovingly into yours before your attention snaps forwards, the two of you turning on the rink and making your way back from whence you came. You glide along in silence for a moment before you realize the Chevlaier has no intention of pursuing conversation of her own volition, which you don't consider all that surprising given how your last encounter went...there's still something to be said for pleasantries though, and you realize that if you wanted to say or ask anything, this may be the best time here, in her element.>>Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
(Gentlemen, thank you for your patience. I will be resuming tomorrow morning in roughly ten hours, and updates will continue throughout the day until the evening, where I will update several times and close out this Vein. Thank you for your participation, and take care.)
>>3164610"You have my sincere thanks."She's probably smart enough to pick up on what we mean.
>>3164610>"Eloise. Thank you. For what you did.">"You should invite Isabelle to go skating with you in her dreams from time to time. She really seemed to enjoy skating for the sake of skating out there.">"Any words you want me to deliver to Isabelle and the others before I leave?"inb4 we exit the Eloise's ice rink and enter Enigma's boxing ring and be greeted by a sudden haymaker in a boxing glove thrown by Enigma.
>>3164698Seconding. Keep it short and sweet, Eloise doesn't seem like one for conversation.
>>3164698Ill back this sure.>>3164207If possible yes the dream council would be awesome way to level up. But if it cant be done and we just did it the standard way id probably vote for biomass, is what i was saying.
>>3164831I don't think the dream council ain't happening if you're looking to involve Holly, Eloise and Enigma. It looks like the dead want to stay dead and undisturbed depending on their mood. Besides, dead daughters don't have to deal with the mind-consuming hunger that drives them westward to butcher and consume other daughters. The least we can do is acknowledge them.
>>3164866Well you never know, id like to at least see if it can be done if nothing else. As far as we know anyways, thanking them and taking in their advice is about the only two ways to really aknowledge them as of now as it is. But im not married to the idea if no one else likes it or its not gonna happen either.
>>3164610"Eloise." you say, the pale girl tensing slightly at the sound of her name as you keep your eyes trained on the path ahead, "You have my sincere thanks, for what you did."She sniffs, the hand on your back correcting your posture as she speaks with dismissive deliberation."The pleasure was all yours, a sloppy fighter with a bad Freddy-Krueger impression was one predictable gimmick away from taking you away from Isabelle. I could not allow that to stand, so I stepped in.""You care about her, then?" you say, a faint smile playing on your lips."She is strong." Eloise replies haughtily, rising to your prodding. "She holds her convictions and goals above all else. I would be a fool if I did not admire that.""Hm." you murmur, risking a sideways glance at your instructor. "You should invite Isabelle to go skating with you in her dreams from time to time. She really seemed to enjoy skating for the sake of skating out there.""I'll take it under consideration." she says after a pregnant pause, hand tightening on your wrist as she steers you into a tight curve."Any words you want me to deliver to Isabelle and the others before I leave?""No." she says simply, releasing you from her grasp as she skates alongside you, lithe muscles working her ahead of you as she elegantly carves a dazzling path across the ice. "Rather, I have a gift. Range proves to be an issue for Isabelle. This will ensure it won't be.">>B'NI LEVEL UP>>CALCITE GREAVES (Lvl 3): evolving into a more perfect union of elegant skate and executioner's scythe, B'ni's greaves now boast the ability to extend up to double her base range, the blade unhinging from the boot and arcing through the air to catch targets that would otherwise be out of reach or under the illusion of having dodged to safety, though with less damage inflicted. If B'ni would miss an attack at close range, once per round she may turn the miss into a hit that inflicts slightly less damage, allowing her to land blows more easily on particularly evasive foes. Additionally, the base strike range for her melee attacks increases from short range to medium, further enhancing her effective range in combat.(Continued)
>>3165464"Yo, it's my turn man, don't go hogging her!"The bright, jovial voice that calls out to you from the stands makes you pause and turn to locate the source as you glide to a stop. You find a muscular girl, short and athletic bounding down the stadium stairs towards the gap in the rink, her short, sandy hair bouncing as she take the steps two at a time. Gym shorts and a simple tank top are covered slightly by a too-large blazer, a gaudy red affair boasting snarling, stylized tigers on the sleeves.A smile with a missing tooth greets you as the girl finally reaches you, thrusting out her hand to yours and scooping in into a hearty handshake, the greeting a far cry from your previous host as the Enigma claps her hand on your back to complete the overwhelming introduction. The ice dancer gives you with a withering stare as you find yourself hauled bodily away from the ice by your enthusiastic acquaintance. She squeaking of sweat-slicked feet on plastic mats, the thunderous clamor of bare feet and fists colliding with training dummies. Your fists are up, covered in bright green gloves as you bounce on your toes opposite the Enigma, clapping her red boxer's gloves together as she matches your evasive dance with one of her own as you circle each other in the ring."Hey, I uh...I'm sorry about..." you start, but you pause when she throws a lighting-quick left jab, a last-second dodge allowing it to miss by the skin of your teeth. "Hey man, I'm here to thank you personally, so cut it with the apologies!" she says with a laugh, ducking back and away from you, playfully bouncing back and forth, "You gave me the best freakin' fight I ever had, you were an absolute beast out there, ten out of ten!""Oh, uh...thanks?" you reply hesitantly, edging back as she slips in close with a feint, testing your guard."No problem! Thanks for tagging me in against that albino douche canoe, she had it coming after she gave you what for...hey, you okay?"(Continued)
>>3165469"Yeah, it's just...you're not at all what I expected." you say honestly, taken aback at your quick, breezy conversation with the previously silent Enigma."Ah, I getcha, I getcha. When I get down, I get in my own head, block everything out, don't talk to nobody. 'Been stuck like that a while before we met, but holy cow you brought the heat when it counted, nicely done! Name's Meg, by the way. Shu, right? I'm shit with names, so don't be mad if I forget, 'kay?"You take a tentative swing at Meg who darts back with ferocious speed, then forwards again with a light tap to your cheek, bounding back with a laugh as you reel back, dazed from her lighting-quick movements."Y'know, your friend Gina and I have that in common. She's a sweet kid, but she closes up, like me when I get low, yeah? You're a huge source of good vibes to her, just an absolute unit of positivity, so you're helping her a whole hell of a lot more than she lets on, but you didn't hear it from me, alright?"You can't help but crack a small smile."My lips are sealed, Meg. Thank you for your help, by the way. I wouldn't have gotten out of that if it weren't for you.""Happy to help a friend of a friend!" Meg says cheerfully, taking off her gloves. "Now, I got somethin' for her. I know she wants to help you more when you're in the thick of it, ducking and weaving and whatnot, so I'm hoping maybe this'll be up her alley!">>GG LEVEL UP>>NEUROTIC HALO (Lvl 3): while the halo's exterior remains unchanged by this latest evolution, the inner workings have been granted a heretofore unparalleled level of sophistication. Gina may now, upon successfully jacking in to an active enemy amalgam or Daughter, paralyze them for a short instant, leaving them completely open and making the next single attack against them an automatic critical hit. As devastating as this may prove to be, orchestrating such a scenario may prove difficult in the heat of combat, as Gina's cords still prove to only be effective at short range.(Continued)
>>3165470"Heh, hey girl, I know when I'm a third wheel." Meg says with a wink at someone just behind you. "Sue, tell GG I said 'hey,' and you don't have too much fun with that blonde, you hear?" She dashes off, ducking underneath the ropes as you turn in place to see who she was..."tHat'LL bE TwO NumBer ThReeS WIth cOkes, wIll ThAt cOmplEte YoUr OrDer?"The unspeakably garbled voice of a fast food attendant barks at you from speakers over a decade old. You sit bundled up in the passenger seat of a Volkswagen Beetle, engine weakly idling in the copy-pasted drive-through of some forgotten restaurant chain.“Yep, that’s great!” Holly chimes from the driver’s seat, turning to you with a smirk. “Hey there, stranger.”“Hey. Thank you for what you did back there, against the ghost.” You say, shifting your coat on your lap as the warmth begins to build in the cabin from the gently whirring heaters. Snow falls gently outside the thrumming car, coating the town in a dusting of winter’s last hurrah as you pull around to the drive-through window as some ungodly hour of night or morning.“No worries, I’m happy to help, Shu. Like I said, ‘for you, anything.’ Remember?” she replies with a wink, trading cash for a bag full of food. “So, what comes next?”You blink at her.“I don’t follow, isn’t this one of your…”Strawberry blonde hair tousles back and forth as Holly shakes her head.“Nope! It’s once of yours. Bits and pieces are filtering in more often, now.” She says, popping a piping hot fry into her mouth. “The people and places are sometimes shuffled up a bit, but this is all you.”You gaze out the windshield into the hazy snowfall of a long-forgotten memory.“So, where do we go from here, sweetie?” she asks, and you find the question reverberating through you mind as you strain to recall what comes next…>> “…You drive me back to my place, I think? I…I’m in a sorority, I have a place near there with my roommate. You drop me off, and from there…it gets fuzzy…”>> “…Your dorm room, just off campus. We go up together, you help me with by bags in the back, and we have a drink or two, then…I can’t remember.”>> “…The past is the past. Is there a way to leave, to go to another memory? Maybe one of yours?”>> Write-InYOU ARE IN CONTROL
>>3165495>> “…Your dorm room, just off campus. We go up together, you help me with by bags in the back, and we have a drink or two, then…I can’t remember.”Also, these girls are the best support. Meg in particular is awesome, completely unexpected compared to the Enigma we thought we knew.
(Gentlemen, voting shall close in two hours.)
>>3165495>"Were you in a sorority or did you take a dorm? Because I clearly remember being either in a dorm or in a sorority, and that Booze was involved before my memory broke down.">slurp the coke.
>>3165495>> “…Your dorm room, just off campus. We go up together, you help me with by bags in the back, and we have a drink or two, then…I can’t remember.”
>>3165495>SororityShu seems social enough for this.
>>3165495>>3165499>>3165535“…Your dorm room, just off campus. We go up together, you help me with by bags in the back, and we have a drink or two, then…I can’t remember.”The engine surges, then idles, then sputters to a halt as you find yourselves exiting the car outside Holly’s dorm. You direct her to retrieve your two duffel bags from the trunk, and as she wrestles with their weight you retrieve your backpack from the cabin floor. Your friend lives on the first floor, so it’s a short jaunt from the freezing parking lot to the dorm entrance, then a few steps more to her room. Holly fishes out a key and, as the door swings open, you’re met with a cramped yet cozy space, the living room hosting a worn loveseat and a scuffed table opposite a noisy mini-fridge. A twin pair of lava lamps gently going through their motions rest on a table beside the couch, orange and violet light illuminating their contents. A door opposite you leads to the bedroom, while to your left a partly closed door casts the bathroom in shadow.“You, um…h-have a seat, make yourself c-comfortable, I’ll get us some sodas.” Holly says, uncharacteristically nervous as she places your bags next to the door while you settle on her couch. You pause as you open you backpack to study her intently, eyebrow arched.“Holly, you alright?” you ask, and the scene around you freezes, the lamps’ blobs going stock still, the chatter of the fridge going silent. She relaxes, hands on her hips as she cocks a smile in your direction.“Oh, totally! That’s the way these things go, Shu. What I’m saying, what we’re doing...it’s how it happened in your memory, I’m kind of like a stand-in for who was with you, if that makes sense?”“Yeah, it’s just…let’s keep it going, if that’s okay?”She winks at you and the scene resumes, Holly-not-Holly shuffling over to the mini fridge as you pull a half-empty bottle of tequila from your backpack, along with a pair of shot glasses.“Hey, how about we try out something a little stronger?” you say with a sly smile at your host. “A welcoming gift after your move up here?”(Continued)
>>3165661>>3165661“O-oh…okay, yeah.” Holly replies hesitantly, watching as you fill the glasses to the brim with one hand while patting the seat next to you with the other. She settles down beside you on the loveseat, cupping the miniature glass you hand her in both hands as you seal the bottle.“A toast.” You declare, raising your shot to her face. “To you finally moving out and joining the big kids at college!”“To, uh…to reconnecting.” Holly says shyly, the glasses clinking as you complete the toast and swallow their contents. Holly coughs and splutters, at which you find yourself laughing and patting her on the back as she gathers herself.“Haha, your first shot! Nicely done, you ready for round two?” you chuckle, pouring the two of you another glass. “Your turn to start the toast, so make it a good one.”Holly’s trembling fingers take the glass from you as she considers her words for a long moment, the dim light from the lava lamps glittering in her eyes as she stares into yours.“To best friends, forever and always.” She says with a timid smile, voice shaky. “Thank you so much, Shu. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you...”“Ah, shush. You’re too modest, you always were.” You say dismissively, studying the way the glow plays across the contours of her face. “You could’ve gone anywhere, with your grades…but you replied to my message, left it all behind, and here you are. I’m glad you did.”You raise your glass and tap it against hers."To best friends, forever and always." You echo, the second shot going down smoother for the both of you. "Even after all these years, I knew I could count on you."SHU LEVEL UPCHOOSE *TWO* OF THE FOLLOWING>>HEALTH>>BIOMASS>>SWARMLING>>RAVENOUS MAW>>CONSUMEYOU WERE IN CONTROLYOU WERE ALWAYS IN CONTROL
>>3165673>Consume>SwarmlingThat closer is dreadfully ominous.
>>3165673>>BIOMASS>>SWARMLING>>3165678Depends on how you read it, it could easily be seen as a good thing.
>>CONSUME>>RAVENOUS MAWcan we please get a ravenous maw upgrade its been awhile since weve had one
>>3165673Dat spoiler:Why does is sound so sinister when it comes to Shu's backstory? It implies Shu was more of a controlling Alpha bitch with her mystery roommate from grade school to college before the Eldritch Apocalypse hit.Even moreso when you factor in the whole >SwarmlingDefinitely would like more variety and a higher Swarmling cap. Plus the empathetic abilites would help out immensely.>BiomassWe're going to need the biomass as our supply when we head into Kosi's city.>>3165678>>3165684Are you sure you want to bring Terminally ill girl with a grudge onboard in our soul?
>>3165697We already ate her, no choice.
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>>3165700Maybe. Its hard to guess the rules entirely. All three of us ate the enigma, but she ended up in Gina. This however couldve been because the halo was a more prominent ability than the armor, and B'ni did not choose the consume option.We otherwise dont have anyone we have not consumed inside of us, i dont think, so we dont actually know for sure if not consuming keeps them at bay.BUT, either way, talking to her will certainly be one interesting conversation if it happens.
>>3165755>>3165700there is a difference between eating her biomass and consuming a signature ability of a daughter. when we fought the enigma (Meg), we took a swarmling upgrade, Bni took a health upgrade while Gina consumed Meg for the halo ability.>>3165673>swarmling>biomass
(Gentlemen, I will be keeping voting open for an additional thirty minutes as there is a tie between BIOMASS and CONSUME at three votes each, with SWARLING in the lead with four votes total. If the tie persists then as before, the decision will be up to the roll of a dice. Thank you for participating.)
My vote>BiomassBecause we need it for our ablilites >SwarmlingGives us more flexibility
>>3165869I guess that's true. But I'm willing to take the risk to get access to her knowledge and OP abilities. Invincibility while piloting swarmlings? Yes please.
(...I stand corrected in a timely manner. The extended voting period is still in effect, however.)
>>3165869IdkConsuming her seems risky and Id rather avoid that risk even if it means we’ll have to do without her powers
>>3165673Whatever happened to being able to upgrade TECHNIQUE? Did that just get phased out (and possibly combined with swarmlings/ravenous maw) because nobody fuckin' picked it?Anyways, guess I'll vote for Biomass+Swarmlings.
>>3165878its not really invincibility. It's more like a stealth build where all of your body turns into slimy mush and you will your entire biomass to flow along the ground like water. It just looks invincible because that daughter purely constitutes of bone dust and the location we were fighting in.>>3165926Good question. >>3165879BHOP what happened to the Technique option?
>>3165926(You are correct. Also, the Technique tree was primarily meant to give you a breadth of options during a solo playthrough, and threatened to become terribly unbalanced unless completely overhauled or removed due to your unexpected focus on the power of friendship. Thus, a retooled system heavily inspired by Chrono Trigger will be implemented at a later date, and the level up menu will be adjusted accordingly.)
>>3165948>Thus, a retooled system heavily inspired by Chrono Trigger will be implemented at a later date, and the level up menu will be adjusted accordingly.oh hell yeah
>>3165869Id have to go back and look but im pretty sure we picked consume aswell, hence the plate armor based off her slug(?) Armor, but maybe the two being so similar just made me remember wrong.Regardless, i honestly dont think we need her ability, we have plenty of options and focusing on what we have at this point seems like a better choice. Theres only so much variety before its a a bit too much quantity over quality. You need a balance between the two.
>>3165673SHU – LEVEL UP>>SWARMLING SELECTEDSWARMLING (Lvl 6): your maximum increases by five, for a new cap of 15 active at any one time, barring your recursive swarmlings. Additionally, the members of your brood have adapted an additional layer of plating, allowing any class of swarmling to shrug off what would otherwise be a killing blow. This effect only works once per swarmling, as the ablative armor allows them to ignore otherwise lethal attacks and grants them another chance to bring your plans to fruition. Finally, your empathic bond with your allies deepens, as occasional fragents and snatches of their current trains of thought will filter through your mind's eye, a prelude to more invasive powers...>>BIOMASS SELECTEDBIOMASS (Lvl 4): you maximum biomass increases by an additional 10%, for an updated maximum of 150%. Additionally, your first act of creation during combat is reduced by another 10% for a 40% discount on your opening crafting efforts when your life is on the line. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, spawning your brood has become second nature to you, reducing the cost of generating individual swarmlings of any class by 3%, with a minimum of 1% Biomass expended per creation (Updated Basic Swarmling Cost: 1%, Enhanced Swarmling Cost: 5%, Full Armor Cost: 65%)(Continued)
>>3165975“Hey, I’ve got an idea.” You say, watching Holly determinedly struggle to swallow the last bit of her tequila. “I know this place downtown, a little hole in the wall club with solid music and great drinks. Let me take you there, my treat.”“Oh, uh…I downloaded a decent cam rip of the Heathers musical for us.” She replies, glancing at her computer that leans against the end table. “I thought we could watch it together, like old times.”“Yeah, no, that sounds great.” You say, filling each glass with practiced a tip of the bottle. “The place I was talking about has happy hours from midnight ‘til three, so it’s prime time now, but whatever. Cue it up, let’s get started.”“No don’t worry about it, the video can totally wait.” She says hastily, plucking the glass from the table as she switches gears. “I’ll finish this, and then we can go, okay?”“Awesome.” You reply, watching her choke down the clear liquid. You leave yours on the table as you rise, taking her hand in yours. Her eyes go wide as you pull her into a tight hug, wrapping your arms around her tensed shoulders.“I missed you.”Your whispered words tickle her ear, your breath causing goose bumps to manifest on her neck as you hold her in her living room, her safe space. You feel a blush creep up the girl’s face as she slowly relaxes into your embrace, the sensation of her face nuzzling into your chest a familiar memory from a few short years ago.“I missed you so, so much, Shu.”The pulse of music and the flash of lights cause her no end of confusion, the writhing, dancing mass of people blending one into the other as Holly struggles to find her way in the chaos. You take her by the hand once more, leading her to the bar and pushing her sixth (or was it eighth?) drink into her hand.Her hands are clasped behind your neck, the patrons slowly filtering out as the bartender shouts last call. She looks up at you, eyes misted over by a haze of emotion and alcohol, struggling for words. She finds them, after a long moment.She tells you she loves you, that she always loved you.You smile, and tell her that you know.You’re steadying her now, your oldest friend reeking of booze and her own sick as you walk her back to her room. She giggles as you retrieve her keys from her back jean pocket, collapsing into you and mumbling something. She says it again, clearly now, her breathy voice thick with wanting, thick with need, with the weight of years of aching patience and long-held hopes.Soon, you say.Soon.(Despite Everything)(You Continued)
>>3165983The first hints of morning light filter through half-closed blinds in your friend’s bathroom, illuminating the filthy, aged tile that lines the tiny space. You assume it was once shining white, its brightness lost long ago to the twin scourges of time and apathy.You stand before the bathtub, feeling the crimson ichor drip from your gloved fingers to the frayed mat below as you gaze upon your handiwork. The body before you is beaten well beyond recognition, limbs splayed at impossible angles and crammed into the red-streaked basin. Your bags lie off to the side, bundled tight and wrapped neatly in the tarp you had enough forethought to bring. “It’s perfect.” You say, the statement flowing from your smiling lips unbidden, unwanted. You turn to look at yourself, visage barely visible in the breaking dawn as you see…Your eyes fly open to a citadel of black stone as you fling yourself bodily to the side, tearing your wound open as you vomit onto a carpet of bone meal. Your allies rush to your side from whereabouts unknown, B’ni pressing a torn bit of cloth to your side as Gina cups your face in her hands, your vision swimming. Their frantic queries are muffled, you mind still on loop, repeating the dream over and over again as you heave once more. It wasn’t the mutilated form oozing into the tub, nor the predator whose eyes you share witness through that causes your limbs to shake, a cold sweat to break on your brow as you struggle to catch your breath. It was when you saw yourself in the mirror, your reflection stark and striking in the natural light of day. As you are now, you could be considered a beast, an amalgam in both form and function, hive buzzing along your spine as a hideous second maw gapes where your stomach should be. It’s the girl that stared back at you, the stranger wearing your face, her lips curled in a self-satisfied grin, eyes glinting with the joy of a job well done……she was nothing short of a monster.>>Fifth Vein: Closed
>>3165975>a prelude to more invasive powers...>concern.jpgFriendship doesn't work that way...I really don't wanna be creepin up in their minds that much. >>3165983>>3165986>SMT setting>anons decide to go full "Power of Friendship">BodyHorrorOP pulls out Shu's past.>SO MUCH SCREAMING.gifMOTHERFUCKER BHOP. You really pulled a big one over our eyes. Way to pull a cruel but interesting twist.
>>3165986Oh holy fuck. Shu was a serial killer and a control freak.>>3165975Which makes the joke i was gonna make based on 'remember how i said all shall become our swarm?' feel a bit more disturbing than it already was meant to be.
>>3166005Honestly with the way things are going I'm feeling like there's gonna be a point where we should just stop upgrading our swarmlings if we wanna keep our friends
>>3166011You mean have our friends keep their freedom, or keep their individuality?Because i have a feeling if we go far enough down it, it wont be up to them to leave or not.
ya know guys i keep going for ravenous maw. maybe people should listen now? can we please go for it next time . the situation isnt going to get better with our swarmlings
>>3166012Yeah, that's what I meant.
>>3166018Yeah, sorry I wasn´t here to vote for it
>>3166018To be fair, there's no guarantee that upgrading the maw is a safe alternative to our bees. As far as we know, there could be a point where it allows Holly to take control of us or something like that, at least temporarily.We could also have another run-in with eldritch dream mommy at some point and have to make another choice, one which might not have a "better" alternative like the first one did.
>>3166018Nah, ill go biomass and/or something else next time just to spite ya as i dont like the tone your post is giving off.
>>3166011I would agree. I think Swarmling level 6 would be a good stopping point. But it would also be wise to say that any ability at level 5 would be a good stopping point. Can you imagine what happens if we upgrade Ravenous Maw up to the level where Swarmling is at? Can you imagine how constantly hungry Shu would be for Bio, amalgrams, and daughters?Actually Scratch that. Imagine B'ni and Shu pushing their Daughter abilities past lvl 5 and into the double digits. Gina with 7/7 Neuromancer/Halo would be disturbing as well as scary because of how absolute a neuromancer's control would be as well as how neurotic Gina would become.B'ni with 7/7 Sprinter/Greaves would just be a hype'd up neurotic speed freak who can skate at mach speeds and decapitate a poor thing with a flying kick.Shu with 7/7 Swarmling/Maw would be this insatiable Daughter who sends her swarmlings to feed the bottomless belly that is her maw. IC-wise: Daughter!Shu would be shook af. Because Human!Shu is honestly something that goes against what Daughter!Shu stood for when the latter woke up into this world.>>3166008Honestly it makes the YOU ARE IN CONTROL spoiler reference even more disturbing.Not to mention Gina talking about how her relationship with B'ni slowly drifted apart because Shu was luring B'ni away as Shu's next victim back then before the apocalypse hit.
>>3166040It honestly makes me wonder if OP'll find a way to twist Health/Biomass upgrades as bad things eventually.
(Gentlemen, you all have been fantastic. I will be opening the next Vein after the weekend concludes, and I shall post here and on QTG to announce it either in the afternoon or early evening. However, I will still be checking back here in the interim, so feel free to discuss, fire off questions, or offer critiques or criticisms. I am open to it all, and thank you again for participating. Take care.)
>>3166047any action we take, and any upgrade, will be twisted as our lovely QM sees fit to make a disturbing and interesting story, while IC it will be shown as the constant pull towards corruption this world enacts on everything, regardless of how they try to beat it, fight it, or escape it.Or so is my thoughts on this.Good show though OP, loving the story!
>>3166057Real talk: gif. related was my reaction to the sudden reveal of Human!Shu's past.>Did you archive this thread on supqst? You better put a good thread description on it. >How long were you waiting to pull this one over us for the Horror points after seeing us go hard for the "power of friendship" route?>>3166061Humanity challenge? Humanity challenge. Lets do this.
>>3166061Well if that's the case then, once we hit the point where we can't upgrade anything without sacrificing our (or our friends') humanity, I guess we'll just have to hope OP'll let us choose to upgrade nothing at all.We're getting that good ending, dammit, even if it means having to be stuck at level 20 or so for the rest of the game.
>>3166073And that's why we have the Rocky Training Montage Program. When Raw Eldritch stats can't, Human Ingenuity and practice can.
>>3166077>eventually gets to the point where our mutations become too strong just due to ambient shit that's out of our control>end up just beating down the final boss with our bare hands, no bees, greaves, or jacksI'm ready
>>3166069>>3166073First game ive ever played with a mechanic in place where leveling too much might get you the bad ending. I like it.We'll get at least a bittersweet ending, even if we have to constantly break our QMs expectations and plans like a bull in a china shop! Prepare for constant rewrites my man!
>>3166073Or we consume to open up more signature abilities to branch into.
>>3166091That is until Consuming too many abilities makes us unstable or something, or opens up another route via us "embodying all routes the mother gives her children" or something like that.
>>3166091Anon. I don't think you understand. There is a point where consuming too many signature eldritch abilities will turn you in to the setting's equivalent of a chaos spawn (aka Amalgrams). Consuming a signature ability is still taking a level in eldritch stats, it's just said eldritch stat point was redistributed into a completely new category.
>>3166069(I haven't archived it yet, but I will shortly when I get home. As far as Shu's original nature, that was established in my intial draft of the story.)>>3166087(Incredible.)
>>3166089>even if we have to constantly break our QMs expectations and plans like a bull in a china shop! Prepare for constant rewrites my man!Anon. the setting is basically Eldritch SMT(Shin Megami Tensei): Battle Royale edition. SMT games have that "humanity fuck yeah!" route built into the game, and BHOP has played SMT and Persona. He's got a Humanity route planned. He's just going to make us work very hard for it.
>>3166119You say that like ive played or know about either of those games.or care about them.
>yfw the "fool's choice" isn't called that because it's the weakest of the three and only a fool would pick it, it's actually because only a fool would believe it's not just another way for the world to endNext time we encounter eldritch dream mommy (assuming we will encounter her again) we should try telling her to fuck off and that we don't need her power.
>>3166104Nah, amalgrams are just males.
>>3166160>As you are now, you could be considered a beast, an amalgam in both form and function, hive buzzing along your spine as a hideous second maw gapes where your stomach should be.I think the wordage should be examined closer. Amalgam is a gender neutral term it seems. Its just that BHOP said several amalgamations that we encountered in combat were male. He didn't explicitly say that all of the amalgamations we encountered were male.
>>3166166(Correct, and my apologies for the confusing verbage.)
alright see ya in the next vein im going off to read some more quests
>>3165983>>3165986Holy shit OP, we were a serial killer. You made us a serial killer. This is as amazing as It is terrifying. Once I got to the end I had chills. I went and reread everything leading up to It just to better absorb the context. Oh god. YOU HAVE CONTROL YOU WERE ALWAYS IN CONTROL The fact that a monster like that has turned into the beacon of morality In this nightmare is just- and through what, sheer chance? Are we even really 'Shu'? Are we another entity entirely, byproduct of the transformation inhabiting It's body? Is the real Shu still inside us fully aware of who we are, waiting, silently, for her chance at C O N T R O L.
>>3167207>the real shu is still inside us somewhere>she's basically just screaming internally as we go full power of friendship
>>3167209I'm scared anon, I'm really scared. I'm scared that one day, something Is going to go wrong. I'm scared that one of these days, something Is going to happen and we're going to read the words YOU HAVE LOST CONTROL. I'm scared that we're going to watch as SHU begins to say things we don't tell her to say, begins doing things out of character. I'm scared that one of these days, SHU is going to take it upon herself to murder B'ni like she had planned to, just like before. I'm scared that she's going to use the powers we give her to take a horrified Gina and break her before giving her a slow death, as we watch. Scared because If SHU ever did regain CONTROL, that she would do It not because she had to, but just because she knew we were watching. Just because she wanted the satisfaction of feeling us scream and post and be horrified, while we sit here and could do nothing. I'm scared that after SHU is standing in the blood of everyone who came to trust us, we will be offered a choice. A choice to continue on and let the world continue to be SHU's plaything, ours and hers forever, or to kill ourselves to spare what remains of the world from her. I'm scared because I think This Is How The World Ends.
>>3167250So does that mean that we should tell the others about what we have seen of our past and not to trust us with anything.
>>3167254I guess so.I think trying to learn to fight without our mutations, eventually at least, might help us in the future, possibly.It'd at least help out in places like the city where we can't replenish our biomass.
>>3167254About remembering being a manipulative serial killer? Definitely. They'll either move on and away or they'll accept that we were once a complete monster. I'd like to think that I'm completely paranoid and that no such potential bad end could ever take place, but I don't think we can promise that In this mindfuck hellhole.I'm going to fight It the entire way, but part of me wonders If this isn't a morbid trek down a story about inevitability. That one way or another, everything's fucked.I really *really* hope this is just my paranoia though. I'd love to be wrong.
>>3167262So we are going to tell Gina.Should we tell Isabelle, it is likely that we may get a poor response as she sort of seems somewhat infatuated or was in the process of being groomed by Shu.
>>3167262Hey, maybe that's the point of all this.Shu and the gang are worried that taking the high road and doing the right thing might be ultimately worthless, but they keep doing their best anyway. We're in the same boat - this quest might inevitably turn into a horror-tragedy, but we're gonna do our best anyway and try to make a happy ending.
>>3167266Yeah, yeah I agree anon. No matter what, we're going to fight to keep our humanity no matter what. >>3167265It could go badly, honestly. However, I think the best thing to do Is just to come clean, immediately. We just figured It out ourselves, and they are both right there, worried about what's going on with us freaking out and puking. I think once Shu catches her breath, she should tell the others in a still undoubtedly raw state of emotion about SHU. To keep it in or wait and set up the right way to tell them would be to manipulate the situation to our advantage, which seems too much like SHU for my liking. It's cleaner this way I think, even If it puts us at risk.
>>3167265Nah, we either come fully clean to both or not at all to neither. All doing anything else will do is prove ourselves untrustworthy and potentially push a greater gap between us and whoever we do not tell. Even if it causes them to leave us, its better for it to be because it was all out in the open, rather than us only telling one and them passing the word along to the other.Lets not be who we were yet again, lets not play games with people and hide the truth. We need to own up too this if were going to beat it.
>>3167265I feel we should be completely honest with both of them and tell them exactly what we saw, even if it means B'ni (and maybe even GG) leaving the party.Best case scenario, they'll stick with us despite it, but be more wary about us suddenly turning on them. Worst case, they'll both leave entirely, but they won't be killed by us, at least.Keeping secrets is probably the worst thing to do in this scenario.
>>3167272>Keeping secrets is probably the worst thing to do in this scenario.Absolutely. We've all seen it in fiction before - keeping secrets results in our buddies finding out the truth at the worst possible moment.
>>3167265I guess that you guys are right.when i proposed the idea of only telling Gina about what we saw would probably run it by her before we tell B'ni as she knew her and would be of assistance in deciding whether it would have been a good idea.
(The Vein has been archived, Gentlemen.)http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Body%20Horror%20Quest
I actually vote we don't talk about it ever. The past is the past. Leave it behind. We're a different person now.
>>3167412Well thats the scary part. Are we? How much of her is still in us? As more and more memories come forth, how much will we feel our old self coming back? How long before we find ourselves smiling Everytime we see our swarmlings ripping into a new victim?Ignoring the past may only allow it to decide our future all the more.
>>3165986Pic>>3167412Anon, you can say this now but what will you say when YOU'RE NOT IN CONTROL We can't loose our humanity anons, this world may be fucked but that doesn't mean we are as well. Even if it is seemingly inevitable we must carry on. Anons time, to do the one thing we're good at, going off the tracks.
>>3167438Choo choo train dont stop til it smashes into the bottom of the canyon.
>>3167503The ride never ends but there are junctions.
>>3167689I WANT TO GET OFF MR. BONES' WILD RIDE
>>3167771Bold of you to assume the ride has even started.
>>3167783How is Shu's health IC and in terms of mechanics?
>>3167808(Forgive me, do you mean her overall physical condition or her statistics in-game? She is in excellent physical health, though she skipped arm day more often than she'd like to admit. She possesses the base level of health at a 100% maximum with no augmentation.)
>>3167830I meant as she is right now, weak from a wraith daughter's many stab wounds, having to deal with mental battles, the sudden recovery of her former identity. In-character stuff.
>>3167842(As far as that goes, she's extremely shaken in every sense. While her physical wounds will be healed in short order, her original self is so at odds with how you have been playing her that she shock of this revelation is severe. How severe it will be is totally dependent on how you play her from here, what you choose to share with her allies, and how they end up responding to this revelation, should you choose to share it.)(I'll go more in depth as to her mental state in the opening of the 6th Vein, which I just finished writing, actually. The opening vote is how much to share, so your answers will come soon.)
>>3167853Oh boy we have ended up mentally scarring her even in the best case scenario, haven't we?I can imagine even if everything goes well(ie, her friends forgive her and put the past as the past) she probably will freeze up during any fight if she feels even remote potential joy from it. Hell after a revelation like that id probably have a hard time delivering killing/lethal blows for at least a bit id think. I mean she wasn't just a serial killer, she was a serial killer who manipulated her friend into moving to her college just so she could kill her. Thats a whole extra level of fucked up.i love it, you did good QM.
>>3167865>>3167771>>3167689>>3167503>>3167438>>3167430>>3167412>>3167338>>3167269>>3167262>>3167250>>3167209>>3167207>>3166119>>3166089Guys I fucking told you Shu is Serph. I knew Shu would turn out to be a fucking bitch because I played Digital Devil Saga duology, where its the same shit.Watch this:https://youtu.be/z4dMBkVIV0o
>>3167865(Thank you so much, I am overwhelmed by the response so far. I have not expected this to go half the directions you've taken the story so far, so it's been a fantastic time so far.)>>3167901(I thought you might like that revelation, given the inspiration. It was only after my initial draft that I looked back and realized the parallels, honestly. It was more the general feel of the setting that I drew from.)
Actually strange thought, did we just kill holly? Like, she was standing in for our friend, so was she technically the corpse? Whether permanently killed or not, did she still feel everything we put our past friend through? And if she is alive, she probably at the very least saw what we were...
>>3167922So what WERE your initial expectations in us taking the direction of the story? Are you at least willing to give us a brief play-by-play of your initial plans when you started the first thread of the quest? Spoilers can be omitted at your discretion.From my own perspective, you played a strange parallel to Joker Quest where the setting was a grim yet fantastic battle royale (except that everyone is a mecha robot instead dealing with eldritch body horror) MC's past is presented close to the QM's chest and drip-fed to the playerbase. But in Joker Quest, the QM deliberately dropped a big hint in the premise that the MC's backstory made him 110% bone fide dreaded badass, and as a result everyone and their mother in that quest get spooked at the mere mention of his moniker (RED JOKER). In this quest, you kinda gave us a girl with amnesia and threw us into the aftermath of an eldritch apocalypse, which is fine by me. So there really wasn't much cause to go serial killer murderhobo, and more of a cause of going Fallout exploration and survival.But then you threw this at us for a loop and stated that SMT was one of your big inspiration, so that pretty much makes the struggle for the Humanity challenge and "power of friendship" route even more daring for us.
>>3167922Or rather, how were you initially expecting players to play Shu?
>>3167865you know what's even more fucked up? It's the implication of how long and deep their relationship was while Shu had the serial killer mentality. They had that close relationship for years, YEARS, and then serial killer Shu decided to commit Sororicide on her best friend.
>>3167979 (Truthfully, I expected a few kind responses here and there but for bloodthirst to win out early on. We'll see how things progress from here, I'm eager to see how you handle what comes next.)
>>3168008>I'm eager to see how you handle what comes next.things are gonna get FUN aren't they
>>3168008You know, it really feels like the reveal of Shu's past self is supposed to be something to be revealed about 30 threads in. Unless BHOP has more Nuclear bombshells to drop. Two of them (the reveal of how a daughter is created, and Shu's backstory) seem to be the tip of an iceberg.>>3168085and filled with SUFFERING.
>>3167986With how b'ni was acting about our past relationship with her, im guessing thats serial killer Shus kink: Getting someone to trust and even love her completely before in thier moment of pure vulnerability slaughtering them. And possibly not even a quick death, bit a long, bloody one of pure animalistic fury and pleasure as shu shatters their body as they look on in confusion and betrayal.and we played the route to get old shu all sorts of new friends to play with, maybe she was never as far gone as we thought.
>>3168342Of course he has more. Remember that his actual first bombshell was revealing all that we had done so far up until the end of last thread was just the prologue.Dude at that revelation and taking into account length, we might only be just past chapter one or so.A potentially whole other world, technically bigger them earth, could await us at the top of the cord, ignoring how long it may take to climb it, and how far away it may still be.
>>3168950>prologue feels more like a tutorial on the entire mechanics of how the bio system works when it comes to daughter amalgam relationship. BHOP even hinted that there is still a small pure human settlement that still held out against the eldritch apocalypse.
>>3168950>A potentially whole other world, technically bigger them earth, could await us at the top of the cord, ignoring how long it may take to climb it, and how far away it may still be.This. Fucking DDS had you climb the Karma Temple to reach Nirvana, but Nirvana was just the real world and a new hell to face. Same shit here: the Cord has disc 1 final dungeon written all over it
>>3169026I mean, im pretty sure he himself used the word prologue, but choose whatever word you want, they mean similar enough.My point was just that despite everything, we actually may not be that far into the story at all. Also you talking about the potential buddist temple or whatever the doc was going to? I mean you could be correct but that could be any number of things, if we even end up investigating it in the end.
>>3168950>>3169026>>3169055>we're probably only halfway through disk 1>we're already starting to feel like our powers are getting too strong for us to retain our humanity while upgrading themthis is going to be absolute hell if we want the good (or at least a somewhat better) endingand i can guarantee at least one of our friends is going to die at some point, even ignoring the potential of SHU coming back and killing them
>>3169078>and i can guarantee at least one of our friends is going to die at some pointthe moment their alignment differs, they die
>>3168904well with all the daughters that we’ve encountered, it’s somewhat safe to say that every daughter has a dark secret/personality/flaw that they keep hidden inside themselves. a hidden monster so to speak that manifests as an aspect of their own biomass power. the following is my own interpretation and the accuracy is questionable but there is a recurring theme that can be seen.Shu: Serial killing control freak who loves to be treated like a queen, kills as she pleases and manipulates her would be victims do much of the work that she needs to prepare for a clean butchering (hive queen bee)Wraithgirl: A terminally ill girl who waited for her life to end from a terminal bone condition (bone cancer?), and came to hate her friends and family with a deep grudge as she was confined to a hospital bed. (bone dust wraith)Gina: Guilt over leaving Kosi (whom by out first hand experience, is a jealous cripple), takes solace in technology and systems she has direct control over. (Neuromancy and headphones)Meg: Full blood knight fight junky. probably does fight clubbing, cares only for the thrill of the fight (NeuroticHalo)B’ni: sweetheart, with anger issues who vents stress by being a battle manic and comes on srting, hyper and overbearing if the last two battles are to come by (speed freak)Holly: Sassy Sharp Tongued Glutton (Stomach mouth and cat-o-nine tongues)Eloise: Fencing & Figure Skating perfectionist (bone weapons)
>>3169078>inb4 a battle goes wrong and we end up consuming/mercy killing them for the sake of preserving their memory/soul/power as their friend wouldn’t that be a big twist of the knife?
>>3169115Honestly, as long as it isn't us who ends up killing/critically wounding them, I'd be okay with absorbing our friends, just to keep their memory/soul alive in our heart(?).
>>3169128Remember: Friends are power, whether alive or not.
>>3169101Dont forget doc and her clear obsession cwith science to the point of purposefully harming us minorly just to see what would happen. No idea for explosion girl (her main power was taking cherself apart at no harm). Dollhouse girls oretty easy to read.The only thing i MIGHT argue here is, it could be the changes daughters take on highlight anf enchance thwir bad traits, turning them into weapons both literally and figuratively, not necessarily that all of them had such issues to a degree any higher than a normal persons 'dark side' would be.(shu potentially being an exception, but shes hard to read due to also being the only one we know of with amnesia, so who knows what she would've been like without it.)
>>3169137That voice we heard when we upgraded swarmlings to level 5 and took the fool's choice described one of our friends as being "A LIVING FLAME, ONE THAT WOULD EXIST AS A THREAT TO HERSELF AND THE PEOPLE SHE LOVES", presumably referring to explodeypants, so I think her deal is that she's either extremely reckless and/or hotblooded, to the point of endangering those around her, or a pyromaniac (possibly both?)Also, side note: Looking back at that swarmling upgrade thing, it's description for (what i presume to be) B'ni is "A LIAR, ONE THAT WOULD STEAL FROM YOU IN WHAT WAS, WHAT IS, AND WHAT HAS YET TO BE" so I'm feeling like maybe she already knows that we killed her or something, or maybe that she actually (vaguely) deserved what SHU did to her.
>>3169162Yeah from what i remember that one was clearly b'ni, though at the time at least i was thinking it was the fact we knew b'ni lnew us before all this but she hadn't said anything or helped us fill in the blanks. Thus, some sorta 'stealing our past by not telling us, thus stealing our future due to potentially important details she knew, or just generally not knowing who we were so we cant have the future we are supposed to.' or something like that.Now though, its hard to come to a conclusion due to what we have learned, and as you say, just what DOES b'ni actually know about us? That passage clearly implies shes lying and/or not telling us something important about our past relationship, but how that interacts with us being a serial killer is difficult to determine.Again, ive mentioned before that it unnerves me a bit how it feels like b'ni would go to disturbing lengths for us, and might listen to any order we give, even questionable ones, but the question of course is always 'why'?
>>3169137You sorta have to keep in mind that the whole Human conversion into Amalgam/Daughter thing only results into a body that is "compatible" with the setting. This implies not everything gets copied over. Other Daughters like Dr. West and Gina may be able to remember more objective facts of their past (i.e. Dr. West knowing the time of day the apocalypse occurred and what she was doing when it hit) but there might be cases like Shu where their memory is shot full of amnesia holes because their past information isn't that 'compatible' with the eldritch setting.>>3169162Thinking back on the lvl 5. Swarmling upgrade choice, it's somewhat clear that the "quality" upgrade is basically us letting SHU be coded into a singular swarmling while the "quantity" upgrade would implement a different sinister aspect of SHU into our hive.As for the B'ni description, Liar I can understand, the whole thievery thing though... We might not want to send her ahead for scouting from time to time, because the thievery would imply that B'ni has been ninja looting things like important upgrades or things that could've benefited the whole party while 'scouting'. She might be just a straight up thief. Heck, her primary bio ability dogged sprinter (which lets her run and evade so many things like nobody's business) is very well suited for a thief (the fast runner kind) and evasive hustler.
>>3169207Well, it results in a body that is compatible yes, but we dont know for sure that is exactly all it does. We need alot more information on that.As for b'ni, if we are to assume everyones worst traits were enhanced/what thier powers are based on, maybe she was a kleptomaniac to some degree before? Honestly its hard to tell, as theres not much if anything physical to steal and she seems to genuinely care about us too much to not have let slip at least one hidden power if she had been secretly hoarding them, nevermind mind how with the fights we have been having hoe difficult it would be for her to sneakily get them without us knowing.It could be that but it feels like its probably just addrenalin junkie or something, or she had a very elusive nature, which actually might of made her a perfect target for old shu. At the moment, i think Shus past is al bigger issue, but im positive b'ni has something going on we need to watch out for, even if not something like her trying to betray us in a technical sense.Gina makes the issues she comes with pretty damn clear at least, but no less an issue in magnitude. Fucking fighting an entire city is not easy Gina, no matter how badass you are, or even if you have your own city equivalent in numbers or quality.
>>3169162>I think her deal is that she's either extremely reckless and/or hotblooded, to the point of endangering those around her, or a pyromaniac (possibly both?)She's the Heat of this party.>I'm feeling like maybe she already knows that we killed her or something, or maybe that she actually (vaguely) deserved what SHU did to her.Doesn't fit any DDS character, except loosely to Argilla. So far she's one of the few characters that still baffle me.>>3169207>>3169264The thief angle is one I didn't think of. Ironically that would make her closer to an indirectly antagonistic Bat.But consider this: What if B'ni suspected that Shu was a fucking serial killer psycho bitch, and WILLINGLY went along with the charade because she wanted some thrills? Because she felt she could catch Shu off-guard by the end of it and come out alive, despite the huge risks and dangers of fucking with a legit serial killer?
>>3169264I just remembered Julia (Flesh angel). Her deep seated issue is probably that of a combination of Artist's Paradox, Impostor syndrome, or a self-centered artist's ego (cannot handle constructive criticism, can only accept compliments and praises [a landmine we maneuvered around skillfully]).
>>3169280Too little onfo at the moment. We will have to see how b'ni responds to the latest revelation.>>3169289Sue honestly felt like she was gonna break down crying of we said anything bad about her art or had no interest in it. But that doesn't mean she wouldn't of then attacked us of course, just not necessarily for anger formost. More like, 'the world is hard and painful and you caused me pain so ill remove the pain' type of thing.
HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE. I JUST HAD A HORRIBLE REVELATION. This entire quest is one giant metaphor for a mother conceiving a child and getting pregnant. Where the egg cell goes from the ovaries through the fallopian tubes and into the uterus in hopes of getting fertilized by a sperm cell so it can complete its function and turn into a human fetus and grow into another human. Except this is put into a grand scale of cosmic proportions and horror. We're the human-sized egg cell that's trying to ascend the cord (fallopian tube) from earth (Ovaries) in the blind hope of getting fertilized by a sperm cell (the prize[?]/the promised husbando[?]) when they reach the uterus (space?) and ascend into godhood[?] (conception and fertilization). JESUS FUCK.
>>3170314Eh, i can kinda see it i suppose. Only the second time ive seen it done if that is so.
>>3170314I had that idea too, actually.>the promised husbando[?]Shit, what if the cord actually leads to a second, equally-fucked-up Earth, except instead of only women it's only dudes?...Then again, I don't really know where we'd go from there unless there's something else we could do with the cord, like maybe jump off in the middle of it to explore eldritch-space or something.
>>3170314Hmm, reading that makes me wonder If the earth ending up this way Is the result of some bizarre form of eldritch breeding. Infect the planet with your 'seed' and fertilize the egg. Whichever of the inhabitants manages consolidate all of the energies within themselves manages to ascend, becoming an infant old one themselves.Bloodbourne must be one of the key Inspirations here, because writing that gave me deja vu.
>>3171858>if we manage to get to the end with all of our friends alive, the eldritch fucker(s) who did this will be looking at quadruplets (or more, potentially)assuming we don't decide to try and punch the eldritch fucker(s) in the face like we're SMT protags, of course
>>3171858>>3171883If Lovecraft is anything to go by, the only appropriate sort of eldritch deity that could host this bizarre event that fits the whole conception/pregnancy theory is Shub-niggurath (The Black Goat of The Woods with a Thousand Young)
>>3172250Hmm bountiful life to the point of excess, mother like figure, trading mental stability for greater strength and vitality, converting people into her young.That spoiler fits rather well actually.