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Ell, who you once thought was a golem, started laughing. "It's been awhile, Ishelda." He said."It has." Kiyara added. "We improved the Sparrow, worked on my own gauntlet, and then built that. . thing.""Hey, this 'thing' is a very powerful animated armor." He responded. "As. . as long as it's powered.""And the rest of the time it's a big motionless hunk of orichalum." Kiyara said. "Anyway, when Lewin and his adventuring group came by, he said that he thought you might be able to use our help, so he told us to come visit you- and we have.""It looks like you're going somewhere." Ell added, eying the guards and your collected party. Raziel waves at him.
>>20426595"We're picking up some people in the Provinces, and then we're heading west. There's an ogre nation on that continent that seems to have fallen silent, as has the kobold tribe there."
>>20426595>"Are you coming with me? We're going on an adventure.">"Of course we're coming." Kiyara said. You run towards her, and then right past her to hug the golem.>"It looks like you're going somewhere." Ell addedEll for detective of the year.
"We're picking up some people in ogrish lands and the provinces, and then we're heading west. There's an ogre nation across the sea that seems to have fallen silent, as has the kobold tribe there.""Well. . Sparrow doesn't have enough range on it's own to follow you. the whole way" Kiyara said, looking down at her small, silver airship. "Perhaps we could share the drain, or park Sparrow on top of Jormungandr. . . Or something.""Or strap it to below." Ell said, and the red-haired fey nodded.
>>20426711Is there any way you could recharge it if we stopped for a while in Sosaria?Do you need the ship? You two could just come on Jormungandr and leave it here.
>>20426711"What's limiting its range? If it's just magic reserves, you could always plant some Galadriel's Light on it."
"What's limiting it's range?" You ask. "If it's just magic reserves, you could always plant some Galadriel's Light on it.""We considered that, but the soil and grass would slow it down too much. It's built for speed." Kiyara said."Do you need the ship? You two could just come on Jormungandr and leave it here.""Probably, but I don't want to leave it. Other than the range limit, it's much faster than Jormungandr. . " Kiyara trailed off."Or anything else any elves have ever made." Ell added."Is there any way you could recharge it if we stopped for awhile in Sosaria?""Oh, if we can use Jormungandr as a prism, then yeah, we could recharge it." Kiyara said. "Quite easily, actually."
>>20426711>The year it is.>Not having a airship that can power itself.Kiyara is dropping the ball here. Anyway, strapping it below would mean we'd have to move it every time we landed. Have it nest on top.
>>20426840Well if energy is limited you probably don't want to follow us as we snake around picking up people from all over the place. Meet you in Sosaria?
>>20426840"Is there anything we need to do so that you can use Jormaungandr as a prism? I'm inclined to use that approach."Also, mental note to make a "climbing vine" variant of Galadriel's Light that needs minimal soil. Somehow.
"Is there anything we need to do so that you can use Jormungandr as a prism? I'm inclined to use that approach.""All we'd need to do, really, is put a spellcrystal near the power crystal." Ell said. "It'll recharge us as long as you're not going maximum speed- your Galadriel's Light is more than enough for both of our ships at once."He looked around, and chuckled. "Marigold really did a number on those flowers.""I *like* flowers." Marigold said, going red and putting a hand on her hip.
>>20426922"That's not a complaint, Mari.""Let's install that spellcrystal, then, and then I think we can get underway."
>>20426922Marigold's good at flowers, it looks pretty.
"Mari's good at flowers. It looks pretty.""It does." Ell says. "Even gives mechanical benefits, too. Best of both worlds."Marigold grinned, pleased with herself."Let's install that spellcrystal, then, and then I think we can get underway." You say. Ell nods to Kiyara, and the two of them get to work. Which, by 'get to work', they simply grabbed a crystal from Sparrow, and placed it down near one of Jormungandr's orichalum cables, and embedded the crystal into the wood. The entire ship groaned, and then the crystal started glimmering."Job's done." Kiyara said, stretching her long, orichalum gauntlet. "But for now I'll just set Sparrow to follow us- we can stay onboard until we need it."You nod, and examine Jormungandr's map, marking out where you plan to go- First, to Carved Fortress to pick up Kaliel, and then southwest to Cerulean to pick up Leon and Cerulean's knights, and finally south to Ursae to pick up Fellwind and Jeanne.> Ready?> No no wait do X first
>>20427032How about an official departure ceremony?
>>20427032Upgrade Marigold's ring like we did the Kobolds'.And say goodbye to the people who are staying of course.
>>20427032"You know, while we're in the Orcish lands, we should really see how the Venerable King & Queen are doing. It might also be prudent to inform them of the remaining ogres of the West."
>>20427032Say a round of goodbyes and then shove off.>>20427075How about not? These Ogres seem peaceful thus far, and the Venerable Queen is prone to fits of rage and irrationality. Besides, we're not IN the Orcish lands.
>>20427101We're going to be, soon enough. Besides, we're masterful in the arts of diplomancy and the Venerable Queen has probably mellowed out in these two years. Probably.
Greetings loved onesLet's take a journey
First, you turn to the people who are staying, and give them each a hug in turn. Nahzit seems mildly embarrassed, Redglare chuckles and ruffles your hair, and Gehenna just plain nods. Kell hugs you back tightly, and you feel your armor creak from the force, and Marigold kisses you on the cheek. "Remember to call me on the rings every three days." She says."That reminds me." You say, and take her ring for a moment. It takes some effort, but you modify it identically to how you modified Feegul's ring."You did something to it." She says, looking at it."It'll let me cast through it." You say."So if I ever need help, I just ask you and you throw fireballs out of the ring or something." She said, and you nod."Now. Let's go, shall we?" You ask, and your companions and soldiers climb aboard Jormungandr.Nahzit waves down to something below. . And the lizardmen arranged below the tower start blowing something low and long on their trumpets- A farewell ceremony...For a moment, it reminds you of Arcturus. And then you grin, and tap the control crystal, sending your airship north, Sparrow following behind.
rolled 47 = 47Cast spell on airship so it can cross any distance in one hour
>>20427182ONWARDS!FOR THE GLORY OF NEW ARCTURUS!TO GO BOLDLY WHERE NO ARCTURIAN HAS GONE BEFORE!
rolled 73 = 73Fuck this shit teleport us to place where we are going
>>20427210>GO BOLDLY WHERE NO ARCTURIAN HAS GONE BEFORE!But that's impossible, the Void Queen's been everywhere already.
>>20427182Whelp, we've nothing we need to do until we get to Carved Fortress...tea, anyone? I believe everyone is filled in on the current plan of action, such as it is?
I hope we didn't forget to bring the tea.
>>20427232extra universals don't count
"Onwards!" You cry, and Jormungandr goes onwards. The morning sun quickly becomes a noon sun during your tea break, and you descend toward Carved Fotress, parking near the tower where Kaliel, along with the other kalak, reside.You sit there for a moment, and then a mousy, short, girl peeked out of the window, her eyes violently red. Around her neck was a shard of glass on a silver chain, and she was wearing a tunic and a cloak of some kind."I'm, uh, ready." Kaliel said, somewhat awkwardly.
>>20427278"Well, come on aboard, then! Why so nervous?"
rolled 94 = 94So how we are looking anyway?What are we wearing?Why i am rolling for summoning silly hat for us?
>>20427268Other dimension Arcturus is still Arcturus.>>20427278Kaliel, you look cute! Come on, let's go.>>20427301>Why I am rolling for summoning silly hat for us?Because all the best magical girls have silly hats. Shouldn't we have a crown already though?
>>20427332We've got the crown/circlet/helm that goes with our armor at a minimum.
>You're wearing specially enchanted orichalum armor, of the same quality of what you enchanted last time, and you have a crown- but right now you're wearing an enchanted, armored coronet, instead."Kaliel, you look cute! Come on, let's go. Why so nervous?""Because, erm, I can't really walk in this form yet." She said, her skin going bright red. You notice she's clinging to the stone tower's windowsill. "I need to wait for my pet."A tall, long raptor clicked it's talons against the floor of the tower, and then approached, bags and belongings strapped to it. Carefully, very carefully, Kaliel twists her grip to hang onto the raptor instead, the two of them slowly making their way aboard."Okay, I'm ready." She said. "Let's go before Sardriel knows you're here."
>>20427374"Yes, let's. Why did you change into human form anyways?"
>>20427374Lets have tea with Sadriel he is probally cool guy.
>>20427374"Let's. Don't feel bashful about having an awkward time in a new skin; I had trouble getting my footing when I changed into a Kalak, too."
>>20427374"Ah. I understand that perfectly, then. When I shifted into Kalak form, the first thing I did was land on my face. I do wonder, though, why decided to shift into human form. You don't need to if you'd rather not."
"Let's. Don't feel bashful about having an awkward time in a new skin." You say. "When I shifted into Kalak form, the first thing I did was land on my face. I do wonder, though, why you decided to shift into human form.""I-I was curious." She said. "About how I looked, and how it felt to have five fingers.""You're *adorable*!" Raziel said, hugging Kaliel and spinning her around.
I'm just going to set out a goal right now.Before this journey is over, we need to hug a baby ogre.
>>20427514"Ah, always the researcher." We need to ruffle her hair.
rolled 79 = 79>>20427514Pity humans aren't fluffy...>rolling to make all human children fluffy, in all the multiverses.
>>20427546And a baby wyrm!
>>20427546Did we ever hug a baby elf?
>>20427514Go over and ruffle her hair.
>>20427556*slapping our 'fluffy' obsession's hands away from the Magic controls*>>20427514"She's right, Kaliel, you are."Give Kal a big ol' hug ourselves.
"She's right, Kaliel, you are." You say, as Raziel sets her down again. Kaliel wobbles this way and that, but finally finds her balance. So you ruffle her hair. She jumps, and turns back to you."What was that? What did you do to me?" She asked, touching her head in a panic.Ezekiel sniggers, while the non-kalak don't particularly seem to know what to do- but Zeke and Raziel both seem to find it funny,
rolled 76 = 76Hey guys i have idea lets summon goddamn essence of our magic into book bind our soul to it and then enchant it to make us way stronger.What could go wrong?
>>20427621Point at our own head."Hair. It can be ruffled."
>>20427621"I ruffled your hair. Maybe you should talk to Zeke and Raziel for tips on how to get along as a human, there are more surprises lying in wait for you.">>20427636Contrary to popular opinion, that's not what Sauron did.
>>20427621Laugh a bit"Don't worry, Kaliel, I just messed with your hair a bit."
>>20427644Worst thing that can happen to us is that void quen will get book before we bind our soul to it.Not that she cant create one herself.
>>20427665"Hey guys let's put all of our magic into an object! It's not like artifacts are breakable or something!"
rolled 30 = 30>>20427690But we cant enchant our magic if its not artifact....Fuck this cast spell to make us better at magic
"Don't worry, Kaliel, I just messwed with your hair a bit." You say, and laugh a bit. She frowns, and, somehow, blushes even more. "Maybe you should talk to Zeke and Raziel for tips on how to get along as a human. There may be more surprises lying in wait for you."She gulped, and nodded, and turned to Raziel."Let's start with walking." Raziel said. "Feet aren't like talons at all- the toes don't really matter- don't think about them at all. You do need to figure out where the heel and palm, go..." She said, and started explaining the basics. You set Jormungandr to go southwest to Cerulean, and then immediately get distracted when the humongous, bipedal clawed lizard Kaliel had brought aboard suddenly licks your cheek.
>>20427750"um, Kaliel... What is it doing?"
>>20427750"You know, your... Raptor, was it? He seems friendlier than the last time. Did you manage to give him a proper mind?"
How lovelly we should hug it
>>20427750"I...see you decided to give your lizard a mind of some kind, Kaliel. Does it have a name?"
>>20427750D'aww pet the lizardthingy
>>20427799It's a raptor. Like, straight out of Jurassic Park.It's mostly corded muscle, teeth, and claws. It's not cute in the slightest.
>>20427750Awww, seems like Kaliel managed to get these things beyond being simple automatons. Neat.
"Um, Kaliel... what is it doing?" You ask, and the raptor licks your cheek again.Kaliel turns back. "Sorry, sorry!" She says."You know, your. . raptor, was it? He seems friendlier than last time. Did you manage to give him a proper mind?""Yeah... I based his mind off of a wolf pup." She said. You pet the back of his head, and the raptor's leg starts twitching."Does it have a name?""Fenrir, destroyer of worlds." She said, as the raptor's tongue lolls out of it's mouth. "But I call him Fen."
>>20427822>implying this isnt the girl who finds a shimmering magic serpent cute as wellgtfo. its CUTE.
>>20427836"The only words I have to describe that are 'terrifyingly adorable.'"
>>20427836"Good thing you didn't make Fenrir fluffy. Otherwise Grayson would be so jealous."Btw. what's the bear doing atm?
>>20427836"He's adorable. Like a big, scaly puppydog. I just hope he doesn't start teething on the Jormungandr."
>>20427836Giggle, "Name fits."
"The only words I have to describe that are 'terrifyingly adorable.'" You say, as the raptor pushes it's head into your hand."That was kind of the point." She said. Raziel takes her hands, and Kali starts unsteadily taking a few steps- the short girl, now that you look at her more closely, seems almost your age, despite being a head shorter than you."He's like a big, scaly puppydog. I just hope he doesn't start teething on the Jormungandr.""The puppydog is just his. . default state." She said, licking her lips experimentally. "He gets mean when I need him to. And how do you not bite your tongue when you talk? Your teeth are like *right there*."
>>20427946"hmm... Instinct and practice I think. Humans do bite their tongues sometimes."
Oh thats simple we train our tongues everyday by moving them whole days so we can hide them behind our tooths.
>>20427946"We spend years as children learning to avoid it. And still fail sometimes."
>>20427946"Pracitce. Lots, and lots of practice. I can assure you, going from teeth to beak is not the slightest bit less weird."
>>20427946We spend first three years of our lives, after the teeth have blossomed from the seeds of our ancestors, learning the majestic waltz of Teeth and Tongue.
>>20427946"We get two sets of teeth. One to ruin, and train with for a few years, and another one we keep until we die. I've got to admit they're rather strange, when I to think about it."
"Hmm... instinct and practice, I think. Humans do bite their tongues sometimes. And I can assure you, going from teeth to beak is not the slightest bit less weird.""Beaks are better." She said. "The tongue can't even reach out of the beak. That's how I'd design it. But then again, you guys don't have the voicepipes in the back of your throats, so maybe you need the teeth."You stop petting Fenrir for a moment, and it whines, so you relent and continue scritching him.
>>20428055Ah, but tongue can be used for so many different things. Like licking lollipops, and, well, licking things in general.Wink would be too much, maybe one quick eyebrow waggle?
>>20428055"Hmm, I wonder if you're subject to the human mind loopholes? You are now manually breathing!"
>>20428055"You can't chew with beaks though. And a longer tongue has its own uses too."
>>20428055"Oh, I'm sure both teeth, and beaks, have their respective advantages."Grin in Raziel's direction. Nope, no double entendre here. Just an innocent princess making smalltalk.
rolled 31 = 31Rolling to lick own eyeball.
>>20428055"The teeth and tongue interacting are important for talking, yes. Especially when you say 'teeth' for some reason."
>>20428080I'm pretty sure that's a general loopholesame as "don't think of pink elephants"
"Have you tried eating yet? I imagine putting food in your cheeks is gonna be weird to get used to. When I was real little I used to pretend I was a squirrel like that, but that was bad manners so I had to stop."
>>20428114I can't wait for this.
>>20428055"But you can't do this with a beak"Stick tongue out at her.
"You can't chew with beaks, though. And a longer tongue has it's own uses too.""Really?" She asked, and stuck her own tongue out. "Lith wthuth?""Like. . licking lollipops, and, well, licking things in general."Raziel raised an eyebrow, and you splutter, going red."H-h-have you tried eating yet?" You ask, quickly changing the subject. "I imagine putting food in your cheeks is going to be weird to get used to. When I was real little, I used to pretend I was a squirrel like that, but that was bad manners so I had to stop."". . Squirrel?" Kristoph asked. "What's a squirrel?"
>>20428141"A small, fluffy animal. Kinda like a mouse, with a big bushy tail. It lives on trees and is really adorable."
rolled 49 = 49>>20428141small tree dwelling rodent from where I come from.they would find something good, put it in a cheek pouch to carry it away and eat later...
>>20428141"It's like a fluffy-tailed tree-rat with a bad hoarding streak. Doesn't this world have them?"
rolled 73 = 73>>20428141Transform into a squirrel.At last we don't have to pretend any more!
>>20428141A tree dwelling rodent with a big fluffy tail.
rolled 10 = 10>>20428141small tree dwelling rodent from where I come from.they would find something good, put it in a cheek pouch to carry it away and eat later...
>>20428141Wait, you guys don't have squirrels? Imagine a mouse, usually friendly, and a long really fluffy tail. It gathers nuts and stuff from trees, eats them and stores them for winter. They also stuff lots of food in their cheeks.
>>20428202The raptor will eat us if we suddenly transform into a squirrel.
>>20428211Fourth most intelligent species in Arcturus. After humans, dolphins and white mice.
>>20428231Not if Kaliel tells it not to.And we can just climb away from it.
"Wait, you guys don't have squirrels?"Kristoph shrugged. "I've never heard the word before, lady." He says."They're small, fluffy animals." You say. "Kinda like a mouse, but with a big bushy tail. It loves on trees and is really adorable. They gather nuts and stuff from trees, and store them for winter. They'd also stuff food in their cheeks to carry away.""I wanna see one." Raziel said. You nod, bring forth your magic. . And become a squirrel. Your bushy tail shoots out from your spine, and your arms turn into claws. The world gets enormous, and much larger, and the raptor is staring down at you, enormous eyes staring endlessly at you.And then it licks the top of your head, and wanders off.Raziel picked you up, examining you closely."They *are* cute." She said. "Kaliel, look at this." She said, handing you to Kaliel. You aren't sure how you feel about being carried around like this.
>>20428311Walk up Kalliel's arm, do a few circles around her neck using her shoulders as support then lick her nose before jumping off and returning to human.
>>20428311And that's why the rodent instincts take over and we run away and burrow under her clothes?
>>20428311Chitter at her, then run up and down her clothes.
Immediately taking to your new form like a fish to water, you scrabble up her arm, and leap from one of her shoulders to the other a few times. You chitter at her. She doesn't seem to know how to react, so you lick her nose.She blinks.You leap, backward off of her, and land, back in human form again. She stuttered a bit, and then sighed and took a step toward you-And fell forward, losing her balance and falling into you.
>>20428468Hold her up."Heh. Squirrel is a pretty fun form actually."
>>20428468"Ridiculous amount of nervous energy packed into a tiny, tiny form. It was like I wanted to do absolutely everything I could think of as soon as I could think of doing it."
>>20428468Catch her, give her a hug, ruffle her hair some more.I won't always be here to catch you Kaliel.How does everyone feel about a nice cup of tea?
You catch her, holding her up, and while she's there, give her a hug."Squirrel is a pretty fun form, actually." You say, still rather.. twitchy and hyper from your temporary resleeving. The aftereffect slowly fades. "A ridiculous amount of energy packed into a tiny, tiny form. It was like I wanted to do absolutely everything I could think of, as soon as I could think of doing it.""Uh. . can you help me back up?" Kaliel asked, trying (and failing, for the most part) to get her feet underneath her. You do so, and she returns your hug for a moment, before slowly continuing to learn to walk."I won't always be here to catch you, Kaliel.""I know." She said, staring at her feet and wiggling her toes. "You sure you don't use your toes to walk? I mean, that's how talons work. .""I'm sure." Raziel said."How does everyone feel about a nice cup of tea?" You ask.Grayson harrumphs an affirmative.---"I'd forgotten how much you liked tea." Kiyara said, sipping at her own."I hadn't." Ell said. "But I always kind of got the impression that it was Marigold's obsession, not yours."
>>20428584That was entirely the wrong impression.
>>20428584"We both enjoy tea."
>>20428584We both adore tea, I was throwing tea parties for my retinue for a long time before I found Marigold. Though it is possible that she loves it more.When you get the two of us together it's a wonder we get any work done for all the tea we drink.And there are varieties of tea, such as swamp brew, which I quite like but don't suit Marigold's palate.
>>20428584Who doesn't like tea?
"That was entirely the wrong impression." You say. "We both enjoy tea.""I see." He said, and looked over to the empty shell of armor he was no longer wearing. "I do wish that golem armor had more power. As it is, it only works for a few hours a day."Behind the spot where you, Kristoph, Raziel, Ell, and Kiyara were sipping tea, Ezekiel was helping Kaliel walk- she'd gotten it down all but unassisted. Raziel notices your glance."She's learning faster than I did. Almost as quickly as Uriel did, even. That takes talent."
>>20428584Well then, we need to do this more often.Twice a week minimum, then.
>>20428698She did say she was good at adapting. Could it be because she understands bodies so well?
>>20428698"Yes. Except she's not a scheming sociopath, trying to cause political strife throughout the Provinces. Do you even know what Uriel was up to, all those years ago? I never got to find out. I still feel rather bad about... Causing his words to catch in his throat, and all."
>>20428698She's a smart kid. I really don't understand how hard it is because I cheat. Ell, we have plenty of excess magical power on the ship. If you need extra you can siphon some from the Jormungandr or I can charge it up if needed in a fight.
"Yes. Except she's not a scheming sociopath, trying to cause political strife throughout the Provinces. Do you even know what Uriel was up to, all those years ago? I never got to find out. I still feel rather bad about... Causing his words to catch in his throat, and all.""Power grab." Raziel said. "Same sort of thing Vithriel did, except with more puppets and lying. He was going through the whole 'puppet king' path. And again, don't feel bad. He knew the risks when he decided to try to uproot Sirius Province, and he definitely knew the risks when he drank that potion."
>>20428812Well if you say so. He was a bit of a jerk, and I didn't know about the geas that stopped him from talking.I've never really understood the idea of trying a power grab that way, things are so much more stable when you actually build a power base.
>>20428812"Still. I've killed several members of your family, directly or indirectly. It doesn't feel right, and I worry, sometimes. I really need to apologize to him one of these days. Do you have anything you could make into a totem for Uriel?"
"Well if you say so." You say. "He was a bit of a jerk, and I didn't know about the geas that stopped him from talking.""That's not your fault either. Although the geas is gone, now that Azariel's dead, so it shouldn't be an isuse anymore." She said."I've never really understood the idea of trying a power grab that way, things are so much more stable when you actually build a power base.""Precisely." Ezekiel said, sitting down. "That was Uriel's problem. He understood how to shapeshift, but he didn't understand anything else, or how people worked. He was almost a savant or something.""Still." You say. "I've killed several members of your family, directly or indirectly. It doesn't feel right, and I worry, sometimes. I really need to apologize to him one of these days. Do you have anything you could make into a totem for Uriel?""Sadly, no." Raziel said. "Remember when Eidolon made him attack us? He burned away into ash. And not normal, spiritually attached ash, but into literally dead ash. I can't make a totem out of that. But if I have an entire day to focus, I can probably bring him back for a bit, totemless, so you can speak with him."
>>20428944I'd really appreciate it. I don't particularly like killing people and apologizing makes me feel a bit better.
rolled 4 = 4>>20428944Fuck this shitSummon uriel soulSummon rock or somethingBind Uriel soul to itThen we will talk with him
>>20428983Haha, no. Not after we just had someone to offer to do it without binding for us, and because binding him to the rock would mean he'd STAY in the rock.Also that roll is awful and it wouldn't succeed anyway.
>>20428983>4Yeah, just leave it to the necromancer.
"I'd really appreciate it. I don't particularly like killing people, and apologizing makes me feel better." You say. "Okay, I'll do that, then, while we sail to Sosaria." Raziel said. "And I'll get everything ready. It'd be easier if I had Gehenna's help, but I've been doing this kind of stuff on my own for ten years or so."Soon enough, Kaliel was walking on her own, pacing from balcony to balcony, still barefoot. "We've stopped." She said, suddenly, peering down at Cerulean City below. "What are we doing here?"
>>20429086"Picking up another friend-"
>>20429086Picking up more people. Lady Cerulean was kind enough to lend me some of her knights, including one named Leon who caught my eye a few years back. If you wish to come down to the city with us you must remember your manners, I'll show you how to curtsy properly.
rolled 17 = 17>>20429086<lady cerulean have you a place for us to land? or shall we moore up to one of your towers?>
>>20429086Getting some knights.Knights are cool.
"Picking up more people. Lady Cerulean was kind enough to lend me some of her knights, including one named Leon who caught my eye a few years back."Kristoph grinned. "Caught your eye, eh?" He asked, sliding up his visor so you could see his raised eyebrow. "Want me to put in a good word with him?"Raziel clanged her staff against his armor, and Kristoph shut up."If you wish to come down to the city with us, you must remember your manners. I'll show you how to curtsy properly."". . That's fine. I'll stay here.. until I get a hang on things." She said, twiddling her fingers. "Most frustrating part is not being able to cast."You nod, and then look over the city for a place to set down- and you find one. A tall tower, with what looks like ship ports sticking off of the sides. .It's an airship tower. Newly made. Sirius did mention that they were planning on building them, after all.You dock at it, and the snoozing guard there suddenly snaps awake, mumbling something and saluting."Welcome, your highness!" The guard says, acting as if he hadn't been snoring more loudly than even Grayson does. "To Cerulean city! The High Lady bid me to escort you and whichever companions you wish."
rolled 33 = 33>>20429231"very good...what is your name?""take us to the knights she has waiting for us"
>>20429231"Thank you very much Guardsman" with a pause at the end to indicate that we'd like his name.Leave Ezekiel to keep on helping Kaliel with her walking. Take everyone else who wants to go, especially Grayson and Kristoph.
>>20429320Yes, Kristoph definitely needs to come.
"Thank you very much. . Guardsman." You say."Raul, your majesty." He said, saluting again.You take everyone, save for Ezekiel and Kaliel, and the guardsman leads everyone down the tower, and through the streets. Things seem ... almost the same, as you were last here."Can I see the monument, lady?" Kristoph asked. "I want to see what the new high lady's done to it."
>>20429425Of course Kristoph, it isn't really out of the way.
rolled 40 = 40Yes you can but please dont scream or make scenes if there is now brothel or toilet instead of statue
>>20429231make sure to leave the archers and a couple footsoilders. Bring the meta Guardsmen because you didn't realize he was following you anyway
rolled 82 = 82>>20429425by all means go ahead...if it's any good, take me to see it...
>>20429425Sure, let's go.
>>20429425"Sure! In fact, why don't we make that our first stop?"
"Of course, Kristoph, it isn't really out of the way. Why don't we make that our first stop?""But- erm- The High lady-" Raul started stuttering, when Kristoph took off, and the group of your friends started to follow him.The monument was.. much different than last time you saw it. It was clean, and candles were arranged around the base, and hundreds of names sat there, names of knights from the lizardman war- knights who died, and fought for humanity. The structure was larger, and much more brightly lit, with marble bricks and stone surrounding it.In awe, Kristoph looked around, and stepped into the building, staring up at the monument, in awe.You start to walk in as well, but then a wave of anti-magic bursts from him, sealing your magic inside of yourself.Raziel takes a step back, and looks down at her hands."What." she says, and whispers a spell. Nothing happens.
>>20429547Try to manifest something simple, like a small flame. Fail."Hmm. This could be a problem. You're doing it again, Kristof."
rolled 14 = 14Fuck these anti-magic jokesBreak away from this thing but dont destroy shield itself
>>20429547"Yup, definitely tied to emotion."
rolled 8 = 8>>20429547"kristoph, you're doing it again"whack him upside the head and when he asks what "your anti-magic is playing hob with my regular magic"
rolled 51 = 51>>20429547Roll a 100 and cast something anyway like a showoff.
>>20429547It's beautiful Kristoph. They deserve this. Just so you know you're projecting, you've made a bit of a magical deadzone.
rolled 24 = 24Make anti anti magic field
You try to cast a few spells- to break his projection, to create an anti-anti magic field, just even to cast a wisp of flame.The spell swells inside of your body. . but never casts. It's like the anti-magic field stops at your skin, and doesn't go any further. You have the feeling you could still shapeshift or heal something, if you needed to."It's beautiful, Kristoph." You say, walking into the room. "They deserve this.""They do." He said, his voice thick."Just so you know, you're projecting. You've made a bit of a magical deadzone.""Am I?" He asked, and closed his eyes. "Sorry."There's a strange *twist* in the air, and the anti-magic field is gone. Your magic can breathe again."Am I still doing it?" He asked, and you shake your head. "Okay, good to know."He turned around, and stepped away from the monument. He didn't meet anyone's eyes."What." Raziel said again, and looked down at her hands. She whispered a spell, and a spark of light appeared in her hand. "What *was* that?" She asked.
rolled 39 = 39>>20429664kristoph has of late learned a new trick.
>>20429664Nothing big really just ignore itAnd summon this hat
>>20429664Kristoph. It seems his talent is getting stronger.
>>20429664Magic! Well it's anti-magic in Kristoph's case. He seems to be able to extend it outwards from himself now. Kristoph have you been able to do this before or was this the first time?
>>20429664"Kristoph has a new trick up his sleeve. Sadly, he hasn't yet figured out how tell when it's active."
"Kristoph." You say. "It seems his talent is getting stronger.""I. . I see." She said, staring after him.You catch up to him, as does Zeke, Grayson, and Raziel. Raul leads him on impatiently."Kristoph, have you been able to do this before, or was this the first time?""It's the first time I've been able to . ." He shrugged. "Feel it. Feel isn't the right word. It's something ... tangible, now."
>>20429714We shouldn't have brushed over the monument. It clearly meant a lot to him."Are you alright? You look worried about something."
>>20429714That's excellent. You should definitely experiment with it, try to get firm control over it, it could be very useful.This may not be much help but I just think about what I want done and throw magic at it, maybe you could think about what and where you want to not magic and point it in the right direction. You've done well my Knight. I don't think that this awakening at the wall was a coincidence.
>>20429742>We shouldn't have brushed over the monument. It clearly meant a lot to him.Should we light a candle before we leave? Or lay down some flowers?
rolled 41 = 41>>20429759Summon a small, eternal magical flame.
"Are you alright? You look worried about something."". . No, I'm not worried about anything." He said, sighing and shaking his head. "That was just. . a very personal moment for me. I'm sorry if I seemed upset, lady.""You've done well." You say. "I don't think that this awakening at the monument was a coincidence.""It... It wasn't." He said.
rolled 69 = 69>>20429769That's actually a neat idea. I hope I can improve your roll. Even better if the flame is in the colour of Ishelda's hair.
>>20429779"We'll have to play around with it and see what you can do later then. But we should pick up Leon first."Then whisper to him. "A good word is always appreciated."
>>20429779Give Kristoph a hug. If you want to talk about it I'm listening, but I'm not going to pry if you'd rather it be private.
>>20429818>Then whisper to him. "A good word is always appreciated."Nope.
On a whim, you turn back to the monument.Raziel is about to ask you what you're doing, and then goes silent.You reach out, toward one of the unlit candles, and . . focus, power rushing through your body.The candle bursts into white flame, steady and strong.And then you turn back to Kristoph and continue following. If he noticed what you did, he didn't say anything."We'll have to play around with it and see what you can do later then. But we should pick up Leon first."He grinned. "Yeah, I want to see how his swordsmanship has improved."You make your way to Cerulean Hall, where a group of five helmeted knights salute. Lady Cerulean is standing there, in a thick petticoat that you're certain is armored."Welcome, your majesty." She said, giving you a smile. "I'm glad you came- would you like some tea?"
>>20429845But he might be cute!
rolled 27 = 27>>20429845oh it might be acceptable now...ishelda is 16.but if we include this add a hint of stutter I think to be believable.
>>20429851"Of course." Jokingly "It's nice to find someone else with proper manners."
>>20429868Ok, so if he's cute, then we can ask for a ood word, yes?>>20429851Most certainly! How goes ruling? It's a bit of a bore, isn't it?
>>20429851Do you even need to ask Lady Cerulean? I would adore to join you for tea? Do you perchance have any biscuits to accompany our tea?
>>20429851"I seem to have started a fashion trend. But yes, tea would be lovely."
>>20429851"Yes, thank you."What was even the point of pausing there Exabyte do you think we're going to refuse?>>20429856He probably is but it's not really appropriate to bother Kristoph with right now and I'm sure we can manage on our own.
rolled 10 = 10>>20429851ah but of course.are these the knights?(if they are) Raul would you kindly take them to the ship? tell Ezekiel to help them get settled.
>>20429893>Not letting the knights have tea with usYou monster. Everyone deserves tea.
>>20429896Who, Leon? No, it was Kristof who was an ass to Raziel.
>>20429915Everyone Must have tea. Refusing it would be an insult.
rolled 74 = 74>>20429915even ask grayson if he'd like some.change him human if he says yes.we should probably give the knights a good Idea of what kind of weird they might have to deal with...
>>20429950Grayson doesn't need to be human to have tea with us.We could ask if he'd like to be human for tea, but only asking if he wants tea is not sufficient for transformation.
"I seem to have started a fashion trend." You say. "But yes, tea would be lovely.""You have." She chuckled. "After that ball, the nobles started getting dresses made in the same design as you had. Everyone, sit down, sit down. You too." She said, pointing to the knights. The look to one another, and then one of them shrugs, and they all remove their helmets and sit."Leon should be here soon." She said, sipping at her tea. "He's collecting his belongings."You sit down, and have a strange sort of tea- nothing you recognize, at least, making small talk with the High Lady."How goes ruling? It's a bit of a bore, isn't it?""Oh, it's not a bore at all." She said. "All I simply have to do is do what I've always done, and ignore the nobles as they rant at me. Squabbling idiots, all of them."One of the knights clear their throats."Sorry, Sir Daveth; I mean *most* of them." She said, and laughed. "These five young men have agreed to escort you- they'll be put under Leon's command. . once he arrives. Of course, you won't owe Cerulean Province anything- it's just a kindly gesture from nation to nation."
>>20429980"I do appreciate that, by the way."
rolled 7 = 7>>20429980"wonderful"look around the table"show of hands any good archers? how about sailors? we'll be in a flying ship and if we encounter trouble a sword will be of little use on the rocking decks"
>>20429980Make sure that the knights are drinking tea and their pinkies are out.Thank you very much, should you ever need anything from me an my kingdom please do not be afraid to ask.As for ruling I find that creating your own kingdom has numerous advantages. You get to choose your nobles so they're much less likely to rant and bicker.
>>20429980>nobles"I am so glad I don't have any of these. At least yet."
>>20429980"Ah, I see. So are there any completely free and unowed things you might happen to want? I could probably spare a few hours or some magic before I have to leave. You don't want a diplomat or two sent over to the other continent?"I keep forgetting, is the little island nation in the same direction as we are going?
>>20430056Yes. They're the ones that alerted us to the problem in the first place.
>>20430031But we do. The first post after the time skip said we handed titles out like candy.
>>20430083They're friends, first and foremost. So they don't really count as nobles.
"I do appreciate that, by the way.""Oh, you're welcome." She said. "With your luck, you'll end up saving the entire world- and then Cerulean province will be honored for having helped you.""Thank you very much." You say. "Should you ever need anything from me and my kingdom please do not be afraid to ask.""Oh, I won't." She said. "As for ruling, I find that creating your own kingdom has numerous advantages." You say. "You get to choose your nobles, so they're much less likely to rant and bicker.""I got to be Vizier." Raziel said, with a grin."Viziers are always evil, though." The nameless guard from before said. Nobody paid him any attention.After some more small talk (and making sure the knights were drinking their tea properly, which they were), Leon finally arrived, wearing armless scalemail- hundreds of differently colored runes and glyphs lay on his arms, glimmering as he moved. He'd. . grown up, since last you spoke with him. He was taller, and had a strange sense of grace that wasn't there before. He bowed, deeply."Good day." He said. "I'm sorry for taking so long."
>>20430112Next time dont make armour on spot
rolled 97 = 97>>20430112(begin sarcasm) Leon! you are inexcusably late for Tea! (end sarcasm) how have you been?
rolled 28 = 28>>20430112Inspect his magic!
rolled 18 = 18>>20430148That's not how you do that.
>>20430112It was no trouble. It gave me time to enjoy tea with the Lady Cerulean, an activity I always enjoy. It's lovely to see you again Leon, have you fared well since last we spoke?
>>20430143This. Oh, so much this.
rolled 24 = 24>>20430148>>20430158Hahaha, you suck. Let me show you how it's done.
rolled 32 = 32>>20430158>>20430148You two suckInb4 1
>>20430110Nobles are nobles. Loads of titles got handed out to royal friends, but a couple of generations down the line that relationship isn't there any more.>>20430112>"Viziers are always evil, though." The nameless guard from before said.Use the distraction of Leon arriving to stab Raziel through the heart with Rikar. Meta-soldier has a 100% track record of being right.
>>20430180Well, Raziel *was* supposed to be an antagonist at one point. Then we made girl talk.
>>20430207Girl talk solves the Vizier problem, it seems.
>>20430207So...by this logic, she *was* evil. Thus fulfilling the requirement for the Vizier position, sans actual backstabbing attempts.
"Leon," You say, your tone thick with sarcasm. "You are inexcusably late for tea."He chuckled, catching onto your tone."It's lovely to see you again Leon, have you fared well since last we spoke?""I've fared rather well, actually." He said. "Spent some time with the Adventurer's guild, got knighted, and learned more about my magic. And yourself, lady? Erm, Highness? Majesty?"He sighed, and covered his face.
>>20430220She wasn't evil, she was just annoyed with Zeke. You can't girl talk someone from evil to good.
>>20430251Just wait until we meet the void queen.
>>20430249"Ishelda will do. I've been well. We should spar later, I'd like to see how good you are."Just remember that we don't have Marigold. So we're going to have to do the healing outselves
>>20430249"Majesty is the correct term, but don't be too concerned with it. I've been quite busy queening."
>>20430256Sex isn't talking.>>20430262We have Kaliel if she's got used to her fingers enough to cast.
>>20430249I believe Majesty is the correct term, but I don't particularly stand on ceremony. Please take a seat, the tea is lovely. You can tell me about the runes on your arms and afterwards demonstrate what you have learned since last I saw you.
>>20430270>>20430262Yeah, we should probably wait until we've picked up Rikar/Fellwind.
>>20430249Laugh, "Majesty is the right one, but I don't particularly care what I'm called as long as it isn't intentionally insulting."
>>20430292If he gives us a terrible nickname like 'shelly', I'm blaming you.
>>20430305We can still have him flogged for that, if we want to.
"I believe Majesty is the correct term, but I don't particularly stand on ceremony. Ishelda will do." You say. "I've been well. We should spar later, I'd like to see how good you are.""If you wish, Ishelda." He said."Please, take a seat, the tea is lovely. You can tell me about the runes on your arms, and afterwards demonstrate what you've learned since I last saw you.""Oh, of course." He said, taking a seat. "These runes are the same ones that sit inside of a wizard's spellbook. But while their runes tell them what hand motions to make, and what words of power to whisper, I simply need to. . bring forth my talent. Each few runes is a different spell, and I can cast them at will- although it tires me, eventually."
>>20430305As a Queen, it's our prerogative to reneg that sort of thing. And then have him violently beaten for it.
rolled 24 = 24>>20430323are they tattoos or only semi-permanent paint?
>>20430323That's rather interesting Leon. Would you mind if I took a closer look both magically and physically?
>>20430323Poke one of the runes, see if you can emulate it.
>>20430360What are you implying...
>>20430323Interesting, we'll definitely have to poke him with sharp object later on - to research these runes, of course.
>>20430377I'm implying that I'm interested in the magical runes on his arms. Any innuendo or double meanings you see are simply the product of your perverted mind.We should also see him demonstrate his magical blade.
rolled 76 = 76>>20430323lets poke one of the clusters...WITH MAGIC
>>20430410Ah, I see, my mistake. As a queen, i'm sure we have a special chamber that we can lead him to where he can demonstrate his magical powress.
>>20430414>>20430369Make sure to ask permission first. We're not Dave, we ask permission before doing things like that.>>20430421Of course, it's the same place we take Redglare, Kristoph and Raziel to show off their martial and magical prowess.
>>20430360Reach out and gently touch his great big magic power
"That's rather interesting, Leon. Are they tattooes or only paint?""They're paint, actually." He says. "I have to re-paint them every morning. Except for the one on my palm- that one is a tattoo.""Would you mind if I took a closer look?""Go ahead, Ishelda." He said, very particular to say your name.You put your hand on his bare arm, and reach out with your magic, trying to sense what you can sense, but torrents of random, strange symbols burst in your mind- symbols you understand nothing of. Energy drains out of you, and you quickly take your hand off of his arm, as if they were burning. Your soulfire serpent uncoils from your arm, unbidden, and pokes one of the runes. A burst of magic comes free, and the serpent re-coils around your arm, sated.Leon, however, now has his entire arm aflame. He looks at it, carefully, and then grins as it goes out."Did you just. . use my own talent cast one of my spells? I'm rather impressed, Ishelda."
>>20430454"I'm not sure. Controlling magic is my specialty, but I don't really understand wizard runes."
>>20430454I don't know, did I?
>>20430454"I'm not sure. Seems like it."This soulfire is much more useful then I thought. Add it to the list of things to test with Kristoph and his nega-magic field
>>20430454So it would seem. That is quite a talent you have, I'll have to study it more during our travels. I'm good at controlling the raw fabric of magic, but I've always found runes to be so confusing and unnecessary.You said that you had one tattooed on your palm, is that the one that brings forth your sword?
"I'm not sure." You say. "I really don't understand wizard runes.""I see." He said. "I do, but by necessity. My brother taught me about them, when I was a wee kid.""That is quite a talent you have." You say. "I'll have to study it more during our travels. You said that you had one tattooed on your palm. Is that the one that brings forth your sword?""It is, lady." He said, putting his arm out, palm up. With a loud screech, a wispy- insubstantial blade appeared- it almost looked like it was made out of glass, in a way.
>>20430512Examine it with magic."Is it dangerous to touch, or do you have to try and hurt someone for it to work?"
>>20430512"Mine's cooler." Draw Rikar.alternately: Mine's bigger.
>>20430512It's quite an interesting sword you've got Leon. Would you care to demonstrate, I would volunteer myself as sparring partner if you don't mind.
>>20430541He already said he would spar later. You don't have sword fights in the middle of tea, it's rude.
rolled 64 = 64>>20430531lets go for the alternateunless of course his IS bigger...>>20430512"Mine's bigger" and draw Rikarwe can be embarrassed by this later
>>20430563This seems a bit more reasonable. +1
"Mine's cooler." You say, and he chuckles."It is." He said, eying the sword on your hip."It's quite an interesting sword you've got, Leon." You say. "Would you care to demonstrate? I'd volunteer myself as a sparring partner, if you don't mind.""If you wish." He said.The knights grinned, and turned their chairs around so that they could face the center of the hall. Everyone quickly got their own seats, staying out of your way."What are the terms going to be?" He asked, blade drawn. "Presumably we could both use magic, or it can be a simple clash of blades. . "
>>20430595Let's focus on the blades, this time.
rolled 30 = 30>>20430595no magic till the third strike. then we can get creative.
>>20430595"Simple swordsmanship will do. I'd rather not set the fair High Lady's halls aflame."
>>20430595I do not think Lady Cerulean would appreciate it if I started making golems or throwing fireballs and lightning around. It would ruin the decor.Let it be blades.
>>20430595"Let's try a simple blade duel for now."
>>20430595We havn't really mixed spell and sword, As far as i know, so stick to just blades.Feign left, then duck under his swing and stab at his chest.
>>20430595If you let me use magic I could just wash all that paint off and turn you into a frog. Blades will be much more interesting.
"Simple swordsmanship will do." You say. "I'd rather not set the fair high lady's halls aflame."'. . I would pay to see that." One of the knights said."Luceth. . ." Another knight said, sighing.Leon nodded, and then bowed. "Any time you are prepared, Ishelda."You leap forward, bringing your sword to the left, and then feign a slash. He brings his blade up to parry it. And then you hear a shattering noise. Mid-swing, he un-conjured his blade, and re-conjured it in his palm again, catching your true attack on the edge of his blade. Rikar and the conjured, nameless sword screech against one another as he pushes against your blade.>Roll 1d100.>Taking first roll.
rolled 8 = 8>>20430674lets trip him up then
rolled 91 = 91>>20430674
rolled 39 = 39>>20430674
rolled 39 = 39>>20430678dammit
>>20430678Mother fucker. Now we're going to get shit from him all trip, and have to feed him to the ogres to shut him up.
>>20430698I doubt he's such an ass. And why the fuck are we sparring without a proper healer?
>>20430716Oh, and the namefag screwed this up. Makes it even better.
rolled 62 = 62>>20430716because we can vary the sharpness of our swordrolling for a leon-fail
He swerves away from you, weakening, and you press the attack, surprised that you're stronger than him. You bring Rikar down half a dozen times, weaving your blade through the air- he catches it with his own, parrying each attack, slowing as he gets exhausted. He starts breathing heavy, and his guard falls for just a single moment.You take your chance, and push the weakness in his guar-Things happen quickly. A foot swept under the back of your heel, knocking you back, and his blade's guard caught yours, and tore Rikar out of your hand, and it went flying through the air.With the sound of something shattering, Leon unsummoned his blade, and caught you before you fell completely."I'm sorry, Lady." He said, and pulled you to your feet. He picked up Rikar- it swiftly turned transparent, almost like glass, small arcane sparks dancing from hilt to tip- and handed it back to you, where it returned to the standard violet color.
rolled 40 = 40>>20430720I do love to screw things up as you are well aware.like getting the lizardmen back, and getting Bubbles, and a few other things that I can't remember...
>>20430736"Very impressive. A style very different from what I am used to. I think this has been a valuable lesson. Thank you."
rolled 56 = 56>>20430736what broke?and how long did that take? I seem to have lost track of time...
>>20430736Don't apologize, it would have been insulting if you held back.
>>20430736Laugh."That's an interesting style."
>>20430736What. People shouldn't be able to pick up Rikar like that."Nice footwork. I'm going to have to remember that one."
>>20430766They can if they are the type of people that Rikar accepts. Which he obviously is.
>>20430766>What. People shouldn't be able to pick up Rikar like that.If the wielder is a decent person and bears Ishelda no ill will, the sword seems to be okay with them.
>>20430752>what broke?Nothing broke.
"Very impressive." You say, and laugh. "A style very different from what I am used to. I think this has been a valuble lesson. Thank you.""You're welcome." He said, bowing again. "I learned, some time back, that trickery is powerful when combined with true strength. And magic.. just pushes the balance a bit more.""And what was that that broke?" You ask."My sword. It makes that kind of noise when I make and unmake it." He said.You say your goodbyes to Lady Cerulean, and make your way back to the Jormungandr. While you do so, Leon and Kristoph seem to be talking in a low tone, and the knights seem in good cheer.". . you were outclassed." Raziel said. ". . Very, very outclassed. You can't get better with training, but you need more experience. It looked like he was toying with you at first, but he doesn't seem like that kind of person."
>>20430822"Raziel, you are terrible at cheering me up. Why don't you remind me that every member of my family except Mar is dead, as well?"
>>20430822"Well next time we'll try with magic, and I'm sure the roles will be reversed."Nobody can deal with the silence spell.
>>20430822"I have a semi-mundane blade, Raziel, while his can pop in and out of existence whenever he feels like! Were sorcery allowed I'd have had him! It would've been unsporting. I let him win. I did. I DID! I just... He... That... UGH. That boy is lucky there wasn't a brick handy, or-or-"
>>20430822"Well, magic is my specialty, not swordplay. Plus if we were fighting for real, Rikar would make me much better at fighting."
>>20430822"Eh, I rolled low that time."
>>20430822Well, time to lock ourselves into our room and beat up our pillow, or something.
>>20430852>>20430871These. We should throw a minor wobbly. Just a small one though.
>>20430822I'm not going to rush in and hit people with my sword if I don't have to. That's why I brought them along in the first place.
"I have a semi-mundane blade, Raziel, while his can pop in and out of existence whenever he feels like!" You say. "Were sorcery allowed I'd have had him! It would've been unsporting. I let him win. I just... He... That... UGH. That boy is lucky there wasn't a brick handy, or-or-"She put a hand on your shoulder."I've never seen you like this." She said. "Just. . calm down."". . Magic is my specialty, not swordplay. Plus, if we were fighting for real, Rikar would make me much better at fighting. Next time we'll try with magic, and I'm sure the roles will be reversed.""... Right." She said.Kristoph tapped you on the shoulder. He chuckled, and you tell that he's having a very hard time not breaking out into laughter. "Lady, I have to talk to you." He said, with a grin. "In private."
>>20430935"Not right now."We're definitely not in the mood to talk to that gloating asshat right now.
>>20430935Stand up, calm down, put our Queen face on."Of course Kristoph." Very quietly "If you laugh you will regret it to your dying day."
>>20430935Nope. Time to grab Grayson and cool off for an hour, or so.
rolled 60 = 60>>20430935Conjur up him and us some privacy, I vote for thick steel walls. "What do you want Kristoph, I'm kind of annoyed right now."
>>20430935"Kristoph. How long were you standing there? Not a word of this. To anyone. Now, what is it you needed?"
>>20430935"If you tell anybody about this, I'll send you back to your sister immediately."
I think we should work on a warform we can shapeshift into, just in case we have to fight within Kristoph's anti-magic field.I suggest something like a bipedal, armored badger.
>>20430935Agree to talk with Kristoph, but summon a brick before going with him.Just to make it clear Iselda is not really in the mood for his idiocy.
>>20430980>sisterUh. Did you happen to forget, anon? About the last series of threads? And how they ended?
"Of course, Kristoph." You say, professionally, with a calm voice. "If you laugh, however, you will regret it to your dying day."He blinks, and then nods, waiting for everyone else to pass by. Soon enough, the two of you were alone."Of course, lady." He said. "Well, uh, Pretty much, Leon just asked me to put in a good word for him to you." He grinned again. "The kid's sweet on you."
rolled 11 = 11>>20431000We could just go Dire Human, like grayson did. Hulk out a bit and grow some spikes.
>>20431012Ooops, meant the current high-lady.
>>20431023Look a bit incredulous, blink a couple of times."What."
>>20431023"Oh, that's why he made my look utterly incompetent in front of all my friends. Now I understand."ಠ_ಠ
>>20431023"He.. I.. What?Raziel, what do I dooo?"alternately: justasplanned.jpg
>>20431023"He... Wait. What. I don't. How. But..."
>>20431023"He should have chosen somebody else, I'm not really impressed when it comes to your track record with romance."
>>20431023Wonderful. As if my life isn't complicated enough without this sort of thing. I've never understood the appeal of romance anyways.
>>20431062But he's a good indicator of lust and shallow flings.Perhaps Leon would be a good first relationship, and we can dump him for a better waifu later.
>>20431023"He isn't even fluffy."
>>20431082I'd rather not.
rolled 6 = 6>>20431062seconding this with a side order of>>20431045>Raziel, what do I dooo?seasoned with confused anguish and served over a large quantity of GirlTalk
>>20431023I... uh... really?>>20431085This is true. If you want to marry a princess you have to be fluffy.
>>20431062No need to be rude. I formally veto this.
>>20431121I veto your veto.
>>20431127I veto your veto of his veto. vetovetovetovetoveto
>>20431127Which means you are samefagging. Don't be That Guy, anon.
>>20431127I veto your veto of his veto.
>>20431135>>20431135>>20431127>>20431121veto goes in all fields.
We don't need to be overt about not liking Kristoph's advice, we simply need to go to Raziel immediately after he tells us. That should be hurtful enough without being rude.
>>20431159Why should we want to hurt him at all? Kristoph is a nice guy looking out for us.
>>20431143Yes, because every anon who doesn't share your opinion is the same person.Sounds right. Thanks, I'll remember this next time.
>>20431164He was mean to Raz, that's enough reason for me.
>>20431168If you weren't samefagging, you'd say "this" and link to the post, not veto an anti-post.
rolled 97 = 97>>20431164to be fair he was rude to raziel
>>20431151My veto of your veto is secure and unvetoable.
>>20431175Of course, I can't argue with that logic.
"What. I... Uh. . What. Really? I don't. How. But. ." You ramble, unable to string together even the most simplest sentences. You finally have to resort to something that adequately sums up your current feelings. "Bwah?"He laughs, despite your threat."He was back when he was a squire, I think." He said, chuckling. "But anyway, here's my good word for him- I told him I would, after all- He didn't win in order to make you look incompitant. He sparred to gauge your relative strengths and weaknesses. He's ... like that. Honest, when it really comes down to it.""He.. I.. what?"You make your way back to Jormungandr, pacing across the entire ship, eyes darting out for your target. . And you find them."Raziel, what do I dooo?">End of thread!>My twitter is @futureexabyte>And I'll stick around to answer questions.
So, the bloody and terrible Husbando Wars begin.
>>20431214I'm already making a shipping chart.
Did you all forget Kristoph being extremely nice to Ishelda not one thread ago?
>>20431214Waifu wars.Ishelda wears the pants. Even if she doesn't actually wear pants.
>>20431203overruledevery single field you bastard
>>20431198>He sparred to gauge your relative strengths and weaknesses.Weaknesses: All of them.Strengths: None.I propose we start getting up an hour earlier every day now and get some more training done.>>20431214I don't want to.
>>20431225>Make sure there are three empty slots.>Heh, heh, heh.
>>20431244They won't become king. If any of them think they'll be king by marrying us we'll start laughing and barely be able to inform them that they'll be Prince Consort and that New Arcturus is ours.
>>20431247nopeYou missed one.
>>20431278Three people we haven't met yet?But what if we latch onto more terrible characters, like Meta-aware guardsman.Also, I bet one of them is a stone dwarf. Them Gneiss Clevages.
>>20431260We should probably train against different people more often. Being able to beat Redglare is useless when not fighting against Redglare.But just remember that you can't train dice.>>20431278>Heh, heh and heh.Those three don't sound hot, leave them out. There's no way we could let someone become "Prince heh".
Ok, so what if we invent an immortality spell, and use it on us and all of our friends EXCEPT our current waifu. Then when they die we can switch over to the next one, repeat until we have had them all.
>>20431296No I didn't. I put overruled.png in the image slot after I took the image, obviously. Otherwise there wouldn't be an image.
>>20431306If you guys latch onto more characters, then that's up to you. I won't try to explicitly stop things.
>>20431322Or we could just have them all at the same time. No one is going to tell the queen she can't have a harem.
So am I the only one who thinks Meta-Aware Guardsman is Gareth reincarnated? Not even giving a damn about the Void Queen or the Game anymore. Just fucking around being unnoticeable and meta.
>>20431329Fuck yeah, Fen!>>20431328Yes you did. Accept defeat.
>>20431337It's his talent. He can be meta-aware at times, but when he is, he's impossible to notice. It's like the Cassandra Effect, in a way- anytime he tries to use his meta-awareness for anything, it does absolutely nothing. Enforced by force of plot.
>>20431329Challange accepted. I will endevour to romance our own elementals.>>20431225VQ has her own spot, yes? Linked to Gareth and ourselves?
>>20431374Is the waifu stuff really necessary?
>>20431400Not really. But it's going to be a fun sidetrack while we follow the main quest. All in good humor, of course.
I'm curious why this duel was a 1-die only thing but the last one with Redglare was not.
>>20431428I can't see it ending well, SORCQ hasn't been anywhere as silly as that 40k dating quest.
>>20431400Yes.>>20431454The redglare one was too, but the roll was high enough.>>20431400No.
>>20431523Ah thanks. Was kinda curious because you didn't even ask us to roll for the duel with Redglare. Somebody just did and you went with it.
>>20431570Yeah, sorry. I have to get more consistent about that sort of thing.
Could somebody explain to me why Ishelda is so upset about the duel?If I remember correctly, Redglar broke multiple of her bones when they trained for the first time.And I'm pretty sure she's spending most of her time on other things than training her combat skills. As Exabyte said, lots if time was spend on building New Arcturus.So why is her defeat such a surprise? He probably knew a lot more about Ishelda's fighting style than she did about his as well.
>>20431628You don't know?
>>20431630We wanted to win, to show off in front of all of our troops. And then after we lose, we learn it looked like he was humiliating us.And that's not cool.
>>20431630Mostly because some anons decided to be butthurt. I would say that it's because Ishelda knows she wasn't doing as well as she could have. (because monotreem rolled like a bitch.)
>>20431690Heh, name/tripfags. Never good for anything.>>20431672Oh, okay. In that case we should probably tell him he made Ishelda look like idiot in front of her troops.Never humiliate a queen. Didn't he learn that etiquette class?
>>20431630Alongside what the anons have said, it's also the part where Ishelda *is* quite competent at swordsmanship. She was able to defeat Redglare, which is the standard case of 'student defeating master', just to lose to a spellblade that wasn't even using his spells. That sort of thing, especially after defeating Redglare and with a head of a foreign state in attendance, would be humiliating. At least, that's how I see it.
>>20431732And he was too daft to notice what it would look like?
>>20431756He's a very honest fellow. I think he was thinking "Cool, a swordfight." And "Hmm, she slipped up so I'll do a trip and disarm her." then "Oh shit she's falling, I should probably catch her."Nothing malicious, he just was focused entirely on the fight instead of the politics of it.
>>20431732Say, what did Leon roll? Or were we trying to roll over/under a set number?
>>20431779Nice.But you forgot her Voidiness.
>>20431630Thing is, that's Redglare, and us training in our own hall. This was in a foreign hall, against some lickspittle boy-knight with a pseudosorcery talent, who royally trounced us, and then caught us mid-air in a dip, as if it was a bloody ballroom, which not only casualized our defeat further, but put us socially under his boot in the eyes of the knights assembled, not to mention our compatriots and the High Lady. We looked weak. Weak! We can't look weak. If we look weak, then it makes New Arcturus look weak. If New Arcturus looks weak then we and everything we've worked toward is vulnerable. That silly little duel jeopardized the legitimacy of our ENTIRE STATE, if word gets out about it! And now the boy is after us romantically? How does that work?We don't know. We don't know SHIT about romance. We were too busy hanging out with a chill as fuck beardy wizard and getting the best education possible in our youth, and far too young to bother with learning how to into courtly love, before we ended up getting sent off to another world with nothing but the clothes on our back. One thing we do know, however, is that most courtly love does NOT start with the lady getting her ASS KICKED in court, by her prince charming.tl;dr Ishelda is pubescent, unused to failure, humiliated, and confused. Also, angry. Hilariously and terrifyingly angry for only partially clear reasons. This can only end horribly. Hell hath no fury like a sorceress scorned and smitten AT THE SAME TIME.
>>20431792The DC for defeating him without magic was a 60. Of course, your defeat wouldn't have been near as humiliating if you'd gotten more than 10.
>>20431786Hmm, I think I don't like him. He reminds me of that idiot from dragon age.
>>20431809Smitten? With that guy?I'd rather be willing to settle for Grayson.On the other hand, Ishelda seems to be currently smitten with everybody she comes across.
>>20431813Why do you do that "Firs roll only" thing? It never works in our favor.
>>20431893That's probably the entire reason.
>>20431902>>20431893Exactly.I would do average of first three, but that makes nat1's and nat100s all but impossible.
>>20431965Well you could have any 1s and 100s automatically override the other dice, but averages are boring anyway.
>>20431965Why did we even fight him? I don't see anybody actually supporting the fight in front of the others.
>>20432031Not that I would complain if we hadn't been totally humiliated.
>>20432031Yeah, it was one for it and two against. Exabyte probably didn't refresh again.
>>20432031We were going to fight him anyway, but it got bumped from soon to now. I'm ok with what happened. We can always recover next thread. It'll be fun.
>>20432076But now everyone who was there thinks we are horrible at fighting.
>>20432082Then we just have to beat them up. And show that instead, Leon is just good.
>>20432082So we get into a magic fight with Leon and bury him under waves of Golems/Elementals while we float above the air, laughing as we bombard him with cosmic fire.
Now we know his fighting style. Next time, we'll just copy his spell and fight him with his own dirty tricks.
>>20432076I think it's rather hilarious, and Ishelda's reaction was really believable for a 16 year old girl. Of course, next thread will filled with waifu/anti-waifu stuff I'm totally not looking forward to.Still not too happy the whole thing happened despite not really having any support.
>>20432115We can just change that spell we copied from Zeke a bit, and wash off his tattoos.
>>20432100Beating everyone up sounds like an amazing plan. Let's get started as soon as possible.
>>20432118As long as we all agree to be civil I don't think it's going to be that bad.We just need to hold off until the remaining characters have been introduced before we make our choice. I have a feeling Exabyte's got some good characters on their way.
>>20432136Yeah, we should begin with Fellwind.
rolled 64 = 64>>20432140my bet is that one of the characters on the chart might be Fellwinds lady.wouldn't bet on it though....>>20431779
rolled 66 = 66>>20432153>my betmeant >my guess
>>20432136"Come on." You snarl, waving your fists about- your knuckles were split, and they'd just stopped bleeding.The meta-aware soldier takes a step back. "But. . but this isn't even canon!" You ignore him. "Come on, I can take you, too." You say.He looks back, to where Ezekiel, Grayson, and Leon lay bloody on the ground, beat unconscious by the fists of a teenage girl.He sighs, takes off his gauntlets, and cracks his knuckles.Azariel materializes to your side, between you and the soldier, off to the side."ROUND ONE" He says, his voice just as hoarse as it always is. "FIGHT!"-Good End: Brawling Champion
rolled 99 = 99>>20432222rollan for the chance at bare knuckled pugulism sometime in the next 4 threads...bonus points if we learn it from fellwinds girlfriend
>>20432222Hell yeah, we reached the good end of SORQ.What quest are you going to run next, Exabyte?
>>20432250Damnit monotreme. Just damnit all.Well at least we get a brawling lady. those are cool too I guess.
>>20432302Dunno. Exabyte has ignored other 99s as well.
>>20432285Nah, you're seeking the True End, not the Good End.>>20432302You do, eventually. Unless you accidentally kill her or something.
>>20432323Shh. If we act like it's canon we might convince him.
rolled 35 = 35>>20432302oh suck it bitch. I like to feel I improve the threads with my participation. and the epic failures and successes of my dice.read back and search for my name. you'll see
>>20432327But the true end might be worse than the good end.I don't think I can handle the truth.
>>20432350Just can the attitude fag.
>>20432350Oh I'm not lamenting your presence, just your luck with dice. Please take the chip off your shoulder.>>20432327Yay Brawler girl! Romancible, I hope?
rolled 72 = 72>>20432389oh the low rolls do that regularly.
>>20432140You know it just as well as I do - that's not going to work.As long as there's a single person favoring a character, we can't be mean to, or disinterested in, him/her.If there are 10 people reading the quest at any time. 8 actually write stuff. 2 like person A, 2 dislike person A, and the rest doesn't really care about person A.How is this supposed to be resolved?
>>20432140>choosingWhy not take them all?
>>20432485I have a feeling that things will fall into place, eventually. Or maybe the ensuing shitstorm never gets resolved and I sit here, gleefully steepling my fingers, cackling from my throne.
>>20432510Who would want Kristoph?
>>20432531best for dom/sub play.
>>20432531He's the best dancer. And he's usually quite a gentleman, a very casual gentleman but a gentleman nonetheless. Yes his relationship with Raziel went sour, that's between him and Raz, not between Ishy and Kris.
>>20432531Why not? He's a fine bloke.
>>20432531People liked Alistair. So I'm sure he'll find his supporters.
>>20432531I am sure you'll find more people who like a character than dislike him/her. Easily.So just get used to the idea of Ishelda ending up with everybody.
>>20432531I don't have the slightest clue, but it seems like we're a minority here.So deal with it. I'll have to, as well.
rolled 26 = 26>>20432501
rolled 44 = 44>>20432556nope, grayson is the best dancer, and he has been since the beginning.>>20432567who?
I saw what you did when>"Next time the rolls will be reversed"Care to explain?
>>20433647When we fight Leon in a rematch, we'll use magic. We can probably seal his sword in his rune, and then we can humiliate him as he is forced to fightwithout a weapon. Or something like that.