My resolve crumbles and I thank Cain for the perspective.I take the stick from the Pup and throw it for him, and he gleefully chases it across the yard. "Onii-chan? what's going on?""Nothing, just had a second. Thought I'd spend it with you." She beams up at me. "Think of a name for the Pup yet? We can't call him 'dog' forever".Ilya blinks and shakes her head. "No, not yet. I was trying to come up with something noble sounding, but names like that have a horrible tendency of getting silly."In the back of my mind I feel some horrible abomination of a name taking shape, but I quickly shake my head to clear such thoughts. "Maybe just name him after someone fitting like Berserker suggested?""... Maybe, yeah. Any ideas?""Bedevire?" I say with a shrug. "Knight, noble, very dutiful and protective.""Huh. why Bedevire? There's better known knights, especially in Arthur's court.""Well, yeah. But Lancelot seems a bad fit, Gawain seems wrong somehow, and Mordred sets the wrong tone entirely." I tell her. "There's other knights as well, Charlemagne's Paladins come to mind, but they aren't as well known."She seems thoughtful, looking at the puppy as it proudly returns the stick to her. "Bedevire...." She looks back at me. "It's a very good name, but I'm not quite sure it fits."I shrug. "Just a suggestion."I spend a couple of minutes playing with the pup and spending time with my sister. I get up and walk away smiling, when I feel a sense of unease in the back of my mind. It's been a while since the sisters locked themselves up, but I can still feel a healthy measure of despair coming from her.I sigh, glancing at the time. It's a little too early to start seriously cooking dinner, but I start mentally making a list of what needs to be done when I hear a knocking at the door.>Sorry I'm running late.>Actions?
>>22891737Go greet Ayako.If she wants to help cook. Yes.
>>22891737Answer the door, and prepare to make them leave. Now is not a good time to be here.
>>22891737See who it is, we'll probably let them in.
>>22891737Greet Ayako.Let's the calamity commence!let's try and hang with Sakura and Rider today. We made some discussion about Sakura might be very different emotionally compared to canon. Besides, a thread with Nujabes is bitching
I answer the door, and see Issei waiting for me."Issei?""Shirou. I think I was followed here." I blink and step out of his way, and he walks into the house carrying a bag. "Sorry about that, he told me that was the fastest way to get you to let me in." He then reaches into his bag and hands me a folded letter. "Some man in red calling himself 'Archer' told me to give this to you. He also told me that if I peeked, he would kill Souichirou-Sensei.""... How? He's a guest here."Issei blinks. "Well now I'm not sure how to take his recommendation that I stay here for the next half-hour." He shrugs, and then hands me the bag. "Here. Notes and copies of assignments you've been missing. If you've got the time we can go over them, or you can just copy them at your leisure.""Uh... thanks." I begin, looking at him.[ ] Ask him about Archer.[ ] Tell him about Souichirou.[ ] Introduce him around.[ ] Other.
AC-Guy do you go on IRC or MSN? If so for the first, what server, channel and name?
>>22892103[X] Ask him about Archer.Let's see how Archer is doing, we don't have much info on his current state.
>>22892103>[ ] Ask him about Archer.Know your enemy as you know yourself, and you need not fear the outcome of a hundred battles.
>>22892103>[x] Read letter
>>22892133Nope, never. I mean, I have an IRC client, but I've used it.... twice? In like the last year.
>>22892103>[ ] Ask him about Archer.Tell him to keep it quiet.
>>22892165Any other way of contacting you?
>>22892103>[ ] Ask him about Archer.>[ ] Tell him about Souichirou.Updates on Archer are good things.Also, being honest with our bro is a Good Thing To Do.Even if we'll never get our Issei Route ;__;
>>22892103[X] Tell him about Souichirou.Don't tell him about Caster though, we can say she's his mistress or wife. Whatever is more believable.
>>22892178I'm here, and I'm on Twitter.I value my privacy, for the most part. Is there something you needed to talk about or something?
>>22892226Different anon.But post that spergmail.I could do with a laugh.
>>22892103[x] Introduce him around.Welcome to the wonderful world of Wizard Shit. The world might be ending, but don't be alarmed, we've got our top vampire on the case.
Should ask Issei about how Ayako is doing in school.Haven't seen her for awhile. If shes still at school, shes probably safe.
>>22892103[ ] Tell him about Souichirou.
>>22892273>If shes still at school, shes probably safe.Andif she's suddenly NOT at school, she's probably a vampire.
>>22892243>Welcome to the wonderful world of Wizard Shit.His tears will be delicious!
"So Archer. What happened there?""After School, I went home. I'm at my room in the temple, when he walks in, gives me a set of simple instructions, and then leaves." He shrugs. "Prior to that, he popped in once to say he was a friend of yours and that he might occasionally give me low risk tasks to help you out.""I see." I shake my head irritated. "Do me a favor? Don't let anyone else know or think you're on favorable terms with Archer. He's not exactly well liked at the moment around here.""Alright.." He shrugs, taking off his coat and putting it away in the closet. "I see girl's coats. I'm guessing Sakura's staying here after her house was destroyed?""You knew about that?""It was on the news. Apparently investigations are ongoing." He frowns. "More than one coat. Who else is here? Rin?""... Yeah. We're kinda working together to control the whole situation.""Archer gave me a few vague details." He responds. "Don't worry, I know better than to pry. Souichiro-Sensei is here you said?""Yeah. He's.... sick?" I scratch the back of my head. "It's complicated, but somehow he got involved with the war. Currently we're trying to figure out what's wrong so we can fix it. He's in a coma, but not in any immediate danger."Issei hesitates. "I see...." He looks away. "Well, I suppose we can't stand in the entryway all day. Should I feign ignorance about the situation? Or let them know I know what's going on." He lets out an irritated sigh. "To the extent that I do anyway.">?
>>22892445"Everyone else knows and lying isn't worth the trouble right now. Come on in, I'll introduce you to people."
>>22892445"Might as well come clean. It'd be a pain to keep the act up, and your input would be appreciated on some things."He lives in a temple, so he has to have some knowledge.
>>22892445Feign ignorance. Rin would blow a gasket if she found out.
>>22892445This >>22892491>>22892515But that's the perfect reason NOT to feign ignorance!
>>22892445[x] Tell the truth"To make things simpler, can you do those Miko arts?If you can do some stuff or know of it, Rin wouldn't have an excuse to mindwipe you."
>>22892515>Rin would blow a gasket if she found out.And she's so damn cute when she's mad, that you just convinced me that we SHOULDN'T feign ignorance.
>>22892552>MikoHe's either gay or Shirousexual, not transsexual.
>>22892515Opposite of this, force a Rin-Issei showdown!
>>22892581Waki Miko Arts, then?It'll get a little rise out of him.And if the sharks see that outburst, they'll be instantly wondering if Issei is in on the race as well.
>>22892515This. So far we've let Ayako and Taiga in on magecraft. If we let Rin know that we told Issei, when he wasn't in a life-or-death situation no less, no amount of Rin points will save us. If this leaks out to the mages association that we're letting muggles in on the existence of magic, they'll come down on us, and I'd rather not have Lorelei wipe Fuyuki off the map.Yeah, I know no one here would rat us out to the association, especially not Rin, but we're pushing it as it is, and no one knows that Issei knows yet.
>>22892581>>22892552>>22892617http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OfudaTotally in tune with the kind of magecraft his ancestors practiced, IIRC
>>22892630Not if he outs himself as the successor to the Ryuudou school of Omyudo.
>>22892630Oh, and don't forget we can't guarantee that Caster or Lancer won't turn hostile at some point, and if they know we've got Issei helping us he would be in danger.He can't defend himself from supernatural threats, so his only defense is that he isn't even showing up on the Grail War Radar. The more people know, the more likely the info is to leak.
Wait a minute. Issei's family runs the shrine...Requesting art of Issei as Tenchi Masaki.
>I have no idea what's going on.
>>22892792Discussion of Magical Issei.
He could possibly claim Archer told him. We can do something to "demonstrate that magic is real" and then blame Archer for having spilled the beans in the first place.Alternatively, even if he can't do any effective onmyoudou, he could just bluff. "My family does run a shrine, you know." Let them draw their own conclusions.
>>22892792Implications that Issei is a Mahou Shonen.That if he was, Rin would have no excuse to mindwipe her rival.
>>22892792Currently arguing about what to do. I'd like to continue for a bit and hope we won't let the other know about issei, but if you're calling it here, this is the result so far:Introduce Issei to everyone:>>22892491>>22892503>>22892533>>22892552>>22892559>>22892586Feign ignorance and stay off the radar:>>22892515>>22892630>>22892701
>>22892845ALSOAsk about Ayako
>>22892845Personally, I say that we tell them and then blame Archer for it.We wanna get him educated so that he's in less danger now that 'that asshole' has gotten him involved.
>>22892935This. We bluff and outright lie that we personally told him anything. We levy all the blame for this development on Archer. Nobody else knows we told Issei anything, and Issei knows how to keep his mouth shut damn well.
>>22892969If we outright lie, it'll be worse than if we just fail to mention it. Feign ignorance.
>>22892969If we have to let everyone know about Issei, I'm all for this.
>>22892986Well, Rin is obviously going to immediately try to accuse us for this development. That's why I put in the "outright lie" detail, in the case that she, more than likely, flips her clit all over us.
>>22893014>Flips her clitIsn't that the reason we were getting Rin points?
>>22893014>not wanting Rin to get so pissed that she decides "fuck it" and drags us off to her room to play with our "mana transfer dragon"
>>22893085I can fap to this
>>22893085But we don't have a CG Dragon! That was Saber's CG dragon! Rin just has CG dolphins!...... Actually, yeah, I think I'd prefer that to the dragon.
Let's let issei in on our plan so he doesn't go "What? But you told be about it a few days ago and made a sword to prove it."We might also want to read the letter Archer sent us first.Also, tired as fuck and class tomor-- er, today. leaving thread early.
>>22893246>letting class get in the way of obsessively refreshing a quest thread for five hours straightYou disappoint me.
"I say we tell them you know. Trying be all secretive about it is just going to complicate things." I turn to walk inside, and then pause. "On second thought, let's blame Archer for your knowledge.""I'm fine with that. But why?""Rin's already slightly upset with me for telling people when there was literally no other option. You I just kinda... told." I shrug. "So we blame Archer, you have your in, and Rin won't murder me in my sleep.""Alright." He says, giving me a look. "Though I'm not sure if I should be laughing or saying 'I told you so'."We walk into the living room, and I see Rin wander out of Sakura's room. She looks in our direction and then steps away into the bathroom. I realize when she returns that she was cleaning up so it wasn't obvious that she just finished crying. "Rin." I say with a nod, looking at her when she enters the room."Tosaka-san." Issei greets with a polite nod. "I take it you actually have been a witch this entire time?" I blink, and Tosaka glares at me."You told him?" She accuses. "HIM?""Alright, first off wasn't my fault. Archer apparently had a little chat with him already, so I was just figuring out what he did and didn't know." I sigh, and look at her. "Secondly, 'him'? Issei is pretty much my best friend. I know you two have your issues- which reminds me..." I reach over and smack Issei. ".... but that's no reason that I can't be on good terms with both of you. And frankly, you two will have to learn to be civil eventually."They both glare at me, so at least they're agreeing on something. After a moment, Rin sighs. "Fine. I can be nice if he can. But no more surprises like this.""Agreed." Issei says. "I also apologize for my earlier remark, as it was uncalled for. At this time."I feel a light level of tension remain while I grab some tea. As I do, I hear the two of them exchanging brief and frank facts about the magical world, which I suppose is the best way for Issei to learn things.[ ] Read letter[ ] Listen
>>22893324[X] Read letterLet's get our reading in.
>>22893324>[x] Read letterAnd mutter all the while why Archer couldn't have just made a simple phone call.
>>22893324>[ ] Read letter
>>22893324[x] Read the letter
>>22893324>[x] Read LetterWhile reading, muttering: "God damn snail mail...does he enjoy torturing me...?" and things of that nature. Cut us off mid-sentence at the incoming wham moment.
>>22893324>[ ] ListenI guess Ultimate Catfight Deathmatch: Fuck You Bitch Edition got a new DLC. "Fuck You Too You Bastard".
>>22893324[x] Read letterAlso, >Tosaka-sannot Tohsaka-sanI shiggy diggy
>>22893491Are you the one that sent him that email?
>>22893468And then they have a passionate, spontaneous hateful lovemaking session right there on the kitchen table. With everyone present.Everyone watches, unable to decide if they're disgusted or aroused, but nonetheless intrigued.
>>22893491>>22893518>>22893536I want to read it too.
>>22893534>"Onii-chan?""What is it Ilya?">"Is that Rin and Issei?""Yeah.">"With the shinai?""Uh-huh.">"And the tea cozy?""Yep."
I open the letter Archer sent, mumbling something about the importance of phones in modern society.I read, and receive a summarized version of the notes he's left.>Avenger's on the move again, apparently him and Gilgamesh are doing something at the Einzbern castle.>There's been a couple of mysterious disappearances in town, one of which happened near the site of the Matou house, the other behind the train station.>Weird blond foreign woman accosted him and demanded that he explain baseball to her. Pretty sure she isn't human, and left conversation almost as confused as him.>Kirei's made a few trips down to the docks, but he was unable to tell EXACTLY where he went.>Ayako seen examining markings left by the school, and approaching the place where Shinji attacked her.>Shinji spotted going into the woods near the temple, exact destination unknown.>Assassin spotted investigating various areas that when examined had markings like the one at the school.>Issei mumbles your name in his sleep.I choke on the tea I was sipping before continuing through the last third of the notes.>Fucking got you, don't deny it.>And I'm never telling you if I'm just fucking with you. While I'm on the topic, Rin's skirt.>Consult Rin about pulling a magic artifact out of someone. I had Avalon originally in my timeline, but I'm thinking someone else has it right now.>Avoid talking about the last Grail war, it's completely unnecessary trauma right now. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.>Future information will probably use Issei as a courier. The chance of others realizing his involvement is minimal.The letter ends as abruptly as it began, with an advisory to destroy the note as soon as possible, just in case. As well as one telling me not to tell people where I got my info from.I return to the table, and discover that Rin's found a small measure of magic potential in Issei. "Not enough to amount to anything, but enough to shield him as 'one of us' from other Magi.">?
>>22893584>"Shirou.""Yeah, Saber?">"Are they...?""Yes. Yes they are.">"Is it always this...forceful?""Well...no. Those two have some special circumstances that go back a ways.">"...Shirou.""Yes, Saber?">"I do not mean to devalue your manhood, but I do not think that you are capable of lifting a woman so high during an act like this, and maintain such a vigor that I can only describe as 'righteously indignant'.""Well, you're not exactly even as large as Rin. Don't sell me short.">"Shirou. If we ever come to such circumstances, the armor is staying on.""You mean, like, the frilly dress and everything?">"No, Shirou. Just the armor. You're going to be wearing the dress."
>>22893702Oh Arc... You are adorable.
>>22893702>Ayako seen examining markings left by the school, and approaching the place where Shinji attacked her.That's bad news. That's VERY bad news.>Rin's skirtGod DAMMIT Archer!
>>22893702"So hes magical like your skirt?"
>>22893764THIS! If WE have to be thinking about it, so does everyone else. Plus flustered Rin is adorable.
>>22893764Oh god dammit.......fucking do it. Also, destroy the note as soon as we can be alone, if the last part didn't imply we've already destroyed the note.
>>22893764If Shirou blurts this out because he can't get it out of his head, Yesss.
>>22893764>>22893780>>22893782>>22893783I vote we do it when Issei leaves.Come on guys, there's no reason to drop the ball in front of her most hated enemy.
>>22893702>>Ayako seen examining markings left by the school, and approaching the place where Shinji attacked her.NO AYAKO!YOU'RE A SUPPORTING CHARACTER IN A NASUVERSE STORYTHIS DOES NOT END WELL FOR YOUSTOP.
>>22893584>>22893719"Rider?">"Yes Shirou?""Why am I tied up?">"I didn't want you to run.""Why not?">"I need you to narrate."".... Where did you get popcorn?">"Where don't I get popcorn? Now come on, I want EXPLICIT detail."
>>22893702>Issei mumbles your name in his sleep.
>>22893802Seconding this.In fact, I think we should IMMEDIATELY bring it up after he leaves like 'oh god I couldn't contain the thought anymore'.I think it would be even funnier for it to come even MORE out of nowhere.
>>22893814We should ask rider to keep an eye on her.
>>22893843>subtly setting up for Rider/AyakoI approve.
>>22893802If Shirou doesn't bring it up now, theres no justification to bring it up later since he can obviously keep his brain under control.
>>22893839I support this notion and change my vote henceforth. Embarrassing Rin is adorable, embarrassing Rin in front of Issei is going to end badly.
>>22893850Honestly, I just can't see it happening here.I could see >>22893839And endorse it, but just saying it in front of Rin seems kinda out of character for how we've been playing Shirou.
>>22893764>>22893780>>22893782>>22893783>>22893802>Telling a girl as stuck up about her feelings and sexuality as Rin that her Netherregions are magical
Guys I think we need more Sakura points. After we're done out here we should go see her in her room.
>>22893870Not her nether-regions. Her skirt. The one that somehow manages to be THAT SHORT, and yet never give Shirou an eyeful, in spite of all the running around and shit he's seen her do.
>>22893870I do believe that's exactly why we're doing it.
>>22893868You mean falling afoul Archer's trap is out of character?When that bastard has successfully played us time and time again?
>>22893814Hey look, its the NPC everyone kind of forgot about. They even gave her a Makeover for the Remake. Not like it will change anything about her popularity.
>>22893764Shirou blurts this out.Shirou gets his ass kicked while Issei laughs his ass off.Make it happen AC-Guy.
>>22893907I feel fucking horrible for realizing that she was literally the only character I forgot from that video. Wow, gonna go hate myself for a week.Holy shit Hisui and Kohaku look SO FUCKING GOOD OH MAH GAWD I'M SO EXCITE.
>Alright, so you're going to awkwardly ask her about the skirt thing after Issei leaves the room apparently. noted and locked in.>What's your IMMEDIATE course of action?
>>22893907She's getting her route in the remake though. And she's pretty much the only character EVERYONE likes.If you want to see an example of the redesigns changing popularity though, look at Senpai. For some reason when the new designs were released her popularity shot up.As an original Curryfag though, I gotta say I miss the coke bottles. They were cute.
>>22893928It doesn't really work if it's not a blurted response that shirou regrets.sadfrog.jpgI'd rather it spoken now.
>>22893928Stuff the damn note in our pocket and don't take it back out. Other than that, I support the notion of possibly seeking out Sakura and checking in on her. We haven't given her any real heart-to-heart personal talks at all since she's been fixed. She probably feels left out.Failing that, we could check in on Saber. She might have more to say on the issue of her kingdom and so forth.
>>22893868Actually with how Shirou mouths off, usually without thinking, this is the sort of remark than can emerge from his mouth since hes thinking it right now.Falling right into the trap archer laid so long ago.
>>22893928>Ayako seen examining markings left by the school, and approaching the place where Shinji attacked her.Give her phone call, ask her why she was snooping around and persuade her to leave the magic stuff to mages.
Also voting for "Go gain Sakura points"
>>22893928No, no, no. Shirou is going to blurt it out while thinking way too intensely about it. Like, he's lost in thought after Issei leaves, and Rin tries to get his attention, only to have him blurt out "MAGICAL SKIRT", or something to that effect.
>>22893928Throwing this idea in the hat:Call Ayako. Convince her to stop flirting with horrible vampire-based death by poking around with POWERS BEYOND HER CONTROL.Also maybe see if she wants to go to lunch. Maybe an outdoor cafe, at high noon? Yes I'm fucking paranoid because >>22893814 , last thing we need is VampAyako trying to suck our blood out via the dick. We have Rider for that. >potato attachedI'm not sure what Captcha is trying to tell me, but I don't like it.
>>22893870>>22893886>>22893891>Girl just had a long talk with her younger sister about Rapeworms, Magical Experiments and their Uncle who tried to save them and was implied by Kotomine (You bastard. ) to have killed Rin and Sakuras Father and suffered a horrible horrible death.>Make fun of her magical skirt/tg/ , MASTERS OF ROMANCE!
>>22893964This. She's going to get herself killed.
>>22893971Agree. Call Ayako.
>>22893994It gets her mind off shit and back into her usual mood.It actually works!
>>22894014Agreed. Flustered Rin isn't sad, she's too busy being angry at us for being an oaf.
>>22893930Currybutt`s looking even better than before, but I find it even harder now to tell Rin and Akiha apart. Oh Not-Rin 1.0, I think you got even flatter..
>>22894042You know what's REALLY nuts? Rin and Akiha have the exact same "HMPH" pose.
>>22894042You know how Chihaya is a 72?Akiha is a 73.Akiha is better than Rin in quite a few ways, to be honest.Who needs breasts when you have that much grace and poise, anyway. Dem eyes. Dat dress.Besides, breasts are going to be deadweight whenever she goes psycho and start eating people.
>>22894061You know what's even funnier? Vermillion Akiha's "desperate pleading" sprite is the same as Dark Sakura's "desperate pleading" sprite at the end of HF. The one where she's all tied up in the ribbons and stuff. The arms, posture, and facial expression. Nearly identical. It's hilarious.
>>22894061It's not that surprising. Nasu reuses the same archetypes (dohoho) over and over again. Little sister infatuated with older brother? Preternaturally powerful women in relationships with "ordinary" men who wind up with magical h4x powers with dangerous side effects? (Nasu gets credit for the consequences of those h4x powers actually happening) Rape victims emotionally dependent on the male lead absolutely flipping the fuck out when they realize it?I mean, I get that he likes these archetypes, but damn.
>>22893994What, you think they'll enjoy being left alone with a babies' touch to mope about?This is cheer her up easily.And Sakura when she storms off to complain.
I check my phone, and realize a mistake I made. "Hey rin? Do you have Ayako's phone number?""I have her house phone. Why?""No reason, just had a feeling." I tell her. I then walk across the yard to the shed dialing her, leaving Rin and Issei to their conversation.After the third ring, she answers. "Hello?""Ayako? It's Emiya.""Shirou?" she sounds hesitant, and slightly confused. "What's up?""Just had a feeling I should call you. Are you feeling alright?"There's a slight pause, then "Jeez. spare some sympathy for yourself, before you whither away worrying about everyone else.""That isn't an answer." I chide, as I sit down on a bench next to the bike.There's a silence. "Yeah. I guess I'm doing fine. I mean, a lot of new information to try and process...." I hear her sigh. "Not something you need to worry about though.""Uh-huh. And what about you going back to where you got grabbed?"There's a long silence. "You know about that? How?""Friend of a friend saw you in the area, but they didn't know the significance. you want to talk about it?""... Not really. It's just...." She sighs. "Shinji's always been a bit of an asshole. I just didn't think he would do something like that. I mean, he had that sort of... crazy, anger, whatever.... just bottled up. I mean, how long has he been like that? The last few weeks? The whole time we were in Archery? Longer?" As she continues, I remember parts of Dad's notes. Things about how victims and people who've seen tragedy are affected by it afterwards a lot more than during. "He was right there, and somewhere beneath that smug smile was someone capable of doing some thing so....">What say?
>>22894133"That IDIOT Shirou is such a pervert! He has NO consideration for other people's feelings, and I just found out he's been trying to look at my panties!">"You don't even realize it do you?""Realize what?">"I mean it's so obvious, but I guess nobody ever notices when they're doing it.""Doing WHAT?!">"You're in love with him, aren't you?""W-wha-bu-b-b-tha-that's preposterous! I can't stand that stupid jerk!">"Then why are you always talking about him?""Well that's because... because... uhm... I... shut up."
I seriously think Arcuied looks better now. Dat Miniskirt
>>22894070Hey now, she's only going to go crazy and eat people because you wont love her back. Selfish asshole.
>>22894164>preferring the miniskirtPlebeian scum.Her old design had CLASS, dammit! It was sexy but still, in a way, innocent. The design FIT in a way the miniskirt and cowboy boots just don't.
>>22894148"I'm not sure Ayako. He's a complete ass. He probably figured that he had power now and just had to abuse it, he's probably been bottling up resentment and hate for a long time, and when he had a taste of power he decided to use it in the worst ways.People aren't always what they seem, they all have their own struggles, private fights, that we never see. And sometimes they lose."
>>22894148"Listen. That's not what matters. What matters is that you need to lay low, and stay away from him at all costs. If you think he's so much as thinking of trying to talk to you, you call me first.Oh, and this is going to sound out of the blue, but stay away from the temple for a while. He's been seen wandering in the area. Again, you are going to call me first before anything related to the two of you happens. That's an order."
>>22894175>Turtleneck and Skirt>Classy>SexyChoose one. Also, this Makeover is pretty much my favourite. Dat KohakuDat HisuiI just hope that they don`t decide to turn Kohaku into a cooking damsel just like Sakura. She is my favourite Tsukihime. >You are also now aware that Hisui looks like a younger and shorter Aoko.
>>22894148Wait, what does Ayako's dad do?--------------"I know. Shinji was always abit of an ass but I thought I knew him better, that inside he wasn't so bad after all.You weren't the only one to misjudge him, I did too and I'm sorry I didn't see it earlier. I could have stopped him completely but I wanted to believe... that even he wouldn't stoop so low."Let her know that if she needs help, she can contact Issei as well at school since hes in the know. Let them have someone to check on each other and call us up incase they run afoul of trouble.
>>22894231>Kohaku... is my favourite TsukihimeI can respect that, though I prefer her sister.
>>22894242This. That self-blame is full shirou.
GUYS.GUYS.DIPSHITS.You wanted your Ayako route, this is your fucking CHANCE. I'm an Ilya-fag. It's too late for me, but listen.She's scared and confused. She's not the sort of person to out and say those things.COMFORT HER. Telling her that everyone might secretly be a monster and giving her 'orders' is not helping anything.
>>22894231Tight sweater is the DEFINITION of classy sex appeal.
>So what's the plan here? Things seem slightly conflicted.
>>22894148This >>22894242Also offer to send Rider to keep her company and maybe talk about Shinji. She spent the most time with him after he went off the deep end, she might be able to offer insight into what the fuck he was thinking.
>>22894286>>22894242I think I'm leaning towards this too.
>>22894148"Mitsuzuri, I'm sorry. I'm an idiot. I mean I always knew Shinji was a bit of a jackass, but I thought that deep down, he was a good person. I was wrong. And you got hurt because of it. And when I saw him doing that I just. . .Ayako, after this is all over, I have something I need to tell you."
>>22894291No ordersMost of this: >>22894242AND tell her they Shirou will protect Ayako. That she can drop by whenever, call him whenever.
>>22894148"Don't fret about Shinji too much, I understand if it was too much of a shock for you. After all, I was also in the dark about what goes on in his mind until a couple of weeks ago.I understand that as the captain of the archery club you may feel responsible for not noticing, but I'm as equally guilty since I'm pretty much the only guy who can tolerate hanging out with him.Look, what's important is that you are safe now and I would like to keep it that way. Your responsibility now is to the rest of the club members. Keep them away from anything weird going on in the school. And stick around with Taiga as much as possible while you are there, okay?"
>>22894291We need to let Ayako know that everything will work out for the better in the end, say something to make her feel better.Oh, if Rider is willing, perhaps she could have a chat with Ayako, as others suggest. Might get some info out of Ayako and make her feel better at the same time.We also need to be at least making an offhanded point of "god dammit don't go off on your own" when it comes to these things. She's the strong, independent type, but this is stuff she has no business delving into by her self.
>>22894304Be advised, there is the possibility that Rin will veto sending Rider to comfort Ayako. Something about being stupid and sending one of our best defenses to comfort a scared girl.Then again, Rin is actually a good person at heart, so who knows what she will actually decide.
>>22894373Well if Rider can't do it, then guess who WILL?She'll just fucking LOVE us running off to comfort Ayako.
>>22894373Remember the VN's prologue, Ayako is HER friend too. Like, her ONLY real friend.
>>22894390Or, you know, maybe it'll end up that nobody leaves to see Ayako. It's not like such a thing is exactly necessary or critical to Ayako's wellbeing.Oh. Shoot. Ask her for her cell number, before we lose the chance.
>>22894373>>22894390>>22894400Or she could just come over.
>>22894400Oh, yeah, this.
>>22894148"Ayako, that kind of evil isn't rare. Shinji was hurt, and so he decided to hurt others in turn. He's not special in that way. He wanted to use you to feel better about his own pain, as if spreading that kind of misery would lessen his own. I know you're wondering why he turned out that way and why he would do unto others what had been done to him, but let him go. Don't forgive him, what he's done and what he wanted to do are both awful. But don't hate him, or you could wind up serving as the vessel of his pain, and continue the cycle, though probably not in the same way. The whys are important, but not so much that you need to get wrapped up in him. Let him go and the evil he tried to force on you goes with him."Augh, I cannot get this right. Trying to play it as Shirou thinking about Avenger and it's not flowing right.
>>22894412Way too wordy. Just the first two or three sentences is enough, with a few changes.
Yo guys Ac-guy is having connection issues again. He's gonna try something real quick. Hopefully he'll be back before long.
>>22894439This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router. This router.
>>22894439I bet it's Kirei cockmongling.
>>22894466At least he wasn't autobanned this time.
>Testing, Testing.>If this works, I'd like a sound-off of the people still here and a quick outline of the plan so I can start writing.
>>22894484Also he's not on fire.
>>22894690Essentially this: >>22894369
>>22894690Well I still like my idea, but yeah there's already a consensus.Also hi.
>>22894690I'm the one who wrote >>22894331so I'm still in this.
>>22894690I'm here. I'm ALWAYS here for AC-Guys quests, even though I almost never post, ever.Also, I lost my shit when Arc asked Archer about Baseball. Probably wondering why Shiki keeps muttering about second base with her, eh?
"I know. Shinji was always a little bit of a jerk, but I never thought he was capable of doing something this bad. I always thought there was a decent person buried under there somewhere, but apparently I was wrong about that.""I almost forgot. You two were friends.""Yeah, that's pretty much over now." I sigh. "Listen. What happened there.... I don't know what to tell you. I would undo it if I could, but I'm gonna have to settle for trying to help with the aftermath. What Shinji did, or at least was planning to do, was pretty unforgivable. Apparently he was victimized by someone else, and he did the exact wrong thing and passed the pain on to somebody else.""Is that supposed to make me feel better?""... no, I don't see why it would. I just think that before you judge someone, you should get the full picture. I fully intend to beat the asshole out of Shinji the next time I see him, but I'm not going to let myself obsess over every detail over what I could've done.'She's silent for a long time. "... Think I can get in on that?"I smile. "There's a bit of a line already, but I'll have to see what I can do." I pause, letting the tone become a little more serious. "Seriously though, Ayako. If you want to talk, or you feel upset or anything, I'm here. And if I'm not, we've got Rin, Sakura, Taiga....""Yeah." She sounds a little calmer, a little happier. "Yeah, alright. Thanks. I'll call if I need something. Just promise you'll do the same, yeah? If you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it."".... Yeah, alright."We trade numbers and I hang up, feeling a bit better about the situation. glancing across the way i see Issei and Rin still having their 'civil' chat. No signs of violence at least, or yelling.>Actions?
>>22894861Run to the laundry room. Find one of Rin's shirts (a SHIRT, we are not manhandling her undergarmnets) and walk up, tell her she left it in our room.
>>22894861Listen in on the chat. It might be amusing. Or we might need to intervene.
>>22894881>one of Rin's skirtsFTFY
>>22894861>Avenger's on the move again, apparently him and Gilgamesh are doing something at the Einzbern castle.Oh shit. Ilya's maids... Does Shiro have IC knowledge of Ilya's maids?
>>22894900Even manhandling her skirt moves past "trolling" and into "creepy and invasive". A shirt is relatively innocuous but still lets us troll Issei.
>>22894917Aw, the poor guy has a crush on us, let's be nice.
>>22894927Hey, we don't KNOW that.His reaction to the Rin's Shirt plan could very well confirm/deny Archer's "info".
>>22894927We are being nice.We only troll people we like.Or Lancer.But Lancer is a special case. He started that trolling war, but we're sure as hell going to finish it.
>>22894861While they're still distracted, write a note addressed to Archer:- Arc is an ally, here to hunt the vamps- previous wars archer is gilamesh but you probably already know that- cliff notes of what we learnt from kirei- I porked your waifu(Yes we totally fed the girls tonkatsu)-get a damn phoneWe'll pass the note to issei to pass to archer if he sees him
>>22894951Oh, something constructive. Okay, we can do that.
>>22894951>- I porked your waifu>(Yes we totally fed the girls tonkatsu)I WOULD approve of this, but the pun doesn't work in Japanese so>muh immersion
>>22894951Let's do this instead of picking through Rins clothes and messing with Issei.For now, at least.
>I'm gonna go ahead and give you guys a hint.>Walking in and claiming Rin left clothing in your room results in Rin feeding you your testicles. There is no way this particular course of action can end well.>This warning is provided because you have enough Rin points to realize when the trolling goes too far,.
>>22894995>There is no way this particular course of action can end well.Not even if we achieve a level of smugness rivaled only by a certain kitty while doing it?
>>22894861Run to the laundry room. Find one of Rin's shirts (a SHIRT, we are not manhandling her undergarmnets) and try it on. FIND OUT HOW THE MAGIC HAPPENS! WE NEED TO KNOW! WE NEED TO KNOW IF IT ALSO WORKS ON US!>tellmeyoursecertsRinsskirt.jpg
>>22894995As the guy who first posted the shirt suggestion, it was meant as a joke. I forgot that /tg/ loves to latch on to the stupidest of ideas.
>>22894995well then, backing >>22894951Except for the Gil part, cause he already knows
>>22894995Excellent. Points have a use.>THANK YOU BASED AC-GUY.>For shooting down the retardednessWe write the return note first.>>22894951
>>22894995So? We just need to investigate it silently without the other Girls`s help. Just like I suggested in >>22895004They can`t be angry if they don`t find out. We might alsi recruit Issei for that.
>>22894915Yes... We met one before.We need to ask Ilya or perhaps Cain about them. They might be gone and reminding Ilya of her lost companions would not be good...
>>22895030Hmm. [x] Rescue the maids?
>>22895030Yep, ask Cain. We might have a rescue mission to do.
>>22895030Excellent excuse, anyways, to find out exactly what they're doing at the castle.
>>22895054But thats wrong! You obviously have to [x] Rape the Maids.
>>22895083>implying your pic is rape
>>22895083What? NO! We aren't Shiki OR ARE WE?
>>22895083Yes,That why we need to get Shirou to wear Meido.He will then be raped by the sharks.
>>22895089>>22895089Oh Black Saber, you are the Saber of my heart!
>>22895144This is the first time I've noticed it, but that's a vespa. I like to think it's yellow.
>Go to the bathroom.>Come back.>"So the plan is to turn Shirou into rapebait.">Right, ignoring that... bizarre turn, it looks like the plan is to talk to Berserker about Ilya's mansion and writing a return letter to Archer?
>>22895191Yes. And WAIT! This Shirou knows at least some English, since we know he's read American comics (and is a Hawkeye fanboy, good taste on his part), so that means he CAN use the "porked your waifu" pun, he just has to write it in English!
>>22895155I like to think its in a girly lemon green.There need to be more Doujins with Black Saber.
>>22895225>girly lemon greenI think you missed what I was going for there. I also think you meant lime green, but that's beside the point. What comes to mind when you see the phrase "navy blue Rickenbacker Model 4001 with a chainsaw motor attached"?
>>22895263You need to watch FLCL, my friend.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSi6YFVKAPI
>>22895274A 4 CD OST to choose from and you pick Last Dinosaur to represent FLCL? Augh.> Little Busters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bZvc7KnEDQ> Blues Drive Monster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEUjZkD9WBk> Ride on Shooting Star https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zm3eAWU6gEVastly superior.
I scribble a few quick notes and stick it in my pocket, remembering to have Issei pass it back to Archer.Then I wander across the house, and see Ilya sitting on the porch with a napping puppy. Past her is Berserker, sitting far enough to give her distance, but close enough to keep an eye on things. He's sitting cross-legged, and seems lost in thought when I approach him. "Can I help you Malik?""I had a thought. Didn't Ilya have maids or something back in her mansion? What happened to them during the attack?""She had sent them out on an errand to fetch groceries." He responds. "After we were safe, Ameerah had me find them and tell them to lie low. At the moment, they should be in a small but comfortable hotel across the bridge, waiting for further instruction.""They're just living at a hotel?""Ameerah wasn't sure if having four guests instead of two would be asking too much. She also wished for some quality 'family' time." he frowns slightly, under his hood. "Why do you ask?""Gilgamesh and Avenger are still hanging out in the woods around there. I thought maybe it might be one of them. Could they be after a magic artifact of some sort instead?""No, not that I am aware of." He responds, thoughtful. "The little magic we possess that isn't carried with us isn't something that can be stolen. Still, it is a thing worth considering. If you desire to investigate, I shall go with you.">?
>>22895274>>22895330>neither one posts Hybrid RainbowDisgusting.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKt9FZeFts8
>>22895330>A 4 CD OST>4There's a fourth disc?!
>>22895353Ask Ilya, maybe she knows something he doesn't.If she can't shed light on the situation, then INVESTIGATION TIME!
>>22895353Sounds like a planRider and Saber can remain to protect the place.
>>22895353If we do, perhaps we should get Rin to come along too? She can hold her own, unlike Ilya.We should bid Issei goodbye too as well and let the girls know we're heading out.
>>22895353"Sure why not."Go to camping store. Purchase binoculars. Or one of them bitty telescopes, whichever is cheaper.
>Motherfuckers have me listening to CRAAAAZZZZY SUUUUUUUNSHIIIIIIIINE for a little bit when I really should be getting to sleep and catching up laterThe shit I put up with.
>>22895353[x] Mobilize all our Servants, namely Rider, Berserker, Saber and maybe Lancer[x] Attack the Einzbern CastleYou know as well as me that whatever they`re ploting its not good, we kicked Avenger`s Ass already before and now he is still licking his wounds. What we are sitting around, doing nothing, while horrible shit is going on in the city and Gil and Avenger prepare.. something. I say, attack them before they unleash their horrid ASSRAPPERY-Plan on us. 4 Servants against Gil should be enough to defeat him, especially since we have two strong Melee-Severants like Berserker and Saber and Rider for tactical Airstrikes.I say, bring the assrape to them before they bring the assrape to us.
>>22895507You crazy, nigga?We have too many dependants in the house unless you want to bring along Sakura and Ilya to fight. Just Caster alone would be useless.
>>22895507Uh...That seems like a MASSIVE overreaction when we have no fucking clue what they're even doing.
>>22895507>assrapperySo their plan is to blare shitty soulless mass-market rap from giant speakers? We can counter that, we just need to get Sakura a mic and a good beat.inb4 Issei is secretly an insanely skilled DJ
>>22895521Caster and Rin will have to suffice, or we could contact Archer about watching the house while we assemble our troops.Personally I am sick and tired of waiting and doing nothing while we could catch them unaware right now. We should also ask Ilya if we can use the Boundary-Field of the castle to mask our approach while exactly pinpointing their location.
>>22895507>>22895521>>22895535Caster still doesn't want to leave Souichirou.
>>22895507Saber is still contracted to Caster though, so I doubt she'll be able to come along. Lancer doesn't owe us any sort of loyalty, and Shirou still doesn't know who his Master is or what they want out of this. He may just abandon us in the middle of the fight via Command Seal.So that leaves only Rider and Berserker as reliable, trusted combatants.I don't think that's enough to take on Gil.The contract must be re-established between Saber and Shirou first, or hell give her to Rin once Rider re-establishes her own contract with Sakura, before any this team can have a fighting chance.But yeah, I agree that the waiting game is getting tiresome. At least a partial progress would be good for morale.
>So is there a plan here, or....?
>>22895642Shirou rape bait.
>>22895642That we might take one more person, either Rider or Rin to come with us.We'll also speak with Ilya about what they might be doing first.The rest will need to hold down the fort.
>>22895353>>22895642Recon with familiars first, I guess.Hopefully, Rin isn't the only one capable of that kind of magic.
>>22895642AGGRESSIVE RECONNAISSANCE with BERSERKER and RIDER
>>22895661I'm leaning towards Rin.Someone who understands magecraft and can tell us what they're doing would be good. But we're taking Rin out on too many datessss
>>22895661>>22895673>>22895714>So no real consensus yet then.>Tell you guys what, it's getting late here so if this thread's alive tomorrow night I'll keep running.>16 hours should be enough time for you to come up with a plan.
>>22895743Ask Rider if she can send info back to Rin.Ask Rin if we can take a familiar with us.
>>22895661This probably.Though instead of just speaking with Ilya, we have a roundtable discussion. Let folks know what we're planning and when to expect us back.
>>22895753IF we have contact with Arc, I say to hell with this and point her in the direction of Gil and Avenger.IF we have command of Saber, ask her to have Gil engage and follow her, while the rest of the team goes in and kill Avenger.IF Caster has the prana for scrying...Alas, those 'ifs' are not available at this time. I got future plans written down, but I got no breakthrough for an immediate action.
>>22895759I still think we need to attack first, even if its just with Saber, Berserker and Rider. We have to talk to Caster that we need Saber first, though, so that we make our strike against Gilgamesh audn Avenger and that whatever Avenger did to Souchiro will probably be fixed once we fuck him sideways. Thos whole time we had leeway because no one seems to do anything right now, only planning ahead, so the right choice will be to decimate some foes before they get stronger. Since we dont know where the Vampire, Zouken or Assassin is, we need to at least try to defeat Gil and Avenger in a surprise Attack. And since we KNOW that Gold Archer is Gilgamesh Berserker will obviously appear before him as Enkidu and Saber as well as Rider will strike use the opportunity to strike him down.... Or we can always ask Arc if she has a moment and she just bitchslaps them out of existence because after that we can conentrate on the vampire stuff a bit more and without the threat of imminent assrape.
>>22895841We can't bring saber. Not as long as she is contracted to protect Caster and we have too many dependants back at our place, we just can't bring in enough firepower to take out Gil and Avenger.We can ask Arc to come along with us but thats probably it and its not like she has a handphone to contact her with
>>22895907[x] Complain wistfully but loudly about the deficient knowledge of vampire and magus females alike about the wonders of modern technology.[x] Go out and get a some Mobilephones for FUCKING EVERYONE IN THAT FUCKING HOUSE.
>Just make a plan guys>Guys, make a damn planOh gods, it's MechCommander quest all over again
>>22895932I like this plan. Let's do this if we can't muster enough firepower to storm the Einzbern castle.
Ok, stop overthinking this.We're taking Cain (for muscle), Rin (for magic), and Ourselves (because protagonist). Possibly Rider too, but that's Rin's call. We go, figure out what they're up to, throw a wrench in Avenger's plan if necessary, and then we get out.No running off to war half-baked, no trying to get Arc to do our work for us.
>>22896055Eh, close enough.We discuss the recon mission first with the household. Then we move out.
Ok, there is also one thing I have been wondering about but I haven't brought it up because I fell behind and only just caught up now. Remember this piece of dialogue.>"I don't need your permission." Archer responds calmly, Avenger interposing himself between them. Around him, three forms begin to take shape. One a hooded man, hunched and broken. One a Knight, cloaked in Darkness. The last looks like the one I fought in the woods before the last saber arrived.Does this mean that he can summon Alter versions of the servants that fought in the last war?I wonder what Bluebeard Alter would be.....NO OH HELL NO!ISKANDER ALTER!
Am I the only one who noticed that AC-Guy just dropped Avalon in our laps and we're ignoring it? Archer note specifically states that we should have Rin remove it from us because it'd be useful and Archer had it implanted in himself.
>>22896169>but I'm thinking someone else has it right now.Really?
>>22896175Still doesn't explain our capacity for healing. 'Sides crazy dream dude said we had it and when has trusting strange men from our dreams ever bitten us in the ass?
>>22896055If it's just recon or sabotage, I think it can be done with a line-up of Cain, Rider and Shirou.Cain can take the form of Berserker Lancelot and Shirou will just spam swords for Cain to use. Keeping Gil occupied is the priority here.Meanwhile, Rider will just wait up high, then dive bomb Avenger/blow Einzbern castle to smithereens when there is a gap in the defense.The problem is, Cain's copy skill of Eternal Arms Mastership will get a rank down. Would it be enough to steal and use Gilgamesh's higher end Noble Phantasms?>>22896169Archer used to have it in his timeline, but in this timeline it's still unsure where Avalon is I think.
>>22896203To do recon, we'll need to know what we're looking at. That really means we need the magecraft experts, Rin or Ilya to come with us.
>>22896241Right. My bad. Got too focused on the sabotage part. I never considered that the situation might not actually devolve into a battle, if it's just purely recon.Bring Ilya along, I guess, since she is more familiar with the area than Rin.
>>22896286The only problem with bringing Llya along is that we might end up playing the MacGuffin Delivery Service and deliver Llya back to Avenger.
>>22896286Something like >>22896308Also if it does devolve into combat, Rin can pull her own weight.Perhaps we can ask the maids to drop by while we're away at the mansion.
So grab Rin, Assassin and Rider go recon and sabatoge Gil and Venger if we get the chance?
>>22896405>AssassinWatSurely you mean Berserker
>>22896405>Assassin We don't have assassin. Assassin is dead and been replaced by TRUE Assassin. Thinking about it, the only person I can think of that won't be afriad of killing Cain and suffering Gods Curse would be Avenger."So Curse me god! I already bear all the worlds evil!"
>>22896338Okay, so we got a party of Cain, Rider, Rin, Shirou and one of Ilya's maids as a guide.Objective is to investigate what Gil and Avenger are up to, then if it can be done, we throw a proverbial monkey wrench in their plans.
>>22896441Why do you need the maids as a guide when Cain obviously already knows the place?We should just have Sella and Leysritt shore up defences back home.
>>22896428>>22896430Whoops you're right I just picture Cain as constantly wearing a cloak so I get them mixed up.
>>22896455Cain and Shirou (I assume) will be busy with Gil.Rin might need physical backup when Avenger summons those shadows again.Although Rider will be protecting Rin as her current Master, that might not afford her the time, focus and momentum needed to use her Noble Phantasm to sabotage whatever Avenger is planning to do.
>>22896430>"So Curse me god! I already bear all the worlds evil!"But don't Cain and Avenger fill a similar metaphysical role in the ecosystem of Fate? Pariahs who serve as moral lessons?
>>22896617Yes, but i'm not sure exactly how that'll stop Avenger from just abusing the mechanics of metaphysics to ignore it.This is nasuverse, after all.
>>22896617We'd have something to worry about if Avenger wasn't the weakest servant ever.
>>22896934The shadows, man. He almost fucked us up at the church,
>>22900513>Implying that wasn`t Sakura`s Vagina trying to kill us
>>22896071Well, if that happens I hope we have our Realty Marble up and running (or Archer's if he's nearby).I'm curious as to what will happen if we put a Reality Marble inside a Reality Marble.Ignoring the how Iskander Alter probably couldn't use it because it relies on the bond between him and his men. A bond that probably won't hold if it's Iskander Alter.
>Avenger's on the move again, apparently him and Gilgamesh are doing something at the Einzbern castle.The biggest news right here. I like talk of recon, but this screams BOSS BATTLE>There's been a couple of mysterious disappearances in town, one of which happened near the site of the Matou house, the other behind the train station.Plot these on a map. My money's on this being a huge Transmutation Circle a-la Fullmetal Alchemist>Weird blond foreign woman accosted him and demanded that he explain baseball to her. Pretty sure she isn't human, and left conversation almost as confused as him.We need to counter-troll Archer about Arceuid somehow, but I no clue as to how. >Kirei's made a few trips down to the docks, but he was unable to tell EXACTLY where he went.Investigate the docks, kids! This might be less murder-tastic than trying to dick with Gil and Avenger at once>Ayako seen examining markings left by the school, and approaching the place where Shinji attacked her.We resolved this, though we might have friendzoned her.>Shinji spotted going into the woods near the temple, exact destination unknown.WAT. I was pretty sure he was Grail-fodder. WTF could Shinji be doing? I wanna DEFINITELY follow up this>Assassin spotted investigating various areas that when examined had markings like the one at the school.Zouken is on the move again. He's investigating this? I hate Z, but he might know what we don't>Issei mumbles your name in his sleep.I can fap to this.>Consult Rin about pulling a magic artifact out of someone. I had Avalon originally in my timeline, but I'm thinking someone else has it right now.We should do this. Guys, seriously. Stop getting sidetracked and THINK OF THIS.>Avoid talking about the last Grail war, it's completely unnecessary trauma right now. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.Actually useful advice. At least we know how to avoid losing more Rin/Sakura points at this rate
>>22903342>Future information will probably use Issei as a courier. The chance of others realizing his involvement is minimal.Glad to see he thinks this way. While what Rin discovered his latent potential (meaning he can learn some REALLY basic self-defense against magic, at the end of the day, he's not gonna be a front-liner. We should be cautious with Issei as well as Ayako - they're involved by knowing, but they can't easily shake-off magic or fight>Illya's maids are bumming it in a hotelNot particularly useful, but having allies we can call on can be handy.Personal goals: Increase Sakura points (she's part of the Rider package, might as well go all-out), figure out what Taiga's doing right now (she just buggered off a way back), and try to uncover what sort of deal Kiritsugu made with Avenger over Shirou.
Just occurred to me, has anyone archived this thread yet?
>>22903696This would be the twenty-third verse, and it's not up yet. I can archive it now unless someone has a witty line they'd like to put in the description.
>>22903786Err... "We find that out that all the worlds evil has moved into our loli's castle"nah
>>22903342>though we might have friendzoned her.Shit, noWe have to fix this. Seriously.
Hmmm...Hey, do you guys think that one way Shirou deals with stress and... well, shit like this -- is by messing with people, perhaps reflexively so?It would explain why Archer is so good at this...Yeah, this also gives a new, and worrying, look at the antics Shirou pulls and the times he acts like the fool; weee, stress!
>>22904018There is no escape from THE FRIEND ZONE!!!
>>22904115There is, through hard work and kindness! and Awkward romantic advances! And Shirou personifies ALL THREE!
Heads up, someone reminded AC-Guy that Valentine's was a thing. I'm gonna see if he's still up for running later, but this is a.... sensitive subject. Just figured you'd want a heads up about never mentioning it.
>>22904018>>22904115>>22904128I don't think she heard the rest after Shirou said he was there for her.
>So did you guys even come up with a plan, or what?
>>22905713Cain, Shirou, Rin and maybe RiderWe will hold a quick meeting with everyone to let them know what we're up to and if Ilya can tell us anything.We'll also contact the maids, have them come down to look after the house for awhile.
>>22905773I don't mean to grind things to a halt asking this, but wasn't it bring Rider and leave Rin?
>>22905799Unless we're only going there to fight and not doing any recon. And thats not like near enough firepower.And yes, you do.
>>22905713>>22905773Basic team composition, use this plan in case of a brawl >>22896203>Consult Rin about pulling a magic artifact out of someone. I had Avalon originally in my timeline, but I'm thinking someone else has it right now.I think it wouldn't hurt to bring this up while discussing how to go about with the Einzbern castle raid, but Avenger mentioned in the past that Shirou has something that belongs to him that he wanted back.He might be talking about Avalon since he also mentioned some old man (the one in the dream, if I'm not mistaken?) already meddling or something.
>>22906411Wait. What if the "meddling old man" is Zelretch? After all, he's master of the Second Magic, which allows him to fuck with parallel worlds.
So am I the only one thinking the Dream dude was Merlin?This doesn't have anything to do with current plans, I'm just wondering.
>>22906523I suppose we'll have to prepare to engage in the greatest troll war of our time.
>>22906540You are not alone in assuming that. The man in the dream seemed to have knowledge of the sheath, so Merlin was my initial thought too.Or Merlin was actually a disguised Zelretch in this timeline. Fucking parallel world jumping powers.
>>22905713Also, talkign to Sakura when we have a moment.We're cool with Rider, but we need more overall points with the purple posse.
>>22906621>Merlin was Zelretch all alongThis is now fact in my head-canon.
>I need to stop leaving open ended 'what do' options.>I'm getting 'grab Berserker, Rin, and Rider, go investigate mansion'?
>>22907023Yeah, go for it.
>>22907023After a quick meeting.And call the maids for added house defence.
>>22907023Essentially, Yes.Also chat up Sakura when we have a moment being the close second on the list.
>>22907023>I need to stop leaving open ended 'what do' options.Leaving a few of the obvious/smarter options spelled out and an "Other" option is going to get people to cooperate much more. Especially when it's not completely obvious what we need to do when a 'wat do' comes around. I think the sheer amount of new shit to do left people unable to decide what was most important.>I'm getting 'grab Berserker, Rin, and Rider, go investigate mansion'?It's the only thing most people are giving more than a "meh" in response for, so go for it. If we have a chance to talk to people before that, I guess we could talk to Sakura like we've been saying we were going to for like four threads. Oh, at some point we need to talk to either Saber or Rin about Avalon.
>>22907023>Stop leaving open ended 'what do'Can't let you do that Dave.
>>22907112Eh. A little direction goes a long way. (Besides, it's not like this crowd has ever been hesitant to jump in with write-ins.)
I wander around, letting everyone know I wanted to have a quick strategy meeting. When I see Sakura and Rider talking, I stop long enough to give Sakura a hug that she returned with a weak smile before agreeing that plotting our next move is important.Soon I've gathered everyone in the house around the table."So what's the plan then Malik?" Berserker begins."Well, I don't like the whole Avenger and Gil hanging out in the woods. Especially if they're near or around that mansion.""There shouldn't be anything of value there." Ilya comments. "The only things we really left behind were furniture and clothes when we ran away.""Which makes me wonder. Are they wasting their time, or do they know something we don't?" I say, contemplative. "Maybe it's just a convenient place for them to hole up. Maybe they wanted or needed something mundane and that was an easy place to get it.""And not knowing their plans is driving you insane." Issei comments."Yeah. I have no idea what they're planning or what they're doing. I don't even know what their long term plan is, in the vaguest sense." I respond. "The only thing we know is that the two of them are probably the single most dangerous force in the war, and that only makes their seemingly unpredictable agenda all the worse."I get a circle of nods. "So what's your plan then?" Rider asks."Do some recon work, come armed and loaded just in case." I respond. "Only question is who to take. Berserker's a must because we'll need him or Ilya to navigate and he's considerably more durable in a fight than she is. I'm going, but I think we'll need more than two.""I'll go." Rin speaks up. "You're going to need some sort of Magus with you, which right now means me, Ilya, or Caster."I look at Caster. "And you'll want to stay here to look after your Master?""Yes. In truth, Rin will be more useful for you if you want a consultant. My magic is different that the mortal crafts of this age."
>>22907678>Annnd 4chan thinks the second half of my post is spam.>Making a pastebin.
>>22907722Ask Berserker about land marks
>>22907722[X] Ask Berserker about other landmarks.It never hurts to be prepared. Intel, intel, intel!
>>22907722[x] Ask Berserker about other landmarks.[x] Ask Rin to deploy familiars
>>22907722[ ] Ask Berserker about other landmarks.I can't really recall anything in the forest other than the small hut that the CGI dragon took as its lair, and the clearing where Berserker was killed in HF.
>>22907722Ask Berserker about other landmarks.
>>22907796>[x ] Ask Berserker about other landmarks.
[x] Ask Berserker about other landmarks.
"Berserker. Is there anything of significance here other than the mansion? Any landmarks worth mentioning?""Not much. There's a nice clearing, a small a creek.... Other than that shed you encountered myself and Ameerah in, I cannot think of anything special. At least not anything limited to one part of the forest.""Alright. Rin, can you make some familiars or something to help scout the area?""Eh? Shirou, do you not know anything about make- No, never-mind." She sighs. "Crafting a familiar isn't something easily done on the fly, but I do have a couple of birds in the area. I'll call them in and see if they can do us any good."Berserker looks around, absently. "There's something odd about the forest. It feels.... darker. Spookier. It's not like it was.""Yeah, I feel it too." Rin comments, looking around. "I mean, it always looked a little too.... you know. But now something feels worse.""Avenger's in here somewhere." I comment, and get a trio of nods.Rin leans slightly in from where she's standing, while Berserker probes ahead around the immediate area. Almost like he's getting a feel for it. "Hey Shirou? Why does Berserker keep calling you 'Malik'? And what does 'Ameerah' mean?""He was pretty unhelpful when I asked him about the nicknames. I'm also fairly certain that 'Ameerah' is referring to Ilya, since I think it translates to something like 'princess'."She nods. "I wonder why he calls her that instead of Master?""Personal preference? I know Saber called me Master.... once?"Rin smirks. "Not the dominant type?""Let's not go there.">I'm gonna go grab dinner probably between here and the next update. My spell-check is going batshit over foreign names and Arabic terms by the way.>Actions?
>>22908036Let's try sensing Avenger. There is some kind of connection between us, and we have had Shirou try detection magic before, so let's roll some /tg/ dice to try and find Avenger, or whatever is making this forest feel like bad juju.
>>22908036[x] Head towards the mansion.Should we put Rider on overwatch or just proceed?
>>22908036proceed into the forest cautiously until we get Rin's UAVs-I mean familiars in position to spot for us. Have rider be our... well... outrider making sure nothing flanks us
>>22908036You did that thing again. leaving us to dick around with no other options? Bad, AC-guy! No plot advancement for you!Check out the nice clearing. There's bound to be a lovely vista, if nothing else. Just don't split up the party. Shit is feeling mighty Silent Hill here.Alternately, run around shouting "Your waifu's a slu-u-u-ut!" might get things moving. It will likely get us killed. but hey, we get to move the plot forward, right?
>>22908036Head to the creek and examine the water.I've got a hunch.
>>22908140Let's hear it.
>>22907678>When I see Sakura and Rider talking, I stop long enough to give Sakura a hug that she returned with a weak smile before agreeing that plotting our next move is important.It's weird, we try to advance in a a Sakura-esque direction, and we don't get any interaction.. Y U NO LIEK SAKURA, AC-GUY?
>>22908066I agree with trying to sense Avenger.I have no doubt Avenger and Gilgamesh know we're here, but there's no need to give them time to get the drop on us.
>>22908150I was thinking that if they're doing something in the forest there will be magical 'runoff' into the river.
>>22908196Well, the same thing did happen in the last war and Waver found Caster's lair...But that was when he didn't have a clue as to where Caster was. We know that Avenger and Gilgamesh are here, but not what they're doing.If all else fails and we don't find out when we leave, we can nab a sample of the water for Rin to examine later.
>>22908264We're the equivalent of a magical bloodhound. We can smell the water and see if it smells like something it's not supposed to smell like.
>>22908290So if he peed in it upstream.
>>22908036Ask Rin and Berserker where they think the... hmm... "corruption" is strongest. Or just use Shirou as a Dowsing rod equivalent while waiting for Rin's familiars.Alternately, if Rider is already up in the air, just ask where the epicenter of the corruption is via the condition of the surrounding trees.>>22908196A quick look wouldn't hurt either. Get samples since we don't have an alchemy set with us right now.
>>22908290Cannon Shirou is a magic bloodhound.We're a magical bloodhound with chronic sinus problems if the dice in past threads are anything to go by.
>>22908351>We're a magical bloodhound with epileptic fits brought on by motorbikes, if the dice in past threads are anything to go byFTFY
>>22908351I doubt magic is going to set us on fire.THAT BIKE however
>>22908351>Cannon Shirou is a magic bloodhound.What? No, canon Shirou is a magic sword index who doubles as a factory. Analysis, Tracing, Projection only!
>>22908427He was too.Remember, he did find the markings of the bloodfort further away than even Rin could detect them.
>>22908450Well, if this Shirou is sensitive to the "wrongness" of a particular area, should we head towards it right away or avoid it for now and investigate the surrounding areas first?
>So is there a plan yet?>Or do you guys want more time?
>>22908632From what I'm seeing the plan is to first try sensing Avenger, and if that doesn't work to head to the water.
>>22908450That's... huh, completely slipped my mind. Side effect of high-level analysis is sensitivity to boundary fields? Did it come up elsewhere in the game?>>22908632I think trying to detect Avenger and checking the stream.Also we're about to hit the bump limit. New thread?
I close my eyes, and reach out mentally."Shirou? What-" Rin begins, but Berserker shushes her.[DC 16 Magecraft]>>22908670>We hit the bump limit like.... twenty posts ago. I think we're on page four.
Rolled 13>>22908718Let's see what we find.
Rolled 18>>22908718Search mode on.
Rolled 12>>22908718I am the bane of my dice.
>>22908718>I think we're on page four.Well, that WOULD explain the smaller pool of participants...
Rolled 11>>22908718nat1 inbound
>>22908733We're good, turn off dice.
>>22908733Fuck yeah!So will we new thread, then?
>>22908797>new thread>not running the autosage into the goddamn groundYou must be new to these threads.
>>22908797>Probably not. Though it honestly depends on how fast we sink.
>>22908835Well, we could start a new thread to get back some of the players who left, but it seems like a slow night. Keep an eye on the board, if this slides to page 9 we might talk.
>>22908797Wait until page 9.So ask again in about 2-3 hours.
I expand my feelings outward, into the ground like a tree growing roots. The trees, I soon realize are the connecting pins of the boundary field. Instead of a line in the sand, it's the entire forest. A gigantic web of sensors and sigils covering the entire expanse.It takes a strong effort of will to allow me to focus on individual aspects of what I'm touching, instead of being completely blown away by the scope of the magecraft on display.I feel around, and I find the shed we were at. I notice the creek, and see Gilgamesh eating some sort of boxed lunch perched in a tree nearby. As I pass he blinks and looks around as though trying to spot a buzzing fly, but shrugs it off and returns to his meal after only a moment.I see Ilya's house for the first time, and circle the building, trying to get an idea for the building itself as I do so.I feel Avenger in the back of my mind. Somehow it seems that he's both near me and distant, searching confused for something.I might be able to examine the house as well, but that might be over-reaching my boundaries.>Actions?
>>22909040Check around for Avenger. If he's at the castle, fine, if he's not then we're done except for the part where Gilgamesh is nearby.
>>22909040Inform the others of where gil is and that avenger is searching for something in the mansion.Then we head off towards it.
>>22909040Gilgamesh doesn't know that we're here then...Attacking him is suicidal though. Not Daring and adventurous suicidal but "I jump into the grail to stop Gilgamesh!" suicidal.I saw we inform the others on Gilgamesh's location and head towards the mansion.
>>22909040Ask for Rin's opinion on what an entire forest turned into a boundary field means for the team.We know where Gil is already, so no need to waste a familiar on him that he'll just swat at.Redirect whatever familiars on the way to search for Avenger.
>>22909040Try and look underneath the forest.
>>22909128>"I jump into the grail to stop Gilgamesh!"Worked for breaking the Black Cauldron. Of course it killed you with no hope for revival and if you were the least bit unwilling it turned you into an undead thrall in the service of Arawn.>you are now aware that Arawn could have been summoned as a Servant. yfw?
>>22909040inform party about Gil and keep using our esp search powers to hunt down Avenger
>Just so you know, consulting the party requires you to break the trance, and you've been doing this for a little bit to get this far.>I abstracted a little bit, but you've taken about a half-hour at this point.
>>22909221Arawn is too close to a god I think. God the black cauldron would be a scary noble phantasm though - as would any of the shit he stole from his brothers after murdering them.
>>22909221Currently this is mfw. I have not seen the Disney movie in years, and I didn't even know about the books until I googled The Black Cauldron.Ten minutes of google-fu from now I should have a more appropriate image.
>>22909345Break and move out then.
>>22909345Get as much of a look inside the mansion as we can without exhausting ourselves, and then move on.
>>22909355(pic is actually his oldest brother before fighting a hydra in a mountain wielding an axe he dipped in lava, but the grin is suitable).
>>22909345well inform the party about GIl and see what Rin thinks about the forest being different
>>22909355The books are excellent, I used the Chronicles of Prydain as part of the inspiration for a DnD game I never got to run. They're in the same vein as The Once And Future King, except Welsh.
Take a look inside the house, if at all possible. If Avenger's searching for something, we might get a clue as to what. Don't break the trance until we've seen everything we want to.After that, alert the others to Gil's presence and tell Rin about the bounded field: It may just be the Einzbern family's, but it could be something of Avenger's (the amount of time its construction would involve makes that seem unlikely, however).Either way, it could represent a major territorial advantage. We should:A) Consider that Avenger might be using it, and how it might benefit him.andB) See if we can put it to use ourselves.
>>22909645I've still got 30ish Diskworld books to read, I haven't touched The Dresden Files yet...Might as well add this to my kindle too.
I take a deep breath and step back out of the trance, stumbling slightly as the experience dizzies me."Shirou? What happened?""I managed to tap into the boundary field. Fields.""Eh?""Every Tree in the forest has it's own... area around it. But they're all connected together where they overlap, so it's like one giant net." I explain, shaking my head. "Is that a thing normally?""No. I've never heard of it before." She hesitates, thoughtful. "It's actually very clever though. Smaller fields would be easier to set up, and each tree could support a tiny field on its own without needing additional help from a Magus. You could probably cast through it as well, and it would be a lot harder to dispel. Have a hell of a time setting it-" She stops, suddenly realizing something as she turns to face me. "What do you mean you TAPPED into the boundary fields?"".... I found it and used it?" I respond with a shrug. "Is that bad?""That's IMPOSS- Shirou, Bounded fields are only a useful tool to the one who creates it. Or at least, the family of the ones who create it."".... And?""Ilya's family has the magic. You're so different from hers that it would be like spontaneously growing a third arm and learning to speak french."A long silence passes. "Alright, well I can do it, so let's not question the fortune for now and instead add it to the list of things to investigate." I shake my head. "I couldn't quite pin-down Avenger. I think he's in or near the mansion somewhere, but it was... weird when I was feeling around." I hesitate. "Also, Gilgamesh is apparently having a snack near that creek you mentioned, Berserker. I don't think he noticed me though, or at least realized what he noticed.""Well then." Berserker comments. "If they're after something of value in the Mansion, perhaps we should go there next?">Actions?
>>22909739You two head to the mansion, and I'll go scout the area Gilgamesh is in. Once they're away let's walk up and start talking with GIl.
>>22909766No. Bypass Gil entirely, go drop in on the mansion team.
>>22909766Hell naw. I want nothing to do with Gil on our own. To the mansion!
>>22909739Head to the mansion.>>22909766I don't think Gil would chat and talk about the bike that we both hate. Let's not go anywhere near him.
>>22909766Nope.Full speed. Mansion.
>>22909739To the Mansion for much explorations
Don't mess with Gil: He has no reason to avoid killing us here, and we don't have UBW or anything else of that caliber.Go straight to the mansion.
>>22909739>You could probably cast through it as welluh guysAvenger probably knows we're hereand he can probably call Gil any time he wantswe should really just leave
>BRB, I just dropped a chip worth like 200 bucks and I need to find it before it breaks.
>>22909895This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip This chip
>>22909739Huh, so Shirou can access boundary fields here. Maybe dear departed Dad gave him a pass or something.Here's an idea. Do some analysis of magics left behind by Kiritsugu, once we're inside. Find the magic equivalent of a self-destruct button. I think you guys know the rest.
>>22909895Benny has it. You can catch up to him at The Tops.
>>22909926>More Like OH FUCK OH FUCK THIS TOOK A MONTH TO GET HERE OH FUCK.
>>22909963Then AC-Guy steps on chip./crack
>Alright, back. Thankfully not a crisis situation anymore. Looks like we're headed to the mansion?
We head deeper into the forest, as quickly and quietly as we can. Rin starts getting out of breath at a few points, so Rider and I alternated carrying her until she caught her breath.She seemed vaguely irritated about that, but didn't complain much.When we reached the front doors, it was obvious that they'd been blown open by some sort of force, and walking inside reveals a ruined entry-hall.We stay within earshot of each other, and quickly begin searching the area for any sort of clues or information.[DC16 search check]
Rolled 9>>22910680Dice don't fail me now.
>>22910706DICE YOU FAILED ME.
Rolled 20>>22910680Let's do this!
Rolled 2>>22910680Ah, dice, our old nemesis. We meet again.
>>22910726BASED ANONSHIROU BLOODHOUND
>>22910726lucky anon is credit to team.
>>22910726THANK YOU BASED DICE GOD.
>>22910726Not gonna lie, I was expecting to roll a natural 1 here. I'LL TAKE IT!
>>22910680>RiderShe came along?
>>22910791Yeah, in the part AC-guy had to pastebin.
>>22910791Aye.We should make some comment about oily chinese cooking.Like what Sella found out in Prisma Ilya
>>22910791Yeah. See >>22907722
>Fucking 20sI search the mansion, and rather quickly discover Ilya's quarters. Berserker makes a note of packing away some more of Ilya's clothing while he's here, but I notice a weird feeling in the air.I follow my gut, and notice a handful of threads on the floor. Examining them closer reveals that they're old. Old and brittle.Instead of searching the house, I feel the architecture itself, noting that it's old, and the stone isn't local. They Einzbern family apparently imported a mansion at some point in the past, and had it placed in these woods.Apparently they were dedicated to making the best outpost they could for their presence in the war. It only makes sense given that they helped create the Grail.Suddenly, things begin falling into place and I realize something."We need to leave." I turn, looking at Berserker."What?" He says startled. "Why Malik? Did you notice something?""The Einzbern family created the Grail. Avenger wanted this place not because of anything he could find here, he wanted that knowledge. He wanted Ilya.""Then why stay here?""Because he might find something in a book? No, there's only one reason. He knows I wouldn't be able to resist coming back. This entire thing's a trap, he just hasn't sprung it yet."Berserker's eyes widen, and he roughly shoves the last of the clothes he was folding away into the luggage mumbling an apology to Ilya for wrinkling them under his breath. I grab Rin and yell at Rider to follow me as we start to run.I hear movement downstairs, and make a mad dash for the window, With Rin panicking in my arms.It's only the third floor. If I reinforce myself, I'll be fine. And if I screw it up, I'll just have to take the hit for Rin.[DC 16 Magecraft]
Rolled 18>>22911136IM ROLLING WHILE NOT READING WHATS GOING ONNNN
>And we're on page 9.>Not sure I want to make a new thread, since I hate a half-thread's content, but I'm not sure I'll be able to give running my all.
>>22911160We'll take whatever you can give us, AC-Guy.Half is better than none.We'll just use the other half for chatting and crapping
>>22911154Don't worry based Anon, I usually do the same.
>>22911160A half thread of content leaves an entire half thread for waifu shit and crazy conspiracy theories.DO IT, THE NIGHT IS YOUNG.
>>22911160I'd love another few hours of game but I know well the pleasure of keeping the GM happy. Because in my group I am the GM. Start a new thread if you feel up for it, kill it after the next post if you plan on sleeping tonight.
Dangit, I'm late>Kirei's made a few trips down to the docks, but he was unable to tell EXACTLY where he went.Did nobody else think that means he's been in Kiritsugu's locker?
>>22911160It might be best to do that.Sup/tg/ only checks threads once every two hours to see if they've updated. If you have quite a bit left, it might be best to make a new thread.
>>22911248We can force update it though. Just have to do it before it 404s.>>22911244Well shit. I suppose that's better than Kirei summoning Cthulhu with Bluebeard's book, but not by much.
>I think I'll make a new thread in a little bit, kicking off with this new post. First though, if someone would force update this so I can delete the thread and reuse the OP, that would be fantastic.>I'm gonna take a quick break first though.