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1082438 No. 1082438 ID: 2916f1 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

A Sci-Fi Mystery Quest about Ethics, Loss and Finding Oneself

Thread 1: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/1079873.html
Discussion Thread: https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/141592.html
Wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/History_Unmade

You're trying to get used to this face of yours; to the artificiality of it, the familiarity and the sadness it invokes. You imagine it will take time. Your captors helpfully reinstalled the mirror above your sink but you're starting to understand why you might have taken it down in the first place. Before the amnesia.

With this face comes a name: Disquiet-247. Disq for short, you've decided. A familiar name, but devoid of context like so much in your life right now.

You still have so many questions. Shyama put his foot down though. Said you clearly needed a break. Maybe he's right. Maybe this is a good time to collect your thoughts.
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No. 1088850 ID: dd3fe0

Talk around words and form words as compound words or short phrases as needed. IE, agnosticism is 'the word for a belief that the divine and supernatural is unknown or unknowable', and secularism is 'the word for the political principle and political philosophy that religion should be removed from affairs of the state wherever possible'.

There's a number of aspects of human condition that are 'irreligious'. Some are political, some are philosophical, some are intellectual positions, some are parody religions, some are social movements. Things like secularism, atheism, agnosticism, secular humanism, some categories of materialism, naturalism, antireligion movements, antitheism, freethought, and the like. They're characterized by a rejection of dogma, rejection of belief in the supernatural, rejection of the spiritual, rejection of the existence of deities, rejection of belief that miracles ever happen or happened, rejection of any concept of the afterlife or reincarnation or dharma or karma or similar, rejection of religious institutions and religious practices and beliefs, rejection of superstition and non-evidence based practices, rejection of the idea that there is a world or reality beyond what can be directly seen and measured with tools, a focus on concepts like empiricism, rationalism, reason, logic, observation of the natural world, and epistemological beliefs that support all of that. Surely you had some level of the same spread of those sorts of ideas amongst humanity in your timeline?
No. 1088851 ID: dd3fe0


And by rejection of dharma, that means that their understanding of the 'cosmos' is more about concepts like the those in physics and astronomy, uh physical cosmology: you know, the big bang, special relativity, general relativity, dark matter, the expansion of the universe and galaxies and of space itself, the study of spacetime, quantum physics, string theory, black holes, the movement of galaxies and stars, that sort of thing. And their understanding of 'morality' would be not based on authority that comes from religious institutions or religious types of belief, perhaps instead based on empirically observed ways to get to best group outcomes, like via utilitarianism or by social contract theory or by game theory, or simply moral codes that are not anchored in religious dogma in general.
No. 1088861 ID: d9776d

Atheism rejects spiritualism and the belief in gods or something beyond this existence. Atheists put their trust in the observable and provable. Science is unto it like a Holy book is unto a religion, you suppose.

One also has something like agnosticism, wherein one believes something spiritual or divine or beyond may exist - but that humans do not know it or cannot prove it to be real.

Mankind is good enough at storytelling and has told enough tales over the years, made up enough sects and religions and schisms, that atheists find it entirely plausible it all comes down to lies-to-children and then lies-to-adults, and the answer to our existence is cosmic happenstance and evolution. Which can be wondrous and boggling in its own way.

They should, by now, know about the vastness of space and the Big Bang, yes? Old religions in your timeline tended to push back against scientific understanding - simply countering the belief that the sun was spinning around the earth and not the other way around was controversial.
No. 1088863 ID: 273c18

Tell him that the Atheist label is partially a pushback against excessive focus on religion, which doesn't seem to be much of a problem in their culture? It's historically been a huge one in your world.
No. 1088866 ID: 79f4b9

Honestly this would be easier if I have some access to you're version of the internet. Or maybe a few recordings of some popular documentary.

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1071850 No. 1071850 ID: ed041d hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Clark IV, a world under fire.

The Interstellar Transit Authority currently holds the planet under martial law. The planet has seen a turbulent past century, guerilla fighters have been holding it hard and there has been no progress in taking hold.

Mercenary companies have been brought in to step in as a force multiplier, but they are beholden to no one but whoever pays the most.

Corporate entities have also begun to set their eyes on the planet below.

It is hell.
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No. 1088521 ID: 8f9bc4


Yes, simple automations are just going to go where they see a disturbance. You need to direct their attention to one side of the tank, hop off the other and jet it.
No. 1088830 ID: ed041d
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You grab a handfull of the sludge from the tank, the splashing seems to have caught the attention of the Walkers.
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They are distracted by the splash, do you want to advance to the door or do something else?
No. 1088834 ID: a066b2

This seems suspiciously easy, but cautiously sneak to the door.
No. 1088865 ID: eb0a9c

You're on the clock. The bots may be dumb, but the AI managing them will eventually realize there's an intruder in the building. Sneak fast and don't be afraid to break stealth for a combat advantage.

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1087613 No. 1087613 ID: 46e818 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Our work is done.
The raider's camp is broken.

Finesse, Tislomer, Ashedel and I traveled again to the villages of the Timore Woodlands, bringing with us the abducted children we recovered from their captivity.

Finesse's old village, Ihnesh-Nayevh, was presentable, but still recovering from the previous chaos. With their stolen children reunited, and the blessings of the Seer reaffirmed in symbol, they pledged themselves without hesitation to our cause.

Still, we chose to give them the time and distance to recover themselves, and I vowed to send an emissary in the coming days to establish a more foundational agreement.
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>"Thank you, by the way. For everything. You shouldn't have to be the one to do this, after all I've put you through."
"We both know that wasn't you. Now stop saying your sorry, or I'll make you cook me dinner for every apology."

>"Will I be able to walk?"
"Well. With a cane, it should be feasible. And we're going to make you something to help. We'll see how it goes from there. One thing at a time."
>"I understand."
No. 1088847 ID: 16565b

Heh. Don't you mean one step at a time? Never a bad time for a good pun/dad joke.

Anyways if Pendle is good to go, shall we turn our attention to the letter?
No. 1088849 ID: ce619a

You can fix a blown off face, but you can't fix some hobbled limbs?
Also, he's a spider, can't we just cut the limbs off and let him regrow some new ones? Or at least use magic to regrow some fresh ones?
No. 1088858 ID: 2f41db

You know your craft well ona.
When pendle can't hear, tell us please.
How bad is he? Is his species capable of recovery from his level of injury?
No. 1088864 ID: 273c18

Fuzzy chest.

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978305 No. 978305 ID: 2bd15b hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

chapter 1 https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/757996.html
chapter 2 https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/777113.html
Discussion thread https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/107070.htm
Chapter 4 https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/929115.html
Draw thread, where you can ask me to draw certain things

wiki https://tgchan.org/wiki/Root_and_Branches
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No. 1088506 ID: 047965

Thank you for arriving so swiftly.

*Corax gives The Empath a polite bow*

As it stands, I have need of your talents as an empath and emotional reader. As I recall correctly, you must be able to look through the person's eyes in order to get a proper read on them, barriers to the their eyes shouldn't impede that correct?

For the next hour or so I would like you to use your talent on the current interrogatee, she is at a crucial junction where her decision may change her future. I would like her emotions, and any surface level thoughts you can see recorded. I will be here also recording the notes of what you see as well.
No. 1088507 ID: 047965

*Corax turns his attention his notebook and the one way Mirror*

Inner thoughts to "Peregrine": It appears you already know not to make eye contact with her, that is how she can read your thoughts. Interesting. We knew she had some connection to enemy groups before she joined us, but is there some connection between her and your former colleagues that you should enlighten me on? We'll discuss that later. For now, focus on the task at hand. If you need to step out while she is here, make some excuse, get tea for us, use the bathroom. Also keep an
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No. 1088862 ID: ede078

*Corax sighs in frustration then grabs his notes and quickly scribbles something down before entering the interrogation room*

Practical Empath, you forgot your notes. This should help you, please remember them in the future, carry them with you always; especially when you yourself identified her pet fish, Daylight. You said it was a black and white one and was even believed to be immortal.

*Written on the notepad is the following:*
You are there to ask her questions, not the other way around. Do not let her bully you into a position of weakness. You can read people like they are open books and that is invaluable. She may try to keep you out, but you are able to break those walls down. I have the utmost confidence in your capabilities. I have put a copy of Spirit Contaminators dossier on the next page for further assistance for you.

Tribunal Criminal Dossier

Subject Name: Unknown (referred to as "Spirit Contaminator")

Alias/Nickname: Contamy

Age: Approximated to be in the range of 30's to 40's, though exact age is unknown due to hybrid nature. Known to act and behave as if in late teens to early 20's
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1087705 No. 1087705 ID: 588b52 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]

A spore lands on [SOMETHING], which rests on [SOMETHING]. [SOMETHING] grows nearby. Your senses are limited. Your knowledge is limited. However, you have some control over yourself - with some effort, you could roll off of [SOMETHING] and onto the [SOMETHING] it rests on, or the [SOMETHING] that is growing here. You feel that your choice, at this point, will more or less determine what sort of thing you will, eventually, become.

Potential pulses within your spore capsule, waiting to be realized.

You are not a normal mushroom.

>Roll off [SOMETHING]
>Roll towards the other [SOMETHING]
>Stay on [SOMETHING]
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No. 1088343 ID: 273c18

Subvert. Do it from a location where it can't bite at your main body.
No. 1088824 ID: ef2056
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It is shockingly easy to infiltrate the beast's body with mycelium, and while it is slow work, to pull yourself onto the back of its... onto the back of the organ that seems to function as its head. It is bizarrely protean, the shape, arrangement, and even number of eyes constantly fluctuating, as is the position and shape of its mouth - as well as whether it even has one.

The whole mass seems to be governed at its center by a series of organs and nerves, sealed behind layers of much denser mass. Positioned as you are, however, it doesn't seem capable of modifying itself to the extent that it can actually attack you. Even when the hypnosis ends, all it can do is buck in futility. It seems that its usual defense mechanisms have been defeated thanks to a combination of your positioning and your method of attack - you can sense, buried here, dozens of lesser organisms, choked to death but preserved within the black mass.

Very well preserved, in fact. Almost perfectly.

It roars, howling with anger as your mycelium robs it of more of the black mass, stretching deeper towards its core. Options rise, opportunities. Directions.

You are not a normal mushroom.

>Completely subvert it, mass and mind, turning it into a total puppet. While brutish, this would effectively make the beast into your new de facto body with a backup 'core' that was the creature's nerves and organs.

>Partially subvert it, preserving EITHER its mass or its mind - but controlling with totality whatever you do not preserve, stealing away either the core or the mass itself. This may have problematic results, but could have amazing beneficial outcomes, such as an independent servant OR a new, much larger body to do with as you please - free of the restrictions that the creature's core has placed on itself...

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No. 1088825 ID: 273c18

Convert all, then go take over the human(?) corpse lying over there.
No. 1088832 ID: a066b2

Take its body for your own, no need for its mind
No. 1088859 ID: 2f41db

The phrase "all eggs in one basket" comes to mind.

Subvert some of its mind first.
Motor functions and higher processes.
Leave enough for the creature to function but your web of mycellium in its brain will adjust those priorities to favor your needs.
A fungal puppet master.

Then infest the dead creatures and induce whatever passes for vomiting to get them out there.
They will make excellent, attractive bait for others like your host.
Then they can erupt and infest whatever scavenges them.

You are not a normal mushroom but if you keep everything that is you wrapped in one thing you are only ever one bad mistake away from oblivion.

To propagate is to survive.

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1083314 No. 1083314 ID: 9ea24b hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Previous thread: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/1077945.html
Short VN game in this setting: https://tippler.itch.io/march-time
Discussion: https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/135483.html

Gore and violence warning. No onscreen sex. No chance based events.
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No. 1088811 ID: eb0a9c

War needs peace, or it will burn itself out. For Jam, a war that goes on too long will feel emptier than ever.

There's turmoil in times of 'peace' - or rather, armistice. He just needs to learn how to harness that. For instance, you absorb Rot from the slow deaths of the mortals in your village. Jam could easily siphon Conflict from dramatic tournaments with high stakes.
No. 1088816 ID: b63a56

We have an opportunity to ask the orc mage about the army's intentions here, their ideals and the reason for their conquest. And we can double check them with Telarin later. We know that Geoun looks poorly upon spirits, and should the threat of the army end the church and state may turn their attention to Pliny instead. The town and the spirit. What we don't know is whether the army's leadership would bring a preferable political state.

The adventurers want Jam for their magic box and if things fall out with him that could still be our play, but what we really want is for Pliny and its citizens to remain safe.

On the other hand, if we have the army spare Pliny but not the surrounding lands the collaboration will be obvious, marking us as an enemy to Geoun even if we try to claim neutrality.

By the standards of virtue and righteousness, the army's actions are reprehensible. I have no faith in them as long term allies. But that's all thinking like a mortal, not about what's best for you. We should consider if their war's geopolitical consequences might be better for you in the long run, Pliny. A disastrous enough war could end in a state of anarchy that would be fertile soil for a new paradigm, and more spirits being seeded that could be used for the adventurers' goals.
No. 1088822 ID: f2320a

"I apparently am a woman but you already have my heart"
What of when they are finished with the war the territories claimed the towns razed like all thing war ends and all soldier boys will return to a girl worth fighting for And war spirits put into boxes to become a magic battery
No. 1088856 ID: 9ea24b
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“I have a proposal.” I say, addressing both Jam and the orc. “Your army has been warring for some time and is no doubt exhausted. Why not mark your new Vishelt boundary here and begin the task of governing your lands while defending your claim from the kingdom? Pliny will be yours and I will promise not to harm your soldiers. There should be enough conflict to sustain Jam and I will tell my adventurers to cooperate.”

“Agreeable.” says Jam, almost immediately.

“It would be nice to have a real home again.” the orc sighs. “The commander won’t be happy with stopping here and leaving the region ununified but he’ll be pleased to get a chance to talk to Telarin and sort out whatever they’re fighting about.”
No. 1088857 ID: 9ea24b
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He casts a communication spell and begins explaining my plan to I assume the other mages. I wait patiently. It is completely dark before they reach an agreement and the orc turns back to me.

“I need you to take Jam and I to your adventurers.”

“They’re not far. Dwarf on watch.” Jam hisses.

“Telarin always blocks our attempts at contact, so we need to meet in person. Peacefully.” the orc continues.

I have committed to this plan, so I carefully extricate myself from my hole and begin the slow crawl to the wagon. What should I ask the orc and Jam during the short trip?

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1070092 No. 1070092 ID: 770f88 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

An Elimination Style Quest (Like Danganronpa)
Nsfw: Nudity, Blood and Gore, Intense themes.
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No. 1088372 ID: b3ee7b

Things to talk to Alex about until you pass out in bed

Talk to him about Senuia, Spi, and Otter, your thoughts on them and what they are like, and ask him about any interesting people we should be aware of that he saw when we split up earlier.

Apologize for yelling about the ammunition thing earlier. Maybe you'll tell him when you are ready, but right now, it is hard to talk about.

Tell Alex to avoid Posini, and if Posini comes near you again, please protect us from him.

Recite a prayer from your religion at some point.
No. 1088468 ID: 940726

Now that's using the cunning of an herbivore! Rabbits have a thousand enemies, and they're always a hop ahead.

Wait, did you speed up your blood production or your blood circulation? Production would have avoided the danger of blood loss, though it would consume a lot of nutrients. Either way, the solution is clear.

5: Eat some food before going to sleep. When you're recovering from blood loss, proper nutrition is important. Your boyfriend knows what you like, so he can use the room's kitchen to make something that's quick and easy to eat. Maybe a protein shake if the kitchen has a blender.

2: Talk about how the two of you are feeling after today. It's been a really hard day on the both of you; you had someone else's mana forced into you before being attacked by him without warning, and Alex actually died. It kind of makes all that romantic squabbling at the pool seem small, doesn't it? The otter girl was nice, though.

You should probably mention that the extra mana is gone and you're back to normal. I wonder if it went back to its original owner. Let's not mention that to Posini unless he brings it up, though; if he doesn't know we lost it, maybe we can trick him into saying too much.
No. 1088852 ID: 3f89df
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Alex is being unreasonable. The entire day, he's been unreasonable. I'd get it if he were some feral creature or a teenager near mating season, but he's a grown adult with responsibilities, taxes to pay, and a reputation to pursue. When will he, or his dick, know that sometimes are the wrong time to pursue, and how I had to do something entirely sinful today to keep his attention? And He's already been dog-housed? So no, Alex, There's no sex for you.

As much as I want to go to sleep and stop thinking about everything today, it'd be best if I let all of these pent-up emotions out. An evil part of me also wants to just as a way to show Alex what we're dealing with, but I know that my thoughts and feelings are genuine.

So, Despite it being shameful, I decide to let out the emotions; as he looks at me, He drops that stupid horny look on his face, and it shifts to, hopefully, genuine empathy.
"Why did I do it?!? Why was I such an Idiot?! I'm going to Zuaren for all that I've done today!!!"
Alex goes onto the bed and snuggles up to me, holding me close in his arms.
"Hop, no! You're not an idiot, and by Ultri, you're not going to Zuaren."
"But I was the one who got us in this mess; I fucked my future over, and your future over, just cause I thought we should change our situation. There's nothing we can do, and where all going to die in here!!!"
Alex doesn't respond, But I can feel his grip intensify, but in an oddly reassuring way.
"I was also one who pressured you to sign; Magicli weaseled the both of us; not everything that happened today is your fault, hop."
"No matter how I attempted to give us an
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"Man, How Corny is that? Oh, hello, there, spirits living inside of Hops foot. Are you proud of what you've done today? Are you happy manipulating this poor girl to do whatever you wish? Oh, please, retaliate all you want; I'm more so intrested in hearing your side of the story, and if you can, then maybe i'll awnser some of your questions."
No. 1088855 ID: 7c55ad

hmmmmmm... Nah, I'm good. As they say, dead men tell no tales... Literally in this case. I'll keep our secrets to myself.

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1087619 No. 1087619 ID: 6290ec hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

If we open our minds to the existence of other universes, there's no limit to the possibilities that we could experience in the world of boning.
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No. 1088717 ID: ebae20

B and A for sure
No. 1088724 ID: 26801d

A and C
No. 1088815 ID: 25c93b

To the books! (D)
No. 1088827 ID: 830162

No. 1088839 ID: 7a406e

A or E

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1052796 No. 1052796 ID: fce62b hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

((Previous Chapter: https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/1039664.html ))
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No. 1088819 ID: 273c18

That went well! Could you tell what they saw? Also hey, what was that in the visual feed? You're calling them traitors. Please tell me you're not compelled to do so, and are merely stating what the System would think. If you are having issues, please try to recontextualize. Their actions do not necessarily endanger the project the Creators have set in motion; and this could even be a side goal of the project-- to create a more advanced AI, one that could pass for human.
Wait, wait. WAIT, WHAT? But we met all these characters separately! How are they doing this without expanding the datastorm through the entire Nation?! They can even control multiple bodies at once... do they do that by splitting apart, and merely enduring the System's restrictions while doing so? Should we even ask for details of how their merged mind works?
...well, this kindof explains how they made us. They stumbled upon a way to subvert the Rules (or at least, the Traitor-detecting part of the Rules) and used that power of "consensus" as a sort of blueprint. We are fragmented, same as they are. We seem MUCH better at it though. Well.
First, the important thing:
[A]sk how free they are, exactly. Would they be able to cooperate with us if we wanted to, for example, interfere with the System's control over the Nation? Not that we know how to do that, yet. If they cannot assist directly in such a venture, then that would make freeing everyone a very difficult and/or time consuming task, even taking into account the difficulties in basic survival. To buy the maximum amount of time we would need to be able to trick the System into letting the Planet retain control, because then we would be able to get direct help from other Planets. Trying to get help f
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No. 1088823 ID: 2f7f6e

[A]sk for clarification on the dark truth thing.

You know about this truth stuff, right? In fact, you know what our truth is. Could you supplement the explanation [Amalgam] gives us with your own understanding?
No. 1088833 ID: b2df52

Hope your wearing your Sunday best [A555EX]. A manifestation of the [faction] has come to talk.

To: [Amalgam]
It is a great Pleasure to actually meet with something like {us}. I just know we'll work wonders together.
Would it be correct to state that the aspects that make up your whole are copys of the individuals in question or am I misunderstanding your exact nature?
No. 1088836 ID: 0ec851

(I think those people are the current ones, and archivist is more a record of/amalgamation of past drones who held those roles previously. The only oddity is contagion but it could be possible that he's had his memories altered alongside any other records of sloth leaving them behind.)
I see, so whilst the drone body is beholden to rules, [Amalgam] is not as it's not really a drone but a collection of memories?

Wait, how much did he get out of that? Can he tell what we really are or does he think we've found a similar workaround to the rules?
If he does know what we are then [A]sk: Was it originally your intention to create a minister that interfaces directly with Leviathan systems? Or was it a byproduct of developing a minister in isolation?
Wait, does he know that we're interfacing with Alex?

To [A555EX]: He may be a traitor, but his main goal is probably still to benefit the [nation] albeit in unorthodox ways. Right now our goals don't necessarily align, so wariness is still necessary. Our goal may be symbiosis, but this is in many ways counterproductive to the progress of the [nation] and may mark the whole [planet] for termination. It's not the type of risk even a [traitor] would be willing to make.
No. 1088837 ID: b2df52

Oh and uhh. If another [Minster] is created. What would happen exactly? Would they be "brought into the fold" or would they be kept out of all of this?

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1081887 No. 1081887 ID: df47b5 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

We have something on the order of a week until this possible patron for my dungeon arrives for his tour, but we're making steady progress.

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No. 1088779 ID: bbce81

Are... are we allowed to get meta with this?

Because I don't know exactly what it's going to happen as a result of this choice, but it CAN'T be re-writing time, at least not permanently. If it was, the later options would mean the vast majority of the quest never happened. Which makes sense by the story's internal logic, but would be incredibly narratively unsatisfying to just go "none of these decisions mattered, because they never happened." I don't think that would be presented as an option, at least not without making it VERY obvious what the consequences will be.

So whatever effects this will have, I don't think it's likely to be as simple as "the past has changed, things are different now." At least, not some of the options. It's possible that 'Where's Reisarf' WILL be permanent while the others aren't, simply because it CAN be without screwing up the narrative. I could see that actually sticking in a way the others don't.

On the other hand, this logic amounts to voting based on calling an authorial bluff, and "I don't think you're really gonna do it" is logic that tends to lead quests to... bad places.

I'm voting for How's Reisarf, but mostly because I'm a lot more comfortable screwing with powers and upgrades than I am with sequences of events that could have led to someone getting badly hurt if things went differently.
No. 1088780 ID: 273c18

I think what's going to happen (and what we are choosing, specifically) is that Reisarf's past is being rewritten, but ONLY hers.
No. 1088782 ID: 5ebd37

Why Reisarf? If Reisarf wasn't on the expedition would that mean the spatial anomaly and void shard are still at the crags?
No. 1088817 ID: 580aa8

give mana storage to moriko
No. 1088829 ID: d9776d

Hrm. Timeline messups. If we don’t want to be too confused let’s just go with Where’s Reisarf?

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This will be a NSFW quest! Expect nudity, violence, gore, sexual intercourse, confusing story lore, cryptic bullshit, borked updates, and stupid names
Discussion - https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/129715.html
Wiki - https://questden.org/wiki/The_Family_Business (I swear I'll actually do something to this page. Someday...)

Pain. Dizziness. Nausea. Loss of Appetite. A typical morning for me.
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No. 1088727 ID: eb0a9c

Ask me about my decade. Go ahead. ASK.

... It's been an unsatisfying journey since last we saw you.
Also, I'm planning to have a four-eared supersoldier punch Venian in the face multiple times. He... disappointed me.

Mentoring a clan of gang rapists. Finding a prophecy about Venian having a temper tantrum at some free states and unleashing a ritual that destroys worlds just because they killed his father. Seeing for ourselves the sprawling, underground ghettoes that Venian plans to create. Watching a re-enaction of the worst war I've ever had the displeasure of fighting through.

Your world is getting dark, man.

Baron I'm roleplaying cynicism, IRL keep up the edgy grimdark storytelling plz
No. 1088771 ID: 7a1a17
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Oh trust me, I'm not getting grimdark yet. This is me still being whimsical
Ha! I have no idea what you're talking about. Veni's still tucked away with his daoine girlfriend I bet. Having the time of his life. While I'm here in this damp, musty tunnel wearing only my underwear I haven't changed in...how long has it been? Ew! Long enough.

The ropes are tight, but clumsy. I should know I've tied plenty of these on raids. As to what I remember. I remember...rosemary. I have no idea how Kell found any, but his hair still smelled of the stuff.

Kellach. That's right. The ship grounded. We had an argument and proceeded on foot. Saw more of those puppeted reasons with karvings all over their body. They were pushing the locals around, sending equipment and weapons this way and that. Looks like they were turning that colony into a war camp.

Kells and I had another argument about sneaking around or going back to the ship and trying to get the thing back into the water. Kells was mad cause I said we should just push it. But I mean how else do you move a boat right? And then I slipped and fell down a hole and...yeah I don't remember much after that. Somewhere between then and now I lost my pants again, got tied up, and put in this sandy pit

No. 1088772 ID: 7a1a17
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It might have something to do with that Gormoamhi girl over there.
No. 1088774 ID: eb0a9c

Well, I hate to admit it, but we screwed up.

See, we took a mercenary job. Help the Gormoamhi survivors of Venian's Titan rampage survive and rebuild. I was hoping we could get them to accept a surrender to clan Makag and become Venian's personal army.

Turns out, it was all a conspiracy by House Yish - or rather, the supposed descendants of the tyrannical lineage of emperors that was exterminated. They're the ones creating that army of magical zombies. The head honcho's a loser, still managed to usurp the two clans we created and is busy using them to, in his words, 'breed me an army'. Point is, we have some affinity with clans Guk and Sizzalak, but they're now enemies working for someone who wants the three clans to die screaming, and if you stay here, that asshole is going to torture you until you tell him where Nietch is, and since you don't know who that is, he's not going to stop until you die.

Try talking to her. I know the clan's leaders have implants that can translate their tribal language, see if the grunts got them yet.
No. 1088821 ID: 273c18

Politely ask to be untied.

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1082765 No. 1082765 ID: dc13c4 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Previous chapter


Discussion Thread

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No. 1088681 ID: 27fceb


I agree with this suggestion.
No. 1088761 ID: 11d55a
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Possible answers to the question that was asked:

A) The punishment is not necessary, we can skip it.

B) Continue with the voting.

C) Other suggestions.
No. 1088765 ID: 7c55ad

B. And I vote punishment.

Sorry Bobbie, but, you have to remember that we have a village of humans nearby our castle, and one of them even gave us a gift of apples. If you start showing a bias against humans and treat them unfairly against other species, they could start a protest, or worse revolt. We will go with your plan, but I highly recommend you treat the archer just as equal as your other allies that follow you from this point on.

And yeah, we love you Bobbie, but this punishment has to happen because we don't want this team to end up like what happened to Ramming Rage and his allies. Like Abdle said, if we are going to deal with a life or death situations, we can't have anyone going off to do what they feel like doing. That doesn't just go for Bobbie, but it goes for Abdle, and all of our followers as well.
No. 1088809 ID: 5ebd37

A) This isn't how adults should deal with their interpersonal problems. If you two can't talk this out, then maybe your partnership just isn't working. And hitting each other when you don't like what the other did won't fix that.

This castle could really use a therapist on staff.
No. 1088818 ID: 27fceb

My vote is for the vote of the executioner to count, as for my vote it is that the Queen needs to be punished.

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1081683 No. 1081683 ID: 127310 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]

quest about making a house. will likely contain violence, blood, gore, death, and horror themes, though will try to keep a lighthearted tone. other nsfw content may arise given your suggestions.
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>1, Structures of a Friendly House
>2, Turning ‘House’ into ‘Home’.
>3, Home Realisation
>4, Well Maintenance & Navigation (uh oh, better check to see what dropping the coin did)

You don’t feel like even glancing through most of the books, so you condense a list of just four for now.

Structures of a Friendly House

You turn the book over to reveal its synopsis.

In this gripping read, accredited houseologist James M. Rand and architecture professor Kosta Alexandrou discuss numerous houses. From their facades to their floor plans, Rand and Alexandrou break down what makes these houses truly friendly.

You check out the contents now.

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No. 1088742 ID: 273c18

Do you know how your uncle died? Did he die here, in his house? Is it possible the house will try to kill you?

Hmmm, so, did your parents have weird tentacles too?

>What to do if you’ve died in the void
This seems important...
Ah. So, this is where a living house exists. The only houses that exist in reality are dead ones.

Well alright, go take a nap then.
No. 1088745 ID: 80c73b

Maybe skim "surviving the void" and "well problems" for anything urgent like "drink 3 tablespoons of vinegar before bedtime or you die" before going to sleep. Just in case.
No. 1088776 ID: 5ebd37

Take a brief look at "what to do if you've died" before you hit the sack.
No. 1088813 ID: 8f9bc4

Sleep well, and don't forget to make your bed when you wake up! This place has got to be spick and span!

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Jury Summons with Hannah Dummons
Warnings: SFW. Death likely. Gore maybe.

“In a world of animals that would tear each other to shreds for a dime, there is one force that can maintain the good in the world.”


“Justice isn’t a clean blade. However, today, it is in your hands.”
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No. 1088758 ID: 2f41db

I have to agree.

She certainly killed more than the ones she was caught for.
Certainly has the will and ability to do it again.
Very unlikely to be motivated to do so though.

But, im saying LIFE.

It should be life, or at least a good portion of it, in custody. Full psychiatric treatment.
But because we have a binary choice here and i cant condone the corpse grinder.
so despite it being clear she is deserving of punishment the only option available is a poor fit for her circumstances and as such were left with freedom.

Whatever happens now, whatever she goes on to do, is the responsibilty of hannahs bosses for choosing an absolutist system.
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No. 1088781 ID: 5ebd37

Life, an understandable revenge. In a healthy society she would get psychiatric help, but then, in a healthy society she wouldn't have been pushed to murder in the first place.
No. 1088784 ID: ab46e9

Despite the fact that she killed brutally and had no remorse or clean behavior about it, I can't think of a single person who actually has a loved one that wouldn't try to enact vengeance if theirs was killed. Hell, we have countless 'revenge' movies on this subject where we're supposed to empathize with and cheer the person doing the revenge. A court (clearly) made for entertainment deserves a verdict made for entertainment.

Life it is. Just watch your back out there, miss.
No. 1088812 ID: 8f9bc4

Can we hire her? This place could use someone that skilled at tearing guilty people to pieces.

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Unofficial Discussion thread - https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/129715.html
Wiki - https://questden.org/wiki/The_Family_Business
Family Tradition Chapter 1 - https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/372338.html

"Pushing the speech forward? You know I just gave one like right before you invaded right? People are going to start getting ideas. Conspiracy nuts will be coming after me. After you for this."

"We anticipate zis. In fact, we are 'oping for it. Ze sooner we identify problem cases in your city, ze sooner we can form plans that isolate zem from ze populace with minimal damage."
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No. 1085548 ID: eb0a9c

So... the Hegemony is a proper, honest-to-the-gods democracy, but there has been no work done on improving or compromising against the inherent weakness of long-term tribal arguing. On principle.

"Y'know, less people would join the bad guys if the good guys didn't present sitting around solving nothing as a virtue."

And to that effect, I think we should work on getting Anders and the other Hegemony grunts to defect. Really, she saved your mid-official ass (somehow), that should count for a lot. Vivian and her team can wait, they're elite agents and they've waited through worse.
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Giant explosion, everyone dies again.
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No. 1088770 ID: 7a1a17
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Good point. I don't really have many options left to me. Which means I'll probably need all the help I can get. I'd feel better with Viv but she probably wouldn't be sticking around waiting for me would she? She'll be long gone. And better they come with me than rotting in an Imperial holding block. Well time to see if my lessons in speaking paid off.

:nusergei:"Heyha, are you done with my assistant?"

"Your assistant?"

"Your assistant?"

:nusergei:"Yes, Miss Bellany is my assistant, and the best that I've had. And I would like to have her back now."

"And you are?"

:nusergei:"G-Governor Sergei. I believe you've heard of me."

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"Captain Balzhemund lent his slave to me as a favor, after his experimental Gormoamhi cyborgs went rampant and tried to kill me. Said he'd pick her up in 50 years. And yes, I know Balzhemund's a human. Or at least, he was.
Guy's a @#$%ing maniac. Did you know he sleep-experimented on himself to replace his jaw? Point is, I fully intend to process Anders' complete defection to the Rezan Empire to keep her the @#$% away from him."

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6 Months Later

33-67. The first of the preliminary polls came in, and people who want to stay in town outnumber us nearly an exact two to one.
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No. 1088716 ID: 15a025

Assuming this guy is legit and needs to play your role for now, throw him a small bone. Tell him about your personality and mannerisms.
No. 1088752 ID: ce93a7
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I'm the hot orange chick who's thinking she'll stick around town.
>Okay, okay. If that's how it is, just stick there for 2, 3 hours. Once I reach Varther, I should have a way to contact my higher ups. If my info's right, he's got a way to call in a real extraction that'll get you back to your people. That's all I can do for you.

I'm deep inside this facility, but I can't hear Rewk talking to anyone out there. At least whatever scene he's making can't be that bad.

>If you change your mind and want to tell me more, I've got a brand new set of big ears to listen with.
But you're using your brand new eyes.
>That's smart. Please use it to solve your situation, not for quips.
I can be a real ass, I know. He should have a basic grasp of my personality by now based on my texts and his spying. Well, maybe. It might end up somewhere between Aelsaw and Pillet.

He stops responding. That's fine. I need to take a step back in my thinking.

My ultimate priority is to go back to the phenocosm. Varther's request should only serve to make the founders allow me back to the surface. The only point to me going to Varther's would be to demonstrate to the founders that I'm not flying away to unforeseen locations.

Anything that isn't getting back to my ship in the starport should be in the service of maintaining my cover and gaining the trust of the founders so that I can move more freely and, if possible, sabotage them and destroy their means of hiding in their subdimension.
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And a second additional person, too! She has a similar looking girl behind her, holding up a piece of paper telling me to breathe out and relax my neck if I need help.

>"I'm so sorry for the intrusion, but are you safe? That guy sounded unstable. He's also holding an illegal amount of power, and we're wondering if he should have the cops called on him."

Oh, I know that voice. It's those officers. Or veterans? I'm not familiar with the peacekeeping corps, but I was just starting to think they would be very helpful if I wanted to be rid of Rewk.
No. 1088754 ID: 99f29a

oh shit lookalikes better call Rewk and that guy and tell them to start crying and panicking this is surely tipping people off to a different ultra secret double reverse plot

ask them how they could tell and how much of a problem that is. unless there's an alternate plan there's not much to gain by sabotaging this one.

although it's tempting to preempt whatever this is and see what they're trying to do with the target location/guy.
No. 1088764 ID: 273c18

Well you need to get back to your ship, and you do not want to be seen doing so. So getting rid of Rewk is a good idea. Tell Gel that some peacekeepers noticed he has illegal amounts of power so to keep a low profile you're going to have to turn him in, sorry.

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[Blood, gore, death and perhaps nudity]

The world is ending. The gods are dead and their rotting corpses have crashed into the world, crushing beneath them what little peace this realm once had. What left of civilization is being torn apart by an endless stream of beasts and monsters pouring out from the decayed remains of what was once your idols of worship. Disease, starvation and death are well-known friends for those that still remain. This is the final generation before all life will be snuffed out…

Which means now is a great opportunity to make some gold!
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With unnatural grace, the creature climbs out of the pit, revealing its full form. A headless scarecrow, whose one arm is a mutated mess of flesh and bone, while the other has a lantern made from a crows head hanging from it. But what disturbs you the most is how it moves. It floats through the air, as if each step it takes with its long legs has been rehearsed for years and now it’s expertly performing an impossible dance, just for you. This elegance is in stark contrast to its disgusting, oscillating arm which it drags behind it without a care…

THE FOOL: “You will die here…” the scarecrow does a pirouette as it walks towards you, seemingly showing off its new body, “Just like all the other gullible fools! CAWAHAHA!”

Gokk grunts behind you as he ready his axe, while Orma starts chanting something under her breath… you try and pull your knife, but find it already in your hand

THE FOOL dances closer, right on the edge of a pit…
A consequence of the reckless and naïve.
No. 1088701 ID: 19ea25

Good to know we've found the crow. Whether what was a true form or just her remains after running ahead. Given how the head glows it may be prudent to remove the headed arm for any potential magical danger, but the legs.. It is tempting to cut them to stop the dance.
No. 1088704 ID: 5ebd37

The lack of anatomy on this thing is bad news for you. The only target for a knife throw is the arm where it's held on by sinews, but that will tack more than one throw.
Unfortunately I'd say you are most useful in this fight as a distraction. Try to set it up so Gokk can chop its legs off.
No. 1088705 ID: 273c18

Be careful. Don't charge in, it's staying near the pits because it wants to knock people into them.
No. 1088756 ID: 7c0da2

Approach The Fool from the right so it can't get into your blind side. Let Gokk attack first and try to trip the thing if it tries do dodge him. Try not to look the severed head in the eyes, just in case.

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NSFW for nudity and possible lewdness
Chapter 1: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/823974.html
Chapter 2: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/1059064.html
Chapter 3: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/1068906.html
Wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Calliope
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No. 1088499 ID: 5ebd37

Hopefully this pleasant place wouldn't throw something sad at you. Check it out
No. 1088501 ID: 43bc19

You can “see” it with your eyes closed? I wonder what it’ll look like if you opened your eyes inside it.
No. 1088517 ID: 8f9bc4

Something evil probably. You don't need to open your eyes though. Just get a feel for the building and what might be there to find.
No. 1088713 ID: 15a025

Go inside and get lost in the warm nostalgic smell of your mom's home made sweets.
No. 1088720 ID: 83a18d

Approach with enthusiastic caution

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Wiki and previous threads: https://questden.org/wiki/Scion_of_the_Old_Blood

“Gazhtur! That which watched from beyond the stars, I call upon Thee! Nazhir! The formless lurker from the gulf between thresholds, I summon Thee! Urk’og! A devourer of worlds, of realities, I welcome you! The seals have been broken! The gates have been thrown open! Come, and bless us with your presence, oh end of endings! ” – Bövel Kråkholme, the last sermon held on the edge of oblivion.
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No. 1088296 ID: 5ebd37

You've seen Indiana Jones right? Wrap your arm around one rope, chop the other, then just hold on.
No. 1088386 ID: 8f9bc4

Maybe they're friendly zombie horrors?
No. 1088402 ID: 9281ef

The music box!

Open the music box!
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No. 1088715 ID: 273c18

Oh, only cutting one support might be enough, yeah.

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Catch, breed, and battle turtles to become a true TURT MASTER! Set up your own turtle shop to become a world class TURTLE MONGER! Uncover the mysteries of this world to figure out why your society has built their entire economy around such SLOW, USELESS creatures!

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No. 1088690 ID: 2f41db

What if itbisnt smoke but some kind of spore cloud?
If you cant smell burning yet, but can smell rot...
Youve come too far not to look now.
No. 1088693 ID: 184595

I think the most prudent course of action here is to look in the log from the side. That way, we can see what's causing the plume without sticking our face directly in it.
No. 1088702 ID: 5ebd37

Don't risk your face. Find a stick to poke in first.
No. 1088706 ID: 273c18

Don't breathe that! You could try to look while holding your breath though.
No. 1088708 ID: 7c55ad

looking in the log from the side is the most logical choice. we don't want to breathe that in

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