Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=homeless+mutant+questPastebins:http://pastebin.com/UuVeJFighttp://pastebin.com/98mpGLrhhttp://pastebin.com/PmF43Sr1http://pastebin.com/JYrcDPPkYou are John James Green, mutant vagrant.You dither at the corner of the street, the neon glow of the Tabbycat little more than a mutter of strobing, undulating pink, fading steadily into the distance. You’re not entirely sure what to do next – you went out with the intent to strike a deal with Silvio Manfredi, but you didn’t really entertain many hopes of him actually saying yes.The wind rattles along the nearby roofs, sending tiny flecks of lingering snow high into the air. They spiral down around you, tiny and fragile, barely real by the time they hit the pavement. There’s a low, pregnant murmur to the air – gonna be hard winds tonight. Maybe even a little storm. Shivering, you make sure the items in your jacket pocket are secure. Before being sent on your way by the Maggia, you asked Mr. Manfredi if you could keep something with his granddaughter’s scent on it. After explaining your way around the weird stares, you found yourself waiting an hour before one of his men returned with her comb. He also told you she was last seen down near Chinatown, eating out with a few of her schoolmates, which gives you a pretty big hint as to who vanished her right off the bat. You imagine that Manfredi must think the same, though as far as you can tell he hasn’t done anything about it.Well then. What do you do now?>Present Time: 18:10 PM>Hunger Level: 3>Current Funds: $1,640>[ ] Head to Manhattan. Check out Chinatown.>[ ] It’s late, head home. You can do this tomorrow.>[ ] Head to the Blonde Phantom Agency. They might be of help.>[ ] Write in.
>>38196571>[ ] Head to the Blonde Phantom Agency. They might be of help.
>>38196571>Call Pete. He knows people, maybe he can ask around after a silver-haired mutant girl.
>>38196571>>[ ] Call to the Blonde Phantom Agency. They might be of help.We have phone, guys. Might as well use it and save some time.
>>38196571>>[ ] Head to the Blonde Phantom Agency. They might be of help.
>>38196571>> call or text Moon knight. See if he's heard anything on the kidnapping. at least getting info on her whereabouts would be in his wheelhouse.
>>38196571>[ ] Head to Manhattan. Check out Chinatown.>[ ] Write in.Call Laura to meet up
>>38196571>[ ] It’s late, head home. You can do this tomorrow.Give the comb to Laura and Rahne (Wolf girl that lives with the X-kids) They both have super smell and we can cover more ground if we split up.
>>38196571You forgot horns again
>>38196571>Head to Manhattan. Check out Chinatown.
>>38196780Do the X-kids have phones? If they do one would assume we've exchanged numbers already.If they don't have a phone we should buy an extra burner phone and give it to the X-kids. Us being able to contact them anytime we want is worth the money.
>>38196833Seconded as well
Crusty you should go through the extrapolative mutation page and delete the extrapolatives we can never buy. Like the ones that have draconic breath or sonic scream as prerequisites.
>>38196571>[ ] Head to Manhattan. Check out Chinatown.>[ ] Call to the Blonde Phantom Agency. They might be of help.
>>38196950If he decided to run another quest in crustyverse again, he might as well keep it
Note: the longer we wait, the worse the scent trail will get, this is not a target that is refreshing its scent by moving around in the open like when we tried to find rogue. Waiting is a bad idea.
>>38196950Just because JJ can't buy it, doesn't mean that others can't.
>>38196833and one of those sunlight chargers.
>[X] Head to the Blonde Phantom Agency. They might be of help.After a little while spent umming and ahhing over the time, you decide to check in with the Blonde Phantom and her merry gang of sleuths and pornstars. They’re real detectives (one of them is, anyhow), they should have a thing or two to say about your little escapade. Maybe they’ve even done some digging of their own. Tightening your jacket around your waist, you head North. The last embers of day grow cold and die before you’re even half way, the bite of the wind sinking deeper as night descends in its entirety. It’s 19:43 by the time you get there, and you spend a good few minutes jogging on the spot while you wait for someone to answer the door. Nico lets you in, looking a great deal less tired than she did when you last saw her, though the lopsided frenzy of her hair speaks to you of a night spent crashing on the couch. You can smell it on her, actually. “The Phantom said you’d be here sometime this afternoon.” She says, as you ascend the stairs to the main office.“…She did?” “Yeah.” She shoots you a bemused glance, her makeup turning her eyes into long, dark tunnels. “What, you didn’t call?” You shake your head. You’re pretty sure you didn’t. Nico shrugs. “Well, whatever. You want a coffee?” Yeah, you definitely do. As you head out into the cluttered office that serves as the agency’s muddled central cortex, you hear a long, expectant hum, and the Phantom looks up from her desk. “It was Moon Knight, huh?” She’s smiling, but her eyes are softer than usual, less… picky. You think she may be a little relieved. “You seem mostly intact, which is odd.” Ha ha ha.>[ ] Tell her about your deal with Silvermane.>[ ] Tell her you’ve taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.>[ ] Ask her if she wants you to do anything in particular about Moon Knight.>[ ] Write in.
>>38197073>[ ] Tell her you’ve taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.>[ ] Ask her if she wants you to do anything in particular about Moon Knight.
>>38196781They haven't come out yet.
>>38197073>[ ] Tell her about your deal with Silvermane.>[ ] Tell her you’ve taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.
>>38197073>[ ] Tell her about your deal with Silvermane.>[ ] Tell her you’ve taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.>[ ] Ask her if she wants you to do anything in particular about Moon Knight.
>>38197073>[ ] Tell her you’ve taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.
>>38197073>Tell her you've taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.>Ask her if she wants you to do anything in particular about Moon Knight
>>38197073>[ ] Tell her you’ve taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.>[ ] Ask her if she wants you to do anything in particular about Moon Knight
>>38197073>>[ ] Tell her you’ve taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.>>[ ] Ask her if she wants you to do anything in particular about Moon Knight.Also why are we still walking everywhere? Does everyone keep forgetting that we have wings. AND WE CAN BE INVISIBLE WHILE FLYING. It's not like there's any reason not to fly.We'll need to be on the ground when tracking someone by smell. But, if we're just going home, or to the agency?
>>38197073>[ ] Tell her you’ve taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.>[ ] Ask her if she wants you to do anything in particular about Moon Knight.Do not mention the deal.
>>38197237I think Crusty just has us default to walking if we don't specify. Its also better for him concerning encounters.
>>38197294Also we can easily get busted walking
>>38197453Walking doesn't tire JJ out as much as flying while invisible would
>>38197237You bring up a good point, anon. It will make us hungrier, but might net us X-points for exertion over time, as well.
Should we get Laura in on this? I think she is pretty damn good at tracking people and if things hit the fan we could use her back up in a fight.
>[X] Tell her you’ve taken an interest in the Alicia Manfredi case.>[X] Ask her if she wants you to do anything in particular about Moon Knight.“Yeah… about that…” You’re not sure what to do about that. Moon freaking Knight. “Do we have, like, a policy, or something? In regards to crazy moon men? Is there something you want me to do about him?” “Hmmm…” The Phantom leans back in her seat, thinking the question over. “…Be careful? This agency doesn’t meddle in its employees’ private lives. I would, however, advise you to not for one instant trust the Moon Knight. He has a list of offences longer than most of the criminals he beats into tar. Also, I’m obligated by law to share any information regarding these offences, so…” She smiles broadly. “…keep quiet, if you intend on exploring his interest in you.” Right. You thought it might be something along those lines. Unzipping your jacket, you take a moment to slough off the cold before stepping into the Phantom’s half of the combined room. She shuffles away a small pile of papers as you approach. “Now, is there something else?” The tone in her voice tells you she already knows, she’s just being polite. Kind of unnerving. “Yeah…” You swallow, going through the events of the day in your head, blacking out the parts you’d rather keep to yourself. “…I’ve been looking into the Alicia Manfredi case. You know, the kidnapping?” She nods, an eyebrow rising behind her domino mask. “Silvermane’s granddaughter. I know.” “I guess I was just wondering if you guys had looked into it at all.” Setting down her cup, she shakes her head. “We work on contract, and Silvermane hasn’t contacted us.” She shrugs. “I would imagine he has his own people looking into it. Why the interest?” >Yeah, why?
>>38197641>Yeah, why?"Having a guy like Silvermane being grateful to us might be good. Plus, deep fucking pockets."
>>38197641>goodness of my heart, I'm familiar with the pain of someone taking your family away.>leverage to get the Maggia to back off from getting into the Jack business like their rep at the meeting I spied on expressed interest before things went pear shaped.
>>38197641The truth i guess. We made a deal, if we find his granddaughter, that crime family will stay out of jack production/distribution.This is important to JJ since jack causes mutants to go boom and authority's to hunt em down.
>>38197641leverage so he can remove jack from the streets
>One hand scratches the other>It's Jack. Silvermane has promised to keep the Maggia out of it in return for her granddaughter. Manfredi is a Gentleman, first and foremost, so I trust his word.Lady's been straight to us, so I feel inclined to do the same
>>38197641I know people that work for him, and having him owe me one would be nice. Less pushy drug pushers around where I live and stuff.Also I don't like people who kidnap little girls, or kidnap people in general.
Its not really leverage, its not blackmail. Its a deal. A promise. We are not holding it over his head since we came in from the outside offering to solve a problem. Its unlikely the kidnappers would have not asked for a ransom eventually of their own violation.
>>38197641"It's an opportunity to pull the Maggia's fingers out of a few pies."
>>38197702JJ made a deal. if HE finds her grandaughter
>>38197641mutant business flat scan, but seriously its probably not a great idea to let anyone know of the council of muties in the scar
>>38197764Yes, hence: If we (referring to us as players and JJ).
>>38197641Silvermane agreed to step out of the Jack business in return.
The truth, then. Or at least some of it.>writan
By the way, I've been thinking about the jack process, and I've noticed a few interesting things, first of all, it is greatly inefficient, relying on clearly harvesting a whole slew of components from mutants overtime and wrecking them in the process. I sincerely doubt every single part of the harvest they are getting from those mutants is actually what gives jack its active effect, which means they likely don't know what the true active ingredient in jack is, just that its one of a general bit of possible things. In addition, they haven't figured out how to factory grow it. In the good ole days, pigs were harvested for insulin in great quantity, before they realized they could just use tiny, highly ethical non intelligent bacteria to produce it in greater more pure quantities. The fact they haven't done this means they either lack start up funding, the will to do so, or the actual knowledge of what they need to mass produce in the first place. This also means jack is inherently flawed in its current state, and might be safer in a more refined state. It also means I am an insane fuck for wanting jack to actually be a thing in any state whatsoever.
>>38197925Wait for Typhon to look back at his old waste product...Or for Sinister to take an interest.
>>38197925Eh, if you found out the compound and a method to synthesize it out of living things, or in cell cultures (allot of modern drugs use cell vats to produce drugs and compounds these days).And if the "You blow up after losing control" is a side effect of impure sub-strait, it could turn into a wonder cure for lots of mutants. Having said that, it could also be force fed into people to suppress their powers and enslave them. SO swings and round-a-bouts i guess.Note: The druid route implys a safe version of Jack through eating JJ's fruits, which means it is likely that a close variant of or pure jack is actually safe.
>>38197925So you are saying, the guys we found were on Jack for so long they started producing it naturally? I don't know why TumorBro would need Jack for(beyond feelgood reasons), though.Also, I noticed that Jack was described as giving the user a sense of comfort, like a tight family hug, not unlike the effects of Typhonbro's own brand of Telepathy. Coincidence!?!?!?
>>38198029No, I'm saying that the people we found in there were being inefficiently harvested for some bulk bodily fluid and/or component that was THEN being used to make jack, the fact that they are taking raw mutant whatever and putting it into jack with pretty minimal amounts of refining suggests they know a mutant based component is needed in jack but don't know what that component actually is, they just know it comes from x part of a mutant and they need it to not become literally cancer.
>>38198058Maybe it's a stabilizer that stops a mutant from mutating /'quiets' mutations, but the sudden lack of it can fuck you up.
>>38198008we have to corner the market before Typhon does...more than he has already
>>38198124You don't know what it does, do you?
>>38198058Jack is probably a modified regulatory protein found (encoded for) on the X gene of all mutants (and therefore only mutants). Essentially acting as an on-off switch or part of the regulation of expression (e.g. lots or very little). Post processing (aka turning it into jack) locks it in the off-switch position.If i had to hazard a guess, this same process also locks other regulatory proteins into certain positions, which results in the cancerous tumors seen in the harvesters. (Cancer is essentially cell regulation gone wrong). As such, pure jack is probably benign.Certain naturally produced opiates could also be affected, which when included with the street jack version would explain the europha/comfort feeling.
>>38198150This is quite possible, and if it were to be the case that would mean it would be quite a trivial manner to cell culture jack, simply requiring figuring out which specific gene sequence is needed to be spliced. This is good. It means that creeper doesn't have actual scientists working for him. Which means he won't have any especially nasty anti mutant tech or surprises for us.
>>38198145Just a thought that crossed my mind based on what I've heard of it. It makes mutant powers more stable and powerful, right?
>(1/2)You sigh inwardly. You guess you should tell her the truth. Or some of the truth, anyway.“I kind of made a deal with him.” To her credit, the Blonde Phantom barely bats an eye at the statement. You notice her posture shift subtly, however, one leg crossing upon the other, her arms folding across her midsection. It reminds you of the way a teacher sits, or a counselor, or anyone in a position of power and station over another individual. “A deal?” She cocks her head to one side, and you think you see a squint forming behind her mask. “You made a deal with Silvio Manfredi?” “Y-yeah.” You say, feeling thoroughly scrutinized. “I’m finding his daughter, and he’s staying away from Jack.” You leave out the decisions made in the Scar. You don’t think you want anyone, no matter how magnanimous they might appear, knowing that there’s a secret mutie council playing secret mutie civ in their back yard. You’re not sure you want to know that – part of you feels like you should just be making like a tree and getting yourself as far from the Scar and all its nonsense as possible.
>(2/2)“I see…” She says it slowly, as though parsing through your words, stripping them down and sewing them back together in her head. “…There’s no harm in that, I suppose. Someone should find that girl before anything happens to her…” You feel a ‘but’ coming. “…That said, you should know that Silvermane is not a man of any particular honour. Don’t expect him to be straight with you.” “I don’t.” You say. You know his kind. Puffing her cheeks slightly, she drags out a long, relieved sigh. You feel the tension in the air recede. “Well, that was all very serious.” Reaching for her coffee, she takes a long, overly-indulgent sip. When she puts the mug down she seems almost visibly recharged. “I could ask someone if they want to help. Ricochet is technically a superhero.” >[ ] Yeah that’d be great. >[ ] Nah, it’s cool. >[ ] What about [insert]. >[ ] Write in.
>>38198220>[ ] Nah, it’s cool.
>>38198220>[ ] Yeah that’d be great.Who doesn't like getting more Social Links?
>>38198220>[ ] Yeah that’d be great.
>>38198220>[ ] Nah, it’s cool. "Laura will help. Thanks for the offer, though."
>>38198220>[ ] Yeah that’d be great..
>>38198220>[ ] Yeah that’d be great. ask if gambit is available, weve worked with him before, we know he has subtlety and i refuse to believe that he doesnt have any connection to x-men or the brotherhood which is very useful info to have
>>38198220>[ ] Nah, it’s cool.I think JJ would be better alone or with Laura for this.
>>38198220>[ ] Nah, it’s cool. "All i really need is info at the moment, i don't plan on fighting"
>>38198220>>[ ] Yeah that’d be great.Some backup would be nice in case we run in to our rogues gallery. Ricochet might also have some cool moves we could taskmaster for ourselves.
>>38198150>>38198184Its also a good explanation for why it eventually stops working and has such a nasty withdrawl, their systems adapt to the increased regulatory protein load until vast quantities are required for the same high. Eventually the person can't meet it and they go into meltdown. The rapid stimulation of their powers constantly on is what causes energetic type power users to explode.
>[X] Nah, it’s cool. Anything you guys want to do/say/ask in regards to the BPDA before leaving?
>>38198433I've got nothing.
>>38198433Ask for info on Alicia and/or the Triads
>>38198433If they happen to stumble across any leads theu ought to shoot us a text. Also a panic phrase if we end up on Mr. Moons wild ride again, or anyone elses.
>>38198433"Remember, Jack is mutants and that's no good. "
>>38198433WHERES KIMURA!? WHERES BANE!?But seriously I've got nothing.
>>38198433Ask about what groups are most likely to have her, or if she knows the group that does. Ask if silvermane has been doing any movements that they know of(just because we are helping him, does not mean his lieutenants will stand aside when they want the brownie points themselves).Should be the most we can hope for really.
>>38198433Ask her if she's got a portable gas mask thingy among her spy gadgets, because honestly, that's sort of the kind of attacks what people have been going for lately.
>>38198433Ask her if she knows anything about Joyce Green
>>38198433What >>38198516 said.Props if its a bane style mask, people might actually buy our bluff when we get captured then.
>>38198516This. We need to get/buy gass mask.
>>38198433Touch ourself right in the office
>>38198516>no extrap for a natural air filtering processWhy live
>>38198615Oh yeah definitely jack off real quick.
>>38198433This >>38198536Also, ask how she got to know Remy
>>38198633>>38198633What are you, some sort of Filter Feeder?
>>38198642Heehee, okay that got me.
>>38198633Photo 4: spend a charge in photo to enable you cells to produce and use their own oxygen. Hold your breath for hours on end.Source: Ask page.
>>38198433Can I just sorta use my vote for explicitly NOT masturbating in the office?
>>38198536Deffo support this.
>>38198738No, it's mastubato--I mean mandatory
At lest ask for mutual masturbation, before masturbating, if we end up doing that, please.
>>38198771That's only fair, equal opportunity and all that
>>38198615You know that joke/sarcastic write-ins get taken literally more often than not by quest runners, right?
JJ needs to buy a J.O crystal
>>38198826>he thinks CJ is that retarded
>>38198826Then they kind of deserve whatever comes by following that impulse
“Nah, it’s okay. I can deal with this myself.” Well. Possibly. “Though…” You pause, a little dumbstruck at the weirdness about to spill out of your mouth. The Phantom cants her head in curiosity, a low, indolent hum lingering on her lips. “…Do you have rebreather, or something? People keep trying to gas me.” She guffaws loudly – it’s a single short, sharp note of laughter that carries through the whole building. For a moment you think she might have superpowers after all. “Well, I can’t say I keep one handy.” She says, a big, half-moon smile lingering below her mask. “I could purchase something, if you’d like. It would come out of your next job.” “…That would be okay.” You’re very, very worried about gas. Nico blindsides you a little with your coffee, and you spend the next few minutes sort of just hanging around, waiting for it to cool down. The Phantom tells you about the case she’s working – something commission by this Stephen Strange (you think you recall that name from somewhere? Some book your mom had or something? You think it was a self-help thing, which makes sense, since the guy is apparently a doctor) guy. Apparently she has to head out to some sleepy little town all the way in Oregon, so Remy will be holding stuff down here for a bit. Before you leave, something comes to you. “Hey, uh… something else…” You ask her if she could do any digging on a Joyce Rachel Green, and she says she’ll try to find the time. Feeling a little nervous and somewhat exposed, you thank her and say goodbye, heading out into the cold. The night above is chocked with thick, pregnant clouds. Everything howls. Nasty night, tonight. >Hunger Level: 4>Present Time: 20:25 PM>[ ] Head home.>[ ] Check out Chinatown.>[ ] Write in.
>>38198827Thanks for reminding me I have to go charge mine, if anyone wants to join.
>>38198840ONE OF US ONE OF US
>>38198870>>[ ] Check out Chinatown.
>>38198870>[ ] Check out Chinatown.Grab some food on the way there.
>>38198328>>38198150Shit you guys have pretty much figured out Jack.
>>38198870>[ ] Check out Chinatown.>[ ] Write in.Call Laura for help, maybe ask for some help from the Young X-Men or the Corsairs.
>>38198870>[ ] Check out Chinatown
>>38198870>Check out ChinatownBuy some of that strange exotic fruit while you're there. Or some of that dried seafood that smells like shit.
>>38198866They do, the rest of us though?
>>38198870>Head homeGet some rest, enlist Laura, start looking tomorrow.
>>38198870>[ ] Check out Chinatown.
>>38198870>[ ] Check out Chinatown>[ ] Call Laura for backup
>>38198870>[ ] Check out Chinatown.Ask Laura to meet up there.
>>38198870>>38198953>>38198961 these guys have the right idea
>[ ] Check out Chinatown>[ ] Call Laura for backup
>>38198910Mfw i figured out jack in two posts.Biochemistry degrees, useful for something.
>[X] Check out Chinatown.Okay so that's unanimous. Some people want to call some allies, so: >[ ] Call the Laura.>[ ] Call Lucas.>[ ] Call Noriko.>[ ] Call Julian.>[ ] Call Peter.Obviously, if you select more than one Tunnel Snake, that'll be the same call.
>>38199028>[ ] Call the Laura.
>>38199028>Call the Laura.
>>38199028>[ ] Call the Laura.If she does not want to come with, its sensible to tell her where we are going to be or what we are going to be doing.
>>38199028>>[ ] Call the Laura.
I think you might be calling Laura.>writing
>>38199028>[ ] Call the Lorax
>>38199028> [ ] Call Laura, Noriko and Peter
>>38199125Dude, you don't call the Lorax, he calls you. And then empty's your fridge.
>>38199028> [ ]Call Laura and Peter.She needs to find out where we got our butt from.
>>38199123I was hoping we would have to explain why we smell like cheap Chinese hookers, you know they gonna be getting all up on JJ. You can't walk through Chinatown without it happening
>>38199125if we had druid, we too could speak for the trees
>>38199225>Lorax JJ>Kind of the forests>Grows an awesome mustache
>>38199225Let's be the Snorax.>Lap dances, champagne dances, shower dances. Oh, the things you can buy with a handful of bills. It makes me excited. It gives me the chills. There'll be filch-arounds, breeders, hambones and tweeners. Zobows and debows and blobs that go "eener." For a one-dollar bill, you can pull down their zippers. I am the Snorax. I speak for the strippers!
>>38199028>Call LauraObvious reasons>Call Peter. He knows this city better than the rest of us and might know a few hidey holes. >Call NorikoShes sort've chinese and should fit in with the locals, all these asian types are the same to me anyway.
>>38199286You wrote that in 3 minutes? I'm impressed.
>>38199167>>38199307Good to see reading comprehension is up to the thread's usual standards.
>>38199286>not creating stripper/tree hybridsgo beyond tree hugging
>>38199330It's from an episode of American Dad! entitled 'G-String Circus'.
>>38199344Theres reading comprehension, and then there is general racism, this was the latter.
>>38199352Dryad strippers? I love the way you think anon
What happens if JJ sees his own butt?
>>38199307Noriko is Japanese. But theres a good chance she can read the characters, then again, we don't really need to, we just follow the scent.
>>38199404Enhanced Contortion time.
>>38199307>Shes sort've chinese and should fit in with the locals, all these asian types are the same to me anyway.>Japanese>fitting in with other AsiansAnon, pls.
Do you reckon we'll run into Iron Fister?
>>38199411Japanese is sort've chinese isn't it?
>>38199449that is a bit like calling germans russian, and russians germans. No, no it is not.
>>38199449Japanese writing is heavily based on Chinese, but the two languages are distinct enough nowadays that an average Japanese person probably won't be capable reading Chinese properly.
>>38199432Contortion means we can do all those poses the feminists complain about right?>just pop out of invisiblity>in that Manera Spider-woman pose
>>38199581It means that if JJ ever got a comic made about him, his ass would be in every frame.
>(1/2)Right then. It’s cold and windy and miserable outside, but you want to get this over and done with. No time like the present an’ all that. Heading towards Manhattan, you fish out your Moon Phone, giving Laura a call. She picks up almost immediately, and the first thing your hear is the squawking of multiple Laylas badgering her to hand over the phone. It goes on for a little while before Laura apparently decides to ignore it. “John?” “Hey!” You feel yourself straight up a little at the sound of your voice. Is that kinda sad? “I’m heading over to Chinatown right now, running down this thing with Silvermane, so I’ll be probably be kinda late. You wanna meet me out here?” Somewhere in the background, a Layla makes the extremely distinctive sound of someone with their arm locked behind their back. “…Yes.” She says, eventually. “Great. How about we meet up at Canal Street? That sound good?” “That won’t be a problem. I will… I’ll see you then.” Stowing your phone back away, you shrug off your coat and head for a nearby alley. The cold seeps in under your skin, driving daggers along your veins, but you bear with it. You won’t have to mind it for too long, and you feel… warmer, these days, in general, like you’ve got a little reservoir of daytime hiding somewhere under your skin. You drag your hoodie off, and your shirt, tying them around your waist, and you let your arms transform, spreading out into wings. God this is the coolest.
>>38199581I meant that JJ might be able to contort and fuck his own ass, but yeah, sure.
>(2/2)With a single, great heave, you propel yourself into the air, the ground receding below. The wind is cruel, but the adrenaline keeps you warm, and you strike out towards Manhattan. You make it to Canal Street in record time, landing on one of the adjacent buildings and sorting out your clothes. You cloak yourself from sight while you Spider-Man your way down the building, and make sure to return into visibility a little ways away from the subway – you spotted a bunch of guys with MCA armbands milling around the mouth of the station.You wait for a little under an hour, the night deepening around you, before the familiar, iridescent scent of Laura Kinney catches you by the chin, turning your head toward her as she emerges from the station. Your blood thrashes a little in your veins as one of the MCA guys stops her for a moment, but the exchange is brief, and soon she’s making her way through the crowded street towards you. “Hey.” You nod towards the officers. “What was that about?” “They’re checking everyone.” She says, flatly. “There has been an incident nearby.” Drat. You hope that doesn’t get in the way. >[ ] Stick together while you search.>[ ] Split up and meet back there.>[ ] Write in.
>>38199632>[ ] Stick together while you search.
>>38199632>[ ] Split up and meet back there.
>>38199632>[ ] Stick together while you search.one watches for the girlthe other watches their backs
>>38199632>>[ ] Stick together while you search.Learn them moves as we move>>38199607>Moon PhoneHeh
>>38199632>[ ] Stick together while you search.Laura is going to know more about how to go about this to begin with than us.
>>38199632>[ ] Split up and meet back there.Two noses better than one
>>38199632>Stick together while you search.I still think Noriko and her Korean knowledge would be good for helping us out in chinatown.
>>38199632>[ ] Stick together while you search.Laura has training for stuff like this. She should stay with us.
>>38199632>>[ ] Stick together while you search.and watch her closely so that we can...learn, yes thats why we'll be observing the highly attractive lady
>>38199632>>[ ] Stick together while you search. Might take a bit longer, but less chance that someone jumps us.
>>38199719>>38199737Seconded.Stealth along and learn from the master.
>>38199632>[ ] Stick together while you search.Hold hands please.
>>38199758This. Just because we're in a case doesn't meant we can't go on a mini-date as well.
>>38199815Not cute enough. Laura and JJ would be much cuter.
>>38199815And probably a hell of allot less pointlessly sweaty.
>>38199833I think it'd make us look less suspicious to the MCA guys too.
>>38199758>>38199785>>38199815I got here as fast as I could
>>38199815Yes public displays of affection causes others to avert thine eyes lest they be dubbed perverts
>>38199920Not today, motherfucker.
>>38199895If it comes down to a situation like that, it's what I was thinking.
>>38199933if they smooch while invisible then they're DOUBLE not seenpassers by just have this weird sense of something lewd is going on but they don't know where
>>38199939This shouldn't be as inspirational as it i.
>>38199908>wedding>JJ ever happyIt's been confirmed JJs suffer pleases God himself, if a wedding happens we're gonna get nuked, or Laura was really brainwashed and never loved us, or that she was actually tumorbro, or any number of horrible things.
>>38199972JJ will always love his dead gay son
>>38199968I completely forgot about the lewd applications of invisibility.
>[X] Stick together while you search.>[X] Hold hands.>[X] Kissu kissu.>[X] You're a serious detective, you swear.>Sensory Check>DC17>+5 mod>+1 mod for Laura's experienceSorry about the wait on this guys, got delayed.
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Rolled 13 + 6 (1d20 + 6)>>38200033Rolling
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Rolled 5 (1d20)>>38200033hail satan
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>38200033Satan guide my dice!
>>38200033were you delayed by consensual handholding?
>>38200048Just. JUST.JJ was distract.But Laura was on the ball.
>>38200048Thank you glorious anon.
>>38200020Like turning invisible when Layla walks in on JJ and Laura's private time.
>>38200033>You're a serious detective, you swear.Well we did finish that one case of the missing kid in like ten minutes.
>>38200095>JJ's orgasm breaks his focus and the invisibility dropsI'd read that shit.
>>38200123we got shot too! You don't see amateur detectives getting shot
>>38200075>JJ was distract.I wonder why.>writing
>>38200229he saw his own butt?
>>38200201That's only something the pros do.
>>38200237or did the butt see JJ?
>>38200271>self aware spider-man level bootythe world is not ready
>>38200271If he was more Satyr than Lizard-Elf, I'd ask what did the goatsee?
dose anyone else think we should up sub-dermal armor so JJ isn't bullet resistant but proof.hell level 5 make it so anti-personal guns dont penetrate skin
>>38200433>anti-personal gunsfuck this i need sleep goodnight every one
>>38200433Protection against firearms isn't a high priority. We escaped from a horde of gunmen firing at us before we even had Echolocation.
>>38200433We can evade a room full of gunmen, I'd rather boost our tasers or eye beams.
>>38200474>>38200495As someone else: Its still damn useful and needed, since its not just firearms it would work vs.Not to mention, can't dodge all the time. Shotgun+almost buried alive episode taught us.
>>38200433It's an extremely big investment for it. While it is probably a good idea, there are tons of great defensive options, like Shadow Field, or Photo helping us to have less hunger.
Can we go for photo 4? Next tier gives +1 boost to all stuff (active, one at the time).Should give us an edge for the rarely used skills.
>>38200605Only works with enough sunlight and we are in NYC in the winter. I'd rather go for eye blasts 3 or wings 3.
>>38200605I'd back that option. It is a nice boost, plus the boon of less hunger.
>>38200520Max subdermal wouldn't make you able to tank a shotgun blast from that close and shake it off like nothing. Level 5 is only around the level of kevlar. JJ would be stunned by the first blast, then seeing as he isn't immediately dead - he'd just get shot again. Not to mention if the shotgun is aimed at the head rather than center of mass, JJ would die no matter what level of subdermal he has. Hence why JJ should do what he can to not get into that situation in the first place.
>>38200646Sunlight stopped mattering at tier 2. Unless we are underground or something, we are somewhat charging.
>>38200605I'm for Kinesics before it might get locked. Then for maxing Photo so we barely need sustenance.
>>38200689Ups, tier 3PHOTOSYNTHETIC BIOLOGYJJ mutates a number of plantlike attributes, first and foremost among them the ability to derive sustenance from sunlight.Level 1: JJ may now derive a measure of sustenance from direct sunlight. As long as he spends a few hours per day standing under the sun, he can mitigate the effects of hunger.Level 2: JJ may now mitigate hunger via shorter time exposed to sunlight.Level 3: JJ may now metabolize indirect sunlight, though this takes longer. He can choose to ‘store’ energy gained this way for a rainy day rather than consuming it immediately.Level 4: JJ shakes off fatigue and illness more easily when under the sun. He can choose to temporarily boost one of his attributes to heightened levels by burning through stored solar energy.Level 5: JJ is nearly impossible to tire out under the sun and can sustain himself almost indefinitely with only sunlight and sparse amounts of water for nourishment.
>>38200662Considering he would be dodging, we are presuming he is getting the edge of shotgun spray, so its sub dermal in cohesion with agility, allowing him to take some damage and keep moving.The alternative is attempting to move, guaranteed fucked from the edge spray and getting shot again, while dermal gives a chance to keep moving.
>>38200702>Kinesics Agreed. I'd also really like to get to Neuroelectrovision, because combine that and Kinesics and we're basically a discount telepath.
>>38200646You know speaking of. Eye blasts and wings guys should probably come to a consensus if we get to 3 xpoints. I'd rather not be split when it comes time to vote.
>>38200748>Considering he would be dodging, we are presuming>Not to mention, can't dodge all the time. Shotgun+almost buried alive episode taught us.
>(1/2)>>38200048>19>successYou dawdle awkwardly for a moment, unsure of what to do, before you take Laura’s hand in yours, sharing a brief kiss before you head out on the hunt. The sounds and scents of Chinatown whirl around you, a kitschy overload of red and gold, but Laura’s taste hangs on your lips like a stain, seeping through you, weaving its way into the fabric of your senses and refusing to budge. The crowds are thick and loud, and you stick close together, your shoulders brushing as you press your way through the late-night torrent of shoppers and diners and tourists and all-sorts. You must have grazed against thirty or forty people by the time you’ve been wandering just a few minutes, but when Laura presses back against you, it’s different, like a tiny electrostatic shock, a strange, vulnerable sort of feeling left where she touches you, like that segment of your flesh has been tenderized somehow. You quickly find yourself not thinking all too much about Alicia Manfredi, and just enjoying being with Laura. For a moment, you contemplate just asking if she wants to sit down and get a bite to eat, and simply being with her for a while, forgetting about all this mob crap.You’re a little surprised, then, when she stops in her tracks, almost bumbling into her. She sniffs loudly at the air, and you just blink for a moment, not getting it. “That’s it.” She says.
>>38200776Cant dodge all the time = can not always avoid being hit at allin this instance anyway, i agree its worded a bit funny but the point still stands.
>>38200753>NeuroelectrovisionThat would be great too. I'm always interested in more sensory abilities anyway.
>(2/2)It takes you a moment to catch up, to disentangle your focus from her, but you smell it too. Aromatic candles. A certain shade of sweat. Playing cards. Silks and cottons. Burnished bronze. Alicia Manfredi. You follow the scene along a fairly linear path, the echoes of her presence sounding along the sidewalk for a while, before they veer off abruptly into an adjacent alley. The smells here are tainted with fear and struggle – her scent tumbles and crashes and mingles with those of four – no, five – men, continuing down the alley until it turns out into the adjoining street, making its way round the corner before culminating in a weird, confused bundle outside a restaurant. The golden lettering above spell out UNCLE WU’s. “She was in here for some time.” Laura states. You feel the world pulling you back to ground level. >[ ] Go inside, take a table. One of you can look around.>[ ] Go inside, ask the staff if they saw something recently. >[ ] Go inside, follow the scent, fuck alla anyone getting in yo way.>[ ] Write in.
>>38200732We should build a giant ass light redirector, that totally isn't also a giant death ray for burning people
>>38200819>[ ] Go inside, follow the scent, fuck alla anyone getting in yo way.invis up first yo
>>38200819>>[ ] Go inside, take a table. One of you can look around.JJ invis scout
>>38200819>>[ ] Go inside, take a table. One of you can look around.
>>38200819>[ ] Go inside, take a table. One of you can look around.
>>38200819>[ ] Go inside, follow the scent, fuck alla anyone getting in yo way.
>>38200819>Go inside, stealth, follow the scent.
>>38200819>[ ] Write in.This is why we have invisibility.
>>38200825>tfw no more db to give us an extrap for gaining energy from Fire>we could have lounged around in a giant bonfire building up charge
>>38200819>[ ] Go inside, follow the scent, fuck alla anyone getting in yo way.Not while visible though.
>>38200819>[ ] Go inside, take a table. One of you can look around.Echolocate + literally every sense we have, if the trail leaves we can leave. Plus no one's gonna question a couple getting a table. Maybe we can smell if they got a tail?
>>38200819>Go inside, stealth, follow the scent.As for armor, I still think we should just put a big ass metal plate(manhole cower? maybe layer 2 of them on each side or something?) over our vital organs, and be done with it.
>>38200819>>[ ] Go inside, follow the scent, fuck alla anyone getting in yo way.Invis that shit. Sooner we get this done sooner we get to cuddle up to Laura.
>>38200819>Go inside, take a table >If necessary, use "bitching about food/service" as excuse to wander into staff areas while tracking the scent.
>[x] Go inside, take a table. One of you can look around.
>>38200819>[ ] Go inside, take a table. One of you can look around.Use those inhuman senses of yours.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>38200915Satan, will Laura get the D soon?
>>38200901High subdermal + wings + agility + danger sense = Regenerating bullet shields that always get in the way of projectiles and lessen shots enough for us to get moving.
>>38200819>[ ] Go inside, take a table. One of you can look around.Food plus looking around. Classic spy games stuff.
>>38200943Even Satan does not know.
>>38200819> Scout the scent inside while invisible.
>write inCrazed hobo ruse"Spare some change?"
Why do people keep forgetting that we are so close to getting PRACTICAL wings. We could fly AND hold stuff.
>>38200946Dense metal plate + strength (we already have)- manually regenatable shield, no point investment. You pick up anything bulletproof and put it between you and bullets.We just need to carry a shield/armor. Shield is probably better, as we can shield bash, and drop it for convenience more easily.
>>38201055MUH DR. DOOLITTLE FANTASIES
>>38201055Not so much forgetting as prioritizing other things, at least in my case.
>>38201077Those require keeping hold of bullet proof items all the time.Our wings grow from our back at will.Not to say your idea is not valid, just that it is impracticable and highly unlikely to be doable in the situations we find ourselves in.
>>38201055Aye, I'll vote for you when we get to three.
>>38201055>forgetting>We could fly AND hold stuff.Wow, that's so amazing it must really bring that power to the top of my priorities.
>>38201055We can Adhesive Touch with our feet.
>>38201110just for that, I'm gonna vote AA instead of OFB or Wings
>>38201077Or you could just do a repeat of the previous incident with gunmen run like hell while avoiding the paths bullets will take. Not getting into a fight against many armed, trained individuals would be a much better idea, of course.
>>38201182This, just because we can survive being shot does not mean it is especially pleasant, and being shot in the head can still cause significant memory loss and trauma. Hell, in theory we can be killed if they just repeatedly shot us in the head at point blank until someone with explosives came to finish the job.
>>38201239Pretty sure being hit to head will kill us.
>>38201166>cinema snob>worst taste confirmedenjoy your shitty soda tasting vids you faggot
>>38201118I don't mind getting the bulletproof wings, but that will take a while (idk how much points we need, but is probably like 7+). Its a large investment.We can do the shield right now, if we want to. Go down the street, pick up manhole cower(bend metal garbage can, or whatever) or 2 and we are ready.>>38201182Yea, we can do that, but this is plan for not getting shotgun to the face for no good reason. With senses 5 we should be able to see if from miles away, but for some reason we don't.I am just arguing that armor investment is bit on the large side, for something we can achieve differently.>>38201239We should be able to smell explosives from mile away.
>>38201258You are getting so butthurt and spiteful over the smallest things, it's fucking funny.
>>38201260Can't smell explosives if you are comatose mate.
>>38201239>>38201256If it mashes the brain, we are probably going to die.Single bullet might be survivable with minimal loss of memory.>>38201260Yeah its a long game thing, but i do not think we will employ your idea unless we are in specific situations e.g. needing to protect someone.Right now JJ and Laura are both re-genners, a gunshot wound is not serious if its not heart or head. And when we have the granddaughter we are leaving full invis, so that should not be a problem. Even if its a bit of X point expense, its a damn good investment no matter how you slice it.
>>38200819>>[ ] Go inside, follow the scent, fuck alla anyone getting in yo way.Invisible.
>>38201239>Level 5 - The bioweave under JJ’s skin is now roughly as strong as KevlarKevlar isn't bullet proof anyway.
Wings 3 is tempting, but I'm not voting for anything but Kinesics or Bank until we get it.
>>38201285Butthurt? About cinema snob? Sure, he's a shitty pandwring internet celeb, but dats it. I'm not the original anon you quoted either
>>38201239>point blankSomeone putting a gun against JJ would pierce the subdermal, regardless of where he's hit.
>>38201322I am saying we should put some armor on our head and heart then.Its not like we are gonna do it anyway, I been pushing for this ever since we got strength. No one wants to be prepared for being shot.
>>38201344Kinesics a shit anon.
>>38201344I forgot kinsenics basically gave us battle prescience
>>38201365Unless it's a derringer
>>38201376We should get one of those anti government head armor pieces, you know, the ones made out of tin and aluminum?
>>38201365Not if it's a cap gun faggot.
>[X] Go inside, take a table. One of you can look around.Heading inside, you ask for a table for two. The scrawny dude who sees you to your seats gives you a bit of an odd look, but being with a cute girl appears to give you a pass. Laura is adamant about getting a table near the back of the place, and she sits down opposite you, plucking up her menu and parsing through it. You’re not entirely sure if she’s actually looking for something to eat, or if she’s just keeping up appearances, but either way, you’re probably gonna order something before you go poking around the place. It’s a small restaurant, seating maybe forty people at most. Still, everything gleams, kept in tip-top condition by a highly synchronized workforce of teenagers that are probably all related in some way to the owner.You breathe in, and the smell of steamed pork assaults your nasal cavity, thick and greasy and almost aggressive. You push past it, focusing on Alicia’s scent. It leads you out of the dining room, back toward the kitchens, almost getting lost amidst the steam and the sweat and the pervading aroma of Chinese food.You guess you can check that out later. You watch Laura as she scans the menu. Her eyes move up and down in slow, focused swoops, absorbing everything. You can’t help but notice that she’s wearing the sweater you picked for her under her jacket, the fabric fitting around her in a… pretty enjoyable way. After a minute or two, she realizes that you’re staring, and her cheeks redden slightly. You order the cheapest stuff you can find – which is not cheap, and sounds like a whole lot of noodles – before pulling your seat out and heading to the restroom, using it to vanish from sight without causing a commotion. You sniff at the air.>Being A Detective Check>DC14>+4 mod
>>38201386No it isnt, crusty confirmed it lets you predict opponents movements on the ask
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>>38201365JJ is pretty quick, plus JJ sense & echolocation, so doing so would be kinda impressive.
>>38201327The main point of sub dermal is how it strengthens all the soft tissues, even though it won't stop a bullet entering, it will be vastly diminished in what it can achieve damage wise and greatly strengthen resistance vs most brute force e.g. getting punched.Top teir may stop the smaller rounds from getting past the skin, larger rounds will lodge and not be able to fracture shatter before being pushed out.>>38201376Maybe, but we don't really have access to practical materials, and a man hole cover is not practical. We would only get access to such if we commissioned it, robbed someone or joined up with someone.
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>38201415go jesus go
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>>38201322>gunshot wound is not serious if its not heart or headConfirmed for not having a clue what you're talking about. JJ's regen isn't fast enough to make a bullet hitting an artery or puncturing a lung "not serious".
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Rolled 10 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>38201415Pointless roll away!>>38201433Thanks for the success
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>>38201457Dat modded twenty, we the best detective
>>38201386Fuck off, faggot. I'll kick your used ass.
>>38201461Not serious as in not going to kill him in this case. Highly detrimental sure, but JJ aint gonna bleed to death unless its something like a shotgun, and then hes all kinds of fucked.
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>>38201415>the fabric fitting around her in a… pretty enjoyable way. After a minute or two, she realizes that you’re staring, and her cheeks redden slightly.
>>38201415I knew that sweater was the right call.
>>38201454Jesus laughs at your plight.
>>38201450For fucks sake there is tons of scrap metal everywhere. Just gotta layer it, and put it together by bending metal, or tying together with rebar. We don't even need tools with strength we have.Also the strength makes it so we can carry really heavy armor with no downsides, so we can just double up any shitty material, instead of getting good stuff.
>>38201446Maybe you should read what I was replying to and get some context.
>>38201494>Not serious as in not going to kill himOh. Nevermind then. Although I wouldn't say for sure on it being not life threatening before JJ experiences it himself.
If kinesics is at Cassandra Cain level, then yeah I could vote for that.
>>38201569Point.Not one i am eager to test however.
>>38201570I think it can be, if we use it enough.
>>38201544Nah, I followed that chain of hypothetical situation conversation just fine. Just injected some realism in there.
>>38201570Probably, it is a superpower
>>38201570Not at base, but with practice we could probably get it to that level (much like how Muscle Memory isn't quite at Taskmaster levels, but has the capacity to get there). The description for it says that it stops just short of actually reading a target's mind.
>>38201542cant exactly carry that around with you in the city
We should just buy Kevlar.
>>38201651It’s an extrapolative. We don't have to level shit.
>>38201712Pretty sure BP could hook us up like the gasmask
>>38201714experience counts for all powers
>>38201714I don't mean literal levels, I mean actual experience using it.
>>38201670Carry it under the coat, or in a large (military style) backpack. Or make it invisible.
>>38201712Phantom could hook is up, I'm sure.
>>38201691Buy kevlar for high caliber weapons, up subderm for low caliber, be fairly protected vs both with little restriction and not looking like hobo iron man all the time, Win win.
>>38201624>in theory This clearly says that it's just a "what-if" - just a a hypothetical situation.>Just injected some realism in there.Oh fuck off, you twat. Did you forget that time we nearly died taking a shotgun blast directly to the chest without dodging? JJ is brilliant at not getting shot, but if you think it's "unrealistic" for JJ to be restrained, unconscious, or otherwise incapacitated - you should seriously read the fucking quest.
>>38201731do you know how big a shield thick enough to just shrug off bullets would be? try hiding one of those manhole covers in your coat and see how well that goes, or even fitting it in a bag. our best bet would be to find a mutie like forge who could make us a collapsible shield, but theres no guarantee one even exists
>>38201691I agree. Then JJ could have a moment where he gets shot in front of Laura, and when she runs over to him he can have a dramatic reveal where he rips open his shirt to show the bullet embedded in the kevlar.
>>38201780>This buttflustered>That time we didn't have abilities we do now, like echolocation that lets us know a guy has a shotgun long before we need to worry about dodging.
>>38201525Sweater puppies are wonderful.
>>38201783I have put like 4 manhole cowers in a bag and carried them. Its not that bad. Heady as hell, but not that bad.Plus we can bend them and stuff.We can just make a 2 part one, and connect with rebar rings or something.Also we can be/make it invisible.Or quick craft from local ingredients, when needed.
>>38201841>like echolocation that lets us know a guy has a shotgun>lets us know a guy has a shotgunWhat? Seriously man, you should go through the archived threads before participating in a quest.
>>38201457>unnatural 20>successIt’s not hard to follow the scent. To be honest, you find it far more difficult to edge your way out of the restroom without being the world’s most obvious poltergeist. You’ve learned, in your many years of being an invisible little bastard, that people will rationalize a lot of things, but the restroom door slamming open not thirty seconds after some dude went in – that dude now mysteriously vanished – probably grates a little on suspension of disbelief. You follow Alicia down the long, narrow corridor into the kitchen, where the chef and his assistant are… doing stuff with woks, you guess. You’re not going to guess at what they’re making, because you’re probably going to be wrong – all you know is there’s chicken and pork and noodles in it.Alicia’s scent seems to dither indecisively in the corner of the room, saturating through the walls and floor, but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere else from there. Tentatively, watching the other occupants of the room over your shoulder, you run your fingers along the walls, taking in their textures. Cold tiles, smooth plaster underneath. And then, without warning, you hit wood. The plaster gives way to a loose panel of timber hidden behind the laminate tiling. Ah-ha! There’s definitely a considerable bit of space tucked away back there, but you don’t smell anyone. Alicia must’ve been moved somewhere – they probably took her out into a car or something. >[ ] Go back to your table, confer with Laura.>[ ] Scare the SHIT out of the chef, you bet he knows something.>[ ] Ask one of the staff for the manager. You want a chat.>[ ] Hit a fire alarm, get everyone to leave.>[ ] Write in.
>>38201936>[ ] Go back to your table, confer with Laura."What should we do?"
>>38201936>>[ ] Go back to your table, confer with Laura.
>>38201912Crackbitch trumps every defense. We tried to talk that guy down and failed, right?
>>38201936>>[ ] Go back to your table, confer with Laura.>"What should we do?"
>>38201936>[ ] Go back to your table, confer with Laura.
>>38201936>>[ ] Go back to your table, confer with Laura.consider >[ ] Ask one of the staff for the manager. You want a chat.with her.
>>38201897 i cant imagine a bag that could fit four of those that wasnt one of those monstrous camping bags. though the invisible idea has merit holding down invisibility for so long may not be the best idea. also they wouldnt actually be manhole covers anon, manhole covers cant block sub machine guns and the like were dealing with a paramilitary unit anon, it has to be made of special materials or like a very thick peice of steel
>>38201936>Go back to your table, confer with Laura. Lets not completely leave her in the dark.
I say we stakeout the place, wait till everyone goes home, stalk the manager home and beat some answers out of him/her.
>>38201936>[X] Go back to your table, confer with Laura.We didn't just ask her along for an extra nose, kissable lips and a lovely pair of breasts.
>>38201936>[ ] Go back to your table, confer with Laura.Can we smell if she was a regular here? That could help tell how planned this was.
>>38201936>[ ] Go back to your table, confer with Laura.and then unless she has problems with it>>[ ] Hit a fire alarm, get everyone to leave.so we can search uninterrupted together for a few minutes invisibly
>>38202014Fire alarm = sprinklersSprinklers = scent washed off
>>38201960I'm talking about this>like echolocation that lets us know a guy has a shotgunJJ wasn't unaware of the shotgun being pointed at him. There are situations where JJ can't or won't exercise his bullet avoiding capabilities. That situation was one of them. Saying that it's unrealistic for JJ to get caught in a situation like that again is ridiculous. Especially in a hypothetical where JJ could easily be unconscious and/or incapacitated.
>>38202051huh, i kind of forgot about sprinklers. and judging by the option being there at all im guessing so did crusty
>>38202051Unlikely, this is a seedy chinese resteraunt, most of the shadier places tend to not have functioning sprinklers, as in most circumstances sprinklers will cause more property damage then a fire will. So 9/10 chance the sprinklers don't actually work. (Sprinklers are significantly less lethal than fire)
>>38202160Not really, Crusty is quite happy to let the player base screw themselves over if they do not think.
>>38202181>>38202160Its also quite possible they are nonfunctional. This is a seedy chinese restaraunt, chances are they'd cut corners on maintenance and try to cut down on insurance costs by not having functional sprinklers, as in the case of a fire the sprinklers would do more damage than the fire would.
>>38202193Was it not described as gleaming and expensive food?This place does not give off the seedy vibe.
>>38202211They have a secret underground basement dungeon and are clearly working for some illegal enterprise, what part of that doesn't scream seedy/sketchy to you?
>>38202181>let the player base screw themselves over if they do not think.The sign of a good QM
>>38202211>>38202235Also everything in chinatown is overpriced, chinatown main is literally a tourist trap. If you want real chinese food go a few blocks down from chinatown.
>>38202235Does not mean that the store front has to be shit and have none functional health and safety.Just because someone is doing something dodgy in the back does not make the front look worse.This place is not "seedy" any more than any other place in the part people get to see. If anything they may have working sprinklers so that they pass all H&S inspec and get left alone.
>>38202211They hid the girl in the wall and then stuffed her in a van. It's shady as fuck.
>>38202079A case where panicking man with a shotgun is different from gun to the head. We can out-react flatscans (unless crackbitch strikes) and if we wake up to a gun to our head we have bigger things to worry about.
>>38202281H&S in NYC is a joke, half of them accept money and the other half only do there job right if someone does it for them. One of NYCs most famous bakeries literally got shut down the other day because someone filmed rats running around in it.
>>38202296Shady is not seedy. Lots of bad things hide behind perfectly benign legal and logical veneers. Its called a front. Having a shit front gets the operation found.
>>38202312Now that is logic that is useful and points to potentially being seedy and bad H&S. You have a point.Bad men doing bad things in the back do not.
>>38202313That makes a lot of sense. Just make sure when you need to describe the difference, do so in the first post. Makes things easier.
>[X] Go back to your table, confer with Laura.Well… you’re not entirely sure what to do here. Your one detective-worthy attribute, your nose, can’t really help you here (unless you intend to, like, jam it in the manager’s eye or something), so you’re a bit stumped. You didn’t go to detective school like the Blonde Phantom clearly did or Cajun wizard school like Remy – you’re just a guy with a really really good sense of smell. So you head back to your seat, once again using the restroom as an invisibility pit-stop.When you get back, you find a small hill of noodles and pork heaped at your end of the table, steam rising gently from the arch of its back. It takes considerable self-control to put the urge to eat on hold. “Hey.” You say, glancing down at Laura’s plate, which is loaded up with dim sum. “Slight problem.” You tell her what you found, her focus shifting entirely from her food over to you. She nods in silence as you speculate aloud (but not too aloud) that Alicia may have been moved elsewhere by car. “That is likely.” She states. “It is possible that this place is merely a stopping point, and she was never intended to be kept here. Either way, we should isolate whoever is in charge. They are likely to know the girl’s whereabouts.” Okay then.You can think of a few ways of going about that.>[ ] Find the manager, taserhands him and drag him outside.>[ ] Leave, keep watch on the building from afar. You can accost the guy on his way home.>[ ] Or when he gets home. >[ ] Write in.
>>38202355>>[ ] Leave, keep watch on the building from afar. You can accost the guy on his way home.
>>38202355>[ ] Leave, keep watch on the building from afar. You can accost the guy on his way home.
>>38202355>Or when he gets home
>>38202355>[X] Leave, keep watch on the building from afar. You can accost the guy on his way home.
>>38202355>[ ] Eat, leave, keep watch on the building from afar. You can accost the guy on his way home.If we're gonna wait, might as well have a date before our stakeout.
>>38202355>Leave, keep watch on the building from afar. You can accost the guy on his way home.I feel the last choice will lead us to one of those family events, also I suspect it'd be trivial to taserhands stealth him in a street. We have a pretty decent interrogator in the form of laura.
>>38202355>>[ ] Leave, keep watch on the building from afar. You can accost the guy on his way home.if we dont get an opportunity then go with >[ ] Or when he gets home.
>>38202385No way man, never make things that personal. You don't go after a guy when he's at home with family.
>>38202355>[ ] Find the manager, taserhands him and drag him outside.We got shit to do.
>>38202355Don't forget to get some fortune cookies on the way out! You never know what they'll tell you!
>>38202355>Leave, watch the building from afar. You can acost the guy on his way home.Are we going to pull a "Swear to me!" scenario? I think we might.
>>38202355Have our meal, then:>[ ] Leave, keep watch on the building from afar. You can accost the guy on his way home.No point wasting food.
>>38202401Also we have hobo experience in accosting people.
>>38202421Fortune cookie reads>Beware the Moon
>>38202431But we want answers, not pocket change.
>>38202412Hey, he is going after someone elses family. His family is fair game.Child kidnapers can't use the "I have wife and children" excuse.
>>38202454Oh We will get answers...
>>38202355>[ ] Eat, Leave, keep watch on the building from afar. You can accost the guy when he closes.
>>38202462Unless hes just a low level under orders.
>>38202454Yes, but we still have the experience of dragging/cornering dudes into alleys. Oh god, Batman catching us interrogating a man in an alleyway would be hilarious.
>>38202489I'm sure Peter would understand.
>>38202489>Moon Knight, JJ and Spidey all on same guy.
>>38202516We should get our new hero mentor to teach Lunar Lizard how to interrogate. I'm sure Moon Knight would love to
Can't we just call phantom/silver/moon and ask whose territory/safe house is this? Or just ask local tough guys.>>38202487If you are following orders of child kidnapers, you are still kidnapping children.
>>38202590Hes a manager, hes already lower management at a minimum.
>>38202574That'd be cool.
>>38202590Yes, but it does not mean that said person deserves his life fucked up because he did what a guy with a hell of allot of money, goons, guns and a nasty reputation concerning knee caps said to do.Interrogate him? fine, but don't drag his kids and wife into it if you do not have to.
>>38202590This is probably Mr.Negative territory he's probably behind this
>>38202678Probably, I'm glad we stole his occult tablet thingy.
>>38202667Don't think the majority of people here or JJ would want to do that.
>>38202709We may consider shopping through his magic goodies next time. We showed a lot of self control last time, but we were a lizard on a mission then.
>>38202678>Gang leaders granddaughter is kidnapped in the middle of a gang war>Trail leads to china townOf coarse this is Mr Negative. He's in charge of the triad. And china town is definitely triad territory.
>>38202667Well, we can always just say to him:"You know, if you're not going to cooperate, we can just let the Maggia handle this dead end. No doubt they'd be interested to know that the traces of the girl ended at your doorstep."
>>38202740Good. But the convo started with:>>38202462So that's why this discussion happened.
>>38202743I don't trust any of that shit to not completely fuck us over. There's probably a good reason why most of that shit is being kept on private display rather than being used for super-villainy.
>>38202784Very valid interrogation method. But i think he will squeal when we dangle him from a rooftop.
>>38202760Lol no its clearly Fu Manchu
>>38202807CJ basically said it was all mystic traps and monkeys paw.Those gewgaws are not worth the time and hassle.
>>38202817I doubt we need to. Managerial types would do anything to avoid being the person who ends up taking the hit.
>>38202709>>38202743>>38202807>>38202834Crusty confirmed that the sword belonged to King Author. So they weren't ALL traps. But, I think the book was the Necronomicon or some shit. So it's a good thing we didn't take that.
>>38202862remind me, what did the book look like?
>>38202807Well you don't see many collectors using their collection to add more pieces. He doesn't seem like a magic-themed villain, so he might not even know how to use them. Also I am fully aware of how much metaphysical bad-touch is in there, The Right Hand of Doom was an option last time.
>>38202893I think it was the one made of human leather
>>38202893Bound in leather and bones if I remember correctly?
>>38202893Not the same guy, but I think we guessed it was bound in human skin while just glancing over the room. We had lower senses back then.
When do we get to ask the chinese man where Harvey Dent is?
>(1/2)>[X] Watch/wait.You decide on a good old-fashioned stakeout – just like you did at the orphanage, way back when Layla had just met you guys and was like 60-70% more of a butt. This has nothing to do with the fact that this particular approach allows you to sit back, relax, and enjoy an extremely greasy meal. That’s just a side-effect of the logical choice. You leave the place feeling thoroughly sated, your flesh warm and your belly full. Even the knowledge that the kitchen is literally right next to some kind of kidnapper dungeon hole does little to mitigate that. >Hunger Level: 2Laura picks out a roof on the opposite side of the street, and you carry her up, the shrouding the two of you from sight. She’s almost ridiculously light – you can feel her pulse, smell her, taste the heat that runs from her body, but her presence in your arms is that of a fragile, ghostly being. Seeing her tucked over one of your arms, her entire weight barely weighing upon your shoulder, you’re amazed that she can do the things she does.
>>38202743How about no?
>(2/2)The wind is merciless, raking its fingers along the rooftops. Your breath flashes in the air only for a moment before the sky rends it apart, dispersing it into the night. You feel a shiver pass through Laura’s shoulders – her jacket is a lot less puffy and huge than your coat, and, wonderful as that sweater is, it can’t provide all that much protection from New York’s brutal Januaries. That won’t do. She glances up at you, a confused look in her eyes, when you don’t put her down upon reaching the roof. Instead you just sit down with her in your lap, zipping your coat up around the both of you. She squirms for a moment, getting herself comfortable, before letting her head loll back against your chest, her eyes closed. Her breath moves slowly through her chest, rising and falling against you, its every tug seeming to bring you closer, to muddle you into one another.The night turns around you, and not for a second do you feel its bite.------------------------------------------------->HMQ 106: END>Congratulations! X-Point!>Congratulations! You're hot on the trail!>Congratulations! You have a little girl's comb in your pocket you weirdo.
>>38203137Thanks for running Crusty!>[X] Buy Taser Hands lv.2
>>38203137voting for AA
>>38203137Thanks for running crusty, always a fun read.>Bank
>>38203137>Congratulations! You have a little girl's comb in your pocket you weirdo.KekThanks for running, Crustiest of Jays.Bank
Huh, when she was kidnapped I assumed she was old enough to sit by herself, like 15 old not 'little girl old' Taser me
>>38203137Bank, thanks for running twice in one week Crusty.
>>38203137Thanks for running Crusty.
>>38203094Wait, why didn't we roll for wall crawling? It's snowy so those walls have to be slippery.
>>38203137bankAlso, please tell you you'll run sometime during the weekend? I hate coming in really late to your threads.
>>38203137Thanks for running Crusty
>>38203165>>38203194>>38203203>>38203225No prob guys, it's always a pleasure.>>3820321813. She has a bodyguard but she Oliver Queen'd him. Safe to say, he no longer has a job.Vote will be up momentarily.
>>38203271>She has a bodyguard but she Oliver Queen'd him.What?
>>38203137Thanks for running,Bank, but taser hands is fine>>38203246Practice makes perfect. The more you use a power the less you need to roll.
>>38203303She got away from him. In the TV show Arrow Oliver Queen is constantly escaping his body guard so that he can get some alone time.
>>38203303I assume either that's form of giving the slip, paid him off, or shot him with an arrow.
>>38203271How many pieces is he in? Note, both "ash" and "none" are valid responses.Also>Electrostatic cloud generation
>>38203346Ah okay.I thought Crusty meant she killed him with an arrow.
>>38203316Maybe, but our adhesive powers are pretty week. I wouldn't be surprised if they cut out while we were climbing a tall enough building or if we had to hang stationary on a ceiling for more than a few minutes.
Okay so voting WHEN VOTING you post the number and only the number, numbnuts, if I see you posting some green ass shit or some full stops or some quotes that shit will not fly, not ever, that shit is entirely land-based.Anyway.Post,>1 for ELECTROSTATIC TOUCH>2 for ADHESIVE TOUCH>3 for ANIMAL AFFINITY>4 to BANKI'm watching you. You specifically.
next time we get 3 X pointsand then all hell breaks loose
>>38203487Try again tiger
>>38203487This is really not my day.
Well vote again numbskull there is still time.
>>38203571Really not your day m8
So what's everyone banking their shekels for?Kinesics or bust.
>>38203492>>38203520Such dedication. You guys remind me of the niggers dude from Unsounded threads.What I mean is, I really value your input.
>>38203621Shit, I went to make food and missed the vote.
>>38203633That niggers guy was really off his game this morning, I was so disappointed.
>>38203626I'm banking on factional warfare
>>38203626I voted for Adhesive 2, but I'm going for OFB 3, Wings 3 or Kinesics.
>>38203633Clearly you need to write a thread where we meet Shadow Cat and find her skills so useful that JJ declares her powers to be the best.
OFB, Wings, and Kinesics should come to a consensus right now on what we all want.
>>38203568>>38203571Yep. I reiterate >>38203544I chuckled. Is it still schadenfreude if it's yourself?
>>38203684you'd need split personalities for that
>>38203626Well, I really think we need to upgrade one of our weapons before we take on the Negative Crew (or whoever) better not be Kingpin, fo I guess OFBs? I really wanted a reliable taser to take dudes down without killing them but what can you do?
BANK WINS.The bank always wins.>>38203647Shit, I know, I felt a little empty inside when I realized he'd missed the first post.>>38203671You've seen her, very briefly.
>>38203683For me it's Kinesics > Wings > OFB, in that order.Kinesics first because it's an extrapolative too good to get locked out of.Wings because we only really need to get it to rank 3.Then OFB, because powering that up to at least Rank 4 would be pretty damn useful for the ability to bend shots in mid-flight.
>>38203684Self-deprecating humor is a thing, it's either that or emotional masochism.
>>38203683I'm just going to vote what I want and go to bed.
>>38203684Laughing off your mistakes is a defense mechanism skellinguy
>>38203742You gonna answer some questions on ask.fm, Crusty?
>>38203742People really want that rainbow semen.
>>38203771Oh shit I forgot that existed.Yeah I'll get on that. Later.
>>38203742We saw Kitty at Pete's school, but did we meet her in Shadow Cat mode? Like actually doing power stuff?
>>38203742Thank you for the thread citizen
>>38203798>Oh shit I forgot that existed.Seriously?
Optic Force Blasts [level 3]>At this level, JJ’s force beams can smash reinforced materials and cause significant damage to bones and deep tissue. The beam can be widened to a meter. If shot in standard or lower width, the beams may change direction at one point in their flight.Wings [level 3]>At this level, JJ’s arms remain intact, and instead he may spontaneously grow a set of enormous wings from his back.Sub dermal Bioweave [level 3]>The strengthening of JJ’s soft tissues continues, making it possible for bullets and other high-powered forms of damage to be slowed significantly before they wreak too much havoc on JJ’s internalsHealing Vitae>This ability bestows curative properties upon JJ’s blood. Imbibing his blood cells can temporarily boost the capability for healing in a person up to one level below his current Healing Factor level.Help I can't decide!
>>38203838Just vote for all of them.
>>38203838Then pick Kinesics instead.
>>38203838OFB would be really good against Kimura. Wings 3 need to happen eventually.
>>38203876>OFB would be really good against Kimura.Not at level 3 it wouldn't.
>>38203838>ENHANCED KINESICS [Cost: 3]>JJ’s senses become attuned to the fine details of human locomotion. He becomes capable of accurately predicting a person’s mood and immediate actions based on the subtle flexes and tensions of their physiology. In some cases this ability can reveal more than just mood, and stops just short of reading another person’s mind.>and stops just short of reading another person’s mind.By itself, this ability is great. Combined with Senses 5 it's absolutely incredible. JJ would be able to read every single subtlety in a person's expression, their posture, their heart rate, etcetera. This would not only help with combat, but would probably provide a significant edge in negotiating with people (and considering we usually have JJ at least try to talk things out, it's a god-send).
>>38203896Well I know 4 would just wreck her, I think 3 would cause some serious damage that we could follow up with something else.>>38203916There's also this. Fuck.
>>38203933I don't think it would.I will ask on the ask.fm, though, so check that for the answer.
>>38203857The only problem with Kinesics is that I feel like JJ is overspecializing in hand to hand fighting. What happens if JJ has to fight Warmachine or for some reason Joyce. JJ's current level of Claws can cut through steel but not the titanium alloys Warmachine and Iron man are make of. Or Joyce's armor. Basically we need some anti-tank abilities.
>>38203961It probably wouldn't hurt her, but she would be flung pretty far. She's got no special grounding ability or anything that would keep her feet planted.>>38203973You act as though Kinesics can only aid in hand-to-hand combat. It can also aid tremendously in avoidance and predicting where a person is going to move (combined with Geointuitive Vision, this could make JJ much more accurate with his force blasts).
>>38203973Kinesics really shines at talking to people (reading expressions & body language) which is something we do more of. Doesn't hurt to be good at cqc though.
>>38204034That too. Long term having some heavy artillery might be useful, but I don't think any of us are really trying to push JJ in a direction that would put him in the crosshairs of someone like Warmachine. Kinesics has many useful everyday applications that more offensively-oriented abilities do not.
>>38203973>>38204014 has the right of it. Also, I want Neuroelectrovision later, which means at least one more level of Electrostatic Touch. And Electrostatic Touch is easy to turn into a ranged ability now. Just get some conductive wire with a conductive anchor on the end and throw it at somebody from a bullshit angle so they can't dodge it, then apply taserhands to the wire.
>>38203933>Well I know 4 would just wreck herNo. In the comics, Hellion blasted Kimura with everything he had. Hit her so hard she flew over 27 miles. She landed in crater unharmed. No amount of physical force can hurt her. The only way we could kill her with OFB would be to launch her into space and let her suffocate to death.>>38204014Kinesics wont work on Warmachine or Ironman since JJ can't see them under the armor.
>>38204133>Just get some conductive wire
No love for counterpolarity.Sad.
>>38204210>>38204209Pfft thought of the same thing.
>>38204199What about focusing to hear their heart beat or the movement of their limbs under the armor?In any event, most of the enemies JJ would be facing won't be wearing Iron Man tier armor. I tend to prioritize abilities with non-combat applications before combat oriented ones anyway.
>>38204133>Lasso to the neck>Electro-GarroteDo Want.
>>38204209>>38204210>>38204228I can't believe I forgot about that show.
>>38204346You with agility 5 and EMM he could potentially go Chinese Electric Batman route in terms of fighting style. And I kinda want that.
>>38204422He'd need at least Rank 3 Electrostatic to be American Electric Lizardman.
>>38203916this would be great for winning poker games at the Tabbycat
>>38204698That would be a great way to get killed.