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>"And so, once again, a strange meteor shower appears above one of our little cities. And while official statements play it all down as a natural meteorological phenomenon, no explanation yet can explain the strange sightings, that occur more and more frequently wherever those "meteors" are supposed to show up next."
Yes. Everything is fine thank you.
Also she's not really an enemy, just another photo hunter like you guys.
>Is everything okay in there?
Yeah, just the alien slugs erupting from my head.
Urgh. Could you get off me?
and tell mr. paranoia it's not an "enemy agent" it's just some girl. srsly, dude.
ok before any more weird crap goes down I think you should get dressed, then see what Chris has been up to since last night and maybe see what stalker girl has to say, also find out her name.
"Not an enemy, she is a rock hunter like you and I helped her get away from some thugs, be nice"
Congratulations! You have just completed your training at the Academy of Heroics!
You are an earnest young man determined to become a hero of legendary proportions!
What is your name, young legend, and what exactly did you specialize in during your training?
buy some shit.
Invite Ari to come with you to the shopping district so you can flirt with her while you buy supplies
Get your mind on track and deal with that spider problem, supplies are needed. Can't impress a possible companion with your greatest weakness occupying the shack.
You know, a normal human can replicate an air cannon by throwing a punch. With his Marco's agility, he should be able to launch multiple and stronger air strikes to fumble a mere spider.
Maybe if you figure out the mystery of Peter and the house, you'll inherit it or something and have all the basic comforts available
Three Stripes wakes up but he doesn't move at all because everyone else is still asleep and that would be rude.
It has been about several sun cycles since Silent got Three Stripes out of his new old home and a lot more suns since Three Stripes got out of his old old home. The more Three Stripes moves the less he feels like he understands anything. But he is here now and he has had a lot of time to spend with his neumono friends that he still tries not to eat or control.
Which is weird because a few times a few strange neumono entered this area from somewhere and told Three Stripes he might have to control neumono. Three Stripes thinks? He doesn't understand that either, except that his friends did not like the strange neumono very much.
Good job Three stripes you probably just managed to single handedly save your species from extinction.
Go ahead and try to align the rogue with his hive. Make sure you are changing him to be like them and not the other way around. You could probably do it the other way but then the whole hive would have to be here.
But let them know if they want you to be pulling a lot of all-nighters you will need a raise. Giant does not like it when you are not around to cuddle.
Well if they weren't going to breed you before they are now. You have tame genes Three Stripes. You probably don't know what that means but I don't know how I can convey this to you. Okay, I think this is how it can go. Three Stripes they think your kids will be nice-to-neumono babies instead of mean babies like Four Stripes. This is what we call Animal Husbandry.
We're going to take this very slowly. We're probably going to do this a lot more and faster each time with other rogues. I suggest just pushing his alignments subtly towards the hive's each day. Enough where there will be change for him so he doesn't revert back to his original state because of what you said with the couple earlier. Maybe you don't need to go all the way anyway, maybe enough similarities imposed onto him will be enough.
Ok Three Stripes what you want to do is get them to make a thing we call a "disclaimer" where basically they write this thing down for you that says you will do your best but that it is possible for bad things to happen and that if bad things happen it's not your fault so long as you tried your best and they can't get mad at you about it, or at least that they can be mad so long as they don't try anything to hurt you or your friends because of it. And then you make a mark on it like a pawprint maybe to show you understand and they make a mark on it to show they understand and then later if something bad happens and they get upset you can say that they knew it could happen and they agreed not to be mean to you because of it.
Also you should ask them for a "lawyer" it is someone who makes sure people don't get mad at you when they shouldn't be getting mad at you, someone who has learned all the agreements people have made before and how they agree things and how to say things the right way to make that happen. Though it's possible that only neumono can have lawyers so in that case you ask for a lawyer for Giant and that will work because you are one of her tribe and belong to her like your other friends do.
Also you need some face-time with this guy who wants to change so that you can personally ask if he's really sure he wants to do this and if he knows that it will change him and that maybe some day the thing that made him a rogue in the first place might come back because if there was something that made him a rogue in the first place there's no reason it can't just happen again.
Taking a longer amount of time means a greater risk, doesn't it? Tell them this, and give them an estimate of how long it will take, exactly. Also tell them how long it usually takes for a controlled neumono to turn into a pet. Also, what's keeping the rogue from going rogue again after this?
This seems very risky and possibly pointless, but we will do it if they insist. I feel like this will probably not end well though...
Would moving this rogue's empathic pattern back in line with his hive's in stages be safer than doing it all in one go? Say, push it a quarter of the way and solidify it, let him to recover until he's at full mental faculties, then repeat until he's all the way? It'd take longer, but would it be safer? Do you even know? Because if you don't, then maybe you should try it that way first.
War: one way or another, it always has to end.
Since the dawn of critter-kind, when the killing powers of rock and bone were first discovered, blood has been spilled in the name of everything: from God to justice to simple, psychotic rage.
eh, you can probably bring the kids, just make sure they will listen to the adults since we still aren't very sure what is and isn't safe. Besides we should try and find more supplies as we really only have 2 days worth of food and with some extra eyes we might be able to find more and with some extra backs we could carry more as well. But at the first sign of trouble have the kids be ready to run back to the came, or if the camp wouldn't be possible keep an eye out for hiding spots along the way so they could hide in them until the danger has passed. just make sure to check out this hiding places first to make sure it isn't the home of something nasty.
stick to teams though regardless of who comes of stays. and want to explore wide.
HARLIN: ...Alright. The children can come. But someone has to stay behind with the babies.
Sandy's Initiative check succeeded!
SANDY: I'll do it. Besides, I have to feed Katie soon, anyway.
HARLIN: Good idea. We'll split into four teams of two. Children with parents, and the Cottontails together.
BELL: Can I go with you, Dad?
HARLIN: Skip, will you go with your mother?
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it's been eating the berries. back away slowly. it could be growling at you to back away from it's food. if so then sufficient distance will calm it down. do NOT turn around. showing your back is the worst thing to do.
back away slowly and DO NOT make any eye contact with the thing, we can make a mental checkpoint here and come back to it later when we are better equipped or have something to defend yourselves with., you don't really need the berries now and the only reason you would need them for the foreseeable future would be because you pissed off the raccoon and it attacked you.
[LIFE OUT OF PLACE]
I decide to let dragon to interfere. Letting down a mighty roar, we swoop down near the two, dragon trying to snap at the general. General manages rolls away.
>"What the... Who let you out..? Interlopers! GUARDS! KILL THEM!"
He tries to land a blow on the Red One, but is way too distracted by our arrival. The Red One uses this as his advantage, stops the large blade dead on its tracks and delivers a nasty riposte! But it is not lethal nor deadly. General is in visible pain, but can still act.
"..What are you doing here you idiots?! I told you to go! Fly away!"
Lizards who were spectators are regaining their composure. The dragon and I are very unsure what we should do.
You heard the man. Git!
That's enough. Run!
Unless you can tell the dragon to just grab red I say run
...The Red One had the chance to take down the general, yet didn't... Dammit, he's looking to die here in glorious battle as a distraction to make sure the dragon and you got away without the lizards knowing right away, and you two almost blew it. He's probably doing this 'cause he was going to die soon anyway; You've seen how much blood has flowed from his nose. He has to be in his last days.
Get out of there. Haul back on the dragon's mane with one hand and frantically gesture to it with the other to get off the ground.
"Make sure your feet are planted. It's as important as using spears."
"I... not sure if agree."
"You'll agree when you fire. Only fire a couple shots. We're only using enough ammunition so you know what firing feels like."
"This is how booming death is? Pulling the tiny lever?"
"If you don't respect the gun, I'm going to get off your shoulder and watch in safety while you shoot your foot off."
"Hold it firmly. Don't tense up and clutch it, just keep it steady, before, during and after it fires."
It could also be that because of your injuries you started halucinating far faster and you're in the denial phase.
Could be cave creatures. Keep an eye out.
>"LIGHT DEFRACTIONS not a viable option. Highlighting movement..."
How do we know the stalkers aren't a hallucination? The goggles weren't able to detect them before. How are we able to now?
If we start shooting we're gonna reveal our position. If we're not shooting at an enemy, it is a BAD MOVE.
Well, to be fair, that was using the forward goggles. Bell's reporting the current observations from the rear camera- different equipment.
And the diffractions the low-grade cloaker suits make are actually visible to the unaided eye. Look here- >>500885, you can actually see the outline of the moving cloackers before Polo switches to IR. That's what Bell's seeing.
So it's not as if Bell's observations are impossible and therefore have to be a hallucination. (Granted, anything could be, but we have no good reason to suspect we're hallucinating yet).
Okay, so there's a chance you inhaled some hallucinogenic gas and you're hallucinating these cloakers, so better figure that out before you go spraying the cavern with bullets and giving away your position. So put the gun away before the possible cloakers clear the corner so they don't think you suspect they're there, if they are there.
Bell said it used "light diffraction" to detect the cloakers, which is something it said before it couldn't do. So first ask Bell if it said it detected anything odd on the rear view video in the last few minutes. If it says it says it did, birectly ask it how it is detecting "light diffraction" now when before it said it couldn't do that. Then ask Bell to replay the rear camera video recording for you in what's left of your visor for the last few minutes so you can see for yourself.
Then you'd better figure out where that hissing sound is coming from, if it's for real. Ask Bell if it can hear a hissing sound, and if so to try and locate its general direction if it can. Otherwise you're going to have to just cover one ear and turn to try and narrow down where it is. If you can't figure out where the hissing is coming from after searching around, then it's likely a hallucination.
You might not be smelling the gas either because you're hallucinating not smelling it, or it's a new batch that doesn't have a scent, or it's not at a concentration yet that you can smell it, but you've been inhaling it enough that it's built up to the point its causing symptoms. That last one sounds like it'd fit, since this cavern is massive and it would take a long time to fill with gas.
Make sure to hold your breath as much as you can while still speaking to Bell. Do you know anything about how long the hallucinogenic gas lasts in the bloodstream of a neumono that's holding its breath?
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Choose your character:
The Bard weaves stories unlike any other. These stories are alive, these stories are a part of the fabric of the world. With each new experience, new stories awaken.
The Nanny cares for children above all else. To aid in this noble cause, the Nanny uses magic both practical and whimsical. With each new adventure, more adventures can be had.
The Witch calls up spells to aid friends and hinder foes. These spells may vary wildly in usefulness, but a cunning user can operate all in a useful way. With each new bit of knowledge, new spells can be learned.
The Apothecary brews up potions, poisons, elixirs, and more. An expert at the sales-pitch, the Apothecary gathers ingredients to create new and exciting concoctions. With each new recipe, more discoveries can be made.
The Toon is master of all things comical and wild. As long as an action be absurd and funny, the Toon can turn any situation to his or her own favor. Their powers wax and wane from journey to journey, but the Toon will always go where laughs are to be had.
Which do you choose?
This is a re-boot of the text-quest "NannyQuest." Margos is writing, Uplifted is providing the art. Hopefully this goes better this time, because I think I know what went wrong before.
Oooh! Oooh! I know this one!
Now I know my ABCs,
Next time won't you sing with meeeee?
NINA: Before we go... You should probably have your own Travelling item.
NINO: Really? Then I can teleport just like you do?
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This guy seems like he could be the local main character, so I guess you should ask him if anything unusual has been going on lately.
>patty-cake / saving
Huh. So long and messy story made simple, it looks like he's not so different from you. He has standards of what is acceptable to do with other people, and what's more special and private.
...just what those things are is rather different. Or the bar has kind of been slid over a bunch. Cultural thing, I guess. Huh. Toons have a culture. Who knew?
Don't worry about it! You've got Nino to learn on, and if you need it, we can help there too. Did you study a foreign language at all back in school? Not sure what the requirements for that sort of thing are in the UK.
>what do we tell them?
Well, I don't see much need for deceit in this world. Tell them that the two of you are world travelers? They're airplanes, they should be down with that (...up with that? Planes again). And you try to help things as you go.
Welp, another setting I have absolutely no familiarity with.
Let's see... from what I can find out, this little guy is a mailman, and he's had to deliver mail through frigid weather, dangerous for planes. That's about all the information available- the story behind this guy is rather short.
Ask about odd weather patterns. Failing that, you could talk to his parents. Wouldn't hurt to talk to them regardless.
Well... it isn't really compulsory. My school didn't require it. Honestly, I didn't see the point of learning one.
NINO: Pedro, ¿ha estado ocurriendo algo... raro? Especialmente con el tiempo.
PEDRO: Pues, hay tormentas... ¡muchas tormentas! ¡Más tormentas que es normal! La montaña, Aconcagua, es muy enojada...
NINO: ¿Enojada? ¿Cómo está una montaña enojada?
PEDRO: Aconcagua no es una montaña normal.
NINO: Well... that's interesting.
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In his dream, Oren visits Grandpa out in the wastes.
"You're in a bit of trouble, ain't you," Grandpa drawls. He's got a bag of peanuts next to him. He idly shells one. "Down in that hole of yourn."
"Yeah," says Oren. "I reckon I'm in deep."
"Why you come asking my help then, boy?" Grandpa chews solemnly. "You never even met me fore I bought the farm."
"Dad always said you were a great man." Oren shuffles closer. He's very small. "A man's man."
Grandpa snorts. "What did your no-good pa ever know about man's mens mans or whichever? Only fella he ever whooped was his boy." He tosses a peanut to Oren. "I spose you might well blame me for that one."
"Grandad, I've been trapped down there a day at least. I got no idea what's happening to Nessie. If I don't die of hunger or something first I can't imagine what Joseph's planning on doing to me. If he ain't just going to leave me down here forever and let nature take its course, anyway."
"Well. Ain't nothing wrong with dying, Oren." Grandpa's voice is scratchy and dustblasted but tender. "I been through it. Everyone has. Or will. Everyone, ever." He leans forward on his rock. "You scared, Oren?"
oh wait before I forget how about your arm!
You should probably ask him just what the hell happened down here
Oren: Tell her Orpheo is sending help, and Blejwas said to tell the cops "Contingency Opal".
State that you hope whoever arrives can cast a shower on you.
Maybe ask Nessie if it would help if you got a huge eye too. A green one so you can have a christmas thing going on.
ahaah right Blew-
Check if there is anyway he can be saved.
He's got a crossbow bolt in his face. I kinda doubt he's going anywhere.
Oren: Ask Orpheo where you should meet his contacts, then update Nessie on your info.
Nessie: Tell Oren about Allen and Vesta, and about the price on your heads (because you think he probably doesn't know)
"I tap my chaos land and generate 4 orbs of destruction. With these I destroy your castle's walls and sink your air ship."
>Alice: "... Fuck it. I can't play this with you."
Alice stands up and leaves.
"HA! You're just being a sore loser!"
Fluffy thinks she hears Alice say 'It was poker you blind idiot!' but she is not sure.
She's too busy celebrating her victory.
Any idea who sealed him up in the first place?
Oh right. His mother. Who died. And was then turned into Emily, who is kind of a ditz. She's not gonna be able to fix this.
Reseal her, and let's go see the other tinker. The not-crazy one who wears a mask, and tell her what you've learned. The overlord has a magic watch that can be used to peek back into the past. Maybe we could watch how it was done the first time, to figure out how to fix him now?
guys, seriously, she looks at the other eye and figures out how to turn the storm back int an eye. the eye is the seal. overlord has 2.
Okay, we can do this first.
Fluffy, you still haven't told us where the other eye went.
Styx and Beatrice in the same room tinkering together. Sounds like the best recipe for a cat fight ever. Lets do it.
This. We need our tinker to get this information.
???: Welcome back, did you manage the job?
????:N-no...I-I only shot its foot off a-and I lo-lost the gun.
???: ... Hmm. Well, it'll be here soon. Rest. I'll deal with it.
???: But you do realize that I shall have to report to The Superiors, don't you?
????: Yes sir...
???: I thought you said you shot his foot off...?
????: I-I did!
???: Stand back, lad
????: Yes, sir!
A/N: Heheh next update tomorrow!!
> Stand up, dust yourself off, and proceed to ask the nearest person what village this is.
I approach the two fellows nearby the pub.
"Hello, I was wondering where I-"
"Whisker Town." the large cat quickly replies. "Sorry, I was ready for you to ask. Are you quite alright, after being handled by the eye fellow?"
Ack. Whisker Town. Never heard of it!
"And you don't happen to know where Gnawthorpe is, do you?"
"Apologies. Not the foggiest. Sounds a lovely place, even in just the name."
"Nobody in this village will now, 'prolly! Travelling ain't a thing we all do a lot." says the smaller cat.
well you might as well ask about the town, anything worth mentioning going around here, how bad are the monsters around the town, where would be a good place to spend the night, anywhere where I could get a map of the surrounding area, that sort of thing.
Really? From what we could tell, the eye guy seemed kind of concerned for your well being!
I guess we explore the town, see what we can learn. Until you figure out where this is, or where where you're going is, you don't have a direction to travel in. Maybe there's a library or town hall or something with maps?
Might also be a good idea to rest up, and replenish supplies while you're here.
Get your bearings here. If they don't travel a lot they have to get their trade and supplies from SOMEWHERE. That could be enough to get you back on track.
Yeah that guy wasn't a jerk at all. If he did anything terrible to you it would have been out of clumsiness. If indeed so powerful to make you eat your own hand, I would think of him as a sort of clumsy god, or, clod. Yeah that's what he is. A clod.
Little, meek Sergei.
Little, meek, defenseless Sergei.
so your old man was into the occult then, well that usually never ends well for any involved. Oh well nothing we can really do about it now so just give your mother a hug and wait for your girlfriend to recover and then we can ask her to look into this crap, maybe even do it yourself if you've made some contacts throughout your police career.
"Oh..ma, it's alright. You didn't know at the time."
But that's just it. I did! I just felt that it would go away. I kept it hidden for so long, I thought it was finally safe to just forget! I'm sorry Sergei. I'm sorry I couldn't give you a better life."
"No ma, there is nothing you could that would make my life better than it is, and there is nothing you could do that could disappoint me. Except maybe dating that fellow with the lazy eye, he creeps me out."
"Hm. Hmhm~ Oh Sergei, that's a little rude to my clientele, but I understand what you mean. Thank you. Such a good boy."
Well that's all I'm getting from my mother. None of it makes any sense though. Soul of the none? What does that even mean. How does that relate to voices in my head? Ugh, I hope Vivian can shed some more light on this...
Crazy prophecies from mad cults rarely make much sense until after the fact. Then everyone can pretend they guessed more than they did.
For the moment ignore the prophecy stuff until you get more info. You have a mess to clean up and a city to protect.
i say just ignore this crap for now and we can deal with it later. Maybe when things settle down a bit we can check old police records since your mom did say she got them to chase the cult guys out a few times, might give us a clue about them or something. It's worth a look.
It's simple. Soul of none. What's the only thing that's a soul, that isn't anyone? We are! You can't point to the guy being us right now because he doesn't exist!
And the Two is that guy who keeps giving you "incidents". You're #1 he's #2. I guess they think he's going to like, bud off a second body or something? If he just takes over it'll be One becoming One! That part isn't as clear. And the guy in your nightmares that could either be #2 or your father I can't tell.
As for the bones of Three... idk you've killed lots more than three people, and lots more than three cultists. That doesn't make any sense yet.
Oh ask your mother if there was a twin who died.
I don't know why I'm taking this job, but I've got a feeling it will lead me to something important.
"My name is Michael. Your mother said to call. She seemed angry, but I think she's just stressed."
"How did you… find me here?" Samuel gets to his feet.
"You could say it's my job. And it's a good thing she came to me, too - instead of the bots. You're in danger." I'm not sure how much they know about Cirrus, so this might be a good chance to test that out. "You're marked for taking. And if you aren't 'found' soon, you'll be forcibly extracted from this place. It will hurt you."
The man in glasses swears, and Samuel turns on him. "Roy- you said I'd be safe here!"
Roy crosses his arms. "We don't know he's telling the truth…"
"Ordinarily they'd send Finders after you first," I continue, "But it seems that all of the Finders... have gone missing."
Roy and the woman, Vina, exchange a glance. "Didn't I tell you that would end badly? I swear I-" she begins, before Roy cuts her off.
"No, no; No more talking. I'm getting Mr. Todd." he glares at me and walks swiftly out of the room.
The woman is still regarding me defensively, but Samuel just looks apprehensive. He sits down with a loud sigh and the woman goes to comfort him.
"What were you talking about earlier, before you were cut off?" I ask Vina.
"I shouldn't say too much before the boss gets here." Her eyes flicker to me and then back to Samuel. "But… since you've put yourself in danger to warn us, I suppose I can fill you in on a few things. Some you might know, some you might have guessed. We're the Resistance, and this is our headquarters. I suppose that you know about Cirrus, since you're here. We're fighting against the robot scum who stuck us in this world and tried to convince us it was real, and we're fighting for humanity's freedom. As you can see, we've managed to create our own offshoot reality, basic as it is. Progress is slower than I'd hoped, but we're definitely making advancements."
I hear footsteps approaching - I have time for one more question for this woman.
What do they have to do with the other Finders going missing?
I though Cirrus was made to protect the humans from... something? Also ask if they know anything about the Veil.
no... just protect. they are three laws robots that have decided that the best way to protect humanity is to lock them up so they can't get hurt.
ask what they had the finders find that made them go missing.
You bolt upright from your uneasy slumber, unsure of where you are. The room is dimly lit, but you cannot see far with your poor vision. What do you do?
Just let her out before someone else shows up.
Multitask. Scramble over to the desk and rummage through the keys, holding each one up for her to indicate which one is for her cell, while blabbering out of control a stream of apologies for screwing up before, and that you're infinitely sorry for what you assume happened to her after, and you don't know what the fuck you're doing, and that you're a complete moron, and so on and so forth.
Also, put Scarlet on the desktop, and peek around under there for anything that might be used to wipe that horrid Gecko blood off.
Tell her you're an idiot.
Chicks dig honesty.
U gonna get admonished
Yeah, that unknown potion was reckless idea. Guess we'll get to see how loud she can be while we dig for the keys.
uhh uhh [spin around like a helicopter]
Just make a silly face. Like stick out your tongue and go "Bleeeeh"
Also, uh, you should go through the door.
Open the door and request a neurosurgeon.
sing a funny song, and maybe try to find a hat, unless we can retract