My name's Jack. I'm an information specialist.Log this:
The double-fine next to me is Wendy. She's trouble with bold underline italic. We're standing next to the body of a dead cyborg in the helipad service hall of the ReGene tower because of her and her disk.
The disk and the plans for more of these things. Full-body cyborg conversions. Hybrids. Yuji told me I was radioactive as long as I had a copy, but he was wrong. Anyone that touches this gets burned.
She told me she didn't know anything about it and I fell for her. If it hadn't been for Laudine I might be wondering why I died with a bullet in my brain last night, but Wendy unlocked when I buzzed her on it. Wendy had been in on the hybrid project after ReGene's CEO secretly revived it, but flipped on her conscience at the tail end and tried to wipe the entire thing. Not enough conscience to stop her from taking a copy to unload when she ran out of credit.
It's been forty-eight hours but it's almost over. We walk in the front door, the disk goes back to ReGene, they let BB go and let me get on with my life. That was their graph, anyway. I never liked following orders. The two dead men on the helipad can scan for that.
I keep telling myself BB is alive. They don't have enough reason to kill him just yet. Not until they have the disk.It was BB that gave us a place to go to ground after the Friskie's shooting, BB that hid us out in the blight with his freeger friends, BB that introde me to his old streetdoc and these turb neuromotor enhancers. Good old lotek BB with his Nestle x-10 arms and his ultralight.
Now we're here, and Julia Rose knows it. ReGene's renegade CEO wants the disk back. It's her baby, after all. It survived a permanent dismissal that took out the entire first-gen team.Part of me wonders if she knows I gave a copy of it to Laudine.
Equipment check:1 machine pistol1 lotek revolver1 combat shotgun1 rig with case1 disk with hybrid plans1 copy of a Net bot armed with brain-destroying RemJack has implanted hyperconductive neuromotor enhancers installed by Dr. Saldana that make him able to perform superhuman feats of reflexes.What now?
>>19537675Has the bot already been frisked for goods?
>>19537675We need a map. See if we can get one from the nearby terminal.
>>19537707Wendy had to blow his hand off to get the shotgun out of it. Armor's locked down too. Unless...Roll a d12 and link to this post, please!
rolled 8 = 8>>19537768its a good thing hes an expert cyborg armor hackerand they say national geographic is useless
rolled 3 = 3>>19537768Hacking for fun and profit
>>19537787My rig has an extremely shortrange transceiver designed for those precious moments when I come across a machine with no easy input panel. In this guy's case, he unlocks from the inside and only on his command or a remote override. Wendy's upgrades do their thing, and the rig spits back something interesting.The implant at the base of my neck is good for more than just answering phone calls when I'm unconscious or diving. It can confetti, which I've used once before and lived to tell about, but it can also broadcast a steady stream of information. In this case, what I've got is the cyborg's hall pass. At least until they figure it out and revoke it.
>>19537738Once that's done I check the terminal to find out where everyone's supposed to be when the curtain goes up.Roll a d12 and link to this post, please!
rolled 7 = 7>>19537946type awayand tell the dame to take notes
rolled 10 = 10>>19537946Does Google maps exist in BLOCKOUT?
> She's trouble with bold underline italic
>>19537975I try three different ways around this model, but no good. All I can pull out of it is that they've disabled all the external access points I can check from here.I get that feeling again, that cold wave lapping at my guts. We're a pair of rats trapped in here.Wendy asks me "what now".
>>19538065Nothing left for us here. Proceed through the complex further.
rolled 12 = 12>>19538065When in doubt, go left.They know we are here already, might as well run the maze.
>>19538088very silently and carefully
>>19537999>Does Google maps exist in BLOCKOUT?No it does not. You need to be a hacker to get a good map of anywhere. Otherwise they only show you the soba stands they want you to see.
There's only one way to go. A straight tunnel that's no doubt a killing zone straight out of a standup game. We're rats, and this is our maze.That cold feeling again, then something else finally compiles.What else can rats do besides run mazes?
>>19538097They get in to places they aren't supposed to.
Only one guard below us, making his rounds. We watch for three minutes and he passes again from a different direction. There's a door with a medium-security console that I know Wendy can unlock externally.But that guard has got to go.
Wendy's lips form around a single word.Yes.
Roll a d12 and link to this post for whatever you do!If it's something agility-related you get to roll TWO dice thanks to your neuromotor enhancers!
rolled 4 = 4>>19538466Drop on him from above!
>>19538432drop a coin on the ground, when he looks down at it, bust open the grate and drop down on him, knocking him out in the process
I can't join you today Lego Quest, but I love your work.
>>19538478You're lucky you get two dice for this! Better roll a second die!
rolled 10 = 10useing 2nd dice roll on this>>19538485
rolled 11 = 11>>19538466>>19538478Uh...not sure if that's really agility-related. But assuming it is, here's another die.
GOD DAMNIT YES I LOVED THIS
I wait until he makes another pass, count to twenty, and drop a plastic chit through the grate.A minute later he comes back through and spots it.
>these filenamesWhy can't I hold all these chuckles?
"Here's your case, Jack."Once it's back in my hands I feel a little better. Like we might actually see BB before we die. Wendy struts toward the console and clucks her tongue.
rolled 9 = 9>>19538818when shes bent over hacking the computer, give her booty a pinch and let her know you've got love on you're mind
>>19538862No. No let's not do that. Also quit that nokodicing.
Wendy, you just made my day.What's the plan now?
>>19538908>dem computersGo see what's on them.
rolled 1 = 1>>19538908Use that one guards passwords on the computers, maybe he has some helpful messages?
>>19538977They'll never see it coming.
>>19538908Check the rack in the back corner for gear?
>>19538940This is a drone workstation - I don't even need my rig to get onto the edge of ReGene's Net. I can even dive from here if I need to.Wendy watches over my shoulder as my fingers blur across the keyboard and the text jerks like a Zaldimar cultist in late-stage transneuro withdrawl.What's the plan now, Jack?
>>19538977ha ha, time for lego quest.
>>19539019Can we find a map in the system?
>>19538977I would allow this, since I didn't call for the roll...
>>19539047Back in the day you used to call for rolls every time.
>>19539058I meant that I would allow you to attempt it without the auto-fail that that uncalled-for 1 might indicate.You'd still have to roll for it.
rolled 4 = 4>>19539075I guess I could roll again.
rolled 12 = 12>>19539075Well, I'm not that guy, but let's roll anyway.
>>19539098>>19539100Suddenly the idea hits me. There's one drone who hasn't gone home yet.Ninety seconds later I'm piggybacking off of what the system thinks is a cancelled janitor call and it opens up.
System maps. Building layout. Guard schedules.Lucky for this guy he gets tomorrow off.I scroll around a virtual model of the building and zoom in on the penthouse office. That's where we're supposed to be.From here we can travel by hallway or by air vent. No such luck once we get close, though. It looks like everything in the penthouse is blacked out from here.What now?
rolled 11 = 11>>19539197Air vents never, ever end well. Hallway with a copy of the map in... hand? Head? Whichever.
>>19539197Hallway so that we don't end up with a Half-Life surprise.
>>19539210lego quest favors the most absurd solution to any problem.It's as if the fates conspire to make it so.
Then we turn a corner and just where it's supposed to be is the door to the penthouse. Slices of jade so thin they're translucent.The receptionist has gone home for the night. The room looks empty...Roll a d12 for whatever you do!
rolled 6 = 6>>19539427Sneak up to the door and peek in real quiet-like. Don't wanna spoil the surprise.
rolled 9 = 9>>19539297>mfw I came up with pocket sand and it worked>>19539427Just go kick it in! Although I doubt we can kick in jade, it is only a tiny bit of it, so we should be good.
Use the receptionist's computer to log onto /tg/ and check this thread.
rolled 1 = 1This time with less fail
rolled 2 = 2>>19539427Use the receptionist's computer to disable the alarm system.
The woman at the desk is decked out in full country-club riding gear, but the look in her eyes is flat murder. I can tell at a glance she's had people killed. Probably even killed some herself."Jack, isn't it? What an honor to finally meet you. You're right on time."She smiles and waves me in nonchalantly. "You're welcome to come in too, dear," she calls in a crazed sing-song voice to Wendy."Put your weapons on the floor, please."What will you do now?
>>19539547>>19539660Whoa, don't know what happened there...
>>19539669>>19539547Darn it, I meant to post this before that last image.I don't know what's what right now!
>>19539660Do not put your weapons on the floor. Throw the box with the disc on the floor around the middle between you two. Say they can take it, and tell them to just leave you alone. Again, do not drop the weapon.
rolled 6 = 6>>19539660Should have thought to bring a bomb.Wait we did bring a bomb, that brain destroying Rem. If only we could implant it in her brain somehow. Is it stored on a disk? But to play along we should drop a gun or two on the floor, and smile.
>>19539744>Is it stored on a disk?Sure.
>>19539731>>19539744Some crossed wires here... What's it gonna be, Legonauts?!?
rolled 6 = 6>>19539790Let the dice decide! Throw the disc box and hold your guns!
>>19539838I pop the seal on my case and eject the disk. The source of all my worldly troubles in the last two days."Here it is. I didn't want it, and I don't need it."She holds out her hand like a patient mother, but I leave her hanging.I'm not leaving without BB.
I say, put a gun to the disc.
She doesn't do anything I can see or register, but a moment later a door opens and Yuji surprises me by being alive. After him comes a woman in scrubs wheeling out a gurney."Don't worry, he's very much alive. We have to keep his higher motor functions suppressed, of course," Julia Rose tells me. "Mr. Chernobyl is here on his own recognizance.""Now, the disk."What dooo?
rolled 5 = 5>>19539923Seconding.
rolled 3 = 3>>19539956>>19539923Yeah, I agree here. Gun to the disk. Tell them to restore him.Make sure BB is okay before we get outta there. Hopefully they didn't install something in his lotek head that alters memories or something.
rolled 8 = 8>>19539954We could run away to our on little mosquito farm now.But why would we do that when there is such an obvious corporate takeover going on?There is so much more fun we could be having while dressed as a beggar!
>>19539923>>19539956>>19539995The revolver makes a satisfying click as I hold the disk up to the light. This ends now. I look in Julia Rose's moonshine-crazy eyes and feel a smirk of satisfaction from her expression when she sees it."Wake him up."
The scrubs injects him with something and a second later he sits up, almost hyperventilating.I ask him how his day is going."Good. Still alive," he says, taking in the room like the trained super-soldier he is."I told you he was unharmed. Now," Julia rose says, and straightens up to her full height. "The disk."What now?
rolled 4 = 4>>19540107Hand over "the disk", casually.Ask Yuji how he survived the cooperate take over.
>>19540107Toss the disc really hard so it goes into that back-right corner (from our perspective), and back out of the room with BB, slowly. Face them all with the gun out until you're outside.
>>19540144Her right-hand goon steps forward and takes the disk. I ask Yuji how he's still breathing."Oh, you know me, Jack. I don't get involved in this stuff.""Mr. Chernobyl was merely an innocent larcenous bystander," Julia Rose chirps.
When the disk is in her hand she just stares at it, enraptured, then takes a deep breath and smiles.
rolled 2 = 2"Kill them."...Roll a d12 for whatever you do!And while you're at it, roll one for Wendy and another for BB!
rolled 11 = 11>>19540345Oh god. Here it goes. We must brace for impact, hopefully BB doesn't have a bomb in his skull, and Wendy wasn't payed just to set up this trade.And what the hell kind of goods did Yuji have to get such a sweet ride? It seems like he wouldn't be in any kind of position to get off Scott free like that. Is he helping her get back at her board of directors?And where is the mermaid, what did she say we had to get us this far?
rolled 12, 9, 4 = 25>>19540370I don't know where BB got that gun from but I like it!d12 for Jack to shoot the man.secondd12 for Wendie to shoot the woman. Hopefully she can use those mad uzi skills that she showed in the helicopter before.third d12 for BB to shoot at the man.The scrubs lady is probably harmless.
>>19540390>And where is the mermaid, what did she say we had to get us this far?She told you the only reason they hadn't killed you was that they thought you had a killswitch set to wipe the disk if anything happened to you.
>>19540399>I don't know where BB got that gun from but I like it!It's the one Wendy took off the cyborg earlier.>mfw 11, 12, 9
rolled 3, 10, 5 = 18>>19540370>>19540390Nuts, I rolled too soon. I bet Yuji is a mole. We should use him as cover and then stake out the doc, in case the doc has a remote switch for BB.
I just have to say, Lego Quest's writer has a really slick style. Great tone. Very enjoyable read.
We unload a third-world coup's worth of gunpowder on him, but it's like shooting a brick wall. Somewhere in the chaos his arm goes flying, but there's something wrong. There's no blood. He doesn't move like his arm is gone.BB's shotgun sags and he slurs his words. "Affereffeg uh-duh noo-ribuhs," he grunts out.
The butler glances at the machinery coming out of his arm socket.
From the doorway a voice breaks the ringing in my ears.The cyber-ninja from before."I was hoping it would come to this. I haven't forgotten about you, jockey," he says as he raises his katana.
rolled 1, 8 = 9Roll a d12 for Jack, Wendy and BB!Remember, Jack's neuromotor enhancers give him an extra roll to agility-type things!
rolled 8, 6, 1, 9 = 24>>19540580Aw man, this guy again? He wrecked us last time. Roll backwards and throw the box at him!Third d12 for Wendy to tackle the apparently-hybrid man and put bullets in his head.Fourth d12 for BB to shoot the ninja and not get killed.Doesn't look like there's anywhere to take cover except that desk, and there isn't much room around there.
rolled 2, 4 = 6>>19540580Oh god. Quickly trick the ninja into stabbing the robutler with your super reflexes!Also try to say something about a killswitch, maybe we can trick Rose into examining "the disk" sooner rather than later.
>>19540580>>19540599Oops, didn't realize Jack's case was laying over by the wall... it's actually right by Jack. Is that what you meant?
>>19540617Yes, that is what I meant.
The cyberninja leaps into the air and catches a chestful of metal from BB's shotgun. It's enough to send him spinning off his trajectory and give me an instant to put another round in him.He's still coming so I try another trick.
My neuromotor enhancers win out and bean him square in the face. My case is rated for twenty thousand kilos, so I'm not too concerned about it making the trip or the landing.Then I hear the harsh BRAAP of Wendy's machine pistol and a gasp.
>>19540712>deja vuoh stop it you
>>19540712Now say witty one liner or punLike"Looks like you've been brief'd"
Wendy's leg shifts and her lips open. The butler regards her with faint amusement."Poor dear," Julia Rose coos. "You flew too high, and burned your wings. You should have stayed with us."
>>19540738"Sorry to make this so brief.""I remember you too, Headcase.""I don't have time to Carry-on.""Case closed."
rolled 11 = 11>>19540757Bluff for a killswitch.Oh god I hope this works.
rolled 3 = 3>>19540757BLUFF TIME"Wouldn't do that if I were you. Did you really think I'd put the killswitch on me?"It's stupid, heroic, and it'll buy you just enough time to plug Julia.
>>19540775But wait, there's more. My head is pounding from fifty hours with no sleep and an adrenomax crash, but somehow she believes me, and I see her lower her guard for an instant.It's now or never.Roll a d12 and link to this post!
>>19540815Put a gun to your own head and negotiate Wendy off the floor.By the way, we did install the kill switch... right?
rolled 8 = 8>>19540815
rolled 9 = 9>>19540830forgot to roll
rolled 3 = 3>>19540815Get Wendy, back out of room, trick Rose into looking into "that disk" by implying that you could eventually throw the switch anyway.Maybe?
So are you going with>>19540830or>>19540778?
rolled 4 = 4>>19540851Going with >>19540830 because it's honestly a much better way to keep everyone alive.
I tell her I'm not kidding, and the barrel of the gun clinks against my teeth as I bite down.My eyes flick from BB to Wendy and he starts to move. The cyberninja raises his katana but Julia Rose interrupts. "It's all right.""You're playing a dangerous game, Jack. You know I won't forget about this."...roll a d12 for whatever you do, one last time...
rolled 8 = 8>>19540883Fuck it. Pull trigger
rolled 1 = 1>>19540883Get the hell out of there, and convince her on the way out that there is a timer on "the disk"We have got to get her to interface with it somehow.
rolled 2 = 2>>19540883Take the barrel out to say "just let us three leave in peace, for good."Here's hoping it works.
rolled 4 = 4>>19540883Once Wendy gets up, back away all together. Slowly.
rolled 12 = 12>>19540885OH SHIT NIGGER WHAT ARE YOU DOINGROLLING TO STOP THIS MOTHERFUCKER
>>19540895>rolling with nokodiceSeriously?
Julia Rose screams, and then everything goes black.
>>19540912Oh god. It's a joke, right? IT'S A JOKE, RIGHT?!?!?!?!
>>19540912>>19540917Wellp, good run guys.
>>19540830We didn't install a killswitch.That was a complete fabrication in order to make them not want to kill us.
>>19540937I'm gonna need a drink.
>>19540937Hahaha, and this douche over here >>19540885just made us off ourselves. Talk about a waste.
"Back with us, Jack?""You're going to be *very* useful to us."
>roll 11 on bluff>believe our own liesFuck.
>>19540952Oh boy, here we go.
LET IT NEVER BE SAID THAT LEGO QUEST PLAYS FAVSIES WITH THE DICE ROLLS!
Truly, a fate worse than death.
MAXIMUM DEPRESSION ACHIEVEDALCOHOLISM ENGAGED
>>19540980Oh man, what a ride. If >>19540895 had rolled correctly, would we have avoided that end?
>>19540980This is the worst possible ending... unless you count "Successful Grimdark" as a victory.In the end, Jack's neuromotor enhancers were the death of him. I hope you're happy, players.
Now I've lost it.
>>19540963>>19540958Just wait for what comes next...Anyway, I had a lot of fun, and I hope everyone else did too! I should be back next week with some more fun.(Almost) all of the previous Lego Quest games can be found here:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=lego%20questAnd here's last night's After the Brick, converted to .cbr format:http://www.sendspace.com/file/k4yq6l
>>19540999>>19541002Technically the 12 did avoid that end.And as the psych profile they will no doubt give you in your new line of work will show, your lack of sleep combined with the adrenomax crash caused you to enter a temporary state of terminal depression at your situation and the likelihood of being the target of retribution in the future. A known reaction from the use of illegal performance-enhancing ROMs.Besides, now there's a hook for a new game where you play a reluctant wetworks hacker for an evil megacorp.
And now is the time where it's custom to say GOOD NIGHT and take my leave.I might run a little game when I get up, but it I don't see you again, have a great week!
>>19541081Good night Lego Quest! Stay awesome!