Archives:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Scorpion%20Girl%20QuestTwitter: https://twitter.com/ScorpGirlQuestCharacter Sheet: http://pastebin.com/1667ZT3fAbout 24 hours ago, the five Great Priests of Ligish turned you into a chitinous abomination. Now they want to press you into service early because some other monster is making trouble in the city."What kind of monster?" You ask with some concern.The Blood Priest answers, "A giant worm, I've been told. A mindless animal, but somehow it showed up inside the walls. I have a theory. I hope I'm wrong."They hurry you to the pyramid's vaults. It's not a proper armory, just a place where spare mismatched arms and armor are included among the piles of precious metals, acolytes' robes, and mysterious artifacts. Nakurtum, who's also been woken up and brought here, is tasked with helping you get armed and armored.> Whatever feels comfortable. Probably a shirt of dull bronze scales that's loose enough to let you move> Maximum protection for your human half. Bronze splints over extra layers of padding so it fits the way it's supposed to even though it was made for an adult.> Maximize scariness. There's some gilded ceremonial armor covered in spikes and silver skulls. Also a helmet with a face-concealing veil so that maybe people will forget that you're a little girl.> Armor is a waste of time. Just get out there ASAP and claw and sting it until it dies.> Express weapon preferences?> Argue that maybe they should just send humans who know what they're doing to take care of the problem instead of you.
>>28475154>Whatever feels comfortableGiant worms aren't known for fighting clever so I don't think we need to worry about weakpoints just yet. Mobility is more important.> Express weapon preferencesIf they have them, shield and lance.
>>28475154>> Maximum protection for your human half. Bronze splints over extra layers of padding so it fits the way it's supposed to even though it was made for an adult.
>Whatever feels comfortableLacking training in heavy armor, it would hinder us more than aid us.>Weapons: shield and throwing spearsAsk your trainer to accompany you.
>>28475154>comfortable bronze scale shirtThat's about right.>weapon preferenceGet ourselves a nice chopping tool. I would say an axe, but we need a pole given our mounted position, so let's get a halbred or something.Worms are weak to chopping and stabbing.
>>28475456I can get behind some throwing spears, over my axe idea.We could use them to prevent the worm from digging with a few placed strategically.
>>28475154"Something wearable. Some of this heavier stuff requires its own kind of training. Here, pull this on, kid."Nakurtum gets you dressed, then hands you a n old shield and a one-handed spear. "Don't put too much trust in these. You need more training before you're passably good with weapons. Just, uh, think like a scorpion for now." You wonder where that would take you if you tried it."Will you be coming along, Nakurtum?""Of course I will. Wouldn't miss it for the world." She hefts an enormous two-handed axe. "Been looking for an excuse to use this."You, Nakurtum, and about twenty guards are assembled by the front gates as they slowly open to reveal the moonlit city streets. You thought all the Great Priests would be watching from the terrace, but suddenly you notice the Gold Priest join you in the entryway and put a hand on Nakurtum's shoulder. "You stay behind. We need to question you. This whole incident might be caused by the Adventurers' School. They brought us the relic that made Hunzuu. It seems that they found another one and decided to use it themselves..."> Don't object.> "Go away. We need her!"> "If it's really that important, come with us and talk to her on the way."
>>28475741>> "If it's really that important, come with us and talk to her on the way."
>>28475741> "If it's really that important, come with us and talk to her on the way."Plus if this is the result of another magic thingy, having a priest along might come in handy...
>>28475741> "If it's really that important, come with us and talk to her on the way."
So, what are the odds that this Sandworm is Goldy's Daugther?
>>28475741>> "Go away. We need her!"She's our mascot/teacher. We need her to shout encouragement as we get beaten up.
>>28475741[x]talk and walkThis is a scorpion girl operation, and we are taking control until such time as rival monster is dead.Also we need that axe.
>>28475741You were rather counting on having Nakurtum come along. She was pretty cool to you yesterday, and her presence is kind of comforting. You ca't believe she'd be complicit in making a rampaging worm for no reason. So you tell the Gold Priest off. "If it's really that important, come with us and talk to her on the way. Besides, maybe you can do some magic that will help.""Gold magic doesn't really work that way. It's sympathetic magic. It affects things you already have. Against unknowns, you really want something else. Like that coward of a Bronze Priest, where is he?" But by the time he's finished talking, you, he, and the others have already marched out of the pyramid and into the city. So he comes along anyway.There are people running toward you as you draw closer to the worm, but when they see you they all panic and find a different direction to run. You seem to be a less than encouraging sight to the common people.The worm is rampaging around the plaza used for slave auctions. It's more like a giant razor-toothed maggot than a worm. Night patrols from the Footmen's School are throwing javelins at it, but their weapons bounce off its disgusting swollen hide. Half-eaten corpses lie near it on the ground.Nakurtum thinks the situation over. "All right. Hunzuu, get the thing's attention. Try to get it tangled up in those awnings. We'll get behind it and see if spears and axes will work on it. Unless anyone has a better idea."> Let's do this.> I've got a better idea.> I'm scared. Can we switch places? You guys go out first and be the bait and then I'll sting it or something.
>>28476250Seems like a fair enough plan.Can we get some rope or something for our claws to hold? To better assist in our efforts to hold the damn thing down?
>>28476250>Let's do this.We can come up with our own tactics once we've seen what works and what doesn't.
>>28476250I think our spear is not going to work.Time to see if we can't get our stinger to do its job. Rush it, sting it and back off in the direction of those awnings. We'll follow that plan.
>>28476293though, the rope will probably snap in our claws, so maybe skip it and just hold it down with our vicegrip.Stinging is encouraged.
>>28476250Forgot the spear, go in with your claws and stinger.
>>28476250> I've got a better idea."We should try to get it tangled with nets before we try putting spears and axes to use."
>>28476250The only ropes you see nearby are the ones fastening the awnings to the market stalls, uncomfortably close to the enemy. There are no nets around here, but there probably are some out by the river, if your company wants to take a few minutes to go searching for them.You nod and gather your courage. You're pretty sure your spear isn't going to be useful here, but you raise your shield. "Sounds good." You emerge from the building you're hiding behind.> Just yell at it and stay out of its reach.> Get within range to claw and sting it, even at the risk of being bitten. You know you can end this.> Yell for some of your men to go find nets.> Yell to the surviving night patrols that you're commanding them now.
>>28476250>Let's do this!We're no Warmaster yet, and we're probably going to last longer than any other fool they'd send in as bait.
>>28476553Get close and try to piss it off. We can toss it into the awnings when it countercharges.How big is it relative to us?
>>28476553Alternate plan. Rush it. Shove our shield down its throat to prevent it biting us then sting it.
>>28476553>> Get within range to claw and sting it, even at the risk of being bitten. You know you can end this.
>>28476593Indeed, if it's small enough we could try to shield bash it.
>>28476553Rush at it, bash it with the spear and shield and snip snip with our pincers! Try to slice it around its mouth.
>>28476553If our venom is proportionally as powerful as a normal-size scorpion, we might put it down in one sting. It's worth a shot.
>>28476553The maggot monster is about as tall as you when holding up its head and stubby clawed forelimbs. It's significantly longer than you, and certainly heavier. It's maybe 30 feet long, while you're 10 feet long, not including tail. It doesn't matter, though. You're not scared.You rush straight toward the thing, shield out, claws snapping. The night patrols see you as another monster and retreat. The monster lowers its head and bares its teeth. You get right up close and personal with it. Nakurtum yells, "Careful, kid!" > Roll 4d6 to brawl with your claws and stinger> Roll 1d6 to do something with your spear and/or shield. Hope you don't fuck up.
Rolled 4, 5, 2, 1 = 12>>28476812> Roll 4d6 to brawl with your claws and stinger
Rolled 3, 5, 5, 1 = 14>>28476812Sting it in the face!
Rolled 3, 2, 1, 4, 6 = 16>>28476812
Rolled 2, 4, 2, 2 = 10>>28476812If it has any eyes, that would be a good place to put our stinger.
>>28476849just for reference claws and stinger are the first 5, shield is the last 1.
Rolled 6, 3, 2, 1 = 12>>28476812Just keep the shield guarding us, nothing fancy. Use the scorpion.
>>28476812You fall on it. You reach for it with your heavy black claws, just barely remembering not to reach with your human arms too. It snaps at you and lunges forward with incredible strength. You tumble backward with it and try to keep it away from your human half with your claws. You lean your human half to one side and try stinging it. Your stinger bounces off of it. You try again, and again. It bites into your right claw because its teeth can't reach any other part of you. Fuck, that hurts! You go for one of its many eyes. Good, now you feel your stinger penetrate. You feel your venom sac become lighter. It is wounded, howling and thrashing in pain, but it doesn't die immediately. You're still in extreme danger. Nakurtum and the twenty guards rush in after you but have a hard time finding a safe place to engage the thrashing monster.> Roll 4d6 again to keep it subdued> You now have 1 wound.> You may yell something to your companions> You've discovered what kind of venom you have: Slow Death. Too slow for your liking, you think.
Rolled 2>>28476812Shield bash!
Rolled 5, 2, 4, 4 = 15>>28477128Luchadore style grappling of a giant worm go!...inb4 dice actually good enough for that
Rolled 6>>28477128Fall back a little, get our footing and poke at it with the spear. Aim for its eyes, of course.Yell for humans to jump on it.
Rolled 5, 5, 2, 3 = 15>>28477128Just try to maneuver the mouth AWAY from us and hold it down.If it's too big to hold down, then keep its attention on us while we wait for poison to work, do a running fight.
Rolled 5>>28477128Jam the spear in its mouth and leave it there. Should make it harder to bite.
Rolled 3>>28477196I support this
Rolled 6, 3, 2, 1 = 12>>28477128Keep it down!
Well this looks interesting. Brb, hitting the archives.
>>28477128You try to stuff your spear or shield in its mouth, but you're just too clumsy. It makes sense. You have all of one day's worth of spear training, and you've never held a shield before. Never mind. You drop the spear after lunging with it once. You release your claws for a split second to get a better grip on it. You manage to grab the corners of its mouth. That's good. You flip yourself over, which makes the monster flop over on its back. The guards stab at its hide with spears but don't seem to draw blood. Nakurtum charges in with her giant axe. She wants to go for its neck, where it's less rubbery. A dangerous choice. If you fail to hold on tight to this thing, it could bite her. Your claw is hurting and bleeding blue.> 4d6 to hold on just a little longer> Tell Nakurtum to back off. It's poisoned already; just keep it down and don't do anything dumb.
>>28477196>Jam the spear in its mouthIs this some Vivec/Azura shit?
>>28475741Put her on our back and scuttle away.We need all the sweet mentoring possible.
>>28477384tell her to hold off. The thing bites REALLY REALLY hard!make a note to complain about this later.
>>28477384Yell at someone to get ropes and nets. If we tie it up, everyone can back off and let the poison work.
Rolled 6, 5, 3, 3 = 17>>28477384
>>28477384Ask Nakurtum to wait until it stops struggling... then she can finish it...
Rolled 1, 2, 1, 4 = 8>>28477384
Rolled 4, 6, 2, 2 = 14>>28477578that is one of the worst rolls ever.
Rolled 4, 6, 1, 2 = 13>>28477384>hold on just a little longer
>>28477384"Stop! I've got this!"Nakurtum slows to a stop and brings her axe down to a neutral ready position. She looks at you. It's hard to tell because you're upside-down on your back, but she looks proud of you. "Yeah... I guess you do."The guards try the only thing that's worked so far - going for the eyes. They pick up javelins from the ground and throw them at the monster's head. A couple of them hit home. The maggot-thing screams again, but not as loudly. It's getting weaker, and the veins under its skin start to run black.When you think it's safe, you let go and right yourself. The maggot-thing flails around but is no longer fast enough to keep up with you if you simply withdraw. After a few moments, it crashes into the market stalls and stops moving entirely. The guards cheer.Well, this is it. Your first deliberate kill. It certainly feels better than that time you accidentally killed an acolyte. And not just because it was a horrible monster. You feel a sense of accomplishment. This is truly your kill. Part of you wonders if the monster tastes any good.> Congratulate your companions> Go catch up to the night patrols from the Footmen's Guild and explain yourself to them> Try to find some common people and tell them it's all right.> The Gold Priest had a point. Let's go to the Adventurer's School and ask them if they know anything about this.> Something else?
>>28477640> Congratulate your companions> Something else?taste it
>>28477640[x]something else?[x]Lie down and rest a bit. Our claw is crushed and we just lifted a thing like thrice as big as us, we're taking a break here and now.Chat with companions while we're resting.
>>28477640>Congratulate your companions>Something else? - take a chunk of the monster and try to hide it... let us not indulge in our baser instincts infront of both our mentor and the guards...
>>28477640> Congratulate your companions> Something else?Ask from Nakurtum about the gold-faggots accusations
>>28477640>Part of you wonders if the monster tastes any good.>try eating the monster
>>28477707This plus Congraulations and questioning the Gold Priest, let's use our downtime to get shit in order before running off.
>>28477725>>28477745we should probably hide some monster chunk for later.We can eat it in our room.
>>28477764I'm going to be sad if that worm turns out to be Goldy Daughter...
>>28477786You mean bronze-faggots daughter, right?
>>28477764We can't always be taking meat back to our room to eat in private. People might as well start getting used to us eating raw meat now.
>>28477640You're not much of a public speaker, but you think you should try. "Thanks, all of you. For helping and for believing in me. I think we did pretty good."Some of the guards nod and smile, a few bow their heads and pray, though they're probably not praying to you. One guard asks, "What now? Just leave this thing out here?"Another chimes in, "We could use this as evidence that we should have night patrols of our own. The Footmen will have to admit that they were in over their heads."Another answers, "But we still don't know where this thing came from! We have to..."The suspense is killing you. While they debate their next move, you've got to know if this thing is really dead. You pinch its rubbery hide hard in both claws and pull it apart. It takes all your strength, but you finally tear it open to reveal the black blood and soft marbled flesh. You tear off a piece and taste it. You know you're immune to your own venom, so you're not afraid.You get that same head rush again, but stronger. This thing tastes powerful. Not delicious, exactly, but satisfying. Nakurtum asks you what you're doing.> Just making sure it's dead.> Enjoying my kill. Sorry, you can't have any.
>>28477890>> Enjoying my kill. Sorry, you can't have any.Eat it until we feel bloated.
>>28477890> Enjoying my kill. Sorry, you can't have any.
>>28477890Ask if you can have it. You doubt anyone else eating it is going to be safe. Your poison is apparently pretty deadly.
>>28477890"...It feels like the right thing to do."
>>28477954yes this sounds best.
>>28477890> Enjoying my kill. Sorry, you can't have any.with >>28477954 added on if she goes all weird on us
>>28477890OP>tastes powerfulas in giving us some of its strenght?
>>28477890Just uh- making sure it's dead. Yeah. That's all.Hide meat behind back.
>>28477954If we had humanity, it'd be plummeting right now.
>>28478106It probably is. Thats fine the humans here aren't very nice either.
>>28478131>>28478106don't worry, there's some very nice flesh eaters out there.I mean, eskimos aren't murderous.
>>28478131The only humans who seem genuinely nice to us are the she warrior and the cook. The priests and the king are a bunch of self serving dicks trying to use us in their games.
Rolled 2>>28478179At least sand priest was honest about it, though. Self serving, but oddly trustworthy to that end.
>>28478179We should fuck up their plans. What are they going to do, kill their only hope of survival?
>>28478222I don't know if we have reason to fuck up their plans yetOther than just being generally suspicious fucks
>>28477890" Enjoying my kill. Sorry, you can't have any."Nakurtum raises an eyebrow. "What? Why?""It feels like the right thing to do."You tear the gash in the monster's skin open wider and serve yourself more monstrous flesh with your claws until you feel bloated. You overhear your companions talking about you. "Is she all right?" "Maybe this is just what they do." "I don't know, what's to protect us from her?" You ignore them.As you lick your left claw clean, you recall the dream you had of the thundering voice under the earth. Was that a fallen scorpion-man? You feel strong enough to shake the earth right now.Finally you feel satisfied. You turn back to see that the night patrols have returned. They have their javelins trained on you. One of them calls to you. "Explain yourself! Can you speak?"Nakurtum puts herself between the night patrol and you. "She's with us. She saved the city from that thing! We come from the - ""I didn't ask you. If she can speak, let her do so."> Make nice?> Make scary?> Just ignore them and go somewhere else in the city?
>>28478208I am pretty sure none of them could outright betray us. We are kind of above mortal law, being closer to a divine proxy or an avatar.
>>28477890>Realize what we just did. >Freak out because we're slowly becoming more monstrous.
>>28478247>> Make nice?Act like a cheery little girl.
Rolled 2>>28478247Make haughty.Get back to the temple asap.
>>28478247>> Make scary?
>>28478247>make nice>>28478298this guy has the right of it
>>28478247Hello. I saw you had a bit of a monster problem and I wanted to help. I got a little hungry though. Sorry that none of you can have any, I think my venom would make you feel bad, like, drinking puddle-water bad.
>>28478247>>28478299>Make haughty"I'm sorry, i'm just enjoying the benefits of saving the city and doing your jobs for you."
>>28478247Be politely dismissive.
>>28478247"I was told a monster was attacking the town so I came to kill it... It is dead now"
>>28478247"Hi! I'm your guardian!"
>>28478247"I'm sorry! But it smelled sooooo good..."
>>28478334I sort of like this one.
>>28478247You wipe your mouth off on the padded shirt under your scale armor, then crawl over to the Footmen. "Hello. I saw you had a bit of a monster problem and I wanted to help. I got a little hungry though. Sorry that none of you can have any, I think my venom would make you feel bad, like, drinking puddle-water bad."They could hardly have been more surprised if you told them you were Ishtar herself. "Right... You come from the pyramid, don't you? The priests were looking for a young girl. And they turned you into this?"> "Yep! Neat trick, right?"> [Lie] "No, I come from outside. These people just joined me when they saw I just wanted to help."
>>28478437>> "Yep! Neat trick, right?"
>>28478437Say no more for now, the priests will respond to any other inquiry.
>>28478437[x]Yeah- it's all kind of confusing. I'm still getting used to these things[x]wave claws
>>28478437Yes. I don't like it everything feels strange. Everyone treats me like a freak and everyone wants to use me for something. I just wanted a hot meal...
>>28478494"Some spiritual jouney, huh."
Rolled 1>>28478494>>28478516Something along these lines.We have been bestowed a 'great honour'. Or so the priests say. We should ought to play it up, i think.We are going to have to get smart fast.
The only thing more horrifying than a monster is a genki girl monster
>>28478567>We are going to have to get smart fast.theres no way we can play this smart.too many conflicting objectives.
>>28478600I think we're riding high on beating a bad monster and eating it. Probably feeling exited. We really can protect people! We can fight and win! This is the first time something really good happened because of what happened to us!
Rolled 1>>28478612Ah, let me rephrase: I think it would make for a better story if we began to (at least underneath) grow out of the innocent, ignorant youth. OP has already implied that we got significantly more cunning after the transformation, and I wouldn't be surprised if we had a bit more mental ability then a 10yo usually would.
>>28478437"Yeah.The watchman's horror at your appearance becomes mixed with pity. "Those priests will sink to any depravity. I wouldn't be surprised if they made that thing as well as you! A perfect plan. Create the problem, then the solution, then take the credit.""They didn't make this bog worm guy. At least I don't think they do.""So you don't know where it came from. But where else *could* it have come from? It must be them."> I don't know.> I have a hunch...
>>28478642yeah, that's the feeling I think we're having.
>>28478687> I have a hunch...But don't tell them.
Rolled 2>>28478687>> I have a hunch...And we're probably going to eat them for lunch.
>>28478687>> I don't know.All we've heard is the priest's suspicions.
>>28478687Well, the priests have their own story on what happened.Hey, I have a priests right here, you can ask him!
>>28478687>> I have a hunch...But don't you worry! I'm here to fight monsters like this, and protect the city!
>>28478687Look, I was an illiterate orphan 2 days ago. Do you expect me to have any idea about what is going on in the ruling castes?
The real question is if we go for an unsettling "We'll eat whatever tries to harm this city" or just imply it.
>>28478687> I have a hunch...
>>28478781yeah, this is pretty much my sentiments.
>>28478687>It must be them."must it? I fail to see your logic."
>>28478781Well, we're still an illiterate orphan.
>>28478879Half an illiterate orphan. Other half being a gigantic scorpion.
>>28478687"I don't know. But one of these guys is a priest. You can ask him!"The Gold Priest was busy hiding under an overturned basket, but he comes out when you mention him. He dusts himself off and tries to look dignified. "Yes. was, er, supervising. And I can promise you, we did not create the giant worm."The patrolman points at the Gold Priest. "Your word is not good enough. You're under arrest for the murder of those who dies in the attack. Please come with us."All the warriors on both sides raise their weapons.> "Just go with them. Maybe then they'll stop hating you so much!"> "Yeah, he probably did do it. But please don't kill him until we can make sure."> "Please don't take him away. It'll start a fight."
Rolled 5>>28478900>>28478879I'm telling you guys, the scorpion brain is leaking through. We're not that stupid any more.
>>28478738I'd go with this!
" if I had to guess? Turtak. They sent a monster envoy to let us know they would not be paying tribute anymore, so they know how to make monsters."
>>28478921"And where is your evidence?"
>>28478921You will not take the priest away. You have no evidence.
>>28478921Interpose ourselves between the parties.
>>28478921[x]"Please don't start fighting. We just killed that thing, can't we get along for a while?"
>>28478921To arrest someone with out evidence means you aren't on the side of Justice.Just like that worm.
>>28478922>We're not that stupid any more.look, there's stupid and there's stupid.We might be smarter, but that doesn't mean jack shit if we don't have good information to work from.And scorpion brains aren't really intended for navigating the complexities of a political situation, y'know.Listening to scorpion brain extensively isn't going to get up anywhere good.
Rolled 1>>28478921>> "Please don't take him away. It'll start a fight."We urge you to reconsider.Loom over them. We're covered in blood and ichor, right? I doubt they'll challenge.
>>28478921"now your just being an idiot, if the priests were going to do something as wasteful as let a monster loose in there own city, they would have waited until i was properly trained. Its not like they are the only ones who can make monsters either, Turtak sent a centaur as there envoy."
>>28478997besides, the priests are OURS, dammit. You can't have them.If they need to die, I'll decide that. And then dispose of them appropriately.
>>28478997Justice? Anyone talking about justice?Are you a friend of justice?
>>28478921You step closer to the patrolman. You meant to take only one step, but that corresponds to four or five scorpion steps. "Please don't take him away. We don't know he did it, and we don't want another fight. Do we?" You keep your tone reasonable, but the mess of blue and black gore covering your body certainly adds a threatening subtext to your plea.He stares up at you. His small band of men failed to kill the worm, and you succeeded, so that doesn't say much about his ability to take you down. "No, we don't. We have to find who did it, though. If you care about the city, you'll tell us if you find any evidence. We'll just have to leave it at that. Come on, men. Let's see if we can figure out where this thing first appeared."The Gold Priest, relieved that he won't be arrested, approaches Nakurtum. "You're from the Adventurer's School. The Adventurers found the relic we used to transform Hunzuu. Are you sure that's all they found?"Nakurtum shakes her head. "I don't know anything. I wasn't on that mission. I was with your Blood Priest friend in red the whole time."> Let's go ask them.> Give them a break. They're on our side.> While we're out, can [I/someone else] check to see if my old friends in the poorhouse are all right?
This city is bound to be old right? And most of the crystals that people are finding to create monsters are located in old ruins. What if this thing dug into some ruins burred under the town and accidentally upgraded itself?
>>28479223>> Let's go ask them.
>>28479223[x]poorhouseYou guys can go question the adventurers or whatever, but I kind of want to check on my friends
>>28479223>> Let's go ask them.Seem like the smartest choice.
Whatever we do, we should probably wipe the wormguts off of us.
>>28479223> Let's go ask them.> Get some of this blood cleaned off first
>>28479223Poorhouse.While coated in blood!
>>28479260>[x]poorhouseThis.Though I'm not sure we can do it in person.
>>28479260It'll just freak them out. We can visit once people start getting used to us.
If we don't go to the poorhouse now, we should make a note to visit them after the adventurer's guild.>>28479450let's bring a priest along to warn them not to panic or freak out or anything before we show ourselves.
>>28479450But still, we should check on them in some fashion.
>>28479223> Let's go ask them.
>>28479559Protecting our friends of yesterday are, after all, basically the only reason we agreed to this in the first place.
>>28479223"Let's go ask them. But first let's clean me off."You head towards their guildhouse out by the northern wall. At the first well you come to, you take off your armor and padded shirt, and you pour a few buckets of water over yourself until you're no longer a bloody mess. The dress you had on underneath everything else is blood-free but rather damp. The water stings your wounded claw. Nakurtum says she should put something on that when you get back. You ask one of the guards to go check on the poorhouse. You're not sure if you're ready to let your friends see you like this.On your way to the guildhouse, you see a few other bodies in the street. When you reach your destination, you get an inkling where the giant worm came from. The front wall of the building has collapsed."Amateurs should not dabble in magic without supervision," the Gold Priest says dryly. "Someone could get hurt. I'm afraid this may affect our business together, Nakurtum dear."> Go into what's left of the guildhouse> Hey, those patrolmen would love to see this. Go find them again.
>>28479667>> Go into what's left of the guildhouse
>>28479667[x]call some patrolmen to come see thisSeriously, there should be SOME around here.
>>28479667We did promise to tell the patrolmen about anything we found... this qualifies...Also, we should defend Nakurtum saying something along the lines of her being a nice teacher and what other people did shouldn't make her a bad person....
>>28479667>"Amateurs should not dabble in magic without supervision," the Gold Priest says dryly. "Someone could get hurt. I'm afraid this may affect our business together, Nakurtum dear."Have you learned nothing about drawing conclusions without evidence?"
>>28479667Patrolmen."Priest, I would not hold my tutor responsible for the actions of her misguided peers. Besides, I like her and don't want another combat instructor yet,"
>>28479667>Get the patrol men over here>see if we can poach Nakurtum from the guild while the obvious evidence that those idiots are going to get her killed by accident is still staring her in the face.
>>28479778"aside from anything else, this affects us all.This act would be an effective means of sabotage if you wanted to set back the city's efforts to recover more relics."
>>28479792this, but leave out the bit of not wanting another combat instructor.
>>28479667The patrolmen must not be good at following trails of death, because they reach the scene significantly later than you do. While you leave the guards to discuss this development with them, you head right inside. Nakurtum follows, leaving her axe behind. She's just looking for survivors.You move some collapsed bricks out of the way with your uninjured claw and find a way in for you and Nakurtum. The first floor has collapsed into the basement. You see some corpses, but no survivors. The ones who weren't crushed or eaten must have taken the wounded and fled. Nakurtum is being very brave about all this. She checks crushed bodies to make sure they're dead, then gets back up and moves on as though they weren't people she used to know.Nakurtum points to something in the mess. "That wasn't here before." It's a sarcophagus, ebony wood plated with strange bluish metal, open and empty, its lid lying elsewhere in the rubble.>"If people ran from here, where would they run to? We need someone to tell us how this got here."> Keep searching for clues.> "I'm sorry this happened to your friends, Nakurtum. Are you all right?"
>>28480159we can talk about it when we get back. For now, keep hunting for clues.
>>28480159[x]look inside empty sarcophagus
>>28480159>> Keep searching for clues.
Search for clues.Maybe awkwardly try to comfort Nakurtum.
>>28480159 > "I'm sorry this happened to your friends, Nakurtum. Are you all right?"
>>28480159>examine the sarcophagusAny distinguishing marks or heiroglyphs?
>>28480159You look inside the sarcophagus. There's dust and gravel, just like what's covering the rest of the basement ever since the first floor collapsed on it. There's also old bone splinters, and a crown of that same blue metal, with squares of lapis lazuli set in it. The crown is bent a little out of shape.You don't find any giant basins of blood or other evidence that a ritual was centered on this sarcophagus. It could have just happened on its own, you suppose.>Report what you've seen and go back to the pyramid>Dibs on the crown!
>>28480491let's take the crown and report back. Ask a priest if it's magic- if not, we keep it forever.
>>28480159>> "I'm sorry this happened to your friends, Nakurtum. Are you all right?"> "I don't... I don't even know what to say. I don't know what I'd do if these were people I knew."
>>28480491Report what we've seen.Crown could be cursed.
>>28480491Report this, we don't really get magic, don't wanna mess around
>>28480491>It could have just happened on its own, you suppose.no,we really don't. Buildings don't just explode from the inside out.This place reeks of magic.Secure the crown, but don't touch it. Wrap it in cloth or something.
>>28480491>>Dibs on the crown!No guts no glory.
>>28480558actually, get one of the guards to do it. The last thing we need is our stupid possessive scorpion instincts kicking in again
>>28480491>>Report what you've seen and go back to the pyramid>>Dibs on the crown!both.
>>28480491Dibs on the crown.Or death.
>>28480491Eat the blue things
>>28480491Nakurtum kicks a pile of bricks in frustration. "Damn it! I know we didn't try to bring that worm out on purpose. But even so, it doesn't matter. We're ruined. Disgraced. How many of us are even alive?" Her brave facade cracks a little. She may or may not be choking back tears.You bring the crown back up to the others and tell them about the sarcophagus. The Gold Priest waves his hand over it, touches the glass beads he wears around his neck, then decides that it probably isn't cursed but probably is from before the Flood. The patrolman want to take it away, and he gives them permission. Too bad. Maybe you'll take that crown back again one day. > Immediately go out looking for surviving Adventurers> Go back to the pyramid and find some clean dressings for your injured claw> Give Nakurtum some claw-hugs> Ask the other priests if they know what that sarcophagus' deal is.
>>28480782>Claw hugs>Ask gold if we can keep her since...you know...
>>28480782NEVER any clawhugs. For anyone.But we should totally try to find some more adventurers. Well, maybe not us personally. Let's ask nakurtum if she would mind if we helped her look. We might just scare them away.
>>28480782>search for survivors>claw hugs
>>28480782>claw hugs for nakurtum
> Give Nakurtum some claw-hugs> Immediately go out looking for surviving Adventurers>Ask gold if we can keep her since...you know...
Can we give her little girl hugs instead?I fear the clawhug
>>28480782Claw hugsGet treatment
>>28480782How do scorpion girls claw hug? Very very carefully.
>>28480900Yes. Little girl hugs good. Claw hugs scary.
>>28480900How about we gently use the claws to lift her to the girl arms, then hug her with both?
>>28480782Careful claw hugs.We need friends.
>>28480782>> Give Nakurtum some claw-hugsVery carefully.Then> Go back to the pyramid and find some clean dressings for your injured claw
>>28480782You ask the Gold Priest if we can keep Nakurtum as your combat instructor, no matter what. "We can trust her. I know it!"He nods. "I know it, too. Better than you. Nakurtum, tell Hunzuu about your debt to us."She still looks upset, but she complies. She holds out her weird arm, the one that's not covered in scars, the one that's red instead of brown. "The Blood Priest... rebuilt me. The price was five years of service, five years with no secrets. I don't know how much power they have to enforce that, but I don't intend to find out. I keep my agreements.""Oh. Also, I'm so sorry. I'm sorry for everything. You've been really nice." You give her very delicate claw-hugs. You are aware of their superhuman strength, so you go for superhuman gentleness instead. She accepts it passively at first, but then she nods and sniffles and hugs your waist. "Thanks."You retire to the pyramid. The Great Priests have moved your personal effects (basically just your bed, one dress, a table, and Mr. Clicks) to another large, unused room in the pyramid, one that doesn't have a big crack in the wall. As Nakurtum wraps your claw in linen to stop the flow of blue blood, the Blood Priest and the Rain Priest come in to see you."You did well, Hunzuu. We will see to the task of tracking down surviving Adventurers. We will also send spies into Turtak to determine if they had a hand in this, as well as anything else they might be up to. Tomorrow you will show yourself to the public. They will see you by the light of the sun and begin to accept you as savior of the city. After that, your entire focus must be training. Both of you."> Let us help look for adventurers! Won't we learn more by doing?> I want some control over what I get trained to do.> You're welcome, by the way.
>>28480782>> Give Nakurtum some hugs>> Immediately go out looking for surviving Adventurers>> Go back to the pyramid and find some clean dressings for your injured claw>> Ask the other priests if they know what that sarcophagus' deal is.in that order
>>28481173>Commission a custom suit of armor for yourself.
>>28481173> Let us help look for adventurers! Won't we learn more by doing?
>>28481231>Commission a custom suit of armorfrom whom with what?
>>28481173>> Let us help look for adventurers! Won't we learn more by doing?Yeah, practical applications for our new body would help us.
>>28481173> I want some control over what I get trained to do.I want to watch Mr snips do his thing
>>28481173"I will learn more than just fighting... Won't I?"This is important as if we are only trained to kill, that is all we will know how to do.... perhaps we might wish to take up a hobby... possibly make use of our monsterous traits... maybe studying poisons and antidotes... might be useful to have some anti-venom for our own venom... after all, Slow-death can be used, in extreme circumstances, as an effective form of torture... basically boiled down to -lots of pain, certain death in x time, get antidote if give information.... though can't be used successively on a single target...
>>28481262damn straight. Mr Clicks is likely to be one of the best teachers.
>>28481289>>28481262we didn't even get to feed Mr. Clicks.It's what we were doing before all this started.Next objective: feed clicks
>>28481244We want to look pimping when we're paraded around the city. As for who, let someone else deal with that.
>>28481277way too many ellipsesees
>>28481173"Let us help look for adventurers! Won't we learn more by doing?""You may learn a little, but you won't accomplish much. If these people are in hiding, rumors of you will not encourage them to come out. Nakurtum may be able to do the job on her own, but she's of more use here.""Well... will I learn more than just fighting?" You ask as you uncover Mr. Clicks' finely-woven wicker cage. He hides under the straw lining the bottom.The Blood Priest nods. "You'll have to. You'll need to know strategy. Etiquette and religious rites will help the people think of you as one of their own rather than a brutish conqueror. The Rain Priest wants to teach you to read, but honestly, that's a waste of time. If you continue to be loyal, though... we might be able to teach you some magic.""Can I have armor made for me for tomorrow?"He laughs. "It takes more than one night to make armor. In time, though. I'll find some craftsmen who are up to the task, so you don't have to carry around secondhand items from the vaults."> You should let me study with Tabni-Ninsun. I'll take it more seriously than she does.> It's all right to split up me and Nakurtum. I'll study other things till she gets back.> Delay tomorrow's thing until I get my nice armor!> Don't hold out on me. I want magic!>That all sounds fine. Now get me some crickets for Mr. Clicks. Live ones.
>>28481590>Majyck sounds cool
>>28481590[x]You should let me study with Tabni-Ninsun. I'll take it more seriously than she does.[x]That all sounds fine. Now get me some crickets for Mr. Clicks. Live ones.We can ask for magic after we learn to read, armor doesn't really matter, and I'd like nakurtum to help us with combat training.
>>28481590>Delay for armor>get crickets>on the meantime, learn mageek
>>28481590>crickets for the clickster>magic plz
>>28481590>> Don't hold out on me. I want magic!
... We really should talk to the Rain Priest. Reading is a gateway that we must enter if we are to be more then a tool.>That all sounds fine. Now get me some crickets for Mr. Clicks. Live ones>Find the Rain Priest after we feed our skorpion.
>>28481173>commission some armor something we can be really mobile in>Also continue training, we have to be in control of our more animalistic side
>>28481590>> Don't hold out on me. I want magic!> You should let me study with Tabni-Ninsun. I'll take it more seriously than she does.Also, we should learn how to read.
Unrelated thought: Maybe we should get a pit filled with sand or straw that we can burrow our scorpion half into while we sleep?
>>28481590> It's all right to split up me and Nakurtum. I'll study other things till she gets back.and >That all sounds fine. Now get me some crickets for Mr. Clicks. Live ones.of coursealso, we should make time to learn this reading thing, in our own time
I don't think we can do magic until AFTER reading
>>28481590>food for Mr. Clicks>Magic now pls>And study
>>28481646Sand, straw or pillows.Furthermore, has anyone pondered where does ScorpionGirl poop from?
>>28481701>>28481701Girls don't poop.
>>28481726I have bad news for you anon.
>>28481741What is it?
>>28481785Recent controversial studies have proven girls poop. I left my sources in the other thread, so you'll have to take my word for it.
>>28481812>>28481821Seems like a kinda big thing to just take on someone's word.
>>28481590"Don't hold out on me. I want magic!"The Blood Priest sighs. "That alone tells me not to show you the blood rites until you're older. Every kind of magic has its own price. You'll understand one day.""Not if you don't teach me!""You're a funny one. But the answer is no. And if any of my peers try to teach you their own magic, I expect you to refuse them as well.""Well then give me some crickets for Mr. Clicks. Live ones.""You were penniless and hungry for twelve years, and after two days you're already spoiled. This is why I don't have children. But fine, I'll see what I can do."Later, servants bring you dead crickets. Apparently there aren't any live ones handy. You drop one into the cage, and Mr. Clicks comes out to inspect it. He picks at it a little, but you don't think he likes it. You think he likes you, though you're not sure how you came to that conclusion. Maybe you're imagining that he's the only one in the whole city who likes you because of what you are now, not in spite of it.> Get a good night's sleep. You have to be pretty for tomorrow.> You're not sleepy. Sped the night looking for live bugs for Mr. Clicks.> Let Mr. Clicks out of his cage and play with him
>>28481854>> Get a good night's sleep. You have to be pretty for tomorrow.PRETTY!
>>28481854>play with mr clicks
>>28481854> Let Mr. Clicks out of his cage and play with himhe's so cute and adorable
>>28481854Play with Mr. Clicks, of course.We can find some snacks for him together! Then we can make a nice burrow to sleep under in our room.pleasedon'tstingusmisterclicks
>>28481854Sleep.Letting the scorpion out can only go wrong.
>>28481854You let Mr. Clicks out of his cage. His tiny black eyes betray no emotion, so you assume he's extremely grateful. He tickles you as he crawls up your arm and clings to your shoulder for a while, then makes his way down your back. Soon he's beyond the reach of your human arms.>roll 1d6 to see if you can get him back in his cage or if he decides to be a naughty scorpion
Rolled 4>>28482078please don't be lewd Mr. Clicks
Rolled 3>>28482078J-just don't sting us Mr. ClicksLet's find some bugs
Rolled 5>>28482117>worrying about being stung by a normal scorpionplzzz
>>28482135It's our feelings that get hurt.
>>28482154I'm more worried that he will escape into a crack in the wall and never be seen again. But if he cooperates, we can follow him on a hunt and watch how he does it.
>>28482078Mr. Clicks has made you realize something - you can't reach your whole body anymore - even with your claws. As he hangs out on your scorpion half, there's not much you can do about it. You try very slowly lowering your tail in the hope that he'll climb onto it and you can shake him back into his cage, but he doesn't take the bait. Instead he falls off of you and onto the floor, where he scurries into a little gap between two bricks in the wall. No! Come back, Mr. Clicks! You can't sleep until he's safely accounted for. You spend hours stopping up the door with straw from your bedmats so he doesn't leave the room, then going out and looking for live bugs, finally finding a live beetle in the Blood Priest's workshop, bringing it back, setting it out on the floor, waiting for Mr. Clicks to take the bait, then scooping him up and putting him back in his cage. When you're done, it's very late, and you barely have the energy to get your bedmats the way you like them. As you drift off to sleep, it's not your great victory you think of, or Nakurtum's great loss, or the busy day to come - it's the question of why Mr. Clicks has to be so bad.> I'm gonna call it a night here. Once I settle into a weekly schedule, are there any days you'd prefer?
>>28482271Darn, no more scorpion quest for a while.Did we at least watch Mr. Clicks attack the bug we set out for him? The naughty little guy.I don't have any daily preferences.
>>28482271thanks for running, op.I pick whichever day you can run more often on.
Rolled 2>>28482271what ever works for you man
>>28482271not Tuesdaysnot Thursdaysplz
>>28482271You really have to make your own schedule. But I think anytime in the afternoon EST is good. Most anons won't be able to participate in the mornings.
So, is our natural armor better or worse than metal?
>>28482271I'll probably go for something like Wednesdays plus whenever I can over the weekend. Will announce threads on Twitter something like a day in advance.Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Scorpion%20Girl%20QuestTwitter: https://twitter.com/ScorpGirlQuest
>>28482445Yes. This is good to me.I wonder if we saved any of that worm for later like I said.
>>28482491Saved it where? How?
>>28482619Well, we could have carried some back, or put it in our pocket, or any other number of ways of secreting a snack on your person.