“Sooo...is it me or did that seem a bit...easy? All things considered?” Lorelei asks. Funny how she’s asking that considering she came out of the initial scuffle the most damaged. Or indeed, damaged at all.Still, an understandable, if ultimately simple question. “You really think she wasn’t just probing defenses?” you ask.“Well, probably, but if she was probing defenses, she would’ve probably sent a few more heavy hitters, right?” she points out. “Might just be me.”“You have a valid worry,” Izumi notes. “But I’ll admit, what I dealt with sounded more in line with your expectations, so…”“I’m back with the Arc girl,” Gartoum says casually. “She had an idea- I’ll simply speak FOR her to keep anyone approaching from overhearing us- if anyone besides them DOES, that is.Yeah...here’s hoping there’s only the one.Welcome back to Magical Girl For Hire!http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Magical%20Girl%20For%20Hire%20QuestGeneral Pastebin: http://pastebin.com/u/MGFHQHandlerCharacter Details: http://pastebin.com/9J70gqM2FAQ: http://pastebin.com/8unLWUjFTwitter: https://twitter.com/MGFHandlerKo-fi: https://ko-fi.com/Q5Q1MR92
>>3978303It doesn’t take a lot of waiting before you get your next dose of combat...>Roll 1d8, first four taken.
Rolled 4 (1d8)>>3978303>>3978304Hey boss. Life treating you well?
Rolled 6 (1d8)>>3978304Here goes, let's keep this thread clean folks.
Rolled 5 (1d8)>>3978304Woo time to smash!
Rolled 7 (1d8)>>3978304
Rolled 3 (1d8)>>3978304last thread needs archiving.
In a row, essentially...Writing.
>>3978310>>3978311>>3978314>>3978316>>3978318Too bad it wasn't 5 dices taken, or this could get a poker straight bonus haha!
By the way, we can fix the cabin up with the gauntlets between waves, if it gets damaged too much.
>>3978304>>3978310>>3978311>>3978314>>3978316...and the flash of shadow that isn’t shadow- form where there wasn’t one before- is what gives it away. They’re darting between trees, but there’s no other option for them but to charge if they want to get anywhere close to your side of the house. “I’ve got a visual on hostiles.”“Likewise, far to my right,” Izumi confirms. “They might be trying to simply bash the door down.”“Might be!” Gartoum weighs in. “Arc’s noticed a few coming in at an angle away from her, as well…guess they’re wanting to make up for earlier. Not that we won’t have our own issues to worry about, mind. Seems they didn’t take kindly to getting stabbed.”“Few do,” you note.>You’ll handle the entire south side yourself; don’t risk bringing someone else in and leaving their area open.>Izumi would be good in helping clear the southeastern edge…>Get Gartoum over to assist you on the southwest edge.>Other>Roll 4d100, best of three.
>>3978363Dunno how much good it'd do, but it should be possible.
Rolled 92, 33, 60, 57 = 242 (4d100)>>3978369>there’s no other option for them but to charge if they want to get anywhere close to your side of the houseMiranda's got this.>You’ll handle the entire south side yourself; don’t risk bringing someone else in and leaving their area open.
Rolled 32, 43, 16, 62 = 153 (4d100)>>3978369>You’ll handle the entire south side yourself; don’t risk bringing someone else in and leaving their area open.
Rolled 100, 22, 64, 74 = 260 (4d100)>>3978369>You’ll handle the entire south side yourself; don’t risk bringing someone else in and leaving their area open.
Rolled 55, 52, 97, 93 = 297 (4d100)>>3978369>You’ll handle the entire south side yourself; don’t risk bringing someone else in and leaving their area open.
Rolled 57, 78, 17, 43 = 195 (4d100)>>3978369>You’ll handle the entire south side yourself; don’t risk bringing someone else in and leaving their area open.
>>3978369Handler, you said that you would mark rolls for each of our team members right?
>>3978369>>You’ll handle the entire south side yourself; don’t risk bringing someone else in and leaving their area open.>>3978373>>3978374>>3978375>100, 43,64, 74another hundred
>>3978383Randa ain't jobbing to fodders.
>>3978369Man, I want our response to the next wave to be "Oh gee, this sure looks hopeless, time to execute the hostages!" Just to see what Junko does.
>>3978383Its 52, not 43
>>3978418Sorry, anon, it's best of three.
>>3978406> Killing hostages just to seeAnon...> HopelessAnon.
>>3978464Well. Killing Marie.
>>3978468Good idea. She's slated to die anyways, so that's just being efficient.
>>3978468>>3978469There is nothin effficiant in doing things 'just to see what happens.' Anon, are you just trying to kill people becauae again?
>>3978468On the one hand, it would help us out a lot...On the other, our bosses would just LOVE to get their hands on the adopted daughter of a prominent businessman and potential political candidate.Plus, I really, really want to gloat when we show Marie Junko's severed head.
This is some murderhobo talks right here
>>3978474I mean, we can just wound her and let her bleed out to put the pressure on Junko.
Can't you keep your edgy sadistic fantasies to yourselves?
>>3978496Oh nO I wOnDeR whO rOlLs 1o0. mAybE iTs ArC Aga1n.
>>3978500Why you starting this up again?
>>3978507Don't feed it. Hide post and replies, hide even the ID. Keep the thread clean.
>>3978510And you too. That was obvious.
>>3978499Instead of being such a triggered bitch, give us some good ideas to bring our target here in the flesh. So far on the only non-edgy/violent idea is to call the org to help locate the queen.
>>3978499Uh. It's called a Honey Trap and it's a very common strategy to draw people out of cover, by the way.
>>3978520Threatening the hostage is fine, and I'm not shy against making the threat more real. An anon pointed out that we would have to send someone away from the siege if we're coming to her. Might as well make her come to us.
>Cover the cabin with Great Barrier>Now they have to focus Miranda with their heavy hitters>Queen comes once we deal with them, since nothing else could beat us>????>PROFIT
>>3978535Barrier is on a timer, isn't it? A considerable on, but on the order of maybe minutes, not tens of minutes
>>3978535Does Great Barrier even stretch that far? Last time we used it it was for trapping Junko for a getaway.And this anon pointed out >>3978539. This is a siege, the barrier's not gonna last. That's why I didn't suggest reinforcing the cabin with mini barriers. At most we can fix the busted down spots with the gauntlets.
>>3978539Pastebin says it can be mainteined if we focus on it, so we could just recall Gartoum and other girls to protect us.
>>3978535>>3978542Hmm, if you are concerned about the size, then swap GB with Izumi's Rajomon and protect her while she maintains it. Can hook her to condenser if she starts getting low on mana
>>3978553Oh boy, I'm not for that sorry, too risky? Miranda/Izumi is a considerable force and the siege will struggle without her. Good idea though, assuming we can stretch the barrier that far. Even then it will make Miranda or Izumi exhausted for a while, right before Junko descents. I mean what's wrong with just forcing her hands by threatening the hostages?Why are we even discussing this lol we're not that far into the battle yet to see that she's not coming.
>>3978553In addition, Izumi's Hope is extremely effective against shadows, so they'd probably get damaged from contact with it. That way we don't need to defend the entire house - just the person shielding the house. Then we can just give a seither crystal to the person maintaining it for a quick pickmeup when the Queen arrives.
>>3978553We can call that "Plan B". We're hoping to draw the queen herself in. If we go into full lockdown, we're going to end up in a proper siege situation, as opposed to our current "assault defense" situation. They could easily wait us out if they wanted to.
>>3978566Ya know, you can just have the person maintaining the barrier INSIDE the barrier? So we don't have to worry about her
>>3978566>>3978574>>3978576Actually, I think we can lure her to the cabin, erect a barrier and trapping her with all 5 of us in close quarters. She should be dead within minutes.Assuming she can't teleport.
>>3978576It's a double edged sword - the Queen won't take the chance if there's no chance to begin with.
Sorry, I passed out because I am extremely tired. And that one anon was right, I did say I would mark them.I'm tempted to call a re-roll, but in order, they were forLorelei/Izumi/Arc/Gartoum.
...I'm still extremely tired, so I'll have to continue tomorrow. Apologies.
>>3978647Well, Lori did much better for herself this time. Why is Randa not part of that though? Are you reserving those rolls for after we determine an action?>>3978649You're fine, get some rest.Thanks for running.
>>3978647So Lori got mad from all those scratches, Izumi is having a hard time, Arc and Gartoum fared decently.
>>3978369>>3978373>>3978374>>3978375You’re quick to hear your fellows (and Arc) strike out as shouts and sounds of magic and energy fill the air again. It seems like the mass is larger for certain this time, and you’re not very confident that it won’t be increasing; whatever kinda mojo she’s packing, she’s slinging all of it. It’s several magiblasts that start your end of things, a quick flurry blasting the first wave off their feet, leaving several miniature craters between the trees.A massive explosion- one of your mines- goes off to your left, and that triggers two more off to your right as well; seems like they CAN be triggered by these shadows, which is a relief. Part of you was worried that it wouldn’t happen. “My my, they’re stepping things up rather quickly…” Gartoum mutters through your link. You can hear a few explosions going off behind the house, but you’re not in a position to guess what’s happening.You can see a flash of Izumi’s blade, real and ready nearby as she closes into melee with a number of rushing shadow spawn; she flips over a number of them and lands to split one head to toe, and quickly spins to cut down the ones that had gotten past. Her arc reaches the majority, but there’s a number that manage to thrust themselves forward enough to escape the reach of her blade- at least briefly. Still, it’s enough for her to have to pursue, jumping in front of them to cut off their path through the door, and forcing her to begin something of a run and gun defense, constantly having to reposition in order to intercept the rushers attempting to blow past her.You have to turn around in order to focus on your own work, however, and it’s good timing when you do- amidst a fleet of shadows, many of them those weird humanoid types. Although, when you see one of them raise their hands and appear to cast...something...on its fellows that make their dim eyes suddenly get a vicious orange glow, you get the feeling that these are already a good step up from the usuals- just in time to see a quartet charge you, all of them coming at different angles. You fire off a pair of magiblasts- only to have them duck one- and the other is hit in the shoulder, shearing the elbow on down off...only for it to continue coming, a shadowy smoke coming out of its ‘stump’ in a strange way. Damnit...>Rule one: Geek the Mage. So it is.>Maybe drawing them to Izumi IS the play; see if you can’t divide and conquer.>You’ll have to clear these fodder fast. Time to get swordy.>Other
>>3980180>Rule one: Geek the Mage. So it is.Let's bring out the Rapier and spam Magiwaves/Magiblasts, since they're upping their game too.
>>3980180>>Rule one: Geek the Mage. So it is.
>>3980180>Rule one: Geek the Mage. So it is.>Do keep an eye out for the Backup Mages planning to geek the Mage Killer.
>>3980180>Rule one: Geek the Mage. So it is.rapier for 1hit kills.
>>3980180>Rule one: Geek the Mage. So it is.
>>3980180>>Rule one: Geek the Mage. So it is.Sure, let's bring out the rapier.
>>3980180>>3980183>>3980185>>3980186>>3980188>>3980189>>3980191>>3980208>>3980224First rule of mixed combat engagements: ‘If there’s a mage, kill them first.’ Unless there’s a healer, in which case kill THEM first, then the mage. Point is, magic users need to go first. In this case, it’s time to fight fire with fire. And you’ve got one hell of a lighter.Drawing your rapier, you quickly put it to use, pointing and firing a good basketball sized blast with minimal effort. The resulting eruption detonates a bit close for your tastes, but it annihilates the charging shadow creatures that try to scatter well enough. A second one decimates the tree you aimed at entirely, a massive cloud of dirt getting thrown up alongside a massive amount of splinters.Still, those aren’t your target. The spellcaster that was trying to hide is the problem. He seems to at least recognize that he needs to keep cover- and while you saw it go flying, it was a jump, you’re pretty sure. Still, you don’t think it can keep that pace up forever...but you can. Which is why a proper salvo might well be the order of the day.The area rocks with explosions as you fire off one after another, decimating shadows that even dare to peek out; your own symphony of destruction is backed by explosions on the opposite end of the house, although it’s clear Izumi is less than enthused with your choice of tactic, having her own issues with essentially playing goalkeeper. “Just what are you trying to do?!” she complains. “Rip the entire forest asunder?!” You’re not sure if she’s particularly mad- she doesn’t SOUND like it, but still…“Holy shit, March, is everything okay over there?” Lorelei suddenly asks through comms.“She’s doing ‘her’ things,” Izumi grumbles as the shadows start to taper off again, and a bit of quiet returns to the area. “Ignore the explosions- not that YOU’RE not doing a capable imitation.”“Arc wants you to know that all is well on this front,” Gartoum chimes in. “Had a close shave or two, but nothing severe.”Well, that’s good, at least.>Roll 1d100, best of 3.<45.
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>3980263Dunno what that means, but let's see.
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>3980263
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>3980263Oh, it's Corruptor's dice this time?
>>3980266Whatever the case, we passed.
>>3980263Ah, nothing like gratuitous violence against the forces of evil, it's magical girl bread and butter. If it's still twitching, shoot more moon beams at it!Of course, ours explode indiscriminately but that's not the point.
>>3980266But Corruptor dice is the lower you roll the better.
>>3980272So. Was that roll for Junko?
She has been frowning for 3 years, let's put a smile on that face.
>>3980295You can't make Punished Miranda, a girl denied her life, smile.
>>3980328Handler, that's the old post. Don't tell me you deleted the new one by accident.
>>3980295Oh no, I'm in love!
>>3980328Deja Vu! I've read this post before...
Rolled 80 (1d100)>>3980328
(Ah, sorry. Seems like it didn't copy. Last one for tonight.)>>3980263Well, all well so far, knock on wood. “Then we’re all good so far?”“Seems so,” Izumi says as she cuts down a lone shadow, rendering the area quiet again...and it seems you’re not the only one puzzled by that fact, judging by how she looks at the treeline. “I’m surprised the onslaught stopped again. Why waves and not a continuous siege? The first attempt being something of a probing strike makes sense, but why pull back now? Has she come up with a new tactic?”“She better!” Lorelei mocks. “Can’t get me off guard but once! They’re not getting anywhere closer to the cabin again.”“Likewise,” Izumi agrees. “It got a bit troublesome there, but we’ve done well enough so far. Still...it’s odd.”“Maybe she has to focus her energy or something?” Lorelei postulates. “Like, she can’t do it at this level for very long or else she gets exhausted?” Hmm…“Arc says she has a theory on that front,” Gartoum says from out of nowhere. “She claims that perhaps due to the despair field surrounding the city, she’s far more powerful whenever she has to do anything within in than without. She’s pretty sure this is the case, although she’s not one-hundred percent confident.”“Huh...so if that’s the case, then Lorelei might be right on the money,” you surmise. “Which means there’s no way that she can keep this pace…we just have to hold out until she cracks and comes here to try and deal with us personally. Stakes are too high for her to not.”“Y’think she can hear us?” Lorelei asks. “I want her to know how much her shadows suck!”> “Try it if you dare, but don’t blame me if she gets pissed over it. Well, MORE pissed, anyway.”> “Let’s just draw it out for as long as we can. Longer we do, the better for us.”> “I dunno if it’d mean much coming from you. Maybe if someone else said something, though…”> Other
>>3980344> OtherShoot Marie in the gut!
>>3980344> “I dunno if it’d mean much coming from you. Maybe if someone else said something, though…”For a moment, I thought Junko pulled a groundhog day on us.Good night Handler! May you see smiling Randas in your dreams.
>>3980344> “I dunno if it’d mean much coming from you. Maybe if someone else said something, though…”>>3980345Anon, give it a rest
>>3980344> “Let’s just draw it out for as long as we can. Longer we do, the better for us.”If she wastes even more mana to create minions, I don't see why not. Let's play it safe, our deck is stacked.
>>3980344>> “Try it if you dare, but don’t blame me if she gets pissed over it. Well, MORE pissed, anyway.”>“Holy shit, March, is everything okay over there?” Lorelei suddenly asks through comms.>“She’s doing ‘her’ things,” Izumi grumblespfft
>>3980344>> “Try it if you dare, but don’t blame me if she gets pissed over it. Well, MORE pissed, anyway.”>>3980345Yeah sure why not. More distractions to knock the enemy off their game is always good.
>>3978406To clarify, I meant this in a goading, sarcastic way.I thought "hopeless" was contextually witty
Gee did anyone occur to you that some character has an ability to RECHARGE a despaired laden person? They can do this everyday if needed be. Here's a hint It's Mako Hirayama
>>3980430No? Why would we? We've no reason to consider it.
>>3980430yes, but since the MGs don't know about it, we can't use that information.>>3980344> “I dunno if it’d mean much coming from you. Maybe if someone else said something, though…”
>>3980430Maybe we should call to locate Junko? She has to be near, and slip in a question about Mako while we're at it. We have no idea about Mako's role after all.
>>3980345Seconded, might as well give it a try.
>>3980345You inow anon, I know you're baiting right now, but sure, we can do that!Let's do it right now, in fact!And then Izumi will heal her qnd ask us what the fuck is wrong with us.To which we will reply how?Anyway, fun times.Although considering Izumi is hope energy, it would mean marie would be in alot of pain, assuming her shadow side is there.So yeah, let's do that, and then Izumi will do her thing.Wonder if we can play Izumi so Anon can't bait as much anymore.
>>3980344>>3980345This, shoot her. That will light a fire under Junko's ass, We need her to come unprepared
>>3980552>tfw Izumi joins Junko crusadeTruly the weirdest timeline
anons that are either falling for the bait, or genuinely think that shooting marie will work.Kanna is a way better target; remember that she made a raid for her, not marie. Hell, Yuu is the best target for that because she's junko's BFF (But i'm not sure miranda knows that).
>>3980676Oh I see, So if Miranda doesn't know who to shoot for best effects, she should just shoot them all once at least to make sure Junko reacts.
>>3980344> “I dunno if it’d mean much coming from you. Maybe if someone else said something, though…”
>>3980484I'm in favor of this.Mako is most likely next time to her right now if she's charging. We find Junko, we find her.>>3980345>>3980552>>3980676I do not like unnecessary murderhoboing like >>3980687 suggested, for the moment. It's important to not blow our load early, but hurting them should force her hands, and if we do so, we start with one. But I'm not supportive of this for now, since we still don't know where Junko is.
>>3980715>unnecessary murderhoboingYou know, I don't get what you mean by this when they're are all secondary targets that we were told we can kill for bonus pay. If this were from Izumi's perspective that would be indeed OOC, but we're playing Miranda's perspective right now and she doesn't care about that sort of thing. So why not make use of their deaths while they're here to distract the primary target?
>>3980726For the moment anon, for the moment. >So why not make use of their deathsAnd you just upscaled from just wounding them all to outright murder, yikes. See, if we do as you say, we BURN our entire supply of bargain chips, and Junko can fully commit to us, with fully charged mana and rage and we don't have anything to hide behind.If we locate her first however, we can finish a wave and just storm her while she's charging. That way she will be caught off guard with less than full charge, and we don't have to wait for her to come to us. And believe me, I bet she's rather close to this site.
>>3980726We've got enough stuff stacked in our favor, no need to rush things. The post says that Junko will come eventually once she realizes that her only chance is to do the job herself. Why are you in such a hurry?
>>3980345not yet, I'm voting against this one courtesy of >>3980751. Lull her into thinking she can outlast us and then stomp>>3980758Okada's maid, suspected to be recharging Junko
>>3980726Because Marie’s the adopted niece of a powerful businessman, and she’s worth keeping alive so the higher ups can influence him.
>>3980676Kanna and Yuu just betrayed Junko while Marie was in contact with Junko.Miranda was there for that, and knows Marie was updating Junko.>>3980751This guy gets it. Since Junko probably wants to mindfuck or kill the two who betrayed her, Marie is the one who stayed mad loyal.So she's the one we have to put in danger to force Junko to throw everything she can at us in a desperate attempt to get Marie out before she dies.Marie is going to die anyways, and Izumi should know that ending Junko here and now means more lives saved. Especially since we don't know if Junko is trying to save or silence Kanna and Yuu.>>3980676Also Kanna isn't technically one of the targets, and we promised her safety in exchange for selling out Junko.I don't see any Outgoer being in the habit of breaking deals.You can't just accuse me of baiting because I didn't read the other quest and don't give a fuck if we kill the girls.Hell, this is just wounding them and like you said, if Izumi has a problem with it she can heal them afterwards so they're nice and healthy when we kill them.They're fucking mobster scum, IMO, they're lucky we don't feed them spaghetti.
>>3980776That's not the contract. But sure, we can sell her into a life of slavery as a hostage I guess. After we heal her from the gut shot, and IF the Organization wants her alive.
>>3980785That reminds me, what if we force Junko to give herself up as a test subject in exchange for the hostages' lives?Think about it. They won't be able to resist such an unique specimen, and they will definitely pay us way more for a living Queen on their operating table.
>>3980484tossing a vote to call the spooks as well
>>3980484Finding her is our job. It's a significant part of our time spent here, and is why we're doing this shadow defense thing in the first place. Why would they be able or willing to find her?
>>3980846The cabin's outside of the city so they can send scouts very easily, we're very close and they want the Queen as badly as we do. I also think just asking won't hurt, they must have some kind of detector for Despair so if there's a giant blob of Despair near us that's not the bubble in the city they'll know immediately.
>>3980780We've made a deal with Junko that as long as we do not harm the hostages she won't try to make any moves to reveal ourselves as Org agents. Your suggestion to injure a relative of the guy who runs for mayor could put our Low Profile Rider at risk. I'd rather wait it out rather than rush the job and risk a cut in our pay.
>>3980860>The cabin's outside of the city so they can send scouts very easilyNot sure how that's relevant. We don't know if she has to be nearby to summon or control them.>they must have some kind of detector for DespairIf they had that, they wouldn't have needed to hire very expensive mercenaries to find her.They're not going to do our job for us.
>>3980803> They won't be able to resist such an unique specimen, and they will definitely pay us way more for a living Queen on their operating table.How do we know this?
>>3980882We're leaving after this, and the deal was over once she sent her shadows after us.
>>3980882Also, we can heal her after.Although once again we're going to kill Junko, Yuu, and Marie because that's the contract - unless our employer wishes to renegotiate.
>>3980912They took Natalia off our hands when we told them, rather then tell us to kill her, no reason why they wouldn’t do the same with the other hostages.
>>3980958More work, same pay. If they paid a bonus for 'alive' it might be worth the effort. But they're not.
>>3980969At this point, we did all the work of capturing them, killing them would essentially mean players wasted a whole bunch of time and effort.
>>3981003Well, they fell in our laps for the most part, but yes, our lucky dice are to credit.
>>3981003Still easier to off them. There's literally no downside. Yes, really. We already had the talk with Izumi.
>>3980958Eh, if they're willing to take them alive sure but none of that keeps us from putting them in a life threatening situation.Heck, we could always just shout out to Junko first that if she doesn't come out to play we'll shoot Marie, and then only shoot her if Junko still plays coy. We don't have to escalate all at once.And then if shooting Marie (to wound, not immediately fatal) doesn't work then we move on to Yuu.Like I said, Kanna isn't on the list and she flipped on Junko so I don't think Miranda or Lori would break the deal to not hurt her. Well, Lori might argue that so long as they heal Kanna after it's not technically breaking their word.
>>3981095They should die, yeah, but there's no need to be cruel unless we have a reason to; Randa is pragmatic, not a sadist. We're not on a timer or having a hard time fending them off at the moment. If that changes then we can (and should) consider more unpleasant measures.
>>3981153We are in a reactive position though, which is bad. That's why I want to put Junko on a timer so that she is forced to make compromises that will give us opportunities to take her out
>>3980621Feels more like she'd take over, but then again, paycheck, can't hurt the client.Seems like Anon always likes to ignore the choice that isn't 'don't get payed for leaving them alone' and ' need to kill for extra pay.'Dropping targets off at base, or have them be transported there is also a possibility.Anon keeps pushing to kill people, not sure why really. To piss off the reat of the players? Make a point? Did their dog die laat week? Or are they just ignorant to all the alternatives provided?I mean, this isn't anon saying 'Lets torture our hostages', anon is saying 'lets kill our hostages.'
>>3981515Because we don't get to do it enough. We went on a job specifically to kill our targets and a bunch of ninnies get queasy and spend all their energy on finding ways to avoid performing our primary objective.Miranda is a stone cold professional can't we fucking act like one for once without white knights trying to be something else?
>>3981558sure, but killing them right now, in this very moment is pointless. the main advantage of killing them would be because it's a drag to move them to a safe location and wait for a recovery team, but since they are already in the safehouse and the anons decided to be idiots by calling junko to it, there is no real difference between letting them die and turning them alive. I mean, there are more chances of receiving a bigger bonus for delivering alive than dead and at this point is worth a shot.
>>3981581> I mean, there are more chances of receiving a bigger bonus for delivering alive than dead and at this point is worth a shot.I haven't heard anything from the Institute about this, nor do I remember us getting a bonus for turning that other girl in.I don't really give a damn about how they end up so long as we get paid and don't hire any of them though.
>>3981581Oh, and killing one of them, or wounding one so they'll die wihout medical attention, is to rush Junko so she can't bait us out or infiltrate with shadows etc.Sure, she might be weak AF but there's that low visibility rider and Miranda has already redecorated the landscape in a meteor shower style so I figure we're cutting it close on that one. Even this far out, we're gonna see a response to the fireworks, especially in Japan where they have a huge fear of fires starting.
>>3981592...come on, we have to paste this at least three times on every new thread. does nobody read or what?>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3872501>3882899:>“Of course, the assassination of the source of this will be a great boon,” Fujin explains as he knits his fingers together. “But we’re also fairly certain that whoever she is, she has allies. If they cannot be restrained, then…we must consider action towards those individuals as well, depending on their loyalty.”>“Of course,” Izanami starts. “You’ll get paid more if’n you can confirm one o’ the Shadow Queen’s assets and take ‘em out.”
>>3981581The anons who called junko and the anons who want to kill the hostages are not necessarily the same 'nons.I'm pretty sure we threatened to chop up her friends and mail them to her, wasn't that if she followed us?
>>3981606That's more if she brought it into the public eye.
>>3981603Yeah, so we get paid more per person we kill. Nothing about kill vs turn in.If anything that's more incentive to kill as many of them as possible.But this is Izumi's gig that she asked Miranda to come along on, so I presume we're only killing the minimum necessary.Marie, Junko, Yuu, so far.
>>3981623its implied in the text that they'd rather get the marks alive.>If they cannot be restrained, then…we must consider action towards those individuals as well, depending on their loyalty.
>>3981558This, pretty much. Randa has wiped cities. 3 people is nothing.>>3981581>there are more chances of receiving a bigger bonus for delivering alive than dead and at this point is worth a shot.No, there's not. If they haven't agreed yo pay extra for alive, they're just gonna go "thanks" and leave.>>3981603>“You’ll get paid more if’n you can confirm one o’ the Shadow Queen’s assets and take ‘em out.”Take them out means kill, anon.>>3981629If they're not paying more, it doesn't matter what they'd prefer.
Uuuuh, I hate to be a broken recorder but from herehttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/3872501>Back then, we found ourselves unable to SCRY>We have bits and pieces of information thanks to the sacrifice our agents have made, but we need more intelligence on just how bad the situation is before we can do anything to assist in recovery.This confirms they can scry Despair spots to assist if given enough info. If Junko is out of the bubble they can paint a target for us.If she's still in the bubble, we proceed as usual.
>>3981629No, they just don't want us going on a murder spree and then claiming we need to be paid per kill.
>>3981649So what are we doing here? Yes, retirement job. Who is the target? Shadow Queen a.k.a. Junko Kurosaki.What is the mission statement? Investigate and uncover who is the shadow queen. And we did it.Now we go in, kill Junko, get paid and get out. If you want to kill hostages which I dunno if there's a Geneva convention here which is probably ignored considering the firepower and amount of magical bullshit means we can just do anything right? So let's blow a mountain, raze the forest, kill the hostage and then the Shadow Queen will go to us and kill us with our stupidity. That way we fail this job and then make the world we contracted to fall under her tyrannical rule.First of all, you are arguing that has already been established to. We defend the Outpost for the incoming SQ from the invading shadows. If we really want to just let the Queenie go to us directly, we (Miranda) could just accompany Izumi while Lori executes Mari. Because who cares that this is Izumi Quest amirite? Then we kill the SQ in her fit rage, Make Izumi fight her or gang her up and deliver her body (shadow tend to dissapate when defeated) to the official where they would do whatever they want.ORWe could stop arguing, let's the dice roll do the work and move the narrative and base our actions on what to do next. Or we could let Izumi/Lori scout and Gartoum to cover the missing spot. Since we already rigged the hostage with explosive, they won't do anything stupid.
>>3981657>What is the mission statement? Investigate and uncover who is the shadow queen.And remove her associates for a bonus a head.
>>3981629> it's impliedNot how contracts work.
>>3981664Also take out tainted MGs which is why Izumi took the job.She asked Miranda along because Izumi knew there would be some killing needed. Y'all really want to leave Marie behind to become Junko 2.0?
>>3981668and it has also been shown that by doing a little bit of extra work that wasn't on the contract -a.k.a. secondary and tertiary side missions- we get more motes. At this point everyone is just wanting to get less money just because of a murderboner.
>>3981657>Because who cares that this is Izumi Quest amirite?It's not fucking Izumi Quest. She brought us along to do what she didn't want to. We've talked to her about needing to kill them. She agreed they need to die. >>3981669Not our problem. We could deal with her as well, I guess. But what happens after we leave is not our issue.>>3981671see>>3981668
>>3981677yes, but 200+ years of experience combined between the three girls (and all the previous missions we have done) tell us how things really are. do the sidequests that aren't implied on the contract and you get extra money. Either way delivering the girls alive is the same as delivering dead, except that by turning them in alive there is a way higher chance of getting extra money than dead.
>>3981679Anon, quit trying to justify overturning something Randa herself stated is going to happen, and Izumi agreed to. The die is cast. Their fate is sealed.
>>3981679>>3981685You know, maybe we can just call the Org to see if they prefer them dead or alive and restrained?
>>3981689>Randa herself stated is going to happen, and Izumi agreed to.
>>3981685no, that's regarding arc. she's still gonna die because those were direct orders. Don't confuse stuff. what i'm saying is that the rest of the girls can be turned alive, and should be turned alive because there is a higher chance of getting more money. either way, the effort we do is the same.
>>3981690>those orders were only regarding arc.anon, come on.
>>3981685>Wanting to kill so much you're unwilling to call up a single phone number to see if you get paid extra for keeping people alive for brainwashing.Man, anon, at least gather the curiosity to see if there's a bonus, not asking about extra pay's for amateurs.
>>3981692Last time this was brought up when anons were trying to kill arc they said it was only for the other 3. Make up your minds.>What is up with you trying to save our MARKS?!”plural> that something can be done to resolve it peacefully- something that doesn’t end in the death of fellow magical girls. I mean, look at Arc! implies Arc was included initially>“...look, I can understand the Kanna girl, I guess,” you allow. “She’s not on the list, so hey. But she’s involved now. And none of them are innocent.” You put your hand on her shoulder, and she doesn’t brush it off. “You know that. They need to die.”>And none of them are innocentimplies group, not singular.
>>3981698>not asking about extra pay's for amateurs.and that's how we lost the chance to get paid extra for arc's demise.
>>3981701oh, so now you want to imply stuff.But ok.Now, what is the downside from turning them alive now? we already have them and they prefer that we turn them alive. we have nothing to lose from doing that.
>>3981706>implyingif we're going to squabble over who 'they' was, we gotta look at context clues. Or wait for Handler to get back.>But their time WILL come. It’s an inevitable thing.how much more explicit do you need?
>>3981706The Org said they could get an evac vehicle to the cabin in just 15 minutes, that's pretty damn quick. We can either start wounding them or just call evac, slip the damp off Marie and Junko'll know she's not getting them back anytime soon if she doesn't show herself. I can am not against turning them in alive.
>>3981709and just like how >>3981714 says, the organization very gladly took natalya out of our hands and even payed us for that. that should be enough to reason that they also accept them alive. Either way in those 15 minutes after the fight we will be either licking out wounds or taking a breather; its basically wasted time.
Christ I hope handler gets back soon. You faggots are shitting up the thread talking past each other.Last thread still isn't archived.
>>3981720Archive it yourself, you dolt.
Writing shortly. Oh dear.
Also, yeah, seems like putting one in Marie's gut wins out. Just an FYI.
>>3981739>>3981714I mean. I would have gone with this plan instead if it had come up earlier.Oh well.Junko -
>>3981749to be fair, shooting marie in the gut isn't a bad idea. as long as she survives. otherwise we lose our only bargain chip.
>>3981754We've still got 2 others if she bites it. But I doubt that'll happen on accident.
>>3981758the other two already betrayed her. Given that we know how irrational she can be, do you think she cares about them at the moment?
>>3981749This is why I'm always quick to post my approval of other anons' ideas. Maybe next time?
>>3981769Yeah, a little late to fix it now I guess.Tried to compromise on *telling* Junko we were gonna shoot Marie if she didn't come out first, but people were so upset about shooting her it sidetracked back into "Who Gets Killed" argument.Like damn. I explicitly don't want anyone killed. Yet.
>>3981788To be honest I didn't know how shooting Marie won since it's very mixed. It's not disastrously bad mind you, but it's not the most optimal by far. A lot of better ones had been posted but people somehow didn't vote for any of them much.
>>3981764I figured it was more a 'break your leg' kinda thing, rather than a 'you're dead to me' thing. But she certainly seems crazy enough.
>>3981795Too busy fighting I guess. Oh well. I'm interested to see Arc's reaction, as well as Yuu and Kanna's. Like. We aren't here to fuck around or play games. This should drive that home.
>>3981739Oh yeah! Remember to remove the block between Marie and Junko's psychic link or whatever first - don't want to wonder why she isn't responding.
>>3981821We were playing dumb about knowing about her mental link. That would tip our hand, though I dunno if that really matters.
>>3981828If we didn't remove it, what would be the point of shooting her in the first place?
>>3981828It doesn't actually, not at this stage.
>>3981828>That would tip our handNot really. originally we blocked her link to avoid being in the situation we already are, so its a moot point.
Hm. You doubt that’ll do much to get her attention- she seems principled, if deluded. Some simple insults aren’t going to cause her to come running in a rage. If you wanted that to happen, you’d need to do something that she considered......time sensitive...hm. “I’ll be right back,” you tell Izumi and Arc. “April, meet me inside real quick.”“Hm? What are you doing?” you hear Izumi ask.“Accelerating things,” is all you say back.Well, you can’t say you don’t have an idea. And after some careful musing on it (and by careful, you mean about the time it takes for you to go from your position to the front door, and you’re honestly fairly surprised that the noise hadn’t seem to wake any of them up. They ARE still alive, right…? Lorelei steps in as you listen in close; they’re all breathing, so they’re still in the land of the living for now, yeah. Might be that the mana drain took it out of them. Would make sense enough to you, at least...but you need a certain someone awake for this to work out well. “So, what’s up?” Lorelei asks. “They’re still will us?”You nod. “Yup. Way I figure it, she might need a bit of an extra incentive to really WANT to get out of her ‘comfort zone’, so to speak.” You take a glance at the sleeping Marie- she’s still out of it, but you’ll change that soon enough. “Mind if I borrow ‘Molly’?”She hands it over to you easily enough, then darts off with a quick “I’m getting a glass of water!” Fine. Might as well wake her up with a shock to the system.Oh, right, nearly forgot- need to take this dampener off her if you want her message to go out. That’d just ruin the purpose of it. Now, you just need to wake her…“Hey, she’s not up yet?” you turn around, to see Lorelei...sipping on a glass of water. …She has the gall to look surprised. “...what? I SAID I was getting a glass of water.”...turning back to your captive, you decide to simply settle on slapping her about a bit. Fortunately, that does the trick just as well, and she groggily wakes up. “Wwhwha? You! H-how long have I been out?”“Iunno, about an hour or more?” Lorelei shrugs. “But, we’re here for a reason.”“Last words, mostly,” you say easily as you lift the pistol. Her lips part briefly, and then her lips thin as she scowls at you. “Got any?”She’s silent for a moment before she spits. “Do it. I’ll see you in hell.”“Unlikely,” you quip, and a shot rings out that jars the other two awake and echos throughout the house. (cont.)
>>3981853She jumps hard as the bullet impacts; there’s no REAL place in the gut that’s not deadly eventually, but if you got your anatomy right... “We’re in no hurry, so it should at least take a minute to bleed out, superhuman or not. Gives you a last chance to repent on your way out.” She just grunts heavily, straining herself to not scream at the pain as she writhes.“Oh- oh shit…” Yuu panics as she realizes what she woke up to. “Shit...shit…”“God no, oh please god no…” Kanna begs, mouth dry and reedy.“S-screw both of you,” she growls. “I-If I have to, then...then it’s fine! Junko never...she felt so much WORSE…” Her hissing with clenched teeth kinda undersells her devotion, though…Well, regardless of what they have to say to each other, you’re just hoping Junko takes the bait…And that’s when Izumi bursts in. “What did you just do!?” Not that she doesn’t know what a gunshot sounds like, far from it, but… “Oh...oh damnit…” Her face twists into something like she’s bitten into a sour lemon but doesn’t want to admit it, and she only half-starts toward the girl before stopping. Good, she remembers the talk.Roll 1d100-30, best of three.
Rolled 85 - 30 (1d100 - 30)>>3981854
Rolled 63 + 30 (1d100 + 30)>>3981854>"You can heal her if you want to May."
Rolled 11 + 30 (1d100 + 30)>>3981854It's happening!
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>3981854Seek my 100, you will want it.
Rolled 57 - 30 (1d100 - 30)>>3981854
>>3981860>>3981861Oh damn it, I forgot it's -30. Do we need to reroll?
>>3981860tell her that after placing the locket back on. otherwise the threat will be useless
>>3981860>>3981869This, wait a bit.
>>3981868i doubt its needed; negatives are notoriously hard to insert properly into the options box. either way, the best number was the first one.
Rolled 41 - 30 (1d100 - 30)>>3981854Haha! That looks like Progress is being made! Forcing the enemy fight angrily and at your pace is so much better than letting them do what they want. Finally it's getting !Fun!Also, here's hoping I remembered how to roll with - mods.
Rolled 4 - 30 (1d100 - 30)For shits, but Handler isn't really strict about modifiers.
>>3981860Not now dammit. If she's not hurt this isn't going to work. Not to mention Izumi is going to be awfully needed soon to fight.If it does win though, at least this:>>3981869
>>3981854>55Tolerable. Better ready our Gaia gun and knock Yuu and Kanna out.shadow bitch better show up.
Rolled 99 - 30 (1d100 - 30)>>3981879negative modifiers require a plus first, like so: dice+1d100+-30
>>3981788When I suggested we loudly declare we kill the hostages to see Junko's reaction everyone assumed I meant go and kill them. Communication is not strong here this thread.
Rolled 72 - 30 (1d100 - 30)>>3981908Awwwwwrollan for Junko with my dice
...Yeah, that'll do it.Writing.
>>3981943>reading comprehension is not strong on this threadftfy
>>3981854You can die for like, half a day to three days from a lower gut wound, and that's before considering being a MG.It's the sepsis that gets you.
>>3981978Things I learned today, thanks anon. How did you know that by chance?
>>3981985google has a lot of answers for a lot of perturbing questions. That, or you are a doctor.
>>3981978You're not wrong, but the exact timing would depend on the exact positioning and severity of the wound. In any case, they are debilitating wounds.>>3981985It's pretty straightforward. There's nothing vital in your gut, but the flora, acids, and core muscles in the area mean they are prime candidates for infection, and trying to move causes incredibly intense pain.
>>3981994Yeah, basically there is a lot of shit, "dirty" blood and literal shit that is contained in your gut that you don't want to reach your "clean" bloodstream and other healthy parts of your body.
>>3982003Like I said, it's the sepsis that kills you. So long as the shot doesn't fuck up anything in your spine/pelvis, it's a lingering for days death. Like. If you get first aid.Humans! Shockingly tough, ridiculously fragile. Like temples, or "Gods Joke". Heavy skeleton protection everywhere except these two super thin spots lol.Fun story, I am a doctor but I first learned about gut wounds was in "Eaters of the Dead". Historical Fiiiic~tion.
>>3982023I was thinking you started from "The Da Vinci Code"....Like me...
>>3981854>>3981855>>3981860>>3981861You step away wordlessly from the bleeding girl, hand Lorelei her pistol back, and walk outside easily as you pat a distressed Izumi on the shoulder. “Accelerating things,” you whisper to her. Pulling back, you jerk your thumb outside. “Come on. Still got work to do, don’t you?” With that, you step outside and wait.You get the feeling Junko’s not going to waste any more time on simple shadows. You hear footsteps behind you, and you expect her to say SOMETHING…A muttered “It IS what I brought you here for…painful though it may be...” isn’t what you were quite expecting, though.“I heard a gunshot,” Arc says, actually within audible range now as she jogs up to you. “What happened?”“March isn’t one to draw things out,” April explains with a smirk, “So she decided to put a timer on the whole thing. Now Miss Shadow Queen has to beat OUR clock.”“Ohhh?” Gartoum seems curious about it. “Well well. How viciously devious. I approve!”“Dangerous, but understandable…” Arc decides. “Be cautious, though. Strong as you are, I’ve still never seen someone use Despair quite like her…”A chill comes through the air before much longer, however, and you can smell...power. Strong power, too. You’re impressed that she got here under a half hour. You let out a cough as the rank smell infiltrates your body; she’s not like her subordinates. Girl can actually pack a punch, seems like.“You...BASTARDS…” comes from out of nowhere as shadows boil and burble along the thin, but consistent treeline, seeming to coalesce several meters in front of you. “You will give her- ALL of them- back to me NOW. Or I’ll make you regret you ever being born…”“Like we haven’t heard that one a million times,” Lorelei scoffs. “Come out here so we can send you along with ‘em!”Arc, for her effort, draws her spear. “I’m normally not so vindictive, but I’d like to personally give you my...resignation from your organization.”The shadows suddenly still, then in the middle of them, a large bubble, almost cocoon like rises up from the ground. For a moment, there’s nothing. Then… “There’s only one way out for you. For ALL of you. DIE!” And the moment it pops is the moment you realize the fight is on.>Action!
>>3982040Really, just like that? She wants to take on all 5 of us.> Get Flamebringer out, activate GRAVITY STONE and start slamming.In fights like this, mobility is the key. We don't even need to get a good hit in, just clashing with her will cripple her speed.
>>3982040voting for this >>3982043>Really, just like that? She wants to take on all 5 of us.She isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. Lets just make sure she is the real one, though.
>>3982043This. Be a tank, make her immobile while others take potshots and sneaky hits in. She can't dodge or escape while slowed.
>>3982031Nah man, a restoring of the Epic of Ibn Fadlin by Micahel Crighton. But shit I'm drunk, and so are you.
>>3982040>"Let's be honest, even if you did get them back, Junko, you'd never be able to trust Yuu and Kanna as part of your circle again. You're going to have to kill them in order for you to prove you can handle ruling the city. Hell, I'm surprised you haven't killed your own mother yet."
>>3982023>>3982031You're gonna love this blog then.http://www.endofshiftreport.com/2015/07/liver-failure-101-or-how-that-one.html
>>3982043>>3982040She can make decoys.Flux Wave then Mana Knuckles to the face.
>>3982054But doc, Flux Wave hits our team too.
>>3982040Well, that worked rather quite well. Stuff we got last thread from the girls:> “...she can use both. Despair and Hope energy. She isn’t hurt by Hope energy as much as normal.”>“...s-she hates being reminded of when she was imprisoned. Betrayed. She loses sight of everything else. Blind rage.” Yuu lets out. “S-she can shapeshift, too. Just the look, though. And only humans.” >“...She’s really good with magic. >“I...I know she can move in shadow. Make...make clones of herself that have a little of her power. Like a puppet she’s controlling in the distance.” Those seem to be the major points.
>>3982052Holy fuck that's perfect.
>>3982058Meh.Her team is bigger with all those shadows, and we can warn ourt team. Have that slut Arc anti-magic zone them while we flux and then turn it off.
>>3982040Miranda:>Put up a great barrier over the cabin>tell Gartoum to watch over said cabin>consume one small seither crystal,> bring out our flame+gravity sword>start using the gravity stone on everything coming to us.Izumi:>mana Infuse sword>start spamming palms of Succor around the area>start spirit slashing that bitchLori:>get out a gun>Start using magic limbs to push aside/counter shadow attacks
>>3982060>“...s-she hates being reminded of when she was imprisoned. Betrayed. She loses sight of everything else. Blind rage.We can do something about this.Izumi or Miranda can erect a big Barrier to box both of us and her in. No shadow splitting tricks can save her in that kind of close quarters
>>3982069Nah lead with flux wave to wipe the shadows, then have Izumi take a ranged shot on the junko while Lori scouts to make sure that Izumi isn't shooting a decoy.Miranda either pins the visible Junko, or defends the Cabin if it is a fake.
>>3982040>Action!First up, start verbally needling her. Angry people make more mistakes.Next start probing attacks, looking for fighting style, etc. Maybe try baiting her into wasting powerful attacks.Stay away from heavily shadowed areas.
>>3982073Oh this can work too, just trap the real one.And keep taunting/guilt tripping her about her friends and mommy.
>>3982068>anon can't let go of his spiteful hateboner
>>3982069don't need all that.The barrier is redundant, the c4 and turret is still in place. Save Seither for emergencies.>>3982040What's our current mana?
>>3982073Doesn't that hurt both of us and her?You know what, I can support this. Find the real one and box her in. Thunderdome style.
>>3982083I'm assuming we recharged off-screen? We also didn't use any mana to clear the zombie hordes.
>>3982073Or, if we want to trigger Junko, get in Maries face and say> "You wouldn't break. No matter what we said or did to Yuu and Kanna, you wouldn't give up Arc, would you. So since you would rather die then betray this Junko, you can die watching her fail to save you."Twist the knife, how can Junko "betray" Marie when Marie refused to betray Junko. Ride Or Die /U/ Boats.
>>398208310,000/12,500 still, apologies.
>>3982090The boat already sailed anon. There's 2 ways that it's going to happen. Floats eternally or sink in the abyss.
>>3982095Whaaaaat? Isn't that kinda irresponsible for Miranda to not recharge before a fight? I thought it was sidelined, oh well.
>>3982060>“I...I know she can move in shadow.Something we might actually theoretically buy: road flares or similar persistent area lighting.For that matter do we even have a flashlight?>>3982040btw, are there any mines left? might make a good distraction to kite her into one.>>3982095Cool, thanks. Where does that leave us with mana crystals?
>>3982082> Arc played for multiple teams.All 3 so far. SluuuuuuutPic related is supposed to be amazons talking about sex negative gendered slurs but I couldn't find that one.
>>3982099I don't understand this post.
>>3982065she also has one about diabetes. all in all, a very informative blog.http://www.endofshiftreport.com/2015/07/a-colleague-of-mine-related-tale-of-pt.html
>>3982095>>3982101>>3982103>10000/12500 when we switched to Miranda last thread>Used Great Barrier before teleporting>Used 3000+ Meditation Room bonus (-20%) = 2400 Mana>Recharged with our Mana Crystals (10×250=2500)The total should be roughly the same
>>3982112>Ride Or Die /U/ Boats.reference to this. It took me way to long to figure that one out.Check the /u/ board if you need more data. enter at your own risk.
>>3982107I don't think Arc deserves the hate, but calling her a S is just hilarious to me and I don't know why, and by a doctor no less.So we're going with this?> Get Flamebringer out, activate GRAVITY STONE and start slamming to immobilize.> Try to find the real one and box her in with barriers.> MAYBE use Flux Wave if she clones herself too many times and there are too many mobs. Have Arc do something and warn our team before doing so.> Taunts and battle banters. Izumi and Lori can do this >>3982069
>>3982040Yeah, sure >>3982144Btw, no final boss music this time?https://youtu.be/NLrHqy6bD5g
Gonna trim things down before I pass out again, sorry. Seems like the major suggestions are essentially:>Play the insult game, and try to draw her into melee distance to pin her down.>Multiple barriers to limit her range of movement and force her into a 2v1 with you and Izumi.>Attempt Flux Wave to disable any of her minions before anything else, and hopefully her.
>>3982160Standard Barriers, and make sure we leave ourselves enough time to actually cast the Flux, but yeah, looks good.
>>3982160And make sure Flux Wave don't hit our allies.I can dig that.
>>3982168I still don't want to hire arc, but if she can oper8 within our flux wave then the sluuuuuuuut has some synergy with Miranda.Really opens some tactics and shit.
>>3982160>Multiple barriers to limit her range of movement and force her into a 2v1 with you and Izumi.This and a fair dosage of Opportunism sounds like a recipe for success.
>>3982158I've always been partial to> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zs474lPgO54
If handler doesn't get done soon...Perhaps there will be a christmas miracle, where everyone will be happy!Wouldn't that be nice?Where all the despair people give up, become hope, and once we get payed fuck over the organisation...That'd make everyone happy, maybe.Never question christmas magic.
>>3983650>Where all the despair people give up, become hope, and once we get payed fuck over the organisation...Fuck no.
>>3983650>Final fight>Izumi vs Junko>Junko conversations are all about edgy stuff>Izumi replies with friendship and love>Final clash>Izumi suddenly fire a hope beam>A beam so big that it engulfed the whole city and the surrounding other towns>It turned into a dance musical of friendship and hope>Miranda: What are we doing here again?>Lori: *dances with Izumi*>Miranda: I'm out of here>Meanwhile the organization is also dancing because the beam light got caught in the camera feeds that they were directly affected by it.
>>3983650There is so much wrong with what you wrote I don't even know where to start.We're gonna end these magical mobsters, and get paid, and inform our client that Silver Eye Solutions always gives 100% satisfaction to the letter of their contracts.
>>3983650I like surprises, but it becomes hard when we have people like >>3983653 on our side.
>>3983658Ah, the Minmei Defense.
>>3983658https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00L0ed_Z7hA>Izumi to Junko.
>>3983671>>3983675Anyone who remembers classic /m/s like Macross is not that bad in my book.
>>3983650You know what would be real Christmas miracle? If this job ended smoothly without any further complications and surprises, and all the secondary objectives were achieved and paid for.
>>3983679Who could possibly forget the very first Idol anime?
Hey, I'm here, just holiday stuff kept my day occupied. I'll be writing shortly.
Also happy 1st anniversary to my quest. I started this one because I didn't have anything to do in Christmas. But then I realized I can't write shit much less construct a readable sentence. But still thanks for my previous players who read my broken English and whoever took interest and never peeked on it with a 10ft. stick or suffer with brain aneurysm.
>>3983776You actually finished your stuff despite knowing your flaws, I actually prefer that kind of dedication.
>>3983776yeah, it was... a wild ride, but you did finish, and that's what matters.
>Current Mana: 9000/12500You barely have time to draw your sword before you realize that there’s not just one, but THREE Shadow Queens rushing your position- as two splinter off to the sides and one seemingly charging straight for you.“SCATTER!” both you and Izumi yell, and the group quickly breaks off into different directions, Arc and Gartoum breaking off to their right, pursed by one of the ‘Queens’ Lorelei backflipping onto the rooftop, and Izumi breaking to your left to give you a bit of room to work with- being followed by her own Queen. The centermost immediately leaps into the air, and for a moment you think it’s trying to pursue Lorelei as you throw up a barrier to keep it from getting closer; her blade swipes the air twice in impressively quick succession, and two magiwaves of her own sweep from it- near pure black that detonates against your own magic wall with an impressive, inky explosion.“That all you can do?!” you shout. You’re not generally one for smack talk, but you recall being told she has a bit of a temper. “Figures.”“HARDLY!” she shouts back as she lands, and rears back one of her hands- “Gaia, release unto me your sharpened rage!” Oh, she has to incant? Good to know.Especially considering a massive chunk of earth about the size of a truck is ripped from the ground, split into sharpened chunks, and hurled at you faster than you can cock an eyebrow. You’ve got maybe a half-second to be surprised before they start to pummel your shield relentlessly…Your not going to bend from something like that, though, and she notices that as readies her own blade again, and you’re readying...something else, even as the stone flies and your barrier holds.“We got incoming!” Lorelei suddenly shouts as a flurry of Fireworks shoot from her, and you can just see behind her...a few of those impressively humanoid shadows- ones that can cast some kind of magic, no less. Fantastic. You’re going to have to be on top of your game, as you ready for incoming, the sounds of Arc, Gartoum and Izumi fighting off their Queen clones already. Still, for now, at least, things are going according to plan...knock on wood.>Roll 4d20: Arc Combat/Gartoum Combat/Izumi Combat/Lorelei Combat. Best of three.
Rolled 3, 1, 8, 10 = 22 (4d20)>>3983804
Rolled 13, 15, 5, 16 = 49 (4d20)>>3983804Turn 1.
Rolled 7, 10, 16, 10 = 43 (4d20)>>3983804
Decent, we're holding.
>>3983679I got all of Robotech on VHS and Blueray.
>>3983804>>3983805>>3983806>>3983807If you can hold them off enough to run through your Flux Wave ‘setup’, that’d tip the scales of the fight damn quick. Unfortunately, as she rushes in to collide her ichorous blade against your barrier, you realize that that’s probably not going to take; she’s legit fast and strong, and you’re going to either need a lot of space or a lot of luck to get her off her game for the few seconds needed to execute the technique. She’s actually pushing damn hard against this, and you’re quick to realize that she’s trying to down your barrier asap. Smart, really; but, that’s more or less what you were hoping for her to do anyway- which is why you feign it fading as you let out a grunt of exertion and let it drop, allowing her to surge forwards and meet her blade to yours. There’s practically a sizzle between the two of you as you briefly lock blades, her trying her damndest to overpower you. Whatever abilities she might have, though, she’s not so strong as to be able to overpower you outright, as you slowly manage to bend her backwards. “Not really the sharpest in the shed, huh?” you say sharply. Still trying to throw her off. “If that’s how you got locked up, then I’m not surprised.”“SHUT IT!” she yells, and for a moment you think that’s enough as you begin to activate your Flamebringer’s gravity well. If you can keep her pinned, she’ll be a sitting duck.To your surprise, however, she grits her teeth, plants her feet, and after a second, RIPS her sword from yours, stumbling back a bit and quickly dissolving into shadow- just as a gunshot rips through the air over your head and hits the ground where she’d been hardly a second ago. You can’t waste the time to turn and see, but no points for guessing that Lorelei’s making the most of her height advantage.(cont)
>>3983874You can hear something impact the cabin over to your right where Arc and Gartoum are, and you hope it’s not them. Further impacts that sound like steel on steel at least reassure you from there as ‘your’ Junko reforms at a distance; you’re not sure you’ll be able to box her in very effectively, either, if she can slither around like that…Another gunshot- this time off to the left, around where Izumi’s clash is taking place; blades impacting and singing through the air with vicious cadence. There’s a second-long pause, then you hear a yell of exertion from Izumi briefly, and the sounds resume.This time, you’re forced to leap for distance as a bolt of shadow is launched from her again- only this time, it curves to follow your trajectory- and you’re forced to meet it with your own magiwave to eliminate it, the two energies colliding and detonating with a small yet forceful burst of power.“You don’t know ANYTHING about what I went through! You couldn’t even BEGIN to guess!” she roars as she rears back and waves of heat begin to come off of her.>Keep taunting, keep dodging. This is going to be a battle of attrition, and you’re going to have to play smart to win.>You can’t let her keep any breathing room to herself. Body armor up, and time to take the fight to her!>Keep her distracted; you or Lorelei need to clear out those mages in the backline- again!>Other
>>3983876>Keep taunting, keep dodging. This is going to be a battle of attrition, and you’re going to have to play smart to win.>"Was it bad enough that you had to drag other people down to suffer with you? "Our allies got their share, this one looks real enough so let's make her busy.Also >she roars as she rears back and waves of heat begin to come off of herThat's the sight of a heavy boss attack folks.
>>3983876>>Keep taunting, keep dodging. This is going to be a battle of attrition, and you’re going to have to play smart to win.Is she mad? I think she's mad!
>>3983876>Keep taunting, keep dodging. This is going to be a battle of attrition, and you’re going to have to play smart to win.Let the bitch waste her powers so that we can see the weaknesses of it.
>>3983876>Keep taunting, keep dodging. This is going to be a battle of attrition, and you’re going to have to play smart to win.
>>3983876>Keep taunting, keep dodging. This is going to be a battle of attrition, and you’re going to have to play smart to win.>>3983893that's the secret, she has been always mad for at least 5 years
>>3983876>Keep taunting, keep dodging. This is going to be a battle of attrition, and you’re going to have to play smart to win.>"I don't need to. The moment I found out you were putting magical bombs in people's heads I thought you were a piece of shit. Even if you claim you'd only do it to help others like us, that kind of ability would just be too tempting for someone like you to use on people you'd want to control, because you think you're queen shit and can do no wrong because of what happened to you."
>>3983876>>You can’t let her keep any breathing room to herself. Body armor up, and time to take the fight to her!But also keep up the taunting. Try probing with things in the vain of >so because you're sad no one else can ever be happy againor other less stupid sounding variants.Randa is all about straight up fights, here's a chance for a good one.
>>3983876>You can’t let her keep any breathing room to herself. Body armor up, and time to take the fight to her!Got lots of mana to spare
>>3983876>Keep taunting, keep dodging. This is going to be a battle of attrition, and you’re going to have to play smart to win.>Let me guess, your teammate betrayed you, left you for dead, and then you swore revenge on everyone? Can't you be creative even on that?
>>3983916I like that taunt, also add:> you're not even the only one who has been through shit. What makes you think your suffering is worse than the others? >I'll say it again, you're a hypocritical moronOr>"oh boohoo I've been betrayed!! Others must suffer because I suffered! I'm right and you're wrong!!" Sounds like a pathetic child to me
"I have literally heard this hundreds of times. I want to say this is about number 500. You're not special."Writing.
>>3983876>Keep her distracted; you or Lorelei need to clear out those mages in the backline- again!Can't we flare her and put up a barrier to get a few seconds to flux wave.
>>3983876>>3983884>>3983893>>3983897>>3983899>>3983900>>3983901>>3983916>>3983939You’re quick to leap out of the way of the massive conflagration she hurls towards you; it’s like a massive, heat-based magiwave, and even the excess heat is sweltering. She’s going to turn this whole place into a forest fire if she’s not careful! ...or at least, that’s your initial thought as it impacts the ground where you were, seemingly snuffing itself out immediately save for a few cinders. A second pair of waves are launched to meet you, and they’re both nullified in the same way as the last. “I don't need to,” you remark as the response to her last statement. “The moment I found out you were putting magical bombs in people's heads I thought you were a piece of shit.”“She would’ve stopped me!” Junko yells as she draws an arm back like she’s nocking an arrow- and a shadowy bow seems to form out of nowhere. You’re already moving before she fires. “Would’ve wasted everyone’s sacrifices!”“Sure, sure!” you sarcastically respond as you dip between two trees and narrowly avoid an arrow to the shoulder. “You know you're not even the only one who has been through shit, right?” you yell back as you duck behind a tree and toss off a few magiblasts to force her to move. “What makes you think your suffering is worse than anyone else’s? In fact, lemme guess! Your teammate betrayed you, left you for dead, and then you swore revenge on everyone? Something like that, right? Lemme tell you, if I had a nickle-” Damnit, she’s firing bolts again. This keeps up, there’s going to be a lot less trees here. A salvo of Fireworks goes off again, with a gunshot following up as Lorelei takes potshots at the shadowmages back there; you can’t tell if she’s hit anyone, however.“Do you have ANY idea how PAINFUL it was?!” she yells as another tree goes down. “The sheer void I had to endure!?”“No, but I know someone who’d probably wanna have a word with you about that!” Makers, you hope Izumi’s listening. “But seriously, even if you claim you only do it to help others like us, that whole ‘headbomb’ thing? Yeah, no, that kind of ability would just be too tempting for someone like you to use on people you'd want to control, because you think you're queen shit and can do no wrong because of what happened to you. You’re just a hypocritical MORON!" At that you leap up as a salvo of arrows perforates the tree. A kick of mana pushes you mid air towards the house again, and you quickly kick off the wall after dropping, shifting your trajectory yet again to avoid the snake-like homing arrows trying to tag you.“Stop moving so much, damn you! If you’re going to fight, then FIGHT!” she bellows.>4d20 again, same people. Arc Combat/Gartoum Combat/Izumi Combat/Lorelei Combat.
Rolled 20, 10, 4, 6 = 40 (4d20)>>3984001
Rolled 17, 18, 17, 9 = 61 (4d20)>>3984001
Rolled 13, 15, 6, 1 = 35 (4d20)>>3984001
Rolled 18, 1, 10, 16 = 45 (4d20)>>3984001
>>3984012You ruined it.
Oh shit Lori protect yourself!
>>3984004>>3984008>>3984012Lorelei's either trying her hardest not to burst out laughing and failing, or is doing the same while recording it all on her FutureSight.
Something something April showers. I think.Also Arc is piss. Writing, anyway. Last for the night.
>>3984021Time for her to actually contribute for once? Maybe a silencing spell?
>>3984026>not the originalyou bought shame to your famry
>>3984021> Also Arc is piss. Arcfags on suicide watch, QM reveals truth to the massed
>>3984001>>3984004>>3984008>>3984012“Mmmmmaybe,” you say as you let loose another volley of magiblasts. She’s not really keen on getting close to you, that’s for certain- which, admittedly, is not the worst strategy.Two clip her, but it seems to be all of nothing in terms of damage. Instead, she just scowls. “...Fine! Grant me speed- Haste!” Oh, well rats. That’s never good. And as she suddenly flashes into an inky black blur, you grunt in annoyance, and focus. If she’s going to pick up the pace, then…Left, right, left, right- and you block the incoming swing as gives a miniature hop to try for an overhead attack. Predictable, but still- her movement is good. Something to be careful of. You pivot to try and throw off her balance while she’s trying to fall back to the ground- she uses the momentum to push off, however, ending in a roll that quickly shifts into a dive as another gunshot rings out.She spares a glance, and you decide that that’s your best shot for now as you rush in to try and execute your original plan, your gravity Flamebringer lighting up and swinging for her feet- she jumps, longer than what you’d expect; but you’re surprised when she stretches out a hand and “Ha!” A darkened fireball slings out - and shoots right for Lorelei on the rooftop. Who is busy trying to assist Izumi in locking down her Queen.You don’t even have time to shout for her, the strike is that fast. She sees something out the corner of her eye, at least; and she has the good instinct to throw her hands up, and you see a shine of something yellow before impact throws up flame, debris, and Lorelei, judging from her yell. “GYAAAAAAAhh FUCK YOU!!” you can hear yell as you see the smoking body of her careen through the air and hear the impact on the other side of the house alongside her sharp yell.(cont.)
>>3984097With a vicious grin, she lands, immediately blocking your singular strike attempt to catch her off guard, and again you’re in a lock of blades, your gravity well pulling as hard as you can force it. “H-ha! One down...”She doesn’t have time to continue the phrase, however, as a bright bolt of lightning suddenly impacts her, throwing her off her feet, and causing you to back up to get out of the light area. “THAT was long overdue!” Arc yells as she resummons her spear, just as the girl gets up and Gartoum slithers on by.“...yyyou...BITCH.” Junko hisses as she clutches her side. Through her fingers, you can see...something...glowing softly at the point of impact. “I still have more than enough to-”You’re quick to close in; talking never did much for you- but suddenly a sheet of massive icespikes split the area between you and her, the massive things making a clear divide between you and Izumi, still fighting on her own, and you and Arc. Gah, those magician shadows must not have been killed before Lorelei got thrown. Speaking of, though…> “Thanks, Arc. Can you get April up for me, please?”> “Alright, hold her off while I hunt those wannabe mages.”> “I’m going to get April; help May!”> Other>>3984039That was supposed to be a meme thing about 'pissed'. I am relatively neutral about Arc.Anyway, run continues tomorrow! Damn good rolls! I mean, except for that last one with Lori. That one stung a little. And by a little I mean a lot.
>>3984100>> “Alright, hold her off while I hunt those wannabe mages.”Gank the mages to end this faster!
>>3984100> “I’m going to get April; help May!”That looked like it hurt. Good thing we have a pair of universal healing gauntlets.
>>3984100>“Thanks, Arc. Can you get April up for me, please?”respect where respect is due.
>>3984100> “I’m going to get April; help May!”
>>3984100Throw some sticky bombs on Junko, then sticky lasso her and throw her into the air so Arc can blow her out of the sky like an explosive clay bird.
>>3984100>You can see something glowing slowlyHoly seal is in effect. She is magically impaired right now.
>>3984118Oh.Well then, either we can take advantage of this and try to finish her off right now before Lori is in real danger, or we can cage her in again with a Great Barrier and go help everyone else. She's weaken so she can't break out of that easily.
>>3984039Why so salty anon? Did you dog die today? Or did Arc killed your dog?
Arc Skills by the way.>ARC SKILLS>EYES OF TRUE SIGHT: Arc eyes will never see deceit or illusions. She can see traps easily.>HOLY DISPEL: Dispels everything>HOLY HEAL (PASSIVE): Automatically regenerates yourself when out of combat.>ULTIMATE JUDGEMENT (Ultimate skill): Binding an opponent and pass judgement to the sinner. (Must be hit with Thunder spear>Summon spear: Summon your spear>SPEAR SKILLS>Heavens Divide: Split your spear into two dual weilding it. It can also be thrown.>Sonic Thrust: Thrust like a speed of sound>Thunder Spear - Melee: Infuse your spear with lightning shocking the opponent when hit. Gives a Holy seal (Prerequisite for Ultimate Judgement)>Thunder Spear - Range: Infuse your spear with lightning and throw it to the opponent binding them with electric shock and disable them. Gives a Holy Seal (Prerequisite for Ultimate Judgement)>HOLY SEAL (Status Effect): 1st Seal - Takes away Magical ability (making any magical casted very weak) 2nd Seal - Takes away Physical ability (making any physical skills very weak) 3rd and final Seal - All skill and actions sealed and also binded whenever hits. Cannot be dispelled.
>>3984133I'd rather hire the space elf milf
>>3984140No this is not a recruiting drive damn it. It's just in case anons give actions on Arc in case others have idea for her.
>>3984126>>3984140Can we not start, please? Just save it for the vote, and, once whatever choice wins, move on from it.
>>3984100> “I’m going to get April; help May!”>>3984125I can support a barrier. Let's play it safe, she can't spawn shadows forever.And we have plenty of healing, but she can't.>>3984148Just ignore the clowns, they have been parading around while everyone else has dropped off to keep the thread clean. Guess they don't respect Handler enough to do so. Can't believe people are still giving 'em (you)s.
>>3984159Putting the Elf in Melf, IN SPAAAAACE>>3984100> “Alright, hold her off while I hunt those wannabe mages.”Let the townies fight it out for a bit.
>>3984159>>3984218She's not an elf. No mention of pointy ears in her description.
>>3984253Uh. Did you look at the same pic I did?
>>3984301Not that pic, I’m talking about the description of space milf when she was introduced in thread #54.
>>3984309I'm talking blue space elfs.Stupid sexy Shallans.
>>3984319Shallans are Santa's little helpers though, bringing joy, peace and execution of state traitors to the galaxies
>>3984133Holy Seal means that hit probably gimped Junko for the rest of forever. No more fireballs or cloning, or... well, she's just kinda boned really, her magic was amplifying her physical abilities with haste.
>>3984394It doesn't last forever I think, so either we can leave Arc here so she can continue locking down our Queen or we drop a barrier on her and go elsewhere.
>>3984427I do think so too but it doesn't go anywhere when especially locked in combat. I think Arc bottled up those hatred in the last 5 years so she's gonna return it in full.>>3984100>“Alright, hold her off while I hunt those wannabe mages.”>"Thanks for the help, where's your clone opponent?"Did she killed the clone herself already?
>>3984427>>3984458You lads read the “Cannot be dispelled.” part? It’s as broken as it sounds.
>>3984100> “I’m going to get April; help May!”Clear the ice with Flamebringer to create room to work with and give her a parting barrier.
>>3984475It was not mentioned specifically how "cannot be dispelled" means forever. For all we know it could disappear after combat or it only specifies that it cannot be dispelled by a dispelling or cleansing spell.
>>3984475If it were as broken as it sounds, arc would have applied it to herself a long time ago
Either way, IF (amd only if) Arc comes with us, I don't doubt it'll be modified much like Mono's downside was quietly expunged.
I just realized - did the Protective Sigil even do anything? Pretty sure everyone supported giving it to Lorelei, since it had anti-magic properties and she was the weakes of our trio.
>>3984684One its with marie and the other is with arc>>3984631Eeh. Mono's weakness is still there, but we haven't been in a long enough mission that would make it a problem.
>>3984702Not the Mana Dampener, the Protective Plate - the one from Owlia's Rentals & Borrows
>>3984707Oh, that one. I think you have to activate it beforehand, and its effects don't last that long. Pretty sure that lorelei didn't have it activated when she got hit.
>>3984729Mafia world mobsters didn't activate their sigils though, it was passive protection.
>>3984740Yes but owlia's replicas work differently unless lorelei happens to have the original, which in that case your statement is true.
>>3984748Or maybe the force of explosion was too much for the sigil that it broke and only mitigated a portion of damage that was absorbed by the protection sigil.
>>3984838i'm pretty sure that owlia told us that her sigils work very differently from the originals. mind you, this was said when she gave it to us, and that was a loooong time ago.
Will resume shortly after food. Just letting folks know so they get in here.
>>3984100> “thanks. I’m going to get April; help May!”>Trap the shadow queen in a barrier>order Gartoum to guard the entrance of the cabin.>stow the sword then grab gauntlets
>>3984100You should probably do something about that. “Thanks for the backup. I’m going to get April; help May!” you quickly shout as you’re already bounding off. You doubt she’ll exactly be reluctant to do so, at least. As soon as you reach the back of the house, though, you’re more than a bit surprised; whatever attack hit her, it was...surprisingly both worse and not as bad as you’d thought, it seems. A good chunk of her blouse is ripped off, revealing a decent amount of her undergarments, and the skin beyond is reddened and inflamed; you’d half expecting some kind of burning or charring. She’s definitely hurting, though; she’s still sprawled out and cradling part of her side. “How you holding up?” you ask as you get near her.“Oooh, ffffucking fine,” she grunts. “The pain isn’t NEARLY as intense as my rage right now.”“You weren’t keeping an eye on her, though,” you point out as you reach out with your gauntlets. “Sooo…”“Oh, hush up and heal me already,” she whines. Rolling your eyes as another explosion goes off near the front of the house, you’re fortunate she’s at least a quick heal. “This probably would’ve been worse if Owlia’s sigil plate thing didn’t actually do its job. Gotta remember to say thanks.”You pause. “Wait, I don’t remember giving that to you.”“You totally did,” she insists. You squint, and she just shrugs. “Aaanyway, we’re gonna kick her ass for it, so whatever.”> “No, you’re going to take my Gaia gun and start blowing away those mages.”> “Actually, considering you’re back here, you’ve got the element of surprise. Keep it that way for now.”> “Pretty much. Let’s start with getting Izumi freed up, shall we?”> Other
>>3985373> “Actually, considering you’re back here, you’ve got the element of surprise. Keep it that way for now.”
>>3985373> “No, you’re going to take my Gaia gun and start blowing away those mages.”"Concentrate on them for now, she can't keep this up forever. Keep out of Queenie's sight, I'm getting Izumi."
>>3985373> “Actually, considering you’re back here, you’ve got the element of surprise. Keep it that way for now.”Shame she's not really into melee. It'd be great if she'd get a slash in with the saber we got her.
>>3985373> “Actually, considering you’re back here, you’ve got the element of surprise. Keep it that way for now, and here take my Gaia gun pop someone in the head.”
>>3985373> “No, you’re going to take my Gaia gun and start blowing away those mages.”
>>3985380Switching my vote to >>3985383.
>>3985373>> “No, you’re going to take my Gaia gun and start blowing away those mages.”Gank those mages already!
>>3985373Supporting this >>3985383
"Keep quiet, and wait until you've got a good shot to make someone's head explode in earthy chunky bits."Writing.
>>3985373>>3985383>>3985386>>3985392>>3985408Well, yes, but no. “Actually, considering you’re back here, you’ve got the element of surprise. Keep it that way for now, and here-” you’re quick to take out the Gaia that you bought earlier, and plop it in her lap. “-take my Gaia gun, and go pop someone in the head for me. Preferably those shadow mage things.”“Uhhh...I’ll give it a shot!” she says only half-confidently. It’ll have to do. “What are you gonna be up to in the meantime?”Good question.> “I’m gonna go free up our oh so noble friend.”> “I have a Shadow Queen to beat down with Arc.”> Other>Regardless, roll 3d20. Arc/Gartoum/Izumi.
Rolled 16, 3, 15 = 34 (3d20)>>3985433> “I’m gonna go free up our oh so noble friend.”
Rolled 9, 9, 13 = 31 (3d20)>>3985433> “I’m gonna go free up our oh so noble friend.”
Rolled 19, 4, 17 = 40 (3d20)>>3985433> “I have a Shadow Queen to beat down with Arc.”Let's see what you got Arc.
>>3985433>"I have a Shadow Queen to beat down with Arc.”
Gartoum's turn to be wounded now? I wonder if our gloves work on him.
>>3985433>> “I have a Shadow Queen to beat down with Arc.”
Right, where were we?Also Arc has grievances she is expressing towards the offender most vividly via physical means.Gartoum tried to help.Izumi's fine.Writing.
>>3985464If Gartoum's still sticking around, we should see if he can take control of those shadow mages.Man, we really got to find a way to thank him... Maybe find a way to let him communicate with us while he's inside the ring?
>>3985464she's sealing that bitch and will be making the queen feel how she felt all those 5 years. Good.
>>3985476I... don't think we want that? He may know his place for now, but I suspect he is capricious enough to try and prank us if exposed to us enough, and that wont be tolerated.
>>3985488Well, I don't think he'll be detrimental enough to keep us from completing a job. Plus, I don't think he'll be able to bring actual physical objects back with him, and I'm wary about just completely letting him loose in the Intersection.Anyway, it'd help quite a bit if we can keep him informed on a job as well, rather then have him learn it all while he's summoned. I do admit it needs to be something we can turn on and off, lest he starts rambling.
>>3985433>>3985435>>3985439>>3985444>>3985447>>3985455 “I have a Shadow Queen to beat down with Arc,” you decide. She’s already on the backfoot, there’s no reason to let up now- if Izumi was in trouble, you’d know about it by now. “Yeah, well- ow,” she winces as she gets up. “Yikes, whatever she did, it STILL smarts…magic for ya.” Not a good sign, that, despite her visible wounds vanishing. “Anyway, fine. You get back to it, and I’m-I’m just gonna pretend I’m not gonna feel this tomorrow, yeah. Would love to plug SOMEONE, at least...” she grumbles. With that assurance, you take off back to the front of the building--to see Gartoum in a puddle around the far corner of the house, half formed, for some reason. Meanwhile, Izumi, with yell, lets rip a Magislash that her Queen barely dodges- she got some hair for certain, and the result ends up cutting a tree down with the force of her strike. Arc is fairing well enough, too, it seems. Dodging a wicked cut by an angry and frustrated Queen, she nearly is in a three point stance, and recognizes it; you land as she suddenly bursts forward and flat out FOOTBALL TACKLES Junko into the ice wall that the mage had thrown up; a fireball prevents her from any followup as she’s forced to retreat from the blast and the one the follows that, and that allows Junko to get her own bearings. “SCREW ALL OF YOU!” And with that she raises her arms high. “From the deepest Hell, hear my cry and let loose my rage in chaotic flame!” She’s right there. You have your blade. Her arms are perfectly positioned. You leap. You swing.You can feel the heat generating. From her- and from your own burning blade. But hers is dying. Yours isn’t. The blood that spills from the stumps that were her arms from the elbow up is black. Ichorous. Dare you say, demonic.“HELLFIRE CONFL- GYYAAAAAH!” A bloodcurdling scream goes up as her arms are separated, and in a moment she falls to her knees in shock. She hardly has time to say anything else before a spear pierces her torso clean, pinning her to the ice wall with a sharp CRACK. For a moment, she hangs there like a grisly trophy...before suddenly sloughing away into shadow, the majority of it melting into the ground, and a portion of it slithering, snaking past you with lightning speed--to then be absorbed into the remaining Shadow Queen that Izumi is fighting, currently in bladelock. “Damn you…” the last Queen says as she pushes mightily. “DAMN YOU ALL! YOU JUST WANT US TO BE USED, DON'T YOU?! YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT YOU'RE DOING!”(cont.)
>>3985539“Not at all,” Izumi says serenely. “But this is the fate of those who pervert justice for their own ends,” Izumi says, calmly as possible, holding out against the raging storm with an image of what you can only describe as calm ferocity. “To see only themselves as the righteous, no matter the reason, is folly. To protect is not to dominate. To protect is to defend.”>Roll 3d20. Izumi Combat, Arc Combat, Lorelei Combat.>Pincer; strike her from behind and she’ll never realize. Keep Arc on the sidelines just in case.>Fuck this- light her up and see how badly she hurts so you can finish her off.>Izumi’s got this- flush out those mages for Lorelei so they don’t interfere with this fight.>Other
Rolled 2, 8, 12 = 22 (3d20)>>3985546>Pincer; strike her from behind and she’ll never realize. Keep Arc on the sidelines just in case.>Other:Recall GartoumShe's on her last legs, keep it up! Lori can keep the mages busy.>She hardly has time to say anything else before a spear pierces her torso clean, pinning her to the ice wall with a sharp CRACKThat's TWO. If Arc gets another hit in, she's toasted.
Rolled 1, 2, 15 = 18 (3d20)>>3985546
>>3985546>>Izumi’s got this- flush out those mages for Lorelei so they don’t interfere with this fight.>"Here's a little hint, sweetie. If you're summoning demonic shades directly and using them to fight against your foes while you hide off in the backround, you might be a bad person."
Rolled 14, 19, 15 = 48 (3d20)>>3985546>Pincer; strike her from behind and she’ll never realize. Keep Arc on the sidelines just in case.Please please please die
>>3985557Saved. Gods and demons bless you man.
>>3985553Noting quickly that those were on the other Arc.Also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZivw8E6Ddg has helped me greatly in writing.
>>3985557Oh good one Arc. Damn Izumi better catch up.
>>3985557HOLY FUCK Arc is carrying this shit
>>3985546>>Fuck this- light her up and see how badly she hurts so you can finish her off.
>>3985546>Pincer; strike her from behind and she’ll never realize. Keep Arc on the sidelines just in case.Forgot my vote.
>>3985557Nice rolling.>>3985562>>3985565I just realized myself, Arc has officially gotten involved with all three Queens and landed the killing blow on two of them thanks to dice.
>>3985578>that 20 gets her to finish her Queen OFFSCREEN and land a critical blow on another
>>3985578Which is hilarious, given other anons hesitation and doubt on her. Which is good, better seal and kill that bitch quick. if the dice is willing I want her to enact final judgement for max retribution
>>3985588I'll be happy to give her the final honor. She deserves it.
>>3985578Well fuck. She is gonna cast Holy Judgement. Brace up anons because fuck you beam will be fired.
>>3985588Yeah, let Arc have the final word. She deserves that much at least.
>>3985546>Izumi’s got this- flush out those mages for Lorelei so they don’t interfere with this fight.If someone doesn't deal with those mages we're gonna get boned.
>>3985546>Pincer; strike her from behind and she’ll never realize. Keep Arc on the sidelines just in case.
In Izumi's world, 'fair fight' means 'one on one with no outside influences'In Miranda's world 'fair fight' means 'we outnumber the hell out of you and caught you napping'.Writing.
>>3985588> Which is hilarious, given other anons hesitation and doubt on her. Yeah, since I don't want to have to rely on dice for Arc being any use it's not that compelling an argument. If we hire her for rolling well, can we fire her when she doesn't?
>>3985610I mean, the main argument aginst recruiting any of the local girls was because they appeared weak, even though it was just how high we kept rolling this entire mission. You can't frame dice for subverting your expectations.
>>3985606Hah, Junko doesn't deserve a fair fight. Did she even grant her enemies one? Not a chance we will let her have a second to breathe.>>3985610I never implied we're gonna hire her nor I implied that want to hire her. I'm just amused by how much she is kicking ass here and every anon going on a big debate about her abilities and the act of hiring her.
>>3985546>>3985553>>3985557>>3985576>>3985603You quickly wave Arc back for now as you attempt to move quietly. “Stay here, keep an eye on if she tries anything funny or if those mages get snippy. I’ve got an idea.” Wait, what are you doing?” she asks softly, but you’re already too far away to risk answering. You try to move as quietly as possible to get behind her, and if Izumi noticed you, she’s not giving off any indication of such. There’s something of a ‘corridor’ of trees at the angle she’s fighting, and that works well enough for you- there’s still room for her to run, sure, but if you do this right, she won’t even realize that fast enough.Izumi’s got her attention it seems, as Junko attempts to go on the offensive- two quick slashes, one of the trailing a black ichorous substance similar to the ‘blood’ you saw that splashes and sizzles against the ground Izumi was just on- corrosive? Yikes. The attempted response is deflected, and to your surprise her blade suddenly wiggles, burbles, and darkens into black morass, shifting into a wicked scythe; she takes a diagonal swing that Izumi ducks and backs out of, and leaps a second, quickly putting her in a position to block Izumi’s attempted horizontal strike.You hear a gunshot go off nearby, and the crumbling and rumbling of earth being thrown up; you can only hope that was a hit from Lorelei or else there might be issues forthcoming. There’s no communication either way, so you’re going to have to- “Hey, scratch one shadow!” Ah, there you go. Nevermind, then.With that concern lessened, if not removed, you resume focus on the fight, which now is forcing Junko to find a way to get around Izumi’s rapid-fire Palms of Succor, the slow projectiles acting as a slow moving shield and preventing Junko from any easy angles from attack- the end result is Izumi trying to find an angle to escape as Junko tries to use her Despair-covered scythe to literally reap away the projectiles. “I don’t know HOW you manage this, but you’re not going to-Aaand she’s talking again. Perfect. You’re quick to leap in, and she has barely a second of realization- she throws her hand behind her and ‘NO!’ You can see plates of thin, dark substance RAPIDLY form in front of her- nearly as instant as your own barrier. They’re about a person tall and twice as wide, and your blade crashes into them, practically disspating in showers of magical shards one-by-one-by-one…(cont.)
>>3985672...but it DOES slow your blade down just enough for her to dive out of the way; it’s an ugly thing, but it gets her free as she rolls to her feet--in time for an electric javelin to slam into her, throwing her harshly back against a tree as she crackles with electricity. You’re quick to move in- but she quickly twists with a groan and you wind up skewering the tree itself instead, unfortunately. Her eyes light up as she realizes the position you’re in now as she raises her reconstituted sword heedless of the light circular mark embedded on her torso. Fortunately, so do you.>Current Mana: 8950/12500>A dangerous position- but she’s open, and you can heal- just slug her!>You’ve got your own magic shield to work with...she should know that by now.>Damnit, time to retreat for a second or two! No sense in risking it!>Other
>>3985626Just ignore it anon. No matter how you praise Arc, whether from her dice rolls or whatever she is doing, anons would pounce on you implying that "we should hire her." Seriously credits where the credit is due but that doesn't mean we gonna hire her. God I hope Sal recruits her just to spite on you salty faggots.
>>3985678>You’ve got your own magic shield to work with...she should know that by now.>Other: Use Sun Flare.She still needs to see, and we're at point blank.
>>3985678>A dangerous position- but she’s open, and you can heal- just slug her!Final hit!!
>>3985678>>A dangerous position- but she’s open, and you can heal- just slug her!Flare her first for a bigger opening.
>>3985678That's three. Holy seal is in effect. RIP Junko, you will not be missed.
>>3985678>A dangerous position- but she’s open, and you can heal- just slug her!>Other: Use Sun Flare to create window to dodge and hit.
>>3985621Arc is going all out.The three MCs are holding waaaaay back to not violate the discretion rider.
>>3985678>>A dangerous position- but she’s open, and you can heal- just slug her!
>>3985678>sunflare >kill.her.NOWNo last words. Finish the job now.
Hey, Corrupter, does Junko wear any sort of hair ornament? I feel like an epic battle like this needs a trophy of some sort.
>>3985678>>You’ve got your own magic shield to work with...she should know that by now.
>>3985681Switching to>A dangerous position- but she’s open, and you can heal- just slug her!>Other: Use Sun Flare.
>>3985692this sounds absolutely edgy, but how about her head?or maybe her sword?
>>3985678>A dangerous position- but she’s open, and you can heal- just slug her!Over Channel + Body Shield + Energy ChannelMiranda hasn't used much of her newer abilities this mission, but this combo is basically a CQC monster mash mode.
>>3985700...I was hoping for a ribbon or hairband, heads are a bit too messy.
>>3985678>A dangerous position- but she’s open, and you can heal- just slug her!>Use the Assault ShardTime to use the last of Owlia's toys
>>3985692Some of her war gear has to be physical. Her weapon, maybe a focus...But yeah, if she's got something worth taking we can snag it.
>>3985706>>3985709You know what, this is the decisive blow. I supporting using Flare with any of these.
>>3985678Switching >>3985709 to >>3985706
>>3985692What if friendship are the trophies you get along the way?
>>3985706I don't think we have time to cast all of that at the moment.
>>3985678>A dangerous position- but she’s open, and you can heal- just slug her!>With your fist! Miranda is better with her fists anyways. Hard as you can. Over Channel + Body Shield + Energy Channel
>>3985714That friendship... with death?
>>3985723¯\_(ツ)_/¯>>3985678>You’ve got your own magic shield to work with...she should know that by now.
>>3985716Nah, it's all simple stuff, self buffs and energy channel is a basic OG miranda move while over-channel just increases her current always on power boost. The main issue with over-channel is the high mana cost but, well, not a concern in this position.The only one that should take any concentration is the body shield.
By the way>Her eyes light up as she realizes the position you’re in now as she raises her reconstituted sword heedless of the light circular mark embedded on her torso.>heedless of the light circular mark embedded on her torso.If this is what I think it is, then she's done.
>>3985735...oooh, nice catch. But its gonna hurt like hell.
>>3985735Looks like her fate is SEALED eeeeeeh?
Just as an FYI, Overchannel is just 'Energy Channel but more'.
>>3985741No kill like overkill
What a shame Izumi or Arc won't deliver the final blow, maybe Izumi can spout about justice and shit while Junko dies.
>>3985741Over Channel- 1000 Mana Activation + roll for upkeep per post it’s activated(1dX x 100).This technique is more of an emergency powerup, and gives Miranda a much larger bigger boost in strength than her normal Physical Boost and Energy Channel, but takes a lot of stamina to keep up, and even saps her mana more than normal.So does physical boost, AND the burning effect?
>>3985756I think Handler will give us a final scene for Junko's dying speech at least.
>>3985692She didn't have one. She doesn't have any accessories except the friendship bracelet that Marie, Yuu and Junko had.
>>3985777well, it seems we have a friendship bracelet now.
>>3985777...Damn. That sucks.Well, at least the bracelet will be good as proof.
>>3985684>>3985685>>3985687>>3985689>>3985690>>3985698>>3985706>>3985709>>3985713>>3985712>>3985719>Current Mana: 6950/12500You hate leaving openings...well, open. And if worse comes to worse...well, you can heal this off. Pretty sure. Which is why you quickly illuminate her on the situation quite literally; as you tense and let loose a massive flash from your body. You can hear both Izumi and Arc exclaim- though you swear Izumi sounds more indignant than pained. A shot rings out somewhere, but you barely register it. Junko, as expected, instinctively flinches back and screeches from the sudden light show- and that’s all the opening you need.That said, your fist is already mid-flight as you think this; your body enflamed, if only for this brief moment to get as much power out of it as possible- anything that you push yourself into doing, you do, and you imagine the sudden burst of green fire was likely noticed if anyone happened to be looking in the direction of the forest. You’d hoped to get your body armor up, but you’re not quite used to that enough to do it so quickly- so you have to settle for the raw feeling of your knuckles embedding themselves into her nose and face in general.Fair enough consolation prize.It’s only a split-second later that she goes utterly ROCKETING- a portion of the house erupts in splinters as she’s blasted through it- then through the other side, a MASSIVE crack-crack-crack erupts as you hear the sound of trees crackling and falling in the forest on the other end. A full 15 seconds is what it takes for the sounds of falling wood and pain to fall silent, much to your surprise.And for a while, the forest is silent. “...my word,” Izumi says, but has nothing else to say. Arc just takes a deep breath, and sighs, something that says a lot and so little at the same time.“Holy SHIT, nice!” Lorelei crows as she jumps out from behind the hut. “Yo, I think she cleared a football field!”“Yeah, well. Let’s see if she’s still alive, first of all,” you decide. “Always good to check.” You don’t want her to survive by the skin of her teeth, after all...“No…” Hm? Oh yeah! The hostages. Looking through, you can see all of them- Marie included- wearing varied looks of shock and dismay on their faces. Marie looks like she’s about to break into hysterics, and Yuu looks like she’s about to start sobbing, shaking her head despondently. Kanna just looks like she's about to hyperventilate."I...perhaps you could deal with the checking on Junko, please, Arc? April? March?" Izumi asks solemnly. "I would like some...words...with the captives."> "...alright. Please don't do anything- well. You understand, I trust."> "I'd honestly feel better if you were with us, May."> Other
>>3985790> "I'd honestly feel better if you were with us, May."No nonono, she has to be with us for this, the hostages can wait. I have a prompt ready.
>>3985790>> "I'd honestly feel better if you were with us, May."
>>3985790>"...alright. Please don't do anything- well. You understand, I trust.">....you can heal her if you wish. just keep in mind that our job isn't over.
>>3985790>> "...alright. Please don't do anything- well. You understand, I trust."
>>3985790> "I'd honestly feel better if you were with us, May."
>>3985790Whoa hey, they better have not been hoping Junko would win, at least two of them would have suffered WAY worse than being OUR prisoners.For Marie it's understandable.
>>3985790> "...alright. Please don't do anything- well. You understand, I trust."
>>3985790> "...alright. Please don't do anything- well. You understand, I trust."> "We'll call the higher ups and see what their opinion on the matter is before we follow through, alright?"
>>3985790>>3985798Also this >"We'll call the higher ups and see what their opinion on the matter is before we follow through, alright?"
>>3985795Switching to >>3985798 >>3985804
>>3985790>> "...alright. Please don't do anything- well. You understand, I trust."Odd as she's been acting on this job, she's still trustworthy enough to let her be alone with the prisoners for a while.
>>3985804anon, quit trying to start up that argument again.
>>3985800Switching to > "...alright. Please don't do anything- well. You understand, I trust."> "We'll call the higher ups and see what their opinion on the matter is before we follow through, alright?"She can keep a lookout for them.
>>3985811a call doesn't hurt and there is a chance to get more money from our bosses.
>>3985804Explicitly against this. Quit trying to be underhanded.
>>3985815We already stated they're dying Them or Arc, depending on who you ask. But there was no wiggle room in the statement.. We've been over this a dozen times now. If Handler thinks it's worth putting to a vote, we'll deal with it then. Until then, quit stirring the pot.
>>3985820i don't care about arc, she's probably going to die either way. i mean the other girls, which probably are worth more alive than dead.
>>3985811>>3985816Wasn't trying to, but thank you for reminding me that anything I'd put down that wasn't a premade choice would be seen as "trying to start shit".
>>3985825>adding a custom vote that directly deals with a topic of heavy debate, despite not being ask forIf it walks like and duck and quacks like a duck...
>>3985825The fate of arc and the hostages is a landmine issue. Let Handler being it up directly if you don't want yet another shitstorm.
>>3985814Fuck off.>>3985790> "...alright. Please don't do anything- well. You understand, I trust."
My great rage and hate-Like a dark roaring fire-Engulfs my whole self-The body lacks fuel enough-But my soul burns eternal.-Junko KurosakiI don't know actual Japanese obviously so have this BS.We'll let her have alone time. Also will call juuuust to be certain.Writing!
>>3985835>>3985843Listen, I can't prove to you that starting a shitfit wasn't my intention. I certainly won't be able to do that on 4chan of all things. All I can say is that I wrote it so Izumi wouldn't feel tempted to release them before we came back.I can't make you two believe me, so just believe whatever, and we'll all move on.
>>3985851Pffff they're still being explosive, ignore them brother.>>3985850And the call won lol
>>3985850>Also will call juuuust to be certain.Handler...Randa has already stated, emphatically, they're dying. You wrote it yourself.You're the boss, but I'm disappointed.
>>3985790Change >>3985847 to >>3985798.We can call the Organization and see if they want them alive or dead, but no hiring Arc.Hell. I am fine with letting Kana and Arc go, since Kanna wasn't on their radar and they didn't offer to pay us for killing Arc.Anyways, wasn't Junko supposed to have another MG with her?
>>3985858Yes, I remember quite clearly.
>>3985858That's called being pro anon. And simmer down your salt, I can smell it from here.
>>3985843Honestly, worst case is we hire arc, anons forget about the shiny new character after a mission, and we never use her again just like Mono.Sucks that we lose our last slot to this kind of crossover bullshit, but fuck it at least this whole thing about hiring new girls which has been an absolute shitshow post Owlia and Cylica, where it was an innovative solution to a bossfight due to a unique situation of them having nothing left to gain and being impressively tough and ballsy (crystal shoved into HER FUCKING BRAIN) as well as sympathetic with the whole princess of a vanquished nation or whatever - I give up. People can't wait to recreate something awesome like that.At least Prima and Jago were organic, with Lori giving them life and all. Makes a strong case to bring your essentially robot children back home.Mono I wasn't around for.But it feels like people have been pushing to just take ANYONE from this crossover to fill the last slot, and they just settled on Arc as most likely candidate and that leaves a real bad taste in my mouth.
>>3985858ok, clean state, and because i'm honestly curious. why do you want to kill yuu kanna and marie without checking if the organization wants them alive? Marie, i get it, she's a cunt, but it has been shown before that if we go above what its stated that we get an extra reward. why not do the same here as well, when we already have the girls bound, gagged and the organization doesn't take that much time to take them away from us?>>3985864i think there is a problem of communication here. there are anons like me that want to deliver the girls alive(not arc), but it seems that there are other anons that feel that this also means that we want to recruit arc, which i don't think is the case.
>>3985862I'm not angry, I'm disappointed. I think they should die, bur I don't really care what happens to the hostages. But we made a point to Izumi about their fate. That Randa would actually consider doing anything but killing them sends a very mixed message to Izumi.
Can't we compromise and invite Arc to the Intersection without instantly recruiting her and see the candidates who'll answer our ad? If they all suck then call Arc, if not - then tell Sal to find a group for her that'd be interested.
>>3985864> throwing a fit when it's not going your wayLOL. Last (You) I'm giving you by the way, do not try to pollute the thread any further. >>3985871I can do this, but our salty companions will say otherwise.
>>3985869Well, double checking is still professional. If anything handing them over to the Organization could be considered a fate worse than death if they're going to get mind or soul jacked. Not that we know anything about that, we're contractors, but I think at this point we can be... skeptical? What with the constant accusations of abuse and "You have no idea what they did to us". Really helped their case that whole give 0 details thing.
>>3985871I don't even want to put out an ad for an engineer, or whatever it was people wanted, a manufacturer/pilot?
>>3985871I'd be fine with that. She did us some major solids after we helped with her brain bomb, so it's at least fair enough to say she can manage in the Intersection.
>>3985882Something like that, leaning on a blacksmith with high technical knowledge. Bonus if they can also fight.>>3985871I'm good with this too.
>>3985877>>3985871Fine for me. I don't see her fit for us(we already have the OG trio that does her job way better than her), but this fight showed that she is rather competent and could find a job in... general dynamics maybe?>>3985871sure. let's check not!shepard and see how she's faring.i swear i'm not thinking with my dick, but she definitely fits most of the requirements that we're looking for.
>>3985871The fate of Arc and the fate of the hostages are two separate issues. I'm fine with leaving her here, but not with a a hiring offer or Intersection invitation.>>3985878>Well, double checking is still professional.The issue there is twofold: The situation regarding the hostages hasn't actually changed. And offering the client freebies leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
>>3985887>And offering the client freebieswe already did the same with natalya and everyone was on board.
>>3985871You know why the situation with arc polarized last thread? Stuff like this. Compromise to me is letting her live instead of killing or hiring her.
>>3985790Geez, she looks beaten up about this. It’s not the worst you’ve seen her, but it’s knocking at the Top 3. You’re not sure what she’s wants to do, but...well, she’s gotten it this far. You think she’s worth trusting a bit further. "...alright. Please don't do anything-” you pause briefly. You were about to say ‘stupid’, but you really don’t feel like insulting her like that. “...well. You understand, I trust."She nods, a straight face. “Absolutely. I still remember what was discussed. All of it, from start to finish.” Hm.Well...alright. So long as she gets it. Still, maybe...hm. "Hey, look, I- well, we'll call the higher ups and see what their opinion on the matter is before we follow through, alright? How about that?" You can’t even make yourself sound sincere- they’d already given their verdict on the matter from word go, and from how they sentenced Arc herself, you can’t say it’s likely they’d be in a forgiving mood.Still, she takes the statement for the blind hope that it is, a rueful smile and a nod your response. “Thank you. Really, I mean it. They’ll be here when you get back.”If she promised, then… “Right. No more time to waste. Arc, April, let’s go.”“Coming!” April says.“Right with you,” Arc agrees. You spare the time to pick up Gartoum and return him to his ring before you head off. The guy’s been not bad at all this night. Might be worth showing your thanks somehow…At any rate, it’s a quick trek through the forest- it’s not exactly hard to follow the trail of destruction and toppled trees your quarry made, and considering the lot of you are superhuman, it makes for a more efficient journey than otherwise. To your mild surprise, it eventually ends as a ditch a couple feet deep. “Wow,” Lorelei notes. “That HAD to hurt.”A rasping breath from the ditch itself proves her right. The lot of you peer in, weapons and magic primed…...And so she lays. Junko Kurosaki, the Shadow Queen. She’s bleeding red ichor- you’re not quite positive it’s blood somehow, but she’s scratched and full of splinters all over her leggings and back. Her dress itself is torn up and shredded all over the torso and hip area, showing the vicious gashes that likely were the result of her flesh getting caught on trees and wood and splinters. Her face is almost caved in entirely, her nose a bloody, ichorous pulp that covers her upper mouth, and one of her eyes dilated and bulging.“Eugh,” Lorelei grimaces. “I almost feel bad for her.”“Mm.” Arc just grunts. Even now, though, you notice a black, shadowy morass trying to spread from her back where she lays- though it’s slow and lethargic, much moreso than anything you’d seen from her before.> “Arc. Wanna do the honors?”> “Well. Checkmate.”> “Lorelei, anything to say?”
>>3985895Here goes a dramatic final speech?> Pin her down with a salvo of sticky mana.> “You’re weak.”> “I saw, I KNOW one girl. She has lost more than you, she has braved more hardships than you. She could have gotten further in life, but instead she chose to NEVER abandon her ideas and let herself fall from grace! There are many more people like her, and they’re all stronger than you.”> “Arc. Wanna do the honors?”
>>3985895>“Lorelei, anything to say?”
>>3985895> “Well. Checkmate.”Yeeeaaah pithy oneliners! Miranda that was awful! Booooooooo!
>>3985895> “Arc. Wanna do the honors?
>>3985867I don't want to recruit Arc.I'm fine with delivering the girls alive, like I said here >>3985859>>3985877You're the person calling people names and complaining. Guess you just don't have any real arguments other than wanting the character because it's a crossover.I'm fine with seeing if anyone else in the intersection will hire her, so long as we check before bringing her back and don't hire her if the answer is no.
>>3985895>> “Well. Checkmate.”Just Business. Don't give her the satisfaction of being even significant to deserve a speech.
>>3985895> “Well. Checkmate.”
>>3985895>> “Well. Checkmate.”End of the line. Nothing personal.
>>3985895I'll back the dramatic write-in >>3985899
>>3985895> “Arc. Wanna do the honors?”Awww no cheesy final comments? Boring, I'd love that.>>3985905Well if that's that case then I can do that. See, we can both come to reason.
>>3985895>> “Well. Checkmate.”
>>3985902From where you're laying this must seem like one long streak of bad luck. The truth is... the game was rigged from the start.
>>3985915Actually you know what, backing this >>3985899. It's only fitting.
Lorelei deserves the kill more than arc or us. Specially by how she tanked the shot and how we blueballed her when we interrogated the girls.
>>3985899Sure, might as well do the write in. Junko was an asshole, and deserves to die being told she was an asshole.
>>3985925I- tsk- I just don't really like the write-in, we were being preachy to get under Junko's skin, we're not actually trying to change her, she's way too far gone, and if we wanted to rub her face in it I feel like we could do better than say how much better Izumi is, that's a pretty high bar to set and mock her for failing to reach
>>3985920I can get behind that.
>>3985933Exactly, Izumi is a fucking saint for trying to keep her morals in this business. We're just giving her something to look up to when she passes on.
>>3985933I'm of a similar mind. It rings a little hollow to speak of 'NEVER abandon her ideas and let herself fall from grace!' When Randa doesn't exactly have the strongest moral footing to stand on.
>>3985940I think I can call that's Miranda's inner drama leaking out. Or it's genuine respect for Izumi, because she can't keep her morals while Izumi can and they're the same age.
>>3985940>>3985933People, in real life and otherwise, are almost always hypocrites in some way eventually. The trick is to be self aware enough to know when you're being one yourself, and to make the attempt to rectify that.
So it's a tie.5 more minutes and I'll roll for it even though I don't want to.
>>3985936Seeing as Lori isn't winning anyway, you want to shift your vote?
Lorelei deserves it more and arc is probably going to die either way. I rest my case
>>3985951Is the write in speech going to be added in if we do it ourselves, or is it strictly exclusive to letting Arc end Junko?
>>3985958Hm. I guess that could work, couldn't it?Writing, then,
>>3985958I saw a lot of people opting for the write-in only. So it's staaaaandalone now.>>3985957And that, makes it extra dramatic.
>>3985958Seeing as the tie is between the write-in and checkmate, I assume they're mutually exclusive. They express opposite sentiments. Short and to the point, or monologue a little.
>>3985961>Hm. I guess that could work, couldn't it?Not really. see>>3985967
>>3985957Did not see this before I posted last time anyway. Whoop.
>>3985937Miranda is killing people because Izumi can't bear to herself.Which is fine. Izumi may moralize at them, bht Miranda can accept that in some ways she's as much a monster as Junko. It's just that Miranda is a MUCH better monster.
>>3985955I did vote for Checkmate, I just mentioned my approval of the Lori option
>>3985972Yeah, it's not quite that straightforward. Having morals is great, but Izumi struggles to keep the lights on, despite being in one of the most lucrative businesses in the Intersection. I don't think she should give those morals up, but it's more complicated that it first appears.>>3985973Ah, wasn't certain if you were shifting your vote or not. Apologies.
>>3985976>but Izumi struggles to keep the lights on,I wonder if she would be happier doing pure intersection work. I'm sure the city has cops, or some other work that's easier on her soul.I'd hate to lose her, but if she really would be more at peace...
>>3985988She does help people though. It's just that it doesn't pay as well as more practical jobs do.I mean, the job we're on right now is an Izumi job, too. Because it has to be done.
>>3985990She could help people in the Intersection too. I'm sure the care house is always looking for more help of one kind or another.Shifting to pure intersection work would give her a steady (if sharply diminished) paycheck, with could make it easier to do what she feels she needs to without constantly keeping an eye on her bank balance. She'd likely have to move to a smaller apartment and such, but steady work would give her peace of mind.I dunno though, maybe she's got just enough of an adventuring itch it keep her from really settling down.
Oy, oy, oy. You have...a lot, honestly. That you want to say to this girl. About how you know SO many other people that have had it worse. That the girl that just helped hand her her ass on a platter likely had it a hundred times worse than she did and still kept fighting for what she believed in- that it’s THAT kind of thing that makes folks strong. That Izumi’s stronger than her. Stronger than you, in a way.But...you’re not really one to talk, honestly. Not anymore. Not to mention, you’re on the job. So you figure best to keep it simple. You stretch your hand out, and as the energy forms, she...well, the shadows move a bit faster, and her eyes are red with hate. Damn, the hate. But it’s not enough. You know it. She knows it. And now it’s time to end it. The blast is set, and your allies back off a bit. It’s just you and her. “Well. Checkmate.” You leap, you toss, and you idly wonder what her last thoughts might’ve been as the blast engulfs her and the explosion echoes throughout the empty forest. You land with resolution, and are quick to wave the smoke away. She’s...well, all but disintegrated, it seems. Some hair left, her shoes. Some weird bracelet that might be good as proof of death- or maybe just a memento. Regardless, you just sigh. “And that’s that.”“Thank you,” Arc says magnanimously. “I...owe you a great deal, still.”“Aww, t’wern’t nothin’!” Lorelei gushes. “You weren’t half bad yourself! Y’know, aside from the selling us out thing due to magic brain bombs, but hey, no one’s perfect!” Well. Good to know she doesn’t hold a grudge. “Buuut I WOULD like my hairpiece back because it’s pretty and I like it.”She actually cracks a smile. “Honestly, I’m glad to be able to.” She unclips it...and breathes a sigh of relief. “Here. By all means.”“Right, then. I need to make a call,” you decide. “And we need to get back to May.” Honestly, THIS might be the hard part.(cont)
>>3985997---------------------“We’d prefer them eliminated, so as to prevent any possibility of a resurgence by leftover administrative personnel,” you hear Kyuubi say as you walk back- it’s annoying to try to listen to a phone call mid-leap or run. “Although we acknowledge they are technically optional, and will go after them ourselves should you keep them alive.”“What about just giving them to you?” you ask. “Like with the other girl.”“We desired Natalya because she was in a unique position,” Kyuubi responds. “The others, not so much. By all accounts, their capabilities are nothing we haven’t seen before on some level, and so we are far more confident in their neutralization. Handing them over would expedite the process significantly.”“Ah.” Well, that explains it. “So…”“With your primary goal fulfilled, we will be extracting you come morning, payment at the ready.” Ah. “Should there be any further developments tonight, please inform us.”“Will do,” you respond as your Murmur Stone rings. “Out.” The phone hangs up, and you’re quick to activate the stone. From one to another, seriously... “March here. Was just talking about you.”“Ah. I see.” She sounds...flat. That’s the best way to describe it. “I’m calling to inform you that...that the situation has been resolved.” There was a break there…“What do you mean?” you press.“The situation has been resolved,” she repeats. “We had a discussion. Marie Okada sensed Junko’s death. We talked a bit more afterwards, and...they decided. Kanna Rikudo will vanish as much as she is able.”Hm. Well, she WASN’T on the list, and you DID say you’d likely let her go because of that...“And the other two?”“They decided to resolve the situation, the situation has been resolved, and in case you didn’t catch my meaning, I’d prefer not to talk about it at this moment,” she presses. “But it has been resolved cleanly and with minimal pain.”...Ah.> “...Then I guess I should call the clients back. Let ‘em know.”> “...We’ll talk later, then, maybe?”> “...See you soon.” You’re double-timing it.> Other(Yeah, gotta go for tonight. Sorry!)
>>3985999>“...We’ll talk later, then, maybe?”
>>3985999> “...We’ll talk later, then, maybe?”
>>3985999> “...Then I guess I should call the clients back. Let ‘em know.”> “...We’ll talk later, then, maybe?”Holy fuck, she saw them killing themselves.
>>3985999> “...We’ll talk later, then, maybe?”That could have gone better, yikes. Maybe we shouldn't had let her stay with them.
>>3985999>> “...See you soon.” You’re double-timing it.Oh no, NONONONO. I'm not believing that crap without seeing it first! Confirm the kills PERSONALLY! Dammit, this is why I didn't want Izumi to stay back alone, because she would've found ways to keep them alive!
>>3985999> “...Then I guess I should call the clients back. Let ‘em know.”> OtherSend Lori back double-time to be with Izumi, she has the highest EQ.>>3985994> new ID, wants us to get rid of IzumiSuspicious.
>>3985999>> “...Then I guess I should call the clients back. Let ‘em know.”That's as satisfactory as we could have hoped for, considering the shitstorm it caused. I still don't think we should have called, but eh, what's done is done.>>3986004Sounds like she did them in herself. They shouldn't have been able to off themselves.
>>3986008Hey, so long as we don't know I don't care. This whole thing was Izumi's job, if she wants to run it that way then it's on her.
>>3986011I want to make sure those secondary objectives are done for extra payment. No way I'm leaving that unconfirmed.
>>3986009You misunderstand. I have no desire to get rid of her. I think she provides a grounding to Randa and Lori, preventing them from getting too wild or moral. I just think it's an interesting line of thought to pursue.
>>3985999it's over.> “...Then I guess I should call the clients back. Let ‘em know.”> “...We’ll talk later, then, maybe?”Welp, two public local celebs are dead. How's the org gonna cover that then?also, maybe Izumi can visit the high school one last time before we go
>>3986008We don't need to rush, but you're right, we should confirm the kills. I doubt Izumi would lie to us like this after we made a point about their deaths, but we need to make sure they're dead with our own eye before formally reporting.
>>3986007Adding "Confirm the kills" to this. It's not like we don't trust Izumi but it's the right thing to do.
>>3986015Maybe give her Gartoum’s ring so she can give the Occult Club a little show?
>>3986015>and will go after them ourselves should you keep them aliveThey were already planning on dealing with that sooner or later, I'm sure they'll figure it out. And hey, that's one of our perks: we're completely deniable assets.
>>3986015>How's the org gonna cover that then?Car crash against a truck. simple, and very easy to leave a body unrecognizable.
>>3985999>> “...Then I guess I should call the clients back. Let ‘em know.”>confirm the kill, preferably subtly Don't want her thinking we're only doubting her.
Can we trust izumi on this one? i feel she deserves that right now, even if we discover in the intersection that she lied or did some other shady stuff.
>>3986028Bonus points if it catches fire. Though that might be hard to hide from the fire marshal on a high profile case like this,>>3986032We can mask it as collecting the turret, any remaining mines and other gear. Or just checking up on her.Trust, but verify.
>>3985999>“...Then I guess I should call the clients back. Let ‘em know.”>>3986032>>3986036I was going to say that she definitely deserves the trust but we indeed need to go back to the house to collect the turret. The girls were right next to it so there's no way to miss them if they're dead.
I've just realised that we managed to kill Junko when Izumi just attended her second day of school.If only Kanna didn't decided to attack Izumi alone, they would had more time to prepare and plan and could have put more pressure on us. blablablah stupid games and prizes.
>>3986047So this thread has 94% dice success rate. Only like 8 of those are either middling or low rolls. Man my universe is really fucked up.
>>3986036>minesOh yeah, if there are any left but not recoverable, we should pop them. Leaving UXO laying around is sloppy, and iirc a war crime.Not like randa isn't familiar with war crimes, but still.
Oh no! We forgot about Gartoum!
>>3986155huh?>>3985895>“Right with you,” Arc agrees. You spare the time to pick up Gartoum and return him to his ring before you head off. The guy’s been not bad at all this night. Might be worth showing your thanks somehow…
>>3986157Oof nice catch. And yes we should be giving him some thanks, he's like half of a party member power-wise, and he doesn't cost anything.
>>3986047It was a stomp. We did everything right leading to this: took out Natalya and talk-no-jutsu Arc - that's 2 huge force multiplier out, managed to capture both Yuu and Marie, forced Junko's hands right afterward so she had to go in with only herself against 5 of us. Rei didn't show up, but I bet she just outright refused to or Junko asked her to guard her mother.
>>3986058the universe is against reverse dice rolls.
>>3986294> 5 nat 100s in an other roll under quest this week.Yep.
Writing shortly. A bit late, mind...
You’re a bit concerned, to say the least. You’ll have to check on things when you get there, but otherwise… “Alright...we’ll talk later, then, maybe?” Geez, you sound awkward.“...perhaps.” It’s not much, but better than nothing. Even if you DON’T end up talking about it, it at least says that she might be willing to. “See you soon.”“Right.” That does it for that… “Alright, sooo…”“I heard,” Lorelei says with a grimace. Even Arc doesn’t look entirely at ease right now. “Wanna hurry back?”“We could do to go a bit faster,” Arc says, and you can’t find it in you to disagree.-------------You’re not entirely certain what you’re expecting when you walk in the door; perhaps her standing by herself with a bloody blade. Maybe her trying to act normal with a suspicious lack of dead bodies nearby. Maybe something else.You’re not expecting her sitting calmly on the couch in the living room, cleaned up as best as possible, sipping at a cup of tea. On the floor behind the couch and where the captives used to be are two bundles carefully wrapped up from head to toe in bedsheets; clearly bodies judging from the shapes. The pure white of the sheets is only stained slightly by notable bloodstains around where you’d wager the necks would be. “Welcome back. All’s well, then?”You nod. “As well as can be. So…” you’re not even sure if she wants to acknowledge them right now, but...needs must. “That them?”She nods, but says nothing more.After a moment of waiting for her to explain herself, you decide to just ask outright. “Where’s the third one?”“We said we’d let her go if she was willing to aid us, and after the deed was done, she still wanted to leave. If nothing else, I felt it only proper to honor that implicit agreement,” she says simply. “She swore that she’d get as far away from this situation as possible. I believed her words.” Hm.> “Well. It IS your job and she wasn’t a mark, so whatever. I think I’d call us done here.”> “You sure she’s not going to cause any trouble in the near future? I’d hope not.”> *Sigh* They might not be happy about this, you know. That’s a risk you’re taking.”> Other
>>3986997>*Sigh* They might not be happy about this, you know. That’s a risk you’re taking.”
>>3986997> “You sure she’s not going to cause any trouble in the near future? I’d hope not.”> "Izumi, do you need to talk?"
>>3986997> “You sure she’s not going to cause any trouble in the near future? I’d hope not.”
>>3986997> “Well. It IS your job and she wasn’t a mark, so whatever. I think I’d call us done here.”Leave it to the organization to monitor her. She wouldn't last anyway considering how weak she was.
>>3986997> “Well. It IS your job and she wasn’t a mark, so whatever. I think I’d call us done here.”>Time to sort out Arc.
>>3986997> “Well. It IS your job and she wasn’t a mark, so whatever. I think I’d call us done here.”
>>3986997>> *Sigh* They might not be happy about this, you know. That’s a risk you’re taking.”>Check the bodybags to make sure they're actually the bodiesDo NOT just assume those are the bodies. They could very well be packed with dirt that's shaped like bodies until we know for sure!
>>3987008Switching to > “Well. It IS your job and she wasn’t a mark, so whatever. I think I’d call us done here.”
>>3986997>> *Sigh* They might not be happy about this, you know. That’s a risk you’re taking.”
Hey! If Izumi gets a recruitment bonus maybe it'll take some financial burden off her shoulders!>>3987015>pure white of the sheets is only stained slightly by notable bloodstains around where you’d wager the necks would be.I think we trust Izumi on this, it's kinda rude to assume she'd sabotage her own job so close to the end, we can take the bodies to the org anyways as proof of job completion.
>>3986997> “You sure she’s not going to cause any trouble in the near future? I’d hope not.”> “Well. It IS your job and she wasn’t a mark, so whatever. I think I’d call us done here.”>Talk to Arc.
>>3987012>>3987022Supporting sorting out Arc. I just want to get this over with.>>3987021We'll just give her a ride. The last spot is too precious to just be given away right that, mind you. And I want to see what Intersection's talent pool have to offer.
>>3987018Adding>Talk to Arc.
Alright, your call.Now, about the electric elephant in the room...
>>3986997You purse your lips in consideration. You HAD said something to that effect- to Kanna, right? Right. If she was actually willing to not be a pain in the ass, then… “Well. It IS your job and she wasn’t a mark, so…” you shrug your shoulders, your opinion finalizing. “Whatever.”There’s a subtle loosening of her shoulders at your dismissive tone, and Lorelei just smirks and snorts. Seems she didn’t think much would come of it either. Arc seems muted, same as before...although speaking of that. “Then if that’s settled, I think we need to discuss something that’s been looming over us for a bit now.”Everyone turns to you in apparent surprise. “Whassat?” Lorelei asks, raising an eyebrow.You casually poke a finger at Arc, who jumps slightly in surprise. “Me?”“Yeah, you.” you confirm. “Remember that you’re unemployed right now. In fact, you WERE put on the KOS list. We just didn’t bother because May felt there was something off-kilter about you. And hey! Looks like we were right. Still doesn’t get you back into the Org’s good graces, though.”At THAT, she looks particularly despondent, but nods. “Y-yes, I’m not surprised. The Organization prides itself on secrecy above all else. For myself to be compromised for so long without their identification...I can’t say I don’t understand, to be honest. Even IF Oberon valued my presence, he’d put The Organization first. Always has. Always will.” She sighs. “I’m not really sure what I’ll be doing now, to be frank. If I was supposed to be dead, then I’ll have to go deep underground; perhaps change my name, face wholesale. Try to get a new identity, disappear somewhere.”“Any other organizations that’d take you in?” Lorelei asks. “Gotta be other game in town, right?”She hemms and haws a bit, before shaking her head. “Possible, but unlikely. My magical signature is...notable, in magical society. And that’s not something easily hidden, whether I use it or not. I’ll have to keep on the move to stay alive.”“Unless…” Izumi prods, looking at you. Right, this is her job...but you’re still the Division Leader.>Explain just where you actually come from, and offer her a spot on the team. She’s skilled enough, you think.>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d put in a word for her.> “Unless she wants to just live in the woods forever, you mean?” Don’t mention anything or offer her anything.
>>3987057>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d put in a word for her.Here it is folks.
>>3987057>>Explain just where you actually come from, and offer her a spot on the team. She’s skilled enough, you think.If my first choice isn't chosen, than>>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d put in a word for her.
>>3987057>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d put in a word for her.Fucking finally, now everyone can be happy.
Alright, because there's been such a gosh darn hullabaloo about this whole thing, I'm gonna let this vote run extra long so everyone can get it out of their systems once and for all. Let's settle this.
>>3987057>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d put in a word for her.
>>3987063Don't worry, if anything we can keep it civil. I at least promise that.
>>3987057>> “Unless she wants to just live in the woods forever, you mean?” Don’t mention anything or offer her anything.
>>3987063Don't forget to check for brand new IDs on this vote, and keep an eye on the poster count.
>>3987057>> “Unless she wants to just live in the woods forever, you mean?” Don’t mention anything or offer her anything.No thank you.
>>3987057>>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d put in a word for her.This is as far as I'm willing to go. Whether or not she makes it is her responsibility only.
>>3987057>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d let Izumi put in a word for her.
>>3987074Izumi needs the financial support yo. Also she was totally the one who stuck her neck out for Arc.
>>3987057>>3987064Right, let Izumi do the honors
>>3987057>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d put in a word for her.We don't need her in our company, but she could be a valuable asset on another similar small company like ours.
>>3987079Mobile, anon. You see a bunch of 1 post IDs? No? Just the 1? Huh.
>>3987057>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d put in a word for her.>"Izumi, you owe us"
>>3987083Just the 1, right at the big vote and choosing THAT option. We need people calling sneaky shit like that out. I'm willing to compromise and I'll never resort to cheating to get what I want.
>>3987079that's only a problem when you see several(as in...3+) 1IDs in a row.
>>3987089If there's a pile of single IDs, sure. But a small number of single votes might just lurkers or mobile posters, such as me.
>>3987090>>3987096Haha well, I'm just thinking it was funny how a new 1-post ID popped up less than 1 minute right after an anon call out the precautions against such. You're right on one thing, several new IDs all voting for the same option and never appear again is a code red.
9 more minutes.
>>3987057>Explain just where you actually come from, and offer her a spot on the team. She’s skilled enough, you think.
>>3987096Well you can't blame if that spiteanon would vote to put her in the team amirite?
And the verdict is: She can come, but she ain't staying at our place.Writing.
>>3987123Nice, it's finally over. We'll have to visit Izumi after this, poor girl has been had.I'm rather excited for what kind of employees anons will roll up.
I'm surprised this was so much of a landslide. Last time the topic came up there was plenty of arguing. Did anons change there minds or are a bunch of people not here?
>>3987129It's over, let's never bring it up again.
>>3987123please give us a snippet of her perspective when she goes to the intersection and meeting with her new employer after the job ends. Very curious to see her thoughts on the matter.
>>3987126>We'll have to visit Izumi after this, poor girl has been had.she didn't kill them, that's for sure. and we definitely need to talk with her after this to check it won't bite us in the ass.>>3987129Everyone that was against arc was pretty much on the "we don't want her with us, but we'll gladly take the recruitment money" train.
>>3987132We'll be seeing her for a little more I think. I'll be happy to give Izumi the honor to educate her on the basics.
>>3987129Basically, I'm thinking that she'll be a prospect in the recruitment drive, so it's just having her as a hiring option with all the others.
>>3987135I hope not. A rare cameo is fine, but no more than that please.
>>3987136>recruitment driveThat's separate from this arc thing. Don't count your chicken before they hatch.
>>3987138>Don't count your chicken before they hatch.That's applicable to the other hiring prospects as well.
>>3987141>other hiring prospectsAs in, choosing to have a recruitment drive hasn't been brought up or voted on.
>>3987141true, but the general idea is that we already have enough bruisers and we need someone that can actually use the vehicles we have in the hangar and at the same time be able to help owlia not die. Arc doesn't fit that criteria.
>tfw handler rolls and landed on Salwwyd?
>>3987146Let's discuss who we want in our team later, when we actually get back from the job.
>>3987146>but the general ideawhat roll we need filled in another hotly debated topic.A bruiser is exactly what we need; Outgoing is where SES makes its money. We don't need dedicated personnel to maintain the vehicles we never use, and the science girls are already getting an (unpaid) assistant.
>>3987146We only have three, Jago, Izumi and Miranda. We're way overstocked on Operators, with Lori, O&C, Mono and Prima.>>3987151Fair enough.
>>3987147Press him on what other privileges Outhoes have.
>>3987147Autistic internet fights until this thread reaches 1000+ replies.Also fuck recapcha
>>3987153>We don't need dedicated personnel to maintain the vehicles we never useTrue, we need someone that can actually pilot them and bring them into their missions. The maintaining part is already covered by miranda's mechanic, but it would be nice to also have someone in-house that at the very least is capable of telling if the mechanic is trying to rip us off.>>3987154...what is your definition of operator? ugh... i think first of all we need everyone to be on the same level of information before we say that we have too much of something. because for me operators are izumi, lorelei and miranda; people that don't really need someone else to complete a job because they are generalists.
Maybe there's apprenticeship on SES? Can Arc go on one mission that's not compatible with her skills (sci-fi comes into mind) and have a go with her? I dunno, I'm just trying to look for option that doesn't involve hiring her on our company.
>>3987163No, see, Izumi and Miranda are Enforcers. Their jobs mostly focus on combat, although we tend to play Miranda a bit more talky then a traditional D&D fighter. Meanwhile, Lorelei's an Operator, because she's mostly hired out to spy on people, locate high value items, stuff like that, with her combat skills being less of a priority.
>>3987163Randa, Lori, and Izumi can fly the things. But using them on mission is expensive: cost to summon them, cost of munitions, cost of repairs, and payment of pilot being the major expenses. We do not want to be using them regularly if we can help it; It wouldn't surprise me if it made most jobs be an overall loss of Lotes.>>3987166That's basically hiring her.
>>3987166>I dunno, I'm just trying to look for option that doesn't involve hiring her on our company.....then why you try to get her into SES at all? our favor to izumi is bring her to the intersection and tell her that she can follow orders and at least could be a rank C. but it ends there. Anything else she does falls on her
>>3987173...tell the other agencies, not arc; she should already know that.
>>3987172yeah, that's why i want to get someone that knows how to use the damn things and knows what are the best missions for it. otherwise lets sell the plane and whatever other things we have there. they are costing us hangar space that could be used to house other things, or hell, we could demolish it to pay less lotes on our rent.
>>3987176...Maybe we should sell them off. They're cool, but cost prohibitive to actually deploy. Plus upkeep costs.
>>3987173Its not getting to hire her to SES but I guess you won't probably listen to what I say so I'll just drop it off.
>>3987057>Explain just where you actually come from, and suggest she could find gainful employment there. You’d put in a word for her.We can't hire her.
>>3987176Yeah, personally, I think we need to at least get rid of the jet. There's too much maintenance required for something like that, and if we take it on a mission, then there's the risk of having the clients being unable to work on it due to incompatible parts or tools.
>>3987147Ignore her and just wait for the new car smell to wear off and for anons to resume playing characters that I find interesting.Not like she can make the SoL in the intersection drag any slower.
Well. You’re not really about her joining YOUR group, but in general? Eh, she’s got the makings of a decent Outgoer. No, a solid one, really. Considering the run of bad luck she’s gotten here, might not be a bad idea to spill the beans.“Unless…?” Arc prompts, and you sigh lightly. Might as well. It’d be a waste of talent otherwise.Besides, Izumi would just give you that LOOK otherwise. “Okay, so, long story short. We’re not from around here, perse. We’re magical girls, yeah, but we’re from...elsewhere. And we...okay, MAY thinks it might be a good idea if you followed us back ‘home’ so to speak.”“Wait, you want me to join up with your mercenary organization?” she asks curiously.“No,” you quickly remark. “We’re not in need of your services. But where we live has...well, a LOT of mercenary groups of all stripes, and they’re all very well respected. I’m pretty confident with your skills, you could find one that suits you...”To your surprise, she seems thoughtful. “Mm...well, I have to admit it sounds more appealing than my current options…”“...Provided ya don’t mind living in literal null-space and aren’t averse to living next to hundreds of different kinds of beings roaming around in one big epic mishmash of a city.” Lorelei. Thank you. So much. Not really.She pauses. “...wait, what?”Oy. “Alright, sit down and we’ll give you the details.”--------------------She has a lot of questions. But they’re all very inquisitive, and she’s notably not really that freaked out by the concept like others might’ve been...perhaps because the idea of separate worlds/dimensions isn’t new to her? Regardless, she’s properly thoughtful about the concept, and when you approach her about the usual issues, she’d summed it up very succinctly:“The Organization WAS my whole life, really. I don’t have anything- or anyone- outside of it. Not anymore.” That was...understandable, to say the least. It WAS pretty amusing to have her realize your ACTUAL ages relative to her, though, despite admitting that she was expecting an extended lifespan herself even before this. Ultimately, she requests the night to consider the idea, and you spend some moments fixing up the cabin as Lorelei and Izumi assist with exploding the ordinance you laid around. Shame you can’t just pick them back up, but...ah well.The night is otherwise surprisingly quiet, although a quick check before bed on the net shows nothing, either. Seems that it was late enough that few people were out to see or hear anything even if they WERE close.(cont.)
>>3987176I would be willing to sell the jetsKinda wish we had gotten a Mech instead.
>>3987182i will listen, but you want something that is contradictory in and of itself. you don't want to get arc to be with us, but at the same time you want her to work with us. what.>>3987185>>3987181to be fair, we also haven't tried to get a mission that could involve a jet fighter at all, and we don't know how much they pay as well. first i say we should see what kind of missions the plane can open up to us before we do something.
>>3987190>to be fair, we also haven't tried to get a mission that could involve a jet fighter at allJobs that require equipment like that will typically give us equipment to use (see the mech job). And it's much better to use their equipment, as it'll fit better into their world, and we won't be footing the bill for repairs, fuel, and ammo.Unless they pay out an order of magnitude more than our normal jobs, it'd be operating at a loss or at very best break even.We keep the planes around as emergency options, not for doing jobs.
>>3987188At any rate, your sleep is easy enough. Come morning, it all seems fine enough...for at least thirty minutes as you awake and get everyone else up. You’ve barely finished your breakfast cereal when you hear a knock at the door. “Ah. That’s them. Might want to stay in there,” you say to Arc without naming names, who agrees.Fortunately, the group of men who arrive there don’t much bother to ask questions beyond the identity of the dead individuals. They’re confirmed as Yuu Mitsukoshi and Marie Okada, and you’re told that they’ll be given proper coverups for means of death. A pair of individuals with doctor’s masks and gloves come in, and retrieve the bodies. Before long, it’s Izumi, Lorelei, and yourself standing before Kyuubi and Ryujin, scowl still in place on the former as you discuss last night’s happenings. “I have to admit, the speed at which you carried out the primary mission was...above average,” she says, almost like she’s loathe to admit it. “We anticipated the timeframe would have to be extended, initially. To accomplish this so fast speaks to your efficiency.”“Yup. Didn’t make too much a fuss, either. That’s good. Lets us work a lot easier,” Ryujin says, nodding. He’s the one with your favorite thing in his hands. “And it’s what gets YOU this.” With that, he reaches out, placing the pair of briefcases in Izumi’s hands. “All there as requested; feel free to count it out. If you need extraction, however, we have a vehicle-”“No need,” she says as she sets the - pretty thick honestly - briefcases on the floor and nearly has to close them again due to prevent the massive stacks of bills from spilling out. “Er- we have our own methods of extraction.”“Understood. Then I guess this is where we part ways?” you all nod, and with that, Ryujin and Kyuubi both bow, before leaving with their quarry. The ‘click’ of the door to outside coincides with the ‘click’ of the bedroom door opening. “Last chance,” you say as you, Izumi, and Lorelei are all grouped together, with the briefcases in hand. “What’s your decision?”There’s a moment of hesitation. She breathes deeply. “If there’s somewhere out there where I can still fight for others...”“And get paid doin’ it!” Lorelei says. “It’s not really a bad life, gotta say!”Her smile is thin, but it’s there. “Then I’m coming with.”Well then. That’s that. “Sal, four for pickup.”And in a blink, you’re gone. “Innnnteresting decision you’ve made there. Let’s see how it works ooooooout…” -JOB COMPLETE-PRIMARY SERVICE RENDERED- PRIMARY PAY DELIVERED IN FULL-SUBTOTAL PAYMENT= 60 LARGE MOTES-SECONDARY SERVICE RENDERED IN PARTIAL- PAY DELIVERED-SECONDARY SERVICE PAY- 10 LARGE MOTES-GROSS SUBTOTAL PAYMENT= 70 LARGE MOTES-DIVISION OF PAYMENT= ~33%-TOTAL PAYMENT= 23.5 LARGE MOTES.
So, got a question or two...Did Izumi get Kanna to disband Karasu?What happened to Marie's hanger-ons? Did they quit the MG game?Since Arc's hanging around the Intersection now, what's her actual name?And, well, is there an epilogue for all this?
>>3987219I'm also waiting for the epilogues.
>>3987219Nice timing.>EPILOGUES:>Kanna Rikudo: Managing to live another day, she did as was told and, with assistance from Yoshinobu Okada, decided to convince her family to move out of the country- ostensibly for a job offer in Vancouver, British Colombia, but really to keep her away from The Organization's prying eyes, just in case. Fortunately for her, The Organization, while monitoring her from time to time, has little interest.>Yuu: The Organization covered up her death, and it was ruled a suicide, easily enough, with a note from Yuu that admitted that she was 'cheating', had been for the vast majority of her career and she could no longer take the guilt. Her fans were utterly devastated, and the sport of amateur MMA took a major blow in reputation.>Marie: Also covered up, although this death was not announced until some time after Yuu's and was ruled a devastating car crash. Nonetheless, conspiracy theorists began to dream up connections and there were notable increases in spousal violence and claims of self-defense, Marie's death making her something of a martyr.> Yoshinobu Okada: Shaken personally, with certain individuals questioning his connection to the two dead individuals, and under the realization that his life may well be in danger, he proceeded to withdraw his mayoral bid, and receded from the public eye, instead electing to carefully divest and diversify his holdings to save money in cash on hand as opposed to assets, ultimately resulting in his moving out of the country for fear of his own safety. His location is currently unknown.>Mako Hirayama: Extremely distraught at the death of several of her friends and the realization that Okada may be under threat, she attempted to continue to serve him, only for her to be released from his employ for her own safety. Although given a suggestion by Kanna, her numerous sisters prevent moving. She currently guards them like a hawk, constantly monitoring their locations at all hours, and has developed something of a vindictive, paranoid streak in fear of their getting kidnapped, or worse.(cont.)
>>3987224>Aya Kurosaki: The realization of her daughter's death utterly broke Mrs. Kurosaki. Her show's middling viewship took a nosedive, and it was pulled off the air in short order as her drinking became more severe. She was last seen headed to Yoshinobu Okada's mansion shortly before he disappeared. Her location is also unknown.>Ryomeki City:An air of confused tension has gripped the city, cutting through the Despair- or perhaps some might say amplifying it. It's stated the city both feels 'safer and less safe' at the same time. The notorious school gang 'Karasu' has largely disbanded- although some insist it persists, it seems to have suddenly diminished in size and influence, and no longer wields as much power as it used to. Despite the fact that many consider this a positive, many also feel as though the city is like a pressure cooker waiting to burst. Why, exactly? No one is quite sure, but everyone is on edge.>Rei Fukuda: After realizing that both Marie and Yuu were dead, as well as Junko, Rei felt dismayed and distraught; she had refused Junko's requests to aid her under the assumption she'd succeed regardless of her presence. Although she was...neutral on the subject of Junko herself, she had had no quarrel with Marie or Yuu, and felt their loss deeply. She also struck up a long-distance friendship with Kanna. Currently, she has transitioned from writing BL manga to...superhero and magical girl manga. Not to mention, Junko's death DID have a positive effect: Rei has begun taking long walks in the evening and at night- supposedly to 'clear her mind', but given her routine, some might call them 'patrols'...
>>3987219-No. It more or less happened by itself. See above.-Yes. Once they learned that Marie was killed, they were quick to put two and two together. None of the individuals Izumi met in the company of Marie with has dared to so much as use a portion of their power since out of fear they might be next.-Catherine Arceis.
>>3987228So Mrs. Kurosaki DID know that Junko was still alive?
AND NOW SOME LAST WORDS:THANK YOU FOR STICKING THROUGH THIS. I know there was a lot of arguing and debate, but I have to say, I think that for the most part, you guys hashed it out and came to a respectable conclusion. I appreciate the (relative) civility.OKAY SO NOW I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT.I won't be running tomorrow or the day after, obviously. Holidays. But that's not the announcement.The announcement is that I'm not going to be running the day after that. Or the day after that. Or even the day after THAT.In fact, I'm not running jack shit before the New Year. Because even with missing a day or two, constantly running is exhausting. I love it bunches, but I needs me a good long breather. Gonna go outside, do some winter things, yadda yadda.HOWEVER. I am also a weak asshole and enjoy this a lot, and since I have a whole 9 pages to wait until this falls off the board, I'm going to do something I don't normally do:Open up prompts. That is to say, you guys give me a SHORT prompt to write about regarding MGFH and if it tickles my fancy enough I'll write it. (like, maybe two posts, tops, fair warning.) Might be canon, might not, depends on how I feel that day. (I'll let you know). Can be about anyone or any subject. Miranda, Izumi, Lorelei, Sal, anyone in SES, anyone outside of it, or just facets of life in The Intersection in general, so long as it's interesting. Aside from that, feel free to use this thread to just shoot the shit about the universe and stuff you might like/dislike/want/not want/whatever. I enjoy casual discussion.But on the whole, Miranda and co will be taking an end of year break as of tonight. I will proooobably be back to my regular schedule...around the 4th? ish. Keep an eye on Twitter, I'll let you know for sure there.
>>3987235>Corruptor new quest. Magical Mommy Revenge. Coming soon.
Grey and grey, and this so called Third party gang is largely untouched too. The city will need MGs to protect itself from that.>>3987238What WERE the plot points that we never explored? Can you tell us some snippets?
>>3987234By the way, what were those hidden 'Odds' percentages? DCs for more Junko's allies appearing in the field?
>>3987238Happy holidays, Handler! Rest well, you've earned it - churning out daily updates like a boss.
>>3987239>junko's mom vs the forces of alcoholism>>3987238OH, i know.Miranda reluctantly spending the Intersection's Non Denominated Winter Holiday (or INFWH for short) with the daycare kids, or lorelei and izumi.
>>3987235And now that I'm remembering, and since I'm hoping there might be one good thing for someone in this story, did Shirogane Hina make up with her older sister and get to stop hanging out with Karasu?AND DID THE OCCULT CLUB FINALLY DO MAGIC?!
>>3987240Originally, me and Handler plan to do something for the first time. Buying out the contract from the organization with 100-150 large motes. But Izumi took too long to investigate and with Junko too overconfident with herself, so she got what she deserves without knowing what and why she did all of it.
>>3987254She did, after the breakup where Marie was announced dead, most of the girls who were "forced" to be in Karasu group took advantage to get out of the group. The school took a sharp population of transferring out of the school mostly girls.
>>3987259Heh, so going in low-key and in stealth worked against her since she underestimated the threat. Pride and Arrogance at it's finest. A Shame we couldn't get more motes though.
>>3987273Because she just thought that it's just another attack from the organization. And the funny thing is, it's not even her final form. I would say Arc is the MVP of this fight. Sealing her was the worst thing could happen on her.
>>3987238All right, I've got a prompt...What Gartoum does while waiting in his ring.SES's Company Christmas Party, as told from a cell phone video one of the girls took.
>>3987238>open promptsI always enjoys stories from randa's old jobs, especially ones that were unusual enough to stick out for one reason or another.
>>3987254The occult club discovered the hope energy. But that's it.>>3987240Currently, there's no group of magical girls who is protecting the town but Rei comes out every so often if she takes a breather.
>>3987238Heh, a prompt that I'd really like to see is a rookie-only mission and how our new hires operate with each other.
>>3987238Thanks for running handler, have a nice winter holiday and have a great new year.Prompts, pick and choose handler (I might add more later or tomorrow):>Junko's final thoughts>Izumi's last word with Marie, Yuu and Kanna>a day in Owlias Lab>Arc's first impressions in the intersection and her first meeting in her new company>when the original trio first met each other.>A snippet of the original trio's thoughts on their first outgoer jobs>a small conversation: Izumi with her friends in her original world>Since Lori told us about how she got to the intersection, how about a story on her perspective during that>The funniest job Miranda has been on>worst job any of the trio has been on>Mono solo job>What happened to Prima and Jagos first job?>>3987259Oh geez that would have been cool. Tell us, what should the trio have done to get Junko to buy us out? Was it to have Izumi actually join Marie's group?
>>3987304If Marie successfully convinced Izumi, she would have met Junko and there would be checks. First if she was sent by the organization. But if Izumi played her cards right, she would be invited to the mansion and Junko will explain why she is hell bent on destroying the organization. It's mainly on Izumi side really.
>>3987308oh wow, so junko failed because she sent the worst possible person to persuade someone. nice.
>>3987310Everyone else was busy doing their own thing I guess.
>>3987238What happened with the Experimental equipment, some of the results were apparent, but a good deal of them were VERY ambiguous, obviously if they have yet to resolve you don't have to spoil it, but I'd love to know, say, what we sucked out of Marie by accident, and why certain MGs got sick on teleportation and others did not.
>>3987311There was Yuu. It was also a check but it was beyond aggression on Yuu part. But I can understand her. With the group being paranoid, no one would want under that operating table. Like Natalya.
>>3987319Hey Corruptor, how valid were Junko's organization allegations?I had the headcanon that is was just the branch office working with the yakuza and the global Organization was just respecting their autonomy by not investigating.
Hey, if you anons are still around I've made a poll on which jobs you guys liked in this quest. Just for fun and curiosity.www.strawpoll.me/19128356
>>3987330You missed mono's solo gig with Miranda commentating
>>3987326The yakuzas and organization aren't the one and same. However, they're probably the most ambitious ones. They have a vision and that's is to be on the top. Now that the threat is gone, their reputation now preceeds them.
>>3987336Hm, so the Organization does habitually kidnap MGs and brainbleach'em? I was never exactly clear on what Junko's beef was in the first place desu.
>>3987334Ah fuck, my mistake I completely missed that. I guess it's too late to make a new one. Apologies.
>>3987326Also about Junko allegations, it's true. Random kids who got awakened to powers too early is a recipe to be kidnapped and then experimented of.
>>3987340Her main drive in destroying the organization is to stop the kidnapping/child trafficking just because they have something inside them. My universe has a thing called "essence". Basically if ANY Magical Girl fallen in battle, they would leave a ball of hope/despair essence that can be consumed by girls who are of age (14-17) to harness the powers within. Whatever powers and capabilities the MG had would be carried over to an individual. But the power has diminishing effects. The older the person is, the powers weaken.
>>3987330>>3987350Do people know they can pick multiple options? Wait, can we? I did I thought.
>>3987238I actually liked this crossover, amd Artificer, up until people went all hurr durr mussssst recruuuuit waifu.Arc in the intersection but not taking up a slot is fine, IDGAF.So> Arc getting adjusted to her new workplace in the intersectionThrow arcfags a bone and I hope we're done with her.
>>3987357>anons fails to realize that if he was not so obnoxious with bitching and complaining about Arc for an entire week then more people would be voting to leave here to her own fateYou're a fucking clown. Why do you keep throwing fits for two threads straight?