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It is certainly a strange, and somewhat gruesome sight to see someone's body be disintegrated away. You had seen it happen a few times before, yet the fleshy spectacle still left its imprint in your mind. The precision of the laser and the removal of body tissue really was a sight from beyond your scope. It was alien in how advanced it seemed, and somehow very human in how efficient it operated. You had practically calculated it in your mind on how long that process took, roughly about 6 seconds given how large the body it was transporting usually was.

It was strange meditative thought to have as Paula was sent away, though it wouldn't have surprised you if the others had thought something similar when you or someone else was sent away. Curiosity is something very morbid and lacking in morality for most people, so it made you feel better that you weren't alone in such a strange line of thinking. Your self-indulgent philosophizing was cut short, as a laser descended on your head and began repeating the process of cutting you apart and shipping you away.

Given how sadistic Gantz seems, you were surprised that its primary method of transportation wasn't at all painful. It was not unpleasant yet it wasn't gentle in how it cut you apart, it only did so and left no pronounced feeling to it. Whoever or whatever had made this method of transport, had prioritized expediency without complications. Your thought finished however, as your eyes were met with that familiar blue of the laser and found them staring at a familiar unfurnished apartment room and three other familiar faces.

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>>2327581
Hell yeah we are back! And also, hot dam! is that Paula?
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Here we go again. Let the nightmare begin.
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You're met with a few pleasant glances as the rest of body is transported into the room. Paula is near the door, looking at you with a pleasant smile, while Dante gives you a quick glance of notice while returning to look at Gantz. Carol however, has a more cringing look on her face.

"That's still gross," she comments, while her eyes follow the laser's movement, "like, how we even alive as it does that...?"

"Beats me," speaks Dante, as the process finishes and your feet finally touch the wooden floor, "I doubt anyone could explain it honestly..."

Paula turns to Dante, measuring him up somewhat, and he turns to look at her.

"When do they usually come in though?," Paula asks while you head to her side of the wall, "Erick came in after me, so is there like a delay for before more people arrive?"

It looked like Dante was about to say something before a shimmering laser from the ball begins materializing a person in the middle of the room. It's a white man in a jacket, with a rough patch of brown hair and beard to match. He looks about ten years older than you, yet has a muscular posture that stands almost as heavy as Dante.

He looks around the room, and furrows his brows before checking his left side on the jacket. Your eyes follow his fingers as they land on two very close holes.

"I'm..." he says as his gaze turns to the four of you, "...alive?"

>Explain, yeah, kind of...
>Ask, who are you?
>Silence, let someone else speak
>Write in
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>>2327633
>Write in: Ask Dante: " Do you want to explain or would you mind if i do it? Maybe explaining to people once each of then areive gives then more room to be used to the idea?"

Then once he says yes.

>Explain, yeah, kind of...
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>>2327633
Explain, yeah, kinda
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Can we replace the kinda for: "but there is a catch."
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>>2327602
Yes, courtesy of the lovely Cegremo.

>>2327641
>>2327642
>>2327673
OOC: Already incorporated senpai

"Do you want to explain or would you mind if i do it?", you say a you look at Dante, "Maybe explaining to people once they arrive, gives then more room to acclimate?"

"Sure, why not," he shrugs, and looks towards the man, "Time for change of pace, consider I've been doing it for so long."

"Hey!", the man raises his voice, looking agitated, "Don't fucking ignore me, I asked you a question. What is going on here?"

Paula's gaze narrows at the man, while Carol almost jumps at his outburst. You motion them to be cool, as you take a step from the wall and start explaining to the guy who just came in.

"You're not dead," you begin explaining, "But you did die, like all of us. We're alive, but only so long as we do what that thing tells us."

You point at the black ball, and the man's gaze follows your hand. His eyes narrow on Gantz, but he returns back to you almost instantly.

"What are you high?", he comments, somewhat confused, "Why would anyone believe any of that?! Is this some sort sick joke or something?! Where are the camera crew, you damn ha..."

He drones off before another body begins to get transported into the room. Slab by slab, the laser transports the body of a young, asian girl, with black hair, a white cardigan and jean shorts. His eyes affix on the gruesome spectacle as her body is brought in on the apartment's floor prone.

"Do you believe us now?" you reply, as his eyes wide and his breath increases, "This isn't a tv show, a prank, or some other fake shit, this is all real and if you want to get out alive you need to shut up and listen."

He takes a couple of steps back to the windowed wall, visibly shaken by the sight just nods his head to you. On the floor, the little girl get up to look around the room.

"Umm...", she begins, look you, "Do you know where my mom is?"

You feel a tap on your shoulder, and notice Paula's moved behind you.

"I'll handle this," she whispers in your ear, "You can take care of the others as they come in, or just that guy."

>Sure, let Paula handle the girl and you can handle the rest.
>Sure, but let Dante handle the bearded guy.
>No, you can handle kids, right?
>Write in
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>>2327701
>Sure, let Paula handle the girl and you can handle the rest.
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>Sure
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>>2327701
>Sure, let Paula handle the girl and you can handle the rest.
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>>2327716

>Sure

OOC: Mind specifying your choice there friend?
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>>2327720
Any plans for a Discord server?
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>>2327724
OOC: Not at the moment, because I don't think we have enough people in the quest for it, but we'll see what happens if the numbers grow.
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>>2327701
>Sure, let Paula handle the girl and you can handle the rest.
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>>2327701
>Sure
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>>2327726
>>2327720
Maybe it means it's both options. Or just ignore then.
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>>2327730
>>2327712
>>2327718

You nod your head, and Paula gives you "Thank you" before moving towards the young girl. She's definetely a child, but doesn't seem as afraid as you would image a child might be in a situation like this.

"Hey there," Paula says kneeling down and giving the girl a warm smile, "I'm Officer Paula, and I can help you find her."

"You're a police officer?", she looks quizzically at Paula, "Prove it!"

"Sure," Paula says, playing along, "but not here, some of these guys aren't all that good and may start to get testy with an officer in the room."

The girl still looks a little unsure, but nods her head and follows Paula out the door to the hallway. Before she leaves however, you flash her a wry smile. She returns it in kind, before she closes the door behind her.

You turn to the man on the wall. His breath has calmed down, and his eyes fixed on the ball.

"What the fuck is this man...", he lets out, "The army doesn't train you for this sort of shit..."

>Ask, who are you?
>Ask, Army?
>Ask, How did you die?
>Write in
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>>2327749
>Ask, who are you?
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>>2327749
>Ask, who are you?
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>>2327749
>Write in: It might actually do. You see we were give a second chance. But for that this machine here will require for us to going i to a hunt. This will require use of weapons and with your military trainning you might actually have more higher chances then i had when i came to this place.
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Oh god i just realized why Gantz selected us to this blood bath. We are so used to deal with angry costumers in Wallmart that we can easily greet people once they die...
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>>2327762
>>2327764
OOC: I'll incorporate this in the next post if you guys want to.

"Who are you exactly," you speak as you take a few steps towards him, "I can guess you're in the army but what's your name."

His gaze leaves the Gantz ball, and he looks at you again. He lets out a sigh, and takes out a set of dog-tags from his inner shirt.

"Corporal Kurtis Yates," he makes a pathetic salute at you, "honorably discharged, and shot down by a loyal citizen of the US of fucking A."

"You got shot?" Dante asks, somewhat surprised, "How did that happen?"

"Saved, or tried to at least, a woman near Woodridge," he says, shaking his head, "two guys were robbing her, would have called the police if my phone was still working. That's what you get for trying to be a hero."

'Ain't that the truth' you think as you look over his dogtags.

His name is sketched onto the metal, and a sequence of numbers that you guess may his platoon or squad. He retracts them back under his shirt, and begins to look at Carol expectantly.

"Hey, do I know you?" he says, as Carol looks right back curiously, "Because...I swear, I feel like I've seen you somewhere..."

"No, I don't think so," she says, staring quizzically back, "maybe you know my brother? He's about a head taller than me and works down by the gas treatment plant?"

Kurtis sadly nods his head, and Carol looks somewhat disappointed. She returns to leaning on the wall, and jumps slightly as a noise comes from Gantz.

There's a whirr in Gantz before the laser begins transporting someone else. Judging by his appearance, the guy looks Indian, lightly built and slightly younger than Carol. It doesn't take long for him to start panicking as well.

"Holy fuck...", he speaks as his eyes dart around the room, "H-hey...is this...the fairway?"

"What do you think," Kurtis speaks up, his face showing a little disgust at the sight of the teleportation, "long way from the road kid."

He's visibly shaking, and goes to touch his head and neck. He briefly calms down and sits down on the floor.

"I'm alive..." he says, as he's looking around, "right?"

>Explain, (Incorporates previous write in)
>Let Dante Explain
>Ignore him, ask Kurtis something else (Specify)
>Write in
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>>2327829
>Explain, (Incorporates previous write in)
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>>2327829
>Explain, (Incorporates previous write in)
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>>2327829
>Explain, (Incorporates previous write in)
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>>2327829
>Explain
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>>2327848
>>2327838
>>2327840
>>2327843

"Long story short," you say, as both Kurtis and the new guy look at you, "yes, and I would suggest you both listen closely to what I'm about to say."

The Indian guy looks at you with a fearful glance but doesn't utter a single word as you start your explanation.

"We were given a second chance," you start, "But it's up to that machine to decide what happens with that second chance. "

You point to Gantz, and both of them look at it intently. Kurtis has his face furrowed at the ball, expecting it to pop out a gun and shoot him right then and there. While the Indian guy just looks at it with fear and confusion as you continue on.

"In a few moments, that ball is going to open up," you speak a little louder, to get their attention on you, "And equipment is going to be served out of it for us. It is preparation for a hunt."

"If you've shot a gun before," Dante interjects, looking at Kurtis, "or had military training, you may have higher chances of making it through this."

Kurtis turns to you, somewhat more confused than before but at the same time his voice carries a bit more acceptance.

"So, it wants us to kill something then?", he says, curiously, "What exactly?"

You take a slight breath, trying to come up with a sensible way of saying this, "An alien."

The door to the hall opens up, and Paula enters the room again.

"Carol," she speaks, motioning to her, "can you please help me out here?"

"S-sure...", Carol says, as she makes for the door with the room still stunned in silence. It doesn't take long before Kurtis laughs in abject disbelief.

"A-are you shitting me right now?!" he says between laughs, "Alright, fuck it let's go then Men in Black. Which government organization are you with and please tell me Spooky Mulder is involved!"

"Hey buddy, we're trying to help you out," Dante speaks up, coming closer to Kurtis, "if you don't want to know, that's on you but my friend is not shouldering your fucking death because you didn't want to listen!"

It looks as if Kurtis is going to respond to Dante's outburst, but suddenly the laser materializes two more entities one right after the other. They are both black, around your age, with hoodies and baggy jeans. You can't see their faces too well because of the red bandannas, but you can certainly see the pistols right above their hip lines.

>Let Dante know, and let him handle this
>Take out your gun, handle it yourself
>Do nothing, maybe they're not hostile
>Write in
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>>2327884
>Let Dante know, and let him handle this.
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>>2327884
>red bandanas

Is anyone else concerned with the amount of people that had already shoot a gun being here? Also looks like we got bloods. Are we going to get crips to?.

>Let Dante know, and let him handle this
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>>2327884
>Signal Dante and let him handle it
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>>2327884
>Let Dante know, and let him handle this
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>>2327904
>>2327889
>>2327897

You take a step back and look at Dante, a look of worry is on his face as well. You nod to where you saw the gun on their bodies, and he nods in agreement. He may have seen the bulges above their hips as well, and moves to them quickly.

He's one step away from them before they finish materializing and they both jerk away and shakily pull out their guns. They stare intently at the closest people in the room, you and Dante, while training their eyes specifically on you both. Dante and you don't waste any time as you both ready your guns to the closest one.

"Hey man, where the fuck are we?!", the taller of the two speaks up, looking at you, "And who the fuck are you two?! Are you with TJ?! That motherfucker is gonna sorry he didn't hog tie us before he done took us away."

"Hey man chill," Dante speaks up, with his X-rifle trained on the first one's head, "we'll let you know but you gotta drop the fucking gun."

"You first nigga," his friend says, as he trains his eyes on Dante's X-Rifle, "And you'd better do that shit right now."

"Don't do it," You say, as you train your y-gun on his friend, "and don't think I won't if you take another step forward asshole."

>roll1d20 +2 WIL to attempt to diffuse the situation
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Rolled 19 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2327935
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Rolled 17 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2327935
If things get to the tipping point, we can just restrain them with the Y-gun.
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Rolled 9 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2327935
We learned how to deal with people at Walmart.
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>>2327946
>>2327948
>>2327957
Dat 21. Writing.
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>>2327946
Y-gun-chan is truly best girl.
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>>2327957
You really think that nobody ever tried to steal the Walmart during one of our shifts? Or that a clie t never got so angry thay he pointed a gun to us?
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>>2327983
Maybe on the first, almost definitely not on the second
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>>2327972
Rolled 19 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

Kurtis and the Indian guy are looking at you both in equal courage and fear respectively. Though either of them decide to intervene or move for similar knowledge of what could happen if they did.

A few seconds pass as both you and Dante stare down at both of the assailants, with neither you or them moving an inch from your current stances. A bead of sweat forms on Dante's brow, as he keeps staring gunman in front of him. It won't be long before someone else makes a move here.

"You're with Alan's crew aren't you?" Dante speaks up, with both of the gunmen now pointing their pistols at you, "The Franklin Street Bloods, right? Who are you two?"

"What's it to you?" the taller one replies, "What if we are with A-List, what does that matter to you?"

"Because, if you shoot us," you start, Dante looks at you with a stare, "You're gonna start a fight with the Brookland Crips, and that's some shit you ain't gonna want to fall down on Alan's head now, do you?"

"Fuck you!," the smaller man depresses the trigger slightly,"It's kill on sight for any piece of shit Crip that comes 'round here. I don't care if you're not flying colors, you're dead shithead!"

"Shit," the taller man, the man says placing a hand on his friend's gun, "lower it, we're out of our league here. If we shoot, we're worse than dead and so is A-List..."

The smaller man hesitates, still pointing a gun at your head. You don't lower your gun either, your eyes fixed right on him as his hand starts shaking. Dante doesn't take anymore chances and knocks the gun right of his hand his is a solid kick to his wrist. It scatters away on the floor, and you now find yourself pointing your gun at the taller of the two. He nods his head and immediately places the gun down, placing his hands up.

"Alright, now that we're properly acquainted," you say, as you look at Dante, holding the other guy down in a pinned position, "I'm Erick, and that's my friend Dante, and let me tell you both to shut up and listen up if you want to live through this night."

"How did you know about the Brookland Crips," Dante asks, as the taller man look at you in disbelief.

"You get to know a lot of people when you work at Walmart, "You say, as the smaller man struggles beneath Dante, "Now, in a few moments that ball over there is going to open up."

You barely finish your sentence before Carol opens the door and a look of sheer rage is on her face.The muscles on her suit expand as she moves head first for the tall man before you.

>Stop her. but your guy may escape.
>Tell Dante to stop her, but the guy below him may escape.
>Do nothing, and let it happen.
>Write in
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>Stop her
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>>2328027
>let it happen
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>>2328027
>Shout and tell Carol to stop
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>>2328027
>Firmly tell Carol to stop and hold off on whatever she's doing until AFTER the mission.
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>>2327581
You commissioned him for that pic?
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>>2328044
This.
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>>2328027
Supporting:>>2328044


Fuck you Gantz you brougth Carol's shooters for this little dance? You sick sadistic ball.
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>>2328055
>>2328044
>>2328043

"CAROL DON'T!!", you say as she passes Dante, "After the mission damnit!"

Carol barrels forward to the man, but the muscles on her suit retract visibly at your command. The man's reaction to this is almost instant as he goes to shield his face, but you know it won't matter either way. In spite of the suit's lowering, she manages a punch to the man's face that sends him into the wall. And she starts taking a few steps forward to continue her onslaught.

"Carol," you go to her, and restrain her with your arms, "What the hell are you doing?! I told you to-"

"It was him!", Carol shouts at the sprawled man, " it was him and fucking friend that killed me as I came back from school. I know that fucking bandana and those shitty hoodies anywhere, those fucking Bloods!"

"You think killing them is gonna change that!" you say as Carol keeps struggling, "You got to focus, and calm down dammit. Otherwise, we're all dead!"

As you and Carol keep struggling, the Indian guy and Kurtis are awestruck at the sight before them. It was like something out of a damn action movie, yet they can't help a sigh of satisfaction as they see the man on far wall. Kurtis turns from you and runs to the man sprawled against the wall, and places his fingers on his wrist.

"Still alive," he says, "though, he's unconscious. Holy shit...where did you learn to punch like that little lady?"

"Hey what the fuck did you do to Gekko?!", the smaller man keeps struggling under Dante, "I'll fucking kill you little bitch!"

The struggling continues...until a familiar tune starts from the ball...

https://youtu.be/26HsSzFX_ok?t=12
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>>2328074
Do we get a point reduction for killing other members of the team
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>>2328099
Don't think so, but we shouldn't try that unless it is beneficial to the team.
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>>2328099
No we don't but i guess we should have know Gantz wouldn't make things easy for us.

>>2328101
If anything they can be the sacrificial pawns.
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Oh Indian guy is a doctor or at least a knows something about the human body.
Shit this mean the little girl is the person that knows the place best. Because i bet Gantz brougth her here not to just troll with us.
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>>2328054
OOC: Yes I did, I even suckered him into reading Gantz.

>>2328099
OOC: No, Gantz doesn't really care. Though your stats or trust may decrease depending on who's watching and how brutally you do it.

Gantz's strange little song finishes up, as everyone is still staring at the black ball. Not two seconds afterwards, a small message appears on the ball's shiny exterior.

[J33r 1iv35 h@v3 3nd3d. H0w j3w us3 j33r 1iv3s n0w, i5 3n7ir31y up t0 m3. 7h@7'5 7h3 7h30ry @nyw@y.]

The first message fades away, as Kurtis and the Indian Guy move closer to the ball. Two seconds later, another message appears, with a distinct image.

[J3w 5hmuck5 wi11 n0w g0 0u7, @nd ki11 7h3s3 6uy5]

<Continued>
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>>2328117
Oh god we are last of us on this shit.
I knew there was areason why people were getting sick with that polen bullshit.
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>>2328117
Loving the mushroom kingdom motherfucker
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>>2328117
>Surface runoff, a type of nonpoint source pollution, from a farm field in Iowa during a rain storm.
Topsoil as well as farm fertilizers and other potential pollutants run off unprotected farm fields when heavy rains occur.
>The rain that was starting when we were trainning.

Dam Bolivar how long do you plan this events?
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>>2328117

Paula and the little girl come out of the room as Gantz's message starts. She's holding onto her hand, but doesn't really react fast enough the little girl moves away from her goes looking at the ball as well.

"Is that the alien you were talking about?", Kurtis says as he looks over the ball's portrait, "How do I know this isn't gonna be just some idiot in a rubber suit?"

"It looks like Shiitake," the little girl chimes in, and the other two look at her, "The little mushrooms on its head, my mom loves putting that in soups."

Paula looks to you and Carol, who seems to have tired herself struggling your arms, but it changes the moment she looks at the man on the wall and the man below Dante.

"Judging by the state of this room," Paula states, "it looks like you need some help."

"Yeah," Dante says, motioning to him, "You got some handcuffs or something officer?"

"What the fuck?!" the guy below him continues struggling, "there's a cop here?! Man, fuck you and your friend motherfucker!"

At that the ball opens up, and the people close to it almost fall from the sheer force. They start eyeing the different part of the ball, as well as the
equipment inside.

"Yeah," Paula starts, looking at the man, "that sounds about right. Your call Erick, we only got so much time before it starts transporting us."

>Paula, restrain these guys
>Carol, deal with them, but don't kill them
>Dante, let go and help me get them up to speed.
>Write In
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>>2328152
>Paula, restrain these guys
I don't trust these idiots at all.
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>>2328152
>Paula, restrain these guys
>Walk to Carol and speak to her that the little girl needs help with her suit and send Carol out of the room so she can help the little one change to the suit.
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>>2328152
>>Paula, restrain these guys
We can use them as cannon fodder
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>>2328152
>Dante, let go and help me get them up to speed.
>Also get the Bloods to apologize to Carol.
"We either fight together or we die alone. Gantz gave you a second chance and you really shouldn't fuck it up so soon."
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>>2328179
Nah man they are already fucking up. These guys will die once they leave the perimeter.
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"Paula, get them restrained,"you explain while motioning to the two men, "They're gonna be a liability if we let them run around."

"Right, though, I only have one set of handcuffs on hand," she replies, looking at the main guy, "what do we do about the other guy?"

The thought hadn't really crossed your mind until she mentioned it, though he's still knocked unconscious.

"We'll think of something when we get to the mission," you say halfheartedly, "at best he won't wake up from that long nap Carol put him under before the mission is over."

She nods with a bit of worry. She heads to her bag and pulls out a set of handcuffs, and motions to Dante to get off the man. As soon as he gets off, the smaller man jumps to his feet and makes for the exit of the door. He only makes it two feet before Carol clotheslines him to the floor unconscious, and places a set of handcuffs on his wrists.

You don't watch more of this before you hear a bit of sobbing coming from Carol.

"W-why...did they...", she looking at the ground, somber again, "I-it's...not fair..."

"Carol," you try to get her attention, and she turns her head slightly to you, though you can't look past her dreads, "I need you to help me get that little girl into the Gantz suit."

"I know this is a bad time, but please, she trusts you and Paula," you continue as Dante starts heading towards the other gathered around the ball, "We can talk more about this later, but you need to help us get some of these people through this alive."

You hear a slight sniff, and Carol wipes part of her face on her forearm. She doesn't look at you as she heads towards the ball and pulls out a small case.

"Yukino," she says, kneeling to the little girl, "remember that talk about hide and seek? Well, you want to win don't you?"

The little girl, Yukino, nods somewhat excitedly at this and takes the suit to the hallway. Carol goes in after her, but looks at you one last time before she goes in.

"I won't forget it," she mentions as she heads to the hallway, "so...make sure you're still here to talk about it, you know..."

<Continued>

OOC: I am heading to the Gym guys. Be back in 1-2 hours. I'll post as soon as I get back.
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>>2328207
Go ahead man. Go acquire those sweet gains!
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>>2328207
OOC: I'm back fellas. Give me a second while I finish up this post.
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<Continued>

After Carol heads to the hallway, you head over to Paula, as she's lifting the two Bloods' bodies to the corner.

"Never actually had to deal with a gang-member yet," Paula says as she props up both of them side by side, "almost feels like cheating at an arrest with this thing on."

"It could have gone much worse honestly," you say, as you help her put them against the wall, "these suits can take a lot of hurt, but I don't know if they can stop bullets..."

"Let's hope it never comes to that," she says, as you both head towards Dante and Gantz, "getting killed by a gun would have been pretty anti-climactic given the aliens."

You both make your way to Gantz and see Dante giving them a small lecture on the suits. Both of them are holding onto their cases almost for dear life, and only nodding in approval to what Dante is saying. It isn't long before the Indian guy raises a hand for a question though.

"So...", he starts, looking at you and then Paula, "how do we put these things on? Like, I get it they sound very useful but how is something that skintight...convenient to put on?"

"It's really not," Paula chimes in, "you have to strip down all your layers, and then put it on in parts, otherwise the suit's form won't work. I tried with underwear on the first hunt we went on, led to a small...wardrobe malfunction."

You take a glance at Paula, knowing full well what that wardrobe malfunction was. Your mind doesn't dwell on it too much as Yukino and Carol move out of the hall. It still amazes you how the Gantz knows all of the different size and measurements of the people that come in, though...to have it on a child seems quite inappropriate by all means.

"You may want to put that on quick...umm, what was your name again?", you say to the Indian guy.

"It's Tanjeet," he replies, getting up with his case, "and honestly, I through taking chances for a while. I'll head in first."

"Oh, and make sure to press the buttons at the top of the neck," Paula lets him know, as he makes for the hall door, "It won't compress to your body unless you press them together."

He only gives her a thumbs up, and proceeds to go change.

"Hey Erick right?", Kurtis starts, and you turn your head to see him eyeing one of the guns, "Got any recommendations? I was assigned as a recon specialist back in Afghanistan, so is there anything here that can give me an edge?"

>Y-Gun, it can capture and teleport enemies away.
>X-Gun, they are short range but can be dual wielded perfectly
>X-Rifle, long range, perfect for sniping
>Write in
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>>2328485
>Tell him what all 3 do, then recommend X-rifle.
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>>2328485
I'll support >>2328499
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>>2328485
Supporting >>2328499
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>>2328499
Support
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>>2328507
>>2328506
>>2328503
>>2328499

+1 Trust (Kurtis B. Yates)
"Alright here's the deal," you head towards him, and show him your gun first, "All of these guns kill, but this one has a two functions."

"Aim, pull both triggers once, and it shoots out anchors that ensnares your target. Aim, press both triggers again, and it shoots out that laser Gantz uses to teleport things at the target and sends it away."

"Sends it away?", he looks quizzically at your gun, "Where to? Not here, I'm assuming."

"I don't know honestly," you shrug, but explain it further, "but if the target in the net is too big, it'll just send away the body part it's attached to, so it's good for taking something apart that's really big."

He looks at the gun and then at you. If you had to guess, it almost looks like a gaze of respect or admiration at the probability you took down something truly big with that gun. He'd be right, but you don't aggrandize yourself before Paula chimes in.

"On the other hand," she says, presenting her own X-gun, "If you just want things to explode, you have these pistols."

"Same deal of aim, and shoot, but there's a delay before the shot itself connects. I clocked it around 2 seconds, but it recharges for 5 after the third shot so take note of that."

"I see," he's looking intently at the guns now, "what about yours big guy?"

"Same deal, except much longer range," Dante says as he presents his X-Rifle, "There's a scope here that'll clock in on a target up to a mile or so, the pistols on get about 10 or 20 feet before the shot dissipates."

"You can also press down the triggers to charge up the shot for a bigger explosion, though it'll cool down if you do the full charge."

Tanjeet makes his way back as soon as the explanation is over in his suit.

"So...what do these thing even shoot?", Tanjeet says as he makes his way to the gun rack and picks out one of the pistols, "They don't look like they have a magazine or anything of the sort?"

Dante is about to explain before one of Gantz's lasers begins transporting one of the Bloods to the mission location.

"It's starting," Dante says, and you nod, "Kurtis, I would suggest getting your on as soon as possible."

"You guys still have a lot of explaining to do," Kurtis states as he gets up, heading to the hallway with his case and an X-Rifle, "but, I guess I got your backs for now."

The laser doesn't take long before it goes after the other Blood. It looks like there's not much time to prepare.

>Talk, encourage someone in the room (Specify)
>Instruct, do a quick rundown with someone (Specify)
>Meditate, clear your mind and focus (Specify)
>Write in
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>>2328559
>>Talk, encourage someone in the room (Specify)
>Everyone, I know this is a tough and confusing situation, but if we work together, we'll get through this alive. Stick together, stay smart, watch each other's backs.
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>>2328573
This.
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>>2328573
Yeah
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>>2328573
Support
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>>2328573
Yeah boii
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>>2328573
>>2328579
>>2328581
+1 WIL (EVERYONE)

As the laser starts to finish the second Blood, you take note of the silence that is currently gripping the room. Carol and Yukino are distracting themselves with idle chatter but the former is looking a glum. Paula and Dante are also looking in their direction, a worried expression seems to be etched on their faces.

"You've lived through this before, right?", Tanjeet asks you as he heads to a wall of the room, "Is it really that horrible as Dante described? How did you do it man?"

"It's...not easy," you start, and then look to Carol and Yukino, "But, it can be done if we work together."

You raise your voice to the room, and look towards everyone, hoping they will hear you, even Kurtis currently in the hall changing.

"Everyone, I know this is a tough and confusing situation," you start, as the others look at you, "but if we work together, we'll get through this alive."

"Stick together, stay smart, watch each other's backs. Out there, it will only be you and the person next to you, so take care of each other."

Carol retains part of her glum expression but nonetheless nods her head. Yukino does so as well with a smile. This in turn let Dante and Paula breathe a sigh of relief, and even Tanjeet looks somewhat hopeful now.

At least he did, before the laser started teleportation him away. Before long, Kurtis makes it back from the hall and the same occurs to him. It's not long before everyone in the room is transported away to a new location.

<Continued>
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Bets on who buys it this time?
At a minimum I got Dante, competent tutorial characters always gotta go.
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>>2328661
Tanjeet is a goner but id like to see p00 1n l00 from gantz, it make me chuckle
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>>2328611

Your eyes open to a strange sight on an American night.

Columns and what looks like a small pond are in front of you below a cloudy night. You scan your surroundings to find that everyone else is also weirded out by the strange sight. It appears you're standing on a hill given the elevation of the grass and the pond, but you certainly don't recognize this area.

"This is still DC right?", says Carol, as Yukino hold's onto her leg, "Why are there columns here?"

"I know this place," replies Kurtis, looking over the pond, "these are the Capitol Columns, which means we're in the National Arboretum."

Everyone turns to look at him, half astounded that he knew so much.

"What," he speaks up, "I'm a native of the city man, my dad used to take me everywhere back in the day."

Dante looks over his radar, and motions everyone closer.

"Alright, listen up," Dante declares, as he zooms out the scanner, "I'm not detecting anything moving or any heat signatures in the area, so I think we should work in groups of three and look for this thing as soon as possible."

"What if we find that thing," Paula chimes in, "there's no way we can signal you guys if we run into it."

"There is a way, but," Dante hesitates before speaking, "it'll short circuit the radar for the whole hunt. You press all three buttons at the same time, and it sends out ping to all active radars. But be sure you need the backup before you do it."

"Is there a time limit to this hunt?", Tanjeet asks, before looking over Kurtis, who consequently had his own scanner, "and if there is...what happens if we run out of time."

"Yeah, there is," Dante presses one of the buttons on the scanner and the screen turns to a countdown showing 02:00:00, "I've never seen what happens when it drops to zero, but I'll bet anything it's something bad..."

Everyone looks to Dante, and subsequently gulp down in worry. The thought never occurred to you on whether or not the hunt was timed, or on what could happen if it ran out. Now though, it seems you may need to think about this more carefully.

>Choose 3 for a squad (Specify)
>Then, Choose a location on the map to start searching.
>Finally, roll 1d20 +4 to look for the alien.

Note: the columns designate the whole hill, so keep this in mind if you search there.
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>>2328661
Both gang members
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>>2328691
OOC: I should probably note that the Bloods are with you as well, but they are lying in the grass at the moment. Sorry, forgot to post that that in there.

Also, +4 INT.
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>>2328691
I say we put Tanjeet, Paula and Carol as team recon, Dante, Kurtis and Yukino as team snipe and we go with both gang members and make them apologize to Carol
Mushrooms are like plants so start at the herb garden
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Rolled 6 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2328691
Go with Kurtis and Paula.
Hit up the herb garden.
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Rolled 3 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2328702
Forgot to roll
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Rolled 2 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2328691
Rolling for dick size.

And to find the alien.
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>>2328695
Let them run
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>>2328725
>>2328719
>>2328715

OOC: You know in hindsight, we should have probably come to a consensus first on these. At least you guys seem set on the Herb Garden.

Anyways, currently between Team of Kurtis, Paula and You & You and the gangmembers.

Give me a tiebreaker here boys.
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>>2328742
Gang members.
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>>2328742
Gang members. Also talk shit to them for being bustas when they fuck up
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>>2328744
>>2328746
Alrighty, gangmembers it is. Now give me some rolls to see how good you guys can find the alien.

>1d20 +4 INT
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Rolled 14 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2328762
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Rolled 8 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2328762
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Rolled 13 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2328762
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>>2328770
>>2328764
>>2328719
Dat 18 will do a thing. Writing.

OOC: You guys still want to make these guys apologize for killing Carol btw?
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>>2328773
Yes but then we should leave what happens to them up to Carol
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>>2328790
Yeah.
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>>2328773
Backing >>2328790
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>>2328773
ALSO REMEMBER TO SHITTALK THEM FOR BEING BUSTAS WHEN THEY FUCK UP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m42ybQ3mbqI
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>>2328790
I'll support
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>>2328773
Yeah boii
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>>2328773
Rolled 14 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

You turn to the others, and then to the two bloods sitting on the grassy hillside.

"I'll head there with these two," you say, and nearly everyone turns aghast at your selection, "Someone needs to keep watch over them, and they have a couple of things to answer as well."

Carol looks at you with expectant eyes, and you nod in reply. Everyone else sets up their designated groups while you head to the gang-members, who appear to still be knocked out.

"I'll check out the Herb Garden," you say as you haul them both on your shoulders, tapping into a bit of the suit's power, "And see if I can't make these two useful in any way."

They nod in reply, though there's a slight sway in Paula's gaze as she sees you run off with them in tow. If you had looked hard enough, you would have seen fear.

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The walk to the herb garden doesn't take too long, as the walkways extend to all portions of the Arboretum. You head in, before you feel stirring in your arms. Judging by the groaning and slight struggling, it appears one of them has woken up.

"Hey...where the hell are we?", the taller one asks, as his gaze meets the arboretum, "And put me down damnit, this is making me all woozy..."

"Don't make too much noise," you hiss back at him, looking at your surroundings, "if that thing is out there, it'll give us away."

"Yo what the fuck are you talking about?!" he starts shouting, struggling harder in your arms, "Let me go already!"

These guys are gonna give you away at this point. You go to knock him out again, but not before a strange odor comes your way. It is like a really pungent perfume or a rotting bouquet of flowers. There's a strange feeling in your toes as the smell begins wafting closer to you.

>Follow the smell, see what that's about
>Put these two down, and settle things for Carol
>Back away, and go to warn someone about the discovery
>Write in
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>>2328825
>Back away, and go to warn someone about the discovery
>"If you don't wanna fucking die a second time, you better do what I tell you and follow me. Whatever's out there is way worse than getting shot."
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>>2328825
>Write in
fake panic and start telling them to run, they run around and towards the creature whilst we get a better angle on the fucker.
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>>2328837
This
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>>2328825

Supporting:>>2328837
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>>2328859

You decide that it's probably best to move away from whatever is making that smell. It's almost too strong to even approach anyways. Yet, as you turn to leave to find the others you actually trip over something wooden on the ground and drop both of your 'partners'. You turn to see where they land, but not before your eyes find a broken piece of the walkway where you tripped. Had that always been there?

"Oww...fuck," you look to the gangmembers, and find that the smaller one is waking up, "What's going on man..? Where in the hell are we?"

You get up and start running towards them. They see you coming and they both run as well.

"Listen to me dammit," you say as you deftly catch up them with your suit's energy, "If you don't wanna fucking die a second time, you better do what I tell you and follow me."

"Eat shit," the smaller one says, while trying to find away around you, "You think we're gonna trust your fucking word now, asshole?! Give me one good reason why I shouldn't just run out of this damn place?!"

"You want to run, be my guest," you say as you intercept their attempts at escaping, "But if you do, a bomb is gonna go off inside your head, killing you."

"What the fuck are you on?!" The taller one says, as he tries to push you out of the way, but you don't budge an inch, "You expect me to believe that?! Just let us go damnit!"

"Fine then," you say as you step out of the way and let him fall from the effort, "but I warned you, and that's not even speaking of what could be out there. Believe you me, whatever's out there is way worse than getting shot."

They turn to look at you, and just seem to run off, one better than the other as he's still got Paula's cuffs on.

>Run after them, they might prove useful but you may have to force them further
>Forget them, and find the others
>Investigate that smell, and this time discreetly
>Write in
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>>2328890
>Write in
link up with the others.
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>>2328890
>Forget them, and find the others
Part of me really wants to chase them because all the talk about people getting sick this past thread, along with the alien being a shroom-man, kinda makes me worried about it infecting people and turning them into itself. But it's a lot better if we can get the others and keep everyone alive and not turned into freaky fungus fuckers.
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>>2328890
>Forget them, and find the others

>>2328912
But if we let then do it we can have Carol shoot then and be more confident once she kills her agressors.
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>>2328890
>Run after them, they might prove useful but you may have to force them further
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>>2328890
>>Forget them, and find the others
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>>2328912
>>2328918

You tried to warn them, and they made their choice. If they're smart, maybe one of them will come back after the other's head explodes. Though, from rash they seemed, you honestly doubt it.

You decide to leave the grassy portion of the walkway and decide to link up with one of the other groups near one of the arboretum's attractions.

>Bonsai Garden, (Carol, Yukino, and Paula)
>Visitor Center, (Tanjeet, Kurtis and Dante)
>Columns, by yourself (roll 1d20 +4 INT)
>Write in
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>>2328942
>Visitor Center, (Tanjeet, Kurtis and Dante)
Closest place to us, with the Bonsai Garden a little farther. Columns are completely on the other side of the Herb Garden, too risky.
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>>2328942
>Bonsai Garden, (Carol, Yukino, and Paula)
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>>2328942
>Bonsai Garden, (Carol, Yukino, and Paula)
Make up for Yukino's lack of use here.
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>>2328942
>Bonsai

Like there is only Paula with some competence there.
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>>2328972
>>2328954
>>2328947

You decide to head to the Bonsai Garden. Yukino has the suit, but she doesn't exactly was a way of defending herself effectively, so maybe Paula and Carol could use the extra hands. There's also relaying the information about the Herb Garden to them once there as well. You decide to make your way there, keeping your senses tight for any sort of smell or movement.

<>

You head into the Bonsai Garden, and beyond it's ample stone entrance and inviting oriental gates, you find it positively abandoned. There's no sign of Carol, Paula, or Yukino in there besides a few steps along the pebble pathways. You can discern they were here, but...something isn't right about this place.

As you head deeper in you, begin to notice that strange, pungent odor in the air. However, as you approach closer you find that the intensity actually turns somewhat pleasant. Beyond the rows of the bonsai trees and pots you hear a strange noise coming from behind one of the decorative rocks. It sounds like a whimper, yet at the same time it also sounds like whispering.

>Peer behind the rock
>Call out for someone
>Throw a pebble, and attract what's behind it.
>Write in
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>>2328980
>Throw a pebble, and attract what's behind it.
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>>2328980
>>Throw a pebble, and attract what's behind it.
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>>2328980
>Throw a pebble, and attract what's behind it.
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>>2328980
>Throw a pebble, and attract what's behind it.
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>>2329005
>>2329001
>>2328985
>>2328992

There's plenty of pebbles on the walkway, but the one you grab looks especially fragile. You imagine this will give it a bit more noise as it breaks apart from the your throw. You wind up your hand, and throw the pebble as close to the open angle of the rock. Like you thought, it shatters making a clicking, almost metallic noise as it hits the rest of the walkway's pebbles.

You hear a yelp coming from behind the rock, and the a barely audible whisper. Something pokes out behind the rock, like a small black, fuzzy worm. You almost move closer to investigate, before a sigh of relief is given behind the rock. Two forms emerge from it, that of Carol and Yukino, both looking a little bit shaken from the encounter.

"Erick," she says as she brushes a few beads of sweat from her brow, "we're so glad to see you, almost gave me a heart attack there..."

"See, there was no monster Carol," Yukino perks up, acting brave, "Now we just have to find Officer Torrez."

"Wait, what happened to Paula?," there is a slight pang of pain in your gut as you say this, "Where is she?"

Paula looks at the ground, and then to you. She's got a worried look on her face.

"We heard a weird noise coming from the other side of the garden, like breathing," she begins to explain, "Paula told us to stay put, said she would check it out before we moved on."

"She told us to not move out of cover," Yukino continues, "That she would call for us if she needed our help...but she never came back."

"Damnit," you say under your breath, and turn to Carol, "do you guys know what direction she was headed?"

"She was headed that way," Carol points South...in the direction of the Herb Garden, "We would have followed right behind, but then that smell started appearing in the air."

This is bad...you could be down one person and the alien is still nowhere to be found...

>Go alone to the Herb Garden, and tell Carol and Yukino to find the others
>Take Yukino and Carol, if it's in the Herb Garden it will be easier to fight with some backup
>Find Dante and the others, and head to the garden together
>Write in
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>>2329041
>Take Yukino and Carol, if it's in the Herb Garden it will be easier to fight with some backup
Getting taken one by one seen like a bad idea, we take the lead and Carol can support us from behind.
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>>2329041
>Take Yukino and Carol, if it's in the Herb Garden it will be easier to fight with some backup

I know Paula wanted to protect the kid and male sure that Carol wouldn't be a problem because she is way to emotional and scare easily but the girls need to get it together.
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>>2329041
>Take Yukino and Carol, if it's in the Herb Garden it will be easier to fight with some backup
We haven't fucked her yet. She can't die without us getting laid with her first, it wouldn't be Gantz otherwise.
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>>2329106
>>2329051
>>2329078
Maybe going with the gangmembers was a bad idea...

"You two, I need your help to find her," you say, motioning them to the garden's exit, "And if the target is there as well, then I need your help to take it down as well."

"Wait, shouldn't we get the others?", Carol chimes in, looking worried, "We don't know that thing can do, and the others can-"

"There's no time for that now!", you shout, slightly louder than you intended, "the more time we waste arguing, the less chance we have of finding either of them. Now are you in or out and please give me our answer in the next 2 seconds."

Carol and Yukino give each other worried glances, but each of them nod in agreement.

"We'll help you find Officer Torrez," says Yukino as she paces forward, "I'm not as tough or big as either her or Carol, but I will help you find her Erick."

"Yeah," Carol goes forward as well, "We owe her for keeping us safe this far."

"Then let's not waste anymore time," you say, as the storm-clouds begin to move closer, "let's get her back."

<>

You all manage to make it to the herb garden quickly enough. You're quite surprised at how fast Yukino is given her size, but it could also be the suit enhancing her movement. You don't question it too much, as that pungent odor assaults your nostrils.

'They have to be beyond this threshold,' you think, as a few droplet of rain fall on your head, 'I'll find you Paula, and I'll kill that alien bastard just like last time.'

"Everyone get ready," you say, as you all approach the entrance, "And hold your nose, this isn't gonna easy."

>Roll1d20 +3 WIL to suppress the odor
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Rolled 9 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2329138
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Rolled 11 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2329138
Nah it definetly was. But that's what makes things fun!
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Rolled 8 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2329138
fug
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Rolled 13 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2329138
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>>2329146
>>2329147
>>2329156
Dat 14...writing.
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>>2329164
Get ready for suffering!
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>>2329164
Rolled 11 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

The smell only gets stronger here, unlike the Bonsai Garden, as you head further in. You also start seeing a white lingering mist in the air as you get further in. It's taking every bone in your body to keep going forward, and your progress is substantially hampered by whatever is in the air...

You look behind you to see the girls are having an even harder time moving through this veil of powder. Yukino is barely keeping awake, while Carol is lurching forward, as if her feet will give out beneath her at any moment. You would go to help them, yet you think any extra weight is going to only add to the sluggishness of your pace.

As you press forward, the mist becomes almost unbearable to see through, and you start feeling a burning sensation in your eyes. Your eyelids feel itchy as you finally reach the central courtyard of the herb garden. You can barely see anything in front of you, much less in the current darkness that's barely lit by your suit's own lights.

There's a thunderclap, this time it is much closer, as for a brief moment the mist is lit and you see a shapely figure through the misty powder. It was far away, near a patch of bushes in the center also lit up by the flash of lightning. Rain begins to fall slightly, as your vision begins to return a little. Then you hear the breathing...

>Head further in, the girls can cover you from the entrance
>Lead the way in, and have the girls cover your sides
>Wait, maybe the rain can clear what's in the air...
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>>2329186
>Wait, maybe the rain can clear what's in the air.
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>>2329186
>Wait, maybe the rain can clear what's in the air...


Quick question, does anyone in our current group have a radar?
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>>2329186
>Wait, maybe the rain can clear what's in the air...
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>>2329186
>Then you hear the breathing
>Head further in, the girls can cover you from the entrance
That's Paula! Plants and mushrooms don't breathe.
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>>2329207
They do through the skin.
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>>2329196
Dante and Paula have Radars. And i think the military guy has one too?
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>>2329218
They don't make breathing noises.
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>>2329218
Yeah, what I mean is they don't make breathing noises because they lack lungs.
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>>2329227
They do! We just don't recognize it, and it happens very slowly. Gotta be one with the trees or some shit.
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>>2329232
i think you are smelling to much of that white mist polen. Wait are these shrooms shooting cocaine in the air? No wait if it was thay we wouldn't be felling sleepy.
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>>2329251
Its snowing a nose full! I can hear the plants breathe! They talk to me.
They say.....
Your Waifu Is Shit!/spoiler]
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>>2329199
>>2329189
>>2329196
OOC: No, no one in your current squad has a radar.

The moment the rain began, the burning feeling in your eyes began to soften slightly. If it's lessening the sensation in your eyes, maybe it's reducing part of the mist. You motion to the girls to get behind cover, and you head towards some of your own.

The comply, and move to the courtyard's entrance, hiding behind part of the gate. You head towards the slatted trees, where maybe you can get a closer look at this thing while waiting out the mist. The rain starts falling a little harder as you settle down near one of the closer canopies.

You hear that odd breathing again, it sound raspy and almost pained in how it retracts. Like someone breathing from their throat, yet choking on something. It's an unsettling noise, yet it begins to get drowned out as the rain begins to pour even harder. Like you predicted, the mist begins to dissipate, along with the heaviest part of the odor lingering in the air.

You can breathe a bit better already without that powder in the air, as well as move a little more as your body no longer feels as sluggish. You hear splashing from the central portion of the courtyard, and get a clearer glance at the thing you saw in the mist.

It's stature is that of an adult woman, yet it appears androgynous without any sexually defining characteristics besides maybe its narrow shoulders. There are hundreds of mushroom and fungus packets growing from its skin, that end at its head. The splashing on its stump like legs, seem to increase as the rain gets harder.

It turns its twitching head in rhythm to its splashing legs, as if it's looking for something. Whatever it is, it seems to be moving erratically away from the central courtyard towards the south...and the Columns.

>Let it go, find Paula.
>Shoot it before it gets away, and maybe end this now.
>Motion Carol closer, and have her open fire along with you.
>Write in
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>>2329273
>Motion Carol closer, and have her open fire along with you.

Two can make the kill and gives Carol some trainning.
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>>2329273
>>Shoot it before it gets away, and maybe end this now.
With the Y-Gun we don't want more spores in the air.
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>>2329273
>Shoot it before it gets away, and maybe end this now.
>Do not breathe at all while shooting it, just in case.
Y-gun time.
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>>2329285
>>2329298

There's no time to lose as it's getting away the longer you hesitate. Time to take aim, and hopefully end this whole thing right here.

You hold your breath, depress both triggers.

>Roll1d20 +3 INT, as you're still somewhat affected by the mist, to shoot
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Rolled 12 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2329307
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Rolled 18 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2329307
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Rolled 18 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2329307
Ygun-chaan!
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>>2329309
>>2329311
>>2329313
Dat 21 will do a thing. Last update of the session incoming.
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Also i just realized that the aliens are a couple. Since the one that was in the picture was more male then female.

Hope we can manage to capture the two and send the two toward whatever the place we send then to.
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>>2329298
I think the rain kills it's spore cloud so we are fine. guess that's why gantz send us before schedule. The rain was to give us some advantage.
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>>2329317
You hands are steady as your breath is held in advance. You peer out from your cover and take the shot against the alien.

The alien itself actually glances back, as if it sensed something coming towards it but it's too late. As the net sailed through the air, and surrounded the alien's struggling form you move from cover and begin the secondary fire on your Y-Gun.

A shining laser beam cuts through the clouds and begins to tear the alien apart, slab by slab. It struggles with all of its might, and dexterous prowess but it seems to just make the binding even stronger. Yet, in spite of your probable victory, you see something equally surprising and horrifying.

As the laser makes its way down the alien's head and face, you first a squishing noise you can only equate to a paint bucket splattering its contents. Then you see parts of the alien break apart from its body. First its arms, then its legs, and then part of its torso begin to separate from its body.

Without a central mass to hold, and the pieces being small enough to fit between the netting, the anchors distend on themselves as the laser stops cutting up the remains of the alien's upper torso as it falls to the ground in a squishing noise. The sight does not end there, as the pieces begin moving on their own, each growing hundreds of small bristles that quickly propel them them on the ground.

You go to shoot again, yet the pieces are too small and too far for your gun to get a proper hold on. The last of the pieces goes over the wall, a leg, before dissapearing with the rest of its horde towards the pillars.

"Should we follow Erick," Carol asks, coming out of cover, "We can catch up if..."

Carol is cut off by a tug at her leg, and finds that Yukino is staring at something hidden behind a bush. You all turn to the bush and peer behind it, to find the sprawled out body of Paula Torrez. Her eyes are glazed over, and there's drool coming from her mouth. You want to let out a shout of rage, yet Carol beats you to it with a scream of horror.

<End Session>
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I'll call it here for now guys, as I am getting very sleepy.

Call me crazy for expecting a more sensible option to your hunt, but I guess we thrive on unpredictability so who am I to talk.

We will reconvene tomorrow at the same time of 12 PM EST, to see if we can't finish up this second hunt.

Check up on my twitter for updates and other goodies I will post there from now on.

For now though, have a good evening.

https://twitter.com/General0Bolivar
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>>2329367
God dammit the alien is like the thing but with mushroom each part will geow and become another creature.
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>>2329367
Goddamn fungi's, this is gonna' be a pain the ass to fight. Also hope Paula isn't dead. Or brain dead.
>>2329380
>qst
>Sensible
Ohohohohho. But yeah, now that we know what we're dealing with, we can bring our A game.

Remember, we work at Wal-Mart, there's no way we haven't dealt with mold before.
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>>2329380
Thank you for Running Bolivar. See you tomorrow
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>>2329395
The hard thing will be to track it since this alien doesn't seem to have heat signature.

Also i doubt Paula is dead maybe just out of the equation we must grab her and go meet with Dante and give him a full report.

Hopefully the fungus isn't something so OP as leaving a finger without being crushed by the gun will allow it to grow again.

Abd also this is a good way to farm points since the limbs seem to grow into another and most likely a bigger alien so our first catch still counts as a live one!
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>>2327829
>a sequence of numbers that you guess may his platoon or squad
That'd actually be his Social Security Number.
Then his blood type, then religion (if any) for purposes of last rites and funeral.
Not even shitting you, they put that fucking number on every goddamn thing and then wonder why we're the profession with the highest rate of identity theft victimhood.
>>2327983
Possibly on the first, but corporate policy would be to just cooperate and let them take the money/items, rather than risk being shot.
>>2328101
>we shouldn't try that unless it is beneficial to the team
I'd class not having to worry about having these little fucks at our back in a fight as a benefit to the team.
Actually, I wonder what happens if you shoot a person with the Y-Gun. Do they go to space jail same as the aliens?
>>2329106
Nobody ever got to fuck Kishimoto, your argument is invalid. Not that any sane person would WANT to fuck that crazy bitch, but still.
>>2329380
Good session, sad I missed it but them's the breaks. See you tomorrow, Bolivar.
>>2329390
>like the thing
I really hope not. Because if it IS, then mankind is FUCKED.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhZT3vw7ab8
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Killing this thing is gonna be hard. Unless we set it on fire. Fire usually works.
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>>2329748
We should totally buy one of those Elon Musk flamethrowers after this, so we can KILL IT WITH FIRE on demand.
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>>2329395
I can't wait till we have to fight aliens at the Walmart where we work
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>>2329748
Or fungicide. That'd also work.

And did we not look around the room? Cause we don't have any katanas or monowheels.
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>>2329753
That one is more of a blowtorch than anything.
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>>2329757
I'm aware, but because of that it's perfectly legal, and it CAN burn an alien if (im)properly applied.
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>>2329756
We didn't to busy instructing the newbies about the stuff.

>>2329753
Fire is good but that is assuming it works on a celular level and not as a mechanism like a lizard severing a tail to escape a predator.

>>2329601
Maybe not like the thing but the body parts seem to have will of it's on either is capable of fast reproduction so it can escape death.

So either those body parts will follow us around or will run and try to evolve my bet is in attacking us in the grass and now those things are even harder to spot thanks to becoming just body limbs.

And the radar doesn't work on then. But maybe that's because the white mist was making then undetectable
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<Session Start>

Carol's scream eventually turns to a strained sob as she cradles Paula's body close to herself, while you try to find a pulse on her wrist. Between the rain and the mist still in the air, discerning the motion of fluid in her veins proves difficult. There's a pace of urgency in your fingers as you almost bruise her wrist trying to find a pulse.

You find it, a very faint, almost trickling flow. Paula's breaths are equally shallow, and her chest is almost unmoving when she takes them. She's alive, but does not respond to your voice or to any physical contact you and the others have tried to wake her from her almost vegetative state.

After almost a few moments of trying to resuscitate her, you eventually tell Carol to let go. She reluctantly does, and places her body below the canopy so it doesn't become more wet with the oncoming rain. Through all of this Yukino was desperately looking for the alien's trail near the walls and walkways, and comes back with something white, and sticky on her gloved fingers.

"It leaves this behind wherever it moves," she shows you a few semi-solid lumps on her hand, "I think...it's breaking apart or something. My mom said that some mushrooms dis-solve if you leave them out in the water long enough..."

You're only half listening to her words, between Carol's sobs and your own hazy rage. There's a strange amount of sense in what she says however. Yukino seems like one of those very precocious children in your eyes, yet...there's something very odd about her emotional priorities.

"Going by that logic, it should be melting apart in this rain then," you reply back, "which means...it's going to find shelter from it. But then...why would it go to the columns...?"

"I am not sure...", she says, looking at Paula's body, "We should try and look for it and see what's it's up to."

"No," Carol replies, looking straight at you, "what we need to do is find the others. If it can create that weird mist when it's not hostile, what do you think it's going to when it gets angry?"

You look at Paula's body, as if expecting some sage advice from her, but it doesn't come. If there's a way to take that thing out, you may need to take it before Paula's condition becomes worse.

>Yukino, go to the columns and see what that thing's up to.
>Carol, find Dante's group in the visitor center
>Paula, let the others find Dante's group and see what you can do about her condition.
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>>2330094
>Yukino, go to the columns and see what that thing's up to.
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>>2330094
>Carol
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>>2330094
Changing to support Carol. We can carry Paula on our back.

Also Yukino is kinda weird. Maybe she has asperges. and also seem to be a mushroom specialist.
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>>2330094
>Paula, let the others find Dante's group and see what you can do about her condition.
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>>2330094
>Carol, find Dante's group in the visitor center

Regroup.
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>>2330094
>Write-In

"Carol, Yukino, you two take Paula back to Dante's Squad. I'll do some scouting. Stay safe."
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>>2330132
No anon the more eye the better for all we know they coudl bump into these slime shrooms.

Also if there is more then one of these things Dante's group might be in need of support.
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>>2330128
>>2330105
>>2330113

Forgot to post the write in portion...

"Sorry Yukino," you say, getting up off the ground, "But, we're gonna have to regroup with the others. We just don't know enough about that thing to make a move, and I feel if we follow it, we may be heading to a trap."

Yukino looks a little sad at your rejection of her plan, but nods her head and goes to Paula's side.

"We can't leave her here though," she says, while lifting one of her arms over her shoulder, "what if it comes back?"

"She's got a point," Carol replies, as she moves to help Yukino, "I've got her, we can find shelter for her from the rain at the visitor's center as well."

"Alright then," you nod your head, and move to Yukino's side and prop Paula's arm over your shoulder, "Let's move out then."

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You manage to make it out of the Herb Garden before you run into Dante's group. The pathway is so slippery with rain that Carol and yourself almost drop Paula upon finding the others. There's surprised exchange of glances before Dante comes forward.

"Are we glad to see you guys," he moves to help you prop up Paula, "We heard screaming from the herb garden and then a bunch of signatures showed up on the scanner in your direction. What the hell happened?"

"We found it," you mention as you place Paula on your shoulders again, "it's only one but it can separate itself into smaller pieces. Besides that and the weird mist it gives off, we don't know what else it can do."

"We don't know what happened to Paula," Carol explains, "but I think it had something to do with that mist. The moment you're exposed to it, it starts messing you something horrible, but the rain seems to dissipate it."

"That explains why it showed up suddenly," Kurtis adds, looking at his radar, "it's at the columns, but...it's just sitting there for whatever reason."

"We need to take it out," replies Dante, turning his head to you, "Get someone to watch Paula at the visitor center, we don't know where that thing is going and meet us by the columns. We're ending this right now."

>Have Carol and Yukino take Paula.
>Have Tanjeet or Kurtis take Paula
>Suggest a different plan, (Write in)
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>>2330147
>>Have Carol and Yukino take Paula.
Let's split the difference; they can stay a ways back from us, but still where they can see us and we can see them
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>>2330147
>Have Carol and Yukino take Paula.
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>>2330147
Bolivar what is the situation of the rain? Is it spreading along the place?
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>>2330161
OOC: Washington Weather Service is calling in for a heavy thunderstorm later in the evening. Stay inside if you don't want to get wet, and please for the love of god stay away from high elevation areas.
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>>2330147
>Have Carol and Yukino take Paula.
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>>2330159
>>2330160
Why do i have the strange feeling that Paula is with a shroom inside of her (the droll described when we found her was very concerning) and that even if we end this thing in the center thay gantz won't teleport us because of this?
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>>2330169
Why don’t we use the x-ray vision in the x-gun check?
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>>2330169
I honestly have never read Gantz so I can't tell if that's too KEIKAKU DOORI or not for the setting... but also don't give the qm ideas
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>>2330147
>Have Carol and Yukino take Paula.

i have no better plan just ask Yukino for her input on shrooms and advise Carol and her to keep a eye on Paula. We don't know what that mist does for all we know it could be something more then a defense mechanism
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>>2330173
Good thinking anon.

>>2330147
Bolivar before sending then off let's do this:>>2330173

>>2330174
There was a alien in the manga that used a human like suit so it's possible if the shrooms behave as a parasite to control a host or if he's a entire living being.
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>>2330173
Seconding this.
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>>2330175
>>2330166
>>2330159
>>2330160

"Carol, get Paula and Yukino inside," you state as you give Paula's arm back to Yukino, "Paula's radar should still work, so press all three buttons to signal us in case there's trouble."

"I'll take care of them Erick," Carol says as she shifts Paula's body bridal style, and activates her suit, "And I'll see what I can come up with that piece of the alien Yukino still has."

"We're gonna run experiments?", Yukino asks, "I'm good at those."

"Yeah, I guess we will," Carol replies, and turns back to you guys, "Y'all better come back alive!"

She speeds off, with Paula and Yukino right behind. You don't take the time to see them off, as Dante motions you and the others towards hillside.

<>

The four you position yourselves behind one of the canopies near the Herb Garden, and look over Kurtis's radar.

"It's still just sitting there," Kurtis states as he points to a single red dot on the display, "Like it's waiting for something. You got a plan for this thing?"

"Erick said it can split apart right?", Tanjeet chimes in looking at your gun, "That means capturing and telefragging it out of the picture."

"The pistols are too short range," Dante says, holstering up his rifle, "We're gonna have to snipe it out. Though...if it can really split apart like that, I am sure what the regular guns can do..."

"We could just wait for the rain to do it's job," you say, looking at the dot, "it dissolves in the water, though I am not sure how long that'll tak-"

There's an explosion in a patch of now scorching grass on of hills far from you. A lightning bolt struck the area, and even the heavy rain has trouble putting out the small fire.

"That's ludicrously close," says Tanjeet, a little more jittery than usual, "We need to get to a safer angle if we're gonna do anything right now..."

>Move, to the treeline near the walkways
>Move, the second knoll where the lighting struck
>Move, below the side canopy.
>Write in
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>>2330181
>>2330175
>>2330201
OOC: Good thinking anons, but you guys actually don't know about the X-Ray feature on the gun. Maybe you should have practiced with it more.
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>>2330210
Oh man. Well whatever. I thought the x-ray was showed as pressing just one of the buttons?

>>2330207
>Move, the second knoll where the lighting struck
>Write in Time to be the bait again.
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>>2330217
OOC: It does, but you guys have been exclusively using the Y-Gun since the start.

Paula and Dante are the only ones who know the feature exists, but you guys never really trained with the guns all that much so the question never popped in conversation.
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>>2330217
This.

Also, the X-Ray function is built into the rifle’s scope.
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>>2330226
True we never tasted the single trigger we just did the dual pull
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>>2330229
It's as he says here:>>2330226
We never tried to pull just ine of the triggers we know how to shoot but we don't know about the scanner part.
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>>2330229
OOC: It's built into both the pistol display and the rifle's scope, but the function itself is the top trigger to activate.
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>>2330229

"Lighting doesn't strike the same place twice," you say, and you point to the grassy knoll overlooking the columns, "So, we should get to the other hill if we're to have a safe vantage point."

"Are you sure that's not just hearsay?", Tanjeet replies, looking worried, "I mean, given probability and all, but we're still in an unprotected area. What if it spots us?"

"I'll draw it's attention," you state, while everyone turns their head at you, "I'll come in close, draw it out to the side, and give you guys a good angle to shoot it from."

"Erick, we can't ask you to do this man," Dante says, looking at the columns, "I've never fought something like this before, so there's no telling what it could do."

You don't give him much of another chance to reply as you begin speeding towards the columns.

"I know what I'm doing!," you say as you ready a jump, "Just don't miss!"

You wonder if they heard you say that as you fly from the crest of the hill to the far bottom near the column's pavement. You quickly move to the far side of the column, where Kurtis's signal originated. As soon as you begin to round the bend, you start smelling that familiar pungent aroma again.

You pass the far column, and find the alien, or what you think is alien. It's body looks more spongy, with several gaps opening like large pores on its abdomen and torso. It's reformed back to it's normal form but there's something very off about it. It doesn't react to you, in it doesn't seem to be moving.

>Inspect it, get closer and get a more detailed look
>Stay put, wait for Dante and the others
>Shoot it, maybe it's dying...?
>Write in
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>>2330254
>Stay put, wait for Dante and the others.
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>>2330254
>Stay put, wait for Dante and the others

Wait for everyone to take point then we do our thing.
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>>2330254
>Stay put, wait for Dante and the others
Let's not risk it.
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>>2330254
>Stay put, wait for Dante and the others
Let's make sure to keep our eyes open for any smaller parts mulling around.
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>>2330277
>>2330262
>>2330263
>>2330266

Anything besides trying to get it's attention is deviating from your plan, so you decide to stay put. In the time in waiting for Dante to arrive, you get a glimpse of all of the different portions of this thing.

It's body isn't breaking apart anymore, in fact it seems to be sustaining itself through the rain. In spite of it being motionless, lying on the pillar, you see that it's small tendrils seem to be moving. Rather, they seem to be swaying in some way, like they're trying to brush the water from the bottom of the alien's body.

As you continue inspecting the alien, you find something very odd about it's head. It's still cut in half from the assault of your Y-Gun, but there's something stretching out from the base of its neck. You hadn't noticed before as its white skin mixed in with the columns own white marble. There's a stringy, flackly tentacle coming out of the its body, seemingly wrapping itself around the column.

You notice that it seems to be growing to reach the top. Yet you don't wonder much more as a pebble lands behind you. You look back to see Dante and Kurtis in position on the knoll and aiming down their sights. They're waiting for you to get out of the way and blow this thing apart.

>Move, let them take the shot
>Stay, there's something going on here...
>Shoot, maybe it won't split apart if it's attached to the column?
>Write in
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>>2330285
>Move, let them take the shot.

Let's be a team player if anything we can use our ygun if it spread away again.
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>>2330285
>Move
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>>2330285
>Move, let them take the shot
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>>2330207
>"Erick said it can split apart right?", Tanjeet chimes in looking at your gun, "That means capturing and telefragging it out of the picture."

Tanjeet be smart.
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>>2330285
>Stay, there's something going on here...

Signal a standby.

Also, we need to invest in Walkie-talkies.
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>>2330310
>>2330306
>>2330309

There's no time to waste looking at this thing. You give it one more glance, as you see that it's tendril is reaching to the top of the pillar, and dive out of the way of Dante and Kurtis's line of sight. You register a far off blast from their rifles, and what sounds like gurgling from the alien's pillar.

You go to look at it, when it's body explodes into gooey, white pieces. The alien's body mass splatters on the floor and surrounding pillars. For a moment, you think you see the pieces begin to move on their own, but the rain manages to slow them down and eventually dissolve them.

There's a bit of cheering from the direction of the guys, mostly on Kurtis's part before you see a flash of white in the air. You don't catch the lightning strike the alien's pillar, but you do catch a glimpse of a burning spike of white standing erect on top of the pillar itself. The fire spreads down the tendril, seemingly ignoring the rain, and you then see the last part of the alien. It's neck and jawline dangling from the tendril, and for second, you think you see a grin on its slit mouth.

The tendril suddenly, still on fire, moves erratically and shakes the pillar violently as it clings even harder. The marble cracks, sinks in, and eventually part of the structure starts caving right towards you very quickly.

>Roll1d20 +4 INT to move out of the way, or +2 AGG to steel yourself for the impact.
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Rolled 13 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2330331
Dodge
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Rolled 13 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2330331
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Rolled 20 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2330331
It was a trap!

i want to hold the collum because i think it's trying to make us move and catch us unguarded
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Rolled 2 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2330331
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>>2330343
We rekt the shroom boii
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>>2330343
Erick Vandera. All mart employee fir a couple of hours during the week. Part time alien hunter and all time badass.
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>>2330344
>>2330340
>>2330337
Dat 17 will do a thing. Writing.

>>2330343
DAT 20! But not enough people voted on the option so, it is now invalidated.
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>>2330353
ah so that's how it works? I kinda don't like it because people will alway go for the optiin with the highest modifier.
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>>2330353
Maybe next time itd be better to vote first then have us do rolls
I mean, the 20 WAS in the first three properly formatted and linked rolls
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>>2330353
In my opinion if you do that way you should count the highest roll or do as this guy here >>2330362 said.

May cause people to think you are railroading.
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>>2330363
Railroading is nonsense, no reasonable person would think that. I do agree that first 3 rolls should be taken regardless of what they voted for though.
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>>2330353
Rolled 13 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

You activate your suit and deftly move out of the way of the falling pillar. It crashes onto the marble tiles and shatters portions of the floor. The piece were you were just standing on had just caved in from the impact. A half a second slower, and it could have been your leg.

You move to get up until you hear a sound like hissing coming from the shattered remains of the column. The sound quickly moves towards you, along with a horrifying amalgam of white tissue and growing tendrils. The alien's body is now reduced to a head and a tendril like spinal column, but it is moving towards you with the alarming speed of a snake.

You see a strange vice coming from the top of its head along with several more white tentacle that split it's half-skull right down the middle. You hear several shots in the distance, but not before the comes comes right for your throat.

>Roll1d20 +3 AGG to wrestle this thing away from you

>>2330362
>>2330363
OOC: Hmm, would it be fairer to give you guys the (Challenge Rating) for the roll in case this happens again? Not all of the higher modified rolls will be better and it may pre-empt people to take higher chances.
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Rolled 7 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2330373
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Rolled 12 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2330373
I honestly would have voted to catch the pillar, 20 or not. Late decision aside, I don’t think you should have dropped the 20.
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Rolled 17 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2330373
No, I don't care about the CR. I just think the first three proper rolls should be taken regardless of vote picked, my dude.
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Rolled 20 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2330373
>Hmm, would it be fairer to give you guys the (Challenge Rating) for the roll in case this happens again?

Yes


Now watch me roll a one.
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>>2330386
Well...i got the 20 but they both don't count guess i will just not roll.
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>>2330386
Dude you got the worst best luck
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>mfw it's a tentacle parasite monster
>mfw Paula may have one of those things inside her

God dammit we just went full aliens.
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>>2330379
>>2330382
>>2330384
Dat un-nat 20. Writing

>>2330382
It's ultimately your guys' decision to decide on a roll. Whether or not your roll a 20 or 1, it won't count unless it's the main roll.

I realize this causes conflict when rolling because some modifiers are higher than others, so I will try to fix this by including the CR for rolls so you guys aren't as discouraged from rolling for particular options.

>>2330384
I'll include the CR regardless because I don't want to have this sort of discussion about the rolls again. I will still count the first three proper rolls though, so that still stands.

>>2330389
I mean, that's on you for waiting so long to post man. Never know with dice and numbers.
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>>2330401
Actualy there is no need to feel down since the dice system of qst is time based so that 20 wouldn't exist even if i rolled earlier.
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>>2330401
CR transparency wasn't the issue any of us had with this. It's adding a fix to something unrelated.
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>>2330408
OOC: Just to clarify, the roll that got the nat 20 >>2330343 wasn't part of the primary roll because it was based on a separate modifier from the first two >>2330340
>>2330337. I made that rule since the start, to have the modifiers set before you made the roll otherwise the roll wouldn't count.

In other words, the first two rolled to dodge, the third rolled for a separate option, and the fourth rolled for dodge. The primary roll is counted only for the first three of the same option. I give you guys about 10 or 15 min to pick a roll, I refresh, and I check them again to make sure there aren't any ties.
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>>2330415
Well whatever just let you know people will pic the highest modifier even if it would be better risk using the lowest one.
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Biggest proof is what just happend out of four anons three picked the one with the highest modifier because it would be safer to be done.
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>>2330415
Then I still heavily suggest that in a similar scenario in the future, have the players vote first then roll. People will always dislike situations like this otherwise, so the obvious solution is to prevent it from happening again.
That way, everyone rolls the same modifier when rolling time comes up.
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>>2330435
I agree.
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Rolled 17 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

The alien moves with frightening speed as it lunges for your throat, its tentacles moving in an erratic form as you actually see small points at the end of them. With an almost equal speed to it, you catch the alien's head in mid-air.

It's struggling to move it's tentacles closer to your head. You manage to hold it off from coming any closer with the suit's added strength, but it is struggling so much and the rain is making it so slick it you're having a difficult time holding it together.
Then you feel a powerful press alongside your ribcage, and stomach as you feel the alien's body begin to wrap around you. It presses harder, and squeezes you but you manage to hold this off from cutting off your oxygen supply and suffocating you.

You don't know how much longer you'll be able to hold out, but you then start hearing explosions coming from the ground you were just standing in. And then shouting, as the others come to try and get this thing off of you. You feel its coils loosening as they approach and then it's head moves away from you. A whip-like slap, places you on the floor and it begins to quickly slither away. You feel an arm on your shoulder, and another helping you up.

"Are you hurt man?", Dante speaks up, looking you over, "Nothing broken or bleeding?"

"I'm fine," you say, panting on Tanjeet's shoulder, "Gotta say, I didn't see that coming..."

"Guys, come closer you're gonna want to see this," Kurtis says as you all follow, "There's something going on in the visitor center, I just spotted a new signature coming from the kitchen there."

You all see a few scattered red dots in the area he's pointing out. The next second the screen fades, and then returns as red, with a blue pulse eminating from the visitor center. You feel a buzzing in your hear as this occurs.

'Carol...'

>Head to the visitor center, check what's happening
>Follow the alien, and terminate it
>Split up, (specify who goes to which area)
>Write in

>>2330435
>>2330453
OOC: Alright, we'll play it like this then. We're still going by the previous rule of only the primary rolls, but this sounds fair enough.
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>>2330471
>Follow and terminate
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>>2330471
>>Split up, (specify who goes to which area)
Go with Kurtis to the visitor center, the other 2 guys follow the alien
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>>2330471
>>Head to the visitor center, check what's happening
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>>2330471
>Split up, (specify who goes to which area)
They go hunting that thing we go to Carol, goddamn I think after this we should hunt as a big team and no slipping up.
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>>2330471
>>split up but bring tanjeet with you to vistors

He has some medical experience might help paula hes also less trained in tracking and fighting and he doesnt have a radar
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>>2330471

Supporting:>>2330498

Kurt and Dante would be a better option to catch that thing.
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>>2330431
Well the anon was right about the pillar being a distraction for an actual attack. Which is a pretty damn common tactic, using things as distractions.
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>>2330502
>>2330479
>>2330494

"I'll take Kurtis and head to the visitor center," you state, and Kurtis nods in agreement, "Take Tanjeet and track that thing down. If it's heading into the treeline, then draw it out into the rain."

"Alright, but come find us once you deal with whatever is out there," Dante replies, moving towards the alien's trail, "come on Tanjeet, and watch your sides, that thing is fast."

They make their way towards the alien's trail, and dissapear from your sight over the hill. You turn away to see Kurtis looking at his radar very worriedly.

"How many people did you leave there Erick?", he asks, and you think before you answer him.

"Three, if it's counting Paula," you reply, and motion him to move with you, "What's it saying?"

"Because only two dots are moving out of the building it seems," he states, moving slightly faster and showing you the radar.

Whoever those two dots are, they are moving out of the visitor center at breakneck speed. Not only that, but the scattered dots you saw initially are beginning to come closer, until they're forming a bigger dot on the radar.

Whatever negative speculations lie in your head, you toss them aside and activate your suit to boost you faster to your destination.

>Visitor Center
>Moving dots
>Split up again, (Specify who goes where)
>Write up
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>>2330502
>>2330498
OOC: Oh shit, sorry guys, I thought the choice was different. Give me a moment, I will change this in a second.
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>>2330540
>Moving dots
Shit shit shit!
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>>2330550
welp...goodbye waifu.
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>>2330544
>>2330498
>>2330502

"I'll take Tanjeet and head to the visitor center," you state, and Tanjeet nods in agreement, "Take Kurtis and track that thing down. If it's heading into the treeline, then draw it out into the rain."

"Alright, but come find us once you deal with whatever is out there," Dante replies, moving towards the alien's trail, "come on Kurtis, and watch your sides, that thing is fast."

"Ain't got to tell me twice," he says, while moving with his rifle.

They make their way towards the alien's trail, and dissapear from your sight over the hill. You turn away to see Tanjeet looking in the direction of the visitor center, clutching his gun close.

"Was she important to you Erick?", he says, while keeping his gun closer, "That woman, Paula, that was unconcious."

"Yeah...why do you ask?", you say motioning him to start moving, "Is it really the time for this man?"

"I ask because I don't want to see someone else lose another precious person again," he states matter of factly, looking only ahead as you both run to the visitor center, "I may be only a medical student, but I know what true pain is. And it has nothing to do with the physical."

You look to the ground and shake your head of any horrible ideas that statement may have brought in your head. You both speed along to the visitor center.

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You both arrive there in record pace from your previous location. The center itself seems to have been broken into, with it's shattered glass windows and bent door frames, or perhaps broken out of. Regardless, both you and Tanjeet head inside making as little noise as possible.

>Kitchen and staff rooms, the new signatures came from there.
>Foyer and lounge, maybe the girls are still hiding here.
>Patio and pond, check the surroundings
>Write In
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>>2330569
>Kitchen and staff rooms, the new signatures came from there.
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>>2330569
>Kitchen and staff rooms, the new signatures came from there.
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>>2330569
>Foyer and lounge
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>>2330569
>Kitchen and staff rooms, the new signatures came from there.
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>>2330569
>>Kitchen and staff rooms, the new signatures came from there.
We really need to "borrow" some walkie talkies from walmart
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>>2330581
>>2330585

The visitor center is eerily quiet as you make your way to the kitchen area. The carpet and floor leading to it seems to be caked with small shards of ceramic, most likely from plates given that they're white and brittle looking. Tanjeet motions you to one of the side doors, leading on an employee lounge.

You follow him in and see that the lounge is appears to be splattered with that same white goo that the alien degenerates into. It's all around the walls, and the table of the lounge, along with what looks like a coffee dispenser and pitcher shattered on the fluid itself.

"Boiling water...", Tanjeet whispers, moving closer to the almost liquified alien pieces, "It reacts to high temperatures, yet is adverse to water. If it encounters both portions in the same time, its senses may be too overwhelmed to move away..."

Tanjeet picks up part of the coffee pitcher, and pours what remains over a slightly more solid piece. Just as he theorized, the piece at first expands slightly and then bubbles away until it's almost liquid. He flashes you a grin, and moves to the hallway again.

"I wonder which one of them came up with that one?," you whisper in curiosity as you both start moving to the kitchen, "Though...if they were experimenting, wouldn't that mean that..."

You sentence is cut off by the sound of shattering glass, and an all too familiar pungent smell coming from the kitchen's metal doors. What sounds like scurrying feet or nails start coming from the other side of the doors, and the sound of hissing or hoarse breathing join it.There's something in there.

>Head in first, Tanjeet can cover your sides
>Tanjeet first, and you cover his sides
>Leave it, and see if you can draw it out
>Write in
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>>2330617
>Head in first, Tanjeet can cover your sides
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>>2330617
>>Head in first, Tanjeet can cover your sides
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>>2330617
>Head in first, Tanjeet can cover your sides
>Writein: Tell Taj to grad that water hopefully this place has a shower system against fire inside that we can use to kill the mist.

>inb4 it's Paula
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>>2330617
>Head in first, Tanjeet can cover your sides.
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>>2330636
>>2330619
>>2330623
>>2330625
OOC: Do you mean pull the fire alarm? Because there's no more boiling water in that room or a pitcher to put it in.

You motion for Tanjeet to stick behind you and he readies his x-gun to move to your side. You're both standing back to back as you move your hand to open the door and peek inside.

As soon as you do, as wave of mist begins to escape from the door. You immediately close it to prevent yourself from smelling it any further. You take a small breath from the clean outside air and motion Tangeet to hall side.

"There's a sprinkler system installed in every kitchen," you say as you point to the fire alarm, "Pull that, and the sprinklers will go off, but we'll only have so much time with the amount of noise it's going to make."

Tanjeet nods and places himself in position, while you move closer to the door. He's waiting on your signal.

>Roll1d20 +4 INT to intercept whatever's on the other side
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Rolled 1 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2330652
Yrp that's what i meant.
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Rolled 15 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2330652
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>>2330660
>>2330660
Well after all those 20 i shouldn't be surprised.
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Rolled 12 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2330652
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>>2330660
>>2330661
>>2330675

Dat 1. Writing.
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Im assuming the little girl thought of the idea with the water, we might want to consider asking her if theres anything ingestible that can kill mold in the body as well
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>>2330684
Rolled 1 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

-1 AGG, -1 INT

You give Tanjeet the go-ahead to pull the lever, and you press your body against the door. Instantly, a loud, ringing alarm resounds throughout the whole building and the sound of water sprinklers splashing can be heard on the other side of the door. You head inside with enough force to almost knock the door from its hinges.

The mist is already clearing up, yet you don't seen much of anything as you head inside the kitchen. There's plenty of broken plates, splattered kitchen utensils and what looks like spaghetti sauce dropped on the floor out of a pan.

As you look around the main floor, you see a small patch of white drop from the ceiling near your boots. Yet before you can look up, you feel a sharp, burning sensation in the back of your head. It's like someone plunged several hot knives into the base of your neck.

The pain is excruciating, and you try to pull whatever is moving under your still but your hands find nothing as you reach farther back. It doesn't take long for Tanjeet to sees this, and he runs shouting your name.

You feel an even more painful tug as Tanjeet tries to pull the alien's tendrils from going even deeper into your head. With enough force, he manages to dislodge it, but it only goes after him now. With your vision groggy from the pain, and tears forming in your eyes you can make out the form of the creature attacking Tanjeet.

It is long, and slender, like the previous alien, yet has a two pairs of legs like a rat or rodent that try to mercilessly find a foothold on Tanjeet's suit. It's head's tendrils are still fresh with your blood, and they're coming for Tanjeet's own.

>Roll1d20 +2 AGG to help him get that thing away
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>>2330719
O god not our medic
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>>2330723
Rolling is hard
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>2330723
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Rolled 15 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2330719
This happened to Paula. Rip in peace. :(
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Rolled 19 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2330723
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>>2330733
OOC: Include the modifiers in your roll, or it won't count buddy.
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>>2330737
OOC: NVM, also nice doubles with that 19.
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Rolled 15 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2330719
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>>2330753
>>2330737
>>2330734

Dat 21 will do it. Writing.
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>>2330747
Yea sorry i LOVE GANTZ but im new to quests
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>>2330755

Rolled 19 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

You push the feelings of pain out of your head, literally in this case, as you nearly tackle the alien going after Tanjeet's head. It's much more solid than the previous one you wrestled away from yourself in the columns. Thankfully, it also seems to be weaker, as you easily pull it away from Tanjeet and toss it to the ground with a slam that cracks part of the flooring.

Part of it is splattered on the flooring itself, but it's still very much alive and moving. In spite of the water pooling around it, it manages to almost right itself up before you place a solid stomp on its head. The remainder of the body continues to wriggle under you, but it's not getting out of there anytime soon. Tanjeet heads over to one of the sinks and loads up a glass full of boiling water from the tap.

There's a clinging of glasses below one of the pantries, and another alien leaps at him aiming for his throat. This however, he gives it a solid roundhouse kick in mid air and sends it sprawling into the kitchen counter, next to all the knives.

>Tanjeet, get the water, I'll hold the one on the counter down.
>Tanjeet, get the water and spray the one below me.
>Tanjeet, hold it down, and dump them both into the boiling sink
>Write in

>>2330775
OOC: You're among friends then. Welcome, and have a pleasant time.
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>>2330782
>Tanjeet, hold it down, and dump them both into the boiling sink
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>>2330782
>Dump both into sink
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>>2330782
>Tanjeet, hold it down, and dump them both into the boiling sink
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>>2330782
>Tanjeet, hold it down, and dump them both into the boiling sink.
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>>2330794
>>2330799
>>2330791
>>2330792

"Hold it down Tanjeet!," You shout, pointing at the knives and the alien, "restrict it's movement, the water will do the rest!"

Tanjeet rushes to the knives and starts slicing at the alien's limbs. It struggles to dodge the crazy fast knife work, and starts to screech as he slices its limbs off. You don't stare too much longer as you take your foot off the other alien, and pick up its wriggling remains.

There's a disgusting squelching sound as Tanjeet pulps the alien's skull with a tenderizer and picks up the remains alongside you. In spite of the severe trauma done to their bodies, both of these things are still very much alive and almost struggling to leave your hands.

You both don't give them the chance as you dump their bodies into the large metal sink. The boiling water bubbles their flesh and their white tissue begins to liquefy under the heat and water. The alarm hasn't stopped, yet you and Tanjeet give a sigh of relief at the sudden silence in the kitchen.

There's still a blinding pain in the back of your head, and you begin to wonder how deep that wound must be. It is then that you start hearing several footsteps outside of the kitchen, moving fast towards your location.

The doors open up, to reveal Carol, and Yukino, with Carol holding Paula over her shoulder. They dont even bother looking at the kitchen's interior, before Yukino goes to help you up.

"Erick, holy shit, you're hurt!", Carol states, looking at the blood coming out of your head, "We need to get you some treatment, right now!"

> Push through it, we need to regroup with the others
> First Aid, we're woozy enough as is...
> Return to the kitchen, maybe there's one more still there...
>Write in
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>>2330837
> First Aid, we're woozy enough as is...
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>>2330837
> First Aid, we're woozy enough as is...
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>>2330837
> First Aid, we're woozy enough as is...
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>>2330837
>First aid, we're literally dying
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>>2330845
>>2330849
>>2330857
>>2330859

Tanjeet moves you to main foyer and one of the available sofas there. Carol places Paula on the one right behind you and goes to into the employee lounge to find that first aid kit.

"You're very lucky you know that?," Tanjeet says as he inspects your wound, "any deeper, and it would have reached right to your spinal cord."

"Thanks...arrgh," you manage, between his prodding, "for that keen visual..."

Yukino goes next to Tanjeet and starts staring at your wound. Tanjeet doesn't pay it much attention, yet you're very amazed this little isn't phased by such a bloody sight.

"You think they might have infected him?", Yukino asks, with Tanjeet stopping his small analysis at the words, "Carol and myself were trying to see how we could kill those shiitake, but...when we added fire it kind of grew."

"It grew out of the pan we put it in, and then scurried under the fridge. Isn't wasn't until later that she told me to get out of the kitchen, that it had infected rats in there."

"We kind of figured the fire, but infecting?", you start, slightly scared for yourself now, "I can understand messing with your mind, but can mushrooms even do that?"

"They actually can," Tanjeet interjects, looking very worried now, "There's a certain type of mushroom, cortycept, that infects insects and other small creatures."

"Takes over their brains, and uses the host body to propagate itself in high elevation. Maybe that's what the big one was doing when it looked for the lightning."

"Don't worry, he shouldn't be infected," Carol
states, running back with a first aid kit, "It has to actually reach your brain to do that, it's what happened to those rats."

You breath a sigh of relief, and a few exclamations of pain as Tanjeet starts dressing your wound. The sprinkler system manages to stop at this point, as well as the droning alarm.

"You guys certainly made short work of them," Carol says, looking back at the kitchen, "Had to bail the moment the we knew there were three there."

"I found out how to get rid of them!," Yukino says, raising her hand, "It was kind of scary when one of them found me in the lounge, so I dumped a big thing of coffee on it."

"I thought it would just scare it away, but it just killed it as it tried to jump at me."

Trial and error seems to be the case with your group, and moreso this strange little girl. Tanjeet finishes dressing your wound, and manages to stop the bleeding. However you start hearing a strange noise in the distance outside of the front doors. Something like a long wailing siren.

<Session End>
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Sorry guys, gonna have to call it early tonight. Work wants me up at 6 AM tomorrow, so I have to get some sleep before I head out.

We will reconvene this Friday at the same time of 12 PM EST, and hopefully finish up this wild mushroom chase.

Check up on my twitter for updates and other goodies I will post there from now on.

For now though, have a good evening.

https://twitter.com/General0Bolivar
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>>2330891
Thanks for running
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>>2330891
Fun quest so far
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>>2330891
I find the precocious (but somewhat unnerving) child an excellent replacement for the dearly departed Paula. Also, Tanjeet has some unexpected staying power.
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>>2330999
Nigga she ain't dead. She's probably catatonic at worst and in a really bad mushroom trip at best.
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>tfw Kurtis, Tanjeet, and Yukino are reasonable people with valuable skillsets
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>>2331045
>reasonable people
>Gantz
I give them until the next hunt before they die.
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>>2331058
Hey, the longest lasting Tokyo team was mostly reasonable people.
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>>2331070
Yeah, before their previous team got super murdered.

Let's see if this one can override the third hunt curse for the series.
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>>2331031
I bet the mushroom infected her and that first form we tagged with the Y-Gun was also an infected human. That plus the two dots and the clearly living Yukino/Carol key me in on this sure reality.
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>>2331089
I can agree with the infected human bit, but there was never any scar or blood on Paula to indicate an infection.

Yeah, she snorted that shroom puff, but as far as we know that doesnt cause infection.

Also, that radar is unreliable as fuck in the manga. For all we known it overlayed her dot with Carol's on the screen.
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>>2331102
>there was never any scar or blood on Paula to indicate an infection.

You forget the part that the suit doesn't protect. The top of the head and your nose/face. That's why the powder could affect us even the suit and besides there is this.

>Her eyes are glazed over, and there's drool coming from her mouth
>there's drool coming from her mouth

Althought it isn't especific the fact that there is drool mean that the creature could have forced itself through her mouth while she was unconcious.

Or maybe we arrived in time and the alien didn't get to do it. Would explain why he ignored Paula.
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>>2331409
Maybe we should have her force-fed some hot (but not scalding) water
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>>2331430
That or have Tanjee make some field surgery on her. There is no problem since once we are teleported to Gantz we always get healed, so any surgery that isn't to stressefull or deadly might work Although pouring some hot water on her unconcious throat might be disconfortable it's better then she becaming the victim of a alien chest/belly burst.
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>>2330373
>Pick to run
>Roll nat 1
>Everyone changes to stay
The first three rolls should be counted regardless of plan, then add modifier of the most popular plan.
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>>2331409
>>2331430
>>2331468
Damnit stop making this quest have tension guys! Fanfic quests aren't meant to be this thrilling...
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Gentlemen.
If Paula dies, our first Hundred is for rezzing her.
Agreed?
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>>2331791
>If Paula dies

I think you mean.

>When she dies

I agree nonetheless. Current best girl followed right after by Yukino.
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>>2331802
Yukino is a great girl. Smart and very curious. She is proving to be one to do experiments hopefully she won't fall to much into it while we are on the hunt.

>>2331791
Well since we will be investigated with her dissapearing if she dies. I would say yes. Although i wanted to get some thrust points with Dante by brigging Chris back.

Because whatever deal him.and the senator had most likely involved with Dante watching Chris and keeping him out of trouble. But if Paula dies she is getting rezz.
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>>2331951
>Yukino is a great girl.

I am kind of still a little unsettled by her honestly. She's got to have autism or something that's causing her to not react like a normal child.

She's pretty nice regardless.

>Well since we will be investigated with her dissapearing if she dies.

Oh shit, I didn't even think about this. Yeah, we would need to have a pocket rez just for her, but getting 100 points is not easy in the least with Gantz.

Dante said he'd get Chris back regardless and I don't think the Gantz lets us exchange points. That being said though, we could just get trust the normal way with Chris even if it does take longer.
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>>2331962
>I am kind of still a little unsettled by her honestly.

I bet her parents got unsettled to. Remember everyone here died if something and Yukino was the only one that doesn't seem to be phased with a violent death. Possibly poisoned by her mother, or if she has a father, but it's unlikely since she seems to mention her mother more, making me think of a lack of a father figure.

>inb4 her mom killed her because she couldn't keep a man because her daugther scared then so she killed her.

>but getting 100 points is not easy in the least with Gantz.

It would be easier if we manage to use the Y-gun. Capture gives way more points. maybe next time we are at the all Mart we can get some slings so we can carry the Gantz rile while using the Y-gun
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>>2331983
>inb4 her mom killed her because she couldn't keep a man because her daugther scared then so she killed her.

Fuck...this is too appropriate for this setting...
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>>2332059
Gantz lobes to pull on peoples heartstrings. At least she wasn't abandoned and slowly died of hunger like the kid in the manga did. Or at least i don't think she was since it seems that she and her mom seemed to have some envolvement with each other.
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>>2332080
The kid died from being kicked in the abdomen.

Muscle... Rider...
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>>2332458
Still we can be Yukino's surrogate dad.
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>>2332693
>inb4 dead parents

Oh man, let's not have daughteru ideas here yet. We still have to live through this hunt.
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>>2332761
I know, i know. Let's first survice this hunt and save Paula.

What you think we should train next time? I would suggest tracking and teamwork or teamwork and usage of the suit.

Tracking is more to compasate for the radars bei g so inralliable and because apparently aliens are getting smart and using stuff to jam the radar.
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>>2332840
We should definitely go for more team training, but we should also start on firearm training. I get the feeling we still don't know enough about our arsenal, especially if we're primarily focused on the Y-gun.

We've been doing good in tram training so far, we just gotta stop being stupid and actually cooperate with the people we know in the hunts.
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<Session Start>

Of the six people currently in the Visitor Center, only one of them manages to ignore the din of the incoming emergency response team coming around the road's curve. You spot at least four vehicles lining up the road in a convoy: two police cars, a firetruck and an ambulance. Carol doesn't waste anytime for them to get closer, as she begins to sling Paula over her shoulder and moves to the building's exterior foyer.

You motion the others to follow suit, yet grimace in pain as you get up. Yukino gives you a tug to your arm to get moving, and you move swiftly out in spite of the pain. Everyone moves out quickly and silently as the emergency response begins to pull up along the curb of the visitor center's parking lot.

<Continued>

OOC: We're back, give me a moment while I set up my Laptop.
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<Continued>

Your party finds itself on the other side of the visitor center, near the cobbled trail that leads to the Herb Garden. Everyone's either huddled behind the building's walls or looking over the main fence to see where the Emergency team will head to first.

"There's an unusual amount of cops here for a fire alarm," Tanjeet says, looking past the building's shattered glass doors, "Emergency response teams always have at least an escort, but there's about 5 or 6 of them over there."

The worried analysis is cut short by a croaking or choking noise coming from Carol's, no, Paula's direction. Carol's holding her against a bush, when her mouth start's moving, and an all too familiar white substance begins leaking out of her lips.

"Oh my god," Carol exclaims looking at her and shaking slightly in terror, "That's not, what I think it is, right?"

"Let me look at her," Tanjeet says as he leaves the wall, and props her head, "Dante said that mist did things to your head, but he never mentioned this..."

You quickly run to her side to see, and Tanjeet moves her jaw open to peer inside. You go to look as well, and see that the inside of her mouth and parts of her nose are filling up with that white fluid.

"Her throat is full of that stuff," Tanjeet describes, and begins looking at her nose, "Her nostrils are excreting it as well. I can't be too sure since I don't have a correct way to diagnose it, but I think...she's got a pulmonary infection."

"It's in her lungs?", you shakily add, looking over Paula's mouth, "What the hell are we supposed to do...? We don't have anything to fix this shit here..."

Tanjeet looks down with worried eyes, and Carol's eyes begin tearing up at the realization. Paula may be dead already, or worse a carrier for whatever that alien plans on doing with her body. You've never felt more powerless in your life to continue on, yet you're racing through your head for a way to fix this. If there is a way to fix this.

>Roll1d20 +2 WIL to Not Lose Hope
>Write in (May Count for an Instant Success)
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Rolled 11 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2334237
Rolling and then reading.
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>>2334237
We've got to drown her. Is there a pool of water or anything we could dunk her head in?
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Rolled 11 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2334237
Let’s try to give her water.

Also You should tweet again I didn’t get a notification and just saw the thread by coincidence.
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Rolled 1 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2334237
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>>2334270
Shieeeeet
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Maybe we should get breathing masks not just for these type of attacks but also to protect our eyes and hide our face.
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>>2334255
OOC: I know twitter can be a little iffy, but I can assure you the post is there. And I have the time in the last post of the previous session as well, so check back here at least once when you see the time.

>>2334244
>>2334251
>>2334270
Dat 1. Writing.
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Rip the rest of our bonus wil
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-1 WIL, -1 AGG

Your mind races through hundreds of different scenarios for what you can do to help Paula's condition.

What if you force fed water? Would that reach her lungs, or would it just kill her even faster with even more substance in there...

What if you submerged her in water? Where would you even find enough water to do that, much less...how would you know it wouldn't just fail like your previous plan...

What can you do?

'I...don't know.'

No...what could you have done?

'I should have gone with them...'

Where did you go wrong in this hunt, a hunt you had prepared so long for?

'I thought it was the right choice...'

It didn't amount to anything in the end, just the loss of more people and a pain so great it may as well be real. You were wrong in opening up to people again, it was all just transient. Like all those other times, except now you know fully well why they'll leave you.

<Continued>
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<Continued>

The woman that had come into your life so suddenly, would leave it so quickly as well...and it would be all your fault. All of it, without a shadow of doubt in your own mind. You want to scream, to shout at your own self-hatred, before a tiny slap pulls you briefly from that mindset.

"It hurts because you don't know," Yukino says, as you stare at her with misty eyes, "well, you don't have to know. You only have to do, right?"

"What...?", you ask, somewhat taken aback by her comment, "What are you...?"

"She told me how much you cared," Yukino continues, looking at Paula, "And that you're not one to give up that easily, so don't act like she's already gone. We just gotta find a way to help her, at least a little bit, right?"

Everyone's looking astounded at Yukino's words, yet you're utterly without words. She doesn't wait for you to speak and moves to Paula.

"Doctor," she asks Tanjeet, "if it's in her lungs, can't we clean it out? Like they to pipes?"

"It's not so simple," Tanjeet responds, looking at Yukino, "I would need a lot of water, plus we would need a place to keep us dry so I could work, and we don't even have the right equip-"

Tanjeet suddenly stops, and moves closer to the fence. You all look at him expectantly, and then he turns around with a bright look in his eyes.

"Ok, I think I have a way to do this, but it's gonna be risky," he starts, looking at all of you, "There's an ambulance out there with probably the necessary equipment to do this. I need one of you to sneak over there, and bring me back medical tubing, a re-breather, and a set of shock paddles."

Everyone's trying to focus on Tanjeet's words, with you mildly considering everything he's saying.

"Another person needs to bring Paula to one of the maintenance sheds," Tanjeet continues, pointing to a large concrete building next to the visitor center, "And another person to get us 1 gallon of water, preferrably hot, so we can start on this."

You all look at each other, thinking of how this is going to work out. If it works out...

>Medical Supplies, take the risk and head to the ambulance.
>Water, kitchen or maintenance office
>Shed, get the shed set up for the operation and get Paula there
>Write Up
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>>2334351
>>Water, kitchen or maintenance office
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>>2334351
>Medical Supplies, take the risk and head to the ambulance.
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>>2334351
>Shed, get the shed set up for the operation and get Paula there

Secure a base first then go toward the other points to gather material. We will need Tanjee to know what we need to take from the ambulance and the water we can do it ourselfs but i'm afraid of leaving anyine alone with Paula the way she is.
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>>2334351
>Medical Supplies, take the risk and head to the ambulance.
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>>2334370
Wait changing my vote to this, no more slitting up.
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>>2334370
I'll go with that too.
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>>2334370
>>2334384
>>2334379
OOC: Was about to call a tiebreaker, but then I see this. Alrighty, writing.
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>>2334396
Bolivar we can't use Paula's radar right?
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>>2334396
>>2334370
>>2334379

You don't say anything as you head to Paula's location. You don't even acknowledge that Carol was just right there. She goes to protest on your choice, but you only shoot her a look and she sadly walks away.

"I'll get you set up at the shed," you say as you stand up alongside Tanjeet, "Just help her, please."

"I'll do my best," Tanjeet replies, and then looks at Carol and Yukino, "I'll need you two to get the water and the supplies then."

"No," you reply back, surprising them, "I'll get them myself, just tell me what you need and what it looks like. I can get water from the boiler in the maintenance office on my way out."

"Erick, we know you're worried but we'll need all of us to make this work," Carol says, stepping forward, "She got like this trying to save us, let us help her with that much at least."

You want to relent and tell them that you can handle it on your own, but you know they're right. Though, after the last time, you won't leave Paula's side no matter what.

"Alright, let's go then", you state, before making your way to the shed. The others nod and go to their respective jobs. Carol sets off to the maintenance room, while Yukino goes to the Ambulance to get the supplies.

<>

The shed itself is spacious, and has more than enough room for what Tanjeet calls a 'back alley pumping'. It sounded much less horrifying in your mind what the procedure was called, but it's probably on his own strange spectrum of medical humor.

You clear out most of the shed to the walls, and clean up a table in the center where you place Paula. She's constantly gasping for air, yet only her throat moves without any big noise coming from it. It's like she's heaving from her lungs, yet only bits of the fungus manages to leak out on occasion.

You can't help but look at her pitiful state with a sullen expression. Her once black, lustrous hair is now soaking wet and knotty from all of the rain and pieces of dirt that have stuck to it on her travel. And her brown, tan skin is slowly turning a morbidly familiar white from the lack of incoming oxygen.

"I'll need your help here," Tanjeet moves closer to you, holding what looks like a hose nozzle, "We can't get hot water from this, but we can at least start flushing out the initial portion of that fungus from her mouth and throat."

He holds up the hose, and attaches a metallic nozzle to it. Working at Walmart you're familiar with this model, tt's a pressurized nozzle.

"I need you to keep her mouth open and her nose up," Tanjeet says, moving closer, "If I do this wrong, it could send the water straight to her lungs and she'll drown."

You look at Tanjeet's face, and then to Paula's. You head to her mouth, and start holding her open.

>Roll1d20 +3 INT to keep steady
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>>2334407
OOC: You can't actually, because they activated the alarm signal from it. That emergency ping shorts out the radar.
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Rolled 7 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2334467
I got this
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Rolled 17 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2334467
>d20
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>>2334489
Good job.
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Rolled 4 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2334467
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>2334467
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>>2334471
>>2334489
>>2334492
Dat un-nat 20. Writing.
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After checking the water's pressure through a few squirts of the hose outside, Tanjeet moves to Paula's open mouth to start the process.

"Keep her steady," he states, as he moves closer to you, "I'll do three shots, then turn her over and have her expel the fungus from her throat."

You nod in reply, and he moves to position. He gives a three count before he starts, and you steady your hands before he begins. He depresses the handle, and water comes out in force. The hose splashes your face with water, spit and the fungus's fluid. Paula herself is twitching slightly as this happens, yet doesn't move all that much. This all takes about two seconds before Tanjeet readies his hand, and shoots again.

The process is much the same, yet you notice Paula's twitching is getting a little faster as he goes on. Tanjeet readies himself for the third time, and he lets lose again. This time however, Paula convulses from what you can only assume is a painful gag reflect of water being forced down her throat.

She almost gets up with the sheer amount of force, but you hold her back well enough. Tanjeet stops the spray, and quickly motions you to flip her over. It takes a deft hand to do this as Paula is still convulsing, yet you persevere with your steady and firm grasp.

The gag reflect finally lets through as you flip her over, and a semi-solid mass of fungus dislodges from Paula's throat and onto the floor of the shed. You think you see it move for a second, before Tanjeet lets loose with the hose again and the sheer pressure blasts if apart, dissolving the rest outside.

Paula's breath is labored, and her eyes are still glazed over as you flip her back to her back, but she's not suffocating anymore. You managed to stabilize her, but for how long.

<Continued>
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<Continued>

You and Tanjeet each take a few breaths to steady yourselves as the rain continues to pour outside. In spite of all of the self-imposed guilt, you managed to momentarily save her. You're both taken out of your achievement, when you hear a loud siren off in the distance.

"Damnit, Yukino," you say as you look out of the shed and towards the parking lot, "Please tell me she didn't get caught."

There's a screeching of wheels outside of the parking lot, and then a sound of twisting metal and breaking glass. There's shouting in the visitor's center, and you see smoke coming from one of the fire trucks. A look of complete terror lines both of your faces, as you only imagine what could have happened.

"I got them!", a childlike voice says, and you both turn your heads to it, "Mobile respirator, shock paddles, and tubing. Lots of tubing."

Before you both stands Yukino, slick with water, and holding a lot of medical equipment in her arms, and hands. She doesn't wait for your responses and quickly heads to the shed. You both don't get your jaw off the floor before you spot Carol carrying two plastic buckets filled with water to your location.

"Here's the water," she says, running past you and putting them in the shed, "Sorry about the mess by the way. I saw one of the paramedics spot Yukino in the van, so I may have jury rigged one of the police cars to hit the firetrucks..."

<Continued>
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>>2334613
<Carol used: Remote Access>

"But they can't see us," Yukino comments, making all of your heads turn, "One of them heard all the noise I made in the ambulance, but when he didn't see me when he looked inside."

"Wait...what are you say-", you state, before a thought hits you, "You know what, we can discuss this later, right now, we need to help Paula."

Everyone nods, though the thought remains lingering in your head for a bit. Tanjeet motions Carol to the buckets, and starts placing the tubing inside of Paula's throat. It is steady, and very precise work, yet Paula doesn't move an inch as he does it. Tanjeet finishes placing the tubing, and motions to Carol to start the small, circular pump in the middle of the tube. Before they can begin however, you all hear running steps beyond the shed.

You step outside to see, and spot three people, yet you only full acknowledge two of them. Dante and Kurtis are carrying the taller Blood, Gecko, on their shoulders, who seems to have been knocked out. They all look tired, and out of breath as they see you.

"Erick, you've got to get everyone out of here," Dante states, putting Gecko down on the floor of the shed, "That thing is coming right here in the next five minutes if you don't leave, right now."

<Dante used: Stealth Disengage>

"Wait, slow down, what's going on man," you say, as you look at them both, "I thought you guys had that thing."

"We did," Kurtis speaks up, the looking at Gecko, "But then it found his dead friend, and then started growing, really fast. We hit it with everything we had but it just kept coming back for more...even the rain doesn't seem to scare it now..."

"We can't move now," Tanjeet states, looking at them both, "If we do, we could jeopardize your friend's safety even more."

"We're not going anywhere", Carol says, looking right at Dante, "I'll out there myself if I have to, but I am not letting her die."

Their arguing doesn't stop, and neither does the noise of the rain. A decision needs to be made, otherwise, time may just cut your short. You look to everyone, and then back to Paula. You steady your breath and let your voice be heard.

>Run, but you risk Paula's life
>Stand and fight, but you need a plan (Write In)
>Draw it away, but potential risk increases
>Write In
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OOC: Sorry about the long delay for these ones. Let me know if you would prefer shorter, posts over these, and we will go back to the regular style.
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>>2334617
>Write In
Steal a fire trucks and ram it into the alien.
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>>2334642
>>2334617
No. Steal a fire truck and spray the fucker with concentrated water. Then shoot at it while it is still soaked so it gets zapped.
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Now here's a plan, that may or may not work. If we can get the hose from one of the fire trucks, find a hydrant close by, I bet the high amount of pressure coming from it my do a good job of at least disabling the creature enough for us or the rain to finish it off.
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>>2334647
This one was similar enough to mine, I'll switch and vote for this one.
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Why not try to shcok it? All the water and electrical equimpent around should make is possible, grab batteries from the police cars run wires and set up a trap at the entrance to the shed while it thinks were vunerable
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>>2334617
>Stand and fight, but you need a plan (Write In)

Grab a fire truck and use it'a hose to Fight it's good it's comming to us time to catch this fucker in a trap. Dante and Kurt use their radars and we engage it using the firetruck water hose supported by Carol

Also grab Paula's pistol since the ygun doesn't work
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>>2334647
>so it gets zapped

No fire anon the thing grows by either eating something or being near heat.
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>>2334647
Ok let’s do that first but we should be ready to ram it if it needs to be soften up for a final blow.
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>>2334648
>>2334647

"We're not moving Dante," you proclaim to everyone, and they all stop arguing to look at you, "I got a plan to deal with this thing once and for all, and get Paula out of here alive."

"What are you thinking here," Dante says, warily looking at you, "Whatever it is, we're gonna have to make it quick."

"That thing seems to grow, and get stronger the more it eats," you say, recalling the rats' resistance to the sprinklers, "But it's still vulnerable to the water, we just need a higher dosage of what it doesn't like. And Carol may have just given us the best method of getting it."

"You're not actually thinking of...", Carol sputters out, while you look with a serious face to the visitor center.

"We're gonna commander the firetruck, and spray that thing with as much water as we can pump out," you say, pointing to the now dissipating column of smoke, "Then, we blast it apart and end this game."

"Question fearless leader," Kurtis asks derisively, "Where are you gonna find a hydrant, or a big enough water source. I certainly didn't see any out on the curb or near the visitor center."

"The boiler room has a massive water tank," Carol mentions to Kurtis, who looks back surprised, "I think they hook it up to the sprinklers for the Arboretum grounds. I can rig the hose to it, but it's gonna take me some time."

"Which is something we don't have," Dante mentions, looking at you, "That thing is going to be on us in a few minutes, it can track us down."

"Which is why we'll keep its attention," you state moving out of the shed, with your Y-gun in tow, "Yukino, stay with Tanjeet, he's gonna need the help."

>Choose Positions <Specify> (Carol, Yukino, and Tanjeet are already assigned)
>Firetruck (1 Person)
>Alien (2 People)
>Write In
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>>2334734
>>Firetruck
Dante
>>Alien
Kurtis and we
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>>2334734
>Firetruck
Dante
>Alien
Kurtis, Us.

Goddamn this is sounding like a good plan.
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>>2334734
>Firetruck
Dante
>Alien
Kurtis, Us.

Get your head vack in the game Vanders. Nobody else dies today.
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>>2334761
>>2334755
Although now that i think of it shouldn't we make Kurtis grab the fire truck? because i don't think Dante knows how to drive a truck.
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>>2334755
>>2334761
>>2334775
1/2 +Trust <Kurtis Yates>

"Dante get that truck," you command, moving towards the columns where Dante and Kurtis came from, "Kurtis, with me, we'll need to give them as much time as possible. We might even get this thing right here."

"Alright, fine," Dante replies in defeat, making his way towards the Visitor Center, "Don't let us down Erick!"

"I'll get the tank ready, for when Dante gets here," Carol mentions while getting up, "And don't think I haven't forgotten our deal Erick."

They both speed off to their respective positions. Knowing the two, they'll handle it well enough. Kurtis is looking at you with intense eyes, as if he's expecting you to say something.

"You remind of the guys I used to run with in the army, that talked of being brave this and strong that" Kurtis says, his eyes never leaving yours, "yet none of them ever really acted on it when it mattered. Prove me wrong kid."

You nod your head to him and give him a reassuring pat on the back. Tanjeet looks at you both with a degree of determination in himself as well, and motions to Yukino to help him with Paula. You don't look at them start, as you're both bolting out of there with speed in your step.

<>

"We trapped it under some trees in the forest," Kurtis says, as you both make your way to the columns, "Though, with how strong it is, I don't think it'll stay..."

Kurtis stops running and so do you at an impossible sight. Before your eyes, part of the tree line from beyond the hillside is seemingly toppled forward. Pine, and maple are brought down with such force that you can see the splinters and wood chips even from your location.

"How big did you say it got?", you start, as Kurtis just looks onward. You imagine he thinks its a rhetorical question, and you move to his side.

>Covering fire, head down to ground level, and have Kurtis provide sniper fire
>Tag Team, both head down and use the pillars as cover against the alien
>Run and gun, draw it out and gun him from different angles while retreating.
>Write in
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>>2334845
>Run and gun, draw it out and gun him from different angles while retreating.
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>>2334342
jesus fuck these critfails getting rid of two stats at a time...reeeee
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>>2334845
>Covering fire, head down to ground level, and have Kurtis provide sniper fire
I think it’s better if we use his strength (shooting)
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>>2334845
>>Covering fire, head down to ground level, and have Kurtis provide sniper fire
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>>2334845
Changing my vote to:
>Covering fire, head down to ground level, and have Kurtis provide sniper fire
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Pff stupid alien making yourself big just makes you a easier target for Ygun-chan
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>>2334869
>>2334873

"Kurtis, stay low on the hillside", you say, looking down at the pillars, "provide any cover fire you can while I hold its attention."

"I'll warn you right now," he says, looking down as the treeline falling gets closer, "That thing is big, fast, and has a mean reach with its claws. Are you sure you still want to do this?"

You take what Kurtis says into consideration. Fighting this thing on the open field would be suicide, so maybe drawing it to the pillars may be a good idea.

"Yeah, I'm sure, just don't miss when you have a clear shot in the pillars," You say, as you jump from the hill's crest and down to the pillars, "We'll make it back man, don't worry."

Kurtis nods from his position and goes to a low, prone stance, holding his X-Rifle in a ready position and looking down the scope.

As you steady yourself, and your aim for what's to come, the treeline finally diminishes to a single pine that is toppled over by a muscular, and massive arm.

The alien stands well over seven feet tall by your estimates, and carries two sets of scythe-like claws from its darkened, spongy flesh. Just like Kurtis mentioned, the rain doesn't seem to do anything to it, as what look like a tough outer covering seems to have formed around it's torso.

Even from this long distance, you can make out the body shape of its previous host, the smaller Blood. As it leaves the treeline, it begins looking out to the air, and then squares its beady, white eyes solely on you.

With a gait as fast and heavy as a rhyno, it comes barreling towards your location with masterful force.

>Roll1d20 +3 INT, stop it in its tracks
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Rolled 12 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2334919
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Rolled 11 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2334919
Shoot it's legs with Ygun-chan
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>>2334924
>everyone is afraid of rolling a 1 again.


Come on guys don't pussy out now!
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Rolled 7 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2334919
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>>2334940
>>2334927
>>2334924
Dat 15 will do a thing. Writing.
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>>2334942
Rolled 12 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

At the speed its coming, you'll only get one shot before it reaches you. Thankfully, your aim seems to be true here. Even with the still pulsing pain in your head, you manage to let the shot fly and hit dead center at the alien.

The laser nets hold its form restrained, even as its massive and muscular arms attempt with so much strength to break the netting that's holding it. The anchors deploy on the grassy ground, not three meters from your location.

Without another moment to spare, you depress the triggers again and that familiar laser descends from the heavens, and starts telefraging the alien away. As it struggles, you see that even as it is being teleported, new cells and tissue begin forming where the laser starts cutting it.

'It can even regenerate against the laser, but it's not gonna be enough.'

You're fully expecting it to split itself just its previous form, but what happens next makes your jaw drop and your feet start to run back.

The alien drops to its knees, and using the strength of its full body, rips the anchors from the ground. The soft, grassy dirt giving way to its monstrous strength and pulling out a large patch of dirt with it.

It hatefully tosses the anchors and netting away, and starts moving towards you again. You only see half of this as you retreat back to the pillars. The alien is full aware of you now, and is trying to close the distance fast.

>Roll1d20 +3 INT to dodge and weave between the alien and the pillar
>Write In (At any time, shout for Kurtis to take a shot.)
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Rolled 11 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2334965
Not yet, let's hold off on callin' out to Kurtis.
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Rolled 6 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2334965
>Roll1d20 +3 INT to dodge and weave between the alien and the pillar

And of course taunt the fucker.
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Rolled 18 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2334965
>1d20 +3
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Last roll folks make it count!
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>>2334981
>>2334979
>>2334969

Dat 21 has it. Writing.
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>>2334981
CLUNTCH!!!
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>>2334987
I wonder if it's hard for Erick to walk with those giant balls of steel he has in his pants.
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You let lose an incredible surge of speed as you head to the first column placing it between you and the alien's massive form. It closes the distance so quickly, its claws almost graze you as make it past the curve of the first pillar.

You let loose another shot from your Y-Gun at it, moving to its right side. The shot connects, and the alien becomes restrained again, and the anchors lock it down onto the pavement.

You press the buttons again, yet before the laser can come down, a long tendril manages to swat the gun from your hands. You stare to look at the alien's form, and see that it's back still has the previous, snakelike form attached to its neck and spinal cord. It's tendril returns to its back, and the alien begins struggle again.

You don't take the time to look as you head for your gun. It lies scattered on the marble pavement, and you manage to retrieve it as you hear stone cracking from the first pillar. It doesn't take long for the alien to regain its composure, and begins barreling to you from the pillar.

You head to the other side of the columns, and using a similar strategy, you duck and weave behind the pillars. This time however, the alien just slams directly into the pillar, and brings it crashing down onto you.

>Dodge
>Hold it
>Kurtis
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>>2335031
>>Hold it
Fuck you neck rapist
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>>2335031
>Dodge
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>>2335031
>>Hold it
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>>2335031
>Hold it
We have to give Kurtis a shot to its nape
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>>2335031
>Hold it
>KURTIS IT'S IN IT'S BACK SHOOT IT!!
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>>2335035
>>2335039
>>2335044

The pillar's coming down really fast, so dodging it may be out of the question here. Using the little you have left, you stamp feet on the ground and brace your body for the several tons of marble coming your way.

>Roll 1d20 +1 AGG, to not get squished.
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Rolled 5 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2335053
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>>2335044
>>2335051

OOC: Do you wish for this to take place after or before the roll?
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Rolled 3 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2335053
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Rolled 12 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2335053
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>>2335058
After
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>>2335058
Before
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>>2335054
>>2335067
>>2335079
Dat 13...maybe. Writing in a bit.

>>2335080
>>2335082
OOC: I'll give you guys some time to decide. I have to get dinner so, I'll be back in 30 or so minutes.
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>>2335090
After.
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Rolled 17 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2335053
Damn, I'm too late, and you guys could've had THIS awesome roll from me!
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>>2335090
Before bc that 13 scares me a bit and the shot might give us better survive chances
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>>2335090
>>2335102
Yeah, let’s call it now we might avoid damage this way and get another chance later.
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>>2335090
Changing to before
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>>2335161
>>2335125
>>2335082
>>2335102
OOC: I'm back with Chipotle. Alright, so that's 4 for before. Writing.
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>>2335053
Rolled 12 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

"Kurtis!," You shout, hoping to god he hears you through the din of your fight, "Its back! Shoot its back!"

You manage to get your message out before the pillar crashing down on top of you. Planting both of your feet on the ground, you activate your suit and prepare yourself for gravity to do the rest.

A massive amount of pressure is put on your arms, and your legs almost shake under you as you barely manage to hold the massive pillar at bay. The ground beneath you almost cracks from the sheer pressure, but your legs are managing to hold. You're trying to build up enough energy to push this thing off of yourself, but you then hear the sound of an explosion, and a loud howl and screeching right in front of you.

You angle the pillar away to stop it from crushing you, but then you're staring straight at the very pissed off face of the alien. You see a few tendrils writhe and fold on its back before they seem to place themselves back to their normal state. There's a pause and you toss the pillar from your shoulders and ready yourself for the onslaught to come.

>Roll1d20 +3 INT to hit and run behind the pillars again
>Write in (Kurtis take another shot!)
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Rolled 1 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2335196
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Rolled 11 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2335196
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Rolled 11 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2335196
>Roll1d20 +3 INT to hit and run behind the pillars again
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>>2335207
>>2335209
>>2335211

Dat 1. Writing.
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>>2335207
Welp there goes one more of our stas...
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>>2335214
Two more, I'm betting.
A crit gets us one, but a critfail seems to remove two for whatever reason...
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>>2335234
Most likely to represent how dangerous this alien is. Also i guess it's time to retreat.
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>>2335213
-1 INT, -4 MOV (TEMP); <BLEEDING OUT> (2 Posts Until WIL SAVE)

You decide to keep up your old strategy of ducking and weaving behind the pillars, as it can't swing its claws between them. Granted, it can just take the pillars down but you can continue your hit and run tactics if you stay wary of the pillars themselves.

You got to run for the next pillar but the alien this time decides to make a running leap between you and the pillar. It lands with a great impression on the concrete floor, and is imposingly blocking your way.


'I can't back away...it's reach is too long.'

There's no other choice. As you depress the buttons on your Y-Gun, you let loose another net. However, the alien just angles it body away from the trajectory of the net, and the shot goes flying. You're too stunned by its dexterous movement that you barely have time to register the massive scything talon that's coming right for your legs.

Your reaction time is gone as suddenly you can't feel the ground anymore. There's a sharp pain on both your legs, before an thumping pain on your back hits you hard. You struggle to get up, to realize in those few seconds that your legs are gone. Lying in a growing pool of blood, you desperately try to hold back screaming.

You only manage to hold it for a few seconds before you let out a cry of anguish, and the alien's other talon is coming right for your head. Or it would have, if an explosion had not blow it completely off. The alien reels back in anger, and searches out the hill where the shot came from. Between the agony of your legs, you manage to spot Kurtis's X-Rifle glowing, and so does the alien.

A few more shots hit home, before the alien decides to start gunning for his direction as well.

'No...you don't...'

You ready what strength you have left, and aim your Y-Gun at its legs.

>Roll1d20 +2 INT to save Kurtis
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Rolled 3 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2335265
I still have arms you fucking alien! It's not the first time i loose a leg!
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Rolled 1 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2335265
Maybe there's something left of the blood in there, some TINY spark of him.
Try shouting "HEY BLOOD, HERE'S A MESSAGE FROM THE CRIPS!" to see if that'll slow it even a LITTLE.
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Man i feel like i'm reading gantz for real. Good job Bolivar.
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>>2335284
alright fuck us i guess
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Rolled 11 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2335265
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>>2335284
pff gg. Kurtis is dead.
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>>2335278
>>2335284
>>2335293
Dat back to back 1. Writing.
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>>2335299
Took long enoigh but finally more people re dying. Gantz must be pleased.
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Getting fuck by rolls feels completely appropriate to a Gantz quest. The unpredictable happens and you are lucky if you didn’t get kill instantly.
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>>2335312
I know rigth? I mean i feel bad about Kurtis he was a descent guy maybe when we get to 100 points we can ress him.

I'm just waiting for the inevitable Paula rescue and then we dying in her arms from blood lost. Never managed to keep our promise to Carol too.
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Holy shit
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>>2335299
Rolled 1 + 2 (1d20 + 2)
-2 WIL, <BLEEDING OUT> (WIL SAVE in 1 Post)

You summon what strength and focus you have left on your body and let loose the trigger again at the alien. Given its trajectory, you angle shot to ensnare it as it heads up the hill. However, you notice too late that its back tendril has begin to grow a white, bloodshot eye, and manages to gain awareness of your shot in time.

The alien turns its body midstep, and your shot goes wide. Or so you would have hoped, as instead it hits Kurtis as he tries to run away. The anchors snap in place as Kurtis falls over and he's ensnared to the cobbled pathway.

'Oh...god...no...'

You can't look away as Kurtis's body is pinned in place by the laser net, and he desperately tries to escape.The alien is on him in seconds and Kurtis desperately tries to shoot his x-rifle back to it. He gets two shots at its abdomen, before the alien knocks the gun away and impales him through the stomach.

You hear his screams of pain before he's finally silenced as the alien cuts him in two, leaving his lower body stuck in path, and the other half stuck on its claws.

The whole blood spectacle makes your stomach turn and you can't help but start sobbing at how quickly and horribly it turned out. It's at this point when you start hearing the sound of a loud engine, and moving tires from the far end of the hill. The alien barely has any time to react as it is hit with several tons of steel and rubber.

It rolls down the hill, away from the firetruck, and right next to your body. In spite of how durable it is, the hit managed to stun it temporarily.

>Roll1d20 +2 INT +2 from Prone Target to ensare the alien in place.
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we're gonna have negative friggin stats by the end of this shitshow
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Rolled 15 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2335343
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Rolled 12 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2335343
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Rolled 12 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

>>2335343
Well sheet. That happend. lol
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Rolled 12 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2335343
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>>2335344
I know isn't great!!!Abd the third hunt will be worst and in just one week from now, if not sooner!
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>>2335326
Put that Hundred down.
Hundreds are for rezzing waifus and getting Z-Guns. And nothing else.
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>>2335347
>>2335348
>>2335353
Dat 19 will do it. Writing.

Kurtis Planter Yates <Deceased>
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>>2335364
Betahero Nickname changed to: Team Killer
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>>2335368
God damn that's sad but appropriate right now.
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>>2335371
At least the old gang is fine. Although i would trade the blood for Kurtis any time
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>>2335378
Really this was our mistake, going with the bloods to keep an eye on them instead of going with our group.
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>>2335392
Should have killed the fuckers right there but waifu wanted to make a arrest. Now she can arrest one of then and everytime he comes from the prison he will have escaped and Paula can capture him again.
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>>2335410
It’s nice how we keep our worse impulses in line for Paula.
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Rolled 15 + 4 (1d20 + 4)

'Not again you bastard...'

You let the trigger go, and the net goes flying. You manage to roll away a little as the alien is ensnared face down onto the pavement. It's so close to you that you actually manage to see the rage in its eyes as soon as it wakes up again. It is struggling hard to get up from the concrete and almost manages to right itself up again, but not before a violent torrent of scalding water is poured right on top of its back.

The alien's massive frame is kept down by the equally heavy torrent of water from the fire-hose. It is howling agony as the hot water begins to dissolve part of its outer later. The water doesn't stop as the you hear several shots being fired from the top and sides of the firetruck, and parts of the alien start exploding into quivering splotches of white. There's so much water and light in the air that your vision starts to go hazy, and the motion of the events before you start getting very slow and then very quick the next.

The jump in motion almost makes your stomach churn, but then the lights are blocked by a quickly approaching figure blocking your view. It's a woman, given her shapely form, yet she's looking haggard and almost limping quickly as she comes before you.

The sounds of the fighting begin to get quieter as you feel her arms coming to pick you up and cradle you like a child. You swear you hear the words, "Erick...please...". Yeah that was your name right? You feel a bit of air around your hair as the woman begins taking you away.

You catch a fleeting glimpse of the alien's form, now only a few chunks of its originally muscular body remain and the rest of its mass is quickly dissolving. It's then that you hear that voice again, this time cradling your head in her bosom...

"Erick, please don't leave me..."

>Roll1d20 -1 WIL +3 Trust from Paula, to keep living.
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Rolled 18 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

>>2335421
>cry you might die here and now but at least she and the rest are safe
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Rolled 3 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2335421
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Rolled 7 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2335421
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>>2335428
>>2335430
>>2335435
Dat 21 will do it. Writing.
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>>2335428
Oh the survivor guilt will be a bitch until we revive Kurtis
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>>2335441
Hopefully since the alien seem to regenarate everytime a part of him is detached the parts we cutted and sended will count as points?

At least we get one point from the rat we killed with Tanjee
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>>2335438

Of all of the water's that poured on your head this night, the last two droplets you feel on your cheek are the warmest there ever were. You blink once, trying desperately to wipe away the mist from your eyes and see a little clearer. Before you is the face of Paula, skin still lighter than it should be, dried blood on her nose, and a slight cut on the side of her lip.

The ugliest thing you saw on her face however, were the two tears slowly making their way down her cheek. You weakly try to brush the tears from her face, but can barely muster up the strength to do so. As your hand falls limply, another hand catches it, and it manages to make its way to her cheek. You feel a warmth on your fingertips, and a tearful smile looks right back at you.

"We're safe..."

The movement of your lips and the intent of your words are too much for your body bear however, as you're hanging on by a thread already. You feel part of your mind get hazy, and you feel yourself slipping back a little. Your eyelids grow heavy, as the world begins to spin inside them. Then you hear a familiar whirr in the space above you, empty space, and your entire mind is whisked away, to another place.

<Session End>
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I hate to end it here for now guys, but I actually have some art in commission for the hunt's end and I wish to hold us over until Sunday so it can get finished.

We will finish up with a short session this Sunday at 12:00 PM, and finish up the briefing room and the first day for the next Slice of Life.

Check up on my twitter for updates and other goodies I will post there this and next week.

For now though, have a good evening.

https://twitter.com/General0Bolivar
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>>2335465
Man that was a good thread. Bolivar when we return to gantz will we recover our physical status? Dies the only way to gain atributes is with 20's? How cab we increase our mental status without being needy of 20's? Is this why you asked us to focus in one part of trainning each day of the week?
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>>2335473
Thanka for the run man. I mean we lost two guys but that is still better then most groups second hunt.
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>>2335473
Thank you for running Bolivar, you are awesome.
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>>2335473
Hey uhh, how hard will it be to work our stats up to what they used to be? Will it be easier since we once had them up that high?
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>>2335478
Kurtis is not lost, only dead. As for that Blood, eh, no one liked him anyways.

>>2335475
>Bolivar when we return to gantz will we recover our physical status?
Yes you will, as your body is restored. That's why the (TEMP) is put next to the stat penalty.

>Dies the only way to gain attributes is with 20's?
It's a faster way of gaining attributes. If context and roll stats are good enough, you can gain stats from your 20s.

>How can we increase our mental status without being needy of 20's?
Social interactions, dialogue options, and differing decision you make can naturally increase them. Be an alpha around women, get better hand eye-coordination at video games, to train past your limits are all ways of increasing these stats respectively as well.

>Is this why you asked us to focus in one part of trainning each day of the week?

Consistency is key in your training regime if you want to make gains. Stats are no different, so make plans for the week ahead on what you want to focus on. Fear the man who has practiced a kick 1000 times and all that.

>>2335487
It will be easier, since standard psychological mindsets are more difficult to shake. Just make sure you don't do anything irrational.
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>>2335428
Rolled 18 + 3 (1d20 + 3)

Oh...it seems that I just noticed that was a +3 instead of a +2...

Thread, will you kill me if you let me break my rule just this once on account of me already having the last post written?
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>Just make sure you don't do anything irrational.
This is qst though. But then again i guess the low rolls scared everyone away. lol

But i guess gun and suit trainning must be paramount now.
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>>2335506
No i won't.
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>>2335531
I mean, it's not my intention to scare anyone away from the quest.

Gantz is one of those series that doesn't take prisoners in terms of how quickly and horribly things can go completely tits up. If they couldn't handle it, that's on them.

And I am glad someone already has a plan for the future.

>>2335534
ありがとうございました
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>>2335545
I know it isn't your intention. But anons have a fragile ego and most can't wistend failure.

Doitashimaste.
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>>2335496
I think that stat gains and drops by dice roll are way too common, of course it is too late to change that now
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>>2336983
I feel like they even themselves out well enough, though I would wish we were a bit more clear as to when those gains can be made.
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So overall we got
>>2330719
-1 AGG -1 INT
>>2334342
-1 WIL -1 AGG
>>2335265
-1 INT

>>2335545
I know some quests have it where critfail 1 rolls do NOT take effect if there is at least one roll that's above DC, but they DO take effect if no rolls end up above DC and/or two critfail 1s are rolled. Would that be better for this or not?
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>>2337423
You forgot about - 2 WIL from >>2335343

Also, that rolling system sounds almost too fair given that it's Gantz of all things.
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>>2337423
What this anon said:>>2337459
I mean our Gantz unit is even being nice and giving us people with descent skill. Valid he can be a asshole but he's still better then the one in the manga that sended even animals to fight aliens.
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>>2337514
>animals
Bitch you better not be talking shit on Cunnilingo the Wonder Hound.
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>>2338132
Was talking more about the useless bear.That got more then the entire team...
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>>2337267
Just because one nat 20 and one nat 1 = 0 change doesn't mean they should be a reward or punishment in every crit roll.
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>>2338224
Dude bears can be badass if they want to be
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>>2338274
I don't really see the problem honestly. By law of probability, the rolls themselves are 3 in 60 per user and the system in place copes for any fuck ups that may occur in terms of rolls.

Or are you talking about just the nature of what we get from the rolls? Because, if you are then please let us hear an alternative.
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>>2338747
It just doesn't make sense to lose or gain stats like intelligence because of rolls, just surviving is enough of a reward for nat 20 and fucking up bad is enough of a punishment for nat 1.
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>>2338747
i think he hasn't readed Gantz that's why he thinks it's unfair.
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>>2338761
It actually does if your status work as your health. Intead of the crit failling killing us in one go (like how it happend to Kurtis) it actualy gives us a window to recover ourselfs and due to the damage our body suffered our performance drops because of it.

Also in Gantz they get back up after a hunt so having it be a mental damage is valid. Remember Dante said himself that from time to time the suit starts to mess with your head? That is represented in the negative status. It would represent survives guilt and the mental damage of being contantly in a near death experience. Heck maybe Chris was giving zero fucks about dying because his mental damage was to high.
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>>2338765
I am fine with suffering, there is just flaws inherent in giving away or taking stats like candy(+4 in a stat is 1/5 of the dice maximum which is a huge amount). Of course it is far too late to change this as consistency is key, I just hope the QM knows what he is doing which is less likely if this is his first quests.
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>>2338761
The QM's pointed out in the paste-bin that INT is not intelligence, but intuition. We can still act without them as normal, it's just our psychological mindset for the actions.

>just surviving is enough of a reward for nat 20 and fucking up bad is enough of a punishment for nat 1

That legitimately sounds like a boring system honestly, especially considering how actions and decision in a setting like Gantz have heavy consequences

>>2338805
Also another thing that's explained in the pastebin. Psych stats are capped at +7, which means the QM is probably planning to have stats be transient throughout the quest. As in, they can go away and be gained easily if we're stupid enough or smart enough to take advantage of context.

>+4 in a stat is 1/5 of the dice maximum which is a huge amount

Given that the stats can be changed so quickly, and how quickly rolls can fuck us over, I think this is actually a given. The system balances itself out, but I think the thread would like to hear your alternative that fits to the setting like this.
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Well so far in my opinion to get

Agression (AGRESS) we need to take initiative in our actions.

To acquire (WILL) we need to push pass our limits break all the barriers and have a stronge well will to survive.

To acquire (INT) Intuition besides high rolls or maybe doing good in guess works? Maybe cooking can be something? Or even checking out more about the incidents that happend to the others? Like looking into Kurtis being shoot and trying to figure out more about the others in the group?
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>>2339262
I guess forward-thinking or preplanning shit might be good for INTuition.
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>>2339246
You forgot your name and trip, Bolivar. Also yeah knowing that stats can change rapidly and dynamically depending on our actions and results actually gives this a lot more depth than otherwise. It discourages minmaxing and encourages gitting gud and being smart about doing shit without getting fucked. I'm fine with it knowing this.
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>>2340062
So we can plan a schedule and we wi get INT out of it? could be something.
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>>2340070
I was on a different computer, but I will say that the system is based on the hectic and chaotic nature of Gantz.

You as players need to adapt, prepare, and gain as much advantage in the slice of life week before you head to the hunts. Thinks of the Psych stats as ammunition for hunts, easy to gain and simple to lose depending on how careful you are.

Physical stats are the exact opposite, as they are difficult to obtain but similarly difficult to lose. They are more of the weapon itself, as they actually decrease the challenge rating for their respective rolls.

>It discourages minmaxing and encourages gitting gud

This is doubly true as you can die very easily in this quest, and only your planning, teamwork, and mastery over the equipment may see you through it. I didn't give you guys a set health bar or HP for this particular reason.

>>2339262
>>2339262
I won't reveal fully what specific actions enhances skills, but given critical thinking like this shows that you guys are starting to understand the context for particular stat gain.
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Oh i just realized a good way to acquire INT! We just need to do new thinks and figure out how to do it using our intuition! Ah so easy how i didn't notice before?
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<Session Start>

There's a great empty void before you. It expands infinitely in every perceivable direction before your faint outline. You try to adjust your eyes to its darkness, yet realize that your eyes do not respond. You try to raise your hands, when your hands are unresponsive as well.

'Where...what...is...going...on...'

The words have a hard time appearing in your mind, as your sense only seem to respond now. There's no answer to either question, as noise, and tact seem impossible to perceive in this empty expanse. You start to panic slightly, attempt to move more of your body.

You turn your body, to realize that neither your legs nor your whole body for that matter, are still there. Instead, only your vision turns, as the perceptible emptiness before you swirls slightly in your vision. You try to stop the spinning in your vision, yet your eyes do not close nor do your senses stop perceiving.

<$))!@%*(...$*! &@$&*(...>

In trying to stop the spinning in your vision, your senses hone in on another anomaly. It feels like a voice far beyond the expanse, speaking outwardly yet making no noise in doing so. Your spinning stops as you try to find the voice, or whatever made those sounds. It sounded almost indescribable in your head, like a metal string being spun to make human dialect.

Whatever you focus on seems to override your previous action here it seems. With your vision now normalized, you focus your mind and try to see where in the hell that *sound* came from.

>Roll1d20 +2 INT, to perceive your surroundings...
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Rolled 15 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2341286
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Rolled 12 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2341286
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Rolled 16 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

>>2341286
HI Bolivar!
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>>2341297

Dat 18 will do a thing. Writing.

>>2341297
OOC: Good morning anon.
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So guys what will be the plan for this week? Let's focus on the suit and team work? Or should we just focus in Teamwork and the use of the guns?
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Rolled 16 + 2 (1d20 + 2)

Your mind is still swaying slightly from that swirling overload, yet you try to focus on where and what that was. You didn't so much as hear it, but that indescribable perception in your mind. There's no point of reference to make on it, as it seemed to come from everywhere in the expanse yet nowhere at all.

'Where...what...was...that...'

Your thoughts race, or sluggishly try to make it to your mind's forefront. It's not out of pain or fatigue that your thoughts materialize in your mind so slowly. Wherever you may be, it's not anywhere were any preconceived law of physics seems to hold sway.

<It retains consciousness...in spite of its material state...can it perceive this much...?>

It's that strange voice again, yet this time you could understand it clearly, if not awkwardly through its strange mode of dialogue. There's no way you're perceiving sound if your body is no longer there, much less so if this place is as void as you think it is. Is it speaking through the void then? It would explain the voice being everywhere, and in you as well. It's message also seemed strange, like...it is expecting something out of you?

How is it even perceiving your thoughts here, as it seems to know what you're thinking or conceptualizing at least. You suddenly feel a chilling fear, not from the void or expanse you initially panicked over, but from the notion that whatever is speaking out there, may know what is occurring here. Or even worse, may be controlling it. You consider your options before you act, or attempt to at least...

>Standby, maybe it will speak again if it sees you're doing nothing
>Communicate, if its thoughts are acting through this void, maybe you can reach it too
>Perceive, attempt to discern anything that may lead you to that voice
>Write In
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>>2341324
>Communicate, if its thoughts are acting through this void, maybe you can reach it too
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>>2341324
Our Agress is low isn't?But since work proved to be a good way to get it i will pick the less dnagerous option.

>Perceive, attempt to discern anything that may lead you to that voice
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>>2341324
>>Perceive, attempt to discern anything that may lead you to that voice
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>>2341324
>Communicate, if its thoughts are acting through this void, maybe you can reach it too

Enough looking around, let's get some answers.
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>>2341327
>>2341349
2 for Speaking

>>2341332
>>2341345
2 for looking

Tiebreaker this one guys.
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>>2341313
Shitloads of "glad to be alive" sex with Best Cop.
Right here. In the Gantz room. Bent over the asshole ball itself.
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>>2341357
Pfff good one anon. Well we can definetly go and have a make out section after saving her life and her saving our life back.

Our dinamic with Paula is a strange one isn't? First time we meet she was the one that lost her legs now it was us. lol
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>>2341355
If in 5 minutes nobody votes i will change my vote
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>>2341355
Alrigth changing my vote here:>>2341332
to.

>Communicate, if its thoughts are acting through this void, maybe you can reach it too
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>>2341372
Tiebreaker finished. Writing
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>>2341349
>>2341327

This void is creating a vacuum for your own thoughts, yet maybe there's a way to push through it. You don't know how, but there has to be a way of doing so if that 'thing' out there is managing to do it. If it's using thoughts as a perciebable language then ,in theory, you should be able to do so as well.

You're unsure of a lot of things right now, and probably more afraid than anything else in your life.

Yet, in spite of the nihilistic terror before you, there still exists that small spark of confidence that maybe you'll be able to understand if you reach out far enough. You focus your thoughts towards the outside world.

>Roll1d20 +1 AGG to shout into the void
>Write in (What do you say?)
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Rolled 11 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2341385
>Hello? I'm Erick Vanders. Who are you? Where am i?
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Rolled 5 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2341385
What is this place? Who are you?
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Rolled 13 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2341385
>I have to go back.
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>>2341395
>>2341396
>>2341408

Dat 14...maybe. Writing
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>>2341410
That moment when your character is more mc then Crybaby Kurono.
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As you try to form thoughts in your head, you find that the amount of time it takes for them to materialize is becoming shorter. Maybe it has something to do with your state of mind, and that all of your mental focus is centered around creating your immediate thoughts. Then, you feel a wave of unimaginable coldness, then hotness, as your thoughts begin to flow, slowly, out of your mind.

'Gotta...focus...'

It's like a soft echo of your immediate thought focus, expanding and projecting itself around you and the void. It is faint, yet you imagine you didn't have enough intent behind the thoughts to make them that perceptible.

<It is attempting to communicate, interesting...>

Your perception shifts to that voice again, yet this time you can feel its presence much clearer now, and somehow...much closer. You steel yourself, and try to form your thoughts again, this time, with the intent of talking to that voice. Again, you feel the flow beyond your mind and your thoughts swim freely into the void and expand outwardly.

'Hello? ...Vanders...Where...What is...Who....you...have...go back...'

The thoughts come as a shattered echo from when they were in your head. In spite of your focus, you could only manage so much before the conceptualization cut out. You hope that its intent is not lost to whatever is out there.

<Very interesting...yet...unfortunately predictable...>

The voice sounds within the void, sounding somewhat disappointed in its strange monotone, almost robotic tone. It is at this time, when you feel a strange presence around you, and a growing whisk of light begins to surround the void.

<Errors do occur...though...you at least incurred my interest, momentarily...>

The light begins growing closer, and your vision starts to grow hazy. You would attempt to communicate again, but the thoughts are becoming more difficult to create. Before your mind can react to this perception further, it is once again whisked away, somewhere else.

<Continued>

OOC: I'll be back in a few hours guys, I have to run an emergency errand. Sorry, I will make a quick post once I return.
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>Errors do occur

Oh god don't tell me we got a clone?I just hope our loading time in the teleport is taking a bit longer then expected.
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OOC: Alright, I'm back. I'll get started on writing immediately.
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>>2341456
<Continued>

The sounds of shouting, and a dull ache in your chest bring your mind out of the darkness of unconsciousness. The sounds and feelings grow louder and heavier as your mind reboots itself from the strain of that other place. From the feeling alone, you can surmise that your body has returned to form, or maybe you have returned to it as the growing ache begins to feel ever so slightly heavier and more consistent. Roughly 5 seconds after you return, the sounds turn to voices and your senses adjust to make them out.

"...not dead dammit!," you hear a familiar female voice shout, "I...I have to keep trying..."

There's a strain in her voice, like her throat is sore and has probably been sobbing shortly before.

"No one here wants to accept it either," you hear another familiar voice say, this one a man, "But he's been like this for 20 minutes and there's still n-"

The pressure on your chest is quickly relieved, and a bit of wind is thrown between you and the other body next to you.The sound of feet shuffling and a punch being thrown can be heard next to you. There's shouting, and strained sounds of retort coming from other people next to the woman.

"Go to hell!," that female voice shouts again, anger and sadness growing in her voice, "Shut your fucking mouth or I swear to god I wi-"

"Wait a minute," a young man's voice says, this one is very close to you and is holding part of your wrist, "I-I feel something, it's very faint but it's there."

More feet shuffling, as you feel a slight bit of pressure on your chest again and what sounds like crying or laughing right before you.

"Erick?"

>WRITE IN
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>>2342075
Where am I? Are all the shrooms dead?
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>>2342075
Paula? Where am i? What happend to the alien? What happend to Kurtis?
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>>2342075
Are you OK?
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>>2342075
>”What?”
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Also may i say? Dam Paula is way to emotionaly attached to us.
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>>2342103

Your eyelids feel heavy and worn out, but you manage to open them with some effort. Your vision is blurry, and feels almost dry in contrast to the calm temperature of the room you find yourself in. Soon enough however, your vision becomes clearer, and you make out several figures standing and kneeling before you. Their bodies become clearer as your vision adjusts, and the one directly in front of you starts shaking.

"E-erick...", Paula says, the growing tears in her eyes betraying her elation, "Oh my god...I-I..."

"Paula...? Where...?", you only manage so much before a pain in your throat grows a little larger.

She's stuttering to find her words, and promptly moves closer to wrap you torso with her arms. Her sobbing and slight hiccuping is palpable as she continues trying to find her words on your shoulder. You return the hug right back, holding her body close and moving your hands gently through her hair.

"Are you ok...?", you manage with a slight rasp in your throat. Paula doesn't let go as she nods her head on your shoulder.

You look around you and see the other with equal looks of relief, elation, and tears from Carol's side. Though, at the same time you spot an odd one out. A black man, most likely the Blood from the hunt, is laid out on the corner. You see a bruise on his cheek, similar to the one on Dante's own face. You wonder for a second if Paula did it as well.

"What happened to the alien?," you manage out, a tone of concern growing in your voice as you try to remember the hunt, "What happened to..."

You want to finish that sentence, but you begin to recall what happened to Kurtis. It's not until Dante moves closer and places something in your hands that your suspicions are proven true. Two metallic tokens, joined by a string are placed before you. They carry the name Kurtis Planter Yates etched in the metal, and a string of numbers you're still unfamiliar with.

>Roll1d20 -1 WIL repress guilt
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Rolled 13 - 1 (1d20 - 1)

>>2342191
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>>2342213
For those peasants who don't know how to roll with a negative modifier you need to put: dice+1d20+-1 on the option field
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Rolled 10 - 1 (1d20 - 1)

>>2342191
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Rolled 1 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2342191
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Rolled 61 - 1 (1d100 - 1)

>>2342191
>>2342224
>peasants
Go back, please.
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>>2342264
>>2342265
OOC: Get the modifiers right, or the roll wont count fellas.
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>>2342265
Make me.
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>>2342267
Not gonna lie, that one gave me a scare.
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Rolled 5 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2342191
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Rolled 5 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2342279
I swear i put -
>>2342191
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>>2342281
I give up
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>>2342213
>>2342279
>>2342281

Fuck it, I'm taking the 12 because this is getting silly. Writing.

Work on how to do the rolls with the negative modifiers next time guys.
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Rolled 2 + 1 (1d20 + 1)

>>2342191
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>>2342291
>>2342296
No take backs!
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>>2342286
you have to add a (+) before the (-) to add the negative modifier.

Fucking peasants
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>>2342191
-1 AGG

You recall it almost perfectly now. How you had tried to save him, after the alien had sliced your legs away. The shot sailing through the air, the alien dodging it, and it landing squarely on Kurtis. The image of the alien holding half of Kurtis's bloodied body is brought back to your mind in too vivid detail. You don't even look at Dante's face as you clutch the dog tags in your hand.

"Make sure to get them to his officer or wherever his people go for this," Dante mentions, looking somberly at you, "I'll inform his family about it...he would have wanted that much..."

The mood in the room is somewhat soured by the sad news, yet none of them seem to know about what really had occurred at the columns. You suspected there was a hint of blame in them. It had been your idea, your plan that sent you both against the alien. And it was ultimately your idea that got him killed.

"I'll...do just that," you say, urging Paula to loose her grip a little so you can get up, "What did Gantz say? We did kill it right?"

"It hasn't opened up," Carol says, wiping her eyes, "We've been a little lost since we got brought back."

"We did kill it, since it beamed us back" Paula states, standing next to you, "we then found you and that Blood in the room when we arrived. It had brought you guys back first for whatever reason, but you weren't responding."

"You were dead, by all medical accounts," Tanjeet states, with Paula giving him a slight frown, "Though, I think even a professional could say why you're alive again. It's...an impossible miracle."

'Impossible miracle...', you think as you look down at your body, and the sensation of what had occurred back in that other place. Your inner monologue is interrupted as a strange whirring sound.

Everyone turns around to see a glowing timer on the ball's screen.


<00:10:08>

Everyone's gaze is on Gantz to see the strange message scrawled on its screen.

<@1ri6ht, h3r3'5 j33r 5c0r35.>

<Continued>
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<Beta Hero - 27 Points - Only 49 more points to go! - Aim better next time, team killer.>

A look of utter horror is now plastered on your face at Gantz's message. Everyone is looking attentively at it, and then back at you. They all see the growing look of sadness and guilt on your face at this. You try to say something, but Carol beats you to the punch.

"Fuck off Gantz," Carol states, kicking the ball slightly in rage, "The plan didn't go perfectly, it's not Erick's fault Kurtis..."

She doesn't finish the words as Paula goes to her side and places a hand on her shoulder. Carol, looks down and heads back to her place. The pain in your gut grows only larger at her ignorance of what really happened.

<Continued>
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>>2342361
>00:10:08

So we managed to deal with the alien in the last ten minutes. Thank god we didn't decided to run we were getting out of time.
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>Aim better next time, team killer

HAHAHAHA! I love this crazy ball.
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<Big Nig - 31 points - Only 19 more points to go! - Easy to shoot when they're standing still, right? lol >

"How does it come up with these names anyways," Tanjeet asks, looking at the screen, "They sound like an edgy teen's Steam ID."

"It probably just thinks of the most childishly dumbass name it thinks is funny," Dante replies, his eyes narrowing at the screen, "Though, I am not sure I would have liked to fight that thing without the rain if the points for it are this high..."

<Continued>
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>Easy to shoot when they're standing still, right? lol

My sides. Can't wait for him to bad mouth Paula for 'sleeping' during most of the hunt
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<Lil' Dreads - 15 points - Only 85 more points to go! - Good ideas, still too scared.>

"Yeah, I'd like to see your dumb round ass handle that thing," Carol replies quite annoyed, "Punk ass, coward ass black ball..."

There's a slight flurry of insults under her breath. Paula only shakes her head, while Yukino lets out a slight giggle.

"Don't worry Carol," Yukino states, giving her poke, "I don't think your dreads are small."

Carol looks at hear, and slightly chuckles at her innocence.

<Continued>
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>>2342396
>19 more points to have Chris back

Well i'm glad gor Dante...but a bit worried for Carol.
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>>2342416
We got 49 left for 100. Halfway there to Z-Gun or Revive
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<Officer Torrez - 0 Points - Only 80 more points to go!- Get a donut officer, you're too sleepy.>

Paula almost gets up to retort like Carol, but holds it in. There's a look of defeat on her face, and just shakes her head the comment. You move closer to her slumped body against the wall.

"It could have happened to anyone," you state, placing a hand on her back, "Don't beat yourself up about it Paula. You did try to protect them."

She only gives you a worn look, and manages a slight smile at your comment. You return it in kind.

"I know," she says, "I just...don't like feeling useless is all."

<Continued>
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>>2342427
And if this was the second hunt the third one is going to be a hellhole. We definetly need to train with the guns.
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<Poo-in-the-loo. M.D. - 22 points - Only 78 more points to go! - Less healing, more killing.>

"Yeah, that sounds about right," Tanjeet says, rolling his eyes at the blatantly offensive name, "What are the points for? Is that how they rate us or is it the alien."

"Yes to both actually," Dante replies, turning he head to the screen, "The stronger the alien, the more points you get for killing it. The points themselves can only be used when you get 100 though."

"What happens at 100?", Yukino interjects, still looking at the screen, "Does it give you prize?"

"It let's you choose between 3 options," Dante relays, with Tanjeet looking at him expectantly, "You can bring someone that died in the game back, you can erase your memories and leave the game, or you can cash those points in for better equipment. I've only ever seen a big blocky gun, that flattens things so it may offer up other equipment for all I know."

"Wait...", Tanjeet says with worry growing on his breath, "leave the game? This ins't over yet?"

Dante only sighs, and shakes his head the comment.

<Continued>
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>Poo-in-the-loo

Okay i'm kinda ashamed that it took me a couple of seconds to take that reference.
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<Sumaruto Rori - 2 points - Only 98 more points to go! - Stop hiding so much, weirdo.>

"What does that even mean," Carol states, looking at the screen, "Yukino, is that like Japanese or something?"

"I think it's trying to sound Japanese," Yukino replies, looking at the display, "But...I think it's in English actually..."

While the two of them continue looking at the screen, Dante takes a deep breath and looks straight at Tanjeet.

"This whole thing is like a game to that ball," Dante explains, "It'll keep bringing us back here every week or so, but today's been the first time it's done it early. Either way, I would suggest you prepare for what's ahead, though we can help you train and understand this whole better."

"Christ...", Tanjeet sighs, and then chuckles slightly to himself, "Thought Pre-med exams were a nightmare, when suddenly alien death game..."

<Continued>
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I have no idea what he meant with Sumaruto, but i do get that Rori meant to be Loli.
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>>2342493
Smart Loli
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>>2342497
Okay now i feel stupid for not noticing.
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<Big, Tall & Black - 3 points - Only 97 more points to go! - Stop running, you'll only die tired. Busta >

Carol's eyes turn back to the still unconscious Gecko. She gives him a look of scorn, before she turns back to the screen. The name and points display for a few more seconds, before the screen fades back to its normal, black shiny exterior.

"Looks like that's it then," Dante says, getting up from his crouched position, "I have a car stashed near here, I can fit a couple of people in, but someone's gonna have to split a cab."

"I'll take it," Tanjeet says, looking back at him, "I need some time to process this alone for a bit..."

Dante looks back at him, and nods in understanding. You and Paula go to get up, when everyone hear another strange whirr from Gantz.

<Continued>
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>You and Paula go to get up, when everyone hear another strange whirr from Gantz.


Oh god is it the doom/catastrophe clock?
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>>2342518
Everyone turns back, and sees a new blinking message scrawled on Gantz's screen.

<C0NGR@7UL@710N5!!!>

After a few seconds, the blinking message stops and a new message is typed on the ball's display.

<Big Nig - 5 G@m3 S7r3@k> <0p3nin6 - 57r3@k M3nu>

Everyone looks at Dante, as the screen begins changing again. He's at an equal loss for words, but quickly finds his footing.

"It's never done this before," he explains, looking at the ball's display, "This is...new."

The ball's display flashes a screen holding several options and a light explanation at the top.

<Welcome to the Streak Menu - Spend points to upgrade your gear. Anyone can do it! It's easy you schmucks!>

Everyone moves closer to Gantz, looking intently at the ball's display. You take note of several options littered through its display, each highlighting a different piece of equipment you've seen. Yukino moves closer to it, and touches one of the options.

The display changes to the X-Gun's model, and two options detailing upgrades to the gun itself. One of them adds what looks like a wider barrel to the gun, while another adds more of those strange coil things that open up on the gun itself.

"It said anyone can add points to upgrade equipment, right?," Paula asks, looking at the display and the back to you, "You gonna do it?"

>Yes
>No
>Later
>Write in
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>>2342568
>Yes
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>>2342568
>Yes

If what that thing showed us is that we need the upgrades. Being able to escape the radar and also being able to resist the Y-gun by regenerating before the laser could do anything? if we don't survive the next hunt holding the points would be useless
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>>2342568
>Write in
Observe if the others do it, I feel we need to save points for Kurtis. Another two hunts or a really good one and we can bring him back.
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>>2342585
We can't bring him back if we die on the ne t hunt anon. And if the next is as difficult as this one was we are fucked without descent gear.

Also since everyone can do it i guess this will uograde all the weapons for everyone.
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>>2342568
>>Yes
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>>2342583
>>2342579

"Yeah, I'll do it," you say, and then looking back at anyone else, "Any else going for it? If it can upgrade all of our gear, then it shouldn't be that big of an issue."

"I'm too close Erick," Dante says, "Sorry, but that's a no go for me."

"I'll chip in," Carol says, with her expression turning serious, "But we're having that talk right afterwards."

"No worries here," Paula says, looking back at you, "I'll get you some points as well. I don't want to have a repeat of tonight anyways..."

"Sorry, but I think I'll sit this one out," Tanjeet says, looking a little worried, "If Dante said there's a way out, I need to start saving up now for that..."

"I only got 2, but I can get them to you," Yukino states, looking at you with a slight smile, "100 is too far away right now anyways."

You look sullenly at Yukino as she says this, but you nod back in agreement. Who the hell is this little girl? You take a nod at the group and return back to the display.

>You have 88 between your group, decide where you wish to invest these points and how they'll be split up.

<Continued>
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>>2342384
Erick is cute.
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>>2342659
You look over the current display on the screen. There's several options detailing different sets of equipment.

> Suits
Extra Capacitor - Cost: 75 - Suit recharge is doubled (Rolls for blunt force DEF Ignore Nat 1s; 2 Charges per Suit)

Booster Spine - Cost 50 - Reinforces Suit Parameters (+1 to all PHY Stats so long as the suit is active)

>Radar
Reinforced Wiring - Cost: 25 - Sensory Pings no longer short out the scanner (Emergency Pings can now be used indefinitely)

Microphone Vox - Cost: 50 - Microphone is added to the radar (2 way communication is now available between all radars.)

>X-Gun
Segmented Coils - Cost 75 - No more delays between shots (+2 when using X-Gun against multiple foes.)

Wider Barrel - Cost 40 - X-Gun secondary fire, concussive shot (Fires a 5 meter wide and 5 meter long cone of kinetic energy, can kill smaller foes, and stun larger ones, gun will recharge after 1 use.)

>Y-Gun
Burrower Anchors - Cost 50 - Y-Gun Anchors now tunnel 5 meters deep after deployment (Anchors can only be pulled out by Obscene force)

Snare - Cost 75 - Y-gun can be deployed as a trap (Deployment is instant, and covers a 2 meter ground radius. Will start teleportation if something is caught. Does not differentiate friend from foe.)

>X-Rifle
Ultra Charge - Cost 40 - Secondary fire, charge a line of pure kinetic force (Chargeable beam like force that can poke holes into objects and enemies, can be charged for wider holes)

Scope Lock-On - Cost 70 - Scope can lock to targets (1 Free Guaranteed hit per rifle, but only once per hunt.)

>Choose, where and how to spend points.
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>>2342751
>Booster Spine
>Reinforced Wiring

Regarding microphone...we should just buy some handheld radios to bring with us next hunt. Not like you can't bring outside gear into it.
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>>2342751
Backing >>2342776
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>>2342776
That's almost all our points but ok.
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>>2342776
>>2342777
>>2342787
I will give you guys 5 more minutes, as points are a big deal.

>Choose who gets the remaining 13 points
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>>2342804
Dante, he is pretty close to 100 but everyone else if they are OK with it.
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>>2342804
I'll back giving them to Dante
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>>2342811
>>2342813
OOC: I mean between the people that invested points into the upgrades. They cannot be interchanged unfortunately...
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>>2342816
damn.
3 to everyone else, 4 to us then. since we invested the most points it's fairest i think
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>>2342816
Put a finger inside gantz ass and see how he changes his mind.
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>>2342776

Are we just choosing the radat because the waifu has it?

>Regarding microphone...we should just buy some handheld radios to bring with us next hunt. Not like you can't bring outside gear into it.

It won't work it's meta knowledge but i know it won't work because once you are inside the zone that gantz puts you on, all cellphones and radio signals are blocked.
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>>2342834
He didn't invest any into the upgrades, though.
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>>2342819
If no one says anything, we'll go with this in the next 5 min.

>>2342825
Nah, das gay. Also pedophilic since Gantz is a shota this time around.

>>2342827
OOC: Just to clarify, any signals that come into the hunt's area are blocked by Gantz. However, any signals already inside the area can still function. This is how the walkies worked in the first mission, but Paula's radio didn't.
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>>2342839
>Gantz is a shota this time around
Shit, I forgot about that.
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>>2342839
shota gantz is a cuck, pass it on
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>>2342804
>>2342819

Alright, so final decision is:

>Booster Spine
>Reinforced Wiring

And

>3 Carol, 3 Paula, 4 Erick, and 2 Yukino

Last chance to decline.

>Yes or no anon
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>>2342858
THat's 3 for Yukino.
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>>2342858
>Yes
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>>2342858
Oh right...yukino only put in 2. there's 1 point unaccounted for, then.
I guess I'll slap it onto Carol
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In 3 and 4 more games, we'll have another go at the streak upgrades.
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>>2342865
>>2342868
>>2342871
For the sake of clarity, I will go with this anon's idea.

Alright writing.
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>>2342876
>Suit - Booster Spine
>Radar - Reinforced Wiring

You make your choices, adding each volunteer's points to the necessary tally. Thankfully, Gantz was kind enough to let you invest points consecutively.

As you you finish investing the last of the points, you press a large, green button labeled <Finish Purchase> on its display.

The screen goes blank and another message pops up.

<Good Choice! Beta Hero - 4 Points; Sumaruto Rori - 2 Points; Officer Torrez - 3 Points; Lil' Dreads - 4 Points>

There's slight whirr from Gantz, before what looks like a camera, pops out of the top of the ball. You all look at it expectantly, and it flashes a bright light for less than a second before the camera-like object dissapears.

You all look at each other for a few seconds, before you feel a painful sting along your spine. It feels like several needles are entering your skin at the same time, and pocking into your spinal column. The pain is instant however, and it is over as soon as it begins.

The others are in a similar state of pain and confusion, as you notice a new shiny looking vertebra plate on each of their suit's backs.

"Holy shit," Dante says, stretching out his palms, "that a rush if I've ever felt it. So, I guess the upgrades apply to everyone then."

"Guess so," You say, feeling a slight touch of power as you open your palm as well, "But, we'd better get going now, I get the feeling we're overstaying our welcome as is."

"Question though," Carol points out, and looks towards Gecko, "What do we do about him?"

>Let him go, tell him nothing
>Let Paula take him, she's a cop after all
>Let Carol decide, she's the one he wronged
>Write in
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>>2342941
>>Let Carol decide, she's the one he wronged
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>>2342941
>Let Carol decide, she's the one he wronged

Paula will only be a cop again tomorrow anyway.
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>>2342941
>Let Carol decide, she's the one he wronged
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>>2342941
>Let Carol decide, she's the one he wronged

"I don't care if he dies, but I'm not particularly happy that he's alive."
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>>2342964
Lets not be edgy here.
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>>2342980
I didn't think it was that edgy. We did kinda abandon him.
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>>2342958
>>2342949
>>2342950

"Carol, I'll leave it to you," you state, with her giving you a knowing stare, "I still owe you that talk, so don't think I'm shirking responsibility from it."

"Hold on a minute," Paula states, looking at Carol, "What do you intend on doing with him Carol?"

"With all due respect Paula," Carol states, looking at Paula with a serious look in her eyes, "that's actually none of your business."

"I think it very much is my business considering the state we found those two in," Paula moves closer to Carol, "I can't say I know how you feel, but what you think of doing to him isn't going to make that go away."

"It's her choice Paula," you say, looking at them both, "Whatever she intends to do, it's ultimately her choice, and you shouldn't have to force her otherwise."

Paula looks at you, with somewhat pleading eyes.

"Erick, I know you're someone who has a good head on his shoulders," she says, and then gets very close to you, "But do not let that girl make a horrible mistake right here. Give me three days, I can have that scumbag put away for the rest of his life."

"You think the police are going to do shit about this?!", Carol says raising her voice, "They didn't give a fuck when I died, much less when those two bastards kept roaming the streets."

"This isn't something you'll just walk away from Carol," Paula replies back sternly, "You'll regret it for the rest of your life, I can assure of you that!"

"My only regret," Carol states with venom in her tone, "will be that I didn't get to his friend before that alien did!"

Tanjeet is leading Yukino to the hall as their argument escalates, probably so she doesn't have to be there when things get really ugly. Dante is just looking at them but doesn't know where to interject. He looks to you for some guiding words.

>Go with Paula
>Go with Carol
>Write in
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>>2342989
>Write in
Point out that no cells gonna hold him since he'll just be summoned back here next hunt and that if he doesn't participate in the hunts he will just be a liability to the rest of us
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>>2342989
>Write in: "Carol what happend to you was horrible and you have every right to hate this guy and his friend. They died today his friend a second time because he was a idiot and didn't wanted to listen, if he keeps comming to this room he will inevitably die by the hands of a alien and Paula even if you arrested him he would return to this room in the next hunt. What i can say to you Carol you should think if you want this scumbag life weigthing on you conciouness, i know you are angry but please think after the rage passed if you could still look at yourself in the mirror.

If anything we can use him as bait for the next hunt. But i don't want to say it in front of everyone.
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>>2342989
>>2343002
This, chances are he would die soon enough even if he was a team player.
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>>2343016
Supporting, and add to let him go.
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>>2343002
Like his friend was. No really if the idiot blood had heard us and stayed together he wouldn't have died and Kurtis wouldn't be dead. These dumb fuckers fucked every thing
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>>2343025
>>2343026
(NO TRUST LOST)

You take a deep breath, close your eyes and take step forward to the pair. The heaviness of your first step lets them know to give their full attention, and they temporarily stop their arguing.

"Carol, what happened to you was horrible and you have every right to hate this guy and his friend," you say, looking straight at Carol, "They died today, his friend a second time because he was a idiot and didn't want to listen. If he keeps coming to this room, he may inevitably die at the hands of a alien."

Carol is frowning at you, while Paula is looking at you with a face of slight relief. This is before you turn your head to her.

"And Paula even if you arrested him he would return to this room in the next hunt," you explain, not looking away from her eyes, "there's no point in doing that anyways."

"But then what do you suggest?", Paula says, looking at you both, "We just let him go?"

"We have to let him go," you say, looking at Gecko and the back to Carol, "What I can say to you Carol, is that you should think if you want this scumbag's life weighing on you consciousness for the rest of your life. I know you are angry but please think after the rage has passed, if you could still look at yourself in the mirror."

Carol wants to reply back to you, but the look of both anger and sadness is the only thing she can do. You see her hand reach for her X-Gun, Paula also notices, but she just lets it go before she can move it from her holster. Carol looks at the floor, and then back at you before she heads to the hallway without saying a word.

"Dante, help me with this," you say to him, as you go for Gecko's body, "We've got to get him out of here."

<>

Everyone's either in Dante's stashed car or heading for the street after you changed clothes. Tanjeet said his goodbyes as he mounted the cab to his home, though Carol barely said anything. No one really said much of anything after Carol and Paula's fight, and just piled into the car. Even Yukino seems to have silently eased herself back to your scene. It's not as awkward as that initial ride back from the first training area, but it's gets close in terms of silence as you head back to Roosevelt Park.

What should be a 30 minute drive, feels like several hours as the silence permeates the car's interior. After you arrive, Carol decides to go with Dante back home, while Paula and Yukino pile into your car.
Paula says it'll be better to take Yukino home first, as she live close to the park and she can make the excuse that a police officer found her.

>Talk about the hunt
>Talk about personal things
>Talk about Gantz
>Write in
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>>2343086
>Talk about personal things

How exactly did Yukino die? That's kinda important.
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>>2343086
>>2343089
This but with a little subtlety. Ask her if she remembers anything before the room.
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>>2343086

Supporting >>2343089

I don't want to send her back to a home that doesn't want her or worst a home were we will end up finding her body or her mom burying her in the backyard
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Now aren't we the perfect family? latina women with a white guy and a japanese girl as their daugther! Truly the perfect and normal american family!
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>>2343125
And with two black best friends.
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>>2342844
Yoda pants is a duck, pass it on.
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>>2343108
>>2343089
>>2343094
+1 Trust (Yukino Palmer)

As you make your way to Bader Condominium, where Yukino said her dad is, you begin to wonder exactly what happened for this little girl to arrive at Gantz. You never expected a child to arrive to the game, but it was something that was disproved tonight. The question nonetheless bangs against your head, and you try to subtly ask it out of concern and somewhat morbid curiosity.

"Yukino, can I ask you something," you state, with Paula looking at you and Yukino soon giving you a nod of agreement, "Do you remember anything before you came to the room?"

Paula is eyeing you carefully, but you shoot her nod to let her know that you mean no harm. She relents in her concern, but nonetheless is intently listening to the conversation.

"I remember two things about the day," Yukino says, while holding a pondering finger to her head, "I had gone out to this BIG mall in Pentagon City with my dad before I came to the room. I lost sight of him in a crowd, so I got on top of one of the benches to see if I could find him.

"The other thing was that some old, hairy man bumped against me on the bench. I lost my balance and fell, from the second floor of the mall."

There's a chill up your spine as she finishes her story. Yet it's not the fact that the story itself sounds like the end of a children's horror book, but the almost nonchalant expression she had when relating it. You have heard of the scientist's tone before, but this little girl would make them sound subjective in comparison.

"That...awful...", you say, as you approach her apartment, "I'm sure your dad must be worried sick about you."

"Daddy is worried about a lot of things these days," she says, somewhat saddened by it, "So I don't try to bother him too much, otherwise he starts crying..."

"You keep mentioning your dad in all of this, but what about your mo-," you try to finish, but Paula gives you a look of sheer scorn as you mention this, "your moments when you aren't with him, don't you have any friends in school or anything?"

"Not really," she states, as the car pulls up to the curb, "They think I'm weird and say things behind my back, but I don't really mind it since I know it'll escalate things if I say anything."

The strength of character in this little girl is something terrifying, yet...somehow very endearing to hear. Whatever her problems may be, or whatever Paula decided to halt your social progress, you at least get the feeling like she's opening up somewhat.

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>>2343151
But Dante and Carol aren't in the car
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I want to give Yukino a hug. But that wouldn't be okay.
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"I can't thank you enough for bringing her back," a graying Caucasian man says, while wiping the tears from his eyes, "Please, if there's anything you need please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you both, so very much..."

"Don't worry about it," Paula says, politely waving his offer, "We're both fine, though you're lucky I found her when I did. She was looking so lost and scared."

"And I can't begin to show my gratitude for it," the man states, gripping Paula's hands in thanks, "Thank you both so much..."

After you said your goodbyes to Yukino's father, you both head to the car and see Yukino is wave you both goodbye as you leave the front entrance. You both wave back, and head back to the car. After situating yourselves in your appropriate seats, and leaving the condo, Paula's gaze falls on you.

"I had never seen a little girl so sad" Paula says, as you head to her home, "She's repressing it Erick, the fact that her mother's gone. She loves to read, to think, to play video games, yet...I know she's doing it either forget or make a wall around that truth."

"She's very strong," you reply back, stopping at a red light, "give her some credit. She's shouldering it all on herself so her dad doesn't worry. If anything, she's really brave for doing that much..."

Paula's face is downcast at this, and you manage to catch a bit of it with your right hand. Her eyes are looking expectantly at yours now. You return the gaze, and find that she's sharing part of Yukino's pain as well. Where that comes from, is something you're not sure you know...

"Let's...head to your place for tonight," Paula says, her eyes looking at you, "I almost lost you today...and all of this grief...is tearing me up. Would you indulge me, just this once Erick?"

>Yes
>No
>Some other time
>Write in
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>>2343204
>Yes
I think we need it too.
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>>2343204
>>Yes
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>>2343165
If she died in a crowed place I wonder how gantz got rid of the body without people noticing

>>2343204
>Yes
Might as well get some while there's still something to get
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