(( http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Nasuverse for previous threads. It is not necessary to read them, but it helps.IRC is #HGWSeattle @ rizon. https://twitter.com/HowDoIShotTrip for announcements RE: new threads ))You are Legion (Nicknamed by yourself as Bob), familiar to Luke Morcai. Your Master is capable of powerful but time-consuming Circle Magic, which can replicate many spells but requires a great deal of preparation and time, And of the magic he has decided to term Theft. Theft allows Luke to steal anything, so long as it is possible in a physical matter with his hands. You are both embroiled in the Great Grail War, which is a Holy Grail War with four sets of servants.Your Servant is Astolpho, knight of Charlamagne, Rider Class. Stat page here: pastebin.com/qJw29xd7LAST TIME ON HOLY GRAIL WAR SEATTLE: RELATIONSHIP DRAMADISCOVERING LUKE'S MAGIC - AND HIS BETRAYALSETTING UP A ANTI-GRAIL CONFERENCEMEETING A NEW RIDERTHE STORY CONTINUES...NOW.(cont)
>>20208251"What?" I manage, looking up from my tea. "A duel?" "Not with you, of course. With your servant." "...How do you know I'm a Master?" He clears his throat and points. ...Ah. My Command Seals. I should probably start wearing gloves. Interestingly, I look at my seals for the first time: A long sword flanked by ribbons. "So what say you, challenged?" he asks.
>>20208275"Can it wait for a while? I have a meeting with Ruler in a bit."
>>20208275"not the time, not the place. I will gladly take you up on that, but not now. And anyway, it's rude to interrupt someone in the middle of drinking tea."
>>20208275>...Ah. My Command Seals. I should probably start wearing gloves.Yes, that was dumb. Gloves don't matter much usually. Other Masters can sense you anyway while other Servants can sense Astie. Just don't ask a question with obvious answer.>A long sword flanked by ribbons. My God, even your Seals are gay.Not that there is anything wrong with it.Anyway."Right now is not the best time. It's a morning, for one thing. Too high a risk of attracting attention and breaking rules. Later, perhaps."If he insist, mention her meeting with the Ruler. Not sure if we should invite him. Seems like OK chap, though.
>>20208336This. Invite him to the meeting, too.
>>20208336Also mention this may not be the best time, considering the clusterfuck of servants and masters that are about to show up.
It will have to be at a later time. We have a prior meeting with a Ruler to uphold. Even a Servant wouldn't be so crass as to interrupt that.
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rolled 2 = 2>>20208517"This may not be the best time. There's a meeting about to happen with a Ruler here, and besides that, we should wait until there's fewer Servants in the area.""I see." he says. "I am not used to dueling without an audience, but then, this is not a normal arena." he admits, finishing his tea and rising. "I will leave you to your meeting and approach you another time, then. May it go well." "Thank you." I spend some time thinking on things as he leaves. I wonder most of all - how should I feel about Astolfo? But before I have much more time to ponder, A car pulls up and Jeanne emerges, wearing a lighter blue sweater and long skirt. Neither do much to hide her figure, and she smiles as she sits opposite me. "You came early."
>>20208530"It would be ungentlemanly of me to keep a lady waiting."
>>20208530If one isnt five minutes early, then you're late
>>20208530>"You came early."Better not do that after the date Master. Dohohohohoho.Let's get down to business. Time for everyone to know that the Grail = bad news.
Has all current servants.>>20208530"It's important and I was interested in seeing you too".
rolled 25 = 25>roll to resist lewd joke.>>20208545Yes, this.
>how should I feel about Astolfo?Astolfo is your precious almost imouto servant-chan and needs to be hugged and loved.
>>20208530"I considered being fashionably late, but the world itself is at stake here. Also, I don't like to keep a lady waiting.I invited a few other interested parties for this little rendezvous. Hope you don't mind, but the more Masters know about this Grail's true nature the bigger chance we have of stopping it."
rolled 1 = 1>>20208605"I considered being fashionably late, but the world itself is at stake here. Also, I don't like to keep a lady waiting. I invited a few other interested parties for this little rendezvous. Hope you don't mind, but the more Masters know about this Grail's true nature the bigger chance we have of stopping it.""I don't much mind." she says. "You're right, if it was just us, we would have had a serious problem. There is not much I can do. In fact, it is my duty to see the Grail comes to fruition. You could even say that it is my master." she adds. "That does present an issue. Why then can you tell me of the nature of it - or even hold this meeting?" "Do not think I am bereft of wit or cleverness because of my legend's end." she says vaguely. "I...see." "So did you really want to browse tea with me, or was it merely an excuse?"
"Neither is actually, late, we have more guests who have yet to arrive"
>>20208659<insert sexy pickupline here>
>>20208659"I thought it was a charming excuse to spend time with such a classic french beauty."
>>20208659>>20208685This and "If it were possible for you to act against the grail Jeanne, would you?"
>>20208659"Everything is an excuse. At first I thought it was going to be a long war, then you made all click into place. I'm up for anything except this sad run of affairs"
>>20208530Astolpho is your precious compatriot. He is a devoted friend. He is your knight. You are his Master. He has a duty to you just as much as you do to him. The feelings you feel are likely that of a "courtly love," a somewhat chaste, kindly affection that rises above the normal relationship. If you explain that to him, he might let you off the hook a bit easier.>used ulostp...divination doesn't look good. Keep your ears open, Master.
>>20208659A bit of both, honestly. I do enjoy a good cup of tea, and I do enjoy good company.
>>20208659"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't an excuse on some level. The Holy Grail War is opportunity to meet some of the greatest people who ever lived. And not only are you not trying to kill me, which the majority of them are, but you're also a particular intriguing figure. I'd be a fool not to want to get to know you.And besides, I really do need some new tea."
>>20208782Oh, excellent as usual. I second this.
rolled 86 = 86>>20208782I'm in favor of this one.
>>20208782goddamnit this. I'd also say that while we're being charming we ask her "if it were possible for you to act against the grail, would you?"
>>20208782Seconding Sang's idea.
>>20208782... God dammit Sang, why are you so perfect.
>>20208752Courtly love wasn't really chaste though. The entire point is that courtly romances were forbidden by the knight position in relation to the lady. Knights serve the lord who is married to the lady, which leads to all sorts of anguished and torrid love affairs, consummated and not. See: Tristan and Isolde, Le Morte de Artur.
>>20208842True, but the IDEAL version of Courtly love is chaste.
>>20208902Stated ideal, the courtly love tales were the checkout counter romances of their time.
>>20208782"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't an excuse on some level. The Holy Grail War is opportunity to meet some of the greatest people who ever lived. And not only are you not trying to kill me, which the majority of them are, but you're also a particular intriguing figure. I'd be a fool not to want to get to know you. And besides, I really do need some new tea."Her eyes seem to glimmer as she raises her cup, as if to hide a smile. "Very well, then. ...Ah. It seems our first company has arrived." A very janky looking car pulls up and the young man, master of Archer, emerges. We bump fists as Archer nods at me. "Good morning, Ruler." "Good morning." she replies, as Astolfo approaches.He sits beside me, and Jeanne finds us a much larger table. Archer explains his Master's issue, and she nods in sympathy. Finally, Ganondorf lands in a seat, holding a steaming cup of his own tea. Jeanne doesn't even flinch at his sudden appearance. "Well then. It appears we can get started... Shall I take the floor, or you, Luke?"
>>20208752I think I recognize that char. Is she from an H manga?
>>20208933You first, Master. You called this meeting, after all. Explain why you called everyone here, then pass to Jeanne.
>>20208933Ruler should. We don't know shit outside who made it, why, and what it's going to do. She has the details we don't.
>>20208933She's the one with the knowledge and, hopefully, the plan. She should do the talking.Also, tell her that Blue Brawler might also be receptive to he goal.
>>20208933Let Jeanne do it. We don't know as much about the whole situation as she does. Also, the other masters might not trust anything we tell them, what with the whole Grail War thing and having to fight them, and everything.
>>20208933Since we learned about the end of the world from her to begin with, let her speak. She knows more about the situation than we do. Besides, she's a Ruler. Her word weight more than our.Also, Luke, don't flirt with her too much. Astie may take it the wrong way given recent events.
>>20208933Leave it to Jeanne, we are still sorta competing for the Grail, like everyone else.
>>20208933Allow ruler to open for us, all we've got is generalized information from her that the grail is supposed to destroy the world somehow. We don't really know how, or who created it to do this. Our assumptions can mean that it's intended to destroy gaia, or that it will somehow corrupt a wish made through it to the worst possible interpretation.
>>20208933Everyone seems to be voting for Jeanne to speak, but I think since we invited everyone and we were the impetus for this meeting we ought to speak first."Gentlemen, I invited you here because the Lady Ruler here shared something of incredible importance with me, and I think its something we can't ignore. I won't pretend to guess what reasons you're fighting this battle for. I know I came into this with my own selfish wish. I won't even lie to you and say that I've entirely given up on that wish.But this is bigger than that. Than anything we might want. Ruler has told me that the true purpose of this new Holy Grail is nothing short of the destruction of the entire world.Like I said, I can't know your motives or your wishes. I can't assume what manner of heroic spirits you servants are, or what type of person your Master is, Archer. But I know one thing for sure, and I think the same is true for both of you: The things I want in my life require that this world live on. And so I'm proposing that we join forces, but this war on hold, and find some way to stop the Grail."
>>20209138That works too, I suppose.
>>20209138Sanguinia is always right.
>>20209138Why are you always right, Sang?
>>20209138"Gentlemen, I invited you here because the Lady Ruler here shared something of incredible importance with me, and I think its something we can't ignore. I won't pretend to guess what reasons you're fighting this battle for. I know I came into this with my own selfish wish. I won't even lie to you and say that I've entirely given up on that wish. But this is bigger than that. Than anything we might want. Ruler has told me that the true purpose of this new Holy Grail is nothing short of the destruction of the entire world. Like I said, I can't know your motives or your wishes. I can't assume what manner of heroic spirits you servants are, or what type of person your Master is, Archer. But I know one thing for sure, and I think the same is true for both of you: The things I want in my life require that this world live on. And so I'm proposing that we join forces, but this war on hold, and find some way to stop the Grail."The table falls quiet. "Ruler, if you would elucidate?" Jeanne nods. "As the eloquent Master has said so well, the purpose of this grail is to end the world. However, much like previous grails, this can only be done with almost every last servant. Only four of all of them may remain, typically, the Rulers. In order for the war to end, the rest must feed the grail. And if a week passes without hostility and death among your ranks, then the Rulers must begin to prepare the Grail themselves."
Ganondorf nods."I see. In the end, the Servants will be destroyed - and the Grail will activate. I do not know enough of the theory behind magic to help in this matter, however. The grail is beyond my scope, as much as I detest to admit it."Archer nods as well. "Me and my master agree - This is outside our bounds." Rider sighs. "It seems we simply do not have the expertise." he says quietly.
>>20209273Then we need to find somebody who does.Also, ask her what mechanic precisely it will use to destroy the world. Does it require a wish, or will it simply do it on its own?
>>20209264>>20209273What are the vessels for lesser grails in this war? To my knowledge, they are necessary for the Grail to materialize. If we can get a hold of them and either study or destroy, it may give us time. Destruction of the vessels will not stop the Greater Grail forever. Just for enough time to channel enough prana to begin anew. But it's better than nothing.
>>20209273Is Ganon begins studying, and we find the other casters, we might have a chance. I think having all 4 of them working on this project would be of great help.
>>20209332Okay, good question. If we can destroy one of the vessels for one of the lesser grails, shouldn't it be impossible to complete the greater one?
>>20209264>"if a week passes without hostility and death among your ranks, then the Rulers must begin to prepare the Grail themselves.""Does this mean that the rulers themselves are directly involved in the grail war? we need to know a bit more of exactly how the grail will destroy the world - is it supposed to twist or corrupt any wish made to the worst possible intent or is it supposed to function some other way""If magecraft is capable of altering the grail so that it no longer endangers the world, our hopes may have to rest in one of the other caster class servants..."
>>20209264So, let's scheduled that duel with the other rider for... well, for whatever time that will put off doomsday the longest. He'll be the sacrifice to keep the Rulers from activating.
>>20209332Don't mention the "destroying" part. Just ask about vessels and whether or not we can study them.
>>20209332I'd avoid mentioning destruction of the vessel to the ruler, even though she wants to aid us she is still currently bound by the grail - it could put her in a tricky spot. Studying the vessel to delay or prevent it outright is much better, investigating the other caster classes to see if they could tweak the settings is also a good option (my vote would go for red caster being the most likely to manage it).
>>20209415I like this plan. If we do this, and continue doing similar things, we can drag this Grail war out almost indefinitely. That should give us enough time to figure out a solution to our little problem. in the meantime, we join forces with everyone else to try and figure out how to stop it.
>>20209273"If affecting the grail directly is beyond our means, we have to settle for indirect means until that changes. Try and stretch out the competition, force servants into stalemates, make sure only the minimum are brought down to keep the Rulers in check. We can seek out the other Casters, or more information about this grail's creatir. We have options.The real question, Archer and Caster, is if you are willing to help. I won't begrudge you if you refuse, this won't be a walk in the park. But its something I have to do. And I ciuld use your help."
>>20209350Or, we could find Carmen and have Luke team up with her to "Steal" the part of the Grail that makes it destructive.
>>20209607Neither carmen nor luke can steal concepts that aren't physically tangible.
>>20209407"If we can destroy one of the vessels for one of the lesser grails, shouldn't it be impossible to complete the greater one?""...I can't answer that." she says. "Nor can I tell you whether such things exist, or where they may be." she continues. "I do not know the specific mechanic behind the wish and purpose, either... I apologize. Surely you understand." A thought comes to Ganondorf."Do you have the skill Independant Action for this war, Ruler?" "...Yes. For one day." she replies. "Though with the Grail as my Master, I do not see the point..." Ganon grins wickedly. "I see."
>>20209623Depends on the nature of vessels. For all we know the "destructive" part can be isolated inside one of them.You know, like Rage sphere of GLaDOS.For now, lets learn everything we can. Then plan.
>>20209635You see what? When Ganondorf has a plan, it's almost never a good thing.
...Oh, clever. Master, if we destroy her Grail, Jeanne will die. Caster may be thinking about adopting her as HIS Servant. You might do the same if you can use your Theft Origin to "steal" enough prana...All contingent on destroying her Grail. We need the other Casters. And as much information on the other Servants as possible.
>>20209635Wanna share what you're thinking with the class, O most famous of bosses?
>>20209635Ganon gunna try and destroy red grail and steal our jeanne d'arc.We need to beat him there (why the fuck did we invite him, god damnit he is bad news). On our date with Jeanne we need to see if we can use our origin to steal her from the grail which is currently her master - of course we need to get her consent and cooperation in this as it could go very badly otherwise.As an addendum, we might want to get phone contact info for white archer and his master, in case we need to call on them for something.
>>20209701>>20209701That's perfect. Because Jeanne is something tangible, Master can steal her from the Grail!
>>20209635Ganon have a plan. Bad.OK, propose to find other Casters. We need more epic level magi for this shit.Also, I propose you ask whether or not the present people want to stop the Grail from destroying us all or if they would prefer to continue the war.If the former, propose geas.The conditions are the same as with Arrie's. Except first clause. Change it to the "if there was no violence in week and Rulers are about to start the slaughter".
>>20209701He's a Caster and he has no reason to see the world unmade.I still think our best bet is pooling the resources of the Casters and any mage we can recruit into some sort of Holy Grail Think Tank, while the servants who come with them act as bodyguards for them.
>>20209733>implying we have anywhere near the amount of mana capable of fueling the shenanigans of having 2 servantsguys we have problems with 1, and i don't even think eliza cdould have pulled this off. maybe david because that whole mana accelleration bullshit but thats it.we may need to let this happen for now.
>>20209701Bastard just HAS to kidnap a princess. It's in his nature.
>>20209757His title is the king of evil and has canonically left his world in ruin several times for grabs at power. If he's thinking what I think he's thinking it is *BAD NEWS*If it needs to be explained to you that the KING OF EVIL is a BAD GUY, you're incredibly, incredibly dense.
>>20209733Careful though--we already HAVE a Servant. Master has been messing with his head for some time now, so his emotional state is possibly "precarious" if you catch my drift. I doubt bringing Jeanne in to our coterie will leave him unaffected. Of course the alternative is handing her over to Ganondorft and that's simply unacceptable.Also, we ought to mention the other problem. Sillyman is quite possibly as great a threat as the completed Greater Grail, if he isn't the means by which the promised end will be actualized.
>>20209797We can get Arrie out of her funk, in fact we may need to if we want to acquire jeanne as well.
>>20209796>for grabs at power.He wants to RULE the world, no end it. Hell, his whole motivation in Wind Waker was bringing the world BACK, so he could rule it.He's no doubt going to try and twist this to his advantage, but we can prepare for and come back from that. What we can not come back from is the grail being completed and the world ending.
>>20209846Word of EGO: it is doable.
...I'm not sure I could steal her from the Grail. Even that... thing with Astolfo was difficult with my Prana. I'd need much larger reserves than I currently have. And then there's Slim Jim to deal with...There might be a solution. The Geas I signed with her was one-way. I can hurt her. If I steal her circuits and integrate them with what I have already, I may in fact be able to to do as you suggest. I could even take the circuits from other Masters. It's not an easy prospect, but it is one of the fastest of my Circles.Either way, it seems Ganon has his eyes set on her. She seems uneasy about the prospect, her eyes betraying her worry as he stands. "I see no further progress to be made here. I have preparations to make." he says, and with a slight running start, flies off into the woods. Archer nods, himself. "I apologize for the lack of assistance." he says. "I'll do my best to avoid enemies at present."He stands and they leave. <Would you like to be alone on your date? I can check in on Arry, if you like.> Astolfo says.
>>20209887Then let's bloody do it.
>>20209903"That might be a good idea, Rider. there are a few things I need to… Discuss with Jeanne."
>>20209903I thought you said you'd stop stealing things like that.Also, he's the one that suggested it. Send his to check our crazy little friend. Try and get her out of her shell, if he can. Also, it will settle my curiosity of what she does when we aren't around.
>>20209903We are *not* going down this road master, you said you wanted to change that you weren't going to use your powers for selfish gain anymore, killing arry (who is currently under your protection) would alienate you from your servant.
>>20209903>If I steal her circuits and integrate them with what I have already, I may in fact be able to to do as you suggest. I could even take the circuits from other Masters. It's not an easy prospect, but it is one of the fastest of my Circles.Yes, yes, my young padavan. This way you can eventually become the greatest magus without the Grail. Who needs Astie? Who needs Jeanne? Who needs love and admiration, a freedom of pure conscience when you can have POWER!You will be the one staying on the ruins of the old world, dancing on the bones of the fallen magi. Everyone will be a sacrifice to you. You will be THE Magus. The last one. Now and forever.Do it.
>>20209903>>20209965You told Astolpho you were in this for redemption. In order for you to get redemption you *must* do the right things even when struggling in the face of temptation.Don't make what you've said to us and your servant a lie luke.
>>20209970No, wait. A better idea. We steal the Servant-end of a bond. We get prana, Rin/Shirou UBW Contract - style, and we would be able to maintain both Servants without killing anyone.
>>20209903No stealing circuits from Arry. You made a contract to protect her, and you're keeping that contract unless you literally have no other choice.Send Astolfo to check on Arrie. If anyone can get her to open up a bit, it'll be him.
>>20209903><Would you like to be alone on your date? I can check in on Arry, if you like.> Astolfo says."Yes. Fill her in about the situation and ask her opinion. Say she should've come here. The events we discuss concern her as much as me and you, after all. Be wary of her Servant. If you notice something on the edge of your vision, don't look, ask for her blood. I don't think she even realize how dangerous her Servant is..."
>>20209701Note that I'm not proposing we outright take jeanne against her will, we're trying to be 'good guys'. We level with jeanne and tell her what we're capable of and that if we were to take her (with her consent) she might be able to act against the red grail.We also need to level with astolfo with something along the lines of "Astolfo, we know you're confused about things right now we want to give you a little bit of space to think. We have a proposition for Jeanne that could see her become one of our comrades if she accepts it and we would like a little bit of privacy for it."
>>20210058Wouldn't we burn out doing that?
>>20210058Good and good. Do it, Master Luke.
>>20210079The idea is that jeanne might refuse. We need to inform her that Ganon was literally just thinking about smashing the red grail and stealing her (likely forcing her to become his sex slave).
>>20210030Would like to add this post to>>20210058this one.
>>20210104Really? He never struck me as the type. I mean, how many times has he had Zelda at his mercy?
>>20210138Putting your dick through crystal is a bit hard to accomplish. He probably masturbated furiously all over it though.
>>20210058Yes, good.Inform her about Ganon's identity and plan.
>>20209965Agreed. Don't pick on the mentally unstable girl, she has been nothing but helpful (if creepy).
...Right.<Yes. Inform her of the situation.> <Yes, Master.> he replies. <I, uh. I'm sorry about the drive.><Don't worry about it. I was at fault - we'll discuss it later.>Rider drives off, and Jeanne nods at me. "Well, then. It appears it is just the two of us." she says. "You know what Ganon is planning." "I do." she says. "It might even work out best." she adds, though her distaste is evident. "I might... have a way out for you." "Hm?" "I'm very good at stealing things." "You propose to steal me from the Grail itself?" she asks. "You would need a simply enourmous amount of Prana to accomplish that." "Well... Let's just get going. I'd like to take my mind off things, if only for an afternoon." "Indeed. I am in full agreement. Since the tea was something of an excuse, is there anything else you'd like to do?"
>>20210348dinner and a movie?
>>20210362Has she ever seen Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure?
>>20210348"I have all the time in the world. You have until the end of the war. What would YOU like to do?"
>>20210348"What did you do for fun when you were younger Jeanne? I believe I've heard there was a Renaissance fair in town, if you're not too terribly interested in tea would you like to go to it? While we're at it, I'd like to know more about you... the setting seems somewhat appropriate to the things you seemed to like."
>>20210348Take her out to an amusement park. You can take her out on Ferris Wheels, share cotton candy together, that sort of thing.If there isn't one about a Ren Faire could also work.
>>20210405>take someone from the middle ages to a ren faireno. it would probably result in a rant or two
>>20210348What does she want to do?Lets try and make some small talk. Soooooooo... What's God sound like?
>>20210362Movies are TERRIBLE for first dates. You want to get to know eachother and that's impossible if you're just staring at a screen for two hours.Renaissance Fair sounds good, lots of opportunities for hilarity.
>>20210424Not likely. Jeanne is a fairly laid back girl, taking her to a setting she is somewhat familiar with would also open up tons of opportunity to talk which is what *good* dates are about - conversation.
Ren fare it is.
$10 says we run into another Servant there. Who wants to bet it'll be either Saber or one of the Casters?Wait no, for maximum irony it's got to be Roland.
>>20210462Conversation! The more we learn, the better. Jeanne, a woman who sent history careening off the rails. A teenage French girl leads an army and kicks the British in the pants. That should have been impossible, yet it happened anyway.
"There's a few places." I say, "But first, the tea." she nods in agreement as we drive to the pike place market. The smell of this place never really escapes one's memory. She leads me into a small tea shop, and together we buy a set. as a gift to her, I get her a pretty silver cup. She is... very laid back. When I ask about her connection to God, she says that it made things a lot more simple for her. She knew, back then, what she was supposed to do. It gave her purpose and drive. Even when being burned at the stake, she knew that this was the intention from the start. After the tea, I take her to a ren faire. She finds the whole affair rather pleasing, and even puts on her armor and finds herself the center of attention. She even participates in the mock battle that day, while I watch as she leads a troop of wildly divergent body types to 'fight' another troop, and wins masterfully. After that...I take her home. Well, my normal home. There's not much there, but I serve her some of the tea. She takes a deep breath after her first sip. "My. Whatever drove you to become a mage? You could have opened your own little stand." "Ahaha... Thanks." I manage. That's pretty much how I've been the entire time - I never did spend much time with women. Yes she doesn't seem annoyed by my awkwardness. "I must say, this has been a most pleasing time." she says, leaning back. "But it was a bit forward of you to take me into your home." "No, I didn't mean -" "Calm yourself."
>>20210603Stay calm Luke. Jeanne seems to know what she wants don't fuck it up by panicking or freaking out. Remember to stay charming and go with the flow.
>>20210603>>20210656If you have any smooth jazz music, now would be the time to play it master.
>>20210603Cool as a cucumber, kiddo. Think of Astolfo's advice. Stay confident, stay assured. Figure out what you want and then go for it. Whatever happens happens.
>>20210603Shrug and say laconically:"Lady, seeing as I do not know where you are staying, I thought it appropriate to bring you here. I am not using it at the moment, so you may use it as you choose.If on the other hand, you have plans this evening, I am at your disposal."
>>20210674Wait wait, not smooth jazz, a soft and charming love song - in french if possible.
>>20210724Maybe some Nina Simone? Or that French singer from the WWII days? Whatever-the-fuck-her-name was...
>>20210855>forgot my tripI think that's her.
>>20210603>>20210685>>20210724Put on music, offer her the use of your house and state "Upon the conclusion of our meeting you had said that ganon contracting you as a servant to him would be desireable but incredibly distasteful. I had mentioned my possible ability to work around it, however it would indeed require tremendous amounts of prana. I would have you know that I *do* desire you holy maiden as an ally... and possibly more, however for the moment I cannot take your connection from the grail, the amount of prana it would take to sustain two servants would likely force me to take actions against innocents that would ruin what I intended to be. You see with my servant Astolfo's help we had intended to use this war to redeem ourselves from misdeeds we have commited in the past, should you consent to grant it I... we would like your guidance in redemption and righteousness"
>>20210855>checked YoutubeYep, that's her! Thanks, fellow Bob.
Did EGO fall asleep or something?
>>20211401No... just having difficulties writing without MAXIMUM CHEESEBALL and ALL OF THE HOMO.
I think it's time to discuss how to solve our "Slim Jim" problem once and for all.Firstly, lets get into what he is. Essentially, Slim Jim is the boogeyman/Bloody Mary of the internet age, a memetic entity on both sides of the fourth wall.Which raises the question: how do you kill an idea? The answer is easier than you think: overexposure.What you've got to do is to suddenly make Slim Jim explode with popularity, I'm talking humorous images, dozens of ripoff youtube series (the more poorly made the better) and creepypasta everywhere. Fortunately, most of our work is already done in that area.And then we move on to step two: mainstreaming. Start off slow, like maybe have a low-budget movie starring Slim Jim on syfy or whatever. But then go farther, like have him show up in cartoons like Scooby Doo and Gravity Falls. Have him show up in the latest Scary Movie and have him be voiced by Gilbert Gottfried. Track down the makers of Marble Hornets and give them money to do an interview on a morning talk show.Essentially make Slim Jim saturated to the point that everyone is sick of him and is wondering why they were ever scared of the bastard child of a mannequin and a tree in the first place.Have every mention of him be met with a roll of the eyes and a disgusted sigh.Make it so everyone knows, but no one cares.tl;dr: how do you kill an idea? This image is a good start.
>>20211457I don't get the MAXIMUM CHEESEBALL part. A little Edith Piaf and Jeanne will be eating from Master's hand. I don't think Luke will ever be the ultimate swagmaster David was, but he's got some potential if he plays his cards right and listens to what we say.
>>20211401((It's hard to avoid corniness.))I put on some music - I prefer classical. Something soft, quiet. "Myself and Rider... we're in this for similar reasons, now." "Is that so?" she asks. "Yes. Earlier I wanted to be the greatest magus. That desire still exists. But on the way, I want to make up for what I've done to reach this point.""Ah, redemption. A noble and lofty goal." "Yeah... I, uh. I'm hoping to have you with me when it happens. When we win.""In what regard?" "Er... Whatever pleases you." I manage. "I mean, you're beautiful, and relaxing, and inspiring. What man wouldn't want to know you closer?" "I see." she nods. "Well. You're quite the young man. From humble beginnings to housing a Heroic Spirit. And perhaps winning the heart of two." she raises an eyebrow at my reaction, "I said /perhaps/. Has anyone told you you're quite excitable?" "...Several times." "At any rate, thank you for your hospitality." she says, stepping closer and kissing my cheek. "But I really should be going."Anything I should say before she's gone?
>>20211532>pony imagebye bye
>>20211532Or we convince Arrie to use a command spell to order it to kill itself instead of needlessly risking the lives of hundreds of thousands. Hurr Durr. Stupid idea bob.
>>20211546voulez vous coucher avec moi
>>20211546Kiss her hand"I'd like to do this again with you some time."
>>20211546Ride her back. no need to expose your Origin yet or anything.
>>20211546It was no trouble and I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did.I would love to do this again sometime.Kiss her on the hand.
>>20211546"Wait" take her hand... and state that despite her being a heroic spirit, you're concerned for her safety and that you'd like to do something like this again - if time allows given that this is a 'war', tell her that you'll do some research into ways you could manage to gather enough mana to 'steal' her from the grail.End the date with a chaste kiss to her hand.
>>20211561If it's that easy, then why is everyone so scared of him?I mean he doesn't even properly exist half the time.
>>20211546"It was a real privilege to be with you today. I can't imagine you had time to give many men the pleasure. I'm not sure I deserved it... but if I wasn't, I'll keep working on that whole 'redemption' thing until I am. Having a Saint to impress can only help, right?"Then show her a winning smile.
>>20211643Because Arrie is highly unlikely to use a command spell to kill him unless we convince her somehow to do so.Right now the holy grail war is essentially in wizard of oz mode. Arrie needs a heart, Astolpho needs some confidence, Luke needs some brains.In any case convincing Arrie to order her servant to kill itself is much, much better than needlessly and pointlessly endangering potentially thousands of people.
>>20211693She'd have to use all of her spells and take herself out of the race.She should do that too. But shit, I don't wanna make her a waifu. A bro when we need her, but not a lover.
>>20211583I like this one. Elegant and laconic.>>20211577Nope.jpg
>>20211693Eh, it's just that we've already seen one servant capable of independent action (Ganondorf).If she orders Slim Jim to kill himself, -someone- will die.But I wouldn't bet on it being him.
>>20211722Put me in the "Don't make Arry a waifu" camp as well. We should see if we can do something to help her (I'm starting to feel a little sorry for her), but I still don't like the thought of Luke jamming it in Arry; she's still crazy after all. She gets the friendzone at most.>>20211665Damn, Sanguine, that is awesome. I second it.
So what's the plan for now?Arrange meetings with all the remaining Masters and Servants, make sure everyone knows what this Grail does, and remove anyone who approves of the world going kablooiey?
>>20211814After we finish with Jeanne we collect Astolpho *AND* Arrie and we go investigate the gang shootings.
>>20211831Good thinking, but we should still be careful. And if any Masters or gang-bangers show up wanting a fight, we get Arry to burn a Command Spell to teleport Slim Jim in to wreck their shit.
>>20211853It (and arries command seals) are a weapon of last resort at the moment, chances are we're going to need to to use them to kill it.
I still propose that we search out Carmen Sandiego. As the preeminent master thief, her insight will be invaluable in taking what we need, be it circuits or a Servant.Which reminds me, at some occasion, we must ask Jeanne what the hell is going on with Brawler/Grappler class, and what it replaced.
>>20211853No, don't use Barbados Slim at all.Arry needs to save all of her seals so she can definitely force it to kill itself.
>>20211874Carmens presence concealment is so high that she has stolen shit out from under other servants noses without them noticing it. Tracking down Carmen is a pointless endeavor, if she wants us she'll come and find us.
>>20211665"It was a real privilege to be with you today. I can't imagine you had time to give many men the pleasure. I'm not sure I deserved it... but if I wasn't, I'll keep working on that whole 'redemption' thing until I am. Having a Saint to impress can only help, right?"She laughs as I kiss her knuckle, then nods. "I suppose so."And then she's gone. A great sigh of relief washes over me, and I make my way back to my base. Astolfo greets me inside with lunch, and we go over the date."It sounds like it went well." he says with a smile. "But you know... About earlier..." "Yeah, I messed up. I couldn't stop thinking of something, and it became the target of a spell." "...Ah... So your hands...""Yes, the glowing should have clued you to that." He laughs, "I feel a right fool, now! I'll make it up to you! ...What would you like?"
>>20211886You're right. She can probably get Slim Jim to show up without a Command Spell if things go tits-up while we investigate.We just need to find a way to motivate her into coming with us. She seems content to just rock back and forth in the middle of the floor all day.
>>20211920How about a kiss, one that's freely given instead of stolen.
>>20211927We ask her nicely, she's probably a bit bored from being cooped up in the house all day... and she seems like the type of girl who'd jump all over 'Hey, wanna go see the spooky sight of seeing the location of a gang shooting at night?"She's essentially /x/ as a master.
>>20211920Red sausage and eggs in lots of oil. We going to the hood now.
>>20211920That's a great bloody fucking loaded question, Master.
>>20211920Luke: blush, cough (embarrassment is your natural state anyway), then say: "Well... As I told you, I couldn't think about anything but your kisses when I tried to cast that spell... And, well, I still wonder how it would feel for real. With your consent. If you are willing, of course. If not, I'll think about something else".
>>20211920"Here's the deal Astolfo, we're feeling kind of bad for taking something from you... so how about you decide what you think you'd like to give or do"After that, we ask Arrie if she'd like to come out with us for some investigatin.
>>20211920Tell him you'll consider it and get back to him. Keep the favor in your pocket.And tell him that he gets a free make-up request as well. You were both in the wrong, so its only proper that you both get something for it.That way everybody can be happy!Oh, and tell him we're going to investigate the Gang shootings. And then go find Arry, she's coming with us. We need to engage that poor girl.
>>20212012>>20211989>>20211950Too soon, bros. He just saw us coming back from a date and now we're asking HIM for a kiss too? Be patient.>>20211920Sang's got it right bang on the money here. Do this: >>20212024
>>20212020Saps. Going all romantic of Astolfo after courting Jeanne. ThisCanOnlyEndWell.jpg.Shit, go for it. I want to see the results
>>20212020>>20212024Combine the two, Astolfo gets to decide what we'd like, and gets a credit for us to do something for him.
>>20212024Good. Attempt to write speech because Luke is too dumbass for it."Thank you. I'll think about it for a time if you don't mind... But I was wrong as well. Attempting to test a new magecraft without warning... That was dumb of me. So it would be only fair if you'll get a free request from me as well. What would you like to ask?"After that, to the investigation! Arrie goes with you.
>>20212024"Well... A favour to be returned later. I owe you too, because I messed up as well." He nods."We'll be heading into town again to investigate the shootings. We should bring Arry, chances are high we'll run into a Servant." He nods. "She mentioned being bored.""Bored, her?" I ask. He smiles back, and within a few minutes, we're all heading to Seattle. "This is where it was reported..."But there's nothing here. Just this morning it happened, and now it's cleared up. However..."The spent Prana is so thick here. I can almost taste it..."She's right. Arry licks the air and frowns. There was a lot of prana used here.
>>20212038COURTLY. LOVE.Nothing wrong with loving a person. Now, homosexuality is probably bad considering that master doesn't swing that way, but love is a bond between people, not between genders.
>>20212081Can she follow it? We can play Hot and Cold to find this guy.
>>20212107>homosexuality is probably bad considering that master doesn't swing that wayRead the previous thread, broseph. Lucas is getting more bisexual by the minute.Not that there's anything wrong with that.
>>20212081Well it sounds like Astolfo is happy now. Arry seems to be noticing something special about it though, get her opinion and if possible investigate the prana further did it come from just one servant?I'd also suggest looking around the site a bit more, but be careful... It would be really really helpful if we could find one of the bodies.
>>20212111I'm wondering the same thing, Master. Ask Arry if she can follow the trail to track. A lot of used Prana probably means a strong Servant such as another Caster. Be careful, Master.
>>20212081Is there any way you could harvest it out of the air? More prana is always useful.Stay on your guard, master.
>>20212081Find hiding spot, throw firecrackers.See who is the one that comes to answer at the noise.
do we know if david is still alive? he might be able to help with the whole "We're going to need fucktonnes of prana" thing
>>20212081"Arrie, what do you think we should do to find this Servant? You are probably the best investigator among us. Can you follow them perhaps?"
>>20212081Do you have any spell circles that can be used to analyze the Prana, maybe get an idea as to what it was used for, or what direction the thing that spent it traveled in?
>>20212186If shes even half as good at stalking people as He is, this should be a cakewalk.
>>20212178We don't know where David is. And, even if we did, it would only be a matter of time before he finds out about Master's involvement in the vampires killing both his moms. So I don't think David would be helpful.
>>20212166No, this is spent. Think like car exhaust. >>20212178Oh yes, I am absolutely certain Eliza's son will simply leap at the occasion to assist the killer of his mothers. We'd get along swell. >>20212186"Not much we can do. Though..." She frowns. "This was spent to redirect things. Kinetic energy - reversed, manipulated. Finely so." "You can tell?" "You can't?" "Well..." I had the hunch. It was just... "Whoever did this did so with an enourmous amount of control and power. This level of finesse is frightening." she nods in agreement, as Astolfo fidgets, slightly flushed. "You alright?" I ask, he nods. "It's just... something..." he mutters. And then I feel it too. Arry doesn't seem to notice, but the whole world is going warm, pink, and fuzzy.
>>20212226all stations, go to red alert, power to weapons
>>20212226Warm pink fuzzies... what could it mean!
>>20212226Looks like they were using this magic to redirect bullets.Warn Arry of the freaky shit going on. If we become unresponsive have her take us out of here. In fact, get the fuck out of here.
>>20212226The Berserker knight that just flung shit around, maybe? Oh shit.....be on your guard, Master!
>>20212249Someone casting love spells?
Everyone go to hiding positions, drink Arry's blood if necessary.
>>20212226Swords up, magic circuits to full... all hands on theft!
>>20212226We need Arrie's magecraft! Now! Warn her about fuzzy shit, get her work her magic on you and Astie. Astie first because he's our prime fighter.>enjoyeuro organicI'm... not sure it's a good divination
>>20212081Draw up a circle and anlyze this shit, asshole! What're you waiting for, for something to jump out and scream OOGIE BOOGIE BOOGIE? Get analyzing? Your sorry ass is the clostest thing we have to a lab tech? it's time to INVESTIGATE, motherfucker!>>20212107>Implying Luke doens't have at least b-curious leanings>ISHYGDDTBedies, anyone as pathetic as Luke having the nerve to act on love is probably gonna be as big a surprise as this broke-ass Grail War. If Dweeby von Master can get over himself and own up to his twue feelings, then I'll head this pic!
>>20212226Uh oh..I think we better remove ourselves from this location, Master. Something is hinky.If you have any kind of defensive spell circle, now is the time to prepare it.
>>20212226Magic Defense on...now! Have Arry do the same thing if she can.
>>20212226Tell Arry what's going on, she's apparently immune to it. Try to keep your wits about you, don't lose track of your surroundings. Keep us updated on the warm, pink and fuzzy feelings, maybe we can figure out exactly what it is.
>>20212226Flush your circuits NOW, hjackass. Someone is trying to midnfuck you. And if they can get to you, they can probably usurp the link between you and your Servant (read: a demigod of destructive power)Even Pic Related knew that!
>>20212373of course he'd know that, Waver was a great mage.
I drop to my knees and draw a circle on the asphalt with chalk. Three quyick symbols, and there is a reprieve. However, it is only slight, as the feeling assaults me again, only worse. I flush my circuits and run mana through them... to almost no avail, again. Astolfo is whimpering, on his knees, hands against his crotch and his face bright red as he mumbles something about Roland. Arry looks unconcerned, her hand rising and fingers moving slowly through the air. Her face shifts into annoyance, and she moves even faster. "So much power..." she mumbles.
>>20212401Knew it, some fucking love shit is going down. Well, we know a sharp dressed man who can take all the nice feelings right out of the air. All we have to do is call him.But should we call him?
>>20212401Bridge to engineering, get us the fuck out of here! Anyone see where this is coming from?
>>20212401Well, there's only one solution? Fuck your Servant, NOW! Get all those awkward feelings you've been repressing since adolescence out NOW!" ((This plan is suicide. I don't care. if Master is too stupid to flee, I WANT to see him die embarrassingly))
>>20212434How can Slenderman be any help?
>>20212401Ask Arry if she can tell what's going on. And see if she'll give you some of her blood, it might mellow out whatever the fuck this is.
>>20212401Time to retreat. Try to get some Arrie's blood if she's in condition to give it to you. Or let her cast a spell on you and Astie. She seems to be immune to love.
>>20212460Im gonna say no pollution here. we need backup
>>20212401>Her face shifts into annoyanceAh shit things are about to get down.That's the most emotion besides "crazy" we've seen from here.
>>20212434HELL NO. He's a stalker-Assassin; he needs a target to follow. We'd just screw master if we call Skinny Jeans here. The circles are the best we've got.Master! Sitrep! What's around us? A crowd? No one? We might need the Horn!
>>20212460Every time someone calls Fatman's name, Poseidon sends Odysseus on new quest.Sad Odysseus is sad. And all because of you.Mental Pollution.
Astolpho needs to blow his horn, tell him that.
>>20212401Gaia-damn it.....can Arry tell which direction this attack is coming from? She might need to call Slim Jim. Slim Jim can at least distract the spellcaster long enough for Master to pull himself together and get Rider and Arry the fuck out of here.Why the fuck does shit always hit the fan when we're investigating?!
>>20212512Hey, we found the little earthquake machine just fine.
>>20212476Doesn't work that way. Saying his name just marks us for him. He isn't obliged to come to us immediately.
Research Bobs! What heroes, villains, or fictional characters can cause a wellspring of emotions? Lust, desire, possibly in men alone!
>>20212512I'm talking about our past adventures too. Every time we go investigating, the situation goes to hell: Mistress Liz with Shagnasty, David with that HAX gunman from another dimension.
>>20212562Helen of Troyla SuccubeTamamo no MaeEmpress Dowanger CixiLilithDeilahMedusa
>>20212602Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) can emit pheromones that attract men and repel women.
>>20212602one of the great beauties of china or japan too?
>>20212602>Caster_dat_ass.jpgBut...I can't see her ass
>>20212625Poison Ivy has a similar ability.
>>20212602That's a panty-shot of Medea. This is DAT ASS
>>20212667But that isn't Caster
I groan, trying to push away the emotions as they well up, almost screaming. "I'm almost there..." Arry says. "Just... Hold on..."Astolfo's hand has slipped under his skirt despite his armor having appeared, and I pull it out. He pants heavily as I hold his wrist - he doesn't fight back, his eyes closed at this point, his mouth open. "Well, I'll be damned." says a male voice. A robed man emerges from the shadows. A full, slightly grayed beard, a short-topped hat, twinking blue eyes, and a smirk of 'I know something you don't know'. "Someone who can get around that. That's a first." "Wha..." "Just go to sleep." he says, slightly annoyed. Arry's eyes roll back and she drops. "Well, then. If it isn't the notorious thief." he says, turning to regard me and an incredibly aroused Astolfo. Not that I'm doing much better. You all are just limiting it to physical reactions.
Master, how are you doing? Did the Circuit Flush help?I think Arry may need to call on her Servant Slim Jim for this. If he can find and distract the Caster responsible for this spell, you and Astie might be freed long enough for the group to make a hasty retreat.
>>20212667Ciel Ass is Best Ass
>>20212741Hey buddy, c'mere. There's a name I think you aught to know.
>>20212741>Caster knocks Arry smooth out>mfwAny Bobs recognize this guy from his description?
>>20212793...Albus Dumbledore?The twinkling eyes and smirk make it sound like him.
>>20212741Fucking Merlin?Aw, shit. We're not gonna die. We're gonna be turned into little futa girls or sme shit.Merlin was the /b/ of Arturia's court, if Arturia spoke half a word of truth.Prepare to be inconvenienced, master. That, and anally violated by Astolfo.
>>20212741We think he's Merlin. Can you see his stats now that you know his presumable name?And if he's Merlin, we are boned.Politely ask to stop whatever he's doing.We are not here to fight and in fact have information he might be interested into.
>>20212812This doesn't seem like him, and he's now wearing glasses. Besides, I don't remember him doing anything like this in the books.
>>20212812>>20212793He's from a standard class and apparently has a history in nasuverse... no idea who it is though
>>20212795Oh, don't get me started dumping Saber again
>>20212812>>20212831Oh, great....Master, try diplomacy first and see if maybe he's willing to join the "Save the World From Being Destroyed by the Great Grail Club".If that fails.....Master, you may need to burn a Command Spell to help Rider throw off this spell and get him. I hate to do it, but I'm not sure we have much choice in the matter if the diplomatic approach fails.
>>20212859I DONT THINK THE PICTURES OF SEMI-NUDE LADIES ARE HELPING MASTER WITH THE SITUATION HE IS IN, WITH HIM AND HIS SERVANT BOTH HAVING A RAGING ERECTION AND ALL.
>>20212741Oh fuck, he knocked out Arry and we're paralyzed with Horniness.Keep cool master. Ignore your raging boner and focus on our voices to keep your head clear.Ask him what he's doing and what he wants. If he's talking he's probably not shooting,
>>20212741>Lust-powers>Arrogant fucker>Can see your originIt's Merlin. He was half-incubus in Nasuverse.Not sure if there's a whole lot you can do against him right now, master. He seems friendly enough, though. If he wanted you dead, you'd be dead already. I suggest not pissing him off if you can prevent it.
>>20212869This. We wanted all 4 caster anyway.
I look upon him with my senses and...Nothing. He laughs. "As if I'd let you look at that." he says, waving a finger. He chuckles, stepping closer. "Why...?" "I mostly want to be left alone, to my devices. These poor saps think they own the area, by dint of being here. I have taught them otherwise. This was mostly to hinder you, really, you don't present a threat to me." he says. "I imagine you wanted to discover what was happening here. I've told you, so you can leave. Unless..." he chuckles. "You're fine with staying? I can make sure the fine lady won't wake up and no one will wander in.""What..."Rider is nodding vehemently, mumbling words like 'please'. "N-no. Caster, I need your help.""I only help those I decide to help. I am no charity. Present your case, if you really want to. But understand this fog has something of an exponential effect."
>>20212741Suck Astolfo's dic, Master. It'll break the spell by flushing your body with prana.It's also funny as shit, which would distract Merlin enough by making him laugh his ass off and thus not murder us.Besides, it's not the worst thing you'll have done in your life, anyhow
>>20212869Hopefully he'll be on our side, because if anyone can fix our problem, he could.
"Merlin, can you please stop that its a bit uncomfortable and we're willing to talk".
>>20212932The grail is designed to end the world. We intend to stop it.
>>20212932You're a Caster, this Grail War is meant to turn the world into a barren burning husk, we need a Caster to help us hack the Grails into something less explodey.
>>20212932"Then I shall be quick. The world is about to end destroyed by the Grail one way or another. There is a group that tries to prevent it. A help of a Caster of your power would help the cause greatly, and I would like to think that world's destruction isn't something that you desire".
>>20212932Get up, grab Rider, pull him out of the fog. Catch your breath, then go back for Arry. Meanwhile shout at him:"The purpose of this Grail is to destroy the world. Ask the Red Ruler if you don't believe me. Whatever business you have here, surely the destruction of the world would hinder them somewhat, no?"
>>20212932Stay and make your case, consequences be damned.
>>20212932This whole Grail War is essentially a trap with the purpose of destroying the world and not granting any wishes.We're hoping that you're not into that sort of thing?
>>20212932You're being used, either as a trigger or as fuel, for a grail designed to end all things. Solomon got REALLY PISSED OFF and set this whole thing up to end the world. Why else should he create another Grail War? You can call Jeanne if you don't believe us.
>>20212932The world will end soon due to this fucked-up Grail, dickwheat! How's that sound for a charitable case for you?Fucking wizards.
>>20212932Diplomacy Time, Master. Explain to him that the purpose of the Great Grail is to destroy the world. You don't want that to happen and neither does any member of the little club you've assembled.If this is Merlin, I doubt he wants to see the world destroyed any more than you or anybody else...because then he can't go lolrandumb, stick a dick on the female King, and generally would have nobody to go Maximum Overtroll on anymore.Be polite and maybe we can convince him to help us and have him join Team Save the World..
>>20212932No need to be overly elegant about it. The fewer words we have to put in Master's mouth the better given his condition."This grail will destroy the world. I need powerful mages to stop it."
>>20213016logicbob post is sound... at least until sanguine strikes.
>>20213048"This grail will destroy the world. We need your help to stop it." He stares at me for a moment. Then he snaps his fingers. The feelings disperse quickly, and Astolfo calms. His calm is replaced by embarrassment as he snatches his arm back, flushing. "Intrude again, and I'll be watching the both of you bump uglies on top of the Space Needle." he says. "At least call, first." he grouses, tossing a card to my feet. "Funny how easy he went under, though." he nods at Astolfo, "Kid's got a lot of issues, heh." he turns to go.
>>20213102uh... arry?she okay?
>>20213102Arthuria was mentored by this prick?
>>20213102Well read the card god damnit
>>20213102Use mental link to Astie to say it:<I think it's Merlin. He's a dick like this. Ignore him.>Get a card, carry Arrie to the car, get the fuck out of here. Enough entertainment for the day.
>>20213102Pick up the card and read it.Check on Arry quickly. Princess carry Astolfo out of there.
>>20213102Pick up Arry, Master, and let's get back to the car and go home. Hopefully, we can contact Caster (Merlin?) again later with the number on the card he gave you and see if he's interested in helping us. For now, we should give him his space.
>>20213102Well, that went...about as well as could be expected. Go check on Arrie, and ask Rider WTF was with that.
>>20213155Merlin Ambrosius: Wizard.
>>20213102Say thank you to the powerful wizard who decided not to make you and your servant have sexytimes right here and now. Then check out the card.Compose yourself, then try to wake Arry up.
>>20213102Check on Arry, she might have hurt herself getting her lights switched off and falling to the street.Ask Astolfo if he's ok too. Don't be weird about it, stay serious, put on some of that confidence he's been teaching you and don't let him feel embarrassed.
>>20213223Add this to >>20213186
>>20213149Yes she was. Merlin was like the old perverted crazy Uncle that can't stop his shenanigans so the family locks him in the attic for Sunday Dinner....except I doubt that ever stopped him before. He was the ultimate Dark Ages troll.
>>20213102This is our guy. I like him. That and we have no chance of beating him, as he just proved.
>>20213102Thank merlin, and carry arry out put her in the car... make sure astolfo is uh... okay.**updated**
>>20213223"you okay?" I ask Astolfo, and he nods. "Wish I had a bucket of ice about now." he says, twirling his hair a little. He picks up Arry, who looks fine. as we make our way to the mouth of the alley, Gene waves at us. "Hey there. Need a little help?" Rose, nervous-looking, eyes me, Astolfo, and Arry.
>>20213276He got the complete drop on us inside his own territory. Of course we got curbstomped.He may be one of the most dangerous Casters ever, but he's not unbeatable just because he managed to get the best of us once.
>>20213326nah, she's pretty light. How's it going on your end?
>>20213326Nope, we got it under control. How's everything going with you Brawler?
>>20213326Don't go over there if you value your modesty.So, I take it they finished up their business? Tell them about the corrupt Grail if you haven't already.
>>20213326A cold shower will make Astie feel like a new man...Do we want to invite Gene and his Master back to our alternate location to talk? Sharing what we've learned about this new Caster with them might be helpful. Plus building some trust with Rose couldn't hurt: she's wary of us but her Servant seems like a total bro.
>>20213326"Actually gene yes we do..." inform them of the stakes of this war and ask for their help in fighting ganon at the very least, as gene is the only servant we've met who can defeat him with his godhand. Even if they don't care about the world, tell them you're willing to trade a favor or information for help.Ganon needs to go.
>>20213401Don't say Gene, say Brawler. We don't want to let on that we know who he is.
>>20213395We *need* gene on board with us to kill ganon, I suggest we take them back to the house (not the home, the house).
>>20213273At this rate the last caster will turn out to be the Wicked Witch of the West.
>>20213401Well, we kinda need Ganondorf and the other Casters for our plan. However, Gene would be helpful as an ally for WHEN Ganondorf betrays us.
>>20213326Greet them back, no reason to be rude. We're in no shape to fight someone on Gene's level right now. Rose is probably worried that we're going to attack them, so try to reassure her that you're not here to fight. Ask her how the important thing she needed to do today went.
>>20213437"Hey we totally know you have this noble phantasm that will kill the king of evil dead.... but we also totally don't know who you are" Yeah, great way to show consistency.
>>20213326Hiya Gene. Good to see you still in one piece~
>>20213326Tell Gene thanks, but we're doing fine now.You should inform him of what went on at the meeting, since they were too busy to come. Gauge his reaction to the information without too much prodding, we don't know much about these folks yet.
>>20213450Exactly.The only common ground we have is that no one seems to want to let the world end yet....Which is why I don't think this grail was that well thought out, if they couldn't stop their Rulers from spilling the beans.
>>20213491Seems almost like its going according to plan
>>20213401I inform Brawler of the stakes of the war and he palms his face with a groan. Rose looks frightened. "We need someone on our side who can actually wound Ganon, in short. Someone who can make him worried, at the least, so we can handle whatever issues crop up." "I see." Rose says. "How are you so sure about this?" "...What do you mean?" "I mean, if her purpose is to see the grail to completion, don't you think she'd act in such a way as to make that happen? Are you so sure you can trust her?"
>>20213536Well, she has to follow the grail's orders, yeah, but tht doesn't mean she cant tell us its goal. or at least the goal it stated.hell maybe its a double bluff and the grail wants mages to stop fighting for ten goddamn minutes
>>20213536Who knows, maybe the goal is to have us all unite against a common threat.But given that two of the Casters we met seemed to regard that news with concern, I don't think dismissing it completely would be very wise.
>>20213536You are correct in having suspicions, however I do not honestly believe Red Ruler - Jeanne D'arc is actually interested in letting the world die... Some of the other rulers however and some servants might be more than willing to let it happen.She was the one who informed us that this grail was supposed to see the world ended, without that knowledge we would have happily went around fighting other servants to the grails completion.
>>20213536"While Red Ruler seems to be trustworthy, I can understand your concerns. That's why we need to research the Grail before the end has chance to end. I try to find Casters and magi for that purpose. If it turns out to be a lie, fine then, we'll carry on with the war. If not... We'll see what we can do about it."
>>20213536"If she wanted to see the grail completed and the world end, all she had to do was remain silent. Why would she bother making up an elaborate lie? It doesn't add up. I'll admit that we'll have to remain a little skeptical, but what I've seen of her personality and true identity leads me to believe she's genuinely concerned about the safety of the world."
>>20213536She's making way to much sense and I don't like being paranoid about my Jeanne... I can't handle another Sparks Liner High..."You have a point, but a Ruler is still just a Servant, whose Master is the Grail. We all know that Servants don't just do our bidding, they have their own agendas and ideals. And thats double true for a Servant with Independent Action, which she at least claims to have.I think for now we have to trust her. We can't take the chance that she's telling the truth and do nothing while the grail is completed. And if she is lying... we'll deal with that when we come to it."
>>20213689"You have a point, but a Ruler is still just a Servant, whose Master is the Grail. We all know that Servants don't just do our bidding, they have their own agendas and ideals. And thats double true for a Servant with Independent Action, which she at least claims to have. I think for now we have to trust her. We can't take the chance that she's telling the truth and do nothing while the grail is completed. And if she is lying... we'll deal with that when we come to it.""Hmph. For all we know, you've already been tamed. Riding skill and all that..." "Hold this." Astolfo says, handing me Arry. He draws his sword. "Say that again, sow. I'd love to work off some steam right now."
>>20213689Oh toughen up. With a name like Sanguine, I'd think you could handle a little betrayal and bloodshed.We trust Jeanne only in as much as she's gonna come down on our asses, otherwise. We know the Grail intends to end the world, and that she will massacre our asses if the dying don't start in a week. We hav elittle option that play along, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.Master, my advice (aside from "stop being a little bitch") is to look for something you could bribe Merlin with. He's mercurial, but if we could find something amusing enough to bribe him with, he'll serve us
>>20213770Mentally talk to Astolfo.Astolfo, she is being a dumb bitch, but this is getting dangerously close to revealing clues of your identity and I'd rather not have you get into a fight with Gene, we're trying to forge alliances.
>>20213770Does Arry smell like a little death or a lot of death?We must know.
>>20213770Oh for fucks sake, not now.If you MUST fight, only to first blow to the torso, no phantasms, no killing
>>20213770"You insult a saint and a paladin in the same day when you stand next to a man who claims the godhand? Do you truly think this wise? Consider the stakes if we and the ruler are telling the truth you stand to lose everything. If we're lying all we have asked you to do is aid us in a fight with a servant who defeated 3 others in a night and do some more research into the grails vessel. You speak ill of people who have no reason to lie."
>>20213770Whoa, whoa, whoa....I think you need to nicely ask Rider to take it easy; Astie has a right to be angry but it's been a very long and rough night and we don't want a fight with Brawler-bro right now.Brawler's Master needs to learn how to pull that stick out of her ass and be more sociable, but I think Gene can handle that better than anybody else.
>>20213851what anime is that?
>>20213770Step between Astolfo and Rose before this turns into a full scale battle with Gene."Rider, stay calm. Ruler is a Saint after all, I think she'd like us to turn the other cheek.No matter how petty and stupid the insult is."Then give her a nice glare.
>>20213927boku no pico another.
>>20213927anotherfinal destination IN HIGHSCHOOLnoted for rather absurd deaths. like being skewered by an umbrella while falling down a flight of stairs.also dancing
>>20213770Not really relevant to the current situation, but I'm curious: how did Arry look naked when she woke you up that first night, Master?Is she cute, aside from the pieces missing from her tongue and the head-to-toe scars?
>>20213940Again, what Sang said. No need for hostilities right now.
>>20213967Tiny pretty blond aside from some mental issues and cutting herself up.
>>20214007Okay, that satisfies me. I was having trouble picturing her.>>20213940Concuring with Logic Bob and thirding Sanguine. I think Gene will reprimand Rose later for her bitchy behavior.
>>20213967You mean, is she cute except for the *chunks of her that are missing?*
>>20214049Gene was always pretty vocal about his feelings toward his partners.
Gene's hand rockets to smack Rose - and the command seal flares a bright blue and he's stopped. "Enough of this. I think Ruler would prefer us to turn the other cheek, Astolfo - no matter how petty the insult." I shoot her a wicked glare. "And even if you were right, we've nothing to lose by this."She holds up her hands in defeat, then motions to Gene to come with her and leaves. >>20213967She's missing bits. I'd best describe her as 'bumpy'. We carry Arry home and consider where to go from here. Astolfo leans back against the couch. "Should we go out and seek more masters, Luke?" he asks. "Or should we stay home? I've been wanting to make a casserole for ages..."
>>20214171Stay in, for god sake. I don't want to deal with anymore bullshit tonight and I want to be here when Arry wakes up in case that old pervert did something to her mind.
>>20214171Give Astolfo a backrub, he's had a long day, and tell him you would love to have some of his cooking.
>>20214171"Home. Today was a... day rich on events. Besides, meeting more masters would be somewhat awkward for me. Before the cold shower at least."
>>20214171Stay in, eat Rider's delicious casserole and listen to Arry's crazy hobo ramblings.
>>20214171>used a Command Seal to stop a bitch-slap BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHead home, Master. You've done enough for today.
>>20214171>That's Rider, not Astolfo, he's saying.
>>20214230I think she actually has something over him that keeps Gene from harming her. She seems kind of paranoid.
>>20214171Lets make a casserole. While Gene is on the level, I believe his master summoned him from an artifact or something - when he went to strike her he was stopped, I believe she used a command seal to prevent him from harming her.
>>20214230>Their facesWhat is up with this picture
>>20214171Staying home for casserole sounds good. Merlin did a number on you two, maybe not physically but mentally. You need rest before going out there into battle again.Also, a cold shower.
>>20214171>missing bits, best described as "bumpy">mfwI say that's enough for tonight. Just take it easy and have Rider make his casserole. Take a shower while he cooks and then put on your nightclothes.While Rider takes a cold shower to cool off, check on Arry. Is she still out or has she woken up?
>>20214171I think we've had enough for one day. Casserole it is.While Rider is cooking, check in with Arry. She seemed to be getting frustrated during that little stand-off with Merlin, so she might need to vent a bit. Plus, you know, with that no-feeling condition of hers she could have snapped her ankle when she fell and not know it, so you might as well check to make sure she's recovering properly.
>>20214253Don't hate on the drawfag, bro
>>20214230Odysseus is the guy from A-Ha!
>>20214249Make sure Arry's okay while rider is cooking, find out how she feels about us meeting merlin!After supper shower with astolfo, say you were kind of surprised by his temper and queue up 'what merlin did to you looked painful'
>>20214230Why does Odie have a mullet?
>>20214328Its not my fault they look like "that feel"
>>20214398Maybe separate showers tonight, in light of the reason for said showers.
>>20214275I quickly look her over, and find nothing out of place. She's still out, so I think she might just be put under by a 'simple' spell. I'll set a circle around her to make sure she dreams well. Something I learned early in life."We'll be staying here for the day." I tell him, then get behind him and gently rub his back. God damn, I keep forgetting how firm he is. "A-ah... All right." he mumbles. "I'm sorry you had to see that, earlier. It's not something a noble knight should put on... display."
>>20214468Hey, don't go blaming yourself for that. Blame that dick wizard.
>>20214468http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z3ZAIIgAaAThis is totally Merlin.Fucking magic man
>>20214468Not your fault. Merlin is a dick and do whatever amuses him at the time. I wouldn't be much better without Bob. He... blocked part of the influence.>and yes, you need to be grateful to us.
>>20214468 Uncomfortable subjects for him! Redirect! Tell him how his advice really helped with Jeanne.
>>20214468Tell him it's okay, you don't think any less of him because of it.
>>20214468Remind him we almost fell to it too and that merlin can be kind of a jackass, it's also not a taboo in this day and age. Then give the poor sap a hug and a kiss on the forehead.
>>20214565It is to do it in public.And no playing with his heart!
>>20214468"I understand your anger, Rider. I understand and I sympathize. You shouldn't feel embarassed about displaying your true feelings."
>>20214468"Nothing to be ashamed of, man. That level of magic is almost impossible to shrug off unless you have major magic resistance. I was actually getting pretty worked up myself, to tell you the truth. Gonna take a nice, cold shower after dinner, that's for sure."
>>20214587It wasn't exactly public. Arry was unconcious, he's sort of interested in us, we were affected as well and the pervert wizard was making us do it.
>>20214634"Nothing to be ashamed of, man. That level of magic is almost impossible to shrug off unless you have major magic resistance. I was actually getting pretty worked up myself, to tell you the truth. Gonna take a nice, cold shower after dinner, that's for sure."He nods, fidgeting. "And no, not with you. That'd really defeat the point."He blushes even harder. "You think of me, in such a way?" he asks quietly.
>>20214651He wanted the boy to peg us in the butt,I'm fairly certain he would've left Arry alone because it wouldn't be gay enough to include her.
>>20214672Let your true feelings be known sir.Its not fair to him to keep him confused like this.
>>20214672Well, Luke, do you? We do, but we think about pretty much everyone this way. Including this dog once.It's up to you. Don't lie to him, don't play with his feelings, just be confident and answer honestly.
>>20214672Man, it would be a bold faced lie to tell him no, especially at this point.
>>20214672Oh, Gaia have mercy! Not this discussion again, not now. Fellow Bobs, we have to do something about Master's chronic Foot-in-Mouth Disease.
>>20214672How could I help but?
>>20214672"How do you think I 'accidentally' kissed you dummy. I mean yes the magic did it, but I was already thinking about it."Explain that you like Jeanne, but you also like him.
>>20214765Explain that it's complicated what with that and not wanting to get between him and Roland if it comes to that.
>>20214787>>20214765Yes, that too.
>>20214672Of course I do. You're beautiful, kind and honorable. You're also an amazing cook.But I don't want to interfere with your love of Roland and I also do like Jeanne. I don't know what I'm supposed to do when I care for the both of you and want to steal both of your hearts.
>>20214672Well, you have to admit, he's very admirable. He's been very dutiful, well beyond what a Servant is required to do, and brave, and very knightly. At least be kind to the boy, even if you don't like him as much as we do, Master. He's a fine, chivalrous soul and he's done you plenty a good turn.And he's kind of cute in that charming, boyish, just-trying-to-help way.
>>20214819>>20214787Basically we want you to be happy.
>>20214672What reality-breaking bob said: >>20214741Although we all know that you do on some level, master. You even kissed the guy earlier today. If you do, then might I suggest something like this:"That surprises you? You're a true knight, you know. Smart, kind, courageous... Not to mention cute. I've never really looked at another man this way. There's still some things I'm not sure about yet, but... yes, I really do like you. A lot."
>>20214819>>20214841These, these, these. Astie's still carrying a torch for Roland and Jeanne's also potential waifu-material.
>>20214819"O-of course I do. You're b-beautiful, kind and honorable. You're also an amazing cook.But I don't want to interfere with your love of Roland and I also do like Jeanne. I don't know what I'm supposed to do when I care for the both of you and want to steal both of your hearts." At first I stammer, the words hard to come by. Difficult to say. Hard to work with. They jumble about in my mouth, until... "Basically, I... want you to be happy. That's all." He turns, sitting in my lap, looking up at me. "Then let me... give you an option." he says quietly. "If we work together, we can... Well, you'd be surprised at how open some ladies can be." he says softly. "As for Roland..." he sighs. "I think... That ship has sailed. And sank." he leans closer. "So how about we... don't have it be an accident, this time?"
>>20214912Isn't Jeanne Catholic?
>>20214912d'aww... go for it luke.
>>20214955Yes, but shush and let them have their moment.
>>20214955She's also incredibly, incredibly chill... And completely aware of whats going on with rider. Scroll up.
>>20214912Lewdness in Luke House is...FORBIDDEN
>>20214912"I don't think I'd want to burn that bridge without having gone a little further down. It's a tricky thing keeping two Servants up, and one of them is practically a Saint. Hell, she has the skill for it"
>>20214912Oh fuck it all. Lets lock this route. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXmLRHnoSAs
>>20214912You should mention that the whole three-person-relationship thing is something that HE needs to be into as well, though. It's no good if he's only doing it for you while not being into it himself.That's something for later, though. For now... just go with the flow, master. Enjoy the moment.
>>20214912Kiss him, shove your tongue into his mouth. There shall be lewdness.>>20214955Luke has us with him, Swagmaster Bob and Astolfo has A rank Charisma. We got this on lockdown.
>>20215028No, we don't play with this. Jeanne already knows rider is affectionate towards us and she's stated that she's had the stirrings of affection as well. She outright said it earlier.
As I pray, Unlimited Husbando WorksFuck it, Astolfo Route Modo. Bob accepts all comers [bow chica chica wow-wow]
I guess there's no escaping the horn blowing now.
>>20215061>>20215067No way. He only got into that arrangement in the first place because Roland DIDN'T love him. I say we don't let master have it like that. Master, you don't share him with anyone, got that?
>>20215105I'd be okay with it if Astie wants this himself. If he's just doing it to make us happy while he'd rather be with just Luke, then it's no good.
Fuck it.I gently grab the sides of his face, and he flushes. For a moment, I pause to look at his face as his eyes close and his lips move, and then... I kiss him. Soft lips. warm, unexpectedly so. I pull him closer, pressing his chest against mine, and I fall back, onto the couch. My heart races as we finally seperate, and Astolfo suddenly hugs me tightly, face in my chest.
>>20215151Cue Arry with the bucket.
>>20215176She's knocked out pretty good.
>>20215151>>20215101"I am the boner of my lordLust is my body and hot is my bloodI have created over a thousand H-scenes;Unknown to rejection, nor known to sex;Have withstood disappointment to create many lovesYet, these hands will never existSo as I fap, Unlimited Perversion Works"Where-ever there is a route, there is a Bob.
>>20215151Well... now that feelings are confirmed you two should probably make sure that you don't burn the casserole.I'd say ask him now if he intends to change his wish, but it'd be rather soon to broach the subject, give it a bit of time.
>>20215151Well, time for hugging. Prepare yourself to Arrie with the bucket of cold water. AS WAS MERLIN'S PLAN.
>>20215195Narrative and comedy are two of the most powerful forces in the universe. Never underestimate them.
>>20215228>>20215151While arrie is unconcious, you might want to set up a nice little candle-lit dinner for two... and cuddling to a movie afterwards.
>>20215151First off, dawww. Cuddle for a bit longer, make some casserole while hugging him and have a nice dinner snuggled together on the couch watching a movie.
An adorable moment.Prepare for it to be ruined.
I hold him tightly in return. "Let's make dinner." And so I spend the next hour learning to cook. In the end, it comes out less than stellar, but that's okay with me. We eat together, watch that silly movie about jousting together, and he falls asleep atop me on the couch. ...I hope this is a long war...((End of thread))((Taiga Dojo!))
>>20215413It was A Knight's Tale, wasn't it? Luke showed him A Knight's Tale.Also, did you make stat sheets for Gwyn, Mad Jack, and David? Can we see them?
>>20215413At what point in the quest are we? Is it a beginning? Middle? Quart?
>>20215413So we don't get Merlin's stat page because he blocked us, right?For that matter, do we get Jeanne's stat page? she obviously has some other skills than her Apocrypha screen. Or is the grail preventing that?
>>20215519Yes and grail hax, sorry.>>20215491Nope.
>>20215590Saving it for the other Routes. I understand.
>>20215413Honestly, its not a question but I'd like to get to know Arry better as the war goes on as well.Not as a lover obviously, but as a friend, we do sort of have to trust her with our lives.
>>20215500I can't really say for sure. This might be the longest one I run.
I think our next steps in this war should be, in no particular order:1) Continue solidifying our relationship with Arry. She actually seemed enguaged during the standoff with merlin, and thats a good thing2) Look more into White Caster. We need to figure out what he's up to.3) Speak with Jeanne some more, determine what the limits of her ability to help us are within her duties to the Grail.4) Confront Red Berseker. If he is Roland, we need to put this pain of Astolfo's to bed if he's ever going to be happy. If it's not Roland, he's Berserker, we need to get more info on him anyway.5) Seek out more Servants, resolve this hanging duel issue with Blue Rider, try to find out if Carmen really has been stalking us this whole time.6) Consider investigating the Grail's origins. As much as I hate to doubt Jeanne, Rose raised a good point. We need to concretely find out what this grail is, who made it, and hopefully how to take it down safely.
>>20215413Not much to do with the content of the quest but....Why are you so determined to give players as little input as possible? This is really the only complaint I have with your quest.(Well that and for some reason you come off as an arrogant cock-weasel in most posts not directly related to the quest, but I'm trying to ignore that since the actual content is good.)I mean, you go out of your way to say that 'Bob' will never get to play an active role in anything, that we're only there to give advice to the designated protagonist.It can be fun and interesting, but other than having a built in excuse to railroad us blindly at the drop of a hat, there's absolutely no reason to do so.I mean, I know you say you don't like sandbox quests, but this is a grail-war: there is only one route: try to win/survive the grail war. All other options lead to 'get killed horribly in a grail war'.I mean, let's compare two games: Deus Ex, and Final Fantasy 13. Both of them had a linear plot and scripted sequences.One was also hailed as the greatest game ever due to the openness allowed in approaching goals presented.The other was a hallway. A very pretty well made hallway, but still.I mean, there's no real point to railroading if we don't have any good reason to wander off the tracks in the first place.Also kinda sorry for calling you 'an arrogant cock-weasel'. But only kinda.
>>20215413((EGO, you tease~))Good work today, Master. See you tomorrow for some killin' time, I hope.
>>20215721'Arrogant Cock-Weasel' is fucking hilarious.I also see what you mean: Ego's like that one friend who always has the cool ideas and great parties... but you also KINDA want to punch him in the face.Basically, EGO is like Gilgamesh.And suddenly the name EGO makes sense to me.
>>20215790Why the hell is Seibah so god damn... unf
>>20215721EGO gives us plenty of freedom on how to solve problems, but the Bob we play is still just a voice in a characters head. Luke decides how much he wants to listen to us, which can range from following our suggestions a little to literally copying everything we say. It varies depending on the situation. This entire quest has essentially been up to us, apart from the choosing of our servant which became a bit of a clusterfuck.
>>20215721>I mean, you go out of your way to say that 'Bob' will never get to play an active role in anything, that we're only there to give advice to the designated protagonist.When building a quest, there's three perspectives you can draw from: >I pick up the bottleThis seperates the player and the character in a very absolute manner, making it harder to actually shove shit off the rails. It's what I typically work under, and why I work well within regimented quests like Holy Grail Wars. >They/(character name) pick up the bottleThis has less seperation, but still a goodly amount. Never really sees use. Magic West uses this. >You pick up the bottleZero seperation. I rarely if ever pick this, because it means players will expect retarded, quest-ending suggestions to be followed, or they fuck off and do nothing of importance. In my next quest, Gearhead, I plan to offer a good deal more freedom. I still use first-person narration due to being used to it. Sorry, bro. And if I come off as arrogant...Why the hell do you think I picked this trip?
>>20215721I understand and agree with some of your points. Personally, this and the ones before it are my first quests, so I can't say that I know any other way for these things to be.But from a purely objective standpoint, there are a lot of ways to run a game. Some DMs full bore railroad the entire thing, some DMs let their players sandbox, and some run down the middle. Which I think is basically what this one is.I can't speak for EGO or anything, but I think the reason he puts in that caveat that allows him to ignore the players on occasion is to avoid things getting too stupid, or random. I mean, if enough of the votes decide "Hey, lets slaughter 50 people for no reason" it kind of ruins the narrative, doesn't it?I'm happy with the way this quest is. I wouldn't mind something different when I start trying others, but I think this one works well given the story its trying to tell and the structure it's using to tell it.
>>20215847>Zero separation. I rarely if ever pick this, because it means players will expect retarded, quest-ending suggestions to be followed, or they fuck off and do nothing of importance. BULLSHIT.I have 50 solid threads of proof to the exact opposite. I gave 4CHAN of all places full control over character generation with very limited guidance via promptings. They're now the closest thing to a paladin I've ever seen in a grim giant robots setting.Shit, I even had a plan for if they went full CE retard off the bat. It involved them pretty much having to fight everyone ever.If the players have no idea what to do the issue 99.9999% of the time is on the GM's side of the screen.As for people acting like cocks.... all threads have at least one troll. Shit, you dealt with the 'slenderman' guy pretty efficiently as soon as you spotted him.Don't get me wrong, decent quest (shit, I was thinking about using a grail-war concept myself, lots of interesting potential in there) but you can't flat out state an un-truth like that.
>>20215986Yes, well, Armored Core attracts an incredibly adult and mature audience, bro. Respect knuckles for running a great setting and a great quest.
>1) Continue solidifying our relationship with Arry. She actually seemed enguaged during the standoff with merlin, and thats a good thingWe misunderstood her. She doesn't want to stay cooped up all the time.>2) Look more into White Caster. We need to figure out what he's up to.He's knocking down buildings. What other servants possibly have buildings / use for buildings. (take a look at his class).>3) Speak with Jeanne some more, determine what the limits of her ability to help us are within her duties to the Grail.As long as she's bound to the grail she can never truly help us. She can be slightly disobedient thanks to her independant action skill (which is probably the only reason we ever found out about the end goal of the great grail). In order to fix this, we need to find a way of generating enough prana to sustain two servants, Merlin may be able to help, I recommend we call him and visit him to see if he's willing to help us.cont.
>>20216059>4) Confront Red Berseker. If he is Roland, we need to put this pain of Astolfo's to bed if he's ever going to be happy. If it's not Roland, he's Berserker, we need to get more info on him anyway.Agreed.>5) Seek out more Servants, resolve this hanging duel issue with Blue Rider, try to find out if Carmen really has been stalking us this whole time.To my knowledge, blue rider isn't *as* threatening as he seems, Ganon is much more dangerous and people constantly seem to forget he's a fucking villain. Carmen is seemingly stalking us, but due to her presence concealment we are unlikely to ever get a confrontation unless we ask jeanne to help us find her.>6) Consider investigating the Grail's origins. As much as I hate to doubt Jeanne, Rose raised a good point. We need to concretely find out what this grail is, who made it, and hopefully how to take it down safely.Gene may be able to bring her around on that, especially with us pointing out that she stands to lose everything if we're correct. Merlin may be able to help us investigate shit.
>>20215986Honestly, a lot of the more popular quests seem to go down the shitter with the total freedom.I'm actually kind of glad that EGO's quest isn't that popular, it won't suffer the same fate MGN is facing.It likely has a lot to do with how he's running it and how he has no tolerance for retarded suggestions, though I do agree that he got a little too pissy at the "give Bob a body" suggestion, we all know it will never happen, just have it as a running joke.There's also the growing anti-quest sentiment where trolls might try to derail quests the best they can
>>20215986This came off slightly more hostile than I intended.Anyway what >>20215721said is right on the money: if the players care about the plot and the characters, they will willingly follow the plot-trail to its end.Like a grail war. There's really only one possible route goal in mind there.>>20216021Now I feel like more of an ass for yelling, having gotten the only non asshole response from you to another quest-runner that I'm aware of.
>>20216125Hell of it is, I can think of like six different ways to give Bob a body and such. completely in Nasu canon.I mean, he has the right to say no, but there's actually precedent here.
>>20216145>Now I feel like more of an ass for yelling, having gotten the only non asshole response from you to another quest-runner that I'm aware of.To be totally honest, most of my rage is from destroyed potential. MAGIC DUDE AND MAGICAL GIRLS? THIS MIGHT BE - no, it's pretty much all fucking.AWESOME HITMAN IN WoD WITH MORE DARKNESS? OH MAN THIS IS - ... suddenly not what I loved.etc. As it stands, you're a pretty cool guy. Heck, I'm great friends with the author of Mimic Quest. Stuff like that...I do terribly with wide open spaces, but great with limited options. I just know my strengths and stick to them. Here's some Alalia for everyone giving such great feedback.
>>20216177Nah, I like the running joke, it fits in well with the nasuverse as well.Like how Ciel loves curry, or how Rin is horrible with technology and "lancaa ga shinda!". Maybe when EGO makes a carnival phantasm quest or something
>>20216145there's only one possible goal, but there are a myriad of ways to get there. i can see what you mean by EGO railroading us somewhat, but claiming that he's giving us little to no input is bullshit.for instance, we are allied with arry. we could've told her to bugger off after meeting her, but we didn't. we could've let shit escalate between rider and rose tonight, but we didn't. we could've kept the meeting today just between ourselves and jeanne, but we didn't. we could've investigated the gang shootings a lot earlier, discovering merlins presence before we even knew about the grails true nature, but we didn't.so yeah. EGO doesn't always follow our suggestions to the letter, which is fine because he has to pick something to work with. but at other times he just picks one post and follows it word for word. it's a good compromise.
>>20216257This. We could've told her to fuck off a long time ago when we found out that Barbados Slim was her servant.Hell, long ago we could've chosen to kill David and he would have no grandchildren.We could've had Eliza follow Kerrytugu exactly and adopted mind of steel.Hell, we probably could've been able to summon Angra mainyu and fuck up the pure grail royally.
>>20216257I'm not the guy who said the whole 'no input' thing.But if he's already doing EXACTLY what's being suggested to the letter or adjusting iot only slightly, why even bother having a buffer-character between 'Bob' and the actual game?I'm not saying it's wrong or bad just.... very odd. He has his reasons, but it just seems like a really convoluted and pointless way to get to the intended goal.
>>20216325I'm used to this degree of seperation. So I keep using it. That's... pretty much it. :V
>>20216342You need to do a spin-off quest where Bob actually does get a body. It would be hilarious good times for between real quests.And if you got sick of it you could just keep the 'dies after a week' rule in place.
>>20216325i think it's partly so he can keep the MC a fairly unknown guy. last thread we found out about his past, and that was a big shock. you can't do that if the people posting basically ARE the MC. it also provides a nice explanation of our knowledge of the previous quests in this world.
>>20216384This, make this our carnival phantasm.Have everyone be alive and react to us as well.
>>20216384I'm voting for this.This would be the funniest thing ever."Wait, before I die, I want one thing.... Let me drive."
When's the next thread?
>>20216413You can perfectly give alot of mystery to the mc tough
>>20216456>>20216441>>20216384You do know that if he does that, he can just take advantage of Bob's Multiple Personality issue to keep 'us' out of the drivers seat, right?
>>20216488.... And now he has no reason to not give Bob a body.
>>20216505If at least for a little joke quest.
>>20216505Gentlemen, we just won.