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1054741 No. 1054741 ID: 5ff2e7 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]

In the near future of our world(but outside your own lifetime), new breeds of strange humanoid creatures have been manufactured by our leading scientists and are integrated into modern society. Follow someone as they navigate College life as a non-human, or as they are collectively known as by the general public: furries.

Updates bi-weekly; that is to say two times in one week. Potentially NSFW. Depictions of sex and gore are dependent on which character you select, except for Gary's story. Even I do not know what it entails.
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Adjusting my vote to be full charlie, her purple hair and shirt have swooned me
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1049539 No. 1049539 ID: 9272af hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Chapter 15
Adult content 18+

First thread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/860238.html
Wiki: https://tgchan.org/wiki/Moot_Point
Previous chapter: https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/1013588.html
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No. 1054772 ID: f8083d

I think it's best to discover whatever it has to show together.
No. 1054792 ID: fa3034

Let's still take our rest but have Graves go ahead of the others so by the time they're rested he should be pulling up to the appointed place.
No. 1054793 ID: 36784c

What are you talking about? If you're saying we need to tell Graves about what we saw, then there's no need to do that because he's been in the room the entire time. He already knows.
No. 1054795 ID: cd8054

Oh yeah, just how delicate is Kol gonna have to be, breaking this news to Rodwin? He spent so long and sacrificed so much searching for his lost lord, taking care of the army as best he could, all out of love and loyalty. To find out it was all for nothing, and that Hekal not only never wanted to be found but willingly abandoned him... what's gonna happen if the person currently in control of an undead army gives in to despair?
No. 1054802 ID: c28082


Good idea! We can let Graves maintain the spell so we needn't go through the whole process after we start the thing up again. Definitely owe him a favor later, for this.

As for Rodwin, however, was he honestly betrayed, or had Hekal simply taken an opportunity given to him to end things quickly and decisively, rather than in a drawn-out war? It might not be the resolution he desired, but it may be best to let Rodwin decide the matter for himself.

The two were close enough for such confidence, so perhaps ... perhaps the truth won't come as quite so unexpected or bitter, after all these centuries.

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1054479 No. 1054479 ID: 1173be hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]

Just a little lost-at-sea quest full of swashbuckling fun and nothing ominous at all.
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No. 1054776 ID: f8083d

Peek out the door to check if anything is happening on deck.

Also, take the stale bread if it's even remotely still edible.
No. 1054778 ID: 15c72a

Get that knife before you go out.
No. 1054780 ID: b57fea

I give 1 in 3 odds that's human meat, grab a knife and prepare to defend thyself.
No. 1054783 ID: f15d6d

Pick up the nearest deadly kitchen implement and cautiously check out what's happening on the deck. It might also be a good idea to check on your friend in the dinghy.
No. 1054801 ID: 08de23

Take knife, don't take anything else. The less you have weighing yourself down the better in case you need to run (and I suspect you will). Check on your pal if possible.

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1049788 No. 1049788 ID: 9ea24b hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Gen 1 thru 3 mainline Pokemon and mystery dungeon red rescue team nostalgia quest. Potentially NSFW.

Discussion: https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/135483.html
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No. 1054761 ID: bbb04b

Looks like the kid wound up finding an object lesson in hubris on his own.
No. 1054763 ID: 084179

Come on! Tell your trainer that's the kid! We gotta get em! Do you have any flying type friends?
Try hitting the borb with dragons breath!
No. 1054765 ID: dd15aa

Kid you dun goofed
No. 1054770 ID: 15c72a

I'm guessing the kid wants to capture a legendary.
No. 1054798 ID: 7c0da2

Looks like maybe we are involved in a world-ending event after all. I hope not, because we kinda did a pretty poor job of preventing it.

Also, she said since their leader's change of heart they're also a research center? So they are still criminals? Doing science by day, trying to take over the world by night?

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1051450 No. 1051450 ID: 08229c hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Previous Threads: https://questden.org/wiki/Audit_Quest
Support the author: https://ko-fi.com/calalen

My name is Mary.

I own a dungeon.

Not by choice, mind you. I was forced into this when the previous owner placed a curse on me after I tried to audit him. Now I'm the ruler of this place.

And by my hand, this shall be a grand dungeon.
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No. 1054621 ID: 4aaa23

I know, right?

I'm glad she's enjoying herself. Even though her experience so far has mostly consisted of getting murdered
No. 1054625 ID: 447b74

This run more or less awakens her M side.
No. 1054630 ID: ad76be

Agreed. I think she’s really happy with doing something for herself instead of for others, even if she’s getting blasted in the process.
No. 1054738 ID: 4ac37a

Slime Matron told us more about how fusing works. I think Lily would just hinder Mirelle, even if she could be corrupted so they were on the same side.
No. 1054797 ID: 58c090

Oh, I don't think they're talking about fusing with her but eating her, which is a different thing. Larro did confirm that's a thing wild slimes do (and how Slime Matron got her start)

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1040912 No. 1040912 ID: fd2dfa hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]

This is a test game. A test for a very simplified system that I want to see if it works or not. It may be subject to change mid-game if it’s not working as intended. Expect violence.
Discussion - https://questden.org/kusaba/questdis/res/129715.html
Wiki - https://questden.org/wiki/The_Family_Business

The world’s in a period of great upheaval. Centuries old rule is being challenged. Old magic and primal forces rage across the land. Old and terrible gods set their eyes upon creation. It is a time of great story and great heroes.

But this isn’t one of them.
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You approach the caravan store, facing a Queydan merchant. At least this way you know there will be no price gouging. Greedy as they are, they take a vow of propriety

>Trinket of the Swordsaint: A metal sliver said to have chipped off the blade of a Martyr(Name unknown). The wearer gets to add +1 to their combat rolls once per battle.
(2 scrip)
>Trinket of the Trueshot: An arrowhead said to have been taken from the heart of a Jotna. The wearer gets to add +1 to their tactical roll once per battle.
(2 scrip)
>Trinket of the Proselytizer: a small vial of ink said to have been used to write the First Tome. The wearer gets to add +1 to their esoteric roll once per battle.
(2 scrip)
>Wasterweed: a wrapping of aromatic leaves and grass that can dull pain...or suffer mild hallucinogens. The first damage blow is ignored once per battle
(6 scrip)
>Statuette of Saint Beyart: A model of the Saint renowned for their victory at Gavrona Pass using strength and skill. Once per battle, the user swaps their combat and tactical scores are swapped.
(4 scrip)
>Scroll of Brevity: A small scroll carrying a blessing to retain wit in a situation that drains the mind. Once per battle, the user swaps their tactical and esoteric scores are swapped.
(4 scrip)
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War Vial
Trinket of the Trueshot
2 Combat Potions
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>Items purchased! The journey begins!
You make good progress. But you aren't alone. Then again you're never alone out here. The Wastes are home to all sorts of things and chances are any stretch you travel on is claimed by a bandit, or monster, or monster bandit.

By the third day, the road turns through a perilous cliffside. Perfect place for an ambush. Kellmayn agrees. She sees signs of tampering on the road, and the rocks look unsteady, as though all it would take is a shot from a bow or lancer to cut off your retreat. The higher ups convene to decide what to do...after an hour of bickering they decide to leave the decision to you:

>Frontal assault. If they are gonna spring a trap, might as well set it off and have them face sellswords instead of merchants. (Combat Skill Test will be involved)
>Ambush the ambushers. There are ways around. Hard to see, harder to travel. But they are there. You could use them, get behind the ambush and drop a surprise attack on the would be attackers(Tactical Skill Test involved)
>Find another path. The Wastes are a winding maze of paths, some worn with time, others never existing in official capacity, but regularly used by smugglers. Surely there's something nearby...(Esoteric Skill Test involed)
No. 1054791 ID: e5709d

Tactical Approach. Don't waste your initiative charging into a trap.
No. 1054796 ID: dbe364

Find a way around. That is the stat we chose after all.

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1002454 No. 1002454 ID: 4c9664 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

updates weekly
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No. 1054705 ID: b01382

Now that I think about it, we should give Tricky a smooch, just to make sure the pain goes away.
No. 1054711 ID: 15c72a

Investigate now. Whatever's there might have sensed the wild voids having been defeated, which means it might get away if we wait.
No. 1054733 ID: bbb04b

We should probably investigate later to see if separating the 'crystalized honey' from us allows healthy honey to grow back in its place, and also if anything can be done with that 'crystal.'

For now, though, we can't dismiss the possibility that more voidkin will come with the guild, and either freak out or smush the cause. I say we investigate now.
No. 1054784 ID: 275adc

I doubt the Lake-Thing will be moving. I don't THINK the Guild will need any help or further information on dealing with Frostie. We should deal with things sooner rather than later.
Therefore, we go check it out, and dance under the water where none else may see, AND we con directly introduce Tricky to Mirrow and Humphery, though we can also just, do it before we go into the water, which wouold be a good idea
No. 1054794 ID: cd48aa

Perhaps the Crystal Smith can help with the "stone"? Regardless, wait for the guild. We don't want anything to happen to our prisoner while we're in the water, and we don't want to miss the guild because we're underwater.

Unless waiting means going back to town. We definitely want to check out the lake.

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1019446 No. 1019446 ID: 7a1a17 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

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. 1053356 ID: 90c451

Ask them under what charges is Anders being put on probation. The only thing they've done so far is notice a discrepancy, as far as you're aware this has nothing to do with his plot.
Also, please ignore what we're about to do Sergei. Just want to see if subtlety is possible.
Nunette: Realize that without your help Sergei would be dead in the water. Find some way to work around this.
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:nusergi:”Nunnette that’s bullshit. You’re a Rezan and a Daoine! You don’t just roll over when someone is telling you to look away from an obvious coverup! You-“ she cuts me off.

“I am more than what my blood is! I…I cannot go against orders. I am sorry…” she turns away. It’s obvious she doesn’t want to do this. Just what do heggies have on her to make her do this? Wait! Yeah that sounds like a good idea! Anders!

:nusergei:“What about Anders? She doesn’t deserve this! She’s getting thrown under the train as well!”

I think I got her attention cause she’s turning back around. “I’m still the puppet, they need me to stay still, but you can still move around can’t you? Can’t you at least warn Anders? Or tell Balzhemund what command is going to do? If he finds out what is happening to his creation then-“

“Balzhemund will be informed in due course after his operations are competed,” dammit she cut me off again! Looks like command is covering everything. “He does not need ze distraction at this time.”

:nusergei:“No that is not fair to Anders! She helped us. Only fair that we help her in turn! Do you think Balzhemund will ever learn what happened to Anders? Do you think Anders will even be around? Like at all?”


I put my foot down :nusergei: “No! Anders was brushed under the rug already. They aren’t going to put her in a corner and wait for her to just go away. I can see what is happening. I investigate criminals for a living. She is going to disappear. And any trace of her will be destroyed. She does not de
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:nusergei: “Get off me! I know how to get back to my own room! I’m not a child!” Yeah it’s petty, but petty is all I can do right now.
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“Oh really? Cause you seem to act like a baby. Course compared to me you are a baby aren’t ya? Hey Little Shit.”
Okay I have so many questions and no idea what order to ask them.
>The fuck?
>Why now?
>Stop puppetting that soldier!
No. 1054790 ID: e5709d

... I know that look. But from where?
Forget it, time for 20 questions.

First up, ask if she wants to meet your mom. Then talk about her previous toys boyfriends. Keep the conversation centered around her; get her to act like a person rather than a weapon. You got through to Nunette, keep up the tempo.

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1050419 No. 1050419 ID: f57349 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Dimensional portal winks out. Thunderclap of unraveling tidal force shatters the surrounding stone wall. You're stranded in a cavernous space full of ancient, semi-functional machinery. Can you find another way home?

Core of character creation is an adjective, a noun, and a verb.

Noun options:
Arkus (leader)
Delve (explorer)
Jack (rogue)
Glaive (fighter)
Nano (mage)
Wright (builder)

For adjective and verb, describe what you want to be and do, I'll compile a short list of the relevant options.
Once chargen is done, any consequential IC action should include dice 20d20 in the e-mail field.
Discussion: https://discord.gg/ZuGRZKD Tip jar: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4587981
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There's hissing and crackling in the machine telepathy channel which you thought was meaningless background noise until it suddenly resolves into voices. "A sword." "A sleeper." "A wounded angel." "We are what you left behind." "We are who left you behind." "Where is your gate, angel?" "When is your alarum, sleeper?" "What line, sword, will you cut us for crossing?" Bit rude that they aren't presenting properly formatted names.
The one with the chalk draws a few stick figures, and makes gestures which are difficult to interpret because the number of fingers involved doesn't stay consistent from one moment to the next. Seems to be asking either "are you allied with the margyr" or "do you like goats."
No. 1054594 ID: f57349

Rolling the glowglobe doesn't initially work - it either sticks to the floor at the point of contact or jumps pack to her hand as if it was on a string. However, picking a millipede out of her hair (one more reason that ceiling crevice isn't a very desirable option) and inducing it to crawl on the globe instead seems to satisfy the device's need to be held, after which it can roll normally.

Following the right-hand wall, hallway continues about 50 meters to a Y intersection, where Ivori encounters the mycelimancer coming the other way, still dragging Misha on a crude pressed-foam sled.
Third branch of that Y intersection has another short hallway, with periodic flashes of light in a complex sequence of colors from something in an open space at the far end.
>rolled 12, 19
>rolled 7, 15
Seems like the pattern of colors might be a countdown, though if so the zero point is at least a day away.
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rolled 18, 6, 10, 15, 19, 9, 2, 10, 19, 19, 6, 13, 6, 17, 2, 5, 8, 5, 2, 8 = 199

>Seems to be asking either "are you allied with the margyr"
"Well we're allied with one margyr, we had an unfortunate confrontation with the rest, but left off with a fruit basket, so maybe there's hope?"

Um, lessee, Melaina can make little shadow-puppets that look like their stick figures. Here's a group of us, here's a group of goat-horned stick figures, bump them into each other and have a little fight, then the groups separate again, but the shadow with goat horns and holding a mushroom has changed groups. Oh! And she can show the actual fruit basket.

Mechanically, trying to convey the truth that we had a confrontation with the margyr, but recruited one of them. Making simple figures and moving them around seems within the sphere of Hedge Magic + dark matter (though elaborate and detailed illusions might need a dedicated Nano power, or Effort). Training in positive social interactions continues to apply.

>or "do you like goats."
"Not like that." she blushes.
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rolled 16, 6, 16, 4, 15, 10, 10, 1, 17, 7, 20, 19, 17, 11, 8, 4, 17, 2, 3, 9 = 212

Interesting. Ivori considers raising some venomous millipedes to stick onto her glowglobes - they'll run the moment they detect something, leaving the glowglobe to stick at the point of danger.

Ivori stares at the mycelimancer for a few seconds, then points at him and then in the direction of the third branch, checking up on Misha soon after the mycelicmancer leaves to investigate.

After a summary examination for any invading diseases or curses (and some discreet slight-of-hand to reverse pickpocket embarrassing items into her inventory while her back is turned), Ivori joins up with the mycelimancer (assuming he's still alive at this point) and analyzes whatever is causing that beeping noise.

[Understanding Numenera, 0 Effort]
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>rolled 18
You accurately convey the information, but they're not happy to learn it. Weapon-limbs are extruded - a tangle of glass shards, a rusty hook which might once have been part of a bicycle frame, and a cylindrical ceramic bludgeon - and they start trying to kill you in a plodding, methodical (reluctant?) sort of way.
> rolled 6, 10, 15
One of those would have connected, if not for the hindrance of them still being caught in your shadow-thicket.

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1035326 No. 1035326 ID: 8483cf hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

Lazy Wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Lazy_Fairy

Previous Topic: https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/1021044.html#1021044

Can I manage my finances, a fox spirit and my own stress levels without accidentally burning my bakery down… again?
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No. 1054659 ID: e51896

I think the main thing I want fixed from this contract: No more favors that treat Dotti less than a human, such as humiliating and demeaning requests such as being used as Landi's bed, or wearing a worst fox collar. I think Serah can agree to that. Oh yeah, no more ear pulling that Serah has been doing. Tell them you were shocked to hear Dotti had been treated this way.
No. 1054663 ID: 629f2e

Let's talk about Landi a little more.

I think it's important to keep in mind that Dotti is going to have a hard time arguing elements of her contract in the future, even if she does get help from Kayk. This is because, to put it simply, neither of them have any experience in law. Landi does, which is a problem when she's both a beneficiary of the contract and the one causing Dotti the most grief. Let's not forget that this is how Dotti has described her:

> “I hate Landi,” Dotti says softly. “I hate her, and I hate the contract. She makes me do the worst things, like wear collars that say ‘worst fox’ and take baths. I hate it so much.”

This is why I would argue more in favor of fully nixing Landi's favors altogether. Whatever limitation we try to set, Landi will always be capable of being a jerk within the boundaries of the contract if she wants to. Possibly even in ways we explicitly try to prevent if she can figure out a loophole in the phrasing (or try to slip one in).

"Favors issued to Dotti must show the same respects offered to any sentient race"? Well technically petplay is a kink practiced by many sentient individuals, therefore asking her to wear this collar and be leashed should not be in violation of any rules.

"Dotti can veto a number of favors each day"? Landi makes a point to ask a number of unreasonable ones first before actually using her real ones.

Alright, but what if we go stipulate "if Dotti vetos a Landi favor, she’ll owe someone else in the contract a favor" though? The issue here is that Dotti could just veto all of Landi's favors, which could only be solved by setting a cap on the amount of vetos she gets. So either you get the original pitch of simply not giving Landi favors anymore, or you get the previously described scenario of Landi just making completely
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1: I don't think shapeshifting is relevant to the contract. She can do it if she wants to show off, I guess.
2: Dotti is clearly improving but still needs some common sense rules in place. Which restrictions are a problem for her, specifically? She can have a frank conversation with everyone about it, and you can vouch for her behavior. Ending the contract seems like a bad idea, and leaving Landi completely vulnerable to retaliation seems bad too, because there will be conflict between them.
3: Removing or greatly reducing Landi's favors seems like a good talking point, since she's abusing them. At worst this will mean Landi has no favors, leaving her to have to ask Serah for help if she needs Dotti to do something, and at best will get her to feel bad (maybe impossible) and/or swear (in a binding fashion, and/or in a clause in the contract) to stop using them to be mean to Dotti. Even the playing field, so they're safe from each other.

In summary, the contract should be changed so that Dotti has protections from Landi's abuse (possibly defined by Serah's perception of whether a favor is degrading or not), while keeping the fairy safe from Dotti's jaws and claws. Next revision should be long enough where they'll be getting along enough not to be at risk of violent conflict.
I wonder if you could reframe the contract as something similar to employment?
No. 1054677 ID: 3b7261

We need to talk about the incredible progress Dotti has made. She's been learning incredibly quickly about living in a community among civilization. She already values how people perceive her, and is learning boundaries in how to be assertive without being overbearing with expressing her wants and needs. She's made incredible progress in valuing delayed, long term gratification rather than immediate fulfillment of short term desires. She's learned cognitive empathy, and is making progress with affective empathy. She recently went to a comedic play, and was laughing without self-consciousness, and strangers started taking their social cues from her! She's learning how to manage social stress, including when she's been legitimately wronged via bullying, and recently bounced back from a stressful date that failed due to incompatibility. She's learning how to balance conflicting wants and desires, including for nuanced and often contradictory things like belonging and community and how to balance her need for self expression, self identity, and self actualization. She's learning how to hold down a stressful, heirarchical, customer service job and how to manage the money that gives her.

With this level of progress, I'm not actually convinced that the contract needs to be punitive or heirarchical at all; it could simply be changed to an agreement that all parties help provide all other parties with reasonable support in mutial maintenance of access to clothing, shelter, food, and safety of person, to treat each other and the personal property of the others with respect, and to forego engaging in violent or demeaning acts upon the other parties.
No. 1054768 ID: dee951


There is the bit about not breaking laws. Dotti is learning to not want to break laws and social norms in the first place, but she still has a ways to go. And there are also times where the just thing to do IS to break a law, but only in a specific kind of way. and she doesn't yet have a good insight on that kind of thing.

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Lazy Wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Lazy_Fairy

Takes Place Immediately After POV 6(b): https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/1037510.html#1037510
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Celtic tribal tatoos, let's go!
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Or, y'know, this.
Might work, might work.
No. 1054707 ID: dee951

Some of these answers are really cruel and you all should be ashamed. Can we get some serious, constructive answers please? To help the elf look amazing and badass like she can?
No. 1054756 ID: 58dd24

I mean, this one was pretty good >>1053996
No. 1054757 ID: 75f1f5


The pink topknot one is pretty good too

Though it's a bit Aeldari...

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1053691 No. 1053691 ID: 681cb5 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]

[Horror, Non-lewd quest]

“Even if they are in gods eyes innocent, we have no choice in the matter. In the father’s name, as we condemn them to the pyre, we can only pray the flames will purge their sinful bodies of His malevolent corruption! If we let even one of them live… then He will return for His blood… He always return for His blood…” – Father Isaac Thorn
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No. 1054709 ID: 15c72a

Go ask the wolf why he's staring.
No. 1054712 ID: dee951


The guy just recommended NOT trying to befriend the wolf, oof!!!
No. 1054724 ID: 15c72a

What part of that implied making friends?
No. 1054749 ID: a9af05

>Kept rambling about the devil and some star as well. Poor sod.
It can't be a coincidence that your nightmare also involved a star. Perhaps its related to why the previous guy went crazy? Hopefully this doesn't mean you'll also go crazy!
No. 1054751 ID: 75f1f5


Ask flat out if it was a red star. A reference to Mars, perhaps?

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A quest about a society recovering from the introduction of both new races, and deeply sinister arcane forces.
Will likely be violent, have horror aesthetics, and potentially could get raunchy.
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No. 1054666 ID: 15c72a

Uh... okay let's try to control it and... *swoosh over to get a closer look at the people at the docks*
No. 1054669 ID: dee951

Ah. So you can't take just part of a human soul. Pity. Hmmm. You meed to find the place where young (but not too young!), rebellious Netherbound hang out. There HAS to be a place like this! This city is large enough for it! What do you know about how Netherbound culture and society works, which might give us some clues?
No. 1054675 ID: 3b7261


Regarding the seeing stuff, there's a few parts to it. First, our perspective to you is third person, as in an illustrated book, video game, tv show, or as if we are scrying on you somehow. That said we don't have much control over the angle of the 'camera', so we might mostly get 'wall'. Maybe you could will control over our perspective? Try it, and see if you have any intuitive awareness of where we see from, or if you can see a distortion. As of right now, unless it changes by the time you get this message (theres some weird time stuff I'll go into in a bit), our camera view is a few feet in front of you and to your left. Second, our perception of time varies with relation to you. Sometimes we're faster, sometimes we're slower, sometimes we're MUCH faster, and the like. Also try willing this to follow your influence, to see what happens.

You know those stories of that supernaturally perceptive private detective that could glance at a scene and understand all that was happening in it in an instant, and make reasoned logical inferences and deductions that would take someone minutes to puzzle out? But he also had a massive drug problem so he couldn't do it reliably? Think of it like that.

Another way to look at it is that, in relation to you, we intermittently function as what is known as a 'speed superintelligence'. We're not qualitatively smarter than you, but can sometimes spend a lot of our time pondering something that you don't have time to think about because things are happening too fast on your scale.

Anyway, a good way to take advantage of these things is go to a place that is visually busy, has long sightlines, has a wide variety of things happening nearby, and spend some time
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No. 1054720 ID: 520a3f

To sum all of that up, from our perspective, time is dilated as FUCK. It doesn't happen ALL the time, but often enough. Remember our 'behind you' moment where you first caught Surrogate? That's a minor example.
No. 1054737 ID: 75f1f5


That lacks nuance because we aren't speaking impossibly fast for them to hear, even when we have lots of time to ponder.

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Tension: a balance maintained between opposing forces or elements

Written by EDMANGO and illustrated by TIPPLER

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No. 1054603 ID: 261d45

There were a lot of moments where we could've used Telekinesis to make the previous fight a little easier for us. But we couldn't do any of that since a bunch of people insisted on pointlessly giving away that power!

>get yourself some aid before it's too late
It's like Pazuru said before, we're not alone, we have [CONFIDANTS]. And since she's one of them, let's ask if she can aid us.

Then ask Pazuru if there's some sort of significance to us beating the centipede? She seems surprised that we did that.
No. 1054607 ID: e51896

I think she's implying when she tells us about getting aid, she means "hey, give me a body already so I can [AID] you." I think that's the only real way she can aid us right now.
No. 1054608 ID: 36784c

Having a body isn't the only way she can aid us. Remember: She can teach us magic, as stated here: >>1043732 . That's another type of aid she can provide, until she gets a body.

You know, as long as we don't mind being irradiated and increasing our chances of getting cancer from it.
No. 1054617 ID: 632e8c

Ask Pazuru if she wants any of the kins' bodies we found in the centipede kaiju's cavern.
No. 1054676 ID: 1757ea

Here's something to ask: Someone told us we'd need to go to the town of [LYST] after we create our Arcane Focus. Ask Pazuru if there's any kind of dangers to worry about in the town of [LYST] that would interfere with our attempts to use magic?

I'm sure that teaching Josephine magic would help with creating a body for her, since she told us to focus on getting Josephine's help for that.

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1009279 No. 1009279 ID: 5fc3a0 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

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. 1054624 ID: 15c72a

Well, if you delay Delli a little bit, you can tell her to tell Crook to consent to a mind read so you can confirm the lost memory is real.

...is there some way Aumstail can fake the memory's contents when/if she shows Phantom?
No. 1054639 ID: 9a2966

>Delli below
Suggest that Delli be at the side of the island rather than just below - if he's beneath then Aumstail could jump down and suppress his power and have them both fall into the fog.

>Crook surrenders
Goody. Tell them to bind him, gag him and bring him over. The uses of a captive Crook are many and varied. You could sit on him. Use him for cover against snipers. Resist the temptation to grab more of his memories in front of Aumstail so she starts doubting her earlier suspicions.

Tell Delli to hold on a hair trigger. Then ask Aumstail why she's thinking she's only got 'months'. You lost that first election. There's time. You don't presume her intel is bad either - so was she thinking you'd get impatient and jump Phantom for the key or something? Because newsflash: you ain't.

You need time to prep, to teach people about what reality is like, back out there, so that everyone who cares - and to some extent those who don't - can be ready when the time comes. We're talking a few decades here at the very least - that's already something you agreed to with Phantom! You have a conservatory (and giant fuckoff lasers) to build now! And boy do some people need a shot or ten of that vitamin K-nowledge!

Aumstail knows how bad it still is, right? Phantom thought heaven and hell were real pieces of cosmology based on some crappy old religious book she found in a ruin! It's fucked up how much has been twisted and lost - common sense, context, everything - and you're not that much better off based on the few memories Aumstail left you. And here she is, sitting on all that old lore, hoarding it for a rainy day. Threatening to destroy some of it and herself.

Before she blows, she should consider this: if thing
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No. 1054650 ID: df45e0

"Please? Now I know you are trying to lure Phantom here for some plot. No deal. I can't trust anything you say and this feels like delaying tactics so goodbye Aumstail. If you feel like surrendering come out with your hands up but if not say hello to the rock."
No. 1054654 ID: 53560f

Have we noticed yet that we’re about to have a bunch of the major players from the town in a single well hidden location with a founder who’s exact capabilities and defences are unknown?

Speak with Delli, explain your thoughts on the situation and ask his opinions. Even if Aumstail is honest and we do get the memory we should trust Delli a little more to handle it, and it works better if you show him that you’re trusting him.
No. 1054660 ID: 9285e5

First off, she's trying very hard to maintain control of the situation (ha!) and the conversation.

don't let her have either anymore. start pointing out the flaws in her assumptions because she's been out here under a rock while everyone else has been out doing things and improving things for thirty years from now, not a few months.

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((Previous Chapter: https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/1039664.html ))
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No. 1054490 ID: 15c72a

To A555EX: Astounding. I think your "empathy" has been weaponized somehow. You're literally able to put yourself in their shoes. You should know that you're not even supposed to be able to pick up on emotional reactions via body language. That is why everyone is outwardly stating emotions. Hm, is that *another* private channel Turtleneck is using? I wish we could listen in on private conversations too, but I suppose mind-reading will have to suffice. Though, as of now we have no evidence that was an accurate read...

Tell Commander you can continue your conversation at another time.
No. 1054501 ID: b4ab25

>Holy shit! What was that?!
That was cool and new, may wish to see if we can test it in a more controlled manner with assistant later.
The inside of [Commander]'s [cloak] looks cool.
[F]olow [Manager], and there probably isn't much harm in [W]atching [Turtleneck] as you move. If you would have to slow down to watch [Turtleneck] don't worry about doing it.
No. 1054502 ID: 6bbfe4

To [A555EX]:
That's new. Pretty explicitly someone else's thoughts too.
Kinda reminds me of how you originally met the contact but more... personal I guess.
Wonder if it has anything to do with your [leviathan] nature and [Nation] [Drones] being partially biological.

Either way the [Commander] seems to recognize you were doing something (Maybe even knows what you were doing exactly) so It'd be best to not raise more suspicion and talk to the Manager
No. 1054601 ID: 90c451

To [A555EX]: It seems that we're not the only one able to read minds.
Now this is just a theory but I think we're hijacking the brainwaves they use to think- that is, they're currently using [Leviathan] brainpower in order to have this complex of thought, and, being [Leviathan] yourself allows you to make use of that.

Meet up with Manager, Commander is suspicious but that isn't anything new, he just has a lot more reason to be. We definitely should ask [Anarchy] how the hell he did that though, seems the situation gets more complicated every moment.
No. 1054657 ID: 6bbfe4

While I think the [Leviathans] have something to do with all this, I think saying they are responsible for [Nation] [Drones] being able to think the way they do Is a bit too far. Ultimately we could probably find the answers to these questions by asking questions to any of the heads when we formally meet them.

((Also you should be mindful you don't break the Dream Narrative with statements like that.))

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Crossposting with https://getyeflask.net/quest/res/827.html for the time being. I'll probably be more attentive to posts there

Kicker, a herreras and a claw captain of the 557th squadron of the great Mountain's grand army, deadpanned. Lowtail, herreras and claw on-field medic, grinned at Kicker.
“A group photo.” She said, crossing her arms. “You know we'll have to burn it, right?”
“It'll stay here.” Lowtail poked his head. “This is the furthest we've ever been from the mountains, and it's not like we're doing anything else.”
As he said that Snapper, a feather, landed near them and picked up a bag. They were about to cross a very rickety bridge over a very deep creek, and nobody trusted the bridge to bear the weight of their equipment so Snapper was flying it across beforehand.
They'd been marching counterrootways for ten days and then ten more now, tailed by a tooth unit, under strict orders to avoid being sighted (Or, failing that, deal with anyone who saw them) and to signal the tooth of anyone who might see him. Kicker hugged herself a little tighter. “Fine. But we burn it.”
“And you have to be in it.” Added Lowtail.
Kicker grunted under her breath.
“What… Scraptooth.” She said, sliding a claw to the shotgun on her waist.
Scraptooth laid, bored, on the ground, oblivious to the… thing silently coming out of the sand behind him. “Captain.” He saluted. “What's with the look?”
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No. 1054355 ID: 15c72a

Hmm, good, we can definitely set a pit trap with this stuff. You've got a shovel, a cutting implement, reeds outside presumably sturdy enough to make a covering for the pit, and food for bait. Do you have the opportunity to set the trap though? Going outside is dangerous. The rope might be usable to make a different kind of trap... but rope snares usually require trees around and I didn't see any.

Are those bolas? Could be useful too. Heck, that shovel could be a melee weapon in a pinch; maybe that's all you need, no trap required. Attacking it in melee means you're at risk for getting spines though... Describe anything you can't figure out, see if your radio friend can tell you what it's for.

I don't suppose you could take apart the radio's housing to make it lighter so that it could be carried? Then again maybe it should stay here for whoever's sent as a replacement lookout.
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Kicker took the balls on string and gave them a closer look. Had she seen these before? Somewhere... a toy from lower slopes of the mountain a cousin showed her once when she was little. If you spun it on your claw, you could tangle creatures' legs. The stone in these felt heavy and she spun it a little in what little room she had, and found it to pick up speed easy enough. If she could pick up on using it as quickly, it'd be useful. The next thing was... an odd curved metal shaft, with a ball petruding out of a curve. She couldn't tell what was the handle and what was the tip, if it had either. A box with something colorful drawn on a side was tucked behind one of the storage boxes, and besides that there were two... stone things with handles. And a stick that looked like a disfunctional rake. Whatever they were, they lacked something in sophistication.

On the radio, the sharpshooter told her the curved shaft was a club the wounded bug had taken a fancy to as a youngster, after the peace treaty was signed. The box he didn't recall seeing, and the boulders and stick were some old joke.

She also asked if she should leave the radio or try lightening it up and carrying it, and he said he didn't much care either way; they were on the edge of each other's reception, but the whole wouldn't exactly send a replacement as she'd suggested; as far as the sharpshooter cared the Whole was pretending the war ended just as much as saurs and the mountain were. The only reason they had supplies was the village was kind enough to help them and they were kind enough to keep an eye on dangerous animals in the zone, or the rare bandit that members of the Whole didn't take care of.
No. 1054631 ID: 15c72a

Let's see what's in the box.
No. 1054640 ID: a7b16c

tgc >>1054631
Kicker tried to open the box, but only felt a lock inside it when she tried. She could force it open, but who knew what'd happen if she broke it?
No. 1054645 ID: 15c72a

I guess we're bringing it with us, if the wounded strudiella doesn't wake up before then (to tell us what's in it and/or how to open it).

Hmm, why don't we use ALL approaches here? Dig a pit trap, using the saw to take apart the wooden objects here and tie them together with rope to make the support for a camouflaged covering, and use some of the extra food to set bait, then keep the shovel and bolas to defend ourselves if the kid gives chase?
Resupply food and water, obviously, and then see how much extra weight you could potentially carry, for the box and maybe the radio (since every watchtower might have a radio, we can contact them before getting too close, so that we can tell them we're peaceful and avoid getting shot at again).

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The world was supposed to end. Way back in 1995 or 1997 or 1999 or 2000 with that whole Y2K non-sense. Gosh, there was also 2012. Remember that one, supposedly predicted by the Aztecs or the Mayans or some shit? Here we are though, alive on a planet drifting pointlessly through space.

Here's the thing - The world really did die. Attacked from all sides and hit with every horror imaginable the human race finally met its end - In a singular moment of horror that still has no name.

This was unacceptable. In the barest moments when you see your life flash before your eyes, humanity had what amounted to a collective seizure. The end having finally arrived, the Wheel stood still in denial. Eyes opened to the dead world as it did to the living one just the day before.

So it was. Or wasn’t, as the case may be.

Right now it’s 2013. It’s hard to be alive but people are still moving. Right now you’re at a gas station in Portland Oregon, filling up the tank for a long ride and using this as your last chance to get candy and booze. We’ll worry about what you brought on the trip and why you're going on it later. Let’s start with this.

Who are you and what do you do? Also, where are you? Well, besides at the gas station. Are you the waiting type or the go get snacks type? Maybe you’re the ‘talk to the person at the register’ type?
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Such an erratic thing - moving from pole to pole unseen to the rest of the world. So you follow. An unassuming alley, it’s day-time. Somewhere, a TV goes out - scrambled and burned out and smoking. So very far away… yet still connected by the wires.

Roll for Awareness and Perception.

Like static it speaks to you - sparks flying from a hanging cable. Not a power-line but an old half-rotten telephone line. Like the buzzing of a bug - static shaped into words - it speaks to you. Voice electric and vibrating.

“The forgotten mountain is awake. The spirit - you reek of it like a bath full of roses.” A toaster pops early yet burns the bread out of jealousy. A medical device finds its batteries charged. “Death walks with you in this city that only knows decay.” A hiss of static. “The Moon is Watching You.”

Hisssss.. “Lost Mother Mountain is going to burn it all down - this rotting city. This rotten All. When she is stronger - when she travels - when she finds her fire.” Crackle.. “She was sleeping when we all failed and knows not of failure herself. Like everything - It will lead to decay. Death has gone home and been devoured - too busy and caught off guard by massive fangs.”

A delay. The rubber melts from the heat of sparkling electricity. “Luna smiles on you - she wills you to meet her. We know of a darkness here - hidden away - I have been the communication. I Am The Message and the Package. The wires speak of a werewolf nest burned cleaned - agents of the Wyrm talking and nipping at each other's heels. No one knows anything except that it is there and it is power - empty and burning though it may be. There are legal claims on the land - all through the Wires.”

White hot and sparking the lightning spirit flees. Shy and skittery. The line ruined - melted and smoking. Perhaps even drawing a few eyes - people wonde
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>you have a spider tapping away at the keyboard from the inside
>Very very orderly - but the webs inside your computer and the webs on the cords… skitter skitter skitter
>skitter skitter skitter
Nope nope nope nope nope nope nope.

Hazel was having none of that. An improvised exorcism involving a circle drawn in blood and some midnight chanting only seemed to encourage the thing, and eventually the young prophet was forced to give the computer up as a bad job. She'd done a quick search of the area before the evil spirit began infesting her computer, so she had some places to start looking the next day, at least.

Sleeping that night was not fun. Jennifer and Sarah had gone home, leaving Hazel with Theodore and Jennifer. They were quiet, mostly, but they both talked about the house still smelling of blood for days after and it psyched her out enough that she was smelling it too.

The next day saw her making two discoveries in the early morning. The first was that the duo of werewolves had settled in to stay, and they had decided this based on nobody else living in the house once Sarah and Jennifer had left. They'd forgotten Hazel overnight, and wasn't that something to look into? Super-forgetfulness powers. The second thing she noticed when she was looking in the mirror, and was probably even worse than the logical nightmare of everybody forgetting her had been. Hazel's hazel eyes had turned green, with little specks of light flecked through the black of her iris. She had actual sparkly eyes, making her a laughingstock in any reasonable culture, and she couldn't even laugh about her eyes matching her name anymore!
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No. 1052513 ID: e1b763

>>The first was that the duo of werewolves had settled in to stay, and they had decided this based on nobody else living in the house once Sarah and Jennifer had left. They'd forgotten Hazel overnight, and wasn't that something to look into?

The werewolves staying does pose a bit of a dilemma. They haven’t forgotten the details of what happened to them - that’s certain. The fight, the fact that you came back from a place that should have killed you, the fact that they’re missing limbs.

That they’re in the house of a creature much more powerful than them.

Your NAME though. That does seem to elude them. Whether or not that’s just because it’s never been said in their presence or because it slipped away from them during a nights rest (And be assured, the wolves did sleep. Practically passed out. Or in the Wolf-Girls case… actually passed out.

Theodore is still in his human shape, wearing your clothes. Or whatever he could find here. Didn’t even ask. Didn’t even occur to him to ask. He’s lived as a monster for awhile.

The wolf-girl is still a wolf. Massive and angry but nursing her wounds. She takes up most of the room she’s in, like a full grown pit-bull five times too massive.

>>Jennifer recognized her, and Sarah - she could think the name in the privacy of her own mind, surely? - picked up the phone when Hazel called, and both were more than happy to be backup for a plan Hazel had brewing the next day.

And indeed your friends remember your name. And Sarah’s name, or lost name, or whatever weird fuckery is going on with that does seem to be safe within your own thoughts. That’s a curiosity. Would writing her name down create the same reaction as speaking it? That’s an honest question - the universe is unsure. At the moment, at least.
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>Tell tale magic signs. Under the paint on the walls: some arcane symbols. You can’t decipher their meaning but they don’t seem to be working right. The barest of ripples, cracks in the runes, a staining of color only seen to a supernatural eye. They’re… broken?
>Ahh, then. Something fresher. Written in blood - something fresh and still smelling of iron. Where is that coming from? Up? Ahhh, a ceiling fan. Something written on the rotating blades - you can’t see it but the smell - that charge of magic that can’t be described with that metallic smell. Come on. That fan is up to something.
>Not to mention that rush of life and vitality that pours out of that hole in the ground. Who knows how much blood is stored down there - but something magical is also going on.
>Your turn is coming up pretty soon.
Time to get out, Hazel thinks, and slips out of her chair. She mumbles something indistinct about the toilet to the muddled ghoul besides her as she goes walking out of the living room, and slips off her role as she leaves the room. Undisguised but hopefully clad in her forgettable aura, Heather paces a careful round through the house while avoiding the eyes and ears of the two vampires. Despite the friendly atmosphere and daylight shining outside, it seemed they were on fair alert in the darkness as ghoul after ghoul went down the pit and Hazel made her way outside, back to where Jennifer and Sarah waited.

"Two vampires inside. Looks like the ghouls are here to get a fix of vampire blood, and being milked of their own in return," Hazel relays to her friends, "I can't believe I have to say this to the both
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How does one go about assaulting a house in the middle of Oregon? Well - first you’re waiting for the people to leave the house. Which happens, the ghouls headed out as a group. Saying goodbyes and fare-wells. To be back to visit on another day not too far away. After a while they’ll spend the night doing whatever it is vampires do. Do vampires sleep? Yes, they do, during the day normally.

It’s late and the lights are out - it’s quite in the neighborhood. Heavy curtains block the windows to their house. Their house door is closed, same with the back door. It comes to your attention that they don’t seem to have a security system, which is nice. No alarms to deal with.

You remember the fan that smelled of magic and blood. And a wandering thought to whatever magic is behind the paint on the walls. The basement…

It comes to mind that eventually you’re going to have to go inside and do something.

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One small step for Sam, one giant leap for Formican-kind.
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No. 1054561 ID: a9af05

…ok, before you panic, remember that the friendly Beformicans will approach you, so this one is probably friendly.
No. 1054574 ID: 15c72a

It's (she's?) mimicking your language. That's a good sign.
Tell Anet not to panic. You have a visitor.
No. 1054578 ID: 281b3c

Let's not raise our voices or make any sudden moves, and do everything we can to make sure our visitor doesn't get agitated. Soothing, relaxed tones of voice are important here.

Hey there fella. You are very impressive. You've come to pay us a friendly visit, haven't you.
No. 1054586 ID: 613ef9

“Oh, uhhh… hello there, can I help you?”
No. 1054589 ID: e51896

well, if they were planning to attack, they would have done so while you were asleep.

I wonder if its hungry. We have food we can give it to show we mean no harm?

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823974 No. 823974 ID: 3b2ae4 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts] [Last 100 posts]

NSFW for nudity, and possible (or most likely) casual lewds.
I’ll see where this goes. Experimental story.

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>Can’t force creativity
Yeah. Sucks it’s never easy. I gather my shit and stand up.

Maebe: On the road again, then?

Marlene: Uh-huh, sorry guys. I may want to bounce before it’s too late. I was just stopping by after all. I’ll try visiting more often; the battle-of-the-bands thing sounds like I could stay occupied with something.

Robin: Steele City!

Marlene: Sure. That. I’ll try to write at home whenever I’m in the mood. You guys should just play around with shoegaze or dream pop. Email me some riffs.

Nick: No pressure! We could be instrumental if it doesn’t work out for you.

Maebe: Oh please, instrumental would be great.

I wave and head out. I’ll need to take a bus again but they come around periodically in the city.

>Have a notepad by your bed […]
There’s a small drawer where I keep a few reading books. If I remember I ought to place a notebook there before bed.
No. 1054531 ID: 11f77a
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Well here we are.

Silenus Industries.

It’s a low-brand film studio in the corner of the city. It’s no Hollywood, but if you get your foot in the door you may have a chance to make it a lasting career.

I used to work here just after dropping out of college with Seb. I was only a secretary, but I got to learn little things about the studio. Things were looking up in the beginning until I hit a wall.

Maybe it was after so many rejected scripts. Perhaps that was only part of it. I dunno. Something killed it for me. I just don’t know what. That’s the life of any writer I s’pose.

I hang out with some of the writers inside--maybe they have something interesting to refresh my creativity. I typically know the best days to stop by too so I can just slip in like I still work there.
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Ah, good. It’s Lars as security this evening. He catches me as he drinks his coffee.

Lars: Oh, hey Marlene. Uh, what’re you up to today?
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Oh, you know, the usual.
No. 1054547 ID: cd4366

oh horseshit, "can't force creativity," that's a mantra for the terminally burnt out. You sometimes HAVE to, otherwise you lose the habit and it becomes harder to start again.

Don't you remember what it was like when you were first learning, when you didn't know shit about story structure or even consistent punctuation? It was still just as much a slog, you just had more energy for it because you believed in it!

You don't have to write a masterpiece, you just have to write _something._ a short story about someone enjoying a sunny day, or a goofy sci-fi thing about a spaceman encountering god, who cares! Let it be a bit shit and you'll find some flow again, then you can start back up the polishing.

Anyways, as for what you're doing today, see if you can't find one of the working writers and ask what advice they have for getting something approved.

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