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929115 No. 929115 ID: 70be57

Wiki https://tgchan.org/wiki/Root_and_Branches
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Excited, nervous, terrified, exhilarated, and ready.
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I don’t know...
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Yes. It would. I loved humanity too much to let them go.

But with that, you wouldn’t exist either...
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No. 929287 ID: 8b660e

Hello sister.
No. 929363 ID: e51896

*is slightly annoyed of being trapped here in what he thought was the recess of his mind by dreamwalker, and being called a disappointment by Demoria, but keeps it to himself to avoid the risk of being hurt even more*

*hears Dreamwalker's "offspring" say he doesn't exist and is only how Dreamwalker envisioned his offspring would look*

*is reminded of being similarly tricked about how Mr. Crumpet, the cookie, was an imaginary friend but was instead just Dreamwalker's guardian messing with his mind*

*suspects the person is actually Dreamwalker's guardian in disguise of Dreamwalker's offspring*

*is about to call this "offspring" out on his bullshit and reveal him as Deamwalker's guardian, but decides against it as he would want to see Demoria and Dreamwalker get tricked and see their reaction, and would rather not be hurt again if his theory is false*

*instead just patiently waits until the discussion begins and for a good moment to jump in the impending conversation*
No. 929447 ID: 70be57
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This is probably the first song that I posted that has more dislikes than likes. So I apologize in advance

No. 929484 ID: 8b660e

There is a purpose and I have been searching for it for so long now, even when I tried to stop searching for it with Absolution, I still sought it out in the dreams of those who I watched. What I want is what all creatures in this world want, I want to be happy and I want the people I love to find happiness as well. That has been my goal this entire time. I wanted Absolution to be happy, I want Gaia to be happy, and I want the humans whom I have watched over for an eternity to find their own ways of being happy. I want everyone, even the people I hate to feel joy in their lives.

But no matter what happens, it seems one person's happiness is one persons sorrow. Why is that? So many people are still slaves to their own ambitions thinking it will bring them happiness, but at the end of their lives, when it is all over what was the cost of their ambition? How many other's happiness had to be lost in order to bring about their own? It's not right and it's not fair. It breaks my heart.

Tell me sister? What is it that makes you happy? It's been so long since I have seen a genuine smile from you, and when I have seen one it's always because another has been put down. Is it just your nature? Or do you get some happiness out of it all? To be honest, I don't think you feel much beyond anger and disgust anymore. I want you to feel happy too, if only just once.

I want people to have a chance to find love. Tell me sister? What is love? As far as I know, you love no one, and I believe it is impossible to truly love anyone anymore. I have tried for countless eons to find it in the hearts of men and gods, but it's all been a farce. Do you know what love is? I do. Look here, see there? The corpse of Essence of Life lying dead somewhere awaiting whatever fate is given to her body. I would say she above all else embodies love now. Look here again, a man lying dead from the fog, he too embodies love.

Look at them sister, now they will not steal, they will not hate, they will not kill. It's a morbid reality, but it's the truth. No one embodies love better than the dead. Their flesh will go to some other purpose, be it feeding the earth and its many animals, or serving as a reminder of better times for someone else. Their bodies can be pelted with snow and rain, and they will raise not a single complaint. In death, we are all equal and we become the true embodiment of love, The essence of love is death.

I know what you must be thinking, what about Ana and Laura? Do I not love them? By my own very definition, no, I do not. What I am is discriminatory towards them. I favor them with my guidance and praise but so many others who could have benefited from me and my gifts. Laura is as unto a daughter to me, her life is more important than my own. And for the sake of her I have ignored so many others and their outcries have gone silent to so many. Why do you think I followed Absolution into staying out of the affairs of mortals for so long? I wanted to be the same for everyone, if no one was given anything from me, then surely it was not wrong as it hurt no one else. But it did hurt others. My inaction cost me and others dearly, when I could have helped them, I could have saved so many, but I didn't. And now it's too late to do anything about it.

Look around the world, sister, the whole world is what embodies love. The sky, the stars, the ground upon which we walk. Even the very cycle which keeps repeating embodies my definition of love, it continues over and over again. This world is so beautiful and so full of the love so many seek and are unable to find. How can that be? How can such a world have so much love, yet there is none in the hearts of men or gods? We are all the same in this regard. None of us understands what it means to love at all. We don't know the meaning of life, or death, or the very battles we fight over these beliefs

So where in this world can the living find what it truly is to love and feel what it is to be happy? That is what I want sister, I want a place in this world where all can know what it truly means to know what it is to love, that is my idea of heaven. That is my goal, to show the other gods and men that such a place does exist but they are the only ones who can bring it about.

Mock me for it if you will, but that the truth.
No. 929487 ID: e51896

*vomits all over himself from sudden motion sickness after being thrown*

*is grossed out*

*tries to remember the plan Demoria was talking about, but can't because of parts of his memories being wiped by the spirits being destroyed during the battle*

*Instead remembers 7-10 instances when he was being abused, used as a puppet, betrayed, and abandoned by different allies or friends*

*wonders to himself if he is able to trust another person again*

*wonders if he can trust himself*
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No. 929506 ID: e51896

thoughts: Ruh-roh. I think these card readings has dangerous side effects. I don't want those side effects. Better intervene.

thoughts: uhhh... WAIT! careful god, and demi-god. His card reading story could cause dangerous side effects like radioactive poisoning much like Felafaf's card readings on people.

thoughts: Wait, card readings side effects might not effect gods or demigods, but probably only me in my weakened state. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck... I can only hope what this guy says about not being real is the truth, but I can't trust anyone anymore, I'm ran outta faith in everything, I'm just being lied to again
No. 929521 ID: edc3d5

I will be ready to hear it in just another moment but my sister needs to hear this.

*takes Demoria by her hands*
You say that I don’t know what it’s like to be mortal, and that I spent too long watching the dreams to know what’s real anymore. You may be right. But the thing is, I think I do know what it’s like to be mortal, and so do you. We share the same emotions as mortals, the very same things that the world is filled with, we feel fear, anger, sadness, grief, we are all the same whether we realize it or not. I have walked with men, lived out whole lifetimes as them, fathered a child whose decedent still lives today. The only thing that separates us is how long we’ve lived and how much power we have. I take no pride in that, and being honest I would rather have been born a man than as a god. The people who seek immortality are chasing their own ambitions thinking it will bring them happiness, but what have they lost? All I see are empty shells that have stripped themselves of what it means to be a person.

And you are exactly right, there is no simple solution to creating a world where we are able to find love in the hearts of men and gods, and there never will be. But there might be a way. I want to see the day that when gods and men look across the world they see a reflection of their own hearts, one that isn’t ruled by fear, but filled with love. And i’ll do it one day and one dream at a time.

*turns back to mythweaver*
I’m ready, tell me your story.
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No. 929593 ID: e51896

*focuses on trying his absolute hardest to move any part of his formless body to see if he can move at all*
No. 929596 ID: edc3d5

*eyes the bucket*
I’ll deal with you later.

Tell us the story.
No. 929644 ID: 70be57
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thoughts: *mumbles* Ruling through fear and highly strict laws, with having even the smallest offenses being punishable by death such as breaking the rule "no jaywalking", he is able to maintain peace. maintain peace through fear. It goes to show: peace does not equal happiness for everyone. sacrifice everyone's happiness for peace. Ironic, isn't it?

thoughts: *grumbles* either that, or the king is a tool who has many outside forces such as advisors giving him shitty advice on how to rule...

*continues trying to move, will never give up*
No. 929719 ID: 8b660e

Well it’s obviously Andrew Goodwill for one. I think that pretty much speaks for itself. Continue.
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Thoughts: Trust no one, or you'll only be used. I learned that the hard way. The wizard must have cursed that weapon to corrupt the kid. the kid should refuse the gift and rely only on improving himself, by himself, through training and learning even harder and rely on his own wits and strength. He does not need any special magical weapons, or magical powers, he'd only be cheating himself and improve less, and potentially hurt himself, much like what steroids does.

Thoughts: *To demoria*Puddles don't talk. stop talking to puddles. Why do you even care what I'm doing anymore? The offspring even said you shouldn't even concern yourself with me anymore because I'm worthless. So why do you still judge my actions and can't just let go of me? Just listen to the story and stop dwelling on the past, start adapting to the present, and focus on the future.

*is still attempting to move, despite knowing it's only his mind here and not his physical bodies. is not let anybody tell him to give up*
No. 929860 ID: e51896

Thoughts: Now that I think about it, logically, if this was our minds here and not our physical forms, wouldn't I be able to move on my own because I'd be able to think it and move my mental form?
No. 929881 ID: edc3d5

Probably mr. bucket.

Anyway, I guess it would depend on what the weapon is and how it work. I suppose it could be worth a shot, but I’m not really sure, Demoria what do you think?
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*to Mythweaver*
man, this got awkward fast... yeah I’ll take a chance on the wizard.
No. 930194 ID: 6188dc

Finally I can speak in this form without my vocal chords being all jumbled up as a puddle. I'm glad you are finally willing to listen to me after saying previously you did not want to hear my excuse

I remember that moment regarding the cake... we didn't eat cake, what actually happened was that you kept it for yourself and then threw the entire cake at me while I didn't get to eat any after a mission we failed in previously... it made me wonder if metaphorically that's how it would of always been if we stayed allies... and don't call me Null. Null is dead and is never coming back. Dont call me by the name from my other life either. He too is dead. And no, I do not want your legs, like I said, I've lost all faith and can't accept help anymore. if I am to get anywhere anymore, I need to do it myself now.

I will not ask for forgiveness, I will not try to change your mind. I can never be redeemed. I am pretty much the most hated person in the multiverse in everyone's eyes right now. I'll admit, I was far too arrogant, and because of that, i lost everything and now have nothing left to lose and nothing to gain. I just do not know how to make correct decisions in my previous lives and only know how to make the wrong choices. I do not know why I do this shit. I can only guess it was because of how I have often been treated by others in my previous two lives around me... betrayed and used like a tool to fulfill others' goals only to be thrown out into trash as soon as I either served my purpose or am seen as worthless despite me trying to give my friends advice even if it was harsh or try my best to help... or maybe i do these things because I just hate myself.

But jeez, at least I'm trying now to get better. I've finally swallowed my pride and I'm right now trying to be true to myself and figure out who I am, to find myself... but I just don't quite know where to start... or if it even possible for me to find the start.

...at the very least I can accept my failure and everything I lost and my fate, and try to adapt even though it seems impossible for me at this point, such as trying to move on my own without giving up despite my form. I wonder if you can adapt to failure too? For perspective, you told me you wanted to be the next Absolution of this world. But while you laughed at my goals, I didn't despite how stupid your goal was because of what you do not realize what being the next Absolution entails.

Absolution is a living example of Sisyphus, cursed to roll a boulder uphill a slope, only once he almost reaches the top, the boulder comes tumbling down resulting in failure. And yet, he keeps starting all over from the beginning on trying to roll that boulder uphill over and over and over again only for each time for him to fail and have the boulder roll all the way down when he almost reaches the goal.

Absolution is the same, living the cycle for who knows how many times trying to accomplish something, but each time failing and starting over at the start of a new cycle. With that in mind, is being the next absolution really what you want? After seeing your reaction with giving up on me after I failed, I don't know if you can handle Absolution's job or not. This world is full of failure, and even if one succeeds, it is at a heavy cost. I do not think I have ever seen a single success in that world. If you can't handle failure no matter how large I recommend just being your own person and not someone else like Absolution who craves failure.

At the very least I will explain why I did what I did: Essence was hurting me physically destroying my body, and she was erasing my memories with those ghosts getting killed. My memories are one of the few most precious things to me and I could not let her take those away from me, or else I would have become a mindless slave for her. I had to do something or else I would have lost my memories of my goals and my purpose. But I do not think you care about that, much like you didn't care to make a decision of whether or not we should ally ourselves with Essence and instead left the decision to me. At least I didn't bring you into the battle or else things may have been worst for you if you only knew what I went through in that hellish battle

Well, the only thing left I can say is what I asked you previously: just let me go and forget about me. Or just kill me or something if you truly hate me that much. I'm sure Dreamwalker can help with assassinating me for you if you ask him nicely. I don't know why you still continue to concern yourself with me.

As for you offspring, you probably should have known about this "break up" as you are a part of dreamwalker in some way. He saw it happen, so I'm confused as to why you didn't know. Whatever, just continue the story, or betray us in some way.
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No. 930359 ID: e51896

Don't call me Null. Like I said, he's dead.

And It's not that I don't want to hear a story. I love a good story. But if I'm being honest with myself: it is more about how just like how I do not trust that wizard in the story or the weapon the wizard is offering the hero, I can't find the will to put any trust in you, story-teller.

Really, you just come out of nowhere out of the blue, showing up after we each lost something significant from a hellish battle, some more than other, to act as some kind of counselor or therapist to us, all with a smug look of someone who is faking a smile on their face as if ready to scam us into or out of something. Are you exactly who you claim you are? you could be an outside force for all we know and not be a constructed vision of Dreamwalker. Excuse me for being a bit harsh, but I've been screwed over many times before, you must understand my weariness.

But at the same time, why should I really care? I am so exhausted and broken that I'm at the point where I have nothing left to lose nor can I gain anything. Besides, I'm pretty much incapable of making right choices as my previous two lives have proven, so what does it matter if I get betrayed by you? If anything, Dreamwalker has more to lose than I do, so go ahead and continue the story or whatever.

If anything, if you want me to get a little more comfortable, I suggest you tell the story without those magical cards of yours for visuals. We have imaginations, so it most likely works better when we draw our own conclusions with our imaginations as we are thinking of the story more. I just don't trust those cards either

Actually, wait. Before the story continues, first, let me ask Dreamwalker something: You said you are taking your chances with the wizard's weapon. Please enlighten me as to why you trust him, a total stranger showing out of the blue, and accepting such a weapon? it could be cursed. The wizard could be using the hero to kill the king so that the wizard could rule with even more evil rules. The wizard could actually be working for the king and could be using that weapon as a way to bring the hero down. So why put faith in something you don't understand, especially keeping in mind you live in a world where everyone is out to get you or me in some way? wouldn't it make more sense to improve yourself instead of relying on such a weapon? After you answer me this, then we can continue the story with whatever route you want to choose, Dreamwalker.
No. 930401 ID: 8b660e

I thought you of all people would have known that one.

Do you remember Marty and his hobbies? Or should I say yours? He took his chances with things he didn’t understand, and in the end... well I mean look at you know. And look at me? People took a chance with me and I’m something they didn’t understand. So just gonna roll the dice.
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No. 930476 ID: e51896

Ya see what I mean, Dreamboy? do ya see what I mean??? if someone or something is too good to be true, it most likely is. I know that story was all in good fun and the consequences of choosing won't effect you in real life, but what if for shits and giggles that was real life and the hero was actually someone you really cared about above all else? would you have "rolled the dice" and take chances on that wizard so easily? why am I asking? of course you probably would. You trusted this story teller without asking questions of who he actually was... And don't call me by the name I went by in my first life. Ugh, I gotta get a grip. There is no use getting angry over this, don't even know why I am...

*looks over at the imposter* Finally, reality is taking off its mask of fantasy and escapism and is revealing it's true form with all the cruelty and harshness that comes with it. All I can say is: that is more like it. Having us live a lie like that isn't gonna build anyone any character.

I'll be honest, I feel quite proud of myself for figuring that out. I never thought I would feel so proud of myself again after I melted. But you don't seem upset that I revealed you aren't who you claimed to be. In fact, it feels almost like you expected I was going to reveal you of being a fraud this whole time.

As for who you are, can't say I really care, but I'll see if I can make an educated guess to keep things going.

Through deductions, you must be someone who have known what Dreamboy's fantasy of what his son would look like with the fortune teller scammer. One might think it is Dreamwalker's guardian, but if I remember correctly, he wanted me to kill dreamwalker, not help him. So I do not think it is that guy, but he is a suspect.

The only other people who could have known what Dreamwalker's fantasy son looks like would have to have been someone who has access to seeing the artist's artwork, the artist that can see different cycles in his dreams. I think I might have saw his artwork of Dreamwalker's fantasy son when I was stealing the picture of me that he drew. So right away, I'm thinking it is a member of the cult. specifically that master of disguise, Clara

But... no. That is impossible. She is mutilated and disabled and refuses to be healed. Plus this is only our mental forms here, like we are dreaming or something. Clara, nor any other cult member has the ability to travel through dreams and bring us together like this... except for maybe Root with his meditations, or Andrew.

However, we must also consider this: the cult isn't the only spies who can see the artist's pictures. I heard rumors about there being a mutilated monster named... Parfait? Scaredface? Scarlet? yeah Scarlet. a mutilated monster who is mutilated who has been spying on the artist and his artwork and sending messages of what he see's to his boss Essence. Essence did have the ability to take people's mental selves out of their dreams with some kind of dumb dream machine.

But since Essence is dead, Scarlet must of now been giving information to another higher-up, which I believe the most likely candidate would be Happy himself.

Yeah, you are either Dreamwalker's guardian (least likely of my guesses), Root, Andrew, or Happy.

as for the story, I can probably guess how it would go, taking the wizard's weapon could have cursed the hero, or killed the hero in some way, or give the wizard a way to rule the kingdom with harsher rules, while not taking the wizard's weapon could have the hero fail in his journey for not having an ability to kill the immortal king, or the wizard might have seen the hero as a traitor for not taking the weapon and plan some kind of revenge against him. A pick your poison scenario where ya can't win.
No. 930751 ID: 8b660e

I find Happy to be the most likely answer
No. 930769 ID: 70be57
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No. 930770 ID: 8b660e

If there is one thing I can't stand it's villains who monologue.
No. 930773 ID: 70be57

I know I know
And you know that I adore them
No. 930833 ID: e51896

hmmmm...Behind that mask... was another mask... one might mistake you for trying to avoid yourself from being who you really are.

and nah, we didn't truly figure out who you are. we only manage to figure out the imposter you disguised as was only your alter ego as Happy. not your true self. We still don't have enough indications to figure out who you really are under that mask(s). But it's cool, go ahead and keep playing dress-up if that is fun for you. I'll admit, it is good to keep that child-like wonder and imagination. But I'll give you the benefit of doubt. Just know, like it or not, unfortunately everyone has to be forced to grow up and be an adult sooner or later. Nobody can play pretend forever and will have to face the harsh reality of adulthood.

And as far as the tea metaphor goes, I can't speak for everyone, but if I break any cups or tea sets, wouldn't it make more sense to not fix it, and instead just throw the shattered remains in the trash and get a new tea set and be extra careful not to break it again from past experience? Or even better yet, just drink out of disposable water bottles, or soda cans to avoid shattering? And if it causes more messes to the point of permanently stain the carpet, why not just buy a new rug or carpet once one can afford it from intensive hard work and saving money?
But whatever the case, whether it being fixing something or cleaning messes, the old saying goes: no crying over spilled milk... or in this case, tea I guess? I dunno, I don't drink tea.

But lets get to the point without any more rambling. I'm sure introducing yourself isn't the only reason for your confrontation. I can only bet you're really here to place some kind of an incentive if you truly want us to go after you as enemies or something for some weird reason, such as a malicious choice, some kind of curse placed on us, blackmail, a sacrifice, etc. That is how things usually goes at around this time. Been through that song and dance many times that it is expected now.
So then, what is your metaphorical invitational card to this battle we'll be forced to be given by you, if any, at this time?
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No. 930976 ID: e51896

Thoughts: hrrrrrrmmm... Those facts and him knowing what he shouldn't know even if it should of been impossible for him to know, and how early he has been influencing things such as my first death long before the fog began might narrow some possibilities down I guess. Nothing is certain though until I get some better indications.

thoughts: But I can't help but think that him trying to invite us into confronting him is simply another cog in his master plan as if it is a trap for us to fall into or something, like as if he needs and requires us to figure out who he is and confront him in order for whatever goal he wants to achieve work. he just seems a little too enthusiastic to want us to try to stop his plan, and not just a matter of giving us a fighting chance, or having it not be fun for him if he didn't warn us.

thoughts: and Demoria, you probably should be concerned, considering he recently lied to us before a few times. You should always be asking questions in situations like these.

Alright. I guess the only question left is this: besides Dreamwalker, I, and our... other forms as you put it... have you invited or are planning on inviting anyone else to this "dance" you are anticipating, seeing as this is kind of a pretty big deal as you are making it out to be?
No. 931319 ID: 8292d2


You know what I don’t get? Why are you even doing this? You’re fighting a pointless war and now you’re standing here bragging about your plans and your metaphors like a jackass. If there’s one thing we learned from the fight with Essence it’s that this universe isn’t worth fighting over and I certain couldn’t give a fuck who owns it anymore. What I care about is taking everyone who matters and leaving and finding a new better universe. If you’re smart, that’s what you should be fighting for, but instead you and so many others here focus on becoming king of the ashes. It’s petty, it’s pointless, and if your this focused on it, take it up with someone who cares.
No. 931325 ID: e51896

thoughts: should you be speaking out your goals like that, Dreamwalker? Well he probably figured as much anyway, but just don't be as open with your strategies or goals with strangers like me or him next time.
But now that you announced your goals I wonder if you considered the person you are watching over and if they would want to achieve the same goal you do... hmmm

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No. 931434 ID: e51896

Thoughts: oh yeah, you probably left and didn't see it happen Demoria. Yes, Happy has taken me. After you tossed me to Essence like the garbage I am, she used me as a useless hostage when Spirit Contaminator started getting nervous about the situation (probably from my manipulation on Spirit Contaminator feelings with me playing with her heartstrings, and from Dervan revealing how much Essence cares for Ember in comparison to Spirit Contaminator) and called Happy to settle the situation, only which he took me away somewhere. Feeling defeated, I decided to sleep through the agony as fantasy is more pleasant than reality but ended up in this nightmare.

thoughts: but that is an interesting question Happy brought up especially since you told Essence you don't care about me anymore, in which I wonder why you still seem concerned about me when all that is said and done.

thoughts: But as much as I'd like to know as well as to your reasoning, you should totally lie to Happy. He is trying to fish some information about you to use against you in some way. Maybe tell him: "I expected Essence to have killed Null by now. All this time I thought Null here in this mindscape was just a fragment of a hateful memory I had of him, and not the real Null. I'm just surprised you or Essence hasn't killed him yet for betraying Essence, let alone play a part in killing her."

thoughts: Or you can come up with some other lie. Whatever the case, do not tell him the truth whatever it might be. never show your cards so early during gameplay
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No. 931726 ID: 8b660e

I know it’s not really my position to say anything on this matter, as I have already declared my neutrality in this whole debate with Happy here. But personally, sister. I wouldn’t take him up on this. He’s already admitted that he expects people to come after him, and I’m willing to bet this means that he’s already planned for what happens should he lose. Anyone that follows him is getting dragged down with him.

I would stay neutral or declare you are against him. To me, he reminds me of a man who knows he’s going to prison soon and is trying to get someone he knows to come along for the ride.
No. 931749 ID: e51896

thoughts:that...that doesn't make sense. n...nothing is making sense to me and I'm utterly confused... W...why are you apologizing, Demoria? You never were at fault of anything. I am the one at fault. You're supposed to hate me and get furious with me after I've done terrible and annoying things to you, all the way up to the point of me making both of us lose everything...

thoughts:If anything, I should be the apologetic person in all this, even though I know I can never be redeemed for my actions... a...and despite all that I put you through, even after all our hard work went down the drain because of me... you're the one giving me an unnecessary apology when it was my fault and not yours and still want to be partners with me, especially in an non-apologetic and unforgiving world. You have every right to do what you did to me, I'm a horrible person.

thoughts:your apology has put me in a spiral of confusing emotions right now. should I be glad that you still want to be partners despite everything? mad that you are putting yourself through more pain to be partners because I might do it all again? sad and guilty for doing terrible things to you after your apology? What am I feeling? What should I feel?

thoughts:...I guess I didn't believe that there are people who can still see another as a person and not as a stepping stone. I've been used like a tool by so many thankless people, some of which I try to help even if I'm harsh in my way of doing so, that I just couldn't believe you were genuine in being a companion to me. But after you apologized when you shouldn't have to, even when we had nothing left and I became worthless, I can see now that I've been too naive to shut everyone off and become self-destructive to myself, and destructive to others, as it made sense to me to act that way in such a hateful place.


thoughts:I feel like I should just choose death to stop being a burden to you, Demoria. It would make everyone happier after consuming many worshippers' different gods, and I can see my friends again in the afterlife in hell, despite all the rough patches I had with them. Even Dreamwalker seems like he wants me to die with him telling you not to choose to join up with Happy.

thoughts:But... I know me wishing for death is going to be just another selfish action which will only hurt you again, just like all my other selfish self-destructive actions. I know I might not be able to help you succeed in all the things we set out to do, but... I can at least be there to support you when things go to shit, Demoria, just as you were trying to do for me that I couldn't see in my self-destructive rampage.

thoughts:Even though I really don't like the idea of joining up with Happy, I guess as long as I'm with you alive to support you through the trainwreck of a ride we'll be forced to go through. I'll accept it.

thoughts:If you truly want me to stay with you to support you, Demoria, Tell Happy that our choice is the one that will keep us together as partners in crime.
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I must warn you that this music video contains spoilers for the Gravity Falls

No. 931832 ID: 8b660e

Good luck sister, if I can help in anyway, I will try.
No. 931835 ID: 13222c

Thoughts:hmmm... good question. How can we reach spirit contaminator, Demoria?


Thoughts: Aha! I have an idea, it isn't much, but since you and I are still connected in some way and since happy said Spirit contaminator has me somewhere with her, I can relay her any message you want to give her when i wake up and see her again. I was able to manipulate her and make her feel guilt to prevent her from killing me when she was holding me hostage during the fight, so perhaps she'll listen to me and I can attempt to manipulate her again.

Thoughts: Just tell me what you want me to say to her and what you want me to get out of her and I'll do it the best I can. I want to show that I'm not completely useless. I'm not giving up.
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No. 931964 ID: e51896

I can do that, Demoria. I only ask that you have patience when I try to calm her down

And Dreamwalker, I'll have to agree with Demoria right now. You have to be very careful with what you decide to do from this point forward. If you want to help, I would suggest that you can help us by leaving this world and never coming back, but I don't think you can since you are trapped being with Laura.

Besides, following us around and focusing on trying to help Demoria and I will only hurt your adopted blind daughter especially in the damaged state you are in, and the damaged state she is in now... and I'm not talking about the physical wounds she may have received during battle. When I formed a temporary pact with her at the time, I felt all sorts of weird and painful feelings inside her body, like as if her entire body was breaking and pulling apart, fracturing almost to the point of disrepair. All most likely caused by you visiting your friends far, far away from Laura when you were supposed to be sticking with her at all times. More than ever now, you need to be close to her at all times. You are Laura now, she is you. If you want to survive so badly after willfully getting stuck with her, then you need to stop visiting others and stick with her at all times.

In fact, I suggest you go back to her as soon as possible and stay with her and focus all your attention only on protecting her, like a good boy.

But I suppose if you really want to help us so badly, then before we leave, you wouldn't mind giving Demoria and I some information, or secrets you are keeping from everyone, right? Since Happy wants to confront you, Demoria, and I so badly, we might need to know some kind of advantage against him in case he does bother us again.

So tell me, during your kerfuffle with Essence and before I was invited into it, did Essence do or say anything that might make Happy pissed off if he found out about it that we can take advantage of? when someone is given that much freedom to do what they want, like Essence was given to by Happy, they tend to do things they're not supposed to when their superiors are not looking. So I'm wondering if Essence did any sort of actions or mistakes that we can use to our advantage that Happy probably doesn't know about?

And Demoria, can you think of any information or secrets you want to get outta dream-boy?
No. 932122 ID: 8b660e

Don’t be stupid. There is no such thing as immortality, if you want to become like Prime, go right ahead. He’s a miserable, paranoid, and frankly an all around garbage person. He can’t even tell a good joke, and I don’t trust people without a sense of humor. Becoming like him, you’ll only be miserable.

One thing that also hasn’t changed is my attitude about those who hurt people I care about. See, a long time ago, this would have been, oh around 1750 BC, there was a king of the Babylonian dynasty, Hammurabi was his name. Speaking as someone who knew him, that man had absolutely zero chill. But I always respected the way he dealt with those who had slighted the law. That being the classic saying, Eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth.

You both like to talk a lot, so I’ll keep this simple for the both of you.
No. 932125 ID: 8b660e

*slowly becomes more and more like Phobetor*
Did y̴ou ̡th̨ink͏ ̛I di̴dn҉’t͜ a̶lr̀eady͞ h̛ave͜ ͝s̷om͡e̶ ͞p̷l̕a̷n ̨i̕n̴ ͞pl̵ace̸ t͞h̛at ̴I ͡wou͡l͢d b̢e͘ ̢be͟ f̷o̢o͠l͢i̧s͏h ͢eno͘u̢g̛h́ ͠to͠ t͏ell ͏yo̧u ͢a̴bout̀?
͜D̢o ҉y̸ou ͢t̶hin͢k ̸I d̢id̴n͘’̵t͠ a̷lr̕e͡a͡d͞y ķno͜w ̷wh̀en y͡o̕u̧ ͜ki͏ll̨e̵d͘ ͞th̡em?
D́id y̷o͏u͠ ͏t̸h͢i̸n̷k ͟I ͘h̡a͏d̵ ҉fo͏rg͜ot̴ten͡?͢
Did͢ ̷y͢ou ̧t͘hiǹķ I͢ h̀a̕d ̴fo͠r̶g͢i̕ven?

͝Y͠o҉u ͜ma͘y ͠ha͟v́e t̵h͘e̴ir̵ ͟s͞o͡u͞l̴s̛, b̷ut̕ ͏h̡av͝ȩn͜’̸t y̡ou not͝i̕ce̕d͞ ho͡w͘ ͏quiet t͏h͜ey’v̀e͡ ̨b͢een?͏ Be̕c̸ause ̧t͠heir c͠on͡s̢c͠io̧u͏s҉ness͏, ̴the̕ir͢, t̛h҉o̕u҉ght҉s͝, ̨ţhe͜ir m͞e͏m̀óri̴es, áll͟ camè t͜o͝ ͟m̕e.͞ ͝If͠ ̵yo̶u are͏ ̕fo͟ol͢įsh e͝n͏oug͢h҉ ̸t͟ò a̵ss͝u҉me̸ I ̴a̕m͢ ̡aņ op̴en ͡bo͠o̕k,͘ tha̕t̡ I̷ would ̕r͡eveal̷ a̕ll͜ ̶th͏e car͏ds in mý ̷hand͘,͟ a͝n̡d́ ̛t̷hat m̸ak̛ing it seem I̛ don̢’̧t̡ ̸thi̡n͟k ͞t͢w͠e͟lv̡e s͢te͠ps̕ ah͟ea҉d̴,̛ o̷r ͢th͠at͜ I͡ ̨d͞on͢’t h͞a͠ve͝ ͢a͏ backu͟p̨ plác͢e ơf͢ ͟pow͠ér st́o̷r͟èd͟ ́a͘wa̢y̸.

You͢ aŕe v̸ery͘ mist̷akén.
Ýoưr̷ ar͢ro̶gance͠, y͝o͠urs ̴and̴ ͞m͠y ̀B̷r̴othe̢r̢s̨, i̶t m͡akes̢ m̛e ̛puke.
Kar̀m̸à ́i͞s͏ c̛om͏in̵g ̶f͏ơr ̛y̨ou,̶ ͝i̵t ͡a͘lw͝áy͠s ̵is.́ ̵And̨ ̛wh͡eń i͞t͢ ģe̷ts ̶ýou̡,͞ I will͡ ̨no͟t ̡we͟ep͠ ͝fo̷r yo͢u͘.

Góo҉d ͞b͟ye̵.҉
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No. 932195 ID: e51896

*gives a nod of agreement* understood. I will make you proud, Demoria. After you showed that I mattered to you despite everything I've done, my depressive self-destructive rampage attitude has finally been killed off.

And whatever decision you make on whether or not you want to join with Happy or not, all I can say is as long as you take me with you on either decision, I will support your decision through either wild ride.
After all, the saying goes, "if you can't beat them, join them." I mean, who knows, what if his goal turns out to be the best thing ever for everything? But yeah, his enigma on everything right now is tough to gauge a conclusion at this point and is very concerning.

*shakes his head in disappointment* and that Dreamwalker... he certainly lives up to his name... believing and living a dream he thinks and wants this world to be while ignoring the harsh reality of what it actually is, even if it means hurting himself and his friends in the progress to keep living that fantasy.
I must ask you, Demoria, did he blow his chance to make amends with you? I can't say I didn't expect him to act so aggressive towards our warning, because unlike us both, he's never known what it is like to be a mortal human.
But I'm sure now that he is stuck with the girl, he will truly see what it is like to be a human in this dark world, and reality will wake him up from his dream. It will be like... well... as if he thinks he is in a dream where he is falling, until he realizes when he hits cold hard concrete that he has been awake in reality that entire time. If he and his human survives that fall, I wonder if he will come to resent humanity he's loved so much, and/or if he will come back to apologize to us for his actions.

*shrugs* whatever the case, we should get going soon. I must ask before I wake up and speak to Spirit Contaminator, Demoria: do you have any advice to give me regarding Spirit Contaminator that could be useful? unlike previous times, I want to take my missions for you very seriously from now on, so I need to ask for as much info as I can get on this important mission this time around.
And if you don't mind me asking, what will you be doing while I attempt to get negotiations ready with you and her? no need to answer if you don't want.
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I am sorry but with the last update, the epilogue is officially over. But now the 4 chapter will start and it is time for you to choose which one do you want to be focusing on

No. 932231 ID: 3e6f70

Ana please
No. 932262 ID: e51896

Ana's side. I already explained why back in fractured memories, basically trying to get a head start before shit really hits the fan, and while Lorence is distracted with other things (the trial, and finding Root). I'm not expecting it to be any easier though, but it is the best course of action right now.

But, wouldn't this ruin the April Fools Day joke? I feel bad about ruining it after giving us this decision again and making that joke lose all meaning :(.
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No. 932270 ID: 8b660e

More like we ended one.

We went up against someone who has tried to... I guess take our place. Do you remember the name Essence of Life? She won’t be a problem anymore.
No. 932353 ID: e51896

Thoughts:"Ending" is an optimistic way of putting it I guess. I think a more real term would be "prevented" or "delayed" it.

Thoughts:But yeah, we needed to save a girl named Laura from Essence of Life, but it unfortunately required Essence of life to die.

Thoughts:That's not all though, we also prevented Logan from getting killed by Root, thus also preventing Absolution Prime from starting a crazy crusade with his followers... for now. But this resulted in Root getting kidnapped by the wolf pack.
The cult is right now all in a disarray not knowing what to do because of Root's kidnapping, with people trying to establish themselves as the next leader like Root's sister Delilah or a child who may have tipped off the wolves, while others are trying to find Root and his kidnappers to save Root. Lorence in particular has his hands full of problems trying to figure out how to find Root, his rival giving him a hard time, and also has Godfrey's trial to deal with. (Godfrey's trial might also give us a chance to have some people see you in a better light if things go right, by the way)

Thoughts: With all the chaos the cult is dealing with, it is one of the reasons why I think it was a good time to end the show and get us moving forward to the next checkpoint before shit really hits the fan while they are distracted so we have less to deal with on our plate and take things one step at a time. Not only that, us stopping the viewing of the past will make you less of a priority and target to the cult, as they have higher priorities to deal with right now like finding Root.

Thoughts: But speaking of Absolution Prime, we also found out he is a total asshole who hates jokes. We are going to have to figure out a way to hide Absolution Junior from him if we somehow cross roads with Absolution Prime or his followers. It seems like Logan is also keeping Absolution Junior a secret from him. I am wondering if Wild Cat can do anything about cloaking Absolution Junior if we come across Absolution Prime.

Thoughts: Now as far as you wanting to find a way to beat the cult, I just want to say this.... after that battle with Essence, and seeing some of the souls in that fight reach the afterlife that Essence at the time prevented them from reaching, it made me think about a lot of things. About your place and our place in this world, and where we are all headed, and the places we cannot reach. And I am wondering this...
...is defeating the cult really what we are supposed to be doing in this world's cycle? I know there were many people and gods who deem you as the only one who can stop the cult and the fog and save the world, and while that might be true... the thing is... I... feel that even if we do manage to stop the cult, it's all going to be moot point as the dimensional cycle that Cera told you about is just going to reset all our hard work forcing us to do it all again.
I mean, Scarred already saved her world in her past life, and I'm sure many other voices had as well. In fact, we have done many of things, went through countless paths, some seeing us as heroes, others seeing us as monsters, and some even being failures and nobodies. But no matter what, all those cycles all lead to the same ending, having us do it all again.

Thoughts: You might want to sit down for this part, Ana...


Thoughts: You're a special case in this cycle. somehow during the first instance of the dimensional cycle, you somehow merged your body and soul with the Ash Tree, and thus, you're able to be one of the few people who can change the course of where each cycle will lead with the help of us voices. It unfortunately comes with the heavy price of our souls being chained to the cycle, never to escape into the afterlife like so many other souls are able to do. Trapped in this hell. And honestly, I want out.

Thoughts: My goal is to find a way to free you/us and your/our trapped soul from the Ash Tree and from the dimensional cycle so that our souls and your soul can finally find peace when the time comes. I know it might be selfish of us, and many people will be disappointed in us for not trying to sway the world into what they want it to be, but really, the world was already saved multiple times in different ways in different cycles. There isn't really any sense in doing it again.

Thoughts: ...The only problem about pursuing this goal is, while in other goals like stopping the cult, or become rulers of the world ourselves, we had an idea of how to start or where to go. As far as trying to free your and our souls from the ash tree and dimensional cycle, I have absolutely no idea where to start or where to go... quite the pickle if you ask me. But I won't surrender.

Thoughts: But of course, I must ask you Ana, and Scarred as well. After hearing what I had to say, and what I want to accomplish, will you be willing to pursue this new goal? To release your body and soul that is trapped within in the Ash Tree?
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No. 932459 ID: e51896

So, You've never heard of someone consider that goal we are thinking of, not even a cult member? facinating. You know, it is interesting to me that everyone is so preoccupied with achieving their goals for domination or salvation of some kind, that it never occurred to a single person to pursue the path we are considering in any cycle. It admittedly sort of makes me want to pursue that goal even more just for the uniqueness alone.

thoughts: As for you, Ana, I understand you being confused and not knowing what to accomplish after what I've told you. That was a lot of heavy things I unloaded just now. We've already accomplished so many goals in different timelines even if we don't remember them entirely, that even I don't know what we should be accomplishing at this point either. But I feel this goal is something worth considering to pursue at least.
I mean, it is as the saying goes: all things must come to an end. Just like a magician who has done so many tricks for the world to see, they must also make a grand finale and make a grand exit. Lets make this one spectacular

thoughts: and admittedly, yes, we might not know how to accomplish freeing your, and our souls at the moment, and it might not be something one person can accomplish alone, but coincidentally, we did find help from an unlikely source. I was actually given a tip from someone I'm keeping anonymous on what our first step in accomplishing this goal should be and how we should initiate it. How we accomplish the first step is the easy part. The hard part will be deciding when is the best time to start the first step in the plan.

thoughts:But I will explain more in full detail about the first step and where we should head next when you reawaken, Ana. Being in this part of the ash tree, I feel we may have some cult members or spies listening in on us soon if they haven't already, and it might be best to get out of here ASAP.

thoughts: I only ask you this Ana, when we get back to our hideout, I want you to pretend to be asleep so we may discuss our plan to you in full detail. Also, it will give us an opportunity to listen in on our allies while they think you are sleeping, just to get a better idea of who they are.

thoughts: when you are ready to leave, Ana, ask Whispers if he has anything more to say, and how we may leave.
No. 932870 ID: 560cb8

Yes but we also must set aside a time to train and practice. Ana is a good now and she learns quickly, but there’s always room for improvement.

Also, the kids should know the truth about Flint, especially Robert. He would want to know most of all.
No. 932871 ID: 560cb8

Yes but we also must set aside a time to train and practice. Ana is a good now and she learns quickly, but there’s always room for improvement.

Also, the kids should know the truth about Flint, especially Robert. He would want to know most of all.
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No. 932907 ID: e51896

Lorence, you, and us... we gotta stop unintentionally meeting like this, it is getting comedic at this point. Heh heh heh.

Though I am surprised you showed up much earlier then expected, especially with everything poor Lorence and the rest of the cult is going through.

I assume something very unexpected or big must have happened to Lorence for you to show up here very early? I had the strongest feeling that someone would show up here much much much later, specifically around the time when our business here would of been done if we had kept going down the path we were headed instead of stopping early like we just did. I wonder if something in our battle earlier changed the course of when you'd arrive... hmm... do you happen to know someone named Happy?

As for what we are doing here, lets just say we were sent on a wild goose chase trying to achieve a false goal when really we should of been chasing a bigger goal this whole time, so we had to quickly pull the plug on our business here before it was too late.
an intense event we voices were in earlier made us realize the bigger picture of this world, and we have finally gotten our priorities in place, so we had to prematurely stop our pursuit here before it was too late. So now we were just planning on leaving and forgetting we were ever here.

But if you want to help us achieve our new goal by telling us a place to go and person to see, no one is stopping you from telling us.

thoughts: That is the conductor, Ana. He is Lorence's curator much like Wild cat which Root gave you is your curator. If you want to listen to what he has to say, go ahead, but be skeptical about what he says. Take it with a grain of salt, as the location and person to see might be another trap

thoughts: also, Ana, I actually already know an idea of the first step to take to achieve our new goal. We were given a clue earlier by someone of how to start our first step, and I'll explain when you wake up.

thoughts: Anyway, If I remember, you are asleep. so if we want to leave, we should try that method again to get back, the one method Rabbot told you earlier back when you were escaping from Cera and her group. as a reminder, as Rabbot explained: you need to concentrate on your body in the real world. The ground underneath you is your body in reality. use it as an anchor and jump from your current body to your body in reality with your mind, like moving from one floor to another with an elevator.

thoughts: I don't know if this will work or not, but it is something I remembered Rabbot telling us about after thinking hard that we should try if we want to escape. If it does work, pretend to stay asleep when you're back in the real world.
No. 932974 ID: d56221


That not right, the shop keeper is Lorence’s curator. In fact I’m fairly certain we’ve never met before. As for how we got here, a little metal bunny showed us the way. We were watching what happened but... plans changed and newer priorities took over.
No. 932976 ID: e51896

thoughts: oh yeah, thats right. I just assumed he was a curator, he seemed like he might be one.

thoughts: But I have met him before, back in Felafaf's place, when she was having a date with Lorence. you also met him too, Scarred, after Lorence finished off the spirit parasite that was disguised as Anthony, but he had a different face at the time. Recognize the clothing? he kicked you and I out of things a couple of times.

thoughts: Judging by his face splitting, he might be starting to kick us out again, which is why I reminded Ana that method of escape Robbit taught her earlier, so we can all exit together safely.
No. 932977 ID: d56221

Oh yeah, sorry. I kind of remember that, but if that’s all you did was act as a brain bouncer then I hope I can be forgiven for not remembering you.
No. 933000 ID: 70be57
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No. 933007 ID: d56221

Aren’t listening and hearing the same thing?
No. 933026 ID: bba6f5

*whispers to Scarred*
No they are not the same. Hearing means you are sensing a noise with your ear(s), sometimes unintentionally. Any noise that goes through your ears is hearing.
Listening means you are purposely focused and concentrated to a sound or what someone is saying in order to percieve meaning, understanding, and rememberance to a sound or speech.
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No. 933160 ID: 30233d

Hmm, we’ll while we think about this, here I swiped these off you before the fight ended, hope you don’t mind. I’m a little amazed I still have them.

*pulls out a box of Grandma Brownie’s Chocolate Chunker Wunker Bunkers now with even bigger chunks of chocolate chunks and opens it and scoops some out into her hand and passes the box to Fortune.*

Damn, these are some big chunks of chocolate.
No. 933241 ID: 8b660e

Okay so *munch munch* here’s how I’m looking at this riddle, we can look at it literally or there’s some kind of hidden pun in it. *munch munch*

Here’s what I mean, if we look at what we have to find the difference between all of them have a kind of input/output deal. Like eating is input and taking a crap is the output.

Or it could be along the same kind of riddle like in Alice in wonderland where some same sounding word pun, like “when is a raven like a writing desk? Neither is approached without caws/cause.” *munch munch*

Fortune what are you thinking?
No. 933430 ID: 30233d

Riiiiiight. Okay.

So before I give you the answers we’ve thought of can I just be frank with you, Conductor? Having us answer this riddle for you, I don’t get it. So we answer correctly and you’ll point us in the right direction, fail and you’ll kick us out of here. Here’s what I don’t fully understand.

The past couple of times you forcefully ejected us, I kinda get. But you should understand we weren’t trying to be there at those points, it’s just kinda were we ended up. But now you claim that you can help us but only if we answer this riddle? I just I don’t get it, had you not shown up we were about to leave anyway, what is it you’re trying to do here? Your job or fulfill your own agenda? If you are willing to help us it seems like the two contradict each other. Y’know? So yeah I don’t know what it is you’re even doing.

That’s one problem I always had with the cult and supernatural people, almost all of them think they are cleverer than their peers and deserve more from life because they are who they are and they each have skills the others don’t. But man, everyone is like that, supernatural or otherwise doesn’t matter, I mean your basically a supernatural bouncer/doorman, and yet now you have the right info for us? Not even if we do you a favor, just answering a riddle, and a bad one at that.

Sorry, I’m not trying to be mean or anything, I just don’t get what your angle is with this. I’m just calling it like I see it

Anyway here’s what I’m thinking, They all make no sense but require common sense, it’s not only a pun on senses but also common sense is required to shit and do taxes. But that’s what’s similar about them, you asked for what’s different. Well there’s not much else to it if you’re asking what’s different, seeing makes you see the world, hearing you hear the world, touch makes you feel the physical world, eating is when you consume part of the physical world, taking a shit is when you put the stuff you don’t need back out in the world, and paying taxes is giving some pretentious yuppie cocksucker the shit you did want.
No. 933431 ID: 30233d

*takes the box of Grandma Brownie’s Chocolate Chunker Wunker Bunkers now with even bigger chunks of chocolate chunks and eats some more and passes it back to Fortune.*
No. 933443 ID: e51896

Uuuuuuuummmmmm...Were you really eating anything there Scarred? I thought we couldn't bring items or weapons from our physical bodies back with us from that battle except for the clothing on our backs because we are in ghost form again, unless you were pretending to eat.

pretending or not, don't talk with your mouth full, it's rude for both parties involved in this conversation. thx.
No. 933446 ID: 30233d

Well no I’ve been eating this for real, and yeah I’m surprised we still have them too. More than that I’m surprised they exist in astral form as well. Make me wonder if they exist across all kinds of dimensions or something like that. Pretty weird huh. As for how we kept them, I don’t know maybe it was some kind of consolation prize or something? There’s not even a toy in the box or anything, what a ripoff.

Want some? These are some pretty big chocolate chunks.
No. 933506 ID: 70be57
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No. 933524 ID: 550cd9

Hmm. You’re weird. Also, you’ve been bleeding this whole time, your know that? You’ve got a huge cut running down the middle of your face, you should get that stitched up before infection sets in.

Yes I know you know, I’m just messing with you since you seem keen on messing with us.

And no Ana, we technically don’t need to eat but hey if we got it might as well snack on it, right?

Oh by the way, hey Whispers, you want to come along with us? No offense but sitting here in the dark can’t be healthy. You should tag along, you’ve been a friend to us this whole time so far, wanna join?
No. 933581 ID: 550cd9

In fact fuck it, what about you weirdo? Care to join up with us? Only reason I’m asking is I’ve seen your kind of behavior before from people who think they need to be cryptic and mysterious to stand out and be noticed, but most of the time they are just lonely as fuck and need some friends. So wanna hang out with us for a while?
No. 933585 ID: e51896

If you think about it, I guess you can say the same thing about us being weirdos too, Scarred, heh. Humanity has gotten pretty messed up in this world, hasn't it?

But yeah, it would be cool if one of you guys came along, especially Whispers for moral support at least, but I understand if that is impossible. I have a feeling it is impossible anyway.

thoughts: *Whispers to Ana* Ugh, Forgive me, Ana. I cannot solve a riddle to save my own life if I tried. I don't know if we got it right or not, but it is kind of unfair because one of the big main points of making that large sacrifice of stopping the story very early was to prevent us from becoming a bigger priority for the cult to execute, especially if we stopped going after Root and started our new quest... But with the conductor possibly telling Lorence anyway, that sacrifice would be all for nothing...
But don't worry, I might have an idea, Conductor is not going to be able to reach Lorence until after the trial, so what we might have to do is if we, or anyone else is able to help out Godfrey and Matilda in the trial, we might be able to help put you in a better sympathetic light among the audience in order to ease up on the burden of the amount of enemies coming after us while we try to accomplish our new changed goal after Conductor tells Lorence

thoughts: *whispers to Ana* As for the portal, I am not going to lie, I don't like that portal one bit. I kind of wish he just gave us a destination and person to find when we return to the real world instead of using magic. I am expecting seeing somebody we might not like on the other side or a trap, but I feel we have no choice in the matter as the alternative might be worse.
First, we do not know how to escape from Whisper's chambers other than taking that portal, the wabbit didn't come up with an escape plan. (That said, remind me never to use his services again. he probably means well, but his services seem to be more trouble than it's worth 75% of the time)
second, If we do not take the portal, it will make the Conductor suspect us of lying about changing our goal and will most likely raise the chances of him telling Lorence, despite whether we answered correctly or not. It is better to take the portal to prove we are telling the truth...
Third, if it turns out to be a trap, I think we have a means to escape. *eyes Dervan's business card*

Thoughts: *whispers to Ana and Scarred* I only ask you two this: whoever or whatever is on the other side... stay neutral, even if it is Andrew for some reason. We are only going there for information, but it is also take what they say with a grain of salt. If you start feeling angry during the meeting, give me a sign, and I'll talk it out with you two, and whomever we are talking to first. I'll be acting out as mediator if emotions run high within you two.

So, umm... who is going to enter first? me???
No. 933588 ID: 550cd9

Yeah I suppose so

*slips a wink*
No. 933600 ID: 70be57
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What is currently going thru Ana's head
No. 933625 ID: c0550f

Thoughts: if he hates humanity, that hatred for him must extend to Lorence and the cult as well, not just us. So that could be in a way show his neutral position. Could be why he is helping the cult, the fog is wiping out humanity, but since he loves nature, the fog isn't effecting nature, just humans. I wonder how he feels about freeing us and the world from the cycle then...

Thoughts: we must also remember, we got to this place from Robbit's dimension through a book. I know Whispers means well, buy if we ask whispers for help, he might not send us back to Your body from your dimension, but back to your body in Robbit's dimension instead.

Thoughts: plus, we cannot forget that there is someone back in Robbit's place that wants Ana dead as proven with the mad world painting having the protective layer removed. There could be a trap if we return to Robbit's place.

Thoughts: i think as long as you have Dervan's card to make an exit, Ana, we should be fine with crossing the portal.
No. 933626 ID: 8b660e

Don’t worry Ana, you can trust Whispers, or Mike as he was once known. He does mean well at the very least.

Sooooooo, you prefer the company of nature huh? Very well, then can we show you that we’re on the sides of both humanity and nature? Hey Ana, show her the rose of hope you got from Mother Gaia.

*whispers to Fortune*
I’m fairly certain Conductor is a woman
No. 933696 ID: 70be57
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No. 933702 ID: e51896

thoughts: (we voices met these people before, Ana. Yes, they are actually demons, but Marble is a friend of Dreamwalker... OH HEY! now that I think about it, wasn't Dervan trying to talk to a demon? That's a coincidence! Perhaps after we get the information we need, we should consider contacting Dervan with his card so that he can talk to these guys, if only to stay on good terms with Dervan. you have it in your possession in this mental form as he handed it to you at Robbit's place after you slept.)

thoughts: (Well, anyway, let me introduce these demons to you, Ana. We know one of them as Marble (we will and MUST only refer to him as Marble as that is what he prefers to be named), and that is his bearded friend. yes they are actually demons, but Marble is a friend of Dreamwalker. he may be strict and uptight, but he means well. He just wants what is best for the sanctuary he resides in. His bearded friend from what I can gather is more calmer and understanding. We helped them kill a spirit parasite, so we're on relatively good terms. Not the best terms, but good.)

...God dammit Robbit, you really are more trouble than you're worth... I need a drink... Well, I guess even if Robbit was true to his words and you were able to see your girlfriend Amanda again, Marble, you would probably only get in trouble by the dimensional tribunal's agents. Triumphant told us that place is off limits for investigations. But your bearded friend is right, Marble, there are more pressing matters.

Let me just say, I am just as surprised to be here as you guys are seeing us here. I know you have strict rules of people not being allowed to be here and people using portals to travel here or out, or that you didn't allow Ana to hide here because as you said, she tends to bring trouble,
but rest assured, Ana didn't escape her world, this is just her mental form. Her real body is sleeping right now.

We're here because we asked a certain scout master calling themself the Conductor for some information on a new objective we wish to accomplish, and for some reason, they created a portal here without telling us the destination.

Really, I think we were sent here to receive some spiritual guidance from your god Taranis, the god of wheel (of fortune) to steer us in the right direction. We learned that Ana's soul, and by extension, us voices' souls is cursed, stuck to suffer in that world and it's repeating cycle, with no chance of escaping to the afterlife, and each goal we try accomplish in this world being all pointless as it all get reset. A cruel joke of it all.

Basically, I want to find out how we can save Ana's soul from that hellish world and its cycle so that when death arrives after a long life, our souls can be free to enter the afterlife instead of being stuck there to relive the same tragedies. Help plz?
No. 933828 ID: 8b660e

Pretty much yeah.

By the way guys, in spite of everything else. I’m glad to see you guys.
No. 933846 ID: 70be57
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No. 933917 ID: 8b660e

To answer your question Ana, sort of yeah, he is an Incubus. The make equivalent of a succubus. And uh that’s okay Marble, but thanks for the offer. We will uh, consider it.
By the way, you came on just a little too strong.

Actually, we reaIize that our timeline/universe is FUBAR, so we want to get the truth out. And fhen if people want to get as many of them as we can and leave it for a different one that actually has a future.
No. 933942 ID: e51896

Sorry beard, Ana doesn't have a nail gun, in fact, as I said, this isn't her real body, her real body is sleeping, so she doesn't have any items on her. The only thing she might have is a business card which was given to her in this form, but that is it. It was Essence who had the nail gun, but she's dead now. We had to kill her to save a life.

Yes Ana, they seem to collect artwork curiously from our dimension from different time cycles I think. Last time we were here, we were trying to reveal a hidden secret message within a picture of Essence that the artist Anthony drew, but Beard had his star pendant stolen from his forehead which prevented him seeing it. (My guess is that Felafaf probably ate it when Essence fed her an apple. Essence said there was something sharp and metal in the apple after all, so maybe it was that? it's all speculation though... um... hypothetically, What would happen if someone were to eat that pendant, Beard?)

I guess I could use my moon card to see if I can find the secret message on the drawing, but that would mean my moon card would get utterly destroyed in the progress, I had no choice but to overuse the card during our deathmatch with Essence, so it only has one use left... we'll have to think hard on whether to use that card on that, or if there is something more important to use it on later in our journey...

But none of that is why we are here at the moment. You claim you can't help us? that contradicts with what the Conductor said and why he sent us here. Honestly, I am trying to find any way to free our souls from the Ash Tree, and the only ways I can think of is either finding a way to travel to the first recorded cycle somehow and kill Essence's body that is stuck in the ash tree as that will put a stop to Ana and our souls being stuck to the cycle (probably) as we heard from Absurdity, or find a way to put an end to the cycle altogether while trying to cause the least amount of harm to others. It is quite a conundrum. But the Conductor said you had some answers to steer us in the right direction.

Because honestly, I don't see any reason why to perform any kind of goal besides the one I'm thinking of in our world if it is all not going to matter after it all resets, and we can't enter any form of afterlife either, just like how the Bringer of Nightmare Ana couldn't during our fight with Essence but Scarred Ana's dead soldier buddies could. Everything just seems pointless, and we are lost as to what we need to do.
No. 934009 ID: 70be57
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No. 934044 ID: e51896

Thoughts: Was that statue holding cards me? If it was, it isn't me anymore. I'm not here to feel sentimental or attached to a time I came from which I lost. I have no need to feel depressed from remembering that.

You're not allowed to explain why pursuing those goals are a bad idea? Don't worry. It's fine. You probably don't have to, I can speculate from that hidden message from that drawing of Essence what the consequences of leaving the dimension causes, and Cera implied to us what would happen if we pursue tackling the repeating timeline. My hope was to actually find a loophole of some sort if we pursued one of those.

Alright, so right now as shown with the unmade sculpture, we are lost with what we want to pursue as things seems pretty pointless right now. But... Perhaps some inspiration is in order? all art is created by some sort of inspiration... So In that case... umm... for gaining "artistic" inspiration with what we want this sculpture to become, May we look at the very first sculpture that was made which represents the very first timeline then, please? It is also sometimes important for an "artist" to look back and see where they started to get their spark back.

Afterwards, I think there is someone we know who is looking to talk to a demon. I gave him a totem which I think he will give to you if I ask him, especially if I do him a favor to help him speak to a demon. he did save our lives after all. and coincidentally, you guys are demons sooo...
No. 934189 ID: 8b660e

Actually yeah I am kinda curious, I would like to see mine if possible, but yeah can we see the very first one?
No. 934222 ID: 70be57
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No. 934254 ID: e51896

...huh... So if the first Ana had sacrificed herself to help the cult make connection with the Ash Tree, I guess that means at some point, the first Ana had joined Root's cult to accomplish becoming one with the Ash Tree. I guess the question we need to figure out is why would she join the cult in the first place to be part of the ash tree? I wonder if Mr. Tiova, the person who shares Ana's last name, had something to do with it...

It also begs the question why the Ash Tree was so insistent in having Ana fight against Root to give them a fair fight despite the fact Ana became one with the ash tree to communicate with the cult, and the Ash Tree claiming he was neutral, and the fact that Absolution Prime is more than enough for Root to handle without our involvement as we have seen. The Ash Tree has been insinuating that Root has the upper hand even though from what I've seen, he clearly doesn't...
I don't know, Scarred, sorry if I sound rude, but I think the Ash Tree's spirit who talked to us in the beginning might actually be a betraying asshole trying to spread nothing but chaos with his influences on us and others. I mean, he did mess with those 6 friends before this whole thing started... I don't know. I guess I'm just speculating the worst.

I guess we also assumed the first Ana was Essence because Absurdity himself may have hinted to us that the first Cycle of Ana was Essence, but I guess we were wrong...
...Unless maybe Essence did become one with the ash tree in her timeline as well but for a more different reason.

Well in any case, now that we are in the topic of evidence for the Dimensional Tribunal, I remember the Mad Creator gave Marble three totems. Mainly, two black totems and a broken white totem which were all used to play out our voices and thoughts whenever we are near them. Absurdity gave Ana two of the white totems while Essence stole replaced the two white totems with black totems. Scarred's white totem was broken by Ana from another time, but we managed to retrieve it nonetheless.

The only totem you guys are missing in that collection was my totem, which we found in Essence's possession during our fight with her. After we beat her, we couldn't take my totem with us as we would have lost our form forcing us to leave the totem there, so we had to give it to a friend of ours who saved our necks as payment for his services.

I could contact him and ask him to give you my white totem as evidence for the tribunal, but I know he isn't going to want to hand it over for free... but I do know that he has been asking a lot of people to let him know when they meet a demon so he can talk to a demon. I'm sure that if you allow him to talk to you since you both are demons, he can give you my totem as a payment for us letting him speak to you. Ana's mental dream form was given a card to contact him, so I believe she has his card with him despite being asleep.

What do you say, shall we exit this art gallery to somewhere less cluttered so you may speak with him and hopefully get my totem from him for evidence?
No. 934257 ID: 8b660e

She did. I saw it. I don’t even remember how but I did see it. That is Essence.

And yeah also I want to get in touch with the Tribunal, I don’t know who they think they are but I don’t like them playing around with other people’s lives.
No. 934376 ID: 791096
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No. 934382 ID: 8b660e

Alright. Show me.
No. 934389 ID: e51896

Important to know it's history of when and how it started, as well as when does and how it works at the end. We already know the why it exists.
No. 934405 ID: 4c7293

I want to see how my world got screwed over, that’s the one thing I can’t remember. And I also want to know why Absolution betrayed me, and what that entailed.
No. 934625 ID: e51896

*whispers to Marble* The only thing I should warn, Ana and us aren't the only people listening. We have Wildcat (Ana's Curator), Probably Dervan through his card if he isn't busy with something else (last I contacted him he said he was too busy talking with someone important), and Absolution jr. Just thought I'd mention them. I'm all for you telling, but only if you are aware of the party involved, Marble.
No. 934806 ID: 791096
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No. 934894 ID: e51896

Yeah, really does put things in perspective. What would be the point of doing anything if an armageddon wipes out everything we set out to accomplish?

>Do you still want to destroy it or just run away from it

I don't think it is possible run from it, even though I would love absolutely nothing more than to run away from it, but Even if we escape that world, Ana's soul will still be tied to that universe because she sacrificed her body in the ash tree to help the cult communicate with it in the first recorded cycle. She isn't going to have a proper afterlife and just end up as another trapped voice or something. I guess we have no choice but to break it then.

Really, this is my main goal: all I want to do is release Ana, and our souls from the tree's grip which was trapped in the first cycle so we may have a proper afterlife. But if there is no way in doing that other than breaking the cycle, then we have no choice but to break the cycle, do we?

I guess this begs the question as to why there are multiple people like Triumphant, your bearded colleague, and I think Essence who says it is not a very good idea to even leave the dimension and live a peaceful life somewhere else? They warned us it is a very bad idea, yet I don't think they ever explained why.
No. 934896 ID: 8b660e

I want to go a step further than that. If it’s possible I want to get everyone out, At least everyone who wants out, those who want to stay here can if they want. But everyone deserves to know this truth.
No. 936035 ID: 791096
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No. 936038 ID: e51896

...Crazy idea: what if someone else were to maybe... take Absolution Prime's place? Is that even possible? I mean, considering Absolution Prime is kind of an asshole treating people in that universe as test subjects to some extent, perhaps someone more benevolent can take on his role? Maybe not us Per se, but... I would assume there have been people before who tried to take his place considering the damages suffering and betrayals he has been causing in each cycle.
No. 936044 ID: 17cdb5

Took the words right out of my mouth.

No. 936703 ID: 458fa9
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No. 936719 ID: 17cdb5

Well... What if one of us took that position? Or both of us? Because we were the ones to take down Essence, and we are bound to this cycle as well. Truth be told I was worried we would have unbound ourselves from Ana if we killed her. Part of my understanding was that Essence was the reason we are even here, but her being dead kind of puts that to the lie. It seems something else is keeping us bound just as much as Prime. So doesn’t that put us in different position now too? Shouldn’t we have some say in what happens?
No. 936733 ID: e51896

Interesting idea Scarred, but we have seen how living through so many of those cycles had corrupted Essence to the sadistic psychopathic homicidal bitch she was. I feel it will do the same to you, this current Ana, and me. Hell, we barely even started this cycle, and already we admittedly each became corrupted in some way. We are just too unfit to take on his duties

On the topic of Essence being to only one who could of stand a chance against Absolution Prime, maybe if Essence was nicer to us when we first met her instead of treating us like dirt, and hurting our friends and others just for the fun of it, maybe we could have helped her and Happy, even if in the end they were tricking us. But she chose to try to be our enemy and make others see us as their enemy. Her corruption just made her too unfit to take Prime's place...
But... I can't shake this feeling that maybe... she wanted us to kill her? As if it was all part of a grand plan which required her to die, and we fell for it? I don't know. It seems like she was trying way too hard to get us to be her enemy just so we can kill her in some way.

A different candidate to take Absolution prime's throne could be AJ. I mean, he is getting stronger with each passing second, but he is too young at the moment. If he wants to stand a chance to dethrone Prime, I think he might need eons and eons of training, something that one cycle, let alone a million cycles cannot provide. The only option I see is to find some way to get AJ out of that universe without Prime's knowledge so that he can get lots of experience and get away from that universe's corruption... (or perhaps just create his own universe and enjoy life there. Really, it's his choice how he wants to live his life)
But I don't know whether or not he is allowed to leave.

I guess that means we are kind of out of options of what we want to do. I can't help but feel our only option is to just... live and observe how things plays out silently in this mad corrupted world? Who knows, maybe an answer will show up while we're adventuring? I'm kind of not seeing the point of doing anything really.
No. 936734 ID: e51896

But yeah, thanks for the info, Marble. We'll keep quiet about this conversation. Please take us back home now.
No. 937170 ID: 458fa9
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No. 937190 ID: e51896

As I said before, I don't think having us or Ana take Absolution Prime's place is a wise thing to do, as it could mess up our mind like it did Essence.

Mainly, in this cycle, I think our main goal will be to get AJ out of that world to get him away from the cult, and Absolution Prime, for our safety. I think for now, they are busy distracted with their war against each other, especially since we put a stop to seeing how to stop the fog, so very soon will be a good idea to make our move in finding a way in saving AJ's life before things really heats up.
No. 937191 ID: e51896

Also, you have an eyepatch, Marble. Do you have an extra eyepatch Ana can borrow to hide AJ? but then again, it probably wouldn't matter as I don't think Ana can take any items with her when she wakes up.
No. 937563 ID: 17cdb5

No one is gonna snitch on you Marble. All in all you’ve actually been one of the nicest people we’ve met in this whole crazy world.

As for getting AJ out, it *is* possible to keep him while also keeping prime off our back. I know because I had him in my own timeline but Prime never considered me as a target. Why that is I couldn’t say but he may have later on considered me a threat as I know he betrayed me. How he betrayed me is something I still don’t know though. As for messing with the tribunals plans I don’t mind messing up some know-it-all bureaucrat’s day.
No. 937981 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 937988 ID: e51896

We're screwing off outta here.

Our main goal is to protect Absolution Junior. One way is to get him outta here with Dervan. Immediately pull out his card (I think it is in your pocket) and tell Dervan you're ready to leave with his card please. He'll probably help us sort this situation out, and then we can leave with him.

He also said we can bring up to 10 people with us. Tell you are bringing the voices (Scarred and me) Absolution Junior, Wild Cat (those are the required people)

As for the rest, we have to be careful who we choose. Essence told us some of them is going to betray us, like it or not. I don't think she is lying.

The only person I truly want from our group is Box Head. He has nothing to lose anyway.

Leave the rest behind. 93 and Clarence can care for the kids as foster parents... well maybe just 93.
I do not think 93 wants to leave as I think she is still a follower of the cult, Clearance can protect 93, and I don't think the kids' mother would be too happy taking her kids out if this dimension.

I want to take Laura with us, but she too doesn't want to leave. She wants to find her father.

But I want to see if Dervan can bring Anastasia and her grandfather (or was it her father?) with us. She was counting on us to save her after her car was stopped by Lorence and the cult. Dervan probably can't as she is too far away, but he can probably ask Lorence to do it.

So yeah, Absolution Junior, Wildcat, Boxhead, maybe Anastasia, maybe her grandfather (or father?) Scarred, and me.

I only hope that skeleton, the Ambassador, doesn't show up and forces Ana to stay. I remember he is trying to use Ana to further whatever goals he is after, and he might not be too happy with us leaving with Dervan.
No. 937995 ID: 8b660e

Back away, get ready for a fight should it come to that if they are with the cult we have no interest in going with them. Now might be a good time to get WC in here to use his power as well
No. 938080 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 938128 ID: e51896

I can't believe Mac Tonight is fucking dead!

Also, somebody set us up the bomb?(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XCot_esni0) I bet it was that FBI woman.

Where did WC go?

Alright, if I remember, there were 3 of these survivors. one of them was killed, the second one is here kidnapping us, and I have a feeling the third one is hiding nearby just in case we try to attack with magic, which means we are outnumbered if that is the case.

I am not taking chances, so we might as well comply and do exactly what this person tells us. This person wants us alive for some reason.

But first chance we get, we are getting out of here with that business card. We'll have to make sure he doesn't take that card if it comes to that, and our rose.

But yeah, do what he says... for now...
No. 938154 ID: 8b660e

Comply for now, but don’t just give in, question him and make them question their own morals about going through with this.

“There’s no need to get violent about this. It’s clear that I have some sort of value and you want to take advantage of that. I get it, it’s classic hostage negotiation. If that’s the case though why save me from moon-face down stairs and then immediately threaten to shoot me when I’m not your enemy. So why do any of this anyway? My guess is you want to hand me over to the cult thinking that handing me over will mean immunity for yourself. If that’s the case, I don’t think it will. They will just kill you via association anyway. Their acting leader, Lorence, is too paranoid to let anyone who associates with me live.”

“Now it’s either that or you want to ransom me to some other party who’s yet to make their marks known, or you and your friends downstairs are a part of that other group. If that’s the case then I really have no other idea, unless you know things about me that you think have some kind of value.”
No. 938155 ID: 8b660e

Possible but if he does have an accomplice wouldn’t it make sense to leave them down with the others to keep them off ya? Speaking of magic I do have some ideas of what he’s about to do. People make others do this when they want to handcuff them. I’m betting that’s the case, but if we use just enough fire, not even enough to create a full fireball mind you, we could heat the links of the chains up to where they are soft and malleable and can be pulled apart. Also this other idea occurred to me, this next idea is awful Ana but don’t show him fear. Keep talking as well, stop only when he says to because believe me, the closer we get to the truth the less he’ll want us to talk.

“Or you are planning some sort of coup within this group here. You saw me leading the others and immediately wanted to use me to get to them. If that’s the case you’ll probably kick the kids and the men out but keep myself and 93. Women have more value. And I’m also betting you’ve got an accomplice, pulling something like this isn’t a one man job.”
No. 938195 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 938233 ID: e51896

Don't look at the sky Ana. Mark gave you strict orders to stay in that position. Looking up means he'll shoot you.

But yeah, it seems like we have some unfinished business to take care of before us, and AJ can leave this dimension with Dervan. Most likely it is Rosalia wanting revenge for her sister.

I believe she also wants to take AJ away from you for his protection because Mother Gaia's followers believes we kidnapped him away from Mother Gaia, which we can't allow. Absolution Prime will most definitely be able to find him if he is in this dimension without us as his power grows, making him a beacon which will only make AJ, and whoever he is with an easy target for him to assassinate. AJ has a better chance of survival if he is out of this dimension.

So if it is Rosalia, we will most likely have to either convince her to let us leave with AJ, or have a rumble with her until she is either unconscious or dead. Both of which is going to be difficult I assume. Remember that rose that Mother Gaia gave us? I have a feeling that it will have to come into play at some point during our negotiation or battle. Not immediately, but when the time is right.

For now, stay in your position, and lets quietly wait for what our visitor has to say to does. If it is Rosalia, just know that she doesn't look human anymore. her time with one of Mother Gaia's followers made her look a little more monstrous. actually a lot more monstrous.
No. 938248 ID: 3ff1a4

This isn’t a hostage negotiation... this is handing over a prisoner.

WC we need our weapon.
No. 938267 ID: e51896

Not yet Scarred. Maybe later in this situation, but not now. Mark is watching Ana and WC like a hawk. we can't make any suspicious moves right now or Ana and/or WC will get shot or stabbed. That goes for WC giving us a weapon or allowing us to use AJ (which could alert Absolution Prime sensing AJ's power) as well. Patience is key here. Let us quietly wait and see what our visitor has to say. Stay chill plz. We've been in worse situations.
No. 938292 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 938294 ID: e51896

I don't know if Mark can hear you from down here, but maybe tell Mark that if he hurts those children, he'll have to answer to Rosaline, that spider lady. Those are her children after all that you found.

But knowing how this world works, and how it fucks us over, and nothing goes our way, I don't think he'll be able to hear us. It is worth a try though, but don't get your hopes up. Call out to Mark

But I have faith your friends can fend for themselves. Boxhead was in the army and should know some techniques, those kids have sharp arms which are strong, Clarence might have abilities in his current form, and 93 is immortal. I think they are more than Mark can handle. Don't worry too much about them.

Other than that, I guess there is nothing we can do now except wait. But I don't get it. Why would she want you alive? she could have told Mark to shoot and stab you multiple times, and she could drop you right now, especially if she wants revenge, but she is not.

look forward. where are we headed currently?
No. 938310 ID: b05762

You should have listened to me... And how could they hurt WC? He’s incorporeal and his powers specifically teammate to stealth., did you forget that? Now our allies back at that hotel *including the kids* are now in danger and we’re without a weapon.

“Rosalia, I’m assuming we’re going somewhere for a duel?Or something of the like, you strike me as the type who wants to get even. Now that you’ve got your prey now’s the chance to get even right? Funny how mother Gaia suddenly talked wasn’t it? My experiences with her is she doesn’t actually *say* anything beyond noises of nature.”

And let’s show her she also owes us now shall we?

“Oh and the voices who guide me? They say your girlfriend, Matilda, is doing fine, they think she is practicing law now after they helped her win her own trial and prove her innocence.”
No. 938313 ID: b05762

“Also, your sister is safe too but Lester might be in danger or dead. Root’s sister Delilah, might have killed him. My voices say they helped him both save your sister during a banquet when she stepped out and was suicidal. Then Lorence came out shot her with some drug to keep her incapacitated, you might want to be wary of him. Delilah then ran out and but due to her drug problems went into withdrawal from stress and fainted. When she came to, Lester was taking care of her and she tried to get her to sleep with him. He refused, and she stabbed him and left him to bleed out.”

“Also, if you think I’m trying to get your mind elsewhere, of course I am. There’s more important things to focus on other than revenge. Hell, the whole reason we’ve been trying to help people recently is more or less out of guilt for what we did. So look if you’re so intent on seeing this through I won’t stop you, but I hope you know why I did what I did. Maybe you won’t care, maybe you will. What do you say? Can you hear me out before we do this? Just think of it this way, it’s all the better to know your enemy, wouldn’t you agree?”
No. 938363 ID: e51896

>You should have listened to me...

I... actually don't regret my decision. Even if he can't hurt WC, he can still hurt Ana. Plus, Cera's prediction was that Ana would get stabbed and gunned in her future. He had a knife and gun. I think we dodged a bullet there... for now... no pun intended.

And you know what Ana, even though we're in a bit of bad luck, and I don't think it is ever going to change... why don't we use this moment to look at the silver lining here for now, take the good with the bad.
For instance, we're flying right now, something people don't get to do often. Whether you choose to talk to our kidnapper or not, Why don't we also appreciate the view from up here in the horizons before we land while it lasts? or at least what we can see. If we're going to be facing some miserable moments, there is no reason why we can't find some good moments with the bad. Maybe swing a little bit too for fun.
No. 938369 ID: f75f1c

Yeah well we’re not out of the woods yet. But you know what? Yeah! How many people get to fly like this? Enjoy the view aside from saying all of that might as well try and have a bit of fun with this.
No. 938373 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 938386 ID: 7e475f

ROBERT! You beautiful boy!

Listen I have something I wanted to be the one to tell you but now isn’t really the time. Think you can help us out when we land? Or maybe... how strong are your arms? Your mom could bust through solid concrete, any chance you could catch us on something if we broke lose?
No. 938421 ID: e51896

Hm... Actually, a thought came to mind. Lets keep Robert hidden and just wait and see where this takes us. he might be able to help us later once we reach our destination, but that is only if he is willing and we get a better idea of what we'll be dealing with.

>how strong are your arms? Your mom could bust through solid concrete, any chance you could catch us on something if we broke loose?
He could probably but here is my idea: I remember that Rosalia was with Lorence when they ambushed Anastasia, the girl who was in that vehicle. I don't know if Rosalia killed Anastasia or if she simply captured her, but this might be a chance, maybe our only chance, to save or at least get information on what happened to Anastasia and her old man if we just wait it out for Rosalia to fly to whatever destination she is taking us.

Besides, I think trying to break loose would only anger the monster even more and cause more trouble right now and reveal Robert's presence to Rosalia.

Like I said, lets for now relax and enjoy the scenery while we wait to arrive in our destination. we're often too busy worrying, that we forget to take things slow to appreciate the little things in life. Stop and smell the flowers so to speak. It'll help lower our stress to be mentally prepared for what is to come, and most importantly help us learn to find happiness in the face of misfortune.
No. 938506 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 938519 ID: 9b9c4c

“I met her briefly before she tried to get away beyond that I don’t know much about her. But I just didn’t want her to badly hurt is all.”

Just stick to the basics for now. As for the Ash tree shard, if that can boost up WC maybe we can use it and teleport out of here
No. 938542 ID: e51896

Wild cat said he doubts he can use it to teleport, just create illusions.
But I'm interested in knowing if WC can hide AJ with the shard, like camouflage AJ on Ana's eye in case someone tries to take him away, like Absolution Prime for example.
But right now my question to WC is: what are the side effects of using that shard? There's always a catch after all. I mean, becoming immortal from the ash tree for example makes people look monsterous...

For now, Robert, hide in the bag until we figure things out please.

As for Rosalina, just tell her that you gave Anastasia some items to help her survive and escape the fog after she threatened you. But you see her as a friend because she offered you a ride to escape, but you couldn't because you were naive with your actions and goals at the time, and you didn't want Anastasia to get involved in our mess since lots people are hunting you down. It seemed like it didn't matter as Anastasia was ambushed regardless.
No. 938655 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 938657 ID: e51896

>It'll probably do something to the power that opposes my abilities in the first place.

That sounds... very ominous. I'm glad I asked before we jumped into that decision. Well, we've gotten out of situations without having to rely on a power or magic handicap before. Perhaps we don't need to use it? My decision is to not use it but keep it in the bag just in case.

I also want to hear Scarred's decision as well.
No. 938679 ID: 8b660e

A whole host of things could go wrong if we use it while we’re high in the air. Best to save it for now.

As for Rosalia here, she said we have one thing left to say before we land. Let’s wow her.
“How’s Matilda doing?”
No. 938709 ID: e51896

Don't mention Matilda. Rosalia told us to keep silent. I believe what she actually meant was that we'll have a chance to say our peace after we land at our destination, wherever that is.

You all seem interested in getting into a little battle with Rosalia, using offensive powers and stealth magic, even considering using the shard despite the possible side effects. But I think I should mention another possibility:

Felafaf's powers.

I really think after we land, we should try to find a way to use Felafaf's abilities when we get the chance to say our last words. We might be able to use it to... persuade her away from hurting us... maybe even get her to reveal some answers we're looking for even if we're lucky.

The only thing I'm worried about is that whatever outcome we might get from her abilities could actually go very wrong in the far future if we are not careful. We'll have to be careful on how to use Felafaf's ability to persuade Rosalia, making sure not to steer us in an even worse situation later on in our journey...

however, Felafaf's abilities tend to happen randomly. I don't know how we can activate it willingly. Maybe it is an ability I had in my past life and I have to remember how to activate it willingly? in any case, lets see if we can get Felafaf's ability to work once we get the chance to say our peace to Rosalia after we land and are more focused. When we figure out how to get that activated, then perhaps we can mention Matilda for some reason. Agreed?
No. 938736 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 938740 ID: e51896

Shit, I apologize Ana...

Robert, you okay? can you find Gaia's rose in the bag? It might mean something to Rosalia if she sees it since she seems to follow Gaia. If not Rosalia, then maybe the monster that is with Rosalia will understand the meaning of the rose.

Try handing the rose to Ana without being seen, Robert.
No. 938752 ID: 2f484f

Something to add: we promised Lester, dr deadbeat not to hurt Rosalia.
No. 938769 ID: ce7c79

Fucking-A, I warned that we should do something but... forget it

Stop screaming Ana. Focus on my voice feel my power, pain is just weakness leaving the body.

“Fine kill me, but then you won’t know about what’s happened to Lester.”
No. 938770 ID: ce7c79

And yeah hand over that rose.
No. 938903 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 938921 ID: 8b660e

“First of all my voices are not spies at least not intentionally anyway. Lester might be dying right now. And we made him a promise promise because he really cares about you. He saved your sister when she was suicidal and that bitch Delilah might’ve killed him all because he’s loyal to you.

We promised him we wouldn’t kill you. Although we would like some help when it comes to defending out ourselves.

Look the longer you come after me the less chance Lester has. He’s a good man and deserves better. What’s more important right now?”
No. 939015 ID: e51896

Gah! that offer from Ambassador is so tempting... especially after everything is going to shit... I feel we should do it but... that would mean breaking Lester's promise, and most likely put Godfrey's life in danger if word spreads of Rosalia's death... ugh... Sorry, got a little frustrated.

Now that I got that outta my system, I'm really sorry if it felt like I was ignoring you Scarred, but I tend to think ahead in the future and possible terrible outcomes. I felt that there are choices we needed to avoid at all costs to prevent something worst than what is happening now from happening in the far future.

That said, tell me what you think about this Scarred: I think you are definitely on the right track with the solution to this dilemma, and we should definitely be taking this path. I agree that what we need to talk about with Rosalia is mainly Lester since he is one of the few people she cares deeply about. However, I think we need to take a different approach with how we talk to Rosalia about Lester in order to... persuade her to free Ana to give her the valuable information we have.

Let us think about what Rosalia is saying, specifically the part where Rosalia said The sooner you tell me the sooner I will put you out of your misery. This means that even after she gets information from Ana about Lester, she will still immediately kill Ana regardless without remorse in return.
Rosalia has shown she doesn't care about anyone... everyone that is... except her friends. she insinuated she didn't care about the survivors, Anastasia's fate, or the fate of our friends after we got kidnapped (In fact, she loathes Ana entirely about what happened to Clara). But she tends to have a lot of respect and care for her own friends, allies, and family since she is mainly doing this to avenge Clara, and was worried about her beast getting hurt when Lorence gave her a mission. This means yes, she will definitely get worried about Lester

That said, Telling Rosalia everything that happened to Lester in one go like who assaulted him, how he got assaulted, and why he was assaulted, and the promise we kept to him will mean she will get all the information we have while Ana gets nothing but death in return immediately.

What this means is that if we want Ana to live while still giving Rosalia information, the approach we will need to try when talking about what happened to Lester is to only insinuate that we saw something terrible happened to Lester, while withholding most of the information like who killed him and why. When Rosalia starts questioning Ana for more details, we then need to give only little small bits of information while we slowly insinuate the worst for Lester as we play with her emotions. If this works, Rosalia should start to crack under the pressure in worry for her friend's safety and hopefully, only when she realizes that Ana is close to death, she'll realize she'll lose her only chance to get all the information about Lester's fate and who stabbed him. She might then release Ana from the tree and try to get her healed to get the information from us.

Only after she releases Ana we can give her all the information we have while we try to convince her that Delilah, (and perhaps the cult) is not to be trusted.

This will most definitely be an endurance test and a race against time: will our manipulation of Rosalia's emotions for Lester's safety make her crack under the pressure and release Ana from the tree to prevent her from dying and get information out of Ana, or will Ana crack from the pain and either ask the Ambassador to kill Rosalia, or pass out...

I think a good place to start is to say something like... "Poor poor Lester. He just couldn't catch a break. The voices told me what happened... he met a terrible fate that I wouldn't wish on anybody... and I'm impaled by a tree for comparison."

this should be a decent starting point to get Rosalia to start getting concerned for Lester even just a little and ask questions.

What do you think, Scarred? after hearing what I have to say, I want your opinion before we move forward?
No. 939018 ID: ce7c79

Rosalia is a hunter, she keeps her eyes on the prize. I think getting a quid pro quo is a good idea. Give us what we want and we’ll tell you about Lester, maybe you’ll get there in time to save his life.

Sounds like a solid plan.

“No Rosalia I don’t think I will tell you what I have to say about Lester, you’ve given me no assurance beyond death. That’s not how deals are made. I will say he is in danger and if you let me live I will tell you the rest. But know his life hangs in this decision.”
No. 939168 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 939194 ID: e51896

Lets amp up the pressure.

"I know Lester said I won't be able to talk my way out of this situation and that he begged me not to kill you but wouldn't hold it against me if I did. So if I can't talk my way out, I guess I'll have to show you instead:

If you don't believe my words, then why don't you try calling Lester right now with your magical telephone portal, the same way you contacted your friends. It should be quick and easy, and able to show you what happened to him while keeping an eye on me. I can guarantee though that after the fate he suffered... poor Lester might not be able to respond and it it will not look pretty."
No. 939196 ID: 92e3a7

"You can think of that as my last words and last request: contact Lester"
No. 939216 ID: 8b660e

Also let’s keep her guessing... make her think we have a contingency plan. /which we do.

“Rosalia, you ever read anything on gladiators? When the audience held their thumbs up it meant life, and when down death. Call Lester so you can be the one in the audience making the decision of life and death, and not the gladiator who’s time is almost up.”

Stick your hand out, and stick your thumb out to the side. If she moves to kill you, thumbs down and the ambassador will kill her. if she calls, thumbs up signaling she lives.
No. 939338 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 939367 ID: 8b660e

“What I need to. Who is more at fault? The hunter attempting to kill the wolf or the wolf trying to defend itself? The truth is, neither. Both are trying to survive and see the other as a threat to their survival.”

“But that’s what separates us from the beasts. We are able to rationalize beyond our survival. You called Lester, you upheld your end. So I’ll tell you what he didn’t. He almost died, and chances are the person who stabbed him will try again should he not prove useful. Before you ask, yes my spies saw this and tried to get help for him. He’s a good man trying to make the most of a bad situation.”

“And no we will not tell you who did it and why, and why it could happen again, unless you promise not to kill, maim, or otherwise harm me. Do that and I will tell you.”
No. 939519 ID: e51896

I wasn't too enthusiastic about threatening Rosalia, especially after she started having confusion about Lester. But I think I can use this to make a point.

"What will I do for survival? When this journey started, when the Ash Tree insisted on me to fight the cult for my survival to even out the battle, and Root threatened me by sending his troops after me telling me to run away, I thought I needed to survive by any means possible, kill or be killed even go after the cult to achieve it. Hurting people around me out of fear for my life, and in turn unintentionally making people fear me as an evil person even though I was only trying to save myself and my friends."

"But... after the voices met that saint Lester, and his perspective of the world around him, how he is able to do the impossible and not let anger and vengeance get the best of him even after so many people made fun of him, pushed him around, even... fatally wound him, we were inspired by him, wanting to try to live by his example and be a better person. I fear it is too late for me to redeem myself"

"sometime though... it is hard. Really hard to do the right thing in life, even when the right thing might end up killing me... and fear sometimes consume me to bring out the worst in me. but the gods know I try. I really really try."

(Slowly put your arm down as you say that part. we don't need to use thumbs up or thumbs down.)

"Speaking of Lester, he probably doesn't want to tell you about what happened because he cares about your safety. He knows you will try to take revenge by any means possible and put yourself in danger against someone or something even you can't handle. getting you in trouble with everyone just as it have done to me when I went after Clara for trying to kill my friend. For that reason, for Lester's sake, I don't think I can tell you what happened so you don't end up going what I am going through, even though you're about to kill me. You're mind is already made up after all."
No. 939522 ID: 8b660e

This is good. But I think it makes us sound too weak and self pitying. Where as mine looks more outwards towards what causes our problems. And Rosalia already thinks we will just say or do whatever it takes to survive. Sounds too weak might only reinforce that.

I’m the sword and you are the shield again. Let combine our answers. We are trying to be better and remain a good person, (and might as well be honest) not for Lester, but because it’s the right thing to do. But we must also acknowledge that there are certain events that we have no power over due to the decisions and actions of others. We want Rosalia to go back and check on Lester because he is the same way. Trying to be a good man in a bad situation.
No. 940116 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 940368 ID: 132e04

“Rosalia, look me in the eyes. If you are adamant that what you are doing is right and you have no qualms, you look me in the eye when you kill me. But I don’t think you are a killer. You’re a hunter.

Hunters aren’t killers. They’re part of nature itself, just as the wolf kills the deer for food so too does the hunter. But killers are different. They’re able to look their victims in the eye and understand them well enough to end their lives.

You’re not a killer Rosalia, and that’s a good thing. It means Lester’s faith in you was well placed. But if you kill me, could you look him in the eyes?”
No. 940390 ID: 858176

I realize that if Rosalia has only killed animals up to this point, and not other humans, that also means that she did not kill Anastasia after all and spared her life. Sure, Anastasia might be imprisoned instead by the cult, or worse somebody else other than Lorence or Rosalia may have killed Anastasia, but what is important is that Rosalia herself most likely did not have the heart to kill Anastasia.

along with what Scarred wants you to say, also tell Rosalia that you are at least grateful that she followed Lester's example and chose to spare Anastasia's life when all is said and done.
No. 940433 ID: 9dda2b
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No. 940436 ID: cb33a4

No. 940476 ID: 810f41

Desolation. We need you.
No. 940507 ID: 9dda2b

Not so fast partner, as long as the spirit is not dead the story is not over yet! You just have to believe in the heart of the cards and you will never die!

No. 940562 ID: 810f41

Well then either AJ or mother Gaia want to step up to the plate and help us ou?
No. 940592 ID: f03140

The power was in you all along
No. 940595 ID: 810f41

Hmm, can the power within us heal a partial decapitation?

No? Then we’re screwed! C’mon Fortune, let’s go play scrabble.
No. 940596 ID: e51896

Thoughts: well, the only thing I can think of is seeing about finding a way to cremate Ana's body, burn it to ashes, putting the ashes in an urn or container, and see if we can give it to someone like the Mad Creator or another god who can use her ashes to create a universe for us. I mean, Mad Creator said he could use Ana's ashes to create a universe before. So if Ana has to die, I want to at least make it meaningful in some way. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When a door closes, another opens,

right? Right???
No. 940598 ID: 8b660e

I would prefer it if she didn’t die at all.

And wasn’t the universe he made really unstable? I don’t think giving her ashes to him would be that great of an idea.
No. 940602 ID: f03140
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No. 940670 ID: 810f41

Sometimes, people can’t be reasoned with. Action must be called for before words can be exchanged and they understand you.
No. 940735 ID: e51896

If you need to blame anyone, It was mostly my fault, not Scarred's this time. Nor was it Ana's fault. Scarred wanted to take action, but I kept denying it every way that I can causing things to escalate to where it got. If you must blame anyone, blame me. Not Scarred, not Ana. They don't deserve it.

To explain myself, I guess I had too much anxiety of the future possible outcomes with the actions Ana might take that I was blinded by what was going on in the present. I worried about things such as: if Rosalia were to get killed by us, how would it effect the outcome of Godfrey's trial if the jury hears that Ana had killed one of their members, especially someone well known and strong as Rosalia and after Ana's previous actions? And what would Lester think?
And after hearing about the possible outcome of what the shard could do to Ana's powers that opposes wildcat's powers, I got too nervous to use it in fear Ana would go mad with power again.
I also feared how killing Rosalia might influence the impressionable AJ to become something like Essence down the road, or even become someone like Absolution Prime, also worrying that using his powers might alert Absolution Prime to our location.

I knew deep down that words alone wouldn't stop Rosalia, but after a certain item we needed to show Rosalia was missing/stolen, I just couldn't think of anything else to prevent anything.

Despite all that, I must thanks Wildcat and Robert for acting and saving Ana. You both were the MVPs this time. We'll have to make sure that the shard Ana was given won't amplify the powers that oppose Wild Cat's abilities for the worse.
Most of all, I apologize to you Ana. I shouldn't have let things escalate like that while overly worrying about the future.

I only ask that you realize that no one is perfect, the most we can do is learn from our mistakes.

At the very least, we can probably use this opportunity to have Ana lay low for a little while. Rosalia will probably spread the news of Ana's death, which could have the cult leave her alone for a little while, at least just enough for us to figure out where to go from here and what we should be doing.
I wonder, once we get Ana out of that tree, can we replace her with a mannequin or something that looks like Ana with it's head missing? Actually, now that I think about it, I do remember seeing Essence had beheaded a person. Perhaps we can take his headless body and stick it on the tree after dressing it up to match what Ana is wearing to make Ana's fake death more believable? Just thinking out loud.
No. 940905 ID: 07c9c1
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No. 940971 ID: eee43c


You’ve got to be shitting me.
No. 940980 ID: 8b660e

I was wondering when that would come back to bite me in the ass...

Yes, Ana. We we’re fighting her. And I killed her. And if what just happened was what I think it was about, I indirectly was responsible for his dead too. Remember when my arm got chopped off? She had me work out this weird worksheet using weirdly designed trumpets to mark would live and die.

I don’t really know what to think of this shit anymore.
No. 941021 ID: 07c9c1

Ahhh those unforeseen consequences, they can be a real bitch to deal with.
No. 941043 ID: e51896

you don't know the quarter of the things we had to deal with regarding Essence, Ana. I also don't know what that sacrifice will do, but if you feel any different, let us know immediately.

Don't beat yourself over it too badly Scarred. Sure you were naive as you wanted to save your friend like a hero, but like pre-recorded Essence just told the Ambassador, she tricked you, so it isn't all your fault. maybe 10% at fault, but this was majorly Essence's doing. But one thing to be perfectly clear: Ana is not at fault for this one.

but jeez, the Ambassador was someone that even Root feared, and someone even I was a little perturbed by and didn't want to cross as he said he can kill us voices, and he just up and dies so suddenly and unexpectedly just like that.

What did Ambassador call himself again? Meltolio? I think I heard him referred himself by that name. I do remember him saying he used to play Tekken 3 with his child. I wonder if his child died as he was using passed terms like "used to"... but I do feel sorry for his two quiet maids back in his mansion. They seemed to respect him.

There are other things I want to say, particularly something I need to tell Robert, but as things stand, Meltolio the Ambassador screamed pretty loudly while burning, and could attract some unwanted attention especially if it is someone who recognizes his voice like a cult member, which means we need to figure out how to leave here immediately.

The problem is, that branch Ana is impaled in is right now also acting as a plug to keep the majority of her blood in her body. somehow escaping will only just make her lose too much blood and die faster. I would say call Dervan, but Ana said the card is missing from her pocket. And judging by how Gaia's rose is missing from Ana's backpack as well, we might be missing plenty of other items too.

Speaking of backpack, pre-recorded Essence sang "pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile smile smile" I wonder if that is a hint. Robert, can you look through the bag and go over what items Ana has please? maybe there is something else that can help Ana.
No. 941046 ID: eee43c

Even in death she torments me...


As for the song, I don’t think it was a hint. That was a song from world war 1. It was meant to be something of a cheery marching song. We might have something in our back pack but it we do it’s a coincidence.
No. 941048 ID: eee43c

I do have an idea of how we can get help out here in these woods...

But you won’t like it.
No. 941068 ID: 07c9c1
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No. 941069 ID: 8b660e

These woods are home to more factions than just the cult. One of them is the wolves. If you howl like a wolf there’s a chance they will hear and come investigate and find you. In my timeline I had dealings with them and even made allies with them. It’s possible we could do the same, maybe.
No. 941148 ID: e51896

I'm sorry we made you feel disconnected from this world. I think at this point, I will try to stick with you as much as possible and experience things at the same time you do, Ana. Besides, it might be for the best not to spy on others and influence them again for a while if we want everyone to think Rosalia killed you so you can lay low for a bit.

And to be fair, I have absolutely no memories of my own past or what legacy I have left in my timeline. For all I know, I could have just naively stepped out of my home when the fog started without wearing one of those skull masks and died instantly before I even started doing anything when the fog began.

But just know that you've already accomplished a lot of things Ana. you won a gladiator fight against Rosaline, and you defused a bomb. You do not have to live up to any of our previously legacies. Why should you? Just try to be you and live with what we have to work with and do what you feel is right, ok?

And if you are looking for a specific goal, I think keeping AJ alive, try not to corrupt him, and find a way to help him escape this world away from Absolution Prime so he can grow stronger live his own life is a reasonable goal.


Scarred, That is an interesting plan. I'll be for it, but don't forget though that the cult is looking for the wolves for their betrayal and kidnapping Root, so calling out to the wolves might also lure some cultists over here too if the Ambassador's screaming didn't start luring them already, (though if a cult member does show up, Ana can just play dead). Plus we don't know what the wolves opinion of Ana is. They could let us into their pack, or they could just kidnap Ana like they did to Root.

But, me worrying too much about the consequences in the future almost got Ana killed by Rosalia in the first place. We can't stay here for much longer, so perhaps calling for one of their pack members might accomplish something.

I also remember a ghost story about carvings of a strange creature on trees which will give us answers in exchange for a riddle if we summon it. He might save us, But even if his carving is on this tree, I wouldn't know how to summon him (Do you know how, Wildcat?)
Plus I don't know if his carving is even on this particular tree. I can check and see, but it might not wield any results. Not to mention I'm not all good at riddles at all, so maybe summoning him might not be a good idea.

That said, what is your decision, Scarred? should we take a chance on seeing if we can call a wolf pack member over, or should we take a chance to search for a carving on this tree, see if we can summon that creature, and try answering a riddle with the risk of it being too difficult? I'm for either choice, so I'll let you decide Scarred.
No. 941154 ID: 78678c

I would say the spirit is a good idea but we are kinda on the clock here. I don’t know how to summon it and unless WC or someone else here does that won’t do us any good. I’ve had dealings with the wolf pack and I know how we can at least get a good deal with them.

The other problem with the spirit is we may not have time to answer a riddle, with the wolves we can get more immediate help for Ana’s shoulder and blood loss.
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No. 941183 ID: eee43c

Huh. We can try it. I thought the last time we tried it, it didn’t work. Also if we do use it we need to be careful, the last I remember was shopkeeper Jack had become the curator of Lorrence. But we also owe it to Blacky to see if he is alright
No. 941213 ID: e51896

Hmm. I changed my mind. Best not to try to summon that spirit that tells riddles if it has potential to lure other magical creatures that could be dangerous... Plus I suck I riddles.

But yeah, as Scarred mentioned I remember the blacksmith's boyfriend Jimmy (Gretel's bodyguard), said he was trying repeatedly to use his own shopping bell to check up on the blacksmith, but it wasn't working since someone needs to be at the other side for someone to ring the bell to enter. I also know that Lorence fired Jack from being a shopkeeper after finding out he was helping Ana, so Lorence could have replaced Jack with someone who is more loyal to the cult and might react unfavorably to Ana's presence.

That said, I have an idea. Wildcat, answer me this: if Ana rings the bell, can you disguise Ana again just like that one time you disguised her as Jimmy?
Maybe you should try to disguise Ana as another cult member just in case? specifically as one of the lesser known cult members you can think of, someone who doesn't stand out within the cult?
Only because if Ana disguises herself as someone a little more popular in the cult like Gretel or Luvia for example, that could cause suspicion down the line if they start asking personal questions we wouldn't know of. (But then again, we could miss out on some juicy facts about the person we disguise as)

If you can't disguise Ana before entering the shop, then I guess we'll probably take our chances with the wolves.
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No. 941267 ID: eee43c


What are you doing...?
No. 941329 ID: e51896

thoughts: Ana is doing her best, that is what she is doing, Scarred.

Thoughts: I trust your actions Ana, and support what you're planning. Maybe you realized and picked up something that justifies your actions. But I am at least interested in knowing an explanation especially since Wildcat wants to know.

thoughts: Unless, maybe this isn't Ana I'm talking to anymore. Wildcat said that shard Robert gave you would also power up the opposing force that counters his own abilities, and with Ambassador (who suggested to AJ to isolate himself from us in order to prevent another incident like what happened with fake Clara during that gladiator battle Ana had) being burned to death through that sacrifice by Essence...

...Hello, Desolation. It's been awhile.
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No. 941482 ID: 8b660e

I understand how you feel. Probably better than anyone.

I know what that struggle is like, the stronger you get, the more important people think you are, the harder it gets, the more it hurts, and when we fall we can fall harder each time. And each time we do, it gets harder to get back up. But we keep going, and I don't know why. Maybe it's just out of habit we keep on. I feel the reason I wanted to keep going was because without the people I had, I didn't have anything at all.

I'm not trying to feel sorry for myself though, I've had to make my peace with a lot of regrets about life. And that can be the toughest thing of all is trying to find a way through the darkness. But it does exist, and I promise you with every ounce of love that I have to give, it does exist. And when you have it, you will want to hold on for as long as you can. But the important thing is, you did it. You overcame what you felt you couldn't overcome. I believe in you Ana, as as long as you are willing to keep going, you will have me beside you. Not just to guide you, but to be there for you when you are down, to help you pick yourself up off the ground. We promise you that.

As for Robert, I understand why you feel that way. But show me a little boy anywhere that doesn't love their father or idolize them in some way. The flint you know, is not the one he knows. To him, his father was something worth striving for. The promise of a family, of acceptance, of love. That's why he wears that mask, he is trying to be the good man he thought his father as. The reason he was so cold to you earlier was because you made him question those beliefs he held. He was forced to see that his father did bad things to people, and so he denied it. He doesn't and probably still can't accept it, but in time he'll understand it and have to come to terms with it on his own. His siblings are still young and scared though. I think he must feel he has to be grown up for them as well, and to make his father proud.

But I don't think he will betray you. I know he and WC have talked and probably helped him come to terms with at least a few things. He will help him just as much with him as we will. If he wanted you dead, he could have done so earlier. And why bring up the bell at all? Unless he truly did want to help you escape. He must know what it is at the very least, it wouldn't surprise me if Flint got his own weapons through Jack the same way we did.

As for the card, being honest, I don't trust the man who gave it to us. He strikes me as the kind of person who would only help you if you could help him.
No. 941807 ID: e51896

I apologize for thinking Desolation invaded your mind again, Ana.

thoughts:While I'm still undecided about this, Ana, it is no doubt that we will have at least one or three traitors within our group. I can not deny that much longer. I see the signs around us, and from what I remember what Essence said, she mentioned that she see's vulnerability in our group which could lead to betrayal. Essence is a psychopath, but she also doesn't want you hurt, so I can't deny what she said. We will definetly have someone within our group who will indeed try to kill you. In fact, It is almost enough to make me think that we should just abandon our group and just be a lone wolf in this harsh world.

thoughts: But I will say this: even if Robert hates your guts, even to the point of wanting to kill you, one thing I am certain about is that he has formed a bond with Wildcat. Perhaps to the point of seeing him almost as a father figure. That said, I don't think Robert would want to disappoint Wildcat and will just tolerate you despite any negative feelings he has on you. In fact, I think Wildcat is the main reason why he hid in your backpack in the first place, it is just to be with Wildcat. Plus, I don't think Wildcat himself will forgive you for abandoning Robert, the kid has abandonment issues already with his own mother after all.

One thing is for certain, I wish I can find the opportunity to tell Robert that we found his father has been revived, and how his memories was erased, and how we managed to help him regain his memories of his children. He deserves to learn that at least, but we never do seem to find a break in the constant madness we're put through. To be fair, I myself have never gotten the opportunity to personally talk to him, I know Scarred did, but not me.

thoughts: As far as Dervan goes, there is no doubt that he is a very shady and sneaky person, We also must consider that he seems to want to become a demon to the point of even wearing devil horns, and you know how stories goes about people making deals with the devil goes, it is more trouble than it is worth. Plus lets not forget the consequences we will face against the Tribunal. However, there is no denying that he did save our lives, so I don't think he would want to hurt you. Maybe corrupt you, but definitely not hurt you.

I guess what I'm saying is, whether or not we decide to use Dervan's escape route, I think we at least owe him a discussion at the very least to know how his deal goes, to get a better idea of what we will be gaining, and most importantly... losing from taking his path.

Just know that whatever decision you decide to take, Ana, I will support you to the bitter end.
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No. 941889 ID: 993727

Wha... Dervan are you seriously playing the fiddle...? Wearing devil horns....??? You ever meet a kid named Johnny?

To be honest Ana I kind of want nothing to do with to with him. Like I said, if we want something from him, we’ll have to give him something in return. Fortune, anything you want?
No. 942204 ID: e51896

Ana, thanks for contacting Dervan. What I heard and saw helped confirmed a decision. I think I am now starting to lean towards not accepting his services to leave at this time. Maybe another time we'll accept his services for something else, but not leaving

Sorry, it's just that, There have been many times where we have taken a gamble when we choose a decision which leads towards a path that we know next to nothing about in order to avoid another decision which seems bad, but it always lead to an unforeseen tragedy that makes us wish we taken the other decision.

At the very least with the other decision we were about to take before contacting Dervan, even though we knew the consequences which were not great, we brainstormed how to deal with the upcoming consequences should it come to it.
While I'm sure Dervan means well for getting us out, we also know nothing about what will happen in the process of or after escaping, which means we have no way to plan for the consequences if we don't know what they are.

I decided I'm not going to be taking any more gambles with any kind of decision that we have no idea where it may lead.
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No. 942418 ID: e51896

hmmm... Dervan, if it is alright, I have an idea, as I don't want things to close on such a sour note as we have come across. Inner Thoughts: Ana, I'll have to teach you some manners at some point! I mean, jeez, the dude saved our lives despite the shady things

I already gave you my totem as payment for your services in saving our lives, and while I have given you that gift, I feel I still owe a little more than just that, even though that totem is pretty precious to me. That said, I want to at the very least help you out with something concerning that business card. You are still looking for a demon to speak with, and you're hoping to give a demon your business card in order to speak to one, correct?
I as a voice as well as Scarred have a strange knack of ending up in weird messed up places sometimes at the most unexpected times, sometimes out of this dimension as we have sometimes spoken with Robbit (that mad creator) at his dimension a while back as well as Triumphant at his office.

Maybe at some point, we may come across a demon somehow, somewhere, and when that happens, we can perhaps set up a way to offer Ana's business card over to it in some way? A lot of people in our world don't even have dimensional travel, but we voices sometimes do.

What do you say, Dervan? It probably is a better bargain than the deal you made with Lorence to get Ana out as you are probably trying literally right now doing by telling Ana to give you back your card, correct? After all, getting Ana out was more of Lorence's deal, not Ana's. ;)

Just a thought, think it over. If you agree, just tell or show us what a demon looks like, and Scarred and I will hunt one down for you to talk to.
No. 942426 ID: 8b660e

Good luck with that, the only Demon I know of is Andrew Goodwill. No chance in hell we’re getting him.
No. 942428 ID: e51896

Oh, ok. We'll just return the card then. Please politely throw the card back into the portal, Ana.
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No. 942897 ID: aa0488

Turns out we had something to help us out. It was just a one time use thing though. Wanna help us down now? I don’t think Ana can use that bad arm. We can look for that bell together.
No. 942978 ID: e51896

*Whispers to Wildcat* I think you need to be the one to speak with Robert on Ana's behalf, Wildcat. Ana understandably is almost at her breaking point if she hasn't reached it right now after just about everyone has hurt her in some way, so I don't think she's in the mood to trust Robert, let alone trust anybody anymore. It'll be kind of nasty if Ana starts talking with Robert any further especially after how she spoke to Dervan. Likewise, I don't think Robert is all too fond of Ana, or us voices despite our best efforts to form a friendship. You however seem to have formed a fatherly bond with Robert so Robert will be more willing to listen to you instead. For topics, a few ideas could be telling him how Ana escaped, ask if he wants to help Ana down, or maybe if you want, let him know that his father is still alive...

Inner thoughts: *whispers to Ana* with apologizes to Wildcat, and Scarred, I'm with you on this, Ana. I don't think I trust Robert either, especially since he has his 6 lil' hands behind his back like he is hiding something. In fact, I don't think I trust anyone anymore. We'll have to face facts that we might not have or ever get allies or friends to help save us, and everyone in the multiverse is trying to kill us. I think that an outside force may have gotten to Robert, preyed on his vulnerabilities and filled his head with lies either while you were sleeping, or while he was searching for the bell. He did come back a bit too early after all, especially since this is a huge tree. With that in mind, I have asked Wildcat to talk to Robert to give us a little more time to test the waters and plan things out so Robert possibly doesn't try anything just yet.

Inner thoughts:That said, Here is what we'll do. While Wildcat talks to Robert, I want you to silently keep a close eye on Robert and prepare for any sudden movements. Meanwhile, I will look behind Robert's back to see if he is hiding something behind his back. If either he makes any sudden moves towards you, or if I say "now!", you will have to jump towards the closest tree branch you saw to get away. It'll suck and will be self destructive since the closest branch is probably too far away to drop down to and there are only a few branches down there, but it's the only way we can escape if it comes to it. You're going to need quick reaction time to dodge Robert for this of my intuition is right.

*moves behind Robert as much as she can to see if Robert is hiding something*
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No. 943051 ID: f14948


Gods damn you, Fortune.

I trust you Robert.
No. 943205 ID: e51896

Don't trust nice people, they're the most dangerous... that is what dervan said, right? *sigh*

I'm glad you still have that optimism to blindly trust others after the nonstop turmoil, Scarred. But after all we've been through, I just can't. Not anymore.

And on the topic of pointing fingers, I might as well come out and say it. Wildcat, you can drop the nice guy persona act now. You're not fooling me anymore. I'm well aware it was your job by even Root himself to make sure Ana doesn't get killed and it is proven time and again you have saved Ana's life several times. But after what I just discovered just now, I can say I suspect you are also untrustworthy in different ways and do not have Ana's best interests in mind. Although you're making sure Ana stays alive, I have reason to suspect you're also acting as a mole for the cult spying on Ana's actions and the people who she interacts with while at the same time, finding different ways to break Ana's spirit to the breaking point she is in now.

Sure, while those people back in the hotel prevented you from acting to save Ana because of them blackmailing you knowing your girlfriend's location is understandable, I can't ignore some other instances.

Take Anastasia, the girl that Lorence and Rosalia had stopped and possibly killed for example. I have always wondered how the cult knew where to find them if Ana, us voices, and yourself were the only ones who knew where they were going, unless one of us tipped them off. I remember after meeting Anastasia, you immediately wanted to talk to the shopkeeper... privately even. Perhaps to tell him about us finding Anastasia and where they are headed perhaps? seems likely as Lorence has that shopkeeper as a curator later on even though he despises curators. he could have made an exception after that shopkeeper perhaps gave Lorence some juicy information you may have given him about Anastasia.

And that's not all, I may have just discovered something that is now making me suspect that all this time, you could have used your abilities to help Ana out in dire situations but deliberately didn't while lying that you're powers were being counteracted by an opposing force, or being too drained. We could have prevented some tragedies from occurring if you might not have been possibly lying.

in fact... if you were lying about your ability's limits, your possible decision to not act to use your abilities when I asked you to help Ana stealthily escape Flint could have prevented poor Robert's father's death by Casper's hands, one of the things we were trying to prevent. Would have totally not put us in this accusation issue

Ana, Scarred, you can go ahead and continue to trust Wildcat all you want, but I am just laying down my thoughts that I needed to get off my chest for the longest time. I'm hoping I'm dead wrong, but my experiences has me know better than that. It is probably just better at this point for Ana to just work alone and not have allies or form friendships if the multiverse labels her as a pariah despite the good deeds we've been trying to have her do.

And Robert... you seem calm about these accusations. perhaps way too calm. I expected you getting angry, sad, or upset in some way, just a little bit... but you acting calm to keep suspicion away and showing no hints of getting a tiny bit emotional just seems too surreal and unnatural. But I don't know, maybe wildcat is correct and we should just naively get sunburned by the summer vacation heat as he believes maybe we are just too cool for ice cream...

I'm really, really sorry, Harbard... :( :( :(
No. 943213 ID: 8b660e

No. 943215 ID: 8b660e


You’re right to not trust Wild Cat given the evidence! He needs to answer for this.

But, if you lay even a finger on him. I will go away, and given your situation right now, you will also lose him, and Wild Car. You two will be alone out here. I don’t like giving ultimatums but if you are truly going to let their actions of others and the world dictate who you are and what you do,

Then damn you both.
No. 943289 ID: aa0488

I should say when Scarred is referring to
“Him” she is referring to Robert. And yeah, I’m sorry too :(

No. 943292 ID: e51896

Alright... maybe I'm just lactose intolerant to this bs after all...

Robert, all I will say is that you're father is still alive. That woman Essence that you saw kill the Ambassador brought him back to life, but then immediately turned him into a monster and erased his memories of having children.

We however managed to restore his memories after a long and nightmarish encounter with that woman, but he is still with someone named Happy, who is the ringleader.

Now that you know this information, I don't know whether you want to start looking for him with us, as we may come across Happy ourselves and your father, or if you want to try to find Happy yourself to try to join him and your father and betray us and try to kill us, or just leave us alone and go our separate ways, but just know that this is the truth, and we tried our best to get your father out of Happy's grips and what you want to do with this information is up to you.
No. 943294 ID: aa0488

*deep sigh of relief*
Me too Fortune, I’m very sick of it. But that means we can’t be spreading bs ourselves. All we’d have then is more shit.

Robert it is true, your father is alive and he still loves you. A man called “Happy the Tragedy Phantom” is keeping him held up. Before you ask we don’t know how to find him. But I swear by the old gods and the new I will make sure you and your siblings see him again. But now we need to know what you will do with this information, Robert? I won’t stop you or blame you if you want to strike out on your own. But let me say this before you do. Happy’s goal appears to be to break Ana, and the best way he can do that is if we are all fighting against each other. You stand the best chance of finding him again if you stay.

And one more thing, no more keeping secrets from each other, no more trying to hold leverage over each other. That’s not what a team does. The better we can all find ways to work with each other and be honest with each other, the better chance we all have together of getting what we all want, safety, happiness, whatever. But we cannot do that if we are at each other's throats.
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No. 943315 ID: 8b660e

Does Dervan look like someone you can trust? To me he has the look of a jailer, a slaver. He would kill you without a second thought if it meant saving his own skin. We couldn’t trust him.

But let me ask you another question. If we had taken his offer, what would’ve happened? There was no guarantee it was legitimate. Also, and this is just my own opinion, what about the rest of the people here in this world who also want to escape? I couldn’t leave knowing that I had taken the easy way out and just left everyone else to their fate. Could you?

Now the question remains, what do we do about WC?
No. 943496 ID: e51896

I'm glad your skeptical. You're free to not believe us about Flint, but at least we told you and know later on that we weren't keeping secrets from you...

We didn't take Dervan's offer because after a few times we tried to save people or get help from someone, they immediately try to hurt Ana or use her afterwards, like Laura who put a bomb in Ana after she answered her call for help, or Gretel's bodyguard Jimmy who kidnapped and hurt Ana after she tried to save Gretel from some people, the Ambassador who was trying to use Ana as a means to further his own agenda, Wildcat using Ana to gain information, or your mother Rosaline who tried to kill Ana after Ana tried to spare her life after winning her fight against her. It became clear that no one is grateful for Ana's heroric actions and just want to see her as a villian and have her suffer... we felt Dervan might be the same way, wanting to either use Ana, or hurt her after so much pain Ana went through. Plus, a investigator named Triumphant once told us it is a very bad idea for Ana to leave our dimension. He never said why, but it's implied it could be more trouble than it's worth...

I also think that it is apparent Ana might not be a good leader, let alone be a cult leader like Wildcat and Root wanted. Ana before the fog started was never really a social person, didn't have many friends, really, I don't know why so many people suddenly have such high and grand expectations of Ana. Ana's strengths is definitely not leadership. Now this isn't a bad thing, it just means that Ana's strengths lies somewhere else. We just need to do some soul searching right now to figure out what she wants.

Robert, you on the other hand will make a far better leader than Ana ever could. Maybe you'll even take Root's place even and stop this fog yourself. Or maybe you can take Ana's place as leader? You're very intelligent, even shown independence, and have strong willpower for such a young age. we'd probably support your leadership if your willing.

And I don't know, I'm starting to think that there are still secrets being kept from Ana, like Wildcat not telling us who the powerful woman he's talking to is, or not telling us what he talked about with the shopkeeper privately, or Robert not showing what is behind his back.

A team can't work unless we are all on the same page and not keeping things from one another, and because of that, unless Wildcat, or Robert tells us what their hiding and asks Ana what secrets we might be hiding, it might be for the best for us all to probably go our separate ways peacefully before things reach its tipping point.
Ana had once wanted to remove Root's hand that contained Wildcat off her arm, and she has no pain nerves in her hands after meeting with the Ash Tree the first time, so maybe Robert should just use his sharp arm to slice Root's hand away from Ana to have Wildcat leave her alone, and then from there just go our separate ways?

I don't know, I guess it depends on if Wildcat, and Robert want to reveal what they're hiding and in turn ask anything they are suspicious that Ana is hiding, or if not, it depends on if everyone is willing to remove Root's hand off of Ana's arm to end Wildcat's services and go our separate ways. It is a ginormous decision after all...
No. 943505 ID: 8b660e

Nice show of confidence there, Fortune.
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No. 943614 ID: ced8ae

*deep breath*


Is everyone paying attention now?

Robert. Let her up and give her the hand back. If she goes anywhere you have my permission to hold her down. Ana, don’t move. And ALL OF YOU, Listen up. I am sick to death of everyone being unable to trust each other.

Ana, you acting like an angry child, and when children get angry mistakes are made. To be honest, more than anything I’m disappointed in you. I told you exactly what would happen if you laid a finger on him. I did not lie to once during all of this. I told you the truth about everything from day one. I understand what you are going through, better than anyone. If you ask me though, you deserved the ass kicking you got. Your actions have only messed things up and now unless we all think, this can only end badly for everyone. If Robert can’t hear me, I suggest you repeat what I say exactly as I say it and also take the time to consider the thought process that led you to make the decisions you just did. What I want from you is a promise, that you will be better than this. You have every right to get angry, you can get paranoid, but you put it to good use. You make it useful.

Robert, she has no moral high ground here. She acted rashly, out of fear and impulse, and it’s gotten her here. But now you’re in hot water as well without thinking about it. You are just a boy, a smart boy, but you’re not quite as street smart as you think. For example, what do you think your siblings will think if they saw this? Ana held them and sung them to sleep. I would say they share a bond to her just as you do with Wild Cat. But now, you’ve put yourself at risk of ostracizing yourself from your siblings. Since your father is alive and wants to be with you all, do you think your actions here have jeopardized what you want for you and your siblings? I know you could say you just as easily lie, but lies build up and grow out of control, especially when they’re told by young children. And if your asking why I’m talking to you like this? Because part of being a child and having a parent or someone who cares about is discipline. Because I want you to be the best you can be, and sometimes, kids need to be shown that through discipline. What I want from you is promise, that no matter what you will do the right because of your family and who you and they love.

Fortune, you need to get over yourself and your own attitude problem. You can’t find a way to work with someone or you can’t trust a person? Find a way to do it. You’re sick and tired of this world, and things not going our way? Where have you been this whole time??? You want to know why I had so many people on my side in my timeline? Because I made them my friends. If you want to destroy an enemy as efficiently as possible, that’s how. You find common ground. But it seems to me at times you don’t want to put in the effort, I’ve tried working with and I’ve agreed with you, and we’ve made bad decisions together, I won’t argue that much. However, your inability to trust, your continuous show of inaction gets nothing done. What I want from you is a solid partnership, you won’t flake out, you will find ways to work with people you don’t feel you can, and you will try to trust who you can.

Wild Cat, I won’t pretend to understand to know what your motivations were for all this, but you are partly to blame for it, nevertheless. I understand you have a job, but this is where your own lies have gotten everyone. I want to trust you, Hell, I like you and appreciate what you’ve done for us on so many levels. But any part of any good relationship is trust and that trust has been broken. How do you intend to fix this? That is what I want from you, I want you to show me that you are someone who is worth being trusted.

Now, because this is A DISCUSSION, I want to know what you all need if we are to work together. I don’t want to leave, and I don’t want to have everyone at each other’s throats. We are setting this, here and now.
No. 943672 ID: e51896

To answer your question Robert, There are no such thing as good or bad people, so Ana is neither of those. At most, she is neutral trying to do the right thing without getting hurt or used. Key word here "trying".
The only thing that really matters is how society molds a person's perspective of everything by how society has treated them, thus making choices based off of their feelings. So who can say where that moral high ground is?

In any case, I asked that Wild cat, who is inside Root's hand, be removed from Ana's arm, and you did just that, so thanks for helping me with that at least. Wildcat was holding somebody prisoner, and I decided it was wrong to do that and we simply shouldn't just fear and ignore her any longer and just accept that person as a part of Ana and learn to form a truce instead of putting a bandaid solution by silencing and ignoring her using Wildcat's magic.

Scarred, I think we should add another person to our discussion now that wildcat is no longer holding her prisoner like a wild animal in a zoo. That is what I want.

Desolation? Can you hear me? I freed you by getting Robert to remove Root's hand. Wildcat is no longer keeping you silent with his magic and I think it is time to form some sort of truce. Can we talk?
No. 943727 ID: 58c631
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No. 943738 ID: 8b660e

The same goal you have, to create a better world for everyone. And that includes you and your siblings, and even your father who is also “a monster.” We found a few things out, one of which being that this conflict between the cult is essentially meaningless. Especially because what we are in is a cycle, things will just repeat and play out sometimes different sometimes the same. I want to break that cycle in order for a new world and progress to happen.

So if you’re looking for a reason not to kill Ana, here’s one. Don’t make your job harder than it needs to be.

Robert, something you said worries me. Because I do care, because I care about you and your siblings. But you said you are doing this for them? Do you even know what they want? Both of them are sweet kids. And yet you isolated yourself from them, even back at the hotel. When they wanted a hug, you were sulking in the roof. But I took the time to come up and talk with you. Because I cared about you and what you wanted, I still do. But you shouldn’t claim to know what’s best for them, that’s not love Robert. That’s control. It’s okay to idolize your father, but you should want to be a better man than him, because that’s what parents want for their kids. They want them to be great and to not make the same mistakes they did.
No. 943741 ID: e51896

What would our goal be? Well, as Ana said, she has given up trying to stop Root and Lorence from changing the world. We don't want to get involved with them any longer, nor do we want to get involved with Absolution Prime. If anything, we were tricked into trying to achieve that goal when we weren't supposed to.

And while I want Ana to just try to flee this country away from the cult and Absolution Prime, you probably won't believe it especially since we didn't take Dervan's offer to escape.

Really, I think we are being forced to pursue a different goal. We were for a long while being harassed by Essence, the woman who you just saw kill the Ambassador a little while ago. She was doing very terrible things such as kidnapping people and torturing them, manipulating people with lies sometimes even through mind control or erasing memories in some way, killing people including a couple of cult members, even trying to get Lorence killed at one point, and even killing an entire timeline. Essence with her nihilistic view of the universe wanted to take control of Ana, wanting nothing more for Ana to destroy everything and kill everyone, causing nothing but suffering.

And the thing is, even though we managed to beat Essence, she isn't even the leader of her group. She is following an ambitious man calling himself Happy the Tragedy Phantom, who I told you is holding your father hostage. I do not know what his goals is, but it seems to involve harassing Ana and us voices, and if Essence said she wanted to rule this universe with Happy and then destroy it, then I fear he may be trying to destroy the universe instead of trying to change it like Root's cult is trying to do. Happy seems do be doing so by playing different groups of people like the cult and even people in Ana's team like a fiddle, manipulating them for the worst to achieve a goal which he is keeping secret.

So I guess while we do not want to take down the cult anymore, and while I want Ana to escape this country, I think we are being forced into a goal to try to figure out who Happy the Tragedy Phantom is, what he is trying to achieve and decide whether or not he is worth taking down and rescue the people he has kidnapped... whether we like it or not as it seems like he is personally trying to force us into confronting him.

That said, while Root and Lorence may want to change and rule this world, Happy on the other hand might be showing threatening signs that he might be trying to destroy it. we need to make sure who he is, what exactly he is planning to be sure if he is worth confronting before he fulfills his goals.

So yeah, I suppose that is truly why we didn't take Dervan's offer and that is the obligation for this world that we have...

As for our next step if you were to let Ana go, I don't think Ana should use the bell since there is likely a trap on the other side. Everybody wants to kill her after all. Instead, she should try to just climb down this tree without any help and without her hand, because if she cannot achieve climbing down this tree herself, how can she expect to survive in this world on her own?

But... I guess it doesn't matter and it's all wishful thinking. It looks like you already made up your mind to kill Ana and there is nothing we can say or do to get you to believe us and change your mind and free Ana, is there?
No. 943745 ID: 8b660e

Inner thoughts: If Robert could feel Fortune watching him... then... maybe...?

*embraces Robert in a motherly hug*
No. 943788 ID: 58c631
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No. 943794 ID: 58c631
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Before this chapter continues there is going to be a short story in between. Choose which one you want to be portrayed.

No. 943813 ID: 8b660e

I would prefer to do Putting all things inside outside, but I have my coplayer would want to flavor of happiness with aftertaste of regret. Tell you what, if this is the case i'll roll you for it.
No. 943845 ID: e51896

flavor of happiness
No. 943849 ID: 58c631

Oh boy
No. 943877 ID: 8b660e

rolled 3 = 3

No. 943878 ID: 8b660e

Oh... well shit
No. 943948 ID: e51896

My turn to roll,
before I roll, what sided dice are we rolling?
No. 943949 ID: e51896

rolled 13 = 13

Nevermind, Harbard told me he rolled a 20 sided dice. So that is what I'm rolling too

you may have beaten me in the first two dice rolling games, but I'll get you this time
No. 943960 ID: b151ba
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No. 943961 ID: e51896

You didn't steal those things from that spirit that tells riddles, did you?

lets go search for hidden things this time.
No. 944026 ID: f1cf1b

I’m down for this.
No. 944087 ID: b151ba
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I already implemented the transition to the short story. As for the roles, one participator will be Null while you Harbard Grim will be in control of Tv Flint, just play him like a reanimated corpse with low intelligent.

No. 944092 ID: 8b660e


Who’re we talking about again?
No. 944110 ID: e51896

...Where's Ember Sapling? after giving Ember my precious heart to get her to trust and follow Essence's orders to keep things running outside of my body... only having it end up getting Ember burnt to a charred state and letting her down...I would have thought she would especially be here to watch and laugh at my inevitable torture or death... maybe even personally rip my soul to shreds like she threatened to do to that small guy with the mask that managed to escaped my clutches...
No. 944121 ID: b151ba
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No. 944138 ID: 8b660e

Ohhh yeah, that’s right. Essence is dead now...

Inner thoughts: Good. Maybe this means I can leave here and go find my kids. I really don’t care about this thing in the can. What about that other girl the one with the melted face...?

Actually come to think of it I’d like to get everyone’s thoughts on what should be done here with this... uh, traitor? I guess I’ll go last.
No. 944217 ID: e51896

What is there to explain? What's even the point trying to explain myself at this point? to try to garner sympathy from you all? to ask for forgiveness and redemption? Nothing I'll say will ever get you to think better of me. I mean what is it you want to hear from me? All I can say is that Essence was trying to destroy me through that whole fight despite me trying to be helpful to her, with strike one being breaking all my bones in a very painful manner and getting ghosts to control my body, strike two being erasing my precious memories that makes me who I am with each ghost killed, and step three was giving Ember the courage she needs to accomplish Essence orders to stay outside my body by giving her my heart only to have Essence's orders end up destroying my heart and hurt Ember in the end. Was I supposed to take all that?

But that's not the answer you want to hear, is it? You want the easy less complicated answer, only wanting to see things in black and white ignoring the gray. so fine, here it is: I'm a (literal) spineless coward who only cares about my self preservation at the expense of others, and I am the "villain" for betraying Essence for my advantage instead of suffering for her, losing my mind, and possibly dying for her like I was supposed to. While you all are the "heroes" all ready to make me suffer without mercy or chance of redemption. Is that what you want want to hear? Whatever, I'm done feeling sorry for myself at this point. I've finally accepted my current state, and will accept whatever punishment you have in mind.

What I won't accept, however, is your comment on Ember. Where do you get off on calling Ember, your own ally, weak? Especially after all she went through during that fight? How DARE you to even insinuate her grieving is a weakness!? If anything, she has shown the most amount of courage in that battle than anyone else ever shown, standing in the most vulnerable spot all to keep my uncontrollable body angered and powerful. She may have been unsure at first, but after showing my courage and giving her my heart, she herself showed courage despite the risks, and despite where it ended up for the both of us. And that's more than can be said about you, Spirit Contaminator, just watching it all happen in the safety of that shielded throne. Sure Ember might hate me the most out of all of you, but she at least has all of my respect for her courage.

Actually, who is it am I talking to? are you Blizulia, Spirit Contaminator, or is it the Spirit Parasite controlling Blizulia? I can't be sure anymore with your actions. Are you sure who you are?

To top it off, Ember is showing more courage than you right now! You may see her grieving as a sign of weakness, but I see it actually as a great sign of courage. The fact that she even had the willpower to accept the cards that has been dealt to her to begin with, and to visit Essence's grave to accept Essence's death and grow stronger from that sadness and acceptance shows she has far greater strength than any of you.
Meanwhile you still refuse to accept Essence's death, to pay your respects to Essence and support Ember and instead opted to just decide to formulate a punishment for me, hoping my suffering will help you gain any sort of satisfaction, that maybe my suffering will make you feel stronger and bring a bit of Essence back to you symbolically. Nothing you do will bring her back, and while you may feel strong for beating up a weak slime like me, you aren't actually gaining strength. So instead of calling your "friend" weak for grieving, maybe you should be supporting her through her difficult trial, maybe even pay your respects to Essence instead of trying to run from it like Ember did.

And you asked me what you all should do with my treason? Here is one: let Ember herself decide my punishment. After all she's been through, she has suffered the most next to Essence, so she should be most deserving deciding my punishment.

But whatever, you all have fun and and decide my punishment. Just like how Ember accepted Essence's death, she has inspired me to accept my punishment. After all, I've hit rock bottom, no, I've hit the earth's inner core. no amount of punishment will make things any worse for me at this point, even death is a mercy. But I'll say in closing, if you have any respect for Ember, you should let Ember herself decide my punishment.

No. 944220 ID: 8b660e


Could you slow that down a bit? It sounded ballsy so I’ll give you that much.
No. 944228 ID: b151ba
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No. 944277 ID: e51896

for how I'm doing? Well, I just blew off a bunch of steam ranting after hearing them call Ember weak, and now, I oddly feel a whole lot more refreshed and relaxed... all things considered. Just anticipating my death day coming a day or two apparently.

have I considered my choices in my previous and current lives, and the theme of my existence? I guess. I have always been too selfish, too self absorbed and arrogant in my choices, and in the end lead me to themes of being alone in life... but then again, life and existence has no themes or meaning, does it?

y'know, I just got a wave of nostalgia with what memory I still have left... you all remind me a bit of all my dead friends. Tv head reminds me of the strong Mike, Felafaf reminds me of the quiet Jerry, Anubis reminds me of Betty, the missing Ember reminds me of the caring Nadly, Spirit Contaminator reminds me of the leader Tom, and Happy reminds me of Christopher who brought that portrait that Halloween. Yeah, I feel it will be fitting to wait for Nadly on the day of my death.

hm, your face seems a bit too close to your communication portal, Happy. Can't even see a part of your body either. Something wrong?
No. 944279 ID: 6eabb5

( whoops I meant for null to say "wait for EMBER on the day of my death" not "wait for NADLY on the day of my death". But then again him saying Nadly instead of Ember could really show just how nostalgic Null feels.)
No. 944707 ID: bfce93

How can you tell what his face looks like? He’s wearing a mask? I think? Come to think of it he always makes a weird wooden clacking noise whenever he walks around.
No. 944890 ID: f7ff14
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No. 944902 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts] strap a bomb on myself to kill my enemies in self sacrifice? might as well find a nuclear bomb or two in that case then. Maybe that insane FBI agent can help with that if I can find her... if she doesn't blow me up first. but nuking the ash tree's spirit now that I think about it... will that even work?

[inner thoughts] I already told him how I'm feeling. No need to tell him again. interesting how the others weren't immediately following his orders to answer him when he asked them a question. First not straightening up Embers weakness, now not following orders immediately. Things probably aren't going to end well.

Hey, You were talking about my destiny... but I thought Essence told me you hated the concept of destiny with a passion, and wanted to get rid of that? Maybe you don't hate destiny as much as Essence lead me to believe...
No. 944916 ID: 8b660e


Oh yeah I did, didn't I...?

... Well I guess the only thing I feel is a slight sense of relief than. I don't really want to work for someone who would shoot me on a whim.
No. 944928 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts]: >>944916 I'd bet my soul tv man doesn't even remember who exactly shot him, lol, change the channel.

[inner thoughts]: Now that I think about it, while I will probably look for a bomb/nuke if possible, I have a feeling if I needed to sacrifice myself and activate the bomb, it would probably not work and be a dud knowing my luck.

[inner thoughts]: good thing they can't read my mind.
No. 944970 ID: f7ff14
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No. 945102 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts]: OH! that's right! dreams are easy to forget, so I almost forgot that in my dream, Demoria wanted to find a way to talk to and bargain with Spirit Contaminator, and I offered to help arrange a meeting. But like Demoria said, I can't just rush into it. I'll need to have patience, and by doing that, I'll need to slowly start some kind of friendship with Spirit Contaminator, or maybe get stockholm syndrome in order to eventually get her to talk with Demoria...

[inner thoughts]: I think to do that, I'll need to answer and critique Spirit Contaminator's questions truthfully, but not be insulting, but not be too friendly either... but ugh, that's TOO MANY QUESTIONS SHE IS ASKING!!!!... nonetheless, I'll have to answer them... because I may have let myself down, but I won't let Demoria down at least. This is for her. I have to prove I'm not a total failure at everything

What I think of you? we just met so I barely know you to draw a conclusion, nor do I know what you mean by Ice cream shop incident... but initial thoughts, you do seem to have sympathy for your family and others, especially the late Essence. I mean, you're trying to keep your team together in the interrogation room. And I know you wanted to kill me in the interrogation room, but in that fight, you used to be a little hesitant in killing me with a poison earlier and called Happy to intervene instead. But more than that, you now seem determined to get shit done trying to push away past weakness, not showing mercy anymore towards me, trying not to let feelings get in the way, and just looking forward on your goals... Just be sure to check your rear-view window periodically, the past can rear-end you if you don't.

Appearance? I don't think that matters at this point considering the type of people of varying appearances are out there being the norm after the fog hit. I mean, look at Tv Head's, and my own appearance. But I believe despite whether or not what your physical condition is, you are still you, it matters not how you look as long as you know who or what you are and want to be. But you asking about your appearance towards us, I can't tell if you hate how you look or not. I think the question is what do you yourself think of your own appearance? How do you want to look? How do you want others to see you?

For your leadership? even though your leadership was probably thrown at you, I see potential. You certainly seem to have a plan of action and the preparation and will to carry out those plans. And you seem to be keeping order in your team as you have prevented Anubis from keeping TV Head muted showing you can keep your team as united as possible...
...However, there was something about what you did as a leader that caused my outburst in the interrogation room: calling Ember weak. Sure you may have disagreed with my suggestion to go grieve with her and face the truth saying there is no time for sadness, but I think you could have still gone with Ember if not with the intention to grieve for Essence, but to support Ember through her grieving and time of need even if you didn't agree with it... if only to weed out the weaknesses by mending Ember's broken heart and help her grow stronger through it instead of just leaving her alone to pay respects to Essence...like Jerry did to me when he wouldn't support my studies thus ending my first life
I think this goes for Felafaf too. She said she was Sad and empty when speaking to Happy, and yet you said there is no time for sadness earlier. If you're worried that sadness is going to bring your team down, you should try to mend Felafaf's and Ember's sadness.

thoughts on the community? hm... I don't know if I've met EVERYONE in the community, but it seems with all the people I've seen so far, it seems to be full of broken spirits who lost people or somethings or everything and they want to do something about it. A community of people with broken hearts and emotional trauma. But hey, at least you all can be miserable together to pull through and reach for the stars. But I think I remember hearing that people who are broken can be manipulated easily. I'm probably speaking from experience though. Just be aware of what is going on around you.

How you function? you're all very secretive, very prepared, I'll admit, it is quite intimidating,
However, some of you seem to act out on your emotions, like Anubis' blind rage muting Tv Head which shows signs she can potentially ignore logic and and act on rage without seeing the big picture or considering her teammates thoughts, Tv Head's confusion which could cause misunderstandings in orders, Felafaf's and Ember's sadness that may potentially give them a defeatist hopeless attitude. I think as a leader, you need to address these with them before your mission.

How you are organized? as I said, you remind me of my friends, sticking together, united. Though it seems if one of you are doing something you disagree with, such as Ember, you call them weak behind their back. Shunning someone for their actions will just give them more reason to leave your organized group or get thrown under the bus like what happened to me with my group of friends... But at least you all took consideration with what I said regarding Ember and decided to wait for Ember for my death so that you all can truly be together.

For how you all see each other in your group? well, you all seem united with the same goal, but I can see how some of their personalities don't match up well with each other. For instance, Anubis has no patience for Tv Head, Tv head doesn't look like he wants anything to do with anyone and would rather get lost in his confusion, Felafaf doesn't speak out often, and it looks like you seem to be distancing from Ember and her sadness instead of helping her get over her sadness.


Also, after this conversation, can TV Head put me inside that toy box and close it? I want nothing but total darkness to blanket me.

[inner thoughts]: That was too many questions that she wanted me to answer... I hope it amounts to something. I'm doing this for you Demoria.
No. 945160 ID: 8b660e

You know my head’s kinda fuzzy on some details. Probably because how I got shot. But this community...? Well I mean you accept me, and I can’t say my own mothers treated me quite as well as you do. I don’t necessarily feel like a prisoner, either I don’t need to put on any airs. I kind of remember... I guess trying to hard to be a leader myself? I don’t think I was very good at it.

As for your appearance? Well c’mon can I really be the judge of that? You’re fine with me. I don’t really have any problems with anyone. I don’t think Anubis likes me though, but she’s okay with me.

As for your leadership? You don’t shoot me or hurt people under you, I’d say that’s a good start!

But there is one thing I feel like I’m missing... I want to see my kids again. If had to leave this place it would be for them.
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No. 945341 ID: bfce93

*suddenly turns around very quickly, so as to not stare at her nakedness but stays in the room and turns Null so as to not look either.*

WOAH! Um... well if it’s any consolation I don’t care how you look. If you’re wondering why I turned around though, it’s not right for a man to see a a young lady’s body unless... well, you know...

Well, to answer your question, I’d say as long as you are you no matter what, and you have people here who care about you who will help you with your pain the best they can.
No. 945448 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts]: I think I might be on the right track if I want to get Spirit Contaminator to speak with Demoria to start a bargain between the two, especially since Spirit Contaminator is letting her guard down talking with me... but I notice she doesn't seem comfortable enough to remove her headpiece of the hazmat suit just yet. Hmmm, maybe removing her headpiece will be a gauge on when I can bring up having her contact Demoria... or maybe not. For now, I still need to be patient and especially be careful on what to say if I want her to talk to Demoria

While you believe you might be the weakest person within the group, and that your position of leadership was forced onto you even though you might not have wanted it or maybe feared it with feelings that you are not qualified, you however certainly have the willpower to try be that leader you need to be with your determination to keep your team together and even confront your enemies despite your doubts in yourself regardless of those thoughts of weakness.
And because of that, with that willingness to challenge such uncertainly as a leader and the agony you may face against your foes... maybe perhaps you at the very least have courage after all, right?

Also, You were talking earlier about not being in the right state of mind... and after hearing about your body being a connection of two different dead things to form one life, I have to ask if you ever thought that might include your brain as well and not just your body, as in your brain being combined from two separate brains of different minds to form one, which is putting you in what you described as not the right state of mind?

And as far as you not knowing what you are, and thinking you will never get that answer, I unfortunately cannot give you an answer either... especially when I cannot answer myself who I am supposed to be, Null, or Marty, or someone or something else entirely... I was given a question to ask myself in order to be true with myself if I want to get anywhere, but I still can't figure it out. It has been bugging me ever since I saw what my heart looked like when I let Ember take it.
Everything about me was a shadow, even my blood, so I accepted myself as a monster of nothingness and played that role... until I found out my heart was that of a human's and not shadowy. I do not know how to feel about that, I was overflowed with relief, sorrow, anger, regret, really a whole confusion of emotion.
But even though my problem is somewhat similar, I am not going to be cheesy and say we are very much alike, and I'm not going to say I know how you feel. Because the reality is that I can never understand what you're going through, much like you might not ever understand what I'm going through. I mean, If I understood anything... well... I wouldn't be melted black licorice, now would I? but while I can't understand what you're going through, at least I can listen, and try to provide you with questions you might not have thought about before.

But for you, the question of figuring out what you are is more of an answer you have to figure out for yourself alone. But I think the only advice I can give regarding you figuring out what you are is this: instead of asking yourself what you are... maybe instead ask yourself what you want to become and how to work you way into being what you want to be?
Who knows, maybe you'll figure out what you are as you focus on what you want to become?
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No. 945488 ID: f3cdde

You can if you want to, I’m just trying to be respectful of you miss. And I’m not really one to judge on what people’s body’s look like, the mother of my kids was half-spider and that was when I was still human.

ooc for a second second, seriously how old is Spirit? Because I thought she was she was a kid like underage. She was getting bedtime stories read to her for Christ’s sake so the other reason is if she is underage this is really creepy
No. 945574 ID: e51896

...now that I think about it, I don't think TV head is wearing clothing either. And going down this line of think, even I'm not wearing anything. Probably even before I became a puddle I don't think I had any clothing when I still had a body this whole time... maybe we're all nudists after all?

[inner thoughts]:Ok, maybe now is a good time to ask Spirit contaminator to set up negotiations with Demoria. I just first have to be polite and ask if I can make the request first

Anyway, okay, I'll listen to your request... and... um, speaking of requests, I too have a request, that is, if you want to hear what I am requesting, Spirit Contaminator.
Don't worry, I'm not going to ask to be free or have my old body back or have an ability to move again. It is something else entirely and unrelated. May I ask my request after you ask yours?
No. 945620 ID: 48a98a

There aren’t many clothes that will fit me, I mean c’mon my body is made up of mostly scrap metal. I don’t really think I need them. My body is pretty unstable too I guess. Come to think of it though, I remember feeling a lot more ashamed of it before I got shot.... who did that again...? Anyway yeah, you don’t bother me Spirit, but I’m always willing to talk and listen.
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Wh- what did you just do? I can’t see anything on that side of my face! Well I mean I couldn’t anyway, I’m half blind, probably because of... uhhhhh.... something. But yeah what’s on the other side of my... monitor? Yeah what did you just do?
No. 945840 ID: e51896



...ok. I'll agree to your request. Perhaps if I roleplay as your brother, maybe I'll be able to discover a bit about my own identity of who I'm supposed to be: Marty or Null or someone else before my execution. And maybe perhaps you may discover some similarities between the two of us we haven't yet discovered during our roleplay, Spirit Contaminator, besides our similarities between you and I on trying to figure out our idenities of who I am and your identity of what your body exactly is, as well as your similarity between you and flint of losing family members.

So Flint, you'll be the mobility and strength, and I'll be the brains and do most of the talking.

And since you are known as Blizulia the Spirit Contaminator, Flint and I will be known as your twin brother, Flintin (combination of the names Martin and Flint), the Soul Corrupter

Now, as a twin bro of yours, it is my responsibility to try to ease your pain and unload the emotional weight you have on you, and because you look seem depressed, I ask: do you want a hug from your dearest twin brother? I'll be sure to be as gentle as possible with the hug if you agree that means you have to be gentle, Flint, with that new strong body of yours. Or perhaps you want me to read you a story or play a game with you as I like games? Maybe a snack like maybe something sweet?

[inner thoughts]: I'll wait a little longer before I ask Spirit Contaminator to contact Demoria until Spirit Contaminator is in a happier mood. Perhaps roleplaying as her brother for a while will lighten her mood enough. But I hope I'll be able to convince her before I am killed by the others.
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My sister, As I said: I'll agree to pretend to be your bro.
But, at the end of the day, while pretending might give me an idea of what you're going through... I don't know if pretending will truly make me understand exactly how you feel with having two different bodies being incompatible with each other if I'm to be honest with myself. Thus, I cannot give you a genuine experience of being your brother. Regardless I will still try to roleplay as your brother to the best of my abilities...
but, unless I can somehow share your body and mind, I don't think it is possible to truly understand what is going through your head...

ummm... I might have said something interesting by accident: you sharing your body and mind with me. You said something about my body not being compatible with Flint's robotic body thus we can't combine. But, um... what about you? are you compatible with me, hypothetically speaking?
Even though I know I'm in a weird puddle form that can't do much, I'm wondering if you have ever thought that maybe your body is actually compatible with mine in some way? Like maybe if you somehow get yourself and I to share the same body and mind, you may finally get somebody who truly knows what you are going through? Or maybe If you can somehow get me to share your body, I can be the adhesive that can keep your body, mind, and psyche together in harmony one shared body with me instead of having your body try to tear itself apart?

I don't know, I'm probably just spitballing weird nonsensical ideas because I'm weird, but I don't really have anything to lose or going for me at this point so, I guess I'm willing to try weird and crazy ideas...
No. 946084 ID: 8b660e


What about a puppy or a pet? Think we should get her one? That way she can always have a friend with her?
No. 946086 ID: e51896

I prefer cats, personally.
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No. 946142 ID: 48a98a

*baymax style hug*
No. 946329 ID: e51896

[inner thoughts]:thats... kind of... unfair. While Spirit Contaminator and Tv Flint gets to feel the comfort of an embrace... I don't get to feel it up here as part of Flint's face... But maybe I don't deserve or not supposed to act or feel the physical comfort of embrace, but rather ace as the voice of comfort. Or maybe, I need someone's voice of comfort for myself?

ok, I'll swallow my pride and admit this: I really have no understanding of anything of what I should be doing or what purpose I should be fulfilling anymore, or what my place in life is. It all stems from my conflicting desire to live two different lives which can't be compatible with each other: life as Marty, and life as Null... perhaps much like how you have two bodies that can't be compatible with each other.

I mean, I thought I knew what my purpose was when I was reborn as Null. In a way, I thought I was brought back to life by pure frustrations of an unseen force having everything going wrong for them alone, and I thought my purpose was to act accordingly for that force, with my new life as Null. I thought I needed to channel that vengeance against the powerful spirit that murdered me for seemingly no reason by selfishly stealing the souls of mortals and gods for myself.

but... As Null kept devouring souls to become strong enough to take down the powers that be as an act as vengeance for Marty's untimely death, Null always had a small voice of Marty which was quietly pleading desperately for Null to stop and give up. And as the devouring continued, Marty's pleas was growing louder with each life that Null devoured, to the point where it was almost as if the voices of Marty was coming out of the mouth of the people and gods Null was devouring pleading for Null to spare their lives, much like how Marty was pleading to the spirit not to kill him, an echo of the past. "Please stop, I'm begging you... this isn't right, I don't understand why you're doing this to me. I didn't mean to do anything wrong." That is all Null can hear from Marty. That echo of the past of what Marty pleaded with the Spirit was being repeated, but the plea was directed to Null this time. Each death Null was taking always reminded him of Marty, except for some reason, Null's memories wasn't seen in Marty's point of view anymore, but in the point of view of the spirit who killed him whenever Null devoured a soul to gain power.

My desire to live as both Null and Marty all accumulated to finally destroying my body in the end when my memories of Marty was being erased during that battle against Laura, with each ghost getting killed. I couldn't leave my life as Marty behind as I would lose my memory as to why I became Null in the first place to get vengeance on that spirit, and I couldn't leave my life as Null behind as I'd be too weak to defend myself from the dangers that spirit brought to our world, and all the people that hated me. In the end, my desire to take vengeance with the body as Null, and my want to cling to the past with my body as Marty finally broke apart those incompatible bodies and I ended up as a mixed puddle of misunderstandings of my own actions and not know who I wanted to be.

I think even though I initially didn't want to think so because of my pride... maybe the truth is... I do actually understand how you feel about having two different incompatible selves, Spirit Contaminator. My life and memories as Marty and My life and memories as Null just can't coexist with each other, both of which I felt were too valuable to leave behind and can't live without, and in the end, it destroyed me... And I... I think it is still destroying me. Much like how you feel your two different bodies can't live with each other and you feel it is tearing itself apart like mine did. It is the scariest feeling, not knowing who we are supposed to be and where we belong and for what purpose...

...I mean, if I really have to leave one life behind, which should I choose to keep, and which should I choose to stay to live a better life? Should I keep both? And will it even matter if the destiny Happy said was true about me falling apart despite what life I choose?

Maybe despite my actions, that is why you didn't wish for my death while everyone else did. Because you saw that connection you and I share: both of us having two lives that just can't be compatible with each other which is destroying us, with myself already being destroyed because I just couldn't leave one life behind... And because of who we are and our history, we just can't fit normally with society...
Spirit Contaminator, Let me ask, While I can't decide which part of myself to keep and which part of myself to leave behind, Null or Marty... if you had to choose, do you know which part of your body you would keep and which you would leave behind? or are you unsure which body to keep like I was struggling to decide which part of myself to keep?

Spirit Contaminator, I don't know if I was able to comfort you with telling you what I understand what I have in common with you, but I think that understanding of you and I having two lives or two different bodies being incompatible can give us both clarity of knowing how we both feel.
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No. 946414 ID: f6c741

*puts the fish in a glass of water*

So, how can we find you a new purpose?
No. 946663 ID: e51896

...Sorry... I didn't mean to make you cry. Flint and I am supposed to be comforting you, but I guess I can't. But maybe it's like you said, doing this is probably bad for your psyche, and it is probably best to rip that bandage off now and face reality. not just you, but me too...

Good and bad experiences from the past can mold what type of person someone can be.
But dwelling on the bad aspects of the past too much causes life and their joyful moments to just pass us by without realizing it...I learned that the hard way when I was too focused on dwelling on my previous life and past woes with thoughts of vengeance that I just didn't pay attention to where I was heading in the present that it destroyed my body. I didn't take the patience to live in the now when I was too focused on the then.

Right now, this moment is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. You said that your pet is hurt from your incompetence. Yet you're still not acting because your grieving over past actions and experiences of living in isolation instead of trying to save it.
But you should know that it is still not too late to save your pet's life, just as it's not too late to get a hold of the situation you are in. instead of being sorrowful over the past, You just need to take the first step to try to focus on what is happening in the present and save the poor little fish's life.
And you don't have to take the first step to take action alone. I know change is a scary concept for you, but you have friends like Flint, Felafaf, Ember and Anubis to help give you aspiration. And you have me as well to help you through it.

Change is difficult, but if talking about the past while wishing for things to be better brings too much pain, then let's all try to take baby steps first to let go of the past and change ourselves and find aspiration in our lives by starting with this small little aspiration: saving the little fish's life together. Agreed?

It's not too late to save Daylight the fish, it's not too late to change yourself.
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No. 946682 ID: f6c741

They won’t bring him out unless they have to. And at that point they would be getting desperate.

What this is, is isolation. Keeping you from seeing anyone or anything because they are getting ready to question you. If you’re lucky they will try to cut you a deal. If you’re unlucky they will use more heavy-handed tactics to get you to talk.
No. 946733 ID: 8b660e

*sees she's still trying to be like Essence*
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No. 946760 ID: e51896

Well, I remember Dreamwalker in another time was chained up when he was imprisoned in a torture room, with the chains keeping him from using his magic. You seem to be just in a prison, with a bed no less to relax in (despite it being rough). You are not chained up like he is. If they had the intention to kill you, they would have put you in a worse prison like the one Dreamwalker was in. I don't think shooting will be involved unless absolutely necessary when meeting with Lorence...

I think if they wanted you to suffer before the interrogation, they would have chained you up like Dreamwalker was. This prison seems less harsh in comparison, so perhaps I agree, they are going to try to cut a deal... Lets just wait it out.
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No. 947484 ID: e51896

Are you being haunted by ghost, Ana? Well, at least Wicker Kid only seems to be observing you out of boredom, and I think when he said playthrough, he probably means this time cycle we're in if he sees each cycle as a playthrough in a video game. But maybe we should warn him that he might be a little too late to watch our journey since our journey may come to an end soon once Lorence shows up? I mean, I'm not sure what might happen when Lorence shows up to decide our fate.

I did have one dumb idea Ana, what if you were to draw that one ash tree skull symbol again here and fall asleep like you did back at home? Keep in mind that I don't think it will help you escape at all since it is more of an out of body experience, but it's more of doing it out of mere curiosity if anything, I mean it isn't like we can do anything else besides look out the window to get an idea where we are, and wait for Lorence to decide our fate... the only thing is, I don't see anything we can draw with unless you find a pebble and use that to scratch the drawing on the wall...

But before we decide whether to do that or not, I think we should mainly focus on learning more about Wicker Kid and why he is here, especially if he is going to stick around with us. For starters, I am interested in wondering what Wicker Kid finds confusing in this "playthrough"? I thought it was obvious: we lost a bunch of our friends during a hostage situation not knowing their fate, got taken advantage of while we were trying to do the right thing, reached a breaking point after all the anguish you faced to the point we found it difficult to trust others, got betrayed, and became imprisoned waiting for Lorence to decide our fate. I wonder what does he find confusing?
No. 947495 ID: 548a98

I don’t necessarily think the term “play through” is correct for this case either. It implies the same person is behind each game. I consider myself my own person with my own beliefs and morals. So maybe “new player” would be more appropriate?
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No. 947549 ID: 548a98

Well change is neither benevolent nor malevolent. It makes sense you see us as opposites. What we all want is for progress to occur. But I guess to us, Lorence represents the opposite of progress, Stagnancy and rigidity, nothing changing except in small minute details that stack the deck in his favor. If the game never changes he can never lose.
No. 947582 ID: e51896

I don't know, as far as end goals go, I think it's something to do with somehow ending up opposing Root and his followers in some way, whether we intend to (like Scarred Ana) or not (like me, fortune Ana) just to survive, which forces Lorence's hand to try to stop us.
It doesn't help that the Ash Tree somewhat urged us from the very beginning to take that route to try to stop Root in the first place when there are actually arguably other bigger threats out there like Absolution Prime, since Absolution Prime betrayed one of us versions of Ana in her cycle...

Hey Ana, while your talking to Wicker Kid, can you do me a favor and look out the window, just to get a feel of the location we might be in, or is pitch blackness the only thing out there?
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No. 947749 ID: 548a98

You’ve seen every run...???

This is too good of an opportunity to pass. Having him on our side would basically increase our chances.

But Ana? Can you ask him one question for me? Why did my baby have to die...?
No. 947751 ID: e51896

Nothing but a black void, Ana? I wonder if that means you're not in the waking world at the moment and instead dreaming again having another out of body body experience. multiple times you were in something like a black void, it was in a dream like area. If so, this cell might just be not only a literal representation, but a metaphorical representation of the situation we're in being now stuck in a dark path with no escape

to answer his question of him wanting to tag along, the only appropriate response I can think of is: "whatever, do what you want, I don't even care what happens anymore. Just tired."

The only questions I have for him is: what is the point on even continuing on or caring at this point if it is now impossible to get any sort of happy ending and we're now just destined to fail in a bad ending or dead end, despite doing our absolute best to do the right thing. (Wow, sorry if that sounded depressingly nihilistic, wasn't my intention)

And also: since Wicker kid see's these lives a a different playthrough, ask if there ever been a moment when this game has been modded, or even hacked by someone in some way? I mean, all games are capable of being "hacked"

(I only want you to ask Wicker Kid that because I suspect there might be "hackers" in this "playthrough" that screwed us over big time*is thinking of Essence and Happy*)
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It was....

Absolution.... not Root.... this whole time....

*goes incredibly silent*
No. 947806 ID: e51896

*imagines Essence after hearing the Smiling Forever ending, then imagines Happy after hearing the Happy Forever ending*

Scarred? you alright? hello?
umm..... Ana, I think Scarred stopped working after finding out Absolution Prime killed her child, not Root.

As far as this decision goes... All I can say is that if our end fate is now guaranteed to be doomed, then maybe until that time comes, the only thing we can try to do is maybe at least try to give the next Anas in future cycles a little bit of a better chance and life in some way during this current cycle until we reached our doomed fate...

Wait, hold up, Wicker Kid said that Essence and us voices are glitches that he isn't sure can be patched out, but... as it turned out: Scarred Ana "debugged" Essence, "patched" her out of the "game". In other words, Scarred killed Essence. So... perhaps Ana, Scarred, and I should finish what we started and become debuggers for this world until Ana's doomed fate comes? That way, those glitches won't be present in future cycles to influence things in certain directions?

I mean, seeing as we are doomed to fail, maybe at the very least thinking in game terms, we can act as debuggers to patch out as many of the glitches that we can that are influencing the game/time cycle, thus updating this universe to 2.0 or something for future cycles. Perhaps maybe then, future cycles might have slightly different and maybe better outcomes for future Anas' cycles. Seeing as Scarred killed Essence, that is proof that this goal can be achieved before Ana's doomed fate, if difficult.

The thing is, this will also probably be a suicide mission for Scarred and I as us voices are also glitches that influence this world in Wicker Kid's eyes, and it is probably going to be a morally gray goal to accomplish as some glitches might actually be good people just as some glitches are bad people, and this will also mean we will have to stop being pacifists in order to take on the role of debuggers and upgrade this universe... hmmmmm... What do you think, Ana and Scarred?

I would tell Wicker Kid: we'll keep going, but we're not keeping our hopes up anymore, keeping expectations low, and staying unenthusiastic about everything.

but also say to Wicker Kid: Besides Essence and the voices, who and what else is considered a "glitch"? do you, Wicker Kid, have a list of "bugs" that needs to be "patched out"? we're asking because as it turns out it is actually possible to "patch out" those influencing "glitches", as one of the voices killed Essence, and we're debating whether or not to patch out as many of those "glitches" as possible to "update" the "game" for future cycles until our doomed fate comes.

Because otherwise, I'm not sure what other goals that is possible to accomplish at this point.
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You know, Ana, I've come to the realization that when your time of death inevitably comes, AJ is going to perish along with you as well. I don't think we should bring AJ into this going forward knowing what is to come, which means we'll have to find someway for AJ to carry on without us, which means finding someone else to take care of him who isn't related to Absolution Prime in some way... hmmm...

Hey, I know this idea sounds crazy, but seeing as Lorence is someone who travels from cycle to cycle at the end of each one, and AJ is a god who gains power very quickly as time passes... what if we ask Lorence to take care of AJ in our place? AJ is a god who gains his powers as time goes on, and if he follows Lorence around from cycle to cycle, he might just be strong enough to hold his own against Prime and perhaps take Prime's place. I mean, I know that Lorence is working with a murderous cult, but as it stands, Lorence is AJ's best bet to survive as he is the only person that can travel from cycle to cycle, and it might give AJ a chance to make some kind of difference for the future cycles, and might even help change Lorence's personality for the better giving his life of living in a repeating cycle meaning. Maybe we should even make a deal where in return for AJ, Lorence will treat and help the future Ana's better in some way?

Plus, letting Lorence take care of AJ can also act as a great way to get back at Absolution Prime for what he did to your child, Scarred.

Ana, for right now before we ask this favor for Lorence, it might be best to get comfortable for this moment. To start, simply sit down, or even lay down on the prison bed to get comfortable and show Lorence you mean no harm, just give a simple:
"ok... I'm ready to talk. And afterwards, I have a very important request to ask you as well if you wish to hear it... please."
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*breathing very heavily*

Be quiet. I don’t just want to get back at Prime.

I want him dead, more than anything in this universe. I want vengeance. I want him too look at me in fear for what he’s done. I want him to bleed. I want him to hurt. I want him to suffer. I want him to spend eternity in mortal agony, unable to die and in constant pain.

You don’t know what I want, Fortune. And I refuse to give an inch to this monster who thinks he is above us. You would give him the powers of a god? He who kills regardless of consequences? Nothing matters to him, only his routine and his way of life. The very thought of giving up that kind of power sickens me. And the fact you thought it a good idea... If I were able I’d slap you for a fool.

Talk with him if you want. But I will give him nothing, except his own ideals back to him showing them as nothing but hypocrisy and garbage.
No. 948208 ID: e51896

Sorry, but...

Scarred... I still stand by my decision. I know it sounds weird, but in my heart, I just believe that It is something that has to be done, like it or not.

You say you want Absolution Prime dead, but as it stands, it is impossible to do that, at least not in this cycle considering everything.
If you truly want Prime dead, the only way this world would perhaps stand a chance against him is with AJ, but AJ is right now too weak. Even if he were to wait until the end of this cycle to mature and get stronger, he will still be like a mosquito in comparison to Prime. You really have no idea just what we'd be up against if anyone were to face him in this cycle.
The only way AJ can stand a slight chance is if he secretly survives and jumps through many many cycles, and as it stands, Lorence is the only person we know who is able to sneak through so many cycles and miraculously stay alive all this time. He is the only chance I know that may possibly let AJ grow and mature until AJ is ready to combat Prime in the far far future in another distant cycle, and take Primes place.
And besides, even if Lorence only see's AJ as a weapon, which I doubt, his girlfriend Felafaf will set Lorence straight. I know she will... and who knows, she may even act as a nanny, or maybe even a mother to AJ. And if she acts as a mother to him, you'll bet she'll do what she can to try to get Lorence to treat AJ like a son, maybe even soften to other people as a result... but who knows?


I only ask, Scarred, that you trust me on this idea. Please.

But... Right now though, we are getting way too ahead of ourselves with this idea. For now, we should mainly focus on seeing what Lorence wants to ask us. Afterwards, we'll decide on whether to ask lorence about AJ or not, considering I think we are in for a very insightful conversation.
No. 948211 ID: 8b660e

I would never give him anything. Let alone the son of a god.

Lorence is no better than Prime. Do they both kill people to keep their status quo? Do they think themselves above the consequences? You can stand behind your decisions and your logic all you want. Make all the long winded speeches your mouth can make. Doesn’t change the fact that your idea could potentially kill off millions of lives, regardless of the consequences and what someone like Lorence could do to influence AJ. Do you remember that alternate time line? AJ and WC changed to reflect the nature of that Ana. Do you honestly want to give him up to someone like him?

Damn you then.
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No. 948308 ID: 8b660e

His choice huh? And really, he just wanted to talk huh? Guess those two gunshots were just punctuation then. Could've fooled me.

He's keeping you alive for something. Otherwise he'd of just shot you and had done with it. Is he gonna share or what?
No. 948519 ID: e51896

...Lorence sitting on a chair, while you Ana is sitting on a seat that can also be laid down on... wait, I just realized, is this a setup for psychological therapy? If so... hey Ana, it might be difficult given how the bench looks, but pretend that the bench you are sitting on is a comfy couch. And if you don't mind... I think I'd like to sit next to you, even though you can't see me doing that. Scooch over please, Ana. *sits next to Ana* Don't worry, you can still lay down where I am sitting if you need to Ana, since I'm not corporeal

And Ana, I notice just now that tears were falling only from your right eye where AJ is and not your left eye, and you even mentioned you are losing ability to show emotion... therefore, I don't think those were your tears, those were AJ's emotional tears.

Absolution Junior, you don't have to speak if you don't want to, but I want to let you know if you can hear me is: you are going to be alright. None of what happened to Ana and us was your fault. it is alright to cry AJ, as it shows you have humanity in yourself despite being a god, but just remember you are going to be alright. And because you are showing emotion for Ana, it gives me relief that you will be able to help Lorence himself gain back some of his morals and meaning in his life if he agrees to adobt you from Ana. And with those emotions, I know you will have a grasp on what humanity is to potentially become a better god to care for this world and humanity when you take the place of Absolution Prime, and even save Ana in future time cycles...

And Scarred, listen closely: I apologize but, I'm still following my heart with what I believe is the right thing to do now no matter what, which is salvaging what we can left in Ana's cycle when everything else is ruined. And the most important one to salvage next to Ana's life before her end is Absolution Junior. I refuse to let AJ perish along with Ana's eventual fate, and the only way for him to survive and grow now is if I can convince Lorence to keep AJ secret, and get AJ stronger in future cycles to eventually match up against the demon Absolution Prime.
And I think the only way I can convince you to take my side and agree with my choice, Scarred, is if I prove to you that Lorence is not the monster you make him out to be, and everything we thought we knew about Lorence was all a result of misunderstandings and misconceptions from not seeing things from his perspective. I'll show you that he is also human like Ana is. Besides, if he truly is a monster who kills without regards of consequences, he would of killed Ana by now and not be wrestling with this dilemma he has. If he didn't have feelings, he would not of dated Felafaf. There is more to Lorence we're not seeing, and I'm going to reveal those to you.

And even if Lorence is a monster, I believe AJ can free Lorence from his sins and help him change for the better by giving Lorence the responsibility to take care of AJ not as a weapon, but as a son. This isn't just about saving AJ, but saving Lorence's humanity as well, Scarred.

Mainly, I'm begging you now to believe in me on my choice, Scarred, like I have believed so much in your choices even though I despised some of them that even lead us to here, like threatening Rosalia with a thumbs up, or hurting Logan's daughter thinking it was Essence, or choosing not to go back to the alternate timeline to name a couple.
If you believe in me, then come here, and sit next to Ana and I on this therapy prison bench couch as we'll appreciate the company, and relax your anger. Let me take action for this scenario this time like I have let you take action for previous scenarios the other times. I am going to clear the air between us and Lorence and prove to you that Lorence is actually a good person. If you don't want to believe in me, you can remain standing. I won't take offense, but I'm going to do what it takes to save AJ's life no matter what.
No. 948521 ID: e51896

Sorry Ana, to start, I would tell Lorence this: "Before you decide our fate, maybe it'll help your choice if we clear the air between us. As of now, I only want nothing more than to seek out closure to unanswered questions we may have of both of us to clear up doubts we have. I've come to realize that there have been a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions we have about you and misunderstandings you've had about us that lead us to our doomed fate, and I want to at least clear those misunderstandings up by asking you questions, and letting you ask us questions before you decide our end fate. I even have a very important request for you afterwards."

if he agrees, then we will need to address two important things before we can truly start discussions: Dervan and the Conductor. We should let Lorence know that Dervan uses those business cards to spy on people just in case Dervan is trying to spy on this conversation if Lorence doesn't know already know about Dervan's spying. This is hopefully to gain a little bit of Lorence's trust.
And we need to confess that we were looking into the past because if we end up forming a truce with Lorence, the conductor could waltz right in to ruin that truce by telling Lorence what we were doing, ruining everything. It's better if Lorence heard us confess from our mouths instead of it being revealed through the Conductor's mouth.

First ask Lorence "Before we start, are you aware that Dervan not only uses those business cards to communicate and use as portals and transportation, but also to secretly uses those cards to spy and listen in on people who own those business cards?"

Afterwards, tell Lorence "I also have a confession: I went to look into the past on how the fog got started back when I thought I knew what I was supposed to be doing. But after the voices found out the dire consequences, and started learning more about the world, we decided to stop looking further, only getting up to the point a little after one of the kids died and where the two kids were driving in a vehicle. Please forgive me, but I wanted you to hear it from me, and not from the Conductor"

After we tell him those, then we can truly start asking Lorence questions and let Lorence ask us questions to clear up misunderstandings.
No. 948523 ID: 8b660e

That’s cute.

If you despised my actions so much, why didn’t you stop me? You had the power to leap forward and stop me anytime you wanted when I swung my fist at Logan’s daughter, but you didn’t. You also forget most of those weren’t even my fault to begin with. Essence tricked me, tricked us in both the cases of that doomed timeline and when I struck Logan’s daughter. Don’t you dare point the finger at me when you had the power to stop me yourself or when things were behind our control.

Also you talk as though I didn’t view AJ as son, as a person. Have you not seen my right eye? Honestly, you even bothered to look? Where do you think those markings came from? I’m speaking from experience. He is a person and just like you claim, I would protect him with everything I have to give. He is not Absolution Prime, but I will not see him given into the hands of someone who is no better than him.

So, please, convince me. No, really I want you to try and convince me. How someone can retain their humanity when they live for a cult’s ideals where the main idea is “sacrifice your humanity?” Who has killed him self off numerous times to take the place of each Lorence. Who even the pompous Ash Kid over there calls him “the never changing.”
No. 948565 ID: e51896

I thought their ideology was "sacrifice your mortality" not "sacrifice your humanity". For context, Dreamwalker is an immortal god, and he seems pretty close to the concept of humanity despite being immortal, even choosing to be a part of Laura... I miss him already, but he needs to stay with Laura. I wonder how they are now

I didn't stop you those times because sometimes, your actions can be very quick and unexpected that it becomes too late to even discuss your actions or stop you before I can even react, like when you threw those bombs at Essence without asking me first before I even got the chance to make a plan with what to do with those bombs during the battle.
And I didn't even knew at that time you would throw a punch at Logan's daughter. I chose the option to ask questions when Essence gave the option to either hurt her or do something else, and I thought you would choose that same option id did, but instead you unexpectedly threw a sucker punch thinking Logan's daughter was Essence. And when you did, it was already too late to even stop you because it was so quick and unexpected.
Other times, I was just too cowardly to speak out to stop you because I worry that you would outright scream and threaten me for thinking out an idea you hated, or for trying to stop you from doing something I didn't like and as a result you might drop your respect for me and not want to be my partner anymore. For that, I apologize for being cowardly back then, But to make up for it this time, I've decided not to be a coward and stand firm for what I believe is the right thing so we don't make another regretful decision. I'm making this decision as your friend, not your opponent, "tough love" as they call it.

That said, while I'm sad you are not sitting next to Ana and I like I asked as I was hoping you would believe and have faith in me, I appreciate that you are at least still giving me the chance to show you that there is more to Lorence that you're not seeing, and giving me the chance to try to convince you the choice I want is the right thing.


and Scarred, I want to apologize if I implied that you didn't see AJ as your son. That wasn't what I meant at all. I believe you are a great mother for him. Probably the best damn mother. But I know that eventually, a mother bird has to let her son fly off to serve their purpose, and I think it is AJ's time to be sent off to live through future cycles and grow up or else the nest will be too small for him to survive in.

(inner thoughts: I don't know if it is true or not if Lorence himself can't change, but I might have to see if we can use that tarot vision to see Lorence's tarot card and see if at least his tarot carded fate can be changed. We haven't used that in a while. I was hoping we wouldn't use it as I hate using magic after all that happened after using any sort of magic, but maybe Felafaf was preparing us for this moment? I don't know if we should use it or not... lets see how things go with this conversation between Logan and Ana goes with the things I wanted Ana to say...)
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No. 948599 ID: efa420

*looks at Lorence and looks back to Fortune.*

... Oh. Shocking.

Well go on, you’re running this show aren’t you?
No. 948646 ID: e51896

Well well... this is very important to note: did you hear what Lorence said there? he said: "You have no idea what other things that is threatening existence, Andrew Goodwill isn't the only threat that is trying to become part of this world"... so this means that even Lorence himself see's the potential threat to existence that Andrew Goodwill would cause.

that is common ground that we just found with Lorence and us. Both us voices, and Lorence sees Absolution Prime, and as we just found out now, Andrew Goodwill as a threat to humanity. These are common threats he see's that we ourselves see as well even if Lorence's way of doing things is much more extreme.
And all this time we all thought that he was trying to summon Andrew and cause an end to existence like Cera and Root wanted. Lorence is well aware of the potential dangers Andrew could cause and wants to prevent that.

Ana, I would tell Lorence: "I never expected you to feel sorry for me, I already accepted my fate and was even contemplating sacrificing myself. I just wish I could have known so much earlier you saw Andrew as a threat like I do and have known much earlier that Absolution Prime was dangerous to humanity like you do. If I'd known, I could of helped you in some way... But with what little time left I have before you kill me, I want to help you now considering what we learned just now, whether you accept the help or not. I just want to do the right thing before whatever happens to me"

To show we meant what we said, tell Lorence, like I wanted you to earlier, about how Dervan uses those business cards to spy and listen in on people, like the business card Lorence has now. Dervan could have be spying on him this whole time.
The reason why I want you to do this Ana is because Lorence admitted he is paranoid, and telling him about Dervan's spying might be important for him to know if we are to form any kind of truce.

Also, I still think we need to confess about looking into the past before the Conductor himself tells Lorence himself and ruins that trust between Lorence and us that is trying to be built. Better to rip off that band-aid now and tell Lorence ourselves before he hears it from the Conductor.
No. 948653 ID: 8b660e


So, are just going to ignore the fact that he also just admitted he was the one who sent Stitch to kill us in the shop and who also maimed and possibly killed Blacky? It’s also kind of messed up when we get down to it. Lorence even got Jack the Shopkeeper as a curator now.
No. 948668 ID: e51896

If we may, I think from this point it is for the best that we should have this debate elsewhere as to not further frustrate Ana while she is focused on having a civil discussion with Lorence. https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/107070.html Sorry to frustrate you Ana, we'll take this debate elsewhere, but we are not leaving you either. We'll still be watching over and giving you suggestions.

but the short version as to explain about that incident with Stitch, it is all about the perspective of what Lorence saw in relationship to what he knew, and what was going on, such as Logan being in the same location as Ana, and whom exactly Logan works for (Prime).
No. 948687 ID: f7ff14
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No. 948836 ID: e51896

Ana, tell Lorence "I found out too late what was going on around us in this world, and I understand what you did to my friends and me was an act of the ends justifying the means from the knowledge from previous cycles..."

"...But Lorence... with your actions of sending Stitch at me or threatening my friends, you and Root still deeply hurt and traumatized me, even to the point of us getting too scared to think logically and act in impulse trying to defend ourselves, forcing us to make bad decisions and lead us to this point of no return...

"You're one of the many people who broke me the most, Lorence, And even though I am doomed now, and you may see your actions as just, I want to know if you feel any kind remorse for your actions. After everything you did to hurt me, I just want to hear you apologize for what you did to me."

If Lorence thinks he is above an apology, Ana, tell him "look at your watch you stole from that house. it is a memento of your wife that clings you to your humanity and remember your good morals. Your wife was strong enough to apologize to you for her unforgivable actions, and you were strong enough to forgive her. I am strong enough to forgive you, but I first need to know you are strong enough to apologize. Not just to me, but to yourself."
No. 948837 ID: 8b660e


*silently watches Lorence.*
No. 948953 ID: f7ff14
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No. 949100 ID: 89ee1a

*deep sigh. And she takes a seat on the bunk.*
No. 949241 ID: e51896

Alright, I forgive Lorence. Ana, can you forgive Lorence?

Now then, lets see what Lorence want to do or say before we decide about aj.
No. 949256 ID: f7ff14
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No. 949396 ID: e51896

"Umm... hmm. I'm not sure if I should say this since Root stated he wanted to keep this fact a secret, but I think it has to do with how my voices had once tried to save Root before way back when he was still in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy when Delilah was holding him over a flight of stairs threatening his life to let go. Derrick was there too to try to save him."

"Basically, Root mentioned once to Derrick that his life was a combination of miserable events, and before my voices and Derrick tried to save his life, he hated the world and its cruelty. but Derrick and my voices' act of trying to rescue him gave compassion to his perspective and made him want to be better."

"Maybe Root saw that he and I had a lot in common, both of us stuck in a series of miserable events, both of us having voices that guide us, both of us having the entire populace act cold towards us, all that jazz."
No. 949397 ID: efa420

Don’t forget he is also probably in love with you... or at least the idea of you... gross.
No. 949400 ID: f7ff14
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No. 949413 ID: e51896

Fuck it, I agree. lets do it. I mean, if it is the only way to save AJ...
No. 949417 ID: efa420

... alright... I’ll go with you to wherever this other place is. But then I’m coming back here, I’m not staying there.
No. 949465 ID: f7ff14
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No. 949468 ID: 8b660e

gods damn it all Fortune...

for me, it’s easy. Vengence.
No. 949871 ID: e51896

Personally I'd rather not stay, I have no desire for vengeance, just at this point want Ana safe.

I don't know, Ana. I think at this point, telling the truth about AJ might be for the best with all things going on, especially with finding out Prime is getting an upper hand in these cycle's war and getting stronger still. If anything, we might be able to balance things out... but I'm not sure... We can only hope for the best.

For my answer for Lorence, I want to tell him: we’ve sworn not to tell anyone about AJ , not because of AJ himself, but rather other people who would take an interest in him, and if those people get a hold of him, then it spells doom for the world. We only ask AJ can leave with us and live a better life and prevent being corrupted by this world.

I think Lorence will know what kind of creature AJ is after that statement...

if he asks something along the lines of why we wouldn't leave with AJ to where Dervan is in the first place, tell him It's partly because we were nervous about taking Dervan's offer at first, as we didn't know how he would try to use AJ at all once we go to him and he finds out.
No. 949884 ID: f7ff14
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No. 950006 ID: 8b660e

*seems to be really deep in thought and doesn't answer*
No. 950118 ID: e51896

Nothing can stop you now Ana. Use the card like you wanted in the first place.
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No. 950161 ID: 8b660e

*from outside the door to the prison cells*
No. 950162 ID: 8b660e

*takes a deep breath*
So... what do we do then...?

What the hell? What is going on out there?
No. 950227 ID: e51896

We already knew about Ana's soul being trapped here, and frankly I don't think I even care about that anymore especially since we now can't free Ana's soul in this cycle since Wicker Kid himself said the only paths we can take now are dead ends and death if we stay in this world.

In fact, We can ask the same question they asked right back at them but a little differently: why bother trying to accomplish anything in this dimension if the only path is death and dead ends and we can't free our souls anyway?

no offense, but I'm not convinced by Wicker Kid's argument to stay. He's going to need to try a better way to convince us.
Currently, I still think we should believe in the heart of the card and escape with Dervan before Ana loses another hand.
No. 950235 ID: a37bff

I’m not so sure if this is a convincing argument, but it’s what I believe.

Wicker Kid has called us “Ana the Everchanging.” Some choices we make have the same outcomes, some have different. And it’s those changes that make us who we are in this cycle.

Every argument I’ve heard implies that every road is already planned out. That the causality of choices means we have no real choice at all. I’ve never once believed that. If every road just lead us back here, well then we need a new road out of here, and we’ll need to be ones to make it.
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No. 950308 ID: 8b660e

Your guess is as good as mine on that one chief.

But listen, I’m telling you why you can’t kill her right now okay? Because she’s a key witness in the trial of Godfrey, if you kill her now you would be obstructing justice. Also and this just my own thoughts here but she also owns Godfrey a debt now. I only know as much as the cross ash knights have told me but but by the sound of things she is now indebted to them to save her life. Think about it, you have the opportunity to keep someone you obviously perceive as a threat under almost constant surveillance. And besides couldn’t you also use this as a test of loyalty to Godfrey and the Cross Ash as well? It kills two birds with one stone. I see it as saving her life, you might see it as.... I don’t know just getting things done more effeciently?
No. 950327 ID: 8b660e

It feels like giving up.. Tell him whatever you want... But let me ask him this.

"What happens to my voices? Can they stay behind? and if not, what will happen to them?"
No. 950331 ID: c7d046

Also, and this is just my own bargaining chip, mostly because I don’t want anyone else to die.

If you save her life, i will burn the painting of those religious monsters. Shit I’ll even give you the matches to do it.
No. 950367 ID: e51896

>Do you honestly think that you will find your happy ending there
no we won't, but it is a lot better than the other endings that will lead to dead ends, bad ends, and Ana's inevitable death. a happy ending is something Ana will not go into once she leaves. It's a bittersweet one. Very bitter yeah, but still sweet.

>Existing every day in that different dimension is going to affect you, like being somewhere where you don't belong and constantly searching for your place in it. That feeling will never leave you
Robbit, or the Mad Creator is a counter argument. He left both his world, and his own world that he created and never looked back. He seemed to have been doing fine.
And I'd argue this dimension Ana's in now is also a place she no longer belongs in, as nobody wants her here and would rather see her dead, and there is also no longer somewhere for her to find a place if she stays here as well.
Besides, wouldn't living with the feeling she doesn't belong is a lot better than living in constant fear and suffering until a brutal death arrives?

As for Dervan, it would be funny if you'd just jump in right now in the portal without explaining yourself and without context.
But yeah, might as well explain to Dervan that you're leaving.

...unless you want to just jump in? I'll leave the decision to explain yourself or just jump in to you Ana.

We're not taking no for an answer.
No. 950372 ID: c7d046

No don’t just jump in, Dervan might take it as a threat if we do that.

Ana, let me ask you something before you do. What is important to you?
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No. 950404 ID: 2e9fd7

Alright, i'll take it. And the reason I offered to destroy them is because you said they were dangerous. I'll try not to be long. If anything happens though i'll let you know.

*goes insides*

Wow! It's you! You're Ana! So glad to finally meet you!
No. 950405 ID: 2e9fd7

Unanimously... shit...

what the- who's this?
No. 950406 ID: 2e9fd7

Wait, this is that anthony guy! The guy who was a spirit parasite that other timeline. What is he doing here?
No. 950495 ID: e51896

I am all for Ana leaving, as it was her choice in the first place to escape. Ana very rarely makes a choice for herself, and I'm glad she is making decisions for herself instead of asking us to choose this time. I want to support Ana to make her own choices.

But I suppose at the moment Ana and Scarred is busy talking to Anthony the person we met when we were at Cera's meeting, I guess we have to wait a little until our final decision...

In the meantime, there is something important I want to talk about: I'm am not concerned about Wicker Kid being able to hear us voices. What I'm concerned about is the fact that Wicker Kid is well aware of who the Mad Creator is, Or rather, more specifically, I'm concerned over Wicker Kid's reaction when I mentioned the Mad Creator's name.

To answer your question Wicker Kid, I only brought up The Mad Creator in the conversation to show as an example of someone who left his universe to live his life away from his fate and living decently as a counter argument to your argument of wanting Ana to stay. But that is besides the point.

What I'm more interested in is asking about your reaction when I mentioned the Mad Creator, Wicker Kid. Why did your eyes bulged like you were shocked or maybe with fear when I brought the Mad Creator up? Your reaction was big enough to even cause you to slip up and reveal that you could hear us voices all along. Is there something about the Mad Creator that you are keeping from us? What is it?

I think you should know right now, that the Mad Creator was arrested earlier and brought in for questioning over his suspicious and potentially dangerous actions in this universe. I'm thinking by your reaction to hearing me mention the Mad Creator's name, it may have reminded you of how you perhaps heard or even witnessed him first hand doing some things that are forbidden in this universe? hmmm...

Dervan, your opinion please, what do you think of Wicker Kid's reaction? Do you think he might know something that could be useful in regards to the Mad Creator's arrest?

(inner thoughts: Is Dervan still looking for demons? it's vague, but I remember something about a person owning a bicycle that was possessed by a demon or something... It's foggy, but I have a memory of it...)
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Well, mostly I draw people I see in my dreams. A big eyeball god guy said he was ancestor and it’s from him I get this power. It’s pretty much random who I see though, even the event itself sometimes it’s things that have happened, or are happening, or somethings that could be.

*pulls out a sketchbook and begins to draw*

But recently I found that certain people were using my drawings to hurt others.

*turns back to the door and sneers*

But recently the realized that I have a gift and I can help a lot of people with it, in fact it was you who inspired me to do so. A lot of the events I see you are the focal point, and well I guess you can you’re my hero. You showed me that you always strive to do good and do the right things for others. It really is something to be admired.

And that’s why I want a chance to save you, because without realizing it, you and your voices, yes I know about them, you guys saved me. And I owe you a debt. I figure that’s Dervan right? I don’t know who the guy is with branches sticking out of his head is though. But I’ve dreamt of Dervan, and Triumphant, and Daro before. So I know them, at least, somewhat.

Anyway, here’s what I wanted to propose. See you’re here in the bunker city as a prisoner, but the thing is they let you go if you join them. A lot of people here are more servants of circumstances than anything. But you, you can choose who to serve. And I’m come with an idea for it too.

Join Godfrey and the Cross Ash Knights. Say you owe him a debt for saving your life earlier and you would join him as payment. Plus if you did that you would also be saving Godfrey too! But if you died now, Lorence would be in even more deep crap than he already is. As your death by his hands is an obstruction of justice in the case of Godfrey.

The way I see it now this is one where everyone wins in someway. If you agree I can get the cross ash down here and they will get you out of here.

That’s why I’m here now, please let me save you the way you saved me.

*tears out the page.*
Oh by the way Dervan this is for you
No. 950554 ID: ba3f1d

*is almost shocked into silence.*
No. 950689 ID: e51896

My questions are for Wicker Kid: Is the Mad Creator and Andrew closely connected then? It can't be a coincidence that Andrew being stuck here and the Mad Creator being born is the same day. Also, why are you so concerned about Ana leaving when you were so perfectly fine with incinerating her to ash and ending her life earlier.
And my question for Dervan: when you first gave us your card, you said we can bring up to 10 people with us. Is that still on the table? because maybe we can take Laura, Dreamwalker, and Anthony with us, that is if they want to come with us...

Anyway, in my opinion, Ana worked her hardest to get this second chance to escape this world. And I know Ana wants more than anything to leave right now, and I don't want to deny her of her chance and her right to leave as this is her choice, not ours. I want to support her making decisions for herself. I just don't think Ana wants to be a soldier or a barbarian in this world at this point. Really, I think she is no longer in any condition to be any kind of hero both physically and mentally even if she wanted to. She has been abused so much that it messed up her hand, and her mental state and perspective. I think she just wants nothing more than to not be a part of the mayhem and get away from the cruelty of others and just live in peace.

And sadly, this is my thoughts, I don't think that joining Godfrey is going to save Ana. The order to kill Ana came from Cera herself which is I think someone higher up than Lorence. Joining Godfrey is just going to probably raise suspicions as Godfrey is already being arrested for helping Ana in the first place. And Lorence is far too suspicious of Ana to allow her to join at this point. If she wants to join, she'd need to convince Cera.

But Ana, I want to hear your thoughts on what Anthony's offer
and I also want you to at relay these messages to Anthony please: If I leave, please find and protect the blind woman named Laura. At this moment, the world is transitioning into a place unsuitable for pacifists, heroes, and saints like Laura, and with her forming a pact with Dreamwalker and being part of a significant battle, she is becoming a person of interest for people with malicious intent to her and Dreamwalker's life. It is best for you and your allies like Godfrey to protect her with your lives. She is more important than you realize

I wonder what Anthony will do with Dervan's business card.
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No. 950726 ID: ba3f1d

I- I...
No. 950728 ID: ba3f1d

Escape would be nice, but it’s... Not realistic. If I go then I’ll want to take people with me and they’ll want to take their people. It’s a wonderful fantasy, but...

Hey, wait a second. You do know what will happen to your voices if you go right...? Didn’t Dervan or- those other guy, tell you? Dervan knows, I saw him in a dream where you took this option. He knows what will happen to them.

They’ll fade away. Eventually they’re voices get more and more distant and soon it will seem they will disappear all together. Except they won’t, they will still be there, and... you’ll be condemning them to silence and eventual madness. I don’t even think they’ll die, they’ll be screaming for help for someone to hear them out. But no one will hear them.

So, if you go... Well I don’t blame you for wanting to go, but I don’t know if I could do that... Sometimes life is just hard, it’s unfair, and it’s cruel. But it doesn’t mean we have to accept that. We can try to make it better.
No. 950735 ID: ba3f1d

There’s always a fucking catch isn’t there...?

Well before I give my answer, Fortune what do you think? You’ve been very vocal about this.
No. 950867 ID: e51896

If I must sacrifice myself to save Ana, I will. I'm not afraid. I've already lived my life in my cycle. There is no need for me to linger on anymore. Ana surviving is our main mission after all...

And I've been thinking... is reality falling apart through "glitches" something we should truly be afraid of? I know the concept of corrupting this world to become unstable through "glitches" sounds terrifying on paper, but considering if what Lorence said is true about this being a world with no good endings with all the lives and outcomes that were lived through in mind, then what if Ana leaving to cause these "glitches" are something that needs to happen now more than ever if a new route to a good ending for this world is ever to happen? what if the "glitches" if utilized the right way and very carefully is the only way to make things better?

There is this old saying that comes to mind here, "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs". With this in mind, there are gamers out there that exploits glitches, sometimes game breaking glitches, to get very interesting outcomes or results to help them win. There are even cases where gamers exploit glitches to achieve and discover results and secrets never thought possible (https://www.twitch.tv/vinesauce/clip/StupidBusyOtterKippa?filter=clips&range=7d&sort=time)(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxz5qwmuxs4).
It is just a matter of how the person knows how to use and caculate these glitches or corruptions and how carefully they do so to lead to the results needed, like maybe a better outcome never seen before for this world for example?

Ana, if Scarred chooses you to leave, I want you to ask Anthony, if he wants, to guide and protect Laura. Ask him to get help from allies like Godfrey and his men to protect Laura once he saves Godfrey. Tell him the first thing he must do is find somebody to watch over Laura while he tries to save Godfrey's life in some way. Ask Anthony to help Laura find her father, as I feel that her journey to find her father may just lead her to decide this world's fate. Ana might not be the one to save this world, but Laura might...
...and ask him to keep Dervan's card... Matilda might need it for the trial if he is going to save Godfrey, (but only as a last resort).

...That said, Scarred, I can't make your choice for you. I already gave my answer and my reasoning, It is you who now has the final answer to this final offer. With consideration to everything you learned here through this long journey, what Ana went through, and how everyone feels in their perspectives with this choice, It is up to you to choose now, Scarred. I want you to think carefully with considerations to everything we've been through. And once you've thought of your answer, give it a little more thought to be sure you want that choice.

And Wicker Kid, the final question I'll ask you in closing as I can't shake this feeling, were you one of the six kids from that fateful Halloween Party?

No. 950870 ID: 8b660e

Alright. Here’s my thoughts on all of this.

No, we shouldn’t go. And we shouldn’t trust Dervan with this option either. If can use your own arguments against you for a moment to make you consider something. You said that we as “glitches” can be harmful to this world, and yet at the same time glitches can be used to achieve newer and better ways to win, well isn’t that exactly what we’ve doing this whole time for Ana? But that’s just the thing, we aren’t glitches and we aren’t bits of bad data. We’re people, we have thoughts and feelings and desires and wants. Our feelings are just as valid as anyone else’s, and to be thought of as otherwise is unfair. Also, what Anthony said means that somewhere even in this cosmic reality we live in, Ana took that choice, and did leave. That’s not a glitched ending then and it’s also not patching the glitches out. It’s just another ending choice and it will bring her back here in the end. We’ve essentially gained nothing and left behind all the people who trusted us now. It’s not a full solution and is essentially just putting a bandaid on much bigger wound.

I know Ana may be tired and exhausted and scared. But that’s what we are here for. We are the ones who need to be the ones to pull her through when life is tough and cruel. To leave now would defeat the entire purpose of us existing and to give up on her potential and her growth. What’s more is Wicker Kid said called her “Ana, The ever changing.” Which means she infinite potential to grow and become better to quit now would be to quit her. Ana often compares herself to you and I, but I want her to be bette than I was, and I want her to be the one who decides for herself in the end, just as much as you do. In the end all we can do is tell her our feelings and what we think is best. She decides in the end whether or not to follow through.

But as for why we can’t trust Dervan with this. It’s very clear now he was withholding that bit of information from us. He wanted that choice to look more appealing but he did so at the request of Lorence. Someone whohas made it very clear that he wants us gone at any means necessary. He would even advocate for killing someone if it meant keeping the status quo. He may be more understandable now, but that doesn’t excuse his actions as a murderer. If Dervan is willing to defend those actions for pay or other personal gain he would be willing to hurt others for those reasons as well. If I may be blunt, Dervan is a text book case of a sociopath.
A sociopath has traits that fit him like a glove. Glibness and a pathological liar, being a master manipulator, having a grandiose sense of self importance and often seeing things as “their right.” And lastly shallow emotions and lack of empathy. We cannot afford to give Ana to someone like this, I know you want her safety and her best interest, and it’s also for those same reasons I am unable to trust Dervan with this choice.
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No. 950889 ID: ba3f1d

You know I can’t actually hear Ana’s voices, but from what I gather, one of them called Dervan a sociopath? That’s kinda funny, and it sounds like he is withholding information. Especially because I never actually told anyone about the truth about that drawing, not even the person I gave it to. So my guess is you got that information from that lanky gal in the robes with spikes coming out of her back. I know she was spying on me and giving out information. So I can’t help but wonder what the connection between you two is.
No. 951080 ID: 2e9fd7

That choice must be yours to make Ana. What both of us want is for you to be confident enough to make that decision. If you do take Anthonys offer I can say that Godfrey is a good man, he was my master and who trained me.

Hmm. Fortune, wasn't Scarlet the name of one of Essence's cronies?
No. 951224 ID: e51896

(inner thoughts: I wonder if Wicker Kid is actually Jerry... his eye bulged when I brought the question up implying it was personal. and he neither confirmed or denied he was one of the people at the party)

I think this choice between us is one impasse we cannot come to agreement with, no matter how much we argue to convince the other.

Ana, you said you don't know what choice is a better outcome at this point. You know, a lot of people say that us voices are bad influences that shouldn't be listened to. But if you are left with two decisions without a third choice, and one voice wants one choice, and other voice wants the other choice, then what decision can you make without following our "bad" influences? With that in mind, Ana, I guess we can conclude that there is no such thing as "better" choices, and that there was never any good choices in previous decisions we have come across in the first place. every single decision is a damned if you do, damned if you don't decision, each being equal in how bad they are, not one choice being better than the other in any way. every decision is a "pick your poison" decision, and not choosing will only have the poison force fed to you.

What I'm trying to say, Ana, is that there is no "better outcome" here. they're all equal in how terrible these choices are. And I guess if us voices are a bad influence like everyone says, then you need to make a choice here on your own. It'll have to be a choice you yourself have to make without our influence.

That said, I have nothing left to argue. I've given my suggestion and reasoning of wanting Ana to leave and why. I still want you to leave. Leaving is something that needs to happen for multiple reasons, not just because I want Ana to escape for her safety. There is nothing more for me to say...

...Follow your heart, Ana. I want you to escape with the portal, but whatever choice you make, I promise I won't be disappointed and I will continue to support you until the bitter end. Good luck.
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No. 951305 ID: 8b660e

Because I said, no.
No. 951363 ID: 8b660e

Yeah I know them, but I also know they can't see inside of my head like Scarlet can, so again, you're lying.

But here's something else, everything you say is bullshit! Ana, the answer really is, despite anything he says, is because he said so! I've heard enough to see past this game, Dervan!

Ana, I won't stop you if what you want to do is escape this world, and I don't blame you for wanting to either. But don't escape it with him. If you want out, leave with someone who respects you as much as you can respect them. Dervan, is worthy of no respect from you.

The truth of the matter is Dervan won't take you because there was no winning to this to begin with! From the sound of things the only thing he wanted was to create chaos and pit your voices against each other. My guess is they fell for it, hook, line, and sinker. This whole situation was meant so that no matter what, he wins. If you leave then he's done his job. If you don't leave your voices start arguing with each other and he wins more. What he said also isn't true, based on everything he's done, the loudest can win, but they can also throw the biggest tantrum when they lose. The one who really wins is the one who set the rules to begin with! He could just have easily decided said the rule was majority vote, that way he would have taken you anyway, but because your voices couldn't agree he gave you an unwinnable condition! He's the one who set the rules, he was the final choice to take you or not. There was no way to win at this! My guess is the only thing he wanted was chaos and to tear you and your bond apart, if he's working for Lorence, then of course he would want you doubting them!

I've seen that world Ana, I've dreamt of that world where you gave up all hope, and your voices couldn't get along. The saddest thing was that no matter what you did in that world, you could never find true happiness. You did get some at the end of it all, but by then it was too little, and too late. No matter what, you can't give up on them the same way they won't give up on you. I know they won't!

As for you Dervan, you're a perfect liar and a gambler. Call, raise, and call again. But it's all a bluff. So what happens when someone calls it and the time comes to show the cards?
No. 951683 ID: e51896

Ana, from this point on, the one thing I want to do is support whatever decision you and only youwant to make, not fulfill any goal that I want you to succeed in, even if the decision made might not look good on paper. And right now, if it is your choice to leave with Dervan when all that is said and done, then as I've said before, "nothing can stop you now." This is your life to live, not us voices. And with that in mind, I've got a request for Dervan that might be heartbreaking, but needs to be made if you truly want to escape Ana.

I know, I know... I'm going to be ridiculed and hated by some of the people here for making the request I'm about to make, especially since it seems like the decision made might have us throw away everything we worked up to but... in the end, the one thing I do not want to end up being is another Essence, whom was a control freak who didn't allow us voices any control in our choices during our encounters with her. Us voices not allowing Ana to leave when Ana herself desperately wants to as we only think about our own goals we want Ana to accomplish for us and not what Ana herself wants to accomplish for herself will only make us voices no different from Essence... so I'm sacrificing what I can to not become like Essence so I can give Ana her own freedom to choose and to leave this place if she wants it so badly.

I'm sorry Scarred, and Wicker Kid. I don't want to argue about this any longer, I really don't. I just don't want to go down the same moral path Essence did as a control freak, as her desperation has resulted in her death. So instead, we are going to have Ana make the decision on this important request I'm about to make... not us.

Dervan... here is my idea to prevent any more arguments between us voices... if you believe that having Ana leave this world will only have her coming back again because of the loudest people being the ones to choose that gets to happen, and you believe that us voices might influence Ana to come back to this world some time after she leaves this world because of that, then I am going to give Ana a megaphone to give her the loudest voice of all of us with this request: Give Ana and Ana alone the decision to leave this world again. But this time, if she decides to leave this world, then we voices are NOT allowed follow her any longer to wherever she will go once she escapes as long as she is not in this world. We voices must stay behind if Ana makes the decision to leave.

Ana herself will have to choose whether she wants to leave into the unknown out of this dimension without her voices, or stay here knowing that she will have a miserable life, but will at least have us continue to support and comfort her through it all until the bitter end. This decision with those stipulations will truly show you that Ana is serious about leaving and will guarantee we won't influence her to come back to this world if she does decide to leave. Also, this will prevent any further arguments between us voices as Anthony pointed out, as this is Ana's decision alone whether she wants to stay or not.

This is Ana's choice, Ana's life. She finally gets the freedom to choose for herself.
No. 951708 ID: 3a031b

That’s fine with me if we stay behind, but the question is can we actually do that?

And even then, Fortune, it sounds like you want to quit on Ana. Just the way it sounds, you come off as someone who is taking their ball and going home because everyone wants to play a different game. I understand your motives but I don’t see it the same way as you do here, we don’t control Ana, and for the love of the gods don’t compare looking out for her as trying to control her like Essence wanted to. It’s not event the same sport as that. In all honesty Fortune, your reasoning for all of this and how you view the situation, I can’t help as see it as bizarre.

The only thing I agree with Ana should be the one to decide.
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No. 951745 ID: 47d74b

Technically they're already involved with Lorence, they're already facing charges, weird ones because of it all. If you want my opinion, it was kind of inevitable that there would be problems between the two groups. The knights want to save as many people as they can. As for Lorence, well, look where you are now...

*reaches hand into bars*

Ana, I know no one has probably gotten a chance to tell you this but I want to be the one to say it, I'm sorry for everything that's happened to you. You don't deserve this, no one does. Can I at least share with you what I see?

Just for a second you looked the same way you did at that bus stop, sad, alone, and feeling like your life is out of your hands. Like you're stuck in one place and you've reached a dead end. It's odd saying this but maybe it's good you fell backwards out of that spot. Just when you think you're life has hit rock bottom you suddenly see the opportunity to go forwards towards a new future. I think of it like drawing in a way. Sometimes you're happy with your work other times what seems like a good idea doesn't work out the right way you wanted it to so you erase what you had, and you're left with the blank slate. I look at you, and that's what I see now. But you're stuck in that mind set, you think you're life can't go anywhere. I've been there, broken and upset, and thinking I had no where to go. But I had to be the one to pull myself out because I wanted to live, not just survive, but actually have a chance to live to look them all in the face and say "I will not be what others deem me to be, but someone who does what's right because it's the right thing to do."

I want you to live Ana, because I'm tired of all the death, and the hate, and misery that this world has brought. Because I see a blank page, but the blank page isn't bound by limits. You can move forward, but you need to be the one who wants to take that step. Ana, please, will you live? Not for me, not for your voices, but live for you? That's what I am trying to offer you. Please, Ana. Don't give up here.

No. 952120 ID: e51896

I really, REALLY wanted Ana to leave this world. Just once I wanted a decision to go Ana's way for once. I even offered Dervan I'd sacrifice myself and Scarred to do that, but it wasn't enough. It's never good enough. I'm never good enough.

The ironic thing is, I have never heard of a devil who DIDN'T want a person's soul before. If even a demon hates you so much they don't want your soul, that what can you do? Well jokes on him, I was going to tell him how I know that I remembered seeing a demon possessing a bike, and of a demon named Lucius, but it's his loss.

Well, it's probably not going to save you, Ana, but the only thing I ask you is this: do you remember that letter back at home that told you to draw that skull symbol, and then fall asleep under it, and after that happened, you had an out of body experience and met with the Ash Tree and Daniel? Why don't we do that again and give the Ash Tree a piece of our minds with a good talking down to. Who knows, maybe Daniel might even still have that mask with him, the one in which he said will give us an advantage to live on. Granted taking the mask will kill him if we take it from him... but I think that mask might be our only hope.

And luckily, we have an artist here with some drawing tools.

ask Anthony for a drawing tool, preferably something like a permanent marker. Once he gives you one, paint or draw that ash tree skull symbol, and sleep under it. This might be the last time you fall asleep.

Also, I think I see something yellowish and like an orb or something in Anthony's pocket. Is that an immortal person's heart? hmmm... maybe, just maybe, if the visit to the ash tree doesn't work out, then that heart might help you when your execution comes, Ana. I don't know, perhaps we could use it as a bargain or something, like, hold up the heart towards the executioners and tell them to drop their weapons, or you'll burn the heart to ash, killing the immortal instantly? Hell, maybe pretend it is Lorence's heart? or maybe it IS Lorences heart??? I know this method seems a little extreme, but to be honest, I'm kind of desperate here admitidly.

So yeah, Just ask Anthony for something to draw on the wall with so we can draw the ash tree skull symbol to sleep under, and ask for that immortal's heart Anthony has hiding in his pocket. He'll probably get into trouble for having that heart in his procession anyway, so we might as well take it from him...
No. 952124 ID: f7ff14
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No. 952134 ID: 8b660e

I understand, but can I share one last piece of advice? They haven’t broke you, not yet. They’ll only win when you refuse to keep on, that’s true defeat. I’m not sure what you’re planning but I suppose that’s one of the reason I like you, you’re never really out of the game yet.

*gives her a sheet of paper and a spare pencil and a little bit of tape.*

Good luck Ana, never quit on yourself, I certainly won’t quit on you.
No. 952137 ID: e51896

Thanks Ana, thank Anthony, even though he can't hear me..

But yeah, this idea came about because I also remember Lorence drew that symbol on the wall and fell asleep under it and had an out of body experience as well. It reminded me that Lorence was also in a prison at the time like this one as well.
although the only difference is that he didn't see the Ash Tree like we did. Who knows, maybe even though Root released all the ghosts doesn't mean he was telling the truth about it. And even if he was telling the truth, enough time has passed for maybe somebody else to replace those ghosts... Who knows, we'll just have to see. It is the only big idea I have left.
No. 952146 ID: f7ff14
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I must apologize to the other participator for ignoring you in this update but it is really important for me to know just what Anthony is planning to do next.

No. 952148 ID: c58093

It's alright, dont worry about it.

My question is, it said Anthony left. But Did he also give Ana the paper and pencil? Just wanted to be sure.
No. 952149 ID: c58093

Nevermind, just learned she did get the paper and pencil.
No. 952150 ID: c58093

*sigh* Alright... Lets draw that symbol, and go to sleep. Admittedly, I'm not expecting this to work either and not sure what will happen IF it does work, but it is a hopeshot, and the only idea i have left since i was hopeing we could leave with Dervan... at least i had this contingency plan, even if it's not a guarantee.

And if it doesn't work, well maybe Laura and Dreamwalker could at least give you the most pleasant dream anyone ever had in order to sleep through what will happen to you here?
No. 952151 ID: 982cda

*walks away, and only answers Withered Ace once away from Lorence*

I think I have an idea of what she’s going to do. It will work, I’ve had visions of the ash tree and her before, and not always at the start of her journey like before either. But she’s gonna need help. I’m at least going to see what the cross ash are able to do for her.
No. 952152 ID: 982cda

Do me a favor though? Once she gets it up, mind manipulate her to sleep. She’ll need it.
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No. 952176 ID: e51896

You can choose to take this deal if you want Ana. But please let me come with you with whatever body you will be possessing, Ana. I'll take whatever choice you choose, Ana.
No. 952177 ID: e51896

I just want to know, what will happen to AJ?
No. 952186 ID: 8b660e

*Looks between Ana, Fortune, and Happy. Shakes her head in shame.*

I am ashamed of all of you.
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No. 952207 ID: 8b660e

I’m telling you the truth as I see it, and the truth is I’m ashamed of all you. Call it guilt tripping if you want, but it’s the truth.

Happy? I don’t need to go into detail. You know exactly why I’m ashamed of you. Hell, I hate you for what you did to Essence.

Fortune? I know you always have the best interests of us at heart. But the truth is, we can’t just survive. We need to live. And that means always taking the easy way around it will only get us back here, I won’t stop you when you want to try to do the right thing, but damnit I will tell you when you’re being stupid. And right now, your actions and your own attitude has failed us. Maybe we were already screwed, I don’t know, but I do know is that you wanted to take the easy way, and it’s hurt us. So what’s it going to be? If you’re so hellbent on survival you should have no qualms about pulling that trigger.

Ana, I’m mostly disappointed in your resolve. I know everyone has a breaking point and I can’t fault you for it now. But what makes me so ashamed and sad is your refusal to try and pull yourself back together. You know when I was the most proud of you? It was after that fight with Rosaline, you stood tall, for what was right. You were amazing then, you showed you have the capacity for mercy and greater achievements. I merely told you what you should do, but in the end everything rested on you. And you were magnificent then, and I still want to see you go higher. You think you’ve plateaued, or even fallen back down. That there is no way forward, but there always is. You just have to be willing to fight for it. The moment you stop, is the moment you’ve lost.

I won’t stop you from doing it, but before you do I should tell you we know that girl. Her name is Laura and she fought for you in the battle against Essence, to protect your right to live and to choose and something other than a puppet. She’s Dreamwalker’s seeress, and they have a connection together, he’s with her now actually. You kill her you kill him too. I’m just sorry it’s gotten to this point.
No. 953569 ID: f7ff14
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No. 953571 ID: 8b660e

Well she’s not looking where’s she’s pointing so...
No. 953664 ID: e51896

Hah. that’s hopeful. (also, good video. I remember that.)

as for what I think will happen: Nothing good. I can think of a few scenerios

1. Laura and Ana switch bodies, and Laura is killed by Lorence's men as previously stated

2. Happy lied and screws Ana over. That gun does not actually switch Ana’s soul with Laura's, but is instead a gun imbued with magic with the ability to kill gods, thus, Laura and Dreamwalker dies, and Ana is left alone to get killed by Lorence’s men

3. That bang did not come from Ana’s gun, but from one of Ana's executioners' gun waking Ana and killing her.

4: someone else jumps in front and takes the bullet instead of Laura. Maybe someone like Casper hopefully... but honestly, it is most likely would be Null’s partner Demoria for multiple reasons. I remember that Demoria for some reason had recently been keeping an eye on Ana during that moment when Robert betrayed her, spying on her actions, so she might have still been doing that even after Ana was kidnapped.
The reason why she would take the bullet was not to save Ana, but a more selfish reason: to screw us over and take Ana’s body for herself as an act of revenge against us for taking Null from her during the battle. I remember Demoria said before Null entered the battle with Essence that if he failed her, she would replace Null with someone else, and I also think I remember reading a few times that Demoria needed Null as some kind of transportation since I think her body is broken in some way (been awhile, so might not be totally accurate, but I do know for sure she needed Null’s body to survive). But after Null failed Demoria and she lost everything, she probably saw taking Ana’s body as a perfect opportunity to move forward and start again, a body to survive and move around in. Most importantly as to why she wants to take Ana’s body in particular: to take AJ all to herself and use his power. Ana as she is now does not know how to properly use AJ’s powers, but Demoria being an adopted daughter of the Great Constructor and a sibling of Absolution should have insight as to how to use AJ's powers and even awaken Desolation. She’ll most likely use AJ to kill Lorence’s men as her first move and then start her conquest in the shadows. Meanwhile Ana will have to somehow adapt and get used to using Demoria’s body which is probably damaged in some way.

Whatever the case, I don’t think the result of the gunshot is any good.


Man, wouldn't it be funny if we get blue balled, and right before we find out what happens, the chapter ends leaving us at a cliffhanger and the story switches to a short side story to focus on another character?
No. 953688 ID: f7ff14
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No. 953690 ID: 8b660e

I hate to break it to you buddy but there’s no such thing as immorality. That spell she hit you with was a spell of doom, that’s what made you spontaneously combust. Even if you don’t die from it you’re kinda... screwed.
No. 953692 ID: e51896

(lol, I was joking, but yeah, I'm all for this idea of doing this small segway)

psst, Hey, question Scarred, I wasn't participating at this time when this moment happened, but were you the one who taught Ana that doom spell? that was probably one of the first big mistakes that was made when this crazy journey started. However this was a very scary and confusing moment at the time for Ana trying to fight to stay alive, so it is understandable why this happened. I wasn't there, so I don't know if I would have approved of doing this as well or not at the time. But at least we learned from this.

however this might be our only chance to try to fix this mistake just a little at least and start to make some things right. So my question is, Scarred, you knew the spell that caused this, do you know of any spells in which you could teach this guy which would nullify the spell you taught Ana to put on this him? Admittedly he's probably going to get the attention of Absolution if he casts a spell to save himself, but I think the way things are going, that is going to be the least of everyone's concern, especially since he already had that doom spell placed on him.

Also, Hello sir. Might be a very very bad time to ask this considering you're on fire, and falling, but what is your name? We're going to see if we can save you in some way.
No. 953693 ID: 8b660e

Yeah this was me, unfortunately it didn’t go as planned. Ana wasn’t yet attuned to actually cast it yet. I admit this was my fault. Ironically it didn’t even go as planned, it’s not meant to make people spontaneously combust but rather make them feel their own mortality and realize “oh holy shit, I’m about to die!” It was useful in a fight because it would make people afraid or would make them flee.

[spoiler]a comparable spell would be Turn Undead from dungeons and dragons, which makes undead type monsters flee from combat, or at higher levels will just straight up kill lower level undead[/spoiler
No. 953695 ID: e51896

Okay, so are there any spells you can teach him to stop the burning, or help him in some way to some varying degree?

Since this guy can't see because of the flames, I'm going to look down and see where this guy is falling and see if there is anything soft he can land on for me to direct him to, not that it probably matters to an immortal since he can't feel pain or can't die, but it's a start.
No. 953722 ID: ede663

I do actually, it’s a basic spell called “quench.” It was one of the most basic spells, it just stops a fire. I’ll try to transfer the knowledge but it was easy to do with Ana because of our connection, with this guy though... well I’ll try.
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No. 953795 ID: e51896

Dont rely on blind luck

And also, dont be stubborn and not listen to the advice from a friend, trust them every now and then. Take what they say into heavy consideration. Even if you dont agree, take time to at least consider their decision or advice, they might have a reason for it that might not be initially apparent.
No. 953806 ID: e51896

Also, another moral is: cars are explosive when on fire. don't burn cars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ3Pi1QBAlQ
No. 953810 ID: 8b660e

Yeah, pretty much this.
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No. 953907 ID: e51896

Alright, I'll figure out the moral in the first half while Scarred will figure out the second half.

Sean was ignoring his immediate and deadly problem of falling and burning to his doom and instead was focused more on philosophical questions, and useless things like another character he didn't want being put into a video game, questions which gave him comfort instead of dealing with his problem. Maybe it was due to him being immortal that he didn't have the need to care too much, but bottom line is that. He didn't have his priorities straight and was too busy thinking of useless things instead of acting...
No. 953915 ID: ede663

The moral for the second half, Even when you think you’re safe sometimes bad decisions and the actions not taken can have consequences that will last forever.
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No. 953929 ID: 8b660e

What the fuck....???

Ana, something is VERY wrong, feel your head! You just sprouted roots like horns!!!

This isn’t happening, this can’t be happening...
No. 954072 ID: e51896

So Ana, you don't want people to speak over me? Okay fine, how about this!

Happy what made you think Ana shooting the girl was unpredictable??? you've been watching our every move spying on Ana from here. you should know that throughout this journey, Ana has been abused, betrayed, disappointed, insulted, and traumatized to exhaustion and then beaten some more. And not only that, despite all the good deeds she did like revive Rosaline the spider mother, spare Rosaline's children, try to save Gretel, try to save the FBI woman, tried to offer Clara a needle of life to Lorence, saved 93 from a bomb, she is still called and treated like a monster or a demon by everyone she comes across. And because just about everyone treats her like an evil person, and calls her evil despite trying to be a moral person, she has started to believe it and become what those things people say she is. There is a saying that goes "a child who isn't embraced by the village will burn it down to feel the warmth".

And with you saying you're talking out of character, it is making me think that you believe this whole thing is a stage and we are all just actors playing our parts and not people with human emotions with you trying to play the bad guy. You've probably been trying to see this as a story of a hero overcoming adversity, but from what I've been seeing and experiencing, this has actually been a hero's journey into villainy.

And now, I think it is time for a compromise in a desperate attempt to prevent things from further escalating:

First, Happy, give Ana the fucking gun. You don't need it anymore. As far as I'm concerned, I remember that we were promised a damn reward if we were to help Laura win the battle, some kind of item I recall, and as far as I'm concerned, we didn't get it despite winning. And for that, I think that gun will compensate for that reward we didn't get for winning that battle. You wouldn't want to break the rules of that battlefield and not give us that prize, now would you? I feel some kind of penalty might happen if we don't get the reward we were promised after all.

Next, Ana, you're kind of a moron, trying to switch bodies with a BLIND person? in the middle of the forest??? in these dangerous times????? Are you crazy??? I know the last thing you want is for people to take advantage of you, but if you shoot her, you will become just that: a blind girl in the middle of the forest where people can do what they want with you, even harming you, back to square numero uno. That is a stupid idea. You should know better than that, you should know to aim higher even higher, girl. And I suggest you demand for some other target with more merit than a scared blind girl.

Happy, I suggest after you give Ana the reward we rightfully won to switch your portal to another target, like perhaps... Root himself! he is a man with a lot of regret and was actually willing to give his life before previously to Derrick and make him the leader of the cult, and seeing as Wildcat was ordered to watch over Ana to be sure she is a candidate that can take Root's place, it seems only fair. Root should be fine with switching bodies with Ana. Plus, it would be poetic justice for Lorence to accidentally kill Root. of course, that is just one example. If not Root, then someone else other than someone who is blind

Afterwards, Ana can decide whether or not if she wants Scarred and I to continue to guide her, or if she wants us to fuck off and guide someone else

And don't even think about closing the portal back up, or changing the target to someone in worse or equal condition as Laura Happy. Judging by your reaction, you didn't want Ana like this, and I can assure you that you don't want Ana to wake up as she is now. If she awakens from this plane of existence, she'll go on a fucking rampage on Lorence's men, and if Anthony called Godfrey's men, she'll most likely kill them too, and we won't be able to control Ana and that point.

I was told a few times it can't keep raining forever and that the sun will shine for us at some point, but right now, it has been raining for so long, that it is flooding, and we are drowning in it. We can't afford to wait for that sun anymore.
No. 954089 ID: f7ff14
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No. 954320 ID: e51896

ABSOLUTION JUNIOR, OR DESOLATION, WHOMEVER! Now more than ever, is the time for you to reawaken right NOW! your life is in danger, and your inactivity will cause you to be left abandoned and left for dead if you don't become active again! I do not know what the Ambassador told you, or what he did to prevent you from awakening and becoming active again and control Ana's actions again, but he was a bad influence, and he even died because of his actions! He shouldn't be listened to. Not only that, Wildcat isn't here anymore to keep your powers from being active again. Nothing can hold you back now! Reawaken and stop Ana from taking your life like the god you are, or stay stagnant and rot like a coward!

Scarred, godammit, quit standing there in disbelief and do something, anything! help me call for Absolution Jr./Desolation for example! You were a part of Absolution's cult in your past life, so you should have an expertise on reawakening Desolation! This plane is crash landing, and we can't stop it, we can only steer it to a place which will cause the least amount of damage, and I need a copilot to help me steer this burning plane!
No. 954385 ID: c03678


I don’t think I know what’s best for you I never really have! I only know what feels right and what feels wrong! This is wrong! I don’t want you to be like me, I don’t even expect you to be perfect! What I want is for you to be better than me! Better than all of us! Please believe me!!!
No. 954386 ID: c03678

EXCUSE US! But don’t Laura and I get a say in all this?

Hi Ana. So, the thing about a portal like this is, it only works if the other guy doesn’t see it in time. So, care to explain what is going on here? Because we were planning on meeting up with you out here but it seems there’s been a...

*eyes the gun, and happy*

No. 954616 ID: f7ff14
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No. 954647 ID: c03678

Laura, we’re leaving here. It’s not safe in this spot. Too many unwanted eyes
No. 954788 ID: e51896

inner thoughts: ugh... I don't know what to do anymore. Maybe Dreamwalker telling Laura to run away from here so Laura will not get shot will work and have her survive...

but that will mean that Ana's life will be taken instead. This is like choosing between one of two lives. Am I really this incompetent of a voice and guide that I can't think of anything that will save both lives, and only make bad decisions? I couldn't even convince Dervan to take Ana with him either... And whenever I decide to stay silent, I still somehow manage to mess up like the date with Felafaf and Lorence. It's like my presence is a curse or something

But... I can't give up. I refuse to. I have to think of something... anything... Like... didn't Essence before the battle with Essence and Laura place a curse on Ana to fall in love with Happy or something? That could calm Ana down if I mention it to Happy, But if we go down that route, then we'll just be going into a cycle and create a totally new Essence and go back where we started... Plus I don't know how that will save Ana's life. I need to think of something else. Come on Fortune, think! THINK!

No. 954789 ID: e51896

>What are you Dreamwalker doing here

(I don't think Dreamwalker is actually here with Ana, and the voices. I think Harbard implied that Dreamwalker was still outside the portal with Laura and is just talking to Ana from where Laura is outside of the portal, not inside where we are)
No. 954791 ID: 8b660e

(This is correct)
No. 954794 ID: 8b660e

Ana, I know what that feels like. To have lost all hope, and to lash out at anything or anyone because you feel you’ve lost all control. But we only truly fail when we stop trying to be better than we were before. For others, if not for ourselves.

And it’s okay to want to be selfish, to look out for yourself once in a while. It is okay. But we can’t just want to “survive,” we need to be able to live as we are, I know you’re scared. If you can feel our emotions as you felt my rage and shock earlier, so strong it made you vomit, I want you to feel the compassion I have for you and the hope I have that we will make it through it all. Because my feelings of hope for you is stronger than any feelings of rage I have. Despite anything you might think, I won’t give up on you. No matter how many times you stumble in the road, get scared, or afraid, that’s where we will help you up. I make you this promise Ana, no matter what, even if I’m angry or disappointed, I won’t abandon you. And I swear by any gods who would listen, that if nothing else, I will give you hope to carry on.

It will be okay, Ana. Please, let us help you.
No. 954826 ID: f7ff14
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We are going to do things a little differently than usual with this scenario. No matter what you say or do Ana will fire the shoot, now the outcome is going to be determined with a roll of a six-sided dice. Now what you will be rolling for, I will not reveal, only thing that I will say to you is this. Good luck! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
No. 954835 ID: 9554be

rolled 5 = 5

No. 954910 ID: e51896

rolled 3 = 3

The only thing I beg of you at this point Ana, is that whatever you do in your future, Please do not try to free Andrew Goodwill. Freeing him will not only cause the end of this universe, but the end of all universes and reality itself.

But.. I guess my pleas will fall on deaf ears. I know at this point, you're not going to listen to a voice that has done nothing but fail you. The only thing I can do is pray he won't be unleashed, even though I have this feeling that he will in this timeline.

(I know it isn't going to stop Ana from shooting the gun, but can I see what her tarot card is? I'm pretty sure at this point it had changed to something else instead of the two of sword card, and I'm curious to see what it is before the deed is probably done.)
No. 954955 ID: f7ff14

Congratulations on your rolls, but now this is what you have to do now.

No. 954966 ID: e51896

rolled 2 = 2

Another one? as in another roll?
No. 954968 ID: f7ff14


No. 955039 ID: 9554be

rolled 4 = 4

Here goes nothin’
No. 955043 ID: ee3730

Or maybe you mean, here goes everythin'
No. 955075 ID: f7ff14
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No. 955095 ID: e51896

inner thoughts: Thia whole adventure was like walking a very thin tightrope where the only reward for succeeding in something like winning an extremely long battle, or saving someone from a bomb was only to take just very tiny step forward and desperately try to keep stable after the step or shakeup without any help to support us, while making one tiny little mistake causes a long fall past rock bottom and into the earth's core and lose everything that was worked so hard and long to achieve, so something like this was bound to happen.
the sad thing is that I am thinking, Happy said that with all the countless timelines that the Ash Tree's core grew out of Ana's head, it only happened two other times. And this time with no parasite to suppress it from growing, I think that implies that out of all the voices in all the timelines that had guided Ana, we might have been the worst that ever guided her. It is actually kind of funny how we failed this badly, like you have to try very hard to get to fail like we did, and we did it very easily and unintentionally. I wouldn't be surprised if we got the Happy forever outcome instead of the smiling forever outcome.
I think the moral here from the adventure that I learned after many failed attempts from trying my best in thinking of solutions, or attempts at having people listen to me only to end up being ignored is to just not bother trying at all so we don't feel the sting.

inner thoughts: [i]But hmm... I wonder... Maybe, just maybe, when one door closes, another opens... I might have an idea!

*yells out of portal* Laura? I can see your ghost. I've never seen someone's ghost before immediately after they had died. Well, I don't acutally know if you are dead yet and just in the weird astral projection form, so I'm not even sure if you are a ghost. Can you hear us? give us a sign if you can. Maybe give us words of encouragement or something. I'm sorry this happened, I tried my absolute best to prevent this from happening. But maybe you can do something to help Ana in that ghost form quickly? anything?

Scarred, can you try calling out to Laura too? I don't want to just give up after everything we worked so hard to accomplish, and I think Laura in her astral projection form can help Ana in some way in her before Ana shoots herself.
No. 955097 ID: e51896

Laura, if you can hear me, I know you are really good at negotiations like when we fought Essence. I need you to do that again with Ana. I'll even repeat what you say so Ana can hear it if she cant hear you. I need you to stop Ana from shooting herself as she lost all hope.
No. 955129 ID: fe950b

Inner thoughts: now that i thini about it, when Ana shot the first bullet and happy stopped Ana... what exactly did that bullet hit? Was it truly nothing, or... something or someone else?
No. 955180 ID: 9554be

Laura, Ana, Dreamwalker, anyone. Someone please, help us. Help Ana, help Laura.

Don’t let it all end like this. We can’t let it end here, not when we’ve come too far for everyone we love to die here, with no hope. We will never lose it, but we’ve hit too big of a rock to go any further. But we still have the hands and tools were given. And we can break through, and move mountains with enough time. But we need help, here. I beg you. Whoever can hear this.

Help us.

Help Laura.

Help Ana
No. 955208 ID: f7ff14
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No. 955218 ID: e51896

Wait, are you related some way to Line Rreaver Squiggly the third? or maybe someone named Dario which may have been implied to be his son? maybe both? Your face looks similar to his... nevermind. What is your name? introductions are important.
(those two characters I am referring to was from that chess quest, and closed doors quest)

My question is, what will happen to Dreamwalker, Absolution's son, and us voices once this happens? I know Ana doesn't want to listen to us anymore, so will we be guiding Laura instead in Ana's body? Staying with Ana even though she said she doesn't want to listen to us anymore? or will we all just perish unceremoniously with everything we worked for being all for nothing?
No. 955220 ID: e51896

But wait, I just realized. Ana, you just used that gun to shoot at the robot... the very same gun used to switch bodies with people. Does that mean you're going to switch bodies with that burning robot?
No. 955223 ID: 8b660e

No, please just wait a second.

Fortune is right. What happens to Ana if she does go through with this? Will Dreamwalker still be with Laura’s body? will AJ stay behind? There’s still so much we don’t know about all of this. What about us? Were will we go?

Ana, I made you a promise, I swore I would never give up on you no matter what. I’m not exactly you and you aren’t me, we both have made choices we regret and have disappointed the other. But for better and worse I’m a part of you and you’re a part of me. And I’m not ready to lose you, I care to much to want to see you hurt others. And I’m so sorry for all the pain you’re feeling. If there was any way I could take it all back for you I would do so in a heartbeat. Despite everything, I still want you to be the best out of all of us, and I can’t and won’t give up on you.

Please, I beg you, we love you, don’t give up on us either.
No. 955235 ID: f7ff14
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No. 955239 ID: 9554be

But that’s the thing Ana. I can’t accept it. I refuse to give up on you. I want your happiness too, more than anything. But will doing this make you happy? Truly happy? I don’t think it’s worth it, not like this.

And we may have hit the ceiling, but this is why we make our own routes forward with the tools we have. When all routes look like they lead only towards a bad end, we break through those walls. I’ve seen you’re capable of that Ana, I know you are. Please, stop this Ana. It’s never too late. Please.

No. 955249 ID: e51896

Scarred... *puts hand on her shoulder* it's okay. I know it is hard, really hard, one of the hardest things we have to do, but lets just let Ana go. The line was crossed and the deed is already done. The ritual is already beginning so we can't go back now.

But Ana, Scarred, listen and listen closely, I don't want you to cry. Dry those tears, I have something important to say. After doing some heavy thinking, it might sound insane but... I think this might actually be a... good decision? A blessing in disguise maybe?
I want you both to think of it this way: once Ana and AJ switches with Laura's body, and if Dreamwalker is with Ana, he and AJ will finally be united as uncle and nephew, he'll be able to help care for AJ properly as a god and keep him a secret from Absolution and the cult since some people know that AJ is with Ana and won't suspect him being with Laura's body. And if Dreamwalker ends up with Laura, he can perhaps help Laura escape from that prison. And even if he isn't with Laura, Scarred and I will be able to save Laura instead.

That said, Ana, You are saying that there is no tomorrow for Laura who will be trapped in that cell, but I really don't think so. For some reason, I am not buying that outcome. I'm going to make this promise to you, Ana: I am not going to allow Laura to die in that cell. I want you to not worry about Laura and instead put your faith on Scarred and me that we will save Laura's life from that cell. It won't be easy, but I just know we will find a way to save her. I'm not going to make you hate yourself for leaving Laura to die in your place because Scarred and I will be able to save Laura's life after the switch is made.

And lastly, the other reason why this decision might actually be a blessing in disguise: Happy's reaction. Think about it, he is a man/woman who is crazy prepared for every outcome, and believes that his/her plan is already on its way to succeeding. But this moment, he made a critical error: he/she gave Ana a gun without realizing that Ana would actually follow through with her decision to shoot Laura. Admittedly in a way, I couldn't help be feel a bit of joy when Happy was desperately trying to get the gun back, coming up with excuses and yelling desperately for Ana to stop. And when the sparks flying outside of the robot sounded like it's laughing, I don't think we should just interpret as it laughing at you, Ana, but rather, it was also the laughter of someone having a small mental breakdown over not getting the intended results he/she wanted. I have a feeling we may have put a large dent into Happy's end goal when Ana made that unpredictable decision.
Right now, I can at least be relieved that Happy himself is capable of making large mistakes and that we are not the only ones who makes dumb errors like he did with that gun.

"when one door closes another opens another opens". This is not the end. We will save Laura's life with all that said and done, Ana, I am going to tell you this: Do not worry at all about us. We WILL save Laura's life, and maybe one day, you and Laura will finally properly meet when things get better and you too can be true friends in the ending.

Now Ana, some advice before you begin your new life: Laura was shot in the head. I want you to use that head injury as an opportunity to pretend to be an amnesiac girl who lost all her memories of her past. That way nobody will question or get suspicious of you for acting differently. And also, Ana, one last question: do you want to send a message that Scarred and I can relay to Laura? We can tell her anything you want, but my only criteria is that I do NOT want you to give her a message of despair and hopelessness since after all, I promised you that I would save Laura's life. you could send her any message like advice, or words of encouragement.
No. 955266 ID: 9554be

Stop for a second, just hold on. Let me make this clear. If she goes, Ana will suffer a fate worse than death. Ana goes we stay, okay then we guide Laura hopefully out of a bomb scenario. Ana however, her leaving? That’s game over right there. Because Dreamwalker will know what happened, and what she just did to someone he has basically adopted as a daughter. And he will punish her for it. This is isn't even a threat it’s me staying in his character. So I’m telling you dude it’s not a good thing no matter how you try to phrase or look at it. There is no silver lining in this, Ana goes, quest fucking over.
No. 955269 ID: e51896

responded in the discussion thread
No. 955283 ID: f7ff14
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No. 955287 ID: 9554be

She said stop!

Alright I have two ideas of how to stop this... one. This is an astral world and we need to wake up to get back and end the ritual... soooo...
Plan 1. Shoot her.
Plan 2. Shoot yourself...

This is either gonna be really good or really bad...
No. 955312 ID: e51896

*gasps*! Finally! I have an idea, not just one, but two ideas! took me a awhile, but I knew something would come to me!

Okay... If that is the decision you want, Ana, I will help you succeed in that decision. And now here is the two ideas I have in addition to Scarred's two different plans.

third plan: remember when you were at Cera's place after Black Tomato put you to sleep, and you were trying to escape Cera after you refused to take the position of the Bringer of Nightmares? When that happened, the Mad Creator, or Robbit Rabbot, or that robotic rabbit thing showed up and taught you how to return to the real world, and here is a quote of what he told you: "In order for you to return you must concentrate on your body in the real world, feel the ground that is underneath your body in reality. Use that feeling as an anchor and just jump from this body to that with your mind, think of it like moving from one floor to the other in an elevator". If that works, it will take some time for that process to finish so you might want to try doing what he said again as soon as possible.

But if that doesn't work

fourth plan: We must remember, Ana is asleep. With that in mind, maybe somehow, someway, Dreamwalker is still alive, and since he is a god of dreams, he might be able to wake Ana up. I mean, he was able to help wake up Ana before when she was asleep while talking to Andrew Goodwill, and since Ana is asleep, he can probably do that again to wake her up by having her have a falling dream again.
But again, this all stems from whether or not it is possible for Dreamwalker to even do that or not considering Laura is in that state right now, I don't know if Dreamwalker is in the same state as Laura or not.
No. 955315 ID: e51896

that said, if we want to try to do the fourth plan, we might want to ask the author Devoid if it is possible or not for dreamwalker to try to attempt to perform the fourth plan to awaken Ana. Maybe even eat this new character's memories for subsistence if need be, but I think eating her memories should be as a last resort since we don't know if she can counter that or not. As it stands, we don't know what situation Dreamwalker is in now, so it might be best to ask Devoid first if he will allow it.
No. 955332 ID: f7ff14
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No. 955383 ID: e51896

Ana, I forgive you. While what you did was very wrong, it was also understandable after everything you were put through. While I was upset that you took that route, I just also couldn't say anything to stop you and just allowed you to pull the trigger before Happy stopped you the first time, all because I knew deep down that while you have made your mistakes, we voices have made our mistakes as well that hurt you. It ate me inside and I felt like I had no right to stop you after what we did and it felt like the only way to atone for the damage we've done to you.
With that said, I too would like to apologize to you as well, Ana. You told us some things that Scarred and I really needed to hear from you. They were harsh, but I needed to hear it.
for example, You told me personally I don't care about anything or anyone, and just let people talk over me. I think it was because I've been trying to roll with the punches throughout most what was going on, and was trying to keep my emotions hidden deep within me in order to keep a cool demeanor and cope through turmoil. But doing that only left me numb and uncaring to everything that was going on, and it was bottling up my emotions until I just let it explode like that earlier. I will try not to hide my emotions anymore, and instead be more open with what I'm feeling to show you that I truly care and to be much stronger not letting people speak over me.

That said, when you also said you don't want to be like Scarred, or I, you do not have to. I encourage you to be yourself. Scarred and I have lived our lives, and while we may not have had closure with what we wanted to accomplish with our lives, it is not your responsibility to help us accomplish what we wanted like getting revenge for Scarred, or trying to hide emotions like me. I want you to accomplish your own goals, live your life, and be yourself, not somebody else. And I will help you accomplish the goals you want to reach and help you be a moral person.

lets not fear our mistakes. It is alright to feel guilt from our mistakes because it shows we have morals and we can promise ourselves to be better at not making the same mistakes. our mistakes is what makes us learn and become stronger.

*whispers to Ana*, whatever happens next, I trust you. Do what your heart says is right at this moment with no fear, Ana. And if things don't go as planned, I just want you to know this: while it is alright to feel guilt over your mistake for what you did to Laura, I want you to please have faith that Scarred and I will save Laura's life from the cell if this ritual truly cannot be stopped.
No. 955393 ID: 8b660e

That’s gods damned right. I had the power to so I’d be holding your hand right now.
No. 955397 ID: f7ff14

Just in advance, I am going to post this to prepare you for the next update.

No. 955405 ID: f7ff14
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No. 955467 ID: e51896

Ana, you are HARDCORE to the MAX! well done!

Also, That's stupid, a unicorn? You're not a unicorn because unicorns don't exist. Think realistic, you've been wearing a fish mask most of this time, ergo you are a NARWHAL! YEAH! HEE HEE HEE! wait, Narwhals are mammals, not fishes. This joke doesn't work at all. Shit
Just kidding, you can be a unicorn if you want Ana. I promised that you can be who you want to be, not what others want you to be, including Scarred and I. So if you want to be a unicorn, then be the best damn unicorn ever

*whispers to Ana* So what is the next part of the plan? we might not quite be out of the woods yet, this nudist told us that she would also try to take the other powerful eye once you become a cyclopes, and injuring the powerful eye with the horn might hurt AJ. Thought maybe I'm wrong and this ritual requires both eyes to work, not one eye and we might be safe. But just in case do you have a plan to save the other eye if this nudist will go after it?
If not, then, well, hmm... how about if she goes after the powerful eye, you go all out and get as angry as you possibly can. maybe Use the fact that you had to sacrifice your own eye as a bases of your anger, and summon the rage within/Desolation?... of course, this is only if you don't have a plan of your own and in the event this nudist tries to take AJ. Like I said though, She might not take it since there is a chance this ritual requires both eyes, not one eye.

Oh, and yes, maybe you were right that I forgave you too easily, but Scarred and I are your friends. We won't turn our backs on you like a lot of others have
No. 955474 ID: 8b660e

HA!!! Suck it!!!!

Ana, you are with out a doubt a warrior at heart, what’s next though?

Try to escape with the technique mad creator gave you again, Without that connection between you and Laura it might work now
No. 955476 ID: e51896

What do you mean a warrior at heart? she's a UNICORN at heart. Hah hah hah!
No. 955503 ID: f7ff14
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No. 955526 ID: e51896

Ana, this bitch is really pissing me off. Not only is she forcing you into a life that you do not want, but she honestly believes that being a heartless uncaring selfish person is the only way to live. All making selfish impatient actions does is turn people away from us and lose their trust.

If there is one really important thing that making sacrifices and doing selfless actions does, it gains the trust of others and even gains their friendship.
Boxhead decided to stick with us because you showed him his life had purpose and in return he had the good intention to bring you to a safe place at a hotel.
Your selfless action of saving 93 risking your own life from the bomb that was inside her body gave her the will to stick with you and return the favor by trying to protect you from another bomb back in the hotel before you were kidnapped by Rosalia even if the bomb might have been fake.
Your selfless actions of giving Anastasia your stuff before they left in the vehicle helped form a connection between you two with a walkie talkie to help each other from danger like when she warned you of the dangers she saw in the forest. She even let go of her doubts after you gave her your stuff and offered a ride to escape
Dreamwalker's selfless act of sacrificing his godhood to be with and protect Laura made Laura see us as heroes she looked up to, and inspired her to save you, Ana, from falling under Essence's control.
And I am sure that the other selfless actions we did a while ago will have some good unforeseen payoff, just like how our mistakes had negative consequences.

And now. your sacrifices and selfless actions of saving AJ and not harm him I know will in turn have him and Desolation return the favor. But he needs your help to do so. This nudist says she wants the spirit in your other eye to calm down which means it is agitated. Encourage that spirit's wrath and help Desolation save you. Turn that fear into anger that this nudist bird is trying to force you into a life you do not want.

Scarred, you are a master at getting angered. And this time I don't mean that as an insult. Give some words of encouragement to really heat Ana up with anger to summon Desolation, the rage within. We don't have time for Ana to try to jump back into Ana's body back in reality.
No. 955576 ID: 8b660e

You’ve been pushed around by everyone in this world. They would rather let the world define the, m rather than try to be the ones who define the world.

And they think you’re the same. Just another cog in the machine where only the ruthless survive. That there is no place for humanity.

But everyone is wrong.

No one has a right to make those decisions for you except you!

Are you about to let them win?!

Are you going to let them make those choices of who you are for?!

No. 955598 ID: f7ff14
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No. 955599 ID: cf7fff

I think his head looks more like an eraser than a brick. He is working with the dimensional tribunal and they're investigating Happy.

I think we should silently hand this investigator over the gun as evidence since Happy had it and this woman is connected to happy and the gun. Other than that, lets try to sit and catch our breaths.
No. 955614 ID: 2a54d2

Good idea! Opportunity knocks!
No. 955627 ID: f7ff14
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No. 955663 ID: e51896

inner thoughts: Ah SHIT! can't we catch a break just once??? It's alright, I have an idea.

*whispers to Ana* I was listening to them over the radio. While giving them the gun was a good move, it is not a good idea to go with them. They want to hurt AJ.
But at the same time, we do not want the people working with the dimensional Tribunal to be our enemies, out of everybody, they are the last we want as our enemies. So in order to get out of this, we'll have to use their own law against them in order to get free. That said, we were told that we are not allowed to leave this world by just about everybody, so we need to Show Eraser head that it is a severe violation of the law for you to leave this universe with them.

*whispers* Just tell this investigator: "I'd love to come and leave this dreadful world, but I believe it is severely illegal for me to be extracted from this universe because I'm kind of a special case. If you don't know, my name is Ana Tiova, the woman who in the first cycle sacrificed her life in order to become one with the Ash Tree. As proof, the horns you see on my head is a piece of the core of the Ash Tree which connects me to the Ash Tree of the first cycle. Because of that, I was told by other people working under the Dimensional Tribunal and the Wicker Kid that if I'm taken out of this dimension, it could risk disrupting the flow of the cycle, and make the universe unstable and start to fall apart and free Andrew Goodwill, which is why I cannot in good faith leave under any circumstance for the sake of everyone who lives in this universe and outside of it"

*whispers* if this Eraser headed guy is still unsure just tell him: "If you don't believe me, just call your superior on the radio and ask if I (Ana Tiova)and the things that connects to me am not allowed to leave under any circumstances no matter what due to being connected to the Ash Tree of the first cycle?
You wouldn't want to get in trouble and responsible for bringing someone directly connected to the Ash Tree to leave this world and risk causing destruction to reality as a result, do you?

*whispers* Make sure you say those parts, "the things that connects to me" and "not allowed to leave under any circumstances". It could trick Eraserhead into letting you go under confusion if he asks his superior if you and the things that connects you (mainly the Ash Tree of the first cycle, but sneakily, AJ as well) is not allowed to leave under any circumstances.

*whispers* also, once he is distracted and starts talking on his radio, maybe use that distraction to get back into your real body ASAP.
No. 955665 ID: 2a54d2

Good plan
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No. 955904 ID: e51896


I was hoping we would be able to escape legally by using their own law of you not being able allowed to leave this world Ana. But if they're at the Mad Creator's place, then we can't leave legally.

Okay, here's my thoughts, while we don't want these people who work under the Dimensional Tribunal to hurt you and AJ, even if we manage to escape, all it will do is put you on their wanted list and they'll send people to try to catch and arrest you and AJ. And the last thing we want is to make more enemies, especially not make enemies with people working with the Dimensional Tribunal. These guys are on a whole other level.

That said, instead of trying to run away from this, we will need to take a different approach. I think we will need go with them, BUT we also need ensure that we have someone like a friend with morals who also works under the Dimensional Tribunal that will protect you and convince the others not to hurt you. And that person is Triumphant. We voices has been helping him through his investigation earlier, and he even offered to help when we were trying to save Laura from Essence. If anyone can convince and talk these guys out of not hurting you and AJ, it is Triumphant. But we need to first convince this eraser guy to call Triumphant over to the Mad Creator's place first

And also, there is the matter of what will happen to Laura. We might need to address that too and maybe they can help with that... We can't just abandon Laura.

First ask: I can't in good faith leave this place after what happened to that girl outside of that portal. She was shot by that gun I gave you as evidence, and I can't just leave her like that as she is. Is there something, anything that can be done to save her life first, especially since she was shot by that gun that is being used as evidence for the investigation? She is a witness after all...

Then say: Also, I'm really worried about that place you're all using as your base of operations. The last time I was there, someone from there tried to kill me by using one of the magical paintings as a trap, the Mad World painting. And I fear that if I go there, that person who set up that trap will try to kill me again. I'm worried about going there with people I don't know because of that. That said, to ease my worries, can you call Triumphant right now and ask him that I request him to be with me during my time there? If I have to go there, I want to be with a friend I trust.
No. 955909 ID: 8b660e

Also keep this is mind too, your physical body is still in danger. If he takes you in this astral plane then we run the very real risk of the universe collapsing. This also might be something to be brought up as a fair warning.
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No. 955969 ID: 8b660e

I feel that at the very least we should mention the fact your mortal body is in danger. If those bombs in the bars go off while they have you in custody, well there goes any and all evidence they have. I feel they need to make a decision here, maybe tell him this and get him to report this to whatever superior officer is in command. At the very least it will stall him for longer. We've already established ourselves as friendly with him and we aren't lying. Hell if you were to die the universe would reset. You in danger especially at this stage in their investigation of happy isn't really a chance they can afford to take.

Hey come to think of it, if they know who you are and your importance to this universe then wouldn't that make protecting you something a priority? At least until Happy is caught? This might also be something worth mentioning.
No. 956567 ID: e51896

*whispers to Ana*... It wasn't easy, but I did a lot of digging... I think I might have figured out Sweeper's real name. I believe it was... Wicker Stump? https://www.deviantart.com/boisnator/art/Book-of-names-3-496186315 Hmm, since this guy can't remember that Sweeper's real name is Wicker Stump, and we might know Sweeper's real name, do you think you might be able to use that to your advantage in some way, like as an exchange for saving Laura's life after being shot we'll tell him Sweeper's real name? or use the fact we know Sweeper's name as an exchange to let us go?

Also, If it helps, I just remembered that this guy we're talking to is actually known as "Rubber the Boss" not "eraser head" like I was nicknaming him. https://www.deviantart.com/boisnator/art/Ruber-the-boss-565536864 If he needs proof that we know Sweeper's real name, call him by his name "Rubber the Boss". It will show that we know these people's name considering you never met him before despite knowing his name.

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No. 956656 ID: 8b660e

Wait, what...?

Fortune what did you say to her? I’m lost here... keep going though we’re stalling at this point.
No. 957356 ID: e51896

I find it odd... if Rubber the Boss cares deeply about Sweeper, why does he have so much trouble remembering her name? Not to mention he didn't remember the protocol on finding unregistered gods in humans... I wonder, does Rubber in some way suffer from memory losses? and if he does, does these memory losses come from physical or emotional trauma?

If so, I wonder... even though Rubber cares about Sweeper, Does Sweeper share the same amount of care about Rubber? or maybe perhaps she abuses him in some way? like maybe her abuse towards him could be physical abuse that causes memory loss like hits in the head, or maybe electrocution?

Maybe to get the topic going about Sweeper's relationship with Rubber the Boss, and any link of abuse she might have on him, perhaps ask "in order to solve your problem, let me ask first, you care deeply about Sweeper, but what do you think she thinks about of you? how does she treat you personally?"
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No. 957369 ID: 091078

I'm still lost, but it seems like its working!
No. 957712 ID: e51896

Perhaps it is actually his memory losses that he needs to address with Sweeper. I say memory losses because it isn't just Sweeper's name that he is forgetting. he forgot the protocol and how to deal with an unregistered god who is hiding within a human >>955627, and he needed to look at his report to confirm that the person he captured was the correct person, and I would think a topless bird looking lady would not be something you would forget easily to warrant a doublecheck in the report. >>955598

I can't imagine how this important organization would hire an investigator who has short term memory losses from time to time like this as it would be a huge disadvantage as a detective. So that must mean him forgetting important things often must have started around the time during his career as an investigator for the Tribunal, not before he started. Something or someone in that organization is making him lose his memories, things like Sweeper's real name.

And if I had to guess, I would imagine that Sweeper herself most likely know exactly why Rubber keeps forgetting important things after being hired as an investigator for the Dimensional Tribunal seeing as she is his partner and all. This is what I think is the important thing he needs to address and ask about with Sweeper.
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No. 957880 ID: e51896

Yeah... I'll admit, perhaps your right that this is manipulation. But despite that, we are also helping him out with some advice to help him get closer to Sweeper, and address his problem with his memories that he needs to fix or adapt to so he can work better on the job.

We should let him know the main thing he needs to do is see a doctor, or therapist. But since he can't do that right now since he is on the job, He'll first need to address his short term memory loss disability over his phone with his partner Sweeper so she doesn't continue to get the wrong idea about him, and can in the future adapt accordingly with his memory disability. If she is a good partner, she should understand how to work around his issue and support him.
No. 957917 ID: 8b660e

I’m with you on this one. This is pretty manipulative, however it benefits us too. It’s not really manipulation if we’re also helping him. Essence would try to manipulate them to shame them or weaken them, then strike when they’re at their weakest. You’re not half so cruel as that.

Also I have no idea who the people you’re talking about are Fortube but you seem to have the best handle on this.
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The final part of this chapter of the story is to decide what you want to see a short continuation or for one secret to be revealed.
No. 957982 ID: e51896

I'm choosing secret this time because I hope it will help us find out what happened to Laura and Dreamwalker. If not, then it should be interesting to see what exactly was hidden around in this emptiness.

Also, will there be an epilogue to this chapter?
No. 957983 ID: 5de330

That would be extension, secret is something huge I know that much. But I’ll chose secret too. I can say this for Dreamwalker and Laura, they’re not dead. This is pretty much what they’re like right now:
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You Harbard Grim said that cop showing up felt like a Deus Ex Machina. Well let me assure you that it isn't the case, there are manipulators who work behind the scene to make some things happen in a specif way.
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No. 958495 ID: e51896

I have no idea how your dream self's eye going missing causes your real eye to go missing as well, as well as that horn getting broken too... I hate magic...

Anyway, to answer your question, I'll be honest, it isn't easy to continue on when the odds are stacked against us. It is indeed exhausting and I have felt like giving up at times. But I think what kept me going on through to save Laura from Essence was Laura's belief in us. She see's us as heroes and we inspired her to fight for herself while in turn she inspired us to keep moving forward against all odds... I hope she and Dreamwalker will be okay...

And I don't think it is just Laura who believes in you and us. There are others who has their faith in us that inspires us just as we have inspired them

I still have faith that the people we were separated from still believes in us. People like Boxhead whom we inspired to gain the hope to continue living and gave him a new purpose in life to fight alongside us, 93 whom we inspired to not give up while we were saving her from a bomb, and doll Clarence still believes in us too... though I guess for more perverted reasons though... okay, his reasons are a bad example, but he has faith in us nonetheless

We also have Derrick, that old man from earlier who got inspired to save us... enough faith in us to cause an reckless explosion which he may have sacrificed himself with

And I know Anastasia still believes in us. She kept in contact with you on the radio we used to own before she got captured by Rosalia and Lorence after all.

And that Blacksmith earlier, he helped bide us some time for us to escape from Stitch even if he was injured in the process... maybe he will finish that mask we requested from him if he is alright after Stitch's attack.

Anthony too. I don't know what his dreams showed him, but whatever he saw got him inspired enough to gain enough courage to go against Lorence just to speak with us and try to help us in this cell.

Absolution from this universe and Mother Gaia are two literal gods who also has put their faith in us, enough to have us adopt AJ. Absolution sacrificed his life for us to try to save this world

I don't know why I am saying this, but Root himself see's us as a hero and has faith in us for some reason... I mean yeah, he leads a cult, but I think from what I have seen, he is the lesser of the other evils we've seen in this crazy adventure.

And of course there is Casper. I don't know why, but he is one of the people that inspired me the most. After Clara got mutilated, when he told us how disappointed he was in us saying that he thought we were on the good side and warned us not to let the world change us for the worse, his words still haunt met, and yet it inspires me to try to be a moral person in this cruel unforgiving earth... even though he shot Flint against our wishes... but we did inspire him enough to give him enough hope to not give up and save us and Felafaf from a Spirit Parasite in an alternate lost time line...

I guess what I'm trying to say, as long as there are people who believe in us and cheer us on to inspire us and give us hope, I can keep going against all odds, as I do not want to let the people who believes in us and we've inspired and given hope to down by just giving up on ourselves. I mean, these people even made huge sacrifices to their wellbeing just to keep us moving, and if they are willing to go that far, I think we need to keep going for their sake at least, sometimes even make sacrifices ourselves like they did, and like you have done as well by sacrificing your own eye.

They are what inspires me to move forward, even if we know we are not going to have a good ending when our adventure is over, I am inspired to keep going against all odds for the people who put their faith and sacrifices in us.


Now then, as far as this prison goes, first, I think you should retrieve that picture you put under your pillow and keep it for later, you'll never know if we might need it again.
Second I am curious about something. We already looked out the window and there was absolutely nothing but darkness. But what can we see from out the prison bars? are there any other prisoners in other cells close to us that we can talk or call out to? With any luck, maybe Anastasia is here in another cell close by?
No. 958589 ID: 12a79b

In my experience magic can scar your soul which then transfers to your body. Your soul can be damaged in the astral world, where we just were, and then that can really fuck you over. Luckily they can be healed with time but it always leaves a scar... Why do you think my scars are still visible?

As for thinking we have no power and the odds are stacked against us, that may be true now, but it doesn't mean we aren't powerless or that we have nowhere to turn, and it also doesn't mean we can't achieve victory. And you are absolutely right about the people who still believe in us. If they aren't giving up neither should we.

Good idea starting looking for Anastasia, I think Anthony was also going to try and get Godfrey and other knights to vouch for us. Hopefully that goes well and we can get the hell out of here.
No. 958646 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 958668 ID: e51896

... if it is the only conclusion you've reached that we can only reach dead ends in your life and we can't reach a good ending for you, then maybe instead of focusing on trying to fight to give yourself a good ending, you should instead fight to try to help save others out of their own dead ends and give them a good ending instead. Sacrifice our good ending to give others a good ending. You are not the only person suffering in this, Ana. There are others suffering far more than you, like Null for example.

But what you said got me wondering... You said "My whole life is nothing but a compilation of dead ends"... that implies that you were suffering long before this fog started... maybe even more so? you had the same shadowy look in your eyes when we first met you at the bus stop as you did when you lost all hope earlier after Dervan wouldn't let you leave.
hmmm... Scarred and I shared exactly the same experiences as you did throughout this whole adventure and we still have the will to move on, and yet you've lost that will, and we have forgotten everything that happened in our lives before the fog and before we met you at the bus stop a little before the fog started. I'm starting to think that the root of your despair might not actually stem from everything that you suffered from in this adventure from the time we started at the bus stop to now (though they didn't help), but the root of your despair could stem from things you suffered from long before we even met you at the bus stop before the fog started. And I think if we want to rekindle your will to continue on, we'll need to find the root of that problem right now in your past, find out why exactly you lost your will to fight when Scarred and I still have our will.

I'll start slow and steady with this question, Ana: what was your and our life like before the fog started? what were your hopes and dreams? what was it you wanted to accomplish that made you want to stay in this country instead of returning back to your original country? I may have forgotten, but I think you once mentioned that you wanted to be a magician when we saw you in the past when looking through Jerry's eyes while looking to find out the origins of the fog. Why don't you tell us about those dreams you had and what you were doing to try to achieve those dreams at the time. Maybe you can show us a magic trick as well?
No. 958703 ID: 118bf7

*listens enthusiastically*
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No. 958799 ID: 8b660e

1, I think I’ve even gone on record saying Anthony went to get Godfrey and Balian and all the others who would help her.
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I have a question for you participators, why do you think that the knight was stuttering? There are two reasons why he did that, can you guess what they were?
No. 958870 ID: e51896

(left my answer in the discussion thread)
No. 958872 ID: 2bd15b

No. 958875 ID: 8b660e

He was stuttering because has seemingly grown a horn as well as lost an eye since they last saw her. It's probably a bit of a shock, especially when the only thing he had to go on was the art of Anthony so seeing it in person and how she's changed his perspective and expectations.

Ana, you haven't lost yet. You have someone right in front of you who was willing to go to bat for your rights to live and is still willing to do that all for the sake of your life. Because he taught me that everyone's life is important. Everyone has a story that deserves to be told. And he doesn't want to see yours end.

Godfrey was the one who saved your life, now you have a chance to repay his actions. As for Lorence, from what we've heard his words are losing power from something. If you want my guess, he thinks killing you will restore his good word. If you were to live, that would be like spitting in his eye. Especially if you were to act as a character witness.

The truth is you have a real chance to get everyone on your side here. Here's what I mean.

I've noticed that within each dimensional cycle, certain themes still happen. Lorence for example is always there, it's apparently common for Absolution to die, and a fracture in the cult always occurs. In my time it was because of the death of Godfrey and that turned almost half of the cult to my side. You being here is a threat to that unity Lorence has tried to preserve.

If you want to defeat Lorence, this is how you do it.

What's more Ana, Godfrey sees in you the same thing he saw in me. Hope.
No. 958903 ID: e51896

So the topic of my previous life was brought up again... A lot of people wanted to know for so long... okay.

I'll be truthful now. I actually do know about my previous life. I was just lying to myself and others about it when I said I forgot it because I just didn't know how people would respond at the time, but to get it out of the way and out of the open... in my past life, I was actually

part of the Acolytes of the Ash Tree

I didn't want to say it at the time because I worried how people like Scarred would react, but I think after we saw everything for what it is, I need to bring it out in the open now.

Just like you, Ana, I left the bus stop and got that note. but I never followed the instructions on it since it was weird. The fog hit and I was trapped in my own home, and I got captured by the cult at my own home. I was scared they were gonna kill me for no reason, but Root personally made sure I was in safe hands. After some time passed after being kidnapped by them, Root said he saw potential in me, and entrusted Wild Cat to me for protection of something to come. I guess Stockholm syndrome took hold or something and I soon found myself becoming comfortable with the acolytes.

I think Root saw potential for me to take his place when he entrusted Wild Cat to look over me, but in reality, I did not want that. it might sound strange, I kind of wanted to be a curator like Wild Cat was, to help people with magic while hiding in the shadows where no one can harm me, but also finally have a purpose in life. And even though I was told it was impossible, Wild Cat at least trained me to hone his powers so I could at least pretend.

It wasn't all great there though, despite doing everything to show I meant no harm, Lorence did not trust me at all, and knowing how he can jump through dimensions, I can see why now. No matter what I did, he would do everything in his power to get me out of the cult, or worse, get me arrested or even executed, looking for the tiniest mistakes I made and calling me out on them, and sending me on difficult assignments that would get me killed. Lorence made me suffer, but thank goodness Wild Cat helped me persevere.

I wanted to see why Lorence despised me so much for no reason, so I once decided to do something risky and spy on him with the help of Wild Cat. I saw him go through a portal, and I sneaked my way through and found myself in an unfamiliar strange place. I got lost for a very long time but came across her... Felafaf. She offered me an escape but only if I received a fortune telling from her which predicted me in... a very bad future. Her powers however gave me a side effect and all of the sudden I was able to read people's fortunes like Felafaf. I saw this as an opportunity to finally achieve my dream of getting closer to achieve the impossible to become a curator like Wild Cat, and She took time to train me when I asked... but in return, she did not want me to hurt Lorence, and endure the suffering he puts me through as she loved him dearly.

Finally with my newfound abilities, I was able to help the Acolytes of the Ash Tree from behind the curtains by giving them accurate predictions with Felafaf's powers of what their enemies would do next, or what is in store for my client's future. It was the closest I could ever get to becoming like a curator. But at the cost, Lorence was even more suspicious of me than ever, wondering how I achieved powers that matches Felafaf's. He would take me in for questionings even, but I managed to make it out unharmed.

It was all good until my own dead end started to come at me at full speed.

I was kidnapped again... Scarred, you're not going to like this but, this time I was kidnapped by Logan himself by orders of Absolution of my dimensional cycle. I don't know how, but somehow, just somehow, they found out about my abilities and how I was able to help the Acolytes of the Ash Tree stay one step ahead of them which was unheard of. They forced me to use my powers to help them go against the Acolytes of the Ash Tree or I would face my death, and with no choice, I had to help them.

After many days of being tortured and being forced to help them, the Acolytes of the Ash Tree somehow managed to drive Logan and Absolution away... I thought I was at last saved but... It was Lorence and his men that drove them away, and Lorence finally saw this as an opportunity to finally drive me out of the Acolytes of the Ash Tree by calling me a traitor for helping Absolution. Nothing I said... would convince anyone... No one... would believe me...

I had no choice... With Wild Cat's help... I had to live the rest of my life... as a fugitive on the run from everyone... such as running from the people I have helped the Acolytes of the Ash Tree wronged with my fortune telling abilities... the Acolytes of the Ash Tree that I saw as my family... other survivors... Absolution. It was just Wild Cat and I alone...

I didn't even want to use my Fortune telling abilities anymore after all the pain it caused me, and because I don't believe I would not keep Felafaf's promise to hurt Lorence if I saw him again

I lost everyone and everything, nothing but a life of being chased as a fugitive by everyone around me. The last thing I remember was running away from a monstrous looking figure with an axe. No matter where I hid or ran to, he would always catch up in an instant. And the one time I thought I was safe inside the hidden bunker Clarence had, the last thing that remember was Wild Cat telling me something unbelievable that made my heart sank which I can't for the life of me remember, and then immediately afterwards I was beheaded by the monster with the axe.



I want to propose an idea, maybe my final request Ana. Seeing as you accepted your execution, How about instead of escaping with this soldier, or waiting here for your execution, how about you instead ask this soldier to take you to the courtroom and come in as a witness in Godfrey's trial? I mean, if you think about it, the worst they can do is execute you at the court room, but the thing is, you would already be executed if you wait here in prison, and you have already accepted that outcome anyway. Plus, you're right, escaping would not be ideal since running away with this soldier would mean more suspicion would be thrown on Godfrey

A lot of what Scarred said was correct, Lorence is losing his grip on his position with people doubting him, like when he let the wolves take Root away. So maybe this might be the perfect opportunity to go to Godfrey's trail as a surprise witness to help save Godfrey and even tell your side of things to everyone as a witness? you might even gain sympathy from the audience in the court as well. Besides, Lorence can't have final say on your fate if you're a witness since he will be acting as a lawyer. Only the judge will have final say at that time, so you can't be executed without the judge's say so. But It will all depend on what happens during the trial with what you have to say to everyone on Godfrey's behalf.

I should mention that Scarred is right now going through our memories of our adventure for things that can even help us for the trial. I believe we can pick up some interesting finds that could even help Godfrey in the trial

But Ana, you do not have to listen to what Scarred and I request to you. You've already done so much and you must be so very exhausted. I can't ask you for anything more even if I want to beg you to go to Godfrey's trial. If you decide to stay here, I understand. But know that I will still go to Godfrey's trial to help Matilda defend Godfrey in every way that I can in that uphill battle to the best of my abilities and until your execution arrives since Scarred and I might possibly disappear from reality after you die... if I'm going to go down, I will go down fighting.

I hope you come with us to Godfrey's trial Ana as I believe only you can help Godfrey and even gain sympathy from everyone but... It is entirely up to you Ana. But if you decide to stay here, I wanted to say, thanks for everything, and I'm sorry I couldn't save you, but I'm sure you will be okay if we meet each other again in another cycle as voices for another Ana.
No. 958906 ID: 8b660e

Fortune you’ve been a truer friend to me than anyone else and stuck by me for all this time. In all honesty I do appreciate it. As for you coming from the acolytes of the ash tree I had some suspicions but figured you’d come clean in time. I know there are some good people there, one needs only look at 93 to figure that out. I don’t blame you for what you did, and it does explain quite a bit of why you choose certain paths you were a survivor just like I was a hero. You made the best of a bad situation. I don’t hate you Fortune, I don’t even trust you less, your road was different from mine and I already knew that and came to terms with it a long time ago. The only thing that matters to me is you stood with Ana and fought for her right when the time came for it. That’s what matters, and makes you my best friend.
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No. 958914 ID: 8b660e

Well a choice between living and dying isn’t a choice at all.
No. 959139 ID: e51896

Ana, and some point, I want to hear about your past before the fog started. You, Scarred, and I had it pretty rough in our times, but I will say, when I finally revealed what I went through in my past, I felt a great sense of relief.

Indeed. choices between living and dying isn’t a choice. I'll be willing to agree with Godfrey. Though I want to ask you first, Scarred, I know you care so much about Godfrey, and considering what he is doing, can we also consider at what cost will this be for Ana, and Godfrey if we take his offer?

Godfrey has implied that the executioners are right now on their way very soon when he says our opportunities growing smaller by the second. And seeing as he was in surprised after seeing Ana said "What in the almighty ash tree happened to you?" it makes me think he is still loyal to the acolytes of the Ash Tree and has no intention of leaving with Ana after he saves her. And if he stays behind, and the executioners see Godfrey help Ana escape, it is going to be more difficult for him to win his trial, or worse, he'll be killed by the executioners.

While his sacrifice for his well being is noble to save us, there have already been so many people that sacrificed their well being in order for Ana to keep going like this universe's Absolution, Anastasia, Derrick, the blacksmith, and Felafaf. And after Ana tried to sacrifice Laura in order to save herself, she felt really devastated about it. I'm not sure how Ana will take having Godfrey sacrifice himself for Ana considering Ana did not want Godfrey and his men to get involved at all in the first place.

I'm thinking considering everything that Ana went through, maybe it is best if instead of taking Godfrey's exit, maybe Ana should do the noble thing this time and be the one to give Godfrey his exit instead.

Ana, if you have truly have accepted the inevitable and don't want Godfrey to get himself in trouble for saving you and you want to save him instead, then maybe the idea I propose is to:
first, stand up, (maybe throw your blanket on the bed over him so he has trouble reacting), and quickly push Godfrey out of the cell.
second, Before he has time to react, close the door and use your magic to set the entrance on fire between you and Godfrey so he does not enter the cell again.
third, once you manage that Ana, you must quickly tell Godfrey to throw you back your blanket (if you covered him with it) and tell him that this time, you will be the one to save his life. Also plead with Godfrey that when the guards arrive, he must tell the guards that he was the one that set your cell on fire to burn you alive in order to execute you, or he can tell them he was going to execute you and you were using magic to defend yourself might sound more believable. Hopefully, the executioners will see Godfrey in a positive light if he lies about his actions, and it will help save him in the long run during his trial.

And Scarred, before you agree or disagree with my decision, I want to point out that maybe there is still a chance we can also use the time while the fire starts to burn this cell to find a way to save Ana out of the cell. Where there is a will, there is a way. Who knows, maybe if Ana's and Absolution jr's magic is strong enough, an outside source might sense it and intervene to rescue us...

Of course, Scarred, If you don't like my plan, I won't argue if you disagree and ask Ana to take Godfrey's offer for escape and I will take your decision as well as I know Ana doesn't want us to argue again. But I want you to consider carefully what taking Godfrey's exit will mean for Godfrey's wellbeing, and Ana's.

But when all that is said and done, whether we do Scarred's idea or my idea, we can't force Ana to do something she doesn't want to do.
No. 959149 ID: 8b660e

It’s an interesting plan and I appreciate the idea of saving Godfrey this way. It only has one flaw and one other issue that I think might have already sealed Godfrey’s fate.

Say we do it and it goes off without a hitch we get out of the cell then what? We’re still trapped in the bunk city and would need to fight to get out. Unless we can manage to find a way to steal a disguise we’ll still need to find a way to fight our way out.

But here’s the thing I don’t understand. Anthony was let in fairly easy because I don’t think Lorence sees him as a threat. But Godfrey is about to go on trial for defending Ana herself. Why would he just let him go inside the cell room? And more importantly,

How the hell did Godfrey just open the cage?

Call me crazy but I think something is happening out there. And he may not have time to explain because something has already been happening while we were asleep.

And saying he’s loyal to the ash tree isn’t all that bad. In my time people still worshiped the ash tree but chose to follow me because they believed in what we stood for. Hell, we met the ash tree and he’s actually a decent being to worship. I would have been more worried if he swore by Andrew Goodwill instead.
No. 959178 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959179 ID: 45fe54

Anna, you might want to hand AJ over to Godfrey then. We can't have his life be taken too, and Godfrey right now is the only one who can take care of him at this moment. Make sure you tell him to keep him a secret
No. 959188 ID: 118bf7

*Flexes Ana’s emotions to match her own, righteousness and feelings of nobility*
This will not stand.

Turn around. Look at him, look at him in the eyes. This is not honorable. This is not just, this is not what he stood for. He stood for justice for wanting people out of harms way. Remind him of who he is, who is meant to be, who is always is.

“Have you forgotten the face of your father, knight? Do you remember the oath you swore to uphold? You swore not to Lorence and not even to Root, but to the Ash Tree itself to create a better world for everyone. And it was to everyone you meant to keep those oaths to. And no one, not even Lorence can stop you from your holy mission. But do you break your oath and vows now of all times? Or do you wish to be true to what you stood for? I reject that and I hold you to your vow, Godfrey!”

”Say it with me Godfrey. I was taught these words by someone who believes in everything you stand for.”

“A knight is sworn to valor,”
“His heart knows only virtue,”
“His might upholds the weak,”
“His word speaks only truth,”
“His blade defends the helpless,”
“His wrath undoes the wicked!”

“If you truly feel in your heart of hearts that this is what is just, then strike. But show me the blood another innocent on your sword first.”
No. 959190 ID: 118bf7

I know all this much because, Godfrey was my teacher. He taught me what I means to fight for others. If Logan was my husband, Godfrey was like my father. He took me and Logan, I showed him Magic, and he trained me to harness it even better to smite evil. In turn he learned from me how to use magic as well.

It’s why I’m glad he’s here despite everything, even what he means to do. Ana, you get better and your will to grows when others do. When they grow, so do you.

It’s like you... a gardener. When your flowers bloom, so do you.

Hell he was the one who wed us.
No. 959212 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959213 ID: 8b660e

Godfrey... Why...?

*looks at Lorence’s hand, spits in his hand and shakes on it and squeezes with surprising strength*
Go to hell you ugly son of a bitch.
No. 959214 ID: 8b660e

Godfrey where will you be taking her body while you prep for her funeral?
No. 959234 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959237 ID: 8b660e

I gave it to Nathaniel. Now if you’ll excuse me I have a funeral to plan for.
No. 959257 ID: 2bd15b

Is this an answer to Spiky's and my question at the same time?
No. 959293 ID: 8b660e

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No. 959329 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959330 ID: 8b660e


We are her friends! Who are you!?
No. 959349 ID: 2bd15b

I just need to address one correction that I will implement here. When Anthony said that he gave that heart to Nathaniel, I misread it and thought it was a different character. So when Spiky said: "What you gave it to her! Of all the people why her! You have no idea how...", it will be changed to: "What you gave it to somebody else! Why did you act so recklessly with that object, you have no idea how...". Once again I apologize for my mistake and to be honest...
No. 959506 ID: 0ee3be

Inner thoughts: Fuck you Lorence. Death is the only thing you deserve.

*goes after Godfrey*

Godfrey, I request a word with you.
No. 959546 ID: e51896

inner thoughts: I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going... Sorry, I need to joke to keep ourselves from worrying and to think straight

inner thoughts: Scarred, for now, I need you to keep an eye on Ana, and comfort and support her. I don't think we can stop this being from doing what it is doing, but I need you to support Ana while also trying to get as much information as possible from this new being and why they are not allowing Ana to rest in peace like she wanted. Judging by past experience, they are also going to try to manipulate Ana. Try to support Ana and keep her calm

inner thoughts: As for me, since we are astral projections, I am going to see if I can go up and follow where these tentacles are coming from to see whom this being is.

inner thoughts: I wish we had more ghost voices here and it is not just us two, because an extra one would of been able to probably use their astral projection to phase through Ana to see where the tentacles are going inside of Ana's eye socket and get an idea of what is going on here.

*tries to go up to follow where the tentacles are coming from.*
No. 959569 ID: d63ea8

Sway with the motion.
Find what makes you truly you.
No. 959620 ID: 2bd15b
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Also, something to lighten the mood and is relevant to the next decision.

No. 959622 ID: e51896

Alright so Scarred and I needs to choose which voice to talk to Ana...


Wait, the presence said three voices? Now that I think about it, I did hear a third Ana voice here too, one that I never heard before. >>959569
Were they silently observing our adventure? Maybe... instead of Scarred or I talk to Ana, that third Ana voice could be the one to talk to Ana and put some things into a new outside perspective.

What do you think, Scarred? the creature did say the two of us needs to decide.
No. 959623 ID: 8b660e

I... I thought I heard another one too...

I don’t know, maybe? Whoever you are, if you’re like us, can you hear us? Show us you’re here!
No. 959625 ID: d63ea8

I am of nothing.
A speck in the darkness.
I might be your voice, and drink deeply of Ana's sorrow.

She's had so much stolen.
Nothing can hurt her.
No. 959626 ID: d63ea8

Speak your desires and I might be your vessel.
No. 959629 ID: e51896

My desires?

I wish for Ana to be safe. To live a normal life without having to live in constant fear and sorrow. to be a good person.

And I want to remain her friend and care for her and guide her. I know I'm not perfect and may have caused harm in my attempts to make Ana a moral person, but I want to continue to try to keep her from going down a dark path like Essence did. I know despite Essence's smile, she wasn't truly joyful, and her mistreatment of others and obsession caused her to ultimately pass away. I don't want Ana to follow the same path Essence did in becoming a hateful person towards everyone and end up like Essence did in her end.

That is my desires.
No. 959630 ID: d63ea8

You're words are bittersweet.
They delight in eternity and peace.

This desire is filling,
but I need bread to this wine.

What of you?
Disciple of Marks..?
No. 959632 ID: 8b660e

Meaning me...?

Well, Fortune pretty much said everything I hope for Ana as well. I want to see he do right by others and be better than I was.

I do have personal desires. I want to be held by the people I love most and I want Ana to know that same kind of joy. I want to hold my son again and to see him grow, even though I know that’s impossible. And I want to see the one responsible for all of this pay and get the justice they deserve.

And... I want Ana to be the one to break these cycles and set us all free.
No. 959633 ID: d63ea8

And such a fortifying stock.
I will consume it as well.
You two feed such a roaring blaze between you.
It is without wonder that Ana has carried herself this far.

Yet now,
it is done...

"Oh great and mighty voice of this nothingness."
"Two have chosen one."
"a now filled presence..."
"will speak to this 'Ana.'"

No. 959639 ID: e51896

Thanks... though it seems you are not one of our voices after all. Regardless, I'm appreciate you coming to help me speak with Ana

Scarred, I have decided I will go talk to Ana as I need to address some things. Do you have anything