"I think I made a wish."".... What?""What is it you saw?""I saw you running down the road, putting out fires and dodging disasters until an explosion threw you across the street into the second floor of someone's house.""You didn't see the part after that then?"".... After?""I was in the house, trying to get out. I was fading, when I..... felt something. Not words, but...." I hesitate, trying to find the best way to describe it. "It's like I knew that if I just said it, I'd get the boost I needed to keep running. So I did.""..... So you made a wish on the Grail?""..... I think I did." I answer. "It's not something I dwelled on, but.... it makes sense. Where else would that power have come from?""I see." She responds. "So.... what now?""Honestly? I don't know. That's pretty much everything I needed you for if you wanted to do something else."".... You don't want me to give you a good night's sleep or something? It wouldn't be hard.""It's fine. I'm honestly used to it.""That's not something you should have to be used to." She says, seriously, frowning at me. "That's something nobody should have to experience.""Well, it happened and continues to happen." I respond. "I survived that. A few bad dreams are a pretty small price to pay.""..... Alright then." Rider finishes with a sigh. "I suppose I have something that needs doing anyway." She stands as I roll off her lap. "See you in the morning."Something about her demeanor makes me frown, but I can't quite place my sense of unease as she departs.[ ] Try to sleep.[ ] (Other).
>>26262965Annnnnd we're back![x] Try to go the fuck to sleep.
>>26262965>[ ] (Other).>"I suppose I have something that needs doing anyway."Stalking mission then?In any case, I still think we need to check the clearing. Bring Saber at least.
>>26262965[x] Thank her for helping.[x] Try to sleep.
>>26262965Call out to Rider before she leaves.Then give her a hug. She feels as though something is wrong, and Shirou feels as though something is wrong about her leaving like this. So we should try to sort this out, and the best method to do so is hugging
No, Rider, Don't go!There goes good dreams.Thanks, Shirou. thanks a lot.Oh well.Enjoy reliving your torment! And by that I mean talk to merlin.>Try to sleepORif we don't want to, offer to help her with what she needs done, to repay her.
Suggestions for clever archive titles before it gets trolled?
>>26263068In which the plot does in fact progress?
>>26263068"In which Emiya Shirou wakes up from a bad dream to the realization that he done goofed."
>>26262965Don't leave rider, our only hope for a peaceful nights sleep leaves with you.
>>26263080"In which Emiya Shirou's been goofing since before we even met"
>>26263092Works too!See my post last thread? https://archive.foolz.us/tg/thread/26226268/#26262706
>>26262965>[X] (Other).>Ask Rider what's up, offer to help.
[X] MerlinYou dick, how long have you been messing with my life?
>>26263193Pretty sure he was just eavesdropping on the dream, rather than being present for the actual events unfolding.
Threadly reminder that the updated Ebook can be found at http://pastebin.com/kbGzcbDb>>26262965Thank her for her help, then try to sleep.
Rolled 7>>26262965Tactical hugging action.
Rolled 7>>26263361if we're rolling for Tactical hugging, at least roll better...
Rolled 19>>26263361>>26263435all lucky sevens?
>>26263451Hey, AC-Guy, we're hugging Rider, if that's okay.Work it into the thanking her, maybe?
Rolled 15>>26263467Sadly not a critical hit to the heart... but it'll probably do
>>26263467(Un)fortunatley by the the time we catch up to hug, she's in her room changing
>>26263481>implying we don't crit on all successes against Rider's heartHer Maiden Compensation is off the charts, my friend.tfw I don't know whether to choose Rin or Rider as they're my two favorite girls, and apparently the ones we have the most points with
>>26263542Rin is all but Locked In and Achieved. Rider still needs some help.I feel bad that we're ignoring Seibah so much, though.
>>26263594Mid-fight shouting is the way to go with her, innit?
>>26263542>Implying we haven't already chosen all of the aboveNo, seriously, this whole multi-girl thing spawned from us massively overthinking Rider's "If you hurt Sakura I'll fucking murder you" comment. And Shirou is a stubborn bastard once he gets an idea in his head.
>>26263607>mid-fight shouting"HEY SEIBA, WANNA GO OUT ON ANOTHER DATE WITH ME?""NOT NOW SHIROU!""Come on Saber, leave that mongrel and become my queen!""FUCK OFF GILGAMESH!"
>>26263612Speak for yourself, I've been gunning for Team Purple or Team Sisters (or both) since the get-go.
>>26263616"AAAAAH MEN ARE TERRIBLE">cue Riderisms>and possibly flustered Rin
>>26263619I'd like to support team servants. Unfortunately, you can't have Rider and someone else without including Sakura or Rider would get really pissed
>>26263636Rider, Rin, Sakura.Team Sisters.
>>26263607>>26263616Only an anguished declaration of love during, before, or after a fight will do.>>26263619>>26263636Rider is best girl, but I can't help but like the others as well.Just a shame Ayako doesn't like sharing, though another quest where we could try for her from the beginning would be nice.It would start with Shirou caving to her demands and rejoining the archery team...
>>26263652Team Servants is Rider and Saber
>>26263665>>26263664or, adding onto my pipe-dream Ayako-route, a Caster Route would be nice, too, with the option of having both caster, and saber-Oh wait! There is one-OH WAIT.It's dead.You hear that, Caster route guy?You suck.
I call out to her as she walks away. "Is something wrong?""... Not exactly, no." She answers, pausing in the doorway. "It's just that dream of yours gave me a lot to think about."I walk up behind her and slowly place an arm around her. "... Sorry about that. I don't think I could've done it without your help though.""It's fine. If anything, it helped me." She answers, squirming slightly in my grasp."... Alright then. You need help with whatever you're doing?"".... No, I think it would be better if I went alone." She answers, wandering away. I briefly consider calling out to her, but....>Actions?
>>26263664She's my favorite too anon, but I understand why she'd be hard to write. She doesn't really have enough screentime to establish more beyond the basics of her personality.>Shirou caving to her demands and rejoining the archery team...That would last all of one thread before it was a sealed deal. She'd get him to stay after to help clean up, then jump his bones while they're all alone in the dojo.>>26263695>taking Caster away from her husbandoWhy do you hate Souichibrou, Gale?
>>26263695The only way that we could ever get Caster Route is if Shirou was wandering around the Honnoji Temple at night for some reason way back before the Grail War even began.>>26263708Uh oh.
>>26263708Go to bedWorry incessantly about what we might have done to disturb Rider.Then worry about all the other girlsThen finally just worry ourselves to sleep
>By the way, Sean's Grail-War thing apparently filled up, so that's a thing that's going to be underway soon.
>>26263708Sad Rider is Sad.We should rest proper though. It's been a big day.
>>26263708[x] go the fuck to sleep>squirming slightlyShe REALLY wants the dick but doesn't want to hurt Sakura by getting between us.We need to work on Sakura's issues soon.
>>26263708Worry like a Jewish mother, then get Ilya. We need our little big sister's advice.
>>26263708Well, she's finally realized we have the worstest case of Survivors guilt.>Sleep.Fiddy bucks says she's going to go wake up the girls and tell them what the fuck our deal is.
>>26263765>Well, she's finally realized we have the worstest case of Survivors guilt.Thats not really why we want to become a superhero though. I mean its part of it, but its mostly because of Kerrytugu.
>>26263779It's why we do a *lot* of stupid shit, though.
>>26263708go to sleep.
>>26263735Voting for this.>>26263740Excellent.
>>26263713>>26263729>The only way that we could ever get Caster Route is if Shirou was wandering around the Honnoji Temple at night for some reason way back before the Grail War even beganThis is exactly how the caster route begins, actually. Souichirou never meets her, thus it isn't NTR.Not really.He isn't even Souichibro in that route, anyway.>>26263708...oh.Well.Shit, we upset Rider more than we thought.WE ARE TRULY IN CHARACTER NOW.>>26263740>new grail war questalways interested in these.Is it like EGO's, where servants are statted beforehand, or something? What did you mean by filled?
>>26263806It's not a quest, it's a play-by-email thing. 7 players, I assume filling the Master slots.
>>26263806Not quest, RPG. All played spots are filled.
>>26262965Nice one OP, don't strain yourself now
>>26263821>>26263824Suddenly not as happy.could we get a storytime or storydoc of everything, at some point, then?I just love me some fate/fanfiction is all.
>>26263844u wot m8?
>>26263844>Fate-stay-again-a-summary.jpg>Not naming it 'it really is a gun in his pocket this time'
>>26263851I'd definitely be willing to story-time whatever happens to me once it's finished so long as the GM is cool with it.
>>26263908thank you, kind anon.You are truly doing the Root's work.Or is it the grail in this case?
>>26263908I'll throw my hat in with this dude, and detail my own viewpoint of events when all's said and done.Can't promise how good it'll be but it'll be a thing.
I lay back down, staring at the ceiling for a long time.I try to figure out what got Rider so.... uneasy. Something I said? Something about the dream?I toss and turn, failing to get comfortable for a long time before I finally manage to sleep.Instead of the normal dream, I see something else. Two days, over and over again. The day I first woke up in the hospital, with Kiritsugu at my side. And the day he took me home.Maybe I'm just trying to remind myself that it's over, and I have a new life to lead.I wake up to Ilya shaking my shoulder. "Shirou?""Hmm?" I grunt, looking at her."Rider told me about last night. Told all of us, actually.""Oh? Any thoughts?""Any-" She stops, giving me a weird look before sighing and pulling me into a hug. It's tighter that I thought she was capable of. "Today's going to be really weird for you, I think.">?
>>26263937Lol, I'll be glad to give something back to the community. Plus it'll be a nice writing exercise to practice for running a quest/online RPG of my own.
>>26264104>Pat her head.>Ask if anyone's made breakfast yet.Intervention time. Luckily we've managed to distract the harem issue with our cavalier attitude towards our own suffering.
>>26264104"Weirder than the last week or so? Is that physically possible?"
>>26264104"Wait, weirder than yesterday? You've got to be kidding me. That shouldn't be possible. No way, I refuse to believe it."
>>26264104"I'm still making breakfast though, right? Right?"
>>26264104>?>"Today's going to be really weird for you, I think.""You mean... I actually get to cook now? Thanks! You are all the best!"Then race everyone else to the kitchen while they are flabbergasted.
>>26264139>>26264127>>26264142Its not F/SA without cooking
>>26264104"I really hope you only mean 'uncomfortable' weird, because any other flavor of weird being notable compared to what's happened the past couple days is kind of a scary prospect."
>>26264104[x] Hug back."I've been having weird days ever since I got stabbed by a space pirate's gay bulge. Wouldn't trade them for anything, though."
>>26264104"Why do I get the feeling my allergy is going to be acting up today?"But seriously, go with >>26264142
>>26264152It's not F/SA without wanting to cook, but getting sidetracked
>>26264204>>26264161>>26264142While I think ignoring the ominous implications is the the correct response, we shouldn't be too silly about it. The others are obviously worried, and acting like a spaz will hurt them.
>>26264142I like this response
>>26264233This. Inform the rest of the household that the discussion will take a turn for the serious after breakfast.Better to have a tense atmosphere at the table, than a brooding one, though I'm not in favor of either.
"Weirder than what's already been going on?" I ask, arms wrapping around her. "That's.... legitimately terrifying."".... Well, maybe a different kind of weird. Awkward and uncomfortable.""Oh, that's less worrying then." I respond, letting her go and grabbing fresh clothes for the day. "Is anybody else up and about yet?""I think Sakura's sleeping in a little bit....""And Rin isn't a morning person. I'll have to cook breakfast then." I say, stepping into my closet to get dressed since Ilya isn't leaving my room."Eh? Shirou, you don't have to-"I'm halfway to the kitchen before she can finish the thought, and the rice is in the cooker and the Miso broth on the stove before she catches up to me."...Shirou?""Yes?"".... Are you feeling alright?""Fine, why?""Well, you ran in here rather quickly.""I wanted to cook for once. It feels really weird to not be cooking every meal around here." I answer, chopping vegetables. "I feel like my entire world's been knocked a hair askew because of not being n the kitchen.""You really like cooking that much?""It's not really a like or dislike thing, it's just something I'm really used to doing." I explain, putting the chopped greens in the broth. "It's like a jog in the morning to wake up or something, just part of my routine.""I see." She responds, her voice almost accusing. "And why is it you look scared?""I'm not-""You've been shaking, and pale as a ghost since I woke you up." She frowns, seemingly speaking to herself.. "The dream was that bad? No..."Rin enters the room, already awake and alert as she passes the kitchen. "We're going into Shinto today after breakfast." Is all she says as she heads into the bathroom.Rider and Sakura sit at the table as I continue to cook, and Caster joins us with Saber as I set the table. "I'm only here to sever my connection with Saber and fulfill my end of the bargain. You needn't bother setting a place for me.">Actions?
>>26264365"I don't have to, but wouldn't it be nice to enjoy something to eat before starting the day?"Make that Caster some food.And hope she and Souichibro actually worked out what we were trying to say earlier.Cuz he was being denser than we ever have been.
>>26264365I wouldn't be a good host if I didn't-or-You're in my home, you get offered food
>>26264365>Actions?Wow. It's gonna be a serious breakfast.So I guess we ask first what Rider divulged already, then fill up any missing parts she may have missed.After that, it's Caster's turn.Finally, go on that patrol with Rin and Saber (once the Servant connection is re-established).
>>26264365>Tell Caster it wouldn't be a problem to set a place for her, we're making X>Eat breakfastMight as well try to score some last minute points with Caster. Rin was already awake. Which means she's been awake for quite a while. This isn't good.
>>26264391>>26264403Yeah, those 2 should be ok for now.
>>26264425Shirou isn't the only one that can worry
>>26264489Well, the alternative to rising early to plan is being awake all night worrying. Which is probably even worse for us.
>>26264104Pat her head. Get up to make breakfast.I don't think I can remember the last time Shirou actually got to make breakfast for everyone
>>26264500Waaaaait, if Rider woke them up last night and Rin stayed up, why would Sakura still be asleep? Even if she told them just before we got up, something ain't right.
"You're sure? It wouldn't be an issue at all. There's plenty of food."Caster hesitates, briefly. "I appreciate the offer, but no. In all honesty I wouldn't have bothered coming if we could do this over the phone." She then takes Saber's hand, as well as mine. For a moment, I have the feeling of chains binding us together before they dissolve. "There. Now, I left a phone number on the counter if you need to contact either myself or my Master.""Saber.... did we?"She shakes her head, as Sakura and Ilya give us concerned looks. "I tried reaching out, but it was the same as last time. It just didn't feel like there was something there to grasp."Rin enters the room a moment later, and the exchange a few brief words under their breath while clasping hands. I get a nod informing me that Saber's ours again as I sit down with the rest of the food.The table is quiet as we begin to eat, Rin apparently having already decided the agenda for the day.>Actions?
>>26264556They have some kind of plan? maybe?
>>26264572>There should be a note in there about Caster teleporting away.
>>26264572Is Sakura awake?
>>26264556Nah, it makes sense.>Rider puts everyone to sleep in the harem dream.>Rider and Shirou carry everyone to bed.>Rider helps Shirou see the crazy dream.>Shirou tells Rider what was at the end of the dream, goes to sleep.>Rider awakens everyone, tells them what's up.>They all go back to bed, except Rin, who doesn't sleep.>Ilya sleeps fitfully and wakes up Shirou in the morning and tells him what Rider said.>Rin's still awake, Sakura is still asleep.
>>26264572"So, you said we're going into town? What's the occasion?
>>26264592>as Sakura and Ilya give us concerned looks.I should presume so.
>>26264572"So what's the plan, Rin? Why are we heading to Shinto?"It'd be rude to start planning our own stuff when Rin's already got an idea in place. Need to hear it first, and it will distract from everyone knowing about Shirou's survivor's guilt dream.
>>26264556Rider told them last night. Sakura went back to sleep. Rin either woke up early or stayed up since then.>>26264572>Ask about the plans for the day in a general sense>Send word to Archer that we'd like to discuss the dreamHe'll know which one.
>>26264613>Send word to Archer that we'd like to discuss the dreamYeah good idea, we should see if Archer's version was any different.
>>26264611The Shinto plan is related to the survivor guilt dream. I'm just hoping the plan isn't to try immolating us in the burnt field while screaming that they love us.>>26264598Let's not be too glib. We're obviously strained as fuck.
When did we last talk to Archer? I know we've sent some messages to Issei, but responses?We better hook Saber and Rin up first. No Independent Action means all the breakfast in the world won't keep her around much longer
>>26264631Yeah, I'm thinking it's time for us to let someone in on Archer's aid before we meet with him though. Don't want him to summarily decide that killing us might kill Avenger.
>>26264691Dude, read the update, they already linked.
"So, you said something about heading into town? What's the plan?""We need to be more proactive." Rin answers simply. "We don't really have any viable leads to work with, and the best we have is something about the runes acting strangely."".... So exactly what is the plan?""There isn't one." She responds, shaking her head. "We don't have much to work with, but that doesn't mean we can afford to sit around. As it is we're accomplishing next to nothing while sitting in a known location while our enemies move freely around the city. By being mobile, we're less obvious of a target, we can prompt them into taking actions because they might think we know something, and we also have a chance of stumbling across something that would give us a real lead to work with.""So the plan is to go downtown.... and hang out?" Sakura asks, confused."Yes. Since we have Saber back with us, that means we can all move together relatively safely." She finishes off her breakfast and takes her dishes to the sink as she continues. "I need to go get a few things ready, before we go. The rest of you should make whatever preparations you need as well.">Actions?
>>26265132load flashbangs and nades in daddy's coat.Just in case.
>That feel when you can't recontract with Top Sword due to previous contract with Avenger.
>>26265132>She's disguising a group date as reconheh.>>26265149No 'nades, but packing something small really concealable might be good.
>>26265132Rin's plan is clearly to trick us into having a good time while on a aimless 'mission' around town.Therefore, we must do the most Shirou hing possible and use oblivious and kindness to get everyone to have the kind of fun they want to have while we merely tag along and observe.>>26265149I'll second this, but I think we should go with our normal coat. Less conspicuous.
So who's contracted with Saber right now?
>>26265153>Saber>Not Mysterious Heroine X
>>26265132>Send message to Archer through Issei proxy, tell him we want to discuss the dream>Grab some flashbangs
>>26265354Do thisprobably dangerous, but do it anyway. Then discuss whether or not a recon mission without any real goal is worth it. Because Shrou will never really understand Rin
>>26265132".....I can't help but feel there is something someone isn't telling me..."
>>26265153Would someone mind explaining to me what the fuck all this 'top gun' bullshit is about?Meme's been running in the background of my life for a coupe months now and it's pissing me off.
>>26265437dude, it's not such a big deal.Besides, the picture's cute.
>>26265423I second this
Make sure to actually sleep tonight.
Pretty sure AC-Guy just fell asleep at the keyboard on his end.I can kinda hear him snoring over the mic. I'd offer to keep going for him, but I just found out he lied to me about 2/3 the plot twists to guarantee the real surprises.Standard 'thread lives' contingency stands though, as far as I'm aware.
>>26265437Adam from Workaholics had a Top Gun hat. Mysterious Heroine X's hat was close enough. Top Sword
>>26265484DAMMIT AC-GUY RIGHT WHEN WE WERE STARTING TO MAKE ACTUAL PROGRESS
>>26265484Thanks for the heads-up.
>>26265527The archive description just became all kinds of ironic.
>>26265484Based AC-Guy bringin the master plot craftin.
>>26265484So what'd he tell you those 2/3 plot twists were?
>>26265423This.Elephants don't belong in living rooms, Shirou!
>>26265960Ah, ah, ah, that's all part of the web of lies! If we know what the fake twists are, then we can get one step closer to the real ones. That would be cheating.
>>26265960Just imagine if some of those fake plot twists were actually read right off one of the insane pastebins.
>>26271472Fuckin' saved.rby DayumYou said it, captcha.
>>26271997Not familiar with the Hiroyuki doujins? They're pretty great. You should look him up.
>>26272409The guy who did Teasing Saber?Didn't realise he'd done more stuff. Thanks, anon.
>>26272475>Not knowing "a cat is fine too"I almost spat out my drink.
>>26272559Oh, I know "A cat is fine too".I just wasn't aware it was by the same author.
>>26269051>Ah, ah, ah, that's all part of the web of lies! If we know what the fake twists are, then we can get one step closer to the real ones.Unless half of the "fake twists" were real, but we would have been convinced they were not. "Remember when I said that I lied? I was lying."
>>26274138Get out of here Aizen. Don't you have some subordinates to betray or something?
>>26276151No, his quest for lapdances from Bleach Quest has spilled into this one as well.where's Gin when you need him?
>>26276254God dammit, I'm not answering your calls. I'm already too busy mopping up after THIS asshole's antics >>26274138
>>26278049>Holy shit, it's been a year since I wrote that blurb?>Why does that make me feel so damned old?
>>26279137You wrote that?That doesn't surprise me as much as I thought it was.
>>26279156>I don't really go out of my way to brag, what with going anon and other names, but I write a lot of shit. From what I've seen I'm responsible for like 10% of the various reposts/screencaps people put on the board.>Which is just the stuff I wrote that people latched onto for some reason.
>>26279215Yay, AC Guy is awake and back
>>26279215You didn't happen to write the "I wanna save everyone!" synopsis of each of the FSN routes as well, did you?
Day trip time?
>>26279263Post please? I don't have those.
>>26279263>I honestly have no idea. I might've? Honestly can't remember that.>I'd recognize my own writing if you posted it though.
>>26279399>Right after I eat dinner.
The Ultramarines stand ready
>I just realized I don't know what the plan is.
>>26280113Looks like comment on the atmosphere with three and grab some flashbangs with three.
>>26280113Looks like all we had was "grab some flashbangs and try to get ahold of Issei"
>>26280113>Load up and suit up.>Leave a message to Archer about dream.And say this >>26265423 to Rin.Personally, I want the patrol to at least consider passing through the forest clearing Merlin mentioned.
>>26280113I believe general consensus was 'grab some flashbangs and call Issei', with a side order of 'I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO WEAR!'.
>>26280113"By the way Rin, that's the 3rd Servant you got the opportunity to support now. As expected of the Tohsaka heiress. You aren't planning to gun for the rest of the Servants throughout the duration of this war, are you?"Keep the tone light, jovial and more of a compliment to Rin's ability as a magus.Yeah, yeah I know... Rin points are off the chart already...
>>26280113Pretty much what they're saying
>>26279446FateShirou: I want to save everyone!EndUBWShirou: I want to save everyone!Archer: That is both a logical contradiction and a denial of the self.Shirou: But the ideal encompasses an aesthetic that makes the endless journey worth it. Why can't I selfishly pursue selflessness?Archer: ...Fuck.Gilgamesh: MONGRELS! THOSE SWORDS ARE FUCKING PATENTED!EndHFShirou: I want to save everyone!Archer: That is both a logical contradiction and a denial of the self. If you do not realize this, you get no Sakura sex.Shirou: You're right. I'm a moral relativist. God is dead.Archer: That's the spirit. Here's a present before I go away. Don't mind it if it starts to kill you.Kotomine: But I'm still evil somehow, right?End
I walk around the house, grabbing my regular coat and going out to the shed to load up on 'supplies'.Along the way, Saber joins me. "I just realized. With you, Rin has technically had three different servants since the start of the war now.""Rather odd. Then again, nothing about this war has been normal.""Amen to that." I sigh, looking around. I take a trio of flashes and a smoke as well, tucking them carefully into my coat to hide the bulges. I also shoot a text off to Issei telling him I want to talk to Archer whenever it's convenient. "So Saber, I get the feeling I'm not getting told something."".... How so?""I dunno. Just a feeling." I answer with a shrug. "I don't think any of you would lie or keep secrets without a good reason, so it's not like it bothers me.""So you think we're trying to deceive you?"".... Not really? It's just it feels off somehow, like I'm missing something everyone else knows."Saber watches me uncomfortably for a minute as we rejoin the rest of the group and leave the house. Together, we slowly make our way west towards the river.>Anyone/anything in particular for conversation?
>>26280759>Was not me.>I do kinda remember it though.
>>26280972Let's talk to Saber, maybe help fills some holes that might help with the dreams?
>>26280972[x] Ask Saber what she remembers of the end of the last War.How long did she hang around after smashing the Grail? Hell, what did the Grail even look like?
>>26280972Talk to Rin about the recon planIt's obvious to us that she just wants a group date, but Shirou is still Shirou, so he'll be looking at this with utter seriousness
>>26280972>[x] Ask Saber what she remembers of the end of the last War.
Hey ACGuy maybe you should tell Twitter you're running again. Thread seems kinda slow at the moment.