Staking out situations is key in a lot of assassinations, as well as simple spying. With the two driders bickering instead of being on the lookout as they’re supposed to be, they’ve already given you a solid opening, no matter what it is you wanted to do.While letting them go would give you some opportunity to infiltrate, you have to admit, the possibility of getting them out of your hair for a more assured amount of time appeals as well. They’ll probably worry once they’re back up and about, but if all goes well, it’ll be irrelevant by the time they are. You just need to make sure that you do what you need to while Gartoum does whatever he does before that…Greetings, shadows, and welcome back to Magical Girl For Hire!Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Magical%20Girl%20For%20Hire%20QuestGeneral Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/u/MGFHQHandlerCharacter Details: http://pastebin.com/9J70gqM2 (embed) FAQ: http://pastebin.com/8unLWUjF (embed) Twitter: https://twitter.com/MGFHandlerKo-fi: https://ko-fi.com/Q5Q1MR92“YOU will go and seek out this saboteur,” the pinkette decides. “I’ll stay here, and make certain that we don’t get punished for desertion of duty!”“Either WAY we’d be punished, you imbecile!” The shawl-capped one roars. “Either due to causing delays in the project or for desertion! You merely choose what sword to die on!”“Then it doesn’t make any sense to die on the one that’s assured instead of the one that’s just a guess!” The other yells back.“HEY!” A voice comes from below. “You two knock it off up there!”“YOU knock it off down there!” They both yell back, turning towards the new voice. Now would be the best chance!>Leap in, get them both over the head before they can react.>Mana tether them up and out to you! You think you got the hang of this by now.>Other
>>3357954Huh. That's supposed to be a 71. Typo, but all things considered, I don't think it's that bad.
>>3357954>Mana tether them up and out to you! You think you got the hang of this by now.
>>3357954>>Mana tether them up and out to you! You think you got the hang of this by now.#70 isn't archived yet
>>3357954>>Leap in, get them both over the head before they can react.Tethering is fun, but gives them plenty of time to yell before being taken out of earshot.
>>3357954>>3357972>>3357977>>3357983You hardly think about it after you see their backs turn. You’ve gotten some decent practice with it by now, and they’re too preoccupied to fight back. A pair of mana threads snake out from your fingers- it’s not too hard to double up on them now that you’ve got the idea down. In under a second they’ve latched onto both, and they barely have time to flinch before you tug back, the elasticity flinging them up and over the miniature walls with ease with a pair of yelps as they land a few feet away from you in a tangled heap as the tethers break mid flight. Right, so...got it, but still need to work on that tensile strength. Good to know.Still, it’s certainly good enough for you to be able to get near them. They’re humanoid enough up top, so you should be able to…*Pop* *Crack* Oh. Good, although you drew some blood on one, which is unfortunate. Still, it’ll have to do for now. “You two quit with the roughhousing up there!” you hear the other Blackweb call from a distance. “Don’t make me come up there, or report you both!” Well, no worries about that. Now, as for if there’s anything of note in that lookout tower…>Roll 1d100, best of three.
Rolled 50 (1d100)>>3358076
Rolled 3 (1d100)>>3358076
Rolled 93 (1d100)>>3358076rollin
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>>3358076God i fucking love mana threads makes all that idea of the sticky bomb worth in the end.
Writing. Seems like there's at least something of noteworthiness...
>>3358076>>3358085>>3358091>>3358094It’s a quick jump to the tower after making sure no one is looking your way- there isn’t anymore, but frankly, there was only one Weaver near the tower- presumably the earlier speaker. The rest are hard at work, toiling away at digging the massive ditches needed for the ritual circle. What kind of ritual would warrant something THIS giant, though? Even the largest you’ve seen so far- for that artillery back near the marshes- wasn’t close to this big. It’s nearly an entire field’s size…As you rifle through the few possessions up there, you quickly come across what you’re pretty sure is an explanation of the ritual circle, however: It’s a massive thing, circles within circles, widening and thinning at specific parts, with near countless numbers of geometric lines. There’s notes here and there denoting how many humans should be there, how much blood should be there...damn. Nothing saying exactly what’ll happen if it goes off, but these papers seem to be very detailed in regards to the construction. And apparently one of them got a part of it wrong? Honestly, can’t blame them. This thing is complicated.Illuminated only by a lantern, you quickly take out your FutureSight and snap a picture of the diagram. You doubt it’ll help any in the future, but you might be able to make something of it regardless…A howl in the distance, near the northern edge of the massive circle, along with a scream tells you that Gartoum’s up to something. You can hear the lashing of a whip as well; whatever it is, Ferrah’s involved. She DID say she would be nearby…And soon enough, she appears through the underbrush, sword bared and that one cook nearby- Sotso. Curiously enough, Ferrah looks less angry and more...guarded. Like she’s expecting an attack but doesn’t want to give it away. At first, you’re worried that she might call to rally her forces, but she keeps silent, though her head is on a swivel, causing you to duck quickly as she turns around to the lookout area. You don’t dare peek back up, just in case.‘Helloooo?’ a soft voice calls nearby. You take hardly a second to realize it’s coming from the ring you’re wearing. ‘You there, m’lady? Liking what I’ve done with the place so far? That Ferrah lady’s had quite the funny reactions; she’s so jumpy right now she might better be a grasshopper, than a spider. Eh? Eh? Well, I thought it was funny.’...He can talk through that? Ugh, he and Sal would be best friends, and you resolve to never let them formalize such a thing. But with this…> “Say, can you find a way to draw Ferrah away from the grounds? I’m not in a good position right now.”> “Try to keep playing on that, see if we can’t get her to turn on her own forces. I’ll wait for you.”> “Go a little louder, make her get the locals to help her chase shadows. I’ll try to sabotage her circle a bit.”> Other
>>3358240>> “Go a little louder, make her get the locals to help her chase shadows. I’ll try to sabotage her circle a bit.”
>>3358240>“Try to keep playing on that, see if we can’t get her to turn on her own forces. I’ll wait for you.”
>>3358240>“Go a little louder, make her get the locals to help her chase shadows. I’ll try to sabotage her circle a bit.”
>>3358240> “Try to keep playing on that, see if we can’t get her to turn on her own forces. I’ll wait for you.”
>>3358240> “Go a little louder, make her get the locals to help her chase shadows. I’ll try to sabotage her circle a bit.”
>>3358240> “Try to keep playing on that, see if we can’t get her to turn on her own forces. I’ll wait for you.”The goal was to humilate her right?
>>3358240>Other "If you can get her subordinates to make some mistakes she'll probably go on a punishment spree."
Sabotage it is. Writing!(Also I hate my computer not auto updating anymore.)
>>3358351>Also I hate my computer not auto updating anymore.? shouldn't that be good?
>>3358351A plan starts forming in your head, and you like it enough. “Go a little louder, make her get the locals to help her chase shadows.”He has a weird, warbling laugh. “Oho? I can do a lovely game of hide and seek. Rather a fan of it, really…”“Good. Then I’ll try to sabotage her circle a bit while you’re doing that.” Hopefully, the realization that she was jumping at nothing and resulted in your work will cause a bit more friction…“Then you just stay right there for a minute and wait for the noise!” Hopefully whatever he does will cause enough of a commotion with whatever he’s been doing to really throw her off...you doubt he’ll be able to get absolutely everyone to run after him, but so long as he can at least get the majority, you should be able to make it work…Soon, you hear a strange, warbling howl off to the east, closer to the rocky shoreline. You peek your head out of the side, and sure enough, Ferrah’s gaze is laser locked in that direction. She looks to one of the Weavers nearest her, and she’s quick to bark out a command, the other one saluting and scuttling off in that direction. Alright, that’s one...what about the rest?>1d20+3, best of 3.>>3358378I mean the website, sorry. 4chanX is broken and I dunno how to fix it.
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>3358393
Rolled 18 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>3358393
Rolled 12 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>3358393
Rolled 4 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>3358393Don't fuck up me.
>>3358393Have you tried going for the configurations?
>>3358496And by configurations i mean settings. You just need to go to monitoring and select the auto-update.
>>3358393It’s not much longer before a rustling in the trees sounds- even though they aren’t a dense forest, as they are, it makes for a much more intimidating sight and sound in the blackness of the night. And it’s for that reason that Ferrah draws raises up, looking out in that direction. “Here now! We’ve intruders!” Her bellow causes everyone working to look towards her. “We can’t let them disturb our work any further! Ready yourselves and follow me!” She takes off in that direction, a few of her cohorts behind her, and she’s soon followed by a majority of the Blackwebs working on the massive project; most apparently having weapons already on their person. Only one or two end up not following, instead scurrying off to likely look for a weapon. “How that for a distraction?” Comes Gartoum’s voice. “Can’t talk for long, there’s QUITE the stampede. I’ll have fun for as long as they’re willing, you do...you things, I guess! Ta!”Fantastic. Now you have a good deal of time to mess her plans up, considering how long she’ll be chasing him with all her people, hopefully. Question is, what to do first?>You can run across town and free the captives. That’ll put a hell of a dent in her plan.>Stick around here and mess up the ritual circle by adding your own little touches. Not bad enough to start fresh, but fixing your mess would be a pain in the ass.>Whatever Blackwebs are left are about to be in for a real nightmare...well, briefly, because you’re mostly killing them all.>Other
>>3358518>>You can run across town and free the captives. That’ll put a hell of a dent in her plan.
>>3358518>>Whatever Blackwebs are left are about to be in for a real nightmare...well, briefly, because you’re mostly killing them all.Let's finally vent our bad mood from the gauntlet issue.
>>3358518>You can run across town and free the captives. That’ll put a hell of a dent in her plan.
>>3358518>You can run across town and free the captives. That’ll put a hell of a dent in her plan.Having all the captives dissapear under her nose would definetly humilate her. And also avoid that she gets desperate and start killing people to force us to show ourselfs.
>>3358528i think it's too soon to start killing. Besides we want to make her look incompetent chasing shadows and having the captives being stolen under her nose
>>3358518>>You can run across town and free the captives. That’ll put a hell of a dent in her plan.I do hope those spider cooks are okay...
>>3358518>You can run across town and free the captives. That’ll put a hell of a dent in her plan.Now how do we get them out of here in an orderly fashion, avoid detection and save them from hunting parties?
>>3358592We fly or dig? i mean Gartoum is being a wonderfull distraction. Maybe we can fly carry as many as we can and have then stay in the outskirts as we lay terror on the enemy camp. Like a dark avenger or something.
>>3358617General chaos is better. The spiders need the captives alive and all the panicked masses will screw up her circle more.
>>3358639Sure. Not like she can do much since part of her minions are all with her chasing shadows. If anyone gets in the way we can just kill then and make then think the humans did it.Then if she is dumb enough to send her soldier to hunt in the forest to get more blood or to hunt the humans we pick then one by one.
>>3358647she's also on a super tight time schedule. If the ritual isn't done by the rise of the blood moon(or whatever), all of this is useless.
>>3358518>>3358526>>3358554>>3358559>>3358584>>3358592>>3358612Well, with a decent number of her forces- and her- off on a wild goose chase, you can start really messing with her plan. A couple of pockmarks on her circle is fine, maybe some lines here and there…But now that you think about it, that can theoretically be fixed, and in decent time, if she pushes them. However, the whole shebang looks like it’d be utterly useless if she didn’t have her fuel source.Might be time to stage a bit of a prison break. Help the captives, screw over Ferrah’s plans and ruin her more in the eyes of her compatriots, and Izumi would probably get a kick out of the tale. Win-win-win. You still need to make sure that no one sees you, though…That’s easier than before- it’s already gotten around that things are going haywire, it seems, with a number of Blackweb either wandering around in confusion, or complaining about the situation, or otherwise just plain not doing anything- you see two of them engaged in soft conversation, looking around nervously as you pass. They don’t look up, however, which is what matters in your case- although you see one of them freeze as you get nearer and hop across a nearby roof, going stock still. Her eyes are locked straight ahead on the wall in front of her, and she doesn’t even move, even as her friend(?) asks after her.Very curious. No more time for that, though- you continue on back to the warehouse. A quick check inside, however, reveals that two of the three Blackwebs that you saw before- the frustrated one and the placid one. The calm one of them is busy ladling out soup in bowls to the few that aren’t bound by hooks or poles; the frustrated one is force-feeding the ones that are.“...saying, if we’re going to be here for a few more days, we can at least act pleasantly about it,” the placid one says. “I may not enjoy being a chef, but it provides me with opportunity to learn.”“Learn what? How to be servile?” The other says as she crams a tube into a middle-aged man’s mouth, pouring soup down it. “Last I checked, we won’t BE servile once this damn war is over. And that should be any day now!”“Ah, so then you’ve not heard?” The calm one turns back to her ally, blinking idly. “There are rumors on the wind that the humans have managed to mount an offensive. They’re retaking towns and villages, and their alliance with the other kin is being rebuilt.”(cont.)
>>3358713“Liar!” she yells, shocked. The other humans perk up at this, slightly. “We only had the damn capital left!”“And yet they rallied. Strange how things change, isn’t it?” She chuckles a bit. “To be quite honest, I applaud them. They must have made some rather incredible tactical decisions to rebound from such a situation. You know how much I enjoy theorizing and planning tactical maneuvers.”“You mean beating me at Manya...” The other one grumbles.If she heard, she doesn’t indicate it. “Cooking is similar, I think. It takes timing, execution, and the proper...ingredients. A shame Lady Ferrah doesn’t take my suggestions into account too much.”“Bah, she would if you make yourself look better.” The firey one mutters. “You just need to be less...Yulieve. Heh. Less-”“Doubtful, but I appreciate the sentiment,” the cloaked one mutters. “And if you make another ‘you and Yulieve’ joke I’LL be the one force-feeding this to YOU, Thyra.”Thyra just cackles. “No respect for good humor!”>Well, you’ve got a real killer knock-knock joke for them…>Maybe if they want to keep making jokes, they’ll consider a change of employment…>Other
>>3358725>Maybe if they want to keep making jokes, they’ll consider a change of employment…
>>3358725>>Well, you’ve got a real killer knock-knock joke for them…
>>3358725>Well, you’ve got a real killer knock-knock joke for them…
I still think that itsy bitsy spider would fit the situation better but...
>>3358725>Maybe if they want to keep making jokes, they’ll consider a change of employment…I still want to taste their soup, though...
>>3358725How nice that they appreciate our handiwork; and this cloaked calm spider reminds me of the veilspeakers.>Maybe if they want to keep making jokes, they’ll consider a change of employment…Because clearly any Blackweb worth the name will flock to a superior force.
>>3358725>>Maybe if they want to keep making jokes, they’ll consider a change of employment…
Gah, so I've got to handle a couple things. Taking a breather, but I'll be back later and get a few more posts in to formally wrap things up.Think of your pitch to convince them.
>>3358923>convinceIf you join me i won't kill you.
>>3358923I dunno what exactly to say, but I do know that we need to explain the situation to them and somehow tie it to the soup.And also try the soup.Also, roll for soup quality. 1d20, best of three.
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>3358976
>>3358923Well, the simplest solution would be pointing out that we'll free the captives regardless of what they do, show some force to prove it, then give them an option to try and stop us or bail out. And since bailing out equals treason the third option would be collaborating with us.Though I hope anons would come up with something more convincing/interesting before you come back.
>>3358923I think we just need to inform them we're starting our own minor Blackweb faction and emphasize how totally screwed Ferah is, mostly because we're here, so that they jump ship. If they wanted to make themselves useful, we don't exactly have the time to escort these humans away to safety, but they certainly would, especially if they didn't want to get caught in the crossfire.Although, crossfire implies two sides exchanging shots, this will be extremely one-sided. Caught in the... I suppose, wake of destruction? That works.Some mildly threatening suggestions, some measured bravado, an easy task, that's about what Ferah is offering them is it not?I wonder if complimenting the stew is actually the tipping point required, because the only one who really cared about that was already dragged off by Ferah. We could compliment the cowled one on her mind and Thyra on her... uh, name? She doesn't seem particularly smart, witty, or strong.
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>3358976A bit too much salt
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>>3359040That's some good soup!>>3358923This >>3359027, and a word you could use is carnage, or bombardment.
I believe that Items Checklist is finished. Now waiting for Handler to confirm marked items.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z3xqyWOe5upXuYIUsBSV4pWkC1sG0mnYzn_lJyRJZiIOne more suggestion: it would be better if 'HQ Training Room Mission Bonuses' were a part of thread OP - so no one would forget about them like the last time.
>>3360065Wow, we have a lot of stuff in our bag of holding. I added a few notes regarding Mono's items and Owlia creating some new items for us.
>>3358725>>3358729>>3358757>>3358758>>3358765>>3358804>>3358870>>3358889You’re not into really wasting time with second chances and all that, but, well...you’ve been having some good luck so far with convincing spiders, so maybe if you press the issue, they’ll see which way the wind’s blowing. Not like subverting the enemy doesn’t at the least amuse you a bit. Worth a shot, at least; you’ve got some time yet, considering Gartoum hasn’t said anything to you.It’s why you throw open the door, halberd drawn, wings out. You’d never actually get much usage out of them in such an enclosed area, but they look great for intimidation purposes. The force of the door banging causes everyone conscious to jump- in particular the two Weavers, with the rowdy one spilling her funnel. “GAH! WHAT THE BLOODY- SHIT!” Almost immediately she scrambles away, backing near to the wall in a furious hurry. “Who the hells are you?!” She glances over to her partner’s way, only to double take; Yulieve is stone still, mouth in a perfect O shape. Slowly, deeply, she takes a slow breath, much to Thyra’s consternation. “Yulieve, what the f-”“Thyra, you are my closest ally, so please shut up and allow me to savor my last breaths.” Yulieve says with forced calm. “This was...incredibly unexpected.”Well, at least she’s not delusional about the situation. Which is why you lean your halberd down slightly before you begin talking. “You may or may not be wrong about that first bit. Right about the second, though. So I’m going to give you a heads up, and an opportunity,” you hiss, putting as much malice into your voice as possible- which isn’t exactly difficult, recent events considering. “You might be interested in knowing that there’s soon to be a faction of the Blackweb that WON’T be entirely demolished by the end of this war. I’ve got a lot of pent-up aggression, and Ferrah’s about to be on the receiving end of it one way or another. I’ve giving you...” and here you point a finger at them, charged with mana. The implications are made plain- as is the astonishment on their faces at your casual usage of mana. “...the opportunity to leave before it happens, and join with the group that I’m playing nice with.” you shrug. “Or not. You can die with your pride and Ferrah in the carnage, makes no real difference to me.”The two look to each other, their faces contorting in a way that you recognize- the expressions of people that desperately want to ask a question but are afraid of the answer. It’s Thyra that speaks up first. “A-and how’re you so sure that’s- that’s gonna happen, huh?”“Please do not demonstrate on us.” Yulieve says quickly.(cont.)
>>3361685You sigh, but in response, you merely extend the rest of your hand and flare up a magiblast in a blink- beach ball sized. “I’m short on time and patience. Join or die, make your choice.” You honestly kinda want them to just go out swinging- fuck, you’d love to erase SOMETHING real soon…Which is why you can’t help a bit of disappointment when Thyra throws up her hands. “Screw it, Yulieve, we’re out! Who’s running the faction? Are we gonna end up under that damn Alliance?”“I’d think that was obvious,” Yulieve says dryly as her eyes flit between her friend and you quickly. “There’ve been tales floating about something with immense power helping them regain ground so quickly, and I’d wager this is that individual considering she’s DIRECTLY CHANNELING THE- ah.” She blinks. “I beg your pardon for the outburst, please don’t kill us.” She affects a shaky curtsey.“...Heard of Zatzil?” The two shake their head. “Well, she’s going to be your new boss eventually. Your soon to be ex-boss is out hunting for nothing, so right now…”> “You’re going to get out now, head to Dulward, immediately surrender to the locals, mention my name, and mention Zatzil.” Best to have them leave now so they can move faster; saddling them with the locals would just be slowing them down and frustrating.> “You’re going to help me free the locals, and you’re going to help escort them to the nearest Alliance-friendly village. Lucky you, you’ve already got food for them and a wagon nearby.” It’ll cause a lot of commotion, but it keeps eyes on them, and you’ll cover them. And probably enjoy it, since it’ll bring a lot of Ferrah’s remaining forces to you.> “You’re going to stay put right here, you’re not going to say a damn word as I free the locals, and you’re going to wait until Ferrah is dead. Then we’re all going to have a fun trip.” You’d rather keep them around for now, just to avoid them risking a change of heart behind your back.> Other
>>3361687>> “You’re going to help me free the locals, and you’re going to help escort them to the nearest Alliance-friendly village. Lucky you, you’ve already got food for them and a wagon nearby.” It’ll cause a lot of commotion, but it keeps eyes on them, and you’ll cover them. And probably enjoy it, since it’ll bring a lot of Ferrah’s remaining forces to you.Helpful and cathartic!
>>3361687> “You’re going to help me free the locals, and you’re going to help escort them to the nearest Alliance-friendly village. Lucky you, you’ve already got food for them and a wagon nearby.” It’ll cause a lot of commotion, but it keeps eyes on them, and you’ll cover them. And probably enjoy it, since it’ll bring a lot of Ferrah’s remaining forces to you.
>>3361687>> “You’re going to stay put right here, you’re not going to say a damn word as I free the locals, and you’re going to wait until Ferrah is dead. Then we’re all going to have a fun trip.” You’d rather keep them around for now, just to avoid them risking a change of heart behind your back.That way, you can witness her begging for mercy before I tear her human half away from her spider half..."Also... (tries the soup)... Could use more meat, but it's good. Might be good enough for a career after this settles down, if you practice at it."
>>3361687>“You’re going to help me free the locals, and you’re going to help escort them to the nearest Alliance-friendly village. Lucky you, you’ve already got food for them and a wagon nearby.” It’ll cause a lot of commotion, but it keeps eyes on them, and you’ll cover them. And probably enjoy it, since it’ll bring a lot of Ferrah’s remaining forces to you.
>>3361687>>3361700>>3361704“...here’s what’s going to happen. All these people, you’re going to help free them. THEN, you’re going to take that wagon out there, load the soup on it, and you’re going to help escort them to the nearest Alliance-friendly village, which, if memory serves, is about a day and a half’s walk with a bunch of people like this. For you, that is.” You fix them with a powerful glare as your wings flare. “For me it’d be about a couple hours. And if you betray me, rest assured I will find you. Quickly. And you will die. Slowly. Understand me?” They nod wordlessly.“Good. Lucky you, you’ve already got food for them and a wagon nearby.” It’ll cause a lot of commotion, but at the same time… I trust those of you awake heard all that?” There’s a smattering of people still awake, staring at you in shock and fear who quickly nod. “Good. I expect all of you to play nice, or else I’ll be VERY ANGRY otherwise. So no funny ideas about ‘wilderness justice’ or anything. Clear?” Another set of nods. “Grand. You two, start untying.”You all work quickly enough, and the assistance of the ones that are awake and freed speeds things up even more. The task passes relatively quickly, and once enough people are freed, you quickly command the two to fetch the wagon as the humans prepare the soup cauldron, still full and pretty warm. Before they cover it, though...well, couldn’t hurt.(cont.)
>>3361835“Fine, but I swear if we die doing this…” you hear Yulieve mutter.“Better than dying by Ferrah or whatever-the-shade the thing is inside!” Thyra mutters as they haul it in, clearly unaware of you listening. “Frankly, Sotso’s got her ear, so y’know what? She can web air. If this Zatzil knows anything about what she’s doing, might as well!” They both finish hauling the wagon in- it’ll at least cover them from the sides, and is big enough to haul a handful of people- likely children first. To your surprise, a number of the healthier adults and most of the elderly insisted they’d stay here; in order to not drag anyone else down. You pressed that they leave, but they insisted that with less than half of their number there, ‘those damn Blackweb wouldn’t have nearly enough the blood they said they’d need even if they wrung us dry.’ Morbid, but you suppose there’s sense to it. Either way, they’ll need to manpower the wagon out, it seems, unless, well.“No horses?” you ask. “What? Does it look like we can-” Thyra starts, but is quickly smacked by Yulieve and course corrects without missing a beat. “Oh, right, for the wagon and whatnot. Don’t know.”“I believe I might’ve seen one still alive,” Yulieve admits. “Most were used as food and fuel, you see.”You grunt in annoyance. “Get it, while I get the humans ready, and get out. You’re going to be moving fast.” You look back to them- there’s some utterances and fearful looks, but no one speaks up or against your plan. Yulieve nods, and heads out while Thyra stays behind, looking at you uneasily. “So…”“I liked it,” you admit.She blinks all her eyes, looking befuddled at the non-sequitur. “Wha?”“The soup. It’s not bad. It’s too salty, though. Needs more filler to diffuse that. Some kind of meat, not just leaves, potatoes, and spices.” Oh, noodles would nice in it, too. “You sure you don’t think you’d be a good chef?”She blinks again, owlishly...then folds her arms, looking smug. “Y’really think so? I TOLD that little pixie it was too salty!”“Mm.” Well, THAT suddenly improved her attitude…...but when the nervous horse is led back and finally hitched by one of the civilians, it proves fleeting. “When you go, you’re going to make a lot of noise. The alarm’s likely going to be raised. Just keep going, though. I’ll cover you at least up to the heavier treeline. Clear?” They nod. “Then get ready…”>Roll 2d100+10, best of 3.
Rolled 44, 25 + 10 = 79 (2d100 + 10)>>3361838
Rolled 97, 29 + 10 = 136 (2d100 + 10)>>3361838
Rolled 81, 76 + 10 = 167 (2d100 + 10)>>3361838
Rolled 4, 61 + 10 = 75 (2d100 + 10)>>3361838time to roll
Rolled 23, 49 + 10 = 82 (2d100 + 10)>>3361838
>>3361850>>3361851Soooo many dead spiders.
I still don't know what the Glowing Headband turned into.
>>3362296It's probably what is giving us the glowing eyes.
>>3362319And slit pupils.
>>3362243Time to do a Batman. But as a magical girl.
>>3361838I hope we ask who put them in charge of the humans, then pretend that they were part of a conspiracy against Farrah.Make her doubt her own people! After all, there are already two traitors making a break for it.
>>3362296You do such a good job of this stuff.Also run maybe Wednesday, I'm feeling crap today.
>>3361838>>3361843>>3361850>>3361851There’s a crack of the whip, and a loud ‘hiyah!’ as the volunteer horseman starts the show. The stallion bolts out of the warehouse, hauling the cauldron and a decent number of the children. The two Weavers are right behind him, as are the numerous people who’d be on foot; a human (and two spider) stampede that’s quick to get the attention of any nearby Blackweb in a gobsmacked shock.Which is fine with you. Two of the nearby sentries get magibolts to the face, and those faces don’t last long. Three others running over to see the commotion are quickly delegged in short order similarly, their ichorous blood panting the ground as they stumble and collapse in bloody shock. A few more sea-green bolts fly out, nailing a pair of bow users looking to snipe you out, but you get on the move anyway- no use in just giving them a stationary target, even with all the fun you fully intend to have.By now a number of Blackweb seem to have spotted you and promptly fled the scene- ostensibly to warn their lady. Fine. Let them.You’ve got a number of playthings right here and a lot of aggression to let out.By the time Ferrah returns, looking haggard and harried, sword painted crimson with the blood of some poor creature, she’s far from the composed leader you first saw; although she’s not grinding her teeth, or looking wild eyed. Rather, she bears the expression of someone who’s had a long night and knows it isn’t ending any time soon, but still it determined to see it through to the end. The one you recognize as Sotso is nearby as well, looking over her leader’s shoulder.Your most recent attacker’s been fun enough, but considering the main event is finally here- you separate her head from her neck after a quick shove to get space. The newcomers frown in anger as you do so, but nothing else comes from them as you stare down their leader.She’s the first to speak, guard clearly up. “You’ve killed quite a number, warrior. I take it you’re the one spoken of in the reports? The winged death that’s been granting the Alliance a second chance?”> (Intimidation) “The fact that you know about that makes you all the more stupid to just waltz up to me. You really that hard up to die in combat or something?”> “I am. Why do you ask?”> “Well, it’s not just me, but I appreciate the compliment.”> Say nothing. She’ll be dead in a bit anyway.> Other
>>3366168>> (Intimidation) “The fact that you know about that makes you all the more stupid to just waltz up to me. You really that hard up to die in combat or something?”On the off chance some of the stragglers get away, there's no point in giving away info.
>>3366168>(Intimidation) “The fact that you know about that makes you all the more stupid to just waltz up to me. You really that hard up to die in combat or something?”Pride pushes you, a level head keeps you from being pushed off a cliff.
>>3366168>“I am. Why do you ask?”
>>3366168>(Intimidation)"Do you know why I'm here?"(dramatic pause)"I am here because your leader, Zia, has made a very costly, stupid mistake in allying with Lord Kolm, regardless whether or not either of them keep their word. One that will either kill you and Zia, or kill you, Zia, AND the entirety of the Blackweb Clan. Really, it's up to me to decide whether or not a few remnants are left to pick up the pieces, or if I just decide to commit genocide on your clan. I have committed it before. I will do it again. And I am [italics]very good at it.[/italics]
>>3366168>“Well, it’s not just me, but I appreciate the compliment.”Guys, remember that she craves a warrior death. Don't give her the privilege to talk to us as if she were our equal. She's not.
>>3366168>Other: "Eh, it's a job. Some just call me the garbage collector, but I prefer the term 'solutions specialist'. Though I'll be honest, it's really feeling like the former right now."
>>3366221We also have to be careful to not give her a martyr's death, either. Just steamrolling her would give her a death like Olanius Pius. She doesn't deserve that.
>>3366168Switching >>3366191To >>3366221
Thanks, but dumbspidersayswhat?Writing!
>>3366168>>3366178>>3366180>>3366221>>3366257She says it so casually when really, it should be setting off SOME kind of warning bells in her head. But then, maybe it is and she’s just got a good poker face. Although if that were true… “The fact that you know about that makes you all the more stupid to just waltz up to me.” If she were a more discerning sort, she’d have tried to flee ASAP. “You really that hard up to die in combat or something?”She smirks, of all things. “A warrior’s death would be nice- but I have no intention to fall here tonight. There are many things that I have yet to do. Heights I still have to reach. And although you HAVE delayed my works, don’t fool yourself into believing that you’ve stopped me. It’ll require some hard work, and strong wills; but make no mistake, it WILL be done. You won’t stop me.” Uh-huh. “Cute. And incidentally, it’s not just me, but eh, doesn’t matter when you’re about to die, anyway.”“Are you so positive?” She chuckles. “Perhaps you know too little about me, or my intentions. I am to wager that it was your doing that doused the the Nightfire? Clever- if already a bit late.” She spreads her arms, as if inviting you. “For you see, the goal of that fire is fuel, for the ones who are worthy. Only those accepted can bathe in the raging flames, and sup of their strength. It was merely the first day, perhaps…” and here her grin grows into a wicked smile. “...but I have already tasted of it- and I have a cornucopia of strength to test. Your power is high, but consistent. I can see how it is in your eyes- you believe yourself to have reached the apex. Reached the peak of your potential. Whereas, even now, I have only just begun to truly tap into my own.” Huh. Like...you guess she smells kinda iffy? Nothing particularly eye watering, though...but, whatever. “I have already reached the peak of physical performance any normal Weaver may reach, and in a scant few days I will ascend PAST those barriers! And all who follow me shall taste of it as well!” Ugh, she really likes to hear her own voice.> “Okay, whatever, Ultra Ferrah. Are you going to fight now or just keep pretending you’re some would-be legendary figure? Maybe make a tragic backstory to go along with it?” > “Doesn’t look like it considering how rough you’ve been treating everyone here. I mean, considering two of yours already bailed when I told them they had better options…”> “You realize I could probably snap your legs like a crab’s, right? Although you probably wouldn’t taste as good in a stew.”> Other
>>3366338>Stare at her for a moment as she's talking, then launch a Nebula Buster at the pyre.>"Sorry, couldn't hear your monologue through my lack of giving a shit. Could you repeat that?"Or, since that probably won't fly...> “You realize I could probably snap your legs like a crab’s, right? Although you probably wouldn’t taste as good in a stew.”
>>3366338>Stare at her for a moment as she's talking and walk away towards the nearest prisoner's cell or thing we can mess up.>"Sorry, couldn't hear your monologue through my lack of giving a shit. Could you repeat that?"
>>3366338>> “Okay, whatever, Ultra Ferrah. Are you going to fight now or just keep pretending you’re some would-be legendary figure? Maybe make a tragic backstory to go along with it?”>. “For you see, the goal of that fire is fuel, for the ones who are worthy. Only those accepted can bathe in the raging flames, and sup of their strengthHmm, I wonder if we could tap that after we finish with her... I doubt it, but no harm in the looking.
>>3366338>“Doesn’t look like it considering how rough you’ve been treating everyone here. I mean, considering two of yours already bailed when I told them they had better options…”Guys, aren't you forgetting that destroying her status is as important as defeating her? Tone down the anime level powertripping.
>>3366210>>3366354Why are you like this? What's with these write-ins? This level of ham isn't even characteristic.
All I hear is blah blah blah.Writing.
>>3366397Sometimes you just want to be hammy, anon.
>>3366397There always seem to be one. Just consider it trolling and ignore it.
>>3366397Didn't people want ham? I think it's too salty, but every time Miranda stayed cool and professional, we had people saying they wanted hammy acting.
>>3366408But this isn't hammy. Like, you cut the ham, but dropped it and kept the knife.
>>3366414I thought we were going to ruing her rep and turn some of her followers against her or at least to desert, but everyone votes for different things today. So I don't think that this should be ignored.
>>3366427>I thought we were going to ruing her rep and turn some of her followers against her or at least to desert.We already did part B. We just need to humiliate her and be done with it.
>>3366431We didn't though. The only spiders that left her are the cooks who were forced to do it directly. The rest of them have to do it by their own volition, and there was not much indication of this happening. All these thread-long sabotage efforts will be ruined if we allow Ferrah to goad us into direct fight.
>>3366338>>3366354>>3366356>>3366367You don’t like drawing things out, generally. Wastes time, wastes effort. But this whole situation isn’t normal- Zatzil said you had to basically demean her. Not really your style, more Lorelei’s, if you’re being honest. But, if she’s going to just talk, you can at least take advantage of the lull. Besides, you’ve heard one ‘I’m so powerful’ speech, you’ve heard all of them. That said, as soon as your eyes turn off her, looking for something you can wreck, she looks at you askance. “Do you not understand me, warrior?” She bares her teeth as you wonder about those poles. There didn’t seem to be many obvious prisoner holds are anything- you’re pretty sure most of them got the cattle treatment. “Are you just THAT confident that my words hold no meaning to you? Or perhaps just that ignorant? If you can’t understand the implications, then let me spell it out...”Fucking…blah.Huh. Sotso’s looking awful worried, all of a sudden. Maybe she thinks her friends are in the pile of bodies? Well, maybe not friends, but whatever. Maybe before you kill her you’ll let her know that they’re safe. That might be alright. Could you save her for last? You could probably save her for last. Or, well, next to last or something like that since a couple of them have to escape so they can tell the story.Wait, shit, would they just lie about how she died? You don’t think so; Blackweb politics haven’t struck you as the type to cover for anyone else without something being in it for them. No, they probably will be honest about it, maybe embellish it enough to make themselves look good. You should be fin- oh, whoop, she’s done. “Now do you understand just what pain you’re in store for?”You purse your lips. You really should probably just sit through this kinda thing. But fuck, you’re annoyed still. That soul issue’s gonna sting for a while. “Ah, sorry, I don’t really give a shit, so I wasn’t actually listening. Thinking about more important things. Apologies, though, horribly unprofessional.”THAT, for whatever reason, seems to finally get her goat, as her eyes bulge slightly. “How DARE YOU IGNORE ME?!”“You weren’t that original,” you point out.“ENOUGH of your snide remarks.” She takes a deep breath, then her grin returns. “If you’re so mighty, then prove it to me the only way as is proper.” She readies her blade. “Face me in proper combat! And witness for yourself the power of a true Blackweb Warrior!”> “...Ok.” Then see what you can do about removing those legs of hers, and make it quick.> About time. You can at least let her wear herself out a bit before it’s your turn.> “Mm...no.” Although what you’re going to do afterwards you don’t know, it’s bound to piss her off.> Other
>>3366449>> About time. You can at least let her wear herself out a bit before it’s your turn.We have some frustrations to work out.
>>3366449> “Mm...no.” Although what you’re going to do afterwards you don’t know, it’s bound to piss her off.> OtherLet her charge us, then put up a barrier in front of her face and let her bounce off of that.
>>3366449s your turn.> “Mm...no.” Although what you’re going to do afterwards you don’t know, it’s bound to piss her off.Point out that she's not a warrior - she's just a powerhungry slavering taskmaster. Her ritual just ensures that there won't be anyone of her kin to challenge her fairly, there's no benefit in following her.
>>3366449>> About time. You can at least let her wear herself out a bit before it’s your turn.
>>3366449>> About time. You can at least let her wear herself out a bit before it’s your turn.Let's unchain a little.
>>3366449> “Mm...no, thank you. Got more amusing things to do.” Although what you’re going to do afterwards you don’t know, it’s bound to piss her off.
>>3366449> “Mm...no.” Although what you’re going to do afterwards you don’t know, it’s bound to piss her off.Also fighting probably triggers the formation.
>>3366449Also >>3366486> Fighting is what you do with equals. It would be more like . . . . I dunno, spanking a child for me. I was going to say it was a disciplinary lesson but that would imply that you'd be able to learn something from it.Self improvement is their thing, no? So let's point out that she is just going g through the motions of being a villain. I mean, instead of just killing us or at least trying, she pretty much told us her evil plan. We assume. Once again, wasn't listening.
Gah, gotta cut off here for tonight. Will try to run tomorrow, but if not then, Friday.I gotta figure out a decent way to speed things up...
Although honestly, I think an easy answer would be 'no more war asset jobs'.
>>3366449> “Mm...no.” Although what you’re going to do afterwards you don’t know, it’s bound to piss her off.
>>3366499How long will Miranda get beefy enough to actually be considered for a rank promotion? Also what are Miranda and co's voices like? I'd like to imagine Miranda having one closer to a slightly rougher Tanya Degurechaff.
>>3366499I always assumed we would be better suited for extremely high priority / high stakes / deniable ops jobs, more so than campaign assets. Like something you can absolutely not afford to fail, or something that needs done right *now*, or something you can't be found out doing yourself.This is doubly true with our high output/low reserves mana model. We're well suited for jumping in, blowing 9/10 of our Mana on a big fight or two, then cashing out.Actually, I could see the guys in this world "using" those ritual circles to whistle us up for a critical battle or as a siegebreaker or something, for instance.
>>3366495It depends on what you want to compromise."simpler", more direct missions could be one answer, but it will heavily kill world building.
>>3366528I thought he's meant 'no extra side jobs for allies' on this mission, but it looks like I was wrong. It feels like we're about 3/5 through and would probably finish this Job in the first half of May. Personally, I enjoy it so far: we've spent more time on training than during all the last year jobs combined, got decent loot, and anons' downtime was quite productive (technique ideas, itemlist, fanart).just don't think about payment/time ratio
>>3366572I don't really mind how long this job has taken either (solid worldbuilding as usual). I do with the payouts scaled better, or that at least the job requests had an estimated in-world time.Unrelatedly, did we ever look into the logistics of using our aircraft on jobs? I'd kinda like to be able to use them, say, after the presumed robo job.
>>3366597er...yes. It basically costs a lot to bring it in and if it gets damaged we have to repair it ourselves.
>>3366597Well, the easiest way of implementing aircraft logistics would be having our R&D integrating mana-reactors, scaled up condensers and their sky-worlders know-hows to make fueling and other stuff non-issue for transport-heli and make fighter's requirements like runway length more lax.
>>3366633i don't remember if the plane was a VTOL(i think it was), but we could convert it to an electric/magitec plane. We might lose some of the speed, but it might easily recharge on its own from the ambient magic....huh.Maybe the enchantment circles could work for this purpose. You know, have one circle that constantly creates electricity and then direct that to a battery bank or feed the engines directly and have mana batteries instead.
>>3366641There's also elemental manastones that can easily covert mana>energy (at least from Kowalski's claims) + Owlia's innovative concept of reactive armor.
>>3366449Shall we call out Gartoum to watch us absolutely annihilate Ferrah?> About time. You can at least let her wear herself out a bit before it’s your turn.I'm thinking we launch her up into the air to minimize the collateral and maximize the splash zone.
>>3366633>easiestEh, not so much. If they ran on conventional fuel, it would be cheaper and easier to buy entirely new planes than try to rejig them to run on electric. If they were electric, we can just plug them into the grid here; no onboard generation required. If they were magic-based, who knows.>fighter's requirements like runway length more lax.I also can't remember if the fighter was VTOL, but if we have access to a runway on-mission, we likely have access to local air support. Plus we'd have to deal with Air Traffic Control differences. I've been assuming when we do call our air in, it'll arrive in-flight.
>>3366654Conventional fuel would run out on the first day of the mission though - ambient mana is the way to go imho.I wonder if we could send our couriers to get gravistones from Wild Wild West world and turn our fighter into XCOM:EU pseudo-saucer.Also Handler's post about jet and heli said that they were highly customizable, so overhauling them wouldn't be so expensive compared to buying new ones.
>>3366671I dont think we have enough stones for that and they would eventually run out of juice(how we avoided that with the flamebringer eludes me) but we could make an enchantment circle that could levitate the thing and maybe even use it as propulsion. The problem is that i don't know if the circles can be "throttled": i think they can only be on or off.
>>3366671>Conventional fuel would run out on the first day of the mission thoughThat assumes they would stick around. They shouldn't be loitering on-world. you also have to worry about ammo, and for longer missions, maintenance. Military jets have stupid amount of maintenance hours needed per flight hour.> ambient mana is the way to go imho.Very much not. It's way too variable from world to world. If you want extended time on mission, have it bring spare fuel/power with it; the copter would have plenty of room.>Also Handler's post about jet and heli said that they were highly customizable, "customizable" doesn't mean "cheap to work on" or that isn't a good idea, only that it's possible. I'm more curious about loadout options. It's guns and hardpoints, and what we could mount on them.
>>3366682We don't use gravistone much, plus maybe Intersection Permanence Treatment has something to do with it. Gotta ask Handler about it.
>>3366689For the most part mana reactor is supposed to do most of the job, ambient mana just keeping it running for a bit longer. Dynamic Method's carrier works on fuck-huge reactor, maybe we could ask some friends we made during that mission for some pointers.
>>3366695>mana reactorWould require conversion work, a massive undertaking. Would either require either completely redesigning the engines, and/or using a lossy conversion from fuel->power to mana->electricity->powerWould also require a massively expensive piece of equipment.>ambient mana just keeping it running for a bit longer.There's tradeoffs for everything. condensers would take more work, cost more, weigh more, and take up space that could be used for other things, such as more ordinance, sensor packages, or agility.The same could be said for a reactor. It's generally more space, weight, and cost efficient to use stored power of some sort over generating your own locally.
>>3366695>Dynamic Method's carrier works on fuck-huge reactor,A reactor for a full carrier is a far cry form one for a single fighter. And that reactor was heavily shielded. Our clients might frown on us irratiating their worlds.
>>3366704Considering that these aircrafts are from the same world as mana reactor, and of the similar tech level to boot, I doubt that conversion would be such a massive undertaking as you make it out to be. Better we wait for the WoG on how he intended to implement them and continue this discussion then.
>>3366713>Considering that these aircrafts are from the same world as mana reactor,Steam power and solar power are both from our world. Doesn't mean they are easily convertible.>and of the similar tech level to bootUnknown. The fact that we're discussing this at all shows that.I'm just not sure *why* you want to go through all the trouble and expense to set them up to run on magic. It doesn't make them any better at their job, and could easily make them worse at it.But sure, we can drop it for now.
>>3366706Like I said, we could ask DM-friends how their stuff works. None of the crewmates complained about mana sickness or mentioned anything about any form of pollution. Wonder why no one asked what powers their smaller aircraft back then.
Can't we just use the aircraft/heli as is?
For some reason i would love if Owlia is able to make a flight unit like the ones in Nier Automata.
>>3366829Reminds me of an E-Frame.
While randa doesn't have a real need, It'd be cool if we could get a buggy or similar light ground transport for the SES members that can't bounce their way around.Hey Handler, for our existing vehicles, what are current loadouts, guns and/or mounting points for munitions? How much in theory would, say, a basic AtA or AtG missile run?
If we rig Minibot's Core to a vehicle, would the vehicle count as the Bot's new 'body'? If yes, then what would happen if this new body takes critical damage: would it be sent back to the HQ together with the Core, or would we still lose the vehicle and only the Core gets to be sent back to the Intersection?
Did someone say "bathing in fire" at one point? Do we have the Flamebringer on hand? Because if so I would want to try to put it in and see if it could get an upgrade.
>>3370407Maybe grab one of those crystals in the center of those pyres to attach it to our sword?
>>3370407i would rather not upgrade our sword using a blood magic ritual. The Halberd though that could be interesting, besides it probably has a chance of destroying our sword.
>>3370427Oh, yeah, blood magic. Forgot about that.I suppose the numbing effect from handling the crystals could also be a problem.
>>3370439not to mention adding more things to the sword might eother erase the effects on it or overload the item and blow it up or destroy it.
>>3370483Well, we could always keep one of the weavers alive so they could tell us what the crystal is, and so they can carry it for us.I nominate Sotso for that duty, due to the fact that she's close to Ferrah, and because I think it would be funny to stick her back with Yulieve and Thyra.
Run resumes shortly. We're not gonna let her try to soothe her ego, it seems.
>>3366449>>3366454>>3366455>>3366482>>3366486>>3366522You can’t say you’re surprised. Someone all about personal pride, and then you kinda just waltz in and ruin her plans, then disrespect her personally? She’s clearly frustrated with you...and clearly delusional if she thinks that either she’d win in a fight, or that you’d agree to one in the first place. “Mmmm...no.”She pauses, like someone pressed a button and froze her. Wasn’t expecting that, clearly. “N-no?!”“Yeah, no.” You reiterate without saying why. A response dies on her lips as she tries to respond- you’re clearly not intimidated by her, so that reason would fall flat. Her lackeys behind her look at her curiously, likely interested in her reaction as you continue. “I mean, really, from what I’ve seen, you’re less of a warrior and more of a...well, powerhungry, slavering taskmaster.”“I push my soldiers to their limits so that they can break them!” she retorts. “You who have clearly coasted to victory so long-”“All you’re doing,” you interrupt, “is making sure that no one will be able to challenge you for leadership in an actual fair fight later on. In fact?” You look behind her to the numerous Weavers. “I’m honestly wondering how many of yours knew EXACTLY what you were doing before just now? Did they realize that they were basically setting themselves up to stay where they are in the pecking order for life?” You can see a few heads lightly shake in response- although you doubt they’re telling you intentionally, judging from the surprise on their faces.However. the reaction from Ferrah seems to be to growl and level the sword at you threateningly. “You would dare to be so reckless with such accusations, even now?” Well, you wouldn’t call it reckless. More calculated. “Any who consider themselves worthy may challenge me at any time. Whether they truly have the ability to best me is up to them. As for you...your overconfidence will be your undoing. It pains me to do so, but if you will not fight...then consider this your execution!”By the time she’s finished the last word, she’s already charging you, sword poised in her right hand.>You could probably catch her in the arm with a small blast. That sword would be annoying if she actually managed to swing it or anything.>Still no. Keep out of her range. She can die tired for all you care.>Blocking isn’t technically fighting, and to be brutally honest, you could probably do with some practice with your parrying and all that. You’re still not great with weapons like Izumi is.>Other
>>3371005Barrier to the face!*Bonk*
>>3371005>Blocking isn’t technically fighting, and to be brutally honest, you could probably do with some practice with your parrying and all that. You’re still not great with weapons like Izumi is.
>>3371005>Blocking isn’t technically fighting, and to be brutally honest, you could probably do with some practice with your parrying and all that.>Barrier to the face!Hope we can defend ourselves with one arm behind us or only use barriers.
>>3371005>>Blocking isn’t technically fighting, and to be brutally honest, you could probably do with some practice with your parrying and all that. You’re still not great with weapons like Izumi is.Even if we flub a block, we can take a hit.
>>3371005>>3371020>>3371021>>3371044>>3371044>>3371070Well, you said you weren’t going to fight her. Buuuut…*clang* Blocking, at least, isn’t fighting, technically. And you could use the defensive practice. Her blade is locked against the shaft of your polearm for a moment before she relents, and begins her onslaught properly.Well. ‘Onslaught’. Okay, to be fair, she’s not bad, perse. Two rapid blows are redirected- actually, you could’ve thrown that second one up rather than to the side, less chance for energy conservation- and she proceeds to deliver a number of blows in sequence that has her soldiers looking on in awe...or maybe just surprise, you’re not sure.A grin on her face erupts as she continues battering against your defensive maneuvers- her blade thrusts, you sidestep and use your wide grip to shove the blade away before she can retrieve it properly; she manages to turn it into momentum for a followup swipe from the same direction which is blocked and redirected diagonally upwards, and the dance continues as you continue to work her around, eventually going in a small circle that soon spirals out as the surrounding audience eases back bit by bit. It’s almost like it’s more a prize fight than anything else...only a lot quieter.“Far-less to-say-when-in a-proper-fight, then?!” Ferrah yells in between strikes. You’ve been walking backwards and around for a while. “Perhaps- your skill- with the blade- is more lacking- ha!- than you thought!”Oohhh, she thinks- oh.> “Why do you think I’m practicing right now?”> “I mean, I prefer hand to hand combat, true.”> “If you want me to use something different, then…” Barrier practice it is.> Other
>>3371187> “Why do you think I’m practicing right now?”> “If you want me to use something different, then…” Barrier practice it is.
>>3371187>“Why do you think I’m practicing right now?”
>>3371187>> “If you want me to use something different, then…” Barrier practice it is.
>>3371187>>3371203>Give feedback on her attacks. Not everything though, just the most glaring mistakes that the onlookers would notice too.
>>3371187>“Why do you think I’m practicing right now?”>>3371215This. Make her look like a clumsy rookie/newbie, that'll ruffle her feathers.
>>3371187>“Why do you think I’m practicing right now?”>"You know what they say, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade and all of that"
>>3371187> “Why do you think I’m practicing right now?”
I'll continue tomorrow- feeling tired. Apologies.
>>3371366No problem. Goodnight, boss!
>>3371187>“I mean, I prefer hand to hand combat, true.”Just blocking with bare hands. Lol.
>>3371187> “Why do you think I’m practicing right now?”> “If you want me to use something different, then…” Barrier practice it is.Can we make the barrier frictionless? And put it under her feet?
>>3371187>“I mean, I prefer hand to hand combat, true.”> “If you want me to use something different, then…” Barrier practice it is.
>>3371187> “If you want me to use something different, then…” Barrier practice it is.
Been over a month since I last caught a live thread and a question anon asked in one of the archived threads stuck to me.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3252162/#p3260949>Speaking of missions/jobs, what settings are you anons interested in seeing in the future? What about an escort job?>modern day world, arctic region>just the summoned outgoer, the driver and a truck with a container full of valuables vs environmental hazards (like icy roads or the engine freezing during a cold night), angry natives, highwaymen and whatever threat was dangerous enough to spend a fortune on summoning a helperOr maybe some space trucking in a sci-fi world?The idea might not work for the quest though (stuck to following the road from start to finish and can't really influence what happens beyond reacting when something finally happens) so maybe have it be a job some other employee does on the background?
>>3371776Sounds like a good Courier Job.
>>3371912Courier job just gets me thinking about hawking solutions to the driver like a street peddler. "If you buy this crystal it will protect the vehicle from danger for at least 10 minutes which will get us through this asteroid field"
>>3372127Ugh, no, don’t remind me of that...
>>3371776That sounds good. There would be no real reason(or way) to split from the main path and we could finish the mission rather quick. You know, like mono's first "solo" mission. Or the metahuman one.
Run resumes in about a half hour.
>>3372910Uhull!! Time to smash a spooder
>>3371187>>3371194>>3371203>>3371224>>3371250>>3371254>>3371486>>3371626>>3371757A small, very small part of you wants to keep her in the dark until later. But you can’t help but want to point it out to her. May even help with your intentions, really. “Why do you think I’m practicing right now?” A pair of swipes are deflected again as you speak, the last pausing against your polearm for a brief moment as she takes in your sentence.There’s a brief look on incredulity on her face, but she simply sneers and strikes again- a far more sloppy swing than before, more of a flail. “And yet you haven’t seen fit to strike back!” she growls out as she locks against your halberd in a test of strength you have no intention of losing. “You may be strong, but you lack strategy! There’s no use for a blade that won’t be swung!” So did she forget the literal small hill of bodies you just made, or…Well, whatever. “I mean, I don’t WANT to swing it, no. You’re just enough of a dummy I figure I can, well, use you as a dummy.” You have to fight to keep a smirk off your face at that one (you’re not that narcissistic...anymore) but that doesn’t stop a snort of laughter or two coming from one direction in the surrounding circle. At least someone else thinks you’re funny.Not that Ferrah is laughing, immediately rounding in that direction. “Who did that!?” she asks quickly. “Just who dares to disrespect their Lady!?” Utter silence. Her head swivels back and forth between you and that direction. “Absurd...simply absurd! All of this!”“I mean, it was funny,” you goad. “I don’t blame them for laughing.”“ENOUGH!” she roars. “I WILL END YOU!”There’s a bellow as she has fire in her eyes now, charging you with blade held high.>She is a bug. Squash her- and get some barrier practice in while you’re at it. (Cost: -1000 Mana)>Disarm her and then disarm her. She should be ashamed at such an obvious approach, and should pay for it.>You wonder if she’s paying as much attention to her surroundings as she thinks...friendly fire might be fun to see.>Other
>>3373045>>She is a bug. Squash her- and get some barrier practice in while you’re at it. (Cost: -1000 Mana)
>>3373045>She is a bug. Squash her- and get some barrier practice in while you’re at it. (Cost: -1000 Mana)Hope it won’t crush her helmet and sword...
>>3373045>She is a bug. Squash her- and get some barrier practice in while you’re at it. (Cost: -1000 Mana)YESSS!!!
>>3373045I kinda wanna launch her into the air so we can Nebula Skeet her.
>>3373045>You wonder if she’s paying as much attention to her surroundings as she thinks...friendly fire might be fun to see.Is this like a matador?
>>3373045>Disarm her and then disarm her. She should be ashamed at such an obvious approach, and should pay for it.Though >>3373078 would be rather humorous afterward.
>>3373045>Disarm her and then disarm her. She should be ashamed at such an obvious approach, and should pay for it.
>>3373045>>Disarm her and then disarm her. She should be ashamed at such an obvious approach, and should pay for it.
>>3373045>She is a bug. Squash her- and get some barrier practice in while you’re at it. (Cost: -1000 Mana)
>>3373045>She is a bug. Squash her- and get some barrier practice in while you’re at it. (Cost: -1000 Mana)Bored now. See, we told her we wouldn't fight her, and I doubt anyone could call what happened here a "fight".Or if they did it would be really embarrassing for us. Nobody wants to be known for picking on the weak.
>>3373045>>3373055>>3373061>>3373063>>3373072>>3373106>>3373165>>3373193Current Mana: 11,500/12,500Well, you’re not sure how long this will go on, otherwise- she’s plenty riled up, and frankly you get the feeling that if you just left now or anything like that, she’d find a way to recover somehow...either that or she’d find a way to do the ritual regardless, which you honestly don’t want.You’ve already kinda had enough of this place. Still, no reason to not let a bit of training go to waste. She IS sort of a bug, so honestly- and you might just be being a bit petty now- there’s only way to really end things, isn’t there?A hand goes up, and a flash of a sea-green barrier stops her in her tracks as she collides with it, causing a number of gasps to sound out from your spectators as she’s ungraciously splayed out on it, before slumping to the ground, groaning in pain, as she tries to shake off the stunning action and bring herself up. Not fast enough, though. Now, let’s see...focus… bring it up, lift it sideways…“NO!” a voice rings out, but you aren’t really paying attention, save to glance over towards the individual, who’s just barely stopped from interfering as you bring the barrier down on top of her with a hand gesture. There’s a wet *crunch* as the high speed barrier collides with her skull and upper half first, forcing her into the ground as the barrier presses hard against her; thick, ichor-like blood is already streaming out of her mouth, although to your surprise she yet struggles, a gurgling scream as she tries to summon up her so-called strength.“STOP!” Ohh, that’s who that was. Sotso looks at you desperately, and before you can say anything she charges you in frustration; all she has on her is some sort of large stirring stick, held like a staff.Huh.>Bold of her to even try. Stupid, too. She’ll die right before her liege, then. A quick bolt through the heart and you’re done here.>She’s literally not even worth the attention. Moving right along.>If she has any sense she’ll take the time you take to casually choke the life out of her to reconsider before you finish.>Other
>>3373248>>Bold of her to even try. Stupid, too. She’ll die right before her liege, then. A quick bolt through the heart and you’re done here.
>>3373248>If she has any sense she’ll take the time you take to casually choke the life out of her to reconsider before you finish.“Please, enlighten me: why should I let your lover live? I might consider your request, IF you are convincing enough.”
>>3373248>>If she has any sense she’ll take the time you take to casually choke the life out of her to reconsider before you finish.Can't really ignore her, barrier manipulation takes some concentration
>>3373248>Bold of her to even try. Stupid, too. She’ll die right before her liege, then. A quick bolt through the heart and you’re done here.I don't see us getting any benefits from bullying her
>>3373248>She’s literally not even worth the attention. Moving right along.
>>3373248>Other> "Why?"Heartbeat> Continue squishing
>>3373313That, but also we want to humiliate Ferrah as much as possible.No harm dragging this out.
Tied. 5 more and I'll just flip for it.
>>3373248>She’s literally not even worth the attention. Moving right along.Just kill this spider already.
Miranda has been acting very mean.
>>3373339>>3373328>>3373319Is basically 'ignore, continue squishing'. Writing.
>>3373363She is in a bad mood to be fair. That soul stuff brought the worst out of her.
>>3373363Some people aren't enjoying the story arc and are voting to get through it as quick as possible.
>>3373427I for one do enjoy the story arc but also want to have Miranda relieve her stress by squashing the deserving evil-doers.
>>3373430But what if her actions ends up turning her in the evil-doer?
>>3373438Huh? What are you even talking about?
>>3373430Same here. The soul stuff brought back bad memories.
>>3373447Just spoutting some non-sense about Miranda acting more like a villan then the real villans. Please don't take it seriously. After all i did voted to squash the spider
>>3373450honestly, it feels like 'bad mood from bad memories' is just an excuse for anons to choose violent options, resulting in Miranda acting impatient and sadistic. Nothing bad with it unless it impedes completion of our actual objective. I hope we get her back to her cold-hearted professional self once we're done with this side-mission.
>>3373248>>3373319>>3373328>>3373339Honestly, if you were in a better mood, you might be willing to at least humor her.But you’re not. You’d rather get this done and move on. Which is why you simply continue to apply pressure, even as the stick collides with your head- it doesn’t even make you budge. Whatever Sotso might be, she’s no warrior. You’re not sure what’s happening behind you, although you don’t hear anything untoward, so you can guess nothing, as Sotso screams. “Someone DO something!”“This was HER decision,” one of the workers says fearfully. “I’m not getting involved with it.”“Ironic how much she talked up her strength right before this…” another comments as you hear something snap.“You-you’d all just let this happen?! WHY ARE YOU SITTING AROUND!?” Sotso says, on the verge of hysterics. “Child, just how young ARE you?” One of the others says as Ferrah’s spider abdomen compresses. “Powerful she may be, but I’m not throwing my life away in a useless sacrifice!”“WHAT IF SHE KILLS ALL OF YOU, TOO?!” Sotso finally yells out. There’s a gurgle from Ferrah, as she tries to say...something, you think. But beyond that, silence.At last, you push down a bit further, and bit harder, and a wet and thick *splash*, along with a finally gurgle from Ferrah sounds as her body and spirit officially give up, her abdomen rupturing, and her blood, bone, and organs splaying out in a gruesome display, painting your barrier a strange mix of green and red, backed by Sotso’s scream of disbelief.It’s that same scream that causes the entirety of the assembled to immediately scatter like leaves in the wind- some screaming, some simply fleeing to the woods, others attempting to hide amongst the village. In a flat five seconds, you stand alone, Sotso the only other living thing near you, glaring at you with impressively hateful eyes. “Well?” she hisses- a far cry from her earlier voice. “You’re going to end us all, then? Might as well start with me.”You blink once. Her tone, her expression, her...everything.All at once, with a deep exhale, the latent rage rushes from you- all the anger and self-loathing that whole damn story brought back up, finally, finally gone in the wind. You still have a job to do, and a possible bonus to get, if you haven’t messed it up already. You don’t think you have, but either way.> “If you must know, I was just here for her. And if it makes you any happy, those two you were cooking with I know for a fact escaped safely.” You can at least give her that much.> “If I have to. Right now I’m trying to avoid that. Frankly, it’s too much work. So...lucky you.” Time to get out of here.> “Was she actually anything special to you? If not...I don’t get why you seem to act so attached, honestly.”> Other
>>3373498>> “If you must know, I was just here for her. And if it makes you any happy, those two you were cooking with I know for a fact escaped safely.” You can at least give her that much.
>>3373498> “If you must know, I was just here for her. And if it makes you any happy, those two you were cooking with I know for a fact escaped safely.” You can at least give her that much.Grab that helmet and the sword from her remains. Looks good as proof, and they might be salvageable.
>>3373498>“If I have to. Right now I’m trying to avoid that. Frankly, it’s too much work. So...lucky them.” >Wait for Sotso to ponder what we meant with that and then magiblast her head off.If we let sotso live, she will rally up people. We cannot let that happen.
>>3373498> “If I have to. Right now I’m trying to avoid that. Frankly, it’s too much work. So...lucky you.” Time to get out of here.> Other: Loot the corpse, grab the whip, the sword and the helmet. Maybe bring the head to show Zatzil and allow her to decour her jail?
>>3373523>>3373516DON'T FORGET THE LOOT!!>>3373520And the whip. Lori could probably use it...
>Maybe bring the head to show Zatzil and allow her to decour her jailI don't think that "chunky parts of ferrah's head" count as good decorating options.
>>3373498Backing >>3373523 sadly. There is no point risking her screwing up our goal of handing the remains of the clan over as a nice parcel.
>>3373498>“If you must know, I was just here for her. And if it makes you any happy, those two you were cooking with I know for a fact escaped safely.” You can at least give her that much.Yeah, we're done here.
>>3373498> “If you must know, I was just here for her. And if it makes you any happy, those two you were cooking with I know for a fact escaped safely.” You can at least give her that much.“Perhaps you should rethink your loyalties to your queen. Her agreement with Lord Kolm led to me becoming involved.”
guys, don't let her live. She WILL return, probably with vietnam styled tactics, probably against the civilians(because she obviously can't fight us head on).
>>3373498>> “Was she actually anything special to you? If not...I don’t get why you seem to act so attached, honestly.”
>>3373569add this>Grab anything valuable from her remains. Looks good as proof, and they might be salvageable.It's worth checking. And if they're wimpy we can alway get a few motes for them.also add this>>3373523We don't need someone with a grudge running around.
>>3373498>“Was she actually anything special to you? If not...I don’t get why you seem to act so attached, honestly.”>Other: I suppose I should finish scraping off the shit from my shoe.
>>3373563>>3373580She isn't a warrior and the rest of the Blackweb openly mocked her for her loyalty because of their wicked philosophy. There is no chance of her being backed by anyone from her clan, so honestly her surviving or not is completely irrelevant.I also don't get why you want to get to know her only to kill her right after.
>>3373498>“If I have to. Right now I’m trying to avoid that. Frankly, it’s too much work. So...lucky them.” >Wait for Sotso to ponder what we meant with that and then magiblast her head off.
>>3373491Reminder that Miranda also had a fantastic time hamming it up as a fake villain.
>>3373598People are fearmongering and afraid she will return with some kind of power up and start to de-rail our plans of keeping the blackweb in line.I honestly don't know how with everyone scattering afraid from us and with her attack barely damaging us. What could happen is if she somehow manages to get back to Khom and he buff her up with some crazy shadow/blood ritual to buff her but then again if Ferrah didn't get a good buff to face us i doubt Soto was it? Will get anything.
>>3373598>She isn't a warrior and the rest of the Blackweb openly mocked her for her loyalty because of their wicked philosophyYou never know if she'll find supporters for her cause or not. better to be sure and end her right now. Future us will thank us later.>I also don't get why you want to get to know her.I don't know from where you got that, but i just don't want a "huge chance of making things harder for us" running around. >>3373610>I honestly don't know how with everyone scattering afraid from us and with her attack barely damaging us.Because she can damage something more important than us: the supply lines.Wars aren't won by the biggest army, but with the army that can keep their soldiers fed and in the best condition the longest.
>>3373498> Depends. I'm just paid to be here, but if you pay me enough I won't kill you now. I really just came to kill your leader.> Don't think that means I can be bought off, the way I see it if someone takes over for Farreh I'lljust come back again, and kill you all that time.That should make them re-think over who's gonna take command.
>>3373610It always gets annoying when people go too far into Shadowruns and get super paranoid. I mean, she’ll do great as a sort of advertising of our power, and she couldn’t do much to convince her coworkers.
>>3373610It's a pointless risk to leave her alive, and Miranda has done far, far worse things than kill a single enemy in cold blood.>>3373618>An army marches on its stomach.
>>3373618If she does we will track her and finish the job then. Also the main army already has a strong support. If the army honestly let a small group of spider fuck then up they deserve to die. Worst thing she could to is be annoying and have us go after her to finish the killing.She also doesn't look like a strategist unlike the other cooker.
>>3373641Exactly. >>3373646>If she does we will track her and finish the job then.Then why wait for that to happen when we can kill her right here, right now? Waiting for her to make our job harder(because we would have to track her, find her and then kill her) is just hubris. Its basically bleach on spaghetti again.
>>3373641She is not a risk you are giving to much credit to this spider because you are afraid of the classic effect of the hero/boy who is spared when it's mentor dies and it's afraid it will apply to the evil spider who has no supports.Besides what you are saying will take time and it's more likely she will unite with another of the top spider ladies to try and get back to us and i though we wanted the history of what happend here to spread.
>>3373618>>3373618Your assumptions are baseless.>you never know>"huge chance of making things harder for us"Ferrah's followers got clear message not to fuck with us. I doubt that Sotso alone could get anything done since she's just a servant, not even a warrior or a scout.And what do you think we were gathering allies for? They can look after their supply line themselves.I am so done with anons being paranoid about things that were never meentioned in Handler posts like Veilspeakers being hostile or Sotsa getting any support.
>>3373654No. Leaving her alive will spread what happens here that's the entire reason why we aren't killing all the spiders.>>3373630Can't exactly complaing because i used to do the same shit but come on.
>>3373646>If she does we will track her and finish the job then.So you'd rather leave her alone and risk having to do a follow-up mission to deal with her again, when we could just deal with her now and not worry about it?>>3373655Look, its simple math. Kill her: zero percent chance of her causing us trouble. Or don't kill her: non-zero percent chance of her causing trouble>>3373664Too bad the entire rest of her retinue didn't flee already. Oh wait.
>>3373498>>3373516>>3373520>>3373523>>3373529>>3373534>>3373539>>3373549>>3373580>>3373602Frowning, you turn back to the corpse. “If you must know, I was just here for her.” The sword is in good condition, still. The helmet is...not. It’s extremely flattened, and only good if you’re a flounder, but it’s not unsalvageable, for sure. Might as well pick them up- oh, and the whip, too. Lorelei might like it. Although what she’d use it for, you’re not sure you want to speculate.“What?” she asks. “So, you’re just some...some kind of assassin?”“Of a sort,” you allow as you investigate the blade. Yeah, it’s not bad make, really. A couple of dings here and there, but in good condition. If there’s anything special about it, you’ll have to investigate later. “If I have to, I’ll kill you all. But, honestly, I’m not really keen on that idea, and so I’m trying to avoid it. For example, the two that were with you, cooking.”“Yulieve and Thyra?!” she asks heatedly. “What did you-”“They’re alive,” you interrupt. “They escaped safely, and frankly, I have no particular intention of going after them.” Mostly because they defected proper, but you don’t need to tell her that. Huh, the whip’s a touch heavier than you thought. Still useable, if bland, though. Maybe you or Owlia or someone can change that later…You can hear an audible sigh of relief. “So...you don’t want to kill all of us?” You shake your head as you turn back to her, packing the sword, the whip, and the helmet- which seriously needs a blacksmith to look at- away in your bag. “No. That’s way too much work to kill every Blackweb. So, y’know. Lucky them.”There’s a pregnant pause as she takes that in, and she blinks once, twice, before her face shifts in resigned realization, looking you in your eye with an expression you’ve seen hundreds of thousands of times, and you’ll see hundreds of thousands more. “Yeah...lucky them.”The blast is clean, high powered enough to take her head off in an instant. To her credit, she didn’t budge even on impact, the body remaining standing for a moment before slumping over bonelessly.Pride, indeed.But with that all sorted, you need to get moving. It’s only been about...a day and a half-ish? Good time, good effort. You’ll likely catch up to them before or just as they get to where they’re going if you keep a good pace. Need to let the civilians know what’s going on, though. Then again, there IS the caravan. They’re probably going to be moving through the night, so they should be fine, unless they get unlucky. But even so, you get the feeling they’re not expecting you for a bit, even.>Head straight for the army and link up on the way to the mining town.>Drop in on the caravan. A midnight run like this can be taxing.>Other
>>3373659They are probably afraid of the Nemesis returns or whatever a minion from a powerfull villan becomes after watching it's master be dead and now will return seeking revenge.
>>3373664>No. Leaving her alive will spread what happens here that's the entire reason why we aren't killing all the spiders.we have all the other spiders that are scared shitless, why leave alive the only one that has a chance to retaliate? its dumb and unprofessional.>>3373659>Your assumptions are baseless.Killing her is a net positive for us that takes no effor on our part and assures us that she won't come back with a vengeance.
>>3373671>Head straight for the army and link up on the way to the mining town.Meh. Not thrilled we ended up killing her too but whatever.
>>3373654JFC, it’s the “Bleach on Spaghetti” argument again...Can we please just acknowledge that nobody’s going to convince the other and just let the votes decide, or, if it’s a tie, just let the dice decide? Fuck’s sake...>>3373671Well. Ta fucking da.
>>3373671>Drop in on the caravan. A midnight run like this can be taxing.Oh well, that's one way to set a foot.
>>3373671>Drop in on the caravan. A midnight run like this can be taxing.
>>3373671>Drop in on the caravan. A midnight run like this can be taxing.They had children with then right? Need to keep the younglings safe. And not because Miranda is getting soft.
>>3373671>>Head straight for the army and link up on the way to the mining town.Back to work.>The blast is clean, high powered enough to take her head off in an instant.Quick and painless. About the best way you can ask to go.
>>3373671Hey boss, aren't you forgetting about someone? Where is Gartoum?
>>3373679It's done let's move along.
>>3373702Probably will return tot he ring as soon as he sees there isn't anyone else to play with.
>>3373689People forget that the Evil Overlords lost is . . .well . . . Still evil.Killing her wasn't really practical or necessary, but it didn't really cost us anything to make sure.Except, you know, being a good person.But then again Miranda isn't really one of those. I mean, sure, coming on this trip to do good is what we told Izumi, but we're just manipulating her to be a better pawn at Silver Eye.I'm sure we'll break her soon enough by slowly eroding her moral objections to more lucrative jobs.
>>3373702Oh, that's a good point. I wonder if he saw our little display, and what he made of it.
>and the whip, too. Lorelei might like it. Although what she’d use it for, you’re not sure you want to speculate.Now for full kink shit we put one of those shock stones or have Owlia put a shock crystal on the Whip. THE PERFECT WEAPON FOR LORI!!!
>>3373711let's just drop it man. What is done is done.
>inb4 he was hidding inside our shadow all along.
>>3373671>>Drop in on the caravan. A midnight run like this can be taxing.
>>3373711Personally I'm more pissed at anons spouting paranoid bullshit that they've made up in their heads yet again. The worst part is they are not trolling and so stubborn about it.Also I don't see much point in having Miranda intentionally eroding Izumi's morals. But hey, maybe we'll get Izumi thread and might do something about it as her if people want it.
>>3373711Well now they can be together in the afterlife. We don't know if that's good or bad morally since we don't know if they were an item or anything.>>3373671>Drop in on the caravan. A midnight run like this can be taxing.
>>3373711pragmatic =/= eviland Miranda is not intentionally eroding Izumi's morals, afaik, this was just a job we figured they could both enjoy.
>>3373751The Blackweb believe and making webs right? I guess they ebd up being caught in Mirandas web and are now part of it. Or they went to the big web on the afterlife.
>>3373735>Personally I'm more pissed at anons spouting paranoid bullshit that they've made up in their heads yet again. The problem is that making Ferrah a martyr was one of the things that Zetzil told us about. Sotso had all the indications that she might do so to ferrah's image, so regardless if Sotso was shamed within her group, she had a chance to be troublesome in our future. I basically don't want a future update that says "somebody is raiding our supply caravans, i want you to track them and kill them" when we could have stopped all of that in one simple strikeOne thing is to shadowrun without any real clue, and the other is to stop a potential future when we see it in front of us.
>>3373736If we really wanted to do that we could keep ressurecting the spider so each time she returns she would return even more broken and finnaly begged us to stop.But fortunantly Miranda would never do that.
>>3373765And now she is dead. So let's just drop the subject.
>>3373765A whole problem of one spidertaur who couldn’t charisma her coworkers to help her lover.Cripes.
>>3373720>Lori becomes a magical dominatrix in a job that requires her to bully the target. In full on spikey gimp suit and chains.>or just a kinky Indiana JonesThat's hilarious 2bh
>>3373773>A whole problem of one spidertaur who couldn’t charisma her coworkers to help her lover.that was in the heat of the battle. You never know if she manages to convince the spiders from other clans or the same ones that shamed her. Like i said before, she has a slim chance of bothering us in the future, but its not worth to risk our allies when we can be assured that she won't be a problem at all.
>>3373785I know right? She would at least get her fun from the..i forget the name of that part of the intersection were there is a lot of people having fun and also sex.
>>3373807Thanks buddy memory isn't the same as it used to. Now i'm thinking on Lori using a bowsette like costume with a eletric whip in the festival center.But i take she must be taking a break from it now that she is a single mother.
>>3373765Despite anons pushing votes for needless cruelty, we did ruin Ferrah's image by barely outvoting some blatantly hotheaded decisions. Honestly, I think that such paranoid ideas like your vision of Sotsa like she'll pull a Rembo or other anon's shadowruns about Veilspeakers being some malicious puppetmasters are just enabling these votes of 'kill now, ask questions later', ignoring Handler's narrative over anons' assumptions in a heat of moment. "Hey, this guy spoke to us and has a name. Surely he's some manipulative hidden badass, let's off him right here and now, so we won't have to deal with hypothetical consequences!"This is the actual reason Mafia job got a bad rap - anons got in their own way with bad plans and ill-conceived ideas.
>>3373789>she has a slim chance of bothering us in the futureSo, what, we couldn’t just sent her off to her friends, then send them off to convince the other two lieutenants’ minions that we’re serious bus?
>>3373829Why, autocorrect... Why...>serious business
>>3373827Don't forget the implications that Gart would betray us and fuck the mission somehow.
>>3373836>>3373829>inb4 people start to be paranoid thinking that Sotso old friends will betray us too so we should kill then now and not worry they will take revenge for Sotso
>>3373827Fair enough. Its just that Sotso trying to hurt us when we obviously had shown superior firepower and begging for her "allies" to hunt us down raised a lot of red flags in my brain. Maybe she was Ferrah's lover, or was the "second in command" or was her daughter, among others. All of those were things that made me think that she would develop a healthy spite against us and rally her own little group. >>3373858those assumptions were dumb though. Why would he betray the person that liberated him after being trapped for an eternity?and he's also an item and a certified construct, so there is no real danger with him.>>3373866Sotso's friends were smart enough to run away and/or hide their emotions.
>>3373866>”They’re going to convince the humans to join Lord Kolm’s army of dark-badness by giving them soup so good, they become addicted to it! Quickly, burn them alive!”
>>3373886She's a cook and Ferrah's her role model. That was it.
>>3373671>>3373691>>3373693>>3373695>>3373700>>3373733Hm. Might as well carry on. “Gartoum, get back. We’re done here.”“So I noticed!” Comes a sound from out of nowhere. You quickly glance behind to see him slip from a building’s shadow. “Rather brutal finale, I gotta say. And here I was ready to step in if things got hairy, but...whoo! You do cut a scary visage when you want to, don’tcha?” That was a compliment, you’re pretty sure.“Right…” not that you’re going to say thanks or anything. “At any rate, we need to make sure the villagers know what’s what, and then we’re going to see about a caravan I set up and released of some of the townsfolk. Just wanted you back before I started up.”“Aw, you missed me!” he coos. “Well, while we’re walking, lemme tell YOU about the fun I had!” Oy.After warning the civilians, you recall Gartoum, and take off in the direction of the wagon last you recalled. The place still wasn’t safe for them without any soldiers to help hold it, so no reason for them to go back, in your eyes.Fortunately, it doesn’t take too long to locate them from above the treetops- they’ve slowed down to a walk, and they’re maybe a couple hours walk away. They must’ve been booking it to get so far so fast. Then again, you DID take your time in some places...Yulieve and Thyra are talking to each other- although arguing might be closer to it. It doesn’t seem like there’s any cause for alarm, though; even if you can see a number of people keeping a very close eye on them.With a flap of your wings, you quite literally drop down in on them from behind. “You two seem to be getting along well enough.” The two of them immediately shriek, clutching onto each other in a tangle of spiderlimbs in a panic. “I was worried I’d have to punish you,” you mention as they calm down.“Wha-you-why...AGH!” Ah, Thyra finally noticed her position. “GetOFF!” a shove, and she looks back to you, not a little worry in her eyes. “I mean, no? Not like I could do much ANYWAY, fight-wise…”“Likewise.” Yulieve says, already calmed down. “This situation isn’t the most fortuitous; particularly working with the humans...but we’ll make due.”One of the humans, a tall lad with a head of shaggy brown hair, scoffs. “Bah, the way you two’ve been sniping at each other this whole way, we’d hear about any plans way before you did anything fishy!”“Why you…” He and a couple of his friends laugh as Thyra goes red in the face. Yulieve has a pensive expression on. “He’s not wrong…” she mutters.Thyra turns to her, sputtering. “Wha- YU?! Who’s side are you on, here?”“Well, we ARE rather loud at times…” she confesses, looking a bit put upon. Oooookay. Things seem alright here for now…>Stay with them, at least until morning. If only for the extra sense of security through the night for the kids.>They’re fine. No need to dawdle here, you suppose. Although you could see that they’re met well in the next village since the army isn’t expecting you for a bit.>Other
>>3373899>Stay with them, at least until morning. If only for the extra sense of security through the night for the kids.And to make sure they don’t get ambushed on the way over.
>>3373899>Stay with them, at least until morning. If only for the extra sense of security through the night for the kids.>Call Izumi trough the magistone just to see how they are faring.
>>3373899>>They’re fine. No need to dawdle here, you suppose. Although you could see that they’re met well in the next village since the army isn’t expecting you for a bit.We've fairly well rested, and there's still work to do. Time to get back to the main quest.
>>3373899>Stay with them, at least until morning. If only for the extra sense of security through the night for the kids.
>>3373827I don't appreciate the character attack based on a straw man. I also voted to kill Sotsa and not because I thought she would "pull a Rembo", I even commented on Miranda's poor attitude. You can't conflate everyone who disagrees with you with every bad decision in the quest. There was no reason to leave a loose end, that doesn't mean anyone thought she would become some insurmountable BBEG.Please stop derailing this quest with childish arguing tactics.
>>3373918Actually there isn't since the Prince is off woth Izumi somewhere else getting a power up. Our job was killing the Spider leader and we don't know if the prince and Izumi are already done.
>>3373899>They’re fine. No need to dawdle here, you suppose. Although you could see that they’re met well in the next village since the army isn’t expecting you for a bit.Oy, we'll have our fix of babysitting once we'll finish the job and show our presents to Care House kids.
>>3373899>Stay with them, at least until morning. If only for the extra sense of security through the night for the kids.No need to hurry.
I'm gonna call it here for today, actually. I'll try to start earlier tomorrow, get a nice, chunky run happening. I'd say we're about 70% of the way through the mission, so.
>>3373948Even without killing the other two large spiders and getting Zatzil money? Well sure thing boss. Take a good rest
>Hmmm...>Something wrong, Hylinde?>Oh, your highness. No, nothing. Merely...concerned.>About your ally?>Mhm.>If I might be so bold...I must admit, someone like you being allied with someone like that is a touch surprising. You're near polar opposites. >Hah. We are, in many ways, more alike than you might believe, sir. Although I can easily understand why you would think otherwise.>Perhaps. You fear for her safety, nonetheless. Do you think she would be the same for you?>Oh, safety? No, no, I have no concern about her safety. And I doubt she'd have any concern over mine.>Oh? Then what ARE you concerned about?>That...hmm. Honestly...I suppose I don't really know. Just...worrying over nothing, I suppose. Really, though. I know she also worries about me, in her own way. I suppose that's the crux of our friendship. We...we do not agree on many things. But we agree on enough. I trust her with my life, and I know she reciprocates. >Mhm, I see...if I may further venture, the fact that you are able to forge such a bond regardless of circumstance makes me think that it's a very powerful one.>I think so, too. If you don't mind my asking, how much further to the mining town?>Should be a night and part of a day, if we keep up this pace. The men will be sweaty and tired, but if the area IS empty, or at least free of beasts and opposition, there'll be opportunity to rest there. I don't like driving them this hard, but...>But we cannot afford to slack, if this is to come true. This could be what allows us to march on Kolm's lands in force.>So I hope...you and your friend's strength will likely be critical there.>If I may admit such...I DO relish the chance to properly exercise my blade.>...Ah. There's a bit of that similarity you mentioned, I think.
>>3373899>>They’re fine. No need to dawdle here, you suppose. Although you could see that they’re met well in the next village since the army isn’t expecting you for a bit.
Now that we have barrier manipulation, I wonder if Miranda could use a barrier as a flying mat. Maybe angle it a bit when accelerating so that she doesn't fall off.
>>3376260I think that might be a ways off yet, though possible in the future. I suspect the top speed over long periods won't be all that high, and extended periods will certainly require some sort of mana upkeep.
>>3376260Combine barrier + mana body armor for giant ass wings
>>3373899>>3373916>>3373917>>3373923>>3373943>>3374083>>3375570Meh, might as well stay with them. Izumi’s more than likely got things handled on her end, and given that there are rogue elements probably not too far away, you might as well hang out for a bit, if only to keep everyone safe. At least until daylight hours where there’s less of a chance of outright ambush. “You two keep it quiet,” you admonish. “At least until daybreak.”“W-will you be traveling with us?” One of the men asks.You nod, and his expression is something that clearly doesn’t know whether to be relieved or frightened. Well, unfortunate for him. “We’ll be traveling through the night as best we can,” one of the others walk says. “We’re going to operate in shifts, and if things get too exhausting, we’ll try to find somewhere just off the road. We don’t exactly have much to keep us comfortable out here- it’s our only blessing that this didn’t happen during wintertime.” He’s got a point there.The night is long, lighter than it was, but still not great moonlight. Most of the children are fearful, staying up, although a few of the younger ones have managed to nod off. None of them are even armed…You hear the occasional rustle in the grass, and there’s an occasional fleetingly sweet scent, but you’re just the one person, and you’re unsure if it’s one of the Blackweb or just an animal. Turning back to the two Weavers, you can see that they’re just as concerned, looking around in worry. Makes sense for them- you get the feeling that betrayal in the Blackweb is either successful or punished with death. There’s likely little recourse for them now. It’s Yulieve who first notices you looking, and after whispering something to her partner, she slows her pace for you to catch up with. “Ah, terribly sorry if I’m imposing, but...I’d like to ask you something.”You just grunt to indicate permission. Don’t feel much like talking right now.“Ah, right.” she seems to get the hint, at least. “Well, to simply ask...WOULD we be working for the Alliance? This Lady Zatzil, if you are acquainted with the Alliance, and you prefer her, then that would mean you’re installing a puppet ruler, correct? I can only presume you intend to depose Mistress Zai.” It’s NOW that you look at her, and although she flinches a bit, she continues. “Not to say I’ll oppose! I am quite used to working under puppet rulers! I would also be...less than enthused with exchanging sides, but well, considering recent events...I am uncertain if, were they truly to end victorious, humans would be in a forgiving mood for any of our clan.”> “You basically answered your own question. Might as well get used to it.”> “Can’t blame them. Although I’m curious as to why you were willing to flip, yourself, then.”> “She’s not really a puppet. Just someone who won’t try to screw over everyone if she takes the throne.”> Other
>>3377045>> “Can’t blame them. Although I’m curious as to why you were willing to flip, yourself, then.”
>>3377045>> “Can’t blame them. Although I’m curious as to why you were willing to flip, yourself, then.”Zatzil will be a puppet, there's no way the alliance will trust them otherwise.
>>3377045> “She’s not really a puppet. Just someone who won’t try to screw over everyone if she takes the throne.”> Other: "Part of the reason why your clan is being spared is due the fact me and my ally see fit to keep you around. The humans respect their prince and the leaders of the alliance which by themselfs respect me and my ally for our decision making and powerness. Besides they all know that if you ever get out of hand i will be summoned back...and i'm fairly certain you and your clan wouldn't want me to come back. Right?"
>>3377045> “Can’t blame them. Although I’m curious as to why you were willing to flip, yourself, then.”Listen, if you’re going to have the humans get over Zai’s alliance with Kolm, your people are going to have to show that they’re willing to work well with others. That means you and your people are going to need to find a new interpretation of your progenitors writings, lest me and my friend are called back. Preferably one that won’t lead to backstabbing and social climbing at all costs.
>>3377045>Other: "Puppet or not, the humans will have a hard time trying to control her after I leave."
>>3377105Nah if we are called back is bye bye all the blackweb. No mercy. This kind of job wouldn't require to bring Izumi with us so we would definetly do it.
>>3377045>“Can’t blame them. Although I’m curious as to why you were willing to flip, yourself, then.”
>>3377117...that’s essentially what I’m saying, anon. This is their fair warning.“Change your ways, or I’m coming back to finish the job.”
>>3377045Not incorrect. Question, though.Writing!
>>3377146Sorry i may have drinked a little to much...
>>3377045>>3377052>>3377064>>3377105>>3377133>>3377142You can only shrug. “Can’t blame them. All things considered, you’ve really picked a rotten horse to back.”“It was clearly a calculated maneuver,” Yulieve muses. “Mistress Zai is not one to be given to petty emotions. She saw the likelihood of the partnership succeeding. What she did NOT see was the humans being willing to obtain...outside interference.”Yeah, no one does. One of the pluses. “Tough luck. Although if you think that, I’m curious as to why you were willing to flip yourself, then.”She blinks all of her eyes, considering the question for a moment. “Well, aside from the threat to my life, you mean?” You’re not sure if she was being sincere or sarcastic there. “I must confess I’ve occasionally considered what I would do were I in their place. I enjoy crafting theoretical strategies and tactics; I was originally in place for a promotion under Lady Halu. Unfortunately, she was murdered in a tactical coup I didn’t see coming, and I was relegated to Lady Ferrah’s retinue. Supposedly, it was to allow Lady Ferrah to gain access to my ‘novel stratagems’, but she hardly ever listened to me.” A frown shows up as she looks towards Thyra. “Myself and Thyra- who came to her leadership under similar circumstances- were eventually relegated to support logistics...which essentially meant, well…”“Cooking work,” you finish. “Shame, that. So, you’re willing to defect because...”“If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see how things are on the other side,” she admits. “...that, and I rather DO enjoy life. Many Blackweb, I shamelessly admit, are willing to do whatever it takes to survive and thrive- period. Everything has a place in the Great Web, and it is up to the individual to determine what and where that place is, and whether they have reached it or not. If it is solely within the Blackweb, so much the better. Some others...are less picky.”“That so?” You side-eye her a bit. She seems...if not content, then accepting of what she’s just inferred for herself. “Well, listen. If the humans win- and it’s my job to help them win, so they’re going to win- you’re going to want to have the humans get over Zai’s alliance with Kolm. Best way to do that is for your people to show that they’re willing to work well with others.”“That would be...somewhat troublesome.” she admits. “Perhaps this Zatzil may be willing to do so, and a handful of others, but many would consider it sacrilege.”(cont.)
>>3377245Hm.Not like only the Blackweb have a place in the "great web". If they insist on keeping themselves to only a small part of it, it's their own choice to get left behind and die out.Even the Veilspinners have seen to step out and work among the other races, lest they get left behind in their navel gazing. Guess that danger is something they share.
>but many would consider it sacrilege.Guess we will be killing a lot of spiders then. If they are srupid enough to not behave they have no place with Zat.
>>3377245“Well, sacrilege or not, that means you and your people are going to need to find a new interpretation of your progenitors’ writings, lest me and my friend are called back. I doubt you’d want that,” you warn.“Extremely not,” she agrees.You just shrug again. “Then you and Zatzil know what you need to do. Find another way. Preferably one that won’t lead to backstabbing and social climbing at all costs. Even if that means that Zatzil is going to have to accept having some strings tied to her.”“Mm.” She doesn’t really respond to that, looking instead at Thyra. “I don’t think Thyra will care, at least. She’s always been in it for herself...mostly.” She laughs a bit. “In fact, she seems to have taken what you said to heart about the cooking bit. She’s actually been talking to me about opening an inn if we make it out alive. Can you believe that? I mean, she claims she’s joking, but she keeps going back to it. Really, a Blackweb like her? Running a place for comfort and rest? It’s simply...odd.”Funnily enough, she smiles as she says it.>Roll 2d100, best of three.
Besides we already killed a entire planet once. it was a accident but still we did it. Not like a couple spiders will keep Miranda awake at night.
Rolled 46, 57 = 103 (2d100)>>3377302
Rolled 44, 55 = 99 (2d100)>>3377302
Rolled 41, 81 = 122 (2d100)>>3377302
Rolled 79, 78 = 157 (2d100)>>3377302pretty well summed up. glad to see they're not all completely mustache-twirling evil
>>3377311>>3377313>46, 57>44, 55Wow. What a coincidence.
Rolled 69, 18 = 87 (2d100)>>3377302“See, THAT’S what’s going to help your clan. Take your striving to be the best at a thing, apply it to cooking or running a business and you’ve got a healthy way to bounce back from this.”“...so are you two a thing, then?”
>>3377330>“...so are you two a thing, then?”Come on anon, this sort of crap is why people are afraid to be affectionate with friends. Not everyone that isn't standoffish with their friends has a thing for them.
>>3377302>>3377311>>3377315Though no attacks happen during the night, you can’t say you’re not a bit on edge. You keep hearing rustling, and they’re at such intervals that you can tell that it’s Blackweb that seem to be testing the waters, so to speak. You have to wager that they’re Ferrah’s, as none try to approach you, but the amount of audible disturbance is enough to keep everyone awake on their toes.In the end, it results in many folks being rather sleepy once daylight breaks, and as a result the whole procession moves slower than you’d like. Still, they’d been making a decent pace before then, and if they wanted to risk it, they’d manage to make it to the village by the middle of the night. Unfortunately, making sure of that would require you to keep with them. With few ladles or bowls, the soup is colder, but still enough to feed the lot of them, and if nothing else, that lightens the load a fair bit.“Thanks again for keeping an eye out,” one of the riders says. “We know that it’s probably not your favorite thing to do…”“I will if I have to,” you mutter. “They’re antsy, though.”“Yeah,” he agrees. No need to ask what you mean, it seems. “I wish we’d had time to grab some tools at least, but…the threat of you seems to be keeping them docile, at least.”“Right.” Before you can say anything else, however, there’s a light as something goes off in your pocket. Ah, Izumi’s calling? “Go ahead, Hylinde.”“We’ve made good time so far. Should be there by tonight, perhaps early tomorrow. I’ve done some scouting ahead and it seems the way is clear. Whatever that power is, it’s doing work in keeping the area safe. What about you?”“I’ve eliminated Ferrah,” you respond. Got a few refugees that I’m escorting to a nearby village, as well as a couple of defectors.”“Really? Fascinating. Are they well?” There’s a note of pride in her voice.“They’re peachy. Walking with us now. We’ll likely be a bit longer, since we might have a tail and I’m the only one actually armed. The two Blackweb that came with are non-combatant.” Although Thyra might have a complaint or two about that assessment… “We’ll be there by late night, similar to you.” “Ah, understood. Very well, then. I’ll get back to you once we reach the area. Out.” With that handled (and ignoring the man’s look of wonderment), you continue along, keeping an eye out.The way there is similarly...well, if not quiet, then at least non-confrontational. Although they taper off the closer you get, and for the last hour before you get there, it’s naught but normal animal noises.The village that you passed by is rinky-dink, hardly worth worrying about by EITHER side, apparently. It seems relatively in one piece, but granted that’s because there seems to be a grand total of 10 buildings. The human rider gives a sardonic smile once he sees it. “It’s not gonna have a lot of room, but hell, if they’ll take us, we can manage.”(cont.)
>>3377500“It may be a good idea to remain quiet during our stay here,” Yulieve mentions to Thyra.She nods. “Meh, seems boring as crap anyway. We’ll just lay low here until everything dies down. If anyone asks, we’re...Iunno, you could probably pass for a Veilspeaker or something, Yu. Iunno about me.”“We’ll figure something out.” Turning to you, the Blackweb nods. “Our thanks for sparing us. Although belated, I...don’t believe I’d be remiss in thinking that Sotso is…?”“She had her pride,” you say. That seems to answer it for them as a mou of disappointment shows on their faces.“Ah. I see,” Yulieve says neutrally. “Very...disappointing. Nonetheless, we’ll carry on.”“If you two are finished,” the human rider says annoyedly, “then we need to start knocking on doors. I don’t like wakin’ folks up, but I really need some kinda roof over my head.”As they depart, you sigh in relief. At least nothing went wrong with that whole thing, and the two Blackweb have a goal. Now to get back to-“Pssst!” Hm? You look past the treeline to see a vaguely familiar Blackweb hidden in the bushes. Huh...you were wondering what he was up to. “Over here!”You don’t take long to catch up to him. “What is it?”“Repaying my debt, friend.” The Blackweb grins sardonically. “Seems that word’s gotten to Zai about you. She isn’t happy at all.” She’ll be a lot less happy when she hears what happened to Ferrah, buuuut you’re not telling him that. “She wants your head, and has put out a bounty to get it. You’re going to get quite popular, quite quickly.”>Questions?>Thanks for the heads up.>Other
>>3377524> How much is the bounty?> How much could I charge the hunters to leave with their lives afterwards?> What notable bounty hunters might I expect to come after me?Good, good.Saves us the trouble of hunting down powerful people.
>>3377524>Any info on Ladies Chira and Malis?>Was there any shift in Kolm-Blackweb relationship?>How big is the bounty?
>>3377524>Thanks for the heads up.
>>3377524>So do you intent to keep playing both sides until one is obvious to be the victor? Because if you are i think the ratkin would like someone like you.>Thanks for the heads up.
>>3377524>>3377550Someone's on pointsupportingAlthough, I don't think we planned on hunting down powerful people, this sort of thing just tends to happen to Miranda.Something something, power attracts power. Gotta agree with Sal on this one though, single B rank enforcer could have solo'd this
>>3377524>>3377592i will add asking about how much the bounty is worth just for the kicks.
>>3377524this>>3377550I'm not worried about the hunters themselves. I'm more worried about them being irritants, keeping us on edge like just happened and showing up at inconvenient times.While distasteful, I wonder if a few well traveled rumors about brutal endings to those that hunt us would dissuade some of them.>>3377593An experienced B, yea. Not a green one. the blackwebs are devious enough a B could get themselves stuck in a sticky situation.
>>3377593Wasn't there a blood knight or something working for Kholm? I guess we will be seeing him soon.
I want to ask if we could cash in the bounty by delivering ourselves to wherever Zai is
>>3377593While not relevant to this vote, if bounties are a thing I wonder if any of our enemies (or anyone else) would have bounties, and where we might check that.
>>3377632>>3377524> . I'm more worried about them being irritants, keeping us on edge like just happened and showing up at inconvenient times.New question> how can I draw the bounty hunters out?
>>3377632Also, a solution to that is to be more terrifying than the bounty is worth.Can't spend it if you're dead.
>>3377717But that implies that the hunter isn't a thrill seeker or that he is smart enough to realize he is getting way above his head.
>>3377550>>3377575>>3377581>>3377593>>3377632“Well, saves me some trouble, hopefully,” you decide. Not the first time it’s happened, but it CAN get very annoying very quickly. Still, maybe there’s a bright side to all of this. “Call me vain, but how much is the bounty?”“Didn’t get an exact figure, but apparently it’s something along the lines of ‘Enough to fill a living hole.’ Which is a lot, I’ll have you know.” Gah. Well, there goes your second question. Not that it was likely, but if you wanted to pay them off, seems like you’ll have to ask them directly. Still, worth knowing. “Alright, so anyone notable I might expect to come after me?”“Well, for one, I’ve heard that one Lady Malis is veeery interested in presenting you to Mistress Zai.” Jackpot. “Makes sense, since she’s so close to Zai, and really, Zai giving her or her soldiers the bounty would just end up having it go back to her- tribute and all that.” Yeah, that figures. Inside baseball or something, you suppose. “Aside from that, there are a few other notables. Khaon…” and here he shudders. “Might try to come at you just for the sport of it, really. I would suggest you be cautious around that one, if you meet. Let’s see...there’s also Spitter.” “Spitter?” you ask. That can’t be his name.“Yeah, that’s what he’s called. Spits poison. One of Zai’s personal enforcers. Heard rumblings he might be in the running as well. Ah, and one last duo; Topi and Bechel. But, being honest, I wouldn’t worry about those two. Eager, but quite the odd pair.” And HE’S saying that. “Bechel’s too slow, too big, Topi’s too small and egotistical, and they’re BOTH too stupid to be able to fight anyone but the freshest of recruits and win without the massive amounts of luck they seem to have. Still, those are the ones that I’d say you should keep an eye on.”“Alright. Thanks for the heads up,” you grant. “I’ll be sure to remember those names.”“You do that. I’ll be off, then.” And with that, he spins a thread, and retreats back into the forest. At least he’s not going the way you came, you think. Still, you have places to be. Suddenly, your light shines again. “Hylinde?”“We’re here,” she begins without preamble. “The town is...empty. Vacant, almost. No dead, just abandoned. Not a hair of Weaver or any other individual, save for perhaps three or four. We’re descending into the mineshaft now.”Ah, good to know. “I’ll be on my way over shortly. Good luck down there.” “Thanks. Out.” At least the houses here are just big enough to get a decent hop on. Hopefully whoever was there was already up.Roll 1d20+5, best of three.
Rolled 17 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3377779rollin
Rolled 18 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3377779
Rolled 6 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3377779
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>3377779
Rolled 16 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3377779
>>3377818Randa looks to be in a much better mood.
>>3377779>>3377788>>3377818>>3377823It’s mid-morning daylight, but it’s still dark out. If you didn’t recognize the purplish, shadowy tint of the clouds, you’d say it’s about to rain, really. You’ve had to stop flying- it was starting to put a strain on you to keep trying to leap and glide, but even so, you’ve made pretty good time; before you landed you could see what LOOKED like buildings near a mountainside in the far distance. Hopefully that means that nothing bad’s happened since they went in- although the fact that it’s been a few hours has you worried; you didn’t think that it would take so lo-A rumbling from the ground suddenly distracts your thoughts as you brace your footing. An earthquake? Here and now? Or…A massive pillar of bright green light shoots up in the distance, forcing you to cover your eyes for a moment as the beam pierces the heavens and lights up the entirety of the area. The expulsion of power practically erases the looming gloom for some distance as a massive wave of energy spreads out into the sky. Swirling paths of sparkling green energy wind through the air, reaching even you, and already you feel your energy returning bit by bit, alongside a sense of peace…...Which is immediately disturbed when you feel your stone going off. “Lemme guess. He got it?”“It’s astounding! As soon as you can, try to make it here!” Boy, she sounds happy.“I’ll be there as soon as I can. Out.” Alright. Double-time it is. At least the light pillar is a good landmark.--------------Even though it dissipated not long after you took off, it still let you get your bearings easily enough, and in the next hour of furious travel, you finally find yourself on the outskirts of the town- although you honestly could do with a bit of a break by this point. That energy infusion ran out awful quick for you.Still, arriving at the mining town was worth it...especially considering what you see here.The place, you’d expected to be rough and rocky, stone and wood and tough buildings. What you’re seeing is...not that.Flowers lining the streets, healthy trees bursting with life, the entire place seems like a verdant paradise. The soldiers’ tents are surrounded with small plant life- berry bushes and other such goods which the men are taking to collecting with relish and joy. The few residential areas with wooden houses and huts seem as though they’d been cut and built not days ago, and even then there are flowers blooming here and there.(cont.)
>>3378172Glad to see the prince got his power up.
>>3378172The rabbitfolk seem like they’re living it up rather well, talking amongst each other about the various plants that have sprung up. Thorumin seems to be the only one still focused, though trying to advise his men to stockpile while they can. Many of the Veilspeakers are calm, although you sense an air of smug about them as they sit and discuss things. Braun seems to be leading his people in some sort of prayer session. And Za-Leil and his men just seem confused by the entire thing. You don’t see Izumi or the Prince anywhere, however. That said, you suspect they’ll be out sooner than later. Still…>Might as well talk to Thorumin. Maybe you can help him out a bit.>You kind of want to know how Carrang and the other Veilspeakers are holding up.>Hm. Braun’s never been so calm before. Wonder what he’s talking about.>Poor Za-Leil. Maybe you can help clear up the confusion.>Other
>>3378273>>You kind of want to know how Carrang and the other Veilspeakers are holding up.Gotta ask how the patent's been doing post surgery.
>>3378273>You kind of want to know how Carrang and the other Veilspeakers are holding up.Other: "Ask the Veilspeakers around if anyone here knows how to fix the helmet or if it has any real valour. It was saud to be blessed vby the black web ancient or something right?"
>>3378273>You kind of want to know how Carrang and the other Veilspeakers are holding up.There was a mention of reward for 'saving' Norima's friend.
>>3378273>>Hm. Braun’s never been so calm before. Wonder what he’s talking about.I have a feeling randa won't be interested in seeing her failure of a healing attempt.
>>3378273>You kind of want to know how Carrang and the other Veilspeakers are holding up.>Other: Take our Mana Condenser out of our backback and put it on our back, and connect it to us. Might as well start charging now.
>>3378300We only spent a thousand for the barrier. We're probably recharged already.
>>3378273>You kind of want to know how Carrang and the other Veilspeakers are holding up.
>>3378310>We only spent a thousand for the barrier. We're probably recharged already.But the description says that all the flying to the mining town has exhausted Miranda. Doesn't flying, the way we do it now, take up mana?
>>3377779Handler misunderstood, we wanted to know how much they'd pay US to not KILL them.
>>3378337we have wings that although don't let us fly, we can use to glide.
>>3378337No, I think we can only glide for one thing, and our power boost, which is what gets us up in the air, is always on and requires no mana.Although, now you've got me thinking about using our leg channeling as a way to actually fly. Jet Legs, maybe?
>>3378273>>3378284>>3378295>>3378298>>3378300>>3378327Nggh. As much as you might not want a reminder so soon...it’s gonna eat at you until you for a while. Might as well look into how those three are doing.When you walk up to the cadre of Veilspeakers nearby, they straighten up, bowing slightly. “Welcome back. I take it your mission was successful?”“Yeah, it was. Helped out in more way than one,” you admit. “So I was wondering if you would be able to tell me how Carrang and the others are doing.“Ah…” She has a blank look, but turns to her kin, who nod. “They are doing...acceptably. The shaded one has taken to artistry, it seems. Nothing like her...previous efforts, however. These are more focused in nature; objects she chooses. Despite that, she...has been unusually curious as to your whereabouts. She and ours are in the house just behind us.”“Thanks.” The next words out of your mouth almost have to be forced. “And the, uh…”“Kalata…” The somber attitude she affects tells you all you really want to know. “She is...troubled. She no longer attempts to strike at herself. However...she is listless. She eats little and speaks less. Judica is the only one that can sway her, and even Judica often wanders about, as though dazed and confused. She is unwilling speak of the reasons, and Kalata…she…”“We...do not think she can see the Veil any longer,” another says. “The night after you left, she proclaimed herself ‘blind’, but followed our movements well. We have, of course, not convinced her to actually attempt to see the Veil, but…”“None of us are willing to risk it, and trying to see on her behalf…” She shivers. “We see naught but grey. It is a strange thing.”“Oh…” ...Fuck.>...they’re alive, at least. Moving on.>There’s...nothing you can do for any of them, is there?>Other
>>3378490>...they’re alive, at least. Moving on.
>>3378490>There’s...nothing you can do for any of them, is there?
>>3378490>There’s...nothing you can do for any of them, is there?Short of taking them with us.
>>3378555We could give them one of those Sal tokens to summon Lorelei or Cylica for soul realignment, or to look further into what caused that. They could use it if Zatzil gets out of line, too.
>>3378490>There’s...nothing you can do for any of them, is there?Is Miranda’s Hangul about soul manipulation about the act itself being an immoral thing, or just that it is a delicate operation best left to experts only?Like, is it a moral objection to brain surgery versus an objection to any brain surgery done outside of an appropriately equipped surgical theater and done by a trained neurosurgeon, even if only an amateur with medieval tools is available and if the amateur doesn’t operate the patient WILL die?
>>3378657Just like izumi doesn't like to do jobs for evil guys, Miranda doesn't want to deal with anything regarding souls, period.
>>3378657>>3378692http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3324140/Her backstory about it was in the last thread. It's somewhere in the first half.
>>3378707That mostly just says she doesn’t want to have anything to do with it because she screwed up, like someone refusing to do any first aid because the last time they gave someone first aid the patient got brain damage.
>>3378490>>3378521>>3378541>>3378555>>3378590>>3378603>>3378657Damnit. You… “I don’t suppose there’s...anything I can do, is there?”They seem somewhat surprised by your shifted attitude, but after a moment of looking at each other, they can only shake their heads. “I’m afraid that little can be done for them, physically. This is not a matter mere brawn and typical rituals can solve. This is a matter of the spirit.”Yeah, you know. That’s why that roiling in the pit of your stomach came back. Why did you even try to talk about this?...Because you wanted to hope against hope, that’s why. See what happens when you do that, you suppose. Before you can stew in your own mind any more, however, you see a great, verdant light suddenly shine from the mine entrance in the distance. Finally, an excuse to just leave. Without a word, you bound away towards the illuminated presence…...And illuminating it is, as when you land, the first thing you see is Prince Fallon Emeral, hair now a verdant green, eyes a brilliant gold. His posture radiates strength, poise, and power. In his hand is a blade of gold handle and gemstone make, a transparent green and sparkling, with a straight, sharp edge. Izumi is several steps behind him, smiling brilliantly, and with every confidence.He locks eyes with you, and his smile is one of ease and assurance. “Fear not. The wild is with us.”Putting the recent conversation out of your head for now, you have to admit. Not bad. Not bad at all.(Alright, and I have to wrap up for today. See you next time.)
>>3378726>like someone refusing to do any first aid because the last time they gave someone first aid the patient got brain damage.First, that's something that happens, you can end up being too traumatized by a previous failure, which makes you never try again.Second, the example doesn't really compares to what happened to Miranda. In her case she didn't mess up: some external force literally corrupted her friend in front of her and she was unable to do anything about it.
>>3378765Wasn’t the corruption because Miranda and her friends didn’t know what they were doing, and a competent specialist would have seen and been able to remove the attached extra bit of soul?
>>3378756Thanks for running, boss!
>>3378756Night boss. See you around.
>>3378778You are assuming that a competent specialist that was good(in the allegiance sense) exists and that the girls could contact them in time, or that the yellow part was an "extra bit attached". The girls did what they could with their experience and the few tools they had.>>3378756thanks for running!
>>3378310So? The condenser has to recharge before we can top off using it. We should be sleeping with the thing on for a few days until it fills up. We had this discussion like 5 threads ago, but we still have never actually used the thing.>>3378756Thanks for running.
>no one is saying anything about the prince having gree hair like Miranda nowOkay then.
>>3379818We knew he was going to get some sort of crazy powers before he went in. I found his sword much more interesting. I know he's literally the client, but I wonder if we could somehow "acquire" it.
>>3379818Our hair isn't green right now, and since most of the time we don't look like ourselves (hell, until a few threads ago we didn't knew the color of miranda's magic), we end up not paying attention to stuff like that.
>>3379851We already have a bunch of cool new things to hurt people with, some of which we haven’t even identified their enchantments yet. We can let this one go.
>>3379881What, you don't want to steal everything nailed down?Actually, the reason I'm interested in it is I'd wager it's a cut above most things we loot. The... fanfare associated with the Prince acquiring it says it's powerful.Not that I really expect us to get the chance to acquire it for ourselves, but it sure is shiny.
>>3379914>What, you don't want to steal everything nailed down?I wish we could, but Handler said that Outgoer Rules say we can't just steal stuff; it has to be salvage we acquire from legitimate contract targets.
>>3379927or killing people and becoming the rightful owner through combat.
>>3379927Or given to us as part of a payment or reward for completing a job, can’t forget about that.Of course, I kinda wish that it happens more often... it’s like the difference between hand-me-downs and brand new clothes.
>>3379940...that’s literally what he said, anon.
Before anyone suggests it - no, we should not kill the prince
>>3379956Killing the Johnson is usually the fastest way to lose the contract, yea.
>>3379914We have to start making enemies wager things to duel us.Otherwise we'll just do hit and run alpha strikes or support the army.
>>3380227problem there is when we win we could just take all their stuff anyway. Zatzil's method of promising something something not on her person is better, but we don't have any actual proof it exists, so it's kinda a wash.
>>3382157Only the stuff they have on them, which could be damaged.Get them to bring better loot. We could just charge money.Or like. A "let you live if you lose" fee where we just capture instead of kill them.
Not feeling fantastic right now. Haven't been for a bit. Will report in Friday. May need a new thread.(Honestly, it's a good stopping point for one anyway.)
>>3385624Sorry to hear, boss. Hope it's not too bad, and that you feel better soon.
Has anyone archived this thread?
>>3391305Looks like it's still not archived
It has been done.