>>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Sorceress%20Quest>>Character sheet and artifact list can be found at: http://pastebin.com/Fk0iR5bN>Fate Points: 1>Signature spells: Summon Elemental, Control Magic, Soulfire>Location: Carved Fortress, Orcish lands.The Venerable King and some of his knights lead you and your companions through the Carved Fortress, where you see orcs standing by, worried- women, children, even non-knights. They were standing in some kind of. . . vigil."Several days ago, she simply. . fell." The king said. "Her magic. . it's failing her. She's aging."
>>19806757Hmm, when did we reveal Gareth? Also since both king and queen are the same age maybe the king will start aging soon.
>>19806745"When, exactly? How many days ago? "Wanderer gave her it.
>>19806757"Several days ago? What day exactly? How fast is she aging? Is there any way to slow it so far?"
"When, exactly? How many days ago?""Four days ago." He said. "It was early evening."You'd returned Gareth's face to him only the day before yesterday, so that most likely wasn't the cause."How fast is she aging?""A day becomes ten years." The king said. He looked to the ground."Is there any way to slow it so far?""Not that we've found." He said. "We're not. . we're not wizards.""Since you and her are the same age, will you start aging soon?""I don't think so." He said. "I have my magic, but I never use it. She used hers constantly. I'm not sure if that would matter, but it might."Soon enough, he led you through the hall into a small, simple room. The Venerable Queen lay there, eyes closed, lying in the bed. She was wrinkled and her skin was pale, and dry. Her staff lay in the corner of the room, unused.
>>19806835Can we try giving her some of our magic?
>>19806835Investigate.We have Control Magic, we seem to be good at sensing this shit, see what's happened.
You close your eyes, and put your hands on the queen, sensing for her magic.What you sense, instead, is a black hole. Draining your magic just by touching it, like some kind of sponge absorbing it like water. Despite that, you recognize what it is- It's the queen's truth-telling spell, dragging energy from her fruitlessly."Why would someone keep a spell on while they're asleep?" Ell asked, seeing the same thing you feel.
>>19806866If we were to silence her would that cancel her spell?
>>19806866Wow, she really is obsessed with lies.Can we just use Control Magic to turn the spell off?I wonder why it's suddenly being so draining.
Explain what you see to the king. Ask him for permission to turn the spell off.
>>19806866"Something's gone wrong with her Talent. She might have tried to pursue a Truth that simply couldn't be known, at least not through mere magical force. If it isn't brought under control or outright removed, then I don't know what can be done. It's simply going to devour her magic until there is nothing left.">>19806900Seconding this. Metamagical fuckery IS one of our specialties, so manipulating her Talent to stop draining her shouldn't be hard.
"It's the spell." You say. "The truth seeing spell. She might have tried to persue a truth that simply couldn't be known, at least not through mere magical force. If it isn't brought under control or outright removed, then I don't know what can be done. It's simply going to devour her magic until there is nothing left." You say.The king nods. "Then remove it." He says.You focus, and tear the spell away from her, reducing it into nothing- threads of a spell, if anything.She trembles, and you feel small trickles of power start regenerating inside of her body.In her sleep. . . she casts the spell again, without words or somatic components- just raw thoughtpower. You remember reading that it's possible, but extraordinarily difficult."What." Ell said.The spell this time, is different. It isn't a black hole- more like a small drain. Her trickles of power are more than enough to power the spell.
>>19806946> Her trickles of power are more than enough to power the spell.Are they enough to regenerate her body as well?
>>19806946>Reflexively casting detect lies in her sleepHoly fuck she has trust issues.Pour a bit of extra power into her to try and get her well enough to wake up.
>>19806946Would she regenerate better or faster if we brought her to our ship? The flower there might help.
rolled 21 = 21>>19806946"Well... I don't know if it will open back up if she gets more power, but it can't hurt to try. If it does, we're no worse off than before, and if it doesn't, then 'tis over with and the Venerable Queen saved and the spell back under control."Try to resuscitate her with life magic and plain ol' pure magic to replace what she's lost. Try to make sure the truth spell doesn't start sucking more power than trickles for the time being.
>>19806946Since the elfs now have no problem with exporting galadiels light we should give her some so she can make mana tea.
>>19806946"Your majesty, it would be wise to talk with her about trust issues she might have, she cast it reflexively again, after I stopped. It isn't as large of a drain as previously, and she should recover somewhat at least. "
"Well, I don't know if it will open back up if she gets more power, but it can't hurt to try. If it does, we're no worse off than before, and if it doesn't, then 'tis over with and the Venerable Queen saved, and the spell back under control." You say, and try to refuel her with magic, to replace what she's lost. . but most of your magic just falls into the ether. You are able to refill her with energy, but it makes you knees shake. Your muscles aren't aching yet, so you still have some amount of power left."Your majesty, it would be wise to talk with her about trust issues she might have. she cast it reflexively again, after I stopped it- It isn't as large of a drain as previously, and she should recover somewhat at least." You say. The Venerable King nods, and the queen starts coughing. Her eyes open; they're milky white, and almost blind."You're awake!" The king says. "I've been worried.""What. . what happened?" The queen asked. "Last I knew, I was speaking with that strange, cloaked man. . ."
>>19807041Gareth. Well,he might have introduced himself as the Wanderer. Don't worry, he's dead.
>>19807041"Oh, you met Gareth. He lies a lot. Your truth spell almost killed you from the magic drain."
>>19807041"Oh not again..."
>>19807041"That handily explains the cause of all this nonsense, Venerable King. His name is Gareth, in case you were wondering."
>>19807041You attempted to get the truth from a Concept. To me, that sounds quite impossible, and a reason for this.
>>19807041"You could never really see his face, no matter the light, right? What were you talking about?"
>>19807069>immortal queen dying>nonsenseThink better your words next time kid.
"That handily explains the cause of all of this, Venerable King. His name is Gareth, in case you were wondering. You attempted to get the truth from a being without an identity. To me, that sounds quite impossible. Most likely the reason for this.""Reason for this?" The queen asked. "The reason for what?""Your truth spell almost killed you from the magic drain." You say. "You could never really see his face, no matter the light, right? What were you talking about?""We were talking about. . . you." The queen said. "And he kept alluding to how you were one of my enemies. Pathetic- I'd seen better manipulation from children. However, he seemed to know about my truth spell, and only asked questions. At least, until I blacked out."
>>19807100That prick Gareth was involved. It is automatically nonsense because that is what he does; cause nonsense. Sometimes very dire, deadly nonsense, but all nonsense.
>>19807126"Do you remember the last question he asked?"
"Do you remember the last question he asked?""He asked me what I knew of the void queen." She said. "And I responded with 'nothing, what do you know of her?' I was never able to find out if his response was the truth or a lie- He simply answered, and I passed out. I... don't remember what he answered, though."
>>19807183"Blast. He mentioned her before he died, as well. I find myself quite curious about her, now."
>>19807183Hm. Gareth worked for her. She's powerful, having a man come concept working for her as a pawn. And dangerous. Very dangerous, emplying someone like him.
"Blast." You say. "He mentioned her before he died, as well. I find myself quite curious about her, now.""We could do that ritual and ask him." Raziel said."Ritual?" The queen asked."Gareth is dead. We can bring his spirit to undeath and force him to tell the truth." Raziel said. "We did it once before, and it seemed to work out fine that time."". . Is that necromancy?" The queen asked."Yes." Raziel responded."... I have no objections." The queen said, finally, and lay back down in bed. Her legs and arms creaked as she did.
>>19807239"I'll have to be careful when I speak with him... Venerable Queen, will your youth and energy come back to you with your magical power? You've been affected terribly by the drain, it was like a sinkhole in your very soul. I may have to call someone else before I call Gareth."Time to release Eidolon of his burden. We'll ask for his third boon that he try to restore the Venerable Queen to normal, and let him go to Keledanis. Of course we'll caution him about being ever at the ready as he goes, but we can't keep him cooped up. It's not right.
>>19807239On a slightly related topic, I think we should ask Eidolon for our last boon on the last day we can do the ritual. Tell him we now consider ourselves even and let him pass on. I'm not really comfortable to keep him in that statue for the next 100 years.If people are afraid he will harm us again, just ask for him to never harm us or our friends again.
>>19807266This dammit. I thought we weren't a monster.
"I'll have to be careful when I speak with him... Venerable Queen, will your youth and energy come back to you with your magical power? You've been affected terribly by the drain. It was like a sinkhole in your very soul.""It. . It won't." she said. "Our magic only stops us from aging- it does not grant us youth. I believe I will have to stay like this." She said."I may have to call someone else before I call Gareth." you say, and hold up the rabbit statuette."Are you certain you want to ask him for his third boon?" Raziel asked.>  Yes; Restore the queen >  No>  Obligatory write-in
>>19807308"I think it would be incredibly cruel to keep him around. Don't you?"Btw. shouldn't Mar be able to help her?
>>19807308Call Eidolon, >>19807239
>>19807308If he can, yes. If he can't, let him go. Apologize for keeping him around longer, either way.
>>19807308Ask him about helping the queen first. If we can rejuvinate her without Eidolon I would rather ask him not to bother us and our friends as a third boon.
>>19807308"I'm positive. Summon Eidolon."When Eidolon is summoned,"Eidolon, I'm sorry for trapping and terrifying you. I needed to think, I... Projected my fears upon you, to be completely honest. When Ragnarok was simply annihilated, poof, gone, nonexistant in any way, there was a deep sense of all-pervading dread. I couldn't understand what kind of monster could do such a thing, and I feared for any soul that had any link to me, that they might be snuffed out, too. But you have no such fear, and are wise and powerful, moreso, you are experienced, where I am not. You can handle yourself in that realm beyond ours, and I can't keep you from Keledanis. I'd be just as much a monster as the Void Queen to keep you trapped out of some desire to 'protect' your immortal soul. For my third boon, I ask that you use your skills in magic to restore the Venerable Queen's youth. Goodbye, Eidolon, and give Keledanis my regards. Please be careful out there."
>>19807340Woops, sorry, phone shat itself
rolled 32 = 32Make her young without help of eidlon you guys forgot who we are?
>>19807379I don't think "terrifying" is quite the right word. Other wise it's good.
rolled 39 = 39>>19807415With that roll? Yes.
rolled 19 = 19>>19807417Thats not how we can remember
>>19807416Wouldn't you be terrified at the prospect of a century of loneliness, trapped in a silly rabbit statuette? Especially being trapped out of a fascist desire to protect you? Do remember C.S. Lewis's wise words on this very subject."Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
"Mar, can you help her?""I can heal wounds, but I can't make someone younger." Marigold said. "If it's even possible, I need more training.""I think it would be incredibly cruel to keep him around. Don't you?"Raziel bit her lip, and didn't respond. "Because the compact is still active, I just need to summon him. . " she said, and closed her eyes. She whispered a spell, and eidolon's spectre appeared."What do you want from me?" He asked. He was angry, but not as angry as he'd been last time."Can you help the Venerable Queen return to normal?" You ask.He sniffed, and looked her up and down."Yes, I can. Not completely, but I can make things as if she had never aged. If this happens again, I won't be able to, but I can.""Eidolon, I'm sorry for trapping you. I needed to think, I... Projected my fears upon you, to be completely honest. When Ragnarok was simply annihilated, poof, gone, nonexistant in any way, there was a deep sense of all-pervading dread. I couldn't understand what kind of monster could do such a thing, and I feared for any soul that had any link to me, that they might be snuffed out, too. But you have no such fear, and are wise and powerful, moreso, you are experienced, where I am not. You can handle yourself in that realm beyond ours, and I can't keep you from Keledanis. I'd be just as much a monster as the Void Queen to keep you trapped out of some desire to 'protect' your immortal soul. For my third boon, I ask that you use your skills in magic to restore the Venerable Queen's youth. Goodbye, Eidolon, and give Keledanis my regards. Please be careful out there.">Continued; field too long
>>19807415>>19807417>>19807428Right, let ask eidlon to help
>>19807415It seemed like it was just draining our energy ineffectually with the normal drain that the queen deals with constantly. Undoing 4 days of that black hole would take metric shit-tons of energy that I don't think we have. And we need to free Eidolon anyway so we may as well get him to do it.
He gave you a straight look. . . then nodded. "I will. You should do it too. And Ell- Keep practicing- Your talent is stronger than mine.""What?!" Ell asks."Go to that one elven genius girl- Kyvann's kid. Learn from her." He said, and then he turned to the Queen. You feel a strong magic presence of shapeshifting, tinged with necromancy, and then the queen was her younger self."The compact is complete." He said, and pointed to the rabbit. "Smash the phylactery." You hear whispering. Whispers promising... death, doom, devouring your power and your soul alike, if you don't obey. Something... not malicious, not cruel, just a strong, unconquerable Fact. You hardly have a choice in the matter- you smash the rabbit into the ground. It shatters, and Eidolon starts to fade.
>>19807460Aw, we don't get to keep the pretty rabbit as a keepsake? Couldn't we have released his soul with magic instead of smashing it?
rolled 53 = 53>>19807480Well, let's reform it, then. Just as a mundane brick-become-rabbit-statue, no mystical hoodoo about it.
>>19807460Well that was lovely. Venerable Queen, would you care for some tea?Also we should introduce her to Kell.
>>19807460"Well. That's that, then. How do you feel, Venerable Queen?"
>>19807492Probably not the greatest idea, leave it destroyed.
"Well." You say. "that's that, then. How do you feel, Venerable Queen?""I still feel drained." She said. "My magic is still weak- but I suspect that will go away over time." She pushes herself up- her legs notably don't creak. "I believe I may have almost died." She said, and bowed to you. "I believe I have you to thank. All of you.""We should go tell the people that you'll live." The king said. "They've been standing vigil."
>>19807563"Perhaps a rousing festival is in order, to chase away the dourness of the now-ended vigil?"
>>19807563It was no trouble at all Venerable Queen. I'm just glad that you're doing better. Have you met Kell?
"Perhaps a rousing festival is in order." You say."Perhaps." The king said. "But festivals aren't good for our young. Too much for them to see and do- it makes them lose control. Instead, we will start a tournament.""And a carving." the queen said. "This needs to be carved- by me and my brother, personally.""It was no trouble at all, Venerable Queen. I'm just glad that you're doing better. Have you met Kell?""Kell?" She asked. "I must admit, I know little of your companions."You drag Kell out of Grayson's saddlebag.The troll graws at her, twists out of your grip, and then hugs her legs.The queen went silent for a moment. . and then giggled. It was rather unlike her."This is the one that's supposed to rally all trolls from our forests?" She asked, smiling brightly. "I suspect he'll get to do it when he's much larger."
>>19807653Yes, I don't think he's quite ready yet.
>>19807653I'm sorry but it might take a bit. I don't want to try and have him convince the trolls when he's still this young. But isn't he absolutely adorable.
>>19807653"Believe me, I tried to make him grow faster. But he just ate up the magic. He's downright voracious. I'm not certain what he is, compared to normal trolls. He was made out of the cuttings of an ancient troll, one of three I met employed by the Hobgoblins, though it was only a cutting speaking relatively. It was about the size of a small boulder made of bark and vines. Speaking of the Hob, did you happen to hear about the treaties, and the peace in the south? Oh, I have so much to tell you! It's been far too long since we've seen one another."Fill her in on everything. Our adventures so far, The Game, the advances of our efforts for a coalition, the formal founding of New Arcturus that will come soon, etcetera.
>>19807725We should let them tell the rest of the orcs to stop standing around mourning before we get into proper chat. It's not nice to keep them waiting.
"Yes, I don't think he's quite ready yet." you say. "But isn't he absolutely adorable?"She picks him up, and his arms reach for her, not long enough to actually grab her."You seem to be bringing him up right." She said. "And yes, he is." She said, and hugged the troll. "Brother, can you go tell everyone that they can call the vigil complete?"The venerable king nods, and leaves the room."Believe me, I tried to make him grow faster." you say. "But he just ate up the magic. He's downright voracious. I'm not certain what he is, compared to normal trolls. He was made out of the cuttings of an ancient troll, one of three I met employed by the Hobgoblins, though it was only a cutting speaking relatively. It was about the size of a small boulder made of bark and vines. Speaking of the Hob, did you happen to hear about the treaties, and the peace in the south? Oh, I have so much to tell you! It's been far too long since we've seen one another."You end up going on a long tangent, explaining everything- the game, the hobgoblins, the coalition. . .and New Arcturus."You mean to say. . that in the short few weeks since you were last here, you. . ended a five hundred year long game, cleared up a blight upon the warped lands, closed the portal from demons, and now you're overseeing the creation of an entirely new nation, where people of every race can live."You nod.She puts her hand on her chin, thinking for a moment."I will support you." She said, and motioned toward Raziel. "You make friends of the coven, you tame trolls, and you defeat beings who are little more than concepts. If anyone can change the world, it is you."
>>19807653We should inform them of Azariel's death, if we haven't yet.
>>19807820Suppose we just did
>>19807818Yeah, protagonist power!
>>19807818I've been a very busy person. There have been things that needed fixing so I did so. So how do tournaments usually work here?
>>19807818"Well, I certainly try. The Warped Land still needs a whole lot of clearing- there's undoubtedly a teensy bit of astral fire left, the place is one giant mess of Ogrish ruins, and then there's the mutants which need curing or exterminating- but New Arcturus is well on its way. There's still work to do on other continents, as I do have to go East and meet that Tyr fellow who leads the Dwarves, and then there's apparently Ogres to the West, and who knows what they're like after a humbling miniature apocalypse and a few hundred years. Hopefully, more amiable than the ones from our continent."
"I've been a very busy person." you say. "There have been things that needed fixing, so I did so. How do tournaments usually work here?""Our knights- our greatest, the ones with the most willpower and control, fight duels. But that's not what the tournament is completely. It's a celebration, in a way, of surpassing our nature. We have some people produce poetry, make crafts, art. . .It's rather dour, compared to human celebrations, and lasts several weeks, but it's how we celebrate." She said, and stood. "You're welcome to watch, but it will take several days to get the news out."
>>19807924"I'll be sure to return in time, but there's still much to do. Until the next time, Venerable Queen!"Time to return to the Jormungandr and call on Gareth, and tie up any loose ends he's left with his damned mischief.
>>19807924It sounds like it could be interesting. And I haven't had an actual break since I came here. The recovery process of New Arcturus is currently underway and I won't speed it up by fussing over it.
>>19807955Oh yeah that fucker. Let's do this.
>>19807924Can non-orcs take part? Are there fantastic prizes to be won?>>19807955We can't do that until night, the ritual needs the stars to be visible.
>>19807974>We can't do that until night, the ritual needs the stars to be visible.In that case, we need to research orcish cuisine. Especially the local teas.
"I'll be sure to return in time, but there's still so much to do." You say. "Until the next time, Venerable Queen.""And you too, your majesty." She said.You and your companions go back up to the Jormungandr. Ell seems awfully quiet on the walk. When you get there, the three kalak who had stayed behind are standing there, belongings in hand- Kaliel, Dariel, and Neiriel."Dariel wanted us to wait before we say farewell." Kaliel said, and shrugged."Sadriel is in walking distance from here, and I figured it.. wouldn't be best for any non-kalak to meet him." Neiriel said. "Azariel made him swear not to harm his kin, but Sadriel likely won't offer you or your companions the same courtesy."
>>19808021"Oh... and if I turned into a Kalak?"
>>19808043Turn the whole crew into Kalak. Except Kristoph. Kristoph can stay behind.
>>19808021"I will miss you all. I do hope you'll come visit once things are... set up, in New Arcturus.
>>19808021"And if I told him I was on friendly chit-chatting terms with Azariel himself?"
>>19808021You do know I can turn into a Kalak whenever I wish and that I am on rather good terms with Azariel. I don't think he would particularly mind my presence.
rolled 36 = 36Turn into a Kalak to see them offI probably could get around that by shapeshifting everyone into Kalak... but I understand... it was nice to meet you all. Kaliel try to learn to understand socializing, it'll do you good. Neiriel I wish you the best with your child I'll be sure to visit you to see him or her I;m sure they'll be beautiful. Dairel I wish you luck in your studies I'm sure you'll be the best.Hugs for everyone.
>>19808021"You're already leaving? You can't leave - I wanted to get you parting gifts..."
>>19808098>Hugs for everyone.Savour Dariel's fluffiness!
rolled 17 = 17>>19808098>roll like thatAllow Daddy Discord show you, kid.
"Oh... and if I turned into a Kalak?""He's blind." Neiriel says. "Your form doesn't matter- he'd taste your mind and know you're not someone he'd met before.""And if you told him I was on friendly terms with Azariel himself?""He'd hardly care." She said, and bowed. "Come along, kids.""I'm not a kid." Kaliel said. "I don't *have* to come with you, you know.""You want to learn what I know from being a healer in Ursae, don't you? About sicknesses and inherited traits?" Neiriel asked. ". . .Yeah." Kaliel said."Then you'd better come along." She said."I will miss you all." you say, hugging the three of them in turn. "I do hope you'll come visit once things are... set up, in New Arcturus.""Well, once Kaliel learns how to fly, we can visit." Neiriel said."Bye, Ishelda!" Dariel says."Take care of Bob." Kaliel said.The three of them walk off, Kaliel's velociraptor bulked up and carrying all of her cages and books.You find yourselves on the Jormungandr again, but it hasn't lifted off yet. Ell has his hand on his chin, and he seems distracted."We can start the ritual to interrogate Gareth anytime." Raziel said.
>>19808117It might be gone after the timeskip. This could be the last chance we have.
>>19808142Let's talk to Ell first and see what is bugging him so much.
>>19808145>It won't be- he's five years younger than Kaliel, and Kaliel molted rather early. So he'll still be fluffy.
>>19808142Ell, what's up? Thinking about what Eidolon said?
>>19808145>>19808117Did we manage to store the stuff kaliel has shed?
>>19808142"You seem distracted, Ell. Ruminating on what Eidolon said, I'm guessing?"
>>19808173That's... That's kinda creepy, to be honest.
"Ell, what's up? Thinking about what Eidolon said?""Yeah." he said. "He tells me that my talent is stronger than his. . and then tells me to learn from Kiyara. I need to decide if I should listen to him or not."
You want to pursue that dream of being more then you are.... I think you should do it. Journey with me for a little while longer though. One more adventure before we say goodbye for a while.
>>19808191"Forget about listening to him or not. Decide if that's what you want for yourself. There's nothing stopping you from learning to use your talent on your own."
>>19808191Shrug, "Might not hurt. She does do quite good work."
>>19808191"I think he meant well. But it's your decision."
>>19808191It's a good opportunity, she's a lovely person and I think the two of you get along well. Remember it isn't your powers or Talent that make you who you are, it's how you use them. You aren't going to become Eidolon just because you learn to harness your natural abilities.
"Forget about listening to him or not. Decide if that's what you want for yourself. There's nothing stopping you from learning to use your talent on your own.""Yeah, but. . I want to know your opinion." He said, looking up at you."You want to persue that dream of being more than you are... I think you should do it.""Really?"You nod. "Journey with me for a little while longer, though. One more adventure, before we say goodbye for a while.""I will." He said. "You need me to fly the Jormungandr, anyway, don't you?" You don't mention that with your signature spell of controlling magic, you can use it just as well as he."So." He said, with a grin. His dilemma resolved, he seemed a bit more cheerful. "Where to?"
>>19808245We did tell Marigold we'd show here the island with the birds, didn't we?
>>19808245Not sure yet, give me a bit to interrogate the ghost of a man who died because I gave him back his face. He might have some plans still in motion that I would like to fix.
>>19808245To infinity, and beyond
>>19808245"That... is an excellent question."Guys, I kinda forgot where we were supposed to head after this.
>>19808245Is there anywhere else we need to go? Seems like half way through the last thread is a bit late to start a new adventure.
>>19808245Interrogate Gareth first then let's decide on a course.
>>19808245"Well, first, we need to call Gareth and see just how much else he's mucked up, and we'll have to fix all of it."Then, >>19808263 and then maybe we should head to the Crescent Island, there's surely more to find than just a dragon's head and a book.
>>19808276>You can go see Kyvann and Kiyara, or you can go to the crypt. That's all I really have left on the *must do* list, but it's for the best literary flow if you visit the crypt last. "Let's go north." You say."North?"You check the map, and circle the island. "Here- I told Marigold I'd show her."Grayson grinned; he was the only one here- other than you- that had been to the place you're talking about."Right." Ell says, and reattunes the compass."Oh, Scholar!" Marigold cries, running off of the gangplank, eyes bright. "They're so tiny!" She says, picking up one of the small, flightless birds. It cheeps at her, and she hugs it.
Let's ask Ell what he wants to do, this is his last adventure after all. Unless of course Gareth put in motion the end of the world or something.
rolled 57 = 57Why we dont go to moon?
>>19808325As soon as night falls we interrogate Gareth, until then, we play with kell, Bob, and the birds.And make sure to tease Kristoph about attempting to woo the current High Lady Cerulean.
>>19808325Frollick with the birds for a bit without a care in the world before we take off for either the Crescent Island or the Fey lands, whichever is closer, and talk with Gareth along the way.
>>19808375Not in front of Raz, that's just rude.
>>19808384Dude it's teasing, I bet she'd join in.
>>19808363>Closer to a Kiwi or a miniature moa.You spend the rest of the day watching Marigold get attacked by the birds- for whatever reason, they seem to really like her."This place is strange." Gehenna said. "It's much too warm for being this far north, and there are only two types of living things here. The flowers, and the birds."Raziel shrugged. "This looks like one of those mysteries- something to do with the very nature of magic. It's probably best to ignore it.""What are with those birds, though?" Kristoph asked. "They just keep climbing on Marigold."Marigold was lying back in the field of flowers, giggling, as the birds swarmed her."Hey, Kristoph." You say, a mischievous look in your eye. "I talked to the high lady Cerulean. Heard a few stories.""Stories? What kind of stories?"You grin.Soon enough, after you and Raziel relentlessly tease Kristoph for an hour, the sun started to go down, and Marigold came back, two birds in her hands. She set them down, and climbed aboard, covered in downy feathers."That was fun." She said. "But tiring. Thank you for showing me this place.""Ell, let's go to The Weave next." you say, and he nods, putting his palm on the activation crystal. Behind you, Raziel and Gehenna were setting up the ritual circle- it seems that they have the same idea you did.Time to interrogate Gareth.
>>19808375>>19808384Aww crap, Exa is gonna turn this into us comforting Raz about her femininity.
>>19808465Give Gareth's glowy-eyed skull a light 'bap' before it goes in the circle to punctuate our distaste for his antics.
>>19808471DON'T GIVE HIM IDEAS!
>>19808465So many questions to ask. Except we'll ask about the void queen first and then she'll turn up and wipe everyone out of existence. Fucking Void Queens.
The ritual goes underway, and you lightly bop the skull on the head, before sliding it into the center of the circle.The cloak appears, with a face suspended underneath the hood."I have been bound by the Arakoatoa Compact, and must give you three boons. In trade, you must free me after my boons have been given. If either of us break this compact, their souls and lifeblood are forfeit, and the Arakoatoa will arrive. Do you agree to this compact, Ishelda, Queen of Arcturus?" Gareth's voice said, almost robotically. You couldn't tell what his facial expression was.
>>19808551I agree to this compact, Gary.
>>19808551"I agree to the compact. Nice to see you again, Gareth, you damnable ruffian. Do you know how much trouble you've caused me? Even Eidolon didn't spread strife as well as you did. I'm quite cross with you right now, you know."
>>19808551Yes Gareth, I do. For my first boon you must answer all of my questions truthfully.
"I agree to this compact... Gary."His expression darkens into anger."For my first boon, you must answer all of my questions truthfully."He glared."Ask." He almost spit out.>Warning! some questions are volatile! Think before asking!
rolled 51 = 51Of course. Basically the first boon is the same info one we had from Eidolan. Questions to ask: What plans has he set in motion that could effect us.How did he know that the Demons would invade ArcturusWas he the Rogue in truth or did he just use the name to get to Marigold.Before we ask about the Void Queen we should guard against scrying... our ship shield should be good enough but just in case I'm rolling for it too.
>>19808604Do you have any plans, schemes, plots or anything of the sort still running or set to run in case of your death?
>>19808604Why were you mean to me? What where you trying to achieve?
>>19808574>>19808551I just realized that Exa probably named him Gareth because we we called him Gary.Anyways, agree then start asking about how he became the Wanderer, the woman he was trying to impress, and the Void queen.
>>19808551I do. Not the question I want to give my first I do...
>>19808604>Think before askingShit, we're doomed.
Also ask why he kidnapped Marigold from our old world.
No matter what guys, save any VQ questions for last.
>>19808628the woman he was trying to impressOnly if he wants to answer. Aka we ask "would it be alright if I asked you about the girl you were trying to impress?"
>>19808604Okay. hold off on asking about the Void Queen until we're ABSOLUTELY SURE that we've asked all possible questions.
"Do you have any plans, schemes, plots or anything of the sort still running or set to run in case of your death?""No." He responds. He doesn't elaborate- it seems he's going to do this as difficult as possible."How did you know that the demons would invade Arcturus?""The archdemon came through first. I felt it. The others usually follow.""Are you the rogue in truth?""No." He says."So you just used the name to get to Marigold?""No. I used the appearance." He said. "Your religious figure was eerily similar to my looks.""Why were you mean to me? What were you trying to achieve?""The entire world." He said."Why did you kidnap Marigold from our old world?""Her talent." He said. "And her gullibility."
>>19808675"Why would you try and conquer the world purely for a woman, a woman who destroys people's very souls on a whim, and why did you choose to go about it in so insidious a manner?"
>>19808675"Would you have followed through on your threat to let the demons back into this world? How?"We need to make sure it can't happen.
>>19808675What did he need Marigold's ability for? I don't think it was required for the ankh...
>>19808675Hey, he didn't answer why he was mean to us!
rolled 41 = 41What did you want Marigold's talent for?Why did you want the world?How did the one who set you up to die get a hold of you or you her?>>19808695Ixnay this
>>19808711Because the world. He's so forthcoming.
>>19808675How could you travel between worlds?Why were you such a big jerk to me?Why did you need Marigold's ability?What was Vanko?>>19808695Hold off on that one for now.
>>19808695No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no
>>19808695We're not sure if he was fawning over the Void Queen.
"Would you have followed through on your threat to let the demons back into this world? How?""No." He said. "But I could have- simply by opening a portal. The protection on this world only works one way.""You never answered why you were mean to me!""It was fun." He said. "I lost nothing from it, and I could use your aminosity later.""How could you travel between worlds?""Magic." He said.He grinned. Damnit, hoisted by your own petard."Why did you need Marigold's ability?""I didn't need it. I needed an unwitting agent in place. High Lord Ursae lost a daughter recently, so Marigold would be a good substitute. She would then be adopted, and become the newest High Lady Ursae. Then I could use her.""What was Vanko?""An illusion." He said. "Used to manipulate you. Just a few words about some random bullshit about sorcery and 'true magic', and you believed me."
>>19808755... What. He said he needed Marigold's talent and now he says he doesn't. He's contradicting himself.
>>19808755Vanko was good.
>>19808755Actually, I thought Vanko had been locked up long enough to go crazy.But yeah sure, believed.
>>19808755Was what you said about the demons being immortal true? What else do you know about them?
>>19808755Elaborate further on the method that you used to travel between worlds.>>19808773He didn't need the talent itself, but it would have been more difficult to install her as an agent without something like that which would make her beloved by the people around her.
>>19808755"I didn't believe you for long. Now, are you sure you don't have any plans left over that I haven't completely ruined yet? Not active ones, but loose ends to tie from after your death. Like what you did to the Venerable Queen. If so, tell me what they are. In detail. No more vague answers, you."
rolled 30 = 30Tell me everything you know about demons.
"Was what you said about the demons being immortal true?""No." He said. "I wanted you to feel foolish and come to Vanko for advice next time.""What do you know about demons?""Very little, as they don't speak. They feed on magic." He said. "The only ones with minds are archdemons, and those are the precursors to an invasion. They can create hellfire, and illusions, but they cannot create illusions of someone's blood relatives.""Now, are you sure you don't have any plans left over that I haven't completely ruined yet?""Positive." He said. "Most of my plans predicated upon myself being alive.""Elaborate further on the method you used to travel between worlds.""That is not a question. that is an order. I'm considering that as my second boon. I opened portals with magic, then stepped through. There, elaborated, and my second boon is complete."He had a shit-eating grin on his face.
>>19808814>>19808797You'll notice that these aren't actually questions and he can ignore them.
>>19808846Damnit you guuuuuys, didn't your DM ever make you deal with an asshole genie before? Because this is basically the same thing.
>>19808846"You do realize the more boons you burn through the faster the Void Queen gets her hands on you."ASK him what was the precise methosd through which he opened portals.
>>19808846Motherfucker.What do you know about Arcturus's current situation?What is the specific method you used to open portals?
>>19808846Welp, we're definitely not using a third boon on this guy.
>>19808846Smile. Two can play this game. Tell me everything you know about Void Queen.
>>19808846"What can you tell me about the void queen?"
>>19808893Erm, let's not.
>>19808893NO YOU TARD THAT'S OUR THIRD BOON, ARE YOU NOT READING?
>>19808893Not question. "What do you know of the Void Queen?" would be better.Better'n mine at >>19808895 too
>>19808888The third boon will be that he must kill the void queen. If he succeeds then it's probably worth it, if not then she wipes him out of existence which is even better than sealing him.
>>19808846"You do realize that if I don't ask for the third boon you're stuck in there until I do.
>>19808893Don't phrase it as an order.What do you know about the Void Queen?
>>19808909What do you expect from tripfags?
>>19808846"Do I have to get the Arakkoatoa to settle whether that was a stated inquiry or a second boon? Because if I must, I will, and we will debate over whether the grammar constitutes a second boon or merely an inquiry over tea. Oh, I'll stand by the Arakkoatoa's judgement, but do you really want to bother him over a single boon? As a sidenote, I'll remind you that once your boons are up the Void Queen is going to be waiting, after you've failed her, and lost all your power..."
"You do realize the more boons you burn through, the faster the Void Queen gets her hands on you."He grinned. "I do." He says."What was the precise method through which you opened portals?""First, I incanted Velidara the Archmage's collary, which allows a translocation spell to be changed into a portal. Then I incant a general translocation spell, with one marker being the location I want the portal to be. Then I used a little charm I learned from an archdemon, and threw the other marker for the destination into another world. Then I pump enough magic into it to allow it to bridge the gap between worlds. Done."". . What can you tell me about the void queen?""I can tell you lots." He said. Then pantomimed zipping up his lips. "Doesn't mean I will, though.""What do you know about the void queen?"He simply stared directly at you, and pantomimed his lips zipping up again.The whispering started up."Come, you bastards!" He cried. "Take me!"He laughed. "Come, steal my soul! I refuse to answer your question! I break the compact!"
rolled 56 = 56Take his Mind before he is destroyed.
rolled 58 = 58Ask Ser Bubbles for help as well.
>>19808895>Asking about the Exact Same question as the Orc Queen before she passed out and almost died YOU FOOOOOL!!!
>>19808934Oh cool, we get to meet the Arakoatoa for tea after all.
>>19808934"You'd have your very soul rended apart by the Arakoatoa, rather than answer me? What's the point, Gareth? You'll be nothing! Nonexistent! Even your soul will be gone, scattered across eternity as less than even motes of your essence!"
>>19808934"Very well, I rescind that question, and request the Arakoatoa to make a judgement as to whether or not the second "boon" still counts."
>>19808951Great idea, then they'll probably kill us as well.
"You'd have your very soul rended apart by the Arakoatoa, rather than answer me? What's the point, Gareth? You'll be nothing! Nonexistent! Even your soul will be gone, scattered across eternity as less than even motes of your essence!"The whispering grew louder.He looked at you directly, a stare that pierces you."I am already nothing." He said, coldly. He looked. . depressed. You reach out with your magic to take his mind. . .but it hits some kind of wall."Very well, I rescind that question." You say. The whispering stopped."For you see, the moment I died... I failed."
Quick ask for third boon "Make me an ice cream filled sandwich" because that kind of fate is deserved by no one.
rolled 94 = 94Failed at what?
>>19809044"You... You failed to win her heart?"
>>19809065Shut up, you nearly screwed us over the previous time. And we're still asking questions.
>>19809069This, if whispers start again rescind it again.
"You failed to win her heart, you mean?""Heart? She has no heart." He says. "She never did. I failed at giving her one."
>>19809109"Can I ask what you mean, or would you not answer that?"
>>19809092If we do that again he'll realise he doesn't have to answer anything because there are no consequences.>>19809109What do you mean? Who is she?
>>19809109"You fell in love with the Void Queen?"
>>19809109By her are you referring to the Void Queen, or the girl you loved? Or are they one and the same?
rolled 95 = 95How would you have given her a heart? And who is she?
>>19809109"How can she not have a heart? Even Bubbles has a heart, speaking nonliterally, and he's a magically constructed mind in an Elvish bracer. Even the Heart, pardon the pun, has a heart, and the Heart, once an alchemized crystal, is now a rose attached to a troll! Just... How? What do you mean?"
"Can I ask what you mean, or would you not answer that?""I wouldn't answer." He said."By her, are you referring to-""I wouldn't answer." He repeated.
>>19809155"Then you will definitely fail. Your goals could be mine if I knew more about them and they weren't insane like some of the other people I've met."
rolled 94 = 94Would you tell me everything you would answer that would be useful to me? If so I ask you to please do so.
>>19809155She doesn't care about you at all yet you're willing to sacrifice your soul to stop me learning anything about her? Why is she worth so much to you?
>>19809181Rephrase that a bit, the last bit could be seen as a boon.Would you tell me everything you would answer that would be useful to me?If the answer is yes. Then say what do you know that would be of use to me?
rolled 53 = 53>>19809155what do you think she wishes for
>>19809155"Fine, then we request, as our third boon, to tell me everything you know about the Void Queen."
>>19809227Don't burn that quite yet, there are still questions to ask.
>>19809155"I see... Very well, Gareth. Your silence says it all, as does Eidolon's testimony, as to what you sought. I must say, your goal was... Nobler than I thought. The means were horrible, and petty, and you've been a colossal git for as long as I've known you. But your cause was anything but. As my third boon, I ask that you stop pursuing her until she 'has a heart.' The fate she no doubt has in store for you is something I wouldn't wish upon anyone. Try not to cause any more chaos in the afterlife, Gareth. Goodbye."
rolled 51 = 51>>19809212Probably another thing he won't answer.>>19809213Yea I'm not too good at wordplay.>>Rolling for MAGIC after a string of 90s with nothing attached.
>>19809227No. He'll just refuse, like he demonstrated moments before.
>>19809227What? That's the stupidest shit ever. He refused as our first boon so he'll refuse as our third boon. That achieves nothing at all.
rolled 98 = 98>>19809227no bad idearemeber what happen last time we forced a anwser out of a person
>>19809087You're confusing me with someone else. And that was because I was unaware of reacting question.
>>19809227Sir. Stop that. It's not going to help to try and make him talk about her. We should just send him on his way. I shamelessly refer to my own post here >>19809239 but if anyone has a better idea as to how to send him off then they should speak up.
rolled 15 = 15>>19809239seem good
rolled 2 = 2>>19809239Won't work, permanent boons aren't allowed.>>Rolls for MAGIC
>>19809336Not permanent, only until she gets a heart
"Then you will definitely fail. Your goals could be mine if I knew more about them, and they weren't insane like some of the other people I've met.""You'll learn my goals eventually. You'll learn who she is. But I won't be the one to tell you. You may have unmasked me, so to speak, but I'm not giving you all of my secrets.""She doesn't care about you at all, yet you're willing to sacrifice your soul to stop me learning anything about her? Why is she worth so much to you?""You may as well ask the world why the way it is." He said. "Or why the dodo-island to the north stays warm all year round, or why your knight's talent manifested, but his sister's didn't. I am incapable of answering that question.""I see... Very well, Gareth. Your silence says it all, as does Eidolon's testimony, as to what you sought. I must say, your goal was... Nobler than I thought. The means were horrible, and petty, and you've been a colossal git for as long as I've known you. But your cause was anything but. As my third boon, I ask that you stop pursuing her until she 'has a heart.' The fate she no doubt has in store for you is something I wouldn't wish upon anyone. Try not to cause any more chaos in the afterlife, Gareth. Goodbye.""No." He says. "I refuse."The whispering started."I refuse that boon. I will not grant that to anyone. Hurry up, Arakoatoa. Unmake me."
>>19809336It could be taken as a mere strong suggestion rather than a constant, or be a wasted boon. We have nothing we want from him in any case; he's admitted that he has no plans in motion anymore or any loose ends to tie and he has no power.
>>19809352He obviously doesn't want to exist any more, let him go.Also tell him he's a fool to get back at him for Vanko.
rolled 56 = 56I don't think we can take back a boon. Goodbye Gareth.>>Rolling again to preserve him in some way
>>19809352Fine, how about telling me if she has a golden sword.
rolled 68 = 68Talk with Arakoatoa using magic
>>19809352"So. Bloody. STUBBORN. I ask that you just... Just go, Gareth. Shoo. Go on with your afterlife. If you value your freedom so much you won't even take a mere suggestion as a third boon, then fine. That's my third boon. That you go and be free to wander the spiritual plane or be unmade as you see fit. I hope that the next time we meet- if we do- we won't be coming to blows again."
>>19809352"Fine, just stop messing with other people's lives, you've caused enough problems."
rolled 8 = 8Oh I know, break his totem, that will free him from the compact.
Guys, he's going to reject any third boon we ask just to be unmade.
>>19809352You really are a stubborn git. It would have been nice if you just sat down for tea instead of doing all this. I would rather not destroy you, I would rescind this boon for the moment.Is there anything about the VQ that you are willing to tell me, and any fate that you would accept other than continuing to pursue her in the afterlife or death?
>>19809413That's not even a valid boon, they have to be things that can be completed. And the previous boon wasn't a mere suggestion, it was a binding contract like all boons are.
>>19809430Not necessarily. I mean, we don't know that for certain.>>19809239So, you wanted him to reject it, right? That's why you asked something we should all realize he'd refuse?
>>19809352"Wait, before you goWHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?"
"You're a fool." You say."Feh, I am." He said. "But we're all fools. I'm a fool, you're a fool...""So. bloody. Stubborn. I ask that you just... just go, gareth. Shoo. Go on with your afterlife. If you value your freedom so much that you won't even take a mere suggestion as a third boon, then fine. That's my third boon. That you go and be free to wander the spiritual plane or be unmade as you see fit. I hope that the next time we meet- if we do- we won't be coming to blows again.""I see." He said, and shrugged. "Very maganimous of you. Because of that, I'll tell you this.""The Gearworks." He said. "Get the Gearworks before she does. It cannot be scried, even with your power. That is one of it's abilities. But when it reappears. . .you'll know.""Wait, before you go. What is your favorite color?""Color? I've always liked silver."And then he was gone. The whispering starts up, telling you to break the skull or to face punishment. So you do, stomping on it. The skull crumbles into dust.
>>19809502"Well... I suppose I'll have to raid some libraries, to prepare for the Gearworks."
rolled 70 = 70Lets scry for truth about next location of gearworks but not them
>>19809502"Idiot. I'd never risk my soul for a man, no matter how handsome he is."
>>19809445And yet this invalid boon just got us a useful warning about the Gearworks.>>19809465I was trying to avoid him being automatically unmade, finding whatever boon he'd agree to. Because that's terrible. And he's an ass and keeps defying us.I don't think he even really wants to be unmade. I think he just wants to annoy the hell out of us for a cheap giggle. Or maybe he wants both.>>19809502Give the skull an extra punctuating stomp. "He really was an infuriating git. I did not, however, expect him to be an infuriating git over a pretty girl, of all things. Right, then! How close are we to our destination?"
rolled 87 = 87>>19809539Likely extends to it as well. Rather scry everything it won't appear in.
>>19809576>And yet this invalid boon just got us a useful warning about the Gearworks.Who cares? It shouldn't have worked. Exabyte picked both of your suggestions for the third boon and they were both fucking terrible. We could have sent him off peacefully with phrasing that actually made sense, at least. I don't know how it ended so well.
"He really was an infuriating git. I did not, however, expect him to be an infuriating git over a pretty girl, of all things." You say. "Idiot. I'd never risk my soul for a man, no matter how handsome he is.""You can't say that!" Marigold said. "I mean, you can think it, but you're supposed to stay quiet, and just let them think you would.""How close are we to our destination?" You ask."Not far." Ell says. "Just a little while."Soon enough, you reach the northernmost prism. . And then Ell configures the Jormungandr to take energy from the Weave, setting it far, far above cruising speed."Now we'll make some real time." Ell said. "I talked to Kiyara on the rings, and she said she's at the centermost prism. Apparently there's something rather major going on."
>>19809578Wait, this won't have Neutral End Intellectus Queen right?
>>19809641Oh boy they're fussing over them flowers"Oh dear, I hope everything is okay, and that Eidolon didn't start trouble... "
>>19809641"Something major? Major how? I mean, really, how much of a buzz could Eidolon's spectre just suddenly appearing in the middle of a council meeting, and overriding one of his most major previous commandments cause?"
>>19809641Marigold, I'm going to end up with a responsibility to an entire kingdom. No matter how much I end liking this hypothetical man, assuming I ever decide to find someone, I can't put him above the good of my kingdom. I'm guessing the ruckus might be because the ghost of Eidolon showed up and told them to let me have their flowers.
"Oh dear, I hope everything is okay, and that Eidolon didn't start trouble..."By the time you get to the center prism, it looks... completely abandoned."They'll likely be inside the thickest trunk of the prism." Ell said, and led your group to an enormous, massive structure. As you walk in, you see all of the councilors you met at the hobgoblin Wall are there, arms raised. Surrounding the outer walls must be. . . Every elf. Ever, it looks like, although you know that's ridiculous. Likely only the keepers and crafters.Hardly anyone looks at you or your companions when you walk in- they're all staring at the small group of councilors in the center."Judicator Kyvann, you can see our votes as well as we can." Absinad said."Yes, I can." Kyvann said. "Thus, Galadriel's Light is no longer a protected resource. It is something beneficial to all peoples, and so we should not keep it to feykind. However, Jadeeris' point is correct- we will still heavily tax the trade of the flowers. I trust no councilors have an objection?"Nobody responds."Then we're done here." He says. The other councilors bow, and they start to file out. Once gone, so do the other elves- although they seem to notice you, now that the event is over."Ell! Ishelda!" Kiyara says, waving to you on the way out. "You just got here at the end. That was pretty interesting, wasn't it?"
>>19809806"Not really, it's exactly what Eidolon said would happen."We get to be the infuriatingly enigmatic one for once!
>>19809806"Indeed. Would I be correct in guessing it all started when Eidolon showed up again, a few days ago?"
>>19809806Yes, it is. I presume I'll have to pay for the ones that I have?
>>19809806"Bother, did I really miss the entire council meeting? Tell me everything. It was all quite civil at the end, so it seems, but I doubt it started that way. What did Eidolon manifest as, what did he say, and what was the look on Absinad's face?"
>>19809834They're only taxing trade. We stole them, fair and square.
"Not really. It's exactly what Eidolon said would happen." You say.". . People keep saying that Eidolon showed up and talked to the councilors, but they deny it." Kiyara said. "But it really happened, didn't it? You brought Eidolon's spectre to life, didn't you?""I presume I'll have to pay for the ones that I have?""Not at all." She said. "You had them before the tax laws started up.""Bother, did I miss the entire council meeting? Tell me everything. It was all quite civil at the end, so it seems, but I doubt it started that way.""No." She said. "It was civil the *entire time*. I've never been so creeped out in my entire life!"
>>19809900You're kidding. You're kidding, right?
>>19809900"Well, Raziel did help, I'll admit."
rolled 26 = 26I suppose meeting the man you can call the founder of your modern society a bit... humbling>>Nothing to roll for so I roll for MAGIC!
>>19809900"Well... It's a long story. It all starts with a golem and a rabbit. Then, it ends with a brick and a skull. And starts back up again with the same brick and a necromantic ritual."Fill her in on our history with Eidolon.
"You're kidding. You're kidding, right?""JADEERIS AGREED WITH DAD." She said, eyes wide. "I'm expecting to wake up any time now.""Well, Raziel did help, I'll admit. It's a long story." You say.You spend quite some time filling her in, as you walk across the balconies of the elven capital. The night breeze is colder than you're used to, and you shiver."Hey. Kiyara." Ell says, near the end of your explanation. "Turns out. . . I'm Eidolon's descendant!"". . what." She responds. Her face has been gazing emptily around the time you started talking about the golem."Also, I'm going to have you teach me." He said. "About spellcrystals. I already did some crafter training, but I want to learn how you do things.""... Okay." she said, still somewhat out of it.
>>19810022"I suppose it is all a bit much to take in at once."
>>19810022By the way Kiyara, you and Ell should feel free to visit the kingdom I'm building out of the wastelands, which I am cleansing, we can have a tea party.
>>19810022'Kiyara, are you actually listening to me right now? I don't think you're taking much of this in."
"I suppose it is all a bit much to take in at once.""You're telling me that Eidolon was a player in some fancy dancy game with three immortal demigods! And then you killed him with a brick! How could that *not* be a bit much to take in?"She sighed, and shook her head."But yeah. . that is a story to tell. But I'd better go talk to dad- He'll want the prism ship ready to carry trading ships about.""Wait- what about teaching me?" Ell asked."Right. You come with." She said, and grabbed his arm. She started to drag him off."What about Ishelda? she needs me to fly the Jorm-"Kiyara interrupted him with a kiss. "She'll be fine. She can brick it into submission." She said, while he spluttered. "Come on, Ele'merelda'jaridan. I won't wait forever."She left, and Ell followed."You and Kiyara should feel free to visit New Arcturus." you call out to Ell as he leaves. "We can have a tea party!"He nods, and then they were gone.
>>19810119Welp, back to the ship, I guess.Ell still has Bubbles, doesn't he?
>>19810119>She'll be fine. She can brick it into submission.Kiyara is the airship expert. We should try out this new method of flying with bricks.
rolled 31 = 31Call out mentally to Ser Bubbles and Ell. Goodbye. Good luck and I'll see you again.>>rolling for telepathy... and MAGIC I guess
>>19810119Well, those two are going to be hooked up by the timeskip.We should probably say hi to Kyvann before we go.
>>19810156Aye. Bubbles will be fine, we'll see them again no doubt.>>19810160Actually, we should make sure to gather up the remnants of The Brick. We can't re-cast it into its original form, but... Maybe Tyr can with his ceramic-molding abilities. If he can stop laughing his ass off at the fact that we killed Eidolon with a brick.In fact, let's translocate East and go see Tyr right now. Extend an olive branch, talk about setting up embassies in the future in both our realms, and apologize for telling him to shove the Game up his ass.>>19810175Are you forgetting that we have communication rings, Redaeth?
"Good luck!" You call. "I'll see you again."You walk throughout the balconies, getting slightly lost, but then you run into Kyvann."Ishelda!" He says. "I thought I saw the airship here. You got those Galadriel's Light planted quickly, didn't you? They've only been legal for less than an hour, and those flowers must be at least a few weeks old by now." He said, and chuckled.
>>19810203"Oh, yes. It's not like they were stolen from the supplies of a prism or anything. You'd be amazed at what Marigold can do with plants."
>>19810195Give up on the brick already!
>>19810203I have no idea what you could possibly be implying Kyvann, any discrepancies in age are simply because of magic.So Eidolon showed up, what did he say to convince you people to lighten up about the whole restricted goods thing?
>>19810203"Ha. Ha ha. Ha. Yes. The answer is, ah... Magic. Hee. Alright, so I might have been using Galadriel's Light just a smidgen longer than it's been technically legal. It's good to see you, Kyvann! How have you been? How did the Council meeting go? What were their faces like when Eidolon manifested before them?"
>>19810203A gift from Eidolon himself!
>>19810233NEVER. That shit will be an artifact one of these days! I don't know what The Brick's specialty will be. Perhaps it will have to do with construction and deconstruction. It did deconstruct Eidolon's face rather nicely.Besides, it will be worth it when we present the weapon that killed Eidolon to the Dwarven court, with a completely straight, if slightly smirking, face.
>>19810248This. Or "Magic does wonders, doesn't it?"
"Oh, yes. It's not like they were stolen from the supplies of a prism or anything." You say. "You'd be amazed at what Marigold can do with plants."He chuckled. "No worries, when I wrote that up, I made sure there'd be an.. inverse grandfather clause, I suppose. Anyone who had the flowers before they were legal won't get any repercussions.""So Eidolon showed up. What did he say to convince you people to lighten up about the whole restricted goods thing?""The official stance is that the rumor about Eidolon appearing is false. But what he *did* do was tell everyone that we're idiots, and he made the flowers for everyone, not just feykind."
>>19810282"Sounds just like what he'd say."
>>19810282Heh, why did I only end up liking him after I killed him?
rolled 6 = 6Well he did say he envisioned a world where magic was used so freely the lowest of the low could afford to heal the gravest of injuries. With the Light being able to be spread far and wide his dream is one step closer to becoming true.>>Nothing but MAGIC ((ignore this if you want))
>>19810282Yeah, he wanted to turn the world into a magic utopia or something.
>>19810307Because that's when he started being civil.
>>19810282"He's really not so bad. He wasn't very nice while he was playing the Game, but otherwise, not so bad. He's not a fan of bricks, however."
>>19810282Yes that sounds like him. Dispite how much I disliked him, our goals were aligned. Post bricking, I got him to run a few favors for me.>from Exitybealmost, captcha
>>Getting brained did fix his disposition a bit- mostly because he wasn't so arrogant after that."Sounds just like what he'd say.""It does, it does." He said. "Anyway, I have this for you to sign."He holds over a large piece of paper, with all sorts of signatures on it- signatures of the councilors.You read the name New Arcturus near the top, so you decide to read the whole thing. It looks like some kind of agreement- that you would become the queen of new arcturus, and the elves wouldn't dispute your rule- as well as a preliminary trade treaty, a peace treaty. . .Using the skills bored into you by a thousand and one tutors, you look it over. Nothing seems amiss.
>>19810335Well sign that bitch with our fancy royal signature.
rolled 45 = 45Parse through it a second time, I doubt Kyvann would do that to you but the other councillers might. Then sign it if everything checks out.>>Rolling for magical attention to detail
>>19810335Ask him if he's snuck any secret clauses into it, then sign it with the fullest name we have.Lord High Princess of Arcturus, Queen of New Arcturus Ishelda <lastname> the sorceress.Or something. Might have to leave out the New arcturus bit though, since we're only officially getting it now.
"Did you sneak any secret clauses into it?""No, I didn't." He said. You look it through, making sure that nothing is strange or unfair, and then you sign it with your royal, fancy signature. This sort of thing is almost second-nature to you- you'd been raised to do this from birth.He took a look at the signature, nodded, and then handed you a second."Your own copy." He said. You look over the second, and it's identical, so you keep it. "Now, do you want me to lead you to your ship?"
>>19810377Lord High Princess? What kind of title is that?
>>19810396I would love that Councillor Kyvann. Offer our arm for him to take us there. Tell him that we're pretty sure he's going to end up with a son in law soon.
>>19810400The best kind!
>>19810418If we're going to string together random words, can we at least be Lady High Princess? I don't like calling our gender into question.
>>19810396that would certainly help...thank you kyvann.once we get a reasonably safe zone in the warped lands I'll be sure to tell you so we can have a tea party....
"I would love that, Councillor Kyvann." You say, raising up your arm. He takes it, and leads you up."On the contraire, I'm not a councillor. I'm the Judicator. It basically means that I tally the votes, write the treaties. . I don't actually have any direct control, but it's a powerful position with the council's backing."
>>19810454That doesn't sound like much fun. Do the councillors listen to your reasoning, or is this just the position where they stick the most rebellious?
>>19810454My deepest apologies Judicator Kyvann. It seems like a prestigious position to put someone that they don't want to have any direct control.
>>19810454Oh, I see. Hey, did you know that Ell is descended from Eidolon? Eidolon said Ell had the potential to be better than him. If you thought I was shaking things up, you should watch out. Also your daughter kissed him.
"That doesn't sound like much fun.""Oh, it is." He said. "I get to stick all kinds of secret clauses into treaties, and see how many councilors call me on it.""Do the councilors listen to your reasoning, or is this just the position where they stick the most rebellious?""Yes." He says. "Both, actually.""Hey, did you know that Ell is descended from Eidolon?" You ask. "Eidolon said Ell had the potential to be better than him. If you thought I was shaking things up, you should watch out."Kyvann chuckled. "Well, I'll keep an eye out for him.""Also, your daughter kissed him.""Finally? I was wondering when they'd get to it." Kyvann said. "Ah, there's your airship." He says, pointing to it. The Jormungandr stands there, perfectly intact, and some of the elves are looking at the Galadriel's Light attached to it."Oh. I think you'd better get out of here for a few days." He said, chuckling. "They won't be happy. The won't be able to do anything about it, but they won't be happy."
>>19810531"Just don't tell them we grafted one into a troll. They probably wouldn't like that at all."Also we turned an elven artifact into a rose and did the same, but I don't think he knew about the heart.
>>19810531"What? But every elf I've met has been the picture of civility Why would they be upset?"
>>19810531Thanks for everything, Kyvann. Bye!
rolled 81 = 81>>19810531awww but what if I want to gloat about it?
rolled 11 = 11Off to the wild blue yonder... I guess the crypt is next? Or we could visit Tyr.>>MAGIC!
>>19810531Wonder if he's seen Zeke, the bird did say he wanted to talk to Kyvann, after all.>>19810578Much too far away for visiting Tyr. We promised we'd get back to the orc's tournament.
>>19810578The sea is so wide, and he might still be under it in his submarine. We'll just contact him telepathically, but we do need to talk to him.
rolled 64 = 64>>19810578>>19810578>>19810578no, not the Tyr, not yet...after some time to build up a good population...I don't like the sound of tall violent mead-swilling men capable of carving stone with their bare hands...
>>19810594Good point, we haven't heard from Ezekiel in a while.
>>19810578we still need to see if Tyr needs to die yet so yes to Tyr.
rolled 54 = 54Oh yea the tournament, I kinda want to see how Ishelda would fare against an Orc.
>>19810594Oh yeah, Zeke. We need to find out what the fuck happened to him. And tell him that his sister fucked Kristoph so he can come back without being embarrassed now.
"Just don't tell them we grafted some into a troll. They probably wouldn't like that at all.""You. . you what?" He asked.You grin, and climb onto the airship. Slightly touching the control crystal, you will it into the air."Thanks for everything, Kyvann! Bye! We should have tea some time!"The airship shudders off, along the weave."Where to now?" Kristoph asks."The crypt." You respond."Wait, wait!" You hear a voice cry.Zeke lands aboard- still donned in his red robe."Sup." He says. "I heard you're starting a kingdom without me."
rolled 34 = 34>>19810594what an excelent point>>19810531call Zeke<high zeke, just thought I'd call and ask how you're doing. I'm basking in the adoration of some more people, come to think of it it might not be adoration. anyway I just thought I'd call in and ask how you're doing since I'm in the elven lands right now...>
>>19810624"Zeke! Yeah, New Arcturus is all over but the building and populating and setting up of government!So, y'know, pretty much everything."
>>19810624Dive hugs!"A kingdom needs it's warmage!"
>>19810624"Well, you did run off quite unannounced."
>>19810624Zeke! Finished what you were doing?
Also, How have we not gone shopping yet? Either we've been really out of character recently, or Ishelda's grown up very fast.
rolled 73 = 73>>19810624so you're back with us for a while now zeke?how delightful.ONWARD!!!summon a tri-corn hat for us and an elemental orchestra to play the theme song from the pirates of the carribean
>>19810624Well since you're here, apparently not! And hug. Oh and Kristoph and Raz are together so you'll only have to stand for the occasional hitting on.
"Ezekiel!" You cry, and hug him."Yeah, New Arcturus is all ready... but the building, and populating, and setting up of government. So, you know, pretty much everything.""I see." Zeke says. "I have to admit, I can't help much with most of that... Except." He said, with a triumphant grin."For ending the sandstorms. Calling rain, all sorts of stuff like that. I spent some time with the Crafters.. they taught me a few things."He held up his talons- he was wearing strange, orichalum gloves- ones that didn't have any sort of crystal. They weren't gauntlets, made of woven cables, but there was something overtly magical about them.
>>19810682"Interesting. What sort of things?"
rolled 6 = 6>>19810682That's cool and all, and I'll let you explain them in a minute. But first I'm going to make them BETTER.
>>19810682Ooh, what are those?
rolled 31 = 31Very useful, I'm somewhat jealous. I'd probably either end all the weather in the world or start a hurricane.>>19810701Lets not mess with his gloves.>>MAGIC
rolled 28 = 28>>19810682delightful! is there anything else you'd like to spring on us before we depart? (insert sly grin) did you find a girlfriend? if thats all then I believe it is time we set off then this>>19810666
"Interesting. what sort of things?""Weather magic!" He called. "Altogether more useful than evocation, but a lot similar in all of the most important ways. These gloves allow me to focus in areas instead of small spheres. Like... a non-artifact version of Azariel's Throne. A lot simpler, and a lot smaller, but much more reliable."He grinned."Want me to bring the rain? Watch."He held his arms out the side of the ship, and as you watch, small clouds start appearing, coalescing into fluffy white clouds. He drags it along the side of the ship for some time, as he chants under his breath."Delightful!" You cry. "Is there anything else you'd like to spring on us?" You give him a sly grin. "Did you find a girlfriend?""Well, no. Kiyara wasn't going for me." He said, then shrugged. "I'll find someone eventually."
>>19810738"Yup you need to get to repopulating the Kalak race."
>>19810738You will and she'll be lucky to have found you. I'll set up the wedding, there'll be dancing, and maybe I could be a bridesmaid.
>>19810738Kiyara likes Ell, but you'll find somebody else.You missed so much. Raziel and Kristoph are together, Neriel's pregnant, Kaliel molted...
>>19810738Yes, sadly Raz and Kristoph are together so that's not an option for some time.
>>19810753Let's not bring that up just now.
"You will, and she'll be lucky to have found you. I'll set up the wedding, there'll be dancing, and maybe I could be a bridesmaid.""Me too! I want a dress!" Marigold cried.Zeke sighed. "Sure, sure.""You missed so much." You say. "Raziel and Kristoph are together, Neiriel is pregnant, Kaliel molted...""Wait, Kaliel molted?" He asked, then sighed. "How does she look now?""Red." Raziel said. "Red and brown. Alternating colors, like you- Matches with her eyes. She'll be a looker when she gets older."As you approach the crypt, you see something strange, far below. Something large, and white. . ."Wait." Raziel said. "Is that what I think it is?" She asked.". . It's too far for me to see." Marigold said."It's the city. The orcish city. My crypt? It's... no longer ruins."She grinned. "The skeletons completed it!" She pumped an arm into the air.You feel a strange pulse from one of the larger buildings. A strange. . .ward, it seems like. Something unearthed by the skeletons.
>>19810819Well, if the astral fire's gone from the area we can just land the ship. Check out what that ward is before we go through it though.
>>19810819Give Raziel a hug. Do you mind if I borrow your crypt while I set up my kingdom, I'll give it back if you want. Check for Astral Fire, then land the ship and take a look at the large building with the ward. Also ask everyone if there are any titles they want. For example like High Necromancer, Weather Master Supreme, Bear, Lady of the Flowers.
>>19810819>orcishYou mean ogrish. Silly."But... What... How... They're just dumb, autonomous skeletons! They fixed the ENTIRE CITY while we were away?! Raziel, how did you manage this?"I wonder. Maybe the skeletons attained a crude form of sentience and even sapience from all the work they had to do together? We need to find the skeletal foreman. He'll know what's up.
rolled 68 = 68>>19810819recast the astral fire ward, just in case.
>>19810819"Did either of you feel that? There's... something down there. Let's go find out."
rolled 76 = 76>>19810819oh my...I wonder what that could be...pump some magic into our geiger counter spell"lets go down there and have a look see..."we go down either shifted as a kalak or on raziels dragon, check the veracity of the astral fires and then if it's safe come back up and land the ship so everyone can disembark...
>>19810856Bear isn't really a title. And he's already a Prince, so he's probably cool with that.Marigold gets to be a princess and she's heir to the throne, she definitely doesn't need any more titles.
You land the ship, making sure your own astral fire ward doesn't spark as you do so. The city, in a word, is breathtaking. Everything is made out of a strange, white stone, and you can see skeletons polishing or sweeping the roads down. It doesn't look like what you'd think an orcish city would look like- other than the extra-large doorways, it looks very similar to the Carved Fortress. "But- What- How- They're just dumb, autonomous skeletons. They fixed the *entire city* while we were away?! Raziel, how did you manage this?""Well.. . " She dug her heel into the ground. "I asked Azariel to help. He's been guiding the skeletons the entire time." She said. "And I've been rerouting all of the necromantic energy from the dragon to them."Everyone, be careful." You say, and climb down. Raziel does too, and the two of you look at the building."This is one of their halls." Raziel said, running her hand along the smooth, white stone. "Like a human citadel, I suppose you could say."She looks at one of the runes above the doorway's arch- Despite knowing orcish, you can't exactly read names."This was Triune's. The seer I told you about."You feel the ward suddenly break... and the doors open on their own.That's not creepy at all.
>>19810919"You don't think that he's... Here, do you? As a spirit? Triiiuunne? Heeelllooooo?"
>>19810919Nope, not creepy at all. Let's go in and say hi to the ogre dude.
rolled 91 = 91>>19810919Summon a small elemental knight, just in case.
rolled 34 = 34>>19810919an elemental of light...or indeed a flock of them in the form of pigeons have them flitter up to the ceiling to light the rooms
"You don't think that he's... here, do you? As a spirit? Triiiuunne? Helllooooo?"There's no response. You summon an elemental of wind, who salutes you."If there was, I could sense it." Raziel said, and waved her staff. "Nothing."You see runes in the far distance. You walk through the stone hall, and look closer. It contains more names, so it's hard to get the meaning directly.Raziel blinked."Why is your name on here? And the name of Arcturus?" She asked. "It roughly translates as . . . 'This is for you, silver-haired human. I have forseen your arrival. Take it with my blessing, and forge your new country.' The 'new country' is also the name for arcturus, and 'silver-haired human' is definitely you. I knew he could see the future, but this is creepy."The elemental taps on something... and the wall falls in. Dust spews out, making the two of you cough.In the next room, untouched for thousands of years and buried far below the sand...Lie piles, and piles of gold.>>End of thread 40!>>My twitter is @futureexabyte>>And I'll stick around to answer questions. Even plot-important questions from the past, like 'what happened to this person' or so on.>>This marks the end of the first 'quest' of SORQ. For a few days, I'm going to take a break for questing, and I'll start on the second quest for Near Future Cyborg. After I finish the second quest for NFC, I'm planning to come back to the second quest of SORQ.
>>19810919"It certainly seems convenient that his hall is in the same city you had set up shop in, but I don't that's the case."
rolled 68 = 68All of the swag.
>>19811026Can we do a Scrooge McDuck style swim through out new piles of gold?
>>19811026YESSS!!!!Piles of Glorious Gold!We shall spend it all on making our kingdom AMAZING and full of people who will pay us taxes to give us EVEN MORE GOLD
>>19811026But what about talking to Tyr?He warned us that Gary was immortal, it's the least we can do to tell him it's dealt with.
rolled 80 = 80Gold Elemental. To have tea with
>>19811026What happened to thought eater quest or whatever it was called?
rolled 48 = 48>>19811026whoop whoop!!!!!alright guys it's timeskip time!should I post the suggested order of goals again so people can make adjustments as opposed to simply letting people scream out suggestions like a herd of tourrets affected toddlers?...
>>19811026So are our funds XXX Large now?Or even better?Surely it's not cheap to start a kingdom, and future ogre probably knew that. Or at least he knew Ishelda would need ALL THE GOLDS.
>>19811070Maybe correllate a list in a bit.We want our kingdom to be a self sufficient as possible, so we can adventure and it'll still be around when we get back.
>>19811026WOOO! I can't wait to see what Dave has been up to.
rolled 38 = 38>>19811077>>19811066>>19811057>>19811043>>19811018you all must have missed the after-thread a few days ago where some drunk guy rolled a nat 100 to scry for gold...apparently he was rolling for our benefactor...
>>19811044>>19811066These.Exabyte, you should do omake style shenanigan shit to celebrate end of quest.
>>19811026So how did Gary fall in love with an alternate version of us hundreds of years before we were born?And why did he like the emotionless us and not the us that could have liked him back?And what happened to him after we let him go, did he get wiped?
rolled 59 = 59>>19811087I already did make a list...I posted it a thread or two ago, but nobody commented...>>19811090I can't wait to see what nearFuture van co. wants him for RIGHT NOW
rolled 14 = 14>>19811093>Let me put my MASK on real quick....I rolled to magic ourselves some money that wouldn't disappear. I think I said to scry and do some dungeon crawls, but this is pretty cool.
>>19811090>Space Cyborg Quest will start *right* where NFC ended. There'll be no timeskip.>>19811077>He did get ALL THE GOLDS and gave it to you. Your funds are 'luxuriously large' and is just shy of being the same size as every province's treasures, combined.>>19811067>I still haven't handled how well that'll work out, and SORQ was way too exhausting for me to create another entirely new steampunk setting. I'm thinking that I might choose one day a week to do a special quest, and do my daily quest every other day.>>19811111>Magic.>isheldasmilingmischeviously.jpg>>19811128>Yes, this is directly responsible for that roll. I didn't know how you'd get the gold until like, JUST NOW, but whee, suddenly ogre seers retroactively seeing the future.You take a deep sip of tea.The earth elemental does so too, imitating your movements exactly- pouring tea all over it's gold structure."Ishelda." Raziel said. "Let's go tell the others.""Right, right." You respond. "But first. . ."You dive into the gold, swimming through it.Raziel sighed."I'll go get them myself." She said.
>>19811111Perhaps the VQ was experimenting with stealing away only certain emotions, or doing things to the rest and forced his love for her.
rolled 100 = 100>>19811155Awesome.More Omake please.>these things need not be canon, just silly.
>>19811184The dice have spoken. More Omake is required.Perhaps Ishelda/Raziel hijinks.
>>19811184Drunky, why do you have all the 100's?
>>19811184Stop getting post-thread 100s, you.
>>19811184The dice gods have spoken. More sillyness.>>19811198Maybe the dice gods owe me or something?>MAGIC>>19811199no.
>>19811184... What the fuck, anonydrunk. What the fuck. You and Monotreeme, I don't get it. He sacrifices to the blood god when he barbeques and you booze yourself into oblivion. If he's the chosen of Khorne, does that make you the chosen of Slaanesh?
rolled 46 = 46>>19811199but they are the best 100s
rolled 36 = 36Can our kingdom have some sort of fantastic terrain? I rolled last thread, but it fell off before the archive.
>>19811216Maybe. >You'll never know the secrets of my MAGIC
rolled 89 = 89>>19811216silly anon I don't play chaos, or indeed 40K for that matter...and my little ritual is for someone else entirely...>>19811218oh I imagine it has already got fields of glass to start with but more awesome would also be nice....
You walk into the room... to find Raziel and Kristoph making out.Kristoph recoils, and starts spluttering. "Erh- uhh- hello, my lady."You go bright red, and Raziel gently pushes Kristoph away. She leans toward you, stooping down to look into your eyes."Would you like to join in?" She asked, and next thing you know, you feel soft lips enveloping your own.>Deliciously, deliciously, noncanon. This is for that hundred, drunkanon.
Well Exabyte, I just finished reading through the entirety of NFCQ in one day.I'm pretty impressed.
>>19811265Exanibble! Why did you crack Exabyte's trip, you monster? Ach! Bluch! Eugh!
>>19811265More, more. Also I think after 5 seconds of shock Kristoph would try to be casual and sarcastic about it.
rolled 66 = 66this is what I feel needs to be done...part 1CHANGES CHANGES, MAKE CHANGES SO WHEN WE RETURN TO THIS QUEST WE CAN BE WELL ESTABLISHED AS A TRUE RULER!!!!000 timeskip begin001 continue excavating and reanimating skeletons in the other ogre cities. idleness in a terrible thing...002 carefully plan the astral clearing along any known ancient roads and in a circular area around the first city (for farming)003 introduce just one group of all races (including kobolds) into the first area have them start farming the small circular area promise them status once we bring in additional groups. We have only one requirement ABSOLUTLEY NO RACISM. 004 bring in flora and fauna from just one specific region (to cut down on cross region contamination). we could easily ask grayson for suggestions I bet in terms of fauna that work together. or hire a druid or two to keep the forests running in good order till they don't need the overwatch005 untill the settlement has proper and steady supplies of things it needs we'll need to be importing stuff like food, clean water, cloth, raw wood, etc. if we have skeletons to spare we have them gather ores and other mineral resources like coal etc. to save money, even if we have so much... 006 while the first settlement is being established we have skeletons continue digging up cities...tombs first a small contingent will expand the non-astral fire circle around the first city slowly.007 bring in another group or two once we have the space. again a massively mixed bag. 008 any ruins or mutant infested regions we find are to be cleared by soldiers from all constituent races, supplimented by some of Lewin's adventurers. a bonus is keeping a portion of any loot found assuming they don't damage the structure so Raziel can look at it first.009 begin planting galadriels light in a massive field around azreals tower
rolled 64 = 64>>19811361010 eventually other cities are cleared. we begin bringing in more groups, contracting with the leaders of all of the races to keep to the anti-racism requirements. we might contract with that elf chick to piolot a second ship for us as either a people or cargo hauler011 we get second tier groups.(miners, masons, higher level craftsmen, perhaps a few mages and alchemists)012 we begin producing trade goods now that we have craftsmen...013 eventually sheath azreals tower in orchalicum.014 build more prisms, any citizen can own a gauntlet if they can afford it...015 every city should have a street of cunning artificers. it must have them...they are essential016 we enjoy having tea at least once a year with every govener, judge, village leader, or village council...(not all at once, unless we really want to.)
Raziel pushes you back, ever aggressively. You have no idea at all what exactly is going on you-what-why is she unlacing your clothing-You suddenly taste the mint-and-spice flavor of swamp brew on Raziel's tongue. That must be what's going on; She's drunk.Kristoph blinks. Then turns around, and takes the tall glass of swamp brew. He starts chugging, and leaves you and Raziel your privacy."Zeke, I have *problems*!" Kristoph called, as he closed the door behind him.>That's all you get.
>>19811369>>19811361Seems good.We also need to set up the infrastructure of village mayors, city governors and the like all reporting to a governing body of bureaucrats who report to us. We need to stay abreast of crop reports and the like.We'll also need to set up guilds for common trades to both teach apprentices, bring resources and expertise together and for quality control.
rolled 28 = 28>>19811453it always seems to me that the establishment of guilds is a longer term plan than we're looking at here...IIRC the time skip is only going to be a few years, then we're back to playing again...
>>19811383Give us more, we've been good for 40 threads, we've been a damn good princess. We need more. Or you can do other omakes.Also what would have happened if we had kissed Grayson on the forehead when he was human?Note, when/if we get married we probably should append Prince Consort to their titles instead of King, just to ensure that we're absolutely the boss, they'll have authority but this is our kingdom.
>>19811294Yep, I cracked his trip and posted that while away from my computer. Magic.What are you going to do about it?
>>19811572Ask you to write more.
>>19811361>>19811369This all seems rational, minus the "NOOO RAACCIIISSSM" gittery and making everyone live with everyone, despite cultural differences. If you tell them explicitly not to be racist despite tensions while cramming them together in one space they're not particularly comfortable in, then we're not only being fascistic, but stupid. We'll probably kick up racial tensions by pointing out nonexistent ones and making the real ones flare up. Just let people be people and encourage the idea passively. I have a much different idea of how to divvy up the land.The Ogrish city, formerly Raziel's hangout, should be our capital. Azariel's tower and the surrounding area should be the Kalak's demesne; we can build our own towering citadel-staff-thing. The lands will be partly governed by us, since we've had such a hand in setting everything up, and by the nations contributing to the effort; there will be an Elven demesne to the East, a new human Province to the West, Lizardfolk lands to the Southeast, and maybe a hobgoblin demesne to the Southwest. North is obviously the Orcs' demesne. The Kobolds will have a demesne near our capital in the center of the former Warped Lands, or possibly exist as a substate of the Province's demesne; a duchy, maybe. The rest will be kept neutral until a later date, because we may have to accommodate more races.Field too long.
>>19811670Map posted couple of threads ago. Swap elven and lizardmen portions.
>>19811670Our own demesne will be open to everyone and have no pre-established idea of who will go where, unlike the other jointly governed demesnes, and will serve as the big ol' melting pot. This is not to say cross-race immigration into the other demesnes is forbidden, but rather that we will only encourage extreme cultural muddling and cosmopolitanism in our own lands. On the point of neutral zones, the Ogres and Dwarves, for example, may have embassies later, and those embassies may turn into settlements which will become proper demesnes of New Arcturus. Speaking of dwarves, we cannot just use magic. We need to see if Tyr is interested in New Arcturus. Using nothing but magic will bite us in the ass, because magic fades in ways mundane things don't, and if anyone should know how to keep things from fading, it's the Dwarves. We'll, uh, leave the Ogres for later. Because they're kooks.Does anyone else agree with this approach over muddling the hell out of New Arcturus, turning it into one big tangled mess of cultures that don't understand one another and may even start a shitfit over being stuck with one another so, rather than merely blurring the lines, in closer borders, constant trade and actual cultural mixing?
>>19811643You heard the man, Exabyte. Write more, my reputation's on the line.
>>19811734>>19811643>>19811509Maybe in a bit, but I'm rather busy right now.Also, prince consort is an awesome idea and I will certainly use it.
>>19811693It makes no geographical or geopolitical sense to have the Lizardfolk in the East and Elves in the Southeast. There should be a clear bridge between the Lizardfolk's demesne and their current homeland, from the island in the South below the Eastern continent to the south of New Arcturus. It would slow the Lizardfolk demesne's construction considerably due to the longer trip, for no reason, whereas the Elves would be fine simply crossing the channel into an Eastern demesne. That map as it was was flawed and this has already been pointed out in the very thread it was concepted.>>19811572>>19811734BEGONE, DEMON! YOUR NONSENSICAL FAPFICS WILL NOT PLAGUE MY EARS NOR EYES! SHOO!
>>19811697I do have a question- how will you deal with the orcs? If not tamed (aka, being brought up in a strict manner), they're prone to rampaging or letting their emotions get out of control, becoming mindless, tantruming monsters.
rolled 62 = 62>>19811697>on dwarves and Tyrdid you see point 015? I stole it from discworld but the concept is still sound; if we have a district in every city that is set aside for people of a mechanical bent. perhaps we subsidize them a little provided some judged level of ingenuity.or we merely encourage ingenuity in our people...I do hope you caught the first bit where I said changes were important...and I wasn't saying that we state the NO RACISM requirement, merely that in our first few groups we hand pick individuals and families that clearly have no racism.I know that once we have enough population we can have separate lands for everyone, to begin with we need a little of everyone...that way our histories will always demonstrate that we are the melting pot.
>>19811788It isn't like we'd give authority equal to our own to anyone. This is our kingdom, both through right of birth and through deed as we created it with our own hands. >>19811809That could be problematic. The first thing we would do is consult with the Venerable King and Queen, get their thoughts and advice on it. Then we have a test run of a few Orcish families who live here raising children and seeing how it goes. We will use that to determine how to best pull off Orcs in our land.
>>19811788>prince consort is an awesome ideaWhat do you mean? It's just the standard title for a bloke who marries a ruling Queen.>>19811809The adult orcs will bring the child orcs a strict upbringing just like they do in orcish lands. It maybe slightly harder living in a more exiting country but it shouldn't be a significant problem, should it?
>>19811809Maybe having a somewhat isolated Orcish settlement for raising young Orcs. The Orcs would understand it's necessity.Or we set up a public Orc insurance.
rolled 91 = 91>>19811851>>19811809simple, we start with only older orcs...but we give all of them a stern warning "until they can keep children calm keep them under control" or give them free trips back and forth to deliver children in the orcish lands.once they have enough domain then they can be free to set their children loose at will...
A few fun facts;Vanko was the only explicit 'source of misinformation'. The Heart and the Mind, as well as scrying, your allies, and interrogated enemies are all sources of information, so I thought adding one source of misinformation would be good to throw into the mix.The Wanderer's immortality was inspired by the old folk myth where parents would cut a lock of their children's hair and keep it, because the myth was that one couldn't die without all parts of them in the same place.The three boons ritual was inspired by genies. Obviously.I tried to subvert or twist most of the standard D&Desque races- See Ogres, Orcs, Hobs, elves, and though you didn't see one in person, dwarves.The Fell was originally going to call monsters to you, but while wearing it you'd be invisible. Inspired by the One Ring.Kiyara and Ell were always planned to be together.Kristoph and Raziel were *not*. Also, as apparent by Grayson Quest\Harrumph Quest, you were supposed to meet Kristoph long before. Kris originally had a dire wolf that completely loved him- he'd shoo it away, yell at it, all sorts of things, but it'd show up in his bedroll eventually.Fellwind wasn't meant to be an arse. He just... ended up that way.
>>19811809Simple. Orcs will stay in the homeland or their own demesne until they get control of their berserker tendencies. And we can always figure out a mundane or magical method to suppress their anger and get unwanted berserking more easily in line, for problem orcs. Antianxiety drugs, perhaps? Calming charms?>>19811841Alright, well, it was vaguely worded. I suppose that makes some sense. As for point 15, alright, you've got me. But you seemed focused on magical industry. We need a proper, mundane industry, too. Balance and all. As for encouraging ingenuity, yes, yes, but you don't just suddenly into science. We need to talk to Tyr and the dwarves to into science without our renaissance being well under way decades from now, because magic of course will stunt advances in technology simply because it might not be seen as necessary. And that's bad, so we'll fight that stunting with everything we've got.Aside from that, are we in agreement? Our demesne for the big melting pot, and separate, distinct demesnes for the other nations contributing to New Arcturus, that might rub off a bit on one another from proximity?
>>19811993Also, I forgot to mention; Fuatha Vanko, Vanko's 'real' name, was a throwback to NFC. Future VanCo.
>>19812037>Vanko = Van Co.How the fuck did I miss that? Wow.What misinformation did he actually give us? A load of incomprehensible bullshit about 'true magic' which we just kind of ignored, the stuff about the mask being dangerous which put us off Gary's trail for a bit, demons being immortal which didn't really affect anything. Seems he could have misled us a lot further.
>>19812092Mostly he gave you a slew of random information, and acted like he hated you- specifically so he could 'warm up' to you, and eventually give you a grudging respect. You found the mask too early, and asked him about it- which then made the wanderer shit his pants, freak the fuck out, and screw up.
>>19811993>Kris originally had a dire wolf that completely loved him- he'd shoo it away, yell at it, all sorts of things, but it'd show up in his bedroll eventually."Ssnnnn... Snrk- huh, who, what? Raziel, why are your toenails in my back... When we're spooning with YOU in front...""Wuh? What're you talking about, Kristoph? Go to sleeeeep...""Yeah. Go to shreep.""... GODS DAMN IT DOG, OFF! DOWN!""BUT I RUB ROO!""AND I LOVE YOU TOO, DOG. THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU GET TO SLEEP IN MY BED. OUT! YOU HAVE YOUR BED AND I HAVE MINE!""Oh, come on, let him stay. My feet are getting cold anyways, these sheets are too small.""RAY! I RUB ROO, MASTER!""...">>19812037How on Earth did we miss that?
>>19812112Was the one of four with power thing false?
rolled 66 = 66>>19812002aye, I see what you say, and perhaps Tyr might be willing to assist, but.I was focused on magic first because we HAVE that technology. but to use discworld as a reference again, there will I think always be people willing to do the unconventional for the sake of doing it. a magic using farmer can gather more crops, but the man that a magic using farmer can gather more crops and once more he will chalege the magic and the minds of othersI did word them vaugely; because I knew that it was a backbone and not a full body, and many changes needed to take place.and yes aside from that we are indeed in an agreement...
>>19812179Well if 'true magic' doesn't exist at all then we can hardly be one of only four to use it, can we?
>>19812128I don't even know how you missed it- I literally made the name up on the spot and thought it'd be funny.>>19812179It was false! all of the fourth-wall spanning stuff was kind of an injoke to myself, as the 'four' was the main characters of the four different quests I had in mind, but within the setting, Vanko- or The Wanderer- was lying his ass off.True magic being 'a dream' was right, though. True magic wasn't real, and thus, a dream.
>>19811993>Kris originally had a dire wolf that completely loved him- he'd shoo it away, yell at it, all sorts of things, but it'd show up in his bedroll eventually.That would of ended up hilariously if he and Ishelda ever wound up together. One bed, two people, a bear, and a wolf.
Am I the only one who thought Leon was supposed to be a bigger deal than he was?
>>19812303Your meeting with Leon was foreshadowing, as was Tyr, and the VQ, and all of that stuff. Wait until the timeskip.>>19812282Dire animals weren't originally as smart as they ended up being- they were usually just larger and more powerful, but then I decided 'fuck it, why not?'
Are we going to import lizardfolk mothers, or just the men? Are they naturally all political and schemey, or is that just what their society is set up to do? It might get messy.
>>19812427We'll chat with Vithriel about it. She knows them better than we do.
>>19812313>Leon was the spellblade squire Kristoph introduced you to in Cerulean City.>>19812427>They are normally political and schemey, but those are the 'Mothers', as in the ruling bodies. there are other, non-'mother' females, but those are treated identically to the males, despite being twice-to-three times the male size and having massive serpent tails. You can likely take both males and females.Marigold was made on the spot, surprisingly. She was originally going to be much more religious, and much, much more naive. Her handmaidens were a bad influence on her naivety. Venus was going to be more of a jerk originally. He was going to capture you and your companions for being hob supporters, but then I figured that there's no way I'd get you there without railroading or abusing the World Key.Speaking of the World Key, Ragnarok was originally going to escape the moment he got a chance, and make his way to the World Key to undo the bindings on his magic- Then try to revive Eidolon- using Ell's body.Fellwind was originally going to be either Venus's son or some kind of criminal, but I decided against it. Grimmauld took that place instead.Lewin read too many books about adventurers when he was a kid. That's why he is the way he is.
>>19812491Ragnarok turning into Eidolon was a Gareth trick, wasn't it?Also spellswords are awesome. We should set up a school, and have a magic+swordplay police force.
>>19812534Yes, yes it was. He didn't want *anyone* to be able to know about his face, and he didn't want loose ends, so he killed Ragnarok via illusing Grayson.If you had put the mask in it's original spot, instead of a pocket space, he would have tried to kill you, too.
>>19812491We kinda shat on Ragnarok's plan by having Grayson guard him, didn't we?How exactly did Venus end up being less of a jerk? Was it really just because you had trouble thinking of how he could tkae us down without a dickass doublecross when we came to talk to him or a deus ex machina like WORLD KEY OUTTA NOWHERE, or did our handling of the situation have something to do with it too?
>>19812607>By 'originally', I mean 'back when you were still walking to Sirius City'. Eventually I decided that the obligatory 'captured an in the dungeon scene' wasn't fit for the quest.
>>19812638It wouldn't have worked that well. We probably would have bust open our prison cell, incapacitated the guards and then gone up to the High Lord and scolded him.
>>19812674Which would have been AWESOME.
>>19812659>busting open the prison cellHow barbaric! Why would you ruin a perfectly good prison cell when you can just teleport out or magically unlock the door?
>>19812687>I probably should have done that, then.Also, the whole 'muscles aching' thing was when you were down to one half of your maximum arcane power. 'Head swimming' and 'world swaying' was below one fourth.
>>19812674I do like the mental image though. A fourteen year old girl busting out of prison, snapping her fingers as all the guards fall asleep around her and then going up to the big bearded Lord, grabbing him by the ear and pulling him around the room while berating him for being so impolite to a guest.
>>19812709How much power did we start with compared to how much we have now?
>>19812709Does that mean you won't be using that system for the next part?
>>19812709Was 'muscles aching' level enough that we'd strengthen on the raw magical power scale if we regenerated naturally?
>>19812755You started out with one hundred 'points', and ended up with four hundred near the end, not counting the two hundred you could store in the Jormungandr, and the forty in your 'satchel of crystals', which was upgraded to fifty when you put it into your armor.>>19812765I most likely won't keep track like I have been, so most likely, no.>>19812785Indeed. The world-swaying actually *decreased* how much your maximum magic would raise, though. There's such a thing as too much exercizing.
>>19812826What exactly are the limits and capabilities of Dire Magic?Did Grayson have any magic other than Dire Magic, Class, Nobility and excellent footwork?
>>19812826>ended up with four hundred near the end, not counting the two hundred you could store in the JormungandrSo we have twice as much power as it took to levitate a whole ship across the entire continent? That's kind of impressive.And if we keep quadrupling our power every season like we just did, we'll have twenty-six million points by the end of the time skip. I'm guessing it's not going to work like that, because holy shit.
>>19812889Nope, dire magic and his intelligence are the only unnatural things about him.His footwork is due to his dire magic, which was due to his nobility.His class is all his own.Dire magic, roughly, is the bastard child of shapeshifting and life magic- it grants him physical skill (In all forms,) , and the ability to change his mass, structure, bones, etc. It also amplifies his senses, and increases his fluffiness. However, he can't completely shapeshift into a different creature- he's always a bear, albeit a bear with an extra ribcage as armor, massive claws, and horns.
>>19812959>increases his fluffinessIshelda needs to learn this shit, ASAP. How do you make dire humans?
>>19812959So he can't pull off shapeshifting into a human on his own. We'll work on that during the timeskip, make him an item that lets him shift between them if he ever chooses.
>>19812990>Dire humans are talented humans. As in, all humans with talents. Lewin and his senses, Fellwind and his ANGER ISSUES, etc.
>>19813048Fellwind is fluffy? B-but he's mean. How can a fluffy thing be mean?
>>19813088See Ishelda The Cat from NFCQ. she was fluffy, and yet... so mean.
>>19813109She wasn't mean. It's not her fault everyone else was so insignificant next to her majesty. She was incredibly magnanimous, considering. Let Dave look after her and everything.
>>19812951This guy kinda has a point. While we probably won't be exerting ourselves nearly as much, even as we're building up a magical industry, building the bastard flower-covered child of Grand Staff, and creating elementals & golems everywhere, we're going to grow in power a lot. It seems like Sorceress Quest Part 2, similarly to Space Cyborg Quest, is going to be more about political play than exercising our powers. We COULD go ahead and smash the opposition with a touch of the ol' ULTRA-MAGIC, but that wouldn't be like Ishelda. There's Dwarves and Ogres that need diplomancing and peace to keep in New Arcturus. Also, demons and Void Queens we need to war on for the good of the realm and all others.
>>19813151>Dave wasn't there when she did her meanest things. She put undesirables to death, tortured young children, burned ants with a magnifying glass. . .Ishelda The Cat is secretly the most evil thing there is.
>>19813178She's a cat, cats are some of the most adorable sociopaths in the world. I know this because I have several cats. If they weren't cute you'd have people freaking out over how they leave mice half dead and bat them around for fun. Letting them crawl away for a bit with grave injuries before knocking them around more.
>>19813178It's not wrong if you don't get caught, right?
rolled 69 = 69>>19812709just like the dolphin ending of NFCQ eh?
>>19813217Mine just do that with insects, and I appreciate them for it. I hate insects.
House cats are the most vicious mammal predators.If your average house cat was scaled up to tiger size there wouldn't be anything larger than a mouse living within several miles. Probably not even the mice. Your average house cat makes several orders of magnitude more kills per year than the next comparable predator.
>>19813178So if the Void Queen is going around taking Isheldas from bad ends, will she have an army of cat Isheldas from Dave's bad ends? Because I don't think we can beat that.
>>19813364>Who said she was?
>>19813345They're pretty awesome. Recently one of my cats brought in a good sized bunny, it was an absolutely perfect kill. Judging by the wound on the bunny it was one bite, right at the spine and then it was over.
>>19813381Nobody obviously, she wipes people's souls out of existence if they say stuff about her like that.
rolled 45 = 45>>19813345or the average casual video-gamer for that matter...this coming from a man whose cat will occasionally pick mano-a-mano fights with adult raccoons, and win.>>19813217mine doesn't leave half dead mice, mine leaves the living halves of mice...and bunnies, and rats, and snakes, and...
What are we going to do with the zerglin/ratatta?
>>19813493Use it as a pet/personal assistant.
>>19813474I once got up and found that my cat had perfectly disemboweled a mouse and left it by my bedroom door, that was not a fun present.
>>19813503Like the romans had their tigers and panthers and things? Could be cool.
Did somebody say murder presents?
rolled 42 = 42>>19813527mine dropped one on my face to wake me up one morning...that wasn't fun either...
rolled 39 = 39>>19813551I always liked this version slightly more...
Honestly I am way more annoyed by when they don't kill the animal then when they leave a corpse. Seriously, I've seen them bring in a bunny or a mouse, let it go and just watch it run and hide under stuff. Then they just wander off and leave me to deal with a fucking terrified squeaking animal that it is nearly impossible to make leave.I have seen my cats literally just ignore the animal I want them to kill after shutting them in the same room as the bunny.
>>19813584That's because it is superior, but I couldn't find it with a quick googling.
>>19813612My old cat used to try to be evil, but she'd just capture the mouse, bring it in, let it go to play with it...And then the mouse or shrew would get away, and then she'd meow at us as if we stole it from her. she always demanded that we return her toys to her.
>>19813826Are you sure she wasn't just torturing the poor thing psychologically before getting to the physical torture and following slow, gruesome murder?
>>19813873I'm positive.Mostly because she'd give up, climb into someone's lap, roll over onto her back, and start drooling copiously.My cat was not a smart cat.
>>19813905I'm going to take a wild guess that Ishelda was inspired by the polar opposite concept to your cat.
>>19813925Yes, yes she was.Except my cat was also white, and incredibly fluffy.