Your name is Sean Clayton, aka Gunsmoke. Last time, you settled a score in Athens, managed to keep the vessel from sinking, had some fun in Crete, and made landfall in Russian territory.Now, you’re cruising up the Arctic Circle to see visit the infamous Kola Superdeep Borehole, an ex-Soviet industrial and scientific project designed to drill deeply into the mantle of the Earth’s crust.> Hello everyone, and welcome back to another issue of DC: Henchman Quest! As always, I’m AxisQM. Rules are simple but flexible: 20-30 minutes to vote / roll what I say, rolls count even if you (or I) mess up the modifier, crit successes override, write-ins encouraged. If rolls / votes are slow to come in, I’ll do my best to adjust for it. Our cover art is a gift from a gigabased anon, and I still get a kick out of using it.Pastebin (Still updating per player request): https://pastebin.com/RwY7nc3SLink to Previous Thread: http://thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2023/5569223/Link to Archive: http://thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Henchman
>>5611421When the Set-Mobile finally shudders to a halt, you immediately crack open the panel door and step outside, desperate for an opportunity to stretch your legs after two days of being cramped inside of the van.For the sake of safety, Jack had parked the van off-road and a fair distance away from the site proper.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtPk22NWB5YYour first impression from a distance is that the place is more than a little underwhelming.If had been awoken from a stupor with no clue as to where you were, the first assumption would’ve been that it was some kind of junkyard.Still, you’ve come all this way; might as well see it through to its end. Not quite sure what possessed you to head here in the first place, but at least you’ll get to enjoy the fresh air and the outdoors for a while.After some quick stretching to get the blood flowing, you ensure that your cold-weather kit is snug. Once those checks are done with, you and the rest of your pals begin the trek towards the dig site. It’s bitterly cold, even through your protective gear.You welcome the challenge; the vacation has had the side effect of making you feel a little soft as of late, and this place will definitely beat it out of you quickly.The approach to the site doesn’t reveal any overt signs of a human presence, which is a blessing. Something tells you they don’t get a lot of tourists up this way, and you’d rather avoid having to humor the locals.In terms of landmarks, you’re able to clock a few points of interest.- A tall, rusting, tower-like building positioned neatly in the middle of the dig site. There’s gotta be some kind of purpose to it, but you can’t quite identify it from a distance.- A small, half-collapsed barracks located near the edge of the site, likely where a token military force was garrisoned as security. Poor bastards, imagine how badly you would've had to have fucked up to be assigned here full-time.- A caved-in complex with signs labelling it as one of many research outposts. Can't imagine what kind of research would be worth all this trouble, but governments are known for throwing money in figurative holes anyhow; why not a literal one as well?- Some kind of brutalist office building, probably where the local paperpushers were headquartered. It says a lot about Soviet sensibilities that it’s much more impressive than any of its counterparts.- A ramshackle building positioned near the decaying tower. You’d bet money that it’s the workers quarters, given its size and general disrepair even when compared to the site as a whole.
>>5611425Maybe it’s just your paranoia flaring up again, but something about this place feels a little off; almost like the land itself is telling you to get back in the Set-Mobile and head back the way you came.You gently chide yourself for getting the heebie-jeebies over the prospect of seeing a goddamned deep hole.Ever since that clusterfuck in Athens, you’ve been catapulting to the most negative conclusions out of sheer habit. That little fishing trip in Crete helped to lessen the stress a bit, but you must still be a bit jumpy.Besides, nobody else seems to have any similar misgivings; a fact that goes a long way in settling your fraying nerves.You force yourself to focus instead on the positives; the landscape is remarkably pretty, barring the massive ecological scar dealt by the drilling site. Some people would call this terrain unforgivably desolate, but you can’t help but admire its harsh beauty. Either that, or you just have a well-developed appreciation for the benefits of isolation.Ironically, the fact that you’re trudging toward a massive industrial ruin actually makes you feel a little more at ease. Means that if anybody tries to pick a fight or has been trailing you, there won’t be any risk of collateral damage in the ensuing skirmish.Most folks would probably find that comfort a little strange, but long experience has taught you that it’s integral to find ways of steadying yourself.You shake off that train of thought and focus instead on your plans; which structure would you like to investigate first?Regardless of how you plan on spending your time, it’s probably a good thing you’re up-to-date on your tetanus shots.In the end, you decide to…> Search for the eponymous borehole itself. It’s the main attraction and product of this place, after all.> Poke around the dilapidated ruins of the barracks. Maybe the Ivans left something of interest when they cut their funding and pulled out way back when.> Dig through the broken remains of their research outpost. Nothing quite like mineral samples and old studies on seismology to really get the blood pumping.> Explore the ruined administrative building. It’s probably full of dusty old paperwork and bureaucratic reports, but you never know what kind of stories you might find.> Pay a visit to the old worker’s quarters. There’s something to be said for learning more about the men who did the heavy lifting.> Other?
>>5611427That we are, sorry for the slight delay. Took me a little longer than I would've preferred to put the finishing touches on the update.
>>5611430> Search for the eponymous borehole itself. It’s the main attraction and product of this place, after all.
>>5611430> Search for the eponymous borehole itself. It’s the main attraction and product of this place, after all.>>5611432No problem Axis
>>5611430>> Search for the eponymous borehole itself. It’s the main attraction and product of this place, after all.
>>5611430>Dig through the broken remains of their research outpost. Nothing quite like mineral samples and old studies on seismology to really get the blood pumping.Maybe there's some gold or something interesting those nerds left behind
>>5611437>>5611451>>5611452Alright, go ahead and give me some 1d100+40> DC: 80 / 100 / 120Luck Drain doesn't really apply in this instance, as you don't really have any hostiles to steal from.
Rolled 24 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5611464
Rolled 40 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5611464
Rolled 7 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5611464
Welcome back Axis! Let’s hope low roles don’t ruin this opportunity to fight demons. Please remember we have a bonus for detecting them.
>>5611467>>5611469>>5611475That's a minor success, writing.
>>5611477https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phBThlPTBEgThe site is eerily silent, aside from the staccato crunch produced by boots meeting gravel and the ever-present whistling of the bitter wind.The temperature is bearable for now, but once the sun begins to set, hypothermia could become a serious problem. Guess it’s a good thing you can produce fire, that ought to aid in keeping you warm should the need becomes great enough.After some aimless wandering, you’re able to get a better gander at that tower you spotted earlier. Driven by a wild hunch, you poke your head through the uninviting entrance and confirm that the building serves as the remnant of the main drilling platform.The now-identified drilling tower has definitely seen better days, seeing as how the roof has collapsed entirely; either from the pressures of time, climate, or both.You enter carefully, acutely aware that any sane civil engineer would be screaming at you for enter a building that’s been condemned for decades. The fact that you can audibly hear the structure groaning due to the wind probably isn’t a good sign either, but you pointedly ignore that for now.Judging from the thick layer of dust coating the place, you look to be the first person to step foot in here for a very long time.The floor is covered in rusty hunks of scrap metal, punctuated with bits and pieces of concrete rubble and long-abandoned detritus strewn about. And right in the center of that pile of Cold War castoffs and the corroded carcasses of heavy industrial equipment, is the eponymous Kola Borehole.Despite being less than a foot in diameter, this little number stretches thousands of feet into the bowels of the Earth, an incredible feat even by modern standards. The only problem is that the damned thing is sealed and bolted shut by some kind of cover. A pretty goddamn sturdy one too, when you tug on the cover a little to see if rusting had set in and weakened it, you don’t even manage to make it budge an inch.It’s a bit odd that the cover is so strong, but that could just be a product of some decent engineering. Whoever made that cover, definitely made it to last; it’s showing none of the outward damage inherent to just about everything else in this place.
>>5611500(Fat-fingered the post, meant to attach the following pic.)
>>5611500If you really want to see more, you could do some planning and figure out a way to crack the borehole open; you’ve got nowhere important to be.Alternatively, you could just poke around the tower floor for any decent salvage. For whatever reason, it doesn’t look like scavengers (human or otherwise) have really picked this place over; could find something neat / profitable.Lastly, there’s an office of some kind on the second floor, probably for the foreman or supervisor. Might be worth the effort of picking it clean; the stairs look a bit rickety, but you’re light on your feet to make it.So, what would you like to do?> Figure out a way to crack the borehole open. It’d be a shame not to take a peek into it or throw something down the hole.> Try to reinforce the structural weak points using Abyssal Shield. It might be a pointless precaution, but you might as well put safety first.> Head up the stairs to the office and rummage through the place. Might as well take what you’d like, it’s not like anyone is here to complain.> Look around the tower floor for anything of note. The elements seem to have taken a pretty harsh toll on the the structure itself, but maybe there’s some worthwhile loot some worker stashed away.> Other?
>>5611504>> Figure out a way to crack the borehole open. It’d be a shame not to take a peek into it or throw something down the hole.Magic time.Or maybe lockpick
>>5611504>> Figure out a way to crack the borehole open. It’d be a shame not to take a peek into it or throw something down the hole.Claw of Horus with Volcanic Rage, do it
Now I realize that even the dice gods are telling us to fuck off and go anywhere but here.
>>5611504>> Figure out a way to crack the borehole open. It’d be a shame not to take a peek into it or throw something down the hole.It's just bolted shut. Use an abyssal shield in the form of a wrench and hit it as hard as you can to break it so you can unscrew it. Repeat until the nuts are off and it should be much easier to pry off. Of course, those things are probably on there tighter than a cuck's chastity cage so breaking the set might be damn near impossible.
>>5611511do you blame them? why are we tempting fate knowing our luck?
>>5611513>course, those things are probably on there tighter than a cuck's chastity cage so breaking the set might be damn near impossible.
>>5611504> Figure out a way to crack the borehole open. It’d be a shame not to take a peek into it or throw something down the hole.Knock knock Satan
>>5611508>>5611509>>5611513>>5611517Alright, how would you like to go about handling the protective cover?> Bludgeon it repeatedly with a hefty chunk of Abyssal Shield. Might not be the prettiest strategy, but it'll do.> Trudge back to the van and grab a couple thermite charges. Should be simple enough to position them and cut clear through.> Nail the cover with a flurry of Fire Bolts to try and soften the metal, maybe even partial liquefy it. Might be a little strenuous, but it'll make for good practice. > Look around for something scattered amongst the ruined machinery that might help. One man's junk is another man's B&E tool.> Summon the Claw of Horus and wrench the cover off, the hard way. A little brute force and some elbow grease ought to do the trick.> Other?
>>5611522>> Summon the Claw of Horus and wrench the cover off, the hard way. A little brute force and some elbow grease ought to do the trick.
>>5611522> Look around for something scattered amongst the ruined machinery that might help. One man's junk is another man's B&E tool.Chewing gum and paperclipMacGyver time
>>5611522>> Summon the Claw of Horus and wrench the cover off, the hard way. A little brute force and some elbow grease ought to do the trick.>>5611514We have good luck most of the time.
>>5611522>> Bludgeon it repeatedly with a hefty chunk of Abyssal Shield. Might not be the prettiest strategy, but it'll do.If we can get it to open the right way we can put it back on after. Simple. Just need to get the nuts to come loose.
>>5611528>If we can get it to open the right way we can put it back on after. Simple. Just need to get the nuts to come loose.Why do you want to a way to close the portal to hell and damnation after we open it?
>>5611530Common courtesy. Who hasn't been in that situation where you're chilling in your office or bedroom and someone opens the door and walks away? It's only proper and polite.
>>5611533Kek>Satan chilling in his office>go for a coffee>fall face fist to the ground>his foot is now traped on the portal
>>5611536I'm now picturing Satan as a scooby-doo villain.
>>5611539knowing scooby I bet satan has been a a villain at some point
>>5611522> Summon the Claw of Horus and wrench the cover off, the hard way. A little brute force and some elbow grease ought to do the trick.>>5611533Listen anon, I want an irresistible tide of demons to fight against and sensible solutions don't guarantee that
>>5611523>>5611527>>5611546Alright, give me some 1d100+70.Barring a critfail, there's literally no way to fail this one.
Rolled 5 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5611549dont say that
Rolled 9 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5611549
Rolled 86 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5611542>Scooby-Doo and the Seventh Circle, a fun feature film for the whole familyI can see it.>>5611546You really hatin on me for tryna bust a nut homie? Sheeeeiiiiit.>>5611549Uh oh
Rolled 20 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5611549Check 'em
>>5611549>Barring a critfail, there's literally no way to fail this one.the dice gods heard you
>>5611553Don't worry guys, we good
>>5611551>>5611552>>5611553That's a success, now go ahead and give me some 1d100+20DC: 95
Rolled 23 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5611563
Rolled 46 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5611563I said UH OH
Rolled 35 (1d100)>>5611563
>+20so there's poison gas coming out or ghosts, which do we want?
>>5611564>>5611565>>5611566That's a failure; would you like to use Roll the Die for another shot at it?> Yes, make another attempt.> No, take the failure.--------->>5611567The Man of Medan experience in a nutshell.
Oh no! Who could have predicted this?
>>5611571>> No, take the failure.
>>5611571>The Man of Medan experience in a nutshell.Maybe the real bad air were the poorly written characters we met along the way.> No, take the failure.Live with it folks.
>>5611575>>5611577>>5611578Seems like we're taking the failure, writing.Probably the last major post tonight.>>5611578tfw you peak with your first game and it's all downhill from there. Now you've got me thinking about Sean in a House of Ashes type scenario.
>>5611583>Now you've got me thinking about Sean in a House of Ashes type scenarioWould that mean there would be a SALIM to buddy up with Sean? Hell yeah.
>>5611584>Sean begun to eat a tank of radioactive waste ever day before working out>"Y-YEAH BABY!!!"
>>5611583You choose a simple and straightforward solution by summoning the Claw of Horus, positioning yourself at a good angle to twist the protective cover, and giving it every ounce of your considerable muscle.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq1-_UPwYSMThere’s a dull groan of protest from the rapidly bending metal, which encourages you to give an almighty heave and tear the cover off in one fell swoop. The second that the borehole is no longer blocked, a noxious, oily black gas leaps from the freshly opened pipe like it was being sprayed from a firehose. Your close proximity, coupled with surprise, proves to ne an unfortunate combination when you accidentally inhale a hefty blast from it. On pure reflex, you stagger away, hacking and wheezing from a foulness so potent that it’s nigh impossible for you to breathe or even think. And instead of filling the room laterally with its putrid fumes, the twisted emanation instead drifts upwards, towards a roof that had been rent asunder by time.The dosage that you were involuntarily exposed to takes a surprising amount of time to recover from; while the physical effects disappear quickly, the aftermath is much more insidious.For an immeasurably long moment, it reeked of of blood, death, and pain; somehow channeling every negative emotion and traumatic experience you’ve ever felt into a sensation of condensed, inconceivable, dread. Whatever that shit is, it is inhuman. And if you let too much of it in your system at once, you’re liable to lose your mind well before you even come close to risking asphyxiation. When you manage to force your hands to stop shaking and your mind to focus once more, you realize that things are rapidly shifting from bad to worse. The damned smog has formed a miniature cloud of some kind, and abandoned bits of machinery are beginning to rise from their long-abandoned places to steadily levitate towards it in an attempt to form some kind of macabre creation.And judging from the way one of the few remaining columns is threatening to shake itself loose, the process will not stop with just the rubble and scrap on the floor; it’s going to assimilate the whole tower! Besides the fact that doing so will probably bring the whole damned house of cards down on your head, you really don’t want to know what’s going to happen when it’s finished gathering all of these materials.If you can’t stop it before then, who knows what in the hell it might do!Guess you may've discovered a major reason as to why the Russians sealed this place off and moved everyone out.
>>5611596(That's all for tonight, anons. As always, thanks for playing! We'll pick up from where we left off on Friday at 5:00 PM EST. Hope to see you all here next time.Still working on interlude stuff, making some decent progress. Hoping to have it done in a week or two from now, but don't hold me to it. Anyhow, have a good one.)>>5611584> Would that mean there would be a SALIM to buddy up with Sean?I mean, you did have that one mission with Ravan. Shame it didn't end too well for him, or for anybody else besides Shade.
>>5611600Holy fire all the way >>5611600Bye Axie
>>5611596surprise surprise, it goes to hell. are we happy now?
>>5611604My hope was going to hell but this is good
>>5611596Well that's not good. We should have brought some fabreeze. >>5611600Poor Ravan. Never got to spear an alien vampire through the heart. >>5611604I was expecting skinny demons, not hell-farts. Too bad the cover was completely destroyed. Ah well, who wants to find out if this shit is combustible?
>>5611612>Ah well, who wants to find out if this shit is combustible?Eh, it's likely a Hell-cloud. Fire will either do nothing or just empower it.My first instinct would be to try and disperse the cloud with the Twister spell
>>5612495I wouldn't want to spread it in case it can still affect things and people even in small doses.
>>5612495>>5612571You fools, the plan is obvious.>Cover the hole back up>Have Sean activate his fire nature >Then huff ALL of the hell-fumes Magic air purifier goes brrr
>>5612578>>Cover the hole back upThe whole cover was torn off. It won't seal. Dumping rubble on it won't seal it either. Gotta spot weld it with fire magic or something. And good luck with all of the fart gas jetting out in our face when we try to do it.
>>5612495Cloud's still confined by the structure though. I will confess, I'm running off the assumption that the cloud needs 'mass', so to speak, to pull things to it. Dispersing it should hopefully buy Sean time for him to get his bearings together and come up with a better plan.
>>5612608Ah, fucking shit this post was meant for >>5612571I need to get my ass to bed
>>5612608My guy the structure is falling apart, has a few holes and no fucking roof. It's not being confined by anything.
>>5612495>Eh, it's likely a Hell-cloud. Fire will either do nothing or just empower it.We have holy fire now.>>5612589Just thow shit there, it can be that deep.
>>5612619>Just thow shit there, it can be that deep.
>>5612618Eh, fair.I just really want to get more use out Twister... Also >>5612619 reminded me that we got Hestia's flame dagger, so just trying to burn the cloud isn't as bad an idea than I first thought.
I say that maybe throwing the Twister spell and make it so the clouds concentrate in the hole, we instantly use Abysal Shield to cover the hole, and that way we try to seal the hole with our Fire Magic.
If we smoke the hell cloud whats the over under on getting demon powers vs dieing via asphyxiation
>>5612729I really like this, but maybe use the Abysal Shield (fitting name) on the hole first so we dont have to worry about more hell gas.Unrelate question: Does Hell-oil exist? If so, how much is a barrel of Hell-oil worth?
>>5612745>but maybe use the Abysal Shield (fitting name) on the hole first so we dont have to worry about more hell gas.That would be a good call... But we're going to be in the same problem in either of those two scenarios: MultitaskingEither we Focus on maintain the Abysal Shield and close the hole, or we have a half materialized Demon in the building while we close the whole.
>>5612940>Either we Focus on maintain the Abysal Shield and close the hole, or we have a half materialized Demon in the building while we close the whole.Close your eyes and hope, no matter the choose.I understand your way of thinking, I just have this RPG instint of killing the spawn monster first.
>>5612996>I understand your way of thinking, I just have this RPG instint of killing the spawn monster first.Fair enough, maybe we just need a single roll to multitask or we get a lucky crit success without needing a reroll, i'm going to sacrifice a chicken exactly at 12 so the gods are satisfied
Rolled 24 (1d24)>>5613002Dice gods dont like plans. Here I will give you the time to make the sacrifice
>>5613024nat 24 nice
>>5613024That only means that my guess at doing the sacrifice at 12 was right... But i'm feaful it's just a cruel joke of destiny...
> be me, around 1 year ago> avid reader of this quest> even made a cover for it> drop it around the time of the botched venezuela op because of irl shit> be me, 2 days ago> "man that quest was great, wonder what's happened since I left."> open the archive and start from the beginning> mfw going through Sean's wild rideYep, just like I remember it. Thank you Axis for giving us such a treat and for being such a good QM.
>>5611596So, how would you like to handle this situation?Your first move is to...> Nail the cloud with a flurry of high-powered Lightning Bolts. All the metal it’s absorbing is an excellent conductor.> Summon the Blade of Flame and try to immolate the cloud. Might as well see if some cleansing fire will do the trick.> Cut your losses and get out of the building before it collapses. You’re not packing anything heavier than a vest, and a stray bit of rubble could do some serious damage.> Disperse the ever-growing cloud using Twister. If you can break it apart, maybe it’ll eventually dissipate.> Plug the borehole with Abyssal Shield. It won’t stop what’s already escaped, but it’ll help triage the situation from getting worse.> Other?---------------(As a heads-up, I just had a pressing engagement appear, and I'll be away from my computer for a few hours. Apologies for the last minute notification, job stuff is yanking me back in.)
>>5613806> Disperse the ever-growing cloud using Twister. If you can break it apart, maybe it’ll eventually dissipate.
>>5613806> Summon the Blade of Flame and try to immolate the cloud. Might as well see if some cleansing fire will do the trick
>>5613806> Plug the borehole with Abyssal Shield. It won’t stop what’s already escaped, but it’ll help triage the situation from getting worse.To stop any more from coming in and> Summon the Blade of Flame and try to immolate the cloud. Might as well see if some cleansing fire will do the trick.To clean what's already gotten out. This hell fart might be used to "fire" but I doubt that it's the same kind of fire Sean uses.
>>5613806>>5613819i'll back this combo
>>5613806>> Plug the borehole with Abyssal Shield. It won’t stop what’s already escaped, but it’ll help triage the situation from getting worse.Lets fix this first, the holy flame
>>5613806>> Summon the Blade of Flame and try to immolate the cloud. Might as well see if some cleansing fire will do the trick.
>>5613806>As a heads-up, I just had a pressing engagement appear, and I'll be away from my computer for a few hours.For a second I read this and though you were in a wedding.>Do you acept this woman as your wife?>Give 2 min Father, the votes are in a tie.
Rolled 20, 15 + 20 = 55 (2d100 + 20)Since there seems to be something of a tie between Abyssal Shield and the Blade of Flame, it's pretty handy that a combo was suggested.Go ahead and give me some 1d100+10 to seal the borehole off and buy some extra breathing room.Luck Drain still doesn't really apply in this case, given that the cloud is well out of range.> DC to be determined.
Rolled 61 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5614120
Rolled 52 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5614120
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>5614120
Rolled 34, 80, 30 - 5 = 139 (3d100 - 5)>>5614121>>5614123>>5614127Success, now give me some 1d100+10 to do some damage to the cloud itself.> DC to be determined.
Rolled 80 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5614133
Rolled 29 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5614133
Rolled 26 (1d100)>>5614133
Rolled 3 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5614133
>>5614134>>5614136>>5614139Nice, that's another success.Work shanghaiing me into an emergency shift has completely drained my brain for tonight, so we'll pick it up from here on Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST. In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away at improving my notes / interlude stuff.Once again, I greatly appreciate your patience. Shift work is absolute aids, but it least it pays decently enough to make up the difference.>>5611612Honestly, pre-ambush Sean probably wouldn't have been a whole lot different from Jason.>>5613848Got a good chuckle out of that one. The vows are just one of my interludes rambling about economic sanctions and unemployment numbers for a fictional South American dictatorship.>>5613739Thanks, anon. Glad to have you back.
>>5614145See you Axie>Got a good chuckle out of that one. The vows are just one of my interludes rambling about economic sanctions and unemployment numbers for a fictional South American dictatorship.>Be a friend of the girlfriend>Know shit about the family>Not even that much clouse with the other friends of her>"Maybe I can sit with that guy">The guy bit my ear off talking about the rules of the UN and china and Venezuela
>>5614145>Honestly, pre-ambush Sean probably wouldn't have been a whole lot different from Jason.Good ol boy, performer of war crimes, hates the feds. Yeah it all adds up.
How likely is it we're gonna have to battle with the Bat himself at some point?
>>5616411Unless we fuck around in Gotham a lot then not very.It's way more likely that we'll have our hands full dealing with Task Force X, The Court and Hell than Batman. I consider them to be bigger threats than the JL really.
>>5616426Yeah if we will just steamroll barbs and robin at this point with all this practice we are getting in. Though the JL does have to deal with bureaucracy too.
>>5616411Probably never while we focus on building up Venezuela and the Steel Wolves. We might get a bat fight when the JLA finally pieces together Adjutant Tango and sends in manbat to fight us. However, that is very far away as they have build new procedures to deal with nations.
>>5614145>we'll pick it up from here on Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST.
>>5618711>Anon cannot into tomezones
>>5618875>tomezonesWhat you mean a library?
>>5618877I think he is talking about book parts
>>5618884Nah, he is talking about the thing pre-dating books. The rocks of knowledge.
>>5618877>>5618884>>5619015Axie right now
>>5616450We are going to fight them with a lot of restrictions so I think its fairThey are only antagonistic to adjutant tango and defcon No visible magic, no killing or maiming, no gauntlet rage.At best we use our alien armor and carbineWhat if we get back and they have been training this whole time to kick our ass?
>>5619149>What if we get back and they have been training this whole time to kick our ass?>Train your ass off to fight the fucker who clown you>You are too tired when the real fight finally happen
>>5619149>What if we get back and they have been training this whole time to kick our ass?Then what? It's not like we didn't make raids against Intergang, fought some weird Wannabe Death in France and reclaim its weapon, fought against two demigods, learned a few tricks, learned new magic, made a pact with some greek god and spit into Lok's face a second time.
>>5619149Implying we'll fight them solo>Back in Gunsmoke persona, doing crime in Gotham>Batgirl and Robin arrive at the scene in record time because Barbara just can't let things go and has been waiting for Gunsmoke to appear for weeks>Actually get pushed into a corner because of Batgirl's extra training>"It's over, Gunsmoke! You'll be locked in Blackgate for the rest of your-">Robin gets ko'd from behind>It's Darius with a steel chair
>>5619204>be Darius>On a mission with Sean>Be paranoic because where Sean go weird shit happen>Out of nowhere some kids attack Boss>Trow a chair>The guy fall down>Is fucking NightwindI am gonna be suprised if he dont take a selfi with Dick body
God, I pray we get at least two updates today
>>5619289I'm in it for the long haul, anon. No need to worry.
>>5619292The suspense is killer Axis. I want to huff the hell-fumes!
>>5614145https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aapU0w2eMykThe first priority in any battle of attrition is cut the enemy off from his supplies and his reinforcements. Luckily, you happen to be in a situation where you have the luxury of targeting both at once.You immediately create a rock-solid plug of obsidian material above the borehole and let gravity take hold, sending it crashing downwards and sealing the breach. You can hear the pipes beginning to groan and strain under the pressure, but it looks like your makeshift cork will hold, for now.A substantial amount of the unnatural smog already managed to slip out, but you’ve got the rest safely contained for the time being. Hopefully destroying the cloud will cause the entirety of its noxious smog to dissipate, but you’ll figure out a more permanent solution later should it become necessary.The ongoing flow may have been severed, but the cloud is still hoovering up scrap metal and other random junk for a purpose you can’t quite put a finger on.Still, you’ve been around magic long enough that something smells rotten about this whole debacle. You’ll mull that over at another time, now is your chance to go on the offensive while it’s still distracted.For lack of a better option, you summon the Blade of Flame. As soon as you grip the handle, a strange feeling begins to wash over you. It’s not hostile or stifling like the affects of the black smog, more akin to your hand being gently guided through an unmistakably familiar motion.In this state, you take an experimental swipe with the Blade of Flame and something about it just seems to click. Almost without your intervention, a few dying embers sprout from the tip of the blade and gently drop onto the floor.Operating more on instinct than anything else, you take an arcing swing at the cloud; a ridiculous idea in any other context, given that the damned fumes are hovering well away from melee range.But not this time. Midway through the swing you’re compelled to mix in some of your Fire magic, to devastating results.
>>5619320An arcing wave of fire leaps from the Blade, carried heavenward in the same trajectory that you swung in. This purifying flame cleaves a blazing swathe through nearly a third of the cloud with effortless ease. Curiously enough, the cloud sluggishly manages to avoid the brunt of the damage, which would’ve sheared through it entirely.Whatever you’re fighting must have some kind of intelligence to it.Before you go off the handle with your new toy, you quickly check your internal reserves to make sure that maneuver was worth the price of the ticket.The process is a little draining, but no more so than a couple of high-strength Fire Bolts; between that display and your efficient usage of Abyssal Shield, you’ve still got plenty of gas in the tank.A slight grin tugs at your otherwise dispassionate features.Looks like Greece wasn’t a total bust after all. And your gaseous opposition is the perfect excuse to put your newest weapon through its paces.To that end, you…> Draw on a hefty amount of power and channel it through the Blade of Flame. It’s risky, but it may give you enough kick to vaporize the cloud in one fell swoop.> Mix a few arcing swipes from the Blade of Flame with Twister to create a small-scale firenado. It’s a bit unorthodox, but most of your good ideas tend to trend away from conventional logic.> Continue to meticulously whittle away at the cloud and its constituent parts with the Blade of Flame. Slow and steady wins the race.> Build a few makeshift cover spots using Abyssal Shield. If that thing starts hucking rebar your way, you’ll need the extra protection.> Other?
>>5619321>> Continue to meticulously whittle away at the cloud and its constituent parts with the Blade of Flame. Slow and steady wins the race.We can try new thing later
>>5619321> Draw on a hefty amount of power and channel it through the Blade of Flame. It’s risky, but it may give you enough kick to vaporize the cloud in one fell swoop.
>>5619321> Continue to meticulously whittle away at the cloud and its constituent parts with the Blade of Flame. Slow and steady wins the race.
>>5619321>> Continue to meticulously whittle away at the cloud and its constituent parts with the Blade of Flame. Slow and steady wins the race.
>>5619321> Draw on a hefty amount of power and channel it through the Blade of Flame. It’s risky, but it may give you enough kick to vaporize the cloud in one fell swoop.Too many unknowns, I don't wanna give this sapient cloud the time to do whatever horrible shit it's capable of.
>>5619321>> Mix a few arcing swipes from the Blade of Flame with Twister to create a small-scale firenado. It’s a bit unorthodox, but most of your good ideas tend to trend away from conventional logic.
Rolled 66, 62, 87 = 215 (3d100)>>5619327>>5619332>>5619337Alright, give me some 1d100+10> DC to be determined
Rolled 19 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5619357Fugg, should've gone big boys
Rolled 9 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5619357
Rolled 56 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5619357
>>5619361>>5619362>>5619363That's a failure, would you like to use Roll the Die?> Yes, have the anons re-roll.> Yes, have the QM re-roll. (With a hefty malus)> No, take the failure.
>>5619364>> No, take the failure.
>>5619364>> Yes, have the anons re-roll.
>>5619364>Yes, have the anons re-roll.
>>5619364> No, take the failure.
>>5619364> Yes, have the anons re-roll.Changing my vote
>>5619369>>5619373>>5619376Alright, give me another set of 1d100+10inb4 crit
Rolled 90 (1d100)>>5619379
Rolled 8 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5619379
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>5619379
Rolled 53, 71, 36 = 160 (3d100)>>5619381>>5619383>>5619384That's a success, pay no attention to these rolls.DC: 80
Rolled 8, 1, 9 + 5 = 23 (3d100 + 5)>>5619389Alright, I'm assuming that everyone is okay with continuing to hammer the cloud via the Blade of Flame.Therefore, give me another round of 1d100+10> DC to be determined.
Rolled 4 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5619390lollmao
Rolled 23 + 10 (1d100 + 10)>>5619390JUST
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>5619390
Rolled 61 (1d100)>>5619392>>5619394>>5619395Well, that's a critfail for your opposition.Just a quick bit of rolling on my end to see if it can recover from this death spiral.> DC: 95
>>5619396Alright, looks like that's the end of that. Writing. Feel free to pitch any ideas for how you'd like to finish things off, and I'll do my best to work in the popular ones if they're thematically appropriate.
>>5619397Corner the hell fart while prying in latin.
>>5619397do the firenado, i've always wanted to try that
>>5619397>>5619399Praying to hestia to be exact, with some exorcisms clasics too>She is Hestia, she is nice and stuff!>But she will now break your knees asshole!
>>5619399>LatinVery barbarous, we /greek/ in here
>>5619415Latin for exorcisms, greek for Hestia stuff?
>>5619419Hit the nail on the head, anon.
>>5619397>>5619408>>5619415>>5619419I think it's more appropriate and funnier for Sean to insult the fart demon in every single language he knows.
>>5619421https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-LyFMCIpoklike this but he switches languanges with every insult.
>>5619397https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCEDfZgDPS8Patience is, as always, the key to victory.Best to pick the cloud apart first, get it on its metaphorical knees, then go in for the kill.And since the Blade of Flame seems to be doing the trick, you see no reason to diverge from your previous tactics, slicing it with more flaming projectiles to to cut it down to size.After getting it down to maybe half of its original size, you notice that the cloud has abruptly ceased in its relentless collection efforts, almost like it’s dazed or confused. You seize the opportunity with both hands and begin mustering up the necessary energy for a particularly strong Twister.In an attempt to bolster your efforts, you leverage every single language you’ve had the chance to pick up along your various journeys; a few stanzas from the Lord’s Prayer in Latin and Russian, a blessing of Hestia in Greek, concluded with some exuberant cursing in Spanish when the strain begins to be too much.It might sound a bit sacrilegious, but you’d praise the goddamn Easter Bunny if it’d make this a little easier.And your skill or piety proves to be sufficient, because the winding arcs of fire from the Blade of Flame mix easily with the frenetic whirlwind caused by Twister, uniting into a pillar of flame worthy of the nickname of “fire devil.”The dark cloud is smack-dab in the center of your natural disaster, and is rent asunder by the scorching winds. While it writhes and burns as if it were screaming, you pull back from the burning remnant of the mining tower while still keeping a close watch on its violent dissolution.As you do so, an idle thought leaps into your mind. Usually, there’s at least a brief flicker of remorse that implores you to show mercy to a defeated foe; a twinge of guilt courtesy of a long-neglected conscience. In most cases, you stomp it out pretty quick alongside whichever asshole had the misfortune of crossing your path and getting in the way. This time is a little different, in that the aforementioned glimmer of clemency doesn’t appear for even a second.It’s almost like the visceral wrongness of that eerie smog triggered some kind of primordial instinct that demanded such a thing not exist if you could help it. Rage and hate are more than old friends at this point, but this particular emotion dwarfs even those juggernauts. Perhaps your magic is to blame?Either way, it’s something to keep an eye out for in the future.
>>5619436Once the tower is finished collapsing, you inspect the smoldering wreckage for any further sign of your foe, but it looks to have been consumed entirely in the greedy maw of your inferno. A quick check on the borehole reveals that no more smog is threatening to leak from it either, which is a plus, but there is something that’s eating at you.None of your pals seem to have come running. Would’ve figured that the big fuckoff conflagration that lit the tower up like a signal fire would’ve attracted a bit of attention. This unease is only magnified when you try to send out a couple sigil pings that are unable to make contact with Jack or the others.The connection itself is still strong, but it’s almost like your attempts at a hail are being severed mid-transmission.Your mind is awash with possibilities, this could be some kind of natural phenomena, a side effect of inhaling that smog earlier, or something inadvertently playing haywire with your magic comms. Of course, it could also be an active interception and severing of your transmissions.Regardless of the cause, looks like you’ll need to move on; not a whole lot left for you at the now utterly-destroyed drilling tower. Maybe some intel gathering could help put together the pieces of what’s going on at this site.What’s your next move?> Make your way to the dilapidated ruins of the barracks. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that they noticed this strangeness on their patrols.> Dig through the broken remains of their research outpost. Something tells you that the scientists here studied a whole lot more than old rocks.> Explore the ruined administrative building. If you want to find the real dirt, you need to follow the paper trail.> Pay a visit to the old worker’s quarters. If anybody would be in a position to notice something off about this place, it’d be the guys who toiled in its epicenter.>Call it quits and get the hell back to the van. This place is obviously cursed and you’re not getting paid to put your ass on the line for some kind of Cold War scavenger hunt. > Other?
>>5619437> Pay a visit to the old worker’s quarters. If anybody would be in a position to notice something off about this place, it’d be the guys who toiled in its epicenter.All it takes is one moron taking a souvenir to cause a catastrophe, maybe we'll find something?
>>5619437> Dig through the broken remains of their research outpost. Something tells you that the scientists here studied a whole lot more than old rocks.
>>5619437>> Dig through the broken remains of their research outpost. Something tells you that the scientists here studied a whole lot more than old rocks.
>>5619437> Dig through the broken remains of their research outpost. Something tells you that the scientists here studied a whole lot more than old rocks.Acquire knowledge. What the fuck is going on? What did we just fight? Where is everyone? Uncover the mystery.
Remember that interlude early that implied demon shit was next on the menu after we send Jack off? I have no clue what's going on or that this would be what we would be fighting when I made this writein.
>>5619439>>5619440>>5619441>>5619445>>5619449Alright, go ahead and give me some 1d100+40DC: 80 / 100
Rolled 76 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5619451
Rolled 62 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5619451
Rolled 87 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5619451
>>5619454>>5619455>>5619456That's an excellent success!Go ahead and give me some 1d100 to interpret the first of your findings.DC: 60
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>5619457Low roll go.
Rolled 58 (1d100)>>5619457
Rolled 4 (1d100)>>5619457
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>5619457
>>5619458Don't suppose our language bonus can help us here?
>>5619457Doesn't >>5619460 this not count since he rolled before? That's what why I didn't roll at least.
Rolled 53 (1d100)Keep rolling boys
>>5619458>>5619459>>5619460That's a failure, writing.>>5619462If I recall correctly, that applies mainly to training. I based that DC with your current semi-experience with Russian in mind. You'll still get some info from it, just not as much as you would otherwise.>>5619463I'm afraid that I don't quite understand. The post in question linked to my most recent request for rolls; the tradition has always been first-come first-served so long as I don't get repeats for the same DC.
>>5619467Thanks. Its been a while since we operated without luck drain. Who would have thought not causally warping reality and probability to our benefit would be an inconvenience? We really were spoiled by that.
>>5619467I thought it was 1 roll per ID per update but it's actually 1 roll per ID per request for rolls. Does that make sense?
>>5619473Yep, that's the way of it. I tend to play it pretty fast and loose so long as it comes after I've asked for new rolls.
>>5619439+1So is hell 30 miles under or did someone make a ritual go wrong?
>>5619467You quickly navigate to the emaciated skeleton of a research outpost while keeping your eyes peeled for any of your compatriots. Unfortunately, you don’t encounter a single soul.You do your best to keep the implications of that from occupying your mind as you enter the lab complex and head deeper inside, intent on gathering some damned answers.Interestingly, despite the horrific damage to the outer structure, the corridors and rooms deep inside are practically untouched apart from a lack of cleaning and maintenance for decades. Most of the place has been stripped clean, but in an isolated corner, you find a particularly anti-social scientist’s workstation.Amidst his belongings is a journal covered in a hefty layer of dust, its pages are worn but legible.The contents are a bitch and a half to translate; not only is the Cyrillic faded from age, but it’s written in some awful handwriting that you would hesitate to classify even as chicken-scratch. It’s not a total write-off though, seeing as you manage to struggle through the few understandable portions and gather a few salient facts about life at the outpost.There’s no listed author, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s the journal of one of the more senior scientists assigned to this outpost. Most of the earlier snippets from it are incredibly dry and boring, mostly detailing the status of the drilling and scientific data gathering.Mid-way through, it gets a bit more interesting; after some kind of major discovery, a military unit of some stripe was called in to lock down the site and ensure that there was no information leakage to the outside world. This included curfews, and ever-present armed patrols, alongside other safeguards.One of the scientists objected to this intrusion into their work, and was promptly spirited away in the dead of night before being struck from the official personnel records. After this example was made, the rest of the department kept their heads down.From there, it’s mostly just a lot of whining and moaning about how all of their funding and manpower is getting redirected to the “Чyдaки” that the bureaucrats brought in. If you can recall, that term loosely translates to “weirdos.”
>>5619520The last entry consists of the author musing over the feasibility of stealing a few peeks at the classified research data; judging from the fact that there is never any follow-up probably isn’t a good sign.You tuck the journal away, just in case it somehow becomes more helpful later.The real goldmine you uncover is the somehow still functioning mainframe racks he was keeping in his room. God bless computer nerds and their incessant hoarding.And what you will about Soviet tech, but it can definitely take a licking and keep on ticking. Unless it blows up in your face, but at least a computer probably won’t do that.Most of your expertise centers around cracking systems built in the current century, but you might as well work your magic on this dinosaur and see what secrets it may hold.(Give me some 1d100+25)DC: 75 / 95
Rolled 8 + 25 (1d100 + 25)>>5619523big money big money
Rolled 39 + 25 (1d100 + 25)>>5619523I want a critfail.Lmao.
Rolled 49 + 25 (1d100 + 25)>>5619523>e
>>5619523>>5619532One point short again. What the fuck.
Rolled 61 + 25 (1d100 + 25)>>5619532Hah, one away. Fuck.>>5619523For funsies
Rolled 28, 46 + 30 = 104 (2d100 + 30)>>5619526>>5619530>>5619532That's a failure.For the sake of my curiosity, go ahead and give me some 1d100+70No particular reason.> DC to be determined.
Rolled 81 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5619547
Rolled 37 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5619547
Rolled 31 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5619547
Rolled 17 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5619547
>>5619548>>5619550>>5619555That's a success. I hate to leave it on a bit of a cliffhanger, but I need to call it here for tonight. Need to get my dinner out of the oven and get some take-home work done. We'll pick it back up on Friday at 5:00 PM EST.As always, thanks for playing! Hope to see you all next time.In the meantime, free to post wild conspiracy theories about what's actually going on here.
>>5619561Thanks Axis. I have no clue desu, just know that it's some demon shit.
>>5619561Lenin revival projectOr any other soviet communist
>>5619598>they try to poison hell with commie-gasNo wonder all these demons want to escape to earth
>>5619606>they dropped a speaker that plays the audiobook of karl marx's dogshit on repeat>the battery still hasn't died>we can't break it>let us out of here
>>5619811>The souls of the damned repeat the entery thing like a mantra, to Satan's agony>The demons, even the slot ones, are training at their limit to become strong enought to win the war>Is win or die to them, anything beside coming back to hell is a victory now>All the sudden demon and magic shit in these years after centuris of "calm" is because some smartass thought that it was a good idea to preach in hell
>>5619835>tfw stalin weaponized the fact that all commies go to hell
>>5619606>>5619811>>5619835>>5619848All the dead commies seize power in hell and establish the Democratic People's Republic of Hell and seek to spread the revolution to the overworld and liberate it from the Lord's opressive rule.
>>5619852>inb4 somehow this makes hitler a warrior for heaven
>>5619856Still a (National) Socialist even if he isn't a Marxist Socialist. He's there with the rest of them but probably seething that he's stuck there with the judeo-bolsheviks in charge and not him.
>>5619860There's always an inside man, innit?
>>5619862Im sure he would snitch out of spite alone though that begs the question... there can only be one great leader of the infernal proletarian dictatorship and, ordinarily, that would mean that one kills everyone else but since they're all already dead does one just absorb the souls of the others?
>>5619869One have the Leader's Rock. Is someone get the Rock he become the leader.Then hell become a dark souls version of fortnite with everyone killing and ploting to get the Rock.
>Blade of Fire>Claw>Autism>no bitchesis Sean the Emperor of Man?
>>5620275You've fucking jinxed it Anon! Steel Wolves are fated to have an internal schism that turns Sean into an invalid!
>>5620275Sean is not a redditorHe actively believes in multiple gods in different pantheons to an extentThe no bitches thing is thanks to Tyche
>>5620275Dont we get the concept ideas to mod our armor like ancient ones?
>>5620729No shade on Big E, but I gotta ask, what the fuck about that screams "ancient armor" at you and not "unwearable garish shitsuit"?
>>5620763>what the fuck about that screams "ancient armor" at you and not "unwearable garish shitsuit"?Golden
>>5620790No one wore big ass gold plated blingmail into battle. The most they had was gold accenting and embellishments. That ain't armor, that's parade wear. And only pussies go on parade when wars are to be won.
>>5620828>No one wore big ass gold plated blingmail into battle.We willWe would look so retard that people won't have another option that think we are a superhero
>>5620836Captain Butter Armor.
>>5620844Not sure if he was Capitan, but I think there is some guy with butter powers out there
>>5619547After a bit of tinkering, you finally manage to get one of the antiquated workstations to function, and begin plugging away at this pinnacle of Soviet computer science.The goddamned Russian keyboard doesn’t do you any favors, but you soldier through it, eventually navigating through a few directories and discovering an encrypted set of files. Unfortunately, none of your cracking software is compatible with whatever bootleg OS this is running, which forces you to get creative and handle this old-school; by hand.Archaic as it may be, the Ivans slapped some heavy-duty security on it, which only further enhances their value in your eyes. Nobody goes to that much trouble unless you’re protecting something that’s worth the extra mile.Of course, right when you finally begin to start chipping your way through its protections, your meddling triggers some kind of alert that locks down your access to the terminal entirely.You swear quietly to yourself and take a moment’s break to ease your rapidly mounting frustrations before you put your first through the damned screen.While you do so, a chill runs up the back of your neck as your instincts begin to scream that you’re in danger; it doesn’t take long to identify the most likely source.Standing at the entrance to the cavernous laboratory is a hulking mass of misshapen flesh and sinew, contorted into a set of dirty rags that may have once resembled a neatly pressed lab-coat. In some places, its skin is genuinely bulging at the seams like an overstuffed teddy bear. The face is somehow even worse, sporting a pair of soulless black eyes, and the kind of twisted visage that’d give a less hardened man nightmares.There’s a beat of tense silence before it screams in the voices of a dozen men and charges towards you with reckless abandon, aiming to either skewer or trample you. Perhaps both. Its movements are quick and powerful, but uncoordinated. Almost like it’s unable to adjust fully to the veritable truckload of muscle mass that it’s hauling around.You easily slide out of the way like a matador avoiding an angry bull. The only downside is that the creature crashes through the terminal you were working on, shattering it into little more than another broken relic of the Soviet empire.While it’s open for an attack, your best move is to…> Nail it with a flurry of Hex Bolts. It’ll be an excellent way to soften it up for the inevitable beatdown.> Use Kinetic Frenzy to get in close for a bit of CQC action. It can’t hurt you if it can’t hit you.> Summon the Blade of Flame and set it ablaze with several bursts of fire magic. You’ll risk torching the remnants of the outpost, but survival trumps all.> Bring out the Claw and lock up with it. Technique beats blind muscle, every day of the week.> Other?
>>5621520> Bring out the Claw and lock up with it. Technique beats blind muscle, every day of the weekTarget the joints so it can't use most of its muscle mass
>>5621520> Bring out the Claw and lock up with it. Technique beats blind muscle, every day of the week.Hello AxisHow goes it?
>>5621526Same as it ever was, anon. Thanks for asking.Made it through another week and I actually managed to get an update done on time, what more can I ask for?
>>5621520> Bring out the Claw and lock up with it. Technique beats blind muscle, every day of the week.
>>5621530>what more can I ask for?Free pizza for life
>>5621530>what more can I ask for?Sweet, sweet death
Rolled 89, 53, 52 + 65 = 259 (3d100 + 65)>>5621525>>5621526>>5621533Alright, give me some 1d100+70> DC to be determined.>>5621538>>5621541The duality of man on grand display.
Rolled 12 + 5 (1d15 + 5)>>5621551And now, I'm rolling for Luck Drain since you have a viable target to siphon from.
Rolled 14 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5621551
Rolled 16 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5621551
Rolled 22 (1d100)>>5621551
Rolled 63, 61 + 80 = 204 (2d100 + 80)>>5621556>>5621558>>5621564That's a failure, go ahead and give me some 1d100+70 to avoid his follow-up.> DC to be determined.
Rolled 82 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5621569
Rolled 62 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5621569
Rolled 26 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5621569Ignore my previous failure to roll
Rolled 21, 18, 18 + 60 = 117 (3d100 + 60)>>5621576>>5621579>>5621580Alright, looks like the momentum is back in your favor.Time for another round of 1d100+70 if you please.
Rolled 71 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5621584
Rolled 55 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5621584
Rolled 22 + 70 (1d100 + 70)>>5621584
>>5621602https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tsCTAwhCesIn situations like this, the tried and true solution of tactically applied violence is clearly the best option. Your momentarily fraying nerves are bolstered by the comforting thrum of power coursing through your veins courtesy of the Claw of Horus.A normal man would buckle in terror when confronted with such a disquieting sight, but not you. In your case, normality left the building a long time ago. Your eardrums are buffeted by a feral roar of defiance when you leap into the fray; it’s only when you’re well and truly locked into a desperate struggle with the creature that you realize that you were the one to produce the war cry.Thus begins a furious jockeying for dominance between you and your massive foe.Your opponent’s primary advantage is belied by its monstrous size and brawn. If it manages to overwhelm you or pin you in a confined corner, it will almost certainly tear you to shreds. A part of you has already mentally classified it in the same grade as a silver-back gorilla hopped up on bath salts and military-grade steroids.Your advantage lies primarily in the strength of your mind, not the strength of your arm. While the ability to fight gallantly may have won many a battle, it can never reach its full potential unless it is leveraged properly. By targeting vulnerable points in its unnatural frame, you should be able to turn its own power against it.Unfortunately, strain of maintaining the cinch quickly becomes more than you can take; you face a formidable opponent, maybe one comparable to the General on a good day. But it trades all of his finely honed ruthlessness for a bestial fury.You can feel your grip on both your opposition and the situation as the whole begin to slowly weaken, turning to desperate action; an attempt to turn the tables in your favor by throwing a devastating punch to cripple the joint between its shoulder and mighty arm.In a display of low cunning, the abomination catches your wild strike in the meat of its bulky arm, cushioning it entirely from any real damage. To perform such a maneuver, you had to cede your defensive posture, a decision that immediately returns to haunt you.
>>5621636The beast lets forth with a mighty one-two punch; throwing one of his fists in an overhand smash and the other aimed at your midsection to gut you like a wriggling trout.In a display of well-honed dexterity, you adroitly dodge both of its titanic attacks and slam the Claw directly into the fragile cartilage right above the knee.It stumbles, clearly weakened by your counterattack. In that moment of weakness, you are granted an insight when your gaze is drawn to its inhuman, sharklike eyes. This beast not only wants to kill you, it hates you with every single iota of its considerable strength. It wants nothing more than to rend your broken body in twain and ensure that you never again see the light of day.To ensure that it will never fulfill its bloody wish, you decide to…> Continue hammering away at its weak points with the Claw of Horus. It’s tough, but you’ve killed plenty of things with longevity on their side.> Retreat into the shadows and wait for the best moment to launch a sneak attack. Nothing wrong with an old-fashioned blindside.> Use this opportunity to slip away from the fight. If you can figure out some way to bar the door behind you, you’ll save yourself the hassle of dealing with this two-ton problem.> Taunt the beast into charging at you again, and conjure up an Abyssal Shield for him to ram into. Let’s see how it deals with a concussion.> Channel the Avatar of Discord and end this in one decisive strike. It may be difficult to execute, but physical prowess doesn’t seem to be making much of a dent.> Other?
>>5621640> Taunt the beast into charging at you again, and conjure up an Abyssal Shield for him to ram into. Let’s see how it deals with a concussion.Maybe follow that up with hexbolts? It has a pretty high mod (for now).
>>5621640>Channel the Avatar of Discord and end this in one decisive strike. It may be difficult to execute, but physical prowess doesn’t seem to be making much of a dent.If it hates us now, it ain't seen shit yet.
>>5621640> Channel the Avatar of Discord and end this in one decisive strike. It may be difficult to execute, but physical prowess doesn’t seem to be making much of a dent.
>>5621657>>5621666Alright, go ahead and give me some 1d100 to see how well you can harness this power.> DC: 50 / 75 / 100
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>5621685
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>5621685
Rolled 16 (1d100)>>5621685
Rolled 99, 35, 40 + 65 = 239 (3d100 + 65)>>5621687>>5621688>>5621689That's a minor success, go ahead and give me some 1d100+100> DC to be determined.
Rolled 72 + 100 (1d100 + 100)>>5621691
Rolled 56 + 100 (1d100 + 100)>>5621691
Rolled 59 + 100 (1d100 + 100)>>5621691
Rolled 72 (1d100)>>5621693>>5621694>>5621697That's a success, rolling to see if it can pull back from the brink. (Not counting Luck Drain for this one)DC: 95
>>5621700Alright, looks like you managed to take it out with the usage of some very strong magic.So, how would you like to finish things off?You'll...> Acquire a firm hold of its head and squeeze until it pops like an unripened melon. Messy, but a classic.> Take out its limbs with brutal precision before delivering the coup de grace. Thoroughness is a virtue.> Impalement. Nail it right in the chest and leave it dangling from the roof like a broken piñata.> Tear its arms from their sockets and beat it to a pulp with them. A sufficiently primal end for a primal creature.> Bisection. Nothing quite like one clean cut, right down the middle. > Other?
>>5621717>Take out its limbs with brutal precision before delivering the coup de grace. Thoroughness is a virtue.
>>5621717>Use the claw of Horus to disembowel and then stab in the face.Just like Horus did to The Emperor.
>>5621725Sean wielding the claw of Horus crushed the Demon's windpipe, severed the tendons of his wrists, broke most of his ribs, plucked out his left eye, and set his hair alight. As if this weren't enough, Sean lifted the demon high above his head and brought him down upon his knee, crushing the demon's spine. Further punishing the demon by ripping one of his arms from its sockets, Sean howled over the beaten body of the demon in triumph.
>>5621725I support this
>>5621725>>5621737Alright, I can work with that.Go ahead and throw me some 1d100+40 to see if you discover anything interesting in the aftermath.DC: 75 / 95
Rolled 16 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5621748
Rolled 70 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5621748
Rolled 65 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5621748
>>5621750>>5621751>>5621757That's an excellent success. The next update is going to take a while to complete, so I'll call it here after asking one last question.Would you like to harvest any blood / viscera from the body of the creature?> Yes, it could prove instrumental in determining what in the world is going on here.> No, it could have unknown qualities with the potential to do serious harm.> Other?
>>5621762>> No, it could have unknown qualities with the potential to do serious harm.no thanks, this shits evil
>>5621762(That's all for tonight, anons. I'll leave this vote open until Sunday night and we'll pick back up on Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST.As always, thanks for playing and I hope to see you all there!)
>>5621762> Yes, it could prove instrumental in determining what in the world is going on here.We could refine it into an elixir
>>5621762>Burn everything to ash then collect some ash.
>>5621762> Yes, it could prove instrumental in determining what in the world is going on here.Drink itForbidden beet juice
>>5621762> Yes, it could prove instrumental in determining what in the world is going on here.Researching evil to kill it better is always a good idea.
>>5621762> No, it could have unknown qualities with the potential to do serious harm.
>>5621762>Take the sample BUT confer with Set, Jack or Thoth about it and be prepared to destroy it immediately.
>>5621762>> Yes, it could prove instrumental in determining what in the world is going on here.
>>5621762>> Yes, it could prove instrumental in determining what in the world is going on here.What could go wrong?
>>5621813Only sensible option. +1
>>5621762>>5621783Switching to this:>>5621813
>>5621813This, its the best option for long term
>>5621762Just checking in anons, looking forward to our session tomorrow.Looks like taking the sample wins, with the caveat that you handle it with extreme care and run it by the more magically inclined members of your party.As a side note, I've been working through the next interlude, I'm at something like 800 words and probably not even halfway done yet.
>>5627406Doing good Axis, hope the grind ain’t hitting you too hard.Looking forward to the next sesh and that chunky interlude.
>>5627406Man your interludes are more along the lines of side chapters. Always great to read them.
>>5627406interlude gooddont work yourself to hard Axis
Hey anons, need to get a bit of last-minute editing done. Should be done in 10-15 minutes.Managed to accidentally delete a portion of my notes without noticing.
>>5627406It takes a great deal of concentration to muster forth your arguably most powerful spell, and you only manage to produce a weaker construct before your focus is pulled back into the fight.Still, it’s more than enough to give you a decisive edge; with one powerful lunge, you slam your construct’s talons directly into the beast’s giblets, dig around for something that feels like an intestine, and give it an almighty heave like you were playing tug-of-war.The creature roars in agony and swipes at you blindly, too distracted by the pain to notice the second phase of your gambit; namely the fact that your off-hand talons are in the process of being driven fully into its ugly mug. You give it a few swipes for good measure, but you clearly managed to cut the remaining strings with your first brutal volley.It collapses with one last gurgling death rattle promising pain and evisceration, before all settles into blissful quiet.Your construct’s talons are absolutely covered in a runny black liquid that reeks to high heaven, which thankfully disappears when you drop the spell. Squeamishness isn’t exactly a trait you’re known for, so it’s saying something when a situation is so disgusting that you’re forced to take pause and evaluate. A paranoid voice in the back of your mind is howling that such a vile substance has the potential to corrupt you in both body and soul.You ignore these fanatical murmurings, and prepare yourself to take samples of the creature’s flesh, tissue, and blood; it may be a risk, but it could be your ticket to discovering the truth about this outpost and its experiments. Might even give you an insight into improving your own strength.Luckily, it’s not too hard to find test tubes and petri dishes scattered throughout the ruined laboratory. It’s not the cleanest glassware in the world, but it’s not like you’re liable to find any better out in the middle of nowhere.
>>5628195With the aid of the Blade of Flame, you cut a few rough strips of skin from the corpse of the recently-slain abomination and seal it securely within the petri dishes. As for its black ichor that passes as blood, you fill a few test tubes full of the stuff; carefully tucking it away with your belongings.Wouldn’t want them to get broken and scatter their foul contents everywhere, especially when you don’t know if skin-to-skin exposure has any side effects. First chance you get, you’ll be handing this over to somebody with a bit more magical experience for a second opinion.During your impromptu autopsy, you also noticed a couple strange details; despite the clearly anomalous physicality of the beast, the internal organs are roughly on par with that of the average human, albeit a fair bit larger. If anything, it serves as a clear indicator that whatever this thing was, it was definitely built on a human or pseudo-human framework.The other strange thing involves some strange damage to the organs; every single one is riddled with punctures and old scars, like some lunatic had been jabbing at them with a scalpel to see how much it’d hurt.Ominous findings, to say the least.With your grim task complete, you have time to do a quick situational assessment and figure out your next move.You should…> Head back outside while you can. This place is bad news to its rotten core.> Head deeper into the laboratory complexes. That’s where your foe must’ve come from, so you better prepare yourself.> Look for a way to analyze the samples you’ve taken. You’re not a professional scientist, but how hard can it be to work a microscope? > Other?
>>5628198> Head deeper into the laboratory complexes. That’s where your foe must’ve come from, so you better prepare yourself.Resident Evil
>>5628198>> Head deeper into the laboratory complexes. That’s where your foe must’ve come from, so you better prepare yourself.
>>5628198>> Head deeper into the laboratory complexes. That’s where your foe must’ve come from, so you better prepare yourself.Demonic Soviet mad science. One of the only types of science equal to or greater than Undead Nazi mad science and Japanese Biological warfare mad science. We must expand our knowledge of all things and add to our hours of weapons so dangerous that a single one could justify a war crimes trial.
Rolled 75, 28 + 40 = 143 (2d100 + 40)>>5628201>>5628218>>5628220Alright, give me some 1d100+50> DC to be determined.
Rolled 44 (1d100)>>5628224
Rolled 27 + 50 (1d100 + 50)>>5628224
Rolled 52 + 50 (1d100 + 50)>>5628224
>>5628227>>5628228>>5628229Alright, that looks like a failure. Go ahead and throw me another set of 1d100+50DC: 90 / 115
>>5628229Thank you luck drain.
Rolled 97 + 50 (1d100 + 50)>>5628224I guess it's not an ambush then.>>5628233Please be higher.
>>5628235Regrettably, Luck Drain only works when there is something physically present in the vicinity to drain from.
Rolled 66 + 50 (1d100 + 50)>>5628238lol>>5628233
I am redeemed. >>5628228>>5628238
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>5628233
>>5628238>>5628240>>5628246That's a success, writing.
>>5628247The only viable path is forward, a lesson that you’ve held firmly to for the majority of your life.Deeper inside the outpost is a sealed hatch leading into an underground complex; with a bit of elbow grease and muscle, you’re able to force it open.With the aid of your trusty combat flashlight, you illuminate the pitch-black path and proceed cautiously.Unlike the merely unhygienic state of the previous laboratories, this area has been absolutely trashed. Bullet holes and old scorch marks litter the floor and walls, almost masking the brownish-black splotches of dried blood flaked onto every surface.These are the scars of a decades-old battle and long-ended bloodshed, yet something you cannot place about the morbid tableau has your hairs standing on end.A few doors line the sides of the corridor, but they have been deliberately welded shut. A heavily antiquated intercom box rests at the ceiling, presumably as a vessel to deliver lockdown orders to announcements.You move carefully and deliberately down the hallway, each footfall crackling slightly; courtesy of the old patches of blood. One of the larger patches catches your attention, and you attempt to idly amuse yourself by joking that it must’ve taken a veritable land whale of a man to have so much blood.When you realize the implications of your idle musing, and uncover the missing piece of knowledge that had your instincts on edge, your bearing tenses.There aren’t any skeletons. Despite all of the structural damage and signs of heavy fighting, you have yet to find any actual human remains, either here or upstairs. And considering that this place has been sealed off and total decay couldn’t have set in that quickly, certain implications must be assumed.The optimist in you makes the argument that some kind of clean-up team could’ve made a token effort to recover the corpses and ensure that they received a proper burial.The pessimist in you points out that they could’ve been gathered by something, for some insidious purpose you have yet to discover.And considering the fact that you’re fresh from the monster mash, it would seem that your inner cynic is unfortunately correct as usual.After all, it’s not like the Soviets would ever commit some kind of major blunder and then immediately bury it behind a wall of corpses and enough red tape to choke a rhino, right?Yep, you’re fucked with a capital “F”.Your unhelpful brain immediately throws-in its two cents as to the worst case scenario; when you were retrieving the Scrolls of Herculaneum, you were subjected to horrific visions of your old troops as resurrected monstrosities.These unhelpful memories, coupled with your own unease, begin to make you imagine things; mobile shadows in the corners of your vision, bursts of steam that sound like mocking laughter, and other unsettling frights.
>>5628319And when your emotions finally calm upon regaining your composure, you can still hear the sounds of something scratching and shuffling nearby.You move quickly and decisively, turning the corner to catch a glimpse of whatever is stalking you.But there’s nothing there; just another labyrinthian corridor leading into an inky void.You chide yourself for letting your imagination run wild and turn around, immediately freezing when you notice a massive discrepancy.The layout of the corridor is different; the path you had been walking down has vanished, only to be replaced by a crossroads of some sort. Before you can rabbit-hole about that, the long-dead intercom system crackles to life, and a haunting melody begins to play over the speakers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0wIfloHu14Something about it just seems to worm its way into your head and stir forth a festering brew of your darkest urges and fears.Your flashlight slips from your grip and slow pressure begins to build up behind your eyes as reality begins to close in.You are stranded in the darkness, and there is no-one that can save you; your “friends” have abandoned you or been killed themselves, else why have you been unable to locate them?If you continue on this route, you may end up twisted into some kind of abominable freak, just like the specimen you dispatched in combat. Given the potential for such a horrid fate, would it not be preferable to end things on your own terms, like a man? Your head idly nods along until a force from deep within screeches its discontent.There are miles to go before I sleep.Like a switch had been flicked, you break from this stupor, only to notice that a small trickle of blood has been trickling from your right nostril for some time.The flow is quickly staunched as you retrieve your flashlight and proceed towards the crossroads.The intercom, and by extension the music, abruptly shuts off after one last mournful peal of Russian.Seems like your only option forward is to proceed down one of these paths, but which one should you choose?> A dimly lit corridor leading into what appears to be some kind of operating ward. Gives you the creeps, but it’s worth giving a once-over.> A heavily barricaded corridor leading into some kind of staff room. Perhaps it may be the site of a final stand of sorts.> A dark and empty corridor leading into some kind of storage room. Could be that you’ll find something useful in there.> Other?
>>5628320> A weirdly clean corridor that would not look out of place in a modern building leading to a private study of some sort. Maybe some books or valuables were left near there.
>>5628320> A heavily barricaded corridor leading into some kind of staff room. Perhaps it may be the site of a final stand of sorts.Intercom may be in the staff room, somethingone had to have turned it off/on.
>>5628320> A dark and empty corridor leading into some kind of storage room. Could be that you’ll find something useful in there.>Send spiders down the other paths. See if any of them disappear from your radar suddenly.
>>5628332>>5628320> A heavily barricaded corridor leading into some kind of staff room. Perhaps it may be the site of a final stand of sorts.but also>Send spiders down the other paths. See if any of them disappear from your radar suddenly.
>>5628329>>5628339Alright, give me some 1d100+40DC: ???
Rolled 20 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5628353Not low.
Rolled 40 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5628353
Rolled 47 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5628353
Rolled 36 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5628353
Rolled 76, 14 + 45 = 135 (2d100 + 45)>>5628355>>5628357>>5628359Alright, give me some 1d100+50 for no particular reason.> DC to be determined.
Rolled 47 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5628363Particular reason
Rolled 29 + 50 (1d100 + 50)>>5628363
Rolled 1 + 45 (1d100 + 45)>>5628363
>>5628370I knew we shouldn't have used roll the die.
>>5628363Time for mind break. This quest is at its finest when we have critfails.
>>5628353>>5628363>>5628370I was the one who suggested the superdeep borehole in the hope it would lead to demon bullshit. It's demon bullshit time.
>>5628364>>5628367>>5628370Well, that's gone and derailed my train of thought a bit. Go ahead and give me some 1d100+20 while I frantically come up with ideas.No set DC, just a benchmark of how well you recover from your fumbling.
>>5628373To be honest, things could've quickly gotten worse in that instance, so it was a decent place to burn it.>>5628374>>5628377Ask and you shall receive, anon.
Rolled 75 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5628378Nat 100?
>>5628378At least we’re not the only ones derailed by a sudden crit(fail).
Rolled 59 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5628378
Rolled 47 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5628382Not paying enough attention…
>>5628383>>5628385>>5628386Alright, seems like you play things off well enough. Still a critfail though, so...Next update is gonna be a doozy to write, I'm going to go ahead and call it here to give me a little extra buffer time to get working.As always, thanks for playing! We'll pick back up here on Friday at 5:00 PM EST.Interlude progress is slow but steady as referenced earlier; I'm sure you'll all enjoy further rumination about the "dead-end rural town with no prospects" experience. Now that work has slowed its pace a bit, I have more time to think / write, so that's good at least.By the way, any opinions on my music choices thus far? It's tough to find older Russian stuff that sets the right tone, but I think I'm making it work.
>>5628390https://youtu.be/75P0QGi3RO0Its pretty good
>>5628374Critfails are rare but cause the most crazy of shit in the quest.
>>5628390Howdy, anons. I had a burst of inspiration not long ago, and I'm rushing to revamp my notes. Might be a little late for the session, but hopefully not by too long.
>>5630323ExcitingHello Axis how goes?
>>5628390It takes a bit of muscle to break through the barricades leading to the staff rooms, but you’ll take that over the endless void and the mad science laboratory. You’ve seen enough horror movies to know that you’d be asking for trouble.For the sake of caution, you send a cluster of spiders skittering down the other hallways, but rapidly lose contact with them all at once, like the darkness itself swallowed them up.Not an encouraging sign, but at least the ones you sent to scout ahead seem to be fine.The door to the staff room isn’t locked, but some kind of heavy desk placed on the other side is blocking you from opening it.It takes a few sturdy kicks, but you finally manage to send the desk clattering across the room and opening the entrance.You flick at the light switch as you enter, and to your surprise and joy, a few dim lights flicker to life and cast a yellow glow over the room.Aside from some overturned desks, old maps, and that kind of shit, the only thing of note is the weird sigil scrawled on the floor,. From a glance, it was sculpted with intense care . At least it had been, right up until the desk you dislodged tumbled over it and scratched several of its hieroglyphics.You can tell that you’ve made a grievous error when the temperature begins to ratchet downwards and a strangely familiar mocking laughter comes from the shadows.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDNiE5CKuSwA shifting silhouette in one of the far corners of the rooms address you with the casually disrespectful tone common to enforcers and leg-breakers the world over.“Well, well, well; look what we have here? Been a long time, boss.You know this voice; racking your brains for the last time you’ve heard its cadence and inflection.”Well, maybe not for you. Time gets a bit weird downstairs. The shadow’s voice is scratchy and weak, as if it’s gone unused for years.“I’ve been looking for you, Sean. Never thought you’d find your way into this little history exhibit, but then again, you were never the brightest.”The figure steps forward into the light to reveal a grotesquely twisted yet recognizable form.
>>5630370Delrio.After you shredded him back in Venezuela, you had hoped that it would be your final encounter. Guess he must be the demonic equivalent of a cockroach. He definitely didn’t escape unscathed though; the difference between his previously human form and the anatomical composition standing before you is night and day. From the look of things, the bulk of his skin has been flayed from his body, revealing only taut sinew and muscle; not including the misshapen lump of decaying flesh where his dominant hand once resided. The cost of failure, perhaps?You’re unable to suppress your visible disgust as Delrio proffers his unholy stump in a twisted mockery of a salute in your direction. “What, you don’t like the new look?”His laugh, a groaning death-rattle that goes on for far too long, chills you to the core; a horror seared into your memory along with the rictus grin that his face has been contorted into.His momentary bout of humor dissipates as quickly as it came, and he’s back to staring at you like a hyena eyeing a wounded gazelle. “That hurts my feelings. Especially since you’re the reason for my little makeover; thanks to your lucky streak in Venezuela, I had to make a few sacrifices to get another shot at the big time.”While he monologues, you try to get a quick peek at him with Magesight and gauge his aura, but the visceral evil of it forces you to clamp it down hard.Whatever humanity he had left is gone for good, he’s little more than a decaying corpse with an ego at this point.”But thanks for being a good sport and wandering right into one of the most cursed spots on the continent. When I drag your carcass to my boss, I’m gonna get everything I deserve and more. And trust me, I’m gonna enjoy every second of it.The Ace of Winchesters would make this a cakewalk, but it’s an ocean away, and you’re unable to call for backup. Guess you’ll have to handle this the hard and painful way.You’re about half-full on magic; taking down that brute earlier required a fair chunk of your reserves, but you should have more than enough for general combat usage. If you start throwing out the more energy-intensive spells though, you may just drain the tank.Regardless, the most important thing is to stay calm and maintain your composure, he’s just tying to get under your skin and rattle you. If you lose focus for even a second, he’s sure to make a move.You need to…> Keep him monologuing while you look for a weakness in his desiccated form. He’s practically a shambling zombie, there’s gotta be something to exploit.> Summon the Blade of Flame, and try to set him on fire with Fire Bolts. Gotta be careful not to consume all of the oxygen down here, so care is required.> Nail him with a flurry of Hex Bolts. Won’t do any physical damage, but it should set the stage for another gambit.> Bring out the Claw and rush him. It worked the first time, and it’ll do the trick now.> Other?
>>5630333I'm doing fine, anon. The daily grind is getting a bit tiresome, but there's not much to done about it.Also, pay no attention to my initial formatting fuckup.
>>5630378>> Summon the Blade of Flame, and try to set him on fire with Fire Bolts. Gotta be careful not to consume all of the oxygen down here, so care is required.how nice to come for us to kill him again!
>>5630378> Summon the Blade of Flame, and try to set him on fire with Fire Bolts. Gotta be careful not to consume all of the oxygen down here, so care is required.>>5630381nice
> "So much data you offer me, confirmation of Aeldari study, primary sourced refences to the ages before the Long Night, you refer to men of stone, gold and iron as other...you are not they. Able to branch off your mind, able to fight upon the digital field so well...the reference to a tendril~ You predate man...you are souless...you..are not fo this place. Alien machine...but if you are alien, how did you get here? Not with man....so, your implied history, how you behave having not acted aggressively meanly observing and moving in shadow...were you already here?>>5630378> When Im done with you tell your boss I enjoyed his bitch.
>>5630378>>5630399So sorry. lol That was from 2nd primarch quest and I cant delete it.>> Summon the Blade of Flame, and try to set him on fire with Fire Bolts. Gotta be careful not to consume all of the oxygen down here, so care is required.
>>5630378> Keep him monologuing while you look for a weakness in his desiccated form. He’s practically a shambling zombie, there’s gotta be something to exploit.
Rolled 34, 19, 98 + 40 = 191 (3d100 + 40)>>5630385>>5630394Alright, give me some 1d100+20> DC to be determined.
Rolled 5 + 5 (1d15 + 5)>>5630414And here's your Luck Drain bonus.
Rolled 46 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5630414I guess Delrio trained really hard for round 2.
Rolled 36 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5630414
Rolled 8 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5630414
Rolled 16 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5630414A 98?
Rolled 81 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5630414
Rolled 1, 23 + 75 = 99 (2d100 + 75)>>5630418>>5630419>>5630423That's a failure, go ahead and throw me some 1d100+60 to avoid his counterattack.> DC to be determined.
>>5630427Well, I wasn't quite planning on that one.
Rolled 54 + 60 (1d100 + 60)>>5630427Huzzah! He fucked up again!
Rolled 88 + 60 (1d100 + 60)>>5630427the fool
Rolled 46 + 60 (1d100 + 60)>>5630427We haven’t had opposing crits yet, right?
Rolled 10, 65, 27 + 30 = 132 (3d100 + 30)>>5630431>>5630432>>5630435Well, that's a critfail on my part when means that you get a guaranteed hit and he takes a bit of a debuff to his rolls.Go ahead and give me another set of 1d100+20> DC to be determined.>>5630435In this fight? No.Overall, I want to say that the last major one was when the General got one and captured you.
>>5630427He got cocky and with a crit fail like that I say instead of banishing him we try to bind him.
Rolled 13 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5630439Come on high roll!
Rolled 91 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5630439Witness this 1.
>>5630439Is it me or is he stronger this ime then in our last fight?
Rolled 9 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>5630439I’m talking where both sides got a crit success or a crit fail in the same roll. I fell like that’d make for a really take the cake for “that was unplanned”.
>>5630446>>5630447>>5630451That's a success, writing.Gotta say, we're getting a lot of critfails lately. Who hasn't been making their daily sacrifice to the dice gods?>>5630451Y'know, I don't think so. I could've sworn there was a critfail paired against a crit success, but not that scenario.
>>5630451we had that one time with the Enforcer where he crit us and we crit failed, but we rerolled so it wasn't that bad
>>5630453We stopped because we’re fighting demons. That’s why he critfailed, we stopped feeding him.
>>5630453https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atDAvD5gCdQYou’re quick on the draw, summoning the Blade of Flame and sending an incandescent flurry of Fire Bolts at the unholy leper, yet your foe is surprisingly spry for a walking corpse.Delrio dodges, ducks, dips, and dives around your barrage like he’s some kind of freakish ballerina. With each footfall, he gets a little closer to you, probably as some kind of convoluted setup for a melee attack.The twisted smirk on the fleshless lips tells you that he’s relishing this opportunity to prove his superiority over you.You have to give the sonuvabitch credit for ballsiness if nothing else, all the tortures and torments he must’ve been subjected to, and he’s still the same arrogant punk at heart.Hasn’t learned a goddamned thing, especially in regards to one of the cardinal rules of warfare; never play with your food.You can see that smug glimmer in his soulless eyes; in his mind, he’s triumphantly standing over your broken body, ready to be dragged into the infernal depths.Those pleasant daydreams are dispelled when an extra-spicy Fire Bolt nails him square in the kisser, torching his exposed nerves.Not long after, a distinct hissing begins to permeate the room; rather than an example of Delrio complaining or moaning, the noise is the result of the high-intensity flames cooking his body. He doesn’t seem to notice or feel any pain, yet it is a little distracting in that it smells kinda like bacon sizzling on the stove. Boy, if you had a shrink, they’d be really concerned about that association.
>>5630478Anyhow, now that Delrio knows you mean business and that he should quit monkeying around, he attempts to fall back into the shadows, presumably to flank you for some kind of sneak attack.Unfortunately for him, you had that route clocked, and nail him square in the chest with another powerful Fire Bolt, setting another portion of his body aflame.Delrio is still going strong, but he’s definitely feeling the burn, no pun intended. If you can land a few more solid hits, you might just be able to put the undead bastard back in his hole for good.His grand plans of a humiliating victory have definitely gone the way of the dodo, seeing as how he’s yet to lay a finger on you.While you’ve still got the momentum, what’s your next move?You’ll…> Keep laying into him with Fire Bolts. You may not have the brimstone handy, but fire ought to be enough to cleanse him.> Trigger Volcanic Rage and go for the throat. There’s nothing to worry about breaking here, so you may as well run wild.> Survey the room for something you can use. This was a military office at some point, maybe there are some munitions tucked away in the corner?> Taunt him into doing something stupid. Delrio has always been a egomaniac, you just need to find the right button to push. (Include insult / sensitive topic )> Study that broken sigil in the middle of the room. It won’t be easy, but maybe you can jury-rig some kind of fix and restore its powers.> Get in close with the Blade of Flame. Delrio always had a flair for knifework, it’d be a fitting tribute to his cowardice; dispatching him with his own speciality.> Other?
>>5630479> Get in close with the Blade of Flame. Delrio always had a flair for knifework, it’d be a fitting tribute to his cowardice; dispatching him with his own speciality.stabby
>>5630479> Taunt him into doing something stupid. Delrio has always been a egomaniac, you just need to find the right button to push. (Include insult / sensitive topic )Mock him non chalantly on how he ironically made his own life worse through all his ego motivaded failures. How he mocked us for being the boss but not grabbing every power and yet, here he is, at the behest of his master who has granted him such meager power in exchange for a collar. He bought high and sold low lmao.
>>5630479> Lay into him with some hexbolts, if anything it will get him primed for some later hurt.
Rolled 35, 28, 69 + 15 = 147 (3d100 + 15)>>5630501>>5630508Give me some 1d100+35> DC to be determined.
Rolled 2 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630510
Rolled 8 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630510>>5630512Dangerous...
Rolled 63 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630510>>5630512Almost critfailed. Let me rectify that.
Rolled 24, 62 + 30 = 116 (2d100 + 30)>>5630512>>5630513>>5630514That's a success, give me some 1d100+35 to follow up with some CQC when he gets in close.> DC to be determined.
Rolled 92 + 30 (1d100 + 30)Hopefully this will be better.
Rolled 33 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630515
Rolled 42 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630515fail
Rolled 43 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630515
Rolled 78, 32 + 40 = 150 (2d100 + 40)>>5630516>>5630523>>5630524That's a success, go ahead and give me another round of 1d100+35 to make it stick.> DC to be determined.
Rolled 28 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630530This guy really is a fucking cockroach. Jesus, a little help here please?
Rolled 74 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630530
Rolled 69 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630530
Rolled 3 + 35 (1d100 + 35)>>5630530Luck drain will pull us through.
>>5630533Luck drain clutch again.
>>5630530>>5630533luck drain for the win.
A surprising number of critfails and near crit fails recently.
>>5630532>>5630533>>5630535Success, looks like Luck Drain puts you over the edge. Looks like the pendulum has swung firmly in your favor; there’s just one more decision of import to make.How would you like to handle Delrio now that he’s been severely weakened?> Eradicate him. You’ll put a torch to immortal soul and ensure that he never has the chance to bother you again. His legacy will be nothing but ashes, fit only to be blown away by the uncaring winds of time.> Banish him. With some luck, you’ll be able to cast him back into the mouth of Hell, this time with an assurance that he will ne’er return. Sure hope he enjoys his just reward for his deeds. (Will require a roll)> Imprison him. It’ll take some doing, but you could potentially force Delrio’s soul into some kind of vessel or container. You could squeeze him for answers, or potentially use it as a conduit for Jack’s banishment ritual. (Will require a roll.) > Other?
>>5630544> Eradicate him. You’ll put a torch to immortal soul and ensure that he never has the chance to bother you again. His legacy will be nothing but ashes, fit only to be blown away by the uncaring winds of time.
>>5630544>> Eradicate him. You’ll put a torch to immortal soul and ensure that he never has the chance to bother you again. His legacy will be nothing but ashes, fit only to be blown away by the uncaring winds of time.>"This is why the immortal soul is important, retarded jackass."
>>5630544> Imprison him. It’ll take some doing, but you could potentially force Delrio’s soul into some kind of vessel or container. You could squeeze him for answers, or potentially use it as a conduit for Jack’s banishment ritual. (Will require a roll.)
>>5630544>>5630556Though im happy with eradication too.
>>5630557Like, try send him to hell but if fail kill him?
>>5630544>> Eradicate him. You’ll put a torch to immortal soul and ensure that he never has the chance to bother you again. His legacy will be nothing but ashes, fit only to be blown away by the uncaring winds of time.Hello BozoIt is kind of crazy to fail twice
>>5630560No? Did you not read my vote?
> Imprison him. It’ll take some doing, but you could potentially force Delrio’s soul into some kind of vessel or container. You could squeeze him for answers, or potentially use it as a conduit for Jack’s banishment ritual. (Will require a roll.)Guys, I know you hate him and I do too but we are about to have an arc involving demons heavily, and part of why I suggested this location was to gain some advantages or knowledge to use against them. Delrio is a very useful resource.
>>5630564It's what I thought too but we're being outvoted.
I will also be fine with eradication because killing a soul, even a tainted one is more step on the villain ladder.
>>5630565Can't really fight the matter. Props to Axis for making such a hatable villain. Maybe we can learn something from the soul-killing process?
>>5630564I'd love to do that, but at this point I want him gone. Sometimes it's just better to ensure a problem never returns than to fuck around and find out.
>>5630566That I don't agree, there's nothing morally wrong with destroying this traitor.>>5630568Hopefully we will indeed learn something.>>5630570A valid point.
>>5630549>>5630552>>5630554>>5630561Alright, looks like Delrio is getting one hell of a smiting.For our last act tonight, go ahead and give me some 1d100+50 to pick up some knowledge during the process.DC: 100(No Luck Drain on this one, Delrio won't exactly be around to leech from.)
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>5630574
Rolled 5 + 50 (1d100 + 50)>>5630574We see everything.
Rolled 33 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5630574
>>5630572To be fair, I get where >>5630566 is coming from.There is something of a difference between killing someone (of which you've done plenty) and completely erasing someone entirely from existence / the afterlife.Justifications aside, it's not something you're accustomed to.
>>5630574>>5630576Rollin for what if.Do we learn something small for getting so close? Can't win them all. I just don't want this trip to be for nothing. At least we tied up a loose end.
>>5630576>>5630577>>5630579That's a failure. I'll still toss you a bit of a bonus for taking Delrio out, but it won't be as much as it could've been.Anyhow, I now have a metric truckload of update to write, so I'm going to call it here for tonight.We'll pick back up on Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST, same as usual.As always, thanks for playing! Hope you enjoyed, I'm venturing out of my comfort zone a little bit with some of the horror elements, so let me know how you're liking it.Slight spoiler incoming, so be warned: Delrio was absolutely slated to come back at some point, but it definitely wasn't here and now. However, I couldn't resist it with that nat 1.
Rolled 52 + 50 (1d100 + 50)>>5630574>>5630585
>>5630587Doing great! Need more horror in DC.
>>5630587Was good stuff Axis the horror elements are fine
>>5630581Considering he'd just go back to hell if we banished him I'd say we're doing him a favor. I don't know about you but I'd take oblivion over endless suffering any day.
>>5630604>Deliro become in like that guy in the Sacred Sword quest>Every time we defeat him, he come back without a leg or a arm
>>5630624>final boss is the severed head of delrio>we will find a way to crit fail and get killed anyway
>>5630604Why do you think he'd deserve such a blessed gift from us?
>>5630991I didn't say that he deserved it but that's what we're giving him. We're destroying his soul.
>>5631697Can we destroy it slowly? Like twisting him in a hand cranked blender into oblivion?
Okay fuck it. I will just post it here. I wanted to post these during the last thread with the JLA Venezuela interlude but could not finish it in time before it archived. So here ya go Axis fanfiction of your fanfiction on some other fanfiction.
>>5632861"Tonight on BBC we bring the latest news from the recent events going on in Venezuela. It has been four weeks since the toppling of the last regime and much has changed since.""Banning the free-market economy has led many companies to lose entire subsidies in Venezuela, causing major delays in supply chains affecting a range of consumer goods. Textiles, electronics, and petroleum products have all seen the cost of goods rise well above its last year prices in just under a month. Analysts estimate as much as a 45% mark up began hours after the fall of the old regime and another 137% price increase from nationalization of subsidiaries under the new Junta regime.""International outrage has dimmed as Venezuela gives out heavy sentences while allowing leniency over corruption charges. Showing a surprisingly level handed approach to justice instead of eliminating potential political threats to their power. Commentators point out that the regime is attempting to legitimize its rule of law over the land by holding trials to the accused. However, as the Junta banned any foreign reporters into their territory, we cannot confirm anything about their trial procedures or the status of the accused.""Since the failure and blocked proposal of a UN intervention, Venezuela has begun vacating its embassies from the US, UK, and France while reaffirming its embassies to China and Russia as it sends new envoys to other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and Panama. Such an action shows a shift in the balance of power across both hemispheres as Venezuela appears to position itself to take advantage of the political and energy turmoil shaking the world.""However, the most dangerous action of the current administration of the Supreme Junta was the systematic pardon system to all rebel groups active during the civil war. Leading many experts to believe such an action will inevitably lead to new systemic corruption within the Venezuelan army. Communists, criminals, addicts, and drug runners are expected to fill out a good portion of the Junta army, potentially leading to a narco state rebellion in the future.""Only time will tell if the newly formed government will either collapse into another civil war or continue the practices of the old government. However, many agree that this is only the start of a new age for the country.""This is Natalie Weber from the BBC coming back after these messages from our sponsors."
>>5632863"Today on Venezuela Independent Broadcasting we will ask the enlisted why they are signing in with the new junta government. Standing here with me are a communist, rat, and cartel member. So why did all of you join the junta after years of fighting each other?""I joined up after the junta gave up the capitalist chains and invested back into the community. I didn't expect that they shared some of my views. Would have preferred a communist government but I will take what I can get.""I just joined so I could keep my guns and avoid getting wacked by the new government for my past crimes. I even heard they give bonuses if you bring in your own equipment and convince other people to join up.""I just wanted an actual paycheck and real food instead of fucking crayons all the time. Everything else is just a bonus.""Thank you all for your time. Now while pardons have expanded our security forces and funding diverted to help the agricultural sector. The government still expects to take at least six months to show noticeable change to food imports and employment levels, however the sheer fact that the government is at least attempting to improve civilian life and cracking down on capitalist traitors has already captured the hearts and minds of the average citizen. With multiple plans in place Venezuela's future looks bright.""This is Fernando Cortez from VIB and glory to the junta. Back to you Armando."
>>5632864"Tonight on Xinhua News Agency, the CCP and Russian Federation have begun extension of diplomatic efforts after both nations recognize the legitimacy of the Supreme Junta government. While many on the security council and the JLA wanted to initiate a "peacekeeping" intervention into the country, said proposal was denied as heavy interference into sovereign country's affairs. Just like the current peacekeeping efforts of the US in Afghanistan.""The Russian and Chinese envoys have issued apologies on behalf of their respective governments due to the lack of action during the previous decade-long rule of the last dictator. Due to not wanting to cause further instability to the nation and subvert their right to self govern. While our words cannot heal old wounds, both countries hope to build mutual economic, political, and military ties to bolster the newly freed nation.""Already the Supreme Junta has placed thousands of orders for farming equipment, fertilizers, and increased their imports of food stuffs from both countries. Boosting imports and exports of both countries by as much as 376% from last year's records in just a month.""While most of the major powers refuse to recognize the Junta, many neutral countries have begun their own diplomatic efforts to gain access to the Venezuelan economy. In part after the failed UN proposal as well as the lack of civilian unrest, giving neutral nations a sense of confidence in the continuation of the Junta government. Many experts are surprised at the sheer lack of conflicts and power struggles between the government and its now pardoned rebel groups. The reasons range from war fatigue after fighting for years, the brutal war culling the most extremists of all the groups, to many believing in the new hope for the country's future. While the true miracle of the Venezuelan dream might never be known, we at the CCP will embrace the new future.""This is Xiao Ling from XNA, we will have a quick break and come back with the full story."
>>5632868TRIUMVIRATE EYES ONLY BURN AFTER READINGI will attempt to keep this as brief as possible. There is too much to go over in a small memo over Adjutant Tango now designated Ghost. Starting off, Ghost came out of nowhere one day without notice. He is not an enlisted, con, or a civilian. His features and armor put him as a foreign backed power seeking some unknown goal that somehow coincided with overthrowing Pedraza. But every action he made and spies sent into recon paint a different picture. He is backed by resources and skill but never once has any additional resources, orders, or new foreign mercenaries came to support his operations. If we was backed by a government either they sent him on a suicide mission or he doesn't need it. And as far as the intelligence agency can tell, it's true.This Ghost is highly skilled, bloodthirsty, and intelligent. Instead of asking for money, artifacts, or simple equipment he went straight to establishing political, economic, and military ties to Venezuela as if he was aiming for a much greater target than money. The IT department is terrified that the Ghost somehow bypassed all their systems and collapsed the entire supply network within a day. Ex-cartel members jump at shadows after their entire mole list was somehow flipped and wiped within weeks of the ghost arriving and leaving behind a gutted hierarchy system. Even the enlisted praise his restraint, coordination, and training of all its members never once throwing their lives away in wave tactics or issuing suicide missions.Not to mention the fact that Ghost knew how to take over major economic centers beforehand and became an untouchable symbol of the revolution. Basically turning from something that could be bought off into a major obstacle to the triumvirate. Leaving the only solution to be adding a shadow seat to the table, a shadow sword under all our necks if we turn into another Pedraza. If such a thing ever occurs then it is expected that Ghost will ensure another transition of power backed by the public and the enlisted.I do not know why Ghost helped Venezuela, I do not know what drives him, I do not know if we can ever lower our guard around him. What I do know is this. He trusts his men, he has a burning fire and a steel spine, he risked his life for our people, and all he wanted was to tie his future to our nation. Ghost bled for this country and we owe it to make our country great again and trust that Ghost will not turn on us. When half the world hates us for having the gall to stand up against our oppressors, we need all the help we can get to hold onto our country’s future.Signed Admiral Miguel Suarez.
>>5632863>>5632864>>5632868>>5632871That's awesome anon.I wonder how the junta plans to better the country since central planning isn't conducive to economic development but, given how a free market exposes a weak state to subversion by foreign interests, the new policy is understandable.I only hope that they open things up once everything settles down. If they need some help with keeping a lookout for glowie bullshit then I think Sean would be happy to help.
>>5632881They can get by with boosting the agricultural sector for a few months but they will need to open the market to imports from China and Russia. Consumer goods demand will eventually pressure them to open trade as a happy population will want to keep them in power. Also helps that they will have a food surplus from all their efforts in self-sustainability and ooooiiil will eventually push them into being a major southern power if they leverage their economy in the future.
>>5632871This is so coolI can see people having small shrines of Sean in his Adjutant Tango armor calling him Ghost
>>5632899I suppose abolishing taxes on farmers and having their own oil fields to source their fuel from can keep things going well enough. It's just that Venezuela, like most countries, cannot source everything it's market demands on it's own so autarky is not feasible.I think the most sensible course would be paying off the national debt, adopting the gold standard but most importantly to have a good intelligence apparatus set up and then steadily liberalizing the economy. As a benefit to us, getting in early on such an economy would be a great opportunity to clean the money from our illegal ventures while also benefitting our new host country, a mutual benefit."This just in! The Ghost of Venezuela, leader of the revolution, starts huge investments throughout the country! New jobs and new products have been made both available and accessible!">>5632900Sounds rather heretical but weirder things have been syncretized.
>>5632917AT could go the Santa Muerte route as a holy symbol and blessing as AT literally dropped out of nowhere, liberated their country, almost died for it, and now is defending it.
>>5632956Great minds think alike it seems, Santa Muerte was the first thing that came to my mind when I read that anon's post.
>>5632863Great stuff anon was a joy to read
>>5632900Nah the shrines will start popping up after the Hell invasion arc when Sean is standing atop a mountain of mutilated demon corpses.
>>5632917>abolishing taxes on farmers and having their own oil fieldsWe did what? This can only end horrible after a few years. Its something that can be exploited and abused. UNDO! UNDO!
Also, looks like we might even apply for BRICS membership instead of just economic agreements if the western order is gonna act pants on head retarded and throw a hissy fit "instead of making things right".
>>5633066Wdym? That's just my hypothesizing but I think you have misinterpreted something.>>5633069Glowies coping and seething like they always do when things don't go their way.
>>5633077Oh, thought we put in some retarded economic policy I missed, that would only cause problems and wealth imbalance in the future.
>>5633109Kojima "we" don't do shit about politics, we are a mercenary and not even Venezolano. I guess we could kill the leadership and claim it but I don't think that would fly...
>>5632863>>5632864>>5632868>>5632871I really enjoyed the read, anon. You're not far off the mark in quite a few places, I especially liked the Chinese state media part; aside from the apology part, it hits most of the same beats that I would've considered for a press release.In case I'm not expressing it well enough, I've got a big dumb grin on my face.>>5632881Central planning is indeed a poor facilitator of economic growth, but the Junta needs to take a hardline approach if they really want to consolidate their power. Potential liberalization efforts can come later, once the situation has been stabilized.>>5632917To be fair, it's less of a "abolished taxes" deal and more of a "we've got land if you need work." type of deal. It's ironically similar the communist practice of land redistribution, but with more of a populist slant to it. It helps that there are plenty of former rebels who would rather dig a field than hold a gun again. Literal Cao Cao tactics at work, but it's a classic Plus, now that a lot of the Western corporate interests have been forced out at gunpoint, that leaves a handy vacuum for some more morally flexible trade partners.>>5633069Honestly, that's kind of what I see on the cards. The chances of a reconciliation with the American bloc are slim to none, seeing as how the country is steered by folks who've been brutalized by an American-backed dictator for decades.
>>5632900>>5632974>>5632881>>5633536>>5633536Thanks everyone. Just got random inspiration that hit me when the Venezuela arc dropped and I thought hey how are all the other countries spinning the story and why would the rebel groups willingly back down. So I made up my interpretation that would explain the lack of violence.
>>5633536I liked the last part most.>>5632871>>5632868>>5632864>>5632863From top to best, to bottom least in order of the links posted,The chances of a reconciliationAh but we are pragmatic enough to bring them in close..... to twist the knife!
>>5633536> Central planning is indeed a poor facilitator of economic growth, but the Junta needs to take a hardline approach if they really want to consolidate their power. Potential liberalization efforts can come later, once the situation has been stabilized.Just as I said, the policy is understandable.> To be fair, it's less of a "abolished taxes" deal and more of a "we've got land if you need work." type of deal. It's ironically similar the communist practice of land redistribution, but with more of a populist slant to it. It helps that there are plenty of former rebels who would rather dig a field than hold a gun again. Literal Cao Cao tactics at work, but it's a classic.The "abolish taxes on farmers" thing was simply a method to accomplish the "boosting the agricultural sector" part of that anon's suggestion, it wasn't a statement about what the Junta was doing.Can't wait for Sean to roast Delrio tomorrow though.
>>5632863>>5632864>>5632868>>5632871This was such a treat, man. Really good stuff, and I really liked that this Comic book-inspired quest takes some time into trying to shove some of irl politics and seeing the world revolve around Sean's takeover. Really good stuff.But from my personal point of view, hopefully the militia and the Junta once they're at their feets and being independent, they would start and either change the views of some of the people Sean took.Like for example making the communists not being communist, the Junta starting to disband themselves from the cartel and get rid of some of the criminal bands instead of using them as troops (Something that Venezuela's goverment already does irl), and maybe in some ideal world, we get information from the US goverment and Task Force X to link them to the Pedraza's founding and backup + some other information to bring the house of cards down. Or at least, bring Lok down and bring to the light and public information of Task Force X stuff.
finishing my re read of the quest and anons news reports have made me incredibly hyped for more of this questGot me thinking though seam might need to make a special demon killing / dealing with mythological shit detachment of the steel wolves seeing as how much we keep running into those kinds of problems
Howdy, anons.I need another couple minutes to organize my notes, and then we should be good to rock and roll.Hope you all had a good Easter weekend.
>>5630587https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ2Wok70GLsYour plan is simple enough; get him mad, get him stupid, and bait him into getting close enough to stick him repeatedly with the Blade of Flame. If the Blade was able to destroy that evil smog, maybe it’ll be able to harm Delrio as well. And if not, winning the psychological battle will still ensure that the actual battle will be that much easier to bring to a satisfactory conclusion.> “You’re awfully cocky for somebody that I’ve never seen win a straight fight. The only time you ever managed to beat me, the General had to do all the heavy lifting first. And even then I came back, harder and stronger by virtue of my own merit. Meanwhile, you traded yourself for a couple cheap tricks that I could blow out of the water on my worst day. Is that your go-to strategy, attaching yourself to the biggest dog you can find until a better prospect comes along?”He tenses, and you can tell that you’ve struck him in a sensitive spot. Before he can recover, you go in for the killing blow.> “It’s a seller’s market, and you bartered the only valuable thing about you for pennies on the dollar; as brilliant a decision as can be expected from a man of your caliber. Was it worth it? I can’t imagine so, judging from the way I’ve been kicking you around like a cheap piñata. If anything, your new life would be better spent as a haunted house prop.”As expected, Delrio swallows the bait without even a first thought, let alone a second; leaping towards you like an unruly beast.This anger makes him sloppy, a fact that you’re more than happy to take advantage of.You wage an expert defense, driving the Blade of Flame into every extremity that gets a little close for comfort, carefully waiting for the opportunity for a decisive blow.Unfortunately, your insults seem to have been a little too successful in that Delrio completely disregards his own safety for a better shot at ripping your throat out. Your technique is enough to contain his animalistic fervor, but it becomes a close-run thing, as he rapidly intrudes into your personal space.The both of you are face-to-decaying-face, close enough that you have to be leery of him trying to rip a chunk out of you with his teeth. As this fateful lock-up continues, Delrio’s empty eye sockets burn with a corrosive mixture of ferocious hatred and triumph.He truly believes that there is no chance that you can hold him back.You will never be free of me, Sean. No matter how hard you fight, no matter how hard you struggle, I’ll always be waiting for you. And I only need to win once. He hisses like a viper, close enough that a small amount of spittle lands on your jacket.While you grapple for dominance, Blade of Flame in hand, you finally spot the weakness you had been waiting for; slipping around Delrio’s guard and driving your knife solidly into his chest.
>>5635074> “Not long ago, I would’ve agreed. But unfortunately, you aren’t the only one here who has picked up a few new tricks. Goodbye, Delrio; not that anyone will mourn your passing.”A righteous heat begins to flow through the Blade of Flame, directly into Delrio’s corrupted form; rancid laughter quickly fading into unintelligible howling as his demonic soul and essence are scrubbed clean. He screams and rants and shrieks the entire time as his being begins to dissipate entirely, piece by tiny piece.When the process is complete, there is no sign of Delrio, his presence, or that he ever even existed in the first place. Wiped clean, in every conceivable way that matters.Well, that was a bit heavy; you’ve done a lot of killing in your life, but this is the first time that you’ve gone so far as to obliterate a soul entirely. Still, you comfort yourself with the knowledge that it needed to be done, Delrio was far too dangerous to leave operational in any capacity.From a certain point-of-view, you were doing him a favor; something tells you that for all his bluster, Delrio would’ve suffered greatly for for coming up short yet again.Your musings are interrupted by a low rumbling that you identify from long experience; the ceiling, and potentially the whole complex is about to come crashing down on top of you.What’s your next move?> Get out of here, immediately. Nothing is worth getting buried by a metric ton of rebar and concrete.> Quickly jot down the symbols found within the broken sigil. Might be helpful for your future research in demonology.> Hunt for intel papers, logbooks, maps; that sort of thing. You still have no concrete proof detailing the point of this facility.> Other?
>>5635075>> Quickly jot down the symbols found within the broken sigil. Might be helpful for your future research in demonology.
>>5634442>Got me thinking though seam might need to make a special demon killing / dealing with mythological shit detachment of the steel wolves seeing as how much we keep running into those kinds of problemsI'm sure some anons mentioned that once we fought Delrio when came back from Task Force X.But i'm thinking on maybe talk with The Spectre and see if we can have a talk with Capital G God, or some minor Angel or some Mage that has more knowledge into this stuff.Why? Well, i'm wondering if our Hestia's Dagger could actually smite or have some Power against demons, "cleansing Fire" and stuff like that.
>>5635075> Quickly jot down the symbols found within the broken sigil. Might be helpful for your future research in demonology.> Hunt for intel papers, logbooks, maps; that sort of thing. You still have no concrete proof detailing the point of this facility.Abyssal shield first to stabilize the roomTheres no telling how unstable it is outside and we can try to buy time to gather intel
>>5635075> Quickly jot down the symbols found within the broken sigil. Might be helpful for your future research in demonology.> Hunt for intel papers, logbooks, maps; that sort of thing. You still have no concrete proof detailing the point of this facility.>Use Abyssal Shield to prop up key points, use kinetic frenzy to get out quickly when ready
>>5635075>Quickly jot down the symbols found within the broken sigil. Might be helpful for your future research in demonology.> Hunt for intel papers, logbooks, maps; that sort of thing. You still have no concrete proof detailing the point of this facility.Like other anon said: Abysal Shield for the roof. And if things get a little tricky, we can use the Chaos Avatar, the spell that make us fast (and exhausted), volcanic Rage... We have some things to get out.
>>5635079>>5635081>>5635082>>5635084Alright, looks like we'll be opening with Abyssal Shield.Go ahead and roll me some 1d100.DC: 65 / 90
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>5635091No modifier?
>>5635080The Steel Wolves need a division of super powered and magical people just to take on the random super powered and magical threats out there. After all if the League is too busy or lazy to deal with it, someone is likely willing to pay to see it resolved. And because fuck the Squad. We'll do it better.
>>5635097Nah, Spellslinger doesn't apply in this case.
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>5635091Call us Atlas.
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>5635091
>>5635097>>5635101>>5635102Alright, that's a regular success; looks like you manage to buy a bit of time.Go ahead and give me some 1d100+40 to reproduce the sigil.> DC: 55 / 75 / 95
Rolled 47 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5635107
Rolled 32 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5635107
Rolled 98 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5635107
>>5635109>>5635110>>5635112That's an excellent success, you truly run either hot or cold when it comes to the magical stuff.Now, give me some 1d100+30 to find some intel.(Normally it'd be a +40, but you're in a rush)> DC: 80 / 100
Rolled 9 + 30 (1d100 + 30)>>5635117
Rolled 20 + 30 (1d100 + 30)>>5635117
Rolled 59 + 30 (1d100 + 30)>>5635117
>>5635118>>5635119>>5635123That's a regular success, writing.
>>5635126Before you leave, you use a well-positioned set of Abyssal Shields to strengthen the steadily-collapsing roof and support columns; it won’t hold for long, but you’re used to working against the clock.Besides a couple of minor errors, you manage to sketch out a comprehensive outline of the sigil and the hieroglyphic symbols rounding it. You don’t really have the time nor the energy for a proper analysis at the moment, but it should come in handy for your future research.Similarly, you’re able to quickly comb the staff room for old communiques, logbooks, and duty rosters. It all gets dumped unceremoniously with your gear; you probably missed at least a few things, but you’ll have to live with it.Judging from the way that your Abyssal Shield is starting to sag under the pressure, you have only minutes left before the place crumbles under its own weight; it’s definitely cutting it close, but you can make it.How would you like to improve your chances of escaping before the place goes to bits?> Use the Avatar of Discord. It’ll greatly boost your speed, but it’s a pain in the ass to cast properly, and is liable to burn through the majority of your remaining magic.> Use the Claw to bolster your speed, and use Volcanic Rage to supplement its effects. Besides the whole “losing control over your emotional responses” part, there aren’t any real downsides.> Use the Claw to bolster your speed. Won’t cost you a dime in terms of magical upkeep, and gives you a reasonable chance of escape without taking any damage.> Use Kinetic Frenzy. It won’t burn as much of your remaining magic, but it’s going to hurt like a bitch if you push yourself too hard. Still, it’s a calculated risk that you need to take.> Other?
>>5635139> Use the Claw to bolster your speed. Won’t cost you a dime in terms of magical upkeep, and gives you a reasonable chance of escape without taking any damage.
>>5635139> Use the Claw to bolster your speed, and use Volcanic Rage to supplement its effects. Besides the whole “losing control over your emotional responses” part, there aren’t any real downsides.
>>5635139> Use Kinetic Frenzy. It won’t burn as much of your remaining magic, but it’s going to hurt like a bitch if you push yourself too hard. Still, it’s a calculated risk that you need to take.ZOOM
>>5635139>Use the Claw to bolster your speed, and use Volcanic Rage to supplement its effects. Besides the whole “losing control over your emotional responses” part, there aren’t any real downsides.As a bonus we can chokeslam any would be ambushes.
>>5635142>>5635155Alright, give me some 1d100.With Volcanic Rage, your bonus is high enough to be an auto success unless you critfail.
Rolled 80 (1d100)>>5635158gimme the one
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>5635158End us Fortuna.
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>5635158
>>5635112>>5635162I sense another crit near.Do we get something
>>5635165Maybe we go so fast that we bypass an enemy encounter or give them a worse malus?
>>5635159>>5635162>>5635164Alright, looks like you escape with time to spare. And since you rolled a 98, you succeed in ably keeping the rage in check.Once you're back on the surface and have a bit of breathing room, how would you like to spend it?> Look over the sketches you made of that sigil. It’s never a bad idea to work on expanding your theoretical knowledge base.> Read over the documents you swiped from the staff room. You’ll have to translate it from Russian, but it’s good practice anyhow.> Carefully examine the Blade of Flame. It’s been an incredibly useful tool thus far, but you still know startlingly little about it.> Reflect on your bout with Delrio. Perhaps there’s some insight to be gained from re-treading that ground with a more dispassionate angle.> Other?
>>5635173>> Carefully examine the Blade of Flame. It’s been an incredibly useful tool thus far, but you still know startlingly little about it.this thing is even cooler than expected
>>5635173>> Carefully examine the Blade of Flame. It’s been an incredibly useful tool thus far, but you still know startlingly little about it.
>>5635173>Carefully examine the Blade of Flame. It’s been an incredibly useful tool thus far, but you still know startlingly little about it.
>>5635173>> Carefully examine the Blade of Flame. It’s been an incredibly useful tool thus far, but you still know startlingly little about it.Speak to the blade, caress the blade, lick the blunt side of the blade. Become the blade.
>>5635174>>5635176>>5635177>>5635179Alright, looks like you'll be studying the blade.I make no apologies for that joke, roll me some 1d100+40DC: ???
Rolled 58 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5635182While you were out making pacts with demons, I studied the blade...
Rolled 54 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5635182For Hestia.
Rolled 35 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5635182
Rolled 6 + 40 (1d100 + 40)>>5635182>>5635184Kind of want to burn that crit fail.
>>5635184While you tore out your Humanity. I found the blade, I studied the blade, I burned the blade until its warmth flowed through me.
>>5635191Unfortunately, it's taking me quite a bit longer than I'd like to get this update in a reasonable shape.I hate to jump ahead like this, but I'd prefer to get our future plans sorted out while I wrestle with a bout of writer’s block.The next time that you’re on the road, you plan to… (Will go into greater detail once the general course is chosen.)> Focus on practicing your physical skills. Can’t let the fundamentals get rusty, after all.> Focus on sharpening your magical abilities. You’ve made great strides, but there’s always plenty more to do.> Focus on spending time with your compatriots. Maybe they could stand to offer some helpful guidance.> Other?
>>5635214> Focus on sharpening your magical abilities. You’ve made great strides, but there’s always plenty more to do.Though im happy with whatever.
>>5635214> Focus on practicing your physical skills WITH your compatriots. Can’t let the group get rusty, after all.Thoth will be able to do a push-up by the end of this drive
I'm going to keep plugging away at the update, so I'll call it here for tonight.We'll pick it back up on Friday at 5:00 PM EST.I'll close the current vote at that time. As always, thanks for playing! Hope to see you all at the next session.Apologies for my update speed slowing, but I promise it's for a good cause.
>>5635214>> Focus on sharpening your magical abilities. You’ve made great strides, but there’s always plenty more to do.
>>5635214> Focus on practicing your physical skills. Can’t let the fundamentals get rusty, after allRocky 4 montage but in russiaCrush a photo of batman
>>5635214>Focus on spending time with your compatriots. Maybe they could stand to offer some helpful guidance.
>>5635214> Focus on spending time with your compatriots. Maybe they could stand to offer some helpful guidance.
>>5634442We should try reverse engineering the Winchester and make magic or demon/spirit killing guns.
>>5635423I agree, make some demon hunting rangers.
>>5635454No, Make EQUIPMENT!Then we can make hunters.No point in sending guys into battles they can't win without the proper tools.
Also, this makes our units more versatile if any of our regular squads can out a moments notice pull out a magic demon killing ghost gun.Its like giving your average infantryman a ATGM. You may not run into armor, but if you do your kind of fucked unless you got some tools to make it fuck off.
>>5635462making the equipment was implied buddythey wouldnt be very good demon hunting rangers if they couldnt kill the demons
>>5635477Just get a priest with a shotgun, he'll sort it out. Don't be afraid, John.
>>5635235You need to get out of here fast; the Claw, mixed with the heady power granted by triggering your Volcanic Rage, is the most expedient and economical option available.As you charge through the long-abandoned corridors, the red mist slowly begins to cloud your thoughts and mind; it’s not easy to retain your finer memory and backtrace your steps back to the entrance, but you make it with time to spare.Only moments after your unceremonious escape, the laboratory implodes, morphing from a half-wrecked shambles to a completely wrecked shambles.You take in greedy breaths, gratefully inhaling air that doesn’t reek of brimstone and dust.The subtle wrongness that’s been dwelling in the back of your mind has dissipated, taking the edge off your more negative thoughts. Can’t help but wonder if the demonic presence was the cause of all this or if it was simply an unfortunate by-product of the yet-to-be established fuckery the Reds were up to here.Doesn’t really matter now, you need a quick breather.You slump over, utterly exhausted from the unforeseen events of the day yet still cognizant enough to summon the Blade of Flame, intent on studying it in greater detail while the experience is still fresh in your mind.It’s been quite the handy little number, you’ll give it that. Now that you’ve gotten a bit more experience with it, you’ve naturally become more attuned to some of its quirks.Namely that when you wield it, it feels far, far weaker when compared to the veritable jolt you get from the Ace of Winchesters. In more mundane terms, the Ace of Winchesters hits like a .50 cal, whereas the Blade of Flames hits like a squirrel rifle; it’ll still kill if you nail your target in the right spot, but it’s near impossible to take down bigger game.Guess you got lucky that Delrio was a particularly weak species of hellspawn, but there is an interesting caveat there.The little flicker of power? It’s just a tad stronger than it was before. Not massively, but enough to notice.Almost like it gets more lethal to demons, with the more of em it kills. If you can confirm your theory, the Blade could prove to be another equalizer in your arsenal when it comes to dealing with magical bullshit.Once you’ve managed to get your shit together, you send out another sigil ping for Jack, requesting an immediate extraction.Thankfully, your message gets through with no sign of any interference whatsoever. In the blink of an eye, he’s at your side and mercifully teleports you back to the Set-Mobile.After you confirm that you’re not hurt beyond a few scrapes and nicks, you give the others a sanitized debrief regarding your latest misadventure. Apparently, from their perspective, you had basically vanished into thin air the second everyone split up, shortly before some burst of magic forcibly ejected them to the outskirts of the site and erected some kind of intangible barrier.
>>5636552Set and Thoth were devising some way to break through when it suddenly collapsed, presumably when you exterminated Delrio. Ten bucks says that barrier was the thing stopping your messages.While reclining in the comfort of the Set-Mobile, an errant thought pops into your mind; with a good excavator and some seasoned workers, you could potentially bulldoze the rubble and poke through the lower levels again, presuming that it hasn’t been crushed entirely.But for now, you’ve had just about enough of this place; if necessary, you can mount an expedition once your more immediate goals have been taken care of.You’ve recovered a thick sheaf of paperwork, plus the samples from that freak in the laboratory. Speaking of which, you immediately have Set and Thoth examine the aforementioned samples for any hidden dangers.To quote Thoth; “While there is a heavy undercurrent of dark magic throughout, time has weakened it considerably. Any experimentation should proceed with the utmost care, but you possess the requisite experience to know as much.”Set concurs for the most part, aside from the “utmost care” part.As ringing an endorsement as you can ask for, on both counts.It’s going to be a long way to the Urals and Yekaterinburg, how would you like to spend it? (Choose 2)> Speak with Jack about something lighter, try and brighten your mood a little. Maybe he’d enjoy talking about poetry or books, anything other than Kola.> Speak with Set about demons and demonology. He seems to relish in hanging out on the wrong side of the arcane tracks, maybe he has some unique insight to offer.> Speak with Pandion about Greek mythology. You’ve already picked his brain about Hestia, now you want to know more about its more famous monsters.> Persuade Thoth to join you on your regular exercise regiment. You’ll tone it down a bit for his benefit, but you helped Gremlin get in shape, why not him too?> Discuss the concept of potentially replicating the Ace of Winchesters with Set and Thoth. You’d be confined to theoretical progress for now, but you may as well begin laying the groundwork.> Speak with Bobo in greater detail about what you saw down there. He has plenty of connections, maybe he can put the word out, find somebody that can have it all make sense.> Other?-----------------(Sorry for the slight delay, anons. Had to fight with the captcha a it, and put some finishing touches on the update.)
>>5636555>> Speak with Set about demons and demonology. He seems to relish in hanging out on the wrong side of the arcane tracks, maybe he has some unique insight to offer.>> Discuss the concept of potentially replicating the Ace of Winchesters with Set and Thoth. You’d be confined to theoretical progress for now, but you may as well begin laying the groundwork.>> Other?Get the coordinates and place a landmark. If this replaces a choice then ignore.
>>5636558If you're referring to the site of the now-wrecked laboratory, the various bits of detritus would be a good enough landmark as it is.
>>5636555>> Speak with Jack about something lighter, try and brighten your mood a little. Maybe he’d enjoy talking about poetry or books, anything other than Kola.>> Speak with Set about demons and demonology. He seems to relish in hanging out on the wrong side of the arcane tracks, maybe he has some unique insight to offer.
I'll give it another ten or so minutes, since we're a little quiet today.
>>5636555>> Discuss the concept of potentially replicating the Ace of Winchesters with Set and Thoth. You’d be confined to theoretical progress for now, but you may as well begin laying the groundwork.>> Speak with Set about demons and demonology. He seems to relish in hanging out on the wrong side of the arcane tracks, maybe he has some unique insight to offer.
>>5636555> Speak with Jack about something lighter, try and brighten your mood a little. Maybe he’d enjoy talking about poetry or books, anything other than Kola.> Speak with Set about demons and demonology. He seems to relish in hanging out on the wrong side of the arcane tracks, maybe he has some unique insight to offer.
Rolled 2 (1d2)Alright, looks like talking with Set is a clear winner, rolling a d2 to decide the other.1 = Replicate the Ace2 = Speak with Jack
>>5636596Go ahead and throw me some 1d100 to see how much you can glean from Set.DC: 50 / 75 / 100(You'll end up getting a +5 in addition to this, thanks to your insights in the Delrio fight)inb4 crit
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>5636598medium numbers
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>5636598your baits are bad luck
Rolled 47 (1d100)>>5636598
>>5636601>>5636602>>5636603Alright, looks like a regular success.In regards to your time with Jack, are there any particular poets / authors that you'd like to focus the discussion on?I'm guessing Russian ones, giving our current location.
Hey Axis a question has come to mind Is Jacks ritual a guaranteed success or is their a chance of failure?
>>5636608A fair question, anon. I have the idea of it fleshed out pretty well, but I'd prefer to keep any specifics to myself for now. Wouldn't want to tip my hand too early or make undue promises.What I can guarantee though is that ,uch like everything else, it could go extraordinarily well, horrifically badly, or anywhere in-between; depending on your point-of-view.
>>5636605We have established canonically that Sean knows of Hemingway. I like Hemingway. Also.>Stop me, good people! Don't you seeMy temper is running away with me?Help, Master Commonsense! Are you afraid?Good Mistress Prudence, come to my aid!Stop me, Conscience! Stop me, I pray!My temper, my temper is running away!Dear Brother Kindness, snatch after the reins!Help, or my temper will dash out my brains!Help, or I'll get a terrible fall!Help, Shame, Caution, Love, Wisdom, and all!-Amos Wells
>>5636612Fair enough Axis
>>5636605>Anger in its time and place>May assume a kind of grace.>It must have some reason in it,>And not last beyond a minute.>If to further lengths it go,>It does into malice grow.>Tis the difference that we see>Twixt the serpent and the bee.>If the latter you provoke,>It inflicts a hasty stroke,>Puts you to some little pain,>But it never stings again.>Close in tufted bush or brake>Lurks the poison-swelled snake>Nursing up his cherished wrath;>In the purlieus of his path,>In the cold, or in the warm,>Mean him good, or mean him harm,>Wheresoever fate may bring you,>The vile snake will always sting you.- Charles and Mary Lamb
Alright, feel free to post any more poets / authors as I write.
Rolled 46 (1d100)Roll to sing and chant
>>5636552>Almost like it gets more lethal to demons, with the more of em it kills>"What's this? Your Blade of Hestia is evolving!? It grew into the Flaming Sword of Michael!"
>>5636631>Their rage supplies them with weapons - Vergil>The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense. - Bill Clinton>Rage without focus is no weapon at all. - An'ggrath the Unbound "Greatest of Bloodthirsters"
>>5636631After the events at the Kola Borehole, you’re forced to admit that you’ve been rattled pretty strongly. Between all the fighting and running, you’re liable to pull a muscle from jumping at the shadows.In an effort to calm yourself down and find some distraction, you petition Jack and ask to borrow some of his poetry books, something non-work related that’ll give your brain a rest.Ever the soul of charity, Jack is happy to lend you his books, and offers to discuss their finer meanings with you as well.Your pick is of course, Ernest Hemingway; a complicated man, but one whose works tend to resonate rather strongly with you. While other poets are happy to write verse after pretentious verse extolling the virtues of sacrifice and duty, Hemingway was one the few willing to write candidly about the harsh realities facing the soldier’s lot.But you’ve had enough doom and gloom for a while, everyday life contributes to that particular sensation well enough without further fuel for the bonfire.You explain your though processes to Jack, who sits and listens intently as you spill your guts out.One of his shorter works named Chapter Heading has been bouncing around inside your noggin for a long time, and one of Jack’s books offers a helpful refresher that you proceed to recite.“For we have thought the longer thoughtsAnd gone the shorter way.And we have danced to devils’ tunes,Shivering home to pray;To serve one master in the night,Another in the day.”The poem prompts several concerns that you can’t dismiss out of hand; namely, what value are all of your thoughts and ideals, if you lack the willpower to hold yourself to them? Does that make them mean more, as a shining ideal to strive for and improve towards?Or is it a scarlet letter of hypocrisy, one that marks you as someone ready to stand on the soapbox and demand change, yet is fundamentally incapable of meeting the standards that you hold others to?You haven’t exactly been on a hot streak of morality lately, and part of you idly wonders if you’re falling into some bad habits.He puts his hand on your shoulder; you bristle out of pure reflex, but quickly calm down.“Need I remind you that you’re a better person than you give yourself credit for?”Jack clears his throat and begins to recite verses from total memory.
>>5636681“There is one thing nobly worth while,Though the parrots chatter and scream,Though the critics howl and the cynics smile,And life seems a mocking dream.There is one thing that grandly counts,In the face of the tempting glare,In the tempests of doubt on the lonely mounts,In the thickets of thorny care.And that's to hold the truth!To abide with justice and right,To be a man in genuine sooth,With heaven's invincible might.There are bowers of beauty and love,There are trumpets of lordly fame,There are pleasures below and blessings aboveThat flash with a lifting flame.Let them flaunt their allurements high,Let them beckon and call and cajole;There is only one worth in the earth and the sky,And that is an honest soul.”Jack concludes the poem, with a quiet bashfulness to his body language that is quickly explained.“I have something of soft spot for the works of Amos Wells. Had the pleasure of meeting the man once, back when he was a professor at Antioch. He was kind enough to sneak me some material from their archives in exchange for a spot of my company. I’ve always harbored a sneaking suspicion that A Chance Meeting was actually about our dealings, but what can you do?”When you request to see the poem in question, Jack balks a little and surreptitiously tries to put his poetry volume away while making the excuse that he needs to check on Set. Before he can escape, you adeptly snatch it from his grasp and jokingly fend him off while you flip to the correct page and read it aloud.I had a moment's talk with himAnd saw that he was good, --A spirit candid to the brim,Breathing of brotherhood.A fleeting face, a stranger faceI shall not meet again,Yet earth is now a friendlier place,And full of better men.If such a whiff of soul transformsSo blessedly and far,What of that world beyond the storms,Where none but true men are?
>>5636684You finish your recitation, raising a solitary eyebrow and proceeding to lightly hassle Jack.> “Well, you’ve certainly got a high opinion of yourself”, you state in a complete deadpan while internally laughing.He stares at you for a moment, stunned, as you struggle to conceal a poorly disguised grin that he can easily spot.“You are an incorrigible beast, Sean. I hope you realize this.” Jack proclaims, voice colored heavily with faux-anger.His statement only causes the last remaining shred of dignity to flee as you begin howling with laughter.Jack’s composure also falls apart, and he too begins chuckling.After what feels like ages, your mirth is extinguished, and you feel like the weight of the world has been lifted from your shoulders.How do you feel about the standing of your immortal soul?> There are moments that you could’ve handled more gently, but everything you have done has been in service of something greater than yourself. Be it good or bad, so long as you continue to believe in what you fight for, that is truly what counts.> Perhaps Marcus Aurelius put it best; “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” So long as you keep at it and stay true to your beliefs, what more can anyone ask of you?> On the battlefield, morality has no place. Your own survival, and that of those close to you, supersede all other priorities. No matter the cost.> A man may perform awful deeds while being pure in heart and intention, and acts of great charity can be performed for superficial and self-serving reasons. It’s all shades of gray anyhow, maybe you should take Jack’s advice and quit worrying about it.> Other?
>>5636686> Perhaps Marcus Aurelius put it best; “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” So long as you keep at it and stay true to your beliefs, what more can anyone ask of you?
This was a nice interaction with Jack
>>5636695Thanks, anon. It's hard to pick out thematically appropriate poetry on the fly, but I think I did a decent job.
>>5636686>> Perhaps Marcus Aurelius put it best; “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” So long as you keep at it and stay true to your beliefs, what more can anyone ask of you?
>>5636698I dont know anything about poetry but this sparked my interest a little so I reckon its good enough
>>5636686>"The older I get, the more I come to see self-doubt as a friend that keeps me honest and trying to do better rather than an enemy standing in the way of my goals."
>>5636686>> Perhaps Marcus Aurelius put it best; “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” So long as you keep at it and stay true to your beliefs, what more can anyone ask of you?It is what it is
It is a dangerous line of thinking for a man to not question himself for he knows he is good. The thinking of zealots and narcissists if it goes too far. Certainly manly as hell though, "Fuck your moral quandaries I'm built different".
>>5636692>>5636699>>5636710>>5636713Tallied and noted.Now, for our last vote of the night; how would you like to spend your time in Yekaterinburg?At...Choose Two> The Church on the Blood. Ought to pay homage to the Romanov dynasty while you’ve got the chance. > The Black Tulip War Memorial. They lost in Afghanistan, and now it’s your brothers’ turn up to bat; maybe you’re more similar than you’d like to admit.> The Sevastyanov Estate. It’s the official residence of the Russian President whenever he deigns to visit this part of the country. Kinda like the White House, but not really.> The Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Jack loves a good show, so why not?> The Museum of Military Equipment. All that Cold War hardware stashed in one place is sure to have you salivating.> Other?
>>5636720>> The Church on the Blood. Ought to pay homage to the Romanov dynasty while you’ve got the chance.>> The Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Jack loves a good show, so why not?
>>5636720> The Church on the Blood. Ought to pay homage to the Romanov dynasty while you’ve got the chance.> The Black Tulip War Memorial. They lost in Afghanistan, and now it’s your brothers’ turn up to bat; maybe you’re more similar than you’d like to admit.What are the chances of us meeting KGBeast here Axis?
>>5636725Zero, since he caught a bullet back in Gotham a while ago.
>>5636730Sad Would have been fun to try and add him to the steel wolves since as well as the other russian
>>5636723>>5636725>>5636734Alright, I'm going to lock it in for the Church on the Blood and the Opera / Ballet Theatre.We'll pick back up from here on Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST with Set lecturing about demons.As always, thanks for playing and I hope to see you all next time!Gonna try and knock out a hefty portion of the interlude this weekend.
>>5636743Have a good weekend Axis was good fun
>>5636730>>5636732Can we go meet that Russian strong man, Stanslav or whats his name?I'm hoping we can recuirt alot of Ruskie Mercs and ex Mil for the steel wolves, and I think having that guy whos already nominally a member would help us out a bit. Otherwise we can do a "PMC" recruitment drive of Russian prisons and military bases with some bribes.Maybe buy a shitload of weapons while we are here.Then again this is suppose to be a vacation so maybe not do so much work.
>>5636866we already voted not to last thread, shoulda been there square
>>5636866He already said he would come seek us out
>>5636868I know but I wanted to do a recruitment drive.>>5636910This would be interesting if it happened.
If we keep killing demons, Hestia's blade will grow longer or thicker?
>>5637303BothIt doesn't make sense just to do one or the otherI feel like it would always remain knife sized because Sean is better at knives than swords
>>5637303>>5637313Would it also grow smoother and rounder too?
>>5637343Probably also hotter and more harder.
>>5637345I would delete this so I would sound less retarded, but it's the lowest brow of humor anyway so I'll just take it. bazinga
>"Probably also hotter and more harder."Tu2/uTnC, 2023.
Also, thicc knife here
>>5637401CAN IT KILL!!???!!!
>>5637292A good chunk of this arc is "vacation". As in, fucking around when we can and having a good time with da boiz. As in, separate business from pleasure.We can always go back to Russia for a contract and recruit while over there, but Sean sorta needs a break before he experiences a break.
>>5638198We've been running into magic bullshit almost non-stop, there's not a lot of having regular normal, mostly human fun. No cook out or eating at a good restaurant where we just talk about fun or interesting shit with our bros.I honestly want to see something simple, like running into a kit who's in trouble from regular human mooks or a thief who pickpockets us, maybe some corrupt cops or criminals trying to shake us down.
>>5638334>the corrupt cop is the head of the russian military, police, secret cult of the moon-man and jacky chan fanclub force that want to kill us for not fuck his younger sister>Set is not involve in any of this
>>5638378>No trust me kid it wasn't me, this is just what Russia is like. It's vodka flavored Florida.
>>5638461>With Bears instead of Crocodiles.
Howdy, anons.Work chewed me up and spat me out today, and I'm regretfully lacking in the energy or mental acuity to run a decent session.I'm afraid I have to push back our session today until 5:00 PM EST on Friday.As recompense, (and because I enjoy writing them) feel free to suggest interlude ideas.I'm nearly done with the current one, and will add the chosen interlude concept to my docket once I'm well and truly finished with it.Your patience is appreciated.
>>5640737Reaction of the Coast Guard finding out blown apart tanker and the survivors on it
>>5640737I want an interlude about what batmans doing or goings on in gotham. Or what the steel wolves/mercenary friends are doing
>>5640737Young Justice making jokes about getting a gunsmoke to the knee and the betting pool for who will take him down.
>>5640737An interlude on some hero we haven’t met who is cleaning up Gunsmoke/Defcon/Jonah shit and grumbling about it with others. Writer’s choice on the hero to feature.Alternately, an interlude on Intergang. Do they even care about the places we’ve hit? Are we a big enough pain to register yet? Just things I’ve wondered.
>An interlude of some regular person at the table next to us who saw our meltdown and is being interviewed by the police with a hero observing the interrogation.I imagine it going something like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0N2ihPsHgI&t=145s&pp=ygUWam9rZXIgamFzb24gdG9kZCBkaW5lcg%3D%3DIt starts normal but we progressively become more unhinged, deranged, angry, chaotic, and passionate. We give a rare glimpse into a rage so great that we may one day be offered demonhood or a red lantern ring.
>>5640886This this this, some couple wondering what the fuck is going on
>>5640737All the women Sean has killed sitting around in purgatory comparing their demises.
>>5640950>All womans chatting while they wait for their final judgment>What is left of Deliro fall down>Saint Peter: You again?
>>5640737In the moments where you can grab and maintain his ever-shifting attention, you harangue Set for details about the nature and weaknesses of demons.To your surprise, the knowledge that Set provides is largely theoretical in nature and is bereft of his usual grandstanding and posturing. Reading between the lines, it’s clear that while Set has done some heinous stuff during the course of his existence, that particular line is one that he strays far away from.it’s a lot to remember, and a few of the less important nuances fail to make an impression, but you take copious notes when possible and maintain your attention as best as possible on the key points of Set’s wild lectures.That while stronger demons may be unique in strengths and weakness, weaker demons have generally overlapping deficiencies.That the greatest and most powerful of the demonic host each possesses their own sigil, that can be found on their property, soldiers, and supplicants.That demons have a murky hierarchy of nobility from the greatest and mightiest of damned generals to the weakest and most cowardly cannon fodder.That there is a tangible difference in strength and ability between the unwillingly possessed and the beneficiaries of a Faustian bargain.That if there was ever a unifying force that could prevent greater demons from their relentless infighting and petty squabbles, the world would be in serious trouble.Overall, between your recent row with Delrio and Set’s tales, you’ve managed to establish a solid foundation of knowledge about demonic culture, biology, and tactics. It also helps that Thoth is usually there to reel Set back on topic and away from one of the many strange tangents he’s liable to lapse into.> Skill Improved! Flames of Damnation: +20 to any rolls involving demons, demonically possessed individuals, or any other such instances of hellish activity.
>>5642482https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjvBP7JzbFMIn more mundane circumstance, you’d be forced to ride the Trans-Siberian railway eastwards.Luckily, the Set-Mobile is made of sterner stuff than your average automobile and aside from the occasional rough patch on country roads, handles the journey with no complaint.Still, you make a point of trailing it as closely as possible for a few reasons; namely novelty, bragging rights, its easily recognizable trail, and the fact that it can be followed all the way to the Pacific Ocean.For now though, your destination is the city of Yekaterinburg, a part of the Sverdlovsk Oblast and the Ural Federal District. From what you can gather, oblasts are a rough equivalent to states, and federal districts are some government invention to centralize regional power. A cynical part of you whispers that it sounds more like a personal fiefdom that anything else, but it’s not like you’re an avid scholar of federal politics, Russian or otherwise.Anyhow, you wouldn’t have pegged the Ural Mountains as a particularly attractive place to settle down, but that might be your homegrown sensitivities kicking in.During the drive, you compose a mental checklist of the spots where you’d prefer to play tourist.The first on your checklist is the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land, which is something of a mouthful. For your own sanity, you’ll just abbreviate it to the “Church on Blood,” which is a pretty goddamn cool name for a religious site.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G136GODWKhcApparently it’s kind of a hybrid between a church and a museum, which is pretty understandable given its reason for construction; namely that it’s built on the former execution site of the Russian royal family during the civil war.The finishing touches of its construction was only finished a few years back, and it’s been a popular tourist destination ever since, especially in Russian Orthodox circles.With the bulk of your focus on the road, the trip passes in what feels like the blink of an eye. The tundra is eye-catchingly beautiful, but you’re a little more focused on not getting the van stuck in mud or something equally annoying.When you finally reach Yekaterinburg, the others are happy to drop you off at the location of the church. You extend an offer for the others to join you, but nobody seems to be that interested. In your heart of hearts, you’re a little glad; as much as you’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time with your pals, spending time in an enclosed space with them for days on end has you more than a little stir-crazy and eager to have some time to your lonesome.
>>5642483The excuses offered to you differ in both validity and politeness.Jack can’t really get in due to the mystical weirdness that keeps him away from places of spiritual power.Set couldn’t care less about seeing a church, unless it was to either steal or deface something.Thoth would much rather settle in at a café and read.Bobo has the look of a monkey that needs a few stiff drinks pronto.Pandion would prefer to just aimlessly wander around the city and drink in the sights.And Nessie practically glues herself to the heater to fend off the encroaching cold; besides, it’s not like you could really take her inside anyhow.When you go to head into the church itself, you discover that there’s no entrance fee. Guess it makes sense not to monetize the religious aspect of the experience, but you still would’ve expected a charge to see the museum parts.Not that you’re complaining of course, free is free. Even better, the place doesn’t have that many visitors at the moment; you were half-worried to see the place buried in tourists, but it looks like you’re fortunate enough to visit during their offseason.So, what would you like to do? (Choose 2 Options> Make your way to the Imperial Room, where the main altar is located. It was purportedly built on the same plot of land as the original basement where the Tsar and his family were executed. If you want to pay your respects to the last of the Romanovs, this would be the place.> Find a quiet place in the lower church to reflect and pray. It’s been a long time since you’ve stepped foot into a place of worship, and longer still since you’ve felt comfortable in one. But given the foes you’ve found yourself squaring up against lately, a bit of divine providence wouldn’t go amiss.> Wander around the upper church and examine the mosaic art of those martyred under the Soviet regime. While the subject is more than a little macabre, the art is still fascinating stuff. Who knows, you might even try your luck at making a few sketches.> Speak with one of the priests about the history of the site and its significance. Ever since you’ve started working for Jack, you’ve honed a keen interest in learning more about the events of the past. It’d be a good way to practice your Russian, if nothing else.> Spend some time in the outside gardens and enjoy the ambience. Might be a good opportunity to give their flowers a once over; you haven’t had a good opportunity since Belle Reve to get your hands dirty in a good way. Who knows, you might even get to take a few home with you.> Other?
>>5642485>> Make your way to the Imperial Room, where the main altar is located. It was purportedly built on the same plot of land as the original basement where the Tsar and his family were executed. If you want to pay your respects to the last of the Romanovs, this would be the place.>> Find a quiet place in the lower church to reflect and pray. It’s been a long time since you’ve stepped foot into a place of worship, and longer still since you’ve felt comfortable in one. But given the foes you’ve found yourself squaring up against lately, a bit of divine providence wouldn’t go amiss.
>>5642485> Make your way to the Imperial Room, where the main altar is located. It was purportedly built on the same plot of land as the original basement where the Tsar and his family were executed. If you want to pay your respects to the last of the Romanovs, this would be the place.> Find a quiet place in the lower church to reflect and pray. It’s been a long time since you’ve stepped foot into a place of worship, and longer still since you’ve felt comfortable in one. But given the foes you’ve found yourself squaring up against lately, a bit of divine providence wouldn’t go amiss.I wish we could speak to a priest and sketch the art but these are more important.
>>5642496>>5642498Alright, we'll start with the prayer first.Go ahead and give me some 1d100 to see if anything miraculous happens.DC: 100
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>5642508
is any of you crayon eaters gonna roll before next year
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>5642508I roll
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>5642508
>>5642509>>5642526>>5642531Alright, who / what would you like to include in your prayer?(None of these are mutually exclusive, feel free to mix and match as many as you'd like.)> Your folks back home. You didn’t really part on good terms, and they probably think that you’re dead. Maybe one day, when you’ve managed to knuckle down and get your shit together, you’ll visit them again some day.> Your old troops. Their loss still stings, worse than any hit you’ve ever taken. But every day it gets a tiny bit better; maybe you’ll even be able to forgive yourself in due time.> Jack. For all of his careful rationalizations and well-reasoned arguments, it’s plain to see that he’s terrified that he’s going to make an awful mistake. You’ll always be in his corner, but you might as well let the big man upstairs know where you stand.> Gaius. Hopefully he found what he was looking for when he passed on from his endless vigil. May we all be so lucky when the time comes.> The Steel Wolves. Eventually, you’ll be leading them into an uncertain future. The idea of screwing it all up (again) horrifies you more than anything else.> Delrio. He was a backstabbing, slimeball of a traitor who was also one of your closest lieutenants for a time. You can’t help but wonder if you could’ve kept his loyalty and saved him from his fate.> Other?
>>5642550> Jack. For all of his careful rationalizations and well-reasoned arguments, it’s plain to see that he’s terrified that he’s going to make an awful mistake. You’ll always be in his corner, but you might as well let the big man upstairs know where you stand.> Gaius. Hopefully he found what he was looking for when he passed on from his endless vigil. May we all be so lucky when the time comes.
>>5642550> Jack. For all of his careful rationalizations and well-reasoned arguments, it’s plain to see that he’s terrified that he’s going to make an awful mistake. You’ll always be in his corner, but you might as well let the big man upstairs know where you stand.> Gaius. Hopefully he found what he was looking for when he passed on from his endless vigil. May we all be so lucky when the time comes.> The Steel Wolves. Eventually, you’ll be leading them into an uncertain future. The idea of screwing it all up (again) horrifies you more than anything else.Seems like the 3 things sean would pray about
>>5642550> Jack. For all of his careful rationalizations and well-reasoned arguments, it’s plain to see that he’s terrified that he’s going to make an awful mistake. You’ll always be in his corner, but you might as well let the big man upstairs know where you stand.> Your old troops. Their loss still stings, worse than any hit you’ve ever taken. But every day it gets a tiny bit better; maybe you’ll even be able to forgive yourself in due time.> The Steel Wolves. Eventually, you’ll be leading them into an uncertain future. The idea of screwing it all up (again) horrifies you more than anything else.
>>5642550I think everything but Delrio. Sean has a troubled past and an uncertain future, there are a lot of very many things to pray about.
>>5642553>>5642555>>5642559>>5642561Alright, noted.Forgot to mention, would anyone like to use Roll the Die for another crack at the previous DC?I'm assuming no, but just to be safe...> Yes, have the anons re-roll.> No, take the failure.
>>5642570> Yes, have the anons re-roll.
>>5642570Stop it Axis, don't tempt my gambling spirit.
I'll give the vote another ten or so minutes, would prefer not to burn a re-roll with only one vote.
>>5642570> Yes, have the anons re-roll.I flipped a coin it says we should re roll
>>5642570> Yes, have the anons re-roll.ROOOOOLLLLL!!
>>5642578did you know 90% of gamblers quit right before they win big
>>5642573>>5642593>>5642595I'll be honest, I genuinely expected nays across the board.But we've got some ramblers and gamblers on our hands it would seem; give me another set of 1d100DC: 100, yet again
>>5642570>>5642593>>5642595>>5642596Alright then, fuck it let's do it.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>5642600coin flip prove me
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>5642600
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>5642600REROOOOLLLLLL!!!
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>5642600We gonna go big!
Rolled 32 (1d100)>>5642604So CloseDAMN YOU ROLL GODS!
does luck drain work here?
>>5642603>>5642604>>5642608So close, yet so far; that'll be a failure.Writing.
>>5642603>>5642604>>5642608>>5642610RIP, 5 off. So damn close...>>5642617Lmao
>>5642618Luck drain should work. There ARE visitors…
>>5642617>>5642618Important question QM, we are in a church after all. There should atleast be a priest here, if not other churchgoers.
>>5642621>>5642622I don't think luck drain applies to this sort of roll. Or does the ability description say every roll?
>>5642623So long as someone else is around to drain luck from it should work for any roll.
>>5642617I'm going to rule that nobody is within range for this roll given that you've purposefully isolated yourself for a bit of privacy.There would also be a certain perverse irony in praying for something good to happen and trying to up your odds by siphoning fortune from absolute strangers.I anticipated that question would come up, hence the "quiet place" part of the option.
>>5642627Nice foresight Axis... and it would be rather ironic yes.
>>5642627Damn you Qm, you're too smart for our cheesy ways
>>5642627Given some idiots burned our reroll on this, can you blame us for also being a dick to strangers?
>>5642636>Murders people for a living and gets mega angry when his comrades dies>Cosplays as multiple different people; "Just because" most of the time>Is socially competent around the Autism god(Thoth) and ADHD god(set), yet loses any sense of decorum when talking to most strangers>Regularly spills the spaghetti when trying to talk to women and typically gets them killedI feel like our MC is becoming more and more some dude with undiagnosed Aspergers and Anger management who somehow stumbles through life because they know how to shoot a gun and punch people.
>>5642645Y'know, I'm genuinely surprised that nobody has made a comparison to Trombley from Generation Kill by this point.
>>5642650Gotta be honest, i have no recollection of that movie other than Trombley being a suicidal, depressive man, which does fit with what our MC was in the beginning, but i don't think it would fit with him now.He seems more like an older Blazkowicz: Still filled with rage, put more introperspective.
>unironically thinking you can roll a 100 literally for a miracleY'all be funny sometimes. You don't ask for miracles, they just happen.
>>5642658gotta work on your grindset, you fail every dc you dont roll
>>5642658If sean makes a miracle happen, he becomes a saint confirmedWhat would people pray through Sean for?
>>5642657I think that we may be crossing our wires a bit, I'm referencing this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jatBIWUP7ts Coincidentally enough, I'm a huge fan of Wolfenstein reboot Blazko's internal monologues, so that tacks.For reference though, Sean is still only in his mid-20s at this point. Seeing some rough shit'll do that to a man.
Just checking in, anons.Still here, just gotta lot of update to work through.I'm probably at the length of a full post by now, and only about halfway done total.
>>5642618You head down the stairs to the lower church, intent on finding a deserted nook or corner where you can pray in relative peace.A skeleton crew of priests greet you as you pass, and you use the opportunity to ask for directions, explaining that you would greatly appreciate a bit of privacy.One of the younger priests looks like he wants to say something, but is interrupted by a far older priest who solemnly directs you to the space requested.Your mother, bless her, was a devout Methodist who made a point of dragging you to church every single Sunday, without fail. In contrast, your father couldn’t have given less of a shit about religion and enjoyed sleeping in extra-late to spite her. Can’t give him too much grief for that though, as soon as you were old enough to start making your own decisions, your church attendance plummeted to the holidays exclusively.Even still, old habits are tough to break. The long-unspoken words are still etched in the annals of your memory, and leap to the forefront of your mind when you kneel, close your eyes, and clasp your hands together.It might be a little pretentious or heretical, but you always made an effort to have your prayers be more of a conversation than a demand or request.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS5Zf5NYseo> “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”Your voice is quiet, more of a whisper than anything else.> “It’s been quite a while, Lord. I can’t even remember the last time that we spoke."Despite yourself, you can’t help but feel the slightest bit foolish that you’re doing this.> “For the longest time, I used to think that prayer was a waste of my time. That the time spent doing so would be better spent actually tackling the problem at hand. As you can most likely tell, I’m still not convinced that it’ll work. But now, I’m not as certain that it won’t work. You may be real, and you may be listening, but plenty of folks know of issues that are within their power to solve and do nothing about it. I wish I could get mad at you for that, but that’s on them, not you.”You take a moment to steady your emotions and continue.> “It’s humbling, y’know? The certain knowledge that there are things which outclass you in every meaningful way. And yeah, I know that time and death and other such concepts exist. But I’m talking about actual beings; that matter how hard you try, you’ll never match up to even an iota of their power. And I’m not talking about Superman.”
>>5642711You’re forced to pause and marshal your own thoughts before you’re lost in their intensity.> “I’ve seen evil with my own eyes. And not just of the human variety. The knowledge that some kind of unseen evil could be lurking in the shadows to harm everyone and everything I care about? Put plainly, it terrifies me. That fear is the biggest reason as to why we’re talking; I know that it’s selfish, but I also figure that it’ll stack up as the least of my sins. And if it even gives a scrap of a chance of keeping the people I care about safe; well, then it’d have been been worth swallowing my damned pride. Uh, sorry for the cursing; it’s a bad habit of mine.”> “I did my best to stay on the straight and narrow, I really did, but life had other plans for me. And I’m not sure that I’m cut out for anything else. So, do what you gotta with me, but there are some things I need to get off my chest first. Jack is the main reason I’m not six feet under in a potters field, in lockup, or doing far worse things in the name of profit. I wouldn’t go so far as to call him my moral compass, but he’s been a light shining in the darkness. I know that suicide is a mortal sin, but I’d like for you to make an exception in his case. For starters, besides the fact that he’s already suffered his natural death, he simply wishes to be put to rest. I trust that you’re wise enough to know the difference. Lord, please, do what you can to help him. Because it’s going to happen. Not today, or next week, or next month. It will, no matter what I need to do to see it come to pass.”>” Lord, I’d owe you a solid if you could take care of my friend Gaius. He’s had a rough life, and a rougher death. He may not be a believer, but he was a good and faithful man in his own way. In the end, that’s all that truly matters. We should all strive to be so faithful to our beliefs.”You clear your throat to ward off any chances of voice beginning to choke.> “Lord, please keep my soldiers safe. They trust me enough to fly my banner and carry out my orders, and I don’t think I could handle it if I lost them. Some of them may be bad men. But those that they’ve fought are far worse, and such acts were necessary to prevent further bloodshed from ruining innocent lives. It may fly in the face of your commandments, but standing by and doing nothing will never be an option. If I need to be the one to shoulder the burden of their misdeeds, then so be it. So please, just watch their backs.”Your tone takes on a steely edge, one tinged heavily by regret.> “And Lord? I hope that you’re taking good care of Armstrong, Burns, Owens, Roberts, Kim, Clark, Tanner, Thompson, Young, Richards, Jimenez, and Green. Otherwise, we’re going to be having some serious words when I kick the bucket, Father of All Creation or not. They were heroes, and had better be treated as such.”
>>5642712The strength in your voice fades and is replaced primarily by a bitter homesickness.> “I know that I’ve already asked for a lot, but please watch over my folks; even the old man, mean bastard that he is. I doubt that they even think about me anymore, but I just want them to be happy. Sometimes I wish that I could pay them a visit, let them know that I’m still alive, but maybe all I’d accomplish is letting them down one last time. So, please do what you can for those that I care about. And even if you can’t or won’t, well…then thanks. For listening.”You rise back to your feet and furiously rub at your eyes to dry the wetness; not that you were crying or anything, the priests must not dust this place all that often.
>>5642714(That's all for tonight, anons. That last update has me bushed, took a fair bit longer than I expected to finish.Guess I got swept up in the moment, let me know what you thought of it.And as always, thanks for playing! We'll pick back up from here on Wednesday at 5:00 PM EST. I hope to see you all there.)
>>5642714Thanks Axis, it was nice. As solemn as I hoped.
>>5636730Back when we were rescuing that college guy after burning a cult monster and fought that court of owls talon thingy?That actually killed him?Where did all the plot armor go?
>>5642985>he says while sean personally stands on the graves of a half-dozen or so named characters