Become The Vampire 34You wash off as quickly as you can while getting rid of as much of Presence's slime as possible, and as you rush out you throw on your skater outfit for lack of better casual attire. You manage to make it to the bus stop just in time to watch it pull away, cursing under your breath. You sit down at the bus stop and wait, fingers crossed that you'll make it on time....You make it to the karaoke bar with about a minute to spare, but Sammy is already there when you arrive. You said you were just hanging out, but she's gotten dressed up for the evening anyway, wearing a white dress and a denim jacket and styling her hair with more effort than just “wear it in a style that hides her ears”. She waves at you as you get close, smiling and walking over.“Did you run all the way here or did I take your breath away?”She smirks a bit and blushes. You get the feeling she's been waiting to use that line after hearing it from a member of the track team. Life goal achieved, it seems.>Character sheethttp://pastebin.com/YMGdCy7Q>RulesSame system as Become The Dragon Quest. If you don't know what that is, it's best of three d20 rolls. I name a stat that sums up what you're trying to do, and if I don't name a relevant skill, you try to fill in the blank based on what you're trying to accomplish. “Break open the door” might be Strength based, but if you've been playing baseball after school and there's a lead pipe nearby, you could apply your Baseball skill to the roll. A 20 on the die is a crit threat, and if either of the other two rolls is 20 or higher after mods, it's a critical. A crit fail is when you have two or more 1s. So far this system has worked out well enough. We'll get into combat rules as needed, but in basic terms you have wounds, not HP, and the worse the wounds, the more penalties you accrue while doing other things.Most Important Rule:Have fun.
>I was almost late and I didn't want to disappoint so I ran>Athena wanted a hug goodbye before I left and wouldn't let go>My poltergeist decided to slime me right before I got to the door>Can it be both? You're looking good tonight.>What can I say? You leave me breathless.>Other (write-in)
>>44962286>>Can it be both? You're looking good tonight.Though you are always breathtaking
>>44962293>>Can it be both? You're looking good tonight.
>>44962293>>44962341Fuck it, this is corny enough to work.
You smile at her and straighten up a bit, trying to control your breathing.“Can it be both? I mean, I did just run to get here, but you're always breathtaking. You're looking good tonight, Sammy.”She blushes brighter and punches your shoulder with a smile.“Flatterer. Come on, I already booked us a room. They're having a couples night tonight, so I got us a discount. We've just gotta act the part while we get to the room.”She grabs your hand and pulls you along towards the karaoke bar, and you suddenly think you know what this is. Things have been rough, you said you'd need time to figure things out, so this is a “not-date”. Jennifer is beyond your reach right now and Sammy thinks she doesn't have any other rivals, so she's making her move to see where you stand with her. It's a test. Either that or you're so used to reading too much into things that it's happening automatically now.As you head into the building Sammy latches onto your arm, resting her head on your shoulder as you walk past the counter and towards the stairs. She smiles and waves at the man behind the counter, and he waves back with a soft chuckle before going back to his newspaper.“Have fun, kids. You've got two hours on the clock, but I'll give you a five minute warning in case you need to tidy up.”Sammy turns scarlet.“B-Barry, we're here to sing, not... not anything like that!”Barry shrugs slightly.“None of my business either way, so long as I'm being paid.”>Keep walking>Totally unrelated, is there a condom dispenser in the bathroom?>What sort of girl do you take her for?>You mean we're not doing that, Sammy? I have been deceived!>Start singing a bawdy song>Other (write-in)
>>44962709>>Start singing a bawdy song
>>44962709>Other (write-in)Sing some taylor swift
You keep your mouth shut and keep walking, letting Sammy lead you towards the stairs and up to the room she reserved, third on the left on the second floor. She pushes open the door and heads inside, and you take a moment to look around as you enter. Dim lighting, a hatch in the wall leading to a dumbwaiter for ordering food and drinks, a telephone to call down to the desk for more time or to send stuff up, and half the room is the stage for the performances. Sammy makes herself comfortable on the couch, flipping through the catalog, a book about an inch thick.“There's a lot of stuff to choose from. Do you wanna go first or should I?”You sit beside her and look at the book. The first half is organized by artist, and the second half by genre. Sammy is currently looking through the track list for a band called Nightwish. She passes it to you after jotting down the code for one of the songs, and you skim through it while trying to decide if you want to take the first swing at bat.>Make Sammy go first>Step up and sing something>Other (write-in)
>>44962941>Step up and sing somethinghttps://youtu.be/-LdYXYNtPJI
>>44962941>>Make Sammy go firstI love Nightwish, Planet Hell is an awesome song
>>44962941>Step up and sing something
>>44962941>>Step up and sing somethinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOg5VxrRTi0c'mon boys, are you even trying?
>>44962941>otherAtempt to get up and fall over out of clumsiness. I extend my arms to break my fall and both my wrists snap from the weight.We spend the next 16 hours in a waiting room in the hospital.
>>44963011We should definitely sing this
>>44963011Boy, you got my vote.
>>44963011I... I can't not. You got first to three, and it's... It's just so perfect.
>>44963011I guess if we're being punny, we'll go all out punny.
Schmooze roll, +2Speed roll, +2Rock it
Rolled 20 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44963067Schmooze
Rolled 20 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44963052Truely, this is my proudest moment>>44963067Schmooze roll
Rolled 19 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44963067Schmooze
Rolled 17 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44963067Speed
Rolled 3 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44963067Speed>>44963086>>44963090>>44963091Oh my god this is gonna be glorious
Rolled 10 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44963067Speed
Rolled 19 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44963067Speed
>>44963090>>44963086NEVERMIND THIS ISAHAHAHAHA
>>44963102Right?! Not much singing going on tonight
>>44963086>>44963090>>44963091WHAT'S WITH THESE HIGH SCHMOOZE ROLLS?!
>>44963102Oh, we critted the schmooze, but remember it's first 3 rolls. So >>44963085 not >>44963091
>>44963135YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH
>>44963127>>44963130Son, we are Gene Kelly rebornhttps://youtu.be/rmCpOKtN8ME
>>44963157It's not like it changes anything. A crit is a crit is a crit, there's no rules for all three rolls being in the critical threshold.
>>44963157The third wouldn't make a bit of difference, system-wise.
>>44963086>>44963090Oliver confirmed for levels in Bard. No wonder the ladies are all over him.
>>44963221Can we make this canon?>>44963168It fits, especially with all the puns.
>>44963221Does THIS give us some points in our Schmooze stat?
>>44963221Magic... smooth-talking... an aversion to physical fighting unless we can stack the odds....oh yeah, we're a Goddamn Bard
>>44963272We got a point in schmooze a couple threads ago. We should get Singing as a skill.Maybe we can take lessons from the sirens in the pool.
>>44963272No, but it gives you points in singing and dancing for sure.
>>44963288>>44963308So now we're Monk1/Bard1/Wiz1?Harem path confirmed.
You close the book carefully after memorizing the code and smile at Sammy.“I'll go first, if you don't mind. I've got just the thing in mind.”You walk up to the stage and enter the code for Hungry Like the Wolf, taking a moment to brace yourself. You've never actually sung before an audience before, and it's a bit intimidating, but you're committed to doing your best. Besides, you were prepared for embarrassing yourself from the very beginning. The music starts, the screen lights up and displays the lyrics, and you begin to sing.The reaction is almost instantaneous, and Sammy groans a bit the moment she recognizes the tune, but when she hears your voice the disdain leaves her face, and she stares at you. You grab the microphone and start to move around the stage a bit, getting into the groove of things. You guess she likes your voice or something? Or it's so bad that she's in shock. You decide to pull out all the stops and dance like there's no tomorrow.As the song ends and you put the microphone back on its stand you walk off the stage. Sammy looks a bit dazed, and as you sit down she rubs her eyes and looks at you. You raise an eyebrow and recline with a smile.“What, was it that bad or something?”Sammy shakes her head.“Oliver, that was... that was amazing! I didn't know you could sing like that!”She smiles, then blushes.“There's no way I'm going to be able to follow up after that one though... I'm not that great. I was actually hoping you'd be as bad as me so we could joke around about it.”>Offer to sing duets with her>I'll enjoy it either way, does it matter?>Would you rather I just put on a show for you?>Other (write-in)-Singing increased to +1!Dancing increased to +1!
>>44963351>>Offer to sing duets with her>>I'll enjoy it either way, does it matter?40 claps.
>>44963168We can't be Gene Kelly, we don't have a Fred Astaire to get into trouble with.>>44963351>Offer to sing duets with her
>>44963351>>Would you rather I just put on a show for you?
>>44963351>Offer to sing duets with her
>>44963351>Offer to sing duets with her>I'll enjoy it either way, does it matter?
>>44963351>>Offer to sing duets with herduets are cutechicks love duets
>>44963351>Offer to sing duets with herLet's step it up with some acapella.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uOhCWvovSE
Schmooze roll plus Singing, +3Speed roll plus Dancing, +3
Rolled 9 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44963441Schmooze
Rolled 12 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44963441Schmooze
Rolled 13 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44963441Speed
Rolled 14 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44963441Speed
Rolled 9 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44963441Schmooze roll plus Singing
Rolled 15 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44963441Speed
>>44963454>>44963479>>44963486>>44963487these double rolls....
>>44963518The RNG isn't true random. This happens all the time. It's a bit better for d6, but not much.
>>44963441QM ded? Or stepbrother issues?Unrelated but funny.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-smiZCXFeps
>>44963986Well, large parts of the east coast where he lives are being devoured by a blizzard, which is probably what cancelled his job yesterday, might have to shovel snow.
>>44964065ConfirmedWe're getting backslapped again here in Virginia
>>44964065He's british, does he even know how to operate a snow shovel?
>>44964105Stay safe and warm, anon.
>>44964126That's why it's taking him so long.
>>44964126It was a lot of trial and error. Mostly error. Also my feet are cold. Typing now.
On another note: Here's a duet we should dohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaKeYNS0-DI
>>44964105Maryland here, it's fucking miserable outhope it ends soon for us, my East Coast Bretheren
>>44964154I sorta figured you were just throwing tea on it and melting it away.
>>44964317Why waste a good cuppa?
You open the book up.“Then let's sing something together, that way we can both have fun together without worrying about who's better or worse.”Sammy nods and smiles a bit.“I'd like that a lot, actually. That sounds like fun.”You take turns picking out songs and load the set list into the machine before taking the stage together. It seems like Sammy likes a good bit of rock and heavy metal, and you don't know all the songs she puts on, but you have fun with it anyway, particular when she puts on a song called Wish I Had An Angel and you get to just rock out with her.For most of your songs Sammy struggles to keep up, so towards the end you swap out some of your songs for more of hers so that she can enjoy herself more. The inclusion of Phantom of the Opera strikes you as funny because of Jennifer, but you can't really explain your chuckle to Sammy so you dodge her question by implying that you weren't sure she'd like that sort of song.“I grew up loving musicals, and Phantom was the first one that really got to me. I guess I really felt like the Phantom growing up, before I went to school...”As you get through your duets, Sammy finally seems to be coming into her own, and as you sit down after a solid hour of singing and dancing, pleasantly tired from the experience, Sammy orders some drinks.“What do you want? I'm gonna get some soda.”>Soda's fine with me>Just water>Let's get some snacks going and relax a bit>If they do dinner, let's have a meal and unwind>Other (write-in)
>>44964328Pic related>>44964349>Just water
>>44964349>>If they do dinner, let's have a meal and unwind
>>44964349>>Soda's fine with me>>Let's get some snacks going and relax a bit
>>44964349>Soda's fine with me>Let's get some snacks going and relax a bit
>>44964366>>44964373>>44964389Why just water?
>>44964406Healthier, and Oliver's had a long day.
>>44964406Got to quench that thirst.
>>44964317The stove isn't working, so I can't boil water.>>44964366I really like the story of the Boston Tea Party, personally, mostly because it was a bunch of American cosplayers raiding a bunch of English ships and, rather than burning them or stealing them, they just chucked tea into the harbor as a political statement. I love it.
>>44964406Paranoia. Things have been going too well.
You shrug a bit.“Just water for me. With ice.”Sammy nods and relays your order over the phone, as well as requesting some onion rings. She flips through the book a bit and scoots closer to you.“What should we do next? We've got another hour here, or we could go somewhere else. I mean, the next hour is free because of the couple's night thing, so it's not like we'd be wasting any money or anything.”>Let's sing for a bit>I wanna just chill and talk>Let's head somewhere else>Other (write-in)
>>44964502>I wanna just chill and talkWhy don't you like Athena?
>>44964502>I wanna just chill and talk
>>44964502>>I wanna just chill and talk>>44964523we don't know that she doesn't like her specifically, she's probably just uncomfortable
>>44964502>>I wanna just chill and talkSo how's life treating you now Sammy?>>44964523Daughteru came out of nowhere, she doesn't dislike her, just uncomfortable because she's not ready to be a mom is my guess.
>>44964557>>44964536How could that be? Our daughter is the sweetest thing ever. I understand, but I think Oliver would feel that way about it.
>>44964592Look, he might have +0 to Smart, but he's not a total idiot.Even HE couldn't miss that suddenly having a child around is a little offputting for one's maybe-SO, even if she is made of puretonium.
>>44964592Oliver has a very good sense of Empathy, and Sammy's been coming around.
Also the fact that we made her with another woman.
>>44964625>>44964630Parents are also often blind where their children are concerned, especially new parents. Believe me, I've seen it, many times.>>44964687That's an obvious point I felt didn't need to be mentioned.
>>44964727Often isn't always and Oliver is a bit weird
>>44964727Did we even go about explaining how she was created or were we just likeWe we're just alone in a room and it happened.
“I wanna just chill out for a bit and talk.”Sammy nods slightly and sets down the book. The drinks arrive and she sips her soda while you have some water to soothe your throat. You're about to try to broach the question about Athena when Sammy speaks up.“I've been meaning to ask you, about your... daughter. How exactly did she... um. Who did you... I mean, she's pretty close to our age, is she... from the future or something? Does she... know who her mother is? You said something about a golem core when you introduced us, but... that's pretty vague.”>She was a simple golem, now she's a lot more. Technically Professor Fenright is her other parent.>Yep, she's from the future, but she told me she won't spoil who her mother is.>Is that what's been bugging you this whole time?>She's not my biological daughter. It's more like adoption.>I've been shacking up with my roommate. Sorry.>Other (write-in)
>>44964787I honestly don't remember. I think we just said "hey, this is my daughter, Athena." And Andrea immediately got along with her.
>>44964807>She was a simple golem, now she's a lot more. Technically Professor Fenright is her other parent.But she's made from my blood and soul. He's just helped with the technical bits.
>>44964807>>She was a simple golem, now she's a lot more. Technically Professor Fenright is her other parent.Inb4 she gets yaoi thoughts.Just be through.
>>44964807>>She was a simple golem, now she's a lot more. Technically Professor Fenright is her other parent.>Is that what's been bugging you this whole time?
>>44964807"Well me and Meliora were in a room together one night and i guesss you could say sparks flew.
>>44964807>Other (write-in) I made her by accident. Golem cores, blood magic, runework, and a healthy does of luck. I nearly died making her, but.... well, I have family again. And I love her very much.
>>44964807>Other (write-in)Meliora was working on another techno-golem and I did something stupid with core. I played with rune and blood magic and Athena was the result. I feel responsible for her and think of her as my daughter.
>>44964807>She was a simple golem, now she's a lot more. Technically Professor Fenright is her other parent.
>>44964807>She was a simple golem, now she's a lot more. Technically Professor Fenright is her other parent.>I've been shacking up with my roommate. Sorry.
>>44964807>She was a simple golem, now she's a lot more. Technically Professor Fenright is her other parent.>Is that what's been bugging you this whole time?Genetic information derived from our blood and a chunk of our soul and everything.
>>44964862"or more specifically my DNA
>>44964862This is technically true. I say we go with this first, then laugh and explain when she gets upset.
>>44964844>>44964850>>44964861I don't like the idea of admitting Fenwright has anything to do with Athena. He still thinks she's just a high-tier golem, when she's so far beyond that now it's like calling Oliver an ape. Plus, the man's a social and familial retard.
>>44964901It's unfortunately true, though. Since Mel didn't want to be mom.
>>44964901>hiding from truths you dislikeHello American politician.
>>44964944he made ONE thing, the core, and Mel even stole that from him, it's not like he gave it to us.
>>44964944Most humans do that, anon. And anon there>>44964901 isn't wrong about how Fenright views her.
>>44964966IF you steal and fertilize and egg the child is still biologically the parent.>>44964973Your point? Even Athena sees him as her other dad.
>>44964966Technically speaking the cores were all made by the math teacher, combining the code Fenright wrote with magic to form the basis for further golem construction work.
>>44964966Think that's what the technically is supposed to be about.
>>44964999See? If anything he's more like... her grandfather.Huh, we have got to stop killing family, even if they are extended. Mom, Dad, and now the Math Teacher.
>>44964999we needed Melioras..... Coding so to speak
>>44964966And Mel replaced the core code with her own. Really, Athena should have viewed Mel as her mom, but I think Mel's initial protests upset her.>>44964999But Athena doesn't have Fenright's code, she has the code Meliora wrote.
>>44965040Only about half of it. It was a joint effort
>>44965039Agreed. >>44965040>>44965060Yea. Fenright really shouldn't have been viewed as dad there. That's bothered me this whole time.
>>44965051We are officially debating the geneology of our accidental humonculous super-daughteru.God I love this quest.
>>44965089I'll give that he's a grandpa
I can't remember, did we ever find out if we could make Athena a vampire after we turn? She could be our Seras Victoria
You nod a bit and finish your glass of water, setting it down and turning to her.“Athena used to be a security golem for the school. Meliora was upgrading her and I tampered with her core a bit for fun, and a series of accidents, a bit of rune magic and a near-death experience later, Athena came into being. Her soul is a rough copy of my own, her body is based on my genetic code, and I see her as my daughter. Whether or not it's true or not isn't really important to me.”Sammy looks a little relieved at first, but then her expression turns to one of concern.“I get that you feel responsible for her, but you have to consider your own future too. Make sure that you're finding the right balance for yourself, alright? I don't want to see you turn into Professor Fenright or anything...”You smirk a bit.“Yeah, I guess so. I'm still figuring it out. I'm not gonna go that far, but she's important to me. She's family. I hope that you'll respect that.”Sammy nods and smiles.“Of course. I was just... I guess I was worried that she was proof we'd never work out... I mean, she doesn't look anything like me.”You nod, and then briefly consider Athena's appearance. She doesn't look much like your dad, but that means Athena looks like a younger version of your mom, mostly. You find the notion kind of disconcerting, but not enough to really change anything. Sammy curls up against your side and sighs.“Sorry for acting weird around her.”>All is forgiven. Hug?>It's not me you need to apologize to.>I still haven't made up my mind, but when I do, you'll know. I wouldn't spring it on you like that.>Other (write-in)
>>44965167>>I still haven't made up my mind, but when I do, you'll know. I wouldn't spring it on you like that.
>>44965167>It's not me you need to apologize to.>>I still haven't made up my mind, but when I do, you'll know. I wouldn't spring it on you like that.
>>44965167>>All is forgiven. Hug?>>It's not me you need to apologize to.
>>44965167>All is forgiven. Hug?>It's not me you need to apologize to.
>>44965167>I still haven't made up my mind, but when I do, you'll know. I wouldn't spring it on you like that.
>>44965167>>All is forgiven. Hug?>>It's not me you need to apologize to.Forgive, make up, solve curse. A solid, totally normal, three-step plan.
You pull her close, squeezing her gently.“I'll forgive you, no problems there. But you'll need to apologize to Athena, too.”Sammy nods, closing her eyes and snuggling up against your chest, the back of her dress lifting slightly as her tail appears and starts to wag.“Alright, I will. Maybe we can head to your room later and I'll apologize to her then.”She smiles up at you.“I like that we're kind of back to normal though. I like being like this with you, instead of weird and distant. It's nice.”She blushes a bit and hesitates, before leaning up and closing her eyes, moving in for a kiss.>Kiss her>Still making up my mind, Sammy>Turn your face so she kisses your cheek, then peck her on the cheek in return>Other (write-in)
>>44965167We shoul also let her know that we made some small steps towards a possible solution to her dad's curse
>>44965300>Still making up my mind, Sammy
>>44965300>>Kiss herYou got keess de gurl!
>>44965300>>Kiss herfinally, back to normal... ish
>>44965300>Still making up my mind, SammyWe've only been here 12 days, please stop trying to commit us to her.
>>44965339Rolling to see if a crab starts a musical number
Also, is there a better auto refresh setting than the default 4chan one? I'd like to see updates as they happen without babysitting the f5 key. especially with the first to 3 this quest has going
>>44965300>Still making up my mind, SammyDon't lead her on.
>>44965300>Kiss herGo big or go home
>>44965300>Still making up my mind, SammyWe aren't claiming her.
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>44965372For some reason that autoposted in the middle of typing the roll and then 4chan exploded briefly.>>44965369Kissing a girl near the end of a nice date isn't a commitment, anon.
You kiss Sammy gently, and after a few moments she pulls back, face red and smiling cheerfully, tail wagging furiously behind her. She moves her hands to your chest as she sits on your lap.“So... should we keep singing, or...? I mean, we've got some privacy, we could just cuddle for a while. What do you feel like doing?”Her hands slide up to your shoulders and she rests her head at the crook of your neck.>Let's sing for a bit longer>Cuddles>What do I feel like doing? You.>How about dinner somewhere?>Let's head out and do something else>Other (write-in)
>>44965420It is to her. Remember she's not human, and doesn't have human cultural values.She wants us to marry her.
>>44965440>>How about dinner somewhere?hijinks!
>>44965440>Let's sing for a bit longer
>>44965440>>How about dinner somewhere?make a date-night of this not-date
>>44965450Biting her ear is a commitment, kissing has no werewolf cultural equivalent.
>>44965440>Let's sing for a bit longerMake her sing.
>>44965440>>How about dinner somewhere?Yes, food time!
>>44965440>CuddlesCuddle the wolfu
>>44965480Being intimate with her, after already having a public claim on her is definitely sending a message, anon.
>>44965440>How about dinner somewhere?
>>44965523That we're romantically interested in her?
>>44965585If you're bound and determined to go that way, then sure. But you're gonna get opposition from the jenniferfags and the anons who think Oliver shouldn't be committing to anyone, and those two anons who don't want any wolves.
>>44965651>the anons who think Oliver shouldn't be committing to anyoneI am one of those anons.You're being a fuckhead.Saying all intimacy is commitment is completely idiotic and if I thought that way the better classification would be as an anon who thinks that anything tangentially related to romance should be avoided anyway.
You shrug slightly and give her a brief hug.“Let's make the most of this. How about a few more songs? Feel like singing something on your own for me?”Sammy shifts on your lap a bit.“I think I could work up the confidence to do that...”She turns around and faces away from you, hiding the song book from you while she picks out something to sing, glancing over her shoulder at you and smiling before plugging in a code and heading for the stage.“This one goes out to my lovely audience.”She laughs a bit before taking a deep breath.“Can anybody... find me... somebody too... love.”Queen. She put on Queen's Somebody To Love, and as the song begins to pick up she starts to own the stage. She sways to the music, drifting back and forth and pouring her heart into every note. When the guitar solo begins she grabs the microphone stand and pretends to play along, yanking her hair tie out and letting her hair down, gently banging her head to the rhythm before moving back into singing, standing at the edge of the stairs and sliding down to her knees as the music grows quiet. She croons into the microphone gently, getting back to her feet slowly for the big finish, tipping her head back and hitting the high notes perfectly. When the song comes to an end she sets the microphone on its stand, blushing and smiling at you.“How was it...?”>Another. Right now, keep it going, that was great.>Take a seat, you've earned it.>Not bad. Not bad at all.>Other (write-in)
>>44965725>Take a seat, you've earned it.
>>44965725>Another. Right now, keep it going, that was great.
>>44965725>>Take a seat, you've earned it.and we play Don't stop me now in retort
>>44965725>Another. Right now, keep it going, that was great.Fuck you captcha, I can't tell the difference between rivers and lakes when there's only one shore.
>>44965725>>Take a seat, you've earned it.she's pretty uncomfortable in the limelight, guys
>>44965725>>Take a seat, you've earned it.
You smirk at her.“That was great. Keep it going, put on another song.”Sammy nods, she grabs the book, loading in a few more songs and singing her way through “In The Air Tonight”, a song called “Full Moon” by a band called Sonata Arctica, and “Bloody Creature Poster Girl” by someone you've never heard of before. There's a pretty big contrast between songs, but at least she ordered them so the transition would be a bit smoother. She seems to finally be enjoying herself up on the stage, and she immediately grabs the book with a smile as she sits back down.“So, your turn? Or should I keep going? I'm starting to have a lot of fun with this...”>One more duet, then dinner>I'll have a go while you pick something else out>Keep going if you want, I'm having fun>Other (write-in)
>>44965725Welp, I'm seduced.
>>44966024>>Keep going if you want, I'm having funYou're very good at this
>>44966024>One more duet, then dinner
>>44966024>Keep going if you want, I'm having fun
>>44966024>>I'll have a go while you pick something else outBohemian Rhapsody and Somebody to love
>>44966024>Other (write-in)Sing "Bad Things" by Jace Everett .
>>44966024>>One more duet, then dinner
>>44966024>Other (write-in)If we go sing again, let's sing some dresden dolls.
“Keep going if you like, I'm having fun just watching and listening. You put on quite a show.”Sammy's tail wags and she smiles at you, and you briefly check your phone. You've got maybe half an hour, and from the way Sammy is fussing with the machine she's about to burn through the rest of your time with her next set. You sit back and watch as she sings a few more rock songs, but halfway through her last one a timer goes off, and the machine turns off. Sammy sighs and sits down beside you.“Do we want to pay for some more time then? Or should we head out?”>Dinner>My place>Your place>Arcade>Let's pay for more time and just hang here>Pay for another hour, more singing>Other (write-in)
>>44966309>>>DinnerWe said we were going to get some.
>>44966309>>DinnerIs it racist to get a doggy bag before we leave the restaurant?
>>44966391Only if Sammy doesn't carry it out with her mouth.
>>44966504Honestly, I think it's the sorta thing a trash character like her would do.
>>44966609Oh shut up with the Sammy hate.
>>44966609 good. I love trash characters.
>>44966640No. All the Wolves a shit.
“Let's get something to eat somewhere.”You get to your feet and Sammy starts straightening her hair with a nod, latching onto your arm once her ears are concealed and smiling cheerfully. As you head out of the karaoke bar she starts to hum softly, moving a bit closer to you.“I'm thinking pizza.”You nod slightly.“Pizza sounds fine to me. Know anywhere around here that's good?”Sammy nods and points down the street.“There's a little place down this way that does the best pizza I've ever had. It's deep dish pizza, which not everyone likes, but they do other stuff too. We could split a small pie from there.”Sammy looks like she's already about to start drooling from the mere thought, and you decide to go along with her to the pizza place. If it's as good as she says it is, it's worth checking out. As you near the shop you catch sight of Tobias and... Francine? They seem to be discussing something in hushed tones, and they're wearing black cloaks. They put their hoods up and run off into an alley, but you don't think either of them saw you.>Disregard pizza, chase occult club members>Ignore them, they're probably trying to get into the Bizarre or something equally silly>Other (write-in)
>>44966663If Sammy was that sort of trash, I'd like her. >>44966691>Disregard pizza, chase occult club members
>>44966691>Disregard pizza, chase occult club members
>>44966665Close one anon.
>>44966691>>Ignore them, they're probably trying to get into the Bizarre or something equally silly
>>44966691>>Ignore them, they're probably trying to get into the Bizarre or something equally sillynope, fuck that
>>44966691>>Disregard pizza, chase occult club membersGotta know what they're up to.
>>44966691>>Ignore them, they're probably trying to get into the Bizarre or something equally sillyJust text Tobi with "bad idea" and get pizza.
You smile at Sammy.“Order the pizza, I'll be right back, alright? I just saw something that I wanna check out.”Sammy blinks.“Uh... alright, sure. I'll see you in a minute then.”She releases you and heads for the door.“It'll be five minutes or so, so don't be long.”You nod and head for the alley, where you can hear low chanting and mumbling. Tobias and Francine are approaching a circle of people in similar robes, and Francine is offering them a suitcase full of something that you can't quite see from here.>Approach and try to get a better look>Double back, check in with Tobias later>Walk forwards without a care in the world, you totally don't know what this is about>Other (write-in)
>>44966825>Walk forwards without a care in the world, you totally don't know what this is about
>>44966825>>Double back, check in with Tobias laterwe know he dies, the other will scramble, who cares about this gutter trash?
>>44966863The one that's fated to die isn't even here.
>>44966825>>Double back, check in with Tobias later
>>44966825>Walk forwards without a care in the world, you totally don't know what this is aboutHey guys! Whatcha doin?
>>44966857>>44966888Literal retards trying to get us killed
>>44966863>gutter trashTobias is our one "normal" friend. Don't be shitty, anon.
>>44966863Isn't Toby our friiend? I though the club president name was other.
>>44966917Nah, maintaining our cover.
>>44966863>>44966886>>44966936Welp, Tobias is dead. Good job anons.
>>44966825>Double back, check in with Tobias laterThis must be related with their ritual. The one that will fail. The club president mssing around with this. Also every time i think of him i think he's Shinji from FateAlso captcha is pizza.
>>44966968What cover? There is NO cover for this.>>44967029We couldn't stop this even if we wanted. We're BADLY outnumbered and would be approaching flat footed. We'd die and he would too.Stop being a crybaby.
>>44966825>Walk forwards without a care in the world, you totally don't know what this is aboutCause there were things buying students for magic books, and bradley is totally the type that would sell toby for power
You turn and walk away. Whatever shenanigans they're getting involved in, you don't want to know about it right now. Besides, if it's anything worthwhile Tobias will be texting you before too long, or talking your ear off about it on Monday. It's not worth getting caught up in this mess in the middle of a date though.You head back to the pizza place and grab a table while Sammy places her order at the counter. The guy working the register is flirting with her pretty brazenly, and she's doing her best to politely decline without provoking him into spitting in your food or something. When he asks her if she's got a boyfriend she casts a brief glance in your direction before shaking her head.“I'm hanging out with a friend right now though, so maybe another time.”He grabs her hand and writes his number on her palm with sharpie before looking over at you and winking, turning and walking off to the kitchen. Sammy walks over to you and sits across from you, looking a touch uncomfortable and rubbing at her palm to smudge his number.“Last time I came here with Andrea he barely spoke to me, I wasn't really expecting... that.”>Enjoy the moment, let the guy behind the counter think what he likes>Kiss Sammy when he comes back>Attempt to cause a minor mishap for pizza guy. Nothing could go wrong.>Other (write-in)
>>44967094>Enjoy the moment, let the guy behind the counter think what he likes
>>44967094>>Enjoy the moment, let the guy behind the counter think what he likes
>>44967094>Attempt to cause a minor mishap for pizza guy. Nothing could go wrong.>"Man found burned alive in own pizza oven, more at 11"
>>44967094>Other (write-in)Betcha he thought you were Andrea's girlfriend
You shrug a bit and make small talk while waiting on the pizza. When the guy drops it off he tries to flirt with Sammy a bit more, but she's distracted by the food and he walks away when he realizes he's being ignored in favor of deep dish pizza. You almost feel sorry for him. Almost. You help yourself to half the pie and savor the meal in relative silence, Sammy occasionally saying something about how good the pizza is.You manage to eat your way through most of your share before you have to stop yourself, and Sammy happily devours what remains, saying something about needing the energy for later. There's going to be a midnight run tonight for the track team, complete with celebratory drinks, light hazing for new members and a group of teenagers out in the woods somewhere with alcohol and no supervision. Sammy's job is mostly going to be damage control and keeping people from hurting themselves, and she offers you an invitation to come along.“It'll be fun, but you'll be dead tired tomorrow from all the running there and back, and you probably won't sleep until sunrise either way.”>Sounds good to me>Can I bring Athena along?>I'll pass on it for now, but I'll let you know if I change my mind>Other (write-in)
>>44967316>I'll pass on it for now, but I'll let you know if I change my mind
>>44967316>>Sounds good to mesure, why not?
>>44967316>Sounds good to me
>>44967316>I'll pass on it for now, but I'll let you know if I change my mindI saw a friend from class earlier I got a bad feeling about. I wanna check on him first
>>44967316>>I'll pass on it for now, but I'll let you know if I change my mind
>>44967316>>Sounds good to me
>>44967316>Can I bring Athena along?If I can't then no. Storytime before bed is important. We don't get enough daddy-daughter time as is.
>>44967316>Sounds good to me butQm sorry about this but is the occult club ritual today? Did they even mention it to us?
>>44967448It takes place the same day we need to buff our blood magic.>>44967430>Bringing daughter along to a party where kids are drinking and possibly more.
>>44967448It's not. The ritual is on Tuesday and it's Saturday night currently. This is something different, unless they moved the day without telling you.
You politely decline the offer for now, and Sammy nods.“I figured you'd say that, but it was worth a shot. We'll be meeting in the gym near midnight, but try to get there a little early if you plan on coming so you can warm up and stretch properly, alright?”You nod and wrap up your meal together before heading out with Sammy. She sighs and smiles, taking a few steps away from you and spinning around briefly.“I'm having fun. Real fun. It's getting kinda late though. We should probably head back now so I can get ready for the run and you can do... whatever it is you've got going on.”She moves in front of you.“I'm glad we did this though. I'll see you later maybe, alright?”She kisses you firmly before turning to walk away.>See you later, maybe.>I'll walk you back to your room>You call that a kiss goodbye? Get back here.>Other (write-in)
>>44967508>I'll walk you back to your room
>>44967508>You call that a kiss goodbye? Get back here.
>>44967508>>See you later, maybe.
>>44967508>I'll walk you back to your room>You call that a kiss goodbye? Get back here.
>>44967478As opposed to being a neglectful parent and leaving her at home while we're out drinking?
>>44967584That would honestly be better than bringing her along. She'll probably be on patrol at midnight anyway.
>>44967600Eh, I disagree.
>>44967508>>I'll walk you back to your room
>>44967600Same here, daughteru is more important than anyone else. I wouldn't take her, but i wouldn't leave her at home either.
>>44967584>>44967642You're a horrible parent if you want Athena to see everyone doing "adult" things.
>>44964807>“I've been meaning to ask you, about your... daughter. How exactly did she... um. Who did you... I mean, she's pretty close to our age, is she... from the future or something? Does she... know who her mother is?>>44965167>“Of course. I was just... I guess I was worried that she was proof we'd never work out... I mean, she doesn't look anything like me.”Made me think of this. https://youtu.be/obyeTA0RXP8?t=7s
You gently grab her shoulder.“Hey now. I'm gonna walk you back to your room like a gentleman should.”Sammy smiles and nods, taking your hand and squeezing it gently.“Alright then.”You head back to her room, passing the time with idle chatter. Andrea's got her eye on a girl she's been seeing around the school here and there, but she hasn't told Sammy the details yet. She smirks a bit.“She's like a lovesick puppy... It's the first time I've ever seen her act like that.”She pauses.“I mean, I guess I have, but... Anyway, the point is she's got a crush but she won't tell me who she likes, just that she's head-over-heels. Maybe she'd tell you?”You shrug slightly.“Potentially. We're pretty much bros at this point. But if she wants to keep it a secret then I'll have to bite my tongue.”Sammy nods.“I just don't want her to feel like she has to keep it bottled up, and maybe you could help set her up on a date or something? I mean, you seem like you're pretty good at figuring out plans for that sort of thing.”By the time you reach Sammy's room she's pretty much tasked you with helping Andrea get her dream girl, and she pecks you on the cheek as you part ways, closing the door. You stand there for a few moments trying to work out what mental gymnastics led to you being her sole hope for a bright future with this girl, but the train of thought eludes you. You shrug and walk off. It's not like you wouldn't help her out anyway.>Try to contact Tobias>Head back to your room>Try to find Jennifer and see how she's doing>Text Andrea, ask her about her crush>Other (write-in)
>>44967887>Text Andrea, ask her about her crush
>>44967887>>Text Andrea, ask her about her crush
>>44967887>Text Andrea, ask her about her crushLet us help you, plant-bro-sis-sis-bro. Auntie.
>>44967887>>Try to contact TobiasToby, don't get dead.
>>44967894>>44967905>>44967926Money she's either crushing on Athena or the whole plant-thing is triggering her reproductive urges, and that's why she's spending time with Athena and us.
>>44967966Doesn't Athena look like she's 12 most of the time?
>>44967999Depends on his Andrea saw her in patrol/battle form or not.
You take out your cell phone and drop Andrea a line asking her about her crush. After about a minute you get a series of texts back.“Who told you?”“Sammy, right?”“Don't believe a word of it.”“I mean, yeah, I've got a crush, but it's no big deal.”“Alright, so it is a big deal. I spent so long spinning my wheels with Sammy that I've forgotten half of what I know about dating.”“Mind if we hang out for a bit before the midnight run?”You look at your phone as the messages pop up and imagine Andrea feverishly typing each one and sending it, completely bent out of shape over this girl. You nod solemnly to yourself. You know what you must do.>I'll be right there>I'll be at the run, so we can talk as we go>Let's chill tomorrow and discuss this in person>Other (write-in)
>>44968052>Let's chill tomorrow and discuss this in person
>>44968052>I'll be right there
>>44968052>>I'll be right there
>>44968052>>I'll be right therebro-time
>>44968052>>>I'll be right thereGot to get more gay aunts for Athena.
>>44968184speaking from experience, they send the best christmas presents.
You arrange a meeting place with Andrea and head off towards the area behind the gym. She's leaning against the wall, trying to look casual, but the expression on her face is one of someone who's barely present in the moment. You lean against the wall next to her and clear your throat, and Andrea turns to look at you.“When did you...?”You shrug slightly.“Magic. Anyway, so, this girl. You like her a lot?”Andrea nods and looks up at the sky.“Yep. It's kinda stressing me out. I mean, I kinda got over Sammy while she was working for Vanessa, so I guess now that I have closure about it I'm ready to move on, but I didn't really believe in love at first sight or anything like that until... her.”You pause for a moment and tilt your head.“You don't even know her name, do you.”Andrea smirks.“Nope. I've only ever seen her around, and whenever I get a chance to say hi she vanishes before I can even let her know I'm there.”You nod slowly.“Well, describe her.”Andrea shrugs slightly.“Where do I start? I mean... Hmm. Well, she's about my height, long hair, she's always wearing this bodysuit thing and carrying around a gun or something, which by the way is really hot, and...”As you listen to the rest of her description you come to the uncomfortable realization that she's talking about Athena in her older form. Either that or Fenright has taken to modeling the security droids after her appearance for consistency. You don't know how to tell Andrea that she might have a crush on a robot, or on your daughter.>Address the issue that she's probably crushing on your daughter>Suggest that maybe she's a security droid, you've seen a few around>Offer to help her find the person she's crushing on>Tell her you can't really help if she doesn't know who she is, leave it at that>Other (write-in)
>>44968306>Address the issue that she's probably crushing on your daughter
>>44968306>Suggest that maybe she's a security droid, you've seen a few aroundWe can't make things awkward.
>>44968306>Address the issue that she's probably crushing on your daughteroh jeeze... Andrea, you poor girl...
>>44968306>>Suggest that maybe she's a security droid, you've seen a few aroundOr worst case if Fenright hasn't remodeled them>Address the issue that she's probably crushing on your daughter
Back shortly, dinner
>>44968306[SWEATING INTENSIFIES]>Suggest that maybe she's a security droid, you've seen a few around
>>44968344>>44968378If you do that, Athena loses a friend. Better to just let her think she's crushing on a mindless thing.
>>44968306>>Address the issue that she's probably crushing on your daughter
>>44968434If we do that she'll literally kill herself.See I can say nonsensical bullshit framed as a certain consequence too.
>>44968434>lying to a friend>assuming how things will turn outAndrea is much more mature than Sammy about relationships.
>>44968434I personally think we should tell her right off the bat.
>>44968306>Address the issue that she's probably crushing on your daughterCall Andrea and ask her to have Athena meet us there.
So what wins now that there have been deletions?
>>44968683Looks like Address it. Though Andrea might not believe us unless >>44968631 happens.
>Help her find the Droid.%Guys, what do you think if we take Telluride as our +1 on Christmas party?Why we don't waifu broken soul - Presence?%Also Andreas dryad could teach us elemental magic.
>>44969138Presence gave us a handjob before we hung out with Sammy. It was horrifying, she probably made it that way on purpose.Angie's still best girl.
>>44969138That's a stupid idea.We might in the future, but at this point, I don't want to.Dryad would teach nature magic, which is a different kind of magic to elemental magic, IIRC.
>>44969138I don't think we want a demon walking around with us in the real world. Angie would be a better +1. We should at least invite her, before we ask someone else. Athena would be a good +1 too. Especially if we make her our familiar, so we can shield her and combine at will.Presence hasn't really sold herself as a compassionate npc.Dryads do nature magic, not elemental.
>>44969371>Angie would be a better +1. We should at least invite her, before we ask someone else.For the fifth fucking time, she has already told us she's busy.
>>44969397We didn't invite her. She might choose to come and get someone to cover for her instead.How does it hurt anything, anon?
Schmooze roll, +2How gently can we break this news
Rolled 11 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44969371ANGIE IS BUSY YOU FUCKING MOUTH BREATHER!>>44969440SHE'S AN ANGEL, SHE HAS TO DO HER ANGEL BUSINESS AND SHE'S THE ONLY ONE ALLOWED ON SIGHT BECUASE OF THE COMPACT.>>44969464rolling
Rolled 8 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44969464
Rolled 2 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44969464gently?
Rolled 17 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>44969464
>>44969203Fuck yeah she is! You have great taste friend.
>>44969474Why are you so angry, anon? Do you hate the idea of asking Angie that much? It's literally like 2 lines.
>>44969474>Angie, remember how I have that invite to Drac's dinner? Would you like to come with me?
>>44969530Angie already said she's going to be busy. Stop hyping her up for something she can't by her nature do because you want to waifu her. You can't possibly be this retarded waifu fag.
>>44969591>she can't by her nature doWe honestly don't know that. Hell, she might want in just to see what's going on.
>>44969617If she did, she wouldn't have immediately said she's bus
As Andrea is wrapping up her description you cut her short by placing a hand on her shoulder.“Andrea.”Andrea looks at you, confused.“What?”You hesitate.“I think I know who she is. This is going to be really weird and uncomfortable to explain though.”Andrea chuckles.“I already know about your secret crossdressing thing, Oliver. It's cool with me, be who you are deep down inside.”You roll your eyes.“I'm trying to be serious here.”Andrea nods slightly.“I'm just trying to lighten the mood before you crush my heart with whatever news you're about to drop on me.”You move your hand from her shoulder and look up at the sky.“Athena can make herself look older. More strength, greater reach, quicker reactions. She helps Meliora hunt around the school at night and keep the peace. And from what you're telling me, you've got a crush on my daughter.”Andrea whistles and looks up at the sky.“Would it be awkward if I asked if you'd be alright with me taking her out for a nice meal sometime when she's older? Or makes herself look older or whatever? You're supposed to ask a dad before you take his daughter out on a date, right?”She nudges you with her elbow and smirks.“So Mr. Spencer, can I take Athena to the school dance or what?”>I'll consider it. It's not something I've thought about.>It's up to her, really. I trust you, and I trust her judgment.>Home by nine, ten at the latest if you have a reasonable excuse, and no funny business.>It would make me pretty uncomfortable if you did, sorry.>Other (write-in)
>>44969651>It would make me pretty uncomfortable if you did, sorry.>But it's up to her.
>>44969651>Home by nine, ten at the latest if you have a reasonable excuse, and no funny business.
>>44969617>the only angel of death allowed in the area due to compact leaves>Monsters have a fucking hey day killing peopleShe's going to be running a fuck ton of damage control, and wouldn't have already told us she'd be super busy.>>44969651>It's up to her, really. I trust you, and I trust her judgment.but>Home by nine, ten at the latest if you have a reasonable excuse, and no funny business.
>>44969651>>It's up to her, really. I trust you, and I trust her judgment.
>>44969651>>Home by nine, ten at the latest if you have a reasonable excuse, and no funny business.>Other (write-in) But it's her choice.
>>44969651>It's up to her, really. I trust you, and I trust her judgment.>Home by nine, ten at the latest if you have a reasonable excuse, and no funny business.
>>44969651>It's up to her, really. Just remember she's like, a week old. Also ask Fenright, he's her other dad. Kinda.
>>44969651>It's up to her, really. I trust you, and I trust her judgment.>>Home by nine, ten at the latest if you have a reasonable excuse, and no funny business.She's only two weeks old.
>>44969651>It's up to her, really. I trust you, and I trust her judgment.>Home by nine, ten at the latest if you have a reasonable excuse, and no funny business.>Also ask Fenright. He's her daddy too, sort of. Her base golem core was his design, at least. I just overclocked it.
Fringe modifications and a split between combined and uncombined votes votes make this kinda hard to interpret. Think the winner is her judgment and saying dad stuff?
>>44969774And mentioning how young she is, I think.
You chuckle a bit.“It's not my call to make, is it? It's really up to her. I trust you not to hurt her, and I trust her to use her own judgment about this. Don't get me wrong, it's a strange situation to be in, but I think it'll work out. But if you hurt her, I won't let you live it down. And no funny business, alright? Athena is still figuring herself out.”Andrea nods a bit and pulls you into a crushingly tight hug.“Oliver? You are the coolest dude, and you'll make an awesome father-in-law. I promise to take good care of her.”She looks you in the eye.“But we'll never get to swap stories about our sexual exploits if I hook up with her, so we'll need a new thing to bond over.”She turns and walks away, hand on her chin.“Hmm. I'm gonna think about this, and I've gotta figure out how I'm gonna ask her out, but I've gotta get ready for the run. Thanks for hearing me out though. I'll see you later.”You nod and wave as she walks off, smiling to yourself. They'll make a cute couple. You don't know how you feel about her comment about hooking up with Athena, but it should all work out in the end.>Head back to your room, get some rest>Try to find Athena, prepare her for Andrea asking her out>Prep for the run>Other (write-in)
>>44969901>Try to find Athena, prepare her for Andrea asking her out
>>44969901>Try to find Athena, prepare her for Andrea asking her outI know exactly how I feel. Angry and protective.
>>44969901>>Try to find Athena, prepare her for Andrea asking her out
>>44969901>>Try to find Athena, prepare her for Andrea asking her outNot sure how I feel about this, but eh.
Sleuth roll plus Perception, +3
Rolled 11 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44970022Hug ambush?
>>44969901>smiling to yourselfNo, definitely not. She's not even a year old.
Rolled 18 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44970022
Rolled 3 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44970022>Sleuth roll plus Perception
Rolled 1 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>44970022
>>44970032>>44969952Chill the fuck out anon
You meander around the school, dropping Meliora a line as you hunt around for Athena. You start at your room and work from there, wandering until you come across the sound of fighting. You hurry towards it and find Meliora and Athena, guns at the ready, staring down a pair of students.“You have been identified as a threat to the human students at this school. You will stand down and allow yourselves to be removed peacefully or you will be exterminated. Athena, ready your cuffs.”The students, a boy and a girl, both smile wickedly at the pair, and the boy steps forwards, wrists together.“I'm so sorry, ladies. I didn't realize that eating people was wrong. I'll be sure to repent properly when you take me away.”His nails lengthen into claws as he approaches them, his eyes turning red.>Jump in and assist>Move to the backline and provide covering fire>Watch for now and approach after the fight>Other (write-in)
>>44970228>Watch for now and approach after the fightGiven how fast Meliora and Athena moved, I doubt they need help.
>>44970228>Watch for now and approach after the fightUnless it doesnt go well.
>>44970228>>Watch for now and approach after the fight
>>44970032She kinda is. Mentally, she's hyper-intelligent with large reserves of information and memory to draw on and a decent level of maturity. Biologically, she varies between being 14 and being 20. Chronologically, we don't know how old her core is.Still, muh daughteru, so even trusting Andrea as I do and believing what I just said, I intend to vote to play the role of the protective father. We've been told by several people to not be controlling though, so let's keep it to sane levels and just silently hope it turns out cute and fluffy for them.
>>44970228>Watch for now and approach after the fightKick his ass, sweetie.
>>44969371We exchange invitation for power and hope the things well get well. Besides we will be in Draculas "magic realm". Besides she will behqve in hope of getting contracts with monsters, plus we get leverage in bargaining with her.As for the nature magic. I think that she still knows basics of elemental magic, at least the water element.
You watch the fight unfold from behind a locker. The boy and girl are ghouls of some sort, and their jerking, abrupt motions seem to throw Meliora and Athena off a bit as they fight them. They blast off their limbs first, leaving both of them as just torsos, before Meliora stomps on the boy's chest and points her gun at his head.“You will. Stand. Down. This is not a request. Do you understand?”The boy's neck snaps as he latches onto her leg, biting clean through her knee. Meliora blasts him in the face and stumbles back, hopping in place before falling over. As the girl moves in to attack, using her chin to propel herself, Athena finishes her off and walks over to Meliora, who is starting to cry.“It hurts... Ow... Stupid pain sensors, I hate them!”You walk out from behind the locker as Athena scoops Meliora up.“Hey there. Are you guys alright?”Meliora glances your way before attempting to turn away, rubbing her face.“I'm fine. I'll be just fine.”Athena frowns, shrinking back to her normal size.“Meliora got really hurt... Daddy, can you help her?”>Let's get her to Fenright's lab for a replacement leg>Let's bring her back to the room, she's got spare parts there, right?>Let's do a field repair and get her walking on her own>Other (write-in)
>>44970516>Let's bring her back to the room, she's got spare parts there, right?She hates relying on her dad.
>>44970516>Let's bring her back to the room, she's got spare parts there, right?
>>44970516>>Let's bring her back to the room, she's got spare parts there, right?
>>44970516>Let's bring her back to the room, she's got spare parts there, right?I'm kinda leery of using Rune magic ad-lib since I nearly blew you up twice Athena.
>>44970365I dunno. If we judge by her actions, she's closer to 10, mentally. I think it's pretty poor parenting to let someone that young date. No matter how smart she is, she doesn't have the emotional maturity to date seriously. I see it ending in tears, instead of cuteness.
You gather up the parts of Meliora's leg that are on the floor.“Let's bring her back to the room. She's got spare parts there, right?”Athena nods and smiles.“Good idea!”She beams at Meliora.“You're gonna be all better soon!”Meliora looks over at you briefly before looking away again. She doesn't say anything though. You walk with Athena back to your room, Athena humming along the way, and when you get there Athena sets Meliora down on the floor next to her bed. You offer her the pieces of her leg and she takes them from you, looking at your hand rather than your face. You back off and head for the couch to sit down.“So, busy night then?”Athena nods and flops onto your lap, squirming about as she tries to get comfortable.“We fought ghouls and had live fire training with monsters and Meliora even told me a secret!”Meliora throws a wrench in your direction that barely misses your head.“Don't you tell him! You promised!”Athena sits up and hugs you, sticking her tongue out at Meliora.“Don't hurt my daddy! And I wasn't gonna!”Meliora blushes and huffs, turning away and crawling under her bed. She pulls on her sheet, concealing herself, and you can hear clicking and whirring sounds as she gets to work repairing herself.>So, sweetie, I found out someone has a crush on you.>Broach the topic of Andrea casually while gaming with her>Ask Athena what she thinks of Andrea>Don't bring it up at all, just chill with her>Other (write-in)
>>44970511You're still not selling it as a good idea. If anything the poor English, assumptions and blatant power grab without solid redeeming factors is making me think worse of it than before.
>>44970789>Broach the topic of Andrea casually while gaming with herhey Meilora those pain sensors are supposed to be little lessons. Take them to heart.
>>44970789>Ask Athena what she thinks of Andrea
>>44970789>>Ask Athena what she thinks of Andrea
>>44970789>Broach the topic of Andrea casually while gaming with herMaking it clear that it's up to her, but we're hesitant about it.
>>44970746Some of her actions are deliberately cute and immature because she knows that it makes us happy and results in affection for her. Some of them are cute and immature because she's only been sapient for a little while. It's difficult to discern her maturity level due to this.
>>44970365I haven't seen us vote for anything controlling. I think it's just one anon who doesn't like the parent aspect.
>>44971046We have to act based on what she's shown us. She hasn't shown any actions that make me think she's beyond 12 max, emotionally.
>>44971055Early on, when we freaked out when Fenright and his goonbots showed up, Mel and Jennifer both wound up giving us advice that boiled down to "don't be controlling."We haven't been particularly controlling, it's more a warning about trying to be that way.
You pat Athena on the head and smile at her.“Sweetie, I've got a question for you. You remember my friend Andrea, right?”Athena looks at you and nods.“Yeah?”You ruffle her hair gently.“What do you think of her?”Athena perks up a bit.“She's really nice, and she buys me candy, and she's good at video games and... and... um... She's... handsome...? She's not pretty like a princess, she's... she's like a lady prince. Mhmm. Handsome.”Athena nods to herself, confident in the sound logic of her explanation, and you nod in return.“I see. Alright then.”Athena gasps.“Are you asking because you like her? Are you going to make her my new mommy?”>Actually, she likes you and wanted me to find out if you like her too.>Yes. Of course. She has no interest in boys but somehow it'll work out.>Mostly I just wanted to know because she wants to hang out with you sometime.>Other (write-in)
>>44971116>>Actually, she likes you and wanted me to find out if you like her too.Oh god, she's too cute.
>>44971116>>Actually, she likes you and wanted me to find out if you like her too.
>>44971116>Actually, she likes you and wanted me to find out if you like her top.
>>44971116>Actually, she likes you and wanted me to find out if you like her too.
>>44971154Indeed, very cute.But definitely not very emotionally mature.
>>44971116>Are you going to make her my new mommy?”Do you want a mommy? Who do you think it should be?
>>44971236Ideally Andrea will keep it extremely light for the time being in order to allow Athena to mature romantically and figure it out.
>>44971116After we talk about andrea, we should ask this.>>44971279
>>44971236Which is why I'm kind of put off by this. Not quest ruining, but makes me feel uncomfortable. Like if my best friend said he found my daughter attractive, I'd say thanks but also pls don't.>>44971279Also this.
>>44971340I dunno. That sounds a bit too much like grooming to me.
“Actually, I'm asking because she likes you, and she wants to spend time with you. I wanted to know if you like her too, before she gets her hopes up. So what do you think, Athena? Do you like her that way?”Athena thinks for a few moments, and you can hear the sound of something inside her head sloshing around. You imagine neurons being connected, test-fired and reconfigured as she assembles a human brain to process the strange human emotion called love. When the sound stops Athena nods.“Uh-huh. I like her a lot, and I wanna spend time with her.”Athena grins at you.“We can play house and she can be the daddy since she's like a prince. And you can be... um... the grandpa. You'd make a good grandpa, because you have glasses.”You shrug.“Good enough for me. Just remember that Andrea might be expecting a particular sort of relationship that you might not be ready for. If things get too intense or anything like that, just let me know, alright? And let Andrea know if she does anything you don't like.”Athena nods and hugs you tightly before jumping up and running for the door.“I'm gonna go find her right now!”>I'll go with you, she's going to this midnight run thing>Good luck, Athena. Stay safe.>Wait wait wait, hold on a second, she doesn't even know I told you, let me call her first>Not tonight, sweetie. Trust me.>By the by, if you could pick your new mommy, who would you choose?>Other (write-in)
>>44971346I'd really rather not, it seems like it'd result in massive and irrecoverable voter bias towards whoever her answer is when we haven't even introduced all the LIs to her.
>>44971404>Not tonight, sweetie. Trust me.>>By the by, if you could pick your new mommy, who would you choose?
>>44971404>Not tonight, sweetie. Trust me.>By the by, if you could pick your new mommy, who would you choose?
>>44971404>I'll go with you, she's going to this midnight run thing
>>44971404>Not tonight, sweetie. Trust me.
>>44971404>>Not tonight, sweetie. Trust me.>>By the by, if you could pick your new mommy, who would you choose?
>>44971404>>I'll go with you, she's going to this midnight run thing
>>44971404>Not tonight, sweetie. Trust me.QM, I'm really not okay with this. It reeks of child-grooming. Like the mormons allegedly do.
>>44971476>Overturn the vote because I'm personally uncomfortable with it
>>44971517>expressing an opinion is now a sin.Thanks thought police.
“Wait, Athena, tonight isn't a good night. She's going to this midnight run thing, and it'll be a huge deal. You don't want to get caught up in the mess that'll unfold.”Athena releases the doorknob and walks back over to you with a huff, sitting down beside you and folding her arms across her chest.“Mean.”You nod.“Maybe a little bit. I just worry about how it'll turn out.”Athena pokes your shoulder gently, her tone switching from sugary sweet to blunt and slightly indignant.“Daddy? I am smarter than you are, stronger than you are and faster than you are. I can take care of myself.”She leans on you, returning to her usual tone of voice.“But maybe you're right. I have a lot to learn.”You recline a bit and sigh, closing your eyes.“Sweetie, I think we both do.”You lean over and kiss the top of her head.“Speaking of a mommy though, if you could pick one, who would you pick?”The sounds of Meliora working under her bed suddenly drop in volume significantly, and Athena presses her finger to her chin.“Hmm... Can I pick more than one? I mean, Jennifer is nice, and Sammy is cool, and Meliora teaches me cool things all the time... What if they were all my mommy at the same time?”She giggles a bit.“You need a bigger bed first.”She pokes your cheek.“Can I at least tell her good luck on her run before she goes?”>Go right ahead, just don't wander too far>I'll go with you>She probably needs time to think about what I told her earlier>Other (write-in)
>>44971761>She probably needs time to think about what I told her earlier
>>44971761>>I'll go with you
>>44971761>>She probably needs time to think about what I told her earlier
>>44971761>I'll go with youYou heard the daughteru. We need to marry all the girls.
>>44971761>I'll go with youCall ahead
>>44971761>She probably needs time to think about what I told her earlierYou can text her on my phone though.
>>44971761>>Go right ahead, just don't wander too far
>>44971848Then i guess it's a good thing we multiclassed bard.
What the fuck happened this thread? Why are people letting Andrea try to date Athena?
>>44971975Because the anon who doesn't want to be a father got in on it.
You pull out your phone and sigh.“I'll go with you, but first I need to call her up and make sure that this won't turn into a horrible disaster.”Athena nods and smiles.“Okie dokie! And I'm gonna change clothes.”She walks over to Meliora's closet and rummages around, grabbing a few things and running into the bathroom. You dial Andrea's number and wait, and when she doesn't pick up you send her a text letting her know you're going to stop by with Athena. The bathroom door swings open and Athena walks out in her older body and wearing Meliora's school uniform, with mismatched socks and her hair pulled back in a ponytail. She grins at you and spins around a bit.“How do I look? Fancy? Will she like it?”You nod.“I think so.”Your phone buzzes, and Andrea has texted back a single word.“Cool.”You don't know what to make of that, whether she's trying to contain excitement or dread. The only way to find out is to go and meet with her though. You stretch a bit and pocket your phone.>Let's get going before they head out.>She just told me not to bring you, sorry. She's busy.>And you're sure about this? Really sure?>Other (write-in)
>>44972034>Let's get going before they head out.>And you're sure about this? Really sure?
>>44972034>And you're sure about this? Really sure?Because I'm not sure you should date anyone.
>>44972034>>Let's get going before they head out.>And you're sure about this? Really sure?
>>44972034>>Let's get going before they head out.
>>44972034>Let's get going before they head out
>>44972034>And you're sure about this? Really sure?Andrea's not going to want to play house.
>>44972026I don't think that anon exists, since I've never seen that sentiment expressed in any degree outside of your accusations that people with opinion X are person Y.
>>44972034>She just told me not to bring you, sorry. She's busy.
>>44972034>And you're sure about this? Really sure?Are we really going the Twilight route here?
>>44972156That anon exists, he tried to dump Athena off on someone else at the very beginning.
“Last chance to back out. You're sure about this? Really sure?”Athena nods and smiles.“Mhmm! I am absolutely positive!”She giggles and runs to the door, throwing it open, and you follow her out.“Let's get going then.”Athena nods and crouches down, one leg behind the other, and when she raises her hips and gets into a sprinter's pose you start to jog towards the gym.“Don't cause any property damage, and don't knock anyone over.”Athena nods and dashes, rapidly overtaking you and running down the hall towards the gym. You hustle behind her, trying to keep up, or at least keep her in your field of view, and right as you get to the gym she slows down a bit and comes to a stop outside the door. When you catch up to her she smiles cheerfully.“What should I do to get her attention?”>Just hug her or something. Girls like hugs.>Wave her over or something.>Go up to her and talk to her.>Other (write-in)
>>44972223>>Go up to her and talk to her.
>go from fighting vampires to setting up dates between lesbians, one of which is undarageWhat went wrong?
>>44972223>Go up to her and talk to her.
>>44972223>stab her throat
>>44972250We've only fought vampires like twice, and Andrea did almost all of the work the second time.
>>44972250You didn't vote against it. And i expected QM to write Andrea as having a bit of shame when she realized how young Athena is. She's spent enough time with her to know how young she acts.
>>44972341I wasn't here to vote against it unfortunately, this whole thing just seems like it came out of nowhere.
>>44972341If nothing else, you'd think she'd start to question her feelings now, since Athena's in her "real" form.
>>44972391Hi silver, done shitting up akun?
>>44972391It has come out of nowhere. There was no lead in, and Athena is too young to have a sexual preference.
>>44972417>accusing someone of being silver because they disagree with you
>>44972391Events feeling like they come out of nowhere usually happens once or twice per thread.>>44972416She's in her older form.
>>44972481>She's in her older form.Where does it say that? She hopped in our lap and snuggled. She's always in her base form for that.
>>44972481>Events feeling like they come out of nowhere usually happens once or twice per thread.Yes, but not something like this, which definitely should have had some lead in considering it could majorly affect character interaction.>She's in her older form.Physical age does not equal mental age.
“Just go talk to her, it'll be fine.”Athena nods and runs into the gym. You peer through the door as she runs up to Andrea, who looks stunned to see her, and proceeds to hug her tightly for a moment and start talking excitedly about something you can't hear. You follow behind her as the pair start to earn some strange looks.“...and he told me you liked me so I thought we could get some ice cream or something!”Andrea nods and looks your way before smiling nervously at Athena.“Oliver, hey! Can we talk for a second? Sorry, Athena, grown up stuff, I need to talk to him for a bit. I'll be right back with an answer for you.”Andrea walks towards you and grabs your wrist hard, dragging you towards the door. You can feel something brushing against your arm and look down to see a vine starting to work its way around your forearm, gripping tight. The moment you get outside the gym Andrea slams you against a locker and the vine starts to wrap around one of the locks to bind your hand there.“Talk. Now.”She glares at you.“What is this, a joke? A prank? Are you pulling my leg or something? I told you about my crush in confidence, so we could figure it out together, not so you could... could just tell her about it and throw me into the fire! I get that you might tell her, but did you seriously let her just come here when I still haven't worked out if I'm alright with this situation? Have some common sense for once!”>I told her to make her own decision and she did. I'm just here for damage control.>I'm sorry, I told her because I wanted to make sure you wouldn't get hurt, this was her idea.>It's not a joke, Andrea. Athena likes you.>I get that you're upset, but Athena won't like this if she sees what's going on.>Other (write-in)
>>44972547at post>>44972034> The bathroom door swings open and Athena walks out in her older body and wearing Meliora's school uniform
>>44972547>The bathroom door swings open and Athena walks out in her older body and wearing Meliora's school uniform, with mismatched socks and her hair pulled back in a ponytail.
>>44972605>I'm sorry, I told her because I wanted to make sure she wouldn't get hurt, this was her idea.
>>44972605>I'm sorry, but my voters are massive retards.
>>44972605>>I told her to make her own decision and she did. I'm just here for damage control.>It's not a joke, Andrea. Athena likes you.
>>44972605>I told her to make her own decision and she did. I'm just here for damage control.Not letting her stay for the run, but she was insistent on "wishing you luck." It's hard trying to parent someone faster, stronger and smarter than you and they know it.
>>44972605>I told her to make her own decision and she did. I'm just here for damage control.She's still mentally young.
>>44972605>>I told her to make her own decision and she did. I'm just here for damage control.
>>44972605>I'm sorry, I told her because I wanted to make sure you wouldn't get hurt, this was her idea.>It's not a joke, Andrea. Athena likes you.
>>44972605>people letting someone this violent date our daughter
>>44972605>>44972679Second. And mention that she wants to play house.
>>44972706>ViolentDude the fuck are you on about?
>>44972664Truthfully anon, i figure this will help Andrea realize Athena's too young, and then we can comfort cuddle our daughter.I was opposed to telling her, but now that it's out, it's best to get it over with quickly.
>>44972774>Andrea walks towards you and grabs your wrist hard, dragging you towards the door. You can feel something brushing against your arm and look down to see a vine starting to work its way around your forearm, gripping tight. The moment you get outside the gym Andrea slams you against a locker and the vine starts to wrap around one of the locks to bind your hand there.
>>44972605>You're the one who still wanted to date her after you found out who she is. You could have just said "oh, nevermind then."
>>44972592>Physical age does not equal mental age.That has nothing to do with the intent behind that statement which wasn't addressed to you anyway.
>>44972813We did kind of just drop in. She's bound to freak out.
You pull at the vine securing your wrist to the locker for a moment. No dice.“I told her about it and let her make up her own mind about things. She decided to come and wish you luck on the run. I'm mostly just here to keep her out of trouble. She admitted that she's still figuring things out and she might not be ready for what you're looking for in a relationship, but she likes you, for what it's worth. I don't know if she understands the concept in terms of romance, but that's what she said.”Andrea grabs the vine, which withers and dies in her hand, crumbling to nothingness as it dries out. She flicks your forehead.“Bro, you're either the smartest person I know, or the absolute dumbest.”She sighs and smiles.“God damn it, Oliver... Well, no going back now.”Athena pokes her head out the doorway and looks at you both.“Is everything alright?”You nod.“I'm fine, just... talking. Some things that needed to be said.”Andrea nods.“Ice cream sounds like a good idea, Athena.”She heads for the gym and gives Athena a hug.“We can get to know each other more and see what we wanna do from there.”Athena smiles brightly and hugs back before waving at Andrea as she walks away. She runs to your side and jumps up and down.“Eee! Daddy, I have a date! An ice cream social!”She grabs your hands and spins you around, laughing.“Whee!”She sets you down and runs off in the direction of your room, and you follow along behind her, vaguely bewildered. On the one hand, it'll be a good experience for Athena to find out if she can handle this sort of thing, on the other hand, Andrea is probably going to be devastated if she can't. You sigh softly and hope that things work out for the best, somehow.-Gonna do another time skip, barring objections.
>>44972605>>44972722I'll third, if you're wanting one, QM
>>44972966>“Bro, you're either the smartest person I know, or the absolute dumbest.”>"Yes."
>>44972966no objections, timeskip away!
>>44972966How much of a timeskip?
>>44972966My objection is that this is an absolutely terrible idea, definitely not morally right.But do your time skip, let's just continue our path to hell and a dysfunctional, mentally scarred daughter.
>>44972966I wanted to check in with Tobias and make sure he's still alive.>>44973091Could you just leave?
>>44972966Might as well, but page ten.
>>44973089To Tuesday night, with the Occult Club ritual and the ritual of the new moon with Tellarie.
>>44973128Fair enough. I'll start a new thread in a moment then.>>44973126We can do that before the skip if you like.
>>44972966Check in on TOby
>>44973126Nope. I've been here since thread 1, and I guess I and the one other anon are the only ones who remember that Oliver swore to be a better father than his was.Encouraging our week old daughter to get involved with someone who wants a romantic relationship doesn't fit in any version of good parent I've ever heard of.
>>44973230You're certainly the only ones that remember how to be salty bitches for hours on end.
You take out your phone and text Tobias, asking how he's doing as you head back to your room.“I'm alright. We got the last components for the ritual today. Bradley sent us to collect a few things. Francine was acting a little weird today though. Are you still coming to the ritual? Please say yes, we need another person or Bradley is going to flip out. It won't work without an extra person, according to his notes. Who knows, maybe we can try it anyway, but better safe than sorry, right?”>Go to the ritual>Sorry, I've got other plans Tuesday night>It sounds dangerous. Are you sure that you should be going to it?>Other (write-in)
>>44973327>Go to the ritual
>>44973269>if I accuse the others of being salty, I'll winThis entire thread has been a clusterfuck.
>>44973327>>Go to the ritual
>>44973327>>Go to the ritualSave Toby and Francine, disregard Bradly and his eye of wrath.
>>44973269Sorry, shit like this, actions that are completely out of character, bother me. Going from overprotective new father to oh yea, go date my child, just doesn't fit.
>>44973091>path to hellNot even theoretically. Daughteru isn't technically a person.>dysfunctional, mentally scarred daughter.Extremely unlikely, unless Andrea decides to be a huge shit and ignore the only important thing we asked of her for not only no benefit, but actively damaging her own interests.
>>44973408Absolutely, because our actions are what's weighed. Not their effects on others.And we don't know Andrea that well. Though we do know she hung out with 10 year old Athena a lot, and isn't even phased that the girl she's crushed on is that same child. How is that not sketchy?