“Hey, senpai! Order up!” The barrel-chested waiter exclaims, raising his hand in a mock call. A few waiters and waitresses crowd your booth.“Family burger tastes best with family!” A pair of waitresses declare, flanking him. “Mom and dad’s favorite family burger!”“Tomato!”“Lettuce!”“Cheese!”“Buns!”“And the star of the show, a kickin’ beef..!” The lead waiter clenches his hands in excitement.“Patty!” A burger-headed man tops the show with a meaty punch.“Here’s your four supersized family burger, three large fries, and large coke..!” A smiley waiter sets the vast breakfast at your table, clearly struggling to balance the shrine to gluttony on the minuscule serving tray. “Oooooh! Wow!” The mushroom fiend exclaims, her expression lighting up at the whimsical amusement. She claps her hands in excitement. “Amazing! They did a dance, Onishima!”“Mmmm. They did.” You sigh. At least the dance alleviated some of the cramp in your wallet. “You seriously dragged me out at 8 AM for burgers?”“Quit complaining. You’re getting a burger too, aren’t you?” She slides a supersized burger across the table. This is the first time she’s offered you food, at least. “It’s a celebration.”“A celebration? For what?” You raise a brow.“The fifth day of our cohabitation, obviously.” She beams. “Makima could’ve stuck you with one of her other devils as a buddy, but you were lucky enough to get me! Be happy, Onishima.”>”I bet the other devils eat a whole lot less.”>”Thanks, Meta.”>”Why is the fifth day special?”>Write-In.
>>4630307>”Why is the fifth day special?"
>>4630307>”Thanks, Meta.”Turn to the behatted waiter>"Uh, just out of curiosity, can you actually see out of that thing?"
>>4630307>”Why is the fifth day special?”
>>4630348>>4630368>>4630394>”Why is the fifth day special?”"And why is the fifth day special?" You ask, reluctantly unfolding your cheeseburger.“It’s not actually special.” Meta smirks. “I just wanted cheeseburgers. ”“Yeah.” You sigh. “I probably should’ve seen that coming from you.”“Don’t look so sad, Onishima. Feel grateful that you have me!” The fiend sneers through a mouthful of cheeseburgers. “Makima’s other devils are downright nasty compared to me. Most would’ve torn that little devil brat in two. I’m probably the most human of them!”The events of yesterday still weigh heavily on your mind. The Divination Devil and the Heart Devil were surprisingly amicable, even if more out of necessity than true friendliness. They both managed to eke out meager existences in hiding on the outskirts of human society. Moreover, the Heart Devil escaped your grasp and taunted you, and whatever you managed to divinate of her is still a mystery. However, today is more of an off-day for you. You got a call from the bureau yesterday evening and lined up a job for tomorrow, so you might as well take today to relax for a bit.>”What are the rest of Makima’s devils like?”>Think about the Heart Devil.>Think about the Divination Devil.>Write-In.
>>4630430>”What are the rest of Makima’s devils like?”I wanna know what I'm missing out on, ms saggy gut
>>4630430>”What are the rest of Makima’s devils like?”Hell yea it's back
>>4630430>”What are the rest of Makima’s devils like?”
>>4630430You're art style looks familiar. Who are you and what quests have you ran? Do you have links to the previous two threads?
>>4630430>”What are the rest of Makima’s devils like?”>>4630718Previous thread is here >>4611767Archive for thread 1 here http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/4571951/
>>4630522>>4630545>>4630570>>4630849>”What are the rest of Makima’s devils like?”“Oh yeah?” You’re curious now. “What are the rest of Makima’s devils like?”“Well… technically, that’s top secret, but you’re still basically a bureau dog, so I’m sure she won’t mind... They’re all weirdos and downers.” Meta groans, resting her hand against her cheek. “I haven’t seen ‘em too much, but they’re a real pain. There’s this creepy one that acts all buddy-buddy with Makima. She never talks to anyone and gets her hair everywhere. And there’s this one with a floating donut.. He’s even worse. He doesn’t care about anything. It’s really annoying.”“I’m guessing that they eat a lot less than you.” You watch her unwrap her second burger.“Yeah, yeah. Anyways, you should think about joining the bureau again.” She offers quietly, taking a sip from her shake. “You’d be able to stay partnered with me in that new division, like the rest of those devils. I could save your life over and over, like I’ve already done, and you could keep buying me food. No one else buys me food like you.”Before you can get out an answer, the burger-headed man approaches the two of you. “Excuse me, hunter.” He tilts the mascot head at you. “Do you mind if I have a word with you and your fiend? It’s urgent.”>”Do I know you?”>”We’re busy right now.”>Write-In.
>>4630987>”Do I know you?”
>>4630987>>”Do I know you?”If this is one of those stupid customer experience surveys..
>>4630718>You're art style looks familiar. Who are you and what quests have you ran? Do you have links to the previous two threads?I ran Hikikomori Quest a while back. You might remember me from Paranormal Playboy Quest or Delinquent in Love Quest though?
>>4631075I do. Those were great.>>4630987>”Do I know you?”
>>4631109>>4631074>>4631032>”Do I know you?”“Do I know you?” You shoot the burger-man a look.“We met yesterday. hunter. I am the Heart Devil.” The devil responds coolly. “I realize that the timing is awkward. Believe it or not, I’d rather not use the talking burger as a mouthpiece.”“Gah! You sure are stupid, showing yourself to us like this!” Meta sneers. She points a finger at the man as a colony of mushrooms caps blossom up over her hand. “You want to get splattered here?”“I’m not here to fight you. In fact, I’d rather never see you again, but you were the closest devil hunter I could speak to without definitely arousing some suspicion in the bureau.” The burger man takes a step back from your fiend. “I’d like to ask for your help killing a devil. You like killing devils, don’t you? It’s an urgent matter.”>”What’s in it for me?”>”What are the details?”>”Find another hunter.”>Write-In.
>>4631139>”What’s in it for me?”>”What are the details?”
>>4631139>”What’s in it for me?”We kill devils for money, not because we're nice guys.
>>4631139>”What’s in it for me?”We clearly don't like killing devils enough or this mushroom would be compost
>>4631139>”What’s in it for me?”>”What are the details?”>”Also, how can you see out of that thing?”
>>4631146>>4631147>>4631161>>4631175>”What’s in it for me?”>”What are the details?”“What’s the ‘urgent matter?’” You remain stony-faced.“A local highschool sent a few classes out for a field trip to some hot spring resort up in the mountains early this morning. A ‘family member’ of mine was among the class.” The burger responds, its tone solemn. “The buses were attacked some distance from the city limits by a hostile fiend. It crashed the buses in a nearby field and began to turn students inside out.”“And what’s preventing you from just calling in the public bureau?” You frown, taking another bite from your burger. “I can’t report the attack without attracting some questions myself. The wreck is tens of miles from a working payphone, so they’re effectively stranded right now.” The burger responds. “The.. remaining students are being hunted right now. The ‘family member’ is still alive, but it’s best that you’d hurry. The fiend seems focused on killing every single student here.”“And what’s in it for me?” “You’d really wager the lives of human children for your personal gain? Of course. I should’ve known.” The burger man’s voice twists in disgust. “I’d bet that the bureau would provide an appropriate payment for killing the fiend--probably more than usual, since it’s so dangerous. If you really want cash, I could donate some ‘family’ funds. Would that satisfy you?”>Agree to take the job.>Deny her.>Ask for another form of payment. [Write-In.]>Write-In.
>>4631189>Agree to take the job.Ok we didn't know the circumstances when we voted for that question, now we look like jerks. Why didn't the Divination devil warn us about this!!!?!?!?!?!?
>>4631189>Agree to take the job.
>>4631200>>4631213>>4631227>Agree to take the job."I'll take it." You stand from the booth to your fiend's disappointment, laying the half eaten burger down."You’ll have to drive. I’ll lend you this guy’s car.” The burger tosses you a key ring. “I’m unsure of the exact location, but from what I’ve seen, I’d hazard that it’s along this route..”He sketches a rough map on a napkin.“I’d prefer not to get anyone else involved, so I’ll keep this body here and meet you there from the ‘family member's’ body.” It passes you the napkin. “As for the fiend-.. You’ll know it when you see it. It’s not making much of an effort to hide itself. If it helps, it’s the flying one wearing an astronaut helmet orbited by corpses.”“Gggh. Such a pain. At least let me eat breakfast, first..” The mushroom fiend groans, scooping up a handful of burgers. “Why’s it always in the morning with devils..?”“Try to hurry. I’d prefer to prevent any unnecessary deaths.” The Heart Devil stares grimly. "You'll get your payment when you've saved them."[...]“Oy. Onishima.” Meta leans in close to you as you exit the restaurant, her voice a low hush. “This is a devil, right? She threatened to kill me yesterday! And she’s wearing a stupid burger hat..! How do you know she’s telling the truth..?! Maybe she’s going to ambush and butcher us with that weirdo family of hers when we're too far to run, and then infest us into her 'family.'”>"I'm willing to take that risk.">"We could take them.">"Maybe this wasn't a good idea..">Write-In.
>>4631282>"We could take them."remember all those sweet primordial contracts I have
So who is best girl? Is it the mushroom, or the "weh!" girl?
>>4631282>"We could take them."
>>4631282>"We could take them.">Maybe Divine the situation using our Diviner Contract?
>>4631282>"I'm willing to take that risk">"We could take them">>4631297Mushroom Girl is best girl. She's so good of a best girl, that she actually makes the offer of going back to the bureau worth considering. If it wasn't for her, then it wouldn't even be a question. Like it's been said before, the bureau is a death trap.
>>4631282>"I'm willing to take that risk."
>>4631282>"I'm willing to take that risk">"We could take them"I'm sensing we'll definitely have to pull out our more powerful contacts, seeing as this thing crashed a school bus.
>>4631289>>4631299>>4631300>>4631307>>4631316>>4631315>"I'm willing to take that risk.">"We could take them.">Maybe Divine the situation using our Diviner Contract?“I’m willing to take that risk.” You sigh, swinging the key ring along your finger. It’s been a little while since you’ve driven. “I’m sure that we could take them.”“Bweh. Fine.” Meta groans. “I’m eating the burgers in the car. That devil brat better not complain about getting crumbs in it.”As you enter the boxy vehicle with your buddy, you set your hands on the wheel and check the napkin. It’s certainly a pretty sudden and tall order from the devil. Just in case.. “Divinate.” THE HEART OF HEARTS CRIES IN HEAVEN,SHE WANTS TO PLAY FINAL FANTASY 7.You blink, the haze disappearing from your eyes. You couldn’t make sense of that if you tried.[...]“It’s freezing.” Meta proudly announces, shuffling out of the car after you to see the vast plains of tallgrass. “If I’d known we were going to the middle of nowhere, I’d have brought a coat. So annoying.. Slaughter that brat soon.”The far outskirts of the city are surrounded by tall fields of waist length grass, bordered by mountainous ridges and forests. The normally quiet fields were marred by long stretches of rubber drag marks and smoke, crushed grass leading to a heap of crumpled metal-.. the wreckage of several buses off the main route to the mountains are smouldering, creating tall pillars of smoke that touch the clear sky. It seems she was telling the truth.From your vantage point, you can see a small, hazy figure floating lazily around the field - maybe 10 or 15 meters from the ground. You’d hazard that that’s the cause of the crash. More importantly, a shorter girl in a high school uniform is wading through the grass to your parked car. She’s waving to you.>Approach the girl.>Approach the fiend.>Write-In.
>>4631332>Approach the girl.The fiend can read the mood I hope.
>>4631332>Approach the girl.>Keep an eye on the fiend with a contract ready to go.
>>4631332>Approach the girl.
>>4631389>>4631402>>4631404>>4631409>Approach the girl.>Keep an eye on the fiend with a contract ready to go.You approach the girl, keeping an eye on the floating fiend as your buddy trails behind you. “‘Scuse me..?” You begin.“Finally.” The highschooler sighs. Upon closer inspection, you catch a glimpse of the heart-shape in her eyes. She pants, clearly having sprinted here. “It’s me. The fiend has killed a few more students. You’d better hurry. From what I can tell, I’d guess it’s a.. space-related devil. It’s powers seem to be based on gravity. It can squish humans into paste if they get close, so you might want to keep your distance here..”“Ehh? You’re in another human? I thought you were in the burger, though?” Meta scowls, imposing on the shorter girl. She places her hands on her hips and leans in close. “It’s getting confusing. Just pick a body, y’know? You’ll be a real pain to kill if you spread yourself out so much like that. Maybe stick with the brat.”“You’re not particularly bright, are you?” The devil narrows her eyes at your buddy before turning to you. “You mind telling me some of your contracts, hunter? I might be able to give you some advice.”>Tell her.>Keep quiet about them.>Write-In.
Also, last post of the session!
>>4631480>I contracted with the Nunya Devil. Nunya business."
>>4631480>Keep quiet about them.>I contracted with the Nunya Devil. Nunya business."No way. We know how to do our job.Thanks for running.>>4631493lmao
>>4631501support this, she might not be actively trying to kill us but she's still a very shady devil who snatches bodies and runs a cult with mind-control. The only devil we trust here is Meta, and in a lesser way, divination devil.Since, you know, you kinda have to trust divinations to make any use of an divination devil.
>>4631480>Write-In.>"The Agni Devil and the Kino Devil."
>>4631480>Keep quiet about them.>"I contracted with the Nunya Devil. Nunya business."
>>4631493Too good to pass
>>4631480Hand holding with Meta when
>>4632230Dude wtf this is a christian site
>>4631493>>4631501>>4631526>>4631564>>4631589>>4631688>>4632105>I contracted with the Nunya Devil. Nunya business."“I contracted with the Nunya Devil. Nunya business.”“How very cute. You and your fiend are made for each other.” The devil scowls, folding her arms. “Go and get yourself killed, then.”“Bah. ‘Tis an easy fight!” Meta snorts, motioning to the floating fiend. “I’ve killed far mightier devils before!”“How? Going to throw a mushroom at it? Or maybe eat a cheeseburger and hope it dies of old age?” She sighs. “You need to think here. It’s like in a fighting game, you-”“We don’t need your help, devil brat. We’re devil hunters! We’ll be fine.” Meta shrugs her off, grabbing your arm and pulling you into the tall grass. “Psst. Onishima. You’d better have some good contracts. It’ll be embarrassing to get killed now.”>Try to observe the fiend from a distance.>Try to get closer.>Accost the Heart Devil for information.>Write-In.
>>4632331>Accost the Heart Devil for information>Ask if theres a copy of Final Fantasy VII in the school
>>4632340I don't know, shouldn't we have asked that before? Oh well.Still, i think that we should be smart about this.
>>4632331>Try to observe the fiend from a distance.>''I got my contracts, but do you think you can hit a levitating target? From a little distance of course. ''
>>4632331>Try to observe the fiend from a distance.We need more info.
>>4632331>Try to get closerWe can't kick its ass without getting closer
>>4632331>Try to observe the fiend from a distance.
>It’s powers seem to be based on gravity. It can squish humans into paste if they get close, so you might want to keep your distance here..”so why are you voting to get close? are you speedreading?
Heart Devil>WITH A FRIEND SHE'S COME TO MOURN>THE HEART DEVIL BEATS SOMEWHERE WARM.>>>>>THE HEART OF HEARTS CRIES IN HEAVEN,>SHE WANTS TO PLAY FINAL FANTASY 7.Is this supposed to mean that the Heart Devil is probably within a warm building? Or did they go to some cemetary or warmer place in Japan? A funeral home?Is the Heart Devil shit at playing Final Fantasy 7?Axe Devil>IT WALKS LIKE A HUMAN, COVERS IT TRACKS.>BUT WHEN NIGHT FALLS, IT SWINGS THE AXE.Is this new devil really a devil, or is it a fiend? Is this something se can find at night?
>>4632331>Try to observe the fiend from a distance.Maybe also keep an eye out for anything we can use to our advantage out here--foliage, boulders, etc.
>>4632384>>4632498>>4632526>>4632593>Try to observe the fiend from a distance.>''I got my contracts, but do you think you can hit a levitating target? From a little distance of course. ''"I got my contracts, but do you think you can hit a levitating target? From a distance, of course." You squint, lowering yourself into the tall grass. The fiend is coming into view now.."Hmph. I could try the dirt ball trick again, but it'll be a hard throw, human. Those corpses are pretty good shielding." Meta responds, her cap peeking from the grass flanking her.You’ve got a decent angle on the fiend now. It’s hanging upside down in the air and “walking” slowly through the sky. An astronaut helmet filled with stars covers her head, and tfiend’s long hair seems to defy gravity as it undulates around her gently. The body that she appears to have taken might’ve once been some kind of office lady, given the attire-.. a loose dress shirt and heels, from what you can make out. The corpses orbiting her in a lazy circle seem to be a mix of students and teachers. Moreover, it seems angry, it’s shrill, echo-y voice reverberating through the plains.“I KNOW YOU’RE HERE, AXE!” The devil shouts shrilly, fists balled up. “Forcing me into this shitty body.. For every minute you don’t show yourself, I kill another human brat!”A sudden low, bassy note echoes through the vast fields as a large, circular area of grass instantly flattens just below her - crushing the ground at the whims of a seemingly invisible force. You’d guess that’s how it’s been killing humans.>Tell your buddy to attempt the projectile mushroom trick.>Call forth a contract.>Keep listening to the fiend.>Return to the Heart Devil for advice.>Write-In.
>>4632566>A funeral home?Are funeral homes particularly warm? Either way, it's our best lead so far.Or maybe it's talking about emotional warmth. If that's the case, then the Heart Devil might slip up some personal details that could point us in the right direction if we keep probing her.
>>4632614>Keep listening to the fiend>Intervene with a contract if it's about to kill someone.Okay, something's fishy here. There's obviously a third party involved, probably the Axe Devil from before, and Heart didn't mention anything about it.How likely is it that the Heart Devil is sending us straight into a fight between two devils, so we get killed off? Would they gang up on us?I say we hang back and watch for now, at least until we see someone in danger of getting crushed.
>>4632614>Call forth a contract.We can interrogate it after it's dead
>>4632614Have Meta intentionally hit the corpses with a mushroom, let them spread and multiply, then hit the fiend with spores from the corpse mushrooms
>>4632566Hmm, if we connect the heaven part with FF7, she might be holed up in a bar, which might be near a graveyard or something.>>4632614>Approach the devilThis thing is obviously not okay with this situation, might be worthwhile to offer it a hand with its Axe Devil problem.
>>4632620Or maybe it's the hot spring resort. That qualifies as warm
>>4632614>Tell your buddy to attempt the projectile mushroom trick.We have the element of surprise for now--if we don't try this we'll have a hard time tossing anything at the Devil with her gravity powers. If we miss we can play it off as Meta being a jerk as usual.
>>4632614>Call forth a contract. DivinationAlright there’s a second demon that heart didn’t tell us about
>>4632787>>4632744>>4632649>Keep listening to the fiend>Intervene with a contract if it's about to kill someone.>Call forth a contract. DivinationYou continue to eavesdrop on the fiend, staying low and close to the ground. “I know you’re one of these brats, axe..!” The fiend hisses, swinging around in the air. “What? Too scared of a proper fight? I’ll gut you with your own hands..!”You focus on the drifting fiend and narrow your eyes, whispering under your breath: “Divination.”WITH THE AID OF AN AXE’S BOONEVEN A MORTAL COULD CUT DOWN THE MOON.That’s a bit clearer of a prediction. Maybe this is the Moon Fiend..?The fiend seems to have felt the presence of your contract - it swings in the air, contorting it’s body as the glowing ‘eyes’ in its starry visor dart around.“What’s that? Another devil..?” The fiend murmurs. It begins to slowly float in your direction.>Place some distance between yourself and the fiend.>Retreat to the other devil for now.>Order your buddy to throw a projectile shroom at it.>Call up a contract. You could kill it with just one if you’re quick enough.>Write-In.
>>4632826>Call up a contract. You could kill it with just one if you’re quick enough.We don't need no axe's boon
>>4632826>Call up a contract. You could kill it with just one if you’re quick enough.
>>4632826>Call up a contract. You could kill it with just one if you’re quick enough.The Axe Devil has been killing devils and humans alike?
>>4632832>>4632862>>4632875>>4632901>Call up a contract. You could kill it with just one if you’re quick enough.“O-oy. Onishima.” Meta jabs you, sweating. “It’s getting closer.”Your few contracts are primarily offensive, with a focus on finishing fights quickly.Your contract with the Fox Devil is a good trump card. The devil is quick to action, powerful, and has a vast range, so just one usage is almost always enough to kill a single foe. Unfortunately, the cost of the contract is some significant flesh usage. It’s not enough to seriously incapacitate you, but certainly enough to put a damper on combat for the rest of the day. You can usually use it about once per encounter.Your contract with the Ghost Devil lets you call up to six of its arms for use in a fight. Although it’s messier than your contract with Fox, it's more useful when fighting multiple devils at a time. It’s also got a shorter range at about 15m, so you’d have to get relatively close to actually use it effectively. It costs about a week off your lifespan per arm, but you never expected to live particularly long, anyways. Your contract with the Thirteen Devil is more utilitarian. It lets you manipulate chances in your favor. It can improve the chance of success of any action you take at the cost of significantly hampering the chance of success for the next next action. It’s tricky to get the timing right for it and it doesn’t play with your other contracts, but it can be useful in certain situations.>”Kon.”>”Ghost.”>Write-In.
>>4632946Use Meta's throwing shroom ta tics to disable the body shields, then utilize Kon.
>>4632946>>4632971This seems like a good bet. Teamwork makes the dream work
>>4632971>>4633003>>4633025>Use Meta's throwing shroom ta tics to disable the body shields, then utilize Kon.>Roll a 1d20 for Meta's throw. Best of 3.
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>4633030
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>4633030>>4633033poggers
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>4633030
>>4633030Is there as anything stopping us from making contracts with multiple devils?
>>4633033>Rolled 18 (1d20)>Use Meta's throwing shroom ta tics to disable the body shields, then utilize Kon."Meta." You begin, "Throw a projectile with mushroom spores in it at one of the bodies orbiting the fiend. I’ll use my contract once it drops ‘em.”“Fine, fine. It’ll be embarrassing to die here, so..” Meta sighs, kneeling into the grass. She scoops up a ball of dirt and rolls it along her hands--you watch as the mycelium that blossoms up along her palms rolls into it. “MUSHROOM BOMB!”“Mushroom bomb?” You echo, watching as the ball of dirt hurtles toward one of the orbiting corpses. It lands dead-on - just as it had with the Worm Devil, mushrooms sprout along the Moon Fiend’s corpse shield.“Yeah.” Meta responds matter-of-factly. “It’s like a super move. You gotta call out your super moves, y’know?”“G-gah! What the-..” The fiend screeches, twisting about in the air haphazardly. It drops the orbiting corpses out of shock--they fall unceremoniously to the ground surrounding her as she catches sight of you and your buddy. “Devil hunters..?!”You fold your hand, angling the shocked astronaut between your fingers. “..Kon.” You whisper.As expected, a monumental fox head bursts up from the sky, snapping its jaws shut around the fiend. It seems the mushroom bomb was a good idea--Fox could’ve mistaken one of the orbiting corpses for Moon.“It’s a Moon Fiend.” The beastly voice hisses. “Is it okay to swallow?”>Fine.>Spit it out.
>>4633062Nope, nothing stopping you from making contracts with other devils.
>>4633064>Spit it out.
>>4633064>Spit it out.I assume it won't fight back after that, right?
>>4633064>Spit it out.Next time Kon, next time.Is there anything we can do with the Fiend? Force it into a quasi contract?Why haven't we clipped coupons or taken Meta out to buffets? That would save us a whole lot of money. McDonalds and Family burger no doubt have apps, coupons, and deals.
>>4633087>>4633136>>4633142>Spit it out.“Spit it out.” You command Fox.The devil lolls out its tongue, revealing what remains of the fiend. Looks like it tore the thing in two. It spits the mangled devil onto the ground before dissipating in another haze of mist.“Gahaha! ‘Twas easy. I saved your life again, Onishima!” Meta proudly proclaims, slapping you on the back. “And you finally used a contract.”>Approach the fiend’s body.>Return to Heart.>Write-In.
>>4633175>Approach the fiend’s body.
>>4633175>Write-In."Moon Fiend. You still alive?"Is it really safe too approach when it's the most dangerous up close?
>>4633184>>4633192>>4633215>>4633184>Approach the fiend’s body.You slowly approach the fiend’s body--of course, still maintaining a healthy distance. Although fiends are largely privy to all the weaknesses, there’s still a fair chance that it clings to just enough life to squish you into nothing. Your buddy tags along, trailing behind you. The astronaut girl is certainly bisected--one half lies a fair distance from the other, a thin trail of entrails connecting the halves in the grass."Moon Fiend. You still alive?"“Gggh-- damned.. devil hunters.” Moon’s upper half speaks up, its voice a half pained whisper. It raises its hand weakly, causing a few blades of grass to twist loosely. Although it’s still alive, you doubt that it has much longer left. “How did you..?”“Gahaha! This is the fiend? Pathetic.” Meta sneers, placing her hands on her hips.>Question it about the Axe.>Question it about the Heart Devil.>Write-In.
>>4633236>Question it about the Axe.>Question it about the Heart Devil.>Write-In.Can we make a contract with it once it's dead?
>>4633239As a general rule, devils lose the ability to make contracts when they become fiends.
>>4633236>Ask why it's crashing school buses out in the middle of nowhere.>Question it about the Axe.>Question it about the Heart Devil.I'm most interested in what it knows about the Axe Devil.
>>4633239>Question it about the Axe.>Question it about the Heart Devil.
>>4633239>>4633260>>4633289>Ask why it's crashing school buses out in the middle of nowhere.>Question it about the Axe.>Question it about the Heart Devil.“You mentioned an Axe Devil.” You wince, realizing the pain - looks like the Fox Devil took some flesh from your leg. You’ll be walking with a limp today. “That devil forced you into a human body, right?”“Rot in hell, devil hunter. You and that shitty axe. ” The fiend hisses, its voice wet and weak. “Killing its own kind.. Hiding as a human.. It’s not right in the head. I’ll slaughter you both in the next life.” “And the.. Heart Devil?” You tentatively continue to prod it. The fiend doesn’t respond, its hand gently falling to rest in the grass. It’s head lolls and the stars in its visor die.“Gahaha! Another victory!” Meta proudly proclaims, approaching the corpse and giving it a solid kick. It tumbles through the tall grass. "'Twas the weaker fiend, after all."“That’s another one.” You sigh. That's another to add that to your mental tally of devils killed this week. It’s more than you’ve killed in some months..>Return to the Heart Devil.>Write-In.
>>4633325>Return to the Heart Devil.>Write-In.Call in the Public Safety folks. Might as well get double payed.
>>4633328+1We're done for the day, let the suits handle clean up.
>>4633328>>4633325Time to double dip.
>>4633325As morbid as it sounds, can we keep the astronaught helmet as a souvenir, or is it fused with the corpse?
>>4633325>>4633328This. At the rate Meta's going through our food we'll be lucky if we break close to even.
>>4633328>>4633338>>4633343>>4633346>>4633364>As morbid as it sounds, can we keep the astronaught helmet as a souvenir, or is it fused with the corpse?>Return to the Heart Devil.>Call in the Public Safety folks. Might as well get double paid.Fortunately--or unfortunately--the astronaut helmet is fused to the body. It's more fleshy than you'd initially thought. You're unsure if you'd even want a souvenir of this fight, anyways. For some reason, the imagery of a bisected astronaut corpse strewn across a grassy field is making you.. uneasy.[...]Following a call from a nearby payphone, the quiet country field gets a whole lot more populated - medical teams, police forces, and bureau hunters appear to cordon off the scene and carry away both survivors and bodies. Although your time with the bureau has thickened your skin, you can’t say you’re completely unphased by the imagery. You watch the scene from the hood of the borrowed car, Meta sleeping in the backseat. Heart approaches you.“..Good job.” The devil offers awkwardly. >Ask for your payment.>Ask if she knows anything about an axe.>Ask if she had anything to do with the attack.>Write-In.
>>4633374>Ask if she knows anything about an axe.
>>4633374>Ask if she knows anything about an axe.>Ask her about Final Fantasy 7
>>4633374>Ask if she knows anything about an axe.>Ask her about Final Fantasy 7.>Ask for your payment.Even though the timing is pretty sus, I don't think accusing her of orchestrating this whole thing will do us any favors.
>>4633374>Ask if she knows anything about an axe.>Ask for your payment.
>Ask if she knows anything about an axe.>Ask her about Final Fantasy 7
>>4633382>>4633392>>4633396>>4633398>>4633415>Ask if she knows anything about an axe.>Ask her about Final Fantasy 7.>Ask for your payment.“From what I heard, it sounded like the Moon Fiend was after revenge on some kind of ‘Axe Devil’.” You recount. “You know anything about it?”“I heard it shouting, but.. I’m sure you know how fiends are. Strange and confused.” She side-eyes your sleeping buddy in the car. “ Sorry. I don’t know anything about it. I generally try to stay out of devil business.”“And.. do you know anything about, uh..” You try to recall the strange divination. What was it..? “..Final Fantasy 7?”“...” She stares at you quizzically. “..Yeah. I’m playing it. I’m doing the Wutai Pagoda sidequest right now with Yuffie. I like it a lot.”“Right. Just checking something.” You nod. “And my payment?”“I can meet up with you in a body at an arcade off the outskirts of the city. I’ve got the money there. I can get it to you.” Heart grimaces, turning away from you.>Agree to meet up with her there.>Ask her to come to you with the money.>Write-In.
>>4633374>Ask if she knows anything about an axe.>Ask her about Final Fantasy 7As for payment, she can try a little harder and take our advice "to heart."It's a bad pun and I'm not sorry.
>>4633422Whoops. Slow poster I am.As for payment, she can try a little harder and take our advice "to heart." Also maybe coupons and Discounts at Family Burger and any other places related to food she's got connections too.It's a bad pun and I'm not sorry.
>>4633422>Agree to meet up with her there.Right now we're in no condition to be meeting anyone in shady arcades, but it's better than giving her our address.
>>4633422>Agree to meet up with her there.>Text Akari the location just in case this 'reward' goes sour.Nice try, Satan
>Agree to meet up with her there.>Text Akari the location just in case this 'reward' goes sour.This heart demon is totally gonna stab us in the back
Heart Devil seems uncomfortable with paying for our assistance. Odds are she's either very strapped on cash, doesnt want to pay, or might try to backstab us into not paying. Any ideas?
>>4633427Supporting, mostly because this payment thing smells like a trap
>>4633493Yeah, she's probably gonna ambush us with her goons, but we can just have Meta turn them into shrooms. It's not like we're defenseless.And besides, we completed the job, we deserve to be paid in real cash.
>>4633438>>4633441>>4633469>Agree to meet up with her there.>Text Akari the location just in case this 'reward' goes sour.".. Alright. Just give me the address." You settle, leaning against the hood. “I’ll pick up my cash there.”[...]The arcade is a small, low roofed dim little corner arcade in a more rural area on the outskirts of the city. It’s the same kind of scenery that you saw the cult holed up in yesterday. You couldn’t help but feel a little suspicious about the transaction, so prior to leaving the area, you phoned Akari about the location and ordered Meta to stick close. You steady yourself as you limp into the building.“Gah. Creepy.” Meta murmurs, grabbing your arm. “If we get ambushed, it’s your fault, Onishima. Just so you know.”It’s a far cry from the fancier, polished arcades you’ve seen downtown, always loaded with highschoolers and old men. The room smells musty, lit up only by the screens of flickering clusters of arcade cabinets. The clerk at the front offers you a half-hearted greeting as you enter. It seems like half of the machines are empty and half are out of order. It’s almost entirely empty, save for a younger girl sitting alone at a cabinet in the corner. You recognize her.“..Hello?” You keep your distance, scanning the cabinets lining the room. You can’t see anyone hiding in wait quite yet.“Huh? Oh, you’re here.” The girl glances over her shoulder. “Sorry. I’m in the middle of a Darkstalkers game. Can you give me a sec?”>Ask for your money now. You’re not here to play around.>You can wait for a moment or two.>Strike up conversation with her while you wait. [Write-In.]>Write-In.
>>4633506Yeah, we're not defenseless, but do we want to be bothered to fight again today when we might want to also look into the Axe Devil? It wouldn't be so bad to maintain a relatively amicable relationship with the Heart Devil (until we decide to murder blend it) in addition to receiving payment in a relatively long term down payment in the form of food discounts. Which would save us a whole lot of money to pay for Meta's "diet" for the remainder of her stay with us.
>>4633531>Challenge her to a matchLet's try to "speak" her language a little
>>4633531>Challenge her to a match.>Ask if the clerk at the front is also part of her "family".
>>4633536>>4633543>>4633549>Challenge her to a match.>Ask if the clerk at the front is also part of her "family".“You mind if I get a round?” You pull a seat from a neighboring cabinet, sidling up next to the shorter girl.“Eh? You wanna play?” The devil blinks. “..Go ahead. I’m not covering your fee, though.”“Sure, why not?” You feel for the controls. You were last in an arcade ages ago.. “And.. is that clerk at the front part of your ‘family?’”“Him? No, that’s Goro. He’s just a clerk.” Heart responds rather matter-of-factly. “You better crush that brat, Onishima. Come on!” Meta cheers you on from behind, leaning into the screen. "Pick that big samurai-looking one!" [...]“Oh man, you’re terrible! You totally wasted Bishamon!” The devil bursts into laughter, wiping tears from her face as the screen flashes with her victory animation. You lower your face in shame as she giggles, prodding you. “I got worried for a sec ‘cause you acted all confident, but you were just button mashing, weren’t you? Have you ever even played a fighting game?”>Ask for your payment.>Challenge her to a rematch.>Ask her why she chose an arcade.>Write-In.
>>4633573>Ask her why she chose an arcade.>Write-In.This time we'll pick the game. She's gonna get crushed.
>>4633573>Ask for your payment.
>>4633573>Ask for your payment.Let's not dally too much.>>4633575Thanks for running!
>>4633573>"Sorry, I guess I'm more of a racing guy. We'll have to have a rematch another day when my leg isn't killing me.">Ask why she chose an arcade
>>4633573>>Ask her why she chose an arcade.>''I was more of a Pac-man kinda guy in my younger years...''>Why did you say that? Now you sound old, you aren't old dammit...
Instead of getting pay in the form of money, what if we instead make a favorable contract with the heart devil? She doesn't outright hate us I think and we could waiver the negative effect of utilizing a contract in exchange for whatever boon she would grant, depending on what it might be. The more abilities we have access to with little to no repercussions, the better.
>>4633753*waiver negative power use in exchange for payment in money.
>>4633573>Ask for your payment.I feel kinda bad for our semi-late response time and rudeness towards her. She isn't bad, really, and I don't wanna take all her money.>>4633753>>4633764This is an interesting idea. Waive the negative effect of the contract, but we need to pay her or owe favors to use it? I could get behind this.
>>4633849Oh no what I mean was.She currently owe us. The amount of money she owes hurts her wallet. We give her an alternative means to paying us back. Instead of her paying us with money, she pays in a contract. With no down sides.
I wonder if it would had been possible to form a contract with that coffee devil if we tried enough.Lmao inexhcange for feeding it donuts it gives us premium coffee.
>>4633753I dont know anon, we seem to be doing fine with the Divination Devil and Meta.
>>4634044It's not like we're doing anything with all the money we currently have beyond feeding our smoking habit and Meta. Would it really hurt to get a few more contracts without having to sacrifice anything? It's not everyday you have a Devil owe you.
>>4634154I'd rather just get paid, seeing as we're tracking the location of its true body anyways. Its days are numbered.We'd be condoning its little cult by offering to make a contract. We can overlook the Divination Devil preying on some school every once in a while in exchange for its power, but we've seen the cult at work with our own eyes. That would just be willful ignorance.
>>4634211Isn't the Divination Devil just living in a locker?
>>4634211yeah we need to focus on THE HEART
>>4634211>school devil killing kids every once in a while>heart devil killing people zero timesThe numbers dont add up.
>>4633849>>4633612>>4633619>>4633753>Ask for your payment.“Ggggh.” Your buddy turns away from you, covering her face. “How embarrassing, Onishima..”“..Right.” You sigh, shaking your head. You probably should’ve guessed that this would be the outcome. “And what about my payment for today’s job?”“Ah.. right.” The devil’s face goes dark, her laughter quieting. “Your payment. That’s all you devil hunters care about, isn’t it?”The devil steps off her stool, bending down to reach into the space between cabinets. She pulls out a suitcase and sets it at the machine, reluctantly unlatching the hinges before opening it. Inside is.. A small, slightly yellowed, console, coupled up with bound up wires and a set of controllers. “..What is this?” You lean in close. It’s got a Sony logo on it..“A video game?” Meta peeks over your shoulder.“..It’s my Playstation. It’s got my copy of Final Fantasy VII in it. Is this enough?” Heart looks downtrodden to part with it. “We only have about 40,000 yen to our name, so I can’t offer much money, but video games are wonderful things, right..?”>Demand the money.>Accept the ‘payment.’>Write-In.
>>4634336>Demand the money.Are we supposed to feel bad she hasn't found a rich person to mind control?
>>4634336>accept the 'payment'the divination devil told us about it, might as well find out what it means
>>4634336>>Accept the ‘payment.’I bet the divination didn't really mean anything else then that Heart likes to play FF7, and now we try to play it thinking something important might come out of it but all it does is make us like playing vidja games.
>>4634336>Accept the ‘payment.’Screw it, we'll be getting some scratch from the bureau anyways and this might lead us to more info on the Heart Devil somehow. In any case we get to play some video games.
>>4634336>Accept the ‘payment.’
>>4634465>>4634484>>4634490>>4634525>Accept the ‘payment.’“..Fine.” You close the case, taking the console as collateral. You never thought you’d accept payment from a devil for a devil hunting job.. “I’ll take it.”“I’ve seen these in commercials!” Meta proudly proclaims, grabbing for the suitcase. “Hey, Onishima, let me hold it for a sec..”“Great. With that, we’re even.” The Heart Devil returns her attention to the cabinet. “I won’t bother you again, so do me a favor and never bother me again.”>Return home for now.>Challenge the Heart Devil to a rematch.>Write-In.
>>4634533>Challenge the Heart Devil to a rematchMight be fun
>>4634533>Write-InExchange console for contract. Is it so wrong that I want this? There no way we can convince the devil to be not so shitty?Have we asked that Maki chick why she hasn't killed off the heart devil yet? Why are we allowing the divinitation devil kill kids?
>>4634558We already made the deal no takebacks. Besides, we only care about getting rewards, and the reward for the Heart Devil is going to be huge
>Challenge the Heart Devil to a rematch.Rather not lose the potential army as a contact
>>4634624How much is a good devil contract worth? Why do we favor money over function?
>>4634629A good devil contract isnt worth the trouble keeping a Makima-type devil around would ential, and we were able to solve two cases without using any contracts.
>>4634533>Challenge the Heart Devil to a rematch.
>>4634533>Give back the console. You aren't going to use it anyway.
>>4634558Why would we contract with the heart devil? Also, isn't the divination devil just sitting in an locker? I'm pretty sure it was the axe thing killing children.
>>4634535>>4634626>>4634649>Challenge the Heart Devil to a rematch“How about a rematch?” You offer, approaching the cabinet.“What is it that you really want, hunter? You’re not really just satisfied with the game, are you?” The Heart Devil’s eyes narrow, a hint of annoyance creeping into her tone. “You want the money? Like I told you, it’s about 40,000 yen in total. It’s hardly enough to cover a month’s rent. Or maybe you’d like a contract? The power to puppet humans isn't particularly useful for devil hunting, is it? Or maybe you’re hoping for a clue as to where my real body is. Somehow I doubt you just want to play the game with me.”>I want a contract.>I want the money.>I really just want to play a game.>Write-In.
>>4634824>I really just want to play a game.>Write-In.boop her.
>>4634824>I really just want to play a game.
>>4634824>I really just want to play a game.>"Why the long face ?"
>>4634824>I want a contract.>>4634832>>4634838>>4634839Real "You have to eat ALL the eggs" energy here guys
>>4634824>I really just want to play a game.About time we flexed that hunter insanity Fuck rewards, doing a good thing and enjoying some games afterwards. That's what's best in life!Fucking get Meta on this too!It's gamer time baby!
>>4634869>hunter insanityFuck, now I want to play Bloodborne again.
>>4634824>''Look, I'll be honest with you, even when I know you are just a demon controlling that body, the idea of loosing to a kid is making me annoyed, so just give me the rematch ok?''Petty mode activate
>>4634904this actually sounds not too bad if we're insisting on the game playing
>>4634904>>4634869>>4634832>>4634838>>4634839>I really just want to play a game.>''Look, I'll be honest with you, even when I know you are just a demon controlling that body, the idea of loosing to a kid is making me annoyed, so just give me the rematch ok?''"I’ll be honest with you.” You decide to level with the devil. “I know you’re just a devil controlling that body, but the idea of losing to a kid is annoying me. Just give me my rematch.”“...” The devil pauses, sizing you up. “.. Fine. I’ll play a round.”[...]“That’s my seventeenth win, right? Mark that down, fiend!” The devil wipes tears from her eyes, her laughter having doubled her down over the controls. “I can’t believe how bad you are!”“Ghggh… Onishima, just quit it. It’s getting dark outside, y’know..? We have a job tomorrow.” For once, your buddy’s the one trying to level with you. You’re starting to get seriously annoyed. “..This is way too embarrassing...”“Aaah.. that was fun.” Heart sighs, smiling as she rests her hands against her face. “It’s been a little while since I’ve played a game with someone. It’s not too bad.”>Head home. It’s getting dark.>Ask the Heart Devil a question. She seems a bit more open now. [Write-In.]>Write-In.
>>4634954>Ask the Heart Devil a question. She seems a bit more open now. [Write-In.]tell her to keep an ear for that Axe Devil
>>4634824>I really just want to play a game.We've had some wild times recently, might as well use this as an excuse to unwind.
>>4634962+1, She's kind of harmless. If it wasn't for the mind control, i'd probably like her too. Since she's already got a cult with plenty of people, it would be good if she could notify us in the case of that axe devil doing shit.
>>4634954>Ask the Heart Devil a question. She seems a bit more open now. [Write-In.]>"Yeah, it was fun. How about we play again sometime? I refuse to be so bad at video games."
>>4634954>Head home. It’s getting dark.
>>4634974>>4634962>tell her to keep an ear for that Axe Devil"Heart Devil," You begin. "I'm looking into the situation with the Axe Devil. A devil in hiding like that is inevitably going to end up with an increased bureau presence in the city once the branch here recovers. If that happens, it won’t be too long until they conduct a formal investigation into your ‘family’ and force you to disband. But if you keep an eye out for it and keep me informed, I can kill it myself.” “...” She ruminates on your offer, her face going solemn. She takes a breath. “Fine. You can consider it a contract, hunter. I won’t lend you my power, but I can get you information. I’ll use my family to keep an eye out for the devil. In return, you keep quiet about my presence here to the bureau. We both get what we want. What do you say?”>Agree to the terms of her contract.>Negotiate for different terms.>Deny her.>Write-In.
>>4635014>Agree to the terms of her contract.As if I would choose something else
>>4635014>Agree to the terms of her contract.It's not like we can do anything else right now. We're not a bureau pet.
>>4635014>Agree to the terms of her contract.
>>4635014>Agree to the terms of her contract."The Heart Devil cries in heaven. She wants to play Final Fantasy VII."I kinda wanna say we don't need the console, tell her we had fun today, and give her the console back. On the other hand, if we play the game on the console, we might find out something.>Tell her we'll return the console when we're done
>>4635014>>Agree to the terms of her contract.>>4635085Let's play the game for some time, and after we are done let's return it to her.
>>4635085>>4635080>>4635038>>4635033>>4635026>>4635088>Agree to the terms of her contract.>Tell her we'll return the console when we're done"..Fine." You nod. "I'll agree to your terms.""Welcome to the family." The girl smiles thinly.[YOU HAVE CONTRACTED WITH THE HEART DEVIL.]"I'll let you know if we stumble across anything." The devil slots another coin into the cabinet. "Just give me your number and I'll keep in touch."“Right.” You get up from the stool. “..I’ll return your console when I’m done.”“..Good.” Heart mutters, glancing away. She doesn’t do a very good job hiding her smirk of satisfaction.“Tcch. Just so you know, I would’ve beaten you.” Meta points at the smaller girl, scowling.[...]You wake up groggily the next morning, splayed out across your living room couch. It’s been quite some time since you’ve woken up so late. You stayed up later than usual hooking up the console to your TV, much to your fiend’s bemusement. By the time you managed to get it working, you ended up passing out from exhaustion. Your leg’s feeling a lot better than yesterday, but you’re still feeling looser than you’d normally like for devil hunting.You enter your room to see your ‘buddy’ snoring on your bed, hugging your pillow close to your chest. Your nose crinkles.>Slap her awake.>Yell her awake.>Write-In.
>>4635118>Tickle her awake
>>4635118>Deliver the SLAPS
>>4635118>Shake her awake
>>4635118>Flip the bed
>>4635118>Open the blinds and let the light do the work!
>>4635118>pour water on her
>>4635169This was actually my first thought but it's our mattress that's gonna end up soaked.
>>4635140>Deliver the SLAPSslap should've won, baka>>4635144>>4635165>>4635128>>4635152>Tickle her awake>Shake her awakeYou control your temper, holding your tongue and staying your devil killing slap. Instead, you slowly approach the sleeping fiend and try to shake her awake, grabbing at her and tugging at it. It’s ineffective at doing much to wake her up, but she does start giggling incessantly, trying to shove you away. “Ghhgf-.. Onishima! Quit it!” She laughs, rolling off the bed with a thud. You sigh. Your bed is going to smell like mushrooms. “Why are you sleeping on my bed?” You glare at the fiend, who’s begun crawling back to her feet.“Tcch. Not my fault that you weren’t using it. And what’s wrong with me sleeping nice for once?” Meta rubs her back, scowling at you. “Why are you waking me up so early today, anyways? I thought we were camping at night!”The job today is another one wilderness hunt. A string of missing persons had gradually turned up torn apart in a forested region North of Asahikawa some time ago. The bureau investigated and concluded that it most likely involved devils. They’ve had a small group of Public Safety hunters posted up in the woods for some time now, but nothing substantial turned up. After the Worm Devil ate away at so many bureau units, they hired some private devil hunters to take that position. Those hunters turned up dead and their camp was torn apart, so the bureau is amplifying their private hires to take care of whatever’s in the woods. “We’re going to be setting up camp this afternoon and meeting with the other hunters.” You slap her cap. As part of the assignment, about twelve private devil hunters were hired and divided into groups of four, leaving you and Meta with two other hunters to camp with overnight. “Ggggh. So annoying.” She murmurs. “Did you pack anything decent for lunch?”“Just sandwiches for now. You’ll make do.” You sigh, knowing that she’ll complain.>What do you do?
>>4635274>Check if you have enough supplies for the camp
>>4635319This>>4635274Get a coat for once for Meta.
>>4635274>>4635319This. Don't want to be lost in the woods when shit inevitably goes south.
>>4635274>Pick up some dog treats for Meta. We can reward her with them when she does something good.
>>4635343So jerky? What are we getting? Slim Jim's? What the Japanese equivalent?
>>4635407Ah, what fine art.
>>4635319>>4635328>>4635343>>4635328>Check if you have enough supplies for the camp>This. Don't want to be lost in the woods when shit inevitably goes south.>Pick up some dog treats for Meta. We can reward her with them when she does something good.You once briefly considered picking up dog treats for your buddy a couple of nights ago. Her tastes change at such a whim that you’d imagine they’d quickly lose their effectiveness, but you keep it in mind.You check your light store of supplies--it’s mostly carry-on, with the bureau providing the brunt of supplies for your night out. A lighter, a knife, water, flashlights, some packaged food. You doubt it’ll come down to a down-to-the-wire survival situation. The weather is set to be relatively warm tonight, especially for the region. The tents aren’t particularly deep in the woods. And you don’t expect to camp out for more than a night or so with the amount of private hunters hired out for the job. You’re more worried about the fiend. “Meta. You need to wear a jacket.” You insist, staring at your buddy. This is a far cry from your ‘hunting trip’ with Akari, since Meta will actually be sleeping in the wilderness.“Nah, nah. Don’t be silly, Onishima!” The mushroom fiend sneers, waving off your concerns. “I’ve got that covered. I’m not just gonna wear a sweater this time!”[...]“Don’t tell me that’s it.” The pair of you trod through a light blanket of snow, the suited bureau hunter leading you up to your campsite. “You packed a jacket with you, right? Right?”“Gah. Don’t be silly. The scarf is adequate.” Meta scoffs, toying with the length of thread. You make a mental note to force her into a jacket. “The creepy-looking hunter wore one when we killed the Worm Devil, right? I’ll be fine.”“We’ve provided enough rations for two nights, set up the tents, and have provided you walkie-talkies for communication with the other groups. The campsites are set in a triangle formation. Aside from your own group, there’ll be two more groups of four, and two public safety hunters will station themselves from where we entered the woods. ” The brusque hunter speaks clinically about the set-up. “You’ll be stationed with Group B. Of course, we’ve already alerted your group members about the.. unique situation with your fiend.”You arrive at a small clearing in the trees, with a decent-sized olive tent opening up to a small campfire. Your two group members have already arrived. There’s two private hunters you don’t recognize--one is a tall, lanky man with a mascot-head on that resembles a chicken, and the other is a shorter, meaner-looking girl. They don’t bother to greet you.“We’ll keep in touch.” The public safety hunter waves to you, turning to reenter the woods.>Approach the mean-looking girl.>Approach the chicken man.>Write-In.
>>4636200>Approach the mean-looking girl.
>>4636200>>Approach the chicken man.This is the kind of guy I want in the trenches with me.
>>4636200>Approach the chicken man.
>>4636200>chicken manMean girls have traumatized me too much
>>4636200>Approach the chicken man.Oh yeah. It's funny time.
>>4636424>>4636410>>4636259>>4636228>>4636350>>4636223>Approach the chicken man.You approach the chicken-headed man. He's got a tall, well-built figure, as made evident by the fact he's stripped down to his underwear. The chicken head masks his face completely. He’s poised up against a tree, striking an odd pose that doesn’t look at all comfortable. As you draw closer, he suddenly lifts up his hand, signaling you to pause.“...” The man stares at you, the void of his chicken hood seemingly endless. “...Do you like chickens?”>”I like chickens.”>”I’m ambivalent toward chickens.”>”I don’t like chickens.”>”Why are you in your underwear?”>Write-In.
>>4636449>”I like chickens.”I feel like any other answer will get us hurt
>>4636449>Write-In. (Who doesn't like chicken, they're delicious.)
>>4636449>”I like chickens.”>Did you know, the chicken's origins lie in a group of dinosaurs called the theropods, which evolved into two categories some 230 million years ago: the Ceratosauria and the Tetanurae. The Ceratosauria then split again into the ceratosaurids and the coelophysoids. The latter eventually resulted in the genetic line that produced the Tyrannosaurus rex, or T-rex for short. The chicken also happens to be the closest living relative to that species of dinosaur.>>4636477This
>>4636449>”Why are you in your underwear?”
>>4636449>I like chickens.
>>4636493>>4636483>>4636477>>4636452>”I like chickens.”You're more than taken aback. "..I like chickens." You settle, deciding for the route of least resistance. "They're delicious.""Subarashii." The man opens his arms, flexing. "Then I shall allow you to approach me."“Oy. Onishima.” Your buddy tugs at your arm. “.. I don’t want to talk to this one anymore.”>”Why are you in your underwear?”>”What do you know about the other hunter here?”>”What devils are you contracted with?”>”Has any new information come in about the devil we’re hunting?”>Write-In.
>>4636500>”What devils are you contracted with?”>”Has any new information come in about the devil we’re hunting?”
>>4636500>y u in undies homieContracted to the chicken devil fo sho
>>4636500>”Why are you in your underwear?”
>>4636449Oh this must be the chicken fiend isnt it
>>4636500>”Has any new information come in about the devil we’re hunting?”>y u in undies homie>>4636507That or it's a friend like Meta. Most fiends have some form of head accessory, like the Violence Devil.
>>4636522>>4636509>>4636507>>4636522>”Why are you in your underwear?”>”Has any new information come in about the devil we’re hunting?””..Why are you in your underwear?” You can't help but stare."What better for a devil hunt?" The chicken man keeps his pose, enigmatically staring at you. "..Right, right." You nod. ”Has any new information come in about the devil we’re hunting?”"I don't pay attention to unnecessary details." The man responds nonchalantly. "Just focus on killing it. That's what we were hired for, isn't it? The group that brings in the corpse gets a bonus to their pay.">”What do you know about the other hunter here?”>”What devils are you contracted with?”>"Are you a human?">Approach the mean-looking devil hunter. There's clearly something wrong with this guy.>Write-In.
>>4636538>Approach the mean-looking devil hunter. There's clearly something wrong with this guy.
>>4636538>Approach the mean-looking devil hunter. There's clearly something wrong with this guy.Aaalright, it would be unwise to stay close to this man. I don't want onishima to get pecked to death. Knowing how Chainsaw Man treats death, it wouldn't be a surprise.
>>4636559>>4636565>>4636567“Right.” You decide to turn tail to meet your other new ‘buddy’ for the day. “Of course. I’ll see you.”“And the best of luck to you on the hunt, friend.” The man regards you boldly. “May the chickens bless your path.”The girl is short, an oversized green hoodie slung loosely over her slight frame. She sits at the campfire, aimlessly toying with a blade as she mutters to herself. “Of course. They partner me with the pet fiend and the fucking chicken man..” The blonde girl mutters under her breath, running her hunting knife along the ground. She glances up upon your approach, her eyes narrowing. “..They already told me about you. Keep that thing on a short leash. I don’t plan on holding back if it gets in the way.”>Ask for her name and her contracts.>Ask for any new information about the devil.>Ask if she knows anything about the chicken man.>Write-In.
>>4636594>Ask for any new information about the devil.I don't think she knows anything about the chicken man, considering she's also pissed about being partnered up with him.
>>4636594>Ask for any new information about the devil.>Ask if she knows anything about the chicken man.
>>4636594>Ask Meta if she's just gonna take those threats lying down
>>4636648>>4636625>>4636613>>4636651>Ask for any new information about the devil.>Ask if she knows anything about the chicken man.>Ask Meta if she's just gonna take those threats lying down“So--.. what do we know about the devil so far?” You decide to get right down to business, sitting across the fire from her. “Any new info come in since the job offer?”“Well, it’s a bit hard to drag ‘new info’ out of corpses.” The girl responds sarcastically, twirling the knife in her hands. “..Probably a more feral-minded devil. The bodies were apparently mangled up bad. Less like a devil and more like a wild animal with the bite-marks. A smarter devil wouldn’t have left a trace.”“Right.” You make a mental note of that. A wild animal devil, maybe..? “..Do you know what the deal is with the chicken guy?”“Don’t ask me.” Her face sours at the mention of his name. “He won’t even tell me his fucking contracts.”“Hey. Human.” Meta scowls, cutting into the conversation. “Worry more about yourself. I could sprout mushrooms in your veins and stop the blood flow to your heart. Don’t threaten me.” “Yeah?” She seems almost amused by the fiend’s threat, a small smirk tugging at her mouth. “Could you really?”The air grows thick with tension. For some reason, you feel a chill looking the girl’s way.>Speak up for your buddy.>Ask for her own name and contracts.>Get back to the tent. You’ll rest into this evening.>Write-In.
>>4636699>Ask for her own name and contracts.
>>4636699>Speak up for your buddyShe totally can, it's crazy. This old man looked at her funny yesterday and baam. Dead.
>>4636699>Speak up for your buddy."All the devils I've seen her fight died instantly"Technically true>ask for her nameNo asking for contracts, that's just asking for the question to be asked back at us, and we can't tell about divination or (technically) heart
>>4636699>Speak up for your buddy.protec mushgirl. But, do it in an way that'll defuse the situation. Don't just be a hypeman.
I bet the rude girl has a devil contract with Winter. Would explain the chill
>>4636722>>4636773>>4636783>>4636785>Speak up for your buddy.>Ask for her own name and contracts.You decide to cut the tension, speaking up for your fiend. "She totally can, it's crazy." You joke. "This old man looked at her funny yesterday and baam. Dead.""H-hey. Onishima. Back me up!" Meta pouts, stamping her foot on the ground. She turns back to the smaller girl, pointing her finger furiously. "I CAN turn you into a mushroom!""...Just keep her out of the way." The hunter sneers, pulling back. She rests her chin against the palm of her hand. "I have enough to deal with already.”You look over your shoulder. The chicken-suited man appears to be trying to roll the snow into some kind of snowman.“What’s your name?” You ask, warming your own hands by the campfire. “I’m Sato Onishima.”“..Akane Sawatari.” You notice three fingernails missing from her right hand. “You gonna tell me your contracts, at least?”>Agree to tell her your contracts.>Withhold them for now.>Write-In.
>>4636855>Withhold them for now.>"I'm sure you'll see them in action soon enough."Chicken hunter has the right idea. Divulging all of our contracts to someone we've barely met is a bad idea, even if she's an ally. There's also no guarantee she'll reciprocate.
>>4636855>Agree Jolly cooperation
>>4636855>>Withhold them for now.>But I'm pretty good at close range if that helps
>>4636873>>4636884>>4636936>Withhold them for now.>"I'm sure you'll see them in action soon enough.""I'm sure you'll see them in action soon enough." You decide to withhold them--even if you are allies for tonight, your time with the bureau has taught you to not be so lax with information."You too, then." Sawatari's eyes narrow. "I'll be in the tent. Gonna run through a check with the other groups."The slit-eyed girl stands from the log, turning and ducking into the tent. Your fiend releases a sigh of relief.“Good. That girl was nasty.” Meta’s lips curl in disdain. “Hey. Are we all sleeping in the tent..?”“Hunters!” The chicken hunter approaches you, his booming voice enough to shock you to attention. “I’ll return soon. I’m going to fetch lunch.”With that, the near naked chicken-headed man begins to trudge through the snow, walking deep into the forest and out of sight.“Eugh.” Your buddy shivers. “Him, too. All you devil hunters are weirdos.. Do you actually trust these people Onishima?”>Get to sleep in the tent. You’ll keep the first watch when night falls.>Keep awake until night falls. You’ll take a later watch.>Divinate your fellow hunters.>Write-In.
>>4636974>>Keep awake until night falls. You’ll take a later watch.>Divinate Meta, why? because you don't want to hear riddles about chickens
>>4636974>Get to sleep in the tent. You’ll keep the first watch when night falls.I trust chicken man with my life, Meta.
>>4636974>Divinate your fellow hunters.
>>4636974>Keep awake until night falls. You’ll take a later watch.>Divinate your fellow hunters.
>>4636974>>4637018+1 This. Chicken Man will see us through
>>4636978Chicken man is beyond powerful
>>4636974>Keep awake until night falls. You’ll take a later watch.
>>4636974Snuggle with Meta
[Actually, I can sneak one more post into the session before I fall asleep.]>>4636980>>4637028>>4637068>>4637175>>4637208>Keep awake until night falls. You’ll take a later watch.>I trust chicken man with my life, Meta.>Divinate your fellow hunters.>Snuggle with Meta"I trust chicken man with my life, Meta." You respond half-jokingly, watching the half-naked man disappear."Ugh. You're weird, too." Her nose crinkles as she shoves you away.The rest of the day spent camping is uneventful. Your group largely keeps to themselves. Sawatari sleeps in the tent for the day so as to take the first shift. You don’t see her much. Meta spends most of it complaining of the cold, her hunger, and boredom. She ended up eating a day’s worth of rations before you found her in hiding behind a tree. Chicken does an incessant amount of push-ups in front of you. You never actually saw him eat--he just came back announcing he had consumed lunch and dinner. To kill time, you call forth the contract to divinate your fellow hunters out of a mix of both curiosity and caution. GUNSHOTS, GHOST, ZOMBIE HORDE.SNAKE, MEET THE SAMURAI SWORD.BEST TO KEEP IN HIS GOOD GRACES,CHICKEN HAS FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES.It’s just more esoteric riddles and rhymes. A bit ominous, but that’s expected for private devil hunters. After a short and boring evening, you retreat to the tent to trade shifts. There, you and your ‘buddies’ for the evening bundle up in a cramped and awkward formation to await your turns to keep watch.[...]You awaken to the crackle of the fire outside and a warmth at your side. You scan your surroundings. The darkness of the forest is pressing, the warm glow of the campfire dim through the tent wall. It seems you’ve naturally risen shortly before the start of your shift-.. if you had to guess, it might be 1 or 2 AM right now. Sawatari’s warped shadow is visible from inside the tent hunched up over the fire outside. Chicken is poised in the corner, sleeping with the mascot head on. Meta is right next to you, seemingly having abandoned her own sleeping arrangement and now clung tightly to your arm, rubbing herself against you while drooling.>Peel her off.>Shove her off.>Write-In.
>>4637286>Peel her off.
>>4637286>Deliver the SLAPS
>>4637286>Get up and start your shift with Meta still attachedDouble the eyes. We can maintain 360 degree field of vision.
>>4637286>Peel her off.>replace space with the daki she brought with her
Also, i think i can tell what the first divination means. What exactly is the name of the mountain we're on?
>>4637325It may be harder to walk, but that's a price worth paying
>>4637325>>4637334>>4637538>>4637542>>4637574>>4637577>Get up and start your shift with Meta still attached>Double the eyes. We can maintain 360 degree field of vision.Rather than peeling, slapping, or shoving her off, you instead slowly get up, the fiend still smushing herself against you in an unconscious dream as you drag her out of the tent. You approach the single private hunter--and upon seeing your buddy clung up to you in her sleepy daze, her eyes narrow.“..Great.” The hunter doesn’t directly acknowledge it, tossing you the walkie talkie as she stands up from her post. “Run through checks with the other groups every half hour. Keep your fiend out of the way. I’m not trusting that chicken asshole with a shift, so you’d better stay awake through daybreak. If you need me, just wake me.”With that, she disappears back into the tent.[...]It’s been about an hour you’ve been up now. The campfire is your sole lightsource, the darkness around you pressing.“..Hey, Onishima..” The fiend whispers in a half-awake daze, still clinging to your arm. “..What do you think about rejoining the bureau? You never answered my question.”>You’ve considered it.>You don’t think you would.>Write-In.
>>4637847>You dont think you wouldEven meta isnt enough for us to join the death trap
>>4637847>Continuing to work with you sounds good enough, but you know how the bureau isI mean, she's a good partner, even if lazy and hungry as hell, her mushrooms have been pretty good. And hey, it's always good to have some humor in your life But like, the bureau is way too strict. You know,makima being control and all,even if we dont know it.
>>4637855+1 supporting>>4637847If the bureau was loose then maybe
>>4637857Or if we could extend our meta "guardianship" term without explicitly joining the bureau.
Makima is pretty hot so maybe
>>4637847>You’ve considered it.
>>4637847>>You’ve considered it.>>You don’t think you would.I picked both because we probably have thought of it, but at the end decided not to return.
>>4637847"Have YOU? You know the bureau's going to make you do all sorts of stuff you don't want to do, right? And if you refuse they'll kill you right there."Come on now, Meta.
>>4637908If she tries to flee, makima will just pull her devil trigger. And then, mushygirl would be no more.I reckon our options are either trying to extend our "job" long enough that makima gets killed or join and try not to die.
>>4637855>>4637857>>4637918>>4637889>>4637891>>4637919>Continuing to work with you sounds good enough, but you know how the bureau is>You’ve considered it."..I’ve considered it.” You admit. “Getting to keep working with you sounds good enough, but.. I know how the bureau is.”“Yeah, well, I hate it. All those devil hunters are disgusting. Wasting their lives on stupid things.” Meta responds flatly, resting her head against your back. “I can’t leave, though, but you can join. I don’t want to end up getting partnered with another horrible human who treats me like less than a dog..”Your conversation is cut short as the walkie talkie next to you rumbles and hisses. “This is A team, checking in.”“B team reporting.” You pick up the walkie talkie. “There’s been nothing on our end.”“C team?” The voice asks. There’s a long moment of silence. “..C team?”A minute passes.“Alright. We’re sending a hunter to check out the C team camp.” The voice sounds steely. “B team?”>Stay here and let the other group check.>Go with Meta to investigate.>Tell Chicken to investigate.>Tell Sawatari to investigate.>Write-In.
>>4637936>Write-In>Divinate the C team camp>Go with Meta to investigate.
>>4637936>Tell Chicken to investigate.
>>4637940>>4637942>>4637960>Write-In>Divinate the C team camp>Go with Meta to investigate.“I’m heading there now with my partner.” You respond to the walkie talkie, getting up from the log. You grab a flashlight and your fiend’s arm--although, to divinate the camp, you’re going to have to get it in your sights. You flicker on the flashlight and begin the trod out to the other group. You’ve got a decent idea of where it is, and the camps aren’t particularly spaced out, so you’re not too worried. As you approach, your flashlight slowly scans your surroundings--just endless trees and foliage and old, melting snow. Your light comes to gradually settle on something else blocking your path.“Onishima.” Meta whispers.The devil in front of you is large--.. maybe 3 meters tall, with wide shoulders and a more human form. It appears to have two sets of arms--one, hanging loosely at its side, and another set tearing open a wolf head set at its top. The gaping maw of the wolf head making up it’s mane opens to a set of teeth in the darkness. It stares, unmoving in the middle of the path, breathing gently.>Use a contract. [Write-In.]>Have Meta create a mushroom dome.>Run.>Write-In.
>>4638029>Use a contractLet us call forth upon..the cannon devil! There's a gun devil, so obviously, there must be it's old-as-shit, once-burly uncle: the bane of walls, the destroyer of legs. Give the wolf an dose of rapidly flying boulder to the chest.
>>4638033The price can be fuckin' blackpowder or something, i dunno. I mean, the fox took meat, the ghost took 'life'...So the cannon takes blackpowder, right?
>>4638029scratch that>Have Meta create a mushroom dome.have Meta prepare several "snowballs" worth of mushroom bombs for us to meet at the fucker if he gets too close. We should have some gloves on. Maybe Mushroom landmines. If/when he gets too close use our ARMS contract.
Actually, Meta should be able to rot it's brain inside out with her mushrooms if it gets too close couldn't she? Maybe do that too?
>>4638029>Ask if it's ready to be domesticated
>>4638029>Have Meta create a mushroom dome.
>>4638029>Have Meta create a mushroom dome>have Meta create mushroom spore "landmines" around the dome/on the surface of the domeIf he steps near the dome or touches it, he gets puffballed with spores. Sounds like a good idea. We'll be in the dome so the spores shouldn't get us.
>>4638120>>4638149>>4638213>>4638222>>4638252>>4638265>Have Meta create a mushroom dome>have Meta create mushroom spore "landmines" around the dome/on the surface of the dome“Meta--the dome.” You take a step back. Almost instinctively, your buddy stamps on the ground, a crest of fungi blossoming up in a circle around the pair of you. The caps tilt and deform to fit into a layered dome around you, enveloping the two of you in a small dark space. “That was a scary looking devil.” Meta shivers, tightening the scarf around her neck.“Listen. Meta.” You begin to formulate a plan. “Can you make mushroom spore-.. “landmines” on the dome? That way, if the devil gets close, it gets puffballed.”“I can’t just grow spores like that on the caps after I make the shrooms, Onishima.” Meta insists, pressing her back against the dome wall. “If I could, I could just grow spores in their skull whenever I wanted, y’know? I have to be touching the wall. And I’m not going outside.”You listen for the devil outside. You can’t hear anything, much to your surprise--no attacks on the wall, no huffs or growls. Just silence.“Meta. Can you make a mini viewing window?” You ask. She nods, shriveling away small caps in the wall of enveloped fungi.You peer outside along the forest trail. The devil is out of sight.>Call forth a contract. [Write-In.]>Have Meta drop the dome and make a run for it back to your camp.>Write-In.
>>4638315>Use the walkie talkie to inform the other team that you found a devil.
>>4638315Do >>4638319and also divinate it for good measure
>>4638316I love this creatureMeta is now my spirit animal
>>4638315>Call forth a contract. [Divination]
>>4638319+1>>4638315>Call forth a contract. [Write-In.]Arms. Get four arms in case this devil wants to get close and personal.
>>4638319>>4638325>>4638346>>4638374>>4638415>Use the walkie talkie to inform the other team that you found a devil.>Call forth a contract. [Divination]"This is Group B." You bark into the walkie talkie, keeping your eyes trained on the path in front of you. "We sighted the devil while on the trail to Group C. We need backup here."The radio crackles as you await a response."..Hello?" You echo into the walkie talkie. A minute passes to no response. You curse, keeping your sight on the path. “..Divinate.”AT THE CAMP, WITH CARNAGE STREWNBEWARE THE BEAST OF THE FULL MOON.>Pull the dome down and return to your camp.>Pull the dome down and get to Group C’s camp.>Write-In.
>>4639001>stay in the dome for nowwait to see if the beast is still there or not
>>4639001>>stay in the dome for nowAh shit, it's the Werewolf devil, at least Moon devil isn't here to help it...
>>4639001>pull down the dome and hustle to camp CPretty obvious it left to kill our backup
>>4639001>Pull the dome down and get to Group C’s camp.Can we see any footprints in the snow, or any disturbances in the trees that indicates something might have jumped through them? Loss of snow or anything?
>>4639001>Pull the dome down and get to Group C’s camp.
>>4639197>Can we see any footprints in the snow, or any disturbances in the trees that indicates something might have jumped through them? Loss of snow or anything?Upon looking out of your viewing hole, the footprints of the devil leading up to where you last saw it seem to disappear, as if it had just vanished from where you saw it standing.
>>4639238Throw a mushroom ball there. Maybe it can turn invisible and is just standing there waiting for us to drop our guard?
>>4639197>>4639221>>4639238>Pull the dome down and get to Group C’s camp.“Meta.” You nod to the fiend. “Pull the dome down.”The layered cap dome around you withers, opening back up to the pitch black of the night sky. You step forward hesitantly, looking around. You don’t imagine you have long to make it to the next campsite if the devil’s heading there, too.Your line of thought is interrupted as your buddy shrieks. “Onishima!” You swing around just in time to see it--the silhouette of the devil’s body highlighted against the sky as it leaps from a treetop down on top of you.You don’t have much time to think.>Kon.>Ghost.>Thirteen.
>>4639343>>4639344>>4639345>Thirteen."Thirteen!" You shout, raising your hand just in time. Your gut drops at the familiar sickness of warping reality, the layered intonation echoing as you scramble back and away from the lunging devil.>Roll a 1d20 to dodge. [+7 because of the Thirteen Devil.]
Rolled 17 + 7 (1d20 + 7)>>4639368
Rolled 5 + 7 (1d20 + 7)>>4639368
Rolled 4 + 7 (1d20 + 7)>>4639368o fugmultiple devils or did it kill camp c and come back this quickly?
>>4639370>Thirteen>>4639370>Rolled 17 + 7 (1d20 + 7)You roll out of the way, just barely scraping by as the devil plunges into the snow and kicks up frost around it. It slides across the icy surface and plows into a tree, nearly felling it as it comes to a sudden halt. You kick yourself up and grab your buddy’s hand as the beast stands on all fours, still dazed from the impact. >Flee to Camp C.>Retreat to Camp B and get back-up.>Call forth a contract.>Write-In.
>>4639398>Call forth a contract.Kon
>>4639398>Call forth a contract.
>>4639398>Retreat to Camp B and get back-up.Next action has a big malus from 13, right?
>>4639398>Call forth a contract.>Kon.
>>4639408I should probably be more clear: although 13 can't improve the chance of success for a contract, the malus still can lower it. So any action taken after using 13 comes with a lower chance of success.
>>4639436I'd say we definitely don't want to waste Kon right now then, since the flesh price means we won't be able to call him again for the encounter.
>>4639398>Retreat to Camp B and get back-up.
>>4639398>>Retreat to Camp B and get back-up.What would have happened if we rolled 13?
>>4639398>Retreat to Camp B and get back-up.My second choice is >Call forth a contract.Ghost to hold it still/slow it down enough for Meta to give it a fungal infection
>>4639671>>4639462>>4639457>>4639408>Retreat to Camp B and get back-up.You decide to retreat for now--breaking out into a spring, you pull the fiend along as you kick into the snow and break into a sprint away from the devil. Although you have neither the time nor the proclivity to look behind you, you can hear the thuds of the beast’s footfalls in the shallow snow as it bounds after you in a four-legged sprint.>Roll a 1d20 for your retreat. [-7 because of the Thirteen Devil.]
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>4640300nat 20 here you come
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>4640300
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>4640300Even though I'm pretty sure you're only taking the first roll
>>4640356>Rolled 16 - 7 (1d20 - 7)Admittedly, your buddy is slowing you down. Her footfalls are heavy and her breathing is labored just seconds after you begin your sprint. It’s obvious she’s not done much running her entire life. You make a note to chastise her for that. But you barely have time to think as is. You’ll have to get some distance between it and yourself first. The camp is just a short distance away now.“Onishima! Meta shrieks.You swing around just in time to catch sight of the devil’s claws catching your buddy’s scarf, pulling her back with a powerful rip. You kick your feet into the ground, but you’re too fast--you slip into the icy ground, falling uselessly. You watch as its five-fingered claws tear through her side and pull her in close to its gaping black maw, the second-set of teeth inside of it opening wider.“Snake. Tail.”You can hardly register the sudden shift in wind. A coursing length of scales passing just centimeters from your face, the rush fluttering your winter wear, a reptilian blur blowing past you. You swing around just in time to catch a glimpse of an immense scaled body running the devil behind you through. The wolf-headed devil’s top half bursts as its bottom stumbles back into the snow, staining the ground with its blood. The tail dissipates into the air just as quickly as it appeared.Meta stumbles back, her side stained with blood as she collapses into the ground.“...That fiend is going to get you killed.” The hoodied girl stares you down, her fingertip bleeding as she retracts her hand back into her hoodie.>Tend to Meta here.>Bring Meta back to the camp.>Thank the girl.>Write-In.
>>4640616>Bring Meta back to the camp.>Thank the girl.
>>4640616Feed meta blood. Isnt that how you heal devils and fiends? With blood?
>>4640622+1>>4640616Confirm a kill with every other team and see who's still alive. Ask Meta if she can tell if the devil is dead dead, or half dead. Let's get back to camp and get our wounded fixed.
>>4640616>"If we survive this I'm dragging her to the gym."
>>4640728>>4640622>>4640729>>4640786>>4640813>Feed meta blood. Isnt that how you heal devils and fiends? With blood?>Bring Meta back to the camp.>Thank the girl.>"If we survive this I'm dragging her to the gym.">Confirm a kill with every other team and see who's still alive. Ask Meta if she can tell if the devil is dead dead, or half dead. Let's get back to camp and get our wounded fixed.You approach your buddy hesitantly--although her breathing is shallow, the devil’s claws couldn’t have cut too deep. You’re familiar enough with fiends to know that this is fixable. You gradually drag her closer to the growing pool of blood spread by the carcass of the devil’s lower torso. As if by instinct at the smell of blood, she raises her head and moves to lap at the pool of red. “Eugh.. this devil’s blood tastes foul, human.” Meta groans, lowering her head. Although her body remains limp, the lengthy wounds around her hip join and close themselves. “Buy me something sweet to make up for it..”“Right. If we survive this, I’m dragging you to the gym.” You shake your head. You turn back to the blonde girl. “..Thanks.”“Don’t thank me. Just means less bodies to carry out tomorrow morning.” Sawatari responds, turning around. “Let’s get back to the camp. We’ll confirm the kill with the other teams.”[...]Although her wound was fixed, Meta seems to have passed out from exhaustion and rests on your lap. Sawatari paces the length of your campsite, barking into the walkie talkie, just as she has been for the last half hour. The third member of you group remains asleep in the tent. “This is B team. We can confirm that the devil is dead. A team, check-in.” She waits. There is no response. “..C team, check-in.”“Still nothing?” You raise your head. “Are you sure we shouldn’t wake him up?”“The devil’s dead. We’ll be fine.” Sawatari shoots back, annoyed. “..Hello? B te-”Her bark is interrupted by a bone-chilling howl cutting across the woods. The howl is met by another, and then another. A chorus of howls join together and echo through the forest. The howls grow louder.“Alright, well, shit. There’s more than one.” Sawatari bites her lip, her face growing pale. “...They can smell us.”>Prepare a contract.>Try to wake Meta.>Retreat from the forest.>Write-In.
>>4640829>Prepare a contract.Time to do something fucking crazy!We don't get killed in ambushes!We kill fuckers in ambushes bitch!
>>4640829>Prepare a contract.haven't used Ghost yet so may as well considering its strongest against multiple devils at once.
>>4640903I can imagine Onishima climbing a tree and using ghost to smash the demons before or when they jump at him.Not sure what the reload time is and I'm not sure how much flesh we'd use, but it seems like a solid plan even if it's not a sustainable one that doesn't take our sleeping allies into account.
>>4640906A week or six off our lifespan probably doesnt inflict physical damage so it should be somewhat better for us.
>>4640829>Try to wake Chicken manWe need all the help we can get
>>4640989also supporting this
>>4640829>Try to wake Meta.We need to leg it if shit hits the fan. We'll be too slow if we have to carry her.Force down some sugar+coffee down her throat.>Try to wake Chicken man
>>4640866>>4640903>>4640989>>4640996>Prepare a contract.>Try to wake Chicken man“Ghost.” You whisper, feeling two immaterial lengthy arms materialize nearby. Just 2 weeks for now. The cost you feel for one feels less like the immediate pain of a physical contract, but more like a spiritual drain--you take a shaky breath. “Okay.” Sawatari stands up, tossing the walkie talkie aside. “I don’t have a plan. Just kill as many as you can.”The devils come into view--the tall, ghastly figures lining up along the clearing, standing just around the outskirts of the camp. They all resemble the first devil, with the grotesquely scaled up human torso, long claws, and wolf head wrapped around their hidden visages like a hood, leaving only their underlying teeth visible. They observe you just as the first one had, their warm breath visible in the evening chill. Your fellow hunter doesn’t hesitate. “Snake. Tail.” Just as before, a coursing length of reptilian skin flies by. It causes the fire to flicker as it rushes toward the assortment of devils, twisting down its path to strike--but unlike before, the devils react to its amazing speed with shocking reaction times, bounding up on all fours along trees and down under it. Sawatari takes a few steps back, cursing. A devil courses forward with shocking speed toward your partner, but you can keep up--one invisible arm of the Ghost Devil lunges out toward it, wrapping around its fur-laden throat and squeezing. It pauses, but keeps moving--the other borrowed arm flies forward, joining the other. The Werewolf Devil howls, freezing in place and providing the opportunity for the tail of the Snake Devil to plunge through its chest and cause it to lie still. You release a held breath, pulling back the arms and taking a step back. The other devils hadn’t joined in on the foray nor tried to help--they’d watched the affair. Sawatari seems to realize it, too.“They’re watching to learn.” She scowls, wiping the blood from her fingertips off on her hoodie. You scan the circling devils. There’s maybe 9 or 10 of them. If you could summon 6 ghost arms, you could hold down 3 at a time for Sawatari, but it wouldn’t be enough--and that’s not accounting for protecting Meta’s unconscious body nearby..“Subarashii. I was hoping for a good hunt.” A deep voice speaks up. The flaps of the olive tent part as the tall and muscular chicken-headed figure steps up to the plate, striking the same pose. “Friends. Put out the campfire.”“What?!” Sawatari glares at the man. It is your only source of light at the moment.. “What the hell are you talking about?”>Trust the chicken man.>Do not trust the chicken man.
>>4641287>Trust the chicken man.Remember the prophecy? Keep Chicken Man in Good Graces, he has friends in low places.
>>4641287>Trust the chicken man.why wouldnt you trust this man
>>4641287>Trust the chicken man.>>4641296indeed
>>4641287>Trust the chicken man.Nudge Meta with a foot or something.
>>4641347It would be wise to be ready to pick Meta and run, should we need so. Maybe do that thing where you lean someone on your shoulders to be able to move them?
>>4641296>>4641300>>4641322>>4641347>Trust the chicken man.You decide to place your trust in the chicken man. You call upon one of the invisible arms to extend, batting at the minuscule campfire and scattering the logs across the snow. The fire flickers as it’s snuffed out, and with the last glimpse of the dying embers, you watch the animalistic devils lunge toward you. A frog croaks. Something horrible passes by you.“It’s done.” The chicken-headed man sounds assured. The sound of shuffling footsteps alert you to the chicken man’s presence--the darkness melts with a flashlight, casting oily shadows across the snow in its beam as he waves to you. “Let’s report our kill, friends.”“Wh-..what the hell?” Sawatari murmurs, her face pale. You look to the illuminated campsite clearing. The devil’s bodies lie still in a scattered heap all across the camp--some on top of others, one lying right in front of you. Their severed arms litter the ground all around you, perfectly segmented from their bodies. “..What was that?”>Wake up Meta. The job's done.>Let her sleep. She's done enough.>Write-In.
>>4641421>Wake up Meta. The job's done.>loot the bodies?What was his contract and what did he do?
>>4641421>>Wake up Meta. The job's done.>Thank the Chicken man>Ask him what the hell did he use?Frog croak, so maybe some frog demon devil?
>>4641442Maybe it's fucking tsathoggua
>>4641421>Wake up Meta. The job's done.>Thank the Chicken manDon't bother asking. Leave a chicken its secrets.
>>4641421>Let her sleep. She's done enough.
>>4641421>wake up Meta>Thank the Chicken ManDon't question him
>>4641421>Wake up Meta. The job's done.>Thank the chicken ManMeta can sleep once we're safe and away from the crazy demon mountain and chicken men.
>>4641421>can't be summoned without total darkness>heaps of severed armsDoes this chicken have a contract with the fucking darkness devil?Also>Let Meta sleep>Thank the chicken man
>>4641661>>4641567>>4641451>>4641442>>4641429>Wake up Meta. The job's done.>Thank the Chicken man“Hey. Meta.” You lean down, gently shaking your buddy’s shoulder. She groans. “Wake up. The job’s done. We’re heading home.”“Yeah, ye-.. Wh-..what’s that smell?” Meta covers her mouth, her face contorting in fear and disgust. She grows pale, thin beads of sweat forming on her face. It looks like she’s about to be sick. “..I-it smells like-... n-never mind..”“Are you alright?” You frown. She seems genuinely frightened.“..Never mind. I-it can’t be.” She shakes her head, pulling herself up from the icy ground, a hand over her mouth. You decide to leave her be for now--instead, approaching the chicken man.“Hey. Thanks.” You’re unsure of what he just did, but you suppose it’s best not to question it. He swings around, his expression still invisible behind the mascot head. “Of course.” He responds, offering you a thumbs-up. “Anything for a fellow chicken lover.”[...]You awake early the next morning, warm afternoon light filtering in through your bedroom window. After cleaning up the bodies, you came to find that the pack of devils had torn apart the two other camps and bureau hunters set by the base of the woods--most of your fellow hunters seemingly having been turned into devils themselves. It was a complete mess. You had to make a formal call out to the branch for a cleanup crew and for your payment. By the time you managed a ride home with your exhausted buddy, it was 6 AM.More than that, today marks the halfway point of your time with Meta. You’re halfway complete with babysitting duty for Makima. You look over from your bed to the futon at the side where your buddy sleeps, curled up around a pillow and drooling, presumably dreaming about food. She seems a lot better now than she did yesterday--only one more week with the living hole in your wallet. You get up from your bed, hazily wiping the sleep from your eyes as you carefully step around her sprawled out form. The phone is ringing. You approach it, picking up the receiver.“Onishima.” Makima’s voice rings clear through the phone. “How have things been?”>How have things been?
>>4641722So so. Meta is a pain in the wallet.
>>4641722>''It's been... sporadic i guess, one moment things are calm the next you almost die, you know, the usual, Meta has been okay, she's lazy and eats worth her weight, but she has behaved and been helpful at times''Also did the Chicken man pull a goddamn primordial fear devil or some shit?
>>4641429>>4641442Dude has a contract with Darkness. Do NOT mess with him, ever
>>4641751He either contracted with it, or something that can act like it as a possible copy
>>4641751+1Meta is good company, ultimately.
>>4641751>>4642253>>4642265>''It's been... sporadic i guess, one moment things are calm the next you almost die, you know, the usual, Meta has been okay, she's lazy and eats worth her weight, but she has behaved and been helpful at times''“It’s been.. sporadic.” You decide. You’ve seen more devil activity this week than you have in months. “Meta has been okay. She’s lazy and eats worth her weight, but.. behaved for the most part.”“I’m glad that she’s not giving you too much grief. Like I said before, she has a particularly high level of reasoning for a fiend. But keep her on a short leash. If she steps out of line or hurts a civilian, she should be taken care of like any other devil.” Makima speaks matter-of-factly. “I’m sorry for the lack of communication on my part. Tokyo’s busy, as usual. But speaking of that--have you given any serious thought to my prior offer? There’s a space open for you down here, Onishima.”>You’ve considered it.>It’s still a no.>Write-In.
>>4642511>You’ve considered it, but don't expect a yes unless you make it worth my while.
>>4642511How could we word it that we've considered, but want to go about our job more so OUR way? I mean, it's worked so far.
>>4642511>''I have considered it, but at the end I prefer to work my way.''
>>4642511>You’ve considered it.Sticking with Meta makes it really tempting, even with the shortened life expectancy that comes packaged with the bureau. Hopefully we have a clear answer by the time the job's done.
>>4642511>Only if I get teamed up with Chicken Man
>>4642511>You’ve considered it.>Run me through the position again--what exactly would I be doing if I accepted? Any specific task forces opening up?
>>4642515>>4642523>>4642528>>4642653>You’ve considered it.>You’ve considered it, but don't expect a yes unless you make it worth my while.>Run me through the position again--what exactly would I be doing if I accepted? Any specific task forces opening up?“I’ve.. considered it.” You admit. “Run me through the position again--what exactly would I be doing if I accepted? Any specific task forces opening up?”“You’d have a place in an experimental new Special Division.” Makima responds coolly. “You’d be able to continue your work with Meta with all the paid days off and benefits packages of the Public Safety Bureau.”“Right. Well..” You think. “I’d prefer to go about my job my way.”“You can think on my offer. I’m sure Kishibe would be glad to see you again.” Makima answers. “I’ve got some more business to attend to for now, but I’ll call you again next week before I pick up Meta. I’ll be seeing you, Onishima.”[...]You were in the process of cooking lunch when the doorbell rang. You hesitantly approach the door, peering through the peephole-.. A shorter, youthful looking girl with parted black hair peers back at you. Her pupils are ragged and shaped like hearts. She waves.>Don’t open the door. Ask how she got your address.>Open the door to ask what this is about.>Write-In.
>>4642712>Open the door to ask what this is about.ask how she got our address anyway
>>4642712>>Open the door to ask what this is about.
>>4642712>Open the door to ask what this is about.May as well.
>>4642712>Don’t open the door. Ask how she got your address.
>>4642712>>Open the door to ask what this is about.>Make a note to buy better door locks, just in case.
>>4642719>>4642724>>4642730>Open the door to ask what this is about.You open the door wordlessly, staring the devil down. "How did you get my address?""Okay, rude." The devil responds, a thin smile on her face. "I came out all the way here to visit and you're asking how I got your address?”You glare at her.“I took a peek at you after you left the arcade. Just kept an eye on where you went after with some family members.” She admits with a shrug. “No harm meant, of course. Just thought that face-to-face communication was preferable, right?”“..What’s this about?” You glare at the body.“It’s about the Axe ‘Devil.’ I got a pretty good peek at him from this body.” Heart smiles. “Well. You going to invite me into your house?">Let her in.>Have her tell you the information from outside,>Write-In.
>>4642735>let her in
>>4642735>>Let her in.
>>4642735>Have her tell you the information from outsideShe could have contacted us through any other means, yet she chose the most straight forward one. This seems almost like a threat of "I know where you live now."I guess we should double down on finding Heart's exact location after this.
>>4642730>Make a note to buy better door locks, just in case.There's no good point of doing that when any devil could just smash down your door.>>4642741>>4642788>but why let her in?
>>4642735>Have her tell you the information from outside.I don't get why people are being so friendly to this devil.
>>4642735>Let her in.4chin cucked my vote
>>4642735>Have her tell you the information from outside.I dont see the point if being this friendly
>>4642741>>4642788>>4642891>Let her in.“..Fine.” You settle, your voice bitter. “Come in.”[...]“Wow. Very spacious.” Heart looks up around your living room, her hands folded neatly on her lap. “This is a pretty nice apartment. Is it just you and your fiend?”“Get on with it.” You shoot back.“Why so cold? I’m upholding my end of the contract.” The body sighs, reclining back into her seat. “Well, like I said, I encountered the ‘devil.’ Well-.. maybe it’s not so appropriate to actually call it a devil. To tell the truth, I’m not exactly sure what it is. All I know is that it’s dangerous.“..What do you mean?” You frown. “Where did you see it?”“Well, “I” saw it out in the suburbs last night. A half hour walk out from this building. It wasn’t too late--.. maybe 8 PM..? I was heading home from a late night cram school class and saw this big, fleshy devil roiling around under a street light. It didn’t see me.” She nods, tapping her cheek as she recalls. “But then the axe-headed devil sprung up and started swinging at it! And you’ll like this.”“..What?”“Well, it didn’t start as a devil. It pulled something off its neck and its head just.. transformed into an axe head. Its hands, too. Lots of blood. Here, I drew it. Pretty good, right?” She nods, deep in thought. She passes you a sheet of notebook paper. There’s a poorly drawn scribble of the devil on it. “Anyways, it moved pretty slow, but it was strong. Just one slash with its head left this 10 meter-long gash down the concrete. It took about 10 seconds for it to cut the devil’s head off.”“It.. transformed?” You echo, staring at the drawing. You’ve never heard of something like that..“Yeah. And, more importantly--I think it was wearing a school uniform. And I think it was the same school as this girl’s body.” She motions to herself. “Hokkaido Asahikawa Kita High School. When it beheaded that devil--and the head went flying, by the way--the axe head just melted away and it turned back into a human. I couldn’t really make out any details of the human, though. It was definitely a boy, but I couldn’t keep up with him. What do you think?”>What do you think?
>>4642905>"I think THIS drawing's going on the refrigerator!">"Joking aside, not bad, heart. This is some decent intel."
>>4642913this>>4642905Ask if Heart can "befriend" this "not entirely a devil" guy during school hours so we can get a name. Then perhaps bring him somewhere after school so we can talk to the guy. As far as I can tell I think it's only targeting devils, or predominately them. Who knows.
>>4642913+1>"You're pretty good"
>>4642939this tooI didn't read the entire manga, but all I know is that the boss lady is the control devil. Beyond that is there any other reason to not go back to working for her? Would doing so make us a puppet, or is the job literally a meat grinder? Would it be possible to renegotiate the job contract with her for more liberties and benefits, be being able to open carry large firearms?
>>4642905This is dumb but I kinda want to ask: could the heart devil do surgical heart transplants because it's THE heart devil, or does it simple embody the fear of hearts?
>>4642948The Special Division that works with the fiends gets basically entirely killed like 3 times in the manga. Except for Kobeni.
>>4642955Why and how? Do you think we could maybe ask to work abroad in a different country? Maybe make a deal with a devil to get revived or some ship?Is Kobeni the one from Vance Vance Revolution? I didn't know she used to work for the public safety people.
>>4642955I don't know, isn't that because they mingled with the main plot? If there was a way we could just continue doing our work here without getting involved, then that'd be good.As in, if we never even met Kobeni, that'd be great for our safety. The trick for surviving in these kinds of situation is being one of the odd stragglers that were doing their own stuff and lived through the entire plot with barely any troubles.
>>4642970Considering the frequency of how often we encounter devils, our rates of success, and the fact we've managed to live this long I think we should be afforded some wiggle rooms in terms of negotiations.
>>4642913>>4642934>>4642951>"I think THIS drawing's going on the refrigerator!">"Joking aside, not bad, heart. This is some decent intel.">Ask if Heart can "befriend" this "not entirely a devil" guy during school hours so we can get a name. Then perhaps bring him somewhere after school so we can talk to the guy. As far as I can tell I think it's only targeting devils, or predominately them. Who knows."I think THIS drawing's going on the refrigerator!" You hold up the sheet. "Joking aside, not bad, Heart. You’re pretty good. This is some decent intel.""I'm good at drawing, right?" Heart puffs out her chest, clearly proud of her work."It comes down to catching him now." You set the paper down. "..Could you "befriend" the devil man during school hours? You can bring him out somewhere after school so we can talk to the guy. As far as I can tell, I think it's only targeting devils--or at least, predominantly devils. It might help to get a word in with him.”“That’s the problem. I didn’t see his face.” Heart admits. “It was pretty dark and he ran right after killing it. It could be any guy at the school, really. I’ll see if I can try to work something out, but this girl’s not exactly popular. You have any ideas?">Do you have any ideas?
>>4643102Keep an eye out for any devil activity. If there are any devils near the school, or just so happened to make their way there (we're not advocating letting a devil rampage near the school) that lure the Axe Devil out.
>>4643102Hokkaido Asahikawa Kita High School. Have we been there already? If not then we can use this opportunity to pose as Heart's puppet's relative. We could visit her, she would show us around the school during lunch and Meta could use her nose to sniff out the devil.
>>4643102>>4643154This. We might want to have the bureau on stand-by too just in case things get hairy--this Axe Devil seems a bit nastier than the others.
>>4643161Do you know how one goes about making contracts with power devils, Kon for example?>>4643102What kind of contract could one get with the Heart Devil again? Wasit long distance communication? Do we get a free monthly plan with unlimited data?
>>4643169From what I remember from reading the manga, you essentially enter an agreement with them. Some of them want pretty simple stuff like the Fox, who takes some flesh when you use him. Others, usually stronger devils, might ask for greater sacrifices like half of your lifespan. The contracts are basically formed by verbal agreement.
>>4643169We already made a contract with the Divination Devil in quest. Just talk to them, agree on what you're getting for what price, and bingo.
>>4643329How did we make contracts with devils like 13, the arms, or Kon? They're in hell are they not?
>>4643751In the source material devils and fiends kinda come up to Earth to mess around--if they die on Earth they go back to Hell and regenerate for a while. Some devils, like ghost and fox, are pretty chill and contract with just about any devil hunter, but others are less willing.Highly recommend checking out the manga if you haven't already--it's pretty short, but also really fun.
>>4643760I might.Is there any reason why we can beat the shit out of a devil close to death, make a deal with them, then contain them like an SCP?
>>4643764Sometimes the devils have oddly human desires, and want them fulfilled. Like Meta and her luxuries. There might be an obligation or desire a Devil has that it wants seen through, and iirc devils lose memories if they die and come back
>>4643808So what if we bully a devil into submission, ask what they want, and try to Smooze a beneficial contract out of them?
>>4643820Likely just going to piss people off. Getting chummy with devils is what Hunters look out for in behavior, and it liable to get our name up on a hitlist with them paid to take care of it.
>>4643827But how do you make contracts with devils beyond ghost or fox? Is it not bad already that our boy made a contract with the heard and divinitation devil? Is it bad that we made a contract with the Thirdteen devil? Should we not report the kind that used that lizard devil contract?
>>4643863yeah it CAN be bad. The issue here is that we can't mention some of our contracts, and the fact that we have more contracts than we tell people is something that CAN get us hunted down.We're just getting oddly lucky with Devils. One day we can just be betrayed by a Devil, and they fuck us over at the worst timing.
>>4643868How can they betray you after a contract has been made? How do you actively seek out contracts? What about seeking out contracts from devils you encounter?
>>4643886If you ever read the manga, you'll know because the first devil Denji fights actively fucks over the people who contracted with it.
Hm...you guys have realized that the axe devil is one of those hybrids, right? Like, there's a bunch of people who are able to basically turn into devils.Like, that is the same type as the chainsaw devil...except like, way, WAY weaker for obvious reasons. I feel like we're gonna be fuckin' dead if we try to fight him here.
>>4643910I think we all realized this was a hybrid after the axe guy sketch.
>>4643914So shouldn't we be...you know, thinking of a way to deal with him, specifically? I don't think 'Kon' is going to be able to do it so easily. Ghost had a hard time killing werewolves with two arms. Meta is Meta.We're kind of, uh, in a pickle.
>>4643917Fair enough, but we also need to make sure the Axe Devil's user isn't some kind of maniac. We have no chance of fighting him, so...
>>4643921get a gun. problem solved.
>>4643923And shoot him where? his whole fuckin' body is axes.
>>4643935that's the point. shoot him in his axe. his extra axe cock.
>>4643910Well obviously, but I'm personally trying not to metagame because that isn't even something Onishima would know about, unlike how he would know that Public Safety work is generally more dangerous due to them having to take the ones private hunters pass up or die from being too difficult.
>>4643102IT WALKS LIKE A HUMAN, COVERS ITS TRACKSBUT WHEN NIGHT FALLS, IT SWINGS THE AXEwait until night perhaps? We don't have much to go off besides divination, bring a flashlight so we can actually see him as well.
>>4644006My guess, this devil man is acting like a vigilante. Living a normal life during the day, and slaying devils by night
>>4643154>>4643161>Hokkaido Asahikawa Kita High School. Have we been there already? If not then we can use this opportunity to pose as Heart's puppet's relative. We could visit her, she would show us around the school during lunch and Meta could use her nose to sniff out the devil."Right. So.. you could use your puppet-""My big sister." She corrects you."..Your 'big sister' to get my into the school. I pose as a relative and you could 'show us around the school' during lunch." You plan aloud. "Meta can use her nose to sniff out the devil man.""Well, that could work. You'll have to wait a couple of days, though, since I skipped school today and we don't have school tomorrow." Heart responds, staring up at the ceiling. "If you come to Kita on Monday, I can probably pull it off. You'll have to do it quick, though. Even if your fiend does look human, it probably won't be too long before people start asking questions.""Alright." You can't help but feel a bit nervous, admittedly. A human that can turn into a devil.. "I'll come to meet you outside the gate then.""It's a date." Heart smiles.
Going to call the thread here!>>4643751Devils cycle between the two worlds. When a devil dies on Earth, it reincarnates in Hell, and when it dies in Hell, it reincarnates on Earth. It takes on a different form when it reincarnates. As for contracts, it can vary. In the manga, Public Safety Bureau seem to have a secret location that acts like a "prison" for devils from which Public Safety Hunters can get contracts from. The Future Devil was seen there and its implied that the bureau has other "friendly" devils there like the Fox Devil, the Ghost Devil, and the Mold Devil that many Public Safety Hunters utilize. For Private Devil Hunters, its not really expanded on, but they seem to find devils themselves and make contracts independently, like Yoshida with the Octopus Devil or Sawatari with the Snake Devil.
>>4643751See >>4644094PSB keeps some cooperative devils around to make contracts with employees. Fox is one. Don't think they had Ghost, but people in the manga had contracts with Ghost. Thirteen did not appear in the manga.Like OP said, devils are immortal in the sense that as long as humans feel even a little fear towards them, they'll exist (I think). Dying means they reincarnate in the other realm, and reincarnating is the full deal of being reborn no memories new personality etc. Notably there are primordial devils, such as Darkness, who have never been defeated and thus never left Hell. Strongest being to appear in the manga, very big deal, apparently who chicken man somehow has a contract with which is why people are freaking out. You'd have to go to Hell as a human to get that contract in the first place.
>>4644094bewbs go bouncy bouncy