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20402632Jormungandr soars above the packed dirt and dry ground of the warped lands, slowly making it's way back to Triune's Gift and the castle of New Arcturus. Denegrin's son is unconscious, but the enchantment keeping his mind bound is all but gone. Raziel is silent, simply looking over the balcony as always, and Kristoph has been uncharacteristically silent.You knock on his helmet, and then slide up his visor."You still okay in there?" You ask."...Why didn't we tell that guy that what he's doing is wrong?" Kristoph asked. "The kalak, the one with the slaves."
>>20402636sigh "I wanted to, but because he helped us, we couldn't really do anything about it."
>>20402636"It wouldn't have changed a thing, might have kept him from healing the ambassador's son, and could have made things uncomfortable for Dariel, Kaliel, and Neiriel.As much as I dislike what he's doing, I'd like to keep the number of enemies in the single digits this time. Believe me, as soon as our current problems are solved, and the other Kalak haved moved out of his home, I'll do my best to free his 'harem' and ask them what really happened, and if they want to stay with him.However, you could have wispered your opinion on the whole situation to me regardless of that. I value your opinion, Sir Kristoph."
>>20402636"Because it would have been a waste of breath."
>>20402636It's just really creepy. If the girls agreed to it what they do behind closed doors isn't really any of our business.
You sigh."I wanted to, but because he helped us, we couldn't really do anything about it."He clanged shut the visor again."It would have been a waste of breath. It wouldn't have changed a thing, might have kept him from healing the ambassador's son, and could have made things uncomfortable for Dariel, Kaliel, and Neiriel. As much as I dislike what he's doing, I'd like to keep the number of enemies in the single digits this time." You add. "Believe me, as soon as our current problems are solved, and the other Kalak haved moved out of his home, I'll do my best to free his 'harem' and ask them what really happened, and if they want to stay with him.""This world would be better without magic." He grumbled.
>>20402746If he was forcing them, he could just go out and get more instead of paying Kaliel to extend their lives. I think he cares for them in his own really weird way. It was better than I was expecting from what I'd heard of him.
>>20402746"Maybe. Magic solves a lot of problems, you know."
>>20402746"Magic solves some problems and creates others. Just like everything else."
"Maybe. Magic solves a lot of problems, you know.""But it starts so many, too. Because of magic we had the warped lands, and because of magic we had the demons, and that whole issue with Eidolon, and everything. Wizards are untouchable by normal men, they can't be caught or held accountable for their actions. You can't put a man in prison when he can walk through walls."He sighed."If he was forcing them, he could just go out and get more instead of paying Kaliel to extend their lives. I think he cares for them in his own really weird way. It was better than I was expecting from what I'd heard of him.""He may care for them, but that doesn't mean he gave them a choice. Did you look at that fey as we walked out? She didn't even know where she was! What kind of right-minded person would do that to someone, even if they were willing?"
>>20402854I never said he was right-minded.Can't wizards imprison other wizards? Anti-magic fields and that sort of thing? It's bad that they're on their own level that normal men can't compete with, but that's what Eidolon was trying to solve with the Weave and the crystals. Giving everyone magic, instead of getting rid of it.
>>20402854Nobody ever said he was in his right mind.Mages can deal with other mages, as can people with the right Talents. Magic may start problems, but so would its absence. It's never that simple.
"Nobody ever said he was in his right mind." You say. "Mages can deal with other mages, as can people with the right talents. Magic may start problems, but so would it's absence. It's never that simple.""I know." He responded. "I'm just. . complaining for the sake of complaining, I suppose. Sorry for getting so heated, lady."Soon enough, Jormungandr arrived back at the tower, where Ezekiel is standing, arms raised- apparently he's practicing more."Welcome back." He said-And then Grayson burst into furious movement, knocking Zeke over, and then he sat on the kalak, pinning him down."This is for the drizzle, isn't it." Zeke said.Grayson harrumphed happily.
rolled 75 = 75>>20403001Use what Zeke taught us to make it drizzle on them. Bonus points if we can make it look like that was what Zeke was just casting. We'll be found out when we start giggling anyway.
>>20403001"Don't worry about it Kristoph, I consider you my friend. If you need somebody to talk to, I'll make time for you."
"Don't worry about it Kristoph, I consider you my friend. If you need somebody to talk to, I'll make time for you.""I know, lady." He responded.You raise your arms, and just as you saw Ezekiel do it, you reached out with your newly-replenished magic, and coalesce the water in the air above Zeke and Grayson, slowly making more cloud.Grayson grinned, looking down at Zeke. . And then a single drop fell on his head. He looked straight up to the cloud, where another raindrop fell on him. Grayson huffed, and turned to you. You clench your fists, and squeeze the small, spellwrought cloud. It drizzles some more on Grayson.The bear grumbles, gets off of Zeke, and tromps inside. Zeke starts laughing, laying there."Welcome back." He said again, chuckling.
>>20403089It seems you're a good teacher. Did anything happen while we were gone?
>>20403089"I'm glad to be back. We managed to help the ambassador's son, but Sadriel really creeped me out."
"It seems you're a good teacher. Did anything happen while we were gone?""Not really." He said, pushing himself to his feet. He wobbled a bit, and flapped his wings twice to keep his balance. "Redglare broke another recruit's arms. Marigold healed the guy, though. Nahzit took some of the recruits Running, but the humans couldn't seem to make the same sort of jumps the lizardmen could. Something about digitigrade legs.""We managed to help the ambassador's son, but Sardriel really creeped me out."Zeke sighed. "He does that to all of us. But he keeps himself to himself, luckily."
>>20403161"But what about the girls? He hardly kept himself to himself there. Supposedly he asks if the girls want to be made into those... Those sleepwalkers. But I can't say I trust his word. It reeks of unwilling slavery. They hardly seem conscious, and if they are, they're too doped out on magic to form a coherent thought."
>>20403161"Do you know the exact wording Azriel used in that geas he cast on Sardriel?"
"But what about the girls? He hardly kept himself to himself there. Supposedly he asks if the girls want to be made into those... those sleepwalkers. But I can't say I trust his word. It reeks of unwilling slavery." You say. "They hardly seem conscious, and if they are, they're too doped out on magic to form a coherent thought.""Nobody knows where he gets them from." Ezekiel said. "You sure you can't take his magic from him?""Do you know the exact wording Azariel used in the geas he cast on Sardriel?""Not exactly, but I think it was about 'all kalak and their children'." Ezekiel said."True kalak." Raziel said. "He specified 'true'. I don't even know why he limited it to that."
Let me post 4chan, please!?
>>20403211"Probably so that other magic users can't do what I was planning to do, which is shapeshift into Kalak form, and undo his spells to see if they actually were willing. Oh well. I'll just have to use a mental ward instead."
>>20403211"Because otherwise it would cover someone shapeshifted into a kalak, probably. Zeke, unfortunately, I can't afford to strip his magic - not right now, at any rate. I have an enemy on my hands that uses mind-control."Time to get ready for a full Expedition to the West.
>>20403211"I guess I'll simply have to ask Azariel, next time I see him. Anyway, your family sends their regards, Neiriel think's your next sister is going to be an onyx."
rolled 74 = 74>>20403211>>20403253>>20403258>>20403267all of this said. we take the child to his father and explain things
"Probably so that other magic users can't do what I was planning to do, which is shapeshift into Kalak form, and undo his spells to see if they actually were willing." You say. "Oh well. I'll just have to use a mental ward instead. Unfortunately, Zeke, I can't afford to strip his magic - not right now, at any rate. I have an enemy on my hands that uses mind-control.""Speaking of mind control." Raziel said, picking up the kid. "We should take this kid back to his father.""Of course." Kristoph said. The four of you, (Five counting Bob,) make your way back down the tower, out of the castle, into the city, and finally to Denegrin's door. By the time you're there, the kid's stirring, almost awake."Thorin!" The ambassador said, as the kid's eyes opened."Da'?"Raziel set the kid down, and the ambassador hugged him. Thorin didn't seem to understand what had been going on, or what had happened to him.
>>20403389"He might be experiencing some short-term memory loss, but other than that, he should be fine. I would like to apologise for what has happened to your son in my city."
>>20403389See if the kid recoignizes the dagger?
>>20403389"He'll recover his wits in time; the spell is still disintegrating. You may want to be careful back home, though. I suspect that whoever is behind your son's enchantment is linked to whatever is happening in the Ogrish lands, which may be spreading to yours."
"He might be experiencing some short-term memory loss, but other than that, he should be fine. I would like to apologise for what has happened to your son in my city."Denegrin was silent for a moment."I.. I thank you, your majesty." The ambassador said, finally. "I'm honored to live in New Arcturus.""Have you seen this dagger before?" You ask the child, who looks up at the strangely built knife. Silently, he shakes his head, and then backs away and into the building. Seems he's still rather scared of you, and you're not entirely sure why.You consider things for a moment. The ogres have stopped responding to the Sosarians in the west, and whatever spell was put on the child came from the east. The dagger. . you don't know where it's from. One thing is clear; you don't know enough.
>>20403505>One thing is clear; you don't know enough.I agree. Let's talk to the most knowledgeable person we know: Azariel.
STOP RIGHT THERE MOTHERFUCKER, EXABYTE I'VE FINALLY CAUGHT YOUYOU THINK IVE FORGOTTEN, BUT YOURE WROOOOONGYOU SAID BACK IN SPACE CYBORG QUEST THAT YOU WOULD EXPLAIN THE WEIRD METAPHORICAL DRAGON DREAMS DAVE HAD, AND YOU NEVER DIIIIIID. I REQUIRE AN EXPLANATION.ALSO, HIRE A FEW ADVENTURERS TO CHECK OUT THE OGRES AND WYRM FOR US, WE'RE A QUEEN WE DON'T GOT TIME FOR THIS ADVENTURE SHIT ANYMORE
>>20403577Man's got a point. We can hire adventurers to help us multi-task. Scouting the Ogre homeland will have to be done in person, though, since scouts thus far haven't come back.
rolled 43 = 43>>20403577WE WILL NOW SCRY FOR MEANING OF THESE DREAMS
>>20403577>His metaphorical dreams were his mind's way of making context out of the raw digital information about what was going on. It wasn't 'remembered' by the bullfrog because the bullfrog remembered the actual data logs. I thought I'd explained this back when Amy was digitalized into the QC, but I must be wrong.As Denegrin and Thorin re-enter their home, you turn to Raziel."I need to talk to Azariel." You say.She hesitates for a moment, and then nods. "We'll have to go down to the underground cistern, where my old home was, back before we got the Astral flowers. If I channel power from my spectres, it shouldn't be hard for him to manifest.""But first, we need to talk to Lewin.""Oh?""I have. . uses for the Adventurer's Guild." You say.The sun's just going down as you make your way back to the hall, where Lewin is talking with Treechild and two other, gruff adventurers you hadn't met before."Your majesty." Lewin said, his eye twinkling.
"As the Queen of New Arcturus, I have a task for you and the Adventurer's Guild. Recently, the Children of the Great Wyrm have seen fit to make an attempt on my life. I would like to hire your services to find who they are and what they want. I know only that they lie to the East, beyond Elven lands.You and yours will be rewarded in gold, land, and titles within my power, or any other favors within reason."
rolled 43 = 43>>20403656no, send them after the ogre problem we need to face the great wyrms children ourselves, they have magic, and we have kristoph
>>20403634Well, what jobs do we have for them? -The lands to the west are clearly too dangerous.-Perhaps we could ask them to plant those astral fire eating plants at strategic locations?-Have them do some research on the Dagger if Azariel doesn't know about it?-Have them search information about mind altering spells?>having lots of trouble getting my post through.
"As the Queen of New Arcturus, I have a task for you and the Adventurer's Guild. Recently, the Children of the Great Wyrm have seen fit to make an attempt on my life. I would like to hire your services to find who they are and what they want. I know only that they lie to the East, beyond Elven lands." You say. "You and yours will be rewarded in gold, land, and titles within my power, or any other favors within reason.""I'm up for it, Ishelda." Lewin said, chuckling. He didn't hesitate. "What do you three say?""I'm coming. If I don't, you'll end up dead." Treechild said."I say 'how do you know a queen personally'." The wiry adventurer said, his twin peacebound swords clattering as he stood. "But I'll come.""At least we didn't get this quest from a tavern this time." The burly adventurer said. "That's also the land of the dwarves, and they show up ever so often- we should be safe there, for the most part. It's not like we'll be romping around in the wilderness."The burly adventurer stood. "We respectfully accept your task, Queen of New Arcturus."Lewin chuckled. "We can set out any time, now that we finished escorting that ambassador and his son."
"Hello Lewin, I would like to hire the adventurer's guild to investigate this dagger.">>20403656How the fuck did you get your post through?>>20403658>Implying they're not the same problemAlso what >>20403605 said.
>>20403694Could you be so kind and wait with your replies when it's obvious that most players can't get their posts through?
>>20403704>Alright, I can do that. I've been waiting much longer than I normally do.
>>20403694Remember these people are an unknown quantity but probably extremely dangerous. Your goal is information gathering not risky heroic action. Also if you hear anything about Tyr or strange actions by the Dwarves let me know.Did Lewin never tell you how we met? He found me a wee little girl dropped out of the sky having just found a massive bear that finished snacking on some berries. We traveled together for a time.
rolled 10 = 10>>20403694good, requisition what you need from our quartermaster (assuming gehenna) pack your things board the Jormangur "bob, could you lead them to the ship in case they get lost?" gentelmen, lady treechild, we leave at first light tomorrow.
>>20403704It does seem kind of unfair that one guy somehow managed to make the only post on /tg/ in the middle of those 25 dead minutes and automatically got picked.
>>20403695>How the fuck did you get your post through?I have no fucking idea, I was getting errors too. Fuck, I'm STILL getting errors.
>>20403729Especially since nobody agreed with him. Sigh.
>>20403634"Of course, I'll need good men and women of arms here and in Sosaria too, too, to keep watch. They tried to kill me in my own court, with the mind-controlled child of the ambassador of Sosaria, after all. Their machinations are clearly wide-reaching. I've not much information for you yet, but I can tell you this will be a true adventure, and one of utmost importance. I have other, pressing business related to this, so I need you to act in my stead until I can involve myself more directly."When the meeting is over, next course of action."Now, let's see... Kobolds. Kobolds are key, here. They're the best link we have to... Whatever is going on in the West and the East, with the smoke and flames in my vision. Time to give Feegul a visit. Maybe he'll know something about this 'Wyrm' business and the dagger."
>>20403577>implying Ishelda's not bored as hell with the minutiae of ruling, when there's bigger troubles to solve>laughingnewarcturans.jpegTo potentially answer your inquiry with mad theorizing, the metaphorical dragon-dreams are Dave's reflection in the planes of Sorceress Quest, one of the many means of crossover, like when the Jormungandr super-translocated when Ell's talent awoke and we popped up by the Sleipnir. To elaborate, the Great Wyrm is the product of Dave's dragon-dreams- not dissimilar to that fluff about Gloranthan (the IP of King of Dragon Pass, to elaborate colloquially) true dragons, which dream echoes of themselves onto the physical plane as they slumber in both all and none of the other planes of reality at once- from after his retirement, possibly nightmares, where he does decidedly un-Davelike things with very Davelike levels of power. Possibly a backlash from being deprived of Isheldemprah's psychic influence, and him recovering mentally from it.
>>20403778Oh boy I love completely insane theories!Also Dave's cut himself off from his family which explains the logo on the knife.
"Remember, these people are an unknown quantity, but probably extremely dangerous. Your goal is information gathering, not risky heroic action. Also if you hear anything about Tyr or strange actions by the Dwarves let me know.""Understood." Lewin said. "Do you have any clues about this 'Children of the Great Wyrm'?"In response, you showed him the dagger. The wiry man immediately pulled out a few scraps of paper and started sketching it and the sigil.""Of course, I'll need good men and women of arms here and in Sosaria too, too, to keep watch. They tried to kill me in my own court, with the mind-controlled child of the ambassador of Sosaria, after all. Their machinations are clearly wide-reaching." You say. "I've not much information for you yet, but I can tell you this will be a true adventure, and one of utmost importance. I have other, pressing business related to this, so I need you to act in my stead until I can involve myself more directly.""I'll organize a few of the mutant hunters to go to Sosaria." Lewin said. "Since you have your own guard here."You turn to the wiry man."Did Lewin never tell you how we met? He found me a wee little girl dropped out of the sky having just found a massive bear that finished snacking on some berries. We traveled together for a time.">Field too long.
Lewin started laughing. "It was hilarious. Me and a friend were walking through the forest near Sirius, and we saw this enormous bear, red dripping from his muzzle, slowly walking toward a little girl in a dress. We shot at the bear a little, and then she turned to us, angry, and said he was a friend."Soon enough, the adventurers start getting distracted, telling one another stories, and the meeting all but ends."Now, let's see... kobolds. Kobolds are key here." You tell Raziel and Kristoph, who continue to follow you. "They're the best link we have to... whatever is going on in the West and East, with the smoke and flames in my vision. Time to give Feegul a visit. Maybe he'll know something about this 'Wyrm' business and the dagger.""Weren't we going to talk to Azariel?" Raziel asked. "It is just dark enough to start trying to manifest him, after all."
>>20403812Of course, that first.
>>20403812We'll talk to Azariel first of course, see what he knows, than supplement that with Kobold knowledge.Life can get hectic when you have so many friends.
>>20403812"Yes, yes, you're right. Azariel first. Then Feegul. Where is he these days? I can't recall if he ever accepted the offer for him and his clan to take up residence in New Arcturus."
Implying Ishelda has any free time between invoking Jus Primae Noctis on every man and woman in New Arcturus. >laughingNewArcturians.jpg
>>20403812Of course, we need to talk to anyone who might know something.
>>20403841>Implying that's a law in New Arcturus
>>20403841Just in case anyone else doesn't know what this means but is too lazy to look it up:"law of the first night" or "Droit du seigneur", a putative legal right allowing the lord of a medieval estate to take the virginity of his serfs' maiden daughters.
>>20403857>Implying it has to be a law to happen.>Implying Ishelda doesn't invoke it on both the bride and groom at the same time.
"Of course. That first. We need to talk to anyone who might know something."The three of you make your ways down to the small, underground room just next to the cistern, where the constant necromantic candles stay lit with white flame. You see that Raziel's pile of pillows and bookcases had all been removed, and in their place was a large ritual circle, engraved with silver."One second." Raziel said, touching her staff to each candle. The candles burst with energy, sparks dancing along their flames, and then she closed her eyes."Azariel." She said.A tall, hunched over, transparent Kalak appeared, his feathers black as night, and his eyes glimmering green. He faded into existence, and then out of existence. . and then the candles sparked again, and he appeared in truth, cloaked in conjured spellflesh, as a spectre."Hello." He said, eyes darting from you, to Zeke, to Raziel. He didn't look at Kristoph at all.
>>20403904"Hello Azariel. I was wondering if you recognized any of this." Then show him the knife and explain what happened.
>>20403904Heh, you could make faces kristpoh, and he wouldn't notice.What do you know about the continents to the east? They sent assassins to me.
>>20403904"It's good to see you again, Azariel. While I have a number of things I need to discuss with you, the most pressing is that of a 'Great Wyrm' and its followers. One of them tried to gut me with a mind-controlled child, though I'm quite certain that was mostly a political move. An attempt to cause panic or ostracize Sosaria, perhaps. And the dagger bore a curious sigil."
>>20403904Good to see you again Azariel, you don't look a day older than last time I saw you. You'll have to tell me your secret some day.Right, there are to major things that I would like to see if you know anything about. The first being if anything about a Great Wyrm or the Children of the Great Wyrm. They come from the East.The second is the Ogres to the rest, I had a dream involving fire and they stopped sending couriers and envoys recently.
>>20403904"Greetings? How's unlife treating you?"
rolled 45 = 45Ask Azariel how he feels about that harem guy and give him the news on the onyx babby.Also, scrying for space squids. Maybe we can get a recipe.
>>20403947>scryingHaha, no you're not.
"Hello, Azariel." You say, and curtsy. He bows back, his wings twitching. "I was wondering if you recognized this."You show him the dagger, and he takes it in hand, examining it from hilt to blade."I do not recognize the make." He said. "However. . . It is made out of Goldsteel. The material Elves once used, before Eidolon invented Orichalum. This sigil is draconian. Dragon tongue. It means 'family of' . . and then the scratch. 'Family of Scratch' doesn't seem right, so I believe it means something else. It carries- carried, rather, a spell. It was set to cast upon whoever touched it first. A curse." He handed it back to you. "I can tell you no more.""Right, there are two major things I'd like to see if you know anything about. The first being if anything about a Great Wyrm or the Children of the Great Wyrm. They come from the east.""They do." He said. "I don't know much about them, but they're a people who live in the desert south of the dwarves. Tyr spoke of them and their 'Daryeh' pets often. They're pests, he always implied. I don't know much more than that.""The second is the Ogres to the west, I had a dream involving fire and they stopped sending couriers and envoys recently.""I'm afraid to say that I know nothing of the ogres, or anything to the east. The provinces are as far as my knowledge goes in that direction."
>>20403947I think in order to scry, we need to trick the dice by rolling first, then declaring that the roll was for scrying in a subsequent post.
rolled 35 = 35Fuck you guys scry for most powerful book of magic in this universeThen get it here
>>20403996Stop trying to scry, the dice do not want it.>>20403984What qualities is Goldsteel known for? What can you tell me about Tyr, given that recent events are in his area we may become involved in the near future.
Switching over to the silencing dice to try scrying through the 4th dimension. Fuck the Void Queen, is she can use meta knowledge, so ca-
>>20404020It was a valiant effort. We'll honor your memory, anon.
rolled 96 = 96>>20404007Perhaps he's not rolling hard enough.
Since we are here ask Azriel if Neiriel's child would be considered 'True Kalak,' I'm a tad worried about that wording since it can also be used by racists to deny those of mixed breeding rights based on heritige.
>>20404043I agree. We should ask for information about Sardriel as well.
>>20404043I thought it was 'true kalak and their children'.
"What qualities is goldsteel known for?""It's a transmuted version of steel, for the most part. It's weaker, magically, than orichalum, but it can hold an edge just as much as steel, and it's just as strong. However, it's much heavier and denser than normal." He said. "The elves made their javelins and golems out of it, long ago.""What can you tell me about Tyr, given that recent events are in his area, we may become involved.""Tyr was a friend of mine. He was clever with transmutation, healing, and evocation, eventually using all three and binding stone itself into his flesh. He got angry whenever one misused their magic, claiming that magic is to be used for the good of one's people.""I see. Can you also tell me if Neiriel's child will be considered 'True Kalak'?""Hers and Romulus' child? Of course." He said. "Anyone born to a true kalak carries our blood, our heritage, and our talents. If Raziel were to give birth in human form, with a human man as her lover, the child would still be considered a kalak, by the laws of magic and by the laws of heritage."Raziel started to say something."It was just an example, child." Azariel said, and patted her head.
>>20404067It is. I wonder if adopted children count?
>>20404083"What are the ogres and kobolds of the West like? They're linked to the troubles caused by the Wyrm; some cataclysm has affected them."
rolled 32 = 32>>20404083do we have a way of contacting the tyr?we could call ahead and ask him questions.or is that a bad Idea Azariel?
>>20404083So a false kalak would be if I shapeshifted into the form of a kalak.Is there a way to contact Tyr, he would probably know more about this Great Wyrm business than either of us.
>>20404083So they're Kalak even though they're 100% human? How does that work? What about humans giving birth to a male Kalak's child?
rolled 44 = 44>>20404141Child of Kalak = Kalak body dont matterRolling to summon gigantic didlo into some random archdemon ass
"So they're Kalak even though they're completely human? How does that work?" You ask, rather confused. "It works by magic. Talents are things born by blood. The son of a man with a talent to, say, create flame, would carry that same talent of flame. It's a part of him, no matter what form or shape he takes.""What about humans giving birth to a male Kalak child?""That would be the same. The child would be truly kalak, just as he is truly human.""So a false kalak would be if I shapeshifted into the form of a kalak.""Indeed." He said, looking at you closely. "Unless. . No, nevermind.""Is there a way to contact Tyr? He would probably know more about this Great Wyrm business than either of us.""I don't believe so." He said. "After we begun the Game, he claimed that we'd only talk to him to use trickery, and then said his goodbyes, before leaving across the ocean."
>>20404184Can you please tell us what's wrong with Sardriel?
rolled 46 = 46"Please elaborate on the Unless, no nevermind." and i think it would be good if we contacted Tyr, were using magic to help our people and we ended the game, whether or not he believes our message is his own business but hes too big of a player in the world to not contact him, so here goes rolling to contact Tyr.
>>20404112>What are the ogres and kobolds of the West like?>I'm afraid to say that I know nothing of the ogres, or anything to the east.Do you not read or something?
>>20404184"Seems I'll have to go see Tyr personally, then. Eidolon told me Tyr despised magic in all its forms besides talents, though. You tell me he merely despises its misuse. Who am I to believe, here?">>20404228I skipped over the last two lines like an idiot. Didn't even note them. Hurf durf.
>>20404184I'll have to find some way to talk to him then. Maybe he'll accept a diplomatic envoy or something like that.Also in case you were wondering the rest of the Kalaks seem to be doing well, Dariel is still fuzzy and adorable.
rolled 7 = 7>>20404184well then I'll have to give it a try to call him 'cold'.I do hope he isn't in the middle of something...lets see what we can do. (reach out across the sea and carefully search for the mind of Tyr Ironhand, "hello, could I ask you a question or two?")
>>20404184"What more can you Tell me about Tyr? Where did he come from, and how did you meet?"
rolled 34 = 34Rolling to cast spell for rolling a dice that will roll for summoning essence of magic in form of book
Was that choking curse thing that Azariel put on all the other Kalak if they spoke of their origins ever removed? If not, we should ask him to remove it.
>>20404326Good thinking. Seconded.
"Please elaborate on the 'unless, no nevermind'." You say, and he chuckles."I was considering the possibility of your heritage being non-human." He said. "Which is possible, considering your talent, but not likely.""What more can you tell me about Tyr? Where did he come from, and how did you meet?""I had just arrived in this realm, and I crashed into Eidolon. Soon after we became friends and left the island, we ran into a dwarven ship, where Tyr was. He roared that he'd had enough of elves, and started to attack Eidolon. I settled things, and we eventually became friends. I'd gathered that he came from the east, as he spoke of it often.""I'll have to find some way to talk to him, then. Maybe he'll accept a diplomatic envoy or something like that." You say."Perhaps. I've no clue what he's been doing lately. He could have died by now, even." He said."Can you. . can you please tell us what's wrong with Sardriel?""Sardriel? What's wrong with him?" Azariel asked. "His . . proclivities are all willing. I made certain of that."
>>20404332>>20404326Pretty sure it ended when he died.
rolled 2 = 2Cast spell to realize that Sardiel slaves are fully willing and happy with him
>>20404360"So he's just a creep?... Great. At least he isn't controlled by some monster from beyond."
>>20404360Well that's good. He just rubs me the wrong way, and is rather creepy as well. Why does he choose to do that? It's a rather odd hobby to partake in.
>>20404360He's really really creepy. Why does he act like that?
>>20404360Is there some weird 50/50 chance that a Kalak will just end up weird by this world's standards?
>>20404360How does his ability work? He did ask if Ishelda wanted to join them... What if he did try to use his abilities there and Raziel is right about her bloodline?
"He's really really creepy. Why does he act like that?" You ask."I don't know." He said. "Only he does. But with the geas I placed on him, he can only use spells above a certain level if the subject is willing- and never on kalak.""Is there some weird fifty-fifty chance that a kalak will just end up weird by this world's standards?""The portal on the way here may have had some effect." He said, and shrugged. "And magic has many effects on the mind. Some beneficial, like with dire beings, and some... less so."
>>20404360Considering how easily we adapted to kalak form, being a kalak magically would not be surprising.
>>20404452"So the new Kalak generation are compelled toward eccentricity by wild magic?"
>>20404452>But with the geas I placed on him, he can only use spells above a certain level if the subject is willingOh, that's easy. You just have to tell them the truth.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asFU5ReztXUIt's like they didn't have marketing on Kalak Prime.
>>20404083>Romulus was the fatherB-but I thought he didn't actually have much magic?
>>20404452So the reason so many of you are eccentric could be because of magic. That's actually kinda funny.Can you think of any advice which could be useful for when I eventually deal with Tyr?
>>20404492Perhaps his talent didn't awaken? Same thing as with Kristoph and his late sister.
>>20404472>>20404452Along this line of thought, if we shifted for him, could he tell?
>>20404505But then how did Neiriel know he had it?
"So the reason so many of you are eccentric could be because of magic." You say. "That's actually kinda funny.""It is." Azariel said, giving you a smile. "But you're just as mad as we are. Moreso, almost.""Can you think of any advice which could be useful for when I eventually deal with Tyr?""Be certain." He said. "Be certain of your goals. Be certain of what you want. Don't waver, don't change your mind, don't be ambiguous. Tyr feels respect of those kinds of people. One of the reasons he never liked me much."
>>20404534"Oh, I am sure he liked you. Otherwise you wouldn't have been friends. Say, have there ever been white Kalak?"
rolled 86 = 86Lets cast spell to track our bloodlines to begining i want to know what we have in blood
>>20404534I think I can win him over, I'm rather charming and forthright. Thank you very much for your help Azariel, it was a joy to see you again.
"Oh, I'm sure he liked you. Otherwise you wouldn't have been friends. Say.. have there ever been white kalak?"". . Marble, they were called." He said. "Abjurationists. Warders, ones who seal and geas and create barriers. They were our rulers. Magistrates and jailers. They're also who sealed my evocation. None of the children I brought have their blood.""I see." You say. "Thank you, very much, for your help, Azariel. It was a joy to see you again.""And you too, Ishelda. Now, if you don't mind, may I borrow Ezekiel and speak with him privately for a moment?"
>>20404581"Of course, I trust you, friend."
>>20404581Sure, as long as Grayson hasn't killed him.Were there any more types of Kalak or is that it?
>>20404581Go right ahead.I'm somewhat tempted to leave Kristoph there to listen in.
"Were there any more types of kalak, or is that it?""Many more." Azariel said. "Some are notable- the onyx, and the marble, but the rest are less so.""Sure, as long as Grayson hasn't killed him.""Oh, Grayson's just a little damp." Ezekiel said. "He wouldn't kill me for that. What did you want to say, father?"Azariel was perfectly silent for a moment, but his crest twitched and his eyebrows raised a slight bit."I have secrets to tell you." He said. "Ishelda, Raziel. I would like if you left."Raziel nods, and her, you, and Kristoph make your way out of the room.You're suddenly curious about your heritage. Raziel did have that book on ancestor magic, but she hadn't used it yet. .Or you could go to Feegul's camp, in Sirius province.
>>20404694Let's look into that book on ancestor magic. The more we understand about our origin, the more we will know about our magic. We're not in a huge hurry to get to the camp and the book is closer.
>>20404694I saw we grab that book just reeeal quick and trace our heritage. More for curiosity than anything else. Then we head on over to visit Feegul, who I imagine talks like Smeagol.
>>20404694Can we not use the book on the way there? It's a reasonable journey. Although we did give him a ring so I don't know why we have to go personally.
>>20404694Go see Feegle. Do the ancestor magic thing on the way. To Jormungandr!
>>20404756That sounds reasonable. Seconding this suggestion.
"Raziel." You say. "Where was that book?""Book?" She asked."The one on ancestor magic.""Right. I still haven't used that yet. Want to do that tonight? I think the stars are right.""Let's do it while we visit Feegul. To Jormungandr!""Okay, I'll go grab it." She said, and gripped her staff. A moment later, an enormous, shimmering white ogre ran up to Raziel and handed her a book.The three of you make your way up to the Jormungandr, and you find that Nahzit is up there, using it as a watchtower as her searches over the city."Mother Ishelda." He said, nodding to you. "I hope you have a nice trip. I will tighten up security while you are gone."
>>20404801"Thank you, Nahzit. I know they city will be safe in your hands."They do have hands, right?
>>20404801Take care of yourself Nahzit. Make sure my city stays safe while I'm out. Who should we bring with? I'm thinking Grayson, Raziel, Ezekiel if he wants to come, Kristoph and maybe Kell. The rest might be too busy with duties here to come along for a small day trip that is unlikely to be troublesome, but Marigold could come along if she feels like it.
>>20404801>The three of you make your way up to the JormungandrWe should probably actually tell people before we just fly off, y'know. We're kind of important now.
"Thank you, Nahzit. I know the city will be safe in your hands.""I thank you for your trust." He said, and clasped his hand over his chest."Take care of yourself.""I will."Kell climbs up onto the ship alongside you, Grayson, Raziel, and Kristoph."You're off again?" Marigold asked, and hugged you. "Do come back. I can make sure everything here keeps running, with Gehenna's help."
>>20404854Marigold can't come. She needs to stay unless we plan to appoint a new regent.
>>20404905"I'll miss you too, Mar."Let's see if we can something nice for her on our way.
>>20404905I shouldn't be gone for long. Take care Marigold. Make sure to water Kell, if you need to talk to me for my opinion on a decision feel free to call. You know what to do.Return her hug and kiss her on the cheek.
"I'll miss you too, Mar." You say, and hug her back, kissing her on the cheek. "I shouldn't be gone long."You set Jormungandr's control crystal, reattuning it to Feegul's camp, while Raziel uses a necromantic flame to light the book, reading through it. Slowly, while travelling, the sun sets."Aha." Raziel said, a few minutes after the last edge of the sun sets. "I can do it now. What you need to do is close your eyes, and I'll need to spill a little of your blood while I incant. Even though it's technically treason to spill royal blood or whatever. Are you fine with that, Ishelda?"
>>20404975"Fairly certain 'tis not treason if I consent. Yes, it's fine, Raziel. I assume you just need to prick a fingertip?"
>>20404975It's fine Raziel, I'm not going to clap you in irons for casting a ritual at my behest. Any preference on where I spill blood from?
>>20404975I think I can forgive you blood for a ritual. Let's do this.
"Fairly certain 'tis not treason if I consent. Yes, it's fine, Raziel." You say, and close your eyes."You'll have more control of the spell than I will, and I can only cast it once tonight." She says, and takes your hand.She marks the skin on the back of your hand. . and starts invoking.Just like when she was casting a ritual on Eidolon and Gareth's spirits, her song is.. hauntingly beautiful, wordless and full of a strange, bittersweet emotion. .And then your mind is somewhere else. Somewhen else.You see stars, soaring throughout the sky. A searing, flaming chunk tore through the skies and evaporated.The pale-haired man, your father, the young King Leon of Arcturus, lay there, staring up at the sky, his bride in his arms."Reminds me of the night we met." He said to the woman in her arms. A word was spoken from her, and they kissed.Everything blurs, and you feel lost, drifting in nothingness. Two streams of light arc away from you- one, you know intuitively, is the path of sorcery, and nobility. The line of Arcturus. Father to son to father to son to you.And on the other side, is your mother's heritage.You don't know where it leads.> Father's side> Mother's side
rolled 1 = 1>>20405027Both are tempting. Rolling a d2 to decide.
>>20405027[X] Mother's side
>>20405027Well the father's side will tell us about the mysterious first sorcerer king of Arcturus, which we want to know. But the mother's side could be anything, even a mysterious sorcerer king!
>>20405027Mother's. We have a good idea where father's leads and we can always check him out later.
>>20405027Father's side, to start. The mother's side scares me. The father's side will show us the true lineage of noble Arcturus.
>>20405096with are dice roll we problay find out are great great great grandfather was the worst cabbage seller in the multiverse
You follow the arcing beam of light, slowly rewinding through time. A forest, the scent of pine, a burbling river. .A demon.Intuitively, you snap into perception. Into that memory. Elizabeth, Last Queen of Arcturus. Your mother is standing there, a golden sword in hand, her blue eyes hard and cold. Her combatant was a gruff man, with needles for teeth. He snarled, and raised his hand. Through the spell, you feel a portal slowly opening. .And then the golden sword slices through demon's hand, and it snarled."You are no kin of mine." She said, and put down the archdemon. "You will never enter this world until the day I die."
Did I just read right... is thath hinting Ishelda is part demon?
rolled 55 = 55>>20405134Freaking demons. Throw astral fire at it. I don't care that its in the past, so time shenanigans.
Our mother is pretty badass.>>20405199It's possible, she seems not like that part of her heritage if it's true.Try looking farther back, see if we can tease any more details about our lineage from this spell.
The memory blurs, and you're off again, weaving backward through time. It feels. . almost more like divination than necromancy, somehow. . And then the path ends. Dead end. Or the start? You don't know, but you snap into the memory regardless.It's dark, deep in the heart of the forest, and through the spell, you feel yet another portal opening.Your mother steps out, wisps of arcane power swirling around her, coiling within itself. You try to peer through the portal. . and you see Somewhere Else. Somewhere so strange, so alien, that your mind- or the spell- refuses to see in truth. What little you can see are pure white crystals, wisps of magic, and a strange, abnormal sphere of light. You feel it stare directly at you, through the memory, and says something to you.When you get jostled out of the spell, a word comes unbidden to your lips."Arakoatoa." You whisper."What was that you said?" Raziel asked.
>>20405199it could also be that the archdemon was mimicing one of are relatives
>>20405199And part angel and part robot and a princess and the most powerful caster ever and a little girl with a troubled past and parents who are dead and...I'm more worried about the golden sword, didn't we see her Voidiness use that? Did she kill mother?
Arakoatoa you know what it means?
rolled 69 = 69Isn't that the name of that pact we made a while ago with the identity guy?
>>20405199No ishelda, you are the demons.Wasn't this a leading theory from part 1 anyway?
>>20405240I told you guys we should have ignored the pact and invited the Arakoatoa for tea.
>>20405240Arakoatoa, like the Arakoatoa compact that we used to get answers from Gareth. My mother seems to have been involved with them. And she said something to me before I got shunted out of the spell.
>>20405275It was that thing that made Eidolon talk to us after we killed him. The Arakoatoa Compact or something like that.
>>20405240"... Arakatoa. The... Thing, that presided over the ritual. The Compact. The one we used on Eidolon and Gareth, to get them to tell the truth, and do as we bid. I didn't even say it of my own volition, it just... Came out."
"Arakoatoa." You say, a bit more loudly, and clear your throat. "Do you know what it means?""It's the thing all of the spirits say when we do the binding ritual." Raziel said. "They said they've been 'bound by the Arakoatoa Compact.'""My mother seems to have been involved with them." You say. You don't mention the demon, nor the way your mother called it 'kin'. Not. . not right now."I see." Raziel said, and squeezed your shoulder. "No need to worry about it now. we're coming up on the kobold camp."You look out over Jormungandr's balcony, again, and you see the kobolds scurrying about. You get closer, and see that they're. . armed, and armored. As you watch, Feegul, far below, says something. The kobolds make a single 'ha', and clang their spears against their shields. Feegul speaks again, and the kobolds repeat the action."What is going on?" Kristoph asked, looking down.
>>20405350Our mother WAS an Arakatoa, or maybe she was from the same planet as them.We should fuck with the undead.
>>20405383It looks to be a welcoming committee. Whether it's violent or not I haven't determined yet.I wonder who's in command of them currently? I might have to show off that I'm the strongest.
>>20405383"It's either a ritualistic welcome for the 'Boss,' or a military drill."
>>20405383Preparing for battle? Training? Let's go down and see.Raziel, when can we do the spell again?>>20405385We should fuck the undead.
"It looks to be a welcoming committee." You say. "Raziel, when can we do the spell again?""I don't exactly know." She said. "Could be a day to a month. I can't do the math right on my own- I'll get Gehenna's help on it later.""It's either a ritualistic welcome for the 'boss,' or a military drill." You say. "Let's go down and see."As Jormungandr arrives above the camp, the kobolds look up, and scatter, for the most part. Feegul stands still, and waves as you slowly descend."Hey, Boss." He said. "We'd. . normally be able to help you if you needed anything, but not now. Another clan needs our help, so we're going to war.""War?" Kristoph asked."A clan to the east has stopped singing." Feegul said. "They have a new boss- one that's crushing their culture. Or they're dead. Either way, we go to war- to the ogre lands."
>>20405457>End of thread!>My twitter is @futureexabyte>And I'm sticking around to answer questions.
>>20405383No, keep worrying about it, we don't want to be demons. Demons killed everything we ever knew and loved.>>20405385Is rather stay away from necromancy. Stick to nice clean magic, I think.
>>20405483Could you rank Bob, Dariel and Grayson in order of fluffiness?
>>20405457"Fortuitous, Feegul. The same clan, or their slavedrivers, tried to put a knife between my ribs with a mind-controlled child. This knife, in fact.">>20405483That was a rather short thread. What's the occasion?
So was it ever 100% confirmed that our astral fire elemental was destroyed?Also, did we ever do any more research into those 'positive' emotion elementals, or was it just for that nice scene?
>>20405521Now now, we don't know that for sure.
>>20405510NOBODY is fluffier than Grayson.
>>20405507Goddamn, 25 minutes of post errors, only to find the thread ended.
>>20405510Rank 1: Dariel. He is the very fluffiest.Rank 1 (Tied): Grayson on dire magic to make himself extra fluffyRank 2: Grayson without using dire magic. He is also *naturally* fluffy.Rank 3: Bob. He is not very fluffy.Rank 3: Kell. He isn't *technically* fluffy as he doesn't have fur, but his leaves are soft and comfortable.>>20405527>Astral fire elementalYou have no idea. It was never 100% confirmed, but you could no longer contact or sense it from that point on.>Positive emotion elementalYou haven't done any research on them, because it's hard to think accurately and logically when you're stoking your own emotions. You can, at certain times, invoke them at times, though.>>20405521I've been ending at 17:00 lately (Which is why I moved my start time, too), and the post errors were frustrating me.
>>20405457So you will be able to help me find out what's happening in the ogre lands? Great!>>20405483How can these guys hear each other sing across such distances? Do they sing other clans' songs that they hear?
>>20405587Kobolds have freaky bardic talents. They can hear one another's songs from a long distance, and during songs with entire groups singing, they can channel every participant's magic into a single spell.
Did Ishelda do any magic research over the time skip, or was she too occupied with her queenly duties?
>>20405608Hmm. They seem tribal and primitive but if every new leader makes the entire race stronger, their casting is probably almost as versatile as ours.
>>20405641Preoccupied. Very preoccupied, with setting up lumber trades, taxes, the actual structures, and setting up a rudimentary law system. By now, however, everything is stable and can be left alone without upkeep for some time, provided there's someone acting as regent.>>20405647While clans can hear the songs of other clans, they can't actually learn the songs well enough to get any spells out of it. Instead the songs are passed down, shaman to shaman. So instead each new leader only empowers that single clan, not the entire race. They can be taught, though.
>>20405608>during songs with entire groups singing, they can channel every participant's magic into a single spellDoes that include non-kobolds? Could we sing along and lend them some power if we learned a song?
>>20405798Not exactly. The talent only works with other beings with the same talent. If you do sing, though, that'll make the kobolds joyous as hell and put an extra oomph into their efforts.But of course, while they're singing, you can directly pipe energy into their spells if you wanted.
>>20405934Would it be possible for Ishelda to make a song for Kobolds to use?
>>20405954The process of making a song is similar to the process of writing spells. Thousands of few-understood rules and laws, tied to somatic and vocal components, that have to be done in the correct order and state of mind. However, making a kobold song can only be done by ones with the talent, and only by ones that are *trained* to write songs, e.g. shamans.
>>20405934>But of course, while they're singing, you can directly pipe energy into their spells if you wanted.Well yeah, but that's no fun. Can't do stupid power-gaming like making Gehenna's song Arcturus's national anthem and then teleporting the entire country around to be un-invadable.>>20405997Our talent seems to cover basically everything. We can make up enchantments, can we make up spells or songs if we roll well enough? Would they even sing a song that we just made up and isn't part of the whole leader tradition? Is Ishelda a good singer?
>>20406094Ragnarok was the one that did portals, and he's dead.
>>20406134That's the one I meant then. He was the one who was the previous leader of the kobolds, so he's the one they have a song for. They don't get songs until they're dead.
>>20406094 Ishelda's talent is rather strange. Basically, she doesn't need to shape anything into spells, she just has to throw more energy at it and a basic concept of what she wants to do. the talent takes all of the energy to invent the spell on the spot. The extra energy pretty much serves as oil, smoothing the gears of the spell to make sure it works no matter how fucked up or impossible it actually is. The rolls themselves are pretty much how perfect the attempted spell is. The higher the roll, the less arcane grease it needs, and a 100 is a 'Perfect' roll, which does freaky stuff to the laws of magic. >We can make up enchantments, can we make up spells or songs if we roll well enough?Ishelda's spells might as well be Emperor Tech from SCQ- normal wizards have no idea how it works or what the somatic or vocal components are (none), and it's almost impossible to replicate or use, even for Bubbles. So you can invent spells, songs, and enchantments, but nobody has any clue how to cast or use them. Not even you.>Would they even sing a song that we just made up and isn't part of the whole leader tradition?They would. You're their boss, after all. But the song would just be a bit of music and words, not an actual, bonafide kobold song-with-supernatural-abilities.>Is Ishelda a good singer?Completely arbitrarily, I'll decide yes. She's a good singer. She has a natural talent for it, but she never practices. Marigold and Grayson don't even know.
rolled 37 = 37The real question is whether or not she is a good DJ.
>>20406216>So you can invent spells, songs, and enchantments, but nobody has any clue how to cast or use them. Not even you.Obviously we make spells up on the spot all the time. I meant more like can we use our sorcery to divine the somatic/vocal components etc. of a normal spell. It would be useless for us personally, but we could then teach a wizard how to cast it. Seems like it would definitely work on a 100 when we could just bend the laws of magic to do what we want, but that's not exactly reliable.>She's a good singer. She has a natural talent for itOk, we definitely have to sing with our kobolds at some point.
>>20406349We should sing the song of silence. That's out best spell, after all.
>We wrote a song for Romulus, but he had no powerSo now that we know that Romulus has a lot of power, why didn't his song work?>You have no song at all. Your power. . it has no song. Any songs we sing of you would be. . emptyWhy is this? We need Ishelda songs.
>>20406466>RomulusongSongs are written off of what the kobolds know, and Romulus gives off the impression that he doesn't have much power. So they've been writing the wrong song this entire time.>IsheldasongOh, they can come up with songs, it's just that a single song won't do ishelda's talent justice.
>>20406216>it's almost impossible to replicate or use, even for BubblesHeart managed it. Heart was a bro. And now he's a flower. How's he doing after the timeskip?>>20406496>a single song won't do ishelda's talent justiceThen they shall write an epic, and it shall rewrite reality. Not that it will matter to the quest because Ishelda will be dead.
>>20406547Still slightly pissed about losing the heart. He/it was awesome, as you say. I imagine he's still in Kell.
>>20406603Probably. Now I'm sad we forgot about him and didn't talk to him all this time we were with Kell.
>>20406622We had quite the number of rare and dangerous artifacts. I hope we were looking after them all.Perhaps not to SCP levels, but they should still be protected and kept from crazy people's hands.
>>20406547>>20406603>>20406622The Heart still is in kell, and during the time skip, they've pretty much been fused into a single being- making Kell a whole lot smarter. It's impossible to tell which is which, but they're both the same thing now.
>>20406646Such a shame.
rolled 60 = 60>>20405457okay since this is after thread chatter and doesn't matter.do the kobolds have a war-song? a song that wraps around each of them that sings an armor of raw power making them stronger and faster and bigger?perhaps something with a dragon motiff...and if they don't have such a thing, this roll is for that.because the main character shouldn't hog the whole of the spotlight...
>>20407678They do. What do you think Feegul was preparing the clan for? You interrupted the the beginning of their warsong.
rolled 41 = 41>>20407695ah good.
>>20407695Do they ever try and choose particular bosses for their powers? I imagine clans without some kind of battle-song would be at a massive disadvantage.
Holy fuck yes Sorceress Quest I missed you so much. brb reading through old threads...
OGRESDWARVESASSASSINATIONSMIND CONTROL HAREMI fucking missed you Exa.
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