"HEY, WAKE UP!!!" Ninlil roars at you. She's very good at waking you up. A moment later you're dusting yourself off without even feeling groggy.When Ninlil has your attention, she comes right next to you and switches to her indoor voice. "hi, hunzuu. they're saying they worked something out. we didn't get that much, but they're going to help rebuild shamash's house, and we get some hostages. i haven't seen nakurtum, though."> That won't do. Immediately sneak back into the city to rescue her.> Ask the "king" about her> Ask the Rain Priest if there's anything he can do> Offer yourself as a hostage. It will give you time to look for her.Archives:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Scorpion%20Girl%20QuestThread 11 (got mislabeled, please keep upvoting it so it survives the purge. Tags include "that guy" and "system") http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/29001446/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScorpGirlQuestCharacter Sheet: http://pastebin.com/1667ZT3fList of Characters: http://pastebin.com/Fc2Z81umWiki: http://emlia.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=ScorpionGirlQuest.RecentChanges
>>29278390>> Ask the "king" about her>> Ask the Rain Priest if there's anything he can doIf they cannot solve this then we'll take the matter to our own hands.
>>29278390ask the authority figures.Then we tell the enemy that one of our agents is still loose in their city and doesn't know about the ceasefire. We'd er, like her back.Where are you, nakurtum.also thank ninlil for waking us.
>>29278390Ask Rain priest. If he can't help, talk to the king. Bargain for Nakurtum's safe return if we have to.
>>29278390You head back to the command tent to find it being taken down. Apparently the king is no longer satisfied with the illusion of shelter and is trusting instead to the protection of a ring of guards. The Rain Priest and the surviving commanders are with them, taking turns questioning a man in purple.The Rain Priest is the first to greet you. "Hunzuu, you're alive! I'm glad. It would have been a shame for you to die illiterate.""Um... thanks? Nakurtum is still missing, though. She snuck in alone and didn't come back out after the fighting stopped."He strokes his long grey beard. "Hmm... I've returned from the river. I think I have a foothold on the land to bring more magic out of it. It would be risky, though. It still remembers that I tried to burn Turtak with dry lightning."> "If you have any spells that could give us information, go on and use them. What'sthe worst that could happen? More blight demons? They're chumps."> "Better not risk it, then. We'll just tell Turtak we're looking for her and we'd like her back."
>>29278645Ask what would happen if he used the magic, out of curiosity, and then talk about exchanging prisoners or something.
> "If you have any spells that could give us information, go on and use them. What'sthe worst that could happen? More blight demons? They're chumps."...what of Ku-Aya?
>>29278645"I leave it to your best judgment. We don't want to make things worse by igniting a powder keg."Justify searching for Nakurtum, beginning in the sewers, where the fish monster came up.
>>29278645>> "If you have any spells that could give us information, go on and use them. What'sthe worst that could happen? More blight demons? They're chumps."I don't necessarily trust them to give her back if they have her. There is potential for a lot of spite right now.
>>29278645"If you have any spells that could give us information, go on and use them. What's the worst that could happen?"The Rain Priest sits down on a rock. "Most often, the weather stops behaving and spits up blight demons in self-defense. The land has many defenses. But I would not be back here if I did not think it was worth the risk. The peace took me by surprise. I was going to make sure they didn't flood the sewers while we were still fighting. But instead I could survey the land from above."> Do it. Search Turtak for Nakurtum.> Do it. Search the camps for Ku-Aya.> Hold off on that. I'll go find her myself.
>>29278748To be clear, this post is an affirmative for magic if he feels confident.
>>29278818both of those people are likely to be indoors or inside a tent.I'm leaning towards going and asking her to be gotten back in diplomacy, unless rain priest tells me he can sort of see through walls, in which case magically find the hell out of nakurtum.hopefully ku-aya doesn't kill any more.
>>29278818> Do it. Search the camps for Ku-Aya.Heh. Maybe they are together?I admit wanting revenge. Narkutum probably has something interesting with her, though.
>>29278818>> Do it. Search Turtak for NakurtumThe spy isn't the priority right now and if he can't find her then we can try.
>>29278818> Search for Ku-Aya.She is an active threat and Nakurtum can take care of herself in the meantime. Worst case, we can trade her for our friend.
2v2I hope nakurtum wins.
>>29278818> Do it. Search Turtak for Nakurtum.Need to save her.
>>29278818"Can you find Nakurtum? Please? She's like family to me."The Blood Priest tightens his formerly neutral expression. "Nakurtum is a useful servant, but perhaps not worth using magic on. Isn't there an assassin still loose in the camp?""But... please?">Roll 2d6 to make your best sad scorpion face.
Rolled 5, 3 = 8>>29278974eh, listen to the priest. If he says it's not worth it, it's probably not worth it.Make sad scorpion face and sulk off to the king to talk about captive trades.
>>29278974"You're right. You look for the assassin and I'll go look for Nakurtum"
>>29278974C-can't it be my reward for single-handedly winning us the war? I really miss her...
Rolled 4, 3 = 7>>29279017This sounds good
>>29278974I am of a mind that the priest is right. Ku-Aya is dangerous.
>>29278974"C-can't it be my reward for single-handedly winning us the war? I really miss her..." You go all misty-eyed and make the pouty face you'd practiced while begging on the streets with Meluku, then turn away from the Rain Priest and slowly skitter away."Stop," he calls out to you. "Finding the assassin is important, but so is keeping you sane. I forget sometimes that you're just a girl. I'll see what I can do."> Pray to Enlil, or whatever other god you choose, to try to help him. Roll 2d6.> Make another lap around the camps as you wait for him to finish his spell. Roll 2d6.
Rolled 6, 4 = 10>>29279100[x]pray[x]help him by GUARDING himThere IS an assassin about.Also, be sure to thank him profusely.
Rolled 4, 6 = 10>>29279100PRAY
>>29279100>Run a lap.I want to catch a super loli. Make sure Rain priest is guarded then skitter.
Rolled 1, 4 = 5>>29279100>> Pray to Enlil, or whatever other god you choose, to try to help him.>>29279110>>29279123Looking good
>>29279100"Enlil, whatever he's doing, make it really good, please..." You stay near the Rain Priest and all the commanders, adding your intimidating presence to the heavy guard detail around them.The Rain Priest opens his eyes, which still glow blue. "Interesting! She was carried through the streets, into some building built up against the eastern wall. She was trying to convince them that she fights for us. Without her armor, they think her to be a common thief. That is all I saw."> Let's tell them to bring her to us right away! Is there anything we can offer them for her?> Built up against the wall, you say? I can break walls...> I guess I should sneak back in and get her.
>>29279206Sneak in.We're really sneaky.
>>29279206[x] Let's tell them to bring her to us right away! Is there anything we can offer them for her?if no[x]You know, I bet they'd be willing to trade for their assassin back! And then we hunt assassin.
>>29279206>I guess I should sneak back in and get her.Time to go solid scorpion again.
>>29279206> I guess I should sneak back in and get her.Giant Scorpion seen by no one.
>>29279227>>29279269>>29279271I don't think we're actually very sneaky.Rain priest: Tell the other nation that the scorpion girl has gotten a bit obsessed with recovering her friend, and just pretend not to notice her as long as she doesn't hurt anybody.
>>29279206> Let's tell them to bring her to us right away! Is there anything we can offer them for her?You know, we could exchange the girl we took for her.
>>29279206I know exactly what we can trade for her. Find the loli.
>>29279295you mean the assassin?
>>29279288Yeah, I second getting the little girl back to her parents.
>>29279206>Let's tell them to bring her to usThis is mostly a misunderstanding.
>>29279288You speak as if that little girl has any value in their eyes. Or like she has any family left to ransom her.
>>29279317only if she has any parents left.It's the sort of thing we should ask while we're asking for nakurtum back."Uh, hey, do any of you know this kid? I sort of found her."
>>29279288>>29279317>The powers at be willing to trade anything at all for a peasant girlYeah, she's worthless, if we don't find her parents then we've adopted ourselves a loli.
>>29279332it is a very distinct possibility that her father and/or mother is still alive.she never said either of her parents were dead.
>>29279353Fair enough, just don't get your hopes up.
>>29279206"Let's tell them to bring her to us right away! Is there anything we can offer them for her?""There's got to be." The Rain Priest summons the man in purple. "Kesh! Go back for one more audience. with the prince's men when we conduct the transfer of hostages. Tell them that there's a woman, an adventurer named Nakurtum, with a blood-conjured right arm, in their eastern dungeon. We want her."> Suggest they offer gold and valuables for her> Suggest that they offer that five-year-old for her> Suggest that you and Ninlil can stay and help rebuild their sewers if they give her up.> Suggest that he should lie and say we have Ku-Aya, and we'll trade for her.> Offer something else
>>29279364> Suggest they offer gold and valuables for her> Suggest that they offer that five-year-old for herHave him mention that the girls father is in there army.
>>29279364[x]Suggest that you and Ninlil can stay and help rebuild their sewers if they give her up.We can ask around about who owns the kid while we're working on the sewers. The diplomat won't know who's kid it is.
>>29279344That's fine, but we shouldn't just take her away under the assumption she is alone. As for trade options,I'd love to trade them pieces of Ms Assassin.
>>29279400eh, let's not use the 5 year old as a bargaining chip. They might blood sacrifice her without trying to find the parents.I know -our- priests would in a similar situation.
[x]suggest most of these things quickly and excitedly like a little girlAnd then resolve on whichever one has the majority vote, I already picked rebuilding the sewers.Because that sounds fun.
Rolled 4, 2 = 6>>29279418That's worrisome. But shouldn't we try to find out if her parents are alive or not?>>29279364> Suggest that you and Ninlil can stay and help rebuild their sewers if they give her up.This doesn't cost us much.
>>29279446we should try, but not as a bargaining tool.Just ask them if they've seen this kid or know its parents while we are discussing things. We can lead them to the house we found her, if it clears things up any.
>>29279364> Suggest that they offer that five-year-old for herAnd we even return the kid to her home!
>>29279364We could walk around with the loli and see if she recognises where she needs to be.
>>29279442Seconding this, let the cooler heads decide. I doubt they'll want us rebuilding Turtak's shithole.
>>29279364"Trade whatever it takes for her! Ooh, Ninlil and I could help them rebuild their sewers and stuff! Ninlil's good at building, and I'm huge. ANd I, uh...""You what?" asks the man in purple."I kind of... took a child while I was in the city. I don't know who her parents are, or if they're alive, but see if they'll take her.""You kidnapped a child." The man in purple tries his best not to look judgmental."She was all sad! I couldn't help it!"wearing the wooden beads some wizard gave her, and hand her to the man in purple.> Be there for the exchange> Just keep searching for Ku-Aya while they're gone. You don't want to strain things if the lizardtaur shows up. Roll 2d6.
>>29279550HnnngThis is a tough choice anuYou make a lot of theseI want to see the girl off. If I'm outvoted, at least make ABSOLUTELY CLEAR she isn't a sacrifice or anything.And it wasn't kidnapping, it was, er... maybe a little kidnapping.
>>29279507Let's not confuse terms. Ku-Aya is the loli, or super loli. The little girl is just that.
>>29279550Somehow the post got cut off. You find the girl asleep, wearing the wooden beads some wizard gave her, and hand her to the man in purple.
>>29279550>> Be there for the exchangeLets not assume it'll go smoothly.>implying a giant scorpion is going to find a loli super-spy
>>29279615that's a kind of good point, we have very little chance of actually finding the spy. Hopefully she doesn't MURDER anyone while we're out, because of the cease fire.
>>29279550We return the girl in person to her parents if they come forward. For now, loli hunting takes priority.
Rolled 2, 5 = 7>>29279550>Just keep searching for Ku-Aya while they're gone. You don't want to strain things if the lizardtaur shows up. Roll 2d6.We killed a LOT of people. If they know she's important to us personally....
Rain priest:[x]have your own little doubts about hunzuu's stability
Rolled 6, 3 = 9>>29279550keep searching for Ku-Aya while they're gone.
>>29279615>Lets not assume it'll go smoothly.I suspect us being there will make things more complicated.Letting them know the most powerful monster cares about her personally would just make her a valuable bargaining chip.
The whole Ku-Aya deal, how she is a child that is bent on murder, kinda disturbs me
>>29279728Because this is Child Soldiers: The Setting.
>>29279660Well, miss. Now this option just doesn't seem viable. I hate hoe dice do that.
>>29279745welllll only some child soldiers.Most of them seem to be adults.
>>29279700That's a fair point actually. Perhaps we could be there as 'security' basically. And to confirm our help with the sewers if they find that acceptable.
>>29279761The competent ones are all children so far.
I gotta go for like 30 minutes.Please don't do anything really stupid while I am out.
>>29279806mental note: eat the hostages before anon gets back
Rolled 2, 3 = 5>>29279550>Lets find the tiny murderer.
>>29279550You decide to be there for the exchange. The man in purple keeps the child in his arms, though she's a bit heavy for him. You're escorted by a small unit of footmen and petty-wizards. The man in purple turns to speak to you in a low voice. "Now let me do the talking! We're not just here for the girl, we're also taking their hostages. If we make this all about a little girl, it could bring dishonor and confusion."The Turtaki lave raised the damaged gates an lowered a wooden bridge over the pit. They meet you just on the other side of the bridge. A man with a close-cropped beard, gold chains, and a crown crosses the threshold into your ranks along with a few other unarmed men. Centaurs and a blood giant wait inside the gates, and the one remaining lammasu looks down from the city walls, but the lizard-taur is not there, fortunately for you. You see something even stranger, though. A young man, perhaps 15, with a stubbly beard and the long, trailing lower body of a centipede smirks and waves goodbye to the hostages from inside the gates. The man in purple steps forward and discusses with some of Turtak's human soldiers. You can't hear what they're saying.> Chime in. Yell to remind him that you want Nakurtum> Trust that he has it under control.
>>29279896Trust him.Diplomacy isn't our strong point.
>>29279896>Trust that he has it under control.I expect he knows how to do his job.
>>29279896>Trust that he has it under control.>Stare at the Human Centipede
>>29279550And, you bastard. I swear this is just a ploy to get us in range when he asks for his wife's body.
>>29279896trust that he has this under control
>>29279896>> Trust that he has it under control.
>>29279896You keep quiet, just letting your physical presence contribute to the grandeur of the proceedings. At one point the men frown and look at you in disbelief. They must be talking about the girl. Still, they accept the sleepy child and take her into the city. "Goodbye!" you call out. You wonder if she'll find her father again, and if her mother died in that fire. You really hope you didn't snip her father's head off with your claws in the city sewers.A few minutes later, you hear hurried footsteps approaching you. It's Nakurtum, unarmed and unarmored, a little blood flowing from a cut on her brow. "Excuse me! Coming through!" Some centaurs stop her. She explains that word reached her that she was to be released, but she was already in the middle of escaping by the time that happened. Some guards are after her, probably as retaliation for her roughing them up. "Also, I may or may not have torn one of their balls off. Well, both balls. Both balls of one of them."> "She's part of the exchange. Keep her safe!"> "Clear the way. If these guards are dumb enough to keep chasing her, I'd love to teach them a lesson."
>>29280089"She's part of the exchange. Keep her safe!"
>>29280089Clear the way.They're shit scared of us, remember? We just got through wrecking their city.
>>29280089[x]pick her up[x]I missed you![x]hiss when guards get close
>>29280089>"Clear the way. She's part of the exchange."Yay! She's okay. We got our friend back. Also... Bitch is badass... And scary. Tore the guys balls off! Damn.
>>29280089Go over and give our friend a hug, then place her on our carapace. If the guards want her back they'll have to deal with us.Also, we just sold a young girl into a life of mistreatment and early death for nothing. Go figure.
>>29280183Well, if she's with us, worse things will happen. We live in dickass pyramid, remember?
>>29280183damnit anon, she's going to her parents.HER PARENTS!
>>29280089Under what god damned conditions did we give that kid up? Better the little sister of a scorpion than an orphan.
>>29280236IF SHE HAS THEM
>>29280212We stick her with our other (safe-ish) orphan friends? I mean yes, given the setting her life is going to suck no matter what, but if we'd kept her closer we could have pressured someone into giving her a legitimate trade and made sure that she wasn't abused by the worst in society. Now it's a crap shoot for her.
>>29280236There's been enough foreshadowing that I'm convinced that we killed her father in the tunnels and that her mother burned to death during the attack. But you can keep telling yourself that war's all sunshine and roses if you want.
>>29280258She said her parents were gone, presumably to fight in the war.
>>29280089>> "Clear the way. If these guards are dumb enough to keep chasing her, I'd love to teach them a lesson."We're pretty intimidating. It won't come to a fight
>>29280266WELL I SAID TO SPECIFY SHE NEEDED PARENTS TO GO BACK TO BUT THAT DIDN'T PAN OUTWe could personally talk to the enemy delegation as we're all splitting up though. Ask them to make sure they find her parents. At least give her a good upbringing if they can't.>>29280299I think I will keep telling myself it's all sunshine and roses, thank you.
>>29280307So likely they've been maimed or crippled? Yeah, good thing we sent her back since they'll need some kind of income.
>>29280089"She's part of the exchange. Keep her safe!"Centaurs to not fear death, but some of them fear for their balls. They just let her through. The guards who are chasing her wisely give up the chase when they reach the mass of Turtaki forces, long before they ever reach you.You grab Nakurtum into a clawhug when she reaches you. Sure enough, her red right hand is soaked with blood up to the wrist. "I missed you!" Nakurtum just nods.The centipede-boy raises himself up on his many-legged trunk and raises his arms in a regal gesture. "I believe our business is concluded. Great Shamash has seen the wisdom and prudence of Ligish and her king. Do take good care of our prince. It would be a shame if anything were to happen to him!" You think he smirks just a little.> You're done here. Get Nakurtum to safety.> Stay and make it clear that that little girl is to be treated like a princess> Question centipede-boy> Question the captive prince
>>29280337>Question centipede boyRemark that you got fused with the better bug
>>29280315My friend, now that they have her they will under no circumstance (barring us sufficiently bribing them) give her back since the political optics of such a move are horrible. Just pretend she's going back to her mother rather than the slave pits or getting sold to a temple (magic always requires new blood).
>>29280337[x] stay and make sure that the little girl is to be treated wellI mean, not like a princess, but we would be mad if we found out we gave her back just for her to be sacrificed or tossed on the streets.We at least would give her a home.also,[x]gossip with scorpion boy afterwardsDo your legs sometimes get all confused too?
>>29280089I feel as though we are being forced into flippant irresponsibility here. Screw people treating us like a goddamn low life for saving a child from a war zone, but outright fuck shucking the kid to an uncertain destiny.
>>29280337>It would be a shame if anything were to happen to him!Of fuck this is a power play.>search for that assassin girl
>>29280337>Question centipede-boy"Haven't they found any better creature to fuse you with?"
>>29280382then choose the make it clear the little girl is to be treated well option.Hurry!
>>29280382Too late. We have no political clout with these people.
>>29280351Second.Centipede? Eewww! Scorpions are much better.
>>29280337> you're done here
>>29280337>> Stay and make it clear that that little girl is to be treated like a princessthen>> Question the captive prince
>>29280337>Make it clear to the bug man, If her family is dead, we are taking her.
>>29280485as soon as we leave, we should start schmoozing with the prince>So, what's it like to be a prince?>Do you have any prince-jobs?>I have to go and fight people, it's not fun, is yours better?
>>29280382We just kidnapped her. I'm fairly sure returning a kidnap victim is the right thing to do.True, we have no guarantees about what her life is going to be like. But that's true no matter what happens. We can't exactly offer her a stable home environment.Returning her to the only home she's ever known and (maybe) her parents sounds like the best option available.
>>29280337With Nakurtum safe behind you, you step forward and take the chance to speak. You call out to the centipede boy, since he seems to be taking charge of the proceedings. "Sir? That little girl I rescued? I gave her back because she doesn't belong to me, but I still think of her as my responsibility. I need you to get her back to her parents. If they're gone, make sure she's treated well. Understand?"The centipede bows his head to you just a little. "A simple and very humane request. What can I do but accept? She is lucky to have such a mighty force watching over her. Perhaps one day the Lady Scorpion would care to return and visit her? I would be honored to show the Lady Scorpion the beauty of Turtak, its temples, and its fighting pits like no others in the world."> "Maybe." Maybe's as good as a no.> "Six months. Get ready. And that child had better not have a single complaint when I talk to her again."> "How long are we to keep these hostages? I suppose I'll be back after that."
>>29280514[x]of COURSE I'll visit![x]Holy crap you people are willing to let me look around your city?
>>29280496Is a five year old girl worth scuttling this fragile peace anon? Even knowing that shell likely due in the renewed conflict?
>>29280514> "How long are we to keep these hostages? I suppose I'll be back after that."
>>29280514>"Maybe. How long are we to keep these hostages? I suppose I'll be back after that."
>>29280514This bastard is waifuing us!
>>29280514>"Call off your murderkid maybe?"
>>29280514>Back after the hostages get returned.We'd be honoured to be shown around. the city without people trying to kill us.
>>29280561it's working.>>29280563let's ask if it's THEIR murderkid even.
>>29280514>I'll be back after the hostage keeping of hostages has ended.
>>29280514>"I'll be back when we return the hostages. I'd like it to be sooner, but I think we all need some time to settle down"
>>29280626I like this
>>29280572seconding us asking if the spy is even theirs. I have my suspicions.
>>29280514"How long are we to keep these hostages? I suppose I'll be back after that."The centipede-boy nods, keeping up his cool facade. "The current agreement is a year. But much can change in that time. It may turn to more or less time if that becomes beneficial to the both of us.""One more thing, I guess. Do you have a spy who was attacking our camp? A young girl?"He raises an eyebrow. "Every well-equipped city has spies. Has this girl ignored our truce?""Well, no. Not since it started.""Then consider her a soldier like our many others. This peace binds her as much as our archers and spearmen."> "Good. If she makes trouble again, you will hear from us very soon. Le'ts hope she doesn't."> "This is personal. How much do you want for her head?"
>6 months or the hostage exchange, whichever comes first
>>29280660>Ok. If she starts shit she's gonna get hit, fair warning.
>>29280660[x]okeydokey! I hope she returns to you guys soon enough. We can't really find her.
>>29280709>>29280660oh, and compliment him on having shiny chitin.Business done, with a minimum of tragedy! Let's go either enjoy our friends or get to know the prince.We're going to have to guard his shit.
>> "Good. If she makes trouble again, you will hear from us very soon. Le'ts hope she doesn't."If I remember correctly she stole from the blood-mage, the one that is making our monsters, it seems likely that she is their spy considering all the monsters they have made. So she stole our knowledge and had it used against us, not to mention all the commanders she managed to kill. That is one scary loli.
>>29280753>>29280723you doubleposted a bit.But yeah, she's a scary kid. Makes me remember the other scary kid we have to take care of, and all of our other friends at home.Maybe if she's not super nuts, we can let the crazy one out occasionally so we can practice fighting hyperdeadly human children.
>>29280660"Good. If she makes trouble again, you will hear from us very soon. Let's hope she doesn't."He just nods at that. "Farewell, Lady Scorpion. Go secure in the knowledge that you are foremost in strength among your people. Gods be good, perhaps you always will be." He turns to the centaurs. "Raise the bridge!"Nakurtum us excited to see you again. She holds your claw with her dry hand as you walk back. "So did you have as crazy a time as I did, Zuu? I don't think I ever killed that many people in one day. Definitely never had to sneak alone through an enemy city while it was under siege and in total lockdown. Anyway, it got pretty crazy."> Just stay and bond with her> Tell her you ought to check with the new hostages> Tell her you ought to go check with the remains of your unit of footmen
>>29280778>Maybe if she's not super nuts, we can let the crazy one out occasionally so we can practice fighting hyperdeadly human children.That could turn out good or bad. She'd love it. Probably consider a sparing match foreplay.This could give us a reward/punishment system we could use to.... train her?I don't know, but I'm sure someone with super-human strength and combat skills could be useful in a number of ways.
>>29280830I killed enemies until I was exhausted. That never happened before.>Stay and bond
>>29280830>Stay and bond
>>29280830[x]bond with her"It was all messed up. I beat a bunch of monsters, and more people than I can count. The footmen helped too, they lost a lot of people, and got wounded a lot.Crap! That's right, isn't it! Sorry nakurtum, I need to go check on that wounded guy! And the footmen!"[x]run off to check on footmen
>>29280830>Just stay and bond with her"I killed a lammasu by throwing centaurs at it. I don't know if the centaurs were okay afterwards though"
>>29280830>Bond with Nukurtum. Decompress a little.We ate a person today and killed many more.
>>29280842as long as she doesn't go out and kill/torture people, she can be out of the cage. She would be very useful as a fighter and training partner.Only reason we have her locked up is because, well, she's nuts.
>>29280830>Just stay and bond with herTell her about our day. Ask about hers. Swap stories."Well, I killed 3 lammasu, a giant crocodile thing, a couple dozen blight demons, dozens of centaurs and.... Probably a hundred humans. Oh, and one of those big red things.It's funny, I feel sort of proud and sad at the same time. I saved a lot of our people but I killed a lot of theirs....."
>>29280830You stay with her and just take a walk around the camp as orders start going out to start packing up and heading home. You tell her about how you fought to the point of exhaustion and beyond, fought a lammasu by throwing centaurs at it, and chanced across that child you abducted. "So you lost your weapon, huh, kid?"You nod. "Yeah, twice! And you lost your armor, too, I guess. Hey, we could get matching armor!""Heh, I guess so. I usually go pretty light. Big scales and plates like yours are kind of heavy for the way I fight.""Well... Hey, I could get my slave to make you a dress for Ettu's wedding! I dunno, I just wanna wear the same thing as you once.""Nope. I'm not getting all prettied up for a wedding. Not really my thing."> "Yeah, I should have known. You can still come, though. What kind of weapon do you think I should get next?"> "Do iiiiiit!"
>>29281002but you'd look so PRETTY in a dress!Oh well.Maybe we can use the same type of weapon then?What weapon do you suggest?
>>29281002>"Do iiiiiit!""For me~!"
>>29281002"Now I know you're lying. All girls like dressing up for a wedding. It's in our blood.You just don't want to admit the scary warrior woman enjoys acting girly sometimes.Do iiiiiit! You know you wanna!"
>>29281002Give her the giant sad scorpion eyes. "Pleeease".
>>29281002>> "Do iiiiiit!">> Call her a faggot if she refuses.
>using beggar powersEventually, somebody is going to be immune to the puppy-scorpion eyes.
>>29281106>Eventually, somebody is going to be immune to the puppy-scorpion eyes.You're just being silly. Not even Pazuzu could have that kind of power.
we should really ask somebody what the heck kind of peace we wrangled at some point.Oh! Let's ask the captive prince that! He'll know!Also, I want to check in on the footmen at some point. Sharo did astoundingly well compared to his predecessor, at least in the area of not-pissing-us-off-so-much.
>>29281002You try being the sad scorpion. "Pleeeeease? For me?"Nakurtum narrows her eyes. "If they make fun of me..."You can't help but laugh. "Who would dare to make fun of you? Either one of us could break them in half!""That's the thing, though. We couldn't. In a setting like that, I wouldn't be allowed to hit anyone just for laughing, and they'd know it.""But... you could hit them later! Pleeease? I'll be your best frieeeend!"Nakurtum wipes the blood off her brow. "You kind of already are. Fine, I'll do it, but you'd better keep those idiot Footmen in line!""Yay! You're the best!" You give her tight clawhugs and leave her to check on the Petty-wizards.> Go to the Footmen> Go to the hostages> Go to Ninlil> Follow her to the Petty-wizards. You're still cursed, after all. Maybe nagging them more will work.
>>29281002Footmen. See how they're doing.
>>29281180>> Go to the hostages
>>29281180I don't think the petty wizards can fix us. They -are- petty after all.So, a split between ninlil, hostages, and footmen.Let's make that easier by taking ninlil with us to talk to the hostages or footmen.So my choice is ninlil+one other.
>>29281180>go check on our footmen
>>29281180>footmenyour footmen thoughsharo and the cool ones
>>29281180>> Go to the FootmenYOUR LEADER IS DEADI AM YOUR NEW LEADER NOW
>>29281305I don't think that's how it works anonAlso, I don't want to lead footmen, and instead want to take a scorpi-vacation.
>>29281180We really should have brokered for curse removal as a part of the deal.> Check on footmen
>>29281140Such a thing cannot happen until someone runs crisis on infinite quests.However, we're that too happen, our biggest concern would be claw hugs vs far fur chill hugs.
>>29281343we could have done that if we didn't, er, kill the guy who did the curse.
>>29281180You go back to your unit of footmen. Many of them are engaged in some kind of lively argument. Maybe the chain of command isn't as clear-cut as it should be after losing Ninurta-Nasir and some of the other high-ranking men.You hear hoofbeats coming up behind you. It's Soul-of-Lightning, with some bandages around one shoulder but otherwise looking all right. "Hey! Flesh-eater! You live!""Yep! How are you?" You try to ignore that he just called you a flesh-eater. You suppose he's right."Well, I want to see if you can talk me out of something. I think I might just stay here. So many of my brothers are here! I had no idea so many of them were called back from the far country. I think that our trip back into the dying world would be more enjoyable together."> Sad scorpion eyes. "But I thought we were friends..."> "You can see your kind later. I can show you things you'd never see with them!"> "They work for Turtak now. You'd never be trusted."> "I've got an idea. How'd you like to be boss of some Footmen?"
>>29281364oh hey, soul of lightning, you didn't die!as for the centaur thing[x]I thought you liked living with us?[x]I won't stop you, but I will miss you.[x]hugs
>>29281364>How about you be boss of the footmen instead?>Or bring the other centaurs over to our side
>>29281364I think I threw some of your brothers at the lammasu...(guilty)
>>29281364>"I've got an idea. How'd you like to be boss of some Footmen?"> Sad scorpion eyes. "But I thought we were friends..."> "You can see your kind later. I can show you things you'd never see with them!"
>>29281409>>29281421I don't want to offer him the footmen. I was sort of thinking sharo would want that.
>>29281421Also we could let him try and recruit some centaurs to work under him with>"I've got an idea. How'd you like to be boss of some Footmen?"
>>29281415a good admission.
>>29281364You feel that you have to admit something. "Ohh... You should know, I kind of killed some of your brothers. By throwing them at a lammasu. I'm sorry."Soul-of-Lightning pats your shoulder. "I will tell you a secret. My kind, alone among all creatures, need not fear death. Great Tammuz blessed us with swift souls. We can escape the grasp of the Dark Lady and run in the far country instead of the underworld. That is why we are so easily called back. So I will see them again. And I will laugh at them for knowing their tale!"You smile a little. "Well, that's good... Hey, I think these footmen are fighting over who's going to take over. How'd you like to throw yourself in for consideration?""Command, eh? Do they have good beer?""I am almost completely sure they have good beer.""Let's try, then!" He trots toward the footmen.> Speak for him> Let him speak for himself
>>29281572>Let him speak for himself.Most footmen don't like us, I don't think.
>>29281572> Speak for hima t first, then let him take control.
>>29281572Let him talk.They're picking a new guy now, and they should be chosen on merit of leading men, not scorpion decree.
>>29281572>> Let him speak for himselfAlso tell him to try and recruit a centaur or two.
>>29281572You let them talk. Soul-of-Lighting joins the debate. He sounds like he's arguing purely from his long fighting experience, which might not be the best route to take here. You see Sharo in the back, just drinking water and watching, not putting himself forward.> "Hey, Sharo, aren't you going to try to take over? You'd do a way better job than the last guy."> "Hey, Sharo. I'm still alive. Do you guys need help packing anything?"
>>29281745>Hey Sharo, do you have any interest in being leader?
>>29281745>"Hey, Sharo. I'm still alive. Do you guys need help packing anything?"while we're packing>You know, you're way nicer than the last guy. I don't know if that makes you a good boss, but I think you have a chance.
>>29281745>> "Hey, Sharo. I'm still alive. Do you guys need help packing anything?"and >>29281773
>>29281745"Hey, Sharo. I'm still alive. Do you guys need help packing anything?""Sure," Sharo says. He leads you back toward the pack animals kept by the Footmen and tells you which tents and bundles of supplies are supposed to get rolled up and go where. Then he leads you back to a large partially-disassembled tent and asks or your help in pulling the thick poles and stakes out of the ground.You decide to bring up the subject. "You know, you're way nicer than the last guy. I don't know if that makes you a good boss, but I think you have a chance."Sharo keeps working, taking a bunch of sleeping mats and rolling them up together. You see his breastplate, still stained in one corner, resting nearby. "The next man in line for command is clear. But another man says Ninurta-Nasir named him as successor before the spy opened his throat. A third man says neither of the other two can be trusted because they were lackeys for Iltani. Now it's turned into a shouting match. I don't know, Hunzuu. I think there's something about command that makes men turn wicked and petty. I don't think I want to subject myself to that. I'll stay a sergeant, and keep my honor."> "Command didn't make those people assholes; they were assholes anyway. And you're not. Maybe that's enough to convince them?"> "You were the first one to turn on Iltani. What else do you need to convince them that you're the most trustworthy?"> "Yeah, let them fight over a meaningless title. I think the king will be reorganizing everyone into a single army soon anyway."
>>29281961well, I can't argue with that. It's the exact same reason we try to not, er, eat meat too often.Pack in silence for a while.
>>29281961>> "Yeah, let them fight over a meaningless title. I think the king will be reorganizing everyone into a single army soon anyway."
>>29281961"If that is how you feel. Lightning is trying for the position too now, he might make a good leader since he is so experienced and also strong. What do you think?"
>>29281961>Ok, I guess I never really considered it like that. Maybe you're right.
>>29281961We need someone at the top that we can trust, someone that understands that power can corrupt. The other three have already made it clear they are not worthy. Without a strong leader a army is crippled, leading to pointless death. You can be that leader Sharo.
>>29281961"Well, I can't argue with that. It's the exact same reason we try to not, er, eat meat too often."Sharo smiles incredulously. "I saw you eat that lizard-thing pretty voraciously after that battle by the road. Are you saying I should try to stop you if I see you doing that next time?""Well... you can try. I have a lion-girl who's going to help me with that.""Okay... What do you think about our centaur as a commander? He's strong, and he has a lot of fighting experience.""Yeah, well, so did Ninurta-Nasir. None could fault his skill with the blade. The thing is, a man doesn't command with a blade. I think sometimes men get promoted because of skills that they'll never need to practice again."> "Well, Soul-of-Lightning is nice, too. That counts for a lot. He seems to really like life. If he's picked, would you follow him?"> "Well, who do you like best among the guys fighting for the title now? We could try to support the least bad of them."> "Come on, man up and step forward. You have things going for you."
> "Well, who do you like best among the guys fighting for the title now? We could try to support the least bad of them."
>>29282147>"He's good at drinking, too. That has to count for something, right?"
>>29282147>> "Come on, man up and step forward. You have things going for you."
>>29282147Either you step forward, or you help pick which one you want to be the leader.You have a good head on your shoulders, and should be part of the choice.
>>29282147>Soul of lightning seems like a good guy
>>29282147So Anu, when you're done with the thread, do you mind writing out a detailed description of Hunzuu? I want to submit it for drawingAnyways>"Well, Soul-of-Lightning is nice, too. That counts for a lot. He seems to really like life. If he's picked, would you follow him?"
>>29282147"Well, who do you like best among the guys fighting for the title now? We could try to support the least bad of them. You should at least be part of the choice."Sharo nods and fastens some bundles to a camel. "I can't argue with that. I think they should just let Gemet take over. He's next in line. Maybe he's not the strongest or the most well-liked, but he's the honorable choice. We have to start making those again."> Hiss and get the attention of the squabbling Footmen, then lecture them on why they should let Gemet take his rightful place.> Let Sharo speak for himself.>>29282197Sure. Deculture has expressed some interest in drawing her, too, so maybe we'll see that soon.
>>29282309let sharo speak.I hate to keep letting people speak for themselves, but we're not the best arbiters of honor right now. We're still learning.
>>29282309>Let Sharo speak for himself.We kind of have no frame of reference here
>>29282309>let sharo speak
>>29282309>Let Sharo speak for himself.let them sort it out.
>>29282309Let Sharo speak
>>29282309With a gentle push, you send Sharo into the argument. He grabs his breasplate and pounds on it while holding it high to get everyone's attention. It serves as both a makeshift bell and a symbol of how he resisted Iltani. You think he'll be able to get everyone to settle down and accept Gemet as commander. You think that Sharo looks quite handsome when he's delivering impassioned speeches.> Tell Soul-of-Lightning that he should at least come home with you guys, even if he isn't going to be made commander> Tell Soul-of-Lightning to see if he can get some Turtaki centaurs to switch sides>>29282197Here's the description I gave Decu:>Hunzuu is 13, with light brown skin and black hair worn with bangs. She usually wears either a black dress over her human half or bronze armor built for both her human and scorpion half. She has blue blood and blushes blue. She has some scars on her human back, human arms, scorpion claws, and lower lip. Her scorpion half is the size of a large draft horse, with shiny black chitin.
>>29282453I don't know about either of those options, but we should tell soul-of-lightning we'll miss him if he goes.
>>29282453>Hey Soul, maybe if you were willing to go with them, they'd be willing to come with us?
>>29282453Capped, thanks> Tell Soul-of-Lightning that he should at least come home with you guys, even if he isn't going to be made commander
>>29282453>You're lucky Raiden, the only way I can be with my kind is to open the gates of hell and the priests already told me not to do that
>>29282545secret whisper"I might do it anyway"
>>29282453>> Tell Soul-of-Lightning that he should at least come home with you guys, even if he isn't going to be made commander>> Tell Soul-of-Lightning to see if he can get some Turtaki centaurs to switch sides
>>29282453"Hey Soul, maybe if you were willing to go with them, they'd be willing to come with us?"The centaur was disappointed that he wouldn't get to try out being a commander, but your remark makes him grin wickedly. "So they would! I may just do that. We may meet again one day, flesh-eater. You are good. If you were not a little girl, I would probably have called you beautiful and grabbed your tits.""I... uh... thank you for not doing that.""You're welcome! See? I've learned your human courtesy." He laughs."You're lucky, you know. The only way I could be with my kind would be to open the gates to the underworld, and the priests already told me not to do that... I don't know, though; I might do it anyway.""Haw! That would be a laugh! You could tell the dark lady to go fuck herself! Well, take care, flesh-eater. Be good. Be safe. Grow older until you have tits." With that he gallops away.> Continue avoiding any underworld-related dreams as best you can during the trip home. Surround yourself with people and human business.> Maybe it's no big deal. Let yourself wonder what the large scorpion-woman would think of you now, and what she has left to teach you,
>>29282692[x]worry about titsI suppose that's a vote for human activity, but I don't mind checking in on the netherworld to see what the curse did.
>>29282692>Maybe it's no big deal. Let yourself wonder what the large scorpion-woman would think of you now, and what she has left to teach you,
>>29282692> Continue avoiding any underworld-related dreams as best you can during the trip home. Surround yourself with people and human business.
>>29282692>> Maybe it's no big deal. Let yourself wonder what the large scorpion-woman would think of you now, and what she has left to teach you,Come over to the dark side Hunzu.
>>29282692let's not go full flesh eater k
>>29282850I can agree with this.
>>29282737Don't worry, we'll stay forever flat
>>29282875[x]worry harder about tits
>>29282875>few years into the future>she is still flat as a boardMore than a few people felt the breath of death on their necks because of mentioning breasts.
>>29282737actually, let me make that a more firm anti-netherworld vote.At least until we get back to the pyramid and the priests can look at us if we don't wake up.
>>29282901>Worry even harder about tits. Well never have an attractive posterior, if we don't get tits, we'll just have Scorpion parts.
>>29282901>>29282925Well it's a little bit easier to be a war machine without a big rack. It's not like we can be much else
>>29282692You keep trying to stay social. You quietly wonder when, and if, you'll grow to look like the older women in your life. You suppose you won't have a clear signal that you've entered womanhood like other girls do, since you on't have a human lower half, so you tel yourself that you'll think of yourself as a woman only when you feel like it, and not before.You're not certain, but the moment of chilling fear you feel sometimes at night in your burrow tells you that maybe the curse on you has something to do with the underworld and your strange, grim connection to it. You get that feeling where it feels like you're falling even though you're lying still. But you hold on to this side of the land of the living, and the feeling passes.Ligish's army encounters a few bands of brigands that quickly flee before them, and several more ravenous blight demons, but the wolf-like creatures are quickly dispatched by the army's vanguard.One afternoon, the man with mud on his face runs to catch up to you as you're on the march with the footmen. He's one of the mystics from the City of Exiles, the strange people who turned your friend all gray. "Lady Scorpion," he says to you, "The magic of the siege released more than these small demons. I have seen it. One day son you will face something else that crawled out f the angry earth. Something larger. I have seen it. When you find it, break this open and drink from it." He hands you the clay ball, the one you found in the mole-woman's chambers. Hey! You thought you had that packed away! Is this weirdo rooting through your things?> Yell at him for going through your things and shoo him.> "Sure..."> "Hey, what do you guys know about curses?"
>>29283048But that is precisely why the lack of it annoys her so much.
>>29283085[x]sure...[x]Hey, why did you take this out of my bag?[x]Do you know anything about curses?
> "Hey, what do you guys know about curses?"
>>29283085Ask about curses, and where he got this.
>>29283085>> "Sure...">> "Hey, what do you guys know about curses?"
>>29283085"Why did you take this out of my bag?!""So you would remember. I saw you forgetting.""Whatever," you say. "Hey, what do you guys know about curses?"The mud-striped man passes the ball to you. "Humans are poor at crafting spells. It normally takes great discipline for a man to shape any of the many breeds of magic into something new, or to learn such a craft from a more gifted creature. But now and again will come the story of an ordinary human turning his own flesh and blood into pure, subtle hate. Perhaps it is the one spell that comes naturally to men. I do not like what that suggests about the human condition. You are lucky to explore the life of another kind of being, Lady Scorpion.""So if I had a curse on me, could you lift it?""We could take you to the brackish waters, where the oldest magic lives, and try to uncreate it. It may uncreate the rest of you as well, though."> "Well, maybe I'll just come visit one day."> "You guys really are creeps. I'm never taking that kind of risk with you."
>>29283307>well, maybe one day>after I try everything else>the idea of uncreating things is kind of creepy and I still don't know what it means
>>29283307"You guys really are creeps. I still kinda like you though. well, totally unrelated, there is no way i am ever taking that risk, i like being and would hate to be uncreated."
>>29283307>Maybe one day>far in the future>very far
>>29283382About half past never
>>29283414Well, maybe not that late.>>29283307ask them if they have anything to do with tiamat.All this "uncreated ocean of chaos before time" shit sounds a lot like her.
>>29283307"Well, maybe one day. After I try everything else. Like, everything. I like existing."The mud-striped man bows before departing. "As one generally does." "So do you guys worship Tiamat? She comes from the old salt water.""Our ways are even older than that most ancient of gods. Tiamat, and her mate Apsu, were given life when the salt and fresh water first separated from each other. We find the sacred places where they remain together, as they were before all gods and before all things were given names. Do not forget my words, Lady Scorpion."The skirmishes with blight demons are so small that you don't even get the chance to rip one apart yourself before a fight is over. Soon you arrive home in Ligish, your army diminished by death but still victorious. You are showered with flowers and tiny little cedar effigies of Ninurta and Ishtar. Tabni-Ninsun is understandably distraught that her father is seriously ill and had to be carried home on a stretcher, but at least he's alive. You find that Rabi-Tammuz has finished an elegant black dress with a long train to reach back onto your scorpion half, with weighted fringes along the edges to keep it in place back there. He was caught dissecting a few prisoners after they'd been bled to death by the Blood Priest, for which he received a flogging. And, of course, Ettu was waiting to hear news of you before going through with her wedding. You make her wait just a tiny bit longer so you can find something that makes Nakurtum look feminine.> Roll 1d6 to sing at her wedding.> Wait, no. You actually kind of suck at singing.
Rolled 6> Roll 1d6 to sing at her wedding.
Rolled 5>>29283543[x]I do not realize I am bad at singing but I probably amAlso yay, scorpion dress. This is the best. I hope that guy wasn't flogged too hard.
>>29283569fuck yeswe are the best singers
>>29283569Good job anon
>>29283604I wonder if scorpion-ness has anything to do with it, or if we've just been secretly practicing between battles.
>>29283543We shall sing of course.
>>29283622Lung capacity is probably a big factor.
>>29283679I imagine we have similar lungs to what we once had, at least connected to the vocal chords.Perhaps the auxillary nonvocal lungs are doing the majority of the respirating, though, requiring us to take fewer breaths by alternate means.
>>29283543Holy crap, you actually do a passable job! All the Footmen in attendance are surprised and impressed by your talent and sophistication as you recite the usual song for Shamash and Aya. You're all proud of yourself. Meluku and the older nursemaids always said you were tone-deaf. Maybe they just thought you were too chipper for them. Maybe you'll try learning some scorpion songs, if you ever dare to go back to the underworld.>>29283679Your lung capacity is the same as before, but you have the advantage of never needing to breathe in at any particular time. Your book lungs can just keep working while you hold a note.As Ettu is carried away by her strong young husband for the bedding, Nakurtum catches some Footmen looking her over with mirth or arousal in their eyes. You did't have time to get Rabi-Tammuz to tailor her a whole new dress, so the black dress she's wearing is a little tight on her and leaves little to the imagination. Her muscular red arm twitches with barely-contained anger. She will remember their faces.> I'm going to break here. Hope you enjoyed it!> Upvote at http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html
>>29283716Thanks for running Anu!I for one enjoyed it.
>>29283716oh no nakurtumThey just like youDon't destroy them!Thanks for running!
>>29283543What about Iltani though?
>>29283791We'll get to her and your other friends next time.
>>29283716Thanks for running!
>>29283791Frankly I think the giant crocodiles would make better wedding guests.
Nothing like leaving off on a wedding.That damn footman had better be a real live ROMEO.
>>29283960He knows what's at stake hereSnip-snip motherfucker
>>29284001we're basically doing the father-polishing-his-shotgun thing through the entirety of this marriage.Also, nobody made fun of our scorpion dress. Success!
>>29284053Everyone is either too scared or thinks too highly of us. We pretty much solo'd the war.
>>29284090well, we've had far too many casualties to claim that.But we DID solo most of their monsters, which let our superior human forces be... superior.It's gonna be weird being a semi-war-hero. I guess we should get back to training? After we fix that curse?After all, all we're really good for is lifting heavy stuff and fighting.
>>29284140>all we're really good for is lifting heavy stuffLike horses>and fightingWith horses
>>29284184yeah, stuff like that. And we had better keep weight training so we're HUGE when we eventually molt.Weight training, eating dozens upon dozens of eggs like gaston, and goat cooking lessons.
>>29284257We should just feast.Put on some weight so there's more to work with.We need to be HUGE once we digivolve.
>>29284461assuming our harvest isn't, you know, fucked.As per what started this whole war.
>>29284958Well, there are other cities. We can take food with our mighty scorpitude.
>>29285911Assuming every damn city doesn't have monsters
>>29285982That's probably something we should sort out. What other cities are there, and do they have things that can fuck us up?
>>29285982We just waded through hundreds of monsters.We're the monster that monsters fear.See if we can't get a baller glave like the one we stole forged. We need a good weapon.
>>29286034What we really need is to learn how to use one. The lizard was using that glaive two-handed, and we were ineffectually poking around with it in one hand.
>>29283716I wonder if Mr. Clicks made an appearance at the wedding.
>>29289430shit I had forgotten about Mr. Clicks!And we forgot to invite him to the wedding!We're the worst scorpion-caretakers!
>>29289483It's okay Anon, we'll make it up to him.We'll get him some small rodents. Or maybe some exotic bugs that he hasn't had before.And we'll play with him and give him lots of attention!Mr. Clicks will be the happiest scorpion ever.
>>29289994Have we trained him to stand and stay on our head yet?Oh, I hope that blood priest girl has been caring for him well. I'll have to look up her name, because fuck if I remember it.
I heard our slave was flogged for dissecting some corpses. He obviously has a lot of interest in the medical field, I think there is potential if we control and encourage it. Carefully, he seems like a *eager* individual. Maybe we can get him to dissect Mister Clicks to learn scorpion anatomy. Just kiddingProbably.
>>29290168Yeah, it's on the list of things to do to help him. Preferably without him getting flogged.NEVER Mr. Clicks. We'll just get a different scorpion.
>>29290188That would take time, time that could be spent dissecting the scorpion we have on hand anonymous. It's just more efficient that way.
>>29290229look anon I know you're messing with me. We can just get more scorpions. It's not like we're at war any more.
I wonder what would happen to Hunzuu if Nakurtum died.
>>29290390sadness. For a while.It's not like she's never had a mother figure die before
I'm worried about the curse, which we kind of had coming really.Are we just going to brush off all we have done or are we going to face it?
>>29291033we're gonna face the curse now that we're back. I just didn't want to force the troops to try to carry us if we go into a sleeping beauty type scenario.
>>29291033Now that we're back, we'll visit the Gold Priest and find out exactly what the curse is.>>29290390You mean before or after the vengeful rampage that will be spoken in legend for generations to come?Nakurtum has essentially been our crutch through all this crap. Hunzuu has gone through some seriously traumatizing life changes with minimal emotional support.The poor dumb bastard that took away what support she has.....