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    418 KB Gargoyle Quest 11 VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)21:00 No.14399248  
    Previously on Gargoyle Quest:

    >>"Hugh, you don't have to come with me if you don't want to; I'm sure it'll be boring watching me just trying to imitate bats..." You mutter.

    >>"Well, to be honest Gabriel, I've felt... Sad somehow just being up on that roof. I don't know how to describe it, but it seemed like..." He pauses. "Like the world was anxious for something, and looking down on me."

    >>"I'd rather be here, helping you, than looking down on that city by myself for another night."

    >>You reach out, touching the cold stone walls. For some reason, you feel a kind of nostalgia as you do so, and shiver a bit. You hear soft squeak-like screeching from further in the cave.

    >>"Quiet now. They tend to fly away if something loud disturbs them." The father says.

    >>"Here we are. There's a few up there." O'Malley whispers, patting you on the shoulder. "The mothers nursing their babies while the fathers hunt. They aren't going anywhere.

    >>"According to that pamphlet, the bats get back around sunrise. So you'll have to stay up." O'Malley pats you on the shoulder. "Don't worry, Gabriel. I haven't prayed in a while, but tonight I prayed for you and we got this sign. The bat must have come into the church as a messenger."
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)21:09 No.14399349
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    >>You hear the father walk far off into the cavern.

    >>You listen to the soft squeaking screeches of the bats for a while, the sounds gaining a depth to them as your hearing adjusts to them.

    >>You try to imitate the sound, quietly. You do so for several minutes, varying the pitch and tone until it is perfect. You can hear yourself, but your vision does not return.

    >>You listen, silently.

    >>You slowly begin to hear more and more. The flowing stream far off down the tunnel, Hugh's toes grinding into the ground as they clench and unclench, You hear the soft echoes off of the walls, and then, after a while, you hear a far off screeching. It slowly builds, getting closer, as a wall of sound drives into your ears. You are lost in a chaotic mass of noise, the flutter of leathery wings nearly drowned out as you feel a few of the bats brush past you. You feel a pain in your ears, and suddenly you feel as though a hole has been punched into them, widening the small holes into your head. The noise becomes much more manageable.

    >>Your hearing has improved.

    >>You listen to each individual bat's screeching for a while. The noise is different for many of them, just at a very high pitch. You puff up your chest, and screech. You can hear right where the sound impacted the wall, imagining every curve and "seeing" dozens of tiny, swift blurs in the air.

    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)21:11 No.14399370
    My body is ready...
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)21:13 No.14399392
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    >>You have learned to see with sound.

    >>Hugh, are you tired?" You ask him.

    >>"Not anymore! This is great! We could go flying now that you can see again!" Hugh says, shaking you a bit. "If you think you can, that is." He smiles. "Actually I'm fine right here, too. All these little guys are really cool. They're like weird birds that hang upside down."

    >>The two of you make your way outside. You find that a series of short, high pitched bursts lets you see quite well. You and Hugh are greeted by the cool of the night.

    >>The two of you fly for some time into the night, diving and weaving with the pure joy of flight.

    >>You have learned the meaning of brotherhood.

    Previous Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/14375864/
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)21:19 No.14399451
    I assume we start after we sleep the day away...
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)21:22 No.14399488
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    You and Hugh descend after you have rediscovered the joys of flight. He laughs as you land rather harshly on the ground.

    "It's been ages since I've seen you land clumsily. Ages..." He pauses, as though remembering something.

    You remember your first few times flying. You chipped a finger sticking the landing on all fours, and tumbled over a shoulder, the impact rattling your body. You were astounded at how much the impact had hurt. This was nowhere near that bad.

    You hear the far off sound of a motor.

    What will you do?

    >>eyes ehousio

    And I thought I had a sick sense of humor, capcha...
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)21:24 No.14399504
    Hide; we don't know if that's Father yet. If it is, we'll show ourselves.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)21:32 No.14399607
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    You pull Hugh into cover, putting a finger to your lips. He nods, and the two of you keep silent watch.

    A large, box-like car with an open top and a spare tire on the front pulls up to the cave. A young man dressed in shorts and a buttoned shirt with two pockets on the front gets out of the vehicle and examines the wet ground where you and the father walked last night. He pulls out a small device you can recognize from the movies as a radio and speaks into it.

    "You were right, someone was here, Around midnight. Strange claw marks in the soft earth, look like a child from the gait, but the foot's posture is wrong, and the way it's pressed into the ground."

    He looks around, obviously on the lookout. He does not notice you or Hugh.

    "Two sets. And a man wearing shoes. Average height. Tire tracks going here and away. No, Max, they're not bear tracks. The foot's angular, claw looks like it's projecting out of the toe, it's strange... Yeah, I'll be here, come as soon as you can."

    He is alone.
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)21:35 No.14399643
    Do nothing; we are the justice, and would never strike down a civilian etc etc.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)21:43 No.14399761
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    The young man walks over to the entrance of the bat cave, leaving very shallow tracks. He walks in a peculiar manner, making him very quiet even to your enhanced hearing. He examines the tracks by the cave, in particular the great scoring marks where you and Hugh took off about twenty minutes ago. He tests the soil with his tongue, and looks int he direction of the tracks. He stands, surveying the scene and pondering what he's discovered. His hand goes to his side, removing a strap over a small bang stick at his hip.

    After looking around a bit more, he begins examining the sides of the cave, slowly working in a circular pattern that you know will eventually reach your landing site.
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)21:50 No.14399870
    Is it possible to get on top of the cave without being seen AND have cover up there?
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)21:53 No.14399909
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    He seems particularly perceptive. Quiet as you are, moving and disturbing a branch would likely draw his attention. The cave has a small ledge farther up its face that would give you next to no cover. The top of the hill might give you some, though there is a great deal of foliage atop it.
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)22:01 No.14400007
    Can we scurry into the cave without attracting too much attention? Is there any cover away from the cave (past his car)?
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)22:08 No.14400080
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    The cave, he would spot you even if he was a normal person. Past his car, along the road there's little cover. But plenty off behind you, as well as a small pond. You suspect it's past sunup since the man's not using a flashlight to look around.

    He continues to get closer, till he drifts away in his methodical pattern.
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)22:10 No.14400099
    Let's try to hide near/in the small pond. Hopefully, we're water proof.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)22:25 No.14400273
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    You are a stone creature who regularly spits water. Of course you are.

    You and Hugh move quietly as is possible over to the pond. You step in a few dry leaves, and you can see the man turn in your direction, putting his hand on his gun as you and Hugh duck on the bank of the pond.

    "Who's there?" He calls out.

    You reduce the volume on your screeching, just to be safe. Apparently, you can make the noise with your mouth closed at a much closer range. Good to know.

    Hugh slowly mouths the words "What are we going to do now?"
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)22:32 No.14400358
    How dark and deep is the pond? Hopefully our new-found sonar can tell depth in water.

    Also, how dense in the foliage around the pond?
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)22:45 No.14400498
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    You aren't sure how dark it is, and your "vision" looks strange under water. You don't need to breathe, so going below the depths should pose no threat.

    The foliage around the pond is thicker over towards the other side, perhaps large enough to hide behind. That will take a bit to get to, though.
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)22:49 No.14400553
    Let's go for it; slip in the water as quietly as we can and get under the foliage.

    Mouthing to Hugh: "Under there."
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)23:12 No.14400824
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    You and Hugh slip down into the water silently, and you soon realize that your vision is very strange down here. Everything seems to be moving as though they were flags waving in the wind. You wait for a long time before surfacing. You can see the man and another dressed similarly investigating where you and Hugh slipped into the pond.

    "I just don't understand it. No one can hold their breath for that long, especially not a child." The new man says.
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)23:13 No.14400837
    Keep down there; they'll hopefully give up.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)23:20 No.14400905
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    You descend back down. You can see them from just the edge of the water as you walk a bit closer on the bottom of the pond. The man's face is furrowed with concern, but eventually he and the other man drive off.

    You and Hugh surface. Hugh spits out a bit of plant material. "Ugh, I'm glad we can't taste anything." He says. "Those guys sure were tenacious, I wonder what's up?"
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)23:33 No.14401033
    Gargoyles, a name taken back from the original statue-fountains and spouts of Franse, which most commonly demon-esque in design, they would transport water through their 'mouths'. Hence the name gargoyle, which in reference to gargle sheds some light on the matter.
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)23:33 No.14401038
    "I don't know...Let's go sleep and wait back in the cave for Father to return."
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)23:45 No.14401124
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    "I don't know...Let's go sleep and wait back in the cave for the Father to return." You say, brushing some of the weeds off of your body.

    You creep back into the cave, where you can hear soft squeaking from the bats who are now getting to sleep. You feel somewhat tired yourself. But you remain awake, to wait for the father. It's not like he can move you while you're sleeping.
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)23:47 No.14401145
    Are we impervious to being awaken while sleeping? No knocking on our head?
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/28/11(Mon)23:54 No.14401207

    You're hard to wake up. Years of sleeping through traffic and the sounds of the city has made you a heavy sleeper.

    You wait for some time after Hugh says the sun is risen, but there is no sign of the Father.
    >> Anonymous 03/28/11(Mon)23:57 No.14401235
    Wait some more! If he doesn't come...well...fuck.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)00:03 No.14401287
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    He doesn't come.

    "It's really early." Hugh says with a yawn. "Sun's getting up there."

    "You don't think..." He stops himself, tensing.
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)00:07 No.14401328
    "No, I'm sure he's busy. We'll wait till tonight. Let's get some rest."

    Then, find a neat little place to sleep inside the cave.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)00:09 No.14401350
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    "No, I'm sure he's busy. We'll wait till tonight. Let's get some rest."

    You see Hugh nod, slowly, looking down at the floor of the cave.

    As you become weightier and weightier, you cannot help but wonder why O'Malley hasn't come. You do not know the way back to the church. All you can do is hope nothing has happened.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)00:18 No.14401445
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    A quiet voice rouses you from slumber that you know has not lasted long. It sounds like the voice of a young girl, coming from the other cave entrance.

    Hugh is roused as well, but is silent.

    "Hello? Anyone there?"
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)00:21 No.14401487

    Remain still. Hopefully, we were smart enough to put us out of direct sight.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)00:25 No.14401525
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    You totally were. You can hear soft footfalls from off towards the entrance.

    "Anyone?" The voice shouts, before you hear the person fall to the ground.

    "Ow..." The voice says after a bit.

    The bats hear this, and some of them wake, groggily.
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)00:31 No.14401597
    We are so smart. :D

    Stay hidden, but try to get a good sonar vision of this girl.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)00:37 No.14401657
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    You hold a hand up to Hugh, and let out a high pitched noise that agitates the bats a bit.

    You can see a young girl, about three feet in height with long, wavering hair dressed in a skirt and sweatpants and a long sleeve shirt. She is a child, probably no more than seven. She's rubbing her knee where she fell, and walking awkwardly further into the cave.
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)00:38 No.14401668
    Is there anywhere she might fall or get hurt ahead of her?
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)00:41 No.14401693

    An innocent. We should remain out of sight, as gargoyles are terrifying for even adults, never mind children. Still, she may be in need of help.

    Call out to her, "Are you lost, miss?"
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)00:48 No.14401741
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    The ground is unsteady, so she might trip, but nothing too serious.

    "Are you lost, miss?" You call down the cave.

    She perks up instantly. "Yes! I need help! There are bad men after me!"
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)00:50 No.14401758

    "Who are these bad men?"

    Don't reveal ourselves, though.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)00:56 No.14401804
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    "Who are these bad men?"

    "I don't know. They were wearing suits, and had knives. Please help me! I don't know where to go!" The girl answers.
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)00:58 No.14401826
    Flashbacks to /the/ night.

    Poke Hugh and mouth to him: "Watch her; I'll be back."

    After that, scurry outside past her.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)01:07 No.14401905
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    You whisper to Hugh to guard the child, skirting out past the young girl, who is now deep in the cave.

    You are outside. You hear rustling in the brush.

    What will you do?
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)01:09 No.14401932
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    Stay hidden, but try to scout out the area with our sonar vision. Be ready to fight the bad guys.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)01:24 No.14402085
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    You see a man stalking on a path towards the cave, a strange knife that curves like a river in his hand. He is wearing a mask with long tendrils attached to the front, and he moves oddly, like a puppet with no visible strings. His breathing is hard and erratic.
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)01:28 No.14402117

    Try to find some cover or brush of some sort, get closer, then wait and see what he does.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)01:32 No.14402150
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    You get into the brush. You see him walk down the path, clutching the knife in his grasp with the point down. You smell fresh blood from the blade. He is softly chanting something.

    "Dread Cthulhu sleeps in R'leyh, beyond time and space, soon he will awaken, soon, soon. I'a I'a Cthulhu f'tagn..."
    >> Magus O'Grady 03/29/11(Tue)01:33 No.14402165
    stay hidden. Wait until he enters the mouth of the cave, so his vision is compensating. We'll have the tactical advantage of superior 'vision', surprise, and historical supremacy (We're made of Rock, and all he has is half a pair of scissors. I think the numbers crunch in our favor.)
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)01:37 No.14402199
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    lol. Good point.

    I shall return in 30 minutes to attend to this.
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)01:37 No.14402203
    Didn't we see this in a silver screen picture, once?
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)02:12 No.14402514
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    You wait in the brush, seeing the man advance towards the cave. You shriek terribly, the man clutching his ears as you pounce on him, slamming his head into the soft earth. He loses consciousness.
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)02:14 No.14402537
    We're the God-damn batman; we don't have time for Cthulu. Check for any other cultists around. If no one else is around, let's return to Hugh and the little girl.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)02:37 No.14402698
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    There is no one else in the immediate area.

    You slip back into the cavern, having to run along the wall a bit till you reach Hugh.

    "Who are you?" The girl asks, curled up with her arms over her knees. You realize that the cave is a bit chilly. "Hello?"
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    Speaking in riddles time.

    "A blind guardian, child...and who are you?"

    Wait for answer.

    "Your pursuer has been dealt with; now what are you doing here?"
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    "A blind guardian, child...and who are you?"

    "Cindy. Cindy Markov. My daddy's a watchmaker." She says, shivering a bit.

    "Your pursuer has been dealt with; now what are you doing here?" Your voice echoes in the cave. You think you can hear the position of things when you speak to her, incredibly vague compared to the normal high pitch.

    "I was walking home from school when those men took me. I was in a wooden cage with some other people, but I escaped. I don't know what happened to the rest of them." She says, somewhat calmly.
    >> Anonymous 03/29/11(Tue)02:52 No.14402804
    What have we learned so far?

    Brotherhood, anger, mercy, pain, and...stuff?
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)03:12 No.14402929
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    You have learned: alot.

    You have: Two bang sticks; The father's bang stick (Silver bullets), The thug's bang stick (Silver bullets)
    Walking stick

    You have learned: The meaning of death
    The meaning of hate
    The meaning of fear
    The meaning of brotherhood
    Mourning the dead
    Resourcefulness under pressure
    True Pain

    Your stone is an unknown shade.

    You stand at around 4 feet tall.

    Your ears seem larger, and your hearing has become superhuman.

    You are completely blind, but have learned to see with sound.
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    Alright OP; I have class in 5 hours again. It's been mad fun, but sleep calls to me. However, one last instruction:

    Since we're going to have to reveal ourselves to this child eventually, let's get it over with at the next possible convenience. Tell her that the mouth of the cave is fine because we took care of the cultist, then slowly (SLOWLY) reveal ourselves to her. Before this, we should be somehow gaining her trust. Ask her what her father is like, how she's doing, what her favorite candy is; whatever can make her not immediately flip a lid when she sees us.

    Hopefully, this little girl isn't a trap of Eldritch horror that will now try to eat our face. D:
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)03:24 No.14402988
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    Alright, I shall post the next part in no real hurry then. I shall run on Wednesday again, with a possible break.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)05:48 No.14403809
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    "Cindy, my name is Gabriel. I have a friend here named Hugh."

    "Hi Cindy." Hugh speaks up. You do have to admit, Hugh's voice sounds much less threatening than yours.

    "Hi." She says back, tentatively.

    "Tell me, what is your father like?" You ask her.

    "He's nice, he reads me stories." She says. "About princesses and castles." She pauses. "He made me a cuckoo clock. It makes a funny noise."

    "A cuckoo clock?" You ask.

    "You know, like in that one film, what was it called..." Hugh says, thinking aloud. "Anyway, the one with the people in the hospital and Nurse Ratchet."

    "I think that was 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'. And it wasn't about cuckoo clocks." You add.

    "Aww." Hugh says, morosely.

    "Are you doing alright, Cindy?" You say over to her.

    "I'm kinda scared, but daddy told me that as long as I was brave, I would be alright." She says.

    "That's right. You're a brave girl, Cindy."

    Cindy grins. "Yeah. My daddy said when you're scared, that's when being brave is most important."

    You look over at Hugh. "Alright then, Cindy. The man who was chasing you is gone. But I need you to be brave. Hugh and I are going to walk over to the cave entrance so you can see us."
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 03/29/11(Tue)05:57 No.14403850
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    Next Time:

    Scaring Children 101


    Nyarlathotep? I hardly know 'er!

    See you then!

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