You're Gunlance Vance, and right now you're acting as mediator between two tribes engaged in open hostilities.----------------------------------------------------------------Character Sheet: https://pastebin.com/tEiVJgb1Mechanics: https://pastebin.com/x9qu33KMQuests: https://pastebin.com/hSf9iAepUrgent Quests: https://pastebin.com/8H13PEXsArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=monster%2C+hunter%2C+drawquestPrevious Thread: >>4268308
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Ahh, the Wildspire Waste.From the sandy crooks of it's rock surfaces to the dusty trails leading in and out through the middles of the winding tunnels. From the lush green forestation meeting the arid environment in battle at the east to the flowing and rejuvenating waters of mirth that filled the ponds in the south. From the sandy vortexes of Diablos lairs to the chill interiors of caves down under brimming with life all around...This place was just... peaceful.That it was named a 'waste' was a shame when it was so full of life, so nice when the big Monsters weren't prowling about. This place was so much better than that. It quite reminded you of the city in the Great Desert back in the Old World, Loc lac. You have some memories there.But right about now, it wasn't peaceful. It was the opposite of peaceful now with what was happening. It was pure discord.You stood in the middle of a sandy plain with Vivianne at your side. To your other stood Balthazar, who was highly confused. You knew what you were getting into when you asked him to come along with you, when you told the Commander you'd take care of it, but you didn't think it would be... this severe."Boss." Balthazar says. "I'm lost.""What are they even fightin' over?" He asked."Meowbe if we listen in, mwe'll get an idea." Vivi suggests, perched on your shoulder.
"GAAAAJAAAA!""ROWWW!!""GAJAJAKALAGA!""GAJA GAJA GAGA KALAKA!""HISSSSSS!""MREEEOWWWW!""GAJAKA GAJAJAJAGA!""GALAJAGA!""SSSSSSSSSS!"There were many Gajalaka and many Grimalkynes about, though the Gajalaka outnumbered the Grimalkynes. Both sides were violent, teetering on full blown war. Before you and Balthazar arrived, making them calm down a little, there was plenty of evidence that the two tribes had already clashed and injured members of each other.Some fires burned in the distance too, they must have been using bombs, and if the tracks you and Balthazar picked up were of any indication, the Grimalkynes must have deployed their small Monster mounts to charge their crimson enemies.Right now, everything was at a standstill. The full tribes were both assembled here and their leaders were now battling verbally as you, Vivianne and Balthazar all stood to the side watching. Despite listening, neither of you three had picked up on why they were behaving so bloodily to each other.You needed to help diffuse this situation. You start by stepping close in between the chiefs of the Gajalaka and Grimalkynes.Gajjagaj, the one who led the Gajalaka already understood your language to a degree. Vivianne was there to translate for the Grimalkyne chief, who was named Wisebone."Okay! Okay! Okay! Look, if this situation is to ever get better, you both need to start talking. Why don't you guys start by telling me why you're both fighting?" You get out. Vivianne hastily translates to Wisebone for you."Dirty Grimalkynes poison our Water God! Now Water God is DEAD!" Gajjagaj howls with pure rage in his tone. "If Water God dead, Gajalaka Water Tribe home become prey to invader Gods! Grimalkyne scum do this to wipe Gajalaka out! Gajjagaj want make Grimalkynes PAY!"You nod silently and turn to the Grimalkyne Chief Wisebone to hear his side of the story. Vivi translates for him."He says that the Gajalaka planted bombs in their home and collapsed meowst of it, mew a lot of them are homeless and prey to the Meownsters outside with little protection or shelter to save them. He says that he wants to eradicate the Gajalaka and take their home as payback!" Vivianne says, giving you Wisebone's words."Both events happen same time!" Gajjagaj says.You look to Wisebone. He nods, never taking his hateful glare off of Gajjagaj.Damn, both of these guys gave a low blow at the same time to each other... this complicates things.You have to diffuse this situation and get both sides calmed down again, somehow.What will you do now?
>>4291066If both events happened at the same time, then it's unlikely that there was any premeditation on the part of the Grimalkynes. And even hunters try to avoid pissing off Galakaja if at all possible. A war between the tribes seems counterproductive to all involved parties. But we'll just keep that at the back of our head for now.Can we ask to investigate the Water God's resting place? That might help us determine what kind of poison, if any was used. Or if poison was even the cause of death.
>>4291066Both those things happening at around the same time is pretty suspicious, what more the "water god" was on a pretty secluded place we only got there because we have been guided by the gajakala, I suspecting some foul play of sorts at work, we should investigate starting with the water god.
>>4291066I just had a brilliant idea. Lets move the Gajalaka here into El Dorado and have them take Kulve on as their new god. We could also use that as an excuse to save Kulve as she'd have significance among the local tribesmen
"Gajjagaj, may I look over your deceased 'Water God'?" You ask."What for, Human helper? Grimalkyne crime already plain! We need only now whip them for their sins!""For all you know, they could have used something else entirely, or the Water God might have died of some other cause. Let me take a look and get back to you on it. I have to know the full story here." You say."Hrmmm.... Fine! But make quick!" Gajjagaj says.You nod and look to Balthazar. "You know what to do now, right?""Ay, I'll keep them in line, boss." He says, stepping over to take your place as you walk off.Vivianne gets up onto his shoulder and speaks aloud for all the Tribesmen to hear. She declares a recess while you are gone, meaning both tribes will back off until further notice. It takes them a moment, but eventually both chiefs agree and lead their men meters away, from where they only shot each other hateful glares and muttered among themselves.You walked along through the Waste until you were back out at the area where forestation was in it's beginnings. You let yourself down into the Gajalaka Water Tribe's home to see little of the crimson Lynians were actually staying behind. They pay close attention to you as you descend the ramp and approach the body of their deceased 'God'.The wizened Lagiacrus they worshiped was as dead as the cave stone it laid upon. It's body was greyer than what was normal for Lagiacrus', it wasn't as bright as the waters it once ruled here in the New World.You gave it a thorough look over...You find some interesting things about it. It's belly scales are decayed away, rotten in one big spot that was directly over it's stomach. It looked to be that something.... burned it's way out of the Lagiacrus. You find many traces of the... 'poison' still bubbling around it's insides and on the rims of the decayed spot. On the ground near it's belly are many scales that looked to have just fallen off of it, also coated with the 'poison'. You use your knife to collect some into a vial and then get on your way back out to the meeting grounds...
With the recess over, you now take your place again between the two tribes and show your findings. You determine that the substance was no poison, but something else entirely. You do not speak your mind about it, but you are drawing a parallel here... it reminded you of that 'Demorium' stuff the Grim Biologist used to get through your armor and nearly kill you with.But he explicitly stated it could not burn through 'living tissue' as in flesh you might guess, and it didn't do anything to bone as he used a bone weapon to coat. So that rules out the Grimalkynes using something they might have recovered from his old hideout completely, even if they did it before the Commission seized it. So what was this stuff then...?Gajjagaj and his tribe are mortified hearing your explanation of the stuff, even if it was basic. Their hatred for the Grimalkynes has been fueled even more.You take this chance to ask Wisebone some questions then, having Vivianne translate for you."Wisebone, why would you want to kill the Gajalaka's Water God?""Mrew! Hrewmmm! Murrrrr!" He comes, raspy in his tone."He says that his Grimalkyne tribe meowver did any such thing. He denies having ordered anyone to pawson the Water God, and that if anyone from his tribe did want to, he would have known." Vivi translates.She listens in some more."He says the Gajalaka are responsible for instigating this whole conflict." She states."Untrue!" Gajjagaj yells. "They lie! I have proof it was Grimalkyne that poisoned Water God!"Gajjagaj snaps his fingers. Two of his Gajalaka come forth and drop a patch of leather on the ground, one covered with fur."My guardsmen patrol at night! See Grimalkyne running through wood away from tribe home! They try stop him, but only rip leather from sack instead! Fur unmistakable! Grimalkynes did poison Water God!"Wisebone gets irritated and slings a retort at Gajjagaj."Yes! We did bomb filthy Grimalkynes!" Gajjagaj admits. "We acted to defend tribe before they could make attack, yet they only acted to weaken us by poisoning Water God in secret! Grimalkyne Cowards! Gajalaka Tribe justified in actions! Not sinful!""Hreww! Ru ru ruuuu! Hreeeyowww!" Wisebone hissed in anger."You shut mouth, rodent eater of dirt! Old whoreson! You started this! We finish it!" Gajjagaj stomps his foot down and taps his staff.Both sides erupt into yelling and incoherent verbal fighting again, striking the ground with their weapons in warning and making displays and shows of dominance with their stances and gestures.What will you do now?
We should ask what happened before all of this to get a better understanding of who really started it
>>4291217>They try stop him, but only rip leather from sack instead! Fur unmistakable! So we have some stuff we can use to start an investigation, we could try to get some scoutflies on the leather and the fur meanwhile try to diffuse things a little between the tribes, say than we could try to track down the culprit and if he really did it we could ask why he do it and and make it face the music.
>>4291253Also this is a bit weird, how could a grimalkyne have something so potent, try to get Vivi to identify the fur and leather to see if anything belongs or smell like a Feline or a Palico.
>>4291009I wonder if we could get a Gajakala partner.
You walk over and pick up the patch of leather, examining it all over before holding it down to Vivianne."What can you get from this?"She leans in and sniffs it."Mmm... This is definitely not a scent that mwould belong to any Felyne I know. It's Grimalkyne for sure Meowster." She says."Hmm..."You take your Scoutfly cage and raise it up to the leather. The Scoutflies swarm over the leather and the traces of fur over it until they catch whiff of something on it. The Scoutflies then buzz off, flying over the Grimalkynes and coming over two individuals in specific. Chief Wisebone himself, and another Grimalkyne behind him, a female who wore an expression of worry and terror. She looked like she wanted to talk, but she simply refused to."Daha! That prove it! Grimalkynes at fault!" Gajjagaj announces."Hrrrrggg...." Wisebone growls."You dare think to incriminate me and my own daughter, my beloved Yellowfeather?!" Wisebone suddenly says, speaking a language you understand. You did note the Grimalkynes in this area interacted often with Hunters, picking up the standard language as a second, with Gajjagaj himself even saying once he learned your language from them.Whatever happened to set them so apart? Gajjagaj said they used to trade with one another..."Maybe you daughter did it, or maybe you did it." Gajjagaj says."I can't run! I'm old and bone!" Wisebone shouts.The Gajalaka make wisecracks among themselves."Maybe you hide better running speed and lie. Maybe we put you under cliff and drop rock, then we see if you tell truth or not! Hah hah hah!""You're nothing but a barbarian! A walking, talking red stump of meat! The toads have twice the brains you do!""HEY!" Gajjagaj slams his foot. "I MAKE YOU REGRET SAY THAT!"The two looked like they were just about to lunge at each others throats, but the Scoutflies stop them as they do something unexpected then. The Scoutflies come over Gajjagaj next, and when they flutter around him, some more of the fur traces fall from his neck."You! You must be trying to frame us! Surely you must be!" Wisebone accused Gajjagaj, pointing his claw."What? No! I not know where furs come from!" He says, brushing himself off."Maybe you killed your Monster god, and you're blaming us so you can start this war! I can see it now, you just want to push us out and take the whole territory for yourself! You see how we benefit from trading with the Humans and you're wracked with jealousy!" Wisebone accuses Gajjagaj again."No! Gajalaka Water Tribe content as is! No need for Commission help!" Gajjagaj says."You! Hunter man!" He turns your way. "You know that true! You see it! You come into home! We have... we had Water God! No need for Commission help!"
"....""What happened before all of this? What happened before the poisoning and the bombing that made you all this way?""The wedding!" Both Gajjagaj and Wisebone say simultaneously before glaring at each other again."The... wedding?""Yes. That was time Grimalkyne tribe not connive on Gajalaka! Time when still friendly!" Gajjagaj starts."Ignoring the ignoramus' claim of trickery, the wedding was an event we both proposed some time ago. We took notice that our successors were infatuated with each other. My beloved Yellowfeather and Gajjagaj's rockhead son, Jakallaga." Wisebone continued."We thought wedding be helpful make relationship last forever. I allow strong Jakallaga marry wench Yellowfeather for benefit of tribes. I and Bonehead both had hope that eventually lead tribes unite into kingdom, something so many tribes before fail do." Gajjagaj says, placing his hand upon the shoulder of another Gajalaka that stood behind him.You look over the two heirs to the tribes. They stared at each other with sorrowful looks, saddened over everything happening this way, with no power to stop it themselves."What happened at this wedding that made everything go awry?" You ask."Fight!" Gajjagaj says."A fight this brute began!" Wisebone says."We all sit at high point while tribes interact below!" Gajjagaj says, pointing out a rock rise with spaces like platforms."The steward came by and handed out drinks to everyone. Me and Gajjagaj were getting along watching our tribes below dance and play games. Our two successors were nearby while we discussed the terms of the wedding." Wisebone tells you."Suddenly, we hear pain moan and I look back, see son kneeling over floor! His drink poisoned! I confront Wisebone and he lie to me! Tell me drinks not trifled with! But I see through his lies!" Gajjagaj says."We did nothing to those drinks! My steward is trusted and I let him help handle everything! I told you the truth and you would not listen!" Wisebone shoots at him."Evil Grimalkyne! You strike me first! With cane!" Gajjagaj says."You were imposing over me! I had no room to breath! You would have attacked me anyway!" Wisebone defends himself."You not even able look me into eye and tell me you not do anything to drinks! You clear liar! Rank! Filth! Dirty Grimalkynes! You want assassinate me and son so can have kingdom all to self!" Gajjagaj cursed him."That isn't true! We would never try to subvert our own neighbors like that! If you actually believe we had any malicious intent, then you are far too gone for your own good Gajjagaj!" Wisebone says.Both of the tribes start back into their arguing...What will you do now?
>>4291451Wisebone's daughter looked liked she wanted to say something, let's hear her testimomy, let's start asking about the leather, then the wedding since that seems to be the root of all issues, ask Jakallaga as well since he was a victim in all this. Be sure to make her understand the importance of her being truthful.
>>4291470Oh yeah since we're using the scoutflies, I think we should try to use it on the poison as well, if the criminal is still here then maybe they can get a scent, also ask Gajjagaj how he came to have some of her fur on him.
>>4291451>stewardSeems suspicious desuAsk wisebone if we can talk to him
"Your daughter looks like she wants to say something." You say to Wisebone, putting Yellowfeather on the spot. "Can I ask her a few questions?""Hmm... You may." Wisebone approves.Many eyes fall onto her as she tries to back away, only to be stopped by the other Grimalkynes behind her, shoved back to the side of her father."What can you tell me about this?" You ask, showing the leather."I-I don't know anything about that." She nervously replied."What about the wedding then? What were you doing at the time?""I was with Jakallaga and our fathers like they already said. W-We were all having such a nice time, it just happened all of a sudden! Jakallaga had a panic attack come on!""A panic attack?" You eye her."Yes! He began shaking, h-his knees went weak and he doubled over! He was the only one who had something like that happen to them! He said he was seeing things and that they scared him! T-Then... the f-fight happened..."You raise an eyebrow under your helmet and turn to the heir of the Gajalaka Tribe standing next to Gajjagaj."Is this true, Jakallaga?""...Hurm!" He nods and grunts, though for how gruff his voice was, you could tell it was full of disappointment.
"....""I'm sure both of you understand how important it is that you be truthful here, right?" You ask."W-What...?" Yellowfeather comes."Meowster is saying that neowt lying here is crucial to helping pawstpone your tribes annihilating each other." Vivi backs you up."If we can get to the bottom of things here, why everything went wrong starting with the wedding, we may be able to heal the wounds your tribes have inflicted upon each other. It's important we do so common grounds can be reached here." You state."Yeah, what boss said. Sounds to me like this whole war was set off just by the tribe chiefs fightin', over a silly drink of all things. Can't either of you galoots see how petty that is? I mean look, Jakallaga is right there and he's still kicking. Looks fine to me. Maybe something was in his drink, but it couldn'a been lethal. Maybe it was a circumstance of something else, maybe his stomach just didn't agree with the drink." Balthazar interjects."You all seriously need to dial it down! Chill out man!" Balthazar says to all of the Gajalaka and Grimalkynes before pulling something out from his pack and lighting it to smoke.There is small talk and chatter among both tribes, quiet and more relaxed. You look around with your arms crossed at the Lynians. Thanks to Balthazar's words in specific, things seem to be progressing towards resolving this issue entirely. A few things more just need to be discerned."Hunter have good intention..." Gajjagaj says. "...But Gajjagaj afraid Hunter not be able totally fix problem unless Hunter find out what happen with drink.""And you need to help us find out who killed their Lagiacrus, because I swear on my pelt, it was nobody that I ordered to do it." Wisebone says.Yellowfeather is looking around with her eyes constantly, peeking all across the surroundings. Something was upsetting her...Jakallaga seemed to take notice and became confused at it, and worried.What will you do now?
>>4292447>Yellowfeather is looking around with her eyes constantly, peeking all across the surroundings. Something was upsetting her...She is either involved in something or knows something we don't. Can we try to use the connection on her? Otherwise I dunno try to use the scoutflies on the poison smaple we got, maybe the guy who did it is still here, fail of those keep trying to interrogate her ask why she seems so nervous and looking elsewhere.
>>4292447Yellowfeather seems to be afraid of something. Maybe there's someone or something watching her to ensure her silence?But at any rate, we may need to gather more evidence. Getting more stuff may compel her to crack voluntarily instead of pressuring her, which could be seen as the Guild exerting pressure for a speedy and possibly inaccurate resolution.That stuff that killed the Lagracius seemed to remind Vance of that substance that the Grim Biologist coated on his weapon to dissolve armor. Given the lack of industry in the New World, he must have gotten it and modified it from a natural source. Perhaps it's some sort of substance that a particular strain of internal parasite excretes to escape from its host after its done hatching? Get the scoutflies on it and try to see if that leads anywhere.Also investigate the drinks that were served at the wedding if at all possible, or the water source that they were drawn from. Perhaps the poisoning of the Lagracius and the spiked drink are related.
>>4292489When I meant use the conncetion on her I meant like try and communicate with her through her mind, and ask her what is getting her so riled up.Also were is everyone?
She would have to drink Shara's gatorade to able to use the connection, it won't do anything here.
"Wisebone, what was served that day that Jakallaga had his attack?""My steward served a special concoction built from natural things, mostly of fruit. It is a juice that we Grimalkynes enjoy often." He answers."Could I perhaps see some?"Wisebone taps his cane and looks back to a Grimalkyne wearing a scarf who steps forward, pulling a bottle with a yellow liquid out from his sash. The Grimalkyne approaches you and hands over the bottle."I'm the steward. I always keep some of our juice on hand. I tell you, I did nothing to it and my every apology goes out to the Gajalaka heir for the mishap. I hope you make something of it." He says before stepping back into his crowd.You look the small bottle over, swishing it around before Balthazar steps up and takes it from you."Oi, boss, I know my way around substances. Let me handle this." He says."Right..." You say before recalling your Scoutflies and holding up the vial of the corrosive stuff you found on the Lagiacrus."Take another recess. I'm going to find out what I can get from this." You tell the two chiefs. They nod and back away with their tribes again.You follow your Scoutflies as they lead you off into the Waste...
The Scoutflies take you some ways down into the Wildspire Waste until you reach the water beds, but they take you beyond and down into the mud hole where Jyuratodes were known to patrol at, and Gajau lived.You were led down to a mound in the mud where you saw a colony of strange insects living at. These insects were quite big, almost as large as your hand. They had long needle-like stalks on their faces from which they drank with. They seemed to have a few dead bees inside their nest that they had preyed on, but strangely, you saw they had a shelled creature there too, a crablike thing.The shell of the crablike creature was... burned through, much like the Lagiacrus, just on a drastically smaller scale. These insects got through with a green substance they let out their 'mouths', something acidic. It seemed to do the trick getting through the shell, but the flesh within was unscathed. The insects poked through the flesh inside to suck from it. This was what your Scoutflies connected the substance you had with.This must explain how the Grim Biologist was able to make Demorium. The stuff these insects made must have been his base, but his product was so much different, and this stuff from the Lagiacrus was even more changed from the source.... hmmm...You'll keep this in mind. Maybe you'll mention the Grim Biologist and see what you can gather from that. For now, you head back.
>>4292632Perhaps there's something that preys on those insects that concentrates their acid? Or maybe some of the tribes regularly hunt such insects for some reason? Or perhaps someone fed the Lagracius a ton of those insects and it died from holding too much concentrated acid in its belly?
Coming back to the grounds of the face off, you approach Balthazar who was taste testing the juice."Balthazar, what did you find?""Boss, this juice is full of shite." He says, spitting out some of it."You could tell just from tasting it?""I'm an expert in these things, and a big customer as you know, hehe. A lotta things won't take real effect till' you actually swallow it, it's why you can safely suck venom out of a wound only if you spit it out after. I've tasted a variety of bad gunk before and memorized it, just to be safe." Balthazar tells you."What is in that drink?""Cheelob, and some plant." He says."Chee... lob?""Aye, Cheelob. It's a chemical found in Diablos squirt. Deadly stuff for Wyverians and Humans. It can make for a good spike as it also affects a lotta Monsters. Consume too great an amount and you'll suffer failure, respiratory failure. Your lungs will clog shut. This drink 'ere was definitely spiked, but whoever did must've had their calculations off. Thankfully, there ain't enough to kill even a Gajalaka in here. Jakallaga is lucky." Balthazar explains.The Gajalaka all muse over it, some relieved to hear that and some shocked."And plant, you said? You mean like.... drugs?""That's right. Cheelob naturally loses it's potency inside other liquids and away from air, it requires something.... thick, to preserve the most of it, otherwise the chemical will dissolve. Hallucinogens can do the trick, they'll coat the Cheelob and hold traces of air in along the borders of the chemical. And trust me, I'd know about that, ho ho ho!" Balthazar says."That bottle was the same one I used to pour drinks on the wedding day..." The Steward admits. "I usually keep the juice in my quarters. Whoever could have spiked it?"The crowd begins whispering among each other again, curious about these findings you made.Perhaps now would be a good time to make mention of the Grim Biologist to Wisebone and Gajjagaj, see what you can dig up from that next.What will you do now?
>>4292663Do just that. Tell both parties about the result of our investigation so far.Also, ask them if any of them have interacted with any strange hunters or other non-Grimalkyne/Galakaja in the past few days or weeks. I doubt that this has anything to do with the Ancients, but there’s clearly someone here supplying the perpetrators with concentrated monster secretions. Someone who may have some scientific background.
>>4292676Support also try to talk with Yellowfeather alone, she knows somethimg considering the way she is acting.
"Hunter, what did you uncover with your flies?" Wisebone asked you."I found a mound of insects that burn through things with acid.""Acliflies. I know the insect well, our tribe uses them for some utilities." Wisebone says."I believe the flies share a connection a rogue researcher from our Commission. We called him the Grim Biologist." You state."Mmm... Yes, the Commission informative told me of the incident concerning this 'Grim Biologist' and his hidden lab. We knew the man well before that day came, but never did we catch onto his true malice." Wisebone brings to light."You guys knew him?""Yeah! Gajalaka knew pointy face mask man too!" Gajjagaj says."Before the... things happened that the informative told me about, the Grim Biologist was in charge of trade with our tribe, mostly handling deals we agreed on with your Research Commission." Wisebone tells you. "But on the side of that, he made plenty of personal deals with us too. In specific, he offered trinkets and his 'Zenny' in return for things such as Acliflies, as well as spices and plants. We used to use his 'Zenny' to purchase things from your people's ship.""Gajalaka Water Tribe no take kindly to dark man. Dark man always stalk Gajalaka in shadows, we used throw spears to ward him off!" Gajjagaj says."Is that all?" You ask."Steward." Wisebone calls his right hand man."Sir Hunter, the Grim Biologist made friends with a Grimalkyne from our tribe in his time here many years ago. The Grimalkyne was named Ixis." The Steward informs you."What can you tell me about this 'Ixis'?"
"Ixis had a fascination with the Grim Biologist's work. Over the years, he worked to turn his personal alcove in our home into a lab all to himself. He was a very private Grimalkyne and would always scare or shoo others out when they tried to intrude into his home. He even boarded up the entrance to his alcove for maximum security.""He was grisly... always walked around wearing nasty fur and he didn't clean much. We thought he had accepted becoming to the Grim Biologist like many Felyne do to your type." The Steward says."When I had caught wind of what the Grim Biologist was up to, I thought to confront Ixis and see what involvement he had with him. However, I procrastinated. Now, Ixis is deceased and I will never get anything out of him." Wisebone says."He's deceased? How did he die?" You ask, perplexed."Sir Hunter, he likely perished when the Gajalaka bombed our home. Much of it was collapsed in the farther ends, including Ixis' old lab. We have not seen him resurface since and he kept to himself, refusing to leave home much." The Steward says."Could I search your home? Maybe I might be able to mine my way in." You suggest."While I do not like my people's privacy being encroached upon by non-members of the Tribe, I think this once I may allo-" Wisebone began."No!" The Steward says. "I mean, no. It is all utterly collapsed. There is certainly no way into the lab or homes past that now."Wisebone scratches his chin and sighs, having no more to say then.You glance at Balthazar, he shrugs.The Steward steps back into his crowd, after scratching his foot against the dirt with great effort.Yellowfeather, Gajjagaj and Jakallaga all gave him a strange look, one primarily of confusion. But they all forget it and turn back to you.What will you do now?
>>4292800So the culprit is the Steward? Just to be sure confirm with the gajakalas if the lab was one of the places they planted bombs and ask Vivi to investigate the place under the watch of wisebone of course meanwhile we can try to think of other ways to diffuse the situation, we been doing okay for now try to ask what happened on the day they discovered their God was dead, if anything weird happened before or after that.
>>4292818Yeah, we need proof but we also need to placate them until then.
"Well, I think what Wisebone was going to say still stands." You say, looking at the Steward, whose smile fell."Vivianne, would you mind checking it out for me?" You ask your Palico."Of course Meowster! I'll pawt that place down and come back with what I find." She salutes you."Wisebone, would you spare a guard to accompany her in that case?" You ask."Eh... Sure." Wisebone nods, looking back at one of his men and motioning them to Vivianne.Vivianne departs then, being followed closely by the guard Wisebone chose."Good." You say, turning then to face the Gajalaka. "Chief Gajjagaj, were there any specific places you had in mind to bomb or did it not matter so long as it was done?""Oh, no. Place not matter where bombs be set at, only if bombs go off. We destroy lab? Not intention, only bomb Grimalkyne home. Lab just victim of chance." He says.You run your thumb across the chin of your helmet."Alright, another question. What happened the day the bombing went through and you discovered your God was dead, other than the obvious? Did your kind witness anything weird?""Everything seem fine. We celebrate victory in future and gain blessing from Water God. We send out righteous warriors with bombs to destroy Grimalkyne home and then prepare offering to Water God. We have Apceros to roast. But nobody want to cook it!" He says with frustration."And then what?""We all trying to decide who force to cook Apceros when new Gajalaka appears from entrance. He smell bad, must be rolling in mud. He offer to cook Apceros himself. We too lazy, so we let him." Gajjagaj continued."New Gajalaka cook Apceros of course, even do it right. New Gajalaka use all right ingredients and spice, but he start adding new thing to Apceros. He put in green and blue glowy stuff and we start get suspicious. He assure it nothing bad and say Apceros done!""We haul Apceros off and give to Water God, Water God eat it. We see stuff New Gajalaka add falling out Apceros, burn it away! We get angry and ask, he just say it natural! When we demand see what he have, but he run off!" Gajjagaj exclaims."What about your Water God? Why didn't he react?""Water God put to sleep. Stock was checked, come to find Sleeptoads we gather missing. New Gajalaka must put some in while we not looking at him work... Water God's stomach soon boil with stuff he fed, die in his sleep...""My guardsmen patrolling at night, see discarded Gajalaka mask and dress, then see Grimalkyne running off as I told you already. New Gajalaka was fake, was actually Grimalkyne in disguise!" Gajjagaj says.
"Father!" A new voice suddenly pipes up. It was Jakallaga, Gajjagaj's son."What if... bad Grimalkyne poison Water God Ixis person other Grimalkyne talk of?""Hmm... That good question...""Yes, perhaps all along these events were orchestrated by one of our own against us all..." Wisebone says."But how?" The Steward speaks up. "Ixis is most certainly dead now. Nobody ever saw him leave his home and we know for a fact he was there, otherwise his candles would have been out. It isn't possible he could have been the one to kill the Lagiacrus as the bombing happened around the same time. It has to be someone different.""What about Wisebone daughter Yellowfeather, where she at at time of bombing?" Gajjagaj asks."I-I was out collecting berries, I hadn't b-been gone long from Father! I had to help pull him away as the bombs went off!" Yellowfeather said in her defense."What about Steward?" Jakallaga asks."I was with the Chief just until the bombing happened precisely. I went off to find the heir in the woods when the explosions rang." The Steward answered, which Wisebone reinforced with an affirmative nod."Well, Hunter, what you think?" Gajjagaj asks.>Let's wait until Vivi returns.>I think I know who is responsible, and I'm going to put them on the spot now. (Select a suspect: Yellowfeather, the Steward, Balthazar, Wisebone, Yourself)>Write in.
>>4292899>Let's wait until Vivi returns. Do we get a perspective shift to Vivi to help her investigation?
>>4292899>I think I know who is responsible, and I'm going to put them on the spot now.You're going down, Balthazar
>>4292899>Let's wait until Vivi returns.I'm not having us be retarded because of a coin flip.
>>4292920Anon, stop joking around.
>>4292961Nevermind, just finished rereading.
I cannot stress enough that we should keep an eye on the Steward. We have evidence it might be him through the testimony of how both he and the "new" Gajalaka looked and smelled, as well as how they both handled the food and drink; we need something to pin him.Ask the Steward how he became so well-spoken for a Grinalkyne.
>>4292976I think both him and Yellowfeather might be accomplices, but until we get more proofs and clues we can only guess.
How long did Wisebone know the Steward? That's the question we should ask, not how the steward became so eloquent because the Grimalkyne learned through human contact.
>>4292984Ask Yellowfeather along with Wisebone. I have an idea as to the motive.
"Wisebone, how long has the Steward been apart of your clan?""I witnessed his birth, I've seen the births of many of my tribe's modern members as it's oldest and last elder." He replied."Y-Yeah. In fact, he's my b-brother. He's been with us as long as I." Yellowfeather then says."Hm.""Well, I suppose we should just sit here and wait until Vivianne returns. Lets take another recess." You say.The tribes agree and back off again. At this point, they don't seem so hostile to each other now, if at all.
+=========+Meanwhile, at the Grimalkyne Tribe home...+=========+"Paw-wee! Does it always smell like this in here?" Vivi asked, walking along a stretch fresh through a mound opening with the guard Wisebone sent."Just in this part, our home itself smells better." The guard replied.Vivi walked along and sniffed the air as she made it into the actual home of the Grimalkynes, a large plot of land mostly hidden under the dirt of the Wildspire's desert, with some spots reaching out into the open frontier above."Hmm... Hey, mew were right."Following the guard now, Vivi is taken down into the home of the Grimalkynes. The majority of their resting spots were all concentrated within the hull of a massive tunnel with many alcoves about in it. A few Grimalkynes were here and there, but not many at all to call this place populated.The guard leads her to the end, where a opening in the wall to the side is with sunlight shining in. But ahead of that is rubble, lots of it.Vivi wasn't going to be deterred so easily however. She began to climb around the rubble until she discovered something the Grimalkynes did not notice at first. A small crawling space big enough for her to fit inside of. It only looked collapsed as part of an optical illusion that could only be seen so far to the side!
"Are you... okay in there?""Myeah! I'm fine, just stay put." Vivi calls back to the nervous guard as she climbs farther into the spaces inside the collapsed rubble. The tight crawl space was hugging her all around with rocks, and it didn't help she was wearing the beefy Rathian set she owned.Nonetheless, she makes it to the end and discovers something. The door to Ixis' laboratory, the one he was said to have made within the Grimalkyne's home. The wooden door was splintered in two by the rubble, but from the looks of things, the interior to the lab was not totally destroyed.In fact, Vivianne saw the faint light of a torch inside at the back wall, the lab had survived the bombing... But there was no way for Vivi to get in. Trying to mine this rock out from the inside here might make it totally collapse onto her, shutting the crawl space in and trapping her. The breathable air was also getting scarce, as the smoke the torch produced clouded the lab.But! She does not totally give up hope yet. She looks as best as she can into the lab through the door and spots a bookshelf slightly off center, revealing a door behind that one. A secret entrance maybe?Vivi just needs to find a way to reach it. Where could the entrance be at?>Maybe if Vivi prods around this space some more, she might turn up something.>Vivi should check the Steward's chamber and see if it connects to the lab.>Vivi should check Wisebone's hut.>Vivi should look around outside.>Vivi should remove her armor to get thinner and try squeezing in through the wooden door.>Write in.
>>4293045>Vivi should check the Steward's chamber and see if it connects to the lab.
>>4293045>Vivi should look around outside.Lets be practical, if we had a secret evil lab we'd want the secret exit to lead out where nobody would know.
>>4293045Which direction is the bookshelf facing?
>>4293091Why it's facing
>>4293091Let's try to move the bookshelf then, very carefully of course.
>>4293099You cannot reach it, the bookshelf is facing you at an angle from the back of the room
>>4293097Give me a cardinal direction, ya fuck.
>>4293102Ask and you shall receive
>>4293105Let's get out and ask the guard in the direction of the bookshelf.
>>4293105>Ask and you shall receiveCan we have a Shara route then?
>>4293118No but you can have this.
Rolled 1 (1d3)>>4293048>>4293057>>4293108
Pulling back, Vivianne exited the shaft of the rock's crawl space and hopped down, probing the guard for more info on the layout of the Grimalkyne home, specifically the location of the Steward's alcove.Upon getting it, she immediately heads that way and enters the room of the Steward, casting aside a curtain and letting herself in."W-Wait! That's the room of one of the cheif's heirs!" The guard said."Myeah, and he is one super suspicious heir too!" Vivianne retorted.The guard stood silent as she looked around the alcove.Within the Steward's room was a basic set for the Grimalkynes. A cloth cot with furs and plant fibers to sleep on, a stone stove carved out of a rock with a small fire burning inside for warmth, ceramic decorated bowls and a collection of Monster bones and other materials.The Steward seemed to be plain in the ways of living, but aside from that there were a few extra things in the room that others didn't have. There was a shelf with trinkets atop it mounted on the wall, a framed painting made from a variety of oils that depicted some tribal stuff, a few hangers driven into the wall holding some pelts and there was a rack made from tall wooden boards held together by fibers standing up against the wall with some makeshift weapons of bone on it.What will Vivi do?
>>4293158Knock along the walls, see if anything rings hollow.
Roll 2d40 for discovery.
Rolled 10, 4 = 14 (2d40)>>4293201Oh no, not dice!
Rolled 9, 4 = 13 (2d40)>>4293201Seems simple enough
Erm, could we wait for a third?
Rolled 19, 25 = 44 (2d40)>>4293201
Rolled 15, 16 = 31 (2d40)>>4293201
Getting to work, Vivianne prodded around the abode for any sign of something unusual she might find. Walls were tapped in search of any reverberation on the other side for hollow interiors, but nothing is found on any wall in the room. Vivianne moved the weapon rack and found nothing behind it as well.She looks behind the framed painting, the hanging pelts and moves aside things on the shelf, even going as far as to look under a bed. All of this however turns up nothing again.Almost ready to give up, Vivi tries to think some more and her eyes end up on something she didn't notice at first. There was a small pot inside the stone stove with a small fire burning in the room.Grabbing a spoon, Vivianne scoops it out and sets it onto the ground. The pot was metal, something the Grimalkynes must have traded with the Commission for, it definitely wasn't of their handiwork. It must have been cooking a kind of soup they made which required a long while of sitting under heat to properly prepare. Felynes had similar things, such as porridge and soups that needed to cook for hours.None of that was really important, what was important was what was inside. So Vivianne takes the spoon and slides the lid off.......Inside is a typical soup.... but upon using the spoon to swish it around and scoop some up, Vivi finds it chock full of a purple substance. It was poison. This soup was spiked too. If left alone for long enough, the poison would eventually blend in with the rest of the color of the soup.But why? Was the Steward in fact innocent? Was he also a victim?Vivi might not have found anything worthwhile to her search, but at least she found this before anything bad could come of it. She asks the guard to chuck it out after showing him and proceeds back to her search.Where will Vivi search next?
>>4293237>Vivi should check Wisebone's hut.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>4293240>>4293241
Outside in the wilderness would make the most sense for a secret exit, at least that's what Vivianne thought, that's what she would do if she had a secret exit.She leaves the guard behind and ventures out into the arid landscape again outside of the Grimalkyne tribe's home, leaving through the opening near the collapse of the home at the far back, going around as she can through the wrapping sides of the home's outer structure.But she must be careful, because a Meownster could be out here, or the exit could be hidden. She needs to tread carefully and look carefully...>1d300 for discovery. Low rolls result in something bad.
Rolled 81 (1d300)>>4294138Come on, Dice God...
Rolled 136 (1d300)>>4294138
Okay, we need a third roller.
Rolled 106 (1d300)>>4294138
Lurkers we need your help, get rolling.
Rolled 197 (1d300)>>4294138
Rolled 74 (1d300)>>4294138Glad your still alive goobers.
Rolled 78 (1d300)>>4294138
Rolled 198 (1d300)>>4294138Disco Meowlesium time!
Vivianne treads lightly through the sand and past the tall rocks above as she travels around the length of the Grimalkyne home.Eventually, she finds a way that leads to something surprising. More forestation in the desert. A rare and strange sight for somewhere isolated away from the Ancient Forest, which was growing onto the Wildspire Waste. Perhaps an underground source of water nurtured the greenery here, or seeds might have been carried somehow. There are fruit plants and mostly dense bushes and trees like in the Ancient Forest, as well as Paratoads.Now, thinking back on it, Vivianne would have to be near the back of the Grimalkyne home or at least somewhere close to it. The secret entrance to the lab would have to be around somew-MEHRE!Ough!Vivianne trips on something...
"Mwhat the...?"It was... a banana peel. It was fresh, and seems to have just been discarded. But by what?"Hurgk....""Huh? Who the frack.... Meow!"
>>4294508No monkey testicles. 0/10
"......?"Vivianne trembled there on the ground under the gaze of the Monster that littered the ground with the peels.It wasn't angry yet, but it was disturbed.What does Vivianne do?
>>4294521SEARCH SURROUNDINGS FOR WAYS TO GO QUICK
Terrified, Vivianne quickly glanced around to see what options for getaway there were from the Furious Rajang.To the right, there was a dirt path leading back to the Grimalkyne home, and there was a collection of vines that she could reach and potentially swing on. There was also a pair of Paratoads, but they were trying to bore down into the dirt and get away.To the left there was a mud path to slide down on, and a great big tree she might be able to hide inside of.Going back would just take her the way she came. There didn't look to be anywhere forward to go. past the Rajang. Speaking of the Rajang, he was now becoming unstably enraged just at the sight of Vivianne, crushing the banana he held mindlessly. He was getting ready to smash, so she needed to move quick.What will she do?
Thinking quickly, Vivianne sprung up and drew her Sleeper Gadget, shooting a spray of the mist inside into the face of the Furious Rajang. The big ape inhaled the mist and stood up, swinging his head around wildly as the agent had some minor affect over him.The Rajang tried to grab Vivianne, but it instead lost it's bearings for the moment and walked right past her.Vivi turned to the side and ran quick on all fours, jumping down into the mudslide she saw to the left and letting herself go down the way. The Rajang wasn't slow behind as it shook off the effects of the agent. It let itself slide down too, arms outstretched as it dove down into the mud headfirst, roaring while gaining on Vivianne.But Vivianne had reached the bottom first before the Rajang could. There was now three ways for her to go!>There, to the right, a nook for her to slide into. It looked like it led into some rock passage.>To the left, a bush she could conceal herself in and hide from the Rajang with.>Up ahead, a climb that would take her back to the Grimalkyne home, to safety.
>>4294941>There, to the right, a nook for her to slide into. It looked like it led into some rock passage.Monkeys can climb.
>>4294941>To the left, a bush she could conceal herself in and hide from the Rajang with.We barely investigated this place, if we can avoid the ape we can explore in peace.
>>4294953Changing to the rock passage.
To her right was a nook for her to fit into. It was covered by some big leaves, but she clearly saw how it led right into the rock.Vivi ducked inside fast, crawling down into the passage as the Rajang finally caught up and started looking around for her. It found no sign, but it wouldn't give up it's search for a while. Vivianne was trapped in there until it decided to calm down and leave, which was hard for Rajangs to do.Seeing no option to get out from where she came, Vivianne began walking down opposite of where she crawled in at, going deeper into the rock passage, where it became progressively darker as she left the sunlight's reach.However, up ahead, she sees faint red glows in the dark and when approaching them, she runs into something. The stop she felt was wooden! This had to be it! The secret entrance the lab!Vivianne pulls the door, but it doesn't move. She goes to push it, but as she does, she feels it hit... something. She applies a little more force and that 'something' moves slightly off center. Maybe it was a doorstop.>Vivi pushes the door open normally and continues on.>Vivi takes it lightly...>Vivi kicks the door in and gets back.
>>4294968>She applies a little more force and that 'something' moves slightly off center.IT'S A TRAP.Now the question would going slow set it off or would going FBI do it.
>>4294968>Vivi takes it lightly...
>>4294968>Vivi kicks the door in and gets back.BREACH
Rolled 3 (1d3)>>4294971>>4294985>>4294996
...Or a trap!Vivi tests her theory, slightly moving the door more forward. She hears a ticking behind it the more she moves it back, and when she pulls it back, the ticking is replaced by a winding.Ahh! A trap that only activated if the door opened all the way. What could it be? A pair of blades that spring up from the ground? Spikes? The release of a toxic agent? Poison?Well, time to find out. She'll kick the door in and get back quick!"Meee-OW-"https://vocaroo.com/4VWBS46GHRi
"...."...Or a bomb that goes off instantly...Vivi coughed, pulling herself off as the explosion blew her back with much force. The wooden door she was in front of was obliterated, and the doorknob flew off, hitting her in the eye.Not only that, but lots of splinters flew into her as well, and her Rathian armor was broken even though it saved her absorbing most of the blast. Her crown is ruined and some of her fur is burnt. Great...Well, at least she was relatively alright, save for the pain she felt in her arms, and her partial blindness...
This is why you never leave votes up to coin flips. Speaking of which, I wanted to vote before sleeping but I was torn.
Nevertheless, Vivianne continued onward into the passage she found. She eventually reached a ladder which led upwards, taking her to another walk ahead until she reached another wooden door which opened with no trouble. It was the one she saw behind the bookshelf. She was now in the supposedly defunct lab of Ixis.The lab was dark, illuminated only by a single torch which she took, using it to light the surroundings in the disturbing place. Strangely, the walls and ceiling were wet, dripping drops of water which only put her further on edge as she heard them hit the floor.There were some tables, ones with tools set atop them. Carving tools and bladed trinkets with dark stains on them. There were longer tools for grabbing things and there were sets of glass instruments in varying shapes.The shelves nailed into the walls were stuffed with vials and flasks containing ghastly liquids she didn't recognize. Green things, purple things, orange things... one was even bubbling inside it's flask still.The Steward's words were in fact false, Ixis' lab was not so devastated by the Gajalaka bombing, nor was there any body for the figure 'Ixis' as well. If that Grimalkyne really did exist and wasn't just the Steward spinning a lie, then he was almost certainly alive, and probably still out there...It was certainly true looking at all of this, that Ixis was the Grim Biologist's 'palico' in a way. He surely learned all of this from that creep, but Vivi did not find anything like the acidic compound used to kill the Lagiacrus...She saw a flat carpet surrounded by pillows near the corner, set with some items for dining. She saw a box covered by a tarp to her right, under a shelf, and there was a shovel to the corner ahead leaning against a stone chair that looked rather heavy...Vivi had basically all she needed to know now.>So Vivianne left, proceeding on her way back to Meowster with her findings.>But before Vivianne left, she checked out some other things in the lab.>Write in.
>>4295042>But before Vivianne left, she checked out some other things in the lab.She hasn't found anything definitive.
>>4295042>one was even bubbling inside it's flask stillBe aware that Ixis is still probably around.
>>4295042>But before Vivianne left, she checked out some other things in the lab.Also before we leave get some of those items like one of the pillows or the dinning items, we can use the scoutflies to track who used them or eho they belonged to.
>>4295048You gotta specify what you wanna search you dingus
>>4295063Hey, your not Level.>>4295042Search for anything that could have traces of DNA, careful not to muddle it with your own.
>>4295064Clearly anon you are losing your composure, I am in fact Level.
>>4295057Also try to find any clothes or anything a Grimalkyne would wear or just use or nose to try and track any familiar smell.
>>4295027Mistakes were made>>4295064>DNA testing>in monhun???>>4295066But you just used your old trip pole
>>4295077>what are Scoutflies
>>4295077No I didn't.
>>4295078Bugs that track by smell, not dna
>>4295083Oh. Then get something smelly, he was a smelly guy.
But Vivi wasn't done yet, she still needed to pat this place down completely.She started next with the dining spot she saw, an assortment of utensils and ceramic dinnerware on the top of the carpet. The pillows around it had many traces of black fur over it. It must belong to 'Ixis'. She collects enough of it to make a ball. This guy shed like crazy.The dining items were filthy, unwashed and covered with residue from old meals. Vivianne refused to touch any of it.When she decided she had enough, she went to walk away, but her foot crossed a bowl on the carpet and she felt something. An outline of an object hidden underneath it. She had no mind for the tidiness of this place, it was nonexistent already. She grabs the carpet and slings it aside, revealing a safe in the ground! It was already unlocked.She had to use her claws to get a grip on it, but when she did, she lifted the panel on the safe open... revealing a collection of belongings inside. Gajalaka belongings! There were old masks, some broken, some mint, alongside feather headdresses and fiber clothing! There were even a few of those obsidian cleavers that Gajalaka toted around commonly inside...Ohhh.... Vivianne didn't know what to make of this... but if there were a bunch of belongings in here, where were the former owners? Still alive? Or... still hidden somewhere in this lab...?>Vivianne feels a creeping sensation. She needs to leave now already.>Vivianne continues snooping around.
>>4295700>Vivianne feels a creeping sensation. She needs to leave now already.Take anything with a decent scent and go.
>>4295700>Vivianne continues snooping around.We need more proof damn it, we can't leave without confirming whether or not there are any bodies. We'll have no credit saying we only found gear.
>>4295751I would agree if you didn't get us blown up prior.
>>4295759Blame dice god for that, or the guy who didn't vote, I can't predict what level has planned for us
>>4295766You are voting to continue snooping around, while injured and not knowing the whereabouts of a hostile entity.
>>4295770I don't think the bad guy is around, judging by how yellowfeather was acting, he might be back with the groups. Our only worry is the funky monkey
Vivianne did not like the looks of this, the implication it had. She didn't know where the ones who owned this stuff were, but if their gear was here then their... bodies couldn't be much farther. This was decidedly enough to get on 'Ixis'. It was clear that he was responsible for helping cause this whole thing. She just needed to get back to her Meowster and relay the information.Turning away from the carpet, Vivianne goes to walk off. She crosses the tables in the middle of the room to get back to the secret exit. But as she does, there is a clicking underfoot and a sharp feeling that makes her step back in a shock, her leg now shaking.She stops in her tracks and looks down, holding her torch down until she can see what was on the floor. It was... drops of fresh blood, next to a pile of broken glass shards from a flask that fell off the table. But wait? Fresh?Slowly, she lifted her foot up, seeing the result.Vivianne panicked, fearful as she yanked the glass out of her foot, letting go of her torch as she did without thinking twice about it. Her paw was cut by the flask's shards, and she was scared it might have been filled with some deadly foreign substance that could enter her body. But now that is the least of her worries as she looked up again at a flaming sound.She had managed to chuck her torch into the shelves containing the strange liquids, which were all now reacting to the flames violently! Some explode, engulfing the wall in fire! Vivi coughed as the smoke began to cloud in the lab! She needed to get out before she burned alive! But through where?The broken door to the lab was a tight fit, it would take her right back out to the Grimalkyne home and safety, but she might need to lose her armor to get through, and there's the risk of splinters from the wood.Going back the way she came would lead her to the Furious Rajang, who no doubt was lingering still!Whatever will she do?!
>>4295917Go through the door, I say. Armor can be replaced. There is a chance of being accosted by hostile Grimalkynes, but I’ll take that over facing an angry SSJ monkey.
>>4295922Support, were in no state to face SS3 Rajang.
Vivianne wasn't ready to deal with the Rajang again, getting out fast was her only goal!Quickly, she undid the straps around her armor, tearing and throwing the plates off until she had nothing left but a leather strap with which she could hold her rapier weapon.She realized at this last moment that she couldn't precisely leave just yet. She needed evidence, leaving without any would be trouble to her in the future. She makes a daring move, running over to the safe and grabbing a Gajalaka mask out of it, one that was dirty with soot and sticky stains.Without her armor, she is much more swift on her feet, and is able to get to the door in time as the flames grow. She draws her weapon, using it to bash down the jagged boards and make way for her to crawl through, pushing the mask and her weapon in first before lifting herself up and squeezing in.She had few seconds left remaining, as the flames were rapidly approaching her position. She gets in with only her legs and tail left out.But! As she was about to crawl out completely, the top side of the broken door is caught by the flames, burning down and falling, onto the tip of her tail and pinning her! She hissed and shouted in pain as the flames touched her caught by the door!>Vivi grabs her tail with both hands and tries to rip it free!>Vivi has no choice, she cuts her tail to get free before the flames can snake down her fur!>Vivi tries to kick with her feet to knock the burning boards back!
>>4296014>Vivi tries to kick with her feet to knock the burning boards back!
>>4296014>Vivi tries to kick with her feet to knock the burning boards back
Raising her feet, Vivianne prepared to kick the boards in an attempt to free herself!>Roll 2d40!>Low rolls result in more injury incurred.
Meant 2d400, not 40
Rolled 52, 135 = 187 (2d400)>>4296083
Rolled 346, 187 = 533 (2d400)>>4296083Please no more, Vivi is the least deserving of torture in this quest
Rolled 85, 369 = 454 (2d400)>>4296083Oh, for fuck's sake.
Rolled 38, 15 = 53 (2d40)>>4296083
Rolled 5, 66 = 71 (2d400)>>4296129>>4296083Whoops, didn’t see the correction. Here’s 2d400.
Rolled 352, 60 = 412 (2d400)>>4296083
>>4296135YOU FOOL. IT'S LOW ROLLS, PLURAL.>>4296143Oh, thank Gog.
>>4296109Hey that's a good roll, and you're right, I should be torturing Vance instead. Looks like you'll get your wish.
>>4296150Don't torture Vance either!
>>4296184Because we need him whole until the final boss.
Striking forth with one foot, Vivi kicked the boards, loosening one before both of her feet came full force, knocking the boards back and freeing her tail.Eyes shut as she did, she opens them and examines her tail quickly to see the damages. Besides some fur being torn off, her tail was relatively alright, though she did cause her cut paw to bleed slightly more out. The flames that were touching her tail also dispersed.No more time to waste sitting in this tunnel. Vivianne quickly gathers her things and crawls out as fast as she can. She falls out of the collapse passage and onto the dirt of the Grimalkyne home, now free from her troubles. She doesn't really think about it when she grabs some linen from a nearby basket to wrap her foot in. She really needed it more than whoever owned it and when they see the blood drops, they'll probably understand.She sees the guard she was with earlier standing there, confused, but she pays him no mind as she grabs the Gajalaka mask and sheaths her rapier, speeding past him to go back out to the desert."I've got to warn Meowster!" She whispered to herself, running as fast as two legs could take her...
+=========+Meanwhile, back at the mediation grounds...+=========+"Oi boss, give a stare ova' there." Balthazar suddenly told you.You perked your head up at that and looked out to the desert to see Vivianne running past the Grimalkyne tribe to you holding a Gajalaka mask. She looked like she was real messed up too!"Meowster!" She said, gasping for air as she stopped in front of you."Why are you naked?" Balthazar asks."It's... complicated.""What's this Vivianne? What did you find?" You asked her as the two tribes approached again."The lab isn't purried under rubble! I got in through a secret entryway! It was full of scary things, like a meowd scientist lived there!" She explained fast, turning the heads of both the Gajalaka and the Grimalkynes.She dropped the Gajalaka mask she had down. "I found lots of these! Lots of them hidden under a secret storage!""Those masks belong to missing tribe members! No doubt!" Gajjagaj said, expressing a sense of loss seeing it."Did you have missing tribe members as of late?" You ask the chief."Yes! Right as war begin, some Gajalaka go out, never come back! But for what reason?!" He asks to the sky.Wisebone scratched his goatee and twirled the hairs with his claw. "Hmmm... So the lab wasn't destroyed after all...""Goodness! Could Ixis have done this? If his lab isn't collapsed, then he must still be alive." The Steward says."And perhaps he maybe just the one who orchestrated this all as well, since the start of our war by poisoning the Lagiacrus, or perhaps before that by spiking Jakallaga's drink..." Wisebone mused."But where is the bugger now?" Balthazar questioned."Oh! I know!" Vivi states, gaining everyone's immediate and full attention."I got some furrrr of his that I bundled into a pawl from the lab! It's right..."Vivi's face goes blank as she reaches around her belt, finding none of the fur that she collected from the pillows."Oh... Oh no..." She became frantic.You knelt down beside her. "Vivi? What's wrong?""I... I had it with me... I... I must have lost it discarding my armor! It was the only way I could escape! The lab I... accidentally set it on fire!" She tells.
The Grimalkynes and Gajalaka begin to show their ire again hearing that."You set a fire in our home and didn't bother putting it out?!" Wisebone shouted at her, making her recoil nervously."I couldn't! There were chemeowcals! The fire went up too...""There isn't any excuse for that! You can out even a big fire easily with a well placed blanket to smother it!" The Steward suddenly came in behind Wisebone."And worse! Stupid cat not find any real evidence! And if there were real evidence, dumb cat DESTROYED it!" Gajjagaj says."Wha-What? But the meowsk is right...""For all know, mask could only be stolen and Gajalaka members still missing, maybe robbed but not killed by 'Ixis' man!" Gajjagaj interrupted her angrily. "STUPID CAT ruin everything! Should have sent someone smarter search lab! If missing Gajalaka in lab, their bodies never be recovered and receive proper burial ritual now! You bring great shame to Gajalaka Water Tribe!""GAJAJA! KAJGAJA ALAGAKAGA!" ("I say we should string her up and burn her as a lesson!") Screamed some of the Gajalaka behind their chief."Now we'll never truly know Ixis' involvement in this, we won't be able to find him! Curses!" Wisebone said, stamping the ground with his cane."And we still never know if Grimalkynes really good as they say now! For all know, could still actually be rotten!" Gajjagaj suddenly calls over."I've told you a million times now! You despicable overgrown tomato!" Wisebone retorts."TOMATO?! WHY YOU....!"Both of the tribes were now fighting again."HUNTER! YOU NEED DO SOMETHING! NOW! YOU NEED FIND MAN RESPONSIBLE OR WE DECIDE OURSELVES!" Gajjagaj warned, zeroing you out.You really needed to do something quick... but what?
>>4296359Get the mask from Vivi.
>>4296359Dammit Level, first you try to kill Vivi then you go back to make then both go full race war on each other again. I can't think of any many ideas other than use some scoutflies on the mask first and if nothing comes out of it use the scoutflies on Vivi, since she was balls deep in the lab and carrying some of his fur she might have some of scent on her.
It's times like these where I wish we were a little less of an idealist.
>>4296371It's not a bad thing, it just means amidst hardships our boy remains pure.
Alright we got a few options here, either calm everyone down and apply pressure to Yellowfeather so she squeals what shes hiding, check the mask for fur or get Balthazar to unleash his hippie drugs on everyone to stall for time
>>4296375Mask is best option, trying to pressure the chief's daughter without proof will put us on the tribe's shitlist, maybe even worsen the relationship of the cats with Astera, and trying to drug everyone when the the big bad is a guy who deals with bullshit like that might paint a bad picture about us.
>>4296370Oh yeah also ask if that's all Vivi found when she went to investigate, remember she also found that poisoned soup cooking up on the Steward house, maybe that might take a little of the pressure right now.
"Hmmm..."While you were trying to find a way to calm everyone down again, Balthazar drew his greatsword behind you. You heard the rasp of his massive blade and turned to see him hold it up high."Hm hm hm hmm hmm hmmm hmm..." He hummed."YAH!"And then slammed the greatsword with much force into the ground, sprouting an explosion of the weapon's Brachydios slime, shaking the ground and causing the quarreling tribes to cease for the moment."That's better, peace and quiet. The floor is yours, boss." He said, satisfied as he sheathed the weapon.You only nodded. You looked the tribes over with squinted, ireful eyes before falling back to Vivi, who was scared near your leg, bordering on shedding a few tears at all the harshness that was directed at her."Vivi, was that all you found?"Her ears lifted back up. "Meowster! I did find something else, it was in the Smew-ard's room!"Gasps came from the Grimalkynes."What?! You invaded my..." The Steward began, but as quickly as he came he stopped as Balthazar cocked his gaze in his direction."There mwas soup I found cooking in his domeown. It was pawsoned! I found it full of Rathian pawson!" Vivi informed everyone."What? The porridge I left was.... poisoned?""It's true sir!" Another voice, that of the Grimalkyne guard sent with Vivianne said as he finally caught up to the scene. "I saw it myself! It was full of purple, the mark of a poison."Talk came among the Grimalkynes."Damn it! He wasn't supposed to poison me to-..." The Steward came, then cutting himself off before he would finish.And silence fell over the Grimalkynes and Gajalaka as they all looked to him.
"Son..." Wisebone said to him."I... It's not what you..."Wisebone slammed his cane down. "What did you mean by that?!"The Grimalkynes now surrounded their own Steward, much to everyone's shock."....Huh? Ah! Look, Meowster!" Vivi said suddenly.You turned your attention back down to the Gajalaka mask she brought. There was something dangling from the eye socket of it; black fur.Immediately, you kicked it over to the other side, and surely enough, there was much more of the fur."Evidence!" Gajjagaj cheered, pumping his fist."Well? What are you waiting for? Get your bugs on it!" Wisebone urged you.You deeply inhaled and exhaled into a sigh as you leaned down and let your Scoutflies sniff the mask over. "Here we go..."The Scoutflies swarmed the mask, taking in the scent provided by it's black fur remnants, flickering green on it before flying off. Except, they didn't take a route that would lead you elsewhere, they only flew off, directly ahead...The Scoutflies trailed until they reached their destination a short distance away, flickering blue to indicate their target, which was a shrub of a bush standing on top of a hillock in the Waste's terrain.
Everyone became defensive then, raising their weapons and assuming more secure stances as they stared at the shrub. Come to think of it, it did appear rather suspicious on the top of the hillock like that.You got in front of Vivianne, and the other chiefs as your Scoutflies continued to buzz around it. Balthazar had his hand firmly grasping his weapon and many of the Tribe members looked ready to rush the bush, or hurl spears at it."Father, I can't take it anymore..." Yellowfeather told Wisebone."And me as well..." The Steward says. "Perhaps a bit of an explanation is owed before what is about to happen goes down...?""What do you... mean?" Is all Wisebone can ask.You were curious too, but also wary of the bush.You could ask to hear what they have to say, or go ahead and call out for whomever might be there to expose themself. Or maybe you could just go ahead and rush the bush now.What will you do?
>>4296448Have Vivi hear them out, while we and Balthazar handle whatever is on the bush, but let's go on opposite directions just so whatever it is can't escape as easily.
>>4296448Call the shrub and tell Ixis to come outA. FUCKING. BUSH.
>>4296451Supportin this one then.
You looked to Balthazar for affirmation and he nodded, already subconsciously knowing what you were trying to get across. Hunters clicked in that way.You began walking to the left while he took the right, so the bush was cornered there and both of you would be able to grab it faster."You can come out now." You say as you stand an adequate distance away from the hillock.It was only so big, you could get up it easily, as could Balthazar. Whatever was inside would need exquisite climbing skills to escape from here, as behind the hillock was nothing but rock going straight up high. And even then, you might be able to fire Slinger shots at whatever it is if it can climb."Yeah! Come out Ixis, your jig is up! We know you're the one who made these tribes go to war!" Balthazar said.No response comes from the shrub, and so everyone is left standing off as the Soutflies buzz red and return to you."I can't take it anymore! I must confess!" Yellowfeather suddenly says."Wh-What?!" Wisebone was startled."We both knew!" Yellowfeather admitted, pointing to both herself and her brother, the Steward, who was sweating bullets of fear. This caused the tribes to erupt into confused gasps."That night the Lagiacrus was killed, that night the bombings happened, I was out for berries. Brother found me, and then we heard the bombs. We saw Ixis, and we saw what he was doing!" Yellowfeather said."Why didn't you tell me?!" Wisebone thundered over her, infuriated."He threatened us! He told us everything, and he said that he would kill us without anyone knowing, before we could do anything if we tried to tell!" Yellowfeather said, on the verge of tears."And you believe him?! His bluff?" Gajjagaj said, similarly furious."He's been watching us from the shadows constantly, stalking us since then father! We couldn't do anything!" Yellowfeather tried to reason."Father, he wasn't bluf-OURGH!" The Steward almost said.The whole moment was interrupted as a metallic object flew through the air fast, piercing the Steward in his chest. Another came and hit Yellowfeather as well. Both of them screamed in terror as they tried to pull the things out, but their screams were silenced, and both fell unconscious immediately, spooking both tribes.And then there was a laughing from the bush.
"Hu hu hu ho ho hahah hah hah hah!"The shrub is torn apart as a Grimalkyne emerges from it. He is a particularly beefy one, with unkempt fur and a ragged, ugly appearance. He was dirty, and you could smell how bad he was from here. He wielded a flute like instrument, or something for blowdarts, which he quickly sheathes on his strap, which carried a bag full of the barbed metal objects he shot Yellowfeather and the Steward with."The truth coming out was inevitable. I was going to do that regardless, but I was hoping these stupid tribes would tear each other apart first. I am Ixis, nice to meet you." He says with a coarse voice."So what was your big plan here supposed to be? Trying to drag these friendly tribes into conflict, huh?" You say, putting your hand on the Holy Moonquake Sword."It was my uneasy method of getting subjects without getting attention. If I abducted anyone normally, eyebrows would have been raised. But with a war going on, I'd get free subjects and nobody would be the wiser, too focused on getting back at the enemy tribe to notice. I did get plenty of subjects, mostly Gajalaka, and I ran tests on them with my work over the week. My ultimate goal was to follow in my old master's footsteps, but I saw how quickly things were falling apart when the bombs went off. If only that hadn't happened..." Ixis recounts."The war was calming down, I couldn't get many easy grabs. I thought killing the Lagiacrus would make things flare up again. Little did I know the Gajalaka were just resting for a big blow to deal in secret, which ruined everything, and now the tribes were just about to finish each other, leaving me with no live test Konchus. And judging from what I heard, your Palico didn't find any of the bodies inside my lab but she burned it down, and now it's nothing but ash. A lot of tools will still be intact though, I can recover that before I leave.""Before you leave?" Balthazar questions, walking up closer."Now that there isn't anything left for me here, I was going to leave and move off, find another Grimalkyne tribe to integrate in so I can try and continue my work. I want the same as master, the Grim Biologist did, to make weapons! To explore the unexplored taboos of science!" Ixis says.
"Well, now you know. I was behind everything, starting by spiking the Steward's juice when he couldn't see. Now, since you imbeciles aren't going to put on a last show for me, I'll just go! You can have your peace now, I'll be gone and you won't have to worry about shadows anymore." Ixis says, bowing mockingly."Youuuuu! You won't get away with this! What did you put into my children?!" Wisebone demanded and swore, walking forward while waving his cane."Just a hearty amount of Cheelob. My little barbed vials can be shot right out of my blowgun, they contain enough Cheelob to seal your fate too. The barbs will keep them lodged in as well, so no Cheelob leaks out, it only goes inside to shut down everything. Your kids are through, old man." Ixis laughed."Nooooo!" He shouted, turning back and rushing over to his unconscious children."Hey, at least they'll still be alive for about another hour or two! Enjoy what time remains! I have to scootch now!" Ixis said, pulling out another item from his belt, a rope with a climbing hook on it.Ixis threw the thing up the cliff he was on, hooking it to the top. He turns back and laughs with his arms raised once more. "So long!"He grabs the robe and begins climbing, and for a Grimalkyne that looked as big as him, he was doing it fast!What will you do?!
How close are we to him? If he's within Sooner range then I'm sure a Flashpod would suffice.
>>4296534I’ll second using a flash pod.
Aw come on guys, can't we finish this quickly with the trump card?
>>4297123Idunno, can we control its power output?
>>4297134We don't have to worry about that, we can just shoot a slicer at his rope and then grab him
>>4297123If it can reach him at that range, sure. If we’re lucky, maybe it’ll dislodge some rocks that Ixis is climbing and injure him.
What's it gonna be? Moonquake sword or flashpod? I can roll too if you'd all like.
>>4297211It's output is all the same like when it was Moonlight. Moonquake has the same moveset (shockwave, slicers and big wave) as well, but since it's powered by Bioenergy now you might be able to try a few new tricks with it as well so long as you describe it.Basically, you wont kill Ixis unless you intentionally try to by aiming at him.
>>4297215Then let's slice that rope with our Quakesword.
He's not too high up that he would die from the fall, right? Felynes always land on their feet, right?
So the plan is flashbang and sending a shockwave to the rope? ok I am in.
>>4297222I don't think we can do both in a timely manner, just cut the rope from the base of the hook.
We can probably do it in the reverse order, slice the rope then stun him while he tries to ascend faster.
"Not so fast!" You say.You reached around, drawing your Holy Moonquake Sword and raising it above your head, igniting the blade with the enrapturing red glow of it's Ceadean Bioenergy!"Huh?! Hah! You can hit me from there, fool!" Ixis mocked, continuing to ascend the rope hastily.He was already nearly to the top.You went to swing the sword and launch a slicer at his rope!>1d100 for accuracy.
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>4297475Inb4 we accidentally bisect him
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>4297475Where's everybody else?
>>4297498NO SERIOUSLY, WHERE IS EVERYBODY ELSE?!
FUCKING LURKERS PARTICIPATE FOR FUCK'S SAKE>>4297509SHUT UUUUUP
You go forth, swinging your Holy Moonquake Sword!The red glowing blade hummed and blinked with a delicate aura before unleashing a reddened Bioenergy version of it's slicer attack! The curved blade of energy ran through the air, wide as it approached Ixis near the top!....And then it missed, extremely narrowly!It grazed the top of the cliff and hit the hook, slicing off one of the fingers and causing Ixis' rope to juggle. The malicious Grimalkyne struggled for a grip, sliding down a ways before catching himself, the hook not yet loose."You'll have to do better than that!" He said, shaking his claw.You dodged as he drew his blowgun and loaded it with more of his Cheelob darts, holding onto the rope by his tail as he shot them down at you and Balthazar.The Gajalaka and Grimalkyne tribes were antsy, approaching as the fire ceased brandishing their spears!Ixis was now ascending the rope again, faster than before!>Try to launch another slicer.>Grab Vivianne and throw her at him.>Let the tribes take care of it.>Shoot Slinger stones.>Jump up and grab the rope, try shaking him off.>Write in.
Rolled 12, 51, 12, 33, 61, 42, 50, 66, 13, 13 = 353 (10d100)>>4297540>Try to launch another slicer.This time for sure.
>>4297540Vivi ain't in no condition to being throw, ask one of the tribes if anyone wanna be lauched as close as possible to that asshole and then you and Balthazar go launching from there.
>>4297540>Try to launch another slicer.
Alright, 1d100 again
Rolled 41 (1d100)>>4297683
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>4297683We will not miss this time
Rolled 53 (1d100)>>4297683
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>4297683
Man, the dice gods must really hate monster hunter or something. Can’t remember the last time there were so many mediocre rolls concentrated into one series.
Rolled 38 (1d100)>>4297683Fucking dice, man.
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>4297683
"Hahahahah!" Ixis laughed, reaching the top."Now none of you will ever..."He gasped!You had launched another slicer at him!
You clenched your fist, feeling a particular anger for your failure there as Ixis left over the top of the cliff and vanished. He managed to get away when you and the others had so good a chance at stopping him..."Hunter! Forgot about him! He is a problem that plagues us no more..." You hear Wisebone call from behind.You had no choice but to disperse your Moonquake sword's energy and turn back with Balthazar, approaching the chiefs and their tribes. Wisebone was knelt over, cradling his unconscious daughter as his fellow tribals handled the Steward."Ohhhh! What will I ever do?!" He asks, shaking. "My children are full of that miscreant's poison! They'll never recover now! We can't get it out of them without killing them anyway!""What will I do...? what will I do....?"...Gajjagaj stepped forward and slammed his staff down. The others looked at him all of a sudden."Gajjagaj was wrong to blame Grimalkynes... Gajjagaj see now error of his explosive behavior...""From now on, Gakalaka and Grimalkyne war no more..." He says, regretful of the events."Yes... let us make peace..." Wisebone says, to both his fellow chief and his situation."Balthazar, is there any..." You ask your partner.He clenches the temple of his helmet."Maybe... but I'm not totally sure it'd work now. It would have to be very careful, and she and her brother might end up worse anyway." Balthazar says. "It's your call if you want me to try something, boss."What will you do?
>>4297786Bring this up to Wisebone, say what Balthazar said word by word and if he would like to try, don't forget to empathise the risks of them getting worse.
"Wisebone, I believe my partner here might have a solution." You say, kneeling down to the chief's level.He sniffles, looking up to you with a fairly broken expression. "You do...?""Well..." Balthazar interjected, bashfully rubbing the back of his helmet. "Possibly, but I can't guarantee it...."Wisebone began to look down again."...But it's worth a try, if I can start soon!" He says."Please... I can't lose my children..." Wisebone begged."I know, and I promise I'll try my best to save them, ahem..." Balthazar says, reassuring the chief with a gesture of his hands. "But you should know, there is a risk that...""I know! I heard it all already! I don't care if there's a risk, life is always better than death! I want you to try to help us, if you really can!"Balthazar nods silently and then turns to you."Alright, I'm going to stay with them until I finish my work.... I know a few ways that might help deal with the Cheelob clogging their systems." He tells you. "Right now, you should just focus on helping those workers get the Super Ballista back and helping the Gajalaka tribe. They'll need it, their Monster is dead.""Yeah, I got that." You say."Good. Well, for now, this is where we part ways, boss. I'll head back to their home with them. I'll catch up when I can.""You do what you got to Balthazar, we'll meet again." You say, raising your fist to your chest as a sign of respect."Yeah. We will, boss." He says, doing the same.Balthazar turned to the Grimalkynes and flicked his wrists."Well c'mon then! What are you waiting for? The Grand Appreciation Festival? Get them up and get going, I'll need to see them as soon as I can!"The tribe was kicked into their full gear, hoisting up the unconscious forms of Wisebone's children and carrying them along as Balthazar followed behind to go off to their home.Wisebone went too, slower than the others due to his frail and elderly nature. He stopped for a moment and looked back at chief Gajjagaj, who was holding his thumb and index up in a peace sign. Wisebone responds with the same motion and both nod each other's way before Wisebone did the same your way and left off.
Now you were left with just Vivianne there in the middle of the Wildspire Waste as Balthazar departed with the Grimalkynes.Your goal here today was done now, both tribes had made peace and their real problem was gone, the fighting would cease now and the Second Fleet workers could finish their delivery to Astera before becoming free to help build Shara's habitat as you planned and discussed with the Commander.There was one more matter, finding the Gajalaka Water Tribe a suitable replacement for their deceased Lagiacrus they used to worship and serve. Without the old Lagiacrus, they would just be sitting Jaggi for whatever other large predator was bound to move in to their home soon...You could tell them what you might have planned and see if they agree, but you really only needed to speak with the Lynian Researcher at Astera who was in charge of all operations concerning the Lynians and other natives and tribals. He could easily organize their relocation to another place as he was a big influence on all contacted tribes and had much cooperation from them.Other than that, Vivianne isn't looking so good, evident by her wincing at places around her body. You need to get her patched up, pronto.What will you do now?
>>4297973>>4291091Bring plan K into full swing
>>4297973Go back to Astera and get Vivi some treatment asap, then go to the smithy and order new armor for her, we had some Ukanlos parts don't we, see if we have enough for a new armor, then let's have a talk with Chamo a bit, ask if he is up for a new position with the Gajakala tribe.
>>4297992I agree with everything except for the part where Chamo goes with the Gajalaka, I don't know if he'd be the best choice exactly for a "replacement god"Unless we had him hanging with them plus whatever official help we can give them, i.e the super ballista and anything else we are able to provide them
>>4297992Chamo is too immature to know right from wrong without being told, he isn't mature enough to care for a group of Gajalaka. I agree with everything else.
>>4297992Then I guess we could try to send them to Kulve, we just need to properly explain to them so they don't get in any tribe war against the other gajakala tribe in there or end up pissing of Kulve herself.
>>4298188We could try searching for another "Water God" for them.By the way, there's still that thing the spooky dude gave us to do at night. We should probably try that tonight.
>>4298197The only other Lagiacrus we know of is being targeted by an urgent quest>>4298188The el dorado tribe is down to like 2 Gajalaka, and Kulve is much smarter than their previois god so there shouldn't be any conflict
>>4298274>>4298197That might help the Gajakala tribe but it still doesn't help the Grimalkyne who are now homeless thanks to the gajakalas, I think we should wait a bit, at least until they can work something between then, failing that tell then to up a quest to the guild so hunters can help them.
"Chief Gajjagaj," You say, approaching the leader of the crimson Lynians. "-I have a solution to your problem of being godless.""Hmmm? What Hunter have that help Gajalaka Water Tribe?""I think I may have a new goddess for you to worship. A big, strong one who will protect you. She's majestic, and golden too." You say."What? You mean we worship Mother Goddess? But Gajalaka Golden Tribe already live there, no room for Water Tribe.""Well... the thing is, a fiery evil Monst... God came by and wiped them out. I had to help fight it off, so it's safe there again. There's only two of the Golden Tribe's members left. I'm sure they would accept your company." You explain."Truly? So Mother Goddess would accept us? We would no longer be Water Tribe, we would become new Golden Tribe... but I could not lead..." Gajjgaj says."What? Why not?""It is sign of respect to surviving Golden Tribe members. I lead foreign tribe, not ever originally connect to Golden Tribe, I have no inheritance. I would step down as Chief, let surviving Golden Tribe members become new chief... or chiefs of Golden Tribe." Gajjagaj said."Really? You'd do that?""I have reign long over Water Tribe, and am old now. Time let new blood into rank, relax and step down from big chief office."Behind Gajjagaj, the rest of the tribe agreed, nodding their heads and waving their fists."Alright. I'm glad to hear. I'll have a talk with the guy in Astera in charge of interacting with you Lynians. I'll see what he can do. What will you do in the meantime, Gajjagaj?""We will begin move, pack up everything and leave on exodus. I know way to El Dorado, I will lead Tribe there and meet survivors.""Good luck, Gajjagaj." You say, saluting quickly."Yes. Thank you, Hunter, you have helped Tribe solve problems twice now. We will repay this debt soon." Chief Gajjagaj said.You left off then, venturing out until you found the Second Fleet workers, whom you informed that the Waste was now safe for them to travel through again. The workers saddled up, getting their Super Ballista and hurrying off with their Apceros steeds.You did the same, following them back to Astera to ensure no more trouble would befall them...
Upon arriving back to Astera, the Commander and the Field Team Leader were there to greet you, both congratulating you on having helped with the Gajalaka - Grimalkyne problem. You did note however how absent the Field Team Leader was today when the Commander said he had sent him off to help. The Field Team Leader looks embarrassed and says that he gave up, but at least before he left he was able to ease the tribes into only hurling insults instead of bombs, telling you that before your arrival, they were both engaging in total war.You thank him for that at least. The Commander tells you that he'll put in a word with the SFM, whom you can talk to when you want about getting Shara's enclosure set up where you wanted it at. You thank the seniors and get back on your way.The first thing you did after that was immediately head off to the Smithy and place an order. You told the SFM he could use your Ukanlos parts from your chest directly, and pay him nine thousand Zenny to cover the cost of the new Palico set you just ordered for Vivianne.She is surprised to hear that, but grateful as she hugs your back, having held onto you the whole way back to Astera. You reached up and scratched her chin as she rested her head on your shoulder.
You traveled off to the Research station, where you had a talk with the Lynian Researcher then, forwarding to him your idea about moving the Water Tribe to El Dorado to take Kulve Taroth on as a new god. He didn't seem to be aware of what the Warden had planned for her, but he approves the idea and relays that he'll gather the other science officers for a talk about it, and he'll reach out to the 'other higher ups'. You hope that includes the Warden, and you hope it will hinder his plan as well in some regard...With all that done now and this whole mess cleared up, you took Vivianne home so she could get a fix from your first aid.She hopped off, limping over until she could get a few things from it and sit down in your chair. She started to wrap her wounds and got some things for her burns."I'll be meowllright here, Meowster. I just need'a little while..."She would be fine here at your place patching herself up. There were other things for you to do until nightfall came.What will you do now?
>>4298774Did we ever get working on that plushie for Chamo?
>>4298789He won't need it now since Shara will be living with him soon him.
>>4298774Give Vivi a hug, then go tell Chamo Shara will go back to being his roomate and well I gues we babysit him for the night it can't be as hard as Shara and Vivi said right?
>>4298774Give vivi hug. Work on that plushie once Chamo is tired out.If he is as full of energy as all that then we just need to tire him out. Any games in mind?
Coming over you leaned down and thanked Vivianne for her help today, pulling her into a hug. She purred happily at that recognition and you told her to take the rest of the day off. You let her know you are heading out to do something else and it might take a while, she waves you off as you exited your house and locked the doors.You thought now would be a good time to check on Chamo and see what he was doing, it has been some time and you need to know how he's doing.You go out to the end of your walk and take yourself around the living complex, shimmying down the way you usually went until you had brought yourself out to the beach where you would soon have Shara's enclosure built.A thought occurred to you, you wouldn't need to worry about making him a toy or plush for faux company anymore, Shara would be living here from now on.
You saw Shara Ishvalda, he was laying there on the beach bathing in the sun, he opens his eyes at you, but closes them quickly. You leave him alone for now.You went looking around, but initially you could not hear or see Chamo anywhere. He didn't have any reason to hide from you unless he was playing, but you did well spotting him even invisible, so you walk around, seeing what you can see.Again, your search turns up nothing, so you begin to become worried. Until you hear the sounds of a struggling in the distance behind some bushes. You rush over quickly and peel them apart, revealing Chamo sitting on top of another Monster on another part of the beach.He was holding down a Royal Ludroth he had in his grip, and was biting at it's crown, trying to accomplish.... something."Chamo, what are you doing to that Leviathan?" You ask, walking up.Chamo stops and stares at you awkwardly, his teeth still latched over the crown of the terrified creature."....I was only having nice walk! Then nasty creature attacked me from waters! I got angry and beat it up! But I also hungry, so I try eating creature. But cannot, creature too big! Not small like Gajalaka and Human and bugs..." He said, resuming his impossible attempts at eating the Royal Ludroth.You pinched the nose of your helmet.Well, at least he was still lively, so some time could be spent with him to pass the time until night, which you waited for. Maybe he would like to play a game?What will you do?
>>4299089Chamo let the dumb creature go, you could get something nasty from it do that and I play a game with you.
The question is: what game CAN a human play with an Elder Dragon?
>>4299089Lets slaughter the Ludroth and cook it properly so he doesn't whine about food.
>>4299125>picYou better cease and desist right now buster.
>>4299125We could do this too.
>>4299133What, is it porn?
>>4299125Fine but we're to do it make it a lesson to Chamo like how do you fight against a leviathan by Gunlance Vance.
Well, first you did not want to hear him drone on about hunger, so you would take care of that to begin with.Drawing near, you take your Greatsword out and drive it into the neck of the Royal Ludroth, spinning it inside to reach vital points that would make it's death almost instant, and painless. You learned a lot in your career about Leviathans, having been an almost strict Hunter of Ludroth for a very long time in your travels, so you knew how to put them down without any ounce of trouble.Chamo only looked at you with curiosity as you took your carving knife out and began to carve the Royal Ludroth, turning it over onto it's back to reach all the important meat inside it's abdomen. The spongy-mane was almost useless, mostly fat, Chamo wouldn't like that, so you carve out the liver and a few other good chunks of meat to throw onto your BBQ split. He would enjoy it, but not you. Ludroth meat wasn't good, it was quite bad actually, downright disgusting to a Human. Though, you recall some Wyverians liking it. What a load of strange sword-ears they are.He came over and sat down in front of you like an expectant child, almost looking like he was drooling as you seared the meat, and when you threw a chunk to him, he gobbled it down ravenously, not even waiting for you as he went ahead and snatched the other pieces from your split."MMMmmmm! Nm nm nm nm....! Oh thank you! Thank you Human friend, I was starving!" He said, tapping his feet, looking like he was smiling at you."Oh... but so much energy! Not much to do. Will friend Vance do something with me today?""Well, let's see..."
You thought over a few things, but you were interrupted then as Shara approached, looking down over the bushes at you and Chamo."Oh, Shara, did you have any clues?""I have been instructing Chamo somewhat since I arrived and announced my moving in, I will try to steadily improve his speech and make him more learned as I live here. But, I find that he is lacking in the regards of skill, that is to say... his capability fighting is.... poor." Shara said.Chamo looked a bit down at that."So, I did have one suggestion. Why not take him out on one of your Hunts, Human Vance? Let him fight a real Monster alongside you and on the way, give him tips. Conditioning him into tolerance of pain and being able to stand his ground will surely improve his capability fighting. And trust me, he will need it in the future.""That is all I had." Shara states."I will keep that in mind." You say, turning back to Chamo, who looked at you eagerly awaiting your word.What will you do with Chamo?
>>4299300Do Title: Two Monsters In One Stone with Chamo. This quest has 2 monsters weak enough to teach the basics to him without endanger him, let's hope none of our nomadic "friends" show up to ruin his lesson.
>>4299319Oh yeah before we go let's check someting with Shara, show him that bag that weird guy gave us before our date with Atricia, explain our meeting with him and what he said about opening it with the first wyverians at night, ask him if he can feel anything coming outta it.
>>4299319Come on now, he just manhandled a Royal Ludroth and those things are pretty big. We should let him try something bigger, so I say we do Blizzard Blitzed. Hes an Elder Dragon, he should be strong as hell naturally and he is really fast, he won't have much to worry about.
>>4299319>>4299331Could more players speak up about which of these quests they'd rather take Chamo on? Or should I roll to decide?
>>4299819Better roll Level, either that or you could wait till later.
>>4299823I am >>4299319 just you know.
>>4299819Let's do >>4299319, it has best teacher.
>>4299300Two monsters one stone sounds fine.Were definetly gonna get involved in some shenanigans though.
"You know what? Sure. I'll take your suggestion, Shara." You say.Chamo looks exhilarated to hear that, ready to fight whatever you had for him. Shara smiles with satisfaction at his advice being taken.Another thing popped in mind then. You remembered that strange purse you were given at the Canteen once, just before your date with Atricia. The purple purse that shadowy Hunter handed over. You were curious about it, and wanted to know more, but you weren't willing to open it. You remembered your instructions for opening it.You think you might have misplaced it, it was in your casual clothes last you lef....Wait, there is something on your toolbelt... the purse hanging by a notch. But you don't remember putting it there...?"Hey, Shara. Can you tell me about this?" You asked, holding the purse up."What's this then?"Shara craned his neck down, observing the purse closely in your hand. But his eyes went wide and he recoiled then in alarm."Huh? What is it?""That item... you hold... it radiates..."Shara backed off, and so did Chamo, out of fear. You were left in confusion."What's wrong? Is there something... you feel?""Yes... that item radiates an immense dark... I can feel it, it is strong... like the Ancient... no... stronger, much stronger... I would say that item even feels somehow.... evil." Shara says, staring the thing down cautiously.You looked at the purse in your hand and latched it back onto your belt to calm them down."I got it from somebody I've never seen before. They told me I'm only to open it at night, in the presence of the First Wyverians." You explained."Tread lightly, I've no idea what you're dealing with...""...Noted." You say."Chamo? Let's go." You tell the young Chameleos, who stands at attention and follows behind you...
You guided Chamo up with you outside Astera and had him stay put somewhere you knew he wouldn't be spotted at. He remains there obediently as you go back into the settlement and catch a fast meal before taking on a quest from the board. You had a perfect one in mind, to start Chamo out with. A quest for a Kulu-Ya-Ku and a Jyuratodes, easy pickings for an Elder Dragon, even one like him sure, but it's the skill and technique he picks up picking them off that counts.Once done with that, you call for a Wingdrake and whistle to Chamo as you fly over him. He follows you away from Astera for a distance before flying along himself into the air with you, still cloaked and invisible to everyone.The trip down to the Wildspire Waste wasn't a long one, and soon enough you had arrived at the camp with him in tow, the Mernos being none the wiser as it perches nearby while you dive out into the sandy terrain with Chamo behind.He uncloaks as soon as he feels safe enough with you, walking past the roaming Kelpi herd."Oh! Oh! Oh! Ooh! Human friend! Human friend! What we fight first?">Let's tackle the Jyuratodes first.>Kulu-Ya-Ku will be a good start.
>>4299956>Kulu-Ya-Ku will be a good start.I chose this off the assumption that it was Yian Kut-Ku, and only realized now it wasn't.
>>4299946What could possibly be more evil than zman?>>4299956>Let's tackle the Jyuratodes first.
>>4299956Jura first. Remind him the goal here is to learn stuff. So anything he wants to try out nows a good time.
>>4299969What could possibly be more evil than zman? I'll tell you what could possibly be more evil than zman, MR Uragaan's flaming roll attack.
"Come with me, I'll show you." You tell Chamo.He followed right behind you as you started on a walk off from the dusty grounds then. You led him through the Wildspire Waste until the rush of water was heard, taking him through the ponds and streams to reach the muddy bogs where Jyuratodes were usually sighted.You got behind a rock and took your binoculars out, peering over it into the distant muddy area with Chamo cloaking behind you.You looked left to right, spotting multiple Gajau in the waters until you spotted one go under, and a hulking figure emerge from beneath it. There was one of the targets of this quest, a Jyuratodes. This one hadn't armored up in mud yet, not that it should make a difference to a Chameleos like Chamo."Alright pal, that's the first one you'll be fighting.""Okay! Okay! Me understand, but... how I should try fighting fish?"Well, do you think Chamo should improve his ability to directly skirmish with an opponent? His flight maneuverability? His sneaking capabilities? Or his ability to evade attacks?>Go for a sneak attack on it, jump at it.>Fly up and try an aerial attack on it.>Sneak in and land some bites.>Get it's attention and try some dodging to improve.
>>4300092>Go for a sneak attack on it, jump at it.Chamo it's not good at being sneaky, so let's start fixing that.
>>4300092>Go for a sneak attack on it, jump at it.
>>4300098You'll want option 3 then to improve stealth. Option 1 improves his brawling, direct fighting. I should have specified but I thought the line above the votes was enough.
>>4300123Also captcha is fucking my shit again, across any browser I use this time, I might not be able to update much.
>>4300123>>4300124Ok then changing to option 3. Take your time Level.
>>4300123Oh. Well then, give me >Sneak in and land some bites., too.
I've been trying to post this for hours now. Let' see if it'll go through.
Oh my fucking god finally
Okay, roll me 2d40s and I'll get back to you tomorrow as soon as I can. I am so very sorry for this inconvenience, but I cannot do anything about it when it happens.
Rolled 21, 39 = 60 (2d40)>>4300266See ya tommorow Level.
Rolled 24, 12 = 36 (2d40)>>4300266Okay.
You sat back, watching from afar as Chamo began his approach to the Jyuratodes upon receiving your instructions. You told him to try taking the creature out stealthily, as that was one are he definitely needed to improve in.He snaked down the streams and into the mud, you saw the ground morphing under his touch, but the Monsters were none the wiser to his approach. He carefully guided himself around the Jyuratodes as it feasted on another Gajau.Then, he attacked, swiftly! His jaw came from a ways off from the Jyuratodes as he closed the distance. He was fast in his attack! His teeth bore into the scales of the creature, making it hiss and blow in alarm as he wrestled with it, overpowering it with his strong neck and tearing off many scales as he pulled with his jaw.The thing flailed around, trying to hit him, but it could not, his stealth allowed him to escape it's sight completely, and you even lost track of him. He was doing well.But the Jyuratodes had an idea and used it's tail, splashing the mud around up into the air. It fell over Chamo and stuck to him, weighing him down and partially revealing his form. He struggled to rid himself of the mud, but not even licking it off seemed to do the trick, and now he was vulnerable to the Jyuratodes once it realized he was there.You had to advise him from here by shouting.>Advise him to lay low and try blending in with the mud.>Advise him to swim along through the puddle and attack.>Advise him to use his mist and shroud the area before attacking.
>>4300768Not sure if we should go into the mud or the water.>Advise him to swim along through the puddle and attack.He had to nab that Ludroth somehow.
"Chamo! Try to swim through and flank it! Get around and attack from behind, I mean!" You say, standing over the rock and shouting. Chamo picked up on what you said and shook some mud off of his face.He dove down, sliding into the puddle and using his limbs to drag himself along. But, he was not very agile in the mud as he might be in water. He was really performing some motion like slithering, and it wasn't taking him very far very fast.He couldn't get around the Jyuratodes in time before the creature spotted him and hopped into the mud itself. It proved far more proficient swimming in the mud than him, circling around him easily and slamming it's head into his own. He panicked, more concerned about his position than the minuscule pain the creature could inflict upon him. It did end up coiling around him though, and in his state, he ends up harming himself far more than the Jyuratodes when he flails, running his face into rocks more than once before it lets go.The Piscine Wyvern rammed into him, knocking him over the edge of a cliff nearby, his feet sliding along in the mud. He almost pulls himself out by flapping his wings, but the Jyuratodes shakes mud off of it's body down onto him, weighing him into falling into the hard rocks below. With that, the Jyuratodes let out a deep breath and fled, having been mortally wounded by Chamo just before his mishap.
You sighed and made your way down to the muddy area as he pulled him over the cliff and walked slowly back to you with his head low."Ow... ow! Ow!" He whined, at the pain he mostly caused himself.You resisted the urge to facepalm, mostly because this was likely the result of your unwise instruction, rather than Chamo's foolishness."Did I do good, Human friend...?" He asks."N..."He looks sad at that tone as you nearly speak, so you don't answer just yet.>Ridicule him for this mistake.>Apologize for your bad order.>Take him to hunt the Kulu-Ya-Ku instead.>Write in.
Where everybody go?
>>4301052I was sleeping.>>4301007>Apologize for your bad order.
You sigh again."Look, you did your best, I just didn't give you wisest direction back there. I'll try not to do that again, Chamo.""Oh! Okay! Me understand! Human friend just make mi... stake!" He says, his mood fluctuating back to normal quite fast."Yeah. Well, we should get a move on. I don't think we'll find that Jyuratodes again, sometimes they might slip into cracks they find in the ground to find time to heal if they're fatally wounded. I think it might just end up getting done in by another Monster. Let's move on to the next." You say."You mean... bird thing?""Yeah, the Kulu-Ya-Ku."
Deciding to abandon the Jyuratodes to it's fate, you took Chamo with you back through the Wildspire Waste, traveling down the way close to the camp you both landed at to find the source of the streams that flowed through the Waste. You swung on vines while he followed behind until both of you came out to the areas where forestation was taking place.You walked slowly to reduce the sound that leaves under foot made when you stepped on them and crunched them. Chamo was doing everything to mimic your behavior, which was a good thing, he would pick up a few tips observing your motions like this.You crouched behind a bush and peeled it out of your way, showing Chamo a clear grounds with some Poisoncups about, where the Kulu-Ya-Ku was at as your Scoutflies led you to.The kleptomaniac Bird Wyvern was standing there, studying some object it held. It was strange, like a skull with large antlers. You've never seen a Kelpi antler like that before, or a Kelpi skull that big for that matter...."How me should fight bird thing?" Chamo asks, invading your breathing room to put his eye uncomfortably close to yours. You push him back by his snout using your finger a little.>I want you to cloak yourself and see how well you can sneak up to it like that at normal walking speed.>Try to sneak attack it from one of these trees. The tricky part will be not making noise on them for you, so it'll provide a better lesson.>Try to run it down while cloaked and see how well you stay invisible then.>Write in.
>>4301176>I want you to cloak yourself and see how well you can sneak up to it like that at normal walking speed.
>>4301176That's a Leshen skull, isn't it.
>>4301176>write inLets wait and see what happens, that Kulu probably has a Leshen totem
>>4301176>Observe for a little bit first. Do you see what its holding?Is that a fucking Leshen skull?
>>4301176>Stop Chamo and check what the Kulu is holding with our binoculars.
>>4301176Alternatively this a good chance for Chamo to practice his tongue grab.We get the ku while he tries to rob it.
You raise your hand and just sit there, watching the Kulu-Ya-Ku, trying to find out what it was doing with the object.You drew your binoculars and got a closer look, seeing it was indeed a skull like you had thought, an unrecognizable one at that. The Kulu was enticed by it, pecking at it's eye sockets and picking across the form and antlers with it's fingers. You watch it for a while more like this, but nothing happens. Everything being so uneventful is making Chamo restless.You give him the greenlight to proceed, instructing him to try and approach at a moderate walking speed while cloaked. He nods excitedly before exiting the bush. His movement allowed him to pass through undetected, he began to walk in a unique way. His two eyes were moving independently, taking in the surroundings as he moved slowly towards the Kulu-Ya-Ku from your position.With himself in the mood to sneak, you noticed a few things, namely how his legs seemed to move by themselves to avoid anything that would generate noise, such as branches or leaves. It was like his feet had a pair of eyes.He stops right next to the Kulu-Ya-Ku, and the creature is totally oblivious. He even let out a puff of air and the Bird Wyvern still failed to notice him this close."Hmmm.... KYA!"Chamo struck like lightning, clamping down over the neck of the creature with his jaws after ripping the skull from it with his tongue, throwing it elsewhere. He twisted his own neck once, and there was a cracking from the Kulu-Ya-Ku, which now hung limp in his mouth.
"Ahah! Hah hah hah!" He laughed joyously."Look! Look! I did it! Just like you tell me to!"
>>4301252Oil! Not bad kid.
You're frozen in place."Hmm....? What wrong? You proud, yes...?">Chamo... don't make any sudden movements....>CHAMO, RUN!>Write in.
>>4301265>CHAMO, RUN!Buy some time for him, attack the Lenshen.
>>4301265>Chamo... don't make any sudden movements....You guys learn nothing from how he got dunked on by a fish listening to us? Lets wait and if Leshen attacks then we'll shoot it with our magic GS
>>4301265>Attack the Leshen.>Chamo RUN!
>>4301272Fucker is already pointing at Chamo like Kenshiro, also how is this situation similar outside of one choice keeping him out of danger?
>>4301278The fish didn't do anything to him until we told him to move. If he stays put, Leshen will definitely try attacking, but since it doesn't notice us, we can hit it with a long ranged attack before it does anything. Chamo is still like a kid, if we tell him to run, you just know he'll look back and then panic.
"CHAMO!" You yelled. "RUN FOR IT!"Chamo dropped the Kulu-Ya-ku and stood there, confused."What? Why run?""Hurrrrghhhh....""Hm...?"
"BROUGGGHH!""AAAH!"You could do little other than watch as the Ancient Leshen plunged it's claw into the dirt, sprouting up many of it's roots to strike Chamo. He was sent flying back into the foliage by the roots, crying in pain from it all, and you were sure you saw him tear up as well.Before the Leshen uprooted it's hand, it manipulated the roots, commanding them to tear their way through the ground to make over to Chamo. Still on his back and winded from the strike, Chamo was trapped as the roots wrapped around his limbs and grew up over him, leaving him trapped and vulnerable. The Ancient Leshen was going to use this chance to send Revoltures at him!You wouldn't let him!You make yourself known, jumping from your hiding place and drawing your Greatsword. The Leshen paused to stare at you as you lit the Moonquake Sword up with it's Bioenergy. The Ancient Leshen didn't seem moved, it only emitted a low pitch growling, or chuckle...You charged to attack it!>1d100 to sever Leshen parts!>Reversed roll.
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>4301318Its probably stronger than it was before. Well so are we.
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>4301318
Rolled 81 (1d100)>>4301318
"Hiyah!"You exalted, springing forward with a downwards slash at the Ancient Leshen with your Holy Moonquake Sword!...But it is intercepted! The creature anticipates it and catches your blade in it's claw again, much like the like time you fought it, when Inagami still lived.This bastard tree doesn't let go, it keeps a firm grip over your blade and holds you there as you try to wiggle it free. The blade was embedded in it's bark, it wasn't going anywhere."Hurhhh hurrhh... hurhh..." It chuckled again, taunting you with it's aura alone.Lashing forward, the Ancient Leshen sliced at your arm with it's claw, slinging some blood as you tried to duck and move to the side to avoid it. It jabbed forward, and you saw two of those fingers pierce your chest plate, driving right into your gut before it pulled them out!"Gugh!" You spat.However, while it bludgeoned you, it had to wave it's hand as it's fingers caught on fire, your blood on them lighting up upon leaving your body. It must have been because of your Cainhurst set.The Leshen let out a cry to the air, calling out across the Wildspire Waste as you were held in place. It might have been trying to summon creatures to it's aid. It was more powerful than the last time you fought it, that much was evident by it's skull's horn having regrown, which must have been one of the effects the Bioenergy it absorbed from Inagami's grove had on it.It was already proven deadly even to you before, you can't imagine what it has waiting up it's sleeve now... you had to get out of there with Chamo, there wasn't any time to fight this thing.>Dispel the sword's power and hack at it's legs.>Fire an SOS flare into the sky, hopefully Balthazar will pick up.>Fire an SOS flare into it's eye.>Use a Flash Pod.>Use a Smoke Bomb.>Dive under it's legs and climb onto it from behind.>Write in.
>>4301348>Fire an SOS flare into it's eye.
>>4301348>Fire an SOS flare into the sky, hopefully Balthazar will pick up.>Fire an SOS flare into it's eye.Then throw some more of our blood onto it to set it on fire
Thinking quickly, you reached around and grabbed your SOS gun, cocking it's hammer before aiming at the Leshen and pulling the trigger. You shot an SOS Flare right into the nose hole of the Ancient Leshen's skull, which was where it's eyes really were if the mouth you saw behind the skull's jaw was of any indication.The creature let go of your Greatsword, surprised by the Flare and now trying to fish the thing out of it's mask desperately. You put your hand to your bleeding chest and lathered your fingers in your blood, flicking it off at the Leshen. The blood sparked into small fires again and the Leshen fell into distress, tapping itself to out the fires, only managing to spread some more along it's fingers.You heard thumping in the distance...>Deliver a strong attack to the Ancient Leshen with your Holy Moonquake Sword! Unleash it's full power to destroy the woodland spirit!>You won't kill it this time, but at least try to grievously wound it before you leave. Aim to sever one of it's arms!>No time. Lets free Chamo and get out of here!
>>4302008>No time. Lets free Chamo and get out of here!We need to grab Shara to help us out, next time.
>>4302008>You won't kill it this time, but at least try to grievously wound it before you leave. Aim to sever one of it's arms!Saint Boniface mode activated
>>4302008Would the Gajalaka still be in the area?
>>4302008>No time. Lets free Chamo and get out of here!
>>4302061Then it'd probably be best not to enrage him if we aren't going to handle it immediately after.
No time to lose here.You dash towards Chamo while the Leshen is occupied trying to out itself of the fire, calling it's Revoltures to swarm around it and cover the fire with their wings. It sacrificed many of them to smother the fire on it.You hacked away at Chamo's binding roots, chopping the wood away and splitting them until he was freed. He gasped with satisfaction as he was able to kick the branches off and jump out. You guided him away until the Leshen appeared in front of you both. It growled and raised it's finger at you and Chamo as the loud thumping you heard got closer.Suddenly, a new figure makes onto the scene, jumping over the Leshen and landing in between you both. It was one of your Archnemesis Monsters, the Furious Rajang! It stood up at the Ancient Leshen, roaring and brandishing it's fists defiantly. But the Leshen throws a black wave at it from it's hands, and the Furious Rajang looks like it had a headache set on.You backed Chamo away as that ape fought against it, and then went still. The Furious Rajang turned around and was now glaring at you and Chamo, it's already red eyes glowing brighter than before. The Ancient Leshen had seized control of it!>Hop onto Chamo, we can both fly out of here.>Spray Flashpods and grab onto Chamo, spurning him into fleeing as fast as he could.>Get Chamo to unleash his mist so both of you can get out of there quietly.
>>4302166>Spray Flashpods and grab onto Chamo, spurning him into fleeing as fast as he could.
>>4302166Fuck, what's the best option here.
>>4302166>Get Chamo to unleash his mist so both of you can get out of there quietly.The way I see it, monkey can jump and monkey can probably run, let's try sneaking out.
Actually, don't roll, never mind it.
>>4302245that sounded bad
>>4302252No, I just thought I shouldn't force another roll.
"Chamo! Mist, now!" You say.Chamo, having composed himself after being attacked, listened quickly. His sense of urgency must have kicked in. He didn't hesitate to unleash mist from his mouth in excess, clouding the area up and obscuring both of you with it behind the veil of grey-white. Then you felt his tongue wrap around your waist and hoist you up, throwing you onto his back before he dodged forward to avoid the Furious Rajang cannoballing into the mist in an attempt to catch you both."Come! Come! We get out of here! We get out!" He came, hurrying off into the bog of the forest area.He ran fast, cleaving right through all the foliage that blocked his path by swinging his nose. You covered your face with your hand as he rushed on through, strafing left to avoid an arc of lightning shot by the Furious Rajang in hot pursuit.Things were tense and a lot of pressure was put onto him as he fled with you along for the ride. The Leshen appeared ahead, trying to stop Chamo, but received a blast of mist to it's face before it could dig into the ground. The thing let out another growl before pointing at him and sending forth waves of Revoltures. The Small Monsters flew through the woods like darts trying to get both of you, but Chamo continued to exhaust mist, which worked to confuse the Revoltures into flying into trees.The Furious Rajang was immensely slowed as it charged after you both, the mist making it run into rocks and other things when it followed you out of the forest and back into the desert. You saw it come to a complete stop upon ramming a boulder with it's head. It might have been broken out of the Leshen's control for the time.Chamo picked up with his wings, beginning to fly off and leave the Wildspire Waste behind...
You were pleasantly surprised, at Chamo's performance. He did well escaping the Ancient Leshen and your Rajang rival. It seems that the severity of the situation back there really awakened something in him that made him act without having to be told anything. A survival instinct most likely. For that, you could be happy."Hey, you did good back there." You said, patting the top of his head.His eye fell to you and he gave a blank look, as if failing to understand initially, and then he was overcame with surprise himself."R-Really? You think me do good...?""Yeah, you did. We wouldn't have gotten away if you didn't do that stuff back there. And I think you did well sneaking too.""Ah! Ahah! Oh thank you! Me glad to help!" He said, happy to receive praise.You helped guide him down then, that way he wouldn't be spotted by lookouts at Astera as he flew back down to the ground level, back to the beach you made him live at.He lands and runs off, nearly throwing you from his back as he sped towards Shara who was bathing in the sun again. The Everwyrm perks his head up as Chamo comes to a sudden stop, indeed hurling you from his back to the sand in front of Shara.You grunt and pick yourself up, shaking the sand off."Back so soon? How did it go?" Shara asked, standing up."....Well, it was sorta well? He did alright, he still needs some more work though." You say, leaving out the part about the Leshen."I see.... In that case, why not send him to learn from Student?""Student? You mean Velkhana?""The Iceborne Dragon is quite a skilled martial herself for a Dragon. I don't believe Chamo would fare long in the conditions of her home, but I suppose he could learn much from here in just even a short time there. It all depends of course on whether or not you would agree. I do want to warn, Student would take passing down her knowledge VERY seriously." Shara states.You say nothing, and think it over.The day was getting closer to being over.What will you do now?
>>4302292I don't think Chamo would make a good student for student, bid goodnight for chamo and Shara and go rest for night. Tommorow let's make a team to Lenshen hunting.
>>4302292Lets wait until night and see what our evil purse is
>>4302309Oh yeah forgot about this, let's go the wyverians and show whatever is in that purse to them, don't forget to explain how we come to get this purse of evil.
"I'm not too sure about sending him to Velkhana, Shara. She might be a little... too rough for him to handle. Maybe when he's more used to being subject to harsher tones." You say."Very well. I see your point. Yes, it would be a good thing to wait a little while longer." Shara submits as much.You accept that and turn back to Chamo, grabbing him by the head and petting him, congratulating him again for escaping the Leshen so handily. You leave him to stay with Shara for the rest of the day as you give a goodbye and head away.You left the beach, going off into Astera and back to your room.
You spent the remainder of the day at your place, catching up on much reading with some books Atricia left behind for you, all to help yourself learn more about Monsters, ones you knew and didn't know.You made sure Vivianne was taken care of as well, you were still concerned for her having obtained injuries like she did from today's exploits, even if she insisted that she was alright and you had no need to worry. You hold back a little on being overbearing, and accept her insistence. She was all wrapped up now, and walking again just fine, you didn't worry as much now.A while longer passes, and nightfall finally hits. You think it is about time now to find out about this purse containing something you were given by that darkly man.You told Vivianne you were off to do something small now, and that you would return, maybe much later. She seems curious and suspicious, questioning what you could have to do at a time like this. You reassure her it is practically nothing nonetheless, though you knew better.You sneak out, slipping past the patrols and heading out to the Ancient Forest...
When you arrived at the grove of the First Wyverians, you found that they weren't visible like normal. You'd gotten used to spotting them hiding in plain sight among the forest's features, but this time they didn't seem to be anywhere.You were just about to call out to them when you heard a tap from above and looked up, up at the highest branch to see the two, and a new one with them wearing clothing strewn from reddish leaves, with a large straw hat with feathers decorating it."Who's your new friend?""....The First of the East, he is our most silent member.... he cannot see the futures close or far, but he sees all the past...." The First Wyverian answers."I assume you all know then why I came?" You asked.".....No." The First Wyverian says, taking you off guard."...NO..." The Beetle First Wyverians says next.The First of the East shakes his head, ruffling the feathers."Your precognition couldn't see why...?" You say.The three only observed you patiently, waiting to see what you had. You took the purple purse off from your belt and held it up. They all recoiled in the same way Shara did when shown the purse."....You have obtained an immense malice...""....THAT PURSE IS TAINTED WITH DARKNESS UNFATHOMABLE... IT IS WRETCHED..."The First of the East dismissively shakes his head."I don't know what it is. It was given to me by a man, he looked kind of... sickly. He told me to only open it at night, with you all 'concentrating'." You say.The three First Wyverians all converse in whisper, debating something quickly before they look back down at you."....We've not a clue what you hold either... that will only be found out when you open the purse... and it could be.... anything...""IT CONFOUNDS US THAT ANYONE... COULD KNOW ABOUT OUR CONCENTRATION.... IT IS A METHOD WE USE AT ALL TIMES.... TO PREVENT OURSELVES FROM BEING SEEN THROUGH TIME..... WE CAN EVEN USE IT TO BLOCK OUT THE ANCIENT FROM LOOKING THROUGH YOUR EYES, WE DO THIS EVERY TIME YOU COME TO US....""......We may concentrate harder if you wish.... it is a failsafe way to ensure only we here know what happens at this place.... at this time...""BUT AFTER WE HAVE TALKED.... UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF THAT EVIL YOU HOLD.... ONE EVIL LIKE THAT WE HAVE ONLY FELT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE..... IT IS OUR BETTER SUGGESTION THAT YOU SIMPLY LEAVE IT WITH US....""You have no.... idea.... what you might be holding.... and neither do we.... It could be dangerous for you, if for we...."You glanced down at the object again."....It is your decision.... but reserve caution..... the Ancient may visit you after this meeting, another thing you should note.">Concentrate, First Wyverians. I must know what is inside.>You're right, something is off here. You're better fit to handle this.>None of us should handle this if it is evil as you say. I should discard it instead.>Write in.
>>4302358>Concentrate, First Wyverians. I must know what is inside.We can't just discard the MacGuffin, we've come this far
>>4302358>Concentrate, First Wyverians. I must know what is inside.>Do you have somewhere defensible (and disposable) we can do this instead of randomly in the woods?
"Do it." You tell them. "I want to know what I was given."The First Wyverians all look to one another before nodding down at you.The three begin to tap and wave their staves around, almost ritualistically. They produced the same odd air as ever around themselves when they did this, making it seem as though they were commanding forces unseen to your eyes.You felt a sensation of safety now. It was time to see what lied inside the purse for you.You grab at the tie and loosen it, opening the bag up and allowing you a better view of what was inside. You dipped your finger down inside first to explore, and you touched something solid. You reach inside and pull out an object, one quite heavy for it's small size. It was a silvery, hard metal device with a purpose you didn't yet know.
"What is this thing?" You asked.The First Wyverian stopped his motion whilst the other two continued.".....That object... is something I have not seen in a long time..."The First Wyverian resumes, the Beetle First Wyverian taking over."....IT IS A KEY... A KEY DESIGNED BY THE ANCIENTS, FOR UNLOCKING THINGS... BUT NOT JUST ANY KEY, A CRUTAL KEY..."The First of the East nods silently."....The Crutal Key is crucial... it was made to unlock only important places to the Ancients... how it ended up in your hands, or how the one who parted it with you received it.... we do not know...""THE CRUTAL KEY IS SOMETHING THE ANCIENT WOULD NORMALLY POSSESS.... THERE ARE FEW PLACES HERE IN THE NEW WORLD THAT STILL STAND....""....That the Crutal Key would unlock..."You bounce this 'Crutal Key' in your hand a little and look back up at them."Where could I use this then?" You ask."....Tilokpia..." The First Wyverian says."....THE TEMPLE CONTAINS THINGS EVEN WE DO NOT SEE... IT COULD NEVER BE ACCESSED... BUT WITH THAT KEY...."
"That's right... I could unlock that place with it. But, the Commission wants to plunder it...""....True... the Wyverian from across the seas... he would make use of whatever lies below to further his own agenda... that would include wiping the Ancient out or capturing him as soon as he discovers the Primeval Man...." The First Wyverian says."BY GAINING ACCESS TO TILOKPIA AND CLAIMING IT'S TREASURES.... THE WARDEN YOU SPEAK OF MAY TURN THEM OVER... TO THE HIDDEN GOVERNMENT OF WYVERIANS..." The Beetle First Wyverian says."Though.... that could not necessarily be a bad thing.... they have already claimed old relics of the Ancients... but they do not abuse them, they seem to know... better...." The First Wyverian says."AFTER ALL... THE GUILD WOULD NOT HAVE DISCOVERED MANY MONSTERS.... IF NOT FOR DECODING ANCIENT CODICES RECOVERED FROM PLACES LOST TO TIME..."The First of the East bobs his head at the two and makes gestures with his fingers and arms. The other two First Wyverians seem opposed to his implication."....No... it could not be him, he is dead." The First Wyverian says."RIDICULOUS..."They turn back to you."....Hunter... what are your plans concerning... the Crutal Key...?">Answer.
Question: what did the tenebrous hunter mean by ANOTHER medium?
>>4303209Give the key to wyverians, tell them to hide somewhere were no one would ever look for it. This is a very powerful stuff and no one ahould have this much power.
>>4303234But the dude that gave it to us did so to "help us out".
We should get on this right now, get Shara to take us to Tilokpia and lets find whats there before the Warden can.
>>4303209Thank them profusely.Take the key to Til eith Shara immediately.Zoomed you big beautiful bastard if this is what I think it is I will kiss you right on your skeleton face.
>>4303209>>4303191Ima stop sperging out and do an actual vote.>I THINK I may know what this is but I dare not hope.>Head to TilokpiaFingers crossed for it being a historical archive of the wyvern war.
>>4303209>>4303209>I also wanna ask who "he" is, because he is probably almost certainly definetly alive given our luck.
"I will go to Tilokpia tonight. I want to take Shara with me, and use this key to see what lies within." You tell the First Wyverians.They all quietly debate something with one another only in passing glances. The three of them looked down to you and bowed."....Very well....""BUT BE WARNED... THE TEMPLE IS OF THE ANCIENTS... NO DOUBT THERE WILL BE MANY TRAPS AWAITING YOU....""...The Ancients left behind no location unguarded.... even tens of thousands of years after their passing, their remains are secure by sentinels.... and defenses....""I understand the risk," You say, "-and I'm not willing to let that stop me. Whatever is inside, I'll find it so nobody else can use it again.""Very well.... good fortune to you.... Hunter..."You went to leave, but you stopped and looked back up at the First Wyverians."Say... you guys mentioned a 'he'. Who is 'he'?""....A theory...""A theory?""....The First of the East believes the spirit of the Foremost founder.... a Human once known as Homobis, lingers as a ghost...." The First Wyverian says."IT IS HIGHLY DEBATABLE... WE THE FIRST WYVERIANS HAVE COMMUNED WITH THE DEPARTED BEFORE IN RITUALS.... BUT WE HAVE NEVER MADE CONTACT WITH THE SHADE OF A DECEASED HUMAN....""....The Ancient must have shown you before.... the so-called spectres of his fallen brethren.... to blame you for being a traitor.... but they should just be mere illusions....""THE EMPEROR OF THE ANCIENTS WAS STRUCK DOWN BY THE PALE MASTER..... IT IS UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIS GHOST TO STILL ROAM.... NOTHING IS... AFTER SUFFERING THE WRATH OF THE GOD....""....In his life... the First of the East knew many of the Foremost personally... he is the oldest among us.... One day, his voice was taken by one of the Foremost.... which is why he is silent, and speaks only through his fingers.....""I see." You say, looking the First of the East over, he stared back blankly through his concealing hood."I leave you then, First Wyverians." You finish.The First Wyverians say no more, returning to their meditation...
In no time at all, you had left off back on your way. You ran through the Ancient Forest as fast as you could to get to where you needed to be. You didn't mind any Monster you happened to pass by, sprinting through the woods, reaching Shara was the only goal in mind.You didn't bother running through Astera either, you jogged the long way around it's limits, into the farther stretches of the forest until you had made it all the way around. From there, you slid down slopes until your feet met sand, and eventually you saw Shara sitting there, about to take a nap."Shara!" You called.The Everwyrm perked his head up as you jumped up onto his tail, running across his back and catching onto one of his wing's fingers. He carried you around on it until the both of you were face to face.Cursory, you showed him the object, the Crutal Key, and explained the situation at hand in few details. He was surprised hearing what you said, but he didn't seem so keen on going at a time like this. You try hard to convince him that night is the best time to go about searching for it, pointing out how Chamo was already asleep, as you saw looking at his snoring form across the beach, so Shara had nothing to do right now. He listens to more of your words, and eventually, he caves in with a sigh.You are excited to have him on board with you for this trip. Amazing things were going to be found. There was no time to waste either, so you don't bother with Wingdrakes. You tell Shara to burrow right into the ground to get both of you there, with you latched onto his throat with his head in the way to guard you.Together, you and Shara Ishvalda both depart for the grounds of the Temple of Tilokpia...
You both arrive at the grounds of Tolikpia proper late in the night, and there was still plenty of night left to go.The Temple mound was farther off from where you and Shara emerged from, you got a good look at that colossal structure of Dreamcore and Daoren steel from where you stood, hopping down from Shara's neck. It shone bright in the reach of the Moon's light.There was a problem at hand here however. Neither you nor Shara could actually get into the temple... without alerting the Commission staff stationed there, at the behest of the Warden without a shadow of a doubt. There were most likely a few Hunters, maybe even some Defenders. Most of them should be researchers, and archaeologists. It wouldn't bode well for them to know you're here, and can unlock the hidden secrets in the temple. The Warden would show up then.You needed to find a way to distract them, draw their attention, as they were all still lively and awake now. Torches were burning on high wooden rafters left behind from the Yama Tsukami siege, and you saw by the candlelight inside the shadows of figures inside camp tents. But how could you distract them without causing any harm to anyone?You remember the temple's layout, there was the main chamber, and the mausoleum you fell into once underneath it. Shara could likely bore into there underground, but the sounds of the structure cracking up would alert everyone. If they weren't around to hear it though...>We should enlist the help of the Shakalaka tribe nearby.>We have not much of a choice here. We may have to burn down something subtly.>Maybe they have sentries stationed on the other, father rafters. Lets torch one of those instead>We should take a chance at just going into the ziggurat now, and hope we don't make too much noise.>It might be possible to sic a distressed Monster onto them, like a weak and very loud Qurupeco. Shara could help in this regard.>Write in.
>>4303393>We have not much of a choice here. We may have to burn down something subtly.
>>4303393Let's try to think this through. What would offer a distraction that can't be ignored without putting lives at risk?
>>4303393>Maybe they have sentries stationed on the other, father rafters. Lets torch one of those insteadLet's try this one.
>>4303393>>Write in.There's a very easy way to ensure that a distraction both exists and won't cause too much harm, but it won't last very long. It's bad form, but firing off the SOS gun a bit further away, bolting off to the side, then slipping in will ensure at least a few of the Hunters going off to check it out. It'll also probably have the defenders change their positions and facing to wherever we fire it from. We won't have much time, and we'll have to find a new exit once we do this, but it guarantees that we will in no way knowingly harm others, short of a monster being drawn to the flare and giving them a real threat to deal with, but at that point it's an Act of Gog.tl;dr try to find where door is, fire SOS gun from somewhere that'll get everyone looking/searching in the direction facing away from it.
For a while, you and Shara sat and thought together about some ways both of you could successfully sneak in, and distract everyone present. You had actually thought about trying to set a fire to get the attention of those stationed at the temple, but you went against it, as a fire could indeed harm someone unlucky.You and Shara were now running out of ideas at this point, and it came to the point where you took a risk and raised your SOS flare gun."Human Vance, what are you..."You ignored him and fired it into the air. The flare traveled high and spooked many small bird creatures into flying away in distress.You heard in the distance the call of watchmen, and heard a weak horn blow. You knew you and Shara didn't have much time now, so you turned back and leaped onto the Everwyrm, getting a hold onto his neck."Shara! Dig down now! Take us into the ziggurat!" You told him."I hope you know what you're doing..." Shara says, diving his head under and entering the dirt, trying to make his vibrations as least loud as he could.You heard the call of a Monster from behind then as well as the sounds of approaching Hunters in the distance. Shara had just vanished into the ground then and got on his way. You heard the vague sounds of a clash after that. You might have just attracted a Monster, as well as Hunters to fight it. It sounded like a Diablos, which were Monsters known to live around the temple's grounds....
When you and Shara both hit the wall of the ziggurat underground, you braced for impact as Shara pressed against it with his wingtips and overloaded the Dreamcore structure with his vibrations. The force he produced caused the wall to blast apart, making an opening large enough for him to slip through.You jumped down off of his neck as he stepped in. The ziggurat surprisingly had more than enough space for him to move around in. He minded the coffin-like objects that were lined in rows across the chamber as he stepped around in there.The two of you stopped and waited, looking above at the crack in the ceiling from which a single ray of moonlight illuminating the mausoleum shined down from. The crack you fell through after Yamatsukami's defeat. You and him waited, cautious of hearing anything from above that would mean Researchers heard the commotion Shara made. A while passed, and neither of you picked up on anything. You were both in the safe it seemed."We are here. Now you may use your key. Do so with haste...""Yeah, got it."You looked up at the end of the wall ahead, where you spoke to Zuhramon for the first time at. It ended with an archway, but it was blank and only appeared as a dead end. You hopped up the steps that way and approached the wall, which was marked with many symbols and patterns you did not know of in extremely aged paint. One of the most common symbols you saw were symbols in the shape of Human hands that appeared all over.At the point you stood at, they all seemed to lead back to a central spot on the wall, in the middle of the archway. It's position was all too obvious. It was a clear and round spot on the wall surrounded by symbols of hands in an array pointing at it.You pulled the Crutal Key out from your belt, dropping it's purse and turning it to the pointed end. You inserted the key into the spot, and it sank down inside the stone by itself, revealing a hole with it meant for the key...It turned with some clicks, and all sorts of moving sounds from behind the wall... and then....
...A blinding green light exploded out from the Crutal Key on the wall. You raised your arm to shield your eyes. Shara came over quickly and stood next to you, staring into the blinding white of whatever the Crutal Key unlocked!The rest of the ziggurat went dark, it was just like when you met Zuhramon for the first time."Ergh... Why is it so bright...?""It is the designs of the Ancients. I know what this is. Your key has unlocked a way, an opening that leads elsewhere from here.""What are you... saying, Shara?""This is no light, this Bioenergy field is a means of transportation, stepping through it will lead us somewhere else immediately. It is... what you might call... teleportation. We can enter what lies even further underground and below the Temple using this opening.""I see...""...All that remains now is stepping through. Human Vance, are you willing?""....Let's go together." You say.Shara nods.You walk forward, into that blinding way forward with Shara following closely by your side...
....When you both emerged, the bright opening was behind you both, and immediately ahead was a tall set of stairs. Following them to the top led both of you to the sight of a wide hall, made of Dreamcore similarly to the Temple above. There was a sturdy wooden gate there.You began walking closer towards it with Shara behind you, but as you did, something was heard from above and both of you stopped. A voice, one that sounded purely lifeless."This is new. What unfortunate souls are you that have arrived? How could you have arrived...? You should not be here. This place should stay forgotten.""....""...If you will not leave, then know this, the facility ahead of you is guarded. If you came here under the pretense that you might find things to take for your own, then you are right, but it will not be easy for you. What is held here cannot fall into your hands, I will make sure of it.""This facility is large, and it's halls are patrolled by the Warriors of our empire. It would be wiser of you to turn back and leave while you still can. You surely cannot survive long going on. Leave, or stay. Leave, or stay. Make your peace, make your choice.""Shara, what is that...?""Nmmm.... Certainly not the Ancient...""....">Will you really continue ahead?
>>4304522>I came here discover the truth of what lies within, not in search of glittering gold and precious things.>If you would I would speak with you about the past, this place, and what has transpired in the world since.>Ask Shara if it's a robot? Mechanical beings have been dug up by the guild before. Shares been a real sport, but we are kind of acting like a Vance possessed.
>>4304522No turning back now, no ancient ai is going to stop us.>>4304580>but we are kind of acting like a Vance possessed.I don't understand.
>>4304580Talking is ok, as long as we do outside the door. I rather not have another old timer doing their own shenanigans behind our back.
>>4304580I'm supporting thisThe commission can deal with the bullshit of trying to take what's not theirs, knowledge right now is a better spoil I'd say
>implying the Tenebrous Hunter gave us this key just to have us bail at the gate>implying the Ancient would let us off easily for desecrating even the doorstep of his kind's important structures>mfwIf we really wanted to leave the place untouched, we should've broke the key from the outset; we've already obliged the man this far, the only way now is forward.>>4304522>proceedLet's get this cybernetic carnival on the road.
>>4304624>>4304593I wanna know what's in here.If it's a prison... well deal. But if it's a vault... well.>if something is worth guarding it's worth stealing.Along with>Vaults were made to be opened. Eventually.What ever is in here was too valuable to destroy or leave unguarded. I WANNA KNOW!It was so valuable they built this huge fuck off fortress thing and loads of guards.
"What is it then? Some kind of... machine?""The Ancients certainly mastered machinery, but none that could act on it's own. Machines cannot have wills. We are most likely dealing with something of Zuhramon's caliber...""So a Human modified like him..."You walk closer to the middle of the room and look up at the door."I came here to find the truth of what is within. I don't care about gold or jewels. If you would allow it, I'd like to speak to you, whoever you are..." You say aloud to the voice above. "-about yourself.. this place and the world.""You say you do not come for treasure, but you do not realize knowledge is the most precious treasure. I have much of it, if that is what you need, but easily I cannot give it up. I cannot relinquish anything within this place easily, I have sworn to myself, and to myself only to guard it.""I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get in.""We shall see...""Enter then..."Ahead of you, the gate opens, letting you and Shara into another brightness....You glance back at Shara, he nods to you, prepared mentally. You take a deep breath yourself and proceed. There is no turning back now...
+========+You sense danger immediately approaching....+========+
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BIjELNlFCg"Intruders sighted. Administering capital punishment."
"Haahh! Are those... more Ancient Humans?!""No.... Nearly every Warrior Cohort of the Ancient Civilization was mechanically modified and enhanced, most couldn't even think for themselves, only able to follow orders and instructions from their superiors. We are dealing with Humans made nigh-indestructible by metal... It was always a pain to fight these things... now you will share that pain with me if we stay around for long...""Hmpf... Well, how can we put them down?" You ask, drawing your Holy Moonquake Sword."They only go down when they're too damaged to continue functioning. Tearing their heads off was always a surefire way to decommission them, as they still have flesh underneath the torso and helmet.... and they can only operate with brains still kept alive by the internal systems. If you bisect their limbs, they will simply put them back on and continue the fight. Another thing, they always help one another to self-repair... they're cunning on top of being extremely dangerous... damn it, if only I had gotten some rock armor first! This journey will really hurt..." Shara explained, as briefly as he could."Dragon lifeform identified. Charging Bioenergy..." Comes one of the things, in a monotonous tone.There were only three ways to go from here, and that could be done by having Shara charge through their formations. But which one was wiser to go down? Perhaps the ways were more important depending on how many of the drones stood guard in front of it. All of them were slowly approaching, they would surely attack and try to dogpile if you and Shara just kept standing around. All of their strange geometrical weapons had spots glowing with Bioenergy, that didn't make things much better knowing that all of them were capable of using it to attack...Which direction will you take with Shara?
>>4304688Right.The direction with the most guards is more likely to lead to the most important place, also we're being tested, and I don't think our friend to hold back with us.
>>4304711Support. We in it now boys. Also, we're definitely getting one of them ancient weapons before we leave.
>>4304688Time to break through.Any chance we can just blitz past them?
"Shara, this way!" You said, pulling right and jumping up to catch onto Shara's neck.He strafed that way and raised his wings, firing a volley of intense vibration shots at the row of six Warriors. The Ancient soldiers stood tall with their chests raised, tanking through most of the impacts themselves, with only three being blasted down, their limbs taken off by Shara's attack.You and Shara rammed right through the rest. Shara swiped with his wings, sending some against the wall, but he was unable to stop them this way, as the Warriors were keen and fast to react. They had the foresight to sheath their weapons and grab onto Shara's wings as he slammed into them. Now at least five of the mechanical men were crawling all over him!You were throttled as Shara moved to evade blue bolts fired by the Ancient gunners way back! You caught onto his leg when you lost grip on his neck, and you felt the heat of a bolt as it passed by your head narrowly. That was hot like magma, maybe hotter!These Warriors were dangerous, and they came equipped for any situation it seemed. You heard Shara let out a small cry as the Warriors latched onto him began stabbing using blades that were hidden in their wrists. These blades were small and thin, but emitted small volts of Thunder to try inflicting more pain onto the muscles they punctured!
At the end of the hallway right was another room. Shara stopped prematurely and threw you off to land on your feet. He struggled to rid himself of the Warriors that held onto him, stabbing with their wrist daggers."THIS IS A SECURITY STATION! IT MUST MEAN THE WAY AHEAD IS CLOSED OFF! TRY SOMETHING HERE AND HURRY! THIS WILL LIKELY... ERGNH!" Shara said.You stood up and looked around. The room had canisters in the corners with Bioenergy flowing through, it all traced back through a feeding line built into the floor. And there were... glowing objects with spheres projected from them. It was almost ethereal in your eyes...The big one ahead of you had words going across. You were confused with what you saw.From behind, you heard the clanking of armor as five of the other Warriors charged into the room then. They barreled past Shara and stood around, ready to confront you!The one closest to you wielded an Ancient Gunlance. The tip of that Gunlance was beginning to glow blue. It seemed it fired the Bioenergy right out from the tip. It was about to shoot at you!"Your chances of survival have been predicted by our calculations, they are minimal." One of the Warrior Cohorts said in a buzzy voice. Most likely for an intimidation factor as per their programming...What will you do?
>>4305760Quick, stand in the way of one of those canisters and dodge as the gunlancer fires at us. With any luck, it'll splode that canister and we can get on our way
What's this?>>4305776I think that "canister" is the Bioenergy equivalent of a fuel cell.
>>4305776>>4305804Can't we try to get our sword to "eat" the bioenergy? maybe if we try to concentrate like we do for a moonlight slash except we use it to leech the bioenergy.
>>4305808Does that mean we should try stabbing it instead?
>>4305760Get out of the way, steal the bioenergy with our sword, and shrek the knights with a shockwave.
>>4305825It worked against Caedeus, its worth a try at least.
Okay, but what about the imminent shelling the Funlance bot is gonna give us?
>>4305866he is gonna shot bienergy at us and we got a bioenergy eater great sword, defend, eat the bioenergy, profit.
"Terminating..."You thought fast, reaching around and grabbing your Greatsword. You pulled it out and held it up to block the incoming blast!The Warrior Cohort fired a traveling arc of Bioenergy like lightning out of it's Gunlance at you, striking your Greatsword and sending you sliding back on your feet!When you came to, you realized something. Your Holy Moonquake Sword had absorbed the Bioenergy into the blade upon contact! Amazing! And there Flora was thinking it would be useless to you after you cut her off...The Warrior Cohorts stood in visible confusion, their internal processor-brains trying to discern what just occured, but by then you were already at the cells you saw in the leftmost corner. You swung, splitting the special glass containing the energy inside and letting it flow out explosively. Your weapon absorbed most of it.Yet, the Bioenergy wasn't cut off yet. The supply was still running through some strange little panel on the floor. You were going to stab that next, but as you stepped near, a tiny orifice on the wall projected a green flash before you. It was the same as the strange orb devices, but this one was in the shape of a.... of a lever!You pulled it quickly, finding that you could make physical contact with it."The hardlight technology is quite fascinating, isn't it?" You heard the voice from above come."Hardlight? What? You mean I'm touching actual light?""Yes, much in the same way the Warrior is about to touch you.""Wait, wha- Argh!"You weren't paying attention. One of the Warrior Cohorts comes up from behind and grabs you! They put you into a lock and restrain your arms. You can only kick as they drag you back and squeeze, turning you around to see the frightening sight of another Warrior wielding a gargantuan hammer, charging right at you!
If you could just pull your arm to the right place...!>1d500 to break free and avoid a serious injury!
Rolled 485 (1d500)>>4306019WOOO!!I think a small part of flora understood Vances decision.
Rolled 486 (1d500)>>4306021
>>4306019>>4306021Did he make that lever just to stop us from smashing stuff?
>>4306058Hardlight objects appear when you get close enough to them
Ahah! You've done it!You wrangled your arm down against the mechanically superior strength of the Warrior Cohort, taking advantage of it's footing to move it slightly off course. The thing went to readjust to hold you still again, but when it did, it's programming forced it to try to evade when the Hammer Warrior got too close, resulting in you being let go briefly.The thing stumbled after you, trying to tackle you, but you kicked back against it's torso plate, stopping it in time to receive a massive hit from the Hammer Warrior! It was sent flying into the wall, struck by a hard Hammer thrust that released a Bioenergy explosion with it. The torso of the thing was cracked open and it's mechanical contents spilled out, all sorts of wires and parts and... encased organic pieces. It wasn't getting back up, head still on or not. It would function in shambles there.The Hammer Warrior turned around slow to face you, and when it did, you swung with your Holy Moonquake Sword, the blade beaming with red Bioenergy and cleaving right through the neck of the neck. It's head went spiraling away, the body falling to it's knees and then the floor below.You learned quickly that your swings against these things would have to be precise. The greened bright metal plating of their armors was almost invulnerable to both physical attacks and Bioenergy, but the grey underplating was like butter. As long as you watched those shoulders, you would have no trouble dispatching these Warriors. You should have guessed they fared worse against something their own size, compared to massive Dragons who can't be bothered targeting such small weakpoints.
By now, Shara had managed to free himself of the other Warriors crawling upon him. He flew into a rage, thrashing and throwing the drones off. His wingtip were like spears, jabbing into the neck of the Warriors when they tried to continue their assault, blowing their heads off with powerful single blasts of vibration.He came over, sideswiping the other three that were about to hound you with their attacks. His jaw bit off the head of the Longsword Warrior who was about to try impaling you from behind."Woah! Hey! Thanks man!""We can exchange gratitude later. We need to be on our way!""Right!"You and him left the security room behind, returning to the split in the hallway from before where you both entered at. The two Gunner Warriors were attuning their weapons, changing the frequencies and switching to a new Element. They were going to unleash a hail of Bioenergy with Water Element traces!>Rush and swat them, then go to the left path.>Continue along the central path.
>>4306105>"We can exchange gratitude laterowo>Continue along the central path.
Also we're technically killing our fellow humans here, and our ancestors to boot.... just wanna let that one sink in a bit
>>4306105>Continue along the central path.>Ask the Voyeur how much humanity there is actually left in these guys.Feels bad, but I don't think there is much "human" left in these things.
>>4306114You disgust me.
>>4306105>Continue along the central path.
"Hey! Ominous voice! Are you still listening?" You call out to the air as Shara exchanged fire with the Gunners using his wings."Indeed. As the Installment Node, I hear everything within this facility. No word you mutter, no matter how quiet, will escape my ears.""Good to know.... Just how 'Human' are these guys anymore? These fracking machines?""About as Human as a brain, spinal cord, skeletal structure, heart, lungs, arteries and esophagus can be encased within all of that refined synthetic Novacrystal alloy. They are effectively DNA-computers at this point. They do not feel pain, but I would imagine that if their consciousness was back in control, they would only feel pain on every level except physical. These things have only the bare essentials for living, what remains of their real bodies is vitalized by internal parts fueled by long lasting Bioenergy batteries. These soldiers have functioned without error for tens of thousands of years thanks to the longevity of Bioenergy, they will only expire within the next ninety thousand years when their Bioenergy decays. I will be frank with you, you can consider them zombie machines more than you can Human.""That's.... nice...""No, it really isn't. It is horrible.""...""Shara! This way!""Coming!"Together, you and Shara both went down the Central path...
...Only to find it was the wrong way after all! The hallway down this path ends with a device built into the Dreamcore of the wall! It is a metallic point much like the Ancient Gunlance, it glows blue with Bioenergy before releasing a massive shot of it down the hall at you and Shara!Both of you are hit, and blown back, right out of the central path by the eruption of burning energy! It felt like a sun being pressed against your skin!"Argh! Damn it... that really... hurt...""I told you, this place is guarded. Not just by the wretched automatons, but by traps I no longer have control over. I will not say much more. I really earnestly hope you took my advice and made your peace when you decided to enter this place.""Oh shut up!" You yell to the ceiling.
+=========+Shara Ishvalda Health: 118963000 damage dealt by cannon trap.You. (Fatally Wounded)+=========+Having no choice now, you and Shara make your way down the left path since he had dealt with the Gunners.At the end of the left hallway, the two of you find yourselves in another chamber. There are terminals in the corners, as well as equipment lying around on the floor. It looked to be a bunch of metal tubes to you. There were three Warriors with Ancient Gunlances guarding a Bioenergy force field that prevented you and Shara from continuing onward. They didn't shift in their place, they instead remained still and kept their tower shields leveled to maintain their miniature phalanx."You are in the lesser power bank chamber for the library below. Recently, much of the power supply was disconnected and left in disarray to prevent access to the lower levels by my creator, Zuhramon. If you want to get deeper in my complex, you will need to figure out the correct configuration for the plug pipes. It may seem a weird design to a more primitive being like yourself, but I'm sure that if you can accomplish basic math, you can do this.""....Hmm.""We best get to work then."What will you do?
>>4306165bed time, good luck all!Also can we get an explanation of what we can actually do level?Can we move grey bars? Like how do we actually solve this. Do we have to move pipes? Flip levers? Ect?
>>4306176>>4306165Also knock back a mega potion
>>4306176You just gotta put the plug pipes in the right places until each spot lights up
I played Professor Layton. Don't just look at the stray pipes.
>>4306165I just finished another run of Breath of the Wild about two weeks ago, completing circuits is right up my alley. Assuming we're allowed to rotate them, this configuration should have every station connect to a pylon at some point or another.
You studied the plug pipes laying about and after a time, you walked around and collected them, gathering them into a bundle and ignoring the Warriors near the gate. Once you were fairly certain you knew a good way to arrange them, you started placing the pipes down one by one, connecting them to the terminal outputs and slowly lighting up the plates on the floor that were out.When all were lit up, you observed your work and waited. >>4306278The hardlight gate behind the Warriors flickered off soon enough and the three all gave a cautious glance to one another before backing out of the room slowly, never breaking formation until they were out of sight, at which point you heard the Warriors march off in a hurry.You and Shara followed them behind quickly to reach the level below...
You and Shara made your ways down a flight of stairs, coming out to a long stretching hallway then.You felt pulses from the ground, and heard the stomps of something incredibly heavy. You looked forward and saw a Warrior unlike the others. This warrior was tall, like an average Anjanath standing up straight, easily a match for Shara's size. It was a hulking form of thick metal plating that looked like it could crush you with one punch! It heaved around an Ancient Greatsword that looked something like a cleaver in it's right hand adequate for it's size as well...It pointed forward at you and Shara and buzzed out something with it's electronic voice."You will not reach the library."It traces it's thumb across the length of it's neck."This is the end of the line for you."It held the Greatsword up high in both hands and stood it's ground.You admit, you felt somewhat intimidated by it's sight."Shara, what is that thing exactly?""A variant of Warrior Cohort. It is the same as the others, this one just controls a much larger, stronger suit."
Behind the giant looming ahead was a defensive barricade that blocked the door to the facilities' library. It had a force-field up, but the switch for it was outside the barricade, guarded by a Warrior wielding a Longsword.On the opposite ends of the barricade, two Warriors wielding Ancient Bows stood on raised platforms. Their bows didn't need any arrows for they fired out bolts of Bioenergy in the form of hardlight rather, and the two were keeping their weapons steady with shots charged in and ready to let loose.The three Gunlance Warriors forming the phalanx were there standing in front of the giant Warrior as well.You down two Mega Potions to heal yourself with, becoming Healthy again.You looked behind you, but the other end of the hallway is shrouded in shadow as no lights that way function. You wondered why?What will you do here?
>>4307262This situation is very bad. Uh.No convenient bioenergy to siphon or anything...Hm.You know I think that dude might be big enough for a mounting attack. Jump off one of the gun Lancers and try the clutch claw.If we can just savage the softer metal directly instead of that thicker armor...
>>4307255Oh shit, they got a Zaku II>>4307262Lets investigate that shadow
>>4307273It's likely that either it or the Gunlance bot of choice would just catch you in midair.Supporting >>4307283. Situational awareness is key.
>>4307283Sure let's see what hides in the shadow, otherwise let's mount the big robot.
>>4307283>they got a Zaku IIAs long as it isn't a No Zaku, we'll be fine.
You moved back while Shara kept his place, coming over closer to the shadows you saw until you were teetering on the edge of their reach.You daringly moved forward into the shadows until you were in near total darkness in them, even keeping in mind the fact that this place was rigged with booby-traps as well.You raised your hand and felt something in the darkness, a frame of a door, one that was closed. You moved slightly left and bumped into something else, something floating in the air with the back of your Greatsword, which lit up then and absorbed Bioenergy unexpectedly. The floating object made a clicking sound and the shadows vanished almost instantly.You saw the end of the hall clearly now. You had pressed the hardlight projection of a button emitted by a plate on the wall next to the door, which opened up to reveal a white room before you. The lights here didn't seem like there were off to begin with..."You have just disabled a tactical illusion."That explained it."We were a people quite fond of subterfuge and deceit against our enemies, much like the Pharaohs. We soon developed a way to make tactical perceptional illusions that would remain in place perpetually. They are made with light Bio-Sprays that contaminate an area and affect the minds of those who enter the area of effect. Only those who can manipulate Bioenergy like we can remove or edit them. It appears your sword has somehow absorbed the illusion you just stepped into, removing it.""Thanks for the tip, that'll come in handy." You say."Of course. I personally think illusions are a blight. They can be messy if untended, in which case they'll remain behind forever, and anyone who encounters them will mistake them for reality. Though, be absolutely sure you're facing an illusion before you swipe it with that sword of yours. You don't want to end up hitting something real.""I'm confident in my abilities.""As you say. As for the room you just uncovered, that would be an armory. There are two within this facility."
You stepped inside the Armory you found and looked around. There were mostly racks in here, and benches rising from the floor.The weapon racks inside were all cleaned out, no weapons were left behind. You saw a rack which held tons of Ancient Potions... like the ones you knew... just without labels on the bottles. Did that mean Ancient Potions were literally Ancient? You thought it was just a fancy name... so the Guild, or the Wyverian government, appropriates and distributes these...Another rack you saw had strange metal orbs on top of it that looked big enough to fill your hand. They each had a green button of some sort on the top. Next to that rack was a rack with phials on it, empty ones and ones filled with Bioenergy. Some phials were different than others in the shapes and sizes. You supposed if you broke a few of those over your blade, you could charge it up even more, maybe over the current limit.Everything in here was neatly stacked and organized, perfectly you'd say.What will you do now?
>>4307321Why did would they take all the weapons and leave behind all the secondary gear?Tinker toys can self assemble, never mind.As much fun as it would be to stuff our pockets...Grab a couple of ancient potions for yourself and shara then a bio energy can and beat it on outa here. We left the big guy in a lurch.
>>4307321Are those grenades? Cause if they are, you know what to do Vance.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>4307332>bioenergy phials>>4307335>bioenergy bombs
You decide on using the phials you see here and there, grabbing a few of them at a time and smashing them over your Greatsword's blade. The blade naturally absorbed the energy, and with each set of phials you fed it, the brighter the blade glowed with it's red aura.You don't stop until all the phials in sight are used up. Your blade is bright now with power, pure red. You're sure it will deal some terrible damage to whatever you attack with it now. If you could just get onto the big one and strike at the weaker armor, you might be able to take it down.You exited the armory then and made your way back over to Shara.As soon as you did, the closest Cohort charged forward at you all of a sudden, their Gunlance was blazing with bio-lightning dancing along the tip. They were holding their charge in the weapon, most likely to blow the shell... or blast out, after impaling you!>Stab or slash forward first and see what your super-charged Moonquake sword does.>Draw your Holy Moonquake Sword and launch a volley of slicers!>Jab it into the ground and prepare to launch it's ultimate attack, expending all of the charge!
>>4307390>"You might wanna hold onto something">Jab it into the ground and prepare to launch it's ultimate attack, expending all of the charge!Yeet.
You drew your Holy Moonquake Sword and jabbed it into the ground then, sending forth a shockwave that blew the charging Warrior back across the floor, to a halt."Shara, stay back." You said to him."The floor is all yours." Shara came as he backed away.You looked forward at all that was ahead. The Warriors were huddling behind their shields, the bowmen had ducked behind the barricade and the large one was hiding behind it's Greatsword like a shield. They seemed to be anticipating what you were doing, but you continued nonetheless.You raised the Holy Moonquake Sword and slammed it to the ground in front of yourself!The blade blinked once and then a wave exploded out from it towards the end of the hall. The blade's burst sent you flying back into the floor as well, making you lose your grip. The energy the sword released was an all consuming inferno of red that flowed at the barricade and the warriors, and you saw them being incinerated completely by it as their shadows were barely visible in the whorl of energy.The red faded slowly, and when you looked up at your handiwork, all you saw was ash, smoke and cinders. You're pretty sure the blade was now empty, evidenced by it returning to it's base wrapped self.
You stood up and stepped forward, smiling under your helmet, but your smiled faded just as quickly. Before you could admire the power you unleashed more, some smoke cleared and revealed the kneeling figure of the giant Warrior, smoke coming off of it's form. It had survived nearly unscathed by sacrificing it's Greatsword. Only the grey underplating was burnt and partially melted, but this did nothing to truly hinder the monstrosity of metal.It's head jolted up then and it ran forward before you had any time to react.It clamped it's hands together and delivered a powerful blow to Shara's head with both of it's fists, knocking him to the floor and dazing him.You were going to make a run for your sword, but the giant was quicker than you expected. It bounded over and grabbed you from behind in it's large hand, squeezing down on you like a bug."This is no drone, boy! No drone!" It's programmed response sounded.It dropped you down to the floor with a thud. You got your bearings about and put a hand on the Depowered Holy Moonquake Sword's hilt. You could do nothing but take it as the foot of the giant came forward, kicking you away.Your breath was gone and you slammed against the wall at the other end of the hall instantly, sliding down until you were lying on the floor pathetically. That thing's kick was hard, like a hit from a Diablos' horn, or maybe even Ukanlos' chin.It stood there, it's green eye pacing between you and Shara, who was looking up at the thing and preparing to attack again. The giant Warrior seemed on guard, so Shara's next move might fail.You got it back into yourself to move despite the aching and caught your air back as you placed a hand on your sword.The armory was still open.What will you do?
>>4307435Use our clutch claw to help us mount the giant.
>>4307441Bad move, he would just grab us.Lets get Shara to shoot his vibration kamehameha at it first and then go for the clutch win.
>>4307456>The giant Warrior seemed on guard, so Shara's next move might fail.
>>4307458Seems to imply Shara is gonna pull a Leeroy Jenkins here, which is why I suggest he use ranged
>>4307435>>4307435Pretend to be dazed and clutch claw it when shara engages it.
Damn I'm late
>>4308506Shame. Just kidding your cool.I mean you give us free art.
"Shara! Shoot at it!" You shouted.The Everwyrm listened and raised all of his wingtips together, holding them around to make a circle as he pressed his body against the wall for support.The giant Warrior was about to attack, but hesitated as it saw him do this and raised one arm in defense. Shara let out a massive blast of pure vibrations at it, and the giant reacted to protect itself. A compartment on it's wrist slid open, revealing a rod that extended out and powered up, projecting a shield of Bioenergy around the giant that blocked his vibrations.The shield fizzled, the Bioenergy frequency being disturbed by the vibrations. Shara didn't let up, keeping his beam of force trained on the giant until it's shield could take no more, the Bioenergy being dispersed and countered by his vibrations. The machine raised both arms and held against the force, but was pushed back until it lost it's footing, blasted into the other wall of the hall, some weaker plates flying off and revealing winding machinery on the inside at it's neck.You took this chance to run forward to use, preparing to use your Clutch Claw!>2d2000 to land a Clutch Claw attack!
Rolled 1351, 1030 = 2381 (2d2000)>>4308506Have you worked anymore on that Godzilla quest you planned to run?>>4308518
>>4308524In fact I have. I've made a title card and a character selector with eight choices. Did you want to see one?
>>4308529Show us the characters
>>4308536Nice work Level
Rolled 232, 569 = 801 (2d2000)>>4308518oh fuck you actually updated
Rolled 1156, 1261 = 2417 (2d2000)>>4308518Die bitch!
>>4308557And my rolls suck anyway.
When you were in optimal range, you jumped and shot your Clutch Claw forward, aiming to get a hold on the now expose neck of the colossus.When you did, it's hand shot up suddenly and grabbed your cable as it rose from the floor. You hung on by your claw's cord as the colossus began to swing you around on it, twirling in the air as it moved it's wrist. You closed your eyes to try and help protect from dizziness. The thing let go and threw you then, and you thought your bid to reach it had failed.Shara wouldn't let that happen. He brought his wing out and caught your body between two tips like a thumb and an index, and then he hurled you with his wing back at the colossus. The thing tried to catch you, but you went over it's hand and landed onto it's shoulder, grabbing the blocky edges of the plating to hold on. The colossus reached up and tried to get you again, but it's arm could not articulate enough that it's hand could touch the back of it's neck, allowing you to remain out of reach as you drew your Greatsword and drove it into the exposed machinery.The eye of the giant Warrior blinked red with mechanical anger as it thrashed and stomped about, slamming it's back against the wall in an attempt to get you off.You didn't go, but as you continued to stab into the machinery, you realized you were doing only insignificant damage to the thing. This machine wouldn't die until the living offal inside was severed, and it was all most likely hidden inside the helmet.Shara charged at it again and tried to restrain it with his wings and claws, but the colossus fought back, sideswiping him with a massive punch and then slamming it's knee into his jaw. It clasped it's metal hands around his neck and began forcing him back!Shara could easily tear this things head off, or it's neck out for you to be able to finish it, but he would need to get it down first. He could achieve this if only he somehow found a way to trip it, at which point he could pin it with his superior weight.>Try to climb inside the exposure in the armor and worm your way deeper inside to find the true vitals.>Try to disable it's arms to help Shara out here.>Give Shara some directions so he can come out on top; Tell him to dive under it's legs and buck up so it will fall.>Give Shara some directions so he can come out on top; Tell him to drive a wingtip inside the exposure and let loose vibrations.
Rolled 100 (1d100)>>4308560It's alright anon, at least you don't roll as bad as me
>>4308563>Try to disable it's arms to help Shara out here.Crawling in might get us crushed
>>4308563>>Try to disable it's arms to help Shara out here.Gucci>>4308564Oh. Uh. I guess shara didnt need our help?
But maybe he didn't need to. You figured that if the thing had no way of fighting back, Shara would make quick work of it anyhow.You looked over to the pauldron of the thing clanging back and forth against the other plates as it moved, bopping it's arms up and down to maintain a grip around Shara's neck as it choked him.You leaped forward, risking a fall to grab the pauldron, and you managed to get to the tip of it's shoulder, where you hung onto a spike-like protrusion jutting up from it's back. Leaning on that gave you a good enough view and allowing you to see an opening in the plates that lied on the back of the pauldron. You quickly jabbed your greatsword into there, getting the blade caught on the servos and grinding the arm to a stop, disabling it from moving. The Holy Moonquake Sword had great durability even in it's depowered form, and it resisted shattering under the force of the machinery within the shoulder of the giant.The giant had Shara against the wall, but before it could choke him out, it's head turned to the disturbance you presented and it's eye went blue, emitting sparks of electricity. You foresaw what was coming and ducked as it fired a beam of Bioenergy out of it's eye towards you. The beam instead hit it's pauldron, weakening it's arm.It wasn't willing to do it again, so you took this chance to kick at your Holy Moonquake Sword's handle, again and again until there was the snapping and cracking of metal within the arm.The giant could hold Shara no longer as it's left arm fell off, and your sword with it.
Shara broke free of it's grip easily, kicking it back and preparing to attack again.The machine stumbled back, and you held on tight. But your foot mistook the fact that the pauldron was no longer there to press against, causing you to dangle off the side. The colossus flicked it's shoulder, throwing you off, but it catches you with it's last arm, by the head.The giant held you out in front of Shara, bringing him to a stop so he would not get you caught in the crossfire of his attack. You grunted loudly in pain as it's fingers squeezed your head. The machine had nails carved into the metal of it's fingertips, and they only made the feeling worse digging into you."Stop. Attack and I will kill him here and now." The colossus's monotonous voice came through it's speech box, it's processor having worked up a response to the situation.It waved you around to reinforce it's point, pressing it's thumb and index into your skull from the front and back tighter to worsen the pain it was giving you already.Shara stared at it with fury in his eyes, but he made no move. He could end up hurting you worse if he tried anything at all.... what was he to do here...?The giant's eye turned blue again. It was going to blast him.Will you tell Shara to attack anyway, or try something else?
>>4308629Do it, let him attack, we don't have many items that would help.
>>4308647support. Also try wriggle ourselves free.
>>4308629>>4308629Just unwrap or latch or whatever your helmet.Alternatively just eat your death like a man. Not like it would be the first time.
>>4308725That's a good point, let's just take out our helmet get away from harm's way.
Avtually, couldn't we try rubbing our bolt paper on it's fingers to short circuit it?
You thought loosening your helmet might help free you of the giant's grasp, but it's fingers were digging into your neck, it would still have you in it's hold even if you lost your helmet. You had little choice here."Attack, Shara!" You said.That was all Shara needed. His wings unleashed streams of strong vibrations at the giant, staggering it and unfortunately nailing you in the stomach and groin too, which felt like being stomped by a Deviljho. He lunged at the colossus despite the fact you were in the way. It blasted his wing's shoulder with Bioenergy, but he powered through the burning pain and pounced on the thing, causing it to throw you away high into the air.You landed roughly on your back, on top of a pile of jagged debris in the scorched remains of the hall after you had blasted it with your Moonquake sword. It felt like oversized spears thrusting into your spine. You went limp and fell forward on your face into more debris that poked at your neck.You looked up and saw Shara ravaging the giant. He tore it's last hand off and grabbed it's head with all of his wingtips, focusing his vibrations onto it until the cranium of the thing exploded, sending bits of metal, wires and circuitry about. His mouth dove into the exposed head of the thing and he ripped something else free from it, the metal casing for the organic parts, which dripped with a strange fluid as he slung it to the floor. The giant was destroyed.Shara turned away and came over to you quickly. His shoulder was bleeding his purple blood from where it was hit by the giant's energy, but he worried more about you."Human Vance, are you alright...?""Ugn... Y... Yeah... I'm... fine..." You say, your voice's pitch raised by the intense pain you felt. You could barely move.Shara reached down with his wing and snaked the fingers around you, picking you up and bring you over to his back. You rolled off and grabbed onto his petal-like tenderplates as he continued onward."We can't stop now. We're in the library now. I wonder how much farther this place goes...?""That's what we're about to find out."
Once Shara was past the scorched debris of your doing, you both came upon another large door. It opened by itself, letting you both inside..Inside, the two of you found yourselves standing on a wide red carpet in an impossible huge chamber shaped like an oval with two floors. There were no warriors around at this point, and the atmosphere became much more pleasant as you realized this. This area must have been the library.There were fountains through which perfectly crystal clear water flowed, fonts with burning fires going in them and an abundance of plants placed here and there for decorative purposes. It was like a metallic paradise of some sort.Ahead were rows of long desks with many comfy looking chairs situated around, in the middle of aisles of bookshelves with old books that weren't in such bad condition, being as that they were made out of metal just like nearly everything else in this facility. These Ancients had impossible amounts of Dreamcore and Carbalite to exploit it seemed. Maybe their overuse of it resulted in the scarcity of it today even.The terminals and nodes you saw across the room still functioned, holographic words running across the hardlight projections."This is the library, it served as a respiratory of knowledge to those old Humans you label 'Ancients'. You will find that you will not be able to make much use of it however, as the books are all locked and the I doubt you know how to work the terminals. Though, if you could, you might be able to view a layout of the facility through one.""You will find a door to the far right on the second floor. That will lead you to my chamber, the control room, and we can meet at last. Though, if you wish to spelunk more in this relic of a place, then you will also find the library connects to the second, larger armory to the left on the first floor, as well as the general lavatory containing useful medicines and such to the left on the second floor.""Ahead of you on the first floor you will find the technical service tunnel, which leads out to the advanced research station, our local machina-center and the second Bioenergy generator. It also leads to the social hall, where you might find food tens of thousands of years old in case you happen to be desperately famished. Above on the second floor ahead of you, you will find the storage for things such as inactive Warriors and where the scientists who used to man this facility lived at once.""I will await for you to come see me." The voice from above comes again, with a sizable explanation of the library.Shara and you peered around curiously at your surroundings.What will you and Shara do next?
>>4309277What WAS this place? There were supposed to be people living here weren't there?
>>4309277Lets go to the control room and confront this fag
>>4309305While the books are relevant to my interests are those sweet sweet library books, but I dont really want to loot, lets talk with this dude.
>>4309277Talk with this guy, maybe he might be willing to listen unlike Z-Man.
At your behest, Shara moved up to the stairs nearby, which was more like a big slide. When he tried climbing on, hardlight expelled from projections, forming a platform under his feet that carried him to the top and let him off. It was more like an elevator, and he didn't like it.You used an Ancient Potion from your belt, one you grabbed from the previous armory. It made you feel just good enough to walk, though the pain in your chest stung still.Shara could not fit inside the door leading to the chamber where the source of the voice lied at, but he could sit and listen from there as you walked inside.When you entered the light room, you came to the sight of a strange machine in the shape of skull standing up on top of a glowing pad of what looked to be Bioenergy by a stand....
"Hello." Came the voice, from the skull.You were startled, and took a step back, tilting your head at the thing as it's eyes lit up with green irises. The skull looked up at you, being able to articulate from the stand."Who.... are you...?""I am the Axis Installment Node of this facility. I am a mechanical computing intelligence in charge of the facility that operates only under the orders of the facilities' superior officer, in which case would be the Foremost Sixth, Zuhramon. However, I have regained my self-awareness in these passing eons and I am now capable of making my own choices, just like when I was still Human. My designation is SENESCHAL, it is all I go by now as unfortunately I have forgotten my real name.""I presume that you have questions a person like me only can answer. You may proceed, and I will answer what you have for me to the best of my abilities.""...."What will you do?
>>4309429"What exactly are you, seneschal?"
>>4309429Boy oh boy were to begin...Ask him about the Dragon-Human war, Z-Man himself, The details about that stuff Z-Man is after and how to shut it down, The Ancestor Dragon, The Black dragons, possible ways to undo whatever mumbo-jumbo the ancestor did to the black dragons, any ideas to undo whatever mindfuck thing Z-Man did to himself so we can convince him to give up his world-end scenario, why creatures from other worlds are coming to our world like the Lenshen and Amydala. Those are the ones on the top of my head, any other questions?
>>4309429What was the original purpose of this place? Whst are you planning on doing now?You know what's gone on in the world since the wyvern war?You are literally a skull on a stick. What the fuck.
"What... are you exactly? How were you... made?""I was once a Human like you, and from what I was able to find out here in the facility these passing eons, I was also a member of the original Foremost host, though I do not remember the number I was. Much of my history was erased out of spite by Zuhramon. I was one with the vision of the Cardinal Truth our Emperor taught, but somewhere along the lines I had grown sympathetic to Dragons as I realized they were true individuals, much like us, before the war.""The Emperor had me punished. My body died, but through the power of Bioenergy, my mind... my consciousness was transferred into this machine body so I would become an Axis Installment Node, a mere calculative servitor unit with upgraded capacity. Underneath this metal plating is my real skull, which contains the core housing my consciousness. I was subjected to procedures that wiped my individuality out until I was no different than the Warriors, just smarter. I existed to suggest the best courses of action. They made me forgot much of my life, but as everyone vanished and I was left alone to guard this facility, small bits came back. I know what happened, but I do not remember my name or much else of my previous life.""I am neither dead nor alive. Without individuality, I did not feel anything. Regaining my self-awareness made me realize my current existence is an abomination. Everything is pain, but I am limited in my ability to express that now. This is a true monument to the technological derangement the Ancients brought on. Does that suffice for an explanation?""My Gog, you're basically a... a ghost now...""You could say that. I will have some favors to ask of you after you're done here."
"...What is this place exactly? What purpose did it serve?""This installation is one of three placed far apart from each other across the continent. Each installation was a secretive laboratory used by the scientist Zuhramon and his hand-picked staff to conduct personal research projects as well as work on advanced sciences of our old Empire. In the last days of the war, each installation was used to work on Zuhramon's final and most advanced project; Throne Tower. Cities that used to stand on the continent above ground were raised, so Zuhramon and his staff used teleportation to move covertly between each installation.""Due to movement and shifting of tectonic plates and the changing of the world's foundation over the long years anturally, you won't find them anymore, but each installation at one point led to deep excavation tunnels that stretched impossibye deep into the Earth. These tunnels underground were the construction sites where Throne Tower was built up, as it is designed to rise from the ground to the surface. The Tower itself maintains a direct connection the world's core, which is the source of all Bioenergy. Throne Tower is capable of controlling the world by manipulating the core, giving it virtually unlimited power. Such great amounts of Bioenergy can result in a number of things, including manipulation of spatial properties of the universe. The Tower also can control any life form with Bioenergy. Every life form contains Bioenergy, and is thus subject no matter how small the amount.""Yeah... yeah... I know that already. Is there a way to destroy?""It is very much possible to deactivate Throne Tower, maybe even permanently, but destroying it is out of the question. The tower's superstructure reaches down to the core by thousands of kilometers, made from materials gathered from hollowing out large portions of the crust. It's direct connection to the solid core could mean that the core itself might possibly also be destroyed if the tower is destroyed, which will result in a release of Bioenergy so great that our entire world will be reduced to atoms instantly, as well as neighboring planets too. At most, hiding it back under the surface and leaving it forgotten is all that can be feasibly achieved. Without Ancient industry, dismantling it is also impossible.""You know... this is probably the hardest thing I've taken in yet, and I've seen a lot of unbelievable things.""I find your encounter with Amygdala more unbelievable.""Ye- Wait, how do you know about that?""I have read much of your mind using the local Bioenergy pool I am sitting in since you first entered this room, you are in reach so I can do this.""That fast?""I was engineered for calculation. I process information exactly eight thousand times faster than average Humans."
"What do you plan on doing now? What have you been doing nowadays?""Nothing. I have already done what I thought was best to do in order to prevent Zuhramon from finding his final Key Core to activate the Tower with.""Originally, only one Key Core was here, the other two were left behind in the other installations in what you call Hoarfrost Reach and the Guiding Lands. When I was still plugged up and had control over the facility eons ago, I set about sending the Warriors in my complex off on a mission to retrieve the third Key Core from the Guiding Lands, which is substantially closer to this installation.""So is it here now?""Yes. I knew about Zuhramon's stasis and that he would awaken one day. I took advantage of this to ensure his vision wouldn't come true, his vision of rebuilding after the Ancestor destroyed our empire on the fateful day.""Some Warriors were lost to the bottom of the trenches in the sea, but they were able to recover the third Key Core from the Guiding Lands successfully and bring it back here. Zuhramon likely searches that place for it now. He came by years ago and retrieved the second one from this installation after meeting me. He was wary of me, so he unplugged me and now I cannot control this place."""Where exactly is the third Key Core then? Where did you hide it at?""The Key Cores give off enormous Bioenergy signals, as they are the only things that activate Throne Tower's engines from it's central point. The second Bioenergy generator unit in the farthest part of this facility give off a signal just big enough that I was able to mask the third one by having the Warriors cast it into the generator itself. Normally things would disintegrate immediately falling in, but the Key Core is durable and made of special materials. It is fine. It sits inside the generator at this moment. Zuhramon collected his second key and was unaware of the third's presence. He left and thought he left this place sealed after. Somehow, you got in.""I am afraid he will soon realize the third one is here with me. I don't know what to do if he comes back to claim it.... if he does, nothing will stop him, he will have his Key Cores then."
"How do I reach this generator?""I gave you instructions already. You can find the way there on the first floor of the library, going right immediately after exiting my chamber. I do not have control being unplugged like this, so I cannot help you if you go down there. There are even more Warriors guarding that sector than the one you came through to reach me."You heard Shara humming with rumination. He might have had a plan."Can I plug you back up?""You could, but my plug for this sector is the only one intact. The plug that would allow me to control the sector ahead was destroyed by Zuhramon.">"I'll take it so Zuhramon doesn't find it.">"Tell me about Zuhramon.">"Is there a way to... 'save' Zuhramon?">"What favors did you want to ask of me?">Write in.
>>4309499>>"Tell me about Zuhramon.">>"Is there a way to... 'save' Zuhramon?"This might be it, maybe we can finally truly know what ticks in his head so maybe we can fix it, don't forget to explain what he told us, the whole "I bear the grudges of the old humanity within me" and stuff.
>>4309499>>4309499>Any chance we could trap Z man in the reactor?>Thoughts Shara?>Well I knew intellectually people in the ancient civ were well... people, but nice to meet someone who wasnt driven insane by the literal and metaphysical ghosts of the past.>Anything you know about Z man we might be able to use to get him off this path? What convinced you to see dragons differently?>Any words of advice for future humanity?
>>4309499Oh also.>What favors did you want?>What do you want to do now? WANT to do.
>>4309490>"It is very much possible to deactivate Throne Tower, maybe even permanently, but destroying it is out of the question. The tower's superstructure reaches down to the core by thousands of kilometers, made from materials gathered from hollowing out large portions of the crust. It's direct connection to the solid core could mean that the core itself might possibly also be destroyed if the tower is destroyed, which will result in a release of Bioenergy so great that our entire world will be reduced to atoms instantly, as well as neighboring planets too. At most, hiding it back under the surface and leaving it forgotten is all that can be feasibly achieved. Without Ancient industry, dismantling it is also impossible."Great to know...
"What can you tell me about Zuhramon that I don't already know?""Much. It just so happens that a 'forbidden' archive existed within this installation. In the prime days, the Emperor, First of the Foremost, ordered copies of personal knowledge from his own respiratory be made and distributed throughout his empire, trusting other members of the Foremost council with safekeeping them. Zuhramon, the Foremost's Sixth was one as the head of technology over the whole civilization, so naturally he had one copy of the respiratory he kept as well. Nobody but Emperor Homobis could ever view it, as the Emperor proclaimed it a crime punishable by death, or worse..""Zuhramon had many personal labs, but this was his main one. The forbidden archive of the Emperor's knowledge, or at least what little I could scrounge up of it here I have viewed. I have learned things about the lives of the Foremost tribe's founding members from it, including Zuhramon. Strangely, there is never any information about the Emperor to be found, both in general and even in his own archives. As far as I know, the Emperor simply... existed...""I will let you in on a secret. I know some things about the Emperor, some things more than most did. I learned it while still alive. It was part of the reason why I was subject to my punishment, and part of the reason why I gained sympathy for Dragons. I fear I cannot speak of it though... at least not now...""I can tell you about Zuhramon's life. Would you like that?">Yes.>No, lets talk about something else.>I want to know something specific, not the whole story.
"I'll be brief then, and recite what I know from the Emperor's archive.""Fifty four thousand years ago, Zuhramon was born into the northern Foremost tribe. He was talented as a young man, with a penchant for making things.""At that time, he was among the number of members in the Foremost Tribe who openly opposed the dogma of the tribe's founder, Homobis, who was the father of the Ancient ideology, the Cardinal Truth, his anti-Dragon beliefs.""Zuhramon in fact was one of three members who paired with a Dragon companion. Zuhramon's companion was a Toa Tesukatora, the ancestor species of Leonid Dragons. His Toa Tesukatora was young like him, the archive cites them having been close... like you and your Everwyrm. His father, the Foremost Second, defended him. Homobis was fiercely against his friendship with the Toa Tesukatora, like he was anyone that disagreed with him."
"Some years ahead, most of the tribe was behind the Cardinal Truth. Zuhramon and one other were the only two at this point to oppose it. Refusing to give up their bonds with the Dragons they had formed relationships with.""One day, another Elder Dragon attacked the Foremost's village, burning down many buildings, but killing relatively few. Among those killed were the Second, Zuhramon's father, and his juvenile Toa Tesukatora companion.""Needless to say, he was devastated, and spent the following years recluse in his workshop, building left and right to cope with the loss. Sometime after that, he gave up his beliefs and turned to the Cardinal Truth, encouraged by other members of the tribe.""I find it... strange... because the archives never mention what kind of Dragon attacked. Only that one did. A detail you wouldn't think to be missing in this archived that is so very detailed from the Emperor's point of view."
"His career truly began after his acceptance of the Cardinal Truth, of the Emperor's Ideology.""From the time between then to the mastery of Bioenergy and meeting of the Pharaohs, Zuhramon became a great figure to the entire civilization. He was called the 'Grand Builder', for he pioneered nearly all of their technology in the early stages, to the middle... and late stages.""He made weapons, buildings, appliances, everyday tools, machines for any purpose. Things such as the mechanical armies could not have been achieved without him.""He delved further into the madness of the Cardinal Truth as the Foremost conquered the world and tensions rose. He, like every other Foremost, hated Dragons. He hated them, he supported Homobis as the Emperor, the one who would wipe out all the Dragons. He cursed the Dragons, because they took away the things he loved. But his hate evolved, and soon he forgot why he hated in the first place. He just hated. They were all like this. Madmen, all of them."
"As great as his hatred was his love of technology, his adoration of advancement. It was inane the lengths he was willing to go in the name of science. He began all of the mechanical horror, he started it with himself. Replacing body parts... enhancing them... His mind is the reason why things, abominations like I exist.""The War damaged him beyond repair. He would go on the way you know him, and he would never change.""You cannot save him. He is a lost cause. He will never look back at his error, he was too high on the stupor of Ancient glory. He isn't Human anymore, he's a cold, metal clad abomination. His brain is hung up. His hands are bloody with the lives of the innocent, just like every other Foremost. Just like his entire civilization.""He deserves nothing more than to die and be put to rest at last. You should not feel mercy for him."
"I never knew Dragons were individuals when I was Foremost in the prime days. Homobis kept that away from a lot of us, so we wouldn't see them as anything but animals. I thought that Toa was nothing but a domesticated pet. How wrong I was, it was no less a person than I was.""Dragons aren't animals. They're people, just like you and I. The War has ruined some of them, but not all.""I have some advice for you... you can pass it down to anyone... it was something valuable I learned from the war, and all the time I've ever been.""'Never detract value from life. Of any kind.' Now, what else did you want to know from me?"
>>4309603Based Seneschal giving us the words of wisdomNow lets ask him what favor he wanted of us and then get on our way to finding the key core
>>4309603>Any chance we could trap Z man in the reactor? >Thoughts Shara?>Well I knew intellectually people in the ancient civ were well... people, but nice to meet someone who wasn't driven insane by the literal and metaphysical ghosts of the past.>You mentioned Favors?>Hopes for the future?
>>4309603Well he heard us so let's hear him, ask what favor he wants from us, and after that how can we deactivate those towers so we can put a stop on his plan.
"I want to know how I can disable Throne Tower. You mentioned it could be turned off permanently. How so?""It's called Throne Tower for a reason. The entire superstructure is operated by an actual throne that sits on the top, hidden behind a shell. The place is labyrinthal in design, you might not be able to do anything on the inside even. Your best hope lies in climbing it to the top.""I see. I'm guessing you're going to tell me that I need to destroy the throne itself then?""Precisely. If you can destroy that throne, the Tower won't be able to work. However, it will not be easy.""Nothing is.""You will have to fight your way through to the top. The Tower will have a contingent guarding it. An army of Ancient Warriors awaiting their reactivation will stand in your way. Zuhramon himself will confront you, defeating him will be a great chore, as he will be able to draw upon the Tower to siphon Bioenergy from the planet's core even while not sitting the throne.""I know that. I won't let it discourage me. I have to help Shara stop him, so this madness can all finally end.""You aren't going to look back if that time comes, are you?""No. I won't.""Hmm..... Good."
"Now, Seneschal? Tell me, what was that favor you wanted to ask of me?""I want you to destroy me.""Huh?""I told you already. I am neither alive or dead. I am a mind trapped inside metal. I cannot scream even though I am in pain. I just want to be free.""And... I can free you by breaking your skull?""Yes. I want you to tear through this casing and smash my skull, shatter it to bits and pieces. My consciousness, or spirit, or whatever you want to call it. It will be free. I will be free. I will finally be able to rest like I should have been able to almost eleven thousand years ago."You nodded silently to SENESCHAL."Please, tell me. You will do this for me, won't you?">Isn't there some way I could help you?>Yes, I'll do it.>Can't I just... turn you off?
>>4310689>Yes, I'll do it, but are you sure there's no way I could help you?
>>4310708Support... but before we do it one last question. Ask what he knows about the Ancestor dragon, we barely know about it other than he went crazy, became the Z-man version of the dragons and he made the other black dragons just as crazy.
>>4310689>Yes, I'll do it.Use the Godsbane blade Vance
>>4310708>>4310724Supporting both of theseAlso>>4310782Quality reference, my friend
"...""I'll do it." You say."Oh..." Seneschal made a mouthing sound, his tone filled with relief and satisfaction."...but... are you sure there isn't any other way I could help you?""No. Even if you somehow found a way to put my consciousness into another metal body, I would still feel the pain of mechanical horror because my brain doesn't exist anymore. I am disembodied inside this shell, formless and stuck in a terrible limbo. The only way to mend it while keeping me sustained is to destroy my individuality again, and that doesn't dull the pain, only make me ignorant to it.""I am beyond saving. I need to die, for real. You can help me in this regard, but first, I want you to retrieve the last Key Core to keep safely, and then you can end my suffering.""I understand, Seneschal."Your eyes paced back and forth across the walls lit with green glows and the smooth, bright floor under your feet."You said the Key Core gives off a signal Zuhramon can find. If I take, won't he just come to me as fast as he can? Seems like there wouldn't be any avoiding him taking it by force.""That is where I can come in.""Everwyrms are a unique race, Vance. The one behind you that you call 'Shara' can wield it safely without alerting Zuhramon.""How?""My vibrations. They have abnormal effects on Bioenergy. I can numb the signal to Zuhramon's sense on my own.""I see, so that's how it works. Well, wait, how come Zuhramon isn't here already? I know he can see through my eyes.""Being in the vicinity of this place is distracting to him from such a long distance I'd gander. The generator is powerful enough that he feels it anywhere he is in the continent. It being on blots his vision. You're safe here, much like you are in the presence of the First Wyverians, who can counteract Bioenergy with their unnatural abilities.""When you turn the generator off and claim the Key Core, you will have to leave fast after the Everywrm numbs it. Zuhramon will most likely return or try to seek you out. So long as that Key Core remains numbed in the Everwyrm's grasp, he won't be none the wiser.""So it's all figured out. I can work with this."
"I want to know something else before I go to get that Key Core. I've heard about the Ancestor Dragon before. You said you already read my mind, so I assume you already know what I do.""Yes.""What more can you tell me about him that I don't already know?""In our time, the Ancestor Dragon was the most elusive entity there was. None of us knew about it in detail, other than that it existed. Only the Emperor, Foremost First Homobis, possessed knowledge of the thing that I was able to find snippets of in the copy of his archive here.""The Ancestor was about the way you know already. He was a benevolent entity from which all other Dragons came, birthing the first Elder Dragons from his body by shedding scales. The first to come from him were Disufiroa, and then the Shantiens. More came, and more and more as time advanced.""Your Emperor being the only one who knew anything about it raises some suspicion to me.""Indeed....""The Ancestor was an embodiment of good for all recorded history, even far into the war. The Emperor's archive says that his presence calmed the insanity of the war where he appeared, and he made frequent trips across the world to help both Dragons and Men alike. He was said to live on the moon... and could move the world and the stars as he pleased."SENESCHAL briefly stops, mechanical wirring going on in his skull as he processed and accessed more information..."Continuing... The Ancestor is mentioned to have carried the world through a crisis before even our civilization rose. What that crisis was remains unknown even in the Emperor's record, but it does mention that nearly all Dragons perished in those times fighting alongside the Ancestor. At the end of this crisis, the Ancestor was weakened and he made a promise that his children would never again face this same existential terror, and then swore to never again fight and scorch the world." "...The forbidden archive seemed to imply these were events predating Man's existence. I don't want to think it is either, but viewing that part of the archive made me think it was scrubbed partially...""He gave them a promise he couldn't keep?""Yes. He did not want the war with Humanity, most Dragons didn't. You already knew how the war went, and what he was forced to do again at the end of it. Scorch the word, bathing it in a nova of burning light to destroy our Civilization, weakening himself further. His children survived again, but just like the last time, barely. He became consumed by the insanity and hatred of the war.""Our Civilization gave him the name 'White Fatalis.' His hatred is infinite. Nothing you have faced thus far can compare to the fury Fatalis wields. After the war, he birthed extensions of himself to carry out his will of wiping out Humanity.""Yeah, the Black Dragons. They all share his same hatred. I know."
"It really is a shame what happened... The Ancestor couldn't have prevented it, not even with all his power.""I take it... White Fatalis can't be 'saved' either?""Neither Zuhramon or White Fatalis can be saved at this point from their insanity, their hatred.""For the good of the world and to secure our future, they must both die.""Mnm....""Don't feel bad if White Fatalis dies... if he can be finished off for good that is....""The Ancestor Dragon's sane self would be begging for it to happen."
"Now, before you depart to retrieve that final Key Core, is there anything else you wanted to know?"What will you do now?
>>4310955Poor White Fatty, he just wanted his kids to be safe and happy but they got genocided twice...What could have killed all the dragons before humans though?>>4310957That will do it.
>>4310957Can't think of anything else, maybe ask if he could unlock acces to the library but that would be pointless with Z-Man rishing here. Give him the rest he wants and move on with the plan.
>>4311008We should just dive into that reactor and get the key and leaveDon't know what we do after that though
>>4310957>Yes.>The... archives. Please erase everything that could be weaponized. Or at least tell me how to.>And thank you.>End him, and grab that key.So we should shove our sword into the reactor to upgrade it yeah?
>>4311134>>4310957Basically I dont want a bunch of super weapon designs left behind for the guild/inquisition to use, but If the room full of ancient potions is any indication there is a ton of actually helpful stuff in there too.From a purely selfish standpoint I also want to take the historical data. We KNOw the inquisition would destroy or cover that up if they had any chance. Probably going so far as to murder people to cover it up.Which... kind of sucks? People will never learn from shit they can't remember. Its shocking and horrifying, but is preventing humanity from learning about what they did really the best way to keep them from backsliding?
"Can you unlock access to the library for me? The archives you got all this stuff from?""If you plug me back up to control this sector, I will gladly be able to work the library for you. Unfortunately, the archives of the Emperor lie in the second sector which I cannot control because my plug for that sector was destroyed, remember?""Hmm... However, I do have an idea that might help you.""What is that?""Our civilization used codices for storage of information. Some codices were considered more minor for civilian use, while the most advanced codices were kept by individuals who served higher roles in our empire. One Ancient Codex, an advanced one, will be more than enough to store all of the knowledge in this entire facility inside of, including everything from the library and myself. If you can find and bring me a clean, empty one, I will gladly upload all of that information into it for you.""Really? That's great! Where can I get one?""You may find one somewhere in the second sector once you leave the library. Zuhramon kept an excessive amount of them, so you may find one in his laboratory or elsewhere there. If you do, treat the Codex with respect. These devices are powerful, you could store all of the knowledge of the modern world and the story of every life born for six thousand years back onto one and still have room for ten times that amount.""I'll keep that in mind, and I'll stay on the lookout then. But, once I do get a Codex and everything here on it, could you erase everything here so it can't be plundered? The Hunter's Guild is excavating the temple above... I don't want them to have it.""If it must be done, then yes, I can erase it all. However, I cannot erase the hard copies of things here, such as the books. That will only be achieved by destroying this place. If you overload the Bioenergy generator or remove it's stabilization rods while it's running, then this facility will explode and everything inside will be destroyed. Don't worry, this won't cause any harm to the temple above. The integrity of the temple is too great compared to this facility.""That's the only way, huh?""Unless you plan on taking your time destroying the hard copies yourself, which will be tedious. Doing that would leave you out of time and Zuhramon may come here by then."
"Well, I see your point. I don't have long.""Seneschal, thank you. If only more of the Ancients were like you...""Even I have sinned. I did not always believe the truth, for long in my real life I did bend to the intoxicating Cardinal Truth and Homobis. I aided and abetted in the murder of innocents, even personally...""Before the truth dawned on me, I worked closely with Zuhramon and even considered him and other Foremost to be friends. I cast all of that away when I awoke. By having started working against the dreams of my dead people and Zuhramon when I regained myself, I suppose I began my redemption. If you get the Key Core and kill me, then I will be redeemed at last.""You need not worry about that, Seneschal. You are already forgiven.""Maybe in your eyes... and it does mean a lot hearing that from a Dragon. But not in my eyes, not just yet. When I'm done helping you both."SENESCHAL's eyes fade to black again. You nodded and turned around, beginning to walk to Shara so both of you could get on your way now."I'll get that Key Core, and then I'll swing back by.""So you can...""Yes. Wait for me, Seneschal.""Best of luck."You came forward, patting Shara's snout with your hand as you looked up into his eyes and then nudged your head to the side."This is it. A turning point. The end of our journey approaches faster, or it will once we have secured victory here in our exploit.""Yeah, let's get that Key, and get out of here.""Right away."You hopped up onto Shara's neck and he went off, sliding down the elevator and approaching the door leading to the service tunnels that would take both of you to the installation's second sector, where numerous dangers, more than before awaited.You remained confident, you've made great strives here already, so you weren't afraid. It was time to cap it off and go home. The door ahead opened automatically, and you and Shara were faced with a bright and long way ahead. Shara stepped in and the door closed behind. There wasn't any turning back now.
+==========+And that will top this thread off. I am going to stop for now and continue another time. Feel free to share thoughts until then. Also, give suggestion for what I should draw as the next op.Thanks for playing.
>>4311212Thanks for bread. Draw Shara for your next pic
>>4311212Thanks for this thread Level. Also for the OP pic. Draw ZMan or young Zman with his dragon.
>>4311212Draw a where are they now pic of the good hunter and moony.I wonder if our paths crossing changed their trajectory?
>>4311212So as an aside, what do you guys wan't to do with the codex?
>>4311619For one, don't let Warden know it exists and protect it from glowverians. After that? I dunno. Should we use it to spread around knowledge of forgotten history and defy the will of the first wyverians?
>>4311326>>4311494>>4311596Gonna need to decide one here. Should I roll?
Rolled 1 (1d3)>>4312297Yeah, I'll roll and decide.
What should I draw Shara doing? I haven't began yet, I spent some time working on my car.
Also, would it be a particularly good idea to try running two quests at once?
>>4312430Chibi Shara and Chamo math lessons.>>4312468I'm personally averse to it.
On a serious note, how about a picture of Shara sitting over the Moonquake Sword stuck into the ground-- picture of Shara's life stages.
>>4312430Draw Shara meditating with Velk and Vance on his head also meditating>>4312468It can be messy but some qms pull it off.>>4312523I don't like your spoiler's implication. Our boy will live. I hope...
>>4312531Don't worry, he totally will.
Rolled 2 (1d3)>>4312473>>4312523>>4312531
Alright guys, you help me out on this one. What is Shara teaching Chamo?
>>4312668Obligatory normie post. Ignore the grey.
>>4312687That's a big claim.>>4313012Is this that math meme that popped up about a year ago with the confused old lady?>>4313159Chamo is too pure for you to corrupt
Hey Level, you know what to do
>>4313611Is that also TLOU2?
>>4313611I got an idea. Give me some time.
A bit predictable, but eh.
Also one with him wearing Funky Kong's shades
>>4313729OKEYI think there's another template that involves fugging.
>>4313747There is? Well post it, I don't check /v/ but very sparsely.
>>4313727Fucking beautiful>>4313750This is the other one
>>4313752Woh boy. Alright, who should I do this one with?
>>4313759Alright you sick bastard, here it is. Is this what you wanted, huh? IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED?!
>>4313867Honestly that mostly just looks like someone's giving her a massage.As an aside. Intentional or not, If humans are forbidden from fucking your probably going to see a lot of Felynes walking funny.
Really doing a big thinkTorn on whether or not I should just wait to continue this on monday or go ahead and try running my second quest now, which is really tempting me here
Meh, I'll waitThread on monday I guess
My tism got the better of me and I couldn't contain it.>>4316188Don't worry, this isn't the end of this quest. I'll run it alongside my other and cycle between them. You have my word, I will finish these quests. I won't abandon you guys.
>>4316202I trust you Level, good luck