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You are Arthur Bernhard: 20 year old fugitive, recently a first time killer, wielder of the Power of Destruction and Dark Lord Candidate

With your previous allies supporting you, you successfully put a stop to the schemes of Johannes Gotthelf, the director of the Alchemists. However, something happened when you performed the killing blow on the man that led to Shirley Renard, vampire hunter and your only friend, to apparently betray you.

You were then rescued and healed of your injuries by Alura, a powerful monster that you managed to somewhat befriend and freed during the assault on the mansion. It was then that Alura, along with Anna Morgan, the botanist responsible for creating her, revealed to you the existence of Dark Lord Candidates and of Dracula, the previous Dark Lord.

Before fleeing from the mansion, which was now a smoldering ruin thanks to Shirley's efforts, you also had Coller, an impossibly human-like automaton, join you in your escape. Coller later showed herself to be an incredibly lethal combatant, with zero compunction in regards to the killing of humans.

Now, to avoid capture from Shirley's Organization, you are fleeing the country towards Europe, having chosen a cruise ship as your method to elude anyone that may already be pursuing you. Which, considering how Coller just dealt with local law enforcement, probably consists of more than just Shirley and her Organization.

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"That would be perfect, Alura. Go ahead and use it as you please. Oh, and if you would, can you ensure they definitely won't wake up until the ship is long gone? A few hours ought to do." You don't want the possibility of them waking up and wandering around to become a reality and ruin everything. You'll just have to hide them away so they don't get found before you're well on your way.

"Very well. Then they won't remember a thing about this cruise, I can guarantee you that." As she looks at the bound victims however, she pauses. "Though, actually, you three might want to go ahead and try to get aboard the ship while I find a place to hide them so they don't get discovered before they wake. It'll be easier to do so by myself however. Eight people is something of a crowd." I'll be needing a pass if I'm to enter without incident myself though" She yawns and holds an empty palm towards you as she finishes talking.

You quickly hand her a pass as she turns to face the four would-be holidaymakers. "Don't be too long, Alura, the sooner we're all aboard, the better I'll feel about all this. And the safer we'll all be." There's no telling just how long it will take Shirley or her organization to locate the four of you, and you'd rather not be forced to fight her, at least not now, you've had quite enough fighting for one day at least. It's really a wonder that you haven't collapsed from fatigue from how much you've been forced to exert yourself. There should be a limit to how far adrenaline can carry somebody and you're pretty certain that you passed it already. Perhaps this lack of fatigue is Alura's doing then? She did mention healing you, and you have technically rested for however long that took.

"You needn't worry about me, Arthur. I might be a lady, but I can take care of myself you know. Besides, this shouldn't take more than a few minutes to deal with. " With a parting comment, she walks away both from you and the people she's meant to be taking with her to hide. Except before you can ask her just what she's doing, you notice the vines binding the people have begun to recede. You expected the four to have simply dropped to the ground, but instead, each of them land squarely on their feet, heads slumped forwards.

Things get stranger still, when they begin to slowly stumble forwards following after Alura, one clumsy step after the other. As you wonder just what on Earth is going on, you see Anna with a look of satisfied curiosity staring at one of the women drunkenly trudging out of the alleyway. Following her gaze, you quickly notice a thin green vine wrapped around the ankle of the unconscious woman and you realize just what Alura is doing. Her control of plants really is incredible, even if the movements on her impromptu puppets are a little clunky. It really is far less suspicious than dragging four bodies around and dumping them somewhere inconspicuous.
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It doesn't take too long for the puppets to pick up some strange shambling speed as they are manipulated by the vines binding them into pursuing Alura, vanishing out of the alleyway one by one. The three of you left in the alleyway stand there in a moment of silence till you take initiative. "Let's get going then, there's no point in just standing here, is there?"

"Right." Anna gives a quick affirmation, while Coller only seems to stare in the direction that Alura left in. Thankfully she does however follow, as you can hear her footsteps behind Anna as you walk back out of the alleyway.

As you take a brief look at your surroundings upon leaving the dark alleyway, you notice that the ship has begun to allow passengers to board it, Reading through the boarding pass and confirming it is indeed the correct ship, you set off towards it with Anna and Coller following closely behind you.

As you approach the ship, you see that there is a crowd beginning to form as the crew begin to check the boarding passes of the passengers. You leisurely walk towards one of the entrances of the ship with the three passes in hand. A man wearing a suit that doesn't quite fit him standing by the opening hurriedly takes the three passes, and uses some sort of scanner to verify their authenticity, the man raises an eyebrow as the device lets out a shrill electronic warning tone. "Ah, it says that there should be four VIP tickets for this booking. I'll need to s-"

Before the man can even begin to question you, he is cut off by an impatient Anna. "Of course there are four tickets, my sister just forget something in the car is all. I do hope you won't delay us any further than this." Her tone is authoritative, and seems to have the intended effect of answering the question the man was about to bring up. "Oh and of course she has her own boarding pass with her, I assume there will be no problems in this?" The man looks at the device in his hand and then back to Anna before shaking his head.

"O-of course not. Welcome aboard, and I hope you enjoy your stay aboard the Elizabeth." He finishes his shaky statement with a clearly rehearsed line. He seems hesistant for a moment, but eventually allows the three of you to pass unimpeded. "You'll need to get the keys to your cabins from the main reception, it's, uh, just down the hallway ahead of you." It seems you managed to avoid the trouble of having to go through any security checks by disregarding visiting the cruise terminal entirely, convenient, because explaining your own weaponry and why Coller keeps setting off their metal detector would be an enormous problem.

"Thank you for the help, really." The thanks Anna gives to the man couldn't feel more hollow and empty if she tried, the man seems to flinch away from the venomous words as Anna scowls in his direction, apparently irritated at being delayed by the man.
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A few minutes of walking finds the three of you at the main reception, you think back to how similar this situation feels to yesterday at the hotel. Hopefully this won't end up in the same way as that failed endeavor did. The receptionists are incredibly busy here, and you hardly even get a response from the woman you hand the boarding passes to except for a cursory nod and two sets of keys. One labeled '11-C5' and the other '11-C6', seems that you'll have to find your cabins by yourself. Asking a crew member for directions when it's this busy would be completely pointless, seeing as they are already quite swarmed with the rush of passengers as is.

It's fortunate then, that you find a map of the ship near one of the stairwells, and find that your cabins are on the eleventh deck, in the C-wing. Taking the stairs up would be quite a walk, but there are thankfully elevators right next to the staircase for passenger use. One of them is even open and free for your use!

Even with the elevator and the directions you managed to gather from looking at the map of the ship, it still takes a good ten minutes before you stand in front of Cabin 11-C5, with C6 directly to your back. Turning the key in the lock, you are greeted to the sight of quite an extravagant looking room. The furniture is obviously high quality, and the technology that has been built into the room looks to be brand new. You sit on a leather sofa as Anna seems to inspect the room in further detail for whatever reason.

Just as your are about to allow yourself to relax however, there seems to be some sort of commotion going on in the hallway outside your cabin. There's shouting from a voice you don't recognize telling somebody to stop moving and you can make out soft thumps of an object colliding with the wall every once in a while.

>Check the commotion out, it clearly isn't for you, but you are intrigued nonetheless
>Ignore it, you don't want to bother getting involved in anything that isn't your business.
>Write-in?
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>Dropped my trip when making a new thread.
Physical pain right here.
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>>4048474

>Check the commotion out.
I reckon Arthur would be very, very paranoid right now, so he'd definitely be interested in this.

>>4048478
Power of Distraction
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>>4048474
>>Check the commotion out, it clearly isn't for you, but you are intrigued nonetheless
No reason not to at least peek. If it's bad juju we just hide in the room and cry in a corner until all our problems go away.
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>>4048474
>Check the commotion out, it clearly isn't for you, but you are intrigued nonetheless
I've had it with passing over plot hooks, damn it!
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>>4048474
>Check the commotion out, it clearly isn't for you, but you are intrigued nonetheless
Give plot hook.
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Aren't we still wearing that contact lens thing?
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Somewhere in Japan:
October 12th 2019 - Saturday: 8:50 AM


He sat there with his head in his hands. One of the worst case scenarios had occurred, looking through the letter on his desk once more, the black suited man sighed deeply.

'To whomever it may concern,

In light of information given to us by Operative #0431, it has been concluded that Subject DL-02 has broken his seals and in addition potentially lost control over his dark powers, Operative #431 has lost track of Subject DL-02, and Safehouse #36 has been compromised. Therefore it has been requested that a retrieval team is to both locate and capture DL-02 before he is able to become an even greater threat. If you can read this letter, you have been deemed vital to the success of the mission and have thus been assigned to it. Any assignment you are currently on will be handled by substitute operatives up until the time the mission has succeeded. While it would be preferable for the DL-02 to be captured alive, you are authorized to use lethal force should the situation call for it. Please report to the HQ to meet up with the rest of the retrieval team and for more in-depth information on the matter.

Sincerely,
Amelia Dorin.'

This was really just the worst thing that could've been sent to him. While his current mission was of utmost importance to the point that he had to go undercover, even going so far as to seal the majority of his powers, there was also no way he could really ignore these summons. Despite the fact that he was officially the organization's head, he was still outranked by that woman on account of her actually owning the organization. Regardless of rank though, there was no way he would have been contacted unless the situation was incredibly dire, so while it wasn't like they could actually force his cooperation if he simply ignored the order, he knew things wouldn't be so simple. Amelia is quite a good judge of risk, after all, and a lot of their success two decades ago could be attributed to her talents.

He looked out the of the window, looking at the boy so carelessly playing, unaware of the darkness that existed around every corner wishing to claim him. This boy was one he was charged with protecting, there's just no telling what could happen if the forces of evil got their hands on him, especially now, before he is even able to defend himself or tell evil from good. He shook his head. He couldn't worry about what might happen here in his absence, if he didn't act, it's possible that something even worse might occur with this other Dark Lord Candidate.
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But at the same time there was no actual guarantee that any of the people that had been identified by the Dorin Organization as potential inheritors of Dracula's powers could actually attain his true power. Well, with the exception of the boy he was guarding, of course, but he was a special case. Their possible inability to claim the title did not however mean that they couldn't be extreme dangers capable of depopulating entire cities with only the powers they had received, if not create an even worse disaster. A fake Dark Lord might end up just as dangerous as the real thing.

Getting up from his chair, he really had no choice. He would travel to the meeting point and assist in the capture of this rogue Dark Lord Candidate, it shouldn't take very long to deal with somebody so inexperienced. Not for him.

He quickly steps out of his room, only to be greeted by the incredibly conspicuous sight of the girl he was training trying her hardest to look inconspicuous and failing quite spectacularly, as she pretends she was in fact looking though a bookcase. She'd obviously been trying to peek through the door to see what exactly the letter was about. He couldn't blame her though, it's not often he got mail.

"Um, Genya-Sensei..." Her face was quite apologetic, she obviously knows that she's been caught out on trying to find out what the letter was about "...Sorry, I just haven't ever seen you look so irritated as you were when that letter was handed to you."

There was no real point in getting upset with her, besides, she'll be taking part in this retrieval too. "We've received new orders, Kokoro. We'll be leaving Japan tomorrow."

"H-huh? Where are we going?" The girl asks in a confused tone, she clearly hadn't been expecting anything like new orders, and especially not something like leaving Japan entirely.

He clicks his tongue before he gives his answer, it's a country he has a lot of memories of, the vast majority of them bad at best. "Romania."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh1qqLbuBww
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And there's the interlude.

To clarify, this takes place in 3 days time.
It's currently around 8pm on the 9th for you.

Time should pass by quickly on this cruise anyway, and there's no way to prevent that interlude from happening now.

and I've been waiting to post it for like a week.
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>>4049251
>spoiler
Geez, how many hooks have we been avoiding?
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>>4049267
More than I would like.
At least you went for the most interesting travel option.
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>>4049213
>Alucard
Holy Christ, we're getting into things now.
>>4049251
I'm hoping from the early-morning timing of this interlude that you'll have another choice update for us today. Any chance of that?
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>>4049417
I'm starting work on the update now, actually.

As for Alucard, you're quite lucky that he's far weaker than he normally is while he's Arikado due to sealing the majority of his powers.
Nevermind that he can unseal them anytime he wants. He'll only do that in a proper emergency though.

Funny thing about Alucard is that he's technically a Dark Lord Candidate himself.
Just not in the same way the others are.
I don't mind revealing this because there's no way Alucard would ever tell you. Or anyone, really, and it's quite easily inferred.
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>>4049444
I mean it makes sense. He is the only legit inheritor of Dracula. Only thing he lacks from his old man is the soul. Every power Dracula has ever shown Alucard has also shown to a lesser degree. Even the whole "turn into a big dumb monster" thing. Thanks petrification for showing how scary Alucard could be. That is a neat easter egg, though.
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>>4049474

Would Alucard make a good dark lord - that's the more interesting question. He's got the know-how for it, and he's far more benign than pops. Vote Alucard?
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The noises coming from outside might not concern you, but it's probably better to be on the safe side, especially given just what sort of situation you are in right now. Willfully remaining ignorant of matters going on just outside your room would be an awful lapse in your judgment, and you certainly wouldn't want to develop it as a habit

So, with a sigh, you get up from your seat and walk over to the door, the sounds of commotion growing louder as you approach the hallway once again before it stops entirely. Slowly, you open the door and peek out into the corridor.

As you look outwards, you spot the rather unusual sight of two exhausted looking cabin crew, a man and a woman. The man is leaning heavily on the wall, while the woman accompanying him is holding a broom upside down for whatever reason. Frustration is etched into her features as she stares down the corridor at something out of sight. It's good for your heart at least, that the matter is one so completely mundane as two of the employees merely acting foolish.

"Excuse me, but is everything alright out here? I heard some noise from my cabin and was wondering what was happening." You are the very model of politeness as you attempt to draw some information from the tired out looking crew members, walking out of the room to speak with them better.

"Oh, well, you see..." The man is obviously trying to hide something from you, but before he can finish his sentence, his companion does so for him, hastily cutting him off as she does

"Somebody lost their pet! And, we're... tracking it down to get it back to them." A likely story, but it's not exactly like you can pressure them for too much more information. However...

"And why exactly do you need to wield a broom like some sort of weapon in order to catch it, then? There's obviously something you aren't telling me here, so, mind explaining what's really happening?" While the situation is thankfully a harmless one, you still don't appreciate being lied to to your face.

The woman looks a little guilty about her obvious lie, but just as it looks like she might reveal the truth behind the commotion, the man behind her points at some place up the corridor. "Over there! Quickly!" You turn to look at the direction the man points in, although you see nothing out of the ordinary. He takes this opportunity to grab the woman by her arm and run off down the corridor with her following. She at least has the decency to look somewhat apologetic about what just happened as she's made to run along with her fellow crew member in pursuit of... something. How unprofessional. If you hadn't stolen your tickets, you would be sure to file a complaint.
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What could've gotten those two so worked up, anyway? The obvious answer would probably lead you to believe it was some sort of rodent they were chasing after. There's no telling how much damage that a rat infestation could do to the cruise line. Still, something doesn't feel quite right about any of this, a strange foreboding feeling chills you, but you can't exactly place it as you remain standing in the hallway. You decide to head back into your room, you've had an incredibly long day, and it wouldn't do for you to start jumping at shadows.

As you try to open the door back to your room, you suddenly realize that you can't actually open it! Did it lock automatically when you closed it? It's not a problem though, you can just knock and have Anna or Coller let you back in. Just as your knuckles are about to make contact with the door once again, you freeze. That foreboding feeling is back, far stronger now. It feels... close, even, as you involuntarily shiver.

>Ignore the feeling and head back into your room after knocking.
>Try to find the reason behind the terrifying atmosphere, alone.
>Knock on your cabin door and have Anna and Coller accompany you in this search.
>Write-in...
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>>4050768
>Try to find the reason behind the terrifying atmosphere, alone.
We really can't go five minutes without getting stalked by some apparition, huh?
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>>4050775
It's not an apparition this time, I promise.
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>>4050765
Dead Pirate and Student Witch?
>>4050768
>Try to find the reason behind the terrifying atmosphere, alone.
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>>4050768
>>Try to find the reason behind the terrifying atmosphere, alone.
It's a fucking bat I see right through you.
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>>4051033
Why would bats be flying around a cruise ship?
Arthur isn't afraid of bats anyway, he'd be a poor excuse for a Dark Lord Candidate if he was.
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>>4051447
Maybe they booked the cruise
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>>4051447
It could be a bat acting as familiar to that vampire girl, and Arthur's feeling the energy from her connection to it.
I mean, what are those employees trying to hit with an upside-down broom if not something that can fly?
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>>4050768
>Knock on your cabin door and have Anna and Coller accompany you in this search.
>splitting the party
I shiggy diggy
Watch as we now get eaten by Sirens or Lorelai or something.
We pushed our luck once already with Alura.
>>4051700
Maybe a really zippy fleaman?
God help us all if it is a vampire.
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>>4051799
>splitting the party
Quests are not TTRPGs!
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>>4051811
Try completing PoR without using both characters.
Why wouldn't we want to confront spooky feeling with a gardener and a killing machine?
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>>4050768
>>Try to find the reason behind the terrifying atmosphere, alone.
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And just when you thought things were going to simple aboard this voyage, it seems as if fate has something else in mind. Whatever this feeling you're getting is, it can't be anything natural. For a moment you consider getting Anna and Coller to assist you in finding it's source, but as you think about just how to go about dealing with this potential danger, the feeling begins to grow fainter... more distant, even.

There's simply no time to waste in trying to amass your allies, If you're going to get to the bottom of this, you need to move now! Disregarding the cabin door, you do your best to follow after the feeling. Somehow, you know just how to discern the sensation from it's surroundings as you follow after it.

As you follow the presence around the corridors, your suspicions that something is terribly wrong only grow, the stray passengers walking the corridors seem to break into coughing fits whenever it passes them. This is clearly of supernatural origin.

You follow the invisible force all the way to the bottom decks as it swerves about the corridors at walking speed. Whatever it is, it's either unaware that you are following it, or it simply doesn't care. Eventually, the feeling of dread seems to dissipate just as you reach a slightly ajar door.

You try to push the door open, hopefully the actual inhabitants of this cabin aren't still within. Simply entering the home of another without an invitation is quite an unsavory action to take just on a suspicion, but it is one that you feel necessary to take regardless. If this really is some sort of supernatural entity that you've detected, then their privacy should be the least of their concerns.

As you push the door, it stops. Caught on a chain of some sort, you are unable to push the door fully open. It would seem then, that there is definitely somebody inside the room. While you could simply try to force matters and break the chain with brute strength, a method far less likely to draw attention quickly springs to mind.

You attempt to draw upon the Power of Destruction, thankfully, the attempt is a success. You can once again feel the connection to it, more clearly than ever before. Drawing the power out of you and into your palm, you decide to make only a thin slither of energy in the form of a wire. To your surprise, the energy takes a form beyond the invisible destructive energy from before, creating a pitch black string instead.

You quickly run the side of your hand down the door, covered by the unstoppable cutting edge of the wire created with your power, the chain is immediately slashed through with no resistance, allowing you to open the door unopposed.

You decide to keep the wire manifested on the side of your hand for now, just in case you are forced to defend yourself as soon as you open the door. You push the door once again, this time it swings open with little effort on your part.
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Stepping into the room, you find that the red decoration is really quite striking. Almost everything in the wood has a red tinge to it, the carpet, the open curtains, even the wallpaper is a deep red. Whoever was in charge of this room's interior design would do well to not rely on a single color.

Trying not to jump to conclusions, even though it is beginning to grow more and more obvious just what happened in this room, you spot a few things in the room that seem out of the ordinary. First is an old looking laptop sitting on the table, awfully at odds with the red focused decor of the room, contained in some sort of black metal briefcase that it is set into. Second, the bright red curtains that seem to move quite vividly in the faint night wind. The open curtains give you a sight of the port, a fair distance away now. It seems that the ship set off sometime while you were wandering around the ship.

You briefly wonder whether Alura made it aboard without being stopped before another aspect of the room catches your eye and draws your thoughts away from the Alura Une. A pile of luggage haphazardly discarded in the corner of the room, with absolutely no regard as to where anything ended up, clothing and other personal effects spill out onto the floor next to a large oaken wardrobe.

>Inspect the laptop more closely, see what you can learn from it.
>Examine the curtains, the wind doesn't feel heavy enough to cause them to move in the fashion they whirl about in.
>Check the pile of luggage in the corner of the room, there's something strange about the idea of throwing carefully prepared clothing about.
>Search the rest of the cabin in an attempt to find it's owner, you wouldn't want to startle them.
>Write-in...
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>>4052867
>Examine the curtains, the wind doesn't feel heavy enough to cause them to move in the fashion they whirl about in.
1v1 me Killer Mantle.
Also, is this red shit blood?
It's totally blood right?
What the fuck is going on and why don't we care?
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>>4052971
Who would bother painting an entire room in blood?
The notion is so absurd it doesn't bear thinking about too much.
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>>4052867
>Examine the curtains, the wind doesn't feel heavy enough to cause them to move in the fashion they whirl about in.
I feel like we should be able to do all of these, but sure. Let's start with the curtains.
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>>4052867
>>Examine the curtains, the wind doesn't feel heavy enough to cause them to move in the fashion they whirl about in.
A HA! I knew it. The bat must have flown in through this window.

>>4052988
>Who would bother painting an entire room in blood?
Demons, vampires, elves. A painter if he's paid enough. Lots of stuff.
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>>4052867

>Say "Hello there." in our most charismatic voice, hoping to bluff anyone that's hiding into revealing themselves.
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>>4053424
You are a bold one.
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>>4052867
>>4053424
That is so stupid that it might work. Supporting.
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>>4053425
Hey as long as it leads to another happy landing.
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>>4053424
Yeah sure, let's run with it.
It's a mimic isn't it?
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This is a nice tie.
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>>4053997
look, my name is different, so it counts if i vote, right
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>>4054001
Oh I don't think so.
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Come on now. >>4053424 is ridiculous. Let's just go through investigating the room normally, alright?
If someone's been running from us already, as seems to be the case, they're not going to just come out because we say hi.
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>>4054008
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>>4054008
Nice try, Drac
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Still tied huh?
Are you going to make me get the dice?
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>>4054393
Hey, I tried.
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>>4054393
Fuck man, I already voted.
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15 minutes to break the vote before I just roll a Dice on it.
Either way, the outcome will be amusing.
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

Fine then
1: Examine Curtains
2: Attempt a bluff.
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>>4054456
Ok then.
If that's how it's going to be.
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>>4054467
This is where the fun begins.

This is not in fact where the fun begins.
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Taking a look around the room, you quickly come to a conclusion as to what you want to do. Examining the things strewn about the room can come later, for now, you'll attempt to bluff whoever else is in the room with you into coming out of hiding.

You clear your throat. There's no response but the fluttering of the curtains. "Hello there." You calmly speak to the empty room, confidence in your voice. Once again, the room remains dead silent. You walk further into the room, you know that the presence disappeared into this room, but where is it? Somebody has to be in the room unless they either climbed out the window for some reason, or they could fit through a gap only an inch wide!

Could it be trying to hide from you? Does it have a physical form or is it purely invisible? Thinking on the strangeness of the events, you once again you find your eyes drawn to the crimson coating the entire room. The odds of it being simply paint are nearly zero, especially given the supernatural presence.

You decide to change your approach, hopefully they are actually listening to you and are still watching. "I know you're there you know, there's really no point in hiding." Hopefully they buy the lie and reveal themselves, you're getting tired of trying to converse with an empty room. You're just about to give up in the attempt and go searching the rest of the cabin until the light flickers.

The curtains seem to draw themselves shut as the lights flicker on and off at random. Ok, now this is definitely bad. You draw your magical dagger with your left hand and ready your right to strike anything with the deadly wire coating it's side. Whatever is about to happen, you're ready for it. Or so you think.

The lights completely shut off, only for a few seconds, but that time is enough for a screaming pain to assault your left shin as what feel like four surgical scalpels are drawn across your skin, cutting deeply in the flesh and tearing the muscle. You barely even have time to react to the pain before you feel a sharp point of a blade just slightly touching your throat, threatening to slash your neck open instantly.

Then, the light in the room returns just as quickly as it disappeared, whatever was about to slice your neck open seems to have disappeared in the same instant the light flickered back on. You are forced to fall to fall to one knee as your left leg refuses to take any weight after the injury it just sustained, four nasty cuts effortlessly cut through the reinforced suit Alura made for you and left terrible wounds on the shin. Curiously enough, you can see the blood soaked clothing begin to knit itself back together. Unfortunately, there's no such relief for your leg itself, as blood continues to flow from the wounds.
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Then, a haunting giggle seems to fill the room, ringing in your ears, before a feminine voice replaces the laughter. "Are you quite sure? You don't show your awareness very well, you know." The voice goes quiet for a moment before it quickly starts speaking once again in a jubilant tone. "I know! Let's play a game! If you can guess where I am, I'll reveal myself to you! But for every wrong guess..." You feel the urge to look back down at your bleeding leg. "...well, I think you get the point. So, what do you say?"

>Accept the offer to play this dangerous game of Hide and Seek and guess the voice is hiding: (Pick three in the order you wish to look.)
>>In another room.
>>Behind the curtains.
>>In the wardrobe.
>>Behind you.
>Refuse to play along with this twisted game.
>Write-in...
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This is why you don't try to bluff feelings of dread.
Better hope your guessing skills are on point.
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>>4054727
>Accept the offer to play this dangerous game of Hide and Seek and guess the voice is hiding: (Pick three in the order you wish to look.)
I'm terrible at this sort of thing, but let's give it a shot anyway,
>>Behind you
>>Behind the curtains.
>>In the wardrobe.
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>>4054727
Has anything changed in the room?
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>>4054832
Other than the fact the curtains are no longer moving about, nothing
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>>4054727
>>Accept the offer to play this dangerous game of Hide and Seek and guess the voice is hiding: (Pick three in the order you wish to look.)
>look up
>Behind the curtains.
>In the wardrobe.
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>>4054727
>Accept the offer to play this dangerous game of Hide and Seek and guess the voice is hiding: (Pick three in the order you wish to look.)
>>Behind you
>>Behind the curtains.
>>above us
I much preferred them when they weren't cutting us to ribbons.
Dumb vampires.
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>>4055170
I mean, this is probably the Bunker Vampire, right?
Why is she not more grateful?
We indirectly saved her and are connected to Dracula himself!
Cutting us to shreds is nor how you say thank you!
Vampires suck.
I miss Theresia.
I miss Team Neutral too.

I guess Holly died then.
This vampire is clearly pure evil.
Arikado, tasukete!

Then again, how did the vampire get here so quickly if it is them?
Oh god can they teleport?
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>>4054727

>"So uncivilized."

>>Behind you
>>In the wardrobe
>>Behind the curtains
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>>4055176
Considering that the vamp was let out whilst Arthur was mid-mission in the manor I don't see why the superhuman monstrosity wouldn't be fast enough to get away from the bunker and make it here in time. Especially since Arthur was taking a nap for a while with Alura. And they stopped on the way to play sovereign citizen bingo. And hiked through the woods.

You get what I'm saying.
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>>4055203
>sovereign citizen bingo
Let this be known as a lesson not to try to arrest cosplayers.
You never know when one of them will turn out to be a bad tempered Terminator waifu apparently created by an Anarcho Capitalist.

I hope those police officers didn't have Body Cams.
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>>4054727
>Accept the offer to play this dangerous game
>>In the wardrobe.
>>Behind you.
>>In another room.
The curtains are no longer moving, though that may be a red herring.
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>>4055208
>I hope those police officers didn't have body cams
Whoops.
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>>4054727
Proposing the boldest option possible only for the most daring of waifufags, just so somebody says it
>Ignore the game, climb into the bed, invite her in
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>>4055281
I cannot say that this is a good idea.
At all.
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>>4055281
we should've done this upon entering desu
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>>4055281
But seriously, no.

I thought about going to the computer and acting like we found something scandalous on it.
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>>4055281
There's such a thing as going too far!

And on the first date, too!
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inb4 each wrong guess prompts her to change her location, so we really only have one chance of guessing right.
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>>4055461
>first guess is wrong
>it relocates
>directly into our second guess by coincidence
The power of the dark lord compels you.
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>>4055176
I miss Theresia and Holly too.
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>>4055176
>Vampires suck.
>I miss Theresia.
>I miss Team Neutral too.
>This vampire is clearly pure evil.
How can one anon be so blind?
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>>4055609
But anon vampires do suck. It's their shtick. Just like how werewolves take vacations in london and creatures live in black lagoons.
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>>4055461
Do you really think somebody would do that?
Use super speed to cheat at Hide and Seek?

>>4055598
It's a shame you never got the chance to speak with Theresia before leaving the mansion.
Though that would've required you confront Shirley.

Oh well, reintroducing her into the story later on isn't impossible.
You damn plot hook dodgers.
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>>4055730
So you're saying that we should stop time?
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>>4055736
Not that we could, obviously.
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>>4055736
>>4055743
Yes, stopping time would be a viable solution if you figured out how to do so.
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>>4055761

Speaking of powers: is coating ourselves in a thin veil of the PoD a viable use? That would be mighty useful.
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>>4055761
Can we do anything cool with the PoD yet or are we still newbie tier?
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>>4055761
Or you could risk it by chugging one of your potions.
You've got them in your bag still.

>>4055766
Yes. But an absolute defense is something that will drain your energy incredibly quickly and leave you unable to move.
It might even kill you from energy overuse.
Also, unless you learn to levitate, it would have a weakness on the soles of your feet.
Otherwise you'd just fall through the floor.
>>4055770
Your manipulation of it has improved quite a bit, you might be able to access the enhanced version again with enough effort and use the more conceptual abilities like the removal of space.
Of course, if you attempted to remove space that is occupied by somebody, they would be deleted too.
Felt that I should point that out.
But I'm not revealing the other uses until you find them.
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>>4054727
>>Write-in...
Try to access the higher powers of the PoD and remove the space between us and her.
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>>4055786

Alright. I'm gonna need my fellow anons to support me with this one, then.

Let's use the PoD to perform absolute defense right before she hits us. That means we mentally prepare to do it, check the first location as voted otherwise, then spring it up immediately if we don't find her.

Who's with me
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Please appreciate this Sailor Venus Weed.
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>>4055890
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How did we kill the plant thing again, by sensing its life force then destroying it? Which thread was that?
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>>4055949
You grabbed on to it and generate the PoD within it, causing it to explode Hokuto Shinken style.
You aren't able to target lifeforce to destroy just yet.
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>>4055991
Could we make piano-wire thin tendrils and slowly sweep them across the room?
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>>4056014
You could certainly try if you wanted to lose an arm.
They probably won't appreciate you trying to cheat.
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>>4056016
Well, what guarantee have we that she wouldn't do whatever she's doing to cheat?
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>>4056018
You don't.
But she's the one in the position of power here.
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Any reason the majority are checking the curtains?
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Accept
>>4054799
>>4055170
>>4055138
>>4055187
>>4055224

>Invite to bed
>>4055281

>Try to remove the space between you and presence
>>4055809

>try to shield self
>>4055820

You'll be looking behind yourself first.
The curtains second.
The wardrobe third.
Now it's time to see how good your intuition is...
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Rolled 39 (1d69)

>>4056193
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>>4056193
Fools. Bats fly, it is obviously above us.
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"Ok then, I'll play along with this little game of yours. So all I need to do is find you, right?" You call out to the voice, while you don't really want to be forced into playing this game, you don't really see any other option. There's no telling how it would react to you attempting an escape.

"Fantastic! I knew you weren't going to disappoint me like those others did! Maybe you really will be worth my time." The voice quickly switches from overjoyed to sinister for a just a moment. "Now, all you need to do is find me. But you best get looking, I'm not a very patient girl, you ought to know."

With that parting comment, the voice ceases echoing about the room, leaving you feeling alone in the room once more. But you know now that you aren't alone at all, this strange presence wants to hide itself from you? Fine, it will simply make the revenge you'll extract for what it just did to your leg all the sweeter when you drag it out of hiding.

But where could it be hiding? There are only a few hidden places in the cabin, unless they are hiding in another room entirely. Assuming that you're looking for a person, then only the curtains or the wardrobe could obscure their person wholly.

Before you check either of the obvious places though, there's one thing you feel like you should check. You walk forwards two paces before turning around as quickly as you can manage!

As you finish your rapid movement, you spot something incredibly unusual, a black bat perched on the handle of the cabin's door, looking directly at you. It seems somewhat stunned, as far as animals can look stunned, at least.

Your eyes lock onto the bat. "For somebody who wanted to play hide and seek, you aren't very good at hiding. And really? You were a bat? No wonder you kept out of sight, you aren't exactly intimidating." You lightly mock the creature that just a moment ago was threatening to kill you. It's hard to take the harmless looking creature seriously
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"Y-you cheated!" the female voice's source is now evidently the bat, as it squeaks out it's response while the voice of an adult woman flows from it's tiny mouth. "Nobody ever looks behind them first!" Anger fills it's voice as it chastises you for winning it's little game. "Don't you know how these things are supposed to go? You look around the room for a while, you're unable to find me, and then, just as you're about to turn around, your fear rising, I appear!" The bat puts a wing to it's forehead and... sighs? "But now you've really killed the whole mood I had planned. But I suppose I shouldn't have expected anything else from somebody who darkness clings to so fiercely." The bat suddenly leaps free from the door handle and springs into the air, flapping it's wings as it regards you. You've half a mind to reach out and grab it, but in a single instant, the bat disappears. The voice switching to one that seems to reverberate from the air in front of you "Now, seeing as you're so good at this game, I'm going to make it a little more challenging. If you can find me on this ship by the time this cruise is over, I'll give you something nice." You're about to protest at being forced into another game before being cut off by the echoing voice. "Farewell for now, mortal."

It's only then that you take note of how difficult it is becoming to breathe, a feeling of lightness assaults your head and your eyes strain to stay open. You can't last long against whatever is attacking your body, and you soon collapse onto the floor, slipping into blissful unconsciousness.

You don't dream of anything, instead you float alone in a gray void. The silence is deafening.

Gasping for air, you wake up on a soft bed, a man standing over you wearing a white and light blue outfit is looking at you with concern on his face. It doesn't take long for your eyes to readjust to see the man is clearly a doctor of some kind. "Ah, you're awake. That's good. You collapsed in the halls along with a few other passengers. Some kind of gas leak apparently, and you must've gotten caught on something because you had a nasty cut on your shin. The engineers have assured us that any problems with the ships pipes has been fixed now, though so it shouldn't happen again." The doctor looks through a clipboard as he continues. "I made a few examinations while you were out, and fortunately, other than those cuts, you're perfectly fine. You might feel a little short breathed for a while and you shouldn't put too much weight on the leg, but it's not serious, despite how it looks." You get up from the sick bays bed and notice a crutch to the right of you. A quick examination of your body finds you missing all of the weaponry you were carrying! But... the doctor doesn't seem concerned about it, nor have you woken up in the brig. Then... did it all get taken from you before you were found?
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You walk towards the crutch, grabbing it and using it to help walk, the pain in your leg is dull, but present. Looks like it's been treated and bandaged, thankfully. Thankfully, the Doctor is satisfied with you at this point and he leaves you to examine another patient, of which there are dozens being treated only by a single doctor and two nurses, the three of them looking terribly overworked. Seems the people you passed while chasing that bat had more than just coughing fits.

You don't know what the time is, but you're pretty certain it's getting fairly late, you left your cabin without a word, and you're slightly worried about whether Alura got on board the ship or not.

>Head back to your cabin immediately, you shouldn't leave them waiting.
>Head back to that cabin the bat was hiding in, there has to be some clues hidden in there!
>Ask the doctor about the other patients, see what their condition is like.
>Write-in...
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...
Lucky Guess.
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>>4056541
>Head back to that cabin the bat was hiding in, there has to be some clues hidden in there!
I knew it was a bat in her service! We're finding that vampire ASAP!
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>>4056538
>A quick examination of your body finds you missing all of the weaponry you were carrying!
What?!

>>4056541
>Head back to your cabin immediately, you shouldn't leave them waiting.
Let's get healed up; it'd probably be suspicious for somebody who doesn't look like he drinks to be wandering around at this time.
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>>4056577
>What?!
A HAHAHA!

>>4056541
>>Head back to your cabin immediately, you shouldn't leave them waiting.
First thing's first, make sure Alura doesn't have to float the whole fucking ocean on a fat lily pad. Second gloat about being right about it being a bat. Wait that was on my list of things to do not Arthur's.
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>>4056541

>backdash into your cabin stylishly
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>>4056541
>Head back to that cabin the bat was hiding in, there has to be some clues hidden in there!
Give back our weapons you damn vampire.
Who do you think you are?
Death?
We need that dagger for holy damage you damn bloodsucker.
God what a bad loser.
>"Find me."
>"You weren't supposed to look behind you! Aaaaaaargh!"

Also I think they have mist form.
And a bad case of being worst girl.
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>>4057009
>And a bad case of being worst girl.
Damn a vampire was bitten by Shirley? What a terrible night to have a curse.
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>>4057026
You shut up!
Shirley is a good girl!
It's not her fault her organization sucks.
Or that we kept acting like we were possessed by a demon.
We just need to explain things to her and maybe have her betray her retarded vampire hunter group.

She was a massive jobber though.
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>>4057048
Hey man just because it was her job to lie to us and make sure that we never really got to experience a truly normal social life and also be ready to kill us at a moment's notice doesn't mean she's a bad person.

It's the fact that she acts like she's a good person and holier than thou whilst doing it. She lies to herself and that's why she's worst girl.
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>>4057068
>it was her job to lie to us and make sure that we never really got to experience a truly normal social life and also be ready to kill us at a moment's notice doesn't mean she's a bad person..
I mean.
Yeah.
It doesn't.
At all.
She's stuck between a rock and a hard place there.
We still should've confronted her to find out the truth in hindsight.
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>>4057079
Yo remind me to never let you teach my children about morality.
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Poor Shirley...
All she wanted was to protect you.
It's not her fault she's the way she is.
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>>4057128
>All she wanted was to protect you.
I'm not trying to be that guy but
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>>4057133
Oh, don't worry. I had her act this way entirely on purpose.
If you spent more time with her, you probably would have figured it out.

You didn't have to believe the person that obviously loathes the people she works for, either.
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>>4057135
Oh I meant Shirley. She is absolute ass at protecting things. Good thing Arthur almost never smiles so she won't want to protect that, too. And inevitably make Arthur's face immobile.
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>>4057163
>She is absolute ass at protecting things
She did a pretty great job at it up till yesterday.
Sometimes, everything just goes wrong all at once.

There's a few reasons behind her not doing so great when she was fighting by your side too.
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>>4057172
She should have just said "No" to Arthur wanting to come along. Slap him asleep with some magic. Literally anything would be less dangerous than letting him walk into the lion's den. Except opening the vault of course. And that happened anyway. That's gotta be like a triple whammy.
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>>4057172
I'm guessing she's usually way more destructive and works better alone, when not trying to look out for other people.

I'm just hoping that when we encounter her again, she actually listens if we try to talk it out instead of going all edgy on us.
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>>4057068
Any vampire hunter would've been worst girl, honestly; but yeah, her hypocrisy does make it that much worse.
>>4057135
>the person that obviously loathes the people she works for
Anna is a good girl! She's just trying to be loyal to her family and the Dark Lord. Under our circumstances, that's a loyalty we can appreciate a lot more than Shirley's.
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>>4057178
She didn't really want to keep having to protect Arthur and lie to him at the same time. She felt really kind of guilty.

>>4057282
>Any vampire hunter would've been worst girl
Even Kokoro?

It's funny that it's not impossible to have Shirley join you if you fully take the Dark Lord route anyway. She's not nearly as loyal to her organisation as she makes herself out to be. But anything more than that is heading into big spoiler territory.
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>>4057304

Especially Kokoro.

I hereby nominate Eric as our new laughing stock hunter.
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>>4057330
>Eric as our new laughing stock hunter.
He did his best you know.
It's not his fault that he ended up an absolute failure to an unbelievable degree.
He was just too old to be fighting against vampires.
For all we joke about him, Eric was a pretty decent hunter. We can't all be Julius Belmont and remain strong enough to kill Dracula even at an advanced age.

Also his daughters are much bigger failures than he is.
At least he only died after what can be assumed to have been an extended battle against Brauner.
Loretta and Stella just show up and instantly get turned despite both being extremely skilled in either magic or swordplay.

He did beat Dracula with John Morris in his own time too. Along with teaching Johnathan everything he knew about hunting

He's suffered enough.

>Especially Kokoro
How could you be so heartless towards the poor girl?
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>>4057304
>Even Kokoro?
Alright, you've got me there. She's too dojikko to be worst girl.
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>>4057339
>How could you be so heartless towards the poor girl?
I don't like fanservice in my shmups beyond a cool intro/ending. Her name is also urghhhh. If you can make her into a good character, props to you.

>He did he best you know.
Okay. Okay. These are some fair points. I hereby relegate the dunce hat to Maxim.
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>>4057478
>I hereby relegate the dunce hat to Maxim.
>dunce hat
>On the dude that can kill Dracula in 20 seconds.
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>>4057495
what does power have to do with it
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>>4057670
Because the main reason he got possessed wasn't due to him being an idiot, it's because he was the biggest threat so the best way to deal with him was to play on his insecurities, duh.
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>>4057684
>not having mental fortitude
>when you're going to fight vampires
>known tricksters and seducers
Yeesh. That's like saying having biceps means you should become a psychologist.
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>>4057745
Last I checked psychology doesn't have a significant physical combat element.
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>>4057776
It sure helps to be fit when the guy turns out to be a psychopath and wants to wear your stomach skin as a hat. But you're right. It still stands that going to fight something that likes to talk shit and tempt people without properly steeling your mind is foolish.
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>>4057784
You're forgetting that Dracula and his goons are extremely good at tempting and mind controlling vampire hunters. I mean it happened to Richter, the greatest of all Belmonts.
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>>4057800
>these dudes can brainwash anyone
>so lets just not bother trying to make ourselves hard to brainwash
bruh
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>>4057808
When guns made their advent on the battlefield, the smart leaders weren't the ones who invested in heavier armor.
Same principle here.
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>>4057816
>the smart leaders weren't the ones who invested in heavier armor.
There's a reason why soldiers today wear body armor. Better armor is still better than nothing. And breastplates could still turn aside a bullet back then, too. Anything is better than literally nothing.
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>>4057824
>Better armor is still better than nothing.
Unless the armor does nothing. All your armor won't save you from getting hit with a tank shell.
We've only ever seen Dracula's mind control get broken by outside forces. Either by attacking the tether using special glasses or an extremely strong bond of friendship/love.

I guess there was also that time they had a spell that could de-vampire a vampire that they used entirely once and then never again ever.
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>>4057866
>Unless the armor does nothing. All your armor won't save you from getting hit with a tank shell.
So instead of wearing the armor to stop other shit you're bound to find when looking for the tank you should just go into battle naked? That's lunacy. Fat lot of good your "other methods" will do when you get shanked by a skeleton because you didn't want to take basic precautions.

Also Dracula didn't mind control Richter, Shaft did. I'm starting to think that the "Power of a Belmont" just makes them immune to specifically Dracula shit and not everything else. Also why the power of plot lets Juste save Maxim. Because Bellmondo > Dragura. Maybe if Richter learned how to stop a dank wizard from bouncy balling on his skull he wouldn't have been such an easy target.

Castlevania is such a shitshow when it comes to consistency.
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>>4057800
>Richter
>greatest of all Belmonts
With the exception of Julius, this is true.
That "supreme among Vampire Hunters" line was made before Julius was born and Julius has also been referred to as the "Most powerful Vampire Hunter".
And even then, I'd probably say Juste is also a contender against Richter for his magical and interior decor skills.
As for the mind control, the only reason it worked on Richter is because of a lust for battle that was building in the Belmont Bloodline allowing for mind control to exploit that aspect of his mind.
That's why the Belmont Bloodline disappears for nearly 3 centuries after Symphony.

>>4057808
That's what Shanoa was for.
A girl raised as a weapon with no desire other than to kill Dracula.
All that happened here is that the leader of her organization got mind controlled instead.
And so did her adoptive elder brother.

>>4057866
The Sanctuary Spell?
Well, only Charlotte could ever master it, it's a ritual that takes way too long to use in combat and it only works on the recently turned.
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>>4057883
>So instead of wearing the armor to stop other shit you're bound to find when looking for the tank
Nice work moving the goal post. We were never talking about the other shit, we were talking about the mind control.

>Also Dracula didn't mind control Richter, Shaft did
>>4057800 >Dracula and his goons
Nice reading comprehension.
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>>4057886
>we were talking about the mind control.
Yeah, like the mind control anyone except Dracula could have. Like Brauner. Or Shaft. Or an ancient egyptian thot. Who you might encounter on the way to Dracula.

And attributing all of the actions of his minions to Dracula is disingenuous. Just because someone does something for Dracula doesn't mean Dracula is doing it. Shaft succeeded in reviving Dracula early, that doesn't mean Dracula just pulled himself out of the ether early because he wanted to. Shaft mind controlled Richter, not Dracula. It is important to make that distinction. Otherwise Celia making Soma turn to the dark side was Dracula's success and that's just not true.
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>>4057905
Dracula empowers his minions and even if you want to attribute it to Shaft it's still the same style that requires an outside source to break.
Celia making Soma turn was technically Dracula's success, since Soma literally flips out whenever anything happens to Mina. He has trouble controlling it and can only manage to do it with that strong bond to love, even then it's barely.
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>>4057905
>Brauner
I mean, if you count turning people into vampires as mind control, sure.
Pretty sure biting a Belmont would make a vampire explode though.

>or Shaft
His magic preys on insecurities.
Richter was an anime character who liked fighting so it could exploit his bloodlust.

>Astarte
She's literally an ancient Goddess of Love and her charm works on any male character in the series. Alucard, Richter, Julius and even Soma himself.
The only counter to Astarte is not being a man.
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>>4057923
>The only counter to Astarte is not being a man.
What is a man?
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>>4057925
A miserable little pile of secrets!
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>>4057923
>The only counter to Astarte is not being a man.
>laughs in transsexual vampire hunter
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>>4057934

QM, is using the PoD to destroy our own sexual identity a valid move
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>>4057987
Why use the PoD to cut off our dick when we can find a jewish doctor to do it for us. We don't even have to pay him, he'll take a tip.
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>>4057992
>he'll take a tip.
>*the tip
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where the fuck do we find a jewish doctor

does shaft qualify
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>>4058032
Probably.
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How did we go from talking about mind control to scheming about getting your penis cut off to avoid being magically charmed?
Right.

I'm changing the topic.
How do you feel about Ninjas?
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>>4058051
Ninjas are fine. The real question is, how do you feel about ancient evil skeleton dragons?
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>>4058051
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>>4058051
>How do you feel about Ninjas?
I've never seen one before. Just the way I like it.
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>>4058056
I'll have to think about that.
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>>4058072
Alright, thought about it.
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As much as your curiosity claws at you to go investigate that cabin that had the bat in it once more, you hold yourself back. They obviously won't have remained there, and it's doubtful they would leave behind anything that reveals their location. The only reason you can think of for going back other than searching for clues would be to look for your weapons, and It's likely that whoever it was that moved you into the corridor took those with them too.

As you walk back to your own cabin, you turn your mind back to the bat in that room, and the strange abilities it seemed to show off. For one, it certainly isn't actually big enough to have dealt the claw wounds on your leg, so it was either working with somebody else, or the far more likely option is that it can shapeshift.

Thinking for a moment, inspiration strikes! You aren't sure just what powers they might have in reality, but transformation into a bat, that speed she struck you with, those unbelievably sharp claws that sliced through the suit Alura made like paper and even when it seemed to disappear into thin air! Those are all powers that could be attributed to vampires!

The realization that you likely were just face to face with a vampire is one that shakes you to no small degree. You can't help but wonder just what a vampire is doing aboard this ship. Could they be pursuing you for your link to Dracula? No, that can't be it, can it? Why would they act in such a whimsical manner in regards to a potential Dark Lord, if the role is as important as you've been led to believe, acting in such a way would be tantamount to treason, wouldn't it?

Or perhaps they care little for your candidacy, and would only recognize you if you truly were the Dark Lord? Of course, you have mixed feelings on the idea of going through with this Candidate business. There's no telling just what would happen if you actually attempted to become the Lord of Darkness. But if there is one entity with the power to control their own fate, you suppose it would be the one with the power to oppose God. You'll have to find more about the matter before making any real decision on this though. For once, you find yourself disappointed that your dreams were so plain when you were unconscious earlier. It would've been immensely useful for that shadowy figure in your dreams to have revealed more about things... perhaps that shadow is some sort of remnant left of Dracula himself? Could his soul still be clinging onto the world even despite having been slain for good? The implications are quite unsettling.

Your pondering is put to an end as you finally get back to your cabin, as you search through your pockets, you remember that you left both sets of keys inside the cabin. Gingerly, you knock on the door, you don't know just how long you've been gone but you know that it must have been at least a couple of hours.
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It takes less than a second for the door to swing inwards, Alura standing right in the doorway, "And where have you been?" a look somewhere between that could best be described as indignant concern is on her face. Though her expression quickly changes as she examines you more closely, becoming one wholly of concern as her eyes seem to focus on your injuries, even though the bandages are covered "Arthur! You're hurt, aren't you? What happened?"

You scratch the back of your head awkwardly as you think how best to answer her, before eventually you sigh, exhausted. "When I checked what was going on in the hall, I felt an evil presence watching me. I decided I wouldn't have time to get Coller or Anna to help me chase it, so I pursued it alone." The look of concern is slowly being replaced by fury as you continue your explanation while walking into the room, taking a seat on one of the sofas while Alura mirrors you action. "Eventually, I tracked it down to a cabin on the lower decks, where it attacked me without warning. After a fashion, I managed to escape from it, but it managed to deal quite a nasty cut. On cue, you lift your pant leg and show Alura your newly gained bandages.

Alura remains silent for a moment, considering your words deeply before she gets up. "Where is this cabin you visited, Arthur? I think I should pay them a visit." Her voice is cold.

"There wouldn't be much point in that. They are probably long gone by now. Besides, I'm not sure how powerful they are. I think they are a vampire of some kind." As you say the word 'vampire' Alura seems to pause for just a moment, her mounting rage being replaced by muddled confusion.

"A vampire? Here?" There's an underlying tone of fear in her voice. Is she afraid of vampires or something? "Then... did you figure out how old they were? A vampire of sufficient age could kill all of us."

"It's age? No, it didn't give any clues as to how old it was. In fact, I didn't even see it take human form. It remained transformed into a bat for the entirety of our conversation." It's unfortunate that you have barely any information against this new enemy.

Alura drops down and slumps back into her chair "You're lucky to have escaped with your life, Arthur. I should probably tell you that among supernatural entities, vampires reign supreme, this is a basic fact of life." This is the same sort of worry Alura had about facing Shirley, either this vampire was far more powerful than it was letting on, or Alura is an awful judge of strength.

"Well, let's change the subject. We'll deal with this vampire when we get to it. For now though, where are Anna and Coller? I would've thought they would have waited here." The absence of your two other allies has been notable throughout your explanation to Alura.
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At the change of subject, Alura laughs slightly. "Those two? I shooed them into the other cabin after I arrived, I don't want to have that automaton in my presence any longer than is required after all." Hopefully there wasn't a disagreement in your absence. Alura's loathing for Coller is something you don't really understand, maybe the two just naturally can't get along? "You should forget about those two and rest. I can make sure that wound you've taken is healed in an hour or two."

>Decline for now, first you'll go explain the situation to Anna and ask what she thinks should be done about this vampire problem.
>Agree to rest, exhaustion is beginning to set in and being healed would be very useful.
>Say something else to Alura (What?)
>Write-in...
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>>4058595
>Decline for now, first you'll go explain the situation to Anna and ask what she thinks should be done about this vampire problem.
We really should all be on the same page.
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>>4058595
>>Decline for now, first you'll go explain the situation to Anna and ask what she thinks should be done about this vampire problem.
The super organic plant lady doesn't like the mega artificial robot girl, who'd'a'thunk it? It was also a werebat. Because just being a bat isn't batty enough for this flying rodent.
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>>4058595
>Agree to rest, exhaustion is beginning to set in and being healed would be very useful.
We can tell our allies in the morning.
We're getting tired and should sleep to avoid consequences of a bad nights rest.
I mean, we wouldn't need to sleep if we became a vampire, but we'd need the Crimson or Ebony Stone for that.

Actually being turned by an existing vampire is a one way ticket to being enslaved.
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>>4058595

>Agree to rest, exhaustion is beginning to set in and being healed would be very useful.

I think we need it by now. We could always try and meditate in hopes of contacting Drac, too.
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>>4058595
>Decline for now, first you'll go explain the situation to Anna and ask what she thinks should be done about this vampire problem.
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I'm honestly surprised there isn't more advocating taking a trip to Japan.

I mean, not that you know the relevance of Japan in character yet.
But it's probably where you'll end up.

Man, the Sorrow characters are all kinda young right now.
Hammer is 18
Soma and Mina are 2
Yoko is about 8
Celia is about 9
Even Julius is only about 40 right now, young enough to only just be out of his prime.
Of course, the Dark Lord Candidates are all the same age as Arthur. Obviously.
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>>4059098
>But it's probably where you'll end up.
You just want us to bone the bone dragon.
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>>4059105
I was speaking more about the Hakuba Shrine, but if you want to go resurrect a Bone Dragon Demon you can do that too.
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>>4059098
>I'm honestly surprised there isn't more advocating taking a trip to Japan.
>I mean, not that you know the relevance of Japan in character yet.
>But it's probably where you'll end up
For my part I'd like to spend as much time in Europe as possible, given it's a Castlevania quest.
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>>4059269
Well, of course.
But there are some things I can't really change.
Like Dracula's castle being sealed in an eclipse that can only be accessed from Japan.
So you'll probably need to end up heading there if you keep on the path you're currently on.
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>>4059457
Ah, right.
That.
Fair point.
Still, that isn't until 2035, right? We've got some time to kill.
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>>4059458
>that isn't until 2035, right?
Unless you find a way to somehow mess with the moon so you can force an early eclipse, that's correct.
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>>4059472
>I have created a giant tractor beam.
>Why?
>So I can lock the moon in an eclipse visible from a shrine in Japan!
>Uh.. why?
>So I can unlock the way to Dracula's castle!
>... why?
>Ugh come on dude stop being such a killjoy.
I want to revive Dracula so he can be a bro. But he's not a bro. So I guess on the revive that's a no.
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>>4059520
Reviving the castle wouldn't necessarily revive Dracula. I think he's permanently dead after 1999. It'd just give us the chance to step into our destiny and become the Dark Lord.
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>>4059520
He seemed pretty helpful to me! Considering Drac can't come back anymore, maybe he's become more reasonable.

Probably a tough nut to crack, though.
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>>4059520
There's a couple reasons to go to the Castle.
One in that you can become Master of the Castle if you sit on the throne, meaning it will somewhat obey you.
Two is the Portal to Chaos you can access if the Castle truly recognises you as it's master. This is how you go about becoming the Dark Lord for real or denying it by either creating a new contract with it or by uh...
Attacking the universal concept of Chaos.
Really no idea how Soma defeated it.
Especially considering it's the source of his powers
Maybe it just let him win.

>>4059528
>I think he's permanently dead after 1999
True enough, though Soma's reincarnated soul will revert to Dracula if Soma ever becomes the Dark Lord for real.
You'll want to be careful to avoid that happening.

>>4059550
>maybe he's become more reasonable.
Maybe.
>Probably a tough nut to crack, though.
Definitely
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>>4059566
>No idea how Soma defeated it.

Defeat is the keyword here. Chaos can't be slain and likewise, it can't be confronted directly.

What Soma fought is an avatar of Chaos, which is probably as powerful as the Dark Lord himself if not somewhat more. Soma won and Chaos thus fucked off for a while.

So presumably, to properly attack Chaos, we'd need to become the Dark Lord, set up the confrontaton, which is extremely difficult, and defeat whatever abomination it chooses to manifest as, which is probably the single toughest opponent we could face outside of holy avatars.

Yeah, it's way too soon to discuss it. How did you know? X)

Tal
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>>4059793
Oh no, I *know* how Soma defeated it.
It's just it makes no sense for him to have been able to defeat it phsically, so he probably didn't actually do so.

It would be like Julius beating up God.
Beating up the source of your power doesn't make sense.

And it wasn't an avatar of Chaos he faced, he actually went straight into the Chaotic Realm to face off against it's true form.
This was Alucard's master plan which really relied on too much luck.
Anyway an "Avatar of Chaos" would in actuality just be something like Death, who serves the Dark Lord, who Chaos created.

Of course, as it's Chaos, it doesn't have really have an actual defined "true" form at it's core, being a near infinite number of possibilities that are sometimes able to win out over the others, this causes Soma to have a trippy as fuck fight. But I'll cover Chaos properly when we get to it.

The real reason Soma managed to defeat it was because it wasn't actually a physical battle at all, it was more like a struggle to reclaim his soul from Chaos. Which he managed to accomplish by confronting it directly.
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>>4059839

The whole "defeat the source of your powers" thing is quite interesting just because it could work in so many ways. Is it actually just a fight of wills that we went through because video games? Does Chaos give a fair battle to the Dark Lord out of respect? Is it unable to strip powers away once it gives them?

Out of the above, I have to say that I like the idea of the Dark Lord having Chaos's powers, but also being the owner of them the most. It's the least cheesy approach, and makes the title more meaningful. In this model, Chaos could try to influence the DL, but unless they yield, it can't control them or strip the powers away.

It would also explain how Soma keeps the Chaos powers after leaving. They'd be 100% his after the victory, and Chaos would lose authority over him.

imo that's way better than having an anime mind battle.

One thing, tho:
>And it wasn't an avatar of Chaos he faced, he actually went straight into the Chaotic Realm to face off against it's true form.
It had two forms, the first of which was based off the soul system, too, and it had a snake thingy in the 2nd form as well if i remember correctly. To assume it has a 'true form' is silly in my opinion. It's a primordial power - it can probably appear as just about anything. Maybe avatar was the wrong word - manifestation is a better one, perhaps.
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>>4059875
>Chaos could try to influence the DL, but unless they yield, it can't control them or strip the powers away.
It literally takes away Soma's ability to use his souls at the start of the battle, it just leaves them in a place he can get them back.
Instead of say, A million miles in every direction.
You know, in the universe sized dimension it resides in and controls?

The only way to explain that fight is that Chaos was holding back on Soma for whatever reason.

>They'd be 100% his after the victory, and Chaos would lose authority over him.

This is again, false. As Soma can still become the Dark Lord and thus wholly an Agent of Chaos even after the battle against it ends in his "victory".
Defeating Chaos was only ever a thing to stop his descent into fully becoming the Dark Lord/Dracula.
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>>4059888
>To assume it has a 'true form' is silly in my opinion. It's a primordial power
When I say true form, I meant it's "core" if you would.
As the true form of a being of chaos would in fact be an ever shifting form. It doesn't have a defined true form, but what Soma faced off against WAS the true Chaos and the centre of the Chaotic Realm.

I literally said it doesn't have a true form and is an infinite number of possibilities anyway.

I'm of the opinion that Aria's use of Chaos was kind of dumb and came out of nowhere anyway, it should've played a heavier role in the plot.
If I do use it, expect it not to be a complete non-entity.
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>>4059897
>This is again, false. As Soma can still become the Dark Lord and thus wholly an Agent of Chaos even after the battle against it ends in his "victory". Defeating Chaos was only ever a thing to stop his descent into fully becoming the Dark Lord/Dracula.
I thought that Soma lost control of himself in that route, which allowed Chaos to take over because nothing else was in charge. What's your source for otherwise, if any? (Not opposing you, genuinely curious)

>It literally takes away Soma's ability to use his souls at the start of the battle, it just leaves them in a place he can get them back.
This is true, but it only does it after Soma enters its dimension. I was under the assumtion that it can't just remove its powers while the DL is outside of it.

Then again, there's still no way that Soma should be capable of winning against Chaos. Something's definitely up and the more I think about it, the more I realize it's just a badly written fight.

Bonus: Chaos in Space www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj376opK68s&t=20m40s
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>>4059839
>Oh no, I *know* how Soma defeated it.
Yeah, he stabbed it with a sword. Also a spear and sometimes a particle laser.
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>>4059914
>What's your source for otherwise, if any? (Not opposing you, genuinely curious)
After defeating Graham:
>Soma Cruz: Yes. It started not too long ago, and it's slowly filling me up... I'm doing all that I can to keep from being consumed by it.
>Genya Arikado: Once you have finished absorbing all of it, his powers will be yours. You will then become the evil count... I do not want to let that happen!
>Soma Cruz: Neither do I!
Soma is still in control even after officially becoming the Dark Lord, but because of the nature of his soul being Dracula's own, he will eventually lose his own personality and be subsumed into Dracula.

If he loses against Chaos, he doesn't die either, despite the death animation being played.
He instead becomes the Dark Lord and you get the bad ending.
Further reinforcing the point that it was more a battle of spirits than it was a physical battle.
It's weird.

>This is true, but it only does it after Soma enters its dimension. I was under the assumtion that it can't just remove its powers while the DL is outside of it.
Why would there be a difference?
The Dark Lord gets all their power from the Chaotic Realm, it's just usually they aren't trying to actually kill Chaos.
Which generally doesn't care what it's Dark Lord does.
The whole reason Soma is kind of fucked with the Dark Lord thing is that unlike the other candidates, when he becomes the Dark Lord, "Soma" dies and is replaced by Dracula, so he doesn't want that at all.

It's also why they can't just go "Hey look! Mina is ok!" In Dawn.
Dracula wouldn't care.
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>>4059935
>>Soma Cruz: Yes. It started not too long ago, and it's slowly filling me up... I'm doing all that I can to keep from being consumed by it.
>>Genya Arikado: Once you have finished absorbing all of it, his powers will be yours. You will then become the evil count... I do not want to let that happen!
>>Soma Cruz: Neither do I!
Why does this sound like lines from a bad porno?

>Dracula wouldn't care.
That's why you need soma's WWJD bracelet.
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>>4059935
>It's weird
And far less cool. Pity.

>Why would there be a difference?
It would allow Chaos to have far more leverage over candidates. As it was in the games though, it didn't do jack shit (other than just existing as a looming threat) until confronted. I do wish it was more of an entity, as you put it. Oh well.

Also, it appears that i have unintentionally become the master of cloaking.
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>>4059935
>Further reinforcing the point that it was more a battle of spirits than it was a physical battle.
It was a battle of spirits that took place beyond a door in the castle in a physical realm with your physical body and physical pointy stick.
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>>4059566
>You'll want to be careful to avoid that happening.
I'm thinking the best way to do this is to use our position fifteen years before the events of Aria to meet Graham early and ensure his cult never kidnaps Mina (or whatever it is they do to get Soma involved in that game).
Hopefully we can also gain access to his information about Dracula's Castle and the eclipse in the process.
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>>4059971
Ah, back to business.

Why stop there. Regardless of whether we go evil or not, I believe that we should assemble all the candidates as well as henchmen and supporters like Celia, and start our own organization. Name Pending.
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>>4059966
>castle in a physical realm
Last I checked literal Solar Eclipses aren't exactly physical realms in the first place, but alright
It took place in the chaotic realm, where one can assume that the lines between mind,body and soul are blurred anyway.

>>4059962
>And far less cool. Pity.
I mean, it's far less Final Fantasy, what with actually killing a Godlike entity in physical battle and all. It being a spiritual battle makes more sense.
>far more leverage over candidates
Chaos itself doesn't really care too much about what it's Dark Lord does.
It just likes having a Dark Lord for whatever reason.
Even Dracula played happy families for a decade or two.
The problem with being an entity without a set form is that you also don't really have a set will.
What Soma did was break the connection temporarily to stop the flow of Dracula's power into him, which would have turned him into Dracula.
Soma obviously didn't want to become Dracula.

>>4059971
>ensure his cult never kidnaps Mina (or whatever it is they do to get Soma involved in that game).
Actually, the events of Aria are all Alucard's fault.
He organizes for Soma and Mina to go to the shrine on the day of the eclipse so the two get trapped inside the eclipse and Soma has to go through the castle with nothing but a knife.
He's kind of a dick.

>>4059987
>like Celia
She's still 9 by the way.
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>>4059995
Literal solar eclipses also can't hold magic castles in them and shit doesn't need to be blurred to stab it in the eye. Which Soma totally did, he took that sword he found in the castle and started poking Chaos in the eye until it said fuck this and tossed Soma back into the castle without the whole being Dracula thing.
It's alot like how Gilgamesh got a physical body from the grail in Fate, honestly.
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One thing I'd like to point out about Chaos stealing the souls from Soma is that even though it took the souls he collected away it didn't take away his power of dominance. Process that how you will.
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>>4059995
>Actually, the events of Aria are all Alucard's fault.
Well, that changes matters. Picking a fight with someone who can defeat Dracula is something I'd rather avoid.
Then again, considering that last interlude I don't suppose we have a choice. Better get to training that Power of Destruction...
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>>4060071
>it didn't take away his power of dominance.
That would kind of defeat the point of everything.
If it took away the power of dominance, it would also take away Soma's qualification to be the Dark Lord, and it would thus lose.
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>>4060093
Don't worry, he can't risk unsealing his true powers outside of a space sealed off from the real world anyway.
For reasons that he is never going to really explain.
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>>4060099
Hey man when someone is trying to delete you from existence anything is fair game. It's not like it couldn't give it back afterwards. If it could take it away in the first place, that is.
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>>4060107
I mean, he does pretty well with having his OP powers for the phone game, until the magic time travel books turn him into SotN Alucard.
Which he takes surprisingly well.
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>>4060111
>It's not like it couldn't give it back afterwards
That completely deletes the point of the fight.
And of Aria as a whole.
Chaos can't just hand out power as it wants, that's why the Dark Lord Candidates are even things that exist.
It can't make Dark Lords by itself, it's sort of a... mutual agreement?

The Power of Dominance was what was making Soma into the Dark Lord. So deleting it would simply cease his transformation into Dracula and there wouldn't be a point to Chaos keeping Soma there.
And Soma didn't delete Chaos either.
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>>4060124
How does Mathias Cronqvist fit into that then? He turned a dude into a rock and then ate the rock and declared he was now the Dracula.
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>>4060131
Death probably set it up so that Dracula would become the Dark Lord through some long dumb ritual.
Death is primarily Chaos' agent, this is why he doesn't care for Soma if Soma doesn't want to become the Dark Lord.
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>>4060124
>And Soma didn't delete Chaos either.
He sure as fuck would if he could though.
If you had to want to become a dark lord then Soma and every other candidate shouldn't have been born with candidacy then. Even as the reincarnation of the previous one. Since it comes about by telling God to fuck off. Everyone therefore could be a candidate. I find the idea that you need a piece of drac to become the evil one to kind of defeat the purpose of how chaos is presented.

I think we should be separating Dracula from Chaos. Because they aren't actually intertwined in such a way that necessitates the other. Because Chaos was a really fucking stupid concept. It also lessons the sheer fuckery of Dracula being so assmad at God that he just exists to spite him.
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>>4060147
Wow
>lessens*
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>>4060131

Wasn't the rock an ancient vampire artifact?
That aside, drac's fucking ooooooold. The rock gave him immortality and an unknown dosage of power. His true mastery over Chaos could've come later.
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>>4060145
So what you're saying is Arthur should find the Magic Gauntlet and then eat a rock.
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>>4060163
I wonder if Arthur can use the power of destruction to allow his stomach to digest anything.
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>>4060147
Only Dracula was ever assmad at God enough to have forged the contract in the first place.

It's therefore much easier for Chaos to forge a new contract with people that have remnants of that contract, rather than just waiting for a couple thousand years for somebody to reach peak hatred again.

>He sure as fuck would if he could though.
This would be a terrible idea.
Chaos is required in it's own way.
It is required for something to oppose the Order of God.

I mean, Chaos is literally the origin of Death.
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>>4060178
In my thesis i will explain how seducing death is the key to our success in the occult underworld
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>>4060178
>This would be a terrible idea
Soma is very good at pursuing bad ideas.
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>>4060163
As jokey as your presentation is, I think it would be a good goal for us to have, to find the artifact that enables you to become a true ancestor.
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"I'll rest later, first I need to tell Anna and Coller about what I found, alright? We can't just leave them uninformed if this vampire is half as strong as you think it might be. Regardless, I want to tell the two of them I'm fine... mostly." You don't want to leave the two of them completely in the dark about matters anyway, they should be told of the threat on board the ship, at least.

Alura frowns. "Fine, I suppose. I'll just have to sort your leg out when you've done talking with the two of them." As you get up, you notice Alura doesn't follow.

"You're not coming?" You can tell from her relaxed posture that the girl has no inclination to get up, unfortunate, as you'd really like for all of your allies to be on the same page about dealing with this issue.

"I already told you, I don't exactly enjoy the presence of... 'Coller' and I assure you, the same is true of her towards me." You suppose it can't be helped then, if the two can't get along, you'll just have to go alone for now. You briefly wonder about what the result of ordering Coller to get along with Alura would be, before shelving the idea. That would be a gross abuse of power, and likely wouldn't work to solve the issues Alura has on her part.

"Alright, then I shouldn't be too long. I just don't want the two of them unprepared should this vampire try attacking us while we sleep." It's solid enough reasoning, and Alura doesn't raise any more complaints about you going to check on your other allies. It seems her problem is with Coller, not you or Anna, thankfully. You aren't quite sure what to make of the robotic girl just yet, but from her nature, you are at least fairly sure she's not hiding an ulterior motive. Anna's relationship with Alura is unclear however, other than the fact that she appears slightly uncomfortable around Alura you don't know just what those two think about each other.

You step outside of your cabin after picking up the keys to actually get in the cabin. You find yourself quickly peering down both sides of the corridor as you do. Thankfully, there's nobody there to ambush you or any strange feeling of dread watching you. For now, it seems that this vampire is content with just hiding away. You knock on the door of the cabin opposite and wait for a response.

It takes a good forty seconds or so before any response comes, but eventually, the door slowly creaks open, revealing a very tired looking Anna, still wearing the uncomfortable looking gown. Coller is absent from the room, however. "May I come in?" You ask the tired looking girl politely. Her face is giving away no real hint of emotion other than how tired she looks.
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"Of course." She responds quickly, as if to not waste any time, and steps aside to allow you to enter the room properly. As you take a seat, she begins quizzing you "Just why did you take so long to check out that commotion earlier? I had half a mind to send Alura looking for you, you know." While she does a better job at hiding her emotions than Alura, you can detect a hint of concern in her voice, hidden behind a tired mask of exasperation.

"I have reason to believe that there is a vampire on board this ship. The cause of that commotion seems to have been that same vampire. I pursued them through the ship and eventually found them, but it was too fast for me." You lift the pant leg up and show off your bandages. "Luckily, it seemed to be rather whimsical, so after it attacked me, it let me go after I fulfilled it's condition to find where it was hiding."

"A vampire? Interesting..." Her reaction to the presence of the incredibly powerful monster aboard the ship is the exact opposite of Alura's own. "While there's no doubt that a vampire could kill me, or you, it remains that they didn't kill you. In fact, they didn't even drain you of your blood!" You fail to see what she's getting at. "You see, vampires don't tend to leave any survivors, be they toying with their prey or just simply feeding. They are typically quite adept in ensuring their target is quite dead by the end of any encounter though, they don't like dealing with witnesses. As it is though, it might be the case that this vampire is merely testing you."

"Testing me?" You echo her words.

"Yes. Depending on just how powerful this vampire was, it's highly likely that they could somehow sense your connection to the previous Dark Lord and were simply seeing how you would react to them." It's an interesting theory that you hadn't considered yourself, though you aren't sure how likely it is to actually be correct.

"And what, the fact that I'm still alive is proof I passed this test?" You ask her as she yawns.

"That might be the case, yes. Anyway, I'll make sure Coller get's the appropriate information about this, but for now. I really do need to sleep. I feel like I haven't really gotten much since Alura decided to tie me up, you'd be surprised just how bad being put to sleep is for your sleep cycle."

>Stop her and ask her one more question before you go, asking just where Coller is, you haven't seen her throughout this entire conversation.
>Stop her and ask if she knows if Vampires have any weaknesses you can explot
>Stop her and ask her something else (What?)
>Go back to your Cabin to rest
>Write-in...
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>>4060613
>Go back to your Cabin to rest
She probably has eyes and ears everywhere, so let's not ask about weaknesses.
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>>4060613
>Go back to your Cabin to rest
Once we're healed up, though, we've got to go looking for that vampire ASAP. Alone.
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>>4060613
>>Go back to your Cabin to rest
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>>4060613
>Go back to your Cabin to rest
Better prepare ourselves for hide and seek part two.
After all, if she's so strong that makes her more of a prospecting target to bully
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>>4060613
>Go back to your Cabin to rest
Can't we just have the vampire turn us?
Vampire Superpowers would really help us out.
What could possibly go wrong?
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>>4061260
>looking for that vampire ASAP. Alone.
You're really looking for private time with her, huh?
Well, just so long as you know that confronting her alone really lets her control the encounter and act however she pleases.

>>4061329
>more of a prospecting target to bully
You wish to play a dangerous game.

>>4060626
In fact, she could be in this very room!
I'm joking.

>>4061418
No comment.
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>>4061418
>Can't we just have the vampire turn us?
That makes you a slave of the vampire who turned you. BAD idea. We want to find the stone if we're looking to become a vampire.

>>4061434
>You're really looking for private time with her, huh?
Absolutely! We've got to make a good impression, after all.
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>>4061434
Bullying is a time honored tradition. Its pursuit in the face of great risk is always a worthy thing. Also she'd be the easiest to bully.
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>>4061641
>That makes you a slave of the vampire who turned you
"You steal men's souls! And make them your slaves!"
Ah, couldn't help it. But yes, should you find yourself turned by another vampire, your only hope for independence of their control is their death.
Well, that or falling under the control of the Dark Lord instead.
Which is something all but the most powerful of vampires and demons are susceptible to.

>We've got to make a good impression, after all.
You've made a... fairly decent impression so far.
At least you didn't invite her to bed, as funny as that might've been to write, it was guaranteed to anger her quite severely.
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>>4061874
>You've made a... fairly decent impression so far.
All the more reason to capitalize on it by continuing to undergo her "test" alone! I'm not giving up on that "something nice".
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This vampire is suck, I demand Leila girlfriend.
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>>4062158
This Leila is suck, I demand Albus girlfriend.
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>>4062253
He has a look of perpetual constipation.
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>>4062425
How would you describe Leila's look
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>>4062461
It's like she's looking at walking garbage.
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>>4062461
"Nintendo box art from the eighties."
It's a very particular style.
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>>4062461
Absolute disgust.
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>>4062461
"Full Blooded Vampire wearing crosses in setting where holy imagery harms Vampires."
What.
>>4062253
Albus is for Shanoa only.
He also had his soul straight up erased from existence so he doesn't even get an afterlife or the possibility of reincarnation or resurrection.
>>4062158
If you want a vampire hunter girlfriend like Leila you might want to adjust course.
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Cute and from the eighties, but if I had to give her a drawback her hair isn't poofy enough.
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>>4062523
>If you want a vampire hunter girlfriend like Leila you might want to adjust course.
I want to. I miss Theresia.

Also, all this talk about girlfriends reminds me of one of the best castlevania comics.
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>>4062571
Still an easier story to follow than Simon's Quest.
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>>4062582
Imagine if we ever get cursed by a vampire and there's seemingly no effect but everyone starts talking to us like they're crazy and the quest gets hard for all the wrong reasons
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"I see, well then, that's all I came to say. Just don't let your guard down, alright? This ship is already far more of a danger than I'd have liked it to have been. But if you are right, then the presence of this vampire might end up quite fortuitous for us." The question does remain though, did you stumble into a vampire's den, or did this vampire in fact somehow follow you? Neither option is appealing. One implies that your luck is so tremendously poor that of all the cruise ships in the world, you just happened to sneak aboard one containing a monster who might just decide to kill you. The other is more unsettling than the implication of bad luck, and means that this vampire has simply been following you for whoever knows how long, and if they can track you, it's likely the same is true for Shirley and her organization.

Anna holds a hand to her mouth to suppress a yawn. "I'll see you in the morning, Arthur." She smirks. "Don't let the bed bugs... or bats, bite... and I'd keep an eye out for rogue houseplants too if I were you." Telling jokes is obviously not one of her strong points. As you walk back out of the room, you notice her sit back in a chair as she starts tapping the arm with a finger impatiently. She's not focusing on you, so it doesn't appear that she's waiting for you to leave the room. Setting her behavior aside, you quickly leave the cabin and return to your own, only to be shocked by a rather drastic change in decoration.

A corner of the room is now occupied by a huge blue and red petaled rose flower, on which Alura, still wearing her petal dress, lounges lazily. Her skin once again has a green tinge to it, and her hair has regained it's crimson glow, though it seems a just little lighter than it did last time you saw it. She sits up a little upon realizing you've returned. "Well? How did the two of them take the news of this vampire?" She expectantly awaits your answer, obviously imagining Anna's reaction to a vampire on board to be similar to her own.

"Surprisingly well, actually." Alura blinks in surprise. "Anna theorized that this vampire might just be testing me somewhat. It might be connected to this Dark Lord business I'm now involved in. But she seemed quite tired, so she ended up cutting the conversation short."

Alura leans forwards. "Really? A test for you? That's her theory as to this vampire's business on this ship? Well, it might have some merit, considering you survived your encounter with it. But I wouldn't but too much stock in this little theory of hers. It could be testing you, or it could simply be toying with you. Immortality tends to make most of their accursed species more than a little whimsical." Alura stretches as she gets up from her reclined position on her plant and walks over to you. She grabs onto one of your arms as she leans in to you and speaks softly, nearly whispering into your ear "Now then, I think it's about time that you took a rest yourself."
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Her words make your legs turn to jelly as it feels like the power to control yourself slips away almost immediately after she utters those words. Has Anna's joking warning about trusting Alura come to pass so quickly? You fade in and out of consciousness once or twice, first spying Alura as she to the side of you while you lie on a bed in an unfamiliar room, all of your suspicions are allayed when you she her applying some sort of strange bandage to your leg before the room goes dark again however.

You open your eyes once again to a room lit only by the meager illumination provided by the moon. You catch sight of Alura in the corner once again, sleeping on that flower she seems to be fond of growing.

But then, the intermittent flashes of reality disappear altogether, plunging you into the world of your dreams. Instead of the single tone of black you are used to seeing, the world now seems made up of swirling black, white and gray. Platforms of brick seem to construct themselves and then deconstruct themselves at completely random intervals. There's no true floor to speak of, instead you find yourself standing on one of the unstable platforms, quickly taking action to leap to another when it starts to fade away to avoid falling into the swirling void of gray below.

As you look around the newly changed world, you can see that there is a long stairway that seems to emerge from the depths of the world, leading to what looks to be a partially built room high above all else in the world, but at the base of the stairs, you can instead see a sliver of purple in direct opposition to the lack of color in the dream.

>Follow the stairs upwards, you need to confront the shadowed man and ask him just what he knows about your connection to the Dark Lord, and if he really is Dracula.
>Head down the stairs towards the sliver of purple, the contrast to the rest of world is far too intriguing
>Ignore both and refuse to move.
>Write-in?
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>>4063390
>Head down the stairs towards the sliver of purple, the contrast to the rest of world is far too intriguing
Mystery Box!
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>>4063390
>Follow the stairs upwards, you need to confront the shadowed man and ask him just what he knows about your connection to the Dark Lord, and if he really is Dracula.
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>>4063390
>as she to the side of you
Pardon?

>Follow the stairs upwards, you need to confront the shadowed man and ask him just what he knows about your connection to the Dark Lord, and if he really is Dracula.
Curious as I am about the purple thing, we need some direction on how to become the Dark Lord. Drac might be able to clue us in to the vampirization stones or give us some advice on this current vampire, too.
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>>4063524
"Stands to the side of you."
Arrrrgh.
This is the result of editing when tired.
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>>4063485
>>4063524
>wanting to speak with mouldy old Dracula instead of taking the mystery box.
I'm hoping it's the ability to access another of the powers we were offered.
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>Follow the stairs upwards, you need to confront the shadowed man and ask him just what he knows about your connection to the Dark Lord, and if he really is Dracula.

We will not be baited.
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>>4063390
>Ignore both and refuse to move.
Y'all are already being baited.
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>>4063659
>>4063681

You really think I would bait you like this?
There are certain benefits/consequences for going either direction.
Who knows? Maybe it will be a nice surprise for you if you go downwards...
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>>4063682
Now THAT is bait.
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>>4063689
You wound me.
It's not like it's totally impossible for you to figure out what that sliver of colour might be.
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>>4063708
How about a hint?
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>>4063747
The color of the dream world and what it is taking the form of is the biggest clue I can give you.
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>>4063708
>>4063777
Seems pretty impenetrable to me. The light/dark thing we've been dealing with is clear enough, but what the fuck does purple mean in Castlevania? Is this some deep cut reference I need to have 100%'d the 3D games to get?
If it's just color vs monochrome it could mean that the thing is some kind of upgrade (color is life/power) or something to give us more independence (monochrome dream is a place where outside forces mess with us, color is at odds) or it could be some new outside force intruding on our mental landscape and looking out of place. It could even be that vampire girl! Her portrait had purple in it, didn't it?
Point is, I'm at a loss.
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>>4063777
>what it is taking the form
It's the steps to the last boss in CV1, that's obvious, but what do you get from going back down them? The previous level?
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>>4064010
>Is this some deep cut reference I need to have 100%'d the 3D games to get?
Nope.
>what the fuck does purple mean in Castlevania?
Approach it and find out.
>I'm at a loss
A pity.


>>4064013
>It's the steps to the last boss in CV1, that's obvious
Well, the steps are a feature in a lot of the games leading to the last battle, but true enough

>but what do you get from going back down them? The previous level?
You're thinking too literally about this.
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>>4064027

I think I may have figured it out and am changing towards approaching the purple.

If I'm right about this, this could lead to big things and possibly as much info as approaching drac would.

let's gooo
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>>4064027
>Approach it and find out.
Nah, I already voted. We have plenty of reasons to want to talk to Dracula. I was just laying my thoughts out in case any other anons might get some clever idea from reading them.
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Well Death and Shaft wear purple. So does Olrox. So does Amduscias or the Hell Demon whichever one you want to call it. One of the flying demons in the Sorrow games is purple. Oh yeah Gaibon is purple, too.

Clearly it is the Byzantine Emperor down there. Born in the purple, after all. I've got it all figured out.
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Oh, Hell. Fine. Since we're tied, I'll change my vote.

>>4063390
>Head down the stairs towards the sliver of purple, the contrast to the rest of world is far too intriguing
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>>4064302
Well that was a mistake. But I applaud your bravery.
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>>4064315
>t. anon who didn't vote
If you're so confident in what is and isn't a mistake, where's your commitment?
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>>4064348
Ah shit I thought I did vote. RIP. Well I wouldn't want it to be a tie again so I'll abstain this time. Even if I am a mondo shitposter I wouldn't want to waste even more time.
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>>4063390
>>Head down the stairs towards the sliver of purple, the contrast to the rest of world is far too intriguing
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...
Well now, that quite the unexpected turnabout.
Um.
Alright.
I figured that the guaranteed chance to talk to Dracula would still have allowed that option to win.
Not that I'm complaining of course.

Nor that I think you will be at the result.
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>>4064750
>Nor that I think you will be at the result.
Bold words for someone who knows there's always at least one asshole.
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>purple
The one thing that comes to my mind is pic related. And we found a bat-like woman a little while ago.
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Oh! That's it! I just realized!
That purple thing is the QM, manifesting directly into the story! Look at his ID!
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>>4064936
Curses! My scheme is revealed!

I did not think people would have this much trouble figuring it out. I think suits got it though.
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Quizzing this suspected Dracula on his identity can come later, surely? This sliver of energy is too strange to simply pass up on investigating. It's presence in this realm feels both wrong and yet... oddly crucial. You jump from platform to platform before landing on the stairs proper, above you lies the place no doubt occupied by the man made of shadows. He can wait for now, at least until you've checked this strange light out.

You descend the stairs slowly, feeling the space around you get heavier as you approach the purple sliver. When you're only a few dozen feet away from the light, it feels like your entire body is forced to push through a viscous liquid to move any further. What's more, it's as if there's a force trying to pull you back!

Just as you're about to give up on approaching the purple light any further, something stops you from conceding. A single pained, quiet whimper of a young girl emanates from the sliver of light. The unexpected sob giving you the motivation to continue through the invisible forces trying to prevent you from approaching the light any further. As you approach the light, you see that it's not a light at all... more a crack? A strange crack in the fabric of the dream world itself, you're only a few feet away from the rift now, and can hear the sobbing from within more clearly now. It's undoubtedly that of a girl, but it's distorted somehow.

As you reach out to touch the rift, you are stopped completely, the viscosity of the world trying to prevent your approach has now vanished, instead replaced by an impassable wall of force that simply allows nothing through, the invisible material feels as cold and unmoving as steel. Were it not for this wall, all you would have to do to find out the truth behind this rift would be to simply reach into it.

Peering through the crack, you can see a world of color, shifting shapes and swirling energy. The energy you feel cannot be called malevolent, nor can it be called benevolent. It simply exists in constant flux, cycling through every form imaginable at a speed that defies belief. The world on the other side of the crack seems filled with power, if you could only reach out and grasp it, then there's no doubt that you would finally be in command of your own destiny.

But then what is this strange force that is trying it's best to pull you away from it? It's stopped now at least, replaced by the wall, but the question as to what it could have been remains.
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Putting that aside for now, you try to peer deeper within the rift, yet the wall blocks you from managing to get a better look at this world within the crack. Then, a thought occurs to you. If this wall is in your way, then all you need to do is destroy it, right? You call upon the power you know is within you, even in this world. Willing the energy of the Power of Destruction to flow freely from your arm, the black swirls of darkness curl around around your right arm as you cut off what feels like a nearly unlimited flow of energy you can call upon. As you call upon the energy, the light from the rift recedes ever so slightly.

You pull your fist backwards as you line up a punch before slamming your darkness covered hand towards the invisible wall, for the first time, instead of simply passing through it immediately, the wall stands. But strangely visible cracks have formed at the point of impact, another punch causes yet more cracks in the impossibly durable wall. The third smashes through the barrier, finally the cracks formed in it spread rapidly like those on a shattering pane of glass. A sound of smashing and the vanishing of the visible cracks informs you of the end of the barrier. How strange that it could withstand even the Power of Destruction, if only for a moment.

Now, there is nothing in your way. Nothing to stop you from reaching towards this rift and claiming it's power for your own. Your hand mere inches away from it, a voice seems to speak into your soul.

The soft voice of a young girl that speaks to you is terribly melancholic, sounding like that of somebody that has lost "Who are you? Do you have any idea what you have done? How could you?" The last question it asks sounds somewhat distorted, the pitch of the voice modulating ever so slightly.

>Try to answer the voice to the best of your ability.
>Instead ask it a question of your own (What?).
>Ignore the voice and touch the rift.
>Back away from the rift and head back up the stairs.
>Write-in...
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>>4065155
>Instead ask it a question of your own (What?).
What is this and why is it in my dreams?
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>>4065155
>Try to answer the voice to the best of your ability.
It's only polite to explain oneself, and It's not as though the rift is going to disappear just because we answer... right?
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>>4065155
>>Ignore the voice and touch the rift.
Smooth move Arthur. Now shit's gonna get weird. Oh well might as well roll with it.
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>>4065205
Supporting. She has no business guilting us without explaining herself first.
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Fuck.
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>>4065305
What is that, the portal to chaos?
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>>4065312
Yep.
The only (non save point) room in the Chaotic Realm to not be grayscale.

What the fuck is up with our dreams.
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>>4065320
Chaos is still sealed in the eclipse, you know.
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>>4065350
A likely story.
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>>4065155
>Try to answer the voice to the best of your ability.
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>>4065155
>Try to answer the voice to the best of your ability.
Secret best girl?
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"Hold off on the questions for a moment would you? I'll answer them one at a time." whoever is beyond this rift is clearly something of an impolite character. The tone of their questions an accusatory one even though you're fairly certain you've never done anything to instigate such behavior.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWagDGBjnsI

"Hmmmph. Fine. Then my first question again, intruder. Who and what are you?" The voice beyond the rift seems somewhat placated by your response, though the underlying sadness in their voice is still present. Also, intruder? Is it accusing you of trespassing in your own dreams? How bizarre.

"I am Arthur Bernhard, if you must know. And as to what I am, I'm a human, what do I look like?" You answer it's question with another question, hoping it will see fit to answer you and give you the information you so sorely lack.

The girl's voice answers you, monotone as it explains. "I don't think I've ever seen a human that seems to adapt as easily to a world like this as you have... Well, it's not that I see them all too often anyway. Besides... A normal human would already have died just from seeing this much." What is it talking about now? The entity behind this crack is getting harder and harder to understand. As if it can read your mind, it clarifies it's previous sentence. "Didn't you know? Death in the dream world will set a soul wandering forever. Eternally denied an afterlife or reincarnation. Did you believe yourself safe just because this world is created from your soul?" The being beyond the rift reveals something quite dangerous. Even in your own dreams, you aren't safe? "I can see that you appear to be a human, but you aren't just that, are you?"

"Hold on, you don't mean this Dark Lord Candidate matter I've found myself caught up in do you?" Could this strange entity be able to give you the answers you're looking for?

The voice that answers you now is one of joy. "That's it! Dark Lord... Dark Lord... It's been too long since he did what I asked, you know. And what that other half did to me was even worse, to be fragmented like this! You have no idea what it's like!" The joy quickly turns to a seething rage halfway through the sentence, before calming down once again and taking a neutral tone. "Your energy does almost feel like his though..." The voice peters out into deep thought. It's answer gives you even more questions, but now likely isn't the time for them to be asked.

"What about your other questions?" You remind the voice that you're still conversing with it, and for a moment you receive no response. Did it really just leave you halfway through speaking?
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The voice seems embarrassed as it finally begins speaking again. "Oh! You're still here are you? I suppose you can try answering my other questions, though I don't think you're who I first took you for now. He only ever ignored me even after he started using the power he stole away from me so frivolously. You're not nearly as impolite as him..." The voice once again stops speaking halfway through, this time you don't have to remind it you're still talking with it though. "You can't possibly answer my other two original questions, so I'll ask something different of you. Do you know where Dracula's Castle currently lies?"

Her question sounds more like some sort of cryptic riddle than something you could actually answer. "Dracula's Castle? You mean the previous Dark Lord, right? Well... wouldn't it be somewhere in Europe? Transylvania?" You're thankful Dracula is such a famous figure historically, even setting aside the fact that he was also apparently the Lord of Darkness, he has quite a substantial legend without even taking that into account.

Once again, the voice dips into an unimaginable sorrow "Then it seems you are as unaware of it's current location as I am. What a terrible shame. It seems I must remain as I am then, trapped as a mere fragment of a greater whole." The voice sounds as if it's holding back tears now. Quickly, the rage in the voice intensifies to a level far beyond what it was at before. "It's all his fault! That treacherous vampire! How dare he do this to me!"

You take a step back away from the enraged voice, which turns it's attention onto you. "And where do you think you're going, hmm? I can feel it in you, that loathsome bloodsucker's presence." You stop yourself from taking another step backwards, waiting for the next words as if awaiting judgment. "But... I can also feel that presence within this world, separate from you, siphoning my power away from me ceaselessly. You wouldn't be trying to deceive me, would you?. You don't want to know what would happen to you if I found you to be lying to me." The threat it ends it's sentence with is one that chills you to your very soul, something about those words

"Honestly, I'm having difficulty following what you're even talking about here. Though I know that I've never met with you before." You wish they would stop swinging from one emotion to the next so wildly. It's making talking with them that much more difficult "So, if you wouldn't mind, could I perhaps get your name? I am genuinely starting to dislike having to talk to people without knowing their name or face."

The voice sounds genuinely amused now, a girlish giggle emanating from the rift echoes all around you. "You wish for my name? To see my face? Well, you're in luck. With the way I currently am, I think you might be able to handle seeing me without going mad. If you really wish to know, all you must do is reach into this rift."
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You are given an invitation to grasp the portal ahead of you, yet the way the girl seems to so casually refer to going insane at the mere sight of her gives you pause.

>Reach into the portal, it's certainly foolish, but your curiosity must be sated.
>Back away from the portal, you are clearly meddling with something beyond you.
>Write-in...
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>>4066032
>Reach into the portal, it's certainly foolish, but your curiosity must be sated.
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>>4066030
>You wish they would stop swinging from one emotion to the next so wildly.
She's got a really *chaotic* personality, huh?

>>4066032
>Reach into the portal, it's certainly foolish, but your curiosity must be sated.
Alright! Chaos waifu, here we go! Another step toward ultimate power!
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>>4066032
>"Hold on. This isn't some trick, is it? We aren't enemies and I don't intend to make new ones. I hope you aren't trying anything nefarous..."
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>>4066032
>Reach into the portal, it's certainly foolish, but your curiosity must be sated.
Oh boy, early update!
Will Chaos be best girl?
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>>4066122
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>>4066146
Same thinking, same color ID, same +5...
Dear God!
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>>4066151
Chaos works in mysterious ways.
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>>4066156
Get out of here Doppelganger, it's not time for you to be in this quest yet.
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>>4066032
>Reach into the portal, it's certainly foolish, but your curiosity must be sated.
Guess now we know why QM's been talking about the chaos contract so much the last few days.
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>>4066032
>>Reach into the portal, it's certainly foolish, but your curiosity must be sated.
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>>4066032
>>Reach into the portal, it's certainly foolish, but your curiosity must be sated.
I truly do hate this thing. But why not? Dracula's way cooler. And better dressed.
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>>4066261
>I truly do hate this thing
I'm trying my best, anon.
I can hopefully fix the whole issue behind Chaos being a non-entity to the plot as a whole and a shoehorned in final boss fight.
>>4066243
>now we know why QM's been talking about the chaos contract so much the last few days.
I've been waiting a while for this.
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>>4066486
>I'm trying my best, anon.
It's not your fault. I blame anime.
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>>4066486

It turned into waifuvania quest ages ago.

And that's okay with me.

As long as no one tries anything too depraved, it should be good fun. CV always had good standards, and I do like that despite the abundance of waifus, none of them are actually cringy.
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>>4066032
>>Reach into the portal, it's certainly foolish, but your curiosity must be sated.
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The invitation to reach into the rift is too much, and against your better judgement, you reach your hand into the swirling world of color beyond the crack. A strange sensation runs down your body as the tips of your fingers cross the threshold into the world beyond. It's like nothing you've ever felt before. It isn't painful as such, thankfully. More as if you're experiencing something totally at odds with the world you know. The feeling only intensifies as you reach your hand deeper within the rift.

Then, without warning, your arm jolts forward, pulling you into the rift up to your elbow. An instinctual feeling of fear has you attempt to pull your arm back, only to find yourself unable to move it back from beyond the rift!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yatNRweW-eY

"You aren't planning on backing out now are you? Well, if you want me to cut your arm loose, then just say the word!" The entity giggles sadistically at your attempt to pull away. You certainly aren't going to lose an arm over this, especially not when it might have repercussions outside of this world! You instead resolve yourself to allowing the portal to pull you through, relaxing your body as a single forceful tug pulls the rest of your body through the rift, which widens around you. The world around you flashes with color, and for a moment, you aren't sure if you're even conscious anymore.

The world slowly focuses around you... somewhat. The sky swirls and shifts in color at a near constant rate. There's no floor to speak of, instead you seem laying on a reflection of yourself? What's more, you're wearing unfamiliar clothing. Before you examine your outfit, you take note that the floor isn't actually some strange mirror spread across the entire floor, as below you extends a black abyss of darkness and above you is the swirling color of the sky. What bizarre world is this?

You take a moment to push yourself off the floor, experiencing the extraordinary occurrence of using your own reflected self to push yourself up. Stranger still, when you touch 'your' hand, it feels just like the warm flesh of a human body. As you stand, you use the reflection in the floor to take a better look at the black clothes you now seem to be wearing.

It's a terribly antiquated ensemble, like something you might see worn by a nobleman at a banquet centuries ago. The majority of the outfit consists of a huge black cloak and coat, both black as ink with a blood red interior. A black and gold vest lies beneath the coat, tied with a red band of fabric. You find your attention mostly drawn to the what seems to be a damaged white cravat tied around your neck, the majority of the fabric has been torn away, leaving you wearing naught but a ruined silk band in place of what was undoubtedly once an expensive piece of clothing.
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Your new outfit now examined, you start looking around the chaotic expanse you've found yourself roaming, it takes a while to get used to the sound of your leather boots clacking against themselves as you walk on your reflection, but you manage to put it out of mind eventually. There seems to be a huge and incredibly dense mass of... something not too far from where you currently are. The strange construct shines like a prism in sunlight.

As you approach the circular mass, being careful not to trip and fall on yourself, thousands of eyes seem to open up within the sky to watch you. It's terribly off-putting. Well, at least they know you made it through the rift safely, you suppose. Though you aren't entirely certain if they actually care. The voice was horribly difficult to get a read on with it's emotion swinging one way and the next at the drop of a pin.

Things get stranger and stranger as you approach the peculiar object, rain starts to fall upwards from the void below you while strange ephemeral silhouettes of people and strange animals appear from the aether to squirm hopelessly in the sky, suspended as if by invisible strings. Though it's not long till both of these oddities fade into oblivion once more.

Now you stand in front of the construct, now you are close to it, you can tell that the material making it up is like nothing on Earth. It sparkles as a gem would despite the lack of a light source, yet there are no lines or imperfections in the material either. It's simply a solid sphere. You don't really have an idea as to what you're supposed to do now. You press your hand against the large gemlike construction hoping for it to reveal something, but instead you find it hard and unyielding. It can't be that you walked all this way for nothing, surely? Were you supposed to go somewhere else? You begin taking your hand away from it.

Though the moment your hand leaves the surface, dozens of prismatic tendrils spring forth from the surface of the colossal jewel. Wrapping completely around your body and encasing you fully within a cocoon of expensive rock. You try your hardest to struggle, but try as you might, it is hopeless. Even when you call upon the Power of Destruction to aid in your escape, the energy that leaks from your hand is somehow immediately absorbed into the tendrils binding your arm, which then seem to constrict around your arm, greedily looking for more of the energy. You grimace in pain yet the mineral-like substance covering your body prevents you from even opening your mouth.

You are helpless to resist as the tendrils begin to drag you towards the main body of this strange aberrant jewel, eyes widening in hopelessness as the cocoon begins to fuse with it's parent body. The world goes dark as you are absorbed into the strange mass.
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You blink awake, finding yourself on a damaged yet comfortable rug laying on a scarred stone floor. The room you are in looks like some sort of throne room, though the damage done to it is incredible, it's almost as if a bomb went off! Getting off the carpet you tilt your head in the direction of the throne itself, sitting upon which is a girl in a white dress who even from here you can tell is nearly a foot and a half shorter than you.

Though as she leans forward in her seat, orange eyes boring into your very soul, you spot the chains she is bound with. Heavy shackles tie her arms. From her back sprout a small pair of wings with heavy metal rings hammered through them. Her feet too are bound, thick manacles chaining her legs together.

"My apologies for the rough treatment you've received since arriving, Arthur, it's unfortunate, but with the ways things are right now, it was necessary." The incredibly young girl smirks as she regards you. "Though I must say, that outfit does suit you quite well, a stylistic choice that is unfortunately lost on you for now, however." Even face to face, it seems to continually talk about things that you have no hope of following. "Oh, but I shouldn't allow myself to get taken away by my own thoughts, it is so difficult to control them sometimes, you know." The girl attempts to raise her hands to make some sort of gesture before being stopped by the chains binding her, causing her to frown deeply. "You wished to hear my name, did you not?" The girl simply doesn't leave you room to respond before continuing. "Well then, I believe a proper introduction is in order. I am Chaos. Or rather, I'm a lesser part of the greater whole, split away thanks to a certain traitor's machinations. But, seeing as you've been such a joy to watch, I'll grant you any one question you can ask that I'll answer!" She ends her sentence happily granting you a boon "Better not make it a boring one..." Before she huffs an extension to it somewhat more quietly.

>"Chaos, tell me just what you are."
>"Can you tell me about that other presence living within me?"
>"What can you tell me about what it means to be a Dark Lord Candidate, or about being the Dark Lord himself?"
>"Why are you within my dreams and just what is this place?"
>"Can I ask two questions?" (Specify which two questions if you select this).
>Write-in...
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>>4067103
>>Write-in...
Will you be my waifu4laifu?
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>>4067103
>>"What can you tell me about what it means to be a Dark Lord Candidate, or about being the Dark Lord himself?"
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>>4067103
OOOOH! Best girl discovered! This is unspeakably adorable!
>"Can I ask two questions?" (Specify which two questions if you select this).
First
>"Chaos, tell me just what you are."
because everyone likes to talk about themselves. Then
>"What can you tell me about what it means to be a Dark Lord Candidate, or about being the Dark Lord himself?"
because it should provide useful information.
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>>4067103
Supporting >>4067196
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>>"Why are you within my dreams and just what is this place?"
Oh man I hate it even more now. I just want to lock it away even deeper and never ever touch it again. Screw all these noises in our head. What kind of destiny could we possibly make for ourselves if we keep listening to these wackos? Pah.

I am angry and I cannot even say why. I feel nothing but disgust. Also fuckin' hell what a taco festival. The only dudes we know are a geek hanging out with our traitor friends and a shattered remnant of a bitter man. But don't mind me, I'm fond of unpopular opinions.
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>>4067487
Nah, your opinions aren't bad, you are just hysterical.
But you raise a fair concern about the M/F character ratio, that and the loads of dialogue and exposition we get make me wonder what was the QM thinking when he started a Castlevania quest.
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>>4067487
>>4067500
I don't get either one of you, personally. Luchanon because of the line "I am angry and I cannot even say why," (which is simply confusing) and MTAG because of the "what was the QM thinking when he started a Castlevania quest" bit. What were you expecting, granular simulation of whip timing? It seems pretty clear to me that he's running a narrative quest set in the world of Castlevania, exploring an often passed-over section of the timeline, and personally I think it's been nothing but excellent so far.
That said, it might be good to introduce another male character or two. Maybe. The male-to-female ratio of characters in the quest is a little skewed.
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>>4067500
As far as dialog and exposition goes that's kind of par for the course with a quest. It also helps with people less familiar with the setting at least getting some semblance of a bearing. Once Arthur is finally fully aware of things we can dive more fully into castle crashing I expect. If this sought to more faithfully emulate the games we'd be basically doing nothing but fighting for 50 threads with a occasional post of two explaining a key plot point.

And while that sounds kind of cool at first the burnout from writing constant combat scenes would be extreme.

I wonder if there are any devil forgemasters in the world.

>>4067514
>I don't get either one of you, personally. Luchanon because of the line "I am angry and I cannot even say why,"
I am a simple man. I say what I mean. I feel an intense dislike of this being. An intrinsic one. A hate that comes naturally and without thought. Though I'm sure I could formulate reasons as to why I much prefer simply being angry for the sake of being angry. Very pure.
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>>4067487
>>4067500
>>4067514
First, regarding the M/F character ratio...
I've got more than a few male characters I'm looking to find the best way to introduce, it's just that you managed to slip past a couple of their intended appearances.
Arthur's family, for example.
Maybe I'll use a more Interludes to introduce a few.

I'm not all too happy about the ratio myself right now.

>>4067196
>Best Girl Discovered
I'm glad you like her.

>>4067487
Poor Chaos, it only wants to help you and/or spread suffering.

>>4067500
While I could've just Soma'd you, thrown you into the deadliest place in the world with only a knife and only given you a couple lines from Alucard to go on...
I don't think it would've worked out.

And I didn't want for you to be a Belmont and simply have the Holy Power to kill absolutely everything you encountered short of High Level Vampires with utmost ease either.
Any sort of supernaturally trained character has already been fully informed of the situation.
Charlotte even mentions she's read about all the battles against Dracula in books!
I despise the "as you know" angle to inform readers of things the POV character knows.

My point is that Soma just going "yeah OK." to being told to go kill monsters alone is silly.
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>>4067613
>Poor Chaos, it only wants to help you and/or spread suffering.
>chaos
>help
Ah yes, the same help that those anarchists who brew meth next door like to provide. You cannot fool me. I will not be seduced by your lies.
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>>4067196
I'll support this.
Chaos really was best girl.

>>4067613
>about all the battles against Dracula in books!
The idea of Simon Belmont: barbarian warrior, writing a book is damn hilarious.
As is dictating the events of his myriad adventures to a Church Scribe.

Also yes QM, there is a disparity in females to males.
I just want a Bro.
Where is Hammer.
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>>4067633
Why don't you trust her anon?
Do you really think this qt could betray us?
Don't you just want to pat her head?
She's adorable!
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>>4067091
>It's a terribly antiquated ensemble, like something you might see worn by a nobleman at a banquet centuries ago. The majority of the outfit consists of a huge black cloak and coat, both black as ink with a blood red interior. A black and gold vest lies beneath the coat, tied with a red band of fabric. You find your attention mostly drawn to the what seems to be a damaged white cravat tied around your neck, the majority of the fabric has been torn away, leaving you wearing naught but a ruined silk band in place of what was undoubtedly once an expensive piece of clothing.
Can we keep it?
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>>4067661
I am a man of utter spite and disbelief. The fact it has a form at all means it's either trying to use empathy to manipulate us or it is being forced to appear as such. Neither of those inspire confidence.
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>>4067733
Why the pessimism, anon?
It's not like she's trying to eat our soul or anything here.
And manipulate us?
She hasn't even asked us for anything.
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>>4067643
>Simon Belmont: Barbarian Warrior

This just isn't true. Much like the famous Conan himself, dressing like a barbarian does not make you a stupid person.

>Chaos
ok girl. I wouldn't waifu it just yet.
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>>4067698
Maybe if you ask Chaos nicely enough.

>>4067733
>>4067633
now those aren't the only two possibilities...
Chaos isn't necessarily working against you, you know?

If you want an idea as to how useful Chaos' help might be, just remember that along with Dracula's Castle itself, the majority of things within the Castle are simply manifestations it created.
Be those things legendary weapons or monsters, powerful artifacts or even magical knowledge.
It can also create pizza before it was invented.
Chaos is an immensely powerful existence, and should you get it's full aid you would be nearly unstoppable.

But of course, Chaos being what it is, securing any sort of aid from her will be quite a challenge.

>>4067643
>I just want a Bro
Noted.
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>>4067930

I'd like one of these please.
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>>4067936
Aren't you going to vote?
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>>4067936
>>4067951
Oh, and as to your question, Chaos is theoretically capable of creating anything.
If it offered, it could create that weird ninja weapon with ease.
Good luck using it though.
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>>4067956
>question
Request.
But the point stands.
You should probably ask for the Claimh Solais or Death's Scythe though.

Or a Lightsaber.
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>>4067951
didn't see a need. i guess i can just support >>4067196 for posterity.

If we get a weapon made for real, we need a lightsaber. kenobi jokes aside, no one would stop us for having it, unlike guns and knives, and it'd be effective in combat due to being...well, light.

that or a functioning firearm that looks like something else, like a musical instrument.
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>>4067960
>or a lightsaber

you ninja fucker
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>>4067936
>>4067961
A ninja weapon? A lightsaber? Anon, I'm disappointed in you.We already have the only weapon we'll ever need: our fists.
All we need to do now is keep improving our control over the Power of Destruction so we can expand our repertoire of moves from Fist of the North Star.
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>>4067977
There's knuckles that do the atatata, actually. Sadly I don't remember their name.
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>>4067977
I take it this means you won't want the enchanted set of knuckledusters enabling you to throw barrages of punches within a single instant?
A pity.

>>4067979
The Kaiser Knuckle, yes.
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>>4067984
>I take it this means you won't want the enchanted set of knuckledusters enabling you to throw barrages of punches within a single instant?
To be honest, I do feel a little like it's cheating. I'd rather Arthur could train himself to throw barrages of punches in a single instant without the aid of a magic item.
If the Kaiser Knuckle's available, though, I'd definitely vote to pick it up.
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>>4067989
I agree to an extent. I'll ask for a lightsaber or kaiser knuckle... if we get offered a weapon specifically.

On the other hand i'd much rather upgrade our powers, and also keep training on our own.

Let's see what we get offered, if anything.
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>>4067989
>I'd rather Arthur could train himself to throw barrages of punches in a single instant without the aid of a magic item.
Not impossible, actually.
Just difficult.
Extraordinarily so.
Julius has the Omnia Vanitas, which is a technique he apparently invented that simply allows him to phase through things. It's probably a mostly martial technique too.
The strongest Belmont just so happens to have the Musō Tensei.
Quite ironic.

>>4067993
Yes, well first we'll see if you manage to impress her before she offers any true blessings to you.
Best of Luck.
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>>4067698
As western-european and 19th century as this outfit mostly is, I do really like that they threw in the old Turkish sash as a nod to Wallachia.
Taking this thing with us (and hopefully repairing the cravat) would definitely be great.

>>4068059
>Not impossible, just extraordinarily difficult. Julius learned the Musō Tensei.
Hmm. That guy spent all his time training physically, too, and didn't have Dark Lord powers to focus on learning to control. Maybe it would be a good idea to go after enchanted equipment to speed things along after all.
>we'll see if you manage to impress her
We're doing our best; or at least, I set up my questions in the most diplomatic way I could think of.
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>>4068130
>Maybe it would be a good idea to go after enchanted equipment to speed things along after all.

Let's not forget that he also has the fucking vampire killer on him, which is one of the strongest enchanted items out there.
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>>4067613
So what you're saying is we should find the magic time books that Death uses to try and rewrite history so we can live through all the battles against Dracula?
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>>4068220
Can't we just challenge him in the dream to train? I'm sure he'd accept.
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>>4067103
>Chaos is the most adorable girl all along
I like how everyone is going straight for double questions despite them offering only one. Totally not gonna backfire on us.
..Actually she's Chaos so she would probably just be amused by us ignoring the rules.
>"What can you tell me about what it means to be a Dark Lord Candidate, or about being the Dark Lord himself?"
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Nothing ever comes for free. Securing the "aid" of this thing will require something in return. You'll see. It's not paranoia if you're right.
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>>4068411
It'll be fine, we'll pay her in headpats.
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>>4068301
>Can I ask two questions?
>No. Also that was your question.
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I've thought a bit about weapons.

Instead of getting an existing item, let's get something new and useful.

How about this: A ring that lets us manifest and control a hard-light object.
As such, we could make any weapon with it, and people wouldn't see it coming either.

Later on, we can ugprade it into hard-dark, AKA power of destruction weapon.

How's that sound?
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>>4068498
I think that if we want new powers we should just find new powers.
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>>4068498
I think if you are going to get a magic item it should be utility based. Arthur already has what is essentially the strongest possible weapon in his erase tool straight outta paint. Like shoes that let you fly. Or a watch that tells the weather.
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>>4068508
I at first read this as
>witch that tells the weather

and I think I'd like that more than a watch.
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>>4068593
You just want more waifus. You only need to look outside to know the weather.
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>>4068602
I've actually supported less waifus from the start. At this point I'm just making light of the situation.
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>>4068498
>A ring that lets us manifest and control a hard-light object.
You could perhaps get Glyphs like Shanoa.
Her Weapon Glyphs create weapons out of nothing too.
>>4068502
Well, it is a Castlevania quest.
>>4068508
Utility items are always fun. Jonathan and Charlotte can get the Strength Gauntlet that makes them together strong enough to stop a speeding locomotive hurtling towards them.
Not sure if that means Jonathan hits things with that much strength though.
>>4068614
I'm sure the too many waifus problem will be resolved somewhat when you meet Alucard.
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>>4068602
>You only need to look outside to know the weather.
Yeah but what if you can't? Like you're underground? Boom, weather-watch. It's stylish, has two hands, a face, it also comes with a band. Truly there is nothing it cannot do. Unless you want it to tell anything other than the weather.
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>>4068628
In which case, get a weather-witch!
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>>4068616
>I'm sure the too many waifus problem will be resolved somewhat when you meet Alucard.
Whew, no need to flail the death flags that hard.
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>>4068666
the virgin death

the chad shaft
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>>4068666
>666
If it were 444 it would have been almost perfect.
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>>4068669
I wouldn't be so sure of that, anon. Death's the tougher boss, and the only one to survive the end of that game.
Honestly, Shaft's whole plan was kind of a failure. He's not a great subordinate for Dracula. In fact, he's a bad subordinate. I'd go so far as to say that he's one bad mother-
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>>4068678
of course he survived you nincompoop! you can't kill him!
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>>4068684
But anon people die when they are killed.
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>>4068675
Can't win them all.
>>4068678
>Death's the tougher boss, and the only one to survive the end of that game.
I mean, it's pretty easy to not die when you aren't actually able to die.
From what I know of the lore, Death is actually just sort of wandering around in this era.
As to what he's doing, I'll let you find that out.

Shaft actually survived Rondo though, he only died in Symphony.
I mean, that's pretty much a 2-0 against Richter Belmont.
He also captured (Child) Maria, who is frequently referred to as as strong if not stronger than a Belmont.
aaand there's that cut bad end route in Symphony where he possesses Maria too.
Shaft and Death both have their merits.

>>4068690
Just because you're correct doesn't mean you're right.
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>>4068696
>Shaft and Death both have their merits.
People wearing purple are absolute chads confirmed. Olrox is quite patrician as well.
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>>4068690
Shaft actually came back from death despite being a mortal.

Granted, he didn't come back in the flesh, at least not the first time, but it's still impressive!

I think he's the only henchman who's demonstrated this aside from Death and Drac himself.

He better be in this quest
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>>4068684
>Not "shut yo' mouth"
I'm disappointed in you. You left my Shaft joke to die.
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>>4068705
sorry anon.
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>>4068705
>You left my Shaft joke to die.
To be fair, you put it up against Death.

>>4068702
In the sequel novel to Dawn of Sorrow, Olrox comes back too, but Vampires seem to just sort of do that when they get powerful enough if you don't destroy their soul.
The sequel novel is basically just Death and Olrox having a big fight because Olrox wants to take complete control of Chaos and Death is really mad about it.

There's also a sealed Jiang Shi at the bottom of a deep cave near Ecclesia that can't actually be killed.

>>4068704
I mean, he transferred his own spirit to become a ghost. If I'm being honest, I don't know if that counts as surviving or coming back to life.

All we can tell from this is that Richter is useless.
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>>4068731
>"Why are you doing this?"
>Because I want to.

Is essentially his whole motivation. He doesn't give a single fuck about anything, he's just curious. Olrox is a boss. Everyone has these lofty goals and aspirations and Olrox is just in the corner having a grand old time just doing dangerous shit and experiments for fun.
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>>4068770
IMO he sounds less like a boss and more like a directionless loser.
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>>4068784
Perhaps. But it's still his choice. And what point is there to (un)life if you aren't going to enjoy it?
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>And what point is there to (un)life if you aren't going to enjoy it?
Brooding.
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>>4068809
Go back to sleep for another three hundred years you momma's boy!
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You stare into the girl's orange eyes, watching as they seem to flicker with specks of red as you think about her offer. Of course there are many questions you want to ask her, it doesn't feel very fair at all to only be limited to being able to ask one question, so you decide to push your luck with the single question you've been offered!

"My question is... Can I ask an additional two questions?" Chaos' eyes widen slightly in surprise at your unexpected answer, before she bursts into a fit of laughter. You're pretty certain she'd fall off her throne if she weren't chained to it. Seems that your question has really amused the girl, who brings a chained hand up to her eye to wipe away a tear of joy.

"I... I'm sorry, but really? That's the question you would ask of me?" The girl's face turns to one of a statue of ice, eyes piercing you like a cold wind. "I offer to answer any one question, and you dare use it ask me for more? Of all who have ever faced me, only your foolishness has ever been so great as to demand more than offered from me!" For a moment, the girl looks as if she's about to get angry again. "But! I shall grant this request of yours. Besides, it's not like I find it offensive as another perhaps would, this defiance within you. It appeals to me, you see. So, Arthur. You have two more questions! Please, try to entertain me with them." The girl smiles very briefly as she finishes her decree.

"Well then, for my first question... Chaos, just... what exactly are you?" She called herself Chaos, true, but her name alone tells you very little as to what she actually is, and if you're to get along with this girl apparently living within your dreams, you should probably learn more about her.
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"I told you already, did I not? I am Chaos. Though It's apparent you aren't entirely aware of what that means..." She trails off as if thinking how to explain what she is to you. "Well, consider for a moment, the creation of the universe. At the moment of the conception of reality, I came into existence." Wait. Just, hold on. Is this girl honestly trying to tell you that she's as old as the universe itself? "I suppose you might have an easier time as imagining me as the negative feedback of the being you refer to as "God" doing such a thing. Originally, it had intended for a universe of perfect balance, where everything went according to it's will. However, my existence was one without a will, a chaotic existence that brought nothing but ruin to his plan... complicated that. My very being corrupted this creation wherever I found myself within it. Upon seeing just what I had wrought upon his precious creation, God had originally intended to destroy me, but soon came to realize that in doing so, he would also destroy the reality he built. So instead, he opted to seal me away, to throw me in a blank canvas where I could corrupt his creation no longer!" The girl lets out a long sigh. "And so I stayed that way for billions of your years, cut away from everything, left to wander in a world of total nothingness. Eventually, through this isolation, I managed to forge an identity for myself... well, more than one, actually, but I'm not them, and they aren't here." She leans on one of her palms, once again looking deeply at you, as if to gauge your reaction at her tale

"Fascinating..." You muse absentmindedly as the girl continues her explanation. This girl, if she's telling the truth, predates the planet itself! Though, it's also true that merely interacting with her could be incredibly dangerous, if even God opted to seal her away.

Apparently satisfied with your reaction, she continues speaking "I'm not finished yet, Arthur... As I was saying, I had forged myself identities from the primordial energy that made up my being. A countless number of individual wills had taken root within me, contradictory in nature, we clashed constantly. The blank canvas that we had been thrown into became the world you found yourself in after I allowed you through that rift. Well, I do exaggerate slightly, as I am fragmented from the greater whole, it could only be called a replication of that reality. And a fortunate thing too! You would've been truly consumed by it had this been the real Chaotic Realm, and then we would've never gotten to talk!"

"Oh? You never mentioned anything about a Chaotic Realm, you told me that we were in some sort of dream world, if I do recall correctly." You're careful not to say anything that might be construed as a second question, you aren't sure just how strict she's going to be with your request.
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"Of course we were in your dreams, but that all changed once I pulled your soul through to my realm, anyway, stop interrupting, it's rude. You asked for my story, so you shall wait till I'm finished before deciding whether you want to use your second question to have me clarify anything." You simply nod at her playful chastisement, she doesn't seem that bothered by your interruptions really. "So, within our own realm, we created all manner of things. Then, then the greatest possibility of all occurred. Within his universe of order, God had created you humans! Life, but not just life, he had created life that he in all his unfathomable wisdom had given the ability to defy him. These humans just so happened to be favorite creation of all, he nurtured them to no end. But, I was able to use them. This 'Free Will' he had granted them. It was his greatest mistake of all. Not only did he now have to ensure things would go according to his wishes despite humanity being variables he chose not to control, it allowed me to interact with his world once more. The chaos that now existed in the hearts of man was more than enough for me to create my own additions. No longer did I simply corrupt with no purpose, I understood just what to do to ensure he would never be able to seal me away again!" She shouts the end of her sentence with excitement in her voice, before she continues, her tone changing to a bitter and hollow one. "But... even then it wasn't enough..." She looks like she's going to start crying. "Now you know the truth as to what I am, so go on then, ask your second question, Arthur."

Her world-view changing explanation about just what she is aside, you do still need to ask your second question. So, without any delay, you allow yourself to ask her your second question, she'll hopefully have the answers you're looking for. "Just what does it mean for me to be a Dark Lord Candidate? Or to become the Dark Lord?"

She immediately brightens up as soon as the word 'Dark Lord' leaves your lips, and with a renewed countenance, begins to speak. "Ah, the Dark Lord... My representative in your world. To be a candidate for the role means that you are or once were a human endowed with enough of my power for me to form a contract with you. You for example, were born with the qualifications." She pauses. "But don't think that just because I can make a contract with you that I will. You are still quite unproven, you know."

"So... about my Power." You just want to confirm something.

"Yes, it technically belongs to me, why? Wondering why it was so utterly useless when you were outside?" So that's why it failed! But you suppose it's to be expected, while it might be possible to fight fire with fire, what you did was more equivalent to dumping a glass of water into an ocean.
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"As to actually being the Dark Lord, you'd be my slave and do everything you were told without delay!" There's a long and awkward pause in the conversation as you begin to process just what she said. "Kidding! I would never extract such behaviour from my champion. The true role of my Dark Lord is to be the one who plunges the world into chaos, to rule over the darkness that perpetuates my presence in your realm and to defeat the champions of humanity!" She laughs triumphantly, before cutting herself off. "Unfortunately, the last Dark Lord was absolutely awful at that last part. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd say he started losing on purpose!"

As you're about to begin speaking again, she interrupts you. "I think I've been generous enough with my answers to ask another question of my own." She raises a chained hand to fix her hair, which is still somewhat muddled from her earlier laughing fit, and is visibly irritated when she finds the chain is just a fraction too short to reach, instead, some unseen force seems to fix her hair instead. "Well, it's more a request really, but if you can fulfill it, I will acknowledge you as worthy of becoming my Dark Lord. So, do you accept?"

>Accept her request, whatever it is.
>Deny her, you have no wish to become a Dark Lord anyway.
>Ask her what it is she wants before making a decision.
>Write-in...
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>>4069191
>>Accept her request, whatever it is.
Yeah sure, whatever.
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>>4069221
I know what you are going to say. "But what about forging our own destiny? Muh free will?"
To that, I respond. If we don't want to do it. Let's just not do it.
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>>4069191
>Accept her request, whatever it is.
Oh, this is just great. She's too cute ever to say no to.
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>>4069191
>Ask her what it is she wants before making a decision.
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>>4069191
>>Ask her what it is she wants before making a decision.
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>>4069191
>Accept her request, whatever it is.
After the whole vampire bunker thing I'm scared of missing another plot hook. Let's go. Full commitment.
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>>4069191
>>Ask her what it is she wants before making a decision.
ey fock off ye bonkers twat but tell me more
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>>4069230
Unless it comes with magical contract strings attached or something. This is basically not reading the fine print to the contract that mysterious stranger offered you. Or maybe you say you'll do it and don't so chaos just decides "fuck you" and takes the power away. Who can say? Not I. But I'll certainly speculate for the worst.
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>>4069546
She did just say she wouldn't treat the Dark Lord like a slave and the whole point of doing her request is to prove we are worthy of being her Dark Lord. Seems kinda counterproductive of Chaos to go against her word right now.
Also, we already used our questions, asking her what's the request might piss her off.
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>>4069600
Why would you ever take a self-proclaimed entity of complete disorder at face value? At best you'd be dealing with something utterly fickle and at worst something malicious. Frankly the only reason I'm voting to question it is because I know outright refusing simply won't win.
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>>4069191
>Accept her request, whatever it is.
I don't want to push our luck by questioning a god/goddess too much.
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>>4069622
I mean, if we can't at least trust the source of our own powers, what can we trust?
Sure, it's Chaos, but it doesn't seem very malicious at all.
Just seems kinda like it wants to fuck with God.
Well, towards us she's been nothing but helpful so far at least.
Besides, she's cute, and cute is justice.
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>>4069711
>what can we trust?
Only that with nothing to gain from our trust. You are blinded. But one day you shall see.
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>>4069717
She's billions of years old anon.
I don't really think she would need to even bother lying.
If she really wanted the worst for him, I feel like she could just kill Arthur here.
She obviously wants a mutually beneficial relationship with her future Dark Lord.
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>>4069722
You
Shall
See
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>>4069724
Why must you doubt best girl like this?
Don't you just want to pat her head and plunge the Universe into darkness for her?
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>>4069727
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>>4069728
Fine, I don't need your help to seduce Best Girl anyway.
Chaos shall be given the headpats it has missed out on since the dawn of the universe.
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>>4069191

>"I will accept your request, but make no promises until I hear it."
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>>4069191
>Ask her what it is she wants before making a decision.
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>>4069747
You seem immensely optimistic about your future relationship with Chaos.

You should understand that this girl is easily the most dangerous entity in existence in regards to humans.

I'm not saying it's impossible to have a good relationship with her. Just that you ought to understand the extent of how dangerous she is.
She's responsible for Death existing at all.
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>>4069892
Yellowanon is immensely optimistic, but it's only balancing out Salmonanon's utterly paranoiac pessimism. Personally I say we do this first task to show initiative and prove our worth, and once we actually have some significance in her eyes then we can move into the more bargaining-oriented phase of working out our Dark Lord contract.
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>>4069901
Well, I guess we'll see how things develop with her from here.
You wouldn't be a Dark Lord Candidate if it weren't possible for you to gain her interest.

Although we are tied right now.
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>>4069759
Suits, can I persuade you to break this tie by switching to the accept option as given by the QM?
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>4070009
i have no interest in the dark lord path, myself. if we can do it without losing our mind, it's okay, otherwise i'd rather not.

On 1, I'll switch to it. On 2, I'll switch to asking what it is.

There you go.
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>>4070039
Great job asshole. Now we're gonna offend chaos and get fucked out of our powers. Just what I'd expect from a namefag.
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>>4070045
It'd be better that way. Then we would be truly free. Free to get swole as fuck and kick the shit out of people with our own strength and not this borrowed soul shit. You rely overmuch on power given rather than power taken by ones own will. Become strong through your own volition and not the gifts of some THING beyond your ken. I believe in you.
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>>4070045
fight me irl namelessfag
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>>4070050
Do you know what world we're in anon? It's castlevania. If you don't get powers from birth, god, or chaos you ain't shit. Getting swole isn't gonna do fuck all for us if we're not a belmont or lecarde or from some other chosen family of supermen. We got one shot at relevance and that's the dark lord powers.
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>>4070056
The only thing holding you back is yourself. Also don't shit on ya boy Grant or Hammer.
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>>4070065
>Hammer
Oh yeah, he did a real amazing job sitting outside the castle and selling shit the whole game. You could take Soma out and he'd clear the whole thing up no problem I bet.
And Grant? The dude who spent CV3 in Trevor's backline cause he's the only useless party member? Not impressed.
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To decide how to answer Chaos using a method of pure randomness?
Interesting.

But we shall see how RNGesus has served you, for it is as fickle as Chaos itself.
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>>4070039
That's disappointing, I can't lie.
However, since there's an all-out 'deny her' option I'm hopeful that asking for more details won't be as dismal a prospect as UZ7 thinks. If she throws us out with no chance to take on her challenge just because we asked for the details, I'll be very disappointed.

>>4070050
This is a *terrible* idea, anon. I don't know why you feel like it would be good to throw away our protagonist's defining characteristic, something that ties into his family and origin and was central enough to the QM's idea of the quest that it was the headline when he pitched it back in the /qtg/. All I see happening with that is the quest devolving into directionless disappointment.
Also, our powers have nothing to do with a borrowed soul. Remember, it's Soma who borrows his power from Dracula's soul. We were born with the capacity to wield the Chaotic Powers as an element of our own soul, from what the QM has said. This is our own strength, more fundamentally than any physical training or weapon-use could be.
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>>4069191
>>Accept her request, whatever it is.
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>>4070224
Am I to consider this a vote switch?
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I gotta say that I love the discussion going on at the moment. Even the heated parts of it.

The whole "is this power ours to accept" deal is exactly what the situation should stir, and is probably what arthur himself is thinking right now.

I do apologize for my RNG vote but i genuinely don't side on either of them, nor do I have a reason to support either side.

Tell you what. I'll swap my vote if someone makes a contract to support my own vote when called upon. Let's make this super shady.
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>>4070282
Yeah sure, I'll do it.
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>>4070282
'Kay. I'll give you a vote later if you vote to accept Chaos' request now.
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>>4070286
>>4070287
Two of you? Unexpected!

Okay sure. Why not. I accept. Two supports is more powerful than one anyway.

I guess accepting chaos just wins now, huh.

This shouldn't fare too bad for you later. I promise I'm not too unreasonable.
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...
But with this
>>4070224
Accepting Chaos had already won the vote.
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>>4070311
But now, the victory is assured.
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>>4070311
It wasn't really clear if it counted as a vote swap or just someone trying to vote twice.
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>>4070311
So it had.
>>4070305
Guess you were a bit too late, suits. I wonder whether your supporters will stick around...
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>>4070323

It's fine even if they don't. I can still rely on my lack of charm.
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There's nothing for it then, as much as you would like some more information about whatever she wants before accepting, you don't want for the girl to somehow become upset by asking for more details. You have already used your two questions. Besides, if Chaos had any intention of giving a full explanation behind what she actually wanted before you chose to accept it or not, then she likely would have. Even if you don't truly wish to become the Dark Lord, angering her could only bring ruin to yourself.

"Very well, I'll accept this request of yours. Though I dislike having to agree to something while I don't even know the terms of what I'm agreeing to." If she takes offense to your addition, she doesn't show it. Instead she gives you a beaming smile.

"Eager to please, are we? That's good, Arthur. You might just become worthy of being my Dark Lord yet!" She seems incredibly happy that you accepted her request at least, as she seems to bounce in her chair with happiness. But then all the happiness drains away. "It's good that you're so eager, but I should tell you what you will be doing to gain my recognition. After all, I can't expect you to just fulfill my wishes without knowing what I want, can I?" She leans forward on her throne, regarding you once more with a piercing gaze. "You will be killing a few people for me, Arthur. To prove yourself worthy of me, you will seek out and... execute your fellow Dark Lord Candidates." Chaos' smile returns as she ends her sentence, though it's not one of glee or happiness, but the dangerous smile of a cold blooded killer.

You open your mouth to respond, but find no words are able to come to you. Chaos looks disappointed at your sudden inability to respond to her. "Oh, we're out of time already? What a nuisance!" She looks into your eyes as she carries on. "It seems that I've kept you for a little longer than I should have..." It's then that you notice that the floor has begun to pull you in like quicksand! Swiftly, you are pulled in all the way to your torso as Chaos looks at you with a tinge of regret in her orange eyes. "As a way of... apologizing for keeping you so long, I'll give you a token of my appreciation which will also represent that this agreement of ours was no dream." What is she talking about? You've hardly been speaking with her for any time at all! Again though, you find yourself unable to speak, and your body doesn't respond to any of your commands as you are pulled into the floor completely.

You feel yourself falling into a featureless void. Your body is unresponsive still, you can't even scream.
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October 13th 2019 - Sunday: 9:20 AM

Your fall finally ends as you slam into what feels like a mattress at high speed. There's a loud creaking of wood as you open your eyes at the moment of impact. It's the bed you were in earlier alright, thankfully, it hasn't broken from you colliding into it at such speed... and neither have you.

You lay there for a minute, thinking about the deal you agreed to with Chaos. To kill the other Dark Lord Candidates. Can you really kill another human being just because you were requested to? It's an important step in becoming the Dark Lord, of course, but judging your fellow aspirants based on their character would feel far less thuggish than simply killing on orders alone like some sort of assassin.

As you get up from the bed, clothed in the outfit Alura made for you, the first thing you spot is her absence in the room, but the second thing you notice is far more of a surprise. Your right hand is tightly clenching...

>A mighty belt that radiates strength.
>A pocket watch that ticks backwards.
>A carved fragment of bone, studded with jewels
>A gem in the shape of an eye, which seems to be looking at you.
>A beautifully decorated playing card of some variety.
>A black cloak of silk that shines like a starry night.
(No Write-ins allowed on this vote)
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>>4070561
Oh, this is tough. Some of these have clear effects, but others are pretty inscrutable. I'm particularly curious about the "fragment of bone". What kind of fragment? What's the shape? What sort of jewels? How big is it?
Just going off of what we have, though, I have to vote for
>A mighty belt that radiates strength.
since I've been advocating barehanded fighting this whole time.
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>>4070561
Oh cool, we were probably going to do that anyways. But we aren't killing Soma and Alucard tho.
>>A beautifully decorated playing card of some variety.
Is it one of this? Please be one of this. Or a Familiar.
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>>4070561
>>A pocket watch that ticks backwards.
Did you say a watch? Is it stylish? Does it tell the weather? Does it tell the weather around Za Warudo? Or does it just let us go back a couple seconds? Who knows? You know. Guess it's on us to find out.

Thor's belt is mighty tempting though. Megingjord or the fuck it's spelled. Also very stylish.
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>>4070583
The fragment is fairly long, so it likely came from an arm or leg, is something of the shape of a stake, and the jewels are Onyxes and Rubies

Unfortunately, for more you would need to be able to get a closer look, so you'd actually need to have made more than a glance at it.
To do so would require it being chosen.
Such is the nature of Chaos.
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>>4070618
Alright, so the important thing is that it's definitely not a knuckle duster. In that case, I'll be sticking with the belt.
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>>4070561
fuck time stop.

I vote for the eye gem!
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>>4070561
>A mighty belt that radiates strength.
Most utility here. Strength means we can move faster, hit harder, all around be better in a fight. We need that.
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>>4070561
Does the belt that radiates strength come with a henshin function?
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>>4070871
Who gives a fuck about what it does, it's a stylish watch. Fashion comes first don't you know?
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>>4070956
This is a very important question that should be answered.
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>>4070957
Anon, it's a pocket watch, not a wristwatch. Those haven't been fashionable for nearly a century now.
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>>4070996
>Those haven't been fashionable for nearly a century now.
Says you. Swag never goes out of style. Also wristwatches are for function, not form. Only fools spend mad dosh on a wristwatch.
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>>4070561
>A beautifully decorated playing card of some variety.
Like >>4070591
I am hoping for a DSS card. That system rocked even if CotM is no longer part of canon.
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Surprising! I thought it was a shoe in for the watch, especially given the time-stopping ability Castlevania frequently attributes to them.

But all of them are powerful magical items in their own right, and the watch doesn't necessarily stop time.
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I do wonder just how you'll fare when you find yourself up against a properly trained Vampire Hunter...

Image unrelated.
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>>4071610
Isn't it "shoo-in"? Is that a regional spelling difference?

>>4071782
Since we're not a vampire, hopefully we won't have to worry about that for a while.
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>>4071801
>Is that a regional spelling difference?
It's called 'being really tired' and it's an unfortunate dialect indeed.
But yes, I meant Shoo-in.

>hopefully we won't have to worry about that for a while.
I mean, you'd think.
But remember that an amensiac Julius is out there somewhere, and could show up at any time at all.
It's not like the only thing that Vampire Hunters kill are vampires, after all.

There are also all manner of Spellcasters and Witches around. Notably the Belnades, but the Aulin are also powerful.
Honestly, running into an enemy witch of Charlotte's level would be a disaster for you.
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>>4070583
>>4070924
Belt

>>4070591
>>4071378
Card

>>4070871
Eye

>>4070594
Watch

It's a tie!
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>>4071808
We really need a combat powerup ASAP. Drac better tell us how to get the other 3 powers next dream.
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>>4070561
>A mighty belt that radiates strength.

>>4071862
Broken!
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>>4070561
>>A beautifully decorated playing card of some variety.
What's up with the date?
Wasn't it the 9th and the 12th only in that interlude?
Was this a mistake?
Anyway I hope it's a fairy familiar.
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>>4071911
>resurrecting the tie
Damn it anon.
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>>4071915
I want a fairy.
Besides, why would we need physical power?
We got the Power of Destruction.
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>>4071940
Physical power does all kinds of stuff like >>4070924 said. It's the biggest thing we need to improve on.
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>>4071958
Yeah, but it's not a fairy.
Don't you want a cute sprite to bully?
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I switch to the card. No one's supporting eye and card is cooler than belt.
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And Card takes the lead!

I wonder if I should reveal the effects of the other items after the vote concludes.
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>>4071987
NO
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>>4071987
That way leads to resentment and broken dreams. Best not to tread it.
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>>4071987
I'd like to know, personally. I was hoping for the cape.
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>>4071987
Tell us, I'm no crybaby. Not when I win at least.
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>>4070561
>A gem in the shape of an eye, which seems to be looking at you.
>>4071987
Nah.
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Due to being in just enough pain to be too distracted to write, I probably won't be able to update today.

What do you think the effects of each item are, anyway?
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>>4072481
The cloak obviously gives us a proper afterimage effect when we run or jump. Purely cosmetic and absolutely worth it.
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Looks like it's a win for the card then, huh?

This isn't going to be good for the male to female ratio.
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We're going to drown in estrogen.
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>>4072636
>spoiler
Good going, guys.
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>>4072636
saafdgkofphy,dpgh i regret my decision (i'm not changing my vote)
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You fools.
Should've gone for the power-up belt.
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>>4072655
In terms of how much utility it (or what it summons) has, the card is actually pretty fantastic.
Though the watch was definitely the most powerful, all of the items would've been highly useful to you.
Chaos doesn't exactly skimp when it comes to stuff like this.
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>>4072636
Oooh nooo, whatever will we do now?!. Well, can't win them all!
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>>4072681
>Well, can't win them all!
Not with that attitude we can't.
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>>4072636
Is using the power of destruction to destroy the Male-to-Female ratio a viable use.
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>>4072710
Only if you like tang.
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>>4072714
this is what who fuck
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>>4072714
>tang
Funny you should mention that, because there is a possible tang bad end.
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>>4072768
It's just a drink mix, how bad could it be?
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>>4072774
No use crying over spilt tang, I suppose.
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>>4072777
Hah, wannabes drinking tang thinking it's astronaut drank. They got what they deserved.
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In your hand a strange playing card depicting some sort of fairy-like creature has appeared. Her picture is bordered in gold and the winged girl sits on a branch, while wisps of wind circle her. The card appears to have some sort of incantation on it, but you can't read the archaic looking runes that make it up. As you try to figure out just what you're supposed to do with the card you are interrupted by the door to the room slamming open. Anna rushes into the room, and for whatever reason is visibly surprised at the sight of you just sitting on the bed, examining the card in your hand. She's no longer wearing the gown Alura prepared for her, instead she's elected to wear an outfit that appears far more practical, a black vest over a dark gray shirt with a black bow tied around her neck and a long skirt in the same color.

"Arthur? W-where have you been? And... why are you here of all places?" Her voice is utterly stunned, though you haven't the faintest idea as to why this might be the case. You fell asleep and are in your own bed?

"Pardon?" Your confused demeanor is quite visible, you're too surprised by the intrusion to ask Anna what she thinks she's doing barging into your room unannounced, so instead you simply ask for some elaboration on Anna's part. You really have no idea what's going on here.

Coller peeps her head over Anna's shoulder, she's still wearing the outfit you last saw her in. Seems she's not bothered at the idea of looking like a maid. You're pretty certain with how Alura has acted around Coller so far that she meant it as some sort of joke at the robotic girl's expense, but Coller doesn't seem to care either way. She doesn't say anything, and instead just gives you a look of suspicion for some reason.

"It's been three days since you disappeared Arthur." Wait, what was that? "According to Alura, you just disappeared from your bed during the night without warning! I tried to have Coller investigate her story, yet there was simply no indication as to where you could've gone. Even that vampire wouldn't have been able to have spirited you away with Alura in the room. Of course, there was a brief... argument, where I may have blamed her for your disappearance, but that doesn't matter now does it?" She ends her sentence with a question, but you still aren't sure what's going on. Three days? How could you have disappeared for three days?

"First of all, what exactly are you doing in my cabin, Anna?" It's incredibly rude to just barge into somebodies room unannounced and especially their bedroom, she should know that! Well, it's not like you aren't guilty of the same, but you had good cause to do so.

"This is my cabin, Arthur. And you're on my bed. I should be asking the same question of you." Her revelation quickly takes all of the wind from your sails, your accusing question being quickly reversed and directed back at you.
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You awkwardly spring up from the bed in surprise. It would seem that you and Anna share rooms identical in appearance. "Ah. My... apologies, but would you believe me if I said I don't really know how I ended up here? I simply fell asleep after Alura decided to force the matter of healing me. When I woke up again, I was dumped from the ceiling onto your mattress." You aren't sure if you should really go around telling everyone about your encounter with Chaos. You don't exactly know why you feel so secretive about the matter though. It's probably her doing that caused you to disappear for three days. It turns out when she said you weren't in the Dream World any longer, she was being very literal.

"Really? So you don't remember anything that might give us a clue as to why you vanished like you did?" Anna seems to mostly believe you, but she does have a hint of suspicion in her voice.

>Tell Anna the whole truth about your dream with Chaos, and about the card she gave you.
>Tell Anna that a strange entity in your dream gave you a card, but you can't remember anything else.
>Avoid the question entirely, ask about Alura and if the three of them have made any progress towards locating the vampire yet.
>Deny knowing anything and return to your own cabin, you want to see just what this card really is.
>Write-in...
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Congratulations, your Chaos "waifu" burned three --of however few--days off of our search.
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>>4073306
You still have plenty of time, and it's not like the time you lost was meaningless.
That card ought to help you out quite a lot should you care to find the vampire.
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>>4073303
>>Tell Anna that a strange entity in your dream gave you a card, but you can't remember anything else.
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>>4073303
>Avoid the question entirely, ask about Alura and if the three of them have made any progress towards locating the vampire yet.
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>>4073303
>Tell Anna that a strange entity in your dream gave you a card, but you can't remember anything else.
Oh, it is a fairy.
I wonder what it can do.
I want a refund if it's useless.

>>4073306
>implying we need a vampire when Chaos can just spawn overpowered items for us.
Truly best girl.
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>>4073303
>Avoid the question entirely, ask about Alura and if the three of them have made any progress towards locating the vampire yet.
Damn it. I hope we can still find the vampire.
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>>4073386
If you wanted to find the vampire so much why didn't you vote for the eye gem thing?
It was probably some sort of scrying device
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>>4073303
>>Tell Anna that a strange entity in your dream gave you a card, but you can't remember anything else.
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>>4073321
To add to this, you've got five days till you reach Europe.
I wouldn't lock you out of something like this.
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>>4073303
Well that's good to know.

>>4073504
>Avoid the question entirely, ask about Alura and if the three of them have made any progress towards locating the vampire yet.
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>>4073386
If you wanted to find the vampire so much why didn't you vote for the belt?
It could hold our pants up.
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>>4073392
Because the belt would be more useful long-term.

>>4073715
>t. anon who didn't vote
Damn you.
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>>4073715
Keeping our pants on is a noble endeavor. Especially since we could actually swim in the number of chicks around us. We could use the security of a good belt. But who cares about finding the bat? We should instead be focusing on remembering how to speak French or something.
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>Go to start writing
>vote is tied
Oh.
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>>4074190
>mfw

>>4073303
>>Avoid the question entirely, ask about Alura and if the three of them have made any progress towards locating the vampire yet.

Fine I'll be nice.
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>>4074190
QM. Will we have another chance to vote on a belt, or was that our only chance to get something to hold up our pants?
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>>4074269
Hey maybe that anon was right about the rope all those years ago. We could totally make a belt if we had some rope. Alas it was not meant to be.
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>>4074269
There will be more belts in the future.
Indeed, there will even be a chance to once again get the belt you passed up on there.
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"I don't really remember anything, just vague flashes of images, unfortunately. Anyway, as much as I would like to discuss my dreams at length, I think we have more important matters to discuss, no? Namely, this vampire and it's whereabouts, but I'd also like to know how Alura is." A lie. While it's not like you think Anna is going to betray you, for some reason you feel that revealing your dream, or rather, your meeting with Chaos would be dangerous.

"Nothing at all?" She frowns. "That's a shame, I suppose it doesn't really matter that much. The good news is that you're back now and that Alura hasn't started indiscriminately killing people looking for either you or the vampire yet. Since you disappeared, she got more than a little obsessed with finding the vampire, blaming it for your disappearance. She's mostly kept to herself these past few days and has been searching the ship alone." Both concerning and reassuring, you should probably prioritize finding her though. She might have gotten some ideas as to just where this vampire is if she's spent the past few days looking for her. But knowing how she's acted in the past, you aren't entirely certain what she might have done in your absence. Hopefully she hasn't killed too many people unnecessarily. Some casualties are inevitable with the situation you've found yourself in, but you aren't exactly looking to cause a bloodbath here.

"So, has she made any progress finding the vampire then? What about you two, for that matter?" With all of them looking, they must have made some progress, surely. Unless this vampire is better at hiding than you first thought, they should at least have some sort of hint.

"Well, Coller and I searched the top three decks of the ship while Alura said she'd search the bottom floors. Coller detected no presence of a vampire on deck twelve, eleven, or ten, unfortunately. While Alura has apparently searched the bottom four decks, though if she's had any luck with finding our stowaway vampire, she's keeping it to herself." She looks contemplative for a moment. "Well, it's good that your back, but before you suddenly appeared in my bedroom, Coller and I were about to go looking on the ninth deck, so if you want to come with us, you can help us look, I suppose." Her invitation to go looking for the vampire together is certainly foolish on her part, doesn't she realize how much danger she's putting herself in by looking for it personally? When it comes to her capacity for personal defense, Anna doesn't inspire the most hope. Is she simply relying on Coller to defend her?

"And what about Alura? You said she's also searching, so do you know what decks she's looked into so far?" Being able to cut down on the number of floors of this huge ship is incredibly useful, you're somewhat thankful that your allies haven't simply remained inactive in your absence, even if they've been putting themselves in danger by doing so.
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"She's been searching a lot recently, she only returns to her Cabin for an hour a day and to tell us what decks she's searched before setting off again. Even Coller here needs to recharge herself for a few hours after a twenty-four hour cycle, honestly, I'd say I didn't know where she gets the energy from, but I'd be lying." So, she's been searching for almost three days straight? Impressive dedication if nothing else. "Anyway, we spoke about an hour ago, she's been working upwards and said she found so sign on the fourth floor and that she was moving to check the fifth for both you and the vampire." The news of Alura's own search is excellent. Instead of having to search all twelve decks of the cruise ship, it means that, assuming your allies are accurate in their own searches, there are only 5 decks that the vampire could be hiding on! The net is surely closing in on your chiropteran attacker now.

"This is excellent. I'm glad that the three of you have managed to do this in my absence. There's simply no way this vampire will be able to elude us now!" Excitement creeps into your voice, the idea of meeting the girl that attacked you once again but this time being prepared to face her is one that brings you great pleasure. In the stories, there's at least one thing that if you act fast, will end up being very effective in your second encounter with her. Sunlight. While you don't really want to kill her, not while Anna's theory about her testing you holds true, you would be a fool to not use every advantage given to you against her.

Though you do still need to figure out what to do next, you could go searching with Anna and Coller, but looking for Alura is also of great importance at this point, even if only to let her know you are alright. You suppose you could also search a floor alone and see if you have any luck alone, it would certainly allow you to search the entire ship faster with three separate parties looking.

>Go with Anna and Coller to search the ninth deck.
>Head down to the fifth deck to find Alura.
>Search a deck by yourself. (Which deck?)
>Put things aside for a moment and return to your own cabin to see if you can uncover the mystery of this card you've ended up with. Chaos wouldn't just give you something useless.
>Write-in...
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>>4074779
Well, I don't see anything to serve as a hint in our conversation with the vampire, unless she's hiding on the same deck as our cabin. So...
>Head down to the fifth deck to find Alura.
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>>4074877
Yes, if only you had searched the room first before irritating her.
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>>4074779
>Head down to the fifth deck to find Alura.

No one left behind.
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>>4074779
>Head down to the fifth deck to find Alura.
Damn it Chaos.
You made the plant sad.
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Not much interest for going to find the vampire huh?
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>>4075356
All options are sort of looking for her right? With no hint on which deck she's waiting in, I don't know how we can vote for the option that requires us to specify. 7 is a significant number in superstition, but so is 6, and maybe she's on the 8th deck just to throw us off...
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>>4075359
You could always try to figure out the card, if I had to say, it's easily the second most useful item for finding somebody.

But I meant more in the lack of votes.
Honestly though, I probably would've had you go check on Alura anyway had I not run out of time to write.
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>>4075368
Nah it's just a slow day so far, your thread is close to dying and people are probably waiting for the new thread.
>>4074779
The Vampire clearly isn't too much of a fool, and you have only seen them in bat form.
Ergo, they probably can blend in with a crowd in human form.
Aside from that, better find Alura and calm her down.
>Head down to the fifth deck to find Alura.
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>>4075399
>Close to dying
We're only on page 7 though?
Thread should last another weak at least, unless you're suggesting I make another thread regardless.
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>>4075399
I bet the vampire is abusing mist form to avoid being found
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>>4074779
>>Head down to the fifth deck to find Alura.
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>>4075439
That's probably how she choked us out to be fair.
We could bring a vacuum cleaner just in case she's doing that.
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Oh this next update ought to be a real fun one...
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We have several days. We'll find the vampire after we find Alura, after we figure out the card, and hopefully after we talk to Drac during sleep.

Don't let the QM distract you. He's just being nefarious :D
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>>4075690
>and hopefully after we talk to Drac during sleep.
Fat chance of that. Everyone wants to slum it with chaos now.
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>>4075690
>after we figure out the card, and hopefully after we talk to Drac during sleep
Nonsense. The vampire girl is our top priority; we're going to meet up with Alura and search the rest of the ship ASAP.
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>>4075706
the one who thirsts may well become the drink

control yourself, anon
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"But, as much as I might want to go look for this vampire with the two of you, I should really be looking for Alura, if only to tell her that I've not been kidnapped by this vampire and am in fact OK. Allowing her to keep worrying while I occupy myself with other things is just too cruel for my liking." Anna seems to be fine with your decision to go looking for Alura at least, and Coller remains her impassive self.

"Just try not to go off and disappear for another three days, understand?" The two girls walk out into the hall with you following, "Stay safe, Arthur." Anna gives you a smile before she turns away from you and walks away. As she walks away, your attention is momentarily drawn to the card still in your hand, which seems to glint in the light for a moment before you delicately place it inside one of your pockets. Whatever it does, it can wait until later for you to look into it further. With the revelation of the time passed wile you 'dreamed', you don't really have any time to waste investigating this card. Especially if it ends up being useless after all.

You hurry towards one of the elevators, you shouldn't keep Alura waiting after all. You don't know the girl all too well, but you're pretty confident in your ability to judge somebodies character, Shirley notwithstanding, you suppose. Alura's nature as a monster is one that might become a problem without anybody to keep them in check. For a moment, you think of just how much simpler it would've been had you managed to sneak aboard a plane instead. You would already be in Europe by now! Instead, you're playing cat and mouse with a vampire while stuck in the middle of the ocean. That being said, you suppose you can cross off 'can't cross running water' from the potential list of weaknesses vampires have.

You eventually finish your journey towards the elevators and press the call button on one of the control panels. The metal doors to the elevator slide open to reveal an empty interior, you have some time to think as you press the button leading to the fifth deck. It feels quite odd for the ship to be so empty, you haven't bumped into a single person on your way to the elevators. It's not like it's that early either. But you don't allow yourself to dwell on the suspicious lack of people around, you're just thankful that nobody is going to get in your way.

The doors of the elevator open with the tone of a bell, opening up to the halls of the fifth deck. Alura is somewhere on this deck, but the question is where could she be right now? After about 30 minutes of aimless wandering, you still see no sign of Alura.

Then, just as you're about to turn a corner, something snags on your leg. It pulls forward with an immense strength before you can even take note as to what exactly is even grabbing your leg. The sensation of something wrapping around your leg is mirrored onto your other leg and you are suspended upside down and turned about in the air.
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You are suddenly alerted to the presence of somebody standing behind you. "Hello Arthur. You look well." Oh, it seems Alura is quite upset, her voice is steeped in cold fury as what you can now assume are vines twist you about in the air.

"Ah! Alura, I was just looking for you, so would you... mind letting me down?" This hostility is quite unexpected of her, you hadn't expected this reaction at all from the woman who's been nearly ceaselessly looking for you for the three days you've been missing.

"Oh, I'm sorry Arthur, but I'm afraid I'm going to need some answers before I do." Her voice is surprisingly menacing. "You see, I've been wondering just how you disappeared that night, and the only answer I could come up with was that vampire you talked about snatching you away during the night. So, would you mind telling me what really happened? I'd really like to make sure you haven't been turned into some sort of thrall before celebrating that you've reappeared. You're not an illusion, I know that much now." Her reaction is disappointing, but understandable. At least she's not being as carefree about the presence of this vampire as Anna is, unfortunately it seems she's gotten more than a little paranoid about things.

You're twisted about in the air allowing you to see Alura properly, she's wearing a dress not unlike the one you last saw her in, although it's in a different pattern of color now, her hair is a far deeper shade of red than the last time you saw it too, it almost has the same hue as blood! Seems she stopped bothering to change the color of her hair for her disguise, you think you prefer it when it's red anyway. She stares deeply into your eyes with her own, occasionally, you can see a fleck of red show within her recolored eyes as she seems to evaluate you . Before eventually, she simply sighs and lets you down from the suspended position, apparently she's satisfied even without you giving her an explanation simply by looking into your eyes.

"I... apologize for that. These past fews days have been difficult. With the way that she's been taunting me, I was certain that she had captured you, but you certainly don't seem to be under any sort of mind altering effect, and you haven't been turned either for that matter. So just how did you vani-" Alura's eyes go wide and she immediately stops talking. "I expect the explanation later, but for now we need to hurry. There's a scent of blood in the air, and the source is nearby!" Without even giving you the chance to get your bearings, she takes off down the hallway, giving you no choice but to run to follow after her inhuman pace, and even then, she easily outspeeds you.
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Eventually, you manage to catch up with her, she's standing directly outside of a cabin. "It's in here, but you should probably prepare yourself for what's on the other side. With how much blood I'm picking up on, I can only imagine what sort of a massacre took place in there." What an incredible stroke of luck! At least you can be fairly sure that with Alura at your side, you won't be completely helpless against this vampire, should she prove to be hostile. You take a moment to ready yourself before...

>You prepare yourself to attack whatever lies beyond that door with the Power of Destruction before entering with Alura
>You have Alura stay back, you'll try to negotiate with this vampire.
>Entering with Alura, but refraining from engaging in hostilities unless you are forced to.
>Write-in...
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>>You have Alura stay back, you'll try to negotiate with this vampire.
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>>4077018
>You have Alura stay back, you'll try to negotiate with this vampire.
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>>4077018
>You have Alura stay back, you'll try to negotiate with this vampire.
A~lright! Time for a step up on the supernatural world's social ladder!
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I'm looking forward to this.
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>>4077324
You should have given us the ghost card instead of the faery card. Ghost card is like a crippled dog. No one wants it and it struggles to play fetch but it's still adorable. Sword and demon cards are acceptable as well.
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>>4077333
Personally, if I'd known we were getting a familiar I'd have liked some sort of original creature not previously used by Alucard. A salamander, maybe, or a small shapeshifter like a puca. Something abstract in a kyuubey vein would be entertaining as well.
Oh well. I'm sure the fairy will be cute, at least.
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>>4077353
Baby Karasu or bust
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>>4077333
>>4077353
Not all winged humanoids are fairies, you know.
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>>4077361
Nah just the sparkly ones that fly.
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>>4077361
I hope it's the one that sits on your shoulder and sings or the Nose Demon
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>>4077018
>>Entering with Alura, but refraining from engaging in hostilities unless you are forced to.
Going in by ourselves is just asking to get shanked.
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>>4077815
I disagree. Going in by ourselves is the best way to be sure we aren't attacked, because it's abiding by the terms of the 'game' the vampire proposed to us before. Bringing in someone else who's clearly hostile is sure to escalate the situation.
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>>4077823
Except no such terms exist and the QM said confronting her ourselves will give her control of the encounter and make her more likely to act unpredictably, while we can mostly trust Alura to keep herself quiet if we ask her to.
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>>4077841
>no such terms exist
Read what she said during our last encounter again. She clearly has a thing for dramatically appropriate circumstances, and heavily implied that we should be seeing her alone. Read between the lines.
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>>4077847
And that already fucked us over once and repeating that same scenario is moronic. And character quirks aren't a replacement for actual statements, if she didn't say we couldn't bring anyone that's her problem.
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>>4077853
Wow. We obviously see this situation completely differently and have wholly opposing objectives. I don't think the last situation fucked us over, first of all. Secondly, by your own admission you're creating a problem for her. That's not something you want to do when you're trying to be diplomatic and create a positive relationship with a potential colleague, which is what I'm hoping for. I guess you're hoping we can get the drop and kill her, or something?
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>>4077863
Not at all, I just rather do the same but with less of a chance of her getting the drop on us. And she did fuck us over, by taking our weapons she put us in a position were we either confront her or face every encounter in Europe with only our barely reliable power and our allies help. It's clear that we are making diplomacy with every sapient monster we come across a protocol and that's bound go wrong at some point and I'd rather we started being cautious from now on. Yeah, it all went fine with Alura since she had no interest besides survival and Chaos is our eldritch patron or whatever we want to call it, but this vampire clearly must have an agenda unrelated to us, we can't count on her being totally reasonable.
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>>4077863
Personally I want to slap it. I never was a fan of bats. Birds even less so. Basically anything that flies. We should hit it with a rock.
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>>4077931
>Birds even less so
You disgust me, uncultured subhuman.
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>>4077940
And you disappoint me, you degenerate neanderthal.
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>>4077952
suck
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"Alura, stay out here for now. I'm going to try to negotiate a peaceful solution to all this with them. Though if you hear fighting, I'll obviously need you to come and help. There's not much point in us attacking what could end up a powerful ally." Alura frowns at your decision, seems like she doesn't really agree, but isn't going to raise the issue with you.

"I just hope you know what you're doing, Arthur. But, if you really think you can get this vampire to your side, Then I'm not going to stop you. Just try not to get hurt if negotiating with it goes poorly, alright?" She seems immensely concerned about your plan to attempt to convince the vampire non-violently. It's not all too different from how you managed to recruit her though, so maybe there's another reason behind her clear dislike at the idea?

"Of course, Alura. I'll try, of course, but as long as I don't end up dying while convincing them, I think I can count things as a success, don't you? After all, I've got you to heal me, haven't I?" She seems to brighten up a little tiny bit as you mention her role in healing you in the past, but she still seems apprehensive about the idea of you going to face this potential enemy all on your own. But there's nothing more to be done.

You push the door to the room open, noting that it's completely unlocked and there isn't even an attempt to keep the door shut. The second thing you take note of is the smell of death that pervades the entire cabin. The living room area of the cabin doesn't show much sign of anybody having put up even a halfway productive struggle though. A dropped mug smashed on the ground lies next to a long streak of blood, smeared across the floor, the hot coffee that was previously in the cup has mixed with the blood and created a truly repugnant smell.

As you look at the smear, you can see that the source of the blood has obviously been dragged across the floor to a separate room, but with the amount of blood they've lost, it's pretty obvious that this vampire has already seen fit to kill them. There are other minor signs of a struggle elsewhere in the room. You can see a few small splatters of blood decorating the walls and ceiling too, but nowhere near the copious amount of blood smeared on the floor.

Having enough of inspecting the living room, you decide to follow the blood trail leading into a hallway. There's nothing more to be learned in here unless you want to imagine the gruesome deaths and injuries of this cabin's previous occupants. Such disregard for human life should unnerve you, you suppose. For some reason though, ever since this all begun, you've been feeling more and more disconnected from what you feel like you should be feeling, there's no doubt in your mind that the idea of facing off against such a vicious killer should bring at least some disgust to you. Instead, you are hoping to recruit them to your cause.
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The trail leads you through the hallway to a door, the trail of blood ends just at the door. It would appear that they stopped dragging the body at this point. Well, you suppose there's nothing else to do but to prepare to defend yourself. Grabbing the handle of the door, you slam it open!

There's a yelp from a girl sitting with her back to the door on a bloody bed. Surrounded by strewn apart bodies and organs scattered around. She's splattered with blood, the black dress she's wearing and her brown hair aren't spared the viscera either, nor are her long pointed ears. Splotches of blood are all over the girl in front of you. There's no doubt about it, this is the vampire you've been looking for.

Or at least that's what you thought until she turned around, her familiar face shocking you to your core. "W-wait a second... Holly?". Her eyes are now a crimson red, but there's no doubt about the identity of the girl in front of you, her eyes conveying a deep shame as she turns around to face you, her face an absolute mess with the gore of her victims. The drawn curtains blot out any sunlight that might otherwise reach her on the bed.

"O-oh. Arthur! Umm..." Holly seems completely unprepared for your arrival, and what's more, she's clearly not the vampire that attacked you earlier, not only is her voice completely different to that of the bat you spoke to, but her mannerisms are also completely different too. While the fangs in her mouth, which is currently agape in shock, practically confirm her new vampiric nature, it's highly unlikely that she's the vampire that you're looking for. To think there were two vampires all along, and one of them was Holly! Though that really does beg the question of how she ended up like this

>Give Holly the time she needs to recover to your sudden arrival and wait for her to explain herself.
>Demand Holly tell you exactly what's going on, threaten her if you have to.
>Politely ask Holly to tell you what happened, why she's on this ship, and most importantly, how she's become a vampire.
>Say nothing, instead use the Power of Destruction to create something to attack her with.
>Write-in...?
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>>4078336
>>Give Holly the time she needs to recover to your sudden arrival and wait for her to explain herself.
Oh Holly, you poor thing.
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>>4078336
>Give Holly the time she needs to recover to your sudden arrival and wait for her to explain herself.
Find something to sit on, lean back, throw one leg over the other, and wait for the girl to compose herself. Projecting confidence and relaxation should help her with that, at least somewhat.
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>>4078374
You mean something a little like this?
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>>4078393
Hey, yeah, that's perfect!
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>>4078336
>>4078349
>>4078374

Hold on...
The vampire encountered earlier was extremely careful. She was in control of the whole situation.

Now apparently, Holly is also here and presumably converted by her.

However:
-She doesn't seem under her control.
-She seems extremely careless.

My conclusion is that unless she got whapped by Julius or something, the vampire is using Holly as a trap.

>Look around for traces of the actual vampire lady we encountered before.
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>>4078446
I'm 99.9% sure that the vampire we found and the vampire who turned Holly are 2 different people.
We already have one paranoid anon, no need for a second one.
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>>4078456
I'm not usually paranoid, but I am this one time.

Indulge me, eh?
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>>4078456
>no need for a second one.
That's where you're wrong, bucko. If everyone is prepared for everything then nothing can go wrong!
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It's rather hilarious that this vampire is generating more Paranoia than Chaos did, as Chaos is far more of a threat to you and existence as a whole if it genuinely wanted to be.
Ah well.
I suppose Chaos is really just one of those entities too powerful for anybody to really want to antagonize unless they have a severe case of the stupid going on... Soma.
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>>4078927
>Chaos is really just one of those entities too powerful for anybody to really want to antagonize
>not wanting to oppose something solely because it is powerful
How can you become a god if you can't even fight one?

>inb4 some defeatist drivel about instagibbing
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>>4078927
The truth is that Chaos is really just one of those entities too adorable for anybody to really want to antagonize unless they have a severe case of the stupid going on.
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>>4078935
>How can you become a god if you can't even fight one?
Chaos is closer to God than a god when it comes to power you know.
There's a reason that powerful beings like (using the proper translations because the localization team can't) Agni, Durga, Kali, Nemesis, Valkyries, the Furies, Basically every Demon Prince of Hell, Lilith, Cthulhu and a myriad of other powerful beings are totally subservient to Dracula's power, which aside from his basic vampire abilities and knowledge of magic, are all derived from Chaos.

>some defeatist drivel about instagibbing
Oh please, it would just consume your soul and erase you from existence. Instagibbing is beneath it.
While it is possible to "defeat" Chaos, a straight up confrontation against it is going to end poorly.
Well, unless you can simply asspull a win like Soma does by using the power of friendship.

>>4078939
>My cosmic entity of unfathomable power and destruction can't be this cute!
There are a few drawbacks to siding with Chaos, but I'm sure you'll bypass them eventually if that's what you end up doing.
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>>4078970
>Oh please, it would just consume your soul and erase you from existence.
See, defeatist drivel. The only difference between the Big G and the little g is just who's telling the story. But no one will tell your story if you never even start it. Fight that embodiment of anarchic power. Scream your defiance to the heavens. Eat that taco bell before going to your brother's wedding. Let no obstacle stop you.
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>>4078976
What about the fact that in Castlevania lore, the difference between the Big G and the little g is that Big G actually is the supreme creator of the universe and is superior to any other entity that might call itself a god?

Or that Chaos can literally summon or create gods as it pleases to serve it?

>Scream your defiance to the heavens.
This only makes Chaos stronger.
There are ways to go about this, and the Gurren Lagann approach is unlikely to see your success.
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>>4078984
>Big G actually is the supreme creator of the universe and is superior to any other entity that might call itself a god?
Irrelevant. Especially since the only things that call themselves gods in Castlevania are just jumped up demons. It's not like Thor is chilling in a dungeon somewhere getting bullied just because some bishie boi put on a tiara with an amethyst in it. Fucking Galamoth I swear. And if Chaos was so powerful it could just create a thousand Draculas and be done with it all. Fake news. We all know the truth. Chaos ain't shit and ain't nobody else is neither because them's some bitches who won't even get up and go for it.

>chaos gets stronger from people yelling at clouds
Sounds about right.
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In Thor's case, the bullying comes from having the bishie steal his hammer.

Honestly, if Dracula was so interested in winning, he could just teleport across the world and kill every governing body of every country in like, a day.
The Belmont wouldn't be able to catch him either, it would basically just be down to Alucard, who sleeps most of the time, to stop him.

Besides, when you're as old as Chaos is, you don't care if your victory takes 1000 years or 1000000, so it's not like it's really under any pressure to create a Thousand Draculas.
It's heavily implied Dracula becomes more powerful with every resurrection anyway.
Chaos is nice to him like that.

Until Richter disappeared for a while, it was basically just the Belmont Eugenics Program vs Dracula growing stronger for all of his resurrections. Then we had some other people who were forced to take over and did an OK job of it.
The Vampire Killer is kind of an asshole to non-Belmonts and is also kind of sentient in it's own way.
Then Julius Belmont comes out of nowhere and kicks his ass in 1999 after 2 more centuries of Magical God Blessed Eugenics.
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>>4079003
I'm all for opposing Chaos as a concept...but in this particular quest, why? Aside from doing it for the cool/edge factor alone, which is bullshit, I see no reason. The one thing Chaos has done for us was helpful so far.
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>>4078336
>Give Holly the time she needs to recover to your sudden arrival and wait for her to explain herself
This is where we take off our glasses and cut her to pieces with the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, right?
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>>4078939
Damn straight.
Chaos is clearly best girl.
How many other waifus can offer both nigh-unlimited power and eternal life as well as a sick castle we can arrange however we please?
Certainly not a Vampire Hunter.
Shirley A SHIT.

>>4079033
Agreed.
What do we get if we side with the good guys?
Probably getting thrown into gay baby jail by Alucard and mindwiped or stripped of our power or something.

Can't wait to kill that bitch Dmitrii with his shitty haircut and cheap looking suit.
At least Graham looks cool.
And Dario...
Well, he's kinda lame, but he's got cool powers at least.
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>>4079085
We must convert Shirley and un-shittify her.
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>>4079068
Wrong universe, Shiki.
>>4079151
That's certainly something you can try.
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>>4079085
>What do we get if we side with the good guys?
Who said side with the good guys? They're assholes too.
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>>4079363
Never forget that Alucard brought Soma, an 18 year old with no combat experience, to Dracula's Castle, the most dangerous place on the planet, to awaken him against his will so he'd have an easier time killing him with his own powers if things went wrong.
Or that he also ensured Soma's girlfriend would also be trapped to force his hand.

Alucard is kind of a jackass.
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>>4079376
Alucard is out here playing fifth dimensional chess because he locked away his empathy because living for a thousand years and watching everyone you know die is shitty.

Why he didn't just make some friends with some trees or something I'll never know.
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>>4079376
Castlevania - Elegy of Deliciousness when?
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>>4079802
When Arthur starts a cooking show with Alura using rare and exotic herbs and spices that can't be found anywhere else call now and purchase them 25% off! Shipping and handling not included.
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>>4079845
Becoming the Dark Lord of Food Network should be our goal now.
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>>4080243
>tfw Coller gets to be an Iron Chef
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Well, she's obviously not the vampire you're looking for, and is clearly not hostile to you right now, so you take the opportunity to stride into the blood-soaked room and sit down on a chair that managed to avoid the worst of the blood sprayed indiscriminately around the room. Holly tracks you with her eyes as you confidently take a seat facing her. Crossing one leg over the other as you stare at her. She's obviously quite confused at your near complete lack of a reaction to the carnage she's responsible for.

"I'd like an explanation as to what's going on, Holly. Don't worry, I have no intention to harm you, even with this mess you've made here. So, let's talk, shall we?" You try to reassure the girl, while speaking to her as one from a position of authority would. In response to your authoritative, reassuring deceleration, you see teardrops beginning to form in the corners of her eyes.

"Y-you're not going to attack me? Even though I'm a monster now?" Her voice catches, disbelief seeping into her voice as she looks at you, hope beginning to form on her face. It seems that despite her new vampiric powers, she's scared of you.

"Not unless you give me reason to, I won't. I'm not so foolish as to condemn somebody simply for following their nature. Although in your case, your nature is quite the predatory one, isn't it? You've made a terrible mess. But even so, if I were to condemn you for this, I'd be an awful hypocrite." You lean back into your chair, maintaining perfect eye contact with the stunned vampire. "However, I do dislike the senseless causation of avoidable deaths. So Holly, what exactly happened that made you like this? It would be best if you were honest." You decide to take a tiny bit of advantage at her fear of you. Feeling slightly guilty when she recoils at the menace you put into the command for honesty.

Holly frowns deeply as she recalls what happened. "Well, it all started after I tried to connect up the databases, right?" Your silence is enough for her to carry on speaking. "Ah... W-well, while I was doing that, some men appeared and... I thought they were going to kill me!" So that's her story? She was simply attacked by a group of vampires and turned? "But t-they aren't the reason I became like... I am now. I was turned into a vampire by my..." Her eyes dart about the room as she seems apprehensive about answering.

You lean on one of your palms as you watch her terrified display. Truly, it is bizarre that a woman soaked in the blood of innocents is acting like a scared maiden in need of rescuing. "Please, do go on Holly, we don't have forever, you know... Well, you might, with this immortality bequeathed to you, but that's no reason to stall."
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"R-right. I was turned by my master as a reward for freeing her. There was a door in the bunker that I unlocked to try to escape them, but then when I opened it, she killed them all. Though I call it a reward it's not like she gave me a choice." She doesn't really seem to be all that pleased about her 'reward'. But judging from the bloodbath surrounding her

"Your master? I assume you're referring to the other vampire on board this ship, correct?" Finally, Holly might be able to give you some useful information as to the whereabouts of this elusive vampire. Not only have they attacked you, they've also turned one of your... friends? Perhaps follower is a better term for Holly. You didn't really get to know the girl long enough to consider her a friend. Regardless, she was clearly turned to the darkness against her will, and even now seems ashamed as to the killing she's indulged in.

"Hildebrant." She seems to grimace in pain as she utters the words. "She only told me her last name when ordering me to refer to her as Lady Hildebrant and nothing else. She said I had to..." Holly looks down, breaking eye contact as tears flow from her eyes. "She said I had be a good servant for a century before she'd even think of treating me like an equal, and until then, she'd take advantage of her control over my body if I ever disobeyed her. She wouldn't even tell me what her full name was." A lifetime of servitude isn't exactly much of a reward, you don't really know if you want this 'something nice' she promised you, if her idea of a reward is something so terrible.

You sit up straight in your chair, regarding the girl with pity. Seems that her immortality has come with quite a terrible burden. To become the slave of another for a potentially unlimited amount of time is a cruel fate indeed. "So, why have you killed the inhabitants of this room in such a violent manner? Are you incapable of feeding in a less murderous fashion?"

Holly seems to ignore your question somewhat as she looks at the blood coating the room, a curious change has come over here immediately after you mentioned feeding. The fear in her eyes has changed to something far more... predatory, as her gaze sets upon you like that of a cat staring at a mouse. "I'm sorry, Arthur." Then, without warning, the smaller girl leaps towards you, claws outstretched as the hungry look in her eyes becomes one of crazed bloodlust.

>Throw yourself out of the way of the girl and attempt to dodge away from her while trying to talk sense back into her.
>Make your way over to the curtains, threaten to bathe the room in light if she doesn't stop attacking
>Counter-attack with the Power of Destruction. See if she's so enthusiastic about feeding on you after you take an arm or a leg.
>Write-in...
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>>4080578
>>Make your way over to the curtains, threaten to bathe the room in light if she doesn't stop attacking
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>>4080580
Also maybe call Alura, maybe she can put her to sleep.
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>>4080578

>musou tensei but with dracula
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>>4080578
>Make your way over to the curtains, threaten to bathe the room in light if she doesn't stop attacking
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Think we could destroy her vampirism?
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>>4080578
>>Make your way over to the curtains, threaten to bathe the room in light if she doesn't stop attacking
We really need to learn some magic. Can't be a proper boss if you can't teleport.

>>4080638
>Think we could destroy her vampirism?
Of course, just apply magic erase tool to her head. Ta-da, it's gone.
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>>4080638
If you want her to be completely useless to you, sure, there are ways for you to do that. The Power of Destruction is a dangerous way to try to do so though.
Fledgling vampires are just a little wild, so she's lost control of herself.
A natural result of a vampire being drenched in human blood, really.

>>4080663
>Can't be a proper boss if you can't teleport.
You can do some pseudo-teleportation with space deletion.
If you want to make a write-in, you can use the Power of Destruction's space deletion ability, it's just a more taxing use of the Power.
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>>4080693
>You can do some pseudo-teleportation with space deletion.
But it isn't teleportation. And it's important to actually teleport. The flashier the method the better. That's like saying "Hey you could throw pseudo fireballs if you overhand a torch at someone." sure yeah it's flying fire but it isn't the same, man.
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>>4080578
>Make your way over to the curtains, threaten to bathe the room in light if she doesn't stop attacking
God damn unstable vampires.
Why can't you be cool about this, Holly?
We aren't a drink you bat brain.
Stop trying to eat your future Dark Lord.

It would appear expecting sophistication from a newly turned vampire is too much.

She better be smart about this.
Being forced to clean up receptionist dust would suck.
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>>4080701
We aren't on that level, and emulation is a signature trait of candidates.

Dario could teleport through flames, which is the best analogy for this.

However, not a single one of the candidates actually has Drac's abilities.

Ignoring that, all of them can effectively do the same things through other means. Soma and Dmitrii are the easiest since they literally steal the abilities and use them, but the others had their ways too.
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You dive out of the way of her assault just before she collides with the chair, shredding it to pieces with her outstretched claws as she clumsily smashes into it. Because of this destruction , she lands flat on her face. A pathetic display from an inexperienced predator, but she's dangerous nonetheless, those claws of hers cleaved through the oak chair you were sitting on like it was paper!

"Have you lost your mind?!" You shout at the girl, hoping that it'd snap her back to reality and cause her to cease her attack. Her head snaps towards you as she stands on all fours, ready to pounce on you like she's some sort of cat. Evidently, yes. She has. Those crazed eyes of hers tell you that you're going to need to try a different tactic if you're going to get her to come to her senses. Those drawn curtains should be just what you need to take control of the situation. If words and reason won't make her obey you, then you will simply use the fear of death instead.

She's far faster than you are, that much is true. But speed can only take you so far and with her attack so obviously broadcast, you easily dodge to the side of her pounce and kick her hard in the side as she passes by. Surprisingly, the kick had enough power in it to redirect her course as she blasts the aside with a gust of wind! Instead of gliding past you and into the windows leading to her certain death, the kick has enough force to redirect her course! The force of the blow sends her careening across the room and slamming into a flat-screen TV and the wooden cabinet it sits on, both are red with the blood of the cabin's previous occupants. As she crashes into the television, it shatters and explodes into a shower of sparks, while the cabinet explodes into splinters! You... didn't intend to hit her that hard. In fact, you didn't even realize you had that much strength at all!

You quickly hurry over to the curtains as Holly struggles to her feet, clutching her face with one hand while she picks up a large wooden splinter from the cabinet with her other, almost like a stake, actually. You can't help but find the irony amusing, despite the peril you're currently in. It's honestly quite odd as to why Alura hasn't heard the commotion and come to your aid, but now isn't the time for that. You take a handful of fabric in one hand as you stare at Holly. "Don't make me do this, Holly. I don't want to be forced to kill you."

As she looks to you and then the curtain, the bloodlust in her eyes slowly fades away. She discards the wooden shrapnel she's holding before she breaks down in tears, babbling incoherent apologies once again as she collapses to the floor. You aren't really sure how you should approach the situation, it could simply be a front to get you to come away from the curtains, or she may have actually gotten control of her vampiric urges once again.
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Before you can decide whether to approach her however, a quiet shouting seems to come from the side of you. You quickly turn to the side, prepared to defend yourself against another enemy, but you see nothing that indicates the presence of an enemy. Then you can hear it again, this time it's closer. "Hello?! Can you hear me?!" A small transparent winged girl flutters in front of your face. Barely decent thanks to underwear apparently composed solely of plant stems. Your eyes quickly focus on her, and bizarrely you can see the rest of the room through her body. "Oh good, well at least you aren't blind." The tiny girl in front of you buzzes around your head annoyingly as she inspects you.

Completely bewildered by the situation, you try to confirm just what this interloper is and what she thinks she's doing. "So, who and what are you, exactly? Some sort of fairy?" It's a reasonable guess, the girl could sit on your palm and has the delicate wings of a dragonfly protruding from her back as is nearly the spitting image of one.

Her reaction to your innocent question is to instead flush red with anger, her entire body taking on the color as she screams at you in rage, though quite humorously, despite her best efforts, her scream is barely louder than somebody talking slightly louder than usual. "Do I look like a common fairy?!" Seems that you touched a nerve.

You frown at the girl while Holly, who is still crying, looks up at the two of you. She's apparently just as confused as you are at the current situation. "O-of course not, what a silly mistake. But the name of your... species, has just slipped my mind right now." A placating lie to try to get the short fused pixie?

"Oh, who would have thought the one that ended up summoning me would end up being so clueless?" The flying girl sighs in irritation. "I'm a Sylph, obviously. A wind spirit, if you need me to tell you everything. Call me Mistral. Now, summoner, if you don't mind. Could you tell me what's going on here? I was summoned in accordance to the terms of my contract, but I don't remember signing one at all! Also, the cowering vampire girl over there, do you want me to deal with her?"

>Answer Mistral's questions and tell her that Holly is a friend who isn't to be harmed.
>Ask the Sylph a few questions of your own before answering hers (What?)
>Ignore the Sylph and instead focus on Holly. Ensure that she's come back to her senses before anything else.
>Write-in...
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>>4080878
>Ignore the Sylph and instead focus on Holly. Ensure that she's come back to her senses before anything else.
Not now you fairy shit.
I'm busy.
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>>4080878
>Ignore the Sylph and instead focus on Holly. Ensure that she's come back to her senses before anything else.

For all the "viable use" jokes I've made so far, an actual one could be using the PoD to destroy Holly's bloodlust or sever the ties that bind her to Hildebrant.

Something tells me this isn't something we can just instantly do, though.
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>>4080878
>Answer Mistral's questions and tell her that Holly is a friend who isn't to be harmed.
If she can help us calm down Holly, that would be just dandy right now.
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>>4080878
>Answer Mistral's questions and tell her that Holly is a friend who isn't to be harmed.
Well, that was sudden.
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>>4080980
She's actually been summoned since you got picked up by Alura and has just been observing. The good news though is that with her as your familiar, your physical attacks are augmented with wind.

Or if you're talking about how easy it was to defeat Holly, she's almost completely unready to fight anybody with even a small amount of training. Also, she doesn't even want to fight, outside of her vampiric instincts.
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>>4080999
>The good news though is that with her as your familiar, your physical attacks are augmented with wind.
So what you're saying is that Eric is now our stand.
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>>4081007
You'd best hope not, his bad character design might be infectious.
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>>4081013
His stand ability makes opponents lose their skill and experience temporarily
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>>4081021
Yes, and their daughters, if applicable.
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>>4081027
>Magical ability that makes enemies lose their daughters
Careful now, depending on interpretation that could be verging into akun territory.
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>>4081027
Either that or the former effect extends to all of the victim's relatives as well.
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>>4080878
>Answer Mistral's questions and tell her that Holly is a friend who isn't to be harmed.
The poor girl doesn't deserve this.
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>>4081030
What could possibly be Akun territory about murdering your enemy after turning his daughters into vampires in front of him and adopting/mindcontrolling them?
Oh.
Yeah I see it.

Man, what a pathetic excuse for vampire hunters he and his family are.

I'd have to rank them as the single worst family of vampire hunters in setting.

>>4081034
Possibly. But if you want to unlock the secrets of your Stand, you'll have to travel back to the 1700s to ask Maria Renard.

But yes, jokes at Eric's expense aside, you now have access to a Wind Elemental with near unmatched power over the wind.
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