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>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Psion%20Quest
>Einstein hovered near, perfectly silent. You knew you could check his data at any time: http://pastebin.com/CaAF0yS8

Your name is Heather, and you're not quite sure what you are. Reality twisted around you, and you feel strange, very strange. You wince, feeling your skeleton reshift itself, and when you open your eyes again, Theta looked smaller.
A lot smaller.

You were currently in the dining room of Sarvesh's household, with baked clay walls, several appliances like the CHN built into the walls, and you feel something wrapping tightly around your ankle. You look down- and you're looking down at the front feet of a pinkish, IR-striped centaur. Your clothing is tangled around one of the ends. Reaching down, you move down one of the two, heavy, sluggish pincers you now have. You feel something strange around where your belly button was- as if you had two extra gangly, clumsy arms there, and the way your legs feel are beyond strangeness.
>Field too long!
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"Yes!" Theta said. His voice seemed to boom in the back of your head, and blurred together- like someone slammed up the gain and down the volume. Centaur hearing wasn't very good, you quickly figured out. "Three complete changes simultaniously. I *am* the best."
"... I'm not quite sure what you've done." You hear Sarvesh say, and look at him. He was... a lot smaller. as small as a tall human, now, his carapace dark red- and the carapace on his back was made of multiple shells placed together.
"How do I look?!" Pheles slurred, and you look over to her- she was human, with UV-white hair and tanned skin. "Ugh, I can't talk at a- ow!" She said, biting her own tongue.
She was also perfectly nude, and about your size, you'd guess. And then you realize that you have seven fingers sticking out of your upper lip, dangling down- and that your nostrils were on either cheekbone, flapping as you took a breath. You felt like you were wearing a suit of armor everywhere, skintight.
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>>24456973
<I can't fly my ship like this.>
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oh nice we're a centaur!

"That is impressive." Use Einstein's viewer to see what we look like now.
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>>24456973
"This is very disconcerting."
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>>24456973
"dfg'*tyu**wer're'cv*"
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>>24456973
so female Sarvesh
centaur heather
human pheles
not bad theta
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<... I can't fly my ship like this.> You say, and flap your mandibles forward.
"Don't worry, I'll turn it off again later."
Pheles tried to take a step- and stumbled into you. It was impossible for something so tiny to push you even slightly, it felt.

You close your eyes- where the eyelids came from the sides of your eyes, rather than the top- and focus on Einstein to see yourself. Constrained to human eyesight, you looked reddish tan, with a thick, single shell on your back, Pheles leaning on you giggling and biting her tongue some more, and four legs- your clothing coiled around your front right ankle.
"Thi*buzz* i*buzz* very discon*buzz*er*click*ing." You say.
"... It's what?"
"Very disconcerting." Sarvesh said. "That's what she said."
Pheles just changed to hugging you. "Not used to two legs. Or tongue." She said, very slowly and deliberately. "You're cute, Heawer. Heawer."
"Use your tongue on your upper teeth." Theta said.
"Heather! Hehe! I said it!" She said.
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>>24456973
grip theta by the neck and lift.

"I think I'll have to kill you; and one of the few things stopping me is how clumsy I am and the fact that I'd like to go back to being human sometime."
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>>24457095
Manifest a dress or something at the very least for pheles
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>>24457095
"You look so tiny now!"
Carefully pick her up and place on our carapace.
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>>24457118
>Manifest
just lend her some clothes as she's our human size right now
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>>24457095

better have her put on some clothing... the only ones we've got are ours.
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>>24457095
"You're cute too, Pheles. And Sarvesh, you're so tiny."
So are we a male centaur?
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"You loo*click* so tiny now!" You say, your voice booming and strange. You reach out to lift her- and then you realize that the 'inside' of your upper arm's two pincers is designed for shearing throug limbs... so instead you slide your arms underneath her armpits, and lift her up, twisting around your entire waist. It felt strange, like your spine had an axle connecting to your waist- you could probably twist it over 360 degrees. Carefully, you set her on your shell, and feel a small person sitting on what you think of as your butt, dulled by the 'armor'.

"Yay!" She said. "I am prewy.. pretty tiny now. You're so big!" She said, waving out her arms. She hugged you again, and gave you an appraising look. "Ewrywing... everything looks so weird. No IR, or you-wee.. UV."

"You can use my clothes." You tell Pheles, getting more used to *not* clicking your tongues when you spoke. You didn't have teeth, so that was rather strange, so you had to get used to things. Luckily, telepathy did most of the hard work for you.
"Yay!" She said, and carefully, slowly made her way off of your back. You lifted a leg, and felt your entire balance shift *much* more than you were used to, and she started pulling on your clothing, figuring out how it worked.

"... I'm very disconcerted right now." Sarvesh said. "I don't know what's changed about me, but I am smaller."

Pheles gave him a once over- and started giggling. "You're a girl!"
Sarvesh hung his head.
"And Heather's male!" Theta called.
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>>24457095
"I'm just gonna stand here for a while."
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>>24457211
"Hah!"
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>>24457211
"Um."

"What do."
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>>24457211
leer at sarvesh; leer at him HARD
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>>24457211

"I don't feel like I am, I think?"
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>>24457211
Pheles: <Does that mean I have wiggly bits now?>
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>>24457260
whatever we do, don't think of sexytimes with anyone.
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>>24457277
Unless Theta messed up, it's not going to come out unless we're holding hands.
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>>24457277
It's cool, we already asked Sarvesh and Centaurs don't get awkward boners.
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>>24457277
Apparently centaur boners just bump against the inside of the carapace unless you make them come out.
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>>24457211
>Minor correction; Ball joint, not axle.

"I don't feel like I am, I think?" You say.
"Oh, you are." Theta said.
<Does that mean I have wiggly bits now?> You ask Pheles, and she blushed as brightly as physically possible, the IR easily visible on her cheeks. She looked under you for a bit, then bit her top lip nervously and nodded.
<You... you do. You have the plates and everything.>
"And here is where I turn up *all* the hormones and watch the fun-" Theta said, suddenly tugged into the air by Sarvesh.
Sarvesh shook him.
"I dare you." He said- he sounded as angry as you've ever seen him.
"... That last part was a joke." Theta squeaked.
"... Oh! Okay." Sarvesh set him back down again, and patted you on the head.

Pheles finally got your shirt on, and got to her feet- she was a bit bustier, *much* longer legged than you, and just slightly flabbier, but she fit in your clothing fine. "Tada~!"
"You're very pretty." Sarvesh added, neutrally. She stumbled over to him, arms out to keep her balance, and pulled him into a hug as well.
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>>24457339
>and patted *him* on the head
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>>24457339
you know I could get used to this extra pair of legs businesses, nice and stable...although I'd hate to see how running feels...and at least be happy you've still got all the appendages you're used to sarvesh. you guys have some weird feeling arm bones
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>>24457339
"Hah, so are you, Sarvesh!"
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>>24457339

"he's right, you would be very popular."

take a few exploratory steps, carefully.
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>>24457339
"He's right. You got bigger boobs than me as well."
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"Hah, so are you, Sarvesh!" You call.
Sarvesh went perfectly, utterly silent.
"He's just confused because he likes you a lot, but he's not attracted to you when you're all manly." Pheles said.
Sarvesh shot her a glare.
"He's right, though." You tell Pheles. "You would be very popular. You've got bigger boobs than me as well."
"Do I? I thought the top bit was a little too tight." She said, and looked down the front of her shirt, readjusting her clothing. Sarvesh went bluer and forcefully averted his eyes.

You try to take a step- and one of your front legs shoot sideways away from you, making you lean forward.
"Um, okay. Our hips and knees are all sideways compared to you guys." Pheles said. "So you need to try... shuffling. Sideways."
Carefully, you skid your leg sideways, the entire, crookedly bent leg stepping forward- and then you do the next, stretching your other front leg- and then you pull both rear legs closer to your torso, twisting around to watch how they move.
Walking was probably the weirdest and hardest part about the entire change.
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>>24457475
"Uh...not sure I'll get anywhere like this. Hopefully I'll get used to it quickly or it'd take whole day just to get back to the ship."
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>>24457475
"It's like you really are crabs."
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>>24457475
"Okay... I think I've got it..."
Shuffle around the room a bit.
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>>24457475

"this is soooo, strange!"
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>>24457475
"Crabwalking!"
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Just turn sideways and treat it like your facing forward.
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>>24457475
<my sarvesh you seem to be turning blue again, it's fun to be able to see more expression in your face now...>
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<My, Sarvesh, you seem to be turning blue again.> you say. <It's fun to be able to see more expression in your face now.>
<I'm just... realizing exactly why Pheles has so many suitors.> He said, quietly.
"Okay." You buzz. "I think I've got it..."
You shuffle forward some more. "This is sooo strange!" You say.
"Walking on two legs is harder!" Pheles called back, wobbling forward. "You guys have like no balance at all. You have to lean waaay back just to shift your weight a little!"

Time passed, and a short time later, you and Pheles *think* you got the hang of walking. Theta had bright green hair by now, tied into a ponytail, and he was lounging back on your back, relaxing.
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>>24457603

stop walking, turn around, mess up theta's hair.

"when did you get on?!"
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"I wonder if I should keep the eyes... Any chance you could install some sort of IR filter as well, like shades? Or... Maybe I could make shades... Maybe integrate them?"
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>>24457603
"...I wonder if my cannon would be easier to fire in this form..."

"einstein activate projected CAD program I wish to do ENGINEERING"
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>>24457603
Wouldn't humans have really good balance actually? Just not be very stable in comparison.
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I honestly don't mind Theta messing around with our form too much. As long as he doesn't mess around with our mind we can put up with it as a price of being friends.

Like Heather's friends do to her being a complete flirt and technophile hah.
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>>24457720
I think we should find out Anna's favourite animal.

Then get Theta to monstergirl us.
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You stop tromping forward, and turn back to Theta. "When did you get on?!"
"Your back isn't very sensitive." He said, and knocked on the hard shell.
"I wonder if my cannon would be easier to fire in this form..." You say.
"Probably not." Sarvesh added.
"I wonder if I should keep the eyes." You say. "Maybe I could install some sort of IR filter as well, like shades? Or maybe I could make shades..."
"You haven't even played with your lower arms yet." Pheles said. "Human arms are like... a combination of both of our pairs. A lot stronger than the lower ones, and a lot more fingers than the upper ones."

You reach out with one of your lower arms- and it shot out, almost four feet forward. They seemed ball-jointed as well, and you were relatively certain you could try to grab your own rear ankle with it, reaching below your undercarriage.
"Anyway, I figure I'll leave you guys like this as long as you want." Theta said. "I subtly stole some samples for all of you guys beforehand, so I can turn you back exactly how you were."
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Anyway I can get a recap of the 50+ threads so I do not feel like I am walking in on the middle of a movie with no idea what is going on? Sort of want in on this
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>>24457788
Your behind a lot, just read the threads, it would be easier.
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>>24457788

We've gone over a loooooooooooooooooot of ground. What you can do is go through archives and ctrl-f Exabyte, and you'll just pull up the plot-relevant posts. I think you'll like it, this is a good quest.
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>>24457788
We're psychic, we go to psychic school, Void Queen is BBEG who likes killing psychics.
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>>24457779

"I much prefer my original body but this is a pretty fun experience. maybe change back after we meet your father, Sarvesh?"
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>>24457779
"Should probably change back before we leave, but until then I dunno. Might be kinda cool."
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>>24457779
To Theta: <Oh no, I hope you didn't mistakenly grab one of Summer's hairs off of my shirt, thus turning me into a catgirl like the plot of a bad movie. That would be just awful~>
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>>24457803
>>24457815
>>24457819
Got ya, I will jump into the archives and try to catch up in time for next quest
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>>24457837
it won't take long, maybe 12 hours or so of constant reading :P
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Exabyte I love you and your quests.
I wish I could have your babies.
That is all.
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>>24457839
nah, probably no more then an hour if he skips all the suggestions.
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>>24457788
We're just chilling with a friend on his alien planet right now basically. The shapeshifter dude just turned us into an alien.
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>>24457852
fiar point
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>>24457779
"I don't think I'll be able to get used to the walking. It's like...pacman, or something."
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"I don't think I'll be able to get used to the walking. It's like... pacman, or something."
"Pacman?" Theta asked.
You shrug.
"I much prefer my original body, but this is a pretty fun experience." You say, shifting your weight. It seemed that your legs were the heaviest part of your body- a kick would do a lot of damage. "Maybe change back after we meet your father, Sarvesh?"
"Ugh, no." Sarvesh said. "I was hoping we'd get on our way before he gets here. He's nice and all, but he'll force us to stick around while he tries to set me up. Let's just... try to eat lunch, and then all of us change back. Okay? Everyone fine with that?"
"I'm okay with it." Pheles said.

You turn to Theta and telepath with him. <Oh no, I hope you didn't mistakenly grab one of Summer's hairs off of my shirt, thus turning me into a catgirl like the plot of a bad movie. That would be just awful~>
<Nope!> He said, and held up a small plastic bottle- like one of those ancient, ancient film canisters. <Skin flakes. And I can tell exactly what every bit looks like. I could tell Summer's hairs.>
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>>24457844
Sorry, I've dibs.
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hmm, I just realized we don't know how to pout at him in this form.

the fiend! He negated our greatest weapon!
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>>24457900
<Man take a hint. You gotta give me cat ears and tail for when Anna gets back.>
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>>24457912

Motherfucker, I will fight you.

>>24457915

Beam a pout directly into his head.

>>24457900

Is that him thinking really hard at us again?
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>>24457900
<Aww.>
"Well phooey."
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>>24457900
"Okay, time to find out how centaurs taste."

>>24457915
He was apparently immune to it anyway.
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>>24457900

<that's convenient.>

"alright, I'm dying to experience food with this strange mouth!"

don't forget to drink!
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>>24457945

Actually, do we need to? Now that we're not in the radiated form?
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>>24457960

better safe than sorry.
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>>24457928
>No, this time he's actually directly 'speaking' to the voice in his head. He's following through on the connection you established, which nonpsions can do. It's not exactly a conscious thing.

"Okay, time to find out how centaurs taste!"
"I'll be making a ton of centaur food, then. And something for pheles, of course." He said.
You try your best to pout at Theta- and Pheles got a direct blast from it.
"Oh no, what did I do?" She asked. "I'm sorry!" She pulled you into another hug- or, to be more correct, she pulled herself into a hug with you.

<Aww.> You say.
<What, you *want* to become a mutant humancatgirl?> Theta asked. <Because I can do that. You'll just have to make it worth my while. It's less fun if I change people when they want me to change them.>
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>>24458001
<Yeah, I figured I'd turn into a humancatgirl to mess around with Anna. I'll give you details of how it goes in return.>
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>>24458001
><What, you *want* to become a mutant humancatgirl?> Theta asked. <Because I can do that. You'll just have to make it worth my while. It's less fun if I change people when they want me to change them.>
nah, man I'm just teasing you
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>>24458001
<I'll think of something!>

"Sorry, not aimed at you. Pouting is hard in this form."
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>>24458001

<was worth a shot.>

"I'm sorry, i didn't mean to! I just can't aim very well in this form."
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>>24458001
<Well, not right now.>
"Sorry Pheles, I didn't mean you. How do centaurs pout?"
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>>24458001
<How about learning telepathy?>
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>The technopathic worm has been decoded entirely. We... *believe* that we can allow a psion to learn new disciplines rather easily, as long as they have a 'teacher' with technopathy as well.
in light of this I suggest that we try to give rho/robin TK, after first consulting the D man on safety.
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"Sorry, I didn't mean to!" You say. "Pouting is hard in this form. How do centaurs pout?"
"The same way they smile, and flirt, and everything! Though their eyes."

<How about learning telepathy?> You asked him.
<I don't know how you'd teach me, but if you can, I'll do it.> Theta said.

Soon enough, Sarvesh came by with many less trays on his abdomen than usual, and set out something familiar- the first things he'd ever made for you. You picked it up with a lower arm carfully, and took a bite.

And poked yourself in the roof of the mouth on it, as your toothless jaw smacked down on it. It hurt, and you almost expected your eyes to water... but it seemed that centaur eyes didn't do that. Instead, with your mandibles, you carefully shredded it. It was almost fun to peel apart the layers, and then when it came time to taste-
You realized. Centaurs can hardly ever taste. It was... fun, but not quite delicious or anything.
"Oh my god." Pheles said, cramming a waffle in her mouth. "Thith is so good!"
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>>24458066
I think we should give Alex some actual powers beyond being boring first.
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>>24458137
>You realized. Centaurs can hardly ever taste. It was... fun, but not quite delicious or anything.
now sarvesh needs some human time
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>>24458137
"I have to hand it to taste instead of texture in this round."
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>>24458147
He has the best power of us all! Counter Spell
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>>24458137
"Oh man, this is fun, but centaurs need tastebuds *so* bad."
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>>24458147
giving rho TK should help with our debt to Sarvesh. HE want her to hate him less, and she's like that because she's jealous of his multipowers and ranged teleport.
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>>24458191
As long as it's not Telepathy. Rho with Telepathy will take passing thoughts of arousal or 'what if's' as 'consent'.
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>>24458137

"it's fun taking it apart but... i feel that i can't appreciate it as much as i should. I'm just too used to tasting."
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"It's fun taking it apart, but... I feel that I can't appreciate it as much as I should. I'm just too used to tasting. Centaurs need tastebuds *so* bad."
"You're right, they do. Gimme a sec."
Theta closed his eyes, and focused on Sarvesh and you... and suddenly, you could taste the chocolate and cheese with a depth you didn't understand until now. Sarvesh's eyes widened as he ate, and then he started grabbing sweeter foods, biting them into strips with his mandibles and slowly eating some more waffles.
"... This *is* good!" He said. "This is delicious. I'm a fucking good cook!"
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>>24458208
I pick TK because of the character interview we had with her
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>>24458223
"Hurrah! That's the spirit!"
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>>24458223
yea every one tells you that like all the time...
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>>24458223

"Damn, Sarvesh! I think that's the first time I've ever heard you swear."
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>>24458255
but with out taste buds he couldn't tell what the fuss was about
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>>24458223

"now it feels like i never truly appreciated food before!"

"soooo good!"
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>>24458223
Giggle. Or whatever centaurs do for that.
"Yes, you are."
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"Damn, Sarvesh!" You say, and giggle "I think that's the first time I've ever heard you swear."
"Exactly." He said. "I saved up my swearing for this very moment." He said, and started stripping more waffles to consume.

Some time later, Pheles was sitting back, eyes closed, in some sort of food coma, while Sarvesh was cleaning up after lunch.
Theta leaned over next to you, and leered at Sarvesh. "Don't you want that sexy lady over there?" He whispered, chuckling. "Want to feel those soft plates rubbing up against your undercarriage, you hear her warble as you please her..."
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>>24458223
are these nagala tastebuds?

wait probably not, Jilly can taste chemicals, probably just a different creatue.
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>>24458350
"STOP. CEASE."
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>>24458350
as fun as that would be I promised Anna.

Just leave it at that. Don't budge an inch.
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>>24458350
>Theta leaned over next to you
<not really, as fun as that might be I'd rather keep Anna>
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>>24458350
"Curious though I am, I'm taken, remember."
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>>24458350
"Yeah, no. Sorry, the plates and undercarriage thing isn't really doing anything for me."
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>>24458350
"Maybe if I hadn't promised Anna. But I did, so nope."
And since he's so close to us, let's glomp his head with our tounges.
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>>24458350
"I'm sure that would be interesting, but I'm in a relationship already."
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>>24458350

take a drink.

"are you suggesting I cheat on Anna? you have a strange sense of humor."
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>>24458350
"Poor Sarvesh, I don't think he'd know how to react to that."
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>>24458350
"Anna would shoot you, then me. So no."
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"As fun as that would be, I promised Anna." You say.
"Ohohoh~" He said. "Would you prefer Anna to be the one rubbing up against your undercarriage, writhing-"
"Stop. Cease!" You call, and he cackled.

"Cease what?" Sarvesh asked.
"Nothing!~" Theta responded.

You take a drink of water, lifting the glass to your mouth and just pouring it down your throat. Not being able to swallow was strange.

"Fine, fine. Who wants to be back to normal?" Theta asked, brushing off his hands. "I'll do you all one at a time this time."
"I think I might feel better if I turned back." Pheles said, raising a hand. "I think I ate too much."
"Alright! declothe!"
Pheles peeled off he clothing (And sarvesh averted his eyes), and then Theta focused, and Pheles became herself again, just a bit smaller than you were.
"You *are* pretty cute like this, you know." Pheles said, leaning close to you. "Handsome, even."
"Me next?" Sarvesh asked. Theta pointed at him, and you saw how large Sarvesh truly was- he dwarfed you and Pheles entirely.
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>>24458516
and now me! leave the eyes please though, I like them
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>>24458516
Squeak, or eep.
or both, in a strange mutation of sorts.
"My turn, keep the eyes though."
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>>24458516

"oooh, intimidating. Quick change me before someone think I'm here for Pheles!"
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We should find some IR blocking shades.
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>>24458516
"Wow, Sarvesh. You're huge!"
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"Wow, Sarvesh. You're huge!"
"I'm the same size I always was." He responded. You turn to Theta again. "My turn. Keep the eyes, though, I like them."
"I'll see if I can finagle them so that they look normal." He said, and focused... and you shrunk down, your carapace turning once again into flesh, your arms fusing together and dwindling. Sarvesh turned and looked directly away once you were human, but Theta didn't feel the need to avert his eyes as you got dressed.
"So, that's that. Sarvesh and Pheles, I kept your tastebuds at almost human level. If you're fine with that."
"Oh, yeah! Definitely." Sarvesh said.
"Sweet. Literally." Pheles added.
"And Heather, I might give you ears and a tail later, if I feel like it." He said, and shrugged. You pulled on the rest of your clothing, the shirt slightly stretched from Pheles wearing it, but you had your omnitool again.
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>>24458614
"Cool. What's the plan now?"
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>>24458614
"That was certainly an interesting morning."
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>>24458614

"where are we off to now?"
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"Cool." You say. "What's the plan now?"
"The plan now was to have Nerull show you around the Hii'gara." Sarvesh said. "But then Pheles did her whole bit and he's gone, so he can't show you anything. But what I can do is finish my Mysterious Device and let you all see what it is."
"I know what it is." Omnissiah said.
"Yeah, I know you know." Sarvesh said. "This way."

He led you through some of the clay domes into one with a staircase, downward, underground. Tromping down into the dark, you found a rather large cavern, struts and supports holding it up. Theta and you were looking around- you didn't expect there to be some sort of secret underground workshop to be here...
"This is my room." He said, and you saw the hugest beanbag you'd ever seen in your life, a pinup of a redhaired stripper on one of the walls, gadgets and parts covering a large table along the other end of the wall, and the second-largest trid screen you've ever seen in your life- the first largest being the one in the cinema at Cloud City.
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>>24458714
"Beanbag! Strippers! Gadgets! Second largest tridscreen! Hooray!"
Dive into the beanbag
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>>24458714
"Sarvesh, this is one killer pad. You know how to furnish a place."
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>>24458714

...so this is what a Centaur bachelor pad looks like...
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>>24458714
Stare at the poster, "Red hair, huh?"
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"Sarvesh, this is one killer pad." You say. "You know how to furnish a place."
"Red hair, huh?" You ask.
"Yep." Sarvesh said.
"The last one had blue hair." Pheles said. "He has a collection of them hidden somewhere."
"Yeah." Theta said, eying the pinup, who was wearing a thong and covering her breasts with her hands. "Classy."

Pheles and you whumphed down onto the beanbag at the same time- it was so large that Sarvesh could even fit in it comfortably, and you lay there watching him. He had Omnissiah's drones fly out to get something from Surya, and brought in a strange, large device utilizing part of the demiurg bubble drive. He plugged a few things in, connected in a gadget...
"Omnissiah, how's the programming coming?"
"It's done." He responded.

"Good." Sarvesh said, and grabbed the device in all four hands. "Everyone, stand behind me."
He lifted up the device, and pulled the trigger... and the bubble drive components started firing dark particles... and you saw light bend into a sphere, not far from the front of the device. The 'heart' of the sphere was pure, utter black.
"Haha!" He called. "It worked! Throw something at it!"
Pheles tossed a screwdriver at it. It flew back at her at *exactly* the same speed. Sarvesh cackled.
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>>24458818
Squee.
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>>24458818

Holy shit, a kinetic inverter?! Sarvesh, you're the best!
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>>24458818

what has science done?

"you figured out how to mechanize my ability? cool!"
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>>24458818
>Resist urge to poke it with TK.
"Awesome! Got any tests lined up for it?"
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>>24458818
"Holy shit, you've built a force field!"

"Hmm, I've got a devious idea now. How much do little drives like that cost, and what did you need to turn it into that?"
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>>24458853
No, read it again.
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>>24458818
deflector shields go
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>>24458818
"How? How?!? We need to make more! and mount them as point defence on Surya!"
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>>24458857
>>Resist urge to poke it with TK.
fail to resist urge to poke it with tk
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>>24458818
>Lick the Dark Matter.
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>>24458818
OH FUCKING GOD!!! GET IT INSTALLED ON THE SHIP!!!
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"Holy shit, a kinetic inverter?!" You ask. "Sarvesh, you're the best!"
"That's what I thought too!"
"Awesome! Got any tests lined up for it?"
"Poke it with TK." Sarvesh said. "Shoot at it. See if we can widen the sphere and make it defract instead of reflect..."
"That last bit is entirely possible." Omnissiah said. "Hit that switch."
Sarvesh hit the switch, and the bubble drive plating wheeled back slightly- and the sphere turned into a disc, whirling clockwise. Pheles threw something else at it, and it went shooting off sideways.
"Holy shit, you've built a force field!"
"Even more." Sarvesh said. "It works with *light*."

You reach out to poke it with TK... and you don't feel anything as you do. You simply reach into it- and touch the wall to the side of the room, rather than the front end of the device itself. It'd ... turned your telekineis sideways.
"How? How?!?" You ask. "We need to make more! And mount them as point defense on Surya!"
"Here's the blueprints." Sarvesh said, and you took a look at it- it was pretty simple in theory- to throw enough particles with just enough charge to slightly condense space, and then send more particles to whirl around it at speed, bending it into a sphere. But... the complexity of the programming required...
And then your retrocog kicked in.
>"I will test how well I can do with full access to the Extranet." Omnissiah responded.

You open your eyes to look at Omnissiah.
"... I maaaay have had a little help from Omni." Sarvesh said.
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>>24458967
Raise eyebrow.
"Only a little?"
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>>24458967
Squee, hug them both.
The magnificent bastards they are.
"You magnificent bastards you!"
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>>24458967
"Omnissiah, you are an inventors best friend. You *need* to get some patents going."

"Can it form the sphere anywhere? If I wanted a forcefield on Surya, how many would I need?"
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>>24458967
"Group hug!"
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>>24458967
"I think I just found out what to do with the other 53% of Helios' energy output..."
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>>24458967
"Should we...fire the ion laser at it?"
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>>24459025
not inside atleast.
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You squee, and tug Sarvesh and Omnissiah into a hug. "You magnificent bastards, you!" You cry. "Can it form the sphere anywhere? If I wanted a forcefield on Surya, how many would I need?"
"The sphere is limited to either seven point five inches from the front end of the device, and at maximum width and deflection, the only range possible is twenty eight point two inches." Omnissiah said. "To cover Surya entirely with the sphere function, you would need... more than could fit. To cover surya with the disc function, you would need... three hundred and seven of them."
"Should we... fire the ion laser at it?"
"No." Sarvesh said. "It'd either slam back into it's own beam and explode, or it'd deflect sideways and melt my wall. The math holds up."
"As much as you could understand." Omnissiah responded.
"Yes, as much as I could understand."
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>>24459054
Well, we needed something to do with all dat cash anyways.
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>>24458967
if we could make a spherical field then I'd finally be able to make that crystal for Newt
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>>24459054
Giggle
"How's the energy drain?"
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>>24459054
"What about with a bigger drive core? We've got a beefy fusion engine in Surya, so it can handle the extra power draw."

"Hmm, if we mount one in a hardened turret, could you write tracking and interception programming Omni? We'd need a lot less of them that way."
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>>24459054
>"The sphere is limited to either seven point five inches from the front end of the device, and at maximum width and deflection, the only range possible is twenty eight point two inches." Omnissiah said. "To cover Surya entirely with the sphere function, you would need... more than could fit. To cover surya with the disc function, you would need... three hundred and seven of them."
any way to increase the range, or decrease the device's size?
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>>24459054
"What happens if the sphere move into matter? It could make an awesome battering ram."
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"How's the energy drain?"
"As much as running a standard bubble drive on power saving mode." Omnissiah responded. "Not significantly. It would, however, take most of the power in Surya's engine if you intended to plant all three hundred and seven devices on the hull. Your remaining power for life support would take the remainder."
"Any way to increase the range, or decrease the device's size?" You ask.
"No." He responded.
"Even with a bigger drive core?"
"Even with. It's an unavoidable limitation."
"Hmm, if we mount one in a hardened turret, could you write tracking and interception programming Omni? We'd need a lot less of them that way."
"I could, but UPA bylaw prohibits turrets, as well as any other space-born weapon for those not authorized."
"What happens if the sphere moves into matter? It could make an awesome battering ram." You say.

Theta just watched, as Sarvesh moved the sphere into the table- and the table tore itself to shreds, sparks flying from the metal flechettes, lethal slivers as thin and as long as hairs shooting every direction. You catch them all with your TK as Sarvesh hastened to turn the device off.
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>>24459124
>awesome battering ram."
you mean power fist, for some power armour
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>>24459180
"Wow."
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>>24459180
"Not a shooty turret, a shieldy turret silly."
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>>24459180
"AWESOME."

"So what were you planning on using it for, Sarvesh?"
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>>24459180
>>24459184

>Theta just watched, as Sarvesh moved the sphere into the table- and the table tore itself to shreds, sparks flying from the metal flechettes, lethal slivers as thin and as long as hairs shooting every direction. You catch them all with your TK as Sarvesh hastened to turn the device off.
definitely a power armour device
combo storm shield power fist
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>>24459211
The law probably doesn't bother with the distinction, seeing as shieldy turrets have never existed before.
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>>24459180

Yeah, what this guy said:
>>24459184
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>>24459180
"Oh. That sucks. I guess no ship forcefields then."
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>>24459184
... Why don't we have a suit of power armor yet?
With radiation shielding, also noface helmet.
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>>24459180
Man, the UPA is full nofun when it comes to spaceships.
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>>24459267
Well, we could, but it would basically be an oh shit switch to trap us within the confines of our ship until danger passes.
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>>24459238
Fuck law, we're pirates, bitch.
Also, just make them deployable, so that when not in use they're inside the ship.
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>>24459304
with this I might not need to worry about someone destabalizing my energy crystals. Just set up a room with a power source to deflect any TK from outside.

Sarvesh and Omni, solving problems from before they existed.
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"Oh, that sucks. I guess that means no ship forcefields, then."
"I could likely make you as many as you wish, with significant amounts of money." Omnissiah said. "Now that I've seen Sarvesh make it, I can recreate it much more quickly and possibly more miniaturized. I would also purchase a full complement of maintenance drones with which to build them."

"That is so cool!" Pheles said, hopping on her four legs excitingly. After trying to walk as a centaur, you're stunned by this impromptu display of incredible alien acrobatics.
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>>24459180
"...If we mounted them on Surya's drones, could we use them as point defense drones? Have them fly around the ship with the fields online and soak up incoming whatever."
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lets make enough to cover a room. No more outside interference by unknown telekenetics!

>>24459386
ooo now thats thinking with drones
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>>24459386
like defense drones from FTL
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>>24459399
I've Cave Johnson, now your thinking with force fields
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>>24459345
"I'm sure you could make loads of money selling these to the UPA. Or at least selling the license."
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>>24459345
"You're sure the diameter of the discs are limited? Five hundred years ago, they said the speed of light was an absolute limit too."
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>>24459345
"May I talk to it?"

If yes, <Hello. I'm Heather.>
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>>24459420
well we know teleportation is possible... I wonder if we can build a portal device.
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>>24459442
and now it will act like a parrot mimicing everything we say
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>>24459442
It wants to be friendly but all it knows is how to push people away ;_;
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"... If we mounted them on Surya's drones, could we use them as point defense drones? Have them fly around the ship with the fields online and soak up incoming whatever."
"No. The maintenance drones do not have enough power generation to sustain the devices." Omnissiah said.
"You're sure the diameter of the discs are limited? Five hundred years ago, they said the speed of light was an absolute limit too."
"Speed of light *is* an absolute limit." Omnissiah said. "We simply use a loophole to travel faster. I am relatively certain, but not entirely certain."

"May I talk to it?" You ask.
"Go ahead."
<Hello, I'm Heather.>
<Positioning three point two degrees left of solar object twelve gravitometer Hello Heather current rate of rotation of parent body is three hundred twelve units a second while current rotation of parents body's solar object is twelve point two point one. Current weight is 1.2 terran gravities and current approxomate location is negative eleven point twelve longitude->
You pull your mind out of the device for a bit, utterly confused. It was a mishmash of numbers and thought- unable to spare much of anything to speak to you.
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>>24459386
>"...If we mounted them on Surya's drones,
still illegal, we're better off with >>24459184
power armour
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its very focused on the position of things. Makes sense I guess.
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>>24459184
>>24459237
I like this idea, but it also need rad shields.
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they would make deadly missiles, power source, thruster, and emmiter.
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>>24459517
"Eh, the size of the effect kinda limits it a bit. What do you plan on using it for?"
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>>24459594
that would be expensive and wasteful. with power armour it would be both shield and power fists
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>>24459614
governments have often not cared about expense when it comes to weapons.
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>>24459614
I agree, but it would be more of a last ditch thing if you had to use one.
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>>24459632
we're not the governmentyet
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>>24459655
Why be the government when you can be King?
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>>24459521
But I'm sure the UPA would be at least interested in the concept, and possible funding for ppossible application. I mean hell, they can't steal anything from us, cause well.........NOTMAGIC
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if omni\sarvesh does sell the plans for the device I'm sure the UPA will not hesitate to develop them.
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>>24459680
Why sell them to UPA?
Other than money, because we can get that from anywhere
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"It's very focused on the position of things. Makes sense."
"It needs a lot of information about surrounding gravity and momentum and such in order to function properly." Omnissiah said.
"Eh, the size of the effect kinda limits it a bit." you say. "What do you plan on using it for?"
Sarvesh shrugged. "See if I could."
"And now you can license it! Make *bank*!" Pheles said.
"Nah, if anyone patents or licenses it, that's all Omnissiah." He said. "I was just the hands and a sounding board. He's really the one that invented it."

Theta, in the beanbag, was asleep by now.
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>>24459680
true, but that wasn't happened yet leaving us with a tech advantage.
>>24459677
>Why be the government when you can be King?
the king is government
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>>24459705
"Well, if you think of any way to get a decent coverage on Surya, feel free to order the parts, Omni!"
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>>24459705
"Guess he's all tired out after all the shapeshifting."
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Honestly I think he should. Not just for the money but allowing this to go out in the field for the different applications. Personal defense and weaponry is just one of them.
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"Well, if you think of any way to get a decent coverage on Surya, feel free to order the parts, Omni!" You say.
"I may." He responded.

You look down to the sleeping Theta. "Guess he's all tired out after all the shapeshifting."
"Yeah..." Sarvesh said, and rolled his shoulders. "We should probably better go, though. Dad heard I'm here, so he's probably bringing women to try and set me up with one or two."
"They're always sweet on you, though!" Pheles said.
"But... I'm not interested in centaur women. You know that. He knows that. He's trying to 'cure' me or whatever, and that's not something I'm okay with." Sarvesh said. "Mostly since it's his way of rejecting who I am."
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>>24459807
"Will we be able to sneak by, or will we have to initiate a tactical teleport withdrawal?"
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... have you talked to him about it? Since it sounds like his actions have been driving you two apart.
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>>24459807
"Woah hold on I just had a great idea. How small can you make the kinetic repulsors? I'm thinking we use them instead of the magnets in the ion laser!"
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>>24459891
I.....sir, you just put the ion lazer from a 11, to 12......
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>>24459891
If the drones don't have enough space/power for one how are you going to put several in the barrel of a single gun?
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"Have you talked to him about it?"
"I have, but he still does it." Sarvesh said.
"Will we be able to sneak by, or will we have to initiate a tactical teleport withdrawal?"
"We just need to go now, rather than when he gets back."
"Aww." Pheles said, frowning. She gave you and Sarvesh a hug with each pair of arms. "I'll miss you two."
"How small can you make the kinetic repulsors?" You ask Omnissiah. "I'm thinking we use them instead of the magnets in the ion laser!"
"Not small enough. Not to mention, changing the size of the device would require me redesigning the entire thing from the ground up again."
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>>24459941
Or make a cannon for the ship.....
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>>24459807
what about mounting one on some power armor
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>>24459960
.... ooooo
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>>24459952
"Ah well, we've got the idea now. Save it for a rainy day, I suppose."
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>>24459960
8/10 good application.

UPA no spaceguns though.
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>>24459968
wouldn't need to change its size, and mount that bitch on the front, using Helios to charge that bad boy
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>>24459952
Poor Sarvesh, we need to find a human girl for him.

I wonder how Ellie feels about Crabcake.
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>>24459952
>exabyte's trip
and here I thought you make it this time
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>>24459965
Did you miss the bit where it shot out metal needles.
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>>24459968
Except we aren't allowed to build ship based weapons.
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>>24459982
Make it retractable to hide it possibly? No one would know......until you blasted a hole thru the hull of their ship
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>>24459952
>>24459995
>So did I! Damnit!
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Man this quickly turned into design weapons with the new tech.
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>>24459952
"What about mounting it on Anna's exosuit? Would that work as a super battering ram?"
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>>24459996
power armour, power fist? storm shield.
the armour would protect against the shrapnel. the field would be projected from the gauntlets on the armour.
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>>24459952
"Don't worry Pheles, I'll come visit again soon, or you could come to the station again!"
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>>24459952
"We can come visit whenever you want, Pheles! We've got my ship now!"
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>>24459996
Itty bitty needles tend to do jack shit to armor.
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>>24459952
Shit, let's just ask Max if we can have clearance for turrets but not weapons. We'd at least be able to get shield CIWS that way.
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>>24460071
I like this
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>>24459996
>Did you miss the bit where it shot out metal needles.
nope that just shows that it can be weaponized. the field rips and tears through enemies, deflects projectiles, and the armour stops the metal splinters from harming us.
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>>24460071
If I remember correctly, Max said that after all this is over and done with, we could get any government job we wanted. Start working in R&D, and see what kinda of shinnagans we can get into with a ship mounted Ion Cannon
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specialized, fast response drones would also work, and better yet they aren't prohibited
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>>24459952
"I could always fight them off for you, TK is a wonderful thing....or is that how centaur customs work?"
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>>24460071
OR

OR

OR we Could add Outlaw star style grappler arms, write them off as "maintenance equipment" and just mount the shields on those!
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>>24460106
While we could get into R&D, I doubt they'd be hiring us for our technical skills. We keep skipping all our classes to play with things.
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You fire off a message to Max, <Max, would it be possible to get clearance for my ship to have a turret without an attached weapon for a directional shield?>
You gently carry Theta with your telekinesis back to the Surya, Pheles and Sarvesh in tow.

"I could always fight them off for you, TK is a wonderful thing...or is that not how centaur customs work?" You ask.
"Erm...you could I suppose." Sarvesh mumbled, and Pheles laughed. "That would imply that you were trying to take him for yourself though. Wait, are you?" she asked.
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>>24460134
Isn't that what R&D is? making things then using them? We'd be ever so great at it!
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>>24460125
>R we Could add Outlaw star style grappler arms, write them off as "maintenance equipment" and just mount the shields on those!
yes love that idea
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"Ah well, we've got the idea now." You say. "Save it for rainy days."
"Yes, we do. I'll think about it when I'm out of things to do." Omnissiah said.
"We can come visit whenever you want, Pheles. We've got my ship now!"
"Right, you do!" She said. "I'll make you drag me along next time you go to your homeworld, okay?"
"And don't worry Pheles, I'll come visit again soon. Or you could come to the station again!"
"Okay!" She said, and gave you another hug. Sarvesh put Theta on his back, and all four of you stepped out into the open sky.

Surya was repaired, the maintenance drones did their job well, and even refastened the plating properly. You run a quick diagnostics, and everything seems perfectly fine.
"Love you, Pheles."
"I love you too, Sarvy! Be careful!"
"I will!" He said, and dumped Theta into one of the beds. Omnissiah floated into the cockpit, and your lungs felt a bit better after you turned on the life support.
"Are we ready to go?" Sarvesh asked. "Think you can lift off fine?"
"I've redownloaded the atmospheric data." Omnissiah said. "It should be easy."
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>>24460134
Also that implies that we'll be playing Heather until she graduates and gets a job.
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>>24460134
But our brand of R&D involves haphazardly slamming technology together to produce dangerous shit.
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>>24460143
Exa?
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>>24460147
sure, up is easier then down anyway, nothing to crash into, like the ground.
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>>24460143
>This is NOT me.I should mention.
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>>24460147
"You know what, Omni? You go ahead and fly it. You did a lot of the work on it and a lot of the programming, so I'd be honored to let you pilot it if you want to."
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>>24460147
<Hello Surya, are we feeling better?>
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>>24460032
/tg/ loves engineering, apparently.
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>>24460147
Apologise to the ship, ask Omni if he wants to fly
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>>24460143
Hey

Hey, you

Don't be a dick.
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>>24460202
more accurately we love weapons
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>>24460234
more accurately, we love BIG destructive weapons!
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<Hello, Surya, are we feeling better?> you ask. The voices chiming in gave you an affirmative, and you sat down in the pilot's chair...
And look over to Omni.

"You know what, Omni? You go ahead and fly it." You say. "You did a lot of the work on it, and a lot of the programming, so I'd be honored to let you pilot it if you want to."
"... I'm glad." Omnissiah said, and the dock retracted slightly into the ground, clasps pinning him in. The camera winked out, and the voices piping up at you.. quieted. Then stopped.

<Systems operational.> Omnissiah's new temporary shell said. <Liftoff in three. Two. One.>

The ship rumbled, and you were jerked back in your seat as you blasted off toward the sky. It was hardly any time before you were out of the atmosphere and then in orbit, and one of the ship cameras turned to you.
"Would you like me to send us back to the station as well?" The intercom asked in Omni's voice.
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>>24460286
Yes please.

<Tell me about the last time you were in Surya's systems..
<What did you learn about yourself?>
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>>24460152
The only thing that we've actually put any design into is the plasma lance, and that's only dangerous if the chamber is punctured/depressurised while the crystal is charged.

Though it *is* pretty dangerous in that specific scenario. Might vaporise everything in a few dozen meters. If it's overcharged, on the other hand...
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>>24460286
Then again......putting a Ion Cannon on a ship that has a AI that could possibly go insane......might not be such a great idea.
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>>24460286
yes please, then discuss to possibility of mounting the deflector on a power armour gauntlet as a combo shield weapon
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>>24460286
We're going to clock a hundred hours in a simulator when we get back to the station. We will be a real pilot this time next week.
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"Yes please." You say, and the bubble drive flicked on.

<Tell me about the last time you were in Surya's systems.> You say. <What did you learn about yourself?>
<I learned that I'm very unstable in that situation.> He said. <I've created software around my mind to limit myself in those sorts of computers, to be deactivated in the case of dire emergency.> He said. <I'm very unstable in general, I've also learned. Perhaps Anna was right.>
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>>24460354
<What did Anna say to you? You looked really worried when you came back in.>
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The self destruct option? No. We don't kill insane people. We try to help them. Its only when we can't stop them from hurting others do we even consider killing them.
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>>24460354
<What did she say?>
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>>24456951
>Psion Quest by exabyte
>No Bears
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<What did Anna say to you? You looked really worried when you came back in.>
<It was what she thought at the time, when she connected me. That I am a danger to you, to her, and to Sarvesh.> He said. <Due to my relative instability, my lack of structured programming, and similar.>
It was quiet for a moment.
<You are all my friends, the three of you. I do not want to be a danger.>
<And the self destruct option?>
<No, I misspoke. The limiting software is what is deactivated, and only at times when intelligence past the klimeck limit is required. Not myself.>
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>>24460410
Relax, we have a Grayson.
And a Clone of Kaliel.
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>>24460410
There was a bear in one of his other quests, and it seems like he's been trying to avoid repeating stuff like that.
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>>24460410
Is anyone even named Grayson yet? I think Damien's dad was?
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>>24460428
<Good. I'd rather not have you self destructing.>
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>>24460438
>Summer's full name is Summer K(something) Grayson. Her father is named Laurent Grayson.
>She's also oversized and very very fuzzy.
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>>24460428
<Thank you, Omni. Can I ask what you mean by lack of structured programming though? Maybe you coukd rewrite yourself in a format that was just as efficient but more stable.>
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>>24460433
>avoid repeating stuff like that.
>Recycles ALL the names
It's why I love him.
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>>24460428
<Good, I don't want you to die. You're my friend.>
>>24460438
Summer is. And her father.
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>>24460428
Being able to look at yourself and see one's flaws is a key step to development.
You're a good man/construct at heart, Nissa.
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>>24460428
<People are unstable. If we weren't, we'd be boring.

Just one of the quirks of being sentient I suppose.>
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>>24460432
>And a Clone of Kaliel.
Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about Rho already.
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>>24460471
this
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<People are unstable. If we weren't, we'd be boring.> you say. <Just one of the quirks of being sentient, I suppose.>
<Perhaps, but... > He said. <But I still care for my friends more than myself.>
<I'd rather not have you self destructing.> You say. I don't want you to die. You're my friend.>
Omnissiah was quiet.
<Once we're finished flying, I will give you a hug.> He said.

Some time later, Omnissiah pulled out of bubble drive, and you saw the station. The enormous liner that the councilors all took was still there, as was... Wyvern, also connected to the hub. Strange, it seemed Renard was off...

"We're almost there." Omnissiah said.
"Really? Glad to hear it." Theta said. "Because I should be able to wake Lambda up in a few days. Maybe even tomorrow, if I really work at it."
Sarvesh just stretched, raising his arms as high as they would go. "I want to go make more things."
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>>24460515
"We should start a research and development firm."
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>>24460515
>as was... Wyvern, also connected to the hub. Strange, it seemed Renard was off...
Ah crap...
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quick scan for Anna, just to make sure she is alright.
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>>24460515
Well, let's dock.
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>>24460515
<Anna, you're back?>
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>>24460515
<Did you find the diary in the end?>

Let's not get paranoid and jump to conclusions. Trust is important.
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also hug Omni
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>>24460560
last time someone's drone was off, they were under attack by mind-controlled rioters, directed by the Void Queen. I think we have a right to be worried
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>>24460515
Trouble brewin'
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>>24460515
"I'm worried about Anna. You guys do whatever, I'll see you later."
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"We should start a research and development firm." You tell him.
"No, no, I meant food." Sarvesh said, and chuckled. "Now that I can taste, I need to taste as much as I can."

You eye Wyvern, and close your eyes, focusing for Anna- and you catch a ping in her room, in the dorms. You weren't quite able to reach her with technopathy or telepathy from this far without Renard and Einstein's help, though.

The ship slid into the hangar, and carefully eased down... and then Omnissiah's dock lifted again, and his drone popped out. Then you gave him a hug as he gave you one.

<Anna, you're back?> You ask, finally able to reach her.
<... I came back a day early.> She said, quietly. She sounded... guilty. <... We should.. we should probably talk about how I'm a horrible person now. Could you come to my room?>
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>>24460593
Oh boy, here we go.

<...Okay.>
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>>24460593
<Yea, on the way now.>
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>>24460593
<A... Anna?>

<I'll be right there.>

"Sorry boys, gotta fly."
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>>24460593
Heather dun got NTR'd.
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>>24460593
"uh oh, my anna senses are tingling...I'll meet you guys later"

<I'm on my way>
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>>24460615
Hopefully it's not that bad, but if it is, and people instantly forgive her I shall be most disappointed in them.
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>>24460615
Why would Anna even talk to Hound? Something's not right.
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<A... Anna?> You ask. <I'll be right there.>

"Sorry boys, gotta fly." You say.

You climbed out of Surya, and made your way through the dorms. You finally made it to Anna's room, and make your way inside.
She stared at the floor.

"... I thought they would've left by the time I got here, but.. well... I... I slept with Kiernan." She said, still quietly. She looked... small.
"I'm a fucking hypocrite."
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>>24460593
>Anna fucked that dude.
I knew we shoulda dun' picked Damien.
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>>24460637
Don't say anything, just storm out and go to our workshop.
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I saw this coming a mile away and wrote up some proposed conditions for player review and critique:

Anna is allowed to sleep around under the following conditions:
1.) She informs Heather beforehand, and Heather has veto power.
2.) She shares the memories of it if Heather so desires.
3.) Heather is allowed to sleep with others under the same conditions.
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>>24460637
be hurt.
"...why?"
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>>24460593
Looks like out TK is going to be "practiced" on a Hound.
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>>24460637
Welp, turn around and walk out.

Fucks sake Anna. Heather's gone one day and you shack up with your ex.
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>>24460651
This, make sure to technopathically slam the door on our way out.
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>>24460651
Fuck the workshop, isolation chamber.
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>>24460637
shocked silence
"...but I thought you hated that guy..."
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>>24460651
No, fuck that. We need to go find hound and break a few of his ribs.
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>>24460631
She clearly still had feelings for him, otherwise she wouldn't have felt the need to avoid him so much.
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>>24460665
honestly I want to talk it out... but isolation chamber, she can find us too easily in the workshop if she decides to chase us.
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>>24460651
Say on thing when we leave. "Fuck you, Anna." then leave.
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>>24460677
We'll get him later.
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>>24460677
Can't really blame Hound I'm sad to say, he probably didn't even know we were seeing Anna.
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>>24460615
Would make more sense if he was just run-of-the-mill ex and not I-want-to-kill-him, murderous asshole ex
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>>24460637
"What? Why?"
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>>24460637
"Okay, well. No thanks."
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Guys, before we just automatically flip our shit and storm out - can we find out WHY Anna did this?
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>>24460690
Nah, let's just leave. No need to say anything.
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>>24460637
"One day, I'm gone one day, and this. I don't want to have to look at you right now."

Then we leave.
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>>24460688
Fuck you man, we're not gonna be a cuckold that talks shit out after a SO cheats.
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>>24460668
This.
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>>24460637
"But you said you wanted to kill him last we spoke. Honestly more confused than anything here."
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>>24460700
She can explain herself later. Or with telepathy.
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>>24460711
No, we're not confused. We're angry. You don't forgive this shit.
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>>24460637
"Anna, hypocritical would be trying to hide it from me." Give her a hug. "Why DID you decide to sleep with him again?"

>>24460658
>>24460698
>>24460690
You lot are douches.
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>>24460708
This. Anna cheated on us, no reason to go easy on her right now.
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>>24460708
I don't think that's really applicable to this situation. And besides, if we're really upset, we can go take it out of Hound's hide.
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>>24460637
"WHAT THE FUCK ANNA."

Storm out, LOCK her door so hard they need sigma to get her out.

Blacklist her from the ice cream machine.

No tears.
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>>24460720
and you're a doormat.
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>>24460700
We can do this in the iso chamber, after we spend the next 6 hours looking at everything that happened.
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>>24460637
no storming out
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>>24460720
Once a cheater, always a cheater. You don't talk this shit out.
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>>24460725
This, and go beat the ever lasting piss out of Hound
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>>24460720
Fucking this. Heather may be hurt, but Anna is clearly just as hurt, possibly moreso.

Besides, Heather was more than happy enough to be sleeping with both Anna and Damien. There's the real hypocrisy.
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>>24460725
That's a bit too harsh. Just walking out and storming down to iso is probably enough.
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>>24460737
Exactly, if she's that kind of girl, then she'll probably do it again next time she meets him.
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>>24460742
Good, Anna SHOULD be hurt. I hope she realizes exactly what a piece of human shit she is. I want her to cry for days.
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>>24460637
"Um...why?"
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>>24460730
>>24460737
>>24460753
>>24460752

You're horrible people and should feel ashamed of yourselves.
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>>24460742
But she didn't, because Anna demanded monogomy, and then a few days later fucked her ex.
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>>24460725
>>24460665
>>24460662
>>24460690
>>24460684
no godamned storming out

leaving maybe, but no slamming of doors and no blacklisting of ice cream

maybe track down hound and damage him a little though
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>>24460724
Unless Hound's some kind of mind-controller it's not really his fault.
Although I'm actually considering that he might be because this shit is seriously confusing.
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>>24460753
Woah, calm down dude.
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>>24460637
"Why would you do that?"

Paralyse his exosuit. Preferably in the most uncomfortable position possible.
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>>24460742
Well, it's more the "Don't sleep with anyone else, then I'll sleep with someone else a few days later" thing that makes Heather angry.
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>>24460742
We asked, and obeyed Anna when she didn't want threesomes, at least.

Storm da fuck out, Heather.
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Am I the only one who's annoyed at this because it feels like a way to propagate the annoying as fuck relationship carousel that has been going on? I was pushing for Sarvesh way back when and actually quit reading because it looked like high-school romance hijinks 24/7 was lined up, only returned because the archive summaries made it look like actual relationship stuff was happening, putting a stop to the endless flirting and excuciating arguments, and meaning more plot.

If this leads straight to break-up town, call when you run a non-harem focused quest instead.
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>>24460637
talk with Anna clamly, we can break Hound later from the Isochamber
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>>24460767
You're right, I do need to calm down, but people who do this kinda shit are sociopaths.
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>>24460795
We should've gone with Sarvesh, Sarvesh wouldn't have cheated on Heather.
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>>24460795
I'm agreeing with this. Feels incredibly forced, just so other characters can maybe have a go.
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>woman cheats? hate her forever, she's as good as dead, don't even bother attempting to talk about it

Jesus christ, I didn't realize Exabyte had so many players from /soc/

News flash: Human beings are imperfect and make mistakes.You want to solve a problem in a relationship, you begin with talking about it.
Half of you don't even want to solve the problem though, you'd rather go with a scorched earth policy for no real reason.
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Just storm out and go to iso.
If she really wants to talk now, she'll use telepathy.
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>>24460806
Uh, we don't know the details yet, so let's wait a bit before rage-mode.
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jeesh, such a hot issue.

>>24460795
Also I agree, this kinda came outta left field.

>>24460814
yup
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Let's think about this for a moment. Heather is a pretty open girl, who flirts with everyone. She's in an open relationship with D and Anna wants in, but she wants D out. She requests that H goes steady. Then she breaks that.

So we can be mad at Anna for holding double standards and being a hypocrite, but the cheating itself isn't really something that would annoy Heather quite that much. It's more the betrayal of fairness.

So we ask her why, and what happened, and get angry, but we give her a chance to talk.

Still blacklist her from the ice cream machine, because I'm feeling petty.
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>>24460816
Seconding.
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>>24460637
Teary eyed "I trusted you...."
then storm out the room
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>>24460831
This. Definitely this.
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>>24460814
You know, a lot of people who found themselves in this situation would be too emotional to think straight right then and there.

Maybe we'll talk it out with Anna later, but not right now.
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>>24460814
Don't bring out the sexist schtick. Men who do this are exactly as disgusting as women who cheat. They both deserve to be sterilized.
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>>24460637
Jesus christ, everybody needs to calm down. Before we storm out of the room and all that bullshit, let's at least ask why.

"Tell me why."
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>>24460808
I didn't mind Anna winning (she was my second choice) I just REALLY didn't want the carousel/harem option because it drags down the quest like fuck. Hell, just Kaliel alone almost ground Sorc quest to a halt plot-wise (as much as I enjoyed it), and this quest was looking about 10 times worse with the arguments and constant fucking flirting before dating Anna.
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>>24460814
we're roleplaying a hormonal teenage girl, fuck you i can be as bitchy as i want rightbnow.
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>>24460839
And you need to learn some goddamn empathy.
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>>24460637
no storming out, be angry if you want but storming out is the wrong answer
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>>24460848
What is there to be empathic towards? "I was horny and you weren't here?" Fuck that.
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>>24460637
How to generate a lot of posts very quickly: Forced Drama edition.
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Sneaking suspicion this is a test, probably wrong but still
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Consensus seems to be to storm out angrily and go to the Iso chamber.
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>>24460860
As a counselor: You know nothing.
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>>24460884
I'm assuming there might be mind control involved. If not then yeah, it's a pretty terrible direction to take the plot in.
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You don't say anything.
You don't say a single damn thing. You just... stand there.
And turn to leave.
"... Wait."

"One day." You say. "One day, and this shit. You said you wanted to kill him, last we spoke."
"That's... that's why I'm a hypocrite." She said, and sniffled. "We broke up because he cheated on me."

"... Tell me why." you say. "Tell me Why."
"I didn't- I-... He.. He just wanted to talk, and we were talking, and then we were talking about old times, and.. and then he kissed me, and- I-"

She just went silent again, staring at the ground.
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>>24460637
What a shitstorm.

Can we at least ask her why before we leave?
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>>24460637
Let's restrain ourselves for a second and find out why before doing anything.
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>>24460637
Well, what we could do, is hear her out. And if it was because "You was her and I was horny" or "You fucked with my implants" tear shit up. If hound just talked her into it somehow, or got her drunk, thats somewhat forgivable. But fucking up Hound will still be necessary
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>>24460637
talk about it
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>>24460898
"I need some time to think. Just, leave me alone."

Then can we leave.
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>>24460898
"..."
NOW we storm out and go iso.
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>>24460898
"How does 'fuck off' go to 'let's talk'. Eh, do what you want."
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>>24460898
"You're a weak willed, sniveling hypocrite. Good to know." Then head for the iso chamber.
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>>24460898
"So you wanted to kill him just because he cheated, yet you still didn't have the presence of mind or decency to not, you know, do the same?"
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>>24460919
And then we iso?
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>>24460898
"Well congratulations, I hope you two will be very happy together."
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Go to the isochamber. Find Hound. Make him hurt.
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>>24460898
"I'm going to the isochambers for a while..."
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>>24460898
This feels so fake and force I don't really care what happens.
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>>24460891
Show me a degree and I'll believe you.
Then I'll make fun of you for wasting 7 years on a degree in fake medicine.
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>>24460898
"You said we should go steady. You wanted a relationship. You were clearly lying. I need to go now, and re-evaluate things."
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>>24460898
the timing coincides with the last time we tweeked her implants
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>>24460908
Seconding this, but tear shit up even if Hound talked her into doing it voluntarily.
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>>24460943
Only if he was aware that Anna was in a relationship already.
Can't really fault him if he didn't know she was already with someone.
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Even if people don't want us to fall out with Anna forever over this, I think at the very least it means we shouldn't be in a relationship with her.

She clearly isn't ready for one.
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>>24460898
"If this is gonna work, we've got to set some fucking ground rules. -If- I decide to stay with you."

Iso for 6!
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>>24460898
Seriously Exa, you're pulling this plot in the ONE quest where you say fuck-it on demanding a single love-interest? If you want casual sex hijinks in this quest so bad you could have said so straight up, then I could drop it and wait for your next one you know.
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>>24460959
She was at our house when that happened.
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>>24460966
Yes, you CAN hurt him even if he didn't know. In fact, it would be very, very easy to do so. Whether it's morally correct is questionable, but I doubt we'd care about morals right now.
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>>24460898
"I'll be in the ISO-chamber I MIGHT talk to you when I'm out of there."

go first to our room for a shower and a change of clothes then on to 2 hours in the chamber lets watch the devourer eat demiurge for a while

if we see hound on the way we jam his thermostat to maximum and lock his suit.
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something isn't right here. She went from avoiding him to talking?

Head to the Iso chambers, its time to refine our Total Recall ability.
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>>24460973
Anna was clearly going to do this from the very beginning. I saw it from a mile away.
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>>24460966
I agree with this, Hound was more or less innocent in this matter.

It's an issue about Anna demanding far more from us then she is willing to give.
She even fucking dueled Sarvesh over us, I mean come on.
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>>24460898
"I'm hurt Anna, I trusted you. You said you wanted monogamy and I was fine with that, if you said you wanted to see other people on the side I could have worked with that, we could have talked about it.

But you lied to me, you asked something of me that you weren't willing to do yourself and lied.

And that hurt. I don't like being lied to by people I trust.

I need some time alone."

Head to our workshop, drown our sorrows in ice cream and building stuff.
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Ask her if she told Hound about already being in a relationship with us.
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>>24460898
"If you want to be with him, then be with him. Sounds like you two suit each other."
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>>24460966
Exactly. The impetus was on Anna to tell him to back off, and she didn't.

Unless he turns out to secretly be a psion with mind influencing powers, then we sadly have no reason to take it out on him.
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>>24460982
I'd rather set it for 6 and watch what hound was doing the whole time.

Still rather curious about who fucked with our tk.
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>>24460898
"Reassess your priorities. There wasn't much point fighting me was there?"
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>>24460970
Fuck that, anything but more 'constant flirting with everything that moves, the quest'. I seriously could give less of a shit about Heather's romance at this point, I just want to do plot. Was that really too much to ask.
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>>24460994
He's only innocent if he didn't know. If she did tell him, then we can be really angry at both of them.
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>>24460999
This one.
Explain our reasoning.
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>>24461023
So we can do plot and be single. It ain't difficult.
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>>24460898
"Sit right there, and think of about a million ways to make this up to me. One of them might work. Might.

In the meantime, I have to deal with something."

Let's go break a few of the old dog's limbs.
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>>24460808
except for with human version of his sister that he obviously had an awkward boner over.

>>24460966
This is a good jumping off point, but even if she didn't outright tell him she was seeing someone, there's still all sorts of body language things he could've just steamrolled through because he wanted to get his dick wet and Anna was just too much of a pushover to stop him.

The best plan is to go to iso and get some answers. Anna seems awful willing to just take full responsibility, but we've heard her shit-talk him enough that we're probably going to want to get a better idea of how things went down for ourselves.

That, and hey, Recall practice.
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>>24461023
We can flirt and plot, as we did with Sarvesh while building Omni a body.
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>>24461023
Exa's already said that "the plot" isn't really a big deal. This IS the quest.
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>>24460999
I want to say 'no, fuck that', but Exa always shoots that down. But fuck, do I recoil in thought of open relationships or breaking up at this point. The first ~40 threads (not counting the first ones before romance kicked in) were fucking unbearable.
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>>24460898
Oh, great. This is going to turn into waifu arguing again. I don't really want to read that, so I guess I'll call it here and finish reading in the morning.
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>>24461049
Wait so, we're playing a dating sim with some vague plot-like elements in the background.

Fuck.
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>>24461033
Yeah, except 0% chance that most players won't go for more romancing and casual sex at this point.
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>>24461049
WOW.

FUCK.
I'm out.
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>>24461062
It's a change of pace from his other quests.
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>>24461062
Yes.
We are in a VN right now. The worst kind of VN.
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>>24461041
Agreed, to the iso chamber to see what happened for ourselves.
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>>24461070
I don't know about that. Seems more likely that Heather will just not go for anyone for a while. At least, that's how it seems to me.
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>>24461049
This went down the shitter quickly.
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We should totally take our laser on low power and carve "Fuck you" into the Wyvern. Go total crazy ex mode.
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>>24461049
That's the worst thing I've ever heard.

The last ~quarter of Sorc quest was already too plot-light for me, and I adored Ishelda/Kaliel despite them sidelining the plot. So far this quest has only been okay in the first few threads before romance set in, and the last few when there wasn't constant arguments going on.
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we'll talk later, iso chamber and break the hound
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>>24461049
hahahahaha what a fucking joke
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I remember thinking how weird it was that the whole Hound thing was introduced and then seemed like it was just going to fade away.

Kind of wish it had now, this is fucking terrible.
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Whelp, time to abandon everything and go kill the voidqueen with Bob the incredibly sexy mutant virus.
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>>24460991
Yeah, that seems reasonable.

I think we're missing some information.
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Guys. Don't take it so personally.
From HEATHER'S (Not yours, Heathers's) perspective, the cheating itself isn't so bad. It's the hypocrisy that's the problem.
Going down to iso makes sense in character. Petty vengance does not.
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>>24461049
>When did I say that? I never said that.

"I'm hurt, Anna." You say. "I *trusted* you. You said you wanted monogamy and I was fine with that. If you said you wanted to see other people on the side, I could have worked with that. We could have talked about it!"
She winced.
"But you. Lied to me." You say. "You asked something of me that you weren't willing to do yourself and lied. And that hurt. I don't like being lied to by people I trust."

You turn, and leave the room.
"I need some time alone."
Then you slam shut the door, and make your way down the ramps to the lowest level, and make your way toward the isolation chamber.
Einstein blindly followed, as usual.

>What time set to?
>What do you focus on?
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>>24460991
thirded.
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>>24461128
Focus on the past.

6 hours, plenty of time to think.
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Uuuugh, you know, the worst thing is, this isn't even the worst plot point possible. You can do a lot with the 'cheated with an ex' storyline. But it only works when the story is limited to that romance, rather than the casual setup in this quest so far - the likely options here seem to be 'break up and never get together again', making this cheap and pointless drama, and 'break up and get together after resolving nothing because players were just fooling around with others instead of actually working through characterization and shit', making this, again, pointless.
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>>24461128
Apparently we're using recall to see for ourself what happened between them.
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>>24461128
I"m all for setting it for 4 to 5 hours, and just letting our mind blank out for as long as possible.
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>>24461128
>Six hours
>Hound's past
What makes this guy tick
What's his weaknesses
What's his strengths
Where can we strike
How can we hurt him the most
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Rolled 45

>>24461128
3 hours.
Hound in the past. Watch what happened.
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>>24461128
Whats the max time we can do without dieing?
I'm thinking we set it to say 6-12 hours and do this.
>>24461143
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>>24461128
Isochamber break hound's leg
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>>24461152
>thinking Exa has ANY of that thought out
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>>24461128
2 hours, lets watch the devourer do some demiurge stomping
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>>24461128
A whole fuckin' six hours. Let's go insane.

First part, see how that shit went down with Hound I guess.
Second part, check up on those light-aliens.
Third, I dunno, wherever the galactic thought currents drift us.
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>>24461128
3 hours, clairvoyance, there's still the problem of the TK test.

Too be honest I'm glad this happened, I didn't think Anna was a good relationship.
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>>24461128
The past few hours of hound's past.

May as well see this shit so we can make our decision on how much Anna is to blame.
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>>24461174
Sure, why not.
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>>24461128
6 hours, retro the whole situation and see how Anna actually handled things. After that, maybe mind probe to see if she's actually sorry?
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>What time set to?
6 hours

>What do you focus on?
everything around this event. Anna, Hound. Why she suddenly changed her mind.

And if its true, if she did this of her own violition, lose ourselves in the wonders of technology and cry with a billion voices.
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>>24461182
This.
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>>24461163
I giggled. There is so much butthurt in this thread it's delicious.
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Still better than most waifu-centric quests.
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>>24461128
5 hours.
Look back and see what actually happened.
Then go watch the Devourer devour some chumps.
Then just general tech stuff.
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Everybody ITT needs to calm the fuck down.
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Fuck, this just pisses me off.

I so wanted Anna, almost gave up when Exa announced casual no set romance setup, and when it actually happens, this takes place before it even goes anywhere, and I can't believe anons would let them get back together now. Fuck.

I'd feel worse about dropping a quest over waifushit if it wasn't all the quest seems to be about.
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I can't say for sure, but I think this might be the first quest ever in which the love interest cheated on the protagonist.

Exabutt: Pioneering new ways to cause /tg/ to rage.
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>>24461216
Seriously.
Maybe it's all the Annafags from the beginning of the quest taking it personally?
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>>24461182
>After that, maybe mind probe to see if she's actually sorry?
This seems unnecessary; she seemed pretty damn regretful from where I'm standing.

It's mostly a matter of figuring out whether her having been stewing in self-loathing over the whole ordeal was tainting her perception of what actually happened.

No sense in her wanting to take 100% of the blame if she's not 100% the cause.
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Should've gone with tiger waifu
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>>24461237
seems to be
>>24461229

I don't get it. You wanted Anna? She's the kind of person who cheats. If you still want that, figure out how to get it, how to make it work.
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>>24461236
I gotta admit, I admire the guy's cajones. I mean, not many quest runners put themselves at such a risk of losing their audience. It was a fantastic plot twist that we really shoulda seen coming.
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>>24461237
It's probably also the other-fags trying to end things forever with Anna so their preferred waifu/husbando gets a shot.
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AnnaxHound smut scene when? I want it to play out like my delicious NTR shows, with all the guilt it comes with before Anna can stop it.
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>>24461280
Well, apparently we're about to use Recall to see it for ourself. So soon, i'd imagine.
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>>24461216
Second
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Oh boy, I know I shouldn't, but I'm laughing so hard it hurts.

I was right not get involved in the waifu shit this time.
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>>24461254
Yeah, probably.
I'm pretty sure this quest has a common sense filter except when extrabutt messes up so at least the next post should at least make sense in character,
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>>24461237
I've been rooting for Anna from the start, I'm not angry, I just don't care. This whole thing feels so forced, and I know it's just going to go back to perpetual shitty arguments after this. In all honesty, the ones who seem to be raging the most are the people who don't want Anna so their favourite isn't excluded.
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fuck why don't we bust into hounds mind and just see this shit from his perspective?
We get what happened, his thoughts and shit for the whole thing.
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>>24461297
This is the best thing. I can't stop laughing.
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>>24461237
I just wanted some non-romance stuff. Did anyone ACTUALLY enjoy the constant arguments that happened earlier in the quest, especially just prior to/after Exa made the 'no single LI' decision? I hated it so much, the constant flirting posts and Li arguments. And I hoped maybe it was over now, and other than the occasional romantic scene it could be more plot/characterization/hijinks, since it would only pop up when interacting with one character instead of damn near every one.

But no. Back in the carousel we go, and I'm jumping out before it starts anew.
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Wait.
Hounds sister literally built an 'Anna-controller'
Could he have a switch to fuck with her hormones?
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>>24461319
THE RIDE NEVER ENDS
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>>24461337
wait wait wait, what you talking about Anon?
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>>24461337
Answering questions like that is why we're Recalling the whole scene.
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>>24461252
I could easily make it work, I don't even mind. My reaction, had it been another quest, would have been one of interest in the plot development. But given the state of romance in this quest so far, I have 0% belief that this will actually get developed and dealt with rather than abandoned by popular vote (well, Anna might get her issues resolved, but no more romance).
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>>24461337
Dude, you're just figuring that out?
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>>24461337
It's possible. We can geld him if that's the case.
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>>24461337
1337 says it's true, check this mother fucker out.
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>>24461337
I'm pretty sure it was a body controller, not a mind controller.
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>>24461368
Hormones are body.
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>>24461319
>other than the occasional romantic scene
Our first date with Anna took up an entire fucking thread.
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>>24461337
If that's true then all concerns over brutalizing Hound to within an inch of his life are lifted.
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>>24461368
her mind is 60% computer
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>>24461368
>hormones are in the mind
>/tg/ biology 101
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>>24461337
She seemed very cognizant of when it happened as she explained it though, surely she'd have, you know, noticed and been traumatized instead of not even mentioning it, right? How would you explain that in a reasonable way?
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,,, a kiss to get past the faraday cage, oh ya it makes perfect sense.
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>>24461383
An inch? No, this fuckers getting shot by our plasma thrower.
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>>24461402
its called being swept up in the moment... and date rape drugs ARE a thing
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>>24461405
Or she could just be a slut.
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>>24461128
Man is this fucking forced. She even said she'd be back on *Monday* and according to the pastebin it's sunday.
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>>24461378
Yeah, but it sounded way more crude than that. Like 'my arm is waving on its own!' and not like 'I'm being mind controlled and I don't even realise it!'.
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>>24461430
Also a possibility.
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>>24461430
Could be, but at least we'll know for sure.
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http://pastebin.com/WqF1CLgt
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>>24461434
She also said she came back a day early.
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>>24461448
Her cock-sense was tingling.
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>>24461427
Of course, but would she really be all self-blame though? I mean, even date-rape drugs are usually hidden by being adminstered to someone imbibing alcohol, thus letting the intoxication (and thus the girl) take the blame while the victim is clueless as to what happened. She'd have noticed if her judgement was impaired though.
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>>24461470
Do date rape drugs even work when you're 60% robot?
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>>24461448
Yeah, how convenient for the drama. Why would she have planned it monday if she thought they'd be gone on Sunday from the start? Why would she think they left earlier if they were initially going to stay on into Sunday (like they DID, so it's not like they changed their schedule).
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>>24461484
These are FUTURE date rape drugs.

From space.
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>>24461484
They do if they're in the form of a tv remote.
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>>24461470
I mean, she didn't seem to give half a fuck when Theta had overloaded her hormones, and it took us cockblocking ourselves to keep her from jumping us.
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>>24461484
they do, remember Theta messed her up hardcore
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Still furious, you set it to three hours and climb in, slamming shut the chamber. Almost instantly, the hissing started up, and you lifted into the air as null gravity pushed you into the air. From there, you curled up your legs, closed your eyes, and started... drifting.

Six hours ago, Tromping through the halls, Hound followed his charge and her daughter for quite some time. They stopped off in her bedroom and talked, stopped off in the cafeteria and talked, and then he saw something in his periphreal camera. Spider. She walked into one of the dorms.
"Hey, Sir?" He asked.
"Yes?" His charge responded.
"Can I take my leave for a bit? I want to talk to an old friend."
"Oh, go ahead." He responded. Hound took off his stuffy, broken helmet- he'd had to take out the humidity controls entirely.
Then he made his way, and knocked on the door.
"Yeah?" Anna asked.
"Hey, it's me." Hound said.
"No, fuck off." She responded.
"You're not even going to talk to me? Not even a little?"
"Of course not. You're not welcome here."
He sighed. "Newt told me that you made a few friends here. I wanted to hear what you thought of them. I remember you used to hate talking to civvies. What happened to that?"

>Field too long!
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>>24461448
It's a simple answer.
She wanted the dick.
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>>24461484
>>24461496
Also, implant remote control that Hound could have easily stolen from his sister.
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>>24461448
>Councillors planned to stay all weekend.
>Someone she doesn't like is with the councillors
>Go back a day earlier than they're planned to leave.
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>>24461517
Again, if he just grabbed a control, there's pretty much no way she wouldn't notice its effects, given that, you know, she's experienced them before.
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>>24461539
Clearly it was Anna-Raper 2.0
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>>24461539
Unless he upgraded it somehow.
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>>24461514
>Anna_with_hound.jpg
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>>24461550
It's cute that you're trying so hard to find an excuse for her being a bitch.
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>>24461550
Plausible, though a stretch(Newt improving it to make it not noticeable since we visited, Hound managing to get a hold of it).
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>>24461560
Many people cannot accept the "Anna loev cock" explanation, sadly.
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>>24461557
He can't even fix his exosuit's climate control, how the hell is he upgrading advanced cyborg-rapers?
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Clearly the answer is to rape Hound.
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>>24461588
He isn't he's just flipping a control his sister made for him.

They both have rather rapey tendencies.
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>>24461588
To be fair, he probably hasn't had prior experience with his climate control getting mindfucked into NO-SIRring any attempts to reboot it.
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You know, if we're feelin' spiteful...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0mxOXbWIU
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>>24461588
Newt could have done it in her spare time months/years ago.
We don't know if that's the case, though, which is one of the reasons we're watching.
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"I, well... made a few friends." She said.
"Oh, really? Tell me about them." He said, leaning up against the door. "I can't believe someone got past your ice queen exterior."
"Hah, fuck you." She responded, in a much, much more casual tone than before.
"So. Can I come in?"
"Nope." She said.
He sighed, shrugged, and pulled the door open, closing it behind him.

As heather, suddenly, your vision blurred, and and moved, sometime forward.

"... and then she was all 'can I touch it?' I mean, it is a *really* cool fusion cannon." Anna was saying, and Hound chuckled. Both of them had sodacans in their hands, and Anna was sitting on the bed. Hound's exosuit was still on, but his helmet was on the desk.
"She sounds cool!" He said. "Her thing is, uh, technology, right?"
"Yeah, it is." Anna said.
"Well, because I think I could ask her to fix my humidity settings. Because they're kind of busted and I have no clue why."
Anna suddenly giggled, closing her eyes. "Sounds like exactly the sort of thing she'd do. Set it high enough to be uncomfortable, maybe even lock down your suit clasps or something."

Everything blurred again, and time moved on.
>Field too long! Again! Sorry, but you guys wanted all of it.
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>>24461578
Mostly because it's a laughable development story/character-wise. If she'd shown less hostility to him, or an indication of still being attracted to him/not being satisfied with Heather in bed, it might have had some legs.
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>>24461603
He said it was a common problem. If he fixed it it wouldn't need rebooting all the time.
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How much longer until we turn Heather into Kallen and build Gurren Mk.II?
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>>24461634
>TakeMyMoney.png
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>>24461618
>Both of them had sodacans in their hands
there you go
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>>24461604
Fucking YES oh my god YES.
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>>24461655
What?
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>>24461655
Really nigga?
Really?
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>>24461655
Yeah, we drank loads of soda after that radiation incident that's why we slept with everyone we came across.
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a vector for a drug
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>>24461659
He could have slipped something in there. So we'll have to examine it in more detail.
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>>24461655
Grasping at straws rather, if you're implying daterape drugs or something.

Let's just accept that Anna wanted cock and move on.

Maybe now Heather can return to her one true love. Machinery.
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>>24461655
Let's see if there's anything remotely substantial indicating shenanigans first, eh?
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>>24461604
If she actually just fucked him because she wanted to, we'll do this. Because that is hilarious and petty and exactly the kind of thing heather would do. Play that blasted over the station speakers.
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>>24461655
That seems a bit tenuous. You can't just say SODA CANS and have that logically lead to saying that it must've been shenanigans instead of Anna sleeping with him of her own unaltered free will.
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>>24461618
>maybe even lock down your suit clasps or something.
WELL'P, I know what we would've done to his suit if we had a second go at this. No way he's whipping it out if he can't get his exosuit off.
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>>24461604
no escalating things, escalating things is never the right answer no matter why you start it
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>>24461738
You need to get in character nigga. None of this being logical shit, lets do ONE petty act of vengeance, just one.
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>>24461695
I don't actually see it being in character, I don't see heather as spiteful enough to do it, so I'll vote against it.
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>>24461746
The best thing to do in character is have doors lock down when she gets close so she has to go the long way around to absolutely everywhere.
And blacklist her from the ice cream and soda machines.
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Finally, Anna and Hound were both sitting, empty cans near them- they'd moved on to some of the beer from Anna's stash. The lights were turned down, and Hound was laughing.
"And then he... no, listen." Hound was saying. "And then he was all 'look at me!' and pulled the trigger, and the entire thing *exploded* in his hands. He went flying, his suit's arm was all messed up, and we had to cut him out of it after that." He said. "That was before I left blackreach, though."
"Why did you leave blackreach?" Anna asked.
"Well... things went bad." He said. "The command chain was all fucked up after Bear had his whole... thing, and they put me under some newbie. I think he went by Hawk or whatever? Couldn't stand him, so I left."
"That was it?" She asked. "I thought you left because we broke up."
"That was it." He said, and sighed. "You know, I don't know why we never really talked. See, here we are, not doing anything, and we're not killing eachother. Nobody's dying at all, in fact, due to this chance meeting."
"Yet." Anna added, pink cheeked.
"Yet, of course." He responded. He looked... confident. "Always time."
"Hey, do you want to see my fusi-" Anna started, when hound leaned close and kissed her.
>Field too long! Last one!
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>>24461746
I'd rather break the hound, if he didn't show up there wouldn't have been a problem. this is equally irrational but more fun option
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>>24461790
"I do still love you, you know." He said, quietly. She was frozen, staring at him for half a second.
"No, no, get out, get-"
"You don't remember the good times we shared?" He asked, his voice low. He kissed her on the forehead.
Anna was silent for a bit longer. Hound took that moment to push her to her bed, slipping a suddenly suitless hand up her shirt-

And you opened your eyes in the present.
The chamber, slowly, carefully hissed open. It was almost dinner time, now, and you... aren't sure how you felt.
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>>24461818
It was completely consensual. She has no excuse.
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This is taking way long, and since it's last post of the evening time, I'm calling twist, since Exa loves cliffhangers.

Of course, at this point, 'Hound did nothing out of the ordinary' is almost as good a twist as any.
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>>24461818
Well then, guess Anna's just a slut. Time to break up.
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>>24461818
Go break Hound's legs.
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>>24461818
Send her a message on Renard <We're through.> then go find Hound.
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>>24461818
Let's just set the iso chamber for 12 hours and sleep in it.
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>>24461818
Well, Hound doesn't seem to be at fault, so we can't even take it out on him.
Anna has no excuse.
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>>24461842
Gotta eat some time, man.
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>>24461844
Alcohol.
Burn Hound.
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>>24461842
well....I like this idea.
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>>24461844
Hound is at fault. Anna told him about us before he came on to her.

Still, mainly Anna.
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>>24461818
Yeah, fuck off Exa. I'd have loved this twist in single-romance quests, it's just pointlessly forced break-up given the way anons have acted re. romance in this quest though.
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>>24461840
>>24461837
Let's just let her squirm for now. Completely ignore her.
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>>24461844
He knew she was in a relationship, she told him about us. Unless she just didn't mention it.
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find hound's suit computer lock it turn the heat all the way up to an unsafe temperature lock all the clasps and disable the safeties
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>>24461818
> Nobody's dying at all, in fact, due to this chance meeting."
>"Yet, of course." He responded. He looked... confident. "Always time."
I vote in favor of having technopathing Hound's exosuit internal comms to loop "ALWAYS TIME." in a menacing whisper until we get around to confronting him.

Gotta make him sweat a little.
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>>24461863
She didn't tell him that Heather and Anna were together, just that Heather was a classmate.
>>24461860
Not enough to make that happen purely through intoxication.
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>>24461818
Hound just made our list, and we should kindly inform him as much.
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>>24461818
Descend into a depression fueled tinkering binge that lasts days, resulting something that makes no sense according to the laws of physics, yet somehow works.
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>>24461818
She could've easily shocked his ass, sure he's a pushy asshole, but that's not our problem. She consented, she could have said no, she could have made him fuck off at any time, she slept with him without any coercion or lack of free will.

Joy.

Well, lets go to the cafeteria, get a pile of food, and a lot of ice cream. Then head to our workshop and make something. Make a lot of things.

>>24461860
>>24461839
>>24461895
This one wasn't him, he's a dick, we don't like him, but this one isn't his fault.
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>>24461860
A few beers does not date rape make. Maybe if we saw an empty bottle of whiskey and they were obviously sloshed, but nah.
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>>24461863
But we don't know if she mentioned that we were in a relationship. Because despite spending three hours trying to learn everything it skipped most of it.
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>>24461897
Make sure to slam the workshop door in Anna's face if she comes around.
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>>24461897
Haha, oh man, this. The door to the workshop opens days later and it's like M.C. Escher on LSD inside.
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find hound, break legs.
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>>24461897
Yes, I can get behind this. Sarvesh won't let us starve.
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>>24461897
I can get behind this.
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>>24461910
The boy won't even open to her, silly. How could he slam in her face?
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The only thing about this whole situation that annoys me is that we wasted so many fucking threads on anna dates and shit.

If you were going to pull this, Exa, couldn't you have just skipped the whole anna romance so we could get on with more interesting things.
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>>24461919
Not his fault, even if he is a pushy douche.
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>>24461926
100% for this
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>>24461933
doesn't matter, break legs.
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>>24461932
This made the butthurt all the more delicious.
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>>24461901
>but this one isn't his fault.
nope totally his fault he started this and I can be as irrational as I like
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Blacklist them both from the ice cream machine.
I just want to be petty
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>>24461897
Yeah, this is in character.
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>>24461919
>>24461895
>>24461879
>>24461860
He seduced a girl who broke up with him, they got drunk together and he kissed her. Is he a scumbag, sure, is he a fuckhead, yes, but this wasn't his fault, we shouldn't waste our time going leg breaking.

These two >>24461901
>>24461897

And if we want to be petty ban Anna and Hound from the ice cream machine.
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>>24461840
Nah, don't tell her yet. If you want to hurt her, keep her on the edge thinking that she might still be able to salvage it.
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>>24461897
All of my this. Get Omni in on it too. He'd never dick us like SOMEONE.
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>>24461957
We should be petty.
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>>24461932
This.

Non-Anna-fags just get their time wasted.

Anna-fags suddenly lose any chance of seeing Anna get anywhere with Heather because everyone else will outshout them if they try. I bet this won't even have satisfactory character development for Anna come out of it because of this, like we might see in a quest focused on the relationship.
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lets ask to send us a note back in time to lock teh hounds suit closed
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>>24461976
I'm tellin' you, Exabutt THRIVES on anal pain. We just fed him enough to reach immortality.
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Still holding out that Hound is psyionic and breaking his le- confronting him will somehow reveal this.
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>>24461818
break him
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>>24461976
To be fair, there seemed to be some pretty strong samefag going on with all that Annarage. Either that or butthurt lures out all the lurkers.
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>>24461818
<You didn't even tell him we were together, did you? I really wanted this to be his fault, but it isn't. He's an asshole, but it isn't his fault.

...Don't talk to me for a few days. I... think we're probably done.>
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>>24461818
break hims legs then workshop time
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>>24461994
Max sniffed everyone who came on the station and said none of them were psionic.
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>>24461994
Max would have noticed. Or Jilly. She can feel when people are telepathing around her.
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>>24461997
Bear in mind, he's likely still on the station with the councillors. So, if his suit suddenly ripped him in two, somehow bypassing all safety, we'd be the main suspect instantly.
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>>24461994
If he is then he's also the one who tried to kill us most likely.
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>>24461997
>>24462006
I don't think we should break him. Though sending a message to him and Newt telling them that if you ever see Hound again you'll shatter every bone in his body is fine.
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>>24462009
Max is fallible.
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>>24461933
Gonna say that in character, I don't think Heather would view
>"No, no, get out, get-"
as an invitation to keep going, to the extent that it pretty much IS at least partially his fault.

Obviously we are very disappoint in Anna for not putting her foot down. She's not off the hook or anything, but I feel like if we're going to be angry at Anna, there's a zero percent chance we're not mad at Hound in character also.
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>>24461976
Yeah, that's part of what annoys me, too. Arbitrarily ruined any chance of getting the romance option that I was rooting for.

I mean, it's not a big enough issue to make me stop reading the quest, but it seems like kind of a dick move.
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>>24462009
he couldn't tell with alex
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>>24462039
Alex don't count, he's Void
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>>24461994
That seems pretty damn unlikely. Max smelled him, Jilly kept her mind open for anything like that, and Anna's known him for a while, she would probably know if he was psionic.

>>24462039
The chances of him having the same abilities as Alex and being able to control them properly and do other stuff seem astronomically unlikely.
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>>24461976
Thank you. This is straight on the mark. What a waste of time. Nobody will ever go for Anna again, and it'll be the pathetic arguments thread after thread.
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>>24462027
>>"No, no, get out, get-"
this makes it at least half the hound's fault, so we make him suffer
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>>24462037
Annafags shoulda seen this coming. The signs were clear from a mile away. They were displayed in big, neon colored lights.
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>>24462001
Possibly. But there's been plenty of arguing about LIs in this quest before, this whole thing is just an invitation for anyone not a fan of Anna to shit on her. In fact, Anna's probably most prone to this out of all the LIs - Jilly/Summer have no history and would be unlikely to cheat, as would Sarvesh, and Anna obviously gets more hate than Damien/Alex/etc would if they cheated since she cheated with a ~guy~ ewwwww.
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>>24462039
Because Alex's psionics countered his psionics.
Unless Hound is the Void Queen or some shit, I really don't think he's psionic.
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>>24462051
>Void
He's not.
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If we want to handle this in a healthy, responsible, and adult way, it cannot be about Heather. It has to be about Anna. Because Heather cannot move forward until she can trust Anna or break it off with Anna.

So in order to make any decision, we need to know where Anna is. Does she love Hound? Does she love Heather? Does she not know? Once that's established, we can decide what the right thing to do is. Even if that potentially means breaking it off with Anna.

Violence and/or retribution is not a good decision for anyone involved.

Of course, this is all assuming that we want Heather to be acting like an adult here.
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You get to your feet, pull on your clothing, and get to your feet, walking out into the hallway. Your mind is chaotic, and you can't stop thinking...
"Heather, there you are." Sarvesh said.

You walked right past him, and into the workshop, tools in hand.
Not long later, Sarvesh had food for you.
Not long after that, he was asking you to sleep.
Einstein chirped, signalling something to you- a tip of the day, it looked. Didn't quite matter.
Some time after that, Omnissiah was the one bringing you food. He said that Sarvesh was at class, apparently.
And some time after that, Theta grabbed your wrist...

And then... Summer slapped you.
"Heather!" Her manifestation said. She was standing right next to Theta, and Lambda, both worried.

Behind you was a military exosuit, spanking top of the line, at around 80% completion.
"... I still remember that song." Lambda said, his limbs all intact. "The one you sang for me."
>End of thread!
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>>24462063
Hey, Anon. Remember that when you assume you make an ass out of u and me. Don't go claiming knowledge of how we'd act in this situation with other LIs.
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>>24462078
Lambda's back! Hug the little mini-god.
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>>24462053
There are two options, either Anna is still a possibility, or she never ever was.
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>>24462078
>Lambda
How many days did we even?
Also, there's no IC reason to just let Hound off the hook.
Yes, mad at Anna, but also mad at Hound.
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>>24462078
I think, more importantly, what did we make? Sounds like we were in there for two days. Gotta have made some cool shit.
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>>24462075
I'm all for forgiving Anna, but she really does need to cry and hurt for like a week before that.

And then provide the most sincere apology ever given.
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>>24462124
>Behind you was a military exosuit, spanking top of the line, at around 80% completion.
READING. COMPREHENSION.
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>>24462086
Oh please, are you seriously telling me /tg/ doesn't react harsher to a woman cheating on someone with a dude than a dude cheating on someone? There's no way you'd make me believe that. And anyway, all the other LIs are spot free so far, so she still loses out.
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>>24462124
Military exosuit dog, do you even read?
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>>24462131
>Forgiving anna
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>>24462131
I'm with you, but I have zero confidence in anons ever wanting to get back with her now.
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>>24462131
And she doesn't get to make demands. At all.
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>>24462122
>>24462124
You were in there all night and all day during classes.
And you made power armor.
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>>24462108
Haha, holy shit guys. I look away for a couple of hours and then suddenly this shitstorm.

Why can we not just agree on a compromise and make it an open relationship? That way all of you waifu people win, and the rest of us that just enjoy reading about new settings and shit can continue on with new stuff that isn't your flame war?
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>>24462131
i agree, but from what Ive seen lots don't
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>>24462140
Nigga I thought Lambda was in that shit.
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>>24462139
It has, quite literally, never happened. A LI in a quest has never cheated on the MC. We have no way of knowing.
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>>24462131
Agreed, but I think a relationship with Anna is definitely out of the picture.

Forgiving someone you've been with for years because they cheat on you one time in a moment of weakness is forgiveable and can be salvaged.

Cheating on someone within a week suggests that Heather was never that important to her in the first place.
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>>24462155
Because then the waifu arguments start and the thread bogs down and it's a shithole.
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>>24462161
Dis nigga right here, nail on the head.
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>>24462108
Which makes the entire thing utterly pointless. All the meaningful character development and the relationship building was a huge waste of time if this was in the cards from the start.

I love your quests, Exa, but this was a pretty retarded catch 22.
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>>24462078
We Ironman now.
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>>24462174
I wonder if he had wrenches in the works for everyone...it would indicate significant forethought.
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>>24462161
Well, we got the man with all the answers now don't we?
First two questions, who tried to kill us, and why did Anna betray us.
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>>24462153
Yeah, on the off chance that Heather and Anna get back together, it's going to be entirely on Heather's terms or not at all.
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>>24462174
This whole thing felt painfully forced.
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>>24462161
Yeah. I hope we can go back to being friends but the relationship did not work out.
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>>24462155
That would have been fine, if it was set as that from the beginning. Because betrayal, I don't want to sex her anymore.
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>>24462168
They can't start if we give everyone the D, right?


....right?

Why can't we just have a guy that goes around and does stuff without lonely neckbeards projecting? I'm as lonely and neckbeardy as the rest of you, but the waifus in this quest and others does get out of control.
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>>24462216
Oh please, you're just butthurt. This wasn't forced at all! It's been in the works since Anna told us about hound, which was like, a thread in the 30s.
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>>24462152
>>24462153
>>24462156
Well, the support is clearly not entirely gone, so it isn't off the table.

But it'd need to be one hell of an apology. Moving stars to spell out the word 'Sorry', or something.
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>>24462161
I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt this once.
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>>24462230
I more meant "oh I just decided to come back a day early despite having no reason to because the guy I was avoiding might still be there."
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>>24462211
Pretty much.
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>>24462246
>>24462156
>>24462153
>>24462152
>>24462131
Doormats, doormats all of you.
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>>24462238
I think we can give her ONE chance to apologize. One. She doesn't do it right, or fucks up again and she's out.
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>>24462252
She OBVIOUSLY just wanted the dick. Or she thought "Maybe I'll give him a chance." to make an excuse for wanting the dick.
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>>24462246
this, seeing how upset she was we we got here.
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>>24462252
Yeah, that was fairly stupid.
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>>24462266
No chances. Final destination.
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>>24462263
I withhold judgment until we get Lambda to look for us.

Dude knows everything.
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>>24462155
No, for thousands of reasons. Here, I'll give you some - I even agree with several!

1: Open relationship != waifuing. Lots of people are 0% interested in having Heather fucking random people, or multiple romances going. Why would they? They're invested in her interactions with character X, having her interact equally with character Y cheapens that.

2. Personally I hate casual/open relationships in quests because they provide nothing. At least monogamous romance can provide heaps of character-development and gives you a dynamic that can be used for plot-points (this one we just saw is an example - note how it completely fails to do anything but shove the consensus away from doing anything with Anna, where-as in a regular romance it would just be really good opportunities for character development and stuff). Meanwhile, open relationships/relationship carousels/harems are inevitably horrible at this, not letting the readers get invested in a relationship (since it's a bit part overall) and mostly coming off as 'let's please everyone'/fanservice rather than something actually contributing to the story.

3. Also, I'd far prefer as little romance stuff as possible because A: not that interested in it compared to the plot, and more importantly, B: it causes what we see tonight, a mega-shitstorm of arguments, at regular intervals, and even at other times, the thread is filled with this stupidity. Flirty options win at every turn, and the quest becomes unreadable. This is why I'm dropping this after tonight, I was already lured in again once at the promise of steady relationship after Exa's initial 'do whatever' decisions re. romance, I'm not getting lured in again.
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>>24462078
can we just skip all character interaction and just build thing with Omni from now on.

because that's best end in my book.
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>>24462230
did anyone notice in the flash-back that the reason Hound left Blackreach was different than the one anna gave us when rho first mentioned him?
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Exabyte! This would be the perfect time to pause this quest and start up your next one!
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>>24462297
I did. She told us he was kicked out for civilian casualties. Which was apparently a lie to make him seem more villainous to us.
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>>24462263
A doormat would just get back together with her immediately. We're talking about giving her the cold shoulder, then forgiving her if she apologizes. No more than that. The consensus for this line of thought is to only give her a single chance, not as many times as she'd like to go suck a dick.
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>>24462285
Not any more.
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>>24462297
now that you mention that didn't hound get kicked out for excessive killing
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>>24462317
No, you're still well within the doormat range with giving someone the cold shoulder. It would be like giving someone a slap on the wrist for running someone over with a car.
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>>24462319
Don't know that yet.
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>>24462323
meet>>24462315
realize that she lied
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>>24462285
Yeah, there is still a possibility that we are missing something else.

Grasping at straws, I know.
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>>24462297
She was surprised too. Apparently her original story was based on heresay or he lied to her.
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>>24462297
>>24462315
Oh that little bitch. What a liar.
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>>24462334
There's room for a bit of forgiveness. Just a tiny bit.
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>>24462347
No, she thought HE LEFT Blackreach because they broke up. There was no mention of killing civilians.
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>>24462334
And you would advocate what? Straight up murdering her? Locking her out of Heather's life forever?

Rather a doormat than an asshole.
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>>24462317
we're also going to do something to the hound. I vote we seal his suit, and break his foot
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>>24462337
Yes we do. Theta told us he wouldn't have his powers without the machine, and that he would forget most of the stuff he knew due to being dead, and Theta's the one making his body.
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>>24462216
Alright, here's the thing.
Hound and Anna have Issues. You guys know this, you knew this from the very get go. She was overoffensive when it came to him, and there was always something there that you guys never properly investigated. then when it came time for you to meet Hound, you... didn't. You decided to mess with how uncomfortable he was and never said a single *word* to him.
It wasn't forced and it wasn't something that just 'came out of nowhere', it was always there waiting for you to seek it out, and you didn't. So it happened.
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This thread has deeply disturbed me.
If you feel the need to hurt someone else purely because you yourself are hurt, especially when it's someone you care for, you're a sociopath. That is not normal. Seek help IMMEDIATELY.
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>>24462378
What would I advocate? Breaking up with her and never considering a relationship with her again. We can EVENTUALLY reach a point where there is no open hostility but it'll take a while.
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>>24462288
I agree with you dude, I just want space adventures with mind magic.
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>>24462334
not being a complete Psycho isn't the same as being a doormat
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>>24462174
I'm not sure I follow. This WAS Anna's character development. We pursued Anna, and got to stage 2. Are you willing to continue, and work it out?
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>>24462410
See >>24462399
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>>24462393
Probably because no-one expected Anna to make a surprise appearance.
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>>24462393
>Hound and Anna have Issues. You guys know this, you knew this from the very get go. She was overoffensive when it came to him, and there was always something there that you guys never properly investigated. then when it came time for you to meet Hound, you... didn't. You decided to mess with how uncomfortable he was and never said a single *word* to him.
I tryed, people shouted me down
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>>24462393
I knew it. I fuckin' knew it. This is all on the players.
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>>24462297
This is probably because he was the first relationship she ever had, and this was during her "ice queen" phase. When he dicked it up, she went straight to "all of my hate"-mode, and immediately started replacing all of the good shit about him with "OMG HOUND IS THE WORST" mental block propaganda shit.

Which is partially why when he shows up again after Anna has mellowed considerably, and suddenly Hound seems like a marginally reasonable human being, she sort of goes "hey, right, I guess I was kind of a bitch back in the day."

And then he makes a move on her, and all the mental processes lock up again, and after all is said and done, she's right back to "fuck, Hound ruined everything AGAIN, but this time I should've known better, fuck my life."

Which is part of why not giving her the cold shoulder forever is probably a good idea, since otherwise she's just going to regress to her old roots, augmented by a healthy dose of "fuck, why do I bother getting close to people, everything just gets ruined forever".

The whole situation is kind of fucked, and Heather should probably be able to notice that after the initial anger and technological diversioning gets done with.
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>>24462393
Considering how...violent she was towards Hound, I figured she wouldn't have come back while there was a chance he was around.
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>>24462396
Yeah, all this "break his foot" shit is creepy. Especially because Heather has already proved herself prone to murderous insanity. See: Void Sphere to the hull of the ship, nuking the Scythe People Planet, etc.
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>>24462393
I don't think people were expecting you to drag Anna back onto his dick with quite such speed. A little more build up would've been nice.
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>>24462443
No, she intentionally lied to us, to make Hound seem like the devil to us. Because they have issues.
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>>24462462
That's how this shit happens man. It's fast, you don't see it coming.
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I'm interested Exa, if you're still reading, what was your plan with this plot going into the story and tonight's thread? I'm not criticizing anything - from an isolated standpoint, this is an actual good if very worn romance plot after all. But surely after your initial decision re. romance in this quest (especially the reason for it) you must have seen that there's almost a 100% chance that this closes off the Anna romance for good.

So, did this make you hesitate to continue, is it merely an unfortunate effect of forging ahead with a long-planned development that you'd have preferred to avoid, but can't do anything about, or even a way to ensure Heather doesn't get permanently hitched and you have similar things lined up for every LI, or what?

It's interesting since this is pretty much a perfect example of (assuming you weren't sabotaging intentionally) a good plot used in the absolute worst environment, from what I can see.
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>>24462396
>If you feel the need to hurt someone else purely because you yourself are hurt that is not normal
It's perfectly normal. Most people repress that urge. Actually going through with it instead of leaving it at thinking "god I would so love to punch him right now" is where you get into sociopath territory.
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>>24462457
>"break his foot" shit
Oh come on. We were talkin' legs. Who breaks someone's foot for revenge? That'd just be weird.
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>>24462490
And yet several people are advocating action.
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>>24462393
Well I guess Heather is almost as much at fault as Anna, then. Not quite there, but not innocent either.

Maybe it can still be worked out.
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>>24462491
foot bones are harder to fix then legs
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>>24462393
We had pretty much every character telling us not to talk to him, and now it's our fault for not talking to him?

Yeesh, own up to your own fuckups Exa, you knew what this would do to the thread.
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>>24462390
Can't find where that was ever said, mind pointing it out?
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>>24462507
It's because it's a character in a game, rather than they themselves who would go through with it.
Do you even escapism?
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>>24462512
It shouldn't be worked out.

>>24462517
Really? I had no fucking idea. I mean I guess they're closer packed but that seems so odd.
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>>24462479
It doesn't actually close off the Anna option, if people look at it from this >>24462393 perspective.

Both sides were at fault.
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>>24462393
No, fuck off. That's bullshit. You'd made it clear that she had issues regarding him, yes, but there were TONS of hints that they weren't due to residual attraction, but rather from betrayal (cheating, break-up, his murder issues), and frankly, we were barely given any chance to look into this.

Look Exa, we were dating her for only about 6 threads, and not interacting lots before that. Because of YOUR decision not to focus on one romance, we had our hands full interacting with people and advancing plot, so going in-depth with it before he even showed up was way too much to demand. And when he does show up, you EXPLICITLY have Anna avoid him while he's there AND have us go off to Sarvesh's planet making us have no reason to suspect that he'd be an immediate issue. How the fuck can you say we were too slow?
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>>24462531
They're also smaller and more fiddly, with more articulation (And therefore less alignment margin).
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I feel more bad for Anna than anyone else right now.

She's incredibly confused and hurt, she's going through a good bit of self-loathing, she doesn't know what she wants, and she has to watch someone she cares about go through a self-destructive fugue state because of what she did, which will only make her feel even worse.

She hates herself because she's a hypocrite, she hates herself for liking the sex, she hates herself for hurting Heather, and to top it off she hates herself because Heather is hurting herself by not sleeping or eating to deal with it.

Girl need some love in her life right about now. And it'd mean a hell of a lot more if it came from Heather.
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>>24462512
>Well I guess Heather is almost as much at fault as Anna, then.
How high are you right now?
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>>24462551
>Heather is at fault for not sorting out all of Anna's issues for her.

That's not a relationship though, that's one party being incapable of living their own life.
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>>24462479
I suspect he looked at us NOT doing like he'd planned and saying "well SHIT now I have to improv!!!!!!!!!!!!" so he took his knowledge of the NPCs and made a GM decision. he made things happen BECAUSE IT IS HIS ROLE IN THIS GAME.

he complained about it in the first two quests, by the third he'd stopped bothering to predict our exact actions because it was fucking impossible.

I remember when he said that AMY TOLSTOY was supposed to be an ANTAGONIST and looked what actually happened.
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>>24462558
Do not pity the heretic.
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>>24462558
Girl needs to think about what she did. If she's so hooked up on Hound that she'd jump back into bed with him that quickly, she isn't ready for a relationship with anyone, let alone Heather.
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>>24462575
Ha! We were supposed to break out of our corporation and fight it. We turned that plan rightly upside its head.
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>>24462479
This was an unfortunate sideaffect of me forging ahead with a long-planned development. There's a lot more to it I can't say because spoilers, but great portions of Anna's personality revolved around her issues with Hound, and I couldn't let her stay undeveloped. Things wouldn't end on a satisfactory note in that case- it wouldn't even end. It would just fall flat.
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>>24462558
Which is why she should stew in her own suffering for a while, then get one chance to make up for her mistake. But only that one.
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>>24462558
If she cares about Hound as much as she seems to, the last thing she needs is a relationship with Heather. It'll just make all her issues worse.
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>>24462393
So I'm expecting you have similar bombs ready for everyone else ready then, Exa? Please tell me how not dealing with Damien's stuff would make him cheat on us. Oh what's that, only Anna gets that vial of poison if we don't make sure to confront this thing on extremely short notice, you say? Everyone else is unlikely to have anything that would make readers hate them happen? Sounds fair.
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>>24462606
yup,

SO WHY THE FUCK ARE WE ALL BENT OUT OF SHAPE OVER THIS!
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>>24462614
There were many many better ways you could've approached this than like this. You have basically sabotaged Anna completely as a character.
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>>24462634
Because Anna's an emotionally unstable slut!
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>>24462520
Thread 45:
>"If Lambda isn't connected to the machine, well.. he won't have any powers at all, since he can't use them. He'll be fine. I woulda' disconnected him earlier, if the Director wasn't an asshole."
>Then he sighed.
>"He might lose some of his memories though. The doctor lady said it- the neurologist. What was her name?"
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I'd like to go ahead right now and point out this post, before everything crazy happened:
>>24457844
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>>24462634
Because that situation didn't end up undermining several threads worth of pre-existing character development.
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>>24462558
But you need to consider Heather as a character too.

Let Anna hurt for a few days, then *maybe* forgive her if she mans up enough to make a proper apology.
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>>24462677
Someone's going to be taking a trip to the abortion clinic.
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>>24462691
This just makes me love him more. He had the balls to follow through instead of bow to the touchy feely faggots.
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>>24462679
We can forgive her, but we're never dating her again.
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>>24462614
Falling flat is still better than crashing into a mountain.
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>>24462720
says you
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To everyone saying 'wait a few days'

It's BEEN a few days. Heather was in her workshop not eating or sleeping for at least two days, maybe three.
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>>24462614
As caustic as the writing is, >>24462553 makes a valid point in that the hints that she had issues with hound were 100% there, but any kind of time-limit lacked indication - no, in fact it was far more explicitly stated that he wouldn't be an issue this time around (Anna not being there, other plot happening, first time meeting him) than it was that her issues were more than the betrayal she felt regarding him.

Also, the plot still falls flat because now everyone who liked Anna as a LI will have a fucking miserable time in this quest, and almost guaranteed not to have a relationship with her any longer.

I also question whether any of the other LI's would have as bad bombs waiting in the wings if we fuck up, unless they're all cheaters.
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Hoboy, I can't be the only one hoping that Anna disappears from the quest after this.

I don't want to have to put up with this full-fledged warfare whenever something anna-related comes up for the rest of the quest.
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>>24462614
I dunno; I felt like the whole thing with Heather agreeing to a monogamous relationship would've been more important to the calculation than it seemed to be.

Like, I could easily see them hooking up had Heather balked even slightly on the monogamy front, but considering the core reason (that we know of) that Anna was so down on Hound was that he cheated on her, I feel like even under duress, that facet of her personality would've counted for more.
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>>24462735
Yeah, I'm just going to reply 'no' whenever anyone wants to do anything with the other characters now. That'll be my main source of amusement.
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>>24462625
Yeah, because every single character is exactly identical with the same issues, personality and quirks, so they're all apt to cheat on heather with Hound of all people. Sarvesh woulda' just rolled onto his back and let him have it!

>>24462645
Yes, yes there were. There were a lot of things I could've done better. I got that now.

>>24462735
Most of them had bombs, but none were nearly as bad.
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>>24462720
Obviously you don't into teenager.
This kind of drama happens all the time in high schools. You get angry, give them the cold shoulder, then make up if both parties haven't already moved on.
Then it happens again.
And again.
And again.
Then you go to college and your SO moves halfway across the country and you lose touch and break up for good.
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>>24462735
I don't get it. She pulled a pretty big favor for us with the engine then goes and fucks it all over with this? Doesn't make sense.
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>>24462763
>Sarvesh woulda' just rolled onto his back and let him have it!
WELL, IN BEFORE THE NEXT SMUT PASTEBIN.
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Life ain't fair, Annafags. Deal w/ it.
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>>24462779
No, I just wasn't a whore in high school.
Or in college.
It's called willpower. Everyone has it in varying degrees. You use it to resist base urges. It's worth a google.
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>>24462780
Because she still isn't over Hound.

Just think, all the times she was with Heather she was dreaming about Houndcock.
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>>24462614
Here's the thing Exa, we had little indication that we fucked up at all (yes, it needed addressing, but I'd imagine most posters, like me, were planning to address it AFTER he was gone, since we had every reason to believe it wouldn't be an issue yet), and as punishment for what's a minor oversight at most, a relationship with Anna is torpedoed.

Ignoring the issue with how harsh that is on its own, how do you think people who were cheering for Anna feel WRT the other LIs here? I can't believe they'll suffer as badly in the eyes of the general public as Anna did if we fuck up there, and that feels unfair as hell.
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>>24462791
I'm not even an Annafag, I just hate that this thread (and probably a dozen more to come) have gone to shit because of this development.
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>>24462735
I'm pretty sure everyone has their own set of issues, though not necessarily romantic ones.

Sarvesh has his set of inadequacy issues, Summer has the Imaginary Sister thing, Alex has his issues with us, though he seems to be getting over that with Jilly, Jilly probably has her own pile of issues regarding sexuality and relationships, Damien is a blind seer who doesn't like his father one bit and is traumatized by all the horrible stuff he's seen and not been able to do anything about.

Everyone is fucked up in their own way. Even Max.
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>>24462746
You aren't.

Anything relating to Anna now will be tainted with drama.

So much drama.
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>>24462828
Max is a dog with human levels of intelligence. I'd hate to have his instincts.
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>>24462763
Oh, so Anna gets the bad seed, and of course she also gets the really short time-limit (how were we supposed to know that it needed dealing with when we'd barely started dating and had every reason to believe that it could wait until monday). Guess we were going for hard-mode!
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>>24462843
its actually a bit worse, hes a wolf. Anytime he sees someone acting lame he is gonna have to repress the urge to tear out their throat.
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>>24462746
As an Annafag, I sort of agree. Not only has the romantic option I was in support of just been rendered toxic, it is now assured to explode in our faces whenever it is bought up again.

Hell, even if we'd gone with Damien or Sarvesh I would have been fine with it because it would stop the waifu shitstorming, the fact that the winner was also my choice was just a bonus. But I guess we can say hello to massive, thread spanning waifu wars again, only now the Anna faction has been split in two as well.

I am curious as to whether Exa sees a problem here, and if so, what is going to be done about it.
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>>24462791
Nah. Exa probably noticed the recent threads weren't getting 500 replies, so he decided to stir it up in the most forced way possible.
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Stop WHINING oh my gooood. It was SOOO OBVIOUS and you were just blind. ACCEPT IT. Move on.
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>>24462828
Time for space adventures with Max and Omni, no secondary characters, only tertiary and heather, month long trip to talk to aliums.
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>>24462878
YEEESSSSSS!
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>>24462828
Yeah, and literally none of those are remotely comparable. Are you seriously trying to say Summer's sister issues or needing to deal with Jilly issues wrt sex (not that she seems to have any big ones judging by her and Alex taking a tumble) would make posters dislike them, much less discard them as sluts and completely shutting down a relationship? Please.
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>>24462876
Accept the shit that'll fuck up the rest of the quest with bullshit arguments? No thanks.
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Considering all the stuff she did for Heather, I think it makes sense to at least give her a chance. It's obvious that she wasn't really thinking straight (no pun intended) when it happened. Still mostly her fault, but it wasn't premeditated, so forgiving her is an option. Of course, she's not going to be calling any shots in that case.
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>>24462901
Life ain't fair. Some people's problems are worse than others. Shit happens.
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>>24462915
Doesn't mean you have to accept it all.
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>>24462810
dude, as minor oversights go this one still wasn't bad, less indication was given before a great number fatal building collapses.

>>24462852
or we picked the hardest potential GF by coincidence

stranger things have happened
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>>24462912
Yeah, it does, not gonna happen though, because people aren't judging the relationship in a vacuum (where this plot works) but instead will pounce on an opportunity to advance their favorite at the expense of others, and Anna's lost too many points with this to have much of a chance.
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>>24462763
Now the question is whether or not this thing can be salvaged without inflicting further damage. I don't envy you, having that task.

Even with the mistakes, I still have to thank you for taking the time of day to write this shit for us.
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>>24462843
Wolf, not dog, a fucking wolf. Wild predator and pack hunter, without a pack.

And he wasn't uplifted early like Summer who is pretty much a normal girl who happens to be tigertastic, he has the instincts and drives of a wolf while being completely segregated from most of his kind due to being of human intelligence.

>>24462901
People's problems don't always match up. But everyone has their own problems that could have, and could still, blow up in our face if we don't handle it right.

I probably just scratched the surface for some of the characters and their issues.

Yeah, Anna's are bad, might be the worst of the lot, but that doesn't mean that the other people's problems are irrelevant.


On a side note, I think that Heather should probably take some time off of romantic relationships, and also visit her parents to talk about this, get some Mom/Dad hugs.
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>>24462912
Except the option has just become nuclear, and advocates of every other LI will now jump at the chance to discard it.
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You know, looking at this from a non-relationship perspective, this doesn't bode well for the quest. It was already awful in periods with the constant arguments/flirting, and with this drama added on top, I'm not eager to see what threads look like from now on.

Pity, since from a meta perspective, the last few threads have been among the more civil and, other than the date thread, more plot/platonic relationship focused so far.
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>>24462968
>Heather tells parents, Dragon swears vengeance.
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>>24462868
Yeah, I see the problem here. I saw it a little too late. I'd retcon it if I could, but I already used my one 'it was a dream' token for the rest of my life.

It was always part of 'the plan' and I didn't see the potential problems of this bit until I was writing 'okay now we're coming into the station wat do'. Yeah, I didn't put much thought into it, which I definitely should have. I did fuck up here. And I'll probably fuck up a lot more in a lot more ways,.

I may or may not be able to salvage things. No clue.
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>>24462988

Don't take our overreaction too harshly, Exa. I'm only one anon, but I'm still interested to see where this goes. You've taken us this far, I'm willing to keep going.
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>>24462988
salvage it like you salvaged vale q

which is to say not at all
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I just wanted to post that, as an Anna-fag, this made me very sad - not the cheating, but the inevitable reaction. I wish you'd reconsidered or at least made it more obvious Exa. Don't think I can follow any more, the constant Anna arguments would kill my enjoyment too much. Hope you have fun with the rest of the quest and I'll look forward to your next one!
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>>24462988
You mean you didn't actually plan the dream sequence? You were actually in the process of murdering the entire cast at the time?

Because that's pretty funny if nothing else.
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>>24462979
I don't know if any other LI will really go for Heather before Anna tries to make up.
Jilly is taken.
Alex is taken.
Sarvesh gave up on Heather and moved on.
Summer might, but she's friends with Anna too, and might just want to avoid the drama.
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>>24463038
Damien is very casual, probably doesn't want to antagonise Anna, and may or may not be taken by Theta.
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>>24462988
>I already used my one 'it was a dream' token for the rest of my life
You were actually trying to kill off the whole cast? Where were you actually going with that? Now I'm really curious.
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>>24463038
No relationships, space adventure with the wolf, the AI, and the reporter.
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>>24463033
Pretty sure he's saying that using the same trope twice during the same story is going a bit too far.

Like "oh, now EVERYTHING bad that happens is just going to get retconned until we kiss it better"
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>>24463038
I'd be surprised if Sarvesh isn't going to lose his shit at Anna when he hears about this, considering he purposefully lost that fight for Anna's sake.
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>>24462988
While I respect your descison, I'm not sure 'it was all a dream' could actually make things worse at this point. At least, noticeably so.
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>>24463051
>Damien is very casual, probably doesn't want to antagonise Anna, and may or may not be taken by Theta.
thought he was with sigma now
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>>24463076
Right. Stupid Greek letters. Regardless, he's fucking the alphabet, and probably doesn't want in on the drama.
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>>24463076
Who knows, everyone seems to be pairing up.

Looks like it's Sarvesh or Summer, as far as I can tell.
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>>24462988
The funny thing is, I was actually disappointed you went with 'it's all a dream' last time (got over it though), while I'd be ecstatic if you pulled it now. Ah, lady luck not with me in this quest.
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>>24462988
I think you can salvage the situation.

Just have the next thread based around the other characters talking to Heather about the issue. Parents, Summer, Damien, etc. Mellow your audience out, make sure that everyone knows that this won't lock anything in, or lock anything out, and give them time to come up with a reasonable, in character response.
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>>24463018
>>24462988
>>24463023
track records show that while you include romance more than I'd like you still pump quests out of a high quality and regardless of other things I'll be here tomorrow once I get out of the senior design conference.

>>24463033
he's done similar before

he probably started planning the "it was all a dream" half way through the breakdown....

>>24463068
I wonder how omnisiah will take it
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Come on people! We already knew we chose hard mode by pursuing Anna, we can't let a little thing like unresolved feelings from a prior relationship stop us now!
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>>24463104
Oh shit, just realised that. Anna gave Omnissiah shit about the danger of hurting Heather.

Then Anna hurt Heather.
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>>24463033
>>24463055
... No comment.

>>24463070
>>24463099
I could, but then nothing I ever write again would be taken seriously because everyone (including me) would just think 'oh it can just be a dream again ha ha!' And that's the sort of slippery slope I want to avoid.
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>>24463070
I think it would make things worse.
Like we appreciated Sarvesh sacrificing himself for us because we knew he would actually do it, we now know that Anna would cheat on us at the drop of a hat. And if we do actually prevent it she doesn't even know why we're mad at her.
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>>24463122
"Ok, Niss. Lesson 2 in Having Free Will: Shit sucks sometimes! But it's still better than the alternative!"
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>>24463103
I still doubt it. Frankly, I figure it's too much - I'd bet there were already lots of people who preferred non-Anna relationships, but just went with things passively since their option had no chance and Anna was pushed by others. They're unlikely to let it happen again though. I can hope I guess. Agh, so frustrating since I love these kinds of plots in single-relationship quests, but have no confidence in it getting properly resolved, much less the relationship bouncing back, in this one.
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>>24462988
I can understand that. Dream retconning would be a great thing to do, but it might cheapen everything.

No, you need to keep going and salvage this, somehow. I'm sure you can.
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>>24463153
You have more faith than I.

I envy you.
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Ha! Anna wakes up to heather glaring at her in the middle of the night " w-what?" " I had a dream you cheated on me..."
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>>24463146
I'm more curious as to whether this will be Omni's first experience of being angry with someone.

We might want to be careful in case he overreacts and does something extreme.
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>>24463132
That's true, I'm just biased since everyone I like other than Anna are unavailable (Jilly in relationship, the Greek letters seemingly not too interested) or seemingly not too popular (Summer). And frankly I'm just not gonna be very invested in any of your quests that feature relationships when I know things can get fucked over like this in seemingly an instant.
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>>24462988
The fact that you see the problem is enough for me.

As long as you know what you did wrong, I maintain hope that you can fix it and come up with a conclusion that is satisfying for all parties involved. Dunno about the others, but this reader isn't going anywhere.
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>>24463196
Don't worry. My next one likely won't have any sort of relationship at all, unless you guys force it.
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>>24463196
Hey man, I was one of the folks rooting for summer to start with, I'll throw my vote behind it.

Although I'd rather we actually focus on killing the voidqueen/meeting aliums.
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>>24463224
It is literally impossible to keep a relationship out of a /tg/ quest unless you force it out yourself Exa.

/tg/ will romance ANYTHING.
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>>24463146
At this point I just want to get a bunch of supercomputers, plug Omni in and remove his limiter. We'll have an SI:1 level modosophont and it will be great.
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>>24463196
I personally like Sarvesh, I just like the guy.

But I'm on board for Heather taking a break from relationshipping, calming down, being happy as a single person, getting her head on straight, and then looking at getting back into a relationship once she's had some time.
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>>24463224
Interesting, looking forward to it. I'll check out next thread to see what you do/how big a shitstorm anons make I guess.
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>>24463224
>No romance unless /tg/ forces it
>/tg/
>No romance unless forced

Well, okay then
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>>24463243
Agreed. Hell, I might even be on-board for Heather getting back together with Anna, but whatever the case, Heather needs some time to herself first.
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>>24463254
>>24463240
By 'force it', I mean 'somehow conjure up a waifu out of cobwebs and dust'
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>>24463272
Spiders live in cobwebs. We can find a nice spider-bitch.
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>>24463272
didn't you know? half of \tg\ is wizards.
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>>24463224
hallelujah

also, I notice that regardless of main character gender we've consistently hooked up with the chick, I wonder if that says anything about the people who follow your quests...

>>24463240
I hope he takes that as a challenge
ExabyteVs.LoveCanBloom

>>24463243
>I personally like Sarvesh,
I did too. for reasons I've already discussed...

>>24463272
careful if you have "lone survival quest" they WILL INEVITABLY FUCK WILSON
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>>24463268
I think you're right. Anna clearly needs to sort out her issues with Hound before she's ready for any serious relationship, and I stress that ANNA needs to sort out her issues, not rely on Heather to do it for her.
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>>24463243
Yes. Take the focus off romance and give the playerbase a chance to cool off.

Heather has been hurt too much to think about being in a relationship for a while. Maybe, eventually, but certainly not for a while.

In the meantime, space adventures with a side order of robotics/engineering.
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>>24463288
>also, I notice that regardless of main character gender we've consistently hooked up with the chick, I wonder if that says anything about the people who follow your quests...

Actually, that was one of the main reasons I was a big proponent of Heather hooking up with Damien. I thought it would make a nice change.
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>>24463288
"You stick your cock in Wilson's red painted behind, feeling nice cool rubber on your head before discovering a painful burning sensation."
"Crime of all crimes, someone hath filled Wilson's bosom with fire ants."
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>>24463226
>>24463243
Yeah maybe it'd be best to put relationship stuff on the backburner for now, give people some time to cool off. And give Exa enough time to think himself out of the corner he just made.
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>>24463272
It's a good thing I took specialties in the conjuration and trolling schools of wizardry then.
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>>24463272
/tg/ will find a way.

They will waifu the very sky, the ocean or the sand on that lonely beach if it is necessary. When it comes right down to it, /tg/ will create waifus from the aether if they must.
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>>24463272
Your next quest is going to have no-one except the protagonist in it?

Sounds... interesting...
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>>24463315
Eh, I'm just a /u/-fag personally. Content to let others do the waifuing in Vale/Nearfuture, all ladies all the time in this/Sorc.
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>>24463288
/tg/ likes lesbians.

It's a well known fact.
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>>24463272
We'll schizophrenia ourselves a waifu if we have to.
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>>24463379
tulpa
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Yeah, let's just hold off on all relationships, tell Anna to get herself sorted before we even consider taking her back, then focus on other things.
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>>24463373
I liked how in fantasy quest, the genderbent fatguy in a female elf body liked cock.
It's the only time /tg/ didn't go for the girl that I remember.
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>>24463416
/tg/ loves orcs slightly more than lesbians it seems.

...and the quest had no lesbian orcs.
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>>24463416
808 posts as of >>24463416
809 if I don't get ninja'd
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>>24463416
Refreshing, and the world/characters weren't bad either, pity that the concept was so stupid.
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>>24463409
Pretty much. We're not here to deal with her issues with Hound. Tell her to get lost and actually fix the issue, and then if she can do that, then we can maybe forgive her.

But in the meantime, and hopefully for a long time, there won't be any relationship bullshit and we can get back to the regularly scheduled programming: The wacky adventures of a psychic engineer in space.
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So for now consensus is to just drop the relationship stuff wholesale, tell Anna to fix her shit or gtfo, then go on with the rest of the plot.
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>>24463576
it's everyone left already
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>>24463576
Given that the thread is almost dead, you can't really get a consensus, but I'm behind it.
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>>24463576
Sounds reasonable. Basically tell her that until she's dealt with these obviously unresolved feelings towards Hound, there is nothing more for her and Heather to talk about.

Then we can go do some science and have adventures.
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So did our techno-depression last longer than the actual relationship?
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>>24463576
I'd be fine with this.
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>>24463658
...Possibly.
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>>24463576
yup; if she fixes it, or something else happens MAYBE we open up the romance business, but hopefully not...

exabyte could you do me a favor? at the end of the quest could you let me see the notes on what you'd have done if we'd have chosen sarvesh?
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>>24463684
Depending on what happens with Anna, you might get to find out in the quest what happens if we choose sarvesh.

I'd say he's the most likely possibility if Anna fucks up again.
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>>24463658
no, we went out for dinner twice on none consecutive days meaning it was at least 3 days
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>>24463576
Have you considered that perhaps Anna isn't capable of fixing her shit without help? Perhaps considerable help?

I mean I'm willing to give that, but are the rest of you?
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>>24463576
Yes. For the love of all that is holy.

The fact that this thread has almost 1000 posts goes to show just how badly /tg/ takes waifuing. The backlash