Knock-Out via Alcoholic Beverages EditionYou are Subject 108, a.k.a. Whirlpool. You are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies from a reclusive civilization that has mastered spatial distortion. You tend to suffer occasional lapses in memory, emotion and judgement from shifting hormonal imbalances due to a congenital anomaly. You have been sent to the feral planet known as Cymbio IV for a simple task: fetching water, but you are sidetracked by an adventure of your own making.>Twitter: @guardtemp>Discord: https://discord.gg/014ec8f38Ex8Ygzch>Notice: You can roll 1d6 to influence your current situation akin to Roll to Dodge. Use when necessary.>Recap: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Whirlpool%20QuestNicotine backed up her claim of being your sister by explaining that the two of you were from a batch of prototype artificial humans. After handling the bizarre bombshell that was Nicotine's story, she agreed to accompany you on your quest. On your way to the next destination, you passed through the Consumer District and met Saccharin, the little girl who happened to be the district head. Mu Cephei swiftly persuaded her into joining and the group moves on to the Residential District, which is essentially one ginormous hotel. The group decided to have lunch there and that was when you met Caffeine, a waitress. You attempted to flirt with her only to accidentally order a mystery dessert platter. You sample one of the items and discover the hard way that it was filled with a strong, alcoholic beverage. You pass out from severe inebriation while Caffeine, accompanied by Errai, tried to make amends by bringing you to Aspirin for medical attention.>Last thread: >>300400(1/3)
>>315585>>315829Caffeine looks very panicked and sorry for herself. You place a hand on her shoulder and say that she doesn't have to push herself so hard for others. You add that you and your kin can pull their own weight, and Whirlpool is going to be absolutely fine.>"Yeah...I sure hope so. It's just..I work so hard to take care of these people.">>315834>>315842>"It's strong wine, some kind of popular alcoholic beverage. You see, the Mystery Dessert Platter is an adult-only dish that is not listed on the menu and its quirks change depending on the whims of the chef. I wasn't expecting your friend to be incredibly lightweight. Maybe I should issue a warning next time."The bell dings and the elevator doors open. The two of you bring the unconscious Whirlpool inside and Caffeine sets the destination to the Medical District.(2/3)
>>316095>Ask how she became a head. What's that hiring process even like?>"I used to be a waitress in a diner, a pretty good one at that. I also moonlighted in hotels, weddings and other jobs with my close friend—Quinn. One day, business dried up and I'm unemployed. All the other establishments I worked in previously was closed down so I have no backup. I tried applying for a new job, even the small and/or desperate ones, but no one seems to be interested. I don't understand, I'm still young and I perform like a miracle worker. Why?"Caffeine holds down a combination of buttons. You notice that the elevator has bypassed a supposed stop.>"Anyway, I found a vacant position in a budding "mega-resort". Aside from the usual promises in working at a hotel that goes beyond 5-stars, the catch is the location is listed to be at a different planet with no chance at returning home. I discussed this with Quinn but she said she would rather stay on Earth and keep looking for job openings. We went our separate ways because that was also the first time we had a serious argument. The hiring process is usually difficult but one of the judges was a former customer of mine and vouched for me. After demonstrating my amazing work ethic I was automatically hired and sent through space. I can't remember the details but I was given a special watch and a treatment to prevent further aging. Yeah, I think that's the entirety of my story."The bell dings and the doors open to the sight of the Medical District's lobby, one of them at least. A couple of nurses are on standby.(3/3)
>>316477Cart Whirlpool to the nurses, then follow them.
>>316531You present Whirlpool to the two nurses, their medical jargon confirms that they're the ones Aspirin sent in advance. You ask one of them if she's going to be alright.>"Well first she needs to be on a stretcher, lying like that is unsafe and undignified."A grand total of three seconds pass and Caffeine starts to show signs of fatigue while Whirlpool rests comfortably on the stretcher out of nowhere.>"Done, just take her there while I take five."The two nurses tell you to wait outside and avoid interrupting the treatment before moving to the nearest emergency room. The waitress sighs in relief and rests on the nearby bench. So much for following them but perhaps that's standard proceduce. Might as well wait until she is relocated to those bedrooms.>"I honestly hope she makes it or I'll cut my hair short."Speaking of rest, going to sleep early for the night, in the meantime why don't you check out my friend's quest? (>>316177) He sleeps waay later than me.
>>316599Wasn't this comic also heavily inspired by something? You wouldn't happen to have a link to it, would you?
>>316613>http://mspfanventures.com/?s=43Author's still active, making current flashI knew something's stopping me from hitting REM. Okay, goodnight for realsies.
Go talk to Nicotine to see if she thinks that Whirlpool will live
>>316599Pace back and forth frantically.
>>316599Ponder if all the heads have a line of communication with each other. Caffeine alerted aspirin to the situation, after all, right? We should ask her about that. It might come in handy later, who knows?
>>316622Nicotine is too far away, unless you want to strain Caffeine into bringing you back down.>>316765Even though Whirlpool should be in safe hands by now, you're still anxious at how this is going to turn out. Hmm, maybe you should go back to the group to report the events.>>317362You recall Caffeine using some mobile device to send a message. You ask her if all the district heads have a line of communication.>"Nicotine doesn't, surprisingly. I think she missed all the memos about it and thinks that cellphones were never a thing. She's going to be so shocked when she hears it."
>>318922Ask about the survival rates of the hospital
>>318922You try to sit down and calm yourself, but you get too frantic and start pacing again.
>>318934>"Their track record's pretty good especially when Aspirin's at the helm. Although I think that's because almost no one ever gets seriously hurt around here so bad cases are minimal. A little alcohol knock-out shouldn't be too hard for them to fix.">>318937You are now Whirlpool again. After some kind of treatment you are slightly-dazed but more in control of your faculties. You don't remember how they did it but they managed to purge your intoxication. You find yourself on a comfortable wheelchair, en route to the lobby. You see Errai and Caffeine, the former pacing around anxiously. Upon eye contact she lifts you up and hugs you tightly. She's stronger than she looks, those arms are like a vice grip. You meekly tell her you miss her too, hoping she would let go.Yeah, enough perspective switch
>>319259Hug her back gently.Double check to make sure you have everything you should.Check how long it's been.
>>319277This, but then we need to go see Propane and the Transport district
>>319259Check if you're alright, then ask Caffeine if she can take you to the Transport District.
>>319277You drape your arms over Errai's back in a feeble attempt at hugging her. She feels lovingly warm. The two of you disengage hugging shortly afterwards.You don't have your coat with you, it's probably back at the Residential District. That coat contains a large chunk of your suit's overall material. Without it, your current outfit can only be reconfigured to a skin-tight catsuit, summer wear with shorts and something just as skimpy.Caffeine tells you that it's been half an hour at most.>>319503>>319511Strength slowly flows back into your limbs and you feel yourself gradually getting stronger. You ask Caffeine if she's okay with bringing you to the Transport District. Meanwhile Errai says she's going to regroup back at the dining area.>"Sure thing, but don't you want to get your coat back?"
>>319929Say we aren't in any need of our coat right know so you can just bring it with you when you arrive. Plus we wouldn't mind wearing skimpy clothing ;)
>>319936>"Well alright, just hop on your wheelchair and wait for the elevator."A couple of minutes later you arrive at the Transport District's main hangar. You approach Rigel who is waiting adjacent to a truck. You tell Caffeine that he's one of your friends.>"You guys sure are taking a while, I see you've persuaded one of them to come voluntarily. Nice work. Well, our initial plan didn't work but the place seems calm enough to do it the hard way without anyone noticing."He beckons you over to the back of the truck where Propane is held captive. The waitress gives you the meanest glare she can muster.>"Friends, huh?"Damn, and she trusted you.
>>320032Well, look at it from their perspetive, they didn't know most of you are nice people and not tyrants that take away all their resources and sometimes kill on sight.
>>320088She's still pissed!>Pretend to reprimand Rigel for disobedience>"This isn't what it looks like">Play dumb>Be honest>Write inShort update for an unreasonably-long pause. My apologies.
>>320216Call Rigel a charcoal-loving coward and help untie Propane.
>>320216Well, we need to explain this. At the same time as explaining it, untie Propane and reprimand Rigel for being an asshole.
>>320216>this isn't what it looks likeNo, this is exactly what it looks like... Rigel wasn't informed of the change of plans. When we realized that the district heads (at least the ones we met so far) are perfectly sane reasonable people, we decided to try to settle things peacefully.
Be as pissed as Caffeine and rage at Rigel
>>320336Oh for the love of god! Sleep deprivation!>>320223>>320244>>320272You scold Rigel for messing up and tell him to untie Propane with you.>"Hey, wasn't this part of the plan?">"What 'plan'?"You try to shoot him a glare of your own but you end up looking scared for your life.You internally brace yourself for consequences and explain your actions. The original plan was to kidnap and interrogate the district heads. Ever since the diplomatic success with Aspirin you discovered that the residents here are actually decent, reasonable people with no ill-content. Instead the focus is now on the newly-learned Management District. You just failed in relaying the message to Rigel on time.Caffeine sighs in frustrated disappointment and tells Propane to take a break. He mumbles something about hoping he won't end up in a cult.>"I swear a lot of problems would've been avoided if we just talked like normal human beings."You ask Rigel on Decrux's whereabouts and he says that he went off to find the rest of the group.>>320297You try to be angry at him but you can't. Maybe you're overshadowed by Caffeine's angered worry.Last update for the night. Timezones suck when the bulk of my playerbase is online late at night.
>>320338Ask propane if he's physically and mentally fine.Maybe try to lighten the mood with a joke about one of them taking one of ours (us) out (though inadvertently), and one of ours taking one of theirs out.That is technically what happened, after all. Caffeine totally took us out via delicious mystery dessert, even if she didn't mean to.
All caught up on Waterworks.After page 855 it gets really boring. Especially the [I] segment. I just want somebody to beat the shit out of Tubs and get it over with.
>>320338I finally made it through all 10 threads! Apologise to Propane and go find Decrux.
>>320338Tell Propane that Rigel and Decrux will be sure to make it up to you in the future.
>>320338We should probably pause on the quest to seek the district heads, and do something to relieve diplomatic tension
>>320470Propane says he's alright yet shaken a bit. Honestly speaking, he was pretty scared for his life. He says that getting batshit drunk is better than being kidnapped for ransom. He's not cracking smiles.>>320567>>320611You apologize for the mishap and say that him and another fellow named Decrux will personally make it up to you. You also hand him his glasses, which was lying on the ground.>"Hmmm, I'd consider your apology if they're willin' to work with clean-burning fuel and its accessories.">>321450But what? You're not exactly a partystarter. To make things worse, Decrux comes back with the rest of the group in tow. Yes, that includes Nicotine and Saccharin. You hope he's been briefed with what's going on so far.>>320528Don't worry, the intermission should end soon. LuFa posted a preview gif on tumble about Tubs slamming Endian down.Tubs Quest maybe someday
>>322616Casually pull rigel aside and ask exactly how everything went down.
>>322616If you haven't already, explain to Propane about the situation and apologize once more in a bit more exaggerased manner. After that, I guess take a breather to socialize with the district heads some more to show your good intentions.
>>322616You all relax and have yourself a nice propane-grilled steak.
>>322695I agree with this. We don't want to hurt anybody, and anything we can do to keep the tensions low is good for us.
>>322669>>322690>"We waited for a while before he showed up and try to tranquilize him with the steak. I asked him if he can cook some wholesome steak for us as a demonstration of modern cooking. He agreed but said that he's going to shop for a while, which would take too long for us. That's what I thought, so we decided to just take him by force. No one's around and the place is too big for cameras anyway.">>322695>>323230You explain the same thing as you said to Caffeine and Nicotine. He's not entirely fond of it but he can see how the exiles would act irrationally. He's still upset at the disruption but hopes that it will all blow over in time.>>322933You feel very bad for yourself, but then again, adventures aren't always a nice romp through the meadows. You ask Propane if the offer for some nice steak is still open. He's not feeling it, plus much of your friends have already eaten at the dining area. He's also ambivalent towards Rigel and Decrux for the time being so instead he asks them to earn it by doing some errands for him.>Chat with one of the exiles (Specify person and topic)>Chat with one of the district heads (Specify person and topic)>Isolate yourself for some introspection and contemplation>Get your coat back>Write in
>>323315Chat up Caffeine once she's cooled down and tell her that you think Nicotine wants to talk to her about something. Suggestively.
>>323315>Get your coat back>Convince rigel and decrux to make it up to propane with those errands, for the sake of the mission>Have a meeting with everyone else on who the next head the diplomacy train should depart for - we're on a roll, and the others have a line of communication to them supposedly, which should help to get them to meet face to face for the explanations.
>>323315Get the coat back
I made lewd fanart of Whirlpool! http://i.imgur.com/8Blyc0k.png
>>323341>>323397You approach Caffeine, hoping that her temperament is calm enough, and tell her that Nicotine wanted to have a "private discussion" with her earlier.>"She wants to talk to me? Okay I guess."You're starting to assume she is completely oblivious to sexual euphemisms and innuendos.>>323343>>323775>>323915You retrieve your hat and coat from Nicotine, it's good to have it back. You tell Rigel and Decrux to pick up the slack and get to work, with a please of course. The former initially refuses out of confusion so you get Betelgeuse to back you up. Propane tasks Decrux to help him out with some vehicle repairs while Rigel will be sent to the Consumer District to buy some supplies.Meanwhile you gather the rest for a quick meeting. Saccharin is just being herself for a while, resting on the top of the truck. You ask the three present District heads about the ones you haven't met. Caffeine, Nicotine and Propane tells you about the head of the Fire Control, Law Enforcement and Maintenance District, respectively.>"Halon is a pretty selfless, heroic guy but most of the time he's just one of the many residents living their lives. Fires rarely happen so he just lives peacefully in my district.">"Ugh, Aramid's such a square. He speaks with a strong filter to his voice and is totally strict about keeping the law and such. No one has ever seen him without his suit, have you? I think he became shorter according to older people.">"Stoddard's a sour feller. He spends his time fixin' things in the Maintenance works, outside from view, and is often pissed at all the fuckups the idiots cause.">>323783I am very honored by your erotic contribution./spoiler]
>>324276Sounds like the best order of approach for the remaining district heads would be Halon, Stoddard, Aramid, then whoever leads the Management District.Before doing that ask Nicotine what kind of power Propane has out of curiosityand if she can demonstrate her power on Errai for science
>>324276Oh, nice. Let's ring up Halon to see if he's down for a visit.
>>324316>"Powers? I don't got any powers, aside from handling transport vehicles and engine accessories."Saccharin loudly tells you that he has a giant robot hidden in his personal garage. Propane is audibly proud of it.>"My own pride and joy, that large beaut' can kick all the asses in a pinch. Good thing I don't have to use it or there'd be a lot more craters here."You ask Nicotine if she can demonstrate her pheromones on Errai.>"Nah, wide open room with a slight breeze is messing with my smokes. Sorry, Wis. Don't worry, I got something niftier than making a quick orgy, I'll show you later.">>324599You ask Caffeine if she can take you to Halon's whereabouts. She says she can. At least that light smile signifies that her temperament has calmed down.>Go with just Caffeine (Quick)>Bring Errai/Betelgeuse/Nicotine with you (Slower, choose one or more)>Write inTrivia: You would've gotten a much neater demonstration back at the RLD had Mu Cephei opted to do something irrational. Basically Nicotine would've used her pheromones like a queen bee to sic the enthralled casino patrons onto you. Ever noticed that her employees have gas masks?It's friday night for me, I can stay up late.
>>324679Go with just Caffeine
>>324679Go with caffeine.Oh, and tell nicotine to check her freakin memos before we leave. She needs a cellphone.
>>324679Go with Caffeine+Nicotine. ;)
>>324679Go with both Caffeine and NicotineCigarettes and coffee go well together~
>>324689>"Alright then, uh, I can't carry you though by myself. Got any ideas?">>324698Before you respond to Caffeine's inquiry, you turn to Nicotine and inform her that the other heads have mobile phones while she doesn't.>"What? I thought that's close! Dang, I'm such a smog-brained ditz.">>324711>>324789She asks if she can accompany you on your way indoors.>Let Nicotine come along with you>Have Caffeine drop her off to the store first>Have Nicotine go her separate way>Write in
>>324800First option. Sisters gotta help each other out.
>>324811Backing.>>324800Ask if anyone else wants to come along with us
>>324800>Let Nicotine come along with youThe shopping can wait. Let's bring the heat to this Halon character.
>>324800>Let Nicotine come along with youNo need to rush things.
>>324811>>324817>>324871>"Thanks for that, Wis.">>324816Naturally, you invite Errai to accompany you. After all, she is your lover now that you think about it. Betelgeuse and Mu Cephei are too busy overseeing Decrux and Rigel, respectively. Sirius, Canopus and Saccharin are merely hanging out. You guess it's time for a girl's afternoon out.>Find something to help Caffeine warp us around>Walk to our next destination>Write inLast update for the night, see ya'll in 12 hours or less
>>324892>Walk to our next destinationStrike up a little chat while we walk, get to know each other better.
>>323783Could've gone my whole life without seeing that. Nice job though senpai.
>>325041>Could've gone my whole life without seeing that.Luckily you didn't.
>>324967Backing as well. Walk to the destination and talk about a random topic thus strengthening social bonds between each other.
>>324967>>325024>>326025With no one else taking the initiative, you decide to start off the conversation by introducing Errai as your...erm...lover. Caffeine doesn't mind your relationship while Nicotine is somewhat proud of you.>"Good to see you've already scored a darling, Wis. You know, liking another dame is par the course for naturally-born deviants like us."Wait, what?Caffeine's next, what is she going to say?>She misses Quinn and her hometown>She notices something odd about this place>She has the hots for someone>Write in
>>327049>She has the hots for someone
>>327049>She has the hots for someoneWas it already spoiled on Discord? ;)
>>327049>The HOTSIs there a fire
>>327049Well, coffee is generally hot.
>>327061>>327107 Maybe, maybe not ;0>>327110>"Speaking of love, I've been eyeing a guy for myself. He's a well-meaning guy with a good head on his shoulders who mostly knows what's best. Maybe when we retire we're going to settle back in Dinertown."You and Errai don't know what she's referring to, but Nicotine thinks she has an idea. She asks if he's a member of any district and, predictably, Caffeine's not hinting at all. Maybe he's among the many residents or he's part of the staff. Who knows.Nicotine's going to say something.>She wonders about the other "siblings">She asks about Resorcinol's history>She asks you about your "first time", if any>Write in
>>327291She wonders if Caffeine had any past lovers /u/
>>327309Girls can't love other girls, anon.
>>327291>She asks you about your "first time", if anyThen have Whirlpool retort if Nicotine had her first time, and with who.
>>327291Nicotine: Casually blurt out who you think it is.Being blunt usually takes folks off guard and reveals the truth in their reactions.
>>327441>"Oh I see, you've fallen for Aspirin, right? That's fine, he seems like a smooth operator.">"What? No-ho way, I'm keeping my crush a secret.">"Keep telling yourself that. Just admit it, it's just the four of us right now so there's no catch.">>327309>"Anyway, are there anyone else you've fallen for aside from Mystery Boyfriend #1?">"Nope. Although I did get a lot of suitors back then, maybe because I'm such a good person."Errai inquires if she harbored any romantic interest in Quinn and vice-versa. She is flustered by the notion.>"W-What? O-Of course not! Jeez, just because we're close friends and colleagues on numerous jobs, it doesn't mean that we had feelings for each other. Besides, maybe by now she got her wedding manager business back and got married herself.">>327329Nicotine turns to you for your own interview.>"So, how about you, Wis? Did you get it on with your girlfriend or what?"You're feeling too shy to answer that so you just ask her about hers instead.>"Gee, slick, I have no idea. It's been soooo long ago."That exaggerated look on her face is just hiding things.Meanwhile, Errai has a concern to discuss with you.>She wishes she too could have a unique attribute that would make her special.>She tells you that she is experiencing an uncanny sensation of being observed.>She wonders if you've come up with a name for a hypothetical child. Out of curiosity, of course.Pardon the haphazard update, got caught up in IRL stuff.>Other
>>327920>She tells you that she is experiencing an uncanny sensation of being observed.
>>327920>She wonders if you've come up with a name for a hypothetical child. Out of curiosity, of course.Whirlpool blushes hard at the mention of their time together.
>>327947>"I am certain everyone is familiar with the uncanny sensation of being observed for I am experiencing it right now."You tell Nicotine and Caffeine to look around your surroundings with you in case you really are being observed. Maybe outside elements have already noticed the congregation of the district heads. Alas, there's no one nearby, not even civilian dwellers.>"I presume my brain was misjudging my surroundings into a false conclusion.">>328079>"Regardless of the perceptional gaffe, I am wondering if you have conceptualized a name should I begin gestation of our offspring? Hypothetically speaking, I am merely curious."Your cheeks blush rosily from the reminder of last night's lovemaking. You haven't come up with anything plus you're not familiar with star names so you tell her that you'll be ready when the time comes.>"Very well, I supposed my inquiry seems improper."You hope Nicotine and Caffeine aren't listening.>Proceed to finding Halon>Have a detour and do something else for a quick bit (Specify)
>>328141Red eye invader: Backstab havel. Those damn blue sentinels are always giving you trouble.
>>328141Take notice of the purple knight that has been seemingly stalking you.
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>328185For the duration of this update you are a RED EYE INVADER. You hail from another realm in search of worthy quarry. That phantom-like knight over there? He seems cowardly for stalking unarmed civilians. Sure, you may be looking for some kills but you'd never hurt innocents who have nothing to do with you. Plus, he's a MAJOR SCRUB for wearing FULL HAVELS so you decide to teach him a lesson...wait...hang on...those weapons...Oh snap, he's one of -those- people.(1/?)
Rolled 6, 2, 3, 3 = 14 (4d6)>>328241You try to move in to engage but a sudden barrage of crossbow bolts tear through you like a greatsword through hollows. The hit prompts you to groan loudly, hopefully enough to cause a scene. If that wasn't enough, you obviously drop your equipment on the floor, making a clang. You're not dead but you won't be staying here much longer.You are no longer the RED EYE INVADER.(2/3)
>>328293Nicotine and Caffeine feel like there's something out there.>"Wis, I think a spook is crawlin' out there.">"I hear something strange, what's that."You tell Errai that she is right all along and she seems pleasantly surprised by that fact. You point out the source of the noises, metallic clanging and a faint groan somewhere on the upper floor.(3/3)>Rush to Halon ASAP and get his help>Hurry back to the Transport District and get reinforcements>Write in
>>328315Pierce the heave... I mean, ceiling. Use your harpoon and drill to the source of the clanging. Something similar like when you tried to impress Propane when you first arrived.Errai blushes and goes weak at the knees thinking about your piercing capabilities/spoiler]
>>328333 tripsShoot, you can't pull off your climbing feat again with your current outfit. In hindsight, changing your attire was a bad idea after all. You could try to climb the staircase/escalator/whatever but it would take too long, and you can't use your POOR SPATIAL DISTORTION to hop through puddles since it's unlikely there will be a convenient puddle nearby. You turn to Caffeine for help, requesting her to scour that spot over there and harmlessly restrain whatever suspicious individuals are nearby.Around fifteen seconds pass and the waitress returns.>"There was this big lug in a suit of armor made of rock, I don't know what he's doing but I managed to tie him up with some garden hoses."The four of you get up to the second floor, finding that the aforementioned intruder is still struggling in his binds. There are also some crossbow bolts lodged in the wall nearby,Last update before autosage. I thought of taking a break and calling it quits, but then I realized that this is /qst/, I can take a break any time and still make it back to post.He would've gotten away had this not been a 200th update
Just a head's up, feel free to continue posting input, I'll just get back to that later.
Forgot name like an idiot>>328546You remove the stone helmet to see...a rather weird man with wild, curly hair and an exaggerated look on his face. You're not sure what to make of him Caffeine tries to get some info out of him.>"Alright, what do you want and why are you following us? And why do you have these weapons? That's prohibited!"He doesn't seem like he's answering and just tells you to go fuck yourselves like your typical uncooperative captive.
>>328570Continue removing suit and slap the man in the face
>>328571None of you really know how to dismantle the giant stone armor (without excessive force) so instead Nicotine just...unmasks his weird face to reveal the genuine one. You raise your hand to give him a frustrated slap then a female voice suddenly tells you to halt.>"Let him go, please."The four of you direct your attention to two individuals nearby, one of which appears to be the gunman from yesterday. You hope he doesn't recognize you.>"We will handle him from here, that is all. The rest of you may resume your day while the foolish one will be taken away."
>>328595Point your harpoon at them. The indigo fuck had our lover at gunpoint, so give him a taste of his own medicine. It's four against two, not counting the disarmed guy, we clearly have the advantage considering that three of us have potent abilities. Tie 'em up, loot them, maybe cup a feel on four eyes over there while we search them for valuables. We could hold them for ransom or something.
>>328595Demand their identities, why they are here, their intentions.Prepare to fight further if necessary
>>328597The idea seems risky since your current suit takes the form of a cloth-based attire but deep inside you hope that your BELOW-AVERAGE DAMAGE REDUCTION can still kick in. You recall yesterday's events and impulsively brandish your HARPOON at him. He recognizes it and brandishes his PISTOL, aimed squarely at your face. He would be at an advantage had it not been for Caffeine, who promptly disarms him in the blink of an eye.>"Not even Aramid is allowed to use lethal firearms on other people. What makes you think you're an exception?"You taunt the gunman, asking him how does it feel to be on the receiving end at last. He mumbles something that's largely in another language, possibly Eastern-European in origin. You can tell he's definitely swearing at least. The waitress comments that you probably have a history with him judging from your immediate behavior. You tell her that he almost tried to kill Errai yesterday.>"Yikes, good thing I got his pistol then.">>328599The tall woman tries to defuse the situation, possibly to no avail.>"Excuse my immature, brutish compatriots; I only came here to take away the stone knight and nothing more. I hold no interest in violent confrontations and instead I promise you will remain unscathed. If you try to resort to barbarism, it will only end poorly for you."You ask her about her and her friends' identities, she says that those aren't important right now.The armored man tries to break free the hard way but those garden hoses are surprisingly elastic.>"Tch, what a bother."Last update for the night, see ya'll tomorrow...assuming I don't get whisked away by the mandatory sunday outing late in the morning
>>328655Search them for weapons and confiscate them, if any
>>328655>for the nightIt's 3 in the afternoon anon
>>328663Almost midnight for the eastern hemisphere
>>328660Also call the District Head of Law Enforcement
>>328665West hemisphere best hemisphere
>>328655Caffeine takes off four eyes' hat and places it on her head, striking a sexy pose. She would look rather hot with that gun and hat in her possession, a real femme fatale. Whirlpool blushes while imagining Caff with ONLY those two things on her.Also>it will only end poorly for youSlap four eyes. The nerve! Nobody backtalks to you, let alone some indigo floozy and her two sorry excuses for bodyguards.
>>328660Aside from the gunman's pistol, the stone knight's crossbows and spear, there are no weapons on their persons.>>328668>>330491>"Way ahead of you, I already sent a text message to Aramid. This could be something serious."You compliment Caffeine for good foresight.>>328701You slap the tall woman for her insolence, giving her a welt on her cheek. The gunman would do something about it but he's unarmed.>"Agh! Nnngh...very well. Tell me, what do you want? I'll assure you that you'll get it as long as you let me go. How about that? I swear on my promise."Meanwhile Caffeine removes her hat and finds it weird.>"What are these...braids? Why are they part of the hat?"I'm going to be whisked away on the usual sunday outing so pardon the rushed update. I'll probably be gone for 6 hours or so.
>>330698Time for some trickery?Ask where the largest unclaimed sources of water are. We still have a mission after all.Don't bother releasing them when we get the answer, we never said that answering would allow them to go free.
>>330698>>330729>>330915Restrict/tie the assailants and their apparent master first. We have to make sure what they are saying is true, and cannot let them escape until then.
>>330729>we never said that answering would allow them to go free>>330698>Tell me, what do you want? I assure you that you'll get it as long as you let me go.>as long as you let me goI'm sorry but letting them go is part of the trade they offered. With that being said, I do think this is a good question to ask. We should also ask them what they know about the management district.
>>331289 #No, see, they will assume that us asking means we agree to such terms and that such is what we wish to trade for their freedom.But that is just an assumption on their part - we never explicitly agreed to such terms, we simply asked a question, which they hopefully answer.
>>330729>>330915>"You're familiar with the tribal settlement, right? It borders near the soggy area that's adjacent to the ocean. Yes, there's an ocean on this planet. No one so far has ever bothered with it."Realizing that no one's budging, the tall woman tries to add further information to her bargain.>"There's also a massive recycling processor down in the Maintenance District's waterworks section. I don't know if you have the clearance for that but if you want -clean- water then that's your bet. May I be released?">>331184The gunman finds himself suddenly restrained by a pair of handcuffs behind his back. Nicotine walks behind the tall woman to do the same with a pair of fuzzy ones.>"Come on! We have come to an agreement! Why!? Is my answer not enough?"She directs her glare to the stone-clad knight.>"And you! None of this would've happened if you just stayed put!">>331289You tell her that the water question was merely a test to see if the would stay truthful even though it was pretty important, not that anyone would know. You tell her that what you really want is everything she knows about the Management District.>"Yes, I know about them. I will tell you, just unhand these binds and I'll tell you as much as I know, I swear on my word. If you think I will try to escape, keep in mind you have better capabilities than me. Remove my restraints and I will divulge my end of the bargain before resuming my merry way. Have we reached an agreement?">Accept her offer>Refuse>Write in
>>332286>RefuseWe know better than to trust the happy merchant. The million dollar question is what to do with them now. Like the other anons said, we still have our mission to worry about. Take the indigos with you as POWs, they could be of use as a bargaining chip when we meet their cheeki breeki boss.>Nicotine walks behind the tall woman to do the same with a pair of fuzzy onesOh my...Does she have any other "equipment" in her inventory?Also>Accept her offer>offerI don't think so https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F0Xx-oQKsU
>>332286Reject the offer.Ask Caffeine when Aramid will arrive.
First time ever I go out for the night without having an update.My apologies, updates tomorrow after sleeping.
>>332286Reject her offer, we don't trust the illuminati.Or the majestic twelve.Or the freemasons.Or the secret supernatural division of the CIA.
>>332367>>332734You refuse the tall woman's offer and instead tell her that you're keeping her—and her cronies—captive.>"Preposterous! And you two, you're not even supposed to interfere like this!">>332471You turn to Caffeine, who is looking over the railings.>"Oh hey, Aramid's there."Several seconds later, a large individual wearing riot gear arrives, accompanied by two more personnel, and greets you with a heavy voice filter.>"Sorry for the delay, I was trying to get here as fast as I could. I see you've managed to restrain the troublemakers, good job."The tall woman immediately tries to bargain with him.>"You there, people of the Law Enforcement District, can you assist me? I've been wrongfully held captive by these misunderstanding vigilantes even though I tried reasoning with them. I was merely on my way to retrieving the actual wrongdoer from further harm—the boulder-wearing fellow over there—but these vagabonds have accosted me. Can you use your official standing to have me pardoned? I'll make it up to you with these two individuals and other possible rewards."It looks like he's considering her offer.I apologize for the overdue reply AND last update for the night
>>333701I meant "last update last night"
>>333701Explain they just tried to kill us, produce the confiscated weapon, and hopefully someone was recording with the cell phone?
>>333701Rub it into her by having Caffine or Nicotine use their status explain why they are in the right (even if they are wrong).
>>333742You explain to Aramid that they're out for your blood and bring out the weapons as proof. The tall woman tries to play it off.>"-You're- the one with the piercing drill and -you're- the one who clearly provoked my two companions into action. I was trying to fetch this man and this happened all of a sudden. Why are you so suspicious?">>333900Nicotine snarks at her.>"So you're just willing to ditch your pals here? Gee, that's a grand plan, daisy.">"I was merely on a fetch quest but if the stubborn stooges wanted to act irrational then I wouldn't mind leaving them with their consequences."The back-and-forth continues for a few more sentences before the tall woman ends up frustrated with her remarks. She still tries to negotiate with Aramid.>"Please officer, at least grant me a pardon, I was dragged here by the Slav over there!"He does admit that she looks innocent from how worried she looks. Caffeine intervenes to sway the situation in your favor.>"Hey, back off. -We- were just on our way to visit someone when that guy just showed up. He had weapons on him and, as per my principles, I had to make sure he wasn't going to hurt anyone. And then -YOU- showed up with a would-be assailant in tow then this happened."Aramid's on the fence about the situation.>"Personally I think this is a collision of misunderstandings and lack of communication."You know you're in the right but this is getting us nowhere.
>>334185How about letting Aramid taking you all into custody just to ensure the woman is captured and so you can talk to him for neutrality.
>>334185Attempt to produce evidence of the events, by looking at the security cameras, secret recordings (maybe our suit has something?), etc.Additionally, the possession of lethal weapons appears to be illegal, and knowingly associating with such would also be illegal. Additionally, "retrieving the actual wrongdoer" would be acknowledging being party to a crime. Reference the law code to verify this would be correct. This should at least go to a tribunal.
>>334220If they are slavic, might they have dashcams?
>>334220Furthermore, mention the assassination attempt from earlier, and see if any evidence can be procured from it. Inspect the braids of the hat, for they may contain something.Demand their identities.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>334210>>334220You bring up that lethal weapons are regarded to be illegal, which Caffeine mentioned earlier. She backs you up on that, adding how Aramid is also prohibited from possessing them. By association, the tall woman should be at fault for her comrades.>"That sounds like a fair point. Unfortunately this situation sounds very complicated to quickly resolve. For now you're all in my custody for disrupting the peace. I'll conduct some questioning before letting you go except for the bound ones. Since they're the ones bearing bearing actual weapons they'll have to stay for safekeeping."The tall woman seems pissed...(1/2)Pardon the delay,I had errands plus writing the situation was a challenge to make sense.
>>334768Follow Aramid to the police station, play along, maybe we learn some useful info regarding the rest of the heads. Tell Aramid that it might be the safest to escort four eyes to the oven... I mean, the prison.
>>334265...and starts grumbling under her breath. Meanwhile Errai inspects the hat Caffeine confiscated.>"There appears to be minor electronic components discreetly attached within the headgear's decorations. I presume this one particular object to be a concealed microphone."The tall woman's vexation is too much to hide and snaps.>"That's enough, you imbeciles! I AM ABOVE YOU, AND I SHOULD NOT EVEN BE TREATED LIKE THIS!! I JUST WANTED TO REGROUP MY ACQUAINTANCES AND THEN GO HOME! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!? IS THIS HOSPITALITY!? I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING ALL OF YOU FROM A LOGISTICAL DISASTER!!"She violently thrashes her lower arms but fails to break free of her bindings.>"Accursed fetish cuffs! Havelyn, break free!"Alas, the stone-clad knight refuses and informs her that the garden hoses restraining him are too durable to be torn apart. The gunman is taking this situation with a straight face.>"GRAH! I'VE HAD IT WITH THIS!!"In utter desperation she attempts to sprint madly out of the scene before anyone can react. Within less than 20 meters she misjudges her footing and slips, falling face-first onto the floor. You quickly move over to her, accompanied by Errai and Caffeine, and ask about their identities.>"I'm not...giving you...anything...">>334837So much for that plan, we have a situation on our hands.
>>334882Microphones, huh?...Well, childish fits aside, we should go to the station. Casually chat up the head of law enforcement on the way, he seems pretty swell. Get the lowdown on recent crime rates.
>>334904Seconding. Hand over the indigos to Aramid and vouch for yourselves, who knows, maybe these indigo fucks turn out to be some criminals and you might get on Aramid's good side, maybe even a reward.
>>334911Thirding, he could also give us advice on which areas to avoid in the future to prevent life-endangering scenarios such as this. Additionally, letting the indigo woman speak unchecked may be unwise.
>>334904>"Lady, you've given me reason to arrest you: evading arrest and further disrupting the peace. Try to stay quiet and not to make this worse for you."Aramid hoists Havelyn over his shoulder, showing off his strength.>"Don't worry, I can handle him. The rest of you follow me and escort the other two."As you and your group make your way to the Law Enforcement District, you ask about crimes in Resorcinol.>"Nothing much to report, most of the violations are done by clueless tourists who have no idea of the laws and regulations set in place. I motioned for the manufacturing of handbooks that explain all that but they won't be publicly released until revisions are done. There are rare occasions of intentional felony but almost none too severe.">>334911Having acted rationally so far in his presence, you feel pretty confident that you're in the right.>>335054You ask him for tips in avoiding dangerous scenarios like these again.>"First and foremost would be to avoid attracting the attention of the would-be assailant to begin with. Maybe they saw something in you that provoked them. But that's just me and it can vary from case to case. I'll tell you more once we get to the station."The tall woman might be disruptive with her speech so you ask your companions if they can silence her for the time being. Nicotine has a solution and, unsurprisingly, uses a ball gag. You refrain from asking any weird questions.>"And they said it will never be useful outside the bedroom.."Talk about another challenging update to conceptualize. I recognize my difficulty writing realistic/in-character responses to complex situations. Last update for the night, by the way..
>>335153First the fuzzy handcuffs and now a ball gag? Nicotine should slap four eye's ass to show her dominance while they walk towards the police station.
>>335153Pull out the blindfold and leather whip just in case four-eyes tries to be disruptive again.
>>335153Let's talk to him about the whole diplomatic thing we have going on here. If the law is on our side, then we can achieve way more.
>>335168>>335230The tall woman grumbles through her gag and deliberately slows her pace.>"Hey, did I tell you to slow down? You're being a real drag, you know that?"Nicotine slaps her on the rear, then gives her a warning to avoid any further commotions.>"I don't like your attitude, missy, and if you try anything funny then you're getting the blindfold. I'd whip you into shape but I'd rather have Aramid chew your ass out instead of mine.">>336134>>336204Halon can wait, Aramid leads you through a detour that takes you to the Law Enforcement District...at least one of them. He explains that due to the nature of the job, the district is split up and scattered across the other districts instead.>>336250You feel uncertain about this idea. From what others have said, they're implying him to be the most difficult to persuade. Not to mention that you're feeling intimidated by him.
>>336927When you get the chance, let Nicotine and Caffine do the talking for you.
>>336927Ask Errai et al. about how they feel about the outcome of the events.If possible, verify the water claims of 4eyes.>>336934Get Aramid to fill us in on the previously requested details via proxy, and let them handle 4eyes.
>>336937I don't normally do this so forgive me as I'm not competent. Which details was that again?
>>336943>You ask him for tips in avoiding dangerous scenarios like these again.>>"First and foremost would be to avoid attracting the attention of the would-be assailant to begin with. Maybe they saw something in you that provoked them. But that's just me and it can vary from case to case. I'll tell you more once we get to the station."
>>337020Ah right, update in next thread.
>>337052Addendum, next thread will be tomorrow. 10am, +8GMT (I don't know the time in your timezone)
>>338143+8 Greenwich Mean Time, aka "The timezone Philippines has"