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You are Gunlance Vance, or 'Freelancer' as you've come to be known as of recent. You came to the New World seeking new frontiers and monsters to brave, joined by your loyal Palico companion Vivi.

Numerous adventures await you here you feel, and you want to overcome them all.

Currently, you were stationed in the Research Commission's formal headquarters in the New World, Astera. You had 10492 Zenny total as of today.

Right now, you were out to instruct Tabitabi, a Tobi-Kadachi you believe you've tamed to a degree.

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"Peculiar one aren't you?" You mutter as you look the Tobi-Kadachi over. She looked back, watching you curiously.

You thought you could relay it well enough to her, commands that is. Maybe if you were able to teach her how to respond to specific words... You have an idea, you'll try something.

"Sit." You say out load. Tabitabi's head twists over to the side a little.

You fall to your buttocks and sit down on the wood of the giant tree. The Tobi-Kadachi just looked for a second before doing the same, sitting on it's two back hind legs rather than on all fours.

"Alright, alright..... now. Stand." You say before standing up again. Tabitabi followed this direction too, coming back to it's own feet.

"Okay, now you. Sit." You say, pointing to her. She just stared blankly at you with her big red eyes. You guessed it would be a bit important to repeat the process to get the message through.

In quick succession, you sat and stood multiple times while clarifying which action is which with 'Sit.' and 'Stand.'. You went to sit again and Tabitabi nearly did too until you raised your hand and snapped your fingers, making her stop in mid-motion as you stood again.

"Sit." You say, poking her shoulder. That finally seemed to get the message through, and as you ordered, the monster sat down again, not trying to continually mimic your own sitting and standing.

"Okay. Stand." You say. Tabitabi obeys and rises back to full height.

Excellent, you've gotten something basic down, but there's still more you could try teaching her yet. You swear that by the time you're done with her, she'll be as docile as a Popo casually and as fearsome as a charging herd of Bullfango on command. There's still time left yet before you should try heading back.

>Lets see if we can teach her how to attack something on command now.
>Lets try and see how well she does being a mount for me to ride.
>Lets teach her to play dead.
>Lets teach her to retrieve something for me.
>That's good enough now. Let's head back to Astera and rest until tomorrow.
>Write in.
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>>4027462
>>Lets try and see how well she does being a mount for me to ride.
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>>4027462
>Lets try and see how well she does being a mount for me to ride.
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>>4027462
>Reward tabitabi
>Check for any parasites or injuries after that deviljho rampaged through.
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>>4027462
>Lets try and see how well she does being a mount for me to ride.
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>>4027462
Supporting >>4027515.
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>>4027462
>Lets teach her to retrieve something for me
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>voting to mount the zappy lizard
Please no, we don't have any Thunder resistance.
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>>4027462
This >>4027515

Let´s go slower, monsters are never fully tamed.
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>>4027462
>Lets see if we can teach her how to attack something on command now.

Need I point out her kind is a serious climber and is very zappy? Trying to ride her without special armor or saddle would be most...unpleasant.
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You approached Tabitabi then and brushed your hands through her fur. You did know that Deviljho was first prowling the Ancient Forest, and you were a bit worried that she might have gotten attacked. Looking over her body, you closely inspected her torso and flaps closely, but you found no marks or injury. Her legs and tail, back and all seemed to be fine.

Well, there was a pair of marks you could see on her chest and underbelly, but they were smaller than the size of a Deviljho's thorn, so you quickly deduced it was from the Anjanath you killed, you did recall her being thrown by it at you that one time. The marks weren't substantial however, so you didn't think they were a problem. She didn't mind you prodding and poking at them, very relaxed around you.

You took it that now might be a good time to see how aggressive she can be. You had only your carving knife with you and stood in front of her. Your next action as daring as you knew that monsters over the generations have come to know Hunters and their weapons. Carefully, you drew it in front of her sight and watched her gaze. She looked at you blankly again, not having much interest in the knife. You guessed that she only reacted to things that reacted with violence first towards her, in which case would be territorial creatures such as the Anjanath and Jagras that lived around these parts. Perhaps nobody has bothered to hunt her in specific yet.

You walk over to the bark of the tree and glance back to make sure she's looking before you strike at the tree, leaving a visible gnash on it with your knife.

"Uhh.... Attack!" You say aloud, pointing to the tree before slicing it once more. "Attack, see?"

You walk over and pat her on the shoulder before pointing at the tree, her view following your finger and then looking dead ahead at the tree.

"Attack." You say to her, running back over and demonstrating again with another slice before coming back over to her side.

"...Now you try.... Attack!" You say and point at the tree again. Just like with teaching her how to sit and stand, she leaps over and bears her claw at the tree, leaving behind three bigger gnashes over yours. She looks back and tilts her head.

"....Yeah, now you're getting the hang of it. Good girl." You say, coming over to pet her head again. Tabitabi purrs under your touch and yawns then. All on her own she begins to walk away, but stops to look back at you again.

Will you try to teach her more? Or is that good enough for today in your eyes?
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>>4027847
Let's head home, give her time to find a good spot.
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>>4027847
Let the girl rest.
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>>4027847
Go back to town.
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>>4027847
Thats enough for the day
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You decided enough was enough, she was probably going to settle into her night for the night anyway so you'll do the same. You turn and leave back to Astera without another word.

Back at Astera, you watched the moon rise, sitting on the ledge of a walkway. You had a journal with you, gifted by your mother before you left the Old World, you were writing down every bit of your adventure you had currently here in the New World as you had not really touched the book much before. You think the guilt for neglecting it has caught up. You did promise that one day you'd go back to the Old World to visit relatives again.

Climbing into your bed, you fell soundly asleep, anticipating the next day. When the sun rose, you were woken by the yawning of Vivi and the sounds of the other Hunters in the barracks moving about.

You took care of what needs you had, such as brushing your teeth to maintain your near perfect and suited up. Your Hornetaur set order at the Smithy should be complete soon so you'll stick with your trusty Alloy set just for a day longer before parting with it. You almost didn't want to, as you've practically had this set all your life until now.

You felt Vivi tug on your belt and looked down.

"Today's the big day for mew Meowster. The Commander wanted to see you didn't he? Whatever he has, I'm sure meow'll make a big paw-off on it!"

"Yeah, always." You said smiling lightly, raising your fist for a fistbump with her.

You headed outside and saw Brigg already at the Commander's table with the Scoutress. Hulk was the last one to show. The Commander was looking over his map of the New World quietly. A researcher in what appeared to be a mask with breathing tubes was standing there at the side of the table, his wet gear showing him to be a diver, accompanied by a beginner Hunter with dual blades wearing chainmail.

Then the Commander spoke up and broke the silence. "You're sure it was no Guild ship at all? Positive?"

"One hundred and ninety nine percent, sir. There's no mistaking it, they were all illegals." The Diver Researcher said.

"I can vouch for that sir, I was on my first mission escorting the Aquatic Ecologist here and I saw them too. I hid behind some trees while he was hiding in the water as they came into the bay." The Hunter with dual blades said.

"I see. Well, that will be all I need from you two. Dismissed." The Commander says, the two others nod and leave.

"I'm glad you're all here now." The Commander addressed you and your friends. "We've got ourselves a crooked little problem on hand and I'd like for you all to be the ones to investigate it."

"Commander sir, if I may interject, why us in specific?" Brigg asked, placing his hands on his fat armor piece.
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"We've got too many other resources diverted towards our bigger investigation into the Yama Tsukami that appeared as of late. Right now all I have are a handful of Hunters with experience for this kind of thing, such as the four of you, and a bunch of others more suited for rank and file duties and they may be needed elsewhere. You're all perfect candidates right now." The Commander says.

"What what would you have us do, sir?" You ask, speaking up.

"Well first of all, let me start by saying this might shock you as much as it did me. I got word yesterday from those two you saw just now that a ship unaligned with the Guild has appeared somewhere here, far away from the Ancient Forest." The Commander says, pointing out a place on the map unmarked and uncharted.

"When ships like that show in places dense with Monster life, it can only mean one thing; Poachers." The Commander says.

All at the same time you and each of your companions were instantly surprised.

"Normally, this sort of thing is taken care of by the Guild Knights whose job it is to punish and arrest Poachers for breaking the law, or even kill them should the need arise, but those with such a rank present are too busy. Instead, I want you four to deal with it." The Commander says.

"How exactly?" You ask, unsure about taking a weapon to a fellow Human or Wyverian...

"Simple. You don't have to directly confront the Poachers, if they are Poachers, which is something I expect you all to confirm. You only need to find a way to sabotage their means of poaching. This would include finding traps they may have laid out and disabling them before they can capture any Monsters, or destroying their supplies to force them away. Keep in mind that most Poachers arrested back in the Old World are never as armed as a Hunter of the Guild is, they rely more closely on tactics than brawn, so I wouldn't expect anything more or less from these we're dealing with. Though, I am curious as to how they found their way here... our fleets have always had to use specific routes." The Commander says.

"So, can you get the job done for me? Are you up for it?" The Commander asks.

All at once, your companions nodded and gave a salute. Slowly, you followed suit. You were not too bright on the idea of this mission, but it's being asked by the Commander and you can't work up the guts to ask for abstaining from it.

"Good. But there's another thing too. The four of you have only traveled as a team like this out on an expedition once, and while you showed some promise in being able to cooperate, one thing remains unclear. Which of you is the leader of this little team of yours?" The Commander asks.
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>Why it's us, Gunlance Vance. Our volition drives this team on to victory. We can't be stopped.

>Without a doubt Brigg, he is the brains here and can conceptualize on a higher level if allowed to.

>Atricia, she is the most experienced of us four, having slayed the Elder Dragon Kirin before.

>Senzo, he knows that problems are always easily solved with a lot of strength and big weapons.
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>>4028076
Briggs would be alright if he could think faster.

Hulk might paradoxically be okay if the pressure of being a leader straightened him out.

>Atricia, she is the most experienced of us four, having slayed the Elder Dragon Kirin before.
For now.
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>>4028076
>Atricia, she is the most experienced of us four, having slayed the Elder Dragon Kirin before.
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>>4028076
>Atricia, she is the most experienced of us four, having slayed the Elder Dragon Kirin before.
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There was a moment of silence then as the Commander just eyed your group.

You were the first to say something, pointing to Atricia. "Scoutress here is obviously the most experienced, so I say she should be our team leader."

"I find myself in agreement." Brigg said.

"Sure." Hulk follows.

"Hmm, yes, I can see why. She has made a name for herself around here managing to be a great scout on the side of using an encumbering weapon not so fitting of that role. Very well, I suppose that's decided then." The Commander says.

The Commander's fingers comes down to the part of the board where the objective lied.

"There is plenty of places in the New World we still have yet to discover. This bay neighboring the Ancient Forest is one of them. For now, we've been calling it the Lambent Bay. As you should know, the place is very watery, so few researchers actually tread there. We don't have much knowledge, but hopefully you all can gain some on the way. If that is all, you may be dismissed now and onto the goal at hand. May the Sapphire Star light your ways." The Commander finished.

With that, your group all saluted and made off. On the way, you had a meal at the canteen with your friends while chatting with one another about the bay and the possibility of Poachers. Keeping supplies in check, your group readied themselves and mounted the wingdrakes, flying off to the destination.
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The flight was a lot shorter than you anticipated actually. The wingdrakes carried your party the whole way of the Ancient Forest, passing over miles of woodland before lowering your group downwards into the forest's end.

From there, it was only a short walk until you looked down and saw sand traces. The greenery ahead was becoming progressively brighter and more tropical, with apparent and more colorful fruits and coconuts as you looked all around.

Shortly after that, you were the first to step ahead and open a path between a collection of large leafs blocking something blinding ahead. You were stunned momentarily by the radiant sunshine blaring through and covered your face as you walked a few steps ahead and then opened your eyes.

Before you was laid out a tropical paradise, with water bluer than the scales of Zinogre. You could see the sun shining down into that heavenly stream, there was clearly visible schools of fish swimming along and the rocks protruded out high against the shapely land of the Lambent Bay. Flying monsters were seen overhead in droves, prospering far better here than in the Forest. It was spectacular as a sight, and you almost forgot your mission with how much you absorbed the sight.

"Wow..... incredible..." Atricia said as she stepped past you and looked over the bay.

"What kind of Monster life do you think we'll find here? Hermitaurs? Gobul?" Brigg voiced his thoughts.

"I don't know but I can't wait to break them like conch shells!" Hulk said.

"Well, we're here now. I'm flattered you all chose me as leader, but to be honest, I've always been more of a lone wolf type myself. That's not going to stop me from trying my best though!" The Scoutress says as she looks over the land again.

"I can see two big sectors down there, ripe for a ship to stop at. There also seems to be a beach to my northeast that way, and there's dense jungle to the right. I think we should spread out to cover more land" Atricia suggests before turning back to the group.

"First thing's first, you're all going to need some of these, just in case." She says, throwing some metal items to each member of the group. You caught three of your own and saw that they were cuffs meant for binding other humans. They were as toughly made as a buster sword.

"Our mission here is pretty straight forward just like the Commander said. First, I believe our first move should be to confirm the presence of the Poachers, which we'll do by splitting up. After that, we should all meet up back here and discuss what to do then. Any objections?" The Scoutress asks.

>Interject an idea of your own.
>Go along with the plan and then pick an area to search yourself.

>There are several different sectors of the Lambent Bay to search. You will choose one, or two to search all by yourself.
>(Jungle, Beach, Bay openings, Tropical Great Tree, Watering Holes, Rock Rises.)
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>>4028368
Watering holes, bay opening
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>>4028368
Search the Bay Openings and Jungle
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>>4028368
>Go along with the plan and then pick an area to search yourself.
Beach and Bay openings
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>>4028368
Watering holes and Jungle
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>>4028368
>>Go along with the plan and then pick an area to search yourself.
> Beach, Bay openings
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"None here. I'll take the bay openings, and the beach." You say.

"I'll search the rises and the watering holes." Hulk says.

"I'll go through the great tree over yonder." Brigg says.

"Okay, then that settles that. I'll cover the jungle then. Remember this spot. Let's go." Atricia said.

Your team all affirmed their choices and did this gesture where each of you all clashed your fists together before wishing each other good luck and disembarking towards the chosen destinations

You saw them quickly run off and disappear to their own areas while you hiked over rocks and past tall grass on your way to the Beach sector. From the looks of things, the openings to the bay must have been past that expansive beach ahead. The shining, pearly blue sea all over reminded you dearly of your home in the Old World where you were raised at, Moga Village. Though you spent most of your life there, you had little interest for the mainstay of the village, which was fishing.

You spent more time working on your physique in your childhood years, adoring the lifestyles of the Hunters you saw. You always aspired to want to be one too, one of the best even. When your teenage years hit, realization dawned on you that so long as you continued to stay in Moga, you would never achieve that dream. Making enough to travel by working the farm for years beforehand, you departed the village and your family too, promising to visit again, promising that you would make a life out there for yourself.

That was what lead you to travel the continent and attend training to be a Hunter in Dundorma. Now look at you, you're a full fledged rank seven, and you're here in the New World. You couldn't help but admire what success you've already had.

Ahh, but your reflecting is brought to end by seeing another reflection as you look down into the puddle of water you had just stepped in. Sand was now all around you and the tall grass atop the sandy dunes behind you were already far out of reach. Here you were standing now at the Beach sector of the Lambent Bay.

In the distance, you could faintly see a pack of Hermitaur grazing along the sands ahead past some huge rocks laying on the beachhead. You knew that some Old World monsters never before seen have been appearing in the New World, but you wondered how many more would if Hermitaurs were here?

That prompted you to investigate, looking all around the beach. You saw numerous shells, conch shells, some ore veins and Nulberry sprouts. Perhaps the most interesting part was a stream of water flowing down into a cave by a carved out way through the sand of the beach reaching back to the ocean. You came around that way and looked over the entrance until something caught your eye.

You looked it over, picking it up. It was a red scale. In fact, that wasn't the only one, there were plenty more lying around. But what left them?
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You had not much more time to think it over then as you heard a cry coming from the air. Your head shot over and saw a figure blocking most of the sun descending towards you rapidly, it's claws drawn and extended to grab you.

Quickly thinking, you shot out, leaping out of the way and rolling back onto your feet it landed on the cave entrance and ran over it, jumping off and landing in front of you.

You got a good look at this monster now and you couldn't believe your eyes initially. It was a Seregios, a flying wyvern from the Old World. It showed it's fangs off and it's scales rattled across it's neck and shoulders as it stood at full height and then lowered to bellow it's roar at you.

You took a few cautious steps back as it outspread it's wings and waved it's tail around to appear intimidating. You had to roll again as it went forward and it's tail slapped the earth where you previously were like a giant flail. It kicked and clawed at you until you could back away enough to get a good distance away from the monster.

It roared again and faced you, walking around with you in a circle as you drew your Gunlance and held your shield tight.

>Anticipate the Seregios' next attack and counter it.
>Wait to block out anything else it throws so you get an opening.
>Shell at it passively as it goes to attack next to throw it off.
>Rush forward and take a swipe of your own at it.
>Fire the Wyrmstake Cannon at it.
>Charge up your Wyvernfire.
>Write in.
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>>4029176
>Shell at it passively as it goes to attack next to throw it off.
Hoo boy, we still have the Alloy Armor on, don't we.
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>>4029176
>>4029185
Actually.
>Anticipate the Seregios' next attack and counter it.
Calling a lunge.
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>>4029176
>Anticipate the Seregios' next attack and counter it.
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>>4029176
>Anticipate the Seregios' next attack and counter it.
Like every Big monster battle
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>>4029176
>>Shell at it passively as it goes to attack next to throw it off.
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>>4029176
>Anticipate the Seregios' next attack and counter it.
Watch the claw swipes.
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You stopped circling then and just peered over at the Seregios. It raised it's head and then came at you like a lightning bolt, gliding through the air at you using it's wings.

You saw it coming and took measures to evade. Your left foot went up and your right pushed you aside, allowed you to fall out of the way. Your Gunlance went over your shoulder as the claws trying to grab hold of you missed. You had a little trick in mind and put it into motion the best way you could.

Your Gunlance's blade went forward to strike, licking across the softer scales and skin of the Seregios' armpit. You drew out a long wound in the Seregios' flesh there, causing it to wind itself up to protect the area. It's heart wasn't far away from being touched by something that could breach far enough into the soft places there.

You fell down as you intended and rolled in the sand around it's back legs and under it's tail. Coming over to it's right, you got on your left foot and pushed yourself up with your shield, taking the Gunlance to bare down on the Seregios' right wing in one strong swipe downwards. The monster rumbled back and yelped at that, some small scales falling off, the attack having softened it's wing.

You could not bring your shield to block however as the Seregios spun around, it's tail impacted your torso and missing your chin, blowing you backwards into the sand. You used the motion of the hit to roll yourself back to your feet and raise your shield. That one hurt, and you could tell the Seregios was still ready to go.

It's neck scales fluttered and you saw what was coming next as you hid behind your shield to block a volley of scales being launched your way by the Seregios. The thing lifted itself to the air with it's flapping again and came forward, but you rolled and poked it's toes with your Gunlance before sidestepped as the Seregios stood on one foot and tried to slash at you with the other claw.

It turned it's head to face you, only to get punctured by it's lip from your Blazing Gunlance. The wyvern raised it's head and you sliced at the bottom of it's jaw before shelled it near the eye as it went to bite at you. The Seregios blurted a sound as it gyrated from that, stunned for the second.

>Use a nearby rock to jump up onto it's back and mount it.
>Attack the legs to overturn it and make it vulnerable.
>Use a really strong attack on it's head now while you can.
>Lead it in a circle and then chuck sand in it's face before fleeing.
>Write in.
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>>4029325
>Use a really strong attack on it's head now while you can.
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>>4029325
>>Use a really strong attack on it's head now while you can.
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>>4029325
gunlances are pretty loud. Are there any piles of dung around?
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>>4029325
>Use a nearby rock to jump up onto it's back and mount it.
I'll show you who's the boss of this beach.
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>>4029325
>Use a really strong attack on it's head now while you can.
Get the fuck away from me
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You didn't hesitate to build up energy in your arm. You nudged closer with the Gunlance scraping the sand as you held it back.

The Seregios roared as it shook it head and you tensed, coming to a halt as it raised it's head and then brought it down. Still a bit shaken, his snout bites the sand in front of you before shaking and bringing it's head level with yours. It's green eyes drilled back at yours.

It opened it's maw to prepare and bite you, but you raised a leg and unleashed the ultra powerful strike you were saving until this very moment. Both hands of yours were glued to the handle and you let it rip through the wind. You could not help by exhaust a solid bellow of your own as you did.

"YaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGHHHHHHH!"

You brought the blade of your Gunlance down so fast onto the Seregios' head, you made an afterimage with it and the air whistled piercingly as the blade displaced it and hit it's mark. The blow caused a puff of sand to blow up into your face as it hit the Seregios in the head and carried it downwards hard into the sand, making a small crater around it.

Razor sharp scales around it's face and chin peeled and were taken off by the force, the Seregios' blade-like curved horn being split in two completely from the substantial move you made. The wyvern's head was buried half way into the sand and it pulled it out, falling a bit backwards as it's neck waved around.

The thing stumbled, dazed and disoriented by it. It whimpered as some scales still fell from it's face. You took in a deep breath, a bit numb in your arms from how hard you hit it yourself and looked up at the thing. It shook it's head violently and looked back your way.

You flinched as the Seregios roared and then turned tail to flee, but as it did, IT happened suddenly.

There was a clicking as the Seregios' foot touched a spot in the sand, and without warning a set of iron jaws lined with rows of teeth fashioned from Monster bones and iron clamped down on it's leg. The flying wyvern screeched a blood curdling roar of pain and tried it's best to free itself, but could not. The trap was so heavy that the Seregios could barely lift it into the air, uncovering more to reveal it's weights and mechanisms.

It struggled, flapping about wildly for as long as it could until it exhausted itself, you watched the whole time without a word. This was it, this confirmed the presence of illegal Poachers. Such a trap would not normally be used by the Guild, especially not for something like a Seregios.

The wyvern settled down, whimpering as it tried to move towards the nearby cave, making shallow progress so long as the trap had it caught. You could finish the thing off easily now like this....

What will you do?
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>>4029548
Now that's not fair. Let's work to get the trap loose, it's what we came for.
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>>4029548
Search the sands carefully for other traps. If it can bite into a wyvern leg, it can most certainly cleave a hunter's foot.
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>>4029567
This too.
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>>4029548
Try to break the trap first, then finish the Seregios. The fucker tried to kill us and the trap mechanism should enough evidence. Search the area for more traps then regroup. I´m preeety sure someone, or something, heard the little scuffle.
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>>4029571
Why /qst/ always eats my words fucking fuck

>the trap mechanism should be enough evidence
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>>4029548
Kill it.
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You didn't feel right killing the Seregios with the cage still trapped around it's leg, so you waited until it was being still enough to sheath your weapons and walk over. You slowly examined the mechanisms of the trap, seeing how crudely it was made in comparison to something the smithy could forge, or any of the Commission engineers for that matter.

The thing was operated by a heavy pressure plate, needing a bit more weight on it to trigger. Something in the weight class of a Rathian, or a Seregios like this one was clearly in mind for whoever designed and forged this trap. A human may be able to trigger it by jumping up while carrying two greatswords and wearing an Uragaan set though, but that's still just theory, as even with all of that you still wouldn't weigh as much as a Rathian.

You saw a lever hanging up on the thing and exerted a little force pulling it up, allowing the mechanisms to relax. There was a release handle too, which you pulled free, making the trap reset and jut open, releasing the Seregios into the dirt.

The thing panted and looked back at you, growling still and trying it's best to back away. It might not have been able to fight back so well now, but after trying to snatch you up for a meal like that earlier, you didn't feel bad or dishonorable for killing it like this. Who would project a sense of honor onto monsters in their right mind?

You took out your Gunlance and stepped forward, smacking the wyvern across the face with your shield, dazing it. It's scales fluttered up and you blocked the incoming volley it sent slowly, shaking your shield to rake of scales stuck to it before you stabbed at it's neck and swiped a wound across it's chest.

The Seregios fell down and experienced a sudden rush of adrenaline and energy as it flailed on the ground when you shelled it's head twice. You walked up and lowered your Gunlance's barrel to it's neck and cocked it's primer.

"Tell them it was Gunlance Vance who sent you to the hereafter." You nonchalantly said before pulling the trigger and shooting your Wyrmstake rod into it's neck. The Seregios tried it's best to throw itself to the cave, but stopped and reached up one last time before falling flat as the Wyrmstake rod exploded in between the scales of it's neck, embedded into the flesh. It's throat must have been struck, and with that vital veins in it's physiology.

You carved the thing for materials to store in your satchel before drinking a mega potion and sharpening your weapons. With that, you wandered your way out of the beach sector after searching for anymore traps. You found another placed a bit farther off from where the first trap was, near some fruit trees, but that was it. This much evidence would suffice, you thought, and so you left the Beach to return to the meeting point...
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>Go for the kill
We can get its sick golden armor afterwards, better defense than what we have on us currently. We can be an absolute tank.
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>>4029790
>Seregios, who killed you?
>My ears were blasted, so I couldn't hear properly, but I think his name was.....
>Lance Ants
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The meeting point wasn't too far from a little section of the Bay hidden behind some trees and rocks you found that you thought might be suitable for the camp. You spent your time waiting sketching a little outlay of what you've traveled in the Bay so far onto a blank piece of paper included with your set of maps. You marked the area you saw in specific as a good spot for a possible camp. Then, you sat and cooked a fish you caught over your BBQ split and waited some more....

Eventually, you saw Brigg and Hulk come over in the distance and Atricia showed up right after. The three came up and all looked equally tense as you did.

"I'll fight a lot of monster... and I ain't afraid of anything.... but.... that thing.... maybe I should steer clear of.... for now." Hulk said.

"I think I might just have had the easiest time in my little exploration. What did you encounter, Vance?" Brigg asked.

"A Seregios at the beach. Thing tried to fly down and catch me, but I managed to get it." You said.

"A Seregios? Interesting. I encountered an Arzuros in the Great Tree." Brigg said.

"Hey man, you're freaking lucky. I almost got trampled to death in the rock rises by a Duramboros. And then I got harassed by a pack of Jaggi in the watering holes." Hulk said while pinching the temple of his helmet.

"Yeah, I saw Jaggi in the jungle too, and a Qurupeco." Atricia says as she walks in front of everyone. "Well, we're all here now. Let's pile our findings on now. Who wants to start?"

"I will." You say as you stand and show your sketch of the beach, pointing to where you most accurately placed the entrance to the cave. "I found two big traps meant for wyverns here. The Seregios I encountered got caught in one and it's leg was broken, couldn't get out because the trap was too heavy and bulky. The trap wasn't good quality but it got it's job done, almost looked visceral with how many teeth were slapped on."

"I saw a small lifeboat out around the watering holes somewhere, nobody was there but it had a lantern that looked fresh enough, and harpoons." Hulk reported.

"I did not find anything especial in the Great Tree such as traps, but I did find some human footprints of at least two people, so there was definitely someone there." Brigg reports.
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"I found a cage trap in the jungle. It had a pair of Conga trapped inside. I let them out quietly and continued my searches, and eventually I ran across a pitfall covered up, there were some carved stakes down inside laced with what I can only guess is paralyzing liquids." Atricia says.

"I suppose that confirms it then. This is all the work of Poachers, no doubts now. I'm guessing their ship must be docked around the bay openings. Vance, did you check that way?" The Scoutress asks, turning to you.

"I didn't get the chance too, I thought the traps would be enough evidence. If their ship is still here though, it's definitely within the openings." You say.

"Then we need to decide on what we'll do to drive them away. Any ideas?" Atricia asks.

"We could attract a big monster to tear their ship apart! We could poison their food supply under the dark of night! We could set their ship on fire an-" Hulk suddenly went on before being stopped by Atricia raising her hand.

"Ehem... we're supposed to drive them off. Remember the Commander said we didn't need to directly confront them? We need a non-lethal idea that will work." She stated.

Everyone just stood there then, rubbing their chins and thinking hard... Brigg looked as though he was cooking up something good in his head, but was taking too long to actually say it...

Do YOU have any ideas you'd like to share with the team?
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>>4029855
We should back up Hulk's first idea of attracting something the poachers couldn't catch towards them to drive them off. They're poachers, who cares if a few die?
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>>4029855
Let’s start with the basic, steal their food
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>>4029855
Plant a lot of dung on their boats. Traps can be smelled, not much work can be done.

If we sabotage the boat, they won't have something to return home with and be forced to come to us.

Planting wyvern eggs on the boat should attract some nasty beasts.

If we steal all their traps, eventually they'll need to set up a smithy to make more. That would be much easier to surround and arrest.
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You think for yourself there while you could. You sort of wanted to support Hulk's idea of attracting a monster the Poachers can't deal with to them and forcing their leave from the Bay, but the Commander's words did still stand, so you shot that down in your head fast.

When you next spoke, you had different ideas to share and the group listened eagerly. These ideas included plans on shortening their food supply rapidly, capturing their own traps and forcing them to run out of options, or sabotaging their ship. They all mostly agreed with you.

"If I may contribute my own, I believe we could flush them out with fire." Brigg says, making everyone give him a look. "See, I've noticed the chef keeps around a few barrels of a specific brand of alcohol he doesn't usually break out but for very special occasions. It is also apparently highly flammable. I'm thinking if I could convince him to lend them, we could pour the alcohol down into their bay, and set the whole thing on fire to drive them out." Brigg says.

"Well.... we maybe could do that, but it would have to be on you to convince the chef, Brigg." Atricia says.

"Oh, I'm sure I could given enough time. Until then, I think we should follow Vance's ideas." Brigg said, making you smirk lightly. Senzo nodded at that as well.

"Very well. Then let's get on it fast." The Scoutress says.

The following day was spent simply. Your party ventured out into the Lambent Bay and begun a long work.

Dung was gathered (by glove of course!) to be spread all over the positions of the traps laid out in the beach sector. They were too heavy to confiscate on their own, so for now the dung piles you made over them would definitely help to deter anything from walking over them or coming near, the smell was too potent and it took you hours to do it. In the jungle, the cages were found and taken back to the spot you told them was suitable for a camp. The pitfall trap found was filled with larger rocks and tree limbs after the stakes were carefully removed by Atricia.
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Your party came across no Poachers out in the field, and Hulk soon confirmed that the lifeboat he saw was gone. More digging eventually turned up more cages and this time rope traps which were also dismantled and collected. The next step was depriving nearby and convenient food sources from the jungle while also working to help hide others for the local wildlife. Berries and fruit trees were picked clean and brought back to the setup, while berries not suitable for consumption due to their poisonous nature were left untouched. Though, there was some doubt in whether or not they'd actually be eaten. Any Poacher worth their salt would carry some basic knowledge of what to eat and what not to eat out in the wilderness.

By the time that was all said and done, your party regrouped again and decided on fortifying the camp setup spot more. Using the rope collected from the newest traps, a ghillie tarp was made using plenty of foliage collected from bushes and draped over the general sight of the camp from behind the rocks and tropical trees. It made for some decent shade against that blaring sun still blinding even as sunset neared.

It was about that time that Brigg decided to make a return to Astera. He said he would return by tomorrow with the barrels of flammable alcohol so that the bigger plan can come to fruition. You trusted him to return personally, but you doubted he would be able to convince Meowscular Chef to part with something he is said to rarely break out.

With most of the work done by now, it was just you, Senzo and Atricia. She put her own hands to work over the three BBQ splits available and worked up kebabs using fish and fruit, you had to admit they were quite delicious to boot. When you asked her how she knew to cook this well, rather than with minor ability that most Hunters have, she explains that before becoming a Hunter, she was a Handler once in the Old World. That part did surprise you, most persons who become Handlers usually stay Handlers.

The conversation about the Yama Tsukami the three of you had was shortlived as the night finally set in. The Scoutress explained that now was a better time than never for reconnaissance and slowly vanished into the dark of the jungle, saying that she would find a spot to watch from and sit there for the night, and then that everyone should regroup at the camp again in the morning. Senzo shrugged and followed right after. You did too, but this time you headed out the way of the bay openings, intending to see the extent of the Poacher's operation...
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You had wandered past the sands of the beach and back into woodwork. Very few trees were around and that sort of alarmed you, as there wouldn't be much to use as cover. You waded past grassy patches littered with stones and found yourself entering through the fold of Jungle, but only near it's sharpest edges.

As you did, you lost your footing then, falling off of a ledge as you tripped over it and face first down into some mud. You groaned and wiped the sticky wet dirt clumps off your leggings and gauntlets and pressed further in.

As you did, you come out to a place between the trees that seemed about as open as the barracks, but you stopped discreetly as you heard this strange sound from above.

You looked up and saw some sort of... creature there. It was short, covered in a cloak of something that looked like tree bark. It's face was hidden behind this veil it wore with many holes, and it's dark hand grasped a staff.

The thing tilted it's head downwards at you and you just looked back, trying to discern what it was. It made another noise, almost like a vibration then as it spoke. It's voice was coarse and gravelly.

"....Hunter?"

You took a wild guess that by the scales you saw on it's dress, it was a Wyverian of some kind.

"...Tell the Star that Elders gather again. It will help his foresight."

"What? The Star? You mean the Sapphire Star?" You replied.

"....I will answer only three questions.... My first answer is yes." The being said back. "....Elders will gather again, but not for the crossing. The comet, the blackened end, the sky... They come for blood, few riled by hatreds of the far before, few more for deceptive instinct. Energy draws."

You opened your mouth to speak again but shut it before you wasted another question. This being seemed to be willing to answer another two, but you wanted to see how you could get the most answers of it and just waited.

"....More are on the way... They will bring cataclysm in their blind rampages, not all will see reason. They few seek his blood."

>"Why are more Elders coming?"
>"Blood? Whose blood are they after?"
>"Hatreds of the past?"
>"What do you mean by see reason?"
>"Energy draws?
>"The comet? Blackened End? Sky?"
>Write in.
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>>4030211
>"The comet? Blackened End? Sky?"
>"What do you mean by see reason?"
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>>4030211
>"What do you mean by see reason?"
>"Blood? Whose blood are they after?"

*chuckles* we're in danger.meme

Not sure whose blood. Doesn't sound like fatalis, might be the blood needed to kill fatalis.
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>>4030211
>"Blood? Whose blood are they after?"
>"What do you mean by see reason?"

We shouldn't waste a question on learning about what elders are coming when we can ask the researchers back home and see what they can tell us.
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>>4030211
>"Blood? Whose blood are they after?"
>"What do you mean by see reason?"
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>"What do you mean by see reason?"
>"The comet? Blackened End? Sky?"
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>>4030211
>>"The comet? Blackened End? Sky?"
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"Blood? Whose blood are they are? The Sapphire Star's....?" You gravely asked.

".....No. They come for the Primeval Man. The sin of the past still lingers yet in a cyclopean tower..... It's foundation was laid with Dragons, it's form was hidden from sight by the people who spanned the world. The tower funnels, it is unlike any other... It will rise from the ground again." The being said.

You could not place what he meant. His words were difficult to grasp in that, but you would keep it in mind. This being didn't seem very credible to you, at least he didn't until he showed of knowledge of the Sapphire Star, but you still doubted he was predicting anything for real. You would have to bring this information back to camp and alert the officers. Maybe they might know something more, but right now you'll use your last question up.

"What do you mean by see reason? Are you trying to imply some of these Elder Dragons... can be negotiated with?" You asked while crossing your arms.

".....It was thought dead. It lies in the Recess of the Elders. It will reincarnate. It needs to be found. It must be raised again." The being stated.

"...And what is 'it'?" You ask.

The being on the branch didn't say anything. It instead turned away and began to walk along the branch behind the jungle's greens and left your sight entirely.

You were left flabbergasted. The pseudo-prophetic air that thing gave off irked you a bit. You didn't really believe in myths and legends, but you were agnostic enough that you knew they had to be based off of something. Nobody ever came up with anything all on their own without inspiration. You held the firm position that even if fabled things did exist, they would be highly exaggerated in word compared to the reality.

Like that legend of the so-called Fatalis. Could there really be a Black Dragon out there? Maybe. But could we kill it today with technology far advanced now more than ever? Definitely. Humans didn't have anything to fear, and that thought gave you reassurance in the face of hearing about 'catastrophic' Elder Dragons.

Well, that was about enough dallying now. You had to get a move on. The night was still ripe and you had some spotting to do.

You continued along your way into the jungle...
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Moving through more of the slog became quickly tiresome, but eventually you were able to escape the density of the jungle, chopping away at limbs from bushes and trees blocking your way with your carving knife. Then ahead you saw a source of light burning in the distance.

You emerged from two trees and got on your knees behind a large stone another patch of tall grass. You took your binoculars out and zoomed in for a closer look. It was the second of the bay openings and the bigger of the two. There, you saw a corvette, smaller than the Argosy but from the looks of it still big enough to transport a monster like Rathian easily enough within it's hull, after being heavily restrained. Lanterns were lit across it's deck and it's revolture nest where you saw someone looking out over the bay, keeping watch with a spotlight that used Flashflies. The ship was anchored down and not going anywhere.

You scanned over the sand near the bay and saw a few big tents set up in a circle. There was some bonfires burning around and about and you saw some more cages and traps set up to the far left. A bunch of barrels and crates were over to the far right as well. Some of them appeared to be kegs. You took a while to find them, but you did see some people walking along the beach there. The Poachers, and they looked about as poor as you expected.

These dogs wore shirts striped with red and blue, baggy tattered pants and bandanas. Leather vests and a few wore a cuirass of rusty plate with leather helmets. They all carried on in their carefree lives. It seemed that at the moment the majority of them were all drunk. Some were dancing around their fire drinking their rum, some wandering a bit far off of their camp setup and then collapsing drunkenly.

You saw who must have been their leader, a taller man with a pegleg draped in a big crimson jacket, wearing a bicorne with a big plume of feathers. He was waving around a basic iron switch axe while carrying on with his fellow Poacher men

You guessed you would just be monitoring their activity for the night..... but, there wasn't anything that could stop you from... doing a few steps of your own.

>We could torch their crates and barrels when their asleep so they have nothing to continue surviving off of.
>Let's sabotage their traps and cages, so even if they set them up, they won't catch any monsters at all.
>Let's just sit and wait until morning for Brigg's big plan to drive them out. No need to do anything rash.
>Write in.
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>>4031254
>Let's sabotage their traps and cages, so even if they set them up, they won't catch any monsters at all.
Since they're mostly drunk, it's safe to do
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>>4031189
>Humans didn't have anything to fear,
Haha....

>>4031254
>Let's sabotage their traps and cages, so even if they set them up, they won't catch any monsters at all.
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>>4031254
>Let's sabotage their traps and cages, so even if they set them up, they won't catch any monsters at all.
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>>4031254
>Let's just sit and wait until morning for Brigg's big plan to drive them out. No need to do anything rash.
You're still separated from the party without a complete idea of how to get back.
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>>4031254
>Let's just sit and wait until morning for Brigg's big plan to drive them out. No need to do anything rash.
There's a fine line between bravery and stupidity.
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You thought that now was a good time to try and get in some more secretive blows against the Poachers, all to make sure this mission gets over faster. You wanted to go back to hunting Monsters, not doing a Guild Knight's job against a band of petty scoundrels.

You sat and just watched for the time being. The Poachers fooled around in their own way, singing a sea shanty and even cheering on two of their bigger members having a slapping match to see who would fall down first.

It took a while for them to settle down more. One by one, each of the Poachers started to come to, falling fast asleep in their drunken stupor. Some so drunk they piled on top of each other. There must have been at least twnety or so of them in total. Most Poacher bands usually exceeded such a size, numbering thirty according to the Guild. These were amateurs at best. Though, how they reached the New World is a mystery....

You got up slowly and began to trek down towards their camp along the bay's rising terrain. The tall grass helped to shroud your crouched form as you slid down below to the sand and crept quietly closer.

The camp was loosely organized and these Poachers didn't seem to know where to put what. It would have made the Provisions Manager have a fit. You saw them using a small chest to store their rum bottles, while leaving valuable things such as their cutlasses out lying and about, and they wore no shoes. You were surprised you didn't see a streak of blood yet from one of the fools stepping on one here.

You were close to their camp, so much that you carefully stepped over their sleeping bodies and made your way around to the traps. The cages were easily dismantled enough, all you had to do with break the locks with a quiet and controlled snap and loosen it's nuts and bolts to destabilize it. You used your carving knife to cut some portions of their ropes away, weakening it enough that a few Conga could snap it and escape. You found another of the menacing jaw traps like the one that Seregios was caught by and found out by now that they had a way to adjust the pressure plate. You worked on it for a bit until the pressure required to break it would have to be ultra heavy, more than any flying wyvern in the weight class of Rathian could pull off.

That seemed to about do it. You went to sneak away and leave. Suddenly, you stopped as you heard some footsteps in the sand. You moved over to get behind the largest tent there and you peaked out from behind a crate. There was a Poacher still a bit drunk walking your way, drowsy and without much balance. He was whispering some kind of shanty about taking a leak.
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You would be spotted inevitably, so you did the only thing you thought reasonable and pulled up the cloth of the tent behind you to crawl in an hide. You were underneath a table now, and looked all around. The inside of the tent was lit only by a single candle and that captain figure you saw was over laid out on the floor, flat on his face and snoring.

Feeling a bit braver now, you came out and stood to full height and looked around. That captain's swtich axe was over against a chair... and there was a chest open next to it.

Curiosity got the better of you and you peeked inside. There was a bag of Zenny inside so big that it looked to have.... fifty thousand within. It is within the Guild's best interest to confiscate things from Poacher... riiiiight? Well... maybe there wouldn't be any shame in it if you were to 'confiscate' this Zenny from these crooks, riiight? Besides, it would be a shame if it was lost in Brigg's plan to burn the bay and run these half-bites out.

Now wait, there was something else. A small little box next to the table. It was filled with... Max Potions! It looked easy enough to carry and.... OH GOG! NO WAY! That there on the table... it couldn't be... its... its.... A RATHALOS PLATE?! Those were so rare that veteran Hunters in the Old World have spent months of slaying Rathalos just to get one!

Oh man, decisions... decisions. Each looked heavy enough that you could carry only one if you really chose to. The Zenny might make a bit more rattling... the potions could droop and splash about within the box... and the plate would definitely make you go much, much slower if you carried it.

Was greed getting the better of your mind here? Maybe....

>Take the Zenny and get out.
>The potions are more useful.
>Ra.... Rathalos Plate......
>No, I'm losing my focus to greed here. Let's just leave without taking anything.
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>>4031491
>No, I'm losing my focus to greed here. Let's just leave without taking anything.
Hah, no. If there's anything that would be trapped, it would be those.
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>>4031491
>No, I'm losing my focus to greed here. Let's just leave without taking anything.
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>>4031491
>No, I'm losing my focus to greed here. Let's just leave without taking anything.
I want the plate, but we´re profesionals. Maybe a Ruby will be worth alerting the poachers, maybe.
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>>4031491
>No, I'm losing my focus to greed here. Let's just leave without taking anything.
We're to deep in enemy territory, let's keep it safe
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You slowly reached your hand out to take the Rathalos Plate... but you pulled it back and pinched your temple hard. It was difficult, but you had to deny greed's sway over you this time and get out of there, no other way to put it. Maybe... maybe after Brigg burns the whole place out, maybe some of it might still be left behind to loot, right?

Sure, you'll look forward to that instead to get them, possibly, for now you just had to leave and wait until the big day tomorrow. You stooped back down under the table and made your way back through the tent.... after taking two Max Potions for good measure. You couldn't completely resist the urge, but you could feed it little by little.

The Poacher you saw walking your way earlier was now face down in the sand with his trousers to his knees. You didn't waste any chance and skipped through the sand with care, getting the hell out of there. You climbed back up the rocks and returned to your previous spot on the higher ground. You gathered bus parts and covered yourself with them, getting some caught in your armor's gaps to keep them on. You rolled the big rock you hid behind closer to the base of a tree and took up post there.

You sat for a few hours, watching the bay and activity of the Poacher camp. Nothing happened for hours save for a few Poachers sleep walking as they appeared to be, and relocating themselves in their tents. With nothing interesting happening for so long, you laid back against the tree and eventually drifted off to a nap yourself...
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Your cheek twitched and you slapped away something like a fly moving on your face until you felt a hard poke on the side of your head and nearly jumped up awake in response. A soft hand clamps over your mouth and your eyes move to the side to see Atricia there with a finger over her lips gesturing you to be quiet.

"Shh. Look" She whispered and pointed over. You rose a bit upwards and looked down with your binoculars over the bay. The Poacher ship was now closer to the shore and the Poachers were all riled and fuming around their camp. You heard their distant curses over broken traps and cages and blames being shifted on their incompetents members, monsters, and the Commission.

"Come with me. We're almost ready. We'll be done here soon enough." She says. You crawl some feet away with her and disappear into the Jungle again, going farther away from the bay. It was only a very short period of walking after that you were taken out with her to a little spot between some trees where you saw Brigg and Senzo handling a massive wooden barrel with car. It was propped up and moving on some rather small and fragile wheels that threatened to give away under the weight. A strong smell came from it and the sounds of liquid sloshing back and forth came from within the wood and metal of the barrel.

"Well, I did it. It was a testing task, but I managed to convince the Chef to spare me one of his barrels of intoxicatingly flammable alcohol." Brigg says as he sees you.

"What did you have to do to get... that?!" You questioned, standing in awe at the size of the barrel.

"I had to labor around the canteen, cleaning every inch of every surface there, as well as manning the stations while the staff went out to relax all night. Every station that is. I have not slept in a while." Brigg says.

"Man the lengths you're willing to go to do something Brigg... it's almost mechanical." Hulk said.

"Quite. Now, we need to discuss our last problem here. We cannot safely pour this into the bay with the Poachers roused like they are, they would see it coming and be able to evacuate. I think we could simply roll the barrel down into the bay, but lighting it might be a bit more difficult and they would still have time to react. I don't want them to notice so easily before the flames explode in their faces to make them swim back to their ship like cowards." Brigg says.

"So we need to distract them in some way." Atricia said, looking over everyone else. "But who will do it?"

"Senzo and I have to handle this barrel, it comes down to either you or Vance." Brigg says.

Atricia looks to you expectantly.

>Hesitantly volunteer yourself for this last part.
>Hastily volunteer yourself for this last part.
>Challenge Atricia to Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide who will do it.
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>>4031702
>We cannot safely pour this into the bay with the Poachers roused like they are
Fuck.

>Hesitantly volunteer yourself for this last part.
It was our fault.
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>>4031702
>Hastily volunteer yourself for this last part.
Welp
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>>4031702
>Challenge Atricia to Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide who will do it.
We've already done enough. She's the veteran here so she'd be able to do it easier than us.
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You just stared back blankly. You were a bit hesitant to raise your hand and volunteer to do it yourself, but then you thought a bit about the consequences here. Even if you didn't mess their traps and cages up last night, they would still be prowling about in a way that would require this distraction to the outcome was the same regardless.

You became hasty then as you thumbed your chest.

"I'll do it." You say. Atricia smiles at your readiness and Brigg and Senzo both nod.

"But wait, how are you going to distract them?" Hulk pointed out.

Oh poop. He was right, how were you going to distract those rapscallions exactly?

"Hey, Senzo, you sure that lifeboat you saw is gone?" You asked.

"I checked again last night and it's back, unoccupied." Hulk said.

Hmmm...

Well, uh, there were plenty of things you could try. Maybe you could strip your armor and weapons and cover in leafs and run around like a crazy to draw their attention. Maybe you could steal the lifeboat and distract them out on the waters. You could probably go diving and see if you could draw an underwater monster to their shore to keep them company... or you could try thinking something else up.

What will you do?
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>>4031842
>go diving and see if you could draw an underwater monster to their shore to keep them company
So stupid it might work.
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>>4031879
+1
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You can't afford to be indecisive anymore. You want to head back home already and get well on your way to hunting down more Monsters. You make up your mind and let down your gunlance and begin to take your armor off.

"What are you planning exactly?" Atricia asks.

"I'm a good swimmer, and I know how to dive well. I was raised in Moga see. I'm going to dive and find something to distract them all with. You're going to have to trust me on this one." You say, letting the last plates of armor fall to the ground.

"Well, if you insist. Just be careful, these type of conditions give way for myriad species of aquatic monsters to thrive." Brigg says.

"Psshhh. A Moganer like me couldn't be better fitted." You bragged as you went off away from the group in only your standard wear.

You walked along the very breach of the bay wall, holding onto tall grass for support as you eased around and came to a spot where the ship of the Poachers was clearly more visible. You looked down to the water and took a deep breath before letting go.

Using a rock, you dashed forward into the air with the momentum and sent yourself downwards into the water with your hands in front and stretched out.

The water offered almost no stop to you as you went down under. You could last a very long time under the water from training your lungs for years. You only need one deep gasp of oxygen to be able to sit under the waves for an hour. Moganers like you used up what oxygen you took in at a slower rate than normal while not wasting any.

You also didn't waste any time shooting through the current, swimming along the blue water with strokes from your arms. The part you were in was a bit shallow, so you had to swim farther out to get at a good enough distance that the Poachers wouldn't be able to spot you. The water was still nearly clear from how pure it was.

You swam deeper and deeper out inside the bay's waters until you were just far enough away and deep enough that you wouldn't be seen easily. You looked around, prodding through the stalks of kelp and looking past plenty of seaweed floating about.

You had the perfect monster in mind for you little plan, and if it was around here, it wouldn't take long to find....
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And it didn't either. Your eyes zoomed over and you saw a few fish get taken out in one gulp by the thing you sought. You saw it's eyes and glowing fleshy protrusion waving about in the waters.

You swam over and came up close enough that it could see you. It opened it's mouth and showed off it's fearsome teeth and bubbled noises your way as a warning. It was the abyssal assassin, Gobul.

You weren't heeding the warning though, you needing this this back at the shore, so you swam forward and did the only reasonable thing you could do. You punched it's nose and it sounded with angered blurts and snapped it's jaws at you. You didn't waste any time in swimming the other way, leading it to swim after you and give chase.

You flowed back to the beach fast with the terrifying monster in tow biting your way. You kept a clear watch at what was ahead and the monster behind. It tried to push ahead and bite your leg, but you maneuvered around the monster's move and kicked at it's lantern, making it throw around in a hissyfit before swimming after you even faster and doubling it's efforts to catch you.

You've outwitted two Gobul before back home before you became a Hunter, what's a third? The Gobul came charging again, you did a spin and went right over it's surface. It's spikes shot out from it's back and it thrashed about but you swam backwards and taunted the thing with a gesture to follow. The Gobul nearly got you this time as it lunged again, scraping against your torso with it's teeth. Your feet came up onto it's snout and used it to propel you back closer to the shore. You were gaining on the bay opening now and gave it all your energy.

Your arms and legs moved in unison to carry you. You swam so fast that the Gobul was practically left behind and so you went underneath the galleon of the Poacher ship and pulled yourself up out of the water along it's stern. You hid on it's rudder, latched on and watching the shore to see the result.

The Gobul was visible under the waters looking around for you and some Poachers got a bit curious, walking over closer to the shallow waters to investigate. The poor bastards wouldn't know what was going to hit them.

They had barely any time to react as the Gobul emerged from the waters suddenly and snapped it's jaws down shut on one of the Poachers, swinging him around and throwing him aside before facing the rest. The Poachers got up in arms and shouted, grabbing their harpoons and cutlasses to surround the beast with. The Captain of the Poachers yelled and ran towards the Gobul with his switch axe, and a bottle of rum still in his other hand he refused to let go.

The Gobul didn't retreat, most of their poorer weapons rebounded off of it's hide and only left behind smaller scratches and insignificant wounds. The harpoons jabbed at it and only gained it's attention.

With the Poachers all distracted, you saw Brigg and Senzo come up the base of the bay opening and let the alcohol pour downwards in...
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You smiled to yourself over your success as the wave of the alcoholic liquid flew down within the bay, coming in a rush and reaching the waters pretty quickly. There was so much coming down that you saw small things from the Poacher camp being picked up and taken along with it. The Poachers didn't seem to notice, one of them even alerted everyone else to it being a 'high tide' and nothing more as they struggled with the Gobul, losing two men to it's jaws, only their captain who fought it while simultaneously drinking doing anything meaningful to hurt it.

You saw Atricia emerge from behind the barrel and motion you over. You dived back down into the water and made your way around the terrain, climbing back onto the land and through the tall grasses until you were over there with them again.

"Now... wait for it....." Brigg said.

The alcohol still poured in excess.

"Wait for it...." He stalled.

The Gobul seemed to be tired now of fighting the Poachers and dragged back two of the bodies of the those it claimed from them back into the water. Despite their losses, the Poachers stood yelling at the water as if victorious.

"Now!" Brigg ordered. Senzo aiming towards the stream with his Slinger and backing off. Brigg got in front of you and tackled you into the sand while Atricia took cover behind a rock.

Hulk shot a torch pod down at the stream and then ducked. Within seconds of firing it, the stream ignited and flames traced their way back into the barrel and down into the bay. The barrel, halfway full, exploded violently and you felt intense heat from it as though you were walking through the lava domain of the Elder's Recess. Brigg's massive armor shielded your unprotected body enough thankfully.

The Poachers glanced back in fear to see a wave of fires washing down towards them rapidly and all lost their composure. They screamed bloody murder in horror and abandoned their weapon to jump out into the waters and flee. They swam as fast as they could to escape back towards the ship as the fires swallowed their encampment whole and even enveloped the surface of the actual sea waters that the alcohol had spilled into.

Some of the Poachers were caught with flames on their back and jumped aboard to roll around. Their captain was losing his breath yelling in anger and disbelief at the flames beginning to spread along the bow of his ship. His men working hard to dump buckets of water brought up and down on them to out the flames.

The wind picked up and you rose with everyone else to run over to a spot and watch as the Poacher ship fled the bay in a hurry as the whole place went up in dangerous flames. Thankfully, most of the fires were regulated only to the sand, sparing all of the surrounding greenery and posing no threat to the nearby Jungle and by extension it's monster life.

".....We did it!" Brigg exclaimed.
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>>4032161
we murdered some humans, yaaaaay!
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Admittedly, you scorned the fact that some human lives were lost today. They were Poachers and conducted illegal activities, but they were still people. But, they were people who made a conscious decision to try and poach monsters from the environment freely as they please rather than handle them orderly as the Guild does. These kind of things happened to them, happened all over the world. You couldn't feel bad for long, these guys were asking for it coming to the New World like this.

You collected your things and regrouped with everyone else, celebrating a little at the success. Senzo joked about how those Poachers might have soiled their underwear, and Atricia just silently nodded. Brigg seemed to stay a bit longer to ensure the flames didn't get out of hand, but most importantly to admire them. You couldn't help but suspect that deep down somewhere in that big fat suit of armor, Brigg was a pyromaniac at his core. Why else would he have chosen the Heavy Bow Gun?

You dried off and headed back to Astera with your friends in tow...

Arrived back at home base felt refreshing. You could finally get back to the work you came for now that the mission was done, but first you had to report the success and claim the reward.

There was a pause as you saw another gathering around the Commander's table. You passed the time welcoming a drink from Senzo, who payed for the whole party. When the gathering was over and dispersing, your team made it's way back down to the Commander's table. There was that strange tall muscled guy with the big hairdo there again, he made some jest and earned a chuckle from the Commander and the rather tranquil Huntsman who spent most of his time sitting with his arms crossed near the table.

You stood up front and center with your friends as the Scoutress reported success and told how it was achieved. The Commander furrowed his brows at that but just shook his head, saying that it was bound to happen anyway, and that you can't really spare tears for criminals. What really caught his interest is everything your party explained about the bay then, such as the Jungle and terrain there, the presence of monsters like Duramboros and Jaggi and Seregios.

He nods.

"I want to thank you all for your hard work on this assignment. I don't think anyone else would have been able to do it so well with all our other veterans and Hunters preparing for the big one coming up. You can expect a reward in your respective trunks and take a breather now after all of that." The Commander commended your party.
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"Now, another thing. I would like for you all to be aware that you're going to be apart of our next big stride too coming up here soon. We're planning a siege to take down that Yama Tsukami and we're going to need nearly every available Hunter for it. Our minds in the Second Fleet are working hard to set up the proper fortifications and we expect that we'll be ready by next week or so. You have plenty of time until then to do anything else you want or prepare." The Commander says.

You gave a salute alongside the rest of your friends.

"Now, you all go find somewhere to take a breather, you've earned it. Dismissed." He says.

One by one, Brigg, Atricia and Senzo began to walk off, talking among themselves and you followed a few steps too before stopping and glancing back at the Commander who was debating something over the table with the Field Team Commander. You remembered that encounter with the strange being in the Jungle and what it said to you...

You could inform the Commander now... or wait a little while longer. There didn't seem to be any rush, and you wanted to get back to doing what you loved anyway.

You held onto one thing that being told you though. About something that lies in the Elder's Recess and will "reincarnate".

...Oh, and your Hornetaur set. How could you forget?

What will you do now?
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>>4032203
Go to the smithy and get the hornetaur set and then ask what he can do with our Seregios parts. Then after that let's go on an expedition to the elders recess and see if we can the thing there
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>>4032298
Seconded but first inform the others we're going there
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>>4032298
+1
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>>4032203
>>4032298
+1, but speaking of seregios bits, the part of me that uses game knowledge wonders if their parts are really best-suited for us in particular. Gunlance eats through its sharpness like candy so the mini-sharpens won't do a lot, and the armor from what I recall focuses on bleed resist, Constitution and Mind's Eye, which are things Senzo and Atricia would very much appreciate.

While they can obviously get things for themselves, and Atricia can probably just down another Steve solo, it might also be a nice way to connect further with them.
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>>4032381
You have a point. We should probably do some research on that.
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>>4032381
Yeah, unless the World crew can twist sharpness roll into reload roll(and even then we're still bleeding sharpness), Seregios bits are not a high priority.

Thunder rips through seregios, and we've got yama, big water thunder dragon, kirin, and zinogre on the list.
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>>4032203
>Tell the Commander that a wyverian left you a message for the sapphire star
>Ask smithy about armor and trading in seregios bits
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>>4032203
Tell the Commander about the being in the jungle and then go to the smithy.
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"Uhh... mmm... Commander sir." You say, stepping up again.

"Yes? Is there something else?"

"Back there in the jungle, I encountered some kind of strange being. He was about yay high, had a staff and I couldn't see his face." You explained.

"Sounds like you found a First Wyverian. They only appear every so often, but they offer advice to Hunters sometimes." The Field Team Leader informed you.

"It guess. He told me something.... unsettling." You said.

"What did he tell you?" The Commander asks, giving you his full attention.

"He gave me a message to pass onto the Sapphire Star himself, sir. He told me to tell that there's more Elder Dragons coming to the New World." You spilled the beans.

The Commander and the Field Team Leader gave you a look of surprise.

"More Elder Dragons? But I thought we solved the case of the Elder Crossing." The Field Team Leader says.

"Did the First Wyverian mention why more Elder Dragons are crossing the sea?" The Commander questioned you, inquisitively over this breaking news.

"He said that they weren't coming for the crossing. He said that they were coming for someones blood and that 'energy draws'. He mentioned a 'primeval man' and some tower rising from the ground, as well a comet, the sky and a 'black end'." You said the rest of your part.

The Commander was visibly perturbed by hearing that, and confused at the riddles among your news. "Primeval man....? Tower rising from the ground...?"

"Hunter, if what you're telling me is true then we may have a bigger investigation on our hands than previously thought. Is that all the First Wyverian said?" The Commander asked.

"He said that there's something in the Elder's Recess that will 'reincarnate' and that it needs be found. I was planning on going on an expedition to see what I could find myself." You say.

"Very well. If you do find anything, don't hesitate to recover it and return to base with what you know. You may be dismissed now, I'm going to have to have some talks with the other officers about this, see if we can reach out to the First Wyverians again to confirm this news." The Commander says.

"Watch your head out there, keep up the good work." The Field Team Leader says.

You excuse yourself and get back to business.
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You made off to the Smithy immediately and came in to see a rack with pieces of armor adorning it, the ones you ordered all complete and ready.

"Oui, lad! Glad to see your mission was a success. I heard your team drove those sea dogs away with the Chef's rotgut! Oh he's gonna be sour about that for a while, hah hah hah!" Came the Second Fleet Master as he turned away from his sharpening stone. "Your set is finished as asked and is in top condition. Still, I wouldn't underestimate monsters out in the field just because you have better protection now, it is still made of just Neopteron parts. Either way, I'm sure you'll find my handiwork top notch."

You collect the armor parts and get a feel for them before you show off some red and golden scales you had to the Second Fleet Master that caught his attention.

"Why hold a sec'.... those scales, I know those. That came from a Seregios. Don't tell me they're here in the New World too now?"

"Yeah, got assaulted by one on a beach, I managed to fight it off and then finish it after a poacher trap broke it's leg. I got some good carves from it. Anything you could do with this?" You ask.

"Well.... indeed. However, I might need a little more than this, Freelancer. With creating things from the parts of bigger monsters comes a bigger demand for those parts in quantity. You'd have to go find another Seregios to slay and get what you can from that too. With all these materials you have on hand now, I could make a weapon. I'll need more for a set of armor." The Second Fleet Master says.

"Oui! Master, speaking of Seregios, catch!" One of the engineers in the back said, throwing something forward, a rolled up scroll. The Second Fleet Master caught it and unfurled the scrolls to look over it's contents and prints.

"Hmmmm.... Cheda Blade... Matraca Hammer.... Jaya Gunlance... Aslat Charger... Mmm, yes. These are leftover designs from the Old World, I hoard some in a little archive'o'mine. Just in case we encounter something from the Old World and needs it's popularized designs. So, those are intact should you wish to craft anything from these materials. Is there something here that catches your fancy? I'll set the standard here at four thousand Zenny." The Second Fleet Master asks, laying out some of the designs for you to see.

Will you craft a weapon from the Seregios parts or conserve them for now?
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>>4033303
Craft a gunlance
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>>4033303
We'll hold onto them for now.
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>>4033303
old world designs? Pass. Keep the parts.

You know what I'd prefer? A MANTLE made of seregios bits.
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>>4033303
Keep the parts for now
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>>4033303
>Jaya Gunlance

Anyone know if this is better than our current gunlance? I never played the game.
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>>4033483
Dunno how to translate the atack power from the games to the quest, bur, beteen games the Blazing Gunlance is beter (the one we have now).

Mind you, the Jaya Gunlance is from Generations, the Blazing is from World. (Theres no Seregios in MHW or IB)
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>>4033483
see >>4032381

Seregios is a raw weapon that doesn't stand out in raw, with a gimmick that works well with most weapons that are not gunlance.
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>>4033512
>>4033513
No point making it then. I don't think there's anything good we can make with Seregios scales then. I would vote to try to sell it if possible.
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"Tempting, but I'll hold onto them for now." You say, taking your Seregios parts back as the Second Fleet Master collected his scrolls.

"Very well. Bit of advice however, you shouldn't hoard your materials, spend 'em and I can craft you something great with them. Well, off you go then." The Second Fleet Master bids you farewell.

You stored the parts back at your dorm and went off for another bath before returning to the dorm and maintaining your current equipment. You pulled your curtain shut and asked Vivianne to step out for a second while you changed. Her ears followed the rasping of the carapaces as you donned your Hornetaur Set and then emerged from behind the curtain, striking a pose.

Vivi's eyes lit up and she clapped at this. "You look paw-sitively pawesome, Meowster!"

You sheathed your weapons and stretched your arms and legs out, getting accustomed to the feel of the Hornetaur set. Despite it's extra parts and bulk over the plain old Alloy set, it was just as flexible and easy to move around with in. The hard carapaces provided more protection than the bog-standard plates of iron and steel that most Hunters started out with. This set would last you until it was high time to upgrade again.

Vivi sharpened her water elemental Jyuratodes sword and came to your side. "Where are we meowff to this time, Meowster?"

"The Elder's Recess. We have some looking to do." You say, exiting the barracks.

You took a quick moment to stop by the canteen and have a bite to keep you going before strolling around Astera looking around for your friends. Brigg was at the Canteen as well and said that he would be busy as he still owed the Chef work for the alchohol. Senzo was already off to the special arena from what Brigg told and Atricia was out on another mission. You guessed it would just be you this time, but you didn't worry.

The Sapphire Star's words of having powerful courage were attached to your neurons and you wouldn't forget them. The thoughts and ideas of bravery and courage empowered you even further.

Having no more to do now and being ready, you called for a Wingdrake and left off to the Elder's Recess with your Palico in tow...
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This time you arrived at the Recess at a different camp hidden behind a wall of the crystalline material, accessible by a crawl space. You took a few rations and first aid meds from the camp trunk for good measure and packed them away in your satchel.

You came out and collected some honey near the camp entrance with which you made two Mega Potions from using some herbs left behind in the trunk. You climbed upwards a bit and took a good look around, being on the lookout for any big monsters that might be about. So far, you've only seen an Uragaan rolling away out of sight to the left. Over to your right was a ways leading up to a summit.

There seemed to be a difference in the air, and you couldn't quite place what it was until you noticed that one of the massive crystalline columns that used to jut upwards into the air in the distance was now gone entirely, and the big blue structure over near the rest was missing a few of it's own smaller columns. Something big and strong had to be responsible...

Hmm.... You did remember a quest posted called 'Monitoring 101'. Perhaps that Scanner Scholar who posted it is out here somewhere up high watching the Recess. Perhaps you could seek them out and see what they know.

You had plenty of places to go here, but trying to go further into the depths of the Recess and towards it's massive crystal structures seemed to be a hint towards your goal. You were after something that would 'reincarnate' here, and you were keen on finding out what it was.

You could either try going down and deeper into the place to see if you can find a way leading to the other side from there, or you could try going over in a few other ways. Both seemed risky.

>Let's seek out the Scanner Scholar and find out what he knows so far.
>Let's just get into it and delve into the depths of this place. We'll find a way underground to reach our goal.
>We should attempt to scale the crystalline complex and get a straight shot towards the collapsed column.
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>>4033568
>Let's seek out the Scanner Scholar and find out what he knows so far.
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>>4033568
>Let's seek out the Scanner Scholar and find out what he knows so far.
That set is probably gonna be a pain to consistently draw.
Imagine drawing the Regios set(s).
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>>4033568
>Let's seek out the Scanner Scholar and find out what he knows so far.
May as well try to do Monitoring 101.
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You decided it would be best to first attain some knowledge already gathered by the Scanner Scholar, if he were here. His profession was pretty easy to guess as per his title. People around the whole world didn't usually give their names out when on a job so easy, you always wondered why that was.

You began to climb up vine reaches upwards the rock and crystal work of the terrain. Ascending up, you felt the air begin to flow faster and the wind picked up. At the top though, you were granted a nice enough sight of much of the Recess in it's fullness. The spires of crystal in the distance almost seemed like natural castles and towers. There was still yet a ways to go even further up.

The wind was harsh that way and eventually after climbing high enough, you saw a wide open space that you could only assume was a nest for a big monster that flew. Thankfully, there wasn't any near, so you hadn't much to worry over. You knew that Elder Dragons had been seen here before, a quest you read once pointed to one being the steel hurricane itself, Kushala Daora. These winds seemed to allude to that as well so you concluded that Kushala Daora must roost here.

You couldn't really see any other viable way to get up from here, but there was still some tall ledges of rock and crystal leading up to the very peak of this high summit. You scanned the area with your binoculars for the Scanner Scholar and a glint high above caught your attention. You could see the tip of a long scope sticking out from between some crystals and so went the way of it.

Your slinger hook allowed you to latch onto rocks and gain some more presses into the air, ascending further up towards it until you found a piece to stand on. You looked up and saw the Scanner Scholar there, a small Wyverian man in a crimson coat with goggles that extended out further for increased sight, and he was for some reason using it on top of looking through his comically large telescope, which had multiple glasses to look out of.

"Yes Hunter, is there a reason you bother me in the middle of my work?" He says, scratching down some coordinates onto a slip of paper with a pencil.

"Are you the Scanner Scholar? You posted a quest called 'Monitoring 101'." You said.

"Yes, and it's off now, I cancelled and had the papers removed and shredded. Nobody would receive of it or see me about it in the Gathering Hub, so I grew impatient and decided to come alone. If you've come for it now I'm afraid you're out of luck, I won't be giving out any rewards." The Scanner Scholar says in between writing.

"Thankfully, it looks like I won't need protection after all, I saw that Kushala Daora flee the locale when the next tremor happened around here. I've been watching like a sharp bird, recording coordinates and trying my best to see what caused the two tremors that happened lately." He says before getting a good look at you. "Now what is it you want, Hunter?"
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"I wanted to know what you've discovered so far. I came here to find something a First Wyverian said I would. Something that will 'reincarnate'." You told him.

"Reincarnate? As in to live again? That's preposterous! Death is impossible to return from, any so-called citing of it as a case too usually invokes folk tales and myths, like that of the Schrade Black Dragon and possessions. All just figments of imagination spread around, so says I!" The Scanner Scholar goes on. "I've marked down specific coordinates for specific spots here. My work involves sight and visual proof. A few days ago I was here doing my same work when suddenly I felt and witnessed a great tremor shaking the whole Recess. One of the great spires cracked and was heavily damaged by it. Sometime around midnight, I was here again watching since yesterday when I witnessed it happened again. This time, the whole damaged spire went down and collapsed into the Earth. If you were standing where I was, you could see the giant borehole it made over thataways."

"If what you're looking for is also what I'm looking for, then it must be massive to have caused this. There may be two ways to reach it, one would involve tunneling there underground, but I don't know how long that would take to navigate the tunnels in the crystal work and foundation. The other way could be to simply cross over the ridges, but the danger of being impaled on a giant crystal is present there." The Scanner Scholar explained, motioning off towards the spires.

"You could try to fly a wingdrake over the borehole, but I saw a dangerous Bazelgeuse patrolling the skies that way earlier, approaching with a Mernos would be life-threatening. Not to mention the other hostile wyverns about such as the Azure Rathalos, or that dastardly brute Nergigante, he usually hangs out around somewhere here in the Recess. Really, it's one way or the other."

"I see." You replied.

"Keep that in mind then. I will most likely return to Astera today. My next plan was to survey the Hoarfrost Reach, perhaps I will post a quest in Seliana then, if you're still interested in a quest from me. My work only needs patience, in the field at least. You might carry a book to occupy yourself tagging along on a job like mine, you seem the type to become easily bored, typical of you young Hunters." The Scanner Scholar says before turning back to his scope.

Which way will you traverse the Recess by?
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>>4033568
>>Let's seek out the Scanner Scholar and find out what he knows so far.
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>>4033851
cross the ridges.
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>>4033851
Let's go by the ridges, our armor probably doesn't take well to fire.
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>>4033851
Crystal Ridges, no more sneaking around splosions and fire.
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Momentarily you considered the underground routes but you had no Hot Drinks on your person, so safely getting through that way would be more dangerous to speak of. You were fairly experienced as a climber so getting around some spikes and scaling rough rock formations wouldn't be too big of a deal for you.

You left the Scanner Scholar to his work and descended the jagged terrain downwards, going just low enough that you would be able to gain high ground while not being too stray of the lower grounds. Your feet carried you across many lengths of shapely stone and minerals, careful around the sharp and prevalent crystals, of which you were too mindful of the pointy bits. Vivi struggled a bit more to you and simply hopped onto your back instead, which you didn't mind given how light she was to carry.

You didn't let anything stop or deter you from turning back. You were adamant to heed the words of the First Wyverian for some reason. With the prospect of the Yama Tsukami's arrival and the word that more Elders would soon dawn, you felt it was necessary to see what was lying here in this place to find and as fast as possible too. It could be anything, another Elder Dragon, something helpful for future use... something, anything.

You leaped and jogged across the great boundaries of the Elder's Recess, missing plenty of crystal bits that could have gored you. Your shield helped to break and crack away many of the bits and soften them around you as you used your carving knife to stab into the crystals and pull yourself up with. Touching it even with your gauntlet covered hands might end with you getting pricked or cut, and while you could take some you just didn't feel like it right now.

The crystals were beginning to overtake the rock and stone and you thought it might just soon turn to climbing over nigh-impassible terrain given how much crystal work there was, and how dense the protrusions and rough ends are. You could see the gargantuan spires of crystalline material gleaming blue so much closer now. It was like staring up the way of a tall tower.

That meant you weren't much farther away from your apparent destination.

You could clearly see more stonework ahead and jumped from one crystal beam to another, looking down to realize you were now standing not too far away from the spot where the collapsed spire once stood. In it's place was an impossibly large sink hole with beams of light shining down inside. You could barely make out a ground down there past plethora of broken crystal bits.

Then you realized the spire itself was overturned just next to the abyssal aperture, not down within it.

The drop was about as high as the Gathering Hub in Astera was off the ground.... this looked to be your destination. But how will you get down there...?

>Well, here goes nothing. Let's jump for it.
>There has to be another way!
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>>4034156
>There has to be another way!
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>>4034156
>Binoculars
>Start writing stuff down
>There has to be another way!
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>>4034156
>There has to be another way.
See if there's something we can push into the hole to stack up so we can get down.
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>>4034179
>>4034186
+1
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You definitely aren't jumping down there. That fall might hurt a bit and you haven't trained for falls yet. A veteran Hunter might be able to step off and receive little to no damage from a fall like that, and land on their feet, but not you. Not yet. You didn't want to break a leg today so you looked down with your binoculars.

You saw the outlines of fallen rocks and something very large down there but you couldn't make it out all the way. A putrid smell hit your nostrils then, coming from the hole and you shook away.

"Mreeowww! That smeowlls as bad as mew do when you don't wash after sweating!" Vivi says, pinching her nose.

"Yeah, no kiddi- Wait, hey!" You begin, shooting your head to Vivi who only shrugged innocently.

You pulled your journal out and scribbled down with a pen everything you've heard and seen and did up to this point, concerning the First Wyverian and what it said, and why you're here at the Recess now. It wasn't particularly lengthy in how you wrote but it contained all the vital bits of the story to know so far. You put your journal away and got to thinking as you looked back down into the hole.

Well, if you knew one way to get down there, it was by making a way. It was a simple method too, as easy as Rajang See Rajang Destroy... or was it Conga See Conga Do? Yeah it was Conga See Conga Do.

You got the smart little idea to make a makeshift stepping ladder with large boulders. There were plenty around too, so you could simply roll one in after the other to make something to climb up and down on.

You got to work pushing the first large boulder you saw around over to the hole. It was as large as you and quite heavy but your innate Human strength allowed you to move it with relative ease.

The boulder's oblate spheroid form came close to the mouth of the hole and you heaved it in, watching it fall down inside as the first one of many.

.......

.......

.......

The boulder shatters immediately upon hitting the ground down within the hole.

Monster dung this was going to be one of those wasn't it?

"Well Vivi... looks like we'll have to head ba-"

"BOO!"

"HARGH!" You yelled in shock as a big hand suddenly slapped down and grabbed your shoulder, making you shrink back defensively in surprise.

"Hah hah hah hah hah! Oh man, I can't believe you fell for that one, cheapest trick in the book too." The man standing behind you says, snickering. You just stare at him deadly, recognizing him from back in Astera.

"...Who are you...?" You say.

The man plants his feet and stands tall and large over you, tapping his thumb to his chest.
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"Why I'm the grand poobah of this continent. Formal head of the Research Commission here in the New World. They call me the Admiral." He introduces himself and offers you a handshake. You waste no time in accepting it and you feel like your arm's about to be snapped off by his burly features.

"So, am I right to assume by this Hornetaur scrap you're wearing that you're a lower raked Hunter?" The Admiral says, looking you over.

"Yes sir. I'm rank seven." You reply.

"Doh ho ho, no need for the honorifics, pal. Just call me Admiral like everyone else. Anyway, what's a working joe like you doing out here in the Elder's Recess? You know this place is a little out of your league, right?"

"I felt the need to come here and find something, Admiral. I was spoken to by a First Wyverian." You tell him.

"Ehhh, I see. I think you just might be after the same thing I am then in that case. I also came to take a look around where this big thing fell over at." The Admiral says, stepping near the hole and looking down. You noticed he had a long rope curled around his right arm.

"Seems you were having some trouble finding a way down, luckily for us I have the solution." He says, going over to one of the crystal structures close by and dropping the rope down. "Here, tie this up so you can get down and we can get out. I'm gonna go take a little sneak peak."

The Admiral walks over to the hole and lowers himself, dropping down inside. You went over to the rope immediately and tied it tight around the crystal work so it wouldn't budge before throwing it down in the whole and lowering yourself in with Vivi hanging onto your back...
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"Kind of wish I had a clothes pin right about now..." The Admiral muttered as you came down next to him in the pit. The light was a bit scarce down here, but luckily the Admiral had a faint source of light in the form of Scoutflies, something you had neglected to obtain yet.

The interior of the sink hole was uneven, the inside looked as though it had been dug out by massive claws the likes of which a monster such as Zorah Magdaros could only possess. The gravel, clay and rock inside was shifted all around on the circular shaping walls, forming delicate wrinkles and traces along the walls that almost seemed like they were touched up that way by something intentionally. It sort of resembled the handiwork of a person with a brush, or a Yukumo villager tending to their rock garden.

"Looks like something straight out of a museum. Had to be something smart, with special abilities to do this." The Admiral chimed in as he walked ever closer to the large dark outline ahead.

"This smell.... you know what that is?" The Admiral asks.

"A corpse?" You answered, still looking around, stepping over bigger shards of crystal work.

"Not just any. What we have here is the corpse of an Elder Dragon." The Admiral says.

"No way?" You are astounding, coming over faster to see it is indeed what he said it was.

A gigantic arm ending a broken claw laid out before you both. It's scales were turned over black and bleak, drying up with the skin and flesh and scales beginning to dust over and flake off into the air.

"Now this sort of reminds me of something..." The Admiral says, scratching his chin. He walked out around the claw and stopped dead in his tracks.

"No way! It can't be! It's Old Uglyface!"

"Old.... Uglyface...?" You ask, walking around to see what he saw. There was indeed the face of some kind of Elder Dragon there. It's bottom jaw was unhinged and held on only by a few strands of rotten sinew. It's eyes appeared to be eaten out by something and it's face was covered in bleached white splotches. It's neck was missing large chunks, as though bitten through by something.

"I don't get how it's this decayed... you can tell this big opening was freshly carved. Look over there." The Admiral points.

You looked over to see a segment on the wall covered by some large cracked rocks. There were a few little openings where you could see darkness through, a tunnel maybe? Gravel and dirt was pouring the cracks lower down.

"This thing had only been here... a few days at best, it must have tunneled in like it does. I'm surprised it made it this far, I thought this thing was dead a few weeks ago." The Admiral spoke, crossing his arms.

"Could this be what the First Wyverian said would reincarnate?" You throw out.

"I certainly hope not, if you knew what this thing was capable of." The Admiral responded.

"M-Meowster! Come quick! Look!" Vivi suddenly shouted from behind the arm. You saw a source of light radiating off the body of it and came over with the Admiral fast.
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The chest of the Elder Dragon corpse was decaying before your eyes, falling apart quickly. The bones of it's ribcage soon became visible as the flesh flaked off and peeled away. The light was coming from something within, pulsing and moving inside.

It sounded like liquid being gurgled as the light source became a bit brighter. The Admiral, having a cool demeanor earlier, gawked at it in disgust. "What in the world is all of this then...?"

There was a slashing of the flesh splitting apart like a stroke from a longsword and the bones of the ribcage jutted out and more open as the source of the light was completely visible now. It was a.... pod or a cocoon. It was radiating majestic energy and light as it squirmed within, detaching from fleshy tubes and decayed organs.

An almost purple liquid seeped out from the body and you stepped back along with the admiral as it formed a puddle on the ground and froze to a solid state after being exposed to oxygen for too long, turning red in the process. The glowing pod within seemed to move on it's own, sliding out of the torso with wet noises and schlicks of moisture from more of the substance quickly drying on it.

The pod was just sitting there on the ground now in it's puddle of solid substance. It was... like it was gestating, waiting for the right moment to burst open.

"Well... that was gnarly." The Admiral says, kneeling over and poking the pod. There was a hardening and the thing stopped it's movement completely, still shining brightly.

"Huh? It suddenly went from fleshy and soft to hard as rock. Guess if Old Uglyface is reincarnating, it's next incarnation must be inside this thing then." The Admiral said.

"Wait, Admiral... I never mentioned reincarnation to you until after I told you why I was here. You acted as though you knew anyway." You pointed out after thinking for a second.

"Yeah, news reaches me fast when it's about important matters. I was in the area when I got a message from my carrier." The Admiral says, standing up.

"Your carrier?"

"A Mernos that's been trained to seek me out by the resonating of this." The Admiral said as held up a pendant containing a decoration around his neck, hidden in his vest. "The Mernos wears a rig with a similar one, it beeps to it when I'm close by so it can find me easily. It brings me messages from the Commander and then takes off back to Astera. I received one earlier about that thing the First Wyverian said, told me to expect seeing you here since you seemed bent on it."

"Convenient." You say.

"It is, especially since I spend most of my time out in the wilds anyway." The Admiral said proudly.

You just sort of stared at that strange cocoon then. The light coming from it was blinking shorter now, reducing to a dimmer level around it.

>Gather the pod and take it back to Astera. The researchers are going to have a field day with this...
>The Admiral seems to think this thing is bad, maybe we should kill it before it has the chance to live again...
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>>4034425
>Gather the pod and take it back to Astera. The researchers are going to have a field day with this...
I've got a good feeling about this.
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>>4034425
>Gather the pod and take it back somewhere where we can place 200 large barrel bomb plusses
I mean, don't do it(YET), it could be the thing with the blood the elders are seeking, but let's at least bring it somewhere easy to fight in.
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>>4034434
This
We're gonna raise a fucking elder dragon from birth
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>>4034425
>>Gather the pod and take it back to Astera. The researchers are going to have a field day with this...
What Could Possibly Go Wrong™
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Wait, what elder dragon is it though?
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>>4034513
Could be magala, but no shame in oc donut steel dragin
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>>4034425
>Gather the pod and take it back to Astera. The researchers are going to have a field day with this...
what could possibly go wrong ?
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>>4034425
>>The Admiral seems to think this thing is bad, maybe we should kill it before it has the chance to live again...
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>>4034425
>Take the pod back to Astera.
But also directly ask The Admiral what he thinks we should do with it.
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>>4035471
This; we probably shouldn't give the egg to the researchers.
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"So.... we should recover this, right?" You ask.

"Well, you were the one told about it by that First Wyverian, weren't you? It's up to you." The Admiral says. You pause and glance back between him and the pod then.

"Vivi, catch the rope." You tell your Palico, who jumps to it to drag the rope over.

"I guess since you were gonna come here first anyways, this should be your responsibility. If you wanna hand it over to the researchers, kill it, or whatever, your call. Just make sure it stays under control, or doesn't get too out of hand. You'll know what this is... and what it's capable of soon enough." The Admiral says, offering to help tie the rope around the big pod with Vivi.

You allow him to climb the rope first before ascending with Vivi and pulling it up, hoisting the pod out of the sink hole with the rope.

You untied the pod and put your hands around it, the dried blood-like substance on it breaking off like bark from a tree. You found that it wasn't exactly heavy, only weighing about as much as an average human. You were able to carry it like a Wyvern egg, only difference being it's relatively bigger size in comparison.

"Well, I think we should just cut to the chase and head back home to Astera. I gotta see this when it hatches." The Admiral says.

"How long do you think it will be?" You ask.

There was a shifting inside the pod then that made you stop, and a cracking like glass being splintered from within.

"Probably not much longer. Let's get a move on." The Admiral says.

Carrying the pod along, you and him backtrack your way across the crystal work of the Elder's Recess' unique landscape. The trip back being a bit more difficult to manage with the pod, but the Admiral's presence and assistance remedied that as you made your way back to camp and called for multiple wingdrakes to help carry everyone back...
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Astera.
Midday.
Home after the Elder's Recess expedition and retrieval of the Elder Dragon cocoon...

The air was quieter now. You felt a bit uncomfortable watching that pod. It was laid out on a papery rug in the middle of the housing chamber where captured monsters were usually kept.

The top researchers, the Chief of Ecology, the Smart Biologist, and a few others were all gathered around it. They were scribbling away at their clipboards and taking notes, studying it intently.

There was a small gathering around it. Off to the side and behind a little fence you found yourself standing along over top figures in Astera. The Commander, the Admiral, that hushed Huntsman, the Sapphire Star himself and his handler. There were myriad other researchers and Hunters all gathered, watching and waiting too.

You had gotten some congratulation from the other Hunters, they were calling you the man who brought back an Elder Dragon 'egg'. The researchers marveled by it even offered to pay some meals for you too for bringing this back giving them such great opportunities to study the life of an Elder Dragon from birth. They even made plans to throw a little celebratory feast tonight and invited you.

"Interesting..."
"Indeed."
"Look at how it shaped itself along."
"Take some samples too."

The pod made another cracking sound and everyone watched harder now, focusing in on it completely. The researchers were overflowing with excitement.

"So, this is what the First Wyverian pointed you at.... But why exactly...?" The Commander asks, never taking his eyes off of it.

"He told me that it needs to be raised, that we thought it was dead before." You say.

"Perhaps he was pointing to something of use." The Sapphire Star chimes in. "Elder Dragons have heightened senses of intelligence... imagine how useful a loyal one raised from birth could be to us."

"Certainly sounds nice, but I wouldn't get my hopes up. A Dragon is still a Dragon, gotta be careful around it all the time. Never know when it might decide it's above us and that we're worthless to it." The Admiral said.

There was more cracking then, and the glow inside the pod began to brighten.

"Everyone!" The Chief Ecologist shouted out. "It's hatching!"

There was chatter among the crowd and then a moment of silence as the thing began to crackle and shift, the researchers backing away slightly in utmost caution. You could see it beginning to flex itself open and so stayed your vision on it.

It began to peel open like a pecan shell, revealing it's contents...
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Out from the pod emerged the juvenile form of an Elder Dragon you did not recognize. The light from within was bioenergy swirling around it's form, flowing back into it's body and culminating within it.

The youthful, now reincarnated Elder Dragon slumped to it's back and laid there in the middle of it's split open cocoon, it's chest barely rising and falling as it breathed before it began to move.

There was awes and whispers among the crowd, all of which were amazed at the sight, you were pretty sure some of the researchers were messing their pants over the scientific implications this presented.

The juvenile Elder Dragon stirred, not bothering to open it's eyes and it found the floor and sat up on it's two hind legs.

"It's a boy." The Admiral cracked another joke.

The juvenile Elder Dragon there began to rear it's head back. The Chief Ecologist standing in front of it backed away slowly as the thing opened it's mouth and began snorting.

"What is it....?"

"KCHAEPHLOUW!"

The Chief Ecologist braced at the Elder Dragon sneezed, blowing yellowed mucus onto him.

"Oh my goodness! My robe is ruined! ....But, quick, collect samples from me!" He said, the other researchers barreling over to do so in the name of science.

You got a good look at the juvenile Elder Dragon then, noting it's features.

"Is this one known by any name?" You ask.

"Yes. The Commission designated it as Shara Ishvalda." The Commander says.
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Moments went by of the gathering just sitting there and observing. The juvenile Shara Ishvalda didn't seem to make any moves. Creepily, it's eyes remained closed even as it looked around it's surroundings and smelled the air.

A few present, such as the Huntsman, had an air of discomfort seeing it, but didn't make it known vocally.

The Researchers eventually opened the way in and some of the crowd began to disperse, few left remaining to see it. You saw the Admiral and Commander both walk down inside the pen with the Star and followed too, seeing as you found the thing to begin with.

Upon stepping down closer to it, the thing suddenly opened it's eyes and showed them off. It looked around curiously at those present, as if recognizing a few of them. It made only one croak, an attempt at an early roar.

"MHREAP!"

"He's kind of... cute, in his own way." The Star's Handler said, reaching down and patting the Elder Dragon's nose.

It didn't seem to mind the physical contact so much and focused more on getting itself up on all fours, which it did quickly.

"Commander, you must simply allow us to keep it for study! The possibilities this offers would be of much use to our research efforts! We could learn not only about the Everwyrm's species itself, but of Elder Dragons at large!" The Smart Biologist says.

The Commander remained silent as he looked down at the thing trying to scratch the floor. His head then turned to you and you looked back. He seemed to want your opinion too.

You looked down at the young Everwyrm and it's head craned upwards, staring back at you while it voiced some squeaks.

You glanced up and practically saw the Smart Biologist rubbing his hands together while looking at the young Elder Dragon. You knew these guys would do anything in the name of science. Anything...

>'I don't want that ugly thing anywhere near me, let the researchers handle it!'
>'It's my responsibility like the Admiral said. I'll raise the thing to be a Hunter like me.'
>Leave without another word, you don't want to be apart of this anymore.
>Write in.
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>>4035617
>This funny boy is my son now. Elder dragons are super smart right? What if we taught him to speak?
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Anybody else feel like we shouldn't have told the others about this?

>>4035617
>'It's my responsibility like the Admiral said. I'll raise the thing to be a Hunter like me.'
Not too sure about the "Hunter" part but we'll certainly raise it.
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>>4035617
>>'I don't want that ugly thing anywhere near me, let the researchers handle it!'
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>>4035617
>It's my responsibility like the Admiral said. I'll raise the thing to be a Hunter like me.'
Oh FUCK YEAH!
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>>4035617
>Raise it, but also let the researches have some time with it for study
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>>4035617
>'It's my responsibility like the Admiral said. I'll raise the thing to be a Hunter like me.'
FUCK YEAH BUDDHA DRAGON!
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>>4035646
That's how you get a Mewtwo situation, anon.
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Hey I just thought of something, if we're raising an Elder Dragon, will we have to protect him from Nergigante too?
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>>4035657
What's that, anon, "We're gonna have to grind our asses off"?
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You looked back to the Commander and nodded as though to affirm something with him.

"Don't be mistaken, there will be plenty of chances for you to study the Old.... Young Everwyrm, but for now I think it should be left to the care of the one who found." The Commander says as he turns to you. "Are you up to this task? The Admiral told me he considered it your responsibility."

"Aye sir. I can do that." You say.

You took a step forward and outstretched your arms to the juvenile Elder Dragon. Shara Ishvalda seemed a bit confused at first, but then surprised everyone as it went and leapt right into your arms. The juvenile Elder Dragon clung onto you with it's dull claws and wings, resting it's head on your shoulder. He was quite as heavy as he was in the pod, about half your size as well.

Already, a few around you seemed to adore his small frame and squeaks, especially that Handler of the Star's. Though a few stayed wary, like the Huntsman and the Admiral, who didn't seem so convinced of it's innocence. You guessed word might have spread to the officers about what you reported of it's reincarnation and coming Elder Dragons.

"O-Oh, very well. I trust we can get plenty of chances to observe and work with it up close?" The Smart Biologist asks, looking along the lotus scales of Shara's neck and back.

"...Sure....!" You say, holding onto the draconic child tightly.

With that, the gathering began to disperse and the Admiral had a few words with the Commander before smirking and heading out again into the wilds. The Sapphire Star returned to his own work in his private suite and the Commander had asked you to follow him with Shara Ishvalda still refusing to let go of you as you carried him around.

The Commander led you over to the structure set that stood in the distance behind his command post and gestured you to a new door.

"Listen, Freelancer, you've done some pretty out there things in your time here already and I got the feeling you're the kind of Hunter that can be relied on. People don't usually catch the attention of the Admiral so fast around here, it took a while even for the Star to do it. So with that being said, I have to ask you, would you be willing to be on the big case?" Comes the Commander.

"On the case, sir?"

"With the Yama Tsukami about, and the warning that more Elders are on the way, along with this in your hands here, the Commission is going to need a lot of supplies, and more importantly, manpower. I've already sent the Argosy for two voyages for supplies from the Guild. I want you to be formally apart of our next investigation here on these Elder Dragons, and finding out why they're coming, and what that First Wyverian's warnings meant. You'll be considered A-List if you do, and there will be a lot of work in store. What do you think?"

>Of course sir, I'll do the Commission proud.
>I don't know just yet sir, I need to think it over.
>Write in.
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>>4035846
>Of course sir, I'll do the Commission proud.
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>>4035846
>>Of course sir, I'll do the Commission proud.
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>>4035846
>Of course sir, I'll do the Commission proud.
We just got a baby Elder Dragon to raise, though.
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>>4035846
Hit me with that a list shit.

Free tine? Whats that?
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>>4035846
>Sir, i think i need to spend pretty much all my time raising this baby now. What does it even eat?
>Might head off to ancient forest to have it meet my other friend too, I'm sure the researchers will want to see that.
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"Of course sir, I'll my best to do the Commission proud." You say gallantly.

"Hmm, hmm. That's what I like to hear. From this moment onward, you're officially an A-Lister now. I'm giving you a promotion to rank ten." The Commander says before he opens the door and shows a quaint, comfy room waiting within, already furnished and livable in. Two Felyne housekeepers came in past the Commander from behind and lit the candles and lights within, doing a little dusting here and there and straightening everything out before they exited the room, saluted and went elsewhere.

"This room in particular has been vacant for a while, and since I don't expect anyone will be using it anytime soon, I'm assigning it to you. It'll be the ideal place to keep him in until he's too big to fit." The Commander says, eying Shara on your shoulder.

You stepped in and looked around. It was much bigger than the space you used in the barracks. There was a king-sized bed all for you, a bigger trunk and books, maps and some work stations, as well as a powered fan. It was cozy in here too, even having a furnace and cushioned chairs, contrast to the hard wooden ones everywhere else. It was your own private room.

"The Housekeepers will bring your things and your Palico will move here too. If you should need something, you can bother one of them for it by the station down at the end. You'll be closer to the Smithy too." The Commander says.

"Now, I'll expect to have an assignment for you soon enough, so you check in with me or the Field Team Leader. For now, you just tend to the Dragon and do what work you usually do. If that's everything, I'll leave you to it. And remember, the siege is due for next week and I expect you to be there too, everyone will." The Commander says before excusing himself.
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You saw the Housekeepers return with some boxes containing your valuables and wealth. They arranged them neatly inside your new trunk and bowed slightly before leaving, shutting the door behind them. Vivianne soon entered the room after that carrying a few of her own belongings and made herself at home at her own spot near the corner. She was overjoyed to be here instead of the barracks now.

You looked Shara Ishvalda in the eyes and then set the juvenile Elder Dragon down to the floor. He sniffed and looked around curiously before coming over to the furnace and falling down to the floor in front of it. You thought he might have collapsed, but it was really just his way of laying down.

You looked around, becomingly increasingly accustomed to the sight, and then it hit you.

You've done it. You made a living here in the New World. You're an A-Lister now, rank ten. You've already killed some larger monsters than what you did in the Old World, and you now have a room of your own. Plus, the Commander wants you to be apart of the big investigations too.

You stood up triumphantly and smirked to yourself.

"Well Vivi, we're getting there, just like I said we would back in Moga."

"I'm glad you were right Meowster, living here sure beats sweeping the floors in Dundorma!"

"Hey, we might even be in for some real notoriety too." You said, thinking over the upcoming siege.

You went over and tried out that nice looking chair in front of your furnace. It was as relaxing as it looked too, you leaned back in it and just reveled in it.

"Ahhh...... this is the life." You say aloud as Vivi passes over one of the two bottled tonics she had. You take a few gulps and sigh happily.
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Now, the day wasn't done yet. You rested your chin on your knuckle and got to a little bit of thinking, putting your noggin' to real work here.

Well, this was a pretty big room, by your standards at least. It was even bigger than your home back in Moga. Anywhere else you've ever stayed at before would feel cramped in comparison. Hey, Commander did say bother the Housekeepers. You wondered if you could see if they'd allow you to move in one of your friends from those barracks too.

But maybe for later, you wanted to enjoy this place all to yourself first.

You looked down at Shara Ishvalda. The little Elder Dragon seemed to be relaxing too in that heat. He was just born, so he might get hungry soon. What does an Elder Dragon eat? Well, one like him at least. Most eat meat like every Monster, that you knew. Some were special cases though, like the ones who only kill so they can feed off another being's Bioenergy.

What was Bioenergy anyway? Was it really different from... "normal" energy? Could it be the same? Eh that's a question to consult the eggheads and books for but it's not your main focus right now.

Raising this little guy can't be that hard. You just have to feed him, play with him mayhaps, wash him? That sounded simple enough. But, what about when he starts to grow bigger? He might have to be relocated then, that'll be handled later though.

You could go on a quest or an expedition today, you might let Vivi watch after Shara. She seemed to be responsible enough to handle him.

Sooner or later, he's probably going to start moping for food. Babies always did soon after they were born in clinics.

What will you do right now?
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>>4036007
Get lotsa meat for our baby boo
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>>4036007
Give the little one a moment to rest then ask a researcher and Brigg for help, someone need to take notes.
First thing first, hygiene, search or ask for several basin´s. Fill a basin with warm or hot water, loose sand or wathever the Everwyrm's might need (the Shara Ishvalda is weak to water and ice)
Then feeed the Ishvalda, bring some meat, berries, vegetables, fruit some milk. We need to know what the little one can eat, what cannot and how much.
I need sleep
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>>4036007
Try to figure out what Shara Ishvalda eats. We can leave Vivi with him after we've fed it.
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>>4036043
>try to bathe the baby in water
>it dies
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>>4036007
Shara is pretty smart and its senses should be hard wired to avoid things harmful to it.

To say nothing of the fact that it is a fucking elder dragon. It could probably eat poison sacks all day and not get sick.

I agree though with >>4036043 though
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You took a moment to finish off that tonic and then stood up, looking at the youth resting peacefully there on the floor. You did wonder, if it really was reincarnating from a past life, what was that previous one like? You recall the Commander mentioning his name once before giving a speech, placing it along... catastrophe.

You told Vivi to stay put and headed out of the abode, going down to the tradeyard. There was a pretty big selection of things like foods available here at all times. You forked out at least three hundred Zenny and bought a variety of edibles to try out with Shara. You bought some Might Seeds, some berries, a vegetable or two and a fruit bowl and got a vase filled with water to take too.

You heard gossiping from all over. Some pointed you out as 'the Hunter that's gonna raise an actual Elder Dragon'. They spoke about it with awe, some sounding like they wished they filled your shoes instead. A few didn't speak so lightly about it. You heard two veterans make a bet over how long it would take until Shara Ishvalda 'goes crazy and has to be put down'.

You shrugged it aside as you left the market place. On the way back to your room, you saw Brigg and Atricia approach.

"Vance my good man! You've surely made a load of work for yourself. I must say I am impressed having heard of what you've done." Brigg said, following you.

"Will you show us? I've never seen the Old Everwyrm before, I'd really like too." The Scoutress requested.

You told them both to come along and welcomed them into your room. The young Shara Ishvalda raised it's head and squeaked, getting up and walking over fast to see what you had. You walked to the middle of the room and sat on your knees, setting the groceries aside. Shara came over and just stood in front of you, looking to you expectantly.

"My... his scales are so colorful. I have heard that Shara Ishvalda could encase itself in the earth around it for protection. I wonder just how long it's been since it was last exposed like this." Brigg pondered.

"He's really... cute." Atricia says, kneeling over to pet the Elder Dragon. Shara responded with coos to the soft touches. You got in on it too, rubbing his chin.

You first took out the meat and held it to the Shara. The Everwyrm's eyelids flutter as it looks it at it, but does nothing more. He didn't seem to be so interested in it...

You grabbed a couple of the berries and held it out for him instead. Nearly instantly his snout shot forward and claimed the berries from your palm. You didn't even need to try offering him anything else, he just decided to get it himself, rummaging through the pile next to you on the floor. He gobbled down the fruits and vegetables and seeds, nibbling half of the meat slither away right after when he saw nothing left.
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You got a bowl to fill for him, but to your surprise, you turned and saw Shara simply pick up the vase filled with water using his two claws and pour it into his mouth on his own until none was left. You guess you were underestimating how intelligent Elder Dragons were.

The little Everwyrm yawned and went back over to his place in front of your fire and you were left there along with Brigg and Atricia, all simply confounded by his independence.

"So.... uh, when you guys are around, you wouldn't mind helping me with him when I'm busy somewhere, right?" You ask.

"You don't have to ask me twice! I'd love to help out with that!" Atricia says, showing some girlish fascination with the tiny dragon.

"We're a team for a reason. I could stick around and take notes about it when I can." Brigg said, showing another book he had hanging around his shoulders.

"That's a relief. I'll ask the Housekeeper to send some key copies then." You say, going over and sitting in your now newly favored chair.

"What are your plans for the future of it though? You weren't around when our investigation into Velkhana was ongoing, but I know from what I've heard that the Everwyrm absolutely colossal when it's fully grown." Brigg suddenly says, making you turn your head.

"How big are we talking exactly?"

"The best estimates from the researchers indicated that the Old Everwyrm was about two thousand and hundred centimeters long, or ninety five feet. He could probably wear this room like a hat in his adult state." Brigg tells you.

Okay, that was kind of worrying.

"He could stay in the Arena, it should be big enough to house him easily." Atricia suggests.

"True. Another thing to cover for is how it was said Shara's behavior was by the Sapphire Star, who fought one... or fought this one as an adult on the Origin Isle." Brigg says. "When covered in rocks, the Star said that it acted defensively, and when exposed from it's armor, it wouldn't cease to try and destroy him with all it's power even when near death."

Okay, that was really worrying....

"Well... uhh.... maybe raising him will... condition him to not be so... unfriendly?" You say a bit nervously.

"....Well it's the best case scenario to hope for." Brigg says grimly.
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>>4036043
>Fill a basin with warm or hot water, loose sand or wathever the Everwyrm's might need

1 with hot water, another with loose sand, another with dirt and the like. I am of no more coherent tought
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>>4036222
The Arenas good, but only if we can actually. Uh. Not have people use it? If that makes sense?

We should also probably take him out on hunts sometimes. When hes big enough?
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You peered over at Vivi, who smiled big to keep your hopes up even after having heard that. She had the right idea and you took a deep breath to reassure yourself that everything would work out just fine.

You stood and brought your hand down to pat Shara. The Everwyrm purred at that you walked near the door with Brigg and Atricia.

You called Vivi over and decided you should get out for just a short bit and do something to get your head back in the game and off of thinking of disaster.

"So, I would like to go out and do something for a bit myself right about now. Could I bother one of you to help me out in this instance and watch over Shara?"

"Well, I'd like to, but I had to be over at the Smithy in a few minutes. Senzo requested my help with slaying a Barroth and I gave him my word that I would." Brigg tells you.

"I'll do it!" Atricia readily offered with her fist on her chest.

"Oh, then keep this and write down anything interesting you see with it." Brigg said, passing her his other smaller book.

"Okay, good, that'll do it then. The key should be on the desk." You tell her while Vivi climbs onto your back.

"Don't worry, I'll make sure Shara stays good and content." The Scoutress promised.

"Thanks." You say before making off away from home. Atricia waved you off and stayed at your personal room.

>Let's grab a minor quest to do, we have enough time.
>Let's go see if we can help at the resource station and make a delivery.
>Let's go on an expedition somewhere in the New World.
>Let's go pay Tabitabi a visit, it's been a while.
>Write in.
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>>4036251
>Let's go see if we can help at the resource station and make a delivery.
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>>4036222
Well shara seems to understand stuff pretty well.

Make a note that it ate the meat last. Also what are its teeth like?

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Sharp teeth in the front gradually moving to grinding flat molars? Human style trash compactor/omnivore. Nice.

Put some more wood on the fire, but make sure it can see you do it and let the boy sleep for the night.

In the morning lets see how intelligent it is, show em the fridge, storage box, bathroom and how they work.

Then maybe take him down to the cantina for breakfast. "Cooking for an elder dragon could be a once in a lifetime experience..."
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>>4036251
>>Let's go pay Tabitabi a visit, it's been a while.
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>>4036251
>Let's go see if we can help at the resource station and make a delivery.
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>>4036251
As far as vote goes.

Tabi Tabi Tabi Tabi.

Also bring some snacks for her.

Maybe we should post a meat delivery quest. Were going through rather a lot.
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>>4036251
Let's go see the tabi girl, we should try seeing about mounting her as a steed now.

Also, we have scoutflies right? If not we should get some already.
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Your first stop was the Smithy. You knew one essential you were missing up to this point were Scoutflies. Every Hunter in the New World practically had them by now and you weren't going to miss out any longer. The Second Fleet Master was surprised you didn't have a lantern and issued you one, along with a Ghillie Mantle, which was standard issue by now. You already saw your newly issued lantern brimming with Scoutfly activity as you thanked him and left.

You went over to the resource station and had a word with the Provisions Manager. You filled out a form and handed it over to her before she calculated a price which you paid then before going on your way back through the tradeyard to buy some raw steaks.

You had posted a delivery request for some things like fruits and meat and specified they be delivered to your house once collected from the field. You wrapped your steaks and took off the way of the Ancient Forest as you usually do. Your new Scoutflies flew about, identifying things you hadn't noticed before, such as stones and ammo for the slinger, nuts for Bowgun ammo, fruits and plants, dung, and ore veins.

You headed out to the same familiar spot you've been at before twice and got to work, sizzling those Aptonoth steaks over the BBQ split and waiting.

As you suspected, it didn't take long until a familiar face popped down from a tree she was climbing. Tabitabi sniffed to identify your smell and yipped happily upon recognizing it, coming over to nuzzle you and accept the cooked steaks. You patted her snout and handed them over while you contemplated what you'd teach her this time.

She already learned how to respond to being told to sit, stand, and attack. Now it was time to take it a step further.

Once the Tobi-Kadachi was done with the meal, you rubbed her face and never took your hand off of her, tracing it along her fur and scales as you walked to her side. She looked back at you as you placed both of your hands onto her back. She was a bit bewildered until you pushed yourself up and got your leg over to sit on her back.

She didn't move, or react wildly, but made a few noises to show confusion. You patted her to reassure her everything was fine.
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Now, you just had to teach her how to get going at your direction with yourself seated on her back still enough. You pointed forward and her gaze fell that way, trying to search for what you saw.

"Forward." You say. She of course doesn't do anything, but you aren't teaching her to go just yet. You tapped her neck to get her attention again and then pointed to your right.

"Right."

Then to the left.

"Left.

Then behind.

"Back.

And repeated it several times until you could simply say the word and she would look in that direction with you needing to point. Good motor functions, she was cunning. Now, you had to find a way to get her moving.

"Forward."

She looks that way.

"Forward." You repeat. She doesn't seem to know what to do.

Well then you'll just get off and show her visuALLYY! Woah! You held on to her fur suddenly as she took off in the forward direction, jumping down a height and moving very fast along the forest path. Then, she was going to start climbing a tree!

With no saddle or anything else to hold onto her by but your legs and arms, you would surely fall off and squander this lesson! You wrapped around her torso and held on tightly...

>1d100 to keep your grip and prevent yourself from falling.
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Rolled 83 (1d100)

>>4036371
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Rolled 17 (1d100)

>>4036371
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Rolled 74 (1d100)

>>4036371
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>>4036373
>>4036385
Man, this quest has had a lot of really good rolls
How can this be possibru?
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Swiftly, Tabitabi scaled the bark of one of the great trees and then jumped over to another, and another. She leaped and glided through the air and latched onto a tree sideways. It felt bumpy, extremely bumpy and exhausting to keep your grip, but you managed. It reminded you of the thrash testing in the early training days. Where veterans in charge of training newbie Hunters would tie ropes to their limbs and drop them over a big tall opening with one veteran having hold of his own rope. They would swing and pull and do everything they could to rag doll the tied up newbie, and it was the part of training you found the least pleasant, but you overcame it in the end. This was no different.

You found it better to simply close your eyes and give your hold all you had as the Tobi-Kadachi went from one tree to the other until she was down on the ground level again sprinting. You found it safe enough to finally look up and you saw Tabitabi trampling some poor Jagras as she traveled through the woods fast, fearless with the Anjanath and Deviljho gone from her general area.

You sat back up and just took in your ride until Tabitabi came to a stop and looked back up at you. You looked at a nice flat path ahead leading deeper into the forest and raised your finger that way.

"Go." You say. She doesn't initially understand until you repeatedly thrust your finger in that direction and say it again.

She moves that way much slower this time to your relief. It was like a jogging speed for her. You felt a bounce as you rode on her back, but it was barely noticed. You were taken where you told her to go deeper into a lush and darker green part of the Forest.

Here, things started to smell strangely pleasing. It must have been the aromas from the all the various kinds of flowers there were growing in these parts.

You saw a little alcove containing a small stream of water and a vitality plant and tapped Tabitabi to get her attention. You pointed that way and she got your order easily, turning and heading off to that part. She was really starting to come around better now. You were certainly getting the hang of this, and there was still some stuff to teach her, but it would be easier done now thanks to this experience you got.

You didn't think you were gonna stop until you've perfected her as a mount. You swore on the inside that by the time you were done with her, she'd be worthy to ride into a fight even as cavalry.

You continued to travel along in the woods with Tabitabi for the time being, guiding her along with your words and motions gently, things going swimmingly....
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It wasn't until you found yourself wandering a little spot with Poisoncups growing that your day began to get a bit less peaceful.

First, you saw a strange wyvern up ahead drinking from one of the cups, it's tail was very colorful and it had feathers. It stared your way with it's big, beady eyes and raised it's wings as a warning sign but your Tobi-Kadachi hissed back and stalked forward.

You were about to grab your Gunlance and prepare to jump off for a fight when there was a loud clicking noise that made everything stop.

The wyvern ahead with drops of poison leaking from it's mouth looked around as the click came again... and again...

And then there was a blinding flash! You covered your eyes and jumped off as Tabitabi scowled at it and staggered. It was just as bright as a flash pod going off. The wyvvern ahead of you squawked scarily and then you heard it flapped off to flee, running right into a tree and rushing through the foliage.

There was the sound of something landing coming from up ahead and when your eyes cleared you saw another taller wyvern there drinking the remaining poison cups. Tabitabi lowered herself closer to the ground behind you and hissed. You just watched and kept yourself ready for a fight.

The thing turned it's ugly head around your way and made something akin to a snicker in it's monstrous tone. It narrowed it's eyes at you and outstretched it's wings, but not raising them higher to appear bigger. Something on top of it's head clicked against it's beak again.

You concluded that this was Gypceros, a bird wyvern known for it's poison and ability to produce a blinding flash. It seemed it was challenging you too, you could sort of tell that from it's cocky demeanor and body language.

Without warning, it's head went down and suddenly uprooted the Poisoncup plant it was suckling from and went around, slinging it your way. You ducked and got out of the way, but some of the poison from it spilled over Tabitabi and she hissed as it began to affect her. She shook her head and main a bit of a whimper while looking at you and then hissing again at the Gypceros.

It was shifting back and forth using it's legs and flapping it's wings once every few seconds, still arrogant and on it's high Kirin.

>It just hurt your girl. You're gonna kick it's ass and teach it a lesson it won't forget soon for that!
>Typical bird wyverns. It isn't making any further move, just taunting. Let's leave and not fall for that.
>Write in.
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>>4036476
>It just hurt your girl. You're gonna kick it's ass and teach it a lesson it won't forget soon for that!
He violated the NAP.
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>>4036476
>It just hurt your girl. You're gonna kick it's ass and teach it a lesson it won't forget soon for that!
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>>4036476
>>It just hurt your girl. You're gonna kick it's ass and teach it a lesson it won't forget soon for that!
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>>4036476
>It just hurt your girl. You're gonna kick it's ass and teach it a lesson it won't forget soon for that!
PURGE
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>>It just hurt your girl. You're gonna kick it's ass and teach it a lesson it won't forget soon for that!
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>>4036476
>It just hurt your girl. You're gonna kick it's ass and teach it a lesson it won't forget soon for that!
Fuck yeah we're kicking this thing's ass, plus half its hide is rubbery and resistant to lightning, exactly what we're going to need for the big investigation!
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>>4036476
>It just hurt your girl. You're gonna kick it's ass and teach it a lesson it won't forget soon for that!
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>>4036476
>>Typical bird wyverns. It isn't making any further move, just taunting. Let's leave and not fall for that.
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>>4036476
Also, give tabi an antidote herb
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>>4036562
Yeah, he's talking mad shit for somebody soon to be in gunlance range.
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>>It just hurt your girl. You're gonna kick it's ass and teach it a lesson it won't forget soon for that!
YOU ACTUALLY FUCKING DARE? Lads I think it's time we show Tabitabi how the Gunlance Vance clan takes care of its own by slapping this cheeky cunt's shit.
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So what do you guys think we can reasonably get within the next 6 days, random events notwithstanding?
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>>4037222
Another weapon or an upgrade. Probably more mats for a good armor.

What armor should we aim for? I don´t know shit about gunlances.
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>>4037239
>What armor should we aim for?
Anything with Thunder and/or Fire Resistance.
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>>4037239
Frankly, we already have a gunlance charm, which will do us plenty of good. Ideally we want to get things resistant to thunder, which usually means things that use thunder, but Gypceros is a good start on that too. Weapon-wise, we could honestly try to upgrade our current or get something with poison or some other status since we don't have the resources for multiple elements.
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Oh it really did it now. Bird Wyverns were usually like a pest in this world. You had a particular dislike of them, and you were going to let it all rip against this Gypceros.

You didn't waste any time in drawing your Gunlance and charging forward with the bayonet extended towards the chest of the monster. It saw you come and lost it's cockiness, instead getting into the fighting mood as a click came from it's head once.

You closed the distance and thrust your blade into it's hide as the second click came. The thing emitted a little cry of pain as the blade pierced it's scales. You raised your just as the final click came and closed your eyes to block out that blinding flash. You heard Tabitabi wail again from being blinded and that only fueled your hatred for the Bird Wyvern.

You pulled back and put your arm to work, giving the Gypceros three deep lashes against it's belly to which it crowed in anger, responding by pecking at you fiercely with it's large beak. You were hit and fell to your back from the first blow, blocking the other two with some hurt behind it with your shield.

The Gypceros raised it's feet and came to stomp and trample all over you, but you thought faster and raised your Blazing Gunlance, causing the Gypceros to impale it's right foot straight through the blade. It cried and struggled, flapping upwards and dislodging it's foot.

The thing tried to make a retreat then, but it was halted in place and kept in this area as Tabitabi suddenly came over like the wind, lunging at the wyvern from a tree while brimming electricity. The electricity admittedly did little to the wyvern though, most of the pain she inflicted upon the Gypceros came from her fangs pressing into it's shoulder while her claws scratched at it's wings.
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The Gypceros freaked out, spitting balls of poison down below and all around as it spun, trying to shake Tabitabi off. You had to roll and move to dodge the noxious globs coming down.

Tabitabi made the Gypceros land, forcing it down with her weight on top of it's own. The Gypceros wailed and ran forward, shoulder blocking a vine wall to throw her off, but she held on, tearing some scales off of his shoulder with another bite before she made an attempt at his long neck. You came and used this chance to swipe at the legs of the Wyvern, managing to sever it's tail and cut a wing as it rapidly shook itself in the confusion.

There was the click again, and you tried to order Tabitabi to get off, but she couldn't hear you over the screeching of the wyvern, and you just didn't think she was so trained yet to know how to respond to that.

You were blinded too as the Gypceros' flash came, you had neglected to raise your shield. There was a whimper as your vision returned and you saw the Gypceros manage to reach it's head around. The angry Bird Wyvern grabbed Tabitabi by the tuft of her neck and tore her off, throwing her to ground harshly while she was still blinded. Poison spewed from the beak of the monster as it went to peck at her, but you wouldn't allow it.

You charged again while giving a shout of fury!
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The Gypceros' head etched your way as you fired a shell from your Gunlance. The thing yelped at the shells tearing through it's wings, the power behind each shot only increased by the Artillery Charm you wore.

You used the energy behind your charge to get a swing already going and came like a rocket, spinning around and building more strength in your left arm. The Gypceros attempted to flap away, but it's wings had been too damaged to give.

Your spinning attack went right into it's pelvis, the force behind it straightly blowing the Bird Wyvern over. It screeched another cry at the blade tearing through it's pelvis flesh and scraping away at the bone from how deep it went.

The thing toiled on the ground as you reloaded and came down upon it with fury. You thrust your blade into it with out stop, chopping and hacking away at the shattering scales that popped through the air past your helmet. The Gypceros' cries of distress softened into cries of terror in mere minutes.

The thing kicked at you, dragging itself along the ground pathetically. You pulled yourself up the nearby vines and jumped down at it, driving your Gunlance into it's left shoulder and pinning it to the ground.

You used your shield as a blunt, smacking and beating at it's head viciously. The Gypceros squawking horrifically in between each blow. You hit so hard the last time that you lost your grip on your shield, but that didn't stop you.

You grabbed it's neck with your left arm and held it down as you raised your right fist to the air.

The Gypceros got a good look at your helmeted face and you could see the fear in it's eyes, it was scarred, scarred of your prowess. You knew that deep down it regretted issuing you a challenge.

And so with all your strength and anger for it built up in your clenched, iron fist.... you punched it with the might of a hammer!

The beak of the thing splintered and cracked on it's surfaces, chips thrown away from the blow. The Gypceros' head shivered as the force flowed through it's skull and all the way down it's neck. The physical trauma gave it an intense migraine instantly.

You let got it and pulled your Gunlance out, stepped back as you looked at your fist and shook it around. You couldn't really feel it now, the punch hurt you too, but at least not as much as it did the Gypceros.
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The Gypceros made only small peeps now as it shivered on the ground. It rolled onto it's belly and clenched at it's cracked beak before trying to crawl away using it's wings and feet.

You were about to finish it off yourself when Tabitabi jumped over past you and pounced onto the bird wyvern, latching onto it's neck with her fangs, but not sinking them in yet. It was more like she was restraining the panicked wyvern in place for you.

She gave this curious look to you.

>Finish the Gypceros off yourself.
>Sheath your weapons and let her have the honor.
>Get her to let go. Just leave the wyvern there for nature to take it's own course with.
>Write in.
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>>4037497
>>Sheath your weapons and let her have the honor.
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>>4037478
alright! your back.

>Get her to let go. Just leave the wyvern there for nature to take it's own course with.

I was tempted to let her have the decision, but... well she needs to learn to bite and let go on command. Its a good training experience for her.

This is the things only chance though.
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>>4037497
>Sheath your weapons and let her have the honor.
Gotta instill that pack hunting mentality. The next kill we claim ourselves. We got any more rations on us by the way? If possible we may want to get into the habit of offering her food in exchange for being able to carve kind of like how falconers offer their raptors food to prevent kill guarding.
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>>4037497
>Sheath your weapons and let her have the honor.
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>>4037497
>Sheath your weapons and let her have the honor.
Not sure what carves will be left but it's arguably more humane than leaving it crippled.
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>>4037518
That one chance may be all it needs to go deviant you know. For all we know it could remember us like Jho and come back to fuck us over when Jho is after us again.
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>>4037497
>>Sheath your weapons and let her have the honor.
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Putting your weapons aside onto your back, you placed your finger at the slithering Gypceros and gave an order.

"Attack."

Tabitabi obeyed, biting down with more pressure and sinking her fangs into the neck of the Gypceros who squirmed in place a few times more until it's eyes came closed and it went limp on the ground, finished off by Tabitabi's bite.

The Tobi-Kadachi let go and hopped over to you, her head went all over your form, searching for any injuries that you might have incurred from the fight. You took her face into your hands and gave a rub through her fur to calm her down. Her mood seemed to brighten at that and she whimpered, showing you the purple strains of poison she still had affecting her.

You had the solution and used your thumb to pry her mouth open a little, to which she seemed a bit unsure of your exploring as you raised an antidote from your satchel to her lips, pouring inside every last drop. Her tongue flickered at the liquid, showing a mixed reaction to the funny taste as you made her close her mouth and swallow it with your hands carefully.

She snorted, shaking her body to rid her hide of the poison strains and then seemed to change in attitude to something a bit happier, she yipped at you, no longer drowsy and dizzied by the poison.

You took your carving knife out and got to work on the Gypceros, salvaging a majority of it's parts and tail, picking up any materials you might have broken off as well before taking out your BBQ split and cutting some meat from the gut of the wyvern out. Tabitabi recognized the instrument instantly and became excited as you cooked what you cut over it. You couldn't help but chuckle at her behavior. It was like a child receiving a present. You of course had to make her stay, she would attempt to nab it still over the fire.

You fed her up with the remains and brushed her fur before mounting yourself back onto her and directing her to take you elsewhere in the forest.
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The next stroll you had on her was a bit different this time. She was yawning and going in directions of her own will, and you were just along for the ride.

You did admit though, you were enjoying it. Seeing many different things within the forest you hadn't seen before yet as she went along on her own path. You were subject to spot out the vicinity of a waterfall deeper within the woods, closer to the edge of the sea.

You were carried through more complex paths in between the numerous trees, seeing large patches of flowers the size of gardens, smaller areas where plenty of endemic forest life was thriving, and up through the trees again, being able to look down at the hunting grounds of the Jagras and the other wyverns that lived within these woods.

You could have sword through as Tabitabi was traveling that you might have seen the familiar figure of another First Wyverian somewhere down below, but you weren't completely sure. If you were right, you definitely wanted to catch that little guy and see if he would tell you more like the last did, if he was even a different one.

You saw Tabitabi speed up then and held on tighter as she leaped from one tree to the other before climbing up on a big branch and running down along it to jump.

You landed hard on a solid ground and looked around to see she had taken you to what appeared to be her nest. It was sizable, flat in most spots and had other trees around for her to climb and glide off of. She turned back and looked at you, prompting you to dismount her and step off.

It was getting dark now. You could see some stars in the blackened blue of the sky above. You guessed she wasn't listening because she was ready for sleep now. If that was so then you would go on your own to that place you saw just moments ago. Let her have her rest.

You patted her head and turned to leave, but you felt her grab at your hand and tug on you. Thinking she wanted more attention, you reached to pet her again, but didn't expect it when her claw came up suddenly to your abdomen.

She pushed you down onto the floor of her nest and circled around you twice before laying down with your back against her stomach. She laid her head down into your lap and curled her tail over your legs and you were left under her weight.

She was already snoring!

Well poop, you wanted to let her rest and not to wake her, but you also wanted to get away to do something yourself, and you couldn't like this....

>Attempt to very carefully worm your way out and escape. Then get on your way.
>You can play the waiting game. You'll just take a nap and wait until morning to leave.
>Write in.
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>>4037804
>Write in.
Wake up Tabi, with care, and let her know we´re leaving. Imagine the poor thing not seeing us when it awakens and searching in panic. Tabitabi can take care of herself way better than the baby elder dragon.
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>>4037804
Also, I LOOOOOVE the drawings.
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>>4037830
This works for me
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>>4037478
>that bitch smack
Glorious
>>4037830
Supporting this
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While you had decided it would have most likely been best to simply sneak away out of her grasp, you couldn't bear to think of how distressed she would be to awaken and find you gone. She might get carried away searching for you in vain or worse... attempt to track you back to Astera, where she might come under attack by the other wary Hunters posted on watch duty.

You knew she was a big girl, she could handle herself, so you only had to let her know. You started with some light pats on her head. At first, she only purred at the touch, knowing it by instinct, but as you went a little faster, her one eye flicks open and comes up towards you.

You tried to move and she brought her head up to yours, as if trying to understand what you were doing. With her head off of your lap, you slid one foot back onto the ground and eased up a little.

"Hey, listen girl, I can't stay here, the great outdoors were meant for you."

She went down on her shoulder and tried to push you back again, but you moved her paw away slowly and patted it. Her vision fell between your hand and your own eyes and you could see now she felt a bit saddened, as though believing you were abandoning her. She's become attached really fast it seemed.

You only knew to pet her again in some attempt to comfort her and allowed her to rub her nose against your helmet. Then, an idea came to mind and you stood, backing away a step or two. You grabbed your BBQ split out and wiggled it at her. As expected, her mood lightened and she gave a yip happily.

Believing she got the gist of it, you knelt down to hug her neck one more time as she yawned and laid back again to sleep. Her one red eye didn't cease to watch you as you began to leave the nest, climbing down and saying goodbye next to her name. She fell asleep peacefully then and there and you were finally free to leave.

You wandered back out into the woods alone now, immediately heading for where you thought you saw the First Wyverian...
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With it so dark now out at night, and a helmet with eye covering visors on, you had to get used to the way it felt to travel like this.

You had some failings, only minor here and there. You tripped a few time on large roots sticking out from the Earth that you didn't spot the first time around, and accidentally you roused a Paratoad by stepping on it and were immobilized for minutes on end in the middle of a bush you fell into.

You groaned and pushed your way through the bushes until you felt and heard the crunching of dew covered dirt under foot and saw you were getting closer. Wait, actually, you were here.

You looked around, trying your hardest to find that First Wyverian hiding in plain sight. You saw only old wood and flora fauna dotting everywhere around you. It was a bit claustrophobic traveling through here at times really.

".....Hunter...?" You heard a voice say from behind. You turned and saw the First Wyverian standing there on a branch. You already passed a look that way several times but it took you a minute of staring at it to realize the shape of the First Wyverian standing right there.

"....The Star knows?"

"....Yes, I passed along the memo." You said back.

The First Wyverian did not say anything else. Instead, his hatted head nodded your way before you saw him look up towards the sky. There was an opening in the trees up above that showed off that gleaming star filled sky perfectly.

You were still lingering on what you had been told the last time you saw this strange dwarflike being. You wanted to see if it would answer another question, or tell you something else.

You reviewed all you knew up to this point and exhaled as you prepared to speak.

"....I will not claim omniscience. But I know you would seek my knowledge.... Hunter..." The First Wyverian suddenly came.

".....What is it you would ask me....? ....Remember the rule I made..."

What will you ask the First Wyverian?

Choose only three questions.

>"Who is the 'Primeval Man'?"
>"How many Elders will come?"
>"What should I look out for in the future?"
>"What is your purpose, First Wyverian? What is your goal?"
>"Will I ever be as great as the Sapphire Star?"
>"I found the reincarnation. What danger does it pose, if any?"
>"You seem a possessor of knowledge. Are the legends true? Is there a Black Dragon?"
>"Why does the Tobi-Kadachi have such an affinity for me? What makes it friendly?"
>"Where in this New World might I find all the wealth to last me?"
>Write in.
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>>4038003
>"I found the reincarnation. What danger does it pose, if any?"
>"What should I look out for in the future?"
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>>4038003
>>"How many Elders will come?"
>>"What should I look out for in the future?"
>>"I found the reincarnation. What danger does it pose, if any?"
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>>4038003
>"I found the reincarnation. What danger does it pose, if any?"
>"Who is the 'Primeval Man'?"
>"What should I look out for in the future?"
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>>4038003
>"Who is the 'Primeval Man'?"
>"I found the reincarnation. What danger does it pose, if any?"
>"Why does the Tobi-Kadachi have such an affinity for me? What makes it friendly?"
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Wait.
>>4038003
>>4038033
Switching the my last question with
>Why does the Tobi-Kadachi have such an affinity for me? What makes it friendly?"
I can only assume it's from constant non-hostile human contact but she couldn't have been around the researchers for that long.
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>>4038003
These
>"I found the reincarnation. What danger does it pose, if any?"
>"Who is the 'Primeval Man'?"
>"Why does the Tobi-Kadachi have such an affinity for me? What makes it friendly?"

We should focus on getting as much of this vital stuff out above all else. And maybe find out a little on Tabi. It shouldn't matter how many Elders come because it shouldn't be anynore than already is in World.
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"Well, for starters, I found that thing you pointed me to."

".....The Old Everwyrm? Good..."

"I've already been told worrying things about it. How much of a threat it could pose once it's an adult. So my first question is, will it pose a danger?" You asked nervously, holding your breath.

"....The Old Evewyrm makes an enemy out of those who come to destroy it.... He knows the arms of the man and the mixed fondly.... and has forgotten their hands..... Bad memories linger in the eternal one of a closer past. It's favor is discovered by those who would align with it's own intentions..." The First Wyverian responded after pausing.

"You mean... it might understand me? But... align with it's own intentions? Are you telling me I should help it do what it wants to do?"

".....In a way....."

"Okay okay.... wait, those don't count as questions that I just wasted, do they?" You asked with prudence.

The First Wyverian didn't answer.

"Damn it...." You whispered to yourself.

"......It is merely an act...." He says. You look at him funny.

"Huh...?"

".......Let's not get technical on it..... you still have two more questions, of that sort." The First Wyverian says. Good to see he at least had a sense of humor. You nodded.

"Ahh, I see. You must have seen me earlier, I was riding on a Tobi-Kadachi I think I've tamed. You seem to know a lot. Can you tell me? Why is it so friendly to Humans?" You asked, wanting to know what Tabitabi's deal was.

The First Wyverian hummed and tapped his staff to the branch, raising two fingers to his face, then waving them around in a circle.

".....Trauma on the brain." The First Wyverian tells you.

"...What?!"

"....The monster was.... walking..." The First Wyverian says, tapping his staff another three times. "....a great devourer appeared and attacked.... she fled. The great devourer chased her relentlessly.... cornered her..... she nearly perishes. A second monster enters this fray... a beast with terrible power that rends the earth where it goes.... the devourer and this demon battle. She was caught in their whirlwind... a stray blow hits it's mark, rendering her blank..... when she next awoke, she did not remember much of her prey and starved.... she found creatures that provided food and then lived."

"...So this whole time, that Tobi-Kadachi has just been an amnesiac...?" You say, unsure of how to handle knowing this. You also wondered by what method it was that the First Wyverian was able to tell you, you couldn't know if he was speaking the truth or making this shite up as he went. Still, you would listen.

".....Only one more question...."

"Very well." You say, thinking over what to ask. You find something and look up at the First Wyverian.

"Who, or what is the 'Primeval Man'? You've spoken of?"

Everything goes silent, the breeze, the ambience of the woods, everything. Only your armor's rasping is heard as you look around. It was unsettling...
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The First Wyverian raised his two fingers to over where his mouth was and he did spake quietly only a simple whisper.

".....Shh....."

You only stood and watched, feeling unsafe and startled by the sudden change in the air.

Then, without warning, the sounds picked up again. The wind was heard and the trees creaked. You oddly.... felt no danger then.

"....He..... I will refer to him only as He...." The First Wyverian says.

"....He is a relic of the long gone. The bringer of renewal... He is out of time itself, and worse yet, He is already here.... The plans of a dead empire are what He conceived.... the nightmares of Man's hand were brought to life by the effort of only Him.... He fights a war already lost, He would make the ultimate sacrifices to claim a pyrrhic victory, he refuses to let go of the glory that is dead...."

"....He can weave illusion, He can hear your thoughts.... He has mastered things that defy nature, He is ruthless.... He lacks compassion... He knows only pride... The Elders come to stop Him.... but I fear even I don't know if they can...."

"He cannot be brought to reason... He can only be served destruction.... or else the Tower will rise, and the Throne will work...."

".....I don't..... I don't understand a thing you're saying, can't you just tell me this guy's name...?" You say, finding it difficult to get around this First Wyverian's riddles.

".....No.... He can hear his name..... He knows arts that should not exist.... He defies logic.... to define logic.... a trait only an Ancient could claim, an Ancient of a forlorn history.... the very same who could transcend what it means to be mortal.... those who predate the modern man...."

"How can that be? Most of everything they say about Ancient Civilization is just an exaggerated farce, they're myths for a reason." You bite back, beginning to grow tired of the First Wyverian's prophetic spiel.

The First Wyverian shuddered and held onto his staff with both hands.

".....I have answered your three questions.... you may only seek me another time..... I will say no more...." The First Wyverian says.

You sigh and thank him for what he could share on Tabitabi before leaving.

>There is no way I'm going to believe that little guy's load of bologna, it just doesn't make sense.
>I'm full of doubt right now, but I should at least keep an open mind. I just don't know yet.
>It's as they always say, you gotta give citations and back things with proof. Maybe we'll see soon.
>I should probably tell the Commander about this next run in. He might want to know.
>Let's just head home and keep it to myself for now. I got work to do, gotta keep my head clear.
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>>4038142
>Tabitabi is amnesiac
I fear for when she gets her memory back.

>I'm full of doubt right now, but I should at least keep an open mind. I just don't know yet.
We're gonna need some time to mull this over.
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>>4038142
>>I should probably tell the Commander about this next run in. He might want to know.

>>4038145
Yeah so much for being a breakthrough for monster taming and riding. Damn. I was looking forward to that.
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>>4038142
>Let's just head home and keep it to myself for now. I got work to do, gotta keep my head clear.

>>4038145
>>4038150
Well we just make sure she doesn't get her memory back, at least I don't think she will. A bop made her like that, so if things go bad surely we can just reverse it with another bop ourselves, r-right?
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>>4038142
Evil wizard. Lovely.
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>>4038142
>>I should probably tell the Commander about this next run in. He might want to know.
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>>4038204
Nah, I think the best we can hope for is that when she regains her memories, she still remembers us as well. Amnesia doesn't erase what you learn from after you get it. It'll probably be more savage, but if nothing else it'll definitely not kill us specifically.
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>>4038204
>A bop made her like that, so if things go bad surely we can just reverse it with another bop ourselves, r-right?
Pretty sure she's never trust us again if we botched the attempt so I wouldn't risk it. Better to hope that if or when her memory returns she looks favorably at the fact that we've fed her and even fought at her side. Taking on something sufficiently sized or powerful like a rathian or rathalos at some point with her help should endear her to us as a companion or at least let her understand that it's probably wise to continue working with the guy that brings you food and beats up apex predators that would eat you. Either way the real take away is that we should keep her away from Jho now that we know he was after her too. Our scent lingering around her will only make things more dangerous.
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You return to Astera, collecting Vivi back from the grove you left her at, having asked her to gather some herbs for you while you saw Tabitabi. She collected at least ten.

You went straight ahead back into Astera and sent Vivi back home. The Commander was still at his table as he usually was at this time, getting ready to resign for the night. You caught him while you could and spoke clearly of your next encounter with the First Wyverian to him. The Field Team Leader or Huntsman weren't present, so you felt better about spilling all of that.

His reaction was varied. He seemed to also harbor doubt for a lot of what you told him and his outlook on it at large was about the same as yours, keeping an open mind as you don't truly know yet. Afterwards, the Commander said you should avoid contact with the First Wyverians for now, it might be for the best so you can shift your focus to other pressing matters.

You agreed and so headed back to your room.

Upon returning home you opened the door to see Shara out cold on the floor sleeping peacefully by the fire. Atricia was sitting in your chair and she looked burned out and exhausted, slumped down leaning back into it. There were a selection of toys on the floor, mostly things that Hunters would use to play with their Palicos with, and your bed sheets were ruffled and messed about with some of them on the floor. There were also some fruits lying about....

"What in the world happened while I was gone?" You asked.

"Pheww...... You wouldn't believe how much energy the little guy has, all he wanted to do was play all day long, jump on the bed and eat. It took a lot just to keep him in here, or else he might have gotten out... he's strong and fast!" Atricia says, standing up and stretching.

"But...." She yawns. "Not too much to get out of hand."

"I... I see." You say with disbelief initially, but the way someone like her seemed to treat it, you believed. Maybe you'll get to witness it soon enough too.

"So, are you doing anything tomorrow?" She asks. "Like, a quest or...?"

"I don't know." You say. You still had to take care of Shara.

"Well, if you do, why not consider taking Shara too so the little guy can get out? I'd even come so you have more eyes to watch him with. I can't lose sight of something I'm tracking, trust me. Though, I don't know how that would bode with the Commander, or the researchers." Atricia says, walking past you. "Well, goodnight!"

"Bye." You say, closing the door and looking towards Shara for a moment.

You tidy up everything with Vivi's help and then head off to bed for the night.
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Come morning, you stir awake and lean up in bed to see Shara still resting on the floor.

With some peace for now, you go through your morning routine and get ready, suiting up afterwards. Vivi soon comes awake afterwards and uses some special beans from her own personal belongings to brew coffee for you and her.

It isn't long after that Shara Ishvalda's head peeps up and the little dragon stands with yawn too, looking up at you expectantly before sitting around lazily.

You open the blinds on your room's one big window and let the sun in, seeing Astera at work as usual for the place.

You think for a second over what you should do today. You had at least six days until the siege, didn't you? It would be poor for your body if you didn't keep up your physicality by getting out in the field until then, but you still had to devote some time to taking care of Shara too.

Maybe you could see if another friend would help out today, like Brigg or Senzo, or Atricia again. You still remember what the Scoutress told you though, about potentially getting Shara out with you, but you still didn't know how to feel about that one.

What will you do today?
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>>4039041
Perhaps we could go on an expedition with him? The issue with that is making sure he doesn't stray too far.
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We could also take care of Shara(which includes playing) for a few hours before we go. We still have to figure out what we need for the Yama fight; maybe ask Brigg or the researchers if they know what to expect.
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>>4039041
Take him to the wildspire waste. Perhaps a small monster hunt? Or gathering Quest.

We have an artillery charm. Rocksteady mantle? Vitality mantle?

Gaurd up to let us block his more powerful moves would be helpful... as would guts, evade up, and the skill that scares small monsters away.
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>>4039075
If we do take him out, we should go somewhere that doesn't have much of a place for him to burrow at, so I'd say the Coral Highlands. But if we go do that we may as well take a quest there too.
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>>4039093
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/4005673/

Lightning Hound Grounding
Client: The Commander.
Reward: 29000 Zenny
Goal: Hunt a Zinogre.
Location: Coral Highlands.


Tzis Is Out Of My Control!
Client: Endemic Life Researcher.
Reward: 6400 Zenny.
Goal: Rescue my poor baby!
Location: Coral Highlands.


Dirty Beauty.
Client: Grim Biologist.
Reward: 18000 Zenny.
Goal: Hunt a Kirin.
Location: Coral Highlands.


Employees Must Always Wash Hands/
Client: Squeamish Germophobic Researcher.
Reward: 3900 Zenny.
Goal: Collect enough bubbles and suds to fill my bottles.
Location: Coral Highlands.


Oh Pest Controoollll.
Client: Meowscular Chef.
Reward: 5000 Zenny.
Goal: Hunt all target Monsters. (Odogaron, 10 Shamos.)
Location: Coral Highlands.


Those were the aviable quest in Coral Highlands last time.
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>>4039041
As far as builds go...

Glutton gunlace (sleep, our char mentioned a fondness for sleep bombing and its a good strategy. Great jagras are easy.)

Then upgrade to rabbodan armor for the mad skills.

Then kill urugaan for their sweet, sweet gaurd up skill. It also happens to resist the hell out of Yamas prinary elemental attacks.
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>>4039111
>Employees Must Always Wash Hands
We should do that one, it sounds easy enough.
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>>4039124
I agree, we will be usefull during the siege.

>>4039041
We need to gather the party for a hunt, also bring the little one.
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>>4039111
Do employees must wash hands AND oh pest control.

Well start out gathering bubbles and slaying shamos with shara baby, and sfter hes all tuckered out well go with scoutress and our palicoes to hunt Odo.

Hes not on our list, but... we might be able to trade his parts in for something better.

Also, as far as burrowing goes.

Shara turns the rock of its arena into sand with air blasts. I can assure you it will have no trouble digging anywhere other than hoarfrost reach.
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>>4039135
Remember what the First Wyverian said:
>He knows the arms of the man and the mixed fondly.... and has forgotten their hands..... Bad memories linger in the eternal one of a closer past.
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>>4039151
Now that I think about it, he meant arms as in weapons didn't he? Wouldn't this make it a bad idea to take Shara?
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>>4039182
Well find out when we go out, he said he knows the arms fondly, though has forgotten the hands.

Perhaps shara forgot humans can build stuff and give headpats as well as smash things good.
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>>4039182
Arguably yes, that's why I voted to take care of it first before deciding anything else.
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You thought that it would be best to get a little time in with Shara for now before taking him out somewhere. Gotta get him in the mood, yeah?

You clapped your hands to him and the juvenile Elder Dragon looked up again curiously as you clapped and held out your hands. Slowly, he gets up and shakes before lowering himself. You were wondering what he was about to do when suddenly he jumped at you, but not into your arms, the Elder Dragon child jumps right over your head!

You turn and see him land and spin back around to face you, lowering his upper body and gasping excited noises. It seems Atricia wasn't joking after all about him having a lot of energy...

He jumps into your arms and clings to your shoulder like a bolt of lightning, making you tumble to the floor with a grunt. You just shook your head off and chuckled yourself as Shara licked your helmet's visor.

"Hey! Hey! Stop that!" You say, leaning up and setting him in front of you. You reached for one of the Palico toys Atricia left behind and dangled it down in front of his face.... and then he immediately catches it and snaps the feathered trinket in two.

"Oh."

You saw plenty of other toys about, so you didn't worry yet. You had plenty of time to spend with him. So you did, and for the next three hours, you played with Shara back and forth across your room, dirtying the place back like it was last night and making a painting fall. You eventually decided it was time to stop after Shara started to chase Vivianne around playfully, and so fixed your room up again and fed Shara some fruits before picking him up in your arms and going out into Astera.

People all eyed Shara in nosiness as you lugged him about, researchers trailing you many feet away and writing on their clipboards as you carried Shara up the steps and out to the Canteen. The Meowscular Chef was a bit weary to see an actual Elder Dragon at his Canteen, even if it were just a cub, but soon it turned to pride as he realized that his food and the gains from them weren't something one could resist, even if they were an Elder Dragon.

You ordered your usual and waited, you wanted to see how Shara would like a kebab. You sat the little dragon down next to you on a separate stool you pulled up, smirking at the interest people around showed, talking among themselves and glancing quietly. You did remember that you missed out on that feast they threw last night, but it would have been mostly eggheads who just want to document Shara anyway, you wouldn't have liked it much.
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"I see the young one has already became quite acquainted with you." You hear a hearty voice say from behind. You turn around and see a man built like a house standing there, not as big as the Admiral, but fairly big in his own right, he was a foot taller than you. He was wearing a Lumu set and had a Jagras Cannon on his back.

"Do... do I know you?" You ask. You thought you recognized his voice but you weren't quite sure.

"Of course, it's me, Kolash!" He says. You are silent.

"....Doh! That's right, I never did tell you my actual name. Perhaps you'll know me better by Brigg then. I guess it's just that I'm no longer wearing that high metal helmet to distort my voice. Hah hah hah!"

"Woah, Brigg, I know you said you were muscled underneath that plate, but I didn't expect you to look like a full blown circus strongman." You said in amazement as he took the next seat to you.

"That's a new one, I'm going to remember that. Yes, the fat armor was deceiving, but I got some upgrades since I finally made enough coin for it yesterday."

"Nice, it suits you." You say. Brigg nods as he ordered a pint and pulled out his books. The waiter brought forth some platters and you were shocked when you saw Shara pick up one of the kebabs by the stick with his hand.

"He's a wonder I tell you. They say some Elder Dragons exceed even us in intelligence." Brigg enlightened you as you ate.

"So, that siege scheduled soon.." You begin.

"Ahh yes, that I am preparing for." Brigg responds, drinking.

"What can we expect anyway? Has Yama Tsukami ever actually been slayed before?"

"Indeed, in the Old World there is a record of a single Yama Tsukami that the Guild Masters had slain. But no more. They say that the Yama Tsukami has many tricks. It can fly in any direction at great speed, and it can control an army of Great Thunderbugs to use against it's enemy." Brigg says, reading from his second book.

"That's insane, but I can see why we'd need a whole siege party."
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"Yama Tsukami is also vulnerable to the cold, and the Dragon element found in some Monsters. It doesn't go down easily, it's great size makes it quite hard to penetrate. I hear that the Yama Tsukami prefer to seclude themselves in ruins as well. I wonder if ours might lead the Commission to further discoveries...?"

"I believe our siege will come with masks, to avoid the gasses Yama Tsukami can emit. There may also be a mounting phase, as Yama Tsukami is said to be so large that trees can grow on it's back. All in all, I predict it will take a considerably long time to finally slay the beast, but I do believe we will. The Commission always gets the job done." Brigg says enthusiastically. You agreed with him and tinged mugs for a toast with him.

"So, are you free today?" You ask.

"All in our circle should be, but they might find something to do later, including me. I'm free at the moment but I was going to find something to do after this pitstop." Brigg says.

You wanted to bring a friend along with you on your expedition, but you could only really take one.

>Ask Brigg to come along. His ranged help will be ideal for what you planned to do.
>Ask Senzo to come along. He's fast and can slice and dice Monsters while giving you openings.
>Ask the Scoutress to come along. She knows how to move and can take a lot of punishment alongside being able to deal out twice the damage you can.
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>>4039443
>Ask the Scoutress to come along. She knows how to move and can take a lot of punishment alongside being able to deal out twice the damage you can.
I want to bring Brigg, having a ranged hunter will make our life easier, but, Atricia asked first and shes a breety good scout.
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>>4039443
>Ask Brigg to come along. His ranged help will be ideal for what you planned to do.
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>>4039443
>>4039461 has a point.

>Ask the Scoutress to come along. She knows how to move and can take a lot of punishment alongside being able to deal out twice the damage you can.
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>>4039440
>>4039443
>that jawline
Good to see we have a gigachad as a friend but I got to agree with everyone else, lets take Atricia.
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>>4039443
>Ask Senzo to come along. He's fast and can slice and dice Monsters while giving you openings.

Considering our job is mostly going to be keeping Shara safe, having someone mobile and capable of putting things down quickly is definitely up there. The others aren't bad either, but the Longsword is king at mopping up groups.
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>>4039518
Both Senzo and Atricia use longswords.
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>>4039540
The Thundersword is a Great Sword, not a Longsword.
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>>4039443
>>Ask Senzo to come along. He's fast and can slice and dice Monsters while giving you openings.
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>>4039558
Ah shit, that´s right. I was going by the picture (because it looks like the Guan Dao)
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When the meal was over, you collected Shara and bid Brigg farewell, heading down back down to the tradeyard, researchers still trailing and observing. Not that you minded it, at least they were keeping a good distance, for now.

You walked about until you saw the Scoutress making a delivery and waved her over.

"Hey, Atricia, you remember last night that suggestion you gave me?"

"Of course. Is that you wanted you were going to do?"

"Yeah, I was wondering if you'd like to tag along since it was your idea."

"I'd be more than glad to! It would be a refreshing experience seeing an Elder Dragon out in an actual environment." She said eagerly.

Without warning, Shara propelled himself out of your arms and into Atricia's suddenly, causing her to nearly trip.

"Woah! I think he agrees!" She said, stumbling but managing to hold him easily enough.

You affirmed that with her and suggested taking some quests to go out and do too. After some debate over at the quest board, you took the quests 'Oh Pest Controoollll' and 'Employees Must Always Wash Hands' and tacked them away. Before you could go however, you still had to do one more thing.

Paying a little visit to the Commander and Field Team Leader, you asked the seniors about it. At first, they seemed hesitant and ready to deny you taking Shara away from Astera when the Chief Ecologist suddenly butted in, followed by three more Wyverians. Two of these other Wyverian researchers were short like him and one was taller, cloaked in black and with a beak-like mask. They all looked ready for something.

The Chief Ecologist and Commander exchanged words fast while you stood off and the Commander's mood seemed to turn a bit, pressured into something. He steps over suddenly with the rest of the Wyverians following, the three others gathering near you.

"I'm not exactly so trusting of the idea of letting Shara Ishvalda out of our reach, but the research head seems to be in favor of the idea and has provided this team of scientists to accompany you and study Shara. They'll be constantly monitoring Shara. I'll let you go, but only on the condition you let them go too, and you help keep them safe." The Commander tells you.

You thought for a moment and then nodded and got on your way with everyone else in check.
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>>4039705
>You thought for a moment and then nodded and got on your way with everyone else in check.

...yeah...
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The trip towards the Coral Highlands was smooth, providing a nice nip to the air as you flew to it's exotic landscape and landed at camp with Shara in your arms. Upon arriving, you set the juvenile Elder Dragon down and let it explore a little around the camp you arrived at. He sniffed and walked about, checking out these things he's never seen before. The researcher team was speaking to each other, watching him tightly.

"So, is this your first time here?" Atricia asked.

"Yeah, it's... different." You say, looking above at the crusty surroundings.

"It only gets better from here." She says, going and crawling out of a space leading into the camp where some Wigglers were wiggling at before shooting under the dirt. You followed close behind and Shara came too, the researchers rushing to follow him in turn.

You walked down into a sandy bowl surrounded by the crusty features of the Coral Highlands and followed Atricia until you reached a high cliff with vines hanging off to get a good view of the entire place. It was alien, majestic and alien. The Coral Highlands were one of a kind, the place entrapped you in it's gorgeous appearance.

The landscaping was comprised of things most usually found in undersea reefs entirely. The fauna of the land could be seen all over, and the air had a smell to it that chilled your lungs. It was like walking under the ocean's surface.

"So, what about those quests of yours?" Atricia asks.

You reviewed the papers and held them up.

"This one says you spotted some from the Old World here." You say, placing a finger over 'Employees Must Always Wash Hands'. "What kind of Monster was it?"

"A Leviathan, the only kind that can make bubbles like the client wants too." She says.

"Wait, you mean to say you sighted a Mizutsune here?"

"Positively. Though, I couldn't tell if it was a male or female. The difference between how both genders of Mizutsune behave really makes a difference." Atricia informs.

"I see. Well, let's decide which quest we'll pursue here first then." You say.

>We'll go after the Shamos and then Odogaron first for Oh Pest Controoollll.
>Let's collect soap and bubbles for the client Employees Must Always Wash Hands, seems simple enough.
>Let's go search for materials first and give Shara a chance to play for a bit before we do anything.
>Write in.
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>>4039751
>Let's collect soap and bubbles for the client Employees Must Always Wash Hands, seems simple enough.
Soap dragon is soapy
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>>4039751
>Let's collect soap and bubbles for the client Employees Must Always Wash Hands, seems simple enough.
>seems simple enough
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>>4039751
Lets fight the shamos as we find them, we need to poke around looking for bubbles anyway.

After that I wanted to drop shara off at base camp while we hunt the Odogy. He should be tired out by then and im honestly not super comfortable bringing him to hunt something that dangerous yet.

How would searching for materials and letting shara play differ from searching for bubbles and letting shara play?
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Making up your mind, you decide to get both quests complete along the way. First by killing off ten Shamos to thin the pack, then by collecting the cleanly fluids required for heightening Astera's hygiene standard.

You whistle and Shara comes running over and jumps into your arms. He nearly knocks you off the cliff but the Scoutress' hand catches you by the torso plate and saves you with her surprising strength. You let her go down first so she could catch Shara if you fell while holding him and climbing down the vine wall first. The Researchers had a bit more trouble, but in the end they made it too.

You and Atricia walk along after setting Shara down and heading off into the more shaded areas of the Highlands, having to keep him from eating the Vigorwasps about as they could be used later for healing in that area.

You tracked down through the dense Coral landscape the many small footsteps of Shamos roaming about in what sand you could see, but it went thin soon and you just wandered. You guessed in a way you could consider this place a 'forest' of a sort? It certainly didn't have any greenery with the small exception of herb plants, but it was packed much like the Ancient Forest if the Ancient Forest were submerged under the sea for generations.
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"Oh! Hunters, stop up, do you hear that ahead?" One of the Wyverian researchers suddenly said, making everyone come to a halt and look around.

There was a sound in the distance much like a snap, and you saw a bright flash faintly up ahead. You put your hand on your weapon and felt a little fire at that. Was that really what you thought it was? Gypceros? And here of all places?!

You got your answer when a purple monster with a reptilian snout appeared ahead and came running through, disregarding you and everyone else completely as it ran away clenching the body of a Kelbi.

"That was a Tzitzi-Ya-Ku, they are known to incapacitate things with a blinding flash using their photophores." The second researcher said. "I have heard from certain Hunters that it has proved quite helpful before."

"A sight it is. I possess many of it's kind's photophores you know. On them, I am always trying to figure out how to produce an instrument that can be used by us to make their flash, as much as the wielder wants the tool to. It's all hypothetical right now however." The masked researcher said in a gloomy voice.

"Uhh... who are you anyway?" You ask.

"I am the Grim Biologist. I am fascinated by the grueling aspects of science and all things you wouldn't consider pretty..." He says, rubbing his gloved hands together. He looks down at Shara and the Elder Dragon scoots behind your leg at his sight. "I do hope I can get a very close look at him soon. The things I've heard about it's vibrations.... Hm hm hm... hm hm heh heh heh... Heh heh heh hah hah hah...! Hah HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH!"

Everyone just watched this obvious madman laugh silently until they laughed along with him in a hushed way until he stopped. You could see two of the researchers scratching the backs of their head, embarrassed you had to see that.

>Request that the Grim Biologist return to camp and stay put for the rest of the mission. You didn't like this creepy bastard being around you, and especially not Shara.
>Just be quiet and bear with it for now. You'll get through this even if you didn't like this guy already. The Shamos are up ahead there.
>Write in.
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>>4039880
>Just be quiet and bear with it for now. You'll get through this even if you didn't like this guy already. The Shamos are up ahead there.
Doesn't seem like a good time to worsen any relations we might have with the researchers.
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>>4039880
>Just be quiet and bear with it for now. You'll get through this even if you didn't like this guy already. The Shamos are up ahead there.
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You just sort of let it slide as you carried on, everyone else quickly forgot too and continued to follow you.

You come over and stop as the pack of Shamos ahead noticed your party. There was at least eighteen of them that you counted. They all hissed and began to slowly approach, readying themselves to attack. You motioned the Researchers to get back and away and take Shara, to which they all obliged.

You drew your weapon and raised your shield at the creatures as they stalked forward. Atricia just kept her hand on the blade and stepped forward slightly as well.

One of the creatures makes a move, lunging at you through the air, but Atricia draws her Thundersword and slices the small monster in midair with it, lightning trickling down it's body and onto the ground. The rest of the pack charged and you shelled three of them before taking another out with a swing and a jab.

Atricia cut through three of them in one great swing of her Greatsword, sending others flying backwards with electricity falling down their bodies.

It was a slaughter of sorts and by the time you were done with her, nine of them had died. Four of them ran off you heard struggled from behind. You turned and saw Shara being attacked by the rest of them! You reached forward, worrying over it when you saw the Researchers just watching, but then you realized something, Shara was in no danger.

The Shamos he had bit at him, but their teeth could not penetrate his hardened scales. Instead, you saw Shara smack two away across the ground, their bodies flung like toys before the Elder Dragon bit down on the neck of the last one he had, crushing it's jugular. The rest of the Shamos fled in fear as Shara took steps their way and gave out a high pitched roar, or at least some imitation of one.

The juvenile Elder Dragon just looked your way and drooped his head. You said nothing and just motioned him to come back while Atricia was astonished.

"I simply don't understand it too well. A baby Elder Dragon knows how to fight, and kill already at this age.... I like it." The Grim Biologist remarks.

"Indeed. It is a reminder of how intelligent they are. Elder Dragons are far and away the most intelligent Monster lifeforms out there." One of the other Researchers says.

After collecting hides from the Shamos, you continued along your way, and your group followed.
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Not long now of following the Scoutress through the Coral Highlands that she knew better, it was easy to find a natural overpass in the place formed of basalt as everything else was. And what would you know, it lead straight to an unoccupied wyvern nest.

Additionally, as you traveled through the Coral Highlands, you happened to look up and you believe you saw some sort of red object rising through the air before colliding with something big and white and then falling back down to earth. It really boggled your mind and you rubbed your eyes as you went.

Shara became distracted diving around into the nest and tearing it up. The Researches studied keenly and the two smaller Wyverians who seemed more genuine offered to keep an eye on him while the Scoutress tried to pull you to the side. You accepted, knowing that by extension they would also keep the Grim Biologist in check from the way they both winked and pointed at him behind their backs.

You walk over to the side with Atricia and she uses a rock to stand up and look out a hole in the coral wall. She uses a tiny folding telescope she had to peer out of it before she nudges your shoulder and pulls you up to look to, pointing at something resting in a relatively flat plain of basalt rock.

"There it is, our specimen."

You see it over there, the Mizutsune. You couldn't tell what gender it was either, you know the distinction was between the lengths of it's fins, but you didn't know which one had it shorter or longer either from the distance.

A lot of the plain over that way was soaking in suds and soaps, bubbles rising from the pinkish foams that sourced from the position the Mizutsune was curled up at. Approaching it would be difficult since it was a slipping hazard. The concentration of the goal was mostly closer to the Leviathan as well, it wouldn't cut it picking up drying foam farther away from it.

"It could attack if we approach. We have to fill these." Atricia says, opening an extra bag she had, showing it to contain multiple cylinders much like your sample bottle.

You had to pull out all your stops for this one. You could slay the Mizutsune, but that would take time and you weren't sure how much could be collected from it for the germophobe client. You were open to suggestions, but you could try anything. You should focus on making extraction safe.

What will you do?
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>>4040005
Acquire bubbles, avoid dragon fight. Maybe we can distract or divert it somehow?
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>>4040005
We could try making our intentions clear by collecting bubbles as we approach.
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>>4040005
Theres sleeptoads in the coral highlands, we could try catching one and launching it at Mizu to knock them out.
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>>4040005
>you saw some sort of red object rising through the air before colliding with something big and white and then falling back down to earth
Oh. Oh no
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>>4040005
Collect bubbles but keep an appreciable distance. Mizutsune aren't aggressive outside of males during mating season. There's any water sources around with fish? We may be able to get it to either leave us in peace or join our monster army if we feed it like tabi.
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>>4041100
>the Mizutsune is also amnesiac
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>>4041121
>Too much soap is bad for the brain, dragon soap is bad for dragon brain
>TFW we only always found retard monsters and big angry pickles
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>>4040005
So if its not a male during mating season it just... soaps around?

Wow. These really are friendly monsters.
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>>4041121
Okay maybe it may not be as trusting but at the very least it might help us out if we prove ourselves a viable meal ticket.
>>4041145
Not so much friendly as disinterested. Mizutsune are piscivores and just kinda ignore hunters in the game until attacked.
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Saying nothing, you just grab the bag of bottles from Atricia's hand and begin to step over the opening, out into the basalt field. She didn't say anything either but just watched closely.

You grabbed a bottle and opened it as you approached. The Mizutsune wa resting it's head and it hadn't noticed you yet. You took slower steps it's way and began to scoop up suds into the bottle, beginning to fill it up with the cleanly foam and soapy remains scattered about.

The Mizutsune's eyes fell your way and the Leviathan curled it's head up to get a better look as you approached. It didn't react very much, but you could tell glancing back at it's face that it was curious over what you were doing.

You took it easy as you began to edge closer to the real deal, the thicker concentration of the Leviathan's secretion all over the ground. You filled one of the several bottles all the way and capped the lid before taking out another and edging closer.

You took notice as the Mizutsune's hands started to move along with it's tail and it started to shfit, closer to you. You weren't sure how to take that. Was it preparing to ward you off? You just tried to fill the bottles faster, capping one after the other, and a bit thankful as another wave of the cleanly secretion flowed beneath your feet.

You had at least five more bottles to go when you suddenly slipped after trying to get onto our knees in the fluids below. Your bottles spilled out of the bag and you struggled about there to get them when suddenly the Mizutsune made a move, sliding along the ground and circling around you!

You panicked as the Leviathan curled up and slithered around your body, tightening up somewhat and restraining you. The Mizutsune's restriction, to be honest, wasn't even that tight and you could easily break free if you tried. You looked up and saw the Leviathan looking down at you. It's fins were a bit flatter than you expected, and it was creating a larger bubble in it's mouth.

You heard Atricia calling out to you, but you couldn't really hear her voice over the rasping of your armor plates.

>Relax and just wait to see what will happen.
>Use your strength to break free of the Mizutsune's coils.
>Try to slip out underneath and make a break for it.
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>>4041192
>Relax and just wait to see what will happen.
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>>4041192
>Relax and just wait to see what will happen.
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inb4 we cart
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>>4041192
>>Use your strength to break free of the Mizutsune's coils.
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>>4041192
>Relax and just wait to see what will happen.
Lets not piss off the soap dragon just because we slipped while entering its comfort zone.
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>>4041192
"You a dirty boy, I will clean you good."
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For whatever reason, the Mizutsune wasn't strangling the life from your body as it could easily try to right now and Atricia wasn't making a move to help, so you just sat there passively and waited to see what was in store for you.

The bubble forming in it's mouth grew bigger, and bigger, and yet bigger. It was filling up with the Tamamitsune's secretion and the Leviathan lowered it just above your head before snapping it's jaw shut, popping it. Three bath's worth of the bubbly secretion spilled all over you, foam and suds obscuring you from view and clogging your nose with the enticing aroma.

The Mizutsune began to move again, coiling around you and flowing in a circle. You felt it hand push at your shoulder and force you down lower. You just went along with it until you were sitting down, scrunched up with the Leviathan still wrapped around you.

It sprayed water onto you and rubbed it's patches of fur along your armor, being mindful of your spikes.

Then it hit you. This Leviathan wasn't trying to hurt you at all. It was washing you, nothing more.

Waiting there for it to finish you laid back a bit. The duration of the process was long enough but eventually the Leviathan uncoiled from around you when it deemed you clean. You saw it shrink back and lay down again, the whole area around soaking in suds and soapy foam.

You felt like you were being sent through a waterfall, a bit nauseating but at least it was over now. You stood and slipped again, and so had to crawl around just to move. Thankfully, this time you were able to fill each of the bottles you had and get away. You shook off to disperse the wetness and checked your things since you were absolutely soaked.

"I think I may have forgot to mention, Mizutsune's have a habit of cleaning everything they see approach ." Atricia says, helping pull you up.

"Gah, why didn't you tell me it was gonna do that? I think some of my potions might have spilled...." You grunted.

"Well, it didn't cross my mind at first. Honestly!" She says, giggling.

"That's fair.... but so is this!" You say, slinging traces of water at her with your arm.

"Ah! You're mean!" She says throwing her arms up to shield herself, but to laugh it off after, and you chuckled too as you handed the bag back.

So far, that was one quest done, now there was just one thing left and you could be done with these quests for the day. You called everyone and Shara came running quickly. You picked the dragon up and ran and jumped, swinging across a ravine with it by a hanging vine, Shara having fun flying like that.

Your party continued through a grazing grounds for Raphinos and headed back the way of the camp.
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>>4041489
>Attacked by dragon
>Aggressively neat freak dragon
>Washes you off and tells you to gtfo

You know I am glad you keep some of the spirit of monster hunters humor alive in this Quest.

Way too many people get wrapped up in "grr, animal vs man, grr nature, grr peta angry".

Now lets see if the sapphire star goes after Yama with a giant frozen fish...
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"Master Hunter, is it really true what I've heard?" One of the Researchers asked as you walked.

"What did you hear?"

"Some words have been going around about Shara Ishvalda here being the same one our very own Sapphire Star fought on the Origin Isle at the conclusion of our investigation into the Legiana Crossing. They say... it reincarnated." He says.

You looked over your shoulder and saw Shara walking with it's eyes closed, but still walking perfectly along.

"Well, when I discovered it's body with the boss, it was rotting and decaying really fast even as we watched. Then, something inside it's body made some light and the pod it was inside of burst straight out of the ribcage." You explained.

"Yuck..." The Scoutress sticks her tongue out.

"Light, bursting out of the ribcage... gruesome." The Grim Biologist remarks.

"Hmm... I wonder if it retains it's memories of what happened before concerning it. The way you describe it would seem to indicate that Shara Ishvalda can enter some sort of cycle of hatching from a previous skin, like insectoid lifeforms. But it puzzles me how it comes out again just like a baby, still yet to grow. That is just one more mystery to add the pile on top of it's ability to control vibrations and pure, apparitional physical force." The third of the Researchers say.

"Well, I'm sure we'll be able to find out soon enough." You say, walking past the vigorwasps and up to the vine wall.

You let Atricia carry Shara up this time and the Researchers begin to make their climb, the Grim Biologist helping the two smaller ones reach the top.

As you grabbed onto the roots to climb yourself, you heard something beating the ground and dismounted, jumping off as something flew towards that vine wall after you. You hit the ground with a roll and looked up from a crouched position to see it land on it's feet and face you with it's horribly jagged face. It was a vicious scarlet Fanged Wyvern with horrendously formed claws and teeth along it's snout. It hissed and growled and eyed you down.

You saw Shara struggling in Atricia's arms just as she nearly reached the top above, it wanted to come down and help you dearly but it couldn't in this state.

"I'll take him to the camp and then come back to help!" Atricia said in distress, climbing the rest of the way up and rushing to the camp with the Researchers.

You stood and drew your Gunlance, holding the shield up and taking slow steps away as the monster came closer. This must have been the last one you had to slay, Odogaron.

It looked ready to attack.

>Fire shells and get ready to embed a Wrymstake cannon shot in it's neck.
>Start charging up the Wyvernfire.
>Get ready to block it's next attempt at attacking and stab it in between.
>Close the distance and take the fight to it to take it off guard and deal some damage.
>Write in.
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>>4041522
>Get ready to block it's next attempt at attacking and stab it in between.

Odo is an extremely aggressive monster, but one quick to tire itself out if it can't find meat nearby. We can wait it out, and should, considering Scoutress is expecting us to keep the fight up around here.
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>>4041522
>Get ready to block it's next attempt at attacking and stab it in between.
If memory serves, this fucker is very agresive but easy to tire. We just need to outlast it.
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>>4041522
>Get ready to block it's next attempt at attacking and stab it in between.
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>You saw Shara struggling in Atricia's arms just as she nearly reached the top above, it wanted to come down and help you dearly but it couldn't in this state.
Glad to know he cares.
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So you kept your shield up for when it would go to make a move.

The Odogaron gave it's roar and wagged it's mace-like tail around before it jumped and surged towards you. It's bite collided with your shield and knocked you back, but you kept it up at the cost of stamina and thrust your Gunlance at it.

The monster hissed at the Gunlance blade cutting at it's sinew and raised a paw to strike again. You blocked it's next attack but it surprised you when the Odogaron jumped over you afterwards. You spun around quickly in time enough to meet it's jaws coming at you again with your shield, avoiding a deadly wound.

You couldn't get in a chance to hit it without lowering the shield. It wouldn't stop biting at the metal and leaving scratches over it, and you couldn't avoid it when the teeth of the Odogaron found their way under your shield and allowed the fanged wyvern to clamp down on it with it's jaw.

You didn't let go, and were taken off your feet suddenly as the Odogaron swung you around by your shield. You were slammed to the ground and took a swing at it's neck with your Gunlance as it picked you up again. The thing became angry at that and shook you around even more before it stood up on it's legs and swung you around again, letting go the shield and catapulting you across the area into the ground.

You lost your breath for the second but stood up and steeled yourself, taking it sternly. You saw a Vigorwasp flying to your right and poked at it's sac with your bayonet, making it release it's healing mist all over you. You had an idea then as the Odogaron roared again before bounding over.

It was risky, but you sheathed your weapons and then ran to the left yourself before climbing a few feet up the vines, the Odogaron coming to jump at you again as suspected. You waited until the right moment and then jumped from it with only a few seconds to spare.

You land upon the back of the wyvern and it thrashed about, trying to shake you off. You didn't relent in stabbing at it's spine with your carving knife and holding on tight to the gaps in it's layered skin. The thing stopped for a breath after doing a backflip off the wall and you stabbed one last time, causing it to rush forward and run straight into a wall, knocking itself over for you to attack freely.

>Choose a body part to attack. (Head, Legs, Tail etc)
>1d100 to land a powerful blow.
>Whoever has the highest roll decides what is attacked and how much damage is dealt.
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Rolled 24 (1d100)

>>4041622
>Choose a body part to attack
>1d100 to land a powerful blow.
Front claws.
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Rolled 18 (1d100)

>>4041622
Heah, it's always head
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Rolled 75 (1d100)

I really need to wake up sooner.

>>4041622
Head
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

>>4041622
>Choose a body part to attack. (Head, Legs, Tail etc)
>1d100 to land a powerful blow.
Go for the tail
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While the creature was overturned, you booked to it's head and attacked while it was disoriented. You stabbed and shelled, stabbed and shelled in that motion before launching a Wyrmstake rod into it's neck and backing away as the thing blew. The Odogaron toiled and tossed in pain, snapping at the air with streaks of drool being thrown.

You ran forward again as it tried to stand and delivered a hard, critical blow to it's cranium from above with your Blazing Gunlance's bayonet. The thing was hit clearly and leaped away as it stood.

It took one good look at you and you noticed that your blow had cracked away some of the hard plating of it's head and back. There was a lengthy scar left behind the thing crackled at that, becoming enraged.

It charged mindlessly at you and you heard something from above.

"LOOK OUT BELOW!"

You dodged as the Odogaron pounced where you stood and resurfaced just in time to see Atricia land a strike on it's tail with her Thundersword from above, having jumped off the tall ledge above. The monster howls in pain and backs off as it's tail gets severed by that.

Atricia sidesteps over to your shoulder and holds her sword out widely. You couldn't help but admire how majestic it all was.

"So, think you can finish it faster than me?" She asks.

The Odogaron roars again and runs forward, raising it's horribly jagged claw.

>You get on the offensive and go for the kill. "Absolutely! The glory is all mine!"
>You stay on the offensive and exploit it's anger. "Let's find out."
>You provide an opening for the Scoutress. "We're partners, he's all yours!"
>You blow it back with a Wyvernfire blast. "Why not finish it thus together?"
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>>4041719
>You blow it back with a Wyvernfire blast. "Why not finish it thus together?"
Teamwork makes the dream work
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>>4041719
>You blow it back with a Wyvernfire blast. "Why not finish it thus together?"
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>>4041719
>>4041723
Actually,
>You stay on the offensive and exploit it's anger. "Let's find out."
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>>4041719
>You stay on the offensive and exploit it's anger. "Let's find out."
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You charged a Wyvernfire blast in your barrel as the Odogaron closed the distance. You shift your view to meet Atricia's eyes.

"Let's find out." You said.

At the last second, the Odogaron brought it's claws to strike, but is kept at bay by the mighty projectile you shot, blowing it away back onto it's back. You ran forward and jumped, your feet touching down on it's stomach as you drove your bayonet down into the middle of it's chest.

The thing reared back and kicked you off, but you rolled onto your feet and kept watch at the enraged creature's erratic thrashing. The thing regained it's footing and snapped at you wildly, but you took it easy and exploited it's anger to stab proficiently at it's softer spots.

The thing's claw sliced at the air and it's teeth crushed together as it tried it's best to kill you. You guarded against the blows and moved as need while giving it jabs and shells. You make a slip when reloading, the Odogaron's claw get a good strike on your legs and you feel yourself bleeding there.

"Vance!" Atricia says worriedly.

"No need to worry! ....Aghh.... I've got him!" You say, crouching enough that your bleeding lessons.

The Odogaron runs away and scratches the ground before roaring and running towards you again, it's mouth wide open.

You stood and reeled back with your Gunlance and never moved an inch. When it finally made the jump, you ran to and thrust forward with the blade, giving out an acclamation of the fight yourself.

The blade pierced right through the chest of the thing and you strained your arm using all your strength. The thing shrieked as you brought it through the air, guiding it with your blade to the ground behind you, making it crash down into the basalt hard. The thing was paralyzed by it, and so you put your other hand on the pommel of the Gunlance and pushed the blade deeper within, to the most vital arteries of the creature and it's heart.

The Odogaron's legs, arms and jaw twitched wildly before coming to the halt and the body of the Monster collapsed.

You pulled your weapons out, breathing heavily and sheathed them. Atricia walks over and puts her hand on your shoulder.

"You alright there?"

"Aside from my bloodied leg? Yeah." You say, catching your breath. She pats your shoulder and looks down at the beast you slew.

"I knew you could do it, the way you fought was inspiring even. I'd have felt bad doing more there, I might have ended up taking the kill away from you. But you did it yourself, good job, Vance." She says, winking before pulling her carving knife out.

You felt quite good hearing her compliment, and got to work carving the Odogaron for materials as well.
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The rest of the day was more peaceful from there on. You gained a got lot of materials from the Odogaron you had slain and talked with the Researchers for a tick, going over what they knew about Shara from today. You even got to witness the little Dragon's premature vibrations as it hid all of itself under the dirt and tunneled out behind you. They noted how unique Shara's ability to tunnel was, as it left behind almost no tell that the earth had even been touched there. He didn't make tunnels where he went through the ground, he just moved through it with the vibrations. It was ghostly even.

You returned home to Astera soon after the demonstration and bid the Researchers farewell. They said that they would most likely be working with you more often from here on out concerning Shara. You were fine with this, minus how you felt about the Grim Biologist being near, but like today you would just stomach it.

Collecting your rewards from the clients of today's quests, you were able to total at 19092 Zenny. You offered to split some with Atricia, but she declined, saying that she already had more than enough to keep her on her feet. You instead offered her some coffee at your place, which she did accept.

For the rest of the day, you and her talked and played with Shara. You were amazed to see how energetic he was this time around much like the first time you did. You wondered just how long it would take him to grow up, you've heard before some Elder Dragons have grown in to adulthood in days. You had to plan ahead.

When your topic with the Scoutress fell on the Yama Tsukami siege, she gave a few little details she had heard. There would be plenty of ballistae and cannons involved, which reminded her of the operations around Zorah Magdaros the Commission had once launched. She told you about how that was, and you wished you had been there too. She mentions that the Commission plans to confront Yama Tsukami in a very dense green land here in the New World where ruins had been discovered by people trailing the Yama Tsukami. To you, it sounded like things would get interesting fast then. The siege would be five days from now after tonight.

With it getting late now, Atricia stood to leave and thanked you for the coffee, petting Shara goodbye as well.

You walked her out to the door and she obliged you with a high five, but before she was gone on her way, you stopped her then.

"Hey, Atricia?"

"Mmm?"

"You're stationed in the barracks just like everyone else, right?"

"Well, actually, I was stationed at the Gathering Hub as strange as that might sound. They told me it's because I'm good at spotting with my scope, but I don't really like it up there, it gets too windy for my taste but, I bear with it. I could move, but there aren't any private rooms available, and I'm not going to barracks again, way too noisy."

"Oh, I see...."

"Why do you ask?" She says with her finger to her lip.
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>Tell it you're just curious and then bid her farewell. You felt a bit bad for her position but you weren't ready to share with a roommate yet.

>Invite Atricia to move in with you. There was enough space and Shara seemed to like her. She made a good partner in the field and a better friend.

>Write in.
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>>4041871
>Invite Atricia to move in with you. There was enough space and Shara seemed to like her. She made a good partner in the field and a better friend.
May as well follow through.
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>>4041871
>Tell her you're just curious and then bid her farewell. You felt a bit bad for her position but you weren't ready to share with a roommate yet.
That ain't Tabitabi.
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>>4041905
>spoiler
That's "A Fool's Mate" thinking, anon.
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>>4041910
I've got the right idea trust me
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>>4041871
>Write-in

>Tell them that your door is always open if it gets too uncomfortable up there.

It's a bit too fast to be offering them to move in completely, plus we don't actually know if we can just add tenants to private quarters like these. We can still be polite and give them the offer to come by, though.
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>>4042072
Good idea.

>>4041871
Switching >>4041910 to
>Tell them that your door is always open if it gets too uncomfortable up there.
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>>4041867
>Tell them that your door is always open if it gets too uncomfortable up there.

Good anon.
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>>4041871
Dearest level Is trading monster parts allowed?

Odo armor is less than impressive for us, but if we could trade it for rabbodan...?
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>>4041871
>>Tell it you're just curious and then bid her farewell. You felt a bit bad for her position but you weren't ready to share with a roommate yet.
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>>4042072
Changing my vote to support this
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"Well, it's up to you, but if you ever wanted to get somewhere better, you're welcome to bunk with me." You say, pointing back at your room.

Atricia is taken back by that for the second. She smiles and nods at you.

"I appreciate the offer, that's kind. For now, I still have some things to do at the Gathering Hub, lots of unsorted stuff. I won't forget your offer though if I ever get things straight there. Goodnight, partner!" She says, waving as she walked off.

You locked down for the night and gave Shara some fruit before petting the Everwyrm to sleep. You take a moment to keep your hygiene in check by shaving off the pesky scruff around your chin and neck before settling down for that night.

Come morning, you went through your usual routine and suited up in your current equipment. Shara was still fast asleep, tuckered out from all the playing last night, so you let Vivi stay home to keep an eye on him for now.

Upon opening your door, you found something on the other side. It was a notice sent for you. Upon reading it, you see that it says the Commander has two important assignments available that 'must be done before the siege'. You put the notice away and waste no time in making your way down to the Commander's post only a short jog away.

At the table, you see present a Hunter in Pukei-Pukei gear explaining some details to the Commander and Field Team Leader.

"-and the whole place is basically lifeless. The local Gajalaka golden tribe hasn't been seen for some time either. It would have only been normal for some monsters to move in and fight for the territory after the Elder Dragon fled further underground and away from our grasp, but it isn't just like that, we've seen no other monsters either."

"Very well. I'll have an investigation formed to check it out, go have some R and R for now." The Commander dismissed the Pukei-Pukei Hunter before his eyes move to you.

"Freelancer, I'm glad you're here. I've got two urgent missions on hand and I feel like you might be the Hunter for the job. Apparently, something is going down at El Dorado." The Commander said.

"El Dorado, sir?"

"The Caverns of El Dorado yes. It was where the Elder Dragon Kulve Taroth was known to make her home, worshiped as a mother goddess by a Gajalaka tribe that lived there. Though, since her last three appearances and subsequent quelling thanks to the Sapphire Star, she hasn't reared her big, bountiful horns again since and the caverns have gone quiet. I believe something just as terribly powerful as her has moved in and it would be in our best interest to determine what exactly. The mission's main goal will be to identify the creature, and then return home if it's too powerful to slay at the moment." The Commander detailed you.

He pushes forward two quest papers.

"These are the two urgent assignments I have for you. I expect them to be done by at least tomorrow. That's all I have for now." The Commander dismisses you before going back to his map.
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You picked up the two assignment quest papers and looked them over, both being brand new.

You viewed the first.

The Deific.
Client: The Commander.
Reward: 10000 Zenny.
Goal: Discover the source of El Dorado's inactivity.
Location: The Caverns of El Dorado.

You know the drill already. Something is behind El Dorado becoming barren and lifeless and it's your job to figure out what exactly. You'll be going as a senior there, expect a handful of other Hunters assigned to it to be under your direction. I expect you to keep them alive and with aim while you're down there. May the Sapphire Star light your way in that darkened place.

This one is going places. You view the next urgent assignment.

The Innovative.
Client: The Commander.
Reward: 10000 Zenny.
Goal: Eliminate the unknown threat.
Location: The Guiding Lands.

Researchers have been notifying me recently of disturbances going on in the far away and elusive Guiding Lands. They believe the place was the result of the death of Zorah Magdaros, but still have only a small amount of evidence to back their claims up with. They could be getting further, but they've reported their camps being trashed in the night and something attacking them from the shadows in the day. Whatever it is, it needs to be dealt with ASAP.

Just as you finish reviewing the papers, the Commander speaks up again.

"Oh, I think I should consider this one urgent as well, we'll need the SFM's prototype ballista for the siege against Yama Tsukami, we might not be able to bring it down without it."

He slips you another quest paper, one you could recognize.

Full Hands, Fast Run.
Client: The Commander.
Reward: 10000 Zenny.
Goal: Make a daring resupply delivery.
Location: Wildspire Waste.

There's a dangerous situation going down at the Wastes. Some Hunters set up a new kind of ballista of the SFM's design under my orders but were unable to properly test it as a Bazelgeuse attacked and began to bomb their area out. They have everything they need, except for the special ammo. We need someone brave to make the run and deliver their ammo across a long ravine while avoiding explosive scales. If you volunteer, may the Sapphire Star guide your way.

Which quest will you take?
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>>4043050
>The Deific
Explore the caverns in what daylight we can get.

>The Innovative.
If the thing is active in the night, better wait for it, to expose itself.

>Full Hands, Fast Run.
If everything goes well, we can try the supply run in the early, very, early morning.

My vote is for doing both The Deific and The Innovative. And maybe the Full Hands, Fast Run tomorrow, maybe.
Probably is stupid and irresponsible to try to do both urgent quest in the same day.
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>>4043050
Let's start with
>The Deific

And this time, we're going to want to chow down for raw power, considering the goal appears to be getting three Urgents done in one day. If possible, see if we can get the materials for Healing Powder so we and the other hunters can keep each other on their feet.
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>>4043050
>The Deific
I'm apprehensive about the prospect of being responsible for the deaths of other Hunters, though.
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You didn't know how long it might take, but you thought you could probably try and get both of these done all at once. Couldn't be any more difficult than anything you've handled thus far.

You took the paper of 'The Deific' and folded it into your satchel.

"Good luck out there." The Commander wished you fortune. You saluted and turned heel to head off to the canteen.

This day around, the canteen was far more packed than usual, you could just barely get a seat and the Felyne waiters were struggled with the sheer amount of Hunters all there. You waited a while, but eventually you managed to get an order in and so sat at the table patiently.

"Dear heavens! Dear heavens!" You heard the voice of Brigg as he came over upon spotting you. "Who knew it took only one kindly elderly Felyne to draw this much attention. Why her cooking is godlike!"

You squinted as you looked over and saw through a gap of the crowd an old Felyne chef taking over the duties of cooking for everyone with her own squad of other Felyne while the Meowscular Chef just sat in the back, looking embarrassed. She was humming along as she got to work, preparing dish after dish with such incredible speed it made the Meowscular Chef appear slow in comparison.

"Who's that?"

"That would be Grammeowster Chef, apparently the instructor of our own current cook." Brigg enlightened you.

Only a minute after, a waiter came and set down an extensive dish before you. Why, this didn't look nearly as impressive as what the Meowscular Chef cooked. How can everyone be fawning over some meat in some soup?

You took a bite......

Oh...... OH...
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Time stopped around you. Your hand released the food back into the platter.

Golden rays of the heavens dawned from above, giving spotlight only to your table. You stood and looked up to the sky, breathing the air. Not the most gorgeous monster's pheromones and aromas in every corner of the earth could compare to the smell rising from your platter.

You felt at ease, a blissful sense dawning unto your mortal coil. You surrendered to it, the bliss, the taste. It was as though angels above were singing out with their harps as you chewed the seasoned meat of Gramma's making.

For that very short moment in your life, you were granted a boon that not all in this world were fit to receive. A moment of tranquility as you dined on what was prepared in the halls of Empyrean.

It was so easy to realize now, the rabid lust of the crowd as they gathered around the canteen's tables. Not one word of what Brigg told you was false.

This meal was truly.... godlike.
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You looked up, and through the heavens you saw him. The Lord, Gogmazios.

You clasped your hands together and bowed your head in the manner of a prayer, and only one thing escaped your lips....

"....Thank you, Gog..... thank you for this meal...."

The halberd dragon looked down and came back with only one thing too.

"SCRGHEEEEOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUURRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!"

You were truly blessed to have this moment, and so sat back down to enjoy your meal.
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You wasted no time in digging in.

"....Comrade.... you... really seem to be enjoying Grammeowster's cooking." Brigg remarked, his eyes widened with surprise. That meal was so good you actually stood and thanked Gog for it.

"Mmmhmphh!" You hummed in between stuffing your face happily.

"So, you are going on a quest this day I presume?"

"Mmm.... yeah, urgent mission, from the Commander. I have to lead other Hunters." You say, taking a moment to speak before chowing down again.

"Well, I wasn't available the last time to help you with young Shara, but if you need him taken care of until you return, I am free this time. I am eager to see how the Elder Dragon child reacts to candy." Brigg says.

Wordlessly, you give him a thumbs up and wrap up having your meal.

Lending him the key to your abode for the day, you spared a large tip of 1000 Zenny to the waiter, saying it was for the Chef before you left and got ready.

You reported to the Gathering Hub, where a Hub Lass assisted you with one of the more specially trained Mernos, who would carry you off to the Caverns of El Dorado. You restocked your items and made sure your weapons were in check.

Mounting up, you began your flight to El Dorado.
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The Caverns of El Dorado were a sight. Vast and wide, you could only wonder what such a colossal place like this could house. The sun above was shining through the various openings way up above your head, but the caverns felt a bit dark even with that.

It was unspeakably hot too. There wasn't even any lava around, so you could not understand why it felt scorching in there. You landed at the camp and took a look around. There were five other Hunters there. You took a minute to survey their equipment.

One was wearing the basic Hunter's set, and had a Steel Knife Sword and Shield set. The second was gilded in an Ingot set and carried a Switch Axe, a Madness Axe to be specific. The third was clad in a Rathalos Set, brandishing a matching Flame Lance. The fourth had donned a Kulu set with a fashionable turban and tooted quietly on her Thunder Gaida Hunting Horn. The fifth was the Hunter you saw back at Astera wearing the Pukei beta set, he had a Glacial Arrow Bow on his back.

The Pukei Hunter approaches gives some half salute.

"Hello comrade! We were all told you would be giving us directions today in the caverns by the Commander. We're all ready and willing!" He says, and you noticed he was trying hard to mask his partly squeaky voice. This guy was barely out of his teen years.

"Very well. Is everyone aware of our objective here?" You ask, stepping forward.

The Ingot Hunter steps forward too and raises his finger. "We've been given explicit orders to investigate and identify the source of the Cavern's recent happenings. Monsters are all gone from this place entirely when they should have naturally moved in."

"Well, what are we waiting for? Let's find it and slay the beast, whatever it may be!" The Sword and Shield Hunter says.

"Not so quickly now! Commander has also told us to retreat if the monster is out of our league." The Kulu Huntress pointed out.

The Rathalos Hunter was quiet and just nodded silently.

"Us Fivers are ready sir. We've already did a little forward scouting and discovered some things before hand. We've traced a strong smell to the east, and heard wailings in the west most region of the caverns. We believe the Gajalaka golden tribe that lived here might have had it's village held up somewhere in the northern most sectors. These caverns actually trail deeper underground, but the ways down have been blocked by boulders. We have some mega barrel bombs on hand for clearing them at the camp, but we'll need time to transport them." The Pukei Hunter told you.

"What's your call, leader?" He asks.

What will you do? You may assign members of the squad to another objective, but try not sending them somewhere in the cavern's that hasn't been surveyed yet, you don't know what is lurking down here yet.
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>>4043484
Go west and investigate the wailings first.
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>>4043484
I feel that we should head North but the Commander mentioned the tribe no longer being there.

Head West to investigate the wailing. It's probably the Gajalaka.
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You looked up above at the glittering walls of El Dorado and saw many wedge beetles about to latch onto and swing with. Grabbing some Hot Drinks from the trunk, you made over to the edge of the camp and did a hand sign forward.

"You five, with me, we'll see what the wailing is about first." You say, jumping and grabbing onto a wedge beetle and landing on another platform of the heated rock. You drank a Hot Drink and waited for the others to land near from the wedge beetle as well. You seen that the platform you were on had supplies nearby, busted crates and ousted lanterns alongside a cannon with no cannonballs anywhere.

"What's all this then?" You asked.

"The caverns here have been the sight of a siege against Kulve Taroth at least three times in the past, the Fifth set up all these supplies and cannons strewn about you might see for hurting Kulve Taroth. Since she's disappeared, we had no reason to use them again and were supposed to collect them, but now this predicament is going on. They sure would ease things back at base what with the Yama Tsukami and such." The Ingot Hunter says.

"If we find a few cannonballs around here, which might be hard, we could use them in the cannons against whatever lives here now." The Sword and Shield Hunter suggests.

You say nothing and instead continue off to the western side of the cavern's first sector, the other Hunters following closely as a cohesive unit. The only sounds heard eerily enough are the footsteps of your little squadron, and the whispering flow of air in the cavern. There's no life here at all, and the place is extremely hot. You feel yourself sweating intensely under your plating.

You hear the wailing in the distance and begin running that way. It sounds like cries.

You turn a corner and spot something, a large monster's corpse. Uragaan from the looks of it. There's two Gajalaka there with golden masks and weapons both crying to each other in fear near the corpse. The Uragaan corpse looked... brutalized. There were singe marks and deep wounds on it's belly that looked like they had almost gone all the way through. The Uragaan's shell is chipped and battered.

The Rathalos Hunter suddenly raises his hand to everyone else and steps forward as the Gajalaka notice your group and begin backing away, getting ready to dig under and escape.

".......I've handled these tribal monsters a lot..... let me handle this....." He speaks in a hard voice.

The Rathalos Hunter kneels down and starts to say something to the two Gajalaka and they stop, looking at each other for confirmation before one steps forward and speaks too. The Rathalos Hunter listens and looks back.

"........He says a titan came, it drove away the weakened Mother Goddess and wiped out most of their clan with fire."

He does more talking...

"......They say that they are among the last survivors, a lot more of them died diverting the beast further underground and sealing it with boulders, but eventually it will break free."
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".....The titan was red, covered in speartips and thorns....." The Rathalos Hunters translates the Gajalaka speak as they go, frantically explaining what they know.

"The titan brought lava.... and it weaved a storm of fire within the crag grounds.... they think it wants to eat the Mother Goddess....."

"....They describe it carrying two weapons that cut through anything the titan struck using them.... they say they think it had five arms and bathed in the lava...."

".....That's all they can say. They say they know where their village is, but it is in ruins......" The Rathalos Hunters says as he stands and walks back to the group.

"Well, what's your call boss? Should we try mining further down to identify the monster?" The Ingot Hunter asks.

>We should blow the boulder barriers with mega barrel bombs and go deeper. Drawing the monster out into a larger field where we have more options for escape will benefit us better.
>Ingot has the right idea, let's mine down a little and see if we can reach it. If it's too powerful to slay, we'll still have the boulders intact to contain it along with a way out safely.
>Let's get the Gajalaka to tail along and lead us to their village, we can see if they have anything useful to spare.
>Write in.
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>>4043746
Would there be enough time to check back on the smell with somebody while the others went with the Gajalaka?
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>>4043746
>>Ingot has the right idea, let's mine down a little and see if we can reach it. If it's too powerful to slay, we'll still have the boulders intact to contain it along with a way out safely.
Any chance we can set some bombs at the entrance of what we mine out? Don't want the fucker trying to dig up after us if it sees a way out by widening our tunnel.
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>>4043746
>>Ingot has the right idea, let's mine down a little and see if we can reach it. If it's too powerful to slay, we'll still have the boulders intact to contain it along with a way out safely.

So any guesses? The description gave out by the gajakala makes me think we might be dealing with an Akantor.
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>>4043746
>Ingot has the right idea, let's mine down a little and see if we can reach it. If it's too powerful to slay, we'll still have the boulders intact to contain it along with a way out safely.

>>4043912
>red
>thorny
>two weapons, aka two tusks
>fire and lava
Yep, that's Akantor, gotta be. Our official mission is still identifying it though, so we should just see and then get the hell out of there. There's no way we'd be able to kill an Akantor with this ragtag group.
Oh god, if Akantor is here does that mean Ukanlos will be at Hoarfrost next?
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Hopefully the fact that we did this mission first would help her chances.
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>>4043992
Baby steps anon, we might be dealing with black god after all, once we get a confirmation we go and do the other stuff on our way out.
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>>4043746
>>Ingot has the right idea, let's mine down a little and see if we can reach it. If it's too powerful to slay, we'll still have the boulders intact to contain it along with a way out safely.
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>>4043729
Carve some Urugann parts. Waste not want not.
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You beckoned the Pukei Hunter over and turned to the Rathalos Hunter.

"Tell the Gajalaka to lead him to their village to scavenge anything useful, and that afterwards he'll take them to our camp. Tell the Gajalaka that we'll try to find more survivors of their tribe, and that meanwhile we'll take them to another friendly tribe of their own people I know of." You ordered.

The Rathalos Hunter stepped forward to the Gajalaka and began talking again. The two Gajalaka seemed to be shocked at first by the offer but quickly came forward, expressing their thankfulness of the offer for help by bowing their heads slightly.

"They have a question...... they want to know if we'll help save Kulve Taroth." The Rathalos Hunter says.

"Tell them we'll try our best." You say.

The two Gajalaka are relieved upon what the Rathalos Hunter speaks next and scurry along to join the Pukei Hunter, pulling him by the hand to guide him to their village.

"Woa- Alright! I'll meet up with you guys when I can!" The Pukei Hunter says, running along with the sprinting Gajalaka.

You took a moment to carve out anything useful you could gain from the Uragaan corpse along with your fellow Hunters and got as much as you could carry.

Heading off in the north, you trekked towards the deepest ends of the cavern, where everything began to lead down.
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Eventually, past a small platform with another abandoned cannon, you saw the blocked entrance leading underground. It was huge, big enough to accommodate something truly large moving through it. There were dozens of boulders and fallen columns of rock covering the whole thing.

The Ingot Hunter pulled out his pickaxe and touched a piece of the rock near the bottom that looked weaker.

"Here is where we can start, there's a sturdy pillar above this part here, it won't collapse if we mine it out."

You pulled out your own pickaxe and walked towards the wall too.

"Let's get started then." You oblige.

For the next hour or so in the mine, you and the other Hunters spend a good while mining through the hard segments of rock to make a entrance big enough to crawl through. On the other side is yet another expansive chamber, this one with even more glittering walls of gold twinkling above.

You stepped out, being the first to crawl through the mined space after the Ingot Hunter. You heard a splash as you stepped down and saw you had just stepped in one of many puddles of molten gold all about throughout the cave.

"Must be the temperature, it's smouldering in here!" The Sword and Shield Hunter complained, drinking another Hot Drink.

"Look ahead, lava! That must be where our target is most likely hiding." The Kulu Huntress said, pointing ahead.

Surely there was lava ahead. Another massive chamber, with a glowing lake of fire and smelted black rock. Smoke was rising from the place, along with puffs of smoke.

"Well, we've came this far. Look up there, some rocks to hide behind." The Ingot Hunter says.

"Let's approach together." You say, beginning to walk that way, everyone following you side by side.
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You come up the mouth of the entrance to the next chamber and signal everyone else to stop.

Ahead, you see a large figure slowly walking away from the lava, limping. It was a Brachydios...

The Brachydios stops when it reaches the rocks and it seems to look over the far distance at your group. Then, it collapses onto the ground with a thump and becomes motionless. It's green slime was leaking out....

Everyone remained quiet, as if awaiting your call again.

>Everyone should move forward and investigate together.
>One of us should step up to take a look while everyone else stays.
>We should see what's past the Brachydios.
>We should leave. I sense danger.
>Write in.
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>>4045110
>>Everyone should move forward and investigate together.
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>>4045110
>Everyone should move forward and investigate together.
Keep on the lookout, slow advance and be prepared to run. Something killed that Uragaan and kicked the shit out of that Brachy
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>>4045110
>One of us should step up to take a look while everyone else stays.
We'll go out there. If our first action is firing off a flare, that's their cue to retreat and call for support. No questions asked; part of our job is to keep them alive.
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>>4045182
Support this one.
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>>4045110
>>4045182
Yeah, this is about right. We can't let them get hurt and we're honestly only marginally better-geared than the others. Besides, if they're further up, they can set up the bombs and other stuff to cover the escape.
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>>4045182
Also fire the flare at the monster and don't look back Our expectation is for them to run.
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Them being our subordinates.
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>>4045182
Support
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>>4045332
Actually don't fire the flare at it, lest it averts its gaze towards the others, but we DO need to get and maintain it's attention the moment we see it.
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You began to walk forward to the collapsed Brachydios and held your hand out to stop everyone else.

"Are... are you sure about that...?" The Ingot Hunter asked, reaching out towards you slightly.

You didn't answer, you just continued walking towards the Brachydios. Now up close, you see the Brachydios and it's critical condition.

It's entire body was covered in black soot and you noticed a deep, almost perfectly round puncture wound on it's chest. The Brachydios was dead, it's body sported cracks and wounding all around the head and torso. It's tail was chipped and the thing's position made it seem as thought it was tired before dying. It was fleeing for some time...

The slime was harmless now without the Brachydios priming it with saliva, but the slime was still bountiful and pouring from the Brachydios' arms and head points. It would exhaust after some time.

You were about to try carving from the Brachydios, but with your Uragaan parts, there was no space. You stood up and began walking back to the group.

The ground underneath your feet began to move... you saw the others ahead looking all around too as it increased in intensity.

The ground was shaking and you went to one knee, looking back at the Brachydios body. There was a funnel of cinders from both fire and lava breaching up from the ground and you heard quaking as it suddenly exploded into a vent of flame and magma!
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Something large emerged from behind the Brachydios and grabbed the whole thing up in it's mouth, a sickening squelching of it's body heard as the thing chewed and bit off a portion of the Brute Wyvern's flesh. It threw the body aside and slammed down into the ground in front of you.

You crawled back, looking at the thing as it's head rose and it's emerald eyes fell your way. You stood and took steps back and the thing gave a rumbling growl that pounded at your ears. You really wished you had some ear plugs right about now.

It was none other than the hellish Black God itself. The Supremacy Wyvern, Akantor.

You couldn't let anyone die here today, not by the hands of this fearsome monster. You threw your arm back at the group and shouted as you ran their way.

"RUUUUN!"

And they wasted no time in obeying, going as fast as their legs could carry them to the escape.

The impressive Akantor rose up on two legs and it's head went to the air as you glanced back, soon wishing you hadn't. The thing gave out it's potent roar, producing shockwaves that traveled the air, knocking you onto your back from the force. Bits of the ceiling above splintered and the magma all around boiled, jumping and burning brighter at the seems!

The Akantor went back down to all fours and stood directly over the puddle of Brachydios slime. It started to move like a tank towards you.... one claw cracking the ground where it fell after the other...

You struggled back onto your feet, shaken by the roar. You only heard a distinct tingling within your eardrums, nothing else.

>Look for a Slinger Torch to blow the Brachydios slime with while Akantor still stands over it.
>Clap the sides of your head and get a move on, running as fast as you can to the exit.
>Go for one of the Wedge Beetles to gain a lot of distance from the Black God quickly.
>Write in.
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>>4045557
>Look for a Slinger Torch to blow the Brachydios slime with while Akantor still stands over it.
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>>4045557
>Look for a Slinger Torch to blow the Brachydios slime with while Akantor still stands over it.
>Go for one of the Wedge Beetles to gain a lot of distance from the Black God quickly.
Give the others a little more time.
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>>4045557
Blow it the **** up.
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>>4045557
I fucking called it.

>>4045575
Support, we should try to stall as much as while trying to get away as soon as possible.
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Your eye falls left, a patch of red rocks indicated Slinger Torch. You sprinted and dove forward, grabbing one of the torch pods and loading it into your slinger, your fingers fumbling with it, rushing out of distress.

You stood and aimed your fist at the Brachydios slime, squeezing the trigger, but not before you sucked and spat a wad of your saliva on it, knowing the mechanics behind Brachydios' biology.

"Go back to hell where you belong!" You say, triumphantly.

Your slinger launched the torch pod and it hit the Brachydios slime, igniting it into a fire. The slime boiled over yellow before burning hot red and the Akantor looked down at it. There was a rumble that shook your vision and the puddle exploded into a great burst that engulfed the Akantor completely and filled your vision with smoke.

You coughed, waving your hand and looking over at the cloud of smoke rising from that spot.

"Heh.... too easy." You say.

The smoke subsides and you see Akantor standing there, staring daggers into your skin. You really regret celebrating too fast.

The thing roars again, this time even louder as it shook you to the core. It began moving this time, even faster, determined to tear you to shreds. You held back the need to urinate your breeches and just ran then, no longer wasting time standing around as soon as you could move.

You thought fast, jumping and shooting your hook at a wedge beetle, latching onto it and using the rope to leap forward, ever closer to the boulders blocking this place in. You saw the Rathalos Hunter last in the line of the others crawling out the space.

"HURRY!" He shouts, crawling in himself.

You reached the space and got through just as he did and peeped through again to see the Akantor getting very close. It was running at high speed to ram the boulders.

"Everyone! Brace yourselves!" You yelled as the Akantor charged.

There was a loud slam and cracks formed along most of the boulders, some inching closer to being dislodged from being a barrier.

"This isn't good! He'll break through eventually!" The Ingot Hunter warned.

"He must be enraged! He'll be unstoppable in this state!" The Kulu Huntress said despairingly.

"....We have little choices here.... see up there..." The Rathalos Hunter pointed everyone above, to a high standing loose column of rock on a ledge. "....That's big enough to reinforce the barrier enough that it won't be able to break through for a long while... but how do we get it down....?"

"Don't we have mega barrel bombs to use?" You questioned.

"Yes, but they're all at the camp, those mega barrel bombs were too big and heavy to carry along. Don't you remember what we told you about transporting them?" The Sword and Shield Hunter said, dashing that plan away.

You looked around in a panic until you saw that cannon on the platform nearby from earlier, and a wedge beetle looming near above it.
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>Forget all of this junk, let's just get a head start running the hell out of here while Akantor is still occupied with the barrier. Our survival is imperative here, we need to get Pukei Hunter and get back to camp.
>We don't have much time, but we can knock down more rocks to reinforce the boulder blockage with using the cannon, it will give us more time and keep Akantor trapped in the subterranean levels.
>Write in.
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>>4045557
>>Clap the sides of your head and get a move on, running as fast as you can to the exit.
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>>4045718
>>We don't have much time, but we can knock down more rocks to reinforce the boulder blockage with using the cannon, it will give us more time and keep Akantor trapped in the subterranean levels.
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>>4045720
>>Forget all of this junk, let's just get a head start running the hell out of here while Akantor is still occupied with the barrier. Our survival is imperative here, we need to get Pukei Hunter and get back to camp.
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>>4045718
>We don't have much time, but we can knock down more rocks to reinforce the boulder blockage with using the cannon, it will give us more time and keep Akantor trapped in the subterranean levels.
Send the Steel Knife Sword hunter to get the Pukei and back to camp, no man left behind. We still need to trap the Akantor.
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>>4045720
>We don't have much time, but we can knock down more rocks to reinforce the boulder blockage with using the cannon, it will give us more time and keep Akantor trapped in the subterranean levels.
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"You," You say, looking to the Sword and Shield Hunter. "Go out and look for the Pukei guy, get him to camp immediately."

He nods and runs off without another word.

"Alright, everyone else.... the cannon!" You say, jumping up to the platform with the wedge beetle. The Rathalos and Ingot Hunters come up too.

Luck was looking up for you. There were five cannonballs left behind after all near the cannon. You and the others got to work loading it immediately, putting one in after the other. The Kulu Huntress used the beetle to get behind the vulnerable pillar so that she could hit at it's base with her blunt horn to soften it.

"Hold up, we might have a problem with this. Look." The Ingot Hunter stopped you and the Rathalos Hunter.

The cannon's metal was wizened, rust seen in a few places among the trims and inside of the big barrel. It looks as though tiny insects that feed on metal have also chewed on it for a while too, scattering you brushed them away. The wood was weak and the cannon looked as though it would break down from being fired....

"We're taking a chance with this, if it goes from firing we won't be able to knock down that pillar." The Ingot Hunter pointed out.

"We have to take this chance, it might be our only way." You say, preparing to fire the cannon.

The Kulu Huntress fled at your signal and the Rathalos and Ingot Hunter began to flee as well, heeding your order.

You aimed the cannon at the column and fired...

>At least three people or more should roll a 1d20 to decide how much damage is dealt by each cannon ball.
>If each roll is high in a row, the cannonballs will do excessive damage.
>If a bad roll (any number between 1 through 8) is rolled, the cannon will jam or in our current case at this moment break down.
>At least two or three good rolls will keep the Akantor trapped.
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Rolled 15 (1d20)

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Rolled 13 (1d20)

>>4045841
I've got this
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>>4045841
Most excellent
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We did it!

Kulve Taroth's fucking dead now, isn't she?
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I suppose we could only hope that Akantor gets so dead set on killing us that he forgets about her until we can sic some Anti-Fire hunters on him.
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The cannon let out it's volley, and you tried your best to hold it in place to keep it from breaking down.

One by one, a cannonball flew with a blast and flash of smoke from the barrel, flying into the column and hitting it dead near the base, breaking it in two. Come the third cannonball firing, the fourth caused it to jam and you tried to kick it hard to get it to fire the last two, but it wouldn't give.

The boulders began to shift further out of place and you could hear the rising roar of Akantor as it slammed into the barrier. You thought you had failed, until your ears picked up on the splintering of rock and you saw the column begin to collapse downwards.

More than the column came too, the ceiling started to give away and it all was soon coming down. You went and leaped from the platform as part of the ceiling crashed down into it.

You turned back and looked as it stopped. There was at least five times more the heavy rock covering up that entrance, reinforcing the barrier and sealing the Akantor in. You reckoned it would take a month at the bare minimum for him to finally break out.

That certainly wasn't easy, so you left it to being a clutch win for yourself and patted yourself on the back. You left the area, the mission was complete.

Finding your way back to camp, you regrouped with the other Hunters and the two rescued Gajalaka and discussed your findings, going over how much of a threat an Akantor presented. Calling for the Wingdrakes and mounting up, you saw the other Hunters off as they departed to Astera, thankful you had risked your life to collapse that column and investigate the Brachydios for them, they all concluded that they owed you a favor.

You made a roundabout to the Wildspare Waste, dropping off the two Gajalaka you had found to the tribe you knew that resided there. This time around, their 'Water God' wasn't present but they didn't seem to be worried. They happily accepted the two new Gajalaka as refugees and for helping them out of the caverns, the two Golden tribe refugees gave you some things they had scrounged up from their destroyed home village.

You received some materials from Kulve Taroth that they said were shed and collected over time. You received some golden nuggets, scales, shells and a rare Emperor Nugget. You took them, but carrying them was made harder by the fact you were already full of Uragaan materials.

Nevertheless, you manage to get back to Astera using one Mernos who strained himself carrying you there.
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Dropping off the materials to your trunk, you came down to the Commander's table and saluted him.

"Ah. You're back at last. Quite fast too." The Commander notes as he stands to address you. "Alright, give me the full report. Were you able to discern what was causing El Dorado's inactivity?"

"Yes sir, it was a Flying Wyvern." You say.

"A.... Flying Wyvern was the cause?" The Commander raises his eyebrows.

"Yes sir. The monster I discovered was Akantor." You say.

"Oh. OH! Well, that does explain it." The Commander says as he pinches his temple. "I still cannot understand that classification to this day."

"Hmm hmm hmm... the infernal God has reared his head in the New World? This will make things interesting." The Huntsman asserted from behind.

"It seems a whole load of Monsters from the Old World have appeared in the New World as of recent, even more than before... I ponder what the case may be this time for their appearance, and I can't help but think it may have some connection to the Yama Tsukami, and what you've told me about your encounters with the First Wyverian." The Commander went on.

"Well, we'll find out soon enough. I'll have to relay this to the rest of the chief staff. Good work out there, Hunter." The Commander says. You expected the reward of 10000 Zenny would be delivered to your trunk as is usual.

You salute again. "Always my pleasure, sir."

>Let's retire for today, that encounter was stressing. You'll get to the other two urgents next thing tomorrow morning.
>We've still got plenty of time. Let's tackle these last urgents today and climb the ladder a few steps further ahead.
>Write in.
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>>4046087
>We've still got plenty of time. Let's tackle these last urgents today and climb the ladder a few steps further ahead
Let´s do "The Innovative."

Reminder:

The Innovative.
Client: The Commander.
Reward: 10000 Zenny.
Goal: Eliminate the unknown threat.
Location: The Guiding Lands.

Full Hands, Fast Run.
Client: The Commander.
Reward: 10000 Zenny.
Goal: Make a daring resupply delivery.
Location: Wildspire Waste.
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>>4046106
>>4046106

Reminder: >>4043050

Welp
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>>4045097
I know it's a bit late to point out but you drink cool drinks in hot environments, not hot drinks.
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>>4046147
Damn, I'm dumb.
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>>4046156
If it makes you feel better I had a hearty chuckle when I imagined everyone chugging hot drinks and screaming with bewilderment at why they were getting heatstroke before carting.
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>>4046106
>Full Hands, Fast Run
We need to grind more, that much is clear.

I still feel bad about Kulve. Hope we can go back there in time to save her. Anybody opposed to hunting some Anja?
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>>4046163
Thanks it did
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>>4046106
>>4046169
I don't wanna tie it so,
>>4046087
>We've still got plenty of time. Let's tackle these last urgents today and climb the ladder a few steps further ahead.
"The Innovative".
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>>4046147
>>4046163
OI! Wheres the vote?

>>4046156
Pic
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>>4046191
Oh, right.
>>4046087
>Let's retire for today, that encounter was stressing. You'll get to the other two urgents next thing tomorrow morning.
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Looking at the quest papers again, you pick up 'The Innovative' and the Commander looks at with a raised eyebrow.

"Getting a bit bold are we?"

"I just aim to please, sir." You say, stuffing the paper away into your satchel.

"Hmph." He nods his head to you. "That's the kind of volition the Star showed when he was a beginner A-Lister."

"Not many have a chance of getting to stand near his level. Think you do?" The Field Team Leader says, cocking his head back a bit with a smirk.

"It's time to find out." You replied.

"Well, it's up to you. Hey, good luck out there, don't go getting yourself killed."

You leave the scene and head down to your private room to check up on your draconic issue. Brigg, Vivi and Shara aren't there suspiciously and you take a look around Astera after dusting your gear off.

It isn't long before you look up and see the three sitting at a Canteen table. Looking through your binoculars, you catch a funny sight of Brigg feeding Shara a doughnut. At least you knew you could always rely on your friends. You breath relieved head over to a hitching post.

Calling a Mernos, you prepare for a lengthy flight to the mysterious Guiding Lands...
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You enjoyed the view but flying so long nearly made you start taking a nap while holding onto your Mernos' rope. You open your eyes and see a looming distant land through fog then. Closing in on it, you are landed at a camp based in it's woodland that was suspended high off the ground down below by trees.

It looked... similar to the Ancient Forest, very similar. You supposed you were ready for quite the slog here. You saw the camp was populated by a few researchers, mostly Wyverians. One in a greyish-green overcoat stood out however, he was a bit short and stocky and had a shiny bald head.

"You must be the Hoonterrr the Commandant sent to solve ourrr prrrredicament!" The short fellow announces, raising his hand for a handshake. You shake his hand, and it feels like he's crushing yours with his iron grip in it. You wag your hand to diffuse the sting when he finally lets go after nearly ripping your arm off shaking your hand up and down rapidly.

"And uhh.... and who are you exactly?"

"Why I am none other than the Irrrrron Quartermaster of Harrrth himself! Call me the Colonel!" He proudly introduces himself.

"You look a bit strange for a Wyverian. N... No offense." You say.

"That's because a Wyverrrian I am not, I am Troverrrian and masterrrful at many crrrafts. Why, I have gained fame acrrross all lands of the Guild forrr my ability to errrect impenetrrrable and indestrrructible fortrrresses. I have built things that have withstood the attacks of Lao-Shan Lung and even Gogmazios beforrre. Rrrecently the Commandant herre has rrrequested my help in securrring the Guiding Lands and I am morrre than happy to oblige, even being away frrrom the lands of lava I prrrefer. I look forrrward to testing my ability in a forrreign land." The Colonel says.

"I see. So, any idea what exactly we're dealing with here then?" You ask.

"Eye witnesses!" The Colonal claps his hands and the researchers come over.

"All I can say is that whatever it is, it's big and fast and angry. It tries to lunge from the shadows when we're walking around in the day and we barely survive. It doesn't chase for long though, but it keeps tabs on our activity." The first researcher says.

"At night, we have to hide or run, it barges into our camp and extinguishes our light sources. We had plenty of building supplies here yesterday, but mostly everything from the camp was gone when it finally left." The second one says.

"I caught a glimpse of it, it was yellow. It nearly took my head off with it's sharp claws!" The third says.

"Why haven't you relocated yet?" You ask.

"We did, it found us again twice so we came back here. We won't restock our supplies because we're afraid it'll just take those too. It's left us alone a bit now that we don't have anything. We haven't seen it since." The first researcher again speaks.

"I would have taken the thing out meself, but I'm not a Hoonterrr, not anymore at least. That's all they know. Will you help us now, Hoonterrr?"

What will you do?
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>>4046317
Check if we personally have any Flash Pods. If not, ask if they've seen any Flashbugs around the area; if it's that aversive to light exposure then it might be vulnerable to it, too.
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>>4046317
>>4046328
And now I wish our cat new how to make flashfly cages. Those are exactly the sort of thing that'd deter something from destroying light sources, unless it was only attacking light sources for their flames.

Still, big, fast, angry, yellow, and with sharp claws? I can't think of a lot of things that match that. All I got is Gold Rathian or Yellow Caeserber. I'll be very much interested in exactly what we run into.

Seriously though, for an input.

>Let's do some research of our own! Set up a flashfly cage and a torch off in the darkness, and see if it goes after one, the other, or both!
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>>4046317
Spread some sick fires, and be sure to stock up on flashpods if you havent already.
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>>4046424
They have no supplies out here, so either we have them or we try to make them.
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Should we try taking this thing out in day or wait until night?
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"I'll get right on it." You say. The Colonel raises his head and nods with a pleased expression before returning over to the destroyed camp tent with the researchers.

You checked your bag for Flash Pods. You had one from restocking them at your room in Astera. You most likely needed more, so you would have to look around for Flash Pods. You thought that the best way to fight something like this from you've heard already is guerilla warfare. This thing treats the surroundings as it's playgrounds? Well, you'll use the region against it then.

Setting out into the wilderness below by jumping to the lower grounds with vine ropes, you begin your search for things to use all around. The forest area here is even more intoxicating in density than the Ancient Forest back home, and you noticed a lot of wildlife here seemed to be reminiscent of what was already in the New World.

You saw Jagras packs, Barroth, a Pukei-Pukei and as you continued along the forest where you tread, you saw Jaggi and Jaggia like from the Lambent Bay. Just how many more species lived here in these 'Guiding Lands'?

As you walk, you are visibly confused as you see the green of the ground begin to turn to sand. You look up ahead, and surely there it is, a desert-like mesa with plenty of tall rocky spires. Well, there was plenty of Flashflies to be found in the Wildspire Waste anyway, so your chances of finding some would be potentially better here.

You delve into the next region of the Guiding Lands. You didn't feel so safe about it, as there might be Diablos here. You looked up and saw Flashflies flying around atop a large mound of sand and quickly scale the thing to collect them with your capture net from your Slinger. You could craft more Flash Pods with these later.

Returning to the forest area, you stop as you catch wind of something you hadn't noticed before. Footprints.
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There were plenty of these footprints. They were.... strange, something you didn't recognize left them here. There was a trail of them in fact leading up ahead and ending off in heavy foliage of the woods. There might be more hidden within there to follow too. Most interestingly, you noticed that these tracks weren't even particularly old, they were quite recent...

As you went to follow them, you stopped at an all too familiar barking noise and turned to see a whole pack of five Jaggi and two Jaggia rushing towards you. You went to grab your weapon, but you hesitated as the small wyverns all stopped in front of you and started to hop while barking.

"....Huh...?"

The Jaggia were mewling with submissive yipping, trying to rub their hips against your own and the Jaggi wouldn't stop following you as you tried to back away and distance yourself. One of them was even trying it's best to present you with a fruit it carried in it's mouth.

You weren't exactly thrilled by being hit on by Jaggia and genuflected to by the Jaggi, but you realized what this behavior meant, and it was typical given how one could easily mistake the colour of your Hornetaur set for blue. This pack has mistaken you for a Great Jaggi, or at least their own old one must have died or something. They weren't going to abandon you anytime soon it seemed....

This could either be helpful, or just detrimental to your work...

>Scatter the Jaggi off with a shell and the continue on your work.
>See if you can get them to sniff the trail of footprints out for you.
>Wait until dark to set up your traps for your target monster.
>Write in.
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>>4047747
Alright who dipped our hunter in monster nip?
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>>4047800
Anon, it's inferred that Jaggi(a) are colorblind.
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>See if you can get them to sniff the trail of footprints out for you.
They will save our live´s or help searching.

Just be carefull around the traps
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>>4047822
WTF is wrong with mah english, drunken typing or talking
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>>4047747
>See if you can get them to sniff the trail of footprints out for you.
Not even Tabi is so brazen. We could still used them to track.
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>>4047747
>>See if you can get them to sniff the trail of footprints out for you.
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You were going for helpful for now. These wyverns were quite absurd. You don't remember if they were colorblind or what, but if they were following you, that was good enough. Besides, you had no fear with these things around, you used to slaughter them in droves back in the Old World.

You knelt down and pressed your finger into one of the footprint spots.

"Sniff this out for me."

The Jaggi seem to settle down a bit, but they don't understand. You supposed you didn't have high expectations for that anyway. But.... maybe you're just doing it wrong. The Great Jaggi commanded the lesser ones with barks, didn't it?

....

Well, at least nobody was around to see you do this.

"Ahem... hgmm... Bark! Bwouf! Uhh.... Bark bark!" You exclaimed, hoping to get some reaction.

The Jaggi's heads all perked up at that and their frills stood up a bit higher... but overall, they still showed no reaction! Gosh, these things were dumb like a box of rocks. You've had enough of trying.

You reached forward and grabbed one of the smaller Jaggi by the head and it yipped in surprise as you shoved it's nose into the footprints and inhaled deeply over and over again to get your point across. The tinier Jaggi, despite being frightened, eventually picked up on your resonating sniffling and began to sniff itself.

You let go of it and the Jaggi sniffed at each set of footprints one by one before following it out to the woods. You ran after the thing as it took off and the rest of the pack followed closely behind as well.

Come to think of it, you could have just gotten your Scoutflies to help light up the tracks, but with these Jaggi around, they refused to show. But then again, could they really work so well in such a packed forest space? You shook the thought and trailed after the Jaggi, delving into parts of the forest you hadn't yet discovered....
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The Jaggi had a wild course throughout the way, turning left or right at the moment you least expected it to follow more tracks it sniffed out. The little bugger even followed them up through a hollow Great Tree and back down out to the ground level.

You were sure you've already ran at least a mile away from the camp, but you kept going.

Eventually, the Jaggi reached a spot where it stopped and the trail of footprints did too. You looked over the ground, trying to find more, but realized that they actually just lead off further ahead, into the lip of water from a lake. You came out from between two trees and saw the whole lake in view, it was a bit small and shallow.

Your head falls to the east and you see a pile near the edge of the lake at least thirty meters away. The pile wasn't just any either, not of things collected for a wyvern nest, not of bones or meat or anything organic. The pile was of metals, wood, tarps and ropes. That must have been the building supplies the researchers said were taken from their camp by the target monster.

But wait, why materials for building walls and fortifications?

You walked around the lake and approached the pile. There were lanterns, a whole trunk and a cooking oven with all it's seats here too. That monster took everything it could, but for what purpose? Why would a monster need these for?

There, on the ground next to the pile, another footprint. You leaned down to get a closer look....

This one was... just made...

You hear shuffling in the woods around and the Jaggi begin to back off, as if knowing what was near...

The shuffling stopped as you went and hid yourself behind a tree and peeked out from your cover. You waited a good solid minute and nothing was heard again, nor did any monster appear from the woods the way you heard it...

>Stay put and keep watch, it might reveal itself eventually.
>I sense danger, I should sneak away and get along with my plans.
>Step out and draw your weapons to announce your presence, the monster will be forced to show itself.
>Use your Ghillie Mantle and approach where you heard the sounds to discover it.
>Write in.
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>>4048179
>Use your Ghillie Mantle and approach where you heard the sounds to discover it.
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>>4048179
>Step out and draw your weapons to announce your presence, the monster will be forced to show itself.
No predatory animal can resist a challenge.
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>>4048253
>No predatory animal can resist a challenge.
With the exception of ambushers and big fucking bugs
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Is everybody else asleep, already?
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>>4048344
Speaking from experience, It always seemed to me like the weekend never had as much activity as any other day.
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>>4048374
Fine. I'll switch to move things along.

>>4048179
>Use your Ghillie Mantle and approach where you heard the sounds to discover it.
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You saw that this monster was playing the waiting game, whatever it was. It must have seen you, or at least knows you're there. It's waiting for you to make the first move. You thought you might be able to catch it off guard by surprising it. After all, the leaves were your friend here, and something yellow didn't stand much of a chance at hiding.

You pulled out from your satchel your ghillie mantle and threw it over yourself, draping it down your shoulder pauldrons and armor. You crouched and began to move through the woods behind yourself. The Jaggi that followed you also lost sight of you and began to panic, their scared barking crowding the air with sounds. This helped to mask your feet stepping through the grass and onto sticks as well.

You started to creep as fast and as silently as you could along a path reaching around. You were moving towards the source of the shuffling you heard and started to climb and step over some fallen trees.

When you finally reached the spot, you peered out from behind another tree to see the spot where you heard the shuffling.

There was nothing there.

You were wary as you moved over and began to inspect the ground. You found more footprints, just freshly made. But.... where was the monster? All you heard now was the Jaggi barking and the creaking of wood, if the monster had moved, wouldn't you have heard it mov-.... Wait, the creaking of wood?

You looked up and see the trees above shaking. There was a large dead tree being hoisted into the air by glimmering golden web. And then suddenly, the log draws upwards to a perfect point before falling and swinging your way like a battering ram!

You have barely enough time to move and are sent flying straight into the small lake nearby from the staggering, painful blow! The Jaggi see you hurt and begin to freak out even more at the sight of their new alpha harmed. They come over and push their heads against you to help you and you squeeze onto your chest, grunting at the stinging pain. Your senses were a bit slurred by that.

You looked up and saw the Monster causing the disturbances reveal itself in full view.
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The thing comes out and raises it's arms, it's huge purple eyes fixated onto you and your Jaggi.

It gives out a shrill screeching noise that sounded like hell to hear, as if a bunch of people were tooting flutes hard while scratching sandpaper together by the tens of it.

You didn't recognize this monster as it lumbered. You saw it carrying that log using the golden web and it's tail. The Jaggi barked with less bravado as it slowly started to step over and in front of all the things it had stole. Judging by the shape, your best bet was that it was a Neopteron.

Though it was big, and intelligent from the looks of it, you didn't think you actually had much to worry over here, Neopterons were the weakest kind of Monster there was after all. You were willing to bet the thing would shatter like glass when you finally got to tearing at it with your bayonet.

The Neopteron stood over it's stolen goods and set the log aside, beginning to coat them with it's same golden web. You watched with interest as it started to cobble them together, like it was making something with them...

>Wait and see what it does.
>Run up and attack it, give it no quarter.
>This thing feels... beyond your ability. You should run. Now.
>Write in.
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>>4048568
>This thing feels... beyond your ability. You should run. Now.
We need to get the fuck out right now and SOS for help so we can kill that thing as fast as possible. Hopefully it hasn't built a mech yet.
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>>4048568
>Run up and attack it, give it no quarter.
I know this is a bad idea but i want to try it anyway
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>>4048568
>This thing feels... beyond your ability. You should run. Now.
If it's that easily able to wind us it's just as easily able to kill us. SOS would be the best way to deal with this.
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>>4048568
Run the fuuuuuuuuck away and call for help.
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>>4048568
On the one hand, we're dealing with something unknown and alone. On the other hand, we have Jaggi. Jaggi are very good at one thing, and that's stealing. I'm still going to suggest that we run, but that we do so after making a break for and scooping up some of the stolen supplies. Best case scenario they grab stuff too and follow us back towards civilization. Worst-case scenario they become a distraction for this creature.

>Write-in
>Make a grab for something loose and get the hell out.
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>>4049061
Good idea.

>>4048568
Switching >>4048853 to
>Make a grab for something loose and get the hell out.
It can't fling shit at us if it doesn't have shit.
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>>4048568
>>Run up and attack it, give it no quarter.
Best to kill it now before it finishes whatever the fuck it is doing.
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On second thought,
>>4048568
>Run up and attack it, give it no quarter.
No more running away.
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>>4048568
>This thing feels... beyond your ability. You should run. Now.

Why you guys wanna fight an Ahtal-ka alone and with no preparations?
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>>4048568
You know what yah, for giggles. Steal its shit and run the hell away.

Flash bomb should help with that....
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This whole vote is a mess. What's even the tally?
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>>4049657
Seems we have 4 for running, 3 for attacking and 1 for grabbing stuff and running
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>>4048568
>This thing feels... beyond your ability. You should run. Now.
I FUKING KNEW IT!
SOS flare, flashpod and keep track of the fucker. No mantis mechs in our watch.
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Whatever it was crafting, you couldn't let it finish. The thing took your breath away with a tree log using that golden web, imagine what it can do with the rest of the stuff it took, of which included large steel beams and rebar poles, boxes of nails and crates full of other things...

You thought quick and shot a Flash Pod from your slinger at the ground in front of the Neopteron. It was blinded and screeched at that, flailing backwards.

You got an idea and ran over the pile, thinking to grab something to retrieve before you ran. But... there wasn't much you could feasibly carry here besides smaller things such as a lantern or chair. What were you thinking?

With a howl, the Neopteron recovers from the blinding quickly and jumps over besides you. You stagger as it bounds over you and shrieks in your face. Next thing you knew, there was a sharp pain and you saw blood fly out of your abdomen, the thing had just swiped you with it's razor sharp claws, cleaving right through your armor. You spat up some of your own blood and grabbed your chest in pain. The thing was about to take another swipe, when suddenly the Jaggi pounced at it and latched onto it's legs.

The Neopteron screeched in annoyance and moved all around, trying to shake them off. You sat yourself down for a second and recovered from your bleeding. The Jaggi were keeping it occupied for now, but not for long. You downed two Mega Potions and then ran as fast as you could. You needed to escape and call for help, this thing was dangerous.

You sprinted away back through the forest trail you came from and found yourself back at a more familiar place. You started walking now, far enough away that you felt safer...
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But in truth, you weren't...

After a while of walking, you heard a distant rumbling and turned your head back in fear.

You saw down the line a pack of Jagras and their alpha fleeing out of the woods in terror, and a Barroth soon emerged behind them and ran too to flee. At first, you thought the Jagras were just running from the Barroth, but you realized they were all running from something else.

You saw trees beginning to collapse behind a thick layer of forestation and suddenly, something crude and giant burst right out from them!

It was a huge.... sphere of all the building supplies you seen earlier, even with some tree logs slapped on, all held together by golden web! Worse yet, you heard the same screeching from that Neopteron radiating from inside of it!

That damn bug was... piloting it! And it was coming your way!

The path both ahead and behind you was only a straight shot, there was only one way you could go! You ran again, even faster than before!

>1d100 to escape trampling from giant roving ball of death.
>Failure results in a debilitating injury that will last for some time...
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Rolled 43 (1d100)

>>4050374
da dada daaaa~
da dadaaaaa~
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Oh god, somebody else please roll.
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Rolled 69 (1d100)

>>4050374
COMING TO THE RESCUE
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>>4050398
We're gonna cart, aren't we.
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>>4050404
Ahtal Ka probably stole the cart from the camp too so we won't even get that if she runs us over.
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>>4050414
>Ahtal-Ka rolls us all the way to Astera
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Rolled 56 (1d100)

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Rolled 30 (1d100)

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Try as you might, you went as fast as you could, but it wasn't enough to outrun the makeshift creation of the Neopteron. You were getting out of breath quickly and running on your last fumes and puffs of air as you began to slow down.

You were left helpless as the thing came like lightning, you though to try and dive down to squeeze yourself out of the way, but you were too late.

With a scream of pain, the thing finally reached you and mowed you down within a second, rolling up past you and coming to a stop. Your breath was crushed out of you and you felt like your eyes were bulging out as you were left flattened on the ground there. It all happened so fast that you almost didn't even realize it, but you certainly felt it. In fact, you were in such pain that it almost rendered you completely numb from the intensity.

You couldn't move, trying to lift yourself gave a sharp pain that stung like a rod impaling you. Your spin was the source of it. You couldn't even scream as you laid out on the ground there. You could see ahead with dulled vision and ringing ears the shape of the sphere. It unfurled and you saw the Neopteron exit the thing to start walking down your way.

The thing looked you over, and you ceased moving. You felt it's blade-like claw come down and poke at your back, and your spine did too. You bit your lip to conceal yourself making any noise from it. The thing went down hard, and it's claw tip penetrated your armor shell, digging into your flesh. You drew blood from your lip concealing your noise again.

The thing seemed to think you were dead, and so lost interest, turning back and reentering it's sphere. The thing continued rolling off ahead until you saw it vanish from sight.

You couldn't hold onto your energy any longer and so passed out, everything turning to black.
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......

"How long until he makes a recovery?"

"After enduring such blunt, overpowering physical trauma in such a cheap, weak set of armour, I don't think he'll wake up until tomorrow to be perfectly honest."

"I see.... is his condition fatal?"

"Not fatal, but not exactly good either. His spine seems to have soaked up much of the trauma, it seems to be ruptured and slightly bent out of shape, he'll need a therapy session to straighten it out. I think he can still hunt after he makes his recovery, but I tell you... any blow he might receive to the torso then... is going to be critical."

"....."

"I say... a month tops and his own natural healing properties will sort everything out in time. Humans are built for these sort of things after all, but they're not indestructible."

......

You faintly heard voices speaking, but you didn't really recognize them yet. You felt unconscious still.

>Wake yourself up in a rush. You have to know what's going on.
>Take it easy and wait until you wake up naturally, ease into it.
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>>4050583
>Take it easy and wait until you wake up naturally, ease into it.
After that we need to take it easy for some time.
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>>4050583
>Take it easy and wait until you wake up naturally, ease into it.
Can't win em' all, but at least we're alive.
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>>4050583
>Take it easy and wait until you wake up naturally, ease into it.

From the sounds of it, we got off with an injury that could theoretically fully heal, but is going to need a lot of downtime and care and is probably going to become mega-bad if it gets aggravated.
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>>4050583
>Take it easy and wait until you wake up naturally, ease into it.
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>>4050583
>>Wake yourself up in a rush. You have to know what's going on.
We need to warn them about the Neopteron.
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You didn't feel the need to come back to consciousness completely however, you still felt much tiredness and just allowed yourself to drift back off into the black of your inaction.

You think you were having a dream, but it was blurry and difficult to perceive. At the least in it you are able to make out the shapes of familiar figures such as the Commander and Tabitabi as you wandered back and forth between places you've been already in your dream.

There was no motive, it was just an aimless venture into the apertures of your mind. You felt lured by the things in the dream that sometimes felt real, like seeing yourself fight the Anjanath again in a third person prospective.

You felt a bit proud watching yourself in just starter equipment manage to kill such a powerful beast through a blurry wall.

To be honest, you could have done this in the Old World, up and coming to be a more skilled and higher ranked Hunter you mean, but you already grew up there and knew all there was too. In the end, you are not dissatisfied with your decision to come to the New World, but you will one day return to visit home again for a period.

In the future, you'll have to be more careful than you were.

The last thing you see before the dream ends is how you could best imagine what the sight of yourself being ran over by that giant bug looked like. Some part of you was discouraged by it and demoralized, but another part of you felt the need to improve so that this would never happen again. And one more part wanted to giggle like a child over it.

You don't know how long it's been, but you felt you were finished now, and so went to awaken yourself....
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"Hey! He's awake!" You hear a voice say.

You look up and see that you are laying in your bed at your private room. You see some familiar faces standing over, looking at you with mixed expressions of relief and worry. There was your friends, Brigg, Atricia and Senzo, your Palico Vivi and Shara was there too, looking up over the frame.

A medical person, a doctor wearing a mask and white coat, approached too, followed by two Felyne nurses. "Take it easy there, you've only just awoke from a short coma. Tell me, how do you feel?"

"....Like dirt.... aoughh...." You say, leaning up, wincing at your creaking spine.

"I see, I see. Well, I have to unfortunately inform you that your spine is broken. I think you will be due to recover in one month's time fully. Until then, you should lay off of Hunting for a while." The doctor.

"...Well, what will I do until the siege then...?" You asked, taking a cup of water one of the nurses handed you.

"I'm sorry, but I don't think you'll be fit in time to even attend the siege, your condition just isn't cut out." The Doctor says, much to your anguish. "I have done what I could to treat you, you might notice the vest you're wearing now is to help ease the pain while moving. My work is mostly done, I will leave now."

You looked down at a padded, restricting vest around your body as the doctor left. It made bending your spine very hard to do. You felt like a puppet being moved by strings when you did move.
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"I think it's good news you survived, but there's more news that needs to be shared and it can only come from you."

You look up and see the Commander walk in past the doctor.

"I'm sorry to see you're in this condition now, but you need to tell me something, what put you in it?"

"....A Neopteron..." You say, ashamed over the fact.

Everyone is quiet, as though they don't believe you, but the Commander's pupils seem to shrink a bit.

"A Neopteron....? ....Hunter, what did it look like exactly?" The Commander asks with a highly concerned tone.

"Well.... it was huge, golden and it had these purple eyes. It... cobbled stuff together with golden web. It almost looked like royalty. It made a big ball and ran me down with it from what it cobbled together." You say. Everyone but the Commander is visibly confused.

"This... this is very bad news. Hunter, what you encountered is known as Ahtal-Ka. That thing is legendary for the threat it presents to all life around it." The Commander says.

"How can a fracking bug be a huge threat?!" Senzo questioned, seemingly unwilling to believe a word of it.

"Ahtal-Ka has been known before in the Old World for raiding and destroying entire towns and fortresses, castles and keeps. It takes everything it can find and uses it to build a nest, one it operates like a gigantic war machine using it's web. If there's one in the New World, we have to kill it above all else..." The Commander grimaced.

"Freelancer, consider your deeds as a success for now. You'll receive pension for your work in the field, it's the least I can do. I expect you to take it easy like the doctor said until you make a full recovery however. Devote some more time to raising that Elder Dragon there. Now, if you'll excuse me.... I need to talk to the Star."

The Commander turned and left and you sat back down, feeling a bit defeated.

Senzo clapped his fists together. "Hey, I'm going to go see if I can join the party to kill that thing, I'll make it pay for hurting you, pal!"

He stormed out of your private room in a hurry, neglecting to even close the door behind himself.

"How are you feeling, comrade?" Brigg asked.

"Is there anything we can do for you?" Atricia asks in worriment.

Should you really just take it easy and sit around for a few days? Or should you soldier through and get back up, refusing to stay as a bed ridden patient? You were indecisive to decide.

You wondered if there existed some way to heal faster than normal out there.... Could the First Wyverian have a solution? His kind seemed to dabble in mysticism already...

What will you do now?
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>>4050854
Do as the commander said, take it easy, spend some time with Shara, also ask Briggs to go check out Tabi-Tabi while we recover.
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>>4050854
Take it easy~
Devote some time to the little one and try help the research team with not very difficult things.
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"No, I'm... fine." You say, putting your water aside and turning to stand up. Atricia tries to help you but you halt her with a hand and stand up easily enough. The vest did sort of help after all to ease your pain, preventing your spine from moving an inch. You were in some rather baggy clothes and your armor and equipment was over to the side. It seems to have gone through some repairs.

"Will you be okay by yourself?" Atricia asked.

"Yeah, I should be alright." You say, looking over to Brigg next. "Hey, Brigg, you think you could do me a little solid and check on Tabitabi?"

"Of course, It's been a while since I seen her myself, I'll go make sure the forest is safe for now." He says, tipping his peaked cap to you and walking out.

You came over and opened the blinds. It was about past morning time from the looks of things. You sat down at your desk and petted Shara as he came over closer.

The Scoutress looked as though she just remembered something and grabbed a green bottle from a nearby table, handing it over to you. You took it and looked it over, seeing it's label was written in the Wyverian language, which you didn't understand all too well.

"It's a pain relieving extract, the doctor said you should take a dosage at least every day to ease the stress. No more than a teaspoon." She explained as you opened it and took one swallow out of the bottle, gagging at the vile taste of the liquid medicine but tolerating it.

"Hey, I'm going to leave you to it, I have to get back to doing some work out there." She says, nearing the door. You nod her off as she opens it to leave.

"I'm going to heavily consider your offer, if it still stands." She says.

You think for a minute before recalling the offer you made to her recently. "Yeah, of course."

She smiles at that and leaves without another word.

You look at your desk and see two distinctive purses of Zenny there, rewards for completing the two urgent quests. You totaled out at having 38092 Zenny currently.

Shara went over to play with a ball toy on the floor with along Vivi and you drank your water, thinking over what to do today, it had to be something to do while taking it easy too.

>Let's go visit the Smithy with our Uragaan materials.
>Let's go on a harmless, safe fishing trip.
>Let's go hit up the canteen again.
>Let's go practice our targeting and aiming skills.
>Let's go see about deliveries at the Resource Station.
>Let's go request something grown at Botanical Research.
>Let's go on a trip to Seliana. I hear it's nice there this time of year.
>Let's go shopping for provisions.
>Let's go take Shara out for exercise at the arena.
>Let's go to the Gathering Hub.
>Let's go mingle with someone.
>Write in.
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>>4050854
Fuck staying in bed. We wyverian hunting go get some advice. Assuming he's been sticking to the ancient forest we can hopefully check in on tabitabi and use her to more easily get around in our condition. Hell, maybe we can bring Shara and Atricia along to get them acquainted.
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>>4051099
Fug, missed this post. Guess I'll use >>4051105 as write in.
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>>4051099
>Let's go take Shara out for exercise at the arena.
>Let's go practice our targeting and aiming skills.
Keep away from big monsters
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>>4051126
Support this also let's go to the botanical research and ask for them to griw some of the fruits shara likes.
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You decided that you were in stable enough condition you could get some training in, for both you and Shara. You decided to keep your casual clothing on and equipped your Blazing Gunlance onto your back.

"O-oh, Meowster? Are mew pawsitive that's a good idea?" Vivi spoke as she noticed you moving about. You did just take your daily dose of the pain reliever anyway, so you gave a thumbs up to relay how you felt.

"Come on now, I know my limits, if I was really down for the count I'd be laid up. Let's go do something proactive, I won't heal faster sitting around." You say cheerily, keeping your hopes you. You clapped your hands at Shara who came over with a wondrous expression. "Come one boy, let's go let you play in the big field."

Shara Ishvalda seemed to chitter happily at that and you managed to carry him as he climbed into your arms like you expected he would. You left out and were greeted by the sunshine as you walked through Astera.

You heard some background talk as you walked, people pointing you out as the guy who survived an Ahtal-Ka in the Guiding Lands. Seemed word spread fast by people here, constantly listening and gossiping.

You first made a stop by the Botanical Research and spoke with the researcher assigned to it. The small Wyverian was happy to receive your order for a bundle of fruits and you paid a good coin for special grade fertilizer to help it cultivate faster.

Mounting up on a wingdrake after the fact, you went on a very short trip to the Arena, which wasn't situated so far away from Astera actually.

The Arena was gigantic, and had enough room to teach and train an entire platoon of Hunters. Today, it seemed it was empty. There was practically nobody here besides some tech engineers who handled the gates and other mechanisms.

You were dropped down to a pre-fight platform meant for preparation as you arrived. There was a technician there you decided to speak with.
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The technician explained that as of recent the arena had started to become more used in the way of helping Hunters exercise and train as the need to keep up physique arose before the next big investigation launched.

He says that the Second Fleet added cranes the engineers control with a system using iron rods and steel wire to the walls of the arena as well. He says that with them, he can place down large training dummies made of a reinforced alloy into the arena for Hunters to use as target practice or any related purpose otherwise. You ask him to drop down one he thought would suit the Gunlance best, and so he does. There is a Nargacuga shaped dummy for target practice placed down right after as you enter the arena and set Shara down.

Your Blazing Gunlance had a long shelling type, so you had more range and your shelling had a slight increase in power over the other types. You thought it would be best to train your ability to aim from afar with it.

You draw your Gunlance only, keeping the shield on your back. You aim with one hand as usual to hit the targets. They would endure your shelling, so there was no worry about shooting it as much as you wanted.

>Two players roll me a 3d100 to determine accuracy in shelling this target.
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Rolled 74, 68, 100 = 242 (3d100)

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>>4051255
Gotta pass out, see ya!
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You fired a volley of shells at the arm and torso targets of the training dummy. Two shells hit their mark on the left arm and body, but the third misses on the right from afar.

You reloaded and fired the second volley at the right arm and tail. The arm is hit, but you miss the tail with the second and third shell.

Reloading, you fired your third volley at the head, body and tail. You hit the head and body, but again miss the tail.

On your final volley, you fired at the head, body and tail. This time, you hit the tail and the body, but missed the head with the third shell hitting the black outside rim instead.

You sheath your gun and review your results. Decidedly, your aiming skill varied from how close you were despite using a long shelling type. At close ranges, you were destined to hit every shot. At farther ranges, your aim proved to decent, or at least scraping that way. There was plenty of room for improvement. You were training with a medium target, you would have to train with smaller and larger training dummy targets as well in the future.

For now, you turned your attention back to Shara, who was molding rock with his developing wing vibrations while Vivi watched closely curiously.

>Let's train with another target size. (Small or Large)
>Let's exercise Shara with something basic, let's see if he can catch us.
>Let's try and help him develop his vibration powers.
>Let's train our striking power on another dummy.
>Let's call for a small monster and see how Shara handles it. (Available: Jagras, Great Jagras, ??? Monster.)
>Let's retire from training today and go do something else.
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>>4051326
>Let's retire from training today and go do something else.
We should go make our uragaan set now.
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>>4051326
>Let's call for a small monster and see how Shara handles it. (Available: Jagras, Great Jagras, ??? Monster.)

A standard Jagras shouldn't be a problem for us or Shara. We can probably just sit behind our shield to be absolutely sure nothing happens. Plus that might help imprint some good ideas.
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>>4051326
>Let's try and help him develop his vibration powers.
No running or fighting with our bad back and no ignoring Shara or Vivianne.
Job say: no sleeping for me. Brain says: no sleeep, no coherency
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>>4051326
>>Let's train with another target size. (Small or Large)
Small.
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